As is traditional, before the last concert on Main Stage for the 21st Rototom Sunsplash, the team that makes this possible each year got up on stage to greet the public of Rototom and Filippo Giunta had a few words for the international audience before anouncing the dates for the 22nd edition of the Festival, to be held once again in Benicassim, from 15 to 22 August 2015.
It was a whirlwind of activities when SKYY Vodka’s International mixologist Otis Florence landed in Jamaica .
Invited to the island by J. Wray & Nephew Limited in an effort to enhance and elevate the bartending experience across the island, part of his trip was conducting several sessions in Kingston and Montego Bay, with a particular focus on ‘craft bartending’.
Florence also created several new and simple cocktails, including the ‘Dominica Drive’ and ‘Button Down’, incorporating SKYY Vodka’s Infusion Flavours, which include the new SKYY Moscato Grape, SKYY Raspberry and SKYY Passion Fruit.
He also had a chance to experience the Jamaican nightlife at Pier One, Fiction Fantasy and Ultra’s third anniversary, where patrons enjoyed complimentary SKYY Infusion cocktails mixed to perfection.
For the last hooray to end his trip, Florence hosted a Bartender Lyme at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records in the Market Place on Constant Spring Road, where bartenders and bar managers had an opportunity to mix and mingle and exchange cocktail recipes with him.
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.