Handel and Horn present Uppa Level at Vinny Sampson place, Cheapside. Featuring Energy Zone.
Stop the Violence Music Festival is at Bourbon Beach, Negril. Featuring Culture, Ras Zacharri, Abajonai Kushites, Filantro Lavah, Lexi, Classic B, Chicken Hawk, Larry Smoove. Speaking out against violence and promoting education.
Sickquick Promotion presents Winter Fresh, Clean Edition at Pinto Lane, Stony Hill. Music by Coolie Hype, San Hype, KNne and DJ Baba. Giveaways: US$300, $5,000 Digicel credit,and grocery bags.
Involve Magazine presents Glory Inna HalfWay Tree at Mandela Park. A day- and-night event for the entire family culminating in a grand gospel concert, featuring Supa and Sticko, Prodigal, Latoya Hamilton, Chozenn, Minister Blessed and many others. Adm: free.
she was the only one able to play a particular rhythm the tutor gave the group.
“From then, I wanted to do drumming,” said Turpin.
Her career path proved long, winding and fraught with challenges. It included studying for two years in Excelsior Community College’s (ECC) Performing Arts Department, passing the School of Music’s entrance test and getting into the pre-qualifying year but then failing the end-of-year, exam and having to enrol in the school’s evening programme for another year. After that, she got into the degree lane – and faced another four years of study.
Happily, Turpin’s time at ECC gave her the opportunity to do not only music, but also dance and drama. “That helped me a lot as a performer. That’s why I think I stand out at Edna Manley. It opened my creativity,” she said.
At the School of Music, where Turpin thought she would be concentrating on drumming, she was faced with a lot of other subjects. She rattled off some music theory, aurals, sight reading, singing, English, Spanish and psychology. And Turpin had to acquire a working knowledge of numerous instruments apart from the drums, including guitar, keyboard and wind instruments (recorders, saxophone, trumpet, flute).
And that was not all. “As I am a drummer, I also had to do all the percussion instruments – tambourines, shakers, congas, timpani, xylophone and marimba. You had to know how to tune them, too,” she said.
Turpin managed to get employed to Holy Trinity before she graduated as she did teaching practise there and, according to the principal, did “a marvellous job.” That job included obtaining (with the help of her colleague from the School of Music) J$1.3 million from the US Embassy to start a drum line at the school.
Holy Trinity’s principal was happy to hire Turpin last September when a music teacher was needed, even though she still needed a subject to complete the programme.
Since Turpin has been at the school, she has founded a school band and started both a monthly lunch-hour concert series and an annual concert called My Dream. That name, also the title of a popular song by deejay Nesbeth, undoubtedly references her longheld dream of getting her music degree.
“It was tough but I’m glad I didn’t give up,” Turpin said. Shalisha Turpin coaching 13-year-old Holy Trinity High School grade-eight student Quonza Thaxter as he plays a drum set at the Kingston-based school recently.
Shalisha Turpin, the first woman to graduate from the Edna Manley College of the Performing Arts with a degree in drumming.