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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Chico makes comeback http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chico-makes-comeback_17648151 AFTER a six-year break, dancehall artiste Chico said he is on the comeback trail.<br /> <br /> The singjay is hoping to create a buzz with his latest singles Fulla Tricks, Tone It Down, Sexy Body Gyal and Say Whe yu a Say featuring Ward 21's Suku.<br /> <br /> Produced by Dre Day Music and released in August, Chico said Fulla Tricks is catchy and will resonate with the listeners.<br /> <br /> "It's a song directed at the females who think they are full of tricks and can empty a man's pocket," Chico told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "Sexy Body Gyal is basically the opposite, as it's a shout-out to the sexy, independent ladies, who are not afraid or too lazy to work for what they want," he continued.<br /> <br /> In explaining the reason for his absence, Chico said it was a bit difficult to find producers, as most of them are now home-based.<br /> <br /> "The music took a turn with the producers. That is, the producers that were prevalent in my era are no longer hot. So, I was trying to get myself familiarised with the new ones," he said.<br /> <br /> The singjay said there is a stark difference with today's music.<br /> <br /> "The music now is raw and unedited. Several years ago, it was subtle and suggestive. But now, not much is left to the imagination, as everything is just 'in your face'," he said.<br /> <br /> Chico, given name Patrick Walker, released his debut single, Why oh Why for King Jammys recording label in 1993. The track was a cover of a Tevin Campbell original.<br /> <br /> Even though he was not officially signed, he became a fixture at Danny Browne's Mainstreet Label where he released Stamina Body. He is known for other singles such as Nah Support Dem, Yuh Nuh Care, Grudgeful and Nuh Watch Gyal featuring Alozade.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Chico makes comeback<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11102924/Chico_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 02, 2014 1:00 AM Nefatari wins Underground Music Award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nefatari-wins-Underground-Music-Award_17653764 AMERICAN reggae pop artiste Nefatari is still basking after copping the Most Promising Female Artist Award at the 11th Underground Music Awards (UMA) held at the BB King's Theater in Times Square, New York, on Sunday, September 21.<br /> <br /> The artiste, whose parents are both from Spanish Town in St Catherine, spoke to the Jamaica Observer about her win.<br /> <br /> "Winning the award is a great achievement for me. To win that title in a market such as the United States is a dream come true. The fact that this award was decided by the people, means that you have the streets behind you, which is a huge element in breaking as an artiste," said Nefatari.<br /> <br /> The Underground Music Awards aim to honour the achievements of unsigned and independent artistes within the urban music scene. Among former recipients are rappers Nikki Minaj, Ice T, Naughty by Nature, and Remy Ma. Singer Lumidee is also a recipient.<br /> <br /> Nefatari, whose given name is Nefatari Cooper, said she is currently promoting her latest single, My Buddy.<br /> <br /> Produced by Tony Bless, the single is on the artiste's Hazel May Music label.<br /> <br /> "For the last quarter of 2014, my team and I are focused on promotion. So we have several performances set up in the New York area and we have been flooding the streets with my promotional CDs," she said.<br /> <br /> Nefatari is known for tracks including What You Think About Me, They Don't Know and Talking Over featuring Erup.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> Nefatari wins Underground Music Award<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11102928/Nefatari-new_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 02, 2014 1:00 AM Aidonia to unveil line http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Aidonia-to-unveil-line_17665192 DANCEHALL deejay will unveil his 1V clothing line at the Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, tonight.<br /> <br /> The event will also see a performance by the artiste and his JOP camp members.<br /> <br /> The line &mdash; which includes tank tops, T-Shirts, pullovers, hats and caps &mdash; will be available at Di Trends, Bargain Mall in Clock Tower Plaza in Half-Way-Tree and Micnad's Fashion, Limelight complex, also in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.<br /> <br /> According to the deejay, the event is timed to coincide with Jamaica Observer's Take Style Out.<br /> <br /> "Ever since my emergence on the music scene, I've always had an affinity for business. Music and fashion compliments each other and I believe starting a clothing line is a good marriage for my music. It's also something the fans have been demanding for years, and the truth is everybody likes to wear clothes," said Aidonia.<br /> <br /> Aidonia to unveil line<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11102927/Aidonia_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 02, 2014 1:00 AM Soul in the Sun organisers promise 'good vibes' at beach party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Soul-in-the-Sun-organisers-promise--good-vibes--at-beach-party_17664343 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; ORGANISERS of the inaugural staging of the Soul in the Sun Musical Festival to be held in Montego Bay from October 10-12 are promising excellent music and great food at the beach party, scheduled for the SeaWind Beach Club on the last day of the event.<br /> <br /> "After having had two nights of live musical bliss, the event closes out at SeaWind Beach Club for what promises to be a day of music and good vibes," said Junior Taylor, the producer of the festival.<br /> <br /> "We felt that there was no need to hurry home after the live concerts and SeaWind Beach Club agreed, so other than great music being played all day, there will be great food and lots to drink as the beach club will be pulling out all the stops for patrons," he said.<br /> <br /> The live concerts, which will be held at the Aqueduct in Rose Hall will feature Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, Dru Hill, Silk, LUST, Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, Freddie Jackson, Howard Hewitt and Richie Stephens.<br /> <br /> According to Taylor, the beach party will also feature music from yesteryear by three well-known deejays from "back in the day". These include Collin Hines, Yohann Stephens and Turbo, who are all still relevant in the entertainment business.<br /> <br /> The beach party, he said, begins at 12 noon and ends at 8:00pm.<br /> <br /> -- Mark Cummings <br /> <br /> Soul in the Sun organisers promise 'good vibes' at beach party<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11103088/Junior-Taylor_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 02, 2014 12:00 AM Mr Vegas for Nyammins and Jammins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mr-Vegas-for-Nyammins-and-Jammins_17663839 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; A blend of gospel and dancehall acts are scheduled to perform at the 2014 staging of the annual Nyammins and Jammins Food Festival at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre on Heroes' Day, October 20.<br /> <br /> Veteran dancehall star Mr Vegas is expected to highlight the entertainment segment of the event, which will be dubbed 'Ward's Power Tools 4-H Nyammins & Jammins'.<br /> <br /> The concert will also feature RDX among other dancehall acts as well as gospel artistes Kevin Downswell and Montego Bay-based gospel group Tribe of Judah. Backing Band will be the Fabulous 5 Incorporated.<br /> <br /> The festival also features a wholesome family entertainment package, which includes over 30 booths, showcasing<br /> <br /> horticultural and arts and crafts, educational/informational booths, kids' village. Other daytime activities include Mr and Miss 4-H, Celebrity Chef cook-offs, using shrimp and lion fish, culinary demonstrations and DJ competitions.<br /> <br /> The Nyammins & Jammins Food Festival is a fund-raising event staged annually by the St James 4-H Advisory Council.<br /> <br /> -Horace Hines<br /> <br /> Mr Vegas for Nyammins and Jammins<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11103099/sponsors_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11103101/Vegas-cropped_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 02, 2014 12:00 AM Cocoa Tea looks to Sunset In Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cocoa-Tea-looks-to-Sunset-In-Negril_17654370 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com REGGAE singer Cocoa Tea is gearing up for the release of his latest album Sunset In Negril on his Roaring Lion imprint.<br /> <br /> The 12-track project will be released in time for his upcoming United States tour which kicks off <br /> <br /> on October 22.<br /> <br /> "It's a mixture of lovers' rock and social commentary," Cocoa Tea told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The set includes the title track as well as Darling, North Wind and cover of Bob Marley's classic War.<br /> <br /> "The tour will encompass the US East and West coast, as I promote the album," he said.<br /> <br /> After concluding his US tour on December 13, the singer will be heading to Nigeria and then Europe.<br /> <br /> Sunset In Negril follows Cocoa Tea's 2012 album, In A Di Red.<br /> <br /> The Clarendon-born singer, who started the annual New Year's Eve stage show Dancehall Jam Jam, said he has plans of resurrecting it.<br /> <br /> "I had plans for Dancehall Jam Jam this year but because of the tour, I didn't have time. But next year definitely," he said.<br /> <br /> Started in 2003, Dancehall Jam Jam was last held in 2009.<br /> <br /> Now in his 50s, Cocoa Tea &mdash; whose given name is Calvin Scott &mdash; was born in Rocky Point, Clarendon. His large catalogue includes hits including Lost My Sonia, Rocking Dolly, Lonesome Side of Blue, and Tune In.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099198/Cocoa-Tea_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:00 AM Sam Smith Gives Romain Thumbs Up! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sam-Smith-Romain-Thumps-Up-_17655509 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer BRITISH soul singer Sam Smith has given Jamaican reggae act Romain Virgo the thumbs up for his cover of Stay With Me. The single is from Smith's debut album In the Lonely Hour released in May.<br /> <br /> BBC1 Extra radio disc jock DJ Toddla T brought the song's attention to Smith. After listening to Virgo's cover, he turned to Twitter.<br /> <br /> "Wow, I Just saw it! So sick!!!" he tweeted.<br /> <br /> Virgo feels the acknowledgement will further generate interest to his version of the song which was recorded in May.<br /> <br /> "Niko Browne from Lifeline Music introduced me to the song after watching Sam Smith perform it on NBC's Saturday Night Live". I thought it was a simple but beautiful song that we could introduce to the Jamaican and reggae fans across the world if we gave it a reggae sound. We honestly thought that the ladies especially would love it," Virgo told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> While Virgo's cover of Stay With Me has been doing the local rounds, the single is number one on reggae charts in Trinidad, St Vincent, Grenada and St Lucia.<br /> <br /> Virgo, a 2007 winner of the local talent competition Digicel Rising Stars, has also received fair airplay with Adele's Do You Remember and Michael Bolton's Soul Provider.<br /> <br /> Asked whether he was surprised at the reception for the song, Virgo said: "Every time we do a cover of a song, fans -- local and abroad -- always love. I just see it as having fun with the music and also showing respect to other genres that would show the same respect to Jamaican music."<br /> <br /> Smith is currently the hottest male vocalist globally. In the Lonely Hour has sold gold in the US and platinum in the United Kingdom. It topped the UK album chart and peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 album chart. In addition to Stay With Me, the album produced the hit singles Money on My Mind and I'm Not the Only One. He won the 2014 BRIT Critics Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll.<br /> <br /> Prior to his album, Smith was featured vocalist on Naughty Boy's number one single La La La in 2013.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099196/sam_smith_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:00 AM Another Jamaican on The Voice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Another-Jamaican-on-The-Voice ANOTHER Jamaican has made it through the blind auditions of the NBC reality TV talent show The Voice on Monday.<br /> <br /> Reggae singer Anita Antoinette had all four celebrity judges &mdash; Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton &mdash; blown away with her powerful rendition of Bob Marley&rsquo;s Turn Your Lights Down Low.<br /> <br /> Antoinette &mdash; who was born in Kingston and migrated to Boston at eight &mdash; however, selected Gwen Stefani as coach. Stefani responded in true dancehall fashion. &ldquo;Bow, bow, bow!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This was Antoinette&rsquo;s second attempt at the competition. Antoinette tweeted after her auditions: &ldquo;Aaaw so cool! Waited so long to say this...I&rsquo;m on iTunes! Levine said she did her homework and returned to make an impact.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We told you to come back and you&rsquo;re here. I do have a special place in my heart for the one and only Tessanne Chin,&rdquo; he said, in reference to the season five winner.<br /> <br /> Chin tweeted her support her fellow Jamaican: &ldquo;@AnitAntoinette just got a chance to see your #BlindAudition !!! You represented beautifully !!! #OneLove#JamaicansOnTheVoice #Proud.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In December, Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin walked away with the top spot on the NBC talent show The Voice, creating music history in the process as the first Jamaican to ace the popular contest. &mdash; Cecelia Campbell-Livingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099197/anita-antoinette-1024_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:47 AM Anita Baker sued http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Anita-Baker-sued_17654216 DETROIT, USA (AP) &mdash; A lawyer who represented Anita Baker against allegations that she failed to pay for work done on her Detroit-area home is suing the singer, saying she owes him money.<br /> <br /> Jamal Hamood filed a US$150,000 lawsuit against Baker on Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court.<br /> <br /> It was Hamood who earlier this year said Baker was wrongly accused by a company that says the Grammy-winning vocalist owes it US$15,000.<br /> <br /> Now, Hamood tells WXYZ-TV Baker owes him for more than a year of work. <br /> <br /> Anita Baker sued<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099209/anita-baker_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:00 AM All in the numbers for T Rizzy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-in-the-numbers-for-T-Rizzy_17656126 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com FOR T Rizzy, the winner of the 2014 season of Digicel Rising Stars, it was all in the numbers.<br /> <br /> The 20-year-old from Falmouth in Trelawny had grown up watching the popular televised talent show and always knew he wanted to be a part of the experience.<br /> <br /> "I remember turning on the TV and the sound came up before the picture: 'it's the final audition show for the 2014 season of Digicel Rising Stars, Saturday, June 22, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.' I just knew it was my year."<br /> <br /> The youngster just kept using dates and numbers to motivate him to step from the shadows into the spotlight.<br /> <br /> "I was born on November 14 and I am 20 years old, that's 2014, and November is the 11th month of the year and this is the 11th season of Rising Stars... I just kept using that to inspire and motivate myself," said the soft-spoken singer.<br /> <br /> T Rizzy's numbers and self-motivation came to a head last Sunday when he was announced winner of the season in which he faced off with St Thomas teenager JL.<br /> <br /> "I am overwhelmed. I don't think that I am not half as excited as the people who voted for me. They have just been amazing and I just want to thank them for the trust and hope they have placed on me."<br /> <br /> Armed with his new title and one million-dollar cash prize, T Rizzy, whose given name is Andre Tyrell, is ready to take his musical career to the next level.<br /> <br /> "I am ready to find a good studio and surround myself with good people to make good music and fulfil the vision."<br /> <br /> That vision, he said, is to produce music that will bring about positive change, bridge the gap between the generations and break the chains of negitivity which oftentimes befall young, aspiring artistes like himself.<br /> <br /> "The entire world is looking to Jamaica at this time, whether it is through our athletes or our artistes. I would love to become an ambassador for my country through music spreading a message of hope... giving hope to our elders. A lot of young people have also lost their sense of identity and I would also like to use my music to remind them to be themselves, everyone else is taken, so just do you," said T Rizzy.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099204/Top-2-DRS-14_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099200/TOP-10-DRS-14_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099201/T-Rizzy3_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:00 AM Events at a glance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Events-at-a-glance_17655370 WEDNESDAY<br /> <br /> Funny Kind'a Love<br /> <br /> The hilarious play Funny Kind of Love continues this evening at Centrestage Theatre, Cinema 2, Dominica Drive, New Kingston. The all-star cast of performers comprise Camille Davis, Glen 'Titus' Campbell, and Sharee Elise and Sakina Deer in alternating roles. Starting time is 8:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.<br /> <br /> THURSDAY<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out<br /> <br /> Bargain lovers can take to the various stores across the island as the Jamaica Observer presents Takes Style Out. The shopping experience begins at 5:00 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY, OCT 3<br /> <br /> Loyalty We Sey, Not Royalty<br /> <br /> It will be a two-in-one affair at Loyalty We Sey, Not Royalty -- a birthday and round-robin party on Friday. The event is scheduled for the Happy Time Cool Spot, Washington Square, McIntyre Villa, in St Andrew and features the music of Fresh Sound.<br /> <br /> Starting time is at 9:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Seafood Night<br /> <br /> The weekly Seafood Night continues on Friday at The Essence, Kings Plaza in St Andrew. Patrons can dine to the music of Vin the Musical Maestro.<br /> <br /> Appleton Uber<br /> <br /> Appleton Uber continues this Friday at Club Privilege, 16 Trinidad Terrace in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Smirnoff VIV Fridays<br /> <br /> Smirnoff VIV Fridays takes place at the V Club, 5 Madrid Avenue in Portmore, St Catherine. The weekly vibe kicks off at 9:00 pm.<br /> <br /> SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4<br /> <br /> Come Celebrate Jesus <br /> <br /> Praise and worship will be the order of the day at Come Celebrate Jesus slated for the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. The event will feature American gospe singer Ron Kenoly. Starting time is at <br /> <br /> 6:30 pm.<br /> <br /> SUNDAY, OCT 5<br /> <br /> Bikini Sundayz<br /> <br /> Bikini Sundayz will take place at the Ultra Beach Club, Hellshire in Portmore. Music will be provided by Santana, Krazy Dean and Scientist.<br /> <br /> Sundayz Live Show<br /> <br /> The Live Show at the Essence, located in the Kings Plaza in St Andrew, will continue with mento/jazz and blues. The featured band will be Energy Plus Mento Band. Music will be provided by Errol the Rock. Starting time is 6:00 pm.<br /> <br /> SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26<br /> <br /> Big People Party<br /> <br /> BPP Promotion presents Big People Party -- House Party Edition scheduled for the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew, on Sunday, October 26. Music by Alonzo Hawk and Squeeze.<br /> <br /> Starting time: 9: 00 pm. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099206/Glen-Campbell---Sakina-Deer_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:00 AM TSO takes over Thursday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/TSO-takes-over-Thursday KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; With just a few hours to go before the start of the annual Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) five-hour discount shopping spree Thursday, participating stores and companies are making final preparations.<br /> <br /> TSO kicks off at 5:00 in the afternoon and will run until 10:00. Thousands of shoppers across the island are expected to flock participating stores, spas and auto houses to get the best deals.<br /> <br /> The event is the biggest since its inception four years ago with this year seeing a marked increase in participating businesses. TSO is the only shopping event to rival and outperform Christmas Eve spending, and is a major boost to the economy.<br /> <br /> Great deals can be expected at participating businesses in Port Antonio, Portland; Kingston and St Andrew; Portmore and Spanish Town, St Catherine; May Pen, in Clarendon; Mandeville, Manchester; Santa Cruz, Junction and Black River, St Elizabeth; Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland;  Montego Bay, St James;  Brown&rsquo;s Town, St Ann&rsquo;s Bay and Ocho Rios in St Ann.<br /> <br /> The event&rsquo;s main sponsors are the National Commercial Bank, Digicel, Samsung, Island Car Rentals, the Jamaica Yellow Pages, and JPS eStore. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11101858/Screenshot_2014-10-01-19-53-22-1_w300.jpg Local News Wednesday, October 01, 2014 7:56 PM Tahiry Jose parties at Fiction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tahiry-Jose-parties-at-Fiction-_17646474 TAHIRY Jose, American reality TV star, was special guest at Fiction Fantasy Fridays on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew on the weekend.<br /> <br /> Jose, who stars in the VH1 television series, got a taste of the city's nightlife and was impressed. Clad in a Givenchy outfit, the reality star danced all night in the Moet VIP Lounge.<br /> <br /> "It reminds me of a New York club. It was live, the music was great and the service was impeccable," said Jose.<br /> <br /> Jose -- born to Dominican parents in Harlem, New York -- said this wasn't her first visit to 'The Rock'.<br /> <br /> "I visited at 17 in Montego Bay. I was with family," she said.<br /> <br /> Jose said she got familiar with the music and the cuisine. She lists the music of late reggae star Bob Marley and international recording act Shaggy among her local faves.<br /> <br /> The series Love & Hip Hop chronicles the lives of several women involved with hip hop in New York.<br /> <br /> Recently, American singer Trey Songz also a guest at the St Andrew nightclub.<br /> <br /> "We continue to provide a creme de la creme experience every week," said Cortia Bingham, PR manager for Fiction Fantasy.<br /> <br /> Tahiry Jose parties at Fiction <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11099216/Cortia-Bingham_2943_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:00 AM Chik-V goes &lsquo;airborne&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chik-V--airborne-_17649121 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com THE outbreak of chikungunya virus (chik-V) has certainly been Jamaica's hot-button topic in recent weeks. And, 11-year-old deejay Wayne J has added his voice to the discourse.<br /> <br /> His single, Chikungunya, has been doing the rounds. Produced by Ikation Records, the track was officially released on Sunday.<br /> <br /> "I thank the disc jocks for playing it. It really makes me feel good," Wayne J told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> A student of Pembroke High School in St Andrew, Wayne J (given name Wayne Smith Jr) said he hasn't heard the single yet.<br /> <br /> "I've never heard it. People tell me about it," he said.<br /> <br /> According to Wayne J, the song was written by his father and "with some input from me".<br /> <br /> Ironically, he and his mother are recovering from the illness, while his father has fully recovered.<br /> <br /> "I never knew I could have gotten it," said Wayne J, who lives in the Waterhouse community of St Andrew.<br /> <br /> He also knows that he can only get it once.<br /> <br /> The Ministry of Health put the number of confirmed cases at 35. However, some estimate it in the thousands.<br /> <br /> Chik-V is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and causes fever, joint paint and rashes.<br /> <br /> On Sunday, Dr Fenton Ferguson, minister of health, in an address to the nation, appealed for Jamaicans to help the health authorities combat the rapid spread of the virus.<br /> <br /> "Check your flower pot saucers, your dish drain boards, your refrigerator troughs, plants, pet feeding bowls. Scrub them clean to get rid of the mosquito eggs and punch holes in tin cans," Dr Ferguson urged.<br /> <br /> For Wayne J, he said he will be balancing his books and his music career.<br /> <br /> "I want to do good in school," he said.<br /> <br /> In addition to Chikungunya, Wayne J's other releases include 18 and Older, Stay In School, and Hard Work.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095554/Wayne-J_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 AM Marlin Mayhem creates a splash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marlin-Mayhem-creates-a-splash_17648683 By Everard Owen Observer writer SUPER-INCLUSIVE party Marlin Mayhem was the perfect start to the 51st Port Antonio International Marlin tournament at the Ole Marina in Port Antonio, Portland, on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> DJs Richie D, Aries Supreme, and Illest Cruse provided the different genre as patrons danced up a frenzy.<br /> <br /> DJ Richie D, in one of his stints, play music from a wide selection of Jamaican artistes, including Buju Banton, Chronixx, Freddie McGregor, and Tony Rebel; while Aries Supreme kicked off with hip hop getting revellers on a musical high and then keeping them there with popular selections from Mr Vegas, Vybz Kartel and Bugle.<br /> <br /> DJ Cruise kicked off with a number of lovers' rock selections then moved into soca music and cooled down with some 70s R&B.<br /> <br /> The menu included jerk and bar-b-que chicken, jerked deer, and wild hog from Sea Bell Resort.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095599/DSC_0008_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095594/DSC_0015_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 AM Hewett promises a night to remember http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hewett-promises-a-night-to-remember_17648096 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com FANS of Howard Hewett can brace themselves for a great performance from the American singer when he takes the stage for Soul in the Sun in Montego Bay Music Festival from October 10-12.<br /> <br /> Hewett, who was part of the 1970s/80s aggregation Shalamar, is set for his Jamaican assignment. That group, comprising Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, gave the smash hit A Night to Remember and The Second Time Around.<br /> <br /> Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Hewett noted that, although he has stayed true to his musical roots, the maturity gained over the years allows him to put on a much better show.<br /> <br /> "With the years has come maturity, I hope," he chuckles. "But, in all honesty, I have become more comfortable in my own skin, and with 30-plus years as a performer, I am a better person on stage, in a recording studio, and in life. Period," said Hewett.<br /> <br /> One of Hewett's popular tracks is the inspirational Say Amen. It will be part of his 'track listings' for the event.<br /> <br /> "Every one of my shows ends with Say Amen; whether I am performing in a club, theatre or arena," he said.<br /> <br /> He said spirituality has always been a factor in his music.<br /> <br /> "Whatever I write and sing has to have a level of integrity. That's why I never sing about sex, but rather about love and romance," he said.<br /> <br /> His other hits include Show Me and I Wanna Know You.<br /> <br /> Currently, Hewett is working on an album, which he is producing through a company that he started with friends a few years ago. He sets the release date for the first quarter of 2015. He said six of the songs have already been completed, with another five tracks to go.<br /> <br /> "The sound is the music you have come to know and love with a modern twist.. I have always looked at what works for me and stayed true to that... I guess that has contributed to my longevity in this business," said Hewett.<br /> <br /> As for Soul in the Sun, Hewett will be opening act of the overseas artistes on Saturday, October 11.<br /> <br /> "I volounteered to go first, as I figure if I go out there, deliver my six to seven tunes and just kill it, the others are gonna have to come really good to top me. Any outcome it will be the audience that wins... it will be a great son, very fast-paced, high energy and I can't wait to get to Jamaica," he said.<br /> <br /> Hewett will hand off to Regina Belle, who will be followed by Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson, and Jeffrey Osborne who closes the show. Jamaican singer Richie Stephens is the opening act.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095587/howard-hewett_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 AM Honour for Sister Nancy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Honour-for-Sister-Nancy_17648205 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com ROOTS reggae artiste Sister Nancy is among four persons being honoured at the 13th staging of Icons of Soul slated for the Rochdale Community Centre in Queens, New York, on Saturday, November 8.<br /> <br /> Sister Nancy, whose given name is Ophlin Russell-Myers, will be receiving the Living Legend Award for her long-standing contributions in the music industry.<br /> <br /> The younger sister of deejay Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy first connected with hits such as Bam Bam, One Two and Cocaine at a time when Jamaica's music business was still dominated by males.<br /> <br /> Nancy's version of Bam Bam was recently featured in a Reebok TV commercial.<br /> <br /> Event conceptualiser Mikey Sterling said it has always been his desire to recognise those who have made a big impact on the music industry.<br /> <br /> "We are talking about contributions from the soul, that's the best place any real giving or service can come from," he told the Jamaica Observer. "There are some who will never get recognised until after they are gone, I don't believe in that. I want to honour them now while they are alive."<br /> <br /> Others receiving awards are: concert promoter Robert 'Bobby' Clarke, who will be getting the Man of the Year Award; Alma 'Mama Alma' Campbell The Queen of Promotions award; while Frano Francis will be getting The King of Promotions award.<br /> <br /> Recipients of the Icon of Soul Award include Winston 'Merritone' Blake, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell and radio broadcaster Jeff Barnes.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095607/Sister-Nancy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 AM Clooney/Alamuddin wedding No 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Clooney-Alamuddin-wedding-No-2_17649165 VENICE, Italy (AP) &mdash; The romantic canalled city of Venice has been the venue for 323 weddings of foreign couples this year. Only one has drawn crowds and paparazzi.<br /> <br /> George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin said 'I do' for a second time, yesterday, celebrating a civil wedding ceremony in Venice's City Hall on the Grand Canal, greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who waited hours for a glimpse of the newly-weds.<br /> <br /> The couple tied the knot two days earlier in a private ceremony attended by Hollywood celebrity friends and family in a luxury hotel. They followed up with a required civil procedure, which to be legally recognised must take place on a site designated by the city administration.<br /> <br /> The newly-weds arrived at the pre-Renaissance Ca' Farsetti in Clooney's regular water taxi, called Amore, trailed by dozens of boats with photographers, as has been the case all weekend.<br /> <br /> Clooney, 53, looked dapper in a grey suit and matching tie, while the bride, 36, wore a cream-coloured, short-sleeved jacket with palazzo pants and a matching wide-brimmed hat, accented by a navy ribbon.<br /> <br /> As they exited the boat, Clooney drew his wife's attention to the crowds on the opposite shore, and they stopped briefly to take in the scene and wave. Clooney then ushered Alamuddin inside, looking up at city employees watching from the surrounding buildings and pointing inside with his thumb as if to say, 'I gotta go'.<br /> <br /> They emerged about 20 minutes later with former Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, who performed both ceremonies. Veltroni sent the couple off, hugging Clooney and kissing Alamuddin on the cheek.<br /> <br /> They continued up the Grand Canal and under the arched Rialto Bridge, crowded with more well-wishers screaming "George, George," before disappearing up a one-way canal. Clooney's water taxi driver, who has ferried the actor around on his frequent trips to Venice, was later seen at the airport and indicated that the couple had left.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095645/Clooney-and-Wife_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 AM Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Amanda-Bynes-arrested-for-DUI_17648927 LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) &mdash; Former actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while under the influence of a drug, authorities said yesterday.<br /> <br /> Bynes, 28, was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer after she stopped in the middle of an intersection in the Van Nuys neighbourhood of Los Angeles around 4:00 am on Sunday. The former child star was determined to be under the influence of an unidentified drug after being evaluated at a nearby police station, the CHP said in a statement.<br /> <br /> The release states that Bynes, who has had a series of driving-related arrests, was cooperative but appeared dishevelled when she was taken into custody.<br /> <br /> Bynes was released hours later after posting US$15,000 bail. A phone message left for her criminal defence attorney, Richard Hutton, was not immediately returned.<br /> <br /> The one-time actress remains on probation for a 2012 case filed after she clipped a Los Angeles County sheriff's patrol car and was arrested for driving under the influence. Bynes pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving in February.<br /> <br /> Bynes was 13 when she landed her own hit variety programme The Amanda Show on Nickelodeon. She went on to star in the TV series What I Like About You and several movies, including What a Girl Wants, Hairspray and She's the Man.<br /> <br /> She has publicly stated that she has retired from acting. Her last film credit was 2010's Easy A, which starred Emma Stone.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095638/Amanda-Bynes_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 AM Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren&rsquo;t wearing seat belts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Wal-Mart--Morgan--others-weren-t-wearing-seat-belts_17648951 NEWARK, United states (AP) &mdash; Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seat belts.<br /> <br /> Wal-Mart's filing was made yesterday in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July.<br /> <br /> The accident killed a friend of Morgan's who was accompanying the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star back from a show in Delaware. Morgan spent several weeks in rehab with rib and leg injuries.<br /> <br /> Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc says the passengers' injuries were caused by their "failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device," which it says constitutes unreasonable conduct.<br /> <br /> An attorney representing Morgan and the other plaintiffs hasn't commented.<br /> <br /> Authorities say the Georgia truck driver hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the crash.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095648/tracy-morgan-limo_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11095631/Tracy-Morgan_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 AM Atlantic Records severs ties with Sean Paul http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Atlantic-Records-severs-ties-with-Sean-Paul_17641163 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer AFTER a decade-long relationship that produced a string of hit singles and two platinum albums, Atlantic Records has parted ways with deejay Sean Paul.<br /> <br /> Rumours that the label had dropped the Grammy-winning artiste have made the rounds in recent weeks. Craig Kallman, chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, confirmed the split via email on the weekend.<br /> <br /> Asked by the Jamaica Observer if Sean Paul was still with the label, Kallman responded: "No longer." He did not elaborate about what caused the split.<br /> <br /> Sean Paul signed with Atlantic Records in a joint deal with the independent VP Records in late 2002 following the success of his song Gimme the Light.<br /> <br /> Atlantic released the deejay's major label debut album, Dutty Rock, in November that year. It scored five Top 10 United Kingdom singles and five Top 15 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including Gimme the Light, Baby Boy (with Beyonce), Like Glue, Get Busy, and I'm Still in Love With You (featuring Sasha).<br /> <br /> Dutty Rock opened with first-week sales of 65,000 copies and peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200. In the UK, it debuted at number two and has sold over six million copies worldwide.<br /> <br /> The follow-up album, The Trinity, was released in September, 2005 and set a record for first-week sales by a Jamaican reggae act in the US with 107,000 copies. It debuted at number six on the UK Album chart and number six on the Billboard 200 Album chart.<br /> <br /> The Trinity has US sales of 1.3 million copies and worldwide sales of over 4.3 million.<br /> <br /> Imperial Blaze, Sean Paul's third album did not do as well in the US although it was certified gold in France. In the US, it hit number one on Billboard's Rap Album and Reggae Album charts and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the R&B/Hip Hop album chart.<br /> <br /> His next album, Tomahawk Technique, was released in January 2012, reaching number two on the Billboard Reggae Album chart and number 30 on the UK Album chart. It went gold in Switzerland where it sold over 20,000 copies.<br /> <br /> Full Frequency, Sean Paul's latest album, was released in February.<br /> <br /> Atlantic Records severs ties with Sean Paul<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11093049/Sean-Paul-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 29, 2014 12:00 AM When the &lsquo;majors&rsquo; came a-calling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/When-the--majors--came-a-calling DANCEHALL was the toast of major labels in the 1990s. Just about every major act in the genre was signed to a big American company, led by Shabba Ranks, Mad Cobra, Patra, Diana King, Beres Hammond and Garnet Silk.<br /> <br /> They set the pace for artistes like Shaggy and Sean Paul who signed with Virgin Records and Atlantic Records later that decade and 2000, respectively. The &lsquo;majors&rsquo; came courting in the late 1980s once they discovered dancehall was making inroads in the lucrative hip hop market.<br /> <br /> Dancehall had exploded in Jamaica as well as dances throughout West Indian communities (Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens) in New York City.<br /> <br /> Mainstream radio stations such as Hot 97 began playing the music and with the support of Queens independent label VP Records, the majors got dancehall on popular mediums such as MTV and BET. Here are some of the most successful dancehall acts signed to major labels:<br /> <br /> &bull; Shabba Ranks was king of the pack. While with Epic Records, he had back-to-back gold (500,000 units sold) albums in As Raw As Ever and X-Tra Naked, which also won successive Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album.<br /> <br /> &bull; Mad Cobra was at Columbia, which like Epic, was part of Sony International. His Hard to Wet, Easy to Dry album produced the massive hit song, Flex, and earned the set gold status.<br /> <br /> &bull; Like Shabba and Mad Cobra, Patra was managed by the Floridabased Specs/Shang team. She had gold albums with Queen of The Pack and Scent of Attraction, both for Sony International label Epic/550.<br /> <br /> &bull; In the 1990s, Super Cat &mdash; signed to Columbia &mdash; scored two gold singles with his remix of Jump and Alright with American boy rappers Kris Kross.<br /> <br /> &bull; Diana King hit it big in 1995 with the album, Tougher Than Love, which was distributed by Work, an affiliate of Sony International. Tougher Than Love sold gold on the strength of the dance number, Shy Guy.<br /> <br /> &bull; Signed to Atlantic Records, Wayne Wonder&rsquo;s 2003 album No Holding Back spawned the smash hit single No Letting Go went gold.<br /> <br /> &bull; Dawn Penn&rsquo;s 1990s remake of No No No was a smash hit and led to her being signed to Big Beat, which was distributed by Atlantic. Big Beat, an independent company, is owned by Craig Kallman, chairman and CEO of Atlantic. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11093037/patra_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11093033/Shabba-Ranks_0642_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 29, 2014 12:51 AM Entertainers spice up pan chicken festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Entertainers-spice-up-pan-chicken-festival_17641395 A delightful mix of gospel and secular music spiced up the CB Pan Chicken Western Regional Eliminations at Dump Up Beach in Montego Bay, on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Gospel artiste Goddy Goddy and dancehall deejays Cham and Assassin (Agent Sasco) served up a musical treat which was well received by the more than 6,000 patrons.<br /> <br /> Goddy Goddy opened the performance segment and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. His popular Chaka Chi Chi was well received.<br /> <br /> Assassin gave a yeoman performance laced with hit tracks including Anywhere We Go, Don't Me We Hold You and Roughest.<br /> <br /> Cham, who hasn't performed much on local shores in recent times, received a thunderous applause as he closed out the day's proceedings with his huge catalogue of hits. Galong Ya Gal, Vitamin S, Boom, Funny Man, Babylon Bwoy, and Ghetto Story did the trick.<br /> <br /> The entertainment package also included an impressive impersonation by Jamaica's Michael Jackson. With his slick moves, he bowled over the audience.<br /> <br /> The day also saw several guests seeking out their favourite jerk delicacies prepared by competitors in the pan chicken finals, as well as partaking in the offerings from sponsors including Copperwood Pork, Grace, and National Continental Baking company.<br /> <br /> Alicia Bogues, CB Chicken and Bad Dawg Sausages brand manager, was pleased with the day's proceedings.<br /> <br /> "It has been a great day. We worked so hard with our partners to make this event free and for everyone to come out and enjoy. Thanks to all who came out to support the event and also the hardworking pan chicken men and women who participated," said Bogues.<br /> <br /> Twenty-six competitors participated in the CB Pan Chicken Western Regional Eliminations. In the Grace Ketch Di Taste Sauce Competition, Andre Morgan and Jacqueline Moodie, took first and second place, respectively. Andre Morgan of Westmoreland was first place while Natasha White was first runner-up. Trelawny's Mervin Morgan came first, and Donald Williams took second place. St James winner was Natasha Malcolm and Pauline Johnson took second place. Donald Smith of Hanover came in first, while Sitrena Gilling rounded out the field. For St Ann, Charlett Dillon took top honours while Clarence Watson came in second.<br /> <br /> They will move onto the CB Pan Chicken Championship grand finals scheduled for November 23 at the Waterfront, downtown Kingston.<br /> <br /> Entertainers spice up pan chicken festival<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11093038/Assassin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 29, 2014 2:00 AM Aretha Franklin's diva classics due Oct 21 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Aretha-Franklin-s-diva-classics-due-Oct-21-_17641635 NEW YORK, USA (AP) &mdash; Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album October 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.<br /> <br /> Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will include songs such as Gladys Knight's Midnight Train to Georgia, Barbra Streisand's People and Whitney Houston's I'm Every Woman.<br /> <br /> The most contemporary track is a reworking of Adele's colossal hit Rolling In the Deep, which is the first single off the album. It will be available digitally Monday, when the 72-year-old will also perform the song on Late Night with David Letterman.<br /> <br /> Great Diva Classics reunites Franklin with longtime collaborator Clive Davis.<br /> <br /> "I mean, it is great," he said in an interview. "For her to do all these songs, it's very exciting."<br /> <br /> Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and Andre 3000 are among the album's producers. Other songs covered by Franklin include the Supremes' You Keep Me Hangin' On, Alicia Keys' No One and Dinah Washington's Teach Me Tonight. The icon's version of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive will incorporate some of Destiny Child's Survivor.<br /> <br /> The opening track is Etta James' signature song, At Last, and Franklin closes the 10-track set with Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U.<br /> <br /> Aretha Franklin's diva classics due Oct 21 <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11093010/ARETHA-FRANKLIN_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 29, 2014 2:00 AM Clooney, wife make appearance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Clooney--wife-make-appearance_17641695 VENICE, Italy (AP) &mdash; Wedding bands glinted under the Venetian sun on the hands of George Clooney and his new bride, Amal Alamuddin, as the heartthrob actor and the human rights lawyer emerged Sunday from the luxury hotel where they were married a day earlier.<br /> <br /> The groom, in a smart light Gary suit, sported a simple ring on his left hand. His wife, in a flouncy white short dress with pastel-coloured appliqu&eacute;s resembling flower blossoms, wore a thin band studded with what appeared to be roundish diamonds. The newlyweds shaded their eyes from the afternoon sunlight with dark glasses.<br /> <br /> They hopped into a waiting water taxi and, with Clooney putting his arm around her frequently, made their way down the Grand Canal to another waterside hotel where many of their guests were staying. Gondoliers steered out of their way.<br /> <br /> Tourists and Venetians cheered when Clooney waved and Alamuddin smiled broadly.<br /> <br /> The 53-year-old actor, who had vowed he'd never wed again, and the 36-year-old London-based lawyer, were married with Hollywood stars and family among guests.<br /> <br /> Celebrity-watching will last at least another day in Venice. City officials have announced the closure on Monday of a stretch of pedestrian walkway along the Grand Canal near the 16th-century Cavalli Palace, so the couple can have a civil marriage ceremony there. The palace is right across from the Aman hotel where the couple wed on Saturday evening.<br /> <br /> The marriage is the first for the bride and the second for Clooney, who had been one of the world's most sought-after bachelors since 1993, following a four-year marriage to actress Talia Balsam.<br /> <br /> Clooney, wife make appearance<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11093024/Clooney_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 29, 2014 2:00 AM