JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: January 31st – February 6th, 2015

MORRIS WRITES BOOK ON MISS LOU—02/02/15
Jamaica’s poet laureate, Mervyn Morris, plans to introduce his new book “Miss Lou: Louise Bennett-Coverly and Jamaican Culture,” at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on February 10, 2015. Professor Emeritus Morris described his new book as both a biography and a critical assessment of the work of Miss Lou, who was often called the “face of Jamaican culture.” Miss Lou was a storyteller, poet, performer, broadcaster, folklorist, and television show host.

JAMAICAN BOBSLED TEAM MEMBER TURNS TO ACTING CAREER—02/03/15
Winston Watts, a member of the Jamaican bobsled team, has decided to begin a new career following his participation in four Olympics. He has been a member of the team for more than 20 years, but is now ready to film a scene for a new HBO television series “Ballers,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Watts admitted to a passion for bobsledding, but says he will now focus on acting.

SONS OF BOB MARLEY READY FOR “REDEMPTION LIVE” CONCERT—02/05/15
 A number of high-profile stars will join with the sons of reggae legend Bob Marley to celebrate his legacy on what would have been his 70th birthday. Performing at the Redemption Live free concert on February 7, 2015, will be Tessanne, Marcia Griffiths, I-Octane, Cocoa Tea, among others. The concert is sponsored by Digicel and is in its seventh year. The telecommunications firm also plans to stream the concert live on social media.

TASHA T ONLY FEMALE NOMINATED FOR BEST REGGAE RECORDING AT JUNOS—02/06/15
The only female reggae artiste nominated for a Juno award in the Best Reggae Recording category for 2014. She has been nominated for her album “Real Talk,” which is in competition with Mikey Dangerous, Kirk Diamond and Exco Levi. The nomination is Tasha T’s second, having previously been recognized for her single “Dem Need More Love” in 2000.