Jaja's realises dream with Funfest
For years, Tshani Jaja dreamt about hosting a family-oriented event. That dream materialised last Saturday with the staging of Fun Fest at Hope Gardens, Hope Road, St Andrew. Over 1,500 children, accompanied by their parents/guardians, flocked the venue.
"As a mother, I've found that there is a severe lack of family entertainment in Jamaica. Based on my extensive background in marketing and events management, I decided to start my company, Famfun Entertainment, that specialises in family entertainment and so, Funfest was born," Jaja said.
Jaja added that the event was inspired by families for families. She mentioned that her 10-year-old son was one of the creative inspirations behind the event and played an active role in the selection of the rides, design of the flier, appeared in the television ad and had input in the radio commercial, which was voiced by children.
"Digicel is very happy to be on board for the inaugural staging of Funfest 2012. As a brand that believes in community spirit and family, this event gives us yet another opportunity to celebrate the festive seasons with our customers and their families. We commend Famfun Entertainment for their vision behind this event and we look forward to partnering with them on other family events," said Tahnida Nunes, Digicel's sponsorship manager.
The attractions included face-painting, merry-go-round and rock climbing. Live entertainment featured Digicel ambassador, Jermaine Edwards, who gave a creditable performance. Also performing were Apostle, Delando, Ornellar, Fire Dove, Funfest Twins, Cash Money Dancers and DJ Shane Firestarter.
Tiana nominated for Kenyan award
Fast-rising dancehall artiste and the self-professed 'Dancehall Duchess', Tiana, has once again shown her strong impact on the continent of Africa. She was recently nominated for Female Artiste of the Year at the 2012 Kingston 10 Reggae Awards in Kenya.
Based in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Kingston 10 is a prominent dancehall/reggae show that highlights many of Jamaica's top entertainers, promoting the island's key music genres across the country. Tiana was nominated alongside the Queen of Dancehall Lady Saw, Tifa and Ce'Cile, as well as reggae warrior, Ikaya.
Tiana had a commendable follow-up year to her breakout campaign in 2011. After scoring with Bruk Out and Wine, Highest Grade, and others last year, Tiana made waves with singles such as Only Girl Him Want (remix of Popcaan's Only Man She Want), Dem a Bawl, Don't Stop and One Stuck Wine in 2012.
Dem a Bawl landed Tiana a top-10 spot on the MTV Base Africa Dancehall/Reggae charts, while holding down top spot on the Kenyan charts for four consecutive weeks.
To date, Tiana's YouTube Channel has garnered over two million views. The dancehall artiste is no stranger to award nominations this year, as she not only copped a pair of nominations at the International Reggae and World Music Awards in July, but was named Jamaica's top new artiste at the 2012 3B Entertainment Industry Awards in October.
The Kingston 10 Reggae Awards, now in its fifth year, will take place in January 2013.
Absinthe brings in 2013
Syndicate Events and Red Stripe Light Flavours plan to wrap up this year's Jamaica 50th celebrations with Absinthe - The Genesis (Rise of the Phoenix) at the Go-Kart Track, Palisadoes.
It promises to be the perfect setting for a New Year's Eve celebration, as it is a short journey to an undisturbed location which provides a view of the glorious fireworks on the Kingston Waterfront.
For the past seven years, Syndicate Events, through their brand Absinthe, has offered patrons the best party vibe. Promoter Dwayne Dacres explained that "Absinthe has been synonymous with vibes and good décor. However, there is a key element which we have worked on, and that is the food we offer. For the past two years, we have teamed with Patsy Lyn Caterers. This has worked well for us, as not only have we impressed with the variety offered, particularly seafood, but our food stations have remained open until perhaps the last patron departs in the early hours of the morning."
This has not gone unnoticed, as Absinthe is oftentimes referred to as 'Abshrimp' by numerous attendees.
Patrons can expect tasty treats, including grilled lobster tail, shrimp primavera, smoked sausage pasta, crispy pork, Italian herd roast chicken, shrimp tempura, escoveitch fish fillet, peppered shrimp, and sweet and sour chicken. If the food isn't enough to entice, the musical rhapsody expected from Coppershot Disco, ZJ Liquid and Renaissance Disco certainly is.
VIP tickets are available, which entitle patrons to top-shelf liquor flowing in abundance, confectionery items, glassware, private parking, entry and a secure lounge.
Lionel Richie buys seven Mercs
Dancing on the Ceiling singer Lionel Richie - whose adopted daughter is fashion designer Nicole Richie - decided to treat himself to several new vehicles to mark the festive holiday. However, the shocked salesman didn't recognise Lionel when he first walked into the dealership and thought he was joking when he told him how many cars he wanted.
Lionel told the New York Post newspaper: "I decided to buy myself a Mercedes - or two! In blue jeans and T-shirt, I walked into a Montgomery, Alabama, dealership and said, 'I'll buy seven Mercedes'. Staring, the guy asked, 'Son, you got some proof?' I had him call LA's Bank of America president. He hung up and segued from 'Son' to, 'Mr Richie, right this way, please'."
Although Lionel, 63, has spent a lot on himself, he has also helped those less fortunate this Christmas by working with Scottish charity Cash for Kids, which aims to get kids in the country out of poverty.
Speaking about the charity at an event in Glasgow earlier this month, he said, "Christmas is all about family and children being surrounded by love, but it's important to realise that not every child is fortunate enough to be able to share this happy time.