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2010 year in review

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Bob Marley
Sugar Minott


  • Jazz Festival celebrates 20 years

The 20th staging of the Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival gets off the ground with a Jazz Wine and Fashion Show at the French ambassador's residence in St Andrew.

Staged by the Sonny Bradshaw Foundation, which was established in memory of the festival's late founder, C.V. 'Sonny' Bradshaw, the organisers donated proceeds to the Consie Walters Cancer Care Hospice. It was the first edition of the festival staged since the death of Bradshaw.

  • Former Miss Jamaica renovates schools

The 2006 Miss Jamaica world runner-up, Christelle Harris, through her charity, The Christelle Harris Charity fund, launched a series of projects geared at facilitating improvements in schools in Trelawny. The schools that got renovated, thanks to her fund, included the Dumfries Basic School, St Michael's Early Childhood Institution, and Cedric Titus High School.

  • Edwards laid to rest

Members of the entertainment fraternity, family, friends, and well-wishers turned out to the Family Church On the Rock to pay their final respects to beloved entertainer, O'Neil Edwards, of Voicemail.

  • Virgo delivers first album

Romain Virgo's debut album was released in stores and online. The 15-track project, titled Romain Virgo, was hailed by industry insiders as the most anticipated reggae album for 2010.

  • Rap stars shoot video in Jamaica

Rap stars Sean Kingston and Nicki Minaj shot the video for Letting Go (Dutty Love) at Jack Ruby Lawn on Ocho Rios' James Avenue.

Local entertainers such as Shaggy, Wayne Marshall, and Bar-Bee made cameo appearances in the video.

  • Capleton releases new album

Deejay Capleton released his first album with VP Records since 2004's Reign of Fire with the 15-track I-Ternal Fire. The album was released in the United States.


  • JCDC rolls out independence

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission rolled out a week of activities for Jamaica's 48th independence celebrations. The entire island came alive under the theme 'I Believe in Jamaica' also demonstrated by the black, green, and gold-covered buntings, banners and buildings.

  • Sugar Minott buried

Singer Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott was laid to rest at a rousing farewell at the National Arena, where the thanksgiving service for his life was held. A who's-who of underground reggae came out to show their respect for Minott, who died July 10 at the University Hospital of the West Indies at age 54.

  • Big Jamaican contingent heads to Rototom Splash

Approximately 50 persons, which include performers, the Live Wyya band and support personnel, left Jamaica for the weeklong Rototom Sunsplash 2010, in August in Benicassim, Spain. The 17th staging of the reggae-based festival was held in that country for the first time.

  • Jeneil Williams makes i-D cover

Pulse superstar model, Jeneil Williams, was featured on the summer cover of fashion's revered and edgy i-D magazine and has emblazoned her image on fashion's year 2010. Having made history as the only Caribbean model to have appeared in the all-black girl collectors edition of Vogue, Williams firmly staked her claim as one of fashion's elite.

  • Ehrhardt's one-woman play premieres

Debra Ehrhardt's 90-minute one-woman autobiographical show Jamaica, Farewell, premiered at the Theatre Place on Haining Road New Kingston for a five-day run.

  • Raymond is Miss Jamaica World

Chantal Raymond was crowned the new Miss Jamaica World at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

  • Yendi comes close to a first Miss Universe title

Conjecture about why Yendi Phillipps did not win what would have been Jamaica's first Miss Universe title swirled. Phillipps did the island proud when she placed second to Ximena Navarrete from Mexico to give the country its highest-ever finish.

  • Video of Marley's last performance released

Reggae legend Bob Marley's last performance at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theatre, captured on tape by Marley's engineer Dennis Thompson, has been lovingly preserved and remastered for the 30th anniversary album release exclusively in the Caribbean. The album is titled Live Forever.


  • Artiste goes into fashion

Downsound Records artiste Toya launched her clothing line, Toyanik, during the 2010 staging of Styleweek Jamaica.

  • Alaine becomes her own boss

Singer Alaine Laughton released her first song on her own record label. You Are Me, the first single produced by Alaine's 1Thirty1 record label, received rave reviews and garnered heavy rotation both locally and abroad.

  • Marshall's video does well

Wayne Marshall launched the video for his popular single Messing With My Heart with a scorching hot four-minute feature that tells the story of the tune. The video was shot by popular director Storm Saulter and featured singjay Mavado.

  • Sean Paul's manager produces rhythm

Producer Jeremy Harding went back into music with the debut of his Fearless rhythm. The producer is the manager of Sean Paul and Stephen McGregor.

  • Sparrow will have a place

Caribbean-American Congress-woman Yvette D. Clarke said she would ensure that calypso king, The Mighty Sparrow, is listed in the United States Congressional Record.

  • Bob Marley tribute set released

The Putumayo music company, which is best known for producing compilation albums by world-beat artistes, released a tribute set to superstar Bob Marley featuring artistes from Africa, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.

Tribute To a Reggae Legend is a 12-track album which was released July 13 by the New York company. It contains covers of mostly popular songs by the singer-songwriter who died from cancer in 1981 at age 36.

  • Johnnel Smith is Miss Jamaica Festival Queen

Johnnel Smith, who represented the parish of Manchester, walked away with the coveted title of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2010.

Kingston and St Andrew's Tyesha Turner was first runner-up, and Miss Trelawny, Chloe Trowers, was awarded the second runner-up spot.

  • Dr Donna Hope-Marquis releases new book

Dr Donna Hope-Marquis, popular dancehall author and lecturer, released her second book featuring the realities of dancehall culture.

Dr Hope-Marquis dipped into the touchy topic of sexuality in the dancehall with Man Vibes: Masculinities in Jamaican Dancehall.

  • Chaka Demus and Pliers sues UMG

The deejay/singer duo of Chaka Demus and Pliers has sued the giant Universal Music Group (UMG) for more than US$10 million in unpaid royalties and accountability for record sales. The suit was filed July 13 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan by lawyers representing the performers.

  • Bounty lauded

Deejay Bounty Killer was specially recognised for his contribution to Jamaica's music and the unselfish manner in which he has allowed other artistes, who subsequently became stars, to flourish under his watch during the 2010 edition of Reggae Sumfest.

During the event, Voicemail's members, Craig Jackson and Kevin Blair, cried onstage while doing their first Sumfest without O'Neil Edwards who died earlier in the year.

  • 'Hold You' released

Singer Gyptian released his album Hold You with VP Records. The 15-track set contains Hold You, Gyptian's monster hit of the same name, with Trinidad-American singer Nicki Minaj, which peaked at number 31 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart and was number 76 on that publication's Top 100.