Independence Special: Jamaica @ 60 & Beyond

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 46 INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL: JAMAICA @ 60 AND B YOND F ATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 Dawg no hol ef im ha bone. TRANSLATION: The dog does not howl if he has a bone. EXPLANATION: The dog is an animal which is very fond of bones, and is not likely to appear miserable if it has bones to gnaw on. Similarly, people do not become upset or agitated if they are comfortable. It is also difficult for some persons to lobby against issues which do not directly concern them. OLE TIME PEOPLE USED TO SAY ... jamaica at UNIQUELY JAMAICAN LIKKLE BUT TALLAWAH! CULTURAL ICONS Published: November 27, 2012, The Gleaner February 3, 1933-February 2, 2010 RALSTON MILTON Nettleford, popularly known as Rex Nettleford, was a dancer extraordinaire, an accomplished educator, historian and mentor. Born in Falmouth, in a humble household, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Cornwall College in Montego Bay, where he displayed his great gifts in academia and performing arts. He obtained a scholarship to attend the University College of theWest Indies, nowThe University of theWest Indies, where he pursued a degree in history, graduating with honours. He went on to pursue higher qualifications abroad. Maintaining an incredible balance between his scholastic life and his performing life. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University while dancing at the Ivy Baxter Dance Group. He returned to his homeland and to the university, becoming professor of cultural studies at the institution, making further developments at the Extra-Mural Department. Author of MirrorMirror, a collection of essays and Manley and the New Jamaica, a compilation of Norman Manley’s speeches and writings, he delved into an academic investigation into the Rastafari movement. He was an activist advocating the need for self-reliance and unity among Jamaican people. Nettleford soon after founded the National Dance Theatre Company. The dance company, established in 1962, explored the history of Jamaican culture, from ska to Rastafarianism, fusing it with the influence of traditional African practices of Pocomania and Kumina and the European technique of ballet. He became acting director and lead choreographer for the performing arts group, before becoming director. The company went on to become a leading dance company of Jamaica, and a leader in the dance company industry. Nettleford received several awards for his great achievement in the area of entertainment and culture. These include: Order of Merit (OM), 1975, Institute of Jamaica’s Gold Musgrave Medal Award for 1981 in the field of arts (Dance), 1981, Caribbean Writers Award, Carifesta VI, Trinidad and Tobago, 1995 and Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC), 2008. Nettleford is rightfully recognised as a forefather of Jamaican culture. REX NETTLEFORD Shining star in performing arts and education Professor Rex Nettleford loved books and wrote many of his own. He wears one of Ghanaian designer Mawuli Kofi Okudzeto’s designs. THE GLEANER ARCHIVES Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth greets school children at the National Heroes Park where she and her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edingburgh, lay a wreath at the War Memorial. THE GLEANER ARCHIVES Queen Elizabeth visits Jamaica 1983 ‘HELLO, QUEEN’

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