Wednesday, 22 March 2017

NEWS & NOTES: A new Bob Marley musical + Arkansas chorale in concert + ISSA’s firm stance

> RESPECT DUE: ISSA fires warning shots ahead of Champs 2017 
When it comes to protecting the rights of privileges of its committed sponsors and partners, the Inter-Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (ISSA) is taking a zero-tolerance approach in dealing with those entities that refuse to respect and abide by the rules governing the affairs of the annual Boys & Girls Champs. “We ask companies and individuals to respect the intellectual property rights of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championships and not engage in any negativity that might create a commercial association with ISSA, the championships or any participating athletes before, during or after the period of the championships,” the association emphasized in a full-page advisory that ran in the local papers last week. “Any entity or individual which engages in ambush marketing either before, during or after the [Champs] or any unauthorized filming of the event by any means will be pursued to the full extent of the law.” Official sponsors of Champs 2017 include GraceKennedy, Puma, Western Union, First Global Bank, Lucozade and Flow. 

> ‘MARLEY’ MAGIC: One Love musical premieres in England 
Another year, another Bob Marley-based stage production. One Love: The Bob Marley Musical opened last Friday in Birmingham, England, with an exuberant cast and crew led by writer/director Kwame Kwei Armah, who decided to zone in on the 1976-8 period of Bob’s life, highlighted by his sojourn in England in the wake of that assassination attempt (Dec. 3, 1976) on his life. The musical also captured the events that led to the birth of Exodus, Marley’s classic album that was Time’s pick for Album of the Millennium in 1991. For the record, the Marley family has endorsed Armah’s musical. “I turn down requests to use Daddy’s name and work every day, but I gave the musical my blessing because it is beautiful and the message is powerful,” Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies, told the Birmingham Mail. “Birmingham is the ideal place for the musical. Daddy loved performing there and had a great affection for Britain. We try to preserve his words and share them, [and] the musical is one of the ways we do that and hope to reach new audiences.”

> CONCERT TOUR: Univ. of Arkansas choir touches down in JA 
Jamaica has played host to large number of internationally acclaimed choral groups over the years, including the renowned Howard University Chorale and Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral Chorus, ranked among the best all-boy choirs in the world. This month brings the dynamic University of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale to our shores for a series of performances. On Sunday, March 19, the choir tested the acoustics of Mona’s University Chapel at a 5 o’clock concert (look out for our review!). On Monday, March 20, they journeyed to Mandeville’s Northern Caribbean University for a 7o’clock show. On Tuesday, March 21, they graced the Half Way Tree-based St. Andrew Parish Church for a 7pm concert, and on Wednesday, March 22, they’ll bring a joyful noise to the Hope Zoo for a performance commencing at 8pm. See the press for details.

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