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Stories by Michael Reckord

Published:Friday | December 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The first documentary on the Rastafari movement made in Jamaica was celebrated with a screening and discussion at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, last Friday. Made in 1977, Jah Lives is a 40-minute, black and white film produced by...

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Musical youth were up front and centre in two temporally overlapping concerts on Sunday. The National Youth Orchestra's (NYOJ) Musical Enlightenment at St Joseph's Teachers' College was scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Edna Manley College of...

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Last week was a good one for storytelling in Jamaica. It began with a Sunday morning church service at the Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living on Fairway Avenue, attended by members of Ntukuma Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, including...

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The two comedies staged at Phoenix Theatre, Haining Road, over the weekend are dissimilar in structure and content. Rosemary Murray's Slice of Life, which I saw on Saturday, is a coherent one-woman show about Murray's interests and incidents in her...

Published:Thursday | November 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Lounging on the grassy mounds or sitting on chairs they had carried, some 400 people (according to one official) enjoyed Sunday afternoon's concert by the Jamaica Military Band (JMB). Held at the Shell Bandstand, Hope Gardens, it was one of many in...

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Acknowledged as one of the giants of Jamaican theatre, Scottish-born Douglas Bennett (July 23, 1919 - October 30, 2017), was remembered by family and friends in a thanksgiving service at the University Chapel, Mona, last Friday. Not surprisingly,...

Published:Friday | November 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

As the audience left the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, School of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, last Saturday night, I heard many persons complimenting the show and singing snatches of its five of six songs. Earlier,...

Published:Friday | November 10, 2017 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord

As a child, I used to go with my family to hear the Jamaica Military Band play on Sunday afternoons at Hope Gardens. Paul Johnson has reassured me that the more than half-century-old tradition continues every third Sunday. He said the military band...

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

This is a big week for two top-class storytellers, Dr Jean Small and Amina Blackwood Meeks. On Sunday Small launched a book of her short stories at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona,...

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

According to Dr Keino Senior, a dean at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), "Preconceived notions of the (low) value of the arts and their seeming lack of viability, sustainability, and income-generating capacity...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Visitors to Jamaica for last week's Rex Nettleford Arts Conference at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) got a chance to also see our society through the eyes of others.Performing and visual artists communicated...

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The Government has restarted the Values and Attitudes programme launched in the 1990s by Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. It was revived in February 2014 by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites as the Respect Agenda campaign and endorsed by current...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Jamaica's arts and culture can provide the means for the island's national, social and economic independence. That's the premise of the fourth biennial Rex Nettleford Arts Conference at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

"I am a trainer, tutor and facilitator in the use of drama and theatre with people at risk," Tony Cealy informed via email from his England hoe on Sunday. But that was not the career he initially wanted, Cealy told some Edna Manley School of the...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The Actor Boy Awards (ABA) administration committee has been discussing solutions to problems it faced last year, as well as planning for the 2018 judging exercise (for 2017 productions) and the awards ceremony. Items on its agenda include fund-...

Published:Friday | September 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Two Jamaican cultural icons, the Hon Louise 'Miss Lou' Bennett-Coverley and Dr the Hon Olive Lewin, were honoured at concerts last weekend.Two Miss Lou concerts were mounted on September 7, the 98th anniversary of her birth. One was at the Norman...

Published:Friday | September 8, 2017 | 12:50 AMMichael Reckord

Along with a new name and structure has come more entertainment related programmes at the institution which began in 1974 as the Caribbean Institute of Mass Communication (CARIMAC). After morphing years later into the Caribbean Institute of Media...

Published:Friday | September 1, 2017 | 12:16 AMMichael Reckord

Jamaican theatre-lovers in New York City over the next seven months might be tempted to attend a musical called Jamaica at the Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street, Harlem.They might well like the Harlem Repertory Theatre's light, breezy...

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 12:22 AMMichael Reckord

There was quite a bit of retrospection by members of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) for its 55th season of dance, which ended recently at the Little Theatre.Barrington Moncrieffe, the company's artistic director, was one of those looking...

Published:Friday | August 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

It is back-to-school time and tens of thousands of children and adults are psyching themselves up for a year of hard studying, the traditional path to academic success. But there may be a way to make that journey not only more successful, but also...

Published:Monday | July 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

The horrors of the trafficking in humans were sketched out by permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Carol Palmer, who is also chair of the National Task Force in Human Trafficking, at the in-house launch of a documentary on the...

Published:Friday | July 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Dance educator and critic Alfdaniels Mabingo didn't originally desire a dance career. "I wanted to be a Catholic priest," he confessed to me after a class at the School of Dance, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, last week. He...

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Audiences of two comedies playing this weekend, Frenemy (Jamaican Shopping Club Theatre, Cargill Avenue), and Heist (Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, Mona), should find lots of opportunity to laugh, for both plays are quite funny. But...

Published:Friday | July 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord

Corruption and violent crime affected the main speakers at the recent launch of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA), 50th anniversary.They praised the PSCCA's contribution to the strengthening of theatre and culture in Jamaica....

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord

The merriment displayed by clergy, church workers, families and friends performing in Sunday's concert at Jamaica College, belied the gravity of its cause. Proceeds are for the rebuilding of the Clifton Boys' Home, which was completely destroyed by...

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