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Tarrus Riley and Gumption Band put on a great show at Negril Escape for their weekly Sunset Show which features some of Jamaica’s musical history in a live reggae performance every Tuesday as the sun sets.
The Sunset Show at Negril Escape starts as the sun sets and runs through the reggae history timeline and includes performances by local musicians of classic reggae favorites from everyone from Bob Marley and Peter Tosh to Coco Tea and Jimmy Cliff.
Not only do you get to watch the sunset over the beautiful Negril cliffs but you can enjoy some of the best reggae in town while you dine at the all you can eat buffet loaded down with Jamaican food favorites like brown stew and jerked chicken as well as a selection of the islands fresh fruits a baked goodies and treats or you can sip a drink seaside under the stars with a great mix of resort guests and local patrons all enjoying the live music and great atmosphere.
Tarrus had his sax player Dean Fraser and the Gumption Band backing him up and put on an energetic high energy performance in the early morning hours of the last day of the year. Tarrus and Dean had a short harmony shootout with Riley chanting a sweet tune for Fraser to copy on the sax. The battle was fun and got the crowd excited about a show that ran a bit late due to the ever present technical difficulties.
It was a small setting with a limited crowd and Tarrus took the time to pose for dozens of photographs with many of his foreign fans and guests of the West End’s premier seaside resort. Tarrus is coming off the best year in his career after being awarded Top Reggae Performer for 2008 and his album Parables is a local favorite with everyone from the teenage girls to the grandparents singing along word for word to each and every on of his popular songs.
This was my second chance to see Tarrus Riley after his performance at Reggae Sumfest 2008 and it was a much better show with less tension, no rain and a much better vibe then the massive crowds and muddy fields of the Sumfest arena. This show was much smaller and much more personal and Tarrus seems to appreciate the setting. he made a point of touching hands and meeting everyone in the crowd and made it more like a meet and greet experience than another reggae show.
The Sunset Show at Negril Escape runs every Tuesday evening and features some of Negrils favorite local musicians having fun with the history of reggae in Jamaica. Stop by and check them out on your next Tuesday evening in Negril.
Here is one of the videos I was able to shoot at the Usain Bolt Tribute at Club Quad Party in Kingston Jamaica back on October 5, 2008. It took me awhile to get this video posted with all the power outages and delays I have had but here it is. It was a great party and I felt honored to have been personally invited by Bolt himself. He was a VERY busy man and I was not able to spend more than 5 minutes with him in private but the party was worth the efforts with free drinks all night long and LOTS of beautiful people to see.
This video is Bolt speaking after receiving a lifetime pass to Club Quad and numerous other gifts from local businesses. I’m working on uploading the full video with him receiving the gifts now. It may take awhile for me to post it but soon come mon.
Sex tourism in Jamaica is huge and a much larger part of the tourist industry in this country than many want to admit to. I would say a majority of single travelers have plans to find some sex when they get here. The number of hedo resorts and nude beaches should be a tip but it’s certainly understood to be an important thing for many tourists and prostitutes are often times allowed in to resort clubs and bars for free to attract more customers. Most Jamaicans are black and most tourists are white so there’s a lot of short term interracial relationships on the island and it is common to see white tourists both male and female with Jamaican prostitutes both male and female.
I have been coming back and forth since 2001 and I have never once had a white woman hit on me in this country. Why? Because I’m not black enough for them. I have been told by a number of white women in Jamaica that I look foreign and obviously am not Jamaican. It’s an instant turn off for them and I get absolutely no play from white girls in Jamaica.
On the other hand the Jamaican ladies just love me and my light skin complexion and foreign style gets me more play than the average white boy or Jamaican but I’m not looking for women in Jamaica. It’s just a lot of fun to flirt and play around and who doesn’t like the attention. As a man in Jamaica it’s pretty easy to find some company and a little fun but its harder to find some good clean fun. If you do come to Jamaica in search of sex you won’t have to go far before you find it and in many cases it will find you but be careful. HIV rates in Jamaica are alarming and estimates are that more than 60% of the prostitutes in Jamaica are infected.
It does seem as the video suggests that many white women come to Jamaica either alone or with a friend in search of one thing and one thing alone, “The Big Bamboo” as the locals call it. It’s rather simple to see things happen on any night in Jamaica. You can enter just about any club, restaurant or bar and find white female tourists with Jamaican guys all over them dancing in seductive or downright rude style and having a good time.
I know guys here in Negril who have at least a dozen girls that bounce back and forth between the States or Europe to see them at least once if not twice a year for a week or twos worth of fun in the sun. These ladies bring all sorts of gifts like new clothes and a fresh pair of Nike shoes to shower on their men and the guys eat it up. I know for certain one friend has been given a car worth over $4,000 just for taking care of one woman well enough and this same guy had two ladies spend over $60,000 to throw a concert which lost everything they put into it and no one seemed to care.
Is there anything wrong with this? I don’t think so. As long as everyone understands the motives and the situation there should be no problem mon. I do feel sorry for some of these women who seem to think these guys actually care for them. They look at this more like a job and servicing these women is only as important to them as the gifts or cash they receive.
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Usain Bolt is having a good year. On top of taking Gold at the Beijing Olympics he has been collecting numerous awards and gifts since his return to Jamaica.
He is now the Jamaica Gleaners Man of the Year and well deserving of the award. There is no doubt he has sparked an outpouring of national pride unlike anything Jamaica has seen in years and he’s given hope to a million poorJamaican children with the hopes of taking it “To The World”
Usain Bolt’s trophy cabinet is getting awfully packed. After months of receiving national gold medals, honours and dozens of gifts and prizes, ‘Lightning Bolt’ took home another august award yesterday when he was named The Gleaner’s Man of the Year 2008.
As the drum roll echoed from the speaker boxes at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, and images of Bolt on the Beijing tracks appeared on two large screens, the anxious audience relived the thrilling Olympic moments.
Nikki Royal is having a birthday party and it’s going to be one helluva birthday party for one helluva lady with performances by Peter and Gramps of Morgan Heritage as well as Dexta Daps and my boy Ras Slick and others. It should be a great reggae concert at The Jungle Negril on Friday November 14th 2008. Give us a call if you want VIP tickets in advance.
Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell with Club Quad Owner Brian ‘Ribby’ Chung
Asafa Powell and Guiness Award
Usain Bolt receives software from Microsoft
Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell with Club Quad Owner Brian ‘Ribby’ Chung
Usain Bolt’s jacket patch
RDX at Club Quad
RDX at Club Quad
Lovely people at the Usain Tribute
Usain spins a Jamaican girlie
Usain Bolt gets the hand from Jamaican girl
Usain Bolt gets ready for Jamaican girl
Usain Bolt gets busy with Jamaican girl
Usain Bolt dances with Jamaican girl
Jamaican girl poses with Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt with the Jamaican Dancer
Usain Bolt with his Jamaican fans
Usain Bolt with his Jamaican dance partners
Usain Bolt salutes his Jamaican fans
Jamaicans on the dance floor
Usain and fans at Club Quad
I’ve been pretty lucky with opportunities since moving here and over the last year alone I have met a lot of important people and done a lot of really cool things. The camera has been a great source of many of my opportunities and it was good to have to use for my latest super cool adventure to Kingston for the Private Party and Tribute for Olympic Gold Medal Winner and the Fastest Man in the World, the new king of Jamaica Mr. Usain Bolt.
Usain Bolt and his Triple Gold Medals have captivated the country and caused a gush of national pride to roll across Jamaica like a tidal wave of yellow, green and black. Nothing is more in fashion than wild use of the Jamaican national colors and almost everyone has their Jamaican flag flying somehow or someway. His amazing performance and bravado on the track have struck a chord with all Jamaicans and Usain Bolt is without a doubt the best thing to happen to the countries morale in a very long time.
I hope they don’t politicize it but I’m afraid it may be to late for that already. He received a personal phone call from Prime Minister Bruce Golding just after his World Record Breaking performance in the Mens 100M. I doubt the opposition parties Portia Miller had the same access to him in China.
So, I was riding in a van with my good friend Ras Slick and I picked up a Gleaner newspaper to read as we took a little trip up to Orange Hill. There was a full page ad on the inside of the front section with details on the week long tribute to the Jamaican Olympic team including two motorcades from the airport and around the island plus awards ceremonies, parties and all sorts of things. It should be noted that Negril was completely ignored in these celebrations but I understand they have plans of their own. The most interesting of these was the private party which would offer the best chance to meet people or the open event at National Stadium which should have been the largest single crowd.
Slick has a link that allowed him to request an invitation to the private party at Club Quad and he was able to grab tickets for us. I was glad to go just for the photo opportunities and to see the athletes up close but it turned out to a great club and a wicked party until the early morning hours. Usain seemed to enjoy himself and he spent much of the night dancing with his fans in a room full of people who loved him and what he had done.
I hope that Usain will make it over to Negril in December for a tribute event being considered here.
The Smile Jamaica Africa Unite concert was some months back but its still with me. I’ve been listening to some of the new music I was exposed to at the show and I’m very glad I went. I’m most impressed with K’naan, the Dustyfoot philosopher from Mogadishu, Somalia in the Horn of Africa. I have no doubts you’ll hear lots more from this young man. He’s got something to say and we should all take an hour an listen to his new album at least once.
K’naan offers some of the most original new music I’ve heard in a long time. His music is powerful, his beats are infectious and will have you bumping along in no time. His lyrics are raw and untamed and songs like “Whats Hardcore?”, “If Rap Gets Jealous” and “My Old Home” deliver what hardcore rap has not been able to in over a decade. A real hardcore life experience. Something in his lyrics rings true and you can tell that he’s lived a truly hardcore life. Songs like “Strugglin” and “Smile” were written by someone who has seen the bad side of life and lived through it. Everyone should smile when they’re bleeding! I think my favorite tune may be “I Was Stabbed by Satan”. You’ll have to listen to it to understand it but other songs like “Soobax”, “Hoobalee” and “The African Way” offer an awesome blend of African music and American hip hop that everyone should appreciate.
This is one of the few new releases that I can honestly say I enjoy from beginning to end. The CD flows well and although the message is harsh at times so can life be and there is a constant upbeat tempo to the music that invigorates. It’s inspirational music for me. I have no doubt we were all Stabbed by Satan
If you have never had he chance to listen to K’naan then I suggest you buy the CD today because its better played from beginning to end.