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 Ron goes Mello http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ron-goes-Mello_18123437 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com MELLO FM's morning man Richard 'Richie B' Burgess is calling the inclusion of Ron Muschette to the station's line-up as "formidable".<br /> <br /> This comes after days of speculation as to the destination of Muschette after he quit at IRIE FM just over a weeks ago. He spent 14 years at the reggae radio station.<br /> <br /> According to Burgess, he is happy with the decision of his media colleague to join the ranks of the station whose line-up also include radio veteran Barry 'Barry G' Gordon.<br /> <br /> "I was doing an outside broadcast in Montego Bay during Soul in the Sun in October. I took a photograph with myself, Ron, Barry G and our station Manager Al Robinson and it went viral on the Internet. I interviewed Ron asking him to set his IRIE vibe aside and take on a Mello vibe, not knowing it would be a prophetic statement," Burgess told Splash.<br /> <br /> "My station manager then met with Barry and myself as two veterans on staff and informed us of Ron's interest in coming to Mello. My words to him were: 'Run with it, anywhere he goes on the dial is an asset to that organisation.' It did not matter what time slot he was taking. So I welcome him with open arms. Having Richie B, Ron Muschette and Barry G on one station is a formidable line-up," he continued.<br /> <br /> Yesterday, Muschette used social media to confirm what had been making the rounds since he shocked many with what seemed like a snap resignation from the St Ann-based IRIE FM.<br /> <br /> In a teary, emotional video on his blog, Muschette noted that the decision to move away from IRIE came after a lot of thinking.<br /> <br /> "Parting doesn't mean we don't love each other anymore, but you've got to go. It's time to grow and so I have to move on. Let's look to the future with optimism. I asked my agent to check out the markets and went searching and found what we think is the best deal," he explained.<br /> <br /> "I've signed a new deal with Mello FM... I'm going back home to Montego Bay where it all began. I start on January 5. It's gonna be a lot of fun... a new beginning from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in a show called the Perfect Mix with Ron. It will be Ron Muschette magnified," he added.<br /> <br /> In this new slot, Muschette will be sandwiched between Mello's morning man Richie B, who works the 6:00 am to 9:00 am show and radio veteran Barry G, who is on from 1:00 in the afternoon till 5:00 pm.<br /> <br /> According to Muschette, "the giants of radio will be locking the daytime".<br /> <br /> He used the nearly eight-minute-long video to thank everyone who had made his time on IRIE memorable, but did not give a reason for his resignation.<br /> <br /> Unconfirmed reports indicate that Muschette and the management of IRIE have been at odds since the untimely passing of the station's owner Chad Young in February of this year.<br /> <br /> Muschette, born Deron Muschette, started his radio career in the 1990s when as a playmaker attached to the entertainment staff at Sandals Montego Bay he was instrumental in the establishment of the resort's on-property radio station, WSMB. He would them move to the Montego Bay-based Radio WAVES (now Hot 102) before settling in at IRIE, hosting the morning show in a slot previously occupied by Dionne Matthis.<br /> <br /> RON GOES MELLO<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11343198/Richie-B_5816_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM Sandz promises to be red hot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sandz-promises-to-be-red-hot_18108781 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer ORGANISERS of Sandz Beach Chill are promising that the event, scheduled for White Oasis in Portmore, St Catherine, on January 1, will be off the hook.<br /> <br /> Plans for the 2015 staging were outlined during a media launch at Fiction Fantasy in St Andrew, on Sunday evening.<br /> <br /> Supreme Events has teamed with Moscato Sperone for the event.<br /> <br /> According to Debra Taylor, marketing manager for Select Brands, distributor of Moscato Sperone, a lot is in store for patrons who attend the event.<br /> <br /> "We're happy to be sponsoring Sandz. Patrons can look out for our hot Sperone girls, as well as prizes and surprises. We encourage patrons to enjoy Sperone, because we promise to always sweeten the vibes," said Taylor.<br /> <br /> Eskay Catering is also on board as catering sponsor.<br /> <br /> "We are happy to be on board with Sandz and patrons are in for a great time," said Eskay Catering spokesperson, Stephen Hamilton.<br /> <br /> As with any event, security is always a priority for promoters.<br /> <br /> "We guarantee the highest level of security. We are proud to be part of an outstanding execution such as Sandz," Sheneil Stephenson of Cyclox Security noted.<br /> <br /> Oneil Forbes of Supreme Events, said patrons, who experienced the four Sandz events in 2014, should expect the same kind of vibe and energy at the January 1 staging.<br /> <br /> "Well January 1, we will be bringing back the same energy that made Sandz a hit in 2014. Sun, fun and high energy entertainment. We invite patrons to come out early and enjoy the ultimate d&eacute;cor at our new venue, the White Oasis," Forbes explained.<br /> <br /> Sandz was first held in May this year. Its last staging was on August 31. <br /> <br /> Sandz promises to be red hot<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11344017/Supreme-Events_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM NoMaddz for Live From Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/NoMaddz-for-Live-From-Kingston_18064830 The live music series moves to a new venue -- The Shell Bandstand inside Hope Gardens in St Andrew -- following previous stagings at Base Kingston and the Pegasus Hotel.<br /> <br /> Event director Jason Panton notes that there are plans to transplant the event in different forms and to different locations, inclusive and not limited to the US and Europe, where there is high demand for Jamaican music and culture.<br /> <br /> With performers like Chronixx, Iba Mahr and Jesse Royal taking to the stage for previous stagings, this year's line-up has been well-curated.<br /> <br /> The bill boasts NoMaddz fresh from their work with Sly and Robbie, Kabaka Pyramid and Protoje. Fresh acts Sevana and Runkus complete the slate of acts for the show.<br /> <br /> Live From Kingston director Protoje noted that it is an event created by artistes for artistes.<br /> <br /> "We want to provide them with a way to showcase their music. We have added established artistes to the line-up but most importantly the younger ones", he said.<br /> <br /> Conceptually, the show seeks to create a space for up-and-coming performers who are strategically paired with much more exposed acts, inevitably exposing them to larger audiences, as well.<br /> <br /> Panton stated that there is a high anticipation for the new format and the new venue. He is imploring patrons to come out early as previous stagings have been on time. <br /> <br /> NoMaddz for Live From Kingston <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11344060/NoMaddz_0063_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM Busy Signal to host Magnum Follow Ur Sound final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Busy-Signal-to-host-Magnum-Follow-Ur-Sound-final_18123061 DANCEHALL artiste Busy Signal is slated to host the Magnum<br /> <br /> Follow Ur Sound final at the UDC Car Park on the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston, on Saturday.<br /> <br /> The event is scheduled to start at 9:00 pm.<br /> <br /> After three sets of clashes, the four top sound systems have made it to the finals and will be vying for the Follow Ur Sound Championship Belt and $250,000 in cash. Veteran sound Silver Hawk go up against Crazy Chris from MoBay and St Elizabeth-based King Ghetto and Redd Heat sound systems.<br /> <br /> Resident judges Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah and Ninjaman will be joined by DJ Sunshine.<br /> <br /> Part proceeds of Magnum Follow Ur Sound will be donated to the St Mary Infirmary. The infirmary has graciously received a donation of $300,000 from the preceding three events this year.<br /> <br /> Busy Signal to host Magnum Follow Ur Sound final<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11342744/Busy-Signal-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM Miller&rsquo;s Irie Christmas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Miller-s-Irie-Christmas_18123755 This is the sixth of the Jamaica Observer's daily series, 12 day of Chrismus. The series ends on Christmas Day.<br /> <br /> REGGAE singer Jacob Miller was in high spirits when he and his Inner Circle band decided to put a spin on several age-old Christmas classics in 1978.<br /> <br /> The popular set, Natty Christmas, was recorded at Joe Gibbs' studio on Brentford Road in Kingston. The album includes On The Twelfth Day of Ismas, All I Want for Ismas, Silver Bells (Natty No Santa Claus), Wishing You a Merry Christmas/Amheric Temple.<br /> <br /> Ian Lewis, co-founder and bass player of Inner Circle, remembers the mood during the recording sessions.<br /> <br /> "It was a happy vibes. Everybody was laughing. It was a happy time. We jus' 'bend up' some of the Christmas lyrics and use the same melody," Lewis told Splash.<br /> <br /> Lewis's older brother, Roger, who plays guitar, also worked on the project. So did Inner Circle colleague Ian 'Touter' Harvey (keyboards). Errol Thompson was the engineer.<br /> <br /> Roger Lewis also shared his memory of the recording.<br /> <br /> "Every one was singing the Christmas carols straight, but we bring in a comical vibes with Jacob. And even though they were comical, they had in social truths," said Lewis.<br /> <br /> He said the Natty Christmas was not only a massive hit in Jamaica, but in North America as well.<br /> <br /> It was with Inner Circle that Miller recorded some of his most famous songs such as Tenement Yard, Tired Fi Lick Weed In a Bush, and All Night 'Til Daylight.<br /> <br /> According to Lewis, Miller went on a promotional tour to Brazil with Bob Marley and Island Records boss Chris Blackwell in early1980. He returned to Jamaica in March and was expected to join Inner Circle in the Bahamas where they were recording an album for Island.<br /> <br /> Miller died in a motor accident in March 1980 at age 27.<br /> <br /> The album is listed at number 23 on Rolling Stone's 25 Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time.<br /> <br /> "When something is good, it lasts," Lewis added.<br /> <br /> After Miller's death, the Lewis brothers relocated to Florida. They had a massive comeback in 1994 with the album, Bad Boys, which included the hit song of the same name, as well as Sweat (A La La La La Long), a summer smash that year.<br /> <br /> That album won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1995. Inner Circle's last album, State of Da World, was released in 2009.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11344018/Inner-Circle-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM DJ Alley within Close Range http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DJ-Alley-within-Close-Range_18117756 AT 16, Kevin 'DJ Alley' Carty was determined to make it as a sound selector. He would be travelling to several dance sessions with his CD pouch hoping to get his break.<br /> <br /> "I usually got a chance to practise and showcase my talent during the early juggling, the 30-year-old told Splash.<br /> <br /> After graduating from Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, Carty said he began working on a few sound systems in the parish. In 2008, he met up with dancehall producer Black Spyda, who took him on a six-month tour of Guyana.<br /> <br /> "During that six months, I got a lot of exposure in Guyana. I also learned a lot especially as it related to pleasing different audiences. In Jamaica, our music is dancehall/reggae so that is what is played most but in another country it is different. People have other genres as their favourite so I have learned how to select for everyone," he said.<br /> <br /> After returning to Jamaica, the young selector said he started his own sound system called Close Range. Since its launch in 2009, Carty said he has played at several events including St Ann's Jerk Festival and Beach Rave in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> Born in Kemps Hill, Clarendon, Carty relocated to Kingston a few years ago. For 2015, the budding selector said he is aiming at establishing himself as one of the most sought-after in the business before attempting a career as a music producer.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> DJ Alley within Close Range<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11344034/Kevin-Carty-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM Prince Talib finds his calling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Prince-Talib-finds-his-calling_18122829 Conscious singer Prince Talib's background is not typical of most contemporary Jamaican entertainers. A graduate of Moneague Teacher's College in St Ann, he earns his living as a poultry farmer.<br /> <br /> "My grandfather was a farmer so I grew up planting stuff, packing stuff. It's always been a part of me," he told Splash.<br /> <br /> Prince Talib (Kemar Turner) operates a small farm in Ocho Rios but still finds time to record. His latest music project is Sons of Royalty, a mixtape that contains seven songs including Africa is Calling, Live On and Dem Nuh Care.<br /> <br /> Africa is Calling reflects Prince Talib's Afro-centric convictions. The 32-year-old's recent productions address social issues, a difference from when he began recording in 2001 as a member of the group MO (Modus Operandi).<br /> <br /> Then, he was known as Timmy T, a computer technology student at Moneague Teacher's College who was big into hip hop.<br /> <br /> Born in Jackson Town, Trelawny, Prince Talib splits his time on his farm of 60 chickens (it produces 300 eggs monthly) and a studio in Exchange, St Ann where he records.<br /> <br /> "I love the music yuh nuh, so I have to find the time (to write and record). When I'm not there my cousin runs the farm," he said.<br /> <br /> Prince Talib plans to release Africa is Calling to mark Black History Month in February.<br /> <br /> Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11344058/Prince-Talib_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM The return of Dillgin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-return-of-Dillgin_18122762 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer SINGER Dillgin returns to the music scene with two singles, Shining and Weed and Wheat. The former is produced by Dillgin for Wall Streetz Records while Weed and Wheat is produced by Paran Sound.<br /> <br /> Dillgin started his career in 2001 as a deejay. He emerged that year with the breakout single Cuss Cuss featuring singer Mark Ice.<br /> <br /> That song's popularity resulted in a number of performances across Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Cuss Cuss was featured on VP Records' Strictly the Best Volume 27.<br /> <br /> A brush with death and 'life-changing events' saw Dillgin relocating from New York City to California. He decided to get back into the recording groove, but this time as a singer.<br /> <br /> "While visiting family in New York I ran into (bassist) Derrick Barnett of Sagittarius and Statement Band, and in the midst of a jam session, Shining took shape in what I would like to call a metaphysical session," Dillgin explained.<br /> <br /> Shining not only hears Dillgin's evolution from deejay to singer, but his spiritual transformation.<br /> <br /> "I am very conscious of the message and energy that I am projecting into the universe, and my vehicle for that is reggae music, and the daily principles that I live by," he said.<br /> <br /> The Kingston-born Dillgin (real name Robert Bailey) has also produced songs by Capleton (Never Get Down and Dutty Life), Beenie Man (Power and Shower), Sizzla (Buzz Rock Warrior) and Luciano (Mystery Babylon).<br /> <br /> The return of Dillgin<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11344013/Dillgin-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM Kafinal and Daddy U-Roy team up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kafinal-and-Daddy-U-Roy-team-up_18122792 FOLLOWING the success of his single Road Tonight - which sampled Desmond Dekker's Israelites -- singer Kafinal again pays homage to Jamaican pioneer artistes.<br /> <br /> He teams with veteran deejay U-Roy on the single Nah Complain.<br /> <br /> "U-Roy is one of my mother's favourite artistes of all time. She played his music in the house all the time an' I became an avid fan," said Kafinal. "As a matter of fact, when I started singing my mother mentioned that if I ever were to do a collaboration she would love for me to do one with U-Roy."<br /> <br /> Nah Complain was recorded in September at the Tuff Gong studios in Kingston. Among the musicians who worked on it were Sly Dunbar, Owen Rennals, Paul 'Wrong Move' Crossdale and Courtland 'Gizzmo' White.<br /> <br /> Kafinal lists John Holt, Alton Ellis, Bob Marley, Jacob Miller and Dekker among his musical heroes.<br /> <br /> Road Tonight made several charts including the South Florida Reggae Chart and Canada's CHRY 105.5 FM's Rebel Vibez Top 10. It also enjoyed steady rotation on Mystic Radio in the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> Kafinal and Daddy U-Roy team up <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11344061/Kafinal-and-U-Roy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM Nature's Way goes dancehall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nature-s-Way-goes-dancehall_18122787 NATURE'S Way Entertainment has released its first dancehall song, Bubble for Me, by Queen Chevine and Curly Cash.<br /> <br /> Bubble for Me is co-written and co-produced by Craig Brown, Cornelius Davis, Lesline Johnson and Garfield Cowan.<br /> <br /> Nature's Way Entertainment is executive producer for the track which is available on iTunes and is distributed by VPAL.<br /> <br /> The song is a change for Nature's Way which previously released reggae projects such as the House of Souls EP and Wayne Wonder's hit single, Let Me Love You Tonight.<br /> <br /> Nature's Way goes dancehall<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11344066/Queen-Chevine_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 AM Great showing at Ghetto Splash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Great-showing-at-Ghetto-Splash_18118597 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer THE Waterhouse Mini Stadium in Drewsland, St Andrew, was transformed into a musical kaleidoscope with the staging of the Shocking Vibes and Downsound Records' Ghetto Splash on Tuesday night.<br /> <br /> The event, which was free to the public, drew an estimated 10,000 patrons whose musical thirst was quenched by a long list of performers.<br /> <br /> Promoter Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes Productions was pleased with the staging of the event.<br /> <br /> "We want to thank all the entertainers who performed and all the patrons who came out to support Ghetto Splash. Shaggy, who came on during Agent Sasco's performance, said 'he had never envisioned a professional show of this magnitude in the ghetto'. It just goes to show the level of work that went into the event," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> In the early segment, singjay Jahmiel set the pace with a stirring performance which was only eclipsed by the seasoned Beetle Bailey, who kept patrons in check with his stage performance and demeanor.<br /> <br /> The musical flames, however, got intense once Konshens, Agent Sasco aka Assassin, Aidonia, Sizzla, Popcaan and Beenie Man hit the stage. They whipped the crowd into a frenzy delivering the hits that made them stars.<br /> <br /> Mr G, Tinga Stewart, Chi Ching Ching, Major Mackerel, Bugle, Richie Spice, Ishawna, Ninja Man, and Kip Rich also put in good sets much to the delight of the crowd.<br /> <br /> With no reports of violence, the show ended at 5:50 am on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Among those who came out to support Ghetto Splash were Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke, Deputy Mayor Andrew Swaby, businessman Gary Matalon, businessman Josef Bagdanovich, and representatives of sponsor WISYNCO.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339372/BEENIE-MAN_9960_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339325/PATRICK-ROBERTS_9157_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339322/POPCAAN_9964_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339319/BUGLE_9906_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339315/KONSHENS_9879_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:00 AM Saving the best for last http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Saving-the-best-for-last_18117038 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com THE Behind the Scenes series held at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records on Constant Spring Road came to a thunderous end with a 'surgical' performance from the 'doctor' Beenie Man on Tuesday night.<br /> <br /> The seasoned veteran closed his nearly two-hour set by sharing the stage with current friend and long-time rival Bounty Killer, bringing the house down, as both rallied through the hits that made their careers.<br /> <br /> "I've been in this business over 22 years now. From dem a sell 45 right up to MP3s. These songs will never die," Beenie Man said to the happy audience.<br /> <br /> His fans poured into Tracks & Records from 10:00 pm, with only eyes for him. This made it difficult for the opening acts to gain any traction. Not even 2014 Magnum Queen Candy K could break the ice as the audience showed their indifference. It took a quick set from Future Fambo to put any visible signs of life into the venue.<br /> <br /> Two hours of waiting, at the stroke of midnight, all was forgiven as Beenie Man took to the stage to overwhelming applause. A quick medley of his popular hits had the crowd singing along in delight. Beenie Man's extensive back catalogue meant there was more than enough ammunition to keep the spotlight on himself, but he reached deep into the versatility his fans adore him for.<br /> <br /> Mid-show, he provided his own retrospective on his back-and-forth with Bounty Killer, not only singing unforgettables like Memories, but doing Bounty Killer impersona-tions. This was only a hint of things to come. His singular energy was stopped for two only brief moments when he brought Chi Ching Ching for their collaboration Way Up Stay Up and Future Fambo to do I'm Drinking.<br /> <br /> In the closing moments, the tease was over and Bounty Killer joined on Beenie Man on stage for Legendary. Claiming he wasn't going to do just one song, both men thrilled the fans to the last minute, providing a chronological rendition of the songs in a rivalry that defined a generation of dancehall.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339461/Beenie-Man_1489_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339460/Crowd_1473_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339457/Ninjaman_1597_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339451/Candy-K_1310_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339450/Nick-Cannon_1468_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339428/Bounty-Killer_1589_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:00 AM Jo-Ann Richards keeping it local http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jo-Ann-Richards-keeping-it-local_18117422 GOSPEL singer Jo-Ann Richards launched her latest music video, Notn no De, at Calvary Gospel Assembly in St Andrew, earlier this week.<br /> <br /> The single is taken from her 12-track album Kom Mek Wi Worship (2012). The set, done in Jamaican patois, is co-produced by Sheldon Bernard and Courick Clarke.<br /> <br /> "I hope to encourage people to sing songs to God in our own language. I want Jamaicans to embrace their own identity in worship," Richards told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The singer, who is head of the Music and Media Department at Jamaica Theological College in St Andrew, said the inspiration for a dialect album came while serving as a missionary ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Africa.<br /> <br /> "I was helping people from other countries to develop songs for worship in their native languages and I realised that we in Jamaica were not doing that," she said.<br /> <br /> According to Richards, Kom Mek Wi Worship was synchronicised to be released during Reggae Month and Jamaica's 50th Independence celebrations.<br /> <br /> "This new venture has been awe-inspiring and fulfilling, taking my ministry into a new sphere. I strongly believe that authentic worship must take place through culturally relevant expressions, so it is my desire that Jamaicans and those who love the Jamaican culture will be happy to add these songs to their worship repertoire," said Richards.<br /> <br /> "I love my culture, and being able to share in song, and now videos, means that I can celebrate and connect with my fellow Jamaicans, share their stories, and help them to feel proud of who we are, and to connect with God on any level, with confidence."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339465/Jo-Ann-Faith-Richards-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:00 AM Bruce and Kris Jenner finalise divorce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bruce-and-Kris-Jenner-finalise-divorce LOS ANGELES (AP) &mdash; Court records show that Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalised their divorce, but they won't be officially single until March.<br /> <br /> A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple's divorce judgement that ends the pair's 23-year marriage.<br /> <br /> The Jenners filed divorce petitions in September, citing irreconcilable differences. California law requires couples to wait six months to become officially divorced.<br /> <br /> Bruce Jenner won a gold medal in the men's decathlon in the 1976 Olympics, although he is best known to a younger generation as Kim Kardashian's stepfather. He and ex-wife Kris frequently appeared on the reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" along with their children.<br /> <br /> The divorce judgement calls for Kris Jenner to pay her estranged husband $2.5 million.<br /> <br /> Kris and Bruce Jenner married in April 1991 and have two daughters together.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11341494/bruce-and-kris_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:49 PM Boney M makes Christmas classic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Boney-M-makes-Christmas-classic_18117483 This is the fifth of the Jamaica Observer's daily 12-part series, 12 Days of Chrismus. The series ends on Christmas Day.<br /> <br /> A JAMAICAN Christmas is incomplete without the sounds of Boney M's Mary's Boy Child -- Oh My Lord.<br /> <br /> The catchy interpretation of this holiday classic has resonated with local audiences since its release in 1978, perhaps because two original members of Boney M were born in Jamaica. Elizabeth Rebecca 'Liz' Mitchell hails from Clarendon, while Marcia Barrett is from St Catherine.<br /> <br /> The two were based in the United Kingdom when the group was formed in 1976. Boney M was completed by Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell. The group achieved popularity during the disco era of the late 1970s with songs including By The Rivers of Babylon and Brown Girl in the Ring.<br /> <br /> Mary's Boy Child also has another Jamaican connection.<br /> <br /> The track was first recorded by American entertainer Harry Belafonte back in 1956, having heard it being performed by a choir. Belafonte's mother is Jamaican; he was born in New York, but spent his early years on the island.<br /> <br /> It was one of the singles on his album An Evening with Belafonte. The single reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in November 1957 and was the first single to sell over one million copies in the UK alone. To date, Belafonte's version has sold over 1.18 million copes.<br /> <br /> Boney M's version is a medley with the song Oh My Lord. Reports indicate that the song was recorded in November of 1978 and rushed to meet the holiday season.<br /> <br /> The song topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks and spent eight weeks on the charts. It was the second single for the group in the UK's all-time best selling singles list. The song was later included on the group's Christmas album which was released in 1981.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11339466/BONEY-M_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:00 AM Ryno, Kiprich rematch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/RYNO--KIPRICH-REMATCH_18114022 Deejays Blak Ryno and Kiprich will go head to head at this year's staging of Sting - the popular one night reggae show staged on Boxing Day.<br /> <br /> According to Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, organisers of the event, clashes have always been part of the history of Sting and, therefore, a match-up of this nature was inevitable.<br /> <br /> Speaking at a press conference at his Burlington Avenue offices in the Corporate Area yesterday, Laing traced the history of clashes at the event dating back to the first ever in 1984, which featured Michael Palmer and Junior Reid. He noted that, by the following year, 1985, it was realised that the clash was the way to go and it became a signature of Sting.<br /> <br /> "[The] clash is a hallmark of Sting. Over the years, it has become a major attraction... last year Kiprich was defeated by Ryno and so we have decided to bring them back for a rematch, and this is not something to be missed," he asserted.<br /> <br /> Blak Ryno was absent from the press conference as it was explained that he was overseas, but his opponent Kiprich was on hand to declare that this year things will be different.<br /> <br /> "I am more focused and prepared for a proper lyrical showdown [at] Jamworld.... He can't come with what he came with last year and expect to win... it's lyrics to the fullest. I am always happy to be part of this historical event and to be part of it as a top act a this time," said Kiprich.<br /> <br /> Speaking to the Jamaica Observer afterwards, Kiprich revealed that he jumped at the opportunity to redeem himself against Blak Ryno once he was asked by the Sting promoters.<br /> <br /> "People know me as a war king, and last year I just wasn't prepared. They confused me with a lot of names of people I was going to clash with, so I was not focussed, but it's different this year. I am not doing for the money, because this year it's all about what the fans want, and the big money not there this year. Last year Ryno get $3 million and that's not there this time, so I'm just doing what the fans are asking for," said Kiprich.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336091/BCC_4368-fix_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336092/Black-Ryno_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336094/BCC_4314_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:00 AM Ebony G Patterson takes art show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ebony-G-Patterson-takes-art-show_18109048 ARTIST Ebony G Patterson walked away with the Aaron Matalon Award for 'best of show' at the Jamaica Biennial 2014 which opened at the National Gallery of Jamaica in downtown Kingston on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Patterson's contributions to this year's biennial -- Lily, Carnation and Rose Buds -- Dead Trees and Trunk, Stump and Dominoes -- have already been show-stoppers at the historic Devon House mansion which has been utilised as one of the off-site locations for this year's event.<br /> <br /> "It feels so good," said Patterson in reaction to the win. "This year the win is even more special considering that I have had such a pressed year, and having been nominated at previous biennials, it is really a great way to end the year."<br /> <br /> She added that an award coming from the National Gallery of Jamaica makes it even more special.<br /> <br /> "The Matalon Award comes from the National Gallery, a space where I feel like I have grown up. To get a nod from an institution that you respect is that much more special."<br /> <br /> However, Patterson wasn't the only winner at what is being described as the largest biennial exhibition. Camille Chedda and Kimani Beckford were the joint recipients of the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award.<br /> <br /> This award was the idea of Edward Gomez, art critic and long-time friend of the artist Dawn Scott, who died in 2010.<br /> <br /> According to Gomez, the winners reflected the spirit of Dawn Scott in their work, exhibiting an innovation in handling material as well as a daring approach to their projects.<br /> <br /> Chedda shared the award for Wholesale Degradables, a mixed media installation of acrylic paint on plastic bags. Gomez, in commenting on her work, noted that "it represented an inventive use of basic items which give new form and meaning to portraiture and make the work fresh and compelling."<br /> <br /> "It feels good," Chedda told the Jamaica Observer. "I have been working with plastic bags for a number of years just looking at the disposable nature of people and cultures. For this work, I just developed on the theme of who is degradable," she continued<br /> <br /> Gomez described Beckford's B.I.B (Black is Beautiful), a mixed media on canvas work, as "an enigmatic picture which showcases the power of portraiture."<br /> <br /> For Beckford, being a part of the biennial makes him "super excited" and winning the inaugural Dawn Scott Award just adds to the experience.<br /> <br /> "I am honoured. This also serves as motivation for me to continue the journey I am currently on. To be acknowledged is such a motivation."<br /> <br /> Beckford's work B.I.B is part of a series in which he uses simple poses to portray a stance of self-confidence and self-pride.<br /> <br /> Sunday's official opening was not free of controversy.<br /> <br /> Artist Christopher Irons whose work, World Boss, forms part of the exhibition, staged a one-man protest outside the doors of the gallery.<br /> <br /> The artiste used T-shirts printed with less-than- favourable images of Culture Minister Lisa Hanna and members of staff of the national gallery including executive director Dr Verlee Poupeye, as placards.<br /> <br /> According to Irons, "These people are using the art fraternity to market themselves. They are like the Ebola, they are like a disease."<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11337306/BCC_2989_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11337308/BCC_3077_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:00 AM Sweetness rides a classic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sweetness-rides-a-classic_18109005 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer This is the ninth in a 10-part series looking at Jamaicans excelling on the South Florida entertainment/lifestyle scene.<br /> <br /> BACK in 1975 when he attended basic school in Kingston, one of Ian Heywood's favourite songs was Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell.<br /> <br /> It was an international hit for the American country singer and the biggest of his storied career. Heywood, who is known as singer Ian Sweetness, recently covered Rhinestone Cowboy, reggae-style.<br /> <br /> "I'm a fan of Glen Campbell, Rhinestone Cowboy is a song I used to hear in the morning going to school. I grow up on it," said Sweetness, who lives in Fort Lauderdale.<br /> <br /> His version of the pop-country song was co-produced by Natty Power Records and Audio Sweetness Productions. It was released digitally in August.<br /> <br /> Sweetness, who is in his early 40s, hails from the east Kingston area of Mountain View and has been recording since 1988. After living for several years in New York City, he moved to South Florida two years ago.<br /> <br /> He has recorded for different producers since moving to the Sunshine State. He spoke about the difference between that region's reggae scene and the Big Apple's.<br /> <br /> "New York has more wider range by far but in Florida you can focus more and see where I want to go musically. I also have more access to my musicians," he said.<br /> <br /> Ian Sweetness has covered a lot of ground in his 26-year career, but admits that "I don't have no successful song to the level my dream is".<br /> <br /> He hopes Rhinestone Cowboy, the song he first heard almost 40 years ago, will be his breakthrough. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336774/Ian-Sweetness_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:00 AM Family Fun Day for Portmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Family-Fun-Day-for-Portmore_18112916 The event, now in its seventh year, is put on by Show Us the Way Foundation (in partnership with OG Entertainment and Team Razor B).<br /> <br /> "The purpose of this event is to give back to my community and to show the children that they too can aspire to do big things and that someone cares," said Canada-based dancehall singjay Razor B.<br /> <br /> The entertainer believes in giving back to the community in which he once resided.<br /> <br /> "We'll give the children with school supplies, bicycles, computers, laptops and even cash. This is our way of giving back to put a smile on the faces of these children whose parents might not be in a position to fulfil certain obligations," said Razor B.<br /> <br /> "No matter how little you have, you have more than some. We would like to encourage persons to give generously, not only in the Christmas season but whenever they can," he continued.<br /> <br /> Razor B, whose given name is Roger Cassup, resided in Waterford for 18 years before migrating to Canada in 1993.<br /> <br /> He is known for songs including Wine and Stop, Pedal and Whine, We Party, and Trailer Load. His debut album #pontarget is expected to be released next year.<br /> <br /> According to Ranjini Cassup, the foundation's co-founder, "At this time of the year, the community gets a chance to enjoy a safe and free fun day dedicated solely to them."<br /> <br /> The gesture, initiated by the foundation in 2008, began as a simple project in Canada. Razor B, with the help of his family and friends, began by handing out pre-packaged meals and care packages in Toronto, Canada.<br /> <br /> "This event has changed the way that I look at Christmas and the way our family celebrates it. We've been doing events like this for Christmas for as long as I can remember. I wouldn't even consider it a charity because I feel like the community pays us back in appreciation and love. It's so much more than we give them," said Phelisha Cassup, Razor B's daughter.<br /> <br /> Since its first staging, attendance at the family fun day has grown in large numbers. Promotion of the event has been limited to social media and posters within the community. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336835/Razor-B-2-_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:00 AM Dadda on comeback trail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dadda-on-comeback-trail_18097868 AFTER a three-year break from the music scene, emerging act Dadda is making a comeback.<br /> <br /> He said his summer album Reggae Dancehall is currently doing the rounds and is his ticket back in the spotlight.<br /> <br /> The 21-track set is co-produced by Germany-based Firewheel Records and local outfit Lacka Squad. It was released in July.<br /> <br /> "It's like a double album -- half of it is for reggae lovers, while the other half is for hardcore dancehall fans. It's going good 'cause we have been getting some requests for shows in Germany and Switzerland," the 19-year-old told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He lists dancehall track Me She Want, featuring Zamunda as his favourite.<br /> <br /> "This is the one getting a lot of rotation on the radio," he said.<br /> <br /> The roots listing includes Crying For the Poor, Love is the Answer, and Right Move. Among the dancehall group are Tun Up Hot, Player Haters, and Sound Killa.<br /> <br /> Dadda, whose given name is Amir Fyffe, said he took a break from his music for the past three years to focus on his examinations.<br /> <br /> "I have 5 CXCs, because you have to have something to fall back on," said the former student of Ocho Rios High School.<br /> <br /> But he believes music is his calling.<br /> <br /> "Veteran singer Ken Fyffee is my grandfather and female deejay Lady G is my aunty," he said.<br /> <br /> Born in Spanish Town in St Catherine, Dadda relocated to St Ann as a toddler. He started making the rounds as deejay at eight. He, however got his break in 2008 when he performed on Fully Loaded. There he met his musical mentor Bounty Killer.<br /> <br /> Dadda's other recordings include Who Badda, Dress Right and It Dat Bad.<br /> <br /> -- BB<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336856/Dadda_7074_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:00 AM Searching questions for Santa Claus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Searching-questions-for-Santa-Claus_18114065 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobsever.com FOR music impresario Tommy Cowan, Christmas in the tropics is like no other.<br /> <br /> "I've been involved in several Christmas projects over the years," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He lists Byron Lee's Christmas in the Tropics, Jacob Miller's Natty Christmas and Barrington Levy's Flash My Dread as having a hand in them.<br /> <br /> However, when he penned the Carlene Davis-sung Santa Claus (Do You Ever Come to the Ghetto?) in the early 1980s, he was in a more reflective mood. The single was recorded at Joe Gibbs' studio.<br /> <br /> "It came out of concern. I was looking at the haves and the have nots. There were several people [from the lower socio-economic rung] that couldn't relate to the joy of giving and receiving; of families coming together; they were not able to partake of these things," he said.<br /> <br /> According to Cowan, lines 'we ain't gonna fight, we ain't gonna fuss, but where are the presents that you brought for us?' shows where his thoughts were at the time.<br /> <br /> Davis, Cowan's wife, remembers when she was approached to do the vocals.<br /> <br /> "It was my first social commentary for Tommy. I had recorded Stealing Love, which he had written. But this song was different. It saw Christmas through the eyes of the less fortunate," she said.<br /> <br /> The singer said the song was also a rally cry for those who have the opportunity of giving back to do so.<br /> <br /> "The song goes 'We see you [Santa Claus] in the paper, you're on TV, we wonder what's happening to poor people like me, is it because we nuh have no chimney?' It is a song that speaks to reaching out to the less fortunate, the elderly, those in the country, and inner city," she said.<br /> <br /> Davis shared an amusing fact on the recording.<br /> <br /> "When I was recording the song, I was a little stuffy," she fondly recalls.<br /> <br /> "The Ras Brass -- Junior 'Chico' Chin, Ronald 'Nambo' Robinson, and Dean Fraser worked on the record. Dean also did backing vocals."<br /> <br /> Davis said Santa Claus, Do You Ever Come to the Ghetto? is often requested on overseas gigs.<br /> <br /> "Even when I travel, people request that song. I'm happy Tommy brought the song to me.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336735/Tommy-Cowan_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336736/Carlene-Davis_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:00 AM Ja Praise Chorale delivers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ja-Praise-Chorale-delivers_18114401 The 32-member choir was accompanied by a full band of accomplished musicians who created that big band gospel sound with a horn section which resulted in a call for more and a standing ovation.<br /> <br /> The songs performed were Hear Me When I Call, Magnify Your Word; and No Other Name.<br /> <br /> Guest speaker for the evening, Michael Sean Harris, lecturer and assistant director at the School of Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, in congratulating the group, pointed to the myriad opportunities which exist for musicians and recording artistes to promote their work, due to the emergence of the Internet and vast programs in cyberspace.<br /> <br /> Since its inception in 2013, the chorale has been spending hours in studio perfecting their unique sound and putting the finishing touches to their first EP album entitled Magnify Our Lord. The album will be available on January 1, 2015.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11337300/Ja-Praise-Chorale_0646_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:00 AM Tee Jay remembers late friend Nine X http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tee-Jay-remembers-late-friend-Nine-X_18112891 HAVING lived in one of Jamaica's toughest communities, singjay Tee Jay has seen many families lose relatives to violence.<br /> <br /> In November, the 20-year-old entertainer experienced that grief with the death of his close friend Mikhail Campbell, a deejay known as Nine X.<br /> <br /> Both grew up in Glendevon, a St James area with a long history of gang violence. Tee Jay's latest song, the self-produced The World Comes Down, is a tribute to Nine X.<br /> <br /> "Him was like a bredda...mi an' him used to sit down, write song an' reason," said Tee Jay.<br /> <br /> Born Timoy Jones, Tee Jay is from the Bottom Pen section of Glendevon. It is among a handful of communities in St James scarred by decades of multiple homicides.<br /> <br /> He said getting involved with gangs was never part of his plan.<br /> <br /> "Wi jus' go through 'cause wi a artiste, wi never deal wid the badness thing."<br /> <br /> The World Comes Down is Tee Jay's first crack at production.<br /> <br /> His previous songs include I Know That Someone is Watching over Me for Starlight, a German company and Never Lost my Way for Raz and Biggy.<br /> <br /> -- HC<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11336782/Teejay-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:00 AM Nick Cannon tunes in to JA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nick-Cannon-tunes-in-to-JA_18109736 AMERICAN actor/television personality Nick Cannon is currently in Jamaica trying get a first-hand taste and feel of the island as he seeks to promote his latest charge Kreesha Turner.<br /> <br /> The Wild 'N Out personality, who is on his first trip to the island, is here to soak in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the island in order to inform himself as he works with Turner, who was born in Canada and raised in Jamaica. She fuses reggae and dancehall music with other influences to arrive at her sound.<br /> <br /> "From the moment I met Kreesha, she kept telling me about Jamaica... I had been to some of the other islands, but not Jamaica... so I had to come see what it's all about," Cannon told the Jamaica Observer's editors and reporters yesterday at the weekly Monday Exchange at the Beechwood Avenue offices in the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> "We are here supporting Kreesha's project, exploring the culture to make sure I touch the people in a real way," he added.<br /> <br /> Cannon and Turner are in the island promoting her single Sexy Gal, which also features dancehall quartet T.O.K. Turner is signed to his Ncredible Entertainment label.<br /> <br /> Cannon disclosed that he would like to work with local acts, but is new to the culture and therefore is taking it slow.<br /> <br /> "Right now, I'm paying attention to who's picking up in the clubs and dances because I always want to get it right. However, right now, my focus is to get Kreesha popping here in Jamaica. I believe in authenticity and being organic so I'm just paying attention and getting more engulfed in the culture before making any move like that," he stated.<br /> <br /> He is committed to getting Turner to mainstream and, therefore, is not looking to sign another female act from Jamaica at this time in order to prevent conflicts of interest.<br /> <br /> Cannon's Jamaican recce has seen him enjoying lobster on the beach at Hellshire in Portmore, <br /> <br /> St Catherine; Wet Sundaze -- a weekly party on Hillview Avenue in St Andrew -- and was set to take in Mojito Mondays at Susie's on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew on Monday night.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11332935/Nick-Cannon_9049_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:00 AM Ghetto Splash line-up grows http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ghetto-Splash-line-up-grows_18109588 THE line-up for tonight's staging of Boom Ghetto Splash continues to grow. The latest additions are dancehall artiste I-Octane, reggae artistes Jah Cure and Richie Spice, and gospel artiste Omari.<br /> <br /> The event is scheduled to take place at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium in Drewsland.<br /> <br /> According to promoter Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes Productions, all systems are in place for another massive and entertaining event.<br /> <br /> "The community is excited about the event, persons from other communities are excited, the artistes are prepared to deliver, so everyone should come out to have a good time," said Roberts.<br /> <br /> The event is free to the public.<br /> <br /> Previously announced performers include Spragga Benz, Morgan Heritage, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Kip Rich, General Degree, Christopher Martin, Lady Saw, Blak Ryno, Chi Ching Ching, Laden, Elephant Man, Munga, Capleton, Sizzla, Konshens, Jah Bouks, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Aidonia, Bugle, Popcaan, Ninjaman, Nature, Ishawna, Bling Dawg, and the Downsound Crew.<br /> <br /> Up-and-coming acts include Jahmeil, Vybrant, Proper Fade, Rhyme Minista, Versatile, Bryka, Dexta Daps and D Blackmann.<br /> <br /> Ghetto Splash began in the late 1980s and is one of the most anticipated events among inner-city residents. The event took a break and returned with a bang last year.<br /> <br /> Roberts has partnered with Downsound Records for this staging with Boom Energy Drink as title sponsor.<br /> <br /> MCs for the event include Burger Man from RJR 94 FM, Miss Kitty, Sample Man, Nuffy and Beakle Bailey.<br /> <br /> Sound systems include Sky Juice, Foota Hype, Lovers Choice Disco, Boom Boom, and Harry Hype.<br /> <br /> line-up grows<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11332953/I-Octane-2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11332954/Omari_2120_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11332964/Jah-Cure_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11332967/Richie-Spice_2385_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:00 AM