This New Year, get carried away with new music, movies and books.
In 2016, one of music’s brightest performers lost her battle with cancer. However, Sharon Jones’ legacy continues to shine with the release of her posthumous album, Soul of a Woman.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings recorded the album whilst the band was still touring in support of its fifth album, Give the People What They Want, and promoting the film Miss Sharon Jones!
From the first track, “Matter of Time,” Jones proves why she was regarded as one of the best soul singers out there. The album’s closer, “Call on God,” was meant to be included in a gospel album the band hoped to record; instead it serves as an emotional farewell from Jones whilst still sounding hopeful.
After the critical and box office success of the first movie, Paddington Bear returns to cinemas in the aptly named Paddington 2. Returning is director Paul King as well Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown. Ben Whishaw is also back to lend his voice to the lovable bear whilst Hugh Grant joins the cast as the film’s villain, Phoenix Buchanan.
Tom Cruise stars in American Made, a biographical crime movie based on the life of Barry Seal, a pilot who became a drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel. Directed by Swingers and The Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman, the film sees Cruise give one of the best performances of his career.
In February 1794, the Convert was charged with escorting a convoy of merchant vessels to Britain from Jamaica. However, the perilous eastern reefs of Grand Cayman resulted in the loss of the Convert and nine sails of her merchant convoy.
The inhabitants of Grand Cayman assisted in the rescue of more than 400 survivors with few lives lost. Legend has long persisted that a British prince was amongst those rescued and that George III granted the Cayman Islands its present tax advantageous status in gratitude for the Islanders’ efforts. The Wreck of the Ten Sail: A True Story from Cayman’s Past also explores the Islands’ history and character that has shaped the thriving economy that exists here today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A native of Buckinghamshire, England, Sam Oakley lives on Grand Cayman with her husband and two children. Sam is best known for her television presenting work with credits that include BBC Watchdog, Healthcheck, World in Action, Countryfile and the HISTORY channel. She also presented her own radio show for the BBC for many years. The Wreck of the Ten Sail is available for purchase at Books & Books.