Friday, 13 September 2013

NEWS & NOTES: Audley Shaw to address Jamaica this Sunday + The death of Cecil Charlton + Romain Virgo drops debut mixtape

THE CONTENDER: Man of the moment Audley Shaw is set to deliver a national broadcast on Sunday, September 15, during which he will officially outline his challenge for the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party, the most-discussed topic at the water-cooler these days. All major television and radio stations will carry Shaw's message during prime time. Meantime, current JLP leader, Andrew Holness, was in a no-nonsense mood when he sat down with Dionne Jackson-Miller on All Angles earlier this wee, suggesting that a heated battle is to be expected. Stay tuned...

THE DEPARTED: Cecil Charlton is dead. The esteemed former Mayor of Mandeville passed away at hospital earlier this week. He was on the cusp of turning 90. In the wake of his death, Charlton, who had been ailing for some time, has been hailed as a giant who lived fearlessly and has left an indelible mark through his contributions to numerous sectors, including the horse-racing industry. "He was a very accessible person. When you need(ed) advice he would readily give it," recalls Brenda Ramsay, chair of the Manchester Parish Council. "He was a fearless individual and a man of action. We are missing a giant of a man." 

THE KID: It's been almost three years since Romain Virgo released his critically acclaimed sophomore album, The System, and fans have been clamouring for new music ever since. The wait is over. This month, the award-winning crooner drops Go Hard 2013 and Beyond, his debut mixtape that renews his penchant for exploring everything from societal ills to matters of the heart. "In my eyes and in the eyes of my team, mixtapes are effective promotional tools," Virgo explains, "and some people prefer to listen to a mix than an actual album. The mixtape serves as a way to introduce new songs as well as to reinvent old songs on different rhythms."

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