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Selector’s Choice: Dawg E. Slaughter (X-Caliber International/Trinidad)

The biggest soca songs for Trinidad Carnival 2016.

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Mixtape Mondays: Rampage Sound Global, Mr. Leub, Silent Addy, DJ Filthy Rich

Extra large edition of MM on deck with Marley Classics, Haitian Carnival Settings, Gallis Anthems and Throwback Remixes from a global cast of DJ's

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Heads up to Maurice White

AS a fledgling band, Third World kept their ears to the ground musically. They were particularly impressed by a genre-defying American group called Earth, Wind & Fire.

“They had a great influence on Third World at the time the group was formed,” Third World guitarist Stephen lsquo;Cat’ Coore told the Jamaica Observer.

Coore — who co-founded Third World, along with keyboardist Ibo Cooper — is currently on tour with the outfit in New Zealand and Australia. He said one of Earth, Wind & Fire’s songs — 1973’s Keep Your Head to The Sky — resonated with them.

“We were playing clubs and dances at the time and Keep Your Head to The Sky was one of the songs we did as a band. We did it so well and, for this reason, Third World recorded the song many years later... We recorded it for Polygram on the same album with

Reggae Ambassador and Forbidden Love,” said Coore.

Founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, died last Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He was 74.

White — who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease — started the band in 1969. Earth, Wind & Fire’s horn-driven catalogue of hits include September, Shining Star and Boogie Wonderland.

Coore said he never toured with Earth, Wind & Fire but met several members.

“I personally never met Maurice but he was truly a consummate band leader, a writer of the highest order and a truly great singer. The music industry was blessed to have had him,” Coore added.

Keep Your Head to The Sky is also the title of White’s autobiography which is expected to be released late this year.

Prohgres back with a bang

Singer Prohgres returns to the scene with two new songs: The Wiggle Song (featuring DHQ Sher) and Success Deh Near.

He told the Jamaica Observer that both are consistent with the songs he has done since his first recordings as a 15-year-old seven years ago.

The Wiggle Song, produced by Simpac Music, is getting the lion’s share of promotion.

“All the focus is on The Wiggle Song. It is getting good rotation in England and Canada, and a video shoot is also in the pipeline,” said Prohgres.

The song is done with dancer/singer DHQ Sher.

Born Richard Gordon, Prohgres is from Discovery Bay, St Ann. It Nuh Easy and Hustler are two of his earlier songs.

Roache goes back to basics

THE play, Mama Take Me Back to Church, debuts at the YMCA in Kingston, on Ash Wednesday.

Playwright Andrew Roache said the production was borne out of a need for clean family entertainment.

“Having worked in the theatre world for almost three decades, persons always wanted a production with a religious plot. We have heard complaints about the lewdness within some plays...the viewers yearned for more and wanted something of more value,” Roache told the

Jamaica Observer.

He said he was approached by Whirlwind Entertainment to write the script and he accepted.

According to Roache, Mama Take Me Back to Church is set in North America. It is about Joyce, a Christian woman, who struggles to accept her children’s secular lifestyle.

Joyce is played by Dorothy Cunningham.

“When we approached Dorothy with the idea, she wanted to see the material as she is a Christian. She wanted to ensure that it was on par with her values and morals. She called back just days later as she believed that this production can win souls for Christ,” said Roache.

The cast also includes Sabrina Thomas, Samantha Brevett and Petrova Kenward.

Roache, a former student of Kingston College, once worked as stage manager for Oliver Samuels. His previous productions include Strength of A Woman and Ras Genie.

The ‘Seans’ make it happen again

Sean Paul has once again teamed with British singer/songwriter Jay Sean. Their latest collaboration, Make My Love Go

, was released last Friday by Sony Music UK.

Make My Love Go is produced by Ezu and samples Maxi Priest’s 1990 number one hit, Close to You.

Jay Sean told online site Desiblitz.com his reason for sampling the Priest song.

“I always loved that song and I just happened to be messing around with some chords and freestyled the Maxi Priest melody over them. Then I thought, ‘Let’s just do it. Let’s bring that back to life.’ People in my era, that’s something we grew up with but the younger kids don’t know that great song,” he explained.

Make My Love Go is the second collaboration by Sean Paul and Jay Sean. In 2010, they worked on the song Do You Remember which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The 36-year-old Jay Sean is of Asian descent. He was previously signed to Virgin Records and Cash Money Records.

His hits in the United Kingdom include Eyes on You, Stolen, Ride It, Maybe and Tonight. In the United States, his greatest success has been Down which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009.

To date he has released four studio albums, the last being Neon in 2013.

Hardesty launches in the sunset

Rich Hardesty loves to describe himself as a ‘Jamerican’, given the countless times the American singer has visited Jamaica.

Fitting then that he launched his first reggae album, The Sunset Show, in the country he considers a second home.

The Indiana native performed at two shows on Saturday. First was the event celebrating Bob Marley’s 71st birthday at the Marley Museum in St Andrew; then, a slot on artiste manager Claudette Kemp’s show at Mandela Highway, marking her 36th year in the music business.

The Sunset Show was officially released February 2 on compact disc by Hardesty’s label of the same name. It is also available digitally.

Hardesty said he is not pushing a particular song, but admits he has soft spot for Black Sheep Butterfly.

“That song is special because it started in Australia and landed in Jamaica. Julian Marley ended up playing drums on it, so that was pretty special.”

Hardesty also covered

Keepers of The Light, originally done by Ky-Mani Marley.

Hardesty, who first visited Jamaica in 1993, started recording the album last summer at Anchor Studio in St Andrew.

Percussionist Bongo Herman, drummer Sly Dunbar, keyboardist Allah Lloyd, bassist Errol ‘Flabba Holt’ Carter, guitarist Winston ‘Bo Pee’ Bowen, saxophonist Everton Gayle, trombonist Everal Wray, and trumpeter Vivian Scott played on the set.

— Howard Campbell

Skip off the old block

THE Marley family has found its newest star to carry on the legacy of their famous patriarch, reggae king Bob Marley.

Skip Marley, grandson of the legend and son of his daughter Cedella Marley, made his debut in front of a Kingston audience on Saturday night. From all indications, he is positioning himself to be a future torch-bearer for his family.

The 19-year-old had the auspicious task of closing the Bob Marley 71st birthday jam session at the Bob Marley Museum, coming after great sets from high-riding acts Kelissa, Iba Mahr and Jesse Royal.

Many thought this may have been suicidal for the unseasoned artiste but he proved them wrong.

With a rhythm guitar slung across his wispy frame, and wailing tracks from his grandfather’s catalogue, many stood in the courtyard of the famous 56 Hope Road venue, transfixed on what some expressed to be Bob reincarnate.

Rastaman Vibration, Roots Rock Reggae, Three Little Birds and One Love were part of his set. However, the coup de gras was his rendition of Chances Are.

For this ballad, Marley invited Marcia Griffiths, who had shared the stage with his famous grandparents as a member of the I-Three.

Marley also performed two of his own tracks, Life and Cry To Me, which both went over well.

His performance capped an energy-filled evening. The Bob Marley 71st birthday ambassadors, Jesse Royal, Kelissa and Iba Mahr were in fine form, each mixing tracks from the catalogue of the famous celebrant into their sets.

Kelissa did a welcome rendition of We Don’t Need No More Trouble. Iba Mahr cleverly segued from his own

Will I Wait into Waiting in Vain, while Jesse Royal sampled a few.

Other acts such as Dre Island, Runkus, McKeon, Feluke,Yvad, Bongo Herman Winston McAnuff and the Roots Uprising Band made their presence felt as they paid tribute to Marley and entertained the full house.

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