Jamaica Festival song 2015

Jamaica Festival Song, Looking Forward

Jamaica has a rich history, in various areas including sports, arts, culture, food etc. Surely not the least of these, is music. Jamaicans have thrived and are known to be some of the most easy going and happiest people in the world; simply, because they can ‘bill’ a vibe from listening to music. Jamaica, as … Continue reading Jamaica Festival Song, Looking Forward

The Calabash Experience 2014 – Day 2

Day 2 was chock full of delicious bites of poetry, stories and various literary works. The day started with Jamaican poets and writers, Milicent Graham, Ann Margaret Lim and Jamaica's Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris. Then the day proceeded with writers such as Zadie Smith who carried the audience on an imagery travel through Cameroon and … Continue reading The Calabash Experience 2014 – Day 2

Jamaica Festival Song History: 1977 – Watch Eric Donaldson with “Sweet Jamaica”

Jamaica Festival Song winner for 1977 - Eric Donaldson with "Sweet Jamaica" Lyrics from: http://www.wowlyrics.com Sweet Jamaica is now on the move. Help me with my song and let the people dem come sing along. Tek up yu cutlass, yu shovel and yu hoe. Tek up yu boots dem, people let us go. Call out the … Continue reading Jamaica Festival Song History: 1977 – Watch Eric Donaldson with “Sweet Jamaica”

Jamaica Festival Song History: 1978 – Watch Eric Donaldson with “Land of my Birth”

Jamaica Festival Song winner for 1978 - Eric Donaldson with "Land of my Birth" Lyrics from: http://www.wowlyrics.com Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Aah, Aah, Aah This is the land of my birth; I say this is the land of my birth. I say this is Jamaica, my Jamaica, the land of my birth. I will never … Continue reading Jamaica Festival Song History: 1978 – Watch Eric Donaldson with “Land of my Birth”

Calabash Schedule Day 1 courtesy of www.calabashfestival.org

The Calabash Experience – Calabash Schedule, 3 nights of World Class Poetry

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe Calabash 2014, as said  by many at the festival, is a world class event featuring some of the best poets, writers and authors in the world. This bi-annual event featured many great writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Zadie Smith, Sir Salman Rushdie, Mukoma wa Ngugi, … Continue reading The Calabash Experience – Calabash Schedule, 3 nights of World Class Poetry

Post Calabash post by Stephanie Saulter

The Calabash International Literary Festival 2014 has been over for going on four days now, and I am not yet quite recovered. From the welcome dinner for authors and press last Thursday night; to the Friday morning boat trip to Pelican Bar; to the opening of the Festival proper that evening with an emotional reading of Maya Angelou’s seminal Still I Rise; to Saturday’s packed programme that featured Zadie Smith, Colum McCann, Salman Rushdie, Karen Lord, and … umm … me; to Sunday’s mellow musical wind-down, followed by another sumptuous farewell meal – it was, in a word, amazing. Calabash accomplishes something that few other literary festivals or genre conventions achieve, or even attempt: a true meeting of creative minds, a bridging of the gap between ‘mainstream’ and ‘genre’, a celebration of the full breadth and depth of literary ambition and experience.

Stephanie Saulter

The Calabash International Literary Festival 2014 has been over for going on four days now, and I am not yet quite recovered. From the welcome dinner for authors and press last Thursday night; to the Friday morning boat trip to Pelican Bar; to the opening of the Festival proper that evening with an emotional reading of Maya Angelou’s seminal Still I Rise; to Saturday’s packed programme that featured Zadie Smith, Colum McCann, Salman Rushdie, Karen Lord, and … umm … me; to Sunday’s mellow musical wind-down, followed by another sumptuous farewell meal – it was, in a word, amazing. Calabash accomplishes something that few other literary festivals or genre conventions achieve, or even attempt: a true meeting of creative minds, a bridging of the gap between ‘mainstream’ and ‘genre’, a celebration of the full breadth and depth of literary ambition and experience.

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