It’s hard to differentiate between the seasons here in the tropics, of course. But now there is a little freshness in the air. After a few showers that eased our crippling drought, the garden seems to be breathing again. The clouds are high and light; the sky is a gentler blue. And mangoes are ripening…
Our moringa trees are tall and spindly but oh, so delicate. And full of powerful goodness. I just took these photos.
The National Biennial 2012, which closed in March, was, as Charles Campbell put it in his excellent review, a powerful and demanding exhibition that reflected the expansive growth of contemporary art in Jamaica and its Diaspora. It captured a cultural moment that is energetic, expansive and enthusiastic and viewers and commentators responded accordingly, with unprecedented enthusiasm that left us very encouraged about current directions in Jamaican art and the development of the NGJ itself.
Charles Campbell rightly cautioned, however, that the present cultural moment is also very self-congratulatory and lacks the supporting critical discourse that is needed to make the current growth spurt fully meaningful and sustainable, culturally and intellectually. The NGJ team recognizes this problem and it is in actuality part of our responsibilities to facilitate and promote critical discourse within and about the Jamaican art world, in its broadest sense. We also recognize the need to extend this…
I am researching a few maladies that I have been asked to find alternative treatments to. That’s why I have been MIA. Its amazing how many people around the world are taking their health/bodies into their own hands. So right now I am researching diets and herbs for the following Graves Disease, cancer diets, diets for diabetics,Fibromyalgia, depression , hair loss and eczema.
We are not claiming to heal anyone with out suggestions , but we are just sharing information on ways to improve or change your diet for optimal health .
Blazing a trail across the landscape of neo-roots reggae, sing-jay Kashu is among the core group of new blood to emerge on a determined mission to heal the world with music. But what set apart this ultra- talented performer are his unique delivery style, his peerless sound and distinct raspy vocals, as well as a natural, inherent flair for lyrics construction. He continually shows versatility across different subject areas, his music spanning topics from human oppression, affairs of the heart to dance-floor party themes.
And even as Kashu continues to indelibly impress all who have come in contact with his music, he remains resolute that he needs no vulgarity to gain popularity. Kashu (formerly Cashew Man) has steadily carved out a place for himself performing all over: from major concerts in his hometown of Toll Gate, Clarendon in Jamaica, to big stages across Europe, USA and the Caribbean.
He has performed for thousands and has consistently elicited rave responses from every audience. A highlight of Kashu’s sojourn was unveiled on May 5, 2001, when he was named national winner of the island-wide televised “Reggae Trail” talent search. From thereon, there has been no stopping Kashu.
Outside of music, his talents extend to fashion designing, football and construction engineering. He was a DaCosta Cup star forward on his high school team at Vere Technical, where he also obtained a certificate in Construction Engineering. Music however, he knows, is his true calling, and soon the moniker Kashu will be the name on the lips of music fans everywhere.
THE STAR team journeyed to the streets of May Pen, Clarendon, on Monday to garner the views of the residents and to highlight their concerns and frustrations. The town’s attractions were also featured. Featured among the attractions is Moby’s Family Recreational Centre at 12 Fernleigh Avenue described as central Jamaica’s premier family recreational centre which places great emphasis on family-oriented entertainment. The venue is also equipped with a four-and-a-half foot deep pool where swimming lessons are offered to both adult and children. They offer group packages to schools and private lessons. Ryan Singh, managing director of the family-owned business, boasted that his centre has produced over 200 swim graduates so far. good business He said a class caters to no more than 10 students at any one time and is more focused on practical instruction rather than theory. He was motivated to offer swimming lessons to May Pen residents because of the absence of a centre that offers that skill in the parish. “The main thing was that I wanted my kids to learn but I would have to take them to Kingston or Mandeville and it was too much of a hassle on weekends to bring them up and a lot of parents had that problem, so we thought that it would be a good offering to teach them here and that it would be a good business as well,” he recalled. Singh revealed that the centre also has a recording studio, a label and a grill and “we rent the venue for parties”. Singh said he has plans of expanding the family business to other parishes. “Yes, we’re looking at some other area on the north coast. So, they have invited us to come and look,” he said.