Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Tosh Tribute Concert tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tosh-Tribute-Concert-tonight_78008 TONIGHT reggae singer Peter Tosh&rsquo;s music comes alive at Pulse model agency&rsquo;s headquarters on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston. Tosh&rsquo;s backing band Word, Sound and Power will reunite with original members for a benefit concert.<br /> <br /> The band comprised Sly Dunbar (drums), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Mikey Chung (rhythm guitar), Steve Golding (guitar), Robbie Lyn and Keith Sterling on keyboards, Carlton &ldquo;Santa&rdquo; Davis (drums), George &ldquo;Fully&rdquo; Fullwood (bass), and harmonisers Carlton Smith, Derrick Lara, and Junior Moore of The Tamlins.<br /> <br /> Also expected is Donald Kinsey, a 63-year-old guitarist from Gary, Indiana in the US. Kinsey was also a member of the Wailers Band.<br /> <br /> Some of Tosh&rsquo;s session musicians, including horn players Dean Fraser and &ldquo;Nambo&rdquo; Robinson, are also expected to be involved.<br /> <br /> Formed in 1976, Word, Sound and Power was Tosh&rsquo;s official backing group which toured with the star both in the US and Europe, and played with him on the famous One Love peace concert at the National Stadium in 1978.<br /> <br /> According to Pulse Chairman Kingsley Cooper, the performers who have been invited &ldquo;include an incredible collection of famed reggae artistes, many of whom have already confirmed their appearance&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Tosh performed at Pulse&rsquo;s Superjam in 1983, which became his last concert performance. <br /> <br /> The concert follows the Tosh museum opening on Wednesday. Among the guests present at that affair were Prime Minister Andrew Holness, as well as several Government and Opposition ministers. Also in the audience was Zak Starkey, son of Beatles band member Ringo Starr.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to congratulate Kingsley [Cooper] and the family for doing this because, though it may be his own personal endeavour, you have something of immeasurable value to the country... I want to say how important it is for us to put in place the institutions that will protect, preserve, but also project our history, and that is what this museum will do,&rdquo; said PM Holness in his address.<br /> <br /> Tosh, a core member of The Wailers &mdash; which comprised Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer &mdash; was born in Westmoreland. <br /> <br /> He is known for songs including Equal Rights, No Nuclear War, Johnny B Goode, Legalize It, and Mag a Dog.<br /> <br /> Tosh was killed at his St Andrew home in September 1987. He was 42. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12591230/181734_in_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374209/235717_62915_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM St Catherine lauds its finest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/St-Catherine-lauds-its-finest_77999 Isaiah Laing, founder and promoter of the long-running dancehall show Sting, was recognised by the St Catherine Parish Council for his contribution to Jamaican music during a National Heroes&rsquo; Day (October 17) ceremony at Emancipation Square in Spanish Town, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> Laing was born in St Catherine and served 20 years in the Jamaica Constabulary Force as a top crime-fighter. But he also made his mark as head of Sting, the controversial Boxing Day show he started in 1984.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This was long in coming, but I don&rsquo;t toot my horn, so it is good when you are recognised. I am looking forward to the national level,&rdquo; Laing told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Nigel Powell, head of the music department at Charlemont High School, was also acknowledged with a citation for his work as a mentor at his alma mater.<br /> <br /> The school has excelled in competitions staged by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. This year they won 15 gold medals and 11 silver.<br /> <br /> Powell also helped Verlando Small become the first instrumentalist to win the Digicel Rising Star contest in 2015, and has also mentored singer Lenya Wilks.<br /> <br /> Powell, older brother of sprinter Asafa Powell, said, &ldquo;I am very humbled, having done so much work and being recognised for it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13279440/227920_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Blair, Downswell save gospel show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Blair--Downswell-save-gospel-show_77985 Emcee Nadine Blair and gospel singer Kevin Downswell were the saving graces of a less-than-organised Kingston Jerk and Gospel Music Festival at Hope Gardens in Kingston on Heroes&rsquo; Day.<br /> <br /> The show &mdash; now in its second year &mdash; suffered from late performers, long band changes and technical issues. But it was Blair&rsquo;s light-hearted persona and her humour that kept the concert afloat. At times, Blair had to break out in song while reminding those who were doing band changes that she (and the audience) were waiting.<br /> <br /> After a slow start featuring a few up-and-coming singers, the show picked up with Anavah Love Jones, who infused some energy with their dancehall gospel vibe. D Murphy also had a good set, eliciting loud cheers from the audience with his contemporary sound including Kele Kele Love.<br /> <br /> After Joseph Emmanuel&rsquo;s set, the audience was thrilled to hear Chozenn, whose Chozenn Music Group organised the event.<br /> <br /> He enjoyed a well-received set with tracks including God Love You Enuh.<br /> <br /> Powerhouse performer Kevin Downswell delivered the best performance of the evening. His set included Good News, That&rsquo;s Enough, a remix of Already Done, Nah Bow, Forgiven and If It&rsquo;s Not You.<br /> <br /> Downswell also led a segment of praise and worship and finished with You Make Me Stronger and All the Way, leaving the audience on high.<br /> <br /> Headliner, Grammy-nominated singer Kierra Sheard had, as expected, her high-energy and soaring vocals. However, her performance lacked momentum as she alternated between singing to tracks and random a capella praise songs while the deejay searched for her next track. She managed to get a good reception from the audience.<br /> <br /> Patron Tenecia McNish said Sheard&rsquo;s set was too short.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I went primarily to see Kierra Sheard but I was disappointed &lsquo;cause I didn&rsquo;t get to see her perform a lot of songs,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> The festival also featured various booth displays with a wide range of items, as well as a celebrity cook-off.<br /> <br /> CEO of Chozenn Media Group, Duane &ldquo;Chozenn&rdquo; Besentie said he was pleased with how the day&rsquo;s event unfolded, despite some hiccups.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was flawless execution, awesome music ministry&hellip; The patrons got their money&rsquo;s worth and sponsors are happy,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Aldane Walters <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374569/235841_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374571/235835_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374567/235850_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374574/235843_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374576/235839_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374579/235840_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM To-Isis turns Kingston Rock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/To-Isis-turns-Kingston-Rock_77986 Reggae group To-Isis has been a household name in Jamaica for several years. However, the outfit has dropped that name.<br /> <br /> Group member Renardo Lewis said the name change was a &ldquo;necessity&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are several reasons why we had to change it... However, the main one is that the name was an international obstacle. We had performances turned down because of it. There was one instance where the promoter said &lsquo;the only way we would be able to perform is using another name&rsquo;,&rdquo; Lewis told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re now Kingston Rock,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Clad in black, Kingston Rock had its official launch at the Alibi Restaurant on Waterloo Road in Kingston on Wednesday. <br /> <br /> In addition to Lewis brothers Richard and Robert Morgan and Kevin Webb. The latter was unavoidably absent from the event. <br /> <br /> Kingston Rock also added two female background vocalists to give them a different sound. <br /> <br /> Lewis recounted that the name Kingston Rock came by &ldquo;mistake&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Robert [Morgan] was singing Bob Marley&rsquo;s Trench Town Rock while strolling down the street in New York... and for some strange reason kept singing Kingston Rock. He contacted the group members and we all agreed that would be the new name of the group,&rdquo; said Lewis.<br /> <br /> At the launch, the group gave the capacity crowd a well-delivered set, including songs like Tiad An Mi Hungry, Ghetto Pain, Just Like The Sun, Rebellion, and Tonight.<br /> <br /> They also performed an ode to Morgan&rsquo;s mom, entitled Merna.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re releasing that single, Merna, at the end of October. It will be on the Nebula Entertainment label,&rdquo; Lewis added.<br /> <br /> The evening&rsquo;s celebration was complete with a surprise guest appearance by former Digicel Rising Star winner Dalton Harris, who gave a brief a capella performance. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Hugh Stone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374222/235864_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Sativa D Black 1 targets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sativa-D-Black-1-targets_77983 Personal experience inspired singer Sativa D Black 1&rsquo;s latest song, Petty Thief, produced by YGF Records.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One day mi lef mi shoes pon mi house top an&rsquo; when mi come back the shoes gone. This happens inna a lot of communities where yuh have petty thieves that terrorise people, so this song is social commentary and humorous, but it is a serious topic,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Petty Thief is part of Sativa D Black 1&rsquo;s EP, to be released through Charm B Productions, which manages his career.<br /> <br /> The company also produced some of the artiste&rsquo;s other new singles, including Ungrateful Grip Me and Walk Her Out.<br /> <br /> Born Shaun Smith in Linstead, St. Catherine, Sativa D Black 1 started in music as a selector on local sound system Up Setters. He was known as Tommy Skunk, then Tommy Ice. <br /> <br /> In 2012, he entered the Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall competition and has since recorded a number of songs for various producers. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13264792/226569__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM King Turbo wins World Clash title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/King-Turbo-wins-World-Clash-title_77987 Canadian sound system King Turbo outclassed a line-up of six from five countries to secure victory in World Clash, held at Club Amazura in New York, recently.<br /> <br /> The five-hour competition, organised by Caribbean entertainment specialists Irish and Chin, was dubbed The Rise of New Champions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Rise of New Champions is the start of a new beginning for global visibility of sound clash culture,&rdquo; said Garfield &ldquo;Chin&rdquo; Bourne of Irish and Chin. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the cultivation of new stars which help the sound industry move into the future.&rdquo; From a spectator&rsquo;s standpoint &lsquo;World Clash&rsquo; boasted the lights, bells and whistles of a mega concert, complete with video montages and electronic signage. But it was up to competing sounds, via music, speech, stage presence and timing, to live up to World Clash&rsquo;s high standards.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition to King Turbo, the line-up comprised Innocent (United States), Young Hawk (United States), Warrior (Germany), Jugglerz (Germany), King Tubby&rsquo;s (United Kingdom), Renaissance (Jamaica) and King Turbo (Canada).<br /> <br /> While some sounds excelled, offering patrons larger-than-life, authentic sound clash experiences, others missed the mark a bit. The tough New York audience eliminated Innocent, Young Hawk, Jugglerz, King Tubby&rsquo;s and Renaissance in early rounds, resulting in a heated one-on-one music selection battle between King Turbo and Warrior. Consistent performances from these remaining sounds throughout the night made them the clash&rsquo;s shining stars. Warrior thrived with good music, while King Turbo&rsquo;s verbal and musical assault, delivered by sharp MC Ricky Turbo, thrust them into the final stretch. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374577/235847_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374568/235855_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374578/235846_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Marco Polo a hit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marco-Polo-a-hit_77979 DESPITE the late start, the Heroes&rsquo; Day staging of Marco Polo, held at Cable Hut Beach in Bull Bay, St Andrew, was a success by all accounts. <br /> <br /> Sponsored by Smirnoff, the event was dubbed the &lsquo;Bikini Colours Cooler Edition&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Music was provided by DJ Nicco, ZJ Ice, and Hyperactive Sound.<br /> <br /> Lance Craig of LawLess Events spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the move to Cable Hut Beach.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been absent from Kingston for a while. We have been doing Marco Polo outside of Kingston and overseas, so we decided to give Kingston a taste of what the out-of-town people have been experiencing. Hence the reason why we decided to come to Cable Hut Beach,&rdquo; said Craig.<br /> <br /> Jason Hendricks, brand manager for spirits at Heineken &mdash; manufacturers of Smirnoff, spoke about his company&rsquo;s decision to sponsor Marco Polo.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is the second time Smirnoff has been on board with Marco Polo. We saw Marco Polo as a good opportunity to reach our target consumers, so it was a natural fit. We also launched our newest flavour of Smirnoff Ice over the weekend, and the event was the perfect platform to get consumers to sample and interact with the product &mdash; a good way to close out an epic weekend,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Dancehall artiste Aidonia closed out the staging of Marco Polo with a high-powered performance decorated with some of his biggest hits.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374523/235809_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374521/235805_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374520/235812_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Bongo and friends rally for Haiti http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bongo-and-friends-rally-for-Haiti_77984 Heavy rain put a damper on the Bongo Herman And Friends benefit show at Jacob&rsquo;s Place, Kings Plaza, on Tuesday. But there was still an encouraging turnout of artistes and patrons who donated canned food and clothing for people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Wi glad how it come off, wi get couple things well from people wha&rsquo; wi going to give to Food For The Poor,&rdquo; Bongo Herman told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The veteran percussionist staged the event in association with the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) and Jacob&rsquo;sPlace.<br /> <br /> JAVAA will present the donations to Food For The Poor for distribution in Haiti, where over 1,300 people were killed this month by Hurricane Matthew.<br /> <br /> Bongo Herman, Dennis Alcapone, Isha Bel, Wild Life and Singing Vernon were some of the acts who performed.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13374245/235866_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM A Spicy affair - &lsquo;Babsy&rsquo; gives Spice the nod http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-Spicy-affair_77884 By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com Culture Minister Olivia &ldquo;Babsy&rdquo;Grange has defended the decision to include deejay Spice on last weekend&rsquo;s concert honouring Jamaican athletes who participated at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. <br /> <br /> Grange and her team have been criticised following Spice&rsquo;s performance, which many deemed inappropriate given the scale of the event and audience, which included Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, and Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Mrs Holness. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think Spice being on the show created a problem,&rdquo; said Grange. &ldquo;Dancehall is very much a part of the genre of Jamaican music that is popular. The young people of today relate to dancehall and dancehall artistes have appeared on all types of national events, but never has this happened before. It may have had to do with technical problems. It also however highlights the prejudices in the Jamaican society. Plus, Spice overreacted and this thing got blown up,&rdquo; she explained. <br /> <br /> Grange is adamant she and her team made the right decision to include Spice on the roster.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have managed dancehall artistes and know that a dancehall artiste can go on the stage with the most popular rhythms that they have performed with, make up some lyrics and mash down the place... I know that,&rdquo; said Grange. &ldquo;She could have done that. But it has to do with having management and direction so you can feel an audience, you can make up some lyrics, you can create a vibe &mdash; because that&rsquo;s what dancehall is all about.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Grange, through her company Specs Shang, managed artistes such as Shabba Ranks and Mad Cobra, who helped to take dancehall music to an international platform during the 1990s. She said Spice&rsquo;s blunder at the National Indoor Sports Centre will not rule her out of performing on future events organised by her ministry. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;No. It&rsquo;s just an experience for her. I think it&rsquo;s a learning experience and she will grow.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The deejay, whose given name is Grace Hamilton, followed a stirring performance by gospel act Kevin Downswell. Her set included A So Mi Like It and the new single Indicator. When the artiste was about to perform the latter, her backing track could not be heard and the artiste was left to perform the song a capella. Midway through Indicator she ended her set and left the stage. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13180245/219311__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13199563/221090__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM Tanto Blacks is Cash 4 Life face http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tanto-Blacks-is-Cash-4-Life-face_77859 Celebrated dancehall &lsquo;Real Rich&rsquo; sensation Tanto Blacks is named ambassador and the face of the 2016 staging of J Wray & Nephew Limited&rsquo;s &lsquo;Q is the Key to Cash 4 Life&rsquo; competition. <br /> <br /> Blacks will be the main character in all advertisements of the competition, which will give players a chance to win up to $30 million in prize money over the next 14 weeks. <br /> <br /> The entertainer, who is well known for promoting a cash-rich lifestyle and positive lyrics, will encourage lovers of J Wray & Nephew Ltd brands to enter &lsquo;Q is the Key&rsquo; by purchasing certain 200 ml products and texting the codes on the back of the Q&rsquo;s label to the contact number provided. <br /> <br /> &lsquo;Q is the Key&rsquo; will be launched today will offer players myriad opportunities to win cash by purchasing Qs (200 ml) of either: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Charley&rsquo;s JB Overproof Rum, Appleton Special or Campari. <br /> <br /> Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, J Wray & Nephew, said based on discussions, Blacks was selected to be Q is the Key to Cash for Life&rsquo;s ambassador, because of his cash flow lifestyle that is in keeping with the goal of the competition.<br /> <br /> Over the next 14 weeks there will be daily cash prizes of $10,000 and mobile phone credit and monthly cash prizes of $50,000, $100,000, $150,000, $250,000, and $500,000. At the end of January 2017, there will be a grand prize draw in which two lucky winners will be selected for the two prizes of $1,000,000 each year for the next 10 years.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371582/235633__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM Pritti Shu hits out against Bad Mind http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Pritti-Shu-hits-out-against-Bad-mind_77856 In his latest single, up-and-coming singjay Pritti Shu expresses his disgust for backbiters and hypocrites in the track <br /> <br /> Bad Mind<br /> <br /> . According to him, the single has been making the rounds on social media and local airwaves since its release in May.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Unfortunately, even a child can relate an experience with someone who is envious, so the topic is a universal one. The song speaks about those wolves in sheep&rsquo;s clothing, who wish you well in your presence, but secretly wishing for your downfall behind your back,&rdquo; he told Splash.<br /> <br /> Produced by United States-based No Effort and Black Liberty Records, Pritti Shu said he hopes the single will do musical wonders for his career.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I really do not have a limit for it, but I want it to be one of those singles that will be timeless. The whole idea is not to release a lot of singles at once which will in turn drown each other. Instead, I will continue to promote and market this one until it reaches its full potiential,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Pritti Shu, 33 &mdash; given name is David Robinson. He was born in St Elizabeth&mdash; but relocated to Kingston as a teenager. While living in Kingston, he said his passion for music heightened as he was more exposed to more entertainment in the city.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Kingston is like music central, everything is here that will draw one closer to their music career,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Recording a single would take a few years though, as it was in 2012 he released his debut song called High Roller. Other songs followed including Protect Me Oh Jah, Wutliss Cutliss, and Crawb Up Road.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371581/235628__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM In harmony with Daddy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/In-harmony-with-Daddy_77836 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer The spirit of William &ldquo;Bunny Rugs&rdquo; Clark hovered over King&rsquo;s House on Monday as his widow Bouvier accepted his Order of Distinction from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.<br /> <br /> Rugs, who died from cancer in Orlando, Florida, in February 2014 at age 65, was the lead singer of Third World for 37 years.<br /> <br /> His three daughters &mdash; Sheneka, Alexandria and Adriana &mdash; accompanied his wife to the Ceremony of Investiture of National Honours and Awards, which took place in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> None of them followed their father&rsquo;s path and became a professional musician, but they were familiar with his work as a member of Third World and solo artiste.<br /> <br /> Adriana, a journalism student in Kent, England, said she had many discussions with Rugs about his career, especially his time in Third World which he joined in 1976.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He said his favourite songs to do live were Now That We Found Love and Reggae Ambassador... he really loved that song,&rdquo; she said shortly after the ceremony.<br /> <br /> Alexandria, who lives in Orlando, Florida, said while Rugs loved being with Third World, he enjoyed his solo work which produced six albums.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It allowed him to explore different parts of his voice. It was largely the same melodies, but with different musicians and instruments,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Sheneka, the eldest, lives in Los Angeles. According to her, Bunny Rugs was &ldquo;a soul singer who also loved jazz. He loved Nat King Cole and Dionne Warwick&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The Manchester-born Rugs was the voice of Third World for 37 years. His distinctive vocals led to the group&rsquo;s biggest hits including 96 Degrees In The Shade, Now That We Found Love, Try Jah Love, and Committed.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371400/235549_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13344251/233576_61761_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM Chyna Nicole on a high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chyna-Nicole-on-a-high_77700 Seven months after its release, Higher, the first album from singer Chyna Nicole, has done well on regional reggae charts in the United States.<br /> <br /> Released in April by Nico Star Music, Higher has entered the Foundation Radio Network Top 20 Album Chart in New York City; South Florida Top 15 Reggae Chart and the USA iTunes Top 100 Reggae Album Chart.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is fantastic news. It&rsquo;s like receiving an award because it acknowledges the hard work and collaborations with some of reggae&rsquo;s best,&rdquo; Chyna Nicole told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Producers and musicians who worked on the 15-track album include her father Carl Williams, Sly and Robbie, Dalton Browne, Lloyd Mullings, Paul &lsquo;Computer Paul&rsquo; Henton, Franklyn &lsquo;Bubbler&rsquo; Waul, Dean Fraser and Steven &lsquo;Lenky&rsquo; Marsden.<br /> <br /> Singers Yami Bolo, Chuck Turner, Althea Hamilton and Tabby Diamond (of the Mighty Diamonds) are featured on Higher.<br /> <br /> Three songs --- His Majesty Completes Me, Got To Be Thankful and the title track --- made the Foundation Radio Network and South Florida Reggae charts.<br /> <br /> Born Nicole Williams in Harlem, New York, Chyna Nicole was raised in Connecticut by her Jamaican parents. She is currently based in Queens, New York.<br /> <br /> While residing in Jamaica between 2000 and 2004, she worked as a disc jockey at ZIP 103 FM, Irie FM and Mello FM.<br /> <br /> Chyna Nicole made her recording debut in 1994 with the Carl Williams-produced Love Me Tenderly featuring Lukie D. She followed-up with Last Night, another Lukie D collaboration.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371580/235353__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371585/235352__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM Isha Bel&rsquo;s time to shine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Isha-Bel-s-time-to-shine_77853 Though she has done countless songs in a 20-year career, singer Isha Bel is still hunting that elusive hit. She thinks it has come in Cost of Living.<br /> <br /> The song is from Cost of Living/Light Haffi Shine, an EP released September 20 by Swiss label Addis Records.<br /> <br /> Cost of Living is a cover of Peace Within, a song done by singer Nora Dean in the 1970s.<br /> <br /> A former member of the Fourth Street Sister vocal group, Isha Bel has done a number of singles since going solo nearly a decade ago. The EP represents her coming of age, so to speak.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great feeling and a blessing doing this EP with Addis, presenting Isha Bel&rsquo;s music in a structured format with the support behind it. Having the video, digital and vinyl release is something I have wanted for a while now,&rdquo; she told Splash.<br /> <br /> It was management at Addis Records&rsquo; suggestion to record Peace Within with a change of name. Isha Bel agreed as she was familiar with Dean&rsquo;s solo work and her time with The Soulettes and Ebony Sisters.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;On hearing Nora Dean&rsquo;s raw, gutsy interpretation, I felt she was telling my life story too. I knew I had big shoes to fill, [but] I felt I could wear those shoes comfortably,&rdquo; said Isha Bel. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I simply put Isha Bel in the song &mdash; my raw, soul, passion and my love affair with rub-a-dub. It was like me taking the baton to continue the story of this timeless classic,&rdquo; she added.<br /> <br /> Dean, who died from cancer in the United States in September, was best known for the risque 1969 hit song Barbwire. <br /> <br /> Addis is the latest European company Isha Bel (real name Natalie Walsh) has worked with. She previously recorded for Idlers Corners Records out of France and British label Conscious Sounds.<br /> <br /> Since leaving the pop-influenced Fourth Street Sister, she has embraced roots reggae and recorded for producers like &ldquo;Caveman&rdquo;. Isha Bel has also done backing vocals or toured with Sizzla, Andrew Tosh and Warrior King.<br /> <br /> Addis will release a 10-inch vinyl edition of Cost of living/ Light Haffi Shine on October 25.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12483614/174234_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM Long time coming for Sean De Vere http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Long-time-coming-for-Sean-De-Vere_77831 Singjay Sean de Vere, who finished third in the 2015 Magnum King of The Dancehall competition, recently released the song How Long, produced by K-SWISS for the 100 Degrees label.<br /> <br /> It is the latest single from the artiste whose other post-Magnum songs include Sky is The Limit and Eye Pon Mi. He is currently working on his EP, I Am Sean de Vere.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Magnum King of The Dancehall was a once in a lifetime experience for me. I learnt a lot and gained professional experience,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Originally from Kingston, Sean de Vere grew up in Portmore, St Catherine and Clarendon. After graduating from Kingston College, he enrolled in the Caribbean Maritime Institute, but music was his true calling.<br /> <br /> Determined to take his career to the next level, he recently linked with a management team led by Prudence Plummer of UPAKA Artiste Management, which is based in New York.<br /> <br /> Sean de Vere has also recorded for Goodfellas Records, Peak Music, Andy&rsquo;s Music and Haad Rokk Music.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371381/235535_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM Starface teaches the Whine Up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Starface-teaches-the-Whine-Up_77829 Starface&rsquo;s latest single, Whine Up, is produced by Cornelius Records. Its music video, directed by New York-based Peter Parker, depicts an old school dancehall scene.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Whine Up is inspired by traditional dancehall when ladies ruled the dance floor and everyone would come closer to catch a piece of the action. Men would also be a part of this as the women would &lsquo;bubble&rsquo; on their dance partner,&rdquo; Starface explained. &ldquo;By doing this song, my aim is to bring back that good old school vibe when nothing else mattered but good times and the music.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Whine Up is done on Cornelius Records&rsquo; High Class &lsquo;riddim&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Starface, whose real name is Nadesha Edwards, has been recording professionally since 2011. The West Kingston artiste made her debut with Nuh Fraid a Gal.<br /> <br /> After a three-year break, she returned with Ride or Die featuring Beenie Man; Love John, Hold My Man and Money Lotion.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am here to show that females can do it too. The show posters are male-dominated most times; you may have one if any female at all included on these events. My goal is to improve the standard they are rating females in our industry,&rdquo; said Starface.<br /> <br /> A former student at Dunrobin High School, Starface was a member of the seven-member dance group, Star Girls.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371379/235536_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM From Shaggy with love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/From-Shaggy-with-love_77830 SHAGGY has had a presence in Billboard&rsquo;s Reggae Digital Song Sales Chart for some time with his past hits, Boombastic, Angel and It Wasn&rsquo;t Me. His latest single, That Love , released eight weeks ago, is currently number one.<br /> <br /> That Love is produced by Scott Storch, known for his work with Chris Brown and Britney Spears, among others) and released by Brooklyn Knights/Sony RED. It removed OMI&rsquo;s Cheerleader from the top spot.<br /> <br /> In an interview with Vibe.com in August, Shaggy said the song is dedicated to people in the United States military.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That Love is dedicated to our service men and women who are deployed from their loved ones. Sacrifices are made on both sides, military personnel and dependents. I personally have felt that, being deployed in the first Gulf War and being away from my loved ones. We give thanks for their service,&rdquo; Shaggy said.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371380/235534_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 AM More &lsquo;roses&rsquo; for Gregory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/More--roses--for-Gregory_77701 By Howard Campbell Observer senior reporter AN album of unreleased songs from Gregory Isaacs and a Valentine&rsquo;s Day theme show are on the cards in 2017 for the late singer&rsquo;s estate.<br /> <br /> His widow, June Isaacs, told the Jamaica Observer that the album will be distributed by Tads International Record, the independent label her husband had a long relationship with.<br /> <br /> In February, a live show dubbed &lsquo;Red Rose For Gregory&rsquo; is scheduled for Kingston. American Rhythm & Blues group Atlantic Starr will be the featured act alongside harmony quartet LUST.<br /> <br /> June Isaacs said the album and show are just two of the projects to help keep &lsquo;The Cool Ruler&rsquo;s legacy vibrant. Gregory Isaacs died in October 2010.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;His repertoire consists of lovers&rsquo; rock songs and many of the persons who support Gregory are females. So we chose Valentine&rsquo;s to connect everything,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Isaacs was awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer class) by the Jamaican Government on Monday for his contribution to Jamaican music. June Isaacs was at King&rsquo;s House to accept the insignia from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.<br /> <br /> Born in Denham Town, West Kingston, Gregory Isaacs began recording in the late 1960s. His career flourished during the late 1970s and 1980s, thanks to easy-listening songs like Love Is Overdue, Soon Forward, Tune In, Night Nurse, and Private Secretary.<br /> <br /> Isaacs was 60 when he died from cancer in London. Since his death, Tads International Record and VP Records have released compilation albums containing many of his hit songs.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13360561/234923_62063_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13198142/220833_48551_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Bobby Shmurda&rsquo;s fall from grace http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bobby-Shmurda-s-fall-from-grace_77740 AMERICAN rapper Bobby Shmurda was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday, having pleaded guilty in connection with a 2014 incident in which the New York City police charged him with conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment.<br /> <br /> However, Shmurda, whose given name is Ackquille Jean Pollard, rejected a previously agreed plea deal, telling Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott that his lawyer forced him to accept the deal.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was forced to take this sentence. I don&rsquo;t want to take this sentence,&rdquo; Shmurda told the judge as his flustered lawyer Alex Spiro stood beside him.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to drop my plea.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The rapper then addressed his lawyer directly: &ldquo;I want to drop my plea and fire you ... Why are you telling me to waive my rights? I am not waiving my rights.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The judge rejected Spiro&rsquo;s request for a three-week delay in imposing sentence. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t see any reason for an adjournment,&rdquo; Clott declared.<br /> <br /> The 22-year-old artiste, who has a Jamaican father and Trinidadian mother, is best known for his hit track Hot Nigga which features deejay Popcaan.<br /> <br /> According to reports, in the original plea deal, established nearly two years ago, Shmurda pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy to criminally possess a weapon and second-degree criminal weapons possession.<br /> <br /> That deal was reached days before the rapper stood trial for multiple crimes stemming from a massive, multi-person indictment alleging that Shmurda was the ringleader of GS9, an offshoot of the infamous Los Angeles gang, The Crips.<br /> <br /> Distributed by Epic Records, Hot Nigga was his biggest hit with its accompanying Shmoney Dance. It got the attention of Canadian rapper Drake who performed the song during his set at the 2014 ESPY Awards.<br /> <br /> There is also a reggae version of Hot Nigga featuring Junior Reid, Mavado, Popcaan and Jah X. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368681/235415_62519_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368678/235416_62520_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Bobby Ellis is dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bobby-Ellis-is-dead_77759 Bobby Ellis, the influential trumpeter who played on a number of groundbreaking Jamaican songs, died Tuesday at age 84.<br /> <br /> His daughter, Cheryl Ellis, told the Jamaica Observer that her father died at the University Hospital of the West Indies. He was admitted there on September 27 to treat a pneumonia-related illness.<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston, Ellis was a past student of Alpha Boys School and a contemporary of other Alpha alumni who went on to greatness. They included saxophonists Tommy McCook and Headley Bennett and trombonist Don Drummond.<br /> <br /> Like most Alpha &lsquo;hornsmen&rsquo;, Ellis had a prolific career as a session musician and arranger. He played on songs like Higgs and Wilson&rsquo;s There&rsquo;s A Reward For Me and I Wanna Go Back Home by Bob Andy.<br /> <br /> In 1974, he was a senior member of the Black Disciples band that played on Burning Spear&rsquo;s acclaimed Marcus Garvey<br /> <br /> album.<br /> <br /> Ellis arranged the horns on the title track as well as Slavery Days . He was a key member of Spear&rsquo;s recording and touring unit for the next 12 years.<br /> <br /> He and McCook also played and arranged the horns for Blackheart Man, Bunny Wailer&rsquo;s classic 1976 album.<br /> <br /> Ellis was among several top Jamaican musicians who played on renowned jazz flautist Herbie Mann&rsquo;s Reggae and Reggae II albums in the early 1970s.<br /> <br /> In 2014 Ellis was awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer class) by the Jamaican Government for his contribution to the country&rsquo;s music.<br /> <br /> In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, he expressed gratitude at finally receiving national recognition.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I always think of it yuh nuh...if I can get an award or something like that for music. So I thank God for it,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Bobby Ellis is survived by three daughters, two sons and grandchildren.<br /> <br /> His funeral service is scheduled for November 12 at 10 am St Richard&rsquo;s Church. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368697/235405_62513_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Downswell, Romain Virgo deliver at seafood fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Downswell--Romain-Virgo-deliver-at-seafood-fest_77708 Gospel singer Kevin Downswell and reggae act Romain Virgo delivered spectacular sets at Monday&rsquo;s staging of the Grace Tropical Rhythm Port Royal Seafood Festival in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Downswell was introduced to the audience just after most had completed their delicious dishes of seafood delights and the children had enjoyed the rides and goodies on offer. <br /> <br /> His spiritual performance could be felt throughout the venue as he had fans of all ages singing along with outstretched arms. Downswell&rsquo;s set included It&rsquo;s Already Done, All the Way, Stronger, and If It&rsquo;s Not You. <br /> <br /> As usual, Romain Virgo was a crowd-pleaser. The St Ann singer&rsquo;s selections added a slice of diversity to the evening&rsquo;s offering. His personal mantra of performing each show like his last was clear to see as he seemed to have put his all into each track. With most of his set directed towards his female fans, Virgo had them clinging on to his every word as he belted out lyrics to songs like Rain Is Falling, Taking You Home, Love Doctor, and a cover version of Adele&rsquo;s hit When Will I See You Again. He later took the audience down memory lane with songs including a cover a Percy Sledge&rsquo;s When A Man Loves A Woman.<br /> <br /> Other performances also came from Pedro, I-Octane, Ninjaman, Admiral Bailey, and Savage.<br /> <br /> Earlier in the day, the Port Royal Seafood Festival provided a wholesome package for the entire family with numerous giveaways, sporting activities and celebrity chef cook-offs.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368970/235114_62481_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368967/235121_62482_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368966/235131_62484_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368971/235124_62483_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368969/235125_62485_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368968/235120_62486_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368965/235126_62487_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Laza Morgan is on fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Laza-Morgan-is-on-fire_77496 REGGAE singer Laza Morgan is at it again. He recently released his latest single On Fire, which has been creating a huge buzz. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song is being well received and we only just started promo. Because of the good feedback it made us move to the next level; that&rsquo;s stepping up promotion and marketing, so look for video coming soon and many more,&rdquo; Laza Morgan told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Produced on the Cold Sweet rhythm by Majah Label Music Group, On Fire is being distributed by Zojak World Wide.<br /> <br /> Laza Morgan said he is currently busy in the recording studio and will be releasing a compilation rhythm called King Culture, which will feature acts including Sizzla Kalonji, Munga Honorebel, Stonebwoy, MJ Morgan, and himself. <br /> <br /> The project will be on his Corner King Music label. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve started my own label with my brother M J Morgan, which also just drop his first single My Girl, so a lot of music is coming for 2017.<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;m also working with my son on his music and I have couple artistes I&rsquo;m looking to sign to Corner King Music... that&rsquo;s all music. <br /> <br /> On the business side of things, I&rsquo;m pushing my Kornaking skate brand worldwide, and in January 2017 we&rsquo;re looking to push forward on cementing the name as a Jamaican brand with building a skatepark/ skate plaza in St Thomas on our family property,&rdquo; said Laza Morgan.<br /> <br /> Laza Morgan is part of the Morgan Heritage clan and is known for songs including One By One, Dusty Road, and I.W.I.N (I Want It Now) featuring Gina Star. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13363640/234919_62171_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 AM Keeping Tosh&rsquo;s legacy alive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keeping-Tosh-s-legacy-alive_77306 BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com BEHIND every successful man there&rsquo;s a woman. In Peter Tosh&rsquo;s case it was Marlene Brown.<br /> <br /> Since Tosh&rsquo;s death at his St Andrew home in September 1987, she has travelled a long road to get recognition for his success as a solo artiste after leaving The Wailers, as well as getting industry investors to recognise the value of his heritage.<br /> <br /> That all seems to be coming together as today, Tosh&rsquo;s birthday, a museum opens at Pulse&rsquo;s headquarters on Trafalgar Road in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> During the 1980s Brown was not only his partner, but his confidante.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was my idea to have the museum set up,&rdquo; she insisted, recalling how determined she was to protect Tosh&rsquo;s legacy, despite being ignored by his family, friends and his estate.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I toyed with this idea for 28 years. I said to myself, &lsquo;Marlene, you have all these artefacts for Peter; why don&rsquo;t you have a museum set up for him in Kingston?&rsquo; But, I couldn&rsquo;t afford it and I couldn&rsquo;t get the right people to work with,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A lot of people told me they were interested, but I knew they weren&rsquo;t right for the project, so I waited on the right person to approach me,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> That &ldquo;right person&rdquo; turned out to be Pulse&rsquo;s chairman, Kingsley Cooper.<br /> <br /> She said that she had no problem working with Cooper, whom she grew up with in east Kingston.<br /> <br /> Cooper had a long relationship with Tosh dating back to his last concert performance at Pulse&rsquo;s Superjam in 1983.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We hold the rights to the video of that last concert and have worked hard with Peter&rsquo;s estate and other connections over several years to make the museum happen,&rdquo; said Cooper.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In that regard, we have been entrusted with significant responsibility, including the preservation of these artefacts,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> Brown was with Tosh the night he was gunned down. Radio broadcaster Jeff &lsquo;Free I&rsquo; Dixon and Wilton Brown were also killed. She was shot in the head but survived by playing dead.<br /> <br /> Days later, Brown walked out of the hospital where she had been admitted for treatment, without being discharged, and her head still bandaged.<br /> <br /> She headed for her home in Barbican, where she organised the safe keeping of the most valuable items she and Tosh had stored there. She then headed for New York, intending to collect the rest of their valuables which were at an apartment in Manhattan which they shared half of each year.<br /> <br /> However, by the time she reached there a Tosh relative had already taken charge, and the police prevented her from taking anything from the apartment except for a few pieces of her clothing.<br /> <br /> Brown was furious because she felt that she was being locked out of her home and unable to access her possessions.<br /> <br /> She returned home and packed away those she had extracted from the Barbican home.<br /> <br /> Since then she has waited 29 years without any income from Tosh&rsquo;s estate, hoping that one day she would be able to have them placed in a museum in his honour.<br /> <br /> Brown, 55, leads a very remote life in East Rural St Andrew. She earns from use of the items she has loaned to the museum, including Tosh&rsquo;s M16 guitar and his famous unicycle.<br /> <br /> She dreams of one day filling her hilly terrain home with not only Tosh&rsquo;s music, but also voices of thousands of visitors reliving his story. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13363604/234620_62244_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13214904/222286_62245_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 AM Cali P&rsquo;s I Thoughts debuts on Billboard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cali-P-s-I-Thoughts-debuts-on-Billboard_77601 GUADELOUPE-BORN singer Cali P debuts at number 10 on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this week with I Thoughts. <br /> <br /> The 12-track set was released on October 7 by Hemp Hire Productions/ Flash Hit Records. It features songs produced by Equiknoxx, Seani B, Don Chandler, and Teka. <br /> <br /> There are collaborations with Capleton, Yung JR, Shanique Marie and Randy Valentine. Tracks include Ease Off, On My Way Home, Coconut Jelly Man, Lyrical Faya, Guiding Shield, and Do You Love Me.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere on the chart, Angeles band Fortunate Youth debuts at number six with the EP Dub Collection Vol 2. It is the group&rsquo;s third entry, having scored a chart-topper with 2013&rsquo;s It&rsquo;s All A Jam.<br /> <br /> They reached number 13 in 2011 with Irie State of Mind. Rebelution rebounds to number one with Falling Into Place, which has to date sold over 29,000 copies. <br /> <br /> With over 9,000 copies sold, Stephen Marley&rsquo;s Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, stays at number two. Moving up to number three is Set In Stone by Stick Figure with 22,000 copies, while former number one, Nothing More To Say by New Yorkbased The Frightnrs, steps up to number four. <br /> <br /> Wandering Soul by HIRIE is at number five with just over 2,500 copies, while at number seven is Fireflies by John Brown&rsquo;s Body. <br /> <br /> Hotting Up by Iration moves from 14 to number eight. To date the set has sold over 17,000. Ziggy Marley&rsquo;s self-titled set falls to number nine with sales of over 12,000. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13070028/209974_54062_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13327073/232070_59264_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 AM Africa music fest for Nov 26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Africa-music-fest-for-Nov-26_77593 Promoters of Africa Meets Reggae and World Music International Festival (AMR) expect continued growth for its third staging on November 26.<br /> <br /> The event, which is dominated by artistes from host country Nigeria, takes place at the National Stadium in Lagos, that country&rsquo;s previous capital.<br /> <br /> The line-up includes Nigerian singers Majek Fashek and Victor Essiet and his Mandators band, artistes who helped put African reggae on the map. Essiet is founder and promoter of Africa Meets Reggae.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The expectations for this year are to show the growth of the festival and the resurgence of reggae by the young up-and-coming artistes, as well as the veterans like myself and Majek Fashek that paved the way for the music,&rdquo; Essiet told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Among the younger acts is South African singer Nkulee Dube, daughter of Lucky Dube, a contemporary of Essiet and Fashek. He was killed in South Africa in 2007.<br /> <br /> King Wadada and Small Doctor, emerging Nigerian artistes, are also scheduled to perform. So too is Belizean singer Eljai.<br /> <br /> Essiet is hoping for an audience of 20,000 this year. The 2015 Africa Meets Reggae saw an increase of 5,000 fans from the inaugural event in 2014 which attracted over 10,000.<br /> <br /> He stressed the importance of having current acts on the show to attract a younger crowd.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The fans are lovers of both traditional reggae and the new, modern sounds of the younger artistes. There is something for everyone while keeping with the overall vision and message of the festival and its music,&rdquo; Essiet said.<br /> <br /> Essiet and Fashek came to prominence during the 1980s when there was strong interest in traditional sounds (known as world beat) and reggae from Africa.<br /> <br /> Many artistes from the continent, including Fashek and Senegal&rsquo;s Youssou N&rsquo;Dour, were signed to international record labels.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13363633/235103_62234_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13363625/235184_62263_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 AM