Chinna Smith documentary draws big crowd

It was a feeling of anticipation that permeated the air last Thursday night at the Red Bones’ Café in New Kingston.

Swedish director Markus Egloff was set to unveil his first documentary, Chinna’s Yard: The Art of Making Music, A Way of Life.

The music-documentary opens with shots of life in Kingston, Jamaica: kids playing in the streets and music blaring from sound systems. The man of the moment, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, is the first to appear on camera. He chronicles his life and career in Kingston 13 and explained that he grew up hearing music being played all around him, influencing his decision to become a musician.

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