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 Jamaica Burial for HOLT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaica-Burial-for-HOLT_17780127 TEX Gallimore, nephew of John Holt, says the singer will be buried in Jamaica. He told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that arrangements are being made for his uncle's body to be flown home.<br /> <br /> Holt died Monday morning (England time) from cancer at age 69.<br /> <br /> "He will be buried in Jamaica. We are currently in negotiations re getting his body," Gallimore said.<br /> <br /> Gallimore, who was also Holt's road manager, said his family is "coping, taking it one day at a time. The 'doc' made it clear there was no hope. For those two days although we were very upset, we had to be strong till the journey is over".<br /> <br /> Gallimore recounted the last days of the singer who was diagnosed with colon cancer in June.<br /> <br /> "He was at home and doing okay, getting treatment, coming back to himself. Until one day last week," he said.<br /> <br /> Gallimore said Holt developed a fever and was taken to hospital where doctors said he had an infection which caused his temperature to rise.<br /> <br /> "He was in intensive care for a few days, and started to improve so much so that they moved him to the general ward. But on Friday, he started to go down badly," Gallimore disclosed.<br /> <br /> Born in the Kingston community of Greenwich Town, 1945, Holt has left a massive catalogue of hit songs such as Stick By Me, Stealing Stealing, Ali Baba, The Tide Is High and If I Were A Carpenter.<br /> <br /> Some of those songs were done with The Paragons, one of the rocksteady era's great acts.<br /> <br /> Holt is survived by his wife Merl, three sisters, three brothers and 23 children.<br /> <br /> -- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11166280/John-Holt-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:00 AM Popcaan's finest hour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Popcaan-s-finest-hour-_17778262 It was a full house that turned out for singjay Popcaan's latest project, Where We Come From, at the Triple Century Sports Bar and Grill in New Kingston, recently.<br /> <br /> The support not only came from patrons, but the entertainment fraternity as well. Dancehall acts Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Assassin, Sizzla Kalonji, Aidonia, Ryno, Lisa Hyper and dancer-cum-deejay Ding Dong were numbered among the evening's performers.<br /> <br /> Here are a few patrons who came out to witness the event.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168957/Popcaan_3949_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168976/Shauna-Kaye-Williams_3988_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168975/Kacey-Karizma_4355_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168974/Jade-Ravers_4370_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168973/Georgette-Powell_4364_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168972/Florence-Sarbach_4366_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168971/Tiffany-Bloomfield_4360_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168963/Rasheeda-Lindo_4358_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168959/Apple-Thompson_4377_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168958/Opal-McNaughton_4368_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:00 AM Dennis Walks, Benjy Myaz for Cecil's http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dennis-Walks--Benji-Myaz-for-Ceceil-s_17779081 By Basil Walters VETERAN reggae singer Dennis Walks and singer-songwriter Benjy Myaz are guest performers for the second annual <br /> <br /> Seafood Buffet Cabaret showcase to be held at Cecil's Restaurant and Lounge in Spanish Town, on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Both artistes will be backed by King FI-DEM Band.<br /> <br /> Walks, who recently returned from tours in Brazil and the United States, promises great entertainment.<br /> <br /> "As usual, strictly enjoyment. A dat mi a goh do, mek people enjoy themselves," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He recently recorded several tracks which should hit the airwaves shortly.<br /> <br /> "We recorded over 11 tracks in New York recently," he said.<br /> <br /> Walks, a native of Spanish Town, is best known for his work with Harry Mudie in the late 1960s and 1970s. His hits include Heart Don't Leap, Drifters and Margaret.<br /> <br /> The Hanover-born Benjy Myaz, who plays a mean bass guitar, has established himself in the industry as a serious musician. His credits include that of arranger, composer and producer.<br /> <br /> His remake of Steve Winwood's 1986 track Higher Love, saw him adding singer to that mix.<br /> <br /> "Much more is to come. We have a lot more coming," he promised.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168947/Benjy-myaz_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168945/Dennis-Walks-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:00 AM Port Royal Seafood Fest a hit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Port-Royal-Seafood-Fest-a-hit_17780851 The annual family event was held on the Port Royal football field in the community.<br /> <br /> Radio personality Jenny Jenny -- whose Jenny Jenny Production has been responsible for hosting the festival the last eight of its 11 years -- was pleased with the event.<br /> <br /> "It was superb and fantastic. It was a great festival," Jenny Jenny told the Jamaica Observer. She said plans were already in train for next year's staging.<br /> <br /> The entertainment package had something for everyone.<br /> <br /> Eleven-year-old Wayne J, whose track Chikungunya is getting heavy rotation on the air waves, was first up. In addition to that track, the tiny-voiced deejay delivered 18 and Older and Slacky Mouth, a song directed at foul-mouthed deejays.<br /> <br /> Gem Myers delivered a spectacular set. After churning out a soulful rendition of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing, she went through different eras of Jamaica's music including rocksteady and reggae. Among her selections to the packed venue were Shame on You, Too Girly Girly, My Boy Lollipop, No No No, and One Man Girl.<br /> <br /> Veteran singer George Nooks was just as soulful. He started his set with hits like Lay Your Troubles On My Shoulder, Hero, and If You Don't Know Me By Now.<br /> <br /> Nooks later paid homage to late veteran singer John Holt by performing Stick By Me.<br /> <br /> Nooks turned the event 'into church' with Christian standards including Real Real Real, God is Standing By, How Great Thou Art, What a Mighty God We Serve and Press Along Saints.<br /> <br /> There was instant excitement when Kiprich's voice reverberated from the speakers at the event. He lived up to the billing by delivering Telephone Ting, Let Out You Belly, Ugly So, and No Man, dedicated to incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel.<br /> <br /> Self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall Beenie Man was the night's most electrifying performance.<br /> <br /> "Zagga Zow," was all the Grammy-winning artiste needed to say for his fans to get wild. Who Am I, Bookshelf, Dancehall Queen, Girls Dem Sugar were all singalongs throughout his 20-minute performance.<br /> <br /> The crowd was receptive of Busy Signal, who brought the curtains down on another successful staging of the event.<br /> <br /> Earlier performances came from Vybrant and Berry.<br /> <br /> In-between the live performances and competitions were loads of prizes and giveaways courtesy of Grace Foods, Digicel, Kendall and Excelsior.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168956/Crowd_5814_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168955/Kiprich_6485_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168954/Gem-Myers_6367_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168953/Busy-Signal_6869_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168951/George-Nooks_6446_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168950/Beenie-Man_6570_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:00 AM Jermain Edwards to release album http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jermain-Edwards-to-release-album_17772929 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer GOSPEL singer Jermaine Edwards will be releasing his fifth studio album, Don't Count Me Out, on November 28.<br /> <br /> The 15-track effort is the follow-up to his 2012 effort Hideaway.<br /> <br /> "Don't Count Me Out is a reminder to us not to count anybody out, because God can turn around anyone's state. Many times, people tend to judge others when they are in situations that are frowned upon," Edwards told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Co-produced by Edwards and Christopher Wright, the set was mastered by Herb Powers.<br /> <br /> Fellow gospel artistes Kevin Downswell, Rondell Positive, Damion Orlando and gospel trio iWorship, are featured on the album.<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston, the 35-year-old Edwards relocated to Spanish Town in St Catherine, where he attended Jonathan Grant High and later St Catherine High.<br /> <br /> Although he originally wanted to become a mechanic, Edwards ended up teaching at the John the Baptist Preparatory School in Kingston.<br /> <br /> "I no longer felt passionate about teaching and I went straight into my calling, which is music," Edwards recalled.<br /> <br /> He released his debut album Island Worship in 2004.<br /> <br /> "The musical journey has had many challenges, especially as a gospel artiste. Many limit our talent and put our creativity in a box. People believe that gospel should be old and traditional and do not believe that reggae gospel is appropriate gospel music. However, I wanted to do something different and step away from the stigma and to show the various ways that gospel music can be presented while still being authentic," he explained.<br /> <br /> The release of Don't Count Me Out will see four events across the Kingston, Montego Bay, Mandeville and Savanna-la-Mar. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168948/Jermaine-Edwards_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:00 AM Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany eyes stage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Orphan-Black-star-Tatiana-Maslany-eyes-stage_17782571 Second Stage Theatre said yesterday that the BBC America star will appear beside Tony Award nominee and The Newsroom actor Thomas Sadoski in Neil LaBute's world premiere The Way We Get By.<br /> <br /> The play will be directed by Leigh Silverman, who was nominated for a Tony Award last season for her direction of Violet. Previews begin May 12.<br /> <br /> Maslany, who plays varied clones of her main character on Orphan Black, just finished filming The Woman in Gold. In that, she stars alongside Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.<br /> <br /> LaBute's plays include Reasons to Be Happy and The Money Shot. His movies include Your Friends and Neighbours and Nurse Betty.<br /> <br /> Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany eyes stage<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168982/Tatiana-Maslany_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:00 AM Shatta Wale making a splash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Shatta-Wale-making-a-splash_17772913 The Ghanaian artiste, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, is known in his homeland for songs such as Dancehall King, Enter The Net and Like My Ting. He told the Jamaica Observer that he has been making his own brand of dancehall music since the 1990s when he was known as Doggy.<br /> <br /> "My Dad was my motivation, playing songs like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Shabba Ranks and Buju Banton," he said.<br /> <br /> A studio engineer by profession, Shatta Wale records most of his songs at his home studio in Ghana. He also works with other African artistes and recently collaborated with Jamaican singjay Jah Vinci on the single Party All Night.<br /> <br /> The 34-year-old artiste does not want his Jamaican link to stop there. He would love to work with Bounty Killer, Mavado, Beenie Man and Sizzla.<br /> <br /> "I collaborating with them would be a perfect musical marriage," he said.<br /> <br /> Shatta Wale points to lack of unity among African artistes as one of his greatest challenges.<br /> <br /> "I have therefore formed a group called Dancehall Artiste Welfare Association which is going on well in Ghana," he said. "Most of us dancehall/reggae musicians in Ghana live in serious poverty but many can't speak up because of how our industry is."<br /> <br /> -- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168977/shatta-wale2_w300.jpg Entertainment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:00 AM Neil Diamond releases Melody Road album http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Neil-Diamond-releases-Melody-Road-album_17780903 BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years, floating in the heady glow of new love.<br /> <br /> The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fuelled his work on Melody Road, out yesterday.<br /> <br /> "There's no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love. It's what you dream of as a creative person," Diamond said in a recent interview. "I was able to complete this album -- start it, write it and complete it -- under the spell of love, and I think it shows somehow."<br /> <br /> Not that he allowed his wife, Katie McNeil, in on the making of the songs.<br /> <br /> A songwriter since the early 1960s, Diamond has become extremely disciplined about his process. He writes every day, regardless of inspiration or deadlines. He doesn't listen to, or play, any other music while working on his own material, and he doesn't preview his songs for anyone until they've been recorded.<br /> <br /> His wife didn't hear the album -- even the songs he wrote for her -- until it was finished.<br /> <br /> "I'm very strict with myself now because I'm the only one who's looking over my shoulder," Diamond said. "Each song is a puzzle, and I've chosen to stay with it until it makes its incremental advance toward completion."<br /> <br /> He spent 18 months holed up making Melody Road, a collection of 12 tracks he says tells the story of his life over the past 20 years. There are songs about heartache, about family, and several about finding love.<br /> <br /> Neil Diamond releases Melody Road album<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11168978/neil-Diamond_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:00 AM Holt remembered http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Holt-remembered_17772965 THE life, music and legacy of veteran Jamaican artiste, John Holt, was on many-a-lip at National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House in St Andrew, yesterday.<br /> <br /> Holt died in the Wellington Hospital in London early Monday morning (Sunday local time). He was 69.<br /> <br /> He was remembered by many for his distinctive sound and the vast body of music he left behind.<br /> <br /> Reggae queen Marcia Griffiths was among those who paid tribute to the artiste best known as 1,000 Volts.<br /> <br /> "It is a very sad day for me... I am smiling but I am sad. Such a great talent he was, I am not sure his work here was done, but we can't fly in the face of God. I see where I am losing too many of my brothers and sisters... I am just so sad," she said.<br /> <br /> Griffiths does not have a favourite John Holt track. "Too many great tracks," she said. "But whenever we were on a show together and he was singing Tonight, I would stay backstage and do harmonies. That song has some great harmonies and I can never allow that to go to waste."<br /> <br /> Producer Donovan Germain was also in a pensive mood as he spoke of the late Holt.<br /> <br /> "Trust me, I can't even explain how I feel. John and I were born on the same street -- Nelson Street in Kingston 13, so we had a bond. We were also working on an album. We already did seven of the 14 tracks," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Music insider Kinglsey Goodison called it a sad day for the music fraternity.<br /> <br /> He recalled the fact that one of Holt's big hits, One Box of Hops, was written while he worked along the assembly line at the local beer company D&G, now Red Stripe.<br /> <br /> Guitarist Dwight Pinkney also recalled the timeless nature of Holt's music.<br /> <br /> "He was a great contributor to the development of Jamaican music. When you see that he was part of the industry for about 50 years and was still one of the biggest drawing cards. I played on a number of his recordings over the years, we will certainly miss him a lot."<br /> <br /> The political directorate also weighed in on Holt's passing.<br /> <br /> Culture Minister Lisa Hanna noted: "It is sad that we are losing our artistes who have given so much of their time and talent. John Holt was such a timeless artiste who provided us with timeless music."<br /> <br /> Opposition spokesperson on Culture Olivia 'Babsy' Grange added Hanna's sentiments regarding the loss of our great acts.<br /> <br /> "John Holt was the perfect example of a talented, patriotic Jamaican who flew the country's flag high. It is sad that he made his transition on foreign soil. I would have preferred if he had died here in Jamaica surrounded by all of us who love him dearly," said Grange.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson <br /> <br /> Holt remembered<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11166279/John-Holt_0432_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 AM Marcia Griffiths  &mdash; Artistes with distinction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Artistes-with-distinction-_17773064 THE local entertainment fraternity was well represented among the list of recipients at the National Honours and Awards investiture at King's House in St Andrew, yesterday.<br /> <br /> The brilliant October morning sunshine paled against the array of some of Jamaica's leading proponents of the arts who ascended the dais mounted on the lawns of the official residence of the Governor General to receive their insignia.<br /> <br /> The charge was lead by reggae veteran Marcia Griffiths who was regal in shades of purple as she received the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander.<br /> <br /> Also receiving awards in this category were theatre veteran Douglas Bennett; visual artist Laura Facey; poet Linton Kwesi Johnson (who was absent from the ceremony); and dancer Patsy Ricketts.<br /> <br /> Bassist Phil Chen was more than pleased with the honour bestowed on him.<br /> <br /> "This is a wonderful honour and award. I am humbled by it."<br /> <br /> He recalled his early days working with the group The Vagabonds and travelling to London in 1964 to promote ska.<br /> <br /> "That tour, through my work with people like Count Prince Miller lead to a number of other gigs including being bass player for Rod Stewart for five year and other greats including The Who, Queen, The Bee Gees, The Doors, Ray Charles and Bb King.<br /> <br /> "It is brilliant that Jamaica is choosing to recognising its artistes in this way... just wonderful," said Chen.<br /> <br /> Other OD recipients were musician Robert 'Bobby' Ellis; guitarist Dwight Pinkney, sound system operator Winton 'Wee Pow' Powell and violinist Steven Woodham.<br /> <br /> Pinkney, who is known for his low-profile demeanour, welcomed the award.<br /> <br /> "I am so pleased and honoured to receive this award... it is really appreciated," he stated.<br /> <br /> In the meantime, Woodham was also gracious in accepting his award.<br /> <br /> "It is such a pleasure to receive this award, I have worked really hard over the years and to see that it has been recognised is really appreciated."<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11166278/Marcia-Griffiths_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11166277/Phil-Chen_4424_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11166276/Steven-Woodham_4602_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11166275/Dwight-Pinkney_4551_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 AM High tide for John Holt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/High-tide-for-John-Holt-_17773075 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer THE Tide is High introduced John Holt to a different generation of fans throughout the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.<br /> <br /> Co-written by Holt, Howard Barrett and Tyrone Evans (The Paragons), The Tide is High was originally recorded by that group in 1967 for producer Duke Reid and released on his Treasure Isle label.<br /> <br /> The Tide is High was first covered in 1978 by Gregory Isaacs. Two years later, a cover by American new wave band Blondie sold over two millions and reached number one in the United Kingdom and United States.<br /> <br /> In 1996, Swedish dancehall artiste Papa Dee reworked the song for his album The Journey. That version reached number 20 in Finland and number 44 in Sweden.<br /> <br /> Six years later, British girl group Atomic Kitten released a cover of The Tide is High, as the second single off their Feels So Good album. It was also featured in the movie Lizzie McGuire as well as a television commercial for Japanese beer company Asahi Breweries.<br /> <br /> The Atomic Kitten version topped the UK pop chart, sold over 1.5 million copies and was named Britain's Best Selling Single of 2002. It also charted in 15 European countries.<br /> <br /> Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall (whose parents are from Jamaica) scored a hit in 2008 with his cover of the Tide is High, which was renamed Numba 1 (Tide is High).<br /> <br /> It featured American R&B singer Keri Hilson and was produced by Jamaican Dwayne 'Supa Dups' Chin-Quee. This version reached number one in Germany, number 38 in Canada, number seven in Israel, number four in Turkey, and number 84 in the UK.<br /> <br /> Maxi Priest, singer Johnny Clarke, Sinitta, boy band Take 5, and singer Billie Piper also recorded covers of the Tide is High.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11166280/John-Holt-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 AM Ub40, others, pay tribute to &lsquo;1000 volts of Holt&rsquo; on social media http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ub40--others--pay-tribute-to--1000-volts-of-Holt--on-social-media KINGSTON, Jamaica&mdash;As news of the death of &lsquo;Stick by Me&rsquo; singer John Holt went viral members of the entertainment fraternity both locally and internationally took to social media to express condolences and to pay tribute to the &lsquo;legendary&rsquo; Jamaican singer.<br /> <br /> Some of the many tributes:<br /> <br /> Ub40 &mdash; RIP to the King of Reggae John Holt! Massive inspiration and will be sorely missed.<br /> <br /> Shaggy &mdash; We HAVE LOST A LEGEND!!! RIP JOHN HOLT! Very instrumental part of our reggae history! You'll be missed ... Thank you for the legacy and the great music. The 1st number one reggae billboard hit was "tide is high" by blondie .. Written by John holt!<br /> <br /> Sean Paul &mdash; RIP SIR JHON HOLT!!! U HAVE SERVED UR CULTURE WELL!!! I SALUTE U!!! CONDOLENCES 2 THE FAM!!!<br /> <br /> Jah Cure &mdash; Rip to the legendary John Holt. One of the greatest pioneers of our music #LifeWeLive<br /> <br /> Beres Hammond &mdash; RIP JOHN HOLT. YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER !!<br /> <br /> Morgan Heritage &mdash; We are so sad to see the passing John Holt we will truly miss you condolences to your family #ctbcmusic<br /> <br /> Tarrus Riley &mdash; 100.000volts of Holt. SWA Sir John Holt...Never Ever will u be forgotten!<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11164892/John-Holt_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 20, 2014 3:09 PM Tuning into Tosh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tuning-into-Tosh By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com A SYMPOSIUM for firebrand reggae singer Peter Tosh is scheduled for the Multifunctional Room at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, next Monday.<br /> <br /> The theme of the symposium &mdash; now in its 12th year &mdash; is &lsquo;Peter Tosh &mdash; Activist and Pan Africanist &mdash; a focus on the Man, the Music, the Message and the Herb&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> The event is free and will begin at 6:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Dr Clinton Hutton, one of its panelists and conceptualiser of the symposium, said Tosh&rsquo;s message is relevant 27 years after his death.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;His message of anti-apartheid and decolonisation of Africa as well as his relentless campaign for the legalisation of ganja and justice is coming full circle,&rdquo; Hutton told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He, himself, suffered by the hands of the police because of ganja. His skull was shattered,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Hutton cited the case of Mario Deane, the 31-year-old construction worker who died on August 6, three days after he was severely beaten while in police custody at the Barnett Street police lock-up, as an example of Tosh's timeless message. Deane had been arrested for a ganja 'spliff'.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Government of Jamaica is now catching up as Peter Tosh was involved in a campaign that was right. That is why he became a global voice for the decrimalisation of ganja. He played a seminal role in this issue,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Recently, the Jamaican government announced changes which included the removal of criminal records for users of small quantities of marijuana. It also announced plans to decriminalise the plant for medical, scientific and religious purposes.<br /> <br /> Last year, Uruguay legalised recreational use of marijuana. The American states of Colorado and Washington have also done so.<br /> <br /> In addition to Hutton, panelists include Dr Michael Barnett, attorney-at-law Miguel Lorne, Ras Evah Gordon, and Taitu Herron.<br /> <br /> Tosh (given name was Winston Hubert McIntosh) is a founding member of The Wailers, whose core comprised Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. <br /> <br /> He would have celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday.<br /> <br /> His 1976 major label album Legalize It (CBS Records), became the soundtrack for proponents worldwide seeking the legalisation of marijuana. His 1976 follow-up Equal Rights (CBS Records) took aim at the South African government&rsquo;s apartheid system.<br /> <br /> Tosh, who co-wrote Get Up, Stand Up with Marley, was awarded a posthumous Order of Merit in 2012 for his seminal contribution to the evolution of Jamaican popular music.<br /> <br /> He was killed at his St Andrew home in September 1987. He was 43 years old. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11163820/peter-tosh_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 20, 2014 4:14 AM T.O.K celebrates 15 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/T-O-K-celebrates-15-years_17772099 A HANDFUL of fans and supporters turned out at the Famous Club in Portmore, Saturday to celebrate vocal group T.O.K's 15th anniversary.<br /> <br /> Despite the low turnout, there was an energetic vibe as the quartet gave a spectacular performance. Suited in black and white, T.O.K (Alistaire 'Alex' McCalla, Xavier 'Flexx' Davidson, Roshaun 'Bay-C' Clarke, and Craig 'Craigy T' Thompson) took the dance floor at 3:30 am.<br /> <br /> From the first notes of Shell it Dung, the group had the modest audience rocking.<br /> <br /> There was a moment of youthful exuberance on the part of Flexx.<br /> <br /> Caught up in the excitement of their performance, he climbed the bar counter but soon came crashing down as the section on which he stood crumbled.<br /> <br /> Most people in the club, including a slightly embarrassed Flexx, doubled over in laughter.<br /> <br /> "I am so sorry, I never come to mash up the place. Please send me the bill," Flexx said to the club's management.<br /> <br /> Continuing their set, TOK took fans down memory lane and had them singing to songs like Gyal You a Lead, Guardian Angel, Footprints, Chi Chi Man, and Top A Topa.<br /> <br /> Guest performances came from deejays Buccaneer and Suku from Ward 21, and Canadian singjay Kreesha Turner.<br /> <br /> Before asking a few female fans to help cut an anniversary cake, TOK thanked fans for their support.<br /> <br /> To mark their 15th anniversary, the group has released a three-track EP entitled Taking Over. Produced by the group's XCAR Records, it was released last Tuesday.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> T.O.K celebrates 15 years<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11163916/TOK-1--Large-_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 20, 2014 2:00 AM A marriage made by Mozart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-marriage-made-by-Mozart_17772254 THE extent to which people go to exact revenge when they feel duped can be many and varied. When subject surrounds love, and relationships, then the stakes become even higher.<br /> <br /> That may well have been the thinking of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he crafted the opera Le Nozze di Figaro, which has become known in the English-speaking world as The Marriage of Figaro.<br /> <br /> On Saturday, audiences around the world were able to sample the delight that is Mozart's celebrated comedy, via The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.<br /> <br /> A superb cast has been assembled by The Met to breathe life into the work. And what they did was absolutely entertaining, combining comedic timing to the drama that naturally comes with an opera.<br /> <br /> Le Nozze di Figaro surrounds Figaro (Ildar Abdrazakov), a house servant whose wish it is to marry fellow servant Susanna (Marlis Petersen). However, as with any good story, the plot thickens, twists and turns and as everything unravels, nothing is what it seems.<br /> <br /> Figaro's plans are being thwarted by his employer the philandering Count Almaviva (Peter Mattei), who is in love with Susanna, and the older woman Marcelina (Susanne Mentzer) who is determined to marry Figaro in exchange for a debt he cannot repay. Throw the Countess Almaviva (Amanda Majeski), her pubescent suitor Cherubino (Isabel Leonard) and other members of the household into the mix... the result: superb entertainment.<br /> <br /> The voices are in tip- top shape, after all this is The Met.<br /> <br /> Petersen, a delightful soprano, carries her character Susanna with every fibre of her being. The magic of high definition technology and the advantage of close-ups for cinema audiences, highlight the immense talents of this German native. As Susanna, she offers up a range of emotions ranging from being cunning and beguiling, to downright slap-stick funny. Her physicality in certain scenes, only helps to bring more of the character to life.<br /> <br /> Abdrazakov, the Russian bass, has to rely less on physicality and more on his voice to create Figaro. Not without comedic elements, the libretto calls on his character to deliver intense arias which serve to move the story along.<br /> <br /> The issue of trouser roles, wherein females are brought in to play young male characters, has always stirred debate. If there is one issue with this production, it is the use of Leonard in the role of Cherubino. One understands that The Met may have wanted to stay true to Mozart, after all, the role was created for a soprano, but Leonard's soft facial features do not make her convincing as the young male soldier.<br /> <br /> In addition to great arias, Le Nozze di Figaro offers some delightful ensemble works, which see four to six characters blending their voices to perfection. This creates variety is sounds and depth pushing the production to move apace and does not allow the audience to feel the three-and-half hours.<br /> <br /> The Live in HD series continues on November 1 with Bizet's Carmen.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> A marriage made by Mozart<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11163959/Figaro2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 20, 2014 2:00 AM Crawford sees JA as entertainment mecca http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Crawford-sees-JA-as-entertainment-mecca_17771946 DAMION Crawford, minister of state in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, says with 20,000 entertainment event held last year, Jamaica has both comparative and competitive advantage as an entertainment mecca.<br /> <br /> The minister's assertions came at the launch of Carlene Davis's album launch -- Dripping Blood -- at the Redbones Blues Caf&eacute;, on Thursday.<br /> <br /> He says the entertainment industry should be considered among those that can contribute to the economic advancement of Jamaica. But, like other industries, must diversify to be competitive.<br /> <br /> "So, while we celebrate our dancehall and reggae acts, we should also celebrate gospel music and other genres of music," he said.<br /> <br /> Crawford said any product that has good value, automatically had longevity, compared to short-term fads.<br /> <br /> "Whenever there is true quality, over time, like cream, it rises to the top. What Carlene has been doing for a long time is to provide quality entertainment and education through music," said Crawford.<br /> <br /> "I support educating people to fear God, because the individual who fears God is less likely to take negative action. The fear of God reduces negativity, because you either fear God or the State and if you do not fear the State, God will deal with you," he continued.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Crawford sees JA as entertainment mecca<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11163915/Damion-Crawford_5188_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 20, 2014 2:00 AM Red Stripe calls film-makers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Red-Stripe-calls-film-makers_17766712 UP-AND-COMING directors and producers will get their chance to showcase their talents in Red Stripe's Make The Cut&acirc; promotion.<br /> <br /> Backed by its Drink Right campaign -- an initiative to raise awareness about responsible drinking while promoting more care taken while enjoying alcoholic beverages -- the competition is aimed at local talent.<br /> <br /> Entrants will get the chance to showcase videography, directing, post-productions, and editing skills as they make a 30-second TV advert bringing to life the message behind Drink Right, with its tagline "Right Age, Right Amount, Right Way".<br /> <br /> Kamal Powell, Red Stripe brand PR manager, explained the thrust behind the project.<br /> <br /> "Wanna-be film-makers are invited to demonstrate their film-making talents to produce a piece of work with the help of three mentors, film-makers Storm Saulter, responsible for the Jamaican movie Better Mus' Come, as well as the vastly experienced Ras Kassa, and independent film-maker Gabrielle Blackwood," said Powell.<br /> <br /> The three mentors will, in addition to advising the contestants, be the ones selecting the 30-second clips to be screened live on TVJ and CVM on December 3.<br /> <br /> Entries will open on Friday, October 31, and close on Monday, November 24. During this time, consumers will have the opportunity to upload their videos and invite friends and family to vote for the top videos on the Red Stripe Corporate Facebook page.<br /> <br /> "One thing's for sure, this is not an opportunity to pass up if you're serious about film-making. The experience will be invaluable," said Powell.<br /> <br /> Red Stripe calls film-makers<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11163683/Kamal-Powel_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 20, 2014 2:00 AM Bringing the family back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bringing-the-family-back_17772002 Winston 'Merritone' Blake (second left) speaks with Marva Bernard (left), Jamaica Netball Association president, while Professor Evan Duggan, dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI, and Christine Wood, events manager at J Wray and Nephew, look on. The occasion was the launch of the 24th Merritone Family Reunion and Homecoming Weekend at The Waterfalls in Liguanea, St Andrew, recently. Merritone's Family Reunion and Homecoming comes to a close at Las Lik scheduled for The Deck on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston, St Andrew, tonight.<br /> <br /> (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11163682/Merritone---2014_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 20, 2014 2:00 AM Without honour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Without-honour_17766758 Vere Johns ... His Opportunity Hour and Opportunity Knocks shows were the Rising Star contests of the 1950s and 1960s.<br /> <br /> They helped launch the careers of Alton Ellis, Lloyd Charmers, John Holt, Bob Andy, Desmond Dekker, The Wailers, Jackie Edwards, Dobby Dobson, Boris Gardiner, Millie Small, Jimmy Cliff, the Blues Busters, Derrick Morgan, Lascelles Perkins, Higgs and Wilson, Bunny and Skully, Laurel Aitken, Jimmy Tucker and Rico Rodriguez.<br /> <br /> Johns, who worked at the Gleaner for many years, died in 1966 at age 72.<br /> <br /> STEPHEN Hill was another outstanding show promoter. From a respected sports/political family, he ran Celebrity Concerts for over 30 years.<br /> <br /> That company promoted Jamaican events headlined by American opera singers Marion Anderson and Paul Robeson; soul artistes Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, The Drifters and Marvin Gaye; as well as jazz greats Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughn.<br /> <br /> Hill died in 1995.<br /> <br /> KENNETH Khouri is one of the fathers of Jamaican music. He was the first to manufacture records in Jamaica, making 45 rpms on a second-hand recording machine he bought in Miami, during the late 1940s.<br /> <br /> Of Lebanese heritage, Khouri also produced songs by calypsonians Lord Flea, and later opened Federal Records which was Jamaica's leading distributor and recording facility for several years.<br /> <br /> Kenneth Khouri died in 2003.<br /> <br /> INNER Circle...formed in 1968, the band retains two of its original members, guitarist Roger Lewis and bass player Ian Lewis, his younger brother.<br /> <br /> The band had a number of hit songs in the 1970s with singer Jacob Miller who died in 1980. They roared back in the early 1990s with the hits Bad Boys and Sweat and won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.<br /> <br /> Now based in Miami, Inner Circle still records and tours.<br /> <br /> Without honour<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11161735/Inner-Circle-311_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11161734/Vere-Johns_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11161733/Stephen-Hill---Chubby_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11161732/Ken-Khouri_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:00 AM Saluting the songbirds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Saluting-the--songbirds_17767738 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer WHEN it comes to the history of early reggae, Heather Augustyn's interest has no bounds. For the past decade, the American journalist/teacher has written extensively on the music's roots.<br /> <br /> Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music is her latest literary effort. Released in September, it is Augustyn's look at the role women played in the formative years of Jamaican music.<br /> <br /> The Indiana native interviewed several of these trailblazers including My Boy Lollipop singer Millie Small and Enid Cumberland (of Keith and Enid fame) for 'Pioneering Women'.<br /> <br /> Speaking with the Sunday Observer last week, Augustyn said she discovered how tough it was for women in music during the early 1960s.<br /> <br /> "All of these women had to deal with some sort of male domination, which I take issue with in the introduction of my book. That phrase 'male domination' is so loaded and so I try to deconstruct it to compare it with what these women actually endured," she explained. "They all were strong lionesses in the face of incredible challenges -- from overt sexual advances in exchange for promises of musical success, to being relegated as backup singer, to being stereotyped as promiscuous or nasty, to balancing a career with being a mother."<br /> <br /> One artiste who found things extremely challenging was singer Hortense Ellis, younger sister of rocksteady legend Alton Ellis.<br /> <br /> "She had nine children. How could she possibly tour and record with the same freedoms as men who had no children, or claimed none? And of course the producers tried to keep her pay from her, as they did many musicians in this era," Augustyn noted.<br /> <br /> Like her brother, Hortense Ellis recorded for rival producers Clement Dodd and Duke Reid. She died in 2000.<br /> <br /> A correspondent for The Times of Northwest Indiana newspaper, Augustyn is also an adjunct professor of English at Purdue University. She teaches writing at Chesterton Montessori (primary level) School.<br /> <br /> The 42-year-old mother of two has found time to write two books on ska and another on trombonist Don Drummond, one of that genre's legends.<br /> <br /> For Augustyn, who discovered ska in the early 1980s, the books are a labour of love.<br /> <br /> "I've loved it (ska, rocksteady) ever since I was a kid. So when I got older and wanted to read about ska and rocksteady, there was nothing," she said. "Here in the US, there are books on everything, from teenage vampires who battle zombies, to how to knit your dachshund a bumblebee costume. So I couldn't figure out why this incredibly prolific era of music, and this incredibly influential era of music, was not properly chronicled. I decided to make that my life's mission."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11161731/Heather-Augustyn-photo_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11161730/Songbirds_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:00 AM DOUG BENNETT takes centre stage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DOUG-BENNETT-takes-centre-stage_17768027 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com COME tomorrow, National Heroes' Day, local musical theatre veteran Douglas James Alister Bennett will accept the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander at King's House in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> "I am absolutely delighted. What is so great is that it was so unexpected and I am looking forward to the investiture," he told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Bennett is being recognised for his seminal contribution to the development of theatre in Jamaica. He has been the chairman of the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) since 1981.<br /> <br /> His rise to the top post in the local theatre company came rather fortuitously.<br /> <br /> "It was the annual general meeting of the JMTC, just ahead of its 21st anniversary, and there was a motion on the floor to disband the company. I was totally against such a move and, therefore, got up off my hind legs and objected to the motion. I guess I was that convincing that we received a vote of confidence rather than a death sentence," he recalled.<br /> <br /> With that impassioned plea, Bennett was subsequently made chairman.<br /> <br /> From this position, he has overseen more than 120 productions and numerous concerts, an accomplishment of which he is extremely pleased. But, Bennett's proudest achievements are the lives he has touched through the JMTC.<br /> <br /> "No one is paid at the JMTC, we all do it for the love of theatre. But over the years, we have chosen various charities to benefit from our performances. Giving to all of them makes me most proud."<br /> <br /> The JMTC is currently preparing its 2015 season and what is perhaps its biggest undertaking.<br /> <br /> The company has joined forces with the Bob Marley Group of Companies to produce Nesta's Rock -- a musical loosely based on the life of reggae king Bob Marley.<br /> <br /> "I am pleased that this is coming our way on the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley's birth. In addition, it will showcase the company's talent in staging productions with Jamaican themes," said Bennett.<br /> <br /> Over the years the JMTC has received a lot of flack over the types of production it stages. Its productions have primarily been remounts of Broadway musicals.<br /> <br /> "Everybody else is doing Jamaican productions, so my position has always been, why not introduce our young people to other types of shows?" he asserted.<br /> <br /> The Scottish-born Bennett, who has lived in Jamaica for the past 50 years, is pleased at the state of Jamaican theatre and the fact that there is a set of young Jamaicans who are ready to take up the mantle.<br /> <br /> "Jamaicans can be proud of our local theatre. It is exciting, vibrant and varied. It showcases all aspects of Jamaican life and affords us the opportunity to be exposed. I am proud to have been associated with theatre over the years," Bennett stated.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11161557/DOUGLAS-BENNETT_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:00 AM Miss Trace rocks steady with BB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Miss-Trace-rocks-steady-with-BB_17767905 AUSTRALIAN singer Miss Trace has found a new hero in rocksteady great BB Seaton.<br /> <br /> Last month, while in London for Seaton's 70th birthday party, she recorded three songs &mdash; Image of Love, Something For You and Stand By Me &mdash; with him.<br /> <br /> The two first collaborated last November on the songs, World Needs Now and Born To Believe.<br /> <br /> Miss Trace spoke of how she met Seaton, a prolific singer/songwriter who led harmony group, The Gaylads, during the 1960s.<br /> <br /> "I met a gentleman online in 2009, Ras Obi, who is a Nigerian singer based in the UK. I fell in love with his tune Touch My Hand that had been recorded with BB Seaton," she told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Seaton and Miss Trace met last year in London where Seaton lives.<br /> <br /> "I was recording in France with Fulgence Compaore from Burkina Faso, and went to meet Obi, who then introduced me to Mr BB Seaton. I expressed my genuine interest in the music to BB and was fortunate enough to be accepted as an artiste," she told the Observer.<br /> <br /> The St James-born Seaton is a giant of the rocksteady era. He is author of numerous hit songs including Hard to Confess, Lady With the Dress and My Jamaican Girl.<br /> <br /> A vocal coach for the last 20 years, Miss Trace, 52, is from South Australia. A longtime reggae fan, she visited Jamaica in February and covered Dawn Penn's hit song No No No at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston.<br /> <br /> -- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11161548/trace-2007-promo1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:00 AM Peter Tosh 70th birthday today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Peter-Tosh-70th-birthday-today By Howard Campbell, Observer senior writer KINGSTON, Jamaica -- With powerful songs such as &lsquo;Get Up, Stand Up&rsquo; and &lsquo;400 Years,&rsquo; Peter Tosh ranks among pop music's most militant artistes.<br /> <br /> Tosh, who was killed in September 1987, would have turned 70 today. It is unlikely his hard-hitting songs would impress today's record company executives, who are into bouncy beats and acts who grab tabloid headlines.<br /> <br /> Copeland Forbes, Tosh's former manager, says the artiste never conformed to music industry trends.<br /> <br /> "Peter was never into the commercial business of the music. He always said he's tired of hearing people singing about 'Darling I love you and get down and shake your booty'," Forbes told the OBSERVER ONLINE. "He was hooked on singing songs to uplift and educate the mind, eradicate suffering and poverty and to work towards building a better tomorrow for his people."<br /> <br /> Tosh was signed to various major labels during his solo career including Columbia Records which released his landmark Legalize It and Equal Rights albums.<br /> <br /> Reggae historian Roger Steffens believes Tosh would appreciate some of today's music but disapprove of industry demands.<br /> <br /> "Peter would probably be very interested in the political rappers remaining in the hip-hop world, hurling their accusations at the oppressor class, but I think he would be deeply frustrated by the lack of exposure that militant artistes, such as himself, still face. The corporations have defanged popular music," Steffens said.<br /> <br /> Tosh signed with Columbia in 1975, just over one year after leaving the Wailers, the group he founded with Bob Marley and Bunny Livingston in 1963.<br /> <br /> While Marley could go from militant to mellow on songs like &lsquo;Waiting in Vain&rsquo; and &lsquo;Turn Your Lights down Low&rsquo;, Tosh rarely went 'soft'.<br /> <br /> That edginess won him many admirers including Nigerian firebrand Fela Kuti and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.<br /> <br /> The Tosh catalogue has been reissued by several labels in the last 15 years. Kevin MacDonald, the Oscar-winning Scottish director, has expressed interest in producing a Tosh documentary.<br /> <br /> Tosh, along with disc jockey Jeff 'Free I' Dixon and another colleague, were murdered at his St Andrew home on the evening of September 11 1987. He was 43-years-old.<br /> <br /> For Steffens, who first met Tosh in 1978 at Marley's show in Burbank, California, his death was a major loss.<br /> <br /> "Within an hour of Peter's murder, his manager Herbie Miller called me with the terrible news. It was the first time my children had ever seen me cry, and it has remained a painful memory for all of my family ever since. He was a monumental figure, whose influence still reverberates throughout the world."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11162671/peter-tosh-01_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:32 AM Leftside seeks a Rebirth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Leftside-seeks-a-Rebirth_17768448 DANCEHALL artiste Leftside is currently in Germany promoting his mixtape, The Rebirth Volume 1.<br /> <br /> The 19-track project was produced by the entertainer's Keep Left Records and released in Europe two weeks ago.<br /> <br /> Among its tracks are What You Need, Indian Wine, Get Ready to Party, Danger and Monkey Business, a collaboration with hip-hop artiste Redman.<br /> <br /> "I have been touring Europe for several years so I chose to release it there first. Also, I knew I was going to be on tour there so it was the perfect opportunity to promote it," said Leftside.<br /> <br /> The mini-tour, which ends October 24, will see the entertainer performing in Denmark, The Netherlands and Switzerland.<br /> <br /> Leftside is also promoting his new song Alcohol, which is a co-production with Swiss producer Johnny Roxx for his Bikini Ape Records.<br /> <br /> "This track is really fitting for the clubs and was done in electronic dance music (EDM) style. It's really directed to the females," he said.<br /> <br /> Roxx is the producer for Serani and Melloquence's single, Party Tun up.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Leftside seeks a Rebirth<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11158078/Leftside_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:00 AM &lsquo;Dem a go tired fi see mi face&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Dem-a-go-tired-fi-see-mi-face-_17766797 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com FABIAN Marley, the 44-year-old Jamaican who claims to be the eldest child of reggae legend Bob Marley, is moving ahead with his musical career.<br /> <br /> This, despite a written request from the family of the late reggae king in August last year, that he "cease and desist" proporting to be a Marley and using the name, or prove through DNA testing that he is who he claims to be.<br /> <br /> "Dem ask me for my DNA and me do that long time and give dem, and up to now, I can't hear nothing from dem. So me just a go through with my music career," Marley told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He, however, said he had received some word indicating he should redo the DNA test at a lab prescribed by the family.<br /> <br /> "Me nuh in that with them. Me do my test at Carigen at UWI and give them the result. Don't it up to them, one of the other Marley children, to do their test to match with mine? Something not right, why they don't want to do it? What them 'fraid of?" Fabian Marley questioned.<br /> <br /> Fabian Marley claims Bunny Wailer, more popularly known as Jah B, supports his claim. Wailer was a member of The Wailers, which comprised Marley and Peter Tosh.<br /> <br /> "Jah B a man who me know fi years. That man send me to school and he has no doubt that I am Robert's son," said Marley.<br /> <br /> While he waits on word, Fabian Marley said he is in not arguing with the family, noting that "nothing can be done before the time, and the right time is now".<br /> <br /> He continues his move to get his musical career off the ground and is working on material for his first album, Nature's Valentine, for which a December release is projected.<br /> <br /> "All the tracks are ready and we have finished mixing, right now a the mastering is being done in New York and then we are ready to hit the market," he said.<br /> <br /> "We nuh feel threatened by the family. We do what they ask us to do and provide them with my DNA result. It up to them if they want to provide somebody, another Marley, to match with mine. So right now, I just putting out my tunes and going ahead and promoting my music. Them can't stop me," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11157804/fabian_marley_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:00 AM