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 Eleigh teams with Remyboy Monty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Eleigh-teams-with-Remyboy-Monty_19220924 By Kevin Jackson Observer writer SINGER Eleigh is hoping that his collaboration Dem a Pretend which features American rapper Remyboy Monty, will give him the attention that he aims for.<br /> <br /> The song produced by St Catherine-based Tru Legends Music, is featured on the label's latest project, the Party Central riddim.<br /> <br /> He explained how the collaboration came about.<br /> <br /> "My manager Dre and Remy Boy Monty have been friends for over 10 years, so naturally when we were in the studio recording he would invite Monty to come with us. Monty and I clicked right away. The collaboration for the song actually came after. While I was away in Jamaica for my birthday in June I got a message from Dre asking me to check my email. To my surprise Monty had recorded his verse to the previously recorded track. So it was a really good birthday gift for me," said Eleigh.<br /> <br /> With over 42,000 plays on Soundcloud, Eleigh believes this is a positive look for the song.<br /> <br /> "The song has gotten a lot of positive feedback actually as well as spins in Italy. I am receiving constant emails from DJ's in the United States requesting for the song so they can play it in the clubs," he said.<br /> <br /> He said the idea behind the song came from personal experiences as well as persons whom he is close to.<br /> <br /> "Well I just applied my past experiences with friends, family and females to the song. As well as stories I have heard from others around me. It's a song that everyone can relate to because we all have people around us who secretly envy us whether it's for the girl we have, the clothes we wear, the car you drive, etc. There's a line in the song for everyone and Monty stuck with the same thought process in his verses. I know he used to play basketball in high school and received a lot of negativity from it. There's also people out there right now who envy him for all the success he's receiving with his music career. Often times I think people envy one another for the wrong reasons, not knowing truly how hard people work for their acquired success."<br /> <br /> Eleigh, whose cultural background consists of mainly reggae and dancehall music, was born in Virginia, USA to parents who are from Jamaica. He lists Half Pint, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Michael Jackson and rhythm and blues singer Ne-Yo among his musical influences.<br /> <br /> Eleigh's real name is Levon Anthony Williams. Now 25 years of age, he has been doing music professionally for the past three years.<br /> <br /> "Three years ago, I decided to take my music to another level. In 2012, my family and friends around me told me I should take it serious and not waste my talent since I had been singing all of my life thanks to my father who was an artiste himself," he said.<br /> <br /> He has worked with producers including Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston, Jay Crazie and Mario Dunwell among others.<br /> <br /> Eleigh has a collaboration coming out which will feature Sizzla, Deablo from JOP, and Remyboy Monty. The song is produced by True Legends Music. Another single titled Get away, has been released. A video for the song was recently shot on location in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Remyboy Monty is a member of the group Remyboyz. He is known for the chart topping single 679 featuring platinum selling rapper Fetty Wap and P-Dice, as well as the current hit My Way featuring Fetty Wap, is number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track opens at No. 2 on Digital Songs and No 1 on both R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs and Rap Digital Songs with 152,000.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12028004/Remyboy-Monty_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:00 AM None Badda Dan Supreme Blazers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/None-Badda-Dan-Supreme-Blazers_19220905 By Rory Daley Observer writer THE three-man dance crew of Supreme Blazers came geared for battle last Saturday at the BOOM Energy Drink Badda Dan Grand Final at the National Stadium Basketball Court in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> They walked away with the prize of US$10,000 and bragging rights.<br /> <br /> "It feels good to win. We give God thanks," they told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The trio had no expectations of victory when the entered under the encouragement of a friend and fellow dancer. However, in the end, it was their showmanship and moves that won over the judges. Dressed in military themed clothing, they went whole hog into their soldier characters aggressively taunting opponents from start to end. Yet they provided routines of consistent quality that had the crowd going.<br /> <br /> Their victory was far from easy. The first two rounds weeded out the wannabes leaving the cream of the crop resulting in a third round that had them go head-to-head against second placed finishers the duo Team Caution, and the all-female trio of Outshine. The competition was so intense that for the first time ever the contest awarded second and third place prizes. Team Caution went home with JA$150k while Outshine, who not only out-danced several of the female entrants but many of their male counterparts as well, took home JA$100k and some new found respect.<br /> <br /> "Team Caution danced as if it was six of them out there," said choreographer Orville Hall, Badda Dan judge.<br /> <br /> For Outshine, they kept themselves going in the competition by adopting many aggressive male dance moves much to the delight of the audience. Hailing from the environs of St Catherine, with only two years under their belt as a dance crew the future bodes well for them.<br /> <br /> The event itself was as loud and boisterous as expected with an old school breakdancing battle erupting during one of the intermissions between the rounds. There was even more dancing at the end of the night as things rushed straight into the after partying kicking-off with the energy god Elephant Man. His set kept the spirit of the dancing and did Chi-Ching-Ching, who followed.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12027994/DSC_0154_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12027972/DSC_0171_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12027954/DSC_0177_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12027951/DSC_0168_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12027949/DSC_0116_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:00 AM Few takers for Exclusive Fantasy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Few-takers-for-Exclusive-Fantasy_19220926 SUNDAY'S boat ride to Maiden Cay was not for the faint of heart as the small boats danced 'wickedly' on the waves enroute to Exclusive Fantasy, All White Island Escape.<br /> <br /> After the docking, however, the fears were quickly forgotten as the party music blasted powerfully from the speaker boxes.<br /> <br /> Although there was just a handful of patrons, the party vibes was in full swing as those present rock to the music provided by Coppershot Disco. Complemented with the music was the refreshing drink mixes being served at the Smirnoff Bars.<br /> <br /> In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Jason Green -- a member of the Exclusive Fantasy team -- said that despite the low turnout, he is somewhat pleased with the outcome.<br /> <br /> "We have had a few glitches and although the turnout may not be as we expected, we are really happy that the patrons present are enjoying themselves. They are having fun and that's the most important thing," said Green.<br /> <br /> Although the majority of patrons appeared to the enjoying the island party, there were a couple of complaints.<br /> <br /> "This is a rip off and my mind will be spoken on Instagram later. The organisers need to arrange bigger boats. You can't have provide liquor and not meals. Is like dem wa people drop down. Liquor and hunger no go well together," said a female patron.<br /> <br /> Exclusive Fantasy has been in existence since 2008. However, Green stated that the party has not been held consistently each year.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12028166/pic-5_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12028165/pic-2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12028163/pic-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:00 AM Wowski looks to Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Wowski-looks-to-Africa_19220749 POLICE constable Ricardo 'Wowski' McCalpin has teamed up Ghanian deejay Mama Beat for his latest single Money.<br /> <br /> Released in South Africa earlier this month, Wowski said is making the rounds on several stations on the continent.<br /> <br /> "It's a song where we are encouraging persons to be independent and make their own money. However, the aim is for them to make their money through the legitimate channels. It's very catchy and Mama Beat puts in his African flavour. It is already gaining traction in Africa and we expect similar feedback here," the singjay told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Money is produced by Mak South Records South Africa and Dark Room Entertainment Ghana.<br /> <br /> According to Wowski, the African contingent reached out to him.<br /> <br /> "They heard some of my songs on the Internet and said they liked them. I recorded my part of Money and sent to them," he said.<br /> <br /> Wowski, who is assigned to the Community, Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, conceptualised a crime-fighting plan which incorporates music called Fighting Crime with Rhyme in 2013. He has since visited over 40 schools islandwide spreading his message and offering words of advice. Paul Bogle High in St Thomas, Port Antonio High in Portland, Charlie Smith High in Kingston and Ewarton High in St Catherine, are among his stops.<br /> <br /> He said he and his colleagues intend to visit Spot Valley and Maldon high schools in the hot-bed parish of St James.<br /> <br /> Among Wowski's releases are Black Pearl, When You Gone and Nation Crying.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12028155/Wowski_0903_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:00 AM Stamma Tella is holding on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Stamma-Tella-is-holding-on_19220880 Up-and-coming singjay Stamma Tella is banking on his latest single Hold Me. According to him, the single is getting favourable reviews, especially from the females.<br /> <br /> "It is a girls' tune. I have done both raw and clean versions. It is really expressing my liking about the females," he said.<br /> <br /> Released earlier this month, Hold Me is produced by Truckback Records.<br /> <br /> An accompanying video was shot last week in the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> Stamma Tella (given name Travoy Taylor) is from Green Pond in Montego Bay. The 26-year-old said he keeps his music real.<br /> <br /> "I write about things I experience. I don't imagine things, so all of my music will be based off something that happens to me or someone close to me," he said.<br /> <br /> "I tend to express my feelings in my songs a lot. Music help me to keep my sanity in 2010 when I lost my brother, Nico Madourie, to violence and if that wasn't enough I lost another of my brother just a month ago also to violence," he continued.<br /> <br /> He spoke of the current violence sweeping the second city. More than 120 persons have lost their lives in that parish since the start of the year. He hopes residents will find amicable ways of solving disputes.<br /> <br /> "Currently, Montego Bay is a hell zone. One doesn't need a rooster or alarm clock to wake them anymore because gunshots put you to bed and wake you up back. We can have a better St James, there are other ways to deal with conflicts instead of taking a life," he said.<br /> <br /> A past student of Irwin High in St James, Stamma Tella released his debut single No Care in 2004.<br /> <br /> "This one got its share of airplay and that inspired me to write and record more," he said.<br /> <br /> He later went on to record other singles such as Start Affliction, Position, Money on My Mind and Cry me a Cry.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Stamma Tella is holding on<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12028167/Stamma-Tella_6743_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:00 AM Gregory Isaacs&rsquo;s mom passes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gregory-Isaacs-s-mom-passes ENID Murray, mother of singer Gregory Isaacs, died on July 24 at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She was 85.<br /> <br /> Isaacs&rsquo;s widow, June Isaacs, told the Jamaica Observer that Ms Murray suffered a stroke early last week and was admitted to hospital.<br /> <br /> Isaacs was unable to give the cause of death, but said her mother-in-law was diabetic.<br /> <br /> Murray was born in Kingston and earned a living as a hairdresser. Gregory Isaacs, the older of her two sons, is one of the chief exponents of lovers&rsquo; rock reggae.<br /> <br /> Known for hits such as Soon Forward and Night Nurse, he died in October 2015. Murray's younger son, Sylvester, died in November. Enid Murray is survived by 22 grandchildren as well as several great-grandchildren.<br /> <br /> &mdash; HC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12024075/enid-murray_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 27, 2015 6:17 PM Marcia and Friends UK gig on again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marcia-and-Friends-UK-gig-on-again_19220792 THE on-again, off-again 'Marcia Griffiths and Friends' shows in the United Kingdom, have been rescheduled for late August at four venues.<br /> <br /> Copeland Forbes, who is organising the shows, told the Jamaica Observer that Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Bob Andy, Tanya Stephens and Richie Spice are confirmed for the gigs, which take place at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (August 28), O2 Academy in Birmingham (August 29), O2 Academy in Leeds (August 30), and O2 Academy in Bristol on August 31.<br /> <br /> The acts will be backed by the 809 Band.<br /> <br /> The shows had been cancelled twice: last September when promoters failed to attract sufficient sponsorship, and in May when the artistes had a falling-out with promoter Malinnga Tejan-Sie.<br /> <br /> Forbes said the London-based Tejan-Sie is no longer in the picture. Administrators at the O2 venues have assumed the role of promoters.<br /> <br /> The Marcia Griffiths and Friends shows kicked off in January 2014 at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> The second took place at Groovin' In The Park in Queens, New York in July 2014.<br /> <br /> They are part of a series celebrating Griffiths's 50th year in the music business.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> Marcia and Friends UK gig on again<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12024082/Judy-Mowatt_1470_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 27, 2015 1:00 AM Million-dollar Ms Universe Ja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Million-dollar-Ms-Universe-Ja_19220800 By Kevin Jackson Observer writer PROMOTERS of the Miss Universe Jamaica 2015 pageant will be awarding the new queen a cash prize of million dollars.<br /> <br /> The announcement was made at a press launch held at the Fiction Fantasy nightclub at Market Place in St Andrew, on Friday night.<br /> <br /> In addition to the cash and crown, the 25 finalists will also compete for a $1.2 million wardrobe to take to the Miss Universe finals in Shanghai, China.<br /> <br /> The local finals is scheduled for Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew, on Saturday, August 29.<br /> <br /> Karl Williams of Uzuri International, franchise holders for the Miss Universe Jamaica pageant since 2013, said this year's lineup of girls is quite impressive.<br /> <br /> "We have a nice group of girls who are also very intelligent. It will not be an easy task for the judges this year," Williams told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Kaci Fennell, top 5 finisher at the Miss Universe finals in Florida earlier this year, offered some advice to the contestants.<br /> <br /> "Just be yourself and be the best that you can," she said.<br /> <br /> At the launch, the contestants paraded in swimwear courtesy of Loran V before being sashed by their respective sponsors.<br /> <br /> Lasco Manufacturing, through its Lasco iCool and Lasco Lasoy products, are on board as major sponsors. Catherine Goodall, marketing manager for beverages, she is looking forward to the association with the pageant.<br /> <br /> "We are very pleased to be onboard the Miss Universe Jamaica pageant. This was an opportunity that we couldn't say no to. Apart from refreshing the girls with our Lasco Icool products for the duration of the competition, we will also be the sponsor for the swimwear segment of the competition," said Goodall.<br /> <br /> The 25 finalists are:<br /> <br /> Samantha Williams - Miss Glitzzy Hair;<br /> <br /> Kellon Williams - Miss All Signs Ltd;<br /> <br /> Jessica Barrett - Miss Alternative Music Ltd;<br /> <br /> Kerissa Nelson - Miss Tie Di Knots Events;<br /> <br /> Jameal Clarke - Miss Crowne Legacy;<br /> <br /> Michaela Ramlal - Miss Blaze Petroleum Marketing;<br /> <br /> Danisha Scott- Miss Caribbean Rockerz;<br /> <br /> Corrine Lindo- Miss E-Gas Ambulance;<br /> <br /> Tracyann Malcolm - Miss Royal Decameron Club Caribbean Hotel;<br /> <br /> Kinesha Goldson - Miss Pings Fabrics;<br /> <br /> Kyesha Randall - Miss Fashion 911;<br /> <br /> Nya Miller - Miss Curves;<br /> <br /> Khloe Clarke - Miss Discipline of Beauty;<br /> <br /> Anita Clarke - Miss Eden Garden's Wellness Resort & Spa;<br /> <br /> Dani Bryan - Miss Triple Century;<br /> <br /> Victoria Virgo - Miss Torpedo Finance;<br /> <br /> Maurita Robinson - Miss Vegas Elite Ltd;<br /> <br /> Tricelle Powell - Miss Jewel Resorts;<br /> <br /> Tanya Mair - Miss Jar of Joy;<br /> <br /> Nicole Stoddart - Miss Linkup Media Group;<br /> <br /> Sharlene Radlein - Miss Eskay Catering;<br /> <br /> Rohannia Mooyin - Miss Cheryl Levy Designs;<br /> <br /> Mellissa Tulloch - Miss RJR Communications Group;<br /> <br /> Tasmin Golding - Miss Lasco LaSoy; and<br /> <br /> Shana Simpson - Miss ARRC Creative Media (who was not present).<br /> <br /> Million-dollar Ms Universe Ja<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12024056/Ms-Universe-Jamaica-2015_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12024057/David-Annakie_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 27, 2015 12:00 AM Junior Reid 'murdas' track http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Junior-Reid--murdas--track_19220818 VETERAN reggae singer Junior Reid is getting a major buzz for his latest collaborative single, Murda, alongside hip hop superstar Lil Wayne.<br /> <br /> The track appears on the rapper's latest album, Free Weezy Album.<br /> <br /> "It's a great look. Mi name all over the hip hop scene right now because of the Lil Wayne-Birdman beef. The song is in demand now. It is relevant with what is going on. One of the rappers on the song, Capo, died after the song came out. So the song is hot...it is one of the first songs from the Free Weezy Album (FWA) that is streaming on Tidal," Junior Reid told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "All the major hip hop mixtape sites have the song up. Lil Wayne has been the hottest rapper for a long time, and mi feel great to be on a track with him. Junior Reid is hot and banging right now. Plus, I will be shooting the video in New York with Weezy next week," he continued.<br /> <br /> Junior Reid had previously collaborated with Lil Wayne on Ghetto Youths Rock on the JR Productions label and Pom Pom on Cash Money label.<br /> <br /> In addition to Reid, Free Weezy Album -- a 15-track set -- features guest appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Corey Gunz, and Capo.<br /> <br /> The latter was reportedly shot and killed in Chicago on July 11, a week after the record came out.<br /> <br /> Reid said the track is making the local rounds as well.<br /> <br /> "Foota Hype dropped it at Gallis Wednesdays, Sigar dropped it at Uptown Mondays and Boom Boom levelled the place with it at Boasy Tuesdays. Every mixtape artiste ah link me fi the track," he said.<br /> <br /> Reid made his name as a roots-reggae singer with hits including Original Foreign Mind, Babylon and the 1989 unity anthem, One Blood.<br /> <br /> In 2006, he was exposed to a new audience when the rapper Game sampled One Blood for his song, It's Okay, a big hit for the California artiste.<br /> <br /> The following year, Reid made a cameo on This is Why I'm Hot, by rapper M.I.M.S. That year, he was also featured on the remix of Alicia Keys' No One.<br /> <br /> Junior Reid 'murdas' track<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12024053/Junior_Reid-1-fade_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12024051/lil-wayne-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 27, 2015 12:00 AM Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bobbi-Kristina-Brown--daughter-of-Whitney-Houston--dies_19220853 GEORGIA, USA (AP) &mdash; A representative for the Houston family has said Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late entertainer Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, has died, about seven months after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub. She was 22 years old.<br /> <br /> Kristen Foster said Sunday, "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."<br /> <br /> Police said she was found January 31 in the suburban Atlanta townhouse she shared with Nick Gordon, the man she called her husband. A police report described it as a "drowning".<br /> <br /> Bobbi Kristina was the only child between Houston and Brown.<br /> <br /> Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, dies<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12023733/bobbi-kristina_w300.jpg Local News Monday, July 27, 2015 2:00 AM Tracey to let comedians loose http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tracey-to-let-comedians-loose_19220788 POPULAR sports commentator Oral Tracey's 2015 revue of his Let Loose comedy series is slated for the ballroom of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday.<br /> <br /> According to the conceptualiser, this year's staging &mdash; under the theme Laugh Loud Fi Di Summa &mdash; will be much different from the two previous family-friendly editions.<br /> <br /> "Basically, I decided to do the show this time around to a mature audience. It [the show] is called Let Loose, so in keeping with that, I don't want to put too much of a restriction on the artistes," Tracey told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Tracey said, based on the success of the past two years, there is raised expectation for this year's renewal.<br /> <br /> The cast takes on an international flavour with the inclusion of Orlando-based YouTube blogger-turned-comedian Wally British (given name Suzanne Williams).<br /> <br /> The line-up comprises popular comedic dancehall act Twin of Twins, as well deejay Professor Nuts. Duo Ity and Fancy Cat, Volier Johnson, Professor Nuts, Donald "Iceman" Anderson, Lemon, Leighton Smith, and Dufton Shepherd.<br /> <br /> Tracey will assume emcee duties along with radio personality Jenny Jenny.<br /> <br /> -- Basil Walters <br /> <br /> Tracey to let comedians loose<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12024081/Oral-Tracey_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 27, 2015 1:00 AM Lady Saw laying a foundation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lady-Saw-laying-a-foundation_19220582 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com JUST prior to her interview with the Jamaica Observer, dancehall artiste Lady Saw received a letter describing the situation of a young girl living in Kingston that left her shaken.<br /> <br /> "The letter was written by someone, on behalf of a young girl who, despite a terrible, terrible situation at home, was able to graduate from one of top high schools in Kingston and is now at one of the universities and needs help with tuition. This young girl is so strong and I would really love to help her... this is the type of work I want my foundation to do. Her struggle is deep it gave me goose pimples as it cuts so deep, and took me to another place," she said<br /> <br /> Since bursting on the scene just over two decades ago, Lady Saw says has been extending a helping hand to the needy, particularly women who are in search of some form of empowerment in the same way her music has helped her to gain independence.<br /> <br /> While doing it informally for a number of years, two years ago she sought to formalise her efforts. A few hiccups halted the early days of the Lady Saw Foundation, but the St Mary-born artiste says it is now up and ready to go.<br /> <br /> "I have helped a lot of people without speaking about it publicly. Then a friend of mine suggested that we do it through a foundation and I just went for it. We tried to register it overseas with a few other persons, and when that did not work out I just got it done on my own."<br /> <br /> Her objective is to build a number of shelters across Jamaica to help these women and children who are the victims of abuse.<br /> <br /> "I need a shelter for these women, where they can live to get them away from the abusive men and we can monitor them. I was just talking to one of the women who reached out to me for help. I got her out of the house and had her staying somewhere. When I called her today she had gone back to the man and was giving me a lot of excuses... but I still want to work with her, and many women and children across Jamaica," she said.<br /> <br /> "The women feel a connection to me. Perhaps, its because I have been so open about my fertility issues and miscarriages. You have a lot of women who just want to give me their children....so I want to set up these shelters across Jamaica," Lady Saw continued.<br /> <br /> She has already mentioned her plans to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and is to have follow-up discussions. But she is aware that a project of this nature will require funding.<br /> <br /> With that in mind, she is in the early stages of planning a major fund-raiser.<br /> <br /> "I am putting together my first show... a big gospel concert. I want to have American artistes Fantasia, Tamela Mann and Tasha Cobbs on that show. They sing such inspirational music that I am sure would reach the hearts of many Jamaicans who want to support my foundation. I would also perform on that show. I have an unfinished gospel album and some of the tracks were released as singles, so I would have to perform for the people."<br /> <br /> Fresh off her historic performance at Reggae Sumfest last week, as the only female ever to close Dancehall Night, Lady Saw sees that as mission accomplished and time to move on to her next project -- The Lady Saw Foundation.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022055/Lady-Saw_0048_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022056/Lady-Saw-0422_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022054/Lady-Saw_0061_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 26, 2015 12:00 AM 40 years with Lloyd Parks and we the people http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/40-years-with-Lloyd-Parks-and-we-the-people-_19220601 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer "NEXT song!" came the order from bass player and We The People bandleader Lloyd Parks during rehearsals with deejay Charlie Chaplin last week.<br /> <br /> He then plays the opening lines to The Melodians' Everybody Bawling, with the burly Chaplin and band joining in.<br /> <br /> Parks has been calling the shots with We The People for 40 years, a milestone the band plans to observe quietly.<br /> <br /> This week, they head to Europe for three festivals: Geel in Belgium, Reggae Sun Ska in Bordeaux, France and Rototom Sunsplash in Benicassim, Spain.<br /> <br /> Parks and We The People will back Chaplin and fellow deejays Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry. The Pioneers, of Long Shot Kick The Bucket fame, joins them in Spain.<br /> <br /> After two decades of playing second fiddle to computer-generated beats, Parks is encouraged by the revival of live music.<br /> <br /> Evidence of that resurgence, he notes, is the band's latest trek to Europe, their third in four years.<br /> <br /> "The music did get water down mainly because everybody have a studio in dem house, an' a man can programme everything then bring in somebody fi dub a part if him feel," he said. "But people going back to drum and bass; most of the hit song yuh hear now is live recording."<br /> <br /> Kingston-born, Parks cut his teeth in the flourishing live music scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He played in bands such as RHT Invincibles and Skin, Flesh and Bones, which also included drummer Sly Dunbar.<br /> <br /> Parks also had a promising career as a vocalist, starting with The Termites and having a stint with rocksteady giants The Techniques. He had a sizable hit in 1972 with Slaving.<br /> <br /> Parks and Dunbar were also members of the early Revolutionaries band which became famous at Channel One studio during the mid-1970s.<br /> <br /> In 1975, Parks formed We The People. The original line-up was Franklyn 'Bubbler' Waul (keyboards), Devon Richardson (drums), Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowen, Nambo Robinson and Lloyd Kerr (trombones), Dean Fraser (saxophone) and Chico Chin on trumpet.<br /> <br /> Its members were the nucleus of The Professionals, house band for producer Joe Gibbs. They had a golden run from 1976 to the early 1980s, especially with Dennis Brown, Gibbs' star act.<br /> <br /> "That was a great time for the band, recording with Dennis Brown and touring as his musical director for 20 years," Parks said.<br /> <br /> He rates working with another reggae legend on a high-profile concert in London in 2000 even higher.<br /> <br /> "Backing John Holt with the Royal Philharmonic (Concert) Orchestra was something else. For me, dat was the pinnacle," said a beaming Parks.<br /> <br /> As he exits the rehearsal studio, Earth Cry, a young band from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, prepares to take their position in the room.<br /> <br /> Parks greets each member. He is happy to see the new wave of bands that have emerged in the last five years.<br /> <br /> "I have to appreciate the younger bands. Yuh jus' hope they do the right thing an' continue like we did. Music is not a stop an' start thing," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022018/Lloyd-Parks_3511_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 26, 2015 12:00 AM Looking at Life Beyond Reggae Music http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Looking-at-Life-Beyond-Reggae-Music_19220603 IT took Heather Dennis two years to compile stories for Life Beyond Reggae Music, her first book which was released early this year.<br /> <br /> Through interviews with over 100 reggae artistes, 'from Jamaica to Japan', she fashioned an easy read looking at reggae's impact on their lives as well as the world.<br /> <br /> She also reflects on the legacy of Granville Campbell, her great-grandfather and respected Jamaican classical singer who died in 1968.<br /> <br /> "Life Beyond Reggae Music was created to showcase artistes from around the world who have given so much to reggae and love Jamaica, educating fans and artistes about the history of reggae and the meaning behind reggae," Dennis, 38, told the Sunday Observer. "Also re-introducing to the world, Mr Granville Campbell, my great-great grandfather, the first classical singer of the 20th century from Jamaica, and first artiste to put Jamaican on the map in music."<br /> <br /> Proceeds from the independently published book, which contains a compact disc with 24 songs, go to Give A Little-Get A Lot: Helping Those In Need, a charity run by Dennis' LBRMUSIC Foundation that focuses on education, illness, elderly and the poor.<br /> <br /> Some of the Jamaican artistes Dennis interviewed, like singers Da'ville and Denyque, are well known. Others, including El Ganjoman (Rojas Hernandez) from Venezuela and Onesty out of Belgium, are trying to establish themselves.<br /> <br /> Dennis said it was tough getting popular artistes to participate.<br /> <br /> "I tried to interview many big names for this book, but most of the problem I came across were managers not giving the artistes the time to do the interview, or they felt as though, if they weren't getting anything out of it, then it wasn't worth their time," Dennis explained. "Some artistes only wanted to do this unless they where getting something. The purpose was to get artistes to be a part of something greater than themselves."<br /> <br /> Dennis was born in Kingston and spent her early years in Duhaney Park. She moved with her family to the United Kingdom as a pre-teen, but has lived in the United States for most of her life.<br /> <br /> Based in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Dennis is a medical case manager by profession.<br /> <br /> She decided to write a book in 2013 after examining reggae's global influence. Contacting artistes through the Internet and publicists, she conducted the interviews which are found in Life Beyond Reggae Music.<br /> <br /> Some of the acts are featured on its CD which also has a rendition of the Ave Maria by her great-grandfather.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022296/Heather-Dennis_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 26, 2015 2:00 AM HBO lauds Broadcast Commission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/HBO-lauds-Broadcast-Commission_19220560 CABLE network Home Box Office (HBO) Latin America is hailing Broadcasting Commission's recent effort to streamline the local industry as "positive".<br /> <br /> "Kudos to the Broadcasting Commission for moving forward and doing the right thing. We see this as positive," Javier Figueras, HBO Latin America corporate vice-president of affiliate sales, told Jamaica Observer recently.<br /> <br /> The HBO executive was speaking to the Sunday Observer at the premiere of the hit series Ray Donovan at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.<br /> <br /> In April, the local regulators said 19 channels were to be removed as cable providers do not possess the requisite agreement to air these channels. The channels include the Encore, Showtime and Starz suites. An extended deadline of August 31 was given.<br /> <br /> Professor Hopeton Dunn, chairman of local regulator Broadcasting Commission, said it had to be done to protect Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "We are protecting Jamaica. We don't want to be seen as a rogue agency, but this is simply not the way forward. What we are about is copyright compliance not just for the international content providers. Jamaican content providers of music and film have a legitimate expectation that their rights will be protected. The question of piracy works in every direction," said Dunn at the April press conference.<br /> <br /> Figueras said the copyright issue was a critical one, and it was good that Jamaica was signalling its intention to play by the rules.<br /> <br /> "We are paying for the rights to air this programming, meanwhile, there were certain channels being aired in Jamaica that nobody was being paid for. We now see this as an opportunity to level the playfield," said Figueras.<br /> <br /> He said local cable providers should use the opportunity to revamp their business models.<br /> <br /> "This is going to be an opportunity for all major cable companies, and small cable companies as well, to start building their companies for the future in the right way and paying for the content. We believe that's the only way to have access. The cable companies need to take care of their customers," he said.<br /> <br /> The vice-president said the Jamaican market was an important one for his company.<br /> <br /> "It hasn't been easy. We believe that we'll see positive future and grow in the Jamaican market," he said.<br /> <br /> The HBO Latin America Group comprises affiliates of Time Warner Entertainment Company and Ole Communications Group. It owns, operates and distributes the leading cable and satellite programming services in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean, including the HBO and Cinemax channels.<br /> <br /> -- Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022313/HBO_0015_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022314/Dunn-and-Green_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 26, 2015 2:00 AM Bobby Shmurda in hot water http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bobby-Shmurda-in-hot-water_19220613 RAPPER Ackquille Pollard, known in music circles as Bobby Shmurda, has found himself in even more hot water with the law in New York.<br /> <br /> The New York Times reported Friday that prosecutors accused him of having his girlfriend smuggle a knife into Rikers Island prison on June 11. He is being held there on gang conspiracy and gun charges, plus lying to a grand jury.<br /> <br /> Shmurda, 20, faces additional charges of felony and misdemeanor charges of promoting prison contraband, perjury, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a statement from the Bronx district attorney's office.<br /> <br /> He pleaded not guilty on Thursday. His next hearing is scheduled for October.<br /> <br /> Shmurda, whose father is Jamaican and mother Trinidadian, faces seven years in prison if convicted.<br /> <br /> He rose to prominence last year with the song Hot Boy, which topped the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs, Rap Streaming Songs, and R&B/ Hip Hop Streaming Songs charts.<br /> <br /> Distributed by Epic Records, it also made the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart.<br /> <br /> A reggae version featuring Junior Reid, Mavado, Popcaan and Jah X was also recorded.<br /> <br /> But prosecutors claim the Florida-born artiste has a dark side. They say Shmurda was a 'driving force' in a Brooklyn gang known as GS9, or G Stone Crips, which sold drugs and was involved in street violence.<br /> <br /> He was arrested in December in that case, and his bail set at US$2 million. He faces a 25-year prison sentence.<br /> <br /> His girlfriend, 18-year-old K Rousseau, has been charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a weapon.<br /> <br /> In an arraignment on Wednesday, she pleaded not guilty and was released on her own recognisance. She has a court date set for August.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022312/bobby-shmurda_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 26, 2015 2:00 AM Sexual fraud http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sexual-fraud_19220641 with Tony Robinson The power of beauty<br /> <br /> Will sooner transform honesty from what it is,<br /> <br /> Than the force of honesty<br /> <br /> Can translate beauty into its likeness.<br /> <br /> - Shakespeare, Hamlet, III, 1<br /> <br /> BEAUTY will change honesty, but honesty will not change beauty one bit. It's amazing what a beautiful woman can achieve, and indeed a handsome man too. It seems as if beautiful people can get away with almost anything, including crimes and other wrongdoings.<br /> <br /> Who remembers the case of this judge in the USA refusing to send a woman to prison for sexual misconduct with a minor, all because she was too beautiful?! He feared for her safety while behind bars.<br /> <br /> These crimes by beautiful people also include fraud, and not necessarily the tangible fraud that we see in the crime statistics every day, but the invisible, intangible, intriguing fraud of a sexual nature.<br /> <br /> Oh yes, I learnt that people do commit sexual fraud, and it is my duty to share my findings with you. Sexual fraud, what it is and who commits it, right after these responses to 'Desperate women'.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> Many women are addicted to bad boys, including criminals. These women have very low self-esteem but are attracted to the unknown dangers, thrills, intrigue, challenges and wild crazy sex they believe can be obtained from these 'bad boys'. Perhaps it all started with daddy issues, as young girls, and has developed <br /> <br /> into rebelliousness by womanhood. Many of them eventually learn the error of their ways, but mostly when it's too late.<br /> <br /> Shelby<br /> <br /> Anthony,<br /> <br /> It's very easy to class women as desperate, when all they seek is a companion to share their life with. Fortunately for men, you have no early biological clock, no pendulum swinging, no march of time that indicates that time is running out.<br /> <br /> After a few short years, women are left on the shelf, never to be picked up. So in the prime years, we have to either make ourselves available, or seek a man who we can call our own. Some women are fortunate, but for others, we have to put ourselves on the market to be chosen. Then you call us desperate.<br /> <br /> Tiffany<br /> <br /> A few weeks ago while at church, I learnt something new - sexual fraud, what it is and the terms and conditions. I had never heard of it before, but the speaker elaborated on it, and sure enough, there it was in the Bible, 1 Corinthians, 7: 3: "Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence, and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4: The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath no power of his own body; but the wife. 5:Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time..."<br /> <br /> Defraud ye not... Well, who would have thought that the words fraud and defraud would appear in the Bible, and dealing with sex too? But they certainly do. When I read more, I saw other instances of fraud, some dealing with transactions.<br /> <br /> It appealed to merchants not to commit fraud when dealing with customers, as many would alter their scales while weighing goods and short-change buyers.<br /> <br /> "Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord, and a false scale is not good." - Proverbs. I tell you, is long time tiefing going on, so much so that there are so many references to fraud in the Good Book. Now it's computer online identity theft fraud and other new fangled crimes. Old kinds of sins committed in new kinds of ways.<br /> <br /> But it's the reference to sexual fraud that intrigued me. After all, who would have thought that there was fraud in sex? But alas, there is. It always has been there, but we just didn't give it that name, that's all.<br /> <br /> The reference to a wife or a husband not giving themselves sexually to each other is deemed sexual fraud by the Bible. Unless they both consent to the terms. "Okay honey, no hanky panky while my mother is visiting us."<br /> <br /> "Agreed, yuh too noisy." This occurs among many couples, and truly, the one who is denied, without consenting, does feel defrauded. "How you mean not tonight again... is how your headache last two months?"<br /> <br /> Now, that poor man must feel defrauded, and if he could take his wife to court for fraud, he would. "Your Honour, I'm suing her for sexual fraud as she didn't deliver what she promised."<br /> <br /> Now, I'm sure some women are going to say that men defraud them sexually too, and I'm pretty sure that does happen. But let's be frank and earnest, if you ask Frank and Ernest, they'll tell you that's a rarity, as it's usually the women who conduct acts of sexual fraud.<br /> <br /> Some men may promise women a life of sexual exploits beyond their wildest dreams, a sexual Nirvana, an erotic Utopia, a robust, rollicking, rambunctious, riotous, ribald, rip-roaring life of sexual pleasure that no honeymoon can rival. But poof, sadly after a few short months, he defrauds her, as he fails to deliver on the promises that he made and falls down on the job.<br /> <br /> That too, my male friends, is sexual fraud. "He just stopped touching me, stopped doing the things that he did on our honeymoon. I feel so cheated," cry the defrauded wives.<br /> <br /> The thing about sexual fraud is that usually it's a manifestation of a deeper problem. When a wife decides to deny her man sexual favours, it's usually as a result of something that he did. At least that's what I hear wives saying to justify their action... or non-action.<br /> <br /> For some strange reason, women tend to withhold their bodies and their sexuality when something else bothers them. I could never understand why some women will let one problem impact so greatly on another.<br /> <br /> My long married bredrins will tell me, "If I don't take out the garbage, it's no sex; if I forgot to pick up the kids, it's no sex. How come?" How come, indeed. How does garbage duties or forgetfulness impact on a man's sexual satisfaction?<br /> <br /> Most men with whom I spoke to said that they would still have sex with their wives, even if they were angry with them. All the women say the opposite, "No way, if I'm angry at him then I can't make love with him."<br /> <br /> "But that's sexual fraud, honey, the Bible told me so."<br /> <br /> When the women fake orgasms, is that sexual fraud? Or when they make love to the man but aren't really into it, but simply do it because he wants it, is that sexual fraud? As for the moaning and the groaning and the screaming and shouting the Lord's name so loudly the neighbours think that she's gone evangelical, is that also fraud? After all, she's not really enjoying it, but just making him think that she is.<br /> <br /> That's why this guy I knew abruptly stopped while making love to his new wife and said, "Honey, calm down, I haven't even started as yet, plus I'm not that good." Sometimes they commit fraud with the best of intentions.<br /> <br /> I recently met this older man who told me that he had prostate surgery a year ago and has lost his nature. "Ah Robbie, no more morning wake up call for me," he lamented. He was in his late 70s, married for many years, and was worried that his wife would be concerned with his inability to have sex anymore.<br /> <br /> But when he spoke more to me, he admitted that she said that actually it's a relief, as she was off sex for many years now, but just did it to please him. Was that sexual fraud on her part over the years, or her being considerate?<br /> <br /> When the man takes enhancers such as Viagra, Cialis, Irish Moss and Linseed, Stagger Back, roots and tonic, Stone, bush tea and such, all to boost his sexuality, is that sexual fraud? After all, he's putting forth what he really is not, doing what he couldn't do naturally. He's not being sexually honest.<br /> <br /> What a libidinous, lascivious, legal, biblical conundrum. But it appeared in the Bible, so it's a question and debate of biblical proportions. As one man told me, "The only sexual fraud my wife can commit is if she cohabits with another man and he has sex with her. That would be grand larceny."<br /> <br /> My advice to combat sexual fraud is, sleep naked.<br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote: This crime situation is of concern to all well-thinking Jamaicans. But crime is a complex animal that takes great resolve to tame. I always remember Mayor Giuliani stemming the tide of crime in New York by dealing with the minor crimes first, such as littering and jaywalking. After a while, New York's crime rate went down significantly.<br /> <br /> Even notorious Colombia had its much-feared crime situation reduced by over 50 per cent. Crime is rooted in social problems, and now, parts of the USA are seeing an upsurge in crime in various cities such as Chicago, LA, Baltimore and others.<br /> <br /> So what about us? We have to have the will to combat it. Why are our cops transferred so often as soon as they're making headway in certain areas? Why do human rights groups defer to the criminal element and demonise the security forces? Criminals have no rules...or conscience. Crime is not only a police problem, it's all our problem.<br /> <br /> Sexual fraud <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12022157/T-ROB-SUN-26-JULY_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, July 26, 2015 12:00 AM Chi Ching Ching for Rumbar Aquaholics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chi-Ching-Ching-for-Rumbar-Aquaholics_19220456 DANCEHALL artiste Chi Ching Ching is the headliner for Rumbar Aquaholic's scheduled for Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth, tomorrow.<br /> <br /> The event starts at 2:00 pm and continues until midnight.<br /> <br /> "Everyone is really pumped up to see Chi Ching Ching perform. He is going on well in the dancehall scene and has promised <br /> <br /> a performance to remember," said Alanso McKoy, organiser of the event.<br /> <br /> Fast-rising south coast sound system Target Systems will provide the music while disc jocks include DJ Kentucky, Hot Cash and Crawbi.<br /> <br /> "Drinks free all day all night. This is the first in the series which will be held every other month," McKoy added.<br /> <br /> Chi Ching Ching (given name Radion Beckford) is enjoying heavy rotation with Kickout, Coob Dem Up, Nah Go Home (featuring Popcaan), and Way Up, Stay Up (featuring Beenie Man).<br /> <br /> Chi Ching Ching for Rumbar Aquaholics<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12018747/Chi-Ching-Ching-2-in_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:00 AM All set for SPF weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-set-for-SPF-weekend_19220496 WITH less than a week to go before the fifth staging of Summer Paradise Fantasy (SPF) weekend, organisers say plans are in high gear.<br /> <br /> Directors Warren McDonald and Harvey Lynn said this year's staging is focusing on enchancing the "customer experience".<br /> <br /> "No event will have more than 2,000 patrons. This is so as we can really cater to the guests' experience," McDonald told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "SPF is a high-energy, relationship-based weekend experience. Our clientele consists of discerning young professionals, age 21 and over. We pay special attention to service, amenities and customer experience, as this is not a mainstream mass-marketed event," McDonald added.<br /> <br /> The party series will feature three events over the Emancipation weekend (July 31 to August 3).<br /> <br /> SPF begins next Friday night with Forever Beach at the Dunn's River Falls Beach in St Ann and continues with A-List Wet at Jewel Water Park on Saturday afternoon. The event culminates on Sunday with Soiree SPF at Pearly Beach West.<br /> <br /> This year's staging sees one less event, the Catamaran cruise.<br /> <br /> "We have taken a hiatus from the Catamaran this year as we want to revamp it. It is also because of the shortening of the holiday weekend this year," he said.<br /> <br /> The official launch party for the series on July 4 at the Maiden Cay, off Port Royal, was cancelled due to bad weather. However, weekly lymes have been held at the CRU Bar on Lady Musgrave Road in St Andrew, have been held in anticipation of the upcoming event.<br /> <br /> Celebrity chefs Lorraine Fung and Brian Lumley will provide the meals, while top-shelf liquor will flow in abundance, as CPJ, the local carrier of drinks like Remy Martin, Grey Goose, Dewar's and Bacardi, is the event's main sponsor.<br /> <br /> "Along with bottle concierge, we will also be introducing a Shoreline service this year, so patrons won't have to leave the water to get drinks."<br /> <br /> Music over the weekend will be provided by DJ Cruise, DJ Lank, DJ Savi (from Las Vegas), DJ Kamal Bankay and DJ Nicco.<br /> <br /> "SPF is about grown people having fun. We We started off small, and although we have grown, we maintain the friends-of-friends experience. Everybody says their party series is premium, but we go above the expectations."<br /> <br /> &mdash; Candiece Knight<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12018751/Picture-441_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12018752/Picture-173_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:00 AM Kartel&rsquo;s good http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kartel-s-good_19220533 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com TANESHA 'Shorty' Johnson, common-law wife of incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, is dispelling rumours that the entertainer suffered a heat stroke and was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), earlier this week.<br /> <br /> A recent photograph of the deejay in handcuffs, in what appears to be a doctor's office, created a social media frenzy and speculation about the artiste's health.<br /> <br /> However, in an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, Johnson said Kartel did visit the hospital but is fine.<br /> <br /> "He is okay. It was just a regular doctor's visit. His health is perfect," she told the Observer.<br /> <br /> Johnson, who currently operates the label Short Boss Muzik, also oversees the business side of Vybz Kartel's music.<br /> <br /> Vybz Kartel (given name Adidja Palmer) is currently serving a life sentence following his murder conviction in relation to the death of Clive 'Lizard' Williams in April last year. He will be eligible for parole after 35 years.<br /> <br /> Kartel's co-accused, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell and Kahira Jones, are to serve 25 years before they are eligible for parole, while Andre St John will do 30 years before qualifying for eligibility. The entertainer's defence attorney has, however, filed an appeal.<br /> <br /> Despite his incarceration, Kartel's music continues to be in demand.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12018754/Vybz-Kartel_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12018755/IMG_0256_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:00 AM George Nooks suffers blow in lawsuit against bank http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/George-Nooks-suffers-blow-in-lawsuit-against-bank_19220363 ENTERTAINER George Nooks has suffered a blow in his lawsuit which he brought against FirstCaribbean International after an employee there reportedly drained his account of $15 million.<br /> <br /> Nooks' setback came as Supreme Court judge Justice Bryan Sykes recently denied his application to strike out the bank's defence against his lawsuit.<br /> <br /> Had Nooks been successful in having the defence struck out, he would have won the case by default.<br /> <br /> The entertainer had filed the suit after the money, which was deposited in the account in 2013, went missing.<br /> <br /> The bank employee -- Abbey-Gaye Thompson from the Half-Way-Tree Branch of the bank -- has since been charged with larceny as a servant, forgery, uttering forged documents and falsification of accounts and is currently before the court.<br /> <br /> Nooks tried to have the bank's defence struck out on the following grounds:<br /> <br /> * That there are no reasonable grounds for defending the claim;<br /> <br /> * That the defence is an abuse of the process of the court; and<br /> <br /> * That the mere denial that an employee of the defendant was not acting as servant and/or agent of the defendant does not amount to a defence.<br /> <br /> The bank had said in its defence that Nooks and the employee were involved in an intimate relationship and that any money she drew from the account was within the context of this relationship, making it a personal matter. Nooks has, however, denied this.<br /> <br /> With Nooks' application being denied, the matter will proceed to trial.<br /> <br /> -- Paul Henry<br /> <br /> George Nooks suffers blow in lawsuit against bank<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12015246/George-Nooks_3654_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:00 AM Spiritual war on, says Ryan Mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Spiritual-war-on--says-Ryan-Mark_19220580 GOSPEL artiste and minister of religion Ryan Mark believes the recent upsurge in violence is more of a spiritual warfare than a physical one.<br /> <br /> "The upsurge of crime is more than the natural eye can see. There are people that are possessed by the devil and there are some who have control over these demonic forces," Ryan told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> Since January more than 600 persons have been murdered, a 22 per cent hike over the previous year's figures.<br /> <br /> The parish of St James features prominently with 120 deaths recorded. In a major push to curtail St James's crime wave, the police high command ordered the deployment of 200 additional police personnel earlier this week.<br /> <br /> "We are living in a world that is unforgiving and one that is always proving. There are times that I have gotten angry and thoughts have crossed my mind that are not so godly, but it all comes down to self-control," he said.<br /> <br /> Mark, who is minister of the Pure in Heart Ministry in Kingston, said both household and biblical values have broken down and parents need to reintroduce the Almighty back into their homes.<br /> <br /> He said with the increase of technology, the youth are more exposed to violence via the Internet and other mediums.<br /> <br /> "Nowadays, if you want to kill a man, you can just Google how to do it," he said.<br /> <br /> He said while there are some that are playing their part, the Church could do more.<br /> <br /> "The Church is the head, so we have to take a stand against crimes and start there. The government body also needs to take a look into themselves. We need more God-fearing leaders in Parliament. Our nation has placed the almighty on a back bench and we are feeling the consequences," he said.<br /> <br /> Ryan Mark, whose given name is Mark Reynolds, is one of Jamaica's most recognised gospel artistes. His albums include Ryan Mark -- The Chosen Prodigy (2005), Tabernacle (2008) and Israel (2011). He is also known for hits such as Nah Give Up and Already Done.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12018743/Ryan-Mark-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:00 AM 'Lexx' in Germany http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Lexx--in-Germany_19220460 Deejay Mr Lexx is set to perform at the annual Reggae Jam Music Festival in Germany.<br /> <br /> The three-day music festival began yesterday and ends Sunday.<br /> <br /> "The name Mr. Lexx is synonymous with greatness! I will be pulling everything out of the bag for this show and I know all my fans will love what I have in store for them," he said.<br /> <br /> 'Lexx' in Germany<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12018745/Mr--Lexx_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:00 AM Deiwght Peters Show returns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Deiwght-Peters-Show-returns_19220483 THE Dweight Peters Show made its return to local television last night after its popularity earned it a second season.<br /> <br /> "I never doubted the quality of our product, but I was surprised that its popularity grew outside its original target market," Peters, the show's conceptualiser, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The elements that he thought would have only appealed to the young and hip crowd made the show a wider hit bringing families to their television sets.<br /> <br /> "Social media was ablaze with positive feedback and glowing commentary, clamouring for the show's return," he said.<br /> <br /> For its short six-episode run, Peters promises more fun like never before. The show will be bolstered by the addition of two producers, Sharon Schroeter of Rising Star's Fame and radio personality Scott Wilson.<br /> <br /> According to Peters, there will be more blockbuster interviews and audience games sponsored by the likes of Jamaica National and Acropolis. Jamaica Broilers is on board with Chef Out that sees Jamaica's top chefs preparing exotic and tantalising food. Viewers can look forward to Peter's personal side through the Ask DP segment, as the host will have to field questions from the studio audience.<br /> <br /> Given Peters' busy schedule as CEO of Saint International, the television series has found its place in the heart of viewers, and has provided him several memorable highlights.<br /> <br /> "Our Mother's Day programme and the Marcia Griffiths tribute show stand out for me," he said.<br /> <br /> The host is hoping to transcended Jamaica's borders.<br /> <br /> "There is no question the Diaspora is interested. Whenever I travel, they seem to be aware of various pieces of the show," he added.<br /> <br /> He said he hopes to transfer this demand into a broadcast deal through various Diaspora-focused cable channels at some point in the future.<br /> <br /> -- Rory Daley<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12018748/Dwight-Peters-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:00 AM Businesses, offices and towns encouraged to decorate with national colours for Independence celebrations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Businesses--offices-and-towns-encouraged-to-decorate-with-national-colours-for-Independence-celebrations KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; Businesses, offices and towns have an opportunity to showcase their creativity and decorative skills by adorning their space with the national colours, during the period of celebrations to mark Jamaica&rsquo;s Emancipation and Independence.<br /> <br /> Public and private sector organisations all have the chance to vie for prizes and gain the prestige of having the best dressed window; and the best decorated office or business complex.<br /> <br /> Director of marketing and public relations, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Stephen Davidson, told JIS News that the competitions are new features that have been added to the list of celebratory activities for this year.<br /> <br /> He noted that the idea is to get persons excited about their culture and to give everyone an opportunity to participate in the festivities.<br /> <br /> Davidson said companies are encouraged to decorate their office or buildings using the national colours. They are also asked to use the fashion theme, which has been reintroduced this year &ndash; &lsquo;Bandana wid Denim, Ketch di Fashion Riddim&rsquo; - in their decor.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is a prize given for the best business that incorporates the fashion theme and the national colours. Also, towns/parish councils are encouraged to decorate their town squares using the same national colours and the fashion theme and a prize will be given for the best decorated town,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Media houses are not to be left out. An award will also be bestowed on the media house that best displays the spirit of independence in their programming, music and features.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are encouraging them to incorporate the theme for our Independence and Emancipation celebrations, &lsquo;Proud and Free...Jamaica 53&rsquo;, Davidson said.<br /> <br /> In addition, awards will be given for the advertising agency that best utilises the Independence and Emancipation theme in their promotional campaigns.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We ensured that we chose the festival song earlier in the year. Persons/advertising agencies are also encouraged to use them in their campaigns during the months of July and August. The festival song will be the song that drives our Emancipation and Independence,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Members of the Jamaican Disapora are also being invited to demonstrate their involvement in the festivities. They are encouraged to send the JCDC a listing of activities and events that they are having for Emancipation and Independence.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They are encouraged as well to send photographs and video clips by July 31 to jbdc.festival2015@gmail.com. We will review those photos and videos and they will be given an award towards the end of December,&rdquo; Davidson said.<br /> <br /> The prizes for the competitions include plaques and tickets to events for next year&rsquo;s celebrations, he informed, noting that another plus is added publicity.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12021206/jamaica-flag_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, July 25, 2015 1:33 PM