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INTERNATIONAL NEWS ( Ajang Media JA )
MUTABARUKA
Dub poet , musician , educator , cultural historian , and radio personality , Mutabaruka has been singled out for international recognition at the upcoming Black Royalty African Heritage Expo in the United States . Muta was awarded a ‘ Lifetime Achievement Award ’ at the Expo which took place on March 10th at Fatima Hall in Connecticut , USA .
Although the event took place after Black History celebrations wrap up , event coordinator Napoleon White of Tommy Promotions said celebrating the works of and honoring great African American achievements have no timelines . He described Mutabaruka as a Jamaican national treasure and said people within the Diaspora should celebrate his work every chance they got .
“ Mutabaruka is a Jamaican national treasure and an important voice of the underprivileged . His work must be honored and celebrated here in the African- Caribbean Diaspora anytime , not just during Black History Month ,” he said . “ Muta has made his presence felt in the cultural arena both as an artiste and as an uncensored , outspoken radio host . In 2016 , he received Jamaica ’ s sixth-highest honor , the Order of Distinction , Commander Class for years of dedicated service in the entertainment and arts fields . He is an international statesman . His positive contribution and uplifting messages have made him an outstanding African-Jamaican citizen , which is part of the reason we are honoring him at this time .”
OSUJAH RECORDS
Osujah Records in association with Ajang Music Production and 180LIVE presents the launch of Anaicon ’ s debut album “ RebelWise ”. Anaicon ’ s album launch was a success . A lot of patrons turned out to support Anaicon at his debut album release . The launch took place at Triple Century Lounge and Bar located at 69-71 Knutsford Blvd , Kingston 5 on March 12 , 2018 .
BLACK PANTHER Much excitement has surrounded the release of Black Panther , from the dazzling red carpet premieres which took place in LA , South Korea , London , and New York to the many fundraising campaigns to get underprivileged kids to watch the film and numerous social media hashtags celebrating the importance of the predominately black cast .
With all the promotion and hype surrounding the flick did it live up to expectations when we look at the numbers ? Turns out that Black Panther , Marvel ’ s first film directed by an African American , the formidable Ryan Coogler , brought in an estimated US $ 192 million for its three-day debut in North America this weekend . That ’ s the fifth biggest opening of all time .
Disney estimates that the film will bring in US $ 218 million domestically for the four-day holiday weekend , while the film brought in an opening of US $ 361 million around the world . Black Panther also shattered the record for an opening in February , which belonged to Deadpool , which brought in US $ 132 million when it opened in 2016 .
NANCY WILSON
As we continue to recognize and celebrate the birthdays of entertainers who were born in Black History Month ( February ), we pay tribute to Nancy Wilson , perhaps the earliest and only performer in popular music , who has also had an impact on the jazz , ballads and Rhythm and Blues genres , in addition to being a cabaret singer . Her many styles made it difficult for one to put a label on her , and even she herself defied and resisted attempts to place her in any one category when she asserted in a 1994 cover story by Robert Johnson , published in Jet magazine that “ I ’ m a song stylist , although I ’ ve been pigeonholed as a jazz singer ”.
Wilson , who was born on February 20 , 1937 , in the small southern Ohio town of Chillicothe , became well known worldwide for her 1964 smash hit “ How Glad I Am ”. The song was a popular draw in Jamaica at music sessions and did well on the music charts as it competed with other smashers like “ Daddy ” and “ It ’ s You ” by the Maytals ; and “ Under The Boardwalk ” and “ I Don ’ t Want To Go On Without You ” by The Drifters . “ How Glad I Am ” was an intensely romantic ode with compelling lyrics , the likes of which is seldom heard on the airwaves .
STEPPING HIGH GANJA FESTIVAL Local reggae acts Capleton , Lutan Fyah , and upcoming talents Dann- I , Koffee , King Fragrance and Jah9 all performed at the 15th staging of Jamaica ’ s ganja festival , aptly dubbed ‘ Stepping High ’.
Operated by the Connell family in Negril , the festival was held over two days , beginning March 2 , 2018 with Stepping High Underground , which paid homage to the 11 years the event was underground at the original SH Grounds , West End , Negril . On day two , March 3 , Stepping High in the Light took place at Cayenne Beach , Norman Manley Boulevard . Other acts in the line-up included Runkus , Kedus , Cali P , and international
artiste Tony Rayn from Israel who formed part of the musical ensemble . Known for providing patrons with a taste of Rastafarian culture , local reggae musical acts , a canna-fashion show , live poetry , and the best strains of herbs , the festival was held this year under the theme ‘ Preserving Our Heritage , Securing Our Future ’.
BLACK UHURU Black Uhuru is geared for a tour of the US starting April 18th . They will be performing in Texas , California , and Florida to name a few
ONESTY FT . BUGLE MUSIC VIDEO “ Way to Life ” Onesty ft Bugle music video will be released soon . Look out for it
BUNNY WAILER LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD The image and status of Bunny Wailer were virtually immortalized at an exciting concert at the Bournemouth Complex along the Michael Manley Boulevard on Sunday , February 11th . The event , dubbed Irie FM Lifetime Achievement Award and Celebration for Bunny Wailer , saw a plethora of artistes from the present and past generations showering unending accolades on the maestro , whose work has not only ( See PG 17 )
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