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Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM
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Marlon James
Paul Bogle's statue in front of the Morant Bay Courthouse, St Thomas.


Shuga completes Europe tour


Shuga has completed a four-week European tour that saw her performing alongside Ken Boothe and Alpha Blondie, among others.

She performed at several major festivals, including Reeds in Switzerland, Germany's Reggae Jam and YAAM.

"I have been to Europe many times performing with Tanya Stephens as her background singer and as an opening act for a tribute to Bob Marley club tour, but this time was extremely special because I was booked as Shuga," she said.

Shuga also did a mini US promotional tour, promoting her singles Crime Scene and Banana. Crime Scene is produced by Penthouse Records, distributed by VP Records and is available on iTunes. Banana is produced by Rohan 'Snowcone' Fuller on ythe from Jah Snowcone label.

She will perform at Reggae Culture Salute in New York on November 7.



Congrats to James from IOJ


The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) congratulates its 2013 Silver Musgrave awardee, Marlon James, who created history as the first Jamaican-born author to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.

The 680-page epic inspired by the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s was described by chief judge Michael Wood as the "most exciting" book on the shortlist, which was "full of surprises."'

In congratulating James executive director of the IOJ, Anne-Marie Bonner emphasised that the 44 year-old author has exhibited great literary skills in crafting a masterpiece such as A Brief History of Seven Killings.


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"Marlon James is an example of the literary talent that abounds in Jamaicans and the tremendous effort they make to produce outstanding works. The IOJ continues to give public recognition and honour through the annual Musgrave Awards in the fields of Literature, Science and Art," Bonner remarked.

When James received the Silver Musgrave in 2013 he was recognised as an emerging unique voice in Jamaican literature. In its citation the IOJ quoted a number of literary experts such as prominent Irish writer Colum McCann and Jamaica's own Colin Channer, who heaped praises on his work. Channer declared that "Marlon James proves himself to be Jamaica's answer to Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat and Zadie Smith."


Oldies for Alpha at The Deck


Sharon Little will unleash songs from her collection of approximately 200 vintage hits on patrons attending the Mega Oldies Dance Party at The Deck on Saturday, October 24, when she plays as guest selector along with veteran DJ Clive Buddo of Magic Fingers.

The Trafalgar Road venue is being hosted by the Alpha Academy Alumnae Association to ensure promising athletes from their alma mater are ready for 'Champs' and Penn Relays 2016.

Regulars at The Deck will be familiar with Buddo's quality music and, according to Little, she was grounded in music by her late mother and sister, who were both serious music lovers. "We used to save up our money and would send overseas to get the latest hits of the day and would purchase the local ones as soon as they were released... There was also a popular DJ who knew of our collection and would borrow some of our hits to play at the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC)," she shared.

The guest selector says she will be digging deep into her archives to unearth R&B, funky, soca and reggae music guaranteed to keep the party grooving.

Contribution is $1,000 and tickets are available at Liguanea Drug and Garden, Liguanea Plaza (977-0066) or by calling 830-1192.


Line-up announced for Jamrock Reggae Cruise


Stephen 'Ragga' Marley, Maxi Priest, Super Cat, Mykal Rose with Sly & Robbie, Protoje and Popcaan have been announced for the 2015 Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise. They join 'Jr. Gong' Marley, Julian 'Juju Royal' Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Elephant Man, Barrington Levy, Third World, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Morgan Heritage, Tanya Stephens, Cham, T.O.K and Christopher Ellis.

According to the organisers, due to overwhelming support the Norwegian Cruise Line's five-night musical voyage from Miami to Jamaica will set sail twice this year. The first starts on November 30 from Miami, Florida, with two stops in Montego Bay before returning to Miami on December 5.

The second ship will leave Miami on December 5, with stops in Falmouth and Ocho Rios before returning to Miami on December 10.

In addition to live concerts, there will be numerous sound systems and DJs on board. Stone Love, King Jammy, Mighty Crown, Renaissance, Saxon Sound (featuring Tippa Irie, Papa Levi, Musclehead and Mikey Boops), Metro Media, Bass Odyssey, Black Scorpio, Kingston 12 (featuring Shinehead and Papalotl) will be performing day and night throughout the cruise.

Jamaican music will be celebrated on every spectrum from morning until dawn. In a release the organisers stated that the cruise will be all that is Jamaican, with the island's themed movie theatre selections to football games to poolside jerk chicken BBQ.

It is expected that the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise will give passengers a slice of the country's culture every day.