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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Jamaican music take spotlight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaican-music-take-spotlight_93627 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior writer johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com From the opening notes of the national anthems of Jamaica and the United States of America it was clear that the concert featuring the Inspirational Chorale of the University of Arkansas would have been a great evening of music.<br /> <br /> Along with the Kingston College Chapel Choir, the visiting choir performed at the 353-year-old St Andrew Parish Church in the heart of Half-Way-Tree, as part of their recent Jamaican mini tour, and delivered a varied and thoroughly enjoyable performance last Tuesday.<br /> <br /> The evening&rsquo;s standout performance has to go to the the rendition of Clyde Hoyte&rsquo;s O&rsquo;er Our Blue Mountain with soloist Christopher MacRae, and the chorale in support. MacRae&rsquo;s tenor voice beautifully captured Hoyte&rsquo;s text and the arrangement of Noel Dexter. The soft tones of the supporting voices added to the texture required of this Jamaican gem.<br /> <br /> Speaking to the Jamaica Observer following his performance, which was greeted with spontaneous applause, MacRae, who is a member of the faculty at the University of Arkansas, noted how pleased he was to have been given this beautiful piece of Jamaican music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is such beautiful music and words. What is interesting is that it is so Jamaican... not ska or reggae, but Jamaican nonetheless. I was so pleased to have presented it here in Jamaica and to be so warmly received makes it extra special.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Both choirs would combine their voices on Noel Dexter&rsquo;s arrangement of Psalm 150 &mdash; O Praise Ye The Lord. Again it was a pleasure to hear the work of a Jamaican being performed by non-Jamaican choir. Despite its infectious nature, the performance could have been from a few rehearsals of the combined choirs in order to ensure a seamless blend of voices. The treble voices of the young men from Kingston College was somewhat overpowering. But judging by the applause at the end of this performance, this seems to have not been important to the audience.<br /> <br /> The University of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale was founded in 1977 to give voice to the black students at the institution the ability to express their faith and culture through music. Today the chorale is racially mixed but their repertoire still rests heavily on the sound of the black American church. <br /> <br /> A number of the pieces performed was in the &lsquo;praise and worship&rsquo; style. Choristers raised hands, clapped and stomped through the performances without affecting the overall sound of the choir or loving the entertainment value. Take it to the Lord in Prayer, Blessed Assurance, He Shall Purify, My Soul&rsquo;s been Anchored in the Lord and Even Me were done in this style. The chorale took Even Me to an even higher level inviting audience participation breaking to song down into four parts &mdash; soprano, alto, tenor and bass &mdash; with audience members singing the respective voices.<br /> <br /> The spirited version of Joyful Joyful, from the soundtrack of the movie Sister Act, followed by Total Praise wrapped the performance.<br /> <br /> The Kingston College Chapel Choir represented themselves well in their varied presentations which included Praise My Soul The King of Heaven, Exultate Cantamos Festivo and the Negro Spiritual Hush.<br /> <br /> Tuesday&rsquo;s performance was hosted by the St Andrew Parish Foundation with proceeds going to its charitable causes. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13735846/266578_92590_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13735850/266576_92589_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:00 AM Veteran band celebrates 50th anniversary in 2018 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Veteran-band-celebrates-50th-anniversary-in-2018_93633 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer A play based on the life and music of Jacob Miller is among the events that will mark Inner Circle&rsquo;s 50th anniversary next year.<br /> <br /> The band&rsquo;s co-founder Ian Lewis told the Jamaica Observer that the play opens in May at the Little Theatre in Kingston when Miller, who died in March 1980, would have turned 68.<br /> <br /> The play will have two dates, followed the next day by a free concert at Emancipation Park, headlined by Inner Circle.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are blessed to be out there still actively touring. Once yuh working like dat, it keep di creative juices flowing,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Lewis, a bass player, co-founded Inner Circle in 1968 with his older brother Roger on rhythm guitar, Stephen &ldquo;Cat&rdquo; Coore on guitar, and keyboardist Michael &ldquo;Ibo&rdquo; Cooper.<br /> <br /> They reaped from a purple patch during the 1970s when Miller led them on classics like Tenement Yard, Forward Ever, Backward Never, and Disciplined Child.<br /> <br /> After Miller died in a motor vehicle accident in Kingston, the Lewis brothers settled in Miami, where they fashioned Inner Circle&rsquo;s second coming in the early 1990s with the mega hits Bad Boys and Sweat.<br /> <br /> Today they operate a successful recording studio in north Miami and tour tirelessly. Ian Lewis, 64, says while they are thankful for the success, losing Miller at the peak of his prowess still hurts 36 years later.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;That was a pitfall for us and dat&rsquo;s a reason why this documentary is so important to us,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;This documentary&rsquo; is a feature film tracing the band&rsquo;s roots at Jamaica College to the Miller era and Miami years. A celebratory book is also in the making.<br /> <br /> Roger Lewis, 66, and keyboardist Bernard &ldquo;Touter&rdquo; Harvey are the other survivors from the classic 1970s line-up. Guitarist Mick Sterling, singer Trevor Bonnick and drummer Lancelot Hall complete the current line-up.<br /> <br /> Ian Lewis is excited about the band&rsquo;s golden anniversary, especially the play which he is co-writing. While Miller&rsquo;s songs will play a major role, he said it is not only about music.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A lot of people feel dat when dem come to America is a bed of roses, but it&rsquo;s not. Yuh have to get a education an&rsquo; work hard to mek it, an&rsquo; dat&rsquo;s what wi trying to bring across.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12894636/198865_30188_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13736424/ZZ43B431DF_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:00 AM Biggie&rsquo;s buzz at Sting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Biggie-s-buzz-at-Sting_93516 By Sade Gardner Observer writer ON Boxing Day, 1996, superstar rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) made his way on stage for Sting, at Jamworld in Portmore, St Catherine. <br /> <br /> The occasion was memorable for two reasons: Sting was a hard-core dancehall show, and the rotund Biggie delivered his set in a wheelchair as his broken leg was in a cast.<br /> <br /> Isaiah Laing, founder of Sting, explained the reason behind having the rapper on dancehall&rsquo;s biggest show.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Rap and dancehall are like cousins; notice how rap music came out of dancehall. Biggie, at that time, was the biggest rapper in the world. We went and talked to him about it and it was not hard like people thought it would be,&rdquo; Laing told the Sunday Observer. &ldquo;It was actually easy, especially since he has Jamaican connections. We flew him out on the morning of the 26th and he did the show in the night at 2:30 am. He brought out the Get Rich Crew as well. It was a good 15-minute performance.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> According to the LA Times, the Brooklyn-born rapper broke his leg in three places in a car accident on September 13, 1996 and was hospitalised for over two months.<br /> <br /> Notorious B.I.G. (given name Christopher Wallace) had Jamaican ties through his mother Voletta Wallace, a Trelawny native. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting on March 9, 1997 at the age of 24. This month marks 20 years since his death.<br /> <br /> Laing said Sting was Biggie Smalls&rsquo; last international performance.<br /> <br /> Regarded as the greatest rapper of all time, Notorious B.I.G &mdash; through his partnership with Bad Boy Records CEO Sean &ldquo;Puffy&rdquo; Combs &mdash; is known for songs like Juicy, Big Poppa, One More Chance, Get Money, Hypnotize and<br /> <br /> Mo Money Mo Problems. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13735661/266513_92564_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13279440/227920_55127_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:00 AM One to watch: Shantol Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/One-to-watch--Shantol-Jackson_93645 By Sade Gardner Observer writer &ldquo;When you go on a stage never act, become.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> This advice from local stage and screen legend Leonie Forbes has become a mantra for up-and-coming actress Shantol Jackson. The 23-year-old, who is becoming one to watch in local film, television and theatre, can currently be seen in playwright Dahlia Harris&rsquo;<br /> <br /> Country Wedding, and has two films &mdash; Sugar and Sprinter &mdash; which are currently doing the circuit.<br /> <br /> Jackson&rsquo;s journey has been filled with challenges, but she was always one to see the positives. Growing up in Portmore, St Catherine, she lived with her father and stepmother and was always a timid child, but it was while attending Southborough Primary School, that her artistic abilities were recognised. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I started doing music and speech. I had two teachers in grade 4 and 5 who taught us folk songs and how to play instruments, so I did that every lunch time. I entered the first staging of Miss Southborough and won Best Talent for a poem I did written by my grade 5 teacher. I also won the competition. The passion was there but not yet developed,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> It was at Ardenne High School where Jackson honed her affinity for drama. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;You could always find me in the drama room with Suzanne Beadle. That&rsquo;s when the flames engulfed me I would say. I started writing and entered JCDC and won medals. It became a part of me instead of just a co-curricular activity,&rdquo; she told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Her break into mainstream and commercial theatre came by happenstance at the age of 19 in Harris&rsquo; Thicker than Water. Replacing a sick friend on set, Jackson was called out by Harris to learn the lines when she needed a new actress. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;She knew I acted in high school. I went to Miss Beadle and she helped me out. Aunty Dahlia also helped me and was impressed. She would say I move like a crab because I was timid. I was amongst professional actresses and a bigger audience; not just my peers but people who are paying their money. I had to break out of the shyness and relax.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Jackson would go on to work with Harris in 2015 for God Guh Wid Yuh and in 2016 for Same Difference. <br /> <br /> Her most memorable moment was working in film with playwright Patrick Brown. There she learned how to transition from theatre to film through a yet-to-be released project and a 10-minute skit called The Bucket List. <br /> <br /> Her other works include the American monologue Mountain Top andSprinter, the latter a short film directed by Storm Saulter now being shown at the Miami Film Festival. Jackson also acted in Sugar written by Sharon Leach and directed by Michelle Serieux, a project which further challenged her to step out of her comfort zone. <br /> <br /> She is inspired by Forbes, Harris, Glen Campbell, Will Smith, Eva Green and Meryl Streep but reveres one particular actress.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Viola Davis will be my mother in a movie one day. I really want to work with her. Cicely Tyson will play my grandmother.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Her ultimate goal is to give back to the theatre community and add to cultural development. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to be my best at telling stories. I believe in giving a voice to the voiceless. Then I can say I did a job well done. A lot of students don&rsquo;t want to be a doctor or lawyer, but there are not enough facilities for students who want to do the arts. I want actors to be able to say that this is their 9-5 without having to get a second job,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476577/244557_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13735847/266591_92547_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:00 AM Lyttle signs with Sony http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Lyttle-signs-with-Sony_93601 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer St Vincent soca star Kevin Lyttle, who last year scored a chart-topper on Billboard&rsquo;s Tropical Songs table with Midnight, featuring Latin artiste Nengo Flow, has signed a deal with Sony Music subsidiary Ultra Records.<br /> <br /> This is the second major label deal for Lyttle, who signed with Atlantic Records in 2004 following the success of his platinum single,<br /> <br /> Turn Me On, featuring Spragga Benz.<br /> <br /> The partnership will see Sony/Ultra and Lyttle&rsquo;s Tarakon Records releasing four projects, including the singer&rsquo;s fourth album<br /> <br /> Slow Motion. <br /> <br /> Tarakon Records was formed in 2007 and had a distribution deal with Universal for Lyttle&rsquo;s second album Fyah.<br /> <br /> A former customs officer and radio disc jockey, Lyttle was encouraged by his family to pursue music at an early age, and performed at local events.<br /> <br /> He recorded Turn Me On as a soca ballad in St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2001. The song was a minor hit throughout the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> A remixed version of Turn Me On was officially released in the United Kingdom with dancehall artiste Spragga Benz three years later. The song reached number two in the UK, spending seven weeks in the Top 10.<br /> <br /> It became a worldwide hit, reaching number four in the United States, number three in Australia, and making the top five in several European countries.<br /> <br /> Lyttle&rsquo;s self-titled debut album followed in July 2004 and was certified gold in the United States. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13273557/227352_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:00 AM Silent Cruise to set sail in MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Silent-Cruise-to-set-sail-in-MoBay_93543 MoBay-based promoters Ecliptik Events &ndash; known for their themed parties &ndash; are promising an experience never undertaken in Jamaica: a combination of a cruise party and a silent party. <br /> <br /> The event, Silent Cruise, is scheduled for tonight. Boarding is at Pier One in Montego Bay. DJ Blu, DJ Tippy and DJ 47 will be responsible for the evening&rsquo;s music and each is expected to deliver the goods in hisrespective genre. <br /> <br /> The silent party concept allows patrons to select from the three channels on their headphones to experience the genre they are interested in hearing at the party.<br /> <br /> Ecliptik Events directorSam Ramson explained that the team was always looking for diverse methods of adding to the party experience of patrons.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We always try to deliver a sensational experience where ambiance is concerned.we challenge ourselves to create an event where each time someone looks around the scenery will be different and unique. We are reimagining how patrons can be entertained with fresh, appealing concepts,&rdquo; Ramson told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The feedback we are getting is that the combination is interesting and novel; as far as we know this has never been done in Jamaica and perhaps the Caribbean. Silent events are the biggest thing right now as it gives the partygoer a crisper, cleaner sound and the music is experienced the way the composer intended. Plus, you have some control over what you listen to as there are three DJs to choose from playing different genres,&rdquo; Ramson continued.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733899/266435__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733903/266432__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733904/266434__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 AM All-star cast for Magnum New Rules http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-star-cast-for-Magnum-New-Rules_93541 AN all-star cast is expected for Magnum New Rules scheduled for National Stadium Car Park in St Andrew, tonight.<br /> <br /> The event, headlined by Alkaline, will also see Mavado, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, and Jahmiel. Up-and-coming dancehall acts Frassman and Deizzle are also billed for the jaunt. Sound systems Swatch International, DJ Wessy, Flabba Dabba, DJ Cash Price, Coppershot Sound, Rebel T and DJ Banka are slated to provide the musical selections.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are set to deliver an exhilarating and fulfilling experience for the patrons that will be in attendance at Magnum New Rules. We have a diverse reggae and dancehall cast, all of whom are in demand by their fans and industry stakeholders to see perform live. We are confident in delivering a show to remember,&rdquo; said Sandre Malcolm, managing marketing consultant at event co-host, Brownstone Marketing and Entertainment.<br /> <br /> Tamika West, marketing manager at J Wray & Nephew Limited, was also enthused about the occasion.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As the official drink of dancehall, Magnum Tonic Wine found it important to play a role in delivering a powerhouse concert experience to lovers of authentic Jamaican music. The promoters have put together leading acts in both reggae and dancehall to perform on a single, unrivalled night to remember. We implore everyone over the legal drinking age to tek charge and drink responsibly with us at the National Stadium Car Park as we create history with the man himself and the other greats who will be amplifying the stage and the culture at large,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13142984/216015_43773_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12642600/184960__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13190339/221405__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13701885/263545_89934_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13524647/249089_75742_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13165493/217837__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 AM Saint's to go marching http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Saint-s-to-go-marching_93547 IT'S all systems go for this evening's staging of Saint International's double-bill glam-fest: the Jamaica Avant Garde Designer of the Year and the Fashion Face of the Caribbean. <br /> <br /> The occasion is scheduled for the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston and slated to start at 9:00 pm.<br /> <br /> "As the oldest and most prestigious design competition in Jamaica, we are confident that patrons will be dazzled by another night of spectacle as designers step up their A-game. Lasco Money has joined Campari as a sponsor therefore, expanding the colour palette to include magenta &ndash; the theme colour for Lasco Money. SAINT International has retained it's reputation of presenting audiences with glamour, excitement and loads of entertainment," Deiwght Peters, principal of Saint International model agency and event conceptualiser, told Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> There will be 108 contestants &ndash; 45 females and 63 males &ndash; vying for the Fashion Face of the Caribbean. Each having a chance to be signed by any of the international agencies that have come from the fashion capitals of the world. <br /> <br /> Thirteen designers will be competing for the coveted title of Jamaica Avante Garde Designer of the Year. The winner will receive $100,000 cash prize, courtesy of the sponsors and The Deiwght Peters Show. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12782775/192678_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12782779/192652_21957_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 AM MoBay Blow-Out tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/MoBay-Blow-Out-tonight_93538 Soca sensation Iwer George is scheduled to headline Montego Bay Blow Out Fete at Pier 1 tonight. The event is part of Wray & Nephew Jamaica Carnival&rsquo;s thrust to spread the carnival love islandwide.<br /> <br /> The Trinidad and Tobago- born artiste said he was happy to be part of Jamaica Carnival.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am happy to be a part of the return of the real Jamaica Carnival, since I was part of the beginning with the great Bryon Lee and the Dragonaires together with the crazy Super Blue, Admiral Bailey, Tiger, Colin Lucas and many others. I&rsquo;m coming to deliver greatness. I&rsquo;ll be performing all my favourite songs like Nah Do That, Water, Carnival Come Back Again, Take Ah Bathe, plus more,&rdquo; said George.<br /> <br /> Also billed are Supa Hype & friends, and DJ Spice from Team Soca, NY.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Soca people linkup! We&rsquo;re coming to shell dung Pier One. There&rsquo;s gonna be crazy vibes, fun and excitement from we touch the stage. Everyone come out in your numbers; we&rsquo;re gonna show you how we fete in Kingston,&rdquo; said Supa Hype.<br /> <br /> Julianne Lee, a director of Jamaica Carnival, said she was eager to give western Jamaica a taste of what to expect in the streets of Kingston on Carnival Sunday (April 23). <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re half-way through the carnival season, adrenaline is pumping, and we&rsquo;re putting our best foot forward as we go along. We&rsquo;ve been having a successful season thus far and I really have to thank everyone for their continuous support. MoBay get ready because we&rsquo;re on our way!&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> I http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733937/266419_92338_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 AM Killer sounds from Michael Buckley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Killer-sounds-from-Michael-Buckley_93542 THE hardcore dancehall fan has been familiar with Michael Buckley&rsquo;s distinctive baritone for over 35 years. Though he has influenced artistes such as Bushman, mainstream recognition has been elusive. Underground songs like <br /> <br /> Send Another Sound Home <br /> <br /> have earned him a following on the sound system circuit, but Buckley aims to expand his base with his first album.<br /> <br /> He admits the tag of dance artiste has limited his career. With a vast repertoire of singles at his fingertips, releasing an album seemed appropriate.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Think mi slow down miself by not doing one before. Singles mek yuh be heard an&rsquo; cover a wide area but mi have 50-odd song out dey, so why not do it now?&rdquo; said Buckley.<br /> <br /> Bawl And Bawl is the title of the 10-song set which is scheduled for release in April. All tracks are original and produced by Buckley who was born and raised in Waterhouse.<br /> <br /> A contemporary of singer Wayne &ldquo;Sleng Teng&rdquo; Smith, he was among a flood of young artistes from the area who got their start on sound systems like King Jammys.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi a come from long-time days, from lift up box an&rsquo; dem thing,&rdquo; he said, chuckling.<br /> <br /> Buckley&rsquo;s first song, Don&rsquo;t Stand Up And Loaf, was produced by Iris &lsquo;Moma Iris&rsquo; James, wife of producer Lloyd &lsquo;King Jammys&rsquo; James, a heavyweight in Waterhouse.<br /> <br /> He recorded for other producers such as Mikey Bennett (My Selector) and Shocking Vibes (I Can&rsquo;t Live Without You), but his signature song remains Send Another Sound Home, produced by King Jammys in 1989.<br /> <br /> Its force as a &lsquo;soun&rsquo; killer&rsquo; has earned Buckley a following among the hardcore dancehall crowd in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, countries he has toured.<br /> <br /> An overdue album may be just what the doctor ordered for a career revival.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Wi travel deep an&rsquo; wide but because mi neva really put out di extra effort people neva hear di song dem. But wi have di thing together, so wi si good things happening,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733909/266431__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 AM Ova Suh returns April 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ova-Suh-returns-April-1_93537 Magnum Ova Suh is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at the Triple Century Car Park in New Kingston. The promoters are promising patrons an entertaining experience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It will be non-stop high- energy entertainment from our line-up of DJs, free- flowing easy-access bars, Magnum deals all night long, and a safe atmosphere for our patrons,&rdquo; said co-promoter Jermane Davis.<br /> <br /> Billed to spin the hottest jams are Rebel Sound, Di Unit, Code Red and Chromatic.<br /> <br /> Davis spoke about the growing popularity of the Ova Suh series and what sets it apart from the competition.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has to do with our promotion strategy. We aim to bring raw dancehall to the &ldquo;uptown&rdquo; sphere while catering for and inviting everyone to come indulge at the same time,&rdquo; said Davis.<br /> <br /> Since its first staging in October 2016, Ova Suh has attracted several high-profile entertainment and sporting personalities.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733905/266413_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733898/266428_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733901/266416__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733902/266414__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733906/266415__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733907/266412_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 AM In the mix http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/In-the-mix_93490 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com Over the years Jamaican artistes have benefited from increased exposure from the remix of an existing tune which received new life thanks to collaboration with an international act.<br /> <br /> Among the popular tracks is the Chant Down Babylon album released by the Marley family in 1999. The project featured the music of the late reggae king, Bob Marley reworked and featuring contemporary American hip hop artistes. The lead single, Turn Your Lights Down Low features Lauryn Hill. The Marleys explained that by putting the iconic words and music of their late father into the mouths of young, contemporary acts, the music would reach a new demographic. Among the acts on the album were Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte, and Rakim.<br /> <br /> Just this week came word that local deejay Konshens has collaborated with R&B act Chris Brown on the remix of his club banger Bruk Off Yuh Back, which was originally released last year. The deejay is said to be excited about the latest move which he projects will give the popular track a few new ears.<br /> <br /> Senior lecturer in cultural studies at The University of the West Indies Dr Donna Hope noted that there are great benefits to be had from remixes, but warns artistes to be wary of the pitfalls.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The collaborations are great mechanisms to enhance the spread and crossover appeal of dancehall,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer. <br /> <br /> Is there any potential drawback?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yes, of course. Authentic Jamaican dancehall has to make concessions in order to facilitate acceptance by a wider audience,&rdquo; she told Splash.<br /> <br /> Hope advises Jamaican artistes to maintain their core.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Keep your indigenous roots close, even while seeking global and crossover appeal. If we end up sounding like everyone else, what will make us unique?&rdquo; she charges.<br /> <br /> In 2010, singer Gyptian was given a shot in the arm with his single Hold You after then rising hip hop star Nicki Minaj commandeered a remix on his tune. The track not only introduced Minaj to a wider reggae market, but helped promote Gyptian&rsquo;s album of the same name. He would later win international awards including a a Soul Train Award and a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award.<br /> <br /> In 2015, deejay Alkaline collaborated with Jamaica-born, USA-based Sean Kingston for the remix on his Ride on Me. <br /> <br /> Beenie Man has reaped benefits on at least two occasions with remixes. His first remix success came in 2000 with Girls Dem Sugar which featured R&B princess Mya. The track was produced by The Neptunes for Beenie Man&rsquo;s album Art and Life and was inspired by his single Who Am I (Sim Simma) which was released in 1997. He hit the motherload once again in 2004 when rapper Shawnna was brought on board his local hit Dude which featured local singer Miss Thing.<br /> <br /> She is now a gospel act, but in her secular days Lady Saw benefited from a remix. She released Heels On in 2014. Following a performance at Reggae Sumfest, the sultry hit caught the ears of hip hop act Flo Rida, who was also part of the line-up for the festival. The American artiste promptly ordered a remix.<br /> <br /> Ty Dolla $ign&rsquo;s remix of Kranium&rsquo;s Nobody Has To Know, gave the popular breakout track by the Jamaican artiste an increased push back in 2015. <br /> <br /> Baby Cham was a staple on the local dancehall scene back in the late 1990s. The artiste would take some personal time following a move to the United States, but made his presence felt with the release of Ghetto Story. So big was this impact that the track got to the ears of R&B act Alicia Keys with whom he recorded a remix back in 2006. Keys would fly to Jamaica to film the music video in Baby Cham&rsquo;s Sherlock Crescent community.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12585195/178064__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13279603/227938_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12736885/189945_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12549110/178780_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12803721/193652__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731278/222326_49963_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Range releases video for Inward Rasta http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Range-releases-video-for-Inward-Rasta_93437 This week singer Range released the video for her song Inward Rasta which is co-produced by KheilStone and Elroy McCormack of Full Rev Entertainment.<br /> <br /> Range explained the video&rsquo;s theme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The concept has a rootsy island theme with heavy drums that play the foundation of our African culture. It tells a story that holds value that no matter race, class, creed or religion, Rastafarianism forms the base of universal love and has a reputation that speaks spirituality to all.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The video was filmed at Rasta Village in Miami, Florida, and co-directed by Dewayne Weise and Jorge Castillo.<br /> <br /> Inward Rasta is about judging a person based on outward appearance.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The song is based on a mixture of perspectives, both on my own extended family structure as well as friends who practise and believe in the faith of the whole life, history and culture of Rastafarianism,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;The whole concept stems from living in a world where one is not judged or segregated based on what society expects as it relates to practices, beliefs or religion.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A former fashion model, Range (real name Shana Blair McCormack) is originally from St Ann. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731076/266248__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM De&rsquo;BRANDISH does the Zuloo Whine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/De-BRANDISH-does-the-Zuloo-Whine_93436 Encouraged by friends, deejay De&rsquo;BRANDISH wrote and recorded a dance song strictly for the ladies. The result is Zuloo Whine, co-produced by Chevmar Entertainment and OgE Beats.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am a lover of all forms of music and versatility is my policy. However, dancehall is where my energy lies as I set to bring out a fusion of dancehall, soca and African trap music,&rdquo; De&rsquo;BRANDISH told this Splash.<br /> <br /> He said friends, Black Dice Dancers, &ldquo;bugged&rdquo; him about writing a dance for the ladies &ldquo;so I told my management team about the idea. We did some work on the track and came up with the Zuloo Whine concept because the energy was so African.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Dancehall personalities Marvin The Beast and DHQ Nickesha have been promoting the Zuloo Whine on social media. They are also in its official music video which will be released shortly.<br /> <br /> Originally from Windsor Heights in Central Village, De&rsquo;BRANDISH&rsquo;s real name is Patrick Whyte. He has been recording professionally for five years.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731075/266245_92033_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Tony Anthony is a YARD man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tony-Anthony-is-a-YARD-man_93451 Singer Tony Anthony has joined with charity group YARD Empire to work with <br /> <br /> youth from economically challenged communities.<br /> <br /> Anthony, who has lived in Canada for over 20 years, was introduced to the organisation through its leader, actress Terri Salmon.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was intrigued by their mission to empower youth at risk. After realising that the organisation and I are on the same path to change people&rsquo;s personal perspective on life, I happily joined their effort,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Anthony is in Jamaica promoting his song, Today I&rsquo;m Gonna Try And Change The World. Originally done by Canadian country singer Johnny Reid, the reggae version has done well for Anthony in Jamaica and regional markets in the United States. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13730995/266276_92045_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Paycus pitching projects globally http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Paycus-pitching-projects-globally_93443 Working the streets has been a way of life for the independent Jamaican producer for more than 50 years. Even with the Internet&rsquo;s reach, some of them like Andrew &ldquo;Paycus&rdquo; Bancey don&rsquo;t mind pressing the flesh.<br /> <br /> Paycus, who operates out of London, released his self-titled EP last month. It has seven songs, including I&rsquo;m So Free and King Selassie I Soldier.<br /> <br /> The former is the title song from his first album, released in 2015.<br /> <br /> King Selassie I Soldier was done with Kenjahbi, an Anglo-Kenyan singer.<br /> <br /> In recent weeks he has travelled throughout the United Kingdom and has been to other countries pitching his latest project.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Wi go all over &lsquo;cause wi have to mek di people know what going on. So wi been to places like Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Blackpool an&rsquo; di Isle Of Man jus&rsquo; working di ting,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Paycus has also shopped the EP in Paris and Amsterdam, cities where there is still a market for underground reggae.<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston, Paycus grew up in Cockburn Gardens and Old Harbour. He has lived in the UK for nearly 20 years. There he has made a name in sound system circles, performing mainly club dates in Scotland, Wales, as well as France and Germany.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13730942/266261_92044_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Soca, dancehall to meet at Bacchanal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Soca--dancehall-to-meet-at-Bacchanal_93484 Revellers are set to party to the eclectic mix of soca, dancehall and hip hop at tomorrow&rsquo;s staging of Bacchanal Fridays at Mas Camp in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bacchanal Jamaica recognises that although carnival is soca, our patrons like the variety that comes with a show such as this. We love the fact that these musicians take an eclectic approach to their music and many, even while focusing on one type, are able to appreciate and perform the different type. We celebrate the collaboration that is taking place between soca and dancehall and encourage this on the Mas Camp stage,&rdquo; said Michael Ammar III, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica &mdash; organisers of Bacchanal Fridays.<br /> <br /> In addition, popular DJs Dr Jay, Creep of Chromatic and Dirty Dez are slated to take the Mas Camp stage.<br /> <br /> Dr Jay&rsquo;s brand is synonymous with soca and calypso on an international level. Based in Canada, Dr Jay is considered soca royalty and has done a lot to build nightlife culture there over the past 25 years. He has taken the sounds of the Caribbean worldwide and has worked with some of the genre&rsquo;s biggest stars &mdash; Machel Montano, Destra, and Patrice Roberts, and has also produced hit records for Skinny Fabulous, Edwin Yearwood and Lil&rsquo; Bitts, to name a few.<br /> <br /> Chromatic is one of the most well-known groups on Jamaica&rsquo;s party scene. They are also much in demand in the United Kingdom, Miami, Belize and the Caribbean. They are well known for their innovative mixtapes including Newmatic, Best of Addi Volume 1-3 and Showtime. Their most recent tape, Chromatic Way, mixed by Shaun &lsquo;Heavy D&rsquo; Duffus and &lsquo;Shantonio&rsquo; Patterson boasts 91 dancehall and hip hop tracks.<br /> <br /> Dirty Dez (Dorian Coley) was born in Queens, New York, but spent a number of years in Jamaica. Musically he was influenced by Nas, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Jay-Z, Run-DMC, Pink, Outcast, Scarface, UGK, Too Short, Janis Joplin, and a lot of the Midwest acts like Nelly and the St Lunatics. He uses this versatile background to create a unique sound that is appealing to many audiences. Started from humble beginnings, Destin is taking the world by storm with his heartfelt lyrics and realistic world views.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13530786/249653_76248_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13688859/262253_88822_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM AFTER 12: Toya's Round Robin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Toya-s-Round-Robin_93473 Black Roses HQ was THE place to be on March 20 to support Toya&rsquo;s Round Robin staged with the Shopside Saturdays Family. It was another one of those hot sessions that OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY could not miss.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731161/265958_92096_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731158/265960_92098_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731159/265965_92103_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731160/265966_92104_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731156/266314_92106_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731164/265957_92095_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731165/265959_92097_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731166/265962_92100_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731167/265967_92105_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731169/265961_92099_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731170/265964_92102_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731172/265963_92101_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Different direction for Harry Styles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Different-direction-for-Harry-Styles_93435 One Direction member Harry Styles was in Jamaica recently working on songs for his solo album at Geejam Studios in Portland. <br /> <br /> The 23-year-old singer &mdash;who wrote hit songs for the British quartet such as Story of My Life and Perfect &mdash; signed a recording contract last year with Columbia Records. <br /> <br /> Styles&rsquo; former One Direction colleague Zayn Malik had a reggae song titled Do Something Good, which is from his solo debut Mind of Mine.<br /> <br /> One Direction exploded on the music scene in 2010 after finishing third on the UK version of X Factor. They signed with Simon Cowell&rsquo;s Syco label and have released five albums.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731074/266246_92034_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Calling all producers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Calling-all-producers_93468 TNT Records has launched &lsquo;Producers Wanted&rsquo;, a competition seeking fresh beats for the upcoming album by rappers Trick Daddy and Trina.<br /> <br /> The album will be released by TNT affiliate Slip-N-Slide Records, the Miami independent company that gave both artistes their break.<br /> <br /> Abebe Lewis, whose Miami marketing company is promoting the competition, told<br /> <br /> Splash that submissions are currently being accepted from producers in the United States and other countries.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The best producers will be invited to a private studio in Miami to personally play beats for the TNT team. Winners will be chosen by April 6,&rdquo; said Lewis.<br /> <br /> Producers can submit five beats, or rhythms, to producers4TNT@gmail.com. Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Doing it the EASY way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Doing-it-the-EASY-way_93450 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer There was a time when dancehall artistes in the business for over 20 years were considered old school. Sipping a chilled Cranberry drink at a Kingston nightclub, singjay Mr Easy looked anything but yesterday&rsquo;s news.<br /> <br /> The stocky entertainer is pitching Gone A Lead, his latest song produced by Notnice Records. Mr Easy is ready to hit the road, with spot dates set for the United States and Jamaica in April, followed by a tour of Europe.<br /> <br /> Known for songs like Bashment Gal, Funny Man and Drives Me Crazy, he is aware that staying fresh in the dancehall is critical.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi neva waan go out (on tour) wid di old catalogue; wi want do di new stuff too. It&rsquo;s good to be on these riddims with all the hot artistes &lsquo;cause yuh have to reinvent yuhself,&rdquo; he told Splash.<br /> <br /> Bashment Gal and Funny Man were released in 1996 on producer Dave Kelly&rsquo;s massive Joyride rhythm. It was Mr Easy&rsquo;s breakthrough song and set the pace for Drives Me Crazy, which came out in 2004.<br /> <br /> Now in his mid-40s, Mr Easy maintains a busy show schedule in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and southern Africa. Fans, he notes, want to hear songs like Funny Man, along with new material. But audiences are generally receptive to artistes from the 1990s.<br /> <br /> The current acts, he added, offer little in terms of variety.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Most of dem follow each other. Everybody want to soun&rsquo; like, be like (Vybz) Kartel &ndash; image-wise, everything.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He believes the biggest drawback for the new generation of dancehall artistes is an absence of mentorship. In the 1990s there was plenty of that going around.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dave Kelly was a guidance for us, Danny (Browne) was a guidance at Main Street. There&rsquo;s nobody like that now. Yuh jus&rsquo; voice a song an&rsquo; hope it hit,&rdquo; he reasoned.<br /> <br /> Interestingly, Mr Easy (real name Ian Dyer) was into pop and hip hop growing up in Brooklyn, New York, where he migrated in the 1980s. He even did a pop album, Call Me Mr Easy, for Quincy Jones&rsquo; Qwest Records.<br /> <br /> There was a change in course after linking with Kelly&rsquo;s hot Madhouse label in the late 1990s. He and Baby Cham rode the Joyride riddim to chart success with Funny Man, which introduced him to dancehall fans.<br /> <br /> According to Mr Easy, staying tuned with an evolving market keeps him in demand.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If yuh go dancehall, my music fit in; pop, same thing. I&rsquo;m current, still being played on radio an&rsquo; that&rsquo;s key,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13730940/266271_92054_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Do Go See http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Do-Go-See_93465 @ Mas Camp, Stadium North<br /> <br /> Featuring: Chromatic, Dr Jay, Creepa and Dirty Dez<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Where It All Started<br /> <br /> @ McDonald Lane New Testament Church of God, Kingston 13<br /> <br /> Featuring: Carlene Davis, Dennis Rushton, Dean Fraser and more<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> Soul of Jamaica<br /> <br /> @ Redbones Blues Cafe, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Kiddus I and Winston McAnuff<br /> <br /> Time: 9:30 pm<br /> <br /> MVP Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Puls8, 38 Trafalgar Road, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 9:30 pm<br /> <br /> TGI Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Margaritaville Negril, Jan Elsner Road, Negril, Westmoreland<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Fiction Fantasy Fridays<br /> <br /> Fiction Fantasy Nightclub, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> Seductive Fridays<br /> <br /> @ Annie&rsquo;s Place, Seaview Gardens, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Seductive Dancers<br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> Magnum New Rules<br /> <br /> @ National Stadium Car Park, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Alkaline, I-Octane, Shaggy, Mavado, Tarrus Riley and more<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Jamaica Carnival MoBay Blowout<br /> <br /> @ Pier 1, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Featuring: Music by Supa Hype and more<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall<br /> <br /> @ D&rsquo;Entrance, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Contestants in the live TV show <br /> <br /> Time: 9:30 pm<br /> <br /> Book Launch <br /> <br /> @ Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), UWI, Mona<br /> <br /> Featuring: Kingston Buttercup By Ann Margaret Lim<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 am<br /> <br /> Home &mdash; Spring Concert<br /> <br /> @ Chapel, University of the West Indies, Mona<br /> <br /> Featuring: Jamaica Youth Chorale<br /> <br /> Time: 6:00 pm<br /> <br /> Seafood Sundays<br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay<br /> <br /> Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Actor Boy Awards<br /> <br /> @ Phoenix Theatre, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> Uptown Mondays<br /> <br /> @ Savannah Plaza, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Mojito Mondays<br /> <br /> @ Susie&rsquo;s Bakery & Coffee Bar, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Rock & Groove Tuesdaze<br /> <br /> @ The Deck, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: DJ Duwie<br /> <br /> Time: 7:30 pm<br /> <br /> Boasy Tuesday<br /> <br /> @ Grove Road, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> Lymelite Tuesdaze<br /> <br /> @ Escape 24/7, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Featuring: Black Reign Entertainment<br /> <br /> Time: 9:00 pm<br /> <br /> Weddy Weddy Wednesday<br /> <br /> @ Stone Love Headquarters, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Featuring: Wee Pow and Stone Love selectors<br /> <br /> Time: 11:00 pm<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Sucker Free Wednesdays<br /> <br /> @ Escape 24/7 Bar and Grill, New Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> THURSDAY, March 30<br /> <br /> National Deaf Dance Festival<br /> <br /> @ Little Theatre, St Andrew<br /> <br /> Time: 4:00 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY, MARCH 31<br /> <br /> A Cry for Change Expo and Concert<br /> <br /> @ Scout Association of Jamaica, Kingston<br /> <br /> Time: 12:00 noon &mdash; 8:00 pm<br /> <br /> AT THE MOVIES http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12837664/195808_24996_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13675368/242831_69381_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13701887/263539_89929_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Remembering Walcott http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Remembering-Walcott_93265 By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer AT the 2008 Calabash International Literary Festival, it was widely reported by major media outlets how Sir Derek Walcott trashed fellow Nobel laureate, Trinidadian writer V S Naipaul. <br /> <br /> But the event&rsquo;s co-founder Justine Henzell recalls a less sensational admonishment. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I remember when a BBC reporter remarked that the Caribbean did not support the arts and he retorted, &lsquo;Young lady, I have never read to a larger audience anywhere in the world than I just did.Caribbean governments may not support the arts, but Caribbean people certainly do!&rsquo;&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Walcott died last Friday in his native St Lucia at age 87. He is among a fading breed known as the Caribbean Man. <br /> <br /> Henzell said having lived in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, Walcott developed an enduring love for the countries. He had unyielding admiration for Jamaica&rsquo;s most famous son. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;On Desert Island Discs from the BBC, he remarked that if he could write a lyric as beautiful and moving as Marley&rsquo;s No Woman No Cry he would be a happy man.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Walcott&rsquo;s lone appearance at Calabash was widely covered by American and British media. His perceived jab at Naipaul got much attention. <br /> <br /> The New Yorker reported that Walcott unveiled "The Mongoose, a long rhyming diatribe against his fellow-Nobelist and West Indian writer V S Naipaul. The poem begins: I must have been bitten I must avoid infection Or else I will be as dead As Naipaul&rsquo;s fiction.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> According to the publication, &ldquo;Later lines cast the novelist as &lsquo;a burnt-out comic&rsquo; and &lsquo;a rodent in old age&rsquo;. This may be payback for Naipaul&rsquo;s 2007 essay on Walcott, in which he described the poet as &lsquo;a man whose talent has been all but strangled by his colonial setting&rsquo;.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Contrary to what the BBC reporter heard, Walcott was pleased with the contemporary Caribbean arts scene.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In an interview with Kwame (Dawes) in Barbados a few years ago, he spoke with a great deal of pride and admiration about the new generation of Caribbean writers working today. He was gratified by this,&rdquo; said Henzell. <br /> <br /> The state funeral for Derek Walcott takes place at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Castries, St Lucia, on Saturday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728151/265860__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728147/265865__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Farewell, &lsquo;Good Morning Man&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Farewell---Good-Morning-Man-_93284 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter FOR close to half a century, Jamaicans have awoken to the voice of broadcaster Alan Magnus on Radio Jamaica (RJR). That is about to change in a few days when he demits &lsquo;office&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Magnus, who has been at RJR since 1971, is not leaving the airwaves totally.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have pointed out to management that I will make myself available to do The Nutty Buddies with Dorraine (Samuels). I am available for outside broadcasts, and if an announcer reports ill I am available to sit in,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> When asked if he will miss waking up for his 5:00 am shift, Magnus was unequivocal.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Den nuh mus,&rdquo; he declared, before bursting out into his trademark laugh.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For the past year I have been thinking about it &mdash; whether or not I have made the right decision. But the truth is all good things must come to an end, and I would much rather walk when I am able than try to when I can&rsquo;t,&rdquo; he said, adding that he has a lot of catching up to do.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A year ago I realised that it has been 45 years of waking up at 3:00 am and I thought to myself &lsquo;this is madness&rsquo;. There are so many things I have missed; for one, I have had to give-up my &lsquo;night life&rsquo;. You really can&rsquo;t have a night life and wake up that early to be on the air... I certainly learned the hard way.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Magnus&rsquo;s tenure at RJR has given him a front seat view to the development of Jamaican music, from the early days of ska into rocksteady, reggae and dancehall. Though he has favourites which represents his personal style and taste, he will not compare the genres.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is really unfair to ask my opinion on this at this stage of my life. I am at the place like my parents when rock and roll first emerged and we were young and so into this new music. My parents hated it and thought [if] is this what music has become. After all these years on air I might not like dancehall, but I realise that I have become my parents and think it&rsquo;s not music, and rubbish and just screaming and shouting. But the truth is, tastes change and I just play the music that the generations like,&rdquo; Magnus said.<br /> <br /> Three generations of Jamaicans grew up listening to Magnus, while getting ready for work or school. He was part of an elite cast of broadcasters at RJR that included Radcliffe Butler, Neville Willoughby, Marie Garth, and Henry Stennett.<br /> <br /> Alan Magnus will sign off for the last time on RJR&rsquo;s morning show at the end of March. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728420/265910__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12601597/182413_12510_repro_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Charly Black gets Latin love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Charly-Black-gets-Latin-love_93287 High-riding deejay Charly Black was recognised at the ASCAP Latin Awards on March 15 for his song, Gyal You A Party Animal, which was a massive hit in Latin America last year.<br /> <br /> The ceremony took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Condado Vanderbilt Hotel.<br /> <br /> Produced by Kurt Riley, Gyal You A Party Animal is Charly Black&rsquo;s biggest hit. Its success earned him a number of shows in the emerging dancehall markets of El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a great chance to network with other Latin musicians and execs, including the boss of ASCAP; so it was very worthwhile attending,&rdquo; said Charly Black. &ldquo;Hopefully, it will act as a springboard for more collaborations like this for me. I feel as artistes we must always look to expand our fan base and break into new markets and the last couple of years has been a revelation for me in that respect,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;More collaborations&rsquo; refer to Pa Que Me Invitan which Charly Black did with Latin superstar Jencarlos. It topped charts and streaming playlists across Central and South America; the song is released by Universal Latin and co-produced by Maffio and Rvssian.<br /> <br /> Pa Que Me Invitan also entered the BIllboard Latin Pop Songs Chart and Hot Latin Songs Chart. It won an ASCAP award for widespread radio play.<br /> <br /> ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is the largest publishing organisation in the world with over 600,000 members. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728346/265885__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728345/265886__w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM