Saturday, 24 October 2015

THE [[[BUZZ]]] REPORT: What’s new, what’s next, what’s trending in Jamaican pop culture

Has T.O.K come to the end of the road? The bandmates seem headed for Splitsville, in the wake of reports that group member Flexx (who now goes by Double X) has embarked on a solo career, citing lack of unity and conflicting agendas within the camp as a major factor influencing his decision. Depressing news for fans who were anticipating a second season of Takin’ Over on CVM. But, come to think of it, haven’t we been here before, with these T.O.K “breakup” rumours? Only time will tell if the talented foursome (completed by Alex, Craigy T and Bay-C), who’ve been a fam since their schoolboy days, can heal the rift….. Elsewhere on the music scene, Moses Davis is looking to further solidify his place as leader of the pack when he drops Unstoppable, his 20th solo album, tentatively titled to go on sale in December. You have to give credit where its dues, and Beenie Man has managed to combine staying power with perennial appeal in mastering the art of remaining relevant….. Much of the same has worked for other icons like Sheryl Lee Ralph, whose guest-of-honour address at the Jamaica Cancer Society’s upcoming “Keeping Abreast” luncheon (October 29 at the Jamaica Pegasus) is something to look forward to….. Still on coming attractions, our sources tell us that Dahlia Harris, one of the hardest working women in local showbiz, not only has a new stage production opening in Kingston next month but also in the works is a buzzworthy series that’s
already been optioned for debut on TV-J early next year….. And speaking of dynamic divas, special kudos to the homegirl Saudicka Diaram (right), whose insightful new-kid-on-the-block gabfest, The Saudicka Diaram Show, is a bonafide hit according to word-of-mouth reviews. We’ve been huge admirers of Miss Diaram’s ever since she single-handedly transformed CVM’s lifestyle/entertainment spot D’Wrap into must-see Friday-night TV. Now, she’s gone on to bigger things – and on a platform that has her poised to make some serious life-changing impact. Move over, Susan!..... Meanwhile, we know at least one power player who won’t be caught off guard should an official announcement come that Jamaicans are going to the polls before the end of the year: Director of Elections, Orette Fisher. “We are as ready as we can be under the circumstances,” Fisher recently told RJR News. Unsurprisingly, anticipation is rife across the island for Sista P to call it. Stay tuned.

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