Friday, 28 March 2014

THE BUZZ REPORT: TALLAWAH serves showbiz and culture headlines from Kingston to MoBay

D'Angel keeps reminding us that she's a Jill of all trades intent on widening her reach. The reggae-dancehall bombshell, author, businesswoman and doting mother is adding film actress to her résumé this year, having landed among the cast of the upcoming urban flick Jamaican Mafia, which co-stars Paul Campbell and Mykal Fax, who penned the script and heads the cast as a go-getter who bails on corporate America and falls in with the wrong crowd after learning that he's the nephew of a high-profile gangster. D'Angel reportedly plays Robin, the leading lady of a powerful crime boss. No word yet on the movie's release date but it's first trailer is available for online viewing.

Still in Jollywood, the Greater August Town Film Festival (GATTFest) will take over the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston from April 24-27. Branded as "the Caribbean's biggest community film festival" (an initiative of the UWI Community Film Project), the event will showcase Jamaican, regional, and international short films, with such promising highlights as a red-carpet premiere of the docu-drama Bedward; a film workshop; two nights of film screenings; the Greater August Town Community Tour; and an awards ceremony to wrap things up. Here's the best part: you can submit your own short films (drama, comedy, sci-fi/horror, documentary, dance/musical) by April 4 to be screened at the festival provided that they make the grade, of course. Go to to find out more.

And while we're on the subject of upcoming festivals, Reggae Sumfest 2014 is bringing the noise to MoBay's Catherine Hall July 13-19, with a pyrotechnic lineup that already includes supersongstress Tessanne Chin and award-winning hip-hop sensation Wiz Khalifa. Also hitting the mainstage: Chronixx, Sanchez, Jah Cure, and the Zvuloon Sound System out of Israel. And each week will bring new additions to be announced. Stay tuned.

The follow-up to his acclaimed debut The Seven Year Itch and sophomore triumph The Eight Year Affair, Protoje's upcoming third solo album is our selection for the Most Anticipated Album of 2014. While the project is yet to be named, the ace musician obviously loves to play the numbers game, so it's our guess that a digit will turn up in the title. The disc is slated to drop in September and is preceded by the hypnotic first single, "Who Knows," a Chronixx-assisted jam.

Get your work noticed! For all the talented emerging writers seeking a "buss", you ship has come in: is now accepting submissions, and is an ideal platform to get feedack on your short stories, poems and essays, etc. Closer to home, April 30 is the submissions deadline for the JCDC-sponsored National Creative Writing Competition, where attractive prizes (medals, trophies and cash awards) are reserved for the most outstanding entrants in categories spanning poetry and prose, essays, novels and plays.

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