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 Gramps Morgan adds spice to brand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gramps-Morgan-adds-spice-to-brand_19231635 THERE is more to Gramps Morgan than music. A member of sibling band Morgan Heritage, he has moved into the culinary scene with Gramps Morgan Farm Sauces.<br /> <br /> In an interview with <br /> <br /> the Sunday Observer, Morgan said a love for food inspired the decision to create his own sauce.<br /> <br /> "I've always loved cooking food since the day I saw my father make a sweet potato pudding. After that, a friend of mine said to me I should try farming and I took his advice... I've always liked watching things grow out of the ground. It's truly a blessing of nature," he said.<br /> <br /> Currently, the burly musician has four products: hot and mild jerk seasoning, jerk barbecue sauce and Scotch bonnet pepper sauce.<br /> <br /> "I'm looking to have the products in stores in Jamaica by Christmas and the rest of the world by early 2016," he said.<br /> <br /> Little over a decade ago, the Morgan patriarch Denroy Morgan started planting coffee on the family estate in St Thomas. This led to more agricultural products and in 2012, alongside Gramps, he began farming peppers.<br /> <br /> Gramps Morgan Farm Sauces was launched during the recent Catch A Fire Tour of the United States which had Morgan Heritage sharing the bill with Damian and Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley and Black Am I.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249465/gramps-sauce_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249464/Gramps-Morgan_2015_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 04, 2015 12:00 AM Here's To Happy Shopping! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Here-s-To-Happy-Shopping-_19231754 Not wanting to miss out on tempting discounts offered by retailers at the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) islandwide event, hordes of shoppers flocked to boutiques and department stores last Thursday to indulge in the much-hyped, five-hour annual sale experience. Stores within the South Avenue belt, and shopping plazas lining Constant Spring Road had visibly steady to brisk customer traffic, with retailers who opted to up the discount mark above 50 per cent ringing up significantly better business at their cash registers.<br /> <br /> We're catching up with the rack-browsing, NCB credit card-toting TSO shoppers seen at Ammar's, KERRY manwomanhome, Kerry Kay's, Lee's Fifth Avenue, Angela's, and elsewhere.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12250081/DSC_2095_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12250080/DSC_0644_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12250079/DSC_0595_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249681/DSC_0670_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249635/DSC_0663_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249583/DSC_0545_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249582/DSC_0655_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249581/DSC_0647_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249580/DSC_0708_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249576/DSC_0707_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249572/DSC_0533_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249564/DSC_0601_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249553/DSC_0614_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 04, 2015 2:00 AM Rebels at heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rebels-at-heart_19231768 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer FOLLOWING the success of its fourth studio album, Count Me In, journeyman reggae band Rebelution recently released its unplugged version, Count Me In Acoustic.<br /> <br /> It debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart with 860 copies sold in its first week.<br /> <br /> Eric Rachmany, the group's lead vocalist and guitarist, said sales are not an important factor for he and his colleagues.<br /> <br /> "We enjoy playing acoustically and wanted to release different versions of the songs with the hope that somebody may enjoy it. We also wanted to be able to donate a portion of the sales to certain organisations we support, and shine some light on these organisations we believe in," he said in an interview with the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Originally from Santa Barbara, California, the six-member outfit has made a name for itself tirelessly touring the United States. Its current members are Rachmany, Marley D Williams (bass), Rory Carey (keyboards), and Wesley Finley (drums).<br /> <br /> Rebelution emerged with 2007's Courage to Grow which peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. 2009's Brighter Side of Life opened at number one, while 2012's Peace of Mind sold over 16,000 copies in its first week, also coming in at number one.<br /> <br /> Count Me in was Rebelution's third first-week number one on the Reggae Album chart; it reached a career-best number 14 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with opening sales of 17,200 copies.<br /> <br /> It was named Best Selling Reggae Album of 2014 by Billboard Magazine. To date, it has sold over 49,000 copies. Without the support of a major label, Rebelution has registered reasonable figures.<br /> <br /> "A major label is not needed to sell music with the current distribution outlets available to anyone these days. We released this acoustic album ourselves without any label attached at all. We are really happy that people enjoy our music and message," said Rachmany. "We partnered with Easy Star Records and strategically marketed the album to people who we thought would enjoy it. We enjoy our creative freedom, releasing music independently and having control of our recordings and publishing."<br /> <br /> He added that there is no push to attract a mainstream audience with a pop song like Big Mountain's Baby I Love Your Way or Rude by Magic!<br /> <br /> "The group plans to create music we hope people will enjoy and make a positive impact as best as we can, with no creative or financial pressures, the same way we always have. If a larger audience outside the loyal and supportive fans we luckily have right now, connects with the music we have created and they enjoy it, the more the merrier," he said.<br /> <br /> A joint release between their 87 Music and New York's Easy Star Records, Count Me In featured collaborations with Bermudian artiste Collie Buddz and roots singer Don Carlos, one of Rebelution's biggest influences.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249446/Rebelution1a_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 04, 2015 12:00 AM Nadine Sutherland goes dub http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nadine-Sutherland-goes-dub_19231879 Singer Nadine Sutherland is preparing to leave for the United Kingdom in a few weeks to do promotional work on her latest single Inna Mi Blood.<br /> <br /> Released two weeks ago, Inna Mi Blood is a dub track produced by Guyana-born producer Mad Professor. She also said an album was in the works.<br /> <br /> "Recording with the Mad Professor, who is a kind of dub music king, opened my eyes to the possibilities in that area. He has a whole network in England and the wider European continent and so we are seeing the early stages of what we hope will be something truly great. He and I have decided that this is not going to be a three-month song. For us, it is a classic in the making, so we are doing everything to make people aware of it and not rushing with anything. When I get to London, we will be shooting the video there and doing the media rounds. David Rodigan of BBC 1Xtra has really been showing us some love on this track and we really appreciate it... you know Rodigan doesn't play something unless he really believes in it," she told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Sutherland --who is now in her 40s and has recently completed her Masters degree in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies -- is proud of the music she did in the 1990s. But still has a burning passion to do more musically.<br /> <br /> "I still feel that I haven't done what I should do musically and, therefore, I owe it to myself to do what is in my heart," she said.<br /> <br /> Having won the Tastee Talent Contest as an 11-year-old, Sutherland grew up in the public's eye. In the '90s she ruled the charts with hits including Babyface, I'm In Love, the chart-topping Action (featuring Terror Fabulous), Man Haffi Wicked (with Spragga Benz) and Pair of Wings and defined a generation.<br /> <br /> "I am happy I never let it get to my head at the time. But today young people come up to me and say how much them love those songs...they were not even born when those songs were released. And video directors can tell me how much they draw inspiration from the visuals in the Action video and that feels good. I guess I will have to sit down and research why the '90s was such a special period for the music....a moment in the history of the music... I have to get to the root of it and write a paper," she said.<br /> <br /> "The years have taught me a lot and that is reflected in my music. Regarding growing older.... Tina Turner is one of my great inspirations. She had hits in her 40s and a fantastic body to match... so it's all about how you see yourself. When I look back I appreciate the evolution that is my journey from my start with Bob Marley, who produced my first single Starvation on the Land, to the heady 1990s when reggae and dancehall took off in the United States and I was signed to Elektra. It has all been great and I am looking to expanding my music with this new album," she continued.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249475/Nadine-Sutherland_5642_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 04, 2015 12:00 AM Another Radics in London http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Another-Radics-in-London_19231831 LIVING in Jamaica and the United Kingdom helped singer Matthew Radics develop an indiscriminate taste for music. He strives to bring that across in his own productions.<br /> <br /> Radics, 33, was born in London but spent most of his formative years in rural Jamaica, where he got to appreciate the classic songs of the 1970s as well as the dancehall beat that dominated Jamaica during the 1990s.<br /> <br /> There is a mix of dancehall and hip hop on The One-Eyed Man, his recently released EP which is on Sounkillaz Music, a company he operates with his brother, Rivah Jordan.<br /> <br /> Its lead single is Break My Heart.<br /> <br /> After experimenting for several years with hip hop, Radics said it was good to return to his roots, even though things are not bright for Jamaican music in the UK.<br /> <br /> "The music is pretty much stigmatised, it's difficult to even keep a dance without the police locking it down," he explained. "People listen to Gappy Ranks, Stylo G and Randy Valentine but reggae is pretty much underground."<br /> <br /> Radics and his brother were known as Soundkillaz, a hip-hop group that did gigs around London. They changed to reggae five years ago by launching their label of the same name, which has to date released projects by Prezident Brown and Michael Rose.<br /> <br /> The One-Eyed Man, which has seven songs, was co-produced by the brothers and Houdini, a producer with a name in London hip-hop circles.<br /> <br /> Matthew Radics moved to Jamaica shortly after his first birthday. While living in Ocho Rios and Montego Bay during the 1990s his father, singer Jack Radics, enjoyed a purple patch with hit songs like Twist and Shout (with Chaka Demus and Pliers) which made the British national career.<br /> <br /> Radics Snr produced his son's first song, In The Backyard, which was released in 2000.<br /> <br /> Though he counts his father among his strongest influences, Matthew Radics wants to make it on his own terms. He would not mind emulating the old man's success in the UK.<br /> <br /> "That would be cool. I think the songs are good and we make music that appeals to everyone," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249507/Matthew-Radics_0515_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 04, 2015 12:00 AM Water woes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Water-woes_19231735 Nature does require<br /> <br /> Her time of preservation.<br /> <br /> -- Shakespeare, 1 Henry, IV, 1<br /> <br /> AND what nature is preserving right now is water, at least in certain places. Nature does exactly what it wants to do, and there is not a darn thing that we can do about it except hope and pray that it works in our favour.<br /> <br /> At this time, nature has decided to hold back the rain in certain areas of the world. California is experiencing the worst drought in centuries with rivers and lakes literally disappearing. We are having the driest spell in a long time too, at least certain parts of the country are, for there are areas that are still being drenched with copious rain from time to time.<br /> <br /> With the lack of stored water though, comes myriad problems, with the main one being periodical water lockoffs. No longer is the simple turn of a tap and gushing water taken for granted. Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Oh, it's just water under the bridge; like a bridge over troubled waters; still waters run deep; blood is thicker than water.<br /> <br /> So much has been said about water, and so it should, for water is indeed life. We cannot survive without it. When scientists explore other planets, their first concern is the availability of water, for if there is that liquid present, then life can be sustained.<br /> <br /> Life cannot exist without water, but we can survive with less, as we're doing now during our water woes. That's what we'll be drilling for today as our cup runneth over, right after these responses to 'Who's in charge'.<br /> <br /> Hey Tony,<br /> <br /> There's also the other side of the coin where women in power -- queens, prime ministers, CEOs -- rely heavily on their husbands for advice without making any decisions. The fact is, people in strong relationships rely heavily on each other for advice before making important decisions, especially decisions that affect them both. That is the true meaning of partnership upon which every relationship should be formed, where neither man nor woman is in charge. I have to sign off and go now, my wife is calling.<br /> <br /> Vincent<br /> <br /> Teerob,<br /> <br /> A very interesting perspective you put forth on who's really in charge. Right after I read it, I saw where USA Vice-President Joe Biden announced that he's not sure if he'll run for the presidency, but he'd discuss it with his wife first. So you were spot on with your analysis. He's a strong self-assured man who realises that his partner plays a vital and important role in his life. Thanks for sharing.<br /> <br /> Diana<br /> <br /> The world's surface is covered by about 75 per cent water, and yet our planet is named Earth, and not water. The liquid is everywhere, from the vast oceans, the great lakes, to the mighty rivers, some of which flow for thousands of miles. The River Nile, the Mississippi River, the Blue Danube all spring to mind. Did I say spring?<br /> <br /> Anyone who has been to Niagara Falls cannot help but be awestruck by the magnitude and power of water. Some lakes are so huge that they appear to be like oceans, as you cannot see the other side.<br /> <br /> And yet, there are areas where there is very little water, like parts of the Sub Sahara in Africa. The people there have learnt to live without an abundance of the precious commodity in ways that we cannot begin to fathom.<br /> <br /> We in Jamaica, the land of wood and water, are experiencing water woes. What a bitter irony that name turned out to be. But the scientists have confirmed that there are abundant deposits of water underground, most of them untapped. No way should we be in this position of having water woes every year. This year seems to be the worst in recent memory.<br /> <br /> The Corporate Area has two catchment facilities, Mona reservior and Hermitage dam, built a little after Noah built the Ark. Our population has multiplied in line with Malthusian theories, growing faster than rabbits in a hutch. And yet we still have only two water catchment facilities serving our needs. My question is, in 50 years' time, will we still be relying on Mona and Hermitage, or will some common sense non-expert build some more places to store water?<br /> <br /> The experts say that we don't need any more storage facilities like Mona and Hermitage, which simply defies logic to me. For, if we have five reservoirs even half full, that would mean five times the amount of water that we currently have. Do the math. Or do they have water on the brain? But then again, I didn't go to water school, so what do I know?<br /> <br /> So we talk and talk and talk, pray for rain, and pretty soon we'll be doing a rain dance. For the first time in our history I hear people actually wishing for a storm to hit us so that we can get some rain. "Man, I really hope a little hurricane can pass our way and bring some rain."<br /> <br /> A few weeks ago, two hurricanes approached but veered off to the north, drenching Puerto Rico and Haiti, much to the disappointment of many Jamaicans. "At least their drought is broken," was the general consensus.<br /> <br /> But be careful what you wish for. Poor Dominica was not so fortunate, as they were hit by a tropical storm, Erika, not even a hurricane, and suffered unimanigable devastation and destruction that set them back 20 years, their prime minister said.<br /> <br /> The farmers here are feeling it, as their crops wither and die in the fields. Many businesses, restaurants, car wash establishments and processing plants are suffering from lack of water. In the household, many families have had to make major adjustments to fall in line with the daily or nightly lockoffs. "I only bathe twice a week now, boss, as water scarce."<br /> <br /> Buckets and bottles are stored all over the house, and people who were used to taking long, luxurious baths or showers have resorted to bottle washing. "Listen man, I can bathe with a condensed milk can of water, plus brush my teeth too." Necessity is the mother of invention, and now everyone, not just women, as the Bible said, are hewers of wood and carriers of water.<br /> <br /> It's amazing how human beings can adapt to almost any situation. Some people have installed water tanks, sometimes two or three, with some being as large as oil refinery tanks, while others are just big enough to serve two people for a day or two.<br /> <br /> Speaking of tankers, some truck owners have modified their trucks to carry water instead of what they were used to carrying before. Don't ask what they used to carry before. You come here to drink water, not to question truck. Crisis is just another name for opportunity.<br /> <br /> Still, some get the precious liquid from dubious sources. I saw a guy on TV dip his hands in the murky, grimy, bilge-looking, morass-clogged, algae-infested, ironically-named Fresh River, and drank his fill to prove that it was palatable. "See it deh, fresh, clean and nice," he gushed. Did I say gushed? Opportunists do emerge during crisis situations.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, we continue to suffer from the misery of our water woes, partly due to the vagaries of nature, and partly due to mismanagement over the years by those responsible for our welfare. Jamaica really is a land of wood and water. Wells exist in abundance, countless rivers run underground, but we always depend on the rain, which can be as fickle as... well... rain. We should not be in this position, but we are, and will be for many years to come if the situation is not addressed.<br /> <br /> But the rains will come and save us and all will be forgotten, until the next time. Meanwhile, let's continue to pray for rain, watch the weather report every night and hope that a tropical system comes our way. Failing that, we can all go outside and do a rain dance... weather permitting.<br /> <br /> "You cataracts and hurricanes spout, Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd th cocks!" said King Lear. As for those kids who sang, "Rain rain go away, come again another day," they should be flogged.<br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote: Speaking of nature, water, rivers and rain, all these are in abundance in certain parts of Jamaica. If anyone loves these, just take a trek to our mountain ranges and experience what most Jamaicans do not know.<br /> <br /> I learnt all about this from Sun Venture Tours that offers guided tours to our Blue Mountain Range, the Rio Grande Valley and other places that most people can only dream of. Unbelievably beautiful breathtaking waterfalls that cascade down mountain slopes into deep, icy cold pools exist, as do massive cave systems that are a spelunker's dream.<br /> <br /> There are derelict cocoa factories with stone walls 50 feet high with giant waterwheels, now laying in ruin and covered by dense overgrowth -- a glimpse at our history. These places and more exist right here in Jamaica, a country I thought that I knew, but barely scratched the surface. We truly are a beautiful island.<br /> <br /> Water woes<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12249769/T-ROB-SUNDAY-OCT-4_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, October 04, 2015 2:00 AM The little giant of dancehall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-little-giant-of-dancehall_19231752 HE may be only three feet four inches and confined to a wheelchair, but Gavin 'GMG' Burgess is a big party animal.<br /> <br /> The 30-year-old refuses to let his physical impediments stop his love for promoting parties in Jamaica and Florida.<br /> <br /> "I was always a fan of dancehall and its lifestyle. I loved going to parties so in 2007, myself and a few friends decided to keep our first event called 'The Arrival'. It was held in both Jamaica and Miami," he said.<br /> <br /> Other parties followed such as Flava Rock and Big Man mi Tun in Miami.<br /> <br /> A past student of Mona High School in Kingston, Burgess grew up in a tough section of Mountain View known as Top Range.<br /> <br /> He said at age four, he was diagnosed with a bone disorder that stopped his growth.<br /> <br /> "I was able to walk but at the age of 18, I fell and hurt my spinal cord and as a result my nerves became damaged. This was how I ended up in the wheelchair and lost my physical movements. I have no movements in my hands and so forth," he explained.<br /> <br /> "My disabilities don't stop my drive in becoming the best at what I desire. I love dancehall and I am going to be in it as long as I have life," Burgess continued.<br /> <br /> In 2003, he migrated to Miami but maintains his link with the Jamaican dancehall scene.<br /> <br /> Burgess travels regularly to Jamaica to promote Cripple Fridayz, which is held monthly in Miami, and Lights Out Wednesdayz in Barbican, St Andrew.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12245922/burgress-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 03, 2015 2:00 AM Bright hopes for Last Night http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bright-hopes-for-Last-Night_19231761 DANCEHALL veteran Beenie Man teams with a couple of emerging acts and a hot producer on About Last Night, a song from the Spiky Music Group.<br /> <br /> Da Professor, Trinidadian artiste RedLyte, and producer/artiste DJ Marley Waters are also on About Last Night which has gained momentum in regional markets in New York and Miami.<br /> <br /> "The song showcases my vision that anything is possible when you pose the ability to bring extremely talented artistes together and jointly develop a vision and directions of a song to be created," said Christine 'Spiky' Massa, head of the Florida-based Spiky Music Group.<br /> <br /> Massa is co-executive producer of About Last Night with Nate Walker.<br /> <br /> It marks a busy year for Da Professor whose previous singles this year are I Love Myself and Anything is Possible.<br /> <br /> RedLyte was recently added to the Spiky Music Group roster. His debut solo single, Cruising, will be released soon.<br /> <br /> Boston-born DJ Marley Walters' big break was his production work on the 2014 hit single 2 On by pop singer Tinashe. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12245927/Beenie-Man_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 03, 2015 2:00 AM Jean Paul rocks comedy caf&eacute; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jean-Paul-rocks-comedy-caf-_19231755 TRINIDAD-BORN comedian Jean Paul was the toast of FLOW Comedy Caf&eacute; (formerly LIME Comedy Caf&eacute;) at the C&C South Beach in New Kingston, on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> This edition was dubbed Vloggers vs Stand Up Comedians.<br /> <br /> Paul, who resides in Canada, utilised his charisma and wit to capture the hearts of the fair-sized crowd.<br /> <br /> The comedian's set comprised his experiences with Jamaicans in Canada as well as his visits to Jamaica, in particular Tivoli Gardens. His timing and execution were on point.<br /> <br /> Not to be outdone, teacher-turned-actress/comedian Kathy Grant delivered her usual rib-tickling jokes which centred on relationships and bedroom situations.<br /> <br /> She utilised two male audience members in her routine which went down well.<br /> <br /> Hosts Ity and Fancy Cat were their usual selves delivering their brand of comedy. They engaged audience with giveaways from title sponsor FLOW.<br /> <br /> Vloggers Elli Di Vinner and Rushaine 'Dutty Berry' Berry were also in the line-up.<br /> <br /> The latter, who was making his second appearance, didn't live up to expectations.<br /> <br /> Vinner, 19, was making his debut. The University of the West Indies student started out shaking but eventually held his own.<br /> <br /> "I really like the reception I got from the crowd. I was really nervous at first but I eventually overcame that when the people started to laugh. I really enjoyed it," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12245925/Jean-Paul_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 03, 2015 2:00 AM Do Go See OCT 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Do-Go-See-OCT-3_19230467 Pick of the Weekend<br /> <br /> Met Opera's Live in HD -- Il Travotore<br /> <br /> @ Carib 5, Cross Roads<br /> <br /> Featuring: Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zijack, Yonghoon Lee, Dimitri Hvorostovsky and Stefan Kocan<br /> <br /> Time: 11:55 am<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3<br /> <br /> The St Andrew Parish Foundation Gala Musical Evening, Festum Sancti Andreae<br /> <br /> @ The Lawns of King's House, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Paul Williamson, Allison Arends, Lori Burnett, Kathleen Promane and Roger Williams<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> OBOG Dance Ministry -- The Promise<br /> <br /> @ Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Reggae Genesis<br /> <br /> @ Junction, St Elizabeth<br /> <br /> Featuring: Romain Virgo, Kenny Smith, Iba Mahr and Duane Stephenson<br /> <br /> Celebrate Jesus<br /> <br /> @ Montego Bay Convention Centre, St James<br /> <br /> Featuring: VaShawn Mitchell, Adrian Cunningham, Kevin Downswell, Sandra Brooks, Kay Morris and Comedian Rick Joyner<br /> <br /> Time: 4:00 pm<br /> <br /> Saturday Night Fever<br /> <br /> @ The Deck, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Music by Gary Kong<br /> <br /> Merritone Music First Sunday<br /> <br /> @ The Deck, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Met Opera's Live in HD -- Il Travotore<br /> <br /> @ Carib 5, Cross Roads<br /> <br /> Featuring: Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zijack, Yonghoon Lee, Dimitri Hvorostovsky and Stefan Kocan<br /> <br /> Time: 11:55 am<br /> <br /> SUNDAY OCTOBER 4<br /> <br /> Seafood Sundays<br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> OBOG Dance Ministry -- The Promise<br /> <br /> @ Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> MONDAY OCTOBER 5<br /> <br /> Uptown Mondays<br /> <br /> @ Savannah Plaza, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 PM<br /> <br /> Mojito Mondays<br /> <br /> @ Susie's Bakery & Coffee Bar, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Beer Mondays<br /> <br /> @ Indies Grill & Caf&eacute;, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Karaoke Mondays and After Party<br /> <br /> @ De Real Sports Bar, Clarendon<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> Tuesday, OCTOBER 6<br /> <br /> Tuesdayz Live<br /> <br /> @ Countryside Club, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring The Capstone Band, Nina and Vin de Musical Icon<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Rock & Groove Tuesdaze<br /> <br /> @ The Deck, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: DJ Duwie<br /> <br /> Time: 7:30 pm<br /> <br /> Boasy Tuesday<br /> <br /> @ Grove, Road, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Karaoke Night<br /> <br /> The V Club, Portmore<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Lymelite Tuesdaze<br /> <br /> @ Escape 24/7, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Black Reign Entertainment<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7<br /> <br /> Weddy Weddy Wednesday<br /> <br /> @ Stone Love Headquarters, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: wee Pow and Stone Love Selectors.<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Sucker Free Wednesdays<br /> <br /> @ Escape 24/7 Bar and Grill, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> Static Wednesdays<br /> <br /> @ Club Envy, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Static Outcast<br /> <br /> Saturday, October 17<br /> <br /> Heroes Splash<br /> <br /> @ Biter's garden Restaurant, Bog Walk By-Pass, Bog Walk, St Catherine<br /> <br /> Featuring: Ninja Man, Cocoa Tea, General Trees, George Nooks, Gem Myers, Derrick Morgan, Fab Five and Black Scorpio<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> MONDAY OCTOBER 19<br /> <br /> Port Royal Seafood Festival<br /> <br /> @ Port Royal Football Field<br /> <br /> Featuring: Etana, Demarco, Rondell Positive, Professor Nuts and more<br /> <br /> AT THE THEATRE<br /> <br /> The Baby Scam<br /> <br /> @ Centrestage Threatre, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Glean Campbell, Sharee Elise, Sakina Deer, Camille Davis amd Courtney Wilson.<br /> <br /> Time: Tuesday - Friday 8:00pm;<br /> <br /> Saturday and Sunday 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> AT THE MOVIES<br /> <br /> The Martian<br /> <br /> War Room<br /> <br /> Everest<br /> <br /> Sicario<br /> <br /> The Perfect Guy<br /> <br /> Hotel Transylvania<br /> <br /> Do Go See OCT 3<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12245960/Il-Trovatore-_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 03, 2015 2:00 AM Going Pro with Lala Reynolds   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Going-Pro-with-Lala-Reynolds_19231560 By Simone Morgan Observer reporter This is the seventh in a 10-part series on 'Generation Next'of Jamaican music producers.<br /> <br /> Lamar 'Lala' Reynolds intends to bring a new sound to the dancehall game through his LMR Pro Records out of New York.<br /> <br /> "My sound selection and arrangement isn't typical so my productions are considered to be unpredictable, fresh and diverse. Every instrumental I make is different. I don't flood myself with numerous projects at once, this way I can spend quality time on each," he told Splash.<br /> <br /> His latest project is a nine-track compilation titled Cardinal Point Riddim. Released by iTunes on September 18, it contains the title track by Erupt, Spragga Benz's Take A Look and Mega Banton's We Nuh take Style.<br /> <br /> The set also has upcoming acts including Bitta So Sicka, Adventerous and Chris Mattic.<br /> <br /> In addition, Reynolds is co-producing Kranium's upcoming debut album called Rumors, scheduled for a mid-October release.<br /> <br /> His previous projects with Kranium, Nobody Has to Know and Lifestyle remix, brought him mainstream attention. Last November, the latter topped the iTunes Reggae Top 100, while Nobody Has to Know entered the Billboard charts.<br /> <br /> To achieve a quality sound, Reynolds often incorporates live instruments into his music.<br /> <br /> "Using a keyboard mid-controller, you can replicate any sound using a virtual instrument except the sound of an acoustic guitar or bass guitar. If I play a bass progression and think it needs to be live, then I will call a guitarist," he said. "Or if I hear an acoustic guitar melody that I think would sound better live, then I will find someone who can play it," he said.<br /> <br /> Reynolds is influenced as a producer by Bobby 'Bobby Digital' Dixon, Jon Fx, Timbaland, Quincy Jones and Pharell Williams.<br /> <br /> "I started taking my productions seriously in 2008," he said.<br /> <br /> In 2010, the Jamaica College past student got his break when he produced Nothing a Change, a collaboration with Gentleman and Da Professor.<br /> <br /> Among his recent productions are a mixtape for American rapper Jo Jo Simmons called Perfecting the Craft. Simmons is the son of legendary rap group Run DMC's co-founder Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons.<br /> <br /> Reynolds grew up in Havendale, St Andrew, and migrated to New York after completing high school. In the Big Apple, he attended the Institute of Audio Research (IAR), graduating from St John's University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241668/lamar-reynolds_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM Kranium gives in to Rumors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kranium-gives-in-to-Rumors-_19231559 Kranium will be releasing his debut album, Rumors, October 16 on Atlantic Records.<br /> <br /> The 12-track set is produced by New York-based producers LMR Pro and Ricky Blaze.<br /> <br /> Kranium spoke to the Jamaica Observer yesterday from New York about the project.<br /> <br /> "There is a track on it for everyone. I am not the type to release a bunch of singles at once, but I think the timing is right for me to release an album. This way, I can showcase and introduce my versatility. This is one of the reasons why the album doesn't have many collaborations," the 24-year-old said.<br /> <br /> Rumors includes Kranium's breakthrough single Nobody Has to Know (remix). The song was an anthem in the summer of 2014 with hip hop superstar Drake performing it during his 2014 tour of Australia.<br /> <br /> Rumors also includes Kranium's follow- up single Lifestyle which went to number one on iTunes' Top Reggae Songs Chart.<br /> <br /> Kranium has no predictions for the set.<br /> <br /> "Whenever I record, the aim is to always ensure that it's of the highest quality but I am not the type who says that I am certain a track will top the charts or have any specific intentions for it. Whatever happens just happens. My job is to work a record," he said.<br /> <br /> Kranium (whose given name is Kemar Donaldson) is from Montego Bay. He relocated to the United States just over a decade ago.<br /> <br /> Kranium is the nephew of singjay Screwdriver, best known for the 1988 hit song Sharon a Pregnant Yuh Pregnant. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241671/Kranium_700_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM Tarrus on fire in US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tarrus-on-fire-in-US-_19231561 Tarrus Riley says the just concluded To Catch A Fire Tour introduced him to new locations and fans in the United States.<br /> <br /> The singer shared the bill with brothers Damian and Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage and Black Am I.<br /> <br /> "Is the first time I went places like Boise (Idaho), the Greek Theatre (in Los Angeles) an' perform in Central Park. It's good to know yuh have fans out there who neva si yuh before an' dying to si yuh," said Riley.<br /> <br /> The To Catch a Fire Tour started on August 29 with Reggae in The Park at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts in Philadelphia. It played the annual Summerstage in Central Park the following day.<br /> <br /> The month-long tour closed on September 27 at the Greek Theatre.<br /> <br /> Riley said he was approached to be a part of the showcase by Damian Marley.<br /> <br /> "He was talking to mi casually 'bout going on the road for some time. Wi get to a point where everybody schedule mesh an' things work out," he said.<br /> <br /> According to Riley, he and his Blakk Soil band got 30 to 45 minutes on stage.<br /> <br /> Currently pushing his new song Powerful with British singer Ellie Golding, Riley is scheduled to perform alongside Rhythm and Blues singer Keith Sweat on Tuesday at L'Olympia in Paris.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241667/taurus-3_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241666/taurus-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM A Merritone MOMENT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-Merritone-MOMENT The legendary Merritone Music disco launched the 25th annniversary of its Family Reunion at Waterfalls in Kingston last Thursday night.<br /> <br /> The reunion will feature a series of events scheduled for October 11-19, starting with a service of thanksgiving at Webster Memorial United Church on Half-Way-Tree Road beginning at 9:45 am.<br /> <br /> Merritone&rsquo;s loyal supporters and friends of the Blake brothers turned out at last Thursday&rsquo;s event. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER GARFIELD ROBINSON was there. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242315/MichealHall-TrevorFigueroa_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242314/BarabraSingh---Nicole-Alien_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242312/_DSC0032_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242311/Keisha-Patterson_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242310/Hyacinth-Thomson_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242309/JulieAnnToomer-NicolaSmith_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242307/Judith-Grant---Lois-Spence_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242303/Krista-Kay-Lalor_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:53 AM Chanting for reparations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chanting-for-reparations_19231562 REGGAE legend Bunny Wailer led a number of artistes who supported the National Commission on Reparations (NCR) at Liberty Hall in downtown Kingston Tuesday.<br /> <br /> "This is a wonderful moment to see Rastaman standing together at Liberty Hall for reparations... Brothers an' sisters, we have been involved in a long struggle an' the British people who brought us into slavery, they are the ones to give us dat which we have been denied for over 500 years...," Wailer told the packed venue, before chanting the well-known spiritual, He Never Fails Me Yet (Rastafari Never Fails Me Yet).<br /> <br /> The event coincided with the one-day visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said the matter of reparations to descendants of slaves was not being considered by his Government.<br /> <br /> The open forum on reparations heard from Dr Donna McFarlane, chairperson for Liberty Hall and vice-chair for the NCR as well as Professor Verene Shepherd, chairperson for the NCR.<br /> <br /> It began with a performance by Ras Ivi and the Rastafari Nyahbinghi drummers and chanters.<br /> <br /> There were cultural items from Olivia Derrett, whose poem A DEH Cheque, was well-received; singer Isha Bel, Prophecy, Zechariah Rose, the Uprising Roots Band, and Bongo Herman.<br /> <br /> -- Basil Walters<br /> <br /> Chanting for reparations<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241621/Bunny-Wailer_0389_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM Chambers creates a Bang on Brit radio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chambers-creates-a-Bang-on-Brit-radio-_19231600 BLOGGER and entertainment insider Odessa Chambers is expanding her reach.<br /> <br /> The British-born Chambers has moved from the O-access Jamaica blog which details news and lifestyle information to Bang Radio in the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> The O-access Jamaica Report is a five-minute weekly segment that airs Thursdays at 6.20 pm (UK Time).<br /> <br /> "The programme is aired during Drive Time with Amanda Star on London's freshest station Bang Radio, in which I give listeners what is happening in Jamaican and Caribbean culture, lifestyle and entertainment through my eyes," Chambers told Splash.<br /> <br /> She further explained that the collaboration with Bang Radio came about through her sponsor Port Royal Patties. She said the owner of Bang Radio fell for the idea.<br /> <br /> "A lot of my readers on the blog are UK and European-based and being a British national I want to give the UK listeners news coming straight out of Jamaica during Drive Time, as most of the reggae/Caribbean-based shows on<br /> <br /> radio in London and the UK are not on in the prime-time slot, and usually on the weekends," she added.<br /> <br /> Chambers said the feedback has been great.<br /> <br /> "Listeners love it as I don't just speak about only about dancehall news but touch a bit of everything. I even<br /> <br /> have listeners in Jamaica and the United States who listen in who say they didn't even know certain things that are happening in our region and it keeps them updated,"she related.<br /> <br /> Bang Radio spins the latest in British urban music, as well as reggae, soca and Afro beats.<br /> <br /> Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241642/odessa_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM Deer to be different http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Deer-to-be-different_19231596 EVEN while she was studying natural sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and medical technology at the University of Technology (UTech), Sakina Deer knew her calling was in theatre.<br /> <br /> Now in her 11th year as a professional actress, Deer has appeared in some of the local stage's biggest hit plays. Currently she co-stars in The Baby Scam, a Jambiz International production playing at the Center Stage Theatre in Kingston.<br /> <br /> She rates her latest role as her most emotional.<br /> <br /> "It's definitely one of my most challenging...the first half is comedy, comedy, comedy, but the second half is emotionally draining," Deer told Splash.<br /> <br /> Deer, 30, plays Lyla, the younger of two sisters who make their living conning simple-minded men. Camille Davis plays Trixie, her sister, while Courtney Wilson is Rocky.<br /> <br /> This is Deer's sixth Jambiz production since first working with the company in the 2007 comedy Diana. She has also appeared in Glass Slippas, Ladies of The Night, and Funny Kinda Love.<br /> <br /> With Davis, Wilson, Deer, Glen Campbell, and Oliver Samuels as mainstays, Jambiz has made a name as local theatre's comedy factory. Yet, Deer considers her dramatic turn as Honey in Ladies of The Night as her best work.<br /> <br /> "All of the roles are satisfying, but my favourite has to be Honey. She had so much meat as a character," said Deer.<br /> <br /> The Kingston-born actress went into theatre full-time after stints at UWI and UTech.<br /> <br /> Deer made her stage debut in Basil Dawkins' Uptown Bangarang shortly after leaving Immaculate Conception High School. She performed in other Dawkins productions, including Which is Way Out, as well as with Father Ho Lung and Friends and the Jamaica Musical Theatre, before settling with Jambiz.<br /> <br /> Sakina Deer stars in The Baby Scam, playing this evening at 8:00 at the Center Stage Theatre.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241665/Baby-Scam_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM Nice times for Xyclone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nice-times-for-Xyclone_19231625 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer Deejay Xyclone's stocks have risen in recent weeks with the release of the patriotic song Jamaica Nice.<br /> <br /> "I have been promoting my debut album and some other songs, but since the response to Jamaica Nice has been so overwhelming, we have decided to focus on that, which is also included on the album," Xyclone told Splash.<br /> <br /> Jamaica Nice is produced by Minto Pierre Records/RSQTHP Music Group. It is among 13 tracks on Xyclone's debut album, The Xyclone LP.<br /> <br /> Born Roje Roman Robinson, Xyclone migrated to Washington, DC, after graduating from Bridgeport High School in Portmore.<br /> <br /> He holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.<br /> <br /> The 27-year-old has been doing music professionally for the past eight years. His break came when he was introduced by his mentor Spragga Benz at a show in Hartford, Connecticut. From there, Xyclone toured the United States as a member of Spragga Benz's Red Square Productions.<br /> <br /> His first official song, Back it Up, was produced by Red Square on the Audacity 'riddim' in 2011. Two years ago, he scored his first hit with Back Pocket Rag (Low Me Name) which was remixed with Beenie Man and Cee Gee.<br /> <br /> In mid-2013, RSQTHP signed a deal with VP Records/VPAL to distribute Xyclone's music. The company has released his mix tapes -- 2012's Everything Red Out and 2014's Almost There.<br /> <br /> The Xyclone LP has collaborations with Spragga Benz, Gappy Ranks, Beenie Man, Red Rat, Cee Gee and Treez.<br /> <br /> Having done a promo run in Jamaica last week, Xyclone will perform this weekend in San Bernardino, California, alongside Spragga Benz and Ky-Mani Marley.<br /> <br /> Nice times for Xyclone<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241633/Xyclone-photo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM Feeling the Beach Vybz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Feeling-the-Beach-Vybz_19231626 King Dreamz Entertainment and Conscious Minds Records, based in Orlando, Florida, have joined forces to release the Beach Vybz riddim.<br /> <br /> The project includes 19 tracks from established and upcoming artistes.<br /> <br /> "The Beach Vybz came about from an idea and concept to gain more traction on radio. It has a great dancehall feel, but if you listen carefully, we injected a lot of soca elements into it. From the Congo drums to the tempo, everything about this production was designed for a more crossover and marketable appeal," said Ajani Williams of King Dreamz Entertainment.<br /> <br /> The Beach Vybz is driven by songs like Girl by Famous Twenty and Malica, Gyal a Gwaan Bad (Atiba), Holiday (Blak Ryno), Get it In (ZJ Liquid), Hot Like Summa (3 Star), Wine (Delly Ranx), Weekend (Dennis the Mennis), Hot Gyal Anthem (Christopher Martin), and Party Buck by Ding Dong.<br /> <br /> King Dreamz Entertainment consists of Williams and recording artistes NF and Famous Twenty. The principals in Conscious Minds Records are Thomas Jenkins III and Soul Jah Bless.<br /> <br /> Williams revealed that the artistes on the project were not limited to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "We also have people like Brucho from Kenya; Dennis the Mennis and Ryan J are from the Virgin Islands; and Koddy is a Japanese girl. It was a marketing move to showcase that reggae and dancehall are worldwide, global music genres," he said.<br /> <br /> King Dreamz Entertainment was established in 2010, while Conscious Minds Records has been in the industry since 2009.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> Feeling the Beach Vybz<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241626/Chris-Martin_0160_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM Dilgin shines on new song http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dilgin-shines-on-new-song_19231683 Singer Dilgin, who is promoting his new song Shining, is pleased with its progress.<br /> <br /> The self-produced song is released by Wall Street Records. It is number nine on the Foundation Radio Network Top 30 Music Chart in New York City.<br /> <br /> "Shining is doing tremendously well; it is getting a lot of airplay in the US and Jamaica. The video is also getting strong rotation," said Dilgin.<br /> <br /> A former full-time producer, Dilgin (real name Robert Bailey) worked with top-flight acts like Capleton, Beenie Man and Sizzla in the 1990s.<br /> <br /> He switched to recording in 2001 with the song Cuss Cuss. Based in California since 2010, he recently visited Jamaica for a month-long promotional campaign.<br /> <br /> "I had a good time while I was in Jamaica I did a lot of work promoting Shining and some of my other songs. I also did a performance at the Jamaica Independence Day Concert at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. The response throughout was very good," said Dilgin.<br /> <br /> Dilgin shines on new song<br /> <br /> --><br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12241638/Dillgin-JA_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM Trini Designer Claims Mission Catwalk First Win! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Trini-Designer-Claims-Mission-Catwalk-First-Win--_19231554 Twenty eight year old Ryan Chan from Trinidad and Tobago got off to a seamless start last week Saturday, September 26, copping the first win of this season's Mission Catwalk .<br /> <br /> Self-taught fashion and jewelry designer, Ryan Chan who presents his designs as 'Edgy Punk'has been designing for 15 years and is inspired by music and nature. He designs for international pageants and designs costumes for Carnival brands in Trinidad & Tobago, Miami and Cayman. Ryan was first seen on season two of Mission Catwalk where he made it to the top three.<br /> <br /> The Challenge: The designers were asked to design a garment inspired by a piece from a past challenge that would define their style as well as show their growth as a designer.<br /> <br /> Here's Chan's design brief:<br /> <br /> I drew inspiration from a dress from a previous mission on season two. My fabric of choice was a black and gold tie dye spandex. This was used to recreate the dress from the previous mission with a silhouette that was a lot more glamorous. I used black lace to keep the design soft but still edgy. It was the first mission so I was full of energy and ready to show the judges my growth. I was the first designer to finish sewing which never happens! I was probably worried for two minutes, until I saw my model Sydia in the dress. I was like "oh! Ok b!*ch we got this!!"<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242329/Episode-1-7041_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242328/Episode-1-1629_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242327/Ayanna-Dixon_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242326/Episode-1-7045_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242320/Episode-1-7213_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Friday, October 02, 2015 12:00 AM A Merritone moment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-Merritone-moment_19231553 The legendary Merritone Music disco launched the 25th annniversary of its Family Reunion at Waterfalls in Kingston last Thursday night.<br /> <br /> The reunion will feature a series of events scheduled for October 11-19, starting with a service of thanksgiving at Webster Memorial United Church on Half-Way-Tree Road beginning at 9:45 am.<br /> <br /> Merritone's loyal supporters and friends of the Blake brothers turned out at last Thursday's event. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER GARFIELD ROBINSON was there.<br /> <br /> A Merritone moment<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242315/MichealHall-TrevorFigueroa_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242314/BarabraSingh---Nicole-Alien_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242312/_DSC0032_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242311/Keisha-Patterson_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242310/Hyacinth-Thomson_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242309/JulieAnnToomer-NicolaSmith_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242307/Judith-Grant---Lois-Spence_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12242303/Krista-Kay-Lalor_w300.jpg Local News Friday, October 02, 2015 2:00 AM Mawch Out to take second step http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mawch-Out-to-take-second-step_19231405 KY-MANI Marley, Cocoa Tea, Sizzla Kalonji, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer are the main acts slated to perform at the second staging of Mawch Out scheduled for Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on October 24.<br /> <br /> According to the promoters, Gangstar Promotions, last year's inaugural staging at Turtle River Park was successful, so the decision was made to make it an annual event.<br /> <br /> "We had a great show last year with over 3,000 patrons, many of whom were tourists. We have analysed the findings and have done some re-organising, including a change of venue to Pearly Beach which has all the parking facilities and accommodation we could ever need for the size crowd that we anticipate. Mawch Out is definitely coming back bigger and better for 2015," said Grizzly Wilson of Gangstar Promotions.<br /> <br /> Part of the proceeds will be donated to Stewart Town Basic School and TCA Academy in St Ann.<br /> <br /> In addition to the main acts, emerging talent Innovata, Devin Di Dakta, Military Man, Dimon Treajah, Promisin and Dilly Chris are billed to perform. Ruff Kut will be providing backing duties while Stone Love Movements will provide the 'juggling'.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12238755/Ky-Mani-Marley_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12238752/Beenie-Man_4004_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 01, 2015 12:00 AM Five make mobo reggae cut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Five-make-mobo-reggae-cut_19231443 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer THE success singer OMI enjoyed in 2015 has been rewarded with a nod for Best Reggae Act at the 20th annual UK MOBO Awards.<br /> <br /> OMI competes with Popcaan, Chronixx, Protoje and last year's winner Stylo G in that category.<br /> <br /> The MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin) 'recognises artistes of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music'.<br /> <br /> This is the first nomination for both OMI and Protoje. It is the second for Chronixx and third for Stylo G while Popcaan earns his fourth nomination.<br /> <br /> In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, OMI commented on the nomination.<br /> <br /> "This is truly one of my greatest achievements of 2015. I feel like my work is being recognised on a different level and this is the dream of every artiste," he said.<br /> <br /> The singer topped the British pop charts as well as the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States last summer. Globally, Cheerleader has sold over five million copies.<br /> <br /> OMI's debut studio album, Me 4 U, is set for an October release on Ultra Music.<br /> <br /> Stylo G is currently riding the British pop chart with My Number 1 (Love Me, Love Me, Love Me) featuring Gyptian.<br /> <br /> This year, Popcaan made strides in the UK with songs like Where We come From and Bad Inna Real Life. Last year, he teamed with British singer Melissa Steel on the UK Top 10 single Kisses for Breakfast.<br /> <br /> Protoje topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this year with Ancient Future, while Chronixx got some traction in the UK with Ghetto People and Light it Up.<br /> <br /> Former dancehall artiste Bugsy Malone (who now does Grime music) is nominated in the Best Grime Artiste and Best Newcomer categories.<br /> <br /> British singer FK Twigs (real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett) whose father is Jamaican, is nominated in the Best Female and Best Video categories.<br /> <br /> The hip hop duo Krept and Konan which comprises Casyo Johnson and Karl Wilson (son of singer Delroy Wilson) leads the pack with four nominations. They scored a surprise UK Top 10 hit over the summer with Freak of the Week, which samples producer Jeremy Harding's Playground beat. Krept and Konan are nominated in the categories Best Hip Hop, Best Album, Best Male and Best Song.<br /> <br /> The MOBO Awards will take place on November 4 at the Leeds' First Direct Arena.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12238738/omi_2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12238737/Popcaan_236_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12238724/Protoje_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12238771/Chronixx_0029_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 01, 2015 12:00 AM Darrio feels the love in Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Darrio-feels-the-love-in-Africa_19231426 Africa has become one of dancehall music's most vibrant markets, especially in the last five years. Among the artistes making a mark there is singer Darrio.<br /> <br /> Next week, the 29-year-old heads to the Motherland for his fourth visit. On October 7, he deejays Delus and Konshens perform in Juba in the Sudan.<br /> <br /> The following day, he and Delus are scheduled to perform at the Skyluxx Nightclub in Nairobi, Kenya.<br /> <br /> It is Darrio's second trip to Africa this year, having worked in Kampala, Uganda in August.<br /> <br /> "Africa is a high-energy place, the people feel strongly about the music an' Jamaican culture. Is definitely a different kinda love," he told the Observer.<br /> <br /> The Trelawny-born vocalist first visited Africa in 2011 for gigs in Nairobi. He said dancehall has picked up considerably on the continent since then.<br /> <br /> "For me, is one of the places I feel love from early, so is important to return an' keep current," he said.<br /> <br /> Of his songs, Ungrateful, Girly Girly and Gal sit Down are most popular.<br /> <br /> Initially, Africans warmed to roots-reggae music. Leading lights like Marley, Tosh, Burning Spear and Jimmy Cliff championed the anti-colonial mood that swept the region during the 1970s and have enduring fan bases there.<br /> <br /> But in recent years, hardcore dancehall acts have been in demand by younger promoters and fans. Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Busy Signal, I-Octane and Konshens are just some of the acts who have performed in countries like South Africa, Uganda and Kenya.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12238751/Darrio_2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, October 01, 2015 12:00 AM