Tuesday, 31 January 2012

OUT & ABOUT: Aloun Assamba + Tessanne + Cherine + Kevoy Burton + Shaggy + Kanhai Condison + I-Octane + Tami + Chris Gayle + Usain Bolt

SUPER WOMEN: Jan. 27, Trelawny. Canadian songstress Celine Dion and Jamaica's very own Tami and Tessanne celebrate girl power backstage at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Fest on the weekend.

GAYLE FORCE: Jan. 28, St. James. Star power was all around at the special celebrity pool party at swanky Secrets Resorts & Spa in Montego Bay on the Jazz & Blues weekend. R&B's Ne-Yo (the man behind Compound Island), cricketer Chris Gayle (centre) and reggae crooner I-Octane shared lens time.

FANTASTIC FOUR: Jan. 28, St. James. Actor Rockmond Dunbar, Ne-Yo, singer Keri Hilson, and Shaggy also brought their mega-wattage to the Secrets celebrity pool party recently.

SHOE IN: Jan. 17, Kingston. The World's Fastest Man at a recent press briefing for the 2012 Sigma Corporate Run, displaying his pair of spikes that will be up for auction at the Feb. 19 charity event.

CROWD PLEASER: Jan. 29, New Zealand. Following her electrifying performance on stage alongside Grammy winners Sly & Robbie at the Raggamuffin Music Festival, songbird Cherine got close with some eager fans. Check out the glove!

SEEING RED: Jan. 26, Trelawny. TALLAWAH had a brief encounter with the charming former Minister of Tourism Aloun Assamba at Jazz Fest, where she took in performances by the likes of Etana, Marcia Griffiths and Shaggy.

GOT NEXT: Jan. 20, Kingston. The accolades keep rolling in for talented up-and-comer Kevoy Burton (currently starring in Back A Yaad), who recently copped a Jollywood award (presented by founder Kanhai Condison) for Breakout Actor of 2011.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Shaggy & Friends 2012 raises over $30M for children’s hospital

WORTHY CAUSE: A financial boost for the Bustamante Hospital.

The star-studded Shaggy & Friends charity concert staged on the lawns of Jamaica House earlier in January has raised some J$32 Million for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital. Shaggy made the announcement at a press conference at the hospital on Monday afternoon.

The proceeds will go towards the furnishing of a new ICU/cardiac ward, in tandem with Chain of Hope Jamaica, a group of volunteer doctors and nurses who perform surgeries each year on Jamaican children with heart problems. Over 500 children are born each year with heart defects.

For his part, Shaggy said he was “heartened by the outpouring of support this year by so many Jamaicans and pledges to continue to support this cause and encourages Jamaicans to do so as well.”

To date, the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation has raised a total of J$90 Million for the hospital, covering the costs for an overall audit to be done on all medical equipment (working or otherwise) at the Bustamante Hospital (June - July, 2011). In addition, the foundation donated two new, fully equipped dental chairs for the hospital’s dental. The new chairs were delivered and installed, along with 378 pieces of medical equipment, earlier this year.

The 2012 Shaggy & Friends concert saw performances from the likes of Stephen Marley, Maxi Priest, Wayne Marshall, and Ms. Lauryn Hill.

ON THE SCENE: More Highlights from 2012 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Fest

BACK ON THE ROCK: Bringing the curtains down on the fantastic Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2012 festivities, Grammy winner Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley delivered his trademark brand of militancy and power.

JULLY IN JANUARY: Mega-talented Canadian singer-songwriter Jully Black (centre) posed for the flashing lights in the press room shortly after blazing the Jazz & Blues main stage.

TRIPLE THREAT: Bringing a '90s R&B thrill to the main stage, the soul brothers of Heads of State (Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant) also delighted festivalgoers.

FLYING SOLO: With hits as bright as his glistening outfit, singer Chris Martin struck the right notes with the receptive Jazz & Blues crowd on Thursday night.

TALK TO ME: Powerhouse crooner Maxi Priest was spotted giving interviews in the press room on Thursday night.

IN THE SHADE: Reggae legend Mykal Rose (left) was also in the mix at Trelawny's Greenfield Stadium.

'CRAZY' FOR CEE-LO: Garbed in oriental threads, American star Cee-Lo Green did his thing on the main stage as one of the Saturday night headliners at Jazz & Blues.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

SOUL SURVIVOR: Tifa gives us a close-up of the girl she was and the woman she’s poised to become

IN THE FRAME: Tifa talks moving on and the view from the top.

At 26, Latifa ‘Tifa’ Brown holds the coveted position of hottest female sensation in contemporary Jamaican music. Whether riding the charts, turning heads with her impeccably avant-garde fashion sense or earning the lioness’ share of nominations for the 2012 Youth View Awards – as she recently did (picking up a total of eight nods) – Tifa has got our full attention.

On a picture-perfect Tuesday afternoon, she is running a bit late, but with good reason, for our planned 2:00pm lunch date at Cuddy’z in New Kingston. As it happens, Tifa is wrapping up a Digicel shoot for the upcoming YVAs. When she finally arrives, fresh-faced and apologetic, I learn just how a busy a day she’s been having. In addition to the photoshoot and our interview, she is filming a PSA for the Yendi Phillipps Foundation later in the afternoon. A waitress comes over to take our order. Tifa orders a refreshing fruity smoothie. I opt for a bowl of delectable red peas soup.

Soon enough, we get down to business, chatting about everything from family and relationships to her admirable ongoing climb to the top of the reggae-dancehall totem pole, and where she is headed next. “I compete against myself. I always want to get better, so I work extremely hard,” Tifa tells TALLAWAH. “If I continue to improve, only the sky is the limit. That’s how I see it. I am my biggest critic.”

She continues, “I’m happy that the hard work is paying off. But I’m not all caught up in the success and I don’t take it for granted. The work continues. It doesn’t stop now.”

What has been greatly surprising to many people about Tifa’s ascent in the industry is the combination of a pair of factors. First, she’s young. Second, she has a slight disability, where her legs prevent her from assuming a perfect posture. “Sometimes I feel like I am in a Lifetime movie” is how Tifa describes her continuing career trajectory. But to diehard fans, including heavyweights in the corporate world, it’s the girl’s spunk, fascinating sense of the new and next, combined with the sheer magnitude of her raw talent, that has won them over. “If I was to tell you what contributed to my success, I would say it’s everything combined,” Tifa says. “But I’ve come to realize that it’s mainly God getting rid of all the distractions. This is the happiest I’ve been in years.”

When it comes to family and close friends, Tifa doesn’t skimp on giving them credit for sticking by her through the thick and the thin. “It’s a small unit,” she says of her family. “They give me a joyous feeling.” Ever trusting her instincts, Tifa says she is fiercely protecting of those in her corner. “I’m protective of the things I care about and the people I love,” she confesses. “So I try to shield them from the public scrutiny. And especially in terms of my personal life, even though I might not want certain things to become public, people will always try to get into your business. So you have to be thick-skinned.”

By her own admission, not everyone is thrilled about the non-stop triumphant streak Tifa has been experiencing professionally. “It’s funny how success changes people,” she tells me. “When you’re successful, people will either be happy for you or not. Either way, you will find out. You will eventually know who is happy for you and who is not.”

As much as she is wildly expressive and deeply analytical in conversation, there are some things that Tifa refuses to discuss at length. Take for instance the mysterious collapse of her all-female group TNT, with longtime girlfriends Natalie Storm and Timberlee. But when pressed, she pinpoints personal relationships and management issues as the contributing factors. Then, when further pressed, she says this: “I had to make a decision. I can’t put in energy for three people. I can’t force people to work. So at the end of the day, there is no more TNT, and that is what it is.”

Looking ahead, Tifa refuses to be side-tracked by anything remotely negative, choosing instead to press the accelerator on plans for her future and pleasing her fans. That includes putting out – at long last – her full-length debut album this summer. “This won’t be a regular album. I want it to tell a story,” she says. “This album will be for anyone. A classic. I want it to be something you can still play ten years from now like any Tanya Stephens album. I can’t disclose the schematics behind it just yet, but whatever I decide will be in the best interest of my fans.”

Also ranking high on Tifa’s list of current priorities: deepening the cherished relationships she enjoys with business partners Nuvo and Digicel, two esteemed entities that simply had to have her endorse their brands. “In terms of helping to introduce me to a wider Jamaican audience, I have to big up Digicel,” the smart businesswoman says. “They have been an important part of my life from before I really blew up, and I’m glad they are still with me on this journey.”

For this Saturday’s Youth View Awards, Tifa is up for 8 trophies (more than any other nominee), including a bid for Favourite Female Dancehall Artiste. That the nominees and winners are decided by the nation’s youth is particularly thrilling to Tifa, who simply adores her young fans – and the idea of getting dolled up for a big occasion. “I’m really grateful. An [awards show like this] is good, and we should have more because as artistes we work in a very tough industry. It’s a hard job that we do,” she says. “So it feels to good to be recognized. It’s a special feeling.”

>> PART 2: Tifa on Jamaica 50 and the ugly side of the industry

2012 THESPIAN SPIRIT AWARDS: And the nominees are...


Outstanding Actress:
Trudy BellAdopted Child
Camille DavisCharlie’s Angels
Dahlia HarrisGod’s Way
Ruth HoShingA Gift For Mom
Nadean RawlinsNot About Eve
Deon SilveraBack A Yaad

Outstanding Actor:
Glen CampbellCharlie’s Angels
Omaro MazlynMasqueraders
Alwyn ScottA Gift For Mom

Outstanding Supporting Actress:
Sakina DeerLast Call
Teisha DuncanCharlie’s Angels
Faith GordonHairpeace
Abigail GrantDouble Dose
Carol LawesNot About Eve
Rosie MurrayIf Walls Could Talk

Outstanding Supporting Actor:
Chris DaleyThe Politicians
George HowardWhere Is My Father
Volier JohnsonBreadfruit Kingdom
Jean-Paul MenouActs of the Apostles
Ainsley WhyteGod’s Way
Courtney WilsonBreadfruit Kingdom

Outstanding Director:
Brian HeapNot About Eve
Michael Daley & Keiran KingLast Call
Pierre LemaireThe Button-Hole Bandit
Trevor Nairne & Patrick BrownCharlie’s Angels
Douglas ProutWhere Is My Father
Greg ThamesActs of the Apostles

Outstanding Script:
Patrick BrownCharlie’s Angels
Basil Dawkins Where Is My Father
Clive Duncan Bittersweet Love
Dahlia HarrisBack A Yaad
Keiran KingLast Call
David Tulloch If Walls Could Talk

Breakthrough Performance:
Trudy BellAdopted Child
Akeem MignottBack A Yaad
Allison McLeanWhere Is My Father
Julene RobinsonHairpeace
Fontain JonesA Gift For Mom
Lisa WilliamsNot About Eve

Outstanding Acting Ensemble:
A Gift For Mom
Back A Yaad
Charlie’s Angels
Last Call
Not About Eve
Where Is My Father

CRÈME DE LA CRÈME: The 10 Best Theatre Productions of 2011

In spite of the letdowns and minor flops that littered the past 12 months, there were those stage productions that fully reminded me of the singular power of Jamaican theatre to entertain, delight and astonish. So let’s be grateful that in a year of miscellaneous fortunes, there was adequate fare of exemplary quality to allow this committed critic to count to ten. That said, here are the 10 best plays that graced our stage in 2011:

1. Where Is My Father (*Best of 2011*)
An engrossingly intense and sure-footed domestic drama from playwright Basil Dawkins buoyed by strong acting, smart writing, and superb direction. It’s undoubtedly Dawkins at the height of his creative powers.

2. Not About Eve
The powerhouse trio of Nadean Rawlins, Carol Lawes and neophyte Lisa Williams excel under the directorial gaze of Brian Heap in this outstanding University Players revival of Karl Williams’ insightful meditation on women, work, and sexuality.

3. Charlie’s Angels
They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but there’s nothing remotely frigid about this exothermic and well-acted Patrick Brown comedy-drama that features excellent work all-around, but especially in the case of actors Glen Campbell, Teisha Duncan and Camille Davis.

4. Back-A-Yaad
While persuasively illuminating the hard-knock experiences of residents in the fictitious Mucky Pen, Dahlia Harris simultaneously holds up a crystal-clear mirror to the standard of living in Jamaica at a time when the country is marking a milestone as important as the Golden Jubilee. A clever and frequently compelling piece of theatre.

5. A Gift For Mom
A lavishly gifted ensemble breathes full-bodies life into this buoyant Basil Dawkins’ revival that reinforces the talents of Ruth HoShing and Alwyn Scott while making offer a proper introduction to the potential of rising stars Regina Beavers and Fontain Jones.

6. Last Call
Buoyed by its rich musical score and wildly vintage appeal, Keiran King’s period musical drama won over audiences and rewarded their interest with a heartwarming tale of friendship, growing up, and misplaced loyalties. The year’s best musical.

7. The Button-Hole Bandit
Whimsical and delightfully playful with just the right touch of vibrancy, this Edna Manley College production brought a winsome mix of fun and visual splendour to the stage – and a breakout supporting turn from blossoming actress Joanna Johnson.

8. Hairpeace
Adapting Janice Liddell’s soulful, oestrogen-rich work, director Fabian Thomas and a cast marked by youth and experience did justice to the piece, tapping into the pain and opulent insight at the core of the story. Julene Robinson and Faith Gordon were memorably fabulous.

9. Masqueraders
Commitment and conviction on the part of the youthful actors coupled with the late Stafford Ashani’s piercing, in-your-face script made this one of the most disturbing, yet genuinely diverse, productions to grace the stage this year. Another sturdy effort from the Edna Manley College.

10. Acts of the Apostles
Full of spectacle and the occasional show-stopping number, the Father HoLung & Friends operatic musical was at its most persuasive when the dazzling visuals melded with the song and dance to create a wonderful feast of striking images and ear-pleasing sounds.

CELINE DION @ Jamaica Jazz & Blues: A Spectacular Class Act

LADY OF SONG: Celine Dion in performance at Jamaica Jazz & Blues.

When highly regarded superstars live up to expectations while exuding a sophisticated air of class and ovation-worthy stage presence, it renews my faith in the power of the entertainment world to positively astonish. To that end, megawatt diva and iconic songstress Celine Dion, she of the wiry physique and multiple Grammys, delivered a mind-blowing set Friday night at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival inside the Trelawny-based Greenfield Stadium, a venue that accommodated a massive crowd that only swelled as the hour of the songbird’s performance drew closer.

And what a performance – fuelled by standards and popular career hits made all the more exhilarating by the sheer vibrancy of Celine’s stagecraft, her adrenaline-infused zest and, of course, the magnitude of that voice. In short, it was a real thrill to finally witness Celine live in action. That it was her first time on a Caribbean stage made the occasion all the more special. As members of the audience, she captivated us and held us adrift in time and experience.

Hearing hits like “All Coming Back to Me,” “The Power of Love” and “The Reason” incited a mass sing-along. You couldn’t help but surrender to the raw passion and kinetic energy that the wonder woman exuded. The virtuosic performance also included such gems as “Because You Loved Me” and the breathtaking duet “Beauty & The Beast” before moving into a James Bond segment (“Goldeneye” and “Live and Let Die”) that included a wardrobe change from cream jacket and sparkling knickers to a shimmery silver gown with a seductive thigh-high split.

The show got even more enormously exciting with Celine’s renditions of “I’m Alive” and “All By Myself,” which came in for prolonged applause. But the show achieved a whole new crescendo when our very own Diana King joined the queen onstage for a sassy treatment of “Treat her like a Lady,” their 1999 hit. By this time, Celine had slipped into yet another outfit. This time a long-sleeved mini-dress encrusted with gems that dazzled under the lights.

Buoyed by the singer’s dazzling vocal dynamics and her backing band’s impeccable instrumentation, her songs took on a whole new resonance in live performance. Particular mention must be made of “Love Can Move Mountains” and the encore number “My Heart Will Go On.”

“This is the place to be,” Celine told the packed stadium at the start of her set. And she was indeed right. Those who were unfortunately away from the concert missed an experience worth remembering – and on an occasion that doesn’t get any more significant than the 50th anniversary of our Independence. Celine Dion memorably enticed us not only with her melismatic chops but with that confidently sexy strut as she made light work of the stage.

THE WORLD OF WORK: Getting to the profession of your dreams

ON THE HUNT: Accept that the job search is a process.

According to Katy Piotrowski, author of The Career Coward’s Guide to Changing Careers (JIST Works), up to 80 percent of people are unhappy in their current field and desire a more rewarding career. But finding one doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that can be a long-term project that may require additional education. But, as Piotrowski explains, if you’re committed, you’ll experience steady progress toward your goal. To begin:

Reinvent Yourself:
“The majority of people possess many skills that can be successfully applied to new career areas, in most cases without acquiring new degrees or certifications,” says Piotrowski. She suggests making a list of your strengths and turn each into a role or job title, simply by changing the ending. For example: writing = writer, delegating = delegator. While some of the titles are different from traditional job ad titles, you can get an idea of what the role would entail.

Do Your Homework:
Research your intended career and make sure you are familiar with the current lingo of your prospective industry. Talk to people in the field to learn the fundamentals. When you look at employment ads, break down the job description into sentences and match your skills to each requirement. If at least 70 percent are matched, you have good chance of getting an interview.

Be Patient:
Take it easy on yourself through this transition, whether you want to follow your passion or have lost a job. “It’s very normal to feel confused, angry and even depressed for a while,” Piotrowski says. To stay focused, take a stepping-stone approach until you figure out your next move. And don’t be afraid to seek guidance from a friend or counselor.

Stay Confident:
It is normal for companies to bring you in at a lower salary and train you, which means you have to take a temporary step back. But since career changers tend to bring in a world of experience skills to the table, once the basics are down promotion often happens very quickly. “Hiring managers want to be confident that you know the ropes before they offer more pay and responsibility.”

Build a Strong Reference Network:
Having a network of friends who know the right people can open doors. If you know people who are already familiar with your work and results, have them make a call or send an email of letter of introduction on your behalf. “Most people who love their work are usually very happy to share details about how they made it happen,” Piotrowski says.

GOING PLATINUM: Michelle Williams mesmerizes as Marilyn Monroe

EASY AND FREE: Williams as the sexy icon in My Week With Marilyn.

Loosely based on a pair of lean memoirs by the late documentary filmmaker Colin Clark, My Week With Marilyn chronicles the tumultuous story behind the filming in England of 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl, the comedy in which Monroe starred opposite Sir Laurence Olivier (portrayed here with acerbic wit by the great Kenneth Branagh), who was also the film’s director.

The promising collaboration between Britain’s most revered actor, who seriously wants to get the film done, and America’s blonde bombshell, who wants to be taken seriously as an actress, quickly disintegrates into a clash between a no-nonsense director and a woman seemingly unable to show up on time, learn her lines, or come out of her dressing room without an entourage that quiets her emotional storms with pills, booze and flattery.

As Colin, a 23-year-old gofer on the set, played with bright-eyed enthusiasm by Eddie Redmayne, tells Monroe, “This film won’t help either of you.” It is Colin’s brief time with Monroe as her confidant, protector, and almost lover that gives the film its tenderly beating heart.

Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives’ Chuck Vance) stars as Monroe’s playwright husband Arthur Miller; Dominic Cooper as her anxious business partner Milton Greene; and Zoe Wanamaker as her devoted acting coach Paula ‘Lee’ Strasberg. There are wonderful cameos by Emma Watson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Simon Russell Beale and Dame Judi Dench as the thoughtful Dame Sybil Thorndike, who jumps to Monroe’s defence on-set on a number of occasions.

If My Week With Marilyn never quite achieves the mastery of a period piece like last year’s The King’s Speech, it beautifully evokes a glamorous cinematic era. And the main attraction, of course, is Williams who brings the shapely Monroe to life with heartbreaking delicacy and precision. It’s a mesmerizing performance validated by Williams’ recent win at the Golden Globes and her Best Actress nomination for the Feb. 26 Academy Awards. Tyrone's Verdict: B+

BITS & PIECES: News on Konshens, Cecile & Chris, and Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall, who is keeping super-busy these days working on his sophomore album with executive producer Damian Marley, has reportedly signed with the Marleys’ Ghetto Youths label, which will put out the singjay’s eagerly awaited album later this year. In the meantime, Marshall was spotted in the mix on Friday night at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, where wife Tami Chynn and sis Tessanne Chin opened strongly for headliner Celine Dion.

Speaking of Jazz & Blues, dancehall vixen Ce’Cile was also spotted in the press room, where rumoured beau Chris Martin was fielding questions from the media following his performance on Thursday night. The twosome is still going strong, I see.

Konshens recently hosted an intimate listening session for his upcoming album Mental Maintenance in the Big Apple. The event was reportedly attended by media entities and fans of the dancehall entertainer, who is currently astride a wave of career success set to climax with the Feb. 28 album release.

OVERHEARD: What people are talking about right now

Sprint superstar Asafa Powell is to be named International Ambassador for the Diana Award. The announcement will be made next Saturday by the Diana Award Chief Executive, Maggie Turner, who will be speaking at UTech’s Road to Olympic Glory ceremony in New Kingston. At the black-tie affair, the University’s most prestigious award, The Chancellor’s Medal, will be presented to Powell by Chancellor Edward Seaga.

Update: Playwright Aston Cooke has announced that Jonkonnu Jamboree is the name of his next stage effort, set to premiere this May with the Mona-based University Players. His next work, Fifty To Rahtid, will reunite the original cast of the seminal Jamaica 2 Rahtid this summer. Cooke is among the headliners for the Talking Trees Literary Fiesta on Feb. 25 in Treasure Beach.

Sound Byte of the Month:
“Mike Henry, in many respects, is a metaphor for older members of the JLP who may not have come to terms with the fact that their party is in transition with a young leader at the helm. Their best contribution to the JLP would be to appreciate this normal and natural order of life and help their new leader to grow in the job, and to fashion a party about which Jamaicans are comfortable as the alternative government.” – Jamaica Gleaner editorial, Thurs. Jan. 26, 2012.

NEW MUSIC REVIEW: I-Octane + Lana Del Rey + Kirk Franklin

Artiste: Lana Del Rey (Born To Die)
Due out: Jan. 30
Best tracks: “Radio,” “Dark Paradise” and “10 Million Dollar Man”

Moody, haunting and beautifully performed, Lana Del Rey’s breakout hit single, “Video Games” is a song so steeped in sixties nostalgia and bottomless warmth one could easily believe the singer is a world-weary chanteuse. Alas, Del Rey (whose name is an amalgam of Lana Turner and Rio Del Rey) is a talented 24-year-old New York-born, London-raised songbird and songwriter who shows a knack for making the melancholy entirely melodic and mesmerizing. Her newly arrived debut effort, the morbidly titled Born To Die, is already one of the year’s most talked-about releases (especially in the wake of that disappointment of an SNL performance). But Born To Die is largely a winsome record full of glamour and wink-winks to the heyday of Nancy Sinatra and the like. Tyrone’s Verdict: A-

Artiste: I-Octane (Crying to the Nation)
Due out: Feb. 14
Best tracks: “Missing You” and “Puff It”

I-Octane’s full-length debut effort, Crying to the Nation, is among the year’s most eagerly awaited reggae/dancehall releases. While the 16-track album is a showcase of I-Octane’s wholesome meditations and call-to-action anthems, he’s recruited Agent Sasco (“Missing You”), Tarrus Riley (“All We Need Is Love”) and Albarosie (“Space For All of Us”) for collaborations. Known for gritty songs exploring socio-political matters, I-Octane shines most on cuts that speak to the heart and mind concerns he has for the social status quo and humanity. “No More Violence” and the yearning title track are particular standouts. Tyrone’s Verdict: B+

>> Also new music: Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin has assembled his most beloved career hits for the Essential Kirk Franklin (out now). Prepare to stomp, shout and get lifted.

HOT TICKET: Youth View Awards + Best of Reggae Film Fest + D’Angel’s new book

BOOK: Singer D’Angel is making her literary debut in February by publishing the steamy adult novel Love Triangle with Pageturner, the same company that brought us Miss Kitty’s sexy Good Girl Gone Bad last year. It’s already being labeled “the most controversial novel in dancehall history.”

CINEMA: As a precursor to the highly anticipated Reggae Film Festival, slated for April 17-21 in Kingston, the Jamaica Film Academy plans to showcase some of last year’s award-winning entries on Feb. 18 at the Red Bones Blues Café, St. Andrew. Showtime: 7:00pm.

AWARDS: Come next Saturday Feb. 4, the nation’s young, hot and hype will bestow awards on their favourite entertainers, athletes and fashion icons at the 5th Annual Youth View Awards inside the National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston. With an enviable 8 nods, Tifa leads all contenders. Expect performances from Ce’Cile, Wayne Marshall and others. Tami Chynn and Kruddy will be hosting the event.