The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present a dynamic exhibit that celebrates the music, message and masters of reggae. David I Muir’s collection of 26 iconic reggae-music performance photos will be on display at the venue from August 10 through September 30, 2018.Reggae Reel The collection, appropriately entitled Reggae Reel – Moments in Music features stunning images of reggae royalty including Marcia Griffiths and Buju Banton, today’s hottest artists including Tarrus Riley, Mavado and Chronixx, plus rising stars like Koffee and Sevana. The experiential exhibit will also feature a video installation and graphic montages featuring select lyrics. In addition, the Center is presenting a concert by Rootz of Music entitled, The American Roots of Jamaican Music on August 26, 2018 at 7pm. Earlier that afternoon, David will present his artist talk about the photo collection at 3pm. Doors open at 2:30p that Sunday, August 26th. For more information, www.ccpompano.org. Love affair with reggae “I am thrilled to bring this collection to The Pompano Beach Cultural Center,” said Muir, whose photographs have been featured in national and international exhibits as well as the coffee table book, Pieces of Jamaica. “I’ve had a love affair with reggae for as long as I can remember. I took most of these images for my own, selfish gratification. Now, it’s a welcome pleasure that I’m able to share them in this way.” Muir, a former disk jockey, manager of music talent and concert promoter, had a unique vantage point when taking these photos, and his love of the genre and its messages are evident in every shot.Path to the truth “The lyrics in reggae music are a path to the truth,” he said. “They teach us how to love and unite. Through this music and through the strength of the Jamaican culture, we can learn many lessons. That is why this exhibit, especially at this time, is so important.”Reggae originated in Jamaica in the 1960s as a rhythmic language giving voice to a voiceless people. At its origin, its lyrics shared messages of peace, unity, and the protest of injustice.Today, it is embraced worldwide, conveying love, pride, struggle, and every human emotion in every language. Just as the featured artist-messengers share their stories through the music, Muir shares the passion and power of their performance in still shots. About David I. MuirDavid I. Muir, who was born in Jamaica, is a photo artist, author, entrepreneur and community leader living in South Florida. His photo collections, including the critically acclaimed Pieces of Jamaica and its accompanying coffee table book, have toured in national and international exhibitions. Muir is currently a Director at Island Syndicate, publishers of Island Origins Magazine and producers of The Taste the Islands Experience. He serves on local advisory boards, including nonprofits and arts organizations, curates multiple annual Fort Lauderdale art exhibits, conducts seminars for aspiring journalists and photographers, and teaches photography at Broward College.
Jamaica’s fast bowler Jerome Taylor could be in action for the West Indies when Sabina Park hosts its 50th Test next weekend. In a release yesterday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the bowler had indicated that he has come out of retirement and is available for selection for Test cricket. This decision, the WICB said, means he is now available for selection in all three formats of the game. Last July, the 32-year-old fast bowler had announced his retirement from the longest version of the game. “I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena,” said Taylor. “If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward.” Taylor has played 46 Tests, taking 130 wickets at 34.46 apiece, with best figures of six for 47 against Australia in June, 2015 at Sabina Park. He has also scored 856 runs, with a top score of 106 against New Zealand in December 2008 at University Oval in Dunedin. Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s selection panel, Courtney Browne, welcomed Taylor’s decision to come out of retirement. “It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again. When you look at the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience adds value to our player pool,” Browne said. West Indies are preparing to face Pakistan in a three-match Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup series later this month, starting with the historic 50th Test at Sabina Park.