The Voices of Jamaica features various communities across Jamaica that speak to education, culture, entertainment, vocation and history in Jamaica. Many thanks to the United States Embassy in Kingston which, through its Public Affairs Section, has provided a grant to support capacity building in audio and video streaming through sponsorship of the Jamaica International Streaming Expo (strmXja), including the Voices Of Jamaica podcast series. Big up the voices, the strmXja team and our podcast partner, StreamGuys.com.
VOJEPO1. ECHO CHAMBER: Writers On Writers
Echo Chamber hosts, Melville Cooke and Tanya Batson-Savage, invite four of Jamaica’s living cultural luminaries, Professor Mervyn Morris, Owen Ellis, M’Bala and Nadine Sutherland, to share their personal perspective on four of Jamaica's most significant writers who have transitioned - singer/songwriter Peter Tosh and poets Louise Bennet -Coverly, Mikey Smith and Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.
VOJEP02. KENDAL KONNECT
Saundrie Shaw visits the site of the Kendal train crash in the parish of Manchester and speaks with community members who were there or have been affected by the crash. While the crash happened more than 50 years ago, we learn how memories of this tragic event survive just below the surface of everyday life and continue to shape the community as well as impact future development.
VOJEP03. SCIENCE UNLOCKED
Blending creative storytelling, career guidance and, of course, science, host Kavelle Hylton puts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) literacy in Jamaica under the microscope. In this episode, STEM ambassador, Ms. Desan Watson, reveals how she became fluent in applying science to a variety of fields, from education to wellness to creative arts, by not letting the same old perceptions of STEM learning get in the way.
VOJEP04. THIS IS KUMINA
Demario Livermore reveals the fundamental elements of authentic Kumina culture which is primarily practiced in the parish of St Thomas, what the culture represents and how it has influenced Jamaican culture and society. Mr Livermore also speaks with Linval Walker, based in the community of Bath, St Thomas and who has practiced and taught Kumina drumming for more than 30 years, about the personal and community benefits of Kumina practice.