Christafari debuts at one in new-look top five | Entertainment

What a difference a week makes, when music which originates in Jamaica is being put out fast, furiously and spiritually. The last is because the new number one is Original Love by Christafari the US group which announces its blend of faiths in its name. Not only is it top of the heap, but, as has been the case for the past few weeks, it is a new release. The set by the fusion of spiritual outlooks is one of three new albums in the top five of the Billboard…

Rita Marley Foundation links students to university leaders | Entertainment

Finalists from this year’s Rita Marley Foundation’s Public Speaking competition, and finalists from last year’s essay competition, recently got the rare opportunity to have discussions with the heads of the top universities in the island. Students from York Castle, Wolmer’s Girls and Boys, Immaculate Conception High and Jamaica College spent the day having in-depth conversations with Dr Stephen Vasciannie, president of the University of Technology, and Dr Dale Webber, pro vice-chancellor of graduate studies and research at the University of the West Indies. The meeting with the students was initially…

The Garden of Mary at Tmrw. Tday cultural fest | Entertainment

In addition to musical entertainment, attendees at the upcoming Tmrw. Tday culture fest will be led by international champions of wellness, global activism, and cannabis and alternative therapy movements. Running from May 1- 6 what is fast becoming a premier, multifaceted destination festival experience returns for the second year to the Negril’s seven-mile beach. Some Irie Soul Tribe leaders joining the Tmrw. Tday line-up are Dream Rockwell, Stacy Irie Soul, Thinc., Acro Buddhas, Gillian B, Subhadra Bowman, and many more.   Educational oasis   On the final day of the…

Hip hop’s next big superstar could be Jamaican | Entertainment

Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff are icons whose music is loved and adored by fans worldwide. Jamaica has also produced several successful DJs who have garnered international prominence including Sean Paul, Shaggy, Mavado, Buju Banton, Shabba, Popcaan, Spice and Lady Saw, and a host of others. But very few Jamaicans have excelled in hip hop. Kingston-born DJ Kool Herc is credited with creating the genre in the Bronx in the ’70s, while Heavy D, who was born in Mandeville, Manchester, had a successful career on MCA Records before…

Joy with the NDTC and the University Singers | Entertainment

Two of Jamaica’s leading performing groups, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and the University Singers, were on stage on Easter Sunday morning and afternoon, respectively. The NDTC performed at the Little Theatre in its 37th Morning of Movement and Music concert, while the University Singers celebrated its 60th anniversary with its appearance in the University Chapel, Mona. Both concerts hugely entertained audiences, as evidenced by the frequent cheers and bouts of applause. The lucky ones who attended both shows would have noticed that Noel Dexter’s musical version of Psalm…

Indie Allen ‘catches a fire’ in Canada | Entertainment

Indie Allen has been on the rise for years, and continues on his journey to becoming an acclaimed reggae artiste in his own right. Before his solo career, Indie was the lead singer of Phuzzion a band of young musicians from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. As the members have moved on to further their careers, Indie has taken flight, currently making his mark in Canada as he peddles his latest single Catch a Fire, with the hope of it becoming a hit. The song…

YWCA to host charity event | Entertainment

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) will be hosting its first concert in over 30 years. Titled Professionals in Concert, the event is expected to raise funds for the institution, which is said to be in need of several educational resources. The institution predominantly caters to troubled teens and disenfranchised, underage mothers who have been rejected by mainstream schools. The concert is spearheaded by popular artistic director-dancer Karen Wright, known for her work with Baby Cham, among other established acts. “Charity is important to me. This is not the regular…

Curvy Diva under fire for urinating video | Entertainment

Dancehall artiste and media personality Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett is once again being bashed by social media users after she uploaded a video of herself urinating in bushes during a recent jogging session. The video, which was being filmed by another female known to Yanique, shows the Curvy Diva going behind a wall, pulling down her tights and seemingly urinating in the bush, and then using a piece of tissue to clean up after. She later ran back into the road while pulling up her tights. “Mi a p..s pon…

Jersey fashion for Strictly 2K | Entertainment

As the anticipation builds for Strictly 2K – Best of the 2000s, many patrons are already piecing together their fashion ideas for the May 25 event to be held at Mas Camp. As much as the begining of the 2000s was an exciting era in music, the fashions trends that erupted during this time were just as sensational. But one of the most memorable fashion trends of the early 2000s was the wearing of jerseys, and the organisers, ZJ Chrome and Jamrock Entertainment Management (JEM), have sought to bring this…

Four musical premieres at Uncaged Melodies IV | Entertainment

The audience at the fourth presentation of Uncaged Melodies, the annual concert by the Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAGE) led by University of the West Indies Music Fellow Peter Ashbourne, got a special treat. They heard the very first public performances of four of Ashbourne’s works ­ just one component of a concert that was made particularly delightful by the variety of the items. The three sections of the two-hour-long programme featured classical, jazz and contemporary music performed by a chamber orchestra, a wind ensemble, a string quartet, a jazz…