Monday, 11 April 2016

SEVEN IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: A Letter from the Editor

FAN FAVOURITES: The legendary deejay, with Jodi-Ann McKenley, at this 2013 album launch. Below, prolific author Olive Senior having a moment.

Truth be told, we’ve always wanted Tyrone ‘Papa San’ Thompson to grace a cover of TALLAWAH, and what more fitting occasion could there be for the big man of reggae gospel to make his cover debut than our special seventh anniversary issue, which coincides with his appearance as headliner of the first-ever Spring Praise Jamaica Music Festival, a much-welcomed “alternative” to the booze-fueled party scene on the north and west coasts and elsewhere?

Kudos to petite dynamo Cheryl Crooks and her team. I think Cheryl found the ideal top act in Papa San, whose extraordinary career has come full circle and yet continues to flourish. And, as he tells us in “Praise Warrior,” there’s a lot more to come, including a greater thrust on his part to help usher in a new generation of Christian soldiers spreading the message across Jamaica and beyond our shores. In the meantime, we expect his well-anticipated new album, Journey, which he feels is one of his best full-length efforts to date, to satisfy his long-time admirers and woo new listeners.

Two leading ladies come in for special mention in this issue: the versatile and relentlessly achieving wordsmith Olive Senior, whose 17th book, The Pain Tree, recently secured her a second OCM Bocas Literary Prize; and chameleonic beauty Dr. Sara Lawrence, who is bringing life-saving medical advice (free of cost!) to our living rooms this month, as presenter/hostess of the must-watch Sunday-evening series Doctor’s Appointment. Who couldn’t use some free medical advice in these deeply troubling times?

And from must-see TV to the business event of the year, Expo Jamaica 2016 promises can’t-miss opportunities for the business proprietors and bargain hunters who will flock to the National Arena and the National Indoor Sports Centre, April 14-17, to delve into the country’s premier trade show and shopping extravaganza. Happy shopping!

Like so many of the individuals and events we feature this month, Expo Jamaica remains a singular showcase that has grown tremendously with the years, taking on a life of its own. And that’s precisely how we feel about TALLAWAH’s own journey to year number 7 – a steep learning curve that grows more enlightening with each fresh challenge, the unavoidable changes and, of course, the terrific triumphs.

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