Tuesday, 16 February 2016

HEAR THIS, SEE THAT: Morgan Heritage’s Strictly Roots cops Best Reggae Album + Mary Banks’ Amazing Grace preps for islandwide tour

LET’S MAKE NOISE: The 58th Grammy Awards – music’s biggest bash of the year – took over Los Angeles, California, on Monday night, bringing together a galaxy of stars, a host of top-flight entertainers and industry insiders to honour their peers with golden gramophones, the recording industry’s most prestigious accolade. Cementing their status as reggae royalty, Morgan Heritage took home Best Reggae Album (earning more votes than Jah Cure and Barrington Levy) for their acclaimed disc, Strictly Roots. In response, outgoing Minister of Tourism, Dr. Wykeham McNeill has hailed the musical siblings (Peetah, Una, Mojo, and Gramps) as reggae ambassadors who “have made Jamaica proud through the extraordinary music they have produced.” Though 83 awards were handed out on Monday, only eight presentations were made during the live telecast. Among the big winners were Taylor Swift, who copped Album of the Year (1989) for the second time in her career; Bruno Mars, who boogied his way to a Record of the Year triumph for “Uptown Funk”, while Ed Sheeran capitalized on his global popularity, besting a quality field to win Song of the Year for “Thinking Out Loud.”

WERE YOU THERE? When Mary Banks’ theatrical spectacle Amazing Grace played to sold-out audiences at the Little Theatre in Kingston last year, the production won critical huzzahs not only for its gripping account of the age-old Crucifixion saga but for the visual power and grandeur with which it was brought to the stage. Unsurprisingly, the show, presented by Bible Teachers’ International, is back by popular demand. Come next month, the cast will embark on a national tour, with stops already scheduled for the Montego Bay Community College (March 5-6) before they head into Kingston for presentations inside the National Indoor Sports Centre (March 26-28). The shows begin at 7:30 and 7 pm respectively. And there’s a charitable slant to the remount, as part proceeds will benefit the work of Missionaries of the Poor and the Trench Town Vocational Development team. To get additional info and to purchase your tickets, log on to marybanksamazinggrace.com or call 968-1702/3.






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