Thursday, 1 November 2012

NEWS & NOTES: Beres Hammond looks to end 2012 on a supreme high + Spotlighting Lowell Hawthorne’s memoir

STILL REIGNING: Even at his age and with so many decades of performance under his belt, Beres Hammond is still kicking down new doors. The reggae icon is scheduled to make his first late-night television appearance in the United States on Dec. 11, when he appears on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he will not only sit down for a chat with energetic host Jimmy Fallon (inset) but also vibe with in-house band The Roots, rendering hits in and out of the commercial breaks. 

The next day, Hammond will appear at the brand-new Brooklyn Barclays Centre as headliner of the Sounds of Reggae concert alongside UB40, Maxi Priest and Shaggy. According to his team, Hammond plans to make the crowd melt as he treats them to iconic songs from his career as well as new material off his well-anticipated new album One Love, One Life, due out Nov. 13 via VP Records. And speaking of the new album, Hammond had a hand in producing 19 of the CD’s final 20 songs. The first disc, One Love, features his signature lover's rock sound on new singles like “No Candle Light” and “Keep Me Warm,” while the second disc, One Life, explores social consciousness and spirituality on tunes like “You Stand Alone,” “Truth Will Live On” and “Prime Time.” 

A REMARKABLE LIFE:Lowell Hawthorne’s chronicle of the development of a small Jamaican business into the highly successful Golden Krust Craibbean Bakery and Grill, an American business empire is an invaluable guide to success as well as an inspiring autobiographical work,” proclaims former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson in praise of Hawthorne’s candid personal account of his life so far, The Baker’s Son (Akashic Books), which follows the business titan from a humble Jamaican childhood (marked by selling guinea pigs and rabbits for pocket money) all the way to the U.S. in pursuit of the American Dream. Hawthorne, who lives in New York, is presently in Jamaica to host a book-signing session at Bookland, New Kingston, on Friday, Nov. 2, starting at noon.

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