Today’s Oldies Sunday was one that should’ve been posted a long time ago, but a recent event inspired its publishing. Remember when Dancehall Artist Shenseea released the visual for her “ShenYeng Anthem“? While many enjoyed the single, there were mixed reviews for the music video because of its intro. With today’s entry, I feel there would be some “outrage” from some folks if this was released today (some folks argue about every little thing online). Today’s entry comes from Chalice (though they were featured before, this song features mostly one of their Vocalists) with their single, “Sayonara“. Written by the legendary Lloyd Lovindeer, this was performed by one of the band’s Vocalists, Wayne Armond. Released through CTS Records in 1986, and Bold Reprive Records in 1987, this track features some Oriental influenced production with Wayne singing about his experiences with a Japanese woman in Jamaica. “Sayonara” (which means “Goodbye” in Japanese) was featured on the band’s “Crossfire” album and was popular in the 80’s and early 90’s. The video for the single was shot in Portland and featured the Boston Jerk Centre. Get familiar with something old by checking out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Lauren Le Franc, a Jamaican Entrepreneur residing in
the United Kingdom, has won a Graduate Award from City University of London to expand her already established Coffee Business, J.A. Island Roasters. As part of her award package, Le Franc also secured a location for her business at the University’s Cass Business School, and is looking at commencing operations in the upcoming weeks.
Le Franc, a qualified Barrister of England and Wales who first set up the company in Jamaica in 2011 while completing her legal education, has been focused on selling roasted Coffee through J.A. Island Roasters under the brand, True Blue 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. With this award she is looking forward to importing organic and non-organic Jamaican green beans to the U.K. from the world-famous Blue Mountains.
She said the award package also covers operational costs, and comes with mentorship and support from the University. “I’m elated to have such an amazing opportunity to expand my business and to take brand Jamaica a step further into the spotlight,” shared Le Franc. “I already have a Distributor who has been contracted to take all my organic Coffee, I look forward to continuing the work with the Coffee Industry Board on this venture and I am heading into business with an optimistic mindset and a winning attitude.”
In 2014, J.A. Island Roasters received approval from the Certification of Environmental Standards (CERES) – an International organization which offers certification for organic farming and food processing, to maintain good practices in the Food Industry. Then, she received approval from the Coffee Industry Board to export organic certified Jamaican Blue Mountain green bean Coffee. Although she found favour for her roasted Coffee in the Asian market, she was in search of additional opportunities for development when she came across the City University of London’s Entrepreneur Graduate Scheme Competition in 2016, and her big break came when she decided to participate.
It was a matter of time before Jamaicans got a hold of this. THIS is the REFIX! Fresh off the wildly popular Oppa Gangnam Style song which was done by Korean rapper PSY (Yes, he is a rapper…), deejays Mega Banton, G-Loc and Singer J created a remix/refix of the hit. Dubbed “Jamaican Badman Style“, this version was redone with Dancehall “badman” lyrics. The video wasn’t anything spectacular but good to see these three artistes on the scene again. Haven’t seen Singer J in years, anyway check out the video above and share your feedback in the comments section.