It was a lyrical evening under the stars to the backdrop of smooth jazz. Sultry words dripped like honey from lips to eager ears. Hairs stood on edge, skin pricked in anticipation of the next menu of words. I’m talking about poetry. The Literary, Arts & Music festival – “Kingston pon de river” kicked off last night at Studio 38, Pulse Complex in New Kingston. It took me some time to make up my mind to attend but it was worth the sacrifice of an early bedtime. I dont know why, but these days I have been on a journey to explore the inner me and I’ve finally accepted that the inner me is a poet at heart with an insatiable appetite for words. So naturally the next step was to find the community where my budding art can be supported. “Kingston pon de river” – a spin-off of “Calabash” usually held at Treasure Beach – did not disappoint.
I was really entranced by the way ladies like Shelly Ann Weekes, Tanya Shirley & Rosie Murray added flavour to their words. Had to keep my jaw from dropping at some of the content, but hey, you live – you learn:) Shelly Ann Weekes I found out is a sexologist who hosts her own show on radio. Well one thing for sure is that you have to be quite secure as an individual to go into that field and judging from her performance, she certainly is! I think the highlight of my evening was meeting English-based DJ and promoter – Gordon Wedderburn – the man behind the smooth medley of jazz music. Lookng forward to more exciting encounters as I explore this dimension of me. For now, its back to mopping floors and cooking lunch.