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 Style Week set to sizzle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Style-Week-set-to-sizzle_18988705 BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com NOW in its 11th year, Style Week Jamaica will kick off its three days of activity at the Top of the World Jamaica, Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston for the White Night, White Style show, this evening.<br /> <br /> The event is the brainchild of Saint International CEO Deiwght Peters.<br /> <br /> "Style Week will be three nights of glitz and glamour like no other," Peters told Splash yesterday.<br /> <br /> White Night, White Style is expected to host 30 local designers showing off their wares at the invitation-only event. On Saturday, Style Week heads to the iconic National Gallery, downtown Kingston for The International Mecca of Style Fashion Night.<br /> <br /> "This year, we are introducing these two new venues on the premise of showcasing unique cultural and social spaces for destination Kingston," said Peters.<br /> <br /> Those lucky enough to get one of the limited numbers of tickets for the Saturday show will not only be treated to fashion from designers from as far as Paris, but several of Saint International's modelling stars, Kai Newman and Tami Williams fresh off the pages of US Vogue. They'll be joined by male supermodel Rob Evans.<br /> <br /> "The excitement is palpable as everyone wants to revel in the unique and edgy experience at Styleweek," he added.<br /> <br /> Sunday evening will be the traditional mega-finale for Styleweek, Fashionblock, which will see Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston transformed into a runway. Once again, the best local and overseas designers will join together with the stable of Saint models to end Style Week. Additional entertainment is to be provided by Tuff Gong recording artiste Bazil and the 2015 Magnum King Devin Di Dakta.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813397/Dwight-Peters-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM Moving to 'Muigle' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Moving-to-his-own--Muigle-_18987646 The word Google has become a generic term for on-line searches engines, and if Jamaican software developer Lloyd Laing has his way, his on-line tool Muigle, could become "music's most powerful search engine".<br /> <br /> According to Laing, who happens to be the son of pioneering Jamaican model Althea Laing, Muigle was inspired by Google and it works the same way. When using Muigle, the search results displays videos, streams and available mp3s for download.<br /> <br /> The engine has been in operation since last month has indexed over 15 million tracks.<br /> <br /> "Well we've been indexing tracks since December 2014, and with a little help from the Jamaica Data Mining Project Array, we were able to index 13 million tracks by February this year. We went live in beta on April 28. We don't host content, we've just found a novel way of bringing it all together from legal, publicly accessible sources," he explained.<br /> <br /> "Well we hit our 1 millionth search request on May 18. On that day we had accumulated 98,016 visits. We're seeing a weekly growth rate of 24% weekly, and should be doing a million visits by the end of the third quarter 2015. Our return visitor rate is 70%," he added.<br /> <br /> Laing has dabbled in matters related to technology and entertainment previously but became derailed to the high financial cost and the cultural roadblocks which exist locally.<br /> <br /> "A few years ago I experimented with a project called Muzack -- am music App that combined a number of popular features used amongst internet audiophiles. A ground breaking idea, the artistes loved it but it could not gain traction because key local producers at the time were hesitant to embrace the idea, so content was limited, and as such the project fizzled."<br /> <br /> Has passion was re-ignited when he met up with a group of like-minded individuals and Muigle was born<br /> <br /> "Our Long term goal is to become the first digital listing on the Jamaica Junior Stock Exchange. We have identified realised revenue streams, and by products that have the potential to make future investors happy," a confident Laing stated.<br /> <br /> He indicated that Barbadian-born, international pop star Rihanna is the most popular artiste searched for on Muigle. One the Jamaican side the honour goes to singer Omi, who has recently hit international charts, including striking gold in the UK with his remixed version of his breakout hit Cheerleader.<br /> <br /> Moving to his own 'Muigle'<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813393/lloyd-laing-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813390/Lloyd-Laing-5_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813813/LLoyd-Laing_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM Touchless hits with Secret Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Touchless-hits-with-Secret-Love-_18986410 DEEJAY Touchless has teamed with Gyptian for the song Secret Love (remix). But he is not only excited about the song which is co-produced by Universal Linkz/Sonny Spoon Records.<br /> <br /> "The video is going to be hot so the fans can look out for it," he said.<br /> <br /> Touchless, who is in his early 20s, lives in Toronto, Canada. He spoke about working with Gyptian.<br /> <br /> "Gyptian is a good artiste, we met a few years ago at Sting. Working with him was a lot of fun. He is one of the best artistes that I have ever met."<br /> <br /> Touchless is also promoting the song Work It, a collaboration with Spice. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813407/Touchless_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM Crazy times for Devin Di Dakta http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Crazy-times-for-Devin-Di-Dakta_18986499 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer PLANS to become a paediatrician have been put on hold by deejay Devin Di Dakta after he won the Magnum King of The Dancehall competition two weeks ago.<br /> <br /> This was not the St Mary native's first crack at the popular televised talent show.<br /> <br /> "I entered when I was 15 at the Ocho Rios audition. After going through the preliminary audition round, I was told to come back when I was older. I used that time to really watch the competition and see where I could improve," he said.<br /> <br /> Since his win, Devin Di Dakta said he has been swamped with 'riddims' to record from various producers, which he welcomes.<br /> <br /> "Right now, I am doing a lot of recordings. I just finished doing some songs for Starstruck Records. I also did a song for Dre Crazy, Troy McLean, Blade from Social Yaad and Chris Rok. It has been really crazy."<br /> <br /> He is currently promoting his debut single, Rrri Bambi Deng Deng, produced by Starstruck Records.<br /> <br /> The 19-year-old, whose real name is Anthony Clarke, is originally from the town of Highgate and attended St Mary High School. He recently relocated to Kingston to capitalise on his newfound popularity.<br /> <br /> He has ambitions of becoming a doctor, with emphasis on early childhood care. But he has always had a passion for music which, he pointed out, runs in his family.<br /> <br /> "My father owned a bus and music was always blaring. My mother is a Christian and she was always singing around the home. My brother Ken, who passed on in 2004, was an entertainer. He encouraged me to do music from an early age," said Devin.<br /> <br /> He was a favourite in 'Magnum' which is yet to produce a winner that has gone on to achieve mainstream success.<br /> <br /> Despite some nerves going through the rounds, Devin Di Dakta believes versatility gave him the edge over his competitors.<br /> <br /> "I am the complete artiste. I have the image, the performance, the melody, the full package," he boasted.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813415/DSC_4798_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM Dancers rock at Arts in the Park http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dancers-rock-at-Arts-in-the-Park_18988606 HUNDREDS of patrons who flocked to Hope Gardens last Sunday were treated to a spectacular and unforgettable showcase of Jamaican dance by some 35 dance groups and individuals at the fourth staging of Arts in the Park.<br /> <br /> Performances ranged from traditional folk forms like kumina and junkanoo to contemporary dancehall and street dance by schools and institutions, including Portmore Missionary, Stella Maris and Ardenne High. Several dance troupes also displayed their talent such as the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), Dance Theatre Xaymaca and L'Acadco Dance Force, with solo performances by Raddy Rich and Lindsay Lodenquai.<br /> <br /> In lauding the dancers, State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford said: The dancers delivered some excellent performances and the large turnout for Arts in the Park -- Dance Edition is proof of the appreciation of the exceptional dance talent that we have in Jamaica."<br /> <br /> "It was truly a celebration of dance which showcased various aspects of our culture in a very entertaining way," he continued.<br /> <br /> Crawford said he was also pleased with the reaction of the international talent scouts who were in Jamaica to network with the dancers, give valuable advice and watch their performances. These included Virginie Mecene, artistic director, Graham 2 and director, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance; Troy Powell, artistic director, Ailey II; Fatima Wilson, head of commercial and dance, Bloc NYC; Dr Barry Burch of the African American Dance Ensemble; and Tanisha Scott, MTV-nominated choreographer for Beyonc&eacute;, Rihanna and Sean Paul.<br /> <br /> The Arts in the Park - Dance Edition was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment in association with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. It forms part of an ongoing effort by the Ministry to develop the local entertainment industry by providing opportunities for artistes in various creative sectors to further develop their career and gain international exposure.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813435/NDTC-AITP-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813451/HM-ATIP_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM Meet Krysi Webb, face of the Juk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Meet-Krysi-Webb--face-of-the-Juk_18988757 IN most of the 10 years she has been in the music business, Krysi Webb has been a backup singer for top dancehall/reggae artistes. She is preparing to go out front on her latest project.<br /> <br /> Webb, 23, is the face of the Juk, a new sound created by musician/producer Diavallan 'Dia' Fearon. It debuts in June with two songs by the diminutive singer: I Can't Live Without You and a cover of Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop.<br /> <br /> The songs are also the first releases for Webb, who is from the hilly Newcastle region of St Andrew.<br /> <br /> After doing backing vocals on songs by artistes such as Aidonia, Fantan Mojah and Luciano, Webb said it's good to be out front, especially on a fresh concept.<br /> <br /> "I love it, it's different. It's uptempo; I'm used to doing slower songs, so it's good to venture outside my comfort zone," she told Splash.<br /> <br /> Influenced by Etana, Queen Ifrica and Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan, Webb has been recording since she was in 11th grade at Papine High School. She cut a handful of songs for OverDo It Records in Papine, but none of those productions were released.<br /> <br /> She has sharpened her vocals and studio technique by doing a lot of background work in the last year. The Juk, she said, allows her to show off another side.<br /> <br /> "It's real uptempo so I get to show that I'm a dancer as well."<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813417/Krysi-Webb_0272-Edit_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM   Lights, camera, action for Dillgin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lights--camera--action-for-Dillgin-_18986413 DILLGIN recently completed the video for his hit single Shining, in Los Angeles. Directed by Wendell Wellman, it was shot at Hahn Park which is located in Baldwin Hills, Hollywood.<br /> <br /> Hahn Park is a popular location for films, music video and television shows including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and and the video for Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg's hit single, Nuthin' But a G Thang.<br /> <br /> Additional scenes for Shining were shot at Leimert Park, also in Southern California.<br /> <br /> "After the director listened and vibe the song he just said 'sunlight and positive energy', and that was what I wanted. I had just come out of a very dark place on so many levels when I wrote that song," Dillgin said. "It was like when some people say they were born again, and the director captured that in the video."<br /> <br /> He is also promoting the single Weed & The Wheat/Matthew 13:30.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813414/Dillgin_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM And now...Singry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/And-now---Singry_18986393 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer THE singer formerly known as Khristopher is now Singry. The New York-based entertainer, whose popular songs include Who's Holding Donna Now, All I Have to Give and That Way, said the change was on the cards for some time.<br /> <br /> "I decided to do a name change to end the confusion between other artistes using the same name, plus I have been absent from the music scene for a while and thought that if I'm going to start over, I might as well start fresh with a new name and a new image," Singry explained.<br /> <br /> He first used the moniker in 2005 when he began producing songs.<br /> <br /> Born Mark Williams, Singry is originally from Falmouth, Trelawny. He has been living in New York for the past 15 years.<br /> <br /> During that period, he has made a name for himself in the tri-state area with several songs that made the New York Reggae charts.<br /> <br /> His latest single is Weak, produced for Singry Records.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813400/Singry_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 2:00 AM Capleton rocks racetrack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Capleton-rocks-racetrack_18982286 DANCEHALL act Capleton 'The Fireman' left Caymanas Park singing the praise of patrons on Saturday after his energy-filled set closed a day on which a record $39.6m was wagered on a non-sponsored race meeting.<br /> <br /> "It was a nice vibes, a good performance. The people were singing word for word. The people 'appreci-loved' it, and they said it was one of the best performances of the series," said Capleton on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Patrons who flocked the track ahead of Capleton's performance pushed sales past the $38.4m wagered in March when Sizzla Kalonji appeared on the McKay Security Caymanas Live Artiste of the Month series.<br /> <br /> The 'Fireman' called on hits such as 'Jah Jah City' and 'Baby Don't Cry No More' as the crowd sang along.<br /> <br /> "The people were into the performace. I've been performing in Portmore from Fort Clarence days and I am no stranger to Jamworld, so it was a joy at Caymanas Park. I would definitely go back there and perform for the people," he said.<br /> <br /> Caymanas Track Limited has been reporting average increased sales of $2.65m per race day whenever the McKay Security Caymanas Live Entertainment Series is staged at the Portmore racetrack.<br /> <br /> With Capleton's performance helping to add an additional $3.85m to the average $35.5m, McKay Security's chief executive officer, Jason McKay, said it was mission accomplished.<br /> <br /> "The programme is designed to increase sales and to assist in the rebranding of the plant to become an entertainment complex, not just a racetrack. This result shows it works," he said.<br /> <br /> "The purpose of the series is to increase sales at the racetrack, which can only be done by enticing people who would not have been there under normal circumstances. Being there and seeing the excitement and enthusiasm of regular patrons, they are bound to bet," McKay added.<br /> <br /> Having already hosted top scats such as Busy Signal, I-Octane, Tifa, Alkaline, Spice, Kalado, Gully Bop and Sizzla, McKay said the series will have a blend of legends and popular acts for the 2016 season.<br /> <br /> "We want a diverse crowd so we're getting some big names in dancehall and reggae for 2016," he said. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11813418/Capleton_3146_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM Creating a &lsquo;Stash&rsquo;of hits http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Creating-a--Stash-of-hits_18945248 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com ONE is instantly struck by music producer Stasha 'Stashment' Smith's rugged, tom-boyish appearance. It's no facade; she's nobody's fool.<br /> <br /> "I always wanted to be a deejay when I was growing up, but I changed paths when my younger brother decided he wanted to be a deejay also. I wanted to help him, so I learned producing and that was the birth of Stashment Records," she told Splash.<br /> <br /> Since launching the label in 2010, Stashment has become one of dancehall's leading producers. She is also former manager of singjay Khago.<br /> <br /> Her first project, 2011's Full Force 'riddim', featured songs by some big names including Macka Diamond, Gyptian and Beenie Man.<br /> <br /> Other 'riddim' projects followed, such as the Dark Cloud, Pan A Knock and War Bashment.<br /> <br /> Among Stashment's notable productions is QQ's One Drop, which revived the singjay's career. She also received traction from Macka Diamond's Big Foot, Black Ryno's Courage, Spice's Walk like a Dawg and Bounty Killer and Marlon Binns' Mama You Know.<br /> <br /> But how does she compete in a genre dominated by hard-nosed males.<br /> <br /> "Yuh nuh si how mi look like man?" she asked jokingly.<br /> <br /> "To me, it's just work and like the males, I dedicate a lot of time to my job. It takes lot of discipline. This is what put the butter on the table, therefore, I take it very seriously," she said.<br /> <br /> Growing up in tough Riverton City in Kingston, Stashment is acquainted with the challenges of ghetto life. She is not afraid to speak her mind.<br /> <br /> "Sometimes, an artiste will act like dem wa 'style' mi, but I put my foot down so they know mi no settle fi crap. Treat mi with respect and I will do the same, it doesn't matter how prominent you are," she said.<br /> <br /> In her mid-30s, Stashment said she hopes to break as much young talent as possible. Among her prot&eacute;g&eacute;s is 12-year-old Atika, who had heads bobbing earlier this year with her debut single called Too Young.<br /> <br /> "My eyes are always open for new talent and she is a creative child. We had eased back a bit so that she could prepare for her GSAT Exams but we will be heading back to work any time now," she said.<br /> <br /> Among her upcoming releases is the Wa Di Talk riddim which she expects to be a hit. Among its tracks are Lady Saw's Me and Mi Ex, Alkaline's Go Deh Mi Gal, and Do Tings by I Octane.<br /> <br /> Local Entertainment Friday, May 22, 2015 12:00 AM Former Aswad member gets MBE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Former-Aswad-member-gets-MBE_18980626 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer BRINSLEY Forde, a founding member of reggae band Aswad, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Tuesday at Buckingham Palace in England.<br /> <br /> The 61-year-old Forde was awarded the MBE by Prince William. His son, music producer Jermaine Forde and 80-odd year-old mother Stella, attended the ceremony.<br /> <br /> Forde, who no longer has shoulder-length dreadlocks, spoke to the Jamaica Observer about being recognised by the British Crown.<br /> <br /> "So far it has been positive in the feeling it has generated. So many good vibes with shouts that it was an achievement that lifted the spirit of the community," he said. "My mother is very proud and that makes me happy. Giving thanks to my son, I'm blessed with another grandchild, that comes into this world with the knowledge he can achieve whatsoever he may choose to do."<br /> <br /> Forde was born in London to Guyanese parents. He started his entertainment career in the early 1970s as a teen actor on British shows like Here Come the Double Deckers.<br /> <br /> He found fame later that decade with Aswad which released a series of hard-hitting songs that railed at racism against British minorities during the 1970s and early 1980s.<br /> <br /> Most of those songs, including Not Guilty, Not Satisfied and African Children, were written or co-written by Forde.<br /> <br /> Aswad's sound and look became more mainstream in the late 1980s, their most commercially successful period with songs like Don't Turn Around.<br /> <br /> The band's transformation seemed to reflect a social transformation in Britain.<br /> <br /> "Britain has changed drastically yet remains the same. Our culture, music language, etc, has integrated into the British society," Forde said. "Sometimes you hear some youths talking, and if you don't see them it's become impossible to know where they're from."<br /> <br /> Forde left Aswad in 1996.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810323/Aswad_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810324/Brinsley-Forde-7948_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810340/Brinsley-Forde7313_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 AM Singers &lsquo;rebel&rsquo; in 1865 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Singers--rebel--in-1865_18979522 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com COME May 30, the curtains will go up on the University Singers' 2015 concert season.<br /> <br /> It marks a departure from the norm for the renowned choir, based at the University of the West Indies' Mona campus. The performances will feature the Franklin Halliburton-composed opera 1865, based on the Morant Bay Rebellion in St Thomas.<br /> <br /> Led by Baptist minister Paul Bogle, that October uprising saw protesters demonstrating against colonial oppression.<br /> <br /> Bogle was hanged that year for his involvement. He is one of Jamaica's seven National Heroes.<br /> <br /> Halliburton -- director of the Singers -- first showcased an abridged, 20-minute version of 1865 as part of the 2012 season, in tribute to Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence. The overwhelming response sent him to the drawing board to expand his one-act work into a full opera.<br /> <br /> Halliburton said the idea came from a conversation with the Singers' artistic director Noel Dexter.<br /> <br /> "In December of 2011 we were looking ahead to the music for the upcoming concert season. We began toying with the idea of staging an excerpt from one of the better known musicals -- a Porgy and Bess or Sound of Music. We were excited and ready to run off and find the music, then in a very nonchalant way Mr Dexter said: 'pity we don't have anything of our own to present... Halli, go and write something'," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Dexter's comments did not resonate with Halliburton at the time. But in the ensuing weeks, he recalls being haunted by the statement.<br /> <br /> "I kept thinking to myself, all these composers whose work we wanted to perform -- the Rodgers and Hammerstein and Gilbert and Sullivan, they have told their story and we need to tell our story," said Halliburton.<br /> <br /> For two weeks, the motif 'War dung a Morant Bay' rang out in his head and he finally gave in. Four months later, Halliburton presented the final draft of his opera.<br /> <br /> It took one year to write the libretto for the two-and-a-half-hour version. Halliburton found his daughters, ages seven and two years old, to be excellent sounding boards during this writing process.<br /> <br /> "I knew when I struck gold with a particular song. You would hear 'play that again, daddy,' and they would run around the place singing it for days. Children can be brutally honest and so I valued their opinions."<br /> <br /> The long version of 1865 is now in rehearsal, guided by noted theatre director Dr Brian Heap, assisted by Michael Holgate.<br /> <br /> "Presenting an opera is unlike what we are accustomed to, which is standing and delivering choral music. Their task has been to turn us into a band of actors," he noted.<br /> <br /> To help his cast of 50 singers get into character, Halliburton and his team have employed a number of techniques.<br /> <br /> "We have had presentations from Dr Clinton Hutton of the UWI whose PhD was on the Morant Bay Rebellion. Noted historian Professor Verene Shepherd has also been invited to share with the cast. We have also been on an excursion to the Morant Bay Courthouse as well as Stony Gut to shape the minds of the choristers as they get into character," Halliburton explained.<br /> <br /> Halliburton, whose mother was a music teacher for many years, is an attorney by profession. In addition to being a bass vocalist, he plays the piano and cello.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810316/UWI-Singers_2839_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 AM CASE student crowned Miss Portland 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/CASE-student-crowned-Miss-Portland-2015_18981144 BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer TIFFANY Copes, a 21-year-old third-year student at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), was crowned Miss Portland Festival Queen at the Port Antonio High School auditorium on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> From a field of six, Copes was also adjudged Most Culturally Aware and Best Performance for her social commentary Jamaica Nice Eh. The piece looked at issues including the Tivoli Enquiry and the murdering of children.<br /> <br /> Also winning two sectional prizes was second runner-up Daniek Casey. She walked away with the Most Congenial and Most Active in the community.<br /> <br /> Tamoya Burke was the first runner-up.<br /> <br /> Copes told the Jamaica Observer that the experience was good.<br /> <br /> "It (the competition) taught me many things about walk and poise, and how to articulate. I'm very elated. I was surprised about the Most Culturally Aware, but I expected to do well in the talent segment. This is about everything that happened over the year, and I was able to formulate everything in one poem," she said.<br /> <br /> Copes said her project will be a parents' sensitisation initiative, placing emphasis on greater parents' involvement in their children's welfare to help improve the education system.<br /> <br /> "I chose this because of knowledge gained from the courses I am doing in teacher education, and ways in which intervention can help to improve education," she said.<br /> <br /> Her word to the other contestants in the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen contest: "Watch out! Miss Portland is coming to take the crown". <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810332/Tiffany-Copes_4_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810336/Tiffany-Copes_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 AM 'Mixtures' to stir up a treat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Mixtures--to-stir-up-a-treat-_18979180 ORGANISERS of the Mixtures party series are planning a memorable event for their 10th anniversary celebration on Sunday.<br /> <br /> The event is slated for D'Club House, located beside the Temple Hall Estate, in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> "This is our Black Tie edition... I want the patrons to come out and enjoy the nice vibes which we have been giving them year after year," said Anthony 'Rambo' Walker of Kuttin Edge Entertainment, event organisers.<br /> <br /> According to Walker, Mixtures will feature music by top-flight selectors and soundsystems including ZJ Chrome, Chromatic, DJ Shawn, Techn@tics and Phil Dawg.<br /> <br /> "We'll have shrimp, lobsters... a detox bar... and plenty give-aways," said Walker.<br /> <br /> The promoter said the Mixtures' feedback has been very positive over the years and the event is highly anticipated.<br /> <br /> "People are always asking, 'When is the next Mixtures?' If it wasn't for them, we probably would have stopped it already," he said.<br /> <br /> "I also want to say a big thank you to our many sponsors which include Old Spice, Rough Rider, Lucozade, Raw Tid TV, Ruby Kist, Bold Security, Bold Electronic Security Systems and Shot Video. They are the ones who really make it possible," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810292/Mixtures_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 AM Facelift on for Ranny Williams centre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Facelift-on-for-Ranny-Williams-centre_18981598 THE Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is continuing its beautification and improvement of the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Labour Day, Monday, May 25.<br /> <br /> The objective is to enhance the space used by hundreds of children, who participate in the various cultural programmes held at the complex, which include the iconic Louise Bennett Garden Theatre.<br /> <br /> The scope of work will include improvement of landscape, painting of the premises, tree and flower planting, and the painting of the parking lot and curve walls.<br /> <br /> Pamela Redwood, chair of the Ranny Williams Re-development Committee and JCDC board member, said her organisation expresses sincere appreciation to the organisations which volunteered in the Labour Day project in 2014, and which are back on board.<br /> <br /> The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre hosts many of the cultural events of the JCDC and other important events organised by the Government and other private interests.<br /> <br /> The JCDC staff, along with volunteers from the Kiwanis Clubs of North St Andrew and Liguanea, National Youth Service and the Jamaica National Foundation, will embark on the well-needed exercise on Labour Day, which is being celebrated under the theme, 'Labour of Love...Nurturing Our Children'.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810356/Ranny-Williams-Ent_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 AM Konshens' postpones school tour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Konshens--postpones-school-tour_18980275 KONSHENS' Music To Fund a Cause tour scheduled for Camperdown High School in St Andrew, yesterday, was rescheduled to Friday, May 29.<br /> <br /> No reason was given for the postponement.<br /> <br /> Done in partnership with telecoms provider LIME, the tour is aimed at raising funds for high schools' projects.<br /> <br /> "We are working to raise funds for each school for a particular project," said Konshens, in a previous interview.<br /> <br /> In addition to Konshens, other members of his SubKonshus label are slated to perform. They include Delus, Darrio and Javada, as well as several guests acts.<br /> <br /> The tour is expected to continue to Charlemount High in Linstead on June 8, St Jago High in Spanish Town on June 15, and Excelsior High in Kingston on June 16.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11810303/Konshens_0375_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 AM German label revisits Golden Locks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/German-label-revisits-Golden-Locks_18970749 GERMANY production house Oneness Records has released its latest project, the Retro Locks 'riddim'. It is a take on singer Bim Sherman's 1979 hit, Golden Locks.<br /> <br /> The Retro is driven by songs like On Time by Dre Island, Travelling Home Iba Mahr, Golden Locks (Glen Washington and Fyah T) and Who Are You by Gappy Ranks featuring Sugar Roy and Conrad Crystal.<br /> <br /> According to Benjamin Zecher, a senior partner at Oneness Records, the rework of Golden Locks is an homage to roots-reggae.<br /> <br /> "Sometimes a riddim just asks to be voiced, you know. This is our take on a timeless classic. We have to honour where the music is coming from, while moving it forward and evolving into something new," said Zecher.<br /> <br /> Oneness Records, which has offices in Munich and Kingston, was founded six years ago by Zecher, a cinematographer, and Moritz von Korff, who is the bass guitarist for French reggae band Dub Inc. Engineer Umberto Echo joined the team last year.<br /> <br /> The label's first release was the Oneness Riddim, featuring songs from Luciano, Lutan Fyah and Alborosie. To date, the label has released nine riddims and three albums.<br /> <br /> Born in Westmoreland, Sherman established himself as an underground artiste in the United Kingdom during the 1980s and 1990s with songs like Golden Locks. He died there in 2000.<br /> <br /> -- Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807141/M-Von-Korff_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807139/Umberto-Echo_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 AM &lsquo;Chug It&rsquo; returns to Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Chug-It--returns-to-Negril_18945222 AFTER a three-year hiatus, beach party series 'Chug It' returns to Negril for its second staging on Sunday, May 31.<br /> <br /> The high-energy party is scheduled for Wavz Beach in the quiet resort town.<br /> <br /> Organiser Andrew 'French' Wright expects a bumper crowd not only comprising patrons in Negril, but from Chug It's Portmore base, Kingston, Mandeville, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> "This is the only event of its kind to receive such high levels of support from across the island. Chug It will continue to dominate the party scene," he said.<br /> <br /> In addition to great music, Chug It is known for its "drink all you can for only a grand ($1,000). Its May 31 staging will feature performances from dancehall artistes Aidonia and Ishawna, as well as music by Chromatic, Hyperactive and DJ Absolute.<br /> <br /> Chug It's 2012 staging saw an average of 17,000 patrons, despite heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Ernesto.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807158/CHUG-IT-MASSIVE_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807156/Andrew-French_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 AM 'Buju was pressured' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Buju-was-pressured-_18974265 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com ROSEMARY Duncan, coordinator of the three-member Buju Banton Defense Support Committee, says the incarcerated reggae artiste was "pressured into an agreement" to drop any further appeals.<br /> <br /> Buju Banton (given name Mark Myrie) is currently serving a mandatory 10-year sentence in a Georgia correctional facility on cocaine charges.<br /> <br /> Last Thursday, the reggae singer said he would be halting any further appeals, while the US Attorney Office announced it would be dismissing firearms charge against the singer.<br /> <br /> "The court had thrown out the gun charge twice. However, the prosecution still had the option of pursuing a new trial ... and if convicted, he would get an additional five years," the St Lucian-born, US-based Duncan told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Buju Banton -- who was arrested in 2009 -- was convicted in February 2011. He is scheduled to be deported to Jamaica in 2019.<br /> <br /> The support committee coordinator said the decision to discontinue the appeals came from the artiste himself.<br /> <br /> "It was his own decision, based on his own analysis. He realised that every time there is hope, the court would say something else. He said he's done 5 1/2 years and could do 3 1/2 years more. It had nothing [to do] with legal cost, as he always paid his lawyers," she explained.<br /> <br /> The entertainer's legal team comprises Harvard professor Charles Olgetree and Max Stern.<br /> <br /> In January, Olgetree told the Observer he would be pulling out all the stops to free his client.<br /> <br /> "We will be fighting for Buju Banton's freedom. We will present our arguments for a reversal of his conviction to the entire court in an en banc hearing later this spring," he said.<br /> <br /> Duncan, who said the support group was formed in 2011 to champion Buju Banton's cause, said despite the decision, he remains positive.<br /> <br /> "I spoke with him today. He's the same person, in terms of spirit. He's writing great music for his fans," she said.<br /> <br /> Days after his 2011 conviction, Buju Banton won a Grammy Award for his album Before Dawn. His other albums include 'Til Shiloh (1995), Inna Heights (1997) and Unchained Spirit (2000). <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807134/Buju-looks_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 AM Dia launches the Juk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dia-launches-the-Juk_18970730 WHILE working as a musician in northern California last year, Diavallan 'Dia' Fearon noticed the absence of contemporary Jamaican music on major radio stations.<br /> <br /> The high-energy music fans there are into the Juk, a new sound he created.<br /> <br /> The beat is similar to EDM and House, genres that were popular in European clubs before becoming big in the United States through producers like Major Lazer.<br /> <br /> According to Dia, dancehall music is not exciting the masses like 10 years ago. Hence the Juk.<br /> <br /> "This is another dimension to reggae. It's more high-energy an' can fit into the international scene...places like the clubs," he said.<br /> <br /> Since returning to Jamaica, he has done several songs to the Juk. They include I Can't Live Without You and a version of My Boy Lollipop, both by singer Krysi Webb.<br /> <br /> Singer Juba Lion's cover of Dennis Brown's Inseparable, and Weed High by singjay Indeka, are also among the first batch of Juk songs.<br /> <br /> Unlike EDM's computer-driven beats, the songs Fearon recorded were done live. Bassist Andrew 'Andrew Bassie' Campbell, drummer Johnathan McKenzie and guitarist Phillip Porter were involved in the sessions.<br /> <br /> The songs will be released by Dia's Builders Music label.<br /> <br /> Twelve years ago, Dia hit local charts with the Gallop 'riddim' which produced hits like Fan Dem Off by Elephant Man, and Head Nuh Good by Kiprich and Predator.<br /> <br /> Those songs were done during a purple patch for dancehall. They saw some action on ethnic charts in the United States and United Kingdom, but Dia says fans are yearning for something different out of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "If you ask people out there about Bounty Killer or Shabba dem don't know dem but everybody know Shaggy an' Sean Paul," he explained. "Dancehall still have its place but is only few songs making the (international) charts."<br /> <br /> Dia, who is in his late 30s, first made his name as a keyboardist with the Kaushan Band which backed a number of dancehall acts. In 2000, he released his debut solo album, The Warrior.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807143/Diavallan-Fearon_0021_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 AM Sean Paul goes Full Speed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sean-Paul-goes-Full-Speed_18974558 BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM Observer writer BLUE Beat Ultra Lounge on Montego Bay's hip strip was the venue for Sean Paul's VIP Launch Party for his Full Speed rhythm, last Saturday night.<br /> <br /> The production is the latest effort from Sean Paul and features some of Jamaica's top and up-and-coming dancehall acts.<br /> <br /> Sean Paul expressed his satisfaction with the rhythm and the acts featured on it.<br /> <br /> "It is a hardcore, modern dancehall rhythm with an EDM infusion, it's high tempo but the drum and bass is definitely there," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "I think this is one of the best productions I have worked on and I really believe in it. Matter of fact, I will be spending the next two months in Jamaica promoting it as hard as possible and then it's on to the international scene," he continued.<br /> <br /> The international recording artiste spoke about the collab work on the set.<br /> <br /> "We have young stars like a Vanessa Bling, to stalwarts like Bounty Killer, and through a collaborative effort with Dre Day, Farenheit and Steve Urchin we are exposing young talent like Mink Jo," Sean Paul added.<br /> <br /> The night culminated with tracks from the rhythm and live performances from Mink Jo and Sean Paul inside Margaritaville.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807153/Sean-Paul_4037_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807152/Sean-Paul_3965SP_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 AM Cedric Myton headlines Inna Di Yard show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cedric-Myton-headlines-Inna-Di-Yard-show_18974563 SINGER Cedric Myton, whose distinct tenor helped make The Congos one of roots-reggae's most influential groups, will headline tomorrow evening's Inna Di Yard show at Redbones Blues Caf&eacute; in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Myton, who has been based in Brazil for the last two years, will lead a cast that comprises the Inna Di Yard Nyahbinghi group led by guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith.<br /> <br /> Singers Max Romeo, Sangie Davis, Kiddus-I and Jhamiela complete the line-up of artistes who will be backed by the Inna Di Yard band.<br /> <br /> Showtime is 9:00pm.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807144/Cedric-Myton_3_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 AM A night with the (Reggae) Boyz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-night-with-the--Reggae--Boyz The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) free concert held Saturday night on the Kingston waterfront to unveil the Reggae Boyz&rsquo; new kit from Middle Eastern firm Romai Sportswear drew a lively crowd, as was expected. The action on stage was entertaining, but OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY found that what was happening in the audience was fierce! Take a look. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807182/DSC_5346_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807177/DSC_5425_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807176/DSC_5409_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807175/DSC_5369_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807174/DSC_5366_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807169/DSC_5356_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807167/DSC_5394_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807165/DSC_5389_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 20, 2015 3:02 AM &lsquo;Lightning&rsquo; to hit Lousianna http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Lightning--to-hit-Lousianna_18974540 REGGAE singer Likkle Lightning is slated to be the opening act for Warrior King's concert at Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, tomorrow, at 9:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Likkle Lightning (given name Christopher Campbell) hails from the sleepy resort town of Negril.<br /> <br /> He is known for tracks including Early Morning Flash and Temptation.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807142/Likkle-Lightning_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 AM Style Week names ambassadors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Style-Week-names-ambassadors_18974537 DEIWGHT Peters, CEO of Saint International, has selected his brand ambassadors for Style Week Jamaica scheduled for May 22 to 24.<br /> <br /> "I was looking for people with unpretentious cool. For the women, it's more than just dressing up in stilettos and make-up," said Peters, conceptualiser of Style Week Jamaica.<br /> <br /> According to Peters, the Style Week Ambassador must possess a potent combination of polish, intellect, <br /> <br /> modern outlook, charm, manifested style quotient, and be professionally astute.<br /> <br /> The list includes Dr Kurdell Espanosa, Novlett Green-Deans of Eden Garden Wellness Spa, businessman Mark McIntosh, international art connoisseur Rachael Barrett, attorneys Emily Crooks-Shields and Ashley-Ann Foster, architect and entertainment investor Ard Jarrett, luxury fashion consultant and retailer Sophia Max Brown, businesswoman Natalia Bravo, and businessman Duane Lue Fong.<br /> <br /> Style Week Jamaica will feature an international cast of designers from Paris, London and New York <br /> <br /> who will join local flag-bearers including Courtney Washington. Spokes Apparel will join Avant Garde Designer champions TNT Fashions by Simone Gordon, Kurt Campbell, and Gregory H.O.D Williams. Other brands include Nina Knitwear, Elan, and Pebbles King.<br /> <br /> The fashion extravaganza will feature a dynamic mix of private receptions, glitzy runway shows, after-parties, photo-shoots, and beach excursions. Fashionblock, the spectacular grand finale will unfold on Knutsford Boulevard on Sunday, May 24. This event is free to the public to witness the fashion spectacle in the middle of <br /> <br /> our city streets.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807155/Mark-McIntosh_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11807154/Ashley-Ann-Foster_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 AM