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 In the mix http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/In-the-mix_93490 Over the years Jamaican artistes have benefited from increased exposure from the remix of an existing tune which received new life thanks to collaboration with an international act.<br /> <br /> Among the popular tracks is the Chant Down Babylon album released by the Marley family in 1999. The project featured the music of the late reggae king, Bob Marley reworked and featuring contemporary American hip hop artistes. The lead single, Turn Your Lights Down Low features Lauryn Hill. The Marleys explained that by putting the iconic words and music of their late father into the mouths of young, contemporary acts, the music would reach a new demographic. Among the acts on the album were Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte, and Rakim.<br /> <br /> Just this week came word that local deejay Konshens has collaborated with R&B act Chris Brown on the remix of his club banger Bruk Off Yuh Back, which was originally released last year. The deejay is said to be excited about the latest move which he projects will give the popular track a few new ears.<br /> <br /> Senior lecturer in cultural studies at The University of the West Indies Dr Donna Hope noted that there are great benefits to be had from remixes, but warns artistes to be wary of the pitfalls.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The collaborations are great mechanisms to enhance the spread and crossover appeal of dancehall,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Is there any potential drawback?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yes, of course. Authentic Jamaican dancehall has to make concessions in order to facilitate acceptance by a wider audience,&rdquo; she told Splash.<br /> <br /> Hope advises Jamaican artistes to maintain their core.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Keep your indigenous roots close, even while seeking global and crossover appeal. If we end up sounding like everyone else, what will make us unique?&rdquo; she charges.<br /> <br /> In 2010, singer Gyptian was given a shot in the arm with his single Hold You after then rising hip hop star Nicki Minaj commandeered a remix on his tune. The track not only introduced Minaj to a wider reggae market, but helped promote Gyptian&rsquo;s album of the same name. He would later win international awards including a a Soul Train Award and a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award.<br /> <br /> In 2015, deejay Alkaline collaborated with Jamaica-born, USA-based Sean Kingston for the remix on his Ride on Me. <br /> <br /> Beenie Man has reaped benefits on at least two occasions with remixes. His first remix success came in 2000 with Girls Dem Sugar which featured R&B princess Mya. The track was produced by The Neptunes for Beenie Man&rsquo;s album Art and Life and was inspired by his single Who Am I (Sim Simma) which was released in 1997. He hit the motherload once again in 2004 when rapper Shawnna was brought on board his local hit Dude which featured local singer Miss Thing.<br /> <br /> She is now a gospel act, but in her secular days Lady Saw benefited from a remix. She released Heels On in 2014. Following a performance at Reggae Sumfest, the sultry hit caught the ears of hip hop act Flo Rida, who was also part of the line-up for the festival. The American artiste promptly ordered a remix.<br /> <br /> Ty Dolla $ign&rsquo;s remix of Kranium&rsquo;s Nobody Has To Know, gave the popular breakout track by the Jamaican artiste an increased push back in 2015. <br /> <br /> Baby Cham was a staple on the local dancehall scene back in the late 1990s. The artiste would take some personal time following a move to the United States, but made his presence felt with the release of Ghetto Story. So big was this impact that the track got to the ears of R&B act Alicia Keys with whom he recorded a remix back in 2006. Keys would fly to Jamaica to film the music video in Baby Cham&rsquo;s Sherlock Crescent community.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12585195/178064__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Range releases video for Inward Rasta http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Range-releases-video-for-Inward-Rasta_93437 This week singer Range released the video for her song Inward Rasta which is co-produced by KheilStone and Elroy McCormack of Full Rev Entertainment.<br /> <br /> Range explained the video&rsquo;s theme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The concept has a rootsy island theme with heavy drums that play the foundation of our African culture. It tells a story that holds value that no matter race, class, creed or religion, Rastafarianism forms the base of universal love and has a reputation that speaks spirituality to all.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The video was filmed at Rasta Village in Miami, Florida, and co-directed by Dewayne Weise and Jorge Castillo.<br /> <br /> Inward Rasta is about judging a person based on outward appearance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song is based on a mixture of perspectives, both on my own extended family structure as well as friends who practise and believe in the faith of the whole life, history and culture of Rastafarianism,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;The whole concept stems from living in a world where one is not judged or segregated based on what society expects as it relates to practices, beliefs or religion.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A former fashion model, Range (real name Shana Blair McCormack) is originally from St Ann. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731076/266248__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM De&rsquo;BRANDISH does the Zuloo Whine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/De-BRANDISH-does-the-Zuloo-Whine_93436 Encouraged by friends, deejay De&rsquo;BRANDISH wrote and recorded a dance song strictly for the ladies. The result is Zuloo Whine, co-produced by Chevmar Entertainment and OgE Beats.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am a lover of all forms of music and versatility is my policy. However, dancehall is where my energy lies as I set to bring out a fusion of dancehall, soca and African trap music,&rdquo; De&rsquo;BRANDISH told this Splash.<br /> <br /> He said friends, Black Dice Dancers, &ldquo;bugged&rdquo; him about writing a dance for the ladies &ldquo;so I told my management team about the idea. We did some work on the track and came up with the Zuloo Whine concept because the energy was so African.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Dancehall personalities Marvin The Beast and DHQ Nickesha have been promoting the Zuloo Whine on social media. They are also in its official music video which will be released shortly.<br /> <br /> Originally from Windsor Heights in Central Village, De&rsquo;BRANDISH&rsquo;s real name is Patrick Whyte. He has been recording professionally for five years.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731075/266245_92033_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Tony Anthony is a YARD man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tony-Anthony-is-a-YARD-man_93451 Singer Tony Anthony has joined with charity group YARD Empire to work with <br /> <br /> youth from economically challenged communities.<br /> <br /> Anthony, who has lived in Canada for over 20 years, was introduced to the organisation through its leader, actress Terri Salmon.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was intrigued by their mission to empower youth at risk. After realising that the organisation and I are on the same path to change people&rsquo;s personal perspective on life, I happily joined their effort,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Anthony is in Jamaica promoting his song, Today I&rsquo;m Gonna Try And Change The World. Originally done by Canadian country singer Johnny Reid, the reggae version has done well for Anthony in Jamaica and regional markets in the United States. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13730995/266276_92045_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Paycus pitching projects globally http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Paycus-pitching-projects-globally_93443 Working the streets has been a way of life for the independent Jamaican producer for more than 50 years. Even with the Internet&rsquo;s reach, some of them like Andrew &ldquo;Paycus&rdquo; Bancey don&rsquo;t mind pressing the flesh.<br /> <br /> Paycus, who operates out of London, released his self-titled EP last month. It has seven songs, including I&rsquo;m So Free and King Selassie I Soldier.<br /> <br /> The former is the title song from his first album, released in 2015.<br /> <br /> King Selassie I Soldier was done with Kenjahbi, an Anglo-Kenyan singer.<br /> <br /> In recent weeks he has travelled throughout the United Kingdom and has been to other countries pitching his latest project.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Wi go all over &lsquo;cause wi have to mek di people know what going on. So wi been to places like Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Blackpool an&rsquo; di Isle Of Man jus&rsquo; working di ting,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Paycus has also shopped the EP in Paris and Amsterdam, cities where there is still a market for underground reggae.<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston, Paycus grew up in Cockburn Gardens and Old Harbour. He has lived in the UK for nearly 20 years. There he has made a name in sound system circles, performing mainly club dates in Scotland, Wales, as well as France and Germany.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13730942/266261_92044_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Soca, dancehall to meet at Bacchanal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Soca--dancehall-to-meet-at-Bacchanal_93484 Revellers are set to party to the eclectic mix of soca, dancehall and hip hop at tomorrow&rsquo;s staging of Bacchanal Fridays at Mas Camp in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bacchanal Jamaica recognises that although carnival is soca, our patrons like the variety that comes with a show such as this. We love the fact that these musicians take an eclectic approach to their music and many, even while focusing on one type, are able to appreciate and perform the different type. We celebrate the collaboration that is taking place between soca and dancehall and encourage this on the Mas Camp stage,&rdquo; said Michael Ammar III, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica &mdash; organisers of Bacchanal Fridays.<br /> <br /> In addition, popular DJs Dr Jay, Creep of Chromatic and Dirty Dez are slated to take the Mas Camp stage.<br /> <br /> Dr Jay&rsquo;s brand is synonymous with soca and calypso on an international level. Based in Canada, Dr Jay is considered soca royalty and has done a lot to build nightlife culture there over the past 25 years. He has taken the sounds of the Caribbean worldwide and has worked with some of the genre&rsquo;s biggest stars &mdash; Machel Montano, Destra, and Patrice Roberts, and has also produced hit records for Skinny Fabulous, Edwin Yearwood and Lil&rsquo; Bitts, to name a few.<br /> <br /> Chromatic is one of the most well-known groups on Jamaica&rsquo;s party scene. They are also much in demand in the United Kingdom, Miami, Belize and the Caribbean. They are well known for their innovative mixtapes including Newmatic, Best of Addi Volume 1-3 and Showtime. Their most recent tape, Chromatic Way, mixed by Shaun &lsquo;Heavy D&rsquo; Duffus and &lsquo;Shantonio&rsquo; Patterson boasts 91 dancehall and hip hop tracks.<br /> <br /> Dirty Dez (Dorian Coley) was born in Queens, New York, but spent a number of years in Jamaica. Musically he was influenced by Nas, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Jay-Z, Run-DMC, Pink, Outcast, Scarface, UGK, Too Short, Janis Joplin, and a lot of the Midwest acts like Nelly and the St Lunatics. He uses this versatile background to create a unique sound that is appealing to many audiences. Started from humble beginnings, Destin is taking the world by storm with his heartfelt lyrics and realistic world views.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13530786/249653_76248_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM AFTER 12: Toya's Round Robin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Toya-s-Round-Robin_93473 Black Roses HQ was THE place to be on March 20 to support Toya&rsquo;s Round Robin staged with the Shopside Saturdays Family. It was another one of those hot sessions that OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY could not miss.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731161/265958_92096_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Different direction for Harry Styles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Different-direction-for-Harry-Styles_93435 One Direction member Harry Styles was in Jamaica recently working on songs for his solo album at Geejam Studios in Portland. <br /> <br /> The 23-year-old singer &mdash;who wrote hit songs for the British quartet such as Story of My Life and Perfect &mdash; signed a recording contract last year with Columbia Records. <br /> <br /> Styles&rsquo; former One Direction colleague Zayn Malik had a reggae song titled Do Something Good, which is from his solo debut Mind of Mine.<br /> <br /> One Direction exploded on the music scene in 2010 after finishing third on the UK version of X Factor. They signed with Simon Cowell&rsquo;s Syco label and have released five albums.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731074/266246_92034_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Calling all producers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Calling-all-producers_93468 TNT Records has launched &lsquo;Producers Wanted&rsquo;, a competition seeking fresh beats for the upcoming album by rappers Trick Daddy and Trina.<br /> <br /> The album will be released by TNT affiliate Slip-N-Slide Records, the Miami independent company that gave both artistes their break.<br /> <br /> Abebe Lewis, whose Miami marketing company is promoting the competition, told<br /> <br /> Splash that submissions are currently being accepted from producers in the United States and other countries.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The best producers will be invited to a private studio in Miami to personally play beats for the TNT team. Winners will be chosen by April 6,&rdquo; said Lewis.<br /> <br /> Producers can submit five beats, or rhythms, to producers4TNT@gmail.com. Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Doing it the EASY way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Doing-it-the-EASY-way_93450 There was a time when dancehall artistes in the business for over 20 years were considered old school. Sipping a chilled Cranberry drink at a Kingston nightclub, singjay Mr Easy looked anything but yesterday&rsquo;s news.<br /> <br /> The stocky entertainer is pitching Gone A Lead, his latest song produced by Notnice Records. Mr Easy is ready to hit the road, with spot dates set for the United States and Jamaica in April, followed by a tour of Europe.<br /> <br /> Known for songs like Bashment Gal, Funny Man and Drives Me Crazy, he is aware that staying fresh in the dancehall is critical.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi neva waan go out (on tour) wid di old catalogue; wi want do di new stuff too. It&rsquo;s good to be on these riddims with all the hot artistes &lsquo;cause yuh have to reinvent yuhself,&rdquo; he told Splash.<br /> <br /> Bashment Gal and Funny Man were released in 1996 on producer Dave Kelly&rsquo;s massive Joyride rhythm. It was Mr Easy&rsquo;s breakthrough song and set the pace for Drives Me Crazy, which came out in 2004.<br /> <br /> Now in his mid-40s, Mr Easy maintains a busy show schedule in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and southern Africa. Fans, he notes, want to hear songs like Funny Man, along with new material. But audiences are generally receptive to artistes from the 1990s.<br /> <br /> The current acts, he added, offer little in terms of variety.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Most of dem follow each other. Everybody want to soun&rsquo; like, be like (Vybz) Kartel &ndash; image-wise, everything.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He believes the biggest drawback for the new generation of dancehall artistes is an absence of mentorship. In the 1990s there was plenty of that going around.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dave Kelly was a guidance for us, Danny (Browne) was a guidance at Main Street. There&rsquo;s nobody like that now. Yuh jus&rsquo; voice a song an&rsquo; hope it hit,&rdquo; he reasoned.<br /> <br /> Interestingly, Mr Easy (real name Ian Dyer) was into pop and hip hop growing up in Brooklyn, New York, where he migrated in the 1980s. He even did a pop album, Call Me Mr Easy, for Quincy Jones&rsquo; Qwest Records.<br /> <br /> There was a change in course after linking with Kelly&rsquo;s hot Madhouse label in the late 1990s. He and Baby Cham rode the Joyride riddim to chart success with Funny Man, which introduced him to dancehall fans.<br /> <br /> According to Mr Easy, staying tuned with an evolving market keeps him in demand.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If yuh go dancehall, my music fit in; pop, same thing. I&rsquo;m current, still being played on radio an&rsquo; that&rsquo;s key,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13730940/266271_92054_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Do Go See http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Do-Go-See_93465 @ Mas Camp, Stadium North<br /> <br /> Featuring: Chromatic, Dr Jay, Creepa and Dirty Dez<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Where It All Started<br /> <br /> @ McDonald Lane New Testament Church of God, Kingston 13<br /> <br /> Featuring: Carlene Davis, Dennis Rushton, Dean Fraser and more<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> Soul of Jamaica<br /> <br /> @ Redbones Blues Cafe, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Kiddus I and Winston McAnuff<br /> <br /> Time: 9:30 pm<br /> <br /> MVP Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Puls8, 38 Trafalgar Road, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 9:30 pm<br /> <br /> TGI Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Margaritaville Negril, Jan Elsner Road, Negril, Westmoreland<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Fiction Fantasy Fridays<br /> <br /> Fiction Fantasy Nightclub, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> Seductive Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Annie&rsquo;s Place, Seaview Gardens, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Seductive Dancers<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> Magnum New Rules<br /> <br /> @ National Stadium Car Park, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Alkaline, I-Octane, Shaggy, Mavado, Tarrus Riley and more<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Jamaica Carnival MoBay Blowout<br /> <br /> @ Pier 1, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Featuring: Music by Supa Hype and more<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall<br /> <br /> @ D&rsquo;Entrance, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Contestants in the live TV show <br /> <br /> Time: 9:30 pm<br /> <br /> Book Launch <br /> <br /> @ Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), UWI, Mona<br /> <br /> Featuring: Kingston Buttercup By Ann Margaret Lim<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 am<br /> <br /> Home &mdash; Spring Concert<br /> <br /> @ Chapel, University of the West Indies, Mona<br /> <br /> Featuring: Jamaica Youth Chorale<br /> <br /> Time: 6:00 pm<br /> <br /> Seafood Sundays<br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Actor Boy Awards<br /> <br /> @ Phoenix Theatre, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> Uptown Mondays<br /> <br /> @ Savannah Plaza, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Mojito Mondays<br /> <br /> @ Susie&rsquo;s Bakery & Coffee Bar, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Rock & Groove Tuesdaze<br /> <br /> @ The Deck, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: DJ Duwie<br /> <br /> Time: 7:30 pm<br /> <br /> Boasy Tuesday<br /> <br /> @ Grove Road, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Lymelite Tuesdaze<br /> <br /> @ Escape 24/7, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Black Reign Entertainment<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Weddy Weddy Wednesday<br /> <br /> @ Stone Love Headquarters, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Wee Pow and Stone Love selectors<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sucker Free Wednesdays<br /> <br /> @ Escape 24/7 Bar and Grill, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> THURSDAY, March 30<br /> <br /> National Deaf Dance Festival<br /> <br /> @ Little Theatre, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 4:00 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY, MARCH 31<br /> <br /> A Cry for Change Expo and Concert<br /> <br /> @ Scout Association of Jamaica, Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 12:00 noon &mdash; 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> AT THE MOVIES http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12837664/195808_24996_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Remembering Walcott http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Remembering-Walcott_93265 AT the 2008 Calabash International Literary Festival, it was widely reported by major media outlets how Sir Derek Walcott trashed fellow Nobel laureate, Trinidadian writer V S Naipaul. <br /> <br /> But the event&rsquo;s co-founder Justine Henzell recalls a less sensational admonishment. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I remember when a BBC reporter remarked that the Caribbean did not support the arts and he retorted, &lsquo;Young lady, I have never read to a larger audience anywhere in the world than I just did.Caribbean governments may not support the arts, but Caribbean people certainly do!&rsquo;&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Walcott died last Friday in his native St Lucia at age 87. He is among a fading breed known as the Caribbean Man. <br /> <br /> Henzell said having lived in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, Walcott developed an enduring love for the countries. He had unyielding admiration for Jamaica&rsquo;s most famous son. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;On Desert Island Discs from the BBC, he remarked that if he could write a lyric as beautiful and moving as Marley&rsquo;s No Woman No Cry he would be a happy man.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Walcott&rsquo;s lone appearance at Calabash was widely covered by American and British media. His perceived jab at Naipaul got much attention. <br /> <br /> The New Yorker reported that Walcott unveiled "The Mongoose, a long rhyming diatribe against his fellow-Nobelist and West Indian writer V S Naipaul. The poem begins: I must have been bitten I must avoid infection Or else I will be as dead As Naipaul&rsquo;s fiction.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> According to the publication, &ldquo;Later lines cast the novelist as &lsquo;a burnt-out comic&rsquo; and &lsquo;a rodent in old age&rsquo;. This may be payback for Naipaul&rsquo;s 2007 essay on Walcott, in which he described the poet as &lsquo;a man whose talent has been all but strangled by his colonial setting&rsquo;.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Contrary to what the BBC reporter heard, Walcott was pleased with the contemporary Caribbean arts scene.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In an interview with Kwame (Dawes) in Barbados a few years ago, he spoke with a great deal of pride and admiration about the new generation of Caribbean writers working today. He was gratified by this,&rdquo; said Henzell. <br /> <br /> The state funeral for Derek Walcott takes place at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Castries, St Lucia, on Saturday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728151/265860__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Farewell, &lsquo;Good Morning Man&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Farewell---Good-Morning-Man-_93284 FOR close to half a century, Jamaicans have awoken to the voice of broadcaster Alan Magnus on Radio Jamaica (RJR). That is about to change in a few days when he demits &lsquo;office&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Magnus, who has been at RJR since 1971, is not leaving the airwaves totally.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have pointed out to management that I will make myself available to do The Nutty Buddies with Dorraine (Samuels). I am available for outside broadcasts, and if an announcer reports ill I am available to sit in,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> When asked if he will miss waking up for his 5:00 am shift, Magnus was unequivocal.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Den nuh mus,&rdquo; he declared, before bursting out into his trademark laugh.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For the past year I have been thinking about it &mdash; whether or not I have made the right decision. But the truth is all good things must come to an end, and I would much rather walk when I am able than try to when I can&rsquo;t,&rdquo; he said, adding that he has a lot of catching up to do.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A year ago I realised that it has been 45 years of waking up at 3:00 am and I thought to myself &lsquo;this is madness&rsquo;. There are so many things I have missed; for one, I have had to give-up my &lsquo;night life&rsquo;. You really can&rsquo;t have a night life and wake up that early to be on the air... I certainly learned the hard way.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Magnus&rsquo;s tenure at RJR has given him a front seat view to the development of Jamaican music, from the early days of ska into rocksteady, reggae and dancehall. Though he has favourites which represents his personal style and taste, he will not compare the genres.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is really unfair to ask my opinion on this at this stage of my life. I am at the place like my parents when rock and roll first emerged and we were young and so into this new music. My parents hated it and thought [if] is this what music has become. After all these years on air I might not like dancehall, but I realise that I have become my parents and think it&rsquo;s not music, and rubbish and just screaming and shouting. But the truth is, tastes change and I just play the music that the generations like,&rdquo; Magnus said.<br /> <br /> Three generations of Jamaicans grew up listening to Magnus, while getting ready for work or school. He was part of an elite cast of broadcasters at RJR that included Radcliffe Butler, Neville Willoughby, Marie Garth, and Henry Stennett.<br /> <br /> Alan Magnus will sign off for the last time on RJR&rsquo;s morning show at the end of March. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728420/265910__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Charly Black gets Latin love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Charly-Black-gets-Latin-love_93287 High-riding deejay Charly Black was recognised at the ASCAP Latin Awards on March 15 for his song, Gyal You A Party Animal, which was a massive hit in Latin America last year.<br /> <br /> The ceremony took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Condado Vanderbilt Hotel.<br /> <br /> Produced by Kurt Riley, Gyal You A Party Animal is Charly Black&rsquo;s biggest hit. Its success earned him a number of shows in the emerging dancehall markets of El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a great chance to network with other Latin musicians and execs, including the boss of ASCAP; so it was very worthwhile attending,&rdquo; said Charly Black. &ldquo;Hopefully, it will act as a springboard for more collaborations like this for me. I feel as artistes we must always look to expand our fan base and break into new markets and the last couple of years has been a revelation for me in that respect,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;More collaborations&rsquo; refer to Pa Que Me Invitan which Charly Black did with Latin superstar Jencarlos. It topped charts and streaming playlists across Central and South America; the song is released by Universal Latin and co-produced by Maffio and Rvssian.<br /> <br /> Pa Que Me Invitan also entered the BIllboard Latin Pop Songs Chart and Hot Latin Songs Chart. It won an ASCAP award for widespread radio play.<br /> <br /> ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is the largest publishing organisation in the world with over 600,000 members. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728346/265885__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Sadiki, Twiggi top Florida chart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sadiki--Twiggi-top-Florida-chart_93055 With You I&rsquo;m Born Again, a ballad by singers Sadiki and Twiggi, is number one for the secondstraight week on the South Florida Reggae Chart.<br /> <br /> The song was released late last year, and is from Sadiki&rsquo;s Covered In Love album. Sadiki (real name Henry Buckley Jr), who produced the song and album for his Skinny Bwoy Records, expected it to do well. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not surprising to me at all. Everyone involved in the recording gave 150 per cent effort. I&rsquo;m appreciative of the fact that the disc jockeys are supporting it and exposing it to the people,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Released in November, With You I&rsquo;m Born Again is a cover of Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright&rsquo;s 1979 hit. <br /> <br /> Covered In Love is the Chicago-based Sadiki&rsquo;s fourth album.<br /> <br /> It also contains covers of Ed Sheeran&rsquo;s Photograph and Sadie, originally done by The Spinners. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728035/265456__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Jay Z to make feature film and documentary about Trayvon Martin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jay-Z-to-make-feature-film-and-documentary-about-Trayvon-Martin LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) &mdash; The rap mogul Jay Z is partnering with the Weinstein Company to produce a feature film and documentary series about the killing of Trayvon Martin, the teen whose death in 2012 set off nationwide protests.<br /> <br /> They will make the film and six-part docu-series after winning a bidding war for the rights to two books about the killing of the unarmed black teenager by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, the trade magazine Variety reported on Thursday.<br /> <br /> The case ignited civil unrest across the country and a debate about racial profiling. It also gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement.<br /> <br /> Zimmerman, who claimed he shot Martin in self-defense, was acquitted of a charge of second degree murder in 2013 by a jury in Florida.<br /> <br /> The film and series projects will be based on the books "Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It" and "Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin," Variety said.<br /> <br /> "Suspicion Nation" recounts the experience of a reporter who covered the trial for NBC. "Rest in Power" is by Martin's parents.<br /> <br /> Another docu-series produced by Jay Z and Weinstein Television that touches on race relations -- "Time: The Kalief Browder Story" -- was aired last month.<br /> <br /> The six-part series follows the story of a teen arrested in 2010 while walking home for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent three years in prison -- two of them in solitary confinement -- without a conviction.<br /> <br /> After the charges were dropped, he was released from New York's Rikers Island prison and took his own life.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731352/Trayvon-Martin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:57 PM Goodison recalls Derek&rsquo;s humour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Goodison-recalls-Derek-s-humour_93276 The announcement of Lorna Goodison as Poet Laureate of Jamaica comes on the heels of Derek Walcott&rsquo;s passing.<br /> <br /> Walcott, the St Lucian Nobel laureate for literature, was a dear friend of Goodison.<br /> <br /> He died on Friday at his home in St Lucia after what has been described as a protracted illness.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am so saddened by his passing as Derek and I were friends. We met many years ago as he was one of the first persons to give me lessons in creative writing after taking a look at my poems. Over the years he has also been a mentor to me. We spoke two weeks ago, but I could feel that he was leaving us gradually,&rdquo; Goodison said.<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, Goodison was named Poet laureate of Jamaica by the National Library of Jamaica. She will be installed during a ceremony at King&rsquo;s House in St Andrew on May 17. She succeeds Professor Mervyn Morris who was invested in 2014.<br /> <br /> Goodison noted that while Walcott&rsquo;s skills at writing were world renowned, his sense of humour was equally riveting.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Derek Walcott told the best jokes. His sense of humour was just outrageous. He could really make you laugh and he did. For me, he is the greatest poet, and if there is one thing we should draw from him is a drive to cultivate our own voices. When you read his work, it gave you an insight into his life experiences... a life lived. He was not borrowing someone&rsquo;s thoughts, but rather his interpretation made deeper and wider,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Walcott will be getting a state funeral in St Lucia on Saturday.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13406819/238855_65491_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Negril gets ready for Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Great Escape Weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Negril-gets-ready-for-Charley-s-JB-Rum-Great-Escape-Weekend_93267 Plans are now in high gear for this year&rsquo;s staging of the Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum-sponsored Great Escape Weekend party series, which begins on April 14 in the resort town of Negril.<br /> <br /> Speaking at the launch of the sixth staging of the event at Bambooze Negril, member of the organising committee, Nekeisha Myrie Kozier, promised patrons a fun-filled Easter weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We will have something for everyone. This year will be no different. It&rsquo;s going to be four days of non-stop partying,&rdquo; said Myrie Kozier. <br /> <br /> Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Great Escape Weekend, which will end on April 17, features four epic events.<br /> <br /> They are: Black On Black (night event) on Good Friday April 14 at Negril Escape Resort; the all-blue themed-Liquid Fusion dancehall explosion on Saturday, April 15, at Bambooze Negril; and on Sunday April 16 Escape J&rsquo;ouvert meets Soakin Wet (2:00pm to 10:00pm) at Cayenne Beach. The festival closes with Wet Dreams All White party (night event) at Cayenne Beach on Monday April 17.<br /> <br /> The organisers also say that anticipation for Great Escape is very high, indicating that it is a testament to their commitment to make the weekend a memorable experience for everyone.<br /> <br /> Pavel Smith, brand manager for Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum, noted that the event has become one of western Jamaica&rsquo;s premiere party experience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;From April 14 to 17 we are going to see thousands raise their cups in what has become one of western Jamaica&rsquo;s premier party experience. Throughout the tournaments attendees, both local and international, will be connected to our culture by great vibes, great party feelings, exciting music and, of course, enhanced by JB Rum mixes,&rdquo; said Smith, as he commended the organisers of the event.<br /> <br /> Negril hotelier Richard Wallace, in his remarks, also commended the Great Escape team, saying &ldquo;it shows the commitment of the promoters to provide quality entertainment, which plays a vital role in the tourism industry.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alwin Brown, who is in charge of the Negril Police Area, has endorsed the event.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We want to make it abundantly clear that we are supportive of the Great Escape Weekend event, and contrary to the misconception that some people have that we are against the music industry and entertainment in Negril, I want to make it clear also that we fully understand the importance of the music industry and the integral part that entertainment plays in the tourism industry,&rdquo; said DSP Brown.<br /> <br /> He urged the promoters, however, to comply with the Noise Abatement Act during the staging of the event.<br /> <br /> Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western and former Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr Wykeham Neill, who was present at the launch, also stressed the importance of the event to the tourism sector.<br /> <br /> According to the organisers, tickets for the Great Escape Weekend are being sold at UG&rsquo;s Cellular in Lucea and Grange Hill, Keri Page Fashions in Savanna-la-Mar; Riverside Pharmacy in Negril; Bambooze Negril; Foto Shop in Montego Bay; and online at firstinline.com.<br /> <br /> Tickets will also be available at the gate during the events staged at the various venues. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728005/265836__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Western Entertainment Diary - March 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Entertainment-Diary_93266 Exotic Thursdays <br /> <br /> @ SundazeBar & Grill <br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Heineken All Star Thursdays <br /> <br /> @ Margaritaville <br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: Free <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> FRIDAY, March 24 <br /> <br /> The Urge Quiet Party <br /> <br /> @ Facebaar Nightclub, Ironshore <br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Kentucky and DJ Tippy <br /> <br /> Adm: $2,500 pre-sold, $3,000 gate <br /> <br /> Time: 12:00 am-5:00 am <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Five in the City <br /> <br /> @ Margaritavlle Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: Free Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SATURDAY, March 25 <br /> <br /> Silent Cruise Quiet Party <br /> <br /> Boarding at Pier One, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Blu, Tippy and 47 <br /> <br /> Adm: $2,500 pre-sold, $3,000 gate <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Savage <br /> <br /> @ Iberostar Hotel, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $4,000 <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm-3:00 am <br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Crazy Neil, ZJ Liquid and TC <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jamaica Carnival MoBay Blow Out <br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,500 general, $2,500 VIP <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> International Night <br /> <br /> @ Facebaar Nightclub & Lounge <br /> <br /> Ironshore, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $500 <br /> <br /> Three DJs; three separate floors <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Different Strokes Retro party <br /> <br /> @ Cayenne Beach, Negril <br /> <br /> Adm $1,000 pre-sold, gate $1,500 <br /> <br /> VIP $3,000 pre-sold, $4,000 gate <br /> <br /> Ticket outlets: UG&rsquo;s Cellular in Lucea;<br /> <br /> Foto Shop in MoBay;<br /> <br /> Carlas Nail Spa in Savanna-la-Mar <br /> <br /> Police Area One 150th Anniversary Concert <br /> <br /> @ Sam Sharpe Square, MoBay <br /> <br /> Time: 6:00pm <br /> <br /> Adm: Free <br /> <br /> SUNDAY, March 26 <br /> <br /> Sunday Breeze Boat Cruise <br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Tickets: $1000 pre-sold, $1500 gate <br /> <br /> Boarding: 7:00 pm, Departure: 8:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 <br /> <br /> Musical Explosion <br /> <br /> @ Clock Tower, Barnett St, MoBay <br /> <br /> Featuring: King Stur Gav, Daddy U Roy and General Trees <br /> <br /> Time: 9:00pm <br /> <br /> Adm: $800 pre-sold; $1,000 gate <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636783/ediary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Cruz launches Project Shanice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cruz-launches-Project-Shanice_93161 THE loss of relatives or close friends have influenced artistes to become advocates for diverse causes. Singer Anthony Cruz, whose daughter Shanice was murdered in February, intends to take a stand against domestic abuse.<br /> <br /> Last Sunday at Sowan&rsquo;s Restaurant and Club in Kingston, Cruz launched Project Shanice, an outreach organisation, to help victims of domestic violence.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an awareness campaign. We want to create a platform where women and children can reach out to different agencies like the Child Development Agency to get their voice heard,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Cruz (real name Rowan Smith) said his team are in the process of establishing a website where victims can access information for counseling.<br /> <br /> Shanice Smith and her mother Karen Lyle were murdered at their South Florida apartment by Lyle&rsquo;s spouse Kevin Nelson who has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder.<br /> <br /> Denise Barracks, a Jamaican motivational speaker, who lives in Connecticut, spoke at the launch. Having been in an abusive relationship, she encouraged women to heed the warning signs.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I got hit once and that was enough for me,&rdquo; she said, adding: &ldquo;We have to be role models for our daughters because they follow us.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The event attracted wide support, from entertainers to outreach group staff. Singer Aaron Silk, artiste manager Bridgett Anderson, Rosalee Gage-Grey, CEO of the Child Development Agency and its communication manager, Rochelle Dixon, were among the attendees.<br /> <br /> Police report that 24 women were murdered in domestic disputes in Jamaica last year. The incidents prompted islandwide marches by civic groups and calls for harsher penalties for offenders.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13725858/265659__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 AM Samuels makes his case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Samuels-makes-his-case_93220 COURTROOM drama is nothing new for veteran attorney Bert Samuels. But, bringing that intensity to the stage with a twist of Jamaican history was a whole different arena.<br /> <br /> Samuels appears poised to reap dividends as his debut work, Trial of Governor Eyre, is nominated for Best Drama at Monday&rsquo;s Actor Boy Awards. Three actors in the play, Brian Johnson (who portrays Prosecutor Gorrie); Shawna-Kae Burns (Paul Bogle&rsquo;s mother, Cecilia); and Hilary Nicholson (George William Gordon&rsquo;s widow, Lucy) are also nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role and Best Female Actor in a Lead Role, respectively.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was more than elated to have been nominated. I also was pleasantly surprised how the public took to the play,&rdquo; Samuels told the Jamaica Observer. &ldquo;I want to thank the cast and team members who brought Trial of Governor Eyre to life. Abledon Foote was the only legally trained member of the cast and they all did very well.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Foote plays defence attorney Carlyle, while Bob Kerr bore the role of Governor Eyre.<br /> <br /> Directed by Michael Holgate, Trial of Governor Eyre is a two-act work based on the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion. The production sees the British governor facing charges of conspiracy to murder four, including Gordon and Bogle. It played seven dates at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona campus.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The play is a synergy of my love for history and 36 years of courtroom experience. This is the first time a courtroom drama has made it to a theatrical work,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Bogle and Gordon are National Heroes of Jamaica. They were executed for their roles in the Morant Bay Rebellion.<br /> <br /> Bogle was executed on October 24, 1865 while Gordon was hanged the day before. Eyre was the colonial administrator and controversial governor of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll definitely be attending the ceremony... And even if I don&rsquo;t win, it is a great feeling to have been nominated,&rdquo; Samuels added.<br /> <br /> The Actor Boy Awards is scheduled for the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13511566/247148_74541_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 AM Tenelle finds love on Billboard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tenelle-finds-love-on-Billboard_93160 California native Tenelle tops the Billboard Reggae Album chart with her debut, For The Lovers. <br /> <br /> This is the third time in three years that a female artiste has topped the chart. <br /> <br /> Last week, Queen Ifrica went number one with Climb, which drops to number seven this week. <br /> <br /> Released on March 10 by Island Empire Records, For The Lovers contains 11 tracks including collaborations with Fiji and Chazrox. <br /> <br /> Elsewhere, Lost in Paradise by Common Kings is at number two, while Set In Stone by Stick Figure inches up to number three. <br /> <br /> The consistent former number one, Falling Into Place by Rebelution, moves up to number four, and the compilation Get Soca 2017 is up one place to number five. <br /> <br /> Fortunate Youth&rsquo;s self-titled set is number six, while Stephen Marley&rsquo;s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life rises from 13 to number eight. <br /> <br /> Bob Marley & the Wailers&rsquo; The Legend Live: Santa Barbara Country Bowl November 25th, 1979 is back in the Top 10 at number nine, so too J Boog&rsquo;s Wash House Ting which is up to number 10 from 14. <br /> <br /> Another newcomer is The Soul Of Jamaica by Inna de Yard, which is at number 13. <br /> <br /> Released by Wagram Music/Chapter Two Records, the 13-track set features Let The Water Run Dry by Ken Boothe, Jah Power, Jah Glory (Kiddus I), Secret (Winston McAnuff) and Love Is The Key by The Viceroys. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13725877/265653__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 AM Etana lauds decent men http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Etana-lauds-decent-men_93166 Etana is acknowledging the role of decent and law-abiding men of society in her latest single My Man .<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I wanted to shed some light on the men doing good for their women and family, men who are loving and caring and not abusive. People often focus on the bad, but we need to elevate, uplift, and encourage the good men out there, because the good men outnumber the men who do wrong... they need to know that we appreciate them,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> My Man is the reggae singer&rsquo;s first single since her recent release from VP Records. It&rsquo;s on DJ Frass Records imprint and was released close to two weeks ago.<br /> <br /> She explained the idea behind the track.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I was getting ready to write the song, Tarrus (Riley)asked me &lsquo;wah would yu man want to hear?&rsquo; I said my man would want to know that I honour and appreciate him, and that sentiment is expressed in the song. I also want to counteract the bad that was emerging in Jamaica. I want to uplift and elevate the good side of men,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Etana said a promotional campaign is planned for My Man.<br /> <br /> The singer was a headliner at Dobba Fest held at the KICC grounds in in Nairobi, Kenya, last Saturday. Reggae acts Luciano and Richie Spice were also billed for the show, which was part of a youth initiative organised by Brand Afrika for the government ministry in charge of the Studio Mashinani project.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was involved in a couple of youth empowerment music workshops before the show where I planted trees and interacted with the youths; it was a great experience,&rdquo; she said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13701892/263537_89927_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 AM 'With You I'm Born Again' tops South Florida Reggae Chart a second week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-With-You-I-m-Born-Again--tops-South-Florida-Reggae-Chart-a-second-week KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; With You I'm Born Again, a ballad by singers Sadiki and Twiggi, is number one for the second straight week on the South Florida Reggae Chart.<br /> <br /> The song was released late last year, and is from Sadiki's Covered In Love album.<br /> <br /> Sadiki (real name Henry Buckley Jr), who produced the song and album for his Skinny Bwoy Records, expected it to do well.<br /> <br /> "It's not surprising to me at all. Everyone involved in the recording gave 150 per cent effort. I'm appreciative of the fact that the Disc Jockeys are supporting it and exposing it to the people," he said.<br /> <br /> Released in November, With You I'm Born Again is a cover of Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright's 1979 hit.<br /> <br /> Covered In Love is the Chicago-based Sadiki's fourth album. It also contains covers of Ed Sheeran&rsquo;s Photograph and Sadie, originally done by The Spinners.<br /> <br /> Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13727116/TWIGGI-ON-STAGE_w300.jpg Entertainment Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:02 AM Deejay Eleigh aims for his big break http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Deejay-Eleigh-aims-for-his-big-break_92422 NEW Jersey-based deejay Eleigh is hoping that summer 2017 will be the high point in his career.<br /> <br /> The emerging act is banking on his latest single Need Your Loving.<br /> <br /> &ldquo; Need Your Loving is about knowing what you have and appreciating something while you have it, because you know there&rsquo;s nothing out there like it. It&rsquo;s like knowing you have a woman who will stick with you through the good and bad times, so you have to let her know that it&rsquo;s her loving you need, because if you don&rsquo;t tell her, someone else will,&rdquo; he told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Produced by 17th Street Production, Need Your Loving was recently released.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The next step I&rsquo;ll be taking towards my career is the official release of a video for Need Your Loving. My fanbase has grown extensively over the past year and I intend on making 2017 my year,&rdquo; said Eleigh. <br /> <br /> Eleigh (real name Levon Anthony Williams) was born in Winchester, Virginia, to Jamaica parents. He said he was immersed in Jamaican culture as a result of his family.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My mom, dad, grandparents and all of my aunts and uncles were born in Jamaica, so I went down every summer as a kid. That&rsquo;s how I picked up the accent... Man a real yard man, enuh,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Signed to Canada-based DPC Movement Records, Eleigh&rsquo;s other tracks include Best Friends (Mario Dunwell) and Evil Head (Head Concussion label). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13725825/265708__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 AM