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Autumn 2012 / ISSUE 15
Beres Hammond THE ETERNAL HIT MAKER
e is one of the greatest singers, songwriters and showmen Jamaica has ever produced.
For over more than 35 years Beres Hammond has excited generations of music lovers worldwide. He knows how to deliver songs in a distinguished manner, giving every song a hint of eternity. This unmistakable, bittersweet sound is so wonderfully complemented through lyrics, like: ‘I fell good, when I’m wrapped up in your arms, dancing to a reggaesong’ - a guaranteed pull-up. Growing up as the ninth of ten children in St. Mary, Beres was introduced to American soul and jazz through his father; in particular Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. In
his early teens ska and rocksteady started to dominate the local scene and at that time he made regular trips to Kingston, mingling with the singers.
In the early 70s, Beres entered several talent shows, including the popular Merritone Amateur Talent Contest, where other stars like Sugar Minott and Jacob Miller kick started their careers.
Beres became the lead singer of Zap Pow and remained with the band for four years until he went solo to put out his first album ‘Soul Reggae’ in 1976. The album was an immediate hit and sold more than 2,000 copies in Jamaica during the first week of its release.
It was in 1985 when one of Beres’ songs, ‘What One Dance
Can Do’ (on the Pressure and Slide riddim), successfully entered the UK charts and began his break into the international market. With ballads like ‘One Step Ahead’ (1976), ‘Groovy Little Thing’ (1985) and ‘Falling In Love All Over Again’ (1992), Beres has delivered a steady stream of hits and maintained his presence on the reggae charts ever since.
Some of his songs have even stayed in the charts on the number one spot for months and up til now his songs over the decades are still much loved favourites in the dancehalls. Nadine White interviews Beres Hammond for Vision. >> Continued on page 7
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Foreign investors taking advantage of the Caribbean’s popularity on the tourism market islands needs to change with a view to fully empowering the locals to become the true owners of their land. Governments should persuade banks to financially support and encourage local people to step into the front lines of the tourism trade.
by Gabriela Radeva
First impressions always count and the Caribbean will surely not disappoint you. The region is rated to be amongst the leading tourist destinations worldwide. Thousands of visitors every year repeat their holiday in the exotic archipelago and vote its hotels as the best in a variety of global nominations. Due to its rich culture and history Jamaica stands apart from the rest of the Caribbean countries. The land of reggae is one of the most preferable islands offering a memorable escape responding mainly to the taste of North American and European citizens.
At the International conference on business, hospitality and tourism management held on 10th October 2012, the Jamaican Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr. Dunns River Falls, St. Ann, Jamaica Wykeham McNeill exclaimed: Jamaica has been voted top holiday destination "The story of tourism is one of out of 70 countries by the British Travel Awards great struggles, resilience, pride and strength and it is a story I think, every Jamaican, both here eight jobs. However the industry is Although the world is frozen by only useful if its providing employability and in the Diaspora can relate to, the economic crisis leaving a deep to the people of the Caribbean. because it is our story.” His appeal impact on tourism in the Caribbean, the was addressed to young businessmen wonderful beaches with silver sands, the A serious threat to a local business to become owners and keep the profit waterfalls and the beautiful Jamaican is that foreign investors build circulating within the state. sunsets accompanied with a glass of multinational corporations that reap traditional Jamaican rum punch, still give the benefits of all the natural resources There is a solid network of people value for their money. the islands have to offer. Up to 90% associations working on concentrating of beach-front houses that are for rent, the full benefit produced by the Tourism is the second most are owned by British, Americans and tourism within Jamaica. Nevertheless important sector of foreign exchange. Canadians, bringing in an average of the Caribbean region yet remains to Its contribution to the Caribbean’s GDP $2,000 a week. The majority of this be in the shadow of foreign investors is predicted to be a total of $70.7 billion money ends up in foreign banks and and their huge corporate mandate, by the year 2021. Tourism directly or is not used to develop the growth of which delays the raise of the entire indirectly employs 2.2 million people in the islands. Business holders suggest financial contribution of the tourism the Caribbean, equaling one of every that bureaucracy in the Caribbean industry to the economy.
News Bulletin Sandy hits the Caribbean region hard
Officials raised the storm-related death toll across the Caribbean to 65, with 51 of those in Haiti, which was pelted by three days of constant rains. Sandy also killed 11 in Cuba, where officials said it destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of houses. Deaths were also reported in Jamaica, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. In the Bahamas, Wolf Seyfert, operations director at local airline Western Air, said the domestic terminal of Grand Bahamas' airport received "substantial damage" from Sandy's battering storm surge and would need to be rebuilt. Many of the affected islands still try to estimate the damage superstorm Sandy has left behind. Private and public buildings, infrastructure and also farmland has been badly affected and need to be rebuilt which can take month. The region is also affected through reduced tourist arrivals from the US, as the country also battles to overcome the devastation left by the Sandy.
Personalities Music is also a way to bring the message across. During his presidential campaign, the now re-elected Barack Obama had support by Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z. Obama also revealed that he likes to listen to: Stevie Wonder, James Brown, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Furthermore he revealed that he has plenty of tracks that young voters might have downloaded to their own collections. "And then I've got everything from Jay-Z, to Eminem, to the Fugees, to you name it. “I’ve got some jazz – John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron,” the president said, adding, “You’ve got
to mix it up. It just depends on what mood I’m in.” In an interview for music channel MTV Obama also revealed that while going to college he listened to Bob Marley, who has raised his awareness for the struggle of people outside the USA.
Shelly- Ann FraserPryce finishes Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development
L i f e s t y l e magazine AskMen.com asked their 17 million readers to select men who made the greatest impact and helped to shape what it means to be a man in 2012. The most influential man 2012 is Bond, James Bond. The fictional character gave Bolt the boot. Bill Clinton came 3rd and Barack Obama came 11th.
Two times Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is now a graduate with a Bachelor degree of Science in Child and Adolescent Development. The ceremony was held at the National Area in Kingston where the 25 year old accepted her degree from the chancellor of the University of Technology Edward Seaga.
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Despite being number eight of the friendliest places in the World, Bermuda’s leader of the United Bermuda Party, Mr Swan made it clear that he wants his island back under the top three. Last year Bermuda came second behind Canada. In 2012 the top spot went to the Cayman Islands, followed by Australia and belief it or not Britain! Canada, New Zealand, Spain, the US and Bermuda came next.
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community column Welcome to my column designed to be thought provoking, challenging and even uncomfortable for some. However as an uncompromising Pan-African I make no apology.
The Black Family Foundation One thing that I have found in my experience is that we are blessed with many champions in our community, honourable men and women that have decided to take responsibility for their local communities, friends and families by giving of their time, energy, resources and love. These champions give to provide support where the government and others have withdrawn theirs. Although in numbers they are only a small percentage of our black community and whilst some are more effective than others we have to give them all respect because they are giving of themselves, when most in our community are waiting for someone else to do something. The challenge that we face is: how can we assist and support our champions to be more effective to reach out to more people and to achieve better results in our community? There are several ways that we can support our champions - with time, energy, resources and let's not forget financially. Although it is not always easy to identify who and where those champions are. In every neighbourhood we have individuals that are doing good work and therefore I would like to challenge every single person reading this column to think about what you can do to get involved. In order to achieve this I am proposing the creation of a website that will be used in the following ways: 1. To create a database of all the organisations particularly grass roots/ community based organisations. That requires identifying who they are, where they are based and to whom they offer support. 2. To create a database of individuals that wish to support community groups and organisations. Interested parties will be able to post what they have to offer (be it time, resources or skills) and members of the organisations will be able to e-mail them to arrange. I am appealing to any black owned business or individual who would like to contribute to creating this website in any way. I will be aiming to launch by early 2013 and see this as a basic requirement in our journey as members of the Black Family within the UK. Initially we will focus on London however we will aim to roll this database across the UK and beyond. If you are doubtful about putting yourself forward at this stage a simple e-mail showing your support will still be appreciated as it will encourage us and let us know that we are moving in the right direction.
I Have A Dream !! I would also like to put out my vision for how we should be operating as a black community in the future and I would appreciate some feedback on this one too. I would like to create a mechanism suitable for raising funds to be used within our community for the benefit of everyone within our community. The principle way in which I would do this is to establish a foundation with a mission statement of raising funds to support the positive development of all members of the black family. The key way in which the funds would be raised is via black business, who would sign up as a supporter of the foundation and would contribute up to 1% of their turnover with a minimum monthly subscription. This money would be collected and then used to create community infrastructure in addition to funding and supporting community groups and organisations. Every contributing business would be recognised by publishing their details on the foundation site for all to see. It would include a unique ID that they would use on their publicity, letterheads, websites as well as displaying it at their premises for all to see alongside an instantly recognisable logo. That way it would be clear for everyone to identify which black businesses are supporting the community and which ARE NOT. Then it would be down to the community to challenge those businesses not supporting them and down to the owner of the business to explain his or her decision not to. Ultimately we would not chose to force business that had no desire to support the community to do so, however I would like to promote and encourage the community to support the businesses that did. It would also be up to the community to check the unique number that any business displayed to ensure that business owners didn't simply create their own unique number without contributing financially which would clearly be established by the absence of their details on our site. Within London alone 5000 black businesses contributing £50 per month could raise £250,000.00 per month, how long would it take for us to open our own community centres, training schemes for our youths and business centres to support business start ups. The possibilities are endless and this is truly a big idea however without us doing something for us - our standing as a black community will never rise. We also must be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and say that "We did lay a foundation for them". Clearly this is but an idea but I do think that it could easily become a reality if YOU want it to be. I intend to make it happen but need you to step up and show that you want it too. We are family now we need to start behaving as one! Bless
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I am not afraid of my culture
Interview with Bishop Orville Smith whose iconic sermon MAN AH DUST made him the most popular, jet most controversial man of God.
Who gave you the name 'Man Ah Dust'? I can’t tell you. I went to New York and that's where I was told that this is my name. I didn’t even know it was out there. All I know that the name came as a result of the sermon I held. Man Ah Dust has been preached in Clarendon in 1998 for the first time, although at that time I was a pastor in Spanish Town. I was amongst the shotter dem - you have to be ruff. Bad bwoy ah lick shot, God lick it back. What is the response of the people to the way you preach? I preach in the 14 parishes of Jamaica. Over the world I have preached in over 500 different congregations. I've had negative responses only from church people but never from sinners. They want me to keep it that way. My aim is to give people who have never been to church a reason to go. I don't think Christ, if he was here, would have wanted to pass someone and leave him/ her out of church. And that's why
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It’s not an easy road
I am not afraid of my culture << continued from page 3
Congregation at ceremony held by Bishop Orville Smith aka Man Ah Dust I choose areas where a lot of people would not go to church like: Jungle, Rema, Trench Town.
Then: troubled youngster Now: Company Director providing pre-apprenticeship schemes for young people in the film industry Interview with Quince Garcia, Co-founder of Roadworks Media Quince Garcia’s life-story starts like too many; with council flats, a can’t be bothered attitude, using his brightness for all the wrong reasons, and eventually ending up with a prison sentence. After falling that low he managed to pick himself up without ever losing sight of his movie experience. He now makes the road work for him and involves all those who still need the transition from off-the-track to on-track. “It’s no wonder that so many young people are failing, they would like to manage their own situation but the thing is that they don’t have the tools to do so. Through Roadworks we offer young people tools and coping mechanisms in order to feel confident and feel enthusiastic about believing in creating an ideal future for themselves.” What sounds like an easy solution for a prevailing problem has not been
so easy to start with. Roadworks Media itself was created out of the frustration of being unable to rent equipment at university where Quince studied at the time. “It left me a little bit bitter when I didn't get the equipment. Julian (the Co-founder) and I decided to set up a company offering workshops and equipment. We worked very tirelessly to achieve this goal. We applied to the Prince’s Trust and got a loan that helped us to spur the company on. All this was happening while I was at university studying film and animation. I was suddenly in a privileged situation having my own business.” Finding himself in that business situation Quince realised that he had to take ownership of his actions, a state of mind he had not been in before. “I was in denial by believing that there is nothing out there for me. It made me start getting angry towards anybody else. I had a them and us attitude. I never stop and analysed my actions.
I never listened to myself and thought where am I going wrong? Eventually I realised that I had to be the change that I wanted to see. It sent me off the edge - literally. I then felt more confident about taking ownership and trying to get on with my fellow citizens. We have to be the voices to create initiative. We have to be an example for the next generations to come. If you think about these things it will give you more impetus and self-belief.” In an age of social media and YouTube, Roadworks Media hits a raw nerve. The company steps in where young people have an idea but no means to pull it off. Yes, there is a formal application process before creativity gets its way and yes, not all projects can be funded but Roadworks Media primarily wants to break down the notion that film-making is an elite process. "It's very straight forward. You can come to us and say you want to make a film about xyz and we help with
Quince Garcia & Co-Director Julien of Roadworks Media, on the set of ‘Rehabilitated Freedom’. A film about Quince’s release from prison and integration back into society. structuring and developing the project and provide equipment. On the way you pick up skills as we support all vital areas of media: script writing, lighting, photography, graphic design and editing. We put also events together where we screen the final projects." It’s a reflection of my transition, Quince states. “At one stage in my life I choose an easy way out. Sometimes crime as a means of making money can be more appealing than going to work. That’s why I sold drugs. The governments' monopoly on spending and cuts has a huge knockon effect for someone who already has no confidence in society and believes they are marginalised. What's the easy way out? Two fingers up to society. Yes there are consequences but people don’t care. For someone to go away for some time - that's nothing to them. It was important for me to learn that despite coming from a less privileged background, there are opportunities out there. And that experience is what we are passing on with Roadworks Media. Now its up to me to mentor and guide people through the frustration of wanting to make a film but not knowing how. We never just shut the door. What we do need is more funding so we can develop more for young people.” www.roadworksmedia.co.uk F.Q
What is the response in these areas? The response in the inner city is always good. I speak with them in a way they understand. One of my popular sermons, especially in the inner city is Man who sleep a ground cyaan drop offa bed. When I can say to a man I been there dunn dat, then they can identify with me. I just wanna keep it real. People say I am controversial. I don’t think I am. I’m just there to say what people imagine. Are you radical? Some people say I am not safe and should not preach that way. But it's the same they said about Christ, that's why he was crucified; for being radical. What I do is carry the church to the people. A lot of times I realised the common man who you are trying to reach does not understand the colour of our language. So I choose to be radical, practical but yet spiritual. Some would say I take it to another level but I take it below the level, because there are some people who are not up to another level. You must bring the message in a way for people to understand. In the scripture Paul said: ‘I become all things to all men.’ Why is it that we continue as preachers to stay above people and tell them to come and reach me? But why do you get so many people paying you attention world wide? That means you must be doing something right. Anytime you do something new that is not endorsed by the wider world, they will say that you are wrong. But you are not wrong, you are just in the minority. They wish it was them and could get the praise for it. What I do is unorthodox, it's unusual I know. You do take parts of current dancehall-songs... I am not afraid of my culture. I don’t see a song as a bad song, if it was not sung by a Christian. What I find out, that a lot of the time especially our Jamaicans will see a reggae song as a Satan song. But at the same time they see soul songs from Europe and America as sacred. Soul is no more sacred than reggae. That's why I will use my culture as long as the message is right.
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Reggae music has no boundaries the power it posses reaches every 'nook an cranny' around the world, whatever the language. Trinidad and Tobago known for the best in soca music and carnival has many young artistes who have embraced reggae like RASKAL.
Trinidad in Reggae Fever positive in the songs and general appearance; always uplifting rather than singing negative messages.
Who is Raskal? Raskal is for the ladies and carrying out Jah works through music to please the people.
Born Diego Smith, 1988 in a small village know as Tunapuna, Raskal has already carved his name in the music industry. Whilst recording his first single 'I Promise' as recent as 2009, the song already open the way for Raskal. He is now signed to Platinum Trini Entertainment of Universal Music Group. Universal Music Group undoubtedly the number one distribution company for music around the world. The future looks bright and promising for this young reggae artiste as he aims to make his country and community proud by putting their names on the international map through his music.
Trinidad like Jamaica is plagued with high crime rates. Do you think there is pressure placed on artistes being blamed for the crime in the country?
Trinidad is known for soca and calypso why reggae? I am a mixture of Guyanese and Trinidadian parentage. Reggae, dancehall soca is a Caribbean thing I grew up with. How do you measure yourself in relations to other young reggae artistes, considering the industry is a highly competitive and demands so much to get that break through? Being a young artiste in the business is not easy. You have to get the right combination and sing songs that the ladies love and hold up the swag and keep up the appearance. Do you think a reggae artiste has the responsibility to educate the younger generation? Yes, youths always look up to us. The main objective is to be
Despite traditional rivalries, the Jamaican dancehall trend is gaining momentum in Trinidad. Many local talents like Raskal (pictured above) storm the scene, giving the genre their own flavour.
Taking the game on a different level The man behind the popular radio station Metro Love, EMBASSADOR METRO, is not one of the ordinary. He wants to know it all. He is not only a selector and producer but just recently has become Embassador Metro the artiste. Due to his long commitment to the music Embassador Metro has the necessary resources to pull a crowd, who have taken an instant liking to his songs. You started in the business as a selector.... Yes, in 1990. I strived from there for the love of the music. I set my own foundation with a sound system, buying my records in a shop, linking with artists to voice dub-plates to create a name. You are also now an artist in your own right, pushing out the tunes faster than Vybz Kartel right now. I linked up with one of my generals, Shanks, who builds the beats and with him I voice my songs. From there it gone to different heights. It’s like a shock to me. The people show me love, they send me pings - it’s a crazy demand right now.
humour. Me and one of my friends had a little joke and so it came I used it as a punchline. I voiced a new song on a one drop riddim - a mama tune. You have to have a variety of tunes to touch the marked in the right way.
Embassador Metro voiced his first tune in January 2012. You are also supporting other artists to rise. At the moment we have a youth named Brandish and Muma Czar - ‘dem youth deh ting loud’. Shanks plays a vital part in our success. Although he is young in the game, he knows what he is looking for and he senses quickly what we as artists are trying to put across. He gets the best out of us. What inspired the song ‘No Big Draws’? Compared to your other songs it has an element of comedy in it. You have to have a sense of
Who are the people that inspired you? So many people inspired me as I worked with many great artists, from Sizzla, Luciano to Half Pint - who are all good friends of mine. When I am around great artists, spending time with them and see how they flow, how they build a tune it encourages me. What is your direction for the future? Anywhere it leads to I am ready for it. I always wanted to do what I am doing. The feedback I get gives me motivation to push for more. Big up! Hail up my kids most of all, I love them dearly. Big up the whole world, my fans and the people who book me from corner to corner. Nuff Love. Mama Marl your respect tall.
Artistes are always blamed for the misconception of the lyrical contents of the songs they produce. However it is the artiste’s responsibility to educate the people especially the youths that the contents of the songs are not real, in fact we as artiste base our lyrics on social commentary and sometimes pick a lyrical war that does not exist in real life. Music is like a story told - not everything read is real.
Most artistes shy away from the topic of HIV. What advice do you have for persons living with the disease and those who are not, and what do you have to say to those who discriminate against this deadly disease? Abstain, protect yourself always, as we never know who is infected. As to those who discriminate just put yourself in the persons position - it could be your loved one. HIV doesn't transmit if you touch the affected person, so show love and care for each other. Reggae/Dancehall music has been stained over the past years with a series of unfortunate events for example Buju Banton’s drug case or Vybz Kartel being accused of murder. How badly do you think the industry suffers? How a someone choose to live his or her life is their choice. I find people judge one man’s life and forget about the bigger picture, everyone is their own person. Reggae music will live on positively. After a storm there must be a calm and we Caribbean people are strong people. The younger artistes have their own take on the music but will steer it in the right direction. Who is your favourite artiste? Stephen Marley, Movado and Bunji Garlin. www.facebook.com/Raskaltt
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Good-bye raunchiness? Lady Saw considers baptism Popular entertainer Lady Saw aka Muma Saw considers to change her tunes from dancehall to gospel for good. "Been thinking of getting baptised from about six months now but then some people draw me out and I end up cussing them out, well not anymore." she tweeted on her account. Recent events in her private life may have enforced her decision. After she found out that her boyfriend of 17 years, producer Lloyd 'John John' has cheated on her and impregnated another woman, she turned to social media to vent her frustration:
Performing 1881 miles from home, Charly Black on stage in Cayenne/ French Guiana, located between Brazil and Suriname by Deans Myers
Located in South America, French Guiana tells the tale of sweet reggae music thrilling the hearts and souls of fans living in this part of the world. Despite having French as their main language, the atmosphere of reggae and dancehall is highly evident. Singing word for word, line for line to every Bob Marley, I-Three’s, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage and Jah Cure tune reggae artists bring an extraordinary energy and vibe to the club scene and major stage show venues. When one can listen and experience the unbelievable respond given by the french audience, the tale should be told as it is truly an amazing feeling to see what does transpire in such scenery. Dancehall artistes, such as Beenie Man, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Charly Black, Konshens, Mr Vegas, Alaine, Chris Martin, Lady Saw, Daville, Elephant Man to name a few and with young and upcoming artiste such as Dwayno, Popcaan, Tommy Lee, Nature, Chi Ching Ching and Kym, are getting lighters and pull ups when played in the parties. I am sure this display of honest affection would leave most Jamaicans surprised. Music is the powerful medium through which the language barrier is broken.
Knowing the impact these artistes have on the French population especially the younger ones, there is a need for all artiste to emphasize the true expression of the lyrical content of their music. The Capital city of French Guiana 'Cayenne' is said to have stem a pattern of violence in recent times, most of which is emulated by the force dancehall lyrics have on the persons evolved around the culture. The drive should be evident to encourage patrons and fans that violence is never the way forward but rather mediation and as the singer Nature expressed it 'World Peace'. It is vital to encourage the youths to get a good education so that they can contribute positively to whatever country they are from. Dancehall has so much to offer: it brings about a sense of togetherness, a uniting force to spread the love through music and acceptance of whoever we are. Everyone has a choice to which artiste they listen to and everyone should respect each others choice. Whatever the race, beliefs and subculture of an individual we all must push forward the love for dancehall and reggae and help to spread the music around the world. Big up: Tuff Vybzz Connection with Patrick and Simone, Dj Tyron, Dj Gifta and Rampanpus
"I knew it but was only waiting to confirm now it now it is confirm so where do I go from here. I was lied to by both party so who do I blame him or her or should I blame both. I have a bad feeling something gonna happen to me but can’t put my finger on it what else could after what I just discover. By by peeps am out." However much later on a different tone Lady Saw decided to stick to her man and is reportedly getting married ti him in December: "Just got hitch today how u like me now BOOM. THINK DEM COULDA CHANGE MI MIND DWL 17 YEARS 17 YEARS MORE TO GO. Talk keep dem talking garnet silk to nasty people. Some gal get mi man d**k fi a few minuets but mi get him heart forever ask him. Good night ladies N gentlemen talk soon need to make plans for the big one this was just quick like the time some gal get from mi man ROL." The incident coincided with Lady Saw not being able to voice any dancehall tunes again, stating that her track Heels On will be her last dancehall song before she makes the move into gospel music. “To all record producers, the reason why I didn’t record your songs from nine months ago until now is cuz of what I’ve been experiencing, u get it.I have some shows to do that I already got paid for so after that am out. Sometimes I am talking to God and I just find myself humming and coming up with melodies, so I am struggling with both sides because nobody is perfect. I have been talking to a lot of Christians, and I have been contemplating baptism, but I did that when I was younger because of my father, so maybe since this time it will be a renewal baptism.”
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by Nadine White
Today I had the privilege of interviewing the Grammynominated extraordinaire that is Mr. Hugh Beresford Hammond. And pleasantly, despite being a living legend, there was not a hint of ‘airs and graces’ about him. As they say, my ‘spirit took to him’ straight away! Just fresh from touring the UK alongside Romain Virgo & Tarrus Riley for ‘The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth - Part II’, Hammond has been very busy promoting his brand new album ‘One Love, One Life’ – courtesy of VP Records. His first album in 5 years, this double-disc effort is due for release on November 12th, with most of the songs on the album actually co-produced by him. The album’s first single, ‘In My Arms’, has already been receiving massive airplay across the UK’s radio stations and is climbing Natty B’s ‘Official Reggae Chart’ on Choice FM. Whilst we are glad to see his triumphant return to the limelight, the million dollar question had to be asked: “What took so long, Star!?” (‘star’ being in the literal sense!) Well the past few years have been far from dormant for this hitmaker, as he explained that he had been busy touring various countries as well as helping to nurture up and coming talent under his independent label Harmony House. “I promise that I won’t leave it so long to put out another album, next time” he laughed, with a youthful twinkle in his eye. Laughing along with him, I decided to go straight for the kill. After all, Beres did say ‘Ain’t It Good To Know’. For some time now the rumour mill has been churning with talk that the artist has been suffering with throat cancer and, like many, I was keen to find out
what the 57 year old Veteran had to say on the matter. A solemn silence descended upon the room, the traces of smile disappeared, his brow deepened, and an almost hurt look came over his face:
“The internet the rumour mill, now, that’s what you call ‘viral’. Somebody may not like you or speculate about you and before you know it, it’s everywhere. have never had a problem with my health, maybe a little cold here and there, but that’s about it. I haven’t been to the doctor’s in about 5 years.” Beg you some of that health and strength then Beres! Most people go to the doctor more frequently than that! Whilst ‘showbiz’ gossip is quite unforgiving, he did acknowledge the legions of fans who are genuinely concerned about his well-being and added: “I’d like to tell the people that, whilst I appreciate the concern (where there is concern), keep me alive - Don’t call down illness on me. It’s not good for your health” So for every loyal Beres Hammond fan out there, Christmas has come early; he’s in ‘tip top’ condition and “plans to keep going for another 100 years”. Speaking of longevity, August 6th saw the Tropical Isle of Jamaica celebrate 50 years of Independence this year. The air of jubilation was shared by Jamaicans in both ‘Yaahd’ and the UK, and the ‘Official Jamaica 50 song’ was unveiled just before the big day. Produced by diamondselling artist, Shaggy, a line-up of artists were featured on the track entitled ‘On A Mission’, including
Agent Sasco, Tessanne Chin, Tifa, and Beres Hammond. With its electro-pop beat, the song was subject to much criticism, with many saying that it wasn’t an accurate reflection of the ‘changing faces’ of Jamaican music. Beres Hammond has so many hits under his belt, I wondered how he felt to be part of such a canned project? “Well…(long pause) it’s a song and I was honoured to have been asked to be a part of it though I would have much preferred if it stuck more closely to the musical roots of Jamaica.” By the same token, he cited that ‘popular’ music has taken over the Jamaican dancehall, with many of its tracks being influenced by ‘other cultures’. “I am not satisfied… perhaps it’s none of my business because I sing reggae music, however, I am not satisfied. I feel as though dancehall music is going away from its roots. I’d like to see a change in that although some good, good reggae is still being produced.” At the forefront of the modern reggae scene is none other than his former protégé, Jah ‘Siccature’ Cure, who recently got hitched. Despite the rape scandal which saw Jah Cure incarcerated for 8 years back in 2007, Beres and he remain firm friends: “I don’t throw any of my friends under a bus. I can only hope that he’s learned from his mistakes – if he made a mistake (because, who am I to judge), and he continues to make good music. What a voice!” On the topic of friendship, he added: “Buju and I met on ‘music street’ and I long to see him. The whole industry does. He is one of the finest talents that Jamaica has and he is of no use to us in there (prison)”.
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Beres Hammond at the Wembley arena We wrapped up our lovely chat with a conversation about the beauty of reggae music and how much it has evolved. In reference to Levi Root’s ‘Reggae Reggae Sauce’, Beres even commented “Although I am not hearing enough of it on the radio, there is no denying that reggae is so nice, that they had to name it twice!”. Booked up to tour America until late
December, 2013 promises to be an even busier year for this man as he continues to promote his latest album and tour the world bringing a joyous message to the masses through the gift of song. Beres will be back in Europe in Spring 2013!
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Posthumous honour for Peter Tosh
the ace singer/songwriter. BOILING POINT One aspiring producer will have the opportunity to provide a riddim built from scratch for Du Bois, which will accompany his vocals.
of emotions and tricks no other than the female lyricist Tanya Stephens herself will be joining the stage.
Sean Paul scheduled for stage shows in India
Peter Tosh’s daughter Niambe accepted the “Order of Merit” on behalf of her father. Peter Tosh was a founding member of the Wailers and wrote may of the group’s hit songs such as 400 Years or Get Up Stand Up. Tosh was a strong advocate for equal rights and justice, not only through his songs but also through his actions. He was know to relentlessly denouncing the South African apartheid regime and appeared at anti-apartheid concerts. For his uncompromising, at times militant views and his insistence on openly smoking marijuana, Tosh was a regular target of police brutality and beaten by police on several occasions. His solo debut Legalize It (1976) is to this day Tosh's most famous song. After the Order of Distinction and the Order of Jamaica, the Order of Merit is the third highest formal recognition of service to Jamaica. Bob Marley, Michael Manely, Edna Manely, Fidel Castro and Jimmy Cliff have previously received the Order of Merit. Yet the question remains if Peter Tosh himself would has accepted the award. During his lifetime he coined the term Crime Ministers for Prime Ministers. His vehement efforts to tear down Babylon and his strong attitude earned him the nickname Stepping Razor. Kerwin Du Bois launches competition
In November, the Grammywinning deejay will again break new ground with his first performances in India. The shows are scheduled for Delhi, Bangalore and the capital, Mumbai. His Indian fans have been waiting for Sean since the last five years. Everyone loves him and people dance to his tunes. The shows are part of Sean Paul’s promotional campaign for his latest album, Tomahawk Technique, which features the hit song Got 2 Luv U (featuring Alexis Jordan) which has topped charts across the Caribbean and Europe and has reached a milestone by achieving over 100 million views on YouTube. MOBO Award for Sean Paul Sean Paul can now put the 5th MOBO award to his collection, as he won Best Reggae act 2012, beating Konshens, Popcaan, Damien Marley and Mr. Vegas. A surprise? Claims surfaced that strictly speaking Sean Paul no longer represent the reggae genre but rather a pop-reggae fusion. And despite his lack of authentic dancehall tunes lately he is still a good ambassador for reggae/ dancehall music, promoting the genre world-wide and even tapping into the Indian market. Night of Divas in Guyana
Soca songwriter and producer Kerwin Du Bois has launched a new competition for aspiring singers and musicians in Trinidad. The online competition aims to give four talented people the opportunity to make a name for themselves. The competition is called Pressure-Cooker. The title reflects the experience that interested parties will undergo in their quest to make the transition from unknowns to stars. STEAM One person (male or female) will be given the opportunity to have an original song produced by the ace producer. HEAT One person will have the opportunity to collaborate with
The Night of the Divas mega concert will taking place at 17th November at the National Stadium in Guyana. The promotion includes: the Queen of Dancehall, Grammy Award Winner Lady Saw (pictured above), Spice who has hits such as ‘Ramping Shop and ‘Jim Screechie, the sexy divaluscious Pampute and Kym. As if that line up is not enough all conscious vibes, truth seeking ladies and men who want to dig into the women’s secret bag
A mega line up out of Trinidad is comprised of soca power-house Destra (pictured above) and her band as well as Denise Belfont. The Night of the Divas event aims to celebrate and showcase the versatility of Caribbean women. Ladies - take it away! Did Konshens show a lack of respect for Mr. Vegas’ plight?
you get from this? “ Konshens replied: “With all due respect Re- -thef*k-lax, how credibility an song playing drop in? ITS A COMEDY SHOW!!!” u went public with ur sh*t so if its true or not ppl are gonna discuss it…u a vet so u know dat…”
In the meantime pictures of a surveillance camera have surfaced, depicting exactly the situation Vegas has described: his daughter around a Shelliann and a semi-naked man. The whole discussion has unearthed one of the prevailing stereotypes about the bad man don’t cry image. But can we really blame a man for showing feelings? Well, one lesson learned should be: don’t wash your dirty laundry in public! It will always backfire on you.
Bounty Killer tweeted: “Who Laing think him be ppl??? I watched him dissed Beenie, dissed Vado dissed Kartel now him diss Ninja. Dissed me numerous times and finally dissed me again. A the nail inna that Sting coffin now that’s all folks!!” In a TV interview Sting promoter Isaiah Laing said that he wants a clash as there are good for business. He compared Bounty Killer with veteran boxer Trevor Berbik who was beaten by the younger Mike Tyson. “I remember watching the fight back in 1986 when Mike Tyson hit him and he never realised what hit him.” Laing remarked. Bounty Killer is apparently contractually bound to appear at the show. Laing also said that he did not invite Ninja Man to the biggest show in Jamaica, which pulls 25.000 to 30.000 people every year on Boxing Day. According to Laing, Ninja Man has not contacted him since he came out of jail.
Jazz Jamaican All Stars reignite Bob Marley & The Wailers Catch A Fire
Who will get a Grammy?
During an interview for American radio station Hot 97, dancehall artist Konshens dubbed Mr. Vegas’ emotional outburst as funny, stating: “We know it was a lie.”
Mr. Vegas was interviewed by the same radio station a couple of weeks ago, describing how heartbroken he felt when he caught Shelliann (pictured above with Mr. Vegas), the mother of his child, having sex with another man, while his two year old daughter wandered into the room. The point is that although Vegas claimed to be in a relationship with Shelliann, Shelliann herself went public dismissing the claims, stating that she only lived in the artist’s house. Vegas said that his emotional turmoil was mainly due to his daughter being exposed to that kind of environment. Going public and using social media gave him a tool to release his anger about the situation. This was followed by a fierce twitter exchange between Mr. Vegas and Konshens: Vegas tweeted: “I was just begging the same station u trying to destroy my credibility on, to play your record. Don’t u have a daughter? If this is a joke and a lie for u, u are a sick MF! What do u have to gain from this? What kinda hype can
Trinidad’s current Road March, Power and Groovy Soca Monarch King has been considered for the Grammy nomination. Vybz Kartel’s album Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey, has also made it on the provisional shortlist for the Best Reggae Album at next year’s Grammys in Los Angeles, as well as Busy Signal for his album Reggae Music Again. Other notables on shortlist include Konshens with his debut album, Mental Maintenance, Sean Paul (Tomahawk Technique), Toots Hibbert (Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged), Jimmy Cliff (Rebirth) and Mr. Vegas (Sweet Jamaica) Final nominations will be announced on 5th December.
When the Bob Marley & The Wailers album Catch A Fire was released in 1973 it changed the history of the music world for ever. With this album the band could finally go global, transforming reggae from a niche genre to a world-wide phenomenon. In the aftermath of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence, Jazz Jamaica All Stars paid their tribute with a tour through the UK in October. Together with lead vocalist Brinsley Forde from the UK reggae pioneers Asward and a 30-piece orchestra the ensemble re-interpreted the iconic album. The set included some of the Wailers’ most-loved hits including Stir it Up, Concrete Jungle and 400 Years
Buju’s case postponed due to investigate a report of juror misconduct
Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton will have to wait a while longer to know his fate regarding sentencing on a gun charge in his ongoing drug trial. A federal judge in Florida has postponed a re-sentencing hearing for Buju Banton due to juror misconduct. A juror from Banton’s 2011 trial was quoted in the weekly ‘Miami New Times’ as saying she did independent research into the case, in spite of the judge’s orders not to. Banton’s attorneys are asking U.S. District Judge James Moody to grant a new trial. They argued that the juror’s research may have affected the jury’s deliberations. Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence on two drug charges. The Grammy award winner faces an additional five years on a related gun possession charge. Kartel’s Murder Trial Put Off
Captain Barkey laid to rest in Jamaica
Bounty Killer will not perform at Sting
After he used the social platform twitter to announce that he wont be clashing Tommy Lee at Sting, Bounty Killer used the same medium to state that he wont be performing at Sting at all.
Kernizan, was the lone suspect in the Bronx murders, but fled to Miami, where he committed suicide before police moved to arrest him at his apartment . Kernizan, also known as “Country”, was a promoter of NuLook, a well known and popular konpa band on the Haitian music scene. Friends said that Barkey’s wife at home in Milwaukee did not know about his relationship with his lover Bennett.
In a funeral service held at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in St Andrew, many of the artiste’s family and friends showed up in love and support. The ‘Go Go Wine’ singer was fatally shot in the parking lot of a motel in the Bronx, New York City on 13th October. Barkey was shot long with his 38 year old lover, Tracy Bennett (pictured above with Captain Barley). Bennett’s ex-lover, Joseph
Vybz Kartel’s on-going case battle continues. Kartel, who has been incarcerated since September 2011 along with his fashion designer Calvin ‘Mooney’ Haye and entertainer ‘Shawn Storm’ along with two others are charged for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in Havendale, St Andrew. The trail has been postponed to Janauary next year, meaning Kartel will spend Christmas, New Year and his 37th birthday behind bars. Vybz Kartel is also being charged for perverting the course of justice in relation to the murder of Clive Williams. Moreover Kartel is awaiting trial for his involvement in the murder of business man Barrington ‘Bossy’ Burton.
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Face off Mask On For us mere mortals Halloween is the only opportunity to wear a mask without the risk of getting locked up or sent to a mental ward. It allows you to be anonymous and transform into a character you always wanted to emulate. For artists on the other hand, a mask is an effective tool to become this idiosyncratic entertainer and some of them seem to be very fond of this little attire. Wearing a mask gives the performer that special aura... Well, most of the time.
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What an electric combination!!! The two current heavyweights of the dancehall have finally come together: I Octane feat. Bounty Killer: Badmind Dem A Pree. Will it be the dancehall tune of the year? Presented my Marcus Records this massive collaboration is definitely a hit.
1. Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga is the uncrowned master of disguise. The American pop-singer is known for her flamboyant, incredible and ever-changing costumes. Her fans will not be surprised to see her with a face-mask. After all, the mask, worn by Gaga in her “Bad Romance” music video, goes on sale at an auction in California. 2. Daft Punk: The electronic music duo from France are known for their emphasis on elaborate visuals in live shows. Their trademark are masks which look like futuristic motor helmets. Combined with their leather suits they morph into a robot allowing the music to take full control. Many Daft Punk enthusiast have copied the slick helmet and internet tutorials show the less skilled how to do it.
3. Lagbaja: Since the early 90s has the Nigerian afrobeat singer used a mask for his shows. It fits his name Lagbaja a Yoruba word for "nobody in particular". 4. Deadmau5: Canadian electro music producer and DJ Deadmau5 pulls massive crowds world-wide. He fills venues with a capacity of 17.ooo and has been voted Best Electro House Artist for three consecutive years. His signature trademark is an oversized mouse masks which blinks to the beat of his music, getting the fans ecstatic.
What type of dancer are you? The feeling-yourself-dancer, the wasted-dancer or are you more of a booty-shakedancer? This very well observed study of: Types of dancers in the club has been put together by LaToya who has made a wonderfully entertaining video.
Respect to all who wipe car glass... is the start of one of I Octane’s songs. The documentary Street Boys of Jamaica is a stark reminder of the hardships of street life. The docu also focuses on sexuality and HIV. 1st December is World Aids Day. Protect yourself - always - use a condom!
5. Sido: The German Rapper created quite a stir when he first came on the scene with this rather morbid looking mask in form of a skull. He has now taken it off for good and even without it he manages to stay in the charts. After calling his first album ‘Mask’, he named the second one very appropriately: ‘I’. 6. Tommy Lee: New kid on the block Tommy Lee has been spotted with this sleek black mask at Anso Thursday in Portmore. It will surely allow him to use his hands freely. Tommy Lee, who has recently added Sparta to his name, has trademarked his new name to avoid impersonators taking over.
When a hurrican is about to hit, Jamaican people get into all kind of activties to prepare for what is to come. Is a Yaad Ting Hurricane Edition summarizes all these peculiar activities, some of them so special that this Lady from Canada actually regrets not having been there.
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Recording the inspiration given by Jah Zamunda works on his debut album: Jah Love Surrounds Me He is also busy getting his new music video for the single Never Give Up out. “Its a song for when you feel your hope is gone to help you to just keep pushing on.”
The rising reggae star Zamunda is working to release his debut album ‘Jah Love Surround Me’, which is due to be released in April 2013. “It will be a very inspirational album. I see a lot of crime and violence happening throughout the country, what people really need is a message, some thing to hold on to. Right now I am focussing on the message in my music. It’s not how many cars you have, how many houses or how much bling bling - what counts is: Jah Love Surrounds Me." Zamunda explained to Vision.
With all this work happening we where wondering how and where Zamunda likes to chill out. “Whenever I am not in the studio I meet my old time friends, we eat and laugh and hold a vibe. I love to go to the river or in the hills to hold a meditation, I have a little farm where I plant food as well. One of my favourite spots is in St. Ann’s Bay, it’s called Fire Water. You can lie down in the water like a bath and ignite the water watching the fire running above it. It’s a mineral bath with natural gases from the earth.”
pass on my skills. Music is not a one man thing. You never know who will be the next big thing. Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson all those icons are gone, but their music still carries on. You can’t make predictions in music.” Big Up! Big up Vision Newspaper to take the time out to do this interview. Big Up the almighty Haile Selassie who makes it possible. Big up my management Extreme and the whole of London, Birmingham. The whole ah yaard, the F.Q. world!
Are you somebody who watches the news a lot to keep up with what is happening in the world? “Yes, I read a lot and watch BBC News. We as artists are the voice for the people, so we have to know what they are going through. You have to connect to the world.” Who will be the next big thing? “Music is a mystic. Some artists reach nowhere and others reach far. I encourage every upcoming artist and
Zamunda will be back in the UK in December
Randy Valentine back to the UK, Switzerland’s big and bad ‘HempHire/J.O.A.T Productions’ label literally flew down to meet Randy and sign him on the spot! “I have a lot to credit the European scene for taking the time out to appreciate the change that I’m trying to bring.”
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RANDY VALENTINE is the brightest, rising star in the UK-based, reggae constellation! Hailing from the vibrant reefs of Jamaica he burst onto the musical scene in 2009 with his hit single ‘Sing My Blues Away’ which caused a lot of industry figures to sit up and take notice. He has supported the likes of Mr Vegas, Demarco and US Crooner Lloyd. It was the 2010 tour of Gambia, supporting dancehall heavy-weight Busy Signal, which somewhat cemented Mr. Valentine’s profile and helped to propel him onto bigger and better things. By the time he reached
I caught up with Randy Valentine for a word or two and as the conversation progressed, it became apparent to me that chords ‘n’ clefs pump through this young man’s veins. Not only can his sister and mother sing, but back in Jamaica, his father had a sound by the name of ‘Shining Star’ and this was the main source of entertainment for his small community in the parish of Clarendon. Captivated by the pulse of rhythmic magic at a tender age, it wasn’t long before Randy decided that he wanted to spread joy to the masses through music and the gift of song.
“Music is such a powerful instrument. People used to sing songs to elevate the hearts and minds of those who listen. Sadly now the majority of those who claim the title ‘artist’ only sing for financial gain. Music, in this current time, is lacking a message.”
When asked about what, exactly, he brings to the table – he quickly answered: “I bring that feel good, heart-warming, soul soothing LOVE back!” Randy’s appropriately titled debut mix-tape, ‘Bring Back The Love’ speaks volumes (pardon the pun) about his message. He bares his soul over a dozen STUDIO-ONE classic instrumentals, such as the “Bobby Babylon” & “Lecturer” riddims, to name a couple – with original songs like ‘Poorman’s Loving’ and title track ‘Bring Back The Love’ being played non-stop on both commercial and underground radio stations. This wonderful, conscious compilation has received much critical acclaim; and the record amount of digital downloads on its first day of release (1st October 2012) –simply means that the people have spoken and the ‘RVLution’ has indeed begun! Due to high demand, Randy will be staging an exclusive, intimate performance, ‘A Night With Randy Valentine’ on Tuesday 4th December, at ‘Cottons: Rhum Jungle’ Restaurant and Bar in Islington. More information under: www.randyvalentine.com
Film & the Arts
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Reality of the Dancehall Film by Jamaican-born film producer based in London Many of you will have come eye to eye with Video Ropes' camera at one of the many dances he has recorded. After studying film editing and directing at University the video-man has now turned film-maker. His debut film ‘Reality of the Dancehall' has premiered in October in London.
What drove you to making videos?
I used to be a selector in Jamaica before I came to England, spending a lot of money on dubplates. I reached a stage where I wasn't making back that money - maybe because I wasn't good enough. So I decided to change the genre. I got a camera and this marked the transition from selector to video-man. Jazzy Hype form Lord Gellys came to see me and saw the camera, laughing: you have
turned a camera-man now? I was promptly invited to a party. At the time I didn't even know that I needed light. I only had a flash and within 5 minutes the battery was dead. I learned a lot from watching other videoman. I took my chances at house-parties to get a name. Sometimes people would not pay me but I could use it to practise until I got my slogan: The girls dem video-man. As the jobs came in more regular I took the trade more serious. Life is strange: as the videoing took over I did no more constructive work. It changed my whole life. People where asking for me like crazy and I then decided to take it even to a next level. I am very bright but I never used my degrees to further my education. So it came that I applied at London University of Arts and got accepted. I ended up in
Frankfurt, Germany being on set with a lot of big names to learn my trade. When I eventually decided to make my own film no-one believed me at first.
Tell us about the movie and the intention to make it.
her and the rest is for you to watch. It’s an eye-opener for people who think they can live the party lifestyle on the road. I have been videoing dancehall for more than 10 years. I can tell the story. I heard and saw it all.
There are a lot of things happening Reality of the Dancehall explores the life and culture of dancehall music, around me: Black on Black violence, money and girls. It looks behind the absent fathers and so on. I realised scene, the glitter and the glamour. that filming has the potential to bring It’s an eye-opener and shows a small the community together. For the film we used British-Jamaican portion of the reality of the dancehall. It follows two main characters: actors who were in front of the camera Sweeper and Sue. He is a road- for the first time. We used our own sweeper who came to England and people from the community to create couldn’t find another job. Always our own stars. We are trend setters. Something like impressed by this has not been the dancehall done in the UK culture he wants before. to get involved, but is not quite sure how. Sue What happens a black, blondafter the premier haired girl from in London? Manchester, who We have set is very beautiful up a few premiers thinks that she in Jamaica and can use her face Japan and we are to get anything Red carpet affair: The premier of Reality negotiating a deal she wants. The of the Dancehall. Eric Murray aka Sweeper with a producer in tables turn on (left), Kenneth & Denise Washington.
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We are not going to sell it on DVD right now. We want to push it to be shown at cinemas first.
There are so many things in my head right now. This movie was also there to get the right people on my team for my production company. We are creating a movie industry within the black community. I want all the people, even those who are on the street thinking they got no future to come and sign for Videoropes Production. As we are multi-regional everybody is invited to join the team. If we work as a team we can do it. I don't want no hype, I just want to create an industry where my people can get jobs. If you alone get big, people will bad-mind you. I want to tell everyone to support and encourage me. I know there will be critics but I don't mind. I am always learning. www.videoropes.com 07932505925
Vision receives award for: Best Community Newspaper
Sir Trevor McDonald OBE honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award The 4th annual BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts) Awards 2012 were held at the Hippodrome in Golders Green, North London, 27th October. 3.000 nominees and wellwishers where invited to witness the award show extraordinaire. The BEFFTA is Europe’s biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic big names in the showbiz. Founded by Pauline Long, the award aims to inspire and motivate black and ethnic minority personalities. This years award show did not miss out on well known personalities attending the red carpet and black tie event which made everyone look and feel their best. Some of the stars who were spotted included Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Baroness Scotland, singer Lemar, Catwalk Professor, footballer Fabrice Muamba and Eddi Kaddy the host of the evening captivating with his charm and humor. Well known journalist and TVpresenter Sir Trevor McDonald OBE was honored with a BEFFTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and received a standing ovation from the 3000 audience. The Trinidadian is known for being the first black
news reader on UK television. Other winners included Lorna Sutara Gayle who picked up the BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON AWARD, model trainer Catwalk Professor who got the BEFFTA EXCELLENCE AWARD and Eddi Kadie who took the trophy for BEST COMEDIAN.
Best Male Act: Valentine Best Gospel Act: London Community Gospel Choir Best International Act: Ruff Kid Best UK AfroBeats Act: May7ven Best UK Caribbean Act: Sandra Cross Best International Afrobeats Act: Juliana Kanyomozi Best International Caribbean Act: Sean Paul Radio Station of the year: Colourful Radio personality of the year: Julie Ann Ryan
Singer Lemar and BEFFTA Best Male Act nominee Infecta on the red carpet We are immensely proud to have won the award for BEST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER and want to use this opportunity to thank all our readers. Other winners included: Music Best Female Act: Lady Leshurr
Film Best director: Obi Emelonye Best Actor: Ken Smart Best Actresses: Anita Bellamy Best Film: Last Flight to Abuja TV Best Actress: Chizzy Akudolu Best Actor: Wale Ojo Best TV Station: VOX Africa Best TV Show: Meet The Adebanjos Best TV personality: Femi Amusan Best presenter: Fernand Frimpong Jnr Best Webseries: All About The McKenzies
clockwise: Lifetime Award winner Sir Trevor McDonald and BEFFTA founder Pauline Long, Eddi Kadie, Fiona Small accepting the award on behalf of Vision
Books & Art
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Diane Brown: Island Princess in Brooklyn
edited by Colin Channer: Kingston Noir
Al Fingers: Clarks in Jamaica
HOW TO FIT IN? Hard enough when you are thirteen and in your natural environment, but very much worse when you migrate to a new life with a mother you barely know. Princess arrives from Jamaica to live with her mother in Brooklyn, New York, and the first shock is a stepfather she didn’t know about. How will she ever get accustomed to the many unexpected (and sometimes really weird) experiences in this place far away from her beloved Granny? Her life is now full of anxiety and surprising twists and turns; but eventually she must decide where friendship, forgiveness and love fit – or be forced to return to Jamaica.
FROM TRECH TOWN TO HALF WAY TREE to Norbrook to Portmore and beyond, the stories of Kingston Noir shine light into the darkest corners of this fabled city. Joining award-winning Jamaican authors such as Marlon James, Leone Ross, and Thomas Glave are two “special guest” writers with no Jamaican lineage: Nigerian-born Chris Abani and British writer Ian Thomson. The menacing tone that runs through some of these stories is counterbalanced by the clever humor in others, such as Kei Miller’s “white gyal with a camera,” who softens even the hardest of August Town’s gangsters; and Mr. Brown, the private investigator in Kwame Dawes’s story, who explains why his girth works to his advantage: “In Jamaica a woman like a big man. She can see he is prosperous, and that he can be in charge.” Together, the outstanding tales in Kingston Noir comprise the best volume of short fiction ever to arise from the literary wellspring that is Jamaica. The short stories in Kingston Noir are a collection of dark, edgy and sexy tones that willl keep the reader intrigued. Within the “noir” series by the publisher this book is considered a real standout.
I-ROY, RANKING JOE, Little John, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Vybz Kartel and Mavado all have praised shoes made in a small town in the Southwest of the UK Clarks. This previously unseen style reference tells the story of Clarks in Jamaica – from their arrival in the West Indies one hundred years ago, through to their adoption as the rudeboy and Rasta shoe of choice during the 1960s, and the filtering of this popularity into reggae and dancehall song lyrics. Featuring current and historic photographs, interviews and never-before-seen archival material, there is particular focus on the Jamaican singers, producers and musicians who have worn and sung about Clarks shoes throughout the years. Written and designed by Al Fingers and featuring new photographs by Mark Read, Clarks in Jamaica is available from all good bookshops from 19 November 2012, published by One Love Books. Price: £30.
About the Author: Diane Browne is a well-known, awardwinning author of children’s stories. She was awarded the 2004 Bronze Musgrave Medal for Children’s Literature by the Institute of Jamaica and won the award for a children’s short story in the Commonwealth Foundation’s short story competition, 2011. She is also the author of Every Little Thing Will Be All Right.
About the Author: Al Newman AKA Al Fingers is a DJ/producer, writer and graphic designer based in London. His previous books include “DPM: An Encyclopedia Of Camouflage” for Maharishi and “Greensleeves, The First 100 Covers” for Stüssy Deluxe. He set-up the publishing imprint One Love Books in 2012.
The Striker at the High Commission importance as a producer. The High Commissioner made it very clear that the embassy is not only a diplomatic entity but also a space for cultural transmission. "I want to use the space of the embassy to expose the best Jamaica has to offer." Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba explained.
The official book launch of Reggae Going International, 1967 to 1976: The Bunny 'Striker' Lee Story at the Jamaican embassy in London has paid tribute to a legendary figure. Despite the formality an embassy embodies the evening had a very relaxed atmosphere which was mainly due to the charming and witty speech by Excellency Aloun NdombetAssamba. The Jamaican High Commissioner painted a vivid picture of her fond musical memories at a time when she lived in St. Ann and Bass Odyssey was the top sound. Bunny Lee, who was of course present at the event, got praised for his musical genius and
Frank Malone from Jamaican Recordings who worked together with Bunny Lee on the realisation of the book told Vision: "It was
a pleasure working with Bunny Lee. His memory is second to none which made it possible to make this historical document of a legend." If you already have the book you can look forward to 'I Am The Gorgan' directed by Diggory Kenrick, a film about the joys of creating brand-new beats starring: Bunny Lee and all the singing legends he has worked with. The film will be released in 2013. F.Q
Kimathi Donkor: Queens of the Undead Kimathi Donkor’s dramatic large-scale paintings express pathos, wrath, devotion and irony. Until the 24 November 2012 the Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) presents a series of new commissions by the artist celebrating heroic black women from history. His contemporary portraits use classical Western art elements interwoven with aspects of history to evoke historic female commanders from Africa or its Diaspora.
Jamaican High Commissioner her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee (middle surrounded by his sons: Lil Striker and Sulaiman Lee), Frank Malone from Jamaican Recordings
Other paintings tell the story of racial abuse and police violence he painter himself experienced. All paintings are accompanied by research texts, adding context to his work.
Born in Bournemouth, England in 1965, painter Kimathi Donkor lives and works in London. Exhibition is open until the 24th November at: Iniva Rivington Place London EC2A 3BA
Health & Lifestyle
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QUEEN KALEFA’S HEALTHY LIFESTYLE COLUMN
RAW FOOD, CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT IT? TO COOK OR NOT TO COOK THAT IS THE QUESTION
Journey in food
I first came across the idea of eating raw food while searching for the best possible nutrition for my daughter who is an Olympic athlete. As I was already vegan the concept of eating raw was not too far removed. I experimented with myself first before I introduced the new diet concept to my daughter who had to tread cautiously because of the prevailing belief that athletes need meat for their high level of protein intake. Furthermore everything I made for her had to be approved by the UK Athletics. Luckily the head nutritionist endorsed my super-shakes and juices. Getting such great feedback from this level was extremely encouraging, given the strict rules about what elite athletes are allowed to eat. I went on to develop my own brand of raw foods which I presented at exhibitions such as the BBC Summer Food Show at NEC Birmingham and the Good Food Show at Olympia Earls Court.
ut humans have always eaten cooked food, haven’t they?
Before fire was used, humans were largely fruitarians. Some argue that the use of fire started a downward trend in our health, as we have since introduced large amounts of meat into our diets and literally cook the life out of our food. Many foods are rendered useless because they lose their essential nutrient value when cooked above a certain temperature. On saying that I realized that for most people the journey from eating cooked, processed and refined foods to appreciating the taste of natural foods is not an easy one. For this reason I encourage my clients to refrain from ‘beating themselves up’ if they find they are getting urges for cooked foods or ‘something hot’, especially during the cold winter months in Britain. As pointed out in my book The Joy of Food as Medicine, you can gradually introduce raw into your diet and change the way you prepare and cook the rest of your food to preserve most of the nutrients.
ut it cost so much to buy healthy food, why should I bother?
Continually consuming foods with little or no nutritional value underlies many dis-eases as the body has no building material. Eating is not just for pleasure, its main function is for the nourishment of the cells that make up our bodies. When we eat processed, refined and cooked foods we are simply ingesting materials that on the whole cannot be absorbed by the body but is stored in tissues and blood as fat and other inorganic material. As a result many people spend a lifetime fighting to keep obesity and dis-ease at bay. The body demands more and more food because it is not getting enough nutrients therefore we eat greater and greater amounts in an attempt to satisfy its need. We are literally starving while putting on weight. On the other hand, when we eat nutrient packed foods our body requires a lot less as it is able to use the nutrients provided by the food. This not only makes it less costly but you cannot put a price on the value of your health.
Greenz: A Great Place to Eat A Better Way to Live by Vanessa Sutherland-Lord
Living the dream Created first in the mind of a teenager, with a great love of food and culture, Greenz is the product of years of learning and inspiration. Having become a vegetarian at age 20 and enduring less than pleasant dining experiences Ermine Benjamin knew there was much more to healthy dining than bland, unimaginative food. After qualifying and working as a teacher and education consultant she decided to combine her culinary and teaching skills in this new venture. She created recipes and piloted her idea in her home; running a ‘Come Dine with Me’ styled experience for charity. Friends who attended invited their friends and kept coming back. Though many were meat lovers they thoroughly enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Many wondered why she didn’t become a restaurateur and so finally Greenz opened its doors in April 2012. Greenz Philosophy It’s about more than food, more than somewhere to eat: its somewhere to explore a different perspective on health, learn new skills and enjoy art and culture. The
business has a holistic approach to health and its creator says she wants to empower all clients to enjoy physical as well as mental, emotional and spiritual health. Greenz has two main goals: to showcase vegetarian food demonstrating that plant based foods can be delicious and beautifully presented. It also aims to support those in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle through cookery classes and lifestyle workshops.
or learn recipes that will help them enjoy their journey to better health. Lifestyle workshops also help clients understand how to achieve work-life balance and the importance of exercise and rest for a healthy life. The restaurant and workshop space also hosts art by South London artist Melanie LaRoque and held its first art exhibition and sale by the artist earlier this year.
o what’s so great about eating raw?
You can help reverse the process of dis-ease and prevent ill health by changing what you feed your cells. Some benefits of introducing raw foods into your diet include: increased energy, increased sex drive, menstrual cycle/ menopause without pain, longer lifespan, look and feel younger. Granted, unless we are able to grow our own food, we have to make an extra effort to ensure food comes from organic sources. Meaning it hasn’t been treated with herbicides, pesticides or other growth enhancing and ‘beautifying’ chemicals. The idea of eating well can seem daunting but it’s worth the effort without health we have nothing. We need a healthy body for all our achievements in life whether physical, psychological, or spiritual.
More information under: www.greenzlife.com
Peace & Blessings Queen Kalefa 07533 577 615
Annie learned her trait at the age of 16 in a Jamaican school for professions in the beauty industry. When she came to London 30 years ago she realised some differences in what the customers would request.
What are the main treatment techniques?
When you came to the UK did you find hairdressing the same?
Yes, and they mostly request hairpieces.
What do you make of hairpieces?
Greenz is definitely a place you’d want to visit, to eat, learn and just be inspired by a vision of a better, more healthy and energised life.
I run short courses and extended programmes in raw food preparation and cooking/nutrition classes in reversing diabetes, preventing cancer and other degenerative diseases through diet and lifestyle changes. If you are serious about making a change call me for a chat or visit my website: www.kalefanakedfoods.co.uk
‘Compared to the UK Women in Jamaica wear more natural hair’
Not really. In Jamaica my clients would request I treat their hair to keep it healthy. In the UK it's more about fashion, hairpieces and wigs.
New vegetarians or those wishing to have a more plant based diet often struggle with what to cook. They often find themselves using meat substitutes and repeating the same recipes. The cooking classes at Greenz are aimed at helping people to explore food and develop
K I get it but it’s not easy to start, where can I get help?
They will break your hair as the natural hair is not getting enough air. Hair needs sunshine and air. I would say that Jamaican people take more care of their hair. You will also find that a lot of hairdressers are only in for the money, not to treat the hair. When you are a hairdresser you should study the hair and you should know what the hair needs. Many cant even give a treatment because of the lack of these fundamental skills.
It starts from the root to the tips. Knowing when the hair needs to be trimmed, when it needs treatment or when it’s damaged what kind of intensive treatment is needed. Conditioner only makes the hair soft, protein is for well damaged hair and oil for dry hair. In Jamaica the hair tend to be dryer because of the sun, whereas in the UK hair breaks a lot because of the changing weather.
Do you have dancehall people amongst your customers?
Do you ever get request by someone going to a dancehall to get their hair braided?
Hardly, there is nobody who wants braided hair to go to a dance. Maybe chiney bumps, but generally the trend is towards less natural hair.
Why would you recommend keeping natural hair?
Your hair will be healthier if you wear it natural. It would be nice if we would show our natural beauty hair more.
Would you consider doing something else?
No, I will do this until I reach retirement age. I stick to what I know. Annie is based in Brixton T: 020 7738 6200
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Do you mind the snake?
The El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation helps to educate on the importance of preserving the natural habitat, and the wild animals that belong to it
by Nadia Akram In the district of San Juan, only minutes from the hustle and bustle (and traffic!) of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city of Port of Spain, is a haven for man and beast alike. For within the concrete walls, and hidden in the semiindustrialised suburb, lays a tropical rainforest combined with wonders of the marine world. The El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation is a non-funded, registered not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to the conservation of local native wildlife in Trinidad and Tobago through education, rehabilitation and propagation. Trinidad and Tobago is very rich in biodiversity with a wide variety of flora and fauna. However for most part, the average Trinidadian’s knowledge of their native wildlife is limited to the greatly demanded ‘wild meat’ (a general term which refers to the local delicacies of cooked exotic animals like iguana, agouti, manicou, morocoy). This means they have never interacted with the live animal itself, but rather just what remains of it after it has been skinned and cut up for food consumption purposes. This lack of knowledge contributes to the often negative reactions, based out of fear, to the wildlife that wanders into populated
areas. Additionally, the species that are considered ‘wild meat’ are often victims of over hunting/illegal hunting despite permit regulations enforced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Marine Resources. One of the largest issues facing local wildlife is habitat destruction and fragmentation. As human settlement begins encroaching into sensitive ecosystem niches, the local wildlife finds their homes and sources of food being dramatically affected. Human activity such as new housing, road development, land clearing for agriculture, deforestation, slash & burn, quarrying and logging, confines local wildlife populations to small, isolated patches of their original habitat which cannot always sustain their numbers. Illegal wildlife trade further compounds the issue of habitat loss. Trinidad faces serious problems with the illegal wildlife trade as animals, often endangered species, may be sold locally or shipped anywhere in the world. At the El Socorro Centre, a team of dedicated individuals, under the guidance of founders and directors Ricardo Meade and Gia Narinesingh, provide suitable environmental conditions for wildlife to thrive. The centre, a member of the International
Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, continues to accept, rescue and relocate wildlife and ensure that the necessary permits are attained. Suitable board and lodging, as well as medical care, are provided at the centre's expense. The centre has hosted an extensive variety of animals; from ocelots, agouti, opossum, and caiman, to anacondas, iguanas, tarantulas, gold tegu lizards, turtles, squirrels, birds, black and albino iridescent sharks, and rare black koi - but to name a few! Their marine
ecosystems include live coral, of many varieties, octopus, jelly fish, green sea turtles, moray eel, and a variety of local and imported marine fish. A mangrove sytem is also on display and thriving, as well as lotus and lilies in a variety of day and night blooming flowers. The center is constantly evolving within its towering concrete walls and recently welcomed its newest inhabitant - Noel, a successfully rehabilitated ocelot. Some of the other main residents include Zeus the Toucan, Pat the Morocoy, and Attz, an Albino Burmese python.
Sustaining the beauty of our islands
Although these effects are a global phenomenon, home-made pollution also threatens the islands ecosystems. The lack of environmental awareness and ignorance leads to rubbish and even chemicals being dumped into rivers, not only by big companies but also by the public. Contaminated water leads to sick fish and ultimately to a contaminated dinner. More and more islands have realised that the island's ecosystems are critical to the health and livelihood
for the population and are now taking action. Founded in 2008 the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund is the first institution to be developed to support multiple national conservation projects. Launched by the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines together with international donors: The Nature Conservancy, the World Bank's Global Environment Foundation (gef) and the German development bank (KfW), the fund's aim is to effectively conserve
at least 20% of the Caribbean marine habitat by 2020. US$30million of the initial target of US$40million have already been. The endowments are spread between: Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts&Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to protect nature. Many islands have a huge number of species found nowhere else. Dying coral reeves, over-fishing and species extinction are not only devastating to
How important is environmental protection? At the United Nations General Assembly in September, Caribbean Ministers urged to pay attention to the devastating effects of climate change on small islands. Extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels are amongst the effects small islands face.
The El Socorro Centre exists by the grace of its founders, volunteers, and donations from visitors and friends. For more information or to make a donation visit them on Facebook under 'The El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation'.
Soca Queen Destra Garcia finally gathered up enough courage to touch the caiman
School classes are regularly taught about the wild animals’ habitat above: not everybody would have the courage to get close up with a spider/ a volunteer at the conservation centre
Some of the colourful iguanas have a rather bleak destiny as barbecue nature itself but also to the tourism industry. However, environmental protection has to go hand in hand with the improvement of social standards. For example fishermen who the government wants to cut down on the amount of fish they drag out of the sea have to have alternatives to provide a livelihood. So the answer to the initial question is: very! Cleanliness and beautification of the islands are very important. Everyone must be committed to preserve.
Rooms to rent in Discovery Bay - Jamaica’s beautiful North Coast
The house features a brand new two bedroom/ two and a half bath apartment with breathtaking views of the ocean. Only a ten minute walk to beautiful white sand beaches including Jamaica’s famous Puerto Seco Beach. The apartment is beautifully appointed and is cleaned twice a week by our housekeeper. Fresh towels are provided everyday. The grounds are surrounded by beautiful gardens and is completely gated. Meals can be prepared if requested. Transportation will be arranged if desired.
The apartment has a totally private pool and jacuzzi with a stunning view over the ocean. Spacious bedrooms with double beds.
2 Bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms - US$150/night 4 people - US$300/night For more information call: (876) 854-5011/ 07410036494
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QUALITY CARIBBEAN CUISINE Klassique Barbers & Hair Salon Opening hours Mon - Sat: 8:30am - 10pm Sundays: 12noon - 7pm 81 Atlantic Road Brixton, London SW9 8PU
Tel.: 020 7738 6200
Black & White is located at 75 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU (close to Brixton tube) We provide Take Away foods as well as eat in facility, inside the chic black and white decor restaurant. Black & White is in the heart of the original front line and one of the oldest restaurants in Brixton. Formerly known as Peggy’s, after Peggy and Chapie, who served the community for over 40 years, the restaurant was refurbished and reopened in 2009. We provide freshly prepared food, our meats are marinated with fresh vegetables and spices. We serve a variety of great dishes and freshly made drinks, like: Mango & Passion juice, Guinness Punch, Carrot juice and Ginger Beer. People travel far to visit us on our special FISH FRIDAY where you can choose your fish and get it freshly prepared. Thursdays and Saturdays are our Cow Foot days. Whether you need a quick stop for a lunch, a chilled out meal with friends, personal time alone or a quick take away munch - Black & White is the place! Bring your family and friends, team or work mates and spend some quality time with us.
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The New Societe Org of Caribbean Cultural Affairs LOOSE CHANGE SUPPORT
We would be truly grateful if you could make a donation through our donation collection boxes which are clearly marked with our Logo, and can be found in supporting Caribbean businesses. Programs done through the NSOCA are not financially supported by government but by our own people of culture under our standing on our own two feet policy. Your loose change can make a difference in ways such as the creation of our first cultural academy, assistance to our “Friendly Face” program for senior citizen who are hospitalise, lives alone are place in care home with no direct family support, employment and various other community projects including tuition classes and legal advisory service. To find out more about us, please contact:
NSOCA Cultural Development Dept Tel.: 020 7733 7337 E-mail : email@example.com
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