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 Ninja gives Magnum contestants nod http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ninja-gives-Magnum-contestants-nod_61916 NINJA Man had high marks for last Saturday&rsquo;s staging of Magnum Kings and Queens Competition held at the D&rsquo;Entrance on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> The veteran deejay was a guest judge on the weekly televised contest.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ah the best Magnum show dis. Accid did have the wickedest lyrics inna the show. Ah the best artiste dem this weh me ever see pon Magnum, me nuh care what nobody say. This is the show!&rdquo; said Ninja Man.<br /> <br /> In addition to Accid, he was impressed with Zigma and Shemdon, and Princesses Clymax, Mi Ya Estro, and Mystery P.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not my first time being a guest judge on Magnum [Kings and Queens]. Seeing what Magnum is producing right now... The team has sat down and really fine-tune and pick a proper set of artistes; and these artistes are some artistes that deliver, dem have good lyrics, dem know how to perform... dem remind me of the 80s artistes because me get to laugh, me get fi enjoy good lyrics. Me need some of the artiste dem weh a record right now fi take a page outa dem young people book. Yuh nuh haffi go the slack way and the nasty way and the careless way. Lyrics deh weh you can talk weh people can laugh,&rdquo; Ninja Man continued.<br /> <br /> He expressed a desire to record Clymax. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Clymaxx ah di biggest star deh pon yah. Before me see Clymaxx, me wonder when Lady Saw resign what would happen to dancehall. But having a Clymaxx in dancehall, we have another Lady Saw, only thing is she only nuh haffi go X-rated and raw but she bad like that. Me ready fi voice Clymaxx now. Now!&rdquo; says the lyricist, producer and writer.<br /> <br /> He said Mystery P reminded him of Queen Ifrica. <br /> <br /> Last Saturday also saw the elimination of Skillarchy and Mizza Bling. The competition continues next week. The final is scheduled for June 4 in downtown Kingston. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999107/205646_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999109/205638__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999111/205639_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Rebel rallies for Liberation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rebel-rallies-for-Liberation_61921 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com VETERAN reggae singjay Tony Rebel is this evening&rsquo;s headliner for the Fifth Annual African Liberation Day concert in the St William Grant Park in downton Kingston.<br /> <br /> The free concert, hosted by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), is slated for a 5:00 pm start. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;When a day is set aside to mark the liberation of a people it should be celebrated. Our forefathers worked hard for this and we have to follow suit so our children will follow,&rdquo; Tony Rebel told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The Rastafari artiste said he&rsquo;s doing his part, but hoped the movement was bigger globally.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am willing to accept it where it is though. We need to see the unification of our race ... I would like to see black people networking and be more supportive of each other&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Other acts scheduled to perform include Chezidek, Bushman, Charley B, Davianah and Elad.<br /> <br /> Concert organiser Angela Brown Burke, mayor of Kingston, said the occasion is an important one.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;African Liberation Day is a very important day on our calendar, reminding us of our rich history and the merging of the two cultures of Jamaica and Africa. It&rsquo;s for this reason, we place such great emphasis on this event. This celebration is an important acknowledgement of the cultural influence of Africentrism on our identity as a people,&rdquo; said Brown Burke.<br /> <br /> On May 25, 1963, leaders of 32 independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12795228/193332__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Kristina Newby is Portland Festival Queen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kristina-Newby-is-Portland-Festival-Queen_61919 NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Kristina Newby was crowned Miss Portland Festival Queen 2016 at Port Antonio High School, last Saturday. <br /> <br /> The Titchfield High School student snagged three sectional prizes: Most Congenial, Most Poised, and Most Active in the Community. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m overwhelmed and surprised being crowned Miss Portland Festival Queen, but I will do my best to make my parish proud and my family and friends at the national level. I was happy, having fun and enjoying myself during the coronation. I represented my town, my culture, my school, and it paid off. There was a lot to learn and there are various aspects of our culture that I had to delve into, certain things I wasn&rsquo;t made privy to and now that I am, it has made me not just a better individual, but a better Jamaican&rdquo; she told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I look forward to the support of the parish and supporters as I move on to the national finals, as I look to bring the crown back to the parish,&rdquo; she continued.<br /> <br /> A community leader in the Norwich Heights community, Newby is an advocate for their rights. She said she is hoping to start a cultural club.<br /> <br /> The first runner-up is Nishika Gordon, while second runner-up is Khristalee Amore.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Everard Owen<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999206/205634__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999210/205635__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Bumpin Uglies debuts on Billboard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bumpin-Uglies-debuts-on-Billboard_61908 MARLAND-BASED three-member band Bumpin Uglies scores its first entry on the Billboard Reggae album chart. The band&rsquo;s latest EP Better.Faster.Stronger. debuts at number two.  <br /> <br /> The EP contains six tracks. These are White Boy Reggae, Addictive Personality, DIY, Morning After, Live Your Life and Get Back (demo). <br /> <br /> Formed in 2008, Bumpin Uglies comprises Brandon Hardesty (vocals, guitar); Dave Wolf (vocals, bass) and TJ Haslett (drums). The group incorporates ska, reggae and punk into its music. <br /> <br /> To date, the band has two albums to its credit: Free Candy (2011) and Ninjah Reggae Assassin (2013). <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Stick Figure&rsquo;s Set in Stone returns to the number-one spot, while Rose Petals by J Boog moves up to number five. <br /> <br /> Cas Haley&rsquo;s More Music More Family moves into the number six spot to reach a new peak, while Alkaline&rsquo;s New Level Unlocked takes a dip to number eight. Harrison Stafford & the Professor Crew&rsquo;s One Dance is at nine. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999276/205574_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Kristine Alicia&rsquo;s Songs From Zion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kristine-Alicia-s-Songs-From-Zion KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; There have been changes in Kristine Alicia's life since her first album Get Ready was released in 2007. Her personal and professional transformation plays out on her second album, Songs From Zion.<br /> <br /> The set, produced by Rory Gilligan of Stone Love fame, is scheduled for a summer release. Its latest single, Hand Over River, recently came out on his Black Dub Movement label.<br /> <br /> "My first album was intentionally written for the gospel reggae market. Over the years I've had more life experiences and expanded my world view. I've also developed vocally as an artiste and taken more risk with my singing and writing style," Alicia told the OBSERVER ONLINE.<br /> <br /> Born Kristine Alicia McCaw in Kingston, Alicia grew up in a musical family and is a classically trained pianist.<br /> <br /> She has lived in Florida since age 13. Recording professionally since 2005, Alicia made a name on the gospel circuit doing singles and touring as a backup singer for Papa San. Nigel Lewis, another gospel-reggae act, produced Get Ready, which contained songs like Jehovah Jireh and the title track.<br /> <br /> For Songs From Zion, there was a change in Direction. Gilligan, who has worked with roots artistes such as Jah9, brings a different perspective to Alicia's sound.<br /> <br /> "After the first album I decided to focus on recording and releasing singles. Then decided to compile those singles into an album," she said. "When it came time to release the album some things fell through and I had to start over and focus on doing a new project. That's when I was introduced to Rory."<br /> <br /> A music video for Hand Over River, directed by Frederic Blake, was recently released.<br /> <br /> Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13002772/Kristine-Alicia_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:20 PM A night with Theresa and Tasha http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-night-with-Theresa-and-Tasha_61936 Steve Madden Plaza on Orange Street, downtown Kingston, was again the venue for another great party, this time hosted by Theresa and Tasha, at which Govament Sound provided the right vibes for patrons to &lsquo;shell dung di bar&rsquo;. Naturally, OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was there. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999147/205512__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999149/205523__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999150/205515__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999151/205522__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999152/205521__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999153/205519__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999154/205514__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999155/205518__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999158/205516__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999159/205513_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12999161/205517__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:00 AM Sizzla joins hand in community projects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sizzla-joins-hand-in-community-projects_61728 Sizzla has broadened his Sizzla Youth Foundation by working with like-minded organisations in the community of August Town.<br /> <br /> The Foundation will coordinate with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Social Development Commission (SDC), Citizen Security and Justice Programme, Project Management Institute and the August Town police on several projects.<br /> <br /> On May 18, the parties had their first meeting at Sizzla&rsquo;s Judgment Yard, in August Town. They discussed plans for the 178th Emancipation celebrations. <br /> <br /> Representatives from The Prime Minister&rsquo;s Office, UWI, SDC and the parish council pledged their supportfor this year&rsquo;s activities, which start June 1.<br /> <br /> According to a report by Kenneth Wilson, a spokesman for the Sizzla Youth Foundation, the organisation has had a positive impact on August Town through its Emancipation projects.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The community has recorded a major reduction in crime and violence with no homicides from the start of the year,&rdquo; Wilson said.<br /> <br /> Judgement Yard has been Sizzla&rsquo;s headquarters for nearly 20 years. It is where the fiery singjay rehearses, films music videos and stages community events. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639591/184765__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 AM Dirty dancing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dirty-dancing_61748 By Simone Morgan Observer reporter Choreographer Orville Hall is outraged at the latest &lsquo;dance&rsquo; trend which sees the manhandling of females by male dancers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That is not dancing, it is the abuse of women. It is very disrespectful to the females,&rdquo; Hall told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Videos of popular male dancers ripping the clothes off a female and gyrating wildly on her as she tries to flee have made social media rounds this month.<br /> <br /> After coming under fire from social media users, one of the dancers issued a public apology through his Instagram page. Detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse have launched a probe into the incident.<br /> <br /> Similar occurrences have reportedly taken place.<br /> <br /> Hall described the act as barbaric, adding that it is worse than the &lsquo;daggering&rsquo; craze of seven years ago.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is a new level of abuse. A few years ago, we had daggering and it was banned, but it was nothing like this. No one was left feeling hurt or ashamed. It was about us, dancers, showing off our flexibility and agility. Everyone was having fun,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I will never condone or try to justify those practices. We need choreographed dancing. Some of these dancers need to revisit the 1980s when a woman would gyrate her body sexually and a male would ask her politely for a dance. What is happening now is a criminal act,&rdquo; Hall stressed.<br /> <br /> Hall first conducted classes in dancehall choreography while a student at Excelsior Community College, in 1998.<br /> <br /> After graduating in 2000, he returned one year later to earn an Associate Degree in the Performing Arts. Hall recently returned from a seven-country tour that included performances in Greece, Spain and the United States. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12993856/205280__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 AM 14 vying for Ms Universe Ja NE title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/14-vying-for-Ms-Universe-Ja-NE-title_61760 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer Under the theme &lsquo;Enhancing Lives Through Beauty&rsquo;, 14 contestants participating in the 2016 Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Miss Universe Jamaica North East pageant were sashed by their respective sponsors on Saturday evening.<br /> <br /> The occasion was held at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann.<br /> <br /> The females, whose ages range between 18 and 26 years, were chosen from several casting calls conducted on the north coast.<br /> <br /> According to franchise holder Shelle Parchment, cast callings were held to assist in their selection.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Myself and a couple team members did casting calls in deep rural areas from St Ann to Portland. We even visited some tertiary institutions in our quest to recruit suitable candidates,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> This is the third year Parchment is promoting the event.<br /> <br /> Shortly after appearing in swimwear, the contestants were presented with their respective sashes.<br /> <br /> Nicole Stoddart, reigning Ms Universe Jamaica North East (2015), who finished in the Top 10 at the Miss Universe Jamaica finals, was on hand to give support to the participants. She reflected on her reign.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My reign has been fantastic. I did a lot of overseas travelling, modelling, charity work and also giving back. It has been an amazing year and I am thankful for that,&rdquo; she explained.<br /> <br /> An element of this year&rsquo;s pageant is the joining of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande&rsquo;s Palace Foundation and Miss Universe Jamaica North East, which, in their ongoing effort to empower through caring, will feature 14 pre-teens who will be adopted and mentored by each contestant and be featured on coronation night. <br /> <br /> The 14 finalists are: Sherica Brown, Ms Morgan&rsquo;s Trucking; Bianca Ebanks, Ms Punkie Facebeat; Candice McCleod, Ms Ace Loan Express; Abehnah Gonzalez, Ms RMP Studios; Shequelle Fuller, Ms Art&rsquo;s Car Mart; Chandel Williams, Ms Cool Runnings Catamarans Cruise; Sherika Prince, Ms Click Media Online; Crystal Foreman, Ms Signs North Coast; Shulonie McCalla, Ms Moon Palace Jamaica Grande; Imani Angus, Ms Tie Di Knot Events Planning; Kadeem Baker, Ms Spectrum Systems Ltd; Monique Grant, Ms Beauty Statement; Peta Hoo-Fatt, Ms Jamaica ToursLtd; and, Shanice Clarke, Ms Cool Oasis.<br /> <br /> The grand finals of the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Ms Universe Jamaica North East pageant will take place on June 18 at the resort. The winner will advance to the national finals of the Ms Universe Jamaica 2016 pageant.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12994224/205288__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12994222/205289__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 AM Good forecast for Sol the Weatherman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Good-forecast-for-Sol-the-Weatherman_61725 Deejay Sol (aka Weatherman) has covered a lot of ground in his 10-year career --- some Rhythm and Blues, a lot of hip hop and now dancehall.<br /> <br /> The lanky toaster turned to the sound he grew up on last year, relocating to Jamaica after 14 years living in the United States. According to Sol, getting &lsquo;street cred&rsquo; at home is important.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Is great doing hip hop an&rsquo; R&B yuh nuh, but dancehall is my culture. So, last year mi decide fi mek a sacrifice an&rsquo; come back in,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> That &lsquo;sacrifice&rsquo; has paid off through the songs Feel So Good and Weatherman, both produced by Horatio &lsquo;Spec&rsquo; Rowe. Released in January and April, respectively, Sol said they have been doing the rounds in the dancehall and mainstream radio.<br /> <br /> Sporting multiple tattoos, the chiselled Sol (real name Andre Rowe) cuts an imposing figure. He was raised in Cockburn Gardens, an area with a strong dancehall heritage.<br /> <br /> Many of the artistes who got their start in the community were his biggest influences, including Super Cat. Later, he got into Ini Kamoze and Bounty Killer.<br /> <br /> After migrating to the United States, Sol was drawn to hip hop and recorded for different independent producers in New York and Virginia where he lived for over 10 years.<br /> <br /> But he yearned for a crack at the Jamaican dancehall scene. In mid-2015, he took the plunge and was &lsquo;back a yaad&rsquo;, working the dance and studio circuit.<br /> <br /> He said the breakthrough of Feel So Good and Weatherman justified his decision.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Best ting mi do&hellip;mi tell all mi frien&rsquo; dem overseas wha&rsquo; inna di business sey dem haffi tek di chance.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12994212/204941__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 AM I Zebulun eyes chart glory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/I-Zebulun-eyes-chart-glory_61713 Anyone who has been on the Portmore dance scene over the past five years should be familiar with singer I Zebulun, one of the &lsquo;Sunshine City&rsquo;s&rsquo; best-kept secrets.<br /> <br /> Recently, the roots artiste has made an attempt to introduce his &ldquo;pure, spiritual, and divine&rdquo; sound to a wider audience.<br /> <br /> Those traits can be heard in Be My Strength and Victimize, produced by DJ Karim for Stainless Records and Real Links Productions, respectively.<br /> <br /> The songs, both released this year, represent a busy period for 37-year-old I Zebulun (given name Kevin Ellis), who has been recording since 2006.<br /> <br /> Strongly influenced by roots firebrand Capleton, his first song, Life Is, followed his conscious line. It was released on Grassroots Riddim Vol 1 by Rootical Records.<br /> <br /> While he has recorded a number of songs, many of them have not been released.<br /> <br /> I Zebulun credits his spirituality for keeping him in the game. He is confident Be My Strength and Victimize can give him chart success. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12989753/205220_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, May 23, 2016 12:00 AM Zamunda&rsquo;s grand plan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Zamunda-s-grand-plan_61411 LAST week when Finance Minister Audley Shaw outlined the Government&rsquo;s tax plan during the budget debate in parliament, singjay Zamunda was mulling over his own numbers.<br /> <br /> The St Ann artiste&rsquo;s new song, Two Grand, has gained momentum due to its focus on how the average Jamaican can survive on $2,000 per week.<br /> <br /> Given the rising cost of basic food items, Zamunda is not surprised his song has hit a nerve with the working class.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;To them, two grand imperative, due to fluctuations of the economy. One time, having two grand, you coulda get dinner fi days by budgeting, but it much tougher now,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Two Grand was released by YGF Records in January. Zamunda, who hails from Claremont district, empathises with the challenging economic times many Jamaicans face.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It tough, people a feel it,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The 30-year-old Zamunda (born Christopher Gayle) has been recording for 10 years. His previous songs include Jah Love Surround Me and Rasta Ever Clean with I-Octane.<br /> <br /> Two Grand will be on his debut album, Scripts And Scrolls, scheduled for release in July. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12989752/204745__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, May 23, 2016 12:00 AM Kranical celebrating mothers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kranical-celebrating-mothers_61721 GROWING up, deejay Kranical remembers the struggles his mother went through to keep bread on the table.<br /> <br /> Her untiring actions have provided the inspiration for his recently released single Mama (Single Mothers Dedication).<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This song is very important to me because throughout all my mistakes, my mother has been there for me. There were times when I didn&rsquo;t know where my next meal was coming from and she came through. She&rsquo;s been like my guardian angel through it all,&rdquo; Kranical, 22, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My mother has not only been a mother, but also a father to me. She put her career on hold to raise my sister and I, and for that I am thankful,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Released on April 25, Mama (Single Mothers Dedication) is produced by Smashing Records. The accompanying video was released on Mother&rsquo;s Day.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think mothers should be celebrated all year round...not only on Mother&rsquo;s Day. Not many people take the time out to show tribute to them.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A former student of Ardenne High in St Andrew, Kranical (real name Shakeem Fisher) grew up in the dormitory community of Portmore, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> He migrated to the Seattle in 2009, a year before completing high school. He subsequently enlisted in the US military.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;After serving for three-and-a-half years, I realised music is what I love and enjoy doing, and there is nowhere better to be than Jamaica to do dancehall, which is my passion.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Since January, Kranical has been back and forth to Jamaica pursuing his dream. He has two tracks pending: Phone a Ring and<br /> <br /> Say Them Bad.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12989706/205228__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, May 23, 2016 12:00 AM Stephen Marley&rsquo;s set to bear fruit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Stephen-Marley-s-set-to-bear-fruit_61623 Stephen Marley is set to release his fourth studio album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, on July 22. <br /> <br /> The release is scheduled to come at the end of a 44-city, United States coast-to-coast run, which is slated to begin in Redway, California on Thursday, May 26 and ends in New Orleans on July 24. <br /> <br /> Produced by Marley, the 23-track digital set boasts songs including Rock Stone, featuring Capleton and Sizzla; Ghetto Boy featuring Bounty Killer & Cobra, and Scars On My Feet with Waka Flocka. <br /> <br /> Other collabs feature Rick Ross, Pit Bull, Damian &lsquo;Junior Gong&rsquo; Marley, Iggy Azalea, Dead Prez, Rakim, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought (of The Roots), Ky-Mani Marley, and Jo Mersa.<br /> <br /> Fruit of Life is the second installment of his two part series, following Revelation Part I: The Root of Life (2011). Whereas The Root of Life is more a traditional roots reggae album, The Fruit of Life will utilise a diversified sonic palette to express the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres, including hip hop. <br /> <br /> Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, has earned a total of six Best Reggae Grammy Awards: three with the sibling group Melody Makers and three as a solo artiste. These include Mind Control (2008), Mind Control &mdash; Acoustic (2010) and<br /> <br /> Revelation Pt 1: Root of Life (2012). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12985411/205096_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:00 AM Roots, rock, reggae festivals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Roots--rock--reggae-festivals_61590 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter INTERNATIONAL reggae festivals during summer are becoming a strong pull for local reggae acts. Europe is where it all happens for the majority of established Jamaican reggae artistes.<br /> <br /> Rototom Sunsplash set for Benicassim, Spain, from August 13 to 20, has an enviable roster of Jamaican acts.<br /> <br /> The line-up is headed by Damian &lsquo;Junior Gong&rsquo; Marley. He is ably supported by Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Kabaka Pyramid, Inner Circle, Jah 9, Agent Sasco, Junior Kelly, Beres Hammond, The Congos, Israel Vibration, Max Romeo, Wailing Souls, Runkus, and sound system Bass Odyssey.<br /> <br /> Reggae Geel rolls out in the city of Geel in Belgium from August 5 and 6. This festival, which began in 1978, is continuing its mandate to present the best of Jamaican music on its stage. This year reggae crooner Beres Hammond is its major act. A mixtureof established and emerging acts complete the roster. Also set to appear at Reggae Geel are Dexta Daps, Jahmeil, Feluke, Kabaka Pyramid, Keznamdi, Pinchers, Ky-Mani Marley, Sevana, Lee Scratch Perry, Alaine, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, and Yung Jr.<br /> <br /> The French have been long-standing lovers of reggae and among their festivals is Reggae Sun Ska Festival, which is held in the Bordeaux region of France on August 5, 6 and 7.<br /> <br /> Despite not boasting as big a line-up as its Spanish and Belgian counterparts, the festival offers some quality acts. Reggae band Inner Circle, Damian &lsquo;Junior Gong&rsquo; Marley, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser and Alaine are the Jamaicans making the cut.<br /> <br /> Across the &lsquo;pond&rsquo; in North America, Jamaican acts are not as prominent on the festival circuit. <br /> <br /> Another two festivals have recently announced their roster of acts with fewer Jamaican artistes holding the headlines.<br /> <br /> In the United States, the inaugural staging of the Roots Reggae Culture Festival takes place in New Orleans over two days &mdash; June 18 and 19 and the organisers of that festival have named conscious reggae chanter I-Wayne, the reggae ambassadors Third World, the fireman Capleton, and Bonner brother Richie Spice among their acts.<br /> <br /> The festival&rsquo;s website quotes the organisers as saying they recognised a void in one of the premier convention and festival destinations in the US. The organisers, who describe themselves as &ldquo;five very experienced fans of Reggae music and Caribbean culture&rdquo;, further said they have come together to bring back the very much missed &ldquo;Reggae Festival&rdquo; to New Orleans and surrounding areas. They have also pledged to make this festival an annual event.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, just across the North American border, in Calgary Canada, Reggaefest is slated to run from August 18 to 20.<br /> <br /> For this event, Jamaicans making the cut are Warrior King and Anthony B. Jamaican-Canadian deejay Razor B and US-based Glen Washington have also made it on to the line-up.<br /> <br /> This event has drawn on reggae practitioners from all parts of the globe including Ghana, Colombia and Venezuela to complete the roster of acts. Canadian artistes such as Nana McLean, Dubwise and Kafinal are also booked for the festival which takes place at Shaw Millennium Park in that city.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12985416/205097_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12985413/205077_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12530293/177814_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12510986/176430__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12866832/197254__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12524000/177378_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12762843/191413_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12576533/180800__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12897909/199022_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;Powerful&rsquo; concert on June 5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Powerful--concert-on-June-5_61617 Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show will boast a new venue and new faces.<br /> <br /> The event &mdash; now in its 16th staging &mdash; is slated for Douglas Orane Auditorium, Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; School, National Heroes Circle in Kingston, Sunday, June 5.<br /> <br /> Showtime is scheduled for 5:00 pm.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have at least three internationally renowned personalities, one of whom is a &lsquo;friend of Jamaica&rsquo;&sbquo; who will be flying in specially to perform on the show. We feel honoured that these persons could want to help the Mustard Seed Communities and make such an effort to join us on stage,&rdquo; said Thyra Heaven, founder and chair of the Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show.<br /> <br /> They are: David Neita, attorney, motivation speaker, lecturer and poet based in London; Claudja Barry-Alexander, former lead singer with Boney M; and Jasmine Rand, famed attorney and Harvard Professor who represented the Trayvon Martin family in the US, and is currently working on the Michael Brown Ferguson case.<br /> <br /> Popular repeat performers will be joined on stage by newcomers, including Jacqueline Sharp, regional head for Scotiabank Caribbean North & Central, Scotiabank Jamaica; Audrey Tugwell Henry, senior general manager, Retail Banking, National Commercial Bank; Janet Farr, president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica; Akeem Mignott, president, Jamaica Youth Theatre; Dr Sanetta Myrie, Miss Jamaica (World); Jennifer &lsquo;Jenny Jenny&rsquo; Small, radio and TV personality; Rochelle Cameron, vice-president Legal & Regulatory for Flow. Designers Keneea Linton and Dexter Huxtable have committed to providing outfits for the first time for the fashion segments.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am excited about the plans we have for this year&rsquo;s show, and I am sure our patrons will have a very good time,&rdquo; said Heaven.<br /> <br /> Over the past 15 years, the show has handed over more than $50 million to the Mustard Seed Communities to assist with the care of more than 400 abandoned, disabled, HIV/AIDS-affected children, and pregnant teenagers being accommodated in its 12 homes across the island. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12985083/205075_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12985085/205076__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:00 AM American comic to star Let Loose comedy series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/American-comic-to-star-Let-Loose-comedy-series_61217 THE 2016 revue of Oral Tracey&rsquo;s Let Loose comedy showcase will feature top American comedian Steve Brown. The event, with the tag-line &lsquo;Emancipate Yourself With Laughter, Let Loose Gone International&rsquo;, will be held at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Monday, August 1.<br /> <br /> Tracey, a television presenter, said its the first time the event will be held on a public holiday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;American comedian Steve Brown will be performing in Jamaica for the first time,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The event is usually held on the first Sunday of the month, but we decided to stage it on an holiday for the first time,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Raised in Alabama, Brown&rsquo;s high-energy comedy has been seen on HBO&rsquo;s Def Comedy Jam, BET&rsquo;s Comic View and Showtime at the Apollo, and landed him gigs alongside comedy stars like Eddie Griffin, Martin Lawrence, Rickey Smiley, Bill Bellamy, and many more. He&rsquo;s also been seen in Tyler Perry&rsquo;s Madea&rsquo;s Family Reunion. <br /> <br /> Also appearing on stage are some of the country&rsquo;s best known comedians, including Tony &lsquo;Paleface&rsquo; Hendricks, Ity and Fancy Cat, Dr Michael Abrahams, Lemon, Leighton Smith, Pretty Boy Floyd and Andrea &lsquo;Delcita&rsquo; Wright.<br /> <br /> Now in its fifth staging, Let Loose comedy showcase was first held in 2012.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12985081/205030__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:00 AM Sadiki Covered in Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sadiki-Covered-in-Love KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Lovers rock singer Sadiki continues his campaign to score a hit song in Jamaica with Sea of Love, from his recently released album, Covered in Love.<br /> <br /> The Chicago-based artiste returns to Jamaica in June to promote his version of the song, first made popular in the 1960s by The Heptones.<br /> <br /> He will shoot a video in Negril at Charela Inn as well as in Kingston. Robert Chin, whose credits include Mavado's It's Her Destiny and Sizzla's Praise Jah and Live.<br /> <br /> Sadiki (real name Henry Buckley Jr) produced Sea of Love and Covered in Love for Skinny Bwoy Records, the independent label he started in 2005.<br /> <br /> He said Sea of Love has 'always been one of my favourite riddims', hence the decision to not only cover the song, but release the various artistes albums, Sea of Love Vol I and 2.<br /> <br /> Covered in Love is Sadiki's fourth album. It is a collection of 10 reggae covers of contemporary hits like Love Yourself by Justin Beiber and Ed Sheeran&rsquo;s Photograph; and 1970s classics such as The Spinners' Sadie, and an acoustic version of Book of Rules, another song made famous by The Heptones.<br /> <br /> Book of Rules is done with Toronto-based singer Tony Anthony.<br /> <br /> The Kingston-born Sadiki has lived in Chicago since the mid-1980s but maintained strong ties with the reggae scene in Jamaica when he began recording over 20 years ago.<br /> <br /> At one stage, he toured with Beres Hammond and recorded for Hammond's Harmony House Records.<br /> <br /> Since launching Skinny Bwoy Records, he has produced songs by a number of artistes including Delly Ranx, Twiggi and ska great Eric 'Monty' Morris.<br /> <br /> With You I'm Born Again, his duet with Twiggi, is the next single to be released from Covered in Love.<br /> <br /> Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12817690/194398__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, May 22, 2016 9:49 AM Dennis Lloyd hooked on Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dennis-Lloyd-hooked-on-Africa_61326 A RECENT trip to The Gambia revived a cultural awareness in British singer Dennis Lloyd. It inspired him to write the song Africa on which he teams with Capleton.<br /> <br /> Produced by Errol Melbourne of Tama Music Productions, Africa was recently released. It is the lead track from My Journey, Lloyd&rsquo;s third album which is scheduled for release this year.<br /> <br /> Lloyd, born in the British Midlands town of West Bromwich to Jamaican parents, said Africa sums up his sense of roots.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Where my bloodline runs from is more important than where I was actually born. I&rsquo;m on a mission to show the massive where we&rsquo;re from,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> After writing the lyric and laying the initial tracks for Africa, Lloyd said a friend suggested he bring in a &lsquo;name artiste&rsquo;. They settled on fiery deejay Capleton.<br /> <br /> Two weeks ago while Lloyd was in Kingston, Capleton recorded his part and also appears with him in the video.<br /> <br /> Lloyd has been recording since 2007. His first album, In Too Deep, was released in 2011 while the second, For The Love Of You, came out in 2014. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12984472/204471__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, May 22, 2016 2:00 AM Alty B cuts hard with Babashop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Alty-B-cuts-hard-with-Babashop_61561 Gaga Productions, a new label out of Toronto, Canada, is looking to get off the mark in a big way with its debut compilation album, the Babashop Riddim.<br /> <br /> The beat has songs by established and up-and-coming artistes including 2015 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall winner, Devin Di Dakta, who does She Tell Me.<br /> <br /> Teenaged deejay Wayne J contributes Superstar, while Razor B&rsquo;s song is Gal A Bawl Out.<br /> <br /> Gaga Productions was launched last year by Waterhouse-reared deejay Alty B, who is also on Babashop with Gal Clown.<br /> <br /> A veteran of Toronto&rsquo;s dancehall scene, his previous songs include I sland Girl with Richie Loop.<br /> <br /> Alty B (given name Altiman Grason) says he started Gaga Productions to help break emerging acts out of Jamaica and Canada.<br /> <br /> Dudsymil and Fancy Lady with Bubble, as well as Popsy Badda with Dutty Friends, are some of the other Toronto artistes on Babashop.<br /> <br /> &mdash;HC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981793/204946__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12826691/187346__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, May 21, 2016 2:00 AM Style Week struts out on May 25-29 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Style-Week-struts-out-on-May-25-29_61576 By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com Saint International&rsquo;s honcho, Deiwght Peters, is promising a &ldquo;fresh and new&rdquo; Style Week slated for May 25-29 in the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Style Week Jamaica is the premier fashion platform in Jamaica. The event is the key in showcasing Jamaica&rsquo;s new and established designers. In addition to Jamaica, designer collections from The Bahamas, Guadeloupe, and beyond will take the runway. This year, a larger than ever contingent of fashion media will be heading in for the event,&rdquo; the model agency&rsquo;s CEO and Style Week conceptualiser told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We see the event as a prime step in establishing global connections to ultimately be a part of the local fashion infrastructure, which will be strategic to get the brand Jamaica rightfully placed in the international fashion arena,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Leading agents from Paris and Milan have also booked their trip to Jamaica hoping to be the first to discover Saint&rsquo;s next superstar,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Style Week&rsquo;s signature events International Mecca of Style and Fashion Block are scheduled for May 28 and 29, respectively.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Fashion Block is a success story on its own. It is the Caribbean&rsquo;s biggest live fashion event. This signature event has captured the imagination of the world. The energy and glitz igniting the centre of the country&rsquo;s capital will be staged on Sunday, May 29, on Knutsford Boulevard. &lsquo;The grand spectacle that is Fashion Block has impressed the world&rsquo;s fashion media,&rdquo; he added. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982150/204970__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982144/205000__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12798347/193214__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, May 21, 2016 12:00 AM Day of the Jakal approaches http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Day-of-the-Jakal-approaches_59843 JAMAICA&rsquo;S influence on rap and hip hop is unmistakable, but the home-grown practitioners of the art form have found limited success locally. Jakal hopes to change all that.<br /> <br /> The rapper is hitting the ground running with his latest single Mercedes, an ode to the luxury car brand. The track is produced Broskimusic.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The video for that will be shot by Yard Boyz, the guys who shot the movie Jamaica Mafia,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m currently working on an EP for the summer,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He said he has also been collaborating with artistes both overseas and locally. According to him, he dropped a few verses on Profecia Crew&rsquo;s Welcome to Party, alongside Jamaican deejay Blass. He also paired with English rapper Strizzy for Victim of the System. <br /> <br /> Born in Montego Bay, Jakal (christened Hubert Johnson), migrated at 10 to the birthplace of hip hop, Brooklyn, in New York.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I lived there for 18 years,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Unable to ignore the infectious beats, he eventually took up rap as a career in 2006. That year he scored My Life for D-Block Records, the label owned by rap group, The Lox. However, in 2012 he returned to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> He recently appeared on the mixtape Inoyomin Pt2, featuring Jadakiss and Style P.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to open the rap scene for local artistes,&rdquo; he told the Observer.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981789/203417_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, May 21, 2016 2:00 AM Record crowd at Chug It Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Record-crowd-at-Chug-It-Negril_61546 DESPITE the early afternoon rains, more than 20,000 patrons poured into Wavz Beach for Chug It&rsquo;s return to Negril last Sunday.<br /> <br /> Revellers transformed the venue into a sea of pulsating energy as they partied the day and night away.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Every year Big Bad Chug It gets better and better,&rdquo; said Andrew &lsquo;French&rsquo; Wright, Chug It&rsquo;s promoter. &ldquo;Chug It is the only event in Jamaica that produces an entertainment package of this calibre for the masses, and we continue to prove this with each staging. The most recent record in Negril was exceeded, as expected, and Chug It will evidently continue to dominate the party scene. Chug It is the most successful and most attended event and Winners Events will continue on its upward trend,&rdquo; he continued. <br /> <br /> Patrons were kept entertained by the DJ line-up prepping for the night&rsquo;s live entertainment show, which did not disappoint.<br /> <br /> Female dancehall deejay Spice kept the high-energy party going with her dancers.<br /> <br /> In a &lsquo;slim vs fluffy&rsquo; face-off, two female patrons were invited to the stage as Spice spurred them on to see who would emerge the victor. Delivering some of her most popular songs, including<br /> <br /> Romping Shop, So Mi Like It, Needle Eye and<br /> <br /> Like A Man, the deejay found favour with the partygoers and delivered an extended encore performance.<br /> <br /> Not to be outdone, Beenie Man started off his set with<br /> <br /> Let&rsquo;s Go, which generated an immediate reaction from the crowd. The &lsquo;Doctor&rsquo; continued to entertain with well-known hits such as<br /> <br /> Gimme Gimme, I&rsquo;m Drinking, King of the Dancehall and<br /> <br /> Girls Dem Sugar. <br /> <br /> The beach party series continues with Flex Week &lsquo;Dancehall Festival&rsquo; during the Independence celebrations in Portmore, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982407/204925_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982400/204932__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982403/204931__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982404/204927_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982406/204928_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982408/204929__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982410/204926_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982411/204924__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982412/204930_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12982413/204923_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, May 21, 2016 2:00 AM Spade laying the Structure http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Spade-laying-the-Structure_61578 DANCEHALL singjay Spade said his latest single Structure is creating a buzz since its offical release a week ago. A collaborate effort with budding singjay Lagikz, the Seaview Gardens-based artiste said the song has exceeded his expectations.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song has been mashing up the place even before it was offically released. Check every passenger bus that travels in the Corporate Area and it is at the front of every bus man playlist,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> A dedication to the females, the Power Icon-produced single is also getting heavy rotation in the clubs and street dances.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I knew structure was going to be big but I didn&rsquo;t expect it to rise so fast. I have been getting videos tagged to my Facebook wall of females doing their own gyration style to it. We are grateful for the feedback, &ldquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He said he&rsquo;s preparing to audition female dancers for the music video.<br /> <br /> An established tattoo artist, Spade said despite the negatives, his community was filled with talent.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have a lot of talented young acts in Seaview Gardens, so once there is potential, the studio provides an avenue for them to follow their dream. School will be out soon, so there are a lot of youngsters coming in wanting to hone their musical talent,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Grammy-winning dancehall artiste Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, and Elephant Man, all originated from the tough inner city community of Seaview Gardens.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;With the approach of summer, clients from all over are coming to get thier bodies inked. Tattoos and piercings have become a part of the dancehall and party lifestyle so, once you are good at your craft, money can be made,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> In his early 30s, Spade (real name Orville Swaby) has been recording for over five years and is the voice behind songs like Body Mark Up, Africa, We No Fraid and Rise Above the Haters, featuring Nitty Kutchie and Mega Banton.<br /> <br /> &mdash;Simone Morgan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981790/204969__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, May 21, 2016 2:00 AM Sandz to mark second anniversary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sandz-to-mark-second-anniversary_61541 BAY Beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann, will provide the backdrop for the second anniversary of Appleton Special Sandz: Ultimate Beach Chill on Sunday, May 29.<br /> <br /> The cooler event is slated to kick off at 12 noon.<br /> <br /> O&rsquo;Neil Forbes, one of the event&rsquo;s coordinators, said Sandz prides itself on fulfilling expectations.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are always asked about our secret to the success of Appleton Special Sandz, but to be frank, we are constantly learning and adjusting to ensure patrons have the best quality in entertainment that the Supreme Team Limited has to offer. We take pride in our brand and go to extremes to guarantee and fulfil all of their expectations and promises,&rdquo; said Forbes.<br /> <br /> After two years of staging at different locations throughout the country, Appleton Special Sandz continues to have growing support. The upcoming anniversary edition will be the third since 2016.<br /> <br /> Gary Dixon, marketing director for J Wray & Nephew Limited, said he is excited for the partnership&rsquo;s second anniversary staging.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is amazing to see the growth of Appleton Special Sandz in such a short period of time. We encourage everyone to come out and have a great time, as rum rules responsibly always with Appleton Special,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Appleton Special Sandz allows patrons to bring their own drinks of choice to a comfortably designed venue, creating a great party experience for friends to build and share memories with high energy, food, and entertainment. Musical selections will be provided by some of Jamaica&rsquo;s top disc jockeys and sound systems. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981194/204899_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981197/204913_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981191/204903__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981193/204895__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981195/204897__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981196/204901__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12981198/204900__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, May 21, 2016 2:00 AM