Thursday, 16 August 2012

NEWS & NOTES: Gospel star Jermaine Edwards kicks off summer tour in the UK

BRING YOUR PRAISE: Fresh from a recent headlining gig, alongside CeCe Winans, in Trinidad & Tobago, gospel crooner Jermaine Edwards now turns his attention to the United Kingdom, where he is set to perform later this month in such locales as Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Brixton – all of which have a heavy appetite for reggae gospel. The Digicel ambassador, whose 2011 album Hideaway went all the way to number one, has also set his sights on a tour of Africa, tentatively scheduled for this October. In the meantime, a visual for his collabo “Never Lose My Faith” with DJ Nicholas is slated to debut around the same time.

SCREEN GEM: Though released (to critical huzzahs) more than a year now, Ghett’a Life is finding new… life this summer. The gritty, Chris Browne-directed film is being released in the United Kingdom throughout August by the Nu-Urban Image International Pictures, an urban film distribution company. As part of the ongoing Jamaica 50 celebrations currently rocking Britain, the film will play in selected cinemas and community venues across the UK. Exclusive one-off screenings will start on Thursday 16th August at the Peckhamplex cinema in Peckham, South London, before moving on to selected cinemas in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds. Other venues will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

HOT STUFF: Girl on Fire is the name of Alicia Keys’ forthcoming studio album, due out this fall. “[This album] is about new beginnings, new perspectives and fresh starts,” says the 31-year-old multi-Grammy winner. “[It’s about] stripping away all the bad energy in your life and taking full control of the reins and how you want to live.”

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