December 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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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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Virtual Last Sundays to ft. Tori Love

On August 30, 2020 the National Gallery of Jamaica will be hosting our virtual Last Sundays on our YouTube and Instagram channels. This month we will be featuring the musical artist Tori Love and some more short interviews from the Jamaica Jamaica! opening. The videos will premiere at 1:30pm.

Victoria ‘Tori Love’ Taffe is a daughter of the soil and musician by blood. She is currently a student of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance to embolden and refine her natural affinity to music. Her dream is to continue sharing her music to bring hope to those in the world most in need of it.

Tori Love Official

Tori’s academic prowess at the Edna Manley School of Music has afforded her many musical awards, scholarships and the honor of representing her school on several platforms. This has included a tribute to the late Edward Seaga at the Little Theatre and a featured solo act for the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards in 2019. She has also worked with both upcoming and established artistes such as Rockaz Elements, Alicia Taylor, Naomi Cowan, Richie Spice and Wayne Marshall among others.

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Virtual Last Sundays ft. Children of Babylon

Last Sundays Flyer

This July 26, 2020, the National Gallery of Jamaica will once again be hosting its virtual Last Sundays programme on our YouTube channel. We will be screening Children of Babylon which will be released online at 1:30pm, followed by a live Q&A on YouTube discussion at 3:45pm with production team member Cheryl Ryman.

Reggae Artist Bob Andy
Reggae Artist Bob Andy

A Jamaican made film, Children of Babylon is about life, love and tragedy. It explores Jamaica as a metaphorical Babylon that has more to it than the standard global perceptions of the Rastaman, Rum, Reggae and Ganja. The story follows a cast of characters from various racial and socio-economic backgrounds.

“The vortex is Penny, a young university graduate student; Rick – an artist; Luke – a “dreadlocks” farmhand; Dorcas – the housekeeper and Laura – the wealthy American owner of the plantation and greathouse, which silently represents the proverbial “house divided against itself”.

(l) Cinematographer: Franklyn "Chappie" St. Juste, (c) Richard Lannaman, (r) Director: Lennie Little-White
(l) Cinematographer: Franklyn “Chappie” St. Juste, (c) Richard Lannaman, (r) Director: Lennie Little-White

The film was directed by Lennie Little-White, with Franklyn “Chappie” St. Juste as the cinematographer. Among the cast are the recently deceased reggae artist Bob Andy as well as Tobi Phillips, Don Parchment, Leonie Forbes and Elizabeth De Lisser.

Parental Advisory: This film contains explicit themes considered inappropriate for viewers under the age of 17.

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