The ‘Hap­pi­est of Happy Hours’ at MoDA Launch

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Roy Black Gleaner Writer Kimberley Small Gleaner Writer

SOME OF the world’s top per­form­ers in the ska and rock­steady mu­sic gen­res will be on stage at the first An­nual One World Ska and Rock­steady Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, sched­uled to take place at the Hope Road-based Ranny Wil­liams En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre in Kingston on Novem­ber 26 and 27.

Acts al­ready con­firmed are Toots and The May­tals, Lloyd Parks and We The Peo­ple, The Skatal­ites (USA), Soweto Ska Band (Spain), Mar­cia Grif­fiths, Leroy Sib­bles (for­merly of the Hep­tones), B.B Seaton and The Gay­lads (UK), Brook­lyn At­trac­tors (USA), U-Roy - king of Ja­maican toast­ers, Der­rick Mor­gan— king of ska, Stranger Cole, Spar­row Martin and Ska­sonic band, The Al­pha School Band, Yard Beat and Earth Cry. They will per­form from 3 p.m., to 3 a.m., on the first day, while a sym­po­sium on the orig­i­na­tors of Ja­maican mu­sic, two tours of Cul­ture Yard in Trench Town and down­town Kingston mu­sic her­itage sites, and two doc­u­men­taries on the gen­res will be on from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, on day two. It is the first time that pa­trons will be wit­ness­ing a fes­ti­val of this kind in the birth­place of ska and rock­steady, and it will also be the first time that they will see a line-up of this mag­ni­tude in the his­tory of Ja­maica’s show busi­ness.

ORI­GINS

Ska mu­sic, which was first played in the early 1960s by the Skatal­ites band in Kingston’s record­ing stu­dios and night­clubs, is to­day played by thou­sands of bands around the world, while rock­steady, its off­spring, is gen­er­ally ac­cepted as Ja­maica’s most sooth­ing and rhyth­mi­cally al­lur­ing rock mu­sic form. Ja­maica is the only coun­try, apart from the United States, that has given the world mul­ti­ple mu­sic gen­res — ska, rock­steady, reg­gae and dance­hall, and the last two owe a lot to the foun­da­tion that was laid by the ska and rock­steady gen­res.

The fes­ti­val’s main aim is to po­si­tion Kingston as a cul­tural tourism des­ti­na­tion. It is a pro­duc­tion of the Sound and Pres­sure Foun­da­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with Fiwi Pro­duc­tions Inc., (USA).

Spon­sors in­clude the Ja­maica Tourist Board, Na­tional In­tegrity Ac­tion, Tourism En­hance­ment Fund, RJR Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Group, the KSAC/UN­ESCO Cre­ative Cities, the Knutsford Court, Courtleigh and Pe­ga­sus ho­tels, Power 106 FM, Kool 97 FM, The Gleaner Com­pany (Me­dia) Lim­ited, Happy Ice, Bess FM and Ja­maica Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion. Tick­et­ing can be done on­line at Touch­sto­net­ick­et­ing.com. EVERY­ONE WAS of­fered bright yel­low, smi­ley face and but­ter cook­ies upon en­ter­ing the Wor­thing­ton at the Span­ish Court Ho­tel re­cently. The open bar of­fered ici­cles, melt­ing in a choice of rum or cham­pagne, while DJ Duz­iGor­don of­fered blends be­tween Bill­board sum­mer hits, dance­hall and synth pop and the event co­or­di­na­tors of­fered crayons - to add one’s own splash of colour to the ‘MoDA man­dala-es­que mu­ral.’

Un­der the ac­tive theme of the ‘Hap­pi­est of Happy Hours, en­veloped in the decor-theme ‘wood and wa­ter’, nes­tled the launch of the fifth stag­ing of the Col­lec­tion MoDA and its branches.

Grounded by hard­wood floor­ing and aer­ated by the white, crisp walls of the Wor­thing­ton, the launch in­tro­duced the MoDA Mar­ket with dis­plays and in­stal­la­tions from Rae Marie Fine Soaps and Tex­tiles, Vi­sion­arri Cre­ations, BaugHaus De­sign Stu­dio and ‘artscapist’ Kaye Kelly.

“We have in­cred­i­ble Ja­maican tal­ent show­ing their work this year, es­tab­lished, so­phis­ti­cated de­sign­ers and ar­ti­sans, plus new emerg­ing cre­atives, whose work must be ap­pre­ci­ated,” said Kerry-Anne Clarke, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Col­lec­tion MoDa in a press re­lease.

In keep­ing with the gen­eral at­ti­tude of the young and spunky, en­ter­tain­ment at the launch was pro­vided through vo­cal per­for­mances by CubanJa­maican singer Arii Lopez and singer/pro­ducer The Wizard (#thewixard), backed by DJ Duz­igor­don.

Clarke re­it­er­ated at the im­mer­sive launch event the Col­lec­tion MoDa’s man­date — to strive, with ded­i­ca­tion for the pro­mo­tion of cre­ative in­dus­tries, through the busi­ness of fash­ion and lifestyle, par­tic­u­larly through the vi­sion and works of Caribbean artists and ar­ti­sans.

The first event of the three­day series, the MoDA Run­way will take place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 18. The fol­low­ing days - Novem­ber 19 and 20, will see the open­ing of the MoDa Mar­ket, which will in­clude a MoDA busi­ness sem­i­nar, abil­ity to ac­quire a copy of on e of the 5000 copies of the MoDAMagazine.

The MoDa Series 2016 is spon­sored by The Yel­low Pages, Busi­ness Ac­cess TV, Tai Flora Lux, BaugHaus, Mys­tic In­te­grated, Tara Courier Ser­vices, Skaan Me­dia, Cam­pari, Black Ink Man­age­ment and Dig­i­cel.

MAR­CIA GRIF­FITHS

DER­RICK MOR­GAN

DARIEN ROBERT­SON/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

They were in the ‘Hap­pi­est of Happy Hours’ dur­ing the re­cent launch of the MoDA Series.

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