THE funeral of music producer Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels is scheduled for the Fellowship Tabernacle Church, 2 Fairfield Avenue, in St Andrew on Sunday.
The ceremony is slated for a 2:00 pm start. Interment follows in the Meadowrest Memorial Park in St Catherine.
Samuels, 46, was shot multiple times on Manning’s Hill Road shortly after he left a party on September 15.
The Constabulary Communication Network says arrests are yet to bemade. However, investigations are ongoing.
Samuels rose to prominence with the Siren beat, a take on Quincy Jones theme song from Ironside, the 1970s American television show.
Two songs on the Siren riddim, Sean Paul’s Break Out (from the multi-platinum The Trinity album) and Vybz Kartel’s Emergency were hits.
The throaty singer wowed judges and a television audience of millions during her blind audition on The Voice which airs on NBC.
After a battle royale among the four celebrity judges — Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton — Chin decided on Levine as her coach to guide her through the competition.
Chin told Splash that it was a similarity in their musical styles which gave Levine, the front man for rock group Maroon 5, the edge.
In his pitch, Levine remarked: “You could easily win The Voice this year, I have no doubt in my mind.”
The Moves Like Jagger singer is no stranger to Jamaica and reggae. Maroon 5 performed at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 2011 to great reception and on Tuesday night noted that reggae is his favourite music.
Last year, Maroon 5 recorded a reggae track, One More Night, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts, spending nine weeks at number one.
Could this be the kind of support Chin needs to put her in good stead going into the competition?
Former Digicel Rising Stars judge Clyde McKenzie weighs in.
“He (Levine) has clearly seen a great prospect and went all out to secure her. I do believe Maroon 5 comes closest, musically, to what Tessanne Chin wants to represent internationally…the other judges are slightly different from her,” McKenzie says. “It’s the best synergy and should serve her well during the show and perhaps even beyond.”
The backing of a respected judge has helped contestants in high-profile talent shows.
Simon Cowell’s famous jaw-dropping expression said it all for Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent in April 2009. She became an overnight international sensation.
Randy Jackson gave eventual winner Ruben Stoddard the thumbs-up from early on in the second season of American Idol.
Chin’s performance has been picked up by entertainment heavyweights such as People magazine and MTV.
On its website, People magazine stated: “At the top of everyone’s list was Tessanne Chin, a Jamaican singer who closed out the night with a fierce version of Pink’s Try.”
MTV was also complimentary. “Tessanne Chin didn’t have to do much to turn all four chairs. The native Jamaican’s sterling voice hit the coaches within her first few notes
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MOSCOW, Russia — Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce continues to rewrite Jamaica’s storied female sprinting history as last night in a cool Luzhnikki stadium on the banks of the Moscow River she added the gold medal in the 200m to the one she won in the 100m four days earlier to become the first Jamaican woman to win the double at the World Championships.
Fraser-Pryce clocked 22.17 seconds to join elite sprinting company becoming only the third woman after Silke Gladisch of the former East Germany in 1987 in Rome and Germany’s Katrin Krabbe in 1991 in Tokyo ever to cop the double.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stands tall as the world’s number-one female sprinter, but it could have been so different for the little gem, who just a few years ago was the subject of public doubt and ridicule. She remembers it well.
After finishing second in the 100m at the Olympic trials in 2008 and in front of fourth-place Veronica Campbell-Brown, it was then public opinion to replace the inexperienced and unknown Fraser-Pryce with Jamaica’s sprinting darling Campbell-Brown as one of the three 100m competitors.
It is this doubt, along with another incident a year earlier at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, that has fuelled a fervent determination, as she tells herself to never forget what she has had to overcome to make it to the top of female sprinting.
Since being allowed to compete in the individual 100m at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, against popular preference, Fraser-Pryce has gone on to win six individual medals for Jamaica, helping the country to another four medals at the Olympic and World Championships level in an unmatched spell of success.
This includes her shiny new sprint double from the ongoing IAAF World Championships in Athletics inside Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which makes her the first Jamaican to accomplish the feat.
Five years after she first stepped inside Beijing’s Bird’s Nest as a wide-eyed rookie, Fraser-Pryce, who, of course, has since won two Olympic gold medals, one silver along with three World Championships titles, is even more convinced that there is a greater lesson in her own development.
“This goes back to 2008 when persons didn’t know who I was, but lots of them wanted me out of that 100m and to actually place someone else there and the fact that this is where I am now after 2008 makes me wonder, what if persons don’t get the chance they deserved?” Fraser-Pryce asked.
“Everybody needs a chance and for me, I definitely feel it’s the hands of God at play in this victory and my career as well; and I am looking forward to inspiring many more Jamaican females. If you want something and you believe in yourself, then you can accomplish it,” she added.
It has not always been an easy road for her, as a six-month ban for the presence of the banned substance Oxycodone, which despite not containing performance-enhancing or masking properties, is banned by doping authorities and a disappointing 2011 World Championships in 2011, where she failed to earn an individual medal, has certainly tested her resolve.
Still, it is that experience in 2008 that helps to keep her going.
Her coach Stephen Francis remembers seeing a renewed commitment from his young sprinter after the rejection.
“She uses several things to keep motivated and one of them is going to be how people treat her. People were saying a lot of stuff, from 2007 when she had a problem in Osaka and they didn’t want her to run on the 4x100m, I told her not to worry because she will be in a position in the future where they will not be able to say that to her because she will be better than everyone else and I think that was one of the things that encouraged her to increase her workload and ethic the following season to propel her to the point where she is at now,” Francis said.
Perhaps rejection really does push one beyond apparent possibility.
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MOSCOW, Russia — Sore legs might have prevented Usain Bolt from running an even faster time than he did last night as he won back the IAAF World Championships men’s 100m title he last won four years ago in Berlin.
In pouring rain inside the Luhzniki Stadium in front of a less than impressive crowd, Bolt ran an effortless season’s best 9.77 seconds to beat back the challenge of American Justin Gatlin, who won the silver medal in a season-best 9.85 seconds, while Nesta Carter won Jamaica’s second medal in the race, the bronze in 9.95 seconds.
An unprecedented four Jamaican men lined up in the final as Kemar Bailey-Cole was fourth in 9.88 seconds after a poor start, the same time given to his fifth-placed teammate Nickel Ashmeade.
The four men in the final matched the feat of the Jamaican women in the 2009 Berlin World Championships where Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce beat Kerron Stewart for the gold, while Veronica Campbell Brown was fourth and Aileen Bailey eighth.
The closet any country came was in Helsinki in 2005 when four American men finished 1-2-3-4 in the 200m, the same race where Bolt was eighth after pulling a muscle.
Last night, Bolt said he had thought about trying to challenge his World Record 9.58 seconds. “I thought about it, I wanted to come here and run as fast as possible, but after the semi-finals my legs felt a bit sore and it was better to be safe than sorry,so I came out just to execute and win the race.
The gold medal was Bolt’s fourth, the most by any Jamaican athlete and his fifth overall — still six behind the record of 11 medals won by Merlene Ottey.
Jamaica’s two medals won yesterday place them in fourth place over all, while the United States leads with two gold and a bronze and African giants Ethiopia and Kenya each have a gold, silver and bronze.
After another hot and muggy day, the weather changed dramatically late in the evening and it started to rain just before the final and got progressively heavier as the start time approached.
After an average start, Bolt caught Gatlin by 60 metres and eased past him for a comfortable win as five of the eight men went under 10.00 seconds. He then took off on his now famous victory lap, stopping for photo ops along the way.
The tone was set in the semi-finals
two-and-half-hours earlier when seven men ran under 10.00 seconds to make it to the final and two of the races were affected by recalls, while one runner, Bingtian Su of China, was disqualified after a false start.
In the semi-final, Bolt ran hard for about 70 metres to reel in the fast-starting Rodgers to win in 9.92 seconds after Ashmeade and Bailey-Cole did the same to Dasaolu a race earlier, both running personal best times of 9.90 seconds and 9.93 seconds, respectively.
Carter had booked his place with a comfortable second place in the first heat, running 9.97 seconds to finish behind Gatlin’s 9.94 seconds.
After the final, Bolt described his race as “a good one, and I am
happy with what I did”, adding the rain “was never a factor, we have run in much colder weather than this one”.
Jamaica will be hoping for more medals today with two runners qualifying for the women’s 400m final and the possibility of individuals advancing to the final of the men’s 110m hurdles and the women’s 100m as well.
Veteran Novlene Williams-Mills qualified for her fourth World Championships final and first-timer Stephanie McPherson her first,
both advancing as fastest losers after both finished third in yesterday’s semi-finals, while Patricia Hall failed to move on finishing eighth in her heat.
Williams-Mills ran 50.34 seconds to finish behind Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu (49.75 seconds) and American Natasha Hastings (49), both season’s bests.
McPherson looked set to win her semi-final, leading into the final 60 metres before she was caught and passed by American Francena McCorory who ran a personal best 49.86 seconds and Russian Antonina Krivoshapka (49.99 seconds), the same time credited to the Jamaican.
The women’s 100m also got underway yesterday and all four Jamaican women led by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce advanced to today’s semi-finals without a glitch.
National Champion Kerron Stewart and IAAF Diamond League champion Fraser-Pryce both won their heats in 11.02 seconds and 11.15 seconds, respectively, while Central American and Caribbean Senior Championships gold medallist Sherry-Ann Brooks and Schillonie Calvert were both third in their heats and grabbed automatic qualifying spots.
Despite injuries and inactivity, sprint hurdlers Andrew Riley and Hansle Parchment both advanced to their semi-finals as did all three men in the 400m to complete a good first session for Jamaica.
In addition to the favourites advancing, including Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, the second- fastest woman after Fraser-Pryce this season so far, the Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure and American Carmelita Jeter should not be counted out of medal contention.
Stewart’s time was the second fastest of the preliminaries, only behind American English Gardner’s 10.94 seconds. “I executed a good race and now looking forward to a good semi-final,” said Stewart.
Both Brooks and Calvert said they were happy with their runs and qualification for the semi-finals.
After not racing in over three months, and going through rehabilitation for a sprained ankle he suffered at the JAAA National Senior Trials, Parchment, the Olympic Games bronze medallist, struggled home in fifth place in his heat in 13.43 seconds, good for 13th overall of the 16 men that advanced to the semi-finals.
Parchment lay on his back on the inside of the track after the race with his hands behind his head somewhat in despair. “I was seeing that (the result) being the end of the World Championships for me,” he told reporters. Riley, who picked up an Achilles injury two weeks ago, hit no fewer than four hurdles on his way to finishing third in the race won by American David Oliver in13.27 seconds hours after learning that the third member of the sprint hurdling team, Dwight Thomas, was forced to withdraw due to a recurring knee injury that he had an operation on last year.
In the men’s 400m first round, 18-year-old Jevon Francis and national champion Javere Bell both advanced automatically, while Omar Johnson had to sweat before advancing as one of the best losers.
Francis made an impressive debut in the senior team, running 45.37 seconds for second behind Brazilian Anderson Henrique’s’ personal best 45.13 seconds.
Bell, whose coach Bertland Cameron is the only Jamaican man to win the 400m at the World Championships in 1983, was also happy for this 45.20 seconds, having time to look around in the last 30 metres as he chased home defending champion Kirani
James of Grenada (45.00 seconds) and Trinidad’s Jarrin Solomon (45.19) to the line.
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RUSSELL praised most of the top acts on the July 21-27 show for quality performances, pointing out that the arrest of three persons for smoking on Dancehall Night was “one little damper on the spirits”. He added: “It kinda killed the vibe a little.”
According to Russell, many patrons complained that the event was held outdoors which allowed them to ‘light up’ without being penalised under the Government’s no-smoking-ban which has been in effect since July 15
Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley
Russell says it is too early to comment on how well the show did financially.
“We still don’t know as we haven’t completed the ticket tabulations and accounts. I believe that we will be showing a profit.”
Production-wise, Russell was also pleased.
“We improve a little each year, this year the light and sounds were phenomenal,” he said. “Dancehall Night saw few band changes as one band backed most of the artistes. All in all it, was tremendous.”
Reggae Sumfest’s 21st edition saw top-notch performances from American R&B singer Miguel, American hip hop artiste Flo’ Rida, as well as singers Jah Cure, Chronixx, Beres Hammond and Grammy-winning singjay Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley.
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Pop singer Rihanna has won a court case in Britain against retailer Topshop, which was selling T-shirts bearing her image without permission.
High Court Justice Colin Birss ruled in favour of the singer yesterday, saying buyers were likely deceived by believing Rihanna had authorised its sale.The judge did not make an assessment of damages in his ruling.
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A full-fledged dancehall and reggae session took place at the BET Awards Sunday night, leaving Jamaicans helplessly revelling in the moment. With the theme ‘anything can happen’, the organisers of the annual award show gave the world a taste of both contemporary Jamaican genres, and the display was anything but dull.
Opening with Dawn Penn’s 1994 single You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No), the dancehall session incited a slow groove in the audience that can only be captured with a driving reggae bassline.
Following Penn’s set came the iconic duo Chaka Demus and Pliers. They delivered their platinum-selling collaboration Murder She Wrote, capturing everyone’s full attention.
Murder She Wrote was also sampled by French Montana and Nicki Minaj two months ago, the Trinidad-born rapper was also spotted in the audience singing along to the popular hook.
Beenie Man came next, singing a medley of his own comprising Who am I, Romie, Girls Dem Sugar and Drinking Rum and Red Bull. Though sounding hoarse, Beenie Man interacted with the audience in his usual style and was given a roar of approval.
Elephant Man brought the curtains down on the groundbreaking performance with his Billboard hit single Pon Di Riva.
Taking everyone to his dance school, Elephant Man pranced from side to side, showing patrons the ‘Pon Di Riva’.
Nicki Minaj, Safari, BET’s former 106 & Park host Terrence and actress Gabrielle Union were all spotted doing the dance move.
“I felt great watching the BET Awards. Pon Di Riva is the biggest dance I have ever made in my entire life and to be seeing people like Nicki Minaj perform it to the world, I wanted to go through the TV screen and reach on the stage immediately. It was a great feeling,” said the creator of the dance move, John Hype.
The night also took on a more sombre tone when Don Cheadle paid homage to Nelson Mandela.
“We want to take a moment and send our prayers and thoughts to a man who literally changed the world,” he said. “This evening, we would like to offer prayers and support and hope to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela and his family,” he said.
Janelle Monae ended the event with a top-notch performance of Q.U.E.E.N. alongside Erykah Badu, who brought a white poodle onstage. It was one of the night’s best performances, which also featured a seductive Ciara, a slick Miguel, a random but welcomed reggae set and a playful Justin Timberlake with an even more playful Charlie Wilson.
Timberlake took a backseat to the soul singer, joining Wilson onstage for a medley of his solo and Gap Band hits.
Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and India.Arie were also part of the tribute to 60-year-old Wilson, who earned the lifetime achievement award.
“Charlie Wilson is soul music. His impact colours the work of many artistes, which is basically my nice way of saying I and a lot of other artistes have stolen from him,” Timberlake said when presenting Wilson the award.
Wilson’s lively stage presence was arguably the night’s top moment, though others were on fire.
Ciara echoed Janet Jackson when she danced and sang her R&B hit Body Party.
Badu sang with Monae and Kendrick Lamar, who also performed with 2 Chainz. Miguel sang alone, and with Mariah Carey and J. Cole, while Minaj performed with Ciara and Chris Brown. Pharrell helped out Wilson and Robin Thicke, who excitedly performed his current No. 1 hit Blurred Lines.
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Iconic Reggae/Dancehall artiste Capleton, is still uncertain why he was attacked on stage twice last weekend while performing at Reggae In The Hills in California.
According to the artiste, persons have put forward several reasons why he was attacked by an unidentified man, however, he is simply happy nobody from his camp was hurt.
“Maybe the security was inadequate at the show, but I am also told that he was hanging around the musicians earlier in the day, so that’s how he ended up getting access to the stage. What is of concern to me, is that he was allowed to come on stage twice. I am just glad nobody from my camp got hurt and he was not badly hurt either,” he said.
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Capleton managed to restrain himself during the ordeal. However, the attacker was aggressively pushed from the stage twice by a member of the deejay’s camp, who appeared to be acting as security personnel.
“I am proud of how I dealt with the situation instead of getting violent because music is love. Maybe for me, it was a test and I think I handled it well because it could have been serious. The thing is I have seen a lot of situations around the world, so I am very experienced on how to deal with conflicts that come with being in entertainment,” he told THE STAR.
The artiste disclosed that his management team is now looking to pay more attention to security. He also downplayed allegations that he was attacked by somebody who represented an anti-hate music institution.
smoking some form of drugs
“I don’t even want this to get negative. People are trying to make it look like its people from a certain group, while some people say he was smoking some form of drugs in the day and was already giving problems. We are not going to focus on negativity. Music is love so just focus on the positive and teach the youth right and empower them,” he said.
Capleton is also celebrating being sampled by platinum-selling hip hop artiste, Kanye West, for a single called I Am a God, which will be featured on his (Kanye West’s) new album called Yeezus.
“It’s another milestone in my career to have been sampled by Kanye. But it’s not the first that something like this has been done. My single Tour on Def Jam Records is one of the biggest crossover dancehall songs of all time,” he said.
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REGGAE artiste Ziggy Marley can add another accolade to his long list of credits.
Marley, a four-time Grammy winner, picked up an Emmy for his song I Love You Too! from the Disney Channel’s animation 3rd and Bird at the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards held in Los Angeles
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer from his California base, he said the win came as a total surprise.
“I didn’t even know I was nominated,” said the 44-year-old Marley. “When somebody mentioned to me that I won an Emmy, I was like ‘What’s that?’. It’s not like the Grammys when you know you are nominated and there is a lot of buzz around that… so I never expected it, but it feels good.”
Marley said the contact was made regarding contributing music for the television show after he completed his children’s album Family Time, which was released in 2009.
For Bob Marley’s eldest son, the Emmy win not only supports his move to step out of the box and into other areas, but represents a positive step for reggae music.
“For the Emmy to acknowledge and recognise us in this form is something new for us, and is definitely a step forward,” Marley said.Marley, along with his siblings, has appeared on American children’s TV series Sesame Street as well as voiced a character for the animated move Shark Tale.