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 Bbc tunes in to zimboo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bbc-tunes-in-to-zimboo_16509179 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com DANCEHALL artiste/comedian Prince Zimboo recently 'talked' his way into a gig called the Heh! Report on BBC Radio 1 and BBC1 Extra.<br /> <br /> Zimboo can be heard the third Thursday of each month during the Toddla T Show, a 10-minute slot aired between 2:00 am and 4:00 am. It is co-hosted by Sani Showbizz.<br /> <br /> "We discuss a wide range of topics, be it entertainment, comedy or social issues from across the world. This is really a blessing as so far the feedback from the listeners has been really good," Zimboo told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The 33-year-old said the Heh! Report came about shortly after he met its producers at a taping in Kingston two months ago.<br /> <br /> "The BBC team was here to shoot a documentary on reggae music. It was there and then that I met up with David Rodigan and Toddla T at Tuff Gong studio," Zimboo explained.<br /> <br /> In January, a crew from BBC Radio 1 and BBC1 Extra were in Jamaica capturing the mood and vibe of the local music scene for a five-hour documentary.<br /> <br /> Veteran British radio DJ Rodigan, who was part of the team, is no stranger to Jamaica. The 63-year-old, who first visited Jamaica in 1979, has been a staple on the soundsystem scene. Rodigan has clashed established sound systems like Bodyguard, Killamanjaro (selected by Ricky Trooper), Stone Love, Barry G and Bass Odyssey. He was made an MBE in Queen Elizabeth's 2012 New Year's honours list for services to broadcasting.<br /> <br /> When the team returned to the United Kingdom, Zimboo received an email from Toddla T, inviting him to be a part of his show. He recorded his part and the first episode of the Heh! Report aired in March.<br /> <br /> "We wanted it to be a weekly thing but then the airtime would have been much shorter. We decided to increase the time and then broadcast it once monthly," he said.<br /> <br /> Zimboo is the son of singer/musician Ainsley Morris and brother of Benzly Hype, formerly of the Innocent Kru.<br /> <br /> He is best known for the songs Baby (with Major Lazer), Zimboouicy and Santa Flaws and Butt Brains.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613353/Prince-Zimboo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 AM Sister Carol releases Live No Evil album http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sister-Carol-releases-Live-No-Evil-album_16509170 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com SISTER Carol has been spreading reggae's roots and culture message for over 30 years. She gives her fans more 'consciousness' on Live No Evil, her latest album.<br /> <br /> The set was officially released in January by the singjay's Black Cinderella Records. It contains 14 tracks including The Prayer, Jill-cuzzi, Mating Season, Servitude and Muma and Pickney, which she did with her daughter Nakeeba Amaniyea.<br /> <br /> Live No Evil hears Sister Carol collaborating with American reggae band SOJA, and producers Glen Adams (of Lee 'Scratch' Perry and the Upsetters fame) and Phillip Smart.<br /> <br /> "It is filled with variety but mostly inspirational," she told the Jamaica Observer, adding that Live No Evil shows personal growth "in regards to spirituality, production and the topics we express".<br /> <br /> Live No Evil is Sister Carol's first release since the 2011 album, Togetherness, Sister Carol and Friends, which celebrated her 30th year in the music business.<br /> <br /> That project was released digitally but there are plans to make it available on compact disc this year.<br /> <br /> Originally from Denham Town in West Kingston, Sister Carol's father Howard East was an engineer at Radio Jamaica and also worked at Studio One and Treasure Isle.<br /> <br /> In 1973 when she was 14, her family migrated to Brooklyn, New York, an area with a massive Jamaican community and a diverse music scene.<br /> <br /> By the 1980s, Sister Carol became a regular on the New York City club circuit and went to record several well-received albums for Massachusetts independent company, Heartbeat Records.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613356/Sis-Carol_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 AM Hernan Sforzini, reggae&rsquo;s torchbearer in Argentina http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hernan-Sforzini--reggae-s-torchbearer-in-Argentina_16509174 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer howardgcampell@yahoo.com This is the final of a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the world.<br /> <br /> COME June, when the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, many Jamaicans will support Argentina. Throughout the year, however, Hernan Sforzini carries reggae's flag in Argentina.<br /> <br /> Sforzini is the man behind HEMP! Tribute Reggae to The Beatles Vol II, a three-disc album saluting the Fab Four.<br /> <br /> The set contains songs by Steel Pulse, Don Carlos, Groundation, Sly and Robbie, Yellowman, Mad Professor, Raging Fyah, Andrew Tosh, Big Mountain, Rebelution, Pato Banton and Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus.<br /> <br /> 'HEMP!' is a follow-up to El Album Verde (or The Green Album) which features Beatles songs done by top Argentinian reggae acts.<br /> <br /> Sforzini, 37, says it was a challenge assembling the artistes for HEMP! Profits from the album will go toward constructing a well for the people of Pucallpa, Peru.<br /> <br /> "It's been hard work to get them 'cause there are 56 artistes from all over the world. The project took three years of Jah Work," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Sforzini is from the city of Lanus and has been listening to Jamaican music since he was 12 years old.<br /> <br /> In addition to being a producer, he is a musician and show promoter who has brought artistes like Groundation, Andrew Tosh, Israel Vibration and SOJA to his country.<br /> <br /> While many Jamaican acts have performed in Argentina in the last 10 years, the most popular reggae artistes are home-grown.<br /> <br /> Bands like Los Cafres, Los Pericos, Kameleba, Nonpalidece and Dancing Mood are the best known of the Argentinian acts. They play mainly in the capital Buenos Aires and Marl Del Plata, the country's most vibrant reggae centres.<br /> <br /> Reggae's growth in Argentina, Sforzini points out, would not be possible without radio.<br /> <br /> "There are two big reggae radio shows. One is LadeDios and the other Pelagatos, these are the ones that play hard, supporting the reggae music," he said. South America is one of reggae's emerging markets. Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Costa Rica attract the music's biggest names.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613357/Hernan-Sforzini_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613358/HEMP--DISCO-PROMO_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 AM Myrna Hague t0 host free concert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Myrna-Hague-t0-host-free-concert_16509554 MYRNA Hague, Jamaica's first lady of jazz, will be hosting a free concert and album launch at the Hope Royal Botanical Gardens Shell Band Stand in St Andrew on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Showtime is slated for 4:00 pm.<br /> <br /> The new album, Melody Life 2 features some of her earlier recordings at Studio One with new arrangements.<br /> <br /> At the concert, guests will hear the line-up for this year's staging of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival.<br /> <br /> Attendees are being urged to take along their chairs, blankets, and umbrellas to make themselves comfortable to enjoy a relaxing evening of fine music. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613355/Myrna-Hague-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 AM Lupita: People&rsquo;s Most Beautiful http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lupita--People-s-Most-Beautiful The Oscar winner graced Jamaica&rsquo;s shores earlier this year and had a &ldquo;fabulous stay&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10614481/lupita-nyong_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10614484/Lupita-ja_w300.jpg Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:00 AM University Singers' ode to Easter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/University-Singers--ode-to-Easter_16503017 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was at the fore of the annual Easter Concert presented by the University Singers on Sunday evening.<br /> <br /> Staged inside the historic stone chapel at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies in St Andrew, the choir treated a fair-sized audience to an enjoyable evening of sacred music.<br /> <br /> The first half of the presentation featured Th&eacute;odore Dubois'cantata -- The Seven Last Words of Christ.<br /> <br /> Under the direction of Franklin Halliburton, soloists Danielle Nelson, soprano; O'Neil Jones, baritone; and tenor Roy Thompson all gave a fair account of themselves delivering the material in the required balance and tone.<br /> <br /> The Second Word -- Verily, Thou Shall Be -- was a particular treat. Here Thompson and Jones displayed great harmony, and when combined with select voices from the chorus, the result was magical.<br /> <br /> The drama of the material was heightened with the use of timpani, which injected bursts of adrenaline into the presentation.<br /> <br /> Halliburton's work to pull this presentation together must be commended.<br /> <br /> Part two of Sunday's presentation featured the soloists -- a major part of why the Easter concert was first introduced six years ago. Nine performers from the choir were pulled to showcase their individual talents.<br /> <br /> Halliburton himself stepped up to the microphone for the presentation of the concert's title track, This Joyful Eastertide. His commanding vocals added the drama necessary to lift the anthem.<br /> <br /> What is a sacred concert at this time of year without music from the popular work, Handel's Messiah? Andre Bernard was given the task of carrying the aria But Thou Didst Not Leave. This youngster has shown promise since his days at Cornwall College, and will in time master this great work.<br /> <br /> Marcelle Thomas with He That Dwelleth In the Secret Place of the Most High pleased her audience with another of her signature controlled presentations.<br /> <br /> There were also notable deliveries from Kester Bailey, Althea McKenzie and Alecia Forbes.<br /> <br /> The duet featuring Krystal Morgan and Christopher Whyte failed to deliver the intended fireworks, mainly due to what came across as an imbalance in the voices. Despite strong individual instruments, Morgan's ever-rising soprano seemed to dwarf Whyte's tenor.<br /> <br /> University Singers' ode to Easter<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610917/DSC_0763_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610916/DSC_0716_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:00 AM Gospel artistes rock the Waterfront http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gospel-artistes-rock-the-Waterfront_16502651 THE Pirates Cove Parking lot in downtown Kingston could barely contain the throng that turned out for the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation's (KSAC)'s second staging of Gospel on the Waterfront, on Holy Thursday.<br /> <br /> The free concert returned with another line-up of popular gospel artistes, who all added their own take of the Word of the Lord through song.<br /> <br /> Acts such as Lubert Levy brought his old-school style, much to the delight of the audience, while Sister Pat delivered a revivalist performance including her hit Rock My Soul. Omari arrived with his signature reggae vibe, but really hit a high note when to close out his set Kukudoo joined him on stage. Jermaine Edwards and Kevin Downswell arrived one after the other using their more soulful musical tones to sway the receptive crowd.<br /> <br /> However, it was the closing performance from Evangelist Sandra Brooks that left everyone wanting more. She took the masses into the early morning while delivering songs like Down on my Knees, Did You Stop To Pray, and All the Way. Her ministering didn't stop with her vocals, eventually departing the stage to dance, sing, and deliver the word of God amongst them.<br /> <br /> -- Rory Daley<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610996/ZZ57F5D1C7_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610994/ZZ28C2D84E_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610955/ZZ4290490A_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610941/ZZ2928D6E3_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610919/ZZ4BEC6256_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610918/ZZ58E456AB_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:00 AM Colourful J&rsquo;ouvert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Colourful-J-ouvert IT was a colourful affair at Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J&rsquo;Ouvert held at James Bond Beach in St Mary last Saturday. <br /> <br /> &lsquo;Paint-decorated&rsquo;, sun-kissed bodies gyrated to the latest soca beats in the day and, by evening, they were treated to performances by Trinidad&rsquo;s soca stars Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons. Michael Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica, was very pleased at the staging. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very satisfied.<br /> <br />  Bunji and Fay-Ann were great. The DJs were great and the crowd was very supportive,&rdquo; Ammar told the Jamaica Observer. Here are some scenes. &mdash; BB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611041/Crowd_9054_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611037/DSC_8619_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611035/DSC_8530_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611033/DSC_9230_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611025/Bolt_9198_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611024/DSC_9222_w300.jpg Entertainment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:17 AM the Waterfront http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/the-Waterfront Rory Daley reggae vibe, but really hit a high note when to close out his set Kukudoo joined him on stage.<br /> <br /> Jermaine Edwards and Kevin Downswell arrived one after the other using their more soulful musical tones to sway the receptive crowd. However, it was the closing performance from Evangelist Sandra Brooks that left everyone wanting more.<br /> <br /> She took the masses into the early morning while delivering songs like Down on my Knees, Did You Stop To Pray, and All the Way. Her ministering didn&rsquo;t stop with her vocals, eventually departing the stage to dance, sing, and deliver the word of God amongst them. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610919/ZZ4BEC6256_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610918/ZZ58E456AB_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:08 AM Fans jump to bunji, fay-ann http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fans-jump-to-bunji--fay-ann_16501643 By Brian Bonitto BUNJI Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons took the thousands of soca faithful who made the annual pilgrimage to Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in St Mary on a musical high last Saturday.<br /> <br /> The Trinidad husband-and-wife team &mdash; accompanied by the Asylum Vikings Band &mdash; had the sea of 'colourful' revellers in a musical frenzy during their hour-and-a-half interactive set.<br /> <br /> "It's very easy to work with her, as she knows exactly what she wants," Garlin said of his partner, who is a triple holder of Trinidad's Carnival Road March title.<br /> <br /> Garlin, whose single Differentology had its premiere on American cable station BET the day before, said his album of the same name would be out in June.<br /> <br /> "The response to the original and remix has been off the chain. And we give thanks to Major Lazer for putting it out there," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Except for Differentology and Just Now &mdash; Tun Up (with Stylo G), Garlin said all other tracks were original.<br /> <br /> "It's soca in a different way. We're not trying to focus on any more remixes. What we're trying to do is to find some of the most unique sounds that we could. We're looking for new ways of doing stuff," he said.<br /> <br /> Lyons, who was signed to VP Records earlier this month, said she is working on an album which she hopes will be released late this year.<br /> <br /> "I came into the industry not wanting to be like anyone else. I want to be known for my music," she said.<br /> <br /> And the couple had no difficulty in that area, as socaphiles danced and recited the lyrics to every song.<br /> <br /> Their set included Catch Me, Miss Behave, Jump Up, Truck On The Road, and Done Di Party.<br /> <br /> Before the performance of Done Di Party, Lyons asked patrons to remove the metal rails separating the VIP and general sections. They willingly obliged and paid their respects in dance.<br /> <br /> The couple's set ended with Garlin's Differentology.<br /> <br /> Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt also had his moment in music as he took the stage during DJ Richie RAS and Trinidad's DJ Nuphoric's sets.<br /> <br /> Disc jocks Bambino, Smoke and Lee also kept patrons entertained.<br /> <br /> FANS JUMP TO BUNJI, FAY-ANN<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607671/Bunji_9056_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607670/DSC_9244_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 21, 2014 2:00 AM NDTC continues legacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/NDTC-continues-legacy_16500474 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com CHOREOGRAPHER Bert Rose's 1997 work Steal Away, was among the works to hold centre stage at the annual Morning of Music and Movement organised by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) at the Little Theatre in St Andrew, yesterday.<br /> <br /> The work &mdash; performed in tribute to Eddy Thomas, the co-founder of the NDTC who died just over a week ago at the age of 82 &mdash; featured ballet mistress Kerry-Ann Henry in the lead role and supported by Marlon Simms, Mark Phinn, Stefanie Thomas and Terry-Ann Dennison. Not only was it choreographed by one of the founding members of the company (Rose), it also featured the strong fusion of dance styles which Thomas was known for.<br /> <br /> On the occasion of the 33rd staging of the Easter Sunday showcase, the NDTC pulled from the repertoire as well as works by dancer/choreographers from within the company.<br /> <br /> These included Marlon Simms' Legacy, a spirited work set to African drumming; Patrick Earle's Turning Point &mdash; a piece befitting for the Easter season featuring a trio of male dancers. Keita-Marie Chamberlain's Unconditional Love was appreciated by the audience thanks to the interpretation by Tamara Noel and Patrick Earle and the highly emotive accompanying music. Renowned choreographer Clive Thompson's reflective solo The Question was delivered in fine style by Kevin Moore.<br /> <br /> However, the morning's real standout was a performance by soloist Samantha Thompson.<br /> <br /> Her robust, gutsy vocals provided accompaniment for Neisha-yen Jones' Stagnant Change. So gripping was Thompson's performance that many were more taken by her, rather than the dancers. An extended applause at the end of the piece showed the audience's appreciation.<br /> <br /> It was also a morning of music and the NDTC Singers under the direction of Ewan Simpson did their part to keep the patrons entertained. From the opening note &mdash; Handel's Hallelujah Chorus accompanied by steel pan &mdash; things only got better. The interactive nature of the presentation of Oh Happy Day with soloist Conrad Hall, brought the performance to the people, as the singers lined the aisles of the theatre and greeted members of the audience. There were clear references to Pharrell Williams' current feel good hit track Happy in this performance.<br /> <br /> As is customary, Noel Dexter's arrangement of Psalm 150 was a fitting climax to the one and a half hours of solid, sacred entertainment.<br /> <br /> NDTC continues legacy<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607764/BCC_2958_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607763/BCC_3660_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607762/BCC_2872_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607737/BCC_3084_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607700/BCC_3778_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607678/BCC_3498_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 21, 2014 2:00 AM Home T back with album http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Home-T-back-with-album_16502709 Cecelia Campbell-Livingston HOME T, one of the most successful groups of the 1990s, is back with a new album and look.<br /> <br /> Their latest project, a 16-track set entitled Send Come Call We, was recently released by Reggaeology Music. It is co-produced and arranged by veteran musician Mikey 'Mao' Chung and Rudolph 'Ruddy' Manning.<br /> <br /> "There is a song on this CD to quench every musical thirst. Every song has its own strength and its own sound," Manning, who is also a member of Home T, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> A cover of Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me; Funky Reggae Party, Full A Shape, I Hear Music, Give Me Your Love and the title track are some of the songs on Send Come Call We, Home T's first album in eight years.<br /> <br /> Orville 'Bagga' Case and Leroy Palmer, long-time Home T members, complete the current line-up.<br /> <br /> Case, Palmer, Mikey Bennett and Winston 'Diego' Tucker were members of what was known as Home T-4 in the late-1970s. The group was formed in 1972.<br /> <br /> Renamed Home T in the late-1980s, the quartet had several hits during that period and the early 1990s working with producers Gussie Clarke and Lloyd 'King Jammys' James.<br /> <br /> Pirate's Anthem, Don't Throw it All Away, Who She Love and Holding On were some of their big hits.<br /> <br /> Bennett produced Stronger Now, the previous Home T album.<br /> <br /> Home T back with album<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607765/Home-T1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 21, 2014 2:00 AM Keble Drummond does The Cables http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keble-Drummond-does-The-Cables KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Music fans, especially those from the rocksteady era, remember harmony group The Cables for their smash hits What Kind of World and Baby Why.<br /> <br /> Last year one of the trio's members, Keble Drummond, released his debut album, Mellow Moods of Music. The 13-song set is largely a tribute to his musical heroes, including Smokey Robinson and Jimmy Cliff.<br /> <br /> "Reaction to the album has been strong and positive with good support from radio DJs who have been playing different cuts. Promotion is not as easy as it seems, but I produced a strong album that will withstand the test of time," the South Florida-based Drummond told OBSERVER ONLINE. <br /> <br /> Robinson's Cruising, Cliff's Many Rivers to Cross and Rebel in Me and The Beatles classic, Let it Be, are some of the songs Drummond covers on 'Mellow Moods'.<br /> <br /> There is also a version of Baby Why, a song he wrote in 1968. Let's be Friends and Why Can't we Love are two of the originals on the album which Drummond produced.<br /> <br /> Along with Vincent Stoddart and Elbert Stewart, Drummond formed The Cables, one of countless harmony groups that emerged during the 1965-68 rocksteady period.<br /> <br /> What Kind of World and Baby Why are two of the great songs from that era. They were produced by Clement 'Coxson' Dodd for his Studio One label.<br /> <br /> Now in his mid-60s, Drummond has lived in the United States for over 30 years. He performs sporadically with The Cables and as a solo act.<br /> <br /> Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10608667/DRUMMOND_w300.jpg Entertainment Monday, April 21, 2014 9:07 AM Jamaica&rsquo;s OWN TAMEIKA DORMAN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaica-s-OWN-TAMEIKA-DORMAN_16483594 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com AFTER 10 years at Black Entertainment Television (BET), Jamaican Tameika Dorman decided last year it was time to move on.<br /> <br /> Her current job is at Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as an associate producer on its highly touted series, Love In The City.<br /> <br /> The show, which surrounds four best friends who share "life, loss, friendship and sex" premiered April 12.<br /> <br /> Dorman, who grew up in Portmore, says Love In The City is not another 'hot girls' show in the mould of Sex In The City and Desperate Housewives.<br /> <br /> "It deals with issues on divorce, cancer, infertility -- issues that so many other women are dealing with on a daily basis," she told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Dorman assists the supervising producer and crew as well as help create storylines and schedules for cast members. Putting the show together, she stressed, was "exciting and exhausting".<br /> <br /> "Reality television consists of 12 to 14-hour work days six days a week. The hours were gruelling but working with the crew and cast was also fun," she said.<br /> <br /> Working for the queen of American media, Dorman added, makes the job even more fulfilling.<br /> <br /> "The thing that surprises me about Oprah is her humility and kindness. You would think she would be glamorous on a daily basis, but no, she is simple in her everyday appearance," she said.<br /> <br /> Dorman was born in Kingston "as a healthy triplet" (one of whom died at age four) and raised in Garveymeade, Portmore. She left Jamaica at age 11. Her career in television production began 13 years ago at Bronx Net, a public access station in New York City.<br /> <br /> She then moved to BET, working on hip shows like 106 and Park, BET Awards and Rip The Runway.<br /> <br /> Dorman says it is important to stay true to her roots.<br /> <br /> "It has shaped me as a strong, versatile Jamaican woman. Growing up in Jamaica my grandmother, Vera Bennett, who was vice-principal of Jones Town Primary and my Aunt Ingrid taught me that I should always put God first in everything I do and everything else will come after."<br /> <br /> Now in her "blooming 30s", Dorman hosts her own show, Dancehall NYC, an hour-long entertainment programme on Bronx Net showcasing the hottest parties in the Tri-state area, Jamaican music videos and artiste interviews.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606515/Oprah-Winfrey---Tammy_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606516/tammy-Dorman_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Operation Save Alpha http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Operation-Save-Alpha_16485045 A MAJOR thrust is in the works to assist the troubled Alpha Boys School in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The initiative is headed by Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records; Michael Thompson, conceptualiser of the International Reggae Poster Contest; and Joshua Chamberlain, special projects manager at Alpha.<br /> <br /> Chin was in Kingston last week to meet with administrators at the school, located at South Camp Road. She says a committee will be formed to raise funds to help improve aspects of the 134-year-old institution.<br /> <br /> "We're really looking at generating money from abroad to give back to the school. We're looking at approaching companies like Clarks who benefit so much from our people," she said in an interview with the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Jamaicans have a long 'love affair' with Clarks, a British shoe company. Dancehall/reggae entertainers have worn its products for decades.<br /> <br /> In 2011, deejays Vybz Kartel and Popcaan paid tribute to Clarks with their hit song of the same name.<br /> <br /> Although monetary contributions are critical, Chin says other donations will be accepted.<br /> <br /> "It can be shoes, clothes for the kids. Anything will do."<br /> <br /> The Alpha Boys School, which receives government funding, has been in the news recently. Last week, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna announced that "predatory behaviour" by some students will result in its closure.<br /> <br /> Its music programme, which has nurtured some of Jamaica's great musicians, is intact.<br /> <br /> In the 1960s and 1970s, Patricia Chin and her husband Vincent, worked with many Alpha artistes and musicians through their Randy's record label and store. They formed VP Records in 1979 shortly after migrating to Queens, New York.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606517/Pat-Chin-cropped_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM All you need to know about GLENN JONES http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-you-need-to-know-about-GLENN-JONES_16483596 IN 1990, Don't Know Much, a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.<br /> <br /> Three years earlier, the original version (All I Need to Know) by American singer Glenn Jones appeared on his self-titled album, but there was little fanfare.<br /> <br /> "Mine was never released as a single but it's (the Ronstadt/Neville cut) not as nice as my own. Might have been bigger because they won a Grammy," Jones told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Jones is among the performers for the May 11 To Mom With Love show at Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston.<br /> <br /> For the singer, who performs in mainly intimate venues throughout the United States, it will be his second show in Jamaica. Presently shopping his new album, he says the music business has transformed significantly since the late 1980s when he first visited.<br /> <br /> "The record industry has changed so much, I'm waiting to hook up with the right distributors and marketing to go with it," he said. "I put a lot of work into the album and I don't want to release it for the sake of releasing it. I want it to make an impact."<br /> <br /> Jones started his career as a gospel singer before making a successful transition to the secular field. In 1980, he was featured on singer/producer Norman Connors' song Melancholy Fire.<br /> <br /> He recorded other non-gospel songs such as I Am Somebody, Here I Go Again, Bring Back Your Love and We've Only Just Begun (The Romance Is All Over).<br /> <br /> Interestingly, All I Need To Know (Don't Know Much) received steady airplay in Jamaica and introduced Jones to music fans here.<br /> <br /> With the widescale changes in the music industry, Jones counts himself lucky to be still working consistently. "I perform everywhere. Right now, I have upcoming dates in Texas, Atlantic City, and I have been blessed to be back and forth in Europe and Japan," he said.<br /> <br /> Having recorded over 12 albums and 130 songs, one song (In You) stands out for Jones.<br /> <br /> "I am proud of the lyrics, I wrote it sitting in a parking lot. I already had the music for the song but no lyrics," he said.<br /> <br /> Soul singer Dorothy Moore and country-pop band Dr Hook are also billed for To Mom With Love.<br /> <br /> -- Cecelia <br /> <br /> Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606518/Glenn-Jones2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Ja&rsquo;s homophobia on show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ja-s-homophobia-on-show_16477223 TABOO Yardies, Jamaican film-maker Selena Blake's documentary about the indifferent treatment of gays in Jamaica, will be screened May 1-4 at the Firehouse Theater in Harlem, New York.<br /> <br /> Blake says Taboo Yardies has sparked healthy debate wherever it is shown.<br /> <br /> "We are having a dialogue that has been needed for a long time and I'm certain others are still talking about Taboo Yardies because of a two-week media campaign and screenings where the film screened at the Theological College of Jamaica, UNAIDS and the University of the West Indies," said Blake. "We are giving ourselves permission to see gay Jamaicans as human beings instead of aliens or crazy people who belong in the madhouse."<br /> <br /> Taboo Yardies contains interviews with members of the Jamaican gay community as well as legislators. It is the St Catherine-born Blake's second film, her first being Queensbride: The Other Side, which looked at the decline of a Long Island housing project.<br /> <br /> Taboo Yardies has done the promotional rounds since last year. It has been screened in London, South Africa, Ireland and Toronto.<br /> <br /> Looking ahead, Blake says she is mobilising a group of peacemakers/ministers/artistes to lead a 'United For Change Campaign' to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "We are forming a group of affirming and supportive individuals and organisations to help create safe spaces in Jamaica. It is important that the film continues to inspire dialogue and personal growth," she said.<br /> <br /> -- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606522/Selena-Blake_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Boy, Oh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Boy--Oh_16486007 BEN Stockman, CEO of Boy London, is currently in the island to launch the British company's Boy Jamaica line.<br /> <br /> According to Stockman, the Boy Jamaica pieces, while casual, "can rock any red carpet event or underground party".<br /> <br /> The Boy brand was founded in 1976 by Stephane Raynor. After a lull, it made a comeback six years ago when pop superstars such as Madonna, Rihanna, Jay Z, Keri Hilson and Lady Gaga began rocking the designs.<br /> <br /> "The brand now seeks to reposition itself on this side of the globe and has chosen Jamaica as its prime location. We will be launching the brand in Brazil too," Stockman told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> For an authentic feel, he says he and his team will hire local and international designers to work on the Boy Jamaica line.<br /> <br /> The campaign kicks off this week with photo shoots in different sections of the island.<br /> <br /> "A lot of local entertainers have shown interest in Boy Jamaica. Therefore, we will be shooting several music videos as a means of exposing the product," Stockman stated.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606520/wiz-kalifa_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606521/Ben-Stockman_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606519/rihanna_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Flood of support for Noah http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Flood-of-support-for-Noah_16461010 By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com THE St Andrew Parish Foundation hosted the premiere of the motion picture Noah, at Palace Amusement's Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, St Andrew, recently.<br /> <br /> The well-attended event was under the distinguished patronage of the Rt Rev Dr Howard Gregory, Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and Mrs Charmaine Gregory.<br /> <br /> "Oh behalf of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, it is indeed a pleasure to welcome supporters of the St Andrew Parish Foundation and the outreach projects of the St Andrew Parish Church," said Rev Gregory.<br /> <br /> The premiere was held to raise awareness for the foundation which seeks to raise $35 million dollars over the next three years for its various projects.<br /> <br /> The St Andrew Parish Foundation is the outreach arm of the St Andrew Parish Church. The projects offer a wide range of social, economic and spiritual services and include development work in health, education, skills training, job creation, and senior citizen care in three large inner-city communities including the St Andrew Settlement in Majesty Gardens. The foundation also workw with the street boys in the Half-Way-Tree Area.<br /> <br /> "The story of Noah tells of a good man in a corrupt world where rightful living had all but disappeared. It is a timely reminder of God's omnipotence and His redemptive plan, at a time when Jamaica is going through times of great danger and fear of the future," Rev Gregory said.<br /> <br /> Staring Russell Crowe, the movie Noah re-imagines the Biblical story. It looks at a world ravaged by sin, and Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.<br /> <br /> Flood of support for Noah<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602865/Archbishop-Gregory_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602863/Julia-Sutherland_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Sean Paul, Cure for Guyana's Easter Fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sean-Paul--Cure-for-Guyana-s-Easter-Fest-_16486224 RECORDING artistes Sean Paul and Jah Cure are headliners for Guyana Easter Fest scheduled for Guyana National Stadium on Sunday.<br /> <br /> "I have not been to Guyana in a long time, so I'm excited to perform with my new band there and play all my new songs from the Full Frequency album for my Guyanese fans," Sean Paul said.<br /> <br /> Released in February, Full Frequency is Sean Paul's sixth studio album.<br /> <br /> Jah Cure was equally upbeat about the Guyana gig.<br /> <br /> "Guyana is one of my favourite places to perform. I love the crowd reaction every time I go on stage and it's always good to do Jah works," Jah Cure said.<br /> <br /> Sean Paul, Cure for Guyana's Easter Fest <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602873/sean-paul_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Marijuana March http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marijuana-March_16485133 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com A NUMBER of local artistes are set to show their support for the legalisation of marijuana (ganja) during a march and mass rally set for the Corporate Area tomorrow.<br /> <br /> The march, organised by veteran reggae artiste Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions and the Rastafari Millennium Council, is aimed at furthering the debate on the legalisation of the weed which is considered a holy sacrament by followers of Rastafari.<br /> <br /> The march and motorcade is set to start at 10:00 am from the Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree to St William Grant Park in the heart of downtown Kingston, before moving on to the Trench Town Culture Park in western Kingston for the rally and presentations.<br /> <br /> Among the artistes down to lend their support to the call is Denroy Morgan.<br /> <br /> Morgan &mdash; best known for his 1981 I'll Do Anything for You and patriarch of sibling group Morgan Heritage &mdash; is an advocate for the legalisation.<br /> <br /> In 2011, Morgan was arrested and charged with possession of 25 pounds of ganja in the Bronx, New York.<br /> <br /> A year later Morgan walked out of a courtroom with a 90-day probation and US$25 court filing fee after successfully arguing that he had no intention of distributing the ganja for profit, but instead bought it for spiritual use.<br /> <br /> He told the Jamaica Observer that that experience leaves him no choice but to advocate for the legalisation of ganja.<br /> <br /> "I take it from a spiritual perspective. Herb is the most spiritual of all the plants out there and just as how they fight Jesus and Rasta, the herb gets its fair share of fight from the system," he said.<br /> <br /> Morgan further stated ganja was always being used for its medicinal and recreational properties and it is the authorities who place it in the category of a drug. He cites this as one of his main reasons for supporting Sunday's march and call for the legalisation of ganja.<br /> <br /> "I am not a scientist. But I can speak to the spiritual value, and the value of the herb as a sacrament, so I have no choice but to support this effort by Jah B [Bunny Wailer]. I have to defend it," says Morgan.<br /> <br /> He hopes that the march and rally will open the eyes of the Jamaican people and help them to unite behind a common goal.<br /> <br /> "I hope this event allows for persons to see that the people advocating for the legalisation of ganja are not drug addicts, but rather people with integrity who can see the positive benefits and come together for the common good," he said.<br /> <br /> Among the speakers at the rally will be Professor Charles Nesson from Harvard University, attorney Bert Samuels, Professor Rupert Lewis, as well as representatives of the Rastafari and business communities and the political directorate. The Institute of Cannabis in Brazil will also be represented at the event.<br /> <br /> The Ganja Commission, in 2001, recommended that marijuana be decriminalised for personal, medicinal and religious purposes. However, this recommendation is yet to be acted on.<br /> <br /> Earlier this year, the American state of Colorado took the bold step of legalising ganja for personal use.<br /> <br /> Marijuana March<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602968/Denroy-Morgan_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Busha Mark sings for the females http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Busha-Mark-sings-for-the-females_16473361 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter SINGJAY Busha Mark says he has high hopes for his latest single Gi Wi Di Gal Dem. Produced by House O Love and Anthony Moulton, the single was released yesterday.<br /> <br /> "This is a dance track which I believe will be a hit in the dancehalls and clubs. It is me basically expressing my love for the females worldwide. The riddim is contagious and the video is one that will have the viewer's undivided attention," Busha told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston, Busha Mark (given name Lee Jay <br /> <br /> Scott) began developing his own musical style as youngster.<br /> <br /> At 41, Busha said he knows he is competing with some of the younger dancehall acts but said he doesn't feel threatened.<br /> <br /> "They are doing their thing and I am doing mine. Good music doesn't have an age limit and some of dancehall's finest artistes are in their 40s. The aim is to continue to do catchy tunes while getting the right publicity," he said.<br /> <br /> Influenced by his father, Desmond Scott, Ken Boothe and Gyptian, Busha Mark also known for other singles including Like Woman You Beautiful, Love I can feel and Sweet Love, a collaboration with Anthony Q.<br /> <br /> Busha Mark sings for the females<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602870/busha-Mark_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Role change for Father Ho Lung http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Role-change-for-Father-Ho-Lung_16485118 AFTER 33 years as head and founder of the Kingston-based Missionaries of the Poor, Father Richard Ho Lung has stepped down.<br /> <br /> Ho Lung, 74, is succeeded by Bro Augusto Silot, a naturalised Jamaican, who was born in the Philippines.<br /> <br /> The announcement was made at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street in Kingston on Wednesday evening.<br /> <br /> "I felt it was the right time. Younger men will have to step forward and lead the Missionaries of the Poor into the future. I will still help and be active," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Ho Lung, who had open-heart surgery 11 years ago, said most of his time will now be spent on teaching the brothers and establishing the missionaries' musical productions.<br /> <br /> "Now I want to pay a bit more attention to the productions. My involvement in this area will be to the very end. It is something of great value to the people," he said.<br /> <br /> Ho Lung has written over 20 productions including Acts of the Apostle, Jesus 2000, Candles in the Dark, Run Come, The Rock, and The Messiah.<br /> <br /> "A lot of music has been done. The music and productions are food for the souls. It stirs people to a spirit of hope and joy," Ho Lung said.<br /> <br /> Performing under the banner 'Father Richard Ho Lung and Friends', the proceeds from these events help to maintain homes for destitute persons, including abandoned, sick, disabled, or dying men, women, infants, and children.<br /> <br /> Ho Lung, who shows no sign of slowing down, said he has some overseas dates for The Messiah.<br /> <br /> "We'll be at the Napa Theatre in Trinidad on May 27 to June 1, and the Halton Theatre in North Carolina from August 8 to 10," he said.<br /> <br /> Other dates include: Praise Him in Pennsylvania on September 4-7; Ghetto Priest for Montego Bay in the latter part of October, and in Toronto, Canada on December 7.<br /> <br /> Started by Ho Lung in 1981, Missionaries of the Poor is an international Roman Catholic monastic religious institute of brothers dedicated to serving the poor. Chapters have been set up in The Philippines, Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Indonesia and the United States.<br /> <br /> Role change for Father Ho Lung<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602967/He-is-Risen_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602966/Ho-Lung_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Original Rising Star launch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Original-Rising-Star-launch_16485951 A STRONG cast of old school artistes are scheduled to perform at a live show marking the official launch of the Original Rising Star sound system on Easter Monday.<br /> <br /> The event takes place at South Camp Road and features singers Jimmy Riley, Carl Dawkins, Puddy Roots, Pad Anthony, Mikey General and deejay Little Twitch.<br /> <br /> The show is produced by deejay Bucky Ranks (Clive Buckley) whose son Marlon 'Bad Indian' Mitchell is selector for the London-based Original Rising Star.<br /> <br /> Studio Mix, a Waterhouse sound system which helped launch the careers of Half Pint and Junior Reid, will also provide recorded music.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Original Rising Star launch<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602872/Buckey-Ranks_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Charley's JB Rum WataWar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Charley-s-JB-Rum-WataWar_16477228 THE popular party returns on Easter Monday for its third staging at Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> According to a spokesperson for sponsors Charley's JB Rum, WataWar gets bigger each year.<br /> <br /> "Our event has been growing immensely since we launched it in 2012. This is due largely to the high quality of entertainment we provide for our patrons," said the spokesperson. "This year the Hurricane Gilbert theme is sure to cause a lot of excitement. Those who experienced it will remember Hurricane Gilbert carried the most water to Jamaica."<br /> <br /> Charley's JB Rum WataWar<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10603039/DSC_0686_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM