- MIA Awards ceremony off
The Music Industry Achievers Awards ceremony, slated for Monday, August 25, has been cancelled. "We made the conscious decision to cancel this staging of the event because we want to change the date entirely to the beginning of the year," said organiser Nackesha Doyley.
"We also weren't prepared the way we thought we should have been and we will not put on an event unless it is flawless," she said.
However, the list of winners can be viewed on Facebook at The Music Industry Achievers Awards; via Instagram @mia_awards and Twitter @miaawards2014. The winners can arrange to collect their awards by contacting 389-2506 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DJ Richie RAS strong with soca
The 29-year-old disc jock Richard 'Richie RAS' Spence completed a strong Carnival season in Trinidad earlier this year and had a second successful run in Barbados for the recent Crop Over festivities, where he was featured on major events.
These included Stumbling, Island Fusion Foreday Jam, Bliss and the much-anticipated Kadooment Day, where he was the deejay for Krave the Band.
"Jamaicans are overall viewed as not being big with soca music, so entering markets such as Barbados and Trinidad has not been an easy task. I've had to spend a lot of time learning the respective cultures and ensuring that I am up to date with their trends," Spence said.
"I am constantly working to maintain a strong presence in our local market," he added.
Richie RAS has released a soca mixtape, We Love Carnival, which is available on iTunes.
- Nesta's Rock to chronicle Marley's early life
The Bob Marley Group of Companies has partnered with the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) for the production of the children's musical, Nesta's Rock.
It is an original musical production inspired by the childhood of Robert Nesta Marley and follows a young boy, Ness, who is growing up in Kingston with big hopes and dreams. Nesta's big dreams are met with some ridicule from his friends. However, he finds himself on a magical journey, which brings him through several experiences before setting up shop in Kingston Town by his friend Nella.
Nesta then discovers himself and his inner strength and, in so doing, helps the people of Kingston Town discover their inner power to overcome the difficulties they face. The production for Nesta's Rock will also see the remake of popular Bob Marley tracks such as Trench Town Rock, Redemption Song, Could You Be Loved and others.
The JMTC will host auditions on September 6, 7 and 9 at the St Andrew High School for Girls.
Nesta's Rock will run at the Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies, Mona, from January 9 to February 22, 2015. There will also be a special showing on Bob Marley's 70th birthday, February 6, 2015.
- Young Marky plans dancehall career from US
Paypaz Chasaz Muzic recording artiste Young Marky, who currently resides in the US, and is the son of Mark 'Dragon' Williams, a veteran sound selector of Inner City in the '90s, says his father inspired him.
"I always knew that I wanted to become a recording artiste, because it is in my blood," he said.
The upcoming artiste has two singles, Honour Them and Girls All Around, both produced by Paypaz Chasaz Muzic label. Young Marky recently filmed the video for Girls All Around.
The singjay has also worked with DJ Krush/KrushProof Musik, Collie Buddz/Bobby Digital, Supa Hype/007Upt and King Neftie.