PRIMA DONNA: With another busy year ahead, rebel songstress Cherine will kick off her 2012 calendar of activities with the official world premiere of her new video, "How We Living," this Thursday at Oneil’s Place (Hagley Park Road) in Kingston. The event, which will double as a concert, will also serve as the official introduction of the singer’s backing band, the Rockfort Rebels. Later in the month, Cherine will reteam with the legendary Sly & Robbie when they grace the stage at the Raggamuffin Festival in New Zealand.
ROCK STEADY: Lady Etana has begun 2012 the best way she knows how: with new music. The singer-songwriter has put out “I Am Strong,” an inspirational ballad of empowerment produced by Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor. The multi-award-winning star, who hopes to put out a brand new album by summer, could be adding more trophies to her mantle this season, as she is among the nominees for Favourite Cultural Artiste at next month’s Youth View Awards (YVAs).To vote for Etana text #25 ETANA to 1-876-284-9900.
ISLAND ESCAPE: Grammy winner and reggae-dancehall superfan Alicia Keys, who has announced that her next album is due out this year, is reportedly on the island laying down tracks at Portland’s relaxing Geejam Studios, which has become a real superstar magnet since its grand opening a couple years ago. Last year, Keys made her foray into theatrical production with Stick Fly, which opened on Broadway to critical acclaim in December. Stick Fly, which revolves around two well-to-do-couples vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, stars Tracie Thoms, Condola Rashad, Mekhi Phifer and Jamaica’s own Dule Hill.