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 Oakley joins the Legends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Oakley-joins-the-Legends_17415542 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer SHE has appeared in a number of American television shows and commercials, done Broadway and was in a top-rated reality show.<br /> <br /> This evening, actress Sundra Oakley makes her debut on the popular new TNT series, Legends.<br /> <br /> Oakley portrays Nisco Rice, wife of Tony Rice, played by American actor Morris Chestnut (The Best Man, G I Jane).<br /> <br /> "The Legends job came like all the others, an appointment through my manager. Legends is a great show and I felt very honoured to be a part of it," Oakley told the Jamaica Observer at the weekend.<br /> <br /> Among her television credits are Girlfriends, House of Lies, Parenthood, Sex in The City, Survivor: Cook Islands; CSI: Miami and Strong Medicine.<br /> <br /> She spoke about the challenges of making the jump from journeyman to established actress.<br /> <br /> "What I've come to learn after being in this business for almost two decades is that there is always some proverbial mountain to climb. It's definitely not the easiest career path to take, and my path has sometimes felt like hiking through rugged, dry terrain with bare feet," she said.<br /> <br /> "However, I've always maintained a steadfast optimism that I feel has brought me to the successes that I've had."<br /> <br /> Oakley, who is now in her <br /> <br /> late-30s, was born in Queens, New York to Jamaican parents and attended Georgetown University and New York University's Tish School of the Arts.<br /> <br /> She was a finalist in the Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe beauty pageants, placing in the top five of both.<br /> <br /> She points to Survivor as her most challenging project to date.<br /> <br /> "Hands down, Survivor one of THE hardest things I've ever done! There are absolutely no behind-the-scenes accommodations or perks. Besides being away from my son for that length of time with no communication, the hardest thing to deal with was the hunger," Oakley said of her reality show experience.<br /> <br /> Legends airs at 8:00 pm local time.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10990194/Sundra-Oakley-photo-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:00 AM Greenwich Town hails Lee, Morgan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Greenwich-Town-hails-Lee--Morgan_17410964 Basil Walters THE Greenwich Town community in Kingston will honour two of its outstanding musical sons &mdash; producer Bunny Lee and singer Derrick Morgan &mdash; on Friday.<br /> <br /> They will receive the Upliftment Award at the neighbourhood's Resource Centre. The function is part of a week-long celebration, which started Sunday.<br /> <br /> Friday's event will also recognise persons from Greenwich Town, who have excelled in sports and education.<br /> <br /> "Both Bunny and Derrick have inspired so many of our star performers. By contributing so much to the music, they are deserving of this recognition," said Tony Mack of the Greenwich Town Community Development Committee.<br /> <br /> Morgan, who was born in Mocho, Clarendon, is a ska pioneer, who honed his career in Greenwich Town.<br /> <br /> He first came to prominence at age 17 on the Vere Johns Opportunity talent show at the Palace Theatre in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Some of the 74-year-old Morgan's classic songs include Forward March, Don't Call Me Daddy, In My Heart, Be Still, Housewives Choice, Blazing Fire and Tougher Than Tough.<br /> <br /> Edward O'Sullivan Lee, popularly known as Bunny or Striker, is one of reggae's influential producers. He helped put Greenwich Town's music and artistes on the map in the 1970s.<br /> <br /> His productions include Slim Smith's My Conversation and Everybody Needs Love; Delroy Wilson's Better Must Come; John Holt's Stick by Me; Rock With Me Baby and Move Outa Babylon (Johnny Clarke) and Gorgon (Cornel Campbell).<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10990196/Derrick-Morgan_4176_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:00 AM Back with a Mission to entertain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Back-with-a-Mission-to-entertain_17415675 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com FASHIONISTAS and reality-TV junkies will be in for a treat as Mission Catwalk returns for its fourth season on September 20 on TVJ at 8:30 pm. The announcement was made at the Dominca Drive office of J Wray and Nephew, which played host to the show's media launch on Monday evening.<br /> <br /> "This year will be like no other, as the show will bring out the drama behind the designs," Keneea Linton-George, executive producer, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Viewers can look forward to the formula that has made the show a consistent top-five favourite with 12 designers from across five Caribbean islands putting their design skills to the test in each of the nine episodes. The show will also see the return of the judging trio, Linton-George; Novia McDonald-Whyte, senior associate editor at the Jamaica Observer; and Carlton Brown, menswear designer.<br /> <br /> However, there have been other major changes due to the injection of new sponsorship and a partnership with The University of Technology (UTech). Season four was shot on campus at UTech's new Fashion Design facility, giving the designing dozen access to top-quality production equipment and guidance from Jill Becker, head of UTech's fashion programme.<br /> <br /> Billed The High Fashion Edition, the show ramps up the stakes as first-time sponsor Campari has put up the ultimate fashion prize, the opportunity for the winner to show their collection at the Milan Fashion Week in Italy. Guests for the invite-only launch were given a live taste of several designs from the show's Campari-themed second episode, along with a six-minute preview trailer.<br /> <br /> "It was an easy decision for Campari to come onboard," Gary Dixon of Campari explained.<br /> <br /> Also joining the list of first-time sponsors was Audi.<br /> <br /> "The brand has had a connection with both local and international fashion, making our participation a no-brainer," Hugh Okoye of ATL Automotive Ltd explained.<br /> <br /> Other prizes at stake are $500,000 from NCB-SME to fund the winner's clothing line; $200,000 worth of sewing equipment from Singer Jamaica; a fashion editorial in Jamaque magazine, a UTECH fashion programme scholarship, and an internship with a regional design house.<br /> <br /> "We're going all out to top season three's finale at Trident," Linton-George explained.<br /> <br /> Back with a Mission to entertain<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10990197/Mission-Catwalk-judges_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:00 AM Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Uzziah--Sticky--Thompson-dies_17415273 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer PERCUSSIONIST Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson, who played on a number of groundbreaking songs in a 50-year career, died Monday in Florida.<br /> <br /> His son, Audley Shakespeare, says Thompson died from a heart attack.<br /> <br /> Thompson, who was 78, first made his name as a deejay on songs like the Skatalites' Guns of Navarone. The Techniques' ska number, Little Did You Know, was the first hit song he played.<br /> <br /> He went on to work for five years with producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry, playing on The Wailers' Soul Rebel and Duppy Conqueror and Beat Down Babylon by Junior Byles.<br /> <br /> The Hanover-born Thompson was a member of the Revolutionaries, house band at Channel One, during the 1970s. There, he played on countless songs including I Need a Roof (The Mighty Diamonds), Up Park Camp (John Holt) and War by the Wailing Souls.<br /> <br /> Drummer Sly Dunbar, a member of the Revolutionaries, said Thompson was "one of the steadiest percussionists to work with".<br /> <br /> "He had great tempo... Sticky was always happy when him in the studio," Dunbar added.<br /> <br /> Dunbar and his musical partner, bassist Robbie Shakespeare, worked with Thompson on countless sessions. Some of them produced Gregory Isaacs' Soon Forward, Bull Inna The Pen (Black Uhuru) and Pull Up To The Bumper by Grace Jones.<br /> <br /> Thompson later became a member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers' recording and touring team. He played on the group's Grammy-winning albums One Bright Day and Conscious Party.<br /> <br /> Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson is survived by his wife Sharon, five children and a brother.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10990198/Sticky_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:00 AM Hamlet comes to town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hamlet-comes-to-town_17404551 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE Arts Foundation at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Peforming Arts (EMCVPA) is excited about tonight's presentation of Shakespeare's Hamlet by the Globe Theatre of the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> The mounting of the classic tragedy is part of global celebrations marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The performance at the Little Theatre in St Andrew is another stop in the Globe's tour of Hamlet in all 205 countries.<br /> <br /> According to Coleen Douglas -&mdash; head of public relations and marketing at the EMCVPA &mdash; the Globe production offers Jamaicans an opportunity to experience Shakespeare at its finest.<br /> <br /> "Any production that originated from the Globe Theatre in London captures the tradition and style of the original players and so it will be a wonderful opportunity for Jamaicans to experience," she said.<br /> <br /> For Douglas, Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, and bringing it to Jamaica is apt.<br /> <br /> "The themes in Hamlet continue to be discussed in classrooms and literature circles all over the world. The character Hamlet is considered one of the most complex characters of all time," she addded.<br /> <br /> Douglas hopes patrons who view tonight's show will come away with a renewed appreciation for the arts.<br /> <br /> The small-scale production, which toured the UK, Europe, and the United States in 2011 and 2012, is a fresh version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy of deferred revenge.<br /> <br /> A new cast of eight actors will perform over two dozen parts. The production runs for two hours and 45 minutes.<br /> <br /> The show begins at 7:00 pm with proceeds go toward scholarships and grants for students at the EMCVPA.<br /> <br /> Hamlet comes to town<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10987419/Globe-Theatre_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:00 AM Here comes Show Stephens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Here-comes-Show-Stephens_17412006 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Senior Observer writer Growing up in Toronto, Canada singer Show Stephens says he soaked up the different sounds on radio and in the city's clubs.<br /> <br /> Some of those influences can be heard on So Amazing, his debut song, which was released this month.<br /> <br /> "It's a blessing to put my first record out there, I put my blood, sweat and tears in it and It makes me feel good to make others feel good while they are listening to my music," he said.<br /> <br /> Stephens was born in Spanish Town but moved to Toronto as a child. One of his uncles was the influential deejay/producer I-Roy who died in 1999.<br /> <br /> He points to I-Roy as one of his favourite artistes along with soul giants Sam Cooke and James Brown. He credits Toronto's diverse music scene for his eclectic tastes.<br /> <br /> He adds, however, that getting the break there is not easy.<br /> <br /> "The music scene in Toronto is on the up but is a crab-in-a-barrel situation where everyone is trying to get to the top but stepping on each other. There isn't a lot of support and people showing love out here," he said.<br /> <br /> Stephens has maintained a presence on Toronto's live scene, performing mainly in clubs and writing songs for singer Karl Wolf.<br /> <br /> He wrote two songs, UFO and Tell Me, for Wolf's 2012 album Finally Free.<br /> <br /> In July, he made his major show debut on One Love at The Border in Toronto.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10987411/Showman-Stephens_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:00 AM Searching for dancehall talent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Searching-for-dancehall-talent_17402864 By CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com Production on Dancehall's Got Talent, a new television show scheduled to air in October, starts Friday in New York City.<br /> <br /> It will be broadcast on OmniPresent Media and OPM Digital Network.<br /> <br /> The show's publicist, Malaika Lepine, says its objective is to expose new talent.<br /> <br /> "It gives opportunities for upcoming talent to really showcase and represent their culture in a way all reggae and dancehall music lovers can enjoy."<br /> <br /> The 18-episode series will be hosted by Nicole 'Nikki Z' Duhaney. There are three judges: singer Ed Robinson, Irie Jam Radio's DJ Roy and fashion personality Dougie Platinum.<br /> <br /> Dancehall's Got Talent was created by LA Wright and Kevin Beswick who are also executive producers along with Irie Jam's Bobby Clarke.<br /> <br /> The winner receives US$5,000 and a recording contract.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10987381/Nikki-Z_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:00 AM 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win Emmy Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Breaking-Bad--and--Modern-Family--win-Emmy-Awards LOS ANGELES (AP) &mdash; "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as "Orange Is the New Black".<br /> <br /> The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams, who was found dead August 11, an apparent suicide.<br /> <br /> "He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him," Crystal said of Williams at the conclusion of a tribute to industry members who died within the past 12 months. "Robin Williams, what a concept."<br /> <br /> ABC's "Modern Family" won a fifth best comedy series Emmy, tying the record set by "Frasier," while the final season of AMC's "Breaking Bad" captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honours for its stars.<br /> <br /> Netflix's freshman "Orange Is the New Black," which competed for best comedy series despite its dark prison setting, failed to sway Emmy voters, as did Netflix's sophomore series "House of Cards".<br /> <br /> "Thank you for this wonderful farewell to our show," ''Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan said of the series about a teacher-turned-drug kingpin that ended with a bang.<br /> <br /> "Modern Family" also captured a best comedy supporting actor trophy for Ty Burrell. Allison Janney was honoured as best supporting comedy actress for CBS' "Mom," adding to the trophy she'd already picked up as guest actress on "Masters of Sex."<br /> <br /> Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who received her third consecutive best comedy actress Emmy for the political comedy "Veep," drew big laughs as she stopped to exchange faux heated kisses with Cranston, who earlier was her co-presenter and who appeared with her on "Seinfeld."<br /> <br /> "The Colbert Report" was honoured as best variety series for its farewell season, with its star departing to take over for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show."<br /> <br /> Meyers kicked off the ceremony by tweaking his home network, NBC, and other broadcasters for being eclipsed in the awards by cable series and online newcomers like "Orange Is the New Black."<br /> <br /> Noting that the Emmys moved to Monday night to avoid a conflict with Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, he said that MTV doesn't really specialise in videos anymore.<br /> <br /> "That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy," Meyers joked &mdash; but the outcome proved him wrong.<br /> <br /> Besides "Orange Is the New Black," other shows that didn't benefit from tactical category choices included "Shameless," which moved from drama to comedy consideration, and "True Detective," with its close-ended story that smacked of a miniseries.<br /> <br /> The ceremony's traditional "in memoriam" tribute to industry members who have died in the past year flashed images of stars including James Garner, Ruby Dee, Sid Caesar, Carmen Zapata and Elaine Stritch as singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles sang "Smile." It concluded with the tribute to Williams.<br /> <br /> Another touching moment Monday: Director-producer Ryan Murphy dedicating the outstanding TV movie Emmy won by "The Normal Heart" to the many artists felled by the HIV virus and AIDS. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10988327/emmy-awards_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:38 AM Game on for local animator http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Game-on-for-local-animator BY CECELIA CAMPBELLLIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com WITH some ingenuity, animator Stephen &lsquo;Big Bomb&rsquo; Williamson, 24, of Spanish Town, stepped onto the world stage with his android online game called TapKat Fiesta.<br /> <br /> The game, which took him three months to develop, was launched in May of this year. He said the app is a fun-filled, arcade-style shooter which the player flies around in a helicopter and tap the screen to fire healing balls to cure mutated birds.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You have to watch out for bomb birds that explode on impact and also make enough shots before you run out of fuel. It offers classic arcade game-play that mixes elements from Duck Hunt, Fruit Ninja and Sonic,&rdquo; he told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Williamson said the inspiration came about when his company Island Interactive (trading as Pandsoft), started to produce interactive content. &ldquo;We wanted to do something fun.<br /> <br /> The bird aspect was really about the colours and feel of game,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Given our background in animation and how attractive the market was, we had already been producing content for marketing companies which represent various major brands, so producing digital content for a global market wasn't such a great challenge,&rdquo; he continued. His team comprises Carlton Gordon, Stefan Keaney, and Wesley Henry.<br /> <br /> Since the early stages of TapKat Fiesta's online release, the former University of Technology student said he has got feedback which were well received. Stressing his preference for animation, he said it&rsquo;s a great market to tap into. His company has produced a number of animated shorts including The Logo Designer, Team-Ex and Star Boy.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Animation and game development are definitely an area to reap great rewards if executed with careful strategy. Great games such as Angry Birds, spawning from a four-man team has launched its company Rovio to currently have a US$9 billion networth.<br /> <br /> Flappy Bird's creator, Dong Nguyen earned as much as US$50,000 a day from his amazingly simple but addictive game. There are also many great successes that came from small studios which produce content for the mobile market,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He said he is aware that it&rsquo;s no walk in the park making a success of his app as he said many games are published daily.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;An effective growth strategy has to be carefully planned and executed or else the game will just be another game in the app store.<br /> <br /> If it manages to do well on its own, that success will be short-lived so marketing decisions for successful games are considered before the game is started and continue to influence the design and growth process when the game is launched,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> We plan to grow naturally, like that of a well-nurtured tree seeking sunlight in a forest.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984503/Stephen-Williamson_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984502/APp-2-copy_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984501/Ap-Screenshot-copy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, August 25, 2014 1:18 AM Clarendon takes Miss Jamaica Nation 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Clarendon-takes-Miss-Jamaica-Nation-2014 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter POOR production marred the inaugural staging of the Miss Jamaica Nation beauty pageant on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> The pageant, conceptualised by Ken Williams who has long been associated with the Miss Jamaica US contest, came across as being amatuer and not a national event.<br /> <br /> The one-hour delay at the start, the lack of a backdrop and decor on stage, as well as the uncoordinated manner in which the proceedings unfolded, made the nearly three-hour-long event a comedy of errors.<br /> <br /> A prime example occurred when the audience was asked to stand for the National Anthem with some patrons inside the Courtleigh Auditorium already on their feet, Williams rushed on stage to announce that Sanchez was not in the house and therefore there would be no singing of same.<br /> <br /> Williams&rsquo; efforts to establish a pageant in which contestants are devoid of enhancements saw 13 young ladies vie for the title &mdash; each representing one of Jamaica&rsquo;s parishes, with Kingston and St Andrew sending one girl. At the end of the night it was the charming and intelligent Miss Clarendon, Kimberly McLeod, who took the inaugural title.<br /> <br /> The popular Miss St James, Latoya Thompson took the first runner-up spot, while the bubbly Geri Graham from Hanover was named second runner-up.<br /> <br /> McLeod certainly gained traction with her impressive pitch for the Vernam Field complex in her parish to become a major logistics hub. Her diction, ease of presentation and comfort with the English language was noteworthy.<br /> <br /> In the dreaded question and answer segement, she again acquitted herself with her response to: what she appreciates most about Jamaican culture. Her response was matched by those from St James&rsquo; Thompson and Miss St Thomas Yohanna Kellyman.<br /> <br /> Katherine Foster from St Elizabeth took the most congenial sectional award; most aware went to Thompson from St James; St Thomas&rsquo; Kellyman was adjudged most photogenic; while the award for the best evening gown design went to the creation by Hope Wade and worn by Miss Hanover.<br /> <br /> What some of the contestants lacked physically, they certainly made up for in intellect.<br /> <br /> Contestants in the more establsihed local beauty pageants could well take a page or the whole book, from some of these young ladies as it relates to speaking from the pageant stage.<br /> <br /> Jamaicans love a beauty pageant and if this one is to flourish Williams and his team will have to put more effort into next year&rsquo;s staging. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984498/_DSC2120_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984500/_DSC1916_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984499/_DSC1867zz_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, August 25, 2014 1:22 AM Like father, like son http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Like-father--like-son-_17408833 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer Krishane Levy, the 20-year-old son of dancehall legend Barrington Levy, is preparing to release his debut single, Drunk & Incapable in the United Kingdom come October.<br /> <br /> The song was produced by British producer Bless Beats. Levy recently signed with Atlantic Records in the UK.<br /> <br /> Drunk & Incapable also features British singer Melissa Steel, who is also signed to Atlantic and Beenie Man. its video was shot in Jamaica last weekend.<br /> <br /> Levy, who is being marketed as the next Sean Kingston, is originally from Manchester, but moved to the UK a few years ago.<br /> <br /> Shortly after relocating to London, Levy signed a recording and publishing agreement with 1 2 One Entertainment, which evolved into a recording contract with Atlantic in May.<br /> <br /> Among the producers he has worked with are Will Simms who has collaborated with Kingston.<br /> <br /> The senior Levy had a fruitful career in the UK, starting in the late 1970s with songs for producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes. He made the pop charts there with Here I Come (number 41 in 1985) and Tribal Base (number 20 in 2001) which featured Rebel MC and Tenor Fly.<br /> <br /> A cover of Here I Come by Talisman P and Levy reached number 31 on the chart in 2001.<br /> <br /> Like father, like son<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984495/Krishane-Levy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, August 25, 2014 2:00 AM Vintage year for wine fest? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Vintage-year-for-wine-fest-_17408836 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer CARLOS Daley, founder/promoter of the International Reggae Wine Festival, says this year will be a turning point for the show.<br /> <br /> Its fourth staging is scheduled for October 18 at Whitter Village in Montego Bay. Romain Virgo, Leroy Sibbles, Shuga, and Tony Roy are featured acts.<br /> <br /> "This year's production is geared towards impacting our festival as Jamaica's fourth festival......a real tourist attraction with the intention of getting the tourism sector to join in," Daley told the Observer. "We want to show that Jamaica can be the platform to introduce products.<br /> <br /> Those 'products' are wines from the famed Nappa Valley region in northern California. Chris Joyce, an American sommelier with Nappa Valley ties, has confirmed he will display his products at the festival.<br /> <br /> While top acts like Virgo, Sibbles, John Holt, Etana, Protoje, and Tessanne Chin have appeared on the show, Daley is determined to tap into Jamaica's understated wine market.<br /> <br /> "You have 30,000 people in Jamaica who are direct wine lovers, so the market is there and the potential is great," he said.<br /> <br /> Daley first held the International Reggae Wine Festival in 2011 at the Rose Hall Aqueduct in Montego Bay. It had a strong turnout, but he admits last year's two-day show at Secrets Resorts & Spa, also in the tourist resort, was a disappointment.<br /> <br /> The previous festivals were held in August. Daley is confident a move to October, which has a less competitive show calendar, will pay dividends.<br /> <br /> A graduate of Howard University, Daley is a financial analyst by profession. He has lived in Maryland for nearly 40 years and is promoter of the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival and Jamaica Day shows in that state.<br /> <br /> Vintage year for wine fest?<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984497/Romain-Virgo-photo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, August 25, 2014 2:00 AM Wanted rapper, reality TV star lashes out at NYPD http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Wanted-rapper--reality-TV-star-lashes-out-at-NYPD_17408862 NEW YORK (AP) &mdash; A rapper and reality television star is lashing out at police who say he's wanted for roughing up his ex-girlfriend and stealing her cellphone.<br /> <br /> Joe Budden directed his ire at the New York Police Department via Twitter on Saturday after it sent out his picture and asked the public for help tracking him down.<br /> <br /> In one expletive-punctuated tweet, the 33-year-old city native says he's going to sue. In another, he tells the NYPD's account to alert the "Man hunt" that he'll be at an Astoria strip club Saturday night.<br /> <br /> Police say the Love & Hip Hop star snatched the phone and twisted his ex-girlfriend's arm during a dispute in his car early Monday in Manhattan.<br /> <br /> Budden didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. His latest album is All Love Lost.<br /> <br /> Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer<br /> <br /> NEW YORK (AP) -&mdash; John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.<br /> <br /> The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing last Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said.<br /> <br /> Chapman fired five shots on December 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, and others. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.<br /> <br /> An attorney for Ono said Friday that she had no immediate comment.<br /> <br /> The panel wrote to the 59-year-old Chapman that it concluded that if released, "you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law." It added: "This victim had displayed kindness to you earlier in the day, and your actions have devastated a family and those who loved the victim."<br /> <br /> At his previous hearing in 2012, Chapman described how Lennon had agreed to autograph an album cover for him earlier on the day of the killing.<br /> <br /> "He was very kind to me," he said.<br /> <br /> After that, "I did try to tell myself to leave. I've got the album, take it home, show my wife, everything will be fine," he said. "But I was so compelled to commit that murder that nothing would have dragged me away from the building."<br /> <br /> At a 2010 hearing, Chapman recalled that he had considered shooting Johnny Carson or Elizabeth Taylor instead, and said again that he chose Lennon because the ex-Beatle was more accessible, that his century-old apartment building by Central Park "wasn't quite as cloistered."<br /> <br /> The transcript of his latest hearing wasn't immediately released. Chapman can try again for parole in two years.<br /> <br /> Man fatally shot backstage at California concert<br /> <br /> MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) -- Police say a 38-year-old man has died after being shot multiple times during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley music venue.<br /> <br /> Mountain View police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka said the shooting happened backstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre, where Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa performed Friday night. The unidentified victim died at a local hospital Saturday.<br /> <br /> Police rushed to the outdoor venue after receiving multiple calls that shots had been fired, but officers are still looking for a male suspect believed to be in his 20s. They are asking concertgoers for photos or videos that might provide clues.<br /> <br /> Tanaka tells KTVU-TV ( http://bit.ly/1BOuxnh ) that authorities don't yet know how a gun made it into the amphitheater, where patrons undergo security screening.<br /> <br /> Wanted rapper, reality TV star lashes out at NYPD<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984492/Joe-Budden_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984493/Mark-David-Chapman_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, August 25, 2014 2:00 AM History lessons in France http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/History-lessons-in-France_17408876 THE informative History Man, who has played the European club and festival scene for several years, is currently in France performing with French band, Skamelia.<br /> <br /> The singer has been in France since June and is also working on his third album, Higher Ites.<br /> <br /> To date, he has performed on the Moove Les Minimes Festival, Mongiscard for France Music Day and Launac: Festival Wassa 'N' Africa.<br /> <br /> "This trip will be extended to Germany, Portugal and<br /> <br /> Switzerland. While in France, History Man is doing collaborations with a number of French artistes," his publisher, Tony Mack, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Many of the spoken word performer's songs are tributes to black leaders and musical heroes. They include Biography of Haile Selassie I, Marcus Garvey History, Bob Marley Story, Dennis Brown Tribute, and Miss Lou Tribute.<br /> <br /> Since appearing on the 1992 Tastee Talent Contest, the Informative History Man, whose given name is Andrew Kiffin, has maintained a steady recording routine. He has performed throughout Europe, the Caribbean, North America and South America.<br /> <br /> History lessons in France<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10984496/History-Man_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, August 25, 2014 2:00 AM Going Global! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Going-Global-_17403487 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer WITH its buoyant manufacturing sector, Taiwan boasts one of the world's boom economies. Once a closed society, the Asian country has opened its doors to western lifestyle in recent years, with many youth embracing American hip hop and Jamaican dancehall culture.<br /> <br /> From August 8 to 12, Taiwan hosted the Fyah To Di World dance seminar, a cultural exchange that attracted 175 participants from across Asia. Held in the capital Taipei, it was conducted by Jamaican dancers Chad 'Global Bob' Torrington and Orville Hall, founder of the Dance Expressionz group.<br /> <br /> The five-day event, according to Torrington, was not limited to dancehall.<br /> <br /> "We presented much more than dancing; the people want things they can't get on YouTube," he said. "They want to know about Jamaican lifestyle and the history of our dance moves."<br /> <br /> Most of the attendees (ages ranged from 14 to 38) were from the host country. Smaller 'teams' came from China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.<br /> <br /> "Some wanted to learn the dance steps, some wanted to keep fit, others want to know the history. All of dem focused...Yuh could hear a pin drop," Torrington reported.<br /> <br /> Taiwan has followed the Japanese into the world of Jamaican dance. Many Japanese youth moved to Jamaica and learned the latest dance moves, becoming so adept they have won local competitions.<br /> <br /> Fyah To Di World was organised by the Taiwanese company Raggaflu. One of its principals is Jill Chen, who described the seminar as "very powerful and touching".<br /> <br /> She commented on the popularity of dancehall in her country.<br /> <br /> "Years ago it was pretty hard for us because we can only learn it by YouTube or Internet sources. Now it's more popular because we are trying to bring what is real to everybody," she told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> "We started to invite dancers from the USA, France and finally we have the chance to invite dancers from Jamaica."<br /> <br /> Chen says there are dancehall groups in major cities like the capital, Hsinchu, Taichung and Tainan. Members of those groups were present at Torrington and Hall's lectures.<br /> <br /> The duo demonstrated an array of dance moves going back to the 1970s. They included the S90 Skank, John Crow Skank and the Della Move, as well as the Bogle, Worl' Dance, Sesame Street and Gully Creeper.<br /> <br /> Bogle and Worl' Dance were created by the flamboyant Gerald 'Bogle' Levy in the 1990s when dancehall culture moved into the American mainstream. The Gully Creeper, choreographed by David Alexander 'Ice' Smith, gained an international profile when sprinter Usain Bolt performed it after his victories at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.<br /> <br /> Fyah To Di World is the latest dance seminar for the 27-year-old Torrington. He conducted 'classes' in Argentina , Brazil and Poland this year and has another round of events scheduled for Europe in October.<br /> <br /> Though the Wolmer's High School and University of Technology graduate has been globetrotting since 2012, he says seeing the enthusiasm to learn about Jamaican dance still bowls him over.<br /> <br /> Performing in faraway countries for people of different cultures is no longer just a song and dance.<br /> <br /> "I don't represent just Global Bob, I represent Jamaica . From what I see out there, there will always be a demand for our culture."<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Going Global!<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10981837/IMG_20140807_200800_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10981838/IMG_4947768369505_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:00 AM Trumpet honours http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Trumpet-honours_17403469 TRUMPETER Bobby Ellis is one of those revered Jamaican musicians who never made a lot of money from music. But he yearned recognition for his work.<br /> <br /> Ellis' wish came true early this month when he got a telephone call from the Government informing him that he is the recipient of the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) for his contribution to the development of Jamaican music.<br /> <br /> "I always think of it yuh nuh...if I can get an award or something like that for music. So I thank God for it," Ellis told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> The 82-year-old Ellis is one of Jamaican music's unsung heroes. Born in Kingston, he is a past student of Alpha Boys School, which nurtured the careers of many leading musicians.<br /> <br /> Some of them were at Alpha with him, including saxophonist Tommy McCook and trombonist Don Drummond. One of his tutors was the respected saxophonist Raymond Harper.<br /> <br /> Like most Alpha 'hornsmen', Ellis went on to a prolific career as a session musician and arranger. During the 1960s, he played on songs like Higgs and Wilson's There's a Reward for Me and I Wanna Go Back Home by Bob Andy.<br /> <br /> His skills as an arranger served producer Jack Ruby well. In 1974, Ruby assembled an all-star band called the Black Disciple to record Burning Spear's seminal Marcus Garvey album.<br /> <br /> Ellis was a senior member of the 'Disciples' who did the sessions at Randy's studio in downtown Kingston. He arranged the horns on the title track as well as Slavery Days and was an integral part of Spear's recording and touring setup for the next 12 years.<br /> <br /> He and McCook also played and arranged the horns for Bunny Wailer's Blackheart Man, another classic roots-reggae set.<br /> <br /> With the advent of multi-faceted keyboards in the 1980s, producers moved away from elaborate horn sections. That trend stands today as most contemporary producers consider horns old hat, which Ellis says is unfortunate.<br /> <br /> "Synthesisers an' things like that alright, but it can never replace horns or live music. It's just not authentic."<br /> <br /> Ellis splits his time living in Jamaica and the United States.<br /> <br /> In 2013, he recorded songs for Rent a Tile, his second album, which will be released this year.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> Trumpet honours<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10981839/Bobby-Ellis_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:00 AM Kardinal goes reggae http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kardinal-goes-reggae_17405528 Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall says Suit of Black, his upcoming album, has a lot in store for reggae/dancehall fans.<br /> <br /> Among its tracks are collaborations with Stephen Marley (One Dream Away) and Agent Sasco (Lion).<br /> <br /> The 16-track set also features a remix of soca singer Bunji Garlin's big hit, Truck on Di Road.<br /> <br /> Suit of Black, Kardinal Offishal's sixth album, is slated for a December 1 release.<br /> <br /> Kardinal was born Jason Harrow in Ontario to Jamaican parents. He says he maintains ties to his roots with regular visits to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> My father wanted me to know where I came from so I grew up surrounded by reggae music. My father was a sound (system) selector so I grew up listening to a lot of reggae and dancehall music, he stated.<br /> <br /> In 2008, Kardinal Offishall joined forces with neo-soul singer Akon and his Kon Live Music company which had a distribution deal with the major Interscope Records.<br /> <br /> Their collaboration produced the Billboard singles Dangerous and Number One (done with Keri Hilson). Kardinal Offishall's previous album, Allow Me to Re-introduce Myself, was released in 2012.<br /> <br /> He and singer Jrdn's song, Can't Choose, won a 2014 Juno Award (Canada's Grammy) for R&B Soul Recording of the Year.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10981842/Kardinal-Offishall-photo-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:00 AM Wailing down Europe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Wailing-down-Europe_17403969 ROOTS legend Bunny Wailer broke new ground on his recent European tour which he used to salute the evolution of reggae music.<br /> <br /> Wailer, 67, and his Solomonic Reggaestra performed for the first time in Ireland and at major festivals such as Reggae Sun Ska in Bordeaux, France and Reggae Geel in Belgium.<br /> <br /> It was Wailer's first European tour in four years. He says it was significant, as it took place 50 years after the Wailing Wailers recorded Simmer Down, one of the group's early hit songs.<br /> <br /> Wailer was pleased with the three-week tour which started in June with two dates in Sweden.<br /> <br /> "They (fans) indicated to me how well they knew my catalogue of hits from The Wailers to the Blackheart Man. It was a very energising and special time," he told the Sunday Observer, adding that many of the audiences covered three generations.<br /> <br /> According to Wailer, it was a far cry from Jamaica where the youth seem oblivious of the achievements of 'foundation' artistes.<br /> <br /> "They all acknowledged the music by singing along," he said.<br /> <br /> Wailer is looking forward to a college lecture tour to mark another Wailers milestone.<br /> <br /> "It's acknowledging The Wailers Catch A Fire tour, which is our first tour to the Polytechnic colleges (in the United Kingdom) in 1973. I see it as important to not just sing but to have an opportunity to set the record straight about these 50 years of our music and The Wailers," he said.<br /> <br /> Wailer (born Neville Livingston) was an original member of the Wailers which also included Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. He and Tosh left the group for solo careers in 1973.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> Wailing down Europe<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10981840/BUNNY-WAILER-PARADISO-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10981841/WAILER-LESTER-STERLING_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:00 AM LueCmar feels the love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/LueCmar-feels-the-love_17388246 SINGER LueCmar is getting good vibes, thanks to her breakthrough song, Baby Luv. The single is produced by UIM Records and is featured on the Love Triangle 'riddim'.<br /> <br /> LueCmar (Christina Lue) hit the mark one year after making her recording debut with One Love, another UIM production.<br /> <br /> "The musical journey has been slow thus far but nonetheless it has been gratifying. I have been getting nothing but positive feedback from the masses, and what more could I ask for," she said.<br /> <br /> LueCmar, 22, is a past student of Immaculate Conception High School. She later attended the University of Technology (UTech), studying for a degree in food service management but left after two years.<br /> <br /> Music, she says, was always her passion. After leaving UTech, LueCmar decided to pursue a music career.<br /> <br /> She stressed the importance of making a statement with her songs.<br /> <br /> "Substance is what our generation needs to show that it is okay to be different in a world where everyone is competing to be the same. This is what I bring to the table," she said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> LueCmar feels the love<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10981843/LueCmar_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:00 AM Iggy Azalea falls off stage during pre-VMA show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Iggy-Azalea-falls-off-stage-during-pre-VMA-show_17408892 LOS ANGELES (AP) &mdash; Iggy Azalea tumbled off the stage during an MTV Video Music Awards benefit concert, but she appeared unharmed and posted a video of the fall on social media.<br /> <br /> The Australian rapper fell Friday night while performing her hit Fancy at The Avalon in Los Angeles. Security guards quickly pulled Azalea back onto the stage, and she barely missed a beat as Charli XCX joined her for the chart-topping single.<br /> <br /> Afterward, Azalea told the crowd she felt "very blessed" that she did not break her legs. There was no immediate word if she was injured.<br /> <br /> Azalea appeared in good spirits, posting a video of the fall on Instagram. She wrote in the caption: "I know I laughed."<br /> <br /> Neither Azalea's representatives nor MTV immediately responded to emails seeking comment.<br /> <br /> Tori Kelly and Sam Smith also performed at the event benefiting Lifebeat -- Music Fights HIV/AIDS.<br /> <br /> Azalea is up for seven awards at the VMAs airing live today.<br /> <br /> Iggy Azalea falls off stage during pre-VMA show<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10797430/Iggy-Azalea_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:00 AM Laff It Off held over http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Laff-It-Off-held-over_17404450 OLIVER Mair's comedy revue, Laff It Off is back for two more weekends. The hit show has relocated to the Little Little Theatre at 4 Tom Redcam Avenue where it will play for the weekends of August 22-24 and 29-31.<br /> <br /> Laff It Off, is playwright/producer Oliver Mair's return to the theatre scene after 14 years. The comedy which features a cast of veteran actors, new-comers and media personalities, recently played for two weekends at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the UWI, Mona.<br /> <br /> Laff It Off is social commentary which takes a humorous look on some of Jamaica's most topical issues and parodies a number of social and political leaders including government ministers, former and present prime ministers, sports personalities including Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt and entertainers Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Buju Banton and Vegas.<br /> <br /> According to the producers, the two additional weekends have been added to meet audience demand as well as to give theatre lovers an opportunity to enjoy the production.<br /> <br /> The cast of Laff It Off includes Simone Clarke-Cooper, Patria-Kaye Aarons, Rodney Campbell, Mark 'Bones' Martin and Russhaine 'Dutty Berry' Berry. <br /> <br /> Laff It Off held over<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10977736/Laff-It-Off_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 23, 2014 1:00 AM Take back Linstead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Take-back-Linstead_17406320 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com THE upsurge in criminal activities in the Linstead community of St Catherine has spurred two home-grown entertainers to appeal to residents not to accommodate gunmen and cooperate with the police in their investigations.<br /> <br /> Dancehall acts Jigsy King and Tony Curtis say criminals are destroying the tranquility of the rural St Catherine community immortalised in the popular folk song Linstead Market.<br /> <br /> "It is no myth that our entertainers are often considered to be role models and the voice of the people. I am begging my fellow Linstead artistes that we meet with the residents and see how best we can bring back the unity. Even a peace concert would be appreciated," Jigsy King told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Linstead is also known for producing top artistes such as roots giant Joseph 'Culture' Hill, rocksteady singer Phyllis Dillon, Festival Song Contest winner Freddie McKay, Nana McLean, and Iba Mahr.<br /> <br /> Among the most recent string of violence is the brutal killing of Mickleton Meadows community residents Shana-Kay Simpson, Garfield Simpson, Recodel Jackson and Dean Pratt on Wednesday night.<br /> <br /> "This is disgusting. Starting from Flat Bridge, we need to take back our town as this was not the way it was. Back in the days, I used to walk to dances, now I can't even think about doing that. Everyone in Linstead is connected whether via high or all-age school. We are no longer a family and Linstead is too much of a small place for this much violence," said Jigsy King.<br /> <br /> Although currently not residing in the area, Jigsy King said he often makes frequent trips to visit <br /> <br /> his friends and family.<br /> <br /> "We don't grow up any animals and mi not supporting any 'dutty gunman'. Mickleton Meadows and Charlemont Scheme were like the 'uptown' of Linstead, but now everywhere is affected," he said.<br /> <br /> Similar sentiments were echoed by Linstead native reggae singer Tony Curtis. The singer said approximately 18 months ago he decided to relocate to the community with the hopes of transforming the youths.<br /> <br /> "Just recently, I was playing football on East Avenue and one of the players gave another a bad tackle. When mi look, the man who got tackled said he was going for his gun to shoot up everybody. All of that make me long for the days when me and di man dem could just enjoy a ball game in peace," Curtis stated.<br /> <br /> Both Curtis and Jigsy King performed as a duo and churned out hits including Butterfly and Miss Goody Goody. Curtis, a solo artiste, is also part of quartet LUST.<br /> <br /> He refuses to blame politics as an excuse for the gunmen's actions.<br /> <br /> "The man dem don't hungry, because is not like they are robbing and leaving the individuals to live... Is like the man dem just heartless," he vented.<br /> <br /> Take back Linstead<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10977789/Tony-Curtis_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 23, 2014 2:00 AM JOLLY BOY POWDA remembered http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/JOLLY-BOY-POWDA-remembered_17405289 HEAD of Geejam Records Jon Baker has added his comments following the death of Joseph 'Powda' Bennett, a member of the Portland-based mento band, The Jolly Boys, who died on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> He referred to Bennett's passing as the end of a chapter.<br /> <br /> "Powda will be sadly missed, but not forgotten. He was a member of the Jolly Boys since the early 1980s. His cheeky and playful way was loved by audiences throughout the world. The end of a Jolly Boys chapter, yet a beginning of a new one for their long history spanning nearly 70 years," said Baker from London.<br /> <br /> In 2009, Baker recorded The Jolly Boys incorporating hits of the day over mento rhythms to critical acclaim. This served to re-innvigorate the band and lead to international recognition for the group which has been going since the 1950s.<br /> <br /> He refers to 'Powda' and the rest of The Jolly Boys as "true ambassadors of Port Antonio," citing their place in the history of that eastern Jamaican town alongside that of screen legend Errol Flynn and his wife Patrice Wymore Flynn, who were early residents of the town.<br /> <br /> "I am sure 'Powda' will be sipping a rum and coke with Patrice in Heaven very soon," Baker quipped.<br /> <br /> Plans are in motion for Powda's funeral service, which will be held in Port Antonio early September.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10977729/Powda2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10977730/Jon-Baker-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 23, 2014 1:00 AM Trelawny Fiesta on today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Trelawny-Fiesta-on-today_17404164 Singjay Charley Black, who is promoting his latest song Jamaican Everyday, dons his promoter's hat today for Trelawny Fiesta, which takes place at Zebra Force Lawn in the town of Warsop.<br /> <br /> The fourth staging of this event will feature sound systems Stone Love and Swatch alongside DJ Ashile and Keiva the Dancehall Diva.<br /> <br /> Charley Black recently returned from a series of dates in Europe. Being on the road inspired his patriotic song.<br /> <br /> "It's a nice feeling being home again, it's always nice to come home and enjoy some good Jamaican vibes. Now that I'm back I've been doing a lot work in the streets to promote Jamaican Everyday, and the response has been very good," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10977737/Charley-Black_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 23, 2014 1:00 AM Marshall shows his Tru Colors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marshall-shows-his-Tru-Colors_17404812 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com WAYNE Marshall showcased the musical strength of Tru Colors at the album's launch at the Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, on Wednesday night. Also attending were several collaborators on the project.<br /> <br /> "Tru Colors contains songs that are a blend of elements that inspire me. It shows a more eclectic side of me," Marshall told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The 13-track album has been available since January and released on the Ghetto Youths International label. Tru Colors is Marshall's second official studio album and features executive producer Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley. It contains the hit Stupid Money.<br /> <br /> "I have to big up Junior Gong, because without him this album wouldn't have the flavour it has," Marshall said.<br /> <br /> Fans and the music fraternity turned out to enjoy the intimate performance by Wayne and his friends. He entertained by opening with the album's title track, Tru Colors, reeling off On the Corner, and showing his chops on the guitar playing Success Story. Things got bumped up to the next level when he brought Tarrus Riley on stage. The two then transitioned to sister-in-law Tessanne Chin, starting off a highlight reel moment that continued all the way through to the rest of the night.<br /> <br /> With the first bars of Stupid Money, the audience was in for a surprise as Marshall brought Agent Sasco (Assassin) to the stage, but it was the eight-year old Giomar, Marshall's son, who stole the show proving he could do more than sing the chorus, performing the whole song.<br /> <br /> The finale saw Bounty Killer joining Marshall which brought the crowd to its feet and left them screaming for an encore. The pair performed Be On The Alert from the album and then did their first hit together, Smoke Clears. Done a cappella, it proved to be a fitting end to the night.<br /> <br /> Marshall shows his Tru Colors<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10977734/Wayne--Bounty_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 23, 2014 1:00 AM