Friday, 31 July 2020

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: How Tessanne Chin is getting her groove back...

>> I’m absolutely sure that Tessanne Chin’s dynamite performance as a co-headliner of Digicel Unplugged last month compellingly recalled for many her championship-winning stint on The Voice a few years ago. That’s our girl. And we want her back.

As we all know, Tessanne took some time off from the performance circuit to get married and have a baby and spend some quality time with the family. Life happens. Now we sense that, at age 30-nuff, her creative juices are flowing once again, setting her on a path to returning to fine form. In addition to the Digicel Unplugged show, Tessanne also lit up the stage at the Sagicor 50th anniversary concert and recently contributed her star power and superb vocal dynamics to the buzzworthy all-star remix of Kevin Downswell’s seminal hit “Stronger” (alongside Beenie Man, Chris Martin, Bounty Killer, producer DJ Bambino, and others).

What does the near future hold for Tessanne Chin and her fans, we’ll have to wait and see. But I guarantee we’ll be pleasantly surprised by what she has her in store.

>> Can Jamaican theatre make a solid return to the entertainment scene? What an epic struggle that will be. But, thankfully, companies like Jambiz are ready to fight the good fight. After being forced to close down their beloved New Kingston-based playhouse, Patrick Brown, Lenford Salmon, Trevor Nairne and the team are taking things slowly as they look to reconnect with patrons, starting with this Emancipendence weekend’s remount of The Windscream Posse. Do support.

>> The local arts community has lost a genuine talent with the passing of Clive Duncan. The TV (Lime Tree Lane, Royal Palm Estate) and stage (The Love List) actor lost his battle with cancer. He was in his late 50s. Remembering his late colleague Christopher Daley (who played Johnny on Lime Tree Lane, opposite Duncan’s Constable Drapus Upton) saluted Duncan’s talents as a thespian. “He was a pretty underrated actor,” said Daley in an interview with the Observer. “If you had the opportunity to see him on stage, what you got was 100 percent every time.”

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