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 Joey Brooks sees it clear http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Joey-Brooks-sees-it-clear-_19240101 BEING the younger sister of dancehall star Mavado certainly comes with its fair share of pressure, but fledgling singjay Joey Brooks is equal to task.<br /> <br /> "If I don't take myself seriously as an artiste, people will not take me seriously.... There are some who may be saying: 'She is doing this as a hobby because her brother made it big in the music industry, she's trying a thing'," she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> She is, however, determined to prove the naysayers wrong with her upcoming single See It Clear.<br /> <br /> Written by Michael 'Askell' Fairman and Melissa Stewart, the single will be released in December on the United Kingdom-based Live MB Music Production label. 21st Hapilos is slated to do the distribution.<br /> <br /> According to Brooks, See It Clear tackles social injustice which is prevalent in society.<br /> <br /> "In the song, I deal with poor people needing a voice, Jamaican injustice system, and the corrupt politicians neglecting our needs," said the 29-year-old.<br /> <br /> An accompanying video will also be shot.<br /> <br /> The singjay, who holds a diploma in nursing, described her style as "software" and said her scope is wider than that of dancehall.<br /> <br /> "Well, my style of music is what I call software. I'm into reggae, pop and R&B music. I still have a love for dancehall music, but I do not consider myself a dancehall artiste," she said.<br /> <br /> Born in the Cassava Piece community of Kingston, she is youngest and only daughter of seven for the Brooks brood.<br /> <br /> "I had always love music, ever since I started singing on the church junior choir as a child from eight until 17 years old, so music was always around me. Then I am always tagging along with my brother (Mavado) from age of 14 to different studios, so there I even got more inspired to be part of the music industry," she said.<br /> <br /> Brooks got her break in 2009 with Heart Beat and has subsequently released Whatever You Want and Serenity. She is booked for a New Year's Eve stage show in Grenada.<br /> <br /> "I hope to be a household name in the music one day like my brother. I'm very proud and motivated by him. I'm bringing positive, yet clean sexy music to people around the world," she added.<br /> <br /> Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414361/Joey-Brooks_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 1:00 AM Kangol goes rockers with Pablo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kangol-goes-rockers_19240220 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer KANGOL headwear, synonymous with hip-hop and dancehall artistes from the 1980s, has branched out into the roots-reggae market.<br /> <br /> The famous British brand, which has been around for nearly 100 years, recently signed a deal with musician Addis Pablo and his Suns of Dub group to sport their products.<br /> <br /> Speaking to the Jamaica Observer from Paris where he is touring, 25-year-old Pablo said the deal had been in the making for a year.<br /> <br /> "Kangol was working with a PR company based in New York called Exposure on a online radio project called Radio Kangol, which would go on to feature a rockers station curated by Ras Jammy (of Suns of Dub). The designs of the hats were done by Isis Swaby, Augustus Pablo's daughter, so the deal had two parts; one which entailed the online radio station and the hat designed by Isis, with options for more projects or designs depending on the success of these first projects," Pablo explained.<br /> <br /> Addis Pablo (real name Addis Swaby) is also the child of Augustus Pablo, the master dub exponent who was a leader of the rockers movement of the mid- to late-1970s. He died in May 1999 at age 44.<br /> <br /> Like his father, Addis Pablo plays the melodica and has quietly established a following in Europe.<br /> <br /> The Kangol company initially manufactured headwear including berets for military units in the United Kingdom. The company entered a different market at the dawn of the 1980s when hip-hop acts like Run DMC, LL Cool J and Slick Rick wore their new line of leisure hats and caps.<br /> <br /> Tenor Saw and Johnny Osbourne were among the dancehall acts who also also wore Kangols. Pablo hopes the deal with the world-famous brand can broaden his and Suns of Dub's appeal.<br /> <br /> "The collaboration will hopefully lead to expansion of our fan base and at the same time further the reach of Kangol with the younger generation which may not be as familiar with LL Cool J and Run DMC who helped to build the Kangol brand," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414355/Addis-Pablo---2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:00 AM November 30 funeral for Sis Scully http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/November-30-funeral-for-Sis-Scully_19240234 THE funeral service for late gospel artiste Sister Scully will be held at the Open Bible Standards of Churches in Twickenham Park in Spanish Town, on Monday, November 30.<br /> <br /> Interment follows in the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in Spanish Town.<br /> <br /> The 57-year-old singer died from a heart attack on Thursday, November 12.<br /> <br /> Leading up to the thanksgiving service for the late artiste, there will be a tribute concert at Temple of Praise in Spanish Town, on Saturday.<br /> <br /> This will be followed by the wake in Gordon Pen, also located in the old capital.<br /> <br /> Sister Scully, whose given name was Audrey Scully McCowder Hall, is best known for Hurry Up, her signature song. Her other popular songs include No Other Blood, Hard Road to Travel, and Rolled the Red Sea Away.<br /> <br /> She is survived by her husband Chris.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414367/Sister-Scully_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:00 AM Attacks halt Beenie's Unstoppable show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Attacks-halt-Beenie-s-Unstoppable-show_19240252 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter BEENIE Man's show, scheduled for Paris last weekend, was cancelled due to terrorist strikes in the French capital. The Friday gig was part of his Unstoppable Tour.<br /> <br /> In a post on his Instagram page last Friday, Beenie Man -- who was in Germany -- explained that the show was called off after the November 13 attacks that left 130 people dead.<br /> <br /> "Right now, we deh a Manheim, you done know, Paris bomb up so, last night the show a Paris cancelled," he wrote.<br /> <br /> A series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred in Paris and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis, on the night of November 13. Police there say 368 people were injured. Seven of the attackers also died in the siege.<br /> <br /> The Unstoppable Tour started on November 19. In addition to France, Beenie Man is expected to make stops in Germany and Switzerland. The tour is scheduled to end December 15.<br /> <br /> Unstoppable is the name of Beenie Man's 20th studio album, which is slated to be released in December.<br /> <br /> A Grammy-winning artiste, Beenie Man (given name Moses Davis) is known for tracks including Feel It Boy (featuring Janet Jackson), Dude remix (with Miss Thing and Shawna) and Zim Zimma.<br /> <br /> Attacks halt Beenie's<br /> <br /> Unstoppable show<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414357/Beenie-Man_2015_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:00 AM Straight ahead for Inner Circle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Straight-ahead-for-Inner-Circle_19240303 (italic)With weeks to go before 2015 ends, the Jamaica Observer reaches out in this tri-weekly slot to entertainment personalities for their views on what the year meant to them.<br /> <br /> SPENDING the bulk of their summer on the road, it will be much of the same for veteran band Inner Circle come next year.<br /> <br /> "We'll be performing at the Raggamuffin Music Festival in Australia on February 20, alongside the great Sly and Robbie and the great Maxi Priest," said Roger Lewis, guitarist and founding member of the band.<br /> <br /> Dubbed the biggest reggae and urban festival in the southern hemisphere, the festival's line-up also includes Eddy Grant, Junior Marvin's Wailers and UB40.<br /> <br /> Inner Circle are planning a festival with Chronixx in July as well as an American tour.<br /> <br /> Last summer, they performed at several major events including Rototom Sunsplash in Spain, Retro Festival in Norway, Sea Splash in Croatia, and Serwood Festival in Italy.<br /> <br /> Lewis said the group continuously re-invents itself to remain relevant. That strategy appears to be paying off as the band copped two awards in October.<br /> <br /> They won Most Outstanding Show Band at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in Florida as well as a Distinguished Alumnus Award from their alma mater Jamaica College (JC) in New York.<br /> <br /> "That was a good feeling... the IRAWMA was pleasant surprise, but the JC one was special. Especially to share the occasion with jazz legend Monty Alexander and a great musician like Ibo (Cooper)," said bass player Ian Lewis, younger brother of Roger and also a founding member.<br /> <br /> Roger Lewis compared the JC award to winning the Grammy.<br /> <br /> "It make mi head swell...Mi love JC. There's nothing like being lauded by your peers," he said.<br /> <br /> The band said they will continue to press until their former lead singer, Jacob Miller, is bestowed with an Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government.<br /> <br /> "Him deserve it... He was the people's singer," said Ian Lewis.<br /> <br /> Miller died in an automobile crash in March 1980. The 27-year-old was known for hits including Tenement Yard, Natty Christmas and Chapter A Day.<br /> <br /> The band also plans to release a single, Girl Power, at the end of January. It will be the first single from their upcoming album, tentatively named Kingston 21.<br /> <br /> Formed in 1968, Inner Circle achieved success with Miller during the 1970s. After his death, they disbanded and the Lewis brothers migrated to Florida. The band reformed in 1986 and is known globally for the hit songs Bad Boys and Sweat (A La La La La Long).<br /> <br /> Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:00 AM Lindo sings for the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lindo-sings-for-the-world_19240264 WITH all the hostility taking place globally, it is hard turn a blind eye to international news.<br /> <br /> Singer/songwriter Hopeton Lindo uses current affairs as the backdrop for his new album, My World, Your World.<br /> <br /> Coincidentally, the 16-song set dropped on September 11, one of the most infamous dates in the annals of terrorism.<br /> <br /> While he made space for ballads on the album, Lindo said global turmoil made writing for My World, Your World even easier.<br /> <br /> "I tune in a lot what's going on. Based on the state of the world, I had to do an album like this," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The title track was first released four years ago. It sees Lindo singing alongside Dennis Brown and Luciano; there is also a ballad remix of the song with saxophonist Dean Fraser.<br /> <br /> Lindo does two covers on the album: John Lennon's poignant Imagine, and Let's Stay Together, originally done by Al Green.<br /> <br /> He also does a version of Red Rose For Gregory, a song he wrote for Gregory Isaacs in 1988.<br /> <br /> "That's a special song for me...Gregory was a good friend, a great artiste," said Lindo, who wrote or co-wrote 14 of the songs on My World, Your World, including Turf (with Anthony B) and In The Mood which features singer Fiona.<br /> <br /> Lindo is from the Kencot area of Kingston. He began writing and recording songs in the late-1970s and, by the next decade, was an in-house writer with Mikey Bennett at producer Gussie Clarke's Anchor studio.<br /> <br /> The late-1980s/early 1990s was a successful period for that camp. Some of the songs Lindo wrote and co-wrote back then are: Telephone Love (J C Lodge); Mind Yu Dis (Isaacs); Champion Lover (Deborahe Glasgow) and Raggamuffin by Brown and Freddie McGregor.<br /> <br /> He also wrote and sang Territory, an underground dancehall classic. His previous albums are The Word, For Whatever The Reason and Turf.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414366/Hopeton-Lindo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:00 AM Stick Figure tops Billboard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Stick-Figure-tops-Billboard SOUTHERN California reggae/dub band Stick Figure, is number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this week. The group&rsquo;s sixth studio album, Set in Stone, removed British singer Joss Stone&rsquo;s Water for Your Soul from pole position. <br /> <br /> The 14-track Set in Stone features collaborations with singer Eric Rachmany, Slightly Stoopid, B Kong, and Collie Buddz.<br /> <br /> This is Stick Figure&rsquo;s second charttopping album. They scored their first number one in 2012 with Burial Ground. Stick Figure comprises Scott Woodruff (vocals, guitar), Kevin Bong (keyboards), Kevin Offitzer (drums), and Tommy Suliman (bass). <br /> <br /> Burial Ground sold over 60,000 copies and also topped the iTunes reggae chart. Following its 2012 release, the group began touring with a new line-up and has since toured the United States with reggae groups such as Rebelution, The Green, Passafire, Tribal Seeds, and The Expendables. <br /> <br /> Stick Figure was originally a one-man band started by Woodruff, a multiinstrumentalist, songwriter, and producer from Duxbury, Massachusetts. <br /> <br /> Stick Figure is a take on Woodruff's high school nickname. He officially adopted the moniker while he was a freshman in college.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414359/Stick-Figure-photo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:44 AM Ken Boothe continues journey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ken-Boothe-continues-journey KEN Boothe is singing a song familiar to many of his contemporaries; That his new songs are being overlooked by disc jockeys in Jamaica. The singer's latest album, Journey, was recorded and produced at his Kingston home studio.<br /> <br /> It features the title track and New World Order. <br /> <br /> "Jamaicans need to get more familiar with the new stuff. <br /> <br /> When I tour Europe and Japan, people know the songs, but here, few people react to the songs," said Boothe.<br /> <br /> "Jamaican fans look to what we are used to, and not the new material. <br /> <br /> But I still love performing here in Jamaica, this is the root." Boothe performs Saturday on 'Memories By The Score' at Ashe Performing Arts Centre in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> "I am looking forward to the event. <br /> <br /> I have a great repertoire of songs that I love to sing, but I also will be doing songs from Journey." Boothe, 65, emerged during the rocksteady era of the 1960s with a number of hit songs like Puppet On A String and Moving Away.<br /> <br /> He maintained that momentum into the 1970s thanks to big hits such as Silver Words and Everything I Own. The latter was a massive seller in the United Kingdom in 1975. <br /> <br /> His last big hit in Jamaica came in the early 1990s with a cover of Della Reece's Don't You Know. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414360/Ken-Boothe-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:45 AM Touch a green glee http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Touch-a-green-glee HANNAH Town Community Centre was the venue for the Touch A Green Party on November 15, and naturally KARL MCLARTY, the OBSERVER&rsquo;s roving nocturnal PHOTOGRAPHER was there to capture the highlights. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414382/_DSC5555_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414381/_DSC5553-cropped_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414379/_DSC5521_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:50 AM Sativa The Black 1 points to the Elders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sativa-The-Black-1-points-to-the-Elders_19240218 Posters with photographs of missing children have become commonplace in Jamaica. Too common.<br /> <br /> The disturbing trend influenced singer Sativa The Black 1 to record Elder, a song targeting persons he believes are responsible for abducting and sexually assaulting children.<br /> <br /> "Is all about the big man dem wey a molest the likkle youth dem. Yuh have to worry when yuh sen' the youth dem go school," said Sativa The Black 1.<br /> <br /> Child abductions in Jamaica have increased during the last decade. The government-run Office of the Children's Registry reported over 1,800 cases in 2013; there was a reduction last year but kidnapping of minors remains high.<br /> <br /> "Anybody dem hold fi molest or kidnapping mus' get the harshest sentence," said a fired-up Sativa The Black 1.<br /> <br /> Elder is produced by Hungry Mouth Productions, which operates out of Clarendon. Released in October, it is one of several songs done recently by the Linstead-born artiste.<br /> <br /> Roof Over my Head, Lock mi Down and Candy Crush are some of his other recently released songs.<br /> <br /> Like many residents in his hometown, Sativa The Black 1 (born Sean Smith) earned a living as a farmer before recording his first songs in late 2014.<br /> <br /> Some of those tracks, including Stick a Bush and Warning, were released early this year.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12414368/sativa-the-great_601_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:00 AM J Capri in induced coma http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/J-Capri-in-induced-coma_19240144 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com KENNETH Phillips, father of singer J Capri, is imploring members of the public to continue donating blood to assist in his daughter's recovery.<br /> <br /> J Capri, whose given name is Jordan Phillips, reportedly lost control of her Mercedes-Benz which hit a wall before overturning along Barbican Road in St Andrew, early yesterday morning.<br /> <br /> "We are really grateful to the donors who came in to give blood, but we are asking others to please contribute as her blood count is extremely low. She really lost a lot of blood," he said.<br /> <br /> Phillips told the Jamaica Observer that his daughter did an emergency surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston and is in an induced coma.<br /> <br /> "The surgery went well but she is still in a serious condition. She was placed in a coma because the doctors don't want her brain to be too active at this time, because she suffered head trauma. The swelling on her brain is decreasing though," he said.<br /> <br /> As news of the entertainer's accident made rounds on social media, members of the entertainment fraternity posted words of encouragement and prayers to the singer and her family.<br /> <br /> "God, please be with her through all this... All my prayers going up for you," a post on Popcaan's Instagram page read.<br /> <br /> "Jah Guide and Protect J Capri," Tarrus Riley said on Facebook page.<br /> <br /> Also taking the time out to send words of encouragement were Shaggy, Beenie Man, Tifa and Macka Diamond.<br /> <br /> J Capri, 25, is a past student of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. While attending the institution, she met producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston. The meeting led to her being the first female signed to Johnston's Head Concussion Label in 2011.<br /> <br /> She later went on to release a string of popular songs including Whine and Kotch (featuring Charlie Blacks), Pull Up to Mi Bumpa (with Konshens), and Reverse it.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12412395/j-capri-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:00 AM Startime is back! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Startime-is-back-_19240084 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer STARTIME is back! The popular 'oldies' show, which had a purple patch during the 1990s, will be held January 9 at Mas Camp in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> It was officially launched at Spades Lounge on Sunday, with most of the artistes scheduled to perform in attendance.<br /> <br /> Promoter Michael Barnett said Startime, which was last held in July 2013, returns due to "popular demand".<br /> <br /> "It's an event, not just a show. We haven't had it in two years so the time is right to bring it back," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Marcia Griffiths, one of the artistes on the bill, celebrated her birthday on Sunday. The durable singer, celebrating her 51st year as an artiste, hailed Barnett for ensuring 'vintage' music maintains a presence in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "Nuff respect to you. You are more than a music man... You are preserving the thing and I respect you for that," Griffiths said.<br /> <br /> The Mighty Diamonds, Horace Andy, Johnny Clarke, Dillinger, Frankie Paul and Leroy Sibbles -- who will also perform on Startime -- attended the launch. Errol Dunkley completes the line-up with Lloyd Parks and We The People as backing band.<br /> <br /> There were presentations from Richard Stephenson, commercial director at National Rums of Jamaica, Startime's main sponsor, as well as representatives from associate sponsors, including Howard Armstrong (Kool FM), Marcel Robinson (Interlinc Communications), Chantal Hylton-Tonnes (Creative Training Production Centre), and George Hemmings (Securipro).<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer are also associate sponsors.<br /> <br /> Barnett started Startime (as Heineken Startime) in June 1988 at the Oceana Hotel with Gregory Isaacs the sole performer. The show grew to become one of the most popular live series of the 1990s, helping to revive the careers of artistes from the rocksteady era including Alton Ellis, the Melodians and the Heptones.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12410732/Franke-Paul_3144_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:00 AM 'We are losing dancehall' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-We-are-losing-dancehall-_19240130 NAVIGATING Prime Time, the final panel discussion on the closing day of the third annual Jamaica Music Festival was an intense affair.<br /> <br /> Held Sunday at the University of the West Indies's Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, New York-based promoter Garfield 'Chin' Bourne told a small gathering of music enthusiasts that for almost two decades, Jamaican dancehall has not produced anything fresh, hence it has lost its appeal.<br /> <br /> "So, we are losing dancehall overseas...What is happening to dancehall overseas is everyone is graduating, but no one is coming in. So now when you go to these dances, you are seeing less and less of a crowd...we are losing the culture of dancehall...," declared Bourne, manager of Irish and Chin, a leading entertainment company.<br /> <br /> The host of a weekly six-hour radio programme canvassing the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Bourne added that Jamaican artistes and music producers do not expose their music properly overseas.<br /> <br /> "Social media is a great tool, but it make a lot of us far too comfortable. I come to Jamaica and some of the songs mi hear a tear up Jamaica, mi nuh know dem. It's just the Jamaican-based hype. Jamaica is where the talent and fame is, but the Diaspora is where the money is. We need to be a lot more connected," said Bourne.<br /> <br /> Industry veteran, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, who spoke on the panel 'Music and Social Change', agreed with Bourne.<br /> <br /> "We are losing a generation in the Diaspora because the music is not moving. So they are creating their own music," she said.<br /> <br /> Earlier, Winford Williams, host of the popular Onstage show on CVM Television, stated that for Jamaican music to get proper mainstream attention, there needs to be more media owners.<br /> <br /> Entertainment attorney Kendall Minter emphasised the role of education in creating music professionals for a sustainable industry, especially in the critical area of publishing.<br /> <br /> "If you are not registered, you are not paid. If you are not registered with the performing rights societies your money will be left on the table. To support this stream of income you have to do your homework. It's about taking care of your business. This is the music business", Minter advised.<br /> <br /> Deejay Assassin admitted that early in his career he did not pay enough attention to the business aspect of the music industry.<br /> <br /> "I feel guilty personally for not paying attention to a lot of things. I fell in love with music early and at that time it was about loving music. Trapped in what I love and not paying attention to what I have to do," he said.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Music Conference opened on November 20.<br /> <br /> -- Basil Walters<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12410743/Garfield--Chin--Bourne_2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:00 AM Dancing with heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dancing-with-heart BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE Company Dance Theatre is one of the best trained troupes on the local scene. Just watching the dancers go through their paces during their season at the Little Theatre in Kingston, last weekend, one is struck by the obvious talent, but moreso the drive and passion with which these artistes execute the works. <br /> <br /> It is evident that this &lsquo;dancing with heart' comes from strong ethics instilled by artistic director Tony Wilson. Wilson, who also operates the Tony Wilson School of Dance, clearly brings across that discipline from his studio which fosters younger dancers to the semi-professional ensemble &mdash; The Company.<br /> <br /> The season's works featured new and remounted ones from choreographers locally and overseas. Dancer-turned-choreographer Renee McDonald is fast becoming the 'go-to' girl for local companies. This season, her work The Cellar was one of the high points of the recital. The work examines the mania which results from being trapped and the fight to free oneself.<br /> <br /> The piece was dramatic from start to finish, utilising various areas of the stage and theatre to present what was an engaging piece of dance theatre. The ending is even more dramatic, if that is even possible, with the dance continuing long after the curtains close and the applause dies. <br /> <br /> McDonald can truly take a bow for this work. The issue of race relations in the United States and &lsquo;black lives matter&rsquo; formed the fulcrum from which Solomon Dumas&rsquo; One Day revolved. <br /> <br /> Another dramatic piece from the tolling bell which formed the accompaniment for the opening tableau to the all-white-clad cast, the solo set to Psalms 23, the use of John Legend&rsquo;s Glory from the movie Selma to the denouement with arms upheld signifying &ldquo;don't shoot!&rdquo;, the work was a treat for the senses. <br /> <br /> Dancers Lyndsey Lodenquai and Steven Cornwall are clearly the principal dancers with The Company. In addition to their impressive technical abilities, both display optimal levels of the passion and drive spoken of earlier. It never seems to be another day in the park for these two. Both deliver high quality performances with every appearance on stage.<br /> <br /> Lodenquai, who is on her way to The Martha Graham School of Dance in New York, was paired with Cornwall in the duet Dissonance, choreographed by Tony Wilson. Both have a palpable chemistry and this brought realism to the work.<br /> <br /> This year's titular work, The Rising, also by Wilson, was a showcase of what The Company is all about &mdash; pulsating musical accompaniment, interesting choreography featuring solos, duets and strong group work to create a wonderful product. Wilson utilises a fusion of the Horton and Graham techniques of dance at his studio. <br /> <br /> These templates, created by luminaries in the world of dance Lester Horton and Martha Graham, are used to great effect, but as the Jamaican saying goes: 'Too much of one ting, good fi nuttin'. These techniques, which include interesting hand movements, sweeping leg extensions and the undulating hips and torsos, were present in almost every piece presented. <br /> <br /> While it represents consistency and staying true to form, it could have been read as repetitious. A more diverse offering in terms of choreography would have been appreciated. The youngsters of the Tony Wilson School of Dance can take a bow for getting the show off to a great start with Colours. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12410736/DSC_5709_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, November 24, 2015 6:04 AM The perfect fit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-perfect-fit-_19239970 By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter IN 2010, he burst on the scene with the track Will I Wait. Since, then it has been a steady climb for roots singer Iba Mahr.<br /> <br /> Last Friday, the artiste born Mario Greaves, dropped what he describes as his "long-awaited album", Diamond Sox.<br /> <br /> For the Linstead, St Catherine-born Iba Mahr, Diamond Sox represents a personal journey. It is more than just about an article of clothing.<br /> <br /> "This project represents me in more than one way. I grew up with my grandparents, and my grandfather owned a sound system. Our yard therefore was like the headquarters with music always playing. That introduced me to the whole culture," Iba Mahr recalled. "One of the things I grow come see is my father and grandfather getting dressed for dance in them diamond socks, Clarks, mesh 'merina' and Arrow shirts. This for me represented a unwritten code and standard of sound system culture as well as my introduction to the type of music of which I now write and sing. It also showcases what I am capable of doing and how I live my life," he added.<br /> <br /> It is that yesteryear vibe that Iba Mahr has sought to re-create on the album.<br /> <br /> He wanted Diamond Sox to read like a book with one track setting up, and leading into the other.<br /> <br /> "I want a situation where people can connect with the album and relate to the tracks, so we spent time putting the 16 tracks together. I can't say I have any special songs on the album. People are familiar with Diamond Sox, the single, but we have songs like Altar which is a special expression of my faith and what I defend," he said. "Fame In Our Court is a song featuring Jah9 that is a really touching song. It has a kinda R&B/ neo-soul vibe. It really shows the flipside of Iba Mahr and Jah9. She is a very spiritual person and people expect her to be very militant and political, but this a real love song."<br /> <br /> For Diamond Sox, Iba Mahr does a number of collaborations. In addition to Jah9, Capleton, Tarrus Riley and Dean Fraser guest on the album which is largely produced by Ball Rollling Music and distributed by New York-based VPAL.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407906/Iba-Mahr_2924_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, November 23, 2015 3:00 AM Jazz Fest 2016 off http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jazz-Fest-2016-off_19239967 THERE will be no Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 2016, according to a statement from organisers.<br /> <br /> The release was posted on the event's website but gave no reason for the cancellation.<br /> <br /> This year's show was held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in late January with Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson (of Gap Band fame), Peter Cetera, and the Pointer Sisters among the headliners.<br /> <br /> The statement from organisers reads:<br /> <br /> Dear Jazz Fans,<br /> <br /> We are taking a year off to re-group and focus on planning a spectacular 20th anniversary celebration in 2017!!<br /> <br /> While we are disappointed to not be back for 2016 (and we know how much you were looking forward to the show) rest assured we really tried to make 2016 a reality, however things just did not work out therefore instead trying to push and stage a Festival that would not be of our usual standard we decided to postpone it.<br /> <br /> In the lead-up to our 20th anniversary, we are planning a number of teaser events and one night only concerts that you are going to love!<br /> <br /> Stay tuned to this page and we promise not to be so silent again!<br /> <br /> Look out for our announcements coming soon!<br /> <br /> First held as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 1996, it was conceived by Allen Chastanet, then a senior executive at the airline.<br /> <br /> The annual show attracted the biggest stars of the day as well as veteran acts.<br /> <br /> Over the years, Erykah Badu, Babyface, John Legend, Kenny G, Celine Dion, Maroon 5, Kenny Rogers, Al Jarreau, Diana Ross and George Benson have performed on the show.<br /> <br /> -- H.C.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407902/Mariah-Carey_5006_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407901/Charlie-Wilson_5760_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, November 23, 2015 2:00 AM LOOKING BACK: Pressure reaches the mainstream http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/LOOKING-BACK--Pressure-reaches-the-mainstream_19239951 With weeks to go before 2015 ends, the Jamaica Observer reaches out in this tri-weekly slot to entertainment personalities for their views on what the year meant to them.<br /> <br /> FOR much of his career, singer Pressure Buss Pipe's audience has been largely Caribbean, but consistent tours of the United States and Europe in the last two years has changed that.<br /> <br /> He counts reaching a mainstream audience as his biggest accomplishment this year.<br /> <br /> "My press tour week in New York last February was a monumental moment for me. After being in the music business for almost a decade, it was extremely fulfilling to have the opportunity to perform on live television in such a huge media market like New York," he told the Observer. "Arise 360 and Fox 5 Good Day New York has millions of viewers daily. It was an honor to expose my feel good music and brand to a whole new audience."<br /> <br /> Another high point was filming the video for his song, Nuh Worry Yourself, in his native St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. And performing in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.<br /> <br /> "I hosted actor Malik Yoba and TV/radio personality Claudia Jordan, it was an unforgettable experience. The biggest reward is that the video is now in rotation on MTV Jams, BET Jams and VH1 Soul," said Pressure Buss Pipe. "After so many years in the game, it's both fulfilling and rewarding to see my music video played on these mainstream music platforms."<br /> <br /> Born Delyno Brown, the 35-year-old artiste hit Jamaican charts in 2007 with the lovers rock song, Love and Affection.<br /> <br /> On Saturday, Pressure Buss Pipe holds the third staging of his peace concert in St Thomas with Queen Ifrica and Duane Stephenson. He plans to release his Lovers Rock album in early 2016.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407907/Pressure-Buss-Pipe_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, November 23, 2015 3:00 AM Mr Khool set for GT Taylor show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mr-Khool-set-for-GT-Taylor-show-_19239952 Manchester-based dancehall artiste Mr Khool is looking forward to his second performance on GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza scheduled for Independence Park, Black River in St Elizabeth.<br /> <br /> "Every time I hit the stage, I do so with only one intention, and that's to please my audience. I always give the best to my fans no matter what," said the deejay.<br /> <br /> "I had a great time performing at Christmas Extravaganza last year. This year, I plan to deliver another exciting show for all my fans in St Elizabeth. I have something special in store for them," he continued.<br /> <br /> Other acts for the Christmas Day stage show include Popcaan, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Ninjaman, Sizzla Kalonji and Vershon.<br /> <br /> Mr Khool (whose given nam is Demeane Carter) is no stranger to the big stage. Over the past three years, the witty deejay has made his mark on some of the biggest festivals including Reggae Sumfest and Sting.<br /> <br /> He is is currently promoting his latest single called Gone Too Soon. The recently released track is on the Insight Records imprint.<br /> <br /> His other tracks include Wucky Wucky, Sting Christmas, Dry Flossing, Anyone a Dem, Mix Liquor and Talk to Mi Alcohol.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407976/Mr--Khool_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, November 23, 2015 3:00 AM An Alibi worth checking out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/An-Alibi-worth-checking-out-_19239975 Jazz. The very mention is enough to turn noses up or contort faces with disgust. And yet, even in today's narrow band of music appreciation, there are those who have a yearning for live jazz.<br /> <br /> It is to that contingent proprietor Mark Nelson seeks to cater with the latest iteration of The Alibi, the supper club and lounge he formerly operated from Barron's Plaza on Constant Spring Road.<br /> <br /> There, regulars were accustomed to jazz offerings from the likes of Dr Kathy Brown and Alex Martin-Blanken.<br /> <br /> Neatly ensconced on the upper level of the Lee Gore Centre (once location for the popular Peppers nightclub), Nelson is continuing to bear the standard for high-end entertainment.<br /> <br /> On Wednesday nights, the compact yet airy venue welcomes music lovers to Jazz Night, to experience the varied and dynamic stylings of keyboardist O'zoune, drummer Cliff Bond and Shurwayne Thompson on bass. In the past three weeks since the series began, the trio have tackled a number of jazz, pop and reggae standards with aplomb.<br /> <br /> The band has also accompanied a stellar roster of vocalists, including Mari Isaacs and Carol Gonzalez, with the likes of Maria Myrie and Clancy Eccles Jr. still to come.<br /> <br /> Recently, up-and-coming jazz vocalist Azurri gave another impressive account of herself, delivering the goods on cabaret staples such as Don't Know Why and Fly Me To The Moon as well as Erykah Badu's Tyrone.<br /> <br /> Nelson is angling the Jazz Night to dovetail into an overall entertainment package that encompasses Selectors' Sessions on Fridays (The Bounce) and Sundays (Easy Skanking) for more conventional music fans.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407904/Azurri_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, November 23, 2015 3:00 AM In good company http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/In-good-company-_19239985 The Company Dance Theatre delivered a really strong performance last Friday evening at the Little Theatre on Tom Redcam Avenue, in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Throughout the exhibition, the dancers showed off how technical and well trained they were via their dance moves.<br /> <br /> Below are highlights from the recital by Jamaica Observer's photographer Michael Gordon.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407973/DSC_5817_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407947/DSC_5741_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12407919/DSC_5709_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, November 23, 2015 3:00 AM Cannabis Cup mulls second serving http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cannabis-Cup-mulls-second-serving_19239830 FOLLOWING a bumper debut last week, the Cannabis Cup may return to Jamaica in 2016.<br /> <br /> Matt Stang, director of advertising and sponsorships at High Times magazine, co-promoter of the November 12-15 event in Negril, described it as a resounding success.<br /> <br /> "It was a fantastic experience and greatly exceeded all expectations. Jamaica is an incredible and welcoming country. We can't wait for another year in paradise," said Stang.<br /> <br /> He listed the performances of I Wayne, Luciano and Tarrus Riley among the highlights of the 'Cup', which took place at Long Bay Beach Park.<br /> <br /> "Having the minister of justice (senator Mark Golding) deliver a fantastic seminar on the future of Cannabis in Jamaica, and presenting the awards to the best ganja farmers in Jamaica" was another plus for Stang.<br /> <br /> The four-day weed fest drew thousands of Jamaicans and foreigners. On closing day, a panel of judges presided over competition in various 'best ganja' categories.<br /> <br /> High Times, a monthly publication that covers the global ganja scene, started the Cannabis Cup in 1988. It has been held mainly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, maybe the most liberal centre for ganja.<br /> <br /> The Negril show was co-promoted by Rasta Rootzfest, an organisation in Westmoreland committed to legalisation of ganja in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Late last year, Golding announced the Jamaican Government's plans to relax certain restrictions on ganja use. That came to fruition in April with amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which prevent individuals using small amounts of the weed from being prosecuted.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404934/Jah9_6131_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404937/Cop_6029_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 22, 2015 12:00 AM Brukwine &lsquo;BRUK OUT&rsquo;  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Brukwine--BRUK-OUT-_19239729 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer IT'S a new trend in pop circles and has celebrities like Uzo Aduba, Kreesha Turner, and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyongo, dancing up a storm.<br /> <br /> We're talking about Brukwine, a workout created three years ago by dancers/choreographers Tamara Marrow and Autavia Bailey.<br /> <br /> Both are former dancers for Grammy-winning artiste Sean Paul.<br /> <br /> Brukwine Addiction (the name of their Instagram page) has thousands of followers, including celebrities. The workouts are held in Midtown, New York City, 8th Avenue in Manhattan, and in Brooklyn at 4th Avenue.<br /> <br /> They are so popular that reggae and dancehall artistes have contacted Marrow and Bailey to have their songs played during the sessions.<br /> <br /> According to Marrow (who has Jamaican roots), "Brukwine is first and foremost a workout. It can be done in heels or sneakers. The idea is that every woman deserves to feel sexy and confident. Women who have 9 to 5 office jobs can come to Brukwine classes, let loose, let their inner sexy out, all while sweating sexy. And yes, you do sweat. You leave drenched in sweat. You can burn up to 1,000 calories per class."<br /> <br /> Jamaican music, she added, is an integral part of the Brukwine class.<br /> <br /> "We use a lot of dancehall songs because the class focuses on movement of the waist and wining. We have a lot of the big dancehall artistes who send us their music so we can do it in class," said Marrow. "We are very grateful to artistes such as Tifa, Charly Blacks, Stacious, Mavado, Kranium, Konshens, TOK, and Kreesha Turner, who have all showed support."<br /> <br /> Marrow's grandparents are Jamaican, while Bailey was born in Washington DC. They toured with Sean Paul for eight years and have also worked with Missy Elliott, Diddy, J Lo, Beyonc&eacute;, Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga.<br /> <br /> Brukwine, Marrow pointed out, is not a fad.<br /> <br /> "We started this class because of our love for dance and knowing that it is a way to work out without even realising it. We get a lot of women who take Brukwine who never go to a gym or work out," she said. It's a safe haven for woman to come in; sweat, burn calories, feel confident, and let loose without judgement."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404952/Brukwine_3_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404953/Brukwine_2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404954/Brukwine_5_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404959/Brukwine_1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 22, 2015 12:00 AM Eek-A-Mouse in make-over mode http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Eek-A-Mouse-in-make-over-mode_19239735 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior reporter "MI a do a interview. Cyaan talk now!" blares Eek-A-Mouse, reluctantly acknowledging the pounding on the office door at Sound Wave Studio in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The veteran singjay, his bald head glistening, settled into a corner seat, his lanky legs at full stretch. He had plenty to say.<br /> <br /> Eek-A-Mouse, one of the best touring acts in dancehall/reggae for the past 25 years, makes a rare major show appearance in Jamaica on Christmas Day at the Boom GT Taylor Christmas Reggae Extravaganza in Black River, St Elizabeth.<br /> <br /> With a batch of new songs under his belt, he is determined to make a comeback in his homeland, at the age of 58.<br /> <br /> "Right now mi a reinvent miself. Mi nuh old; when yuh old yuh ancient. Look pon man like Tony Bennett -- him a 87 an' still a run di place," he said.<br /> <br /> Glory (with deejay Saba Tooth), the Jack Scorpio-produced Money Tree, and Bad Mind, with Blay Minott are some of the singles Eek-A-Mouse is pushing ahead of his appearance at 'Reggae Extravaganza'.<br /> <br /> They have the distinctive yodel that has earned him thousands of fans in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.<br /> <br /> It is a timeless sound, Eek-A-Mouse boasts.<br /> <br /> "It different, it unique. Right ya now mi have the whole a di youth dem inna 'Jungle' a sing song wha' mi nuh release yet," he said before bursting into song.<br /> <br /> Eek-A-Mouse is familiar with the 'Concrete Jungle' (Arnett Gardens) that inspired some of Bob Marley's greatest songs. He was raised there as Ripton Hylton, going to dances and kicking off his recording career in the late 1970s.<br /> <br /> He had a breakout hit in 1979 with Wah Do Dem which topped Jamaican charts for a number of weeks. Songs like the 1981 weedman anthem Ganja Smuggling, produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, gave him an underground following in the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> An outstanding performance at Reggae Sunsplash that year and a debut UK tour in 1982 put Eek-A-Mouse on the path to stardom. At his peak, he reckons he did 250 shows a year, including the biggest reggae and pop festivals.<br /> <br /> He has had his share of controversy. He was jailed in 2013 in North Carolina on rape and drug possession charges stemming from a 2008 incident in that state. The charges were eventually dropped.<br /> <br /> According to Eek-A-Mouse, the charges were unwarranted. "It was nothing but institutionalised racism," he said.<br /> <br /> In August Eek-A-Mouse returned to the Jamaican stage after eight years -- on the Marcus Garvey Festival in Ocho Rios. He was pleased with the response to his set and expects similar reaction come Christmas Day when he performs in Black River.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404948/eek-a-mouse_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 22, 2015 12:00 AM &lsquo;Biebs&rsquo; not sorry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Biebs--not-sorry_19239826 JUSTIN Bieber's dancehall-tinged song Sorry is number one in the United Kingdom. It removed Adele's Hello, which spent three weeks on top.<br /> <br /> Sorry is the second single from Bieber's fourth album, Purpose, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart last week with sales of over 500,000 copies.<br /> <br /> In the UK, Purpose entered the national chart at number two, selling over 90,000 copies in its first week.<br /> <br /> Produced by electronic music maestro Skrillex, Sorry is number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 charts.<br /> <br /> This is the second collaboration between Skrillex and Bieber, arguably the biggest name in contemporary pop. In July, the Skrillex-produced Where Are U Now peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.<br /> <br /> Reviews have described Sorry as a "tropical house song with EDM and dancehall beats".<br /> <br /> In 2012, Skrillex teamed with Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley on the song Make it Bun Dem, which was certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the US.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404946/Justin-Bieber_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 22, 2015 12:00 AM Cooper ready to fill dad&rsquo;s shoes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cooper-ready-to-fill-dad-s-shoes_19239744 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com WITH just over a month before Safia Cooper takes the reins of entertainment and business conglomerate Pulse from her father Kingsley, she is vowing to continue on the path he cleared for the past three decades.<br /> <br /> Pulse, which operates the renowned model agency, as well as several other business entities, will see the younger Cooper assuming the role of CEO come January 1.<br /> <br /> In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, the 35-year-old Cooper notes that being the eldest of two children, the thought of running the family business at some point has always been part of her psyche.<br /> <br /> "Naturally, I was very excited, and immediately the magnitude and just how critical a move of this nature was certainly did hit home. Large shoes to fill. This succession plan has been a matter of discussion and serious consideration for quite a while. It's time of actualisation was only to be determined by the business cycle, with regards to the state of immediate projects, those to come, and the future plans of our chairman," she said.<br /> <br /> Cooper, Pulse's current director of sales and marketing, says it will be more of the same with her touch, once she takes over.<br /> <br /> "The model agency will continue to play a pivotal role in the Pulse business. Our diversity may give the impression to persons looking on that we are not as focused on our model agency, but this is not so. At the same time, in the last couple of years we have expanded our real estate business and now have shop and office rentals and a storage facility at Trafalgar Road, restaurant rentals, function space, and other facilities at Villa Ronai, with short- and medium-term residential space to come on stream within the next 12 months. Of course, we still maintain well-known events such as Caribbean Fashionweek and the Caribbean Model Search. We have also successfully produced the Color Festival in Jamaica and, though not our core, we also operate clubs and lounges," she notes.<br /> <br /> She hints at some new projects to come on stream over the next two years, but is keeping details on those close to her chest at this time.<br /> <br /> Any major changes?<br /> <br /> "None at this time," she responds.<br /> <br /> For Cooper, who has been sitting at the feet of her father for the past three years, one can never be one hundred per cent ready for a move such as this, but she is very optimistic about the future. She states that to take over Pulse one needs a strong skill set.<br /> <br /> "Working with intangibles in creative business, especially one as diverse and as uniquely organised as Pulse, one needs ruthless focus, extreme efficiency, a relentless drive for success, be continuously innovative, and possess a bit of 'super heroism'. I see my strong features as a zero fear of hardwork, a great capacity to multitask, the ability to execute against plan, a strong sense of commitment to excellence, and being result-oriented."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12404949/Safia-Cooper_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 22, 2015 3:00 AM