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Strictly Addi ready for the beach

Published:Friday | June 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Fire Links
Contributed Omari Banks
Duane Stephenson
Vybz Kartel on stage at Reggae Sumfest 2011 in Montego Bay, St James.

Strictly Addi ready for the beach

JEM Entertainment's of Strictly Addi 2016 is slated for Saturday, June 25 at the Sugar Man's Beach Club, Portmore, St Catherine. Strictly Addi is a night beach event, which JEM Entertainment director IB Konteh believes will make the party experience even more exciting. "If an even the beach we affi reach. We are are going to make them remember the third anniversary," Konteh said.

Fresh from his win in the BOOM Energy Drink All Star Sound Clash, Fire Links leads the sound system line-up, along with Addi's musical lieutenants Code Red and ZJ Chrome.

The promoters have eased any parking fears, insisting there will be an increase in security personnel with the help of the police and a private security firm. "JEM Entertainment treats the safety of our patrons and their belongings with the utmost importance and so do our partners, Protection and Security." said JEM's Marc Hines.

Alliance Francaise organises music festival

The Alliance Francaise de la Jamaique, in its contribution to promoting French culture in Jamaica, is organising its annual Fete de la Musique (World Music Festival) on June 19.

The festival started in France in 1982 and has been exported to hundreds of countries, filling streets with musical talents of genres from all over the world. The event's purpose is to gather local and international, new and old, amateur or professional artists and music lovers in a multicultural, festive and musically diverse evening. It is held free of cost to the public.

This year, the festival takes place at Club India, 38 Lady Musgrave Road, St Andrew, starting at 6 p.m. A mix of amateur, up and coming and established acts will share one stage and treat patrons to instrumental, classical, pop, gospel, reggae, jazz, French and English performances. Patrons are invited to participate in the open mic section, which will kick-off the festival.

Fathers are in for a special treat, as several giveaways are planned for them during the event.

The Fete de la Musique is organised in association with the Embassy of France and Kingston on the Edge (KOTE). Sponsors of the event are Total Jamaica Ltd, CHASE Fund and CB Foods.

Video shot for 'System Set'

So far it has been a whirlwind year for reggae crooner Omari Banks. From the Huffington Post to BET, Omari has been celebrated for his "dashing good looks, rock star stage presence and impressive singer songwriter skills" (Forbes).

Having recently released the single System Set, featuring reggae star Duane Stephenson, Omari travelled to Jamaica and Italy to film the video. Omari explained that "as a lover of history and a enthusiast of world matters I've always found it very interesting to listen to people's view on topics which have shaped the world we live in. System Set is a song which encourages the listener to dig within their beliefs, present documented facts and ask questions which I find compelling and critical to the existence of all people living in unity."

Produced by Omari, the Jamaica portion of the System Set video was shot by Kerrin 'Kerro' McLean.

After the stint in Jamaica, during which he also worked with acclaimed producers such as Clive Hunt on music for his upcoming album, Omari headed to Italy. "I shot two music videos, did a few photo shoots and got some important visuals to ensure my fans get a good feel of who I am as a artiste. The time was spent as well looking at some of the historical monuments of which I was fully aware of through my love for history. It was great to get first-hand perspective. I believe information is the key to enlightenment and Rome certainly is a gateway into looking a the present world power structure, Hence I thought the System Set music video would be great to shoot here.." stated Omari.

Etana releases new single

Etana has released the single The Way I Are (Natural Woman). Written primarily by Etana and produced by Beatnick and K-Salaam, the song speaks about women embracing themselves, knowing who they are on the inside and not being afraid to show it on the outside.

"People ask me why do you wear make-up sometimes and other times you don't? My answer has always been if it wasn't for music and image I would wear nothing at all, except for my clothes of course! But I understand the role of an artiste and even in presenting myself I still have to do it in my own way to be comfortable". Etana explained.

"The song came naturally to me when looking at all the 'hoopla' about black hair, lips and big plastic butts and what women think men find attractive. I think in all the mess we need to be reminded to love ourselves the way we are and that love is natural. We don't need to try so hard to find it. It all starts from within". Etana added.

The single is supported by an Instagram competition where fans detail in a one minute video why they believe women should love themselves the way they are. Prizes for the most liked videos include a Samsung Galaxy S7 as well as Etana albums and memorabilia. Details of the competition can be found on Etana's Facebook Page, OneEtana.

The Way I Are (Natural Woman) is also the first release from an EP which is yet to be titled.

Etana next performs in Jamaica for International Reggae Day on Friday, July 1. She is set to take the stage at Clarendon LIVE, Fyah Side Jerk and Bar, Tollgate, along with Duane Stephenson.