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 Kaya Fest was smoking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kaya-Fest-was-smoking_96698 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer THERE was plenty of weed to go around at the inaugural Kaya Fest, held at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami recently. But the music, especially from the Marley brothers, was just as potent. <br /> <br /> Stephen Marley initiated the event, which attracted a strong turnout of millennials, hippies and roots-reggae lovers. They saw good performances from Sean Paul and Wyclef Jean and an indifferent showing from closing act, Lauryn Hill. <br /> <br /> Billed &lsquo;Education Over Recreation&rsquo;, Kaya Fest was held to promote the economic and lifestyle benefits of ganja. <br /> <br /> Still, the 6,000 fans who showed up were high on seeing the reunion of Bob Marley&rsquo;s eldest son Ziggy with his brothers Stephen, Ky-Mani, Julian and Damian. <br /> <br /> They were not disappointed, as the brothers opened with Kaya as a drizzle sprinkled the outdoor venue. <br /> <br /> Ziggy led on Kaya, completed by a rap from Damian, setting the pace for a quality, hour-long set. <br /> <br /> The siblings performed mainly their father&rsquo;s songs. <br /> <br /> Stephen, Julian and Damian did a passionate version of So Much Trouble, which got the lighters flickering; Ky-Mani did justice to The Heathen; while there was a five-the-hard way jam on Punky Reggae Party with the &lsquo;old man&rsquo; dancing on a mega screen backdrop. <br /> <br /> Sean Paul warmed the crowd with his dancehall hits which had the park rocking. <br /> <br /> Jean was at home in a city he lived after leaving Haiti &mdash; he did a diverse set around songs like 911 and Gone Till November, and a return to his block party days in Brooklyn where he discovered hip hop and reggae. <br /> <br /> Hill, his former colleague in the Fugees, was lukewarm, a disappointment for the thousands who braved the elements to see her. <br /> <br /> Kaya Fest returns next year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13786664/272820__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13786663/272822__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13786666/272818__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13786667/272821__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:00 AM Dub club debacle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dub-club-debacle_96734 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter SOUND system selector Gabre Selassie has been released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree on May 15, in relation to an incident at Kingston Dub Club held at Skyline Drive in Jack&rsquo;s Hill, St Andrew, last Sunday.<br /> <br /> Selassie (given name Karlyle Lee) is the promoter of the weekly event.<br /> <br /> According to a statement from the Corporate Communications Unit, the police information arm, at about 10:30 pm a team visited the venue, where a party was in progress. They requested the event&rsquo;s permit from the promoter. Lee was unable to produce one and was instructed to turn off the music. He was informed that he would be charged under the Noise Abatement Act. <br /> <br /> The police said patrons became boisterous and attempted to prevent them from carrying out their functions. Pepper spray was used to subdue the crowd.<br /> <br /> Lee and selector Rahay Mooyan, 25, of Royal Flat in Manchester were subsequently arrested and charged.<br /> <br /> Yesterday afternoon, in a statement via social media, Lee said he would be using the opportunity to regularise his operations and have the event return next Sunday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;First of all, I would like to thank each and everyone for their concern about my well-being. I am fine... just finished having a progressive meeting with the authorities, and our charge of breaching the Noise Abatement Act has been lifted. Let I man say that for every action, there is equal and opposite reaction. So we are going to take good from the bad. We are sorting out a proper solution once and for-iver (forever). They will have to realise one day that Rastafari is not an enemy of the State but a protector of that State... we are not carrying any ill feelings towards the authorities,&rdquo; the statement read.<br /> <br /> Sunday was the 51st anniversary of Ethiopian Emperor Haille Selassie&rsquo;s visit to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Entertainment and Culture Minister Olivia &ldquo;Babsy&rdquo; Grange weighed in on the incident, calling for better relations between the police and music community.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is really unfortunate that something like this happened at the same time as carnival, as it sends the wrong message that there are &lsquo;two Jamaicas&rsquo;. Gabre Selassie is an icon who has dedicated and promoted roots-reggae music for all these years, so he deserves recognition for his consistent support of our indigenous Jamaican culture. His work has grown out of a desire to promote our culture and he should be praised for that. The support his event gets from Jamaicans who love roots culture, tourists who come to Dub Club each Sunday night, as well as those who follow it online each week, underscores how world famous our culture is,&rdquo; Grange&rsquo;s statement read.<br /> <br /> Minister Grange further stated that amendments were coming to the Noise Abatement Act. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13786661/272867__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:00 AM Carnival night scare in the city http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Carnival-night-scare-in-the-city_96756 REVELLERS, pedestrians, and motorists plying West King&rsquo;s House Road in St Andrew on Sunday were given the scare of their lives as Corporate Area businessman Zachary Reid waved what is believed to be a firearm in their direction.<br /> <br /> The incident, which occurred after the carnival road march close to a popular St Andrew eatery, was captured on video and has been doing the rounds on social media. Reid had just left a carnival party.<br /> <br /> The 29-year-old, who cooperates the Grosvenor Cafe, on Grosvenor Terrace in St Andrew was arrested and initially charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assaulting the police.<br /> <br /> However, following an interview in the presence of his attorney Tom Tavares-Finson yesterday, additional charges of failure to hand over firearm for inspection, assault at common law, and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition were laid.<br /> <br /> He is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday, May 2. <br /> <br /> Tavares-Finson told the Jamaica Observer that his client is a licensed firearm holder but was charged with the misuse of it.<br /> <br /> Several persons expressed outrage at the businessman&rsquo;s action on social media.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No excuses. Illegal firearm and a danger to himself and others. I hope they throw the book at him,&rdquo; one user posted.<br /> <br /> A few others were sympathetic.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Not condoning his behaviour, but it&rsquo;s after the carnival road march so maybe he was intoxicated,&rdquo; said another. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13786705/272880_98141_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13197642/220795__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:00 AM It&rsquo;s all good http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/It-s-all-good_96742 SCORES of revellers seeking to attend Heineken Rio&rsquo;s after-party on Waterloo Road in St Andrew on Sunday, escaped major injuries as a result of a stampede which occurred at the event.<br /> <br /> The event was free to all costumed revellers, while regular patrons could pay at the gate.<br /> <br /> In a release to the Jamaica Observer, Dianne Ashton Smith, Red Stripe&rsquo;s head of corporate affairs, labelled the incident as &ldquo;unfortunate&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is unfortunate that this occurred. However, we are incredibly grateful for the police and security teams who were on-hand to assist in the management of the crowd,&rdquo; said Ashton Smith.<br /> <br /> According to reports, at about 8:30 pm there was a large number of people at the event&rsquo;s entrance. In an effort to ensure safety, the police advised that the gates be closed to allow for an orderly entrance process and to ensure that all persons were checked for IDs and weapons upon entry. Patrons, eager to enter the event, were challenged by this delay and pushed against the gates en masse<br /> <br /> to get in. The police made every attempt to disperse the crowd outside the venue and get the situation under control.<br /> <br /> Police and medics at the event received no reports of injuries.<br /> <br /> Held annually, Heineken Rio is one of the hotspots for carnival supporters to hang out after the road march.<br /> <br /> &ndash; BB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13786702/272895__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:00 AM To the X-treme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/To-the-X-treme_96392 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer Brummie accent when deejay X-treme speaks. He sounds more Seaview Gardens, Kingston than Birmingham, England. The slightly-built deejay is in Jamaica doing recording sessions and promoting Dutty Chat which he considers his breakthrough song in the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> Most importantly, X-treme&rsquo;s second trip to Jamaica is to show he is not just another white boy obsessed with the country&rsquo;s dancehall culture. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi nah watch nobody, if dem waan a&ccedil;cept mi day good but if not, a jus&rsquo; so. Mi jus&rsquo; a look pon my thing,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. X-treme believes Dutty Chat has given him Street &lsquo;cred&rsquo; back home where he is a regular at Jamaican dances. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yeah man, from the video (for Dutty Chat) go viral everybody sey &lsquo;yo, di dog thing tun up!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> X-treme was actually born in the city of Nottingham, but at age four moved to Birmingham, birthplace of heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne and reggae group UB40. <br /> <br /> Growing up in a city with a large West Indian community, Shane Sheffield (his real name) readily took to Jamaican culture. <br /> <br /> The youngest of five children, X-treme remembers going to dances in Birmingham and gaining a reputation as &ldquo;di white youth who chat patois&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> While he is strongly influenced by Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel, he alsotuned in to Sizzla, Ghost, Sanchez, Capleton and Lutan Fyah. X-treme is aware of trailblazers like Dominic, the white British deejay who made his mark in Jamaica, 30 years ago. &ldquo;Wi know &lsquo;bout Dominic an&rsquo; man like Gentleman. <br /> <br /> Dem do dem thing but wi a show sey wi can do good to,&rdquo; he said. Since coming to Jamaica, X-treme has performed alongside Bounty Killer in Ocho Rios. <br /> <br /> He is also pitching Hide and Seek and Chocolate and Roses, songs he did for the Alliance New Generation which produced Dutty Chat. <br /> <br /> As its name suggests, Alliance New Generation represents the new wave of artistes affiliated with Bounty Killer&rsquo;s Alliance camp. <br /> <br /> As much as he admires &lsquo;Killer&rsquo;, X-treme is taking a page from dancehall&rsquo;s most infamous artiste&rsquo;s book to chart his path to success. &ldquo;Kartel mek a song a day an&rsquo; always keep current. If mi can do dat mi awright.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13786669/272197__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:00 AM Alkaline&rsquo;s UK gig cancelled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Alkaline-s-UK-gig-cancelled_96724 AN unruly crowd forced the cancellation of a concert headlined by Jamaican dancehall artiste Alkaline at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, on the weekend.<br /> <br /> According to an article posted on the Evening Standard&rsquo;s website, police were called in after fans allegedly tried to gain access inside the sold-out concert venue. The O2 Academy Brixton is one of London&rsquo;s leading music and theatrical venues. The maximum capacity is 4,921 (3,760 standing downstairs; 1,083 seated and 78 standing in the circle), alternatively the all-seated capacity is 2,391.<br /> <br /> The report said streets round the O2 Academy Brixton were closed from 8:00 pm with witnesses likening the scenes to a &ldquo;war zone&rdquo;. Promoters cancelled at the last minute citing fears over crowd safety.<br /> <br /> Video clips of the incident posted online show some patrons trying to escape a stampede while another shows dozens of people forcing their way inside via a fire escape as staff and concert-goers attempted to barricade the doors.<br /> <br /> The article also stated a mother, who attended the concert with her daughters, claimed she was trampled by the crowd, while one of her children suffered an asthma attack before being pulled from the crush by a member of security.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My girls are traumatised by what has happened. We came to support Alkaline and what we experienced cannot be described,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It was frightening and disgraceful, and if it wasn&rsquo;t for that security man ... only God knows.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A spokesman for Academy Music Group which runs the O2 Academy Brixton thanked the response units while apologising to ticket purchasers.<br /> <br /> This is the second time in five weeks that fans of the deejay are uncontrollable in their enthusiasm to see him. At concert Magnum New Rules held at the National Stadium&rsquo;s car park in St Andrew on March 25, some patrons uprooted the fence separating the VIP and general sections, causing a stampede.<br /> <br /> Alkaline (given name Earlan Bartley) is currently one of the hottest artistes occupying the dancehall space. His EP New Level Unlocked debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Charts in April 2016. The 15-track set has tracks including Champion Boy, ATM and Conquer The World.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13737802/266809__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:00 AM Xodus&rsquo;s dream now a reality http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Xodus-s-dream-now-a-reality_96627 Dream Entertainment and its partner YUMA, out of Trinidad and Tobago, put its stamp on carnival with its Xodus road march on Sunday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing. We have the biggest band on the road despite us aiming for a more niche band,&rdquo; Scott Dunn, managing director of Dream Entertainment, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> Dunn also indicated that they met the target of delivering a premium experience to their patrons. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The patrons have been blown away. They&rsquo;ve never experienced anything like this in Jamaica before,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> On a larger scale, he confirmed that carnival is now a big factor in tourism for Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The numbers are going to grow and grow, bringing more tourists here every year. This is a legitimate tourism product for Jamaica and Kingston, which needs it so badly,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785536/272664__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785535/272668__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM Soca in the City http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Soca-in-the-City_96605 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com THE Corporate Area streets became a kaleidoscope of colour on Sunday as thousands of costumed revellers celebrated the final event on Jamaica&rsquo;s annual carnival calendar &mdash; the road march.<br /> <br /> The gyrating &lsquo;sea of colour&rsquo; with accompanying music moved through sections of the city much to delight of onlookers, who lined the side walks to witness the spectacle, capture the memories on cellphones, or to even join in on the festivities.<br /> <br /> This year was unprecedented as a total of four bands took to the street &ndash; Xaymaca, Xodus, Byron Lee&rsquo;s Jamaica Carnival, and Bacchanal Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Michael Ammar Jr, director of Bacchanal Jamaica, said he was &ldquo;pleasantly surprised&rdquo; with the turnout.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re almost as big as we were last year. The crowd is fantastic, the vibe is fantastic. The competition is good as it made us lift our game. We have all the top deejays, we have KES. I don&rsquo;t think you could want better,&rdquo; Ammar Jr told<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> During the procession, KES the band, with its lead singer Kees Dieffenthaller, provided its usual high-energy brand of entertainment. KES did favourites including Wotless, Fallin, Million and was in the middle of the crowd for People.<br /> <br /> Ammar Jr said nearly half of his revellers were from outside the island.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is absolutely shocking. We have a least 50 per cent overseas people in the band, or maybe even 55 per cent. I&rsquo;ve spoken to several of them and they say Jamaica carnival is a great value and Bacchanal is the only choice... And I agree with them,&rdquo; said Ammar Jr.<br /> <br /> First-time reveller Tanisha Scott &mdash; choreographer for Sean Paul, Drake and Rihanna &mdash; gave the Bacchanal band the thumbs up.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was invited by Sean Paul&rsquo;s Jodi [Henriques] and I&rsquo;m enjoying it; the freedom is unbelievable. Everybody is so friendly... there&rsquo;s nothing but love on the road and it surely brings out our motto: Out of Many One People,&rdquo; said Scott, who was born in Canada to Jamaican parents.<br /> <br /> New Yorkers Typheny Griffiths and Patrina Gayle expressed similar sentiments.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s our first time and we&rsquo;ll definitely be back,&rdquo; said Griffiths.<br /> <br /> This year, Bacchanal&rsquo;s road march started in Liguanea then went down Hope Road, onto Lady Musgrave Avenue, before traversing Trafalgar Road. The party then moved to Waterloo Road, West King&rsquo;s House Road, down Constant Spring Road, and culminated in New Kingston at the LIME Golf Academy. <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785525/272629__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785522/272630__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785524/272628__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785521/272630__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM Jamaica Carnival&rsquo;s rebirth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaica-Carnival-s-rebirth_96624 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter &ldquo;Humbled.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> That is how Julianne Lee reacted to the turnout for yesterday&rsquo;s road march which saw the return of Byron Lee&rsquo;s Jamaica Carnival band to the streets of the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> The group had been off the circuit for seven years. However, last year the band took a trial run.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Based on an overpowering urge to continue the legacy of Byron Lee, Jamaica Carnival was &lsquo;rebirthed&rsquo; with new energy and a new direction. I am tremendously humbled by the turnout and the support from our sponsors. It is obvious from the day&rsquo;s proceedings that each reveller had a good time, especially the Edna Manley students who copped our costume design competition and created their own designs for the road. Byron Lee would be proud,&rdquo; Lee told Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> Byron Lee was the band leader who launched Jamaica Carnival in 1990. He died from cancer in 2008 at the University Hospital of the West Indies at age 73.<br /> <br /> Julian Lee, his daughter, is now CEO of Jamaica Carnival. She described the feeling of experiencing the road march again.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Seeing the sea of revellers chipping down Hope Road brought back the most amazing memories for me. All of them came out for Byron Lee&rsquo;s Jamaica Carnival. We were extremely privileged to have many soca and dancehall artistes jumping with us and performing on our trucks &mdash; in addition to Beenie Man and Bunji Garlin, Fayann Lyons, Alison Hinds, Iwer George and Jumo, as well as Supa Hype, DLife and DJ Spice.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Lee and her team are already looking forward to next year&rsquo;s event. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We already have big plans for 2018, some already in the preparatory stages. We are excited about that but will disclose those soon. If this year is any indication, 2018 will be another succesful staging,&rdquo; Lee added. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785555/272692__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785552/272691__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785548/272694__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785560/272693__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM Exodus marks anniversary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Exodus-marks-anniversary_96573 The Marley family, along with Island Records and UMe, will reissue Bob Marley & The Wailers&rsquo; <br /> <br /> Exodus album to mark the 40th anniversary of the record&rsquo;s release. The iconic album was released June 3, 1977.<br /> <br /> Ziggy Marley is heading up the &ldquo;restatement&rdquo; version, which he created from revisiting his father&rsquo;s original session recordings. This version, Exodus 40 &ndash; The Movement Continues, includes unique discoveries, such as 10 new lead vocal out-takes for One Love.<br /> <br /> There will be four new Exodus sets, three of which will arrive June 2. The first is a two-CD package, which includes the original album, along with Ziggy&rsquo;s restatement version.<br /> <br /> A second, three-CD set will be available digitally and offers the original album, Ziggy&rsquo;s record and Exodus Live, a recording from The Rainbow Theatre in London from 1977.<br /> <br /> Fans should check out Bob Marley&rsquo;s official website for all the bundles and record pre-orders.<br /> <br /> Marley died in May 1981 from cancer. He was 36. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13705539/263915_90199_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM Good morning, ganja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Good-morning--ganja_96571 The Ganja Morning compilation album is the latest release from Reggae Vibes Productions. It has nine songs featuring the rhythm of the same name.<br /> <br /> It includes songs such as Ganja Morning by Ras Capulu, Relm Skunk from Prince Theo, The Herbs (Shooka), Herbs (Blessed), and Sensimillia by Courtney Melody.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Ganja Morning is produced by Michael Coburn, founder and principal of the Bronx-based independent record label which has worked with mainly roots artistes such as Mikey General and Ky-Mani Marley. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13690972/262429_89000_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13688921/262036_88907_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13630060/257248_83916_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12897977/199210__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM Tasty treat for SOS Village http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tasty-treat-for-SOS-Village_96567 Wards at the SOS Children&rsquo;s Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew, got an appetising surprise recently with a donation of bun and cheese to celebrate Easter.<br /> <br /> The gesture was made by Jonathan Burkett, a singer who lives in South Florida. The items were presented to Tamia Francis, housemother at the institution, by deejay Fyah Torche who represented Burkett.<br /> <br /> Based in Fort Lauderdale, Burkett says he spent some of his youth in Moreland Hill, Westmoreland, with his grandparents. He told the Jamaica Observer of his empathy with youth in need.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I know a rough life. I know what it&rsquo;s like not to have parents guiding you,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m just looking out for them.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Francis is housemother for eight of the boys at SOS Children&rsquo;s Village, ages 12 to 17. She said they were elated with the gift.<br /> <br /> Burkett&rsquo;s latest song, One Life, features singer Ambelique. It was produced by veteran, Willie Lindo. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785360/272533__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM &rsquo;Twas a KES-tival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Twas-a-KES-tival_96569 BY RORY DALEY Observer reporter WHEN it comes to rain verses soca, the latter seems to always win. This was also the case at last Friday&rsquo;s Bacchanal J&rsquo;Ouvert as patrons braved the inclement weather and poured into the Mas Camp venue in St Andrew to see KES the Band in performance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to be in Jamaica every year,&rdquo; Kees Dieffenthaller, the band&rsquo;s lead singer, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The host of DJs such as Private Ryan, Barrie Hype, Back2Basics and Smoke proved the perfect lead into an energetic hour-long performance that started with the group&rsquo;s 2017 hit Incredible. Much to the delight of the sizeable crowd, they began running through their extensive catalogue. Within seconds fans were singing along to favourites like People, Fallin, Million, Endless Summer, and<br /> <br /> Wotless. Dieffenthaller kept the energy going, teasing the females with his pelvic gyrations and eventually bringing Nailah Blackman on stage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is my first time in Jamaica and it&rsquo;s been wonderful,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> The two then performed the even more suggestive Workout.<br /> <br /> KES had more than enough material to last the evening, but spread their musical wings putting their own spin on Orlando Octave&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Single. The trend continued as Dieffenthaller danced in and out of reggae with Barrington Levy&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Too Experienced and a few bars of several Buju Banton songs to keep the audience going. Near the end of the set, KES handed over the stage to King Bubba.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m so happy to be here. Nuff respect to Jamaica,&rdquo; said King Bubba.<br /> <br /> King Bubba then continued to ride the wave of good vibes that KES had created. His hits Calling In Sick, Who Drinking Rum and Unstoppable fit the mood perfectly, offering a smooth transition back to KES, who finished their set to maximum applause.<br /> <br /> With the live musical performances complete, it was on to the second and third stages of the night that continue to pull soca fans in yearly to Bacchanal J&rsquo;Ouvert. Hyped up by KES, patrons then concentrated their energy into paint throwing, after which they headed on the road for a mini march. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12823464/194963_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM Men Who Cook set for April 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Men-Who-Cook-set-for-April-30_96579 BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com MANDEVILLE, Manchester &mdash; Establishing a pathology lab for the Southern Health Region, which serves public hospitals and clinics in Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon is high on the agenda of the Lions Club of Mandeville.<br /> <br /> In fact, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the project earlier this year, members of the service club said it is one of its &ldquo;most ambitious&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> It is an expensive venture expected to cost an estimated $37 million, but breaking ground they say is a &ldquo;strong intent&rdquo; to make the project a reality.<br /> <br /> The Men Who Cook event, organised by the Lions Club of Mandeville annually, is scheduled to take place at the Brooks Park Sports and Recreational Complex in Mandeville on Sunday April 30 and is a main fund-raiser towards the effort.<br /> <br /> Public Relations Officer for Men Who Cook, Andrea Saunders, told the Jamaica Observer Central that the event is family-oriented and over 50 men will, this time around, display their cooking skills.<br /> <br /> In addition to performances from artistes such as Gem Myers, Fab5 and local talent, she said that energetic media personality Jenny Jenny &ldquo;will keep the crowd entertained&rdquo; as master of ceremonies for the event.<br /> <br /> Saunders said that all patrons have a chance to win the gate prize of a weekend for two at the Jamaica Tamboo Resort in Negril.<br /> <br /> She reiterated the gravity of the situation that medical professionals now face in processing laboratory samples to make diagnoses, noting that at present public health facilities within the Southern Regional Health Authority depend on the use of the Cornwall Regional Hospital for that service because there is no Pathology Lab.<br /> <br /> Among the challenges that now exist, are the often lengthy delays in getting the results of critical tests and the additional pressure on the one pathologist who works in the region because of the frequent travels to western Jamaica to get her work done.<br /> <br /> The pathology lab is slated for construction on land adjacent to the Mandeville Regional Hospital, which was donated to the facility by the Ministry of Transport and Works. <br /> <br /> It will be housed in retrofitted shipping containers.<br /> <br /> The proceeds from the upcoming Men Who Cook event may also benefit other charities of the Lions Club of Mandeville. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785387/272537__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13785385/272538__w300.jpg Central News Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM Plug pulled on Int&rsquo;l Jazz Day concert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Plug-pulled-on-Int-l-Jazz-Day-concert_96429 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter PLANS for this year&rsquo;s International Jazz Day concert has been cancelled.<br /> <br /> The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, which had set the concert for Devon House in St Andrew on April 30, said the event has been scratched due to a lack of corporate sponsorship.<br /> <br /> Coleen Douglas, director of marketing and communications at the Edna Manley College, told the Jamaica Observer that, after careful consideration, it was decided it was not financially prudent to undertake the venture at this time.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This would have been our third year staging a concert in observance of International Jazz Day. In year one, the concert was free to the public; in year two, we charged a nominal entry fee. But even if we did this year, with a lack of sponsorship it was not something the college could take on at this time. We are, however, maintaining the educational component of International Jazz Day, engaging students at the School of Music on the importance of jazz,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> This year&rsquo;s concert was set to feature international jazz musicians Rick Di Muzio, saxophonist and Jim Henderson, bassist. The overseas acts would have been complemented by members of the faculty at the School of Music, including Maurice Gordon, Michael Sean Harris, Ibo Cooper, Michael Fletcher, Orville Hammond, Jon Williams, Gerd Beyens and Devon Richardson.<br /> <br /> In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people from all corners of the globe. Cuban capital, Havana, will serve as the 2017 Global Host City.<br /> <br /> International Jazz Day will culminate with an all-star global concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784408/212347_40725_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13392266/237483_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:00 AM NDTC continues renewal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/NDTC-continues-renewal_96370 For the past 36 years, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) has worked to make their Easter Sunday Morning of Movement and Music a calendar event.<br /> <br /> The occasion has definitely achieved that status, and with this year being the 55th anniversary of the founding of the company by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas, patrons seemed to have made the effort to be early for the 6:00 am event. Over the years, the dancers and singers have ensured that it was worth getting out of bed so early on a holiday weekend.<br /> <br /> Since the death of Professor Nettleford in 2010, the NDTC&rsquo;s mantra of &lsquo;Renewal and Continuity&rsquo; has been poignant. Sunday&rsquo;s event was a clear indication that this is in train and the legacy built for over a half a century is in safe hands.<br /> <br /> The first indication that the &lsquo;new breed&rsquo; is ready to stake their claim came with Haven. This piece, choreographed by ballet mistress Kerry Ann Henry, featured a trio of youngsters &mdash; Gillian Steele, Rachel Walter, and Ashley Bromfield. Set to a live performance of the<br /> <br /> The Prayer, sung by Kaydene Gordon and Conrod Hall, the dancers displayed a technical ability and fixity of purpose which show them to be ones for the future. This was, perhaps, the second public showing of this piece so the trio is yet to gel and move as one. In time, they should, possibly, develop that ability to convey emotion through movement, but this is a great launch pad from which they can take off.<br /> <br /> Youth was in full effect by the time young male dancer, Javal Lewis, took to the stage in Chris Walker&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Walk With Me. The lanky dancer was able to draw in his audience with his technical, physical, artistic and emotional portrayal in this solo work to another live performance by the NDTC Singers. Lewis is another one to watch for the future.<br /> <br /> Another new dancer given a &lsquo;buss&rsquo; was Michael Small. He had the task of filling the big shoes of associate artistic director, Marlon Simms in<br /> <br /> Of Sympathy and Love. He too shows great promise but appeared to approach the piece with trepidation.<br /> <br /> Speaking of the NDTC Singers, they too have adopted the renewal and continuity mantra. Following the retirement of Musical Director Marjorie Whylie, Ewan Simpson has been continuing that legacy. The usual suspects including Carole Reid, Dulcie Bogues and Dawn Fuller-Phillips were absent from this year&rsquo;s show. But the newer Singers truly represented themselves creditably.<br /> <br /> Amidst all this renewal, the continuity was evident as the work of Nettleford was never far away. His 1997 work<br /> <br /> Tintinnabulum; Revival Time from 2009; and his movement to Psalm 150 as arranged by Noel Dexter were all there.<br /> <br /> The addition of actress and broadcaster Fae Ellington to the programme added variety. Her rendition of Easton Lee&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Dance Me Lord went over well.<br /> <br /> However, one could not help but notice a sameness among a number of the pieces, and the NDTC is urged to draw on their vast repertoire and bring out a diverse range of works which suit the Easter season to present or run the risk of patrons beginning to stay away as they already know what&rsquo;s coming.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784376/272223_97734_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784375/272225_97739_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784378/272227_97737_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784379/272226_97736_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784380/272224_97735_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784381/272228_97738_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:00 AM Marching to his beat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marching-to-his-beat_96097 The Jamaica Observer continues its 10-part series looking at musicians who have made an impact on reggae and pop.<br /> <br /> THE multi-instrumentalist is a rarity in contemporary Jamaican music. Back in the day, versatile musicians like Mikey Chung (guitar, bass, and keyboards) and Earl &ldquo;Wire&rdquo; Lindo (keyboards, bass, drums) played on numerous hit songs.<br /> <br /> Not as prolific, Omar &ldquo;Yellow&rdquo; Johnson has shown adeptness on drums, bass, and guitar. Since 2008, he has played guitar with the Dubtonic Kru, touring Europe and North America with that band.<br /> <br /> In addition to recording with Dubtonic, Johnson has played guitar and bass on songs by a number of artistes, including Max Romeo and Jah9.<br /> <br /> Recently, the self-taught musician told the Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s Howard Campbell about playing multiple instruments.<br /> <br /> Howard Campbell: How long have you been a musician?<br /> <br /> Omar Johnson: I&rsquo;ve been a musician for 21 years. My first instrument was the drum, then I learned to play the (rhythm/lead) guitar, a little bit of keyboard and I also learned recording and mixing engineering.<br /> <br /> HC: Which do you prefer?<br /> <br /> OJ: I enjoy playing the drums, mostly because it&rsquo;s spiritual to me. Whenever I&rsquo;m playing the drums I&rsquo;m in spirit, because when I&rsquo;m so focused on precise time I fall into a trance. Some of my mentor drummers are Sly Dunbar, Leroy &ldquo;Horsemouth&rdquo; Wallace, Carlton &ldquo;Santa&rdquo; Davis, and Style Scott.<br /> <br /> HC:<br /> <br /> Is it difficult concentrating on several instruments?<br /> <br /> OJ:<br /> <br /> No, over the years I&rsquo;ve improved as a multi-instrumentalist because I listen some of the best recordings and songs and got the opportunity to see some masters at work, studied them and follow some of their examples; and I practice as much as I can.<br /> <br /> HC: Who are your biggest influences?<br /> <br /> OJ: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Earl &ldquo;Chinna&rdquo; Smith.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> HC: What type of kit do you use?<br /> <br /> OJ: The equipment I use for guitar is a Bob Marley version Epiphone; a Boss ME-50 (for effects) pedal and Fender Twin Reverb or Marshall amplifier.<br /> <br /> HC: On what songs would you say you&rsquo;ve done your best work?<br /> <br /> OJ: I&rsquo;m proud to play (guitar) on Dubtonic Kru&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Jah Works, Ruffiann (Save di Juvenile), Sophia Squire (Ratatatatatat), Zana Romeo entire Wake Up album, Jah 9 (Hardcore) and Spice (Needle Eye). A lot of time and effort was well spent and it was all a great learning process.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784382/271641_97728_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:00 AM 5Star Akil marks milestone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/5Star-Akil-marks-milestone_96403 Trinidadian soca artiste 5Star Akil is celebrating his fifth anniversary in the music business with the release of his mixtape Hero!.<br /> <br /> According to the entertainer, the 14-track compilation also celebrates him surviving an attack six years ago during which he was shot multiple times.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;2017 marks five years of me doing music, and what better way to celebrate this milestone by giving back and saying &lsquo;thank you&rsquo; to everyone who helped me reached this far in soca music and achieved all that I have today,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> 5Star Akil performs today at Xodus Road March, which will make its way throughout the streets of the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> He plans to use Hero! to build his 5Star Akil brand regionally.<br /> <br /> It contains the title song as well as his breakthrough hit, Partier, To Meh Heart and Noise, along with recent songs like Go Go Dancer.<br /> <br /> 5Star Akil, whose given name is Akil Borneo, was largely influenced by his parents. His mother sang in a choir and his father was a steel pan musician.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784397/272148_97771_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:00 AM Feluke heads to Mexico for treatment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Feluke-heads-to-Mexico-for-treatment_96396 Reggae singer/percussionist Denver &ldquo;Feluke&rdquo; Smith will journey to Mexico today to begin his 21-day cancer treatment. <br /> <br /> In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, musician Mikey Bennett said that they had met the required amount needed to pay for the trip and treatment in the South American country.<br /> <br /> Earlier this month, family and friends of Feluke created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer, who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer that has metastasised to his lungs. Funds were also met through other entities. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;A lot of persons answered the call for help and we were able to raise the funds that was required. We are currently planning a fund-raising show because this is just the initial part of the treatment. He will require other care when he gets back so we are trying to put that in place,&rdquo; said Bennett.<br /> <br /> Despite his situation, Bennett said the entertainer is optimistic and in high spirits.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Feluke has been beating the odds since he was born, so I have no doubt he will overcome this. Imagine being left under a bus stop by a parent as a baby, and being homeless more than once. Despite those obstacles, he turned out great. I wish I had the spirit that he has,&rdquo; said Bennett.<br /> <br /> Feluke trained as a percussionist at the Alpha Boys&rsquo; School in Kingston. He is known for songs including Soul Alive and Fine Wine.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Simone Morgan-Lindo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784395/270624_97763_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:00 AM Penchant for pension http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Penchant-for-pension_96451 Tony Robinson Fortune shows herself most kind<br /> <br /> Than is her custom: It is still her use<br /> <br /> To let the wretched man outlive his wealth;<br /> <br /> To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow<br /> <br /> An age of poverty.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Shakespeare,<br /> <br /> The Merchant of Venice, IV, 1<br /> <br /> What an absolutely frightening prospect that is for many people, to outlive their wealth and end up in an age of poverty. Wealth is used very loosely here, for most people only earn a pittance anyway, outlive it, and still end up in an age of poverty. <br /> <br /> There used to be an ad on TV that showed this man knocking on car windows and begging for money. When the little boy in the car asked his father who the man was, the reply was, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s Uncle Jimmy, son. He never prepared for his future, never had a pension plan.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What a horrible scenario that is, to once have wealth, or at least to have means to survive, and then outliving it, with no income, no friends, no family to help, no nutten. There are many people of note who end up walking the streets or vegetate in some golden age or retirement home. Golden age, what a misnomer, what a contradiction in terms.<br /> <br /> There are few things golden about growing old, at least not for most people who experience health problems, medical bills, loneliness, compounded by the ignominy of not having any money, no pension.<br /> <br /> Many people do not have a penchant for pension, and think that they will be young, productive, hale and hearty forever. Well, forever is a very long time, and money does not last that long. <br /> <br /> So, we&rsquo;ll see who has a penchant for pension, and what happens if they don&rsquo;t, right after these happy responses to my last dissertation on &lsquo;Happiness&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> Mahatma Gandhi said: &ldquo;Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.&rdquo; Dale Carnegie also said, &ldquo;Remember, happiness doesn&rsquo;t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely on what you think.&rdquo; And the late comedian George Burns said, &ldquo;Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family&hellip; in another city.&rdquo; As for money, it won&rsquo;t buy happiness, but it sure makes unhappiness easier.<br /> <br /> Albert <br /> <br /> Hello Tony,<br /> <br /> What is happiness though, and can it be sustained? I think that happiness comes in spurts, in fleeting moments such as the birth of a child, a promotion, falling in love, getting married, a new job, making a friendship. But after a while all of those experiences change. The child grows up, the promotion brings more headache, love wanes, marriages grow stale. It all changes with time and doesn&rsquo;t last. But those moments brought happiness, so they should be cherished. <br /> <br /> Monica <br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s been said that those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It&rsquo;s also been said that hard work and dedication will bring wealth. Not really, as conditions apply. If that was the case, then farm workers, construction labourers, domestic workers and millions of women worldwide who work their fingers to the bone and are dedicated to their toil would be wealthy. <br /> <br /> It has to be something else that brings that elusive wealth. Working smart, being at the right place at the right time, luck, family connections, and also dishonesty brings some people wealth. Then the trick is to hold on to it, for even though they say easy come, easy go, it&rsquo;s also true that hard-to-come-easy-go applies. Time takes away everything.<br /> <br /> Now, it&rsquo;s a fact that people are living much longer than before. Back in the day when the average age used to be late 50s to 60s, people of that age would be considered old and past their usefulness. &ldquo;Him is 58 years old, soon time to retire and cock up him foot.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Not so anymore, as people are not only living longer, but healthier as well. Now a man of 60 is still spry, youthful in his outlook, and productive. Yes, still productive. There are people even in their 80s who are still active. Just look at our Parliament and Government structure.<br /> <br /> But alas, the retirement age for men is 65, and even younger for women. So with people living longer, a man who retires at 65 can very well live another 20 or more years. But how? How will he survive those golden years with no gold for his pension? &ldquo;My God, I have outlived my money. What am I going to do?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Back in the old days people would have a passel of children in the hope that those offspring would be their old-age pension, providing for them in their dotage. Ha, good luck with that one nowadays.<br /> <br /> These modern day children have their own lives to live, plus, in many cases they simply cannot afford to support mommy, daddy, plus their own children too. &ldquo;Cost of living just too high. I can barely manage to feed my pickney, much less mind my parents too.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Granted, there are parents who keep on supporting their children, even when they are adults and working, spoiling them rotten. But that&rsquo;s another story. Some of these children are worthless and selfish, while others simply cannot manage the financial pulling and tugging from both ends of the age spectrum. <br /> <br /> Most people hardly even think about the prospect of a pension until they&rsquo;re up in age. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;So Nigel, you thinking about pension for the future?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;No sah, not yet, when me older I will start to consider those things.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> But the experts say this is the wrong approach. In fact, they say that people should start thinking about their pension from they get their first pay cheque. &ldquo;My first pay cheque? No way, I want to enjoy that now. I living my life now. Tomorrow will take care of itself.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The truth is, even animals prepare for the future, as squirrels store away food, and so do ants. I still remember the story of the ant and the grasshopper, where the grasshopper flitted about every day, enjoying life with no thought of the future. Meanwhile, the industrious ant toiled diligently, storing food every day. How he laboured.<br /> <br /> Then came winter, and the grasshopper had no food stored to eat, while the ant survived on his stash. Well, pension is winter, and many people are grasshoppers. Even so though, there is no guarantee and there are pitfalls, even with forward planning. Enter inflation. Yes, that can eat up people&rsquo;s pension, making them end up with very little.<br /> <br /> I watched my parents work all of their lives and end up with a monthly pension that was laughable, if it wasn&rsquo;t so tragic. That is the bitter irony and cruelty of inflation. Back in their day a thousand dollars was a small fortune, now it&rsquo;s just small. <br /> <br /> Despite this, the experts say that if people started putting away something for the future, even if they are involved with a pension plan from their workplace, they&rsquo;ll be better off than the person who didn&rsquo;t do anything at all.<br /> <br /> They also say that apart from government workers, only a small percentage of Jamaicans have a penchant for pension. In fact, many people still rely on the lottery to be their pension. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;So what you going to do in the future, Jimmy?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Man, when I win the lotto I&rsquo;ll be okay.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> There are so many young people who either do not think or do not care about the future. &ldquo;Pension, daddy? I&rsquo;m only 20 years old. I can&rsquo;t bother worry about that now.&rdquo; Youth has a way of getting old very quickly, and poof! In a flash, 20 turns 50. &ldquo;My gosh, where did the years go? Nuh just the other day I finished school?&rdquo; More importantly, where did the money go?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s but a shirt and a half in all my company; and the half shirt is two napkins tacked together and thrown over the shoulders like a herald&rsquo;s coat with sleeves,&rdquo; said King Henry 1, from Shakespeare.<br /> <br /> A life without a pension cannot be pretty. People have been known to commit suicide rather than face that winter. &ldquo;No money, no love; no money, no health. I wish I had a penchant for pension.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Then there are people who worked for years, collect their pension lump sum, and blow it on wine, women and song. A hefty pension attracts young, starry-eyed girls like ants are attracted to sugar. But when the money runs out, then so does she. Somehow, with no big pension he just doesn&rsquo;t seem as attractive anymore.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s advisable to take only a part of your pension lump sum, then the balance as monthly increments, say the experts. <br /> <br /> So to avoid, or at least minimise the prospect of living out your last days with nothing in hand, do what the experts say and start putting away something early for the future, for the golden years. Either that, or hook up with an older person who has a stash of cash ferreted away somewhere. Ha, make them your pension. <br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote: There are people who actually do not believe there is any point in preparing for the future, as in their minds we are in the last days anyway. They point to wars and rumours of wars, natural disasters, plagues, floods, famine, drought and man&rsquo;s general, hateful disposition. Well, nothing is new under the Sun. If you read history you&rsquo;ll see that the world hasn&rsquo;t really changed. There have always been wars, disasters, sickness, wickedness and mayhem. The difference is, as it happens, it&rsquo;s brought right into our homes through mass media, and now social media. As the French say, the more things change, the more they remain the same. That being said, World War Three looms. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784387/272301_97775_repro_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:00 AM Xodus gets &lsquo;Routes&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Xodus-gets--Routes-_96369 Island Routes Caribbean Adventures is thrilled to announce that it has teamed up with Xodus Carnival, giving visitors to the Montego Bay and Ocho Rios regions the chance to &ldquo;play mas&rdquo; in Jamaica&rsquo;s annual street carnival on Sunday. Island Routes is taking visitors into Jamaica&rsquo;s capital, Kingston, to join in the fun, share in the madness, and party their way through the city&rsquo;s streets with their &ldquo;mas&rdquo;querade band.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Carnival is a true celebration of life! Once a year the streets of Kingston are closed to traffic and totally transformed. They are overflowing with exuberant crowds and colorful costumes, soca and calypso music are playing all around, and there&rsquo;s a little bit of reggae thrown in for good measure. It&rsquo;s a once in a lifetime experience, and with Island Routes and Xodus Carnival, guests can be assured that they&rsquo;re getting the highest quality entertainment and cultural experience, with safety always front of mind. They get to turn up and have a fantastic time; we&rsquo;ll do all the rest,&rdquo; said Adam Stewart, CEO of Island Routes and chairman of Jamaica&rsquo;s Tourism Linkages Council. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Beyond the guest experience however, is a huge opportunity for local businesses. We have a chance to establish Jamaica as a carnival hotspot and grow a new sector in the hospitality industry and beyond. This is the beginning of a very exciting time for Jamaica; stay tuned for 2018!&rdquo; Stewart continues.<br /> <br /> This truly unique, energising experience includes round-trip transportation from guests&rsquo; resorts, unlimited drinks, a full lunch, specially designed t-shirt costumes, a lot of dancing, a complimentary professional photograph for each guest, and a memorable cultural experience! Once in the city, guests will follow a well-managed and secure moving caravan of trucks which contain all-inclusive bars that entertain the crowds throughout the day with live performances and DJs.<br /> <br /> Xodus is the creation of Dream Entertainment and &ldquo;YUMA&rdquo;, one of Trinidad&rsquo;s premier carnival bands. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783270/272165_97602_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 AM Bacchanal's ready! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bacchanal-s-ready-_96326 On Sunday, the streets of the Corporate Area will be ablaze with colour and glitz as carnival revellers are scheduled to chip, dance and wine their way from Liguanea down Hope Road on to Lady Musgrave Avenue, to Trafalgar Road. From there the party will move to Waterloo Road, West King's House Road, down Constant Spring Road eventually culminating in New Kingston at the Golf Academy. <br /> <br /> The change in route from previous years is part and parcel of improving the experience of the partiers. <br /> <br /> Ed Khoury, a Bacchanal Jamaica director, explained that: &ldquo;Our patrons have been requesting a change of route to wider roadways to enhance comfort and security. It is also important that we can easily accommodate the many spectators who want to view the spectacle that is Bacchanal Jamaica. We worked out the route in consultation with the police and are certain that it will meet the expectations of revellers and onlookers.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Leading the musical charge will be KES the Band. Top soca DJs from across the Caribbean and North America including Private Ryan, Sayeed, The Dream Team, Barrie Hype, Nuphoric, Lantern, Smoke, Sanjay, Narity and Back 2 Basics are billed for the occasion.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Taking this already exciting package off the wall is the CAL Invaders Steel Band which is being brought in from Trinidad and Tobago by Caribbean Airlines as their sponsorship of Bacchanal Jamaica,&rdquo; said Michael Ammar III. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We expect this to up the ante on the road as the steel band is carnival and this is the one element that we have not been able to supply consistently in Jamaica, so we are happy that Caribbean Airlines has partnered with us in this way.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A recent addition to the road march is the judging of the costume bands. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Judging was reintroduced in 2016 with the winning costumes were Pure Country-sponsored Le Masquerade and Dreams. Judging will again take place this year with the two main judging points being in Liguanea at the beginning and at Waterloo Road by Devon House,&rdquo; said Charmaine Franklin, a Bacchanal Jamaica director. <br /> <br /> Franklin explained the competition was a means of encouraging &ldquo;more cohesiveness in the costume sections and building a more impressive spectacle&rdquo;. The awards will be the Best Costume 2017 and Spirit of Carnival 2017. She emphasised that &ldquo;each section will be led by a banner which will display the name of the section and revellers must get into their section behind the banner after the lunch stop.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Michael McMorris, another director said: &ldquo;The lunch stop will be an event in itself, contributing to the premium road experienced promised to our revellers. Features include a pop-up spa and refresh tent for the ladies to repair the make-up, a 40-foot bar with premium liquor, and a stage performance. In addition, there will be party trucks interspersed with music trucks for the whole parade. Bacchanal Jamaica will, absolutely, be the best carnival experience ever.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553680/196387_97610_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13784090/196389_in_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 AM Singing Sweet on comeback http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Singing-Sweet-on-comeback_96347 Reggae artiste Singing Sweet said he has been approached by overseas rappers to remix his voice from his breakout cover hit When I See You Smile , in 1992. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;A rapper out of 50 Cent&rsquo;s camp did a remake of the song for a mixtape late last year, plus I have been approached by local dancehall artistes who want to do a remake of the song. Overseas, you have huge artistes like Chris Brown doing over a Red Rat song,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> The singer is generating a lot of buzz with a pair of new singles, Caan Get Over You and Not a Bad Thing, featuring Chino McGregor. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The response I have been getting has been incredible over the past month. Mi phone just blow up,&rdquo; said Singing Sweet, whose given name is Paul McFarlane.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi love the response mi a get inna the streets. The songs dem a play; Caan Get Over You has been added to mixtapes for Don Kingston, and Dotcom, so right now the promotion ah gwaan good,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Singing Sweet is known for the hit covers of the singles Oh Donna, a Richie Valens original; and When I See You Smile, an international smash hit for rock band, Bad English.<br /> <br /> He is booked to perform at a couple of club shows in New York, Boston, and Miami during the next couple of months. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783343/272122_97482_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 AM Cadbury Funfest,a family affair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cadbury-Funfest-a-family-affair_96324 The early afternoon showers failed to put a damper on the Easter Monday staging of Cadbury Funfest. As a matter of fact, patrons continued streaming through the gates at Hope Gardens in St Andrew as the rains threatened.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re happy about the turnout and we&rsquo;re even more excited that we&rsquo;re giving families an opportunity to really enjoy themselves and have fun,&rdquo; Tshani Jaja of Fam Fun Entertainment told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> This year marks the fifth anniversary of Funfest. It is held four times annually. <br /> <br /> Asked how the event has evolved since its first staging, Jaja said: &ldquo;What we enjoy about our patrons is the fact that they are very vocal. They tell us what they like and don&rsquo;t like. We&rsquo;re always looking at ways to improve.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> As it relates to the high points, Jaja explained: As a mother, for me it&rsquo;s important to create an environment for kids to come out and enjoy themselves.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Families love to get together and they rarely do it. It&rsquo;s so easy for persons to get distracted with work and the pressures of life. So, when you get the opportunity to spend it with your loved ones, you kinda capitalise on it. At Funfest we&rsquo;re about providing wholesome family entertainment,&rdquo; she continued.<br /> <br /> Thousands of patrons attended the event, which saw children partaking in several rides and games. The iCool water park, Oreo Fun Zone, Tang Sports Zone, and the Cadbury Kiddies Zone were a hit with the young and young at heart, as even parents got in on the fun.<br /> <br /> But although the event is geared towards children, parents had their fill with performances from gospel artiste Rondell Positive as well as up-and-coming talent. A family Bingo game also catered to the adults.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been three years now that we started the family bingo. We give away prizes from our sponsors and a cash prize at the end of the day,&rdquo; said Jaja.<br /> <br /> Lasco iCool brandManager Lyshon Davis was pleased with the day&rsquo;s proceedings. She reaffirmed her brand&rsquo;s commitment to the event.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Lasco iCool and Lasco Food Drink are a part of this event and we are happy with the professionalism displayed by the promoters of Funfest. It was a no-brainer for us to come on-board and we&rsquo;re here with them for the journey,&rdquo; said Davis.<br /> <br /> The next staging of Cadbury Funfest will be in August at Hope Gardens.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783518/272109_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783517/272110_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783519/272113_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783515/272118_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783522/272111_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783523/272112_97479_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 AM Mai Tai excites at Devon House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mai-Tai-excites-at-Devon-House_96327 Caesar&rsquo;s Army and Heineken once again demonstrated their ability to bring the raw, unadulterated energy of soca music to an event, while maintaining premium execution. The result was ultimate satisfaction for the patrons of Mai Tai at Devon House, St Andrew, on Easter Monday.<br /> <br /> The audience enjoyed pure vibes and good, clean fun. A sea of stylish belles and beaus filed into the sunset soiree to embrace the pre-road march soca vibe. Jumping in unison to songs such as Famous, Dip, and Big Bad Soca, the brightly clad patrons enjoyed performances from Shal Marshall and Bunji Garlin. Fayan Lyons made a surprise appearance to round out the night.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Beautiful venue, great performances, an eclectic mix of music, premium liquor and an incredible vibe &mdash; this is what patrons have grown to expect from a Caesar&rsquo;s Army event,&rdquo; said Aaron &ldquo;Kaboom&rdquo; Spence, Caesar&rsquo;s Army team member.<br /> <br /> The popular Mai Tai concept series began as a &lsquo;paradise party&rsquo; in Trinidad and has been evolving annually with editions in New York and Miami. Monday&rsquo;s hosting was the first Jamaican edition.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Jamaica is the island of paradise, so a Mai Tai Jamaica was a perfect fit,&rdquo; said Spence. <br /> <br /> Heineken is a Caribbean-wide sponsor of the Caesar&rsquo;s Army event series.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This carnival season has been all about reinventing the Soca scene in Jamaica,&rdquo; said Suwannee Stewart, brand manager for Heineken. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Caesar&rsquo;s Army team, both locally and in Trinidad, are experts at creating innovation in an otherwise saturated market. So we couldn&rsquo;t pass up on the opportunity to help them bring Mai Tai to life in Jamaica.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The night came to a climax as Heineken&rsquo;s Trinidadian ambassador, Patrick the Hypeman from Nuphoric, left patrons begging for a &lsquo;last lap&rsquo;. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783382/272098_97599_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783378/272100_97597_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783376/272105__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783381/272104_97600_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13783383/272101_97598_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 AM