2017 Entertainment Highlights

Monday, December 25, 2017

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The Jamaica Observer's Entertainment Desk continues its daily year in review of people who made an impact during 2017.

GEORGE NOOKS found himself in troubled waters earlier this year.

The 56-year-old singer was arrested and charged with cocaine possession in May following an anti-narcotics operation in Kingston.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force's information wing — Corporate Communications Unit — Nooks, who is of Widcombe Heights, a Kingston 6 address, was observed acting in a suspicious manner by police on the evening of May 5. On approaching the singer, he threw a brown paper bag inside his 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sports Utility vehicle. The bag contained a white, powdery substance which was later proven to be two ounces of cocaine.

Nooks, however, has declared his innocence.

He was offered bail in the sum of $80,000 when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree on May 17. He is scheduled to return to court on March 27, 2018.

Nooks rose to fame in the 1970s using the moniker Prince Mohammed. He had chart success with songs including Tribal War and Forty Leg Dread.

In later years, Nooks won over a legion of fans with his gospel-inspired tracks including God Is Standing By and a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.

— Sade Gardner




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