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 Comfortable in her skin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Comfortable-in-her-skin-_19153764 IFERTARI has stepped up promotion for her debut album, Learning Process, with a video for its latest song, Black Skin.<br /> <br /> Learning Process was launched at Gentry Lounge in April with a live performance by Ifertari and the Gnostic Roots Band. The lead single, Morning Evening, was released simultaneously.<br /> <br /> "The Morning Evening song and video opened up a lot of doors for me. The physical copies of the album sold well and I am gaining traction in markets such as South America, Africa and Europe, especially the (United Kingdom) UK," she said.<br /> <br /> Like most of the songs on Learning Process, Black Skin is autobiographical.<br /> <br /> "My life has been a learning process. The singles reflect that central theme, every song on the album shows my growth through my various experiences as an adult, a singer, a lover and a mother," said the Rastafarian singer.<br /> <br /> The album will be released digitally in August when the Learning Process tour kicks off in the UK with performances in Birmingham, Brixton and London.<br /> <br /> "I am going for more intimate cafe settings to create an ambience so people can enjoy my brand of reggae," she said.<br /> <br /> Ifertari, whose given name is Sashanna Hunter, migrated to the United States from the Waltham Park area of Kingston at age 12. She returned to Jamaica two years ago to establish her himself as an artiste.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939044/Ifertari_3139_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 01, 2015 1:00 AM Groovin&rsquo; on a Sunday afternoon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Groovin--on-a-Sunday-afternoon_19153860 QUEENS, New York: Over 20,000 fans here braved the threat of heavy rain Sunday to attend the fifth staging of Groovin' In The Park at Roy Wilkins Park.<br /> <br /> It was worth it as an all-star cast thrilled them with outstanding performances. Grammy winners Michael Bolton and Billy Ocean, Stitchie, Capleton, Cocoa Tea, Judy Mowatt and Luciano all delivered quality sets.<br /> <br /> Since his appearance at Rebel Salute in January, Stitchie has shed his gospel image and returned to his dancehall roots. Sunday was no different as he thrilled fans with old favourites like Wear Yuh Size, Natty Dread, Great Ambition and Bun it Down, before going into Letter To Dad.<br /> <br /> For the second consecutive year, Mowatt performed at Groovin' and blessed the audience with songs such as I Shall Sing and Many Are Called. As it neared the end of her performance, she invited Groovin' executives Chris Roberts and Clement 'Ras Clem' Hume to the stage, presenting them with a plaque for advancing Jamaican culture in New York.<br /> <br /> Luciano's high kicks and fancy footwork had patrons scampering to the front of the stage. Appeasing the masses, he jumped into the crowd, belting out spiritual hits such as Sweep Over My Soul, Your World and Mine, Give Praise and It's Me Again Jah.<br /> <br /> Cocoa Tea brought his blend of wit and charm in a dazzling performance. He kicked off his set with Babylon Throne and Kette Drum, which set the tone.<br /> <br /> "Hold up yuh hand if yuh love Coco Tea style!" he shouted, as a sea of approving hands reached out to him. After a 25-minute set, he returned for an encore during which he serenaded the ladies with Good Life and Sanchez's Never Gonna Let You Down.<br /> <br /> 'The Fire Man' Capleton created a spark with Jah Jah City and That Day Will Come before instructing patrons to 'thumb the sky' as he blazed a fire on "immorality, racism, Ebola, Chikungunya, incest and paedophilia".<br /> <br /> Six-time Grammy winner Stephen Marley joined Capleton, and the two performed Rockstone and It Was Written. Luciano and Cocoa Tea took the stage and the quartet belted out Bob Marley's Three Little Birds.<br /> <br /> Morgan Heritage also gave a good showing, paying tribute to reggae great Toots Hibbert and Buju Banton.<br /> <br /> Billy Ocean created waves of excitement. Working through an impressive catalogue that includes Get Out of my Dreams, Love Zone and 'When The Going Gets Tough, Ocean showed why he is still the consummate performer.<br /> <br /> "I wanna take you to a place where we drink pina coladas," he told the ecstatic audience, who by now, were eagerly awaiting his anthem, Caribbean Queen. Fans joined him in chorus, often times drowning out his own voice.<br /> <br /> Bolton is a dynamic performer. Songs such as To Love Somebody and Said I Loved You But I Lied, had lovers in the audience wrapped in each other's arms. He was joined on stage by Amanda Brown, and together they had patrons crooning to How Am I Supposed to Live Without You and the Motown classic, Ain't No Mountain High Enough. He ended his set on a musical high with a tribute to the late Percy Sledge, doing his soul standard When A Man Loves A Woman.<br /> <br /> "We are very pleased and happy with the outcome of this year's presentation. The vibe was amazing and the music was superlative. I am thankful that the weather cooperated and that everyone enjoyed the show," said Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin' Inc. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939041/Capleton--MyFlash_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939036/Barry-G_RH_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939033/Billy-Ocean_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 01, 2015 1:00 AM No Letting Go for Krishane http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/No-Letting-Go-for-Krishane_19153900 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer SINGER Krishane Levy (son of reggae singer Barrington Levy) shares songwriting credits on the current UK number one single No Letting Go, recorded by British rapper Tinie Tempah and featuring singer Jesse Glynn.<br /> <br /> The single is produced by Bless Beats.<br /> <br /> No Letting Go topped the British pop chart on the weekend becoming the sixth number one single for Tinie Tempah.<br /> <br /> In a post on his Instagram page, Levy lauded the team.<br /> <br /> "Congrats to Tinie Tempah & Jess Glynne and well done to the entire team and family. My first number 1 as a writer, co-written along with Bless Beats & Jin Jin.....Big Up Unnu Self," the post read.<br /> <br /> Levy, 21, (given name St Aubyn Antonio Levy) is from Christiana in Manchester. He currently resides in London and is signed to Atlantic Records UK.<br /> <br /> The singer released his debut single Drunk and Incapable, featuring British singer Melissa Steel in October 2014. The track peaked at number 27 in the UK Singles chart.<br /> <br /> Levy was included as one of BBC Radio 1Xtra's 'Hot For 2015' artistes.<br /> <br /> No Letting Go is the lead single from Tinie Tempah's upcoming third studio album. It will also appear on the deluxe version of Glynne's debut album I Cry When I Laugh.<br /> <br /> A rapper from South London, Tinie Tempah's debut album Disc-Overy was certified platinum in the UK, while his sophomore set Demonstration was certified gold. His hits include Children of the Sun, Pass Out and Written in the Stars.<br /> <br /> British singer Jess Glynne, signed to Atlantic Records UK, is best known as the lead singer on Clean Bandit's chart-topping singles Rather Be and Real Love.<br /> <br /> She also topped the British charts with her solo hit Hold My Hand, earlier this year.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939028/Krishane-Levy_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939027/Tinie-Tempah_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939026/Jess-Glynne_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 01, 2015 1:00 AM Full slate for Reggae Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Full-slate-for-Reggae-Day_19153875 TODAY is International Reggae Day.<br /> <br /> The media-based celebrations aim to bring reggae into sharp focus globally. This is achieved through increased airplay of reggae music, special conferences and workshops, as well as live shows. According to conceptualiser Andrea Davis, this year will see the inclusion of music markets such as Hawaii, India, African states joining the global event, as well as the hot spots of Miami, New York, and London.<br /> <br /> She hopes this year's observation will bring to the fore the need for a critical link between capital and culture.<br /> <br /> In Jamaica, the centrepiece of the celebrations is a conference focusing on how local players in the reggae music industry can claim a larger slice of the international reggae market. The forum will also examine the sound system and the contribution it has made to the development of Jamaican music and culture.<br /> <br /> Among the presenters that will be at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston are international intellectual property rights specialist David Stopps.<br /> <br /> International Reggae Day 2015 Awards will be presented to icons of Jamaican sound system movement. Merritone Music, King Jammy, Stone Love Movement, Prince Buster's Voice of the People, the late Louise Fraser-Bennett, as well as Japanese sound system Mighty Crown and the Jamaica Sound System Federation on behalf of the entire sound system movement, will be honoured.<br /> <br /> The day's celebrations will culminate with a concert at the Countryside Club in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Among the artistes set to appear on this wrap event are Cherine, Ken Boothe, I Wayne, Denyque and Marla Brown, daughter of the late Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown. Veteran sound system operators King Jammy and the Merritone team, as well as UK-based selector Mixmaster J are set to provide music.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939029/Ken-Boothe_0056_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939030/Cherine---Keesing-Live_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 01, 2015 1:00 AM SweatFest a success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/SweatFest-a-success_19153740 THE 2015 staging of SweatFest came to its climax at the Seawind Beach Club in Montego Bay, St James on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Aside from partying by the beach and poolside, guests had the opportunity to listen to multi-award winning musician Keith Sweat's upcoming album Dress to Impress.<br /> <br /> The set, which is slated to be released this fall, comprises several ballads and features a collaboration with American singer/producer Teddy Riley, who is credited with the creation of the New Jack Swing genre.<br /> <br /> Reflecting on the three-day festival, which featured performances from top R&B acts, including Dru Hill, 112, Joe, Tank and Genuine, Sweat said the event was a success.<br /> <br /> "The turnout was incredible as the event was promoted in a short time in about eight to 12 weeks," he said.<br /> <br /> "This show was planned during one of the most trying times in my life as I lost my mother and sister within weeks of each other recently," he continued.<br /> <br /> The three-day festival also comprised a black tie dinner and comedy fest.<br /> <br /> Before the entertainer's speech, the small gathering, which mostly consisted of Atlanta-based residents, could barely keep a straight face as comedians Double D and JJ Williamson had them doubling over with laughter.<br /> <br /> According to Sweat, plans are already under way for the 2016 staging of Sweatfest.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939032/Keith-Sweat_5836_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939031/Crowd_5851_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:00 AM Summer Run http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Summer-Run_19153565 Red Stripe laucnhed its Run the Summer promotion at the company Sports Club on Spanish Town Road in Kingston, the cultural and entertainment capital of the Caribbean, last Friday. That's the kind of event that would not miss the roving lens of OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939056/SHASHANNA-FRANCIS_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939051/crowd_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939050/KURT-RILEY_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939049/AUDRIANNA-LOVELOCK_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939048/KETICIA-CHATMAN_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939047/IMRU-JAMES_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939046/MARVIN-CHIN_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:00 AM Solid set from Sizzla Kalonji http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Solid-set-from-Sizzla-Kalonji_19153785 FIREBRAND reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji brought the packed house to its feet at the third staging of We Are Reggae unplugged concert series held at the Beach Bar, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club in Montego Bay, last Saturday.<br /> <br /> Dressed in a light grey suit, white shirt accentuated with red bow tie and his black turban, the dimunitive singjay earned a standing ovation for his thought-provoking and entertaining two-hour set.<br /> <br /> "We Are Reggae has again delivered on our promise of presenting the best live entertainment within the genre. Sizzla was amazing. His set included great social commentary and thought-provoking lyrics, and was clean," said Peter Lloyd, artiste and co-promoter of the monthly series.<br /> <br /> In addition to Lloyd, the organising team comprises Patrick Casserly and Orlando Maxwell.<br /> <br /> It was Sizzla Kalonji at his best. With high energy and pitch-perfect vocals, he delivered hits including Dry Cry, Solid As A Rock, and Black Woman And Child.<br /> <br /> Opening acts Trench Town-based DahVid, Edna Manley School of Music's Fusion Band, and King David from Sizzla's camp Judgement Yard, all gave strong performances.<br /> <br /> "All the opening acts were solid as well," Lloyd told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The We Are Reggae unplugged series continues with a special Summer edition, featuring Agent Sasco at the same venue, on Saturday, July 11.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939043/SizzlaKalonji__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11939042/Patrons_We-Are-Reggae-3_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, July 01, 2015 1:00 AM Tribute for Dandy Livingstone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dandy-Livingstone_19153500 The 18th Tribute To The Greats show takes place August 1 at the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew. Dubbed &lsquo;The British Connection&rsquo;, it salutes people who contributed to the development of Jamaican music and culture in the United Kingdom. The Jamaica Observer presents the first in a series looking at some of the 18 awardees.<br /> <br /> KINGSTON-BORN Livingstone moved to the United Kingdom in the late 1950s as a teenager and became one of the most identifiable entertainers in the West Indian community.<br /> <br /> Born Robert Livingstone Thompson, he excelled as a singer/songwriter and producer for over 30 years. He recorded for a number of independent labels including Blue Beat, Dice and Trojan.<br /> <br /> As an artiste, he had UK hits such as Suzanne Beware of the Devil and Rudy, A Message to You. The latter was covered by British band, The Specials, in 1979 and is one of their biggest hits.<br /> <br /> Livingstone's finest moment, arguably, may be as a producer. He directed Jamaican Tony Tribe on Red, Red Wine, a Neil Diamond original.<br /> <br /> Tribe's version was a solid seller in the UK in 1969. It inspired UB40 to record another reggae version in 1983, which topped the American Billboard chart that year.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11935046/Dandy-Livingstone_2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:00 AM When opera met &lsquo;binghi http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/When-opera-met--binghi_19153533 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE century-old Ward Theatre, in the heart of downtown Kingston, resonated with the sound of music Sunday afternoon.<br /> <br /> For the second year, life came to the landmark theatre -- which is in a state of disrepair -- thanks to the studio and performing arts festival Kingston On the Edge (KOTE).<br /> <br /> This year's event capped the festival and saw the first public presentation of guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith's 'Bingestra' in a programme entitled 'Opera meets Nyahbinghi', which featured the vocals of Chilean opera singer Maria Cecilia Toledo.<br /> <br /> A cross-section of Jamaicans filled the lower level of the historic theatre, which had been specially prepared and seats repaired for the event.<br /> <br /> For openers, actor and broadcaster Alwyn Scott's monologue personified the iconic theatre, recounting its importance to the political and cultural life of the country. He concluded by expressing the wish that the Ward should not be allowed to fade away.<br /> <br /> This segued perfectly into the first of the fusion pieces, Toledo's interpretation of Junior Byles' Fade Away. Her classically trained mezzo voice, the potent and timeless lyrics and grounded, rootsy sound of drum and bass came together for a magical sound and set the tone for the evening.<br /> <br /> Toledo showcased her range and dexterity as she delivered two Spanish tunes, the popular Habanera from Bizet's Carmen and an endearing rendition of the folk classic Evening Time.<br /> <br /> However, the second half of the show went to another level.<br /> <br /> Smith used this segment to showcase the talents of his Inna De Yard musicians. The rendition of Selassie is the Chapel was moving and showcased the spiritual side of the music. Vocalist Itral Ites earned rousing applause when he hit heady notes in Walk Away from Love, made popular by British singer Bitty McLean.<br /> <br /> Toledo would lend her voice to Africa We Want to Go -- made popular in the early 1970s by Dennis Brown. Again, the hybrid of cultures was a treat for the ears.<br /> <br /> This continued when Toledo did Impossible in Italian. She noted, "With 'Binghi you can sing anything". This was followed by a spirited performance of the Cuban classic Guantanamera which saw her trading guitar licks with Smith; the hymn, Joyful Joyful (which she presented in German), the jazz classic Besame Mucho; before coming full circle with Fade Away, a reminder that the Ward Theatre cannot be allowed to disintegrate.<br /> <br /> Smith was elated following the performance. He told the Jamaica Observer: "It's part of the vision and I am so happy to share here at the Ward Theatre. Ras Michael is not with us, but we had to bring the ancient Binghi order to the people."<br /> <br /> Toldeo was also in high spirits.<br /> <br /> "I am so happy to discover Rasta, and the music and culture of this country and it is amazing. To work with these talented musicians here shows that there are no frontiers to this thing called music. It also shows that there should be no divisions. No uptown, no downtown, but instead one town, one country and one love."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11934674/Opera-meets-binghi2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:00 AM VP storms Summerstage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/VP-storms-Summerstage_19153495 By Kevin Jackson Observer writer AS storm clouds hovered over New York City on Saturday, hundreds of reggae and soca fans made their way into Central Park for the Summerstage concert, to commemorate VP Records' 35th anniversary.<br /> <br /> The event's headliners were three of the independent label's top acts -- singers Gyptian, Maxi Priest and soca star Bunji Garlin.<br /> <br /> The Massive B sound system with Bobby Konders and Jabba at the controls, pounded the venue with a variety of soca, reggae and dancehall treats, as a multi-ethnic audience danced up a storm.<br /> <br /> A pop-up exhibition chronicling VP and reggae history, attracted a steady stream of patrons.<br /> <br /> Representatives from VP Records, including co-founder Patricia Chin and her sons Randy and Chris Chin, were in attendance.<br /> <br /> Even as the skies opened and drenched the venue with heavy rainfall, patrons continued to party.<br /> <br /> Kicking off the action was Bunji Garlin who doused patrons with hits like Truck on di Road, Red Light District and Differentology.<br /> <br /> Maxi Priest took fans down memory lane with House Call, Wild World, Just a Little Bit Longer and Close to You. The barrier at the front of the stage almost gave way, as exuberant female fans tried to reach the dreadlocked vocalist.<br /> <br /> By the time Gyptian took the stage, most patrons had exited the venue due to the heavy downpour. Those who stayed enjoyed extended versions of Serious Times, Nah Let Go, Beautiful Lady and the Billboard hit, Hold Yuh.<br /> <br /> Tiffany Mea, publicist at VP Records, spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the milestone event.<br /> <br /> "This concert is the first we've done together as a label to celebrate the 35th anniversary, so it's extra special for all of us," she said.<br /> <br /> Patricia and Vincent Chin established VP Records in 1979 in Queens, New York. The company is the largest distributor of reggae worldwide and is credited for breaking many Jamaican and Caribbean acts in the United States.<br /> <br /> They include Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Morgan Heritage and Elephant Man.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11934719/filename_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11934692/Randy-Chin_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11934677/Michael-Thompson_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:00 AM Bounty&rsquo;s bro pleads guilty in St Kitts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bounty-s-bro-pleads-guilty-in-St-Kitts_19153491 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com WAYNE Price, brother of dancehall deejay Bounty Killer, pleaded guilty to larceny when he appeared in the Basseterre Magistrate's Court, St Kitts, yesterday.<br /> <br /> Price was arrested at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport on Saturday for allegedly stealing a customer service representative's cellphone. He was subsequently charged.<br /> <br /> "He [Mr Price] pleaded guilty to the charge of larceny. He was fined EC$3,000 (US$1,111) approximately) and ordered to compensate the victim an additional EC$3,000," Inspector Lyndon David, press and public relations officer for the Royal St Christopher & Nevis Police Force, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Price was represented by attorneys-at-law Marissa Hobson-Newman, Marsha Henderson and Greville Browne.<br /> <br /> "The fine was forthwith, meaning he had to pay it before he left the court," said Inspector David.<br /> <br /> Price was part of Bounty Killer's (given name Rodney Price) entourage preparing to board a flight to leave the island.<br /> <br /> The deejay had performed on the St Kitts Music Festival in Warner Park, on Friday night. His brother had accompanied him.<br /> <br /> According to media reports, Price was being assisted by a customer service representative at the airport, prior to his scheduled departure from St Kitts.<br /> <br /> She left her phone on the counter. On realising the instrument was missing, she raised an alarm. A check of the surveillance camera showed Price picking up the phone.<br /> <br /> He was accosted by the police who found the phone. Reports are that the battery and SIM card were already removed.<br /> <br /> Price subsequently arrested.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11934733/Bounty-brother-WA0001_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:00 AM A colourful 3D-X http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-colourful-3D-X_19153373 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com BACCHANAL 3D-X Summer J'Ouvert on Saturday night at Mas Camp, St Andrew, kicked off the summer party season right, providing the billed '3-dimensional sensory experience' from start to finish to the young crowd that turned out.<br /> <br /> "The night went well. It's not about carnival as that happens once a year. This is about soca, and coming out to have fun listening to the different genres of music," Michael Ammar Jr, a Bacchanal Jamaica director, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The night featured a quartet of genre heavyweights Trinidad's Nuphoric, and Jamaican's DJ Cruise, Richie Ras and Kamal Bankay. They all played soca, dancehall, and electronic dance music (EDM), but dipped into popular songs regardless of category when necessary to get the patrons going with their glow sticks.<br /> <br /> Early goings had DJ Cruise and Richie Ras, but it was around midnight when the duo that is Nuphoric took the massive elevated stage and got things going. With Ryan Pankar on the turntables spinning out the best soca, his hype man -- Patrick Alexis -- lived up to his name with his usual audience pleasing antics. From his over-the-top introductions to every song, to his requests to dance, to finally climbing up on the rafters to salute the audience he had them eating out of his hands.<br /> <br /> No J'Ouvert experience is complete without paint and by the time it was EDM specialist Kamal Bankay's turn the crowd was more than willing to participate in the heavy frenetic bass of EDM. Richie Ras would return to close out the night with a slew of welcome dancehall hits.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932011/DSC_0056a_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932010/DSC_0076a_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932009/DSC_0028a_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, June 29, 2015 2:00 AM A Ginuwine Sweatfest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-GINUWINE-SWEATFEST_19153394 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com RHYTHM and Blues singer Ginuwine delivered a magnificent set at Saturday night's SweatFest held at the Aqueduct in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> The singer's performance was worth every scream. He entertained not only with his songs but dance moves and suggestive expressions.<br /> <br /> Among his opening songs were Hell Yea, Same Ol G and Those Jeans. Most of the songs were dedicated to the ladies who hung on to his every word and move.<br /> <br /> In between songs like Pony, Sexual Healing and This is What I Need, Ginuwine became the envy of every man inside the packed venue as he stuck out his tongue and licked his lips suggestively.<br /> <br /> When he pulled handcuffs from his pocket, dozens of females volunteered to be his 'slave'.<br /> <br /> In the meantime, Tank's debut performance in Jamaica was well-received. He connected with fans through songs like Emergency, Please Don't Go and One Man, but the high point of his show came when he invited an excited female fan to join him as he performed the hit single, I Cant Make You Love Me.<br /> <br /> Veteran Joe struck high notes with chart hits like I Wanna Know, Knock Me Off My Feet, More and More, and his rendition of Gregory Isaacs' Night Nurse.<br /> <br /> Earlier, Grammy-winning group Dru Hill proved that they still had 'it'. Led by the flamboyant Sisqo, they wowed the audience to These are The Times, 5 Steps, Tell me What you Want, Sleeping in my Bed and Never Made a Promise. Sisqo also had fans singing along to Incomplete and The Thong Song.<br /> <br /> There was hardly a dull moment during the inaugural two-day Sweatfest. Other entertaining sets came from 112, SWV, Raheem Devaughn, and Kut Close.<br /> <br /> Although dominated by R&B acts, reggae/dancehall artistes Tanto Metro and Devonte and Wayne Wonder were not outdone.<br /> <br /> Veteran R&B artiste and Sweatfest CEO, Keith Sweat, closed his show in fine style.<br /> <br /> It was d&eacute;j&agrave; vu for Sweat who was well- received at the same venue last year during Soul In The Sun. He added a local flavour this time, introducing dancehall king Beenie Man to perform Zim Zimma, Romie and Girl's Dem Sugar.<br /> <br /> Sweat was also joined by Blackstreet's Teddy Riley and Kut Close.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932007/Ginuwine_6733_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932004/Swv_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11931993/Dru-Hill_6596_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11931989/Wayne-Wonder_2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11931988/Crowd_5851_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, June 29, 2015 2:00 AM Pat Chin gets Libbys Lifetime Award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Pat-Chin-gets-Libbys-Lifetime-Award_19153153 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer PATRICIA Chin who, along with her late husband Vincent Chin, founded VP Records was honoured at the American Association of Independent Music's (A2IM's) Libera Awards held at the Highline Ballroom in New York, on Thursday night.<br /> <br /> Chin is the first female recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Libera Awards, also referred to as the 'Libbys'. The event is now in its fourth staging.<br /> <br /> "After working 60 years in the business and being recognised is a great feeling," she told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> She shared her highlight of working in the industry.<br /> <br /> "Just seeing the artistes develop and shine, that has been the highlight for me. Because it's not easy for them to make that step, and when they do well, I feel good. I am a Jamaican and because I work with Jamaicans, I feel blessed when they do well," she said.<br /> <br /> Chin was gracious in her acceptance speech.<br /> <br /> "I am honoured to be the first female to receive such a prestigious award. Words cannot truly convey my feelings. I'm so pleased to be recognised by the independent music community and A2IM, the reason being that, the spirit of independence has always been so deeply ingrained in my heart and thus, the heart of my business and life," Chin told the packed ballroom.<br /> <br /> Nominees for the Libbys are chosen and voted on by select members of the independent music industry. The award celebrates the successes of the independent music community, including the artistes who create the music and the labels that invest in those artistes.<br /> <br /> Tommy Boy Records founder/CEO Tom Silverman; Seymour Stein, vice-president of Warner Brothers and co-founder of Sire Records (which steered the careers of acts including Madonna, the Pretenders, Blondie, the Ramones, and Talking Heads); Bruce Iglauer, founder of the Chicago-based independent blues label Alligator Records; and Martin Mills, founder of the Beggers Group (which includes labels XL Recordings, Matador Records and Rough Trade Records) were among the industry heavyweights who were in attendance at the ceremony.<br /> <br /> Mills, Silverman and Iglauer are previous recipients of the Libera's Lifetime Achievement Awards.<br /> <br /> Chin recounted VP Record's humble beginnings as well as the dedication and commitment that went into making the company an international brand. She also spoke about steering the careers of many of reggae and dancehall's biggest acts to a standing ovation.<br /> <br /> The Chins started selling used records in Kingston. They later formed Randy's Record Mart in 1958. After relocating to the United States in the late 1970s, they set up VP Records, which was derived from the first letters in both partners' names.<br /> <br /> Vincent Chin died in 2003.<br /> <br /> Chin's children including Randy, Christopher, Angela, and grandchildren were in attendance.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932012/Pat-Chin_9694_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, June 29, 2015 2:00 AM Bounty&rsquo;s brother for St Kitts court today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bounty-s-brother-for-St-Kitts-court-today_19153356 WAYNE Price, brother of dancehall deejay Bounty Killer, is expected to appear in a St Kitts court, today.<br /> <br /> Price was arrested at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport on Saturday for allegedly stealing a customer service representative's cellphone. He was part of Bounty Killer's entourage preparing to board a flight to leave the island.<br /> <br /> Bounty Killer (given name is Rodney Price) had performed on the St Kitts Music Festival in Warner Park, on Friday night. His brother had accompanied him.<br /> <br /> "He [Wayne Price] is scheduled to appear in Basseterre Magistrate Court. The court opens at 9:00 am," a police officer in St Kitts told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "The alleged act took place in Basseterre, therefore, he will be going to court there," the officer continued.<br /> <br /> According to media reports, Price was checking in at the airport and was being assisted by rep, who left her phone on the counter.<br /> <br /> On realising the phone was missing, an alarm was raised.<br /> <br /> The surveillance camera showed Price picking up the phone.<br /> <br /> He was accosted by the police who found the phone. Reports are the battery and SIM card were removed.<br /> <br /> He was subsequently arrested and charged.<br /> <br /> -- Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932008/Bounty-brother-WA0001_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, June 29, 2015 2:00 AM Time Unlimited still around http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Time-Unlimited-still-around-_19153360 FOR his 1983 song, Johnny Drughead, emerging dub poet Mutabaruka teamed with journeyman harmony group Time Unlimited on what became an underground classic.<br /> <br /> At the time, the group comprised founding member Orville Smith, Hugo Blackwood and Donavan Joseph. They are enjoying renewed interest, after 40 years since being formed in Duhaney Park, Kingston.<br /> <br /> Love Made Us is the title of a recently released compilation album featuring songs from Time Unlimited's early years with original members Hugh Marshall, Junior Delgado and Gosford Manning.<br /> <br /> "There's a lotta interest in the group right now from places like Japan, so the time is right for a showcase like this," Smith said.<br /> <br /> That showcase has the song Give Love, with lead vocals by Delgado who died in 2005. There is also a cover of The Spinners' I'll be Around, done by the current lineup of Smith, Marshall and Nigel Blake.<br /> <br /> Time Unlimited was launched in 1973 when roots-reggae was emerging from Kingston's ghettos. Initially, they recorded songs like 23rd Psalm, Run Baldhead and Repatriation for Lee 'Scratch' Perry.<br /> <br /> These were followed by songs like Living Inna Jamaica for Sly and Robbie and Win My Love produced by Joe Gibbs. Their only album, the Dean Henry-produced Devil's Angel, was released in 1983.<br /> <br /> Smith blames 'arrogance and bad management' for stalling Time Unlimited's progress. Though the group has not recorded regularly in the last 20 years, he insists it never split up.<br /> <br /> "Wi always been aroun', people always want the songs inna Europe an' Japan. Once there is life, there is Time Unlimited," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> Time Unlimited still around <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932014/Johnny-Drughead_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, June 29, 2015 2:00 AM Ted lags behind Jurassic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ted-lags-behind-Jurassic_19153366 LOS ANGELES (AP) &mdash; A foul-mouthed Teddy bear is no match for a pack of dinosaurs.<br /> <br /> Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 opened far under expectations with US$32.9 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, ceding the top-two spots to holdovers Jurassic World and Inside Out.<br /> <br /> Ted lags behind Jurassic<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11932013/Ted_2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, June 29, 2015 2:00 AM 'Tears' for the next generation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Tears--for-the-next-generation_19153168 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com ANTHONY B's 12th album, Tears of Love, will be released on July 23. Speaking with Sunday Observer, the singjay said he wants it to reach a younger generation.<br /> <br /> "Reggae music needs an album similar to Buju Banton's 'Til Shiloh; we need a landmark. Bob Marley and other icons did it, but right now we don't know where the music is going," he said.<br /> <br /> The roots artiste added that while the genre is at its highest peak financially, Jamaican acts are being outsold by their American counterparts such as Sojah and Rebelution.<br /> <br /> "Reggae is not being embraced by our younger generation, and this is because there is not much for them to hang on to. These are the glory days for reggae, but now the local acts are recording on more hip hop beats; we are losing the authencity," he said.<br /> <br /> Boasting 17 tracks, Tears of Love has production work from Master One, Kirk Bennett, Chase Mills Records and Firehouse Records.<br /> <br /> Among the songs on Tears of Love are How Do You Sleep and a collaboration with Richie Spice called There is a Reward.<br /> <br /> Like his previous albums, Anthony B said the Tears of Love is 'rated G' and is meant for the entire family.<br /> <br /> His previous set, Tribute to Legends, was released in 2013. It contained covers of classic dancehall/reggae songs.<br /> <br /> "In my (younger) days, I used to listen to artistes like Tiger and so on, but as an adult I became more mature and music that I would shun as a child became my favourite. While our children may be attached to the music being played today, 20 years from now they are going to want to hear something else," he said.<br /> <br /> Anthony B starts a six-week tour of Europe on July 7. In late August, he kicks off a series of shows in Australia, Japan and New Zealand.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11929878/Anthony-B_1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11929879/ANTHONY-B_2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 28, 2015 2:00 AM Rich Hardesty begins Revolution http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rich-Hardesty-begins-Revolution_19153178 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer RICH Hardesty has been to Jamaica multiple times since his first visit in 1993. The singer/songwriter is so enamoured by the island that he has a tattoo of the Jamaican flag on his back.<br /> <br /> He has also recorded light-hearted songs like Mangoed in tribute to reggae land.<br /> <br /> On his latest visit, Hardesty is not into recording novelty songs in the mould of Jimmy Buffet, the Margueritaville mogul who has made millions of dollars singing 'tropicana' tunes.<br /> <br /> "I was hanging out with Capleton and listening to one of my 'riddims' and he said, 'me'd a love do a tune wid yuh'. That really moved me...I flew to Jamaica eight weeks ago and began recording," Hardesty told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> With the assistance of local music insider Kirk 'Belly Rat' Thomas and veteran percussionist Bongo Herman, Hardesty assembled a formidable cast of musicians at the Anchor studio in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Herman, drummer Sly Dunbar, keyboardist Allah Lloyd, bassist Flabba Holt, guitarist Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowen, saxophonist Everton Gayle, trombonist Everal Wray, and trumpeter Vivian Scott took part in the sessions which has so far produced five songs.<br /> <br /> One of them, Freedom Revolution, is done with singer Anthony Cruz. It is the lead song from Hardesty's next album, which he expects to release in early 2016.<br /> <br /> "The sessions have been great...a real nice vibe. You can hear that on the songs," he said.<br /> <br /> In his late 40s, Hardesty is from La Porte, Indiana, a farm belt state that has produced pop and rock dynamos like The Jacksons and John Mellencamp. He has 11 albums to his credit -- mostly easy-listening rock with a reggae feel.<br /> <br /> Growing up in the Midwest, he listened to the soft rock of The Carpenters and James Taylor, and Jim Croce's hard-hitting folk songs.<br /> <br /> Later he discovered reggae.<br /> <br /> "I got introduced to the music through the usual stuff...Three Little Birds, Waiting in Vain, No Woman, No Cry. But then I investigated and found Garnet Silk, Dennis Brown, Luciano, Gregory Isaacs. Man, I was just blown away!"<br /> <br /> Hardesty hopes the songs from his Anchor sessions will have a similar impact. Freedom Revolution is scheduled to be released in July.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930524/IMG_4498_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930516/IMG_4460_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 28, 2015 2:00 AM NDTC sharpening steps for season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/NDTC-sharpening-steps-for-season_19153189 THE National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) is currently sharpening its skills to present its 53rd anniversary season of dance from July 24 - August 16.<br /> <br /> Artistic director for the troupe Barry Moncrieffe notes that this year's presentation could be the most exciting in the history of the NDTC.<br /> <br /> "This has to be our most exciting season. We will be premiering a number of new works from a range of choreographers. It is this mix which creates that excitement surrounding the season. Among the choreographers contributing to this year's season are Renee McDonald, Marlon Simms [and] Shelly Ann Maxwell. The styles are all so different and each choreographer requires something different of the dancers that the whole package is a treat to watch," explains Moncrieffe.<br /> <br /> The new works will be bolstered by remounts from the NDTC repertoire, including Christopher Walker's Rough Drafts and Rex Nettleford's Drumscore. The staples -- Kumina and Gerrehbenta will remain on the programme.<br /> <br /> A founding member of the company, Moncrieffe notes that there will always be Nettleford work in the NDTC active repertoire as long as he helms the dance company.<br /> <br /> "Not under my rule... We always need Rex. His pieces such as Kumina speak to who we are. We can't all be modern and high legs; we have to showcase our culture as a people, and his works showcase that proud side of us as a people."<br /> <br /> In addition to the dancers, Moncrieffe also states that the NDTC Singers also have prepared a new suite of songs, which adds another dimension to this season of performances.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930021/Barry-Moncrieffe_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930022/NDTC-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 28, 2015 2:00 AM An exquisite Classics in June http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/An-exquisite-Classics-in-June_19153176 BY MIGUEL A THOMAS Associate editor thomasm@jamaicaobserver.com CALENDAR event Classics in June offered its usual high-quality coterie of musical talent at its 11th staging, held at the University of the West Indies Chapel in St Andrew, last Sunday.<br /> <br /> The 2015 chapter will definitely be remembered for the quality of selections and the light summer-breezy atmosphere of its chapel home.<br /> <br /> Returning to master of ceremonies duties was Dervan Malcolm, having missed last year's instalment and passing mic-handling responsibilities to theatre's Pierre Lemaire. Malcolm's dexterity at the languages played to the delight of the adoring audience, who offered heavy chuckling to his seeming precise German. His knowledge and wit made him an excellent compere.<br /> <br /> The Soroptimist of Jamaica (Kingston), hosts of the evening, engaged His Excellency Jean-Michel Despax, ambassador of France to Jamaica, and Madam Line Despax as the concert's patrons.<br /> <br /> Protocols established, the musical feast opened with soprano Nomali Lumsden. Her voice filled the chapel as she presented 17th century Purcell. Her ease of leaps, tonal quality and trills were graceful and solid. Programme notes referring to "happy experimentations with her voice" were duly on show.<br /> <br /> Voice gave way to pans -- steel pans -- in the form of the ensemble Chrome. The use of this instrument in such a classical line-up would find no oddity. The pannists' ability to caress their instruments to present classical staples Canon in D by Pachelbel (an adaptation) and Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring was most soothing. The delicate balance between the pans made the arrangements even more interesting. While the Bach presentation was not as impeccable, the audience found great delight in Chrome.<br /> <br /> The quartet of Stephen Shaw-Naar (countertenor), Monique Harrison (violin), Emily Dixon (violoncello), and Karl Van Richards (piano) followed with A Dispetto (from Tamerlano) by Handel. The instruments provided strong support for the not-often-heard in Jamaica countertenor tone. Shaw-Naar handled the trademark runs of Handel well, managing his breath control to deliver the long passages. He was much cleaner on the higher notes, but not as well projected in the lower register. A great job was done, however, in maintaining a pure vocal production.<br /> <br /> With no rest for Shaw-Naar, he moved piano, joined by Van Richards, to present Fantasia in F minor by Franz Schubert. Composed in 1828 for piano four-hands, the piece was like a frolic through a meadow, meeting upon streams and butterflies. The two handled the relay of melody well and were both entertaining to sight and sound. Their posturing and bobbing heads from the piano made for a greater appreciation of the rhythmic patterns. It had an emotional lightness and its climax was a good transition to intermission.<br /> <br /> The second segment of the evening's programme would again feature Shaw-Naar and Van Richards. Their training in music - both up to postgraduate levels - and talent made the technicalities of the pieces they presented seem effortless as one yielded the piano to the other.<br /> <br /> Van Richards accompanied up-and-coming soprano Danielle Watson. On holiday from studies at Alcorn State University, Mississippi, she first sang Das Veilchen (K 476) by Mozart. Its abrupt end had the audience appreciating in silence. She followed up with Porgi amor from Le Nozze di Figaro. She provided drama in both voice and form, and was well received.<br /> <br /> Violinist Harrison, accompanied by Shaw Naar, entertained the audience with Cesar Franck's Sonata in A major (allegro moderato). Her strong presentation carried listeners on an excitable musical journey, which spoke in every passage.<br /> <br /> Shaw-Naar (voice) and Van Richards (piano) then teamed to present Gabriel Faure compositions: Mandoline, Apres un reve, and Notre Amour. The two were skilful and musically exquisite.<br /> <br /> The evening's musical fare closed with the talented mother-daughter pair of Dixon and Angela Elliot (piano). They presented Le Cygne (The Swan) from Camille Saint-Saens' Le carnival des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals). The fact that this writer had a swing from melancholy to happy was testament to the duo's adroitness. The variations in tone and texture were the tools of communication. They then presented the evergreen Summertime from Porgy and Bess, which Dixon dedicated to her father. The audience got an extra treat when Dixon sang and plucked strings. An all-round excellent performance.<br /> <br /> Soroptimist and concert committee chair Laurice Barnaby closed the evening expressing the appreciation of the audience to the musicians, and Malcolm, in his own style, issued the 'save the date' for next year's show.<br /> <br /> Food connoisseurs say a great meal is one which leaves you yearning for another forkful, and so was the 2015 Classics in June.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930020/Classics-violin_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930019/Classics-Chrome_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930018/Classics-Shaw-Naar_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11929997/Classics-Lumsden_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 28, 2015 2:00 AM Keith Sweat closes SweatFest in style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Keith-Sweat-SweatFest ST JAMES, Jamaica - Veteran American R&B artiste Keith Sweat closed off his inaugural show, SweatFest, in style at the Aqueduct in Rose Hall, St James, Saturday.<br /> <br /> It was d&eacute;j&agrave; vu for the veteran crooner who was well received at the same venue during the staging of Soul in the Sun almost a year ago. However, he added a local flavour this time, by introducing dancehall king, Beenie Man to the stage. Beenie Man performed "Zim Zimma", "Romie", and "Girl's Dem Sugar".<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, during Sweat's performance - who promised "to make this an every year thing" - several patrons who appeared to have had enough exited the venue.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930213/ATT_1435477621906_IMG_5836_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 28, 2015 3:15 AM Joe connects with fans at SweatFest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Joe-connects-with-fans-at-SweatFest ST JAMES, Jamaica - American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer, Joe, gave a good account of himself at the first staging of SweatFest at the Aqueduct in Rose Hall, St James.<br /> <br /> The veteran performer connected with his local and international fans during his performance which saw him delivering songs like "I Wanna to know", "Knock Me Off My Feet", "More and More", his rendition of Gregory Isaac's "Night Nurse", and more.<br /> <br /> Joe hit the stage after fellow American singer, Ginuwine, who delivered "My Pony", "Same old G", "This is what I Need", "Those Jeans", and more.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930046/Joe_Sweatfest_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 28, 2015 1:58 AM SWV well received at SweatFest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/SWV-well-received-at-SweatFest ST JAMES, Jamaica - American female singing trio SWV were well received during their performance at the inaugural SweatFest now under way at the Aqueduct in Rose Hall, St James.<br /> <br /> The female group delivered selections such as "I'm So into You", "Weak", "Right Here", among others.<br /> <br /> They made way for Tanto Metro and Devonte who started their set with "Everyone Falls in Love Sometimes".<br /> <br /> The Jamaican duo were followed by Dru Hill.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930035/SWV_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11930037/Tanto-and-Devonte_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 28, 2015 1:27 AM Wayne Wonder represents at SweatFest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Wayne-Wonder-Sweatfest ST JAMES, Jamaica - Reggae artiste Wayne Wonder represented the genre well during his performance at the inaugural SweatFest, now under way at the Aqueduct in Rose Hall, St James.<br /> <br /> He connected with his fans as he delivered selections such as Searching Dem Searching, Saddest Day of My Life, Joyride, and Bashment Girl from his extensive catalogue.<br /> <br /> Wayne Wonder made way for the Ameracan R&B artiste Ginuwine.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11929574/IMG_5809_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, June 28, 2015 12:07 AM