A December 2017 casting call is in the wings for the upcoming local production of the movie So Enticing. Gothic Entertainment Group and 20/20 Visions Entertainment Group, producers of the film, intend to enhance Brand Jamaica by showcasing the island’s talent, culture, sites and attractions.
Director Joshua Coates says “The cast and crew will be 90 percent Jamaican. We will be shooting scenes all across the island and we are looking for talented Jamaicans to complement a brilliant script.”
Coates goes further to share “When the film is complete, we plan to have an exclusive red carpet event only in Jamaica. Our desire is for Jamaicans to participate in the celebration of the film before it hits the United States.”
The production’s first casting call in December will require professional headshots from interested females ages 15 through 24.
“In December we’ll be looking for females with a background in acting or modelling. We only have roles for four to five male characters, but these we plan to recruit at a later date,” shares Coates.
The producers intend to complete casting as early as January 2018 and commence production thereafter. Dates, venues and other details surrounding casting calls will be provided through local media outlets and via social media in the coming weeks.
Already in talks with several big name actors from the US for the leading roles, Coates is tight lipped about other exciting details surrounding the flick.
So Enticing is based on Jamaican author Colin Don Rose’s first novel released in 2015. It is an original sultry murder mystery set in the US in the early nineties. Earlier this year, the book was re-written into a screen play by Rose for the Jamaican film adaptation.
The author, excited to showcase the visuals of his literary works, believes the film is another opportunity to promote Jamaican music.
“We hope to have a few cameos by popular Jamaican artistes in the movie. Just as well, we are currently putting together the soundtrack. So we are looking for music beds and songs that will enhance an already awesome product,” explains Rose.
With several other manuscripts in waiting, Colin Don Rose has positioned himself to become a major stakeholder in the local film industry. Plans are already in place to produce a sequel to the movie So Enticing.
So Enticing, the book, is available on Amazon and in Kingston Bookshops across the island.
Newcomer to the local entertainment landscape, Kalia-Shea, is making steps to remain in the music business “All Di While”. The self written one drop reggae melody is Kalia-Shea’s first single, produced by Trevor ‘Skatta’ Bonnick of the group Inner Circle and Donovan ‘Benji’ Belnavis of Ruff Cut Band – released on August 25, 2017.
According to the petite, outspoken 25 year old, she brings an air of trendy eccentricity to the reggae industry.
“People may look at my looks and want to put me in a box. Well, all I can say is, don’t expect to see Kalia-Shea in only long skirts and dashikis. I may wear locks and follow Rastafarian traditions, however I embrace my sexuality – but with class. I am here to remind other young black women that our skin colour is beautiful and more of us need to carry ourselves with respect and confidence because we are powerful beings,” says Kalia-Shea.
The model turned singjay hails from Spanish Town, Jamaica and is a firm believer in the benefits of cannabis.
“Almost all the songs I have written so far makes reference to hemp. I believe the plant is one of the best natural medicinal sources for mankind. It has been condemned for way too long and is very underused; and I am unapologetic about promoting its use through my music,” shares the unconventional entertainer.
A music video is expected for the debut single in the coming weeks. The singer is excited about the project, as she produced and assisted with the direction of the visuals which features Everaldo “Evie” Creary from the group No-Maddz as her love interest in the video.
“The video was shot in a fresh, natural mountain vibe in a log cabin with Kingston in the backdrop. I tried to keep the storyline relatable to the lyrics of the song. It shows a queen expressing her love for her king man. There is a super fun performance shot in the middle of the road in the hills where I wear a beautiful orange outfit with a trail; and we added a fun dream sequence too – just to keep it as creative as possible,” she explains.
Shea’s signature orange ensemble in the video was designed by Amelia Morgandy; while the video was directed by Krusha and edited by Rila. Other artistic contributions to the production were made by Esther Beckford; makeup artist Alice Francis; Siwatu Jewellery and Victoria Silvera’s Touch by VLS one of a kind tea cups and pots.
Kalia-Shea is working with other popular local producers to grow her musical catalogue and to position herself as an indomitable reggae act with a blend of pop and dancehall. Shea is already making waves and building connections in music. She is booked to perform on the annual Holiday Give Back stage show in St Elizabeth on Saturday, December 16 with Richie Spice, JahDore, Iyara and Dre Tosh; along with other appearances in the coming weeks.
“All Di While” is available online via major music streaming platforms.
JahDore is set to headline the November 22 edition of the 100 Live band series on Hope Road with Dre Tosh, Dje and Kalia-Shea. JahDore, popularly known for his past hits “This Love is Over” and “Fake People” has returned to the spotlight in recent months with his single entitled “Free”.
JahDore, an experienced reggae singer, saxophonist and keyboard player who has toured the world extensively while performing with reggae icons Jimmy Cliff and Luciano ‘The Messenjah’, is planning a spectacular performance for the weekly Wednesday showdown at 100 Hope Road in Kingston.
“I plan to show the diversity of JahDore while captivating the audience. Is always a joy to perform in an intimate setting, so the audience can really feel the vibes and we feed from each other energy,” shares the musician.
His supporting acts are also keen on performing in a close knit setting. Dre Tosh, grandson of reggae royalty Peter Tosh along with the soulful Dje and eccentric Kalia-Shea are poised to deliver engaging sets.
According to JahDore, the occasion will grant patrons the opportunity to be reminded of his image, style and sound. He is also looking forward to performing another one of his fast rising hits “Cologne”.
The 100 live series has fast become a staple for many music enthusiasts looking for good entertainment in a great ambiance. The venue prides itself on providing varied menus for its patrons with affordable drink specials.
With the world noticeably opening its doors to musical crossovers, expanding cultures and new talent, New York born Pierre “Qew Lunel” Davilmar Jr is paying homage to Jamaica after releasing his first album, Universal Language.
The writer and international reggae recording artiste, who possesses an authentic soothing reggae sound, is respectful of the genre and its origin.
“Reggae music started in Jamaica. You always pay respects to the founders. Jamaica is the mecca for reggae and it is only right that I honour the culture that has inspired me so much,” shares Qew Lunel.
Much like Gentleman from Germany, Alborosie from Italy and other acts who have embraced the genre and who have come to be well respected in the reggae fraternity, Qew Lunel, who released his album in March 2017, believes there is room in the market for talent like his.
“I am from Haitian ancestry and the people I surround myself with are from many different Caribbean islands. So, I believe that’s why my sound and vibe reflect the real essence of the genre,” explains the singer.
Qew Lunel’s mandate is to create music with a message. His inspirations stem from musical icons such as Beres Hammond, Bob Marley, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Warrior King, Sanchez, Chronixx, Dre Island and Gabby Ranks.
Lunel’s 15 track album showcases work from producers such as Njenga Giggz of Xtrim Records; Gustavo Ashanti of Master Kush Dub System; Decap of Decap Beats; Sean Devine; Scarecrow Beats and Lion Riddims.
Meanwhile, Empress Sherley, Treesha, Harmony and Tajahniya are featured on catchy collaborations such as “Only You”; “Love”; “Marijuana Love” and “Who Jah Bless No Man Can Curse”. The soulful, melodically clear sound of Qew Lunel comes through on his other tracks: “Straight Line”; Backwards from Love”; “Trying Not Ta”; “Lose Mi Cool”;“Take Off Dem Cuffs”; “Bun Dem”; “Rasta Lovin”; “The Devil’s Plan”; “Troubles and Hard Times”; “Mama Jenny” and “Sweet Vibes”.
While Qew Lunel has plans to visit Jamaica in the coming months to deepen his connections in the industry, he continues to make appearances across the tri-state area. His next performance being at the Afro-Caribbean Society’s annual Afrojam concert on November 22 in New York.
Universal Language is available on all major music download and streaming sites.
Chanel DaCosta, the face behind the popular LASCO iDrade television commercial is making major moves to cement her stay in the creative industry. The 23 year old, who sings, dances, acts and models, among other things, most recently landed the role of House of Flowers (H.O.F.) Decor’s bride at the Jamaica Bridal Expo held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre late September.
The blushing bride was the centre of attention during H.O.F. Decor’s launch concept staged as a wedding ceremony in a garden styled setting and reception set in H.O.F. Decor’s lavishly decorated 20 x 20 booth space at the prestigious event.
Not yet married, but a true romantic at heart, Chanel had no challenges being in character for the company’s debut.
“It wasn’t difficult. I have been in love before. I think it is something that everyone should experience. It’s definitely an amazing feeling. I think that love is out there, and you can definitely have more than one love in a lifetime… I am old school. I definitely want to get married first, then have my kids after,” shares the beauty.
The Jamaican born Chanel DaCosta is a citizen of the United Kingdom and an all-rounder. In addition to her many ventures, the budding biochemist, project manager and actress has been dancing since age three and has had many modelling exploits.
DaCosta has already worked with esteemed productions including the 2017 Caribbean’s Next Top Model, season four, and the 2017 Crop Over Carnival Campaign in Jamaica dubbed “No Crew Left Behind” through the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). She has also been part of various commercial promotions as well as marketing internships with Jamaica Producers (2015 and 2016); and worked as a performing arts and group counsellor at Edutech Summer Camp along with short administrative stints with ELDAC Consultancy and Scorch Limited.
DaCosta, who has resided in Jamaica for most of her years, is currently wrapping up her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Management Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI); and is also a Sales and Marketing Executive at Jamaica Island Roasters and Co-Director of ChloMo Projects and Events.
Her original interest in pathology has inspired her to pursue a medical degree, commencing in 2018. However, Chanel admits that her passion for genetic engineering and charity work with Angels of Love, a local non-profit which assists critically ill, disadvantaged and underprivileged children with cancer, has inspired her to specialise in paediatric oncology after medical school.
“My work with Angels of Love has inspired me to perhaps go into the specialisation after med school. But really and truly, I won’t know until I start practicing – to see what I like.”
The effervescent scholar also admits that her specialty could also be in sports medicine based on her interests in sports and nutrition.
“Fitness and nutrition and general well being are big parts of my life. I started track from around age seven and I competed in prep champs. I was a sprinter. I did up to 200 metres, relays and medleys. I did football and badminton for a while before I fell in love with rugby and competed on the Trinity College School Varsity team at the CAIS [Canadian Accredited Independent Schools], CISAA [Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario] and OFSSA [Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations] Championships for three years. Going to the gym has been a hobby for the past four years and I’m also into yoga and meditation.”
When asked how she locked in her lead role in the iDrade commercial, the fitness expert stated it could have possibly been due to her participation in the inaugural Guardsman Games in 2016.
“I was on the A Team the first year. It’s a cross-fit, obstacle course with running as well as mental puzzles and team work. Maybe after they saw me compete they thought I’d be able to do what was involved in the ad, which was similar to what I did in Guardsman Games. All the circuits in the ad are real. Believe me, it was real sweat,” shares DaCosta.
Chanel attended Covenant Christian Academy and Preparatory School before passing the local Grade Six Achievement Tests in 2006 to attend the revered Campion College in Kingston. In fourth form, her curiosity about the world and the need to experience new things led to her secure a scholarship to continue her secondary studies at Trinity College School, a coeducational, independent boarding school located in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
“I like to travel and experience different cultures and new languages. They had a lot of sports, arts and academic courses which peaked my interest,” she shares.
While at Campion and Trinity, Chanel participated in numerous clubs and charity based initiatives. However, it was at Trinity that she really followed up on her charity work and theatrical talents. She landed many roles in multiple theatrical productions, showcasing her acting and singing skills as well as her skills on the handbells and the recorder. She has since continued to participate in theatre while attending the UWI.
While studying French and Spanish from 2006 through 2013, her ardour for varied cultures has also caused her to commence studies in Portuguese, German, Italian and Dutch; while her travel interests have led her to visit countries such as Spain, England, Belgium, France, Poland, Italy, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Barbados and the United States.
According to Chanel DaCosta “Happiness is a priority in my life. I am sure that once I am happy and enjoy whatever I do, I will be successful.”
Reggae Peace Ambassador D-Medz will lead Clarendonians in a walk for peace dubbed the Nuh Falla Bad Company Peace March on Monday, October 16, National Heroe’s Day in the Clarendon capital, May Pen.
Named after one of his more popular hits “Nuh Falla Bad Company”, D-Medz has single handedly garnered support from parish officials, the Ministry of National Security, local businesses, community based organisations and the many concerned citizens in the crime riddled parish.
The chanter is advocating for peace to return to Clarendon.
“I born and grow in May Pen. This is home for me and my family and it hurt to see so much murders taking place right next to me. I already lost a brother to the gun and I decide that I am not going to sit and watch anyone else fall victim to crime,” shares a passionate D-Medz.
The Reggae Peace Ambassador goes further to share that “This March is supposed to show the murderers that there is power in numbers and that the law abiding people of Clarendon are taking a stance to save our lives and the lives of our neighbours, family and friends. Give the people a chance. Come talk to we, speak up to the leaders, mek we help you. Taking a life doesn’t make a point.”
The Nuh Falla Bad Company Peace March will commence at 2:30 pm on Main Street in May Pen before moving unto Sevens Road, leading to Farm. The Peace March will then move to Effortville before returning to Main Street.
Sponsors of the Nuh Falla Bad Company Peace March include Kenny’s Total Service Centre; Banton Gym; Rural Area Productions; Stop Light Wholesale and Manning’s Key Shop. D-Medz anticipates that even more sponsors will come on board in the coming days, based on feedback in the parish.
On the day, peace advocates participating in the March are being asked to wear blue, or a branded shirt representing the organisation which they represent.
House of Flowers (H.O.F.) Decor, new comer and first time exhibitor at the sixth annual Jamaica Bridal Expo, was ranked among the top four most impressive booths at the two-day exposition hosted at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on September 23 and 24. The prestigious consensus based on the use of the latest trends, styles as well as booth elements and details came from the approximately 350 international travel agents who attended.
Joanne Paxton, Executive Producer at Events and Entertainment Services, organisers of Jamaica Bridal Expo says the event continues to receive much interest and participation from brides, grooms, hoteliers, suppliers and travel agents as Jamaica remains an attraction for destination weddings.
“Majority of them [exhibitors and sponsors], they’re here annually. This is on their calendar as an event that they have to participate in. A few exhibitors came on board for the first time this year. H.O.F. Decor is actually new and they came on as a sponsor this year. They launched their company at the expo with a mock-up wedding in their booth.”
H.O.F. Decor launched its suite of wedding decor elements with the concept of a wedding ceremony representing its entrance to the wedding industry. H.O.F. Decor presented Mr and Mrs H.O.F. during a staged elaborate garden ceremony, followed by a reception, set in a 20’ x 20’ booth space. The spectacular set-up had the attention of attendees, many of who grappled to get photos with the beautiful couple following the union.
Kevan Stewart, Managing Director of H.O.F. Decor says the concept was a strategic one.
“We have been in operation for roughly a year and a half, perfecting our craft and getting the kinks ironed out. Launching at the Jamaica Bridal Expo was a very strategic move for us to make a direct impact on business and individual prospects that are typically present at the expo to view the latest trends in the industry. My team actually started preparation months ahead of the expo. Our various tweaks and fine tuning of a very creative concept allowed us to get the stamp of approval from industry critics. I am extremely proud of my team,” shares Stewart.
Pleased with the reviews coming out of the esteemed occasion, Stewart believes the commendations are a clear indication of the company’s future in the wedding, corporate and lifestyle markets.
“Based on the feedback we have received, H.O.F. Decor is on the fast track to becoming a major player in event decor. We have big plans in the making and my team and I are ready to cater to the varied tastes, lifestyles and needs of our clients.”
H.O.F. Decor offers a full suite of event decor services for large and small events spanning weddings, business functions, trade shows, and parties; incorporating floral designs, high quality furnishings and custom fabrications.