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 I Am Bolt gets Jamaican run http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/I-Am-Bolt-gets-Jamaican-run_82957 OLYMPIAN Usain Bolt conquered track and field by being the fastest man alive. The track star is now lending his talent to the big screen with the release of the documentary called I Am Bolt.<br /> <br /> Produced by British brothers Gabe and Benjamin Turner, I Am Bolt had its Jamaican showing at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew on Tuesday evening. The event was hosted by telecoms giant Digicel.<br /> <br /> The documentary premiered in London late last month.<br /> <br /> The track star hinted he may be trading his spikes for the microphone.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You never know, anything is possible. Right now, I am just taking things one step at a time,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always wanted to do different things and I am getting recording offers so that is going good.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Bolt recently recorded a number called Gifted, which is doing the rounds on social media. <br /> <br /> I Am Bolt captures the life of the nine-time Olympic gold medallist in the fast lane. It also highlights instances of his life that he felt demotivated, but still made it to the podium in Beijing, China and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Along the way, viewers also got a chance to meet his parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, his disciplined but humorous coach Glen Mills, and his best friend MJ. I Am Bolt also features American tennis star Serena Williams, sprinter Asafa Powell, reggae singer Chronixx, and Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want the viewers to go on an emotional journey. The past two years have been challenging as I have experienced the hurt from injuries and so on. I want persons to see the good and bad things that I endured throughout my career,&rdquo; Bolt said.<br /> <br /> Bolt won the 100m, 200m and &mdash;100m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488051/245931_72293_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Jamaica-flavoured Grammys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaica-flavoured-Grammys_82944 Besides the Best Reggae Album category, the 2017 Grammy Awards has a strong Jamaican flavour.<br /> <br /> In Record of The Year, Rihanna&rsquo;s number one single Work with rapper Drake, is produced by Matthew Samuels better known as Boi-1da. The 30-year-old Samuels was born in Kingston but moved to Canada at age three.<br /> <br /> For Album of The Year, Drake&rsquo;s million- selling album Views has songs produced by Samuels, Dwayne &lsquo;Supa Dups&rsquo; Chin-Quee, Stephen &lsquo;Di Genius&rsquo; McGregor and Patrick Roberts. Partynextdoor and Nineteen85 who were born in Canada to Jamaican parents, are also credited as producers.<br /> <br /> Views has songs that sample recordings by Beenie Man and Popcaan. It is up against DJ Khaled&rsquo;s Major Key for Best Rap Album. <br /> <br /> Mavado is featured on Major Key with his song Progress which is produced by St Catherine-based Mineral Boss Records. Major Key debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in July.<br /> <br /> Work is also up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance against Cheap Thrills by Sia featuring Sean Paul. <br /> <br /> Anti by Rihanna is nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Recording Package. It also has production from Matthew &lsquo;Boi-1da&rsquo; Samuels.<br /> <br /> In Producer of The Year (Non-Classical), Anthony Paul Jefferies, better known as Nineteen85, is nominated for Too Good by Drake featuring Rihanna; Not Nice by Partynextdoor (which samples Vybz Kartel) and DJ Khaled&rsquo;s Major Key.<br /> <br /> The category Best R&B Song features the song Luv by Tory Lanez which samples Tanto Metro and Devonte&rsquo;s Everyone Falls in Love.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487954/245911_72283_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487956/178081_72280_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487953/181523_72281_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12926543/200892__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13142985/216017__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12748860/190729__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Akintunde on show tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Akintunde-on-show-tonight_82949 AMERICAN gospel stand-up comic Akintunde Warnock is headliner for this evening&rsquo;s Akintunde Christmas Comedy Believe It and Laugh scheduled for the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston tonight at 8:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Another concert is slated for the same venue tomorrow.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely excited as it&rsquo;s my first performance in Jamaica. I&rsquo;ve been here before, but only on vacation. I love the culture of Jamaica as it resonates around the world,&rdquo; he told Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want people to come to the concert and leave lifted as life can weigh you down. I also want them to know you can be hilarious and clean at the same time.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He said as a gospel comedian it is not difficult to find material.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not hard at all. There&rsquo;s always an abundant of material in the Bible and on family life... I have a wife and five kids,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Warnock said he cut his teeth on the American comedy club and nightclub scene. He however, got saved in 1999.<br /> <br /> He has two albums to his credit: Brutally Honest and Jokes and Music.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488120/245926_72290_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM No Limit to victory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/No-Limit-to-victory_82939 Guinness Sounds of Greatness came to an exciting close at Red Stripe Oval in St Andrew, as No Limit International claimed the $1-million prize in a tense showdown last Friday.<br /> <br /> Heavyweight Sound was first runner-up.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a joy to win because we came to show off our talent,&rdquo; hypeman Ricardo &ldquo;Callum&rdquo; Mathra, one-half of the team, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Selector Javeyan &ldquo;Natural&rdquo; Bailey rounds out the Manchester-based outfit.<br /> <br /> Mathra sees the win as a potential game-changer for the six-year-old sound system. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is just the beginning; we want to expand our business to be able to play internationally,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> From the opening round, it was clear which two would advance to the final. Shadrock&rsquo;s Rodney Style and his one-man show, along with Fire Shane&rsquo;s energy, weren&rsquo;t enough to offset the fierce battle that ensued between No Limit International and Heavyweight Sound.<br /> <br /> Heavyweight Sound&rsquo;s Triple X made a boxer-like entrance and began to land body blows by reeling off dubplates. No Limit International followed and responded with a few well-placed dubplates of their own, delivering a knockout punch by directing the theme of the SpongeBob Squarepants cartoon at Triple X.<br /> <br /> This strategy would not only result in major crowd support, but the attention of the judges as well.<br /> <br /> The second round drew on the versatility and adjustability of the sounds as they had to play songs on a set theme. For Fire Shane and Heavyweight Sound, that included music from the 2000s, while Shadrock and No Limit International had to settle on songs from the 90s. It was here the shortcomings of not having the ammunition of dubplates once again raised its head. No Limit International and Heavyweight Sound headed into the final with a seven dub-fi-dub battle, where it went down to the wire between the two.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No Limit had cleaner dubs, played them at more relevant times, and were clearly the better-prepared team,&rdquo; Colin Hinds, one of the three judges at Guinness Sounds of Greatness, explained.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488122/245902_72274_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488119/245903_72275_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM The birth of Strength Up Records http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-birth-of-Strength-Up-Records_82880 STRENGTH UP Records, a company based in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, will be officially launched today at Kingston 10 Sports Bar and Grill.<br /> <br /> The label has been functioning since early this year, working with a number of homegrown artistes.<br /> <br /> Some of the acts are Imayze (Almighty), Jordan (God A Watch Over My Back), Jahlani Muziqe (Straight Highway), Domaineo (Shine Like Star) and Tearah (Fi Wi Scheme).<br /> <br /> The principals in Strength Up Records are Calvin &ldquo;Yogi&rdquo;Simmonds and Garth Brown. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488118/245735_72276_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Scratchylus hopes to Reset The Mind http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Scratchylus-hopes-to-Reset-The-Mind_82923 Reset The Mindset, an album by the father/daughter act Scratchylus and Empress Reggae, was released in Jamaica on <br /> <br /> November 25.<br /> <br /> The 10-song vinyl set was recorded in Jamaica with guest spots by Junior Reid, Sizzla, Bushman and Kiddus I.<br /> <br /> Scratchylus and Empress launched Reset The Mindset early this year in the United Kingdom where they are from. They did 25 shows there, mainly at universities.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was important to launch it in Jamaica, &lsquo;cause this is where the strength comes from,&rdquo; said Scratchylus.<br /> <br /> He added that the decision to release Reset The Mindset on vinyl only was deliberate.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a reseurgence of vinyl around the world. I notice that in Europe and the US, they don&rsquo;t respect CDs anymore so we went vinyl.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Scratchylus was born in the UK to Jamaican parents. He came here with his daughter three years ago for a number of recording sessions that yielded songs like Who Built The Pyramids and Slavemaster which are on Reset The Mindset.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487943/245890_72262_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Peace concert gets thumbs up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Peace-concert-gets-thumbs-up_82853 DESPITE the no-show of several artistes, organisers of Sunday&rsquo;s free concert &ndash; dubbed Entertainers Against Crime And Violence at Dump Up Beach &ndash; in Montego Bay said the event lived up to expectations.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The turnout was out of this world. It was one similar to a dancehall of Reggae Sumfest. The artistes came and delivered much to the delight of the audience. The sets were not drawn out as each act performed just two songs and gave a statement encouraging peace in Montego Bay and the entire Jamaica,&rdquo; said event organiser and recording artiste Mackie Conscious.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The show was really to make a statement that we as entertainers and residents of MoBay are tired of the crime and violence and I believe it was well received by those in attendance,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> According to Mackie Conscious, acts including Queen Ifrica, I Wayne, Ninjaman, Tony Rebel, Peter Lloyd, Nesbeth and Nature captivated the audience with their hits.<br /> <br /> Mackie Conscious (real name Dennis McKay) is from Mount Salem. He, along with Conroy Walker of the Persons Of Interest Band, Carl Edwards from Live Wiya Band, Mark Clark of Bunguhlung, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and drummer George Thomas organised the concert aimed at promoting peace and unity.<br /> <br /> The entertainer said they are also hoping to make the event an annual one, but with each staging it will be held under a different theme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are hoping that the violence will stop and next year&rsquo;s theme will be a Celebration of Peace,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Police statistics show nearly 200 individuals have been murdered in Montego Bay since the start of the year. September was particularly bloody. In one week, gunmen murdered 15 people. Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams named Mount Salem, Norwood, Glendevon, Flanker, Barry Town, and the Montego Bay town centre as main trouble areas.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485469/245646_72022_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485471/245647_72021_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM The US invasion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-US-invasion_82824 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer THREE American acts have been nominated for Best Reggae Album at next year&rsquo;s Grammy Awards, scheduled for February 12 in Los Angeles.<br /> <br /> The nominations were announced in that city yesterday morning.<br /> <br /> Live In Virginia by the band SOJA, Falling Into Place by California band Rebelution and Rose Petals from Hawaii-based singer J Boog comprise the American nominees.<br /> <br /> Ziggy Marley by multiple winner Ziggy Marley, Sly & Robbie Presents&hellip;Reggae for Her: Devin Di Dakta and JL, and Everlasting by Raging Fyah complete the bracket.<br /> <br /> Morgan Heritage won the 2016 Best Reggae Album Grammy with Strictly Roots.<br /> <br /> American reggae acts have generally outsold their Jamaican counterparts in the United States for the past five years. The trend continued in 2016.<br /> <br /> Falling Into Place is commercially the most successful reggae album released this year.<br /> <br /> It debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with over 13,000 copies. It is distributed by Easy Star Records.<br /> <br /> SOJA was nominated in 2015 for Amid The Noise and Haste.<br /> <br /> Live in Virginia was released September 30 by ATO Records and debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.<br /> <br /> This is the first nomination for J Boog who was recently in Jamaica shooting a music video for Good Cry, a song from<br /> <br /> Rose Petals with deejay Chaka Demus.<br /> <br /> Rose Petals, an EP, was released in March by the Wash House Music Group. It also features a collaboration with Stephen Marley.<br /> <br /> Should either Rebelution, SOJA or J Boog win, they would be the first Americans to win the Best Reggae Album category. British band Steel Pulse are the only non-Jamaicans to win it, doing so in 1987 with Babylon The Bandit.<br /> <br /> Released in May by Tuff Gong Worldwide, Ziggy Marley debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. This is Marley&rsquo;s sixth solo Grammy nomination to date. He has won this category three times.<br /> <br /> Sly & Robbie collaborated with 2015 Magnum King of The Dancehall winner Devin Di Dakta and Digicel Rising Stars alumni JL on<br /> <br /> &lsquo;Sly & Robbie Presents&rsquo; &hellip;Released by Tuff Gong International/Taxi Records, the set has given the veteran musicians their 10th nomination in the category. They won for their 1999 effort Friends.<br /> <br /> Raging Fyah earns its first nod with Everlasting which was released in May by Dub Rockers/VP Records. It entered the Billboard Reggae Album Chart at number two. Ironically, J Boog is featured on Everlasting.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485428/245622_71995_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13248820/225258__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981793/204946__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485429/245623_71996_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13050142/208496__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13453052/242643_69167_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13031090/207400_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485426/245627__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM A Christmas Card from Fab 5 and Friends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-Christmas-Card-from-Fab-5-and-Friends_82807 VETERAN show band, the Fabulous 5, recently released their Fab 5 & Friends Christmas Card album.<br /> <br /> It contains 14 songs including Grand Market with The Cari-Folk Singers,Celebration which features The University Singers,Sleep King Jesus, a collaboration with the Kingston College Chapel Choir andOh Holy Night with Gem Myers.<br /> <br /> The JAVAA Crew are also featured onChristmas Breeze, and the Excelsior Primary School Singers onSanta Style.<br /> <br /> Fab 5 drummer/singer, Grub Cooper arranged and produced 12 of the songs onChristmas Card. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485387/184886_71961_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM J Boog for second week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/J-Boog-for-second-week_82819 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer Wash House Ting by California-bred, Hawaii-based reggae singer J Boog tops the Billboard Reggae Album Chart for a second week. Last week, the set moved 2.291 copies in its first week. <br /> <br /> J Boog has reasons to celebrate as his EP Rose Petals has been nominated in the Best Reggae Album category of the 59th Grammy Awards.<br /> <br /> Debuting at number two is Leaves in the Pool, the sixth studio effort from another California group, The Holdup. This is the group&rsquo;s second entry on the chart. They reached number two in 2011 with Still Gold.<br /> <br /> Leaves in the Pool, released on the Holdup label, contains 16 tracks including Neigbourhood, Imperfections, Spoken For and 10 Karats.<br /> <br /> Former chart-topper, Live at Red Rocks by Rebelution moves up to number three. The group&rsquo;s Grammy-nominated<br /> <br /> Falling into Place falls to number four.<br /> <br /> The Frightnrs jump up five places to number five with Nothing More to Say, while the VP Records Strictly the Best -Volume 54 compilation series falls to number six.<br /> <br /> Set in Stone by Stick Figure is down to number seven, while slipping one spot down to number eight is Volume 55 in the<br /> <br /> Strictly the Best series.<br /> <br /> Last week&rsquo;s number two entry, Release the Bond (EP) by Matisyahu is down to number nine, and Stephen Marley&rsquo;s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life rises two spots to re-enter at 10. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12844113/196158_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13394140/237505_64375_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480286/245152_71714_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12866610/197144_69420_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13284043/228315_66521_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485429/245623_71996_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM Children put on &lsquo;Stella' show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Children-put-on--Stella--show_82667 IT was an evening of delightful entertainment as Stella Maris Preparatory School hosted its annual Christmas concert at the Little Theatre in St Andrew on Saturday.<br /> <br /> The event &mdash; dubbed The Prince of Peace &mdash; saw a packed house of parents, relatives, and friends on hand to witness performances from grades two to six students who attend the St Andrew -based Catholic institution.<br /> <br /> Sister Mary Joseph, principal of Stella Maris Preparatory School, was pleased with the turnout and stressed the importance of the event.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I believe drama plays an important role in a child&rsquo;s life ... not just academics. It helps them to be more rounded individuals in society,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The principal said the presentations were also a way of teaching the children the meaning of Christmas.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The concert was entitled &lsquo;The Prince of Peace&rsquo; as we want the children to be aware of the true meaning of Christmas ... is not just about eating cake and receiving gifts. It&rsquo;s about the birth of Christ,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Sister Mary Joseph lauded the production team for their hard work but singled out drama teacher Shea Brown for his contribution.<br /> <br /> The more than two-hour long affair in song, dance, speech and drama began with a dance production from grade two entitled<br /> <br /> Oh Jesus. The toddlers missteps were overlooked by the appreciative audience who encouraged them in applause. <br /> <br /> Other items included Santa&rsquo;s List (grades 3 and 4); The Miracle (Grade 4 Grant), Drummer Boy (Grade 5 Bernard), and Behold The Lamb (Grade 5 Petrie). However, the evening&rsquo;s highlights belonged to the High School Combined (former students) whose production, Mary illicted the lion&rsquo;s share of the applause.<br /> <br /> The evening concluded with a spirited dance, Love Somebody, by Grade Six Broughton. <br /> <br /> Founded in 1951, Stella Maris is a co-educational, primary school, with nursery promoting holistic development through Christocentric Franciscan values and an integrated curriculum that prepares children for life&rsquo;s opportunities and challenges.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485434/245547_71964_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485437/245546_71963_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM Hanson tackles new project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hanson-tackles-new-project_82836 Adrian &lsquo;Donsome&rsquo; Hanson has been involved in music production for over a decade. His most recent release is a compilation set titled Dancehall Brukout Vol 1.<br /> <br /> Inbetween music production, he started the online blog Riddim-Don Magazine and the PR agency Riddim-Don Media. His latest venture is the New York-based Donsome Booking Agency.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Having been a major player in the industry, I have links on most of the artistes in the music industry not just reggae but also R&B and hip-hop artistes. Ten years ago, I did a course called &lsquo;How To Run a Successful Booking Agency&rsquo;, which taught me 90 per cent of what I need to know about the business. Over the years, I been working closely with Violet Lawrence, who is one of the top booking agents in the music industry and she always encouraged me to take it serious,&rdquo; said Hanson.<br /> <br /> He explained what he&rsquo;s bringing to the table.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think as a booking agent, we need to dig deeper for the artistes that we book for. We have to go all out to support the artistes&rsquo; career, not just wait until they find a hit for them to get a show. With my experience in music production, sometimes we have to see ourselves as a music executive and invest in the artistes in whichever way we can. I really think a booking agent contract should really be like a recording contract, where a booking agent invests in the artiste just to get the artistes where he/ she can take it to the next level, and nothing is wrong with investing in the artiste because you can always recoup. So, those are what I intend on bringing to the game,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Donsome Booking Agency currently represents Ishawna, Metro Media Sound, and ZJ Dymond. The company previously handled non-exclusive bookings for RDX, Gyptian, Tony Matterhorn, Spice, Mr Vegas, Masicka, Tiana and Bugle.<br /> <br /> Hailing from Clarendon, Hanson grew up in Portmore, St Catherine. He migrated to the United States nine years ago. <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485468/245638_72020_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM Burkett puts rap on latest single http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Burkett-puts-rap-on-latest-single_82794 On his latest song, One Life, Jonathan Burkett reaches out to the despondent, many of whom are overwhelmed by their dire circumstances.<br /> <br /> Burkett raps and veteran artiste, Ambelique sings on the Willie Lindo-produced track which was released early this year, but only recently serviced to Jamaican radio.<br /> <br /> The song&rsquo;s theme, South Florida-based Burkett notes, is timeless.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My message in One Life is to tell the world that this one life we live should be enough to make us happy and thankful. Make the best out of it. We should be happy for it. Strive for what we want to achieve that will leave us proud of our journey through it all,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Burkett was born in Miami but moved to Jamaica as a child and grew up in Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> One Life is his most high-profile project since he began recording three years ago.<br /> <br /> It hears him in tandem with Ambelique, a veteran performer who worked with Sly and Robbie on their La Trenggae productions during the 1990s.<br /> <br /> They were guided by Lindo, a top session guitarist who has produced numerous hit songs including Beres Hammond&rsquo;s What One Dance Can Do, Inseparable by Dennis Brown and Boris Gardiner&rsquo;s I Wanna Wake Up With You.<br /> <br /> Burkett&rsquo;s previous songs include Changes and I Can Only Be Me.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485436/245536_71965_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM Beenie G looks to Instagram http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Beenie-G-looks-to-Instagram_82814 LONDON-BASED, Jamaican-born deejay Beenie G is currently in the island promoting his single called Instagram. <br /> <br /> Describing the track, the entertainer said it has a catchy chorus and gives off a &lsquo;vibesy&rsquo; and uptempo feel.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Instagram is currently one of the hottest social media services. The song is really directed towards the females and some of the activities that go on that particular social media network. Anyone who has an Instagram account can relate to the song,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Instagram was released in November and produced by London-based Rayon Hype.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I really want this song to be used as a launching pad for my career. Therefore, I am in no rush to release any other single now as I will be rinsing this one to its full potential,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Beenie G (given name Micar Graham) was born in Kingston but migrated to London, England, as a teenager. He then relocated to Dubai in 2006 to complete his secondary studies at Abu Dhabi International School. In 2010, he returned to London where he continued his academics at Middlesex University gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Arts Management. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t want to just go into the entertainment just to be a recording artiste. I wanted to learn about the business aspect of me, so getting a degree really assisted me,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> While music is his first love, Beenie G said he has, over the years, learned to balance his studio time while being employed as a senior membership consultant at Virgin Active in London.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In any career, one has to have discipline in order to be successful and music is no different. I try to manage my time wisely as it relates to recording sessions and my job,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Among Beenie G&rsquo;s upcoming singles are Lion Love and Come Inna Me Yard.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485412/245341_71969_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM Gospel at Wonderland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gospel-at-Wonderland_82808 THE Ultimate Experience Gospel Music Festival takes place Saturday at Wonderland Fun Park in Ocho Rios.<br /> <br /> An all-star cast is scheduled to perform, including Papa San, Junior Tucker, Jermaine Edwards, DJ Nicholas, Deneese Wright, Marsha Wright, and iWorshipp.<br /> <br /> Showtime is 4:00 pm. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13344268/233591_71970_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13155125/216860_71971_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12571750/180333_10579_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM Shaggy for Hall of Fame http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Shaggy-for-Hall-of-Fame_82713 SHAGGY is to be inducted into the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) Hall of Fame for 10 years of outstanding support to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. <br /> <br /> The induction is slated to take place at the third staging of the CVSS Hall of Fame andVolunteer Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday at 7:30 pm. Guest speaker will be Prime Minister Andrew Holness.<br /> <br /> This year, Shaggy presented a cheque for $55 million to the Bustamante Children&rsquo;s Hospital, representing proceeds from the 2016 fund-raiser Shaggy and Friends Concert. Since its inception in 2009, the concert has raised more than $255 million to acquire 450 pieces of medical equipment used to treat over 77,000 children each year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The CVSS&rsquo;s Volunteer Awards and Hall of Fame is a reflection of the extraordinary contribution of the volunteers who work so tirelessly in support of their respective charities and organisations. We are especially happy to be honouring Shaggy who, by his philanthropic work, have made a difference in the lives of our nation&rsquo;s children,&rdquo; said Saffrey Brown, chair of the CVSS&rsquo;s Volunteer Awards and Hall of Fame.<br /> <br /> A member of the hall of fame is selected every two years for dedicated and significant contribution to national development through volunteerism.<br /> <br /> The CVSS Hall of Fame & Volunteer Awards Banquet celebrates and honours volunteers who continue to support and improve social development by giving of themselves and their time. The awards are presented to individuals and organisations that are exceptional in their achievements and demonstrate strong leadership qualities and a commitment to serve in Jamaica&rsquo;s nation building.<br /> <br /> Winners for this year&rsquo;s awards include: Alethia Peart &mdash; Outstanding Volunteer of the Year; Neville Charlton - Young Leader; Wisynco Group &mdash; Private Sector Volunteer of the Year; Nadine Grant-Brown &mdash; Public Sector Volunteer of the Year; Digicel Foundation &mdash;Non-Profit Organisation and Jamaica 4-H Clubs &mdash; CVSS Member Agency of the Year.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12866731/196989_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 AM Ambassadors named http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ambassadors-named_82741 Bob Marley Group of Companies has named its ambassadors to drive celebrations surrounding Marley&rsquo;s 72nd birthday in February of next year. <br /> <br /> Young reggae acts Runkus, Dre Island and Jah9 have been named to be the face of the observances and will be part of the annual birthday concert to be staged at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St Andrew. <br /> <br /> According to brand manager at the Bob Marley Group, Debbie Bissoon, these acts were chosen as their music and &lsquo;livity&rsquo; are in keeping with the ideals for which Marley stood.<br /> <br /> This marks the third year that artistes have been named as ambassadors for the birthday celebrations. In 2015 Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, and No Maddz were selected. Earlier this year, it was the turn of Kelissa, Jesse Royal and Iba Mahr.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Over the years, we have been going for a young set of artistes and this group is no different. They are all in line with what Bob stood for &mdash; that righteous cultural music and vibe, which lies at the heart of reggae music. Their job will be to be at the forefront of the promotions for the February 6 concert and all the activities surrounding those celebrations,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Runkus, son of &rsquo;90s deejay Determine, brings a dub-inspired flavour to reggae combined with thought-provoking lyrics. Jah9 created waves in 2013 with the release of New Name, her debut album produced by selector-turned-producer Rory &ldquo;Stone Love&rdquo; Gilligan. The work gave rise to the genre jazz on dub. A member of the reggae revival set, Dre Island has been making a name for himself in the past few years with his biting lyrics and energetic performances.<br /> <br /> The celebration of Marley&rsquo;s 72nd birthday will also feature a symposium and Bissoon noted that this year a symposium will be staged focusing on marijuana. This will look at by-products and other uses for the herb, for which possession of specified quantities has been decriminalised following an amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act.<br /> <br /> Marley died in May 1981 of cancer. He was 36.<br /> <br /> Bissoon notes that the February 6 celebrations will be based at the Museum. However, corporate giants Digicel and Red Stripe will stage another instalment of Redemption Live, the celebratory concert on February 5 at a venue to be announced shortly.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12591237/181688_27769_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 AM Smile on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Smile-on_82726 Solid sets were the order of the day at Saturday&rsquo;s staging of the 40th anniversary of the Smile Jamaica concert, held at the Bob Marley Museum on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> The evening saw performances from the Marley clan &ndash; Damian &ldquo;Junior Gong&rdquo; Marley, Ky-Mani, and headliner Stephen. Deejay Sacha Payne, the headliner&rsquo;s daughter, showed her prowess on the turntables.<br /> <br /> Other noteables were Jah9, Kelissa, Dre Island, Feluke and Runkus. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482736/245317_71814_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482732/245319_71811_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482734/245315_71816_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482733/245312_71818_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482737/245316_71815_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482735/245321_71812_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482731/245320_71813_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482729/245313_71817_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482730/245311_71819_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482728/245310_71820_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 AM Thompson&rsquo;s Escape for Dec 15 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Thompson-s-Escape-for-Dec-15_82711 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer A Way To Escape, Jamaican Michelle Thompson&rsquo;s book based on her childhood in East Kingston, will have its local launch on December 15.<br /> <br /> It will be launched at the University of the West Indies&rsquo; Mona campus in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The book, Thompson&rsquo;s first, chronicles the life of a working class family in post-independence Jamaica. Their stable home is disrupted by an alcoholic father&rsquo;s abuse of his wife.<br /> <br /> The matriarch, Rose Tomlinson, leaves her husband with their children and eventually migrates to Toronto, Canada. By the mid-1970s, they join her there.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Growing up in East Kingston gave me a sense of community, where we looked out for each other, and loyalty still means a lot to me. Today if anyone, especially from my Jamaican or black community needs my help, I make the time,&rdquo; Thompson told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> A Way To Escape was released by LMH Publishing in September in Toronto, where Thompson has lived for 40 years, and New York.<br /> <br /> Thompson, a social worker, said the book is a tribute to her mother, Joyce Thompson.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My mother was my hero. To have gone through what she did, raising four children in a new country all by herself and to have us all turn out well, is a blessing.&rdquo;<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482792/245298_71822_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 AM Six nominees for Reggae Grammy...Beyonce leads nominations at 9  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Six-nominees-for-Reggae-Grammy--Beyonce-leads-nominations-at-9 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards were today announced in Los Angeles, with six nominees selected for Best Reggae Album.<br /> <br /> The nominees include: Sly & Robbie Presents Reggae For Her &ndash; Devin Di Dakta and JL; Rose Petals (J Boog); Ziggy Marley (Ziggy Marley); Everlasting (Raging Fyah); Falling Into Place (Rebelution); and Soja: Live In Virginia (Soja).<br /> <br /> Read: Who will make the cut?<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Pop diva Beyonce led nominations for the Grammy Awards with nods in nine categories, the Recording Academy.<br /> <br /> Beyonce was followed at eight nominations each by Drake, Rihanna and &mdash; after a change in Grammy rules to consider streaming-only releases &mdash; Kanye West.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13483965/grammys-2016--1-_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, December 06, 2016 9:47 AM 14K sings about month-end blues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/14K-sings-about-month-end-blues_82708 Singer 14K is not exempt from the monthly rush of bills most consumers dread. It is the theme of his new song, <br /> <br /> When Month End Come.<br /> <br /> Released in November, it is produced by Dean Fraser.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Is like no money in yuh pocket when yuh done pay bills. Some people struggle to mek it through the month after dat...A song was automatic,&rdquo; said 14K.<br /> <br /> When Month End Come is one of three songs the Linstead-born vocalist has on the market. The others are Seven Years Odd produced by Stone Love and Don&rsquo;t Give In, a Rupert Blackwood production.<br /> <br /> Stone Love produced Fiesta, 14K&rsquo;s breakthrough hit and best-known song to date. A cover of R Kelly&rsquo;s hit of the same name, it came out in 2002.<br /> <br /> Many of his songs have been produced by Stone Love. They include renditions of R Kelly&rsquo;s You Better Be Careful.<br /> <br /> Born Mark Burey, 14K recalls listening to Beres Hammond, Sanchez and Dennis Brown in his youth. It was while working at Alcan bauxite company as a welder that he recorded Fiesta which quickly became a dancehall favourite.<br /> <br /> After the song took off, he gave up his nine-to-five job to pursue music professionally.<br /> <br /> Recently, 14K has done sessions with Blackwood, Fraser and Computer Paul. He hopes they will result in &ldquo;an excellent album&rdquo; to be released in early 2017.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482752/245293_71807_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 AM Who will make the cut? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Who-will-make-the-cut_82602 BY K EVIN JACKSON Observer Writer The nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards will be announced tomorrow in Los Angeles, among them Best Reggae Album.<br /> <br /> Initially known as Best Reggae Recording, the category was instituted in 1985 with Black Uhuru winning for Anthem. The category was renamed Best Reggae Album in 1992.<br /> <br /> Albums released during the eligibility period October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 are considered.<br /> <br /> With some 149 titles submitted, possibly six will make the cut.<br /> <br /> Predictions for Best Reggae Album nominees include: Falling Into Place by Rebelution; Sly & Robbie Presents Reggae for Her featuring Devin Di Dakta and JL; Play It Real by Israel Vibration; Ziggy Marley (Ziggy Marley); True To My Roots (Freddie McGregor); and Live In Virginia (SOJA).<br /> <br /> Released on June 3 by 87 Music/Easy Star Records, Falling Into Place topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with over 13,000 copies sold in its first week. Rebelution, from California, has toured the United States tirelessly and built a large following.<br /> <br /> The group has yet to receive a Grammy nomination.<br /> <br /> In contrast, Sly and Robbie have received several Grammy nominations. They won in 1999 for Friends on Elektra Records. Their latest effort hears the &ldquo;Riddim Twins&rdquo; collaborating with 2015 Magnum King of The Dancehall winner Devin Di Dakta and JL, a top-five finisher in the 2015 Digicel Rising Stars contest.<br /> <br /> The eight-track album was released on September 23.<br /> <br /> Formed in 1977, Israel Vibration earned their sole Grammy nomination in 2012 with Reggae Knights. Play It Real was released on December 4, 2015 by Media Com/VP Records.<br /> <br /> Ziggy Marley&rsquo;s self-titled set topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart in May. It is the 48-year-old singer/songwriter&rsquo;s first album in two years; as a solo act, Marley has won three Best Reggae Album awards, the last being Fly Rasta in 2015.<br /> <br /> This year McGregor became the first reggae artiste 60 years old or older to hit the Billboard Reggae Album Chart in four years.<br /> <br /> True To My Roots was released July 1 by Big Ship Music/VPAL Music and peaked at number eight. McGregor&rsquo;s sole Grammy nomination came in 2003 with Anything For You.<br /> <br /> Virginia band SOJA earned their first and only Grammy nomination in 2015 for Amid The Noise And Haste. They could be in the running for Live In Virginia which was released on September 30. The 14-track set is their third number one on the<br /> <br /> Billboard Reggae Album Chart.<br /> <br /> Morgan Heritage won the 2016 Best Reggae Album Grammy for Strictly Roots. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480316/245148_71684_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM A lot to smile about http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-lot-to-smile-about_82622 RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter Intermittent showers threatened but did nothing to dampen the spirits of fans at the Bob Marley Museum in St Andrew on Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Smile Jamaica concert.<br /> <br /> Although there were solid sets from reggae&rsquo;s new generation, the event reached its apex once headliner Stephen Marley, son of Bob and Rita Marley, was announced.<br /> <br /> His entry was preceded by his daughter, who goes by the moniker DJ Sacha Payne &mdash; who took the turntables and entertained 56 Hope Road with choice selections from the catalogue of her famous family.<br /> <br /> This warmed the audience for her father, whose playlist was drawn from tracks his father was rehearsing at the time of the shooting attempt on his life 40 years ago to the date, and which he ultimately performed at the Smile Jamaica concert two days later.<br /> <br /> His renditions of Trenchtown Rock, Rat Race, Smile Jamaica, Rastaman Vibration, and Jah Live brought the music of reggae&rsquo;s global icon to life.<br /> <br /> He sought assistance from his brothers &mdash; Ky-Mani, who dropped Crazy Baldheads and Junior Gong who delivered<br /> <br /> War.<br /> <br /> Prior to the Marley assault, Third World &mdash; fresh from their successful concert the night before &mdash; had the venue rocking to their hits, which culminated with a groovy Try Jah Love and Now That We Found Love.<br /> <br /> Other notables were Jah9, whose sound and music was a perfect fit for the event. Kelissa gave another of her intense sets. Dre Island, Feluke and Runkus were also entertaining. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480286/245152_71714_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480283/245151_71715_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480287/245154_71713_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480284/245150_71716_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480285/245155_71712_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Gong&rsquo;s manager signs with Roc Nation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gong-s-manager-signs-with-Roc-Nation_82607 Dan Dalton, whose Dalton Entertainment Group manages Grammy winner Damian &ldquo;Jr Gong&rdquo; Marley, has signed a deal with high-profile marketing firm Roc Nation in a move seen as another shot in the arm for his clients.<br /> <br /> Dalton told Billboard magazine that the partnership will benefit his company.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I first met [Roc Nation CEO] Jay Brown and [Roc Nation founder] Jay-Z in 2004 when Damian was shopping for a record deal. Jay and Jay Z were at Def Jam, and it was an exciting time with Damian&rsquo;s Welcome to Jamrock being a summer anthem. We really vibed with them and liked their take on the music business and very much value their opinions,&rdquo; said Dalton.<br /> <br /> Welcome To Jamrock is also the title of Marley&rsquo;s album which won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.<br /> <br /> Dalton has an impressive r&eacute;sum&eacute;. He has worked with Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples and the Beat Junkies. In addition to Marley, he manages the Irish-American punk band Flogging Molly.<br /> <br /> Roc Nation has a stellar line-up of acts including Rihanna, Shakira, J Cole, Santigold, HAIM, Meek Mill, and Big Sean. The company is expected to help promote new albums from Marley and Flogging Molly in 2017. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480317/245149_71685_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Exposing music the &lsquo;Wright&rsquo; way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Exposing-music-the--Wright--way_82601 The independent record company is synonymous with the success of reggae, especially its underground artistes. Marlon Wright, head of Cyber-Leaf Entertainment, is determined to continue that trend.<br /> <br /> This has been the most productive year for the label Wright started in 2008. It has released songs and videos by roots artistes Iya Ingi, Derajah, Jamaican Carlos and Richie Innocent.<br /> <br /> Wright met those artistes through them sending their songs to TUN-IT-UP Radio, a cloud-based radio station he started five years ago in Stony Point, New York.<br /> <br /> For the Westmoreland-born Wright, it&rsquo;s all positive for label and station.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When an artiste sends me a song for airplay, I listen to the words and make my determination. If the music is slack, out of order, or disrespectful of any nature, I usually delete it. But once it&rsquo;s positive and clean, I keep it and provide the artiste with feedback,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Iya Ingi&rsquo;s Foundation, Jamaican Carlos&rsquo;s Influence, Hills Mi Deh by Richie Innocent, and Show Love, a collaboration between Iya Ingi and Derajah, fit that format.<br /> <br /> Cyber-Leaf Entertainment has released videos for each song. The company is doing the same for singer Rad Dixon&rsquo;s Make It Right, scheduled for release in a matter of days.<br /> <br /> Though not household names in Jamaica, Richie Innocent and Derajah have been recording for some time. The latter has toured France several times and performed throughout Brazil.<br /> <br /> According to Wright, Cyber-Leaf Entertainment&rsquo;s objective is to give them exposure they do not receive in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The primary focus of my company is to help people achieve their dreams, especially those in the reggae community, by providing them with the material needed to be successful &mdash; to include flyers, music videos, radio airplay, and any promotion they need to get their message out to the public,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Wright, 40, migrated to the United States in 1988 and served in the army. Eight years ago, he got involved in broadcasting.<br /> <br /> In addition to Dixon&rsquo;s song, Cyber-Leaf Entertainment will release songs and videos by Derajah and singjay Sledge in early 2017.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480149/245144_71683_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM