Joyful living is 'souldancing' - our bodies are mere skateboards - our souls are sparkling navigators powered by love-prayer-work!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Actor-Playwright David Heron (left) displays a copy of Jean Lowrie-Chin's 'Souldance' at the November 2011 New York Launch of the book, organised by publicists Anthony Turner (centre) and Dave Rodney, principals of IMAGES Media LLC, and hosted by Ms Gail L Moaney, Executive Vice President of Ruder Finn Inc in East Manhattan.
NEW YORK, USA — Literary arts lovers cheered Jamaican writer Jean Lowrie-Chin at the launch of her book Souldance at the corporate offices of Ruder Finn Inc in midtown Manhattan, New York on Wednesday.
The audience listened to readings of Lowrie Chin's favourite poems and writings.
Lowrie-Chin was joined at the podium by playwright and actor David Heron, much to the delight of the audience. Heron read three pieces from Souldance and had the audience spellbound with his dramatic modulations and his witty references to Lowrie-Chin, whom he described as his long-time mentor and trusted friend.
"I bought seven copies of the book tonight because I was very moved by the readings," said patron Nikimo Palache.
"What I heard tonight was beautiful. I did not want to miss the opportunity to give my closest friends autographed copies of Souldance for the holidays," he continued.
Souldance, now available on Amazon.com is a delightful read as it journeys through Jamaica, sometimes making crucial stops to pay homage to outstanding world citizens like Miss Lou, Usain Bolt, Jessie Ripoll and Barack Obama.
Jamaica's ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks brought greetings, emphasising the importance of celebrating Jamaica's rich culture.
At Bookland in New Kingston on Saturday, September 10, Mrs Lowrie-Chin read excerpts to an expectant audience who were delighted by the refreshing spin placed on her real life experiences and her take on issues that impact the Jamaican society.
“It is an absolute delight to hear her read her poems and her prose. The things she talks about and the way she expresses them resonates with me. Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans everywhere should really get a chance to read it,” said Lillieth Nelson, who was among those who came out to the reading. “I am looking forward to sitting down and reading through.”
Mrs Lowrie-Chin recounted her childhood days in Westmoreland where she spoke of her father's affinity for precision, her mother’s devotion to the church and dedication to ensuring that her children received a good education. She recalled her feisty exchange with Miss Fanny, the family's long-time helper who decided to pack her bags and return home after the episode. She, however, wrote of her reunion in an attempt to make amends with Miss Fanny, having agonised for many years that she had done a grave wrong.
Mrs Lowrie-Chin recounted her days at Alpha Academy and guidance of Sister Mary Bernadette Little; the influence of late theatre genius Wycliffe Bennett; meeting the late Louise Fraser-Bennett, the then president of the Sound System Association of Jamaica, as well as, attending the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Those who gathered for the early afternoon treat were kept wide-eyed and smiling, with occasional outbursts of laughter and chuckles as she recited poems such as “Your Son Too”, “Jonkunnu Baby”, “Yuh Si Mi” and “Pick-up Time” and her take on “Life's Lighter Side” much to their enjoyment.
"Perfect! I love the poetry... I love it!" Howard Byrd exclaimed. “I enjoyed hearing her read from her book because I didn't know her background, her growing up days and her inter-relation with all classes of persons,” he added.
Souldance attempts to capture the mood of the Jamaican people, as well as, their thoughts and aspirations. The pieces featured in the book reflect the events that influence positively, as well as, weigh heavily on the Jamaican society. Her poetry is both entertaining and provocative as evidenced by the warnings against the rat race in “Slow Down Child”, to the startling take on the life of Lee Boyd Malvo in “Your Son Too”; they demonstrate that though so much has changed, a lot has also stayed the same.
The selection of columns are equally amusing as they are inspiring, reflecting on the achievements of outstanding Jamaicans such as the Honourable Louise Bennett, Usain Bolt, Jessie Ripoll(later Mother Claver). They also address some of Jamaica 's most pertinent issues, like the future of Jamaican men, in “A Vision of Our 'Men at Risk'”.
Andrea Ayton, manager of Bookland New Kingston also enjoyed the session even as she busily attended to customers. “I enjoyed her reading thoroughly. When we first got the book we took it and were browsing through it and said wow! I think I am going to enjoy this book because it is not only funny, it has a little bit of her life, she talks on different subjects, so it covers a lot...” According to Mrs Ayton, “Already people have been buying it since I have put it on display.”
Jean noted that the book was dedicated to her children Anita and Noel and said she was grateful for the support of her husband Hubie. She thanked Bookland's Andrea Ayton, Ricardo Daley and Novelty Trading for their assistance in promoting 'Souldance'.
Souldance is published by Ian Randle publishers and is available at book stores islandwide and at amazon.com.
For our sisters cruelly swept away For our sisters we rise today In Susan’s name we love today In Tess’ name we give today In Vilma’s name we pray today In Madame’s name we change today For the nameless ones we work today
In each and every precious name We call all cowardly acts to shame The goodness of our sisters dead Will keep us strong in heart and head We weep but fear no evil hand It will not move us from our land.
Written for the inaugural 'Pon di River' Literary, Arts & Music Festival - kudos to Millicent Lynch, Janet Silvera and Dollis Campbell who pulled off a great event. Big thanks to the generous owner of Boone Hall Oasis owner/manager Stephen Jones who donated the venue and then pitched in like a lion!
Click here to order Souldance at Amazon - also available at leading pharmacies and bookstores in Jamaica. Please call PROComm at 926-6740 if you would like to have an autographed copy.
Souldance for Ambassador Bridgewater
Ambassador Audrey Marks, former Jamaican Ambassador to the US, presents a copy of 'Souldance' to former US Ambassador to Jamaica Hon Pamela Bridgewater. Occasion was a briefing at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington DC, as Ambassador Bridgewater prepared to take up office in Jamaica.