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 Khago opens new Hotspot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Khago-opens-new-Hotspot_90807 BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer IN an effort to take control of his music, singjay Khago has completed construction of a &lsquo;new&rsquo; studio in Manchester, his home parish.<br /> <br /> Dubbed The Hotspot, he started operations last week but the facility is not yet open to the public.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had my own studio from 2004 but di ting set up di real way now. Music changes all di time an&rsquo; yuh know how di copyright ting set up. Dis a go mek mi more in charge of mi own music now,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Pack Up, released on his LCG Music label, is the first project from the new venture. Keeping busy this year is critical to Khago.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A time now fi some heavy promotion an&rsquo; public appearances. A from 2014 mi leave fi sort out mi papers (in the United States) an&rsquo; yuh know yuh haffi focus on dat. Sometimes people nuh really understan&rsquo; di sacrifice artistes haffi mek an&rsquo; di system rough. Somebody who higher than mi tell mi sey: &ldquo;Is either yuh hot like fire [in Jamaica] and cannot fly or you do a few shows in America or here an&rsquo; there an&rsquo; build yourself,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Khago (real name Ricardo Gayle) placed third in the 2006 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission&rsquo;s Popular Song Contest with<br /> <br /> If You Know. Four years later he shot to prominence with Nah Sell Out.<br /> <br /> In 2011, he was nominated for Best Reggae Act at the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13672585/260955_87570_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00 AM Rodigan&rsquo;s spin on life http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rodigan-s-spin-on-life_90788 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer IF buyers of David Rodigan&rsquo;s upcoming autobiography are sniffing for drama, they will be disappointed. Indeed, the famed British Disc Jockey/sound system selector says, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a honest and frank story about my journey.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Rodigan&rsquo;s tome, My Life In Reggae, is scheduled for release in March. It traces his ties to Jamaican music and culture, going back to his youth in the 1960s.<br /> <br /> Rodigan first worked as a broadcaster on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 1978. He has endeared himself to reggae fans globally through his work on different radio stations and in clashes with Jamaican sound systems.<br /> <br /> The 65-year-old Rodigan hosts the Rodigan show on BBC Radio 1Xtra Sundays. He was in Jamaica recently with a team from that radio station for interviews with leading music industry players.<br /> <br /> He told the Jamaica Observer he was encouraged to write the book, and produce a bio-documentary, by a famous artiste.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Damian Marley and I were at an after-party at a pub in Buxton following the Notting Hill Carnival three years ago, and he said, &lsquo;You need to write a book, you need to make this heritage connect. You need to write this story and a film too&rsquo;,&rdquo; Rodigan recalled.<br /> <br /> Rodigan&rsquo;s link with Jamaican music covers its most exciting periods in Britain &mdash; the 1960s when ska and rocksteady fascinated white British youth; the 1970s roots reggae explosion and its impact on militant black Britons; and the 1980s, a time when computerised dancehall rocked London&rsquo;s clubs.<br /> <br /> German-born Rodigan has fond memories of his first time in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was January 1979...I met King Tubbys, Prince Jammys, Joe Gibbs went to Randy&rsquo;s: I saw how they recorded at Channel One. I got to meet my heroes...it was a special period,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13672723/260956_87543_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00 AM Courtney John puts passion in Yes We Are http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Courtney-John-puts-passion-in-Yes-We-Are_90791 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer Known for easy-listening songs like Lucky Man and Baby Tonight, singer Courtney John shows a different kind of passion in his latest song, Yes We Are.<br /> <br /> It addresses one of the most divisive international issues.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is about the refugee and migrant crisis that&rsquo;s facing the world and it&rsquo;s a true reflection of the album,&rdquo; John told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The &lsquo;album&rsquo;, his fifth, is scheduled for release in April. Produced by Pierre-Marie Williamson,<br /> <br /> Yes We Are was released last Monday.<br /> <br /> According to John: &ldquo;We chose it for the first single because of this particular crisis that is happening now,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Refugees entering European countries from Syria and Muslim states have divided liberals and right-wingers throughout that continent.<br /> <br /> Terrorist bombings by extremist Muslims in France, Belgium and Germany have sparked a rise of right-wing groups in Europe. That backlash has spread to the United States where President Donald Trump has cracked down on undocumented immigrants and seven muslim-majority countries.<br /> <br /> Future, Courtney John&rsquo;s previous album, came out in 2013. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13672744/260967_87545_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00 AM BritJam set for March 8-14 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/BritJam-set-for-March-8-14_90595 American rapper Young M.A is headliner for BritJam 2017 Ultimate Spring Break Festival scheduled for March 8-14, in Montego Bay, St James. <br /> <br /> The eight-day, multi-party event &ndash;&ndash; a staple of the western party scene &ndash;&ndash; was launched at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel in St Andrew recently.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We want to invite Kingston, St Andrew, and Portmore down to Montego Bay to see what BritJam has to offer,&rdquo; Miriam Rose, assistant coordinator of BritJam, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> In addition to Young M.A, who is currently riding the charts with Ooouu, international R&B singer Ginuwine and video vixen Bernice Burgos are also billed to attend. Local entertainers I-Octane, Konshens, Ding Dong, Bling Dawg, Tifa, Tanto Blacks, Shenseea, and Kapella Don will also be spread out across the several events.<br /> <br /> BritJam 2017 will kick off on March 8 with All Black: The Official Welcome Party at Pier One while the following day sees BritJam Cook Out at Palmyra. On March 10, Wata War will be hosted at Dump Up Beach. All-White at Tropical Bliss is scheduled for March 11 and will feature Young M.A, while Flesh Beach Party is slated for The Palmyra the following day. Ginuwine and host Bernice Burgos are scheduled to be in attendance. <br /> <br /> Who&rsquo;s the Boss Boat Party will be on the Treasure Queen on March 13, while costume-themed Emergency Wear is slated for Margaritaville.<br /> <br /> The Blue Beat will play host to Playboy Lingerie Party on the festival&rsquo;s final day.<br /> <br /> BritJam coordinator Anneke Taylor explained that this is the eighth year the Ultimate Spring Break Festival will be staged, and that each event has been carefully crafted and themed to appeal to the desires of each group that attends the festival.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The party starts from the moment our visitors arrive in Jamaica. Once rested, our visitors are ushered to the official welcome event which kick-starts our week of events, where they are fused with our local ravers,&rdquo; said Taylor.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13672438/260656_87516_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13672439/260640_87515_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13672437/260668_87517_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00 AM Dups on a mission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dups-on-a-mission_90780 As a child of the inner city, singjay Dups empathises with the challenges of ghetto life. He and his management, Loyalty Recording Label, are gearing up for an islandwide tour, encouraging youth to stay the straight and narrow.<br /> <br /> Details of the shows have not been finalised, but Dups stressed the message will be consistent.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I just want to encourage the youths not to give up, keep working hard and in due time you will make it,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Dups was raised in Olympic Gardens, a working-class community that has its share of crime and economic problems.<br /> <br /> His latest song is Til We Old and Stop featuring Captain Korias. An EP, In Due Time, was also recently released.<br /> <br /> Born Richard Smith, Dups started his recording career five years ago with Red Eye, followed by It&rsquo;s So Hard. The latter also addressed struggles of Jamaican youth.<br /> <br /> He recently signed with Loyalty Recording Label which is behind his upcoming nationwide tour as well as Til We Old and Stop.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13672742/260635_87544_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00 AM Lincoln 3Dot gives First Day account http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lincoln-3Dot-gives-First-Day-account_90777 Emerging deejay Lincoln 3Dot said he has returned to Jamaica to focus on his career.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi feel like Jamaica is a smaller ground and easier fi cover than trying fi do it in America. Jamaican people have this thing where dem talk nuff; word a mouth spread faster in Jamaica, and the ground just small and easier fi conquer, so mi just figure seh mi wudda just try do it yah so instead,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> His latest single First Day, produced by Track Starr, was released last month.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi basically a change mi style and flow cause me is somebody weh about lyrics and mi used to lack melody, so now mi a focus more pan melody but still weave in some lyrics inna it cause melody a sell now,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He said he has some other projects in the works.<br /> <br /> Lincoln 3Dot, whose given name is Lincoln Richardson, grew up in August Town, Kingston. He migrated to New York a decade ago.<br /> <br /> He said his musical style is influenced by dancehall, hip hop and rap music. His 2016 EP, titled<br /> <br /> Powaful features the production work from Dre Day and Track Starr (Whey Yuh Feel Like).<br /> <br /> &mdash; Sade Gardner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13672524/260944_87534_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00 AM Remembering Roots http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Remembering-Roots_90671 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior reporter For two weeks in early 1977, Jamaicans rushed home and tuned into the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC)<br /> <br /> to watch Roots, a powerful mini-series that is arguably the most successful programme in TV history.<br /> <br /> Based on American author Alex Haley&rsquo;s book of the same title, Roots celebrated its 40th anniversary in January. The eight-part drama aired at the height of the mini-series craze in the United States.<br /> <br /> It had an ensemble cast whose performances won a global audience and earned the series a record number of awards and nominations.<br /> <br /> Among the nominees were Jamaican Madge Sinclair, who got an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Belle, wife to Kunta Kinte (John Amos) and mother of Kizzy (Leslie Uggams).<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston and raised in St Ann, Sinclair migrated to the United States in 1968 and began acting full-time. Roots was her breakthrough role.<br /> <br /> Sinclair had become frustrated at the limited, stereotypical roles offered to blacks. She commented on this in a 1977 interview with People Magazine.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re tall and thin and not too bad looking you&rsquo;re usually a prostitute. If you&rsquo;re fat, you play mothers, and if you&rsquo;re ugly, you play maids. At least Roots has given us another alternative &mdash; slaves.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In 1977, the JBC&rsquo;s television programming was dominated by American shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man and<br /> <br /> Charlie&rsquo;s Angels. Blacks were visible in comedies like Roll Out and Sanford And Son.<br /> <br /> Roots changed that. Many Jamaicans were introduced to Uggams (Kizzy), Ben Vereen (Chicken George) and LeVar Burton (young Kunta Kinte).<br /> <br /> Madge Sinclair, whose future credits included the movie Coming To America and the hit television series, Trapper John MD, died in 1995 at age 57. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13669042/260809_87397_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 AM All set for JaRIA awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-set-for-JaRIA-awards_90669 BY SADE GARDNER Observer writer AFTER hosting a series of events celebrating Reggae Month, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) will put a cap on its activities with this evening&rsquo;s staging of its annual awards ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.<br /> <br /> Ibo Cooper, JaRIA chairman, said things are shaping up according to plan for the event.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Everything is going good. We just have the usual financial challenges, but apart from that everything is going as planned,&rdquo; he told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> He is encouraging persons to come out and be &ldquo;edu-tained&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an honours awards which pays tribute to pioneers in the industry and you get to learn about some of the people you&rsquo;ve always heard of but don&rsquo;t really know much about,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The JaRIA chairman explained that great care and thought is put into the selection of recipients.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our initial selection has a panel that looks at the concept of the music. We are not promoting violent lyrics or any pattern of illegal activities. We have to stand up for what is right. We try to encourage best practices and it&rsquo;s not necessarily about censorship. You don&rsquo;t have people coming to our award and cursing. At this point, we go with what is in the law book,&rdquo; said Cooper.<br /> <br /> Cooper said in addition to the reggae orchestra, the entertainment package includes Christopher Ellis, son of late &ldquo;King of Rock Steady&rdquo; Alton Ellis, who will be performing a special medley of his father&rsquo;s songs. Ellis, who died of bone cancer in London in 2008, will be posthumously honoured for his contribution to Jamaica&rsquo;s music. His songs include Girl I&rsquo;ve Got A Date, I&rsquo;m Just A Guy and Get Ready, Rock Steady. <br /> <br /> Besides Ellis, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. Musican-songwriter Mikey Bennett (mentorship); Peter Chemist and Syl Gordon (engineer); Harry Johnson and Joseph Hoo-Kim (producer); Jah Shaka and Tippa Tone (sound system); Glen Browne and Robbie Lyn (musician); Freddie McGregor and Half Pint (artiste/male); Rita Marley (artiste/female); The Melodians (duo/group); Carlos Malcolm & Afro-Jamaican Rhythms (band); GT Extravaganza (promoter); Kevin Downswell and Otis Wright (gospel); and Bunny Goodison (media). Merritone selector Winston Blake and Tata Ford will receive posthumous awards. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13669019/188745_87398_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12684411/187400_87399_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 AM Dance takes the spotlight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dance-takes-the-spotlight_90648 By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU), described as the largest dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean, is set to unfold on the stage of the Philip Sherlock Centre For the Creative Arts at The University of the West Indies, Mona, from March 1-5.<br /> <br /> Michael Holgate, the founding director of JDU, notes that after nine years the event is living up to its mandate of building a platform for the local dance community to share and showcase its growth and development.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dance Umbrella really provides that space where the dance community can share with each other. It is an opportunity to expose young choreographers and really just gives the community a chance to see each other&rsquo;s work. It is really the best of local dance companies and provides that opportunity for patrons who for one reason or another missed a performance to catch up. You get to see all forms of dance that are Jamaican on this stage.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The festival opens on March 1 with a number of workshops conducted by local choreographers and dance practitioners, including Kevin Ormsby, Neila Ebanks, Marlon Simms and Renee McDonald, at the dance rehearsal studio at the Philip Sherlock Centre. This will be followed by the official launch of the festival on March 2.<br /> <br /> The performances get going on March 3. Holgate explained that in addition to the major local companies taking to the stage, one of the features of JDU over the years has been the input of international performers. This year is no different. Two dancers, Courtenay Thorne from Barbados and Elizabeth Doughty from the United Kingdom, are coming in to share their work with the JDU audience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The staples are the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), L&rsquo;Acadco and The Company Dance Theatre. They will form the core of the performances on March 3, 4 and 5. On Friday it will be the NDTC. They will be supported by The Stella Maris Dance Ensemble. L&rsquo;Acadco will take to the stage on Saturday alongside Dance Theatre Xaymaca. On the final day it is The Company and Movements which will perform.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In addition to these companies, there will be other troupes and individual performers supporting the event. Another highlight is the Dance Collab, where a dancer collaborates with another creative individual to produce a work. This year Neisha Yen Jones joins forces with steel pan player Gay Magnus; lighting director Nadia Roxborough and Renee McDonald will combine their skills; and the drummers from L&rsquo;Acadco will perform with the members of the University Dance Society,&rdquo; Holgate shared.<br /> <br /> He also noted that each year tribute is paid to the work of pioneering and outstanding dance practitioners. This year, Monica Campbell McFarlane, artistic director of Movements Dance Company of Jamaica, and Dr MoniKa Lawrence, the artistic director of the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble, will be recognised. Among the honorees in the past are Clive Thompson, Patsy Ricketts, Barry Moncrieffe, and Barbara Requa.<br /> <br /> The younger members of the Jamaican dance community have not been left out as, on the morning of March 4, the organisers will also stage the Junior Jamaica Dance Umbrella, also at the Philip Sherlock Centre, which will see performances from the Wolmer&rsquo;s Dance Troupe and the Junior Department of the Tony Wilson School of Dance. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13131145/215116_43052_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13637466/257852_84634_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13670303/260811_87362_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13670302/260813_87363_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 AM Stepping high in Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Stepping-high-in-Negril_90673 By Howard Campbell Observer senior reporter Given the pace of legislation to decriminalise ganja in Jamaica in the past two years, it seems an eternity since Lyndon Connell started the Stepping High Ganja Festival.<br /> <br /> Connell first held the event at his home in Negril, Westmoreland in 2003, as a musical get-together for ganja advocates. In 2015, he expanded it to a live show at Cayenne Beach in the resort town.<br /> <br /> That will again be the venue for the 14th &lsquo;Stepping High&rsquo; March 4-5. Toots Hibbert, Kabaka Pyramid, Lutan Fyah and Samory-I are some of the acts scheduled for the festival, which primarily is projecting the economic and holistic benefits of ganja.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Wi need the people to be more aware of ganja an&rsquo; what it can do for dem an&rsquo; di country. Wi want to see di whole globe coming here,&rdquo; said Connell.<br /> <br /> The Westmoreland-born Connell is proud of his credentials as a ganja man. He said he has been involved in cultivation since leaving St Elizabeth Technical High School in the early 1980s.<br /> <br /> It was not until 20 years later that he went public with his drive to make the plant legal. In 2015, he launched the live gig at Cayenne Beach with reggae legend and longtime ganja exponent Lee &lsquo;Scratch&rsquo; Perry as headliner.<br /> <br /> The Nomaddz also performed that year, and returned in 2016.<br /> <br /> Ganja, once villified as a demon drug, has turned a new leaf since late 2014 when the Jamaican Government announced it would relax restrictions on ganja use.<br /> <br /> Negril, a traditional green area for cannabis, has hosted two major festivals (High Times Cannabis Cup and Rasta Rootzfest) promoting its economic potential.<br /> <br /> Connell boasts that his event is the longest-running of its kind in Jamaica. Unlike its rivals, it has no brand sponsor and is independently funded.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dat&rsquo;s (sponsorship) important but wi don&rsquo;t look at dat right now. Di important thing is get di message out so everybody know di power an&rsquo; energy of di herb,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13669024/260812_87390_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 AM Arkansas choir to come http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Arkansas-choir-to-come_90242 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com UNIVERSITY of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale is set to embark on a one-week tour of Jamaica, commencing March 17, with a number of performances scheduled across the island which will benefit local charities. <br /> <br /> This concert series marks the chorale&rsquo;s first-ever tour to the Caribbean. <br /> <br /> The performances are set for Saturday, March 18, at the St John&rsquo;s Methodist Church in Montego Bay. On March 19, The University of the West Indies (UWI) Alumni Association Jamaica Chapter hosts the chorale at the Chapel, UWI Mona. The St Andrew Parish Foundation is the beneficiary at the St Andrew Parish Church on March 20; and on Wednesday, March 21, Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation hosts at the Hope Zoo. There will also be a lunch-hour performance of at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville on Monday, March 20. <br /> <br /> Joining the Inspirational Chorale will be the UWI Mona Chorale and the Kingston College Chapel Choir on March 19 and 21, respectively. <br /> <br /> The Inspirational Chorale, under the direction of Dr Jeffrey Allen Murdock, provides an opportunity for the performance of music from the black sacred tradition. It is an auditioned choir which accepts all ethnicities as part of its membership. As an integrated part of the University of Arkansas&rsquo;s music department, the academic community and the community at large, the chorale has enjoyed an illustrious reputation performing for dignitaries and heads of state. They have completed tours to Asia and Europe in addition to numerous tours within the United States. <br /> <br /> Murdock, is internationally known as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He currently serves as associate director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at the University of Arkansas, where he conducts the Inspirational Chorale, the Men&rsquo;s Chorus, and teaches courses within the choral music education curriculum. He is an accomplished classical musician; he is also a skilled gospel musician. He currently serves on the conducting staff of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc, and has collaborated with gospel recording artists including, Donnie McClurkin, Richard Smallwood, Mary Mary, Marvin Winans, Marvin Sapp, Lisa Knowles, and Kathy Taylor.<br /> <br /> According to tour coordinator Chris Benjamin, the choir decided to come to Jamaica based on the recommendation of another of the Southern Chorale which has performed in Jamaica. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dr Murdock is the prot&Atilde;&copy;g&Atilde;&copy; of Dr Gregory Fuller, director of the Southern Chorale, which has made two previous trips to Jamaica. He has also had a number of interactions with other Jamaican musicians, and as such the island has been high on his priorities of places to perform.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The University of Arkansas is a favourite for Jamaican athletes, with a number over the years being members of the famous Razorbacks Athletic Programme. Among the Jamaican athletes are multiple gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown, current Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod, long jumper Clive Pullen and distance runner Kemoy Campbell. The latter two being current students. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13670308/259978_87389_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 AM Dje to make debut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dje-to-make-debut_90551 VOCALIST Dje will be making her debut on Jazz &lsquo;n Cabaret in the gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, this evening.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am excited about performing on the show and will be bringing my unique blend of singing styles of jazz, reggae, pop and R&B with hints of bluesy country, which I hope my audience will enjoy,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Due to her extensive musical upbringing &ndash;&ndash; being born to musician parents Michael Dyke and Kathryn Bond Hickling-Dyke, educator, musician and co-founder of the Cari-Folk Singers, and having a grandmother, a classical pianist who introduced her to the beauty of atmospheric orchestral pieces and classical scores &mdash; music is engrained in her DNA.<br /> <br /> In the summer of 2013, Dje released her debut single When I&rsquo;m Gone followed by A Million Trips released the following summer.<br /> <br /> Dje will be joining other stars on the Jazz &lsquo;n Cabaret show, including vocalists Maria Myrie, and Tanice Morrison; guitarist Seretse Small, the Nexus Performing Arts Group and backing band Pon Fyah.<br /> <br /> The concert (formerly Jazz in the Gardens) is celebrating 17 years.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We always try to come up with a package that leaves patrons wanting more and continue to build on the high expectations for each concert in the series to come,&rdquo; says Nancy McLean, also Executive Producer for the concert series. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13669041/260569_87396_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 AM The Deck comes of age http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-Deck-comes-of-age_90418 CORPORATE Area ho tspot The Deck celebrated its 21st anniversary with family and friends at its Trafalgar Road headquarters on Wednesday evening.<br /> <br /> The occasion was complete with cake cutting and speeches in party-like atmosphere.<br /> <br /> Co-founder Richard Spence shared the establishment&rsquo;s genesis with the gathering.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been quite a journey. It was September 1995 in a discussion with a group of friend that the idea of having our own spot was born... So with the blessings of my wife, Leonie, Friends on the Deck was started on February 9, 1996 under two mango trees at 51 Hope Road, opposite King&rsquo;s House where TGIF is ,&rdquo; Spence reminisced.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Can you imagine the last 21 years without The Deck? Where would we all be right now? Many of us would have different friends ... So let us give thanks and praises to all of who have supported us through the years... There would be no Deck with you,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Deryck Rose, director of National Safety Limited, spoke on behalf of Phillip Mascoll, former president of the Jamaica Diaspora &mdash; Canada.<br /> <br /> Selectors Gary Kong, Craig Ross, Richie Clarke, DJ Dwey and Clive Buddo provided the evening&rsquo;s soundtrack, much to the delight of the patrons who filled the establishment.<br /> <br /> Weston Campbell, who has been visiting The Deck for more than a decade, said the joint is the place to be.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like a big family setting... the people are friendly, the music is great, and vibes is nice.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonito http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668784/260769_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668779/260772_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668775/260817_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668785/260773_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 AM Bacchanal in full plume http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bacchanal-in-full-plume_90625 By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor – Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com KNUTSFORD Court Hotel in New Kingston was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colourful costumes at Bacchanal Jamaica&rsquo;s 29th anniversary media launch on Wednesday evening.<br /> <br /> Michael Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica, shared some highlights of this year&rsquo;s staging.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;2017 will indeed be a year highlighted by innovation and rejuvenation, as Bacchanal Jamaica embarks on a journey to take our carnival to even higher highs and create a carnival season unmatched in our history. In doing so, we will be introducing many new elements to make this carnival new and different,&rdquo; said Ammar Jr.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bacchanal Jamaica has partnered with Jamaica Tourist Board to promote carnival in Jamaica to potential guests from North America, Europe and the Caribbean. This year, we will be joined on the road by Frenchmen, Unleashed and Exult from Jamaica, as well as Roast International from Barbados, Caesars Army from Trinidad, and Peeny Wallie Mas from the USA,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> The director also shared that for this year&rsquo;s April 23 Corporate Area road march, his team had done more &ldquo;frontline&rdquo; and &ldquo;super frontline costumes&rdquo;, and that they would &ldquo;have more wings&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is the first year we&rsquo;re doing a full sunwear section,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Also, the difference will be seen at our lunch spot at FLOW Golf Academy... we&rsquo;ll have an ultra-premium spa, a repair station, a massage station and a full bar. There&rsquo;ll also be a sky lounge which will act as a moving party,&rdquo; Ammar Jr continued.<br /> <br /> The launch saw Ed Bartlett, minister of tourism, endorsing the event as a foreign exchange earner, while Senator Kerensia Morrison did the same on behalf of Olivia &ldquo;Babsy&rdquo; Grange, minister of culture, entertainment, gender and sport.<br /> <br /> Guests were also treated to a colourful display of costumes slated for its road march.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In Jamaica we are carnival... We are Bacchanal Jamaica,&rdquo; Ammar Jr added.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663400/260265_86688_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663399/260264_86687_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668672/260760_87239_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668676/260754_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 AM Smoke Dem, Seasoning drop Bad Mind Dem http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Smoke-Dem--Seasoning-drop-Bad-Mind-Dem_90601 Singjay Smoke Dem is carving out a niche in the dance halls of the Caribbean and South America, particularly Suriname.<br /> <br /> There, he struck a partnership with Next Level Productions, which produced the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with singer Anthony Seasoning.<br /> <br /> The latter is from Red Hills Road and has also performed in Suriname.<br /> <br /> Smoke Dem, previously known as Smoki Benz, credits deejay Fanton Mojah for helping him along his journey. It was he who first took him on tour in 2015, performing in Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana and Brazil.<br /> <br /> During the trip, he made the link with Next Level Productions.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he saw that I was a bad artiste, so he took me in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further,&rdquo; said Smoke Dem.<br /> <br /> He and Anthony Seasoning ended up working on a project for Next Level. One of the songs they did was Bad Mind Dem.<br /> <br /> Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning also team up on Marijuana, a follow-up single for the same producers. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668663/260667_87157_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 AM KGN5 Blazed at Southdale Plaza http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/KGN5-Blazed-at-Southdale-Plaza_89914 Two-year-old Smirnoff KGN5 uptown Street Dance is consistently growing from strength to strength.<br /> <br /> Promoter Chavaughn Oneil attributes the event&rsquo;s continued success to a winning formula: great music and solid entertainment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The thing that stands out most about this event is the ability to bring together both uptown and dancehall patrons, and the entertainment and constant vibes provided,&rdquo; Oneil said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Held last Friday, February 10 at Suzie&rsquo;s car park, Southdale Plaza in Kingston, the event featured intense juggling and hardcore musical vibes from Tony &ldquo;Mentally Ill&rdquo; Matterhorn, Coppershot, and radio jock, ZJ Ice.<br /> <br /> The event saw a large turnout of patrons who partied until the wee hours of Saturday morning.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The target market is both uptown patrons and dancehall partygoers. We had several entertainment personalities in attendance including ZJ Liquid, Shizzle Sherlock, Young Rolaz and the Sandz team. The vibe was awesome,&rdquo; said Oneil.<br /> <br /> KGN5 is held three times annually. Its next staging is set for May 27 at Suzie&rsquo;s Bakery, aka the Terrace Bar and Grill.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668658/260582_87106_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668657/260583_87107_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668655/260584_87108_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 AM Spotlight on Tosh, Andy, Nooks and Lord Creator http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Spotlight-on-Tosh--Andy--Nooks-and-Lord-Creator_90562 PETER Tosh, Horace Andy, George Nooks, and Calypsonian Lord Creator will be honoured at the Bob Marley One Love Fun Day Football Matches at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex in St Andrew on Ash Wednesday, March 1.<br /> <br /> Conceptualiser Clive &ldquo;Busy&rdquo; Campbell made the announcement at Cuddy&rsquo;z Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston, on Thursday morning.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;These entertainers must be honoured for their contribution to our music reaching a worldwide audience. Every year we honour stalwarts in music industry,&rdquo; Campbell told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> This year marks the event&rsquo;s 36th anniversary.<br /> <br /> Campbell explained Trinidad and Tobago&rsquo;s Lord Creator&rsquo;s inclusion.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He came to Jamaica in &lsquo;60s and has made it home since then. He resides in Hanover and, at 82 years old, he said if he can&rsquo;t make it, he will speak to us at the event on the phone. He played an import role to Jamaica&rsquo;s music industry with songs like<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t Stay Out Too Late, Kingston Town and Evening News,&rdquo; said Campbell.<br /> <br /> Tosh, part of the Wailers which included Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, was a firebrand reggae singer. He is known for tracks including Coming In Hot, Legalize It and Equal Rights. He co-wrote Get Up, Stand Up with Marley. <br /> <br /> Tosh was murdered at his St Andrew home in 1988. He was 42.<br /> <br /> Nooks and Andy are staples on the local entertainment scene.<br /> <br /> The day&rsquo;s activities include football matches such as Entertainers Invitational, Masters & Celebrities, Tuff Gang Invitational, and Referees.<br /> <br /> Gates are scheduled to open at 3:00 pm.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13584109/236182_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12500177/175537_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13201515/221119_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668624/260697_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668621/260691_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 AM Hall of Famer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hall-of-Famer_90603 Jay-Z, Babyface and the songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are among this year&rsquo;s inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.<br /> <br /> The artistes will receive the honour at the organisation&rsquo;s 48th Annual Induction and Awards dinner on June 15 in New York City.<br /> <br /> Jay-Z will be the first rapper to be inducted. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668395/260676_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 AM Terro Melody keeping his eyes on the prize http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Terro-Melody-keeping-his-eyes-on-the-prize_90596 After opening for lovers rock heavyweights Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest in the United Kingdom in 2016, singjay Terro Melody has his sights set on establishing himself this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am taking it one day at a time; I believe everything happens within the time it is supposed to happen,&rdquo; said the St Ann native.<br /> <br /> He is currently pushing the song Shorty Wanna Get High, a collaboration with Kingz Of Vocals, a group from the Isle Of Wight. The self-produced single appears on Terro Melody&rsquo;s label, P K W Entertainment Productions.<br /> <br /> That company did similar duties for his EP, For The World.<br /> <br /> Terro Melody first got national attention in 2015 with his cover of Michael Bolton&rsquo;s Said I Loved You But I Lied, produced by Syl Gordon of Cell Block.<br /> <br /> His songs, he points out, carry a consistent theme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Music that has a lot of love, joy and peace. My songs are here to uplift others.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668394/260658_87109_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 AM INT&rsquo;L BRIEFS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/INT-L-BRIEFS_90598 Nick Cannon has welcomed a new baby boy.<br /> <br /> The America&rsquo;s Got Talent host posted a picture of himself Wednesday on Instagram holding son Golden &ldquo;Sagon&rdquo; Cannon. He writes in the caption, &ldquo;No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose!&rdquo; He adds: &ldquo;Welcome to Earth, Son!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The 36-year-old Cannon announced in November that he was expecting a baby with his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Bell, a former beauty queen.<br /> <br /> The baby is Cannon&rsquo;s third child. He also has 5-year-old twins with ex-wife Mariah Carey.<br /> <br /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) &mdash; A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby&rsquo;s sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia.<br /> <br /> The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge means prosecutors cannot call 12 other women to try to show that the 79-year-old comedian has a history of similar &ldquo;bad acts&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Cosby is set to go on trial in June over the 2005 complaint by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who is now a massage therapist in Toronto.<br /> <br /> Prosecutors reopened the case in 2015 after newly released court documents showed Cosby admitting he gave drugs and alcohol to young women before sex over a 50-year period. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13181926/219423_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668656/260659_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 AM Tosh Alexander &lsquo;ready fi dem&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tosh-Alexander--ready-fi-dem-_90475 By Kevin Jackson Observer writer True to her roots, Tosh Alexander knows the importance of adding that Jamaican flavour to a song. The rhythm and blues singer did just that on Ready Fi Dem, her latest single.<br /> <br /> Ready fi Dem is a dancehall track co-produced by Ward 21&rsquo;s Andre &ldquo;Suku&rdquo; Gray and Craig Jackson of dancehall duo Voicemail.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was fun to get back into the studio after all these years. Everyone seems to love Ready Fi Dem and the beat is infectious. I was always doing rhythm and blues and pop, but I realised the importance of involving the culture in my music,&rdquo; Alexander told Splash.<br /> <br /> Raised in Kingston, Alexander migrated to Florida in her early teens. She was a member of girl group Xclusive which was managed by Makael Manley, former guitarist for The Commodores.<br /> <br /> After the other two members relocated to New York, Xclusive broke up. Alexander carried on as a solo act.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My brother built a little studio and I continued working to hone my talent. We would spend up to 12 hours a day working on a song to get it right. Then our father built us a legit studio and the work continued,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Named for Peter Tosh, her mother&rsquo;s favourite singer, Alexander attended Immaculate Conception High School before moving overseas.<br /> <br /> She gained national exposure three years ago when she appeared in a LIME television ad (What A Time) featuring Konshens.<br /> <br /> Alexander, who holds a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in international relations and communications from Florida International University &mdash; has worked with top dancehall producers including Tony Kelly.<br /> <br /> She is currently in studio with Natasia Hammond. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666232/260422_86911__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, February 24, 2017 12:00 AM Ras Indio keeps it natural http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ras-Indio-keeps-it-natural_90477 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer Belize-based artiste Ras Indio brings a message of hope through his songs, which he says honours the tenets of roots reggae.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am a Rastaman. A natural human being and not about the hype and excitement surrounding this musical world as, for I, music is life. It is as natural as the everyday life we live,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Born in Los Angeles to Belizean parents, he moved to Belize at age four.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Musically, I was raised by my father and I began playing the drums at age seven and moved on to the keyboards at age 14. I was the official keyboard player of his Tribal Vibes Band for almost seven years until branching out on my own,&rdquo; said Ras Indio, who performed at the Rocabessa Herbs and Music festival in Oracabessa, St Mary, last week.<br /> <br /> His forthright message has earned him the Belizean Best Reggae Artist award two straight years (2006 and 2007). To date, he has released two albums --- Jah Bless and One Of A Kind.<br /> <br /> Jah Bless has collaborations with Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, Chezidek, and Luciano. Ras Indio recently worked with Pressure, Ginjah and Fantan Mojah.<br /> <br /> He is promoting the songs Psalm 1 and Love Is The Way which feature Turbulence.<br /> <br /> Ras Indio wants to reach a wide audience working with diverse acts.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not as easy for a roots reggae artiste to get attention as it is for these other local genres of music, but I along with a small few have been able to break barriers and change our musical world, along with a host of new upcoming artistes who have new sounds and styles, including hip hop and even Belizean rock bands,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666259/260420_86812_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, February 24, 2017 12:00 AM Downswell showers fans in song   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Downswell-showers-fans-in-song_90515 By Richard Johnson Observer senior writer INTERMITTENT showers sought to disrupt the final in the Reggae Wednesday series, but gospel music artiste Kevin Downswell was having none of it.<br /> <br /> The popular act was just into his set when the threatening downpour made its appearance. As patrons scampered for cover and the technical crew brought in tarpaulins to cover sensitive equipment, a defiant Downswell would not be moved by the elements, bursting into prayer and praise, asking that the rains cease... and it did.<br /> <br /> Despite a shortened set &mdash; it took time for the audience to resettle &mdash; Downswell gave another inspiring set, dropping the favourites that many gathered at Mandela Park wanted to hear. He capped his presentation with the well-known If It&rsquo;s Not You and You Make Me Stronger, much to the delight of the audience.<br /> <br /> The final in the series observing Reggae Month was dedicated to gospel music and saw a number of exponents taking the stage.<br /> <br /> Powerhouse singer Kimola Brown-Lowe brought the house down with her big voice booming through the park. Her original works Lift Him Up, Standing In Your Mercy and It Is Done went over well. Katalys Crew brought their inspirational roots music, including His Grace, which utilises the melody of Bob Marley&rsquo;s Rat Race, to great effect.<br /> <br /> But it was up to the night&rsquo;s final performers, George Nooks and Stitchie, to warm the hearts of patrons.<br /> <br /> Nooks was in his element. Making his way into the audience, he interacted with fans as he delivered from his gospel arsenal:<br /> <br /> How Great Thou Art, I Remember Mama, God Is Standing By, and a medley of popular choruses including<br /> <br /> Christ So Real To Me, Send Down The Rain, and Someday I&rsquo;ll Go Where Jesus Is. He had Mandela Park hanging on to every note.<br /> <br /> Despite a difference in musical style, Stitchie was just as entertaining. Despite a switch to gospel, he has not lost the fast-talking style that made him popular during the 1980s and even performed Natty Dread and Wear Yuh Size from his secular catalogue. But it was Man A Pastor &mdash; his take on the recent incidents involving men of the cloth in incidents of carnal abuse &mdash; which was met with rousing approval. He related how to turn down the sexual advances of a female as a minister of religion.<br /> <br /> A fair-sized audience witnessed the event. Dub poets Sheldon Shepherd and Latoya Hamilton, as well as the Akwaaba Drummers, also performed. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666209/260510_86971_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666210/260505_86969_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666207/260511_86973_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666211/260508_86970_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666212/260513_86972_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666213/260512_86967_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666214/260507_86968_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, February 24, 2017 12:00 AM Jah Bless spreads his wings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jah-Bless-spreads-his-wings_90470 Singer Jah Bless is ready to spread his wings by taking his music outside of his hometown, The Bronx.<br /> <br /> Born Kory Brooks in New York to Jamaican parents, the 20-year-old artiste keeps in tune with Jamaica&rsquo;s music scene through social media.<br /> <br /> Although he has been singing for 10 years, it was not until three years ago that he made his recording debut with<br /> <br /> Who Dat.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The feedback to my debut was really good and that gave me the motivation I needed to continue,&rdquo; said Jah Bless.<br /> <br /> His latest song, Tabaka, is produced by TallGenius. Jah Bless is working on an EP to be released soon.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666326/260421_86838_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, February 24, 2017 12:00 AM VODA set for Jollys Farm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/VODA-set-for--Jollys-Farm-_90493 WITH a promise to transform the Jollys Farm Estate into the best all-white party experience, patrons are in for a treat at VODA (Vibez On Di Acres) on Sunday. It takes place at Bernard Lodge Estate in Portmore, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> It is scheduled to run from 3:00 pm to 12 midnight.<br /> <br /> VODA is Dre Jolly&rsquo;s birthday celebration, and he has enlisted a cadre of DJs to provide the non-stop party experience and high-energy vibes.<br /> <br /> Billed to throw down the latest party jams are DJ Craig, DJ Narity, DJ Cyrus and rising newcomer Cool Shade Chris.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The name VODA came to me one day while I was on my farm, and I linked my bredrin Nick Lue from SkunkNation and shared with him the idea. He said to work with it,&rdquo; explained Andre &lsquo;Dre Jolly&rsquo; Dowdie.<br /> <br /> Although he has promoted events before, including pop-up bottle parties, VODA is the premiere event that Dowdie is planning to make an annual affair.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Last year for my birthday we had a pop-up bottle party which was food-inclusive and the road was blocked. This year we decided to take it to the farm and spread my wings,&rdquo; he shared.<br /> <br /> He shared what patrons can expect on Sunday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I mean, if persons know about Jolly&rsquo;s, there is one thing they are sure about is a good time. And it&rsquo;s no different. So, patrons can come out and see how me and the Jolly&rsquo;s team transform Jolly&rsquo;s Farm Estate into an All-White party experience like no other,&rdquo; said Dowdie.<br /> <br /> Sponsors on board include Jolly&rsquo;s and Cecil&rsquo;s restaurants and GEM Spring Water. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666244/260571_87019_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, February 24, 2017 12:00 AM