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 Prince&rsquo;s reggae track finds new life http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Prince-s-reggae-track-finds-new-life_59946 Since Prince&rsquo;s death on April 21, there has been renewed interest in the singer/songwriter&rsquo;s music. Sales of his <br /> <br /> albums and singles have shot past the three-million mark.<br /> <br /> Seventeen Prince albums have re-entered the Billboard 200 Albums chart. One of them is Love Symbol, which is currently at number 111.<br /> <br /> Love Symbol, his 14th album, was released October 13 1992 by Paisley Park/Warner Bros. Among the set&rsquo;s 18 songs is the reggae track<br /> <br /> Blue Light.<br /> <br /> Blue Light samples Bob Marley&rsquo;s Is This Love. Musicians who worked on the song include saxophonist Eric Leeds and bassist Michael Koppelman.<br /> <br /> Love Symbol peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. It has sold over one million copies in the United States and five million copies worldwide.<br /> <br /> The songs from the album that did well chart-wise were 7, My Name is Prince, Sexy MF and The Morning Papers.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12900939/199312_28067_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12900776/199262_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Jamaica can&rsquo;t afford big acts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sponsorship-needed--says-Junior-Taylor_60075 Over the years the Jamaican stage has seen many of the world&rsquo;s top acts from the world of music.<br /> <br /> However in recent times there have been calls for local promoters to bring the mega stars. But one promoter says based on the prevailing economic environment, the cost for these artistes to perform in Jamaica is prohibitive.<br /> <br /> Junior Taylor, promoter of Soul In the Sun &mdash; a two-day festival held in Montego Bay in 2014, says the macro economic situation in which Jamaica finds itself and a lack of sufficient corporate sponsorship work against promoters who wish to bring in these acts.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sponsorship is a must for any major event here in Jamaica. Sponsorship allows a promoter to absorb some of the cost which would ultimately be meted out to the paying public in ticket prices. When one thinks of the overall cost to a patron to attend a festival... transportation, accommodation and personal costs, when you add to that an increased ticket price you see that it does not allow for events of this nature to be feasible. Jamaica simply cannot afford the big acts at this time,&rdquo; he stated.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Taylor told<br /> <br /> Splash that he and his team are working towards a staging of Soul in the Sun this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;With the fall out of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and Sweatfest the calls for Soul In the Sun have been loud. We are trying to see if we can fulfil this demand for late this year. <br /> <br /> He further explained that the major acts at this time are Beyonc&Atilde;&copy;, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and Justin Bieber and for any event to be held in Jamaica which involved these acts a promoter would be looking at a budget in the region of US$2 million.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The performance fees alone for these acts range from US$1 to 1.2 million. Then there are the attendant costs of hotel, airfare and ground transportation for the artiste and their party which can be as many as 50 persons. These include musicians, managers, personal assistants, stylists, make-up artists and family. There are also personal requirements for the artistes such as specific musical equipment, lighting and sound effects and props. When you add to that the cost to prepare a venue &mdash; overall production costs, advertising, marketing and administration &mdash; the costs are really pushed sky high.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He said the average ticket cost in the United States to see an artiste such as Beyonce is in the region of US$150 for general admission and about US$300 for VIP tickets and noted that there is no way a promoter could charge these prices here in Jamaica, given the current exchange rate.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We simply don&rsquo;t have the population to come out to an event which would allow for a promoter to recoup. Madison Square Garden in New York can accommodate 18,000 patrons and the population in New York is approximately 8.5 million persons... that&rsquo;s more than twice that of Jamaica, so you see that that a market like that has the numbers to draw on,&rdquo; Taylor said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For one of these major acts to perform in Jamaica, with limited sponsorship, the ticket prices would have to be US$150 and $200, and at least 18,000 persons would have to attend the event. Even so the promoter would be breaking even or making a very small profit,&rdquo; he emphasised.<br /> <br /> Jamaica&rsquo;s pride of place on the global music scene as the birthplace of reggae and international icon Bob Marley, the country has always been a pull for major international acts. In recent times and with the existence of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and Reggae Sumfest, international acts such as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Usher, Chris Brown, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Toni Braxton, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson have all performed for local audiences.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941583/202033_30658_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Confident ORiel goes EDM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Confident-ORiel-goes-EDM_59945 Dominican singer ORiel is eyeing a spot on Billboard&rsquo;s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with an EDM version of his song Confidence.<br /> <br /> In 2015, he released two EPs --- Confidence 2.0 and Love SoulJah --- simultaneously. The former contained a reggae version of Confidence, but ORiel and his team believe the EDM version has the goods to break into the lucrative EDM market.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The idea is to introduce the message from the song to an audience that might not necessarily be listening to reggae; and in doing so we are also extending the life of the song," said ORiel.<br /> <br /> The original Confidence is written by ORieL and co-produced by his Afar Music Group and Lloyd Willacy. Its EDM and Dubstep remixes feature Brent 'Tremma' Masado and Ludwig.<br /> <br /> Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ORiel has produced songs by a number of Jamaican artistes such as Richie Stephens, Bugle, Raine Syville, RDX, Voicemail, Anthony Cruz and Konshens.<br /> <br /> In 2015, he made his debut on Reggae Sumfest and Rebel Salute.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12942458/201827_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM A refreshing taste of Lemonade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-refreshing-taste-of-Lemonade_59741 I love any kind of music, and that includes disco too, because in the evening, the real me comes alive, I can feel it! <br /> <br /> I love lyrical warriors, whether they are rappers, (screen) writers or poets. The genius minds that surrounds the Queen Bey, Beyonc&Atilde;&copy;, have infused her latest musical endeavour with some of the most beautifully crafted, powerful words in her hour-long visual albumLemonade. These words are those of the London-based, Kenyan-born Somali writer, poet, teacher and editor, Warsan Shire. It is her prominently placed voice overs in Beyonce&rsquo;s, dare I say, film that raises Queen Bey&rsquo;s new album to a level that gives us life. <br /> <br /> Shire, whose first name means &lsquo;good news&rsquo;, is said to have worked with Beyonce to adapt her poems, like<br /> <br /> How to Wear Your Mother&rsquo;s Lipstick,<br /> <br /> The Unbearable Weight of Staying, andFor Women Who Are Difficult to Love, for the<br /> <br /> Lemonade album. And what a beautiful collaboration.<br /> <br /> Together they have inspired young women with words like: &ldquo;I tried to make a home out of you, but doors lead to trap doors, a stairway leads to nothing.&rdquo; Beyonce, in her music, quotes the poetry of Shire in a portion of the visual, music series labeled &ldquo;Intuition.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Poetry and music is a natural partnership, said the 27-year-old poet in a 2012 interview. &ldquo;I write with music. It feels organic. My poems come to me in images, like film.&rdquo; And the musical movement of Beyonce continues to take cinematic formation as she weaves her beautiful #Blackgirlmagic mixed with R&B, soul, rock, and country too, adding spice to her battle cry that says that the black girl will survive love, heartbreak, jealousy and forgiveness too! The music, images and poetry are all served up to refresh and inspire you to carry on.<br /> <br /> So, in closing, I share that I get it and I love it, because life has given this black girl a few lemons, but my mother taught me how to make Jamaican sweet tea and lemonade and I know how to Stir It Up!<br /> <br /> Sheryl Lee Ralph is an American actress, singer, and activist with Jamaican roots. She also originated the role of Deena Jones in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12905310/199612_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12905307/199611_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Sound vibes in Queens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sound-vibes-in-Queens_59942 An outdoor sound system festival is scheduled for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, on July 10.<br /> <br /> Promoters Irish and Chin have joined forces with Irie Jam Radio to stage the inaugural Sound Fest Vibez. It will feature an impressive lineup of selectors and sound systems, including Stone Love, Fire Links, Metro Media, King Addies, Soul Supreme and Banky Hype.<br /> <br /> Irish and Chin recently staged the successful Vintage Rumble at Club Amazuru in Queens. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941402/201747_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Spookie hunts follow-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Spookie-hunts-follow-up_59941 Last year, England-based dancehall artiste Spookie scored a hit with <br /> <br /> Hurt It Up<br /> <br /> . He is hoping to capitalise on that breakthrough by releasing the single <br /> <br /> Ntn Less<br /> <br /> , produced by Markus Myrie.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ntn Less is a party song for the flossers, the big spenders and high rollers. It is also a part of my lifestyle. Ntn less dan &lsquo;Henny&rsquo; inna di dance,&rdquo; said Spookie.<br /> <br /> He told Splash that the link with Myrie was made through social media last year. Since then, he has recorded two songs for the producer.<br /> <br /> Born Jason White, Spookie is originally from Tower Hill in Kingston. He migrated to England four years ago.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Although Hurt It Up is a hit single, I feel as though I should have promoted more in Jamaica. I should be there on almost a permanent basis to campaign in the streets. People from all over the world love the song but still struggle to put a face (to it), and sometimes a name behind the song,&rdquo; he noted.<br /> <br /> Spookie has also worked with producers such as DJ Frass and Mini E5 Records, Seanizzle and TJ Records.<br /> <br /> &mdash; KJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941401/201746_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Romance hits Billboard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Romance-hits-Billboard_59940 Reggae Loves Romance, a 12-song album, debuts at number nine on the Billboard Reggae Album chart this week. It was released April 22 by VP Records.<br /> <br /> The compilation has a number of chart-toppers including Brown Skin by Richie Spice, Tempted to Touch (Beres Hammond), She&rsquo;s Royal (Tarrus Riley) and Pretty Girl by Sanchez.<br /> <br /> Other popular numbers are Dark Skin Girl by Romain Virgo, Morgan Heritage&rsquo;s Love You Right, Woman I Need You by Sizzla, Take My Wings by Christopher Martin, and Jah Cure&rsquo;s Love You. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941400/201748_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Anju Priest releases &lsquo;Essence&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Anju-Priest-releases--Essence-_59856 The Essence Of Life<br /> <br /> , singer Anju Priest&rsquo;s second album, will be released today by VPAL, a subsidiary of VP Records.<br /> <br /> It has 12 songs, including<br /> <br /> Happy & Free with I-Octane, and a cover of British singer Rick Astley&rsquo;s 1987 dance hit<br /> <br /> Never Gonna Give You Up.<br /> <br /> The Cayman-based Priest also has high expectations for<br /> <br /> Family Reunion and<br /> <br /> Unstoppable, other tracks from<br /> <br /> The Essence Of Life.<br /> <br /> Priest&rsquo;s first album,<br /> <br /> Stages, was released in 2002.<br /> <br /> Stephen McGregor, Rohan Dwyer, Jervis Elliott, Diavallan &lsquo;Dia&rsquo; Fearon, and Adrian Rowe are the producers who worked on<br /> <br /> The Essence Of Life.<br /> <br /> &mdash; HC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941321/201848__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Opera ends on high note with Elektra http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Opera-ends-on-high--note-with-Elektra_59639 On Saturday, the curtains came down on the Metropolitan Opera&rsquo;s Live in HD series with a dramatic presentation of the Strauss tragedy, Elektra at the Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, St Andrew.<br /> <br /> It is interesting that the management of the Met chose this piece to close their 2015-2016 season. Unlike some of the popular productions staged this season such as<br /> <br /> Madama Butterfly andTurandot, Elektra is not one of the works which is a favourite with audiences, at least, here in Jamaica. In addition, unlike the crowd favourites, this work does not come with lofty set designs, impressive art direction, and eye-catching costuming. Instead, what is presented is a stripped-down and bare set and easily forgotten costumes. However, what cannot be forgotten is the intense and dramatic work which unfolds at a palpable pace non-stop, from the overture right down to the curtain call.<br /> <br /> Leading the charge in the titular role is Swedish powerhouse of a soprano Nina Stemme.<br /> <br /> Widely regarded for her dramatic capabilities, Stemme brings that and then some to this production. In a role that requires her to be on stage for 98 per cent of the two-and-a-half-hour-long single act &mdash; staged with no intermissions, Stemme was able to convincingly sustain the character with all its vocal power and drama.<br /> <br /> One will also remember the grandeur of Strauss&rsquo;s orchestral work guided under the baton of Finland-born conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. The giant swells and commanding interludes of music only served to heighten the drama and enhance the mood of the work.<br /> <br /> Elektra tells the story of the daughter of King Agamemnon who, in grieving the death of her father, locks herself away in solitude. Devastated with grief, she is obsessed with revenge. As the plot twists,<br /> <br /> Elektra draws on other close members in her family, including a long-lost brother, to be part of her scheme to avenge the death of her father.<br /> <br /> By the final notes, in keeping with the tragedy genre, bodies lie upon the stage and Elektra is so overjoyed that she breaks out into a dance.<br /> <br /> The 2016-2017 season kicks off on October 8. Among the productions making next season&rsquo;s run are Don Giovanni by Mozart, Gunod&rsquo;s Romeo et Juliette and La Traviata by Verdi.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941280/201219_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 2:00 AM Mighty Crown comes of age http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mighty-Crown-comes-of-age_59944 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer Living out of a suitcase has been a way of life for Samuel &lsquo;Sami T&rsquo; Tse for 25 years. That&rsquo;s how long Mighty Crown, the Japanese sound system he co-founded, has been around.<br /> <br /> With this year being the sound system&rsquo;s silver anniversary, there are plenty of gigs to keep him and his colleagues, hotel hopping.<br /> <br /> This week, Sami T and two those colleagues Ninjacrown and Masta Simon, are in the United Kingdom for four dates. Two of them took place at the O2 venues in Birmingham and Brixton alongside Tarrus Riley and Agent Sasco.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important for us to be on the road because it shows we are still on top of the game after 25 years,&rdquo; Sami T told<br /> <br /> Splash.<br /> <br /> Mighty Crown has a busy schedule in coming weeks. Their biggest assignments are three shows in Japan this month with Chronixx, who performs for the first time in that country. He has dates confirmed for Tokyo, Kawasaki and Osaka.<br /> <br /> Sami T believes Chronixx &mdash; unofficial leader of the neo-roots reggae movement &mdash; is ideal in helping Mighty Crown reach younger fans who are increasingly jamming to the trendy sounds of EDM juggernauts like Major Lazer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Wi not against trying a thing (like EDM), but in general reggae is what we do an&rsquo; what we are known for. The base will always be reggae music,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Last December, Mighty Crown earned new fans by winning the Sound Clash At Sea on the Marley&rsquo;s Welcome To Jamrock Cruise. The cross-generational party made stops in South Florida, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, and drew fans of different ages and cultures.<br /> <br /> From all reports, the younger fans on the cruise showed the enthusiasm Samuel Tse had when he and Masta Simon started Mighty Crown in their native Yokohama in 1991.<br /> <br /> Jamaican music still has a following in Japan, but not as big as the 1990s when a number of dancehall/reggae shows were held in major centres of Tokyo and Osaka.<br /> <br /> After establishing itself at home, Mighty Crown picked up thousands of fans by playing to packed halls in North America, Europe and Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Their reputation was enhanced by victories in the World Clash in 1999 and the UK Cup Clash in Nottingham, England, in 2002.<br /> <br /> The &lsquo;sound clash&rsquo; is still a priority for Mighty Crown. But getting those new fans is just as important.<br /> <br /> As part of its 25th anniversary, Sammy T and company will next month release Life Story, a rhythm with songs by young turks Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Bugle, and Raging Fyah.<br /> <br /> They hope it will have a similar impact as their Welcome To Jamrock triumph.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That was a good look for us because it was a different crowd. The people were saying to us, &lsquo;Hey, we appreciate what you do,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Sami T. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940884/201756_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM JahZ I Lee set to make name http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/JahZ-I-Lee-set-to-make-name_60005 JahZ I Lee is hopeful his latest releases will make an impact with listeners.<br /> <br /> The tracks Low Me Mek Me Live and Love Yours Refix, featuring J Cole.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Music is the most viable medium to convey a message. Having an infinite imagination, one begins to compose, record and perform. If something is repeated, it then becomes a routine; if that routine is loved, then it also becomes a passion,&rdquo; said JahZ I Lee.<br /> <br /> Both songs were produced by Michael Jagga Barracks, Askelle & Brown Chopz from the Vision House Family, and Mark &lsquo;Cine Enigma&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> So far, JahZ I has been receiving tremendous feedback from both songs, as they are regarded and greatly applauded for their deeply resonating and truly reflective themes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The response thus far has exceeded my expectations. There&rsquo;s always that one fan that will come up to me and tell me how much they enjoy listening to my music. It is a joy to hear how my audience has taken to my music, and the great thing is I aim to offer difference in my approach,&rdquo; said JahZ I Lee, whose given name is Munhaire Lee. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941406/201927__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Yellowman, Ken Boothe for Clarendon LIVE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Yellowman--Ken-Boothe-for-Clarendon-LIVE_59937 Dubbed the Retro Edition, the event is promoted by EppJam Production and StreetCreed Jamaica. The acts will be backed by Step By Step band.<br /> <br /> Joseph Moore, CEO of EppJam Production, shared the thinking behind the series.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We saw a need in Clarendon for LIVE entertainment and are excited that the people in Manchester, Clarendon, and St Catherine agree and have come out to support,&rdquo; said Moore.<br /> <br /> Yellowman is elated to be performing in Clarendon.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a pleasure to perform for Clarendon after such a long time being away from the parish. Touring the world is great, but performing for Jamaicans is always a pleasure, so Clarendon, come out and take in a rare and exciting show&rdquo; said Yellowman, who has not been on a Clarendon stage for the past seven years. <br /> <br /> Yellowman is known for hits including Operation Eradication, Mr Chin, Sensimilla and Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.<br /> <br /> Boothe, a perennial favourite, is known for classics such as Puppet on a String, Everything I Own and Silver Words.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Two great acts, Ken Boothe and Yellowman, on one stage which Clarendon has not seen in so long, is a major reason for patrons to come out this Friday night for Clarendon LIVE. It&rsquo;s the perfect way to de-stress from a long week as well,&rdquo; said Ravenne Reid, social media director of StreetCred Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Started last month, Clarendon LIVE is slated to run until August. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941358/202019_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941362/195274__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941363/201752_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Kapri pleased with releases http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kapri-pleased--with-releases_60010 Emerging dancehall artiste Kapri is on a musical high with the recent release of his two singles <br /> <br /> Dark Glass and Anything on the Jah Snow Cone Record label. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Anything is a song for the ladies. The song has been enjoying regular rotations on local and international radio stations. The accompanying video, which was filmed under the direction of Jack Nine Films, was released in early February. The video is currently enjoying heavy play,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The deejay said Dark Glass is gaining an underground following.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The reception that we a get in the streets so far is a good look. So I&rsquo;m going to continue to do the work, because there are many more things to come. There are no limits to my music. I am bringing back the nostalgic sound, by incorporating that older era with a modern feel,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12941359/201941__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM Lots of love to cherish http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lots-of-love-to-cherish_59928 The turnout at Cherish my Love on April 23 was more than impressive, and the music at Steve Madden Plaza, 173 Orange Street in Kingston, had everyone clinging to the excellent vibes.<br /> <br /> Of course, OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY&rsquo;s work is worth cherishing. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940969/200025__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940968/200019__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940971/200018__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940966/200015__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940975/200024__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940977/200017__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940978/200026__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940980/200021__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940982/200023__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940983/200020.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940985/200016__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12940987/200022__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 06, 2016 12:00 AM G7 to the point with Needle Eye http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/G7-to-the-point-with-Needle-Eye_59838 Having cut his teeth on the competitive Portmore dance scene, deejay G7 knows the importance of selling a song to the grass roots.<br /> <br /> Based in Newark, New Jersey, G7 is in Jamaica pitching his new single Needle Eye. It is produced by Studio Vibes, a company out of Christiana, Manchester.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It a get solid rotation in Jersey an&rsquo; The Bronx, so wi come a yard fi push it so it become a genuine dancehall hit,&rdquo; G7 told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> G7, 34, is from the Waterford community of Portmore, which has always had a vibrant sound system scene.<br /> <br /> While living there, he saw the impact Vybz Kartel, the area&rsquo;s most famous artiste, had on budding artistes.<br /> <br /> His biggest musical influences, however, are toasters General Trees and Papa San, and the hardcore Shabba Ranks.<br /> <br /> It was not until four years ago that G7 (real name Garfield Reid) kicked off his recording career with Gimme. That song was released by Warrior Chief Productions, a company owned by Jamaica&rsquo;s champion jockey Dane Nelson.<br /> <br /> He has maintained ties with Nelson&rsquo;s fledgling label, recording songs like Love You Right.<br /> <br /> Other recent G7 productions include Neezberry for Studio Vibes and Do the Maths, produced by T7G Records from Atlanta.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12937918/201698__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:00 AM Serani on cloud 9 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Serani-on-cloud-9_59871 Singer, songwriter and producer, Craig &lsquo;Serani&rsquo; Marsh got a career boost recently when vocals from Dying, his 2006 collaboration with Mavado, was sampled by superstar rapper Drake.<br /> <br /> The Canadian artiste used Serani&rsquo;s lyrics for 9, a song from his latest album Views.<br /> <br /> Serani said Drake&rsquo;s team followed proper recording rights procedure by contacting his manager, Julian Jones-Griffith, prior to the album&rsquo;s release on April 29.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Drake is currently my favourite rapper and I listen to all his music. I met him years ago and we were cool, but I did not see this one coming at all. I&rsquo;m extremely happy right now!&rdquo; said Serani.<br /> <br /> Serani is not unfamiliar with international success. His song, No Games, debuted at number 55 on the Billboard&rsquo;s R&B/Hip Hop Chart in 2008.<br /> <br /> In recent years, a number of hip hop acts as well as EDM maestros Major Lazer have sampled several dancehall and reggae songs with some success.<br /> <br /> Views is Drake&rsquo;s fourth album. Released last Friday, the 20-track set has collaborations with Jamaican artistes and producers including Popcaan, Dwayne &lsquo;Supa Dups&rsquo; Chin-Quee, Matthew &lsquo;Boi-1da&rsquo; Samuels, and Stephen McGregor.<br /> <br /> For Serani, getting recognition from a multi-platinum-selling artiste like Drake is a shot in the arm.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Hip hop sampling dancehall is major for us Jamaicans. It does well for our culture&rsquo;s promotion internationally too,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> In the meantime, Serani is currently promoting his latest singles Gone and Low Rider. <br /> <br /> Released in March, Gone is produced by UIM Records.<br /> <br /> Low Rider, a collab with dancer Renae 6:30, was released on Monday. This single is self-produced.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am really exicted about the collaboration. I think it is going to be a summer anthem as this is the time when the world parties. Renae 6:30 also has a dance to accompany the song. We&rsquo;ll be riding into the summer with that one,&rdquo; he told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &mdash; SIMONE MORGAN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12937905/201617__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:00 AM Roots of Creation rule Billboard reggae http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Roots-of-Creation-rule-Billboard-reggae_59795 AMERICAN band Roots of Creation scores a double on the Billboard Reggae Album chart this week. The six-member outfit is at number one with Livin Free(deluxe edition) and number 10 with Livin Free(standard version).<br /> <br /> Livin Free (standard version) contains three versions of each song (studio/dub/acoustic). It was released on April 22 by Universal Music and contains collaborations with Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band, Ras MG of Sublime, and Pato Banton.<br /> <br /> Roots of Creation&rsquo;s members are Mike Chadinha (drums/vocals); Tal Pearson (keyboards/vocals); Brett Wilson (lead vocals/guitar); Billy Kottage (trombone/vocals); Nick Mini (bass); and Andrew Riordon (saxophone/dub Fx/vocals).<br /> <br /> The band formed in 2001 at Franklin Pierce College in their home state of New Hampshire with Wilson, Pearson and Chadinha among the original members.<br /> <br /> They released their debut album The End Of The Beginning three years later. It was followed by 2006&rsquo;s Rise Up.<br /> <br /> Roots of Creation have since released four live albums.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12937792/201394_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:00 AM Popcaan fined for assaulting cop in Antigua http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Popcaan-fined-for-assaulting-cop-in-Antigua_59820 Jamaican deejay Popcaan was fined EC$2,000 and released from custody yesterday following an incident on Monday night in the Caribbean territory of Antigua and Barbuda.<br /> <br /> The artiste, whose real name is Andre Sutherland, was arrested and later slapped with four charges after an altercation with a member of the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force during his performance at a rally put on by the ruling Antigua Labour Party at Fort James. He was charged with assault, battery, obstructing a police officer in the lawful execution of his duty, and resisting arrest.<br /> <br /> When Popcaan appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in the Antigua Magistrate&rsquo;s Court yesterday, he plead guilty to all the charges. The fine was connected to the assault and obstruction charges. Each carried a EC$1,000 tag or a six-month prison term. In the artiste&rsquo;s case, the prison sentences would have run concurrently had the fines not been paid.<br /> <br /> During Popcaan&rsquo;s performance on Monday, an excited fan jumped onto the stage. The police officer in question was attempting to remove the patron from the stage when the incident occurred.<br /> <br /> According to Senior Sergeant Frankie Thomas, head of the Office of Strategic Communications, which handles public relations for the police force in Antigua, the officer was simply doing his job.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There was a clear security breach when the man jumped onto the stage. Every effort was being made to ensure that security was not compromised. He was taking clear steps to see to the safety and security of the artiste. But Sutherland, aka Popcaan, got between the officer and the fan, and at times was even physically barring the officer from carrying out his duty,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Popcaan&rsquo;s camp is brushing off the incident, noting that the artiste who was invited to perform was treated with nothing but respect. One member of the artiste&rsquo;s team told the Observer that it was all a misunderstanding as he was just &ldquo;defending one of his fans&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12532989/178063_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:00 AM Remembering Jakes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Remembering-Jakes_59789 By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com NEARLY four decades after his death, Jacob &lsquo;Jakes&rsquo; Miller&rsquo;s legacy is alive and well, according to Inner Circle founding member Roger Lewis.<br /> <br /> Miller, who died in a auto accident in 1980, would have celebrated his 62nd birthday today.<br /> <br /> Lewis, guitarist for the Grammy-winning band, spoke about the singer&rsquo;s legacy.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;During his lifetime, Jakes&rsquo;s contribution to Jamaica&rsquo;s music was instrumental. As a singer/songwriter/social commentator, his music reflected the mood of the society,&rdquo; Lewis told the Jamaica Observer from his Florida base yesterday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He was one of the headliners at the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston in &rsquo;78. He contributed to the growth of Rastafari and was one of the advocates for marijuana legalisation in his song Tired Fi Li Weed Inna Bush... He was the people&rsquo;s singer,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Miller&rsquo;s music has won a new generation of artistes. Chronixx put his spin on Tenement Yard, while American rapper/actor J Boog added his flavour to I&rsquo;ve Got The Handle.<br /> <br /> Lewis has a hectic touring schedule with Inner Circle. They perform at major events including Rototom Sunsplash in Spain, Retro Festival in Norway, Sea Splash in Croatia, and Serwood Festival in Italy. He said Miller has a global following.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A section of the audience comes to our concerts for that. His music has a following in Europe, America and in the Caribbean.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Manchester-born Miller had a prolific solo career and also as lead singer of Inner Circle. He also starred in the 1978 movie<br /> <br /> Rockers.<br /> <br /> Miller is also known for songs like Peace Treaty, Forward Ever, Backward Never, Chapter A Day, and Natty Christmas.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Like Bob Marley, Jakes never had an opportunity to fulfil his potential. We only saw about 15 per cent of him. He could have contributed much more. He and Bob became close friends before his death. I&rsquo;m sorry he wasn&rsquo;t around about 20 more years,&rdquo; said Lewis.<br /> <br /> Lewis said plans are in the works for a tribute concert in Manchester next year.<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). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12894636/198865__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:00 AM Ocho Rios Jazz Fest expands http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ocho-Rios-Jazz-Fest-expands_59734 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer THE 26th Annual International Jamaica Ocho Rios Jazz Festival is scheduled to return on May 29 through June 5 with an expanded programme, according to organisers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My late husband and I used to plan the event together. Unfortunately, when he passed it was a task doing it myself. Now I&rsquo;m at the point where I have the confidence to return to that era,&rdquo; Dr Myrna Hague-Bradshaw, festival director told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Hague-Bradshaw refers to her husband, bandleader and trumpeter Sonny Bradshaw, who died in 2009.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He originally started the festival as a vehicle to promote jazz and instrument-playing artistes,&rdquo; she explained.<br /> <br /> She was speaking with the Observer at the festival&rsquo;s media launch held at Hotel Four Seasons in St Andrew, recently.<br /> <br /> The expansion will see a jazz cruise from Kingston Harbour on May 29. Simultaneously, the eastern end of the island will have a taste of jazz at Rafters Rest in Portland.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a dream to get a leg of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival,&rdquo; said Marcia Lawrence, operator of Banks of the Rio Grande at Rafters Rest.<br /> <br /> Lawrence hopes to tap into the Latin market that has been surging in the area, especially given that one of the major festival acts, Filulas Juz is from Mexico.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I thought it was a good product to take to Portland, and the venue has the ambiance for such an event,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Filulas Juz will be joined by Freddy Loco Ska Band out of Belgium and Eugene Grey from the United States. Jazz fans can also enjoy local talent in the form of Jamaica Big Band and Hague-Bradshaw&rsquo;s latest discovery Koriq.<br /> <br /> Throughout the week, there will be various events, free and paid, between Ocho Rios and Kingston, culminating in a finale at Hope Gardens on June 5 featuring all acts.<br /> <br /> Despite the challenge in organising the event since her husband&rsquo;s passing, Hague-Bradshaw continues to press on.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are the very last of the real jazz festivals. All the others have incorporated pop or R&B for profit,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934224/201288_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:00 AM Startime readies for Clarendon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Startime-readies-for-Clarendon_59742 Clarendon, which produced several artistes who figured prominently in the early years of Jamaican music, hosts the second Startime show of the year.<br /> <br /> The event will be held at The Verandah, Clarendon Park, in May Pen on July 2. Headliners are the artistes who performed on January&rsquo;s pipe-opener at Mas Camp in Kingston. They are Marcia Griffiths, Leroy Sibbles, Errol Dunkley, Horace Andy, Dillinger, The Mighty Diamonds, Frankie Paul, and Johnny Clarke.<br /> <br /> They are complemented by a &lsquo;Clarendon Connection&rsquo; featuring homegrown acts Derrick Morgan, The Clarendonians and Freddie McGregor.<br /> <br /> Lloyd Parks And We The People are backing band.<br /> <br /> Michael Barnett, co-promoter of the show, said it is critical Startime reaches fans outside of Kingston.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is very important, as many parishioners keep hearing about Startime and have never been able to experience the concert because of the distance to Kingston. Taking it to Clarendon is bringing Startime closer to some of those prospective patrons,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Morgan, one of ska&rsquo;s great exponents, was born in May Pen. He is one of many artistes from the sugar-belt parish who had a massive impact on ska and rocksteady.<br /> <br /> Millie Small of My Boy Lollipop fame, Toots Hibbert and The Clarendonians are also from Clarendon.<br /> <br /> Barnett first staged Heineken Startime in June 1988 at the Oceana Hotel in downtown Kingston. With Keith Brown as his business partner, the show had a golden run throughout the 1990s when rocksteady enjoyed a revival.<br /> <br /> He and businessman Charles Simms staged the Mas Camp gig in January.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer are associate sponsors of Startime.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12552285/179278_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934549/197189__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12552284/179277__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12552291/179283_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12552289/179281__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12552287/179279_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12582374/181211__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:00 AM Tama sticking to his roots http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tama-sticking-to-his-roots_59728 Born in England to Jamaican parents, Errol Melbourne soaked up the culture of his family&rsquo;s homeland as a youth. Reggae was top of his list.<br /> <br /> Melbourne, known in British music circles as &ldquo;Tama&rdquo;, is in Jamaica working on projects with roots singer Kongo Man Ash and Dennis Lloyd, a London-born vocalist who also has Jamaican roots.<br /> <br /> The 55-year-old Melbourne produced Elizabeth by Kongo Man Ash for his Tama Music Productions. He did the same for Africa, which Lloyd did with Capleton.<br /> <br /> Melboune spent his formative years in the British Midlands, but moved to Kingston with his family in 1972 and lived in the Jamaican capital for five years. He returned to England in 1977 and joined respected roots band Matumbi as a drummer two years later.<br /> <br /> He yearns for a hit song in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I would really love that &mdash; its very important. I was born in England but have never really acknowledged there as my home,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Formed in London in 1971 by Barbadian-born Dennis Bovell, Matumbi recorded a number of quality albums during the 1970s and 1980s. Melbourne joined them in 1979 and played on some of those albums including Matumbi and Testify.<br /> <br /> He also did session work with a number of reggae artistes based in England, including Prince Lincoln and The Royal Rasses, and the Twinkle Brothers. During the 1980s and 1990s, British reggae artistes such as Aswad, Steel Pulse and Maxi Priest made an impact in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> After a 10-year break, singer Bitty McLean put first-generation Brits back on Jamaican radio in 2008 with the hit songs Walk Away From Love and Make It With You.<br /> <br /> Melbourne is inspired by McLean&rsquo;s Jamaican success.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;British [reggae] artistes don&rsquo;t seem to convey or project the kind of vibration that comes from Jamaica. When I see the level of recognition Bitty gets here, I admire that,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> While in Jamaica, Melbourne filmed videos for Elizabeth and Africa in Kingston.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934138/201358__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:00 AM Remember Mama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Remember-Mama_59791 A strong cast of gospel artistes will be on show for Remember Mama 3 at Portmore Skating Rink. This event is promoted by Celebration Church.<br /> <br /> Jermaine Edwards, Rondel Positive, iWorshipp and Ariana Whyte are the artistes who will salute mothers.<br /> <br /> Admission: $1200 at the gate; $500 for children. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934344/201400__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934341/201406_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:00 AM Noddy sings at Cecil&rsquo;s http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Noddy-sings-at-Cecil-s_59792 SINGER Noddy Virtue is the main performer at Cecil&rsquo;s Restaurant in Spanish Town on Mothers&rsquo; Day.<br /> <br /> The event also features chef Devon who will serve a three-course meal.<br /> <br /> Virtue came to national prominence through the Digicel Rising Stars talent contest, placing second to Christopher Martin in 2005.<br /> <br /> His best known songs are covers of Jimmy Cliff&rsquo;sRebel In Me and Bed Of Roses, originally done by Bon Jovi.<br /> <br /> Tiffany Disco with DJ Master RAJ will also be in the house.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934342/201409_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:00 AM Lights, camera, Hollywood flossing! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lights--camera--Hollywood-flossing-_59780 They dubbed it Hollywood Flossing, and so the ladies in particular turned up in fine style at Ramping Shop on North Avenue in Kingston where they shone like true stars. <br /> <br /> OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY took the director&rsquo;s chair.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934648/200038__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934658/200033__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934646/200027__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934647/200030__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934649/200028__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934651/200029__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934652/200031__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934653/200035__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934654/200034__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934655/200032__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934656/200036__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12934657/200037__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 04, 2016 12:00 AM