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Published:Friday | December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Christoph Waltz
Dance moves on show at the recent launch of Magnum Sting 2014, held at Triple Century, New Kingston. - File
mariah carey

Nesbeth releases 'Taste Victory' video

The video for reggae recording artiste Nesbeth's single, Taste Victory, from his recently released EP Victory for the UK-based label Entertainment Soul, stylishly portrays him as a boxer who has to battle his negative past self in the ring. The star wins and the chorus "now I can taste victory" is repeated.

The video was recently picked up by MTV Iggy, a division of Viacom Media Networks, which is focused on bringing cutting-edge global music and pop culture to the US.

Nesbeth developed the visual concept for the video, directed by Jamaican outfit RD Studios. "I wanted to portray to those that live with self-doubt that personal achievement is often only held back by this negative internal struggle, and that it must be overcome to fully flourish" said Nesbeth.

"It is an honour to have my video a part of the brand MTV Iggy and among a diverse group of musicians. I see this as an opportunity to receive exposure to a new audience and gain new fans."

Mariah misses recording

Mariah Carey "didn't show up" to pre-record her performance at the switching on of the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree lights.

The 44-year-old star took to the stage at the iconic venue in New York on Wednesday, but it's been revealed TV bosses intended for her to pre-record the Christmas songs ahead of the live show, but she never arrived for filming.

A source shared: "The diva was supposed to pre-tape her performance of Christmas songs like she's done before. The show is live Wednesday, but producers have learned their lesson with her over the years and that they must pre-tape her. She always shows up late. On Tuesday night, she didn't show up at all."

The We Belong Together hitmaker is said to have kept producers, staff and crew from NBC waiting in the rain for three hours when she failed to show up at the recording session for the 82nd annual tree-lighting extravaganza.

The event organisers were then forced to send the audience home without seeing the star after they'd waited in the cold for hours.

Country Man promises to blaze at Sting

Country Man, aka Gully Man, recently shot to fame via a home video that went viral. His recording Body Specialist is a popular song in the dancehall community and he has been confirmed for a showing at Magnum Sting 2014.

He is naturally elated, saying he is "very proud to be at Magnum Sting this year. Can yuh imagine a little man like a me aguh lift it up? Mi know everybody want fi know a who name Gully Bop Bop Bop."

He explained he is from a different generation, one that embraced clean entertainment. "Mi a take it to dem. Mi a bring it back the right way. No fight, no war, no taking things personal. Back inna di days, a so wi do it," he said.

"When me and Ninja Man done wid Jamworld, all the bees them nah go have no wing again. See how Ninja Man bad? Him nuh half bad like me. See how Ninja Man have tune? A same suh me full a tune. So a me and him a light it up this year," Country Man said.

Waltz takes Bond role

Christoph Waltz has been cast as Oberhauser in the new James Bond movie, Spectre.

The 58-year-old actor - who has previously starred in Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained - was confirmed in the role of Bond's skiing instructor during an specially arranged event staged at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, South East England, yesterday.

Returning director Sam Mendes (who helmed the 2012 Bond film Skyfall) said: "The most important member [of the visiting cast], I think - an extraordinary actor - I could not be happier than to be having in this cast and joining us on this journey, Mr Christoph Waltz."

Sam, 49, also revealed Monica Bellucci will play the part of Lucia Sciarra while Lea Seydoux, the 29-year-old French actress who has previously had roles in The Last Mistress and On War, will appear as Madeleine Swann.

The movie, which is set for release on November 6, 2015, will also feature WWE wrestler and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista, who will star as henchman Mr Hinx, as well as Sherlock star Andrew Scott as Denbigh.

Returning cast members include Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, Ben Wishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, and Daniel Craig, who will be appearing as secret agent 007 for a fourth time.

Even though Waltz has officially been cast as Oberhauser, speculation on the Internet is rife he could actually be portraying iconic villain Blofeld.

Alpha, Benz team up

Overlooking St Andrew and St Catherine from its perch in Irish Town, Strawberry Hill's Sunday brunch has long been a favourite. Recently, live music by members of The Alpha All Stars has provided the event's perfect soundtrack on every first Sunday of the month.

This Sunday is a great opportunity to savour the amazing views and atmosphere from the driver's seat of a 2014 GLA or E-Class Mercedes-Benz, while doing good for the community. For brunch on December 7 only, Silver Star Motors will hold an exclusive silent auction for a 2014 Mercedes Benz E-Class. Any amount above the E-Class reserve price will be donated to the Alpha Institute. In addition, every car sold as a result of the Strawberry Hill event on December 7 will generate a donation from Silver Star Motors to Alpha.

Made up of past boys from Alpha who are now professional musicians, The Alpha All Stars represents the famed Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys School), which is recognised for having "released the spirit of one of the most musical islands in the world" (The Telegraph/UK).

Led by the current Alpha bandmaster, Winston 'Sparrow' Martin, The Alpha All Stars are a musical passport to an amazing catalogue of Jamaican jazz, ska and reggae hits.

Located across the street from Silver Star Motors on South Camp Road, The Alpha Institute was launched in September 2014 and continues the legacy and mission of the Alpha Boys' School at 26 South Camp Road in Kingston. 

Royalty Dub features Lady G, Patra, Jimmy Riley

In early November, Canada-based label, Indie-Rootz Records, released the Royalty Dub Riddim, blending a fresh reggae sound with classic dub elements. Foundation Sound from Europe did a featured Youtube mix of the project, after strong response to the tracks at a local party.

Some of the most popular songs on the riddim include Music (Patra), Come Back Home (Juliet Nelson), How Can You Say (Luciano), No Sellout (Donna Makeda), Rock And Come In (Lady G ft. Shae Mill), and Life Is A Journey (Jimmy Riley).