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Inner Circle is nominated in the 33rd IRAWMA for Most Outstanding Band/Group

Earlier this weeek Martin’s International Culture producer of the 33rd (IRAWMA) was pleased to inform Inner Circle that they were nominated in the following category for the best of 2013/14:

• Most Outstanding Band/Group

The 33rd IRAWMA celebration will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the state of the art Coral Springs Center for the

Arts, Make sure you chill your Inner circle family on as they reach for this prestigious accomplishment.

CARIBBEAN FOOD WEEK: We take a look at the secrets of jerk in Bedford town centre

THIS week it’s Caribbean food week and time to celebrate jerk, scotch bonnets and rum.

So we popped along to Yummiee Jerk Pit in Bedford town centre to have a look at the famous style of barbecuing in action.

Run by 56-year-old Foster Oakland, the stall sells pork, chicken, curried goat, patties and more.

But how is that unique jerk flavour created?

“The secret is the pimento wood, that’s what gives it the flavour,” says Foster.

“It’s like if you cook brisket you use cedar wood to cook it.

“But If you don’t have the wood you have to marinade the meat for about 48 hours.”

It also helps to use the traditional oil barrel drum which ‘locks the flavour in’.

“There’s a place in Jamaica called Boston where the best jerk is. My great grandfather cooked there and he teach me all this,” adds Foster.

“I’ve been doing food since 1993, I had a bakery in Brixton.”

With the smell of delicious chicken filling our noses we ask what is Foster’s favourite dish? “I’m really a fish man you know.”

“I do jerk fish here on Saturdays, we use snapper but sometimes we use a fish called doctor fish.”

The stall is open from Wednesday to Saturday on Silver Street or Harpur Street with help from Alex Notice.

And with Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, Foster all runs a shop in Ladbroke Grove in the area.

Reggae star Buju Banton gets new appeal hearing in Atlanta Read more:

A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton says a U.S. federal appellate court has agreed to hear his appeal.

The Grammy-winning singer is serving a 10-year sentence for convictions on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges stemming from a 2009 arrest. He was convicted in 2011 following a sting operation.

In a Tuesday email, attorney Charles Ogletree says the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hold a hearing on the case.
COURTROOM ARTISTS SKETCH Chris O’Meara/AP A courtroom sketch of Grammy-winning Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton, at his sentencing on cocaine charges in Florida.

The decision comes after a panel of that court in 2012 upheld Banton’s convictions. His former defense lawyer had argued that a government informant improperly entrapped the singer.

Ogletree says Banton is pleased with the court’s decision. It’s not clear when the hearing will take place.

Nicki Minaj Gets Drunk And Speaks Patois In This ‘Anaconda’ Behind-The-Scenes

In the clip, The Pink Print MC is flanked by dancers as they shake their assets in a jungle-themed set.

The visuals then flash to the dressing room, where Nicki speaks into the camera with Trinidadian patois while sipping from a white cup.

“Are y’all crazy? I’m already drunk,” she says in response to a comment that she might get drunk.

Before the Vlog ends, there is a mystery man speaking in patois. True Barbz will recognize that it’s Drake.

Full story at Mtv

Bob Marley the musical: Kwame Kwei-Armah to tell reggae star’s story

The British director, playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah is to develop a musical, including a book, based on the life of Bob Marley.

Rather than be a traditional “jukebox” musical where the songs take precedence over plot, it will instead focus on a three-year period in Marley’s life that Kwei-Armah describes as “really dynamic”. Between 1975 and 1978 Marley survived an assassination attempt in Jamaica and moved to live in London, where he recorded classic albums such as Exodus.

“We have maybe 20 songs, but I’ve tried to make them come out of what I perceive to be an integrity that Bob would demand,” Kwei-Armah told the New York Times. “It’s not, ‘Here are some songs and how can I link them with some drama.’ There is an investigation into the man’s life, between him putting his life on the line and going into self-imposed exile for 18 months and while there, recording two of his biggest albums.”

Of the casting of the lead role, he said that “whoever takes on this icon doesn’t have to look like him. But he has to be able to generate his physical and spiritual and sexual energy in a way that will enthrall.”

The musical will debut in May 2015 at the Center Stage theatre in Baltimore, where Kwei-Armah is artistic director. He hinted at a possible life beyond its initial run: “If I can get it right, then we can construct it so it has the legs to travel.”