It’s also a great time on the professional front for Jah Cure, who gave one of the most talked-about performances at Reggae Sumfest a couple weeks ago and is set to release his anticipated third album, World Cry, before the end of the summer. “The world can look out for it; it’s the best album of my career,” says the artiste, who also has plans to tour Africa later this year.
WAKE-UP CALL: Perhaps our expectations are super-high (I doubt it), but there are those who believe that this year’s finalists on Digicel Rising Stars lack, um, spark. Granted, you have the exceptions in hopefuls like Tash and Latty J (above), but the rest of the batch needs to bring a whole new level of conviction and power to their performances.
And can the judges stop being so lenient? Please. It’s irritating to viewers. Frankly, most of these contestants could do with a little less ‘nice’ and much more tough love. They seriously need it.
And in other cultural news...
CONGRATS to these winners of the 2011 Jamaica Festival competitions:
Festival Queen: 24-year-old Krystle Daleyrt, Miss Kingston/St. Andrew (below)
Farm Queen: 23-year-old Sharna-Gay Brown, Miss Westmoreland
Festival Song: Everton Pessoa, "Oh If We"
Gospel Song: 20-year-old Jerome Smith, "We Need"
IN FULL BLOOM: Daleyrt (centre) flanked by runners-up Terry-Ann Virtue (St. Catherine) and Lisanie Gayle (Westmoreland).