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 Good show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/GOOD-SHOW_7781230 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com GODFREY Dyer, chairman of Summerfest Productions &mdash; organisers of Reggae Sumfest &mdash; is pleased with the staging of this year's week-long event.<br /> <br /> The chairman said while the final figures have not yet come in, things looked good from his vantage point.<br /> <br /> "I honestly don't have the numbers yet. I won't get it for another couple days," he said. "But everything went according to plan. Personally, I am happy with how it came off, patrons were able to leave before the sun came up. We had to bear in mind that some patrons walked to the venue, so we didn't want to dismiss too early."<br /> <br /> Last year, organisers were contemplating shifting the festival to June as they were encountering challenges with artistes booked for summer overseas gigs. Dyer said those plans are now off the books.<br /> <br /> "It's all about early planning, that made a difference. What we need to do is plan early. I hope going forward this will continue," he said.<br /> <br /> Reggae Sumfest ran from Sunday, July 13, to Saturday, July 19. It kicked off with a Sumfest Beach Party at Aquasol Theme Park in Montego Bay, the momentum then shifted to hot spot Pier One for an all-white party. The last three days saw the marquee events -- Dancehall Night, International Night I and International Night II &mdash; at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James.<br /> <br /> The festival drew thousands of patrons to the parish to see top-flight local and international acts. These include Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, I-Octane, American rapper Wiz Khalifa, R&B singer Jason Derulo, US rapper Future, Chronixx, Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Sean Paul, Tessanne Chin, Freddie McGregor, and Sanchez.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877543/Sumfest-Crowd_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877544/Godfrey-Dyer_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00 AM Nature working on debut set http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nature--working-on-debut-set_17221083 By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston AFTER an electrifying performance on Reggae Sumfest's International Night I, it's back to the grind for recording artiste Nature, who is working on his debut album.<br /> <br /> The yet-to-be-named set is slated to be released by year-end.<br /> <br /> "The album will have a variety of genres... reggae, dancehall, R&B, Electric Dance music (EDM) because it's geared towards an international audience. I've recorded over 25 songs which the final cut will be coming from," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> For this project, he has been working with several local and overseas-based producers. Among them are Skatta Burrell and American Gordon 'Comish' Williams. Williams has production credits on such Grammy-winning sets as Lauryn Hill's Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Carlos Santana's Supernatural.<br /> <br /> "Shaggy's producer, Sting International, did some tunes in New York, Wayne Jobson out of Los Angeles, he did work on some No Doubt material and was great with me recording right here in Jamaica," said Nature.<br /> <br /> Nature, whose given name is Andre Ellis, said each day he tries to expand his horizon.<br /> <br /> "Not many artistes doing culture can really entertain and perform while giving a positive message. The business needs more unity and support for one another. We have nothing to fear," he said.<br /> <br /> He is known for singles including Wasting Time, Hold On, Revolution, and World Peace.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877547/Nature_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00 AM A-List indeed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-List-indeed-_17220482 BY RORY DALEY Observer reporter daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com SUNDAY'S staging of A-List at Hope Zoo in St Andrew, was a success from all indications.<br /> <br /> "I got rave reviews from all the patrons I spoke with, and I can assure them that the summer A-List party will be a staple," Kamal Bankay, event organizer, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The all-inclusive session made partygoers feel special from the start with a red carpet and elegant white fabric entrance tunnel into the cosy venue. The luxury vibe could be felt from the bar to the food court as A-List offered a more chilled, laid-back summer happening. This meant the crowd was able to easily mingle and switch their focus as wanted from dancing up a storm to top class DJs like Cruz, to simply just hanging out with friends while sampling the Lorraine Fung catered menu.<br /> <br /> "The next A-List will be on Christmas night," said Bankay.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877548/A-List_8398_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00 AM Keneisha Smith: The prayer warrior http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keneisha-Smith--The-prayer-warrior_17219194 By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston This is the eighth in the Jamaica Observer's 10-part series on finalists in this year's Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC's) Festival Gospel Song Competition.<br /> <br /> KENEISHA Smith says feeling nervous is the last thing she expects come Sunday's final. She is one of the finalists in this year's JCDC Gospel Song Competition scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> "Honestly speaking, I must say that I am not anxious about it. But I am really excited to minister this undiluted gospel, in the form of music. I see that night as a grand opportunity to unleash my God-given talent to bless and inspire his people, so that his name can be glorified," she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The gospel finalist said she already sees herself as a winner from the exposure she has received.<br /> <br /> "Through workshops, road show encounters, interviews, and my song being played on the radio worldwide. Wow!! This experience for me is actually a dream come true. I really thank God for the Gospel Song Competition, for bringing one of my dreams to reality, as I would always see myself as a gospel minister. I am at peace," she said.<br /> <br /> Smith said the inspiration for her entry &mdash; Prayer Warrior &mdash; came one day when her father Leroy Smith was deejaying on his sound system called Scallawah Supreme.<br /> <br /> "As a young child, I would always stick around my father and watch him express his passion for music over the microphone and always I would try to deejay like him. One day while he was deejaying, I asked the Lord for an inspiration so I could join him as he sang, and the Lord inspired me there to write Prayer Warrior," she said.<br /> <br /> Win or lose, after the competition her goal is to launch in the music industry and begin her journey in preaching the gospel through music. She also plans on going back to school.<br /> <br /> "My ultimate goal is to inspire young people in this world. I wish to positively spread the good old gospel music of Jesus Christ, allowing individuals to become aware of their purpose in this life," she said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877550/Keneisha-Smith_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00 AM Jamaican suite for symphony concert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaican-suite-for-symphony-concert-_17221481 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com SOME of Jamaica's best known folk and reggae tunes will form the repertoire of the Orchestra of the Americas and the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica when they perform in Jamaica this week.<br /> <br /> The orchestras will stage three concerts &mdash; a free recital inside Emancipation Park this evening, followed by concerts at Church on the Rock in St Andrew on Thursday, and the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Among the Jamaican classics that will be on show at these concerts is a folk medley by noted composer and arranger Peter Ashbourne titled Pass Di Ball. This features Long Time Gal, Linstead Market, Woman a Heavy Load, and the titular track Pass Di Ball.<br /> <br /> Speaking at a press briefing upon the orchestras, arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday, Dr Nigel Clarke of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica noted that the tour by the visiting orchestra represents a rebirth of symphonic music in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "The past year has been an incredible one. It has seen the building of a sense of purpose, discipline, and a foundation to transform young individuals and communities through classical music," he said.<br /> <br /> Clarke said that due to the overwhelming response, the organisers of the events were left no alternative but to add a third concert to the tour schedule here in Jamaica, hence the free concert in Emancipation Park later today.<br /> <br /> "The concert will see the largest assembly of classical musicians ever gathered in the park, as the visiting orchestra will be playing alongside our National Youth Orchestra and treating listeners to music from the romantic era, as well as classical arrangements to some popular Jamaican music," said Clarke.<br /> <br /> Also speaking at the briefing, Mark Gillespie, artistic director and general manager of the visiting orchestra, said how pleased he was to be in Jamaica and hoped the visit would be fruitful for all concerned.<br /> <br /> The performance by the 90-member-strong Orchestra of the Americas forms part of a Caribbean tour by this potpourri of young musicians representing more than 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere, including one Jamaican violinist Gabriel Walters. Their tour of the region this year has taken them to Dominica and Haiti with Jamaica being the final stop.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877549/Orchestra_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00 AM Mission-ARY on musical mission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mission-ARY-on-musical-mission_17195260 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com UP-AND-COMING Florida-based dancehall artiste Mission-ARY said he is hoping his latest single, Low Pan Cash, will be his breakout hit.<br /> <br /> "It is somewhat hilarious, but the message is reality. It is about parents that don't want their daughter dating a guy that doesn't have money, even when the guy is madly in love with their daughter," the singjay said.<br /> <br /> Low Pan Cash was released in March of this year, and produced by Portland-based Nutune Records.<br /> <br /> Born in Portland, Mission-ARY (given name Benton McNeil), like many other Jamaican artistes, never had an easy life.<br /> <br /> "I grew up with only my mother, who had four of us to provide for on a very meagre salary. There were days that we had to go to school without lunch money, as she just didn't have it. However, she did her very best to make us happy," he stated.<br /> <br /> He said at 15, while attending Titchfield High School, he developed his passion for music. He won several deejay competitions.<br /> <br /> He said the moniker Mission-ARY was given to him by a friend who saw him dressed as a Church Minister during a local show.<br /> <br /> In 2006, he released his debut single Slow Dance. Although it did not give him the recognition he was seeking, the singjay said he was not demotivated. Other singles followed including Nukki Nukki and Fool Too Long.<br /> <br /> Mission-ARY lists Bob Marley as one of his main musical influences. He quotes the Reggae King occasionally saying: "If money wants to come my way, it will. So I'll just keep on doing music".<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877551/missian-Ary_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00 AM Chronixx &lsquo;Tonight Show&rsquo; appearance goes viral on social media http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chronixx--Tonight-Show--appearance-goes-viral-on-social-media KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A photo featuring Chronixx and Jimmy Fallon during his stint on Tuesday&rsquo;s episode of NBCs &lsquo;Tonight Show&rsquo; has gone viral on social media and is drumming up major response regarding the artiste and his contribution to reggae music.<br /> <br /> With more than 700 shares and just under 10,000 likes on the Facebook photo, fans have commended Chronixx for his work even comparing the &lsquo;Here Comes Trouble&rsquo; artiste to reggae icon Bob Marley. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yes I, it took Jamaica almost 4 decades to find someone dear to music like Bob. Do you thing youth do you thing&rdquo; a fan said.<br /> <br /> Another added &ldquo;Bob again but with a different flow.... gwaan do u thing jah yout a u a open wi (young yout)eyes to d reality a d system... big up Jimmy Fallon he was really funny in taxi.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A long time mi waa Jamaica fi claim back real roots reggae. Thank you chronixx, Bob Marley must be smiling,&rdquo; expressed another.<br /> <br /> There were also others who shared their version of how Jimmy Fallon was exposed to the music of the artiste. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was in Jamaica&hellip; and you know he heard your song #herecometrouble and he liked it.... and so you know he booked you on the show... and i also wanna tell the people your making your international debute on international television... congrats.... love tht show..man..&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Jamaicans also expressed great pleasure in seeing one of their own on international TV and for many, Fallon&rsquo;s reaction was greatly appreciated.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I've never seen Jimmy so excited about music&rdquo; a fan marvelled. <br /> <br /> And pleased with how the artiste presented himself a woman shared the photo with the comment, &ldquo;Chronixx TEAM are very smart. Look how he presented himself in a black suit yet kept his roots, spirits, and humble approach to the stage&hellip;&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, many encouraged the artiste to continue his good work. &ldquo;Chronixx ... continue to trod positive ... You are great example to youths everywhere,&rdquo; said one.<br /> <br /> Keleshia Powell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10879083/chronixxx_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:15 PM Shemar Moore to return to 'Young and Restless' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Shemar-Moore-to-return-to--Young-and-Restless- LOS ANGELES (AP) &mdash; Shemar Moore is returning to his daytime roots with a two-day guest appearance on "The Young and the Restless."<br /> <br /> During his return on September 10-11, Moore will reunite with Kristoff St John, who plays his on-screen brother Neil Winters. Moore's character Malcolm Winters returns to Genoa City after leaving two years before without a proper goodbye. He comes back for a family visit to make amends and catch up.<br /> <br /> Moore says he's excited about returning to the CBS show where he got his start. He was a "Young and Restless" regular from 1994-2002, left the show and returned in 2004-05. Moore won a Daytime Emmy for supporting actor in 2000.<br /> <br /> Moore currently stars on the CBS drama "Criminal Minds."<br /> <br /> "The Young and the Restless" recently won its eighth Daytime Emmy for best drama series. The show has been daytime's top-rated drama for 25 years. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10879070/Shemar-Moore_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:44 PM Ex-Destiny's Child member arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ex-Destiny-s-Child-member-arrested-_17220874 COLUMBIA, US (AP) &mdash; A former member of the R&B group Destiny's Child was arrested in Myrtle Beach over the weekend after a night drinking with two football players, according to authorities.<br /> <br /> Online records show Farrah Franklin, 33, was booked into the Horry County jail just before 5:00 am Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct.<br /> <br /> According to police reports, Franklin had been drinking with Daquan Bowers and Ricky Sapp, both former Clemson University football players who are now in the NFL. Bowers &mdash; now a defensive end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers &mdash; told Horry County Police he had flown Franklin into town from her home in California to spend time with him.<br /> <br /> The three went out drinking Sunday and went back to Sapp's home, according to police. Both men told police Franklin was highly intoxicated and that she was "yelling, slamming doors and refused to stop when asked".<br /> <br /> Honour for Billy Joel<br /> <br /> WASHINGTON (AP) &mdash; The Library of Congress is honouring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.<br /> <br /> Librarian James Billington said yesterday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include Piano Man and Uptown Girl, will receive the prize in Washington in November.<br /> <br /> The Gershwin Prize honours a living artist's lifetime achievement in music. Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, and Carole King.<br /> <br /> Joel is among the world's most popular recording artists. He has said his piano-driven compositions spring from personal experiences, and that he strives to write songs that capture and transcend those moments.<br /> <br /> With a career spanning 50 years in the entertainment industry, Joel is the sixth top-selling artist of all time.<br /> <br /> Denzel for Toronto Film Fest<br /> <br /> NEW YORK, USA (AP) &mdash; Jon Stewart, Denzel Washington and Alan Rickman will all bring films to the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.<br /> <br /> The annual film festival is the largest launching pad to Hollywood's awards season. It announced its line-up yesterday.<br /> <br /> While festival programmers have yet to name an opening night film, Rickman's A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet <br /> <br /> and Stanley Tucci, will close the festival.<br /> <br /> The festival will feature Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater. It's a drama about the imprisonment of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari. Also premiering will be The Equalizer, a crime film that reteams Washington with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua.<br /> <br /> Chris Rock, Noah Baumbach and Mike Binder will also all debut films at Toronto. The festival runs September 4-14.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877554/Billy-Joel-jpg_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877553/denzel_washington_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10877552/Farrah-Franklin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:00 AM Honoured! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Honoured--_17215255 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter Even after 52 years in the music business, Freddie McGregor can still be overwhelmed by the occasion.<br /> <br /> It was an emotional moment for the singer Sunday morning when he received a plaque from organisers of Reggae Sumfest for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music.<br /> <br /> "I really appreciate it and this honour is a blessing to me. I have received numerous awards but it feels good to be honoured by my own people, he said.<br /> <br /> After the mini ceremony, the singer backed by a 21-piece band, delivered a breathtaking show, closing the curtains on the five-day festival.<br /> <br /> Though he did many of his hit songs including To Be Poor Is A Crime, Push Come To Shove and So I Will Wait For You, a poignant moment came when he invited singer Judy Mowatt and their daughter Shema to perform the song, So Much of Me, So Much of You.<br /> <br /> It was a rare performance by McGregor on a major local event.<br /> <br /> This is so because the music has shifted from Jamaica to overseas for a while now, he stated, adding that he is booked for overseas dates for the remainder of 2014.<br /> <br /> After five decades in the reggae industry, McGregor believes it has changed for the worst.<br /> <br /> "This business is unfair and corrupt. Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence, yet he continues to release new songs and his music is played more than anyone else. How is this possible?," he asked.<br /> <br /> Born in Clarendon, Freddie McGregor is one of reggae's most durable singers. He started his career at Studio One in the early 1960s as a prot&eacute;g&eacute; of producer Clement 'Coxson' Dodd.<br /> <br /> Dodd produced some of his first hits which included Bobby Babylon and Bandulu.<br /> <br /> A decade later, he established the Big Ship recording studio and label which has produced many of his hit songs.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10875027/_DSC2036_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:00 AM Big crowd for Rhapsody in Steel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Big-crowd-for-Rhapsody-in-Steel-_17215454 By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com HUNDREDS of patrons turned up at the Karram Speid Auditorium on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, for Rhapsody In Steel, on Sunday afternoon.<br /> <br /> The show featured Trinidad-born, Toronto-based master pannist Darren Sheppard, as well as University of the West Indies&acirc;s (UWI) Panoridim Steel Orchestra, and Harold Davis.<br /> <br /> "This is the third year and so far, the concert has raised on average of around $500,000," Audley Betton, chairman of the fund-raising committee at the Church of St John the Evangelist -- the organisers, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Sheppard's inclusion was part of the organisers&acirc; attempt to transform the steel pan music show into a calendar event.<br /> <br /> "We're trying to get enough corporate sponsorship to bring a steel pan band from Trinidad & Tobago for next year," Betton said.<br /> <br /> UWI's 26-piece Panoridim kept the audience happy with a good blend mix of songs. Between their sets, singer Sherieta added her flavour to the event.<br /> <br /> Sheppard shared musical duties with Harold Davis garnering continuous applause from the opening number Bob Marley's Jammin. The pair closed the show.<br /> <br /> The master pannist spoke to the Observer about his vision for the electronic steel pan.<br /> <br /> "There are electric versions of most instruments, pianos, drums, guitars, so why not the steel pan," said Sheppard.<br /> <br /> Developed by UWI Professor Brian Copeland, Sheppard has been using a prototype of the Genesis Pan (G-Pan) for five years and is providing much-needed feedback. He first brought it to Jamaica last year.<br /> <br /> "The plan is to send the finalised G-Pan to the United States later in the year for production," he said.<br /> <br /> Sheppard isn't, however, ready to retire his old trusty traditional steel pan yet, but he sees the benefits of going digital.<br /> <br /> "The G-Pan gives the musician a wider range of tones than the regular pan," he said.<br /> <br /> The G-Pan's advantage doesn't stop there. The android-based device can mimic other instruments. The digital interface means the steel pan can be easier integrated into sound equipment. Recording also is easier with the G-Pan.<br /> <br /> "You can also electronically score your performance. But like any digital device there are the occasional bugs, plus if you have no power, you can&acirc;t play it," he explained.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10875028/Darren-Sheppard_0103_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:00 AM Deep Jahi eyes another prize http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Deep-Jahi-eyes-another-prize_17187630 By Ainsworth Morris The Jamaica Observer continues its features on the contestants in this year&rsquo;s Festival Song Competition.<br /> <br /> MAGNUM Kings and Queens of Dancehall 2012 winner, Rushane &lsquo;Deep Jahi&rsquo; Sanderson, is one of the 10 finalists in this year&rsquo;s Jamaica Cultural Development Commission&rsquo;s (JCDC) Festival Song Competition, scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday.<br /> <br /> His entry is I Love JA. The 23-year-old said he is delighted to be in the final of another competition.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Many singers and artistes have not reached the level that I have reached. It feels wonderful to know that I have been able to be announced a finalist in the top 10 group of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall and again in the JCDC Festival Song Competition,&rdquo; Deep Jahi told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> When asked why he chose to enter another competition, he said he wanted to show Jamaica he is a versatile artiste.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song first came about with Serani&rsquo;s clothing line &lsquo;I Love JA&rsquo;. I kept seeing the shirts and Serani told me I should write a song for it. Soon after the opening for submission for the festival came along, I decided to enter the song with the motivation of Serani,&rdquo; Deep Jahi said.<br /> <br /> I Love JA is produced by dancehall singjay Serani. Since his big break on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall Competition, Deep Jahi has appeared on several major stage shows including Sting, A St Mary Mi Come From, Ochi Invasion and Galiday Bounce. He has released singles including Life Goes On, Nuh Punching Bag, Another Try, So Firm, and Conversation.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am working on some new singles, so you can look out for that. I recently shot a video for the track Harsh Reality, so you can look out for that too,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10875035/Deep-Jahi_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:00 AM Downsound not derailed, music studio to relocate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Downsound-not-derailed--music-studio-to-relocate KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; CEO of Downsound Records, Josef Bogdanovich, remains positive despite the recent court judgement that demanded he shut down his business at 43 St Andrew Park and relocate.<br /> <br /> Bagdonovich asserts that the company will not be derailed, and the team is ready to relocate soon. He said that the company has grown too big for its current location and that plans were already in place to relocate to a bigger property.<br /> <br /> On Thursday (July 17), the court handed down the judgement that the property is zoned for residential use. The judgement says that the operators of the studio must cease and vacate all studio activities and return the premises to its original residential status by midday, September 16.<br /> <br /> Residents of St Andrew Park have had issues with Downsound for several years now but the two parties have failed to solve the problem. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10876453/Josef-Bogdanovich_w300.jpg Local News Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:47 PM UK popstars One Direction to release film http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/UK-popstars-One-Direction-to-release-film LONDON, (AFP) - Hit boy band One Direction is to release a concert film to be screened in cinemas around the world, the group said on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> The recording of a concert at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy will be screened in cinemas on October 11 and 12.<br /> <br /> Called "Where We Are", the same name as the band's current world tour, the film will include behind-the-scenes footage and a 15-minute interview.<br /> <br /> "The Where We Are tour is coming to a cinema near you for one weekend only," band member Zayn Malik said.<br /> <br /> It follows the success of their documentary film "This Is Us" in 2013.<br /> <br /> Tickets for screenings go on sale in late July, and a DVD will be released in December. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10876218/one-direction_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:08 PM Chronixx to perform on NBC's Tonight Show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chronixx-to-perform-on-NBC-s-Tonight-Show KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Tonight will see roots reggae artiste Chronixx performing on the "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on NBC. <br /> <br /> The show, which begins at 10:35 pm, will host the young Jamaican singer as he performs alongside his Zinc Fence Redemption Band.<br /> <br /> Chronixx -- who recently performed at Reggae Sumfest -- will be using the late- night TV performance as a cap for the US leg of his Dread and Terrible Tour, which got under way on May 25.<br /> <br /> The tour has seen Chronixx performing in Florida, New York, Virginia, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maryland. There are two stops to go on the US tour -- Georgia, and a closing concert in New York's Central Park, next Saturday, July 26.<br /> <br /> The Dread and Terrible Tour will head for the summer festivals in Europe during August into early September.<br /> <br /> Chronixx is set for gigs in Belgium, Germany, France, Croatia, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, Slovenia, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, and Denmark. The European leg of the tour closes on September 6. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10876205/Chronixx_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:39 PM Tessanne takes Sumfest finale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tessanne-takes-Sumfest-finale_17209986 By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com SINGER Tessanne Chin gave a command performance on International Night II of Reggae Sumfest, which closed at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay yesterday morning.<br /> <br /> Dressed in a black suit, complemented by a white blouse, the Voice 2013 winner energised the weary crowd with even before she sang a note. As her name was announced, there was a mad rush to the stage by patrons.<br /> <br /> "It's so good to be home. I've been away for a long time. I have a show for you tonight," she said, before proceeding to do just that.<br /> <br /> Chin opened with Try, the song that started her incredible journey on the Voice.<br /> <br /> Among her other selections were Tumbling Down, Count On My Love, Redemption Song, Every Little Thing Reminds Me of You, and Heaven, which she said will be the second single to be released from her Count On My Love album.<br /> <br /> Another impressive performer was American artiste Future. Decked out in his 'Jamaica' T-shirt, he was in total command as he delivered songs such as Love, Racks, Honest, Bugatti and Top Out.<br /> <br /> It was a sing-a-long performance, with younger patrons keeping pace with Future's offerings.<br /> <br /> Sanchez, who has not performed on the Sumfest stage for some time, stormed off stage minutes into his set, frustrated with the sound. After a mad rush by technicians who made the necessary adjustments, he returned.<br /> <br /> "I apologise. Right now, steam a blow through mi ears," he said about his abrupt departure. The fans were in a forgiving mood and he belted out lover's rock staples including Fall In Love, I'll Give You Love, Lonely and Dis The Man.<br /> <br /> The stage area had to be extended for Sean Paul, who had not performed at Sumfest in 10 years. With dancing girls and fireworks, he reconnected with fans during his 45-minute stay.<br /> <br /> Closing act Freddie McGregor was honoured by Summerfest Productions for 50 years in the music industry. The organisers hailed him as a "stalwart in the Jamaica music industry and a multifaceted recording artiste".<br /> <br /> He performed his hits including To Be Poor Is A Crime, Push Come To Shove and So I Will Wait For You, as several patrons exited.<br /> <br /> Earlier, performances came from Prissy G, Zvuloon Dub System and The Wizzard.<br /> <br /> Tessanne takes Sumfest finale<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872253/Tessanne-Chin_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872252/freddie-mgregor_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872251/future_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 21, 2014 2:00 AM Anjell Bryan is Festival Queen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Anjell-Bryan-is-Festival-Queen_17210113 BY RORY DALEY Observer reporter daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com MISS Kingston and St Andrew, Anjell Bryan, was crowned Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Queen 2014 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday.<br /> <br /> The 25-year-old won ahead of Miss St Ann, Sharlene Codner, who was first runner-up, and second runner-up Miss Trelawny, Honica Brown.<br /> <br /> "The contest has empowered me both as a young woman and as a Jamaican, because it taught me so much about myself and my culture," Bryan told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Bryan also collected awards for being Most Culturally Aware and Most Active in the Community. With home-court advantage, she was a clear crowd favourite, having received rousing applause from the audience with her dub poem, A Nuh Bleach Mi a Bleach.<br /> <br /> Winning the contest was the culmination of a journey that began four years ago.<br /> <br /> "I had thought about entering the Festival Queen contest about four years ago, but didn't. However, this year my friends and family encouraged me to do so," she said.<br /> <br /> For her efforts, Bryan received a $500,000 cash prize, along with other gift items and packages.<br /> <br /> Most Congenial went to Miss St James, Trudy-Ann Hylton, and Most Poised to Honica Brown.<br /> <br /> Miss Portland Tahera Brown won Best Performer for Jamaica Song but was closely matched by Hylton. Dubbed Super Kitty, Hylton gave Super Cat's Under Pressure a cultural twist which went over well with the crowd.<br /> <br /> Other standouts were Brown's hilarious assessment of the Goat Island saga, and Miss St Mary Daneille Clarke's A St Mary Bus A Run.<br /> <br /> As the 13 entrants were whittled to five, singer Romain Virgo gave an engaging show sprinkled with his hit songs.<br /> <br /> Anjell Bryan is Festival Queen<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872256/ZZ323C9BC6_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 21, 2014 2:00 AM Adam Levine weds Behati Prinsloo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Adam-Levine-weds-Behati-Prinsloo KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Adam Levine, former mentor for Tessanne Chin on &lsquo;The Voice&rsquo; competition, married fianc&eacute;e Behati Prinsloo on July 19 at Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico.<br /> <br /> The People Magazine&rsquo;s &ldquo;sexiest man alive&rdquo; and the Victoria's Secret model said their nuptials in front of more than 200 guests following a pre-wedding beach party the night before, according to People magazine.<br /> <br /> The couple began dating in 2012 and officially announced their engagement in July. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10873575/adam-levine-behati-prinsloo-_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 21, 2014 3:03 PM Fifty Shades of Grey trailer-release this week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fifty-Shades-of-Grey-trailer-release-this-week BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) &mdash; The first trailer for the &lsquo;Fifty Shades of Grey&rsquo; movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can't wait for the finished product.<br /> <br /> Speaking Sunday at a Fox event as part of the Television Critics Association press tour, the 34-year-old actor said he still believes in the film although he's no longer a part of it.<br /> <br /> "I'm just really excited to see it. I was just really, really invested and wanted to work with (director) Sam (Taylor-Johnson) and play that character. I'm really, really curious."<br /> <br /> Hunnam went on to say it's not fair to dismiss author E.L. James' writing as so-called "mommy porn."<br /> <br /> "I think people really do that book a disservice when they reduce it to that type of talk," he said. "What (E.L. James) actually created is a really sophisticated dynamic and presented it in a package which was accessible to people who normally would be terrified of that subject ... Actually what she did was pretty brilliant."<br /> <br /> The &lsquo;Sons of Anarchy&rsquo; actor dropped out of the big-screen adaptation one month after it was announced he had landed the role of the billionaire Grey, a sexual "dominant" with major baggage who falls for an innocent college co-ed (played by Dakota Johnson.)<br /> <br /> Universal Pictures and Focus Features said Hunnam's preparation time for the movie was limited by his TV schedule. He was replaced shortly after by actor Jamie Dornan.<br /> <br /> Hunnam admits walking away from the part was "pretty heartbreaking."<br /> <br /> "I don't think people have had unchaperoned access to me since all of this went on ... the CliffsNotes were exactly what we said. I couldn't do it because of (the) schedule. It was as simple as that."<br /> <br /> The actor even said he would be willing to have his audition tape be included as a DVD extra for curious fans.<br /> <br /> Hunnam says Dornan is "probably a lot better looking and a lot smoother" than he is.<br /> <br /> "I would've brought a certain rugged charm to (the role) but believe me, he's going to do just fine."<br /> <br /> &lsquo;Fifty Shades&rsquo; is scheduled to open on Valentine's Day in 2015. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872869/Charlie_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 21, 2014 8:42 AM Miss Portland Festival Queen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Miss-Portland-Festival-Queen_17209808 Miss Portland Festival Queen Tahera Brown receives a trophy for best performance during the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday.<br /> <br /> (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)<br /> <br /> Miss Portland Festival Queen<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872497/Miss-portland_w300.jpg Local News Monday, July 21, 2014 2:00 AM Reggae Sumfest highlights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-Sumfest-highlights_17210529 After five nights of exciting and high-energy performances, Reggae Sumfest ended yesterday morning at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. The Jamaica Observer zoomed in on the action and share some of their snaphots with you.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872264/wizard-and-Beres-Hammond_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872263/sean-paul_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872262/spice_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872261/Agent-Sasco_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872260/Popcaan_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 21, 2014 2:00 AM Orisha &lsquo;sounds&rsquo; off at Redbones http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Orisha--sounds--off-at-Redbones_17210062 BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer IN her second appearance at Redbones Blues Caf&eacute; in St Andrew in a matter of days, Norwegian singer Orisha Sound was again in good nick.<br /> <br /> The Los Angeles-based artiste (who is of Scandinavian/Slavic heritage), showed her vocal prowess as well as her guitar and violin skills.<br /> <br /> Her rendition of Sunshine Lady, a song she recorded and did during her July 11 performance with Wayne Daniel, was first-rate.<br /> <br /> Opening with One More Night, Orisha Sound was also a hit with Rewind and a cover of Adele's Someone Like You. She showed her versatility by playing violin on Shok It and guitar on Closer.<br /> <br /> "I started with singing and playing the violin and I kept on adding different instruments for the different ways I can express myself. I wanted to be very universal," she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Orisha Sound (Orisha Pelzer) was classically trained at the St Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. The 25-year-old has been recording in Jamaica since early last year.<br /> <br /> She has also recorded with Sizzla (Embrace It) and is currently building a recording studio called Black and Yellow Entertainment in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Orisha 'sounds' off at Redbones<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10872265/Orisha-Sound_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 21, 2014 2:00 AM Celebrating the Chinese on film http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Celebrating-the-Chinese-on-film_17197538 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer THE Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), in association with the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), will host a two-day film festival marking the 160th anniversary of the Chinese arrival in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The festival is scheduled to start at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus on Friday, and moves to the IOJ Lecture Hall, in downtown Kingston, the following day.<br /> <br /> All events are free.<br /> <br /> "The 160th anniversary of the arrival of the Chinese in Jamaica, is an important milestone. IOJ is pleased to partner with the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) and Jeanette Kong to share with and engage members of the public about the impact of the Chinese to Jamaica's development. This will create a deeper understanding and appreciation for our multi-faceted cultural heritage and backgrounds," Anne Marie Bonner, IOJ executive director, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> A reservation is required to view the film Finding Samuel Lowe: from Harlem to China on Friday. The documentary chronicles Paula Williams-Madison and her brothers' attempt to find their grandfather's descendants in China.<br /> <br /> Saturday's two films, The Chiney Shop and Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son, are from Kong, a Jamaican of Chinese heritage who migrated to Canada in 1974.<br /> <br /> "I was delighted to meet Jeanette Kong in Toronto, and being aware of the important work that she was doing as a Jamaican-Canadian to showcase the history of her Chinese heritage, it was a perfect opportunity to get the IOJ involved," said Bonner.<br /> <br /> The Chiney Shop explores the cultural connection between Chinese shopkeepers and Jamaicans, while Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son is another examination of multi-culturalism. It looks at the common practice by Chinese parents to send their mixed-race sons to China to seek wives and learn the country's customs.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10869686/Institute-of-Ja_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:00 AM Saluting Randy Chin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Saluting-Randy-Chin_17197564 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer The 17th staging of Tribute To The Greats takes place July 26 at the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew. Dubbed The Chinese Connection, it salutes the contribution of the Chinese to Jamaica's popular music. Today, the Sunday Observer continues a six-part series on some of the recipients.<br /> <br /> VINCENT 'Randy' Chin was trying to establish himself as a music producer in January 1962 when he first met a Trinidadian singer named Lord Creator at the Havana nightclub in Kingston. Accompanying him that evening was journalist Raymond Sharpe.<br /> <br /> After the show, Lord Creator recalls Chin and Sharpe coming backstage with a business proposition that would benefit both of them.<br /> <br /> "He asked if I could compose a song for him about Jamaica's Independence. I didn't know the details (of Independence), but I said yes," Lord Creator recalled in a 2003 interview with the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> His nationalistic ode, Independent Jamaica, was written one week later on the porch of Chin's east Kingston home. With Jamaica attaining independence from Britain in August, the song was a big seller and helped put Chin's fledgling Randy's label on the map.<br /> <br /> Chin continued his partnership with Lord Creator on songs like Don't stay out Late and the folksy Ma and Pa. Those are just some of the songs that make the Randy's catalogue one of the most formidable in Jamaican popular music.<br /> <br /> Operating out of Parade in downtown Kingston, Chin, his son Clive, and wife Pat also operated a studio where some of reggae's classic moments were captured.<br /> <br /> The snapshots include a teenaged Augustus Pablo recording the exotic instrumental Java; and Burning Spear cutting his seminal Marcus Garvey album with the all-star Black Disciples band.<br /> <br /> The Chin family moved to New York in the late 1970s, where Vincent and Pat established VP Records, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Based in Queens, VP is the largest distributor of reggae in the United States and is run by the Chin's sons Chris and Randy.<br /> <br /> Vincent Chin died in February 2003, but the music he recorded in the early 1960s has assured him a place among reggae's pioneers. The Randy's catalogue is the subject of VP's popular 17 North Parade reissue series.<br /> <br /> Saluting Randy Chin<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10869685/Vincent-Randy-Chin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:00 AM Remembering Ken Ramsay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Remembering-Ken-Ramsay_17197622 A small group gathered at the Redbones Blues Caf&eacute; in St Andrew on Thursday evening to pay homage to noted Jamaican photographer, the late Ken Ramsay.<br /> <br /> The event was the opening of an exhibition at Redbones featuring some of Ramsay's most iconic works.<br /> <br /> Ramsay's nephew Anthony Bailey told the Sunday Observer that the showing, which runs for the next two weeks is in a bid to introduce his uncle's work to a younger generation and remind older persons of his contribution to Jamaican photography.<br /> <br /> "The family is aware that, as time goes on, memories fade and we did not want that to happen. So we have assembled 20 of his best-known works for this exhibition," said Bailey. "The works chosen give a sense of the man, the way he lived and truly represents the multi-palleted hue that is Jamaica," he added.<br /> <br /> Among the works available as prints and posters are the iconic The Head, featuring the bald pate of model-cum-Essence magazine editor Susan Taylor, and portraits of Prime Minister Michael Manley and intuitive artist Kapo.<br /> <br /> In providing anecdotes Queen's Counsel Howard Hamilton remembered his friend Ramsay as a "self-made man of style and substance", which elicited applause from those gathered, recalling his sense of fashion complete with riding boots, cowboy hat and the obligatory scarf.<br /> <br /> Artist and stylist Charl Baker called Ramsay a one-of-a-kind.<br /> <br /> "He was a trendsetter. The minimal elegance of his work captured the essence of the subject and was strong and timeless."<br /> <br /> For filmmaker Mary Wells, Ramsay's work demonstrated an understanding of the blend of reality and fashion, and got to the soul of the subject.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10869676/_DSC0250_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10869675/_DSC0271_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10869674/_DSC0264_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:00 AM