Saturday, 21 May 2016

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

MICHAEL Lee Chin is getting into the best shape of his life! Spending more time in Kingston these days, given his recent appointment as Chair of the Economic Growth Council, we spotted Mr. Charismatic putting in some early-morning workout inside the Emancipation Park on Wednesday, sporting a green tee and a pair of flattering black shorts. Not exactly Rio Olympics training, but when you’re tasked with heading up a big part of the government’s prosperity mission, you want to be in the best physical shape possible, and he certainly looked the part. We love our leaders fit and healthy, so keep it up, sir….. Over in Europe, Bolt season has slipped into high gear. The World’s Fastest Man is the toast of the Czech Republic, where he is expected to dazzle spectators at the Ostrava Diamond
League meet this weekend. Ahead of the big race, the Jamaican sprint superstar has been meeting with reporters and fans and training up a storm in Prague, where he is currently based. We see a couple of Olympic gold medals in this young man’s future….. Speaking of ambitious sportsmen, is Damion Johnson a future president of Tennis Jamaica? The perennial national champ and part-time coach is parlaying his on-court success into a bigger venture, with the establishment of the Damion Johnson All-Island Open Junior Tennis Championships, slated for May 28 and 29 at the Eric Bell Centre in Kingston. Given his knack for unearthing and nurturing young tennis talent, the competition will feature contestants ranging in age from 10-18…..
The Damions are clearly having a moment. While Junior Gong continues to work his studio magic on that long-anticipated follow-up album to Welcome to Jamrock, Damion Crawford (right) is adding radio host to his long résumé. According to online sources, the former MP and state minister for tourism/entertainment will host Straight Forward with Damion Crawford on Nationwide FM, three nights per week (at 8:00 pm), starting May 25. No doubt Crawford and his guests will be on their best behaviour, as they dish and discuss the hot topics of the moment….. The Energizer Bunny has got nothing on Ziggy Marley, who just keeps going and going and going. The reggae superstar will release his umpteenth solo album, titled simply Ziggy Marley, on May 20 via Tuff Gong International, we hear. Looking to score yet another Grammy nod, Ziggy says he’s stepping outside his comfort zone this time around, in “exploring new musical ideas.” We can’t wait to hear it….. And kudos to PM Andrew Holness, who just keeps working, working, working. That’s the spirit. But how come we hardly see the missus out and about? We have a simple request: More Juliet Holness, please! Stay tuned.

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