Jamaica Entertainment & Arts News

Jamaica Arts and Entertainment News: May 16th – 22nd, 2015

Written by Staff Writer

ASHE SUCCEEDS IN NEW THEATER LOCATION—05/18/15
Ashe launched its new theater space in January 2015 at the Vibes Theater, hoping they would achieve success with the new production “Ded Leff”. The success of the group has been realized, and the production, which was to close in March, continues to run at the theater. Conroy Wilson, creative director of Ashe, said he is very satisfied with the response to the play and that being in its own space has definitely contributed to the company’s achievements.

MARLEY FOUNDATION DONATES EQUIPMENT TO HOSPITALS IN JAMAICA—05/19/15
The Bob Marley Foundation is donating over JA$15 million in medical equipment to four hospitals in Jamaica. The donations were made through the Marley for Health Project and will benefit Bustamante Hospital, Jubilee Hospital, St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, and the Women’s Health network. The equipment donations include oximeters, fetal and maternal monitors, portable ultrasound systems, blood pressure machines, and ventilators. The donations were announced in February 2015 at what would have been the 70th birthday celebration of Bob Marley.

“JAMAICAN MAFIA” TURNS TO ONLINE DISTRIBUTION CAMPAIGN—05/20/15
The creators of the film “Jamaican Mafia” are giving people worldwide the chance to purchase their production online. According to Ms. Dale Foti, executive producer and former manager to recording artiste Erup, there are three reasons for taking this action. Firstly, the team was unhappy with a disappointing distribution contract, then the distributor said it would be six months before the movie would be prepared for a theatrical run, and finally, the core audience for the movie was impatient to see it.

DANCEHALL ARTISTE BARRINGTON LEVY ADDS TO LEGACY—05/21/15
Barrington Levy, a veteran dancehall artiste, continues his legacy as one of the most talented entertainers in Jamaica with the launch of his 48th album. “Acousticalevy” has 15 tracks and comprises acoustic, re-recorded versions of his past hits, as well as two new songs. The new songs feature the voice of Patrice, an artiste based in Germany, who is said to sound like Bob Marley.

About the author

Staff Writer