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Gimme One Riddim

Jamaica's Independence and the Pulse of Ska By Julye Huggins

Following Jamaica’s recent fiftieth anniversary of independence from Britain, Gimme One Riddim by choreographers Jasmyn Fyffe and Natasha Powell takes us back to 1963 when the heart of ska found its pulse. The show recently joined the Black History Month assemblies of William Lyon Mackenzie and East York Collegiate Institutes, where the artists further offered a Q&A and ska dance tutorial. Gearing up for full production value, the show is heading to Toronto’s Winchester Street Theatre March 13th through 15th. This period piece takes inspiration from the sounds systems street parties in Kingston, Jamaica. By this historic date in the early 1960s, sound system DJs, MCs and engineers had all but branded ska (a precursor to rocksteady and reggae) as the dominant music style of the country. The website of Gimme One Riddim further notes: “A unique musical blend of rhythmic African music and New Orleans jazz, this sweet, new and popular sound pumps through the speakers and resonates through the island becoming Jamaica’s new freedom soundtrack having recently gained independence from the United Kingdom after 300 years. This is it; a new sound, a new musical revolution, a new meaning, a new life, a new creation of history influencing the island and the world forever.”Fyffe and Powell, co-choreographing together for the first time, are excited to present a mostly male cast, featuring Roney Lewis, Irvin Alexander, Hollywood Jade, Bradon “Bizzy” Owus and Shavar Blackwood. The token females on stage include Trudy Lee Gayle, Liana Lewis and Esie Mensah.
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