The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for April 26, 2015 will feature a performance by the band BLACK as COLE. Brainchild of songstress Cecile Black and bassist Craig Cole, BLACK as COLE’s performance style is a fusion of different genres: Alternative, Blues, Gospel, R&B, Reggae/Dub-Rock, which they have integrated into a base component of Reggae and Dub. The result is a new genre that the band calls Jam on-Dub. Most of the band members became close during their time in the UWI Pop Society at the Mona campus and according to the band their goal is ‘to ignite your hearts with conscious uplifting messages of truth and love.’
BLACK as COLE mainly performs original material and cover versions are usually interpretations of songs with significant impact on the band. The band has been together for over three years and performed at venues including: Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Redbones Blues Café and Jamnesia. To date, the band has released two official singles, Musical Romance, a R&B themed love song of how the founders of the band met; and a Reggae cover of Adele’s Hometown Glory.
Visitors will also be able to view the Edna Manley and Kapo galleries, A.D. Scott galleries as well as our recently installed temporary exhibit featuring selections from the Gallery’s modern Jamaican art collection. This exhibit features major works by Carl Abrahams, Albert Artwell, Everald Brown, Gloria Escoffery, Colin Garland, Koren Der Harootian, Albert Huie, Eugene Hyde, Edna Manley, David Pottinger and Barrington Watson.
Doors will be open from 11 am to 4 pm, the performance starts at 1:30 pm. As is customary admission to the NGJ and guided tours and children’s activities will be free.