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gregory-isaacs-foundation-on-instagram-the-cool-ruler-s-music-is-loved-all-the-over-the-world.jpgGregory Anthony Isaacs ⋆15 July 1950 in Kingston, Jamaica, ₫ 25 Oct 2010 in London, UK, was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. He recorded an enormous amount of songs in the genres (regular) reggae, lovers rock, roots reggae. His nickname was the Cool Ruler. By the late 1970s, Isaacs was one of the biggest reggae performers, regularly touring the US and the UK. Well-known songs are Night Nurse, Mr Cop, My Only Lover, Tune In, and Love Is Overdue. He became an international star 1978 after signed to Virgin Record's Front Line, and appeared in the movie Rockers with the song Slave Master. The two Front Line albums Cool Ruler and Soon Forward did, however, not sell as good as expected from someone regarded to be the third or fourth reggae artist in the world after Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and maybe Jacob Miller (singer in the band Inner Circle). Drug problems with cocaine and crack cocaine in the early 80s decelerated Isaacs carrier substantially, but not completely. He released 73 studio albums with original material, and over 500 compilation or remix albums. He worked together with almost all big Jamaican music producers of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Gregory Isaacs (born on 15 July 1951 in Fletchers Land, Kingston, Jamaica and died on 25 October 2010 in London) was a Reggae singer and songwriter. Gregory Anthony Isaacs is known as "The Cool Ruler" for his seductive crooning vocal style. Gregory attributed his greatest musical influences to R&B greats Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge, in addition to Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis and Ken Boothe.

In the late 1960s, Gregory first performed in a vocal trio called The Concords, after being encouraged by Byron Lee. By 1970 the group had split up. He subsequently formed his own label, African Museum.

In the late 1970s he emerged as one of the most prolific and popular recording artists in Jamaica. He released a number of self-produced singles on his own African Museum (JA) label with Errol Dunkley. Much of Isaacs' output reflected the 'conscious' themes of Roots Reggae, but Isaacs was equally adept at interpreting more mainstream Lovers Rock material. Early hits include "My Only Lover", "Sinner Man" and "Mr. Cop", recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark Studio.

A period in the 1970s with the GG's label and its producer Alvin Ranglin produced hits like "Border" and "Number One".

Personal problems affected him, particularly battles with a cocaine addiction and a possession charge, which prevented him from touring in North America for a significant part of his career, until a pardon could eventually be secured.

Isaacs recorded with a number of producers, including the Riddim Twin's (Sly & Robbie) Taxi Records, who gave them their first hit with 1979's "Soon Forward" , After a series of releases with Sly & Robbie, Gregory built a strong relationship with Gussie Clarke of the Music Works label. In addition to these local Jamaican labels, The Cool Ruler had had releases on Trojan, VP, Virgin's Front Line and English producer Tad A. Dawkin's Tad's Records. Isaacs would would eventually sign with Chris Blackwell's Island Records which resulted in the international release of Night Nurse (1982) and Out Deh! (1983).

Perhaps his most popular recordings in his native Jamaica are "All I Have Is Love", "Mr. Brown" and "Hard Drugs", the latter being an anti-drug anthem that dominated radio in the late 1980s and was released as a hidden track on England's Tad Records All I Have Is Love, Love Love LP.

In the 1990s Gregory's African Museum label continued to release all of Gregory Isaacs' music, and that of artists he produced. He continued to record and perform live in the 2000s, and it has been estimated that Isaacs has released over 500 records in his career, which includes singles and compilations.

Isaacs, who was 59 years old, died of lung cancer on 25 October 2010 at his home in London where he spent part of his time. A sad loss to the world.

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TORONTO - Police say there were only minor injuries after a brawl broke out and that shots were fired at the Sandz Toronto Caribbean Music Festival Sunday evening.

The Toronto Star quotes Constable David Hopkinson as saying that officers were already on the scene to provide security for the outdoor festival, and they heard shots ring out after a fight erupted.

Hopkinson says they found evidence a gun had been fired, but that no one was shot.

He says someone was hit by an object in the brawl.

The gunfire reportedly triggered a stampede.

Hopkinson says several people were assessed for minor injuries at the scene, and at least one was taken to hospital as a precaution.





romeich-entertainment-on-instagram-dont-live-your-life-for-anyone-but.jpgRomeich has responded to Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell leaking their Whatsapp conversation to the blogs.

On Friday, Romeich and Skatta's whatsapp negotiation for Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being added to this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup, made its way on our social media timelines.

Romeich called out Skatta saying he thought only women made submissions on gossip blogs before addressing his interview with The Jamaica Star. "You did interview to star say me want 1 million for each artist and you post showing now say u always tell lies cause u show the fee!!," he said.

Romeich said Skatta leaking their private Whatsapp conversation will now have Dancehall industry players losing respect for him.

"Next thing me know all music manager and artist will loose respect for you for this because we know what a good artist is valued and for you to be fighting the issue so much to Prove a point , "Its really sad cause is a crime to defend me TALENTS if i am to tell Jamaica how much uno pay the other talents they woulda now see why i fight for my figures i want but see before me talk some things and make u loose your work and show people them why and what reason is behind you continuing this dont want to pay artist and a bring feelings me ago low this yah so and call it a day!!!! Mix up and Blender make #DANCEHALL NICE 🤣🤣🤣🤣 THANK GOD ME A ME OWN BOSS MEMBA," he continued.

Romeich then went on IG and got all philosophical:

Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!!

Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Romeich entertainment on Instagram: "Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!! Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣"





romeich.jpgHe said, she said, they said....but this is what the voice notes really said: Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major found its way on social media timelines.The two have been beefing over the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup.

According to Burrell, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

Romeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

skatta.jpgSkatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





mr-vegas-on-instagram-be-inspired-ready-for-the-next-step.jpg"Look who received his high school GED Diploma. It's just the beginning!" Congratulations are in order for dancehall artiste Mr Vegas, who at age 44, finally earned his high school diploma.

Almost 30 years after dropping out of school in the ninth grade the Heads High artiste decided it was time enough to finish what he started.

In a post on his IG account on Thursday the deejay proudly displayed his GED (General Education Development) certificate signifying that he had met the North American high school-level academic skills.

Vegas said he had the courage to go after his diploma as his late mother's words were still ringing in his ears, advising him that it is never too late for a shower of rain. Not having graduated high school, as he said he didn't have the luxury of receiving one, he said at the start of this year, he set out to achieve that goal.

Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Be inspired! Ready for the next step."

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Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Look who received his HIGH SCHOOL GED DIPLOMA. It's just the beginning!"





Popular, music producer Troyton Hinds will be breaking new ground with his gospel rhythm, Healing Project.

Available for pre-order on his Troyton Music imprint, the rhythm is will be officially released in all digital stores on Friday, through Zojak World Wide.

Featured on the rhythm are: Paul Scott with Interlude Prayer; Kevin Downswell ( Lights); Chevelle Frankyln ( It Will Get Better); Omari ( I Am Healed); Alaine ( Boast Inna God); Jesome ( What About U); Samuel Medas ( Doctor); and Jermaine Edwards ( No Weapon).

"Each artiste on the rhythm brought their own style to the project. The rhythm has a song for everyone; supporters all over the world are already sharing their favourite song all over social media," Hinds told the Jamaica Observer.

Hinds, who has made a name for himself in dancehall circles, said he always wanted to do a gospel project.

"I wanted to do something like this three years ago, but God timing is always the right timing. I present my first inspirational gospel project to the world, and I am grateful with the response I have been getting," he said.

A former University of Technology engineering student, Hinds has been producing music for more than 23 years. His credits include I Octane's I A Cry and Gal A Gimmi Bun, Tarrus Riley's She Dangerous, and Take It by Mavado and singer Karian Sang.





shenseea-photo-1.jpgJada Kingdom and Shenseea have been feuding since last year and in a drama filled live feed on social media, Jada, a former gal-pal of Dancehall artiste, Shenseea, refused to acknowledge the existence of the Trending Gyal artiste, arguing that she does not know the new person her once-upon-a-time friend Chinsea Lee, has become. Responding to questions about her broken relationship with the Trending Gyal artiste, the 20-year-old sought to clear the air, suggesting that there was no acrimony between the two, only ambivalence.

"Mek mi mek dis clear; oonu si oonu artist, Shenseea, mi no know har. Me know Chinsea Lee; so whoever is Shenseea, da new person, da new da manufactured person deh weh oonu a support or whateva, mi no know har, mi neva meet har a day inna mi life, trus mi," Jada told her followers.

"From Shenseea bus, mi no see har. But Chinsea Lee, mi know har. Dat a di girl weh me did love an rate and dat was my fren. Mi no know who Shenseea is. Stop call up har name to mi; stop call up my name to har. She no inn my way, mi no inna fi har own...cause trus' mi when dem draw mi out, a different settings. Mi an nobaddy no have sh#t; stop call up mi nm wid people," she warned.

Jada, who turns 21 in September, asserted that unlike her former friend, she had not changed one bit.

"Mi a same f$@kin me; di same ghetto bloodc$@#t gyal from Bull Bay; mi no change. Yo can ask bout mi. From back inna school days mi par wid myself, caw me know me kill people. Mi slice people neck wid jus a book leaf. Mi pree different, so me jus stay by my self," she declared.

She also bashed some of her followers who apparently told her she was "hating on Shensseea," labeling them instigators of the conflict who were "too mix up," her sharp responses punctuated with expletives.





carleen-and-beenie-man-s-daughter-part-of-bumpaz-business-venture.jpgDancehall Queen Carlene is bringing her daughter with Beenie Man, Crystal Davis, into the business of dancehall.

Last month, the dancehall ambassador made headlines when she aired out her baby daddy Beenie Man for not stepping up for their daughter. She didn't go into details, but it was enough to trigger a response from the dancehall king who was spotted at his son's graduation. Carlene is now moving on from that drama, and now she and her daughter are teaming up for her new dancehall venture Bumpaz.

Crystal Davis recently graduated from upper-level high school with honors and was accepted at the University of the West Indies to pursue a degree in Business Administration. She will also serve as a part of the management team of Bumpaz, which is a Las Vegas-style dancehall venture geared towards adults who wants to showcase sexy.

"She's part of the team, and it has nothing to do with entertainment - just the business segment," Carlene told the Star. "She will be putting events together, making sure things are in order, whatever it takes to keep it alive as a business. She knows the difference between the business of dancehall and the performance - and she's always loved the idea of presenting dancehall."

Carlene added that Bumpaz would be something like the movie, Coyote Ugly, but tailored for a dancehall audience. "It's going to be tastefully sexy. So we have a sexy themed bar where there is vibes, hot girls serving patrons, sensual dance routines, contests that rewards women for their sexuality and good clean fun," she shared.

Carlene makes it clear that she is on a mission to bring sexy back to dancehall. However, her daughter, who is now 20 years old, will manage thing from behind the scenes.





The academic appeal of Jamaican culture, particularly reggae music, continues to take root globally.

The Univeristy of Minnesota, located in Minneapolis in the United States, recently played host to an International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies, where participants were able to benefit from the experience and expertise of a number of master artistes and scholars for seminars, ensemble rehearsals, and hands-on vocal and instrumental workshops devoted to the artistic practices and aesthetic development of popular music in Jamaica since its Independence.

The International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies and the post-colonial politics of race, class, and gender.

Among the local participants were Michael Fletcher and Ian Hird, both of the School of Music at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange was on hand to lend her support. The university's School of Music was honoured to host the event, the first International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies in North America. The programme's head, Professor Scott Currie and other music professors welcomed Minister Grange, along with Marlon Williams, senior education officer in the Core Curriculum Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and members of their delegation.

Grange stated that the action taken by the university to explore reggae music via an academic approach is similar to programmes established at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, which has a Reggae Studies Unit. the institute at the University of Minnesota is the first such initiative in the United States. Grange went on to say that the contribution of reggae to Jamaica's revenue and competitiveness on the international stage is well-documented but not sufficiently shared. She shared her hope that the University of Minnesota institute will enhance and contribute to the body of knowledge about reggae, and notes the "outstanding economic contribution" of the genre to the world's creative economy.





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