Friday, 2 January 2015

THE BUZZ REPORT: TALLAWAH dishes entertainment news from Jollywood to Japan

Jerry D spent New Year's Day up in some cool country hills, celebrating the arrival of 2015 in the company of family and friends. Work was the last thing on his mind, understandably, but responding to our query about life after RJR, the Vibemaster made it clear that his radioland days are far from over. "I can never be through with radio," he told TALLAWAH incredulously over the phone, adding that fans can expect to learn the details of his comeback by month-end.
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Jerry's return to the Jamaican airwaves aside, we are avidly anticipating the next blockbuster production from Father HoLung & Friends, a song-and-dance rendering of the Biblical tale of David, which we hear is in its pre-development stages. According to production team member and lighting maestro Robin Baston, he and director Greg Thames will be meeting soon to iron out the details of how the show will look and sound when it debuts in May. At this stage of the preparations, the musical score, he says, is the number one priority. As for casting and auditions, Baston noted that with the exception of leading man Wynton Williams, no names are attached to the project as yet. But at least three Davids will be cast to demonstrate his progression from boyhood to the slaying of Goliath to his ascension to the throne.
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And while the world awaits the latest albums from reggae hitmakers Jah Cure and Protoje, an impressive cadre of roots-rockin' entertainers (established acts, living legends and exciting newcomers) are sharing top billing at this month's Rebel Salute on January 16 and 17 at St. Ann's Richmond Estate. Go to rebelsalutejamaica.com for the complete lineup, accommodation options and more.
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Sets from chameleonic songstress Mariah Carey, R&B icon Charlie Wilson, new-kids-on-the-block Magic and Grammy nominees Soja will light up the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, when the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival close out the month. For tickets and to check out the growing lineup of confirmed acts, log on to jamaicajazzandblues.com




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