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Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Ity (left) and Fancy Cat
Bob Andy
Freddie McGregor
Tanto Blacks


Bogdanovich, McGregor join MoBay initiative


The 'Big Ship' captain, Freddie McGregor, and Reggae Sumfest boss, Joe Bogdanovich, are supporting the Entertainers Against Crime and Violence concert at Dump Up Beach, Montego Bay, St James, on December 4, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

For the voluntary effort, entertainers, both gospel and secular, will come together to make a statement that crime and violence are crippling the entire entertainment industry, as people are not coming out to see performers and the police are not giving permits for events to be held. This further affects the persons who make a livelihood from these events.

More than 50 entertainers have already been confirmed for the event. Among them are Everton Blender, Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Nesbeth, Spice, Bushman, Mackie Conscious, Taddy P, I Wayne, Hezron, Nature Ellis. Persons of Interest, Live Wyya, Bung Guh Lung, Lt Stichie and Paul Blake,

The production team warmly welcomes any corporate sponsors who want to join this venture. To date, IRIE FM, Mello FM, Reggae Sumfest, John Swaby Entertainment, Knutsford Express, M & M Sewers and Drain, Western Mirror, the Urban Development Corporation, Power Plus Hardware, Visual City Ads, Jamaica Association of Composers Authors and Publishers and the Rebel Salute Foundation have taken the lead in sponsorship.


Two-day UNESCO workshop at Four Seasons


The Jamaica Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (JAFUCCA) is embarking on an initiative to strengthen and expand its membership in schools throughout Jamaica. The project, funded by UNESCO International, is designed to engage UNESCO club co-ordinators in a special workshop to be held on November 25 and 26 at the Hotel Four Seasons, Ruthven Road, St Andrew.

There will be two days of intensive, interactive learning. The workshop will include an international cultural exchange, where delegates of UNESCO clubs from different countries will be invited to make short presentations about UNESCO club activities in their countries. In fulfilling the objectives of the workshop, co-ordinators will be equipped with the requisite skills in order to build students' capacity to play a more active role in issues affecting them. In particular, it is intended to engage them in UNESCO priority programmes at the local, national and international level.

Among the special guests for the workshop is Guy Djoken, president of the US Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Centres and executive director of the UNESCO Centre for Peace. The civil rights activist has received awards for his work as a distinguished global activist for peace and human rights, including the Telsa Global Forum Award. He is also a civil rights instructor at the Frederick Community College, USA, and has been a visiting professor to universities in China and Japan.

He will be guest speaker at the training workshop and will give a lecture at the UWI School of Nursing on Monday, November 21, at 4:30 p.m., as well as the St. Andrew High School on Tuesday, November 22, from 2:30- 4:30 p.m.


Ity and Fancy Cat into season 9


Homegrown comedy is back in focus and, on Sunday nights, comedy fans are warming up for another season of the Ity and Fancy Cat Show.

Now in its ninth year, the locally produced sketch comedy series returned with the season premiere on Sunday November 13, the team of performers poking fun at hot topical issues and running humorous spoofs on unsuspecting members of the public.

This season brings some changes, including a montage and opening sequences and the removal of the live link segment that used to be recorded before a live studio audience. This live segment has been replaced with dramatic in-studio links and introductions. The public participation element of the show has also been heightened, with more hidden camera gags and on-the-street interactions with fans.

A new segment called 'Charity and Cheers' has been added as well. This is a special initiative that will feature entertaining performances by primary schools students from all across the island and the sharing of inspiring acts of charity as the duo and their sponsors give back generously to the country and communities. The season premiere's edition of 'Charity and Cheer' saw the show visiting Boys Town Primary School in Trench Town - the hometown of the show's stars, Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Alton 'Fancy Cat' Hardware.

The Ity and Fancy Cat show's main sponsors are KFC and Courts, with the special Charity and Cheer segment sponsored by Best Dressed Chicken. The STAR newspaper is exclusive print and online sponsor. Using the taglines "#Season9, #Laughing Time", the show airs on TVJ every Sunday at 9 p.m., with a repeat broadcast on Tuesdays at 11 p.m.


Bob Andy to perform at One World festival


Bob Andy will grace the stage of the first annual One World Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, on Saturday, November 26.

Known for hits such as Unchained, I've Got to Go Back Home and Too Experienced, among many others, Andy has also penned hits for performers such as Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Tony Rebel, Sanchez and British pop stars UB40, among many others. He will be backed by Lloyd Parks and We the People band.

While Bob Andy is joining the line-up, Marcia Griffiths and the Alpha Boys' School Band are unable to perform at the Festival. Griffiths, following back-to-back tours to several European countries and Japan, has been advised by her doctor to rest.


Grange at culture confab in Paraguay


Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport the Honourable Olivia Grange is in Paraguay to participate in the VII Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities of the Organisation of the American States (OAS) from November 17 - 18, 2016 in Asuncion.

Grange noted that the meeting will examine, among other topics, Local Production to Regional Consumption: Opportunities and Challenges for the Circulation of Cultural Goods and Services; Challenges in the Generation of Employment; Social Inclusion and Promotion of Cultural Diversity and Regional Programmes on the Circulation of Cultural Goods and Services.

She will be one of two ministers to open the dialogue following the presentations from the third plenary session. Grange will present Jamaica's perspective on the topic: Regional Programmes on the Circulation of Cultural Goods and Services.

The Minister said she is grateful for the opportunity to also share Jamaica's policy positions and programmes relating to culture with the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America.


Courts Roadshows in MoBay, Kgn


Ten persons will unwrap their dreams when the Courts Unwrapped Roadshow hits Montego Bay on November 18 and Kingston on November 25.

Today in Sam Sharpe Square Courts shares the full suite of services under its umbrella, with eye care and cash loans along with the furniture, appliances and electronics which have made Courts a household name.

Visitors will get free eye screening, blood pressure and blood sugar checks from Courts Optical, which provides complete, affordable eye care on up to 24 months credit. The Ready Cash team will be on spot for same day loans of up to $330,000 with 36 months to repay for qualified customers.

The Courts display will showcase some of the current offers, with persons able to make credit purchases on site. Visitors will be able to have their questions on warranty answered and find out how to access Ready Finance credit. The online portal will also be featured for persons who prefer to shop via the Internet.

The highlight of the day will be the Unwrap Your Dreams segment, where persons will get their dream granted. Persons will be asked to complete a card naming their dream gift with five gifts valued up to $50,000 each being awarded at each location.

"We wanted to give our customers a chance to feel the spirit of Christmas with a gift they really want, a dream gift for them," said commercial director of Unicomer, Janet Sylvester.

Aspiring entertainers will get a chance to win up to $30,000 in the DJ competition, with hosts Ity and Fancy Cat leading fun and games throughout the day. There will also be performances by Jermaine Edwards, Tanto Blacks, Accid and Clymaxx.

Persons in Kingston will get their turn to unwrap excitement next Friday in Mandela Park, when I-Octane and Kevin Downswell will ignite Half Way Tree.

A number of partners will also be participating in the roadshows, with FLOW Kendal, Cetamol, Vigerton, IGL, Frigidaire and Therapedic all on board.