Bella Oasis Day Spa in Jamaica will be hosting the launch of Hail to Jamaica on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 2A Hillcrest Avenue, Unit A, Kingston 6, Jamaica. The CD is the brainchild of award winning, Jamaican author, dub poet, writer, and actor Malachi Smith. The program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Smith, who is based in Florida, is a prolific writer who pours out his love and passion for his homeland in this must have release. The CD features several of Malachi’s award winning poems about Jamaica: "My Jamaican Tongue," "Change of Heart," "Expiration," and Jamaican favorites: "Miss My Jamaican Christmas," "Going Home for Christmas," "Miss Yuh Jamaica Gal," and "Heaven Nuh Sweet like Jamaica, Sah".
Malachi’s engaging performances and impassioned delivery of thought provoking lines have made him one of the most popular and respected poets within the Caribbean community in South Florida. He personifies the Jamaican who goes abroad and takes everything Jamaican with him. As a member of the Jamaican Diaspora of Southern Florida, Malachi celebrates Jamaican culture at every opportunity. His generosity is well-known, and this has made him a much sought after performer—to the extent that he has been often been called upon by audience members to perform even when he is not slated to be on the program. Malachi captures the essence of Jamaica and transforms his feelings into vivid, metaphoric language.
A former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who migrated to the United States, Malachi now works for the Metro-Dade Police Department in Miami, Florida. Staying true to his roots of discipline and hard work, Malachi is a graduate of Miami-Dade College and Florida International University, where he earned both his baccalaureate and master’s degrees. In Jamaica, he attended White Marl Elementary School, Kingston Technical High School, St. George's College Extension High School, and the Jamaica School of Drama.
As a James Michener Fellow at University of Miami, Malachi studied poetry under Lorna Goodison, and playwriting under Fred D’Aguiar. He has won many awards for his writings including the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) 2009 Most Outstanding Writer award, and he was a nominee for International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) 2009 Most Outstanding Poet award.
In November 2010, Malachi won the JCDC Gold Medal for Adult Poetry, and he was also a nominee for the IRAWA Most Outstanding Poet award in 2010. Malachi is a board member of the Caribbean Education Foundation, and the Jamaica Ex-Police Association of Florida where he previously served as President.
Malachi has five CD collections to his credit: Throw Two Punch, The Blacker the Berry Middle Passage, Luv Dub Fever, and his latest, Hail to Jamaica. He has performed in Jamaica, the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Malachi is married and is the father of two sons.
Bella Oasis Day Spa, Kool97 FM, and Crichton Mullings & Associates, Chartered Accountants/Business Consultants sponsor the event. There will be a special presentation by Mervyn Morris, O. J.