Reggaeton style

Reggaeton consists of rapping in Spanish over rhythms derived from Jamaican dancehall and salsa. These styles have existed for years, but until the nineties, when Puerto Rican artists began putting…

Read More

Emancipation miniatures

Jamaican artist Laura Facey’s monumental sculpture Redemption Song, commissioned for Emancipation Park in New Kingston, provoked widespread controversy when it was unveiled in 2003. But maybe public disapproval of the…

Read More

"I approach every canvas with a pompous piety"

The Swimmer, 1993 Derek Walcott’s watercolours are well known to his readers–they often decorate the dust jackets of his books. The first New York show of his paintings runs from…

Read More

"I am interested in making beautiful objects"

In the arts pages of today’s Jamiaca Gleaner, National Gallery director Jonathan Greenland interviews the Canada-resident Jamaican artist Charles Campbell about his work currently on show at the Mutual Gallery…

Read More

“Tings a guan good”

The Jamaica Gleaner reports today that Sean Paul’s latest album The Trinity has now sold 200,000 copies in the US and 600,000 in the rest of the world–bringing it within…

Read More