MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Award-winning Jamaican musician, Marjorie Whylie, is among the artists who will be beamed to the world as the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival gears up for a live Webcast.
Whylie is set to perform on opening night, Thursday January 24th, along side Myrna Hague, during the Art Of Music Jamaica segment on the festival’s main stage. The performance will be streamed live on the web at www.cbeanmedia.tv.
Whylie is an accomplished musicologist who, for the past five decades, has made an immeasurable contribution to the development of Jamaican music. She is a bandleader, composer and arranger, a performer and a music educator. At age 15 she gave her debut concert at the Institute of Jamaica presenting the works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy.
A graduate of The University of the West Indies, Whylie also pursued a diploma in Music Education from the Jamaica School of Music (now incorporated into the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts). She subsequently served as Head of the school’s Folk Music Research Department and, in 1982, was appointed Director of Studies. She currently holds the position of director of music at the UWI.
Whylie has received many honors for her work in music and music education, including the national honor of Order of Distinction. In 1997 she was inducted into the Jamaica Jazz Hall of Fame and, in August 2004, she receives the Prime Minister’s award for Excellence in Theatre and Music.
Her compositions include “Mountain Women,” “Ni Woman of Destiny,” “I Not I,” “Blood Canticles,” “Drumscore,” “Caribbean Canvas,” “The Black Widow,” and “Journeys Beyond Survival.”
CbeanMedia.tv, in collaboration with festival organizers, have reached a deal to stream Whylie’s and other live performances from the 2008 festival to fans around the world. Fans will be able to get a front seat to performances from all Caribbean artists as well as those entertainers on the Art Of Music stage, without leaving their computer. Additionally, the live stream, will offer a behind the scenes look at the artists and fans alike. To access the event live, log on to www.cbeanmedia.tv between January 24-26th.
Other artists to be featured on the live video stream include the group Chalice, A.J. Brown, Etana, Jessica Yap, Duane Stephenson and Sonny Bradshaw among others.