Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Redemption concert lives up to billing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Redemption-concert-lives-up-to-billing_51183 CELEBRATION of the life of late reggae legend Bob Marley continued on Sunday with the Digicel&rsquo;s Redemption Live Concert held at Sabina Park in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The free concert kicked off at 4:00 pm and featured stellar performances from the likes of Morgan Heritage, Cocoa Tea, Tanya Stephens, Bugle, and Sizzla Kalonji. <br /> <br /> Throughout the evening each entertainer paid tribute to Marley who would have celebrated his 71st birthday on February 6. Morgan Heritage delivered a well-rehearsed set for the crowd on hand. <br /> <br /> The group had fans in a sing-a-long to old favourites as well as new songs from their Grammy-nominated album Strictly Roots. <br /> <br /> Tracks from their catalogue included Tell Me How Come, Don&rsquo;t Haffi Dread, Reggae Bring Back Love, Down by the River and Nothing to Smile About. <br /> <br /> Veteran reggae singer Cocoa Tea did not disappoint. He delivered a knockout performance which saw him receiving numerous &lsquo;forwards&rsquo; from the crowd. <br /> <br /> Fans sang along in unison to Too Young, Lost My Sonia, Israel&rsquo;s King, Holy Mount Zion, Love Me Truly and Good Life. <br /> <br /> Making one of her infrequent local musical appearances, Tanya Stephens took her fans down memory lane with songs like It&rsquo;s A Pity, Handle the Ride, Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, What&rsquo;s Your Story, After You and These Streets. <br /> <br /> Bugle, currently riding high with his EDM-styled Rasta Party, had the venue chanting to Annointed, Be Proud, Don&rsquo;t Blame Life and Journey. <br /> <br /> His set was ignited further when he invited Agent Sasco on stage, who performed Almighty Protect Me and Hand to Mouth. Sizzla brought the curtains down on the show with a fiery finale. <br /> <br /> The August Townbased artiste gave a commanding performance, belting out faves, including Holding Firm, Simplicity, Solid as a Rock, Praise Ye Jah and Good Ways.<br /> <br /> Towards the end of his performance, Sizzla encouraged the telecom giant Digicel to invest more in education, and even suggested they erect a wing at the local universities.<br /> <br /> There were other great sets from I-Octane, Leroy Sibbles, Iba Mahr, Ikaya, Nesbeth, Andrew Tosh, Kelissa and Black Am I. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639591/184765__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639585/184760__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639587/184764__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639588/184763_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639589/184759__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639590/184766__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639592/184762__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:00 AM Miller debunks calls for Reggae Museum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Not-amused_51184 BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer Recent calls for the establishment of a reggae museum in Jamaica were debunked Sunday during the Jamaica Music Museum&rsquo;s Grounation series, at the Institute of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The lead story in last Friday&rsquo;s entertainment section of the Jamaica Observer, headlined &lsquo;Rodigan calls for reggae museum&rsquo;, quoted British radio personality David Rodigan, saying: &ldquo;There is a need for a reggae museum to be here in Jamaica to reflect the history of this music that you have and is revered all over the world&hellip;&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A previous Observer article highlighted the Lewis brothers, Ian and Roger of the Inner Circle Band, making a similar call.<br /> <br /> At the Grounation, Herbie Miller, cultural historian and director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, began his audio/visual presentation by putting those calls to rest.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We do have a music museum. And I should also take the media to task. However, I thank David Rodigan. They [the powers that be] will pay more attention to him than they would to me. Let&rsquo;s hope they listen to what he had to say,&rdquo; said Miller. &ldquo;The powers that be need to act sooner than later, in a bid to protect the music for future generations.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Rodigan made the call during last week&rsquo;s Reggae Wednesdays show at Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree. He was not impressed by the sparse attendance even though the event was free.<br /> <br /> Most of Miller&rsquo;s hour-long presentation was dedicated to iconic trombonist Don Drummond and his common-law wife, Margarita Mahfood, the alluring rumba dancer.<br /> <br /> Miller played snippets from Drummond&rsquo;s immortal recordings such as Addis Ababa and Far East, pointing out to the large audience that, &ldquo;Perhaps, there wouldn&rsquo;t be any Bob [Marley] and Peter [Tosh]without a Don Drummond.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The month-long series, looking at the Drummond legacy, continues Sunday.<br /> <br /> Don &lsquo;Cosmic&rsquo; Drummond was born March 12, 1932. A founding member of The Skatalites band, he died at the Bellevue Hospital on May 6, 1969.<br /> <br /> The mentally troubled musician was sentenced to that institution after he was found guilty of stabbing Mahfood to death at their east Kingston home on New Year&rsquo;s Day, 1965.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639645/184782_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:00 AM Simply Myrna US-bound http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Simply-Myrna-US-bound_51143 THE sixth Simply Myrna concert takes place March 5 at Formal Gardens, Devon House. It will be held under the distinguished patronage of Sir Kenneth Hall and Lady Hall.<br /> <br /> Myrna Hague, founder of the show, will again be the headliner. She gave details of next month&rsquo;s event during a launch at Hotel Four Seasons recently.<br /> <br /> The cast comprises Richie Stephens, vocalist/pianist Harold Davis, and the Carifolk Singers.<br /> <br /> Hague said she considered ending Simply Myrna last year but yielded to calls from fans. For the first time, it will be held overseas.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me and Mr [Lennon] Crooks [executive producer] were going to quit, but the audience have been clamouring [for the event]. We are in two cities in Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando,&rdquo; Hague told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The Fort Lauderdale gig is scheduled for April 17. No date has been confirmed for the Orlando show.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just an awesome pleasure and privilege for me. Myrna and myself, we go back a little way,&rdquo; Davis told the gathering.<br /> <br /> Vonnie Strong, a member of the Carifolk Singers, is looking forward to the show.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Simply Myrna is a brand by itself, and Myrna has distinguished herself as a performer. The Carifolk Singers are honoured to be a part of this and will continue to support,&rdquo; said Strong.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639447/184083_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639446/184084__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:00 AM Jahvillani  vows to Get Rich or Die Trying  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jahvillani--vows-to-Get-Rich-or-Die-Trying KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Roots singer Jahvillani urges his generation to ride the entrepreneur train on his latest song, Get Rich or Die Trying.<br /> <br /> Produced by YGF Records, it was released in December.<br /> <br /> "The song is really based on getting money, making a honest living. People think the youths dem lazy but a lot of us a try hard fi mek it," he said.<br /> <br /> Get Rich or Die Trying is Jahvillani's latest project with YGF Records which is based in Ocho Rios, his hometown.<br /> <br /> His previous singles, Gun a Bus' and God And Dem were also produced by that label.<br /> <br /> The 21-year-old Jahvillani (given name Dujohn Edwards) has been recording since he left Ocho Rios High School. Influenced by Bounty Killer, Buju Banton and Sizzla, he said he is not limited to a particular sound.<br /> <br /> "It&rsquo;s a mixture of dancehall, culture an' even party. Wi listen to every type a music."<br /> <br /> Jahvillani had an encouraging 2015. He had a popular summer song in Mouth Badman, co-produced by YGF Records and the Street Platinum label out of Toronto, Canada. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12641088/_MG_9754_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 09, 2016 9:19 AM Heads up to Maurice White http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Heads-up-to-Maurice-White_51058 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com AS a fledgling band, Third World kept their ears to the ground musically. They were particularly impressed by a genre-defying American group called Earth, Wind & Fire.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They had a great influence on Third World at the time the group was formed,&rdquo; Third World guitarist Stephen lsquo;Cat&rsquo; Coore told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Coore &mdash; who co-founded Third World, along with keyboardist Ibo Cooper &mdash; is currently on tour with the outfit in New Zealand and Australia. He said one of Earth, Wind & Fire&rsquo;s songs &mdash; 1973&rsquo;s Keep Your Head to The Sky &mdash; resonated with them.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We were playing clubs and dances at the time and Keep Your Head to The Sky was one of the songs we did as a band. We did it so well and, for this reason, Third World recorded the song many years later... We recorded it for Polygram on the same album with<br /> <br /> Reggae Ambassador and Forbidden Love,&rdquo; said Coore.<br /> <br /> Founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, died last Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He was 74.<br /> <br /> White &mdash; who was diagnosed with Parkinson&rsquo;s disease &mdash; started the band in 1969. Earth, Wind & Fire&rsquo;s horn-driven catalogue of hits include September, Shining Star and Boogie Wonderland.<br /> <br /> Coore said he never toured with Earth, Wind & Fire but met several members.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I personally never met Maurice but he was truly a consummate band leader, a writer of the highest order and a truly great singer. The music industry was blessed to have had him,&rdquo; Coore added.<br /> <br /> Keep Your Head to The Sky is also the title of White&rsquo;s autobiography which is expected to be released late this year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636979/184607__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636974/184609__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636977/184606__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Skip off the old block http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Skip-off-the-old-block_51099 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE Marley family has found its newest star to carry on the legacy of their famous patriarch, reggae king Bob Marley.<br /> <br /> Skip Marley, grandson of the legend and son of his daughter Cedella Marley, made his debut in front of a Kingston audience on Saturday night. From all indications, he is positioning himself to be a future torch-bearer for his family.<br /> <br /> The 19-year-old had the auspicious task of closing the Bob Marley 71st birthday jam session at the Bob Marley Museum, coming after great sets from high-riding acts Kelissa, Iba Mahr and Jesse Royal.<br /> <br /> Many thought this may have been suicidal for the unseasoned artiste but he proved them wrong.<br /> <br /> With a rhythm guitar slung across his wispy frame, and wailing tracks from his grandfather&rsquo;s catalogue, many stood in the courtyard of the famous 56 Hope Road venue, transfixed on what some expressed to be Bob reincarnate.<br /> <br /> Rastaman Vibration, Roots Rock Reggae, Three Little Birds and One Love were part of his set. However, the coup de gras was his rendition of Chances Are.<br /> <br /> For this ballad, Marley invited Marcia Griffiths, who had shared the stage with his famous grandparents as a member of the I-Three.<br /> <br /> Marley also performed two of his own tracks, Life and Cry To Me, which both went over well.<br /> <br /> His performance capped an energy-filled evening. The Bob Marley 71st birthday ambassadors, Jesse Royal, Kelissa and Iba Mahr were in fine form, each mixing tracks from the catalogue of the famous celebrant into their sets.<br /> <br /> Kelissa did a welcome rendition of We Don&rsquo;t Need No More Trouble. Iba Mahr cleverly segued from his own<br /> <br /> Will I Wait into Waiting in Vain, while Jesse Royal sampled a few.<br /> <br /> Other acts such as Dre Island, Runkus, McKeon, Feluke,Yvad, Bongo Herman Winston McAnuff and the Roots Uprising Band made their presence felt as they paid tribute to Marley and entertained the full house. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636995/184652_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM The &lsquo;Seans&rsquo; make it happen again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The--Seans--make-it-happen-again_51098 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer Sean Paul has once again teamed with British singer/songwriter Jay Sean. Their latest collaboration, Make My Love Go<br /> <br /> , was released last Friday by Sony Music UK.<br /> <br /> Make My Love Go is produced by Ezu and samples Maxi Priest&rsquo;s 1990 number one hit, Close to You.<br /> <br /> Jay Sean told online site Desiblitz.com his reason for sampling the Priest song.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I always loved that song and I just happened to be messing around with some chords and freestyled the Maxi Priest melody over them. Then I thought, &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s just do it. Let&rsquo;s bring that back to life.&rsquo; People in my era, that&rsquo;s something we grew up with but the younger kids don&rsquo;t know that great song,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Make My Love Go is the second collaboration by Sean Paul and Jay Sean. In 2010, they worked on the song Do You Remember which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.<br /> <br /> The 36-year-old Jay Sean is of Asian descent. He was previously signed to Virgin Records and Cash Money Records.<br /> <br /> His hits in the United Kingdom include Eyes on You, Stolen, Ride It, Maybe and Tonight. In the United States, his greatest success has been Down which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009.<br /> <br /> To date he has released four studio albums, the last being Neon in 2013. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12542090/178528__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636975/184611_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Summer Roze blooms with Bumpa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Summer-Roze-blooms-with-Bumpa_50872 BEING the daughter of a former world boxing champion, Summer Roze said she once flirted with the idea entering the ring. She, however, had a change of heart for a different arena.<br /> <br /> The Florida-born, 29-year-old singjay is hoping to score a knockout with her latest single Bumpa.<br /> <br /> &ldquo; Bumpa is an uptempo song with a spring-summer flavour... It&rsquo;s about strong women that&rsquo;s not gonna wait for men to do anything for us... it&rsquo;s about being empowered,&rdquo; Roze told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Released January 22, Bumpa is produced by Floridian DJ Speng for Massive Entertainment Group.<br /> <br /> The singjay, who is on one of her regular pilgrimages to the island, says she keeps close to her roots.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My father is from Papine while my mother is from Molynes Road, so I try to visit my relatives often. I also listen to the music to keep current,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Summer Roze (given name Rosemarie Grant) explained how she got into music eight years ago.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;At 17, I started training with my dad for about a year. But I had to quit boxing, it was too much stress...I had to quit,&rdquo; she chuckled.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My mom said to me: &lsquo;You&rsquo;re always writing poems. Why don&rsquo;t you write a song? Then it just clicked... My dad said he was OK with the idea as long as I did clean lyrics,&rdquo; she continued.<br /> <br /> Trained in fashion marketing and design, Summer Roze is the daughter of Jamaican boxer Uriah Grant. He won the IBF Cruiserweight Championship belt in 1997. Two years later, he defeated Thomas &lsquo;Hitman&rsquo; Hearns in the second round.<br /> <br /> Inspired to reach great heights, Summer Roze said she intends to put in the hard work to make it in the competitive music arena.<br /> <br /> Her other tracks include Brace Yuh Back and Drummer Boy.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636820/184174__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Roache goes back to basics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Roache-goes-back-to-basics_51037 By Simone Morgan Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com THE play, Mama Take Me Back to Church, debuts at the YMCA in Kingston, on Ash Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Playwright Andrew Roache said the production was borne out of a need for clean family entertainment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Having worked in the theatre world for almost three decades, persons always wanted a production with a religious plot. We have heard complaints about the lewdness within some plays...the viewers yearned for more and wanted something of more value,&rdquo; Roache told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He said he was approached by Whirlwind Entertainment to write the script and he accepted.<br /> <br /> According to Roache, Mama Take Me Back to Church is set in North America. It is about Joyce, a Christian woman, who struggles to accept her children&rsquo;s secular lifestyle.<br /> <br /> Joyce is played by Dorothy Cunningham.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When we approached Dorothy with the idea, she wanted to see the material as she is a Christian. She wanted to ensure that it was on par with her values and morals. She called back just days later as she believed that this production can win souls for Christ,&rdquo; said Roache.<br /> <br /> The cast also includes Sabrina Thomas, Samantha Brevett and Petrova Kenward.<br /> <br /> Roache, a former student of Kingston College, once worked as stage manager for Oliver Samuels. His previous productions include Strength of A Woman and Ras Genie. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636806/184538__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636808/184500__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Hardesty launches in the sunset http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hardesty-launches-in-the-sunset_51070 Rich Hardesty loves to describe himself as a &lsquo;Jamerican&rsquo;, given the countless times the American singer has visited Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Fitting then that he launched his first reggae album, The Sunset Show, in the country he considers a second home.<br /> <br /> The Indiana native performed at two shows on Saturday. First was the event celebrating Bob Marley&rsquo;s 71st birthday at the Marley Museum in St Andrew; then, a slot on artiste manager Claudette Kemp&rsquo;s show at Mandela Highway, marking her 36th year in the music business.<br /> <br /> The Sunset Show was officially released February 2 on compact disc by Hardesty&rsquo;s label of the same name. It is also available digitally.<br /> <br /> Hardesty said he is not pushing a particular song, but admits he has soft spot for Black Sheep Butterfly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That song is special because it started in Australia and landed in Jamaica. Julian Marley ended up playing drums on it, so that was pretty special.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Hardesty also covered<br /> <br /> Keepers of The Light, originally done by Ky-Mani Marley.<br /> <br /> Hardesty, who first visited Jamaica in 1993, started recording the album last summer at Anchor Studio in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Percussionist Bongo Herman, drummer Sly Dunbar, keyboardist Allah Lloyd, bassist Errol &lsquo;Flabba Holt&rsquo; Carter, guitarist Winston &lsquo;Bo Pee&rsquo; Bowen, saxophonist Everton Gayle, trombonist Everal Wray, and trumpeter Vivian Scott played on the set.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636807/184579__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Gospel semis for Ash Wednesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gospel-semis-for-Ash-Wednesday KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The semi-final round of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), is set for Ash Wednesday, February 10.<br /> <br /> This competition, which will take the form of a concert, will see the 35 semi-finalists from across the island compete for a top 10 spot at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.<br /> <br /> In addition to the 35 semi-finalists, the evening will feature a guest performance by the &lsquo;Reggae Worshipper&rsquo; Rondell Positive.<br /> <br /> Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639513/rondell_w300.jpg Local News Monday, February 08, 2016 5:36 PM Prohgres back with a bang http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Prohgres-back-with-a-bang_51072 Singer Prohgres returns to the scene with two new songs: The Wiggle Song (featuring DHQ Sher) and Success Deh Near.<br /> <br /> He told the Jamaica Observer that both are consistent with the songs he has done since his first recordings as a 15-year-old seven years ago.<br /> <br /> The Wiggle Song, produced by Simpac Music, is getting the lion&rsquo;s share of promotion.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All the focus is on The Wiggle Song. It is getting good rotation in England and Canada, and a video shoot is also in the pipeline,&rdquo; said Prohgres.<br /> <br /> The song is done with dancer/singer DHQ Sher.<br /> <br /> Born Richard Gordon, Prohgres is from Discovery Bay, St Ann. It Nuh Easy and Hustler are two of his earlier songs. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636969/184581__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Great sets at One Love Music fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Great-sets-at-One-Love-Music-fest_51018 By Horace Hines Observer staff reporter ROSE HALL, St James &mdash; Impressive performances highlighted the inaugural One Love Music Festival put on by Tuff Gong International. Held at the Aqueduct from Friday night into Saturday morning, it would have made reggae icon Bob Marley proud.<br /> <br /> Action kicked off on Thursday night with a charity gala on the lawns of the nearby Rose Hall Great House featuring Marcia Griffiths and Benjy Myaz.<br /> <br /> But it was Marley&rsquo;s grandson, Skip Marley, whose demeanour, appearance and vocals captured and replicated the persona of the &lsquo;Gong&rsquo;, who would have been 71 yesterday.<br /> <br /> Son of Cedella Marley, he had the audience transfixed. He eased through Rastaman Vibration, Co<br /> <br /> ming in From the Cold and Three Little Birds, from his grandfather&rsquo;s catalogue, as well as his original,<br /> <br /> Cry for Me.<br /> <br /> Ky-Mani Marley also delivered renditions of his father&rsquo;s classics, as well as his smash hit In Love with a Rastaman and<br /> <br /> High Like Skyscraper.<br /> <br /> However, it was the performances of Iba Mahr and Tessanne Chin that set the venue alight. The former connected with his audience the moment he struck the first note of Great is The King of All Kings. He revved up the tempo with Will I Wait in Vain, Mama Rosie, and others.<br /> <br /> There were wild screams when he removed his coat and performed his blockbuster Diamond Sox.<br /> <br /> Patrons were also energised during Chin&rsquo;s performance. Her powerful voice reverberated throughout the venue with<br /> <br /> One Step Closer, Messenger, Fire and Anything&rsquo;s Possible.<br /> <br /> Other noteworthy performances came from Nadine Sutherland, Ikaya, Teflon, No Madds, Jamiel, Kranium, and Nico and Vinz.<br /> <br /> A drizzle triggered an exodus at the start of Akon&rsquo;s performance but that did not prevent him from dropping Right Now, Sorry, Blame it on Me, Konvicted, Don&rsquo;t Matter and Trouble Nobody. He was joined on stage by Beenie Man.<br /> <br /> The two-day festival is a fund-raising event to celebrate Marley&rsquo;s life and legacy by supporting projects through the Bob Marley Foundation, in partnership with the Rose Town Foundation and Sandals Foundation. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634734/184425_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634732/184426_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634731/184427_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634730/184429__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634733/184428_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM Iranian rocks reggae poster contest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Pulsating-Prism_50957 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver FOR a second year, there are no Jamaicans in the top 100 winners of the International Reggae Poster Competition (IRPC).<br /> <br /> The results of the competition&rsquo;s fourth staging were announced on the competition&rsquo;s website last week.<br /> <br /> Iranian Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari&rsquo;s Prism of Nature took top honours while second place went to Oktay Barkin of Turkey with Lion. Round out the top tier was Reggae Music produced by Li Wei of China.<br /> <br /> The winners were selected from a panel of 23 judges.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The top three winners were successful in securing the Award for Best-designed Reggae Posters 2015. This year, we exceeded the number of posters submitted in each of the previous years. We received 1,664 posters from 84 countries! And we are particularly pleased that submissions came from countries that were participating for the first time &ndash; Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Cameroon, Guatemala, Honduras, Moldova, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe,&rdquo; read a post on the competition&rsquo;s website. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This extension of the contest&rsquo;s reach is particularly impressive in the 4th year. It confirms the sustained global impact of the IRPC. On the platform of the contest, we will continue to spread our vision of a Reggae Hall of Fame Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. And we collectively affirm support for the campaign to heighten awareness of the distinctive legacy of the Alpha Boys&rsquo; School,&rdquo; it continued.<br /> <br /> The IRPC is organised by Jamaican-born, US-based visual artist Michael &lsquo;Freestyle&rsquo; Thompson and his Greek partner, visual artist Maria Papaefstathiou. <br /> <br /> In the contest&rsquo;s first two years Jamaican artists fared reasonably well. In year one (2012), Taj Francis placed fifth, with the eventual winner being Alon Braier from Israel. In year two, Rohan Mitchell copped fourth position to Balazs Pakodi of the United Kingdom who took the top spot. In 2014 there were no Jamaican artists in the top 100 entries to the competition; the eventual winner was Andreas Wikstrom of Sweden.<br /> <br /> IRPC is an initiative designed to celebrate positive international reggae culture. The contest highlights the globalisation of reggae and the resounding impact of its message. The umbrella term reggae, as used by the organisers, encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres: Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the Sound System. The primary reason for organising the poster contest is to construct an international platform to showcase a far-reaching vision: the erection of a world-class Reggae Hall of Fame museum and performance centre in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Each year a number of the winning entries are taken on an exhibition tour. The first exhibition for 2016 will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus. This exhibition will showcase 80 posters from the 2015 collection on February 26 on the ground floor of the Politis newspaper building. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634617/184442__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634619/184302__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM Watson lauded as cultural icon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Watson-lauded-as-cultural-icon_51010 THE Kingston College Chapel on North Street was not big enough to hold the family, friends and well-wishers who paid their final respects to master painter Barrington Watson yesterday.<br /> <br /> Watson died on January 26 of complications from cancer. He was 85.<br /> <br /> He was remembered for his contribution to Jamaican art as well as his generosity.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We live in a time [in] which we are self-preoccupied and self-focused...Barry gave of himself selflessly and it is revealed in itself to the people of Jamaica,&rdquo; said officiating minister, Rev Major Cannon Sirrano Kitson, in his homily.<br /> <br /> In her tribute, Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna said Watson&rsquo;s diverse themes climbed off canvases to stimulate, even provoke the inner reaches of the human mind and spirit.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Professor Barrington Watson was a pioneer cultural icon in Jamaica. His impressive contribution to the art industry &mdash; local and international &mdash; carries such presence and impact that there have been numerous initiatives to capture the depth and breadth of his mastery,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Watson&rsquo;s contemporary, painter Alexander Cooper, shared his thoughts with the Jamaica Observer about his friend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;To me, he&rsquo;s legend. Jamaica will not see that quality person in the next two or so decades. I saw him on his birthday recently and he asked me if I was still painting. I said no and he said: &lsquo;When you go home, mek sure yuh crank up your brush,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Cooper.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He&rsquo;s an inspiration not only to his peers, but today&rsquo;s youth.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Born in Hanover, Watson attended Kingston College where he excelled at football. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London and continued his studies in Amsterdam and Spain.<br /> <br /> He returned to Jamaica in 1962 and became the first director of studies at the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts (now part of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts).<br /> <br /> Watson was awarded the Institute of Jamaica&rsquo;s Gold Musgrave Medal and the Order of Jamaica for his contribution to art.<br /> <br /> He is survived by his widow and four children.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634525/184418_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM One Love, ride on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/One-Love--ride-on_51001 THE 1970s could easily be described as a decade of political disillusionment in Jamaica, with several calls for Jamaican youth to lift their voices for social justice. None spoke more loudly and clearly than Bob Marley, whose musical angst inspired people to Get Up, Stand Up to those who oppressed them in the Concrete Jungle.<br /> <br /> Musicologist Dr Dennis Howard believes Marley&rsquo;s music came at a time of heightened black consciousness. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Marley&rsquo;s messages were in the tradition of Marcus Garvey and Rastafari, which promoted self-love, respect for self, respect for others, universal love, self-reliance, economic growth and unity, especially among black people,&rdquo; says Howard. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This philosophy was skilfully articulated through melodies and powerful bass lines by Bob and the Wailers,&rdquo; he added. <br /> <br /> More than 30 years after his death, the music continues to inspire as it is passed down from generation to generation. Marley&rsquo;s music is proof of the power that resonates from honest lyrics sung by a naturally gifted artiste.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Music is a very powerful tool to inspire people to move toward unity and equity. When you have unity and equity in a society, then peace will follow,&rdquo; asserts Dr Howard. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Like all great musicians, he covered numerous issues and realities within the post-colonial environment which made him the person he was,&rdquo; said Howard. Marley and several of his contemporaries inspired a generation&rsquo;s consciousness. He helped to transform post-colonial Jamaica into a society of independent thinkers. <br /> <br /> THE GREAT TASK TO RIDE ON<br /> <br /> Today, Marley&rsquo;s legend is carefully preserved by the Bob Marley Foundation which is tasked with promulgating his message and carrying on the legacy of the reggae king. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The challenging part is managing the sense of entitlement and expectations, and what&rsquo;s &ldquo;best for Bob&rdquo; in everyone&rsquo;s opinion,&rdquo; says Marie Bruce, general manager of the Bob Marley Group of Companies. <br /> <br /> As one of Jamaica&rsquo;s most prolific icons there are many stakeholders, including the Jamaican public, many of whom have been calling on the Government to name him a national hero. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The foundation gets lots of input. It&rsquo;s usually driven by the passion and intense love that Bob Marley&rsquo;s fans, employees of the family-related companies, the media, various stakeholders, basically everyone has for Bob Marley,&rdquo; says Bruce.<br /> <br /> One of the foundation&rsquo;s consistent messages is love, and it has used this platform as a common thread throughout its activities to celebrate Bob Marley&rsquo;s 71st birthday. Among them, the annual Masters & Celebrities One Love Football Competition, now in its 35th year. The competition which will take place on Ash Wednesday, February 10, will bring together footballers from the Red Stripe Premier League, French player Charly B, artistes such as Evie of No-Maddz, local referees, and more. It will be held at the Arnett Gardens Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> Beyond the birthday celebrations, the Bob Marley Foundation has forged strategic partnerships to continue the philanthropic tradition of Marley. Through initiatives such as the recently launched Women Helping Others Achieve, the foundation will help to ensure lasting benefits for vulnerable young women and families in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634524/184407_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM MAPS to celebrate 1st anniversary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/MAPS-to-celebrate-1st-anniversary KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Party series MAPS will celebrate their first anniversary at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine, beginning at noon today.<br /> <br /> "The event has grown tremendously over the past year and we are extremely thankful for the continued support from our loyal patrons, sponsors and everyone who has helped to make it the success it is. The event gets better at each staging as we keep exceeding the expectations of our patrons," Cadeem Mullings, one of the event's promoters, told OBSERVER ONLINE.<br /> <br /> As for today's celebration, Mullings shared some insight on what patrons are to expect. <br /> <br /> "They're to expect an exclusive event, a wider variety of musical disc jocks, and come to have fun." <br /> <br /> Selectors rostered are ZJ Liquid, Team Shella and Coppershot Disco.<br /> <br /> Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636517/maps-promo-girls_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, February 07, 2016 9:19 AM Reggae MIA at NAMM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-MIA-at-NAMM_50966 RESPECTED guitarist Earl &lsquo;Chinna&rsquo; Smith says Jamaican administrators missed a golden opportunity by not showcasing the country&rsquo;s music at the recent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, California.<br /> <br /> Smith attended the January 21-24 show at Anaheim Convention Center. The annual event, a must-go for musicians, attracted 100,000 persons over four days.<br /> <br /> It was the second visit at NAMM for the veteran session musician. He said one of its most popular attractions was a John Lennon booth where the former Beatle&rsquo;s legacy was honoured by musicians who performed his songs.<br /> <br /> In addition, organisers of the booth donated US$14,000 of equipment daily, including four Epiphone Casino guitars which Lennon consistently used throughout his career.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;With a artiste like Bob Marley wid such a strong message, there should have been a presence. The Lennon people were spreading his message with song like Imagine an&rsquo; Give Peace a Chance,&rdquo; said Smith. &ldquo;As Rasta, our message of One Love, Africa Unite...none of dat was there.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Smith, who played on three of Marley&rsquo;s albums, believes because the reggae king is identified as a musician with the Gibson guitar, that company could have been approached to manufacture a Marley brand.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yuh could come up wid a guitar dat&rsquo;s affordable fi some likkle youth who put together a band. Dem woulda want a Bob Marley guitar,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> This year&rsquo;s NAMM was attended by high-profile artistes such as Stevie Wonder and Grammy-winning rock band Toto.<br /> <br /> First held in 1901, the NAMM is the world&rsquo;s largest music trade show. The top manufacturers of instruments are represented at the show, which is also held annually in Frankfurt, Germany.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634604/184320_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM I Kong&rsquo;s second coming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/I-Kong---s-second-coming_51008 Roots singer I Kong had a decade as an entertainer under his belt when he recorded the song The Way It Is in 1972.<br /> <br /> Released in 1978, The Way It Is was produced by Tommy Cowan with the Inner Circle band as musicians. Michael Lee was executive producer.<br /> <br /> The song, and album, never gained mainstream coverage but always had an underground following in Europe where it is currently enjoying a revival.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really a revelation to see and hear how the people there have responded to my performances. This song was given to I by Jah himself, I have not heard anyone who does not love this song,&rdquo; said I Kong.<br /> <br /> Mathias Liengme, a 21-year-old Swiss musician, has played a major role in resurrecting I Kong&rsquo;s career. A fan of roots-reggae, he describes The Way it Is as &lsquo;a masterpiece&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Liengme also produced A Little Walk, the singer&rsquo;s latest album, and organised shows for him in Switzerland and France last summer.<br /> <br /> I Kong, 67, recently spoke to the Sunday Observer about the high points of his newfound recognition in Europe.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Without a doubt, being in Switzerland performing at the Ella Fitzgerald Stage and Festi Jam Festival in France. Also, the photo shoot at the Eiffel Tower and my appearance at Radio France,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> A nephew of pioneer producer Leslie Kong, I Kong was born Errol Kong in Kingston. Though he never recorded with the group, he was a founding member of The Jamaicans, along with Norris Weir, Keith Brown, Martin Williams and Mibsey Curry.<br /> <br /> Cowan joined the group in the mid-1960s. They won the second Festival Song Competition with Ba Ba Boom in 1967.<br /> <br /> I Kong recorded as a solo artiste (initially as Ricky Storm) for several producers including Lee &lsquo;Scratch&rsquo; Perry during the early 1970s when he &lsquo;sight up Rasta&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> The Way It Is, recorded at Dynamic Sounds, remains his signature.<br /> <br /> Pass it On, I Kong&rsquo;s next album, is also produced by Liengme. To be released in June, the title song is a collaboration with the Raging Fyah band.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634709/184408_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM Money changes everything http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Money-changes-everything-_50918 Tony Robinson How quickly nature<br /> <br /> Falls into revolt,<br /> <br /> When gold becomes her object.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Shakespeare, 2 Henry, IV, IV, 5<br /> <br /> Not only does nature fall into revolt, but so do many people as well, as they become revolting when money becomes their object, their god, their raison d&rsquo;etre. Somehow they seem to take on a different persona when money falls into their hands. In fact, other people will fall not only into their hands, but into their arms when they come into some cash.<br /> <br /> There is old money and there is new money, and in certain societies, people with old money look down with disdain on people with new money. Perhaps with good reason, as usually it&rsquo;s persons with new money who seem to change. People with old money are used to it, as they&rsquo;ve lived with it for generations and are not frightened by it. But the new money folks, the never-see-come-see, the &lsquo;gladdis&rsquo; people, they are the ones who cannot handle the newly acquired wealth.<br /> <br /> Only then will you see their true colours, surrounded by a tinge of green. But apart from acquiring new money and changing, some people also change if they think that someone close to them has acquired some money. They turn into envy-infused, red eye predators, for they must have what that other person has. This happens to gangs of thieves a lot, and even families awaiting the reading of a will, as they fight amongst themselves over ill-gotten gains or &lsquo;dead leff&rsquo; money. See what&rsquo;s happening with the scammers, sometimes friends and relatives, as they eliminate each other over loot?<br /> <br /> Everything changes when money enters the picture. We&rsquo;ll find out who, what, why and when right after these responses to &lsquo;Discipline&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> You hit the nail right on the head when you stated that the anarchy on the roads may be due to lack of discipline by the lawmakers. The laws pertaining to traffic and the proper use of the road may be on the books, but the users of the road may be ignorant of these rules. How do we get drivers to obey the rules? By enforcing the law, and that&rsquo;s where the police come in. Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the law should be brought to court and punished with a stiff fine or suspension of driving privileges, depending on the severity of the offence.<br /> <br /> Peter<br /> <br /> Teerob,<br /> <br /> You are flogging a dead horse, my brother. That same horse by the name of Discipline which bolted through the gate and collapsed from neglect. This lack of discipline is endemic, from parliament to pulpit, from society folk to schoolers. So what do you expect from the masses?<br /> <br /> Thomas <br /> <br /> A few weeks ago, the lottery in the USA reached a record whopping US$1.3 billion. That&rsquo;s billion with a B. The frenzy to buy tickets was at fever pitch, and even people from Jamaica, and I suspect other Caribbean countries, phoned their relatives in the USA to purchase tickets for them. &ldquo;Aunt Shirley, here are my numbers, make sure you buy my tickets.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Some even asked friends to do it, but I wonder, if those buyers in the USA actually bought the winning ticket and hit the jackpot, would they call back home to report the windfall? &ldquo;Althea, I bought your ticket and you won... mine didn&rsquo;t win though.&rdquo; Can you really see that happening?<br /> <br /> Money changes everything, and people change when money comes into the picture, especially huge amounts of money. There are so many sad tales of people who won the lottery and did crazy, out-of-character things. <br /> <br /> I saw a TV documentary that highlighted this. Among them was this case of a doctor&rsquo;s wife who won millions and kept it hidden from him. It was only when she secretly gave over a half of the winnings to a secret love child, a son she had before her marriage and didn&rsquo;t tell hubby about, that the story hit the fan and ripped her marriage apart. In anger, her husband poisoned her and went to prison for murder. Money changes everything.<br /> <br /> Then there was this other story of a man who won the lottery and his own brother killed him just to get the loot, the largesse, the lucre, the moolah. Money has many names, and if you dance with it, it won&rsquo;t change, but you will.<br /> <br /> Other people will go on a spending spree that would make shoppers at Thanksgiving sales in the USA look like misers. They buy everything in sight &ndash; cars, women, houses, women, boats, women, clothes, even private jets. Many end up broke after the blitz of spending goes bust.<br /> <br /> Many spouses admit that if they won the lottery they would not tell their significant other. I guess they weren&rsquo;t really significant after all. Others would leave immediately, and there are many documented cases of marriages breaking up all because one partner won the lottery and split. &ldquo;Is long time mi waan leff you, yu nuh. But now mi win, is gone mi gone.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s this story of this woman coming home and telling her husband, &ldquo;I won the lottery, start packing.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Great honey, where are we going?&rdquo; he asked. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&hellip;who said anything about &lsquo;we&rsquo;? Start packing and get out,&rdquo; she shot back. <br /> <br /> Did she really change, or did the money embolden her to take action? <br /> <br /> Even if people don&rsquo;t win the lottery though, money oftentimes changes them. It&rsquo;s theorised that one main reason for divorce is not infidelity or abuse, but money matters, financial folly, dollar dealings. When you have one partner who&rsquo;s a spendthrift and the other who&rsquo;s frugal, then that&rsquo;s a recipe for disaster. There&rsquo;s always the clich&Atilde;&copy; of the wife who loves to shop till she drops or until the credit card erupts in flames &mdash; whichever come first. Of course, the poor hubby can&rsquo;t keep up and is always stressed out by her spending.<br /> <br /> That happens, but the reverse also occurs. Some husbands spend a lot on social affairs, partying, night clubbing, gambling, buying expensive stuff, while there&rsquo;s little food in the house. The money worries issue changes the whole equation of marriage, and it meets its inevitable demise.<br /> <br /> When they were poor and broke they were okay, but as soon as a little money come into play, someone wanted to play hard and party hard. Real or imagined, the change kicks in. The person who is frugal says of the other, &ldquo;You spend too much, take it easy.&rdquo; While the other will reply, &ldquo;You are so mean, yuh going to dead and leave the money.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Even Shakespeare said, &ldquo;There is money, spend it, spend it, spend more.&rdquo; He also said, &ldquo;I can see no remedy against this consumption of the purse. The disease is incurable.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> As soon as some foiks acquire a bundle of money, their entire persona changes. Suddenly they start to bling it out. This is evident in many of our music artistes and sportsmen. In a flash their entire lifestyle changes, they take a quantum leap into conspicuous consumption, and the flash of the gold chain is only rivalled by the glint and gleam of the gold teeth. There was even a DJ who used to throw money into the crowd. &ldquo;Hey man, how you acting so fancy&hellip; you get rich and switch?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> They acquire multiple cars, houses, women&hellip;ah yes, let&rsquo;s not forget the women, who also suddenly change towards the once poor schmuck who now has money. &ldquo;Is what she see in him&hellip; him so ugly and pop down?&rdquo; Aha, but she sees the money, and money changes everything. Many women choose men, or have suitors chosen for them, overlook their horrible faults and marry them just because they have money. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is my father&rsquo;s choice. O what a world of vile ill-favour&rsquo;d faults, looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year.&rdquo; Three hundred pounds was a lot of money in Shakespeare&rsquo;s days.<br /> <br /> But in the same way that money changes everything, so does the lack of it. Just see how many friends you have left in your corner if your money goes. The lack of money is the root of all evil. &ldquo;Those you make friends, and give your hearts to, when they once perceive the least rub in your fortunes, fall away like water from ye.&rdquo; So said Henry VIII. The lack of money is a game-changer. So whether you just got it or recently lost it, money changes everything. <br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Footnote: Months ago I mentioned that a student from Immaculate High School for Girls, Tiffany Holung, had applied to a university in Abu Dhabi for a scholarship. Well, I&rsquo;m pleased to inform you that she was successful and will be attending university later this year. Over 9,000 students globally apply annually, and only 120 are accepted. She surpassed all of the academic qualifications, plus displayed exceptional leadership, social and communication skills. Tiffany has 10 &lsquo;grade ones&rsquo; in CXC, plus a host of scholastic and extracurricular achievements too numerous to name here. Even Princeton came knocking on her door. It&rsquo;s a great achievement for this young lady, her family, her school and her country. The world is a big place and offers opportunities in all quarters. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634488/184268__w300.jpg Local News Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM Magnitude of the MARLEY MYSTIQUE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Magnitude-of-the-MARLEY-MYSTIQUE_50890 This is the sixth of a seven-part series, commissioned by Red Stripe, on the life and legacy of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM, on the 71st anniversary of his birth.<br /> <br /> TO say Bob Marley&rsquo;s contribution to Jamaica is of inestimable value, is to state the obvious. There is no doubting the extent of his impact and the reach of his influence. In just 13,243 days, Marley came into the world, found his place and his purpose, honed musical skills to phenomenal levels, inspired generations globally, earned a place in history and proved that no matter where you come from you can impact your world. <br /> <br /> Decades after his passing, the boy from Nine Miles continues to create a stir. The globally renowned<br /> <br /> Forbes magazine has named Marley on its 2015 list of Top Earning Dead Celebrities. At the number 4 spot, Marley is among megastars like Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think you can find anyone from a country that, in death, can boast that they are the third-largest salesperson in terms of music, in terms of clothing, in terms of style,&rdquo; said Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna at the launch of the 71st Bob Marley Celebrations in Kingston. <br /> <br /> The strength of Marley&rsquo;s legacy is intrinsically linked to his ability to transcend race and class boundaries. His posters adorn the walls of college dorms across the world, his lyrics are referenced in speeches by world leaders and his songs are recited by non-English speakers everywhere. While many Marley lovers may not fully grasp the depth of the story behind this<br /> <br /> Buffalo Soldier, all can identify with the message of<br /> <br /> One Love.<br /> <br /> As a social commentator, Marley was insightful and courageous in his assessment. Speaking at the launch of the 2016 Marley celebrations, Minister Hanna said she was honoured to represent the constituency where Marley was born, and had no qualms about giving him due respect as an influencer of people. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bob himself was one of the supreme politicians of this country,&rdquo; said Hanna. <br /> <br /> Invoking The Message of Marley<br /> <br /> Football aficionado and one of Marley&rsquo;s dearest friends, Clive &lsquo;Busy&rsquo; Campbell has enouraged Jamaicans to honour Bob&rsquo;s memory by spreading his message of love and peace. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is our duty to encourage the youths, especially our young men, to steer clear of the upheavals,&rdquo; said Campbell in reference to the impending general election.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Once I&rsquo;m alive, I believe Bob Marley lives. Bob was a prophet,&rdquo; said Campbell, while addressing the launch of the annual Masters & Celebrities One Love Football Competition. Now in its 35th year, the charity tournament continues to promote love and peace through sports.<br /> <br /> This year, Campbell says the celebrations will also honour reggae greats Dennis Brown and the Mighty Diamonds for their contributions to reggae music. The competition will kick off at the Arnett Gardens Sports Complex on Ash Wednesday, February 10. The event is made possible through the support of the Bob Marley Foundation and sponsorship fromcoprorate entities like Red Stripe and Digicel. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12630346/184226_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12510866/176410__w300.jpg Entertainment Saturday, February 06, 2016 3:00 AM Marley musings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/MARLEY_50935 By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com THERE were many sides to Bob Marley. Had he lived, the<br /> <br /> reggae king would be 71 today and no doubt he would be looking for new<br /> <br /> frontiers to conquer.<br /> <br /> In fact, Copeland Forbes &mdash; who managed The Wailers<br /> <br /> band on their 1973 tour of the United States &mdash; believes Marley would<br /> <br /> have looked to places few artistes would dare to go.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It think he would want to tour Afghanistan! Because music and sports are the only things that can bring warring factions together. We saw it in Zimbabwe. Him spend him own money and go down deh an&rsquo; play when dem get Independence. That was where his head was,&rdquo; Forbes told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> Marley performed at Zimbabwe&rsquo;s independence celebrations in Salisbury in 1980. He also penned the single Zimbabwe, a year earlier.<br /> <br /> The former road manager said a similar situation played itself out right here in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bob was a peacemaker. He used his music to bring peace. Me see it wid mi own eyes at the One Love Peace Concert at the (National) Stadium in 1978. Remember, dem did shot him five times and shoot him wife inna her head, and him still go perform for peace. He had the charisma to bring people together wid love and unity,&rdquo; Forbes added.<br /> <br /> In addition to the United States, Marley toured sections of Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s widely known that Marley&rsquo;s other passion was football. But if he were alive, which team would he support?<br /> <br /> That question was posed to former manager and national footballer Alan &lsquo;Skill&rsquo; Cole.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bob was a Boys Town man,&rdquo; said Cole, in reference to the premiere League team which hails from the inner-city community of Rema (Wilton Gardens).<br /> <br /> Cole, who donned the national colours at 16, introduced Marley to an exercise regime that was only for professional athletes. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bob was a Brazilian fan. He neva have a liking for nuh English team,&rdquo; said Cole, who also played for N&Atilde;&iexcl;utico in Brazil.<br /> <br /> As a Rastafarian, Marley had a strict diet. Frank Thompson, a member of Wadadah, shared some of his delights.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Him a one porridge man. Him love fish and peas soup, and roast fish. Is a man weh love drink him juice dem too,&rdquo; Thompson told Observer.<br /> <br /> Thompson was also quick to point out he only ate from a &lsquo;selected few&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Is a funny man...a nuh any and anybody him tek food from. The only place mi feel him would eat, an&rsquo; a because a Skill (Cole), is House of Dread, near Duppy Gate,&rdquo; he added. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12562285/179845__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 06, 2016 3:00 AM Yvad does Marley tribute http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Yvad-does-Marley-tribute_50901 Singer Yvad, whose career started with the Marley family, salutes its most famous member with his new song Tribute<br /> <br /> .<br /> <br /> Co-produced by Yvad and Victor Simpson, the track was released yesterday to mark the 71st anniversary of Bob Marley&rsquo;s birth, today.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bob Marley means a lot to me, he&rsquo;s one of my musical forefathers. He set a trend and we try to maintain that standard,&rdquo; said Yvad.<br /> <br /> The Marley-owned Tuff Gong company released Yvad&rsquo;s first album, Young, Gifted And Dread, in 1996. He also had a stint as lead singer of The Wailers, Marley&rsquo;s former band.<br /> <br /> Tribute was done with Lamont Savoury on guitar, percussionist Denver Smith, keyboardist Kemar Gayle and backing vocalist Carol Dexter.<br /> <br /> Yvad debuts the song today at Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in St Andrew. Showtime is 9:00 pm.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12630355/184229_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, February 06, 2016 3:00 AM One Love Music Festival to be streamed live http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/One-Love-Music-Festival-to-be-streamed-live_50736 THE One Love Music Festival, scheduled for historic Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay this evening, will streamed live at massivevybz.com.<br /> <br /> According to Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group, the company in charge of streaming, fans can view their favourite artistes through crystal-clear transmission.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We know that not everybody will be able to make it to the live show, and a live stream is definitely the next best option for those who want to participate in this multi-genre musical feast. Fans will be able to feel the vibes in a mystic way,&rdquo; he told Splash.<br /> <br /> Promoted by the Tuff Gong Group of Companies, the inaugural One Love Music Festival is a two-day fund-raising event celebrating Bob Marley. It supports charity projects through the Bob Marley Foundation in partnership with Rose Hall Developments and the Sandals Foundation. <br /> <br /> The line-up includes Ky-Mani Marley, Skip Marley, Akon, Nico & Vinz, Morgan Heritage, Tessanne Chin, Nadine Sutherland, Jesse Royal, NoMaddz, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Iba Mahr, Kranium, CK, Devin Di Dakta, Ikaya, D&rsquo;Burnz, Sabrina the Diva, Teflon (Young King), and the Ruff Kut Band. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12602067/182357_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12626756/183899__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12623328/183699__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12626757/183900__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12626755/183901__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, February 05, 2016 12:00 AM Rodigan calls for Reggae Museum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rodigan-calls-for-Reggae-Museum_50806 BY RICHArD JOHNSON Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com YET another call has come for a museum dedicated to reggae music in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> This time it is from British radio personality David Rodigan. He is calling on those in authority to create a permanent space for Jamaican pop music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is a need for a reggae museum to be here in Jamaica to reflect the history of this music that you have created and is revered all over the world. The powers that be need to act sooner rather than later, in a bid to protect the music for future generations,&rdquo; said Rodigan. &ldquo;You have the instruments of people like Lloyd Parkes and the work of other artistes and players of instruments which must be protected and preserved. Jamaicans are unaware of how popular reggae music is all over the world. I have played across the globe, from Tokyo to California, thanks to reggae,&rdquo; said Rodigan<br /> <br /> The veteran broadcaster was speaking at Reggae Wednesday, the first mass event for Reggae Month. It was held at Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree Wednesday evening.<br /> <br /> Rodigan, along with other disc jockeys from the BBC 1 Xtra radio station, Toddla T and Seani B, are in Jamaica to gather material for broadcast on their shows in the UK. They were special guests at the event where they presented a one-hour set of vintage reggae.<br /> <br /> Last year, brothers Ian and Roger Lewis, members of the Inner Circle band, made a similar call for a reggae museum.<br /> <br /> They suggested that the facility should include a hall of fame and be sited in the tourist belt to tap into that lucrative market.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It would have to be somewhere scenic like Ocho Rios (in St Ann). It could be a place where people learn about the history of the music... learn &lsquo;bout wicked singers, like Brent Dowe from The Melodians who was a innovator,&rdquo; Ian Lewis told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The organisers of the four-year-old International Reggae Poster Competition also see the need for a museum in Kingston and hold that, as well as ongoing support for the Alpha Boy&rsquo;s School, as their vision.<br /> <br /> Rodigan also expressed concern at the lack of support for a show like Reggae Wednesday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;What is happening? What are we not doing?&rdquo; he asked in an interview with Splash.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is Kingston, Jamaica. We are in Half-Way Tree and it&rsquo;s a show for Reggae Month with the likes of major acts Leroy Sibbles, Daddy U-Roy, Big Youth and Half Pint. You look out there and there is barely 1,000 people in the house... Furthermore, it is free. What is happening?&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12627372/184022__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12627485/184021__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, February 05, 2016 12:00 AM