It’s been a year since Buju Banton returned to Jamaica after serving seven years in a US prison on drug-related charges. He’s been working at a near non-stop pace since then, embarking on his global Long Walk to Freedom Tour, dropping new singles, collaborating with everyone from DJ Khaled to Popcaan to Rihanna and just recently inking a deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation family. Looking ahead, the Grammy winner, in an interview with Rolling Stone, says the aim is to “do things differently and show that we can foster a unity in our people that can’t be emulated anywhere else.” The highly anticipated album is in the works, he confirms, but he’s in no rush to set a release date. “I’m without a plan,” he admits. “A plan – that is too much of a strong word. We’re working on a fellowship.”
Deepening her relationship with Magnum Tonic Wine, brand ambassador for Jamaica and the Caribbean Grace ‘Spice’ Hamilton has launched a new web-based talk show, Spice It Up, which has already started to generate buzz. Available for viewing at MagnumHub.TV, the show (which has already featured guests like star batsman Marlon Samuels) will deliver “the very best in topical entertainment and social commentary,” as Spice interviews celebrities and other intriguing personalities. “I’m excited about the show. I have a lot to say, and anyone who that knows Spice knows I’ve never been shy or coy about anything,” says the Love & Hip-Hop star. “Spice It Up will feature some amazing, possibly controversial discussions that fans will love.” Season 1 will run for 13 episodes.
>> Hail to the Chief!: Shaggy teams up with Virgin Holidays
Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell has had quite a year: releasing a new album, starring in Disney’s latest incarnation of The Little Mermaid, touring the continents and weathering controversy over funds raised for the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Now comes news that the diamond-selling megastar is capping 2019 with a big new role: Chief Caribbean Officer for Virgin Holidays. His task is to ensure that visitors enjoy the best of the region while promoting this side of paradise to the world. He’s hit the ground running. “I’ve been checking on Antigua,” he said in a recent Instagram post, “but need someone to cover for me while I go on tour.”