Tuesday, 15 December 2015

MAN TALK: Rohan Marley makes the cut + Chronixx breaks free + Prof. Errol Miller writes it down

A bonafide highlight on this month’s entertainment/culture calendar is the back-by-popular-demand Capture Land Jamaica Tour, headlined by Mr. Dread & Terrible, reggae superstar Chronixx. But what’s the significance of the show’s title? “We want to recapture the essence of reggae and break free from the ideology that the music can only exist in a few spaces,” the chart-topping hitmaker explains. “So the name of the tour is an element of this, breaking away from the ‘capture land’ mentality as it relates to entertainment and reclaiming the musical landscape for the common Jamaican.” The tour is scheduled to make stops at Spanish Town’s Jose Marti High (Dec. 18), Manchester High (Dec. 19) and Rafters’ Village, Trelawny (Dec. 20). 

Marking Milestones: 21 Keynote Speeches about Successful Institutions and Outstanding Leaders is the title of Prof. Errol Miller’s new book, which he’s dedicated to the icons who paved the way for the new and future generations. “It commemorates those who had a conscience about injustices and the needs of their times and acted to mitigate them; those who looked up, looked out and defied the realities of their times and worked to transcend them,” the former JTA president and Mico Chancellor notes, “those who stayed despite the times and left a legacy; those who continued the work that others had started and made contributions that added value.” 

We don’t hear from certain members of the Marley clan very often, but when we do the quotes are never less than interesting. Like this nugget from Rohan Marley, a recent guest at the inaugural NyamJam Festival in Portland, where he spoke with the Style Observer on a range of professional and personal matters, including his decision to cut off his locks. “I am who I am; my locks don’t make or not make me. They are a part of me,” he told the magazine. “I think there’s another stage in my life that I have to conquer as well, so it’s not really why I cut anything; it’s his Majesty’s way, kind of becoming less of a person. I want to be less, so my more can shine.”

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