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19Aug/09

Timeka/ Busy Signal to launch hot music video before Jamzone

For this August holidays Timeka has switched gears from the one drop tracks for which she has become known to a high energy, sassy and sporty sound. News from Jamaica is that even as she continues her quest to hit the music main stream she’s upped her game yet again with a music video out of the land of reggae and Dance Hall.
A main feature among artistes the likes of Peetah Morgan, Busy Signal, Barbee and Vegas for the Jamzone Dance Hall/ Reggae Splash Timeka is promising much to her local fans.

After several weeks of unofficial play on local and Jamaican radio stations Marshall’s spicy ‘feel fuh’ dancehall single featuring Jamaican  artiste Busy Signal is set for official release as a prelude to the inaugural JamZone Summer Break Weekend.

With Feel Fah produced by Shane C Brown of Juke Boxx Productions Timeka demonstrates her vocal range while sparring with Busy Signal.

The video for this, ‘sure party starter’ with all the professional workings included is completed filming and editing in Jamaica and is a contagious must see.

Based on comments from   those in the music fraternity the video in terms of location, dancers, choreography and setting is by far more captivating that any video from a Guyanese artiste. It also brings out a side of Timeka never before seen in any of her previous music videos. Showing all the signs of a maturing artiste who is focused on what she wants she breaks into the mode of a dancer and tastefully sexily so.

The video quality is a must see that local artistes should strive for and in some instances it betters any  of those produced by local and Caribbean female dance hall singers. The feel good song brings out the energy through superb choreography that appeal to persons of all ages.

Word from Jamaica is that Timeka has been gearing up for summer by recording a number of radio friendly tracks that have started hitting the airwaves.

Fans can listen out for Timeka's deejay skills on Doesn't Matter on the Equiknoxx produced Monkey Business riddim currently in rotation.  The Timeka hit list also includes The Way You Love Me from Penthouse and another track from Juke Boxx on the Road Crusher riddim titled Move On.

Earlier in the year, Timeka blasted to the top of the video charts with All Night, produced by Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and directed by Jay Will. Timeka followed up with a provocative collaboration with Peetah Morgan on the Juke Boxx produced Indiscretions riddim.

Her Hush track and his Secrets track were combined for a video medley directed by Gareth Cobran. Both tracks demonstrated her skills as a one drop singer.

Timeka's increased production effort is part of a plan coined by her management team Pyramid Music Group and their strategic production associates, Juke Boxx Productions.  The Barbados and Jamaican based entities have partnered to guide the career of the Guyanese born singer.  Under the terms of the partnership, Pyramid and Juke Boxx will jointly collaborate on the musical and artistic direction of the artiste.

The team has not held back and neither has Timeka.  In addition to a slew of releases in Jamaica bound for international recognition, Timeka has several endorsement deals in Guyana, including a major association with GT&T Cellink.   Plus she also recently landed an endorsement deal with international eye wear company Oakley. And, later this summer, fans can look out for Timeka in not one, but two new videos.

By Mondale Smith
For Kerwin Bollers

11Aug/09

Oliver Barnes has the key to the Bimmer

-Gives 50 inch Plazma screen to woman who won nothing

'Zimm Zimmer', Oliver Barnes out maneuvered 25 others and found the key to the first Digicel $20M 'Bimmer' (BMW) on Saturday night in an atmosphere of euphoria at the Linden Municipal Bus Park and is giving Digicel and God all the glory for his blessings.

While many can sing, "Zimm Zimmer, who got the key to the Bimmer", on Saturday night businessman Oliver Adrian Barnes aged 34 burst into excited waving and jumping when he found the slip that read "Zimm Zimmer you got the keys to the Bimmer".

He said "Digicel certainly did pay me back just as the advertisement said and I ain't going anywhere else. I am sticking to the bigger better network."

Prior to the first Bimmer Flex promotion draw, 26 competitors had pocketed $100,000 each and had qualified for Saturday's draw by spelling BIMMER.

With much entertainment from local artistes and DJs Saturday night, the 26 finalists were led to a massive box filled with inflated balloons at the center of a more than 10,000 crowd and plunged into a frenzied search for as many canisters as possible. Each canister had slips with prizes written on them, and after about 15minutes of searching, Barnes began waving frantically signaling that he had found the slip.

The married father of two also produced slips for a 50 inch flat screen Plasma television, $1000 credit and a Digicel cap.

The other competitors included one Indian national, and after the entire episode was captured on two huge projector screens, all produced slips for cash and other prizes but Mae Alexandria Fraser the lone Lindener of Grenville St, Wismar found nothing.

Barnes couldn't recall how he ended up with the winning prize.

He said that there was a mad scramble, by the contestants and then people were saying, they didn't have it, so he checked his list of prizes and there it was-he had been holding it in his hand all along without even realising it!

He had the keys to the Bimmer, as well as the television set, a cap and a cell phone.

The decision to give away the television set was a spontaneous one according to Barnes, who himself a Christian, had unknowingly given away the prize, to another believer.

The lucky recipient of that prize, Mae Fraser, said she was indeed blessed and fortunate to have gotten so lucky, as she was the only person among the contestants, who was unable to get anything during the mad rush to find the keys to the Bimmer.

She expressed her sincere gratitude to the benevolent young man, who has made her upcoming birthday on Wednesday, a very special one.

Barnes said, "All the other competitors had something to take home but my heart went out to the Lindener who was disadvantaged by her age and with prompting from a photographer I decided to give as I had received. So I guess she's happy now with her Flat Screen Television because I realise that with Digicel everyone wins."

The third person to spell Bimmer through the purchase of six $2000 cards, Barnes, a Data Process outsourcing professional said that the $100,000 won for spelling BIMMER came in handy to pay his bills.

He said the competition was fair and transparent that allowed for anyone to win "but thank God I did".

He also recalled saying a silent prayer for God's guidance in the right direction before entering the box.

"Come to think of it, a total stranger from the crowd while I was walking with the rest to the box said to me while I was passing "you are going to win that prize and he was right."

He admitted that never in his wildest dreams did he think of Bimmer but after winning he said "I'm the owner of that $20m vehicle and this vehicle is proof that God has got a lot in store for me and this car is telling me that God wants me to come up higher in life's game."

He has not decided what to do with is new found luxury but can't wait to have it landed in his yard so he can gradually make it part of his life. He said "This is a $20m car, it is like my new trophy and God is indeed good."

Barnes lauded Digicel as a great and superior service and advised customers not to give up, but to continue buying the flex cards, which apart from giving them a chance to win the other BMW come September, but will also afford them the opportunity to win other prizes.

Digicel's head of Marketing, Donovan White, said the response to the promotion was phenomenal, and said he looks forward to giving away the other BMW in September.

Additional reporting by Mondale Smith

3Aug/09

Miss Jamzone prize Up by $1.2m

As the Hits and Jams entertainment group continue to up their game in the entertainment industry they have once again increased the value of the first prize. According to the promoters when the pageant first started in 2000 the queen walked away with $40,000. Three years later the 1st prize changed to a motor scooter. The years that followed the winner and the runners up for the six years have walked away with cars and motor scooters and Loptop computers.

The cars then were valued at $2M each.

This year the queen walks away with a 2005 fully loaded Toyota IST car valued at $3.2 on August 30. An increase of $1.2M- the biggest first prize ever put up for a beauty pageant in Guyana in recent times.
Originally 15 local beauties made the shortlist but five are no longer in the competition by way of elimination and opting out. The remaining ten delegates will be sashed by theirs sponsors on Sunday August 9 at the Kings Plaza hotel on Main Street.

By Mondale Smith