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 Monsoon Bedward dials up new track http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Monsoon-Bedward-dials-up-new-track_78164 FOR much of his career, deejay Monsoon Bedward has recorded easy listening reggae songs. But his latest single, Answer Yuh Phone, hears him returning to his dancehall roots.<br /> <br /> According to the Washington DC-based artiste, the track is a throwback to songs he enjoyed while doing the sound system rounds in his native Clarendon.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I use to deejay on sound systems in my community and across Jamaica.I was also a student of (deejay) Johnny P who took me across Jamaica, performing on &lsquo;sounds&rsquo; and stage shows. I started doing culture tunes when I migrate to the USA,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Answer Yuh Phone is being serviced to the growing Latin market where Monsoon Bedward has a following, particularly Costa Rica where he has performed several times. In fact, Answer Yuh Phone is co-produced by CostaJamic Productions, a company he operates with Sergio Trex of Costa Rica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to show the dancehall side of my music which is fun and good vibes for the girls them&hellip;no slackness, no badness,&rdquo; said Monsoon Bedward.<br /> <br /> CostaJamic Productions released Monsoon Storm, the artiste&rsquo;s debut album in 2015. That set contained<br /> <br /> Madiba, a tribute to late South African icon, Nelson Mandela.<br /> <br /> Monsoon Bedward (given name Denton Bedward) has lived in the American capital since the early 1990s. He started his career there as a member of the DKGB Band with whom he stayed for 18 years and recorded one album, Higher Calling.<br /> <br /> He went solo in 2013.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13380471/236145_63294_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:00 AM An ode to Joe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/An-ode-to-Joe_78238 REMEMBERING Joseph Hill, a tribute album to the influential lead singer of Culture, will be released in 2017, 40 years after the group created a stir with the song, Two Sevens Clash. <br /> <br /> Hill died in Berlin, Germany, in 2006 at age 57. Penthouse Records&rsquo; Donovan Germain, who produced the album, said he had a personal stake in the project.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Joseph Hill was one of my favourite artistes, but you don&rsquo;t hear a lot of Culture songs on the radio. I want to introduce him to a different generation,&rdquo; Germain told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Germain selected the songs, then approached several acts to record their favourites. Hill&rsquo;s son, Kenyatta, covered Stop This Fussing And Fighting, while Queen Ifrica put her spin on the ominous Two Sevens Clash. <br /> <br /> A version of Natty Never Get Weary featuring Hill and Buju Banton is also on &lsquo;Remembering&rsquo;. George Nooks, who was a member of producer Joe Gibbs&rsquo; camp with Hill in the late 1970s, covers Baldhead Bridge. <br /> <br /> Hill said Two Sevens Clash was inspired by a Marcus Garvey &lsquo;prophecy&rsquo; that said there would be mayhem on July 7, 1977. That day, many schools and businesses in Jamaica closed. <br /> <br /> Germain was living in New York City at the time. &ldquo;That was a big, big song in New York. It&rsquo;s what brought Culture to the world,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> From the market town of Linstead, Hill was a percussionist with the Soul Defenders band that played on hits at Studio One like Picture On The Wall by Freddie McKay.<br /> <br /> He formed Culture in 1976; the trio had a big hit that year with Jah Jah See Them A Come. In the latter stages of their career, Culture recorded for a number of independent labels including RAS Records and Heartbeat Records. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13380476/187169_63296_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:00 AM Moving mainstream with Tanisha Scott http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Moving-mainstream-with-Tanisha-Scott_77145 Dancehall moves have been visible in music videos by international acts for close to 20 years. Tanisha Scott has played a major role in bringing these Jamaican steps to the pop mainstream.<br /> <br /> Raised in Toronto, Canada, by Jamaican parents, Scott has been an in-demand dancer/choreographer for 20 years. She choreographed music videos for Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Drake, Whitney Houston Trey Songz, Kat Deluna, Kardinal Offishall, Rupee, and the Pussy Cat Dolls. <br /> <br /> This week, the video for Work (starring Rihanna and Drake) was nominated for Video of The Year at the 44th Annual American Music Awards. Directed by Director X (formerly known as Little X), it features choreography by Scott.<br /> <br /> She told Splash that watching music videos as a youth inspired her to become a choreographer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was not professionally trained as a dancer/choreographer. My passion for dance has always been a part of my life. Dancing came natural to me as I grew up in a house where music was played throughout the day. It was by watching music videos where I honed my love of learning choreography,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Scott has impressive credentials. She has choreographed performances by high-profile artistes on major shows by Sean Paul (The Arsenio Hall Show); Mariah Carey (Good Morning America); Rihanna and Alicia Keys (Grammy Awards); and rapper Ludacris (BET Hip Hop Awards performance).<br /> <br /> She has been nominated for MTV&rsquo;s Best Choreographer three times: in 2004 for Sean Paul&rsquo;s Like Glue video; 2006 for Sean Paul&rsquo;s Temperature; and in 2007 for Tambourine by rapper Eve.<br /> <br /> For the past two years she has been a guest judge on Digicel Rising Stars. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13354020/234295_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:00 AM Peppa Ceed on Ice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Peppa-Ceed-on-Ice_77102 Veteran deejay Peppa Ceed is promoting his latest song Ice, which was produced by Kisko Hype.<br /> <br /> In it, declares that he does not need to wear expensive jewelry to attract females.<br /> <br /> Peppa Ceed, whose given name is Garvin Hussy, is based in New York City. Originally from Mount Airy in Golden Spring, St Andrew, he was influenced by Pinchers, Sanchez and Singing Melody in his youth.<br /> <br /> He launched his career shortly after migrating to the United States 15 years ago. His previous songs include Lebron James, Girl Them Love Peppa, Inna Nigeria, and Whine Fi Peppa.<br /> <br /> &mdash;KJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13353994/234181_61221_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:00 AM Miss Lou Archives opens at National Library http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Miss-Lou-Archives-opens-at-National-Gallery_78079 JAMAICANS will now have access to some personal documents of cultural icon Louise &ldquo;Miss Lou&rdquo; Bennett-Coverley.<br /> <br /> The National Library of Jamaica on Thursday launched the the Miss Lou Archives, a collection of some of Miss Lou&rsquo;s private documents and writing which she agreed to donate when she was leaving Jamaica to take up residence in Canada. The arduous process of sorting, collating and filing the documents, which include hand-written manuscripts of some of her poems, personal and professional letters and other forms of correspondence, took the staff years to complete.<br /> <br /> In time, material belonging to Miss Lou&rsquo;s husband, theatre impressario Eric Coverley, will also be included in the archives.<br /> <br /> Speaking at the downtown Kingston occasion, Fabian Coverly &mdash; stepson to Miss Lou &mdash; was tearful as he described what his stepmother and father meant to him, and how proud he was to be witnessing the launch of the archives.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You will never understand what this means to me. Most people lay their parents to rest and are able to forget about them. That does not happen to me as I have to speak about them so often. But I am so proud of the work they did and that it is now at the National Library of Jamaica,&rdquo; Coverley told the gathering.<br /> <br /> The Miss Lou Archives is housed in special collections at the library and can be accessed online with the actual collection available to researchers.<br /> <br /> Culture Minister Olivia &ldquo;Babsy&rdquo; Grange noted that the Miss Lou Archives, like the just-opened Peter Tosh Museum, respresents that piece of Jamaica history of which we can be proud.<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston in 1919, Miss Lou was educated at Excelsior High School. Through her body of publications in Jamaican creole, and her acting skills, she raised the dialect of the Jamaican folk to an art level, capturing its subtlety and its humour. She was awarded an Order of Jamaica by the Government for her contribution to the island&rsquo;s culture in 2004. Her husband, Eric, predeceased her in 2002. She died in Canada in 2006. Her remains, and that of her husband, were returned to Jamaica for interment. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378321/236008_63195_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM Get Up, Stand Up for Peter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Get-Up--Stand-Up-for-Peter_78177 Peter Tosh&rsquo;s songbook was flung open on Saturday. And what flowed from its pages provided a vivid insight into the life and work of one of Jamaica&rsquo;s prolific singer/songwriters.<br /> <br /> The tribute concert &mdash; staged by Pulse Investments, the Peter Tosh Estate and Marlene Brown, Tosh&rsquo;s partner at the time of his death &mdash; celebrated the 72nd birthday of the fiery artiste who was gunned down at his upper St Andrew home in September 1987.<br /> <br /> A cavalcade of reggae acts graced the stage at Pulse Complex in New Kingston for three hours of everything Tosh.<br /> <br /> The organisers assembled his touring band Word, Sound and Power and from the overture, every note was worth holding on to.<br /> <br /> Andrew Tosh, son of the reggae icon, was the fulcrum around whom the presentation spun.<br /> <br /> Seen by many as Peter&rsquo;s reincarnate, his performances were dotted throughout the evening and had many taking second glances just to be sure it was not Peter on stage. The similarity in vocal tone and quality is uncanny.<br /> <br /> Andrew delighted the fair-sized audience with tracks from his father&rsquo;s catalogue, including African, Coming in Hot and a spirited rendition of Buckingham Palace. His duet on Don&rsquo;t Look Back with Marcia Griffiths was priceless.<br /> <br /> His other duet, Nothing But Love, was performed with Etana. Originally recorded by his father and American soul singer Gwen Guthrie, it could have benefited from a few more rehearsals.<br /> <br /> American guitarist Donald Kinsey&rsquo;s artistry brought Tosh&rsquo;s music to life. This was evident when he riffed during Andrew&rsquo;s renditions of Lord of Lords and Johnny B Good.<br /> <br /> The supporting artistes did well.<br /> <br /> Mermams from the Democratic Republic of The Congo was great on Mama Africa. Chronixx delighted with his set which included Arise Blackman Arise and Stop That Train. Kabaka Pyramid delivered with Haffi Get A Beaten.<br /> <br /> Luciano was not to be outdone. His set comprised Tosh&rsquo;s iconic Creation (Jah Is My Keeper), Legalize It and Equal Rights.<br /> <br /> Tarrus Riley dropped the Tosh favorites Blame Di Youth and Glass House.<br /> <br /> Third-generation Tosh, Dre Tosh, son of Andrew and grandson to Peter, made his big stage debut with Mawga Dog. Like his father, but not to the same degree, he possesses vocal traits of his famous grandfather.<br /> <br /> Live Wyaa band gave Word, Sound and Power a breather by delivering noteworthy versions of Stepping Razor, Brand New Second Hand, and Jah Guide.<br /> <br /> For the finale, Morgan Heritage patriarch Denroy Morgan was joined by rocker Zack Starkey &mdash; son of The Beatles&rsquo; Ringo Starr &mdash; and singer Shhh Liguz for a rocking Get Up Stand Up.<br /> <br /> Marlene Brown was overwhelmed by the experience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I just can&rsquo;t tell you how I feel hearing Peter&rsquo;s music performed like this. It just shows how timeless his music is and how much he was before his time... aprophet. My favourite track tonight were Mama Africa and Creation. When Luciano sang that I got goose pimples... Jah is truly my keeper,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378363/236104_63209_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM Charly Black&rsquo;s hot on Latin charts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Charly-Black-s-hot-on-latin-charts_78178 Charly Black is enjoying attention from the Latin market thanks to his song Pa Que Me Invitan, with singer Jencarlos.<br /> <br /> Pa Que Me Invitan (Why Did You Invite Me) is released by Universal Music Latin. It is co-produced by Miami-based Maffio and Jamaican Tarik &ldquo;Rvssian&rdquo; Johnston.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The collaboration came about after I was contacted by Rvssian, who is one of the producers of the song. He reached out to me and that&rsquo;s basically how it happened,&rdquo; said Charly Black.<br /> <br /> Pa Que Me Invitan is his second Billboard entry. Last week it rose to number 22 on the Latin Airplay Chart and number 16 on the Latin Pop Songs Chart. It fell one place to number 32 on the Hot Latin Songs Chart.<br /> <br /> His previous Billboard hit, Gyal You A Party Animal, produced by Kurt Riley, has done well in several Spanish-speaking countries. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Gyal You A Party Animal came at the right time. I think my style of deejaying and lyrics make people gravitate to me. I guess I am what you could consider the country boy of dancehall,&rdquo; Charly Black explained.<br /> <br /> In August, Gyal You A Party Animal peaked at number 13 on Billboard&rsquo;s Dance/Electronic Songs Chart and number 32 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs Chart.<br /> <br /> Jencarlos Canela, 28, was born in Miami to Cuban parents. He is a regular on Latin television and has released three albums.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12900882/199366_63210_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM Belizean Eljai stepping-up his reggae game http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Belizean-Eljai-stepping-up-his-reggae-game KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Going into the final stretch of 2016, Belizean singer Eljai is stepping-up his live game, promoting his third album and winning new fans.<br /> <br /> The Los Angeles-based artiste's The Other Side of Eljai was released by Tuff Gong International in July. He is scheduled to perform on the November 25-26 Africa Meets Reggae show in Lagos, Nigeria.<br /> <br /> That will be followed by dates in the United Kingdom and Europe.<br /> <br /> "It&rsquo;s very important (to broaden his base) because when I play my album for people in foreign countries, they gravitate to the music like something very familiar to them. I would accredit that to the songs and production to make up the Other Side Of Eljai," he said.<br /> <br /> The album's lead song, Everything I Do, is produced by his Jah Mix Entertainment company. Released in April, it is a cover of Canadian singer Bryan Adams&rsquo; 1991 international hit, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You.<br /> <br /> Eljai's version was not as successful, but "went number one in a few countries and to number one on the World Top 20 Reggae Chart". It set the pace for the rest of the album.<br /> <br /> "The video was posted through 18 Karat Reggae and has generated almost 800,000 views within a few months. According to feedback we are getting it has the potential to become a wordwide hit, and we are in high gear promoting the album with other singles with hit potential," he said.<br /> <br /> Veteran Jamaican musicians Dean Fraser and Carroll McLaughlin, and British hit makers Stingray Records worked on The Other Side of Eljai.<br /> <br /> It will be the dreadlocked vocalist's second time on Africa Meets Reggae. He made his debut last year.<br /> <br /> The show features veteran Nigerian reggae acts Victor Essiet and Majek Fashek as well as emerging artistes from Africa.<br /> <br /> Eljai's (born Lloyd McFarlane Jnr) previous albums are I Know and Da Rebirth, both produced by Jamaican Fabian Cooke.<br /> <br /> Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13379750/ELJAI_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 10:18 AM Good times with Kartel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Good-times-with-Kartel_77106 Good Good Productions are known for their hit &lsquo;rhythms&rsquo; and singles. They include the Triple X, Brit Jam, and Cool Out.<br /> <br /> The team recently scored with the Cure Pain that featured big hits like Big League by Mavado and Where Were You by Jahmiel.<br /> <br /> The label&rsquo;s latest project is the Success &lsquo;rhythms&rsquo; which features Who Trouble Dem by Vybz Kartel. The song addresses the age-old subject of jealousy.<br /> <br /> This is not the first time Good Good Productions has worked with the controversial deejay, who is serving a life sentence for murder.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Kartel&rsquo;s writing style is very different and very unique. He uses certain topics that you wouldn&rsquo;t think could be made into a song and he makes it work; that&rsquo;s what impresses me about his lyrics,&rdquo; said Zum of Good Good Productions. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12804089/193696.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00 AM Jutah Rhymes giving thanks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jutah-Rhymes-giving-thanks_77136 GROWING up in Seaview Gardens, Jutah Rhymes was never short on musical influences. The Kingston 11 community produced some of dancehall&rsquo;s finest, including Shabba Ranks and Bounty Killer. <br /> <br /> Using them as inspiration, the Rastafarian singjay&rsquo;s latest effort is a single called Give Thanks For Life. It is a collaboration with reggae artiste Jah Mason.<br /> <br /> Jutah told Splash the song is about being appreciative of what life offers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about giving thanks for life and being appreciative regardless of the situations life throws at you,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Give Thanks For Life was released late last month and will be featured on Jutah Rhymes sophmore album called World Changes. Scheduled to be released later this month, the 18-track album will feature other singles like Bussing Through the Gate, Girls Find Me, and Na Stop Pray. It also features production works from Mad Rebel and Urban Boys Recording label.<br /> <br /> Jutah Rhyme (given name Hector Smith) released his debut single www.com in 2000. This was followed by other singles such as Clean and Kontangarous.<br /> <br /> His debut album, A Reality, was released in 2012.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13353989/233693_61310_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00 AM Suga Roy honours the kings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Suga-Roy-honours-the-kings_77114 November 4 is the official release date for Honouring The Kings of Reggae, a tribute album produced by deejay Suga Roy.<br /> <br /> The 19-song set includes covers of classic reggae songs such as Shantytown by Desmond Dekker and Marley&rsquo;s So Much Trouble.<br /> <br /> The latter is done as Trouble by Suga Roy, Sizzla, Jahmali, Conrad Crystal, and Zareb.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Is my favourite Marley song; anywhere in the world mi go mi perform it,&rdquo; said Suga Roy.<br /> <br /> The House of Riddim Band from Austria, drummer Kirk Bennett, guitarist Winston &lsquo;Bo Pee&rsquo; Bowen, and bassist Danny Dennis of the Firehouse Crew played on Trouble.<br /> <br /> Shantytown which featured Suga Roy, Busy Signal, Zareb and Conroy Crystal, did well for Suga Roy&rsquo;s Fireball Records last year.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;Honouring&rsquo; also includes covers of Johnny Nash&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> I Can See Clearly Now done by Terry Linen and Culture&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Jah Jah See Them by Gyptian. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13353958/234217_61228_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00 AM Jungle songs from Chuck Fenda http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jungle-songs-from-Chuck-Fenda_77117 Concrete Jungle, Chuck Fenda&rsquo;s sixth album, is being released today by Zojak Worldwide. The singer says it is his most complete work to date.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We just want to reach the people on a spiritual level with this album. That&rsquo;s why it is called Concrete Jungle: to reflect the struggles of the inner-city,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The album is stylistically different from my others in that it uses elements of lovers&rsquo; rock, R&B, and even dancehall.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Concrete Jungle has collaborations which features Etana on That Place and Sasha on Natty Dread.<br /> <br /> Jah Element , his previous album, was released in 2013.<br /> <br /> For Chuck Fenda (given name Leshorn Whitehead), the album is a defining moment in his career.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to take it to the level of a Bob Marley or a Burning Spear and other icons,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12576334/180730_61217_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00 AM Conquering cancer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Conquering-cancer_78073 OCTOBER is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And globally, millions of women have been affected by this dreadful disease, including some of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry.<br /> <br /> Pop singer Sheryl Crow, Olivia Newton-John, and Nancy Griffiths are among them.<br /> <br /> Jamaican gospel singer Carlene Davis remembers being diagnosed with the deadly disease in 1996. The experience deepened her Christian faith.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I received my strength when I rolled everything over to God. It was terrifying. It is like experiencing child birth for the first time. You really never know how your body will react to it. The word cancer is one that no one really wants to address because of its harshness but now it is in your face, so you have to take control over it,&rdquo; Davis told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As a mother and a wife, I desire to see my children grow up. My family is and was very important. I wanted to live for them, so my career took second place. Once the diagnosis was accepted by my family and I got the support from them, it also gave me strength to battle the disease,&rdquo; she continued.<br /> <br /> Breast cancer accounts for 29.4 per cent of all cancers in Jamaica, with an incidence rate of 43.1 per 100,000 in women and 0.6 in Jamaican men. Women 45 years old and younger account for one-eighth of all cases of the disease.<br /> <br /> Davis advises females to keep up to date with their mammograms and self-test breast examinations.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are way more information and treatment at hand than when I was diagnosed. Every women should keep up to date with their medical check-ups and if it is detected via a mammogram they should visit their doctor as early detection is the key to battling it,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> With nearly a 30-year career, Davis enjoyed success in the 1970s and 1980s. Her latest set Dripping Blood (2014) peaked at number three on Billboard Reggae Album Chart. Her other albums are Vessel (1998) and This Island Needs Jesus (2000).<br /> <br /> Her other well-known tracks include Winnie Mandela, It Must Be Love, Going Down To Paradise, Stealing Love On The Side, Santa Claus Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto, Dial My Number, and Like Old Friends Do. In 2007, she received the Order of Distinction from the Government of Jamaica for her contribution to the music industry and community development. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13321979/231609_58557_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Tosh on show! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tosh-on-show-_78053 There were smiles all round on Wednesday as a star-studded audience, which included members of the political directorate and entertainment fraternity, welcomed the Peter Tosh Museum as it was opened at Pulse Complex in New Kingston.<br /> <br /> The brainchild of Pulse Chairman Kingsley Cooper and the Peter Tosh Estate, it pays homage to Tosh, the musician and human rights activist, who earned acclaim as a member of The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Bunny &lsquo;Wailer&rsquo; Livingston, and as a solo artiste, before he was murdered at age 42 in September 1987.<br /> <br /> The museum showcases personal artefacts including tour jackets, the artiste&rsquo;s passports, telephone and radio, as well as the famed M16 guitar which was saved from the auction block a few years ago.<br /> <br /> Tosh&rsquo;s companion for the last nine years of his life, Marlene Brown, could not contain her joy at the museum&rsquo;s opening.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Peter and I were together from mi a 17. He was a great man and this is just wonderful to see... it&rsquo;s great,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Niambe McIntosh, youngest child of the reggae icon, told the audience her father died when she was five years old and, therefore, her memories of him are wrapped up in the experiences of his friends and family members.<br /> <br /> But for renowned reggae historian and archivist Roger Steffens, this was an event long in coming but worth the wait.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;To see the type of work that this man left us, it warms my soul. It&rsquo;s a wonderful accomplishment. It&rsquo;s really thrilling because I know for how long Peter was a kind of enemy of the state. The idea that Peter Tosh is now being given his due, having received the Order of Merit a few years ago and now with this wonderful museum, is something that frankly I never expected to see in Jamaica. It just shows how physically things are evolving to a much better place. I am just so sorry that my good friend Peter Tosh could not be here to see the decriminalisation of herb, to see a museum in his honour where people are celebrating his life and work,&rdquo; said Steffens.<br /> <br /> That theme was echoed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who was guest speaker and who declared the museum open.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Many years ago, you maybe would not have had this profile and composition of a gathering for Peter Tosh... my, how things have changed. So, when he said back then, &lsquo;legalise it&rsquo;, you probably could imagine the consternation that some of you would have gotten from your parents. We are not quite there yet. We are not about to have the chalice lit at Buckingham Palace. But there is a certain progressiveness in how we view the things which are our natural culture. It can only evolve, it can only grow, we can only become more positive about ourselves. And that is part of the contribution of Peter Tosh,&rdquo; the prime minister said.<br /> <br /> Holness lauded those at the project&rsquo;s helm, noting that it is another way of building the tourism product in Kingston.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to say how very important it is for us to put in place the institutions that will protect and preserve, but also project our history, and that is what this museum will do. This is Peter&rsquo;s night obviously, but there are other artistes, other people who have contributed to our culture that, if we were just to take the time, initiative and the energy. That&rsquo;s why I want to congratulate Kingsley and the Tosh family for doing this, because while it may be your own personal endeavour, you have given something of immeasurable value to the country. We want to return tourism to Kingston in a big way. We do have people coming but we want to make it a big thing. I see Jamaica as the centre of the Caribbean, not just geographically, but the centre for culture and lifestyle, innovation and creativity. When we put up institutions like this we are stamping our authority on this claim.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376178/236005_63115_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Mona male choir on show today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mona-male-choir-on-show-today_78033 UNIVERSITY of the West Indies&rsquo;s Mona Campus Male Chorus (MCMC) are headliners for this evening&rsquo;s concert billed &lsquo;Songs of Joy and Inspiration&rsquo; scheduled for Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living at the corner of Seymour and Fairway avenue in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Show time is 6:00 pm. Lorna Phillips, spokeperson for the Temple of Light centre, promises a &ldquo;phenomenal evening&rdquo;. &ldquo;It&rsquo;ll be an uplifting and glorious experience,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They (Mona Campus Male Chorus) are a unique group of male voices singing in harmony,&rdquo; she continued. The 25-member choir made its official debut to an appreciative audience in April at University Chapel at the University of the West Indies.<br /> <br /> Formed in 2013, the outfit is the brainchild of its musical director, Noel Dexter. They are based at the Music Unit at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts. <br /> <br /> Agostinho Pinnock, planning committee and cast member, said the choir has been in demand since their debut. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve gotten favourable reviews ... After people saw us in April they were inspired, and we&rsquo;re getting requests,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> According to Pinnock, the chorus&rsquo;s set will comprise classical, pop, and gospel selections. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll open with Psalm of Praises and close with Amen. <br /> <br /> In-between, we&rsquo;ll have a Michael Jackson suite and some songs by Tevin Campbell... There&rsquo;ll be something for everyone,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13375900/235911_63052_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Tosh Tribute Concert tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tosh-Tribute-Concert-tonight_78008 TONIGHT reggae singer Peter Tosh&rsquo;s music comes alive at Pulse model agency&rsquo;s headquarters on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston. Tosh&rsquo;s backing band Word, Sound and Power will reunite with original members for a benefit concert.<br /> <br /> The band comprised Sly Dunbar (drums), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Mikey Chung (rhythm guitar), Steve Golding (guitar), Robbie Lyn and Keith Sterling on keyboards, Carlton &ldquo;Santa&rdquo; Davis (drums), George &ldquo;Fully&rdquo; Fullwood (bass), and harmonisers Carlton Smith, Derrick Lara, and Junior Moore of The Tamlins.<br /> <br /> Also expected is Donald Kinsey, a 63-year-old guitarist from Gary, Indiana in the US. Kinsey was also a member of the Wailers Band.<br /> <br /> Some of Tosh&rsquo;s session musicians, including horn players Dean Fraser and &ldquo;Nambo&rdquo; Robinson, are also expected to be involved.<br /> <br /> Formed in 1976, Word, Sound and Power was Tosh&rsquo;s official backing group which toured with the star both in the US and Europe, and played with him on the famous One Love peace concert at the National Stadium in 1978.<br /> <br /> According to Pulse Chairman Kingsley Cooper, the performers who have been invited &ldquo;include an incredible collection of famed reggae artistes, many of whom have already confirmed their appearance&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Tosh performed at Pulse&rsquo;s Superjam in 1983, which became his last concert performance. <br /> <br /> The concert follows the Tosh museum opening on Wednesday. Among the guests present at that affair were Prime Minister Andrew Holness, as well as several Government and Opposition ministers. Also in the audience was Zak Starkey, son of Beatles band member Ringo Starr.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to congratulate Kingsley [Cooper] and the family for doing this because, though it may be his own personal endeavour, you have something of immeasurable value to the country... I want to say how important it is for us to put in place the institutions that will protect, preserve, but also project our history, and that is what this museum will do,&rdquo; said PM Holness in his address.<br /> <br /> Tosh, a core member of The Wailers &mdash; which comprised Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer &mdash; was born in Westmoreland. <br /> <br /> He is known for songs including Equal Rights, No Nuclear War, Johnny B Goode, Legalize It, and Mag a Dog.<br /> <br /> Tosh was killed at his St Andrew home in September 1987. He was 42. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12591230/181734_in_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM St Catherine lauds its finest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/St-Catherine-lauds-its-finest_77999 Isaiah Laing, founder and promoter of the long-running dancehall show Sting, was recognised by the St Catherine Parish Council for his contribution to Jamaican music during a National Heroes&rsquo; Day (October 17) ceremony at Emancipation Square in Spanish Town, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> Laing was born in St Catherine and served 20 years in the Jamaica Constabulary Force as a top crime-fighter. But he also made his mark as head of Sting, the controversial Boxing Day show he started in 1984.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This was long in coming, but I don&rsquo;t toot my horn, so it is good when you are recognised. I am looking forward to the national level,&rdquo; Laing told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Nigel Powell, head of the music department at Charlemont High School, was also acknowledged with a citation for his work as a mentor at his alma mater.<br /> <br /> The school has excelled in competitions staged by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. This year they won 15 gold medals and 11 silver.<br /> <br /> Powell also helped Verlando Small become the first instrumentalist to win the Digicel Rising Star contest in 2015, and has also mentored singer Lenya Wilks.<br /> <br /> Powell, older brother of sprinter Asafa Powell, said, &ldquo;I am very humbled, having done so much work and being recognised for it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13279440/227920_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Blair, Downswell save gospel show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Blair--Downswell-save-gospel-show_77985 Emcee Nadine Blair and gospel singer Kevin Downswell were the saving graces of a less-than-organised Kingston Jerk and Gospel Music Festival at Hope Gardens in Kingston on Heroes&rsquo; Day.<br /> <br /> The show &mdash; now in its second year &mdash; suffered from late performers, long band changes and technical issues. But it was Blair&rsquo;s light-hearted persona and her humour that kept the concert afloat. At times, Blair had to break out in song while reminding those who were doing band changes that she (and the audience) were waiting.<br /> <br /> After a slow start featuring a few up-and-coming singers, the show picked up with Anavah Love Jones, who infused some energy with their dancehall gospel vibe. D Murphy also had a good set, eliciting loud cheers from the audience with his contemporary sound including Kele Kele Love.<br /> <br /> After Joseph Emmanuel&rsquo;s set, the audience was thrilled to hear Chozenn, whose Chozenn Music Group organised the event.<br /> <br /> He enjoyed a well-received set with tracks including God Love You Enuh.<br /> <br /> Powerhouse performer Kevin Downswell delivered the best performance of the evening. His set included Good News, That&rsquo;s Enough, a remix of Already Done, Nah Bow, Forgiven and If It&rsquo;s Not You.<br /> <br /> Downswell also led a segment of praise and worship and finished with You Make Me Stronger and All the Way, leaving the audience on high.<br /> <br /> Headliner, Grammy-nominated singer Kierra Sheard had, as expected, her high-energy and soaring vocals. However, her performance lacked momentum as she alternated between singing to tracks and random a capella praise songs while the deejay searched for her next track. She managed to get a good reception from the audience.<br /> <br /> Patron Tenecia McNish said Sheard&rsquo;s set was too short.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I went primarily to see Kierra Sheard but I was disappointed &lsquo;cause I didn&rsquo;t get to see her perform a lot of songs,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> The festival also featured various booth displays with a wide range of items, as well as a celebrity cook-off.<br /> <br /> CEO of Chozenn Media Group, Duane &ldquo;Chozenn&rdquo; Besentie said he was pleased with how the day&rsquo;s event unfolded, despite some hiccups.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was flawless execution, awesome music ministry&hellip; The patrons got their money&rsquo;s worth and sponsors are happy,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Aldane Walters <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374569/235841_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM To-Isis turns Kingston Rock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/To-Isis-turns-Kingston-Rock_77986 Reggae group To-Isis has been a household name in Jamaica for several years. However, the outfit has dropped that name.<br /> <br /> Group member Renardo Lewis said the name change was a &ldquo;necessity&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are several reasons why we had to change it... However, the main one is that the name was an international obstacle. We had performances turned down because of it. There was one instance where the promoter said &lsquo;the only way we would be able to perform is using another name&rsquo;,&rdquo; Lewis told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re now Kingston Rock,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Clad in black, Kingston Rock had its official launch at the Alibi Restaurant on Waterloo Road in Kingston on Wednesday. <br /> <br /> In addition to Lewis brothers Richard and Robert Morgan and Kevin Webb. The latter was unavoidably absent from the event. <br /> <br /> Kingston Rock also added two female background vocalists to give them a different sound. <br /> <br /> Lewis recounted that the name Kingston Rock came by &ldquo;mistake&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Robert [Morgan] was singing Bob Marley&rsquo;s Trench Town Rock while strolling down the street in New York... and for some strange reason kept singing Kingston Rock. He contacted the group members and we all agreed that would be the new name of the group,&rdquo; said Lewis.<br /> <br /> At the launch, the group gave the capacity crowd a well-delivered set, including songs like Tiad An Mi Hungry, Ghetto Pain, Just Like The Sun, Rebellion, and Tonight.<br /> <br /> They also performed an ode to Morgan&rsquo;s mom, entitled Merna.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re releasing that single, Merna, at the end of October. It will be on the Nebula Entertainment label,&rdquo; Lewis added.<br /> <br /> The evening&rsquo;s celebration was complete with a surprise guest appearance by former Digicel Rising Star winner Dalton Harris, who gave a brief a capella performance. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Hugh Stone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374222/235864_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Sativa D Black 1 targets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sativa-D-Black-1-targets_77983 Personal experience inspired singer Sativa D Black 1&rsquo;s latest song, Petty Thief, produced by YGF Records.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One day mi lef mi shoes pon mi house top an&rsquo; when mi come back the shoes gone. This happens inna a lot of communities where yuh have petty thieves that terrorise people, so this song is social commentary and humorous, but it is a serious topic,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Petty Thief is part of Sativa D Black 1&rsquo;s EP, to be released through Charm B Productions, which manages his career.<br /> <br /> The company also produced some of the artiste&rsquo;s other new singles, including Ungrateful Grip Me and Walk Her Out.<br /> <br /> Born Shaun Smith in Linstead, St. Catherine, Sativa D Black 1 started in music as a selector on local sound system Up Setters. He was known as Tommy Skunk, then Tommy Ice. <br /> <br /> In 2012, he entered the Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall competition and has since recorded a number of songs for various producers. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13264792/226569__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM King Turbo wins World Clash title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/King-Turbo-wins-World-Clash-title_77987 Canadian sound system King Turbo outclassed a line-up of six from five countries to secure victory in World Clash, held at Club Amazura in New York, recently.<br /> <br /> The five-hour competition, organised by Caribbean entertainment specialists Irish and Chin, was dubbed The Rise of New Champions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Rise of New Champions is the start of a new beginning for global visibility of sound clash culture,&rdquo; said Garfield &ldquo;Chin&rdquo; Bourne of Irish and Chin. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the cultivation of new stars which help the sound industry move into the future.&rdquo; From a spectator&rsquo;s standpoint &lsquo;World Clash&rsquo; boasted the lights, bells and whistles of a mega concert, complete with video montages and electronic signage. But it was up to competing sounds, via music, speech, stage presence and timing, to live up to World Clash&rsquo;s high standards.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition to King Turbo, the line-up comprised Innocent (United States), Young Hawk (United States), Warrior (Germany), Jugglerz (Germany), King Tubby&rsquo;s (United Kingdom), Renaissance (Jamaica) and King Turbo (Canada).<br /> <br /> While some sounds excelled, offering patrons larger-than-life, authentic sound clash experiences, others missed the mark a bit. The tough New York audience eliminated Innocent, Young Hawk, Jugglerz, King Tubby&rsquo;s and Renaissance in early rounds, resulting in a heated one-on-one music selection battle between King Turbo and Warrior. Consistent performances from these remaining sounds throughout the night made them the clash&rsquo;s shining stars. Warrior thrived with good music, while King Turbo&rsquo;s verbal and musical assault, delivered by sharp MC Ricky Turbo, thrust them into the final stretch. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374577/235847_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Marco Polo a hit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marco-Polo-a-hit_77979 DESPITE the late start, the Heroes&rsquo; Day staging of Marco Polo, held at Cable Hut Beach in Bull Bay, St Andrew, was a success by all accounts. <br /> <br /> Sponsored by Smirnoff, the event was dubbed the &lsquo;Bikini Colours Cooler Edition&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Music was provided by DJ Nicco, ZJ Ice, and Hyperactive Sound.<br /> <br /> Lance Craig of LawLess Events spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the move to Cable Hut Beach.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been absent from Kingston for a while. We have been doing Marco Polo outside of Kingston and overseas, so we decided to give Kingston a taste of what the out-of-town people have been experiencing. Hence the reason why we decided to come to Cable Hut Beach,&rdquo; said Craig.<br /> <br /> Jason Hendricks, brand manager for spirits at Heineken &mdash; manufacturers of Smirnoff, spoke about his company&rsquo;s decision to sponsor Marco Polo.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is the second time Smirnoff has been on board with Marco Polo. We saw Marco Polo as a good opportunity to reach our target consumers, so it was a natural fit. We also launched our newest flavour of Smirnoff Ice over the weekend, and the event was the perfect platform to get consumers to sample and interact with the product &mdash; a good way to close out an epic weekend,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Dancehall artiste Aidonia closed out the staging of Marco Polo with a high-powered performance decorated with some of his biggest hits.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374523/235809_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Bongo and friends rally for Haiti http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bongo-and-friends-rally-for-Haiti_77984 Heavy rain put a damper on the Bongo Herman And Friends benefit show at Jacob&rsquo;s Place, Kings Plaza, on Tuesday. But there was still an encouraging turnout of artistes and patrons who donated canned food and clothing for people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Wi glad how it come off, wi get couple things well from people wha&rsquo; wi going to give to Food For The Poor,&rdquo; Bongo Herman told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The veteran percussionist staged the event in association with the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) and Jacob&rsquo;sPlace.<br /> <br /> JAVAA will present the donations to Food For The Poor for distribution in Haiti, where over 1,300 people were killed this month by Hurricane Matthew.<br /> <br /> Bongo Herman, Dennis Alcapone, Isha Bel, Wild Life and Singing Vernon were some of the acts who performed.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374245/235866_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM A Spicy affair - &lsquo;Babsy&rsquo; gives Spice the nod http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-Spicy-affair_77884 Culture Minister Olivia &ldquo;Babsy&rdquo;Grange has defended the decision to include deejay Spice on last weekend&rsquo;s concert honouring Jamaican athletes who participated at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. <br /> <br /> Grange and her team have been criticised following Spice&rsquo;s performance, which many deemed inappropriate given the scale of the event and audience, which included Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Mrs Holness. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think Spice being on the show created a problem,&rdquo; said Grange. &ldquo;Dancehall is very much a part of the genre of Jamaican music that is popular. The young people of today relate to dancehall and dancehall artistes have appeared on all types of national events, but never has this happened before. It may have had to do with technical problems. It also however highlights the prejudices in the Jamaican society. Plus, Spice overreacted and this thing got blown up,&rdquo; she explained. <br /> <br /> Grange is adamant she and her team made the right decision to include Spice on the roster.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have managed dancehall artistes and know that a dancehall artiste can go on the stage with the most popular rhythms that they have performed with, make up some lyrics and mash down the place... I know that,&rdquo; said Grange. &ldquo;She could have done that. But it has to do with having management and direction so you can feel an audience, you can make up some lyrics, you can create a vibe &mdash; because that&rsquo;s what dancehall is all about.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Grange, through her company Specs Shang, managed artistes such as Shabba Ranks and Mad Cobra, who helped to take dancehall music to an international platform during the 1990s. She said Spice&rsquo;s blunder at the National Indoor Sports Centre will not rule her out of performing on future events organised by her ministry. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;No. It&rsquo;s just an experience for her. I think it&rsquo;s a learning experience and she will grow.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The deejay, whose given name is Grace Hamilton, followed a stirring performance by gospel act Kevin Downswell. Her set included A So Mi Like It and the new single Indicator. When the artiste was about to perform the latter, her backing track could not be heard and the artiste was left to perform the song a capella. Midway through Indicator she ended her set and left the stage. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13180245/219311__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM Tanto Blacks is Cash 4 Life face http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tanto-Blacks-is-Cash-4-Life-face_77859 Celebrated dancehall &lsquo;Real Rich&rsquo; sensation Tanto Blacks is named ambassador and the face of the 2016 staging of J Wray & Nephew Limited&rsquo;s &lsquo;Q is the Key to Cash 4 Life&rsquo; competition. <br /> <br /> Blacks will be the main character in all advertisements of the competition, which will give players a chance to win up to $30 million in prize money over the next 14 weeks. <br /> <br /> The entertainer, who is well known for promoting a cash-rich lifestyle and positive lyrics, will encourage lovers of J Wray & Nephew Ltd brands to enter &lsquo;Q is the Key&rsquo; by purchasing certain 200 ml products and texting the codes on the back of the Q&rsquo;s label to the contact number provided. <br /> <br /> &lsquo;Q is the Key&rsquo; will be launched today will offer players myriad opportunities to win cash by purchasing Qs (200 ml) of either: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Charley&rsquo;s JB Overproof Rum, Appleton Special or Campari. <br /> <br /> Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, J Wray & Nephew, said based on discussions, Blacks was selected to be Q is the Key to Cash for Life&rsquo;s ambassador, because of his cash flow lifestyle that is in keeping with the goal of the competition.<br /> <br /> Over the next 14 weeks there will be daily cash prizes of $10,000 and mobile phone credit and monthly cash prizes of $50,000, $100,000, $150,000, $250,000, and $500,000. At the end of January 2017, there will be a grand prize draw in which two lucky winners will be selected for the two prizes of $1,000,000 each year for the next 10 years.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371582/235633__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM