Monday, 26 May 2014

THE BUZZ REPORT: Bolt cuts to the chase for Visa + Alaine named new Rising Stars judge + Sean Paul shares top bill for Sumfest

Think Usain Bolt is off somewhere pouting because he didn’t get to join his record-smashing compatriots at this month’s Nassau-hosted IAAF World Relay Finals? Wrong. Since fine-tuning preparations for the superbusy athletics season ahead and doing the charity rounds locally, the World’s Fastest Man has scored another global TV ad spot, this time gracing Visa’s 2014 World Cup campaign promo currently being shown in some 22 countries. Looking good and obviously feeling at home on-screen, the photogenic all-star brings the clip’s easy-breezy, yet high-energy, vibe to full-bodied life as only he can. See it for yourself.

Go girl! We are beyond thrilled that songbird-actress Alaine, one of our all-time favourite homegirls, will be taking her place at the judges’ table when the new season of Digicel Rising Stars debuts on TV J a few weeks from now. Replacing fellow recording star Tanya Stephens, Alaine will be dishing out her brand of tough love to the stardom hopefuls each week alongside Anthony Miller an d T.O.K’s Craigy T, who are both reprising their roles.

Meantime, fans of Rosie Murray must be excited to learn that the ubertalented comedic and dramatic actress is flying solo this summer, when she headlines her first one-woman show, Slice of Life, under direction from good friend and frequent creative collaborator David Tulloch. The must-see performance series starts in July at a theatre house to be confirmed.

Speaking of go-getters, Prodigal Son’s creative rebirth is in full effect now that the ace deejay has flipped the script and changed his stage moniker to Prodi! Admittedly pursuing a more conscious trajectory these days, he’s currently promoting his new EP, Voice of the People, and is slated to bless his fans with a solo show in New Kingston in June.
And while we wait to see Reggae Sumfest’s complete 2014 lineup, we hear that Grammy winner Sean Paul (photographed at the recent Billboard Music Awards, above), who hasn’t appeared at Catherine Hall in years, is among the stars set to join previously announced headliners Chronixx, Wiz Khalifa and superbusy chanteuse Tessanne Chin at the July 13-19 megafest in MoBay, where Freddie McGregor will be presented with a special career achievement award.

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