Cervantes gets excellent ‘Don Quixote’ for 400th anniversary
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