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 Denroy Morgan drops spoken word track http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Denroy-Morgan-drops--spoken-word-track_18794721 FOR his latest single, veteran singer Denroy Morgan is 'travelling' a somewhat an unfamiliar route.<br /> <br /> He describes the track, Prayer to the King, as "spoken word over roots-reggae".<br /> <br /> "Sometimes, the melody of a song is so sweet you don't get a chance to hear the message. I want the listener hear the message, that's why I went this route," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Co-produced by Coosie Miller, the Anthem Band and Morgan on the Asaph label, the track is scheduled to be released today.<br /> <br /> Morgan, patriarch of the Morgan Heritage clan, said Prayer to the King is inspired by Psalm 72 from the Holy Bible.<br /> <br /> "I wrote it when I was going through my trial with the US government on possession of drugs," he said.<br /> <br /> Morgan's trial began in September 2011, when he was arrested in Bronx, New York, after it was reported that 25 pounds of marijuana was found in his vehicle.<br /> <br /> He, however, was given a 90-day probation and ordered to pay a court filing fee of US$25.<br /> <br /> "During that time, I felt like I was Daniel in the lion's den. I just want to encourage my brothers and sisters to pray more," he said.<br /> <br /> According to Morgan, Prayer to the King is the lead single for his four-track EP coming out in June. An album will follow by year-end.<br /> <br /> "The EP will have another spoken word track called I'm Addicted to the Truth," he said.<br /> <br /> Morgan said in keeping with his belief in the truth, he'll be ordained as a bishop in July.<br /> <br /> "On July 18, I will be ordained as Bishop of the International Gospel Help Us Church. It is affiliated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of North and South America," he said.<br /> <br /> The ordination will take place at the Heritage Estate in Port Morant, St Thomas.<br /> <br /> The first of 10 children, Morgan was born in May Pen, Clarendon into a Christian family. He migrated to the United States in 1965.<br /> <br /> He was part of the formation the Black Eagles which won the New York Reggae Music Festival in 1977. Morgan found success in the United States in 1981 with I'll Do Anything for You album, when the title track became a big R&B and dance hit.<br /> <br /> He signed to RCA Records in 1984 and released the reggae album Make My Day.<br /> <br /> -- Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11713893/Denroy-Morgan_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 AM The Blacker the Berry goes gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-Blacker-the-Berry-goes-gold-_18795159 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer DANCEHALL artiste Assassin (aka Agent Sasco) becomes the first Jamaican act in three years to be featured on a song certified gold in the United States for sales of over 500,000 copies.<br /> <br /> Assassin is featured on American rapper Kendrick Lamar's The Blacker the Berry, which recently peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 32 on the R&B Hip Hop Songs chart. The song also peaked at number 20 on the UK R&B Singles chart and reached number 90 in Belgium.<br /> <br /> Produced by Jamaica-born, Canada based Matthew 'Boi-1da' Samuels, The Blacker the Berry was released digitally on February 9 and is the second single from Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly album for Interscope.<br /> <br /> The album was released on March 15, debuting at number one on Billboard's 200 Album chart.<br /> <br /> To Pimp a Butterfly also topped the R&B Hip Hop Album chart as well as the UK Album chart.<br /> <br /> In the US, To Pimp a Butterfly opened with over 300,000 copies in its first week. As of April 15, it has sold over 593,000 copies in the US and earned gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).<br /> <br /> Other Jamaica acts who have earned RIAA-certified gold singles in the US since 2012 are within Gyptian (Hold Yuh) and Damian Marley (Make it Bun Dem) featuring Skrillex.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11713821/Assassin4_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11713813/Kendrick-Lamar-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 AM Percy Sledge's love covered Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Percy-Sledge-s-love--covered-Jamaica-_18794607 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer American soul singer Percy Sledge, who died last week at age 74 in Louisiana, had a soft spot for Jamaica and performed in the country several times.<br /> <br /> His manager, Mark Lyman, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that Sledge's appearance at the Reggae-R&B Concert in Kingston in March 2014 was among his last performances.<br /> <br /> "It was the first of three performances he did in a three-week period before he stopped touring due to his illness," said Lyman.<br /> <br /> Sledge died from natural causes. He had battled cancer for several years.<br /> <br /> Lyman, who managed his career for 24 years, said the singer consistently toured the United States, Canada and Europe until the beginning of 2014.<br /> <br /> He added that Sledge never tired of playing Jamaica. He first performed here during the 1960s when his career was at its peak.<br /> <br /> "His Jamaican and Caribbean fans held a very special place in his heart and was one of his favourite places to perform," Lyman said.<br /> <br /> The Alabama-born Sledge was a giant of the soul movement that rose out of the US South at the height of the Civil Rights movement in that country.<br /> <br /> When a Man Loves a Woman was his signature song. In Jamaica, Cover Me, Take Time to Know Her and Out Left Field made him a longtime favourite.<br /> <br /> Singer Tinga Stewart and deejay Ninjaman combined for big hit songs in the late 1980s with dancehall versions of Cover Me and Take Time to Know Her.<br /> <br /> The funeral service for Percy Sledge takes place today in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11713894/Percy-Sledge_0424_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 AM Magnum' went down well http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Magnum--went--down-well_18795204 OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness' guest appearance on last Saturday's Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall talent show went down well with viewers, according to the series' executive producer Mark Kenny.<br /> <br /> Holness, a former Jamaica prime minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, was guest judge on the popular televised programme. He received a warm welcome from resident judges Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell, Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton and Professor Nuts.<br /> <br /> According to Kenny, "Mr Holness was great. The contestants were happy to hear his comments, and we know that a few were encouraged by his words. It was great that he was with us on a night where so much of the music spoke about societal issues and upliftment for the country. That wasn't all planned but it was great that it happened that way."<br /> <br /> Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is aired live on TVJ on Saturday nights from D'Entrance on Constant Spring Road in Kingston. The event attracts a hardcore audience who give their views on everything from performers to fashion to judges.<br /> <br /> A representative from the ruling People's National Party will be a guest judge before the series ends in three weeks.<br /> <br /> "We have reached out to the PNP and we will know within a week who will be available to represent on the show. The response has been positive so far, and we know that a representative will be proposed to us in short order," Kenny explained.<br /> <br /> There are six contestants (Devin Di Dakta, Sean De Vere, Lava Vein, Triple A, Angel Eyes and Ffrench) left in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition. A new King and Queen will be announced at the grand finals on May 9.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> 'Magnum' went down well<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11713897/Judges_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11713896/Yanique-Barrett_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cuba embraces Bob Marley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cuba-embraces-Bob-Marley_18795321 CUBA is opening its doors to reggae king Bob Marley.<br /> <br /> Thirty-two Marley posters from the collection of the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) are to go on show in the Caribbean state as part of an exhibition and seminar titled 'Bob Marley Time Will Tell'.<br /> <br /> The 32 works from poster designers represent Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Egypt, Romania, South Korea, United States, Iran, Greece and others. This event is part of a broader International event that will take place at Casa De Las Americas, the 6th Edition of the International Colloquium 'Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean' Conference.<br /> <br /> IRPC organiser Jamaican visual artist Michael 'Freestylee' Thompson has also been invited by the organising committee to design a special poster to commemorate the event, and also celebrate the life and message of the legendary reggae icon.<br /> <br /> The IRPC and Thompson note that they are delighted to participate in this cultural event at the most important cultural institution in Cuba.<br /> <br /> In 1978, Michael Thompspn attended the 11th World Festival of Youth and Students in Havana, and Casa De Las Americas was one of the cultural institutions that he visited there. It was at Casa and other cultural institutions such as (ICAC) Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematogr&aacute;ficos that he discovered the Art of Cuban poster design. Both organisations were instrumental in the development of his personal journey into poster design, and Cuban poster art have inspired the aesthetics and style of his works.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the IRPC continues the 'Art of Reggae' exhibition tour throughout the Mexico City Metro System. The special poster exhibition moved from the Jamaica Metro Station to the Centro M&eacute;dico Metro station on April 8 and will continue showing until April 28.<br /> <br /> --RJ<br /> <br /> Cuba embraces Bob Marley<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11713895/Bob-Marley_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 AM Cliff for Wickerman Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cliff-for-Wickerman-Festival_18786341 JAMAICA'S reggae star Jimmy Cliff is one of several acts slated to perform at Wickerman Festival in Scotland on July 24-25.<br /> <br /> According to the Evening Times, the singer will be joined by electronic group Stereo MCs, singer Neneh Cherry, garage rockers The Sonics, psychedelic rocker Julian Cope, and hip-hop group The Sugarhill Gang.<br /> <br /> "This year's Wickerman Festival is shaping up to be an epic weekend and we know that fans will be blown away by the fantastic live performances that our latest batch of artists will deliver," said Brian Reynolds, Wickerman spokesman.<br /> <br /> "Jimmy Cliff, The Sonics and The Sugarhill Gang are legendary, genre-defining artists who will ensure that this year's festival will be a brilliant celebration of music," he continued.<br /> <br /> Cliff is known for hits including Many Rivers to Cross and Sitting in Limbo.<br /> <br /> Cliff for Wickerman Festival<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710784/Jimmy-Cliff_2766_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM Massy stays true to roots http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Massy-stays-true-to-roots_18785030 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer AFTER recording and touring in France in 2014 singer Massy is pushing for a summer release of Future Roots, his first album.<br /> <br /> If production goes as planned the launch will coincide with the start of a busy French summer festival season, for which Massy is booked.<br /> <br /> "It will be my second time there, so it will great to get the EP out for people to hear where we're at," he said.<br /> <br /> In January Massy released Know Yourself, his debut EP, which has to date yielded two singles, the title track and Chill Out.<br /> <br /> He spent much of last year building a base in France, performing alongside French singer Naaman and Jamaican rapper Triple.<br /> <br /> Naaman has a strong underground following in France. He worked with Jamaican musicians including Sly Dunbar, Dalton Browne and Danny 'Axeman' Thompson on his 2013 album, Deep Rockers Back a Yard, which got solid reviews in his country.<br /> <br /> It was while in Jamaica recording the album that he met Massy (real name Michael DaCosta).<br /> <br /> In France, they performed to mainly white audiences in areas like the historic city of Normandy and the wine region of Bordeaux.<br /> <br /> "Some of the people don't even understand English, but every fan counts and the people there have a great vibe," said Massy.<br /> <br /> He is booked for Reggae Sun Ska and Garance, two of the largest summer festivals in France. He also has dates in Spain and Indonesia.<br /> <br /> Massy has been recording since his days at Campion College. His first songs were done for the fledgling Daseca Productions.<br /> <br /> Following a break for studies at St John's University in Minnesota where he earned a degree in audio and video production, he returned to music.<br /> <br /> The Blame, lead song from Future Roots, will be released before the album.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710778/Massy_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710777/Massy_2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM Delightful sets at JC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Delightful-sets-at-JC_18784996 BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer IT was an evening of freshness and inspirational outpouring at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, in St Andrew on April 12 where a concert to aid the McCam Child Development Centre took place.<br /> <br /> Proceedings got off to a rousing start thanks to the Immaculate High School Steel Band. They gave lively interpretations of The Drifters' On The Boardwalk, followed by Part-time Lover, as well as reggae standards Tribal War, Should I and Too Experienced.<br /> <br /> It was then time for a healthy serving of traditional folk songs from the Carifolk Singers. They did Hampa, Wheel an' Tun Mi and Bunion Tree. Classical pianist Andre Campbell gave an interesting take on Hold Him Joe. He later introduced his 13-year-old son, Ashanni, who performed an impressive piano rendition of the classic Ade Alline.<br /> <br /> Violinist and noted instrumentalist Jon Williams kept the mood flowing with the spiritual, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Peanut Vendor and It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Don't got That Swing) before switching to piano for his version of Foot Prints.<br /> <br /> Accompanied by pianist Marjorie Whylie, Jamaica's first lady of jazz Myrna Hague opened with the jazz standard, St Louis Blues, then tipped her hat in tribute to John Holt with his Only a Smile.<br /> <br /> Returning to her favourite idiom, Hague performed That's Life before closing with a stimulating rendition of the Cha Cha anthem, Sway.<br /> <br /> The show closed with an outstanding performance by singer Ernie Smith who delivered an invigorating set around his hit songs from the 1970s such as Pitta Patta, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Jesus Comes For All and Duppy Gunman.<br /> <br /> "This concert is for assisting the operational cost of the McCam Child Development Centre. We are an NGO [non governmental organisation), that provides an inclusive learning environment for children from one to eight years old. Friends of McCam came up with the idea to have this event to help us with our cost. It was very successful and the hope is for it to become an annual event," Juliene Donaldson, administrator for MCCAM, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The 29-year-old facility was founded by Dr Pauline Watson Campbell.<br /> <br /> Delightful sets at JC<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710782/Myrna-Hague_0801_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710781/JON-WILLIAMS_0768_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710780/Ernie-Smith_0819_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM Waiting to Ignite http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Waiting-to-Ignite_18776705 DURING the days, Ramekie 'Ignite' Warren works tirelessly as a taxi driver. He is, however, fuelled by his passion to make it as a singjay.<br /> <br /> He is banking on his latest single Booty Call.<br /> <br /> "Booty Call is dedicated to the ladies who are confident in their appearance. It also 'emphasises' those who wear revealing short attires to the dancehalls. For a man, it just put us in a good mood whenever we see them," the 28-year-old told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Produced by Ignite's Raw Wire Records and High Production, Booty Call is slated to be released this week.<br /> <br /> Born and raised in the Woodford Park area of Kingston, Warren released his first single shortly after completing high school. The track was entitled it Having it All.<br /> <br /> "I did a couple of singles after that but they sort of got lost in the system. It is very challenging to get a break out as there are hundreds of artistes vying for the top spot. Also, not every producer or record label is going to take on the task to break a young act," he said.<br /> <br /> According to the entertainer, he is hoping to bring back creativity to the dancehall industry.<br /> <br /> "Everyone is on the same topic. Gone are the days when an artiste used to stretch his mind in order to add creativity to his lyrics...no one is being innovative," he said.<br /> <br /> The singjay is currently in the recording studios working on several singles namely Party Hard and Good Vibes.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710785/Ignite_0989_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM Furious 7 races ahead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Furious-7-races-ahead_18785036 LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) -- Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James's Paul Blart sequel couldn't outpace Furious 7.<br /> <br /> The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but Furious 7 maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated US$29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak yesterday.<br /> <br /> This brings the high-octane action movie's domestic total to a staggering US$294 million, well above the US$202.8 million that Fast & Furious 6 had earned at the same point in the cycle in 2013. The film crossed the US$1 billion mark Friday.<br /> <br /> Furious 7 races ahead<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710779/vin-diesel_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM Schools readying for Shakespeare contest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Schools-readying-for-Shakespeare-contest_18785182 STUDENTS from 16 high schools islandwide are in preparation for the regional rounds of the Shakespeare Schools' Championship.<br /> <br /> They will be presented to the public at an event scheduled for the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> The schools include: Glenmuir High in Clarendon; Waterford and Cumberland High Schools in St Catherine; Munroe College in St Elizabeth; and Papine High, Campion College and Kingston College, which is teaming with St Hugh's High School in the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> The educational institutions have been clustered and will compete in the semi-final rounds in June at the Dennis Scott Theatre at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. The top six schools will advance to the finals in September at the Little Theatre in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Some of the country's finest actors, theatre professionals and playwrights will be providing advice and guidance as mentors. They are Alwyn Scott, Leonie Forbes, Andrew Brodber, Aston Cooke, Rayon Mclean, Paul Issa and Dr Brian Heap, who will act as chief mentor.<br /> <br /> Dr Heap said the plays will give the students an opportunity to strengthen their acting abilities, noting that talent is very often judged in theatre by an actor's ability to perform Shakespeare, credibly. Beyond that, he said: "The competition provides an opportunity to bring life to the plays."<br /> <br /> "A lot of the times our children are subjected to Shakespearean plays as text. You have to read it and the teachers gloss it. However, these plays were always intended for performance," he remarked. "You have to lift the text off the page. You've got to perform them...if you want the students to understand the context and nuances of the plays."<br /> <br /> The winning Jamaican school in the Shakespeare Schools' Championship will tour schools in London, Birmingham and Manchester in the UK. They will also perform their play at Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and participate in the International Shakespeare Festival with students from around the world. <br /> <br /> Schools readying for Shakespeare contest<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11710783/Wolmers-08_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM Weed wars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/WEED-WARS_18776781 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com VETERAN reggae singer Bunny Wailer has turned to crowd funding site Indiegogo to secure contributions in retaining international lawyers to protect Rastafari interests in marijuana (ganja).<br /> <br /> Wailers One Love 'Legalize It! RastaGanja campaign was launched last Wednesday with an ambitious aim of raising US$1 million.<br /> <br /> The singer said the fund's start date coincided with the Jamaican Government's revamping of the law to make possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a non-arrestable, ticketable offence, that attracts no criminal record.<br /> <br /> That day also saw tertiary institutions -- University of the West Indies and University of Technology -- given the green light to grow marijuana for research purposes.<br /> <br /> So far, Indiegogo contributions have amounted to a paltry US$100. But Wailer remains optimistic.<br /> <br /> "Ganja is tied to the Rastafari culture in a major way. It cannot be separated. So too is reggae music. Apart from the actual Jamaican reggae artistes, we as Rastafarians are not getting anything from outsiders who perform reggae music," argued Wailer.<br /> <br /> In addition to retaining the services of lawyers, part of the funding will be used to register a trademark.<br /> <br /> According the Huffington Post, legal marijuana is America's fastest growing industry. The industry brought in US$2.4 billion last year.<br /> <br /> "Huge corporations are reaping the benefits. We have to tax those corporations. And in going after it, we have to protect ourselves," he told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> "Ganja is Rasta."<br /> <br /> The American states of Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon have legalise the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana.<br /> <br /> Music insider Maxine Stowe shared Wailer's vision.<br /> <br /> "We have to have our own laws and protection. We have to trademark ourselves globally," she said.<br /> <br /> A three-time Grammy winner, Wailer (given name Neville Livingston) is an original member of The Wailers, which comprised Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.<br /> <br /> Marley died of cancer in May 1981 while Tosh was shot at his St Andrew home in September 1987.<br /> <br /> "I'm the only surviving Wailer and the world is watching. A lot of people are making money off Rastafari, we haffi get some," the 68-year-old told Observer.<br /> <br /> He said a Ganja Motorcade March is planned for Saturday, May 2.<br /> <br /> "We will be marching from Emancipation Square in Spanish Town to the Good Year Oval in St Thomas. We'll be starting at 10:00 am," he said.<br /> <br /> Last year, Wailer was one of the main architects behind a march for the legalisation of ganja which took place in the Corporate Area -- from Half-Way-Tree to Trench Town Culture Yard in Kingston. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708420/Bunny-Wailer_0628_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708415/Maxine-Stowe_1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 19, 2015 12:00 AM What one dance did for Beres http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/WHAT-ONE-DANCE-DID-FOR-BERES_18776672 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer SINCE recording the Soul Reggae album in 1978, singer Beres Hammond had settled into a groove as Jamaica's premier R&B artiste.<br /> <br /> A reggae hit song, however, eluded him.<br /> <br /> That all changed 30 years ago, thanks to an uptempo track named What One Dance Can Do.<br /> <br /> Written and produced by Willie Lindo, What One Dance Can Do finally broke Hammond in the dancehall/reggae market. He has been one of the genre's top acts since.<br /> <br /> Lindo now operates the Heavy Beat label and studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He told the Sunday Observer that he had the rhythm track for the song laying around for some time.<br /> <br /> "It was really written for Cynthia Schloss who I was doing an album with but it never made the album. One day I was listening to it an' sey, 'yuh know, I shoulda finish this song'," he recalled.<br /> <br /> During a jam session on the track with keyboardist Robbie Lyn, Lindo said Lyn played the bass line to Pressure and Slide, a rocksteady hit for The Tennors.<br /> <br /> It was a light-bulb moment for Lindo, who made a reputation as a session guitarist at Federal studio.<br /> <br /> "From mi hear it, mi couldn't stop think 'bout Beres. Think 'bout him the whole day," he said, laughing.<br /> <br /> He eventually found Hammond at Breadfruit Tree, a popular hangout in Kingston where the singer played dominoes.<br /> <br /> The Clarendon-born Lindo first worked with Hammond in the mid-1970s while the latter was a member of the reggae band Zap Pow. Their initial project went nowhere, but when they linked again for the Soul Reggae sessions, they made magic.<br /> <br /> That easy-listening set, which contained ballads like One Step Ahead and Oh I Miss You, was well received but due to its success, Hammond was cast as a balladeer.<br /> <br /> Lindo was confident he had Hammond's reggae hit in What One Dance Can Do. The song was recorded at Dynamic Sounds with Lindo on guitar, Lyn on keyboards and Sly Dunbar playing drums.<br /> <br /> The song was not an instant smash. Lindo remembers returning from the United States two months after its release when there was a turnaround in fortunes.<br /> <br /> "It jus' tek off in Jamaica. It play inna every club yuh can think of," he said.<br /> <br /> What One Dance Can Do was a big hit in ethnic markets in North America and the United Kingdom. It was the start of a remarkable 25-year hit run for Hammond.<br /> <br /> Lindo went on to produce bigger hits including I Want to Wake up With You by Boris Gardiner, which topped the UK national chart in 1986.<br /> <br /> Two years later, he produced Dennis Brown's Inseparable, widely considered one of the finest lover's rock albums.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708425/Beres-Hammond_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 19, 2015 12:00 AM Dane Lee hopes to strike right chord http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dane-Lee-hopes-to-strike-right-chord_18776711 IT is never easy for children of famous persons to follow in their parents' footsteps. But Dane Lee, son of music producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee, is determined to make it as a singer.<br /> <br /> Lee, 30, is working with producer John 'Jon FX' Crawford on his debut album, after working with other acts.<br /> <br /> "I have written songs for Ky-Mani Marley (I Will Survive) and I've also written for Atlanta hip- hop artiste Tabius Tate," said Lee.<br /> <br /> Born in Miami, Florida, he grew up in Greenwich Town, his father's hometown. That Kingston fishing community was the inspiration for Lee senior's success during the 1970s.<br /> <br /> Lee said given his father's reputation, a career in music was inevitable.<br /> <br /> "I grew up around it all my life. My father is a producer and I used to be exposed to the entire industry at a young age. I used to watch artistes and how they articulated themselves while in sessions and things of that nature," he recalled. "I also tried to mimic their sounds as well. I remember when Beenie Man used to live with my father and I used to just be in awe to see him record a whole album in less than an hour. John Holt was our next door neighbour and he used to give me vocal training, so too did Dennis Brown."<br /> <br /> Some of Lee's songs, including World of Corruption, are produced by his father. He has also recorded for Florida-based SoBe Entertainment and Tony Kelly.<br /> <br /> Bunny Lee is a reggae legend. Holt was among the countless artistes he worked with on songs like Stick by Me, Better Must Come (Delroy Wilson), Gorgon (Cornel Campbell) and Move Outa Babylon by Johnny Clarke.<br /> <br /> Being around his father, Lee stressed, has prepared him for the challenges of the music industry.<br /> <br /> "He has given me all the tools I need to be successful in this industry including, having an open mind towards things and staying true to the music in regards to the emotions I convey when recording. He also told me to accept constructive criticisms because there is always room for improvement, and, most importantly, don't ever lose yourself."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708427/Dane-Lee-photo-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 19, 2015 1:00 AM Finding 'Marley' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Finding--Marley_18777918 MARLEY, the world premiere musical about Bob Marley, found its Bob in an audition clip for the television show The Voice of Holland, said writer and director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who cast Mitchell Brunings in the role.<br /> <br /> The musical, which will open this May at Center Stage in Baltimore, has music and lyrics by Bob Marley and centres on the two years Marley was in self-imposed exile in London, following an attempt on his life in Jamaica in 1976.<br /> <br /> Kwei-Armah had seen "bloody hundreds" of potential Bobs before a friend sent him a video last summer of Brunings singing Redemption Song at his audition for The Voice. Forty-eight hours later, Kwei-Armah was in Amsterdam, meeting the singer.<br /> <br /> "Mitchell's been singing Bob for many years, so I didn't need to teach him who Bob is. He knows him from the inside," says Kwei-Armah, who had trouble finding his star because he "needed someone who could sing from the place Bob sings from -- someone with his soul."<br /> <br /> Brunings, who is on sabbatical as a nurse at a psychiatric hospital in Holland, was a reggae singer on the side who became a contestant on The Voice in 2013 and has been performing professionally since then, according to Center Stage. His audition clip has had more than 37 million views.<br /> <br /> "Bob Marley is a huge inspiration in my life and it's an overwhelming honour to be playing the legend in a new musical," Brunings said in a statement. "I am so excited to be working with Kwame and an amazing cast and group of musicians bringing the story of this pivotal moment in Marley's life to the stage."<br /> <br /> The musical, which runs from May 7 to June 14, will include music from Exodus, Kaya and Rastaman Vibration, all of which Marley wrote during the period examined in the play. The musical includes 26 Bob Marley songs, including No Woman, No Cry, and Waiting in Vain, among others, and is the first ever stage production to include both the music and life of the reggae legend.<br /> <br /> "I felt that rather than do a biographical musical about Bob Marley, I would find the moment in time that personified who Bob was," says Kwei-Armah, "and the run-up to the assassination attempt and the exile in London typified who he was and what he believed in."<br /> <br /> An attempt was made on Marley's life two days before he performed a free concert during the run-up to the hotly contested 1976 election in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> -- Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal<br /> <br /> Finding 'Marley'<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708458/Mitchell-Brunings_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 19, 2015 1:00 AM The Bahamian Connection http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-Bahamian-Connection_18777889 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer JOHNNY Kemp, the Bahamas singer who was found dead at a Montego Bay beach on Thursday, was among a handful of artistes from those islands to make an international mark.<br /> <br /> Kemp, who was 55, is known globally for the dance anthem Just Got Paid which soared up the Billboard Magazine main charts in the summer of 1987.<br /> <br /> The song became Kemp's signature and remains a club anthem throughout the world.<br /> <br /> Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier put The Bahamas on the map with starring roles in major Hollywood films.<br /> <br /> He set the pace for other entertainers from the 'islands'. In 1971, a quartet from his hometown of Nassau named The Beginning of the End rocked charts in North America and Europe with the song, Funky Nassau.<br /> <br /> Their fusion of island jamming and American funk took Funky Nassau to number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number seven on the publication's Black Singles chart.<br /> <br /> Nineteen years later, the Baha Men, a veteran band from New Providence, hit it big with Who Let the Dogs Out, a cover of Trinidadian Anslem Douglas' soca song, Doggie.<br /> <br /> It was the journeyman band's finest moment, becoming a hit in American clubs, college campuses and sports arenas.<br /> <br /> Who Let the Dogs Out won several awards including a Grammy in 2000 for Best Dance Recording; Billboard Music Awards for World Music Artiste of the Year and World Music Album of the Year.<br /> <br /> The Bahamian Connection<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708456/johnny_kemp-2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708455/sidneypoitier_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708454/Beginning-of-The-End_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 19, 2015 12:00 AM Caribbean Pride on show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Caribbean-Pride-on-show_18777166 PRIDE of the Caribbean, a production mounted by Beaches Negril, opened to rave reviews from both guests and staff recently.<br /> <br /> In keeping with the notion that Caribbean has its roots in Africa, the show comprises several traditional pieces. From the opening dance Welcome to Jamaica to the closing piece which sees the cast performing to Shakira's "Waka Waka", the entire production is a commendable effort.<br /> <br /> One of the standout pieces include a duet with Red Lane Spa assistant manager Patrick Watt and entertainment coordinator Shellydean Bartley.<br /> <br /> Their rendition of Elton John's Can You Feel the Love Tonight? captivates the audience.<br /> <br /> The piece is accompanied by a trapeze artiste, who captivates the viewers with adept swings and balances. Not to be outdone is the contortionist who evokes applauses from spectators. The fire dancers and jugglers are also another spectacular addition to the performances.<br /> <br /> Weston Haughton, former Group Creative Director of Sandals Resorts International, gave the show thumbs up.<br /> <br /> "Overall, the production's a very good effort. The energy level is high and the pieces are well coordinated," told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> He added that as a tropical country which has ties to Africa, this is what is needed for our visitors so they can appreciate our culture more and where we come from.<br /> <br /> He also had commendations for Beaches Negril's entertainment manager Garett Bailey.<br /> <br /> "It is encouraging when we have persons like Bailey who is willing to step forward and do what's needed to promote the talent of the staff here at the resort and also showcase our rich culture," he said.<br /> <br /> The production, which will run for a year, was the brainchild of Bailey and Sandals Resorts International's group choreographer, Nakoy Asher, who composed the dance pieces.<br /> <br /> The costume designs were also conceptualised by Bailey and Asher and manufactured by Beverley Dunn of Beverley Design Centre in Negril.<br /> <br /> Pride of the Caribbean may be seen at 8:30 pm every Saturday night at Beaches Negril's amphitheatre The Big Top. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708464/Pride-of-the-Caribbean--1-_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708463/Pride-of-the-Caribbean_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708460/Pride-of-the-Caribbean--8-_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 19, 2015 12:00 AM Chris Martin 'steppin' out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chris-Martin--steppin--out_18777763 REGGAE singer Chris Martin has released the music video for Steppin' Razor.<br /> <br /> Directed by Kurt Wright, it was shot on location in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Steppin Razor, the single, is produced by Frankie Music and is the track from his debut EP of the same name. It is slated for release in spring.<br /> <br /> Steppin Razor bears the same name of Tosh's 1977 classic. Martin, however, explained the distinction.<br /> <br /> "Tosh's song had a militancy, cutting down inequality but I am saying a steppin' razor is sharper than the rest. It is having so much confidence in yourself that whatever you are doing, you are going to be sharp in it... whether it is with women, school work or how you dress," said Martin.<br /> <br /> "It has nothing to do with money. It all boils down to the belief in yourself, confidence and high self-esteem," she continued.<br /> <br /> Last year, Martin's career got a shot in the arm when he starred in the Jeremy Whittaker-directed romantic drama Destiny.<br /> <br /> The film enjoyed rave reviews at Reel World Film Festival in Toronto.<br /> <br /> Martin said he was thankful for the opportunity to showcase his other talent.<br /> <br /> "This is a giant step for me. I poured my heart out into it. I expect big things from this movie, perhaps similar accolades like that of The Harder They Come," he told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> He is known for songs such as Cheater's Prayer, Chill Spot and Take My Wings.<br /> <br /> Chris Martin 'steppin' out<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708466/Chris-Martin-performing_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 19, 2015 1:00 AM Just too old http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Just-too-old_18774601 with Tony Robinson I know thee not, old man:<br /> <br /> Fall to thy prayers;<br /> <br /> How ill white hairs<br /> <br /> Become a fool and jester!<br /> <br /> - Shakespeare, 2 Henry, IV,V, 5<br /> <br /> WHITE hairs become a fool and jester. No wonder they say there's no fool like an old fool, as some people will just not act their age. This includes some women who will not dress to suit their age.<br /> <br /> There she is at age 60 but dressing like a teenager. "Lady, yu nuh see the b-rider shorts and skimpy top nuh suit yu... yu too old."<br /> <br /> People can be so strange and contradictory in their thoughts, deeds and actions when it comes to age appropriateness. In almost every situation we like to have shiny new things. Sure, the bridal verse goes, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." But no one really wants anything that's old. It's different if you're an antique dealer or an archaeologist who likes to rummage around and dig up ancient, worn and broken artifacts.<br /> <br /> No one walks onto a used-car lot and picks out the oldest car for everyday use. In many instances some unscrupulous dealers will even reverse the miles on the odometer to show that the car is less used than it really is, or blatantly lie to you about the age of the car. People lie about their age too.<br /> <br /> Old is not 'in,' and yet, there are some people who will choose older partners without thought of the future and the consequences that go with it. The only thing that 'old' gets is... older, until you're just too old.<br /> <br /> We'll find out the ramifications right after these responses to 'Suffer the children' and 'Women can't be friends'.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> One has to study, practise and then take an exam to get a licence to drive. To get a job, the applicant has to have certain knowledge and skills and go through an interview process to show qualifications. Two of the most important acts in life, procreation and parenthood, require no such skill or exams.<br /> <br /> Too often, children are brought into the world unplanned and by accident. Many of these children are not brought up with any love or responsibility and are either left to do as they please without care, or are mentally and physically abused. Sadly, this generation is lost because parents are clueless or careless in the raising of their children. God help them all.<br /> <br /> Joseph<br /> <br /> Hello Tony,<br /> <br /> I wish to debunk the myth that women cannot be best friends. You see, in 1983-84 a group of 12-14 year olds came together as best friends, calling ourselves the 'Thick and Thin Crew.' Today, almost 32 years later, we still talk every day. We have been roommates, gone through good and bad relationships, marriages, divorce, children, dancehall, deaths and everything between, and here we are in 2015, still going strong. What we have and always had was respect for each other and the desire to see each other succeed.<br /> <br /> Hopal<br /> <br /> For some strange reason, many people think that they can get involved with someone who is much older or younger and have a great relationship. I'm not talking about a fling where an older man will have a nice time with a younger woman, or an older cougar hooks up with a much younger guy. I'm talking about a long-term relationship.<br /> <br /> Sure, now you're going to say, "But I'm much older than my partner and we're still going strong." That may very well happen in a few cases, but in most of the situations that I know, the younger person is not really fully happy and the older person has all sorts of insecurities and anxieties.<br /> <br /> I remember one young lady telling me years ago about her much older husband. "One day I woke up, looked at him sleeping beside me in bed and asked myself, 'Who is this old man that I married?'"<br /> <br /> It often comes as a shocking realisation.<br /> <br /> Another lady told me this about her husband, "He is just too old, but I don't have the heart to leave him. Maybe he'll die soon."<br /> <br /> It does sound cold and heartless, but it's a harsh reality that many people experience, although most are afraid to express it. Many try so hard to make it work, but the ravages of time always take their toll on the new-old relationship. The problems do not manifest themselves in the early years, but Lord knows, when the wrinkles get deeper, the hair greyer and the teeth scarcer is usually when the younger party takes notice.<br /> <br /> "Pray do not mock me: I am a very foolish fond old man, fourscore and upward, not an hour more or less," said Shakespeare's King Lear.<br /> <br /> But old though they may be, people up in years still pursue prospective mates who are decades younger than they are. It borders on the norm nowadays, but years ago, if an older man put serious argument to a much younger girl, her response would often be, "Go away, you're too old."<br /> <br /> Not so nowadays, as age brings experience, security, house, car and cash. Although she may not express it, her thoughts, and indeed the opinions of her peers will be, "He's just too old."<br /> <br /> Actress Demi Moore is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. And yet her husband, Ashton Kutcher, divorced her and took up with a much younger woman, someone closer to his age. Why? Because she was just too old? Many people asked the question, "What was she thinking, did she really believe that they would live happily ever after?"<br /> <br /> That age difference is invisible in the early years, but when one party hits 60 and the other is only 35, then the latter will think, "Damn, you're too old." I see them all the time, the man is over 70, his wife is late 30s, their child is five. What a confusing spectacle, as you can't figure out if he's the father, the grandfather, she the daughter, or the child the grandchild.<br /> <br /> It's cruel, foolish and unfair to get seriously involved with someone who is much younger or older than you are. If you're young and hook up with a much older person, it's cruel and unfair to you, for one day you'll become their nurse or caregiver.<br /> <br /> If you're older and get involved with a much younger person, it's foolish, as age can never hold youth, and what you put down long time ago, she's just taking up.<br /> <br /> "Honey, I want to go dancing."<br /> <br /> "Say what, with my arthritis and back pain?"<br /> <br /> It gets more interesting in the bedroom. "Honey, I'm ready to make love."<br /> <br /> "Say what, with my lumbago and bad hip...nuh just five months ago we do it?"<br /> <br /> Now, the ladies are going to say that it's a sexist position to take, but would you have your son marrying a woman twice his age and near yours?<br /> <br /> Science says that women peak sexually as they get older. Science be damned in this case. Which 20-year-old man would want to have sex with a 70-year-old woman?<br /> <br /> "Come, Honey, science says I'm at my sexual peak."<br /> <br /> "Could you at least put in your teeth first?"<br /> <br /> Again, you're going to say that I'm being cruel, and that you know couples where one is old and the other is young and it still works. And I will tell you that I know many couples where the younger partner has a young lover on the side. Why? Because the other partner is just too old.<br /> <br /> I'm not knocking old people, as Lord knows I may get there one day. But it's so unfair for a much older person to marry someone who is 30 or more years their junior. It's unfair to the young partner and to the children if they have any. "Mommy, how come daddy look like a grandpa so?"<br /> <br /> As for men with much older wives? They simply stop taking them out in public.<br /> <br /> "What a nice son and his mother."<br /> <br /> I've seen it too often, and when I ask about the unease and unhappiness the answer is always the same: "Just too old." Even in sports it happens, as commentators will say, "He should quit the sport now as he's just too old." That athlete may be only 36, but still too old for the game.<br /> <br /> Many boxers, football players, stay too long in the game and are embarrassed by younger players. The same goes for the game of love. "Honey, you're just too old."<br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote: President Barack Obama visited our shores for a whirlwind trip, and what a great time was had by all. The visit was short but memorable, and I, as a Jamaican, felt so proud to be a part of history. The man is absolutely brilliant and at ease in every situation.<br /> <br /> His visiting the Bob Marley Museum was so cool that it dominated the Internet. The Town Hall Meeting at UWI was for me the highlight of his visit, from his opening of "Greetings massive, wha a gwaan Jamaica?" to the way he interacted and answered the questions. It made my eyes well up with tears.<br /> <br /> What great hosts we were, and how gracious he was. But I must point out a speck in the ointment. Some of our journalists kept referring to the President as Obama, which to me shows a bit of disrespect. My wife was so incensed that she called one TV station and asked them to desist. I'm told it's okay in some circles, but I prefer PRESIDENT Obama.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Just too old<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11708467/T-ROB-SUN-19-APRIL_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, April 19, 2015 2:00 AM Phelicia Dell for CFW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Phelicia-Dell-for-CFW_18773425 HAITIAN designer Phelicia Dell will be presenting her art-inspired V&egrave;v&egrave; Collection at Caribbean Fashionweek's (CFW's)15th anniversary staging in June.<br /> <br /> Conceptualised by Pulse's CEO Kingsley Cooper, CFW is is scheduled for June 6-15 and is expected to showcase the region's finest.<br /> <br /> A classic craftswoman, Dell's roots are deeply based in the rich art and spiritual tradition of her country.<br /> <br /> She describes her V&egrave;v&egrave; Collection for the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "The V&egrave;v&egrave; Collection represents a synthesis of majestic and mystical traits with a logic that stands for originality, authenticity that characterise its distinctive nature," she said.<br /> <br /> Launched in 2006, the collection began with cocktail dresses but would later include handbags and accessories.<br /> <br /> Two years later, she he participated in the Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) Global Handbag Design Competition.<br /> <br /> With entries from Haiti, Guatemala, Nigeria and Cambodia, Dell won the competition and was recognised as the best emerging handbag designer for 2009.<br /> <br /> She has used her award to develop her label while providing support of emerging Haitian talent. In 2010, Dell was among Newsweek magazine's 100 most influential women.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Phelicia Dell for CFW<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11704732/Phelica-Dell_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11704731/Nell-Robinson_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 AM Skip ready to carry Marley legacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Skip-ready-to-carry-Marley-legacy_18766157 EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD singer Skip is the latest member of the Marley clan to ply his trade in the music arena.<br /> <br /> He is preparing the digital release of his debut single Cry to Me next Tuesday. Co-produced by the singer and Paul Fakhourie, the track is on the Tuff Gong International label.<br /> <br /> The accompanying video was released earlier this week.<br /> <br /> "Cry to Me is a message for this girl I know, well really a message for everybody who seems to focus on their insecurities. I'm just saying it's cool to be who you are, don't let society deceive you and make you believe you're not enough," Skip told Splash.<br /> <br /> Skip (given name Skip Marley Minto) is the son of Bob Marley's daughter, Cedella, and also the grandnephew of reggae singer Marcia Griffiths (a member of Bob's backing vocal group the I Three).<br /> <br /> The 18-year-old was born in Jamaica but raised in Florida. He is currently pursuing an associate degree in business at the Kaplan University in Florida.<br /> <br /> He said his desire to pursue music was a calling.<br /> <br /> "There was no real reason behind the timing. I simply had a song that I felt truly passionate about and I felt ready to perform," he said.<br /> <br /> The singer said he has received valuable industy advice from his mother, Cedella, as well as his uncles Stephen, Damian and Ziggy.<br /> <br /> "Being that my mom was raised in the music industry, I truly value any guidance she provides me. Aside from giving me tips on vocalising and performance style, she helps me navigate how to connect with and cultivate the audience. My uncles Stephen, Damian and Ziggy have also been advising me every step of the way," said Skip.<br /> <br /> Skip ready to carry Marley legacy<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11704729/Skip-Marley_1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 AM We ready fi road! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/We-ready-fi-road-_18755696 HUNDREDS of costumed revellers, as well, countless soca enthusiasts, poured into the streets of the Corporate Area for the Digicel Road March on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Revellers danced their way to and from Mas Camp throughout Kingston, culminating the 2015 Bacchanal season. Organiser of Bacchanal Jamaica, Michael Ammar Jr said he is surprised by the event's success.<br /> <br /> "With the state of the economy, we somewhat expected a calmer season. But the last four weeks, especially were spectacular. It came out well," he said.<br /> <br /> We share some of the scenes.<br /> <br /> We ready fi road!<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11704783/DSC_6975_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11704809/Police_7357_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 AM Empress creates musical legacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Empress-creates-musical-legacy_18775051 LONDON was the most musically diverse city in the world during the 1970s. Punk rock, heavy metal and roots-reggae made the British capital a hotbed of rebellion.<br /> <br /> Hannah Harris grew up in the United Kingdom during that period of angst, a time of challenges for the country's West Indian population.<br /> <br /> Though a practising lawyer since the 1990s, she said there has always been a burning desire to make music.<br /> <br /> "I've always been into music but I never recorded anything until three years ago. I believe a lot in patience and I'm satisfied where I'm at right now," said Harris, who is known as Empress Nannah Nana.<br /> <br /> Relocating to Jamaica eight years ago, she has worked as a human rights lawyer and advocate. She released her first song, African Child, in 2013 on her Isa Fyah Production label.<br /> <br /> Recently, she recorded Stolen Legacy with Half Pint.<br /> <br /> Affiliated with the Caveman studio in east Kingston, Empress Nannah Nana stressed the importance of identity in her music.<br /> <br /> "I'm proud of my heritage. My music is cultural, national...it shows my background is Jamaican and Maroon," she said.<br /> <br /> Empress Nanah Nana was born in the Notting Hill Gate area of west London to a father from Sierra Leone and a Jamaican mother with roots in Portland.<br /> <br /> She credits the rebel sounds of Bob Marley, Capleton and Sizzla for guiding her career as a civil and criminal lawyer and eventually as an artiste.<br /> <br /> -- HC<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11704733/Empress_o_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 AM R&B singer dies in Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/R-B-singer-dies-in-Jamaica_18776183 THE body of Bahamian singer Johnny Kemp was found on a beach in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday.<br /> <br /> Kemp, 55, who lived in New York, is known for the 1987 Billboard dance anthem Just Got Paid.<br /> <br /> According to the Corporate Communications Unit, the police's information arm, the singer's body was found face down at the beach around 9:50 am on Thursday. He apparently suffered head injuries and was fully clothed.<br /> <br /> It is believed Kemp -- who was seen walking on the rocks earlier in the morning -- lost his balance, fell, hit his head and drowned.<br /> <br /> Details are sketchy as to how Kemp came to be on the island.<br /> <br /> Investigations are, however, continuing.<br /> <br /> Kemp (whose correct name is Jonathan Kemp) emerged during the R&B/New Jack Swing era of the 1980s.<br /> <br /> He started his career at 13 singing in Bahamian nightclubs before migtating to America in 1979.<br /> <br /> Kemp got the big break in 1987 with Just Got Paid, from the album, Secrets of Flying. The track shot to the top of the US Billboard R&B chart. Dancing with Myself, another single from the album, made it to top five of that chart.<br /> <br /> Kemp never replicated the success of Just Got Paid, his nearest effort being Birthday Suit in 1989, which peaked at 36 on the Hot 100 chart. That track was featured in the movie Sing.<br /> <br /> He is survived by a wife and two sons.<br /> <br /> -- Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> R&B singer dies in Jamaica<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11704728/johnny_kemp_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 AM Dealer strikes Balance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dealer-strikes-Balance_18774810 REGGAE singjay Dealer (aka Ra Deal) is encouraged by the warm reception to his latest single Balance.<br /> <br /> Released in February, the track is on the Big Dreams Productions imprint. Balance is the first single from his upcoming album Born to Be Free scheduled for a summer release.<br /> <br /> The singjay said the inspiration for Balance came from his own observations and experience.<br /> <br /> "You have to know how to play the cards you have been dealt in life, you have to know how to balance in this trod we making in life. Happiness is dependent on balance, rhythm and harmony. We have to create peace and balance in our minds, only so we will find it in our lives," he said.<br /> <br /> He said Balance has made the playlist of several radio stations both locally and abroad.<br /> <br /> "The people dem still love Dealer, so mi nah give up. One-drop reggae is getting more emphasis now," said Dealer.<br /> <br /> "Right now, Balance have the whole world a balance. People love it and a ketch on pon it inna real life," he continued.<br /> <br /> Dealer (given name Omar Morrison) hails from Industry Village in St Andrew. He first came to prominence three years ago with the a capella song 4 am The single speaks of police brutality because of marijuana possession.<br /> <br /> His other tracks include Take Myself Away and Finally.<br /> <br /> "Right now, ah just bigger and better things for 2015," he added. <br /> <br /> Dealer strikes Balance<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11704730/Dealer_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 AM