PURE NICENESS: THE ART OF JAH MEK YAH DANCEHALL

Welcome to Miss Lily’s first published release, Jamaican Dancehall Signs From The Collection of Maxine Walters. This wicked looking book spotlights the vibrant hand-painted signs that can be found all over the island promoting that week’s bass-ical dancehall sessions or  “bashments”.

Technically illegal, these rough-hewn masterpieces of lettering and color are nailed to poles and trees, usually during the middle of the night. Over the past 12 years, filmmaker-by-day, Maxine Walter has become an obsessive collector of these brilliant artifacts and is regularly seen scaling trees, poles, walls, and fences, crowbar in hand, to add new works to her extensive collection.

The Book Cover

Jamaican Dancehall Signs From The Collection of Maxine Walters marks the inaugural publishing venture by Miss Lily’s Variety, the retail arm and gallery / cultural space of popular New York City Jamaican restaurant, Miss Lily’s. So, right now, this limited edition, softcover book is high on my “I need this!”  list of treats.

THE NYC exhibition is has just finished but you can get the book on-line for 20 bucks! A bargain.

http://misslilys.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/jamaican-dancehall-signs-book

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine & From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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2 Responses to PURE NICENESS: THE ART OF JAH MEK YAH DANCEHALL

  1. Reblogged this on Mariposa Graphic Art and commented:
    I love these Jamaican dancehall signs! This looks like a great book!

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