By Christine Craig
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – What’s your favorite Jamaican folk song? Evening Time? Chi chi bud oh? Mango Time? If you can’t choose just one you have to make a date with the Jamaican Folk Singers who will be here in South Florida on September 6 and 7 to headline the Miss Lou Full Hundred concerts. Hear all your favorites and learn some new ones. Enjoy that sweet, familiar mento rhythm with Linstead Market, catch the spirit in Kumina, and listen to new versions as folk goes urban up-tempo with ska and reggae in Pull up the Vibes.
The Jamaican Folk Singers have received international acclaim and numerous awards for the range and depth of their repertoire and their harmonious multi-part vocals accompanied by guitar, drums, flute and rhumba box. The combination of singers and musicians and their simple, yet expressive choreography makes for a moving and unforgettable musical experience.
A highlight of the concerts will be a performance by poet, broadcaster and actress ‘Dat Bumpy Head Gal’ –Joan Andrea Hutchinson who, following in Miss Lou’s footsteps, writes and performs in Jamaican patois. A stellar performer, she engages her audience with her hilarious observations on Jamaica and Jamaicans. Also appearing are Malachi Smith and Maxine Osbourne with their take on Miss Lou and her stage partner Maas Ran, and the Tallawah Mento Band.
Get your tickets now for the Miss Lou Full Hundred concerts featuring The Jamaican Folk Singers — on Friday, September 6, 7:00pm, at the Royal Palm Beach Community High School, and on Saturday September 7, at 7:00pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts. For tickets and information visit www.louisebennettheritage.com.
The Miss Lou Full Hundred concerts are presented by the Louise Bennett Heritage Council, as part of their homage to the late Louise Bennett-Coverley – Miss Lou- Jamaica’s beloved cultural icon, in this her centenary year. Sponsors include The Jamaican Tourist Board, JN Bank, Talawah Mento Band and the Jamaica Folk Revue.