Given the prevalence of underage drinking across Jamaica and the increasing importance of alcohol awareness among the youth population, some 100 schools islandwide are being targeted this year for “The Movement,” a Red Stripe/Heineken-sponsored initiative that fuses performing arts and Jamaican dancehall culture with sobering messages. Renowned arts programme facilitator Fabian Thomas (Sankofa Productions) and his cast of actors will present a 20-minute skit, featuring three characters and the life-altering decisions that they make. This is the third year that Thomas and his team are partnering with Red Stripe, now celebrating its 100th anniversary. For Thomas, it’s about using entertainment to spread an important message. “The schools love it, the kids love it, and we are encouraged by the responses,” he tells TALLAWAH. “The response has been so overwhelming that there are ‘movement’ clubs now being formed in several of the school that we’ve visited.” This year’s programme is scheduled to run from March to December.
> Sly & Robbie to receive first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at YVAs
With 10 Grammy nominations to their credit (1999’s Friends won Best Reggae Album), Lowell ‘Sly’ Dunbar and Robert ‘Robbie’ Shakespeare are indisputably reggae royalty. This Saturday, as the Your View Awards (YVAs) return to the National Indoor Sport Centre for its 10th anniversary staging, Sly & Robbie will be honoured with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is being sponsored by the CHASE Fund. Aptly nicknamed The Rhythm Twins, Sly & Robbie have worked with a who’s who of global music icons over the years – from No Doubt and the Rolling Stones to James Brown and Jimmy Cliff.
> Cedella Marley co-producing film based on Bob’s music
He’s been the subject of documentary features, short films and stage musicals. Now, Bob Marley’s music is about to get the cinematic treatment. According to reports out of Hollywood, Kenya Barris (the maverick behind TV’s Black-ish and the 2017 big-screen comedy Girls Trip) is gearing up to do a film based on Marley’s songs. Cedella Marley has signed on to co-produce the project. Andrea Milcro of Fox Animation, one of the film company’s set to bring the idea to life, says, “We not only have the opportunity to build new relationships for the studio, but we get to tell a story inspired by the music of Bob Marley, one of the greatest music legends of our time.” Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment is also attached to the project.