It was an active 2014 in St Ann
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
The entertainment scene in St Ann was quite active for 2014 with lots of positive happenings during the period.
One of the top events was the inaugural staging of the Miss Universe Jamaica North East pageant in mid-year, with Dianne Brown being crowned winner and getting an automatic place in the national finals.
Another big announcement, in the second half of the year, was the success of Hero and PZeds album, The Oracle, which yielded several charting singles in the United States, including a No. 1 with Hold On. The single also topped the New York Foundation Radio Network chart and the WAVS 1170 chart.
Another positive announcement was the musical link established between recording artiste Jah Son (Jason Scott) and Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge
Jah Sons career had been bubbling under the radar for a while with tracks such as Bounce, Get Crazy, Dream and Going for Mine. The link, which should develop further in 2015, should see Jah Sons career being enhanced by the move.
St Ann-based doctor, Nicholas Clarke, also announced in the latter part of the year the establishment of his Dr Cee record label and the fact that he would be working with several artistes, including some in St Ann.
In terms of events, Ninja Mans Taxi Appreciation Day talent competition, which saw taxi operators displaying their DJ talents in a showdown at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios in August, was one of the most talked about events of the year. Zedek, real name Keith Black, a taxi driver who plies the Mount Salem to Montego Bay route, won the contest.
Prior to that, in January, Ninja Man staged another successful birthday bash at the same venue.
Marketing guru Contractor had a good year promoting Downsound Records artistes such as Ishawna, Nature, Don Husky, Specialist, Harry Toddler and Ninja Man. Contractor also continued to solidify the link between reggae and sports by sponsoring several sporting events broadcast on Irie Fm.
On a sad note, the year saw the passing of Irie FMs general manager, Chad Young, in the first quarter.
January saw the second staging of Rebel Salute at Richmond, near Priory in St Ann.
If there was a promoter of the year award, it would go to Streetz Entertainment, as they continued to stage some of the biggest shows in St Ann, including Soak Bikini Fest, Food Festival and Disney Land on Boxing Day.
The year also saw the emergence of Bamboo Beach Club, located at Prospect in St Mary, as a preferred location for corporate entertainment.
Steer Town Academy was the recipient of several musical instruments in February, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Desmond Gilmore
Shades nightclub continued to show why it is considered the hot spot for adult entertainment in St Ann, hosting several activities during the year, including calendar events such as Shades Pon di Beach, Miss Shades pageant and Black and Yellow. In December, the club staged its groundbreaking Adult Comedy series.
Bully Cat and the Pineapple Citizens Association continued their annual treats at Easter and Christmas for the children.
Elsewhere, food festivals and kite festivals remained on the calendar.
And there was much more.
During the course of the year, several artistes continued to lay the groundwork for future success.
Some of the St Ann-based artistes who could break out in 2015 include John Junior, Libran, Shae Mill, Michelle Black and gospel artiste Gospel Head.