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

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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"





corey-todd.jpgPopular businessman and night club operator, Corey Todd, was a no-show at his trial yesterday in the Half-Way-Tree Court. Toddcharged with malicious destruction of property and assault occasioning bodily harm, was postponed yesterday (Mon).

A new date of January 25 was set after Todd's attorney, told the court his client was not in the island.

The charge stemmed from an incident in which recording artiste Devin Di Dakta was assaulted at one of Todd's nightclubs.

The police had reported that in January this year Devin Di Dakta was forcibly removed from the Taboo nightclub by security personnel.

It's alleged that he was taken to the parking lot and beaten by several persons because of a song perceived to be disrespecting Todd.





danielle-di-bolt.jpgDancehall artiste Danielle DI has remixed her new single, 'Class' to pay tribute to Usain Bolt and Team Jamaica at the just concluded Olympic Games.

The controversial deejay not only released the audio for the new record, but also revealed images from a new body paint photo shoot, which are also dedicated to Bolt and Team Jamaica for their triumph in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Rio inspired version of Class sees the Sly and Robbie protege chanting lyrics, which praise the team's effort in Brazil. The accompanying images see Danielle DI once again using her body as a canvas. This time, however, for the display of the colours of the Jamaican flag.he National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.





usain-airport.jpgThis is how the Sun UK described the Olympian's trysts: BOLT STRIKES AGAIN Usain Bolt: Jamaican sprint king kisses and LICKS brunette before spending the night with a drug lord's widow... while his girlfriend waits for him in Jamaica

Triple gold medallist 'racked up L1,000 bar bill' as he celebrated 30th birthday in wild fashion before flying in to London.

USAIN BOLT has been pictured kissing and LICKING another mystery brunette.

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The pictures were taken in a Rio nightclub during wild celebrations for his 30th birthday - just hours before he went on to spend the night with a sexy 20-year-old student who shared WhatsApp messages of them in bed together.

The Jamaican sprint king, who flew into London today, reportedly arrived at the club in Rio at 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning and partied way into the early hours racking up a L1,000 bar bill which he paid personally.

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Bolt - who has a long-term girlfriend - was spotted getting close to the unknown girl before apparently pulling her in for a kiss, and also appeared to lick her shoulder as things got steamy in the VIP area of the venue.

This comes on the same day as reports that the other girl that Bolt would apparently go on to spend the night with was student Jady Duarte, the widow of one of Rio's most dangerous drugs lords known as Dina Terror.

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According to police, Jady's ex Douglas Donato Pereira was responsible for torturing and murdering a teenage girl in September 2014 and played a big part in the narcotics trade at the Faz Quem Quer slum in Rio de Janeiro.





Olympian Caster Semenya is married to a woman

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semenya.jpgControversial runner Caster Semenya arrived home to South Africa today after her predictably dominant victory in the women's 800-metre race at Rio 2016.

The athlete handed her gold medal to her wife Violet Raseboya after arriving at Johannesburg Airport following the row over her involvement in the Olympics.

Semenya, 25, who once had to undergo humiliating gender testing to prove she was female, took gold and set a new national record of one minute 55 seconds.

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Johannesburg Airport was packed with fans, family and friends for the return of the athletes, but the biggest cheer and loudest singing was reserved for Semenya.

Semenya thanked fans who chanted her name - but, asked what she wanted to say to her critics, she answered in her deep voice: 'I do not have the time for them.'

She added: 'It's great to be here and receive such a welcome. I will always do my best. I hope that in four years' time there will be even more people to fill the airport.'





No buyers for Outameni

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The National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.

In 2013, the NHT acquired Outameni for $180 million in a deal that was heavily criticised by people who argued that the business was outside of the mandate of the trust.





A decade after Matthews Lane strongman Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps was convicted of double murder and sentenced to life in prison, his Spanglers gang is now engaged in a bitter war with rival men in Luke Lane who are seeking to take control of the entire area.

The feud, which is centred in the Western Kingston Police Division and the edge of the business district, has led to heightened tension in the downtown Kingston area.

"Our intelligence is that the top Luke Lane gang wants to spread their wings and control what's left of the influence of Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps, which is in Matthews Lane the Spanglers gang," Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of Western Kingston, is quoted as telling local paper.

Reports are that men loyal to Zeeks and his successor have vowed to protect his image and keep Matthews Lane under the control of the Spanglers gang.





rick-ross-photo-3.jpgHigh Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival featuring Ky-Mani Marley, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and a host of other high class acts, is scheduled for the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on September 3 and 4.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, who is putting together this concert with an aim to bring visitors to Jamaica outside the peak season of tourist arrivals,"We plan to create this as an annual event that celebrates aspects of Jamaica's rich and vibrant music and cultural heritage."

Lee 'Scratch' Perry is one of the pioneers of dub music and has produced for artistes like Junior Byles, The Heptones, Max Romeo, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. The 80-year-old musical maestro, known for his innovative musical techniques, won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003 and the following year was named as one of the greatest artistes of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Ky-Mani is the son of the King of Reggae. The reggae and rap artiste has also carved his niche as an actor starring in the 2002 cult classic, Shottas. He will bring his musical skill set to the event in a performance not seen often on Jamaican soil.

"We're excited to have reggae music royalty on our stage at the High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival. Ky-Mani embodies the image that we are trying to bring across to our patrons. We strive on positivity, and Ky-Mani is the perfect candidate," Gordon said.

Rick Ross, one of rap's biggest names, has also been added to the line-up.