Aunty Roachy Verandah
Streaming live on Thursday Aug 6 - 2pm
On Thursday, August 6, Jamaica’s Independence day, the Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council will present Aunty Roachy Verandah – a tribute to Miss Lou. The event is being presented under the auspices of the Consul General of Jamaica, Mr. Oliver Mair. This virtual presentation will be hosted by Jamaicans.com on Facebook, beginning at 2:00p.m.
Aunty Roachy Verandah will feature performances by well-known Jamaican artistes presenting a range of popular items. If you are on Aunty Roachy’s Verandah, expect to meet Brer Anancy, move to rhythmic folk songs, listen to some labrish and revisit proverbs and much more. Consul General Oliver Mair will join balladeer, Steve Higgins, in performing popular folk songs; Tulip Reid will remind you of her outstanding vocal styling, and Amina Blackwood-Meeks and Malachi Smith set the stage for our encounter with the Jamaican ginnal, Anancy.
The program is intended to reinforce aspects of traditional Jamaican culture to Jamaican youth, and will include an amusing lesson on the Jamaican language by Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Geoffrey Philp will share one of his entertaining Anancy stories, and what would a visit to the verandah be without the lady of the house, Aunty Roachy? She will regale you with nuggets from the culture. A highlight of the program will be folk songs by the Jamaican Folk Singers.
Hosted by the inimitable Owen “Blakka” Ellis, the program is full of exciting and entertaining offerings. Aunty Roachy Verandah is sponsored by The Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica National and The Golding Law Group.
This event is free to the public and is also a benefit to raise funds for the Louise Bennett All-Age School in Gordon Town, Jamaica. Your donations will be used to supplement the material and equipment needs of the school
On Thursday, August 6th bring the children and log on to Jamaicans.com – Facebook – at 2pm to enjoy an entertaining evening of culture.
Children at the Louise Bennett All-Age School in Gordon Town, Jamaica.
photo by Martei Korley
Friday August 7 - 8pm - Cultural Icons
Fabulous concert featuring the Jamaican Folk Singers with Colin Smith and Musicians, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Malachi Smith and Maxine Osbourne at the Coral Springs Arts Center, Coral Springs, Fl. - Sept 7,2019.
Don Parchment photos
The second annual Writers Clinic presented by the Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council was a great success. Fiction was taught by Jamaica-born retired Miami-Dade College professor and author of Garvey's Ghost, Geoffrey Philp, and renowned Jamaican author Christine Craig taught Poetry. Malachi Smith taught a join session on Performance Poetry.
The Writers Clinic is held annually in South Florida to pay homage to Jamaican cultural icon, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, and to assist aspiring writers with developing their craft. The Clinic was held in partnership with Broward County West Regional Library, with sponsorship by Friends of the Broward County South Regional and West Regional libraries.
There were 29 participants and feedback included:
“Excellent! Delivery was clear and provided a good basis to grow.”
“Dub poetry presentation was captivating, informative
“Presenters were knowledgeable, creative, kind and helpful.”
“Excellent day! Should be held more frequently.”
“I enjoyed the hands-on aspect and opportunity to share.”
“I learned so much, I can’t wait to perform my poetry.
“Good format.” "It was amazing." "Excellent delivery."
Geoffrey Philp with participants in the fiction workshop
Geoffrey Philp said this of the Clinic— “I had a wonderful time conducting the Make it Real workshop with Christine Craig and Malachi Smith, two writers whose work I have admired for a long time. The wide range of participants, from retired teachers to middle school students, created an atmosphere in which deep learning could flourish during our conversation about craft. Judging by their probing questions and written responses that I have received so far, many of the writers, especially some of the middle school students, are on the path to becoming outstanding writers.
For information on what's happening in the Broward arts scene go to: www.artscalendar.com.
THE LOUISE BENNETT-COVERLEY
HERITAGE COUNCIL (FL) INC.
Cheers and Applause Greet Unveiling of Miss Lou Statue
There were loud cheers and spirited applause from the massive crowd, which gathered in Gordon Town Square, St. Andrew on Friday, Sept. 7, to witness the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue in honour of Jamaica’s late cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called “Miss Lou.”
Celebrating Miss Lou's 100th
As part of the Miss Lou 100th anniversary celebrations,
The Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council (Fla) Inc., commissioned articles on Miss Lou from Jamaican writers living in South Florida for distribution to local Caribbean newspapers.