Virtual Last Sundays ft. Tribe Sankofa

In celebration of Reggae Month the National Gallery of Jamaica presents a performance by Tribe Sankofa on February 28, 2021 for its Last Sundays event. The virtual programme will premiere on both our YouTube and IGTV platforms at 1:30pm.

Tribe Sankofa is a performing arts collective brought together by Fabian Thomas, A vibrant and eclectic group of multi-talented performers they have combined their artistry to add an exciting new dimension to the performing arts landscape both locally and internationally. Their niche is “…borrowed and original spoken word/poetry, soulful song-styling uniquely blended with other visual and performing arts”.

Tribe Sankofa has shared their unique offerings in diverse spaces including the Lignum Vitae Awards, Gungo Walk Alternative Music and Arts Festival, Arts in the Park and the Investiture of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica to name a few. In addition to multiple medals and awards at Tallawah Dramatic Arts Festival and the Jamaica Cultural Development’s Speech and Drama competitions, the collective has also staged its own productions: Black Bodies, A Tribe Ting and their signature annual production Word Soul. Tribe Sankofa was a featured performer at the Carifesta Symposium 2017 in Barbados. Rising above the challenges and restrictions of COVID-19, they presented their first virtual season in August 2020 entitled Word Soul: The ‘Covid-19 Naah Flop Wi Show’ Edition.

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Virtual Last Sundays to ft. Asabi

The National Gallery of Jamaica presents its first Last Sundays event for 2021 on January 31 with a performance by Asabi. The virtual programme will premiere on both our YouTube and IGTV platforms at 1:30pm.

Going by her middle name, Nailah Asabi Henry was born in Kingston Jamaica on July 19th, 1991. At the age of 8 she relocated to Port Antonio, Portland, where she lived up until she began attending the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) in Kingston, to pursue a degree in Jazz and Popular Music Studies.

After leaving EMCVPA Asabi went on to perform at many well-known Hotels across Jamaica, weddings and other special occasions. For her work she focused her attention on Jazz and Reggae but she always had a special love for dancehall that she was too shy to pursue. Asabi however, decided to take a leap and flow her passion of becoming a Dancehall and Reggae Recording Artist after taking a break from the music scene to start a family, as well as realizing that a corporate job did not make her soul sing as music did.

On May 1st 2020 Asabi released her debut single titled “Bamboo.” In late November she released her second single “Winey Don” on the Meraki Riddim, which feature artists such as Busy Signal and Chris Martin. Her third single “Caribbean Peach” is set for release on the 22nd of January.

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Virtual Last Sundays to ft. Nexus

To close the year, for our December Last Sundays the National Gallery of Jamaica will be having a special holiday performance by the Nexus Performing Arts Company on December 27, 2020 at 1:30pm. The video performance will premiere on our YouTube and IGTV platforms for you to enjoy.

Formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, the Nexus Performing Arts Company is known for their powerful vocals and cultural performances. The company’s repertoire is drawn from several genres; gospel, Negro spirituals, semi-classical, popular music including reggae and show tunes, and African and classical music of the European and African traditions. Their costumes are vibrant, colourful and centre around cultural dress of the musical genres they embody. Nexus has performed on both local and international stages at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, the Beres Hammond Moment In Time Concert, the 2009 Jamaica Reggae Industry Awards Show, Jamaica’s National Honours and Awards Investiture Ceremony, the 2008 National Independence and Olympic Grand Galas, the IAAF World Junior Championships Opening Ceremony, the Cricket World Cup 2007 Opening Ceremony, and the National Actor Boy Awards.

In anticipation for the closing of this year 2020, we take the opportunity to wish all our patrons and their loved ones Happy Holidays, and a blessed New Year when it comes, from the Management and Staff of the National Gallery of Jamaica. This year has been unprecedented, forcing many Jamaicans and the rest of the global community to change the way we operate. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been challenges, lessons learnt and thankfully, moments of triumph. The pandemic continues, but the NGJ remains committed to the service of our fellow citizens and the world.  

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Virtual Last Sundays to Screen the Film “Inna De Yard” + Live Discussion w/ Peter Webber

At 1:30 pm on November 29, 2020 the National Gallery of Jamaica in association with the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) will feature an online screening of the film “Inna De Yard” followed by a discussion with the film’s director Peter Webber for its virtual Last Sundays.

Kiddus I, The Rebel (Image courtesy of Charades)

More than 30 years after their golden age, a band of singers gather up for the recording of a new album before embarking on a World Tour. Voices of Reggae like Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I, Judy Mowatt, and Cedric Myron, the famous lead of the Congos, are but a few in this film. These artistes have known each other for years and the have contributed greatly to the development of reggae: they’ve sung with the greats and rubbed shoulders with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff. For the project “Inna de Yard”, they’ve reunited to revisit the biggest tracks of their repertoire and record a unique acoustic album, returning to the sources of their music. On this occasion, they’ll share the microphone with younger singers, representatives of the new reggae stage uniting their energy in a collective, powerful vibration.

Jah 9 (Image courtesy of Charades)

In this film the director, Peter Webber, takes us along for the recording of the album, which will be the soundtrack, as well as the everyday life of the singers for several weeks. His aim is to get to grips with reggae, and at the same time witness the intimate lives of some of the legendary personalities that helped to create it. Built around a series of portraits, and giving star billing to the reggae music that will permeate it from beginning to end, the film invites us on a visceral and musical voyage to discover reggae and some of the fascinating people who create and perform it every day.

Growing up in West London in the 1970’s, Peter Webber was surrounded by reggae music. There was a large and well-established Jamaican community and the Notting Hill Carnival, the capital’s biggest street party, throbbed to the sounds of it. He was a fan of The Clash, who often promoted reggae music and that impacted him deeply. His record collection was soon filled with reggae albums and he sought out iconic reggae films such as “The Harder They Come” and “Rockers.” Webber eventually visited Jamaica and saw the opportunity for stories to be told through the intersection of the old and new generations of reggae.

To view the film and discussion please click the following link:

http://cet-it.com/live/ngj-inna-de-yard-the-soul-of-jamaica-screening-discussion/

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Virtual Last Sundays to ft. Courtni

For the National Gallery of Jamaica’s upcoming virtual Last Sundays on October 25, 2020 we will be featuring a musical performance by vocalist Courtni as well as, interviews with The Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange MP, CD and Barbara Blake Hannah OD regarding the Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition. The video performance will premiere on our YouTube and Instagram pages at 1:30pm.

Hailing from the tourist city of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Courtni was born into a musical family. Early on she was encouraged to pursue her passion for music and as a result, she learned to play the piano at the tender age of six. Courtni draws inspiration from many artistes and groups including Bach, Ella Fitzgerald, Toots and the Maytals, Nirvana and Beyoncé.

Courtni is currently enrolled at the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. At just twenty-five years old, she knows there is still much to learn and is eager to dive into the entertainment industry headfirst. Following graduation, she plans to not only pursue her lifelong dream of being a recording artiste but to also work as a composer and producer.

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Virtual Last Sundays to ft. Tori-Lattore

On September 27, 2020, the National Gallery of Jamaica’s virtual Last Sundays will feature a musical performance by the singer Tori-Lattore as well as interview clips from the Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition opening. The video will premiere at 1:30pm on both our YouTube and Instagram pages.

Though petite in stature, Tori-Lattore stands tall on the shoulders of her powerful voice. With her smooth velvet tones and fiery delivery, she has mesmerized audiences near and far with her captivating stage presence. Tori started singing with the international performing arts company ASHE at a young age, and now hones her vocal craft and vibrant performance style at the distinguished Edna Manley College – Jamaica School of Music.

Despite her youth, Tori is becoming more recognized in music circles as a vocal powerhouse. She has provided background vocals both on stage and in recording sessions, for music stalwarts such as: Etana, Wayne Marshall, Chevaughn, Romain Virgo, Babycham, Jesse Royal, Notis Heavy Weight Rockaz and Agent Sasco. Tori is the lead female vocalist for the Ashe Company, where she has done numerous concerts, songs, dances and musical theatre productions. She is a triple-threat artist. With Ashe, she has performed for audiences Amsterdam, Trinidad, New York, South Africa and more. She is also a brilliant songwriter whose music is recorded by various artists. Now, as she branches out on her solo career, her sultry tones can be heard in her single “Goodbye.”

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