Cer­vantes gets ex­cel­lent ‘Don Quixote’ for 400th an­niver­sary

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Ce­celia Camp­bell-Liv­ingston Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com Mar­cia Rowe Gleaner Writer

LLOYD CAMP­BELL, vet­eran record pro­ducer of Joe Frasier and Spi­der­man Pro­duc­tions, died yes­ter­day morn­ing at the Sun­rise Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Florida at 7:45 a.m.

His daugh­ter, Michelle ‘Lady English’ Camp­bell, said the fam­ily is dev­as­tated right now, but is happy for the out­pour­ing of love and sup­port they have been re­ceiv­ing since the news broke.

“He was very sick for the last two weeks and we had lit­tle chance of pre­par­ing,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Michelle, her fa­ther had been fight­ing can­cer for the past 10 years, but be­ing a pri­vate per­son, he didn’t talk much about it.

“See­ing his de­cline like that, it was shock­ing. He was a fighter, and he will be missed. The fam­ily will be do­ing ev­ery­thing to pre­serve his legacy,” she said.

MILD HEART AT­TACK

South Florida ra­dio disc jock, Clin­ton Lind­say, who had been friends with Camp­bell since 1989, cred­its him as the one who en­cour­aged him to leave the fast-paced New York to re­lo­cate, af­ter he had a scare with a mild heart at­tack.

“Camp­bell was a gen­uine per­son. He loved mu­sic, but most of all, he cared about peo­ple. Even dur­ing his sick­ness, you would never have guessed, he was still busy work­ing on an al­bum with Mikey Spice, as well as do­ing his ra­dio show – Saturday Vibes, which he co­hosts with Big­ger Boss,” said Lind­say of his friend.

The al­bum, ac­cord­ing to Lind­say, was slated to be re­leased some­time this month.

Camp­bell, who was born in Kingston, re­lo­cated to the United King­dom, where he was in­volved in the sound-system busi­ness. A few years later, he re­turned to Ja­maica, where he started his Spi­der­man la­bel, pro­duc­ing songs with some of Ja­maica’s pop­u­lar artistes like The Itals, Tris­tan Palmer, Joy White, Hugh Grif­fiths, Yel­low­man, and Gre­gory Isaacs.

Years later, Camp­bell mi­grated to the United States – Mi­ami to be ex­act – where he op­er­ated the suc­cess­ful Joe Frasier la­bel and ran it with his daugh­ter, Michelle.

Camp­bell died at age 68 and leaves be­hind four chil­dren and his par­ents. THE AU­DI­ENCE was trans­fixed. On stage was a group of thes­pi­ans with var­ied lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence, giv­ing ex­cel­lence to a script that clev­erly jux­ta­posed the life and work of Span­ish author Miguel de Cer­vantes.

For some mem­bers of the au­di­ence, the per­for­mances put their child­hood neme­sis in a friendly and clearer light, while oth­ers, were just learn­ing about Spain’s equiv­a­lent to Eng­land’s Wil­liam Shake­speare.

Like Shake­speare, Cer­vantes died in 1616, (10 days apart), but on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 29, it was the 400th an­niver­sary of his birth that was be­ing cel­e­brated.

Or­gan­ised by the Kingston Em­bassy of Spain and the Span­ish Foun­da­tion of Ja­maica, the celebration pro­vided another av­enue for shar­ing Span­ish cul­ture. The goal was achieved through an ex­cel­lent play read­ing, lead by vet­er­ans such as Michael Ni­chol­son and Jean-Paul Me­nou.

They were given out­stand­ing sup­port from re­cent grad­u­ates and present stu­dents of the Edna Manley Col­lege (EMC).

The tal­ented cast was guided by the di­rec­tor of the School of Drama, Pierre La Mair.

Af­ter Car­men Rives, deputy head of mis­sion of the Span­ish Em­bassy of Don Quixote ex­presses his love for the bar wench.

Kingston, gave the wel­come and back­ground in­for­ma­tion on the celebration, the di­rec­tor also spoke on the rel­e­vance of the process prior to invit­ing each of the black-clad ac­tors to the in­ti­mate size stage of the Red Bones Café, New Kingston.

In a mo­ment of jest, armed with a large book of Cer­vantes’ work, La Mair in­formed the au­di­ence that he would be read­ing from the text. The hu­mour went well. He then put his con­cept into per­spec­tive.

Cer­vantes, (Michael Ni­chol­son) is jailed. Among his cell­mates are a pick pocket, pros­ti­tute, po­lit­i­cal traitor, doc­tor, and a pros­e­cu­tor.

Be­ing the last to ar­rive in jail, Cer­vantes, the writer and a sol­dier, be­comes the sub­ject of a mock trial. To plead the case for his ec­cen­tric

PHOTOS BY MAR­CIA ROWE

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