Richie Innocent nominated in IRAWMA award | Entertainment

  Dub Poet Richie Innocent has been nominated in the category of Best Spoken Word/Dub Poet in this year’s International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). “I feel blessed and honoured to be nominated for this award. This is the first time I have been nominated for an award, and I am grateful to the organisers of the IRAWMA Awards for this recognition,” said Richie Innocent. He also added, “This nomination is not for me alone. It’s for all my supporters, my team and everyone who believes in me, my…

Damage Musiq to build on 2017 success | Entertainment

Record producer Damage is hoping to build on the success of his label Damage Musiq in 2018. He believes the Montego Bay-based label is the most successful in rural Jamaica, boosted by a slew of hits from Tommy Lee Sparta and collaborations with mainstream acts. “Songs like Not A Badness, Antidote, Soul Reaper and them thing deh all got millions of views on YouTube and yu done know, a streaming the thing deh ya now,” he said. “We have been making progress and that is not the easiest thing to…

‘What war?’ – King Jammy says Waterhouse is not overrun by violence | Entertainment

Over the years, Waterhouse acquired the name ‘Fire House’. Some say because it is not uncommon to hear shots being fired in the community, while others just see it as a nickname that was given to the area by the younger generation. The shots are the least to legendary producer Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James, who says, “Is not a lot of war. I don’t see it. Maybe other people see and hear it more than me, but I call it little scrimmage here and there, and it cool down now,”…

Morgan Heritage to kick off European tour | Entertainment

From receiving the keys to the city of Brooklyn for contribution to art and culture to new business ventures, and a second Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae Album (‘Avrakedabra’), 2017 was another historical year for Morgan Heritage. The band, who is known worldwide for their riveting live performances, spent the latter part of 2017 delivering the Avrakedabra magic to the world, from intimate settings to sold-out arenas. The band played to more than 20,000 people who were yearning for some roots rock reggae in Brazil. The siblings also conveyed…

Waterhouse inspires work not war | Entertainment

St Lucia Road, also called Studio Road, is filled with much history that cannot be learnt from just one visit. It has a ton of information on many of the recorded favourites, including Cocoa Tea, Dennis Brown, Sizzla and Beenie Man, who have visited the area throughout the years. Based on the role that the community has played, all that’s missing is a Waterhouse ‘Walk of Fame’. And, the community is still highly active despite the so-called ‘war’ happening between the various sections of Waterhouse, especially between Cuba and Moscow.…

Gambian designer wants to share culture with Ja | Entertainment

A Caucasian woman and Rastafarian man robed in colourful cloth and what appear to be custom-made shoes ‘buss’ the corner of Spanish Town Road and Collie Smith Drive in Kingston. Instantly eyebrows raise, although it is not rare to see tourists visit the area, particularly the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, on a day-to-day basis. The assumption this time around is that the Rasta is the one giving the female a tour. The man stops and introduces himself. “My name is Kojo Lion,” he says, and a distinct African accent…

Ding Dong happy people are dancing again | Entertainment

Dancer turned artiste Ding Dong says he is in a happy place as he believes he has accomplished the main thing he had set out to do as an entertainer to make people genuinely love dancing again. The entertainer in an interview with THE WEEKED STAR said he has accomplished most of what he set out to do in his career, but is most proud of what the dance space in Jamaica has become in recent years. The leader of the Ravers Clavers dance group, the crew responsible for dances…

Jahmiel heading for US tour | Entertainment

Wrapping up 2017 with a growing catalogue, Jahmiel delivered a solid body of work which has resulted in him being billed for some of the major festivals in Europe and headed to Africa for the first time. Jahmiel, who is currently preparing to embark on his first US tour, titled ‘Strongest Soldier’, is set to hit 15 cities over a three-week time frame. While on the tour, Jahmiel will make stops in Arizona, Kansas City, Oakland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Raleigh and Charlotte, just to name a few cities. Immediately following…

Vital trods the ‘country road’ | Entertainment

Reggae artiste Knocins Boss, aka ‘Vital’, has officially released his brand new single Country Road, produced by Slyder the Wizard and Digital Intonation Studio. He said he is extremely pleased with the response that he has been getting thus far from this new single. The single, that was released late last year, is distributed by Zojack Worldwide and is available on all major digital outlets for sale. The artiste is currently working on releasing a music video for the single and is confident that it will be successful. He said…

Portland road partially cleared | News

Marooned for the better part of five days, residents at Cornwall Barracks in Portland are now able to move about their normal business after that roadway, which was blocked by a massive landslide on Friday, has been cleared to accommodate single lane traffic. Yesterday, heavy-duty equipment was seen busily working along the thoroughfare clearing away mud, stones, and other debris amid the inclement weather. On Wednesday, during a visit to the area by government minister Daryl Vaz, who reportedly promised residents that the roadway will be cleared in two days,…