Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Calling all Reggae/Jamaican film makers, artists and producers....

The Jamaica Film Academy has recently been asked to help build up the National Library of Jamaica's film collection by asking it's members to donate films to the NLJ collection. The JFA have emailed all it's members in an effort to drum up support for the NLJ's campaign.

Not many people realize that there is now a law in Jamaica(The Legal Deposit Act) which requires that a copy of all films and music produced on the island be deposited with the National Library of Jamaica, this is in an effort to help preserve the country's cultural history by way of archiving audio recordings and films, so we're appealing to any music producer, artist or film maker who is able to donate music or film to contact the NLJ before 29th Sept. to confirm your attendance and to request copies of the legal deposit forms which you will need to fill in to accompany your deposit, please use the contact info below to confirm your attendance to the NLJ's public forum.

If you are outside of Jamaica then you can arrange to send materials over to them so please make contact with them.

NLJ Release:

"As part of the NLJ's public education campaign to bring awareness and compliance with the Legal Deposit Act., the National Library Jamaica (NLJ) is organizing a forum on The Role of the Music/Film Industry in Building the National Collection. It will be held on Thursday September 29, 2011 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon."

One of the main features, we hope, will be the presentation of copies of films to the NLJ by Jamaican filmmakers including those from the Jamaica Film Academy/Reggae Film Festival.

We have confirmation from representatives from the Jamaica Film Commission, the Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS) and the Jamaica Association of Composers, Artistes and Publishers (JACAP) to address the audience. The Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture has also been invited. In addition, we are anticipating that a large number of persons from the entertainment industry will be in attendance and use the occasion to deposit copies of their work.

We hope that we will get more audiovisual items on that day than we have got in a year! The items we receive will contribute to the building up of a comprehensive national collection of film and sound recordings, which will be of great benefit to present and future researchers.

We look forward to seeing you.

With best wishes

Valerie G. Francis
Acquisitions Librarian (Coordinator of Forum)
National Library of Jamaica
12 East Street
Jamaica, West Indies
Telephone: (876) 967-2494; 967-2496
Fax: (876) 922-5567
Email: nlj@infochan.com; nljacq@cwjamaica.com
Website: www.nlj.gov.jm


  1. Muzik Kinda Sweet - Photographs by Pogus Caesar. 1st to 30th October 2011

    The British Music Experience at O2, London UK , presented by the Co-operative, in association with OOM Gallery will be showcasing an exclusive exhibition of 38 rare photographs celebrating legendary black musicians working in the UK.

    Using a simple camera photographer Pogus Caesar followed the musicians and singers around the famous venues producing a collection that celebrates a style of black music that brings together the UK, the US and the Caribbean.

    From Stevie Wonder in 1989, Grace Jones in 2009 and Big Youth in 2011, this unique exhibition documents how black music, in its Reggae, Soul, Jazz and R&B tributaries of sound, has changed and renewed itself over the decades.

    Journeying from Jimmy Cliff and Dennis Brown to Jay-Z via Mica Paris and Mary Wilson of The Supremes to David Bowie's bass player Gail Ann Dorsey, these images conjure up an alphabet of the music of the Black Atlantic.

    The photographs selected from OOM Gallery Archive are also as much about the clubs and venues, as it is about the singers, producers and musicians. The Wailers at The Tower Ballroom, Sly Dunbar at The Hummingbird Club, Courtney Pine at Ronnie Scott's, Cameo at the Odeon Cinema, Ben E. King at the Hippodrome and Soul II Soul's Jazzie B at BBC Pebble Mill, many venues in Britain now lost to regeneration or renewal, and only recalled through memory and imagery.


  2. Just wanted to add that anyone can donate materials to the library at anytime but Sept.29th is a special day to help encourage this and will give people the opportunity to donate collections publicly.