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

Two killed in Hughenden Avenue gun attack

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo men were murdered last night in Hughenden, St Andrew and two others injured while playing a game of cards on Hughenden Avenue, police have confirmed.

Information reaching our news desk is that about 8:25 pm, Adrian Thompson, believed to be about 34-years-old, of a Glenmuir address in Clarendon and 36-year-old Fabian Reid-Thomas, otherwise called 'Drippy', were among four men at a shop owned by one of the victims.

Reports are that a gunman approached and opened fire hitting them.

The men were rushed to hospital where Thompson and Reid-Thomas were pronounced dead and the other two admitted in stable condition.

No motive has been established for the incident.

Investigations are ongoing.





Lisa Hanna says she's running for PNP VP

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lisa-hanna-photo-3.jpgLisa Hanna has announced her bid for vice president of the People's National Party (PNP) via social media.

Hanna, who is the current chairman of the PNP's Region One, made the announcement on Instagram Sunday afternoon using the hashtags #IAmRunning and #LisaVP2016

The MP for South East St Ann says she will be running in a bid to strengthen the PNP and make it inclusive. She says she wants to build a party that is more accountable and transparent to delegates and Jamaicans, as well as uses modern management principles.

Hanna continued in her message on Instagram that she wants to build a party that practises "build of politics rather than a 'tear down, cut down, stab you in the back politics".

Former national security minister and PNP general secretary, Peter Bunting, has also given strong indications that he will be contending for president in September.





band-r5.jpg"Now watch me Whip..now watch me Nae Nae."

Not everyone may know the name of the artiste who sings this song, but close to everyone on the planet must have heard these lines at some point or the other and even tried to do the Whip and Nae Nae dance moves. With the official video inching towards one billion views, and quite a few nominations and awards under his belt, including Sunday's Billboard Award for Top Streaming Artiste (Video) Silento has made his mark and he is all set to make his debut performance in Jamaica on July 9 at YMZ, the ultimate family entertainment event.

Produced by Mysterious Music Minds, YMZ will be held at the National Stadium in Kingston and features a balanced package with two top international acts and two hugely popular local artistes. In addition to Silento, YMZ features sibling group R5, Bling Dawg and Don Andre who together comprise the fantastic four gearing up to give concert-goers a summer to remember.

Dave Lindsay, a director of Mysterious Music Minds, noted that although the producers of YMZ (Youth Music Zone) are tapping into a predominantly youth market, the concept is one of clean, appropriate, entertainment that the entire family can come out and enjoy, in addition to a production that will be second to none, with state-of-the-art audio and lighting effects.

"We observed that the current landscape was lacking in family entertainment shows. You know the type where parents can tag along with their kids and actually have fun themselves, so we decided to fix that," he said.

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With their wealth of experience in the entertainment business, it was a no-brainer for the team to choose the ideal artistes for this package. "The Aji Bounce and the Tom Cruise have taken over the place so it was fitting to get Bling Dawg and Don Andre on the line-up. R5 is a hit with the teens and we know that the youngster can't wait to see them live," Lindsay explained. He added that Silento is pretty excited about his first performance in Jamaica. From last month, the 18-year-old who whose global hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) saw him charting in places such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland, posted on his Facebook Page, "I'll Be In Kingston, Jamaica Soon! let everyone know to be at the venue with the squad."

R5, a US pop/rock band formed in 2009, comprises siblings Riker, Rocky and Ross Lynch and their sister Rydel, along with family friend Ellington Ratliff. In 2010, R5 released their debut EP, Ready Set Rock. Individual acting roles helped to boost the group's profile -Ross stars in Austin & Ally aired on Disney Channel - and in 2012 they signed to Hollywood Records. The group released their second EP, Loud (2013), then followed it up with the debut album, Louder. R5 was nominated for Best Band at Disney Music Awards, and won the title of Next Big Thing in 2013 and a Radio Disney Music Award 2014.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers' Association, while among the official sponsors of the July 9 event are iCool, Jamaica Yellow Pages, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, KaribLink Digital, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, School SMS, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV

Check out YMZ on July 9 at the National Stadium...it a go loud!

Please visit our website for more details: http://www.youthmusiczone.com/





patty-eating-contest.jpgTAPPAN, NY - Groovin In the Park, the largest international reggae and R&B festival will be even more exciting this year with the addition of the Caribbean Food Delights World Jamaican Beef Patty Eating Championship.

"Groovin in the Park is excited to partner with Caribbean Food Delights (CFD) for the World Jamaican Beef Patty Championship, which is sanctioned by Wisconsin's based All Pro Eating Promotions governing body," said Groovin Executive Producer, Christopher Roberts.

*This is probably the first time that a professional competition of this kind is being held at a reggae/ R&B festival in North America, which will provide Groovin In The Park patrons a unique opportunity to experience the competition first hand. I am confident they will enjoy it" Roberts noted.

"Our Jamaican patty eating competition in its 15th year, is bigger than ever, with prize money of approximately $20,000. The grand prize winner receives $10,000, second place - $5,000, third, fourth and fifth places $2,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively" said CFD's Chief Operating Officer, Sabrina HoSang-Jordan.

Groovin In the Park is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park, in Queens, New York. It features a star-studded lineup of international reggae singers including Toots Hibbert, Beres Hammond, Tessanne Chin and Duane Stephenson and internationally renowned R&B singers Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight and Regina Belle.





Marvin the Dancer is wanted by the cops

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgMarvin the Dancer is being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, the officer in charge of CISOCA, is reported to have indicated that Marvin should turn himself in to the police at any constabulary station or CISOCA's office in Montego Bay.

Irie FM's Music News pointed to the superintendent's directive late on Friday afternoon.

Detectives from CISOCA launched an investigation into Marvin's activities following a video which went viral recently, showing Marvin the Dancer and other men horsing around a female. In the video, it appeared that the female tried to get away from the men, but was cornered by the group, who forced themselves on her in a most indecent way involving wild gyrating on the woman.

The video triggered widespread and intense condemnation of the men's activities from several groups.

As a result of the development, the female in question was interviewed by CISOCA last week, resulting in the call for Marvin the Dancer to report to the police.





crime-scene-7.jpgPolice in Negril say that at approximately 1:30 am, the entertainer known as Bastic was on the beach on Norman Manley Boulevard, when a man attacked him with a knife.

He was stabbed multiple times and rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

His attacker escaped in a motor car. David White, Senior Superintendent and Westmoreland 'top cop' reportedly said the police know the suspect and are currently pursuing the individual.

Bastic, - real name Ricardo Patterson was known for singles such as Richest Set A Gal, Live My Life, Lovely Day, featuring Chi Ching Ching, and Summer Shorts, featuring Big Wayne.





brigitte-foster-hylton-photo-1.jpgOlympian and former 100 metre hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton is now a mother.

Reports are that Foster-Hylton and her husband Patrick Hylton are now the proud parents of a boy.

Foster-Hylton, with a 100-metre hurdles personal best of 12:45 seconds, retired from track and field after the London 2012 Olympic games.

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gully-bop-and-amari-onstage.jpgRecording and later uploading a video of herself showing a used and stained sanitary napkin, Gully Bop's former girlfriend A'mari has come under hell fire for her actions.

Following the crazy action, veteran star, Ninja Man has denounced the viral pair.

In an almost 16-minute-long tape posted to social media, Ninja Man went off on a rant beseeching that both Gully Bop and A'mari put an end to their offensive displays on the Internet.

"What kind of disgraceful thing dem deh my youth?" Ninja Man questioned on camera.

The dancehall artiste did not pass up the opportunity to tell viewers just how disturbed he was by the showing.

"Jesus Christ, me belly pain me, mi stomach sick fi see a woman come pon the [expletive] Internet and a talk dem things deh bout artiste," he said.

ninjaman-benz.jpgLater in the video, Ninja Man even appeared to scorn Gully Bop stating: "Gully Bop, me a go tell you this yu nuh, you can't come nowhere near me again yu nuh!"

During his rant however, Ninja Man took time out to deliver a sobering message to the pair.

"In the name of Jesus, unu get a hold a unu self man. This don't look good...A'mari, you have a daughter you have son, you have pickney. You can't make yourself a do dem something deh. Inna the future, when yu pickney dem see dem something deh, dem a go shame," he said.





Bunny Brown pays tribute to Prince

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bunny-brown.jpgOne of the golden voices of Jamaica, Bunny Brown (Chosen Few), lends his vocals to the mega hit 'PURPLE RAIN' as Reggae's tribute to Prince. Produced by Sly and Robbie and Bunny Brown, and released on the Taxi label it is a true musical treat.

Fans of Prince's original will, as we say in Jamaica, "fulljoy" this new taste with the twist of all spiced Reggae.

Hardcore lovers of reggae who know of Prince, but not necessarily a fan of the original rendition of music will no doubt be won over to the lyrical prowess and tease that prince is known for. Bunny soulfully delivered this tribute with his own flavour adding variety to the songs taste.

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