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 Grub Cooper honoured http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Grub-Cooper-honoured_90362 VOCALIST and music producer Asley &ldquo;Grub&rdquo; Cooper was honoured by the Rita Marley Foundation for his contribution to Jamaica&rsquo;s musical heritage at a function held at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, recently.<br /> <br /> Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob and Rita Marley, presented the award to Cooper.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with the Marley family, and it gave me great opportunity to expose my art and brought me to the attention of many globally recognised artistes with whom I had the pleasure to work. I hope this award will be an inspiration to musicians everywhere to keep grinding away and never give up. You never know what breakthrough may be waiting just around the corner. I promise to continue to be a musician of excellence, worthy of the award. Everyone should know that despite the Marleys&rsquo; fame and success, they have not forgotten their roots and remain anchored and approachable, always remembering where they came from and who took part in their journey. Again, Rita, despite my acclaim as a songwriter and lyricist, words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation. I am truly humbled,&rdquo; he said after accepting the award.<br /> <br /> Cooper performed a melody of Rita Marley tunes including One Draw, Harambe, That&rsquo;s The Way, A Jah Jah. <br /> <br /> An established songwriter, Cooper has penned several international hit songs, including Rita Marley&rsquo;s One Draw, Harambe, That&rsquo;s The Way, and Love Iyah; and Fab 5&rsquo;s All Night Party, Jamaican Woman, Mini Mini, Freeze, and Yu Safe. He played on American singer Johnny Nash&rsquo;s album I Can See Clearly Now.<br /> <br /> He has worked with I-Three, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, and the Grace Thrillers. He provided background vocals for British musician Boy George&rsquo;s single Believe In It All. Six of his musical arrangements for singers Eric Donaldson and Roy Rayon won the National Popular Song Contest (formerly Festival Song Contest). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663160/259977_86673_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM Bacchanal&rsquo;s new flavour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bacchanal-s-new-flavour_90345 WITH a new venue and a new road march route, organisers of Bacchanal Jamaica are hoping to leave patrons attending this year&rsquo;s staging &ldquo;Spellbound&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The announcement was made at the carnival&rsquo;s 29th anniversary media launch held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday evening.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This year, Bacchanal Beach J&rsquo;Ouvert will be moving to its new venue at Grizzly&rsquo;s Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann, on Saturday, April 15. The new venue will allow for upgraded parking and safety features, a great beach experience, and an ideal setting to jump-start carnival week 2017,&rdquo; said Michael Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For years we&rsquo;ve been having problems with Beach J&rsquo;Ouvert being able to facilitate parking especially, and James Bond Beach in Oracabessa just can&rsquo;t hold any more. And as we continue to grow it becomes a bigger and bigger problem. So we had the opportunity to talk to Robert Bryan, who owns Grizzly&rsquo;s, and we sat with him and designed a whole new area and it&rsquo;s being built right now. This is a long-term thing, because even if we triple the size of J&rsquo;Ouvert, we wouldn&rsquo;t run out of space. So this is something for the future... the next generation of carnival,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> In addition to its live performances by top soca stars, the annual Bacchanal Beach J&rsquo;Ouvert party sees revellers gyrating to the intoxicating sounds of carnival music while decorating each other with paint. The event goes on until late into the night.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Destra, Farmer Nappy, Nuphoric, DJ Richie RAS, and [DJ] Smoke will provide world-class vibes as we give you more fete, more paint and more Bacchanal,&rdquo; said Ammar Jr.<br /> <br /> The director told Jamaica Observer given the US$50-m construction of a Marriott hotel and BMW showroom at X Oasis on Lady Musgrave Road, former Bacchanal Jamaica lunch stop, the road march route had to be adjusted.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;On Sunday, April 23, the streets of Kingston will blossom in a display of beauty and colour as the Bacchanal Road March hits the road. This year we are changing our start point, our route, lunch stop, and final fete to upgrade our world-class product even more.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> According to the director, the new route begins at Sovereign Centre in St Andrew then moves along Hope Road, along Lady Musgrave Road, down Worthington Avenue across Oxford Road to the FLOW Golf Academy on Knutsford Boulevard, where they break for lunch.<br /> <br /> The march continues up Knutsford Boulevard, then onto Trafalgar Road. From Constant Spring the procession make its way to Half-Way-Tree then back to the Golf Academy.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;On the road, Bacchanal revellers will be treated to the best entertainment ever. Kes, Nuphoric, Private Ryan, Smoke, Sinistar, Ryan Sayeeed, Creep Chromatic, Lantern, Sanjay, Back2Basic, and Harrie Hype will thrill all day,&rdquo; said Ammar Jr.<br /> <br /> The launch saw Ed Bartlett, minister of tourism, endorsing the event as a foreign exchange earner, while Senator Kerensia Morrison did the same on behalf of Olivia &ldquo;Babsy&rdquo; Grange, minister of culture, entertainment, gender and sport.<br /> <br /> Guests were also treated to a colourful display of costumes slated for its road march.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In Jamaica we are Carnival... We are Bacchanal Jamaica,&rdquo; Ammar Jr added.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663396/260267_86689_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM Barrington Levy to drop new single http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Barrington-Levy-to-drop-new-single_90368 Reggae singer Barrington Levy is promoting his latest single GSOAT (Great Survivor of All Time).<br /> <br /> The track is a collaborative effort among Levy&rsquo;s Black Roses Label, Platinum Camp Records and Controlled Substance Sound Lab, and is expected in stores on March 10.<br /> <br /> According to Levy, GSOAT is about what it means to be unrelenting in the face of adversity. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We all have faced some difficult times in our lives. This song is for those people who have not crumbled under defeat; this song celebrates those who have the strength to carry on and be strong,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> An accompanying video is set to be released at the end of this month. Shot on location in Half-Way-Tree and Arnett Gardens in the Corporate Area, it will feature cameo appearances of renowned personalities including Sly and Robbie, Jah Screw, and George Phang.<br /> <br /> Levy, whose career took off in the 1970s, has one of the strongest catalogues in dancehall/reggae. His numerous hits include Under Mi Sensi, Black Roses, My Woman, Looking My Love, on The Telephone, and Work.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663164/260242_86672_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM Minor jump for Grammy nominees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Minor-jump-for-Grammy-nominees_90350 Five of the six albums nominated for Best Reggae Album at the recent Grammy Awards have enjoyed a minor sales spike. This is reflected in the latest Billboard Reggae Album chart.<br /> <br /> According to sales monitor Nielsen Music, Ziggy Marley&rsquo;s self-titled set, which won the award, posted the biggest sales, jumping from 23 to number eight. It sold 167 copies, up from 25 the week prior to the Grammys.<br /> <br /> To date Ziggy Marley has sold 13,269 copies.<br /> <br /> Even though it fell two spots to number four, Rebelution&rsquo;s Falling Into Place moved 483 copies compared to 267 the week before. It has sold 33,551 copies.<br /> <br /> Raging Fyah&rsquo;s Everlasting moved up from number 18 to number 20, selling 56 copies compared to 28 the previous week. Its total sales stand at 1,478.<br /> <br /> Moving up from 41 to number 28 is Live In Virginia by SOJA. The set moved 28 copies, a slight bump from 12 one week ago.<br /> <br /> Another nominee, Rose Petals by J Boog, is back in the chart at number 29 with 27 copies sold, compared to seven two weeks prior. To date it has sold 4,929 copies.<br /> <br /> Back on the Reggae Album chart, Fortunate Youth debuts at number one with its self-titled album which opened with 1,714 copies. This is the group&rsquo;s fourth &lsquo;charter&rsquo; and its second number one, following 2015&rsquo;s Don&rsquo;t Think Twice.<br /> <br /> Last week&rsquo;s chart-topper, Lost In Paradise by Common Kings, is number two. It sold 517 copies, down from last week&rsquo;s 3,100 copies. <br /> <br /> Christopher Martin&rsquo;s Big Deal opens at number three with 500 copies sold.<br /> <br /> The various artistes compilation Get Soca 2017 debuts at number five with 338 copies, while Rebelution&rsquo;s Live At Red Rocks is at number six with 198 copies sold to bring its total to 4,899.<br /> <br /> Stick Figure&rsquo;s Set in Stone is down to number seven, while J Boog&rsquo;s Wash House Ting is at number nine.<br /> <br /> Completing the top 10 is Stephen Marley&rsquo;s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, which sold 138 copies, up from 71 last week. Marley&rsquo;s album has to date sold 11,510 copies.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13641769/258081_84918_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM Eljai pays homage to reggae royalty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Eljai-pays-homage-to-reggae-royalty_90227_duplicate Belizean<br /> <br /> singer Eljai pays tribute to reggae royalty on <br /> <br /> Together Forever<br /> <br /> , which blends two classic songs.<br /> <br /> Produced by Murdaben,<br /> <br /> Together Forever was released on February 6, Bob Marley&rsquo;s birth date. It came out five days after the birthday of Dennis Brown.<br /> <br /> With February also recognised as Reggae Month in Jamaica, Eljai thought it would be appropriate to release his homage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;<br /> <br /> Together Forever combines Bob Marley&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Forever Loving Jah and Dennis Brown&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> To The Foundation (Get Myself Together) in one song. It is a testament to the artistes that they were and the crucial catalogue of music they gave us, earning them the titles of the King and Crown Prince of Reggae music,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Forever Loving Jah is from Marley&rsquo;s album,<br /> <br /> Uprising, released in 1980, one year before his death from cancer at age 36.<br /> <br /> To The Foundation, produced by Gussie Clarke, was initially released in the late 1970s. Another version came out in 1984.<br /> <br /> Brown died in 1999 at age 42.<br /> <br /> Based in Los Angeles, Eljai started his career in the early 1990s as a member of Rhythm and Blues trio Belize.<br /> <br /> The Other Side Of Eljai, his third album, was released last April. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663159/260232_86674_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:00 AM Strong line-up for Rainforest Seafood Fest 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Strong-line-up-for-Rainforest-Seafood-Fest-2017_90356 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; A line-up of some of Jamaica&rsquo;s top- flight artistes is set to deliver performances at the highly anticipated fourth staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival on Ash Wednesday, March 1, at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James. <br /> <br /> The show, which returns to Montego Bay&rsquo;s entertainment landscape after a one-year hiatus, has popular acts such as Bounty Killer, Tifa, Ding Dong, Romain Virgo, Cocoa Tea and Kevin Downswell down to perform. <br /> <br /> Popular comedic duo Ity and Fancy Cat will host the event. <br /> <br /> Organisers are hoping to raise more than $10 million from this year&rsquo;s staging for donation to the We Care Foundation, which provides financial support to the Cornwall Regional Hospital. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our goal this year is to raise $10 million. In 2015, the last time we held the event, we were able to give $8.5 million, but we want to push and give a solid $10 million,&rdquo; said Bethany Young, a member of the organising committee. <br /> <br /> She noted that since the inception of the family event in 2013, some $25 million of its proceeds has been donated to the Cornwall Regional Hospital. <br /> <br /> In addition to the entertainment package, patrons will be treated to an array of seafood by more than 20 vendors from across the island, including Little Ochi Seafood, Gloria&rsquo;s, and Sharkies, as well as lionfish dishes courtesy of the Montego Bay Marine Park and the Fish Pot Truck. <br /> <br /> Children will be entertained by the Sesame Street characters and a petting zoo. There will also be a fireworks on display. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13662986/260222_86660_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM Splendid goes salsa with Wukie Wukie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Splendid-goes-salsa-with-Wukie-Wukie_90346 DEEJAY Splendid continues to record on non-dancehall beats with Wukie Wukie, his new salsa single.<br /> <br /> It is co-produced by Daley Works Entertainment and Miketerhon Music.<br /> <br /> Wukie Wukie is the follow-up to the Toronto-based artiste&rsquo;s cover of the calypso classic Big Bamboo, released last year.<br /> <br /> Splendid plans to visit Jamaica soon to step up promotion for the song.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m getting prepared to come to Jamaica in April to shoot the video. I also plan to do a lot of promotion while I&rsquo;m there and voice some new songs,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Splendid (given name Alphonso Jones) was born and raised in Charles Town, St Ann. He moved to Canada in 2000 and kicked off his recording career there two years later with Down Low. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663404/260179_86584_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM Eljai pays homage to reggae royalties http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Eljai-pays-homage-to-reggae-royalties_90227 Belizean singer Eljai pays tribute to reggae royalty on Together Forever, which blends two classic songs.<br /> <br /> Produced by Murdaben,Together Forever was released on February 6, Bob Marley&rsquo;s birth date. It came out five days after the birthday of Dennis Brown.<br /> <br /> With February also recognised as Reggae Month in Jamaica, Eljai thought it would be appropriate to release his homage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo; Together Forever combines Bob Marley&rsquo;s Forever Loving Jah and Dennis Brown&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> To The Foundation (Get Myself Together) in one song. It is a testament to the artistes that they were and the crucial catalogue of music they gave us, earning them the titles of the king and crown prince of reggae music,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Forever Loving Jah is from Marley&rsquo;s album Uprising, released in 1980, one year before his death from cancer at age 36.<br /> <br /> To The Foundation, produced by Gussie Clarke, was initially released in the late 1970s. Another version came out in 1984.<br /> <br /> Brown died in 1999 at age 42.<br /> <br /> Based in Los Angeles, Eljai started his career in the early 1990s as a member of Rhythm and Blues trio Belize. The Other Side Of Eljai, his third album, was released last April. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663159/260232_86674_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM David Bowie lauded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/David-Bowie-lauded_90375 LONDON (AP) &ndash; Britain's music industry saluted chart-topping talent and departed icons at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie.<br /> <br /> Bowie, who died in January 2016, was named British male artist of the year and is also nominated in the album of the year category for valedictory release "Blackstar"<br /> <br /> Bowie's award was accepted by Michael C Hall, star of "Lazarus," a stage musical based around the late artist's songs.<br /> <br /> "If David Bowie could be here tonight, he probably wouldn't be here tonight," Hall said of the famously elusive musician.<br /> <br /> Organizers said the Brits, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, would also include a tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas Day at age 53.<br /> <br /> The flashy show at London 's O2 Arena opened with girl group Little Mix giving a thunderous performance of "Shout Out to My Ex," backed by a troupe of silver-pained dancers. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13664516/260260_r400_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM JCDC&rsquo;s gospel finalists chosen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/JCDC-s-gospel-finalists-chosen_90231 THE top-10 finalists in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission&rsquo;s (JCDC) Jamaica Gospel Song Competition are scheduled to face-off at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Sunday, July 23.<br /> <br /> The finalists were selected from 23 semi-finalists at an event held at Olson Memorial Chapel on Hope Road, last Sunday. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This year&rsquo;s impressive crop of semi-finalists each brought something extra to the competition in their own unique way; it was hard for the judges to select the best 10,&rdquo; said Stephen Davidson, JCDC director of marketing and public relations. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;But the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition facilitates growth in the music industry, and continues to provide opportunities both locally and internationally for a lot of persons who have entered, even those who were not the winner on the final night,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> The finalists are: St Ann&rsquo;s Raheim Betty (Jesus I&rsquo;m Sold Out to You); Portland&rsquo;s Shaughna-Lee Steel (<br /> <br /> Arise); (Through the Storm) Chevanese Thomas; and (God is Real) Derona Nunes, both from Manchester. Three finalists represented Clarendon: Dannareo Fearon (Order My Steps); (The Blood) Shanoya Haley and (Too Late) Vylmark Hamilton. The Kingston and St Andrew comprised: Dycinta Nunes Holgate (Bawl Out), Tevon Brown (Christ Put a Praise in Me), and (Hold the Faith) Flavia Bradshaw Beswick. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The finalists will now begin preparation for their journey to the finals which will include voice, music and industry based developmental workshops, recording the album and performances and outreach across the island. All this will be captured in a reality television series leading up to the Grand Finals,&rdquo; said Davidson.<br /> <br /> Since its inception in 1987, the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition has become an iconic presentation of indigenous gospel music in Jamaica and attracts over 200 artistes, producers and writers of original gospel music each year. This competition is also seen as another avenue for the unearthing and growth of writers, and vocalists through training with the best within the industry. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13660660/259970_86451_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM Marley rhythm in top 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marley-rhythm-in-top-10_90289 Chained To The Rhythm, Katy Perry&rsquo;s song with Skip Marley, debuts at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.<br /> <br /> Released February 10 by Capitol Records, Chained To The Rhythm is co-written by Marley, Perry and Sia Furler. It is co-produced by Max Martin and Ali Payami.<br /> <br /> This is the first time that a song featuring a Marley has made it in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.<br /> <br /> Chained To The Rhythm entered the UK pop chart last Friday at number seven. It is the first song featuring a Marley to make that table since 1999 when a remix of Sun Is Shining, credited to Bob Marley vs Funkstar De Luxe, reached number three.<br /> <br /> Chained To The Rhythm is also on charts in Australia (number four), nine in New Zealand, six in the Czech Republic, eight in France, 10 in Ireland, 20 in Germany, 12 in Switzerland, and five in Scotland.<br /> <br /> Bob Marley made the UK pop chart eight times. His sons (Ziggy, Stephen, Ky-Mani and Damian) are yet to do so as solo artistes.<br /> <br /> Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers had three entries on the UK pop chart &ndash; 1988&rsquo;s Tomorrow People (number 22), Tumblin Down (number 84) that year, and Look Who&rsquo;s Dancing (number 65).<br /> <br /> In the US, Bob Marley only charted once on the Billboard Hot 100. Roots Rock Reggae stalled at number 51 in 1976.<br /> <br /> Damian Marley reached number 55 in 2005 with Welcome to Jamrock, while Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers reached number 39 in 1988 with Tomorrow People. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13641582/258234_86493_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM Reggae Wednesday final concert today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-Wednesday-final-concert-today_90278 Mandela Park in the heart of Half-Way Tree is expected to come alive this evening with the sounds of reggae music.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Reggae industry Association (JaRIA) will stage its second and final open-air concert, Reggae Wednesday, in observance of Reggae Month, at the popular Corporate Area meeting spotstarting at 6:30 pm.<br /> <br /> In previous years, Reggae Wednesday was held every Wednesday during the month-long celebrations. However, following its opening presentation on February 1, which was a tribute to the crown prince of reggae Dennis Brown, the organisers chose to limit it to just two shows with a view to bolstering interest and support for the other activities being staged.<br /> <br /> JaRIA&rsquo;s Abishai Hoilett said today&rsquo;s event will be staged under the theme &ldquo;Di Fruit &mdash; Reggae Praise&rdquo; and will showcase where reggae is now, as well as its gospel music offerings.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The artistes that will be on Reggae Wednesday include Kevin Downswell, George Nooks, Stitchie, Katalys Crew, Kimola Brown-Lowe, Latoya Hamilton, Sheldon Shepherd, Etana, and the Akwaaba Drummers,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Reggae Month activities continue up until the end of the month. The remaining highlights are Reggae Open university at the University of Technology on Thursday and next Tuesday; The Stepping Razor Experience showcase at the Peter Tosh Museum and the Twelve Tribe anniversary celebrations on Saturday. The JaRIA Honour Awards takes centre stage on Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston along with the weekly discussion, Groundations at the Institute of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12539564/178337_13928_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM New talent for Bacchanal fete http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/New-talent-for-Bacchanal-fete_90275 Bacchanal Jamaica 2017 street parade is expected to provide the canvas on which several talented, young designers will express their creativity. <br /> <br /> The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 23. <br /> <br /> Over the last two years, Bacchanal Jamaica has included costumes, from local and diaspora designers, such as the Peeny Wallie line with Jodie Stewart; and Bonnie Lee&rsquo;s with Unleashed Jamaica line. This year&rsquo;s newcomer, Jessica Campbell will also present her designs. <br /> <br /> Lee has been participating in the road march since 2009. She had always added her own flavour to the costumes she bought and, in 2014, decided to make her own costume. This led to her proposing to the Bacchanal team that she design a costume for 2015 and the result was Unleashed. The following year, her Dragon Legacy attracted a great deal of attention. This year&rsquo;s costume, Maleficent, inspired by the character from the popular Disney film, is already sold out! <br /> <br /> Lee shared her Bacchanal Jamaica experience with the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Through Bacchanal Jamaica, Unleashed Jamaica has been able to grow and acquire meaningful exposure. Unleashed Jamaica has always been known to exhibit a certain vibe, style and optional pieces to which patrons eagerly gravitate. We appreciate the opportunities Bacchanal Jamaica has presented to our brand and hope the band will continue to thrive,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Peeny Wallie&rsquo;s Stewart is elated to be part of Bacchanal Jamaica&rsquo;s team.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ever since I started playing mas, I have been with Bacchanal Jamaica. To be a part of the team as a designer is exhilarating. In recent years, my designs have been worn in bands all over the Caribbean, so having a design in the band so near to my heart is priceless,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Stewart has been designing for major Caribbean carnivals, including Trinidad carnival, for a couple of years. Her first foray with Bacchanal Jamaica was in 2016 with costumes for the Island Gems section. This year&rsquo;s selection, Bewitched, captures vividly the spirit of the theme of Bacchanal Jamaica 2017 &Acirc;­&ndash; Spellbound. <br /> <br /> Peeny Wallie mas, a US-based outfit with owners boasting Jamaican roots, has been revelling with Bacchanal Jamaica since 2010. Their first design was Thira in 2015. Auralight, the 2017 selection was inspired by their travels to Indonesia. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The design concept was influenced by the image of the Golden Buddha and we decided on the intricate gold and crystal gem work. We started to work on the necklace and leg pieces as the base of the design. Our gem work and quality settings have been uniquely designed for our masqueraders. In developing our inspiration, it was key for us to partner with local Jamaican venues, vendors and models,&rdquo; said Alicia of Peeny Wallie. The revellers loved the design, which is sold out!<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The strategy of inclusion and cooperation has worked extremely well for us at Bacchanal Jamaica. It has been mutually beneficial as it also provides exposure for these new designers in an arena that is attracting increasing international attention,&rdquo; said Michael Ammar III, Jamaica Bacchanal director.<br /> <br /> w http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13660605/260029_86486_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM Kappo pens ode to Sensimillia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kappo-pens-ode-to-Sensimillia_90228 For almost 20 years, Andrew Hanson has worked the north coast circuit as singer, Kappo. He also records, with his new single an ode to &lsquo;the good weed&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> The self-produced Sensimillia was released in March last year, but with developments regarding ganja moving apace in Jamaica, Kappo is still pushing it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I fully support the decriminalisation of ganja,&rdquo; he boldly stated.<br /> <br /> Since late 2014, the Jamaican government has eased restrictions on the use of ganja. Legislations include making persons with small amounts of ganja exempt from prosecution.<br /> <br /> Sensimillia, Kappo hopes, will get him in the mainstream. Performing on the north coast, he points out, has its benefits and disadvantages.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The advantages of been a north coast act is that you have the opportunity to perform for all different kinds of visitors from all over the world, and it&rsquo;s a building ground for me as an artiste,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Disadvantages are, corporate Jamaica never get to see or hear you and can also limit your chances of being able to make contact with producers in the main hub for the music which is in Kingston,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> The Clarendon-born artiste kicked off his career in 1999 at Breezes Hotel in Montego Bay. He has performed at Pebbles Resort, Sandals Whitehouse, and Goldeneye, among others.<br /> <br /> Kappo made his recording debut in 2005 with the original Never Wanna See You Cry. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13660692/259958_86421_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM After 12: Mojito Mondays dance craze http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/After-12--Mojito-Mondays-dance-craze_90246 It&rsquo;s just dancing! God knows... that&rsquo;s the vibe at Mojito Mondays at Susie&rsquo;s Cafe in Southdale Plaza, St Andrew. This week, the dancers went all out exhibiting moves to current and new tracks, giving the party the energy for which it is known. Although OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL McLARTY was under the weather, he could not miss the event, which usually attracts local and overseas celebrities.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13660721/260060_86499_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM Viice looks to Hard Rain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Viice-looks-to-Hard-Rain_90251 WITH a new name and two songs, Viice is hoping to make a name for himself with in the dancehall arena.<br /> <br /> The tracks Bad Mind and Hard Rain were released recently on his Viice Music label. He said the latter is creating ripples and he is putting some promotional muscle behind it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Everywhere I go, people complimenting me for coming up with this style. It&rsquo;s like a party song, and what makes the people like it is due to the fact that I created a dance for it. So they can dance to,&rdquo; Viice told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Viice (formerly Nicholas Voice) hails from Somerton in St James, but has been residing in Falmouth since age 15.<br /> <br /> The past student of Cedric Titus High, he got his musical break a decade ago with the single Phone Card. He has since released<br /> <br /> Step And Lock Road and Party Vibes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to start go on some tours now as I think this song, with the help of the Almighty, will make it happen,&rdquo; said Viice.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Alan Lewin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13660676/259981_86450_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM Jamie Foxx abused http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamie-Foxx-abused_90258 DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) &Acirc;­&ndash; Croatian police have filed disorderly conduct charges against two people who allegedly used a racial slur to insult Hollywood actor, Jamie Foxx in a restaurant.<br /> <br /> Police said they acted after receiving reports Sunday of &ldquo;particularly arrogant and rude&rdquo; insults made against restaurant guests, including &ldquo;one of the guests on racial grounds&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The police statement did not name Foxx as the target, but the actor briefly posted comments about the incident on his Instagram profile before deleting them.<br /> <br /> Foxx mentioned an offensive racial term among the examples of the vulgar language used.<br /> <br /> Police said they are investigating whether to pursue other charges against the men.<br /> <br /> Croatia, like other European countries, has seen a rise in far-right sentiments.<br /> <br /> Foxx was in Dubrovnik, a resort on the Adriatic Sea, filming Robin Hood: Origins, in which he plays Little John. The Lionsgate retelling of English folklore stars Taron Egerton as the titular thief. Otto Bathurst is directing the action film, also starring Tim Minchin, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan and Ben Mendelsohn. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13660693/259993_86432_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM Chris Brown ordered to stay away from ex http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chris-Brown-ordered-to-stay-away-from-ex_90267 LOS ANGELES (AP) &mdash; A judge has ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after she accused him of physically abusing and threatening her.<br /> <br /> The Grammy winner was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Karrueche Tran and not attempt to contact her after she wrote in court filings that Brown had repeatedly threatened her since December.<br /> <br /> Tran also accused the singer of punching her in the stomach and pushing her down stairs a few years ago. Her filing does not offer any additional specifics or note if she reported the events to police. It states that no one was present at the time.<br /> <br /> The order, which was issued Friday, also calls for Brown to surrender any firearms he has until a March 9 hearing on the restraining order.<br /> <br /> An email message sent to Brown&rsquo;s attorney Mark Geragos was not immediately returned.<br /> <br /> Brown and Tran dated after the singer pleaded guilty to felony assault for an attack on Rihanna in 2009 just hours before the Grammy Awards.<br /> <br /> A judge ended Brown&rsquo;s probation in 2015, after several missteps that included punching a man outside a Washington hotel and stints in rehab.<br /> <br /> The singer also underwent domestic violence and anger management counseling.<br /> <br /> A facility that treated Brown wrote in a 2014 letter to the judge overseeing his probation in the Rihanna case that the singer was being treated for bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and past substance abuse.<br /> <br /> Brown&rsquo;s career faltered after the Rihanna attack and eventually rebounded and his album &ldquo;F.A.M.E&rdquo; won a Grammy Award in 2012. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13261287/chris-brown_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM Ammoye&rsquo;s happy about Sorry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ammoye-s-happy-about-Sorry_89687 ON February 7, nominations for Canada&rsquo;s Juno Awards were announced and among the nominees for Reggae Recording of The Year, is Jamaican-born singer Ammoye.<br /> <br /> The artiste was born Shernette Amoy Evans and hails from Halse Hall in Clarendon. She is up against four-time winner Exco Levi with<br /> <br /> Siren; Cry Everyday by Blessed; Jay Kartier&rsquo;s Who Feels It and Roll Dem by Dubmatix featuring Gappy Ranks.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Two nights before the nominations were announced I got an email inviting me to the announcement event. That is usually an indication that you are nominated. I went and when I heard my name announced it was exciting and I felt so honoured,&rdquo; said Ammoye. &ldquo;The Juno Awards is a big thing for us here in Canada. Being nominated can open doors and put you on a bigger platform from which to showcase your music.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Junos are Canada&rsquo;s answer to the Grammy Awards. It takes place on April 2.<br /> <br /> This is Ammoye&rsquo;s third Juno nod. She was first recognised in 2013 for Radio and the following year for Baby It&rsquo;s You.<br /> <br /> She describes her work as &ldquo;healing music... to uplift, motivate and inspire the heart, mind and soul of those who hear&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Produced by Kirk Bennett, Sorry was released as Ammoye did some healing of her own.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was in Jamaica last year when I discovered nodes on my vocal cords. I was just using the opportunity to chill and recalibrate and decided to release Sorry as the first single from my mixtape, Enter The Warrior. The Juno committee got a hold of it and now its nominated... I am excited,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Next month, Ammoye is set to release the first single from her album The Light, which contains songs from several Jamaican producers. It is on her label, Cool Gypsy Island.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is my best work yet. I strongly believe that, as a reggae artiste, if I want that authentic sound then I have to come to the source. For The Light, I was able to work with some of the best producers. Sly & Robbie, Donovan Germain, Mikey Bennett &mdash; these legendary producers have all contributed to the project. Then there are younger producers like Natural high and Esco who have worked with me in making it great.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13657953/258660_86268_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:00 AM Big Biennial begins Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Big-Biennial-begins-Sunday_90163 Jamaica Biennial 2017 will be the largest in the National Gallery of Jamaica&rsquo;s history.<br /> <br /> More than 160 works of art by more than 90 artists will be on exhibition at three different locations &mdash; the National Gallery in downtown Kingston, Devon House in St Andrew, and National Gallery West in Montego Bay &ndash; as part of the event which opens Sunday and runs until May 28.<br /> <br /> Executive director of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Dr Veerle Poupeye said patrons will be exposed to not only a high-quality exhibition, but a good mix of the traditional and modern, as well as technically spectacular works.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The combination of systems, both new and old, has contributed to a very high level of participations this year. The truth is, contemporary art installations are getting bigger, not only in terms of numbers but in terms of square footage. So while such exhibitions in the past were primarily paintings, now we have a lot more pieces that have technical requirements. So this year&rsquo;s Biennial is larger, both in the number of pieces as well as the size of the exhibition,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> The exhibition will offer a &ldquo;healthy and at times provocative mix of new, emerging and established artists&rdquo;, including recent graduates of the Edna Manley College such as Ziggie Graver and Kelley-Ann Lindo, and those who have never exhibited before such as Nathan Cunningham, who is self-taught. <br /> <br /> Well known artists, including Samere Tansley, Marlon James, Laura Facey, David Boxer, Deborah Anzinger, Prudence Lovell, Storm Saulter, Phillip Thomas, Bryan McFarlane, Petrona Morrison, Shoshanna Weinberger, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, will also be on show. The special projects will be by Andrea Chung, David Gumbs, Nadia Huggins, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Raquel Paiewonsky, and Marcel Pinas &mdash; all of them have Caribbean roots or are based in the Caribbean, while two tribute exhibitions are slated to provide overviews of the work of Alexander Cooper and the late Peter Dean Rickards.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Biennial was last held in 2014. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12526119/177181_7787_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:00 AM Ibo Fire adjusts name http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ibo-Fire-adjusts-name_90158 Reggae singer Ibo Fire has made a slight adjustment to the spelling of his name. He is now Ibo Fyah. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ibo Fyah is all about positive and uplifting music, and that is never going to change. My management team and I decided to make the simple change to the spelling of my name because that is what my fans already referred to me as,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Ibo Fyah has a few projects that he has been working on for this year. They include a mixtape launch and a listening party at the end of this month.<br /> <br /> The reggae artiste is promoting two new songs &mdash; Bright World and Stop The Fighting/Industry. The latter is a tribute to late reggae singer Dennis Brown. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13657954/259719_86271_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:00 AM K Sling sends message to Heroes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/K-Sling-sends-message-to-Heroes_90152 &ldquo;SLAVERY abolish now; slavery gone. Tell the heroes them we a carry on. Black people a rejoice like when a baby born&rdquo; are a few lines from K Sling&rsquo;s latest single, Slavery Abolish.<br /> <br /> The track also pays homage to American civil rights activists Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcom X.<br /> <br /> Despite doing the social media rounds since 2015, Slavery Abolish was released in late January on the Ofrass Sofrass Muziq/Anthony Records imprint.<br /> <br /> The singjay said his passion is to be a musical change agent.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The conscious side of my music is an inner thing I just took more seriously after I started working with Just For Peace, where we did shows across Jamaica promoting peace,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Born in Manchester, K Sling (given name Keron Rowe) is the entertainment manager for the Just For Peace initiative, which began in 2007. The annual talent contest, started by journalist Eugene Pitter, offers emerging artistes from the &ldquo;old capital&rdquo; a platform to showcase their music.<br /> <br /> His other releases include Hard Life, Never Rate We, Rain A Fall, and Tribute to Usain Bolt, featuring Deejay Chrystian.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13657888/259715_86247_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:00 AM Christopher Martin's Big Deal debuts on Billboard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Christopher-Martin-s-Big-Deal-debuts-on-Billboard KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The 16-track Big Deal album, the first worldwide release by singer Christopher Martin, debuts at number three on this week's Billboard reggae album chart.<br /> <br /> Released on February 10 via VP Records, the album sold 500 copies in its first week.<br /> <br /> The chart is led by reggae outfit Fortunate Youth whose self-titled album sold 1,714 copies to debut at number one.<br /> <br /> Last week's number one seller Lost in Paradise by Common Kings falls to number two with 517 copies. It opened last week at number one with over 3,000 copies.<br /> <br /> Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13660339/Christopher-Martin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:02 PM Today's Horoscope - February 21, 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Today-s-Horoscope---February-21--2017_89651 HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, February 21, 2017: This year you move with grace and ease. You will take a risk or two and come out all the better for it. Partnerships bring you financial abundance, as long as you choose them carefully. If you are single, you open up to many new ideas because of someone you meet. You are likely to meet a potential sweetie who is very different from you. If you are attached, the two of you mesh together well. Your significant other is a great source of security for you. CAPRICORN has good business sense.<br /> <br /> ARIES (March 21-April 19) You naturally take the lead. At this point in time, your attention might be on public or professional matters. A loved one will go out of his or her way to pave the path for you. You don&rsquo;t need this person&rsquo;s help, but it is always nice to feel supported. Tonight: Out late.<br /> <br /> TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Keep reaching out to someone you care about. You could be too energetic for your own good. You might want to find out how a friend or an associate feels about a certain issue. You enjoy getting together with this person. What is stopping you now? Tonight: Pace yourself. <br /> <br /> GEMINI (May 21-June 20) One-on-one relating remains important in fulfilling a long-term goal or desire. You could be on top of the world because of feedback you get from a loved one or a respected friend. Listen to this person&rsquo;s ideas; your creativity will surge as a result. Tonight: Ever playful.<br /> <br /> CANCER (June 21-July 22) Defer to others gracefully. You have your reasons for choosing to continue as you have been. Add more fun and caring to your life. Working all the time isn&rsquo;t the best solution for you, as you&rsquo;re someone who really enjoys family time. Tonight: Go along with a suggestion.<br /> <br /> LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Pace yourself, as you will want to be everywhere all at once. Use some self-discipline, and you will love the results. You see a situation in a different light from many of those around you. As a result, communication is likely to flourish. Tonight: Hang out with a close friend.<br /> <br /> VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Your imagination takes a comment and runs with it. You might be overspending or just having too good of a time to slow down right now. Know that there are always ramifications, no matter what choices you make in life; you need to accept them. Tonight: See what happens.<br /> <br /> LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) You might want to slow down a bit. Maintaining such a hectic pace could be putting too much pressure on you. Open up to a conversation that you have been avoiding. Though the topic is very personal, you could be unusually pleased by what comes out of it. Tonight: Stay centred.<br /> <br /> SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) You&rsquo;ll use your vocabulary with strength and determination. Your instincts and resilience merge, which makes nearly anything possible. Express your ideas with clarity, especially those involving property or having to do with your domestic life. Tonight: At your favourite haunt.<br /> <br /> SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) You are easily pleased and might feel as if you can handle nearly anything. Be more direct in how you approach a personal matter. You get support on many different levels, which gives power to where you are coming from. Tonight: Treat yourself as you wish others would.<br /> <br /> CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Hone your instincts and harness your creativity. These traits work well together most of the time, though at times it might not seem like it. Your impact cannot be denied, especially when you are in sync with others and feeling confident. Tonight: In the limelight.<br /> <br /> AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) You might not be ready for all the changes that appear on the horizon, so you&rsquo;ll want to consider taking a step back for a few days. Take some time before making any decisions or pushing yourself too hard. You know what is best for you. Tonight: Do your own thing.<br /> <br /> PISCES (Feb 19-March 20) You might be ready to move in a new, chosen direction. However, don&rsquo;t be surprised if after you take this step you feel slightly out of sync. You will adjust, given some time. Understand that taking risks is part of living. Tonight: Zero in on what you want.<br /> <br /> (c) 2017 by King Features Syndicate Inc. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12467448/horo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:00 AM Chronixx to make second Tonight Show stop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chronixx-to-make-second-Tonight-Show-stop_90081 Reggae singer Chronixx is set to appear on American network NBC &rsquo;s The Tonight Show on Friday, February 24.<br /> <br /> This would mark the second time the 25-year-old, who is widely regarded as the forerunner of the reggae revival movement, would be appearing on the late night talk show with the host Jimmy Fallon. In 2014, while promoting his EP Dread and Terrible, Chronixx performed the title track along with his Zinc Fence Redemption band and created quite a buzz on social media.<br /> <br /> He is currently promoting his upcoming album Chronology, set to be released in a few weeks. Earlier this month he released the lead single Likes. This self-produced track sees the artiste speaking his mind on today&rsquo;s dancehall climate and social media hype. He is set to commence a promotional tour of North America in March and will be accompanied by fellow &lsquo;revivalists&rsquo; Jah9, Jesse Royal, Kelissa and Max Glazer (Federation Sound).<br /> <br /> The 44-stop tour, slated to start March 2 and runs through to June 17, begins in New Haven, Connecticut, and makes its way across the length of breadth of the United States and a few Canadian provinces, before ending in Booneville, California at the Sierra Nevada Music Festival.<br /> <br /> Among the cities listed for stops are: Detroit, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento and San Francisco in California; Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Houston and Dallas, in Texas; New Orleans, and Louisiana. Over in Canada, Chronixx will perform in Vancouver, Montreal and Ontario.<br /> <br /> Chronixx is known for tracks such as Behind Curtain, Smile Jamaica, Somewhere, Ain&rsquo;t No Giving In, Capture Land, They Don&rsquo;t Know, and Clean like a Whistle.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13518191/235413_86097_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 20, 2017 12:00 AM