Sunday, 6 January 2013

NEWS & NOTES: Reggae Sumfest 2013 dates confirmed + Amour honoured by NSFC + Rap mogul Diddy hits Kingston

BE OUR GUEST: Over the weekend, rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs paid a private-jet visit to our shores, the main highlight of which was an impromptu staging of his inaugural “Bad Boy Sound Clash” at the Lime Light Entertainment Club in Half-Way-Tree, St. Andrew. The speedily organised event was put on by Supreme Promotions and Downsound Records in collaboration with the rapper’s label. When the dust settled, veteran selector Tony Matterhorn emerged the winner of the sound-clash competition, pocketing a tidy sum of US$20,000 (J$1.8 million) ahead of fellow contenders Bass Odyssey and Foota Hype. The event also saw appearances by Tommy Lee Sparta, Ninja Man, Kiprich, Flippa Mafia, and the Doctor Beenie Man

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: And while we’re on the subjects of music and overseas acts, the dates for Reggae Sumfest 2013 have been confirmed. What promises to be another stellar showcase is slated to take place from July 21 to 27 in Montego Bay, St. James. 

SCREEN GEM: One of our favourite films of the past year, Michael Haneke’s haunting marriage drama Amour was last week anointed the Best Film of 2012 by the National Society of Film Critics in the United States. With awards season set to gain momentum this month with a raft of awards shows (SAGs, Golden Globes) – culminating with the Oscar nominations at month-end, Amour is being heavily touted as a potential key player, especially its lead actress Emmanuelle Riva.

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