Monday, 4 July 2016

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

BY now we all know that Moses ‘Beenie Man’ Davis is immensely proud of his long reign as king of the Jamaican dancehall, but it would seem that he’s now willing to share the crown. Vybz Kartel named his most recent album King of the Dancehall (which has gone on to top the Billboard Reggae Album chart), and if Davis has any objection to the title, he’s keeping quiet about it. Then again, maybe a lyrical response is in the works….. Speaking of Jamaican leading men, esteemed Gleaner journalist Gary Wayne Spaulding got a rousing send-off on the weekend, as a supersized
congregation packed the Portmore Gospel Assembly in St. Catherine on Saturday to pay their final respects to a reporter whose by-line probably holds the record for the most Sunday Gleaner cover appearances in the last five years. Unsurprisingly, PM Andrew Holness, members of his Cabinet and numerous reporters were in attendance…… And while we’re on the subject of journalism, the TV-J series 18 Degrees North is sparing no punches. Weeks after ruffling feathers with a piece on PM Holness’ much-talked-about upper St. Andrew mansion, they are set to air an exposé on government ministers and the tax administration. You
will have to tune in to get the juice on what the relentless Miss Zahra Burton uncovered this time around….. Has Dr. Carolyn Cooper retired from the University of the West Indies? We hear that the renowned professor is now enjoying a change of place and pace as a consultant on culture and development. The Jamaican government could certainly use her expertise every now and again….. In the meantime, another strong Jamaican woman has stepped up to higher office, with the swearing-in of Dr. Patricia Ann Marshall Dunwell as Custos Rotolorum of St. Andrew We wish her a very fruitful tenure….. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will always be our girl, but that golden 100M run by Elaine Thompson at the National Senior Trials on the weekend was pure poetry in motion. What stunning form and physique! Yohan Blake was also in a no-nonsense mood as he stamped his authority to cop the sprint double. With Rio on the horizon, you can never count out Usain Bolt, who always has a few tricks up his sleeve, but this is Yohan’s moment. Stay tuned.

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