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 Mr Killa on a roll http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mr-Killa-on-a-roll_16517177 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com BEFORE this Carnival season, not many soca fans were familiar with Mr Killa. That changed a few months ago, with the release of his infectious hit song Rolly Polly.<br /> <br /> On the single, the Grenadian singer, whose real name is Hollice Jonah Mapp, unabashedly expresses his affection for the 'fat gyals'.<br /> <br /> In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, the 29-year-old Mr Killa spoke about his passion for reggae/dancehall music. He said he started out as a dancehall act at age 10.<br /> <br /> In 1999, at age 15, he won Grenada's Teen Talent Search Competition performing original dancehall pieces.<br /> <br /> "When I was a kid, almost every barbershop played dancehall music. Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Super Cat were just a few of the favourites. I used to run away from home after school just to listen to the music," he stated.<br /> <br /> "One of the days I was there listening, some guys lift me up and place me on an old refrigerator and I gave them a lyrical show and that's where I got the name Mr Killa."<br /> <br /> But when he was 17, Mr Killa turned to soca even though dancehall music remained close to his heart.<br /> <br /> "It was harder to break out as a dancehall artiste in Grenada as Jamaica is the breeding ground for the genre. Soca music was a bit more dominating so I diverted to that field," he said.<br /> <br /> His first single, Gouyave Alone, is an ode to Carnival in his hometown. Other songs, like Thunder Rags, Gyal Whine if you Whining, The Wood Can't Done and Turn it Up, followed. In 2004, 2006 and 2009, he won the National Soca Monarch title in Grenada.<br /> <br /> Rolly Polly, however, is his breakthrough hit. It has introduced him to 'socaphiles' throughout the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> Tonight, Mr Killa performs in Jamaica for the first time at the soca party Pandemonium at LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston. Shaggy, Machel Montano and the HD Band are headliners.<br /> <br /> "It will be just greatness. I am an entertainer and the stage is the place where I release everything. Be it anger, happiness or love, the stage is where it is all poured out," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616598/Mr-Killa--cropped_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:00 AM Marley flick in the works http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marley-flick-in-the-works_16519361 A film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works, according to the website, indiewire.com.<br /> <br /> Titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley's songs), it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures, with writer Barry Morrow (Rain Man) and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash) reportedly assigned to the project.<br /> <br /> According to indiewire.com, the film traces Marley and the Wailers' emergence from the rugged Kingston community of Trench Town in the 1960s, to super-stardom a decade later.<br /> <br /> There are no production details (budget, cast) on the project or if it has been endorsed by the Marley family who have long touted a film about its patriarch who died in May 1981 from cancer at age 36.<br /> <br /> At one stage, A-list Hollywood director Martin Scorsese was rumoured to be in the running to oversee the biopic but that <br /> <br /> fell through.<br /> <br /> Two years ago, Academy Award-winning director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) released his critically-acclaimed documentary Marley, which revived speculation that a film on the singer/songwriter was not far off.<br /> <br /> Marley flick in the works<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616545/Bob-Marley--smile-_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00 AM Saint Int'l boss hosts TV show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Saint-Int-l-boss-hosts-TV-show_16518013 DEIWGHT Peters, CEO of Saint International model agency, will premiere his pilot six-week lifestyle/fashion television show of the same name on TVJ tomorrow at 9:00 pm.<br /> <br /> "The Deiwght Peters Show will highlight dynamic personalities with substantive stories to tell in an unpretentious way. The show is multi-faceted with many different elements unlike anything else on TV," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> According to CEO, the show -- produced by his GDP Studios -- will feature Who's Hot and Who's Not on the social landscape as well as behind-the-scenes look at Jamaican models during fashion week in Paris and Milan.<br /> <br /> "I also wanted the opportunity to create a bigger platform to make a difference in people's lives and to share the best of our culture (beyond fashion) with the world," <br /> <br /> he said.<br /> <br /> Peters said the show will have global appeal and transcends all demographics.<br /> <br /> "It's for males and females, between 18-49, who are culture lovers, tech-savvy, fiercely ambitious, who love the finer things in life and love to have a good time with friends," he said.<br /> <br /> This is not Peters's first time being involved with a television series. In 2002, he launched the CVM Faces of Summer model reality series.<br /> <br /> "It was several years later we saw Tyra Banks and other shows of similar themes. I always believe in originality," he said.<br /> <br /> Saint Int'l boss hosts TV show<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616560/DewightPetersShoot-223_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00 AM Alpha raises funds for studio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Alpha-raises-funds-for-studio_16473437 ORGANISERS of Spain's annual Rototom Sunsplash are among 99 donors who came to Alpha Boys' School's assistance in their bid to construct a radio on-air/recording facility for the music school in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Pledges amounting to US$23,170 were received through a kickstarter campaign which was launched in February and closed on April 7. The target was surpassed by US$170.<br /> <br /> Kickstarter, an on-line crowdfunding platform, is the world's largest for creative projects.<br /> <br /> "Rototom Sunsplash organisers gave a substantial donation," said Joshua Chamberlain, a director of the Alpha Boys' School. He, however, declined to give the amount.<br /> <br /> Rototom Sunsplash is an annual reggae summer festival held in Benicassim, a few miles north of Valencia in Spain. It draws more than 100,000 people from 120 different nationalities.<br /> <br /> Chamberlain thanked all the donors whom, he said, pooled their resources to make the project a success.<br /> <br /> "I had never done something like that before, but it was extremely well received," he said, while lauding Reggae Poster organisers and Yellowman, who "came in and did some original stuff".<br /> <br /> According to the director, students will be taught the business of music marketing, training in radio and have the ability to go live on air.<br /> <br /> The Alpha Boys' School, which receives government funding, has been in the news recently. Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna announced that "predatory behaviour" by some students will result in the closure of its residential facilities. Its music programme, which has nurtured some of Jamaica's great musicians, is intact.<br /> <br /> The director said he expects the facility's construction to be completed by summer.<br /> <br /> "We are working on finalising the plans, we will be sharing the plans first with those who donated," he said.<br /> <br /> "We are shooting for a June/July completion date. When the school year starts in September, we'll have the studio up and running," <br /> <br /> he continued.<br /> <br /> With the support of Seton Hall University, and WXGR Radio in the USA, the school has started to acquire the equipment necessary for live broadcasting.<br /> <br /> Looking at the long-term goal, Chamberlain said it's part of a plan to introduce 21st century job opportunities.<br /> <br /> "Music is essential and always will be at Alpha," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616536/Joshua-Chamberlain_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:00 AM Max Romeo drops album http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Max-Romeo-drops-album_16517189 BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer THE residence of roots stalwart Max Romeo, located in rural Treadways, St Catherine, was the appropriate venue to launch his Father and Sons album last Friday.<br /> <br /> "Not many people could do this. I'm not here tonight as a performer, I'm here to introduce one of the greatest artistes not only out of Jamaica but the world," said singer Richie Stephens who introduced Romeo.<br /> <br /> Father and Sons is a collaboration between Romeo and his sons, Ronaldo and Romario, known as the duo Rominal.<br /> <br /> With their father, they performed Kids Are People Too and Chase The Devil. As a duo, they did We Need Love, Dem Lie and Murder. Romeo closed the set in tandem with singjay Ruffiann and performed some of his classic songs such as War Ina Babylon, Three Blind Mice and Let The Power Fall On I.<br /> <br /> Both in their early teens, Rominal have been recording for nearly a decade. Their first song, Baby Girl, was done when Ronaldo was seven years old and Romario nine.<br /> <br /> The upgraded Charmax Music Productions includes a recording studio with digital and analogue facilities.<br /> <br /> A number of entertainers who have recorded at Romeo's studio attended the launch. Among them, saxophonist Glen DaCosta, whose album Global is released by the Charmax Music label; roots singer Iba Mahr and The Viceroys.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616552/Max-Romeo---Co_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:00 AM Singer Prince Theo changes tune http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Singer-Prince-Theo-changes-tune_16519032 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer howardgcampbell@yahoo.com FOR most of his career, singer Prince Theo has recorded songs that express his commitment to black consciousness and Rastafari.<br /> <br /> But late last year, he went for a change of pace and cut a ballad, Missing You.<br /> <br /> The journeyman entertainer says it was worth showing he is not all militance.<br /> <br /> "Even if yuh is a roots artiste yuh have to be flexible an' show the emotional side as well as the spiritual," he said. "When wi do it everybody love it so much wi put it out same time."<br /> <br /> 'Same time' was in December, a period of frenetic studio activity for Prince Theo and Reggae Vibes Productions and Michael Coburn who produced Missing You. That company is also responsible for producing In a State and Just to be Alive, other current Prince Theo releases.<br /> <br /> "From long time wi jus' put out a lotta song but the important thing is to feed the people wid positive vibes," said the 44-year-old vocalist.<br /> <br /> Prince Theo (given name Theodore Bailey) is from the town of Bath in St Thomas. He has been recording for over 20 years, doing songs for numerous producers such as Lloyd 'King Jammys' James (Gi Mi di Weed), Trinity Records out of Switzerland (Jah Rules and Jah Never Leaves Us) and Morgan Heritage (Can't Forget the Times and Giving You All).<br /> <br /> Last year, he linked with Coburn, whose credits include Ky-Mani Marley's Grammy-nominated album, Many More Roads.<br /> <br /> Coburn is also producing Prince Theo's upcoming album.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616580/Prince-Theo-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:00 AM August Town film fest begins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/August-Town-film-fest-begins_16520428 APPROXIMATELY 20 films have been chosen for this year's staging of the Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST) scheduled for this weekend.<br /> <br /> The event is an initiative of the University of the West Indies Community Film Project which aims to transform and provide opportunities for young people in the August Town community of St Andrew through training in all aspects of filmmaking.<br /> <br /> According to Professor Ian Boxill, who supervises the project, the medium of film was chosen as it is felt that this area is largely untapped in Jamaica and could be developed to provide employment for a significant number of persons.<br /> <br /> "We are following the model provided for us by the Jamaican music industry and athletics. We are targeting the masses and from that extract those with a love for the area of film and providing them with training... Already we have trained more than 100 persons, some of whom have found jobs. We have another set who will graduate come next month," he further explained.<br /> <br /> This weekend, GATFFEST will not only feature shorts by local filmmakers but has drawn on regional and international works. Works from the United States, Britain, Belgium and Aruba will light up the screen.<br /> <br /> The festival commences tonight with the premiere of the local documentary Bedward, which focuses on the Jamaican spiritual leader who had his roots in August Town. This will be followed by a feature on August Town, which, as Boxill, noted will help to set the stage for the festival.<br /> <br /> Tomorrow's programme comprises a tour of August Town.<br /> <br /> The films get going on Saturday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston starting at 6:00 pm and continues at the same time and venue on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Following the screening of the films on Sunday, there will be an honours ceremony in which eight awards will be handed out in categories including Best Film and Best Director.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> August Town film fest begins<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616544/IAN-BOXHILL_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00 AM Trial delayed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Trial-delayed_16520246 LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) - Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months yesterday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.<br /> <br /> Brown will remain in custody after a Los Angeles judge denied a request by the singer's attorney to release him from custody while he awaits trial.<br /> <br /> Brown's trial had been set to start in Washington yesterday, and Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, had been expected to testify and say that he, not Brown, hit a man outside a hotel in the nation's capital in October. <br /> <br /> Trial delayed<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616543/chris-brown-jail_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00 AM Film on Bob&rsquo;s rise to fame in the works http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Film-on-Bob-s-rise-to-fame-in-the-works KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; A film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works, according to the website, indiewire.com.<br /> <br /> Titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley's songs) it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures, with writer Barry Morrow (Rain Man) and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash) reportedly assigned to the project.<br /> <br /> According to indiewire.com, the film traces Marley and the Wailers' emergence from the rugged Kingston community of Trench Town in the 1960s, to super-stardom a decade later.<br /> <br /> There are no production details (budget, cast) on the project, or if it has been endorsed by the Marley family who have long touted a film about its patriarch who died in May 1981 from cancer at age 36.<br /> <br /> At one stage, A-list Hollywood director Martin Scorsese was rumoured to be in the running to oversee the biopic but that fell through.<br /> <br /> Two years ago, Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) released his acclaimed documentary Marley, which revived speculation that a film on the singer/songwriter was not far off.???<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10615076/bob-marley-young_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:21 PM BBC tunes in to zimboo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bbc-tunes-in-to-zimboo_16509179 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com DANCEHALL artiste/comedian Prince Zimboo recently 'talked' his way into a gig called the Heh! Report on BBC Radio 1 and BBC1 Extra.<br /> <br /> Zimboo can be heard the third Thursday of each month during the Toddla T Show, a 10-minute slot aired between 2:00 am and 4:00 am. It is co-hosted by Sani Showbizz.<br /> <br /> "We discuss a wide range of topics, be it entertainment, comedy or social issues from across the world. This is really a blessing as so far the feedback from the listeners has been really good," Zimboo told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The 33-year-old said the Heh! Report came about shortly after he met its producers at a taping in Kingston two months ago.<br /> <br /> "The BBC team was here to shoot a documentary on reggae music. It was there and then that I met up with David Rodigan and Toddla T at Tuff Gong studio," Zimboo explained.<br /> <br /> In January, a crew from BBC Radio 1 and BBC1 Extra were in Jamaica capturing the mood and vibe of the local music scene for a five-hour documentary.<br /> <br /> Veteran British radio DJ Rodigan, who was part of the team, is no stranger to Jamaica. The 63-year-old, who first visited Jamaica in 1979, has been a staple on the soundsystem scene. Rodigan has clashed established sound systems like Bodyguard, Killamanjaro (selected by Ricky Trooper), Stone Love, Barry G and Bass Odyssey. He was made an MBE in Queen Elizabeth's 2012 New Year's honours list for services to broadcasting.<br /> <br /> When the team returned to the United Kingdom, Zimboo received an email from Toddla T, inviting him to be a part of his show. He recorded his part and the first episode of the Heh! Report aired in March.<br /> <br /> "We wanted it to be a weekly thing but then the airtime would have been much shorter. We decided to increase the time and then broadcast it once monthly," he said.<br /> <br /> Zimboo is the son of singer/musician Ainsley Morris and brother of Benzly Hype, formerly of the Innocent Kru.<br /> <br /> He is best known for the songs Baby (with Major Lazer), Zimboouicy and Santa Flaws and Butt Brains.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613353/Prince-Zimboo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 AM Sister Carol releases Live No Evil album http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sister-Carol-releases-Live-No-Evil-album_16509170 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com SISTER Carol has been spreading reggae's roots and culture message for over 30 years. She gives her fans more 'consciousness' on Live No Evil, her latest album.<br /> <br /> The set was officially released in January by the singjay's Black Cinderella Records. It contains 14 tracks including The Prayer, Jill-cuzzi, Mating Season, Servitude and Muma and Pickney, which she did with her daughter Nakeeba Amaniyea.<br /> <br /> Live No Evil hears Sister Carol collaborating with American reggae band SOJA, and producers Glen Adams (of Lee 'Scratch' Perry and the Upsetters fame) and Phillip Smart.<br /> <br /> "It is filled with variety but mostly inspirational," she told the Jamaica Observer, adding that Live No Evil shows personal growth "in regards to spirituality, production and the topics we express".<br /> <br /> Live No Evil is Sister Carol's first release since the 2011 album, Togetherness, Sister Carol and Friends, which celebrated her 30th year in the music business.<br /> <br /> That project was released digitally but there are plans to make it available on compact disc this year.<br /> <br /> Originally from Denham Town in West Kingston, Sister Carol's father Howard East was an engineer at Radio Jamaica and also worked at Studio One and Treasure Isle.<br /> <br /> In 1973 when she was 14, her family migrated to Brooklyn, New York, an area with a massive Jamaican community and a diverse music scene.<br /> <br /> By the 1980s, Sister Carol became a regular on the New York City club circuit and went to record several well-received albums for Massachusetts independent company, Heartbeat Records.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613356/Sis-Carol_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 AM Hernan Sforzini, reggae&rsquo;s torchbearer in Argentina http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hernan-Sforzini--reggae-s-torchbearer-in-Argentina_16509174 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer howardgcampell@yahoo.com This is the final of a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the world.<br /> <br /> COME June, when the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, many Jamaicans will support Argentina. Throughout the year, however, Hernan Sforzini carries reggae's flag in Argentina.<br /> <br /> Sforzini is the man behind HEMP! Tribute Reggae to The Beatles Vol II, a three-disc album saluting the Fab Four.<br /> <br /> The set contains songs by Steel Pulse, Don Carlos, Groundation, Sly and Robbie, Yellowman, Mad Professor, Raging Fyah, Andrew Tosh, Big Mountain, Rebelution, Pato Banton and Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus.<br /> <br /> 'HEMP!' is a follow-up to El Album Verde (or The Green Album) which features Beatles songs done by top Argentinian reggae acts.<br /> <br /> Sforzini, 37, says it was a challenge assembling the artistes for HEMP! Profits from the album will go toward constructing a well for the people of Pucallpa, Peru.<br /> <br /> "It's been hard work to get them 'cause there are 56 artistes from all over the world. The project took three years of Jah Work," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Sforzini is from the city of Lanus and has been listening to Jamaican music since he was 12 years old.<br /> <br /> In addition to being a producer, he is a musician and show promoter who has brought artistes like Groundation, Andrew Tosh, Israel Vibration and SOJA to his country.<br /> <br /> While many Jamaican acts have performed in Argentina in the last 10 years, the most popular reggae artistes are home-grown.<br /> <br /> Bands like Los Cafres, Los Pericos, Kameleba, Nonpalidece and Dancing Mood are the best known of the Argentinian acts. They play mainly in the capital Buenos Aires and Marl Del Plata, the country's most vibrant reggae centres.<br /> <br /> Reggae's growth in Argentina, Sforzini points out, would not be possible without radio.<br /> <br /> "There are two big reggae radio shows. One is LadeDios and the other Pelagatos, these are the ones that play hard, supporting the reggae music," he said. South America is one of reggae's emerging markets. Argentina, Brazil and Chile attract the music's biggest names.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613357/Hernan-Sforzini_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613358/HEMP--DISCO-PROMO_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 AM Myrna Hague t0 host free concert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Myrna-Hague-t0-host-free-concert_16509554 MYRNA Hague, Jamaica's first lady of jazz, will be hosting a free concert and album launch at the Hope Royal Botanical Gardens Shell Band Stand in St Andrew on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Showtime is slated for 4:00 pm.<br /> <br /> The new album, Melody Life 2 features some of her earlier recordings at Studio One with new arrangements.<br /> <br /> At the concert, guests will hear the line-up for this year's staging of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival.<br /> <br /> Attendees are being urged to take along their chairs, blankets, and umbrellas to make themselves comfortable to enjoy a relaxing evening of fine music. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10613355/Myrna-Hague-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 AM No joke! Sammy Question converts to Christianity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/No-joke--Sammy-Question-converts-to-Christianity KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Samuel Turner, who made his name as a member of comic teams Sammy Question and Freeman and Apache Chief and Sammy Question, is still tickling the funny bone, but with a difference.<br /> <br /> The comedian, who migrated to the United States in 2005, is now a Christian. <br /> <br /> He is firmly ensconced in family entertainment through his Fun and Laughter Productions company and RHRTV1 television station.<br /> <br /> He is also part of a comedy act with sidekick Spici Vici, playing clubs throughout South Florida where he lives.<br /> <br /> For three years, Sammy Question has produced a one-hour television programme on Comcast, which includes music videos and a comedy series called Life in the Big City, which he writes and directs.<br /> <br /> Like all his current productions, the latter is aimed at the family.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all about the message. The various programmes we host are about believers who have beaten the odds and turned their lives around," he said.<br /> <br /> The programmes include In Spite of It All, hosted by Maxine Osbourne (Pam Pam of Royal Palm Estate fame) who interviews cancer survivors, and a community programme hosted by Dr Edina Bayne.<br /> <br /> Question says he performs with Spici Vici before secular audiences. It is similar to his act with Apache Chief and Freeman but notes, &ldquo;It's much cleaner because I am saying Jesus Christ 100 per cent."<br /> <br /> Born in St Andrew, Sammy Question grew up in Jobs Lane, Spanish Town where he realised at a young age that he was the &ldquo;class clown&rdquo; and &ldquo;comic of the community&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> His career began in theatre, appearing in plays such as Bups 2 before moving into stand-up comedy.<br /> <br /> Sammy Question's latest production is a movie titled A True Man of God.<br /> <br /> Cecelia Campbell-Livingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10614884/Sammy-Question_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:03 PM Lupita: People&rsquo;s Most Beautiful http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lupita--People-s-Most-Beautiful The Oscar winner graced Jamaica&rsquo;s shores earlier this year and had a &ldquo;fabulous stay&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10614481/lupita-nyong_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10614484/Lupita-ja_w300.jpg Entertainment Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:00 AM University Singers' ode to Easter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/University-Singers--ode-to-Easter_16503017 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was at the fore of the annual Easter Concert presented by the University Singers on Sunday evening.<br /> <br /> Staged inside the historic stone chapel at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies in St Andrew, the choir treated a fair-sized audience to an enjoyable evening of sacred music.<br /> <br /> The first half of the presentation featured Th&eacute;odore Dubois'cantata -- The Seven Last Words of Christ.<br /> <br /> Under the direction of Franklin Halliburton, soloists Danielle Nelson, soprano; O'Neil Jones, baritone; and tenor Roy Thompson all gave a fair account of themselves delivering the material in the required balance and tone.<br /> <br /> The Second Word -- Verily, Thou Shall Be -- was a particular treat. Here Thompson and Jones displayed great harmony, and when combined with select voices from the chorus, the result was magical.<br /> <br /> The drama of the material was heightened with the use of timpani, which injected bursts of adrenaline into the presentation.<br /> <br /> Halliburton's work to pull this presentation together must be commended.<br /> <br /> Part two of Sunday's presentation featured the soloists -- a major part of why the Easter concert was first introduced six years ago. Nine performers from the choir were pulled to showcase their individual talents.<br /> <br /> Halliburton himself stepped up to the microphone for the presentation of the concert's title track, This Joyful Eastertide. His commanding vocals added the drama necessary to lift the anthem.<br /> <br /> What is a sacred concert at this time of year without music from the popular work, Handel's Messiah? Andre Bernard was given the task of carrying the aria But Thou Didst Not Leave. This youngster has shown promise since his days at Cornwall College, and will in time master this great work.<br /> <br /> Marcelle Thomas with He That Dwelleth In the Secret Place of the Most High pleased her audience with another of her signature controlled presentations.<br /> <br /> There were also notable deliveries from Kester Bailey, Althea McKenzie and Alecia Forbes.<br /> <br /> The duet featuring Krystal Morgan and Christopher Whyte failed to deliver the intended fireworks, mainly due to what came across as an imbalance in the voices. Despite strong individual instruments, Morgan's ever-rising soprano seemed to dwarf Whyte's tenor.<br /> <br /> University Singers' ode to Easter<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610917/DSC_0763_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610916/DSC_0716_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:00 AM Gospel artistes rock the Waterfront http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gospel-artistes-rock-the-Waterfront_16502651 THE Pirates Cove Parking lot in downtown Kingston could barely contain the throng that turned out for the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation's (KSAC)'s second staging of Gospel on the Waterfront, on Holy Thursday.<br /> <br /> The free concert returned with another line-up of popular gospel artistes, who all added their own take of the Word of the Lord through song.<br /> <br /> Acts such as Lubert Levy brought his old-school style, much to the delight of the audience, while Sister Pat delivered a revivalist performance including her hit Rock My Soul. Omari arrived with his signature reggae vibe, but really hit a high note when to close out his set Kukudoo joined him on stage. Jermaine Edwards and Kevin Downswell arrived one after the other using their more soulful musical tones to sway the receptive crowd.<br /> <br /> However, it was the closing performance from Evangelist Sandra Brooks that left everyone wanting more. She took the masses into the early morning while delivering songs like Down on my Knees, Did You Stop To Pray, and All the Way. Her ministering didn't stop with her vocals, eventually departing the stage to dance, sing, and deliver the word of God amongst them.<br /> <br /> -- Rory Daley<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610996/ZZ57F5D1C7_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610994/ZZ28C2D84E_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610955/ZZ4290490A_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610941/ZZ2928D6E3_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610919/ZZ4BEC6256_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610918/ZZ58E456AB_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:00 AM Colourful J&rsquo;ouvert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Colourful-J-ouvert IT was a colourful affair at Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J&rsquo;Ouvert held at James Bond Beach in St Mary last Saturday. <br /> <br /> &lsquo;Paint-decorated&rsquo;, sun-kissed bodies gyrated to the latest soca beats in the day and, by evening, they were treated to performances by Trinidad&rsquo;s soca stars Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons. Michael Ammar Jr, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica, was very pleased at the staging. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re very satisfied.<br /> <br />  Bunji and Fay-Ann were great. The DJs were great and the crowd was very supportive,&rdquo; Ammar told the Jamaica Observer. Here are some scenes. &mdash; BB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611041/Crowd_9054_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611037/DSC_8619_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611035/DSC_8530_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611033/DSC_9230_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611025/Bolt_9198_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10611024/DSC_9222_w300.jpg Entertainment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:17 AM the Waterfront http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/the-Waterfront Rory Daley reggae vibe, but really hit a high note when to close out his set Kukudoo joined him on stage.<br /> <br /> Jermaine Edwards and Kevin Downswell arrived one after the other using their more soulful musical tones to sway the receptive crowd. However, it was the closing performance from Evangelist Sandra Brooks that left everyone wanting more.<br /> <br /> She took the masses into the early morning while delivering songs like Down on my Knees, Did You Stop To Pray, and All the Way. Her ministering didn&rsquo;t stop with her vocals, eventually departing the stage to dance, sing, and deliver the word of God amongst them. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610919/ZZ4BEC6256_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10610918/ZZ58E456AB_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:08 AM Fans jump to bunji, fay-ann http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fans-jump-to-bunji--fay-ann_16501643 By Brian Bonitto BUNJI Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons took the thousands of soca faithful who made the annual pilgrimage to Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in St Mary on a musical high last Saturday.<br /> <br /> The Trinidad husband-and-wife team &mdash; accompanied by the Asylum Vikings Band &mdash; had the sea of 'colourful' revellers in a musical frenzy during their hour-and-a-half interactive set.<br /> <br /> "It's very easy to work with her, as she knows exactly what she wants," Garlin said of his partner, who is a triple holder of Trinidad's Carnival Road March title.<br /> <br /> Garlin, whose single Differentology had its premiere on American cable station BET the day before, said his album of the same name would be out in June.<br /> <br /> "The response to the original and remix has been off the chain. And we give thanks to Major Lazer for putting it out there," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Except for Differentology and Just Now &mdash; Tun Up (with Stylo G), Garlin said all other tracks were original.<br /> <br /> "It's soca in a different way. We're not trying to focus on any more remixes. What we're trying to do is to find some of the most unique sounds that we could. We're looking for new ways of doing stuff," he said.<br /> <br /> Lyons, who was signed to VP Records earlier this month, said she is working on an album which she hopes will be released late this year.<br /> <br /> "I came into the industry not wanting to be like anyone else. I want to be known for my music," she said.<br /> <br /> And the couple had no difficulty in that area, as socaphiles danced and recited the lyrics to every song.<br /> <br /> Their set included Catch Me, Miss Behave, Jump Up, Truck On The Road, and Done Di Party.<br /> <br /> Before the performance of Done Di Party, Lyons asked patrons to remove the metal rails separating the VIP and general sections. They willingly obliged and paid their respects in dance.<br /> <br /> The couple's set ended with Garlin's Differentology.<br /> <br /> Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt also had his moment in music as he took the stage during DJ Richie RAS and Trinidad's DJ Nuphoric's sets.<br /> <br /> Disc jocks Bambino, Smoke and Lee also kept patrons entertained.<br /> <br /> FANS JUMP TO BUNJI, FAY-ANN<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607671/Bunji_9056_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607670/DSC_9244_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 21, 2014 2:00 AM NDTC continues legacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/NDTC-continues-legacy_16500474 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com CHOREOGRAPHER Bert Rose's 1997 work Steal Away, was among the works to hold centre stage at the annual Morning of Music and Movement organised by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) at the Little Theatre in St Andrew, yesterday.<br /> <br /> The work &mdash; performed in tribute to Eddy Thomas, the co-founder of the NDTC who died just over a week ago at the age of 82 &mdash; featured ballet mistress Kerry-Ann Henry in the lead role and supported by Marlon Simms, Mark Phinn, Stefanie Thomas and Terry-Ann Dennison. Not only was it choreographed by one of the founding members of the company (Rose), it also featured the strong fusion of dance styles which Thomas was known for.<br /> <br /> On the occasion of the 33rd staging of the Easter Sunday showcase, the NDTC pulled from the repertoire as well as works by dancer/choreographers from within the company.<br /> <br /> These included Marlon Simms' Legacy, a spirited work set to African drumming; Patrick Earle's Turning Point &mdash; a piece befitting for the Easter season featuring a trio of male dancers. Keita-Marie Chamberlain's Unconditional Love was appreciated by the audience thanks to the interpretation by Tamara Noel and Patrick Earle and the highly emotive accompanying music. Renowned choreographer Clive Thompson's reflective solo The Question was delivered in fine style by Kevin Moore.<br /> <br /> However, the morning's real standout was a performance by soloist Samantha Thompson.<br /> <br /> Her robust, gutsy vocals provided accompaniment for Neisha-yen Jones' Stagnant Change. So gripping was Thompson's performance that many were more taken by her, rather than the dancers. An extended applause at the end of the piece showed the audience's appreciation.<br /> <br /> It was also a morning of music and the NDTC Singers under the direction of Ewan Simpson did their part to keep the patrons entertained. From the opening note &mdash; Handel's Hallelujah Chorus accompanied by steel pan &mdash; things only got better. The interactive nature of the presentation of Oh Happy Day with soloist Conrad Hall, brought the performance to the people, as the singers lined the aisles of the theatre and greeted members of the audience. There were clear references to Pharrell Williams' current feel good hit track Happy in this performance.<br /> <br /> As is customary, Noel Dexter's arrangement of Psalm 150 was a fitting climax to the one and a half hours of solid, sacred entertainment.<br /> <br /> NDTC continues legacy<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607764/BCC_2958_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607763/BCC_3660_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607762/BCC_2872_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607737/BCC_3084_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607700/BCC_3778_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607678/BCC_3498_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 21, 2014 2:00 AM Home T back with album http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Home-T-back-with-album_16502709 Cecelia Campbell-Livingston HOME T, one of the most successful groups of the 1990s, is back with a new album and look.<br /> <br /> Their latest project, a 16-track set entitled Send Come Call We, was recently released by Reggaeology Music. It is co-produced and arranged by veteran musician Mikey 'Mao' Chung and Rudolph 'Ruddy' Manning.<br /> <br /> "There is a song on this CD to quench every musical thirst. Every song has its own strength and its own sound," Manning, who is also a member of Home T, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> A cover of Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me; Funky Reggae Party, Full A Shape, I Hear Music, Give Me Your Love and the title track are some of the songs on Send Come Call We, Home T's first album in eight years.<br /> <br /> Orville 'Bagga' Case and Leroy Palmer, long-time Home T members, complete the current line-up.<br /> <br /> Case, Palmer, Mikey Bennett and Winston 'Diego' Tucker were members of what was known as Home T-4 in the late-1970s. The group was formed in 1972.<br /> <br /> Renamed Home T in the late-1980s, the quartet had several hits during that period and the early 1990s working with producers Gussie Clarke and Lloyd 'King Jammys' James.<br /> <br /> Pirate's Anthem, Don't Throw it All Away, Who She Love and Holding On were some of their big hits.<br /> <br /> Bennett produced Stronger Now, the previous Home T album.<br /> <br /> Home T back with album<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10607765/Home-T1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, April 21, 2014 2:00 AM Keble Drummond does The Cables http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keble-Drummond-does-The-Cables KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Music fans, especially those from the rocksteady era, remember harmony group The Cables for their smash hits What Kind of World and Baby Why.<br /> <br /> Last year one of the trio's members, Keble Drummond, released his debut album, Mellow Moods of Music. The 13-song set is largely a tribute to his musical heroes, including Smokey Robinson and Jimmy Cliff.<br /> <br /> "Reaction to the album has been strong and positive with good support from radio DJs who have been playing different cuts. Promotion is not as easy as it seems, but I produced a strong album that will withstand the test of time," the South Florida-based Drummond told OBSERVER ONLINE. <br /> <br /> Robinson's Cruising, Cliff's Many Rivers to Cross and Rebel in Me and The Beatles classic, Let it Be, are some of the songs Drummond covers on 'Mellow Moods'.<br /> <br /> There is also a version of Baby Why, a song he wrote in 1968. Let's be Friends and Why Can't we Love are two of the originals on the album which Drummond produced.<br /> <br /> Along with Vincent Stoddart and Elbert Stewart, Drummond formed The Cables, one of countless harmony groups that emerged during the 1965-68 rocksteady period.<br /> <br /> What Kind of World and Baby Why are two of the great songs from that era. They were produced by Clement 'Coxson' Dodd for his Studio One label.<br /> <br /> Now in his mid-60s, Drummond has lived in the United States for over 30 years. He performs sporadically with The Cables and as a solo act.<br /> <br /> Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10608667/DRUMMOND_w300.jpg Entertainment Monday, April 21, 2014 9:07 AM Jamaica&rsquo;s OWN TAMEIKA DORMAN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaica-s-OWN-TAMEIKA-DORMAN_16483594 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com AFTER 10 years at Black Entertainment Television (BET), Jamaican Tameika Dorman decided last year it was time to move on.<br /> <br /> Her current job is at Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as an associate producer on its highly touted series, Love In The City.<br /> <br /> The show, which surrounds four best friends who share "life, loss, friendship and sex" premiered April 12.<br /> <br /> Dorman, who grew up in Portmore, says Love In The City is not another 'hot girls' show in the mould of Sex In The City and Desperate Housewives.<br /> <br /> "It deals with issues on divorce, cancer, infertility -- issues that so many other women are dealing with on a daily basis," she told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Dorman assists the supervising producer and crew as well as help create storylines and schedules for cast members. Putting the show together, she stressed, was "exciting and exhausting".<br /> <br /> "Reality television consists of 12 to 14-hour work days six days a week. The hours were gruelling but working with the crew and cast was also fun," she said.<br /> <br /> Working for the queen of American media, Dorman added, makes the job even more fulfilling.<br /> <br /> "The thing that surprises me about Oprah is her humility and kindness. You would think she would be glamorous on a daily basis, but no, she is simple in her everyday appearance," she said.<br /> <br /> Dorman was born in Kingston "as a healthy triplet" (one of whom died at age four) and raised in Garveymeade, Portmore. She left Jamaica at age 11. Her career in television production began 13 years ago at Bronx Net, a public access station in New York City.<br /> <br /> She then moved to BET, working on hip shows like 106 and Park, BET Awards and Rip The Runway.<br /> <br /> Dorman says it is important to stay true to her roots.<br /> <br /> "It has shaped me as a strong, versatile Jamaican woman. Growing up in Jamaica my grandmother, Vera Bennett, who was vice-principal of Jones Town Primary and my Aunt Ingrid taught me that I should always put God first in everything I do and everything else will come after."<br /> <br /> Now in her "blooming 30s", Dorman hosts her own show, Dancehall NYC, an hour-long entertainment programme on Bronx Net showcasing the hottest parties in the Tri-state area, Jamaican music videos and artiste interviews.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606515/Oprah-Winfrey---Tammy_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606516/tammy-Dorman_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Operation Save Alpha http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Operation-Save-Alpha_16485045 A MAJOR thrust is in the works to assist the troubled Alpha Boys School in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The initiative is headed by Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records; Michael Thompson, conceptualiser of the International Reggae Poster Contest; and Joshua Chamberlain, special projects manager at Alpha.<br /> <br /> Chin was in Kingston last week to meet with administrators at the school, located at South Camp Road. She says a committee will be formed to raise funds to help improve aspects of the 134-year-old institution.<br /> <br /> "We're really looking at generating money from abroad to give back to the school. We're looking at approaching companies like Clarks who benefit so much from our people," she said in an interview with the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Jamaicans have a long 'love affair' with Clarks, a British shoe company. Dancehall/reggae entertainers have worn its products for decades.<br /> <br /> In 2011, deejays Vybz Kartel and Popcaan paid tribute to Clarks with their hit song of the same name.<br /> <br /> Although monetary contributions are critical, Chin says other donations will be accepted.<br /> <br /> "It can be shoes, clothes for the kids. Anything will do."<br /> <br /> The Alpha Boys School, which receives government funding, has been in the news recently. Last week, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna announced that "predatory behaviour" by some students will result in its closure.<br /> <br /> Its music programme, which has nurtured some of Jamaica's great musicians, is intact.<br /> <br /> In the 1960s and 1970s, Patricia Chin and her husband Vincent, worked with many Alpha artistes and musicians through their Randy's record label and store. They formed VP Records in 1979 shortly after migrating to Queens, New York.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606517/Pat-Chin-cropped_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM