ReggaeXclusive Spring 2018 - Page 17

MISS DIVA CONTINUES TO RISE M ontreal based reggae artist Alicia ‘Ms Diva’ Anderson continues her journey in the reggae realm. On the heels of a busy 2017 promoting her sophomore debut release “Seven Shades of Love” in both Jamaica and Trinidad, the album is available for download and purchase on ITunes; and Miss Diva continues her frantic pace by creating new material. Currently in studio working on a new album titled “Stronger”, which is slated for a late summer release, the EP will definitely feature the smooth and alluring “Find Your Way to Me”; collaboration with iconic veteran singer Glen Washington which was recorded in the famed Vernon Maytone’s studio. The single was well received and raised many eyebrows. “My early days in the reggae industry were heady and exciting with lots to learn. This time I’m working with a wider pool of artists and creators and that’s why I feel this time I can only be stronger,” says Ms Diva. Watch out for Ms Diva in 2018. INT’L NEWS (JA) (From PG 16) helped to place Jamaica on the international music map, but has also preserved the Wailers’ legacy even at times when it stood on shaky ground. Bunny, born Neville O’Riley Livingston, and one of two living original Wailers (the other being Beverley Kelso), has been the main surviving symbol and cornerstone in the perpetuation of the name ‘Wailers’ and in the preserva tion of their musical legacy. day event marked its 15th anniversary at the Manchester Golf Club in Mandeville, Manchester, on February 23rd and 25th. He spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the flagship event. “It was exceptionally well attended. It is growing, as we had around 350 people in attendance; that wouldn’t be big if it were a dancehall/reggae festival, but this is poetry,” Yasus Afari told the Observer. “It was our biggest turnout of children since the event’s inception and that means a lot. We had the biggest turnout of newbies and the widest representation from across the parishes,” he added. Performers included Ka’Bu Ma’at Kheru, Mutabaruka, Dr Michael Abrahams, Dr Charmaine Gooden- Monteith, Professor Clinton Hutton, Ann-Marie Wilmot, Kevin O’Brien Chang, Anord Sichinsambwe, Asante Amen, Mark Stephenson, Addis Pablo, Ashley Little, and the ever-present Yasus, who paid homage to a particular group. YASUS BASKS IN POETRY IN MOTION’S GROWTH Yasus Afari, conceptualizer of the annual Poetry in Motion festival, is pleased with its growth. The two- reggaeXclusive -- Web Site: www.reggaexclusive.com --- Phone: 416-519-0831 -- Email: reggaexclusive@rogers.com Pg - 17