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 Murphy rules iTunes chart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Murphy-rules-iTunes-chart_18311378 TWO days after its official release, Oh Jah Jah the reggae song by actor Eddie Murphy, has topped the iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart.<br /> <br /> The single was released by VPAL Classic, digital arm of VP Records.<br /> <br /> Oh Jah Jah replaced Sister Nancy's resurgent 1982 hit single Bam Bam, which now holds second spot. Also in the top five are Do You Wanna by Shifta and Che'Nelle, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and the Wailers and Matisyahu's One Day.<br /> <br /> Oh Jah Jah is Murphy's second reggae number in 18 months. In the summer of 2013, he teamed with rapper Snoop Dogg on the song Red Light.<br /> <br /> In an interview with the website www.voiceonline.co.uk, Murphy spoke about his love for reggae.<br /> <br /> "My favourite [Jamaican artiste] right now is Chronixx. I also like Beenie Man and I like old stuff too. I like Garnet Silk and of course, I love Bob Marley," he said.<br /> <br /> In 1993, Murphy collaborated with Grammy-winning deejay Shabba Ranks for the single, I Was A King. A video for that song was filmed in Portland.<br /> <br /> Eddie Murphy, 53, was one of the hottest names in entertainment during the 1980s. He was the star attraction on Saturday Night Live, before branching out into hit movies like 48 Hrs, Trading Places and Beverly<br /> <br /> Hills Cop.<br /> <br /> That success continued in the 1990s, thanks to movies like Coming to America and Boomerang. Other Murphy hit films include Shrek and The Nutty Professor.<br /> <br /> Murphy rules chart<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461023/Eddie-Murphy_cover_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461024/Beenie-Man_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM The Simpkin Project for VP Records http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-Simpkin-Project-for-VP-Records_18311282 CALIFORINA-based reggae band The Simpkin Project has inked a multi-album deal with VP Records Dub Rockers Imprint. The signing took place earlier last week.<br /> <br /> In a release posted on the label's website, VP Records' marketing director, Michael McGraw said he was excited about the new venture.<br /> <br /> "Their natural sound and level of musicianship exemplifies the qualities of a timeless sound that makes the music so enduring for multiple generations," he said.<br /> <br /> The members of The Simpkin Project were just as elated about the deal. "We love reggae music period. It is what we were all raised on. Strictly roots, rock and reggae music. What other genre of music exists solely as the vehicle that carries with it messages of peace, positive vibes, empowerment and spiritualis?" lead vocalist Phil Simpkin said.<br /> <br /> The release further stated that the band is currently working on a new album which is slated to be released later this year. The Orange County-based band also plans to go on a promotional tour of the United States in support of the album.<br /> <br /> The Simpkin Project was formed in 2003. In addition to Simpkin, the band consists of Shawn Taylor, Sean Kennedy, Sergio Sandoval, Eric Riegler and Jules Luna.<br /> <br /> The Simpkin Project for VP Records<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461056/Simpkin-Project-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM Duane Stephenson on film http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Duane-Stephenson-on-film_18311253 SINGER Duane Stephenson has completed videos for two songs from his current album, Dangerously Roots. They are Good Good Love and Sorry Babylon.<br /> <br /> "I wanted to get a modern party vibe going for Good Good Love. It has that old-time dancehall feel, but we wanted to take it to 2015 and what people are into now without losing that romantic feel and good party/dancehall vibe," Stephenson explained.<br /> <br /> That video was shot at Fort Clarence Beach in Portmore.<br /> <br /> Sorry Babylon is a performance video, filmed at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston. It was directed by Brian Roberts.<br /> <br /> Stephenson is gearing up for the Tempo Turns Ten Celebrations in Antigua and Barbuda tomorrow before heading to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the eighth annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash on February 7. <br /> <br /> Duane Stephenson on film<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461038/Duane-Stephenson_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM G7 does the 'Maths' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/G7-does-the--Maths-_18311252 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer NEW Jersey-based deejay G7 is promoting his latest single and video Do Di Maths. The Portmore-born artiste told this column that the song is about standing one's ground in a competitive music arena.<br /> <br /> "The concept is to illustrate to those individuals that sometimes go around and intimidate others, in the end it will not always work out in their favour," he said.<br /> <br /> G7 migrated to the United States in 2007. He is known in dancehall circles for songs such as Gimmie, Dem a Devil, Love Yuh Right, Nah Hold Vibes and My Time Fi Buss.<br /> <br /> He has been a professional recording artiste since 2012. Among the producers he has worked with are Dane 'Warrior Chief' Nelson, Rohan 'Jah Sno Cone' Fuller, Studio Vybz, Chiney Boy Production and Terence McDonald (T7 G Music).<br /> <br /> The video for Do Di Maths is scheduled for release this weekend. It was directed by Nimi Hendrix.<br /> <br /> Other new songs on the way from G7 include Crab Mind and Neese Berry. <br /> <br /> G7 does the 'Maths'<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461025/G7_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM Marc Trinidad, a bag of laughs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marc-Trinidad--a-bag-of-laughs_18311241 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer COMEDIAN Marc Trinidad was a big hit with patrons at Wednesday night's serving of the LIME Comedy Caf&eacute;, held at the revamped South Beach Caf&eacute; in New Kingston.<br /> <br /> The Trinidadian-born entertainer, who now resides in Canada, impressed with his comedic routine which kept patrons in stitches from the moment he hit the stage.<br /> <br /> "I have been doing comedy for a while now but I love performing in Jamaica. It's always a pleasure for me to be here and to share my talent with fans," Trinidad told Splash, shortly before his performance.<br /> <br /> For his routine, Trinidad touched on relationships, his experiences with Jamaicans and politics.<br /> <br /> Actress-turned-comedian Keniesha Bowes opened the night's proceedings with a short but spicy set. Known for her roles on the popular Ity and Fancy Cat Show, as well as stints on the Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate and the theatre production Tik Tak, Bowes held her own on a line-up which featured mostly male performers.<br /> <br /> Singer Rozah Roze was his usual self, switching the lyrics to popular ballads to create rib-tickling jokes.<br /> <br /> Seasoned comedian Dufton Shepherd gave a decent performance; however, as his act dragged on, several patrons felt he overstayed his welcome. He nevertheless, redeemed himself when he delved into current topical issues, especially the Kaci Fennell Miss Universe saga.<br /> <br /> Hosts Ity and Fancy Cat kept patrons entertained in between the billed comedians. They also gave away phones and other prizes courtesy of title sponsor LIME.<br /> <br /> LIME Comedy Caf&eacute; is held on the last Wednesday of each month at South Beach Caf&eacute; in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Marc Trinidad, a bag of laughs<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461013/Crowd_8175_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461014/marc-trinidad_8296_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461015/ity_8068_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461022/Keneisha-Bowes_8057_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM Moesh keen to Buss Big http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Moesh-keen-to-Buss-Big_18311277 LAST year was a busy one for singjay Moesh, her most active since she got into the business in 2008. In November, her debut album Buss Big was released.<br /> <br /> The set has songs produced by well-known figures such as DJ Kareem (Them System) and Caveman (When I Rise), but Moesh says two months later, patience is still the name of the game.<br /> <br /> "It was a good launch but things could have been better in terms of response, but I hope it builds," she told Splash.<br /> <br /> Them System is among the dreadlocked Moesh's earliest recordings. She began hitting the studios regularly six years ago and has done songs for independent companies in France and the United States as well as deejay/producer Gappy Ranks out of the United Kingdom.<br /> <br /> Doing songs for producers from different countries has not affected her sound, she says.<br /> <br /> "I've always tried to keep my own sound, I don't want to sound like anyone else. I jus' want to be Moesh."<br /> <br /> The 29-year-old artiste, who hails from Springfield in St Elizabeth, was born Sanique Robinson. She is one of the artistes for the February 15 Kingston 13: From Ska to Dancehall show at Caribbean Palm Estate, Spanish Town Road.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> Moesh keen to Buss Big<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461101/Moesh_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM Hitech Cavaley follows in Capleton's footsteps http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hitech-Cavaley-follows-in-Capleton-s-footsteps_18311255 HIS brother, Capleton, is one of the giants of modern dancehall. Newcomer Hitech Cavaley hopes to follow in those huge footsteps with is latest single, Do'h Free it Up, which will be out in February.<br /> <br /> Do'h Free it Up was produced by Princess Productions.<br /> <br /> "Since I recorded this song I've been getting a lot of positive feedback about it. It's a really good song and it is dedicated to all the independent women. The kind of women who keep it real and don't fall for guys who are trying to trick them with sweet talk and lies," said Hitech Cavaley.<br /> <br /> The St Mary native, whose real name is Delroy Bailey, is working on his first album, titled Fully Loaded Street Code, which is scheduled to be released this year.<br /> <br /> Some of his previous songs include Spending G's, Gal Criminal and Alcohol. The latter features Future Fambo.<br /> <br /> Hitech Cavaley follows in Capleton's footsteps<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461026/Hitech-Cavaley_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM Do Go See Jan 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Do-Go-See-Jan-30_18311247 Splash Pick of the Weekend<br /> <br /> Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival<br /> <br /> @ Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium<br /> <br /> Featuring: Mariah Carey, Arturo Tappin, Morgan Heritage and Richie Stephens<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY, JANUARY 30<br /> <br /> Essence of Live Jazz and Blues<br /> <br /> @ The Essence,Kings Plaza, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring : Saxaphonist Nicholas Laraque and Friends<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00pm &ouml; 12:00 midnight<br /> <br /> Bingomania<br /> <br /> @ Club Overtime, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Cassanova<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> Mix Up and Blenda Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Unique Car Wash, Breadnut Hill St Ann<br /> <br /> Featuring: Black Rock Sound System<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival<br /> <br /> @ Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium<br /> <br /> Featuring: Mariah Carey, Arturo Tappin, Morgan Heritage and Richie Stephens<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> SATURDAY, JANUARY 31<br /> <br /> The Met Live &ouml; Les Contes D&acirc;Hoffmann<br /> <br /> @ Carib 5, Cross Roads St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: The Metropolitan Opera<br /> <br /> Time: 12:55pm<br /> <br /> Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival<br /> <br /> @ Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium<br /> <br /> Featuring: The Pointers Sisters, Charlie Wilson, Peter Cetera, Magic! and Soja<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> Mello Vibes<br /> <br /> @ Mas Camp, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: The Mello Vibes selectors<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Beer Tings<br /> <br /> @ Tiki Hut, Hope Road St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Floss to be Boss<br /> <br /> @Gee Wee Car Park, Caledonia Avenue<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1<br /> <br /> The Bolshoi Ballet &ouml; La Bayad&egrave;re<br /> <br /> @ Palace Cineplex, St Andrew and Palace Multiplex, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Featuring: The Bolshoi Ballet<br /> <br /> Time: 11:30 am<br /> <br /> TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3<br /> <br /> Tuesday Night Live<br /> <br /> @ The Essence, Kings Plaza, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Dennis Walks and friends<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4<br /> <br /> Crates Outrage<br /> <br /> @ Fantasy Beach, Priory St Ann<br /> <br /> Featuring: Firelinks, Flava Unit, Code Red and ZJ Rush<br /> <br /> Time: 12:00 Noon<br /> <br /> SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7<br /> <br /> Sanique Birthday Bash<br /> <br /> @ Annie&acirc;s Place, Seaview Gardens<br /> <br /> Featuring: Popular sound<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13<br /> <br /> Ashile 12th anniversary &ouml; Black and White Affair<br /> <br /> @ Altery Ballroom, Priory St Ann<br /> <br /> Featuring I-Octane, Ashile, Nico Bam Bam, Niney Badness, Illusion Sound, Interceptor Sound<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> At the Theatre<br /> <br /> Saving Alligator High<br /> <br /> @ Centerstage Theatre, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Sakina Deer, Glen Campbell, Camille Davis, Courtney Wilson and Sharee Elise<br /> <br /> Time: Tuesday &ouml; Friday &ouml; 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Bashment Granny 3<br /> <br /> @ Green Gables Theatre, Cargill Aveni, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Keith &Icirc;Shebada&acirc; Ramsay, Garfield &Icirc;Bad Boy Trevor&acirc; Reid, Terry Salmon and more<br /> <br /> Time: Wednesday &ouml; Saturday &ouml; 8:00 pm; Sunday 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm<br /> <br /> Ol&acirc; Fyah Stick<br /> <br /> @ Theatre Place, Haining Road, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Deon Silvera, Volier Johnson, Dahlia Harris and Christoper &Icirc;Johnny&acirc; Daley<br /> <br /> Time: Wednesday &ouml; Saturday &ouml; 8:30 pm, Sunday 6:00 pm<br /> <br /> Nesta&acirc;s Rock<br /> <br /> @ Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts - UWI, Mona<br /> <br /> Featuring: Jamaica Musical Theatre Company<br /> <br /> Ti me: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> Princess Boonoonoonoos<br /> <br /> @ Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: The Pantomime Company<br /> <br /> Time: 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> At the Movies<br /> <br /> Wild Card<br /> <br /> Mortdecai<br /> <br /> Paddington<br /> <br /> American Sniper<br /> <br /> Tak3n<br /> <br /> The Wedding Ringer<br /> <br /> Do Go See Jan 30<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11461010/mariah-carey7_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM All set for Jazz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-set-for-Jazz_18308886 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE stage is set for this evening's start to the three-night Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.<br /> <br /> Walter Elmore, executive producer of the event, said all is in place for tonight's opening set, which is dedicated to the life and work of the reggae great John Holt.<br /> <br /> "It's a tribute to John Holt. We have pulled together a great set of artistes, as well as two of Holt's sons, who will perform all music made popular by John. He has done so much for the music, not just here in Jamaica, but also overseas," Elmore told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Holt -- known for tracks including If I were a Carpenter, Love I Can Feel, One More Box of Hops and Smiling Face -- died of cancer in London last October.<br /> <br /> Among the artistes set to perform on tonight's show are Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, Josey Wales, Errol Dunkley, The Tamlins, George Nooks, and Judy Mowatt.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Elmore said this year's headliner Mariah Carey is expected to arrive in the island today ahead of her performance on tomorrow's show.<br /> <br /> "Her team is already here and have conducted all the quality checks. She will be performing the same set which formed her Asia tour with all the lighting, sound and special effects. It is all going to be just amazing," he said.<br /> <br /> He is, however, excited about what is in store for Saturday's show.<br /> <br /> "Saturday night has such a diverse line-up. You have Magic! with that monster hit Rude!; Soja which is taking reggae all over the world; Charlie Wilson with all those Gap Band hits; The Pointer Sisters whose hits are legendary; and Peter Cetera who can be compared to Air Supply. What you are looking at is a sing-along come Saturday."<br /> <br /> Elmore noted that tickets are still available at outlets and at the gate and therefore persons who are still undecided can make their way to the festival.<br /> <br /> The other acts performing on the festival are Arturo Tappin, Richie Stephens, Morgan Heritage, Oscar B, and Cornell Campbell.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457687/Jazz-Blues-2014_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Flow puts blue in &lsquo;Jazz&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Flow-puts-blue-in--Jazz-_18308605 TELECOMMUNICATIONS firm Flow is asking patrons of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium to wear a blue outfit on Friday night.<br /> <br /> 'Jazz' begins tonight and ends on Saturday.<br /> <br /> According to Nicole Campbell, Flow sponsorship manager, the gesture is to celebrate the performance of American superstar Mariah Carey. She said patrons in blue will have their pictures taken and uploaded to social media. The one with the 'most likes' wins.<br /> <br /> "The winner of the Wear Blue for Jazz promotion stands the chance of winning a weekend for two at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. So we want everyone to wear their best blue outfit and win with us," said Miss Campbell.<br /> <br /> Flow will also offer some signature cocktails to 'early bird' patrons who visit their corporate booth.<br /> <br /> "The cocktails will be coloured blue, just to add some more excitement to the event. We may also have an additional special surprise for our guests too," said Miss Campbell.<br /> <br /> Flow, which is in its fifth year sponsoring the festival, will power the event with its super-fast wireless Internet.<br /> <br /> Naomi Francis, corporate communications manager, said patrons will be able to connect as soon as they enter the venue.<br /> <br /> "We know we are in the social media era and so Internet connection is critical at major events. Patrons who come to Jazz will be able to take pictures and videos and post on social media to share their experience with their friends. It is now commonplace for us to share our platform with fast-speed Internet. And this year, we anticipate it will be big, given that global superstar Mariah Carey will be performing," said Francis.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457692/mariah-carey_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Omi&rsquo;s remix hits platinum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Omi-s-remix-hits-platinum_18309836 JAMAICAN recording artiste Omi has a lot to cheer about. The remix of his track Cheerleader was certified four times platinum by the Swedish National Record Chart, Sverigetopplistan, earlier this week.<br /> <br /> Originally done in 2012, the single was remixed by Felix Jaehn early last year.<br /> <br /> "I have the greatest team and fans ever," said Omi.<br /> <br /> Omi (given name Omar Samuel Pasley) said his management team are elated by the news. He is managed by renowned Jamaican music producer, Clifton 'Specialist' Dillon, CEO of Oufah Media and<br /> <br /> Production.<br /> <br /> The 29-year-old is signed with Ultra Music, a division of Sony Music. Ultra Records is owned by former Polygram and Virgin Records executive Patrick Moxey, who signed Beenie Man to Virgin Records in the late 1990s.<br /> <br /> In a previous interview with the Jamaica Observer, Omi said he was pleased with the track's success.<br /> <br /> "I'm very excited about the progress of Cheerleader. I have seen my popularity growing in different countries around the world, so things have changed significantly for me," he said.<br /> <br /> "Good music is without an expiration date. Sometimes it takes the market a little time to be receptive," he continued.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457706/Omi_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Soca, EDM lift Levitate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Soca--EDM-lift-Levitate_18309975 IT was the perfect potion of soca and EDM at Levitate - The Ultimate EDM/Soca Experience held at Hope Gardens in St Andrew, on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> "The party had a high energy. Everyone loved the venue and the set-up," Leighton Myers, Levitate co-organiser, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Myers, a medical doctor by profession, joined the four-strong musical line-up as his alter ego DJ Lantern MD. Patrons danced up a storm as Lantern, who, along with DJ Smoke, DJ Cruise and DJ Sanjay, split their sets into two featuring soca and the latest EDM hits, rather than each individual DJ concentrating on one of the two genres. The end result was constant activity on the dance floor since the crowd didn't have to sit out the sections they might not have any interest in.<br /> <br /> According to Myers this was the plan.<br /> <br /> "We tried to provide a seamless blend between the soca and the dance music. It's something we're trying to pioneer and it worked," he said.<br /> <br /> Only DJ Sanjay admitted breaking the rules as the closing DJ, throwing in some dancehall and rap to end the night. Happy with their first event Myers hopes to grow the Levitate brand, expecting more sponsors and a bigger venue in the future.<br /> <br /> "We want to make it a seasonal event, two to three times a year," he said.<br /> <br /> -- Rory Daley<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457701/Levitate_0055_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457700/Levitate_0069_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00 AM Errol Dunkley kicks off John Holt tribute http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Errol-Dunkley-kicks-off-John-Holt-tribute TRELAWNY, Jamaica - Veteran reggae performer Errol Dunkley took Jazz and Blues 2015 patrons down memory lane as he opened the tribute to the late John Holt segment here at the Trelawny Stadium.<br /> <br /> The seasoned performer belted out hits of the past including, You're Gonna Need Me, Please Stop Your Lying and Black Cinderella.<br /> <br /> He topped off his performance with his biggest hit, OK Fred, which was written by John Holt.<br /> <br /> Dunkley made way to Cornell Campbell. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460842/Errol-Dunkley_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:38 PM PHOTOS: Night 1 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/PHOTOS--Night-1-Jamaica-Jazz-and-Blues-Festival OBSERVER ONLINE brings you photo highlights of the first night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, now under way at the Trelawny Stadium.<br /> <br /> (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460190/Jazz-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460193/Jazz-3_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460196/Jazz-2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460197/Jazz-6_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460202/Jazz-7_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460207/Jazz-8_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460219/Jazz-5_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:29 PM Night 1 of Jamaica Jazz and Blues kicks off http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Night-1-of-Jamaica-Jazz-and-Blues-kicks-off TRELAWNY, Jamaica - Patrons are steadily streaming into the Trelawny Stadium for the first night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.<br /> <br /> Tonight's line-up includes deejay Josey Wales, singers Errol Dunkley and Cornell Campbell, vocal group The Tamlins and soca singer Oscar B, all backed by Lloyd Parks and We the People band.<br /> <br /> Each act will dedicate part of their set to the late John Holt.<br /> <br /> The three-day festival will feature headliner Mariah Carey, The Pointer Sisters, Magic!, former lead singer of Chicago Peter Cetera, R&B soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American-based Reggae band Soja, and Bajan saxophonist Arturo Tappin, Jamaican roots-reggae group Morgan Heritage and reggae singer Richie Stephens, among others. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11460179/Jazz-crowd_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:11 PM Jazz and Blues kicks off tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jazz-and-Blues-kicks-off-tonight_18309961 FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny &mdash; Veteran deejay Josey Wales, singers George Nooks, Judy Mowatt and Oscar B are among the artistes slated to perform at the kick-off of Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2015 tonight.<br /> <br /> Other acts on tonight's line-up include singers Errol Dunkley, Cornell Campbell and vocal group The Tamlins, all backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band.<br /> <br /> Each act will dedicate part of their sets to the late John Holt who died last year.<br /> <br /> On the issue of paking and security commander of the Trelawny Police Division, Superintendent Wilford Campbell, said that the police are ready to provide safety for patrons and monitor the expected large traffic at the Trelawny Stadium tonight.<br /> <br /> He noted that his members will be boosted by personnel from outside the division.<br /> <br /> "We have adequate personnel. It should be smooth sailing," Superintendent Campbell told the Observer West.<br /> <br /> He also detailed plans to provide additional parking areas, especially for Friday night, when a bumper crowd is expected at the venue.<br /> <br /> "We will also have alternative parking areas; one on Market Street, Falmouth and the other at the pier (Falmouth Cruise Shipping Pier)," Superintendent Campbell disclosed.<br /> <br /> Flow paints 'Jazz' blue<br /> <br /> Meanwhile telecommunications firm Flow are urging patrons to wear outfits with the colour blue and have their picture taken in order to win a special prize.<br /> <br /> "The winner of the Wear Blue for Jazz promotion has the chance of winning a weekend for two at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. So we want everyone to wear their best blue outfit and win with us," Flow sponsorship manager Nicole Campbell said.<br /> <br /> Flow, which will power the event with its wireless Internet, earlier this month, signed on to partner with FRA Production of Soul and Entertainment, organisers of Jazz and Blues.<br /> <br /> In a statement from Flow, Corporate Communications Manager Naomi Francis said that patrons will be able to connect as soon as they enter the venue.<br /> <br /> "We know we are in the social media era and so Internet connection is critical at major events. Patrons who come to Jazz will be able to take pictures and videos and post on social media to share their experience with their friends. Its now commonplace for us to share our platform with fast speed Internet, and this year we anticipate it will be big given the global superstar Mariah Carey will be performing," said Francis.<br /> <br /> Francis said that Flow would also have special activities to celebrate the superstar performance that Carey is expected to deliver.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, according to Campbell, Flow will also offer signature cocktails to "early bird" patrons who visit their corporate booth.<br /> <br /> "The cocktails will be coloured blue just to add some more excitement to the event. We may also have an additional special surprise for our guests too," Campbell disclosed.<br /> <br /> Jamaica Jazz and Blue will start today and ends on Saturday, January 31.<br /> <br /> The three-day festival will feature headliner Mariah Carey, The Pointer Sisters, Magic!; former lead singer of the group Chicago, Peter Cetera; R&B soul icon Charlie Wilson; North American based Reggae band Soja and Bajan saxophonist Arturo Tappin; Jamaican roots-reggae group Morgan Heritage and reggae singer Richie Stephens among others.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Jazz and Blues kicks off tonight<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457542/Judy-Mowatt_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457525/George-Nooks_0387_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457520/Lloyd-parks_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457498/Errol-Dunkley_9914_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11456983/oscarb_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11456982/josey-wales2_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457548/mariah-carey_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11457547/Pointer-Sisters_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00 AM San saw it coming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/San-saw-it-coming_18300736 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Entertainment & Auto bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com DEEJAY Papa San believes it was only a matter of time before his contribution to Jamaica's popular music would be recognised.<br /> <br /> The former dancehall artiste-cum-religious minister is one of 21 recipients in this year's Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Awards scheduled for the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, on February 28.<br /> <br /> "I expected it. I have been contributing to the music throughout the years. No one can deny that. I was the one who invented the 'fast-talking' style, which rappers Twista and Busta Rhymes use. The foundation was set from my secular days," he told the Jamaica Observer from his Florida home yesterday.<br /> <br /> A senior pastor at the non-denominational Open Bible Community Church in Florida, Papa San said he is unsure if he will attend the ceremony which closes Reggae Month.<br /> <br /> "I really want to come, but my plate is filled. If I'm not going, I'll be definitely sending a representative," he said.<br /> <br /> In addition to Papa San, the other JaRIA recipients include: dancehall deejay/gospel act Cleve 'Stitchie' Laing; Vincent and Pat Chin, founders of VP Records; Mikey 'Boo' Richards; bassist Errol 'Flabba Holt' Carter; Ernie Smith; Millie Small; The Gaylads; and Inner Circle.<br /> <br /> Posthumous awards will be given to singers John Holt and Hopeton Lewis, both of whom died in 2014, in recognition of their invaluable contribution to the growth of Jamaica's popular music.<br /> <br /> Other awards will be presented to Major Joe Williams for mentorship; producers Lloyd 'King Jammys' James and Winston 'Niney' Holness; and engineers Karl Pitterson and Overton 'Scientist' Brown. British disc jockey David Rodigan; songwriter BB Seaton; sound systems Downbeat The Ruler and Youthman Promotion complete the list.<br /> <br /> Papa San, whose given name is Tyrone Thompson, started his career on the sound system Stereo Phonic in 1980. He rose quickly through the ranks and later moved to Lee's Unlimited and then Creation.<br /> <br /> "Back in those days, you had to have lyrics to keep up in a dancehall, especially if you were in a clash with another sound [system]. Sometimes, you were there from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am. It was more intense. But now I'm living a better life, a life of truth, a life of purpose," he said.<br /> <br /> San, who migrated to the United States in 2004, said he will be releasing a seven-track EP by mid-year. "It will be called Worship and be out by May or June. It will be a soothing reggae, worship set and will be produced by my son, Tyshane. But before that I'll drop a couple of singles," he said. His other albums include My Story (2012) and One Blood (2014).<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11454610/papa-san-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:00 AM Reggae rocking in Calgary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-rocking-in-Calgary_18300670 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer CALGARY was not on the radar of most Jamaicans until their bobsled team became sensations at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in that Canadian city.<br /> <br /> But since 2003, the Calgary Reggae Festival (CRF) has helped expose Jamaican culture to the province of Alberta, home to a small Jamaican community.<br /> <br /> Leo Cripps, a Jamaican, is a co-founder of the CRF which has featured top Jamaican acts like Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor and Third World, as well as homegrown reggae artistes and bands like Long Shen Dao from China.<br /> <br /> "As set out in our mandate, providing a performance stage in Western Canada where we can showcase our 'Canadian'-grown talent alongside some of the world's best has been the most rewarding of all we have accomplished so far," Cripps told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "Prior to ReggaeFest, it would be near impossible for the general public to experience the talents of Canadian artistes such as Steele, Exco Levi or Sonia Collymore on any stage in this part of the country.<br /> <br /> "The Portland-born Cripps said the CRF consistently attracts 6,000 fans annually. He noted, however, that he and his colleagues do not use spectator numbers as a yardstick for progress.<br /> <br /> "If we look at how far we have travelled with six people and $600, then we have superseded every expectation. We have created a world-class festival featuring some of the best acts from around the globe, with one of the best volunteer production teams," he stated.<br /> <br /> "Considering some of the negative elements that have faced this industry over the years, we have represented reggae music in the highest regard." Cripps, 53, migrated to Calgary 30 years ago. He hosted a reggae show on the University of Calgary's CJSW 90.9 FM radio station, before helping to start the Calgary Reggae Festival Society which organised the CRF.<br /> <br /> While not as big as the country or pop acts who pass through Calgary, Cripps said citizens in his chilly adopted hometown have taken to the CRF which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012.<br /> <br /> "There are so many choices for summer entertainment around but so many people tell us they stay in the city for the festival. ReggaeFest has become one of the city's favourite summer events, so I'd say, yes, they have warmed up to reggae."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11454635/Freddie-Mcgreggor3_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11454639/Beres-Hammond_4143_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11454644/Leo-Cripps_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, January 28, 2015 2:00 AM All systems go for Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-systems-go-for-Jamaica-Jazz-and-Blues-Festival TRELAWNY, Jamaica - Festival Producer Walter Elmore told OBSERVER ONLINE Wednesday that everything is in place for the start of the 19th annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which kicks off tomorrow night at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium on the island's north coast.<br /> <br /> The show, which is set to run from January 29-31, has Mariah Carey as the headline act.<br /> <br /> "The stage is up and we have already started tweaking the sound," said Elmore. "All lights are up and programming of lights will begin this evening.<br /> <br /> "All the systems necessary for it to be a successful show are in place and all will be checked during the course of the day up to tomorrow," Elmore said.<br /> <br /> Fans will also be in for a very special night tomorrow, according to Elmore, because it will be a tribute to John Holt - a celebration of what he did for Jamaican music, here and abroad, through his timeless contribution. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11456254/masthead_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, January 28, 2015 3:26 PM Exco Levi goes for four straight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Exco-Levi-goes-for-four-straight_18302133 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer THREE-TIME winner Exco Levi, deejay Kirk Diamond, singjay Mikey Dangerous, singer Steele and deejay Tasha T are the nominees in the Best Reggae Recording of the Year category, for the 2015 Juno Awards.<br /> <br /> The Juno is Canada's equivalent of the Grammy Awards in the United States.<br /> <br /> Toronto-based Exco Levi is originally from Manchester. Born Wayne Ford Levi, he won in 2012 and repeated the feat in 2013 and 2014. This year, he is nominated for the song Welcome the King.<br /> <br /> This is Diamond's first Juno nod. The Saskatchewan deejay earned a nomination for Love Inna We Heart which has been number one for the past seven weeks on the Rebel Vibez Canadian Reggae Chart.<br /> <br /> "This is my first Juno nomination and it feels great. It's a really good feeling," St Catherine-born Diamond told the Jamaica Observer moments after the nominations were announced yesterday.<br /> <br /> Deejay Bob Da Builda, who is featured on Love Inna We Heart, said the response to the song has been tremendous and the nomination is not surprising.<br /> <br /> "This is a very good feeling. I really can't explain but this is our second time submitting a song and it has paid off," he said.<br /> <br /> Montreal singjay Mikey Dangerous is nominated for Wake Up. The former Trench Town Comprehensive High School Manning Cup player won the Juno in 2008 for Don't Go Pretending.<br /> <br /> Singer Steele is nominated for Hold On Till I Die, his third call. His previous nominations came in 2004 for Uncorrupted and in 2011 for Woman.<br /> <br /> Deejay Tasha T's nomination came for the album Real Talk.<br /> <br /> The reggae category of the Juno Awards was established in 1985.<br /> <br /> Reggae fusion band Magic! leads all nominees at this year's awards with five nominations. The Toronto quartet had 2014's biggest hit song in Rude which topped the Billboard pop chart for six weeks.<br /> <br /> The Juno Awards take place on March 15 at Hamilton's First Ontario Centre.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11454621/Exco-Levi_0927_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, January 28, 2015 3:00 AM Furtyle Brain gives heads up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Furtyle-Brain-gives-heads-up_18302880 IMAGE is very important in the competitive arena of dancehall. However, emerging singjay Furtyle Brain has pushed the envelope: he had two horns implanted atop his head.<br /> <br /> Furtyle, whose given name is Kenardo Andr&eacute; Robinson, said the implants were done in Jamaica by a Canadian-based surgeon.<br /> <br /> "It's really the process where the implants are implanted in the skull. I was sedated during the surgery but had to be given lots of painkillers when I revived because it is very painful," he said.<br /> <br /> The 29-year-old explained why he did the surgery.<br /> <br /> "I do believe that I got some form of prophetic instruction by God. I didn't do this alone," he said.<br /> <br /> But it's not without its backlash.<br /> <br /> "There are some who think that I am demonic, but it doesn't bother me much as I am not the first artiste who is picked on. There are others who have done far less than I have done and have received a backlashing and bashing," he said.<br /> <br /> In recent times, dancehall artistes Alkaline, Mace and Checkdhat have sent tongues wagging with their outlandish body art, which range from inked eyeballs, bleached skin, and multiple facial piercings.<br /> <br /> Born and raised in Montego Bay, Furtyle said he had aspirations of becoming a rapper but had a change of heart years later. In 2010, he released his debut single Kickers over Clarks, which was a counteraction to Vybz Kartel's hit single Clarks.<br /> <br /> Among his latest releases are Moneyology and Pocket Money, produced by Jones Ave label and UIM Records, respectively. Both singles were released in November of last year. Furtyle Brain said he is also busy producing his mixtape called Wickedest Lyricist.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11454617/furtyle-brain_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:00 AM Watson film premieres Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Watson-film-premieres-Sunday_18302851 THIS Sunday, February 1 will see the world premiere of They Call Me Barrington -- of a film on the life and work Jamaican master painter Barrington Watson.<br /> <br /> The film, a project of local filmmaker Lennie Little-White, will examine the life and art of the 83-year-old artist, and form the second in a trilogy of films on Jamaican icons in the arts, which started with Rex Nettleford (December 2013) and is to be concluded with poet/cultural ambassador, Louise Bennett-Coverley -- Miss Lou.<br /> <br /> Sunday's premiere is set for the iconic Carib cinema in the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> Little-White told the Jamaica Observer that Watson is the most outstanding painter in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "He broke many grounds, in that art wasn't a hobby, you could earn a living from it. Today, he's an inspiration to young artists. He's in his 80s and still doing work," he said.<br /> <br /> The filmmaker added that the project, which is being funded "out-of-pocket", will feature Watson "in his own words". He has also used footage of the painter shot over a decade-and-a-half ago.<br /> <br /> Local Entertainment Wednesday, January 28, 2015 3:00 AM Miss Universe viewing party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Miss-Universe-viewing-party_18287567 Although they expressed pride in Kaci Fennell's performance at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, patrons who attended the official viewing party in New Kingston were disappointed with her fifth place finish.<br /> <br /> From the moment she was announced as taking the fourth runner-up spot, many who gathered at the Triple Century Sports Bar began making their way from the venue. Their sullen faces told another story.<br /> <br /> "She did very well, representing herself and the country," said Ashlie Barrett.<br /> <br /> Former Miss Jamaica World contestant Debbie-Ann McKreith was more forthright. " I am disappointed with her fifth place. She got a second chance and fumbled on her question. But she did well."<br /> <br /> Fomer Miss Universe Bikini and Miss Jamaica World 1977 Sandra Kong heaped praises on the queen.<br /> <br /> "She was excellent. She was herself, did her best and that's all you can ask for."<br /> <br /> For Fennell's best friend Candice Belnavis her BFF made her absolutely proud.<br /> <br /> "She should be very proud of how well she did. She was an amazing representative for her country. I could not have asked for a better performance. I am in no way disappointed with her she did extremely well," noted Belnavis.<br /> <br /> Past Miss Universe Jamaica runner-up Kadyan Salmon was lost for words as she tried to articulate what she saw as her disappointment with the decision of the judges to award Fennell with fifth place.<br /> <br /> "I can't believe these judges... I am so disappointed with them... She did great considering the nerves," said Salmon.<br /> <br /> During the telecast, each glimpse of the pixie-haired beauty sent a roar throughout the packed nightclub owned by international cricketer Chris Gayle.<br /> <br /> The screams and cheers grew even louder when Fennell made to into the top 15 contestants, then top 10 and ascended to the top five.<br /> <br /> During the dreaded question and answer segment, the viewing party audience held their collective breath Judge Emilio Estefan was the brunt of their anger when he failed to articulate his question clearly due to his thick Spanish accent.<br /> <br /> The 'pageant watchers' in the audience offered their answers to his question on ways to alleviate violence against women after she stumbled in her response.<br /> <br /> However, many felt she redeemed herself when she responded to her second question , having made it into the top 5, citing reggae king Bob Marley and sprint sensation Usain Bolt as Jamaica's gifts to the world.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11451271/_DSC0471_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11451272/_DSC0548_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11451273/_DSC0530_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:00 AM Pointer Sisters Ready http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Pointer-Sisters-Ready_18289625 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer ONE of the hallmarks of Rhythm and Blues has been great harmony groups: The Supremes, The Impressions, The Temptations, The Chi Lites, The Pointer Sisters.<br /> <br /> The Pointer Sisters make their first appearance in Jamaica this week on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.<br /> <br /> Ruth Pointer and her younger sister Anita, are survivors of the classic lineup from the 1980s that had massive dance hits such as I'm So Excited, Neutron Dance and He's so Shy.<br /> <br /> Ruth's grand-daughter, Sadako, completes the current line-up.<br /> <br /> Speaking with the Jamaica Observer from California, Ruth said the Pointers have never allowed themselves to be boxed in by labels.<br /> <br /> "Maybe that has to do with our parents being from the South, and us growing up listening to everything, from gospel to R&B and country," she said. "We always wanted to be different."<br /> <br /> Those indiscriminate tastes can be heard in their extensive repertoire. Fairytale, one of their first major hits, won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1975.<br /> <br /> Their 1981 summer hit, Slow Hand, also had a country flavour. The sultry Fire, another big song for the Pointers, was written by rock star Bruce Springsteen.<br /> <br /> These days, Ruth says the group's itinerary is built largely around summer festivalsand corporate or private functions.<br /> <br /> At different stages, the group has included sisters June (who died in 2006) and Bonnie, as well as Issa, Ruth's daughter. They still have the flow, Ruth boasts.<br /> <br /> "We have similar energy even if our voices aren't the same. It just blows my mind," she said.<br /> <br /> In addition to Fairytale, the Pointer Sisters' other big 1970s hit was the funk song Carwash, from the movie of the same name.<br /> <br /> They were one of the biggest acts in the 1980s. Their high-energy songs and performances suited the emergence of music videos and glam fashion, which helped propel I'm so Excited, Neutron Dance and Jump to prominence on the pop charts.<br /> <br /> Though they achieved a solid foothold in the pop market, Ruth Pointer said the group never lost its R&B roots. She believes It is not the same in today's game.<br /> <br /> "There's a lot of hip hop and pop but not a lot of serious R&B," she said.<br /> <br /> The Pointer Sisters perform on closing night of the January 29-31 festival. Among the event's headliners are Mariah Carey, former GAP Band singer Charlie Wilson, Peter Cetera, and Canadian pop/reggae band Magic!<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11451268/Pointer-Sisters_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:00 AM Champion sounds from D Medz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Champion-sounds-from-D-Medz_18290175 WHEN singer D Medz began sessions for his Empower EP last year, he had almost a decade of recording under his belt.<br /> <br /> Working with saxophonist/producer Dean Fraser, it did not take him long to discover he still had a lot to learn about making music.<br /> <br /> "It was the first time I ever recorded live, so it was a new process for me," he said. "With computers, yuh jus' boop boop an' yuh done, but recording live yuh have to be patient."<br /> <br /> Fraser, whose productions credits include Tarrus Riley's 2007 breakthrough album, Parables, produced four of the six songs on Empower. One of them, Champion, is the mini-set's lead single.<br /> <br /> Clarendon-born D Medz (Dwayne Adams) believes the songs on Empower, Like Mama Love, Street Smart and Good God, reveal his maturity as a writer and artiste.<br /> <br /> "The energy is different. It's a case where I'm trying to connect with people on a spiritual level...reach their soul," he said.<br /> <br /> After graduating from the HEART Academy with training for the hospitality industry, D Medz worked in hotels in Manchester but found time to record for independent producers there and in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Two of those early productions, She Only Love Me Cause A Christmas and May Pen Mi Come From, did little. But last year's Life Sweet and Road Tonight fared better in terms of airplay and chart action.<br /> <br /> He intends to maintain that momentum with Champion and Empower.<br /> <br /> "There are some things as an artiste yuh feel yuh could change when listening to the early stuff, but right now I feel I'm in a good place."<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11451276/D-Medz_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:00 AM