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Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Members of Mighty Crown sound system.
Luciano
Geefus (left) and Rory at the controls for Stone Love.
Sean Paul
Festival Queen 2015 Chereese Ricketts.
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Sean Paul's 'Cheap Thrill' collaboration debuts on Billboard Hot 100

 

Sean Paul steps into familiar dimensions with Australian singer and songwriter Sia on the latest track, Cheap Thrills. The uptempo track made its entry at #81 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts and continues to create a storm on the international scene. Sean Paul is gearing up for his Full Speed 2016 Canadian Tour, where he is expected to headline shows March 12-30.

 

Mighty Crown, Rory of Stone Love make rare appearance in Japan

 

When giant sounds with a love of the culture come together during a rare occasion, the result can only be music magic. To put it mildly, this is what went down in Japan recently, when Mighty Crown teamed up with Rory of Stone Love to take it 'Back to the Hardcore', before thousands of fans during sold-out shows in Yokohama and Osaka.

It's very seldom that these prominent sounds share the same stage. In fact, historically, for 10 years (due to pretty well-known behind-the-scenes mix-up), the two sounds did not take dates together, with the exception of a couple of surprise/ happenstance billings staged by a promoter. The beauty of 'Back to the Hardcore' is that the 'Far East Rulaz' and Rory (Stone Love) put all beef aside for the greater good of the music and culture, delivering outstanding performances to massive Japanese audiences.

 

Luciano knocks on We Are Reggae's door

 

Luciano 'The Messenger' is set to appear on the We Are Reggae stage this Saturday at the Beach Bar, Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay. Luciano performs his first unplugged and up-close set in Montego Bay, fresh off his Grammy Awards nomination for Best Reggae Album 2016.

"We Are Reggae again invites everyone to feast upon the best in reggae music. We Are Reggae's Grammy month will be stupendous," said Apostles of Production partner Peter Lloyd of the three-man group, which includes Patrick Casserly and Orlando Maxwell, founders and owners of the We Are Reggae unplugged concert series.

For Saturday's event, gates open at 8 p.m., showtime 10 p.m.

 

JCDC searches for 2016 Festival Queen

 

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is currently on an islandwide hunt for empowered women that fit the criteria of intelligent, culturally aware and poised, and are in turn seeking a platform to make their contributions to nation building. An agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, the JCDC continues its islandwide search for entrants in each parish for the 2016 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition which closes on Monday, February 29.

With over a million dollars in cash and prizes to be won, young ladies between 18 and 25 years old will first compete at the parish level, before the Grand National Coronation, which forms part of the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.

Entry forms and other details for the 2016 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition can be accessed on the JCDC website at www.jcdc.gov.jm, the JCDC head office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston, or at any JCDC parish office islandwide.