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 Major Mission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Major-Mission-_18645573 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer Electronic music maestro Major Lazer releases its third album, Peace is Mission, on June 1. It will be released by the Mad Decent label.<br /> <br /> Similar to 2009's Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do and 2013's Free the Universe, Peace is Mission has collaborations with several Jamaican acts.<br /> <br /> Among them are Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Mad Cobra, Elephant Man, Jovi Rockwell and former Brick and Lace member Nyla.<br /> <br /> Trinidadian soca star Machel Montano, British soul singer Ellie Goulding -- who recently topped the British pop charts with Love Me Like You Do -- are also featured. So too DJ Snake (who last year scored a big hit with Lil Jon called Turn Down for What), Ariana Grande, rappers Pusha T, 2 Chainz and Travi$ Scott and Danish singer MO.<br /> <br /> Elephant Man, who is featured on Too Original with Rockwell, was upbeat about the project.<br /> <br /> "The song is crazy. Major Lazer fly in and sey him need Elephant Man on a track, and wi went to Big Yard to record it and the vibe was great. From the moment I recorded it, I knew it was going to be a hit," he said.<br /> <br /> Lean On Me, the album's first single features MO and DJ Snake. It is already on charts in New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Denmark and France.<br /> <br /> Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do contained the hits Hold the Line which featured Mr Lexx and Santigold; Keep it Goin Louder by Nina Sky and Ricky Blaze, and Pon Di Floor featuring Vybz Kartel. Each entered Billboard's Dance Music Club Play chart.<br /> <br /> That album reached number four on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart; number seven on Top Electronic Albums chart; and 169 on the Billboard 200.<br /> <br /> Free the Universe made 10 European charts and peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200 and UK album charts.<br /> <br /> Among its hits were Bumaye (Watch out For This) with Busy Signal, the Flexican, and FS Green; Jah No Partial featuring Johnny Osbourne; Bubble Butt, a collaboration with Bruno Mars, American rapper Tyga and Mystic and Keep Cool featuring Shaggy and American singer Wynter Gordon.<br /> <br /> Major Lazer was created in 2008 by American DJ and record producer Diplo and English DJ Switch. The latter left in 2011, and producers/DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire (of Black Chiney sound system) have since joined.<br /> <br /> The group last performed in Jamaica in December.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635863/Major-Lazer-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635923/mad-cobra_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635866/Elephant-Man_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Vegas shares &lsquo;Euphoria&rsquo; with Pitbull http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Vegas-shares--Euphoria--with-Pitbull_18645897 DANCEHALL artiste Mr Vegas has teamed up with hip- hop star Pitbull for a remix of his single My Jam.<br /> <br /> The single is from Vegas' Euphoria album which was released last year.<br /> <br /> "We wanted it to be a happy song and we needed an artiste to take us to another level, so we sent a copy of the track to Pitbull's team and they instantly jumped on the remix. He recorded his part and sent back to us in Jamaica and we did the rest," Vegas told Splash.<br /> <br /> He has worked with the Miami-born Pitbull before. Culo, Pitbull's 2004 collaboration with rapper Lil Jon, samples Vegas' Pull Up.<br /> <br /> Pitbull, whose parents are Cuban, has a massive following in the Latin market, one of the most lucrative in contemporary music.<br /> <br /> "This is great, as he has propelled me to a level that I only dream about. Pitbull has a huge fan base," said Vegas.<br /> <br /> The video for the single was shot two weeks ago in Atlanta.<br /> <br /> Mr Vegas, whose given name is Clifford Smith, is no stranger to international collaborations. Standing in The Sun, his remix with Beyonce, will be featured on her upcoming album Platinum Edition.<br /> <br /> He has also worked with Wyclef Jean and DMX and is featured on Snoop Lion's 2013 Grammy-nominated album, Reincarnated.<br /> <br /> Last year, he collaborated with Jason Derulo on the dancehall remix for Talk Dirty.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635927/pitbull_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Fuelling his desire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fuelling-his-desire_18644968 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com This is the first in a 10-part series looking at entertainers who have moved into business outside their industry.<br /> <br /> SINGER Stevie Face has always been aware of the fickle nature of the entertainment industry. For him, there are no guarantees, therefore there must always be a back-up plan.<br /> <br /> The artiste, who burst on the scene nearly 15 years ago with the lover's rock track, I'm in Love, is steadily carving out a name for himself as an entrepreneur, while maintaining a foothold in entertainment.<br /> <br /> The busy thoroughfare of Albion in St Thomas is home to his growing enterprise -- the two-year-old Advanced Alignment and Accessories and Advanced Service Station, which celebrates its first anniversary this weekend.<br /> <br /> "In life, you have to strike a balance, you can't reign forever.. it's just a reality in life. Look at CD sales, look at the recession and the effect it's having on the music industry. There are so many stars who were big in their day and when they die they can't even bury themselves. Well, I don't want that to be my reality," he stated.<br /> <br /> "I was born in this community and I just wanted to come and give back to the community that nurtured me and provide employment for persons in the area... everybody you see here is from Albion and the surrounding communities," he told Splash.<br /> <br /> It was during a stop while on tour in Sweden that Face noticed a shopping mall constructed from shipping containers. On his return to Jamaica, he purchased some containers and constructed a building from where Advanced Alignment and Accessories operates. That was just over two years ago. The facility sells all the products for motor vehicles including tyres and lubricants, offers wheel alignment and balancing as well as a car wash. He also has plans for an eatery and bar on the compound.<br /> <br /> The success of the venture made Stevie Face even more determined to take his brand to another level.<br /> <br /> "The Texaco station here in Albion was put up for sale and I just went for it without even having any idea of how the petroleum industry operates. So I drew on my childhood friend Carl McDonald as a business partner. His father was a haulage contractor and therefore he grew up in the business and could guide me," explains the 40-year-old artiste whose given name is Anwar Henchard.<br /> <br /> For McDonald, partnering with Face is a blessing as they share the same vision.<br /> <br /> "We both want to give the parish of St Thomas something different. We know what a service station should be and we are working towards this vision," McDonald stated.<br /> <br /> There are plans to expand Advanced Service Station. A second outlet was recently acquired in Highgate, St Mary, and is expected to open in two months. Already, Stevie Face is eyeing another station in eastern Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "This is the most rewarding thing I have ever done outside music. Advanced is currently the most popular gas station in St Thomas. The lines reach the main road during peak hours in the morning and evening and it's not because of the price, it's all about how we deal with our customers. I tell my staff every day we are not selling gas, we are selling a service," he explained.<br /> <br /> Tomorrow, Stevie Face and his staff host a customer appreciation event to commemorate their first anniversary. The event will feature his fellow artiste Assassin aka Agent Sasco.<br /> <br /> "We continue to have hiccups in the business... after all, it is a work in progress, but we are committed to giving the people of St Thomas a service which we can be proud of," he concluded.<br /> <br /> Fuelling his desire<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635952/DSC_1467_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635941/DSC_1591_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635940/DSC_1459_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635938/DSC_1605_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Bushman to visit Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bushman-to-visit-Africa ROOTS singer Bushman makes his first trip to the east African country of Kenya next week for three shows &mdash; two in the capital Nairobi and another in the city of Kimusu.<br /> <br /> The 42-year-old artiste will be making his third visit to the Motherland which has become a happy hunting ground for dancehall and reggae acts in the last 10 years. In 2010, he played C&ocirc;te d'Ivoire. In December, he performed in Lagos, Nigeria.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Africa calls, what can I say? This year wi celebrate 20 years as a artiste an&rsquo; we&rsquo;d a really like do Africa more,&rdquo; said Bushman. <br /> <br /> He is also completing Conquering Lion, his first album since 2011&rsquo;s Bushman Sings the Bush Doctor, his tribute set to Peter Tosh. <br /> <br /> The new set is scheduled for released in May http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635934/Bushman_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:56 AM  Fit for a queen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fit-for-a-queen_18645990  FIT FOR A QUEEN: Queen Ifrica (second left) shares a photo op with (from left) dancehall elite Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Lady Saw at her 40th birthday celebration held at the Opa! Restaurant and Sky Lounge on Old Hope Road in St Andrew, on Wednesday night. At right is Opa!'s director Alexx Antaeus. (Photo: Karl McLarty) <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635959/DSC_2352_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM DJ Vice Goodn on a musical high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DJ-Vice-Goodn-on-a-musical-high_18643543 RIDING high from his performance at the recent body paint party, Flesh, DJ Vice Goodn has two mix tapes lined up for release this summer.<br /> <br /> "We are not rushing them. We plan on ensuring that anyone who downloads the mix tapes will be taken on a musical journey. A lot of attention will be paid to detail," Goodn explained.<br /> <br /> He said Flesh was a good experience.<br /> <br /> "The crowd's response was awesome. I'm used to such a diverse crowd, and patrons enjoyed the vibe that I brought."<br /> <br /> Originally from Kingston, the 25 year old DJ Vice (real name Marlon Gooden) resides in Montego Bay. He is resident DJ at Club Ville as well as Blue Beat Ultra Lounge in that tourist city.<br /> <br /> Playing at EDM and soca events have had a strong bearing on his eclectic music tastes. His upcoming mix tapes will reflect that diversity, he said.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635931/DJ-Vice-Goodn_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Fudgie doubles the fun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Fudgie-doubles-the-fun_18643540 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer DANCEHALL deejay Fudgie Springer is currently promoting two new singles. They are I Love You So (Angie's Song) for Lamarclan LLC label and Wine Fi Mi Please for Black Hart Productions.<br /> <br /> In a bid to amp up the promotion for I Love You So, a video for the track was recently shot on location in the Florida Keys. It was directed by Donsville Savariau.<br /> <br /> "I'm very excited about this video, it's a very nice video, the picture quality and all the other elements are excellent. I'm confident that it's going to be a hit," said Fudgie.<br /> <br /> The Westmoreland native is also the owner and operator of the Vybz Machine sound system in western Jamaica. He has high hopes for I Love You So.<br /> <br /> "I'm very happy with the response the song is getting and I'm thankful to all the DJ's and all the other folks who are supporting my career," he said.<br /> <br /> The deejay who is in his mid-30s, made his recording debut in 2008.<br /> <br /> The video for the song is due at the end of this month.<br /> <br /> Commenting on Wine Fi Mi, which is on the Melting Pot beat, he said, "I'm coming with another hot new track that's going to really heat up the dancehall. It is going to have all the ladies dancing," he boasted.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635930/Fudgie-Springer_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Color Festival on this Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Color-Festival-on-this-Sunday_18643554 "Wearing white is a critical part of the event's concept, as white creates the perfect palette for the kaleidoscope of color that emanate from the colour powder throws," Safia Cooper, event organiser and Pulse's director of sales and marketing, told the Splash.<br /> <br /> The event, which has been a hit for Caribbean franchise holders Pulse Investments Ltd/KGN8, was successful enough for it to garner a biannual staging in 2014.<br /> <br /> The international brand has struck a chord with the youthful crowd seeking a high-energy party atmosphere, with its signature throwing of coloured powder at set intervals during the event.<br /> <br /> "The Color Festival's success can be attributed to just how innovative and fresh the Festival's concept is. It is unique in its entertainment offering, as it celebrates hourly colour powder throws that are eagerly anticipated by our patrons who wear all white to the event. Colour throws are enhanced by our DJs who pump even greater energy through their selections coupled with a light show and an amazing 150ft LED screen display," she added.<br /> <br /> Smirnoff Vodka retains title sponsorship providing all-inclusive drinks for all patrons of legal drinking age. The festival's original overseas Electronic Dance Music (EDM) theme has long been tweaked for local tastes adding Soca and more popular regional genres. Providing the entertainment continues to be a mix of local and international DJs. From Miami is EDM sensation Kyle Desouza, he will be joined by Trindad's Boyaka Smash featuring Titan VCD. Representing the locals are DJ Kurt Riley and DJ Sanjay.<br /> <br /> Color Festival is also scheduled to be held later in the year.<br /> <br /> -- Rory Daley<br /> <br /> Color Festival<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635957/Colorfestival-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635953/Color-Festival_5277_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Bend U Back creating waves for Benji Hype http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bend-U-Back-creating-waves-for-Benji-Hype_18643551 THE song Bend U Back has been creating a buzz for deejay Benji Hype. It is co-produced by Sanjay 'Freeze' Pennant, Norris Griffiths and Manuel Sieber from Germany.<br /> <br /> Bend U Back -- which Benji Hype says was inspired by the Galis Wednesday event -- went to number one on the ITunes singles chart in France, and has caught on at radio and dances in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> A music video to capitalise on the song's popularity is in the works. There is also a Bend U Back dance contest.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635932/Benjy-Hype_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Wailing Souls still doing the rounds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Wailing-Souls-still-doing-the-rounds_18645099 THE Wailing Souls are one of reggae's great harmony groups. Founded in the mid-1960s, they had their recording heyday during the roots explosion in Jamaica a decade later.<br /> <br /> Back then, they were a quartet (Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald, Winston 'Pipe' Matthews, George 'Buddy' Haye and Garth Dennis) who recorded outstanding songs like War, Firehouse Rock, Things and Time, and Jah Jah Give us Life.<br /> <br /> McDonald and Matthews have comprised the Wailing Souls for almost 20 years and continue to tour the world. Recently, the duo performed for the first time in Brazil, which McDonald calls an "amazing place".<br /> <br /> "They had these big posters of us all over, it was really great. A blessing," said McDonald.<br /> <br /> The 'Souls' also performed on the recent Welcome to Jamrock cruise staged by Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley and are scheduled to do the summer festival circuit in the United States.<br /> <br /> McDonald says although he and Matthews have been touring for almost 40 years, they never think of retiring from the road.<br /> <br /> "Wi neva think about cutting back 'cause wi still enjoy it. Yuh can't retire from yuh life," he said.<br /> <br /> While in Brazil, the Wailing Souls and their four-piece band performed in Ribeirao Preto, Arbraquara, Piracicaba and did two shows in Pompeia.<br /> <br /> The shows, which drew 800 to 1,000 fans, were held March 11-15.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635933/Lloyd-Bread-McDonald_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Do Go See &mdash; March 27, 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Do-Go-See---March-27--2015_18643553 Bacchanal Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Mas Camp, Stadium North -- St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> FRIDAY, MARCH 27<br /> <br /> Lunch Hour Concert<br /> <br /> @ Bank of Jamaica Auditorium, downtown Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Praise Academy of Dance<br /> <br /> Time: 12:30pm<br /> <br /> Bacchanal Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Mas Camp, Stadium North -- St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Blue and White Affair<br /> <br /> @ Waterfalls, Old Hope Road, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: music by Mikey Barnett and Stokey Love<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Power Play Money Bingo<br /> <br /> @ JPS Sports Club, Ruthven Road, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Cassanova<br /> <br /> SATURDAY, MARCH 28<br /> <br /> Our Lady of the Angels Prep Black and White Oldies Affair<br /> <br /> @ The Deck, Trafalgar Road, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Tickets available at the school's office<br /> <br /> East Kingston Jamboree<br /> <br /> @ Jacques Road Community Centre, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Popcaan, Sizzla, I-Octane and Ninjaman.<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> Club Skunklife<br /> <br /> @Susie's Bakery & Coffee Bar,<br /> <br /> Southdale Plaza<br /> <br /> Featuring: DJ Donny and ZJ Nova<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> E. Sy Kennenga in Concert<br /> <br /> @ Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> SUNDAY, MARCH 29<br /> <br /> Last Sundays<br /> <br /> @ The National Gallery of Jamaica -- downtown Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Two short plays, Sure Thing by David Ives and Untitled #2 by Jim Gordo<br /> <br /> Time: 1:30 pm<br /> <br /> Colour Festival<br /> <br /> @ Hope Gardens , St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: DJ Kyle Desouza, Titan VCD, Sanjay and Kurt Riley<br /> <br /> Time: 4:00<br /> <br /> Magnum Container Beach Party<br /> <br /> @ Sugarman's Beach Portmore, St Catherine<br /> <br /> Featuring: Dexta Daps, hosted by Konshens<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> MONDAY MARCH 30<br /> <br /> Actor Boy Awards<br /> <br /> @ Jamaica Pegasus Hotel<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> TUESDAY, MARCH 31<br /> <br /> Poestry Society of Jamaica -- Woman Rising<br /> <br /> @ Edna Manley College<br /> <br /> Featuring: Cherry Natural<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> South African Film -- Cry the beloved Country<br /> <br /> @ Edna Manley College, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 6:00 pm<br /> <br /> WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1<br /> <br /> South African Film -- Fanie Fourie se Lobola<br /> <br /> @ Edna Manley College, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 6:00 pm<br /> <br /> THURSDAY, APRIL 2<br /> <br /> Freedom of Sounds<br /> <br /> @Redbones Blues Caf&eacute;, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Nambo Robinson and friends<br /> <br /> Time: 9:30 pm<br /> <br /> South African Film -- Invictus<br /> <br /> @ Edna Manley College, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 7:30 pm<br /> <br /> SATURDAY APRIL 4<br /> <br /> Bacchanal Beach J'Ouvert<br /> <br /> @ James Bond Beach, St Mary<br /> <br /> Featuring: Kes The Band, Walshy Fire and more<br /> <br /> Time: 1:00 pm<br /> <br /> Scallawa Cookout<br /> <br /> @ 4 Hillview Avenue, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Sniper International, Boom Boom Foota Hye and Richie Feelings<br /> <br /> Time: 9: 00 Pm<br /> <br /> AGUA SPLASH<br /> <br /> @ Oneil's Place car park, Hagley Park Road<br /> <br /> Time: 5:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight<br /> <br /> SUNDAY, APRIL 5<br /> <br /> Wata Party<br /> <br /> @ Cuba, Seven Street, Greenwich Town<br /> <br /> Featuring: City Love, Boom Boom, Bumpy Cash and more<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> THURSDAY, APRIL 9<br /> <br /> Pandemonium Live<br /> <br /> @ Hope Gardens, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Machel Montano, Shaggy, Angela Hunte , Ding Dona and more<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> GQ Meets Vogue<br /> <br /> @ O'Neil's Place, Hagley Park Road St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY APRIL 10<br /> <br /> Oh Canada<br /> <br /> @ 3B Port Royal Street, Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Travellers Sound, Boom Boom, Flabba Dabba and more<br /> <br /> Time: 10: 00 pm<br /> <br /> SUNDAY APRIL 12<br /> <br /> Daring Sexy Pool Party<br /> <br /> @ Olympia Crown Hotel, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Bounty Killer and Ian Container<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> At the Theatre<br /> <br /> Saving Alligator High<br /> <br /> @ Centerstage Theatre, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Sakina Deer, Glen Campbell, Camille Davis, Courtney Wilson<br /> <br /> and Sharee Elise<br /> <br /> Time: Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Princess Boonoonoonoos<br /> <br /> @ Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: The Pantomime Company<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Divorce Papers<br /> <br /> @ Little Little Theatre, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Oliver Samuels, Barbara Lee, Dennis Titus and Maylynne Lowe<br /> <br /> Time: 8:30 pm<br /> <br /> At the Movies<br /> <br /> The Gunman<br /> <br /> Cinderella Seventh Son Insurgent<br /> <br /> Runallnight<br /> <br /> Focus<br /> <br /> Home<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635986/Cinderella_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635984/dexta-daps-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635981/Divorce-Papers_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635978/Bunji-Garlin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Bunji, Fay Ann for Bacchanal stage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bunji--Fay-Ann-for-Bacchanal-stage_18639233 TRINIDAD husband and wife soca team Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons will be the featured act for Bacchanal Fridays scheduled for the Mas Camp in St Andrew, on Friday.<br /> <br /> The couple will be backed by the Asylum Band.<br /> <br /> The event -- which will be sponsored by telecoms provider Digicel -- is the final in the series and began six weeks ago.<br /> <br /> "This Friday is flag night, so revellers should wear their colours and bring their flags. We will be offering prizes for the crew with the most hype crews. We pull out all the stops for the final Bacchanal Friday so patrons can expect the excitement to be high," said Charmaine Franklin, a Bacchanal director.<br /> <br /> DJs Richie Ras and Bambino are expected to provide the musical selections.<br /> <br /> Garlin and Lyons are no strangers to Jamaica's Bacchanal stage. Both performers have a loyal following of fans with their vast catalogue of hits including Differentology, Truck on D Road, Get On, Catch Me, and This is Carnival.<br /> <br /> Bunji, Fay Ann for Bacchanal stage<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11635971/Bunji-Garlin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM Bunny Lee&rsquo;s studio razed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bunny-Lee-s-studio-razed_18638713 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com LEGENDARY music producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee's Gorgon Entertainment Studio was destroyed by fire on March 9.<br /> <br /> According to the producer, all his music equipment valued at almost $100 million was lost in the blaze. The building, located in Duhaney Park in St Andrew, also houses a museum that contains Lee's music archive. That section was spared.<br /> <br /> In an interview with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, Lee said his engineer Newton Williams was at the studio when the fire broke out.<br /> <br /> Giving his account of the fire, Williams said everything happened in a split second.<br /> <br /> "I was setting up for a vocal session and as I plugged in the 24-track tape, I heard a popping sound. When I looked behind me, I saw the room engulfed in flames. I took my shirt off and attempted to out the blaze but it was already out of control," Williams told the Observer.<br /> <br /> The engineer escaped with minor burns.<br /> <br /> Among the equipment lost in the blaze were two computers, reel-to-reel recorders, Pro Tool Machines and sets of 2-16 tracks tapes.<br /> <br /> The building was uninsured.<br /> <br /> Giving a brief history of his studio, Lee said he brought the building from the late producer Joe Gibbs in 1972.<br /> <br /> "I bought it for about $30,000 and shopped for the equipment in England. It was locked up for about 14 years. Almost every veteran recorded here and also several dancehall artistes," he said.<br /> <br /> Lee began his musical career in 1962 when he was first introduced to producer and sound system operator Duke Reid. He would go on to create music of his own, working with some of the pioneers in the development of the Jamaican music industry.<br /> <br /> "Bob Marley recorded in that studio. Is in there Peter Tosh record Maga Dawg," he said.<br /> <br /> Lee said Nicky Thomas's Love Of The Common People and Have A Little Faith were also done there.<br /> <br /> Other entertainers that have used the equipment include Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, Joseph 'Culture' Hill, Roy Shirley, John Holt, Slim Smith, Beenie Man and Elephant Man.<br /> <br /> In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer class) for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music.<br /> <br /> Lee said he and his team are currently cleaning up and expect to refurbish the studio.<br /> <br /> "I hope to restart operations later this year," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632779/DSC_2124_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632774/DSC_2147_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632772/DSC_2113_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632769/DSC_2132_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 AM Obama&rsquo;s redemption http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Obama-s-redemption_18637830 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer ON the evening of November 4 2008, the world was transfixed on the historic presidential elections in the United States.<br /> <br /> Barack Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, was elected the first black president of that country. The landslide result set off global celebrations.<br /> <br /> At Penthouse studio in Kingston, music producer Donovan Germain and deejay Tony Rebel recorded Blackman Redemption, a song commemorating the occasion. Singjay Queen Ifrica and singer Nikki Burt also performed on the track which Rebel said captured the once-in-a-lifetime milestone.<br /> <br /> "Wi realised the fact dat in our lifetime wi si a black man in the White House which most people neva believe woulda happen. Whether or not he has lived up to expectations, wi can tek solace in being part of history," Rebel told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Obama is scheduled to visit Jamaica on April 9 for talks with government officials led by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.<br /> <br /> The American leader's day-long visit is likely to have a tight itinerary but Rebel hopes he will be able to present him a copy of Blackman Redemption, which is driven by the music of the Bob Marley song of the same name.<br /> <br /> Obama has pointed to Marley's message having a sobering impact on him during his college years.<br /> <br /> "Wi know tings going be tight, but is a great opportunity to give him a copy or two," said Rebel.<br /> <br /> Shortly after Obama announced his candidacy for president, reggae artistes hailed his ascendancy from US senator to White House aspirant, in song.<br /> <br /> Cocoa Tea's Barack Obama set the tone, followed by gospel singer Lester Lewis's I Saw a Black Man in the White House.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632994/BARACK-OBAMA_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632768/Tony-Rebel_0469_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 AM Craigy T to walk for charity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Craigy-T-to--walk-for-charity-_18629165 LAST year, he gave up his car and bought a bicycle for Lent. At the end of the period, he walked from Havendale in St Andrew to the Fort Clarence Beach in St Catherine -- a total of 16 miles.<br /> <br /> Come Saturday, Craig 'Craigy T' Thompson of dancehall quartet TOK is again embarking on the trek to Fort Clarence Beach. But this time it is for charity.<br /> <br /> "I would love build fitness parks throughout Jamaica. We just want to push towards a healthier lifestyle," Thompson, 37, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> It is a free walk. However, Thompson is urging participants to make a voluntary contribution to assist his five-year-old Guardian Angel Foundation.<br /> <br /> "These parks will just have simple equipment such as pull-up and push-up bars to get people started, so we welcome everything," he said.<br /> <br /> "I want to give people a place where they can go without a membership... place where they would not have access to normally," he continued.<br /> <br /> Thompson said he has earmarked a Kingston community for the first one.<br /> <br /> "I would love to start at Gold Street. That community has been close to my heart since we [TOK] shot a video there in 2011. I've also been to a couple of community gatherings there," he said.<br /> <br /> The walk is scheduled commence at Manor Centre in Constant Spring at 5:00 am and continue along Constant Spring Road, Central Avenue, Dunrobin Avenue, Washington Boulevard, Mandela Highway, Municpal Boulevard, Braeton to the Fort Clarence Beach.<br /> <br /> The TOK member said the idea for a public gym came out of his personal battle with hypertension.<br /> <br /> "It was out of my own triumphs with hypertensions. I did it naturally with no medications. It is really about healthy lifestyle... healthy eating and paying attention to what you put into your body," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632786/Craigy-T_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 AM General Degree is &lsquo;Feeling Irie&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/General-Degree-is--Feeling-Irie-_18638564 VETERAN dancehall artiste General Degree said he is pleased with the reception he has been getting from his new EP Feeling Irie.<br /> <br /> Released on January 28, this is the entertainer's first reggae set.<br /> <br /> "This EP is strictly a one-drop reggae project and it showcased how much I have grown over the years. I have reinvented myself and I'm fresh again. The title track has been one of my best in years as the response from the fans have been overwhelming," he said.<br /> <br /> Also included in the track listing are Touch Me, Over and Over, Koozie, Muck Off and Massive.<br /> <br /> The EP also saw production works from the likes of Sly and Robbie, Lenky and Firehouse.<br /> <br /> Degree, whose given name is Cardiff Butt, got his first number one hit Granny for Main Street producer Danny Browne in 1992. Granny reigned in the dances and charts for a year.<br /> <br /> Among his other hits were Papa Lover, Traffic Blocking and Hold Yuh Tonight.<br /> <br /> The 46-year-old's albums include Smash Hits, Yeah Man, Degree and Bush Baby.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632803/general-degree_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 AM Belizean soca queen moving to J'can beat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Belizean-soca-queen--moving-to-J-can-beat-_18638356 BELIZEAN soca queen Ernestine Carballo is in Jamaica and doing the rounds with a view to promote her music and break into the local market.<br /> <br /> "I am hoping to do collaborations with some local acts," she said. On the top of her list is dancehall deejays Busy Signal and Aidonia.<br /> <br /> Since her arrival a week ago, she has appeared on two live shows.<br /> <br /> "I performed at an Inkline event in Bog Walk, alongside I Wayne. I went to a dance with Johnny Handsome of Turbo Crown at an event in Kitson Town. I performed five songs including my big hits, Soca Party and the carnival road march song, Carnival Di Cum," said the 30-year-old.<br /> <br /> "I loved Jamaica even before I came here. I had to come here to promote my music because Jamaica is the heartbeat, the hub of music in the Caribbean. I love how you all dress, the culture, the style, from I was a little girl, seeing Shabba Ranks, Patra, all the way up to Sean Paul coming to Belize," she said.<br /> <br /> Carballo said she discovered reggae and dancehall music through her father, who is a sound system deejay in Belize.<br /> <br /> A Digicel brand ambassador in Belize, she was recently awarded the Female Performer of the Year trophy at the annual Krem Awards 2015 in Belize. She also won the Carnival Road March Song of the year with Carnival Di Cum, a song from her latest album, Soca Party.<br /> <br /> "When people see me first, they think I am quiet and unassuming, but I transform onstage. I want to introduce Jamaicans to the punta, a Belizean cultural dance, fast-paced Arawak-mixed with Carib dance," she said.<br /> <br /> In May, she heads to St Lucia while June will see her performing Barbados. The soca queen is also slated for New York Park Fest in the USA in September.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11632795/Ernestine-Carballo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00 AM Western Entertainment Diary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Western-Entertainment-Diary_18636633 THURSDAY, March 26<br /> <br /> Exotic Thursdays<br /> <br /> atSundazeBar & Grill<br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Heineken All Star Thursdays<br /> <br /> atMargaritaville<br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Adm: Free<br /> <br /> Heineken Urban Thursdays<br /> <br /> atD'Rehab Lounge, Sports Bar & Pool Hall<br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Adm: Free<br /> <br /> Sushi Night<br /> <br /> at G's Sports Bar and Grill<br /> <br /> Mosino Gaming Lounge<br /> <br /> Mega Mart Complex<br /> <br /> Catherine Hall, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> FRIDAY, March 27<br /> <br /> New Jordans Fish Fry<br /> <br /> at Back Page Bar 'n Grill<br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Shem, DextaPeppa, DJ Hayle<br /> <br /> &ByjahKilla<br /> <br /> Pitch Black: The Evolution<br /> <br /> at Half Moon Beach, Negril<br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000 pre-sold, $1,300 gate<br /> <br /> $3,500VIP, Ladies Free 'till 10:00pm<br /> <br /> Music By: Mitch, Mill, Macky, Gemini<br /> <br /> andCrazy Neil<br /> <br /> Smirnoff Fridays and Ladies Night Out<br /> <br /> atD'Rehab Lounge, Sports Bar & Pool Hall<br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Adm: Free<br /> <br /> 5 in the City<br /> <br /> atMargaritaville, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Adm: Free<br /> <br /> JEANS AND HEELS<br /> <br /> Hosted by the Trelawny Police<br /> <br /> at the Falmouth Police Station<br /> <br /> Music by Rez International with selectors<br /> <br /> Atm Mobile,DextaPeppa, DJ Angus<br /> <br /> SATURDAY, March 28<br /> <br /> Uberblue<br /> <br /> atPier One, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000, Ladies 2-4-1<br /> <br /> $2,000 VIP pre-sold, $4,000 gate<br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Tippy, Illusion &<br /> <br /> Scott<br /> <br /> Smirnoff Night Life<br /> <br /> atMargaritaville<br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Karaoke Saturdays<br /> <br /> at Jerky's Bar & Grill<br /> <br /> Alice Eldermire Drive, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Different Strokes Retro party<br /> <br /> at Cayenne Beach, Negril<br /> <br /> Music by: DJ Marvin,Collin Hines and DJ Jesse<br /> <br /> Adm: Pre-sold$800; Gate $1,200; VIP Pre-sold $1,200; Gate$2,500<br /> <br /> SUNDAY, March 29<br /> <br /> Jamaica Bike Festivalat Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium<br /> <br /> Scintillating motorcycles rides; stage show featuringSizzlaKolonje,Popcaan, Junior Cat, Aidonia, Francheno and Trelawny-based deejayTeet.<br /> <br /> Music will be provided by Killamanjaro with selectors Map Head and Freddy Cougar.<br /> <br /> Gear Up Car and Bike Show<br /> <br /> At Wet and Wild, Rock, Trelawny<br /> <br /> Stunts by Rush Riders and Kingston Riders<br /> <br /> Music by Vbyz Machine and Map Head Extreme Sound<br /> <br /> Adm:$500<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636783/ediary_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:00 AM &lsquo;Lunatic&rsquo; merges music, fashion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Lunatic--merges-music--fashion_18633211 BRANDON Bailey, who won Saint International's Fashion Face of the Caribbean (Male) competition last Saturday, is also making a name for himself in the dancehall as deejay Pencil Lunatic.<br /> <br /> The 20-year-old Kingston College past student said he was a last-minute entrant in the contest after encouragement from his mother.<br /> <br /> "I am elated and excited that I could make my mother proud. Winning was quite unexpected," Bailey told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> As Pencil Lunatic, he has done the studio rounds, recording for a number of producers. His latest song is Kuma Sutra with deejay Maestro Don.<br /> <br /> Previous singles include Hells Gate, Bad Song and Get to Know Me featuring Kevy B.<br /> <br /> The 6'1" Bailey hopes his fashion and music careers will complement each other.<br /> <br /> "My music career will definitely be enhanced from winning this Fashion Face competition. The exposure that I will receive will bring more people to find out who I am as a person and this will definitely lead them to my music," he said.<br /> <br /> Pencil Lunatic's first mixtape, Laws of Lunacy Volume 1, is expected to be released soon.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629572/Brandon-Bailey_1618_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:00 AM KENRICK LAMAR BRIGHTENS BORIS&rsquo;S STAR http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/KENRICK-LAMAR-BRIGHTENS-BORIS-S-STAR BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer IT was the early 1970s and the Black Power movement sparked a cultural awareness from Kinshasa to Kingston. A lot of that militancy was expressed in movies with bold titles like Every Nigger is a Star. This forgotten 1973 film starred Bahamian actor Calvin Lockhart and had an impressive soundtrack led by the title track written by Boris Gardiner. Every Nigger is a Star has been sampled by American rapper Kendrick Lamar for his song Wesley&rsquo;s Theory. <br /> <br /> The track is from Lamar&rsquo;s album, To Pimp a Butterfly, which was released March 15. To Pimp a Butterfly debuted at number one on the Australian and United Kingdom national charts. The set knocked UK&rsquo;s Grammy winner Sam Smith&rsquo;s multi-platinum In The Lonely Hours off the top spot. Wesley&rsquo;s Theory is number 76 in its first week on the UK Top 100. Gardiner co-wrote Every Nigger is a Star with his older brother Barrington. He learned last week of Lamar&rsquo;s sampling from an executive at Jazzman Records, a British company that has the song and album Every Nigger on its books. <br /> <br /> He said the movie was the brainchild of Eddie Knight and Teddy McCook (later president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association), co-owners of The Bronco, a Kingston nightclub where his band, the Boris Gardiner Happening, was resident. &ldquo;They got together with Calvin Lockhart and decided to make this film. They asked me to write the music for it so my brother and I began writing some melodies,&rdquo; Gardiner, 72, recalled. Gardiner was a respected session musician, having played on a number of hit songs including The Heptones&rsquo; Equal Rights and Nanny Goat by Larry and Alvin. <br /> <br /> He also had hits as a singer with It&rsquo;s so Nice to be With You and The Meaning of Christmas. Lockhart, touted in some quarters as the next Sidney Poitier, had starred in several wellreceived movies such as Cotton Comes to Harlem. He had a home in St Mary. Most of the musicians who worked on Every Nigger is a Star were members of the &lsquo;Happening&rsquo; &mdash; drummer Paul Douglas, keyboardist Keith Sterling and percussionist Larry McDonald. Pianist Leslie Butler and saxophonist Cedric &lsquo;I&rsquo;m&rsquo; Brooks also played on the set which Gardiner described as &ldquo;a collector&rsquo;s item". One of its songs, Ghetto Funk, reportedly did well in England and Ireland. It was another story with the movie. &ldquo;The first night at Carib (cinema) was jam-packed, you couldn&rsquo;t find space to walk.<br /> <br /> The second night wasn&rsquo;t even a handful,&rdquo; said Gardiner. &ldquo;It was poorly done, to tell the truth.&rdquo; Deejay Big Youth, who appeared in the movie, did a version of the title song that was far more popular than Gardiner&rsquo;s. Super Cat later borrowed its melody for his hit song, Cry fi de Youth. Calvin Lockhart quickly rebounded from the embarrassing Every Nigger is a Star. <br /> <br /> He starred in the Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby comedies, Let&rsquo;s Do it Again and Uptown Saturday Night, both massively successful films in the United States and Jamaica. He died from complications of a stroke in 2007. Boris Gardiner had a big hit in 1986 with I Want Wake up With You, which topped the British national chart. He was awarded the Order of Distinction, Jamaica&rsquo;s sixth highest honour, in 2006 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629567/Boris-Gardiner_7487_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:56 AM Cocoa Tea, Sizzla for Trinidad gig http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cocoa-Tea--Sizzla--for-Trinidad-gig-_18633925 REGGAE singer Cocoa Tea and Sizzla Kalonji are slated to perform at Escape to Jamdown 'Voices of Reggae' at The Zen Night Club in Trinidad on Sunday, April 5.<br /> <br /> The event will also feature Prophet Benjamin, Jah Melody and new Jamaican sensation D Quan.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629568/Cocoa-Tea_1486_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 AM Da Kweens of style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Da-Kweens-of-style  <br /> <br /> Da Kweens&rsquo; clothing launch at Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew last Sunday attracted a host of beautiful people who really had a good time. You can tell from the smiles they flashed as OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY did what he does best. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629852/Boom-dancers_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629849/Shanice-Wilson-cropped_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629842/Dorcia-Cmpbell_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629836/Petrina-Brown_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629818/Foota-Hype_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629814/Tamara-Wright_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629811/Avadorn-Hawthorne_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:30 AM Heat turned up in Mandeville http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Heat-turned-up-in-Mandeville BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer THE fourth in the weekly Carnival Pon Di Road series, promoted by Digicel in conjunction with Appleton Special, turned up the heat in the cool climes of Mandeville in Manchester, last Friday night. Despite persistent showers, patrons armed with umbrellas forgot their troubles and danced away to a wide genre of selections. Popular disc jock Kurt Riley turned up the heat as he led revellers down memory lane. <br /> <br /> The latest soca hits including Ricardo Drue&rsquo;s Vagabond, Ducking by Fadda Fox, Lucy by Destra and Like a Boss by Machel Montano were well received. However, old standards including Moving to the Left by Peter C. Lewis, Footsteps by Xtatic, and Carnival by Destra Garcia, rang out amid loud cheers. Radio jock Tricia &lsquo;ZJ Sparks&rsquo; Spence, who served as emcee, engaged the crowd with giveaways and various competitions which saw persons winning Appleton Special gifts and Digicel credit.<br /> <br /> A Danish national, who gave his name as Daniel, said it was his first time attending a carnival event. He was engaged in one of the dance competitions on stage. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been here in Jamaica visiting friends and we decided to come and see what this carnival is all about. It&rsquo;s been a lot of fun. <br /> <br /> Jamaicans know how to put on a good party,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. Shante from Porus in Manchester said the event united persons from all over Mandeville. &ldquo;A lot of people come together during carnival and this is no exception. I have seen a lot of my friends here whom I haven&rsquo;t seen in a while. It&rsquo;s like a reunion and we are just having a great time. The Carnival &lsquo;shot&rsquo;... it tun up, way up and stay up,&rdquo; she said. According to Danielia McLean, Digicel&rsquo;s sponsorship executive: &ldquo;We decided to end in Kingston to give Kingston what the rest of the island has been experiencing. We will be turning it up like a boss at Pandemonium scheduled for Hope Gardens with Machel Montano on April 9.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As you can see, Mandeville is not so cool after all. Everybody is just having fun,&rdquo; she said. Commenting on the weekly series, she said the objectives have been met. &ldquo;Objectives definitely have been achieved. The carnival experience has been well worth it.&rdquo; A powder party, which saw patrons getting on bad in wild abandon, brought Carnival Pon Di Road in Mandeville to a pulsating climax. Carnival Pon Di Road series heads to Linstead in St Catherine on Friday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629576/crowd2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629575/Powder_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629574/Kurt-Danielia-McLean_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:03 AM &lsquo;Sativa&rsquo; knocks impartiality http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Sativa--knocks-impartiality_18631425 GONE are the days when the Rasta artiste was viewed as the one-dimensional rootsman who shunned ballads for cultural and social issues.<br /> <br /> Singjay Sativa Theblackone is one roots artiste who is not afraid to mix it up. His song, Stick a Bush, admonishes a parent who is against his daughter showing affection for a Rastaman.<br /> <br /> "Wi jus' a show sey there's someone for everyone, no matter the difference in livity," he said. "As dem sey, every hoe have it stick a bush."<br /> <br /> Stick a Bush is produced by Omar 'Bobo Omar' Phillips, who operates out of New York. He also produced Warning and Candy Crush, other recent recordings by Sativa Theblackone.<br /> <br /> The uptempo Stick a Bush is among the first batch of recordings done by the Linstead-born Sativa, a 33-year-old whose birth name is Sean Smith.<br /> <br /> Influenced by roots giants Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, he is also taken with the fiery sounds of Capleton as well as fellow Linstead native Iba Mahr, Chronixx and Protoje.<br /> <br /> While he is pushing Stick a Bush, Sativa Theblackone points out that music is not his only passion.<br /> <br /> "Mi come from a family of farmers, so mi have a nice likkle vineyard wey mi grow yam, potato, callaloo, other tings. If the music ting nuh work out, wi can look forward to," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11629573/Sativa-Theblackone_0005_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:00 AM Nature appeals to students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nature-appeals-to-students-_18629232 REGGAE singer Nature made an impassionate plea to students to show more respect for the mentally and physically challenged during a recent concert held at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre last Friday.<br /> <br /> The artiste performed his track World Peace before pausing to address the large gathering of students.<br /> <br /> "Look out for people within your household and also your neighbours, some of whom are disabled, mentally and physically challenged... because we are all brothers and sisters even though we may be from different homes," he said.<br /> <br /> "I have been getting some disturbing reports of youths fighting the bus park and I hear that they don't look out for the disabled and those in wheelchairs, they throw drinks on them and abuse them. Stop it," he said, before performing No Guns Around.<br /> <br /> He also performed Revolution and closed his set with Trying Man.<br /> <br /> As he exited the stage, he implored the students once again to desist from fighting and bullying.<br /> <br /> The event was organised by Ministry of the Youth and Culture and dub poet Miguel 'Steppa' Williams.<br /> <br /> "The event was organised by the Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna. She wanted to address certain happenings in the bus park as it relates to the disabled. She wanted to talk to the youths and interact with them. So this was a multi-agency approach, partnering with Nature. The National Youth Service, the Office of the Children's Registry, the JCDC, the Child Development Agency and the Ministry of Youth and Culture, to use edutainment to bring across the message," said Williams.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11626172/Nature_0154_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:00 AM