Quickies: Protoje, Bookman make legal deposit
Two of Jamaica's newest upcoming stars, Protoje and Gavin 'Dutty Bookman' Hutchinson, recently deposited their works for posterity at the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ), 12 East Street, downtown Kingston. They were greeted warmly by NLJ staff members, who stood or sat and listened attentively while Protoje and Dutty Bookman explained the inspirations that culminated in their individual works.
Close friends and fellow revolutionaries, they agree and advocate that a revolution doesn't have to come in the form of an AK-47 rifle strapped to one's back, it can come in the form of music and writing. Protoje deposited a copy of his debut album, 7 Year Itch, while Bookman handed over a copy of his book Tried and True Revelations of a Rebellious Youth.
Protoje and Dutty Bookman are passionate about inspiring the youth of Jamaica, helping them to revolutionise their way of thinking and understand that the road to success can come in the form of artistic expressions.
Ja Family Fest in MoBay
Dump-Up Beach in Montego Bay, St James, will host the first of three stagings of Jamaica Family Fest tomorrow. The other two events will be held at Emancipation Park and UDC field in New Kingston on December 17, and the Port Kaiser Sports Club, St Elizabeth, on December 24.
They are geared towards promoting family activities, which will eventually positively impact the wider society and will feature an expo and concert with popular entertainers, including George Nooks, DJ Nicholas, Omari, Alaine, To-Isis, Shady Squad and Brown Shuga. Activities slated to take place are a business and trade expo, health fair, college fair and food-eating competitions. Patrons will also be able to win prizes and discounts from hotels, businesses and fashion outlets.
Organiser of Jamaica Family Fest, Andrew McKenley, said "This is our second year and we have expanded the offerings quite a bit. Last year, we were at Devon House and this year we are staging three events at different locations across the island. The aim is to promote wholesome family fun that persons can engage in during the Christmas season. So we want everyone to come on out and have a great time. This Saturday's event will begin at 10 a.m. and we are definitely looking forward to everyone coming out to Dump-Up Beach."
Further Notice of musicianship
The Further Notice Band is one of the youngest, highly accomplished set of musicians currently active in Jamaican music. The band has worked with well-known local and international artistes such as Nas and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, Stephen Marley, T.O.K, Bounty Killer and Mavado. Creating a new sound, they are young, talented and definitely a band to notice.
They have worked on Nas and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's album Distant Relatives, as well as Stephen Marley's Revolution Part 1: Root of Life. The band has worked with Notice Productions on Holiday by Ding Dong, featuring Chevaughn, and created the Current, Ravematic and Epicenta riddims. Further Notice was included in the October and November issues of L3 Magazine from Canada, where they have made an impact with In My Bed.
Web premiere for Buju's Set Up The Mic
On Wednesday Complex.com and Boomshots.com premiered Buju Banton's Set Up The Mic, the debut single from the new compilation album Certified Boomshots Vol. 1.
Recorded three years ago on the Rapid Burst riddim for Young Blood Records, Set Up The Mic started out as an on-the-spot freestyle while Buju Banton waited for the engineer to fix the levels at the start of a studio session. The engineer happened to press record and the sounds captured that day were refreshingly raw, a glimpse of the champion DJ spitting lyrics spontaneously as if he were toasting on a sound system.
"I always told people that I have a song that I think is one of the baddest Buju tracks, but he was just freestyling," says producer Mr G. "The thing about this song, it's got a happy, playful kinda energy. The world will appreciate and love hearing Buju again, banging as the great Buju Banton. Although it's a freestyle, if I don't tell people it's a freestyle they would never know it."
21st Hapilos Distribution is proud to release the debut single from Certified Boomshots Vol. 1, the first in a series officially endorsed by Boomshots Magazine. The official Boomshots release party will take place on December 21 in Kingston.
Daniel Radcliffe is Entertainer of the Year
Daniel Radcliffe has been named Entertainer of the Year. The Harry Potter star was honoured with the accolade - which was won by country singer Taylor Swift last year - by Entertainment Weekly magazine and the publication's editor Jess Cagle thinks awarding the gong to the 22-year-old actor made "the most sense".
She described him as "the nicest guy with one of the brightest futures in Hollywood. There's nothing he can't do. Ultimately, there was one person who made the most sense". Jess revealed Adele was a close runner-up for the accolade but she praised Daniel's ability to avoid some of the pitfalls of fame. She added: "He's really interested in doing the work. Despite all his wealth and fame as a teenager, he never derailed. He was never busted. Never went outside without his panties on."
Last year, at 20 years old, Swift became the youngest-ever star to be given the honour by Entertainment Weekly, which paid tribute to the achievements of James Franco, Kanye West, Katy Perry, John Hamm and Ben Affleck in 2010.
Wealthiest British star under 30
Daniel's win comes after he was named the wealthiest British star under 30 by Beat magazine last month, after amassing almost £52 million. The actor - who has been appearing in a Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - retained top spot in the list and his fortune increased by £6.1 million from last year's figure, thanks to his starring role as the titular character in the final two movies in the wizard franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, parts one and two.