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Chronixx, Alkaline, win big at IRAWMA

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irawma-awards.jpgReggae singer Chronixx and dancehall sensation Alkaline, were the big winners in three categories each, at the combined 36th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and 37th Chicago Music Awards at the Logan Center for the Arts - University of Chicago last Sunday evening.

Fans of Africa's reggae star Shatta Wale brought the house down with excitement, applause and cheers, has he accepted the "Special IRAWMA/Martin's International Award of Honor". Wale was hardly able to give his acceptance speech, taking some two minutes to subdue his ecstatic fans Chronixx, captured the Awards for "Best Male Vocalist", "Best Album/CD" for "Chronology" and "Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer", while Alkaline won for, "Entertainer of the Year", "Best Song" and "Best Male Dancehall Artist". The complete list of winners, can be seen also at:

Winners and performers for the Chicago Music Awards will be coming in a separate release and can be seen at:

Ephraim Martin announced that the 37th International Reggae and World Music Awards will return to Jamaica, on Saturday May 11, 2019 and will be held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

The event was sponsored by. NBC 5 Chicago, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), The Look - A Women's & Men's Store, LaFruteria Inc, Old World Market, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Kingston Mines Blues Club, Payne Center for Medicine and Music, SAPNA (Sri Annamacharya Project of North America), All United Imports, Rasta Love Punch, African Spectrum, Africa USA Today Magazine, CKW entertainment, Golden Krust Bakery, Kensey & Kensey Communications and others

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Freddie McGregor's "Go Freddie Go" out today

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go.jpgNew York, NY- Legendary reggae icon, Freddie McGregor O.D. and CEO of Big Ship Music Inc. has emerged with new single "Go Freddie Go". The melodically rich song serves a musical testimony of Freddie's lengthy and successful career. The first single off his upcoming album on VP Records, "Go Freddie Go" is sure to become a classic Reggae summer jam.

Produced by Lincoln Thomas for Linkgitz Production and written by Freddie with Lincoln Thomas and Kemar Williams, the words embody self-conviction that whatever is thrown his way, he can handle as Freddie sings "I'm moving much faster, And I make nothing stop me, because Freddie always ready..."

In addition to releasing his new music, Freddie will be embarking on a tour this summer with stops in Canada and the US. Fans can come witness his vast music catalog live as he hits venues in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York with more dates to be added.

"Go Freddie Go, is truly a musical chronology of my life and career through my experiences, my journey and my legacy," said Freddie of his new single.

"I am pleased to be working with VP Records on this project and humbled to have had support from many during my 50 plus years in the business."

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New York, NY (March 20, 2018) In a few days, Love and Harmony cruise will set sail on what will be an unforgettable voyage! Celebrating the Caribbean culture and a variety of entertainment by some of the greatest in reggae and soca as well as great Caribbean cuisine. Yet, Love and Harmony team is also adding a give back portion to all the fun and enjoyment of this annual trip.

"We are grateful for all the harmonizers who have booked their cabins and are sailing away with us this weekend, but we wanted to use this opportunity to give back to some of the less fortunate. With thousands of people setting out to sail to Jamaica and Grand Cayman with us, we figured what better way to come together and contribute to a greater cause" says Steven 'Jabba' Beckford one of the organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise.

The opportunity presented itself to the Love and Harmony team to give back to a little over 90 children residing at SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, Montego Bay. The village has been in existence since 1972 and the compound is made up of 12 small houses, a community center and a kindergarten, which also services the local community. Each of the small houses are home to 6-9 children who refer to each other as brother and sister, and a caretaker who they refer to as mommy. These children are either orphaned, abandoned or have been removed from their homes for multitude of reasons, including physical and sexual abuse.

The Love & Harmony team and cruisers will be donating at least one or more essential items, which was requested by the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town. The items varies from toiletries, school supplies, under clothes, school shoes, to batteries and multi vitamins for children.

All donations will be collected in a collection box once the ship is docked in Montego Bay.

If not sailing on the Love and Harmony Cruise and would like to make a donation please contact 1-800-225-8757 for more information.

Missing woman's body found in shallow grave

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA St. Catherine woman who was reported missing on Monday was found buried in a shallow grave in St. Thomas Tuesday after her boyfriend reportedly confessed to killing her.

She has been identified as 36-year old Latisha Bravo, also known as Keisha, a store keeper of Linstead in St. Catherine.

According to a police report, Ms Bravo visited her boyfriend in Duhaney Pen, St. Thomas on Sunday.

The following morning they reportedly had a dispute during which it is believed that she was strangled to death. It is reported that he then hid the body under a bed and went to work. About 8 o'clock Monday evening he allegedly took the body to the seaside in Duhaney Pen and buried it.

Later in the night the St. Thomas Police received information that Miss Bravo had been reported missing.

Her boyfriend was taken into custody where he allegedly confessed to the killing.The police say he led them to the shallow grave.

2 charged for shooting death of 3 y-o girl

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men who were detained in connection with last month's killing of a three year old girl in Annotto Bay, St. Mary have been charged.

They were charged on Tuesday evening with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called 'Pooka', of Cane Lane, was shot on February 14 while walking home with her stepfather.

Residents of Cane Lane have blocked sections of the main road in Annotto Bay to protest the men being charged.

The residents, who also protested the arrest of the men last week, insist that they are innocent.

ruddy-spencer.jpgState minister Rudyard Spencer has found himself in the midst of a firestorm of criticism for telling labourites at a political meeting in Bellefield, Manchester on the weekend that now that a member of the JLP is now at the helm of the RADA, whatever issues they had faced with receiving assistance from the entity, which provides agricultural extension services, were of the past.

SPENCER: Labourites, we have a system where we will now have our own chairman of RADA and things have been happening and things can happen at RADA. But naturally, you will meet some bottlenecks because we have just taken over the system and we are trying to find our way around the system. Where you never have a parish manager for RADA, you now have a Labourite being the chairman of RADA, so whatever problems you use to have ...

(Spencer pauses to hear advice of someone reminding him that the media were present.)

SPENCER: No, no I want them hear.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Mine weh you a talk seh

SPENCER: Whatever problems you use to have, I believe now most of those problems would have gone away because you have your own manager to assist in the management of RADA ... So therefore, you can't say that you are getting no attention, you can't say nothing is happening, because in fairness, you have your own manager, to report whatever problems you have and expect him to solve those problem.

Clansman Gang top man and family arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) is reporting that one of the leaders of the Clansman gang has been arrested and charged.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of C-TOC, said the gang leader, 33 year old Andre 'Blackman' Bryan, along with three members of his family were picked up during an operation in an upscale community in St. Andrew on March 4.

The three family members are his mother, 53 year old Millicent Brown, sister Alecia Brown, and his brother, Kevaughn Green. Two other members of the gang, Davion Edwards, otherwise called 'Lizard' and Boswell Rhoden, otherwise called 'Stephan', were picked on in another location on Monday March 5.

Charges in relation to the anti-gang legislation were laid against all six individuals on Monday, March 19. ACP Bailey said C-TOC launched an investigation into the Clansman gang in 2015, which led to the arrest and charge of 32 members over the period.

He said 78 of the 134 murders committed in St. Catherine in 2017 can be attributed to the Clansman gang.

western-union.jpgGraceKennedy Limited (GK) and its partner Western Union announced today an expansion of the company's digital money transfer service, which will allow Jamaicans to send funds via an online platform to 200 countries globally.

Effective April 1, the Jamaica operations of GraceKennedy Money Services, a GK subsidiary, will be the first in the Caribbean and Latin America to offer the digital service at

To use the new outbound service, consumers in Jamaica can begin the registration process online but must go to a physical location to complete the process, including providing identification.

Thereafter they will be able to send and receive funds online. The methods of payment include debit, credit card and Apple Pay.

Previously, money could be received online in Jamaica, but not sent. The launch of the service brings to 42 the number of countries which now have the digital transactional service from Western Union.

Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) - After 8+ years of unforgettable events in Washington DC, Bermuda and Miami, the Hookie life team is taking its flagship event, 'Hookie' to Jamaica for its debut on Friday April 6th, 2018 as part of the island's Carnival's festivities.

Hookie, comes from the term 'playing hookie' and means to skip out on one's obligations in order to have fun, will bring its 'stay home from work to fete' concept to beautiful Jamaica in fine fashion.

This inaugural edition of Hookie Jamaica is a collaborative effort between the promoters Hookie Life Entertainment and Renaissance Disco, Jamaica's premiere DJ sound system and event connoisseurs. This year's incarnation of the event will take place in the form of an epic poolside breakfast party affair at the Constant Spring Golf Course.

The popular fete franchise known for its string of events such as the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Hookie Miami has already generated a buzz within the Caribbean islands and diaspora due to its high standard of quality and undeniable entertainment factor.

The beloved brand will now deliver its unmistakable vibe and energy to the land of wood and water.

Carnival lovers in Kingston are in store for a one of a kind experience complete with a complimentary cross-Caribbean breakfast buffet and an all-star cast of local, regional and International DJs.

The event's amazing DJ line-up features Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, T&T's top female selector Alicia The Duchess, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, International Stephen (ATL), Freeze International (NYC) and DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0.

As one of the latest additions to the Jamaica Carnival event roster, Hookie will be the only breakfast and pool party on the Carnival Friday schedule.

The diligent organizers of Hookie Jamaica have put much effort into bringing forth a memorable experience for Jamaica's Soca Junkies and visiting Fete-a-holics alike.

In addition to complimentary breakfast, sizzling Soca music by top DJs, a fully stocked bar to satisfy a wide variety of drinking pleasures and an amazing venue, this famed event will bring together Carnival enthusiasts from various parts of the globe to revel in one place.

Experience the ultimate poolside breakfast party at 'Hookie Jamaica' on Friday 6th April 2018, at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Kingston, from 8am - 3pm for $30 USD ($3,720 JMD).

For additional information on Hookie Jamaica 2018, please visit: OR OR

For tickets, please visit:

this-crew-thoroughly-enjoyed-hookie-miami-2017.jpgThis crew thoroughly enjoyed Hookie Miami 2017.



Enjoying the poolside vibes at Hookie DC 2017



Alicia D Dutchess will add some Trini flavour to Hookie JA.


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