DRAMA: The multi-award-winning Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) is accustomed to performing for international audiences. This time, they head to Scotland, where they will unveil their latest stage production, Jamaica Drum, at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Directed by Danar Royal, Jamaica Drum is an inventive theatrical piece conceived and devised by the JYT members and presented through an ‘edutaining’ mix of skits, poetry, dub rhythms, dance, song and multimedia. The gala world premiere of the production will be hosted by Scotland’s Barn Theatre and will see JYT joining forces with Morocco’s Dramatic Troupe for Artistic Growth in an international double-bill performance. The Aberdeen festival runs from July 28 to August 5. The Jamaican delegation was sponsored by the CHASE Fund.
ICON: We’ve always admired her as a concert headliner, cabaret act and recording artiste. Now, songstress Karen Smith is set to serve the entertainment industry in a new capacity – as President of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians (JFM), bringing her vast expertise, intellect and a woman’s intuition to the pivotal role. We wish her all the very best.