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Stories by Marcia Rowe

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 9:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Celebrating 50 years in any form is a significant achievement. So it is for The Jamaican Folk Singers, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.The group was founded in 1967 by Dr Olive Lewin. There were eight members, all friends. Among...

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 9:07 AMMarcia Rowe

The dynamism of the Jamaican Folk Singers was on full display over the weekend. From their rich repertoire, they presented awide cross section of songsthat provided more than just entertainment. It was a canvas painted with fine vocals,controlled...

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 9:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Where best to sit and labrish about Miss Lou's impact and contribution to the Jamaican cultural landscape than on a veranda.It was against this setting that friends shared fond memories. Others performed poems, modelled, sang, and spoke of...

Published:Tuesday | August 29, 2017 | 8:04 AMMarcia Rowe

Infidelity can be traced back to the biblical days of King David, and for many years, such relationships have remained a secret. But with the creation of the wide world web, all that can change in an instant.The web's allows for anonymity. Its...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AMMarcia Rowe

At a recent media launch for his upcoming concert - Ernie Smith Celebrates 50 - the Jamaican musical pioneer spoke of his high and low moments of his musical career.But first, The Gleaner wanted to know why he has decided to assist the Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 8:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Apart from generating great excitement as the culminating event, the staging of Jamaica's Independence Grand Gala not only unites and creates an economy for the people of the communities, but provides other avenues for development.That was the...

Published:Tuesday | August 8, 2017 | 8:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It was the perfect culminating activity. The concept was refreshing and exciting. This was due to a consistent measured number of dances, fireworks, and other forms of entertainment used to keep the energy level of the festive occasion on a high.So...

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 8:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Miss St Elizabeth, Dainalyn Swaby, was crowned the winner of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition 2017. But it was no surprise.Before the announcement, she was declared winner of three sectional...

Published:Tuesday | August 1, 2017 | 8:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Aptly the planned weeklong celebration of Jamaica's 55th anniversary of political Independence from Great Britain started with a mosaic concert of the arts, or as the organisers - Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) - described it "a...

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 7:00 AMMarcia Rowe

National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) at 55 was on full display as it celebrated its 55th anniversary season of dance over the weekend.Against the background of a well designed backdrop, costumes, props and set, the concert was brought to life with...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Jamaica's music is quite popular in Europe, but France is the only country to have mounted an exhibition on it."It is quite a costly exhibition, €800,000, but it was worth it because 30,000 have seen it to date and 50,000 are expected to view...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Langston Hughes asked in one of his poems, what happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? If you are an inmate at a correctional institution, the answer may be yes.Perhaps that is why at the marking of the 400th...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It was an elevator ride filled with hope. The occupants were from a number of high schools - participants of the RuJohn Foundation annual Celebrity Acting, Singing and Empowerment Workshop.On the 17th floor of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston...

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 7:00 AMMarcia Rowe

The best of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) 2017 Festival of Dance Competition was on show.Held on Saturday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, St Andrew, the JCDC's Best of Dance was the last of four days...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:00 AMMarcia Rowe

For approximately two hours, all eyes were glued to the stage at the Little Theatre on Tom Redcam Avenue.The focus of attention was the effective use of lighting, colourful costumes, spectacular set brought to life by dancers of diverse age groups....

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 6:00 AMMarcia Rowe

At Saturday's of thanksgiving for singer Paul 'Frankie Paul' Blake, Minister of Culture, Entertainment, Sport and Gender Affairs Olvia Grange was at one point hopping mad."A farewell service is the celebration of an artiste, the life of a musician...

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 6:55 AMMarcia Rowe

On Saturday, a month after singer Paul 'Frankie Paul' Blake's death, his family and friends bade him him farewell. The thanksgiving service for Frankie Paul's life was held at the Olson Memorial Church of God, Hope...

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 6:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Family, friends and well-wishers turned out recently to say farewell to the remarkable Arthur Ashbourn Robinson, more affectionately called 'Bunny'.Holding back tears, in some instances, they delivered tributes in poems, anecdotes and songs for a...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 6:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Against the backdrop of lush green flora complemented by a clear blue sky, the curtains of the 27th staging of the International Jamaica Ocho Rios Jazz Festival came down with an amazing display of high-quality musical acts.The acts, spanning the...

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 6:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Patrons who turned out for Jazz Cruise 2017 all had a grand time aboard the Caribbean Queen.Loaded with its cargo of revellers, the cruise slowly made its way out of the Kingston Harbour to Freddie McGregor's Big Ship Sailing. And as it navigated...

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 6:06 PMMarcia Rowe

  The 27th staging of the annual International Jamaica Ocho Rios jazz Festival, this year featured the likes of Le Birrette - the all-female band from Italy, Lorraine Klaasen from South Africa and Carl Winter and the ...

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 6:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It was a show of artistry in music and dance. Patrons watched, spellbound by the rhythmic feet stomping and fervent movement of fingers plucking strings of bass and electric guitars, complemented by gentle tapping of a cajÛn (box) as the Spanish...

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 5:00 AMMarcia Rowe

For two consecutive years, Taville Henry has made his school, St Aloysius Primary, proud.He was placed first in the 11-15-year-old solo category, in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Children's Gospel Song Competition 2017 and also...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Creatively arranged and justly executed songs was the hallmark of the Mona Campus Male Chorus' concert, A Seranade to Mother, held recently at the Temple of Light on Fairway Avenue. But the programme saw more than a serenade. Songs were complemented...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It was a sermon with a difference, heard by a capacity size congregation at the United Theology College (UTC) on Sunday afternoon. The preacher, newly converted comedian and actor, Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, who is now on a mission to make sons of Jamaica...

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