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 Elephant Man beats rape rap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Elephant-Man-beats-rape-rap_51216 DANCEHALL artiste Elephant Man was freed of rape and other sexual charges in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, on Monday.<br /> <br /> According to the investigating officer, the case was dismissed after it was revealed that the complainant had passed away. She was buried on January 17.<br /> <br /> The prosecution said it could offer no evidence against the artiste. As a result, a group of jurors were empanelled and instructed by Justice Marcia Dunbar Green to return a formal verdict of not guilty, freeing Elephant Man (whose given name is Oniel Bryan) of charges of rape, buggery and grievous sexual assault.<br /> <br /> The charges against the artiste stemmed from a January 2012 incident involving a 31-year-old woman at his Hillcrest Avenue home, in St Andrew.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12641783/184897_w300.jpg Entertainment Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 AM New deal for Shaggy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/New-deal-for-Shaggy_51284 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer Shaggy has reportedly signed a multi-album deal with Brooklyn Knights, a New York independent record label. The Grammy-winning deejay announced the arrangement on his Instagram page last weekend.<br /> <br /> Last year, Brooklyn Knights helped promote the hit single Habibi (I Need Your Love) by Shaggy featuring Mohombi, Faydee and Costi. The song peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Shaggy&rsquo;s first major hit in 14 years.<br /> <br /> Dee Sonaram, CEO for Brooklyn Knights, is a music industry veteran. Born in the United States Virgin Islands, Sonaram interned at Profile Records shortly after graduating from Syracuse University.<br /> <br /> He has done stints at Robbins Entertainment/BMG; Casino Entertainment, Koch Records and Interscope Records.<br /> <br /> Brooklyn Knights has distribution through RED Distribution LLC, which is owned by Sony Music Entertainment.<br /> <br /> Shaggy has been affiliated with three major labels. He was first signed to Virgin Records which released his debut album Pure Pleasure in 1993; Original Doberman in 1994, 1995&rsquo;s Boombastic and 1997&rsquo;s Midnite Lover.<br /> <br /> The multi-platinum Hot Shot (2000) and 2002&rsquo;s gold-selling Lucky Day were both issued by MCA Records.<br /> <br /> Clothes Drop, released in 2005, was distributed by Geffen Records.<br /> <br /> Shaggy&rsquo;s previous album, 2013&rsquo;s Out of Many, One Music, was released by his Ranch Entertainment. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642600/184960__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 AM Gospel semis today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gospel-semis-today_51242 THE semi-final of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition is set for today at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The event, which will take the form of a concert, will see the 35 semi-finalists competing for a top 10 spot. Showtime is 6:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Stephen Davidson, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission&rsquo;s (JCDC) director of marketing and public relations, said the occasion would be a family-friendly one.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good holiday event that the entire family should come out and be part of. There&rsquo;ll also be a performance by the Reggae Worshipper Rondell Positive,&rdquo; Davidson told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> He said this year, the competition saw a grand total of 300 entrants islandwide.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We had four eliminations and narrowed the field down to the top 35. We&rsquo;ll then select the best 10 for the national finals,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Today&rsquo;s semi-finalists are: <br /> <br /> Omar Douglas, St Thomas;<br /> <br /> Jessan Nambhard, Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> Treisha Williams, St James;<br /> <br /> Nicolette Rowe-Johnson; Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> Rahein Betty, St Ann;<br /> <br /> Cleren Holness, St James;<br /> <br /> Shanice Cargill, Clarendon;<br /> <br /> Marisko, Hanover;<br /> <br /> Derona Davis; Clarendon;<br /> <br /> Duklon Stennett; St Thomas;<br /> <br /> Evangelist Paul & The Prophetic Praisers, St Catherine;<br /> <br /> Kazak Ministry, St Ann;<br /> <br /> Rachelle Thompson; St Catherine;<br /> <br /> Angelie James Greenland, St Ann;<br /> <br /> Vitalyte, Manchester;<br /> <br /> The Wilson Sisters, Trelawny;<br /> <br /> Everton McLean, St Catherine;<br /> <br /> Filicia Williams, Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> Marsha Jarrett, St Ann;<br /> <br /> Mark Samuels, St Catherine;<br /> <br /> Ricardo Pryce, Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> Orville Sutherland, Clarendon;<br /> <br /> Dave Gayle, Manchester;<br /> <br /> Theona Thomas, St James;<br /> <br /> Doneida Simpson, Trelawny; <br /> <br /> Annette Daley, St Ann;<br /> <br /> Claudette West, Portland; <br /> <br /> Nicola Barrett-Ross, Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> Shanet Messam, St Elizabeth;<br /> <br /> Triciana Simpson, Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> Glenton Brown, Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> Alicia Duncan-Williams, Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> MJ Livi, Kingston & St Andrew;<br /> <br /> Shakira Bennett, Kingston & St Andrew; and,<br /> <br /> Kemoy &lsquo;Kedigee Muss&rsquo; Gordon, St. Catherine.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12641795/184854_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 AM They won&rsquo;t get D-Medz&rsquo; vote http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/They-won-t-get-D-Medz--vote_51160 Music has played a major part in Jamaica&rsquo;s general elections. In 1972, the famous bandwagon of reggae musicians, organised by Clancy Eccles, helped Michael Manley get elected prime minister. The Jamaica Observer starts a series with music industry players giving their views on the political process leading to the national poll on February 25.<br /> <br /> SINCE Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced February 25 as the date for the general election, political exchange has intensified in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> One person not impressed by pronouncements from the platforms of the governing People&rsquo;s National Party and Opposition Jamaica Labour Party, is sing-jay D-Medz.<br /> <br /> His mistrust of politicians is heard on the song No Vote.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I write this song six years ago an&rsquo; it still relevant...everything inna Jamaica in decline,&rdquo; D-Medz told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Produced by EppJam Productions, No Vote was released last year when Simpson Miller hinted that elections would have been held.<br /> <br /> There has been no policy statement by either side that sways him to be a first-time voter.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The other day I hear one a the minister sey poverty going down. I neva si so much youth a wipe car glass from I born, so to me poverty is on the rise,&rdquo; said D-Medz.<br /> <br /> Known for songs like Champion and Rebel Souljah, Clarendon-born D-Medz (Dwayne Adams) is in his late 20s. National polls show he belongs to a large demographic that are either uncommitted or refuse to vote in the general election. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642481/184919_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 AM Reggae Wednesday concert postponed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-Wednesday-concert-postponed_51267 THERE will be no Reggae Wednesday concert at Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree today.<br /> <br /> The open-air event &mdash; staged by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) in celebration of Reggae Month &mdash; was originally scheduled to be a showcase of gospel acts.<br /> <br /> Efforts to ascertain why the decision was taken were unsuccessful. The Jamaica Observer, however, was informed that the concert series returns on February 17.<br /> <br /> Reggae Wednesday kicked off last week with a show highlighting the foundations of the music. <br /> <br /> The line-up of artistes included U-Roy, Big Yute, Leroy Sibbles and Half Pint. The night was capped by musical presentations by radio disc jocks David Rodigan, Seani B and Toddla T of BBC 1 Xtra out of London, as well as popular sound system Stone Love with Geefus and Billy Slaughter.<br /> <br /> The organisers were pleased with the turnout for the event which justified their decision to move the shows to Mandela Park. Over the years, Reggae Wednesday has struggled to attract patronage, despite being a free event. The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts was the original home to the weekly series. However, over the years it has moved to Emancipation Park and the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.<br /> <br /> February was first designated Reggae Month nine years ago and this is the eighth year that JaRIA has been responsible for organising and hosting events to celebrate the music. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12631168/184190__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12631169/184192__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12631171/184193__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 AM AFTER 12: Touchdown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Touchdown_51266 Ribbiz is known to throw a great party. So it was no surprise that Panthers and Broncos fans swarmed the Loshusan centre venue to enjoy Super Bowl 50. Despite the fact that the Broncos kicked the bejesus out of the Panthers, everyone had a rollicking time. Of course, OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was in the huddle to capture each touchdown. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642289/184819_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642279/184825_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642280/184818_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642278/184824__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642282/184820_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642283/184827__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642284/184828_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642285/184822_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642286/184826_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642287/184823_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642290/184821_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642291/184829_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642318/184830__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 AM Mico hosts &lsquo;Compose It&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Mico-hosts--Compose-It-_51268 The Mico University College Music Department is hosting a music education Workshop with Michael Burnett, on Friday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Music composition is a very weak area in the Caribbean,&rdquo; says Ismay Kerr, head of the Music Department at the Mico University College. <br /> <br /> Born in the United Kingdom, Burnett served as lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts and the University of the West Indies between 1978 and 1981 and continues to visit the region doing musical workshops, especially in the area of CSEC music. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11569018/Mico-Teachers-College_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 AM Redemption concert lives up to billing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Redemption-concert-lives-up-to-billing_51183 CELEBRATION of the life of late reggae legend Bob Marley continued on Sunday with the Digicel&rsquo;s Redemption Live Concert held at Sabina Park in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The free concert kicked off at 4:00 pm and featured stellar performances from the likes of Morgan Heritage, Cocoa Tea, Tanya Stephens, Bugle, and Sizzla Kalonji. <br /> <br /> Throughout the evening each entertainer paid tribute to Marley who would have celebrated his 71st birthday on February 6. Morgan Heritage delivered a well-rehearsed set for the crowd on hand. <br /> <br /> The group had fans in a sing-a-long to old favourites as well as new songs from their Grammy-nominated album Strictly Roots. <br /> <br /> Tracks from their catalogue included Tell Me How Come, Don&rsquo;t Haffi Dread, Reggae Bring Back Love, Down by the River and Nothing to Smile About. <br /> <br /> Veteran reggae singer Cocoa Tea did not disappoint. He delivered a knockout performance which saw him receiving numerous &lsquo;forwards&rsquo; from the crowd. <br /> <br /> Fans sang along in unison to Too Young, Lost My Sonia, Israel&rsquo;s King, Holy Mount Zion, Love Me Truly and Good Life. <br /> <br /> Making one of her infrequent local musical appearances, Tanya Stephens took her fans down memory lane with songs like It&rsquo;s A Pity, Handle the Ride, Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, What&rsquo;s Your Story, After You and These Streets. <br /> <br /> Bugle, currently riding high with his EDM-styled Rasta Party, had the venue chanting to Annointed, Be Proud, Don&rsquo;t Blame Life and Journey. <br /> <br /> His set was ignited further when he invited Agent Sasco on stage, who performed Almighty Protect Me and Hand to Mouth. Sizzla brought the curtains down on the show with a fiery finale. <br /> <br /> The August Townbased artiste gave a commanding performance, belting out faves, including Holding Firm, Simplicity, Solid as a Rock, Praise Ye Jah and Good Ways.<br /> <br /> Towards the end of his performance, Sizzla encouraged the telecom giant Digicel to invest more in education, and even suggested they erect a wing at the local universities.<br /> <br /> There were other great sets from I-Octane, Leroy Sibbles, Iba Mahr, Ikaya, Nesbeth, Andrew Tosh, Kelissa and Black Am I. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Simone Morgan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639591/184765__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639585/184760__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639587/184764__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639588/184763_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639589/184759__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639590/184766__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639592/184762__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:00 AM Miller debunks calls for Reggae Museum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Not-amused_51184 BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer Recent calls for the establishment of a reggae museum in Jamaica were debunked Sunday during the Jamaica Music Museum&rsquo;s Grounation series, at the Institute of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The lead story in last Friday&rsquo;s entertainment section of the Jamaica Observer, headlined &lsquo;Rodigan calls for reggae museum&rsquo;, quoted British radio personality David Rodigan, saying: &ldquo;There is a need for a reggae museum to be here in Jamaica to reflect the history of this music that you have and is revered all over the world&hellip;&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A previous Observer article highlighted the Lewis brothers, Ian and Roger of the Inner Circle Band, making a similar call.<br /> <br /> At the Grounation, Herbie Miller, cultural historian and director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, began his audio/visual presentation by putting those calls to rest.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We do have a music museum. And I should also take the media to task. However, I thank David Rodigan. They [the powers that be] will pay more attention to him than they would to me. Let&rsquo;s hope they listen to what he had to say,&rdquo; said Miller. &ldquo;The powers that be need to act sooner than later, in a bid to protect the music for future generations.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Rodigan made the call during last week&rsquo;s Reggae Wednesdays show at Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree. He was not impressed by the sparse attendance even though the event was free.<br /> <br /> Most of Miller&rsquo;s hour-long presentation was dedicated to iconic trombonist Don Drummond and his common-law wife, Margarita Mahfood, the alluring rumba dancer.<br /> <br /> Miller played snippets from Drummond&rsquo;s immortal recordings such as Addis Ababa and Far East, pointing out to the large audience that, &ldquo;Perhaps, there wouldn&rsquo;t be any Bob [Marley] and Peter [Tosh]without a Don Drummond.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The month-long series, looking at the Drummond legacy, continues Sunday.<br /> <br /> Don &lsquo;Cosmic&rsquo; Drummond was born March 12, 1932. A founding member of The Skatalites band, he died at the Bellevue Hospital on May 6, 1969.<br /> <br /> The mentally troubled musician was sentenced to that institution after he was found guilty of stabbing Mahfood to death at their east Kingston home on New Year&rsquo;s Day, 1965.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639645/184782_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:00 AM Simply Myrna US-bound http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Simply-Myrna-US-bound_51143 THE sixth Simply Myrna concert takes place March 5 at Formal Gardens, Devon House. It will be held under the distinguished patronage of Sir Kenneth Hall and Lady Hall.<br /> <br /> Myrna Hague, founder of the show, will again be the headliner. She gave details of next month&rsquo;s event during a launch at Hotel Four Seasons recently.<br /> <br /> The cast comprises Richie Stephens, vocalist/pianist Harold Davis, and the Carifolk Singers.<br /> <br /> Hague said she considered ending Simply Myrna last year but yielded to calls from fans. For the first time, it will be held overseas.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me and Mr [Lennon] Crooks [executive producer] were going to quit, but the audience have been clamouring [for the event]. We are in two cities in Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando,&rdquo; Hague told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The Fort Lauderdale gig is scheduled for April 17. No date has been confirmed for the Orlando show.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just an awesome pleasure and privilege for me. Myrna and myself, we go back a little way,&rdquo; Davis told the gathering.<br /> <br /> Vonnie Strong, a member of the Carifolk Singers, is looking forward to the show.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Simply Myrna is a brand by itself, and Myrna has distinguished herself as a performer. The Carifolk Singers are honoured to be a part of this and will continue to support,&rdquo; said Strong.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Basil Walters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639447/184083_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639446/184084__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 09, 2016 12:00 AM Jahvillani  vows to Get Rich or Die Trying  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jahvillani--vows-to-Get-Rich-or-Die-Trying KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Roots singer Jahvillani urges his generation to ride the entrepreneur train on his latest song, Get Rich or Die Trying.<br /> <br /> Produced by YGF Records, it was released in December.<br /> <br /> "The song is really based on getting money, making a honest living. People think the youths dem lazy but a lot of us a try hard fi mek it," he said.<br /> <br /> Get Rich or Die Trying is Jahvillani's latest project with YGF Records which is based in Ocho Rios, his hometown.<br /> <br /> His previous singles, Gun a Bus' and God And Dem were also produced by that label.<br /> <br /> The 21-year-old Jahvillani (given name Dujohn Edwards) has been recording since he left Ocho Rios High School. Influenced by Bounty Killer, Buju Banton and Sizzla, he said he is not limited to a particular sound.<br /> <br /> "It&rsquo;s a mixture of dancehall, culture an' even party. Wi listen to every type a music."<br /> <br /> Jahvillani had an encouraging 2015. He had a popular summer song in Mouth Badman, co-produced by YGF Records and the Street Platinum label out of Toronto, Canada. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12641088/_MG_9754_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, February 09, 2016 9:19 AM Heads up to Maurice White http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Heads-up-to-Maurice-White_51058 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com AS a fledgling band, Third World kept their ears to the ground musically. They were particularly impressed by a genre-defying American group called Earth, Wind & Fire.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They had a great influence on Third World at the time the group was formed,&rdquo; Third World guitarist Stephen lsquo;Cat&rsquo; Coore told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Coore &mdash; who co-founded Third World, along with keyboardist Ibo Cooper &mdash; is currently on tour with the outfit in New Zealand and Australia. He said one of Earth, Wind & Fire&rsquo;s songs &mdash; 1973&rsquo;s Keep Your Head to The Sky &mdash; resonated with them.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We were playing clubs and dances at the time and Keep Your Head to The Sky was one of the songs we did as a band. We did it so well and, for this reason, Third World recorded the song many years later... We recorded it for Polygram on the same album with<br /> <br /> Reggae Ambassador and Forbidden Love,&rdquo; said Coore.<br /> <br /> Founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, died last Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He was 74.<br /> <br /> White &mdash; who was diagnosed with Parkinson&rsquo;s disease &mdash; started the band in 1969. Earth, Wind & Fire&rsquo;s horn-driven catalogue of hits include September, Shining Star and Boogie Wonderland.<br /> <br /> Coore said he never toured with Earth, Wind & Fire but met several members.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I personally never met Maurice but he was truly a consummate band leader, a writer of the highest order and a truly great singer. The music industry was blessed to have had him,&rdquo; Coore added.<br /> <br /> Keep Your Head to The Sky is also the title of White&rsquo;s autobiography which is expected to be released late this year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636979/184607__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636974/184609__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636977/184606__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Skip off the old block http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Skip-off-the-old-block_51099 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com THE Marley family has found its newest star to carry on the legacy of their famous patriarch, reggae king Bob Marley.<br /> <br /> Skip Marley, grandson of the legend and son of his daughter Cedella Marley, made his debut in front of a Kingston audience on Saturday night. From all indications, he is positioning himself to be a future torch-bearer for his family.<br /> <br /> The 19-year-old had the auspicious task of closing the Bob Marley 71st birthday jam session at the Bob Marley Museum, coming after great sets from high-riding acts Kelissa, Iba Mahr and Jesse Royal.<br /> <br /> Many thought this may have been suicidal for the unseasoned artiste but he proved them wrong.<br /> <br /> With a rhythm guitar slung across his wispy frame, and wailing tracks from his grandfather&rsquo;s catalogue, many stood in the courtyard of the famous 56 Hope Road venue, transfixed on what some expressed to be Bob reincarnate.<br /> <br /> Rastaman Vibration, Roots Rock Reggae, Three Little Birds and One Love were part of his set. However, the coup de gras was his rendition of Chances Are.<br /> <br /> For this ballad, Marley invited Marcia Griffiths, who had shared the stage with his famous grandparents as a member of the I-Three.<br /> <br /> Marley also performed two of his own tracks, Life and Cry To Me, which both went over well.<br /> <br /> His performance capped an energy-filled evening. The Bob Marley 71st birthday ambassadors, Jesse Royal, Kelissa and Iba Mahr were in fine form, each mixing tracks from the catalogue of the famous celebrant into their sets.<br /> <br /> Kelissa did a welcome rendition of We Don&rsquo;t Need No More Trouble. Iba Mahr cleverly segued from his own<br /> <br /> Will I Wait into Waiting in Vain, while Jesse Royal sampled a few.<br /> <br /> Other acts such as Dre Island, Runkus, McKeon, Feluke,Yvad, Bongo Herman Winston McAnuff and the Roots Uprising Band made their presence felt as they paid tribute to Marley and entertained the full house. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636995/184652_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM The &lsquo;Seans&rsquo; make it happen again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The--Seans--make-it-happen-again_51098 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer Sean Paul has once again teamed with British singer/songwriter Jay Sean. Their latest collaboration, Make My Love Go<br /> <br /> , was released last Friday by Sony Music UK.<br /> <br /> Make My Love Go is produced by Ezu and samples Maxi Priest&rsquo;s 1990 number one hit, Close to You.<br /> <br /> Jay Sean told online site Desiblitz.com his reason for sampling the Priest song.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I always loved that song and I just happened to be messing around with some chords and freestyled the Maxi Priest melody over them. Then I thought, &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s just do it. Let&rsquo;s bring that back to life.&rsquo; People in my era, that&rsquo;s something we grew up with but the younger kids don&rsquo;t know that great song,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Make My Love Go is the second collaboration by Sean Paul and Jay Sean. In 2010, they worked on the song Do You Remember which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.<br /> <br /> The 36-year-old Jay Sean is of Asian descent. He was previously signed to Virgin Records and Cash Money Records.<br /> <br /> His hits in the United Kingdom include Eyes on You, Stolen, Ride It, Maybe and Tonight. In the United States, his greatest success has been Down which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009.<br /> <br /> To date he has released four studio albums, the last being Neon in 2013. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12542090/178528__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636975/184611_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Summer Roze blooms with Bumpa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Summer-Roze-blooms-with-Bumpa_50872 BEING the daughter of a former world boxing champion, Summer Roze said she once flirted with the idea entering the ring. She, however, had a change of heart for a different arena.<br /> <br /> The Florida-born, 29-year-old singjay is hoping to score a knockout with her latest single Bumpa.<br /> <br /> &ldquo; Bumpa is an uptempo song with a spring-summer flavour... It&rsquo;s about strong women that&rsquo;s not gonna wait for men to do anything for us... it&rsquo;s about being empowered,&rdquo; Roze told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Released January 22, Bumpa is produced by Floridian DJ Speng for Massive Entertainment Group.<br /> <br /> The singjay, who is on one of her regular pilgrimages to the island, says she keeps close to her roots.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My father is from Papine while my mother is from Molynes Road, so I try to visit my relatives often. I also listen to the music to keep current,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Summer Roze (given name Rosemarie Grant) explained how she got into music eight years ago.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;At 17, I started training with my dad for about a year. But I had to quit boxing, it was too much stress...I had to quit,&rdquo; she chuckled.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My mom said to me: &lsquo;You&rsquo;re always writing poems. Why don&rsquo;t you write a song? Then it just clicked... My dad said he was OK with the idea as long as I did clean lyrics,&rdquo; she continued.<br /> <br /> Trained in fashion marketing and design, Summer Roze is the daughter of Jamaican boxer Uriah Grant. He won the IBF Cruiserweight Championship belt in 1997. Two years later, he defeated Thomas &lsquo;Hitman&rsquo; Hearns in the second round.<br /> <br /> Inspired to reach great heights, Summer Roze said she intends to put in the hard work to make it in the competitive music arena.<br /> <br /> Her other tracks include Brace Yuh Back and Drummer Boy.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636820/184174__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Roache goes back to basics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Roache-goes-back-to-basics_51037 By Simone Morgan Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com THE play, Mama Take Me Back to Church, debuts at the YMCA in Kingston, on Ash Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Playwright Andrew Roache said the production was borne out of a need for clean family entertainment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Having worked in the theatre world for almost three decades, persons always wanted a production with a religious plot. We have heard complaints about the lewdness within some plays...the viewers yearned for more and wanted something of more value,&rdquo; Roache told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He said he was approached by Whirlwind Entertainment to write the script and he accepted.<br /> <br /> According to Roache, Mama Take Me Back to Church is set in North America. It is about Joyce, a Christian woman, who struggles to accept her children&rsquo;s secular lifestyle.<br /> <br /> Joyce is played by Dorothy Cunningham.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When we approached Dorothy with the idea, she wanted to see the material as she is a Christian. She wanted to ensure that it was on par with her values and morals. She called back just days later as she believed that this production can win souls for Christ,&rdquo; said Roache.<br /> <br /> The cast also includes Sabrina Thomas, Samantha Brevett and Petrova Kenward.<br /> <br /> Roache, a former student of Kingston College, once worked as stage manager for Oliver Samuels. His previous productions include Strength of A Woman and Ras Genie. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636806/184538__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636808/184500__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Hardesty launches in the sunset http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hardesty-launches-in-the-sunset_51070 Rich Hardesty loves to describe himself as a &lsquo;Jamerican&rsquo;, given the countless times the American singer has visited Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Fitting then that he launched his first reggae album, The Sunset Show, in the country he considers a second home.<br /> <br /> The Indiana native performed at two shows on Saturday. First was the event celebrating Bob Marley&rsquo;s 71st birthday at the Marley Museum in St Andrew; then, a slot on artiste manager Claudette Kemp&rsquo;s show at Mandela Highway, marking her 36th year in the music business.<br /> <br /> The Sunset Show was officially released February 2 on compact disc by Hardesty&rsquo;s label of the same name. It is also available digitally.<br /> <br /> Hardesty said he is not pushing a particular song, but admits he has soft spot for Black Sheep Butterfly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That song is special because it started in Australia and landed in Jamaica. Julian Marley ended up playing drums on it, so that was pretty special.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Hardesty also covered<br /> <br /> Keepers of The Light, originally done by Ky-Mani Marley.<br /> <br /> Hardesty, who first visited Jamaica in 1993, started recording the album last summer at Anchor Studio in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Percussionist Bongo Herman, drummer Sly Dunbar, keyboardist Allah Lloyd, bassist Errol &lsquo;Flabba Holt&rsquo; Carter, guitarist Winston &lsquo;Bo Pee&rsquo; Bowen, saxophonist Everton Gayle, trombonist Everal Wray, and trumpeter Vivian Scott played on the set.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636807/184579__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Gospel semis for Ash Wednesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gospel-semis-for-Ash-Wednesday KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The semi-final round of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), is set for Ash Wednesday, February 10.<br /> <br /> This competition, which will take the form of a concert, will see the 35 semi-finalists from across the island compete for a top 10 spot at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.<br /> <br /> In addition to the 35 semi-finalists, the evening will feature a guest performance by the &lsquo;Reggae Worshipper&rsquo; Rondell Positive.<br /> <br /> Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12639513/rondell_w300.jpg Local News Monday, February 08, 2016 5:36 PM Prohgres back with a bang http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Prohgres-back-with-a-bang_51072 Singer Prohgres returns to the scene with two new songs: The Wiggle Song (featuring DHQ Sher) and Success Deh Near.<br /> <br /> He told the Jamaica Observer that both are consistent with the songs he has done since his first recordings as a 15-year-old seven years ago.<br /> <br /> The Wiggle Song, produced by Simpac Music, is getting the lion&rsquo;s share of promotion.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All the focus is on The Wiggle Song. It is getting good rotation in England and Canada, and a video shoot is also in the pipeline,&rdquo; said Prohgres.<br /> <br /> The song is done with dancer/singer DHQ Sher.<br /> <br /> Born Richard Gordon, Prohgres is from Discovery Bay, St Ann. It Nuh Easy and Hustler are two of his earlier songs. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636969/184581__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, February 08, 2016 12:00 AM Great sets at One Love Music fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Great-sets-at-One-Love-Music-fest_51018 By Horace Hines Observer staff reporter ROSE HALL, St James &mdash; Impressive performances highlighted the inaugural One Love Music Festival put on by Tuff Gong International. Held at the Aqueduct from Friday night into Saturday morning, it would have made reggae icon Bob Marley proud.<br /> <br /> Action kicked off on Thursday night with a charity gala on the lawns of the nearby Rose Hall Great House featuring Marcia Griffiths and Benjy Myaz.<br /> <br /> But it was Marley&rsquo;s grandson, Skip Marley, whose demeanour, appearance and vocals captured and replicated the persona of the &lsquo;Gong&rsquo;, who would have been 71 yesterday.<br /> <br /> Son of Cedella Marley, he had the audience transfixed. He eased through Rastaman Vibration, Co<br /> <br /> ming in From the Cold and Three Little Birds, from his grandfather&rsquo;s catalogue, as well as his original,<br /> <br /> Cry for Me.<br /> <br /> Ky-Mani Marley also delivered renditions of his father&rsquo;s classics, as well as his smash hit In Love with a Rastaman and<br /> <br /> High Like Skyscraper.<br /> <br /> However, it was the performances of Iba Mahr and Tessanne Chin that set the venue alight. The former connected with his audience the moment he struck the first note of Great is The King of All Kings. He revved up the tempo with Will I Wait in Vain, Mama Rosie, and others.<br /> <br /> There were wild screams when he removed his coat and performed his blockbuster Diamond Sox.<br /> <br /> Patrons were also energised during Chin&rsquo;s performance. Her powerful voice reverberated throughout the venue with<br /> <br /> One Step Closer, Messenger, Fire and Anything&rsquo;s Possible.<br /> <br /> Other noteworthy performances came from Nadine Sutherland, Ikaya, Teflon, No Madds, Jamiel, Kranium, and Nico and Vinz.<br /> <br /> A drizzle triggered an exodus at the start of Akon&rsquo;s performance but that did not prevent him from dropping Right Now, Sorry, Blame it on Me, Konvicted, Don&rsquo;t Matter and Trouble Nobody. He was joined on stage by Beenie Man.<br /> <br /> The two-day festival is a fund-raising event to celebrate Marley&rsquo;s life and legacy by supporting projects through the Bob Marley Foundation, in partnership with the Rose Town Foundation and Sandals Foundation. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634734/184425_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634732/184426_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634731/184427_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634730/184429__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634733/184428_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM Iranian rocks reggae poster contest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Pulsating-Prism_50957 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver FOR a second year, there are no Jamaicans in the top 100 winners of the International Reggae Poster Competition (IRPC).<br /> <br /> The results of the competition&rsquo;s fourth staging were announced on the competition&rsquo;s website last week.<br /> <br /> Iranian Seyed Abbas Mirqeisari&rsquo;s Prism of Nature took top honours while second place went to Oktay Barkin of Turkey with Lion. Round out the top tier was Reggae Music produced by Li Wei of China.<br /> <br /> The winners were selected from a panel of 23 judges.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The top three winners were successful in securing the Award for Best-designed Reggae Posters 2015. This year, we exceeded the number of posters submitted in each of the previous years. We received 1,664 posters from 84 countries! And we are particularly pleased that submissions came from countries that were participating for the first time &ndash; Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Cameroon, Guatemala, Honduras, Moldova, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe,&rdquo; read a post on the competition&rsquo;s website. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This extension of the contest&rsquo;s reach is particularly impressive in the 4th year. It confirms the sustained global impact of the IRPC. On the platform of the contest, we will continue to spread our vision of a Reggae Hall of Fame Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. And we collectively affirm support for the campaign to heighten awareness of the distinctive legacy of the Alpha Boys&rsquo; School,&rdquo; it continued.<br /> <br /> The IRPC is organised by Jamaican-born, US-based visual artist Michael &lsquo;Freestyle&rsquo; Thompson and his Greek partner, visual artist Maria Papaefstathiou. <br /> <br /> In the contest&rsquo;s first two years Jamaican artists fared reasonably well. In year one (2012), Taj Francis placed fifth, with the eventual winner being Alon Braier from Israel. In year two, Rohan Mitchell copped fourth position to Balazs Pakodi of the United Kingdom who took the top spot. In 2014 there were no Jamaican artists in the top 100 entries to the competition; the eventual winner was Andreas Wikstrom of Sweden.<br /> <br /> IRPC is an initiative designed to celebrate positive international reggae culture. The contest highlights the globalisation of reggae and the resounding impact of its message. The umbrella term reggae, as used by the organisers, encompasses all the popular Jamaican musical genres: Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and the Sound System. The primary reason for organising the poster contest is to construct an international platform to showcase a far-reaching vision: the erection of a world-class Reggae Hall of Fame museum and performance centre in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Each year a number of the winning entries are taken on an exhibition tour. The first exhibition for 2016 will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus. This exhibition will showcase 80 posters from the 2015 collection on February 26 on the ground floor of the Politis newspaper building. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634617/184442__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634619/184302__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM Watson lauded as cultural icon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Watson-lauded-as-cultural-icon_51010 THE Kingston College Chapel on North Street was not big enough to hold the family, friends and well-wishers who paid their final respects to master painter Barrington Watson yesterday.<br /> <br /> Watson died on January 26 of complications from cancer. He was 85.<br /> <br /> He was remembered for his contribution to Jamaican art as well as his generosity.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We live in a time [in] which we are self-preoccupied and self-focused...Barry gave of himself selflessly and it is revealed in itself to the people of Jamaica,&rdquo; said officiating minister, Rev Major Cannon Sirrano Kitson, in his homily.<br /> <br /> In her tribute, Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna said Watson&rsquo;s diverse themes climbed off canvases to stimulate, even provoke the inner reaches of the human mind and spirit.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Professor Barrington Watson was a pioneer cultural icon in Jamaica. His impressive contribution to the art industry &mdash; local and international &mdash; carries such presence and impact that there have been numerous initiatives to capture the depth and breadth of his mastery,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Watson&rsquo;s contemporary, painter Alexander Cooper, shared his thoughts with the Jamaica Observer about his friend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;To me, he&rsquo;s legend. Jamaica will not see that quality person in the next two or so decades. I saw him on his birthday recently and he asked me if I was still painting. I said no and he said: &lsquo;When you go home, mek sure yuh crank up your brush,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Cooper.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He&rsquo;s an inspiration not only to his peers, but today&rsquo;s youth.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Born in Hanover, Watson attended Kingston College where he excelled at football. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London and continued his studies in Amsterdam and Spain.<br /> <br /> He returned to Jamaica in 1962 and became the first director of studies at the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts (now part of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts).<br /> <br /> Watson was awarded the Institute of Jamaica&rsquo;s Gold Musgrave Medal and the Order of Jamaica for his contribution to art.<br /> <br /> He is survived by his widow and four children.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634525/184418_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM One Love, ride on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/One-Love--ride-on_51001 THE 1970s could easily be described as a decade of political disillusionment in Jamaica, with several calls for Jamaican youth to lift their voices for social justice. None spoke more loudly and clearly than Bob Marley, whose musical angst inspired people to Get Up, Stand Up to those who oppressed them in the Concrete Jungle.<br /> <br /> Musicologist Dr Dennis Howard believes Marley&rsquo;s music came at a time of heightened black consciousness. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Marley&rsquo;s messages were in the tradition of Marcus Garvey and Rastafari, which promoted self-love, respect for self, respect for others, universal love, self-reliance, economic growth and unity, especially among black people,&rdquo; says Howard. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This philosophy was skilfully articulated through melodies and powerful bass lines by Bob and the Wailers,&rdquo; he added. <br /> <br /> More than 30 years after his death, the music continues to inspire as it is passed down from generation to generation. Marley&rsquo;s music is proof of the power that resonates from honest lyrics sung by a naturally gifted artiste.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Music is a very powerful tool to inspire people to move toward unity and equity. When you have unity and equity in a society, then peace will follow,&rdquo; asserts Dr Howard. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Like all great musicians, he covered numerous issues and realities within the post-colonial environment which made him the person he was,&rdquo; said Howard. Marley and several of his contemporaries inspired a generation&rsquo;s consciousness. He helped to transform post-colonial Jamaica into a society of independent thinkers. <br /> <br /> THE GREAT TASK TO RIDE ON<br /> <br /> Today, Marley&rsquo;s legend is carefully preserved by the Bob Marley Foundation which is tasked with promulgating his message and carrying on the legacy of the reggae king. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The challenging part is managing the sense of entitlement and expectations, and what&rsquo;s &ldquo;best for Bob&rdquo; in everyone&rsquo;s opinion,&rdquo; says Marie Bruce, general manager of the Bob Marley Group of Companies. <br /> <br /> As one of Jamaica&rsquo;s most prolific icons there are many stakeholders, including the Jamaican public, many of whom have been calling on the Government to name him a national hero. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The foundation gets lots of input. It&rsquo;s usually driven by the passion and intense love that Bob Marley&rsquo;s fans, employees of the family-related companies, the media, various stakeholders, basically everyone has for Bob Marley,&rdquo; says Bruce.<br /> <br /> One of the foundation&rsquo;s consistent messages is love, and it has used this platform as a common thread throughout its activities to celebrate Bob Marley&rsquo;s 71st birthday. Among them, the annual Masters & Celebrities One Love Football Competition, now in its 35th year. The competition which will take place on Ash Wednesday, February 10, will bring together footballers from the Red Stripe Premier League, French player Charly B, artistes such as Evie of No-Maddz, local referees, and more. It will be held at the Arnett Gardens Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> Beyond the birthday celebrations, the Bob Marley Foundation has forged strategic partnerships to continue the philanthropic tradition of Marley. Through initiatives such as the recently launched Women Helping Others Achieve, the foundation will help to ensure lasting benefits for vulnerable young women and families in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634524/184407_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM MAPS to celebrate 1st anniversary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/MAPS-to-celebrate-1st-anniversary KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Party series MAPS will celebrate their first anniversary at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine, beginning at noon today.<br /> <br /> "The event has grown tremendously over the past year and we are extremely thankful for the continued support from our loyal patrons, sponsors and everyone who has helped to make it the success it is. The event gets better at each staging as we keep exceeding the expectations of our patrons," Cadeem Mullings, one of the event's promoters, told OBSERVER ONLINE.<br /> <br /> As for today's celebration, Mullings shared some insight on what patrons are to expect. <br /> <br /> "They're to expect an exclusive event, a wider variety of musical disc jocks, and come to have fun." <br /> <br /> Selectors rostered are ZJ Liquid, Team Shella and Coppershot Disco.<br /> <br /> Kevin Jackson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12636517/maps-promo-girls_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, February 07, 2016 9:19 AM Reggae MIA at NAMM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Reggae-MIA-at-NAMM_50966 RESPECTED guitarist Earl &lsquo;Chinna&rsquo; Smith says Jamaican administrators missed a golden opportunity by not showcasing the country&rsquo;s music at the recent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, California.<br /> <br /> Smith attended the January 21-24 show at Anaheim Convention Center. The annual event, a must-go for musicians, attracted 100,000 persons over four days.<br /> <br /> It was the second visit at NAMM for the veteran session musician. He said one of its most popular attractions was a John Lennon booth where the former Beatle&rsquo;s legacy was honoured by musicians who performed his songs.<br /> <br /> In addition, organisers of the booth donated US$14,000 of equipment daily, including four Epiphone Casino guitars which Lennon consistently used throughout his career.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;With a artiste like Bob Marley wid such a strong message, there should have been a presence. The Lennon people were spreading his message with song like Imagine an&rsquo; Give Peace a Chance,&rdquo; said Smith. &ldquo;As Rasta, our message of One Love, Africa Unite...none of dat was there.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Smith, who played on three of Marley&rsquo;s albums, believes because the reggae king is identified as a musician with the Gibson guitar, that company could have been approached to manufacture a Marley brand.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yuh could come up wid a guitar dat&rsquo;s affordable fi some likkle youth who put together a band. Dem woulda want a Bob Marley guitar,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> This year&rsquo;s NAMM was attended by high-profile artistes such as Stevie Wonder and Grammy-winning rock band Toto.<br /> <br /> First held in 1901, the NAMM is the world&rsquo;s largest music trade show. The top manufacturers of instruments are represented at the show, which is also held annually in Frankfurt, Germany.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12634604/184320_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:00 AM