Fit for a Walk of Fame – JAVAA wants walkway of music standouts outside Emancipation Park | Entertainment

It is standard to see persons running or walking as briskly as they can along the jogging trail inside Emancipation Park, New Kingston, sweat dripping and sinews taut as they look outwards to a fixed image of their target distance. If the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) gets to its target, there would be persons walking around the park’s perimeter, looking down at the names of Jamaican popular music standouts, perhaps with a pamphlet in hand with more information about the name etched into a particular paving…

The Music Diaries | January-born stars in music remembered | Entertainment

Sam Cooke, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, Elvis Presley and David Ruffin – all have two things in common. They were all early outstanding performers in the entertainment business and they were all born in the month of January. So, as we progress further into the month, we are again reminded of the outstanding contributions made by them to the development of popular music. Dodd, a Jamaican record producer and creator of the famed Studio 1 record label, first came to public attention as a sound system operator with his ‘Coxsone…

Story of the Song | Ringroad jam from UWI experience | Entertainment

While Fab Five’s hit soca song, Ringroad Jam, was literally centred on the road march centerpiece of carnival annually at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, it took a confluence of circumstances – and lots of time – to have it eventually recorded. Alvin Campbell, who wrote the lyrics, told The Sunday Gleaner, that he was a UWI Carnival regular between 1971 and 1974, having gone directly from Kingston College to university. “It was written pretty early, but was not recorded until much later with some revision,” Campbell…

Insurance in death, royalties, community in life – JAVAA provides tangible, intangible member benefits | Entertainment

  As the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) turns the corner into its 15th year, chairman Frankie Campbell identifies the death insurance benefit – $500,000 for persons under 65 years old and $250,000 for those between 65 and 80 – as one of the organisation’s major member benefits. “That goes a long way towards burying you, in Jamaica,” Campbell said. However, there are also benefits for the living, both what they can see and spend in the form of money their work has generated – which some…

Storytelling missing from music says Professor Nuts | Entertainment

The art of storytelling is missing from the music. That was the sentiment shared by veteran entertainer Professor Nuts, as he encouraged young entertainers to make music for the long haul. In an interview with The Sunday Gleaner, the Inna Di Bus deejay, explained that a lot of the ‘nowadays’ entertainers will not achieve longevity in the music business because among other things, they have been neglecting the art of writing and the role a good story plays in the construction of a song. “When you’re telling a story, it…