POET LAUREATE OF JAMAICA HEADS WRITERS’ RETREAT—04/19/15
Jamaica’s Poet Laureate, Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris, will lead the second annual Drawing Room Project Writers’ Retreat at the Liberty Hill Great House and Spa in Lime Hall, St. Ann, on June 5 through 7, 2015. The workshop is designed to “create meaning from common human experiences.” The project was founded in 2007 to inspire and encourage involvement with the creative arts. The goal of the workshop is to create a network that will support emerging and mid-career creatives.
APRIL 20 MARKS FIRST INTERNATIONAL PETER TOSH DAY—04/20/15
The estate of Peter Tosh announced that April 20 will be designated as International Peter Tosh Day in honor of the legendary reggae musician and human rights activist. Tosh came on the international stage in 1976 with his release of “Legalize It.” He worked throughout his life to legalize marijuana, support equal rights and to expand the culture of Jamaica and its music throughout the world.
RAPPER 50 CENT CONSIDERS INVESTING IN JAMAICA—04/22/15
The rapper and actor 50 Cent paid a working visit to Jamaica, spending some time exploring investment opportunities in the country. The rapper, whose given name is Curtis Jackson, met with local officials and discussed investment opportunities in the resort area of Montego Bay. 50 Cent has a large following in Jamaica and has family ties to the island through his stepfather.
JAMAICAN SINGER IN ATLANTA HOPES FOR FOLLOWING ON HOME ISLAND—04/23/15
Singer Solution, a Jamaican reggae singer currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, wants to make an impact on his home island with music recorded at his U.S. studio. Looking to break into the Jamaican market with a self-titled album, he is especially promoting his song “Hard Climb to the Top”. He is keen to get an audience in Jamaica because Jamaica is his home, as he is originally from Hanover.