Archive for April, 2007

KC’s Batchelor, Vere’s Williams recognised for effort

Posted by Dresonic on April 30, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania –
Kingston College’s Tarik Batchelor and Vere Technical’s Kimberly
Williams were rewarded by the US-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) for
outstanding individual performances at last weekend’s 113th Penn
Relays Carnival held here.

Batchelor, who won the High School
Boys’ long jump with a personal best of 7.61m on his first trip to the
meet, and Williams who set a Penn Relays High School Girls’ record in
the triple jump (12.91m), her third straight title, were among several

TJB, an organisation formed
several years ago to see to the welfare of the thousands of Jamaican
athletes who travel to the meet each year, has been handing out the
awards for the past seven years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inez Turner makes glorious return to Penn Relays

Posted by Dresonic on April 30, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – It
was as if she never retired from competitive track and field, found a
job and gave birth to three children.

Friday night the hundreds of track
and field faithful who braved the horrible weather and stayed for the
late events rose as one to salute one of the greats of the Penn Relays.

That individual is former Vere Technical and Jamaica middle
distance runner, 35-year-old Inez Turner. In the twilight of her
career, she circled the track to anchor the Executive Club to victory
in the Olympic Development Women’s Mile Relay here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yohan Blake rakes in more awards

Posted by Dresonic on April 30, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, USA – The individual awards keep flowing in for St Jago’s Yohan Blake.

On Saturday afternoon, the
Jamaican was named the 113th Penn Relays Carnival’s High
School Boys
outstanding athlete for relay events.

Blake won the award after
anchoring the St Jago 4x100m team to a record 39.96 seconds, and
followed that with a gutsy anchor leg on the 4x400m, splitting 45.4
seconds, but lost on the line to Long Beach Poly 3:09.89 to 3:10.43.

Blake who was named the Most
Outstanding Athlete at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ Champs after
breaking Tesfa Latty’s Class One 100m record with a smart 10.21
seconds, was also named the Austin Sealy Award winner at the Carifta
Games in the Turks and Caicos Islands two weeks later after setting a
new National Junior Record in the 100m – 10.11 seconds.

He had broken the record held by Raymond Stewart earlier in the heats when he clocked 10.18 seconds.
Beach Poly’s time was the second fastest ever at the Penn Relays as
their anchor leg runner was also clocked in an identical 45.4 seconds
split. Read the rest of this entry »

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JA boys dominate in sprint relays

Posted by Dresonic on April 28, 2007

Yohan Blake (front) of St Jago gets the baton
from Riker Hilton on the final exchange in the heats of the High School
Boys 4x100m relays yesterday.
St Jago and Calabar, two of seven
Jamaican teams in the Championship finals today have the fastest times.
(Photo: Paul Reid)

College, Calabar and Jamaica College lead the Jamaican high school boys
in qualifying for both finals from yesterday’s heats of the 4x100m and
4x800m at the 113th Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia.

The heats and the finals of the
4x400m, along with the 400m hurdles and the field events, including the
long, triple and high jumps, will be held today, the final day of the
Despite less than desirable weather conditions, the Jamaican
boys sprint relay teams brought the packed house to its feet as seven
teams qualified for the eight-team final.

Champs Class One record holders St
High and Calabar posted the fastest times with identical 40.94
seconds clocking, running in a steady drizzle and cool temperatures.
holders and defending champions Camperdown, 41.50, running without
Remaldo Rose in their heat, former winners Holmwood Technical, 42.06,
Jamaica College, 41.93, Kingston College, KC, 41.91, and Wolmer’s
Boys’, 41.90, join South Shore of New York in the Championships of
Americas finals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Edwin Allen only girls winners . as Holmwood are beaten to gold on three occasions

Posted by Dresonic on April 28, 2007

Kacia Jones (left) and Shauna Anderson of
Edwin Allen execute their baton change at the first changeover on their
way to the victory in the Championship of Americas High School Girls
4x100m relay
at the 113th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in
Philadelphia yesterday.

High’s sprint relay team proved to be the only highlight for the
Jamaican girls’ high schools on yesterday’s second day of the 113th
Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia.

The Jamaicans’ day was ruined by a
combination of bad weather that forced the meet to be extended by
nearly three hours and a strong team from Eleanor Roosevelt of Maryland
who won the 4x400m and 4x800m relays.

An announced crowd of 39,166, the
second highest Friday crowd in Penn Relays history, turned up despite
the bad weather, as only last year’s 39,943 was higher.

Edwin Allen won their first ever
4x100m Championship of Americas, beating defending champions Holmwood
Technical in the sixth fastest time ever, 44.87 seconds.

The Michael Dyke-coached team Read the rest of this entry »

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Williams is Penn Relays most outstanding schoolgirl athlete

Posted by Dresonic on April 28, 2007

Kimberly Williams of Vere Technical poses
with her winning prize after her victory in the
Triple Jump for high
school girls at the Penn Relays yesterday. (Phtoto: Collin Reid)

Technical’s record breaking triple jumper Kimberly Williams was
yesterday named the Most Outstanding High schoolgirl athlete at the
113th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field on the University of
Pennsylvania campus, near down town Philadelphia.

Williams, who broke the record
with a 12.91m measurement, coming on her final effort, was recognised
as she became the first three-time winner of the event.

Despite the award, Williams, who
heard of the news only after she was interviewed by the Sporting World,
said she was happy, but added: “It does not make up for not getting the
longer mark.”

Williams, who set the record
13.51m at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Champs
in March and also won at CARIFTA
Games, said Vere Technical were considering appealing the decision not
to recognise two jumps of over 13m she made in the first round.

The marks were not recorded
officially as the officials explained they had not measured them with
the steel tape, using only the laser measurement.

The jumps can only be recognised as records if they are measured with the steel tape.

Williams is the second Jamaican
athlete to win the girls award after Edwin Allen High’s Sherene Pinnock
won the award after breaking the record in the 400m hurdles last year.

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GOLD FOR WILLIAMS Jamaica teams waltz into Penn Relays finals

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania –
Vere Technical’s triple jumper Kimberly Williams continued her
outstanding season by setting a new Penn Relay record in the high
school event yesterday – her third straight title.

Williams, who won the event at
this year’s Girls Champs and Carifta Games, leaped 12.91m to break the
old mark of 12.87m set by Carlene Cummings of Morrow, New Jersey, in

On a mostly dry but cold day in
which some 23,996 fans braved the weather to enjoy the meet, the
Jamaican teams positioned themselves for honours on today’s second day
with outstanding performances in three relays.

Holmwood, who will defend three titles today, are in three finals – the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x80m – along with Edwin Allen.

The Michael Dyke coached Edwin Allen have the fastest times of the Jamaicans in all three events.
her victory, it was not all smiles for the usually upbeat Williams. She
broke down in tears as she believed she had twice jumped further, but
was not credited by the officials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Dresonic on April 26, 2007

A very creative production by Youtube user MadWhiteJamaican…

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GIRLS SEEK GLORY AT PENNS Holmwood more optimistic about longer relays

Posted by Dresonic on April 26, 2007


Velma Morant (front) reaches for the baton
from Vere Technical teammate Jura Levy at a practice session yesterday
ahead of today’s 113th Penn Relay Carnival at Franklin Field. Vere have
won 14 4x100m titles over the years. (Photo: Paul Reid)

high school teams begin their hunt for honours as the 113th Penn Relay
Carnival gets underway here today at 10:00 am (9:00 am local time)
under challenging weather conditions at Franklin Field, University of

The girls will be on the track
today, while the boys start their schedule tomorrow morning. One relay
final will be contested today, the Distance Medley, while there will be
heats in three others – the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m.

Other finals involving Jamaicans will be the 400m hurdles, javelin, long jump, triple jump, high jump and shot putt.
on the track apart, the weather could prove decisive as forecasts are
for rains and cool conditions. While there have been improvements in
the forecast from earlier this week, latest predictions yesterday were
for overcast conditions with a strong possibility of rain today.
Conditions could be worse tomorrow, with thunderstorms and cool
conditions predicted. Read the rest of this entry »

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Strong Ja squad to tackle USA in Relays

Posted by Dresonic on April 25, 2007



Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) has named a strong squad to take
part in this weekend’s
USA vs The Rest of the World Relays at the 113th
Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field, Philadelphia

They will, however, have to find a
suitable replacement for world record-holder
in the men’s 100m, Asafa
Powell, who was sidelined with what is being desc
ribed as a minor
injury and will miss the meet.

Powell, who won the 100m here last
year, was down to run the 4x100m, along with MVP teammate and IAAF
World Championships 100m silver medallist Michael Frater, many-time
national representative Dwight Thomas and former William Knibb Memorial
sprinter Lerone Clarke.

Powell, who is yet to run outside
of Jamaica so far this season, had withdrawn from the Mt SAC relays in
California last week, citing the cooler than normal temperatures. The
weather is expected to be rainy and cool at the Penn Relays that will
start tomorrow morning.

Sherone Simpson, the fastest woman
last year, will headline the Don Quarrie-managed team that includes a
good blend of youth and experience.

Based on the composition of the
five teams submitted by the JAAA last week, the women’s Sprint Medley
team appears the best bet to give Jamaica their second win in the
series that is about seven years old.

Simpson will run one of the 200m
legs, along with former Holmwood Technical and current University of
Florida senior, Nadine Palmer.

The veteran Noveline Williams will
lead off on the 400m leg, while Kenia Sinclair, who has lowered the
national 800m record several times in the last two years, will run the
anchor leg.

The only event the Jamaicans have
ever won was the Men’s 4x400m in 2005 when the team that included
Michael Blackwood, Sanjay Ayre, Germaine Gonzales and Davian Clarke
crossed the line first.

Clarke will make way for former
Kingston College quarter-miler Leeford Green in this year’s team that
hopes to turn back the challenges of the other teams.

Olympic relay gold medal winner
Aleen Bailey, Commonwealth Games double gold medal winner Brigitte
Foster-Hylton, Palmer and former NCAA champion Peta-Gaye Dowdie will
make up the women’s 4x100m team.

Former national 400m champion
Shericka Williams will join an experienced crew, including Ronetta
Smith, Nadia Davey and Michelle Burgher on the women’s Mile Relay team.

The series, which is sponsored by
sports gear manufacturers Nike, features teams from several other
countries, including Canada, Great Britain, Nigeria and some all-stars
combinations. The greatest rivalry, however, is between the Jamaicans
and Americans and only the Jamaicans have ever won a relay other than
the home team.


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Jamaican schools begin arriving in Philly today

Posted by Dresonic on April 24, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, USA – The bulk of Jamaica’s 35 high school teams are expected to start arriving in Philadelphia this evening as the countdown for the 113th Penn Relays Carnival gets on in earnest.

The relays will start on Thursday morning and 24 boys high schools and 11 girls schools are down to take part in the event that will run through Saturday evening.
Most of the teams are due in today, but the boys teams will not start arriving until Wednesday as they don’t get into action until Friday morning.

Registration of high school teams starts tomorrow morning.

ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ champions Calabar High and Holmwood will lead the Jamaican contingent that will also see seven college teams and three track clubs taking part.

GC Foster Sports College, UWI-Mona and the University of Technology will field men’s and women’s teams, while Knox Community College will enter a men’s team only.

John Mills TC, Red Hills TC and Seaward Gardens TC are all listed in the programme to take part, but it is understood that at least one other team, Flyers TC, will also take part.

The Jamaicans are expected to repeat last year’s dominance when they won all six Championship of Americas finals (4×100, 4×400 and 4x800m) in each section.

The St Jago team led by new National unior Record holder in the 100m, Yohan Blake, seems the team to beat after running times faster than the records in the 4x100m and 4x400m earlier this year.

Holmwood Technical girls swept all threerelays last year and will start favourites to repeat that feat this year.
The Jamaican high schools have been coming to the Penn Relays since the mid-1960s when Kingston College first made the trek and since then have become an integral part of the Penn Relays, despite several modifications to the rules.

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J’can sprint queen Campbell to run at New York Grand Prix

Posted by Dresonic on April 23, 2007


NEW YORK CITY, New York (CMC) – Jamaican Olympic 200-metre champion Veronica Campbell is confirmed as one of the headliners for the IAAF New York Grand Prix on June 2, organisers have announced.

Campbell, the most successful female track athlete at the 2004 Athens Olympics, joins top American sprinters Lauryn Williams, Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon as big names for the meet.
Williams is the reigning world champion over 100 metres, Gay was the World Athletics Final and World Cup winner, and Spearmon is a World Championship silver medallist.

One of two IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in the United States, the New York Grand Prixwill begin at 5.00 pm on June 2 at the state-of-the-art Icahn Stadium, on Randall’s Island.
Campbell is a triple-medallist from the Athens Olympics, winning gold at 200 metres and the 4×100-metre relay, and bronze at 100 metres to become the most decorated female track athlete at the 2004 Games.

The 24-year-old Campbell is expected to receive strident support from the large Jamaican population in the New York area.

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Injury delays Asafa Powell’s start to season

Posted by Dresonic on April 23, 2007

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Asafa Powell, Jamaica’s world 100-metre record holder, has delayed his international debut for the 2007 season because of tendonitis in his knee.
Powell has pulled out of meets scheduled for the coming two weekends.

POWELL… I’m really not going to run that much this year before the World Championships

He was slated to form part of Jamaica’s sprint relay team at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, United States this coming weekend and the Jamaica International Invitational Meet on May 5 in Kingston.
His manager, Paul Doyle, said the athlete will not run if he is not 100 per cent fit.
While disclosing that it is the same injury that ruled him out of the Mt Sac Relays earlier this month, Doyle said “it’s not too serious”.

“We don’t want him to race at full speed if he is not 100 per cent,” he said of Powell, who is down to run the 100 metres in Kingston two weekends from now.

Doyle added of the Jamaica International Invitational. “There is a big possibility that he will miss that as well”.
Powell had earlier made it clear that he will not race much before the World Championships in Japan this summer.
He was quoted at the MtSac Relays as saying: “I’m really not going to run that much this year before the World Championships . But I’m going to Osaka to win gold.”

The world’s fastest man, however, remains in training under the watchful eyes of coach Stephen Francis in Kingston.
“He is still training, but we are just going play it day by day. We just want to play it safe,” Doyle added.

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Bolt can do 200-400 double, says Quarrie

Posted by Dresonic on April 23, 2007

FIVE-TIME Olympian Donald Quarrie says Jamaica’s World Junior 200-metre record-holder Usain Bolt has the quality to be the best exponent of the gruelling 200-400m sprint double in world athletics.

BOLT… I’m looking forward to living up to expectation

“He has the talent to do it and it comes down to how much he wants to do it because his range is outstanding, his ability is outstanding, but it’s really how you approach that event that is most important; how much he wants to succeed at both events,” said Quarrie, the 200m gold medallist at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

“… The 400m is not a joke event and I believe if he gets more determined… he’ll do well,” added Quarrie, renowned for his dexterity in running the curve.
Bolt, who opened this season with a 45.92secs clocking at the Camperdown Classics in February, will run his second quarter-mile at the Guadeloupe Grand Prix on May 1, and his third at the May 5 Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium.

Humbled by Quarrie’s words and pointing to a similar sentiment echoed by Atlanta Olympics 200-400-metre double champion Michael Johnson of the USA a few years ago, Bolt is hoping to accomplish that feat.
“I’m really looking forward to living up to this expectation from a great Olympian like Quarrie… in the future,” the affable Bolt told the Sunday Observer on Wednesday after completing a workout at the Stadium East field.

“My coach (Glen Mills) decided that we’ll be starting the 400 this season and next season we’ll be going into it a little bit more, so right now we’re just using the 400 to work on my strength so I can run some better 200s later this season,” added the 20-year-old.

Since 2003 when he registered a superb 45.35secs at age 16, track & field aficionados thought Bolt would become the country’s dominant quarter-miler on the world stage.
“Basically what we’re trying to do in the first part of the season is to get as much strength as we can, both for speed, endurance, and explosive strength, and to this we have run one 400m,” Mills told the Sunday Observer.

He said they’re hoping to run a few more 400s ahead of the National Championships from June 23-25.
“We have two more coming up and hopefully we’ll get something worthwhile out of them. I would love to see him (Bolt) take up the 400 as an event, so I hope we’re making strides towards that,” Mills reasoned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sandra Bicknell [Revealed]

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

Growing up in Queens, New York within a typical Cuban-American household, Sandra Bicknell had no intention of being a model, travelling the world or being ‘cover girl’ for the fashion industry’s top glossies. In fact, she nonchalantly sums up her discovery as “just luck”.

“I had a job in Soho (West Broadway, Manhattan) in my first year of college, some agents came in and asked who’s that girl and that was it,” Sandra says as she nestles into the warm oatmeal couch, eager to share her story with SunDay. Opening what she calls her “memory trunk”, SunDay uncovers a vast collection of photos, magazines and memorabilia from her four-year stint as a model.

Sandra creates history by appearing on two Cosmo covers within three months of each other.
Sandra at her 40th birthday party.

Her whirlwind career filled with quirky moments, life lessons and a near-death experience with meningitis ended when she moved to Jamaica to start a new chapter as mother and wife.
Fast-forward to present day, Sandra is a bubbly 40-year-old, divorced mother of two. still a beautiful soul; grateful for wisdom, relationships and the opportunity to share her life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaica in the Pacific: Reggae’s got a hold on Guam

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

It’s a cool and breezy Marley birthday in Lower Tumon, Guam, and I’m sitting on the second story veranda of the Tumon Bay Bar and Grill. A reggae roots trio is entertaining tonight, led by Art Chan, a local reggae hero.

By Roger Steffens

Their bassist is ill tonight, so Fanai Tafari features a guest percussionist from the States named Brett, alongside Tomas, a round, sweet-faced 18-year-old ukelele virtuoso. On their first number, a soulful cover of Santana’s Europa, Tomas masterfully duplicates Carlos note-for-note, but with just four short strings. Brett has three large Polynesian-patterned congas, and a rectilinear box that makes a sound like a muffled cymbal.

Guam is an island that knows many RAW artistes, proven by Fanai Tafari’s cover of Bambu Station’s Gunsmoke. Art says, “People ask me all the time how come you love the music that’s from all the way over on the other side of the world.” He pauses, as if the answer is obvious. “It’s the message.” As for his own musical intentions, he is adamant that “the road to success is always under construction”.

I was brought to the island through the good graces of RAW’s members in Guam, a small band of true believers who meet once a week at the small apartment of Math Teacher/Reggae Fanatic Tom Pearson. Tom took over the leadership of this worldwide networking organisation following the retirement of its co-founder, Papa Pilgrim, almost a decade ago. He is a stocky, white-bearded fellow, whose life is devoted to the multi-cultural mix of students at St John’s School, the campus on which he lives.

He acts in loco parentis for at least nine of them, and – though a bachelor – seems to have his parenting skills down, a mix of discipline and a bit of nose-thumbing at authority, combined with goofy nicknames for his charges like Dirt Bag, Squishy and Gangsta. His other passion is Jah Music and the unheralded singers and players of instruments outside of Jamaica who are equally devoted, but given little chance to be heard. Thus his livication to the principles of RAW. Read the rest of this entry »

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Presumed Dead: the curious case of the vanishing vinyl record

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

Mobile Music in Liguanea doesn’t sell them, neither does Music Fair in Premier Plaza “We don’t sell them any more. Is only the white people [read foreigners] that really ask for them now,” was the comment to SunDay from the store attendant at Music Fair.

Just down the road, at Be-bop Records, the answer is qualified, but slightly more optimistic.”Yes, we sell vinyl, but only old vinyl from 1996 back,” the attendant advises, adding: “We get a good deal of interest from the Japanese as well as some local collectors.”

Truth is, you’ll have a hard time finding vinyl 45s or LPs (the long-playing format used for albums), in record stores these days. The vinyl record – or more precisely the phonograph- was an invention that came about somewhat by accident. Thomas Edison was trying to go one better on Samuel Morse (as in Morse Code) and Alexander Graham Bell (you know, the telephone guy) by introducing a better telegraph unit, when he ‘accidentally’ ran a piece of tin foil under a stylus; the speech-like noise that resulted encouraged him to look into producing a sound recording-reproducing device. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why are students cutting themselves?

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

ADMINISTRATORS in several prominent high schools in the Corporate Area are grappling with a relatively new but dangerous phenomenon- ‘cutters’, or students who purposely cut themselves.

Officials are cautious in discussing the practice, not wanting to blow it out of proportion, but are privately worried that if it is not dealt with adequately, the practice of cutting could escalate.

The number of reports of children mutilating themselves on purpose is worrying, says project co-ordinator for the Child Abuse Mitigation Project at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Rose Robinson-Hall.

Robinson-Hall put the issue on the table at a seminar in Kingston last month, after being surprised by the discovery in a mock survey conducted among adolescents from several high schools.
The survey showed that for the most part, the student population was familiar with the phenomenon. “I spoke with children from first to sixth form from several high schools and all of them knew of children who are cutters,” she says.

“One of the responses is ‘oh, you mean the cutters’. That means it’s something they know about and it’s part of their reality; it wasn’t a surprise to them,” Robinson-Hall adds. The majority of cutters are said to be females and come from the upper echelons of society.

She has since spoken to several counsellors who have also expressed their concern, she notes.
At least one school has a dedicated “suicide club”, according to a Sunday Observer source who did not wish to be identified and did not want the school to be named. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Official Winner of the “Not My Job” Contest

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

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Lady Saw’s Walk Out

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2007

Stereotypes are the proverbial two-edged sword. Once the performer establishes themselves within a particular type, success can come easy, but transcendence is much harder.

Marion ‘Lady Saw’ Hall burst onto the dancehall scene in the 1990s taking the aggressive, even predatory sexuality her male counterparts had enshrined and flipping it on them, with no-nonsense raunch like Stab Up Di Meat, Good Wuk and Hice(hoist) It Up.

Her exploits sparked controversy (often the best friend of the artiste in need of promotion) and brought her to the attention of overseas pop and hip hop acts.

The wider exposure and personal trials have led Hall to try and temper her in-your-face persona (an entity she has repeatedly said is reserved solely for the stage and on records) and Walk Out represents a kind of tic in her ongoing evolution.

After four relatively unremarkable tracks, the disc hits its creative stride in the mid-section of the track list (coincidence?) with a four-track run that shows both vulnerability and spunk.

The testimonial No Less Than A Woman (Infertility) features a chorus that has the ring of Marcia Griffiths circa the late 1970s/early ’80s. Not The World’s Prettiest — with it’s bell-driven rhythm track — unabashedly shows the off-stage alter-ego, Marion, at her most prosaic and domestic. You Need Me updates the ‘country-rockers’ hybrid she previously explored fruitfully on Give Me The Reason, channelling Dolly Parton, vintage r&b and early Jamaican gospel in a loopy yet likeable mix. Baby Dry Your Eyes might just be the album’s sleeper classic, hopping back-and-forth between cabaret sultry and modern, dancehall-influenced swing with typical Lady Saw bravura. Read the rest of this entry »

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