Since the last Sunday of March 2016 is Easter, and a public holiday, there will be no Last Sundays on that day. We will instead offer a special Sunday programme on April 3, the first Sunday in April. The programme for April 3 features a musical performance by Sherieta and four exhibitions. This includes Selections from the Permanent Collection, Recent Acquisitions and a small tribute exhibition to Barrington Watson. April 3 will also be the last chance to view the critically acclaimed Explorations IV: Masculinities exhibition, which has been held over and closes on that day.
A passionate performer with a powerhouse voice, Sherieta was a semi-finalist in the BBC’s 2007 The Next Big Thing competition. Sherieta tells vivid and deep stories through her songs. This she attributes to, “trying to figure out the answers to life’s most challenging questions.” Sherieta is a proficient songwriter who not only writes her own songs, but has penned lyrics for a number of Jamaican artistes including Etana (Warrior Love, Trigger), Tarrus Riley (Let Peace Reign), Marcia Griffiths (Beer and a Girl), and Romain Virgo (Beautiful).
Throughout her music career, Sherieta has worked and toured with several popular artistes and music personalities: Tarrus Riley, Duane Stephenson, Diana King, Gentleman, Donovan Germain, Mikie Bennett and Dean Fraser, to name a few. She has also recorded background vocals on thousands of songs, including local hits My Dream (Nesbeth); Never Give Up (Chronixx); Never Leave I and Gimme Likkle One Drop (Tarrus Riley); Don’t You Remember and System (Romain Virgo). She also did extensive work on the 2013 album New Day Dawn by German reggae artiste, Gentleman and featured in his 2014 MTV Unplugged TV show and subsequent tours in Europe in 2015.
Currently, Sherieta is promoting her latest single, The Last Time, on the Cold Heart riddim produced by Robert Livingston for Scikron/Big Yard Music which has been receiving strong support from local and overseas reggae DJs. She is in studio working on additional singles to be released throughout the remainder of 2016.
As is now customary for the National Gallery’s Sunday programming, the doors will be open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm and Sherieta’s performance starts at 1:30 pm. Admission and guided tours will be free. Contributions to our donations box are, however, much appreciated and help to fund exhibitions such as Explorations IV: Masculinities and our Sunday programming. The gift and coffee shop will also be open for business.
Last Sundays will resume on its normal schedule at the end of April. The next Last Sundays event will be on the April 24 and will feature the opening of the Digital exhibition, an exhibition of work in various digital media by artists living in Jamaica, elsewhere in the Caribbean, and the Caribbean diaspora.