Shivaun Rufus making a name

Observer writer

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Recently, the enterprising Williams family closed the Argyle Road gates of their Redbones Blues Café with four nights of farewell concerts. The location, organisation, hospitality, and performances were well executed, but one act was not outdone by her more established counterparts.

She is Shivaun Rufus, who is known to Redbones regulars as a hostess and waitress, but she occasionally shows off her musical talent.

One such occasion was the final evening of Redbones' live action on May 26. The singer, who is trained in performance and songwriting, gave an energetic performance of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black and Bob Marley's Is This Love with harmony from McKada.

After her enticing set, the Swallowfield-born Rufus spoke passionately about her musical aspirations as well as her experience working at Redbones.

“I worked at Redbones for three years on a part-time basis. It has been a journey, working at Redbones was a blessing. I had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people who were just as crazy as I was,” she said. “What I liked most about Redbones is the live music, naturally because I am a recording artiste and a performer. I enjoyed the ambiance and I got the opportunity to study my craft just by watching performers week after week.”

Rufus spoke glowingly of her former employers Evan Williams, his wife Betty and daughter Enola.

“I have performed at different venues and events but I liked the intimacy that Redbones provides. Performing on a whole just helps me become better, practice brings perfection. I have not gotten to perfection yet, but I'm getting there,” she said.

Rufus is part of Fiwi Jamaica's Masters in Residence Programme, a one-year course at the University of Technology which ended in May. Producer/songwriter Mikey Bennett and music business insider Phillip Clarke were two of its facilitators.

A veteran of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's drama and music festivals, Rufus has released two songs: Judgement Day and Runaway. She was also a finalist in Triple Century's Clash of The Voices last year.

Shivaun Rufus is a member of the empowerment organisation GURLES (Girls Using Ubuntu for Respect and Love for Entrepreneurial Success).

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