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 Lukie D lusts for more airtime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lukie-D-lusts-for-more-airtime_17594086 By Brian Bonitto IN between his busy touring schedule, singer Lukie D still finds time to record. His self-produced single -- Crying Over You -- has found its way on the playlist of several radio stations.<br /> <br /> However, he feels it deserves more airtime.<br /> <br /> "It is being played, I've heard it. The rotation is not at the level where I would want it. Good music is good music. Once you record a great track, your fans will eventually hear it," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The 42-year-old singer says he intends to release an album next year. His last solo album, Deliver Me, was released in 2006.<br /> <br /> "The album will be mostly originals, perhaps one cover track. But new stuff will be coming out by year-end going into the new year," he said.<br /> <br /> With the decline in record sales globally, Lukie D says touring is a viable option for artistes.<br /> <br /> "In addition to a drop in record sales, there is also drastic reduction in the number of local stage shows. So, you have to look outwards in order to survive. You have to tour," he said.<br /> <br /> Since the start of the year, the singer has racked up shows in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Grenada. However, he holds a particular location close to his heart.<br /> <br /> "Hawaii is like my next yard. They really appreciate good reggae music. I've performed in O'ahu, Kaho'olawe, and Waikiki," he said.<br /> <br /> The Polynesian archipelago is home to a number of reggae bands including Malino, The Green, Rebel Souljahz, Rootikal Riddim and Sashamon.<br /> <br /> Lukie D, whose given name is Michael Kennedy, is also part of the vocal quartet LUST. They are scheduled to perform at Soul in the Sun slated for The Aqueduct in Rose Hall, just outside Montego Bay, on October 10 - 12.<br /> <br /> Lukie D's solo hit songs include Center of Attraction. With LUST, his chart hits include Sweetness of Your Love and a cover of Air Supply's Just As I Am.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11075223/Lukie-D_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:00 AM JA tops ENCORE grand finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/JA-tops-ENCORE-grand-finals-_17592670 By Brian Bonitto JAMAICA employees of the Sandals group were in top form at ENCORE Grand Finals held at Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa in Westmoreland, on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> The 11-year-old talent and modelling competition saw the local contingent stave off their Caribbean colleagues best efforts to secure six of the seven categories that were up for grabs.<br /> <br /> Shadeky Mitchell, 22, entertainment coordinator at Beaches Negril, led the haul by winning Best Costume and Best Female Model categories.<br /> <br /> "This is awesome. I feel great, especially with the support I was getting from the audience," Mitchell told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Having a clear home-court advantage, the cheers and screams from placard-bearing fans ripped through the Le Cabaret Theatre at the mere announcement of Mitchell's name. And she did not disappoint.<br /> <br /> Singer Andre Palmer's soulful rendition of Ben E King's I (Who Have Nothing) earned him a standing ovation and had the audience cheering way after he exited the stage.<br /> <br /> "I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this competition, as is opening the doors for me to realise my dreams of becoming a world-class singer and to inspire others," said the lanky entertainment coordinator at Beaches Grande Riviera.<br /> <br /> Shana-Kay Ergas, Best Female Vocalist (Unique Vacations); Jolon Jones, Best Instrumentalist &mdash; keyboard, (Sandals Royal Caribbean &mdash; Montego Bay); and, Scion Derby, Best Dance Performance (Sandals Montego Bay) rounded out the local contingent's haul. St Lucia's Yannick Thomas copped the Best Male Model category.<br /> <br /> "My confidence was high. I do some modelling back home and worked on a couple of fashion shows in St Lucia," he said. "However, next year, I'll come back for the dance title."<br /> <br /> Joel Ryan, group manager of entertainment at Sandals, had high marks for the competition.<br /> <br /> "ENCORE has superceded its purpose by breaking down the walls of xenophobia in the Caribbean using the creative arts. People don't see countries, people see expression of great joy," he said.<br /> <br /> Conceptualised by Sandals's creative director, Weston Haughton, the competition is staged throughout the Sandals/ATL Group. This year's finals saw contestants from Caribbean regions of The Bahamas, St Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, and Turks and Caicos.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11073482/WINNERS_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11073478/TOP-MALE-MODEL_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11073476/BEST-COSTUME_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11073473/TOP-FEMALE-SINGER_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:00 AM Sun sets bogus tickets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sun-sets-bogus-tickets-_17578906 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter THE ticket scam which greeted Soul in the Sun music festival organisers has been shut down.<br /> <br /> "The individuals producing the counterfeit tickets were traced and their operation shut down. The police are doing their investigations," Junior Taylor, the festival's executive producer, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Soul in the Sun is set for October 10-12 in Montego Bay. The event features two nights of performances at The Aqueduct in Rose Hall, followed by a beach party.<br /> <br /> Taylor disclosed that early-bird electronic ticket sales were negatively affected by the scam.<br /> <br /> "Previously, we were selling tickets online, but persons were hesitant about such purchases because they would not be getting a physical ticket in their hand. Pre-sold tickets are now available for sale," he said.<br /> <br /> Soul in the Sun is timed to fill the lull in visitor arrival following the busy summer months and ahead of the winter season.<br /> <br /> "When we looked at the calendar, we did not want to compete with the other summer festivals and therefore went in to coincide with two major holidays in North America -- Columbus Day in the United States and Thanksgiving Day in Canada.<br /> <br /> The line-up for the festival comprises American R&B acts Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, Howard Hewett, Freddie Jackson, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, Dru Hill and Silk. Jamaicans Richie Stephens and the quartet LUST are also part of the event.<br /> <br /> bogus tickets <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11073483/Junior-Taylor_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:00 AM Keeping it clean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keeping-it-clean_17593302 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer DESPITE the emergence of environmental groups in the last 15 years, singer/activist Lee Tafari believes Jamaica has a long way to go before it gets a 'clean' bill of health.<br /> <br /> Tafari is a founding member of No Littering, a fledgling organisation whose ultimate objective is to rid the country of widespread garbage.<br /> <br /> He told the Jamaica Observer that No Littering presently comprises himself and 'a few others", and continues to attract members.<br /> <br /> "Right now, we are in a structural stage. We are getting people aware dat we have to take care of Moma Earth," he said. "We can't wait on the government, is not the government throwing the bag juice pon the road an' in the bush."<br /> <br /> The 38-year-old Tafari (Trevor Lee Jnr) is from St Thomas. His family are owners of Lee's Unlimited, a popular sound system that has been around since the late 1960s.<br /> <br /> He says he has been environmentally aware since the mid-1990s when he moved to South Florida.<br /> <br /> "I used to hear people getting fined $500 over there for littering an' thought it was extreme," Tafari recalled. In Jamaica, he finds the authorities are not as vigilant.<br /> <br /> "Jamaican people are not nasty yuh nuh. They jus' think their yard stops at their gate."<br /> <br /> Tafari, who has been recording for four years, has done an acoustic song called No Littering to help push his organisation's message.<br /> <br /> He says No Littering is planning events to introduce the group to the public before year-end.<br /> <br /> Lee Tafari is one of the selectors for Friday's Iration Ites Vinyl Series, dubbed 'Original Diamond Socks and Clarks Edition', at Tuff Gong in Kingston.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11073485/Lee-Tafari2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:00 AM Keeping it live http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keeping-it-live_17584738 By RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com Following the high of the summer season, many local reggae and dancehall acts have returned to Jamaica after performances on the festivals in Europe and North America.<br /> <br /> The availability of these acts has given rise to a number of small, live performances series primarily in the Corporate Area and now spreading to other areas of the country.<br /> <br /> The Behind the Screen series staged at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records is now in its second season.<br /> <br /> The initial staging saw acts such as Tessanne Chin, Wayne Wonder, Assassin and others performing to much acclaim.<br /> <br /> This year's event kicked off three weeks ago with the popular Kabaka Pyramid and continued last week with Sizzla Kalonji. Come tomorrow, singjay I-Octane is set to take to the stage.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile come Wednesday, King of the Dancehall Beanie Man, will add his flair to another concert series, Live in the City, held at the CRU bar, also in the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> This series, the brainchild of Andre Marriott-Blake, has already had two stagings with Konshens,and Tarrus Riley exciting audiences.<br /> <br /> "I decided on a live music format because I wanted the show to capture and highlight the music in its truest and rawest form. A live music format in an intimate space like CRU gives the audience an up-close look," he explained.<br /> <br /> For Marriott-Blake, he found this kind of entertainment was lacking as a regular staple in Kingston.<br /> <br /> "We are used to stage shows with the major acts, but we rarely get to see them in an intimate up close and personal setting where everyone is a VIP."<br /> <br /> Wednesday's staging will support both the Lupus Foundation as well as Sickle Cell Foundation with this being Sickle Cell Awareness Month and the headliner Beenie Man himself is afflicted with Sickle Cell Anemia.<br /> <br /> When one thought the live music scene could not take any more 'intimate performances' in comes On Tour.<br /> <br /> This series takes 'big acts to small venues' accross the island.<br /> <br /> The first tour saw crooner Tarrus Riley making stops in Montego Bay Ocho Rios Mandeville and Portmore before wrapping up at the Little Theatre in St Andrew last Monday.<br /> <br /> Come next month, sibling regggae band Morgan Heritage will go On Tour at locations to be announced.<br /> <br /> Marriott-Blake is not concerned that the market will become saturated with all these live music events. In fact he feels the more talent is highlighted, the better it will be for the music.<br /> <br /> "Each establishment, and each show has it's own unique appeal and target. We don't see it as competition," he said.<br /> <br /> Keeping it live<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070775/I---OCTANE---Feb-28_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070773/Marriott-Blake_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM Richie Stephens goes Ska Teck Ova http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Richie-Stephens-goes-Ska-Teck-Ova_17559027 CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com REGGAE singer Richie Stephens is introducing a new music genre called Ska Teck Ova on his latest single entitled Everybody Dance.<br /> <br /> Produced by Christopher Birch and Ainsworth 'Big A' Higgins, the single will be released in a couple of weeks.<br /> <br /> "It's a blend of old time ska and Electronic Dance Music. I think ska is such a magnificent beat, that if combined with something as fresh, current and exciting as EDM, the world will catch on to it very easily," Stephens told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Stephens said the idea for the new 'sound' came to him while on tour of Europe recently.<br /> <br /> "I was backstage waiting to go on. While waiting, the band was playing a ska rhythm that had me dancing up a storm," he recounted.<br /> <br /> The singer said he went on stage with the same energy and the crowd went wild.<br /> <br /> "I knew then I had to record a ska song with a new twist," he said.<br /> <br /> Stephens, who is among the local acts for Soul in the Sun, said he intends to share the new creation at the event.<br /> <br /> Soul in Sun is scheduled for The Aqueduct in Rose Hall, just outside Montego Bay, on October 10 - 12.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070717/Richie-Stephens_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM EEZY Breezy for Micah Shemaiah http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/EEZY-Breezy-for-Micah-Shemaiah_17550261 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Obsever senior writer ENCOURAGED by the 'great vibes' he experienced on a recent trip to Europe, roots singer Micah Shemaiah is looking to maintain the momentum by releasing new songs and a<br /> <br /> second album.<br /> <br /> EEZY Breezy with singjay Exile Di Brave is the name of Shemaiah's latest project which is a follow-up to Reggae Rockit.<br /> <br /> It is also the lead single from his second album, scheduled for release later this year or in early 2015. Like Reggae Rockit and Dread at The Control, EEZY Breezy will be available on vinyl only.<br /> <br /> Though pleased with the response to his performances at Rototom Sunsplash, the Japhet sound sysem anniversary in Germany, the Slovakia Uprising Reggae Festival, and Reggaelawsky in Poland, the 33-year-old Shemaiah is not overwhemed.<br /> <br /> "Is just a fulfillment of the works. In terms of building on it, I don't think about those things," he said. "I work hard to make good music, to live the words I sing and that's it for me."<br /> <br /> Shemaiah was among a group of new wave roots-reggae artistes who performed on some of Europe's major summer festivals, including the week-long Rototom event in Benicassim, Spain.<br /> <br /> Infinite, Kabaka Pyramid, Jessie Royal, Jah9, and Chronixx were also part of that contingent.<br /> <br /> EEZY Breezy for Micah Shemaiah<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070736/Micah_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM Africa represented well at IRAWMA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Africa-represented-well-at-IRAWMA_17580431 By Cecelia Campbell- Livingston The 33rd staging of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (I will take place on October 4 at the Coral Spring Center for The Arts in South Florida.<br /> <br /> In the run-up to the event executive producer Ephraim Martin is upbeat about the voting process.<br /> <br /> "The response is unbelievable. The votes spread across the continent of Africa, we have never seen anything like this before, he told the Jamaica Observer from his Chicago office.<br /> <br /> For the first time the event truly reflects the 'world music status' as there are a number of performers from across Africa including Ghana, Kenya and Congo. Included in the performing line-up also is reggaeton and Calypso.<br /> <br /> Martin attributes the heavy African artiste presence to their music having taken off in a big way. For a while we were taking them for granted but they have just jumped up," he said.<br /> <br /> Among one of the performers on the show is Shatta Wale from Ghana. According to Martin he is described as the Shabba Ranks of Africa.<br /> <br /> Although the event has been hosted for 32 years he said the big difference this year is the "wider cross-section of the participants."<br /> <br /> A number of the African nominees will attending including an African dance group. While he can't accommodate most of them in giving them the chance to showcase their talent he will be bringing them on stage.<br /> <br /> Among the performers for the evening will be Mykal Rose, Etana, Singing Melody, Gyptian, Calypso Rose, Everton Blender among others.<br /> <br /> Among the awards up for grabs are Best Male Vocalist, Best Female Vocalists, Best Song, Bob Marley Award For Entertainer of the Year and Best New Entertainer.<br /> <br /> Sean Paul, Chronixx and Major Lazer lead the field with four nominations.<br /> <br /> The event will be hosted by Miss Jamaica World Laurie-Ann Chin, Kevin Lyttle and radio jock DJ Rick Party.<br /> <br /> -<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070722/Etana_0646_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM VP signs first African artiste Blakk Rasta http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/VP-signs-first-African-artiste-Blakk-Rasta_17580489 GHANA'S reggae artiste Blakk Rasta has inked a three-year contract with VP records.<br /> <br /> According to an article posted on www.ghanaweb.com, the entertainer is the first Ghanaian artiste to be signed on the American-based reggae label.<br /> <br /> "I have been looking forward to this all along but 'Jah' made it happen now and as we say, the right time is when it happens. Nothing happens before its time," said Black Rasta.<br /> <br /> "We worked so hard on tours, doing festivals and recording side by side. Sometimes I felt I was passing out on stage but pushed on when I reminded myself I couldn't let Africa down," he added.<br /> <br /> VP Label manager Donovan Williams shared similar sentiments saying that they are<br /> <br /> confident that the artiste will overcome hurdles associated with being an African reggae artiste.<br /> <br /> "He has the energy and vision and that for me is the thing. We are already impatient for a new album from him," Williams said.<br /> <br /> Blakk Rasta, 40, released his debut album Rasta Shrine in 2000. The singer, whose real name is Abubakar Ahmed, is best known for songs including Afreeka Swit, Keep on Rocking, More Fyah and Kunta Kinte.<br /> <br /> VP signs first African artiste<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070705/Blakk-Rasta_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM Kartel case postponed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kartel-case-postponed KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; The perverting the course of justice case against entertainer Vybz Kartel and his two co-accused has been rescheduled from today to Wednesday, September 24.<br /> <br /> Today&rsquo;s date was set last week after attorney Tom Tavares-Finson complained about discrepancies between what a witness has in his statement, and what that witness had actually testified to in a related murder trial that ended with the conviction and life sentences of Vybz Kartel and three other men, in April.<br /> <br /> Last week, Tavares-Finson told the court he wanted the transcript of the evidence given by the witness in the murder trial to help prepare his defence of Vybz Kartel.<br /> <br /> Vybz Kartel along with Vanessa &lsquo;Gaza Slim&rsquo; Saddler and Andre &lsquo;Pim-Pim&lrm;&rsquo; Henry are to be tried on October 27 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate&rsquo;s Court on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.<br /> <br /> The charges relate to the murder in 2011 of Clive &lsquo;Lizard&rsquo; Williams, over the disappearance of two illegal guns. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11072134/Kartel-Slim_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 11:42 AM Jah Cure to 'flow thick' on Arthur Guinness Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jah-Cure-to-flow-thick-on-Arthur-Guinness-Day KINGSTON, Jamaica&mdash;Jamaica&rsquo;s Reggae sensation Jah Cure is one of the headline acts for the Arthur Guinness Day (AGD) concert.<br /> <br /> Jah Cure is expected to grace the AGD stage for the first time on Thursday, September 25 at the National Arena. <br /> <br /> The &lsquo;True Reflection&rsquo; singer said he feels honoured to have been selected for such an event and promises to deliver a stellar performance.<br /> <br /> "It's an amazing feeling to represent Guinness in Jamaica's Arthur Guinness Day concert. Give thanks to Guinness for their contribution and I'm happy to contribute back to Guinness in a live way,&rdquo; said Cure.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Through Guinness, I have the opportunity to send positive messages, electrify everyone with some good music and 'inject the Cure' into their veins. I have nothing but positive healing music to touch everyone's soul so the Arthur Guinness Day concert is a good showcase to display my package," he continued.<br /> <br /> The concert will feature top dancehall and roots-reggae acts with a dose of soca from Mr Killa and Skinny Fabulous.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer is the media sponsor for the event. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11072128/jah-cure_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 11:38 AM Lady Gaga: 'It's a very happy time in my life' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lady-Gaga---It-s-a-very-happy-time-in-my-life-_17584634 NEW YORK, USA (AP) &mdash; After hip surgery and parting ways with her long-time manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up.<br /> <br /> "I've very centred now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I've ever been," the singer said in an interview this week. "It's a very happy time in my life."<br /> <br /> Last year, Gaga parted ways with long-time manager Troy Carter, who helped the pop star achieve multiplatinum status, dominate the pop charts, and win multiple Grammy awards. She said she was overworked and that greed led to their split.<br /> <br /> "Part of what was making my sort of artistic experience so unpleasant was that I felt that I was not able to truly freely fly as an artist," she said. "In some ways my talents were not being used to their full potential."<br /> <br /> Gaga says part of her happier state of mind comes from working with Tony Bennett on the album Cheek to Cheek, out tomorrow.<br /> <br /> The 28-year-old is currently on an international tour that wraps November 24 in Paris.<br /> <br /> .<br /> <br /> Lady Gaga: 'It's a very happy time in my life'<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070692/LadyGaga2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM Ruby Dee memorialised in NYC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ruby-Dee-memorialised-in-NYC_17585136 NEW YORK, USA (AP) &mdash; Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was memorialised Saturday in poetry, dance and song at a packed Harlem Cathedral where Alicia Keys sang her song Superwoman, Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House.<br /> <br /> The three-hour celebration of Lee's<br /> <br /> life was held at the cavernous Riverside Church in New York on Saturday. Dee died June 11 at age 91 and was called everything from a "street-fighter" to the "voice of our humanity".<br /> <br /> Her beloved husband Ossie Davis, whom she married in 1948, died in 2005. The Reverend James A Forbes Jr, in his remarks, said Davis had likely been waiting for her outside the pearly gates since then.<br /> <br /> The ceremony was both sad and funny, celebrating someone who was both "mommy" and an icon who faced down apartheid in South Africa. "This was an absolute celebration," said actor Courtney B Vance afterward. He also attended a memorial for Davis at the same church: "She and Ossie &mdash; they did it. They broke the mould. It's for us to now follow them."<br /> <br /> Dee's long career earned her an Emmy, a Grammy, two Screen Actors Guild awards, the NAACP Image Award, Kennedy Center Honours, the National Medal of Art, and the National Civil Rights Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award. She earned an Oscar nomination at age 83 for best supporting actress for her role in the 2007 film American Gangster<br /> <br /> Ruby Dee memorialised in NYC <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070698/Ruby-Dee_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM Doug E Fresh highlights BET hip hop awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Doug-E-Fresh-highlights-BET-hip-hop-awards_17585134 ATLANTA (AP) &mdash; With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper, dubbed The Human Beat Box, choked up and shed tears as he received the "I Am Hip-Hop Award" at the ninth BET Hip Hop Awards on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Fresh eventually told the crowd that his mother, who had Alzheimer's, died five months ago.<br /> <br /> "I have to acknowledge her," Fresh said at the taped award show at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. "I want to thank this woman and hip hop. If it wasn't for hip hop, I don't know where I would be."<br /> <br /> He also thanked those who helped him throughout his career, from Slick Rick to his group the Get Fresh Crew.<br /> <br /> The show airs October 14.<br /> <br /> Fresh became known for imitating drums and creating special effects using his mouth and a microphone. After his speech, Fresh performed one of his hits, La Di Da Di with the show's host, Snoop Dogg.<br /> <br /> "He's the definition of moving the crowd," Ludcaris said during a video that paid homage to Fresh.<br /> <br /> DJ Mustard won Producer of the Year, and Future's song Move That Dope took home Best Club Banger award. The most applause came after a recorded freestyle featuring Kanye West, Common, Big Sean, and Pusha T.<br /> <br /> Many of the other awards will be announced at a later date. Rapper Drake received the most nominations with eight. Jay Z, Pharrell and Future each scored six nominations.<br /> <br /> Doug E Fresh highlights BET hip-hop awards<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11070694/doug-e-fresh-copy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM Macka Diamond in three-car collision http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Macka-Diamond-in-three-car-collision_17581007 DANCEHALL entertainer Macka Diamond on Friday escaped serious injury following a three-vehicle crash on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine.<br /> <br /> Details as to what caused the incident are not clear but the female entertainer, whose real name is Charmaine Munroe, was able to drive away from the scene in her damaged white Honda Civic motor car.<br /> <br /> Her publicist, Claude Mills said the artiste escaped without injury but visited the doctor out of precaution.<br /> <br /> "The artiste is well and in high spirits," he said.<br /> <br /> As to what caused the crash, Mills said Macka believes there could be more to the incident than meets the eye.<br /> <br /> "She is not dismissing the notion that there may be unknown spirits working against her but she is determined to stay strong as God is on her side," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The incident comes just weeks before the anniversary of last October's crash on the French Caribbean island of Martinique in which the entertainer and her personal assistant sustained minor injuries.<br /> <br /> She was said to have injured her left shoulder while her assistant injured her neck and foot.<br /> <br /> The two were driving to the airport in the Martiniquan capital of Fort-de-France when the accident occurred. They were treated at the hospital.<br /> <br /> Macka Diamond in three-car collision<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11062120/Macka_w300.jpg Local News Monday, September 22, 2014 2:00 AM In TRUE DRU style! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/In-TRUE-DRU-style-_17579993 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com HAVING performed and recorded on local soil, American R&B quartet Dru Hill say they feel quite at home in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The outfit last graced the island three years ago when they laid tracks at Geejam studio in rustic Portland.<br /> <br /> "We know the 'lay of the land'. We will be bringing that knowledge, plus what we do best to the stage in Montego Bay," said Mark 'Sisq&oacute;' Andrews, the group's showman, from their New York base. In addition to Sisq&oacute;, Dru Hill comprises Tamir 'Nokio' Ruffin, Larry 'Jazz' Anthony, and Antwuan 'Tao' Simpson. The act is one of the nine American acts booked for Soul in the Sun, set for the Aqueduct in Rose Hall, St James, from October 10-12.<br /> <br /> "We always love Jamaica. Just everything about the country. Just the vibe. We really love it and can't wait to get more of it," said said Nokio.<br /> <br /> Dru Hill gave an outstanding performance at the 1999 staging of Reggae Sumfest. Their hits Make a Promise, How Deep is Your Love, and In My Bed reasonated with their Jamaican fans.<br /> <br /> "We're gonna set the stage on fire. Call the fire department and bring lots of water cause it will be hot," quipped Nokio.<br /> <br /> Dru Hill's self-titled debut album was certified gold in 1996. The group's first single, Tell Me, was featured on the soundtrack to the Whoopi Goldberg film Eddie, and was a Top 5 R&B hit in the United States.<br /> <br /> The album's second single, In My Bed, was the group's first Top 5 pop hit and first number 1 R&B hit. Jazz took the lead on the third single, Never Make a Promise, which became a second number 1 R&B hit.<br /> <br /> "We are older and, in addition, we are a constant work in progress. We are evolving and always adapting our sound to fit the varied tastes of our audience."<br /> <br /> They say they're open to recording with any Jamaican act who is willing to make great music.<br /> <br /> "We have worked on shows with Beenie Man in the past, and we love his vibe and the way he works, but it's pretty wide open at this time. We are looking to make the best music we can possibly do. So if the right Jamaican artiste comes our way, we would definitely do a collaboration," said Sisqo.<br /> <br /> Dru Hill's albums include Enter the Dru (1998); Dru World Order (2002); and D.R.U. (2005) (Unreleased).<br /> <br /> IN TRUE DRU STYLE!<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11068479/dru-hill_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11068478/Dru-Hill-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, September 21, 2014 2:00 AM Irish reggae film wins award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Irish-reggae-film-wins-award_17577671 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com CEOLCHUAIRT lamaice, an Irish documentary filmed in Jamaica this year, copped the award for Best Documentary Series at the first Sky Road TV & Film Festival in Galway, Ireland on September 5.<br /> <br /> Directed by Paddy Hayes and produced by Laura Ni Cheallaigh, the film is narrated by Irish poet Gearoid Mac Lochlainn.<br /> <br /> Ceolchuairt lamaice was filmed over 12 days and contains interviews with the Alpha Boys School's musical director Winston 'Sparrow' Martin, guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith, musician/producers Sly and Robbie, poet/activist Mutabaruka and percussionist Bongo Herman.<br /> <br /> Lochlainn said working on the documentary fulfilled a personal dream.<br /> <br /> "The experience renewed my love of reggae and gave me a deeper understanding of its global importance. More than ever the message of Rasta and reggae has so much to teach the world," he told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Ceolchuairt lamaice is part of a six-piece series by TG4 (Irish Language National Broadcaster) called CeolChairt (Musical Journeys). It follows six artistes on a fact-finding mission of the music that influenced them most.<br /> <br /> "Ceolchuairt lamaice records my own journey exploring the roots of reggae, which was a huge influence on myself since I was a teenager growing up in troubled Belfast," said Lochlainn.<br /> <br /> "Through cover versions by punk rock bands such as The Clash, I came to know and love Jamaican recordings."<br /> <br /> He pointed to similarities between the hardships many reggae acts experienced as youth and the turbulence he faced in Northern Ireland.<br /> <br /> Ceolchuairt lamaice allowed him to come to the country for the first time and see if the message of One Love was still alive. "Or, if it had been lost or weakened because of the influence of slack reggae/dancehall music and the media images of violence still associated with Jamaica. But I found the message to be strong as ever and also on the cusp of a youth renaissance with many young artistes returning to the conscious path and Rasta," he said.<br /> <br /> Ceolchuairt Jamaica premiered at the Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally,('Trench Town') Ireland last month.<br /> <br /> Lochlainn has published five books of poetry. This is the second documentary he has worked on, the first being Smugglers, about the history of Lithuanian language.<br /> <br /> Irish reggae film wins award<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11068483/Maroon-Dance_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11068482/Playing_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11068481/Gearoid-Lochlainn_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, September 21, 2014 2:00 AM Married men only! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Married-men-only-_17555607 Get thee a good husband,<br /> <br /> And use him as he uses thee.<br /> <br /> Shakespeare's,<br /> <br /> All's Well that Ends Well, I, 1<br /> <br /> THAT statement is often misinterpreted either on purpose or by sheer ignorance. I'm sure you've heard women say, "I'd love to get me a good husband". Usually, my response to them is, "Really, whose?" What some of them meant was that they'd like to get a good man who would eventually become their husband, but for others, they really would like to get their hands, and any other body part, on some other woman's husband. As for that part about using him as he uses thee, men use women for their looks and sex, while women use men for the money and security - so it is said.<br /> <br /> For some reason, married men are in demand, and many women have no qualms about getting one for themselves. But can you really blame them? Married men seem to be appealing, not only to women, but to other sectors of society.<br /> <br /> Can you believe my surprise when I saw an ad in the Sunday papers that stipulated that only married men should apply for a certain job? I wonder if the single-men lobby group staged a protest against that ad? And I wonder if an admittedly gay man who's same-sex-married would be considered for employment?<br /> <br /> So many questions, so many answers. All shall be revealed right after these responses to Manopause.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> The difference between male menopause, also called andropause, in parts of Europe, and female menopause, is that the woman can no longer bear children, while the man can still produce. Also, as we age, we should continue to exercise to keep fit and strengthen the bones and muscles. This also applies to the sex organs. Women need to flex those muscles down there, while men need to flex those muscles up there. Use it or lose it.<br /> <br /> Dick<br /> <br /> Hey Teerob,<br /> <br /> My husband is not only going through manopause, he's not only paused, but has come to a dead stop, never to start again. Mark you, he's much older than I am, but the 30-year difference didn't matter then. It does now. Clearly he had a lusty youth, but all's well that ends well. He's a man that has paused forever. Sigh.<br /> <br /> Yolanda<br /> <br /> Tony,<br /> <br /> Regarding your footnote on the buggery law and that guy's interpretation, you're kidding right? That guy doesn't believe that his phone shouldn't be bugged? Problem is, every youngster was born with a smartphone in his/her hand, and the only thing that's smart is the phone.<br /> <br /> Rhonda<br /> <br /> It seems as if married men are really in demand and at the top of the priority list, as evidenced not only by the many women who want them, but also by the ads that have been published seeking men of that ilk. As I mentioned earlier, an ad appeared in the papers for a vacancy for a caretaker. Among the many criteria were: he must be male, between the ages of 30-50 years old, committed Christian, and married. Now what does being married have to do with getting a job as a caretaker? And isn't that discrimination? I'm sure that if the ad had stipulated that he should be heterosexual, the gay lobbyists would howl in protest. And I'm sure if the ad said that only gay men need apply, it would also create quite a stir. So why the emphasis on married men only?<br /> <br /> To take it further about married men in demand, I also saw this letter to the advice column titled, 'I want a baby for a married man'. As you can see, a married man is a hot commodity not only by women, but by corporate Jamaica too.<br /> <br /> What is the lure of the married man, and why is he such a premium catch? Some women simply say, "Just let a man put a ring on his finger and is then I want him". One reason given is that married men are more stable, are more responsible and do not have commitment phobia.<br /> <br /> Many corporate companies love those qualities in a man, and so if he's married, he's more likely to get the job over the man who's single. Of course, many employers will not be as bold as that ad and stipulate that he must be married, but secretly, they will give the nod to the married guy and the single man won't even know why he was turned down. "Why not, I have all my papers, diplomas and certificates?" "Yes, but you didn't have the marriage certificate."<br /> <br /> Maybe there's some feeling that single men are irresponsible, swinging bachelors who are always on the prowl for another conquest, always distracted by the next skirt tail, and generally have very little sense of responsibility. What is also true is that being married helps in politics, as voters tend to trust a man who's married and has a stable family life, especially with children. Many campaign ads is the USA push this theme. "Vote for John Brown, a fine, respected family man, a pillar of the community, a churchgoer." Then they show pictures of him with his wife and kids, all smiling.<br /> <br /> Can you imagine if USA President Barack Obama was a single man? I don't think he would have garnered so many votes, especially from the women. The White House just wouldn't be the same without a First Lady.<br /> <br /> Plus being married sort of dispels any rumours about a man's sexuality. At least it used to. "You sure say him nuh...?" "No man, him is a decent, church-going, married man." Well, that used to be the case long ago, for my gay resource persons tell me that there are more gay married men than single gay men.<br /> <br /> Married men are reliable, as they have wives who depend on them, plus even more importantly, they have children to house, school and feed. When a corporate board interviews candidates for a job, they take those factors into consideration. After all, a man will usually treat his staff the same way he treats his wife and household.<br /> <br /> Even the Mafia is purported to have taken this into consideration when they were appointing their underbosses. "A man who can't control his wife cannot control other men," said Marlon Brando in the movie, The Godfather. That's right, a man is judged by the way he treats and handles his wife. If he's a henpecked, subjugated, downtrodden husband, he will certainly not be a good manager. So it works both ways. Would you like to know that a man vying for the job of prime minister, commissioner of police, CEO of a major company, head parson of your church, was a single, 'gyallis' man or a man whose wife beats him all the time? Being married and stable usually tips the odds in their favour.<br /> <br /> I have known mistresses who have left their married man lover because he became single, saying, "When he was married it was him, his wife and me. But now that he's divorced and back on the street, I can't compete with that."<br /> <br /> And yet, there are women who specialise in married men. They may not put out an ad like that company did, but it certainly is their strategy. These are young, attractive women who want no other man but a married man. Some are not so young and attractive and have very little choice but to live off other women's men, while others make it their duty to specialise in husbands. The reasons are varied, and not far removed from those of the corporate world. Plus nobody wants a loser, so the thought is, if another woman wanted him enough to marry him, then he must have good qualities. It's the same as applying for a job when you're unemployed as opposed to applying when you're already in a good job. It's more likely that you'll get the new job if you're already working.<br /> <br /> So apparently even a shared married man is a better catch than an available single man. "Single men are too much crosses, they hop from bed to bed and you can't find them when you want them." "My married man loves his wife and me and I can live with that. I know where he sleeps every night."<br /> <br /> The world has changed. Gone are the days when the single bachelor got all the girls. Now the women, and indeed the corporate world, are saying, Married Men Only. More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote<br /> <br /> I must comment on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa that has me so incensed. This man got up out of his bed where he was sleeping with his girlfriend, walked to the bathroom, pumped four bullets through the bathroom door killing her without even calling out to see where she was. Then he's cow bawling in court like a baby? Then again, what was a beautiful woman like that doing with him in the first place? If he had no legs and was dirt poor, would she be with him? All the reports say that he loved to fire guns and was an accident waiting to happen. Even an ex-girlfriend said so. It's a terrible tragedy and I have no sympathy for him. I feel it for that poor girl, and her family. Then that USA football player, Rice, knocks out his fiancee, then she not only marries him the next day, but is defending him. Poor judgement or love? Both can be fatal.<br /> <br /> Married men only!<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11068485/ZZ5048E98D_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, September 21, 2014 2:00 AM From Napa to Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/From-Napa-to-Jamaica_17577669 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer AS far as music goes, Chris Joyce says his iPhone has an eclectic playlist &mdash; from the outrageous pop of Madonna to the soothing jazz of Billie Holliday.<br /> <br /> But next month when he visits Jamaica for the International Reggae Wine Festival, shopping wines from the world-famous Napa Valley in northern California, will be priority.<br /> <br /> "I'd like to see hotels, restaurants and citizens of the Caribbean islands drinking Napa wines. That's my goal in attending the festival, is exposure to America's premium wine region," said Joyce.<br /> <br /> The 49-year-old Joyce is principal of Chris Joyce Wine and has been a sommelier for three years. Employed to Delta Airlines, he works with that company's wine programme and also conducts private and exclusive wine tours of the Napa area.<br /> <br /> Carlos Daley, a Jamaican and longtime resident of Maryland, is founder of the International Reggae Wine Festival which observes its fourth staging on October 18 at Joe Whitter Village in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> He says he went all out to attract American wine interests to this year's show. Daley's 'advertising' on the Internet got the attention of Joyce who is a regular at Napa Valley's annual Flavor Napa! Show.<br /> <br /> Joyce says he has worked with well-known sommelier Andrea Robinson for several years. He recently branched out on his own.<br /> <br /> "I am making my own wine. It's a red wine blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot made entirely by myself from picking the grapes to the barrel and its aging now in the barrel at my friend"s winery in St. Helena, a wine growing region in Napa," the Washington DC-born Joyce disclosed.<br /> <br /> "It needs approximately eight more months of aging in the barrel, before I sell my wine."<br /> <br /> A graduate of Howard University, Daley is also promoter of the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival in Maryland.<br /> <br /> Romain Virgo, Shuga, Leroy Sibbles and Tony Roy are the artistes billed for the International Reggae Wine Festival.<br /> <br /> From Napa to Jamaica<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11068476/Chris-Joyce_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, September 21, 2014 2:00 AM Orisha Sound to drop album http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Orisha-Sound-to-drop-album_17578041 NORWAY-BORN, Jamaica-based reggae artiste Orisha Sound is gearing up for the release of her latest single Gimmi The Beat, featuring Shel-K.<br /> <br /> Produced on the Black and Yellow Entertainment label, the track is the first song from her sophomore 10-track album, 1 Reggae. Slated for December 2, the set is co-produced by South African Alexis Faku and Shel-K.<br /> <br /> "Each week starting September 23, one track will be released," the 25-year-old told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "Each song comes out very powerful and different. So I really wanted to highlight each. I am creating visual art for each song and a supporting video," she continued.<br /> <br /> The album contains the tracks One More Night, Rewine, Best of My Love, and Roller Coaster. She said <br /> <br /> they should reasonate with listeners.<br /> <br /> "Each track is inspired by some catastrophic event," she said.<br /> <br /> In her songs, she made reference to the abduction of more than 200 school girls by Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, and the downing of a passenger plane over the Ukraine.<br /> <br /> "I have lots of family living in Russia and Ukraine, so that song is very relevant and current," she said.<br /> <br /> Born Orisha Pelzer in Oslo, Norway, she is of Russian and Brazilian parentage. She grew up in Russia and was trained in the classics. She plays a number of instruments and prior to her reggae venture, toured Europe and the <br /> <br /> United States as a singer/musician/dancer.<br /> <br /> Her first album Cupid -- mix of hip hop, dancehall and European techno -- was released July 2013. She is known for singles including Embrace It (with Sizzla), Sunshine Lady (featuring singer Wayne Daniels) and Black Coffee.<br /> <br /> -- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11063875/OrishaSound_2014_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:00 AM Zip &lsquo;jock&rsquo; to plead guilty in US scamming case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Zip--jock--to-plead-guilty-in-US-scamming-case_17571553 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com JAMAICAN disc jockey ZJ Wah Wa plans to change his plea to guilty when he returns to Federal District Court in North Dakota on September 25.<br /> <br /> ZJ Wah Wa, whose given name is Deon-ville O'Hara, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. He pleaded "not guilty on all charges" when he first appeared in court in June.<br /> <br /> "We entered into a written plea agreement with Mr O'Hara. It was filed September 10 in Bismarck (capital of North Dakota). This means he would waive his right to a jury trial and plead guilty," Clare Hocchalter, federal prosecutor and Assistant United States Attorney, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Hocchalter said four other persons connected with the case pleaded guilty at their court hearing this week. They are Americans Mikael Gillette, 24; Charles Bauder, 54; Shannon O'Connor, 30; and James Simpson, 72.<br /> <br /> Wah Wa is one of 26 people (16 Jamaicans) arrested as part of the ring. He is detained at the Heart of America Dentention Centre in Rugby, North Dakota.<br /> <br /> His federal-appointed attorney, Steve Mottinger, confirmed the development.<br /> <br /> "He has expressed an interest to plead guilty and this has been filed," was all Mottinger was willing to say.<br /> <br /> Wah Wa, 24, was employed to radio station Zip 103 FM. He was arrested by American law enforcement during a visit to Florida in May. Allegations are he assisted in running a lottery scam in Jamaica that induced American citizens to send millions of dollars for 'lottery winnings'. The disc jock is said to have acted as a courier to transport monies from the United States to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> He was stopped by Jamaican customs officials at the Sangster International Airport with US$105,000 alleged to be proceeds of the scam. If convicted, ZJ Wah Wa faces a maximum 30-year imprisonment per count, a possible fine, mandatory restitution, and possible forfeiture of property.<br /> <br /> At least 10 people over age 55 were allegedly duped. The Associated Press reported that one of the victims is an 83-year-old North Dakota woman who sent seven cheques amounting to US$158,000 after being promised US$19 million in winnings, and a South Dakota man who sent a US$14,000-cheque after being promised US$3.5 million and a Mercedes-Benz.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11063754/ZJ-Wah-waH_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:00 AM ENCORE finals tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/ENCORE-finals-tonight_17579161 WINNERS in the national finals of ENCORE Jamaica 2014 will face off with their colleagues from The Bahamas, Antigua, St Lucia, Turks and Caicos, and Grenada, at the Sandals Whitehouse in Westmoreland, tonight.<br /> <br /> The talent and modelling competition will see employees of Sandals and Beaches, and the ATL Group facing off.<br /> <br /> "It's gonna be tough. However, I think the Jamaican properties have a really good chance of winning," Ian Spencer, Sandals regional public relations manager, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Local finalists include: Andre Palmer and Taneisha Thompson, Best Male and Female vocalists (Sandals Grande Riviera); Jolon Jones, Best Instrumentalist (Sandals Royal Caribbean &mdash; Montego Bay); Scion Derby, Best Dance Performance (Sandals Montego Bay); Junior Brown, Best Male Model (Beaches Boscobel &mdash; Ocho Rios) and Shadeky Mitchell, Best Female Model (Beaches Negril).<br /> <br /> ENCORE finals tonight<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11063876/Andre-Palmer_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:00 AM Unrest triggers In The City http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Unrest-triggers-In-The-City_17579094 MAY 2010 will go down as one of the most tragic periods in Jamaican history. The so-called West Kingston incursion took place, resulting in the deaths of 76 persons.<br /> <br /> Singer Earth Warrior remembers following the clash between security forces and thugs loyal to West Kingston enforcer, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.<br /> <br /> The bloody three-day incident inspired him to write the song, In The City, which is produced by the Uprising Roots band.<br /> <br /> "There was a stream of violence at the time and Darren Hamilton (Uprising's manager) said he wanted us artistes to write positive songs," Earth Warrior recalled.<br /> <br /> He agreed and wrote two songs -- Happy Song and In The City. Because of a fire at the Uprising Roots band's east Kingston studio in 2011, the original recording was damaged and the song had to be re-recorded.<br /> <br /> It will be released this month.<br /> <br /> Earth Warrior (Dino Pinnock) has been part of the Uprising camp for some time, juggling recording with his trade as an auto mechanic.<br /> <br /> Recently, he released another single, Jah Jah Soldier, produced by Bus A Youth Production.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11063874/Earth-Warrior_5896_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:00 AM Singer Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Singer-Keyshia-Cole-arrested-on-suspicion-of-battery LOS ANGELES (AP) &mdash; Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles.<br /> <br /> Los Angeles police officer Nuria Vanegas says Cole was arrested around 5 am after someone initiated a private person's arrest. The 32-year-old was booked on suspicion of battery and released from custody Friday afternoon.<br /> <br /> Police did not release any further details about the incident.<br /> <br /> An e-mail message sent to Cole's publicist was not immediately returned.<br /> <br /> Cole's second album, 2007's "Just Like You," produced the songs "Let It Go," ''I Remember" and "Heaven Sent." http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11067115/keyshia-cole_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:25 PM The work continues for Mavado http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-work-continues-for-Mavado-_17566601 By Simone Morgan Observer staff reporter IT'S been some time since Mavado has had a hit song in the United States... five years to be exact.<br /> <br /> The self-proclaimed 'gully god' is eyeing a return to the Billboard charts, and he's getting some help from a rap legend.<br /> <br /> This week, the dancehall artiste spoke with Splash from his base in South Florida about Hustler, a song he recently did with LL Cool J. Mavado said the link came through Grammy-winning producer Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis.<br /> <br /> "I was told that LL was in town (New York City) and that he was interested in doing a collaboration with me, so we met up and went in the studios and began recording," he said.<br /> <br /> Hustler was recorded in the Big Apple and produced by Duplessis. The song was released in late July.<br /> <br /> A video for the track was shot in sections of Flatbush and Queens, New York.<br /> <br /> Mavado has been working the pop circuit since inking a record deal with DJ Khaled's We The Best rap label. Other collaborations include Emergency featuring rapper Ace Hood and Survivor with singer Akon.<br /> <br /> Though he has remained consistent on the dancehall scene, he has not entered the Billboard charts since 2009 when I'm so Special made the R&B list.<br /> <br /> Mavado first made that chart in 2006 with Wha Dem a Do. Getting a hit in the US, he says, is important.<br /> <br /> "This is where the bigger and larger music market is. If I can break the ice in the United States it would be a huge step for my career," he said.<br /> <br /> Mavado (real name David Constantine Brooks) has been chastised by critics for what they believe are violent lyrics. In his defence, he said those songs addressed situations he was exposed to growing up in Kingston's gritty Cassava Piece community.<br /> <br /> "I sing about the streets because that's where I came from. I have been there and I see all the positive and negatives that it entails," he explained. "It's not about me jus' singing 'bout violence as a means of getting airplay, it's about my encounters."<br /> <br /> Some of those encounters were with his arch-rival, deejay Vybz Kartel, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder.<br /> <br /> Their Gully/Gaza conflict got national attention six years ago with the police high command stepping in to calm their feuding supporers.<br /> <br /> Mavado said he has reached out to Kartel since he was sentenced in April.<br /> <br /> "It's about growth, we have build two musical column in the industry that can never be destroyed and it doesn't matter where each of us are and the circumstances that we are faced with," he stated.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11059414/mavadofinal_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11059404/ll-cool-j-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, September 19, 2014 12:05 AM