London December 2, 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Jamaica’s Dalton Harris on winning The X Factor talent competition in the United Kingdom on Sunday (today).
Minister Grange said Harris’ win was a “well deserved victory for a young man with immense talent who works very hard.”
Minister Grange — who attended the final of The X Factor on her way from a meeting of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Republic of Mauritius — said Harris’ victory “caps a very good week for the promotion and celebration of Jamaican musical talent.”
Minister Grange said:
“Dalton’s victory comes at a time when the world is celebrating Jamaica’s most important musical creation, Reggae, which UNESCO added to its list of intangible cultural treasures for humanity. And here comes another Jamaican treasure in the form of Dalton Harris who has now won The X Factor, after winning our local Rising Star, has shown to the world the kind of talent we produce in Jamaica and is now set to become a global megastar. I couldn’t be happier for his success.”
Kingston, November 12, 2018 (JIS) - Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has applauded the late comedienne, Elva Ruddock, for her sterling contribution to the development of Jamaica’s entertainment industry.
At the celebration for the life of Ms. Ruddock, which was held at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Saturday (November 10), Minister Grange said she helped to share our “one of a kind, Jamaican kind of vibe” with other Caribbean nationals and foreigners across the globe.
“We’re here to celebrate Elva…. One of the final posts that Elva made on social media simply read, ‘If it’s not uplifting, inspiring and resonating with my entire being, it’s a no’, and I think those words simply, succinctly, but adequately, sum up our dear friend, Elva,” Ms Grange said.
“She was such a positive person, so full of life, vibrant, joyful, hilarious; someone who could bring sunshine on a rainy day,” she added.
The Minister said she was Jamaica’s very own ‘Hero Duck’, which was an alias Ms Ruddock embraced since 2014, after a cashier she purchased a smartphone battery from mistakenly wrote her name as “Hero Duck”, instead of E. Ruddock.
“Elva believed that life will not be perfect, but we have to make it work by doing what is uplifting, inspiring and resonating with the entire being. With that mindset, Elva left the corporate world for the stage. When she left the corporate world, she needed to be free to pursue what she loved best – that was to bring joy and laughter to the lives of others through her comedy,” she said.
Ms Ruddock’s co-presenter for Bashco Infomercial, Omar Azan, said she was a hard-working woman.
“If you knew Elva, you know that the work comes first…. Some of you may have heard, how when we were filming the last infomercials, she really should not have been able to make it, but she took up herself… and [when] we said, ‘Are you sure you can make it?’ she said, ‘Make it?… Mi outside!’ Elva checked herself out of the hospital and came down to Bashco. She did the whole infomercial and checked herself right back in,” Mr Azan said.
“I truly enjoyed and loved every bit of my time knowing and working with Elva. Our bond on the programme and at the events became something I never expected or envisioned. We became amazing friends,” he added.
Mr Azan was supported on the stage by the entire production team of the infomercial when offering his tribute.
The celebration for the life of Ms Ruddock was conducted in the form of a comedy show, as she would have wanted it, with hosts Comedian, Chris “Johnny’ Daley and Dahlia Harris. Many of the island’s leading comedians brought laughter to the mourners.
In addition to serving as a host for the Bashco Infomercial, Ms Ruddock was also a comedienne on FAME FM’s comedy-driven programme, ‘Full House Friday’ and hosted numerous private shows and events for corporate companies.
She died on October 7 after a battle for years with the chronic illness, lupus.
Paris, 7 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, shares the grief of the entire entertainment fraternity at the untimely passing of comedienne and media personality Elva Ruddock.
Minister Grange said:
"Elva was one of those persons who could easily bring sunshine on a rainy day in anyone's life. Her bubbly personality was quite infectious. Elva was one of a kind and will always be remembered for her hilarious interactions on TV and radio. She commanded our attention with her presence and she will be greatly missed by all of us."
Minister Grange has expressed condolences Elva Ruddock's family and friends.
KINGSTON, Feb. 21 (JIS):
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working on building a framework for Kingston to fully operate as a musical economic zone.
This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, during a reggae month reception on the lawns of Jamaica House on February 20.
“Having received the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) designation, we must now translate that into greater tangibles for our people,” she said.
Kingston was one of 47 new locales added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in December 2015.
Ms. Grange argued that reggae is the strongest component of brand Jamaica. “Reggae is hot commodity and the world has embraced it, but we are proud to declare that we still own it... (and) the celebration of Reggae Month is a symbolic mark of respect for the eight genres we have given to the world,” she noted.
Ms. Grange said that the importance of reggae music to Jamaica should never be undervalued, adding that “it is the lifeblood”.
“When we look at the role that reggae music has played… the anthropological role in the development of Jamaica as a nation, its role in the transformation of the lives of many young people, its role in the struggle for human rights and freedoms in places like Zimbabwe and South Africa, we must hail and respect our music and the sounds of Jamaica,” she said.
In the meantime, she informed that plans are under way to build a world-class concert hall in Kingston.
“We want to see more global superstars coming back to Jamaica to perform. We want to see a thriving entertainment industry where all the stakeholders can have a livelihood and the production line can continue well beyond our time,” she said.
The reception, which was hosted by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is expected to become a yearly event on the calendar of activities for Reggae Month in February.
The function, which featured musical tributes and dance performances, was attended by members of the musical fraternity, including artistes, producers and promoters, members of the Government and the wider society.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has identified Reggae music as Jamaica’s most valuable yet undervalued export.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced Recording Artiste Etana as the first female recipient of financial support from the Ministry’s Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has congratulated Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on winning the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Kingston, December 12 - The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described the University of the West Indies-Jamaica Heritage Films on sugar as “a profound contribution to our heritage that will help to ensure that future generations are properly informed about our history.”