Reggae SumFest - July 17-23 - Montego Bay - Jamaica

Konshens mourns death of his brother, Delus

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konshens-and-delus.jpgSubkonshus music artiste, Konshens, is devastated by the news of his brother Delus' suicide.

The acclaimed deejay was among those who converged on Delus' East Riverside home Wednesday evening following the devastating news.

Konshens was seen openly crying over the tragedy.

Delus celebrated his birthday on June 18, while his girlfriend reportedly celebrated her birthday today (Wednesday). Friends say the two had gone to beach and everything seemed to be okay.

However, shortly after they returned home, Delus reportedly went in the bathroom and carried out the act.

Sources say that the act was captured on his cell phone.





Dancehall artise Delus commits suicide

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delus.jpgConfirmed reports are that dancehall artiste Delus committed suicide Wednesday evening at his East Riverside Drive home in Havendale, St Andrew.

A large contingent of police and various press persons have converged upon the scene since news broke that the entertainer shot himself in his bathroom.

Delus lived right across the road from Big Ship, the studio-and-house owned by veteran singer, Freddie McGregor.

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Delus, who is the brother of dancehall heavyweight, Konshens, was a frequent visitor to Big Ship. However, Freddie McGregor was off the island at the time of the incident.

Delus was best known for songs such as What Tomorrow May Bring, La La La, Afraid to Love Again and Time.





richie-feeling- daughter-photo-1.jpgPopular dancehall selector Richie Feelings, is giving thanks today that his only daughter Orithia 'Missy' Bailey is alive today after being was involved in a car accident on Marcus Garvey Drive on Thursday, which has left one person dead.

"Yuh know she could have been dead, but she's not, suh me grateful," he said of Missy, who is the deputy head girl at prestigious all-girls high school, Queens.

"Normally me carry her everywhere she a go, but she's responsible so she can go anywhere," he said.

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He told a Jamaican tabloid that he was on his way to a ball game when he received a phone call informing him of the accident.

Recalling that the last words his daughter said before leaving the house were 'daddy I'm leaving now', made the incident almost unbelievable for the selector.

"It no really a go dung well wid me," he said. "Three of them were on the back seat, the other girl died and the guy has a patch over his eyes, look like him nah see out of one eye," he added.

Despite the bruises, and injuries he is happy she will not be hindered from starting university in September.





Lady Saw to perform at the White House

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpg"It not all about me, it's all about God and I feel honoured to be an ambassador for Christ. I have to give him all the glory and honour," Marion Hall aka Lady Saw told jamaican tabloid The Star.

The entertainer, who was baptized six months ago and ditched the dancehall in favour of a walk with the Almighty, will be performing at the White House on June 24 and she says the opportunity was presented by God.

"Sometimes I don't know what to expect. God has a way of just doing things direct on his time, not my time. A lot of times I will go out to minister and God let me do something else. But Whatever God does it going to be something awesome and wonderful because I don't know yet," she said.

She explained that her pastor received a call from LOVE FM's Nadine Blair telling him that Dr. Agorom Dike called the radio station to get her on the Caribbean and African Faith - Based Leadership Conference, 2016, to give her testimony and perform. The conference will be held from June 19- 24.





crystal-june-19-photo-1.jpgCrystal, the daughter of Dancehall King Beenie Man and Dancehall Queen Carlene recently graduated from the prestigious Hillel Academy in St Andrew, making her parents extremely proud.

"Crystal you have made me so happy over the years and now you have added to my happiness and again you have made me proud, Congratulations my baby. May God continue to bless and keep you. I want you to know in my eyes you are perfect and I love you," she added.

The King of the Dancehall took to Instagram to congratulate Crystal.

"Graduation Day for my princess, Crystal Davis #mychildrenaremylife #Daughter #DaddysGirl #ReadyforCollege Well done baby girl!" he wrote.

In another post, Beenie was standing with the proud graduate and made sure to send a strong message to the public.

"Don't play wid me and mine," the post read.

The 17-year-old who graduated on Thursday has since been receiving congratulatory messages from family and friends.

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george-nooks.jpgIt has been 15 years since George Nooks released Standing By , the cover of Al Green's gospel hit that dramatically revived his career.

The chart-topping song was followed by the album Standing By, a collection of inspirational songs. Yesterday, Riding Out The Storm, his second gospel album, was released by Tads International Record.

Driven by the title song, the album has 15 songs, 13 of them covers. One of those is Nooks' take on the Grace Thrillers' 1988 hit, Can't Even Walk, a song which he says he always wanted to do a version of.





Reggae Sumfest launched in style

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bounty-killer-and-beenie-man.jpgUsain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew was the venue for last Wednesday's launch of Reggae Sumfest, scheduled for July 17-23

Now headed by Downsound Records' Josef Bogdanovich who recently assumed chairmanship of the 24-year festival, Reggae Sumfest has changed from three nights of live concerts to two, without any international acts gracing the stage.

Bogdanovich has included an 'all-Jamaican' roster of acts and also a Reggae night which replaces International Nights I and II.

A number of artistes booked for the show were present and among those who were called upon to share their views were deejays Rodney Price, better known as Bounty Killer and Dancehall Doctor, Beenie Man. They both urged full support for the festival, which Beenie Man says he has missed only once in its 24-year history.

"Sumfest is our show. After Reggae Sunsplash Sumfest pick up the slot that we can have an international stage so that people from all over the world can see what's going on in dancehall. I only miss one Sumfest because I was on a world tour . Just want everyone to come out to see a great show... its gonna be a greater show this year," said Beenie Man.

However, it was Bounty who made the bold call for Reggae Sumfest to deliver an International Night this year.

"We have some great international artistes from Jamaica who can make International Night more international. So, I suggest that you get a group of international reggae and dancehall artistes. So me seh get the international artistes who make it from Jamaica to the international shores. We have OMI, who a go on great; we have Sean Paul; we have Steel Pulse; we have Shaggy; we Have Jimmy Cliff ... we have all these great international, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes, so we need an International Reggae Dancehall Night as well. But Reggae Sumfest is the significant festival and me, as a dancehall artiste don't want to be on International Night cause me still live a Jamaica. My work is international, but I'm still local.

Bounty Killer's sentiments were echoed by Beenie Man, who stated: "Everything that Bounty Killer said, I was going to say it."





vybz-kartel-photo-26.jpgAdidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer is a proud Calabar old boy. So it is only natural that the jailed dancehall artiste would want his son to attend his alma mater.

Little Addi, who attended the prestigious Stella Maris Prep school, was successful in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and will attend Calabar come September

The youngster, whose .real name is Akheel Palmer, also made mom Tanesha 'Shorty' Johnson, filled with pride. She expressed elation in a post to Instagram with a caption of "good job my baby" and "fada too glad" in another.





gay-flag-and-us-flag.jpgThe United States Embassy in Jamaica says the rainbow flag being flown at its consulate is also being flown "across the globe" at all its embassies.

A tweet from the US Embassy this afternoon read: "Across the globe US Embassies flying our flag half-mast in memorial & rainbow flag in solidarity w LGBT our citizens."

The tweet comes hours after a controversial tweet from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte denouncing the flying of the rainbow flag in Jamaica, following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

"I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte said in a post on Monday.