Friday, August 28, 2020


Opportunity knocks for Sister Carol

A year ago, almost to the date, recording artiste Gem Myers was a guest at the JaRIA Honour Awards, organised by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association. Sitting in the box, she could not resist the urge to rise to her feet once the tribute to honoree Bunny Wailer began. Filled with joy and pride, she danced to his classics such as Ballroom Floor, Cool Runnings, Boderation and Rock N' Groove as they were performed. On that night, she shared with the Jamaica Observer how hearing his music and seeing him being honoured had brought back a flood of memories from her days providing backing vocals for the reggae icon for stage and in studio. Fast-forward to yesterday, and Myers was awash with mixed emotions as news of Bunny Wailer's death began to spread. She was saddened by his passing, but could not help but reflect on how fortunate she was to have worked with the legendary artiste.
Brothers to the end “I can't even recall how I first got to work with Jah B. I was very young, and as vocalists we were always in the studio working with other artistes. There was a little clique of us headed by Pam Hall, and so we would get work… so, Pam played an integral role in most of what I did and who I worked with back in those days. We did some great work with Bunny Wailer and I found him to be absolutely giving when it came to the work. Always approachable, always willing to share, always willing to teach. In the years after, whenever we saw each other on the road or events, he always acknowledged me and had very kind words and recollections of our years working together. I will always remember those days, they will stay with me for a lifetime,” she shared. On Boxing Day 1982, the National Stadium in St Andrew was filled with thousands of reggae fans for the concert Youth Consciousness. Bunny Wailer and Dennis Brown were among the top-billed acts, and Myers was among the backing vocalists. For her, that experience is one which forever sticks out in her mind. “Like I said, I was young and just being in the stadium and seeing all these people rocking to the music. It was my biggest show at that time and I couldn't believe I was on-stage with Bunny Wailer. It was such a great experience and it helped me with my confidence, just to perform for such a massive audience,” she said. Bunny Wailer's talents as vocalist, performer, arranger and songwriter are never overlooked by Myers, who noted that he always had a hand in crafting the harmony on his recordings, and his skills in pulling a performance together were worthy of emulation. Jamaica Observer 96-Year-Old Puts Her House For Sale. Look How It Looks Inside Your Money Magic Charting with Bunny Wailer Jamaica Observer “The man have some wicked tune… if yuh t'ink a lie check out his album Black Heart Man. His work with The Wailers is something we all know and must celebrate. Bunny Wailer is legacy-rich. He can rest knowing that he put in the work and generations to come will know him and his music. I can't point to a single tune that is my favourite… there are so many, Fire Burning, Ballroom Floor, Black Heart Man… too many,” noted Myers. “Jah B's passing is causing me to reflect on the number of legendary artistes that I have worked with as a backing vocalist. My first major job was with Peter Tosh on his Mama Africa album. I sang on about four of the tracks. So the only icon I haven't worked with is Bob [Marley]. I have since worked with Toots, Ras Karbi, Jimmy Cliff, Judy Mowatt, and the list goes on. I am truly grateful to have worked with these artistes including Bunny Wailer, as I know they have contributed to my career,” she added.

Michigan's birthday gift BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertai

ON Sunday Papa Michigan celebrated his 60th birthday. In lieu of a party, the veteran deejay opted to do something else. “We gave out some back-to-school supplies to residents in Corlettes Road in Spanish Town, and Phoenix Park in Portmore, St Catherine. It was my birthday gift and I wanted to do a little philanthropy work. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic I know I couldn't have a party, so the best way to celebrate it was to do this gesture. We went to several places in St Catherine,” Papa Michigan told the Jamaica Observer. “We” refers to Lorna Bansie of Central Jamaica Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who, along with her team, distributed food supplies and toiletries. Papa Michigan said the donations were well received. “They [the residents] were very appreciative of the donations. They said it's a good thing that we're doing...They were impressed to know a festival song finalist was thinking of them and it made them feel special,” said Papa Michigan. The 60-year-old was first runner-up in this year's Jamaica Festival Song Competition with Jamaica Dance, last month. Buju Banton won the contest with I Am a Jamaican. The former Tivoli Gardens High goalkeeper said he's in high spirits. “I feel great! Sixty never looked this good!” said Papa Michigan. This is not the first time the deejay was embarking on such a project. He said in 2018 he, along with his Florida-based pal Jeremiah “Jerry” Campbell, made donations to Spanish Town Hospital and White Marl Primary and Junior High School. “I had performed a gig in Florida and Jerry and I wanted to do something back home with the proceeds,” he said. Campbell, who works at WAVS 1170 FM in Florida, migrated to United States in the 1980s. Papa Michigan (given name Anthony Fairclough) started his musical journey in 1978 as part of the now-defunct duo Michigan and Smiley. The two are known for songs including Rub a Dub Style, Nice Up the Dance, and The Ghetto Man. Papa Michigan recently released Put Your Loving On Me, a 13-track album co-produced by Pear Tree Production Limited, Dreghost from Bone Thugs and Harmony, and himself.

Skip's got the feeling

Skip Marley enters the Billboard R&B Adult Songs Chart at number 28 with his new single, Make Me Feel . The track features American rapper Rick Ross and singer Ari Lennox. Make Me Feel is the second single from his EP Higher Place, scheduled for release Friday on Island Records. It is also the follow-up to Slow Down featuring HER, which went to number one on the R&B Adult Songs Chart in May, making Marley the first Jamaican to achieve the feat. Higher Place features collaborations with his grandfather, Bob Marley, and his uncle Damian “Junior Gong” Marley. Last week, Popcaan was the toast of multiple charts when he debuted with his album Fixtape and single, Twist And Turn. This week, the deejay experiences a change in fortunes. Fixtape holds firm at number two on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart. But on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart, it tumbles from number 15 to 61 in its second week; Fixtape is out of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart where it entered at number 94 last week. Twist And Turn by Popcaan featuring Drake and Partynextdoor falls from number 47 to 81 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, while on the UK Singles Chart, it slips from number 69 to 71. Conkarah and Shaggy's Banana, which peaked at 45 on the Canada CHR/Top 40 Chart, drops a notch to number 50 in its ninth week. The song slips from number one to three on the Billboard Mexico Airplay Chart, while holding steady at number two on the Mexico Ingles Airplay Chart where it was number one. Many failed before. Will you complete the Trial? Hero Wars On the Billboard Canadian Digital Song Sales Chart, Banana is down from number 13 to 20 in its 14th week, having got as far as number three. On Billboard Canadian Hot 100, it falls from number 61 to 68 in its 10th week. Bob Marley and The Wailers leads the pack on the streaming-driven Billboard Reggae Albums Chart for a 33rd week with Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers. The compilation moves from number 18 to 13 in its 482nd week on Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart. Legend is also making moves on Billboard's Catalogue Albums Chart, holding steady at two in week 1,427. On the all-genre Billboard 200 Albums Chart, it inches up from 45 to 44 in its 640th week. Memories by Buju Banton featuring John Legend continues downward. It is number 25 in its 15th week on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart; last week it was 22, having peaked at number 17. Regionally, Love Won't Let Us Wait by singers Peter G and Novel-T tops the South Florida Top 25 Reggae Chart. Christopher Martin heads the Foundation Radio Network Top 30 Music Chart in New York with his remake of Little Green Apples. The song was originally recorded by American singer Roger Miller in 1968 and popularised in Jamaica by Dennis Brown.


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