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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Warrior Love still smarting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Warrior-Love-still-smarting_18278851 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer Staff Reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com BASSIST and leader of the Warrior Love Band, Joseph Graham, said he and his colleagues are disappointed with the behaviour of singer Leroy Smart at the recent Rebel Salute show.<br /> <br /> He told the Jamaica Observer that it was the first time they had been abused by an artiste on stage.<br /> <br /> "Leroy 'Don' Smart was booed at Rebel Salute because, to put it mildly, his performance was lacking and he repeatedly disrespected the band throughout this performance," Graham said.<br /> <br /> He disclosed that the veteran singer was slated to rehearse with the band but did not show up.<br /> <br /> "After we left the rehearsal studio, Leroy called me to say he is no longer performing at Rebel Salute so we should not rehearse his songs. At that point we had not received his material (set list) for the rehearsal," Graham disclosed.<br /> <br /> The musician said as the band prepared to leave for the venue, Smart contacted him, requesting a rehearsal to which they agreed, although it was last-minute.<br /> <br /> "Within less than 10 minutes after collecting his material, [and] heading to the rehearsal studio, Leroy called me again to say 'no rehearsal for me because I am not doing Rebel Salute'. And he repeatedly said 'do not rehearse my material'," Graham explained.<br /> <br /> Regardless, Graham said the band went to the rehearsal room and<br /> <br /> selected 10 songs from the Leroy Smart 20 classic hits album in the event he showed up.<br /> <br /> Graham said it was minutes before Smart's scheduled slot that the band was made aware that he would be on the show.<br /> <br /> What resulted was a fiasco.<br /> <br /> Smart openly criticised the band during his performance, and was roundly booed by a frustrated and impatient crowd.<br /> <br /> Warrior Love backed over 30 acts at the two-day festival. Graham noted that Smart was not the only artiste who failed to show for rehearsals.<br /> <br /> "(Singer) Leroy Gibbons did not turn up for his rehearsal, and we did not get a set list from him, either. Yet, he was as professional and talented an artiste to deliver a well-received performance based on an old set list that we had for him. That's a professional artiste," Graham said.<br /> <br /> The seven-piece Warrior Love (which also includes Oniel Walters, Dwight James, Jeffery Graham, Ian Williams, Miguel Edwards, and Andrew Branch) has backed a number of dancehall/reggae acts in the last five years.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11448412/Warrior-Love2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 26, 2015 2:00 AM Jazzing with Peter Cetera http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jazzing-with-Peter-Cetera-_18278887 The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is renowned for bring a number of acts who are making their debut performance on the rock. This year is no different.<br /> <br /> Among this year&acirc;s debutantes is Peter Cetera.<br /> <br /> Cetera, the former lead singer of the band Chicago, is all set to &Icirc;rock&acirc; the crowd at the festival which kicks off this Thursday at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium and lasts until Saturday.<br /> <br /> Executive producer of the event Walter Elmore is proud of his line-up and describes Cetera&acirc;s three decades of hits, including favourites, You&acirc;re The You&acirc;re The Inspiration, Glory Of Love, One Good Woman, Restless Heart and Next Time I Fall, as being worth the trip to the festival.<br /> <br /> Cetera is an original member of Chicago and stayed with that soft rock group for 18 years. Cetera&acirc;s biggest singing and songwriting accomplishment with Chicago came in 1976 with their first worldwide number one single, the ballad If You Leave Me Now.<br /> <br /> His trademark singing style developed as a result of having to sing for a period of time with a wired-shut jaw. He is also an accomplished bass player as and his musical talents are a family trait as his two brothers, Tim and Kenny, were involved in the production of a number of Chicago and Peter Cetera&acirc;s solo records.<br /> <br /> In 1985, upon quitting the band, Peter Cetera topped music charts with The Glory of Love, the first single from his album Solitude/Solitaire. The track which was also popular here in Jamaica went on to become the theme song for the film The Karate Kid, Part II.<br /> <br /> Among the other acts to take to the stage during the festival are megastar Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson, The Pointer Sisters, Magic!, Soja, Arturo Tappin, Morgan Heritage and Richie Stephens.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11448418/Peter-Cetera_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 26, 2015 2:00 AM Uprising lets off steam on new single http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Uprising-lets-off-steam-on-new-single_18274863 FOR many years, Rastafarians have called on 'bredrin' to 'smoke the herb and hold a humble thought'.<br /> <br /> With smoking cited as a public hazard globally, even Rastas are looking for healthier alternatives to enjoy their beloved weed.<br /> <br /> The Uprising Roots Band's latest song, Steamers, is a nod to the increasingly popular practice of consuming vaporised ganja.<br /> <br /> The song was recorded four years ago and released on the band's debut album, Skyfiyah, in 2011.<br /> <br /> Uprising drummer Kush McAnuff believes it is the appropriate time for another 'draw' on Steamers.<br /> <br /> "Through the heights of the whole vibration 'roun' Steaming wi sey jus' put it out, plus is like an anthem wid the fans," he said.<br /> <br /> McAnuff, who is also the band's lead singer, pointed to one of the differences between vaporised ganja and smoking the traditional chalice.<br /> <br /> "When yuh smoke the chalice an' puff the herb gone, but when yuh steam yuh still si the herb."<br /> <br /> Vaporised ganja is quite the trend in the United States, especially in states like California and Colorado where ganja use is legal.<br /> <br /> According to theweedblog.com, vaporising is much healthier than smoking, as it allows persons to enjoy ganja without inhaling smoke.<br /> <br /> It has caught on among the in-crowd throughout the US, from corporate types, to soccer moms.<br /> <br /> The Uprising Roots Band released a video for Steamers on January 16. It is directed by Alex Frass.<br /> <br /> Their second album, Black to I Roots, is scheduled for release within the first quarter of this year.<br /> <br /> - Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> Uprising lets off steam on new single<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11448421/Uprising-Roots-Band_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 26, 2015 2:00 AM Bryan goes solo in Japan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bryan-goes-solo-in-Japan_18274861 AFTER performing in three major American cities, Jamaican actor/writer Stefhen Bryan is scheduled to take his one-man show, Doodu Boy, to Japan in February.<br /> <br /> The shows are scheduled for Kobe, Tokyo, and Osaka. Doodu Boy, which is autobiographical, opened in 2014.<br /> <br /> To date, the Kingston-born Bryan has done 34 shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.<br /> <br /> "The reception in the US was overwhelmingly positive. We will be doing a run in Jamaica starting in March/April," Bryan told the Jamaica Observer. "I'm looking forward to including more patois in my performance."<br /> <br /> Doodu Boy is Bryan's second stage production. He debuted in the 1996 ensemble play, Moon On A Rainbow Shawl.<br /> <br /> Originally from east Kingston, Bryan is a past student of Camperdown High School. He migrated to the United States at age 15, but has also lived in the United Kingdom and Japan.<br /> <br /> Bryan is the author of two books: 2009's Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: A Memoir of Exile and Excess in Japan, and Only Begotten which was released in 2012.<br /> <br /> Bryan goes solo in Japan<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11448428/Stefhen-Bryan_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 26, 2015 1:00 AM Unchained spirit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/UNCHAINED-SPIRIT_18275350 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor - Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com DESPITE Wednesday's unsuccessful bid, Professor Charles Ogletree -- part of reggae singer Buju Banton&acirc;s legal team -- is vowing to continue the fight to have his client's conviction reversed.<br /> <br /> "We will be fighting for Buju Banton's freedom," said Olgetree, a professor at Harvard Law School, in a written response to the Jamaica Observer's queries.<br /> <br /> On Wednesday, a United States Appeal Court dismissed the request to have the reggae artiste's conviction overturned to secure a new trial. But Ogletree, who, along with Max Stern comprise Buju Banton's legal team, is undaunted.<br /> <br /> "We have not lost the appeal. The 11th Circuit made it clear that the entire Appellate Court should hear his case. We will present our arguments for a reversal of his conviction to the entire Court in an En Banc hearing later this spring," he said.<br /> <br /> Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is currently serving a mandatory 10-year prison sentence for a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The 41-year-old is scheduled to be released in 2019. He has filed a motion requesting an early release under new federal drug sentencing guidelines.<br /> <br /> He was convicted in February 2011, days after winning a Grammy award for his album, Before the Dawn. His other albums include 'Til Shiloh (1995), Inna Heights (1997) and Unchained Spirit (2000).<br /> <br /> "We are grateful to the people of Jamaica and around the world who have been steadfast in fighting for justice for Buju Banton!," Ogletree concluded.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11445995/Buju-Banton--cropped_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 AM A crucial comeback http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-crucial-comeback_18274857 Mystic Revealers emerged in the 1990s, a time when self-contained Jamaican reggae bands were quickly disappearing from the music scene.<br /> <br /> They are on the comeback trail. Last week, VP Records released Crucial Cuts, a 13-track set that revisits the band's music from the 1980s and 1990s.<br /> <br /> Anthony 'Billy Mystic' Wilmot, Revealers' guitarist and lead vocalist, said the album is also available on iTunes. It is the first time their music has been released digitally.<br /> <br /> "We've been getting a lot of demand for the music but all the stuff we did with Ras and Mesa are no longer available," Wilmot explained. "VP approached us to put out the whole catalogue but we thought that was extreme, so we agreed on a compilation."<br /> <br /> Mystic Revealers were signed to independent companies Ras Records and Mesa/Blue Moon Records in the 1990s. They recorded one album for the latter (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records) before major label politics saw Mesa being cut from the Atlantic roster.<br /> <br /> Wilmot notes VP's involvement is strategic.<br /> <br /> "They see that there's a lot of West Coast reggae out there an' none of it is by Jamaicans. The music is popular with surfers in that part of the US, an' because I'm a surfer they thought it would be great to get into that marketplace," he explained.<br /> <br /> Crucial Cuts contains Judgement Time, Righteous, Border Line, Got to be a Better Way and That's Life (Jah Works), some of the songs that made Mystic Revealers attractive to labels like Ras and Mesa/Blue Moon. Now in his mid-50s, Wilmot expects the set to spur renewed interest in the band he started in 1978.<br /> <br /> "I think it will definitely introduce us to a new generation," he said.<br /> <br /> Drummer Nicky Henry, bassist Leroy 'Lion' Edwards and keyboardist Earl Fitzsimmons, who played on most of the Crucial Cuts tracks, are the other members of the band.<br /> <br /> Mystic Revealers formed in the St Andrew coastal community of Bull Bay. Their first hit, the ballad Saw You Smiling, was released in 1985.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11445998/Mystic-revealers1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Kirk Diamond sparkles in Saskatoon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kirk-Diamond-sparkles-in-Saskatoon_18274821 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer DEEJAY Kirk Diamond is enjoying some regional success in Canada with the single, Love Inna We Heart.<br /> <br /> Produced by French company Galang Records, it has been number one for the past seven weeks on the Rebel Vibez Top Ten Canadian Reggae Chart on CHRY 105.5 FM.<br /> <br /> Even though he has had minor hits with Blind to Dem, Need Your Love, Dweet Den and Dem Nuh Real (featuring TG), Diamond says Love Inna we Heart is his game-changer.<br /> <br /> The 30-year-old entertainer is originally from Spanish Town. He migrated to Canada at age 11, and currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.<br /> <br /> "I was just always in love with music even while I was living in Jamaica. But I really got involved when I was 17 through producing when a friend heard me deejay and said that's what I need to do, so I did it," said Diamond.<br /> <br /> Blind to Dem was the first song he recorded. Released in 2010, it was produced by Demolition Man, a British label.<br /> <br /> Diamond, who is a member of the reggae/dancehall quintet Don Dem, disclosed that the reggae scene in Saskatoon is not as prolific compared to other major cities in Canada such as Toronto and Montreal.<br /> <br /> "The reggae scene here is small. They have reggae-themed parties like a Passa Passa and a couple reggae bands but it's very small compared to bigger cities like Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton," he said.<br /> <br /> Among the Jamaican producers he has worked with are Dre Day, Armz House Records and Digital Vibez. Diamond has also collaborated with German producer Robin Hype, and Smoke Shop Studioz out of France.<br /> <br /> He is working on an EP, The Arrival, as well as a mixtape called The Journey. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11446021/Kirk-Diamond-photo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Kaci in top 5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kaci-in-top-5 KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Jamaica&rsquo;s Kaci Fennell on Sunday made the top-five cut in the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant now under way at the Florida International University Arena in Doral, Miami.<br /> <br /> She made the top 15 cut then fiercely made her way across the stage in swimwear to be named first among the 10 most beautiful women in the world.<br /> <br /> Now among the top five, will she be able to claim the top spot for Jamaica&rsquo;s first Miss Universe title?<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11447806/-85F2506706EEBA434A35DDB6C03ABAE61D3322EAD90664BC89-pimgpsh_fullsize_distr_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:03 PM Top 10 for Ja's Kaci Fennell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Top-10-for-Ja-s-Kaci-Fennell KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Jamaica&rsquo;s Kaci Fennell is into the top 10 at the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant that is now under way at the Florida International University Arena in Doral, Miami.<br /> <br /> She is inching closer to the top spot. Will she be able to bring home Jamaica&rsquo;s first Miss Universe title?<br /> <br /> Ukraine, Colombia, Netherlands, Argentina, Philippines, Spain, Venezuela, Australia, and USA are the other contestants to have made the cut. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11447673/Kaci-Fennell_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 25, 2015 9:21 PM All set for Ninja's bash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-set-for-Ninja-s-bash_18274290 DANCEHALL deejay Ninjaman will be celebrating his 49th birthday at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, St Ann, today.<br /> <br /> The event will take the form of a family fun day and fish fry, followed by a stage show.<br /> <br /> "Everything is in place, the stage and the light setting up right now, all the artistes on board and it look like this year will be bigger than last year and the year before that," Ninjaman told the Jamaica Observer during a telephone interview.<br /> <br /> Among the acts set to take the stage are Capleton, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Busy Signal, Romain Virgo, Nitty Kutchie, Peter Metro, Burru Banton, Josey Wales, Professor Nuts, and General Trees.<br /> <br /> But the deejay said many more of his fellow artistes could make their way to the stage.<br /> <br /> "Is not about who book fah, but who you mus look fah. Don't watch the poster. There are so many artistes who have been with Ninjaman since the start of my birthday bash and they stand by me over the years and they might just turn up on stage."<br /> <br /> According to the artiste, the early segment of the stage show -- between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm -- will be used to expose up-and-coming acts.<br /> <br /> The deejay said he will be using his 49th birthday to kick-start a year filled with promise and upward mobility.<br /> <br /> "Right now, I feel like 16. When I look and see nuttn' nuh drop off a me and the world accept me for who I am, I have to give thanks. But 2015 is a year when I have to make some big change. I just gonna focus on what make sense," he said.<br /> <br /> Born Desmond Ballentine, Ninjaman rose to prominence during the 1980s with tracks including Cover Me and Take Time to Know Her, both collaborations with veteran singer Tinga Stewart.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> All set for Ninja's bash<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441642/ninjaman_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 AM KG, Ras I shine at 180 Minutes Live http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/KG--Ras-I-shine-at-180-Minutes-Live_18268248 UNDERGROUND artistes took centre stage at the weekly 180 Minutes Live at Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, on Monday.<br /> <br /> The event saw standout performances from KG and Ras I, as well as from Micky Crucial, Zosia, Phoenix, and Cassafyah. Kurfew was the evening's backing band while Carl Dawkins did hosting duties.<br /> <br /> KG, in her second performance in series, delivered a great set. Her original song Storm Is Over and an interactive rendition of Diana King's Shy Guy were well-received.<br /> <br /> "It's a good crowd. I definitely plan to return and they encourage artistes to showcase their talents," she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Ras I, who had the audience in his corner, delivered a set of original and cover songs. His Dread Inna Babylon, Feel Alright, and Beautiful were just as 'potent' as Garnet Silk's Mama Africa, Dennis Brown's Have You Ever and Wild Fire, and Jesse Royal's Butterflies.<br /> <br /> "It's always a joy performing at Triple Century. It's an opportunity to expand through exposure for myself and Ras I Musique," he said.<br /> <br /> Micky Crucial, Zosia, Phoenix and Cassafyah also gave commendable performances.<br /> <br /> Members of the audience who wanted to perform were given the chance in an open mic session.<br /> <br /> 180 Minutes Live series, which started last October, continues next Monday.<br /> <br /> - Sherie Hartley<br /> <br /> KG, Ras I shine at 180 Minutes Live<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441639/Ras-I_9226_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 AM Thwaites lashes GULLY BOP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Thwaites-lashes-GULLY-BOP_18275105 BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has taken issue with deejay Gully Bop for his recent comment on a television show in which he bragged of side-stepping his responsibility as a father.<br /> <br /> Thwaites was speaking at Montego Bay High School for Girls on Wednesday at the Kiwanis International 100th anniversary celebration during which 100 youths were recognised for their exemplary services as volunteers.<br /> <br /> "I don't want to criticise him too much, because I only heard it second hand. But I gather that recently there was an interview, it must have been on some video or television, of a man called Gully Flop... have I got that right? And when this person, whoever he is, was asked about his children, he said yea, he has plenty children but he only looks after three or so because he makes it a pattern that he only deals with a woman who is working or a woman who has a man who is working," said Thwaites.<br /> <br /> "I want to tell you, that's what's keeping Jamaica back, and what's cranking us in education, is the weakness of the family structure in this country. And you (students) are old enough for me to say to you this evening that the greatest shackle of the slavery that we all went through in different roles, was the destruction of the African family form," he continued.<br /> <br /> The education minister, who is a father of seven children, said that a good parent is of extreme significance.<br /> <br /> "The most important thing that we can ever be in life is not to be prime minister or Usain Bolt or Shelly Ann (Fraser) or anybody else, but it is to be a good parent. And you are preparing for that right now by your very involvement in the Kiwanis movement and in the service that you give," the education minister said.<br /> <br /> He lamented that a recent survey on living conditions in Jamaica revealed that 38 per cent of the nation's youths "either don't know who their father is or have no effective relationship with him".<br /> <br /> "What we know, what science and observation tell us is that those young people who have a stable relationship, and a helpful relationship with at least one adult person, and preferably the two, whose activity brought them into this world, are going to do better," said Thwaites.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441638/Gully-Bop_3945_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 AM Big crowd for Sultry's milestone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Big-crowd-for-Sultry-s-milestone_18273505 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer WEEKLY club series, Sultry Lounge marked its first anniversary at the Quad nightclub in New Kingston, last Friday night.<br /> <br /> The large crowd &mdash; comprising trendy, young adults and professionals, partied until the wee hours of Saturday morning.<br /> <br /> Jermaine Davis, a member of Team No Shirt (TNS) -- event coordinators for Sultry Lounge, said the large turnout was due to target marketing.<br /> <br /> "We have a specific demographic that we target and our weekly themes are fresh and innovative. We have some of the best disc jocks in the business," Davis told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> A cadre of disc jocks from Chromatic and X Factor sound systems provided the evening's music.<br /> <br /> Davis said the event's staging is not without its challenges, especially from other hot spots.<br /> <br /> "That challenged us... but we've pulled through, all the way to the first year. For 2015, patrons can look forward to a bigger and better Sultry Lounge," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441650/image5_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441649/image4_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441648/image3_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 AM Ready for the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ready-for-the-world_18274008 Reggae artiste Oriel announced his arrival on the reggae's big stage last week with a commendable performance at Rebel Salute.<br /> <br /> Dressed in white and black with a red, green and yellow scarf around his neck, he entered the stage performing Sticks & Stones to enthusiastic response. He then delivered Bob Andy's classic Too Experienced, before seguing into Cruise, the latest release from his EP, Love SoulJah.<br /> <br /> The Dominica-born Oriel showed his versatility on guitar, for Down Where I Live a provocative song about the challenges of ghetto life. He closed his set with Confidence.<br /> <br /> Oriel, who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The artiste has been making the moves since his debut EP, Confidence, was released by Afar Music Group in 2012. Since then, he has collaborated with Richie Stephens, Bugle, Ras Maisha and Raine Seville.<br /> <br /> Last year, Oriel made strides with the release of the mixtape, Rise Of The Revoluters. It premiered on MTV.com along with the lead single and video, Sticks & Stones. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441643/Oriel_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 AM Morgan Heritage pleased to be on Jazz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Morgan-Heritage-pleased-to-be-on-Jazz_18268358 REGGAE sibling band Morgan Heritage will kick off their year with a performance on next weekend's Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.<br /> <br /> The festival boasts an impressive lineup of superstars such as multi- Grammy winner Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson, Magic!, Peter Cetera, Soja, The Pointer Sisters, among other notable acts.<br /> <br /> Although the past year has seen Morgan Heritage performing worldwide, it has been nine years since the renowned band performed at the festival.<br /> <br /> "The group is really excited to be back at the festival after so long, but at the same time we're humbled by the request from Walter Elmore and the organisers of the festival to close out our night," stated Gramps Morgan.<br /> <br /> Known worldwide for their strong live sets, the siblings are looking forward to not only engaging the people of their beloved island, but the thousands of music lovers who come to Jamaica for the festival.<br /> <br /> Mojo Morgan revealed: "Our set will be filled with classics and feature new material from our latest album Here Come The Kings and as well as songs from our upcoming album Strictly Roots. The new album will be our first released independent of VP Records on our label CTBC Music Group. VP has been great for the group and we're grateful for our years with them. We just felt it was time to approach<br /> <br /> the release of our music differently."<br /> <br /> While in Jamaica, Morgan Heritage will film a video for their lead single Perform and Done which is produced by BBC One/BBC 1Xtra's Seani B.<br /> <br /> The group will then head to Toronto, Canada to headline the February 6th show at the Sound Academy. Morgan Heritage will be touring across the United States starting the first week in April and will end the tour on Memorial Day Weekend at Best Of The Best in Miami, the country's largest, multicultural, family-oriented festival before heading to Europe for the summer festival season.<br /> <br /> Morgan Heritage pleased to be on Jazz<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11438498/Morgan-Heritage-heritage_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 12:00 AM Miss Universe Jamaica aware of overwhelming support http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Miss-Universe-Jamaica-aware-of-overwhelming-support_18268040 REIGNING Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell is currently in the throes of the Miss Universe competition in Doral, Miami, with the finals set for Sunday.<br /> <br /> The pixie-haired beauty has already garnered a legion of fans worldwide with the pageant-watching website globalbeauties.com placing her in fifth position behind hot favourites Spain, Colombia, Serbia and the USA.<br /> <br /> Thanks to social media, the groundswell of support for the local beauty has already reached her ears and, according to Fennell's grooming and deportment coach Angelie Martin-Spencer, a former Miss Universe delegate for Jamaica, this could have one of two effects on her.<br /> <br /> "I am in Miami but we have not met face- to-face just yet. She is well aware of the overwhelming support she has been receiving from Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans alike. I am really hoping that it fuels her drive and confidence rather than scares her. At Wednesday's preliminary show the support for Kaci was unbelievable. Even persons from other countries were supporting Jamaica," said Martin-Spencer.<br /> <br /> With coronation just hours away, she said her advice to Fennell is to focus on staying true to herself and believing in the goals she set for herself and the international pageant.<br /> <br /> "She has a really great chance. She is a different kind of beauty... not the cookie-cutter type of pageant girl. She has really embraced her short hair and is wearing a lot of black, unlike the typical contestant. But this just goes to show her confidence and strength of character which will do her well in this tough competition."<br /> <br /> Having participated at Miss Universe in 1994, Martin-Spencer is very aware of what is going through the mind of a contestant at this time.<br /> <br /> "Your one thought at this time is making it into the top 15. If you don't make it, you don't have a shot at the crown. So Kaci and the others are concerned that in the preliminaries, did they do everything to impress the judges -- 'Did I walk well? How was my posing? Did I show my personality in the interview?'"<br /> <br /> Jamaica has never won the Miss Universe title. The country came closest in 2010 when Yendi Phillipps took the first runner-up spot. Local representives Sandra Foster, Kimberley Mais, Nicole Haughton and Christine Straw have all made it to the top 10.<br /> <br /> Phillipps has offered her support to Fennell in a video posted on social media.<br /> <br /> "So proud of you. Jamaica is already proud of you. You've really done a great job flying our flag, girl. Keep flying it high. You're almost there. Good luck. You've got this, just show them who you are, show them your personality. Be you. Good luck, chica," said Phillipps.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> Miss Universe Jamaica aware of overwhelming support<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11438489/Kaci-Fennell0_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11438488/Kaci-fennell_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11438487/Angelei-Martin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 12:45 AM JahDore takes on Fake People http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/JahDore-takes-on-Fake-People-_18265336 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer SINGER/MUSICIAN JahDore kicks off his 2015 campaign with Fake People, a song produced by JDMP Records.<br /> <br /> He hopes it will get him back into the spotlight after success a few years ago with the single This Love is Over.<br /> <br /> He recently spoke about the inspiration for Fake People.<br /> <br /> "After losing the files for an album that I was working on, I tried to get help from persons who claimed that they were my friends. I didn't get support from any of them and that's when I realised that people are not necessarily who they appear to be," he said.<br /> <br /> To help promote the song, a video will be produced and released in February.<br /> <br /> As for the incomplete album, JahDore plans to revive the project with new producers and management led by JDMP Records. He is confident they can take his career to the next level.<br /> <br /> "I've just compiled a 14-track CD with some songs that the fans are familiar with and some new ones as well, and I'm looking forward to working with some good producers," he said.<br /> <br /> JahDore made his debut as a vocalist in 2011 with This Love is Over. He followed up with Security Work and Hello Girl.<br /> <br /> Born Sean McDonald, he is originally from Ebony Vale in Spanish Town and attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.<br /> <br /> Most of his early days in the music industry were spent touring Europe and the United States with Jimmy Cliff and Luciano as a saxophonist and keyboardist.<br /> <br /> One 'Kool' combination<br /> <br /> DANCEHALL artiste Mr Kool collaborates with singjay Sean Sonic on the track Pawty. It was produced by So Serious Records.<br /> <br /> "Is basically a party song. It's full of energy and vibes. I appreciate the support that it has been getting from underground DJs in the US," Mr Kool told Splash.<br /> <br /> To promote the song, a video was recently filmed in Manchester. It was directed by the London-based LJ Logan Productions, which has done videos for a number of dancehall acts including Beenie Man.<br /> <br /> Born Damean Carter, Mr Kool is known for songs like Voom Voom, Dry Flask and Bar Sheller which were produced by Insight Records.<br /> <br /> The Yuletide season saw him performing at GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza and Sting.<br /> <br /> His upcoming dates are in Manchester: Short Shorts Affair on January 23 and Wadup Birthday Bash in Windsor on January 31.<br /> <br /> Barbee goes solo on Just Like That<br /> <br /> BARBEE, known in dancehall circles for the hits Give it Up (featuring Beenie Man) and Missing You (with Junior Kelly), has her sights set on a solo hit with Just Like That.<br /> <br /> Released late last year, it is produced by Rock City aka Planet 6, known for his work with big-name acts such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Kelly Rowland.<br /> <br /> Barbee is currently in the United Kingdom promoting the single.<br /> <br /> JahDore takes on Fake People<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11438492/Jahdore-photo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 12:00 AM Keznamdi and Kelissa go major http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keznamdi-and-Kelissa-go-major_18268438 BROTHER and sister reggae acts Keznamdi and Kelissa have been drafted by Walshy Fire of Major Lazer for his latest music project.<br /> <br /> Live for Today, the title of the single, is Walshy Fire's first official reggae release. The song is produced by Walshy Fire and Soundponics.<br /> <br /> The track is being described as a fusion of reggae and pop music elements combining a hard-marching drum track, a driving reggae bassline and a blend of guitars and synthesisers to create an arrangement that matches the highly inspired writing of the siblings.<br /> <br /> This is the latest collaborative effort between Keznamdi and Kelissa; their last collaboration was Gideon.<br /> <br /> "It's always a joy working with my sister; two of us have great musical chemistry and you can hear it on the track so I know people will love this one," said Keznamdi.<br /> <br /> Live for Today was released to radio stations and music blogs worldwide on Tuesday, January 20. A special live presentation of the single will take place at Keznamdi Live on January 24 at Skyline Levels.<br /> <br /> KEZNAMDI AND KELISSA GO MAJOR<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11438499/Kelissa_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 2:00 AM Johnny Clarke backs the youth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Johnny-Clarke-backs-the-youth_18268313 SEVERAL veteran artistes have no time for contemporary dancehall. It's too vulgar, they say.<br /> <br /> But roots singer Johnny Clarke is not into bashing his younger counterparts. He says while some of their lyrics could be less explicit, they are merely expressing what is playing out in society.<br /> <br /> "The youths are more educated and they are expressing themselves more.<br /> <br /> "A lot more is happening now for them to sing about," said the 60-year-old Clarke. "Back in the days, our main topics were on politics, poverty and Africa. There was no animosity among artistes as we all lived like family."<br /> <br /> Clarke, known as the 'hit machine' during his heyday of the 1970s, is concerned about the dominance of technology in music.<br /> <br /> "Decades ago, the music was more authentic but we had lots more work to do. We could do no patching up compared to now," he reasoned. "Now all a producer has to do is just erase and repair. Now I can even sing my own harmonies."<br /> <br /> Last Friday, Clarke brought the house down at Rebel Salute. He was fresh off a two-week mini-tour of Brazil; he is scheduled to perform in France in March.<br /> <br /> Clarke's career started in the early 1970s, shortly after leaving Jamaica College. His first hit song, Everyday Wandering, produced by Rupie Edwards, was released in 1973.<br /> <br /> He hit his stride mid-decade in tandem with producer Bunny Lee. Clarke helped define the Greenwich Farm sound with songs like None Shall Escape the Judgement, Move Outa Babylon, Rock With me Baby and African Roots.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Johnny Clarke backs the youth<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11438497/Johnny-Clarke_3353_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 12:00 AM Billy Ocean for CFW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Billy-Ocean-for-CFW_18266135 BILLY Ocean will be the featured entertainer on Caribbean Fashionweek's (CFW's) closing show on Sunday, June 14.<br /> <br /> Plans are already being put in place for this year's staging of the event which celebrates 15 years this year, along with the 35th anniversary of local modelling agency Pulse, which organises the event.<br /> <br /> Pulse's head honcho Kingsley Cooper notes that Billy Ocean will perform a full-length concert with his 14 piece band. The artiste and his band will fly directly from London to Kingston for CFW.<br /> <br /> Ocean follows a long line of top-flight international entertainers who have performed at CFW. The list includes Brian McKnight, Eve, Kelly Rowland, Tessanne Chin, Maxi Priest, Sheila E, Mavado, and Sizzla.<br /> <br /> His iconic hits include Caribbean Queen, Suddenly, Love Zone, There'll Be Sad Songs, When the Going Gets Tough and Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car.<br /> <br /> Billy Ocean for CFW <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11439625/Billy-Ocean_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 1:00 AM VIDEO: Rooting for Kaci Fennell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/VIDEO--Rooting-for-Kaci KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Jamaica Observer joins the family and friends of Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell in wishing her all the very best on Sunday, in Doral, Miami. Do enjoy our audio-visual love letter. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441631/Kaci-fennell-21_w445_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 9:20 PM Ja's Kaci Fennell 'confident', says management team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ja-s-Kaci-Fennell--confident---says-management-team KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaica's Kaci Fennell is said to be "extremely confident" ahead of the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant that is set for Sunday, January 25 in Doral-Miami, Florida.<br /> <br /> OBSERVER ONLINE received word from her management team late Friday that she is "very calm" at the moment.<br /> <br /> "Kaci is in a great place right now; she is very calm and extremely confident and we strongly believe that she has what it takes to make history by bringing home the crown on Sunday, a feat that has been eluding our Miss Universe queens over the years," said a statement from her management team.<br /> <br /> Kaci, up to late Friday, was in the number one spot on the Miss Universe Poll FanPage table on Facebook with 306,460 votes, followed by Philippines who was on 233,001. Fans worldwide have helped her by voting through liking and sharing her photo on social media network Facebook, racking up the points.<br /> <br /> Her management team said her journey has been a long one with several engagements, which included voice and speech training, sessions on deportment as well as personal training with Spartan Health Club and style consultation with Uzuri International.<br /> <br /> Members of her team are expected to join her in Miami ahead of the show Sunday.<br /> <br /> Kaci is among 88 competitors who are vying for the Miss Universe crown.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11441568/Kaci-Fennell0_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 7:55 PM 'Dukie' makes the cut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Dukie--makes-the-cut_18267987 ONE month after winning the 'Make the Cut' film-making competition, Lionel 'Dukie' Thompson has left the island for a week-long stay at the New York Film Academy.<br /> <br /> Thompson said he was looking forward to the stint, which is part of his victory package.<br /> <br /> "I won $150,000, so I want to get a better computer, a faster one so I can really push on with what I need to do to become a standout producer," he said. "I'm excited. I researched the school and it's a wonderful opportunity for me to go there and meet like-minded people as well as pick up some really important information and make some serious links."<br /> <br /> Under the banner of Drink Right, Red Stripe's responsible drinking campaign, Make the Cut challenged aspiring film-makers to promote responsible alcohol consumption.<br /> <br /> Using the slogan, 'Right Age. Right Amount. Right Way', participants were asked to interpret this message in 30-second television commercials.<br /> <br /> Thompson's winning production will be aired on local television.<br /> <br /> Aldwayne Tomlinson and Damion Radcliffe were the first and second runners-up, respectively.<br /> <br /> 'Dukie' makes the cut<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11439637/Dukie-Thompson_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 1:00 AM Second serving on Blue Mountain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Second-serving-on-Blue-Mountain_18265817 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com ORGANISERS of the Blue Mountain Music Festival, scheduled for the Holywell Recreational Park in St Andrew from February 21-22, have announced the show's line-up.<br /> <br /> The festival, which is in its second year, will see Tarrus Riley, Freddie McGregor, Chino McGregor, Billy Mystic and the Mystic Revealers, Voicemail, Duane Stephenson, Ryan Mark, Shuga, Rootz Underground, Fantan Mojah, Kreesha Turner, Chevaughn, Skygrass, The Uprising Roots Band, Adazeh, Kenny Smith and Stratdon performing.<br /> <br /> Executive producer of the festival, Roshaun 'Bay-C' Clarke of dancehall quartet T.O.K is pleased with the line -up, which he sees as a good balance of musical styles.<br /> <br /> "I think one of the high points this year will be the Sunday, which is a line-up of all bands including the reunion of Billy Mystic and The Mystic Revealers. They have some great new music about to be released and the festival is a nice platform to showcase that. We have tried to maintain the diversity of last year's line-up. We have the likes of Ryan Mark and the On The Shout Band bringing the gospel, we have Skygrass a band that fuses reggae with alternative and we have Nick Cannon-signed Kreesha Turner as a platinum-selling international act on the line-up," he told Splash.<br /> <br /> "What's important for us is that we sell the entire Blue Mountain Music Festival as an experience. Other activities such as hiking, camping under the stars, the cool atmosphere, craft and the food all culminate with the line-up to embody this experience. The concert is the icing on the cake," Clarke continued.<br /> <br /> In the run-up to the festival, the promoters are organising a weekly event called Blue Fridays at Jojo's on Waterloo Road in St Andrew. Clarke stated that the vision is to have a mini-performance each week showcasing one or two of the acts from the event.<br /> <br /> Second serving on Blue Mountain<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11439658/Blue-Mountain-Music-Fest_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11439662/Tarrus-Riley_1752-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 1:00 AM Harris's Ol' Fyah Stick for Theatre Place http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Harris-s-Ol--Fyah-Stick-for-Theatre-Place_18265871 IT'S a popular saying, 'Ol' fyah stick easy fi ketch' but according to playwright Dahlia Harris when there's someone throwing water on the flames, rekindling lost love may be harder than you think.<br /> <br /> That's the premise which drives her latest project Ol' Fyah Stick which opened at Theatre Place in St Andrew last night.<br /> <br /> Comedic legend Volier 'Maffie' Johnson leads the cast in the romantic comedy. He is joined by Deon Silvera, Harris and Chris 'Johnny' Daley who alternates with Desmond Dennis.<br /> <br /> Harris states that Ol' Fyah Stick centres around Joe Moore, a widower of 15 years who feels thats its once again time for marital bliss. That his choice of companion is his domestic helper Betty, makes things interesting. That he and Betty were school sweethearts and have been carrying on secretly for years, makes it complicated. Things get even more complexed as Joe needs to be upfront in order to secure the blessings of his uptight and upwardly mobile daughter Margaret, whose idea of a stepmother doesn't go below Half Way Tree. Throw in the meddling security guard who has his own agenda, and Harris states that things get turned upside down.<br /> <br /> Ol' Fyah Stick follows on a string of theatrical successes from Harris as writer/director including favourites like Judgement, Thicker Than Water, God's Way I & II, To The Finish, Her Last Cry and God Go Wid Yuh. The play is scheduled for a limited six-week run. <br /> <br /> Harris's Ol' Fyah Stick for Theatre Place<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11439666/ol-fyah_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 23, 2015 1:00 AM