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 Little-White calling for scripts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Little-White-calling-for-scripts_65068 Film-maker Lennie Little-White is issuing a call for scripts in keeping with his latest thrust to drive the local industry with the production of low-budget films.<br /> <br /> His call comes on the heels of the completion of filming his latest project, Family Affair, which wrapped up shooting in Kingston and at the Melia hotel in Braco, Trelawny.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We really want to deliver three of these films every year and we have drawn on a collective of industry players, including actors, writers, directors and producers, to help us achieve this task. What we really want now are some great stories which can fit into the low-budget format. I have consulted with my brothers and sisters in the Nigerian film industry and, therefore, the stories must have a small number of characters, limited locations, which are two of the elements which can take a chunk out of your budget.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Little-White also has some personal requirements for anyone considering submitting a script for consideration.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are going after the family market. All the films must be family-oriented, so no sex and no violence. We have enough gun movies, so let&rsquo;s get creative and come up with other stories. I am also saying no to the ghetto stories. I am tired of the movies with zinc fences as the backdrop. I want strong, intriguing stories which show off the beauty of Jamaica and can inspire us here at home, as well as those in the Diaspora and the world,&rdquo; he told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Family Affair was shot in six days and is currently in post-production, while editing should be completed by the end of July. Little-White and his team are planning to use the month of August to complete other elements such as colouring and mixing. The film should be completed and ready for viewing between the end of August and early September. <br /> <br /> He said the experience of shooting in such a short time span was an exercise in discipline for both the cast and crew.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Glory to Glorianna was shot in five weeks, Children of Babylon was shot over a six-week period, so doing this over six days was nothing we were not accustomed to. It was all about discipline. But I keep drawing on the advice of my Nigerian counterparts who note that the only way is to do it quickly. So I had to crack the whip and push the actors and crew in order to get it done,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Family Affair is being described as a clash of cultures, and chronicles what happens when a Jamaican man and his wife decide to renew their wedding vows at a family reunion, and invites his sister from Great Britain and a brother from the United States.<br /> <br /> A varied cast combining established and emerging actors has been assembled to bring this project to life. Heading the cast are seasoned actors Ian &lsquo;Ity&rsquo; Ellis, Tony &lsquo;Paleface&rsquo; Hendricks, Dahlia Harris and Bertina McCaulay. They are joined by &lsquo;newbies&rsquo; Brian Brown and Emprezz Golding. Stage and screen legend Leonie Forbes makes a cameo in Family Affair.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13099241/212119__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13099242/212118__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12951116/197258__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13099240/212120__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:00 AM Reggae Day&rsquo;s reach growing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-Day-s-reach-growing_65049 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter On Friday, July 1, reggae music takes centre stage in 35 cities across the globe in commemoration of International Reggae Day (IRD).<br /> <br /> Conceptualister of IRD, Andrea Davis, said this represents a growth in the reach of the media event designed to bring attention to the music, with several new cities coming on board with events and celebrations.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Rocksteady. We have managed to bring media on board in 35 cities for a 24-hour reggae party. This will see special playlists, programmes and interviews being conducted in these territories. Among the new cities coming on board this year is Beijing, China. We are very excited about this as it joins other new partners from Vietnam, Australia, South Africa, Madagascar, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Ibiza, Belize and three cities in Brazil. The total number of participating cities move from 25 last year and three the year before,&rdquo; Davis told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> She noted this growth has come as a result of partnerships forged with a number of international reggae partners. The early years of the celebrations, she said, were focused on building the product here at home, and now it is all about spreading the wings of the event. Davis said among the partners which has helped to spread the word is Dub Force Radio, which is a network of sound systems operating globally.<br /> <br /> In addition to the media, there are a number of events including parties, yoga sessions, concerts and panel discussions taking place worldwide to celebrate the day. Here in Jamaica, the day will be celebrated on local media, as well as the staging of the IRD conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew. This year&rsquo;s conference will zero in on UNESCO&rsquo;s recent designation of Kingston as a creative city.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are happy to have the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (Jamcopy) as sponsors of our annual conference which is divided into two parts. The morning session will focus on the digital content economy. This will focus on how to make money in this new dispensation &mdash; moving from downloads to streaming. It&rsquo;s really a guide to navigating the new landscape. The afternoon session goes to the heart of the possibilities of Kingston as a creative city. We will be looking at the areas which can be developed and what that will mean for Kingston,&rdquo; said Davis.<br /> <br /> In addition, IRD is endorsing a number of events taking place from Thursday through to Saturday. These include The Merritone Rocksteady event at Waterfalls in St Andrew on Thursday, as well as Vinyl Thursdays in Cross Roads. There is also Clarendon Live, which features Duane Stephenson and Etana at the Fyah Side Jerk Bar as well as Trench Town Experience, both on Friday. The popular Startime concert series, which will be staged on Saturday, July 2, has also received the IRD&rsquo;s nod. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13099422/212116_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:00 AM Cadia experiments with Desert of Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cadia-experiments-with-Desert-of-Love_65086 With an appreciation for all genres of music, Cadia Gritton has never shied from experimenting with different sounds.<br /> <br /> She needed no urging when approached to record the house-flavoured Desert Of Love, her latest song.<br /> <br /> Co-produced by Donovan James and Diavallan Fearon, Desert Of Love is scheduled for a July 4 release.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When Donovan played me the track, it resonated with me instantly,&rdquo; said the singer, whose stage name is Cadia.<br /> <br /> Showing versatility has been the norm for Cadia since she began recording 15 years ago. Born in Jamaica, but raised in the United Kingdom and South Florida, she was weaned on rhythm and blues, jazz and hip hop.<br /> <br /> Her first songs were produced by Hopeton Hibbert, son of reggae legend Toots Hibbert, but never released. The funky Brighter Day, produced by Kemar &lsquo;Flava&rsquo; McGregor, was Cadia&rsquo;s first song on the market in 2005.<br /> <br /> That was followed by the rootsy Black Man Rise Up for Caveman and Call On Me World, produced by Fearon.<br /> <br /> She has no problem recording to diverse rhythms. What she brings to the table is a consistent sound.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I admire singers like Jill Scott, Mary J (Blige) and Prince. I put as much soul as I can in my music,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Cadia plans to do just that in her performance at Jazz In The Gardens, this evening, at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13099141/212152__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:00 AM Military band takes over http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Military-band-takes-over_65066 Every third Sunday the Jamaica Military Band stages a special concert, and fathers were toast at Hope Gardens in St Andrew on June 19.<br /> <br /> Conducted by bandmaster Albert Shaun Hird, the band, dressed in their Zouave uniform, packed the lawns of the venue as they performed varying genre of music, including pop, gospel, mento, reggae and soca.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We arranged a nice line-up of music for special days, for example this Father&rsquo;s Day. The energy was good and the players really showed their talents with the instruments. The musical selection and arrangement for this edition of the Jamaica Military Band&rsquo;s Concert in the Park was good,&rdquo; Hird told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> The performance featured songs like Nicole Mullen&rsquo;s Redeemer and Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross. Other selections came from artistes including Tina Turner, the Beatles and Michael Jackson. <br /> <br /> Whether seated on folding chairs or lying on towels on the grass, the audience enjoyed the concert.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am very happy to be here today. I follow their line of concerts all the time and the music is excellent. The crowd has always been good and we are very loyal to this event. people come from Montego Bay, Westmoreland, even Canada to see the band play,&rdquo; said a patron who idenified herself as Janet.<br /> <br /> Not to be mistaken with the Jamaica Regiment Band, which wears a red tunic uniform, the Jamaica Military Band is the State Band as well as the public.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are mandated to play for State, ceremonial and national events. We also perform at municipal parks, but our performance home is Hope Gardens, where we have been playing for 85-plus years&rdquo; said Hird, who is part of the outfit for the past 28 years.<br /> <br /> The band is currently preparing for their 90th anniversary in 2017.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kesi Asher http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13099148/212091_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 26, 2016 2:00 AM Remembering Totlyn Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Remembering-Totlyn-Jackson_65063 Simone Morgan-Lindo Arguably one of Jamaica&rsquo;s finest singers, Totlyn Jackson had a career that spanned more than four decades.<br /> <br /> The 84-year-old passed away in London on June 15 after a short illness.<br /> <br /> Dr Myra Hague-Bradshaw, principal of Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, described the late singer as a remarkable woman.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;She was a brilliant lady. She was classically trained, so she brought a level of technical skills to the jazz festival and to the music scene on a whole. She was very gifted and musicians liked to work with her as you could just put sheet music in front of her and she would just sing,&rdquo; Dr Hague-Bradshaw told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Dr Hague-Bradshaw said Jackson&rsquo;s last performance on the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival was in the early 2000s.<br /> <br /> Hailing from the parish of St Mary, Jackson was once described as Jamaica&rsquo;s &lsquo;First Lady of Song&rsquo;. She made her name as a north coast cabaret singer during the island&rsquo;s tourism boom of the 1950s. She eventually migrated to London where she continued to perform at prestigious venues, including Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Restaurant in Liverpool.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;She was a superstar and a celebrity before the term was even recognised here. She was very independent and strived at a time when women were expected to marry and take care of the home. Growing up, I really didn&rsquo;t see much Caribbean woman as a role model, but she was for me. She proved that in those times a lady could have a booming career while taking care of her family,&rdquo; said Dr Hague-Bradshaw.<br /> <br /> Dr Hague-Bradshaw said they maintained a close relationship as she would often visit her on her trips to London.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The last time I spoke with her was last year, and I even read to her the case study I had done on her when I was doing my PhD. She was quite pleased with it. I tried contacting her this year, but she was in and out of hospital. I was really broken up when I learnt that she had passed away,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13099143/212083__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 26, 2016 2:00 AM Who cheats more? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Who-cheats-more-_65041 With Tony Ronbinson So shall I live,<br /> <br /> Supposing thou art true,<br /> <br /> Like a deceived husband; so loves face<br /> <br /> May still seem true to me, though altered new.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Shakespeare,<br /> <br /> Sonnet 93<br /> <br /> A second time I kill my husband dead,<br /> <br /> When second husband kisses me in bed.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Shakespeare,<br /> <br /> Hamlet 111, 2<br /> <br /> Both sides have their say &mdash; he said, she said &mdash; with every story having three sides: his side, her side and the real side.The eternal emotional triangle. This controversy has been brewing for centuries, the question of who cheats more &mdash; men or women.<br /> <br /> At first glance, some people would quickly say, &ldquo;Men cheat more than women,&rdquo; while others may say that women are simply better at it and know how to cover their tracks. Maybe that&rsquo;s why men designed and forced their women to wear chastity belts when they had to be away from them for any period of time. &ldquo;Come Honey, put this on while I&rsquo;m away on the business trip.&rdquo; But the locksmiths did a flourishing business with cheating women.<br /> <br /> Whoever does it more may not really matter, as the pain inflicted is a heavy one to endure, and many do not survive the deception. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s called cheating, for somewhere along the line a robbery takes place, an emotional theft. <br /> <br /> Deception, treachery, perfidy, guile and guilt all go into the mosaic of cheating. We&rsquo;ll see who cheats more &mdash;men or women &mdash; right after these responses to &lsquo;So shall me deh ya&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> I decided years ago that I was not going to be a slave to today&rsquo;s communications technologies. I do not bury my face in my cellphone and the only social media site I subscribe to is<br /> <br /> Facebook, hoping to find long lost friends from decades ago. It turns out that there are more vehicle collisions and crash-related deaths caused by people texting and driving in North America than those caused by other means, including drunk driving. So much clutter in their brains.<br /> <br /> Anthony<br /> <br /> Vancouver, Canada<br /> <br /> Teerob,<br /> <br /> Call me a dinosaur, but I stay away from those social media sites. Well, I use e-mail, but that&rsquo;s about it. I cannot understand how people can avoid reality and interface electronically instead. Get a life.<br /> <br /> Sam<br /> <br /> Cheating has been going on from men and women started to have committed relationships. Couples get involved, then after a time one decides to have a fling, a dalliance, a one-night stand, or even a long-term relationship with somebody else. Enter the mistress or the man on the side. They cheat, or as we say in Jamaica, &lsquo;give bun&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> The woman on the side is called the &lsquo;side chick&rsquo;, the &lsquo;matey&rsquo;, the &lsquo;other woman&rsquo;, while the other man is usually called &lsquo;Joe Grine&rsquo; or the &lsquo;Service Rep&rsquo;. Whatever the names are, it&rsquo;s cheating, and it is a most destructive element in any relationship.<br /> <br /> People will point fingers and say that men cheat more than women, but the scientific statistical evidence says otherwise. I have always asked, &ldquo;If men are so bad, who are they bad with?&rdquo; Aha, made you think, huh? To take it further, I did intense research and what I found was most revealing. <br /> <br /> All the research points to an almost equal ratio of men and women cheating, and the truth is, clinical studies confirm that women cheat nearly as much as men, but are just better at hiding it.<br /> <br /> In other words, women are just better cheaters, if ever there was such a thing. I always remember a good friend of mine who had other women with his wife. He was a man about town, while his wife was a quiet, demure, simple kind of woman. When he discovered that his wife had turned the tables and also cheated on him, he almost had a heart attack. He fell to the floor and held his belly as he wailed. &ldquo;Oh my God, I never knew she was capable of doing that. She act like she &lsquo;can&rsquo;t mash ants&rsquo;.&rdquo; She was so stealthy with it, that he didn&rsquo;t have a clue.<br /> <br /> I have always compared cheating men and women to dogs and cats, with the men being the dogs (of course) who will do it anytime, anywhere, anyplace, anyhow. The women are the cats, who you rarely see doing their thing. Sneaky felines. Have you ever noticed how a cat always seems like it&rsquo;s up to something? Plus, cats are &lsquo;facety&rsquo; and can&rsquo;t be controlled.<br /> <br /> Some studies say that 23 per cent of men cheat, compared to 19 per cent of women. Pretty close, or as they would say, a statistical dead heat. Other studies even suggest that more women than men cheat. I guess it depends on the country where the research was done.<br /> <br /> But even when faced with these glaring statistics, many women still cling to the belief that cheating is a man&rsquo;s game.<br /> <br /> Bringing it closer home, it&rsquo;s been established that 35 per cent of men tested in Jamaica are not the fathers of their children, but are wearing &lsquo;jackets&rsquo; as the term goes. A &lsquo;jacket&rsquo; is the name given to a situation where the man is caring for a child who he thinks is his, but, in reality, isn&rsquo;t. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;What a man get nuff jacket, not one a de pickney dem resemble him.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;How de man black so and have pure half chinese pickney, and free grocery inna him house all de time?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Are we the jacket capital of the world?<br /> <br /> Isn&rsquo;t that evidence of women cheating on a grand scale? And yet they say that men cheat more. The subtlety of cheating women is legendary as it is frightening. Just like cats, they find ways and means to do it right under the man&rsquo;s nose without him being any wiser. Like a submarine, they&rsquo;re smooth, silent and deadly.<br /> <br /> There was this case I know of a married couple who took in this country boy to mentor him. Well, he meant her well as the wife mentored him, and in a short time he and the wife were carrying on behind hubby&rsquo;s back. Naturally, the marriage broke up.<br /> <br /> In contrast, men&rsquo;s pattern of cheating is clich&Atilde;&copy;. He stays out late at night, comes home reeking of perfume, changes his habits, leaves telltale signs like lipstick on his collar and so on. Not so for women, who will cover their tracks better than a ninja, and are as sneaky, surreptitious, slithery, seductive, silent as a submarine sliding smoothly. Yet, it&rsquo;s the man who will be vilified, all because he was clumsy and got caught.<br /> <br /> The research goes further and gives the reasons why both sexes cheat. For men, the answer is simple, they&rsquo;re just horny hombres who want to hump anything in sight. They&rsquo;ll even pay for it.<br /> <br /> I saw this movie where this female escort justified her actions of sleeping with married men by saying, &ldquo;Men have a higher sex drive than women, and wives deny their husbands sex after a while, so I fill that need.&rdquo; Women lock shop on men, not the other way around.<br /> <br /> Women cheat for other reasons, most of them emotional. Maybe she feels unloved, unappreciated, unwanted and seek these from some other man. Sometimes they cheat out of sheer spite or revenge. &ldquo;He flirted with that woman again, so I slept with his best friend just to get back at him.&rdquo; Women have confided in me personally that they cheated on their husbands because the men were too arrogant and &lsquo;boasy&rsquo;, and should be brought down a peg or two. Some did it because the men abused them and it&rsquo;s their only way of getting back at them. &ldquo;Every time him slap me, I get slapped by his best friend...haha&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> When you read the advice columns you&rsquo;ll see stories of wives cheating all the time, then feeling guilty afterwards. Some feel no guilt at all but worry about pregnancy or health issues. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Could I have caught an STD?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know who the father might be.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> So all of you folks who think that men cheat more than women, the statistics say otherwise. It appears to be a dead heat, a photo finish, down to the wire, but the women are invisible participants, ghost-like, feigning innocence even as the men get caught in the flashbulbs.<br /> <br /> Plus, men boast of their cheating too, but women never tell, that&rsquo;s why the impression of men cheating more is so lopsided. <br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote: Gun violence is a scourge on any nation. In the USA it has gone from alarming to shockingly devastating. Every few weeks there is another incident of a mass shooting, and each time we hear the numbers we say, &lsquo;Well that&rsquo;s the worst.&rsquo; Fifteen dead, 23 young children killed in school, now 49 killed in a nightclub. Only Iraq compares. How high will the numbers go before the message is heeded to stop the sale of high-powered weapons over the counter? Nowhere is safe, not schools, malls, cinemas, nightclubs. And the shooters are always &lsquo;quiet, mild, harmless, nice-boy-next-door types who wouldn&rsquo;t hurt a fly&rsquo;. Home-grown terrorism is a huge problem. Guess what, high-powered weapons are here too. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13099374/212047__w300.jpg Local News Sunday, June 26, 2016 2:00 AM Bounty, Mavado for Rendezvous http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bounty--Mavado-for-Rendezvous_64967 Bounty Killer and Mavado are headliners for the second Rendezvous show at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios this evening.<br /> <br /> Promoter Winston Bennett promises a spectacular show.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bounty Killer and Mavado are two of the giants of dancehall music, and the fans are happy that they have made peace. This will be their first official performance on the same show since they&rsquo;ve reunited,&rdquo; he told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The deejays were involved in a long-running feud that often played out on social media. Recently, it was announced they had buried the hatchet.<br /> <br /> Several other popular artistes are billed on the event, including I-Octane, Sizzla, Chi Ching Ching, Jahmeil, Vanessa Bling, Gully Bop, Bling Dawg, Ishawna, Turbulence, and Stacious.<br /> <br /> The inaugural Rendezvous took place in 2007 at Temple Hall Estate in Kingston.<br /> <br /> &mdash;HC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12752124/191054_20522_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12476589/173921__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 AM Chill cools hot Miami http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chill-cools-hot-Miami_63589 THE Hollywood Arts Park in Miami, Florida, was the perfect backdrop for the recent staging of party series Chill. <br /> <br /> Promoted by music producer and disc jockey Richard &lsquo;Richie D&rsquo; Martin, the event pulled a massive crowd which partied from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.<br /> <br /> With a diverse line-up of disc jockeys, including Sinister & Steelie Back, Dutty Dex, Richie D, Jazzy T and Karim Hype, patrons forgot about Florida&rsquo;s hot temperatures and danced to soca rhythms, dancehall, reggae, old school music, EDM, house, disco and pop music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Chill has built its success on creating a family and friend- based experience which we believe transcends to our patrons as well. Our DJs are carefully selected and complement each other to make for an all-round musical experience,&rdquo; Martin told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Since its first staging 11 years ago, patron support at Chill has gotten bigger.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Chill has always had consistent growth. This past event has proven our slogan as it does each year, which is truly a party like no other. What is most important is that we had our largest turnout and it was incident-free,&rdquo; said Martin.<br /> <br /> A number of entertainment industry personnel were seen among the massive crowd. They include R&B singer Pleasure P (formerly of the group Pretty Ricky), Jamaica Jerk festival promoter Eddy Edwards, media personality Jodi-Ann Gray, Dip Suh party promoter Philippe Edwards, members of the Chimney Records camp, and veteran disc jock Supa Twitch.<br /> <br /> Chill party was first held in Pembroke Pines, Florida, in November 2005. The party is held twice annually in Florida and in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097724/210619_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097723/210622_r400_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097720/210625_r400_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097726/210624_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097728/210623_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097729/210621_r400_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097730/210620_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 AM Full &lsquo;Blass&rsquo; for Rio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Full--Blass--for-Rio_64785 By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment HAVING dabbled in rugby and athletics while attending Bridgeport High, fast-rising singjay Blass said he&rsquo;s aware of the importance of home support.<br /> <br /> Therefore, he felt it was apt to pen the ode We Are Winners for the Jamaican contingent ahead of the summer Olympics in Rio.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;With Usain Bolt announcing his impending retirement and what could be the final performances for many of Jamaica&rsquo;s top athletes, I feel the song is quite fitting. The song celebrates the winning ways of Bolt, Warren Weir, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Yohan Blake, and Asafa Powell while heaping praises on those who paved the way, like Merlene Ottey, for the present crop of talent,&rdquo; Blass, 34, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Released yesterday, We Are Winners is on the D Phil Productions imprint. It is available digitally and distributed by Zojak World Wide.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This will be the official Olympic song for Jamaica,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The Olympic Games is scheduled for Brazil on August 5 to 21. Bolt, 29, is the current record holder to the Olympic 100m and 200m, which he first won in 2008. Blass said he&rsquo;s also racking up studio time on a seven-track EP entitled Average is Overrated due in October.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The EP will include The Phone Call, featuring Guyana soca queen Nesta, that is coming out in July; Eyes on Me, and Wine Gyal,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> According to him, the latter, released in March on the Kenya-based Rebel Liberation Records, is doing well in that neck of the woods.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The video was released in Africa and is doing pretty well on MTV Africa and all African TV stations,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston, Blass (whose given name is Omari Thompson) came of age in the dormitory community of Portmore in St Catherine.<br /> <br /> He got his musical break with Money That They See Gonna Change Dem Eye in 2000 with fledgling dancehall sextet Cellblock. The group disbanded after the death of a member and the outfit morphed into the duo Slash & Blass. They recorded Gal Know Fi Wine in 2003.<br /> <br /> Blass&rsquo;s other songs include Just My Love and Hustlers&rsquo; Anthem (featuring Propheca Crew). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982031/205026_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097495/211493__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 AM Seyi Shay building bridges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Seyi-Shay-building-bridges_64973 A British singer, citing historical ties between reggae and African music, says it is critical that artistes from the two genres establish lasting bonds.<br /> <br /> Seyi Shay, a Universal Records artiste, made this observation during her June 17 lecture at the University of the West Indies&rsquo; Mona campus, under the theme &lsquo;Marketing In The Music Industry&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m here. That is why I am trying to mend bridges that have been broken and be a voice for young women who want to be in music&hellip;&rdquo;, said Seyi, who is the Pepsi Ambassador for Nigeria.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our forefathers would have wanted this, so I&rsquo;m proud to be part of this generation helping to make African music go global,&rdquo; she continued.<br /> <br /> Her lecture was presented by the Department of Literature at the UWI and Down 2 Earth Productions.<br /> <br /> The singer/songwriter was born and raised in the United Kingdom, but visited Nigeria annually with her mother (who was Nigerian).<br /> <br /> She studied the business of music at the University of East London. Her best known song, Murda, is a reggae/Afrobeat collaboration with British deejay Pato Banton.<br /> <br /> She also addressed aspiring artistes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Try to make great songs. Try to make evergreen songs. I use Bob Marley as an example. Every time I hear No Woman No Cry, the lyrics are like a soundtrack to so many people&rsquo;s lives,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Seyi also encouraged them to get professional management.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That team is pivotal. I have a lawyer and a good business manager. &hellip;PR is very important. Without my PR, I don&rsquo;t think I would get this far&hellip;.they are your route to the rest of the world.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Currently promoting her album, Seyi Or Shay, Seyi told the Jamaica Observer that she visited King Jammys recording studio in Waterhouse during her stay in Jamaica, and hopes to work with Beenie Man and Sean Paul in the future.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097524/211931__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 AM Ashley banks on Happiness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ashley-banks-on-Happiness_64737 US-based Jamaican-born singer/songwriter Winsome Ashley believes forgiveness is an essential trait for happiness.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When you forgive someone, you let go of any ill feelings or the hurt they caused. You, in turn, release yourself from those negative feelings and take yourself to a higher level,&rdquo; said Ashley, who records under the moniker Rosilina Rolyat.<br /> <br /> It is that thinking which provided the inspiration for the R&B-reggae-flavoured I Wish You Happiness.<br /> <br /> Released a month ago, the single is on her ArticalMotion imprint and features Farrah &lsquo;Sparkle&rsquo; Roshay. It is available on iTunes and Amazon Music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I Wish You Happiness is for everybody. It&rsquo;s about moving on and wishing the other party happiness. No hard feelings&hellip; My songs tell a story and each song is like a chapter of that tale,&rdquo; said Ashley.<br /> <br /> Last September, Ashley released the gospel track Pray On. She said the single&rsquo;s reception is encouraging.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is being played on a couple of radio stations in New York and New Jersey. The word is getting out&hellip; the journey is still young, but we&rsquo;re getting there,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> She said she hopes to release an album at the end of the year, as she has &ldquo;tons of songs&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just a matter of selecting the right ones for the album. I&rsquo;m just taking my time to get it done properly. I want something that people will be talking about long after I&rsquo;m gone,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Hailing from St Catherine, Ashley migrated to the United States in 2002.<br /> <br /> She is a firm believer in giving back.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t live for yourself. I have been involved in several charities over the year&hellip; I have a back-to-school drive, which I send school supplies to both Jamaica and here in States; and I also have a Christmas toy drive and winter coat drive in the States,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> But for now, Ashley is focusing on getting her music out.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m encouraging people to listen to the words, the songs are very powerful,&rdquo; she added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097184/211346__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 AM Jah Luke continues journey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jah-Luke-continues-journey_64979 Roots singer Jah Luke is the definition of reggae&rsquo;s journeyman. Recording since his teens, he has trod the independent route throughout his career.<br /> <br /> He did it his way on Love And Happiness, his second album, which will be released on his Jah Luke label through a distribution deal with VP Records.<br /> <br /> Jah Luke started production on what turned out to be a 10-track set last summer. Footing the bill for an album, he discovered, is not easy.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It took mi a year, but gradually mi get done wid some help from the musician dem an&rsquo; tings work out,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The Uprising Roots Band bassist/keyboardist Paul &lsquo;Computer Paul&rsquo; Henton and keyboardist Diavallan &lsquo;Dia&rsquo; Fearon are some of the musicians who played on Love And Happiness.<br /> <br /> Jah Luke (born Ewart Ivey) is originally from Lawrence Tavern in rural St Andrew, but grew up in Grants Pen. He made his recording debut in the late 1980s with the song Giant Size.<br /> <br /> His first album, In The Streets, was released in 2012.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097185/211946__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 AM Anime Chill Out this evening http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Anime-Chill-Out-this-evening_64801 FANS of Japanese pop culture can fill their needs at Fantasy Beat Summer Anime Chill Out, this evening at 2A Easton Avenue, St Andrew. <br /> <br /> Start time is 3:00 pm and admission is free.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are only so many anime events in the year, so I really wanted to try and boost the amount of them and hopefully later in the year we&rsquo;ll be able to put on a larger event,&rdquo; said Stephanie Singh, event organiser.<br /> <br /> The day&rsquo;s activities include video games, Japanese comics, and animation.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There will be several contests where prizes can be won and there will be merchandise on sale for the anime fan,&rdquo; said Singh.<br /> <br /> The games and contest range from fan-based trivia to a relay drawing contest. The other entertainment will be provided by K-Pop dance group Pop Dynamix and a performance from Terri Berri.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097722/211537_r400_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 AM No stopping Singer J http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/No-stopping-Singer-J_64434 THE consummate performer, recording artiste Singer J has hit pay dirt with his latest single, Can&rsquo;t Stop Me Now. <br /> <br /> Produced by Frenz For Real, the song is creating a buzz locally as well as in the New York tri-state area. Another version was recorded for the local sprint team participating in the upcoming Rio Summer Olympics.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;This is a song that the world needs. It is something to uplift people and allow persons to be inspired,&rdquo; Singer J told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Aside from Can&rsquo;t Stop Me Now, Singer J is enjoying rotation with a handful of other songs, including Put Jah First (Mineral Boss Records); Give Thanks For Your Blessing (produced by DJ Bryan); One In A Million (Lock City Records/Truckback Records); and Let&rsquo;s Talk About It (Konsequence Muzik).<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have put in a lot of hard work over the years and I feel the timing is right for me to launch out in a big way,&rdquo; said Singer J.<br /> <br /> Born Omar Lattibeaudiere, Singer J is a nephew of veteran songwriter/singer Bob Andy. Hailing from the Waterhouse area in Kingston, he made his recording debut in 1991. However, his commercially released song was Hot Gal in 2000.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been to a lot of countries and I have learnt how to appreciate the different music and cultures that I have been exposed to. Music has been the foremost thing for me since I was a teenager and it has given me a lot of opportunities,&rdquo; said Singer J.<br /> <br /> His other singles included Wave Yuh Hand, Can&rsquo;t Stay Away, Buss Yuh Gun and cover of PSY&rsquo;s Gangnam Style titled Gangnam Badman Style.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13097183/211433_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 AM Producer SmoodFace moves centre stage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Producer--SmoodFace--moves-centre-stage_64766 UNITED Kingdom-based producer SmoodFace has a lot to smile about these days. Several of his Glendevon Records&rsquo; productions are enjoying prime time rotation.<br /> <br /> SmoodFace is, however, intent on adding the title of recording artiste to his r&Atilde;&copy;sum&Atilde;&copy;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Basically I am focusing on my career now. As a musician and producer, I have pretty much shown the world my skill set with hits like Don Andre&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Tom Cruise, Alkaline&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Mek Di Money, Stylo G&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Winter Swag, and Hurt It Up by Spookie, to name a few. So now it&rsquo;s all about SmoodFace the artiste,&rdquo; he told<br /> <br /> Splash.<br /> <br /> Among his releases will be an upcoming EP called That&rsquo;s What I Like. Produced on his Glendevon Records, the seven-track sets slated to be released next month.<br /> <br /> In addition to the title track, the EP will feature tracks including Love Memory, Take Your Life Away andMake She Scream.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Of all the tracks, I am most excited about the steamy single Love Memory, which is already gaining traction on local and international radio. ButLove Memory is just a sample of the what is to come, as my upcoming EP will be a classic. It features some of my best work as an artiste, and I am very confident that it will resonate well with local and international music lovers,&rdquo; said SmoodFace.<br /> <br /> SmoodFace (given name Aldin Taylor) spent his earlier years between Duhaney Park and Waterhouse in St Andrew. He migrated to to the United Kingdom in 2002 at 19. While in the UK, he embarked on a music career.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I had no formal training. I taught myself everything I knew and so far everything is paying off. My biggest success so far is to get two of my productions, Stylo G&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Winter Swag and Rvussian and Gappy Ranks&rsquo;<br /> <br /> Swag Tun Up, on BBC Extra playlist,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094224/211154__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM Konshens mourns brother&rsquo;s passing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Konshens-mourns-brother-s-passing_64893 By Simone Morgan-Lindo Observer staff reporter The entertainment fraternity is in shock over the alleged suicide of singjay Delmark &lsquo;Delus&rsquo; Spence, older brother of deejay Konshens.<br /> <br /> According to the Constabulary Communications Unit (CCU), residents of Riverside Drive in Havendale, St Andrew alerted the police minutes after 7:00 pm Wednesday after hearing an explosion from the artiste&rsquo;s apartment.<br /> <br /> Delus&rsquo;s lifeless body was discovered in his bathroom with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. He celebrated his 35th birthday last weekend.<br /> <br /> Yesterday, Konshens took to<br /> <br /> Instagram to grieve the loss of his brother.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No know how mi aggo do dis without u, dawg. But mi aggo do it, cah u love see mi a do it. We can always say u neva affi do dat, but mi prefer seh mi wish u neva affi do dat. Mi know you, if it was so heavy that u think u needed to quit then to hell with it, dawg. REST and rest easy to,&rdquo; the post read in part.<br /> <br /> Konshens also thanked the public for the outpouring of support.<br /> <br /> On Sunday, a happy Delus posted a video of his social media pages thanking everyone for birthday wishes while bidding all fathers greetings on Father&rsquo;s Day.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Big up all a di fathers dem who take care of dem youth whether dem like dem baby mother or not. Big up all Geminis; Geminis rule, so I am going to continue to enjoy my birthday throughout di whole a di month,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> As news of the entertainer&rsquo;s death circulated, fans took to social media to express grief and condolences.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is just too sad. RIP DelusSubkonshus!<br /> <br /> What tomorrow may bring nobody don&rsquo;t know...Condolences to Konshens and the entire family,&rdquo; female dancehall artiste Spice posted.<br /> <br /> Delus&rsquo;s close friend, Darrio, wrote: &ldquo;This shouldn&rsquo;t be my next post dawg!!! Mi nuh strong enuff to deal wid this,&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Sean Paul tweeted: &ldquo;SHOCKED AND SADDENED BY THIS NEWS. R.I.P #DELUS THOUGHTS AN PRAYERS GO OUT.<br /> <br /> Minutes before his death, it is alleged Delus recorded a video of himself holding a gun to his head. He spoke of longstanding personal problems.<br /> <br /> In an interview with<br /> <br /> Splash, producer of Stoneage Productions and Delus&rsquo;s close friend Hugh Stone, was shocked by his passing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was never aware of any issues that Delus was having as he never showed it, he was always laughing. I spoke with him a few days ago as he wanted me to check on something for him and I did. He showed no emotion of unhappiness,&rdquo; Stone said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I knew he had a licensed firearm but I never dreamed that he would turn it on himself. I can&rsquo;t digest this one.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Konshens and Delus emerged on the dancehall scene in the early 2000s as the duo Sojah. Their first hit was Medz Pon Di Corner released by the Cash Flow label in 2004.<br /> <br /> That year, the brothers toured Japan where the song was popular. They also released the album, Sons of Jah.<br /> <br /> Eventually, they went solo but often collaborated on songs like<br /> <br /> She&rsquo;s Happy, So High, Wake up and<br /> <br /> Call The Police.<br /> <br /> Delus was known for the songs<br /> <br /> Sticky<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Ah<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Road,<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Another<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Gal,<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> True<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Love and<br /> <br /> Come Ova featuring Patra. He was promoting his<br /> <br /> Public<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Relation EP.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094641/211667_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM Mr Lexx drives Fiat international advert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mr-Lexx-drives--Fiat-international--advert_64872 Dancehall deejay Mr Lexx&rsquo;s single <br /> <br /> Bad Boys is currently driving Fiat&rsquo;s new international campaign. <br /> <br /> Released last year,<br /> <br /> Bad Boys also features Colombian artiste El Freaky.<br /> <br /> Bad Boys is the background music to a very humorous and exciting commercial released worldwide on Monday June 13, 2016, and has since been widely well received. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am really ecstatic at this moment, 16 years in the business, and I am still making international moves... This is huge,&rdquo; said Mr Lexx.<br /> <br /> Mr Lexx says he&rsquo;s looking forward to many more things to come, and he will continue to do what he loves and put out more good music. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was born to do music. It is an incredible feeling when you know your calling and there is no stopping me. Right now I am busy in the studio working on other projects that I am confident will be a favourite, especially among my international audience,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Founded in Italy in 1899, Fiat&rsquo;s current range of passenger car engines comprises 11 units &mdash; eight petrols and three diesels. Current range of models includes the following: City car: Fiat 500, Fiat Panda; Supermini: Fiat Punto; Compact car: Fiat Tipo; Mini MPV: Fiat 500L; Large MPV: Fiat Freemont (rebadged Dodge Journey); and Mini SUV: Fiat 500X.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094557/211632__w300.jpg Local Business Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM Sumfest to plug US$6m in MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sumfest--to-plug--US-6m--in-MoBay_64816 Created as a vehicle for stimulating tourism during the slow summer months, the event provides a huge fillip for the Montego Bay economy, says Robert Russell, former chairman of Sumfest promoters, Summerfest Productions Ltd. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sumfest annually attracts 4,000 visitors to Montego Bay; the JTB (Jamaica Tourist Board) says that they typically spend US$1,500 each. A lot of people depend on the festival to send their children back to school in September. The hotels, rental cars, taxis, craft vendors... everybody looks to Sumfest as it&rsquo;s a big economic boost for Montego Bay and, by extension, Jamaica,&rdquo; Russell said. <br /> <br /> The festival, which is part sponsored by the JTB, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James from July 17-23.<br /> <br /> Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, agrees that Sumfest provides an essential economic jolt.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Hotels are filled; restaurants, food services, bars and car rental companies do great business. The impact is far-reaching, and apart from the fiscal benefits, the festival is a great calendar event marketed locally and overseas, which helps to promote Montego Bay as a great place to do business,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Sumfest&rsquo;s best-attended date has consistently been Dancehall Night, featuring almost 30 deejays. It draws over 12,000 patrons.<br /> <br /> Traditionally at least 20,000 fans attend the festival over its three nights of show. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;From the days of Sunsplash, this period has traditionally been very important to Montego Bay because we are coming out of the tourist season at the end of April. Sumfest provides a boost that keeps the hotels operational by filling rooms for a week or two,&rdquo; Robin Russell, general manager of Deja Resorts, said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12627556/183995__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM Richie Spice goes Unplugged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Richie-Spice--goes-Unplugged_64823 This evening, Richie Spice kicks off the first in a monthly Unplugged series in The Bronx, New York. Promoted by the online Riddim-Don Magazine, the event takes place at Mingles Nightclub on Boston Road.<br /> <br /> Adrian &lsquo;Donsome&rsquo; Hanson of Riddim-Don Magazine, told Splash that the series gives artistes the opportunity to present their catalogue in an intimate setting.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The objective is to give the artistes the opportunity to be up front and personal with their fans, and also to bring back live music. Fans will not have to wait until a festival is being held to see their favourite artistes performing with a band,&rdquo; Hanson explained.<br /> <br /> He added that Richie Spice was a perfect choice to start the series since he rarely performs in New York. His hit songs include The<br /> <br /> World Is A Cycle, Earth A Run Red, Grooving My Girl and<br /> <br /> Youth Dem Cold.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12576539/180803_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM KOTE continues tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/KOTE-continues-tonight_64835 The Kingston On The Edge (KOTE) series continues this evening at Redbones Blues Cafe in St Andrew with an offering of live reggae.<br /> <br /> On the bandstand will be singer Yvad, the Uprising Roots and Rootz Underground bands.<br /> <br /> Yvad is currently promoting his Riverton single and video, while Uprising Roots are touting their<br /> <br /> Black To My Roots album.<br /> <br /> The annual KOTE started last Friday with live concert and art exhibition at Redbones. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094220/211600_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM Ninja Kid takes message to prison http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ninja-Kid-takes-message-to-prison_64821 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer Veteran deejay Ninja Kid, on a high with the song Before God Come, recently took his spiritual message to the Spanish Town Prison.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The purpose of going into the prisons was to spread a positive message. Each month they have an event there for the prisoners and I was invited to participate. It was a really good vibe and the prisoners enjoyed every moment,&rdquo; said Ninja Kid.<br /> <br /> Accompanying him were fellow entertainers Chin Chin, Jigsy King and Starface.<br /> <br /> Since the release of<br /> <br /> Before God Come, Ninja Kid has experienced a career revival. The song has even been endorsed by popular clergyman Reverend Al Miller.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Reverend Miller said the song should have been included in a hymn book because of the message, but I am just happy that I am able to make a significant and meaningful contribution,&rdquo; Ninja Kid stated.<br /> <br /> The toaster recently returned from a performance in Belize alongside Aidonia and the 4th Genna Crew.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094217/211581__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM Energetic event http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Energetic-event_64846 Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatly hosted a high-powered reception on Tuesday at Ribbiz after his presentation in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY captures the charged event.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094140/211522_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094141/211527_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094138/211533__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094143/211523_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094144/211525_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094145/211531__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094146/211532_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094148/211529_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094149/211530_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094150/211524_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM Exile Di Brave returns To The Foundation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Exile-Di-Brave-returns-To-The-Foundation_64832 TO The Foundation, singer Exile Di Brave&rsquo;s second album, was released on June 14. It features songs done to classic rocksteady and reggae rhythms.<br /> <br /> The 12-song set contains the songs Thankful, Same Old Episode, Foundation, Take Me Away, and Mr Nibble Nimble.<br /> <br /> His first album, The Journey Begins, was released last year.<br /> <br /> Exile Di Brave recently returned from a 10-country tour of Europe where he did mainly club and sound system dates. His fourth trip to the continent, he performed for the first time in Denmark and The Netherlands.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The most satisfying thing about this tour is that I could perform in some places that I never did before and got great response from the audience, and the places I&rsquo;d been already they were anticipating my new stuff,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The diminutive artiste (real name Clayton Johnson) also broke new ground in another area.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I got my music played once on a city radio in Hamburg (Germany). Reggae music is still underground everywhere in Europe. From my experience of travelling there four times, I never heard it on a public radio before,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Reggae is played by sound systems, in clubs or on Internet radio.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> There will be a listening session for To The Foundation in early July at the weekly Vinyl Thursday at Veggie Meal On Wheels in Cross Roads.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13094227/211595_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, June 24, 2016 12:00 AM Sade Serena teams with Shaggy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sade-Serena-teams-with-Shaggy_64521 Dum, a &lsquo;combination&rsquo; between singer Sade Serena and Shaggy, has been kicking up a storm on local airwaves and in her hometown of South Florida.<br /> <br /> Getting a hit song with the Grammy-winning artiste is a plus for her.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Growing up I have always looked up to Shaggy and other artistes like Sean Paul and Elephant Man that paved their way to mainstream success. To have a diamond-selling artiste like Shaggy on my record is a dream come true for me,&rdquo; said Sade Serena, whose mother is Jamaican.<br /> <br /> Dum&rsquo;s video has been in rotation on local cable channels since last week.<br /> <br /> Released through Uprize Music, Dum is from Sade Serena&rsquo;s EP, Jerk Sauce, which came out on March 25. A remix will be released on Shaggy&rsquo;s label, Ranch Entertainment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song has opened a lot of doors for Sade; Billboard magazine premiered it, while the EP made two Billboard charts and the song made the singles charts. So, it was a great look for her,&rdquo; said Richard Myrie, Sade Serena&rsquo;s manager and chief executive officer of Uprize Music. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13091622/211010__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:00 AM Wormbass is the Reggaeman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Wormbass-is-the-Reggaeman_64746 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer July 1 is the new release date for Reggaeman, the first album by singer/musician Wormbass. Initially set for an early 2016 drop, he said production hitches forced the pushback to summer.<br /> <br /> The lanky Wormbass (real name Delroy Niven) recently returned from the United States and Mexico where he did the promotional rounds. He does not believe the delay will hurt the 15-song set.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a timeless thing. We took five years to do the album so if we wait another year it doesn&rsquo;t matter &lsquo;cause what we have is a timeless thing&rdquo;, he said.<br /> <br /> Wormbass and his management are currently promoting the title song and its video.<br /> <br /> While he did slots on Caribbean radio in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia, it is the emerging Mexican market that has his interest.<br /> <br /> According to Wormbass, he did the rounds in Cancun, traditionally one of Mexico&rsquo;s strongest tourist markets. It is an area which he is familiar with, having played there with the Original Heat Band for a year in 1992.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The whole place change; there is a lot of development. Some of the people I knew have moved away but a lotta dem still there so I think great things can happen,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He is tentatively set to perform in Cancun in October at the resort&rsquo;s Caribfest event.<br /> <br /> Wormbass &mdash; known to dancehall fans as the hyperactive leader of the Blaze Band which backed Beenie Man for eight years &mdash; recorded most of Reggaeman with his Ball A Fyah band. Its lead song, Only You, was released last year.<br /> <br /> The album also contains the weed anthem, Homegrown; and Funky Reggae, a spin on Toots And The Maytals&rsquo; Funky Kingston, which features Sly and Robbie and Caymanian singer Sabina.<br /> <br /> He collaborates with Beenie Man on Bring Back The Paradise. Another combination is Sell Out, which he did with singer Norris Man in 1994. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13091822/211478__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13091824/211387__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:00 AM