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DANCEHALL act Mavado is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on November 21 on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm stemming from a recent altercation at a popular nightclub in New Kingston where he reportedly assaulted an off-duty police officer.
A member of the entertainer’s entourage, Conroy Edwards, was shot in his abdomen during the June 13 incident, and succumbed to his injuries three days later in hospital.
The entertainer, who was born David Brooks, was summoned by the police and arrested and charged when he turned himself in but was later released on $30,000 station bail.
Max is desperate to get back to Brooklyn, where we see him do exactly nothing but hipsterize, which gives him a lot in common with the Jamaicans who mock and exploit him. They, at least, are up to nothing good. Max’s plan was to take the cruise with his girlfriend (Norah Jones, yes, that one). But, perhaps sensing what’s ahead, she backs out. His friends insist he go — well, there’s one objector: “You’re gonna miss the election!’’
Ah, the election — yes, that election, whose footage plays in the background of many scenes but contributes no sociopolitical texture. The image of a room full of partying Jamaicans going wild over the announcement of Barack Obama’s ascendancy is an ugly, meaningless sight. They’ve been filmed to seem like animals.
“Wah do dem’’ is Jamaican patois for “What’s wrong with them?,’’ a question you could ask at any point during the movie’s 76 minutes. Chace and Fleischner might have been going for a kind of realism, but they don’t open any dramatic or emotional door. Instead, they show off their inevitable taste in two-year-old pop (MGMT, Santogold, etc.) and product (Vimeo! Red Stripe!).
NAACP Image Award winning actress, photographer and filmmaker Esther Anderson created the blueprint of this film in 1973 as a kaleidoscope portrait of Bob Marley and the Wailers in Jamaica. Shooting intimate scenes with a prototype Sony video camera, Esther carefully constructs the union between Reggae and Rasta that launches the international career of the Wailers. Writing songs with Bob Marley and creating the image for the band, Esther’s original vision created a radical change of perception and consciousness both musically and socially around the world. Now, in collaboration with architect and filmmaker Gian Godoy, Esther revisits the making of the legend in modern Jamaica.
Work-in-progress screening at the BFI NFT1 on Sat 19 March 11:00 am. Be there or be square!
After 30-some-odd years, and even after his death, there might still be a side to reggae legend Bob Marley very few have seen.
Esther Anderson, a close friend of Marley from as early as the 1970s, when the reggae icon was still relatively unknown outside Jamaica, will release a documentary on the legend. Titled Bob Marley – The Making of a Legend, the feature will have footage previously thought to have been lost. Read more
Its finally here, the Jamaican film that has been long anticipated, directed by Orville Matherson and Junior Powell is set to be releases Nov 17, 2010 in Jamaica at the Carib Theater with features musical artistes such as Erup, Merital Family and Impac alongside local dance groups Kadillac Dancers, Black Blingazz and Sample Six.
A Dance for Grace is a film uniting dancers to fight for a cause. A dear sick friend has been hit with hospital bills that has become unmanageable and with the help of dance teacher Ricky Myers play by Orvillie Matherson he gathers students to travel to Jamaica to get str8 fram yaad dance sessions in with they would use to compete in a dance competition.
Armed with placards, dressed up in Better Mus’ Come T-shirts, the soon-to-be released movie’s crew hit the streets in the middle of the hustle and bustle of fashion enthusiasts on September 10.
The sight of the group standing as if in protest drew almost as much attention as the competitive prices on offer once per year.
Crowds moved from stores to the ‘protesters’ as they sought to find out more about what was going on. Read more
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