Ska music takes on Hollywood

first_imgSka music takes on HollywoodReggae hits Hollywood as Singer Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band attend the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) in November. The Ska group is turning heads and making a name for Caribbean music by earning a nomination for ‘Best Reggae Album’. The nomination comes less than a year after the release of the group’s debut studio album ‘Internationally’, which include hit singles “Fire Fire”, “Kingston Salento”, and “Original Style” feat. Sean Paul & Gentleman.Stephens told reporters “Wow! God is truly amazing! We are overwhelmed to have earned our first nomination at the HMMA Awards. I am fired up about how things are going with us so far.” from his home in Kingston, Jamaica.“This first nomination is a special moment in my music career that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I would like to thank our fans, especially those here in Italy, the rest of Europe, Jamaica, the USA and Canada. We also thank our management team for believing in us.” said Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu.The 2016 HMMA awards visual mediums including film, TV, movie trailers, commercial and music videos for both mainstream and independent artists. Artist and composers from around the globe are reviewed and selected to take part in this event. The awards event features live music performances, celebrity appearances, award presentations, and a dinner banquet.last_img read more

Mbappe brace secures comeback win for PSG at Guingamp

first_imgPARIS, (Reuters) – World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe scored twice as champions Paris St Germain completed a second-half comeback to secure a 3-1 win over En Avant Guingamp in Ligue 1 yesterday. Belgium international Thomas Meunier returned to a youthful PSG side while Mbappe was benched as the visitors’ quest for two wins in as many games got off to a poor start.Guingamp held their own in front of a vociferous home crowd in the first half and forced an impressive save from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to deny Marcus Thuram in the 14th minute.Guingamp winger Marcus Coco capitalised on PSG right back Colin Dagba’s error and played in striker Nolan Roux, who slotted past Buffon to give the hosts a shock lead. Guingamp continued to pile on the pressure as PSG struggled with defensive errors and lacked attacking fluidity.France international Mbappe replaced Timothy Weah at the start of the second half as PSG took control of the match, with Neymar winning a penalty in the 53rd minute and converting it to equalise.A resurgent PSG then dominated proceedings and created numerous chances beforeMbappe scored his opening goal of the season in the 82nd minute and he soon doubled his tally to seal the win. Striker Radamel Falcao missed a penalty as a wasteful AS Monaco were held to a goalless draw with LOSC Lille in their first home league match of the season.Monaco, the only team to win the league title other than PSG in the last five seasons, failed to convert their chances in the opening half while Lille rarely troubled Diego Benaglio’s goal.Skipper Falcao, who notched a goal and an assist in Monaco’s opening victory at Nantes, missed the hosts’ best chance in the 67th minute, when he won a penalty but failed to convert it as Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan pulled off a good save. Monaco continued to push for a breakthrough but Lille held on to secure a point.PSG top the standings, followed by Dijon and Stade Reims, who climbed to third after Friday’s 1-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais.Monaco and Lille are fourth and fifth while a second consecutive defeat left Guingamp in 17th position.last_img read more

Adams leads Essequibo to second victory

first_imgA match defining all-round performance from Richardo Adams saw Essequibo ease their way past Lower Corentyne for a three wicket win in the latest round of the Guyana Cricket Board 50-over Franchise League yesterday at the Albion Community Development Centre ground. Fresh from the Caribbean Premier League, Veerasammy Permaul was appointed captain of Lower Corentyne, won the toss on his first outing and surprisingly elected to bat first with the wicket having some moisture.Permaul would later regret the decision as his team lasted only 29 overs, rolled over for 110. Essequibo cruised, stuttered and then survived a late scare to reach 114-7 in 36.2 overs.Javed Karim starred with both bat and ballEssequibo got off to a horrid start, leaking a lot of extras and missed on the capitalization of a conventional runout of the second ball of the match. This did not cost them as Jason Sinclair was trapped leg before wicket (LBW) off the next delivery while his younger brother, Junior who was fishing consistently missed a late swinging ball from Joshua Jones after sharing a 43-run stand with Kevlon Anderson.Anderson, the only mainstay in the innings lost partners rapidly including the experienced Jonathan Foo who tried to pull a  Nial Cadogan delivery only to pop a simple return catch while Seon Hetmyer’s wicket signalled both the introduction of spin for the first time and the collapse with Lower Corentyne 60-4.Ricardo Adams’ left-arm orthodox proved to be gold as he also removed Permaul in the same over while disposing of Karan Arjpaul and Anderson. Anderson faced 71 balls for his 54 runs, striking three fours and was the lone batsman to show some resistance with Kelvin Umroa’s 10 the only other double figure score.Adams was assisted by his captain, Anthony Adams, who also bowls slow left arm, in ripping through the lower order.Ricardo Adams ended with 4-26 while Anthony Adams returned 3-24 from eight overs each with Cadogan, Ronsford Beaton and Jones taking one wicket each. In the chase, Kevon Boodie and Kemol Savory looked to bring it home after the loss of Mark Williams to Kassim Khan.Khan struck once again, removing the set Savory who tried to clear the boundary, only to pick out Junior Sinclair in the deep at long on for a knock of 20. Richardo Adams then saw his side go to lunch at 55-2 and upon resumption, the pair carried their side to 93-3 before Boodie trying to hit against the breeze held out to the long off fielder for 27.Umroa then struck twice in the same over as Chetram Persaud and Anthony Adams were both trapped LBW to the left arm spinner. Permaul got into the action with the wicket of Richardo Adams who tried to sweep only to get a leading edge to Foo at second slip, ending his knock worth 31 runs.Despite that, Beaton’s cautionary batting and a huge swing from Cadogan that connected for a long off six ended the match.Umroa ended with 3-17 while Permaul and Khan picked up two wickets each.Meanwhile at Port Mourant, West Berbice coasted to a seven-wicket win over Upper Corentyne. West Berbice won the toss and elected to field and bowled out Upper Corentyne for 51 in 24 overs before chasing down 52 in 67 balls, losing three wickets in the process.Gudakesh Motie was the main destroyer of the Upper Corentyne unit, claiming 4-16 while Kevin Jawahir (2-8), Kevin Sinclair (2-10) and Javed Karim (2-6) supported well. Shawn Perreira’s unbeaten 10 and Andy Mohan with 10 also were the only double figure scores.Karim returned to blast three fours in his knock of 27 to register a comfortable win.last_img read more

Agyemang Badu boost for Meteors’ Dream Team 5 clash

first_imgGhana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu is set to feature for the Black Meteors in their All African Games qualifier second leg against Nigeria’s Dream Team 5.This serves as a major booster to the national Olympic team who are desperate to qualify to appease Ghanaians following a recent poor run by the various national teams.Ghana must overturn a first leg 1-3 deficit and Badu who is already established with the Black Stars, will be central to coach Kwasi Appiah’s side.The Udinese player told Asempa Sports that his club has cleared him to play in the match.The Black Meteors will face the Nigerian Dream Team 5 on Sunday, July 10 at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi.Ghana slumped to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in Benin City after Nigeria came from behind to score three goals in the second half. The loss to their rivals in the final round of qualifying for the Games has made the return clash at home a more daunting task with Ghana needing two unanswered goals to edge out Nigeria for the sole ticket from Zone III.With about 10 members of the squad who played in the 1-3 loss in Benin State back to their bases in Europe for pre-season engagements, Coach Kwasi Appiah has just a handful of the players available on the first day of training in Kumasi.Kwasi Appiah is making do with available hands and expects other members to join in later on in the week.He is however confident that Ghana will beat Nigeria, praying that his charges keep their focus and get on with the job at hand.Source: Asempa FM/Ghanalast_img read more