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 &lsquo;Muta&rsquo; to get lauded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Muta--to-get-lauded-_67520 By Simone Morgan-Lindo Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com DUB poet and radio personality Mutabaruka will be one of several people honoured at the Jamaica Poetry Festival scheduled for the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St Andrew, on August 14.<br /> <br /> The Rastafarian poet is slated to be the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.<br /> <br /> Festival organiser, Yasus Afari said the tribute to the dub poet was a fitting one, due to his contribution to the arts over the years.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He has been a principal person, not only in this event but he is also very instrumental in Poetry in Motion for the last 13 years. We want to celebrate people who have been consistent in pioneering and developing the arts. He has used his poems to empower and motivate others,&rdquo; Afari told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Mutabaruka is known for his hard-hitting poems including Every Time I Ear di Sound, Outcry and Swing.<br /> <br /> In addition to Mutabaruka, the six-year-old festival will also be paying tribute to poet laureate Professor Mervyn Morris, literary canon Kamau Brathwaite, and late author June Jordan.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The aim is to highlight through the visuals their achievements and impact on the arts over the years,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Afari said poetry, while not as respected as other art forms, continues to play a very vital role in daily activities.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is critically important to reggae/dancehall and the spoken word. Every song is a poem, really. Poetry is everything to all forms of music. It helps to express our most deepest feelings and proper values and attitudes are dependent on it. It helps us to release our feelings,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Because it doesn&rsquo;t have the big appeal, we understand why corporate Jamaica doesn&rsquo;t give much support, but we are appreciative of whatever sponsorship we receive. Back in the days when we started Poetry in Motion, we didn&rsquo;t even have a hundred patrons but now we have several hundred ... so we are getting somewhere,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Scheduled to perform at this year&rsquo;s festival are Morris, Afari, Nabbie Natural, Yeza Rebel, Susie Maine, De Maveric, five Canadian poets, El Jones (poet laureate of Halifax), Ahmed Knowmadic &mdash; The Somalian, Scruffmouth (Canadian national footballer), Bro Sankofa Juba and Prufrock Shadowrunner (Canada&rsquo;s Slam Poetry Champion) who recently represented Canada in France. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165524/217715_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 12:00 AM Dancehall Night lives up to billing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dancehall-Night-lives-up-to-billing_68147 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter THE jury is still out on whether this was the biggest dancehall night ever at Reggae Sumfest. But what is indisputable is that a massive audience turned out on Friday to take in the first of the two live performances at this year&rsquo;s festival.<br /> <br /> New festival chairman Josef Bogdanovich called it the biggest ever dancehall night, hinting that there was between 15,000 and 20,000 people inside the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is just awesome. They say it&rsquo;s the biggest night ever&hellip;I guess it&rsquo;s bigger than Kartel, he was the biggest. I am thinking about 15,000 to 20,000 will be here before the night is done. They are all coming to see Bounty, Beenie and Popcaan&hellip; The vibe is wonderful. For next year, I am looking to find international sponsors. The sponsors here have a limited budget based on my vision for more expansion to make it a solid festival, and what a showing we are having tonight which shows what can happen for reggae music,&rdquo; he told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, former chairman-turned-producer Robert Russell was reluctant to nail down a precise number of patrons, opting to wait on gate receipt figures. But he was clear it was one of the biggest crowds he had seen at the festival on this specific night of performances.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;2016 dancehall night is one of our best, when we get the figures we will be able to say definitely. I have been taught not to estimate crowds but we have a good audience, which is definitely better that last year and the year before,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Numbers aside, in the face of no clear-cut front-runner in the local dancehall &lsquo;game&rsquo;, the fraternity truly pulled out the stops to deliver a good showing of itself. However, at the end of the night, it was the veterans Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, perennial favourites Romain Virgo and I-Octane and current campaigners Dexta Daps and Nesbeth, who got the best out of the thousands who stood for hours inside the park.<br /> <br /> The warlord, Bounty Killer clad in his trademark full black, was in his element for the duration of his 40-minute set. It was classic Bounty dropping the hits of his more than 20-year career. He has long made known his disappointment with the organisers dropping the international night title, noting that there are enough reggae and dancehall acts who have made it on the international stage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We nuh have no international night but mi have international voice,&rdquo; he declared at near 5:00 am.<br /> <br /> With that, he launched into a string of hits he has done which made inroads on the international market. Vocalist Aisha Davis was brought in to lend her vocals to<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s A Party, and Catherine Hall became a dancefloor. The veteran deejay also shared his stage with his 19-year-old son Major Myjah, Boom Dandimite and US-based, Jamaican-born act Safaree.<br /> <br /> Earlier, it was an emotional performance from Nesbeth which had some, including the artiste, teary eyed. He dedicated his performance to his late wife. With his children wearing full white and carrying lit candles in the background and a photo gallery of the couple&rsquo;s wedding displaying on the jumbo screens, Nesbeth crouched on the stage monitors and delivered a touching rendition of<br /> <br /> Gone Too Soon, a ballad he wrote for his wife whom he described as his real inspiration. This would segue into his monster hit<br /> <br /> My Dream, which helped to change the mood in the park and had the audience cheering wildly.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;Mr 7 Eleven&rsquo;, Dexta Daps was not in the &lsquo;bag a long talking&rsquo; mood from the moment he stepped onto the stage at 3:30 am, announcing &ldquo; less talk is the best talk!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> With that, he went into a workman-like performance dedicated to the predominantly female audience and they loved every moment of the 25 minutes he gave them. The hits including<br /> <br /> Chinese Jordan, Jealous Ova and<br /> <br /> Shabba Madda Pot all went over well.<br /> <br /> Ever since his introduction to the Jamaica audience as the winner of Digicel Rising Stars, Romain Virgo has always been a crowd-pleaser. In a lineup of deejays, the St Ann singer&rsquo;s music added a slice of diversity to the night&rsquo;s offering. His personal mantra of performing each show like his last was clear to see as he seemed to have put his everything into each track.<br /> <br /> In under 10 years, dreadlocked singjay I-Octane has carved out a name for himself. Having closed dancehall night in the past, he is widely regarded as a staple on the Sumfest line-up and one who consistently delivers masterful performances at each showing. Declaring he was not seeking the accolades for his performance, what he demonstrated on stage is worthy of commendation as he too understands what his audience needs and put out there for them to enjoy.<br /> <br /> It is rare that King of the Dancehall Beenie Man is dismal on stage. Charged with closing the night, in his inimitable style, he was able to arouse his audience and have them singing and waving to his music at well after 6:00 am. With a deep catalogue of hits he was able to draw on this arsenal, just shoot off the opening lines and have his audience pick up with rapid fire.<br /> <br /> The night&rsquo;s openers including Magnum queen Clymaxx, Montego Bay&rsquo;s Ricky Teets, Dre Zee, would serve their purpose in keeping the early birds entertained, but it was the entry of Devin Di Dakta which signalled the start of star time at 11:00 pm. He is truly demonstrating his growth as an artiste and was determined to make his mark on his very first Sumfest stage.<br /> <br /> This gave way to the likes of Charly Blacks, Tanto Blacks (whose on-stage antics saw him falling flat on his face), dancer-turned-artiste Chi Ching Ching, Ding Dong, Don Andre and the very current Masicka.<br /> <br /> Over the years, the performance by female deejay Spice has been eagerly anticipated. This year, while she was entertaining, she failed to up the ante and top her previous productions. <br /> <br /> Reggae Sumfest ended last night with Reggae Night. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165497/217830__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165498/217851__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165495/217839__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165501/217834__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165500/217843__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165493/217837__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165494/217831__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165492/217852__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165491/217833__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165503/217841__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165504/217849__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165505/217835_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165506/217838__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 1:00 AM Don Andre hits back at Spice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Don-Andre-hits-back-at-Spice_68146 Newcomer Don Andre, who recently stepped into the limelight thanks to his popular track Tom Cruise and the accompanying dance move, has snapped back at deejay Spice for comments she made during her performance on stage at Reggae Sumfest on Friday.<br /> <br /> In a statement, Don Andre called out the artiste &mdash; whose given name is Grace Hamilton &mdash; noting his displeasure with what he calls insults hurled at him from the stage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Spice needs to leave me alone and work on getting an up-to-date number one song like Tom Cruise. Her last number one song was two years ago. Right now, she&rsquo;s working desperately in the streets for a song to hit like Tom Cruise&hellip; Spice needs to find back her gear, she&rsquo;s running out of steam,&rdquo; the statement read in part.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Anywhere there is success, there is always a hater trying to stop it. Tom Cruise is in high rotation in several countries and the most popular dancehall move right now,&rdquo; it continued.<br /> <br /> During her performance, Spice did a parody of the popular song in which she made fun of the dance moves hinting of its effeminate nature. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165490/217848__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 12:00 AM Stitchie giving it his all http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Stitchie-giving-it-his-all_68143 ON Friday, Stitchie will suit up for his headline appearance at &lsquo;3 In 1&rsquo;, a show scheduled for Cookies Sports Bar and Restaurant in Portmore.<br /> <br /> It is the the veteran toaster&rsquo;s latest secular gig. He says fans can expect a mix of gospel and the dancehall songs that made him a star in the 1980s and 1990s before his conversion to Christianity.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If I am the light of the world, wherever God sends me I will go,&rdquo; Stitchie told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> In recent times, he has performed on several non-gospel shows, including the 2015 Rebel Salute, where he did a number of his dancehall songs to the delight of a full house.<br /> <br /> He said his current set is a blend of inspirational material and dancehall songs, like Wear Yuh Size and Night And Day, which finds favour with fans as far away as Scandinavia where he retains a loyal following.<br /> <br /> Come Saturday, he has top billing at Cookies, which is located in the heart of &lsquo;Back Road&rsquo;, a notorious Red-Light district lined with &lsquo;hotels&rsquo; and go-go clubs. Backing him will be the Kingz Fi Dem Band, led by Howard &lsquo;Stretch&rsquo; Dalhouse, former guitarist with the Riddim Kings Band that worked with Stitchie in the late 1980s and early 1990s.<br /> <br /> He sees nothing wrong with incorporating his secular songs in his set.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It represents who I am and tells where I&rsquo;m coming from. It&rsquo;s a testimony to where I am now,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The hilarious Wear Yuh Size announced Lieutenant Stitchie (as he was known then) in 1986. It was followed by a string of hit songs, including Natty Dread and Great Ambition, which earned him a contract with Atlantic Records.<br /> <br /> He did three albums with that major label, the last being 1993&rsquo;s Rude Boy. In 1997, he declared his conversion to Christianity and has since released a number of well-received gospel albums and songs.<br /> <br /> His latest effort is Salt And Light, which includes the songs War Path and Letter To God, as well as collaborations with dancehall acts Agent Sasco, Richie Spice and Fantan Mojah.<br /> <br /> According to Stitchie, much of his time is spent ministering to lost souls, touring, and distributing his diverse catalogue throughout the world.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The fans love the music yuh nuh. The dancehall stuff always have a crowd, but gospel really put mi on a whole different platform,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Singer Rick Anthony, deejays Peter Metro and Lieutenant Brooksie, singer Alicia Flemings and Anthony will also perform at 3 In 1. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165584/217847__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 12:00 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Super Cat puts in workmanlike performance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Super-Cat MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Veteran deejay Super Cat put in a workmanlike performance at Sumfest this morning inside the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> The Don Dada reeled off lyrics from his vast catalogue which kept hardcore dancehall fans rocking.<br /> <br /> Some of the songs he delivered were Watch out mek me come down, Dem no worry we, Under Pressure and Jamaica, Jamaica.<br /> <br /> But it was when he performed Boops, that he sent patrons wild.<br /> <br /> Luciano and Taurus Riley are the two remaining acts.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13166806/supercat_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 5:25 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Barrington Levy brings back memories of early dancehall days http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Barrington-Levy MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Veteran dancehall crooner Barrington Levy's performance inside the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex this morning brought back vivid memories of the original dancehall days of the 1980s, as Sumfest's Reggae Night winds down.<br /> <br /> The seasoned reggae ambassador went down memory lane with songs like Too experienced, Living Dangerously, Prison Oval Rock, 21 Girls Salute, Murderer, Broader than Broadway, Black, Black Roses and more.<br /> <br /> At one point he was accompanied on stage by King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man then on another occasion by rapper, Shine Head.<br /> <br /> The 'No Put it Deh' singer made way for another vintage dancehall act, Super Cat.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13166800/B-levy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:30 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Sanchez brought the house down http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sanchez-brought-the-house-down MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Reggae singer Sanchez brought the house down with his exceptional vocal skills as Reggae Night of Sumfest got into high gear at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> For the greater part of his act, Sanchez had the patrons singing along and dancing as his crisp voice belted out Hallelujah, One in a million,  Wild Sanchez,   Lonely wont leave me and much more.<br /> <br /> He was also well received during the segment he used to pay tribute in song to late reggae superstars: Dennis Brown, Gregory Issacs, Tenor Saw, Sugar Minott and Bob Marley.<br /> <br /> Before his departure a medley of gospel songs converted the venue into a Sunday morning church service atmosphere.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13166546/sanchez_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 3:04 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Busy Signal delivers versatile set http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Busy-Signal MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Busy Signal gave a versatile performance on Sumfest's Reggae Night at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> He started out with One More Night, Night Shift, Miss You, Reggae Music Again and others on reggae beats.<br /> <br /> But, his act later revolved into dancehall as he picked up the tempo and delved into Step Out, Naw Go A Jail Again, Wine Pon Di Edge and Bedroom Bully among others.<br /> <br /> Towards the end of his stint, the "hot head" reacted angrily when he was informed how much time he had remaining in his set.<br /> <br /> Acts to come include: Sanchez, Super Cat, Taurus Riley  and Luciano.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13166468/Busy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:10 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Chris Martin scores big at Sumfest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Chris-Martin MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Christopher Martin scored big on Reggae Night of Sumfest here at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> With a balanced blend of showmanship and high quality vocals he seemed incapable of striking a wrong chord.<br /> <br /> The Big Deal singer, who had the audience eating out of his hand, elicited wild cheers from the females and "blanks" from the males.<br /> <br /> The former Digicel Rising Stars singer reeled off a number of hits from his vast catalogue including I'm Pirate, Take My love, Don't Love Me later, Chill Spot, Don't Let Me Get Caught, and Big Deal.<br /> <br /> He was joined for a short stint by D Major.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13166346/Chris_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 12:53 AM NYOJ students get US scholarship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/NYOJ-students-get-US-scholarship_68069 FOUR National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) students recently left the island to represent Jamaica for four weeks at the prestigious Luzerne Music Centre, Lake Luzerne in New York. The camp ends on August 13.<br /> <br /> The students &mdash; Ian Crossborne, Kamoy Gordon, Kymani Calder, and Devoy Ellis &mdash; were among hundreds who auditioned for the camp. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a wonderful opportunity to meet other musicians from around the world and also to exchange different cultures and feelings through music, which is our common language,&rdquo; said Calder, who is a trombonist.<br /> <br /> Crossbourne echoed similar sentiments.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s a great opportunity, as a young musician who just started playing my instrument about four years ago. I might not have a personal teacher, but I have made wonderful progress along the way and I&rsquo;m really looking forward to working with a professional trumpeter because I hear he is wonderful and I think I&rsquo;ll learn a lot and come back to Jamaica a better trumpeter,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The Luzerne Music Center (LMC) runs a summer music programme and performing arts centre where pre-college students who play strings, piano, brass, woodwind or percussion instruments live in residence at the camp, study music with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and perform concerts for eight weeks of the summer.<br /> <br /> NYOJ is a non-profit, non-government organisation driven by its mission to develop youth orchestras in Jamaica using classical music as a tool to inspire, empower and enhance the lives of at-risk youth. Through the provision of structured classical music training and instruction, the programme aims to instil core values such as discipline, perseverance and cooperation, and to foster the emotional and intellectual development of the students.<br /> <br /> The NYOJ began operations six years ago at St Andrew Technical High School and has since expanded to include six centres throughout Kingston, St Andrew and Spanish Town, operating six days a week with over 200 students registered from 28 different schools. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165410/217700_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, July 24, 2016 12:00 AM Sex rules http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sex-rules_67995 Tony Robinson Your affections are<br /> <br /> A sick man&rsquo;s appetite,<br /> <br /> Who desires most that<br /> <br /> Which would increase his evil.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Shakespeare,<br /> <br /> Coriolanus, I, 1<br /> <br /> Are <br /> <br /> they tying affections and desire with the increase of evil in some persons? True, it has been said that a bull in a heightened state of sexual arousal is a dangerous beast and will knock down barriers and jump high fences to get at a female to satisfy those urges. And it has been shown that animals, such as elephants, when they are in heat and looking to mate are rampaging creatures that will wreak havoc in the jungle. That&rsquo;s the power of sex.<br /> <br /> Man is no different, as we are ruled by sex. Almost everything revolves around that act, and even though many try to suppress this instinct, if not the urge, sex always seems to rise to the top of the discussions.<br /> <br /> People are most concerned when their sexuality comes into play and when you read the advice columns, you&rsquo;ll see how sex dominates the pages.<br /> <br /> Sex rules. Does it rule us? Are there too many rules, or do we rule sex? We&rsquo;ll find out right after these responses to &lsquo;Fat people&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Hi Teerob,<br /> <br /> I guarantee you&rsquo;re not going to win many friends with that article. Jamaicans either glorify fat or are defensive about it. Nobody in Jamaica admits to becoming fat from eating too much food. It&rsquo;s never their fault why they&rsquo;re fat. Add to this is the fact that walking is for the senseless, so what you have is a recipe for diabetes and hypertension. Good luck with this one.<br /> <br /> Monacia<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> Welcome to the 21st century where obesity is commonplace. We live in a fast food society with a sedentary lifestyle where a kid&rsquo;s main diet consists of fried food, hamburgers, patties and sugary soft drinks while snacking on French fries and ice cream. Children no longer run around kicking a football or play cricket in the street like we used to as kids. Instead, they bury themselves on the couch playing video games, engaged in social media on their smartphones. These habits continue into adulthood.<br /> <br /> Wickham <br /> <br /> I find it amazing that the media, including movies and television, will allow acts of violence to be shown, yet treat sex as if it&rsquo;s the dirtiest, nastiest, most disgusting thing on Earth. Movies will show people being shot, chopped, blown up, drawn and quartered, decapitated, yet balk at showing couples engaged in the act of sex. For those, the rating is XXX, accompanied by your parents, grandparents and a justice of the peace&hellip;.. or more. <br /> <br /> If you want to see sex you&rsquo;ll have to ogle those porn sites or watch the porn channel on cable. Sex is taboo and children are discouraged from even asking about it. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t ask me those questions, go wash out your mouth, go read yu book.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> And yet, sex rules. Sex has ruled since the dawn of time and will continue to rule forever. After all, it&rsquo;s sex that got us here, some by design, others by accident. &ldquo;Daddy, how did I get here?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The condom burst, my son.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Even now, sex education&hellip;hetero-sex education, is frowned upon and even discouraged by certain so-called intelligent, educated peoplehere and abroad. &ldquo;Under no circumstance should a child be taught sex education in schools. When the time comes, he or she will know what to do.&rdquo; Good luck with that one. They&rsquo;ll experiment with their peers in back alleys and empty classrooms or on the public buses. More children learn about sex from experimenting with their classmates than from what&rsquo;s taught to them by their parents. When last have you spoken to your children about sex? Yet you expect them to go forth into adulthood with no knowledge at all.<br /> <br /> On the wedding night it&rsquo;s the blind leading the deaf and dumb. &ldquo;How you mean you don&rsquo;t know what to do?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I thought you knew what to do.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> And yet the act is so important that a marriage is not considered legal until it&rsquo;s consummated. In other words, sex seals the deal.<br /> <br /> Even educated adults are ignorant about sex, based on the questions that they ask. &ldquo;If I have sex in the sea can I still get pregnant?&rdquo; &ldquo;If I have sex with a virgin will it cure my venereal disease?&rdquo; It&rsquo;s amazing how ignorant people are of sex, yet are so educated in other areas. It&rsquo;s mystifying how sex is the oldest activity known to man, yet treated with such ignorance.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, sex rules. It rules the hearts, minds and bodies of young teenagers who simply can&rsquo;t seem to get enough. It rules the loins of lusty young men going out on dates with libidinous young women, and it runs the life of those up-in-age greyback men who are always on the prowl, looking for young flesh.<br /> <br /> And what is sex for &ndash; procreation or pleasure? It depends on who you are. For some men, it&rsquo;s strictly pleasure as they lead a most hedonistic existence. There are women who live this way too, even though they are spoken of in disparaging tones. A man is glorified, a woman is vilified. &ldquo;What a guy, he&rsquo;s a stud.&rdquo; &ldquo;What a woman, she&rsquo;s a slut, she have white liver.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Ask a prostitute what sex is for and she&rsquo;ll say that it&rsquo;s strictly business, nothing else. Ask her customer and he&rsquo;ll say that it&rsquo;s for his gratification, pleasure, release and satisfaction. Whatever the reason, sex rules.<br /> <br /> Take sex out of the equation and there may be conflict and tension among people. It&rsquo;s when sex enters the relationship that the sparks and fireworks start to fly. It&rsquo;s when the sex hits the fan that the emotions get splattered all over the place.<br /> <br /> Sex brings down great men, as even the strongest among us can be destroyed by the wiles and guile of a sexy woman. History has proven this, as kings, generals, emperors, educators and politicians all fall to sex, for sex rules.<br /> <br /> Men use sex to rule and women use sex to control. Same tool, different uses, same result &mdash; power. They say that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Well, sex corrupts too, and powerful sex corrupts powerfully. <br /> <br /> Women will use sex to lure men with the promise of nuff niceness to come. She will dole it out lavishly, giving the man more than he can ever dream of then, when she has him, it&rsquo;s only leased on her terms, with no option to buy. That&rsquo;s the cry of many husbands and they all wonder with bewilderment, &ldquo;Where did the sex go?&rdquo; Sex rules.<br /> <br /> And the men do it too, as they&rsquo;ll perform all manner of sexual acrobatics on the women &mdash; twisting, turning, handling them like a wrangler controlling a horse. He is masterful in his delivery and superb with his stamina. He has her where he wants her and wields his power like a Samurai warrior flashes his sword.<br /> <br /> Sex is power, that&rsquo;s why men commit rape. It&rsquo;s not just to have sex with the woman, but to dominate her, at times humiliate her, subjugate her, let her know who&rsquo;s in charge, and do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Rape is the fantasy of many men, for sex rules.<br /> <br /> And there are women who also harbour this fantasy and like to be dominated, pinned down, ravished, taken by force &mdash; real or imagined. No wonder some women berate men after sex and say, &ldquo;Him too soff. I had to take charge and do everything.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This confuses many men, for when the woman cries, &lsquo;No, don&rsquo;t, stop,&rdquo; she often means, &lsquo;No, don&rsquo;t stop.&rdquo; But even though sex rules, sex also has rules. The law says that if the woman says no, she means no, even though she initially said yes. Even if the sex act starts and she says stop, he has to stop. That&rsquo;s the rule. It&rsquo;s so confusing, for some men have no brakes and won&rsquo;t get a break if she cries rape.<br /> <br /> Sex rules and we have to obey its calling, live with it, live without it, seek it, turn it down, give it up or enjoy it. It&rsquo;s so many things to so many different people. But what is true is that sex dominates mankind. It&rsquo;s in everything &mdash; commercials, music videos, magazines, thoughts and deeds. And yet, some still deny its existence. <br /> <br /> More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote: The result of sex rules can have a far-reaching effect on people&rsquo;s lives, the lives of young people shattered by unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases &mdash; both scenarios often caused by ignorance. Domestic violence is often the result of sex ruling the couple&rsquo;s life, as one thinks or finds out that the other is being sexually deceitful. <br /> <br /> Sex rules the ignorant and ignorance fuels the flames of sexual problems. Children, teenagers, adults, are clueless about this God-given gift that keeps mankind existing. And yet, to them, sex is taboo and should only be spoken of behind closed doors. I guess the birds and the bees do it and the stork brings babies to us all. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165363/217533__w300.jpg Local News Sunday, July 24, 2016 12:00 AM Big crowd at Nude Twisted Fantasies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Big-crowd-at-Nude-Twisted-Fantasies-_68011 EVEN though it was advertised for a 4:00 pm start, patrons didn&rsquo;t start streaming into the Fantasy Playground venue, St Georges Cliff in Hellshire, St Catherine, until minutes after 10:00 pm for the third edition of Nude Twisted Fantasies.<br /> <br /> By 11:00 pm, the venue was filled to capacity.<br /> <br /> The pool party delivered the experience and vibes patrons expected. <br /> <br /> DJ Lank, Coolshade Chris, Star Time and DJ Calico were part of the team that took control of the musical juggling, with hot selections both current and from yesteryear.<br /> <br /> Promoter Mario &lsquo;DJ Mario&rsquo; Wedderburn said he was overwhelmed by the support.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was an excellent vibe. The venue was packed to capacity and patrons really enjoyed themselves,&rdquo; he told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The &lsquo;Nude&rsquo; party series was first held in March last year. It returned for its second staging in March of this year but due to the overwhelming response, another edition was scheduled this summer.<br /> <br /> A number of persons from the entertainment fraternity, including party promoters Portmore Society and TNS (Team No Shirt), were among those in attendance.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163835/217566_45513_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163831/217568_45511_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163832/217564_45515_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163830/217563_45516_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163833/217621__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163829/217622__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 AM Sound systems rock MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sound-systems-rock-MoBay_68043 Philp Lemonte It was another home run for the organisers of Reggae Sumfest&rsquo;s Sound Explosion held at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday night.<br /> <br /> The well-attended event featured Stone Love Movements, Black Kat, Metro Media, Firelinks, Tony Matterhorn, and Montego Bay&rsquo;s own Pieces.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer caught up with Johnny Gourzong, COO of Summerfest Promotion &mdash; festival organisers, who said it was another successful Sumfest staging.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sound System Explosion is a new event added to the Reggae Sumfest line-up and we&rsquo;re pleased what we&rsquo;re seeing,&rdquo; he told the Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The event was well attended by a mixture of visitors and locals,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the event saw each sound system getting 30 minutes&rsquo; play, then it was reduced to 20, then 15.<br /> <br /> Stone Love Movements wooed the audience with its vast collection of vintage dubs to current. At the end of their set, patrons begged for more. Firelinks, who the mantle was passed to, kept the momentum going with an electrifying set.<br /> <br /> Some patrons, however, expressed disapointment that the event was not a clash, but mere juggling.<br /> <br /> Reggae Sumfest concludes this evening at Catherine Hall with Reggae Night. The line-up includes Super Cat, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Sanchez and Christopher Martin.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163491/217668_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163494/217662_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163495/217667_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163496/217661_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163497/217660_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163498/217663_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163499/217664_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:00 AM Junior Tucker show postponed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Junior-Tucker-show-postponed_68041 The Junior Tucker concert, dubbed The Spirit of Jazz Hotta, scheduled for the Wine Shop in Southdale Plaza (1 South Avenue) in St Andrew, has been postponed to a later date.<br /> <br /> According to Tucker, a minister of religion, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, September 25.<br /> <br /> The singer said the postponement is a result of him refocusing his attention on changing the location of his place of worship from the New Kingston Business Centre to Haining Road in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> In addition to Tucker, Suzanne Couch, Judy Emanuel, Jon Williams, Ian Hird, Desi Jones and Othneil Lewis were scheduled to perform.<br /> <br /> As a secular artiste, Tucker&rsquo;s career thrived in the 1990s when he was with Main Street Records. His song, Don&rsquo;t Test, peaked at 54 on the UK pop chart in 1989.<br /> <br /> He converted to Christianity nearly 20 years ago.<br /> <br /> His gospel albums include Brand New, Ready For The Rapture, and Victory &mdash; Worship From The Island II.<br /> <br /> &mdash; BW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13155125/216860_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;Steeling&rsquo; the audience&rsquo;s hearts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Steeling--the-audience-s-hearts_67791 SINGER Karen Smith, backed by Desi Jones & Friends, was the icing on a very entertaining evening at Sunday&rsquo;s Rhapsody in Steel: A Musical Feast at the Karram Speid Auditorium, St Andrew.<br /> <br /> Prior to the songstress, there were performances by the Bethel Steel Orchestra and UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was successful as a sizeable crowd turned out to be well entertained,&rdquo; Dr Audley Betton, chairman, fund raising committee &mdash; Church of St John the Evangelist, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> And entertained they were. The majority of Sunday&rsquo;s programme was a musical back and forth between the two steel bands. Their friendly rivalry amped up their onstage action with the enthusiasm quickly spilling over into the audience. <br /> <br /> While the song selection between the two stuck to the genres of gospel and reggae, it was clear which group was comfortable in their playing skills at either of the types. Bethel delivered pitch-perfect renditions of religious staples such as Psalm 3, If It&rsquo;s Not You by Kevin Downswell, and the Grace Thrillers&rsquo; Raise Your Hand. UWI Panoridim&rsquo;s opening piece<br /> <br /> Try Jah Love by Third World set their tone as they flawlessly knocked out modern pop pieces like Uptown Funk, Nesbeth&rsquo;s My Dream, and returning the core of steel pan music-soca closed off their time with Shurwayne Winchester&rsquo;s Dead or Alive.<br /> <br /> The two bands left a tough act to follow, but Smith was more than up to the task to keep the energy flowing, slowing down at the right times to allow patrons to catch their breath from singing and dancing along to her medley of Motown and Aretha Franklin covers, broken up by a quick tribute to bassist, Jackie Jackson.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve realised there&rsquo;s a niche for this sort of entertainment and have been trying to secure a main sponsorship,&rdquo; Betton added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163380/217610__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 AM Nicky Silk gets Sumfest break http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Nicky-Silk-gets-Sumfest-break_68032 For roots reggae artiste Nicky Silk, the call to perform on the Reggae Sumfest stage was like a dream come true.<br /> <br /> The St Mary-born, Ocho Rios-based artiste said after years of trying to make it locally, he was shocked when he heard he would be part of the line-up for tonight&rsquo;s Reggae Night at Reggae Sumfest alongside greats such as Super Cat, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Sanchez and Christopher Martin.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Oh My God, it is like heaven when I get that call that I was on Sumfest. For three to four days I was in shock, knowing how much I want to go on that stage. Now, I am getting the opportunity. This will be my biggest performance in Jamaica,&rdquo; Silk told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Silk has performed overseas and makes mention of the 1999 Roots Tour of Africa with Eddie Fitzroy, Lady Junie and acts from the Tuff Gong camp, which saw him taking to the stage in The Gambia, but said this performance at Sumfest is one he has always looked forward to.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am preparing to give my people nothing but the best. There are about 11 songs in my set, including my new single<br /> <br /> Good Woman and the remix of my track, Wondering Sheep. I am just gonna bless MoBay with this performance. Too much reckless livity taking place down there and I just want to touch their lives. I have a great message to deliver and I believe after this, all things will be added unto me. This is a real break for me that I have been dreaming of all my life and now I get this opportunity to do this. Great things are going to happen on that stage,&rdquo; Silk added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163318/217614__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13163319/217615_r400_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Nature electrifies Sumfest, calls for end to MoBay violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest201--Nature-electrifies-Sumfest--calls-for-end-to-MoBay-violence6 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Montego Bay native, Nature captivated his hometown audience with an electrifying performance on Sumfest's, Reggae Night now underway, here.<br /> <br /> The energetic reggae singer pranced around the stage as his powerful voice delivered Wasting Time, World peace, Warrior, Talking About a Revolution, among others.<br /> <br /> He called for an end to the violence overwhelming the city of Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13166085/nature_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:38 PM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Nicky Silk has crowd reminiscing on Garnett Silk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Nicky-Silk-has-crowd-reminiscing-on-Garnett-Silk MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Garnett Silk sound-alike, Nicky Silk, brought back memories of the late reggae star on Reggae Night of Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> He performed renditions of Garnett Silk's hits such as Lord Watch Over Our Shoulder Tonight, Keep Them Talking, Hello Mama Africa, Belly Full but Them Starving and more earned him cheers from around the venue.<br /> <br /> His performance followed that of a well received, Don I, who performed Time wait on no one, Put another reggae on top, Uncle come today.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165723/Nicki-Silk_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165724/DannI_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 11:01 PM #ReggaeSumfest2016: D-Medz gives early spark on Reggae Night http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--D-Medz-gives-early-spark-on-Reggae-Night MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; D-Medz provided an early spark during his debut on the Reggae Sumfest stage earlier on Reggae Night now underway here at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> Backed by the Warrior Love Band, the Clarendon native's deliveries of Youths Them a Champion, Rebel Soldier and Don't Follow Bad Company were well received.<br /> <br /> Acts to come later include, heavyweights such as Luciano, Super Cat, Sanchez, Taurus Riley, Christopher Martin among others. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165701/PHI_2575_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:37 PM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Bounty shines at Sumfest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Bounty-shines-at-Sumfest MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Bounty Killa delivered a commanding performance this morning on Sumfest here at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> He hooked the patrons with hits such as Can't believe Me Eyes, Anytime, Fed Up, Look into My Eyes, Born as Sufferer, among others.<br /> <br /> The "Five Star General"welcomed the absence of international acts from the reggae show.<br /> <br /> "This year there is a change. Never did a international night, but I really have a international voice," he quipped.<br /> <br /> He then introduced songstress, Aiesha for a collaboration.<br /> <br /> He went on to team up with his 19-year-old son, Major Myjah; Boom Dynamite, then a rapper called Safari.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165122/IMG_0531_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:44 AM PHOTOS: #ReggaeSumfest2016 entertainers rock the crowd on dancehall night  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016-entertainers-on-dancehall-night MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Patrons at last night's Reggae Sumfest, dubbed the greatest show on earth, were treated to selections from some of the industry's finest entertainers including Popcaan, Dexta Daps, Agent Sasco (Assassin) and Nesbeth.<br /> <br /> The artistes rocked the energetic crowd, dropping hit after hit in a night of good performances, creating some memorable moments on dancehall night.<br /> <br /> There have been no reports of incident.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164907/Popcaan_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164908/Agent-Sasco_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164911/Dexta-Daps_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164912/Nesbeth_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 7:00 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: I-Octane red hot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--I-Octane-red-hot MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash; I-Octane delivered a scorching set on the Dancehall stage of Sumfest this morning.<br /> <br /> With songs like Mama You Alone,<br /> <br /> My Life, No Man No Badda than Jah, Prison Life, Naw Watch Dem, Man A Suffer too Long, and more, the deejay kept the patrons rocking and screaming.<br /> <br /> He returned on stage to introduced Bounty Killa with whom he did a collaboration.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164848/IMG_0429_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164906/killa_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:44 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Romaine Virgo impresses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Romaine-Virgo-impresses MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash; Top flight crooner Romaine Virgo was in impressive form on Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex during the wee hours this morning.<br /> <br /> The St Ann native who wasted no time, had the crowd singing along as his strong voice carried the lyrics from songs such as Live Me Life, Who Feels it, Rain is Falling and many more around the venue.<br /> <br /> There was also a rousing reception when he sampled a couple selections from incarcerated deejay Buju Banton.<br /> <br /> Deejay Loyal Flames also joined the singer for a cameo act.<br /> <br /> This year the event, which is dubbed the best reggae show on earth, did not showcase any international acts.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164846/IMG_0355_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:20 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: A raunchy Spice delivers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--A-raunchy-Spice-delivers MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash;Raunchy female deejay, Spice, had the full attention of patrons at Reggae Sumfest currently underway at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.<br /> <br /> In between songs such as Needle Eye, So Me like it, her rendition of Hello and more, the gyrating deejay, interacted with her spell bound audience.<br /> <br /> "Everybody say a dem run dancehall so a who a run dancehall? Every artiste say a dem a de boss, who a de boss?" she questioned at one stage before getting into a selection.<br /> <br /> On another occasion she demanded: "<br /> <br /> Free World Boss".<br /> <br /> Horace Hines<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164731/IMG_0333_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:56 AM #ReggaeSumfest2016: Western artistes connect with hometown audience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-ReggaeSumfest2016--Western-artises-connect-with-hometown-audience MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash; Rhyme Minista connected with his hometown crowd on Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre.<br /> <br /> The hardcore deejay showed his versatility as he reeled off militant, romantic and spiritual lyrics.<br /> <br /> The Montego Bay artiste made way for another western Jamaica artiste, Charly Black, the "Country Boy" from Trelawny.<br /> <br /> Charly delivered among other songs, No Want No New Friend, Tired fe See We, Rich This Year, before the appearance of Tanto Blacks.<br /> <br /> Horace Hines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164656/IMG_0055_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13164703/IMG_0029_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:45 AM