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Jazz Experience a musical trek through Tobago
Trinidad Guardian, Sun 20 Apr 2014, 10:04 AM

Sunday, April 20, 2014John Legend.More than 40,000 visitors are in Tobago for the island’s biggest annual music event, the Tobago Jazz Experience, which got going yesterday and will continue until next Sunday. They will take part i

Ja’s homophobia on show
Jamaica Observer, Sun 20 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

TABOO Yardies, Jamaican film-maker Selena Blake's documentary about the indifferent treatment of gays in Jamaica, will be screened May 1-4 at the Firehouse Theater in Harlem, New York. Blake says Taboo Yardies has sparked healthy debate wherever it is shown. "We are having a dialogue that has been needed for a long time and I'm certain others are still talking about Taboo Yardies because of a two-week media campaign and screenings where the film screened at the Theological College of Jamaica,

All you need to know about GLENN JONES
Jamaica Observer, Sun 20 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

IN 1990, Don't Know Much, a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Three years earlier, the original version (All I Need to Know) by American singer Glenn Jones appeared on his self-titled album, but there was little fanfare. "Mine was never released as a single but it's (the Ronstadt/Neville cut) not as nice as my own. Might have been bigger because they won a Grammy," Jones told the Sunday Observer. Jones is amo

Jamaica’s OWN TAMEIKA DORMAN
Jamaica Observer, Sun 20 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

AFTER 10 years at Black Entertainment Television (BET), Jamaican Tameika Dorman decided last year it was time to move on. Her current job is at Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as an associate producer on its highly touted series, Love In The City. The show, which surrounds four best friends who share "life, loss, friendship and sex" premiered April 12. Dorman, who grew up in Portmore, says Love In The City is not another 'hot girls' show in the mould of Sex In The City and Desperate Housewives.

Boy, Oh
Jamaica Observer, Sun 20 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

BEN Stockman, CEO of Boy London, is currently in the island to launch the British company's Boy Jamaica line. According to Stockman, the Boy Jamaica pieces, while casual, "can rock any red carpet event or underground party". The Boy brand was founded in 1976 by Stephane Raynor. After a lull, it made a comeback six years ago when pop superstars such as Madonna, Rihanna, Jay Z, Keri Hilson and Lady Gaga began rocking the designs. "The brand now seeks to reposition itself on this side of th

Operation Save Alpha
Jamaica Observer, Sun 20 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

A MAJOR thrust is in the works to assist the troubled Alpha Boys School in Kingston. The initiative is headed by Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records; Michael Thompson, conceptualiser of the International Reggae Poster Contest; and Joshua Chamberlain, special projects manager at Alpha. Chin was in Kingston last week to meet with administrators at the school, located at South Camp Road. She says a committee will be formed to raise funds to help improve aspects of the 134-year-old institution

Songs for the 'holy' ones
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Easter is one of the periods where churches are guaranteed a surge, however temporary, in their congregations, as the sense of spirituality rises at the time of Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Monday.

'Beyond the Lens' resurfaces following discussions on film industry
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Theatre practitioners have once again sought to bring attention to an ailing film industry, rehashing the attempt at using a six-minute video presentation to point to the problems the arena faces.

'Anancy Chaptaz' bolstered by five-timer
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

The cast and crew of Anancy Chaptaz will have even more motivation as they prepare to host the next installment in the series after racking up an impressive haul at the recent Actor Boy Awards.

All's not lost - Alpha gears up to produce new generation of stars
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Amid confusion about an impending closure at Alpha Boys' School, the nursery of numerous Jamaican musical stars, the institution forges ahead with a multitude of plans to upgrade, improve and extend the school's curriculum.

Young Jamaican artiste shares Hollywood experience
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

The task was to come up with an illustration based on a story. His illustration was selected to be among the top 12 from across the world, the illustrators gifted with a trip to the famed city of Hollywood.

Mikey Tenor finds new direction with Jah
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Some sounds are golden. Like the late Tenor Saw's magical voice as he sang Ring the Alarm and other reggae favourites from the 1980s.

Regina Belle may not sing a line - Visits Jamaica for marriage seminar
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Four-time Grammy and Academy Award winning vocalist, Regina Belle, says she plans to take couples on a spiritual journey at the Acts of Faith International Ministries 'Marriage Seminar' at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville next weekend.

Ziggy Marley records for Grammy Museum
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

It seems director of the Grammy Museum, Bob Santelli has made good on his plans to record a series of celebrity interviews to be sent to the Bob Marley Museum as part of the Grammy Museum affiliation partnership.

Sugar Minott tribute struggles for sponsorship - Daughter asks for event to honour deserving legend
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

Reggae artiste Pashon Minott is calling for sponsors to come on board for the fourth staging of the annual Sugar Minott's Day Tribute, which is hosted at his studio, Youth Man Promotions in Kingston.

Tracking carnival - Real-time following of Bacchanal Road Parade available
Jamaica Gleaner, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

King Alarm has partnered with Bacchanal Jamaica to introduce the latest in tracking technology, KingTracker, to the event's road parade.

Flood of support for Noah
Jamaica Observer, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

THE St Andrew Parish Foundation hosted the premiere of the motion picture Noah, at Palace Amusement's Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, St Andrew, recently. The well-attended event was under the distinguished patronage of the Rt Rev Dr Howard Gregory, Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and Mrs Charmaine Gregory. "Oh behalf of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, it is indeed a pleasure to welcome supporters of the St Andrew Parish Foundation and the outreach projects of the St An

Sean Paul, Cure for Guyana's Easter Fest
Jamaica Observer, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

RECORDING artistes Sean Paul and Jah Cure are headliners for Guyana Easter Fest scheduled for Guyana National Stadium on Sunday. "I have not been to Guyana in a long time, so I'm excited to perform with my new band there and play all my new songs from the Full Frequency album for my Guyanese fans," Sean Paul said. Released in February, Full Frequency is Sean Paul's sixth studio album. Jah Cure was equally upbeat about the Guyana gig. "Guyana is one of my favourite places to perform. I love t

Marijuana March
Jamaica Observer, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

A NUMBER of local artistes are set to show their support for the legalisation of marijuana (ganja) during a march and mass rally set for the Corporate Area tomorrow. The march, organised by veteran reggae artiste Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions and the Rastafari Millennium Council, is aimed at furthering the debate on the legalisation of the weed which is considered a holy sacrament by followers of Rastafari. The march and motorcade is set to start at 10:00 am from the Mandela Park in Hal

Busha Mark sings for the females
Jamaica Observer, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

SINGJAY Busha Mark says he has high hopes for his latest single Gi Wi Di Gal Dem. Produced by House O Love and Anthony Moulton, the single was released yesterday. "This is a dance track which I believe will be a hit in the dancehalls and clubs. It is me basically expressing my love for the females worldwide. The riddim is contagious and the video is one that will have the viewer's undivided attention," Busha told Jamaica Observer. Born in Kingston, Busha Mark (given name Lee Jay Scott) began

Role change for Father Ho Lung
Jamaica Observer, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

AFTER 33 years as head and founder of the Kingston-based Missionaries of the Poor, Father Richard Ho Lung has stepped down. Ho Lung, 74, is succeeded by Bro Augusto Silot, a naturalised Jamaican, who was born in the Philippines. The announcement was made at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street in Kingston on Wednesday evening. "I felt it was the right time. Younger men will have to step forward and lead the Missionaries of the Poor into the future. I will still help and be active," he t

Original Rising Star launch
Jamaica Observer, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

A STRONG cast of old school artistes are scheduled to perform at a live show marking the official launch of the Original Rising Star sound system on Easter Monday. The event takes place at South Camp Road and features singers Jimmy Riley, Carl Dawkins, Puddy Roots, Pad Anthony, Mikey General and deejay Little Twitch. The show is produced by deejay Bucky Ranks (Clive Buckley) whose son Marlon 'Bad Indian' Mitchell is selector for the London-based Original Rising Star. Studio Mix, a Waterhouse

Charley's JB Rum WataWar
Jamaica Observer, Sat 19 Apr 2014, 07:04 AM

THE popular party returns on Easter Monday for its third staging at Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay. According to a spokesperson for sponsors Charley's JB Rum, WataWar gets bigger each year. "Our event has been growing immensely since we launched it in 2012. This is due largely to the high quality of entertainment we provide for our patrons," said the spokesperson. "This year the Hurricane Gilbert theme is sure to cause a lot of excitement. Those who experienced it will remember Hurricane Gilber

Chris Brown trial set for Monday
Jamaica Observer, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set Monday as the start date for the assault trial of singer Chris Brown in the nation's capital. During a brief court appearance Friday in which he wore a suit and tie, Brown turned to wave and salute supporters in the courtroom including his mother and the rapper Bow Wow. The case that begins Monday is significant for the Grammy winner not only because he faces up to six months in jail but also because if convicted he could face additional penalties, inclu

Bacchanal J'Ouvert hits the beach today
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 10:04 PM

Following the success of the Mas Camp Friday night series, Bacchanal will host its annual beach fête today.

JB WataWar to recreate Hurricane Gilbert
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 10:04 PM

The promoters of the popular JB WataWar water party are looking forward to another successful staging of the event.

JCDC preaches goodwill through kids' song contest
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 10:04 PM

Contestants are one step closer to becoming the top gospel singer in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Children's Gospel Competition 2014 for 24 soloists and groups in an inaugural Palm Sunday Semi-Final Concert...

Big dancehall acts line up for festival in Queens
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 10:04 PM

The inaugural Oracabessa Festival is scheduled for May 26 and has already booked some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Annual Earth Day Competition winners to be announced next week
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 10:04 PM

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) will be hosting its annual Earth Day Competition awards ceremony and exhibition on Wednesday.

Miami hosts 'Caribbean: Crossroads of the World'
Jamaica Observer, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 08:04 PM

MIAMI (AP) — One of the opening images in ‘Caribbean: Crossroads of the World’ features a massive nuclear submarine breaking the surface off what appears to be a cold northern coastline, with evergreens that would never thrive in tropical weather. The painting by Cuban-born Julio Larraz imagines the technological evolution of semi-submersibles already used in the tropics for drug smuggling. Curator Elvis Fuentes hung it next to three artworks depicting Haitians crowded onto cr

Concert tribute to Sundar Popo
Trinidad Guardian, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

Friday, April 18, 2014Come June 27-28, Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP) will stage a tribute concert to the late Sunday Popo at the Sundar Popo Auditorium, Southern Academy of the Performing Arts, San Fernando.

Just ‘close friends,’ no love match up
Trinidad Guardian, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

Friday, April 18, 2014Arjun Kapoor and Alia BhattBollywood thought that they saw what was the latest and youngest love match-up between Alia Bhatt and her 2 States co-star Arjun Kapoor, but according to Bhatt, that may not be so.  

The Saint returns to Naparima Bowl
Trinidad Guardian, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 03:04 AM

Friday, April 18, 2014Ralph Maraj as Vishnu and Beverly Ann Seupaul as Seeta in the play.Ralph Maraj’s The Saint, which had a successful season last year, returns to the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, May 2 to 3 at 8 pm and May 4 at 5.30 pm.  

15 y-o enters Pulse contest
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

Krystal Burnett, a 15 year-old student at Ocho Rios High School, has entered the 2014 Pulse Search....

M7 takes Marbana to Portland
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

M7 Events has announced that the lifestyle entertainment group will be hosting Marbana at Frenchmen's Cove in Port Antonio, Portland, on Sunday.

BEST BETS
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

Beach JOuvert (Sat, April 19)Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert, at James Bond Beach, Oracabessa, St Mary.

FIVE THINGS
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

MOVIES See the controversial Noah, showing at the cinemas this weekend PARTY IN PORTLAND Check out Black and White Easter Affair, fish fry and dance at Love Shack Lawn, Kensington, Portland, tomorrow.

10 named to music symposium steering committee
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

After a successful symposium to discuss the creative industries from March 28-29, the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) has named the members of the Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) Music Symposium Steering Committee.

Carmen Verity recalls lifetime in music
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

We always had music in our home, Carmen Verity told me. I was chatting with the former music and art teacher recently on the steps of the Ozanam Home in St Andrew, where she now resides.

Kalado releases Personally video
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

Dancehall entertainer Kalado has released a music video for his latest single, Personally.

EVENTS LISTING
Jamaica Gleaner, Fri 18 Apr 2014, 12:04 AM

PARTIESFri, April 18 - Pwilchild Birthday Bash, at Shoppy Car Wash, Stony Hill.

Old-school artistes for Rising Star sound system launch Monday
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 11:04 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A strong cast of old school artistes are scheduled to perform at a live show marking the official launch of the Original Rising Star sound system on Easter Monday. The event takes place at South Camp Road and features singers Jimmy Riley, Carl Dawkins, Puddy Roots, Pad Anthony, Mikey General and deejay Little Twitch. The show is produced by deejay Buckey Ranks (Clive Buckley) whose son Marlon 'Bad Indian' Mitchell is selector for the London-based Original Rising Star.

Tydal heads to the US
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 10:04 AM

Following the February release of his EP, The Journey of a Young Warrior, singjay Tydal makes his American show debut this weekend. He is billed for three shows — on April 18 and 19 in Alabama and April 20 in Columbus, Ohio. "First impression lasts, so I am going to give a good account of myself, connect with the people with a great energy and represent my country, team Master One (his management) and my family in the best way possible," said Tydal, who is also promoting his latest s

Supa Dups story
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

DWAYNE 'Supa Dups' Chin-Quee has had a decorated career as a producer. He has worked with a long list of heavyweights in dancehall, rhythm and Blues and hip hop. With three Grammy Awards to his credit and hits on the Billboard pop charts, he says there is still more to be accomplished. "Just like anything else success comes with hard work and making the right decisions. To be successful in music you have to love it before anything else. Wanting to be in music for any other reason than that you

Kafinal salutes Dekker
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

SINGER Kafinal pays tribute to reggae pioneer Desmond Dekker with his latest song, Road Tonight. It is inspired by Israelites, Dekker's 1968 international hit. The Canada-based singer/actor is best known in Jamaica for the 2004 song Cooking Dat Pwile, on which he teamed with Sambo. Kafinal says he recorded Road Tonight to honour Dekker and help keep his legacy alive. "For the most part we wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Desmond Dekker, based on the familiarity in voice and it would

More fun for Beach J'ouvert
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

SOCA fans making the annual trek to Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, are to come prepared more. "The entertainment package will be more compared to previous years. There'll be two singers, a live band, and five disc jocks," said Michael Ammar, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica. "There'll be more paint, more fun, and an enchanced experience for both VIP and general patrons," he said. According to Ammar, more bars will be placed in the general area for easier a

High praises for local theatre
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

DESPITE the challenges, 2013 was a good year for the local theatre industry. That's the view of Tanya Batson-Savage, head of the panel of adjudicators for the Actor Boy Awards. Speaking at Monday's awards at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Batson-Savage noted that the year saw 30 productions taking to the stage representing a rich blend of themes and genres from tragedies to musicals, comedies and what she noted was a "growing breadth of plays for children". She, however, heaped he

D'Midas touch
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

TRINIDADIAN costume designer and band leader Stephen Derek is excited about his appearance at this month's Bacchanal road march. The march, which concludes the season, will be held April 29 in the Corporate Area. Derek was part of the Jamaican carnival scene in the mid-1980s. He was invited by band leader Byron Lee to assist with the launch of his Jamaica Carnival. "It's been a while since I have been to Jamaica carnival so I am anxious to see what improvement it has made and where it is now,

DJ Jigsy King bats for the girls
Jamaica Observer, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 09:04 AM

VETERAN dancehall artiste Jigsy King is appealing to women to set higher standards for themselves. He stated that low self-esteem on their part is a contributing factor to the breakdown of dancehall music. "Back in the days, we couldn't deejay anything derogatory about females as they would not support it; now some of them are dancing to anything. How can an artiste even think about writing a line like 'Upgrade you from germs tun yuh inna wifey'? This is unacceptable," he said. The entertaine

An internet treat for pan lovers
Trinidad Guardian, Thu 17 Apr 2014, 02:04 AM

Thursday, April 17, 2014NIU Pan Graduates who will in be concert this month from left, Josanne Francis, Christina Guerrero, Emily Lanxner, Yuki Nakano and Mike Schwebke.Ray Funk and Andrew Martin