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 Rodigan&rsquo;s reggae http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rodigan-s-reggae_87037 For 40 years British broadcaster David Rodigan has been a champion of Jamaican music. Now the 65-year-old is getting set to release his autobiography covering his years in reggae.<br /> <br /> The book, My Life In Reggae, written with Ian Burrell, is set to be released on March 3. The work chronicles how the son of an army sergeant major from Oxfordshire in England became one of the biggest ambassadors for ska, dub, dancehall and all genres in-between.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always been a champion for the artist(e)s and the music, but it was never really about my journey. However, over the years, my story has entwined with reggae, as has my relationship with the culture and people of Jamaica. I was reluctant to publish an autobiography, but I was frequently told by artist(e)s that I needed to &ldquo;write it down&rdquo;, not just for myself, but for the music &mdash; to document the journey and the sounds we&rsquo;ve come to love. So here I am at the sprightly age of 65 telling my story. I am proud to have been an ambassador for this great music over the past 40 years,&rdquo; he states on his Facebook page.<br /> <br /> He notes that he has already been blown away by the response to My Life In Reggae, and a tour of key reggae pockets in the UK &mdash; London, Bristol, Glasgow and Liverpool &mdash; is being organised to coincide with the release of the work. This tour will also be used to showcase his vintage dubplate collection.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m doing a book launch Q&A tour with special guests, including Gilles Peterson, Soul II Soul founder Jazzie B, and Massive Attack&rsquo;s Daddy G. After the Q&A&rsquo;s I&rsquo;ll be doing special dubplate only sets with surprise guests. These are going to be special evenings full of stories, tales and, of course, lots of rare dubs,&rdquo;Rodigan stated.<br /> <br /> The book launch will take place at Mick&rsquo;s Garage in London, with the tour through Bristol at The Lantern Colston Hall on March 11, The Art School in Glasgow on March 25, and The Merchant in Liverpool on March 26.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12627372/184022_14026_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Complexions is coming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Complexions-is-coming_87221 Come March 8 and 9, Jamaican lovers of dance are being promised &lsquo;a performance of a lifetime&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Complexions Contemporary Ballet &mdash; the New York-based troupe helmed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson &mdash; will be in town for two performances at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. The world-renowned dance company comes to Jamaica courtesy of Pli&Atilde;&copy; For the Arts, a local arts development company with a mandate to expose lovers of the arts to international artistes with a view to have them share their talents with locals.<br /> <br /> Member of Pli&Atilde;&copy; For The Arts, Marisa Benain, explains that the decision to bring Complexions to Jamaica was never a hard sell, as the company has always wanted to perform in the Caribbean and specifically here in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was put on to Desmond (Richardson) by a mutual friend and he (Desmond) explained that the company would be in Bermuda and would just love to perform for a Jamaican audience. I knew of Complexions and had even seen Desmond perform live in a solo show. I thought to myself that it would be really great for Jamaican audiences to see a really great international dance company. When you think that Desmond has done it all &mdash; he has performed on Broadway, performed at the Oscars, danced for the Alvin Ailey Company and was the first African-American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre... he&rsquo;s just one of the greatest dancers of our time &mdash; I couldn&rsquo;t see any reason why Pli&Atilde;&copy; For The Arts would not want to bring the company here. And the response so far has been amazing,&rdquo; she states.<br /> <br /> For Benain and her group, bringing Complexions to Jamaica has been an exercise in perseverance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been a very hard but rewarding experience. Firstly, the level of preparation required at the Little Theatre is astounding. From the bathrooms to lighting and the stage flooring, so much has to be done to meet the stipulations of this internationally renowned company. It really points to the fact that Jamaica is in need of a world-class performing arts space. Then there is the task of soliciting sponsorship. We have all grown thick skins as we learn to take so many noes. The performing arts is not sexy and therefore it is still a hard sell in Jamaica. But we are thankful for those who have already come on board and those who have promised to do so.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Despite the challenges, Pli&Atilde;&copy; For The Arts pushes on and prepares to have Complexions in Jamaica, not only for the performances, but also for two masterclasses and a seminar.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Pli&Atilde;&copy; For The Arts is all about giving back. We are not about having Complexions just come, dance and leave. We need for some sort of exchange to take place, that is important. So there will be two masterclasses &mdash; advanced and intermediate &mdash; which is open to all dance companies and school groups. Registration for this has already started and it&rsquo;s on a first come, first served basis. The seminar will offer local dancers the opportunity to interact with members of the company and share ideas and concerns about dance as a career, the challenges and potential. We will also be offering a scholarship to participate in a summer intensive programme by Complexions. This is another important aspect as so many times our dancers would love to participate in these courses to sharpen their skills but cost is such a deterrent, so we are happy, to facilitate this,&rdquo; she states.<br /> <br /> Benain, who is also a principal dancer with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, says tickets are now on sale, with all the premium tickets for the March 8 gala already sold. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The only regret patrons will have is not attending. The Little Theatre will be transformed to present a truly world-class event. As a dancer myself, I can&rsquo;t wait to sit and be entertained and consumed by the fierceness that is Complexions Contemporary Ballet. It will be a performance of a lifetime,&rdquo; Benain muses. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589032/253658_80670_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Marley on wax http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marley-on-wax_87224 Vinyl, the most resurgent product in the music industry, makes its boldest reggae comeback through a new deal with Tuff Gong International Records and Sunpress Vinyl, a company located in Miami.<br /> <br /> The latter has signed on to manufacture vinyl editions of landmark albums by Bob Marley and The Wailers, as well as Stephen Marley and Damian &ldquo;Junior Gong&rdquo; Marley.<br /> <br /> Dan Yashiv, one of SunPress Vinyl&rsquo;s principals, told the Jamaica Observer that Natty Dread and<br /> <br /> Legend will be the first Marley titles his company will produce. He was unable to give a release date or what quantity will be shipped but added that it is &ldquo;a very exciting period for us&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Released in 1974, Natty Dread is Marley&rsquo;s first album for Island Records without original Wailers, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer Livingston.<br /> <br /> Legend is a compilation of 14 of his biggest hits, first released in 1984 by Island, three years after his death.<br /> <br /> Israel-born Yashiv started SunPress Vinyl with American film producer Stephen Hays. Other partners are Dan Pelson, former executive vice-president of Sony Music; and Benji Rogers, owner of PledgeMusic, a company that pre-sells vinyl records for artistes such as Wyclef Jean. <br /> <br /> The SunPress facility was previously owned by Joe Gibbs and Clement &ldquo;Coxson&rdquo; Dodd, two of reggae&rsquo;s top producers.<br /> <br /> The company, which has six manufacturing machines, launched operations this month with Future Blues, an EP by Miami DJ/producer Richard &ldquo;Hell&rdquo; Menendez. <br /> <br /> Their reggae series is a significant catch.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a big deal&hellip;Bob Marley and Tuff Gong are the stuff of legend. Everybody has at least one Bob Marley album and he&rsquo;s consistently one of the top vinyl sellers every year,&rdquo; said Yashiv.<br /> <br /> The Marleys return to a vinyl market that is booming. In December, Britain&rsquo;s Daily Mail newspaper reported that vinyl records (in that country) sold &Acirc;&pound;2.5 million the week starting November 28, compared to &Acirc;&pound;2.1 million for digital downloads.<br /> <br /> According to the Daily Mail, &ldquo;The interest in buying a physical format of music on vinyl has experienced a resurgence in the past 12 months. This time last year, the sale of vinyl albums reached &Acirc;&pound;1.2 million while digital sales were &Acirc;&pound;4.4 million. Vinyl has also experienced eight consecutive years of growth, despite almost dying out around 2006.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Tuff Gong and Universal Music, co-owners of the Bob Marley catalogue, have released his Legend and Live!albums on vinyl in the last 18 months.<br /> <br /> Yashiv moved to the United States in 1993 and worked as a studio audio engineer with hip hop acts like De La Soul and KRS One. He said vinyl production suits him since he got his start in the days of analogue recording.<br /> <br /> He said SunPress Vinyl are currently in discussion with &ldquo;major reggae players&rdquo; to manufacture albums and singles. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589045/253755_80629_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Red Rose for Gregory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Red-Rose-for-Gregory_87223 The Gregory Isaacs Foundation will be hosting their first annual Red Rose for Gregory fund-raising event on Sunday, February 12, at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> The project is being spearheaded by Isaacs&rsquo;s widow June, who told the Jamaica Observer that the idea came out of a discussion with a friend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Gregory is known for his lovers&rsquo; rock music, and in order to connect him to Valentines Day we came up with the idea. It is all about love and red roses... what better way to connect him,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Red Rose for Gregory will feature a stellar line-up which includes American group Atlantic Starr, Gem Myers, Karen Smith, Patricia Edwards, Robert Minott, Yvad, Christopher Martin, Ikaya, D&rsquo;Major, Kaydeno, and Steven &ldquo;Cat&rdquo; Coore of Third World fame.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This event is going to be spectacular as plans are in place to ensure that we have an incredible show that can assist in funding the foundation&rsquo;s charities,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Event headliner Atlantic Starr was among the top urban contemporary acts of the 80s and fared well in the adult contemporary market as well. They are known for singles such as Secret Lovers, Always and If Your Heart Isn&rsquo;t It. <br /> <br /> Known as the &ldquo;Cool Ruler&rdquo; because of his laid-back vocal style, Gregory Isaacs was one of the artistes who crafted lovers&rsquo; rock reggae with hits like All I Have is Love, Love is Overdue, Soon Forward and Night Nurse.<br /> <br /> He died from cancer in October 2010 at age 60.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589009/253750_80647_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Zacheous Jackson looks for a way out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Zacheous-Jackson-looks-for-a-way-out_87225 United Kingdom-based reggae artiste Zacheous Jackson has high hopes for his recently released single called Way Out. <br /> <br /> Produced by Red Ground Jamaica Music, the song, he said, tackles the lack of financial opportunities facing some Jamaicans.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are many persons in Jamaica who dont have the financial resources to make a way for themselves and their families, so they tend to resort to other stuff such as prostitution and so on. There are even some who would just link up with a tourist romantically just to get a visa or green card. There are lots of qualified people living in Jamaica but are not given the opportunity to create a better life,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Way Out was officially released on December 17.<br /> <br /> Zacheous Jackson was born in London to Jamaican parents who hail from Negril, Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was exposed to the Jamaican culture from an early age. Reggae music was always playing in house and patois was the language of our home. At age 15, my mother took me to Jamaica to spend time with my family and learn more about the culture, and I fell in love with reggae music even more,&rdquo; the singer said.<br /> <br /> Zacheous said he started his career recording his songs at home on a Tascam 246, 4-Track machine, creating and voicing his own rhythms, before recording in a professional studio in 1985. <br /> <br /> In 2010 he released his debut album titled The Truth Shall be Told. This album, he said, opened the doors to performances at the One Love Festival in Europe in 2009 and 2010, and the Rototom Reggae Festival also in 2010.<br /> <br /> He later went on to release other singles such as My Woman, Give Thanks, Better Dayz, and Love Devotion.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589039/253684_80644_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Kevin Downswell grateful for YVA nod http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kevin-Downswell-grateful-for-YVA-nod_86697 GOSPEL singer Kevin Downswell is pleased to be among this year&rsquo;s Youth View Awards (YVA) nominations for Best Gospel Artiste.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is my fourth nomination, but each one feels like the first. I am very grateful, and I thank the supporters and the YVA&rsquo;s team for considering me as one who is worthy to receive this prestigious nomination. This is the YVA, so it (the nomination) is a big deal,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> According to the singer, this is a boost for his career as it shows that people are being impacted by the work he is doing. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s another step upwards and forward. It&rsquo;s a great look,&rdquo; Downswell continued.<br /> <br /> Also nominated in the category for Best Gospel Artiste are Jermaine Edwards, DJ Nicholas, Chozenn, and Marion Hall (formerly Lady Saw).<br /> <br /> For 2017, Downswell said he plans to focus more on pushing his album All The Way.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We plan to push this new album internationally and do much more with it locally as well. I also plan to do more groundwork in the form of charity through The Kevin Downswell Foundation. I want to impact lives in a more tangible way,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;People are in serious need, so I want to do my part to the fullest. This is the year of my greatest impact yet.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Released in June 2016, the 17-track All the Way is produced by Kevin Downswell, Dwain &ldquo;Wiya&rdquo; Campbell of Barbwiya Productions, Adrian Scarlett of Hitz Factory Records, and Grammy Award producer Tyshane Thompson from Florida. <br /> <br /> In addition to the title track, the set&rsquo;s tracklisting comprises Goodbye World, Good News (It&rsquo;s Gonna Be Alright), One Day and This Love (featuring Papa San). <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Every song on the album is about Jesus. The songs will deliver, and transform your (the listeners) lives,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> A former bio-chemistry major at the University of the West Indies, Downswell got his break when he won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song competition in 2003 and has never looked back. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;2017 is my year. I can feel it,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Alicia Barrett<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552891/251281_77984_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM All-White was alright http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-White-was-alright_87205 SNEAKERZ & Jeanz Promotions is pleased with the crowd support at the inaugural staging of Church Pen All-White Affair recently. The event was held at Bird of Paradise Lawn in Old Harbour, St Catherine. <br /> <br /> Khadine Nolan and Junior &ldquo;Kirk&rdquo; Richards were the organisers. The latter spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the event. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The turnout was between 400-500 people, which was good especially because it&rsquo;s a first-time event for Sneakerz & Jeanz. The majority of the patrons came out dressed for the occasion in their all-white,&rdquo; said Richards.<br /> <br /> Richards and co-partner Nolan are known for their annual summer party Sneakerz & Jeanz, which started in 2008.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We were just thinking of a next party for the year instead of only Sneakerz and Jeanz and that&rsquo;s how we came up with this,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Richards said patrons can look forward to it becoming an annual event.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to big up all the sponsors, in particular Campari. Big up all the supporters of Sneakerz and Jeanz; Church Pen, Old Harbour, Spanish Town, Portmore and May Pen,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> Sneakerz & Jeanz will be held on July 15. A back-to-school treat is scheduled for August 20. <br /> <br /> &ndash; Sade Gardner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587291/253702_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 12:00 AM Tribann set to Fly Away http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tribann-set-to-Fly-Away_87152 Emerging singjay Tribann is gearing up to release his single called Fly Away on Monday. Produced by Shain Martin, Fly Away speaks about life&rsquo;s challenges. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Life is sometimes far from being a bed of roses and we are oftentimes faced with a lot of challenges. As a result, we just want to take ourselves away from it and just fly away,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Tribann said he has high expectations for the single as it contains a message that everyone can relate to.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I really do not put a limit to the single as the message is one that everyone can resonate with. Although the song speaks about life&rsquo;s challenges, it still has a positive message and that is always a good thing to not only identify the problem but to give solid advice as well,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Fly Away was recorded at Frenz for Real Studios.<br /> <br /> Born in St Ann, Tribann (given name Merrick Anthony McKenzie) is a past student of Ocho Rios High School. He said it was the tragic loss of his brother a few years ago that brought him to music.<br /> <br /> Among releases are Garrison, Cannabis, Sweet Like Honey, Range Rover and<br /> <br /> Teardrops. <br /> <br /> &ndash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587285/253626_80527_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM Mello Vibes next Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mello-Vibes-next-Saturday_87153 Mello Vibes &ndash; Best of the 70s, 80s and 90s is set to take place at the Mas Camp in St Andrew, on Saturday, January 28.<br /> <br /> Dubbed Disco Inferno, the event will see top disc jocks DJ Marvin, DJ Nicco and Krazy Chris in musical showdown as they battle to keep patrons entertained.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Expect these three DJs to deliver three decades of great hits, which will result in non-stop dancing,&rdquo; promoter Gyete Ghartey of GLK Entertainment told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Held four times annually, Mello Vibes is one of the most consistent retro parties on the entertainment calendar.<br /> <br /> Patrons will be able to enjoy Colbeck Ginger Wine and Sangster&rsquo;s Jamaica Rum Cream drink specials all night.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587225/253631_80465_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM Mutabaruka for Bobfest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mutabaruka-for-Bobfest_87147 DUB poet and social commentator Mutabaruka will take centrestage at An Evening with Mutabaruka scheduled for the Southwest Community Arts Center on New Hope Road in Atlanta on February 2. <br /> <br /> The event is part of the annual reggae legends tribute dubbed Bobfest, which runs from February 2-10.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;An Evening with Mutabaruka is really a performance of poetry reading, but as you know, I would reason with the audience during my performance,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Sharing the stage with him on Bobfest are poet Sunni Patterson, who will be the evening&rsquo;s host; saxophonist Bilal Sunni Ali; and percussionist Baba Sola. The other main attractions during the music and visual arts festival include the Trench Town Rock International Dance Night and the screening of the film Sankofa.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358498/199069_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM D-Lexx going for gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/D-Lexx-going-for-gold_87158 FAST-RISING deejay D-Lexx feels he will get the attention he deserves with his single The Gold.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song is getting good feedback, especially in the Cayman Islands... I have other songs out right now, but I'm pushing<br /> <br /> The Gold because mi feel seh it can work,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Released in August 2016, The Gold is produced by Money Maker/Emudio Records. <br /> <br /> According to D-Lexx, the song speaks to a determined spirit to do well and be successful. He contends anyone can relate to that.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It's the same, cause the new artistes nah get enough airplay &ndash; nah get airplay overall. For this year, I'd like to see a difference and get more airplay. I'm a young and upcoming artiste and without airplay it's hard so I'd like the selectors to push the younger artistes so that we can eat some food too. We're all just trying to hunt the gold,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> D-Lexx, whose given name is Shamari Dennis, has been recording for music for over five years.<br /> <br /> His other singles include Forgiveness and Real Friends.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Sade Gardner<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13588284/253643_80441_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 12:00 AM ORieL releases People Say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/ORieL-releases-People-Say_87149 People Say, the latest song from Dominican singer ORieL, has been released by Afar Music Group. It is the lead single from his first album, scheduled to be out in April.<br /> <br /> He hopes the sultry ballad will take off, especially in Jamaica, as Valentine&rsquo;s Day approaches.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Love is the eternal theme and it is so misunderstood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it comes to this particular topic, people always have a lot to say,&rdquo; said ORiel.<br /> <br /> The yet-titled album is also an Afar Music Group project, with ORiel, Ludwig Grant and Lloyd Willacy as co-producers.<br /> <br /> Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ORiel has worked with a number of Jamaican acts as an artiste and producer. He has released two EPs &mdash; Confidence 2.0 and Love&lt;souljah. em=""&gt;&lt;/souljah.&gt;<br /> <br /> &mdash; HC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12942458/201827_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM Tek Set eyes success with All About The Money http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tek-Set-eyes-success-with-All-About-The-Money_87156 UNITED States-based up-and-coming deejay Tek Set is encouraged by the airplay of All About The Money. <br /> <br /> The single, produced by Jermaine Reid on the Gold Dynasty label, was released on October 20, 2016.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I can feel the big break coming with this single and this year is a very serious year in my musical career. I am putting in the work, and I have some new songs to be released later this year. The fans have been very supportive and my goal is to keep the momentum going,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587241/253629_80380_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM Owen Knibbs knocks violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Owen-Knibbs-knocks-violence_87151 Last year was a bloody one in St James. Over 200 homicides were recorded in the parish as gangs around Montego Bay ran rampant.<br /> <br /> Singer Owen Knibbs, who is from St James, followed the gruesome stories on his home parish from his base in New York. One was close to home.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi lose lots a friends, an&rsquo; early last year they murdered my nephew while I was on tour in Europe. So the producer, Ben Dubstation gave I the best while I was in Paris .. so mi jus&rsquo; write a song fi di youth dem a Jamaica an&rsquo; over di world to stop di killing,&rdquo; Knibbs told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> That song, Too Much Violence, was recently released. It is one of a clutch message singles Knibbs has on the market, the others being Poor Man Get No Love and Streetside Soldier, which are part of a new album scheduled for release in April.<br /> <br /> He said violence is nothing new to St James as he also experienced it as a youth.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Where I&rsquo;m from, there was and still is a lot of violence. I was born in Mount Salem and grew up in Salt Spring, Montego Bay&hellip;crime and violence was an everyday thing an&rsquo; now it get[s] worse,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Knibbs is best known for Juggler, a 1987 song that has an underground following in Europe, where he first toured last year.<br /> <br /> Produced by Leon Virgo, Juggler enjoyed a revival in 2015 when it was re-issued by Jamwax Records, an independent French company.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587240/252491_80344_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM Strength Up Records promoting unity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Strength-Up-Records-promoting-unity_87038 PRODUCERS Calvin Simmonds and Garth Brown of Strength Up Records are hoping to spread the message of unity in dancehall with their debut set entitled Starlife Riddim. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are bringing culture to the dancehall. Too much loose music and gun lyrics in dancehall. We need back the days where you have artistes like Garnett Silk weh mash up the dancehall. Strength Up Records a try fi erase the kind of gun culture and maintain the love in the music,&rdquo; Simmonds told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Released on January 25 and composed by Ruff Kut band, the rhythm features seven tracks including Almighty by Imayze, Straight Highway (Jahlani), Jah A Watch Over My Back (Jordan), Shine Like Star (Domaineo), Fiwi Scheme (Tearah), Sinna Way (CR3) and Chuck Up (Zayah). All artistes, except Zayah, are signed to Strength Up Records.<br /> <br /> The fledgling label, based in Cooreville Gardens, was officially launched in October 2016.<br /> <br /> Simmonds believes in the importance of longevity, as he has worked with the likes of Lady Saw, Sanchez, Ghost and Beenie Man.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The set is spiritual music and the artistes on the riddim have positive songs. It was a difficult production, but we don&rsquo;t want to have the kind of music where in six months you don&rsquo;t hear the songs playing. We want the kind of music that lasts five or even 10 years. Artistes these days don&rsquo;t want a dancehall riddim and would prefer a one drop riddim, but we try put dem pan the dancehall rhythm with classic harmony,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Simmonds spoke of the label&rsquo;s desire to take dancehall in another direction. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We just want to do some good music and change the surroundings; we want dancehall to take its rightful place.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The producer said other rhythms in the works by the label include Moonlight, Puff Puff, Street Code, Shella and Stinking Rich. <br /> <br /> A concert promoting peace in the community called &lsquo;Ghetto Explosion&rsquo; is planned for Grants Pen in St Andrew on February 25.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Sade Gardner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587239/253349_80352_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM POPCAAN&rsquo;S Naughty Boy, Kyla collab hits Europe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/POPCAAN-S-Naughty-Boy--Kyla-collab-hits-Europe_87040 POPCAAN is gaining some international attention as a featured act on British DJ/producer Naughty Boy&rsquo;s Should&rsquo;ve Been Me, which also features singer Kyla.<br /> <br /> Should&rsquo;ve Been Me was released in November via Virgin Records UK. It has so far reached number 73 in the UK (up from last week&rsquo;s number 99 position); 47 in Scotland, 78 in Ireland, 27 in Hungary, and 35 in Belgium.<br /> <br /> This is the fourth UK charting single featuring Popcaan. He was previously featured on Jamie XX&rsquo;s I Know There&rsquo;s Gonna be Good Times, Aluna George&rsquo;s I&rsquo;m in Control, and Melissa Steel&rsquo;s top-10 hit Kisses for Breakfast.<br /> <br /> Popcaan won the Best Reggae Act award at the 2016 MOBO Awards in the UK. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13574075/252841_79572_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 12:00 AM Ding Dong gets &lsquo;Lethal&rsquo; forward http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ding-Dong-gets-Lethal-forward_87098 SIXTEEN years after releasing his debut single Badman Forward Badman Pull Up, dancer-cum-deejay Ding Dong is pleased with its longevity.<br /> <br /> The single was, earlier this month, featured in the 10th episode of Lethal Weapon television series, which stars Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. <br /> <br /> In an interview with Splash yesterday, Ding Dong said that although he nor producer Ricky Blaze was contacted about the use of the song, he is happy to know the track is still relevant after more than a decade and that dancehall culture is getting recognition.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I still have not seen the clip. I was only informed about it by others. I am not sure why we were not contacted, but it is a good feeling to know that the first single that I ever recorded is still doing well. Such a venture goes to show that dancehall is alive and is receiving heavy attention overseas. Such a movement is a blessing for me and the dancehall culture,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> In the 54-second lead-in to of the episode, the song can be heard playing in an EDM mix at a silent party inside a night club. The<br /> <br /> Fox TV show is based on the<br /> <br /> Lethal Weapon film franchise in which a slightly unhinged cop is partnered with a veteran detective trying to maintain a low-stress life.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was confident that the song would be a classic that is going to be played for a very long time, as it has an accompanying dance, and although it was recorded years ago, the younger generation latched onto the words and move. Even a two-year-old finds it entertaining,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song, even if it is remixed in EDM style, it is still doing a lot for our culture as the raw authentic accent cannot hide. Once it is played one is going to instantly hear the Jamaican accent,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> Ding Dong, whose given name is Kemar Ottey, is best known as leader of the Ravers Clavers, whom he credits for keeping dancing at the forefront of dancehall. He and his team are the creators of dance moves like Nuh Linga, which got a major boost in 2008 when Usain Bolt celebrated his three victories at the Beijing Olympics by performing it.<br /> <br /> Ding Dong&rsquo;s other hit singles include Holilday, Coolest Summer, Shampoo and Yeng Yeng, which all have accompanying dances. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12615093/183187_13249_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 2:00 AM Paradise for Joseph Israel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Paradise-for-Joseph-Israel-_87042 Paradise, the third studio album from California-based reggae artiste Joseph Israel, released last July via Lions of Israel Inc and it debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Reggae album chart. It re-enters the chart at number 43.<br /> <br /> Paradise features 14 tracks, including People Need Love featuring Tarrus Riley, Gentleman and Josey Wales. Other tracks include The Son, Give Love, Feel at Home, Journey, Success, and Just You Wait.<br /> <br /> Israel&rsquo;s debut album Gone are the Days peaked at number 11 in 2007.<br /> <br /> Born Joseph Montgomery Fennel in Tulsa, Oklahoma ,the 40-year-old singer is described musically as having a &ldquo;blend of soul, jazz, folk, world, and reggae&rdquo;. He has collaborated with many well-known performers in the reggae genre, including Ziggy Marley and Matisyahu. <br /> <br /> He was exposed to reggae music by his father and uncle, who were enthusiasts who often travelled to Jamaica. At age 12, Joseph said he received his first reggae cassettes &mdash; Bob Marley, Legend; Peter Tosh, Wanted Dread and Alive; Jimmy Cliff, Special; and Burning Spear.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Their music really inspired me to become who I am. They were speaking about the truth, humanity and about changing things in a positive way. And even when things are tough we must keep going. So, I found a common thread in reggae music that spoke to my heart,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13584082/253352_80092_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 2:00 AM Praj-X building on momentum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Praj-X-building-on-momentum_87031 EMERGING singjay Praj-X is hoping to get his big break this year following the buzz he created with Dem A Seh Wah Do Mi.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;After I came out with Dem A Seh Wah Do Mi last year, the response has been so good. Inna the streets nuh normal and it got good feedback in Jamaica but also internationally,&rdquo; he told Splash. <br /> <br /> Produced by Problem Records, the single was released in July.<br /> <br /> Praj-X said he plans to build on the gains made last year with some new releases.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have a single coming soon called Snapchat.<br /> <br /> This year I&rsquo;m going to put in more work. I want to go mainstream in dancehall. I am still classified as an underground DJ so I&rsquo;m just working on some more songs and videos to get my name out there. I also have foreign artistes, who want to work with me, so hopefully we can get an international collab out of that,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> A former Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall contestant, Praj-X&rsquo;s real name is Peter Porter.<br /> <br /> Like other emerging acts, the singjay sees getting airplay on local radio as a major challenge.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Even though you will give them a CD, dem nuh play it. It&rsquo;s worse when they take my money and nuh play it, which I don&rsquo;t agree with. From you a new artiste dem nuh want you buss... dem have it seh you nuh bad like a next artiste,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> But he remains hopeful things will change.<br /> <br /> He has two new songs in rotation &ndash; Devil God Son and Easy Again.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Sade Gardner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13584146/253351_80114_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 12:00 AM Three the hard way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Three-the-hard-way_87039 Inner Circle, Konshens and J Boog have teamed-up for Light My Fire, a song produced by the veteran band. It will be released in April by their Soundbwoy Records label.<br /> <br /> This is Inner Circle&rsquo;s latest collaboration with dancehall/reggae&rsquo;s new wave. They have also done songs with Chronixx, Khago and Kabaka Pyramid.<br /> <br /> Three years ago, the sextet had a hit with Chronixx on Tenement Yard (Newscarrying Dread). That song was an update of Tenement Yard, their classic from 1976 that featured singer Jacob Miller.<br /> <br /> Inner Circle was formed in 1968 by brothers Roger and Ian Lewis, who are still with the band which is based in South Florida. They won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1994 for Bad Boys.<br /> <br /> They are scheduled to perform on the April 22 Kayafest at Baywest Park Amphitheater in Miami.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13584102/253356_80094_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 3:00 AM Marley clan clamps down on festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marley-clan-clamps-down-on-festival-_87059 The Marley family has reportedly stepped in to prevent a New Orleans-based company from using the name Marley Gras to promote their jerk chicken festival.<br /> <br /> The NOLA Caribbean Festival has announced the inaugural Marley Gras Jerk Chicken Festival will now be known as the NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival after receiving correspondence from the late reggae star&rsquo;s family promising legal action if they didn&rsquo;t remove Bob Marley&rsquo;s name and likeness from the festival.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;New Orleans and Jamaican culture are so intertwined that it&rsquo;s only fitting that Bob Marley&rsquo;s birthday falls smack dab in the middle of Mardi Gras season,&rdquo; their website reads. &ldquo;The NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival celebrates Bob&rsquo;s legacy in a way only New Orleans can, blending the best of both cultures with a fantastic stable of national reggae bands and DJs, as well as New Orleans&rsquo; own top brass bands performing Bob Marley hits brass style.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The festival, set for February 11, will take place with a fresh logo and promises &ldquo;the best of New Orleans carnival culture and Jamaican culture&rdquo;. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13253385/225730_59263_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 2:00 AM AFTER 12: Fashion CODE... the secret is OUT! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fashion-CODE----the-secret-is-OUT-_87067 The name said it all. And the patrons spared no effort to impress at Fashion Code on January 4, 2017 at 3b Port Royal Street aboard the <br /> <br /> Caribbean Queen<br /> <br /> . The styles varied from sober to extremely daring, and OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL McLARTY was kept busy.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13584294/252448_80120_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 3:00 AM Peter Tosh, Sean Paul smoking hot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Peter-Tosh--Sean-Paul-smoking-hot_87044 PETER Tosh&rsquo;s militant Legalize It and Sean Paul&rsquo;s party monster We Be Burnin&rsquo; have been named in Billboard Magazine&rsquo;s Top 25 weed songs. <br /> <br /> The list includes light-it-up classics by Snoop Dogg ( The Next Episode), Bob Dylan ( Rainy Day Women No 12 & 35), Amy Winehouse ( Addicted) and Rihanna ( James Joint).<br /> <br /> Legalize It, from Tosh&rsquo;s 1976 album of the same name, is number three. We Be Burnin&rsquo;, released in 2005, is at number 15.<br /> <br /> Mary Jane by funk legend Rick James is number one.<br /> <br /> Missy Elliott&rsquo;s Pass That Dutch came in at number four, while Stay High by Three 6 Mafia was named number two.<br /> <br /> &mdash; HC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13584109/236182_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 3:00 AM Digicel introduces new digital music streaming app http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Digicel-introduces-new-digital-music-streaming-app_87065 Digicel customers will now be able to stream and download from a catalogue of over 25 million songs with d&rsquo;Music a new digital music streaming mobile application.<br /> <br /> Speaking at the launch of the Bob Marley week of birthday celebrations held at the Bob Marley Museum recently, Digicel&rsquo;s head of marketing, Nadia Nivens-Jarrett, said: &ldquo;The d&rsquo;Music app was designed to give our customers access to music right at their fingertips, whenever they want it. Currently, we have over 25 million songs for them to choose from. Once they have an active plan, they can stream music anywhere, once they&rsquo;re connected to our extensive 4G mobile network.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;One of the best things about d&rsquo;Music is that it features a lot of local artistes representing Brand Jamaica. Plus, through our partnerships with organisations like Tuff Gong International, customers can enjoy access to content like Bob Marley music via the d&rsquo;Music app,&rdquo; she continued.<br /> <br /> The app is available for both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store or from www.digicelmusic.com. <br /> <br /> According to Nivens-Jarrett, customers will also be able to get the full experience of the d&rsquo;Music app at the annual Redemption Live free concert being hosted by Digicel and Red Stripe in Half-Way-Tree on Sunday, February 5. The event will feature top acts, including Ky-Mani Marley, Ikaya, and Kabaka Pyramid. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13584107/253453_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 3:00 AM Nooks tops NY year-end charts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nooks-tops-NY-year-end-charts_87030 SINGER George Nooks is reeling from a prolific 2016 on the New York reggae charts. His most recent album, the gospel-inspired Ride Out Your Storm and single of the same name, both did well on the year-end charts.<br /> <br /> The album Ride Out Your Storm is number two for 2016. The album, which topped the chart for multiple weeks, also did well on the Billboard Reggae album and Gospel album charts.<br /> <br /> Released by Tads Records, Ride out Your Storm contains 15 tracks. It is Nooks&rsquo; first album in four years. It contains interpretations of George Harrison&rsquo;s My Sweet Lord, Jim Reeves&rsquo; Precious Memories, Kenny Rogers&rsquo; Love Lifted Me, and Shirley Caesar&rsquo;s I Remember Mama.<br /> <br /> Among the producers for the album are Nooks, Richie Stephens, and Bobby Digital.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m feeling really good just knowing that my album was on the Billboard reggae and gospel charts. I&rsquo;m happy to know that it is still doing well at present. I feel proud of its achievement,&rdquo; Nooks told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Nooks, whose career began in the 1970s as deejay Prince Mohammed, has had a good run in music circles. Back then, he was known for hits including Forty Leg. He was also featured on the disco remix of JC Lodge&rsquo;s European hit Someone Loves You Honey.<br /> <br /> In the 1990s Nooks made a return to the music scene winning numerous Tamika Reggae Awards. He scored a Billboard R&B chart single with Real Man, which reached number 55.<br /> <br /> In 2001 his Total Records imprint was responsible for the success of the song God is Standing By, a cover of the Al Green original. The song spent over 10 weeks at the top of local and overseas reggae charts.<br /> <br /> He later had hits with Lean on Me, Tribal War, Hero, and No Power on Earth among others.<br /> <br /> The title track from Ride Out Your Storm, which he produced, is the number one song for 2016 on the New York Reggae singles&rsquo; chart. It spent 25 weeks on the chart with six of those at number one.<br /> <br /> Nooks is also listed at number two on the chart&rsquo;s Top ten producers of the year tally, and number four on the top ten artistes of 2016. He is number three among the top ten male singers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As singers and artistes, this is what you work and hope for, your song being a success and can touch lives. That&rsquo;s like the icing on the cake,&rdquo; said Nooks.<br /> <br /> Nooks has charted more than 30 titles on the New York reggae charts since the 1990s.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12539564/178337_13928_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 20, 2017 3:00 AM