Wednesday, 8 August 2018

CULTURE VULTURE: Ryan Mark re-emerges with Your Grace; Vasciannie pleased with UTech lecture series; Hugh Douse and Nexus head to Brooklyn

ISLAND WORSHIP: Over the course of his recording career and ministry, Pastor Ryan Mark Reynolds has always been open and honest about his challenges. His just-released new album, Your Grace, allows fans to catch up with him on this latest chapter of his spiritual journey. “The album title is a perfect representation of what my life has been. No one is perfect,” he said in a recent Observer interview. “I’ve been a Christian from I was 14, made some mistakes, and it is only because of His grace why I am here now. I got some of my inspiration from just being in church itself and worshipping, meditating and my relationships with people. There is a song on it for everybody. It is an album for everybody.”

ISSUES & ANSWERS: Since its emergence in early 2018, the UTech Distinguished Public Lecture Series has struck a chord in the public consciousness, thanks to enlightening and insightful presentations delivered by such stalwarts as Justice Patrick Robinson and Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. “I am pleased with the progress. We’ve had some strong presentations that delivered to our satisfaction,” UTech president and series conceptualizer Prof. Stephen Vasciannie tells TALLAWAH. “We are now looking forward to a diverse range of presentations. We want to do one on science and sports, disaster risk management, management and national development. We basically hope to deliver a lecture on each area being served by the university. The plan is to have 12 in all for the academic year.”

SING IT OUT! When the Nexus Ensemble raises the curtain on their 2018 concert season, dubbed “Freedom Songs,” in Queens and Brooklyn, lovers of choral music and selections from the Jamaican songbook are in for a royal treat. “It will be a full celebration of Jamaican culture and global pop culture. We want our Caribbean people to get reacquainted and feel good about our rich cultural heritage,” says Nexus Artistic Director Hugh Douse. “We are planning a performance filled with choral theatre selections to give the feel of a musical production. But anyone who knows Nexus knows we can’t put on a show and not include some Jamaican gospel, African spirituals, some classical and some reggae and dancehall. And we’re bringing the full contingent – our 20 singers, the band and a tech team.” Nexus will be in Brooklyn August10, 11 and 12 and in Queens from August 17-19. For info, email

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