Warrior King on
second 2015 European stint
Following on a promotional tour of the US, along with a gig in Mexico, Warrior King is all packed and ready to hit the road again - this time to Europe. The tour kicks off today, marking the second time he will be performing in Europe this year.
"I did a stint in Europe in February and it was everything I hoped for and more. It's really nice to feel appreciated, doing what you love to do and getting paid for it. Of course, touring is hard work; it's not all about the glamour, but it's music and we reggae artistes are passionate about our music," he said.
Today's show is at the Rast' Art Festival in Normandy, France. Tomorrow, he will perform at Studio Club in Cergy. On Sunday, he travels to the Austrian capital, Vienna, for a show at the Fania Live Club and a mix of club and festival appearances in the UK will see him on the road until June 24.
Warrior King's newest singles are Ain't Giving Up and Same Source from the upcoming album, Roots Warrior, which is produced by his own Rootz Warrior Productions and Irie Sounds International. He recently did the video for Same Source and it will be premiered soon.
Rootz Warrior is scheduled to be released in July 2015.
Palace introduces online ticketing
Palace Amusement has rolled out its online ticketing system, allowing patrons to buy tickets by logging on to www.palaceamusement.com with any Internet capable device. They will then retrieve the tickets with a few simple steps at kiosks in the cinemas.
The company's Marketing Manager Melanie Graham says this is meant to empower patrons in he digital 21st century, as Palace Amusement continues to embrace innovation and fully engage the evolving demands of its patrons.
"The Internet is allowing people to control their lives in meaningful ways and it is also central to how we operate. Our Online Ticketing is a smart product designed to benefit our patrons and add value to the movie-going experience. Consumers are banking and paying bills online. Now a busy mother can enjoy that convenience when purchasing tickets for the family and have the benefit of arriving just in time for the show - no need to join a queue for tickets. So, too, will the young executive who has to deal with deadlines before leaving the office," Graham said.
"We have launched our online ticketing at our flagship Carib 5 and Palace Cineplex in Liguanea, to be followed by Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay."
According to Graham, although the company anticipates a smooth learning curve with its tech-savvy clientele, a 'how to' programme has been designed and staff trained to assist patrons with the process. This involves purchasing a ticket for a specific cinema, date and time, printing or saving a barcoded receipt on a mobile device, and retrieving the ticket at the cinema by scanning the barcode or swiping the Palace Card used to make the purchase.
Transactions will incur a service fee of $100. All ticket sales are final.
The company's Box Office will still be available for ticket purchase, as well as value-added Palace Cards.
Schools hone Shakespeare productions
Drama students in 17 high schools across Jamaica are now putting the finishing touches on their rehearsals for the staging of the JN Shakespeare Schools Championship, slated for July 1 - 4 in the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew.
The students have been producing 30-minute dramatic renditions of excerpts from a chosen Shakespearean work in the original language, but adapted to the Jamaican context. Selected plays cover the gamut of some of the playwright's celebrated dramas including The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The cast and teacher from the winning school will participate in the International Shakespeare Festival, now in its eighth year, in the United Kingdom. They will also perform in the acclaimed playwright's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.
Expenses for the trip to the UK will be underwritten by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), sponsor of the competition.
Participating high schools are Waterford, Papine, Glenmuir, Manchester, the American International School of Kingston, Munro College, Cumberland, Ardenne, Campion College, Camperdown, Meadowbrook, St Hugh's, Kingston College, Decarteret College, and Wolmer's Boys and Wolmer's Girls.
Chance for free package to Haiti Live Fest
The organisers of Haiti Live Fest have announced the #WinATripToHaiti competition. Persons who go online to purchase a US$10 raffle ticket have a chance to win a weekend for two in Haiti and experience the first Haiti Live Fest and its kick-off party.
The festival will be held on Saturday, June 27th, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at the Centre Sportif Henfrasa, Delmas 33. It features top Haitian/Caribbean talents, with the highlight being Jamaica's renowned dancehall artiste, Mavado, who will be performing in Haiti for the first time.
The winner will receive return airfare for two to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, two nights at a 4-star Royal Oasis Occidental hotel, shuttle service to the hotel in Haiti, tickets to the Haiti Live Kickoff Party at Roof Top Oasis, shuttle service to the Kickoff Party, tickets to Haiti Live Fest 2015 at Centre Sportif Henfrasa and shuttle service to Haiti Live Fest.
The weekend getaway is valued at US$2,500.
Entries close on June 14, with the draw the following day. Raffle tickets are available by visiting: http://www.haitilivefest.com/win-a-trip-to-haiti.
Chris Martin for St Kitts Music Festival
Reggae singer Christopher Martin will perform at the 19th St Kitts Music Festival, Friday, June 27. Dancehall veteran Bounty Killer, hip-hop princess Ciara, reggae group Aswad and the Island Explosion Band are also slated for Warner Park Stadium on the festival's second night.
Describing his approach to performance, Martin said, "I just get lost in music. Fans connect with that. It does not matter what age group is in the audience, everyone can understand and get a vibe from what I am saying. Parents don't have to stop their 12-year-olds from listening or say 'No, don't listen to this part'."
Martin, whose album comes out in October, is pulling out all the stops for his second outing on the St Kitts Music Festival. "I performed without my band the last time I was there, but this year, I will be there with my band, the Jam Dons. My energy with my band is a total difference. I also have new music, and the EP is out, so I will touch a few songs from the EP," said Martin.
Among the other performers booked for the festival are Roy Cape All Stars, Patrice Roberts, Benjai, Kerwin Du Bois, Small Axe Band, Ricardo Drue, Blaxx, Mr Bagnall, Tono Rosario T-Vice, Odisi Band, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, Infamus and Arturo Tappin.
Known for songs such as Cheater's Prayer and Chill Spot, Martin said it is good "to see so many different cultures come together - soca night, reggae night, R&B and hip hop. Whenever so many different genres of music come together for this kind of festival, it goes to show the dynamics of the region. It shows what various countries within the Caribbean have to offer as a united force."