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Jahfricans Abroad Tomorrow!

July 21, 2012

I am Jamaican. I was born in Canada and raised Jamaican and Aug 6 will mark 50 year that my home country has been independent from British rule. It is a very exciting milestone and a testament to the strength of the island. There’s so many things I wanted to do for Jamaica50: GO TO JAMAICA (January is a more feasible date), write about her, learn more about independence specifically. I believe I’m going to do them all.

But first off I’ll be performing at an art-exhibit showcasing the work of the talented Quentin Vercetty called Jahfricans Abroad. This is an opportunity, a blessed one, for me to delve into all the things I want to explore in light of Jamaica’s upcoming independence day: history, culture, African origins, colonization and the nation’s development since independence. It’s been a jumpstart to my journey of learning more about my mother, Jamaica.

Jahfricans Abroad takes place TOMORROW (July 22) at Accents Bookstore (1790 Eglington Ave W) and starts at 6:00. Admission is $5. Additional performers include: The M.A.D. Poet, Peculiar- I, Dynesti Williams. So grateful to be sharing the stage with such talent. If you can’t make it to the event, Quentin’s artwork will be showcased up until August 18.

Here’s Quentin’s promotional video with more info about his collection:

Did I mention that Quentin is a multi-disciplined artist and performs spoken word too? Mad talent!

About the show (text by Quentin Vercetty): Jahfrican Abroad Vol 1. is the first part to multidisciplinary artist, Quentin Vercetty Lindsay’s exploration in the correlation between the Motherland Africa and his mother’s land Jamaica. Taking inspiration from stamps of colonial time periods of the early 1900’s (most specifically Angola, Sierra Leone, Jamaica and Canada). Quentin Vercetty embodies the idea that stamps are meant to share a story, historical moment, place or person or thing that is important to a specific region or nation with someone else via mail. Someone who is abroad from the sender. Using the concept of the the stamp Quentin has personified the 14 parishes of Jamaica  what could be identified as traditional Africans.  The purpose of this revolves around the ideas of the Sankofa symbolism, that one must remember who they are, their past in order to go forward into the future. Remembering that we come from Africa and should learn to identify our selves base on our origins in order to overcome our collective struggle that we (Jamaicans and post-colonized people) face as independent people.

Hope to see you there!

Over and out!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2012 3:42 pm

    Hurrah! Jamaican’s independance is something to be proud of, Canada is still under British rule! Now I want to go to Jamaica in January to celebrate too! See you there.

    • February 17, 2013 6:48 am

      The people of Jamaica are lovnig people. You treat them with respect and you will get the same in return. Do a dinner (or lunch), at the Ruins Restaurant, which has waterfalls all it’s own, and some say that the name, Ocho Rios, does not mean Eight Rivers at all, but that it is a hybrid of the falls at the Ruins, known as Las Chorreras. Enjoy your trip!

  2. July 24, 2012 6:58 pm

    GREAT POINT! This land that we call Canada has colourful strange money that we exchange for goods with a British woman face printed on it who’s wearing a crown with jewel likely stolen from Africa. Also, new comers MUST pledge allegiance to the this British “Queen”. We think we’re “independent” but I’m not sure about that.

    Thanks for the comment, Shirin. Love your music

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