Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.
The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.
In her indelible late-1960s hits, Ms. Franklin brought the righteous fervor of gospel music to secular songs that were about much more than romance. Hits like “Do Right Woman — Do Right Man,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools” defined a modern female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable, loving but not to be taken for granted.
RAZOR B is set to open a restaurant in the Corporate Area in early October.
The entity named Cassup's Kitchen will be located at Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew and will offer dine-in and takeout options.
“Our focus is 100 per cent on making sure people get great food, great service, at a decent price. It is a casual place to go for good, authentic Jamaican food. Full of flavour, nothing watered down or catered to a muted palette,” said Razor B. “We will have a full menu featuring all of the favourites as well a nice fusion of Indian style dishes including roti, pastas and nightly specials.”
A trained chef, Razor B operates a catering business in Canada
Dancehall artiste Iyara is currently on a month-long tour of Canada, where he performed at a show in Leamington, Ontario, and did so well that he was booked for a follow-up show at the same club, the Devon House Bar and Nightclub, the following Saturday, August 11.
"A just crazy shellings a gwaan on this Canada tour. Special big-ups to all the - Alliance fans who support Iyara, Dem really a respond to the music in a real way," Iyara said.
Iyara will end his Canada run with a performance at the Ring nightclub on August 25 in Branford, Canada.
The deejay, who is a member of Bounty Killer's Alliance, is touring to support his eight-track, EP Proven, to rave reviews from music critics and fans alike.
The EP is produced by his own label, Bellevue Entertainment, and is distributed by Johnny Wonder Distribution.
The EP features major collaborations with artistes such as Bounty, Bunji Garlin, and Wayne Wonder.
He has continued to push the EP in the local marketplace, aggressively distributing the EP to his growing legion of fans.
Gospel artiste Chozenn has made history with his version of Dovey Magnum's 'Bawl Out'. The song, which was released back in May, has hit the one million views mark on YouTube, making it the first gospel song in quite some time to reach that target. Wayne Marshall's 'Glory To God' is the only other gospel song from a local artiste (currently) that has been able to achieve views close to that figure. The latter has garnered more than 900,000 views since its release approximately four months ago.
Chozenn's song, which caused a heated discussion within the music industry on what secular songs are appropriate for gospel artistes to remix, has to date garnered 1,005,728 views. Chozenn is still standing by his decision to remix the raunchy dancehall track. He said that he is not surprised the song has received the attention it has, as the track was ordained by God to reach the masses.
"I'm joyful because the gospel is being heard and felt whether people like it or not. God works mysteriously, and my heart is at peace. What they are seeing now in the physical was what the Lord revealed to me already in the spirit, so to God be the glory and all praises to the King," he said.
"In these last days when the dark world is so united and people are doing everything to try and denounce God and say God is fake, God is not real or he doesn't exist, God shows that He works mysteriously and He's rising up some new warriors, some Joshua generation warriors for this era and this season."
Entertainer Denyque has given birth to a her first child. The baby, a boy named Conner Dash, was delivered on Wednesday.Denique's husband, Careem Mullings, posted photos of his pregnant wife, moments before delivery, as well as an image of the newborn in his arms.
Connor Dash already has an Instagram page, and his dad has edited his own profile to reflect the fact that he is now a father.
Denique, a Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 finalist, had kept her pregnancy private even though persons began speculating during the time of Jamaica Carnival in April that she was expecting a child
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