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Stories by Marcia Rowe

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

'Come Mek We Laaf' was the clarion call from the Best Care Foundation and a number of Jamaicans responded. They arrived as the shadows of the late Sunday afternoon fell on the Old Hope Road-...

Published:Saturday | December 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

The adage 'music is a universal language', became a reality in the spacious Webster Memorial United Church, Half Way Tree Road, recently, when students of various Jamaican schools came together to spread the joy of Christmas through songs and...

Published:Tuesday | November 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Known for excellent body extensions, great precision and uniformed movements, The Company Dance Theatre continued the trend on Saturday at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, in their 29th Season of Dance.The works on show were choreographed by...

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Over the years, a wide cross section of students across Jamaica have journeyed to the National Arena to view one of Father Ho Lung's productions. These performances are held on Thursdays and Fridays during the two weeks of shows. This year was no...

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Esther was a courageous, young Jewish girl who lived hundreds of years ago. Her story was written as one of the books of the Hebrew Scriptures, and remains relevant. Now, Father Ho Lung and Friends, through spectacular costumes, set, and props;...

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

From all account, the recent staging of the St Andrew High School for Girls (SAHS) Parent-Teacher Association 'Evening of Culture', was 'good' and 'amazing'.The theme for the concert, held in the school's Garden Theatre, was Let the Good Times Roll...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Opening night of Dance Theatre Xaymaca's (DTX) 22nd Season of Dance was held at Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Drive, on Saturday. It showcased the works of seven choreographers who not only expanded the dance vocabulary, but had the dancers perform...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:11 AMMarcia Rowe

Saturday's show was the second of the Wolmer's Dance Troupe 27th Season of Dance. And on an evening when the raindrops pounded the roof of the Little Theatre, the Barbara McDaniel-led company, danced their way into the annals of memory.Lighting,...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Powered by its historic importance and great anticipation, many persons turned out for last Friday's Solid Gold, A Celebration of 50 Years of Music With Ernie Smith. They were not disappointed. From well-designed and choreographed lighting to a fine...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 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 | 12:07 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:04 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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...

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