MUSIC AND MORE: A matter of space and that Famous flop | Entertainment

Having been to the opening and a few events at Famous, including an excellent showing from Sanchez before he returned to the big stages in Jamaica, I have some thoughts on that Famous flop which are related to the staging of events – mostly dancehall/reggae – in Jamaica. They revolve around space and, ironically, the guiding principle comes from soca. I was once told that when Jamaica Carnival blowout events were held at Chukka Cove in St Ann, the late Byron Lee would wait until the show day when with…

Keida’s got the ‘Right Moves’ on Christina Aguilera’s new album | Entertainment

As many international pop stars continue to incorporate elements of Jamaican dancehall or reggae into their music, renowned powerhouse Christina Aguilera has joined the list with her latest album. On June 15, the pop star released her album, Liberation, and the track Right Moves features dancehall star Shenseea, along with reggae-crooning surf-chic singjay Keida. Keida, a Bull Bay native, told The Gleaner that Aguilera’s team reached out to her. “I think it was back in 2016. I was just going about my day, when I got a call from one…

Groovin’ In The Park promoters promise no repeat of a premature ending | Entertainment

Last year saw a record number of attendees at Groovin’ In The Park. The eight-year-old concert attracted more than 20,000 patrons and featured reggae musicians such as Freddie McGregor, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, U Roy with Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, singing sensation Tarrus Riley, Grammy award-winning R&B singer R. Kelly, and dancehall livewire Busy Signal. Unfortunately, the Stay So deejay had his set cut short by about 30 minutes to the disappointment of the patrons. Chris Roberts, CEO and founder of Groovin’ In The Park, told The…

International producers ‘Show Off’ with authentic production | Entertainment

For decades, the island has been attracting producers from overseas, and continues to position itself as the entertainment hub of the Caribbean. Billboard-charting producer Johnny Blaze, and Stadic (recognised for his contributions to the soca genre, creating hits with the likes of Bunji Garlin, Fayann Lyons and Machel Montano), decided to break new ground with the authenticity of their videos. Stadic, who has also previously worked with Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal and RDX, told The Gleaner that he is constantly on a mission to take the Caribbean rhythm globally –…

For the Reckord | EMC employing music technology | Entertainment

The School of Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) should expand its programme for the study of music technology, says former Director of Studies Michael Harris. Harris believes the move would lead to an increase in employment opportunities for graduates. A devoted user of music technology, Harris was speaking at the EMCVPA last Thursday. Following his address, the dean of the school, Roger Williams, assured the audience that the school had indeed embraced music technology. He later explained to me that courses in…

Jonny conquers Milan Men’s Fashionweek | Entertainment

Saint International is leaving its stamp all over the catwalks of the world’s most prestigious labels. The latest conquest from The Rock is male model Jonny Brown, who is having a dynamite season at Milan Men’s Fashion Week, which recently wrapped in the European fashion city. Discovered by Saint International CEO Dewight Peters in 2014, the lanky Brown, who hails from Havendale in St Andrew, performed stellar runway duties for Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Ermenegildo Zegna and Neil Barrett for their Spring 2019 men’s wear presentations. Brown’s bookings for Milan Men’s…

American comedian to make Jamaican debut at Comedy Bar | Entertainment

Fast-rising American-based stand-up comedian Shuler King is set to make his Jamaican debut this month at the popular weekly comedy series – Johnny LIVE Comedy Bar in Kingston. The series, held on Tuesday nights at 100 Hope Road, has cemented itself as one of the must-attend event since its inception last year. The series sees the best of Jamaican comedians, including Dufton Shepherd, Elva, Boasy Boy Floyd, Leighton Smith, Ity and Fancy Cat, among others, touching the stage to entertain a packed audience every week. Shuler King is expected to…

Five questions with … Bushman | Entertainment

Singer Dwight ‘Bushman’ Duncan’s 2018 Conquering Lion album, is a musical statement of self-sufficiency. Not only is it on his own Burning Bushes imprint, but much of its production was done at his studio in Duhaney Pen (commonly called Berlin – after a football club from the community), St Thomas, a parish he is deeply committed to. Bushman was at the mixing board to shape the final sound of Conquering Lion, released 21 years after his Nyah Man Chant set. In 2004 came the Signs album, which featured Downtown and…

Campari brings ‘A Taste of Italy’ to the region | Entertainment

Guarded by gladiators and centred by a (positively) ‘porcelain’ statuesque male model, Campari adjusted the theme inside the Sky Dweller Lounge to give it ‘A Taste of Italy’ in celebration of Campari Week, highlighted with the participation of 20 restaurants and bars across the island. On Wednesday, brand PR manager of J. Wray & Nephew Alison Moss-Solomon shared the floor with colleague Nadia Kiffin-Green, marketing manager of J. Wray & Nephew, and JWN Academy mixologist Milton Wisdom, who shed light on the appetising offerings that come along with Campari Week,…

For the Culture-Spanish Embassy to host two free concerts | Entertainment

The Embassy of Spain in Jamaica is gearing up to host two free concerts aimed at strengthening cultural connections between both countries. Dubbed West Winds – a Musical Experience, the shows based on West Side Story, will take place this Saturday at Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay and Monday, June 25 at the University Chapel at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Speaking with The Gleaner about the events, Deputy Ambassador of Spain to Jamaica Carmen Rives said the goal of each concert is to reach as…