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The Caribbean Current presents its first annual Caribbean Voices & Pan Show, featuring spectacular musical performances from Steve Higgins, Braata Folk Singers, PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra, and Spoken Word by Jillian Moore.

Caribbean Voices & Pan Show 2018 will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 7pm – 10pm at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7601 Hanover Pkwy, Greenbelt, MD.

“One spectacular evening of Caribbean music and spoken word, that is what you can expect at Caribbean Voices & Pan Show, 2018,” stated Karl Haughton of The Caribbean Current.

The esteemed vocalist, Steve Higgins, has directed many singing groups, including The Fifty-Voice South Florida Caribbean Chorale for which he is the Founding Director. He is a recording artiste certified by the Associate Boards of the Royal School of Music (Voice), and he has three solo albums to his credit. His albums cover upbeat jazz, love songs, religious classics, and authentic Jamaican Folk Songs.

Steve sang with David Reid and Cecil Cooper as a group called Dem 3 Jamaican Tenors; their splendid performances have wowed many audiences.

Steve has toured in Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean for over 25 years, and produced the annual Steve Higgins & Friends show for the past 15 years. He has performed favorites from Classical and Jazz to popular musical genres infused with Island music from his native Jamaica. Steve has sung at the New York Mets Games and was headliner at the Birmingham (UK) Commonwealth Association’s Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

In 2012, the Jamaican Consulate in Miami presented Steve Higgins with the Honor Roll Certificate as a Change Maker in the South Florida community. In 2013, Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation.

Caribbean Voices & Pan Show 2018 embraces the world-renowned Braata Folk Singers. This group has established itself among Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean Diaspora for its unique and dynamic presentation of the region's folk music, combining new choral arrangements with intricate dramatic choreography, design elements and costumes, to produce a Caribbean cultural “choral theater” at its best. Among its repertoire is a wide range of folk forms, including Mento, Dinki-Mini, Ring Games and Nine Night.

Jamaican born Andrew Clarke, actor/singer/producer, founded the Braata Folk Singers in 2009 and was recently featured in the Jamaica Gleaner as Ones To Watch In The Diaspora For 2018.

The Braata Folk Singers, in their relatively short history, have racked up an impressive array of national and international achievements. Early 2012 was when the Braata Folk Singers truly made their indelible mark, taking its cultural message to Canada then later that year to Cincinnati, Ohio where they participated in the World Choir Games, an international choral competition featuring choirs from all over the world. Braata, one of the smallest choirs in attendance, secured two silver medals and a bronze. What an achievement for their first ever competitive outing against choirs much larger and with more experience! This was certainly a wonderful gift to Jamaica on her 50th Independence celebration. The Braata Folk Singers ensemble was the only Jamaican choir in attendance, proudly carrying their Jamaican flag and spreading some Caribbean warmth.

Caribbean Voices & Pan Show 2018 will be spreading some of that musical Caribbean warmth coming from all ages. On Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 7pm to 10pm at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, you will enjoy the musical brilliance of young men and women of PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra sharing their African-Caribbean culture through steel pan music.

The youths of PANLARA are spreading their warmth as they conduct regular seminars in local schools, churches and nursing homes by teaching the steel drum instrument. In addition to performing throughout the Caribbean, they have graced the stage internationally and performed at many of Washington, D.C.’s signature musical arenas, including John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Strathmore.

While the prestige of entertaining at venues such as the Smithsonian, the Naval Academy, DC Convention Center, and Blues Alley was electrifying, their greatest joy comes from one of their favorite projects, which is bringing their unique brand of music therapy to seniors and children of all ages. PANLARA has received the distinguished National Guard Community Service Award, the US Department of Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation, and the Montgomery County Certificate of Appreciation. The group has been featured on WPFW’s radio program “Live @5”, Fox5 News DC, ABC News DC, and the 1st Grace Jamaican Festival DC.

Caribbean Voices & Pan Show 2018 also welcomes spoken word artiste Jillian E. Moore, an author, a poet, a story teller, and an ardent volunteer for at risk youths and other causes in the Washington metropolitan area.

Jillian has performed her monologues/spoken word extensively in North America for several Churches, Schools, Embassies and Caribbean Organizations in New York, Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia and Texas. She was instrumental in producing “Kings and Queens Hold Court” at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium and Philadelphia Music Hall with Desperadoes, Mighty Sparrow, Regeneration Now and Singing Sandra. She was also the opening act for the Caribbeana Comedy Concert at Howard University. When visiting her home in Tobago, she makes special appearances at concerts, and book signings.

Popular Jamaican personality Michael Campbell and author Joelle Wright are your hosts for the event.

Can you really afford to miss the Caribbean Voices & Pan Premier Show? Get your ticket today!

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By Kerriann Toby

Welcome to America ....

Whatever island you are from in the Caribbean, young or old we know if you have big dreams and want to “make it out here” it’s to America you go. So over the years, one by one, or entire families too, Caribbean people migrate to America to make their dreams come true.

This is a story about a young Jamaican girl named Sabrina Barnes; she too left her island of sun, sea, and sand.

Sabrina heard the song ringing clear in her ear “if you hope to be an actress some day, some year ... there is one thing you must get done my dear …. ‘well come, well come to America’.”

And well, to America she went up, up and away.

What Sabrina might have underestimated is the price that many Caribbean migrants must pay.

Welcome To America: A Caribbean Musical is a play that Like Alicia Key’s ‘New York’ and The Sting’s ‘Englishman in New York’; Welcome To America tells a story from a Caribbean perspective, in our own way.

Our American Caribbean Diaspora is very active at varying levels, areas and arenas in America. We are quite a handful though a minority group, and so within the areas where we abound, we have found ways to keep some aspects of our culture alive and well. Well known is The New York Caribbean Carnival or the West Indian American Labour Day Parade. For those of us who travel between our region and the “land of dreams” we know all too well a popular question might be “will you be in the U.S. for Labour Day?”

The less well known is—“what is the journey really like”—when or if we like Sabrina, answer the songs of ‘well come, well come to America.’ It is this question that “Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical” tries to answer. This play, which will be presented on October 28, 2017, at Cramton Auditorium @ Howard University, is not only providing, as one person in reviewing the play said, ‘tremendous fun and originality’, but it is now a part of our recorded Caribbean culture as it relates to our American diaspora. 

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Though we, as a Caribbean people, know how to ‘do the do’, ‘get with it’ or ‘toughen up’ when need to, we would not want anyone to underestimate the struggle behind the success, the trials behind the trophy. In the play we meet Sabrina, talented and ambitious, with a bag full of dreams. Sabrina not only negotiates America, New York, but she wants to be a star, an actress. However, Sabrina learns the hard lonely truth; she is not the ‘All American Girl.’ She learns exactly what it means, not just for herself who wants to have her name in the ‘bright lights’, but for many Caribbean people who follow that dream ‘well come to America.’ While adopting the accent as some of us do ever so easily, we soon find that assimilating or blending into the culture is not that easy for we are alien in many ways. One way it showed so wittily in the play was when Sabrina was asked; “so you plan to make a living acting on a visitor’s visa?”

Within our Caribbean culture there is a tendency that triumphs, and it is the tendency of thinking “where there is a will there is a way.” However, when one is “away” as we so fondly call it when in America, we as the ‘alien’, as the ‘outsider’, soon discover that the foundation of our will is quite a light weight within the ‘Big Apple.’ 

Courtney Ffrench, the choreographer, described the dances as a ‘patois’, a mixture of dances coming together. This mimics the experience of Sabrina our prototype for the Caribbean person in America; it is a mixture of the bitter with the sweet. It is the discovery of the worm in the ‘Big Apple.’ The discovery that while the movies and the media dazzle us with the bright lights that many of us follow, it hides the whisper of Welcome to America …. Willingly Overcome Resistance Much (whisper). Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical shares our story in the way we appreciate best with humour, song and dance. It provides the opportunity for entertainment, understanding and more importantly honest inspiration.

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Say Hi to the play which allows for some moments that serves to keep us sober. Not just us but those yet to come who might become drunken with the American Dream without thought of the price. Could you imagine, our Caribbean people have been making waves for years as part of the American Diaspora, how much more and how much better might this happen if we really appreciate the process? Even if we think this not that important, is it not about time to share our story? Or, like our cultural inclination is, are we simply content to be the consumer and sing on cue to Alicia Keys’ “Let’s hear it for New York”. 

This musical employs original songs, along with other selections from the Caribbean Diaspora. Award-winning singer, actor, and producer, Andrew Clarke plays Elijah, Sabrina’s friend from ‘long time’ and now potential romantic interest who, like Sabrina, must Willingly Overcome Resistance Much to achieve his ambitions. After all is said and done, do you hear the urgings …

Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical, October 28, 2017, at Cramton Auditorium @ Howard University.

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Welcome To America tells the story of Sabrina Barnes, a talented, unsophisticated, and ambitious young woman from the Caribbean, who leaves her home behind and arrives in America with big dreams and her determination to become a star.  She soon learns, however, that her island naiveté and the harsh realities of her newly adopted country may put both her goals and her future in great jeopardy.

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Award winning singer, actor and producer, Andrew Clarke plays the role of Elijah, Sabrina’s longtime friend and possible romantic interest who encounters his own obstacles in his pursuit of his American entertainment career. A graduate of the Edna Manley College for the Performing Arts in Jamaica, Clarke’s previous credits include In Arabia We’d All Be Kings at the Shadowbox Theater, Girl Without Wings at the IATI Theater and Fences at the Jamaica Performing Arts Centre.

Andrew Clarke and Dominique Allen Lawson played lead roles in the glowingly received World Premiere performances of Welcome To America in New York in April 2017. The two singer/actors lead a multi talented ensemble from across the Caribbean Diaspora for the shows, which were resoundingly successful.

Described by its creators as a universal story of hope and aspiration, Welcome To America explores the assimilation of a newly arrived undocumented Caribbean immigrant in the United States, and the complex pursuit of the American dream.

Book by Karl O’Brian Williams
Music by Andrew Clarke & Joel Edwards
Lyrics by Andrew Clarke & Karl O’Brian Williams
Director: Jermaine Rowe

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Welcome To America tells the story of Sabrina Barnes, a talented, unsophisticated, and ambitious young woman from the Caribbean, who leaves her home behind and arrives in America with big dreams and her determination to become a star. She soon learns, however, that her island naiveté and the harsh realities of her newly adopted country may put both her goals and her future in great jeopardy.

Award winning singer, actor and producer, Andrew Clarke plays the role of Elijah, Sabrina’s longtime friend and possible romantic interest who encounters his own obstacles in his pursuit of his American entertainment career. A graduate of the Edna Manley College for the Performing Arts in Jamaica, Clarke’s previous credits include In Arabia We’d All Be Kings at the Shadowbox Theater, Girl Without Wings at the IATI Theater and Fences at the Jamaica Performing Arts Centre.

Andrew Clarke and Dominique Allen Lawson played lead roles in the glowingly received World Premiere performances of Welcome To America in New York in April 2017. The two singer/actors lead a multi talented ensemble from across the Caribbean Diaspora for the shows, which were resoundingly successful.

Described by its creators as a universal story of hope and aspiration, Welcome To America explores the assimilation of a newly arrived undocumented Caribbean immigrant in the United States, and the complex pursuit of the American dream.

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BAD BREED is another hilarious comedy from the prolific pen of award winning playwright David Tulloch and produced by Jamstage Productions. This production marks the debut of Jamstage Productions. BAD BREED is loads of fun and a belly full of laughter. The comedy is at best an intimately revealing and entertaining roller-coaster, featuring some intensely dramatic moments and elicits big laughs in its more comedic ones. BAD BREED offers a thought-provoking meditation on the struggles and sacrifices of single fatherhood, the cost of deceit, and the price of dignity and budding love.

Throw into the mix themes like class and social cultures and you have a rollicking mix up and blender. We see Wilfred James wanting to marry Jackie Lawson but is hindered by his son because his son still thinks that his late mother can’t be replaced. How the rest of it unravels will only blow your mind. The complexities of family, truth, love and opposition are prime themes for the piece. 

The production is also directed by Tulloch who has been chalking up platitudes and accolades for his multi-faceted works in recent times. 

BAD BREED is guaranteed entertainment, quality acting and top of the line performances. Do enjoy this truly hilarious comedy.

THE CAST

Maxwell “Bashy” Grant, Terri Salmon, Michael “Stringbean” Nicholson, AkeemPoyser and Daneila “Teeta” Gordon.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Producer: Jamstage Productions

Production Manager: Orlando Sinclair

Playwright &Artistic Director: David Tulloch

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Join Terri Salmon, Maxwell 'Bashy' Grant, Ackeem Poyser, Michael Nicholson and Daneila Gordon for the Baltimore, Maryland performance of David Tulloch's 'Bad Breed', July 15 and July 16, 2017. Click here to purchase advance tickets. Scroll down to read more.

ABOUT TERRI SALMON:

Terri Salmon is a veteran actress assiduously working to maintain her craft at an extremely high standard. Terri’s talent knows no bounds and paired with her astute work ethic, she is amongst the top heavyweight contenders in the theatre industry. With a plethora of major acting roles and a professional reputation, Terri has been able to garner several accolades and awards. These include the ITI Actor Boy award for Best Supporting Actress in both Karl Hart’s ‘Dem Good Ole Days’(2000) , also in Basil Dawkins’ ‘For Better or Worse’(2009) and recently in David Tulloch’s ‘Bangarang’ (2015).

Terri’s dramatic and emphatic personality coupled with her determination, tenacity and discipline gives her the perfect platform for continued success in her stage career and beyond. She has recently won the Thespy Spirit awards for Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding portrayals in David Tulloch’s ‘JAMAICA SWEET’ and ‘For My Daughter.

Terri is the chief administrator of Goddess Theatre and recently launched her latest project Y.A.R.D. Empire where she will be philanthropically extending her services and care to the male youth of inner city communities. Undoubtedly, she is quite a force to reckon with in the industry today. 

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Join Terri Salmon, Maxwell 'Bashy' Grant, Ackeem Poyser, Michael Nicholson and Daneila Gordon for the Baltimore, Maryland performance of David Tulloch's 'Bad Breed', July 15 and July 16, 2017. Click here to purchase advance tickets. Scroll down to read more.

ABOUT MAXWELL GRANT

Maxwell is one of the veteran icons in Jamaica’s theatre industry. As a comedic actor, he has held up and represented himself in fine fashion. Older folks know him better as “Maama-Man” which he has played for two years but the younger folk know him as “Bashy”. He has served over 40 years on the Jamaican stage, contributing to the development of Jamaican theatre. 

Grant has played hit roles in Paul Beale’s “Maama-Man”, the Stages Productions monster hit “Bashment Granny & Bashment Granny 2”, as well as other notable hit plays such as “Serious Business”, “Like Father Like Son”, “Driver”, “Wedding Scammer”, “Passa Passa” and “Maama Man”. With a career far exceeding the lifetime of many of those currently practicing theatre, Maxwell has not only managed to serve for this time, but has also managed to transcend time barriers and remain relevant in present day. 

Based on what he says was a lack of respect locally and parting with Stages Production, he took his craft to the United States. Where he has done productions like Delilah Meets Granny and Barbershop Bangarang. Now on his return to Jamaica he has signed with Jamstage Productions and is now gearing up to do their debut production “Bad Breed”. Maxwell doesn’t plan to retire any time soon. He is happily married and the proud father of three.

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