Friday, 16 September 2016

THE BUZZ REPORT: The Al Miller verdict, Sean Paul’s baby news, Liguanea Art Festival, and more

DON'T call it a comeback! The Liguanea Art Festival, after a worrisome hiatus, will make its grand return to the local cultural calendar on December 4. The event, which had its last staging in 2014 at the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), returns to its old stomping grounds – the Liguanea Lane Plaza (where Wendy’s is located) – where it will no doubt attract its usual diverse mix of established and emerging artists and artisans, art lovers, connoisseurs and collectors making their pre-Christmas
purchases…… As expected, Nick Cannon’s cinematic love letter to the Jamaican music scene, King of the Dancehall, met with mixed reviews when it opened at TIFF 2016 in Canada over the weekend. No word yet on its worldwide release date, but according to critics (who praise the movie’s “vibrant energy”), Cannon shows real promise as a filmmaker while starlet Kimberly Patterson (who plays his love interest Maya) is one to watch. Evidently, Kimmy, whose work as a makeup artist and a former assistant to Calabash’s Justine Henzell TALLAWAH is familiar with, is a young woman of many talents. Now, her star is on the rise….. Speaking of gorgeous people, we send our best to Jody ‘Jinx’ Stewart and her megastar paramour Sean Paul, who we hear are expecting their first child together! Prophecy: a boy whose name shall be called Tyrone….. And while SP continues to dominate radio playlists with his addictive Sia collaboration “Cheap Thrills”, his Grammy-winning bro Junior Gong is well on ‘the road to Stony Hill.’ With the 2016 Best Reggae Album nominees to be announced in
early December, will Stony Hill be released in time to be eligible for consideration?..... And while Father HoLung and his tireless team gear up for a spectacular remount of their multi-award-winning musical Moses, everybody is talking about this week’s verdict at the Al Miller trial: a year in the pen or a fine of $1 million. Tell me, is this the final nail in the coffin of the Tivoli saga that’s been haunting us for almost a decade now?..... On a far sunnier note, we must send out kudos and best wishes to our three stunning queens as they embark on their ambassadorial duties – Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Kyesha Randall, Miss Jamaica World Alisha Barrett and Miss Jamaica Universe Isabel Dalley – smart and talented young women who are definitely going places. Stay tuned.






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