Wayne Armond
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Anita Bully
Emily Crooks
Kwame Dawes
Geoff Dyer
Martin Espada
Diana Evans
Cathleen Falsani
Christopher John Farley
Stevie Golding
Lorna Goodison
Suheir Hammad
Sally Henzell
Lolita Hernandez
Marlon James
Margo Jefferson
Delroy Lindo
Zakes Mda
Billy Mystic
Elizabeth Nunez
Ishle Park
Sonia Sanchez
Seretse Small
Tanya Stephens
M.G. Vassanji
Wayne Armond

Best known as the lead singer of the seminal reggae band Chalice, Wayne Armond began his music career in the 1970s during his high school years as a member of the Hell’s Angels. During this time he supported a number of leading Jamaican artists in performance, among them the Wailers, Ken Boothe, Delroy Wilson, Derrick Harriott and Marcia Griffiths. In 1978, he joined Byron Lee and the Dragonaires as guitarist, forming Chalice two years later in 1980. With Chalice, he wrote and recorded a number of hits including “I Still Love You,” “Good To Be There,” “Dangerous Disturbances,” “Can’t Dub,” and “Revival Time.”

After Chalice, Mr. Armond toured the world for six years as a guitarist with reggae icon Jimmy Cliff. He has also toured as a guitarist with jazz legend Monty Alexander. Mr. Armond’s list of studio collaborations includes sessions with Alpha Blondy, Maxi Priest and Manu Dibango. Currently a member of the duet Warm & Easy, Mr. Armond has written songs that have been recorded by some of reggae’s most important artistes, among them, Rita Marley, Culture, J.C. Lodge and the late Dennis Brown.

Program: Blackheart Man