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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Supa Dups, Rvssian ride the Latin wave http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Supa-Dups--Rvssian-ride-the-Latin-wave_87368 JAMAICAN producers Dwayne &lsquo;Supa Dups&rsquo; Chin-Quee and Tarik &lsquo;Rvssian&rsquo; Johnston contribute to reggaeton artiste Nicky Jam&rsquo;s new album Fenix which was released last Friday by Sony Music Latin.<br /> <br /> Johnston, who has made a name in Latin music circles, produced two tracks &ndash; Amor Prohibido (featuring Sean Paul and Konshens) and Me Enamoras.<br /> <br /> Supa Dups, who has worked with Eminem, Nina Sky, Shakira, SOJA and Usher, co-produced I Can&rsquo;t Forget You and<br /> <br /> No Te Puedo Olvidar.<br /> <br /> Nicky Jam (real name is Nick Rivera Caminero) was born in Boston to a Puerto Rican father and Dominican mother. His family moved to Puerto Rico when he was 10 years old.<br /> <br /> His debut album, Distinto A Los Demas, was released in 1995 when he was 14 years old. To date he has released six albums.<br /> <br /> Fenix is his first batch of new songs since 2007&rsquo;s The Black Carpet.<br /> <br /> Fellow Latin stars J Balvin, Daddy Yankee, Wisin and Enrique Iglesias are on Fenix, which has already produced hits in<br /> <br /> Hasta El Amanecer (Til Dawn) and El Perdon (Forgiveness).<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12926544/200891_29764_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12645574/185177_15140_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12645572/185243_15143_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592989/254083_80905_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Legend lights up with Stylez http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Legend-lights-up-with-Stylez_87381 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer TEN years after collaborating with Buju Banton on the Can&rsquo;t Be My Lover remix, American R&B singer-songwriter John Legend is again teaming with another dancehall artiste.<br /> <br /> Legend has collaborated with on-the-rise deejay Stylez on Light Up the Night. Produced by Phat Boi, the track is due for release on February 3 via Blaze Entertainment Records.<br /> <br /> In an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer, Stylez explained how the collab came about.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Well, the management team that I&rsquo;m currently putting together now has to definitely get all the credit for this coming to life. So, John is basically a big fan of our music and culture as you know from his previous collaboration with Buju, so this is no surprise that he is at it again. This time with a little twist, his people had reached out to my management team inquiring about the next big thing that will emerge from Jamaica on to the mainstream and at the same time I had got my manager to also seek out major collaborations for me as well. So, long story short, it&rsquo;s right timing, great teamwork and perfect execution was the order of this coming into existence,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Asked what the feedback has been so far to the track, Stylez said: &ldquo;For those who have heard the record, so far they are very impressed on how I represented dancehall and Jamaica with such professionalism and didn&rsquo;t water down anything about my style, so all in all it has been great. Let&rsquo;s see what the public has to say when it&rsquo;s released on February 3.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Stylez, whose real name is Sheldon Ellington, is from Portmore in St Catherine. Prior to relocating to Portmore, he resided in several areas including Grants Pen, Rollington Town, Nannyville, Stony Hill and Dunkirk in East Kingston.<br /> <br /> He has been doing music professionally for the past 10 years. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is nothing new I can bring to music other than elaborative creativity. Like the saying goes, nothing is new under the sun so everything we hear and see has already been done. But to be politically correct and to answer your question, I&rsquo;m bringing me, Stylez,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He is currently promoting the songs It&rsquo;s a Pitty, Tic a Little and Wrong Energy. <br /> <br /> Stylez recently performed at the LA Calibash Radio Fest in California alongside Latin artistes Farruko, Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592834/254050_80910_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592837/254049_80909_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592836/254051_80908_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM JCF marks milestone in song http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/JCF-marks-milestone-in-song_87395 THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and a year of activities has been planned in celebration.<br /> <br /> Among the activities to mark this milestone is a series of gospel concerts featuring the force&rsquo;s band, choir, and other rank and file members. The series was launched at Emancipation Park in St Andrew in front of a medium-sized, but appreciative audience. <br /> <br /> It was praise and worship as the lawmen lead with gospel music, which ranged from traditional to contemporary arrangements. The choir, led by Assistant Superintendent Heston Boothe, blended their voices to sing praises. Boothe, who has spent years with the University Singers, has clearly learned from the likes of a Noel Dexter and has brought this to bear on the sound he requires of these men and women in uniform. The force band, with its strong brass section, drew in the audience with its rendition of classics including Sweet Jesus, Oil in My Lamp and<br /> <br /> Wings of a Dove. This quickly helped transform the audience, moving form concert to praise and worship singalong. This would continue throughout the nearly three-hour-long event.<br /> <br /> The pastor and 16 members of the Church of God in Canada were visiting and were invited to share the moment; they delivered two songs a capella, which went over very well.<br /> <br /> Along with individual members, the singers of the JCF band and the seven-member male chorale added further to the enjoyment and participation of the audience. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592926/254033_80898_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592922/254030_80900_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592921/254087_80901_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592925/254031_80899_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Still Palancin&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Still-Palancin-_87373 IT has been more than six years since Trinidadian radio disc jocks JW & Blaze released their carnival staple Palance and the single has no intention of slowing down.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer caught up with Jason &ldquo;JW&rdquo; Williams, one half of the duo, at the Xaymaca International Road March Band launch at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew last Saturday. He revealed he&rsquo;s more than happy with the longevity and popularity of the song in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We felt good about the song during recording. But the way it just snowballed, avalanched and took over the carnival, but is still relevant today was a pleasant surprise for all of us,&rdquo; said Williams.<br /> <br /> Palance won both 2010 Soca Monarch and Road March song in the twin-island republic. JW & Blaze host the urban radio morning show The Grand Slam Morning Show on Slam 100.5 FM or www.slam1005.com.<br /> <br /> Calling the song a &ldquo;soca power classic&rdquo;, Williams lists it among fan-favourites which includes Conga Line and<br /> <br /> Dollar Wine.<br /> <br /> &ldquo; Palance is one of those songs now that people draw for during weddings, any celebration to create the atmosphere. We were just thankful that soca artistes gave us a moment at the table to break bread with them,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Despite indicating that being soca artistes is not their primary roles, this year the duo has a song out titled RaggaMuffin, featuring Dane Gulston.<br /> <br /> Williams said he expects Jamaica&rsquo;s carnival 2017 to be huge.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;From my honest observation, Jamaica carnival has been growing year after year. I think the soil is fertile and with the proximity to the US and the diaspora to Jamaica, I think it&rsquo;s just a matter of time that we see Jamaica becoming one of the premier carnivals of the region,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Rory Daley<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592990/254039_80907_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Watch out for Mace http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Watch-out-for-Mace_86927 FAST-RISING deejay Mace is currently promoting his single Watch Out.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The single is a reflection of how I feel towards society. Many people will try to bring negativity in your path and slow you down when they see you on the road to success,&rdquo; said the New York-based act.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song is showing a different side of me and, so far, radio stations in New York can&rsquo;t get enough of it. I will be in Jamaica soon on a small promotional tour, and the fans are eager to see what I am coming with this time around.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Produced by TrueLoyal Records, Watch Out was released in July 2016.<br /> <br /> Mace said he is monitoring the success of the single and is pleased with its reception.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I released the single and the video the same day and it&rsquo;s a joy to see positive comments each time I visit YouTube. It&rsquo;s a great turnaround from all the negativity that was surrounding my brand before,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The &lsquo;negativity&rsquo; to which Mace refers surrounds a 2015 incident when he was admitted to a New York hospital after attempting to get his eyes tattooed. He has, however, put the incident behind him.<br /> <br /> Mace (given name Derrick Walters) was born in Brooklyn to Jamaican parents. He said he was heavily influenced by dancehall music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My older brother, who died in 2006, was a lover for dancehall music he was a big I-Wayne and Sizzla fan. So after he died, I decided to take up music,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> He recorded his debut single Gyalis in 2014. He has since followed up with Stop Hold The Truth, Ina Mi House and<br /> <br /> Father.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592927/253151_80871_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Xaymaca International set to soar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Xaymaca-International-set-to-soar_87322 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer NEW carnival player, Xaymaca International, launched their road march costume offerings at a cooler fete held at Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew, last Saturday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is the year of revolution. This is the year when carnival will explode,&rdquo; Andrew Bellamy, director of Xaymaca International, told the Jamaica Observer at the launch.<br /> <br /> Bellamy said Xaymaca International was his brainchild, as he wanted to bring about new ideas to the local carnival space.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I looked at the trajectory that carnival in Jamaica was on, I realised there was a need for fresh ideas that were in line with international carnival trends. So I contacted some of the most influential persons that I know can facilitate the growth of carnival in Jamaica,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> To this end, Bellamy said his team comprises carnival event promoters: Ian Bourne of I Love Soca; Akil Strachan and Steven Lofters principals of Soca vs Dancehall; Kandi King conceptualiser of Karnival by Kandi; disc jock Richard &lsquo;DJ Richie RAS&rsquo; Spence and Mark Lalor. Dean Ackin, CEO of Tribe, one of the top bands in Trinidad and Tobago, rounds out the team.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Tribe are influencers in the evolution of carnival in Trinidad with new innovations incorporated in every staging of the event annually. Therefore, the shared expertise in costume production, pre-road march quality service delivery, and providing premium entertainment value throughout the carnival season are among the major elements of the Xaymaca/Tribe partnership,&rdquo; said Bellamy.<br /> <br /> The director was quick to point out the history before him and praised the entities which have been flying the carnival flag high. He believes his company will expand the carnival audience, not splinter it; leading to a better spectacle overall for the industry and the country as a whole. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We can move the current numbers of 4,000 to 15,000 in two years together,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> While being coy, Bellamy has no doubt that Xaymaca will have an impact.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Individually, we were all offering solid premium products. However, all our directors have travelled to other carnivals, done our research, so we&rsquo;re going to combine that,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, at the event, Xaymaca International debuted their eight road march costumes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We will be offering the sexiest costumes with the most aesthetically pleasing options for masqueraders of all body types and nationalities, designed and marketed by the best and most talented designers from Jamaica and the Caribbean region,&rdquo; said Kandi King, co-director.<br /> <br /> Costumes were being sold at the event and can be ordered online for the April 23 road march in the Corporate Area. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590884/253915_80781_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590882/253911_80782_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590886/253914_80780_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590881/253909_80783_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 AM Reggae Train ready to roll http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-Train-ready-to-roll_87313 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer JAMAICAN reggae acts will be given a global audience thanks to a new television dance show called International Reggae Train. The show, which is similar to the once-popular Soul Train series, will feature live performances and dancers.<br /> <br /> The pilot episode was shot earlier last week in Manhattan, United States.<br /> <br /> In an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer, show producer Donovan Heslop, who is also the owner of the International Reggae Train LLC, spoke about the concept.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The concept is to create a show around Afro/Caribbean poly-rhythms with reggae as the driving force. The show is reminiscent of music shows that were very popular here in the US but would have an immediate global appeal. International Reggae Train will primarily feature live performances by international reggae artistes and incorporate the stylised dances created specifically around reggae,&rdquo; said Heslop.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There was a need for this show because it&rsquo;s an idea whose time has come. Reggae has influenced pop, hip hop, reggaeton, and dancehall music genres, and yet impact in the mainstream has been minimal.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The producer said he hopes to capture a wide demographic of viewers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The demographic stretches across a wide age range and ethnicity, as was seen by the presence of a six-year-old Caucasian child who was a part of the dancers on the show,&rdquo; Heslop shared. <br /> <br /> The show will be hosted by Jamaican recorder producer Wayne Jobson. It is understood that the show will air on US mainstream outlets. But Heslop was guarded when asked for details.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The outlets and platforms are a part of secret negotiations at present and cannot be commented on,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Heslop spoke about the objectives of the show.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The value is to create a high-level engagement with reggae music from a live performance and dance perspectives. Music is the food of love, and dance is the breath of life made visible. The culture of Jamaican/Caribbean and African ancestry will be highlighted in a marketable manner to an international audience through the music, food, fashion, and comedy.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Each season will come with 13 episodes. International recording artistes Shaggy; the New York-based New Kingston band, Easy Star All Stars; the Crown Jewels; Toots and the Maytals; Luciano; UK-based reggae artiste Princess; and dancers Blacka Di Dancer, Danca Family, and IRT Dancers were all a part of the pilot episode&rsquo;s taping.<br /> <br /> Asked if there are plans to have the show aired in Jamaica, Heslop said: &ldquo;Yes, it will be aired in Jamaica&rdquo;. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590808/253884_80792_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590810/253888_80810_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590809/253890_80789_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590812/253886_80791_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 AM DJ Lava a hit at Sandals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DJ-Lava-a-hit-at-Sandals_87306 LOIS Morgan is the only female disc jockey at Sandals Resorts International (SRI), and this is something she is proud of.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It feels good. Any female would appreciate it,&rdquo; Morgan told the Jamaica Observer during a recent visit to Sandals Ochi Beach Club in St Ann.<br /> <br /> Known as DJ Lava, she has made her name creating a musical storm whenever she gets a chance to showcase her talent. She recalled it was her sense of style which got her the name Lava, but noted, too, that her craft had heavy influence.<br /> <br /> She said she had never envisioned working as a disc jock at Sandals, but rose to the occasion when the opportunity came her way.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;An opportunity just presented itself; I am an impulsive [person] so I jumped at it,&rdquo; Morgan said, adding that she has been heating up dance floors some 10 years now.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is like having everybody in your hands. You are like a puppet master,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> She disclosed that before joining the SRI group, she worked as a freelancer playing both locally and internationally. She has also worked at<br /> <br /> SunCity Radio in Portmore, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> The disc jockey said guests at Sandals Ochi Beach Club have praised her as the best female deejay they have ever encountered.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They love my style. They say sex sells, but I have skills. As a female disc jockey I use my talents,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> The entertainer recalled that growing up around music caused her to fall in love with it from an early age.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My uncle was a part of the Blood Fire Posse. We had a family studio. I loved the drums; I love instruments. I&rsquo;ve always admired disc jockeys when I listen to the radio or watched television,&rdquo; she said, while admitting that it was difficult breaking into the field.<br /> <br /> She thanked the Sandals Group Director of Entertainment Joel Ryan and CEO at SRI Adam Stewart for having confidence in her abilities.<br /> <br /> And while she keeps many entertained in a party atmosphere, Morgan admitted to being a very reserved person who spends most of her time downloading and mixing music. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t drink, I don&rsquo;t smoke, and I don&rsquo;t party much unless I am working. I am somewhat a laid-back person,&rdquo; she explained.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Renae Dixon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590825/253874_80750_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 AM Marley brothers for Kaya Fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marley-brothers-for-Kaya-Fest_87228 Brothers Ziggy, Stephen, Damian and Ky-Mani Marley head the line-up for Kaya Fest, scheduled for April 22 at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in Miami.<br /> <br /> The inaugural show is produced by the Marleys to promote their cannabis line, which is marketed by Marley Natural, a company they launched last February.<br /> <br /> According to Stephen Marley, the event will also make patrons aware of cannabis&rsquo;s versatility.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is very important for people to be educated on the various benefits and uses of the plant and this festival and symposium serves as a platform of bringing the knowledge of it to the people,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean, former members of The Fugees, Sean Paul and Inner Circle have also been confirmed for Kaya Fest.<br /> <br /> The Marleys father, reggae legend Bob Marley, was an unapologetic advocate for the legalisation of cannabis, or ganja as it is widely known in Jamaica. Several of his songs, including Kaya and Easy Skanking, saluted the weed.<br /> <br /> Marley Natural is a company based in New York. Its main products include four brands of Marley ganja (Black, Red, Green and Gold) which have a different level of potency.<br /> <br /> The company has also released a line of body care products that blends the moisturising power of hemp seed oil with Jamaican botanicals and a collection of smoking, storage and preparation accessories made from &ldquo;sustainably grown American black walnut wood and heat-resistant, hand-blown glass.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Stephen Marley said the Marley Natural products will be at Kaya Fest.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482736/245317_71814_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12528469/177680_51354_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13480317/245149_71685_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 AM From Kadeem to Kenzic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/From-Kadeem-to-Kenzic_87324 THE two-day reggae festival Rebel Salute, which was staged in St Ann on January 13 and 14, offered a platform for many an emerging act to showcase their talents on the roster of this established event.<br /> <br /> One such act was singer Kenzic.<br /> <br /> Known to many as an actor, Kenzic (whose real name is Kadeem Wilson) has graced the silver screen in films such as Ghett&rsquo;A Life, Home Again and Destiny. But he says he is slowly discovering his musical side.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Jamaica knows me for films, but this is something I am discovering about myself... it&rsquo;s like discovering me all over again, and so music is the focus for me right now,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer following his cameo alongside No-Maddz, on the first night of Rebel Salute.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Right now I&rsquo;m working with Nomaddz as well as a bunch of other producers, and we are coming up with some really wicked stuff. I am not limiting myself to any one genre of music, but there will also be some reggae and dancehall in there. So it&rsquo;s that fusion and where I find the balance in between the genres,&rdquo; Kenzic explained.<br /> <br /> Despite his love and appreciation for music, Kenzic is adamant that he definitely has no plans to give up on his acting career, but rather use each to support the other.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I will never give up on acting. I have great stuff in the pipeline,&rdquo; he hinted.<br /> <br /> When pressed, Kenzic relented: &ldquo;I have a new movie coming out this summer. Look out for me in Sprinter,&rdquo; he disclosed.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590805/253908_80803_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 AM The word is love from Selector A http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-word-is-love-from-Selector-A_87311 The compilation album has consistently been a big seller for companies who distribute reggae. These collections helped introduce the music to persons in remote areas like Japan where reggae fan Selector A is from.<br /> <br /> The 42-year-old has compiled three theme albums in the past three years. His latest, Reggae Loves Romance, was released last year by VP Records.<br /> <br /> It contains a number of hit songs such as Richie Spice's Brown Skin, Beres Hammond's Tempted To Touch and She's Royal by Tarrus Riley.<br /> <br /> His previous albums are Reggae Loves Africa and Reggae Loves Jah, also distributed by VP.<br /> <br /> According to Selector A, the albums transcend titles.<br /> <br /> "All are what I believe in and what I like to tell people. For instance, my first compilation album Reggae Loves Africa, I want people to know that there are still a lot of people who need help in Africa," he told the Jamaica Observer. "And I also personally believe that (all) people come from Africa, the Pangaea, which is a super continent that existed 300 million years ago, and about 175 million years ago started breaking apart. So, all our ancestors came from Africa. We are children of Africa. Then, why don't we help each other?"<br /> <br /> Released in 2014, Reggae Loves Africa contains songs like Garnet Silk's Moma Africa, One Way Ticket by Luciano and Africa by Freddie McGregor. It has been the strongest seller of Selector A's projects. It reached number three on Belgium's iTunes Reggae Chart, while Reggae Loves Romance peaked at number nine on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.<br /> <br /> Born in the southern Japan city of Kanagawa, Selector A moved to New York City in 1995, two years after he began listening to reggae. He recalls listening to Buju Banton's hard-hitting Murderer which was produced by Donovan Germain.<br /> <br /> He says Germain's Penthouse Records was the most popular label in Japanese reggae in the early 1990s, so he listened to most of its artistes including Twiggy and Wayne Wonder. Later, Selector A got into songs from other top producers such as Lloyd 'King Jammys' James and Bobby "Digital" Dixon.<br /> <br /> Another of his 'loves' albums is scheduled for release this year.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13591291/253882_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 23, 2017 2:00 AM Tom Laing ready for Kings Highway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tom-Laing-ready-for-Kings-Highway_87309 NEW York-based reggae singer Tom Laing is preparing to release Kings Highway before the end of the month.<br /> <br /> The Donni Marshall-produced single was initially on Laing&rsquo;s EP titled Love Is Ok, which was released by VP Records in 2015.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is an excellent song; it has a very positive message. It&rsquo;s one of my favourite songs from my EP. I believe the fans are going to love it,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Laing said an accompanying video for Kings Highway is in the works.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m putting things together to shoot the video in Jamaica. I&rsquo;ve never done a video in my homeland before, and I am looking forward to doing this one there for sure. I&rsquo;ve already received the treatment from the director so, as soon as everything is in place, we&rsquo;re going to get it done,&rdquo; said Laing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m working on some major projects right now, and when the time is right I will let the people know about them,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Born in Trench Town, Laing migrated to Florida in 1978 and has lived in Brooklyn, New York, since 2000.<br /> <br /> Laing is known for songs including Finally Free, Front Door and Belly of the Beast, featuring Capleton. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590771/253875_80755_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, January 23, 2017 12:00 AM Rodigan&rsquo;s reggae http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rodigan-s-reggae_87037 For 40 years British broadcaster David Rodigan has been a champion of Jamaican music. Now the 65-year-old is getting set to release his autobiography covering his years in reggae.<br /> <br /> The book, My Life In Reggae, written with Ian Burrell, is set to be released on March 3. The work chronicles how the son of an army sergeant major from Oxfordshire in England became one of the biggest ambassadors for ska, dub, dancehall and all genres in-between.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always been a champion for the artist(e)s and the music, but it was never really about my journey. However, over the years, my story has entwined with reggae, as has my relationship with the culture and people of Jamaica. I was reluctant to publish an autobiography, but I was frequently told by artist(e)s that I needed to &ldquo;write it down&rdquo;, not just for myself, but for the music &mdash; to document the journey and the sounds we&rsquo;ve come to love. So here I am at the sprightly age of 65 telling my story. I am proud to have been an ambassador for this great music over the past 40 years,&rdquo; he states on his Facebook page.<br /> <br /> He notes that he has already been blown away by the response to My Life In Reggae, and a tour of key reggae pockets in the UK &mdash; London, Bristol, Glasgow and Liverpool &mdash; is being organised to coincide with the release of the work. This tour will also be used to showcase his vintage dubplate collection.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m doing a book launch Q&A tour with special guests, including Gilles Peterson, Soul II Soul founder Jazzie B, and Massive Attack&rsquo;s Daddy G. After the Q&A&rsquo;s I&rsquo;ll be doing special dubplate only sets with surprise guests. These are going to be special evenings full of stories, tales and, of course, lots of rare dubs,&rdquo;Rodigan stated.<br /> <br /> The book launch will take place at Mick&rsquo;s Garage in London, with the tour through Bristol at The Lantern Colston Hall on March 11, The Art School in Glasgow on March 25, and The Merchant in Liverpool on March 26.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12627372/184022_14026_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589099/253350_80628_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Complexions is coming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Complexions-is-coming_87221 By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com Come March 8 and 9, Jamaican lovers of dance are being promised &lsquo;a performance of a lifetime&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Complexions Contemporary Ballet &mdash; the New York-based troupe helmed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson &mdash; will be in town for two performances at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. The world-renowned dance company comes to Jamaica courtesy of Pli&Atilde;&copy; For the Arts, a local arts development company with a mandate to expose lovers of the arts to international artistes with a view to have them share their talents with locals.<br /> <br /> Member of Pli&Atilde;&copy; For The Arts, Marisa Benain, explains that the decision to bring Complexions to Jamaica was never a hard sell, as the company has always wanted to perform in the Caribbean and specifically here in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was put on to Desmond (Richardson) by a mutual friend and he (Desmond) explained that the company would be in Bermuda and would just love to perform for a Jamaican audience. I knew of Complexions and had even seen Desmond perform live in a solo show. I thought to myself that it would be really great for Jamaican audiences to see a really great international dance company. When you think that Desmond has done it all &mdash; he has performed on Broadway, performed at the Oscars, danced for the Alvin Ailey Company and was the first African-American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre... he&rsquo;s just one of the greatest dancers of our time &mdash; I couldn&rsquo;t see any reason why Pli&Atilde;&copy; For The Arts would not want to bring the company here. And the response so far has been amazing,&rdquo; she states.<br /> <br /> For Benain and her group, bringing Complexions to Jamaica has been an exercise in perseverance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been a very hard but rewarding experience. Firstly, the level of preparation required at the Little Theatre is astounding. From the bathrooms to lighting and the stage flooring, so much has to be done to meet the stipulations of this internationally renowned company. It really points to the fact that Jamaica is in need of a world-class performing arts space. Then there is the task of soliciting sponsorship. We have all grown thick skins as we learn to take so many noes. The performing arts is not sexy and therefore it is still a hard sell in Jamaica. But we are thankful for those who have already come on board and those who have promised to do so.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Despite the challenges, Pli&Atilde;&copy; For The Arts pushes on and prepares to have Complexions in Jamaica, not only for the performances, but also for two masterclasses and a seminar.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Pli&Atilde;&copy; For The Arts is all about giving back. We are not about having Complexions just come, dance and leave. We need for some sort of exchange to take place, that is important. So there will be two masterclasses &mdash; advanced and intermediate &mdash; which is open to all dance companies and school groups. Registration for this has already started and it&rsquo;s on a first come, first served basis. The seminar will offer local dancers the opportunity to interact with members of the company and share ideas and concerns about dance as a career, the challenges and potential. We will also be offering a scholarship to participate in a summer intensive programme by Complexions. This is another important aspect as so many times our dancers would love to participate in these courses to sharpen their skills but cost is such a deterrent, so we are happy, to facilitate this,&rdquo; she states.<br /> <br /> Benain, who is also a principal dancer with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, says tickets are now on sale, with all the premium tickets for the March 8 gala already sold. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The only regret patrons will have is not attending. The Little Theatre will be transformed to present a truly world-class event. As a dancer myself, I can&rsquo;t wait to sit and be entertained and consumed by the fierceness that is Complexions Contemporary Ballet. It will be a performance of a lifetime,&rdquo; Benain muses. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589032/253658_80670_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589029/253660_80671_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589037/253659_80668_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589030/253657_80669_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Marley on wax http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marley-on-wax_87224 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer Vinyl, the most resurgent product in the music industry, makes its boldest reggae comeback through a new deal with Tuff Gong International Records and Sunpress Vinyl, a company located in Miami.<br /> <br /> The latter has signed on to manufacture vinyl editions of landmark albums by Bob Marley and The Wailers, as well as Stephen Marley and Damian &ldquo;Junior Gong&rdquo; Marley.<br /> <br /> Dan Yashiv, one of SunPress Vinyl&rsquo;s principals, told the Jamaica Observer that Natty Dread and<br /> <br /> Legend will be the first Marley titles his company will produce. He was unable to give a release date or what quantity will be shipped but added that it is &ldquo;a very exciting period for us&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Released in 1974, Natty Dread is Marley&rsquo;s first album for Island Records without original Wailers, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer Livingston.<br /> <br /> Legend is a compilation of 14 of his biggest hits, first released in 1984 by Island, three years after his death.<br /> <br /> Israel-born Yashiv started SunPress Vinyl with American film producer Stephen Hays. Other partners are Dan Pelson, former executive vice-president of Sony Music; and Benji Rogers, owner of PledgeMusic, a company that pre-sells vinyl records for artistes such as Wyclef Jean. <br /> <br /> The SunPress facility was previously owned by Joe Gibbs and Clement &ldquo;Coxson&rdquo; Dodd, two of reggae&rsquo;s top producers.<br /> <br /> The company, which has six manufacturing machines, launched operations this month with Future Blues, an EP by Miami DJ/producer Richard &ldquo;Hell&rdquo; Menendez. <br /> <br /> Their reggae series is a significant catch.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a big deal&hellip;Bob Marley and Tuff Gong are the stuff of legend. Everybody has at least one Bob Marley album and he&rsquo;s consistently one of the top vinyl sellers every year,&rdquo; said Yashiv.<br /> <br /> The Marleys return to a vinyl market that is booming. In December, Britain&rsquo;s Daily Mail newspaper reported that vinyl records (in that country) sold &Acirc;&pound;2.5 million the week starting November 28, compared to &Acirc;&pound;2.1 million for digital downloads.<br /> <br /> According to the Daily Mail, &ldquo;The interest in buying a physical format of music on vinyl has experienced a resurgence in the past 12 months. This time last year, the sale of vinyl albums reached &Acirc;&pound;1.2 million while digital sales were &Acirc;&pound;4.4 million. Vinyl has also experienced eight consecutive years of growth, despite almost dying out around 2006.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Tuff Gong and Universal Music, co-owners of the Bob Marley catalogue, have released his Legend and Live!albums on vinyl in the last 18 months.<br /> <br /> Yashiv moved to the United States in 1993 and worked as a studio audio engineer with hip hop acts like De La Soul and KRS One. He said vinyl production suits him since he got his start in the days of analogue recording.<br /> <br /> He said SunPress Vinyl are currently in discussion with &ldquo;major reggae players&rdquo; to manufacture albums and singles. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589045/253755_80629_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Red Rose for Gregory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Red-Rose-for-Gregory_87223 The Gregory Isaacs Foundation will be hosting their first annual Red Rose for Gregory fund-raising event on Sunday, February 12, at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> The project is being spearheaded by Isaacs&rsquo;s widow June, who told the Jamaica Observer that the idea came out of a discussion with a friend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Gregory is known for his lovers&rsquo; rock music, and in order to connect him to Valentines Day we came up with the idea. It is all about love and red roses... what better way to connect him,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Red Rose for Gregory will feature a stellar line-up which includes American group Atlantic Starr, Gem Myers, Karen Smith, Patricia Edwards, Robert Minott, Yvad, Christopher Martin, Ikaya, D&rsquo;Major, Kaydeno, and Steven &ldquo;Cat&rdquo; Coore of Third World fame.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This event is going to be spectacular as plans are in place to ensure that we have an incredible show that can assist in funding the foundation&rsquo;s charities,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Event headliner Atlantic Starr was among the top urban contemporary acts of the 80s and fared well in the adult contemporary market as well. They are known for singles such as Secret Lovers, Always and If Your Heart Isn&rsquo;t It. <br /> <br /> Known as the &ldquo;Cool Ruler&rdquo; because of his laid-back vocal style, Gregory Isaacs was one of the artistes who crafted lovers&rsquo; rock reggae with hits like All I Have is Love, Love is Overdue, Soon Forward and Night Nurse.<br /> <br /> He died from cancer in October 2010 at age 60.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589009/253750_80647_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13231209/223638_51169_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13198142/220833_51168_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Zacheous Jackson looks for a way out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Zacheous-Jackson-looks-for-a-way-out_87225 United Kingdom-based reggae artiste Zacheous Jackson has high hopes for his recently released single called Way Out. <br /> <br /> Produced by Red Ground Jamaica Music, the song, he said, tackles the lack of financial opportunities facing some Jamaicans.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are many persons in Jamaica who dont have the financial resources to make a way for themselves and their families, so some really qualified people find it hard to get jobs within their field of study and end up only getting work in hotels serving dinner and tea to tourists. There are even some who would just link up with a tourist romantically just to get a visa or green card. There are lots of qualified people living in Jamaica but are not given the opportunity to create a better life,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Way Out was officially released on December 17.<br /> <br /> Zacheous Jackson was born in London to Jamaican parents who hail from Negril, Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was exposed to the Jamaican culture from an early age. Reggae music was always playing in house and patois was the language of our home. At age 15, my mother took me to Jamaica to spend time with my family and learn more about the culture, and I fell in love with reggae music even more,&rdquo; the singer said.<br /> <br /> Zacheous said he started his career recording his songs at home on a Tascam 246, 4-Track machine, creating and voicing his own rhythms, before recording in a professional studio in 1985. <br /> <br /> In 2010 he released his debut album titled The Truth Shall be Told. This album, he said, opened the doors to performances at the One Love Festival in Europe in 2009 and 2010, and the Rototom Reggae Festival also in 2010.<br /> <br /> He later went on to release other singles such as My Woman, Give Thanks, Better Dayz, and Love Devotion.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan-Lindo<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13589039/253684_80644_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:00 AM Kevin Downswell grateful for YVA nod http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kevin-Downswell-grateful-for-YVA-nod_86697 GOSPEL singer Kevin Downswell is pleased to be among this year&rsquo;s Youth View Awards (YVA) nominations for Best Gospel Artiste.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is my fourth nomination, but each one feels like the first. I am very grateful, and I thank the supporters and the YVA&rsquo;s team for considering me as one who is worthy to receive this prestigious nomination. This is the YVA, so it (the nomination) is a big deal,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> According to the singer, this is a boost for his career as it shows that people are being impacted by the work he is doing. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s another step upwards and forward. It&rsquo;s a great look,&rdquo; Downswell continued.<br /> <br /> Also nominated in the category for Best Gospel Artiste are Jermaine Edwards, DJ Nicholas, Chozenn, and Marion Hall (formerly Lady Saw).<br /> <br /> For 2017, Downswell said he plans to focus more on pushing his album All The Way.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We plan to push this new album internationally and do much more with it locally as well. I also plan to do more groundwork in the form of charity through The Kevin Downswell Foundation. I want to impact lives in a more tangible way,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;People are in serious need, so I want to do my part to the fullest. This is the year of my greatest impact yet.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Released in June 2016, the 17-track All the Way is produced by Kevin Downswell, Dwain &ldquo;Wiya&rdquo; Campbell of Barbwiya Productions, Adrian Scarlett of Hitz Factory Records, and Grammy Award producer Tyshane Thompson from Florida. <br /> <br /> In addition to the title track, the set&rsquo;s tracklisting comprises Goodbye World, Good News (It&rsquo;s Gonna Be Alright), One Day and This Love (featuring Papa San). <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Every song on the album is about Jesus. The songs will deliver, and transform your (the listeners) lives,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> A former bio-chemistry major at the University of the West Indies, Downswell got his break when he won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song competition in 2003 and has never looked back. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;2017 is my year. I can feel it,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Alicia Barrett<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552891/251281_77984_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM All-White was alright http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-White-was-alright_87205 SNEAKERZ & Jeanz Promotions is pleased with the crowd support at the inaugural staging of Church Pen All-White Affair recently. The event was held at Bird of Paradise Lawn in Old Harbour, St Catherine. <br /> <br /> Khadine Nolan and Junior &ldquo;Kirk&rdquo; Richards were the organisers. The latter spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the event. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The turnout was between 400-500 people, which was good especially because it&rsquo;s a first-time event for Sneakerz & Jeanz. The majority of the patrons came out dressed for the occasion in their all-white,&rdquo; said Richards.<br /> <br /> Richards and co-partner Nolan are known for their annual summer party Sneakerz & Jeanz, which started in 2008.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We were just thinking of a next party for the year instead of only Sneakerz and Jeanz and that&rsquo;s how we came up with this,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Richards said patrons can look forward to it becoming an annual event.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to big up all the sponsors, in particular Campari. Big up all the supporters of Sneakerz and Jeanz; Church Pen, Old Harbour, Spanish Town, Portmore and May Pen,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> Sneakerz & Jeanz will be held on July 15. A back-to-school treat is scheduled for August 20. <br /> <br /> &ndash; Sade Gardner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587291/253702_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587286/253705_80526_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587289/253703_80524_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587290/253704_80525_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 12:00 AM Tribann set to Fly Away http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tribann-set-to-Fly-Away_87152 Emerging singjay Tribann is gearing up to release his single called Fly Away on Monday. Produced by Shain Martin, Fly Away speaks about life&rsquo;s challenges. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Life is sometimes far from being a bed of roses and we are oftentimes faced with a lot of challenges. As a result, we just want to take ourselves away from it and just fly away,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Tribann said he has high expectations for the single as it contains a message that everyone can relate to.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I really do not put a limit to the single as the message is one that everyone can resonate with. Although the song speaks about life&rsquo;s challenges, it still has a positive message and that is always a good thing to not only identify the problem but to give solid advice as well,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Fly Away was recorded at Frenz for Real Studios.<br /> <br /> Born in St Ann, Tribann (given name Merrick Anthony McKenzie) is a past student of Ocho Rios High School. He said it was the tragic loss of his brother a few years ago that brought him to music.<br /> <br /> Among releases are Garrison, Cannabis, Sweet Like Honey, Range Rover and<br /> <br /> Teardrops. <br /> <br /> &ndash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587285/253626_80527_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM Mello Vibes next Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mello-Vibes-next-Saturday_87153 Mello Vibes &ndash; Best of the 70s, 80s and 90s is set to take place at the Mas Camp in St Andrew, on Saturday, January 28.<br /> <br /> Dubbed Disco Inferno, the event will see top disc jocks DJ Marvin, DJ Nicco and Krazy Chris in musical showdown as they battle to keep patrons entertained.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Expect these three DJs to deliver three decades of great hits, which will result in non-stop dancing,&rdquo; promoter Gyete Ghartey of GLK Entertainment told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Held four times annually, Mello Vibes is one of the most consistent retro parties on the entertainment calendar.<br /> <br /> Patrons will be able to enjoy Colbeck Ginger Wine and Sangster&rsquo;s Jamaica Rum Cream drink specials all night.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587225/253631_80465_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587227/253633_80466_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587224/253635_80467_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587226/253636_80468_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587229/253637_80469_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587228/253638_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587223/253639_80471_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM Mutabaruka for Bobfest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mutabaruka-for-Bobfest_87147 DUB poet and social commentator Mutabaruka will take centrestage at An Evening with Mutabaruka scheduled for the Southwest Community Arts Center on New Hope Road in Atlanta on February 2. <br /> <br /> The event is part of the annual reggae legends tribute dubbed Bobfest, which runs from February 2-10.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;An Evening with Mutabaruka is really a performance of poetry reading, but as you know, I would reason with the audience during my performance,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Sharing the stage with him on Bobfest are poet Sunni Patterson, who will be the evening&rsquo;s host; saxophonist Bilal Sunni Ali; and percussionist Baba Sola. The other main attractions during the music and visual arts festival include the Trench Town Rock International Dance Night and the screening of the film Sankofa.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358498/199069_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM D-Lexx going for gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/D-Lexx-going-for-gold_87158 FAST-RISING deejay D-Lexx feels he will get the attention he deserves with his single The Gold.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song is getting good feedback, especially in the Cayman Islands... I have other songs out right now, but I'm pushing<br /> <br /> The Gold because mi feel seh it can work,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Released in August 2016, The Gold is produced by Money Maker/Emudio Records. <br /> <br /> According to D-Lexx, the song speaks to a determined spirit to do well and be successful. He contends anyone can relate to that.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It's the same, cause the new artistes nah get enough airplay &ndash; nah get airplay overall. For this year, I'd like to see a difference and get more airplay. I'm a young and upcoming artiste and without airplay it's hard so I'd like the selectors to push the younger artistes so that we can eat some food too. We're all just trying to hunt the gold,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> D-Lexx, whose given name is Shamari Dennis, has been recording for music for over five years.<br /> <br /> His other singles include Forgiveness and Real Friends.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Sade Gardner<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13588284/253643_80441_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 12:00 AM ORieL releases People Say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/ORieL-releases-People-Say_87149 People Say, the latest song from Dominican singer ORieL, has been released by Afar Music Group. It is the lead single from his first album, scheduled to be out in April.<br /> <br /> He hopes the sultry ballad will take off, especially in Jamaica, as Valentine&rsquo;s Day approaches.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Love is the eternal theme and it is so misunderstood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it comes to this particular topic, people always have a lot to say,&rdquo; said ORiel.<br /> <br /> The yet-titled album is also an Afar Music Group project, with ORiel, Ludwig Grant and Lloyd Willacy as co-producers.<br /> <br /> Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ORiel has worked with a number of Jamaican acts as an artiste and producer. He has released two EPs &mdash; Confidence 2.0 and Love&lt;souljah. em=""&gt;&lt;/souljah.&gt;<br /> <br /> &mdash; HC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12942458/201827_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM Tek Set eyes success with All About The Money http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tek-Set-eyes-success-with-All-About-The-Money_87156 UNITED States-based up-and-coming deejay Tek Set is encouraged by the airplay of All About The Money. <br /> <br /> The single, produced by Jermaine Reid on the Gold Dynasty label, was released on October 20, 2016.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I can feel the big break coming with this single and this year is a very serious year in my musical career. I am putting in the work, and I have some new songs to be released later this year. The fans have been very supportive and my goal is to keep the momentum going,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587241/253629_80380_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:00 AM