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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Sizzla, Bounty for Back To http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sizzla--Bounty-for-Back-To_19226233 THE inaugural Back To Fest, a live show culminating a popular weekly series in Majesty Gardens, is scheduled for the basketball court in that community tomorrow.<br /> <br /> Sizzla Kalonji, Bounty Killer, Hezron and Isha Bel are some of the artistes who will perform on the show which is promoted by the Creator Family.<br /> <br /> The day-long event also includes a family fun day, school treat and gospel special.<br /> <br /> Back To Fest follows three months of Back To Niceness, which was held Sundays and showcased mainly local talent.<br /> <br /> Promoters say the show's objective is to expose artistes from Majesty Gardens (known as 'Back To') and neighbouring communities, as well as empower the area's youth.<br /> <br /> Sizzla, Bounty for Back To<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131746/Sizzla_8609_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 29, 2015 2:00 AM Scammers target Jahmiel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Scammers-target-Jahmiel_19226292 DANCEHALL artiste Jahmiel is the latest entertainer being plagued by unscrupulous individuals taking bookings on his behalf.<br /> <br /> "We have received quite a few calls from promoters who have paid money for Jahmiel for a booking we have no knowledge of," said Cyndi Davila, Jahmiel's manager.<br /> <br /> "Most recently, we have been notified of persons stating that they are Jahmiel's official manager. I would like to make it clear that Jahmiel has only one manager and that's me," she continued.<br /> <br /> Davila is asking show promoters to do their due diligence checks before entering in any contractual arrangements with anyone.<br /> <br /> "We ask that all promoters do their homework before booking any artiste and to the persons taking bookings on behalf of Jahmiel and handling business on behalf of Jahmiel as his 'management' please stop it! This is not helping his career," she said.<br /> <br /> Jahmiel, who recently returned from Grenada, is known for songs including Real Father, Do It My Way and United. He is slated to embark on a European tour early January. <br /> <br /> Scammers target Jahmiel<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131745/Jahmiel-photo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 29, 2015 2:00 AM Spice under fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Spice-under-fire_19226279 FEMALE dancehall artiste Spice has come under sharp criticism via social media due to her conduct at one of her recent performances in Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> The deejay was captured on video urging a boy to dance suggestively with a female patron at the event.<br /> <br /> In the video, Spice -- whose given name is Grace Hamilton -- and other adults in the audience were seen encouraging a young boy to gyrate behind a skimpily clad female as she performed her hit single So Mi Like it. The child is said to be an up-and-coming act called DJ Ingredient.<br /> <br /> Among the views expressed online were that of Lisa who said:<br /> <br /> "That's so distasteful. Come on, Spice! You are a mom and a great mom, so what is this?"<br /> <br /> "Would she let her son do this? If he grows up and becomes a rapist, womaniser or sexual abuser, who is to be blamed? It would be those who expose him to such behaviour at such early age. Stop it before it starts, even if its not yours, you all have a responsibility. Our society is really losing morals and values. Dancehall gone," she said.<br /> <br /> Other viewers also questioned the whereabouts of the youngster's parents and the party promoter.<br /> <br /> Efforts by the Jamaica Observer to get a comment from Spice proved futile.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> SPICE under fire<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131738/Spice_1650_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:00 AM PTX looks Omi's way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/PTX-looks-Omi-s-way_19226320 BY JOSIMAR SCOTT Observer writer JAMAICAN singer Omi recently received another boost of confidence from Grammy-winning a capella group Pentatonix (also known as PTX).<br /> <br /> The group recently posted a video on their YouTube channel covering his Billboard hit song Cheerleader.<br /> <br /> PTX's video for Cheerleader shows the group sitting in the stands of a basketball court clad in Varsity jerseys. They then make their way to the opposite side of court while singing the song. The video has so far received over four million views.<br /> <br /> In response to the video, Omi tweeted: "A capella group @PTXofficial made an amazing Cheerleader video!"<br /> <br /> PTX, the season three winners of NBC's The Sing- Off, won the award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella at this year's Grammy Awards. Since their win on NBC talent contest in 2011, the group has pursued a career in music, putting their own a capella twist on covers of Top 40 songs, but PTX has also produced original songs such as Run To You and Love Again.<br /> <br /> The cover of Cheerleader follows on the heels of being charted at number one on Billboard Hot 100 and Top 10 on iTunes after being remixed by German producer Felix Jaehn this year. The song has also received Top 10 ranking in several European countries.<br /> <br /> Since the remix of the song, first released in 2012, Omi has been featured on television shows America's Got Talent and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.<br /> <br /> PTX looks Omi's way<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131752/PTX_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131753/OMI-VID_1055_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 29, 2015 2:00 AM Sandals' talent on parade tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sandals--talent-on-parade-tonight_19226267 THE Jamaica finals of the Sandals and ATL Group ENCORE Talent and Model Search Competition is set to take place tonight at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in St Ann.<br /> <br /> Starting time is 8:30 pm.<br /> <br /> The cream of the group's entertainment talent, drawn from the Sandals' Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril and Whitehouse regions, along with representatives of the Jamaica Observer, Island Routes, Unique Vacations, and ATL Appliances will compete in a number of events.<br /> <br /> Categories will include: Male Model, Female Models, Male Vocalist Solo, Female Vocalist Solo, Dance Solo and Group, Spoken Word and Musical Instrumentalist.<br /> <br /> Sandals Ocho Rios region will hold one of the strong favourites, in male model Andrew Smith, but all the properties will be gunning for the top prizes.<br /> <br /> According to group manager of entertainment Joel Ryan: "Our company continues to create a platform for employees to showcase their talent. The feedback we have gotten from the public has grown tremendously and has progressed into an event that is highly anticipated."<br /> <br /> ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excellence) was created in 2003 to foster and develop talent within the Sandals and Beaches hotels. It was conceptualised by the then Creative Director Weston Haughton.<br /> <br /> It has raised its standard and surpassed the traditional format. In that, 2015 promises for more excitement. This year the re-introduction of a Spoken Word category will be added to the line-up of activities, along with a dance solo and group performances.<br /> <br /> The international finals, showcasing winners from across the Caribbean, will take place September 18-19 at Beaches Negril and Sandals Whitehouse.<br /> <br /> Beaches Negril will feature the competition leg of Male and Female Vocalist, Musical Instrumentalist and Spoken Word.<br /> <br /> Sandals Whitehouse will once again host the Grand Finale. This evening's feature will be in the categories of Dance, Solo and Group presentations, Modelling and National Costume presentations. <br /> <br /> Sandals' talent <br /> <br /> on parade tonight<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131747/andrew-smith_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 29, 2015 2:00 AM Shav-A can't get enough http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Shav-A-can-t-get-enough_19226372 BONNER Cornerstone recording artiste Shav-A is seeking to make a mark on the music scene with her latest project Can't Get Enough.<br /> <br /> The ballad was inspired by personal experiences and was penned in less than a day by the artiste, alongside her sister Alasia.<br /> <br /> This is the singer's fourth single, her first since being signed to the Bonner Cornerstone Label.<br /> <br /> "The song is based on a past relationship that I thought about a lot. I know others will be able to relate to these feelings," Shav A explained.<br /> <br /> The human need for affection is the essence of the story-line of the video and the concept is intended for mature audiences only. Shot in the scenic hills of Hellshire Heights in Portmore, St Catherine, the video was produced by Production house Category 5 and directed by Mr Mogul.<br /> <br /> "I hope the video will encourage couples to be more intimate with their partners and remember that you can experience that magical feeling with someone you love and can't get enough of," Shav-A added.<br /> <br /> Shav-A can't get enough<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131743/Shav-A_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:00 AM Teflon is the Young King http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Teflon-is-the-Young-King_19226263 RASTAFARIAN reggae artiste Teflon returned to the island on Wednesday from a two-week gig in Europe. The gig was a part of a promotional tour for his upcoming album called Young King.<br /> <br /> His European visit saw him making stops in Hamburg, Berlin and Portugal.<br /> <br /> "This was just the first leg of the promotion. We saw the need to promote it before the album release to the European market. We will return to Europe in November after the release to continue the promotion," he said.<br /> <br /> Young King is slated to be released the ending of September and will be distributed by Tuff Gong Records. It will feature production works from the likes of reggae's rhythm twin Sly and Robbie, Ricky Bless and Born Free Music.<br /> <br /> Included in the 15-track listings are Not Today, Destiny, Young King and collaboration with veteran producer/artiste Lee 'Scratch' Perry called Forgiveness.<br /> <br /> "These are all standout tracks, and I am honoured to work with Mr Lee 'Scratch' Perry. This will show the maturity of me as an artiste. I see myself as a young king who the youths like look up to. We can't sing the same songs, someone has to be different. There has to be a balance and there has to be conscious, motivating music," he said.<br /> <br /> Young King will be the entertainer's fourth studio album with his last being Different Dimension in 2013.<br /> <br /> "For me, putting out singles is just showing out my creativity. An album is more deep and authentic and will showcase an artiste's soul. Also if the target market is Europe, then an album is very important. Therefore, the aim, for me, is to release an album every other year," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Teflon is the Young King<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131750/TEFLON_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 29, 2015 2:00 AM PHOTO: A Virgo moment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-Virgo-moment-_19226365 Entertainer Romain Virgo singles out Rochelle Cameron, vice president of Legal and regulatory and company secretary at Cable and Wireless Communications for special treatment during a performance at the Cable and Wireless Power Partners Awards at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Wednesday. (PHOTO: Garfield Robinson)<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12131744/vrigo-lime_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:00 AM Shawn Storm enjoys Sardine and Crackers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Shawn-Storm-enjoys-Sardine-and-Crackers_19226049 Sardine and Crackers, a song deejay Shawn Storm recorded prior to his imprisonment, has been released.<br /> <br /> The track, which is produced by singjay Mr Vegas' MV label, is recorded on the Tables Turn 'riddim'.<br /> <br /> Shawn Storm (given name Shawn Campbell), who was a member of deejay Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire camp, is serving a 25-year sentence for the April 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.<br /> <br /> Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in that homicide which took place at his St Andrew home.<br /> <br /> They were sentenced in April last year along with Andre St John and Kahira Jones.<br /> <br /> Their terms are being served at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre.<br /> <br /> The Tables Turn also features songs from Bugle (Work Hard), Latty J (No Abuse), Natel (I Love Them All) and Beego (Lie Dem A Tell).<br /> <br /> Shawn Storm enjoys Sardine and Crackers<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128112/Kartel---Storm-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM Step it 'inna' Clarks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Step-it--inna--Clarks_19226052 THE Jamaican dancehall's decades-long link with Clarks footwear steps up front on Clarks in Jamaica, a 21-song compilation scheduled for release in October by VP/Greensleeves Records.<br /> <br /> It contains songs by artistes either paying tribute to the British shoe, or referring to it. These songs include Clarks Booty Skank by Trinity, Dillinger's CB200, Super Cat's Trash and Ready and Clarks Booty by Little John who has three songs on the set.<br /> <br /> Chris O'Brien, artiste and repertoire manager at VP/Greensleeves in London, said Clarks in Jamaica is the music version to the book of the same name by British writer Al 'DJ Al Fingers' Newman.<br /> <br /> Along with noted reggae producer Bunny Lee, Newman was part of the August 14 'Clarks in Jamaica' lecture at Victoria and Albert Museum in London.<br /> <br /> A similar 'conference' is scheduled for the University of Nottingham in October as part of promotion for the album.<br /> <br /> Officially established as C & J Clark International Ltd in 1825, it is one of the world's oldest shoe manufacturers. Jamaicans who migrated in droves to the United Kingdom during the 1950s travelled to its headquarters in Somerset, south-west England, to purchase the durable shoe, starting a bond that still exists.<br /> <br /> While Clarks were once identified with the 'roots man' and hardcore 'steppers' in Jamaica, deejay Vybz Kartel's 2010 smash hit, Clarks, helped push it mainstream. When Britain's Prince Harry visited Jamaica in 2012, he sported custom-made blue Desert Clarks.<br /> <br /> The Clarks company recently used 'foundation' deejay Jah Stitch to endorse some of their products.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> Step it 'inna' Clarks<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128179/Bunny-Striker-Lee_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128196/Clarks-Album-cover_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM Buju&rsquo;s son rejects new song; producer defends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Track-troubles-_19226128 MARKUS Myrie, son of incarcerated reggae artiste Buju Banton, is claiming that his father does not approve of the latest track that features him.<br /> <br /> The single, My Favourite Song, also features the artiste Marco. It is produced by Mark Hudson on the Stone Cold Records imprint and was released last month.<br /> <br /> "I spoke to my father and he doesn't remember the song. I saw the article in the Observer that it was recorded in 2001. Now, hearing a collab without his approval, my father is not with it or for it," Myrie told Splash yesterday.<br /> <br /> Myrie confirmed that it was indeed his father's voice on the track and said he received a copy last week.<br /> <br /> "The rhythm has changed... the song is poorly produced and doesn't represent what Gargarmel Music stands for," he said.<br /> <br /> Myrie is the second person in as many days to claim Buju Banton did not give the single the nod.<br /> <br /> Rosemary Duncan, coordinator of the Buju Banton Defence Support Committee, was the first.<br /> <br /> "He doesn't recall making the song with him. Obviously, it's his voice. But nothing was communicated to him concerning the song," Duncan told Splash.<br /> <br /> Formed in 2011, the three-member Buju Banton Defence Committe champions the artiste's cause.<br /> <br /> Hudson, however, defended the track. He said the song was originally called Pretty Lady and recorded on the Wake Up Riddim in 2004.<br /> <br /> "All we did was remix the song and it is picking up rapidly. The person singing with Buju Banton on the track is actually my son. There are just some elements who are trying to fight the progress of the Gargamel's music. His family and those close to him love the track and no one knows who that lady is, really," he said.<br /> <br /> Hudson said it was full speed ahead with promotion of My Favourite Song.<br /> <br /> "Right now, we are just going to continue to promote the song. The aim is to make music and for the song to enter the charts and make a number one hit. We want him to get another Grammy. Strangely, if it was something negative, there wouldn't be a fight or any opposition from anyone but as long as it's good music, comes the fight," he said.<br /> <br /> Buju Banton is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a US Federal prison on cocaine charges. He is scheduled to be deported to Jamaica in 2019.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Track troubles?<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128209/Markus-Myrie_0785_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128221/MArk-Hudson_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128205/Buju-Banton_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM No place like home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/No-place-like-home_19226159 GRAMMY-WINNING singjay Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley put in a plug for Jamaica, and Kingston, during a recent interview with the New York Times.<br /> <br /> In the article, which focused on his music, travels and coming home, Marley said despite living in Miami, Florida, Jamaica is always home.<br /> <br /> "Jamaica is still home in terms of my heart, though...I was born and raised in Kingston, where my mom still lives; and even though I also live in Miami, when I talk about home, I'm always talking about Jamaica," he said.<br /> <br /> Marley noted that he truly gets a sense of being home by visiting 56 Hope Road -- where his father, reggae king Bob Marley once lived --as well as a stop at Hellshire beach for a fish meal.<br /> <br /> "I often go to the Bob Marley Museum. It's like a home base. But other than that it's the people and the culture. I love going to Hellshire beach. They serve fried fish and what we call festival, which is like cornmeal mixed with flour. They make it into a fried cake that is unique to Jamaica. Every weekend as kids we used to go to the beach to swim, and afterward get fried fish and festival and bammy," the 37-year-old Marley related.<br /> <br /> Musically speaking, Marley told the Times of his early influences which came from listening to dancehall music. He also commented on the current state of roots reggae.<br /> <br /> "I grew up listening to a lot of dancehall music. In those years, it was people like Shabba Ranks and Ninjaman and Peter Metro. Kingston is still very much the hub for music. It's the capital and most of the runnings and happenings in the country... I think for a long time Jamaica wasn't producing much roots music, but over the past three or four years it's becoming very popular again, not only here but also in places like India and Europe," he said.<br /> <br /> "I just came back from a tour in South America and we got a great reception in Colombia. The world over embraces it and they know Bob Marley. You could always sing One Love to people in places like China and they'll enjoy that."<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> No place like home<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128045/Junior-Gong_0401_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM Close call in T&T for RDX http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Close-call-in-T-T-for-RDX_19226077 DANCEHALL Duo RDX's August 22 concert in Trinidad and Tobago may have won them new fans, but it was almost marred by an unpleasant encounter.<br /> <br /> The entertainers stated that upon arrival at the Island Rave venue in San Fernando, they and their team were searched by security who alerted police to what they claimed was a firearm in road manager Kirk Wright's bag.<br /> <br /> According to group member Renigade, "They surrounded our vehicle with guns out, we were told that we had to exit our vehicle for them to search for the firearm inside. They conducted a thorough search of everyone as well."<br /> <br /> The 'firearm' turned out to be a stack of promotional CDs. Renigade said they received no apology from the police or security.<br /> <br /> RDX, which also includes Delomar, are popular in the twin-island republic which they visit at least twice a year. On their latest trip, they filmed the video for their song Push Back which was shot by Cashflow Xtreme Arts.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Close call in T&T for RDX<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128198/RDX_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM Kranical does for the it girls http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kranical-does-for-the-it-girls_19226141 After spending three years in the United States Army, Shakeem Fisher has returned to Jamaica to pursue his music career.<br /> <br /> Using the moniker Kranical, the 21-year-old singjay is upbeat about his sophomore single called Get Girl.<br /> <br /> "Get Girl depicts my life from my teenage years. Instead of focusing on violence, I divert my attention to the ladies, who are always attracted to me," he said.<br /> <br /> Get Girl was produced by Jay Beats Records and released in August. The music video for the single is slated to be released over the weekend.<br /> <br /> Among his upcoming singles are Pokio, Get Girl Part X and With You.<br /> <br /> Kranical grew up in Portmore, St Catherine, and attended Ardenne High School for four years. While a student, he released his debut single called Step in the Video. He later migrated to Florida where he completed high school at Dillard High.<br /> <br /> "After I got my diploma, I went to military boot camp for 10 weeks then got enrolled in the Infantry Unity of the Army in 2012," he said.<br /> <br /> The entertainer said he later enrolled in college, but music was never far from his thoughts.<br /> <br /> "I was born to do this, and I am not going to stop. I know that there are a thousand artistes trying to claim the top spot, but I am in it to win it," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Kranical does for the it girls<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128041/Kronical_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM Marcia & friends set for 02 show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marcia---friends-set-for-02-show_19226177 REGGAE legend Marcia Griffiths continues the celebrations of her 50th anniversary in the music industry with a concert at the 02 Arena in England, on Monday.<br /> <br /> The singer -- known for tracks including Truly, Step Outta Babylon, and Electric Boogie -- said she is looking forward to the performance which will also feature Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Tanya Stephens, Richie Spice, as well as the 809 Band.<br /> <br /> "I'm feeling really positive about the show, and it will be great to finally do it after we were unable to earlier in the year. I still really love performing, and it is always an honour to share the stage with so many different artistes," the celebrated songstress told The Bristol Post.<br /> <br /> "I usually say that England is my second home musically, because I have lived there and the audiences really connect with the music. I have also enjoyed some big hits in England, too, which is a great feeling. Coming to England is a beautiful experience. The fans make me feel so good and rejuvenate me on stage.<br /> <br /> "I will put on a great show with my friends. I've performed with many people during my career, but these are some of my very favourites and they are the ones I want to play with to celebrate my 50 years in music. I promise we will bring you a very beautiful show," she continued.<br /> <br /> Tickets for Monday's event are going at just over &pound;30.<br /> <br /> Marcia & friends set for 02 show<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128021/Marcia-Griffiths_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128039/Judy-Mowatt_3779_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128040/Richie-Spice_1517_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM Marley elated about latest honour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marley-elated-about-latest-honour_19225857 RITA Marley, widow of reggae singer Bob Marley, is slated to be recognised by the African Network Television (ANTV) for her positive impact on Africa and people of African descent.<br /> <br /> A ceremony is planned for the University of Florida in Gainesville, USA, on Saturday.<br /> <br /> "I feel very thankful. It feels highly blessed to be recognised for my works, especially in the same category as those distinguished African brothers and sisters," Marley told Splash.<br /> <br /> The other recipients are Dr Emmanuel Voado, neurosurgeon and founder/president, Cosmopolitan Aid; Dr Erieka Bennett, head of mission African Union Diaspora Forum; Dr Fatoumata Ceesay, former National Speaker, The Gambia National Assembly; pharmacist Stella-Maris Patcha Adamu, founder and president of the Mauritia Patcha Foundation.<br /> <br /> Marley, who is also set to receive a Living Legends Award by the UN Women and the African Union Diaspora Africa Foruman African Legends Award on September 12, said she was not expecting the latest recognition.<br /> <br /> "It was achieved by the work I do. I was not expecting this award. I know I've done hard work, to God be the glory," she said.<br /> <br /> Theresa Okorochukwu, administrator/president of African Network Television (ANTV), said the foundation's selection was based on its unparalleled works and commitment in improving health, education and nutrition of infants, youth and the elderly in Jamaica and Ghana.<br /> <br /> "You have made Africa proud, both on a national and global level; a role model and compassionate leader; an ambassador of love and of reggae music; you are an ANTV Legend," said Okorochukwu, in a letter to Marley.<br /> <br /> Marley is widow of reggae legend Bob Marley.<br /> <br /> The Rita Marley Foundation (Ghana) was formed in 2000 while its Jamaican chapter was established a decade later.<br /> <br /> Its tasks include caring for the elderly, school-feeding programmes, and water projects in Konkonuru, Ghana, as well as assisting adolescent mothers and empowering youth through education in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Marley elated about latest honour<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12127961/Rita-Marley_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM Absinthe plans roadblock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Absinthe-plans-roadblock_19226063 THE promoters of the annual party Absinthe are preparing the celebrate the event's 10th anniversary on September 5.<br /> <br /> The event will be celebrated with a 'Road Block Party' on Barbados Avenue, New Kingston. For the upcoming staging, promoters have pulled out all the stops enlisting dancehall artiste Popcaan to add high energy and entertainment to the event. Music will be provided by Coppershot, Renaissance, and ZJ Johnny Kool.<br /> <br /> Red Stripe is on board once again, continuing its partnership with this great event to bring their new and existing flavours to patrons. The newest introduction to the family, Red Stripe Lemon-Paradise, which was created in time for summer, will certainly be closing out the season.<br /> <br /> "We have been a part of many initiatives with one goal in mind, which is to ensure we are always giving the best to our consumers," said Toni-Ann Reid, assistant brand manager for Red Stripe.<br /> <br /> "Our growth with Absinthe has been tremendous over the years and we are happy to be part of it. It has been 10 long years, and we look forward to more years as an integral part of the event; congratulations to the promoters on this milestone," said Reid.<br /> <br /> The last staging of Absinthe was held in July of this year with 'Sunset Vista', the beach edition, at Morgans Harbour, Port Royal.<br /> <br /> Absinthe plans roadblock <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128043/IMG_0170_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12128042/IMG_0132_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 28, 2015 2:00 AM It's a Rocky road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/It-s-a-Rocky-road_19225935 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com SEEING actor Courtney Wilson on stage one expects the loud, larger-than-life character to translate in person. Instead, the 34-year-old comes across almost shy and retreating.<br /> <br /> "I see myself as reserved. I am an underground artiste -- I like being in the public eye, but not in the faces. I really don't like the spotlight unless I am on stage," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Wilson plays the lead character, Rocky, in The Baby Scam currently playing at Centrestage Theatre in New Kingston. He is cast as a successful pharmaceuticals salesman whose world turns upside down when he is visited by a female escort.<br /> <br /> He admits the role is a new experience for him, but one he relishes.<br /> <br /> "Rocky stretches me as an actor. It is a different kind of role than what I am used to. It is really big shoes to fill, but I trust my directors Patrick Brown and Trevor Nairne. Wherever they lead I will follow," Wilson said.<br /> <br /> "The hardest part was losing myself in the character, who is so different from Courtney Wilson. I have to ensure that no part of Courtney Wilson comes through in Rocky... from the way he speaks to his eyes and mannerism. There is a big difference, and I have to make the audience see that," he added.<br /> <br /> Despite the challenge of this character, Wilson says he does not want to be typecast.<br /> <br /> "I don't want audiences to always say: 'him a di jokie-jokie one'. I must not be predictable as an actor."<br /> <br /> A former student of Excelsior High School and the performing arts programme at Excelsior Community College in St Andrew, Wilson won an Actor Boy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor in Vibes. He was nominated two years ago for his work in Ladies of The Night.<br /> <br /> It's a Rocky road<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124879/BCC_4492_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124878/BCC_4172_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, August 27, 2015 2:00 AM Junior Reid bridges gap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Junior-Reid-bridges-gap-_19225883 ON his first studio album in 12 years, singer Junior Reid said he tried to bridge the generation gap between traditional roots-reggae and the contemporary pop market that has embraced his sound.<br /> <br /> If the diverse audience at Tuesday's launch of Junior Reid: The Living Legend is a yardstick, he accomplished that as tributes to the veteran artiste came from elders and youth at his Crescent Court Guest House in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The 20-song set blends roots-reggae songs like Same Boat with uptempo, radio-friendly numbers such as Love You Back, the album's lead single.<br /> <br /> With his latest collaboration (Murda, with rapper Lil Wayne) getting solid traction in the United States, Reid, 52, said the time is right to release 'The Living Legend'.<br /> <br /> "The Lil Wayne track draw a lotta attention to the album. Wi getting calls from all over the world," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> In the post-launch show, there were well-received performances from Isha Bel, Bongo Herman and Wild Life. They were followed by Johnny Osbourne and Capleton whose outstanding sets paved the way for Reid who did not disappoint.<br /> <br /> He did songs covering his 37-year career including Foreign Mind, Fit Yuh Haffi Fit (from his Black Uhuru days), Love You Bad and Glory from the new album, as well as the signature One Blood, which closed his 90-minute performance.<br /> <br /> Reid is scheduled to start promotion of 'The Living Legend' in late September with shows in France and the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124881/DSC_0078_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124880/DSC_0131_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, August 27, 2015 2:00 AM Sagitarr banks on Bolt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sagitarr-banks-on-Bolt_19225914 Deejay Sagitarr, whose ode to speedster Usain Bolt caught the ear of the sprint king, is calling victory for the defending champion in today's World Championships 200 metres final in Beijing.<br /> <br /> Sagitarr, whose song The Usain Bolt Anthem racked up a staggering 200,000-plus views on YouTube within hours of being posted last month, says he is confident that the 'real big man' will come through and add to his 100 metres gold.<br /> <br /> "He's so fast, so speedy that I have no doubt that he will win in the 200. He might even break his own world record. But even if he doesn't, he is so good that he must. (Justin) Gatlin will hold a little second. The boss will give him a t'ing," said Sagitarr.<br /> <br /> He said he had no expectation 'Anthem' would become a hit. He just wanted to pay his respect and also give something to the superstar sprinter's fans.<br /> <br /> "I was just trying a t'ing for all the people out there who really love sports. It's not a wagonist thing."<br /> <br /> Sagitarr, whose given name is Lascelles David Beckford, is looking forward to meeting Bolt.<br /> <br /> -- RJ<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124888/Sagitar_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, August 27, 2015 2:00 AM Dawkins continues the Sojourn http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dawkins-continues-the-sojourn_19225884 AFTER over 25 years in the music business, singer Michael Dawkins has developed an appreciation for patience.<br /> <br /> So, one year since the release of his debut album Sojourn, he is still promoting songs from it which include covers of The Hollies' He Ain't Heavy and Rain From the Sky, made popular by Delroy Wilson.<br /> <br /> "These songs have longevity. No matter who does them, they're timeless," said Dawkins.<br /> <br /> Sojourn also has original songs such as the title track and Brighter Day, written by Dawkins. The album is produced by John Allen, a veteran Jamaican session musician who lives in New York.<br /> <br /> It is Dawkins' comeback project, having taken a break from music and returning to his 'trades' as an upholsterer and mechanic.<br /> <br /> "I took a break to take care of the family an' was waiting on the right connection to get back into the music. Yuh have to be careful in dis business," he said.<br /> <br /> Dawkins began recording in the late 1980s, his first released song being Nuh Gimme nuh Crack. Other songs, like Thursday Night and Assassin, were done during the 1990s.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124887/Michael_Dawkins_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, August 27, 2015 2:00 AM Smirnoff Mixify &mdash; a good experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Smirnoff-Mixify---a-good-experience_19225841 BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; ELETRONIC Dance Music (EDM) enthusiasts and curious patrons filed into popular party spot Margaritaville Montego Bay last Friday to experience a new dimension to club lifestyle -- the first-ever live stream party in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The broadcast from Los Angeles, which featured popular Australian EDM DJ Tommy Trash, was shown in five other countries.<br /> <br /> In addition to Margaritaville Montego Bay, the broadcast was shown at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge and Regency Bar in Kingston, as well as Margaritaville Ocho Rios.<br /> <br /> The stream started at midnight and saw Trash surrounded by fans in a club setting.<br /> <br /> After giving a 'shout out' to Jamaica he delved immediately into playing popular songs in the genre that had Margaritaville rocking.<br /> <br /> Smirnoff brand ambassadors also kept patrons in party mode with smoke guns, party favours and Smirnoff Vodka mixes.<br /> <br /> The tempo in the club was kept high by Trash, but eventually patrons seemed ready for something else.<br /> <br /> The change was ably provided by Montego Bay-based disc jock Crazy Neil, who took over after Trash's blazing 90 minutes stint.<br /> <br /> Neil seemingly read the audience correctly and launched into a slew of dancehall music, drawing heavily on club bangers from the genre's leading protagonist Vybz Kartel, as well as Popcaan and Mavado to bring fresh energy to the club.<br /> <br /> "Tommy Trash was good, his mixes were awesome. I enjoyed Crazy Neil more, but the true EDM lovers had a ball," said patron Kaydene Thompson.<br /> <br /> From a production perspective, all the variables were on point. Transmission was seamless and clear with no hitches or delay. Trash's 'shout outs' were also personalised, as he hailed Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> Smirnoff brand manager Nasha Douglas was happy that the brand was able to bring this "experience of a lifetime" to Jamaica. Douglas said that this event could take the "experience of Smirnoff to the next level".<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124947/Trash_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124941/Patrons_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, August 27, 2015 2:00 AM Charly Black heads to Denmark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Charly-Black-heads-to-Denmark_19225986 Dancehall artiste Charly Black is heading to Copenhagen, Denmark for his first performance in that European city.<br /> <br /> "I am looking forward to the show because the single Party Animals is creating waves in Central and South America, and my dancehall base is growing in Europe," he said.<br /> <br /> Black has performed at a show in Colombia in June and will return for a major festival in Colombia in September. His single, Party Animal is doing well on dancehall charts. The single, produced on the Techniques Records label, hit number six on a chart in Costa Rica, and number four in Chile.<br /> <br /> Charly Black has been breaking new ground in several new overseas markets. He performed for the first time in countries such as Israel and Mauritius, and he is also doing well on the African continent.<br /> <br /> Recently, the artiste pulled a cheering throng of over 10,000 patrons to a show dubbed the Heroes Sunsplash, held at Long Cheng Plaza in Zimbabwe on August 8.<br /> <br /> The 30-year-old Black, whose real name is Desmond Mendez, was performing in Zimbabwe for the first time. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12124890/Charly-Black_3-WA0008_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, August 27, 2015 2:00 AM Khago sets to Tun Up Di Thing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Khago-sets-to-Tun-Up-Di-Thing_19225674 IT has been a while since dancehall singjay Khago sat atop of the charts. This, according to him, will change in short order with the release of his latest single Kip It Real Wid Mi Friend.<br /> <br /> "Mi sure it is gonna be a hit. Mi jus' feel it. It is about real friends that stay with you through thick and thin... It is like another Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The single is produced by LMR Productions and slated to be released in the "next couple of weeks".<br /> <br /> Khago said he has had a busy roster with several American gigs, but uses the time wisely to do some soul-searching.<br /> <br /> "Mi just step away fi di moment... move myself from the company and do some self-evaluation. Things nuh bother me again. Mi feel mi grow musically too, wid even some better melody. Right now, thing a forward back. The Khago syndrome a ketch on," he said.<br /> <br /> "Look out fi artiste Baydan. He come from Trinidad and him a gwan good in a New York."<br /> <br /> The singjay said he is not perturbed by people who think he is living in the shadow of his smash hit Nah Sell Out Mi Friend.<br /> <br /> "Look at Omi, it a go hard fi him top cheerleader which was done in 2012. Look at Half Pint wid Greetings... and I could go on and on. A just so the music thing set up... but just watch. You haffi patient. Mi a do music fi last, not music fi loss," he said.<br /> <br /> As for the local music industry, he helieves it's on a better plane than previous years.<br /> <br /> "There's no gimmicks, right now. It a run much smoother. Mi like what me seeing with Sizzla son and the conscious music. People soon waan hear more Beres (Hammond) and Luciano... nuh gal and gun tune," he said.<br /> <br /> Khago (real name Ricardo Gayle) got his first taste of the spotlight by placing third in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Popular Song Contest with If you Know in 2006. In 2010 he got national recognition with his breakout hit Nah Sell Out. The following year, the Tun Up Di Thing singer was nominated for Best Reggae Act in the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Award.<br /> <br /> "For me, I just a continue to do good music. So when the people ready, mi inna di line stand up," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12121217/KHAGO_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:00 AM Etana to unplug in MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Etana-to-unplug-in-MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12121265/Etana_1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, August 26, 2015 4:29 AM