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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Weddy Weddy turns 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Weddy-Weddy-turns-10_17260204 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com TEN years ago, sound system operator Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell said he wanted to have a party vibe similar to that of House of Leo, a weekly dancehall-inspired party.<br /> <br /> He came up with the weekly Wednesday night party series Weddy Weddy.<br /> <br /> The party has grown to become a part of dancehall culture and Powell is somewhat surprised.<br /> <br /> "We really didn't envision that it would have become the longest running weekly party, but on the other hand, we always have high hopes for whatever we start," Powell told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The event is recognised both locally and internationally as a stylish, trendy part of Jamaican dancehall culture, and it can be positioned as one of the institutions responsible for giving credibility to new dancehall slang, dress code and dances.<br /> <br /> "One of the things that makes Weddy Weddy different is the formatting of the music. We strike a balance and we play music that will suit both the young and the old," he said.<br /> <br /> "Stone Love movement has been through a few generations, so we couldn't just put aside the older folks for the younger," he added.<br /> <br /> The anniversary staging tomorrow night will introduce the Bogle Award, which Powell said will be given to someone who combines vibes, swag, slang, and attendance.<br /> <br /> "We want to keep Bogle's memory alive at all times as he was very instrumental with the conception of Weddy Weddy. Matter of fact, the name was taken from one of his slangs," he said.<br /> <br /> Bogle, given name Gerald Levy, was a colourful dancehall personality who hailed from the tough Kingston community of Arnett Gardens. He created several dance moves including World Dance, Out and Bad, and Wacky Dip and inspired a new generation of dancers. He was shot and killed in Kingston on January 20, 2005 at age 40.<br /> <br /> The anniversary staging will also see the crowning of Ms Weddy Weddy, which has become a custom among the Weddy Weddy faithful.<br /> <br /> Among the performers slated to perform at the event are Elephant Man, Romain Virgo and Kiprich.<br /> <br /> Weddy Weddy turns 10<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894581/Wee-Pow-ld_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 AM Jagger comes out for Chronixx http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jagger-comes-out-for-Chronixx_17258516 Mick Jagger has rubbed shoulders with prime reggae talent in his time -- Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and now Chronixx.<br /> <br /> The Rolling Stones frontman was in the audience for Saturday's SummerStage concert at Central Park in New York City, which Chronixx headlined with veteran roots singer Junior Reid.<br /> <br /> Jagger, who attended the show with three of his daughters, went backstage to meet the singer after the show.<br /> <br /> The free event attracted over 5,000 fans according to Jesse Serwer, editor of the Largeup.com, a co-sponsor of SummerStage.<br /> <br /> Serwer told the Jamaica Observer that Chronixx is the breath of fresh air for which reggae has waited for nearly a decade.<br /> <br /> "He's evidence that roots-reggae is alive and not trapped in a time warp. The last time the American mainstream paid any attention to a Jamaican artiste was Damian Marley with Welcome to Jamrock," Serwer said.<br /> <br /> Chronixx performed at SummerStage four days after an appearance on the top-rated NBC programme, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.<br /> <br /> SummerStage was a joint production between Largeup.com, the Okayplayer website (founded by Questlove, drummer of The Roots) Federation Sound sound system, and Central Park SummerStage.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> Jagger comes out for Chronixx<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894583/Chronixx-Jagger_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 AM Doing it for Alpha http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Doing-it-for-Alpha_17256528 LAST Friday's Music is the Gift That Keeps on Giving, event featuring the Alpha Boys' Band and the Alpha All Stars, certainly lived up to its billing.<br /> <br /> The performances by past and present students of the Kingston-based institution that has nurtured boys at risk for 130 years, had patrons at the Redbones Blues Caf&eacute; truly entertained.<br /> <br /> Both aggregations delivered an infectious blend of jazz, mento, ska, and reggae.<br /> <br /> The Alpha Boys' Band was first up. Their set included the original instrumental, Rock Easy, as well as a medley of folk songs in a suite dubbed Mento Licks.<br /> <br /> Then came rapper/dancer Ricardo Sangster, who was well received for his energetic performance of Bill Withers' Lean on Me.<br /> <br /> Drummer Andrew Martin, who was introduced by his father, veteran drummer and Alpha stalwart Winston 'Sparrow' Martin, wowed the audience, which included Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, with an outstanding solo set.<br /> <br /> The All Stars featured musicians of recent vintage such as trumpeters Lance Smith and Channeil Christian. They opened with an amazing rendition of the Perez Prado Latin standard Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.<br /> <br /> Accompanied by keyboardist Henry Robinson of Unique Vision Band fame, the All Stars went into easy listening staples like Summertime and Blue Moon, followed by songs made famous by the Skatalites such as Freedom Sound, Eastern Standard Time, and Exodus.<br /> <br /> There was a guest appearance by singer/guitarist Sky Taylor who did her original Just a Little More, and Our Day Will Come.<br /> <br /> Joshua Chamberlin of the Alpha Boys' School, co-ordinated the show.<br /> <br /> "Tonight was about showcasing Alpha's past, present and future. Music is alive and well at Alpha and we need to share it," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters <br /> <br /> Doing it for Alpha<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894587/Winston-Martin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 AM Keneisha Smith's prayers answered http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keneisha-Smith-s-prayers-answered_17259750 BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Observer writer KENEISHA Smith --clad in full army combat gear -- was chosen the winner of the Festival Gospel Song Competition organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Sunday night.<br /> <br /> With the crowd in her corner, Smith's entry, Prayer Warrior, had won the hearts of judges long before the announcement was made.<br /> <br /> "I knew I could have done it. I was prepared for the victory. Last year, I felt I would have had a real breakthrough in my life, I said; 'God I need a change in my life'. That is why I really stepped out in faith, because faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen," the 21-year-old told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Smith was awarded a cash prize of $400,000 for her first place win. She secured an additional $50,000, for Best Performance and Best Lyrics awards.<br /> <br /> Orville Sutherland's entry song Cool Shade was awarded second place and a cash prize of $200,000, while Adrian Dell got third place with Blessed and Highly Favoured and $100,000.<br /> <br /> The win, according to the 21-year-old Smith, will help to fast-track her ambition of having a career as a gospel artiste.<br /> <br /> "I have a lot of songs written, but needed to produce them. From winning, I can get them out," she said.<br /> <br /> The immediate plan, however, is to go back to school.<br /> <br /> In addition to the top 10 finalists performing, the evening also saw gospel artiste Joan Flemming entertaining the audience with her medley of hit songs.<br /> <br /> Keneisha Smith's prayers answered<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894585/DSC_0102_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894584/DSC_9917_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:00 AM Russhaine 'Dutty' Berry Laff-ing It Off on stage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Russhaine--Dutty--Berry-Laff-ing-It-Off-on-stage_17256753 JAMAICA'S most well-known vlogger and Internet sensation, Russhaine 'Dutty' Berry, is taking to the stage.<br /> <br /> Not the computer-generated 'stage' that made him popular during hilarious Tessanne Chin's tribute shows on YouTube during NBC's The Voice season five. But the one that put him in front of a live audience.<br /> <br /> Dutty Berry will be making his theatrical debut in Oliver Mair's upcoming comedy revue Laff It Off where he will be stretching his chops as an all-round performer, as a revue requires actors to play multiple roles as well as sing and dance.<br /> <br /> At the recently held media launch, on July 23, at the Phillip Sherlock Theatre, Berry commented, "I had no idea theatre was so hard and involved so much rehearsing. By the time dem done wid mi, mi must be a triple threat! But I am having such a good time, learning from all these professionals," he concluded.<br /> <br /> Fans of the Dutty Berry Show will be treated to seeing him as a number of characters including Vegas and Busy Signal.<br /> <br /> Whereas Berry may be the least experienced of the Laff It Off cast, he is not the youngest.<br /> <br /> At 21 years old, Akeem Mignott, who recently concluded his studies at the Edna Manley School of Drama, is the baby of the production. However, there is nothing juvenile about his talent.<br /> <br /> Mignott alumnus of the Jamaica Youth Theatre has won numerous awards nationally and regionally, and has been making waves in the theatre community with his roles on and off the campus for the last four years. Akeem has had lead roles in Aston Cooke's Single Entry & Internet Affair, Dahlia Harris's Back 'A Yaad' David Tulloch's Jamaica Sweet, and the recently concluded For My Daughter.<br /> <br /> These two talented performers are particularly happy to be working with each other as Laff It Off is an opportunity for the actors to be introduced and to entertain new audiences.<br /> <br /> "Yes!" Mignott agreed, "I can introduce Dutty to the 100 persons who know me and he can introduce me to the 40,000 who know him on the Internet. This is a win-win for both of us!"<br /> <br /> Berry and Mignott's castmates include TV presenters Simone Clarke-Cooker and Patria-Kaye Aarons; radio personality Rodney Campbell; Mark 'Bones' Martin, Christina Starz and Dalton Spence.<br /> <br /> Laff It Off is directed by Craig McNally, written and produced by Oliver Mair, with choreography by Michael Holgate and musical direction from Hugh Douse. The revue will run for two weekends only, August 1-3 & 8-10 at the Phillip Sherlock Theatre.<br /> <br /> Russhaine 'Dutty' Berry Laff-ing It Off on stage<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894579/Berry-play_w300.jpg Local Youth Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00 AM A Kingston girl at heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-Kingston-girl-at-heart_17234290 AMERICAN singer Nikki Shannon Fernandez hosted a listening party for her album, Kingston to Kingston, last Tuesday, at the Cru Bar and Restaurant in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> The album was co-produced by Ruff Kutt Band members Ricardo 'Drummer' Davis and Donovan 'Benji' Belnavis, Fernandez, and veteran session guitarist Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowenn.<br /> <br /> It was recorded at the Tuff Gong studio.<br /> <br /> Recording music in Jamaica was a dream come true for Fernandez, who was born in Kingston, New York but is now based in Nashville, Tennessee.<br /> <br /> The 14-track Kingston to Kingston is a mix of pop, latin and reggae, which suits her just well.<br /> <br /> "I want to make music with no agenda, no timeline, just letting it happen," she said in an interview with host Lady Deidra.<br /> <br /> Nikki Fernandez thought about recording with Jamaican musicians after her first visit to the country in January.<br /> <br /> Kingston to Kingston &mdash; which will be released on iTunes Tuesday &mdash; includes a cover of Hurting Inside, a song first recorded during the 1960s by The Wailers.<br /> <br /> A Kingston girl at heart<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894702/Nikki-album-launch_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00 AM Sheba on comeback trail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sheba-on-comeback-trail_17259208 THREE months after giving birth to her third child, dancehall artiste Sheba said she's back to claim her place in the industry.<br /> <br /> She is scheduled for a one-month tour of Europe beginning August 2. Among the stops on Sheba's calendar are Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.<br /> <br /> "I'm really excited about this trip as it will be my first time to the continent. The tour is entitled 'The Rebirth,' which is really fitting as I am relaunching my career after little over a year off," she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Sheba is currently fine-tuning her portion of My Love, a collab with American rapper Rob Diesel.<br /> <br /> "It's a love song with a Caribbean feel. It's really catchy and the fans are going to love it. Rob is a rapper, but on the track he tries to show off his deejay skills as he swears he is Jamaican," she said between laughter.<br /> <br /> Sheba -- whose given name is Tasheba Campbell -- grew up in the March Pen Road area of Spanish Town, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> The 27-year-old said she developed a passion for the arts while attending Spanish Town Comprehensive High School. In 2009, using the stage name Mother Pepper, she gained a place in the top 10 of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition.<br /> <br /> After making a 'counteraction' to Vybz Kartel's Completely in the summer of 2009, a friend would introduce her to the top flight deejay. She gained his approval and was invited to join his Portmore Empire.<br /> <br /> After a name-change, she and her mentor topped the charts with songs including Gyal A Whe Mi Duh Yuh, Like Christmas, Gaza Man Mi Name, and You and Him. She is also known for other songs including Think Mi Nuh Kno, Money and Faithful.<br /> <br /> Among her other upcoming releases are No Blame Me and Ca Dun Fi Now. A re-release of Party Spot is also on the cards.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Sheba on comeback trail<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894700/sheba_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00 AM High spirits at Beach Bum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/High-spirits-at-Beach-Bum_17260021 THE nearly 10-minute boat ride to Maiden Cay on Saturday afternoon was bumpy. As a result, women's hairstyles became undone and make -up smudged. But all of this was forgotten once the boats docked as Smirnoff Beach Bum was in full effect.<br /> <br /> The party served as the official opening to the BRT weekend, which will be held on November 7-9 in the Florida Keys.<br /> <br /> There was hardly any space on Maiden Cay to accommodate the patrons that turned out to party some people opted to party on their private yachts. While some patrons brought their igloos packed with refreshments, bar attendants were kept busy all day serving up gallons of beverages.<br /> <br /> Over at the Smirnoff Music Booth, the deejays kept the patrons dancing with the latest musical selections.<br /> <br /> By 4:00 pm, almost everyone in the crowd, comprising mostly college students, were in high spirits&acirc; as they frolicked in the water and on the shores.<br /> <br /> Approximately an hour later, the patrons began boarding the shuttle boats to once again faced the choppy waves en-route to Morgan&acirc;s Harbour in Port Royal, Kingston.<br /> <br /> "Without doubt, this was another great and exciting staging of Beach Bum. The turnout was huge and the vibe is fantastic. This is just a synopsis of what it will be like at Smirnoff Dream Weekend," said Kamal Powell, brand public relations manager at Red Stripe.<br /> <br /> Similar sentiments were echoed by patron Shavoy Tomlinson.<br /> <br /> "I am afraid of the seas, so with every boat ride I always say it was going to be my last. But this is the third time I am attending. I am sure I will be here for the next staging. The party vibe is contagious so I keep coming back," she said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan <br /> <br /> High spirits at Beach Bum<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10894701/Beach-Bum_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:00 AM I Love JA is the 2014 Festival Song http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/I-Love-JA--is-the-2014-Festival-Song_17252213 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com WITH his song I Love JA, Rushane Sanderson &mdash; 2012 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall champion &mdash; added another major accolade to his burgeoning musical career by winning the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Jamaica Festival Song Competition at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, St Andrew, on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> "I never thought I'd win in my wildest dreams," Sanderson told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Second place was won by Sanjay 'Sanj' Thompson for Jamaica Boom, and third went to Sujae 'Kahani' Johnson for My Jamaica. The all-male field also consisted of Rodger 'Rojjah' Mendez, Phylbert 'Pehtrol' Graham, Oliver 'Oliver Smoothe' Gordon, Calvin 'King Saloman' Wisdom, Richard 'Bastic' Patterson, Carl 'Clearance' Grey, and Evol 'Bono G' Holness.<br /> <br /> Twenty-three-year-old Sanderson, who goes by the stage name Deep Jahi, received a trophy and $500,000 in prize money. He also joins the list of distinguished festival song winners including Roy Rayon, Eric Donaldson, Tinga Stewart, and the late Stanley Beckford.<br /> <br /> In light of several quality performances, especially from Sanjay 'Sanj' Thompson, Sanderson managed to squeeze ahead of the field once he touched the microphone, displaying excellent vocal control and range in what was a challenging song.<br /> <br /> Thompson would take home to the Best Performer and Voters Choice awards. Both he and Sujae 'Kahani' Johnson had excellent performances getting the crowd up and out of their seats dancing in the aisles.<br /> <br /> Between the initial performances and the announcement of the winners, the audience was treated to music from Ikaya, Nesbeth, and Bugle, who received good response while belting out his hits like What I'm Gonna Do and Nuh Compatible.<br /> <br /> I Love JA <br /> <br /> is the 2014 Festival Song<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892163/Festival-Song_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM Talent on show at Sandals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Talent-on-show-at-Sandals_17252264 SANDALS and Beaches Ocho Rios Region crowned its top male and female singers, models and dancer for 2014 at an exciting event dubbed ENCORE at Sandals Grande Riviera recently.<br /> <br /> The contestants will go on to compete against the regional winners from other Jamaican resorts at the National Finals slated for Sandals Whitehouse in September.<br /> <br /> Andre Palmer and Tanneisha Thompson, both from Sandals Grande Riviera, emerged the top Male and Female Vocalists, while Kerry-Lee Williams from Beaches Ocho Rios was the top Dance Act.<br /> <br /> Palmer delivered a masterful performance of Ben E King's version of I (Who Have Nothing) to blow away the competition. He received a standing ovation from the large crowd present.<br /> <br /> "I am so proud of myself. I am confident of my ability and once on stage I just let it all out," said an elated Palmer.<br /> <br /> Thompson had to endure stiff competition from the other female singers, but her vocal range ensured she got the nod.<br /> <br /> Junior Brown from Beaches Ocho Rios and Crystal Murray from Sandals Grande Riviera were judged Best Male and Female Models following crowd-pleasing performances, while Rodney Henriques was adjudged Best Instrumentalist.<br /> <br /> Started in 2003, ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excellence), is the brainchild of Sandals&acirc; Creative Director Weston Haughton, and is geared to showcase the vast array of talent in the company.<br /> <br /> Each region: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios, staged their regional finals to select champions in the respective categories who will move on to the Jamaican finals. The Jamaican champions will compete against winners from Sandals/ Beaches Resorts in St Lucia, Antigua, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas for the international crowns.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892139/crystal-Murray_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM DI's a hit in the kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DI-s-a-hit-in-the-kitchen-_17252907 Dancehall act Danielle (aka DI) showed her culinary skills last Friday, teaming with disc jockey Calico (Chad Hinds) to win the second Suncity 104.9 FM IGL Bubble Di Pot Celebrity Cook-off, at Portmore Pines Plaza.<br /> <br /> Their winning dish was okra and saltfish in curry sauce with risen plantain and bammy, served with a penne pasta salad, comprising sweet corn, almonds and fruits and Italian dressing.<br /> <br /> The event pairs disc jockeys from Portmore radio station Suncity 104.9 FM with music personalities to show off their cooking talent.<br /> <br /> The other participants were D Angel and Sunjock Simple (Kemar Dixon), Carlene Davis and Sunjock Crystal Clear (Samuel Stewart), and Cherine Anderson and Sunjock Fire Wayne (Dwayne Cowans).<br /> <br /> The participants were required to prepare breakfast and were judged on creativity, taste, presentation and teamwork.<br /> <br /> DI and Sunjock Calico won $100,000 which went to the Salvation Army, their charity of choice. Runners-up D Angel and Sunjock Simple earned $75,000 prize, third-placed Carlene Davis and Sunjock Crystal Clear got $50,000 while fourth-placed Cherine Anderson and Sunjock Fire Wayne were awarded$25,000. All funds went to charity.<br /> <br /> "It was so amazing and anything to give back to charity I definitely try to participate. It was short notice but I am happy that I could do this," said DI.<br /> <br /> Among the judges were Suncity 104.9 FM founder Doreen Billings, restaurateur Michael Fisher and chef Kevin Brown of the Good News Restaurant.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892140/Danielle-aka-DI_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM Night of the Chinese http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Night-of-the-Chinese-_17252245 Basil Walters Approximately 160 years after the first wave of Chinese arrived in Jamaica, the Chinese contribution to the country's popular music was recognised.<br /> <br /> Eleven persons were honoured on Saturday evening at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Hope Road in St Andrew during the 17th Tribute to the Greats awards show.<br /> <br /> In addition to the awardees, the ceremony highlighted the Chinese impact in various areas of the music industry including sound systems, record shops, recording studios, dance venues, nightclubs and radio stations.<br /> <br /> The persons who comprised this select group were honoured as part of 'The Chinese Connection'.<br /> <br /> The recipients were producers Leslie Kong, Justin Yap, the Hoo Kim brothers (Joseph, Ernest, Paul and Kenneth) of Channel One fame, Vincent and Patricia Chin of VP Records, musicians/arrangers/composers Geoffrey and Michael 'Mao' Chung, bandleader Ingrid Chin, and musician/arranger Phil Chen.<br /> <br /> Carl Brady, a founding member of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and bass player and Bob Marley confidante Aston 'Familyman' Barrett, were also honoured.<br /> <br /> A framed citation, 'The Chinese Connection', was presented to the president of the Chinese Benevolent Association Dalton Yap, by 'Tribute' founder Kingsley Goodison.<br /> <br /> "This is really a gratifying moment for me, seeing that a lot of people did not know of the Chinese contribution to the music," Goodison told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Following the ceremony, the large gathering was thrilled by performances from RAS Michael Jnr, Pam Hall, Phil Chen and Sonny Wong.<br /> <br /> They were backed by Mikey Chung and the Rhythm Masters Band.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892152/DSC_8601_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892150/DSC_8754_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892149/DSC_8765_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM Aretha Franklin slams server&rsquo;s D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Aretha-Franklin-slams-server-s-D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T_17252284 NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario &mdash; Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant.<br /> <br /> A spokesman for Franklin says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.<br /> <br /> The spokesman says Franklin ordered a hamburger after performing a sold-out show. But he says the server screamed at Franklin, saying she couldn't sit down to eat because she had ordered takeout.<br /> <br /> Franklin says in a statement that the restaurant worker was "very rude, unprofessional and nasty."<br /> <br /> A Johnny Rockets spokeswoman says the franchise owner is sorry for the actions of "a new and very young employee."<br /> <br /> She says the owner has spoken with the employee and has clarified his takeout policies.<br /> <br /> Stan Lee cancels Comic-Con appearance<br /> <br /> SAN DIEGO (AP) &mdash; Stan Lee is missing in action at Comic-Con.<br /> <br /> A spokesman for the 91-year-old co-creator of superheros such as The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man says Lee lost his voice because of laryngitis. He added that Lee is otherwise in good health and is disappointed he's missing the celebration.<br /> <br /> The former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief has been a constant presence at San Diego Comic-Con since the convention launched in the 1970s.<br /> <br /> Lee had been scheduled to appear Friday and Saturday to sign autographs and unveil the latest installment of in his Stan Lee's Kids Universe multimedia project.<br /> <br /> Comic-Con is a four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts. It kicked off Thursday and continues through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center.<br /> <br /> Mike Tyson eyes Jamie Foxx in movie about ex-champ<br /> <br /> TORONTO (AP) &mdash; Mike Tyson says he's met with Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx about collaborating on a possible biopic on his life.<br /> <br /> "Me and Jamie Foxx have been talking and he's willing to take that role and portray me as Mike Tyson, doing my life story," the former heavyweight boxing champion said Friday during a conference call to promote an upcoming Toronto date for his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." "I think he's splendid because he's really up to par. I think he would do a magnificent job."<br /> <br /> Further brainstorming of the project will "happen very shortly," he added.<br /> <br /> "I saw him the other night and we discussed it," Tyson said. "He doesn't have the physicality but he will. He's able to ... get bulky, so he's capable of doing it in the future."<br /> <br /> Lucy out muscles Hercules<br /> <br /> LOS ANGELES, California &mdash; Luc Besson's Lucy proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of Hercules by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend.<br /> <br /> The Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in US$44 million in North American movie theatres over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday.<br /> <br /> Hercules, starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and produced by Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, brought down an estimated US$29 million.<br /> <br /> Universal's president of domestic distribution, Nikki Rocco, said audiences were attracted to the original story about the main character gaining superhuman powers by using more and more of her brain.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892173/aretha_franklin_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892175/Stan-Lee_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892176/Lucy_high_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892177/Mike_Tyson_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10892179/Jamie-Foxx_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00 AM Kevin Lyttle: seeks to strike again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kevin-Lyttle---seeks-to-strike-again_17244320 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer Kevin Lyttle was a man on a mission in 2001 when he invested his savings (Eastern Caribbean $1500) into a song he was confident would make him a star.<br /> <br /> It turned out to be his most profitable venture.<br /> <br /> That song, Turn me On, became a monster hit two years later. It sold over one million copies worldwide, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and number four in the United States.<br /> <br /> The song was also popular throughout Europe and Japan. Lyttle has never repeated that success, but is gearing up for another 'big one' with help from some well-heeled friends.<br /> <br /> His next album, The Diplomat, contains a number of collaborations with Shaggy, Spragga Benz, rapper Flo Rida as well as acts from Rwanda, Sweden and India.<br /> <br /> Feel So Good, his song with Shaggy, is expected to be released in August. Lyttle, 37, believes The Diplomat has the goods to get him back on the charts.<br /> <br /> "Turn me On is a great song but I don't want to be pigeon-holed by one song. I want to create another baby," he told the Sunday Observer from his Miami home.<br /> <br /> Lyttle selected the artistes he believes can help make that 'baby'. Shaggy was riding high with the Hot Shot album when Turn me On was burning up the charts; Spragga Benz was featured on the Turn me On remix that made Lyttle a star; while Flo Rida has had his share of hits.<br /> <br /> "You have to make sure you have the right songs and team to turn heads. In today's music that takes a lot of work," he admitted.<br /> <br /> While he is determined not to be pushed in the one-hit wonder bracket, Turn me On has kept Lyttle busy. These days, he plays mainly club and Caribbean festival dates in North America and has a loyal following in Germany and The Netherlands.<br /> <br /> An only child, Lyttle grew up in St Vincent, listening to local calypsonians like Beckett as well as Trinidadian legend the Mighty Sparrow and soca pioneer Arrow of Montserrat.<br /> <br /> But he also had a passion for the music of dancehall acts like Cocoa Tea, Tenor Saw, Flourgon and Nitty Gritty.<br /> <br /> It was a blend of soca and the emerging ragga beat that made the world look at Lyttle whose recordings prior to Turn me On were sporadic.<br /> <br /> His 'combination' with Spragga Benz was a smash and made Lyttle the most successful artiste from St Vincent. It earned him a deal with Atlantic Records who distributed his gold-selling debut album.<br /> <br /> Turn me On set the pace for other EC acts, and songs, such as Barbadian Rupee's Tempted to Touch.<br /> <br /> Lyttle says though he is eyeing the mainstream, he always strives to keep a Caribbean flavour.<br /> <br /> "I try to keep the sound people know me for, but it's important to make an impact with a fresh feel."<br /> <br /> Kevin Lyttle:<br /> <br /> seeks to strike again<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889725/KEVIN-LYTTLE_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 AM Goodison moves on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Goodison-moves-on_17246624 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer AFTER 16 years at the Hot 102 FM radio station, broadcaster/musicologist Bunny Goodison and <br /> <br /> his popular Rhythms programme have moved on.<br /> <br /> Goodison told the Sunday Observer that he left the station last month, citing "a number of issues" for his reason to leave. He declined to give details for his departure.<br /> <br /> "All I can say is that I never had the inspiration to work there anymore. The enthusiasm just wasn't there," he said.<br /> <br /> Goodison hosted Rhythms in the 5:00-9:00 pm slot on Sundays. Its ska, rocksteady and classic Rhythm and blues format catered to a mature audience.<br /> <br /> The show first aired in 1989 on the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation's JBC FM where it aired until 1997 when it moved briefly to Radio Jamaica. Rhythms first aired on Hot 102 FM in September 1998.<br /> <br /> Goodison says he is in discussion with "interested parties" to produce Rhythms and hopes to be back on radio soon.<br /> <br /> A former football player for St George's College and Jamaica, Goodison got involved in music professionally in 1964 when he started the Soul Shack sound system. The connections he formed with musicians and producers from the 1960s and 1970s was the foundation for Rhythms which has become a staple on Jamaican radio.<br /> <br /> GOODISON moves on<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889724/Bunny-Goodison_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 AM Ginger Knight heads to the movies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ginger-Knight-heads-to-the-movies_17246964 By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com SINCE the late 1970s, Keith 'Ginger' Knight has been one of local theatre's leading playwrights. But he says he always wanted to make movies.<br /> <br /> His 2005 comedy, Room For Rent, eventually became a movie, thanks to a contribution of $2 million from the government's CHASE Fund.<br /> <br /> Knight is eyeing a return to the big screen with his latest project, Scammers, which looks at corporate embezzlement.<br /> <br /> "Scammers is topical now and I think would do well everywhere in Jamaica and abroad," he said.<br /> <br /> Filmed in Kingston, Room For Rent starred Knight, Deon Silvera, Dean Martin and Ruth Knight-Jarrett. Silvera also starred in the theatre edition with Volier Johnson.<br /> <br /> While Knight is pleased it became a movie, he says it fell short of expectations.<br /> <br /> "I wanted to let schools use the movie as a fund-raiser, but I needed stuff like outdoor screens, projectors, sound equipment, etc," he said. "That needed more money that I was not able to get."<br /> <br /> The Kingston-born Knight says he was intrigued by theatre during his years at Kingston College, where his drama teacher was Trevor Rhone.<br /> <br /> Rhone eventually invited Knight to act in his plays at the Barn Theatre and influenced him to start writing scripts.<br /> <br /> "He let me watch (the movie) Smile Orange for a whole year every Sunday. That's how I learnt his style of writing," Knight recalled.<br /> <br /> Knight's first production was 1979's Underwriters Undercover. He was among a new generation of playwrights and producers who signalled the start of a new genre called roots theatre.<br /> <br /> That golden era has long passed, and local theatre has been hit by the closure of key venues.<br /> <br /> Knight commented on the decline.<br /> <br /> "Times are tough and patrons have to give priority to survival, then entertainment, so your play have to be good or else..." he said.<br /> <br /> GINGER KNIGHT <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889723/GINGER-KNIGHT_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 AM Jerome Welsh takes a stand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jerome-Welsh-takes-a-stand_14881338 By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com This is another in the Jamaica Observer's series of features on the finalists in this year's <br /> <br /> Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC's) Gospel Festival Song Competition, scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, today.<br /> <br /> AS the hour draws closer to finals of the Gospel Song Competition, Jerome Welsh is confident he will get the strength he needs to overcome his anxiety.<br /> <br /> The 21-year-old singer, who hails from Redwood in St Catherine, said he was first attracted to music while attending Cedar Valley Primary School where joined the choir.<br /> <br /> That love saw him moving on to McGrath High School where he was a choir member for four years.<br /> <br /> According to him, his entry &mdash; Rise Up and Stand &mdash; was inspired by the word of God.<br /> <br /> "It's a blessing to be among the finalists and ministering to others," he said.<br /> <br /> "I have been singing from a very early age. I have entered the JCDC festival with my former high school, where my school and I have been awarded many medals," he said.<br /> <br /> Welsh said his ultimate goal is to "be able to reach out to the hearts of men and women across the world and to let them know that even in the darkest moment in their life Christ is there and at the end of the day we should rise up and stand for what we believe in."<br /> <br /> Being involved in the competition, Welsh is thankful for the lessons he has been taught.<br /> <br /> "I have gained musical aptitude and representational skills which have propelled me to excel," he said.<br /> <br /> JEROME WELSH takes a stand<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889720/Jerome-Welsh_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 AM Phallus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Phallus_17248663 With Tony Robinson I was not made a horse,<br /> <br /> And yet, I bear a burden,<br /> <br /> Like an ass.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Shakespeare, Richard, II, V, 5<br /> <br /> You say that men are hanged, not hung?<br /> <br /> I verily believe, men are hung,<br /> <br /> Some well hung,<br /> <br /> And others not so well hung.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Doreen Grace<br /> <br /> Now, before any of the puritanical moral minority get on my case, let me remind you that a few years ago I wrote about The Vagina Monologues and got much acclaim for it. And it was mostly the ladies who sang the praises too, saying that it was bold and refreshing to explore such a controversial topic.<br /> <br /> The Vagina Monologues is a famous play, written by Eve Ensler, that caused quite a literary stir around the world a few years ago. It opened the eyes of many people.<br /> <br /> Well, I believe in gender equality, therefore the male equivalent ought to get equal billing, ergo the phallus. Phallus, such a nice, decent, innocuous word used to describe a very important part of the male anatomy. I suspect that many folks don't even know what phallus means and certainly wouldn't use it as an epithet. "Don't be a damn phallus."<br /> <br /> Of course, there are other words linked to the phallus that also have different meanings, but it all depends on how they are used. For example, prick can mean to stick with a sharp object, as in, "The needle gave him a painful prick." Cock is a male fowl, "The cock crowed in the morning." Hood can be a head dress or a car bonnet, "Open the hood and check the engine oil." Buddy is a good friend, the Americans say, "Hey buddy, what time does the bus get here?" Member means to belong, "He was a church member."<br /> <br /> All of those words and more can be used instead of phallus, as we'll see right after these comments about 'Wives tale'.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> Marriage is a two-way street. Both partners should always communicate, respect each other and both should be able to cook. When we were younger, my wife and I were busy working, building careers, and taking care of young children, so whoever got home first would start cooking dinner.<br /> <br /> Sharing household duties was crucial to the relationship. As for sex, if wives perform well in bed, the husband should also want to please her, but should not share the details with their buddies.<br /> <br /> Dennis<br /> <br /> Miramar, Fl USA<br /> <br /> Hey Tony,<br /> <br /> The tales of wives are many,<br /> <br /> Too much for all to see,<br /> <br /> But what is true my erudite friend,<br /> <br /> Is that they all begin and end with 'me.'<br /> <br /> Fredric<br /> <br /> Nothing is as important to a man as his phallus.... nothing. So much so that health authorities use scare tactics to get men to do health checks. Just tell them that their phallus will be affected if they don't test and see how quickly they visit the clinic.<br /> <br /> Doctors will tell you that the first question men will ask is, "Doc, will it affect my sex life?" Men who do contact sports will neglect to wear protective equipment on their heads, shins, elbows, but they will certainly wear a groin guard. No man wants to injure his member, for a hit in the phallic area is an unforgettable experience.<br /> <br /> Yet this is not new, for men have been so fascinated, enamoured, curious about that part of the male anatomy that numerous cave drawings, illustrations, books and research have been done about it. And yes, size does matter. Men are obsessed with the size of their phallus and women are too.<br /> <br /> Just glance back to that letter that lady wrote about hung and see what I mean about dual reference. I was actually illustrating the usage of bad grammar and how people wrongly say that men are hung instead of hanged.<br /> <br /> Read her clever response, brilliant usage of words. The French would call that a double entendre, words or phrases with dual meanings. As you can see, she cited that some men are hung and some are well hung. Whatever that means. If you took sex-ed class or asked your uncle, you would know. Or even better, if you watched the TV series Hung you'd get the gist, the meaning, the essence of what 'well hung' means.<br /> <br /> The hard fact is, whether you want to sweep it under the carpet and act as if it doesn't exist, a man is judged by the size of his phallus, and even though the so-called experts will say otherwise, the reality says different. Every day the papers have ads that profess to enhance the male organ, plus men bombard the advice columns about increasing the size.<br /> <br /> A woman will tell a man, "Don't worry, Honey, size doesn't matter," yet she'll snicker and tell her female friends that she thought that she was holding a cigarette.<br /> <br /> This obsession with size is exacerbated when men watch porno movies and see those guys who are hung like horses. Now, go back up to that Shakespeare quote about horses and asses. Every man wants to be like a stallion, and yet the Jamaican saying is, "Donkey seh the world nuh level." If you don't know what that means, ask you elders or scrutinise a donkey.<br /> <br /> The phallus has good reason to be important, for both men and women place a great premium on that organ. A lady friend of mine recently returned from visiting her man overseas and when I asked her how was the trip, she responded by saying, "I really enjoyed his phallus." Not one word about the vacation scenery, the shopping, the friends, his personality, warmth or character.<br /> <br /> And yet, some people think it's taboo to even mention those things. Truthfully, I was taken aback by her candid response, but it does bolster my point about the importance of the phallus.<br /> <br /> The hypocrites and puritans will scoff, but relationships and marriages succeed or fail because of the phallus. A marriage is not deemed legal unless it is consummated, and only a phallus can do that.<br /> <br /> Even lesbians are fascinated with the phallus, and research has shown that many women of that persuasion will backslide because they missed that part of love-making. "Women are nice, but at times I miss the feel of a real man," they will say.<br /> <br /> What's interesting is that phallic symbols abound all over, yet there is no equivalent female symbol. What's also interesting is that men don't curse each other using the phallic description, but will cuss you out by using the female equivalent. Jamaican men are versed in the art of gender-biased sexual profanity. No cat got his tongue.<br /> <br /> In almost every society, great emphasis is placed on the phallus, by mothers and fathers, but mostly by fathers. Japan has an annual National Phallus Day, Kanamara Matsuri, where images and effigies of that organ are paraded on the streets. Just like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, "Big ones, small ones, tall ones, short ones....."<br /> <br /> When a male child is born, the first place that a man looks is at the phallus. He will proudly declare, "My boy that, take after him father." Heaven help him if he doesn't see the syringe needle when the nurse says, "Don't worry, Mr Brown, it's only a little prick."<br /> <br /> The phallus is a man's private joy, or his shame, depending on his perspective. Few men are truly satisfied with theirs, and envy others. Visit any male bathroom and see how men guard theirs from the gaze of others. Women will walk naked in a group, but most men, insecure about their size, won't.<br /> <br /> The phallus can be magical, and just recently a lady wrote the advice column saying that she's hooked on this married man because of his phallus. She can't help herself, she says. Again, at this point, the hypocrites and moralists will scoff, but the plain, hard truth is, without the phallus, mankind would cease to exist.<br /> <br /> It has gone down in the annals of history by great writers. It is revered, worshipped and praised by many, even as it is the downfall of others. "My phallus got me in so much trouble."<br /> <br /> Others have great fears, and I recall seeing this article titled, 'I have outlived my penis'. Wow! that's the first time I've used that word today to describe the phallus.<br /> <br /> Education is critical. That's why this doctor who was addressing the sex education class said this about the phallus: "Anything rises we'll discuss it."<br /> <br /> Actress Mae West asked: "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"<br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote: Ignorance is a curse, and more and more I grow impatient of it. The reason is, we live in an age of instant knowledge and research, just click a mouse and Google, and voila! the information is there. As a child I had to go to the library or pore over encyclopedias. Yes pore, not pour. We are surrounded by ignorance that is mind-boggling.<br /> <br /> So many people have no sense of history and use their high-tech gadgets for entertainment only. They research nothing and know nothing. We have the School's Challenge Quiz groups, but in general the average child, and young adult are ignorant of the world and what's in it.<br /> <br /> Reading is a lost art. Sometimes when I ask them how come they didn't know certain information, they tell me that they weren't born then. A man who can read but doesn't, is as bad as the man who cannot read. Sad to say, this ignorance shows in our media too.<br /> <br /> Phallus<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10890158/T-ROB-SUN-27-JUL_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 AM NDTC alive and well at 52 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/NDTC-alive-and-well-at-52_17250418 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter THE objectives set out by the founding fathers of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) 52 years ago are being upheld by its present crop of dancers and choreographers.<br /> <br /> At Friday's opening of its 52nd season of dance, the company chose works which reflected the diversity of the Jamaican society and staying true to roots &mdash; to showcase a Jamaican and Caribbean aesthetic &mdash; while highlighting its renewal and continuity mantra.<br /> <br /> Two works generated the most buzz following the performance &mdash; Clive Thompson's Malungu and the new work Traversing : More Than Just Speed Bumps.<br /> <br /> Malungu, which continues the NDTC's tradition of dance theatre and telling Jamaican stories, chronicles the life of musical genius Don Drummond. This ballet was first staged last season but returns with new lead dancers to showcase what is a strong work.<br /> <br /> Over time this should become one of the company's great works; however, a few kinks in the staging will have to ironed out to achieve a smooth, polished look and feel to the work. The basic structure is there bolstered by a fantastic story; it is now down to execution.<br /> <br /> Traversing..., which is choreographed by Oneil Pryce, is a study in athleticism. This new work drew audible gasps from the audience inside the Little Theatre in St Andrew as the dancers leapt and tumbled over and under props on the theatre's stage.<br /> <br /> This work could have done with more dancing and was far too similar to Pryce's Barre Talk in its execution and even the colour and design of the costumes.<br /> <br /> This aside, one has to appreciate the athleticism and concentration required by the dancers.<br /> <br /> The other works showcased were all remounts from the company's active repertoire.<br /> <br /> These included Nettleford's Spirits at a Gathering and the perennial Gerrehbenta, which closed the show; Cry of the Spirit, which featured soloist Neisha-yen Jones; and Dimensions, choreographed by Arsenio Andrade-Calderon.<br /> <br /> Mention must be made of young dancers Kristina Graham and Kamar Tucker who are definitely talents for the future. Their efforts displayed conviction and passion for what they do. Both dancers held their own amidst the more experienced principal dancers in their midst. Graham was particularly impressive in Traversing..., while Tucker showed his zeal for the art form in Spirits at a Gathering and his contribution to Malungu.<br /> <br /> NDTC alive and well at 52<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889719/DSC_8022_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889718/DSC_8578_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889717/DSC_8375_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889716/DSC_8145_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889715/DSC_8216_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889714/DSC_8256_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889713/DSC_8466_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:00 AM Symphonic delight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Symphonic-delight_17247177 PATRONS attending Thursday evening's Orchestra of the Americas concert at the Church on the Rock in St Andrew, were in for a special music treat.<br /> <br /> Under the music director Carlos Miguel Prieto, the group, along with members of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, gave an impressive performance.<br /> <br /> Performances of Aragonaise, a selection from Georges Bizet's suites of the Opera Carmen -- Habanera and Les Toresdors -- kept the audience&acirc;s interest high, which included Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness.<br /> <br /> Giulio Caccini's Ave Maria and Gilbert & Sullivan's Poor Wandering, arranged by Jamaica's Ian Hird were highlighted by the appearance of another Jamaican, the talented soprano Ana Strachan. Strachan could not hold back her joy onstage. She smiled throughout her performance while rocking to the melody, resulting in the audience cheering in appreciation.<br /> <br /> A violin concerto by was to follow. Alexandre Da Costa, who has roots, played a Pyotr Llyich Tchaikovsky Concerto in D Major. Before leaving the stage, he gave the audience an extra treat, performing Manic Depression by Jimi Hendrix alongside a cellist. They were well received.<br /> <br /> "I just concentrate on the music. It feels like running a marathon, I have to remain calm and focused," Da Costa told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The orchestra then played Pass Di Ball, conducted by guest composer, Jamaica&acirc;s Peter Ashbourne. It incorporated bits of well-known Jamaican classics including Long Time Gal by Louise Bennett, Woman a Heavy Load, and Linstead Market.<br /> <br /> The concert, however, did not end there. Prieto returned to conduct yet another piece, this time by Mozart. However, it came with a twistas it combined One Love and I Shot the Sheriff by Bob Marley. The audience was unable to hold back, applauding in delight, and at Prieto's prompting, singing alongside the orchestra.<br /> <br /> The orchestra and the audience wished Gabriel Walters, the sole Jamaican in Orchestra of Americas, happy birthday, with the theme being played.<br /> <br /> "I really hope that everyone here was able to see that music is love and excitement and happiness. And I'm really glad we could bring this experience to Jamaica," Prieto said, following the performance.<br /> <br /> The Orchestra is scheduled to perform at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, this evening.<br /> <br /> Symphonic delight<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889722/DSC_2042_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10889721/DSC_2060_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 26, 2014 2:00 AM Sean Harrison is Jamaica's top writer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sean-Harrison-is-Jamaica-s-top-writer-_17247863 By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com SEAN Harrison took home the coveted Best Overall Writer title at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Jamaica Creative Writing Competition and Exhibition Awards Ceremony at the Blue Mountain Suite of The Knutsford Court Hotel, St Andrew on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> "I'm ecstatic, I still can't believe that I won," Harrison told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Harrison was handed the prestigious award on the back of several strong pieces that netted him three gold and one silver medal. He took the gold medals for his poems The Captive Song, Summer Sun, and Keep Your Soul. The lone silver was for his fourth poem Who Are You. He will also receive a cash prize from sponsors and his work will join the many chosen entries in Jamaica Creative Writing Exhibition Tour that starts on August 7, ends on March 15, 2015 after visiting every parish library.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer's Cecelia Campbell-Livingston received two bronze medals for her play Crossroads and short story The Cawna.<br /> <br /> Winning the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition comes as a bright spot to Harrison, who quit his job a year ago to take up writing full time. This is his third year entering the contest.<br /> <br /> "I would definitely recommend that budding writers enter the contest as the exposure it provides just can&acirc;t be achieved by normal means," he said.<br /> <br /> Currently, Harrison has an E-book of poetry A Deeper Joy: Keeping Hope Alive in a Fallen World available online and hopes the accolades will spur sales and his writing career.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10886524/DSC_6053_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10886525/DSC_6053b_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:00 AM Singing Sweet is back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Singing-Sweet-is-back-_17246055 DURING the 1990s, teenage reggae singer Singing Sweet shot to the top of the local charts with his cover versions of When I See You Smile and Donna.<br /> <br /> The latter a Richie Valens original, while When I See You Smile was an international smash hit for rock band Bad English.<br /> <br /> However, just as Singing Sweet was emerging as a staple on the scene, he migrated to the United States.<br /> <br /> Now in his 30s, the singer is hoping re-establish his presence in the country of his birth. He said during his absence from the local scene, he did a few gigs.<br /> <br /> "I was always performing on the international scene. I've done shows across the United States, in the Caribbean and in Europe," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Currently with the Big Ship label, Singing Sweet -- whose given name is Paul McFarlane -- has a few releases out.<br /> <br /> They include It Nuh Easy and When You, produced by Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor.<br /> <br /> He also recently released One More Day In the Slum, a combination with roots-reggae singer Kibaki Pyramid on the Chimney Record label.<br /> <br /> "I have been receiving some positive feedback from this song," he said.<br /> <br /> Singing Sweet shared his musical direction.<br /> <br /> "I will still be doing some covers. But right now, I want to push more original materials," he said.<br /> <br /> Hailing from the tough inner-city community of Grant's Pen, he said he was drawn to music by his parents who were always singing around the house. He got his break in 1991 on Fattis Burrell's Xterminator label with Lonely is The Night. Although the track wasn't a runaway hit locally, it opened the door for his career.<br /> <br /> Singing Sweet will be performing on Flexxx Birthday Bash at the Baron's Plaza on Eastwood Park Road in St Andrew on Sunday.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10886526/SINING-SWEET_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:00 AM SPF Weekend lauded for economic boost http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/SPF-Weekend-lauded-for-economic-boost-_17248016 THE St Ann Chamber of Commerce is lauding the annual Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum-sponsored SPF Weekend for its economic boost to the parish.<br /> <br /> The weekend party series is scheduled for August 1-4.<br /> <br /> Now in its fourth staging, SPF Weekend 2014 has four marquee events. These are the SPF: Cat Cruise 21; BNM: Eye Candy; FICTION: BEACH; and SOIREE: SPF-03.<br /> <br /> Oral Heaven, president of the St Ann Chamber of Commerce, lauded the party series for its economic spin-off during the summer.<br /> <br /> "Traditionally, we experience a reduction in international visitors to our parish during the summer months, but thanks to SPF Weekend, St Ann has been able to combat this trend with local and international tourists visiting the parish during 'emancipendence' weekend for the event. Whether it is hotels, vendors, supermarkets, service stations, or other places of business, each segment of our parish's commerce sector has reported increased activity during SPF weekend, and we expect a similar trend for this year."<br /> <br /> "The exposure that SPF weekend brings to the parish yearly has resulted in many first time visitors now making their way to the parish outside of the regular tourist season... we are very grateful for this," he added.<br /> <br /> SPF Weekend begins with SPF: Cat Cruise 21, an Island Routes-facilitated catamaran cruise party on August 1. Later that night, BNM: Eye Candy will held at the Cary Island property. On August 2, FICTION: Beach takes places at the Sunset Beach, White River.<br /> <br /> SOIREE: SPF-03, the closing event, will be held at the Bay Beach Club.<br /> <br /> The event series will also be hosting the SPF: Pool Lyme and Sponsors Village, at the Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort and Spa.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10886493/Oral-Heaven_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:00 AM Chronixx brings fresh vibe to SummerStage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chronixx-brings-fresh-vibe-to-SummerStage KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On a high following an outstanding set at Reggae Sumfest and appearance on Tonight With Jimmy Fallon, reggae singer Chronixx takes his act to SummerStage in New York Saturday.<br /> <br /> The free concert has been held at Central Park since 1986 and has featured top reggae acts such as the Marleys, Israel Vibration, Inner Circle and Steel Pulse.<br /> <br /> This year, Chronixx shares the bill with veteran singer Junior Reid who previously appeared at SummerStage in 2007.<br /> <br /> After years of showcasing acts from the 1980s and 1990s, promoters decided on a change of pace for 2014.<br /> <br /> "As presenters, we all wanted to use the event to help bring mainstream light to what is happening in reggae right now," said Jesse Serwer, editor of LargeUp.com, one of the co-promoters.<br /> <br /> He added: "It's been about a decade since there has been any real, sustained mainstream exposure in the US for a new or current reggae artiste. When we started planning this event last year, Chronixx was emerging as the artiste set to make that breakthrough."<br /> <br /> The Okayplayer website (founded by Questlove, drummer of The Roots) and the Federation Sound (sound system) are the other promoters of SummerStage 2014.<br /> <br /> The Roots are the official band for 'Tonight' which Chronixx played on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> SummerStage takes place at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10888775/Chronixx_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:28 AM New 'Game of Thrones' actors revealed at Comic-Con http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/New--Game-of-Thrones--actors-revealed-at-Comic-Con SAN DIEGO (AP) -- They travelled a long way from the continent of Westeros to get there, but cast members of HBO's &lsquo;Game of Thrones&rsquo; at Friday's Comic-Con panel remained tight-lipped on spoilers.<br /> <br /> Fans were told they would not get any plot details about the upcoming fifth season.<br /> <br /> They did play a blooper reel and a video introducing nine actors that have been added to the series.<br /> <br /> Among the new faces are relatives of the late Oberyn Martell, also known as the Red Viper, played by Pedro Pascal.<br /> <br /> Alexander Siddig is Doran Martell, the lord of Dorne and older brother to Oberyn.<br /> <br /> Toby Sebastian has been cast as Prince Doran's son, Trystane Martell, the heir to Dorne.<br /> <br /> Jessica Henwick will play Nymeria Sand, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is Tyene Sand, and Keisha Castle-Hughes is Obara Sand.<br /> <br /> "Game of Thrones" leads the pack of Emmy nominations with 19, including best drama series.<br /> <br /> It's based on the best-selling book series by George R.R. Martin. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10888770/game_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:16 AM