by Michael Reckord
The National Gallery's contribution is not to be left out. In April 2015 and 2016, Jamila Falak, then a student of the School of Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, was awarded an Honours Recital for outstanding solo performance in voice. She was also learning to play the violin and double bass, and since graduating a year ago, she has been showing off her skills at various gigs.
On Sunday, she was at the National Gallery as the performer at the gallery's free monthly 'final Sundays' performing-cum-fine arts show. With her easy, relaxed manner and flexible voice with its rich tone, she charmed her audience with all of her 10 songs.
They were jazz-influenced or Jamaican, and I was not surprised when, after her hour-long performance, she told me that her favourite musical forms were jazz and Jamaican tunes. Accompanied by O'Niel Dacres on keyboard and sometimes by herself on double bass, she sang Burt Bacharach's Say a Little Prayer For Me, Adele's When We Were Young, Alton Ellis' Ain't That Loving You, Beyonce's Sandcastles and a Bob Marley medley, among other songs.