Tuesday, 13 January 2015

CULTURE VULTURE: Queen Ifrica's third album on the way + Stephen and Ziggy team up with fashion label + 2015 Golden Globe winners announced

THE BIG WINNERS: On Sunday the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) revealed the winners of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, during a star-studded ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, honouring such acclaimed movies as Boyhood (Best Picture - Drama), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Best Picture - Musical/Comedy) and Birdman (Best Adapted Screenplay, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu). When it came to the acting categories, the Oscar favourites continued their impressive awards-season run. While Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Big Eyes' Amy Adams took the lead-actress prizes for drama and musical/comedy respectively, Eddie Redmanyne (The Theory of Everything) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) took home the lead-actor statuettes. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) both won for their supporting work. Best Director went to Boyhood's Richard Linklater and, marking a triumph for Black Hollywood and the music world, John Legend and Common took Best Original Song for their collaboration "Glory," which appears in the civil rights drama Selma

ON THE RECORD: In 2009 Queen Ifrica released her sophomore album, Montego Bay (a follow-up to Fyah Mumma) to much critical acclaim and fan adulation, thanks to hit singles like "Lioness on the Rise" and "Far Away" signalling an artistic maturity she hadn't shown before. There's more where that came from. We've been reliably informed that the ace singer-deejay is putting the polish on her upcoming third solo album, which is slated to drop by the summer via VP Records. And though the title and the names of guest collaborators are being heavily shrouded in secrecy, the album has at least one fan already. "It will be her best work yet," predicts creative partner in rhyme Tony Rebel, who contributed his songwriting and production skills to the project and several of Ifrica's previous releases. "Those who have heard snippets of it say they can't wait to hear it." Both Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel are sharing top billing with a host of other reggae heavyweights at Rebel Salute this weekend at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory, St. Ann.

STYLE AND SUBSTANCE: Making hit records and stacking Grammy trophies is all in a day's work for Marley brothers Stephen and Ziggy but, by all accounts, they're also focussed on aligning their megabrands with other lucrative ventures, fashion included. The celebrated musicians are currently featured in design house John Varvatos' 2015 ad campaign, rocking cool looks in an iconic black and white image shot by renowned rock photographer Danny Clinch. But that's not all. Come next month, Ziggy and Stephen will appear in a documentary-style film conceived by YARD and directed by Clinch. Set to debut on johnvarvatos.com, the clip's premiere will coincide with celebrations to mark Bob Marley's 70th birthday. The Marley brothers are the latest in a long line of respected global musicians (such as Iggy Pop, Green Day and Ringo Starr) to lend star power to campaigns by the internationally famous fashion line. 

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