Fusing music with film – Jamaican Mafia producer transitions into music, launches record label | Entertainment

After a successful career producing movies, Orville Matherson is looking to expand his reach in the entertainment industry by venturing into music. In a recent interview with The Gleaner, the producer of the films Jamaican Mafia and A Dance For Grace, revealed that he and his business partner Elvis Griffiths, decided to start their own record label, YB Records, pointing out that their love for music and their years of experience in the entertainment industry, made their new venture an easy transition. “Music is a component of making movies so…

No surprises in ‘The Greatest Showman’ | Entertainment

Ladies and gentlemen, come one come all. See the strangest show of 2017. Fitting of course, since ‘The Greatest Showman’ is a musical depicting the rise of P.T Barnum, and his circus of colourful characters. However, while an element of surrealism is more than acceptable in a musical, ‘The Greatest Showman’ at times feels disconnected. Both from the audience and itself. As the film begins, you are thrust into the big opening number. Here you find everything that works about ‘The Greatest Showman’ that will often be repeated. Hugh Jackman…

It’s a Curvy Revel-ution – Carnival takes on more ‘real estate’ | Entertainment

“Women should never allow two words or any word that speaks about size to define who they are,” says Hollice ‘Mr Killa’ Mapp, Grenadian artiste who became popular for his 2013 soca hit, Rolly Polly. When the artiste released the song approaching Grenada 2014 Carnival he never expected it to become one of the top tracks for the season all over the Caribbean. Mr Killa told The Sunday Gleaner, “It was just a celebration of the curvy, full-figured woman.” “Through my conversations with females with that ’round’ figure, I found…

Genesis praise fest part of year-long activities for JYFC | Entertainment

Like most great ideas, Genesis Praise-Fest was inspired by friendship, history and the desire to create a meaningful experience when first held at the Karram Speid Auditorium on the Merl Grove High School grounds in 1986. The inaugural staging marked the 40th anniversary of the hosts, Jamaica Youth for Christ (JFYC). The event attracted 2000 patrons some of whom had to be turned back due to lack of space. At the time it featured a concert prior to the night watch services. Pastor Gerry Gallimore was a speaker for the…

The Music Diaries | Vincent Edwards, a man of many hats – Popular in local horseracing circles, while ruling the musical track | Entertainment

The name Vincent Edwards is one that is well known in local horseracing circles. Edwards has been the president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association for the past 10 years, and previously, was vice president and spokesman since 1971. What may surprise many people, however, is that this same man was a dominant figure in the sound system and recording business in Jamaica during the early 1960s, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Clement ‘Sir Coxone’ Dodd, Duke Reid ‘The Trojan’; and Prince Buster, ‘The Voice of The People’. He…

Jamaica’s jazz great Monty Alexander for five-night NYC show | Entertainment

Award-winning, Jamaican-born jazz great, Monty Alexander, will bring his unique brand of jazz back to New York City for a jolly five-night New Year kick-off on January 2, 2018. Alexander, who has played with jazz royalty like Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Tony Bennett and Milt Jackson among others, as well as with fellow national musicians like Ernest Ranglin and Sly & Robbie, is sure to have jazz and music fans on their feet as he returns to the famous Birdland Jazz Club in the Big Apple, at 315…

Increased earnings from entertainment permits in Kingston – Earned in excess of $28 million this year | Entertainment

Kingston’s progression as a competitive creative city appears promising when comparing the municipality’s activities over the last two years. In December 2015, Kingston was the first Caribbean city to be appointed to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, having birthed six distinct musical genres (mento, ska, reggae, rocksteady, dub and dancehall), also boasting the region’s only visual and performing arts college, a sound-system culture and innumerable recording studios. In December 2016, the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) accounts for 594 events, and have noted a 4% increase in December…

Strong police presence for New Year’s Eve celebrations | Entertainment

As Jamaicans get ready to ring in 2018, several activities are set for New Year’s Eve more popularly known as ‘watchnight’. Some people will be welcoming 2018 at a party, while others will be giving thanks at church. Wherever people will be spending the final hours of 2017, the police have sought to ensure that citizens will be safe as they participate in the various activities. Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, acting head of the Corporate Communications Unit, told THE STAR that the recent sick-out by some police officers…

Chuck Fenda completes Europe tour | Entertainment

Reggae artiste Chuck Fenda returned to Jamaica after a successful ‘Concrete Jungle’ tour in Europe. The 17-day tour wound its way through countries such as Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Malta, and Austria. “We did a total of 11 shows in all, three in Germany, two in Switzerland. The whole experience was incredible; the fans were amazing,” Chuck Fenda said. Chuck Fenda, aka ‘Di Living Fire’, had taken a two-year hiatus from touring the continent, and this created a big demand from his fans as he toured on the strength of his…

Song scammers fooling foreign DJs | Entertainment

Overseas-based producers and disc jockeys are reportedly falling victim to a major dubplate scam being perpetuated by persons in Jamaica who appear to be making a career out of imitating top local artistes. The fraudsters reportedly pose as agents of the artistes and collect money to get dubplates done for these overseas-based producers and disc jockeys. The problem however, is that the people who are actually recorded on the dubplates are not the artistes, but fraudsters who are part of the scam. “Dubplate scam is just as big as lottery…