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Glen “Titus” Campbell & More To Appear On @AkibaAbakaArts & Raw Management Agency’s Weekly Talk Series!


“10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theatre Conversations from Jamaica to the World!” is a lively series of weekly discussions  with Jamaica’s leading theatre artists exploring the histories and memories of–and visions for–the Jamaican stage. Produced by Boston-based international theatre production company Akiba Abaka Arts, in partnership with Kingston, Jamaica-based talent agency and production company RAW Management, the series aims to connect Jamaican theatre artists with a global platform of theatre makers looking to gain new knowledge, share best practices around progressive theatre-making, and engage members of the greater Caribbean Diaspora longing for familiar stories of home.

“10 Weeks in Jamaica” weekly conversations can be streamed live each Sunday at 4 PM; previous episodes of the series featuring Oliver Samuels O.D., Dr. Brian Heap, Dr. Deborah Hickling-Gordon, and Fae Ellington are available for on-demand viewing on the Akiba Abaka Arts YouTube page here.

Each week the series explores a different theme based on the history of Jamaican theatre, and contemporary narratives presented on the Jamaican stage. The next conversation on Sunday, November 22 at 4 PM titled THE BUSINESS OF THE JAMAICAN STAGE (JAMBIZ) features Lenford Salmon, Company Director for Jambiz International Ltd. and national adjudicator for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Speech and Drama competitions; Glen “Titus” Campbell, renowned international actor who became a household name among Jamaicans for his show, “Titus in Town”; Boston-based actor, director and educator Magalie Neff; and Andrew Roach, founder and director of The Jamaican Shopping Club. The conversation is moderated by Jamaican-American theater entrepreneur, actress and director Akiba Abaka.

Upcoming programs in the series include:

Sunday, November 29, 4PM EST

DANCEHALL REGGAE AND THE NETTLEFORD EFFECT

Speakers: Orville Hall, Marlon Simms and Neila Ebanks

Sunday, December 6, 4PM EST

JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 1)

Speakers: David Tulloch and Fabian Thomas

Sunday, December 13, 4PM EST

JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 2)

Speakers: Dahlia Harris and Amba Chevannes

Sunday, December 20, 4PM EST

QUEER NARRATIVES FROM THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Karl Williams and Webster McDonald

Sunday, December 27, 4PM EST

LEADERS OF A NEW STAGE

Speakers: Evone Walters, Andrew Barracks and Rayon McLean

Sunday, January 3, 4PM EST

AFRO-FUTURISM AND THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Tanya Batson Savage and Michael Holgate

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Actor Johnoy Williams Signs To Ellis International!


Jamaican Actor Johnoy Williams is reaping the rewards for his hard work and dedication. The young Actor is pleased to announce that he has been officially signed to Ellis International, spearheaded by Owen “Blakka” Ellis. Williams has been working under the tutelage of comedian duo Ity and Fancy Cat for some time now and is ecstatic that he has sealed the deal to officially become a member of this elite group.

“Words can barely express my contentment at this moment! Trust me, I’ve have been working at my career for years as an actor and for now to be represented by Ellis International, is a dream come true.” Said a very excited Johnoy. The 25 year old knows that even though this is a big deal and has come a long way, he still has a lot more things to accomplish. “I know I have come a very long way from my Get Tested Commercial to, being in Nick Cannon’s “King of the Dancehall movie but I still have a long road ahead of me.” With that said, the Actor looks forward to a few upcoming works both on the local scene and on the International scene.

The Actor also wants to encourage everyone out there with a dream to be in film to never give up their dreams. “Even though there is room for growth in our Jamaican film industry, I believe that we can make this industry strive to its maximum potential. We have so many talented individuals out there; Actors, Writers, Filmmakers, just don’t give up on the dream.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Happy Birthday @HarryBelafonte x Banana Boat Song (1956)


Today’s Oldies Sunday is dedicated to Singer, Actor and Activist, Harry Belafonte who celebrates his 88th birthday. His most famous song, “Banana Boat Song (Day O)” is the featured selection. Released in 1956 by RCA and written by Irving Burgie and William Attaway, this was adapted from the song Jamaican Banana Workers would sing while they toiled on the docks. The song was also featured on Belafonte’s million unit selling “Calypso” album. Harry achieved great success with this single as it peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts in 1957, made its debut performance on The Muppet Show, made an appearance in the 1988 film “Beetlejuice“, has over the years been covered by many artists, and sampled by Lil Wayne on the track “6 Foot 7 Foot“. Despite the previous version of the song and the covers, Harry Belafonte’s version stood out the most and has become one of his signature songs.

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NEW VIDEO: @OnstageTV Interviews Shebada


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With the “Bashment Granny” plays becoming a part of the greatest Jamaican productions in recent times and propelling actor Keith “Shebada” Ramsey into super stardom, there are now plans underfoot to commence production on a third installment. Tonight, Shebada joined Winford to speak on this and more. Here he expressed his condolences to Cleve “Chu Chu” Warren, addressing the rumors of him being a father, and stepping outside of the “Shebada” character and the feedback. Interesting Interview here, Shebada sure dodged questions and keeping his audience talking. Looking forward to the completion and release of “Bashment Granny 3” and Shebada’s answers. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW VIDEO: @OnstageTV Interviews @PaulCampbellJA x @TheMykalFax


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With the premiere of the “Jamaican Mafia” hitting screens this month, actors Paul Campbell and Mykal Fax stepped on Onstage to speak on the film and more with Winford Williams. Here the actors spoke about the film, their roles in the making of the film, Mykal’s background and previous work in film, Paul’s achievements in film, thoughts on Jamaican movies with violent themes being released, preparing for their roles and more. With Jamaican films like “Shottas“, “The Harder They Come” and “Dancehall Queen” being very successful worldwide, I do hope “Jamaican Mafia” is the next film to make a mark in the record books. Check out the interview and trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW VIDEO: @OnstageTV Interviews @JohnnyBuss


JDIn a career that has spanned 25 years, Christopher “Johnny” Daley has accomplished many things in his life and tonight he had a chat with Winford Williams on Onstage to discuss a few things. Here he spoke about celebrating 25 yrs, his start as a child actor and being a star on “Lime Tree Lane” which included balancing his scholastic duties and stardom, citing his influences, being the wearer of many hats in the industry, being a family man, maintaining his popularity over the years, and many other things. Many of us watched Christopher grow up over the years and after hearing he’s celebrating such a lengthy career, damn I feel old. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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