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Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Part of the audience at a previous staging of Reggae Sumfest.
Devin Di Dakta
Richie Spice


Bonners show Family Pride


Family Pride, the fourth riddim album produced since 2012 by Bonner Cornerstone Music Limited, has been released. The label was created by Richie Spice and his siblings. Fontano Thompson is CEO of the label, which is based in Portmore, St Catherine.

The project is geared towards family togetherness and maintaining roots rock reggae at its highest level. The name of the album came from the pride the Bonner Brothers have in the family building. Richie Spice, Pliers, Spanner Banner, Snatcha and Shepherd have maintained unity over the years of their individual musical careers and the project features them all together for the first time on one set.

Also on the project is Shav A. The daughter of singer Admiral Tibet, she has been a part of Bonner Cornerstone Music Limited for over seven years. The ultimate purpose of the project is to reactivate the Bonner brothers catalogue for the purpose of a Bonner Brothers World Tour.

Track list:

1. Happy We (Pliers)

2. Miracle God (Spanner Banner)

3. Sight (Shav A)

4. Great Light (Snatcha Lion)

5. There's a Way (Richie Spice)

6. Blood Tears (Black Shepherd)

7. Family Pride (instrumental) by Bonner Cornerstone Music


Red Stripe hosts VIP Sumfest lounge


Red Stripe, long-time sponsor of Reggae Sumfest, will be creating a VIP experience for patrons on Dancehall Night and Reggae Night at this year's staging of the festival.

"We aim to heighten the Sumfest experience for our patrons in ways that will create lasting memories," said Michelle Cunningham, Red Stripe's assistant brand manager. The Red Stripe viewing deck will be an all-inclusive, premium experience providing beer for patrons who will be able to see the performances from the best seats in the house.

In the general section, Red Stripe will offer dominoes and other popular games to engage concert goers at all times. "We want to bring to life the theme 'Our Music, Our Festival' by incorporating iconic Jamaican games," said Cunningham. "So whether you're in VIP or not, every Sumfest patron will be part of something memorable."

Reggae Sumfest runs from July 17 - 23 in Montego Bay and will feature some of the biggest names in dancehall and reggae. Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Barrington Levy are among the artistes on the line up for this year's event.


First single out from 'Reggae for Her'


Devin Di Dakta & J.L are about to release their first EP Reggae for Her on Taxi Records and Tuff Gong International. Their first single being serviced to radio is Ayo Ayo, remixed by ZJ Sparks and Loud City crew. The remix was co-produced by Tricia ' ZJ Sparks' Spence for Twelve Records and Dan Grossman and Michael Gore for Loud City Music

There is a competition on for the collection's cover collage, closing today. Entrants are asked to post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #REGGAEFORHER, tagging evin Di Dakta & J.L and Tuff Gong. The best will chosen for the Reggae For Her cover picture collage. The contest rules are posted on Tuff Gong's Instagram feed.


Sunday selection for top beauties


On Sunday the top entrants in this year's Miss Jamaica World Competition will be selected.

Organisers of the pageant have announced the final call for females between ages 17 and 25 years oldto enter this year's competition by sending their applications online to

Last year 24 year-old medical doctor Sanneta Myrie won the Miss Jamaica World title. Myrie went on to represent Jamaica in the 65th Miss World Competition in Sanya, China, and finished fourth out of 120 beauties. She also walked away with the title of Miss World Caribbean.

Jamaica has won the Miss World title three times, has had numerous top Miss World 15, 10 and five placements and numerous Miss World Caribbean Queen of Beauty titles.

The private elimination session will be held at the Spanish Court Hotel.


Richie Spice unplugged in NY


Friday, June 24 saw the inaugural staging of Riddim-Don Magazine's Unplugged held at Mingles Nightclub in the Bronx, New York. The event drew out a fair-sized crowd and Richie Spice set about the business of pleasing his fans.

Delivering song after song Spice went through his repertoire, sometimes rapping with the audience members. He took them down memory lane with some of his earlier songs, such as Grooving My Girl and Earth A Run Red.

Richie Spice then made his way to later releases, all the time maintaining the connection with his fans.

If there was thing that prevented the night from ending on a sweet note it was the unfulfilled promise of Richie Spice getting 'one on one' time with his fans, as he was monopolised by the media.

The next Unplugged event will Bugle in action on Friday, July 29, and the organisers are promising that the fans will be able to get up close and personal with him.


Ms Ja, Abel join jerk festival line-up


The sixth Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival takes place on Sunday at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. The event promoters have announced the addition of Miss Jamaica World 2015 Sanneta Myrie and UK-based singer/ songwriter Mark-Anthony Abel to the line-up for the cultural and culinary extravaganza.

Myrie, who wowed a global television audience from Sanya, China in the Miss World contest to eventually finish in the top five, will be articipate in the always popular Celebrity Cook Off contest. Last year the contest's winner was New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Mark-Anthony Abel who will bring his own soulful flavour of British pop to New York City. Born in the UK, he has Jamaican roots and has in the past opened for the likes of Amy Winehouse in London. He is currently in the United States for an extended period, after having performed on the Prince Tribute Concert at Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston.

In addition to performing cuts from his new album, Naked Future, Abel will also perform a song that was specially written to address the wave of police shootings across the United States. He will be joined by reggae icons Third World alongside crowd pleasers Dexta Daps, Gyptian, Rupee, Ikaya and comedian Pretty Boy Floyd.

"I am very pleased that once again this year, we have been able to offer to New Yorkers a diverse entertainment package that is as sizzling as the food offerings", Eddy Edwards, festival founder said.