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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 EDX lives up to billing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/EDX-lives-up-to-billing_19181219 APPLETON Estate Jamaica Rum's EDX (Electronic Dance Xposed) cemented itself as the premiere electronic dance music (EDM) festival in the island last Saturday at the Kingston Polo Club, St Andrew, with a raft of international talent from the popular genre.<br /> <br /> "For this edition, we have countless surprises in store for our guests and could not be more excited to reveal our most elaborate and mind-blowing stage design to date," Adam Gomes, event promoter, told the Jamaica Observer ahead of the event's staging.<br /> <br /> There was no question the production was bigger and better than previous years as patrons were graced with a massive stage surrounded by video screens emitting entrancing patterns that suited the moods of each DJ set.<br /> <br /> The locals, Jay Vinyls, Shane 'Firestarter' Graham and Tofte, were up first, putting down solid sets to get the then growing audience warmed up for the three overseas headliners.<br /> <br /> "It was an honour to be asked back for a third time," Graham said.<br /> <br /> Graham said the exposure from playing EDX has helped his career by showing that the local scene is toe-to-toe with the overseas market.<br /> <br /> "I'll be focusing on the production side of EDM for the foreseeable future," he said.<br /> <br /> Lema was the perfect lead into tyDi. Lema, back for the second time, proved he knew the audience, mixing familiar hits like Martin Garrix's Animals for a high energy set that had glow sticks in the air. He ended his time on stage with a welcome nod to dancehall playing Chronixx's Like a Whistle.<br /> <br /> As the audience's energy swelled to a high, tyDi entered to fireworks, and kept the levels at a plateau with his mellow EDM style. Like Lema. his act was punctuated by the increased production settings, random bursts of flames, girls dancing from all angles, including lowered from the ceiling, and guns that poured smoke into the audience. EDX Alumni tyDi made way for the harder edged EDM tones the female DJ pairing KimKat (Kim Lee and Kat Nova).<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11957598/DSC_0146_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11957596/DSC_0161_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11957594/DSC_0183_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:00 AM Lights, camera, film fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lights--camera--film-fest_19181365 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com JAMAICAN film-makers are being urged to see the industry as a business and work towards understanding all aspects of it in order to succeed.<br /> <br /> This has come from president of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, in the run-up to the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, which opens in the Corporate Area today and runs until Saturday.<br /> <br /> According to Edwards, this thrust is at the heart of the five-day event, which seeks to build the capacity of local players in the film industry.<br /> <br /> "Film is a business. Players must understand the business behind the creativity, and that is why we have organised a really serious film festival. The creative side is not enough, what must happen is a full understanding of the industry to create long-term businesses," she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> She said stakeholders must make themselves professional in order to create world-class standards. She further said an understanding of distribution, copyright, and intellectual property issues are also critical in moving the industry forward.<br /> <br /> This point was supported by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton.<br /> <br /> He offered that Government had done, perhaps "too little" in supporting the event.<br /> <br /> "It's not a party. What we have is a serious event like any other business. I would say there has been too little an input on the part of Government. However, credit must go to the team from JAMPRO which has been able to secure a great level of sponsorship for the festival. My ministry has pledged $5 million. We are struggling to find it, but it must be done. The fact that the private sector has come on board is a testament to what is possible," he said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, film and television actress Tonya Lee Williams said there are a number of misconceptions about what a film festival should cover.<br /> <br /> She supported the minister's notion that the festival is not a party, but rather a means through which industry players may network and learn about the industry.<br /> <br /> "I have been attending the Toronto International Film Festival for the past 36 years, and organised by own ReelWorld Film Festival for 15 years. What I have seen is that the people who benefit are the ones who make connections over the years. For some, it took five years of attending these festivals and making contacts for anything to materialise. You have to work at it just like any other profession," she said.<br /> <br /> During the next five days, a total of 43 films will be screened. Of this number, six are from Jamaican film-makers. Thirty-two are from international directors with Jamaican connections, while five have no local links.<br /> <br /> A number of workshops and seminars covering all aspects of the film industry will also be staged.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11957591/movie-reel_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11957592/Anthony-Hylton_1641_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:00 AM Experts for film fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Experts-for-film-fest_19181251 A full roster of experts is slated for the workshops of the inaugural Jamaica Promotions Corporation's (JAMPRO) Jamaica Film Festival, which kicks off today at the Courtleigh Auditorium in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> These industry insiders will present an array of topics including: The Business of Filmmaking and the Future of TV; Key to Financing your Film Project; and Casting for Film and Television.<br /> <br /> Among the presenters is Nicole A Bernard, executive vice president of Audience Strategy at The Fox Group.<br /> <br /> She has launched the Fox Writers Intensive and the Fox Global Directors Initiative, which service all of the Fox entertainment businesses.<br /> <br /> For the Jamaica Film Festival, Bernard will be presenting at the directors and writers intensive. She will also be a panellist presenting on most of the other sessions.<br /> <br /> Bernard will be joined by Gina Reyes during a number of the presentations during the week-long festival.<br /> <br /> Reyes started her career in Hollywood at International Creative Management (ICM) talent agency in the Motion Picture Production department. After a great experience at ICM, she had the opportunity to work with Salma Hayek at her newly formed production company, Ventanazul, where Hayek had a film development deal with MGM. After four years at Ventanazul, Reyes landed at 20th Century Fox Film as a creative executive in film development and recently made the move to the Audience Strategy Group at Fox Broadcasting Company where she manages the Fox Writers Intensive and the Fox Global Directors Initiative.<br /> <br /> Film assistant director Larry Katz is also down to present at the festival. His credits include films like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The First Avenger, and X-Men: First Class and TV shows including ER and Seventh Heaven.<br /> <br /> The international set will be completed by local players in the film and entertainment industry including Delano Forbes of Phase Three, directors Kamala Bennett, Ras Kassa and Jeremy Whittaker, Junior Taylor, Carlette DeLeon, and Martin Lewis.<br /> <br /> The majority of the sessions will take place at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, while others are set for the Bob Marley Museum and the JAMPRO Business Auditorium.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11957593/Larry-Katz_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:00 AM Busy Signal sets record straight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Busy-Signal-sets-record-straight_19181269 Dancehall artiste Busy Signal said he was unaware of a debt that resulted in him being arrested in Trinidad and Tobago, on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> The singjay (given name is Reanno Gordon) was arrested at his hotel shortly before he was slated to perform at Together As One concert after after failing to repay over US$37,088 due to a promoter from 2013.<br /> <br /> The entertainer was hauled before the Port-of-Spain High Court following an emergency hearing with Justice Rahim, who issued the warrant for Busy Signal's arrest.<br /> <br /> In a statement issued by the singjay's management team, Turf Music Entertainment, Galey Gordon said that the business agreement was made by the entertainer's former management, Jukeboxx Productions.<br /> <br /> "The advance payment of US$37,088 was not disclosed to us [Turf Music Entertainment] by former management, who entered in to business affairs on Busy's behalf. We had no material knowledge whatsoever of this apparent infraction. If we had, we would have acted to resolve the issue prior to coming to Trinidad," stated Gordon.<br /> <br /> "Turf Music Entertainment is currently requesting a copy of the original agreement between Jukeboxx Productions and Peppers Entertainment as well as transaction records between both parties regarding the event," he continued.<br /> <br /> The entertainer was released after he entered into a consent order to pay US$15,000. The balance is to be paid in the next 30 days. Busy Signal was represented by attorney Fareed Ali.<br /> <br /> He later left the court and performed to an eager crowd at Queen's Park, closing the show.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11957602/Busy-Signal-99_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 07, 2015 12:00 AM Ancient Priest is Festival song winner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ancient-Priest-is-Festival-song-winner_19175829 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com IT was celebration time for Lee-Roy 'Ancient Priest' Johnson as he won the top spot at Saturday's staging of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition.<br /> <br /> Based on the applause inside the tightly packed Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, it was clear that Ancient Priest was one of the favourites in the competition.<br /> <br /> During the performance of his single Celebration Time, almost everyone stood and danced to the lyrics. The cheers grew even louder when he was announced the winner. Besides the JCDC trophy, Ancient Priest walked away with $500,000 and a consolation prize of $30,000 for Best Performer.<br /> <br /> "I entered this competition very confident. Being a Christian, I prayed a lot and knew that I had the song Jamaica needs now," an elated Ancient Priest told the Jamaica Observer, after being announced winner.<br /> <br /> A music teacher by profession and enrolled at Northern Caribbean University in Manchester, the singer said he is working on his debut gospel album entitled I Am Ancient Priest, slated to be released in October.<br /> <br /> This is not the entertainer's first entry in the JCDC song finals as he was also a finalist in 2010 and 2012. Both years, he copped prizes including Best Performance, Best Lyrics and Best Arrangement.<br /> <br /> Another crowd favourite, Oniel 'Nazzleman' Scott earned the second-place title and $250,000 for the single Little But We Tallawah, while third place went to Sherlette 'Princess' Black. The visually impaired Princess warmed the hearts of the audience and judges with her single Sweet Festival Sound.<br /> <br /> Marsha Marie Campbell cropped the Online Voters Award and $20,000.<br /> <br /> Between the 10 finalists' performances, the audience was entertained by past winners Heather 'Brown Sugar' Grant and four-time winner Roy Rayon.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11954466/ancient-priest_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11954465/princess-black_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 06, 2015 12:00 AM Things 'tun up' for Paul Elliott http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Things--tun-up--for-Paul-Elliott_19175575 PAUL Elliott launched his album, Reggae Music TUN Up, recently at Reggae City Bar, Camp Road, in Kingston. The event, a joint production of the singer, Stronger Productions, and Big Stone Records, also saw Lifetime Achievements Awards being presented to four cultural stalwarts -- 92-year-old Garveyite, Queen Mother Mariam Samad, singers Bunny Wailer and Fred Locks, and percussionist Bongo Herman.<br /> <br /> "When I decided to do this launch, I said to myself, 'I couldn't do it without honouring the people who set the trend before me," Elliott told the large gathering.<br /> <br /> The launch was also addressed by singer Nadine Sutherland and Councillor Constantine Bogle of St Thomas.<br /> <br /> Sutherland praised Elliott's contribution to music, recalling his "humble beginnings" in the community of Waterhouse where she said he was "baptised in fire and now risen to be called the Chosen One".<br /> <br /> The youthful trio Lalous -- comprising two sisters aged 11 and 13 and their eight-year-old brother -- overwhelmed the audience with Put it Down and Big Up, songs calling for an end to child abuse.<br /> <br /> Backed by the Andrew Bassie Allstars, there were energetic performances from Angela Stewart, who ignited proceedings not only with her singing, but her introduction of one-legged dancer Sister Clare.<br /> <br /> After being lifted from her wheelchair, the latter gave an extraordinary performance despite her physical challenges.<br /> <br /> Adding to the entertainment package were Isha Bel, EQ, Racquel Sellars, Bongo Herman, Fred Locks, Papa D, Jah Flex, D Medz, Nesbeth, Wild Life, Chicken Hawk, and surprise guest, veteran deejay Eek-A-Mouse.<br /> <br /> Performing in Jamaica for the first time in many years, the lanky 'Mouse' stirred things up with hits like Wa Do Dem and Ganja Smuggling.<br /> <br /> Elliott commented on his album in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "Basically, it is to revitalise the music by bringing back the energy that was there in the days of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, among others. I have taken up the mantle to carry on in that tradition," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Basil Walters <br /> <br /> Things 'tun up' <br /> <br /> for Paul Elliott<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11954470/Paul-Elliott-_12_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 06, 2015 12:00 AM Busy Signal arrested, released in T&T http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Busy-Signal-arrested--released-in-T-T_19175796 DANCEHALL artiste Busy Signal was released after being arrested in Trinidad Saturday night after failing to repay over US$37,000 due to a local promoter for the past two years.<br /> <br /> According to the Trinidad Express website , the singjay was arrested at his hotel shortly before he was slated to perform at Together As One concert. The entertainer was hauled before the Port of Spain High Court following an emergency hearing with Justice Rahim, who issued the warrant for Busy Signal's arrest.<br /> <br /> The article stated that Busy Signal (given name Reanno Gordon) was paid US$37,088 in 2013 to perform at a concert for Peppers Entertainment in May of that year. Both the promoters and the entertainer had agreed to postpone the concert with the money that was paid to Gordon going towards his performance fee for the rescheduled event. Documents said that Gordon did not deduct this sum from a future concert and also did not repay the money.<br /> <br /> The promoter's attorneys Michael Rooplal and Carina Jailal had filed an application for a fugae warrant pursuant to the Absconding Debtors Act. The claim was based on Gordon's failure to return monies owed.<br /> <br /> The promoters claimed for damages for breach of contract in the sum of US$37,088 and for interests and costs.<br /> <br /> The entertainer was released after he entered into a consent order to pay US$15,000.<br /> <br /> The balance is to be paid in the next 30 days. Gordon who was represented by attorney Fareed Ali.<br /> <br /> Busy Signal arrested, released in T&T<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11954467/Busy-Signal_0031_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 06, 2015 12:00 AM Policeman finds gold in The Netherlands http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Policeman-finds-gold-in-The-Netherlands_19175741 POLICEMAN, the song by Dutch singer Eva Simons featuring Konshens, has been certified gold in The Netherlands for sales of over 15,000 copies.<br /> <br /> The song is currently number seven in that country, number one in Israel, and Suriname, and number 31 in Belgium.<br /> <br /> Policeman is produced by Dutch musician Sidney Samson.<br /> <br /> Born to a Dutch father and mother from Suriname, 30-year-old Simons grew up in Amsterdam and is a former member of the group Raffish.<br /> <br /> She is a major name in European Electronic Dance Music circles. Simons had a massive dance hit in 2010 with Take Over Control (credited as Afrojack featuring Eva Simons) which sold over one million copies in the United States, and peaked at number 24 in the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> She has collaborated with Chris Brown, and opened for Beyonce on The Netherlands leg of her 'Mrs Carter Show The World Tour' in 2013.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> Policeman finds gold in The Netherlands<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11954469/Eva-Simons--1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 06, 2015 2:00 AM &lsquo;ONE BLOOD, ONE BLOOD&rsquo;! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ONE-BLOOD--ONE-BLOOD--_19165409 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer SINCE leaving Black Uhuru in 1985, Junior Reid had spent considerable time out of Jamaica and had not had a massive hit song in his homeland during that period. He broke that drought with One Blood.<br /> <br /> The 1990 cry for unity among warring factions throughout the world has become his signature, winning him fans among a new generation of dancehall and hip hop diehards. One Blood has been sampled by hip hop acts like Wu Tang Clan and The Game, and is a rallying cry for ghetto youth in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "One Blood a reggae anthem, nuh matter wha' nobody waan sey. Is like the song jus' a release," Reid, 52, said in a recent interview with the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> He recalled being in England in late 1989 and observing the animosity between blacks and police in that country. Returning to Jamaica, he found hostility throughout innercity communities; Reid also read about bloody gang feuds in Los Angeles between the Bloods and the Crips.<br /> <br /> At home, he said the situation was dire.<br /> <br /> "There was a tension in Jamaica, the streets was like a ghost town," Reid remembered.<br /> <br /> The universal friction inspired him to write One Blood, which was recorded at his studio and producer Gussie Clarke's Anchor complex. Backing him were keyboardist Tony 'Asher' Brissett, saxophonist Dean Fraser, bass player Chris Meredith, drummer Cleveland Browne and guitarist Dalton Browne.<br /> <br /> Reid said he was pleased with the song but did not know how big a hit it would be.<br /> <br /> "Nobody nuh know when a song a go hit. Some song wha' man think a go hit flop...the music ting unpredictable."<br /> <br /> Reid credits the sound systems for breaking One Blood, which quickly became an anthem in the dancehall. In terms of popularity, it surpassed Original Foreign Mind and Fit Yuh Haffe Fit (which he did with Black Uhuru) as his biggest hit in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Its distinctive hook has been used by the Wu Tang Clan (One Blood Under W) and The Game for his smash 2006 hit It's Okay.<br /> <br /> The album of the same name, also released in 1990, is arguably Reid's finest. It included the song Married Life, a cover of The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby, and Sound.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952873/Junior-reid_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:00 AM Panama Canal connections http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Panama-canal-connections_19165472 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com HUNDREDS of Jamaicans made the arduous trek to central America in early 1900s to assist in the construction of the Panama Canal.<br /> <br /> These tales are brought back to life in Panama Canal Stories, which makes its debut at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Film Festival at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Wednesday at 8:30 pm.<br /> <br /> The film fest begins Tuesday and continues until Saturday.<br /> <br /> "Panama Canal Stories relates the survival experience of Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals in the construction of the Panama Canal," said Alexis Sandoval, Panamanian ambassador to Jamaica, through his interpreter Corey Whyte.<br /> <br /> The film comprises five short shorts by Panamanian directors, who focus on the lives of ordinary folk affected directly or indirectly by the waterway's construction.<br /> <br /> "One of these stories relate to the experience of Jamaicans when they came to Panama. The plot relates a romance between two Jamaicans," said Sandoval, whose tour of duty began in March.<br /> <br /> Listed among the film's credits are directors Pablo Schverdfinger, Carolina Herrero, and Pituka Ortega Heilbron.<br /> <br /> The ambassador feels the premiere of film is timely.<br /> <br /> "It is quite opportune as Panama and Jamaica are working on a bilateral agreement in areas of agriculture, tourism, commerce and sports. A draft is currently being reviewed," he said.<br /> <br /> Construction of the canal started in 1904 and ended in 1914. The 77.1 kilometre waterway connects the Atlantic Ocean, via the Caribbean Sea, to the Pacific Ocean.<br /> <br /> Sandoval, who was born in Rio Abajo in Panama City, said the connection to Jamaica in several cities are still alive and well.<br /> <br /> "In Colon City, for example, the food and culture are similar to that of Jamaica. So I'm already accustomed to it. There are many people living there who can trace their heritage back to Jamaica," he said.<br /> <br /> For the film premiere, the ambassador hopes patrons will come out and view Panama Canal Stories with a sense of connection.<br /> <br /> "The Panama Canal has connected our countries and lives together," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952870/Alexis-Sandoval_0727_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:00 AM HBO Channels Jampro? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/HBO-Channels-Jampro-_19162599 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com AMERICAN cable television network, Home Box Office (HBO) Latin America said it is willing to work with Jamaican stakeholders in getting their content aired, once certain requirements are met.<br /> <br /> "We'd be more than happy," Javier Figueras, corporate vice-president of affiliate sales, told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> The HBO executive hosted local media Thursday for the season three premiere of its hit series Ray Donovan at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The new season starts July 13.<br /> <br /> Figueras was responding to questions from the Observer as to whether the inaugural Jamaica Promotions Corporation's (JAMPRO) Film Festival, scheduled for the Courtleigh Auditorium on July 7 to 11, would be of any interest to his company.<br /> <br /> "Definitely! We have been invited to many film festivals around the world. We have done productions in Latin America, especially Brazil, Argentina and Mexico ... and everything produced is not only shown in Latin America and the Caribbean, but also aired in the United States. We also send it around the world," he said.<br /> <br /> "We haven't been reached by JAMPRO, but we'd love to sit down with them and listen to what projects they have in place, and we'll take it from there," he continued.<br /> <br /> Figueras was quick to point out, that for HBO Latin America to meet with JAMPRO or any producer, the project has to be carefully thought out.<br /> <br /> "It is important they have the project together. Not a 20-second script or idea. It doesn't work that way," he said.<br /> <br /> The VP said such a venture would benefit home-grown talent.<br /> <br /> "Every time we produce in Latin America, we use local production companies, local cameramen. Everything is local," he said.<br /> <br /> The film fest will showcase Jamaican talent in scriptwriting, directing, producing and acting. JAMPRO hopes to attract investors to bolster the local film industry.<br /> <br /> Figueras said his company has been in existence for more than two decades, and for the last 15 they have produced original content from the region including the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival and St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.<br /> <br /> "We aired the Marley documentary on July 1 for International Reggae Day," he said.<br /> <br /> The HBO Latin America Group comprises affiliates of Time Warner Entertainment Company and Ole Communications Group. It owns, operates and distributes the leading cable and satellite programming services in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean, including the HBO and Cinemax channels.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952867/HBO_0015_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:00 AM Artists in transition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Artists-in-transition_19165457 BY LESLIE-ANNE JOHNSON Contributor RE-VOLVE, a contemporary art exhibition hosted by the Olympia Gallery, features the works of emerging Jamaican artists.<br /> <br /> It was one of the events on the Kingston On The Edge (KOTE) Urban Art Festival. This is the second year of participation Olympia Gallery's.<br /> <br /> All artists -- Taj Francis, Kyle Kegan Wright, Sashawana Buckland and Naceacia Dixon -- are fresh faces to the space and were chosen by event manager Abigail Smith.<br /> <br /> Her choices were based on the youthfulness of the artist, the want for boldy coloured palettes, and the need to merge contemporary and past generations of art.<br /> <br /> Coincidentally, all the artists are Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts graduates with the exception of Dixon, who is currently enrolled there.<br /> <br /> Dixon and Wright created new pieces for the purpose of the Olympia Gallery, while Buckland and Francis showcased some of their previous works.<br /> <br /> This year's theme, 'Transitions', was decided on by the artistes and exemplified in the works they displayed. Smith explained the purpose of the exhibition as "a transition of their work from old to new, showing their growth as an artist".<br /> <br /> Their contributions ranged from the style of digital media works and fashion illustrations, to acrylic paintings.<br /> <br /> Developing art lover Marvin said he initially chose to visit Olympia Gallery because one of the pieces caught his eye in the event's flyer. After perusing the entire exhibition that piece became his favourite.<br /> <br /> The exhibition started June 25 and runs until July 11, Monday to Saturday, between the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952881/Sashawana-Buckland_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952879/Taj-Francis---The-King-_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952878/Art-enthusiasts_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952880/Kyle-Kegan-Wright-s_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952877/Kyle-Kegan-Wright_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:00 AM Reggae meets jazz at Kings Theatre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-meets-jazz-at-Kings-Theatre_19165437 REGGAE Jazz Fest, a show with Monty Alexander and Beres Hammond, is part of the comeback season for the storied Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.<br /> <br /> The show is scheduled for August 1 when Jamaicans celebrate Emancipation Day.<br /> <br /> Built in 1929 as the Loew's Kings Theatre, it was a popular spot for vaudeville and movie-goers before closing in 1977. It re-opened in February after renovation of almost US$100 million with a concert by Diana Ross.<br /> <br /> The theatre is located at Flatbush Avenue, home to a massive Jamaican community. George Crooks of Jammins Productions is promoter of Reggae Jazz Fest, which he said caters to fans of traditional jazz and lovers rock reggae.<br /> <br /> "We have Beres who everyone loves, but Jamaica also has Monty Alexander who is an exceptional Jazz artiste, who plays Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall on several occasions...so we wanted to introduce him to the rest of the Caribbean community," Crooks told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Alexander has lived in the United States since the early 1960s and established himself a major player in traditional jazz. He has collaborated with a number of Jamaican musicians in recent years, including Ernie Ranglin, Sly and Robbie, Glen Browne and Dean Fraser.<br /> <br /> Reggae Jazz Fest is the third concert in the Kings Theatre series -- following soul singer Jill Scott and The Whispers/Stephanie Mills. Rock singer Jackson Browne is also on the itinerary.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952882/Monty-Alexander_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:00 AM Chris Brown or TI may replace Rick Ross at Sumfest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chris-Brown-or-TI-to-replace-Rick-Ross-at-Sumfest ST JAMES, Jamaica &mdash; Organisers of Reggae Sumfest have renewed their efforts to get American R&B singer Chris Brown to perform at this year&rsquo;s staging of the festival, as a replacement for hip hop artiste, Rick Ross, who is also an American.<br /> <br /> Late last week, Summerfest Promotions, organisers of the annual event, reported that Ross, who is currently facing kidnapping and assault charges in the United States, has been dropped from the festival's line-up due to "circumstances beyond the control of [the] organisers&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> But yesterday, chairman of Summerfest Promotions Johnny Gourzong told OBSERVER ONLINE that &ldquo;we are trying to get Chris Brown&rdquo;, emphasising that they believe he would be a good replacement for Ross.<br /> <br /> Gourzong added that if organisers fail to sign Brown, then &ldquo;we will be looking to get TI&rdquo;, who is also an American hip hop recording artiste.<br /> <br /> An announcement on the outcome of the negotiations, he added, would be made by Tuesday of this week. <br /> <br /> Last month, organisers of the event said efforts to sign Brown, who last performed on the Sumfest stage in 2010, fell through because he had landed an Australian tour that clashed with the Sumfest dates.<br /> <br /> It is not clear if the Australian tour is still on. <br /> <br /> Sumfest is scheduled for July 12-18 in the resort city of Montego Bay. <br /> <br /> Mark Cummings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11953741/Chris-Brown_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11953742/TI_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 05, 2015 11:58 AM Hard religious talk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hard-religious-talk_19166203 with tony Robinson Are not words duly hallowed, nor my wishes<br /> <br /> More worth than empty vanities,<br /> <br /> Yet prayers and wishes<br /> <br /> Are all I can return.<br /> <br /> -- Shakespeare, Henry VIII, 11,3<br /> <br /> WHY do we pray, and who do we pray to? Do prayers really work, and if two people pray for the same thing, why does one get it and the other doesn't?<br /> <br /> Mankind, throughout the ages, has been very religious, from the ancient civilisations such as the Druids and others who worshipped nature itself, as they prayed to the Sun, Moon and the stars. Ra was the name of the Sun God in ancient Egypt. There were many others as people always sought some deity to worship. Many worshipped idols.<br /> <br /> It was Karl Marx who said, "Religion is the opiate of the masses", and we all know what an opiate is. It's a balm, a salve, something that affects your mind and keeps you calm even as it offers reassurance. It's akin to a drug, and in fact some people use drugs as their opiate.<br /> <br /> Such is the force of religion, and clearly, mankind of whatever stripe, colour, race or creed, needs to embrace some form of religion to survive as a society.<br /> <br /> That's where we'll delve today as we tackle some hard religious talk, right after these responses to 'Parenthood'.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> Monkey see, monkey do. Children will follow the bad examples set by their parents, or they suffer the lack of any good examples that children need for a proper upbringing. Too often fathers leave the parenting to the mothers, when both should be involved, and likewise, the mothers believe parenting of sons should be administered by the father who, for the most part, is absent.<br /> <br /> Today's parents lack the parenting skills needed to rear their kids, so those children have even less skills in that art. God help them all.<br /> <br /> Frederick<br /> <br /> Hey Tony,<br /> <br /> Referring to your column, I came across an article in the National Post newspaper, where two girls who were being bullied by two other girls filed a lawsuit against the parents of the bullies. It's being claimed that the parents are liable for their children's behaviour because they failed to take steps to prevent the harassment. In law, that's deemed negligence. Personally, I believe parents should be held accountable for their children's actions up to age 16, after which the child is legally held accountable and tried as an adult.<br /> <br /> Wickham,<br /> <br /> Toronto, Canada<br /> <br /> It is said that two things you should never argue about are politics and religion. That is so true, as people who belong to those factions will always try to impose their beliefs on you but refuse to hear what you have to say. No wonder many people think that their customs are the laws of nature. "If you don't share my beliefs, then something must be wrong with you."<br /> <br /> I know this lady who is mortified that a family member of hers has taken up another religion or denomination in her old age. "How could you switch from a good Methodist background to join that denomination?" is her cry. That other denomination does not celebrate birthdays, Christmas, or allows blood transfusions.<br /> <br /> They spend hours on the phone trying to convince each other who is right and who is wrong. But remember what I said, it's an exercise in futility, for one can never argue religion, as neither side will budge.<br /> <br /> I also remember my late grandmother, who was a staunch old-time Baptist, almost having a conniption because her sister had converted to Islam. Oh, how they used to argue, but to no avail. Hopefully they're both at peace now in the same place.<br /> <br /> Also, the worst person to encounter is a new convert, as they are so strident and vocal in their beliefs that you'll never get a word in edgewise. When I watch Ian Boyne's TV programme, Religious Hard Talk, I am amazed at the vast array of religious sects, creeds, groups, churches, orders that exist. Every single one of them is convinced that their way is the only true way and all the others are doomed for eternity.<br /> <br /> This goes back for centuries, and if you read history, you'll see that the birth of many religious groups came after certain factions broke away from the Catholic Church in Rome and were deemed as Protestants. And even among the Protestants there is also dissent and infighting, as everyone thinks that their way is the only way and the only path to heaven.<br /> <br /> More lives have been lost in religious wars throughout history than almost all the other wars combined. The crusades of Europe added so much to that carnage. Millions of people were persecuted, imprisoned, exiled, executed, all because of their religious beliefs. Modern-day Ireland was divided by religious and political strife up to a few years ago.<br /> <br /> The carnage has not stopped, for even now around the world, people are still being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Jesus wept.<br /> <br /> Some religions almost border on fanaticism, or so it would seem to those who don't subscribe to their beliefs. You dare not criticise them or make fun of their leader, or you will be put to death. That's another thing, if you know that certain people have such strong beliefs about their prophet, messiah or deity, why interfere or make fun of them? It's akin to provoking a sleeping tiger and then wonder why he got angry.<br /> <br /> For others, their daughters are banished or even killed if they bring shame to the family. Shame can include being raped, and for that, 'honour killings' by her father or brothers are carried out. I know of parents who disowned their children because they chose to abandon the traditional church and embraced Rastafari. "Imagine, after I send you to good school and invest in you, is Rasta yu take up?"<br /> <br /> But why do we need religion, and the people who embrace none, where do they stand? Well, it's said that we need religion because we have to have faith in something. And faith can move mountains. Those folks who have no beliefs -- the agnostics, the atheists, the ungodly -- who do they turn to for strength and salvation? "Yu mean to say you don't believe in anything at all?"<br /> <br /> There's an old saying that goes, "There are no atheists in foxholes". A foxhole is the hole that soldiers dig to take up their defensive stance. When they come under intense fire from the enemy it can be a harrowing experience, so everyone prays to God for help. In other words, when faced with extreme challenges and crises, everyone finds religion.<br /> <br /> It's been said that it's better to believe and find out that there is no God, than not believe, only to discover that there is a God. And yet, there are atheists who scoff with equal derision at those who believe in God's existence. "Show me the proof, show me a miracle. Why does God allow so many terrible things happen to good people?" Those are the frequently asked questions from non-believers.<br /> <br /> Sometimes when bad things happen to people, they lose faith, and even curse God. At times they cease believing. I always remember the story of this Rabbi who denounced God and ceased to believe after he witnessed the horrors of the second World War. "There is no God," he professed. Faith can be shattered.<br /> <br /> And yet, many people do not give thanks when good things happen, but put it down to pure luck or their own ability. "I have good health and good fortune, how lucky I am," say some people. Many still practice idolatry as they worship material things to the point of obsession.<br /> <br /> Others simply say, "Thank you Lord, whoever you are."<br /> <br /> Now, religion doesn't mean going to church, for I have found many noble, honourable, truthful, honest people outside church. In contrast, some of the most vindictive, badmind, judgmental, spiteful, malice-bearing people I know go to church religiously every Sunday. I often ask why, as they fail to practice any of the tenets of what the church preaches and stands for.<br /> <br /> I attended a Catholic school, St Aloysious Primary, and took part in the rituals even though I'm not Catholic. I spent years going to Sunday School, and even took Religious Knowledge in high school. I attended churches of various denonimations, but was turned off at one point by those people I mentioned earlier.<br /> <br /> But I'm not here to judge. So whatever your beliefs, whether you be Catholic, Hindu, Moslem, Moravian, Baptist, Jehovah's Witness, Salvation Army, Rastafari or Jew, it's your right to embrace them. Who knows who is right and who is wrong?<br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote: It's said that Jamaica is a religious country and that we have more churches per square mile than any other country in the world. It's also said that we have an equal amount of rum bars to match. Everyone needs their opiate, and alcohol is a balm to many people.<br /> <br /> Now, in the eyes of many, 'them free up de weed'. Statistics have shown that children as young as 13 are smoking ganja. I even saw where this trend is affecting the workforce. One employer of hundreds of workers spoke about this recently, stating that the increased usage of ganja is affecting her workforce in a negative way.<br /> <br /> "When they are tested, over 90 per cent are positive," she stated. So many rum bars, and now in many minds, the weed free up. Heaven help us all.<br /> <br /> Hard religious talk<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11952883/T-ROB-SUN-5-JULY_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:00 AM Merital&rsquo;s Corey to be buried today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Merital-s-Corey-to-be-buried-today_19163118 THE thanksgiving service of the life of late entertainer Derrick 'Corey' Edwards will be held at the Mount Salem Emmanuel Chapel in St James, today.<br /> <br /> The ceremony is slated to begin at noon.<br /> <br /> Edwards, part of the dancehall group Merital Family, was shot and killed in Montego Bay, St James on May 7.<br /> <br /> The long-awaited autopsy was conducted at the Cornwall Regional Hospital last Friday.<br /> <br /> "After almost two months, me a get fi put my son to rest. My life will never be the same again but, I leave everything to God. Sleep on mi Corey," said Penalpie Wynter, mother of the late artiste.<br /> <br /> In earlier interviews with the Jamaica Observer, Wynter appealed to the relevant authorities to assist her in expediting the process to have an autopsy done so her son could be buried.<br /> <br /> Edwards, as well as Noel 'Blade Skeemaz' Mason and Trovoy Keneale Bracket comprised the group Merital Family.<br /> <br /> The group rose to fame as part of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire with the 2010 single My Money Ha Ha. Their other tracks include Pray, When We Party and Bad Like We.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Merital member to be buried today<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11772994/corey-dead_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 04, 2015 2:00 AM Nikki Z heading to Fame FM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fame-awaits-disc-jock-Nikki-Z_19157834 RADIO personality Nikki Z is heading to Fame FM.<br /> <br /> According to a Jamaica Observer source, who requested anonymity, the radio disc jock will make the move later this month.<br /> <br /> Fame FM is a radio brand under the RJR Communications Group.<br /> <br /> "She'll work the 5:00 am to 9:00 am shift," the source said.<br /> <br /> Nikki Z (given name Nicole Duhaney) would neither confirm nor deny the move.<br /> <br /> Up to a few weeks ago, however, she hosted the weekday morning programme called The Mawning Show at Hot 102 FM.<br /> <br /> A former member of the US Army, she also did a three-year stint at ZIP 103 FM. She started her own imprint, Goldie Lox Productions, and produced the hit single Don't Cry by Mavado. The single was featured on his Billboard charting album Gangsta for Life.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11949450/Nikki-Z_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 04, 2015 1:00 AM Rick Ross dropped from Reggae Sumfest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rick-Ross-dropped-from-Reggae-Sumfest_19164908 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com AMERICAN hip hop artiste Rick Ross will not be appearing at Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, this year.<br /> <br /> The rapper, who is currently facing kidnapping and assault charges in the United States, has been dropped from the festival's line-up due to what is referred to as "circumstances beyond the control of [the] organisers".<br /> <br /> "Rick Ross is unable to travel at this time and his management has said that Ross is saddened that he cannot be in Jamaica to perform for his fans on July 17 but he looks forward to coming back to Jamaica in the near future," read a release from festival organisers, Summerfest Productions.<br /> <br /> Ross was scheduled to perform on July 17.<br /> <br /> Summerfest Productions also used the opportunity to apologise to fans and sponsors.<br /> <br /> "The team is currently working assiduously to find a suitable replacement and will make an announcement in the coming days," said the release.<br /> <br /> Several efforts made to contact Summerfest Productions's principals were unsuccessful.<br /> <br /> Ross, 39, (given name is William Leonard Roberts II), is accused of kidnapping and pistol whipping a grounds keeper at his property. He was arrested on June 24 and released on US$2-million bail on Thursday.<br /> <br /> Sumfest is scheduled for July 12- 18.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11949442/rick_ross_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 04, 2015 1:00 AM Flex Week set to thrill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Flex-Week-set-to-thrill_19162945 SUMMER series Flex Week returns to Kingston and St Catherine during Independence Week, on August 5 to 9.<br /> <br /> Organiser Andrew 'French' Wright said this year's staging will be tweaked to provide the premium party experience for patrons.<br /> <br /> "This year's staging will feature the five most successful events from the 2014 staging rather than the 10 previously held. The decision was taken to provide our patrons with the most premium experience possible," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Flex Week's theme this year is Celebrate a Culture, Celebrate Dancehall.<br /> <br /> "Flex Week is for young professionals and entrepreneurs who want a party series that is outside of the norm. We are creating an urban experience through our dancehall theme in celebration of Independence as this genre has become a large part of our culture," he continued.<br /> <br /> Title sponsor for Flex Week is Montego Bay-based ASPIRE Investment and Financial Services.<br /> <br /> Michelle Chang, acting marketing manager of ASPIRE, is pleased with the partnership.<br /> <br /> "The ASPIRE team was very impressed with the recent staging of Chug It in Negril. So we approached the organisers as we wanted to be involved in a partnership. Since Chug It is a featured event on Flex Week, it was definitely something we wanted to be involved with, given the success of the event. Further to this, as a supporter of Brand Jamaica, ASPIRE gravitated towards the party series as its theme is in celebration of dancehall music, which is of course a big part of our culture," she said.<br /> <br /> Other sponsors include Luc Belaire, Remy Martin and Tequila Patron.<br /> <br /> The five-day series starts with Image at the Boardwalk Beach in Portmore, on August 5; Portmore's Sugarman's Beach hosts Chug It on August 6; Juice Theory is scheduled for August 7 at White Bones in Kingston; and Boardwalk Beach in Portmore is the venue for Levels on August 8. The series culminates with Frenchbook Live at Fort Clarence Beach in Portmore on Sunday, August 9.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11949447/FLEX-WEEK-BEAUTIES_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11949448/FLEXING_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 04, 2015 1:00 AM Natel eyes breakthrough http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Singer-Natel-eyes-breakthrough_19162923 Singer Natel is poised for the mainstream breakthrough, based on the positive response to his song Only For You.<br /> <br /> The song is produced and released by Chimney Records on the Country Bus beat. Released in April, it has gradually gathered steam on local radio.<br /> <br /> "Only For You is creating a huge buzz right now, the reaction it's getting is incredible. It's getting a lot of rotation from all the top radio jocks and it's also getting a lot of love in the streets," said Natel.<br /> <br /> Only For You is one of several songs making the rounds for the Manchester native who placed in the top five of the Digicel Rising Stars competition. Someone To Love and Jump Back a Dem, done with Mr Vegas, are also doing well.<br /> <br /> Natel is signed to Vegas' MV Records and is scheduled to tour Europe with the singjay starting late this month.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11949449/natel_2890_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 04, 2015 1:00 AM Jamaican jerk to go gourmet in Portland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaican-jerk-to-go-gourmet-in-Portland_19164676 Jamaican jerk to go gourmet in Portland AMERICAN celebrity Chef Judson Todd Allen and Jamaica's Lorraine Fung are among special guests at the 2015 Portland Jerk Festival scheduled for the Heritage Site on Folly Grounds in Portland, tomorrow.<br /> <br /> Organiser Kasey Bourne said the festival, now in its 15th year, is indeed a milestone.<br /> <br /> "The 15th staging of the event is a milestone in celebrating jerk, so we are focusing on the evolution of the spice. Authentic jerk has deep roots here at home, but on the international scene it has a life of its own," said Bourne.<br /> <br /> "Jerk has been interpreted in so many different ways within international cuisine and we are bringing this diverse experience to the Portland Jerk Festival," he continued.<br /> <br /> Chef Allen, known for his participation in the "Next Food Network Star" reality show, will feature international interpretations of jerk fusion including French dishes.<br /> <br /> Chef Lorraine Fung said she will be putting a gourmet spin on authentic Jamaican jerk fusion.<br /> <br /> "I will be using the freshest seasonal ingredients to complement the spice. You can look for fruit fusion with Asian influence," she said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Jamaican grill-master Gariel Ferguson will also be manning a post at the festival.<br /> <br /> Ferguson, who specialises in jerk and barbecue cuisine, has been featured across the globe, most recently at the 2013 South Beach Food and Wine Festival. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11949443/Chef-Judson-Allen_s3x4_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11949444/jerk-chicken_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 04, 2015 1:00 AM Another bright idea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Another-bright-idea_19164790 THE organisers of LumiNation Glow in the Dark Soca Paint Fete are bullish on the fact that their new brand will add something new to the Jamaican party scene when it debuts on August 22 at 96 Hope Road in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> "LumiNation is introducing a new spin on the paint party, with glow paint," Judean Huxtable, event co-organiser, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The party was launched at Medusa Bar & Grill in St Andrew, recently.<br /> <br /> Huxtable said she was influenced by similar party types and wanted to bring this experience to the Jamaican market. LumiNation follows the common format of all-inclusive drinks, but deviates from there, dipping into the carnival J'Ouvert culture of painting and amping it up to the next level.<br /> <br /> "Not only are we going to use glow paint instead of the normal soca paint, but there's going to be a paint war," she explained.<br /> <br /> Upon entering LumiNation patrons will have to choose a colour, which will determine what faction they will join. From then on, all are encouraged to try and paint their rival colour over in order to secure playful victory at the end of the night. Those interested in just enjoying the music and drink can recluse themselves to the designated paint-free zones. The crowd will also have access to neon party favours and there will be body painters on hand to provide custom decoration.<br /> <br /> "The body paint will also be glow paint," she said.<br /> <br /> Music will be a mix of soca and electronic dance music.<br /> <br /> "This is a new idea and we know Jamaicans like to see things first, so we're committed to making it work for the long term," Huxtable explained.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11949441/DSC_0007_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 04, 2015 1:00 AM Pepsi Refresh Tour heads to Hope Zoo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Pepsi-Refresh-Tour-heads-to-Hope-Zoo_19164640 THE second leg of the Pepsi Refresh Tour heads to the front lawns of the Hope Zoo in St Andrew, today.<br /> <br /> The event, which is geared as hosting Pepsi Cola's loyal consumers, will see performances from the Refresh Tour ambassadors, dancehall deejays Chi Ching Ching and Kalado, singjay Zagga, and singers Denyque, Ikaya and Raine Seville along with other exciting elements such as synchronized pyro technics and a fireworks show.<br /> <br /> Music will be provided by Coppershot Sound, disc jocks DJ Nicco and DJ Cruise.<br /> <br /> Pepsi Refresh Tour heads to Hope Zoo<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11950855/ching-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 04, 2015 2:00 AM Tanto Metro and Devonte are back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tanto-Metro-and-Devonte-are-back_19154226 DANCEHALL duo Tanto Metro and Devonte released their latest studio album entitled Sly and Robbie Presents Tanto Metro and Devonte online on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> The phsyical copy is slated to hit the shelves on July 9.<br /> <br /> The Splash caught up with the entertainers, who delivered a great set at SweatFest held in Montego Bay on the weekend.<br /> <br /> "This album is more unique. All 10 tracks are authentic dancehall but there is something for everyone in the family. While the target market is Europe, we are sure that the songs will resonate well with fans in other continents," Tanto Metro told Splash.<br /> <br /> Distributed by Zojack Worldwide, among Sly and Robbie Presents Tanto Metro and Devonte's track listings are The Jam, There's a Reward, Maybe I Love You, and She Ran Away.<br /> <br /> "Reggae/dancehall is revolving and that is a good thing, so while we keep the genre going we are always thinking of new routes to take the music," said Devonte.<br /> <br /> This is the duo's fifth studio album with their debut being Everyone Falls in Love, released in 1997. This was followed by The Beat Goes On, Musically Inclined, and Request, released in 2001, 2006 and 2013, respectively.<br /> <br /> The former Shocking Vibes duo are also known for tracks including Gal Say Woii, Better Body, and She Gone.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11945771/Tanto-Metro_5735_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, July 03, 2015 12:00 AM JAMMing for more reggae http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Browne-restarts-local-content-quota-debate_19158621 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE call has come for a mandated quota of Jamaican content on local radio and television.<br /> <br /> Leading the way is chairman of the Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS), Danny Browne.<br /> <br /> Speaking at the conference to mark International Reggae Day at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday, he cited countries such as Canada, Australia, France and Nigeria which all have local content quotas - as high as 80 per cent.<br /> <br /> "None of these countries has given the world at least three distinct genres of music like Jamaica, yet they have quotas to protect their music," Browne argued.<br /> <br /> "It would support the development of local culture and national identity. It would also promote diversity and boost the local recording industry. Currently, as much as 70 per cent of the content on local radio is from abroad. While I am not against foreign content, I don't believe it should be at the peril of our local music industry," he said.<br /> <br /> He called on colleagues to step forward and lobby media heads to have local content quotas mandated.<br /> <br /> "Look at Reggae Month, it should be mandated that only local content is played on radio during February &mdash; purely reggae &mdash; and then you revert to your regular playlist at the end of the month. Without this the designation of Reggae Month is weak and baseless," said Browne.<br /> <br /> Executive director of the Broadcasting Commission Cordel Green is not in favour of Browne's call.<br /> <br /> "I am not convinced that by setting a local content quota [we will] be protecting the music. When I check a lot of the output for the music that reaches far and wide, the artistes do not reside here in Jamaica," he said, referencing deejay Kranium, who is signed to Atlantic Records, and Bob Marley, whose catalogue is owned by the Universal Music Group.<br /> <br /> "We should be playing reggae because we value it and own it as a people. Quotas won't stem the outflow. We should not care where the money flows, but rather play the music because we care about it," said Green.<br /> <br /> Evon Mullings of JAMMS sided with his chairman.<br /> <br /> He pointed out that it was not just record labels which benefited when music is played.<br /> <br /> "A number of players in the music industry benefit when our music is played. These include performers, musicians, and songwriters; therefore some of the funds generated from increased local play will go into the local economy," Mullings said.<br /> <br /> Browne restarts local content quota debate<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11945784/Danny-Browne---Desi-young_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, July 03, 2015 12:00 AM