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Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Stephen Davidson of the JCDC.
A smiling Marcia Griffiths performs, with the Reggae Month logo on the backdrop.
Sean Paul
Julianne Lee, director of Jamaica Carnival (right), is greeted by Supreme Events directors Dexter Young (left) and Carlton Davy during the Sandz Beach event at the 7th Harbour, Palisadoes, earlier this month.
US President Barack Obama
Kristine Alicia and Rory.


JCDC warns against voting donations


The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) says it has received reports of unscrupulous persons claiming to be participants in JCDC competitions have been soliciting money and phone numbers for voting purposes.

The JCDC says it does not have any competitions running at this time that require persons to vote via telephone or text message and will at no time require telephone numbers from members of the public. The public is therefore being encouraged to report persons who approach them under this premise to the police.

The organisation is encouraging the public to continue to be vigilant in conducting their business.

Members of the public are invited to visit the JCDC's website at or contact any JCDC parish office for all information relating to the JCDC's competitions.


Freddie McGregor's song in Obama film


Singer Freddie McGregor had mixed feelings when he learnt that his song Bobby Babylon was featured in the Netflix original Barry, a biographical film about Barack Obama as a college student at Columbia University in the early 1980s. This was long before he sought to become president of the United States of America.

The movie producers adopted the homophonic style, with the film's visuals and sound complementing each other. The movie also features two other reggae songs, and all are on the Studio One record label.

Freddie is elated that his song, written over 40 years ago, remains relevant and is featured alongside such a significant black figure as President Obama. He encourages publishers and artistes to engage producers of films to consider their music, as it remains a viable medium to get songs heard.

McGregor will embark on a tour of Africa soon to promote his latest album, True to my Roots.


Sandz goes to the streets


The beach party Sandz will be on the road with the rebirth of Byron Lee's creation, Jamaica Carnival, on Carnival Sunday, April 23. The last staging of Sandz was held on January 1 at the White Oasis, 7th Harbour, Palisadoes, with over 8,000 patrons in attendance.

Known for its brand of entertainment, dÈcor and excitement, the Sandz team will be taking the same energy on the road. "We decided to jump at the opportunity to work with Jamaica Carnival, seeing that is an entity we grew up watching. I've always admired the work of the late great Byron Lee; he was a phenomenal musician and entrepreneur. It was really a privilege for my team to get our Supreme Team and the Sandz brand out to Jamaica and the world," Carlton Davy, director, Supreme Events, explained.

"For the new year, we're trying to be more dynamic, and this association came at the perfect time. We will be bringing the same Sandz Ultimate Beach chill vibe to Jamaica Carnival. We're known for beach events, but it will be easy to bridge the gap and still bring the vibe from the beach on the road, which will involve our Sandz pit concept." Davy added.

Jamaica Carnival will be launching a series of blow out events in Kingston, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and St Elizabeth, leading up to the big road march. The press launch is set for January 17 and the band launch is on January 28.


JaRIA announces



'Reggae Mecca' theme


The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is pleased to announce the theme for Reggae Month 2017. For the last two years, the association has been advancing discussions on the importance of assuming the nation's rightful ownership of music as an indigenous Jamaican product - the 2016 theme being 'Reggae Mekyah'. With Kingston's designation as a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015, the Reggae Month committee decided to produce Reggae Month 2017 under the theme 'Reggae Mecca'.

The activities will include the signature Reggae Wednesdays in Mandela Park, Half-Way Tree, JaRIA's flagship Honour Awards and the growing Reggae Open University panel discussions. The month will open with an ecumenical service, to be held on January 29, 2017.

Reggae Month was officially declared on January 9, 2008, by the then governor general of Jamaica. This was done to highlight and celebrate the musical genre's impact on the country's social, cultural and economic development. Additionally, the birthdays of two of Jamaica and reggae's icons are commemorated in February: the late Dennis Brown, also known as the Crown Prince of Reggae, is celebrated on February 1, while the late Robert Nesta 'Bob' Marley, the renowned King of Reggae, is celebrated on February 6.


Sean Paul releases 'No Lie' music video


Multi-platinum artiste Sean Paul has released the video for No Lie, featuring English singer Dua Lipa, showing the two in various scenes from different mirroring perspectives.

After debuting on the Billboard Reggae Digital Song Sales Chart at number three in the first week of its release, No Lie has maintained a presence on music charts across the world. With over 537,000 downloads on popular digital music media Spotify and climbing to number five on iTunes' listing of top reggae downloads, it is hoped the video release will push it higher on even more charts.

The No Lie video can now be seen on Vevo, attracting over 35,000 views only hours after its release. The single has sparked a #LitTonight hashtag across social media platforms, as fans favour the chorus "It's gonna be lit tonight, no lie", sung by Dua Lipa.


Kristine Alicia album produced by Rory of Stone Love


Kristine Alicia's new album Songs from Zion is set for release on February 16. It will be digitally released worldwide on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and SoundCloud, among other outlets.

Producer RoryStoneLove's label, Black Dub Music, has already released two singles, Freedom Fighters and Hand Over River, along with official music videos for each. World-famous reggae radio personality David Rodigan also previewed Roll It from the upcoming album on his BBC Radio 1Xtra show in December 2016.

Songs from Zion comes nearly a decade since Kristine's debut album, Get Ready. It received eight nominations at the 2009 Marlin with Alicia winning Artiste of the Year and Female Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year. She says for the upcoming set, "fans should expect a classic roots reggae album, rich in inspirational messaging".

Kristine Alicia has collaborated, opened for and performed with Third World, Tarrus Riley, Papa San, Etana, Nadine Sutherland, Warrior King and Freddie McGregor. She has performed in the USA, Canada, Africa and many Caribbean countries.

The 11-track album includes the work and direction of RoryStoneLove, saxophonist Dean Frazer, trombonist Nambo Robinson and producer Mikiy Bennett, among others. The songs were all recorded with live instrumentation performed by a group of musicians Rory affectionately calls the 'Blackites'.