Movements – 35 years strong
With royalty payments and copyright details playing a major part in how artistes are compensated for their work in today’s music industry, Drue said he felt a sense of “respect”; when contacted by Khalid’s team for the use of his music.
“The mere fact that he reached out to us to make sure that he got everything cleared, to make sure that everything was done the right way, is another stepping stone to showing that there is some kind of respect in the industry.”
Drue, who performed in Jamaica at Sunnation’s Sunset Cocoa J’Ouvert in November last year, says he and his team are happy for the added exposure the opportunity has brought them.
“Since he has released it on both Snapchat and on his video, it has gone viral twice. We have received numerous calls, we’ve seen people reposting, we’ve seen the tags. We’re just pleased, we’re just happy, and when I say ‘we’, I mean me and my team. We are going to take this opportunity and mould it into something other than just Vagabond being in a Nas video or a DJ Khalid video. For us, this is just a next step on to something great,” Drue said.
With Carnival 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago around the corner, and his two latest songs – ID (Stamp Yuh Name) and Drink Up, featuring King Bubba, rotating on the airways, Drue says his team is feeling overwhelmed.
The album, Major Key, is the ninth studio album from DJ Khaled. It features several popular American entertainers, including multiple Grammyaward winner Kendrick Lamar. Movements Dance Company in performance. THE CURTAIN goes up on October 7 to 9, at the Little Theatre in Kingston for the 35th Anniversary season of Movements Dance Company of Jamaica.
Under the theme, More than Conquerors, Movements will celebrate a journey that began in 1981 and continues today with a product that has made Movements on of the foremost exponents of modern contemporary dance in the Caribbean.
“We are indeed more than conquerors, Campbell McFarlane said, “We have braved the challenges of raising up an institution that has become an important landmark for dance theatre in Jamaica and we have overcome many odds that seemed almost insurmountable when we started in 1981, when for over 20 years, only one other company had overcome the test of time.”
NEW DANCE WORKS
The season will feature new dance works and selected favourites from its repertoire enriched by the work of distinguished local and international choreographers. They include celebrated international choreographer Christopher Huggins, whose Wrath of God, took Jamaican dance theatre by storm. For 2016, Huggins has created another major dance work, Father Father, which will have its World Premiere, on October 7, 2016.
Established in 1981 by four former students of the late Eddy Thomas – Monica Campbell McFarlane, CD; Patricia Grant Heron; Michelle Tappin-Lee; and Denise Desnoes – Movements has become known for its vibrant and distinctly Jamaican interpretation of modern contemporary dance.
“It is a really good feeling to be able to reflect on the steady stream of the tremendous dancing talent that the Company has produced over 35 years and the powerful repertoire we have accumulated, including input from some of the finest local and international artistes.
With an exciting mix of established favourites and new works, the 2016 season promises to be one of the most powerful statements of the work of Movements Dance Company of Jamaica.
Patron of the 35th Anniversary Season is Mr Earl Jarrett, CD, general manager, Jamaica National, a long standing sponsor of the Company and one of the main sponsors of this year’s season.