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 Big crowd at Nude Twisted Fantasies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Big-crowd-at-Nude-Twisted-Fantasies-_68011 EVEN though it was advertised for a 4:00 pm start, patrons didn&rsquo;t start streaming into the Fantasy Playground venue, St Georges Cliff in Hellshire, St Catherine, until minutes after 10:00 pm for the third edition of Nude Twisted Fantasies.<br /> <br /> By 11:00 pm, the venue was filled to capacity.<br /> <br /> The pool party delivered the experience and vibes patrons expected. <br /> <br /> DJ Lank, Coolshade Chris, Star Time and DJ Calico were part of the team that took control of the musical juggling, with hot selections both current and from yesteryear.<br /> <br /> Promoter Mario &lsquo;DJ Mario&rsquo; Wedderburn said he was overwhelmed by the support.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was an excellent vibe. The venue was packed to capacity and patrons really enjoyed themselves,&rdquo; he told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The &lsquo;Nude&rsquo; party series was first held in March last year. It returned for its second staging in March of this year but due to the overwhelming response, another edition was scheduled this summer.<br /> <br /> A number of persons from the entertainment fraternity, including party promoters Portmore Society and TNS (Team No Shirt), were among those in attendance.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163835/217566_45513_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163831/217568_45511_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163832/217564_45515_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163830/217563_45516_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163833/217621__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163829/217622__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 AM Sound systems rock MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sound-systems-rock-MoBay_68043 Philp Lemonte It was another home run for the organisers of Reggae Sumfest&rsquo;s Sound Explosion held at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday night.<br /> <br /> The well-attended event featured Stone Love Movements, Black Kat, Metro Media, Firelinks, Tony Matterhorn, and Montego Bay&rsquo;s own Pieces.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer caught up with Johnny Gourzong, COO of Summerfest Promotion &mdash; festival organisers, who said it was another successful Sumfest staging.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sound System Explosion is a new event added to the Reggae Sumfest line-up and we&rsquo;re pleased what we&rsquo;re seeing,&rdquo; he told the Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The event was well attended by a mixture of visitors and locals,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the event saw each sound system getting 30 minutes&rsquo; play, then it was reduced to 20, then 15.<br /> <br /> Stone Love Movements wooed the audience with its vast collection of vintage dubs to current. At the end of their set, patrons begged for more. Firelinks, who the mantle was passed to, kept the momentum going with an electrifying set.<br /> <br /> Some patrons, however, expressed disapointment that the event was not a clash, but mere juggling.<br /> <br /> Reggae Sumfest concludes this evening at Catherine Hall with Reggae Night. The line-up includes Super Cat, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Sanchez and Christopher Martin.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163491/217668_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163494/217662_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163495/217667_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163496/217661_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163497/217660_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163498/217663_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163499/217664_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:00 AM Junior Tucker show postponed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Junior-Tucker-show-postponed_68041 The Junior Tucker concert, dubbed The Spirit of Jazz Hotta, scheduled for the Wine Shop in Southdale Plaza (1 South Avenue) in St Andrew, has been postponed to a later date.<br /> <br /> According to Tucker, a minister of religion, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, September 25.<br /> <br /> The singer said the postponement is a result of him refocusing his attention on changing the location of his place of worship from the New Kingston Business Centre to Haining Road in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> In addition to Tucker, Suzanne Couch, Judy Emanuel, Jon Williams, Ian Hird, Desi Jones and Othneil Lewis were scheduled to perform.<br /> <br /> As a secular artiste, Tucker&rsquo;s career thrived in the 1990s when he was with Main Street Records. His song, Don&rsquo;t Test, peaked at 54 on the UK pop chart in 1989.<br /> <br /> He converted to Christianity nearly 20 years ago.<br /> <br /> His gospel albums include Brand New, Ready For The Rapture, and Victory &mdash; Worship From The Island II.<br /> <br /> &mdash; BW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13155125/216860_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;Steeling&rsquo; the audience&rsquo;s hearts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Steeling--the-audience-s-hearts_67791 SINGER Karen Smith, backed by Desi Jones & Friends, was the icing on a very entertaining evening at Sunday&rsquo;s Rhapsody in Steel: A Musical Feast at the Karram Speid Auditorium, St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Prior to the songstress, there were performances by the Bethel Steel Orchestra and UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was successful as a sizeable crowd turned out to be well entertained,&rdquo; Dr Audley Betton, chairman, fund raising committee &mdash; Church of St John the Evangelist, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> And entertained they were. The majority of Sunday&rsquo;s programme was a musical back and forth between the two steel bands. Their friendly rivalry amped up their onstage action with the enthusiasm quickly spilling over into the audience. <br /> <br /> While the song selection between the two stuck to the genres of gospel and reggae, it was clear which group was comfortable in their playing skills at either of the types. Bethel delivered pitch-perfect renditions of religious staples such as Psalm 3, If It&rsquo;s Not You by Kevin Downswell, and the Grace Thrillers&rsquo; Raise Your Hand. UWI Panoridim&rsquo;s opening piece<br /> <br /> Try Jah Love by Third World set their tone as they flawlessly knocked out modern pop pieces like Uptown Funk, Nesbeth&rsquo;s My Dream, and returning the core of steel pan music-soca closed off their time with Shurwayne Winchester&rsquo;s Dead or Alive.<br /> <br /> The two bands left a tough act to follow, but Smith was more than up to the task to keep the energy flowing, slowing down at the right times to allow patrons to catch their breath from singing and dancing along to her medley of Motown and Aretha Franklin covers, broken up by a quick tribute to bassist, Jackie Jackson.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve realised there&rsquo;s a niche for this sort of entertainment and have been trying to secure a main sponsorship,&rdquo; Betton added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163380/217610__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 AM Nicky Silk gets Sumfest break http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nicky-Silk-gets-Sumfest-break_68032 For roots reggae artiste Nicky Silk, the call to perform on the Reggae Sumfest stage was like a dream come true.<br /> <br /> The St Mary-born, Ocho Rios-based artiste said after years of trying to make it locally, he was shocked when he heard he would be part of the line-up for tonight&rsquo;s Reggae Night at Reggae Sumfest alongside greats such as Super Cat, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Sanchez and Christopher Martin.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Oh My God, it is like heaven when I get that call that I was on Sumfest. For three to four days I was in shock, knowing how much I want to go on that stage. Now, I am getting the opportunity. This will be my biggest performance in Jamaica,&rdquo; Silk told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Silk has performed overseas and makes mention of the 1999 Roots Tour of Africa with Eddie Fitzroy, Lady Junie and acts from the Tuff Gong camp, which saw him taking to the stage in The Gambia, but said this performance at Sumfest is one he has always looked forward to.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am preparing to give my people nothing but the best. There are about 11 songs in my set, including my new single<br /> <br /> Good Woman and the remix of my track, Wondering Sheep. I am just gonna bless MoBay with this performance. Too much reckless livity taking place down there and I just want to touch their lives. I have a great message to deliver and I believe after this, all things will be added unto me. This is a real break for me that I have been dreaming of all my life and now I get this opportunity to do this. Great things are going to happen on that stage,&rdquo; Silk added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163318/217614__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163319/217615_r400_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Bounty shines at Sumfest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Bounty-shines-at-Sumfest MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Bounty Killa delivered a commanding performance this morning on Sumfest here at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> He hooked the patrons with hits such as Can't believe Me Eyes, Anytime, Fed Up, Look into My Eyes, Born as Sufferer, among others.<br /> <br /> The "Five Star General"welcomed the absence of international acts from the reggae show.<br /> <br /> "This year there is a change. Never did a international night, but I really have a international voice," he quipped.<br /> <br /> He then introduced songstress, Aiesha for a collaboration.<br /> <br /> He went on to team up with his 19-year-old son, Major Myjah; Boom Dynamite, then a rapper called Safari.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165122/IMG_0531_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:44 AM PHOTOS: #ReggaeSumfest2016 entertainers rock the crowd on dancehall night  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016-entertainers-on-dancehall-night MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Patrons at last night's Reggae Sumfest, dubbed the greatest show on earth, were treated to selections from some of the industry's finest entertainers including Popcaan, Dexta Daps, Agent Sasco (Assassin) and Nesbeth.<br /> <br /> The artistes rocked the energetic crowd, dropping hit after hit in a night of good performances, creating some memorable moments on dancehall night.<br /> <br /> There have been no reports of incident.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164907/Popcaan_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164908/Agent-Sasco_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164911/Dexta-Daps_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164912/Nesbeth_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 7:00 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: I-Octane red hot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--I-Octane-red-hot MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash; I-Octane delivered a scorching set on the Dancehall stage of Sumfest this morning.<br /> <br /> With songs like Mama You Alone,<br /> <br /> My Life, No Man No Badda than Jah, Prison Life, Naw Watch Dem, Man A Suffer too Long, and more, the deejay kept the patrons rocking and screaming.<br /> <br /> He returned on stage to introduced Bounty Killa with whom he did a collaboration.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164848/IMG_0429_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164906/killa_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:44 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Romaine Virgo impresses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Romaine-Virgo-impresses MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash; Top flight crooner Romaine Virgo was in impressive form on Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex during the wee hours this morning.<br /> <br /> The St Ann native who wasted no time, had the crowd singing along as his strong voice carried the lyrics from songs such as Live Me Life, Who Feels it, Rain is Falling and many more around the venue.<br /> <br /> There was also a rousing reception when he sampled a couple selections from incarcerated deejay Buju Banton.<br /> <br /> Deejay Loyal Flames also joined the singer for a cameo act.<br /> <br /> This year the event, which is dubbed the best reggae show on earth, did not showcase any international acts.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164846/IMG_0355_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:20 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: A raunchy Spice delivers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--A-raunchy-Spice-delivers MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash;Raunchy female deejay, Spice, had the full attention of patrons at Reggae Sumfest currently underway at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> In between songs such as Needle Eye, So Me like it, her rendition of Hello and more, the gyrating deejay, interacted with her spell bound audience.<br /> <br /> "Everybody say a dem run dancehall so a who a run dancehall? Every artiste say a dem a de boss, who a de boss?" she questioned at one stage before getting into a selection.<br /> <br /> On another occasion she demanded: "<br /> <br /> Free World Boss".<br /> <br /> Horace Hines<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164731/IMG_0333_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:56 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Western artistes connect with hometown audience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Western-artises-connect-with-hometown-audience MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash; Rhyme Minista connected with his hometown crowd on Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre.<br /> <br /> The hardcore deejay showed his versatility as he reeled off militant, romantic and spiritual lyrics.<br /> <br /> The Montego Bay artiste made way for another western Jamaica artiste, Charly Black, the "Country Boy" from Trelawny.<br /> <br /> Charly delivered among other songs, No Want No New Friend, Tired fe See We, Rich This Year, before the appearance of Tanto Blacks.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164656/IMG_0055_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164703/IMG_0029_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:45 AM Singer &lsquo;Sixy&rsquo; Morris debuts his Sunrise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Singer--Sixy--Morris-debuts-his-Sunrise_68000 Sunrise, the debut album from singer Rohan &lsquo;Sixy&rsquo; Morris, was released released last week by Zojak World Wide.<br /> <br /> It contains the title song, originally done by British group Simply Red in 2003. Sixy co-produced his version with Abidan Campbell.<br /> <br /> The son of ska great Eric &lsquo;Monty&rsquo; Morris, Sixy is pleased with Sunrise (the album) which he describes as a &lsquo;collector&rsquo;s item&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Three songs have been released from it to date: Sunrise, Hold Each Other and Ugly Days.<br /> <br /> Another cover is Problems, first done by Monty Morris in the 1960s.<br /> <br /> Sixy Morris has been recording since his teens and entered the 1982 Tastee Talent Contest. At one stage, he was a member of Beres Hammond&rsquo;s Harmony House camp.<br /> <br /> Production on Sunrise started two years ago with musicians including drummer Luewin Thomas, guitarist Nyerere Thomas, bassist Enrico Nembard and keyboardist Andre Dennis.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163827/217537__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 AM Riverman hopes to make splash with Fly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Riverman-hopes-to-make-splash-with-Fly_68010 SINGJAY Riverman is hoping to get his big breakthrough with his latest single Fly. <br /> <br /> Produced by Tripple L Records, Fly was released in June.<br /> <br /> He said Fly is a song aimed at inspiring its listeners.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about finding ways to elevate yourself, despite the obstacles faced in life. It is one of those songs that make you want to try harder at whatever you are hoping to achieve,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer, while stating he draws his inspiration from every day life happenings.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am hoping that the song will give me the break that I am seeking and even give me the opportunity to record an album,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Riverman (given name Richard Garricks) emerged on the reggae scene in 2002 using the moniker Binghi Fiya. That same year, he released his debut single B.I.B.L.E. The single remained 18 weeks on the US radio charts.<br /> <br /> In 2015, the Bull Bay native and Dunoon Technical High School changed his name to his current moniker.<br /> <br /> His other releases include Nuh Mash it up, Chat too much and Hallelujah.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163468/217377__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 AM Magnum Dream Live Brings Dancehall to the World http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Magnum-Brings-Dancehall-to-the-World_67929 Dancehall is certainly one of the things that instantly springs to mind when people around the world hear the word &lsquo;Jamaica&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s a beat at the heart of Jamaica, emulated by some of the most popular artistes in the world. And stage shows and dancehall are inextricably linked.<br /> <br /> A concert like the Magnum Dream Live &mdash; the epic start to 2016&rsquo;s Appleton Special Dream Weekend on Thursday, July 28 - isn&rsquo;t just a place to dance and enjoy the music, though that&rsquo;s certainly a major part, such a high-profile event is a key way to support and promote local dancehall talent to its thousands of attendees from Jamaica to as far as Japan.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Magnum Dream Live is a platform that the world is looking at. When artistes do well on Magnum Dream Live, it increases their global appeal and bookings,&rdquo; said Scott Dunn, managing director of Dream Entertainment and Magnum Dream Live promoter.<br /> <br /> Gary Dixon, marketing director at J Wray & Nephew Ltd, producers of Magnum Tonic Wine, explained the need to incorporate a dancehall stage show to a party series such as Appleton Special Dream Weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dancehall is a critical part of our country&rsquo;s entertainment tourism package. The &ldquo;stage show&rdquo; is the ultimate in dancehall culture. Magnum Dream Live is bringing the hottest local acts in dancehall to one stage showcasing our magnetic culture,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Celebrating and promoting local dancehall talent isn&rsquo;t only beneficial to the performers themselves and a good show for the local audience, but it enhances the overall pull of &lsquo;Brand Jamaica&rsquo; on a global scale, drawing in visitors and boosting tourism. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Appleton Special Dream Weekend gets over 20,000 tourists every year who come to enjoy dancehall and other aspects of our food, lifestyle, and culture,&rdquo; said Dixon.<br /> <br /> There are many reasons locals and tourists alike will be excited by a stage show like this one. Magnum Dream Live scheduled to be held at Cayenne Beach in Negril will feature a live band and showcases the best up-and-coming and hottest acts in dancehall: Bounty Killer, Popcaan, Ding Dong, Masicka, Spice, Magnum King Accid, Magnum Queen Clymaxx, and comedienne & singer Bella Blair.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They are the best dancehall acts available,&rdquo; said Dunn. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Popcaan has a host of hot tunes and a massive following; Bounty Killer is one of the best ever; Spice is the most energetic and engaging artiste we have; Ding Dong is a great entertainer; Masicka is building a nice hype; and Bella Blair and the Magnum King and Queen are the future,&rdquo; Dunn added.<br /> <br /> Dancehall fans will get the chance to see eight of the genre&rsquo;s most talented acts hit the stage for $3,000 ($5,000 for VIP), a phenomenal way to get a mouth-watering taste of the new generation and vibe with the veterans. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13161396/magnum_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, July 22, 2016 12:00 AM Number nine for Sean Paul http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Number-nine-for-Sean-Paul_67889 Cheap Thrills, the hit song by Sia featuring Sean Paul, is his ninth Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.<br /> <br /> It is number three this week.<br /> <br /> This is the first time in 10 years that Sean Paul has reached as far on Billboard&rsquo;s biggest singles table.<br /> <br /> When You Gonna (Give it Up to Me) featuring Keyshia Cole reached number three in 2006.<br /> <br /> The last time the deejay entered the Top 10 was in 2009, when Do You Remember (credited to Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul and Lil Jon) peaked at number 10. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13117385/213985__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, July 22, 2016 2:00 AM Immperial does it better http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Immperial-does-it-better_67888 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer Doing Better is the title of an EP by deejay Immperial, formerly known as Alley Cat. It contains four self-produced tracks for his Immperial Productions label.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Each track has its own concept. Doing Better speaks about overcoming obstacles and living life to the fullest. No Man Mascot speaks about females who reject negative treatment from men,&rdquo; said the deejay, who blazed the charts in the 1990s.<br /> <br /> He scored with Girls Tour, Brag and Boast, Why Why, No More Garrison, and A Gal A Say She Hotter.<br /> <br /> A former Kingston College student, he made his recording debut in 1996 with Girls Tour.<br /> <br /> With four albums released to date (his last was 2014&rsquo;s Dancehall Knowledge Vol 3), Immperial says he has evolved musically.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think I have a higher mental capacity by keeping abreast with everyday events, both locally and internationally, putting things into the right perspective and delivering it through the fine art of music,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Born Albert Richards, Immperial currently resides in Florida. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13159895/217339__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, July 22, 2016 2:00 AM Top cop warns partygoers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Top-cop-warns-partygoers_67680 THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said it will be shifting its spotlight to partygoers during the summer.<br /> <br /> According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, head of the JCF&rsquo;s Traffic Division, they will be launching several night operations focusing on party spots in the Corporate Areas and other sections of the island.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are targeting motorist heading to and from parties and other entertainment events. We are doing breathaliser testing, checking for defective vehicles, among other things,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> A raft of events are slated to take place islandwide during the summer. These include Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay; Dream Weekend in Negril; Flex Week in the Corporate Area and Portmore; French Men in St Ann; and SPF in St Ann.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are urging operators and owners of motor vehicles to get them in order before going on the road. We will be checking for a lot of faults, including bad tyres, poor braking, and steering system. Too often are we seeing accidents; persons losing their lives because of careless driving and defective vehicles,&rdquo; said SSP Allen.<br /> <br /> The lawman said he is encouraging partygoers desist from consuming alcoholic beverages and getting behind the steering.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t drink and drive. Get a designated driver. Also, parents it is better to drop off your children at these parties and pick them up back, instead of just throwing the keys to them,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Since the start of the year, 215 road fatalities have occurred. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157732/172748__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 AM Carolyn Cooper says music should be part of early education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tune-in-to-reggae_67764 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer UNIVERSITY of the West Indies (UWI) academic Dr Carolyn Cooper is calling for a reggae format in Jamaica&rsquo;s primary schools, following an embarrassing double gaffe this month in Television Jamaica&rsquo;s Junior Schools&rsquo; Challenge Quiz.<br /> <br /> To the question, &ldquo;In which Caribbean country did reggae music originate?&rdquo;, a member of one team incorrectly responded, &ldquo;Trinidad and Tobago&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> When the same question was posed to the rival team, they said Barbados, which is also inaccurate.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I still feel it for those poor students. Our sense of national pride is at stake...the Ministry of Education has let them down,&rdquo; Cooper told the audience at Tuesday&rsquo;s launch of A St Mary Mi Come From show. She added: &ldquo;Jamaican culture should be on the school curriculum.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Cooper, a professor of literary and cultural studies at The UWI, was keynote speaker at the event at Courtney Walsh Drive in Kingston.<br /> <br /> It marked the official return of A St Mary Mi Come From, a charity event initiated in 2000 by deejay Capleton to assist educational and health institutions in his home parish.<br /> <br /> The show, last held in 2012, will be held August 5 at Gray&rsquo;s Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay, St Mary.<br /> <br /> Given the high negatives associated with dancehall music, Cooper lauded Capleton as &ldquo;an artiste who has supported positivity and we have to big him up. A lot of us forget where we come from&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Capleton and his prot&Atilde;&copy;g&Atilde;&copy;s Furious, Mortimer and Sativa gave brief performances. All will be on A St Mary Mi Come From, which will also include Barrington Levy, Cocoa Tea, Ninja Man, I-Octane, Busy Signal, Chezidek, Romain Virgo, and Yvad.<br /> <br /> A number of institutions in St Mary, St Ann, Portland and St Andrew have benefited from A St Mary Mi Come from, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School (Capleton&rsquo;s alma mater), Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157808/217152__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157810/217153__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;All-White&rsquo; was alright http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-All-White--was-alright_67781 REGGAE Sumfest&rsquo;s organisers are pleased with Tuesday&rsquo;s staging of All-White Affair, held at Pier One in Montego Bay, St James.<br /> <br /> The occasion saw a massive turnout of patrons clad in white attire.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This event was introduced to the Sumfest calendar about three years ago and last night&rsquo;s staging was the best attended. It&rsquo;s growing from strength to strength,&rdquo; Johnny Gourzong, chief operating officer of Summerfest Promotions &mdash; the festival&rsquo;s organisers, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;What was also noticeable is high component of foreigners to island in attendance. Up to midnight, the ratio was 70:30, with visitors accounting for the majority of patrons,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> The evening saw DJs Kurt Riley, Kentucky and Smoke providing the musical selections, which ranged from R&B, calypso, reggae and a mixture of 90s hits. Also spotted was Candice McLeod, Miss Universe Jamaica North East, who said it was &ldquo;one of the biggest&rdquo; she has seen at the venue.<br /> <br /> Gourzong said he was optimistic tonight&rsquo;s Sound System Explosion would be successful.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We looking forward to the Sound System Explosion... there&rsquo;ll be some great selectors on show,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Stone Love, Black Kat, Firelinks and Tony Matterhorn are scheduled to perform.<br /> <br /> Reggae Sumfest began on Sunday with a beach party at Aqua Sol Theme Park in Montego Bay, St James.<br /> <br /> Friday Night is the highly anticipated Dancehall Night and the festival culminates on Saturday with Reggae Night.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a strong line-up on both shows... we&rsquo;re anticipating them to be good nights,&rdquo; Gourzong added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Philp Lemonte http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157737/217136_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157733/217140__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157735/217138__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 AM Adahzeh&rsquo;s Sumfest journey to begin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Adahzeh-s-Sumfest-journey-to-begin_67777 FIVE-PIECE reggae girl band Adahzeh is extremely excited about making their debut at Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> Speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, drummer Tashana Barnett said she and her bandmates are thrilled ahead of the performance. The band is slated to open the show at 9:00 pm.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It feels absolutely amazing to be part of one of the greatest reggae shows on earth. It&rsquo;s almost like we are dreaming...it&rsquo;s an overwhelming feeling because our dreams are finally becoming a reality,&rdquo; said Barnett.<br /> <br /> In addition to Barnett, Adahzeh comprises lead singer Kadian Hamilton, keyboardist Karissa Palmer, Chevanse Palmer (bass), and Tara Williamson (guitar).<br /> <br /> While the band will be doing several covers, they will also be performing original tracks, including those from their upcoming EP called<br /> <br /> Journey.<br /> <br /> Journey is slated to be released in August.<br /> <br /> Reggae Sumfest, which started July 17 and ends Saturday, is in its 24th staging. Saturday&rsquo;s live acts include Barrington Levy, Luciano, Christopher Martin, Sanchez, and Super Cat.<br /> <br /> In their 20s, Adahzeh was formed in 2013. They are known for singles including Caliente Girls, Island Girl and<br /> <br /> Girls Like We.<br /> <br /> Following Reggae Sumfest, Adahzeh is slated to perform at Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation on August 1, St Mary Me Come From on August 5, and Ostroda Reggae Festival in Poland on August 14.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12884814/197946_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 AM We Be Burnin' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/We-Be-Burnin- Spanish sensation Enrique Iglesias made a cameo on The Rock overnight to collab with his Gimme the light pal Sean Paul. The two apparently worked out of Don Corleon's private studio and Enrique is expected to jet off the island early morning. Music lovers continue to have atop their party playlist the hit from the last time the two joined forces for Bailando. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13158676/Sean-Paul-IG_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:20 AM Still in the melody http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Still-in-the-melody_67761 OF the flood of harmony groups that ruled the rocksteady era, The Melodians is among the few still active. In late June, <br /> <br /> the trio performed at the June 24-25 This Is Ska Festival, in Rosslau, Germany.<br /> <br /> The current Melodians has one original member in Trevor McNaughton. Like the other members, Winston Dias and Taurus Alphonso, he lives in South Florida.<br /> <br /> This Is Ska is the group&rsquo;s biggest gig since Dias and Alphonso officially joined in 2014, one year after original member Tony Brevett&rsquo;s death.<br /> <br /> Brent Dowe, who started the group with McNaughton and Dowe in 1963, died in 2006.<br /> <br /> Alphonso said This Is Ska showed The Melodians are still in demand.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Even when the rain came down the fans stood and sang every song. They were shouting, &lsquo;more, more, more!&rsquo;,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Dias &mdash; who had a minor hit song with Cericy Tea as a member of The Movers in the 1960s &mdash; was also encouraged by the response.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One fan said he travelled 900 miles to see us. But what struck me was the number of young people in the audience,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The Melodians is known for classic songs, including Swing And Dine, Sweet Sensation, Little Nut Tree, and Rivers Of Babylon. While McNaughton, Dias and Alphonso have re-recorded some of those hits with producer Willie Lindo, they are working on new material with Danny Breakenridge of Fort Lauderdale&rsquo;s Upstairs Music.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157679/217049_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 AM 21-y-o Tashna Bruce is Miss Beaches Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/21-y-o-Tashna-Bruce-is-Miss-Beaches-Negril_67782 BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter NEGRIL, Westmoreland - An overjoyed 21-year-old Tashna Bruce, from the Human Resources Department, broke down in tears after she was declared Miss Beaches Negril 2016 at the annual staging of the Talent and Awareness Pageant at Negril Hills Golf Club Friday night. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am so happy at this moment I can hardly express my feelings,&rdquo; an emotional Bruce told the Jamaica Observer West.<br /> <br /> First runner-up was Keashie Simpson from the Loyalty and Travel Department, while Stacy-Ann Sinclair, from the Food and Beverage Department, filled the second-runner-up slot. <br /> <br /> Bruce, who wore the sash Miss Silver Bird Steel Orchestra and who won the coveted title from a field of nine contestants, not only walked away with the crown, but $25,000 in cash, plus other prizes. <br /> <br /> She also took a slice of the sectional prizes as she was adjudged Most Talented. Other sectional winners were: Kheela Thomas for Best Smile; Neressa Haughton copped most congenial and most aware went to Keashie Simpson; while the Eco Award went to Monique Patterson. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the writing was on the wall from the moment Bruce first strutted onto the stage to a wild burst of cheers from the large audience, which packed the venue.<br /> <br /> During the keenly contested talent section, Bruce&rsquo;s performance of a motivational drama piece she penned, overshadowed Kemeil Forthergill&rsquo;s performance of I&rsquo;m a Rebel, during which she was assisted by the hand-clapping audience when the sounds temporarily failed and the Banana Song by Patterson.<br /> <br /> &ldquo; I was so pleased with myself. When I got best talent that&rsquo;s my strength because I write dramatic skit pieces. This dramatic piece this evening delved into self-confidence and empowering women,&rdquo; the 2016 Miss Beaches Negril shared. <br /> <br /> But, perhaps the easiest task of the night for the 21-year-old was during the onstage interview when she was asked who is her role model, to which she responded that it was her mother then expounded on her reason for choosing her mom. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;So when I got that question I was like, &lsquo;Yes, Lord&rsquo;,&rdquo; Bruce revealed. <br /> <br /> Judges for the contest were Nekeisha Kozer, Obrien Herron, Syrika Grezel and Garette Bailey, while Camille Davis and Lennox Lawrence conducted the masters of ceremony duties.<br /> <br /> The entertainment package was highlighted by the performance of top-flight dance hall act, Aidonia. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157517/217148_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157513/217149__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:00 AM Solar Breakfast Party for MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Solar-Breakfast-Party-for-MoBay_67789 The popular trend of breakfast parties is set to have its first staging in Western Jamaica, as Antidote Entertainment will take over the lawns of Whitter Village in Montego Bay on Sunday for Solar all-inclusive breakfast party. <br /> <br /> The event will see popular DJ Kurt Riley of FAME FM headlining the entertainment roster; DJ Jigga and Chromatic are also slated to perform, with a special appearance by fast-rising media personality Yanique the Curvy Diva also on the line-up. <br /> <br /> Part proceeds from the event will be in aid of We Care Foundation, which supports Cornwall Regional Hospital. The organisers hope to raise some $2M in order to purchase much needed medical equipment for the hospital. <br /> <br /> Ticket prices are $4000 pre-sold and $5000 at the gate. Pre-sold tickets are available at Fontana Pharmacy locations and Pier One in Montego Bay. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157514/217151__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:00 AM Beenie Man rocks CPL crowd http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Beenie-Man-rocks-CPL-crowd_67643 TWELVE minutes was all dancehall deejay Bennie Man needed to deliver a crowd-pleasing performance at the third match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at Sabina Park in Kingston on Monday.<br /> <br /> Spectators at the Jamaica Tallawahs vs Trinbago Knight Riders match were certainly refreshed during the break by the &lsquo;Doctor&rsquo;s&rsquo; performance.<br /> <br /> Initially plagued with set-up issues, Bennie Man answered the crowd&rsquo;s demands to perform a capella with his signature vocal embellishments followed by Girl&rsquo;s Prayer and Dem Get Heart Attack.<br /> <br /> Making light of the technical difficulties, Beenie Man introduced his hit, I&rsquo;m Ok. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;After the sound bruk down fi bout three minutes, dem seh mi only have 12 minutes, so everybody, come mek we do this. I&rsquo;m ok!&rdquo; he told the audience.<br /> <br /> It was nothing but musical sixes and fours from there as Beenie Man turned the venue into an orchestra of vuvuzelas and cheers. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Jamaica Tallawahs dem mek 158 but it shuda be 160,&rdquo; he said, before going into the chart-topper, Rum And Red Bull. <br /> <br /> During his set, he predicted the Trinbago Knight Riders&rsquo; defeat as the Jamaica Tallawahs went on to win by 19 runs.<br /> <br /> With 12 minutes down and the second inningsdue to start, the crowd was left wanting more as Beenie Man exited the stage. He teased his fans with King of the Dancehall.<br /> <br /> Dancehall act, Bounty Killer had his day with the crowd last Saturday.<br /> <br /> The CPL wraps up its Jamaica leg of the tournament tonight as the Tallawahs hunt their fourth straight win when they take on the Barbados Tridents. Meanwhile, the Digicel Appleton Estate will round out its entertainment package with a performance from another lover&rsquo;s rock/reggae singer, Sanchez. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13155084/216822_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM