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 Sales spike for Chronixx after Tonight Show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sales-spike-for-Chronixx-after-Tonight-Show By Kevin Jackson Observer writer KINGSTON, Jamaica -- One week after performing on NBC&rsquo;sTonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, reggae singer Chronixx experienced a sales boost for his EP Dread & Terrible and the song Here Comes Trouble.<br /> <br /> Dread & Terrible, which was released in April, sold 2,092 copies since last July 22 (when Chronixx appeared on 'Tonight') for total sales of 4,790 copies. Two weeks earlier, only 367 copies were sold.<br /> <br /> That surge has pushed Dread & Terrible into the number one spot on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, a position it held in April.<br /> <br /> Last week&rsquo;s number one, Count Me In by California reggae band Rebelution, is at number two with 28,726 copies sold, eight weeks after its release.<br /> <br /> Here Comes Trouble, the song Chronixx performed on &lsquo;Tonight&rsquo;, sold over 6,148 copies to jump from number 19 to number two on the Billboard Digital Reggae Singles chart. To date the single has sold 12,476 copies.<br /> <br /> The number one single on the Reggae Digital chart is Rude by Canadian reggae band MAGIC! which has sold 1.9 million copies. <br /> <br /> Other Chronixx titles which have popped up on this week&rsquo;s Billboard Digital Reggae Singles chart are Smile Jamaica (number 48) which sold 483 downloads to bring its tally to 6,016; Capture Land (number 77) which sold 288 downloads for total sales of 1,170; and Who Knows (featuring Protoj&eacute;) at number 84. The latter sold 259 copies for sales of 3,998 copies. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10899784/Chronixx-on-tonight_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:56 PM Ailey II for Jamaica show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ailey-II-for-Jamaica-show BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com AILEY II, the adjunct dance troupe of the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from the United States, is scheduled to perform here in Jamaica come September. <br /> <br /> This was disclosed by Troy Powell, artistic director of Ailey II, who was recently in Jamaica to take in the opening night of the 52nd season of dance of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC). <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are so excited to come perform here,&rdquo; Powell told the Jamaica Observer. &ldquo;We are looking forward to performing for a Jamaican audience and can&rsquo;t wait to get here,&rdquo; he added. <br /> <br /> And Powell was full of nothing but high praises after watching the performances of the NDTC. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was just blown away. I sat there in the theatre and was mesmerised by what I saw on stage... it was like a big celebration. Energetic, passionate and everything that dance is and shouldbe... it was a celebration of life.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> He was particularly impressed with Malungu, the piece choreographed by Clive Thompson, who is an Alvin Ailey alumni. &ldquo;To be able to watch the ballet and get the story being told on stage in such a relatable way was just amazing,&rdquo;said Powell. <br /> <br /> Malungu, which debuted during last year&rsquo;s season, tells the story of Jamaican musical genius, trombonist Don Drummond, who was one of the architects of ska &mdash; the Jamaica music which emerged in the 1960s. The piece was remounted this year with a change in the main cast with Tamara Noel in the role of Magarita Mahfood and Kevin Moore as Drummond. <br /> <br /> American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey formed the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958, four years before the late Eddie Thomas and Rex Nettleford birthed the NDTC. His signature work, Revelations, draws on Ailey&rsquo;s memories of his birthplace in Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel. <br /> <br /> Ailey II was founded in 1974. The company embodies Ailey&rsquo;s mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programmes for all people. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10898863/ailey_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10898926/atdd_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:22 AM 'Wonderful, but frightening' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Wonderful--but-frightening-_17267259 REGGAE star on-the-rise Chronixx is still the subject of conversation following his performances on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last Tuesday and a subsequent concert in New York's Central Park at the weekend.<br /> <br /> In a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States, the Here Comes Trouble singer noted that he was nervous when performing on the late-night TV show.<br /> <br /> "It was wonderful, but frightening, because I knew that everyone in Jamaica was watching, and if you mess up, you mess up in front of your whole family. My mother was watching, my grandmother was watching &mdash; it was scary," he told NPR.<br /> <br /> The 21-year-old singer was also asked about his set during the free concert inside the New York landmark which attracted the likes of Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger to take in his performance.<br /> <br /> "Central Park was definitely, officially, one of my most exciting shows ever. New York City is home to a lot of Jamaicans and Caribbean people &mdash; I think there are more Jamaicans here than in Jamaica. It's home. So it feels like getting accepted at home," Chronixx said in the NPR interview.<br /> <br /> The Central Park venue is estimated to accommodate 5,500 people and reports indicate that it was filled to capacity once the gates opened, with as many as an additional 2,000 patrons remaining on the outside to listen to his performance.<br /> <br /> 'Wonderful, but frightening'<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10880580/Chronixx---Fallon_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:00 AM Spice ready for Dream Live http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Spice-ready-for-Dream-Live_17267246 DREAM Live &mdash; the performance event during the week of parties &mdash; returns to Smirnoff Dream Weekend, set for Negril from August 1-6.<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, August 5, female deejay Spice will be among those taking to the Dream Live stage at Cayenne Beach in Negril.<br /> <br /> "I feel great to be a headline act on Dream Live this year. My birthday is on the same day so it will also be a celebration for me," said Spice.<br /> <br /> She promises her usual 'spicy' performance and is confident that her fans will not be disappointed.<br /> <br /> "Fans can look forward to me performing a single I have done with Vybz Kartel, as well as a surprise," Spice added.<br /> <br /> Spice ready for Dream Live<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872262/spice_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:00 AM Ja prepares to step it up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ja-prepares-to-step-it-up_17253179 Cecelia Campbell-Livingston ON Monday, Jamaica will begin its quest to regain the World Reggae Dance Championship at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew. <br /> <br /> The action is slated for an 8:00 pm start. Juliet Cowan-Morgan, competition coordinator at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, thinks the Jamaica contingent might have the chops this year. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The vibe is great, the enthusiasm is high. Last week, we had one week of intensive workshop with all the finalists and the feedback is good,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> For the last two years, the competition was won by Ivan Squad and Attack Dem Squad from Japan. Yallow Yellow, from Japan, placed second in 2013. <br /> <br /> The five-member JA to JA is this year&rsquo;s group from Japan. Among the 12 local finalists are Overload Skankers, Dynamic Team, Str8edge Society, Flava Flava Dancers and Untouchable Squad. <br /> <br /> The local finalists have been given coaching sessions by brothers Matthew Richard and Conroy Richard of dance troupe Shady Squad, and Chad &lsquo;Global Bob&rsquo; Torrington. Cowan-Morgan said &ldquo;the JCDC has increased the duration of the workshops compared to other years to assist the groups with their skills, stage presentation and choreography. <br /> <br /> In regards to the Jamaicans, they have improved significantly compared to previous years and in interacting with them I can see that they are eager for the Championship title this year.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The JCDC World Reggae Dance Championship began in 2006 in an effort to give national and international exposure to talent that exists in reggae, roots and dancehall genres. <br /> <br /> The championship has received wide support from Jamaican and overseas talents, including from the Caribbean. Dancehall artistes Voicemail and Mr Vegas will provide entertainment for the finals. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10898925/atd_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:00 AM Lady Gaga readies jazz CD http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lady-Gaga-readies-jazz-CD-_17265630 NEW YORK, NY (AP) &mdash; Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop.<br /> <br /> Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called Cheek to Cheek, to be released September 23.<br /> <br /> "You know, it's funny, but jazz comes a little more comfortable for me than pop music, than R&B music," Gaga said in an interview Monday. "I've sung jazz since I was 13 years old, which is kind of like my little secret that Tony found out. So this is almost easier for me than anything else."<br /> <br /> Gaga made the comments with Bennett by her side ahead of the duo's taped performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City for PBS, which will air in the fall. The album's first single, a cover of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, was released Tuesday. Other selections from the Great American Songbook that appear on Cheek to Cheek include It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Sophisticated Lady, Lush Life and the title track.<br /> <br /> The 28-year-old and 87-year-old Bennett first collaborated on his Grammy-winning, platinum-selling 2011 album, Duets II. Bennett said fans will be impressed with Gaga's vocal performance on the upcoming album.<br /> <br /> "They're going to say we had no idea she sings that well," he said.<br /> <br /> "And they're gonna say they had no idea that Tony dressed so crazy," Gaga added, as Bennett smiled. "When you come out in your meat dress Tony, nobody is going to know what's going on."<br /> <br /> Cheek to Cheek is Gaga's first release since last year's Artpop. Bennett released a collaborative album with Latin singers in 2012 called Viva Duets.<br /> <br /> Aretha pumped up for food fair<br /> <br /> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the food.<br /> <br /> Ahead of her Thursday performance at the Ohio State Fair, the Queen of Soul says she's eager to track down some elephant ears, a fair staple of fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar.<br /> <br /> "I'm looking forward to it," she says. "I love the state fair, and I love the elephant ears."<br /> <br /> There may be plenty of opportunities for fried treats ahead, given that her busy 2014 tour also includes performances at the Wisconsin and Minnesota state fairs in August.<br /> <br /> Franklin says her Columbus performance will be packed with familiar songs, selections from an upcoming CD being produced by Babyface and Andre 3000, and "a few surprises; I love surprises."<br /> <br /> "We're going to have a rock 'em, sock 'em good time," she says.<br /> <br /> After some health issues, the R&B diva says she's feeling as good as she did in her 50s but prefers not to focus on how far past 50 she is now.<br /> <br /> "I am certainly old enough to be out after midnight," the 72-year-old star says. "Age is just a number."<br /> <br /> She says she's planning a vacation to New York after her Wisconsin gig, including a stop at the US Open. She also is taking French lessons and studying classical piano with a Julliard graduate.<br /> <br /> "I always wanted to go to Juilliard, but my schedule was so heavy at that time that it just never allowed me the time to go there for long enough to learn something," she says. "So what I did was I got a teacher who was a graduate and teacher to come to me."<br /> <br /> 'Mice and Men' exits Broadway on high<br /> <br /> NEW YORK (AP) -- James Franco's play Of Mice and Men has left Broadway with a roar -- a box office record.<br /> <br /> The show, co-starring Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester, said Monday it earned US$1,038,106 for the week ending Sunday, setting a new eight-performance weekly record gross at the Longacre Theatre and marking the first time the theatre ever housed a show that crossed the US$1 million mark.<br /> <br /> The play, an adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel, follows two tragic migrant workers trying to make their way through the Depression.<br /> <br /> The play recouped its US$3.8 million capitalisation in just 12 weeks and ended its 19-week run Sunday. It is the first American production chosen to be filmed by National Theatre Live.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10783452/LadyGaga2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:00 AM Ska festival this Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Heart-of-Ska-music-festival-to-be-staged-August-2_17267016 THE Jamaica Cultural Development Commission is in the final stages of preparation for the inaugural music festival &mdash; Heart of Ska &mdash; to be staged this Saturday, August 2, as part of this year's Independence celebrations.<br /> <br /> The festival will be staged at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew starting at 12:00 noon with a daytime programme which will feature film presentations, exhibitions showcasing photos and artifacts of renowned exponent of this music form, The Skatalites, and the ska era, panel discussions, and interactive competitions.<br /> <br /> The highlight for the festival will be the main show at 8:00 pm. It will focus on 'Ska Rebirth' which will be led by master drummer Sparrow Martin and will include Ska la Reg, Eric Monty Morris -- the original lead singer of The Skatalites, Derrick Morgan, who was crowned "the King of Ska" by the people of Jamaica and the most prolific hit-maker of the ska era, Strangejah Cole and Bunny & Skully. There will be a special guest performance by American jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis. The performers will all be backed by Fab 5.<br /> <br /> The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre has been transformed into the Jamaica Festival Village, and will be home to many of the events for the holiday period.<br /> <br /> The village will feature daily and nightly events and activities for the entire family, including concerts, exhibitions and expositions, kiddies village, rides and attractions. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10414760/SkaLaReg_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:00 AM Contract dispute delays Big Bang Theory production http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Contract-dispute-delays-Big-Bang-Theory-production NEW YORK (AP) &mdash; Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.<br /> <br /> The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There's no word on when "The Big Bang Theory" team will be back at work.<br /> <br /> The CBS series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.<br /> <br /> Contract disputes aren't unusual at popular, long-running TV series, and CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler seemed to take it in stride when asked about the negotiations two weeks ago.<br /> <br /> "I just love being able to answer these questions year after year, primarily because we have successful shows," she said. "And when you have successful shows, you have renegotiations. We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year."<br /> <br /> CBS had no additional comment on the negotiations Wednesday.<br /> <br /> It's considered far too early for such a dispute to affect the timing of a show's season premiere. "The Big Bang Theory" opens its new season on September 22. The show is moving temporarily to Mondays for the beginning of the new season with CBS airing NFL football games on Thursdays for the first half of the season. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10899697/big-bang-theory_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:48 PM EVENTS AT A GLANCE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Entertainment-Diary_17266499 WEDNESDAY, JULY 30<br /> <br /> LIME Comedy Caf&eacute;<br /> <br /> LIME Comedy Caf&eacute; takes place this evening at South Beach Caf&eacute;, Brompton Road in Kingston. The event will be featuring comedians Ity and Fancy Cat, Blakka Ellis and Professor Nuts. Starting time is at 8:30.<br /> <br /> Weddy Weddy 10th Anniversary & Crowning of Miss Weddy Weddy<br /> <br /> Weddy Weddy celebrates its 10th anniversary this evening with the crowning of Miss Weddy Weddy and an all-star line-up of performers which include KipRich, Romain Virgo, Berry, Loyal Flames, Niney Badness, Digital Chris, Boom Boom, Harry Hype, among others. The event takes place at the Stone Love HQ, 41 Burlington Avenue, Kingston 10.<br /> <br /> THURSDAY, JULY 31<br /> <br /> Emancipation Jubilee<br /> <br /> The Emancipation Jubilee celebrations take place tomorrow at Seville Heritage Park, St Ann.<br /> <br /> FRIDAY, AUGUST 1<br /> <br /> Mello Go Roun'<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Mello Go Roun' will take place on Friday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre and will feature award winning pieces from the festival's entries.<br /> <br /> French Book Live<br /> <br /> French Book Live takes place Friday night at the New Mas Camp, National stadium. The event begins at 2:00 pm and continues until 12 midnight.<br /> <br /> Smirnoff Beach Rave<br /> <br /> Smirnoff Beach rave unfolds on Friday at the Wavz Beach in Portmore. Starting time is at 2:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Twisted Spiritz<br /> <br /> Twisted Spirit takes place at Cayenne beach in Negril. The fun begins at 10:00 pm and continues until 4:00 am.<br /> <br /> SPF: Cat Cruise 21<br /> <br /> SPF: Cat Cruise kicks off at The Pier at the Jewel, Ocho Rios on Friday. Starting time is at 1:00 pm.<br /> <br /> BNM Eye Candy<br /> <br /> BNM Eye Candy takes place at Cary Island, Ocho Rios. The event begins at 8:00 pm and continues until 2:00 am.<br /> <br /> LIME MoBay Jerk Festival<br /> <br /> It will be a feast of the tastebuds at the LIME MoBay Jerk Festival which takes place at the Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. The event will fature Celebrity cook- off, Ity and Fancy Cat, Popcaan, among others<br /> <br /> Starting time is 11:00 am.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10320390/Ity---Fancy-Cat_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:00 AM Cliff headlines Reggae on the River http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cliff-headlines-Reggae-on-the-River_17173359 REGGAE superstar Jimmy Cliff headlines this weekend&rsquo;s 30th renewal of the Reggae on the River Festival being held in Humboldt County, California in the United States. <br /> <br /> The four-day event, which begins tomorrow and runs till Sunday, will see a slew of Jamaican acts, as well as reggae artistes from all over the world joining Cliff for the live performances, which get going on Friday. <br /> <br /> Among the local acts to take to the stage on Friday are Mykal Rose, who made his name as a member of Black Uhuru, but is able to stand on his own with tracks such as his hit Shoot Out. <br /> <br /> He will be joined by the likes of Jamaica&rsquo;s rhythm twins Sly & Robbie, the UK-based Bitty McLean, Iba Mahr and reggae band Ikronik. In addition to Cliff, Saturday&rsquo;s fare will feature the perennial reggae band Third World, which now sees singer AJ Brown taking over the lead vocals following the death of long-time frontman Bunny Rugs, and Etana. <br /> <br /> The final day of the festival should see performances from a number of Jamaicans including roots reggae duo Israel Vibration, Gyptian, dub poet Mutabaruka and the Skool Band, and &lsquo;reggae revival&rsquo;s&rsquo; female chanter Jah9. The international flavour of reggae will be brought to the festival&rsquo;s stage by acts such as Alpha Blondy of C&ocirc;te d'Ivoire, Gentleman from Germany, Paapa Wastic out of Ghana, Los Rakas from Panama, Chile&rsquo;s Abya Yale and Meta and the Cornerstones which orignals from Senegal. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10898943/jimmy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:00 AM Weddy Weddy turns 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Weddy-Weddy-turns-10_17260204 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com TEN years ago, sound system operator Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell said he wanted to have a party vibe similar to that of House of Leo, a weekly dancehall-inspired party.<br /> <br /> He came up with the weekly Wednesday night party series Weddy Weddy.<br /> <br /> The party has grown to become a part of dancehall culture and Powell is somewhat surprised.<br /> <br /> "We really didn't envision that it would have become the longest running weekly party, but on the other hand, we always have high hopes for whatever we start," Powell told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The event is recognised both locally and internationally as a stylish, trendy part of Jamaican dancehall culture, and it can be positioned as one of the institutions responsible for giving credibility to new dancehall slang, dress code and dances.<br /> <br /> "One of the things that makes Weddy Weddy different is the formatting of the music. We strike a balance and we play music that will suit both the young and the old," he said.<br /> <br /> "Stone Love movement has been through a few generations, so we couldn't just put aside the older folks for the younger," he added.<br /> <br /> The anniversary staging tomorrow night will introduce the Bogle Award, which Powell said will be given to someone who combines vibes, swag, slang, and attendance.<br /> <br /> "We want to keep Bogle's memory alive at all times as he was very instrumental with the conception of Weddy Weddy. Matter of fact, the name was taken from one of his slangs," he said.<br /> <br /> Bogle, given name Gerald Levy, was a colourful dancehall personality who hailed from the tough Kingston community of Arnett Gardens. He created several dance moves including World Dance, Out and Bad, and Wacky Dip and inspired a new generation of dancers. He was shot and killed in Kingston on January 20, 2005 at age 40.<br /> <br /> The anniversary staging will also see the crowning of Ms Weddy Weddy, which has become a custom among the Weddy Weddy faithful.<br /> <br /> Among the performers slated to perform at the event are Elephant Man, Romain Virgo and Kiprich.<br /> <br /> Weddy Weddy turns 10<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894581/Wee-Pow-ld_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 AM Jagger comes out for Chronixx http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jagger-comes-out-for-Chronixx_17258516 Mick Jagger has rubbed shoulders with prime reggae talent in his time -- Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and now Chronixx.<br /> <br /> The Rolling Stones frontman was in the audience for Saturday's SummerStage concert at Central Park in New York City, which Chronixx headlined with veteran roots singer Junior Reid.<br /> <br /> Jagger, who attended the show with three of his daughters, went backstage to meet the singer after the show.<br /> <br /> The free event attracted over 5,000 fans according to Jesse Serwer, editor of the Largeup.com, a co-sponsor of SummerStage.<br /> <br /> Serwer told the Jamaica Observer that Chronixx is the breath of fresh air for which reggae has waited for nearly a decade.<br /> <br /> "He's evidence that roots-reggae is alive and not trapped in a time warp. The last time the American mainstream paid any attention to a Jamaican artiste was Damian Marley with Welcome to Jamrock," Serwer said.<br /> <br /> Chronixx performed at SummerStage four days after an appearance on the top-rated NBC programme, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.<br /> <br /> SummerStage was a joint production between Largeup.com, the Okayplayer website (founded by Questlove, drummer of The Roots) Federation Sound sound system, and Central Park SummerStage.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> Jagger comes out for Chronixx<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894583/Chronixx-Jagger_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 AM Doing it for Alpha http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Doing-it-for-Alpha_17256528 LAST Friday's Music is the Gift That Keeps on Giving, event featuring the Alpha Boys' Band and the Alpha All Stars, certainly lived up to its billing.<br /> <br /> The performances by past and present students of the Kingston-based institution that has nurtured boys at risk for 130 years, had patrons at the Redbones Blues Caf&eacute; truly entertained.<br /> <br /> Both aggregations delivered an infectious blend of jazz, mento, ska, and reggae.<br /> <br /> The Alpha Boys' Band was first up. Their set included the original instrumental, Rock Easy, as well as a medley of folk songs in a suite dubbed Mento Licks.<br /> <br /> Then came rapper/dancer Ricardo Sangster, who was well received for his energetic performance of Bill Withers' Lean on Me.<br /> <br /> Drummer Andrew Martin, who was introduced by his father, veteran drummer and Alpha stalwart Winston 'Sparrow' Martin, wowed the audience, which included Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, with an outstanding solo set.<br /> <br /> The All Stars featured musicians of recent vintage such as trumpeters Lance Smith and Channeil Christian. They opened with an amazing rendition of the Perez Prado Latin standard Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.<br /> <br /> Accompanied by keyboardist Henry Robinson of Unique Vision Band fame, the All Stars went into easy listening staples like Summertime and Blue Moon, followed by songs made famous by the Skatalites such as Freedom Sound, Eastern Standard Time, and Exodus.<br /> <br /> There was a guest appearance by singer/guitarist Sky Taylor who did her original Just a Little More, and Our Day Will Come.<br /> <br /> Joshua Chamberlin of the Alpha Boys' School, co-ordinated the show.<br /> <br /> "Tonight was about showcasing Alpha's past, present and future. Music is alive and well at Alpha and we need to share it," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters <br /> <br /> Doing it for Alpha<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894587/Winston-Martin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 AM Keneisha Smith's prayers answered http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keneisha-Smith-s-prayers-answered_17259750 BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Observer writer KENEISHA Smith --clad in full army combat gear -- was chosen the winner of the Festival Gospel Song Competition organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Sunday night.<br /> <br /> With the crowd in her corner, Smith's entry, Prayer Warrior, had won the hearts of judges long before the announcement was made.<br /> <br /> "I knew I could have done it. I was prepared for the victory. Last year, I felt I would have had a real breakthrough in my life, I said; 'God I need a change in my life'. That is why I really stepped out in faith, because faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen," the 21-year-old told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Smith was awarded a cash prize of $400,000 for her first place win. She secured an additional $50,000, for Best Performance and Best Lyrics awards.<br /> <br /> Orville Sutherland's entry song Cool Shade was awarded second place and a cash prize of $200,000, while Adrian Dell got third place with Blessed and Highly Favoured and $100,000.<br /> <br /> The win, according to the 21-year-old Smith, will help to fast-track her ambition of having a career as a gospel artiste.<br /> <br /> "I have a lot of songs written, but needed to produce them. From winning, I can get them out," she said.<br /> <br /> The immediate plan, however, is to go back to school.<br /> <br /> In addition to the top 10 finalists performing, the evening also saw gospel artiste Joan Flemming entertaining the audience with her medley of hit songs.<br /> <br /> Keneisha Smith's prayers answered<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894585/DSC_0102_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894584/DSC_9917_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 AM Russhaine 'Dutty' Berry Laff-ing It Off on stage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Russhaine--Dutty--Berry-Laff-ing-It-Off-on-stage_17256753 JAMAICA'S most well-known vlogger and Internet sensation, Russhaine 'Dutty' Berry, is taking to the stage.<br /> <br /> Not the computer-generated 'stage' that made him popular during hilarious Tessanne Chin's tribute shows on YouTube during NBC's The Voice season five. But the one that put him in front of a live audience.<br /> <br /> Dutty Berry will be making his theatrical debut in Oliver Mair's upcoming comedy revue Laff It Off where he will be stretching his chops as an all-round performer, as a revue requires actors to play multiple roles as well as sing and dance.<br /> <br /> At the recently held media launch, on July 23, at the Phillip Sherlock Theatre, Berry commented, "I had no idea theatre was so hard and involved so much rehearsing. By the time dem done wid mi, mi must be a triple threat! But I am having such a good time, learning from all these professionals," he concluded.<br /> <br /> Fans of the Dutty Berry Show will be treated to seeing him as a number of characters including Vegas and Busy Signal.<br /> <br /> Whereas Berry may be the least experienced of the Laff It Off cast, he is not the youngest.<br /> <br /> At 21 years old, Akeem Mignott, who recently concluded his studies at the Edna Manley School of Drama, is the baby of the production. However, there is nothing juvenile about his talent.<br /> <br /> Mignott alumnus of the Jamaica Youth Theatre has won numerous awards nationally and regionally, and has been making waves in the theatre community with his roles on and off the campus for the last four years. Akeem has had lead roles in Aston Cooke's Single Entry & Internet Affair, Dahlia Harris's Back 'A Yaad' David Tulloch's Jamaica Sweet, and the recently concluded For My Daughter.<br /> <br /> These two talented performers are particularly happy to be working with each other as Laff It Off is an opportunity for the actors to be introduced and to entertain new audiences.<br /> <br /> "Yes!" Mignott agreed, "I can introduce Dutty to the 100 persons who know me and he can introduce me to the 40,000 who know him on the Internet. This is a win-win for both of us!"<br /> <br /> Berry and Mignott's castmates include TV presenters Simone Clarke-Cooker and Patria-Kaye Aarons; radio personality Rodney Campbell; Mark 'Bones' Martin, Christina Starz and Dalton Spence.<br /> <br /> Laff It Off is directed by Craig McNally, written and produced by Oliver Mair, with choreography by Michael Holgate and musical direction from Hugh Douse. The revue will run for two weekends only, August 1-3 & 8-10 at the Phillip Sherlock Theatre.<br /> <br /> Russhaine 'Dutty' Berry Laff-ing It Off on stage<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894579/Berry-play_w300.jpg Local Youth Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00 AM A Kingston girl at heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-Kingston-girl-at-heart_17234290 AMERICAN singer Nikki Shannon Fernandez hosted a listening party for her album, Kingston to Kingston, last Tuesday, at the Cru Bar and Restaurant in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> The album was co-produced by Ruff Kutt Band members Ricardo 'Drummer' Davis and Donovan 'Benji' Belnavis, Fernandez, and veteran session guitarist Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowenn.<br /> <br /> It was recorded at the Tuff Gong studio.<br /> <br /> Recording music in Jamaica was a dream come true for Fernandez, who was born in Kingston, New York but is now based in Nashville, Tennessee.<br /> <br /> The 14-track Kingston to Kingston is a mix of pop, latin and reggae, which suits her just well.<br /> <br /> "I want to make music with no agenda, no timeline, just letting it happen," she said in an interview with host Lady Deidra.<br /> <br /> Nikki Fernandez thought about recording with Jamaican musicians after her first visit to the country in January.<br /> <br /> Kingston to Kingston &mdash; which will be released on iTunes Tuesday &mdash; includes a cover of Hurting Inside, a song first recorded during the 1960s by The Wailers.<br /> <br /> A Kingston girl at heart<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894702/Nikki-album-launch_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00 AM Fourth International Reggae Wine Festival for MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fourth-International-Reggae-Wine-Festival-for-MoBay By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The fourth International Reggae Wine Festival is scheduled for October 18 at the Whitter Village in Montego Bay. Artistes for the event have not been confirmed, but Carlos Daley, founder of the event, expects the presence of an American wine sommelier to broaden its appeal.<br /> <br /> Chris Joyce, who has ties to the famed Nappa Valley wine region in northern California, will attend the show. According to a post on his Facebook page, Joyce said he will be displaying his products at the festival, and encouraged colleagues to follow suit.<br /> <br /> While acts like John Holt, Leroy Sibbles, Etana, Protoje, Romain Virgo and Tessanne Chin have helped draw enthusiastic crowds in previous years, Daley considers Joyce's 'endorsement' significant.<br /> <br /> "When we were planning the show we positioned Jamaica as an area of wine introduction and he responded, saying he'd like to come to Jamaica," Daley told OBSERVER ONLINE. "You have 30,000 people in Jamaica who are direct wine lovers, so the market is there and the potential is great."<br /> <br /> Daley first held the International Reggae Wine Festival in 2011 at the Rose Hall Aqueduct in Montego Bay. It had a strong turnout, but he admits last year's two-day show at Secrets Resorts & Spa, also in the tourist resort, was a disappointment.<br /> <br /> The previous festivals were held in August. Daley is confident a move to October, which has a less competitive show calendar, will pay dividends.<br /> <br /> "We are putting in a lot of energy and expect good things this year," he said.<br /> <br /> A graduate of Howard University, Daley is a financial analyst by profession. He has lived in Maryland for nearly 40 years and is promoter of the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival and Jamaica Day shows in that state.<br /> <br /> Their success prompted him to stage a Jamaican show catering to wine lovers, complemented by easy-listening reggae.<br /> <br /> Daley expects to announce the artistes for this year's show by August. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10895910/wine_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:47 AM Sheba on comeback trail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sheba-on-comeback-trail_17259208 THREE months after giving birth to her third child, dancehall artiste Sheba said she's back to claim her place in the industry.<br /> <br /> She is scheduled for a one-month tour of Europe beginning August 2. Among the stops on Sheba's calendar are Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.<br /> <br /> "I'm really excited about this trip as it will be my first time to the continent. The tour is entitled 'The Rebirth,' which is really fitting as I am relaunching my career after little over a year off," she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Sheba is currently fine-tuning her portion of My Love, a collab with American rapper Rob Diesel.<br /> <br /> "It's a love song with a Caribbean feel. It's really catchy and the fans are going to love it. Rob is a rapper, but on the track he tries to show off his deejay skills as he swears he is Jamaican," she said between laughter.<br /> <br /> Sheba -- whose given name is Tasheba Campbell -- grew up in the March Pen Road area of Spanish Town, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> The 27-year-old said she developed a passion for the arts while attending Spanish Town Comprehensive High School. In 2009, using the stage name Mother Pepper, she gained a place in the top 10 of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition.<br /> <br /> After making a 'counteraction' to Vybz Kartel's Completely in the summer of 2009, a friend would introduce her to the top flight deejay. She gained his approval and was invited to join his Portmore Empire.<br /> <br /> After a name-change, she and her mentor topped the charts with songs including Gyal A Whe Mi Duh Yuh, Like Christmas, Gaza Man Mi Name, and You and Him. She is also known for other songs including Think Mi Nuh Kno, Money and Faithful.<br /> <br /> Among her other upcoming releases are No Blame Me and Ca Dun Fi Now. A re-release of Party Spot is also on the cards.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Sheba on comeback trail<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894700/sheba_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00 AM High spirits at Beach Bum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/High-spirits-at-Beach-Bum_17260021 THE nearly 10-minute boat ride to Maiden Cay on Saturday afternoon was bumpy. As a result, women's hairstyles became undone and make -up smudged. But all of this was forgotten once the boats docked as Smirnoff Beach Bum was in full effect.<br /> <br /> The party served as the official opening to the BRT weekend, which will be held on November 7-9 in the Florida Keys.<br /> <br /> There was hardly any space on Maiden Cay to accommodate the patrons that turned out to party some people opted to party on their private yachts. While some patrons brought their igloos packed with refreshments, bar attendants were kept busy all day serving up gallons of beverages.<br /> <br /> Over at the Smirnoff Music Booth, the deejays kept the patrons dancing with the latest musical selections.<br /> <br /> By 4:00 pm, almost everyone in the crowd, comprising mostly college students, were in high spirits&acirc; as they frolicked in the water and on the shores.<br /> <br /> Approximately an hour later, the patrons began boarding the shuttle boats to once again faced the choppy waves en-route to Morgan&acirc;s Harbour in Port Royal, Kingston.<br /> <br /> "Without doubt, this was another great and exciting staging of Beach Bum. The turnout was huge and the vibe is fantastic. This is just a synopsis of what it will be like at Smirnoff Dream Weekend," said Kamal Powell, brand public relations manager at Red Stripe.<br /> <br /> Similar sentiments were echoed by patron Shavoy Tomlinson.<br /> <br /> "I am afraid of the seas, so with every boat ride I always say it was going to be my last. But this is the third time I am attending. I am sure I will be here for the next staging. The party vibe is contagious so I keep coming back," she said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan <br /> <br /> High spirits at Beach Bum<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894701/Beach-Bum_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00 AM I Love JA is the 2014 Festival Song http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/I-Love-JA--is-the-2014-Festival-Song_17252213 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com WITH his song I Love JA, Rushane Sanderson &mdash; 2012 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall champion &mdash; added another major accolade to his burgeoning musical career by winning the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, St Andrew, on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> "I never thought I'd win in my wildest dreams," Sanderson told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Second place was won by Sanjay 'Sanj' Thompson for Jamaica Boom, and third went to Sujae 'Kahani' Johnson for My Jamaica. The all-male field also consisted of Rodger 'Rojjah' Mendez, Phylbert 'Pehtrol' Graham, Oliver 'Oliver Smoothe' Gordon, Calvin 'King Saloman' Wisdom, Richard 'Bastic' Patterson, Carl 'Clearance' Grey, and Evol 'Bono G' Holness.<br /> <br /> Twenty-three-year-old Sanderson, who goes by the stage name Deep Jahi, received a trophy and $500,000 in prize money. He also joins the list of distinguished festival song winners including Roy Rayon, Eric Donaldson, Tinga Stewart, and the late Stanley Beckford.<br /> <br /> In light of several quality performances, especially from Sanjay 'Sanj' Thompson, Sanderson managed to squeeze ahead of the field once he touched the microphone, displaying excellent vocal control and range in what was a challenging song.<br /> <br /> Thompson would take home to the Best Performer and Voters Choice awards. Both he and Sujae 'Kahani' Johnson had excellent performances getting the crowd up and out of their seats dancing in the aisles.<br /> <br /> Between the initial performances and the announcement of the winners, the audience was treated to music from Ikaya, Nesbeth, and Bugle, who received good response while belting out his hits like What I'm Gonna Do and Nuh Compatible.<br /> <br /> I Love JA <br /> <br /> is the 2014 Festival Song<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892163/Festival-Song_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM Talent on show at Sandals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Talent-on-show-at-Sandals_17252264 SANDALS and Beaches Ocho Rios Region crowned its top male and female singers, models and dancer for 2014 at an exciting event dubbed ENCORE at Sandals Grande Riviera recently.<br /> <br /> The contestants will go on to compete against the regional winners from other Jamaican resorts at the National Finals slated for Sandals Whitehouse in September.<br /> <br /> Andre Palmer and Tanneisha Thompson, both from Sandals Grande Riviera, emerged the top Male and Female Vocalists, while Kerry-Lee Williams from Beaches Ocho Rios was the top Dance Act.<br /> <br /> Palmer delivered a masterful performance of Ben E King's version of I (Who Have Nothing) to blow away the competition. He received a standing ovation from the large crowd present.<br /> <br /> "I am so proud of myself. I am confident of my ability and once on stage I just let it all out," said an elated Palmer.<br /> <br /> Thompson had to endure stiff competition from the other female singers, but her vocal range ensured she got the nod.<br /> <br /> Junior Brown from Beaches Ocho Rios and Crystal Murray from Sandals Grande Riviera were judged Best Male and Female Models following crowd-pleasing performances, while Rodney Henriques was adjudged Best Instrumentalist.<br /> <br /> Started in 2003, ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excellence), is the brainchild of Sandals&acirc; Creative Director Weston Haughton, and is geared to showcase the vast array of talent in the company.<br /> <br /> Each region: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios, staged their regional finals to select champions in the respective categories who will move on to the Jamaican finals. The Jamaican champions will compete against winners from Sandals/ Beaches Resorts in St Lucia, Antigua, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas for the international crowns.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892139/crystal-Murray_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM DI's a hit in the kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DI-s-a-hit-in-the-kitchen-_17252907 Dancehall act Danielle (aka DI) showed her culinary skills last Friday, teaming with disc jockey Calico (Chad Hinds) to win the second Suncity 104.9 FM IGL Bubble Di Pot Celebrity Cook-off, at Portmore Pines Plaza.<br /> <br /> Their winning dish was okra and saltfish in curry sauce with risen plantain and bammy, served with a penne pasta salad, comprising sweet corn, almonds and fruits and Italian dressing.<br /> <br /> The event pairs disc jockeys from Portmore radio station Suncity 104.9 FM with music personalities to show off their cooking talent.<br /> <br /> The other participants were D Angel and Sunjock Simple (Kemar Dixon), Carlene Davis and Sunjock Crystal Clear (Samuel Stewart), and Cherine Anderson and Sunjock Fire Wayne (Dwayne Cowans).<br /> <br /> The participants were required to prepare breakfast and were judged on creativity, taste, presentation and teamwork.<br /> <br /> DI and Sunjock Calico won $100,000 which went to the Salvation Army, their charity of choice. Runners-up D Angel and Sunjock Simple earned $75,000 prize, third-placed Carlene Davis and Sunjock Crystal Clear got $50,000 while fourth-placed Cherine Anderson and Sunjock Fire Wayne were awarded$25,000. All funds went to charity.<br /> <br /> "It was so amazing and anything to give back to charity I definitely try to participate. It was short notice but I am happy that I could do this," said DI.<br /> <br /> Among the judges were Suncity 104.9 FM founder Doreen Billings, restaurateur Michael Fisher and chef Kevin Brown of the Good News Restaurant.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892140/Danielle-aka-DI_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM Night of the Chinese http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Night-of-the-Chinese-_17252245 Basil Walters Approximately 160 years after the first wave of Chinese arrived in Jamaica, the Chinese contribution to the country's popular music was recognised.<br /> <br /> Eleven persons were honoured on Saturday evening at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Hope Road in St Andrew during the 17th Tribute to the Greats awards show.<br /> <br /> In addition to the awardees, the ceremony highlighted the Chinese impact in various areas of the music industry including sound systems, record shops, recording studios, dance venues, nightclubs and radio stations.<br /> <br /> The persons who comprised this select group were honoured as part of 'The Chinese Connection'.<br /> <br /> The recipients were producers Leslie Kong, Justin Yap, the Hoo Kim brothers (Joseph, Ernest, Paul and Kenneth) of Channel One fame, Vincent and Patricia Chin of VP Records, musicians/arrangers/composers Geoffrey and Michael 'Mao' Chung, bandleader Ingrid Chin, and musician/arranger Phil Chen.<br /> <br /> Carl Brady, a founding member of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and bass player and Bob Marley confidante Aston 'Familyman' Barrett, were also honoured.<br /> <br /> A framed citation, 'The Chinese Connection', was presented to the president of the Chinese Benevolent Association Dalton Yap, by 'Tribute' founder Kingsley Goodison.<br /> <br /> "This is really a gratifying moment for me, seeing that a lot of people did not know of the Chinese contribution to the music," Goodison told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Following the ceremony, the large gathering was thrilled by performances from RAS Michael Jnr, Pam Hall, Phil Chen and Sonny Wong.<br /> <br /> They were backed by Mikey Chung and the Rhythm Masters Band.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892152/DSC_8601_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892150/DSC_8754_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892149/DSC_8765_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM Aretha Franklin slams server&rsquo;s D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Aretha-Franklin-slams-server-s-D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T_17252284 NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario &mdash; Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant.<br /> <br /> A spokesman for Franklin says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.<br /> <br /> The spokesman says Franklin ordered a hamburger after performing a sold-out show. But he says the server screamed at Franklin, saying she couldn't sit down to eat because she had ordered takeout.<br /> <br /> Franklin says in a statement that the restaurant worker was "very rude, unprofessional and nasty."<br /> <br /> A Johnny Rockets spokeswoman says the franchise owner is sorry for the actions of "a new and very young employee."<br /> <br /> She says the owner has spoken with the employee and has clarified his takeout policies.<br /> <br /> Stan Lee cancels Comic-Con appearance<br /> <br /> SAN DIEGO (AP) &mdash; Stan Lee is missing in action at Comic-Con.<br /> <br /> A spokesman for the 91-year-old co-creator of superheros such as The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man says Lee lost his voice because of laryngitis. He added that Lee is otherwise in good health and is disappointed he's missing the celebration.<br /> <br /> The former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief has been a constant presence at San Diego Comic-Con since the convention launched in the 1970s.<br /> <br /> Lee had been scheduled to appear Friday and Saturday to sign autographs and unveil the latest installment of in his Stan Lee's Kids Universe multimedia project.<br /> <br /> Comic-Con is a four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts. It kicked off Thursday and continues through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center.<br /> <br /> Mike Tyson eyes Jamie Foxx in movie about ex-champ<br /> <br /> TORONTO (AP) &mdash; Mike Tyson says he's met with Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx about collaborating on a possible biopic on his life.<br /> <br /> "Me and Jamie Foxx have been talking and he's willing to take that role and portray me as Mike Tyson, doing my life story," the former heavyweight boxing champion said Friday during a conference call to promote an upcoming Toronto date for his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." "I think he's splendid because he's really up to par. I think he would do a magnificent job."<br /> <br /> Further brainstorming of the project will "happen very shortly," he added.<br /> <br /> "I saw him the other night and we discussed it," Tyson said. "He doesn't have the physicality but he will. He's able to ... get bulky, so he's capable of doing it in the future."<br /> <br /> Lucy out muscles Hercules<br /> <br /> LOS ANGELES, California &mdash; Luc Besson's Lucy proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of Hercules by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.<br /> <br /> The Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in US$44 million in North American movie theatres over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday.<br /> <br /> Hercules, starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and produced by Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, brought down an estimated US$29 million.<br /> <br /> Universal's president of domestic distribution, Nikki Rocco, said audiences were attracted to the original story about the main character gaining superhuman powers by using more and more of her brain.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892173/aretha_franklin_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892175/Stan-Lee_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892176/Lucy_high_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892177/Mike_Tyson_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892179/Jamie-Foxx_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM Kevin Lyttle: seeks to strike again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kevin-Lyttle---seeks-to-strike-again_17244320 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer Kevin Lyttle was a man on a mission in 2001 when he invested his savings (Eastern Caribbean $1500) into a song he was confident would make him a star.<br /> <br /> It turned out to be his most profitable venture.<br /> <br /> That song, Turn me On, became a monster hit two years later. It sold over one million copies worldwide, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and number four in the United States.<br /> <br /> The song was also popular throughout Europe and Japan. Lyttle has never repeated that success, but is gearing up for another 'big one' with help from some well-heeled friends.<br /> <br /> His next album, The Diplomat, contains a number of collaborations with Shaggy, Spragga Benz, rapper Flo Rida as well as acts from Rwanda, Sweden and India.<br /> <br /> Feel So Good, his song with Shaggy, is expected to be released in August. Lyttle, 37, believes The Diplomat has the goods to get him back on the charts.<br /> <br /> "Turn me On is a great song but I don't want to be pigeon-holed by one song. I want to create another baby," he told the Sunday Observer from his Miami home.<br /> <br /> Lyttle selected the artistes he believes can help make that 'baby'. Shaggy was riding high with the Hot Shot album when Turn me On was burning up the charts; Spragga Benz was featured on the Turn me On remix that made Lyttle a star; while Flo Rida has had his share of hits.<br /> <br /> "You have to make sure you have the right songs and team to turn heads. In today's music that takes a lot of work," he admitted.<br /> <br /> While he is determined not to be pushed in the one-hit wonder bracket, Turn me On has kept Lyttle busy. These days, he plays mainly club and Caribbean festival dates in North America and has a loyal following in Germany and The Netherlands.<br /> <br /> An only child, Lyttle grew up in St Vincent, listening to local calypsonians like Beckett as well as Trinidadian legend the Mighty Sparrow and soca pioneer Arrow of Montserrat.<br /> <br /> But he also had a passion for the music of dancehall acts like Cocoa Tea, Tenor Saw, Flourgon and Nitty Gritty.<br /> <br /> It was a blend of soca and the emerging ragga beat that made the world look at Lyttle whose recordings prior to Turn me On were sporadic.<br /> <br /> His 'combination' with Spragga Benz was a smash and made Lyttle the most successful artiste from St Vincent. It earned him a deal with Atlantic Records who distributed his gold-selling debut album.<br /> <br /> Turn me On set the pace for other EC acts, and songs, such as Barbadian Rupee's Tempted to Touch.<br /> <br /> Lyttle says though he is eyeing the mainstream, he always strives to keep a Caribbean flavour.<br /> <br /> "I try to keep the sound people know me for, but it's important to make an impact with a fresh feel."<br /> <br /> Kevin Lyttle:<br /> <br /> seeks to strike again<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889725/KEVIN-LYTTLE_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 AM