Virtual Last Sundays to ft. Tribe Sankofa

On May 31, 2020, the National Gallery of Jamaica will for the first time present its Last Sundays programme virtually on its YouTube channel and Instagram Account. It will feature Tribe Sankofa and the ongoing exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! The video will be available online at 1:30pm.

Originally launched at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2017, Jamaica Jamaica! explores the beginnings of Jamaican music and how genres like Kumina, Revival, Mento, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall developed into international phenomena. This virtual presentation revisits the vibrancy of the opening event during Reggae Month. 

A performing arts collective formed by Fabian Thomas, the award winning Tribe Sankofa has been an audience favourite at Last Sundays over the last few years. 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. For their Virtual Last Sundays performances they will be presenting pieces inspired by themes and personalities present in the Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition. 

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Last Sundays to ft. Heavyweight Rockaz

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for February 23, 2020 will feature the most recently opened exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! and a musical performance by Heavyweight Rockaz.

Co-curated by Sebastien Carayol  (Independent Curator), Herbie Miller (Director/Curator Jamaica Music Museum) and O’Neil Lawrence (Chief Curator National Gallery of Jamaica), the exhibition takes a look at the beginnings of Jamaican music and how it evolved into an international phenomenon. Utilizing art and artifact, video and interactive technology, it looks at the musical genres of Kumina, Revival, Mento, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall as well as the local culture and figures that influenced their development.

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Interlocking to produce musical patterns you can feel through a sound system, the drum and bass are core elements of Reggae Music. As a Drum ‘n’ Bass duo Heavyweight Rockaz uses this synergy to create relatable music that you can groove to. Members Unga Barunga and WelshBass started a new phase of their musical journey in 2013 as Heavyweight Rockaz and had their debut performance at Wickie Wackie Live in December 2014.

The two met in early 2000 while still attending college and have been collaborating since with the goal of unifying others through their music. They have worked with the likes of Tanya Stephens, Jesse Royal and Jimmy Cliff and have performed at venues locally and internationally. Heavyweight Rockaz aims to release new music this Reggae Month including an album and the song Sweet Sensation featuring Jesse Royal.

Doors will open to the public from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The performance will begin at 1:30 p.m. As is customary on Last Sundays, entry is free, but contributions to the Donations Box located in the lobby are appreciated. 

These donations help to fund our Last Sundays events. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will also be open for business.

Last Sundays to ft. Chris Malachi

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for January 26, 2020 will feature a musical performance by the singer Chris Malachi.

Chris Malachi is a musical artiste on a mission to impact the hearts of people through his potent lyrics, soul-stirring vocal delivery and genre-bending sounds, grounded in Jamaican culture. Malachi, a name that means “one who is charged with a message”, encapsulates his belief in the transformative power of good and honest music.

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His musical journey started at an early age when his parents noticed his ability to remember songs from church as he often learned and practiced them on the keyboard at home. This prompted them to enroll him in piano classes. As time progressed, he joined the church choir- his first platform as a vocalist and performer. He also developed an interest in poetry and songwriting through English Language and Literature classes in high school. During his time as a student of the University Of The West Indies, Chris joined several performance and musical groups, where he had the opportunity to perform many different styles of music, ranging from Jazz to Roots Reggae. These experiences gave him the tools to hone his skills as vocalist, writer, musical arranger and co-producer for much of his work.

The line “Malachi rise up fi build di nation, calling everyone from one to pension” from his debut single, All I’ve Got, speaks to his personal development and encourages his generation to be the leaders of purpose that he knows they were born to be.

On August 31, 2019, Malachi released his debut EP “The Messenger” alongside producer J.L.L.

Doors will open to the public from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The performance will begin at 1:30 p.m. As is customary on Last Sundays, guided tours are free, but contributions to the Donations Box located in the Coffee Shop are appreciated. These donations help to fund our Last Sundays events. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will also be open for business.

Last Sundays to ft. Nexus

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for December 29th, 2019 will feature the Nexus Performing Arts Company as well as a selections from the National Collection related to music, movement and forms of resistance.

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Bringing the year to a spectacular close, the award-winning Nexus Performing Arts Company is back for what has become a staple of our December Last Sundays programme for the last six years. The Nexus Performing Arts Company was formed in 2001 by Hugh Douse, Artistic Director, voice tutor, singer, actor, conductor, songwriter, and a former Director of Culture in Education. The group has a broad musical repertoire that draws on Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Semi-classical, Popular music including Reggae and show tunes, African and Classical music of the European and African traditions. Join them as they take us on a lyrical tour of the works on display filled with song, dance and theatrical performances, a truly festive way to close 2019.

The National Gallery of Jamaica will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the Nexus performance beginning at 1:30 p.m. As per usual on Last Sundays, admission is free, but contributions to our Donations Box, located in the lobby, are appreciated. These donations help to fund exhibitions and our Last Sundays programming. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will also be open for business.

 

Last Sundays November 24, 2019 to ft. 6 Films

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for November 24th will feature a film screening in association with Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA).

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Flight directed by Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald and produced by Tashera Lee Johnson

As usual Last Sundays admission is free though we are inviting donations for the Bahamas Hurricane Relief in light of the severe damage that was done to parts of the archipelago during hurricane Dorian. JAFTA is a non-profit association that represents the interests of the Film & TV industry of Jamaica inclusive of marketing Jamaican productions on the international scene.

We will be screening the following 6 films:

  • Passage directed and produced by Kareem Mortimer
  • Code directed by Sarah Manley and produced by Darin Tennent
  • Origins directed by Kurt Wright and produced by Noelle Kerr
  • A Broken Appointment directed and produced by Kaleb D’Aguilar
  • Trust directed by Jason Evans and produced by Renée Cesar
  • Flight directed by Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald and produced by Tashera Lee Johnson

Doors will open to the public from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The screening will begin at 1:30 p.m. As is customary on Last Sundays, guided tours are free, but contributions to the Donations Box located in the Coffee Shop are appreciated. These donations help to fund our Last Sundays events. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will also be open for business.

Last Sundays October 27, 2019 to ft. MINORI

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programming for September 29th will feature a performance by MINORI and the inaugural NGJ Summer Exhibition 2019 will also be on view. This month’s staging is in association with the Institute of Jamaica’s Heritage Fest celebrations.

 

 

 

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The NGJ Summer Exhibition 2019 consists of artwork from juried and invited artists from Jamaica and the diaspora to provide an inclusive and diverse showing of contemporary Jamaican art. The exhibition explores a wide variety of themes and concepts and displays a multitude of mediums in which they take form. It is also host to a number of emerging artists that we can look forward to seeing more work from in the future.

 

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She strives to be all that she dreams‘ is the mantra of the Jamaican singer, MINORI. MINORI’s music possesses a deep power & soul, her fusion of Reggae, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, RNB and Dancehall, delivering a message of trial and triumph. Her latest single RED PILL was released early this month, the inspiration of which came from the monumental movie The Matrix, where the RED PILL represents exposure to truth beneath the lies & illusion that surrounds us.

Doors will open to the public from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The performance by MINORI will begin at 1:30 p.m. As is customary on Last Sundays, admission and guided tours are free, but contributions to the Donations Box located in the Coffee Shop are appreciated. These donations help to fund our Last Sundays events. The National Gallery’s Gift Shop and Coffee Shop will also be open for business.