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

Bolt signs lifetime deal with Digicel

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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgDigicel on Thursday announced a lifetime partnership with Usain Bolt while declaring the sprint legend its Chief Speed Officer (CSO).

With his unprecedented "three-peat" at the Olympic Games in Rio, Bolt cemented his place in history as the world's greatest sprinter.

"The unique 'job for life' comes in tandem with the agreement of a lifetime partnership between Digicel and Usain Bolt - an honour only a very small number of the absolute greatest athletes in the world have ever achieved - and a first for Digicel," the telecommunications company said in a release today.

Digicel explained that in his role as CSO, Bolt will get up close and personal with Digicel customers in a number of ways from both a commercial and community point of view and will continue to inspire, motivate and captivate customers and fans across the globe for many years to come.





Gyptian drops new summer single

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gyptian-reggae.jpgTopping #1 on Billboard Reggae charts, multi-awards winner and a gold-selling anthem are just some of the numerous accolades of Reggae star Gyptian. His prolific versatility of singing on serious social matters or delivering party anthems are what make Gyptian a worldwide fan favorite.

Fans and music lovers worldwide can rejoice in Gyptian's latest music visual offering with "Summer is Back" on the "Tropical House Riddim". A Konsequence Muzik production, the video was directed by Yaadboiiz Films. Filmed in Blue mountains, Hellshire beach, and popular weekly dance "Mojito Mondays" at Susie's in Jamaica, the sizzling single offers the essence of summer vibes. Speaking on the song, Gyptian explained "It's all about a party vibes, the fundamental moment when you can enjoy yourself with friends out drinking, or if you want to do a little workout in the gym, it's just that hype vibes you know.. it's all about Summer"

Gyptian "Summer is Back" world premiere Today, Thursday August 25th on global platform Boomshots! Boomshots Representing Global Riddim Culture from #Reggae #Dancehall, and #Dub, to #HipHop, Dubstep, UK bass culture, Rockers galore and much much more. Boomshots keeps the beat of the global street and brings you Word Sound & Power.





Funeral service for D'Angel's father August 31

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgThe service of thanksgiving to celebrate the life of the late Noel "Clive" Downer, the father of recording star Michelle "D'Angel" Downer, will be held on Wednesday, August 31, starting at 12 NOON. The historic Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega, situated at the corner of Barrett Street and Red Church Street in Spanish Town will host the church service.

Born and raised in Spanish Town, Mr Downer, an entrepreneur, died at a hospital on August 9th from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine. Mr Downer, who was 70 years old, has been hailed as a loving, supportive father to his four daughters, Nadine, Joan, Peta-Gaye and Michelle, who have said in a joint statement that he was "a wonderful father who was fun to be around; an honorable man, and a blessing to all who came in contact with him". He was remembered as the father who took the decision to stay in Jamaica in order to be close to his daughters, rather than migrate to Canada, as his other siblings had done.

In announcing the funeral arrangements for her father, D'Angel took time to point out that it is with a deep sense of pride and humility that she has been chosen to live her father's dream.

"My father always wanted to be a singer, but he shied away from the spotlight, so he was immensely proud that I took the baton from him - in a sense - and he was able to realize that dream through me," she explained.

D'Angel also expressed her heartfelt thanks to the music fraternity and her co-workers who have been supporting her in her time of grief.

The internment for Noel 'Clive' Downer will be held at Dovecot.





the-rock-dwayne-johnson.jpgWrestler-turned-actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million.

The 44 year old knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy "Central Intelligence."

Johnson also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise.

Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. fell from top spot, despite reprising his comic book hero role in Captain America: Civil War. He ranked eighth with $33 million.

Jackie Chan, who has not had a big U.S. box office hit for years but is a prolific actor and producer in the Chinese entertainment market, was second on the list with $61 million.

Matt Damon came in third with $55 million, largely due to the success of his 2015 space film, The Martian.

The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood.

Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world's highest paid actress for a second straight year, with an estimated 2016 take of $46 million.

Forbes said 18 actors banked more than $20 million in its June 2015 to June 2016 scoring period, compared with four actresses.

Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements.





denyque-dontre.jpgThe crowning of Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 will take place this Saturday at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Among the 23 beauties will be competing under the theme, Impacting Lives Through Beauty, is singer Denyque, who is expected to be a favourite to win.

Digicel Rising star winner, Cameal Davis, will provide entertainment at the event.

The coronation show will be broadcast live on www.go-jamaica.com/muj.





police-commish-dr-carl-williams.jpgA police team has been instructed to continue the investigation into the involvement of a Jamaican politician in an alleged murder plot.

This was disclosed on Thursday by Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams on Hotline.

Dr. Williams said a file is now with the police and they are working with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

"The advice is that we should not proceed with criminal charges at the moment. I think there is some more work that needs to be done and the DPP has so advised," he said.

Dr. Williams said his team would be scrutinising and assessing the file to see whether there are shortcomings and "will deploy our resources and detectives to go and fill those gaps if we do find that there are gaps."

The allegations regarding the politician were published in the Miami Herald two weeks ago.

Former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green, claimed there was enough evidence to link the politician to a conspiracy to commit two murders.





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This Saturday, August 27, 2016 the world renown reggae concert series We Are Reggae features reggae royalty, the prolific hitmaker Tanya Stephens. Tanya Stephens born Vivienne Stephenson caught her big break in 1996, when her ladies anthem, Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet caused quite a stir. Soon after, she began working with acclaimed producers such as Barry O'Hare, Bobby "Digital" Dixon, Harvel "Gadaffi" Hart, Dave Kelly and Tony Kelly. Future singles followed, including Draw Fi Mi Finger, Freaky Type, and Cry and Bawl, as well as the full-length releases Too Hype in 1997 and Ruff Rider a year later. Stephens also contributed backing vocals on Garnett Silk's 1998 release Journey.

She then moved to Sweden and began recording a series of alternative rock tracks. Unhappy with her new direction, she returned to reggae in 2004 with Gangsta Blues and its big hit single Boom Wuk. The ambitious Rebelution appeared in 2006 with female empowerment as its focus. Stephens has six full-length albums to her credit, including her masterpiece Gangsta Blues which was released on the VP Records insignia. An engaging performer, voice of our women, brilliant lyricist, Tanya Stephens continues to tour the world from Bangkok to New York.

We Are Reggae also presents Evin Lake, out of Port Antonio. Launching his career at a tender age in the early 1990's, Evin, then known by his government name Kevin Clarke cover the R. Kelly classic Girl I'll Be There and served notice that he can hold his own in this extremely competitive industry. He went on to work with top flight producer Barry O'Hare where his original compositions He's Alive and I Don't Want to Lose Your Love were released on O'Hare's X Rated Label. Singles were also done with Earl "Chinna" Smith of Bob Marley and Wailers fame as well as a stint with Bobby Digital. In 2007, Evin Lake dropped his hit single Come Go With Me, a cover of Teddy Pendergrass' classic, produced by Othniel " Taddy P " Campbell, which entered and climbed reggae charts across the globe.

We Are Reggae presents Tanya Stephens with Evin Lake on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at The Sand Bar, Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay in Jamaica. Gates open at 8pm and showtime 10pm. Tickets are $2000 pre-sold and $2500.00 at the gate and available at Fontana Fairview, El Paso Sam Sharpe Square, www.urticketpro.com or call 631 4952.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt seems that controversy is regularly included in the price of admission for Drake and Future's "Summer Sixteen" Tour.

The "Controlla" star has used his summer tour microphone as a megaphone to address his critics, as well as to launch some criticisms of his own. He (might've) sent shots at Tory Lanez in Austin, definitely dissed Joe Budden in Dallas, took shots at Hot 97 while in the station's home of New York City, and, most recently, called Meek Mill a "pussy" in Washington, D.C. before taking more shots at his foe in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg clearly had enough on Monday (August 22), and called out Drake for talking the talk without walking the walk.

"[Meek Mill]'s always been realer than you..your content is MEANINGLESS" the radio host posted in a series of tweets, reigniting the animosity between his station and the Toronto rapper. "... @Drake wouldn't have been the toughest kid in my hebrew school ... stop ... make hits for the club...dont try to be hard please...EVER"





Rapper DMX welcomes 15th child

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dmx-photo-1.jpgDMX has enough children to fill a Rugby team now with his latest addition, a baby boy by the name of Exodus Simmons, his fifteenth offspring, TMZ reports.

Baby Simmons came into the world on Friday (August 20) weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. The mother is DMX's longtime girlfriend Desiree and Exodus is her first child.

Although the 45-year-old rapper missed the baby's delivery because he was in Arizona, he immediately flew back to New York to welcome his newborn son.

DMX tells TMZ that he is overjoyed and calls Exodus a "blessing."

During DMX's 11-year marriage to his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, he had many children outside of their holy covenant. One baby mama sued the rapper for defamation and child support resulting in a $1.5 million order for DMX to pay up.

In 2013, he filed chapter 11 bankruptcy due to his child support obligations.