Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Tis the season for Bounty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tis-the-season-for-Bounty_78618 Othman Mukhlis Bounty Killer&rsquo;s Seasons of The Year has been sampled by American singer Santigold for his song Kicking Down Doors. <br /> <br /> Produced by Kunley McCarthy, Seasons of The Year was released in 2013. <br /> <br /> London-based Othman Mukhlis, CEO of Abood Music/Jamdown, is publisher for Seasons of The Year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My company did the clearance from start to finish for Bounty and Kunley as far as Kicking Down Doors is concerned. I also negotiated getting the sample cleared for a Nike television commercial that has been airing worldwide since the Olympics,&rdquo; Mukhlis told<br /> <br /> Splash.<br /> <br /> Kicking Down Doors is featured on the compilation album, Pepsi Beats of The Beautiful Game, released by Caroline Records in June 2014, ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.<br /> <br /> That collection contained songs from Janelle Monae, Rita Ora, Eva Simons, Timbaland, and Kelly Rowland.<br /> <br /> Mukhlis said Kicking Down Doors is also in a new FOX television show called Keeping Up With The Joneses.<br /> <br /> He and his team work with a number of Jamaican and international acts. They have cleared songs for Chris Brown, Major Lazer, Tinie Tempah, and Arianna Grande.<br /> <br /> Santigold has been recording since the 1990s. She has recorded and toured with Kanye West, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.<br /> <br /> Songs from her second album, 2012&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Master of My Make-Believe, were recorded in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13180250/219141_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Skull&rsquo;s hot for dancehall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Skull-s-hot-for-dancehall_78616 For over 10 years, Jung Jin Cho has been a staple of the small South Korean dancehall scene. Known as Skull, he is currently in Jamaica promoting his song Love Inside.<br /> <br /> A collaboration with Stephen Marley, Skull said the track has enjoyed steady rotation in his country. He is expecting even better results in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are trying to promote it as best as we know how. It is a beautiful love song, but it also delivers hope and &lsquo;positiveness&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s one of those songs that leaves you feeling good,&rdquo; he said in a thick accent.<br /> <br /> Love Inside is co-produced by Skull and Yoo Gun Hyung. The latter produced the 2011 international hit single Gangnam Style.<br /> <br /> Skull said it took much perseverance to convince multiple Grammy winner Marley to record with him.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I knew his brother Rohan Marley, so whenever he comes to Korea I am always asking him to ask Stephen to collaborate with me. My nagging paid off after two years though,&rdquo; he joked.<br /> <br /> Jung Jin Cho first heard dancehall music in 2000 and was immediately drawn to it. &ldquo;I was passing a record shop and I heard it. At the time I didn&rsquo;t know what genre was playing, but I instantly liked the sound. I didn&rsquo;t have access to the Internet then, so I travelled to Japan with what little cash I had and purchased a few dancehall LPs and albums. I had no mentor in my country so I taught myself the music,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> In 2003 he released Best Seller, his debut album, but sales failed to live up to its lofty title.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It failed miserably and a lot of persons were asking why I choose dancehall as I am an Asian boy,&rdquo; Skull recalled.<br /> <br /> Undeterred, he released his second album called<br /> <br /> Raggamuffin in 2005.<br /> <br /> Skull, who hails from Seoul, first visited Jamaica in 2006 and met with producers to increase his knowledge about dancehall culture. A subsequent visit resulted in Get Rich, a collaboration with Sizzla Kalonji.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am willing to work with anyone right now. Music brings universal unity and I am all about that,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13388686/237082_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM The Ultimate in dancehall drops Dec 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-Ultimate-in-dancehall-drops-Dec-2_78615 THE ninth edition in The Ultimate compilation series from Tad&rsquo;s International Record will be released December 2.<br /> <br /> Titled The Ultimate 2017, it contains some of the biggest dancehall anthems for this year. Four of them are by Mavado, who had a resurgent 2016.<br /> <br /> Money, Girls & Fun, Lowe Mi, In God We Trust and Farewell (with Alkaline) are Mavado&rsquo;s &lsquo;Ultimate&rsquo; songs.<br /> <br /> Tad Dawkins, CEO of Tad&rsquo;s International Record, said the Florida-based deejay found a second wind this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He will be a stronger force to reckon with next year. There has been a resurgence in his popularity since he start recording in Jamaica once again,&rdquo; Dawkins observed.<br /> <br /> Vybz Kartel (Who Trouble Them and Training Wheel) and Alkaline (Block & Delete and Wha a Gwan) each have two solo songs on The Ultimate 2017.<br /> <br /> Kartel and Alkaline made their mark on the Billboard, Reggae Album Chart this year with their King Of The Dancehall and New Level Unlocked albums, respectively.<br /> <br /> Other songs on The Ultimate 2017 are Cool Summer by Dexta Daps and Chi Ching Ching, Aidonia&rsquo;s Wuk Off You Gal, and One Draw by the Fabulous Five and Marcia Griffiths.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12874146/197795_26672_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13190339/221405__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13142984/216015_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12477183/174133_63963_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13111379/213453_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13155148/216819_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Worth the ride! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Worth-the-ride-_78628 When Hezron recorded Taxi Driver for Stone Love Productions in January, artiste&rsquo;s instinct told him he had a winner.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;From it do mi feel it,&rdquo; the dreadlocked singer told<br /> <br /> Splash.<br /> <br /> Taxi Driver was not the runaway hit Hezron envisaged. But months after its release, the song rode local charts and airwaves, giving the 38-year-old artiste his biggest hit in some time.<br /> <br /> With nearly 20 years in the music business under his belt, Hezron knows the nature of the game: not every song is an overnight hit.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When yuh competing wid so much song it kinda tough. There are so much songs out there it (Taxi Driver) didn&rsquo;t get the chance it deserved,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Taxi Driver has opened the door for follow-up singles like MoBay, which is inspired by the violence that has rocked that tourist city in recent months.<br /> <br /> Written by Hezron, MoBay is produced by Swiss independent label Addis Records.<br /> <br /> The success of<br /> <br /> Taxi Driver is timely. Hezron recently got back his United States visa and travelled to that country last month, for the first time in nine years. His travel documents were seized due to a &lsquo;misdemeanour&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Hezron is from Reading, St James. After migrating to the US in the late 1990s, he kicked off his career with a handful of R&B songs for Def Jam Records and Warner Bros.<br /> <br /> Dancehall fans know him best for the lovers&rsquo; rock songs<br /> <br /> So in Love, Those Days, and Forever And Always which are from his 2014 album:<br /> <br /> The Life I Live(d).<br /> <br /> Hezron believes Taxi Driver has paved the way for smooth sailing in 2017.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It mek people look up an seh &lsquo;yes Hezron&rsquo;. It really give mi a buzz in the streets.&rdquo;<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389197/237046_63900_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Reggae Poster Contest calls for entries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-Poster-Contest-calls-for-entries_78659 Despite the death of its co-founder Michael Thompson, the International Reggae Poster Contest 2016 is putting out a call for entries for its fifth edition.<br /> <br /> The contest opens for entries on November 1, and graphic artists have until January 31 to submit entries. The 100 best posters will be selected by a jury panel comprising design professionals and will be on exhibition around the world. <br /> <br /> According to co-founder Maria Papaefstathiou, the objective of the International Reggae Poster Contest is to build awareness for positive reggae music, and to celebrate the global achievements of reggae and its impact on the world. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The term reggae used by the contest encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dub, dancehall, and the unique Jamaican sound system. We are looking for your talent and creative visual expressions, and we are very excited to see what designers can come up with in their original poster designs that will capture the energy and the vibe of reggae music,&rdquo; she explained. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The goal is simple... create a poster about reggae music &mdash; the rest is up to your imagination. Feel free to explore themes of reggae covering any one of the genres. Also explore and capture the many musical pioneers, singers, producers, institutions who helped to establish the music globally,&rdquo; Papaefstathiou added.<br /> <br /> This year marks the fifth year since the contest was established. The International Reggae Poster Contest is open to all graphic designers and artists internationally. Artists/designers are allowed to submit any number of original poster entries. Posters should not have been published in internet and social media.<br /> <br /> The organisers further note that artists and designers will retain all rights to their original poster art. The contest shall have the right to reproduce and distribute to third parties a limited edition (fewer than 1500 copies) poster copy of each winning entry in a format of 50cm x 70cm. The contest shall also have the right to reproduce and distribute to third parties the posters in the International Reggae Poster Contest 2012-2016 catalogue/book in unlimited quantities and also for exhibition purposes.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634619/184302.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Extraordinary times for Accid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Extraordinary-times-for-Accid_78614 Since winning the Magnum Kings and Queens Of The Dancehall competition last summer, Accid has been busy in the recording studio. His latest song, Extraordinary, is produced by New York-based Millro Music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Entering Magnum, the timing was right. I prepared myself mentally and emotionally. But before I entered I knew I was going to win. I was confident about achieving success,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Born Oneil Walker, the deejay, who is from St Mary, has been in music since 2001 when he won a local talent competition.<br /> <br /> The first producer he worked with professionally was Rainbow Castle in 2004.<br /> <br /> A past student of Port Maria High School in St Mary, Accid has performed at several events, including Dream Weekend in Negril, St Mary Regatta, St Mary Mi Come From, and Little Ochi Seafood Festival since his &lsquo;Magnum&rsquo; triumph.<br /> <br /> Recently he released the video for One Thump, a song produced by DJ Frass.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389146/237059_63897_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Jahman&rsquo;s time has come http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jahman-s-time-has-come-_78613 By Kevin Jackson Observer writer Time to Show is the latest release from singer Jahman, produced by Jon FX Music.<br /> <br /> A native of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Jahman (real name Jabari Carrington) said the song was inspired by a special trip.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was listening to some tracks and the producer said &lsquo;what would you do with this?&rsquo; And I kid you not, the first thing that came off my tongue was the intro. But the topic and words were created around the fact that my dad and some of my siblings were from Trinidad, where I was soon about to visit...so I said what better homecoming gift than to just put something together musically,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Jahman&rsquo;s love for reggae came at an early age. His father played the music of Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and Steel Pulse in their home.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But what really sold me was when I heard the song What The Hell the Police Can Do by Echo Minott and I was totally blown away,&rdquo; he recalled. <br /> <br /> Jahman has worked with Jamaican producers including Phillip &lsquo;Fattis&rsquo; Burrell, Sly and Robbie, Earl &lsquo;Chinna&rsquo; Smith and Danny Biggs. He has released five albums. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389144/237058_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Road Elf launches website http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Road-Elf-launches-website_78612 Deejay Road Elf has launched his website, roadelfmusic.com<br /> <br /> , to expose his music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was necessary to launch a website as an alternative way to get my music out to the world. It is also necessary because it provides a central location where people can learn about me, hear my music and see my videos,&rdquo; said Road Elf.<br /> <br /> Formerly known as Terro 3000, he has written and produced songs for RDX, Voicemail, Razor B, Wayne Marshall, Bay C (from T O K) and The NoMaddz.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I just came in the game people used to call my style and delivery more of a rapping style of deejaying. Now that seems to be the way everybody is going, so I would say I brought/bring different flows to the game,&rdquo; he stated.<br /> <br /> Road Elf is known for songs such as My Life, This is How I Feel and Head Top, done with RDX. <br /> <br /> Jookie Jam (produced by Christopher Birch), I Need You (featuring Voicemail and Razor B for Kritical Productions) and No Remix Friend (produced by Ballaz Productions) are some of his current songs.<br /> <br /> Road Elf plans to release videos for<br /> <br /> Jookie Jam and No Remix Friend.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389143/237057_63901_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;We A Come From Far&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-We-A-Come-From-Far-_78648 Gospel artistes Minister Blessed and Sean Lypher are expecting a full house at We A Come From Far slated for Covenant Life Christian Church on Molynes Road, Kingston, tomorrow.<br /> <br /> The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Lypher and I go way back, having started our musical careers around the same time, over 10 years ago, as well as releasing the same number of albums &mdash; three for both of us,&rdquo; Minister Blessed told<br /> <br /> Splash.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Last year the show was completely sold out as supporters of both ministers came out for what was also a double- album release party. This year, we have upgraded from a mere party track show to a live band event. Outside of the musical journey, the production also seeks to encapsulate the spiritual side, as we look at where we had been wrapped up and tied up in sin, to where we are now liberated and set free in Jesus. We truly a come from far,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> In additon to Minister Blessed and Sean Lypher, the concert will feature Christina Roshay and Florida-based gospel artiste O2DR (Ordinary).<br /> <br /> The event was first held in 2014.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Josimar Scott<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389123/237122.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389122/221405__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Short Circuitz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Short-Circuitz_78682 When <br /> <br /> DJ Govament sends out invitations it&rsquo;s natural that the dancehall crowd will respond. So, it was no surprise that on October 11 his friends and supporters flocked to Streve Madden Plaza on Orange Street, Downtown Kingston for his Birthday soiree which he named &lsquo;Short Circuitz&rsquo;. Who else but OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY could be asked to cover?<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389451/234992_64037_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389448/235004_64045_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389450/235005_64046_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389447/235006_64047_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389449/235007_64048_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389453/234997_64039_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389454/235001_64042_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM New morning, new songs from Clinton Fearon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/New-morning--new-songs-from-Clinton-Fearon_78620 Troubled by controversial police shootings that rocked the United States in the last two years, Clinton Fearon had no shortage of material for This Morning, his latest album, released in late September.<br /> <br /> The veteran singer/songwriter, who lives in Seattle, is currently promoting the set with a month-long tour of France.<br /> <br /> He spoke to Splash from Paris about This Morning, which he said is the most diverse of his 13 albums.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I love the whole album because it have different elements...dance, protest. It&rsquo;s life, it&rsquo;s about life,&rdquo; he reasoned.<br /> <br /> Fearon, 65, said the death of black men at the hands of US law enforcement inspired No Justice, one of This Morning&rsquo;s 13 tracks. He remembers seeing many similar incidents in his native Kingston before migrating to Seattle over 30 years ago.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Is not only in the US [there is police brutality], but in Jamaica. This all started in Jamaica when bad man start join the force,&rdquo; he claimed.<br /> <br /> Distributed by Paris-based Chapter Two Records, This Morning is Fearon&rsquo;s first album since Goodness two years ago.<br /> <br /> A former member of The Gladiators, he consistently releases an album every two years. Like most roots reggae artistes, he has a strong fan base in Europe.<br /> <br /> After 18 dates in France, Fearon is scheduled to perform in Spain, Sweden and Belgium. He then returns to the US for dates on the West Coast and Pacific Northwest.<br /> <br /> While he made a name as guitarist with The Gladiators for over 20 years, then as a solo artiste, Fearon stressed the importance of being current.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yuh have to make new music if you are going to cross barriers. The business has changed, but people will always listen if is good music,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13389196/237047_63896_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Semojrah Naki drops new track http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Semojrah-Naki-drops-new-track_78651 Jamaica-born, Canada-based singjay Semojrah Naki has teamed up with dancehall artiste Sizzla Kalonji on his soon-to-be-released single Jah Will Never Let Us Down. The entertainer said the collaboration came about during one of his visits to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I had already voiced my part and Sizzla wasted no time in getting his voice on the track. Jah Will Never Let Us Down is predicted to strengthen and empower people, bringing a sense of purpose and dignity to the younger generation,&rdquo; Naki told Splash.<br /> <br /> Jah Will Never Let Us Down is produced by Canada&rsquo;s IsRoyal Records and will be released on November 4.<br /> <br /> According to Naki, this year has been rewarding for him, with the release of several singles. Among them are<br /> <br /> Warrior&rsquo;s Don&rsquo;t Cry, Teach the Youths, Rastaman She Wants, and Life Struggles featuring Most Mighty.<br /> <br /> Semojrah Naki (given name Jefferey Wayne Donald) was born in Kingston but raised in Clarendon. He later return to Kingston during his adolescent years.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was during my years at Jamaica College that I knew I wanted to be an entertainer and I was privileged enough to have the likes of Michigan, Chaka Demus, and The Cotton Pikkers as inspiration.<br /> <br /> In 1999 he embraced the Rastafarian faith. <br /> <br /> Now in Canada, Semojrah has maintained focus and has a steady foot in the industry. He was awarded the 6th annual Peabo Award for the &ldquo;Male Artist of the Year&rdquo; in 2016. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12803720/193651_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 28, 2016 12:00 AM Vegas offers support to Mais family http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Vegas-offers-support-to-Mais-family_78525 DANCEHALL singjay Mr Vegas was part of a prayer vigil held in Half-Way-Tree offering moral support to the family of the late Khajeel Mais on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> Mais, 17, was shot and killed when the taxi he was travelling in collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle on Highland Drive in Havendale in 2011. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired shots at the taxi, hitting the boy.<br /> <br /> The St Andrew businessman, Patrick Powell, 59, who was fingered in the murder of Khajeel Mais, was freed on Monday after the seven-member jury was directed by Justice Lloyd Hibbert to return a not-guilty verdict on murder and shooting with intent charges.<br /> <br /> According to Mr Vegas, he and other Jamaicans are dissatisfied with the court&rsquo;s ruling.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A lot of people may think that this is none of our business and that it wasn&rsquo;t our child that was killed, but we have to remember that we are Jamaicans first and foremost. We saw the outcome of the case and a lot of persons are really disappointed, and we have to let the justice system know that we do not like the way this case was handled,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Mr Vegas further stated that he is hoping that Jamaica doesn&rsquo;t see a similar incident. <br /> <br /> The entertainer is one of several from the entertainment fraternity who have voiced their concerns about the death and murder trial of the teenager. Among them are Skatta Burrell, Maestro Don and producer Tiyarro Drake.<br /> <br /> Vegas is known for tracks including Bruk It Down, Heads High, I Am Blessed, and Hot Wuk. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386350/236913_63826_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM DizTroy creates new sounds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DizTroy-creates-new-sounds_78514 BY SIMONE MORGAN-LINDO Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com AFTER working with a number of high-profile acts such as Rihanna (on Crazy Little Thing Called Love), British band Florence and The Machine and Canadian rapper Drake, Dale &lsquo;Dizzle&rsquo; Virgo has joined with British producer Troy Baker to form the production team, DizTroy.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are bringing about a new sound. We are fusioning rap music with dancehall and other genres to give off an international appeal. I am Jamaican and Troy is from the UK, but he is very in tune with dancehall/ reggae music,&rdquo; Virgo told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are doing it all Jamaican and the aim is to push the element that makes dancehall music famous,&rdquo; he continued. Virgo said he and Baker first worked together in 2012 at Gee Jam studios in Portland, but recently formalised their partnership.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Duo production is not so popular here in Jamaica as it is in the UK and USA, so we want to just bring something fresh to the table.&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Early this month, DizTroy released a self-titled sixtrack EP titled DizTroy featuring Mystic Davis. Released by the Gee Jam label, the &lsquo;out of the box&rsquo; set comprises Gal Wine, Your Love, Bout Yah, Twerk Like Mystic, 30 Bad Bitches and Mystic Stings.<br /> <br /> Virgo said DizTroy is also working with several acts including Versatile, Agent Sasco, Chronixx and Devin Di Dakta. A self-taught engineer, Virgo started as a gospel producer. <br /> <br /> His breakthrough, however, came in the secular field. He created the beat for Gyptian&rsquo;s 2004 hit song Serious Times, which opened the door for Virgo to work with other dancehall artistes like Queen Ifrica, D&rsquo;Angel and Ce&rsquo;Cile.opean labels. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386304/236926_63819_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM DTX season begins Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DTX-season-begins-Saturday_78506 Local troupe, Dance Theatre Xaymaca (DTX) has come of age. The company, which was founded by renowned dance teacher and choreographer Barbara McDaniel, is celebrating 21 years with a season of dance set for the Little Theatre in St Andrew this Saturday and Sunday.<br /> <br /> Associate artistic director Natalie Gallimore tells the Jamaica Observer that this season features a varied programme which is becoming a hallmark of DTX.<br /> <br /> "The DTX experience always guarantees enjoyment. There is such a variety of dance styles that everyone will be entertained. Even the non-dancer can enjoy the programme and will never be bored because of the variety. One of the special features of this year's performances is the remounting of Motherland, which has become out signature piece. This was originally choreographed by Barbara McDaniel for our very first season. We are also happy to welcome back one of our founding members Anika Jobson-Dixon, and she will be feature in Cry Out, also choreographed by Miss McDaniel."<br /> <br /> Speaking of choreographers, this year DTX has employed the skills of a talented set of artists to bring quality works to the stage. The roster comprises Renee McDonald, Liane Williams, Orette Beckford, Onaje Bell, Michael Holgate as well as Gallimore and McDaniel.<br /> <br /> "This year, we are mounting three new works which adds to the variety of the repertoire of the company and makes for a more mature programme. These works have been created by Renee McDonald. This is our first time working with her and we are so excited given her very contemporary dance style. It is also the first time working with Liane Williams and she brings an interesting mix of contemporary dance fused with dancehall. The creators of the other new work is Onaje Bell, whose technique shows of the signature of the company," Gallimore explains.<br /> <br /> DTX comprises dance ages 17 years and up, many of whom were members of the Wolmer's Dance Troupe, for which McDaniel is also artistic director. This year, 23 dancers will take to the stage for the season. Rehearsals for the performances started in late July, however the company is in training year round under the tutelage of McDaniel, Gallimore, Bell and Beckford.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13387507/236871_63793_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13387508/236869_63792_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Stop The Violence concert for HWT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Stop-The-Violence-concert-for-HWT_78494 The second show in the &lsquo;Stop The Violence Now&rsquo; series is scheduled for Saturday at Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree.<br /> <br /> Initially scheduled for September 30 in Papine Square, it was postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew.<br /> <br /> Organiser Lawrence &lsquo;Jah Mike&rsquo; Lugg said a cast of established and emerging acts will perform on the show which promotes peace in some of Jamaica&rsquo;s crime-ridden communities.<br /> <br /> The first event took place at Grants Pen Peace Park in Grants Pen, St Andrew, on July 30.<br /> <br /> Half Pint, Kenneth Culture, Michael Dawkins and Abajonai are expected to perform Saturday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386388/220896_63780_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Tell Me, says Chux Starr http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tell-Me--says-Chux-Starr_78502 Up-and-coming recording artiste Chux Starr is set on making a breakthrough in the music business. The artiste has been getting a lot of attention with the release of his single Tell Me featuring EMG.<br /> <br /> Released on September 1, Tell Me is produced by Fonz Production and Lttp Beats.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;So far mi happy with the response; everybody has been telling me that they love the song, especially the ladies. The song has 28,000 plays on Sound Cloud and grows by like 500 daily, it&rsquo;s in rotation on Toronto&rsquo;s biggest urban radio station and plays at every uptown party , said Chux Starr.<br /> <br /> He is also known for hits such as Loving Nonstop and Mama.<br /> <br /> Chux Starr is devoted to his musical career and is now locked in the studio working on new singles.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Chux Starr never stop working and right now I have a lot of things in the pipeline. So just look out for the name, &ldquo;cause a whole heap more things to come,&rdquo; said Chux Starr. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386349/236938_63830_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Roadwork pays off for Onesty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Roadwork-pays-off-for-Onesty_78392 By Howard CampBell Observer senior writer GROWING up in Antwerp, Belgium, Tina Castello was heavy into the city&rsquo;s underground reggae scene. <br /> <br /> One of the Jamaican acts that caught her attention was Black Uhuru. Castello, a singer known as Onesty, recently appeared as opening act for her heroes on their United States tour. <br /> <br /> With the release in August of her EP I Rise, it was the perfect time to shop her new songs to a new audience. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a great experience doing 30 shows in a row and playing in front of different people. As a European reggae artiste, it was good to play in front of big audiences, Rastafarian audiences,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Most of the songs Onesty did in her 25-minute slots, including Not Good Enough and Roll The Dice, are produced by Jermaine Forde for Ajang Music Productions. <br /> <br /> The London-based Forde produced many of Onesty&rsquo;s previous songs which include Life Starts and Is This Love. The Black Uhuru tour kicked ff in Santa Cruz, California, at The Catalyst in late August. <br /> <br /> It made stops in major cities such as Los Angeles, Denver, Cleveland, Atlanta, New York and Jacksonville. The six-week trek ended in Englewood, Florida, on October 1. <br /> <br /> Onesty, 29, was born to a Spanish father and Belgian mother. She said she discovered Jamaican music as a teenager while attending dancehall parties in her hometown. <br /> <br /> She has opened Belgian dates for a diverse list of reggae/dancehall artistes including Max Romeo, Earl 16, Pressure, Red Rat and Tikenja Fakoly. <br /> <br /> Since early 2015, Onesty has lived in Jamaica, working mainly with Ajang Music Productions and independent European labels. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386428/236567_63758_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM OCEAN Style Fashion Showcase Weekend for November http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/OCEAN-Style-Fashion-Showcase-Weekend-for-November_78429 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Organisers of the 9th annual OCEAN Style Fashion Showcase Weekend (FSW) and Celebrity Golf Tournament are putting the final touches on the highly anticipated event which is set to ignite the tourism resort capital from November 24-27, 2016. <br /> <br /> Celebrities slated to make their appearance during this year&rsquo;s event include: Vivica Fox, Anthony Anderson, George Lopez, Rockman Dunbar, among others.<br /> <br /> Billed as a weekend of parties, fun, fashion and celebration, the annual event has built a reputation for attracting international names in fashion, having presented brands: Etro, Reem Accra, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Agent Provocateur, Victoria&rsquo;s Secret and the Caribbean&rsquo;s own Meiling, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Heather Jones, among others.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Montego Bay has in recent times become the epicentre of celebrity sightings in Jamaica, and that&rsquo;s due in large measure to OCEAN Style,&rdquo; said Douglas Gordon, founder of OCEAN.<br /> <br /> He added that his vision is to showcase Caribbean luxury and lifestyle at its very best. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Jamaica is a beautiful destination with a rich and vibrant heritage which provides the perfect backdrop for a luxury weekend and getaway. We&rsquo;re delighted to be working with companies like our presenting partner Secrets Resorts & Spas and MTV this year, and look forward to a spectacular weekend,&rdquo; Gordon continued.<br /> <br /> He added: &ldquo;With such an enviable profile the event has in the past attracted the attention of global media giants such as BET, Centric and ESPN; each of which has celebrated the OCEAN Style experience on their respective channels.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Gordon disclosed that Secrets Resorts & Spas will play host to the guests and a number of the events as the presenting partner for the second consecutive year. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;For a luxury resort like Secrets it&rsquo;s a very good fit. We are happy to be associated with world-class events and that is what OCEAN Style delivers,&rdquo; expressed Emilio Huhn, general manager of Secrets.<br /> <br /> Other partners for FSW include JPS, Sagicor, Caribbean Airlines, Tropical Outsourcing, MACO and Mont Blanc.<br /> <br /> OCEAN Style, the Caribbean luxury lifestyle brand, has already produced three celebrity events in Jamaica this year:Taye Diggs&rsquo; Book Signing Tour, Vivica Fox&rsquo;s Birthday Celebration and High Vibes Roots & Reggae Festival featuring Rick Ross, Beenie Man and Ky-Mani Marley. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385892/236693_63665_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385885/236694_63655_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Scroogie looks to the Tropics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Scroogie-looks-to-the-Tropics_78493 JAMAICA-BORN Canada-based sound system operator, Scroogie of Little Thunder, is venturing into music production. <br /> <br /> Tomorrow, he is scheduled to release his debut rhythm and compilation album called Scroogie Tropics. The six-song set is done on the Little Thunder Music imprint.<br /> <br /> Among the tracks on Scroogie Tropics are Lutan Fyah&rsquo;s Better Life, One Nation by Sizzla Kalonji, and Turbulence&rsquo;s Waiting On You. Lukie D, Kayla Allen, and Kaisha Lee are also featured on the set.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;With a smooth, yet modern reggae rhythm, the artistes speak to a range of topics from culture, love, to life&rsquo;s struggles and how they may be overcome. This album was influenced by the realities of life and seeks to provide peace of mind and hope for others,&rdquo; Scroogie told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Scroogie Tropics will be distributed by VP&rsquo;s subsidiary, VPAL Music.<br /> <br /> Scroogie, whose given name is Courtney Allen, hails from Marlie Hill in Manchester. He, however, migrated to Montreal, Canada in 1987.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have been toying around with music from as early as age 13, but it was 16 years ago that myself and two of my brethrens, Don and Johno, started the Little Thunder sound system. We took reggae/dancehall to another level in Montreal. Our audience has been growing over the years and I am marvelled at times how much appreciated the genre is here,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Scroogie&rsquo;s awards include Sound of the Year in Canada for 2008.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386387/236151_63781_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Turbulance headlines Malawi music festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Turbulance-headlines-Malawi-music-festival_78068 The African state of Malawi is fast becoming a major market for Jamaican reggae artistes. The latest act to perform in that country is Turbulance.<br /> <br /> The artiste, who is known for tracks such as Want a Natty, Name and Number, and Notorious, is the headliner of this year&rsquo;s staging of the Sand Music Festival being held from Tuesday to Saturday at the Livingstonia Beach Hotel in Salima. <br /> <br /> Reports out of Malawi is that Turbulance will share duties alongside Tanzania&rsquo;s Diamond Platinumz, who specialises in a genre of hip hop from his country known as Bongo Flava.<br /> <br /> Turbulance joins an ever-growing list of Jamaican acts who have performed in Malawi in recent months. These include Luciano, Busy Signal, Fantan Mojah, and Morgan Heritage.<br /> <br /> According to Jack Macbrams, Sand Music Festival&rsquo;s marketing and media executive, organisers had sleepless nights to decide on an international reggae artiste for the festival&rsquo;s roster, given that Malawians love reggae music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yes, Jamaican reggae star Turbulance has been added to the Sand Festival roaster. This is in recognition of the fact that Malawi is a reggae-loving country, hence the decision to rope in Turbulance,&rdquo; Macbrams is quoted saying.<br /> <br /> Initially, the organisers announced that Sizzla Kalonji, another Jamaican, would have headlined the show and lead the reggae category, but he is currently on a tour in United States of America and his availability would not have been guaranteed.<br /> <br /> The 2016 Sand Music Festival marks the sixth staging of the event.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386104/236861__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Garvey takes centre stage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Garvey-takes-centre-stage_78339 MICHAEL Holgate&rsquo;s dramatic musical presentation Marcus Garvey: The Musical gave an insight into the teachings and philosophy of Jamaica&rsquo;s first National Hero.<br /> <br /> The University Players production was held at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, recently.<br /> <br /> It began with Garvey (played by Andre Bernard) at the end of his life, being visited by four African ancestral spirits who have come to take him to the &ldquo;other side&rdquo;. Garvey, however, pleads with the spirits that he would not go until he saw his legacy. The spirits then lead Garvey to present-day Jamaica to see if his life&rsquo;s work was carried forward throughout the generations.<br /> <br /> It is here that we are introduced to &ldquo;Scrubs&rdquo; (played by Akeem Mignott), a young man who bleaches his skin; his aware aunt, Caroline (played by Alicia Taylor); and Rasta man, Benjamin (played by Derrick Clarke). This representation of modern-day Jamaicans, coupled with a group of young people who belittle blackness, angers Garvey, who, along with the African spirits, take key events in his life to teach them about his philosophy and his vision for people of African descent.<br /> <br /> This included his termination from a printery in Kingston for leading a protest for equal pay for black workers; his Atlanta job on a banana plantation where he saw the slavish conditions under which immigrants worked. It would progress to show his encounters with Booker T Washington, WEB Dubois, and forming the Universal Negro Improvement Association and its subsequent failure, among other important aspects of his life.<br /> <br /> The stories were told in action, music and dance and were interspersed with humorous lines that had the audience cracking up and engaged. <br /> <br /> Holgate said his aim was to make Garvey relevant to the modern-day audience, especially in relation to issues of black identity and empowerment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I wanted to make Garvey relevant. So many people don&rsquo;t know about him. He&rsquo;s just a picture on a wall. I believe that he has been so important to the world and he has been so important to me in my life that I wanted to showcase what he has really done in terms of black unity, black pride and the importance of self-sufficiency [and] economic self-sufficiency. So I wanted to highlight the value of that. My life is all about creative empowerment, and Garvey was all about creative empowerment,&rdquo; said the director, noting that the format of the production was to appeal to the modern audience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This production is the beginning of sending them (young people) to read and know who Marcus Garvey is. There is so much more to discover about Garvey&hellip;and get beyond the myth of who this man was, what he represented, how it is that he became who he is. Productions like these educate, inspire, enlighten, edify, open your mind,&rdquo; said broadcaster Fae Ellington, who was in the audience.<br /> <br /> TV personality Emprezz Golding said: &ldquo;It was great to see. It was refreshing to hear the story and the way that he interpreted it. I thought some of the actors were just amazing. I really thought they embodied the ancestors, especially with the West Indian gods. Anancy did a great job and I think we need to encourage directors and story writers to do more of these kinds of musicals, but it was a really good job and I hope every school comes and sees it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &mdash; Aldane Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383301/235208_63514_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383302/235206_63515_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383300/235195_63519_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383304/235201_63517_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383305/235203_63516_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383306/235197_63518_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM Tafari&rsquo;s desires fulfilled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tafari-s-desires-fulfilled_78379 DESIRE Fulfilled, the second album from deejay Tafari, debuts at number nine on this week&rsquo;s Billboard Reggae Album Chart. <br /> <br /> He joins three other Jamaicans in the Top 10. Released by RUD3 Music LLC on October 14, Desire Fulfilled has 15 tracks with productions from Bret &lsquo;Beats&rsquo; Bailey, Derrick Garcia, Jason Gilbert, and Noah Bensimhon.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good feeling to know that the album is inside the top 10. We have no record label or machinery behind the project, so as an independent artiste it&rsquo;s a blessing,&rdquo; Tafari told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Tafari is the son of influential deejay Big Youth. He is making the Billboard tally for the second time; his first album, Rud3 Lov3, made the Top 20 in 2014.<br /> <br /> Songs on his latest album include Wood In The Fire, Unforgettable, Affection, Puts It Down (featuring his brother Isat), I&rsquo;m Ready, Feels So Good and No Odda.<br /> <br /> The number one spot is again occupied by Rebelution with Falling Into Place, ahead of Stephen Marley&rsquo;s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life. <br /> <br /> Wandering Soul by HIRIE falls to number 10, while Fireflies by John Brown&rsquo;s Body drops two places to number eight. <br /> <br /> Ziggy Marley&rsquo;s self-titled album moves up two spots to number seven, while slipping one place is Nothing More to Say by New York band The Frightnrs. <br /> <br /> Returning to the Top 10 at number five is 9 by Jah9, while The Orange Album by Seedless is at number four. Set In Stone from Stick Figure is at number three. <br /> <br /> On the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart, Chillax by Farruko featuring Ky-Mani Marley is number six.<br /> <br /> On that chart, Pa Que Me Invitan by Jencarlos and Charly Black stays firm at number 32. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383307/236554_63526_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM Docu-flick WES well received http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Docu-flick-WES-well-received_78328 WES, an 80-minute documentary on the life of a Jamaica-born Canadian business leader Wes Hall, was screened to specially invited guests at the Carib 5 cinemas in Cross Roads, St Andrew, recently.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I realised at this point in time I wanted to tell my story to inspire not only kids in Canada, but those in Jamaica,&rdquo; he told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Hall&rsquo;s story is one of overcoming poverty in St Thomas and migrating as a teen to the Land of the Maple Leaf, where he now stands as one of the most powerful business people of 2016 as named by Canadian Business magazine. He&rsquo;s the founder and CEO of Kingsdale Shareholder Services. <br /> <br /> The documentary came about when Canadian media production student Samuel Lehner stumbled across an article in The Globe & Mail newspaper about Hall.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As I was reading through Wes&rsquo;s story, I knew immediately that it would make a great documentary,&rdquo; Lehner was quoted as saying.<br /> <br /> Hall added that the fact that he was a man of colour in a white-dominated business sector was another major point of interest. Over six months Hall opened up about his life that stretched from the poverty-stricken community of Golden Grove, St Thomas, through to his current role on Bay Street, Toronto, Canada, the country&rsquo;s equivalent of Wall Street. In the end, the 80 minutes prove that one should be prepared for any changes in one&rsquo;s circumstances, positive or negative.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think the film represents me well. Of course, a few things didn&rsquo;t make the cut for various reasons as with any film,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Hall hopes his documentary will make the rounds to local schools.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383153/236443_63461_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;Maas Ran&rsquo; concert today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Maas-Ran--concert-today_78321 IN tribute to late cultural icon Ranny &ldquo;Maas Ran&rdquo; Williams, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is partnering with Airports Authority of Jamaica to host a lunch hour concert at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) arrivals forecourt at noon today. The concert is free and open to the public.<br /> <br /> This celebration is to reflect on the life and contribution of Maas Ran on his 104th birthday anniversary.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The JCDC is honoured to continue to highlight the work of this great man, who dedicated his entire life to cultural development,&rdquo; said Paulette Sutherland, JCDC parish manager for Kingston & St Andrew.<br /> <br /> The concert will feature acts including performers from the JCDC National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition; and Miss Kingston & St Andrew Festival Queen 2016, Shanique Shand. There will also be a display on the life and work of this great Jamaica cultural icon.<br /> <br /> Maas Ran (given name Randolph Samuel Williams) was a highly respected dramatist, comedian, and folklorist. He performed in more than 29 pantomimes and worked with Louise &ldquo;Miss Lou&rdquo; Bennett-Coverley on the popular Lou and Ranny Show, which ran on the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation in 1958. <br /> <br /> He was awarded an Order of Distinction for outstanding services in the field of entertainment in 1976. Maas Ran died on August 11, 1980. The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road was named in his honour. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383433/236444_63510_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM