December 2005 Archives

Superintendent Reneto Adams Voice Dancehall Song

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By: YardFlex.com Reporter Jigga

adams.jpgSenior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams has recorded a single on Truckback's 'Carbine' rhythm which has been generating a lot of buzz in the Jamaican marketplace. The single, called 'To Protect and Serve' appears on the Baseline Production imprint for Truckback Records.

"We approached him with the idea over three months ago, and he liked it, so we recorded the song about five days before his first court appearance. It was a good recording session, he sings the hook: Reneto is here to please the people/I am not here to deceive the people/Disarm anybody who ah harm the people/My uptown, downtown, garrison people. The rest of it is all speech, but it bad like yars, he has it like that," Steve of Baseline Productions, said.





Vybz Kartel About to Get Married

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By: YardFlex.com Reporter Jigga

VybzHairCutF20051202CW.jpgYa heard it first here, folks. Adidjah Palmer, the man known as the hardcore deejay Vybz Kartel who attracts controversy like Donald Trump earns mega-dollars, is getting married!

YardFlex.com spoke to him late last week about the rumour that was making the rounds in the local entertainment circle. "Right now, is just a big man ting. I am a family man so people should not really be surprised if I decide to tie the knot with someone that I love. I am really excited about the marriage ceremony... a bit nervous, but this is something that I really want to do," said. Vybz Kartel, who was named Stone Love's deejay of the year, recently. He has a number of smash singles this year including 'I Neva', 'Emergency' and even a love song, 'If I Neva See You Again'.





Peter Lloyd Mines Gold with Gold Digga

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peter.jpgPeter Lloyd has had a great '05. He started the year with the now classic hit single Wake Dem Up, gave one of the most scintillating and memorable performances at the annual Rebel Salute Show, did a stellar job as host of TVJ's very popular Sunday night program Man Talk and closed the year with the massive hit song, Gold Digga on Sly and Robbie's Raw Food riddim.

The single is presently at the number 13 position on the BMobile Dancehall Singles Chart, and is climbing the HYPE TV Chart as well as the MEGA JAMZ's radio chart.





Elton John Disses Jamrock

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JohnElton.jpg.jpgJAMAICA has been mentioned among a host of countries that singer Elton John has fingered for gay rights abuses. The singer recently began a strong advocacy campaign for international gay rights on the eve of his wedding, or "civil partnership" with longtime lover David Furnish in England this week will be "the happiest day of my life. "But, the pop star added he will feel sorry for the many gay couples who live in countries that prohibit such unions.

"It has been a long struggle for equal rights to gay people in Britain, but now, in the 21st century, we have real civil rights, tolerance, and final acceptance in our lives," John wrote in The Observer, a Sunday newspaper.





Singing Sensation Tami Chynn Scorching Hot

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TAMIchynn-yardflexWith a scorching hot new video for her single, Tell Mi Seh, Tami Chynn and the completion of a successful US promotional run, Tami Chynn is ready to change her description from "rising star" to "starlet".

Tami Chynn literally burst on the scene with a show stealing appearance on Kid Kurrupt's Rock U. Then, the success of her summer hit Hyperventilating sparked the interest of Universal Recording executives, who eventually signed the young singer/dancer/song writer to a four album deal; making her the youngest Jamaican to cop such a recording contract.

Since the signing, Tami has been busy both in the studio - preparing tracks for her spring 2006 album release and on the stage - performing across the island in a string of high profile appearances.





A Chat With Dancehall/Reggae Artiste Buju Banton

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bujubanton.jpgAs the whole nation gets ready for the first-ever explosive reggae festival in Gambian music biz featuring superstar Buju Banton, What's On caught up with the man behind it. Mike Randoll is a Black British who have worked with a lot of popular world musicians. In this interview he talks more about the Buju festival.

What's On: Tells us what role do you play with regards to the coming of Buju Banton to The Gambia?

Mike: My company is called Level 22. We are behind the coming of Buju on Christmas day in The Gambia and also on the 31st December in Sierra Leone.

Out of all the countries in Africa, you only identified The Gambia and Sierra Leone for Buju to perform. Why The Gambia?





Sean Paul Raises Temperature - Dancehall Music

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seanpaul-temperature.jpgFollowing the impressive release of the leading single, 'We Be Burnin' for the album, The Trinity, Sean Paul is all set to start 'blazin' to new heights and take this one to number 1 on charts worldwide.

With the settings of the video changing to depict all the seasons of the year, the video is one to look out for. New and innovative Dancehall dance moves are showcased by Sean's 3 dancers and they too go through all the changes that the settings do.

Simultaneously, on the other side of the world, Sean Paul is releasing another single, 'Ever Blazin'. 'Ever Blazin' is a little bit more risque and it is not the typical Sean Paul of which we are accustomed. But for this one, you have to watch it for yourself!





TOK Merchandise On Sale Now

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Tok-yardflex.bmpThe Dancehall quartet T.O.K is now embarking on new grounds, as they will now be adding the term entrepreneurs to their portfolio. The dynamic group will not only be providing their fans with quality music as they have been doing over the years but now they will be marketing a wide range of items from a button to sweatshirts, calendars, tea cups and a lot more.

The items are very rich in colour and display a lot of animations which a can be sported by both parent and child. The animated design idea was made possible by Negash Davidson a graphic designer at Web-FX. He is also responsible for designing T.O.K's website.





Aisha Sheds No Tears

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aisha-shed-tears.jpgSexy songstress Aisha Davis delighted audiences at a private event at the Hilton Kingston recently. Backed by Fab 5 and flanked by her talented back up singers, Aisha delivered a blistering 20 minutes set that saw her dancing on stage, flirting with audience members and belting out her new single, Shed Those Tears.

The music video for the single, Shed Those Tears, was shot on location in Kingston by celebrity director, Ras Kassa and is in rotation on local national and cable outlets.

Aisha is busy in the studio working on several singles, marking her return to the mainstream following the birth of her son.

Prior to her self imposed hiatus, Aisha was a featured singer with Anthony B on Someone Loves You Honey, the video for which enjoyed strong rotation on US mainstream video stations such as BET and VH1.






Busy Signal Gets His First #1 - With Step Out

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Sponsored by Tru Juice

BusySignal.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ ARTISTE/ LABEL

01 3 12 Step Out-Busy Signal-Gravi-T (1wk@1)
02 2 10 Tell Me How Come-Morgan Heritage-Don Corleon
03 4 14 Wild 2 Nite-Shaggy & Olivia-Big Yard
04 1 17 Lucky You-Nanko-Downsound Records { 2wks@No1)
05 5 15 Far From Reality-Natural Black-Don Corleon
06 6 17 Reflection-Jah Cure-Downsound Records (3wks@No1)
07 7 19 Serious Times-Gyptian-Frenz(5 wks@No.1)
08 9 9 Poverty - QQ - Frenz
09 8 10 Emergency-Vybz Kartel-Time Travel (pp#8)
10 12 10 No Ordinary Love-Alaine-Don Corleon
11 14 4 Mama Don't Cry-Gyptian-No Doubt Records
12 11 12 Money In My Pocket-George Nooks &Beenie Man-Tads Intnl. Records
13 13 9 Letter - Kiprich - Big Yard
14 10 14 Can't Get Over You-Daville - Fashowzy (pp#10)
15 15 7 Not Going Down-Busy Signal-Renaissance Records





Nordia Witter - "Music is My Oxygen"

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NordiaC.jpgMaking a difference is what it's all about for CeSoul Music's latest muli-talented signed Nordia Witter. Born on the beautiful isle of Jamaica, the vivacious singer, songwriter, model and fashion designer grew up in a musical family, sang in her school choir and sites as her main influences Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Beyonce Knowles, Usher and Richie Stephens.

Nordia was born to perform, she attended JA's highly respected Edna Manley School for Performing Arts, where she underwent vocal training and is also an accomplished dancer and actress. Besides her forays on Kingston's prestigious nightclub circuit, where she is well known, the 5'8 bombshell (known to her friends as Angel) has also performed in L.A. and London as well as gracing the runways of many a European fashion house.





Riddim Driven Featured in top Menswear Publication

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webcover.jpgDNR, a leading news magazine of men's fashion and retail, published every Monday featured the VP inspiered Riddim Driven clothing line recently. The magazine provides news, in-depth features and market reports on men's wear retailing, design trends, apparel and textiles. Among the DNR readership are senior retail managers, buyers, merchandisers, designers, and key executives in the retail, apparel, textile, fiber, financial and advertising industries.

Riddim Driven is the latest premium sport brand of clothing and accessories brought to you by the worlds largest Independent label and distributor of Reggae music, VP Records. Riddim driven spring 06 Collection is inspired by the story/style of the era which fueled the humble roots of reggae/vp records.





Deaf Foxy Tells of Her agony

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foxyb3.jpgRap diva Foxy Brown took the stage yesterday to detail her hearing-loss agony - saying she hasn't heard a human voice in six months.

"I have spent many confusing, agonizing nights crying in isolation and silence," Brown told reporters at a W. 57th St. soundstage owned by the BET network.

"But today, I stand before you blessed with only the voice of God in my ears as a vessel of inspiration."

The 26-year-old, Brooklyn-born artist, whose real name is Inga Marchand, wore a black leather Gucci jacket and a pair of tight Gucci jeans and was surrounded by supporters, including music and fashion mogul Russell Simmons.

Brown is due in Manhattan Supreme Court on Dec. 23 for allegedly attacking a manicurist at Bloomie Nails on W. 23rd St. in Chelsea last year during a price dispute.





R&B - 'Deep' Ready to Take on Jamaica Dancehall

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By Heike Wollenweber

Deep-yardflex.jpg"What Kind of Man," brought down the house at Nico Bam Bam's birthday bash at Amnesia nightclub in Ochi, Jamaica. A duplate originally performed on the popular "Drop Leaf" riddim by DEEP, the soul R&B group from Brooklyn, NY is ready to take on Jamaican dancehall.

This is not just another pop group trying to break into the music world—ShoTime (Kenny) and Elijah, the two handsome, 19 year-old, six-foot members of DEEP have paid their dues. Inspired and influenced by music superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, the late Tupac and the Notorious BIG, they have crafted their own style through hard work-wrote their own songs, studied several musical instruments and learned to operate in a recording studio-all in a short time. Local PR entertainment outfit, Zion Rock that has done several stints for Jah Cure is pushing DEEP into the music scene here on the island.





DIRECTV to Launch World’s First 24-hour Caribbean Entertainment Channel

hypetv_logo.gifEL SEGUNDO, Calif. Dec. 15, 2005 - DIRECTV's success in providing first-rate, culturally-relevant programming continues with the addition of HYPE TV, the first and only 24-hour Caribbean music and entertainment channel. Beginning December 15, HYPE TV will be available on an a-la-carte basis for $9.99 per month with the purchase of any DIRECTV base programming package.

Based in Kingston Jamaica, Hype TV is fueled by the pulsating rhythms and vibrant traditions of the Caribbean and is designed for viewers who have cultural ties or simply desire to learn more about the region's rich heritage.





Eminem Scores Fourth #1 Bow With Curtain Call

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sq_em_curtain_call.jpgAfter a Detroit paper reported in July that Eminem was bowing out of the rap game for good, he spoke out to clarify the future of his music career, explaining that he'd take a break from recording his own rhymes to focus his creative efforts on producing other artists' material. Nearly four months later, the rapper has released a retrospective collection featuring a handful of fresh tracks, slapped with the ominous title Curtain Call.

If this is the last we'll hear from Eminem for a while, at least he's going out on a high note. Curtain Call: The Hits racked up first-week sales of nearly 441,000, earning Em the #1 spot on Billboard's albums chart - the fourth straight chart-topping debut of his career. 2004's Encore achieved week-one sales of 711,000 for a #1 debut, while 2002's The Eminem Show and 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP both sold over 1 million copies to open on top.





Idonia's 'Chicken Head' Single Blowing Up

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Idonia-CarlingtonWilmot-Photos_yardflex.jpgAidonia's 'Chicken Head' hit on 'Galore' rhythm has been getting crazy airplay, and blowing up all over FM radio in the last couple of weeks.

"We plan to do a music video before the end of the year, crazy concepts, do it the proper way. The main show for the Christmas is Sting, mi plan fi stamp mi authority, mi, mi have a element of surprise, mi have some new ting fi the people, Mi ah go do tings the proper way, the dapper way, not the snapper way, cause we set the gal dem inna position inna lotta way," he said, laughing.

Aidonia also has a new single, 'Innocent Blood' on producer Birch's
'Gangsta Rock' rhythm.

"We have nuff other things, ah just when dem fi drop and the people dem accept it," he said.





'Little Wicked' A.K.A Rasshady - Musically Inclined

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RasShadyA20051212CW.jpgYoung Andrew Cameron is one of the most competent young deejays working on the International Music scene. He may be young in age, at 28, but he is a veteran artiste, having started mashing up stage shows from the age of ten.

"LITTLE WICKED", as he was now called, because of his size and how good he was lyrically registered the fact that he is a talent to be reckoned with. During those early days, "LITTLE WICKED", went on to record quite a few songs. The first of which is titled, "Chicago Bulls", which was released in 1991 on the Prof record label. He followed up his first release with another single titled, "I Spy", which was also released on the Prof record label.

On the strength of these two singles "LITTLE WICKED" began to garner some recognition as a qualified artiste. So much so, that ace deejay, Ninja Man, having taken note of his talent and decided to take him under his wings which saw him earning the opportunity to perform at Border Clash before a huge audience in 1992, in which Little Wicked was called up on stage by Gun teeth, Gold teeth Ninja Man.





Kanye, Shakira Celebrating New Year with MTV

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kanye_west.jpgNEW YORK - MTV's annual New Year's Eve party from Times Square will feature musical performances by Kanye West, Adam Levine, Shakira and Fall Out Boy, the network announced on Monday.

The two-hour telecast, which begins at 10:30 p.m. ET (live) and PT (on tape), will have MTV VJ's Damien Fahey, Vanessa Minnillo, Quddus Philippe, La La Vazquez and Susie Castillo as hosts.

Common, All-American Rejects and Young Jeezy will also perform. There will be an appearance by the Rev. Run and his family, MTV said.

"For years, New Year's Eve on MTV has always meant the best new music to our viewers," said David Sirulnick, executive vice president, MTV News and Production. "2005 is no different, with amazing performances from some of the biggest artists from the past year. We will have wall-to-wall music straight through to 2006."





Sting's New Line Up for 2005 Includes Vybz Kartel

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VybzKartelhaircut_yardflex.jpgSupreme Promotions has released the much-anticipated Sting line-up for this year's concert. The line-up is segmented into several theme-driven areas such as Peacemakers, Starmakers, 12 Young Superstars, Dancehall Praise, Fabulous Ladies of Dance featuring D'Angel and Macka Diamond, Dancehall Praise featuring Prodigal Son, Super Seven featuring acts like Ras Ghandi and Gyptian, Peace Messenjahs featuring Half Pint, and the last segment which will cap off the show is dubbed, Most Wanted which will feature heavyweights such as Beenie Man and Portmore's homegrown hero, Vybz Kartel.





The Many Dreams of Ilano - Musical Adventure

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IlanaB20051206CW.jpgEngineer/Song writer/Artiste Delano McLaughlin more familiarly known to others by his alias 'Ilano' will no doubt be one of Jamaica's main characters behind the scenes of Jamaica’s Dancehall/reggae music.

Ilano has steadily been in the music industry for over five years now, where he started out in the position of assistant engineer for internationally acclaimed producer Dave Kelly.

Within the first six months on the job Ilano shows tremendous amount of skills that impressed Dave Kelly so, he decided to upgrade his position from assistant to Recording Engineer which saw Ilano taking vocals for well known artiste such as Baby Cham, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Foxy Brown, Kimani Marley, you name it.

As Ilano got more mature in the business, he then sailed ship to join forces with Ili Dread at Kings of Kings.





Ras Ghandi - No More Bloodshed

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Ghandi_yardflex.jpgGhandi's popular hit song, 'Bloodshed (Life is So Hard)' is rocketing up the charts, especially Richie B's Tru Juice charts, and is sitting pretty at the #22 spot. The video is getting heavy rotation on CVM, TVJ, Hype, Re TV, Music Plus and Juice TV.

"The inspiration behind the tune is what is going on in Jamaica, and how the violence is taking a toll on the innocent, and the young men. So right now, we don't need or want any more bloodshed, we want a
peaceful Christmas going into the New Year 2006, so people listen to the words, is a true song, the video is a true funeral in Christian Pen," deejay Ghandi told YARDFLEX.COM

He will be appearing at Kingston Jamboree in Tivoli Gardens, GT Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and Island Explosion in Clarendon. He will also be on Campfire and Sting 2005 at Jamworld in Portmore.





The Energy God Elephant Man's Tour Sold Out!!!

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elephant_yardflex.jpgElephant Man a.k.a. "The Energy God" has returned to Europe for a tour that has received a tremendous response from concert goers. With every show sold out, the artist, known for his impressive on stage antics, looks to wow the audience with hits like "Pon De River," "Jook Gal," "Father Elephant" and his most recent hit "Willie Bounce" which was recently added to New York's Hot 97.

Elephant Man is currently putting the finishing touches on his latest album "Over Di Wall" due out in early 2006. The artist has also recently contributed a track to Funk Master Flex's latest compilation, the new song "The Way We Roll" is starting to pick up momentum on commercial radio.

This tour represents the first time Elephant Man has returned to Europe in several years. Joining Elephant Man on the tour will be Disc Jockey Kevin Shields, Famed Dancehall Dancer Chucky, and fellow artist Kid Kirrup.





Meet the New Princess of Pop - Gwen Stefani

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gwenstefani.jpgTORONTO - All hail the new princess of pop! The day after Gwen Stefani picked up five Grammy nominations, including album of the year for her multi-platinum solo debut, Love. Angel. Music.Baby., and record of the year for Hollaback Girl, the 36-year-old singer debuted her first ever solo tour at the Air Canada Centre last night in front of a sold-out crowd.

And if there was any doubt about her royal status in pop music -- she previously fronted Orange County ska-pop outfit No Doubt -- Stefani first appeared in a tiara and robe, and sitting on a red velvet and gold throne that came out of the stage during the opening song Harajuku Girls.

Surrounded by four Japanese girl dancers, the so-called "Harajuku girls," Stefani commanded the audience from the opening note, even if the hour-and-20-minute performance was definitely of the lightweight variety in the music department.





Jeremy Harding Presents at Red Bull

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JeremyHarding.jpgJeremy Harding recently gave a lecture to the students of the Red Bull Music Academy. Below is an excerpt from a student’s online diary, who attended the session.

"Jamaica's Jeremy Harding, leading exponent of dancefloor riddims, was first up on the couch to break the mold. His lecture explored a wealth of knowledge and experience related to Reggae and Ragga history. From managing and discovering Sean Paul, to Sly and Robbie anecdotes from days gone by, Jeremy's stories niced up the mood and made us wanna whine and grine.

Naturally the conversation took a welcome turn to current affairs - at last a frank and direct commentary on the "ba**y boy" bashing phenomenon that has been in and out of the news for years.





BadGalCecile_CarlingtonWilmot.jpgCe'Cile's 'Woman Ting' radio hit, which appears on Richard Browne's 'Baddis' rhythm, is set to really take off with the release of a video on local cable stations.

"The video premiered last week, and was directed by Julia Braham, and it featured Rolex and local actor, 'Chuchu' from the play Bad Mind. Trust me, the video is hard, everybody loves it, and the buzz is really great now that the video buss. I am just looking forward to the rest of 2005, I have Stone Love anniversary coming up, I leave for Guyana next week, and after that, I have a show in Canada over the Christmas, so it's all good," the sexy singer said.

Badgal Ce'Cile has recently returned from a tour of the United States and is now back in the island preparing her stint, she will showcase on Jamaica's greatest one night reggae show Sting. She also recently had a photo session (Promotional Photos) with Carlington Wilmot one of Jamaica's best Photographers in the entertainment industry.





By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Sponsored by Tru Juice

nonko_yardflex.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Lucky You-Nanko-Downsound Records { 2wks@No1)
02 2 9 Tell Me How Come-Morgan Heritage-Don Corleon
03 3 11 Step Out-Busy Signal-Gravi-T
04 5 13 Wild 2 Nite-Shaggy & Olivia-Big Yard
05 7 14 Far From Reality-Natural Black-Don Corleon
06 4 16 Reflection-Jah Cure-Downsound Records (3wks@No1)
07 6 18 Serious Times-Gyptian-Frenz(5 wks@No.1)
08 8 9 Emergency-Vybz Kartel-Time Travel
09 9 8 Poverty-QQ-Frenz
10 10 13 Can't Get Over You-Daville - Fashowzy
11 12 11 Money In My Pocket-George Nooks &Beenie Man-Tads Intnl. Records
12 14 9 No Ordinary Love-Alaine-Don Corleon
13 16 8 Letter - Kiprich - Big Yard
14 18 3 Mama Don't Cry-Gyptian-No Doubt Records
15 17 6 Not Going Down-Busy Signal - Renaissance Records





New Jamaican Mag Exposes Back-a-Yard Lifestyle

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BACKAYARD.jpgBACKAYARD prep-mag is a locally produced Jamaican lifestyle publication devoted to promoting the broad scope of the Jamaican music scene, artists, producers, writers and musicians. As the name suggests, BACKAYARD prep-mag is the pre-cursor to BACKAYARD magazine tentatively set for release by year end.

The prep-mag and magazine will not only cover the various genres of reggae music, past and present, but also local designers, hotspots and locally produced goods and services. There will also be features on reggae music and artistes internationally.

The aim of the magazine is to depict the Jamaican lifestyle and music as accurately and unbiased as possible. The magazine's target market lies between the ages of 18 – 35. The prep-mag will be released every other month from now until the magazine is ready to be launched.





leftsideandesco.jpgThe duo, Leftside and Esco, will be pushing out the 'Galore' riddim for the Christmas.

"Basically, we went to Florida and New York did a couple of shows and we loved the response," Esco told YardFlex.com.

In the meantime, the duo's 'Tuck in Your Belly', hit the top ten of London's CHOICE FM radio, and went #1 in Trinidad, catapulting the duo into the limelight. Some of the artistes on the 'Galore' riddim are Vybz Kartel, Bling Dawg, Buju Banton, Wayne Marshall, Beenie Man, Idonia, TOK, Calico, Hollow Point, Future Troubles, Busy Signal and Tami Chynn.





Gyptian Holds a Strong Meditation - Reggae Music

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

gyptian_yardflexA.jpgYou'd be hard pressed to find a more humble artiste than singer Gyptian. He has been able to retain his easygoing persona even though he has been bombarded by accolades and hailed by many admirers since his smash hit, 'Serious Times'.

The powerful hit, 'Serious Times', is a song carved in reggae oak - solid. The terrific trifecta of Gyptian's rich, ice-cube clear sound, the mournful drums of noted Nyabinghi drummer, Bongo Herman, and the sweet saxophone of Tony Green have made the song a bona fide hit that has made FM radio in Jamaica sit up and pay attention.

It has graduated to cult status, becoming a ghetto anthem on the lips of the poverty-stricken masses. The song is all at once a call to action, a sad commentary on the country's spiraling murder count, and an earnest advice column to young males on how to survive these most 'serious of times'.





Dancehall Boy Group - TOK 'Hotter' This Christmas

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T.O.K-yardflex.jpgEven though TOK is quite busy promoting their album, Unknown Language, they have shot once again another local video, Hotter.

It was shot at Passa Passa as well as by the Old Cinema in Downtown Kingston a few weeks ago by Nordia Rose. Female deejay, Ce'Cile, Monsta Twins, Supa Hype, DJ Kareem and producer John John were among those in the biz who passed through.

TOK can be seen here in Jamaica this Christmas before they head off to tour Japan.

They perform at Smirnoff Experience's "Party with the Stars", Teen Splash as well as the GT Taylor show in St. Elizabeth. They will also be trekking across the Gulf to do some shows in the State.





Shade Sexy Jamaican Actress, Model & Artiste

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ShadeA.jpgBorn in Kingston Jamaican, statuesque, flamboyant and strikingly beautiful Simone Henry (SHADE) broke from family tradition when she decided to pursue her life long dreams as a Model, Singer & Actress. Simone (Shade) started modeling in 1994 with the well known Miguel Models & moved on to modeling with Pulse International Model Agency. Shade became a well known face appearing in Local & international Fashion Shows, Talent shows, Local news papers & magazines such as The Sky Writing Magazine.

Shade is now modeling and recording her album that is scheduled to be released June 10th - 06 with songs like Saaf and Crazy that is turning up the heat in South Florida, and the Caribbean. Performing at various fashion shows like the VP's annual Memorial Day Reggae fest, shows in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and in Jamaica and at the annual Fashion Week events in Miami. Shade's single called Saaf has been released and is available in store through out Jamaica and Miami.





VP Records Launches New Web Site

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VPrecords_yardflex.jpgVP Records announces the launch of a new web site where consumers and businesses can order directly from one of reggae music's leading distributors. The site will hold one of the largest archives of reggae music on the net and offers music in a variety of formats including CDs, DVDs, 7 inch vinyl, 12 inch vinyl, VHS cassette, and audio cassette.

Described as a 'reggae lover's dream,' www.vpreggae.com will have every reggae title in the VP Records distribution catalog of over 25,000+ available to its consumers. "The fundamental difference between VP Records Corporate site www.vprecords.com and our newly launched site www.vpreggae.com is that you can also find titles that are not on our label. There is virtually an unlimited selection of reggae music to choose from, you can pretty much find almost any reggae record ever made." Vice President Randy Chin comments.





Appleton Presents December 2 Remember

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appletondec.jpgKnown for block buster weekend activities (Appleton Temptation Island, Fusion), Appleton Jamaica Rum is committed to making its inimitable mark next month with a "December 2 Remember"! Appleton Jamaica Rum is ready to set the bar for entertainment this Christmas season.

Appleton Jamaica Rum is prepared to bring the "flavour" to the island with a two day series. First, Appleton City transforms the newly renovated Temple Hall Estate, in Stony Hill into OUR (Appleton) city, on Friday, December 16. It will be the ultimate party with three of Jamaica's top sound systems; Renaissance, Coppershot, 3rd Degree and the party animal, Kurt Riley.





nasha.jpgMIAMI, FL -- Music from up-and-coming R&B sensation Na'sha (pronounced Nay-sha) will be featured in Lion's Gate film In The Mix. She has contributed two songs - "Fire" and "Saturday" - for the romantic comedy that features Usher in his first starring role. The movie bows nationally this Wednesday, November 23.

Blending R&B, hip hop and outright soul, Na'sha is turning heads with her September 20th debut release My Story on Miami-based Pure Records. The fifteen-track ride, 14 of which were penned by Na'sha, is called "stunning- a seamless assimilation of 30 years of pop, R&B, gospel & soul," by the Miami New Times.

My Story brings out a cast of all-star talent. The album is produced by an array of hitmakers including Grammy Award winners Scott Storch (Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Terror Squad) & James Poyser (Common, Jill Scott, Leela James), Sting International (Shaggy) and R&G Productions.





Pussycat Dolls Aim for Sean Paul Duet

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Ex-sean-paul.jpgSexy girl group The Pussycat Dolls want dancehall star Sean Paul to help them continue their dominance of the pop charts.

After topping charts across the world with debut single Don't Cha, the six-piece have set their sights on a collaboration with the Jamaican We Be Burnin' hitmaker.

Pussycat Nicole Scherzinger says, "We love Sean as much as he loves us, if not more. We want to do something with him musically - Dolls meets dancehall."





One Love Peace Concert Among the Best!

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bobmarley.jpgThe famous One Love Peace Concert by legendary reggae artiste Bob Marley in Kingston on April 22, 1978, has been named among the world's greatest rock gigs.

The concert placed sixth on a list of 20 rock performances compiled by United Kingdom television station, Channel 4 and voted on by a panel of some 60 artistes, music journalists, broadcasters and music industry executives.





Super Cat - Don Dada Beaten By New York Cops

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

supercat.jpgWilliam 'Super Cat' Maragh was badly assaulted by Long Island police officers over the US Thanksgiving weekend, recently. The alleged beating took place in Long Island, NY outside of the Off Track Betting (OTB).

YardFlex.com tried to get confirmation of the alleged beating from officers based in Long Island precinct but this attempt was unsuccessful.

However, sources suggest that Super Cat attended the OTB with a friend and after placing a bet with the cashier, he noticed that it was not the bet that he wanted. When he returned to the cashier to rectify the situation, the cashier responded by telling him that the race had already begun and there was nothing that could be done at that point. Super Cat was upset by this and began to raise his voice, and by all indications, created a scene.





Jamaica's Dancehall Artiste Alozade Makes Comeback

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

alozade_yardflex.jpgAce deejay Alozade is making a spectacular comeback in the performance side of the music business after taking some time off to concentrate on producing rhythms. His latest single, 'Bad Out De' on the Baddest Ting rhythm by Richard 'Shams' Browne is earning crazy forwards in the dancehall.

"That song is getting some really good responses in Canada, the United States and the Carribean. Recently, I performed at Asylum's anniversary party, and mi get whole heap a forward,ah the show, the people dem give me crazy love," Alozade told YardFlex.com.





Kingdom Comes for Jamie Fox

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jamiefoxx_yardflex.jpgJamie Foxx will star in The Kingdom for Universal Pictures, reports Variety. The film to be directed by Peter Berg (The Rundown, Friday Night Lights), produced by Michael Mann and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, is aiming for a May start date.

Foxx will play the leader of a team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators who set out to find the perpetrators behind a deadly attack on Americans in a Middle Eastern country. In order to work through the bureaucracy and cultural hostility, the team enlists a local police officer, but still find itself target for the terrorists.

The film marks the fourth in which Mann and Foxx have worked together. Foxx co-stars with Colin Farrell in Mann's upcoming Miami Vice adaptation, scheduled for release July 28. He also starred in Mann's Collateral and Ali.





Back In The Days With Bounty Killer

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Bountykiller_yardflex.jpgOne of nine children, Rodney's destiny would be irrevocably shaped by the landscapes of inner-city Kingston, where tribalism and poverty battle for the morals of the hungry and the desperate.

Leaving Trenchtown soon after, Miss Ivy relocates her family to Riverton City, a community founded on the Kingston City dump. Once known as 'Dungle,' the sprawling rubbish heap is a vital resource to many of its inhabitants.

Clothed just by 'tear-up-batty' pants, Rodney would sneak out late at night to hear the music thundering from speaker boxes strung up in the community.

Belonging to the sound system owned by his Father, affectionately known as Breezer.





Soul Survivor Akon Lyrics

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akon.jpg[Akon]
Convict
Akon and Young Jeezy
Tryin' to take it easy
Only way to go
And So... (Lets Get It!)

[Chorus - Akon]
If you lookin' for me I'll be on the block
With my thang cocked possibly sittin' on a drop now
Cause I'm a rida (Yeah)
I'm just a Soul Survivor (Yeah)

Cause er'body know the game don't stop
Tryin' to make it to the top for your ass get popped now
If you a rida (Yeah)
Or just a Soul Survivor (Yeah)





Natty King Arrested For Ganja

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

Nattyking_yardflex.JPGNatty King, a popular dancehall reggae artiste known for the hit single, 'Don't Bring Your Guns to Town', was arrested and charged by a contingent of special qquad police in Portland for possession of ganja last Wednesday.

Natty King, who is a resident of Bath in St. Thomas rose to prominence after recording the abovementioned hit song which topped overseas and local reggae charts for several weeks. Both men were granted bail in the sum of $10,000 each and are booked to appear in the Buff Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on December 13 to answer to the charge.

The police say Natty King was spotted at a Texaco service station, smoking ganja at 2 a.m. He was accompanied by a colleague, 36 year old Uriel Phillips, also call "Fire Lion", when both were arrested for smoking the illegal drug.





Peter Lloyd Mines Gold with Gold Digga

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peter.jpgPeter Lloyd has had a great '05. He started the year with the now classic hit single Wake Dem Up, gave one of the most scintillating and memorable performances at the annual Rebel Salute Show, did a stellar job as host of TVJ's very popular Sunday night program Man Talk and closed the year with the massive hit song, Gold Digga on Sly and Robbie's Raw Food riddim.

The single is presently at the number 13 position on the BMobile Dancehall Singles Chart, and is climbing the HYPE TV Chart as well as the MEGA JAMZ's radio chart.





Elton John Disses Jamrock

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JohnElton.jpg.jpgJAMAICA has been mentioned among a host of countries that singer Elton John has fingered for gay rights abuses. The singer recently began a strong advocacy campaign for international gay rights on the eve of his wedding, or "civil partnership" with longtime lover David Furnish in England this week will be "the happiest day of my life. "But, the pop star added he will feel sorry for the many gay couples who live in countries that prohibit such unions.

"It has been a long struggle for equal rights to gay people in Britain, but now, in the 21st century, we have real civil rights, tolerance, and final acceptance in our lives," John wrote in The Observer, a Sunday newspaper.





Singing Sensation Tami Chynn Scorching Hot

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TAMIchynn-yardflexWith a scorching hot new video for her single, Tell Mi Seh, Tami Chynn and the completion of a successful US promotional run, Tami Chynn is ready to change her description from "rising star" to "starlet".

Tami Chynn literally burst on the scene with a show stealing appearance on Kid Kurrupt's Rock U. Then, the success of her summer hit Hyperventilating sparked the interest of Universal Recording executives, who eventually signed the young singer/dancer/song writer to a four album deal; making her the youngest Jamaican to cop such a recording contract.

Since the signing, Tami has been busy both in the studio - preparing tracks for her spring 2006 album release and on the stage - performing across the island in a string of high profile appearances.





A Chat With Dancehall/Reggae Artiste Buju Banton

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bujubanton.jpgAs the whole nation gets ready for the first-ever explosive reggae festival in Gambian music biz featuring superstar Buju Banton, What's On caught up with the man behind it. Mike Randoll is a Black British who have worked with a lot of popular world musicians. In this interview he talks more about the Buju festival.

What's On: Tells us what role do you play with regards to the coming of Buju Banton to The Gambia?

Mike: My company is called Level 22. We are behind the coming of Buju on Christmas day in The Gambia and also on the 31st December in Sierra Leone.

Out of all the countries in Africa, you only identified The Gambia and Sierra Leone for Buju to perform. Why The Gambia?





Sean Paul Raises Temperature - Dancehall Music

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seanpaul-temperature.jpgFollowing the impressive release of the leading single, 'We Be Burnin' for the album, The Trinity, Sean Paul is all set to start 'blazin' to new heights and take this one to number 1 on charts worldwide.

With the settings of the video changing to depict all the seasons of the year, the video is one to look out for. New and innovative Dancehall dance moves are showcased by Sean's 3 dancers and they too go through all the changes that the settings do.

Simultaneously, on the other side of the world, Sean Paul is releasing another single, 'Ever Blazin'. 'Ever Blazin' is a little bit more risque and it is not the typical Sean Paul of which we are accustomed. But for this one, you have to watch it for yourself!





TOK Merchandise On Sale Now

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Tok-yardflex.bmpThe Dancehall quartet T.O.K is now embarking on new grounds, as they will now be adding the term entrepreneurs to their portfolio. The dynamic group will not only be providing their fans with quality music as they have been doing over the years but now they will be marketing a wide range of items from a button to sweatshirts, calendars, tea cups and a lot more.

The items are very rich in colour and display a lot of animations which a can be sported by both parent and child. The animated design idea was made possible by Negash Davidson a graphic designer at Web-FX. He is also responsible for designing T.O.K's website.





Aisha Sheds No Tears

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aisha-shed-tears.jpgSexy songstress Aisha Davis delighted audiences at a private event at the Hilton Kingston recently. Backed by Fab 5 and flanked by her talented back up singers, Aisha delivered a blistering 20 minutes set that saw her dancing on stage, flirting with audience members and belting out her new single, Shed Those Tears.

The music video for the single, Shed Those Tears, was shot on location in Kingston by celebrity director, Ras Kassa and is in rotation on local national and cable outlets.

Aisha is busy in the studio working on several singles, marking her return to the mainstream following the birth of her son.

Prior to her self imposed hiatus, Aisha was a featured singer with Anthony B on Someone Loves You Honey, the video for which enjoyed strong rotation on US mainstream video stations such as BET and VH1.






Busy Signal Gets His First #1 - With Step Out

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Sponsored by Tru Juice

BusySignal.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ ARTISTE/ LABEL

01 3 12 Step Out-Busy Signal-Gravi-T (1wk@1)
02 2 10 Tell Me How Come-Morgan Heritage-Don Corleon
03 4 14 Wild 2 Nite-Shaggy & Olivia-Big Yard
04 1 17 Lucky You-Nanko-Downsound Records { 2wks@No1)
05 5 15 Far From Reality-Natural Black-Don Corleon
06 6 17 Reflection-Jah Cure-Downsound Records (3wks@No1)
07 7 19 Serious Times-Gyptian-Frenz(5 wks@No.1)
08 9 9 Poverty - QQ - Frenz
09 8 10 Emergency-Vybz Kartel-Time Travel (pp#8)
10 12 10 No Ordinary Love-Alaine-Don Corleon
11 14 4 Mama Don't Cry-Gyptian-No Doubt Records
12 11 12 Money In My Pocket-George Nooks &Beenie Man-Tads Intnl. Records
13 13 9 Letter - Kiprich - Big Yard
14 10 14 Can't Get Over You-Daville - Fashowzy (pp#10)
15 15 7 Not Going Down-Busy Signal-Renaissance Records





Nordia Witter - "Music is My Oxygen"

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NordiaC.jpgMaking a difference is what it's all about for CeSoul Music's latest muli-talented signed Nordia Witter. Born on the beautiful isle of Jamaica, the vivacious singer, songwriter, model and fashion designer grew up in a musical family, sang in her school choir and sites as her main influences Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Beyonce Knowles, Usher and Richie Stephens.

Nordia was born to perform, she attended JA's highly respected Edna Manley School for Performing Arts, where she underwent vocal training and is also an accomplished dancer and actress. Besides her forays on Kingston's prestigious nightclub circuit, where she is well known, the 5'8 bombshell (known to her friends as Angel) has also performed in L.A. and London as well as gracing the runways of many a European fashion house.





Riddim Driven Featured in top Menswear Publication

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webcover.jpgDNR, a leading news magazine of men's fashion and retail, published every Monday featured the VP inspiered Riddim Driven clothing line recently. The magazine provides news, in-depth features and market reports on men's wear retailing, design trends, apparel and textiles. Among the DNR readership are senior retail managers, buyers, merchandisers, designers, and key executives in the retail, apparel, textile, fiber, financial and advertising industries.

Riddim Driven is the latest premium sport brand of clothing and accessories brought to you by the worlds largest Independent label and distributor of Reggae music, VP Records. Riddim driven spring 06 Collection is inspired by the story/style of the era which fueled the humble roots of reggae/vp records.





Deaf Foxy Tells of Her agony

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foxyb3.jpgRap diva Foxy Brown took the stage yesterday to detail her hearing-loss agony - saying she hasn't heard a human voice in six months.

"I have spent many confusing, agonizing nights crying in isolation and silence," Brown told reporters at a W. 57th St. soundstage owned by the BET network.

"But today, I stand before you blessed with only the voice of God in my ears as a vessel of inspiration."

The 26-year-old, Brooklyn-born artist, whose real name is Inga Marchand, wore a black leather Gucci jacket and a pair of tight Gucci jeans and was surrounded by supporters, including music and fashion mogul Russell Simmons.

Brown is due in Manhattan Supreme Court on Dec. 23 for allegedly attacking a manicurist at Bloomie Nails on W. 23rd St. in Chelsea last year during a price dispute.





R&B - 'Deep' Ready to Take on Jamaica Dancehall

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By Heike Wollenweber

Deep-yardflex.jpg"What Kind of Man," brought down the house at Nico Bam Bam's birthday bash at Amnesia nightclub in Ochi, Jamaica. A duplate originally performed on the popular "Drop Leaf" riddim by DEEP, the soul R&B group from Brooklyn, NY is ready to take on Jamaican dancehall.

This is not just another pop group trying to break into the music world—ShoTime (Kenny) and Elijah, the two handsome, 19 year-old, six-foot members of DEEP have paid their dues. Inspired and influenced by music superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, the late Tupac and the Notorious BIG, they have crafted their own style through hard work-wrote their own songs, studied several musical instruments and learned to operate in a recording studio-all in a short time. Local PR entertainment outfit, Zion Rock that has done several stints for Jah Cure is pushing DEEP into the music scene here on the island.





DIRECTV to Launch World’s First 24-hour Caribbean Entertainment Channel

hypetv_logo.gifEL SEGUNDO, Calif. Dec. 15, 2005 - DIRECTV's success in providing first-rate, culturally-relevant programming continues with the addition of HYPE TV, the first and only 24-hour Caribbean music and entertainment channel. Beginning December 15, HYPE TV will be available on an a-la-carte basis for $9.99 per month with the purchase of any DIRECTV base programming package.

Based in Kingston Jamaica, Hype TV is fueled by the pulsating rhythms and vibrant traditions of the Caribbean and is designed for viewers who have cultural ties or simply desire to learn more about the region's rich heritage.





Eminem Scores Fourth #1 Bow With Curtain Call

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sq_em_curtain_call.jpgAfter a Detroit paper reported in July that Eminem was bowing out of the rap game for good, he spoke out to clarify the future of his music career, explaining that he'd take a break from recording his own rhymes to focus his creative efforts on producing other artists' material. Nearly four months later, the rapper has released a retrospective collection featuring a handful of fresh tracks, slapped with the ominous title Curtain Call.

If this is the last we'll hear from Eminem for a while, at least he's going out on a high note. Curtain Call: The Hits racked up first-week sales of nearly 441,000, earning Em the #1 spot on Billboard's albums chart - the fourth straight chart-topping debut of his career. 2004's Encore achieved week-one sales of 711,000 for a #1 debut, while 2002's The Eminem Show and 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP both sold over 1 million copies to open on top.





Idonia's 'Chicken Head' Single Blowing Up

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Idonia-CarlingtonWilmot-Photos_yardflex.jpgAidonia's 'Chicken Head' hit on 'Galore' rhythm has been getting crazy airplay, and blowing up all over FM radio in the last couple of weeks.

"We plan to do a music video before the end of the year, crazy concepts, do it the proper way. The main show for the Christmas is Sting, mi plan fi stamp mi authority, mi, mi have a element of surprise, mi have some new ting fi the people, Mi ah go do tings the proper way, the dapper way, not the snapper way, cause we set the gal dem inna position inna lotta way," he said, laughing.

Aidonia also has a new single, 'Innocent Blood' on producer Birch's
'Gangsta Rock' rhythm.

"We have nuff other things, ah just when dem fi drop and the people dem accept it," he said.





'Little Wicked' A.K.A Rasshady - Musically Inclined

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RasShadyA20051212CW.jpgYoung Andrew Cameron is one of the most competent young deejays working on the International Music scene. He may be young in age, at 28, but he is a veteran artiste, having started mashing up stage shows from the age of ten.

"LITTLE WICKED", as he was now called, because of his size and how good he was lyrically registered the fact that he is a talent to be reckoned with. During those early days, "LITTLE WICKED", went on to record quite a few songs. The first of which is titled, "Chicago Bulls", which was released in 1991 on the Prof record label. He followed up his first release with another single titled, "I Spy", which was also released on the Prof record label.

On the strength of these two singles "LITTLE WICKED" began to garner some recognition as a qualified artiste. So much so, that ace deejay, Ninja Man, having taken note of his talent and decided to take him under his wings which saw him earning the opportunity to perform at Border Clash before a huge audience in 1992, in which Little Wicked was called up on stage by Gun teeth, Gold teeth Ninja Man.





Kanye, Shakira Celebrating New Year with MTV

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kanye_west.jpgNEW YORK - MTV's annual New Year's Eve party from Times Square will feature musical performances by Kanye West, Adam Levine, Shakira and Fall Out Boy, the network announced on Monday.

The two-hour telecast, which begins at 10:30 p.m. ET (live) and PT (on tape), will have MTV VJ's Damien Fahey, Vanessa Minnillo, Quddus Philippe, La La Vazquez and Susie Castillo as hosts.

Common, All-American Rejects and Young Jeezy will also perform. There will be an appearance by the Rev. Run and his family, MTV said.

"For years, New Year's Eve on MTV has always meant the best new music to our viewers," said David Sirulnick, executive vice president, MTV News and Production. "2005 is no different, with amazing performances from some of the biggest artists from the past year. We will have wall-to-wall music straight through to 2006."





Sting's New Line Up for 2005 Includes Vybz Kartel

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VybzKartelhaircut_yardflex.jpgSupreme Promotions has released the much-anticipated Sting line-up for this year's concert. The line-up is segmented into several theme-driven areas such as Peacemakers, Starmakers, 12 Young Superstars, Dancehall Praise, Fabulous Ladies of Dance featuring D'Angel and Macka Diamond, Dancehall Praise featuring Prodigal Son, Super Seven featuring acts like Ras Ghandi and Gyptian, Peace Messenjahs featuring Half Pint, and the last segment which will cap off the show is dubbed, Most Wanted which will feature heavyweights such as Beenie Man and Portmore's homegrown hero, Vybz Kartel.





The Many Dreams of Ilano - Musical Adventure

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IlanaB20051206CW.jpgEngineer/Song writer/Artiste Delano McLaughlin more familiarly known to others by his alias 'Ilano' will no doubt be one of Jamaica's main characters behind the scenes of Jamaica’s Dancehall/reggae music.

Ilano has steadily been in the music industry for over five years now, where he started out in the position of assistant engineer for internationally acclaimed producer Dave Kelly.

Within the first six months on the job Ilano shows tremendous amount of skills that impressed Dave Kelly so, he decided to upgrade his position from assistant to Recording Engineer which saw Ilano taking vocals for well known artiste such as Baby Cham, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Foxy Brown, Kimani Marley, you name it.

As Ilano got more mature in the business, he then sailed ship to join forces with Ili Dread at Kings of Kings.





Ras Ghandi - No More Bloodshed

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Ghandi_yardflex.jpgGhandi's popular hit song, 'Bloodshed (Life is So Hard)' is rocketing up the charts, especially Richie B's Tru Juice charts, and is sitting pretty at the #22 spot. The video is getting heavy rotation on CVM, TVJ, Hype, Re TV, Music Plus and Juice TV.

"The inspiration behind the tune is what is going on in Jamaica, and how the violence is taking a toll on the innocent, and the young men. So right now, we don't need or want any more bloodshed, we want a
peaceful Christmas going into the New Year 2006, so people listen to the words, is a true song, the video is a true funeral in Christian Pen," deejay Ghandi told YARDFLEX.COM

He will be appearing at Kingston Jamboree in Tivoli Gardens, GT Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and Island Explosion in Clarendon. He will also be on Campfire and Sting 2005 at Jamworld in Portmore.





The Energy God Elephant Man's Tour Sold Out!!!

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elephant_yardflex.jpgElephant Man a.k.a. "The Energy God" has returned to Europe for a tour that has received a tremendous response from concert goers. With every show sold out, the artist, known for his impressive on stage antics, looks to wow the audience with hits like "Pon De River," "Jook Gal," "Father Elephant" and his most recent hit "Willie Bounce" which was recently added to New York's Hot 97.

Elephant Man is currently putting the finishing touches on his latest album "Over Di Wall" due out in early 2006. The artist has also recently contributed a track to Funk Master Flex's latest compilation, the new song "The Way We Roll" is starting to pick up momentum on commercial radio.

This tour represents the first time Elephant Man has returned to Europe in several years. Joining Elephant Man on the tour will be Disc Jockey Kevin Shields, Famed Dancehall Dancer Chucky, and fellow artist Kid Kirrup.





Meet the New Princess of Pop - Gwen Stefani

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gwenstefani.jpgTORONTO - All hail the new princess of pop! The day after Gwen Stefani picked up five Grammy nominations, including album of the year for her multi-platinum solo debut, Love. Angel. Music.Baby., and record of the year for Hollaback Girl, the 36-year-old singer debuted her first ever solo tour at the Air Canada Centre last night in front of a sold-out crowd.

And if there was any doubt about her royal status in pop music -- she previously fronted Orange County ska-pop outfit No Doubt -- Stefani first appeared in a tiara and robe, and sitting on a red velvet and gold throne that came out of the stage during the opening song Harajuku Girls.

Surrounded by four Japanese girl dancers, the so-called "Harajuku girls," Stefani commanded the audience from the opening note, even if the hour-and-20-minute performance was definitely of the lightweight variety in the music department.





Jeremy Harding Presents at Red Bull

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JeremyHarding.jpgJeremy Harding recently gave a lecture to the students of the Red Bull Music Academy. Below is an excerpt from a student’s online diary, who attended the session.

"Jamaica's Jeremy Harding, leading exponent of dancefloor riddims, was first up on the couch to break the mold. His lecture explored a wealth of knowledge and experience related to Reggae and Ragga history. From managing and discovering Sean Paul, to Sly and Robbie anecdotes from days gone by, Jeremy's stories niced up the mood and made us wanna whine and grine.

Naturally the conversation took a welcome turn to current affairs - at last a frank and direct commentary on the "ba**y boy" bashing phenomenon that has been in and out of the news for years.





BadGalCecile_CarlingtonWilmot.jpgCe'Cile's 'Woman Ting' radio hit, which appears on Richard Browne's 'Baddis' rhythm, is set to really take off with the release of a video on local cable stations.

"The video premiered last week, and was directed by Julia Braham, and it featured Rolex and local actor, 'Chuchu' from the play Bad Mind. Trust me, the video is hard, everybody loves it, and the buzz is really great now that the video buss. I am just looking forward to the rest of 2005, I have Stone Love anniversary coming up, I leave for Guyana next week, and after that, I have a show in Canada over the Christmas, so it's all good," the sexy singer said.

Badgal Ce'Cile has recently returned from a tour of the United States and is now back in the island preparing her stint, she will showcase on Jamaica's greatest one night reggae show Sting. She also recently had a photo session (Promotional Photos) with Carlington Wilmot one of Jamaica's best Photographers in the entertainment industry.





By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Sponsored by Tru Juice

nonko_yardflex.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Lucky You-Nanko-Downsound Records { 2wks@No1)
02 2 9 Tell Me How Come-Morgan Heritage-Don Corleon
03 3 11 Step Out-Busy Signal-Gravi-T
04 5 13 Wild 2 Nite-Shaggy & Olivia-Big Yard
05 7 14 Far From Reality-Natural Black-Don Corleon
06 4 16 Reflection-Jah Cure-Downsound Records (3wks@No1)
07 6 18 Serious Times-Gyptian-Frenz(5 wks@No.1)
08 8 9 Emergency-Vybz Kartel-Time Travel
09 9 8 Poverty-QQ-Frenz
10 10 13 Can't Get Over You-Daville - Fashowzy
11 12 11 Money In My Pocket-George Nooks &Beenie Man-Tads Intnl. Records
12 14 9 No Ordinary Love-Alaine-Don Corleon
13 16 8 Letter - Kiprich - Big Yard
14 18 3 Mama Don't Cry-Gyptian-No Doubt Records
15 17 6 Not Going Down-Busy Signal - Renaissance Records





New Jamaican Mag Exposes Back-a-Yard Lifestyle

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BACKAYARD.jpgBACKAYARD prep-mag is a locally produced Jamaican lifestyle publication devoted to promoting the broad scope of the Jamaican music scene, artists, producers, writers and musicians. As the name suggests, BACKAYARD prep-mag is the pre-cursor to BACKAYARD magazine tentatively set for release by year end.

The prep-mag and magazine will not only cover the various genres of reggae music, past and present, but also local designers, hotspots and locally produced goods and services. There will also be features on reggae music and artistes internationally.

The aim of the magazine is to depict the Jamaican lifestyle and music as accurately and unbiased as possible. The magazine's target market lies between the ages of 18 – 35. The prep-mag will be released every other month from now until the magazine is ready to be launched.





leftsideandesco.jpgThe duo, Leftside and Esco, will be pushing out the 'Galore' riddim for the Christmas.

"Basically, we went to Florida and New York did a couple of shows and we loved the response," Esco told YardFlex.com.

In the meantime, the duo's 'Tuck in Your Belly', hit the top ten of London's CHOICE FM radio, and went #1 in Trinidad, catapulting the duo into the limelight. Some of the artistes on the 'Galore' riddim are Vybz Kartel, Bling Dawg, Buju Banton, Wayne Marshall, Beenie Man, Idonia, TOK, Calico, Hollow Point, Future Troubles, Busy Signal and Tami Chynn.





Gyptian Holds a Strong Meditation - Reggae Music

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

gyptian_yardflexA.jpgYou'd be hard pressed to find a more humble artiste than singer Gyptian. He has been able to retain his easygoing persona even though he has been bombarded by accolades and hailed by many admirers since his smash hit, 'Serious Times'.

The powerful hit, 'Serious Times', is a song carved in reggae oak - solid. The terrific trifecta of Gyptian's rich, ice-cube clear sound, the mournful drums of noted Nyabinghi drummer, Bongo Herman, and the sweet saxophone of Tony Green have made the song a bona fide hit that has made FM radio in Jamaica sit up and pay attention.

It has graduated to cult status, becoming a ghetto anthem on the lips of the poverty-stricken masses. The song is all at once a call to action, a sad commentary on the country's spiraling murder count, and an earnest advice column to young males on how to survive these most 'serious of times'.





Dancehall Boy Group - TOK 'Hotter' This Christmas

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T.O.K-yardflex.jpgEven though TOK is quite busy promoting their album, Unknown Language, they have shot once again another local video, Hotter.

It was shot at Passa Passa as well as by the Old Cinema in Downtown Kingston a few weeks ago by Nordia Rose. Female deejay, Ce'Cile, Monsta Twins, Supa Hype, DJ Kareem and producer John John were among those in the biz who passed through.

TOK can be seen here in Jamaica this Christmas before they head off to tour Japan.

They perform at Smirnoff Experience's "Party with the Stars", Teen Splash as well as the GT Taylor show in St. Elizabeth. They will also be trekking across the Gulf to do some shows in the State.





Shade Sexy Jamaican Actress, Model & Artiste

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ShadeA.jpgBorn in Kingston Jamaican, statuesque, flamboyant and strikingly beautiful Simone Henry (SHADE) broke from family tradition when she decided to pursue her life long dreams as a Model, Singer & Actress. Simone (Shade) started modeling in 1994 with the well known Miguel Models & moved on to modeling with Pulse International Model Agency. Shade became a well known face appearing in Local & international Fashion Shows, Talent shows, Local news papers & magazines such as The Sky Writing Magazine.

Shade is now modeling and recording her album that is scheduled to be released June 10th - 06 with songs like Saaf and Crazy that is turning up the heat in South Florida, and the Caribbean. Performing at various fashion shows like the VP's annual Memorial Day Reggae fest, shows in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and in Jamaica and at the annual Fashion Week events in Miami. Shade's single called Saaf has been released and is available in store through out Jamaica and Miami.





VP Records Launches New Web Site

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VPrecords_yardflex.jpgVP Records announces the launch of a new web site where consumers and businesses can order directly from one of reggae music's leading distributors. The site will hold one of the largest archives of reggae music on the net and offers music in a variety of formats including CDs, DVDs, 7 inch vinyl, 12 inch vinyl, VHS cassette, and audio cassette.

Described as a 'reggae lover's dream,' www.vpreggae.com will have every reggae title in the VP Records distribution catalog of over 25,000+ available to its consumers. "The fundamental difference between VP Records Corporate site www.vprecords.com and our newly launched site www.vpreggae.com is that you can also find titles that are not on our label. There is virtually an unlimited selection of reggae music to choose from, you can pretty much find almost any reggae record ever made." Vice President Randy Chin comments.





Appleton Presents December 2 Remember

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appletondec.jpgKnown for block buster weekend activities (Appleton Temptation Island, Fusion), Appleton Jamaica Rum is committed to making its inimitable mark next month with a "December 2 Remember"! Appleton Jamaica Rum is ready to set the bar for entertainment this Christmas season.

Appleton Jamaica Rum is prepared to bring the "flavour" to the island with a two day series. First, Appleton City transforms the newly renovated Temple Hall Estate, in Stony Hill into OUR (Appleton) city, on Friday, December 16. It will be the ultimate party with three of Jamaica's top sound systems; Renaissance, Coppershot, 3rd Degree and the party animal, Kurt Riley.





nasha.jpgMIAMI, FL -- Music from up-and-coming R&B sensation Na'sha (pronounced Nay-sha) will be featured in Lion's Gate film In The Mix. She has contributed two songs - "Fire" and "Saturday" - for the romantic comedy that features Usher in his first starring role. The movie bows nationally this Wednesday, November 23.

Blending R&B, hip hop and outright soul, Na'sha is turning heads with her September 20th debut release My Story on Miami-based Pure Records. The fifteen-track ride, 14 of which were penned by Na'sha, is called "stunning- a seamless assimilation of 30 years of pop, R&B, gospel & soul," by the Miami New Times.

My Story brings out a cast of all-star talent. The album is produced by an array of hitmakers including Grammy Award winners Scott Storch (Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Terror Squad) & James Poyser (Common, Jill Scott, Leela James), Sting International (Shaggy) and R&G Productions.





Pussycat Dolls Aim for Sean Paul Duet

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Ex-sean-paul.jpgSexy girl group The Pussycat Dolls want dancehall star Sean Paul to help them continue their dominance of the pop charts.

After topping charts across the world with debut single Don't Cha, the six-piece have set their sights on a collaboration with the Jamaican We Be Burnin' hitmaker.

Pussycat Nicole Scherzinger says, "We love Sean as much as he loves us, if not more. We want to do something with him musically - Dolls meets dancehall."





One Love Peace Concert Among the Best!

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bobmarley.jpgThe famous One Love Peace Concert by legendary reggae artiste Bob Marley in Kingston on April 22, 1978, has been named among the world's greatest rock gigs.

The concert placed sixth on a list of 20 rock performances compiled by United Kingdom television station, Channel 4 and voted on by a panel of some 60 artistes, music journalists, broadcasters and music industry executives.





Super Cat - Don Dada Beaten By New York Cops

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

supercat.jpgWilliam 'Super Cat' Maragh was badly assaulted by Long Island police officers over the US Thanksgiving weekend, recently. The alleged beating took place in Long Island, NY outside of the Off Track Betting (OTB).

YardFlex.com tried to get confirmation of the alleged beating from officers based in Long Island precinct but this attempt was unsuccessful.

However, sources suggest that Super Cat attended the OTB with a friend and after placing a bet with the cashier, he noticed that it was not the bet that he wanted. When he returned to the cashier to rectify the situation, the cashier responded by telling him that the race had already begun and there was nothing that could be done at that point. Super Cat was upset by this and began to raise his voice, and by all indications, created a scene.





Jamaica's Dancehall Artiste Alozade Makes Comeback

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

alozade_yardflex.jpgAce deejay Alozade is making a spectacular comeback in the performance side of the music business after taking some time off to concentrate on producing rhythms. His latest single, 'Bad Out De' on the Baddest Ting rhythm by Richard 'Shams' Browne is earning crazy forwards in the dancehall.

"That song is getting some really good responses in Canada, the United States and the Carribean. Recently, I performed at Asylum's anniversary party, and mi get whole heap a forward,ah the show, the people dem give me crazy love," Alozade told YardFlex.com.





Kingdom Comes for Jamie Fox

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jamiefoxx_yardflex.jpgJamie Foxx will star in The Kingdom for Universal Pictures, reports Variety. The film to be directed by Peter Berg (The Rundown, Friday Night Lights), produced by Michael Mann and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, is aiming for a May start date.

Foxx will play the leader of a team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators who set out to find the perpetrators behind a deadly attack on Americans in a Middle Eastern country. In order to work through the bureaucracy and cultural hostility, the team enlists a local police officer, but still find itself target for the terrorists.

The film marks the fourth in which Mann and Foxx have worked together. Foxx co-stars with Colin Farrell in Mann's upcoming Miami Vice adaptation, scheduled for release July 28. He also starred in Mann's Collateral and Ali.





Back In The Days With Bounty Killer

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Bountykiller_yardflex.jpgOne of nine children, Rodney's destiny would be irrevocably shaped by the landscapes of inner-city Kingston, where tribalism and poverty battle for the morals of the hungry and the desperate.

Leaving Trenchtown soon after, Miss Ivy relocates her family to Riverton City, a community founded on the Kingston City dump. Once known as 'Dungle,' the sprawling rubbish heap is a vital resource to many of its inhabitants.

Clothed just by 'tear-up-batty' pants, Rodney would sneak out late at night to hear the music thundering from speaker boxes strung up in the community.

Belonging to the sound system owned by his Father, affectionately known as Breezer.





Soul Survivor Akon Lyrics

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akon.jpg[Akon]
Convict
Akon and Young Jeezy
Tryin' to take it easy
Only way to go
And So... (Lets Get It!)

[Chorus - Akon]
If you lookin' for me I'll be on the block
With my thang cocked possibly sittin' on a drop now
Cause I'm a rida (Yeah)
I'm just a Soul Survivor (Yeah)

Cause er'body know the game don't stop
Tryin' to make it to the top for your ass get popped now
If you a rida (Yeah)
Or just a Soul Survivor (Yeah)





Natty King Arrested For Ganja

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

Nattyking_yardflex.JPGNatty King, a popular dancehall reggae artiste known for the hit single, 'Don't Bring Your Guns to Town', was arrested and charged by a contingent of special qquad police in Portland for possession of ganja last Wednesday.

Natty King, who is a resident of Bath in St. Thomas rose to prominence after recording the abovementioned hit song which topped overseas and local reggae charts for several weeks. Both men were granted bail in the sum of $10,000 each and are booked to appear in the Buff Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on December 13 to answer to the charge.

The police say Natty King was spotted at a Texaco service station, smoking ganja at 2 a.m. He was accompanied by a colleague, 36 year old Uriel Phillips, also call "Fire Lion", when both were arrested for smoking the illegal drug.





Elton John Disses Jamrock

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JohnElton.jpg.jpgJAMAICA has been mentioned among a host of countries that singer Elton John has fingered for gay rights abuses. The singer recently began a strong advocacy campaign for international gay rights on the eve of his wedding, or "civil partnership" with longtime lover David Furnish in England this week will be "the happiest day of my life. "But, the pop star added he will feel sorry for the many gay couples who live in countries that prohibit such unions.

"It has been a long struggle for equal rights to gay people in Britain, but now, in the 21st century, we have real civil rights, tolerance, and final acceptance in our lives," John wrote in The Observer, a Sunday newspaper.





Singing Sensation Tami Chynn Scorching Hot

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TAMIchynn-yardflexWith a scorching hot new video for her single, Tell Mi Seh, Tami Chynn and the completion of a successful US promotional run, Tami Chynn is ready to change her description from "rising star" to "starlet".

Tami Chynn literally burst on the scene with a show stealing appearance on Kid Kurrupt's Rock U. Then, the success of her summer hit Hyperventilating sparked the interest of Universal Recording executives, who eventually signed the young singer/dancer/song writer to a four album deal; making her the youngest Jamaican to cop such a recording contract.

Since the signing, Tami has been busy both in the studio - preparing tracks for her spring 2006 album release and on the stage - performing across the island in a string of high profile appearances.





A Chat With Dancehall/Reggae Artiste Buju Banton

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bujubanton.jpgAs the whole nation gets ready for the first-ever explosive reggae festival in Gambian music biz featuring superstar Buju Banton, What's On caught up with the man behind it. Mike Randoll is a Black British who have worked with a lot of popular world musicians. In this interview he talks more about the Buju festival.

What's On: Tells us what role do you play with regards to the coming of Buju Banton to The Gambia?

Mike: My company is called Level 22. We are behind the coming of Buju on Christmas day in The Gambia and also on the 31st December in Sierra Leone.

Out of all the countries in Africa, you only identified The Gambia and Sierra Leone for Buju to perform. Why The Gambia?





Sean Paul Raises Temperature - Dancehall Music

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seanpaul-temperature.jpgFollowing the impressive release of the leading single, 'We Be Burnin' for the album, The Trinity, Sean Paul is all set to start 'blazin' to new heights and take this one to number 1 on charts worldwide.

With the settings of the video changing to depict all the seasons of the year, the video is one to look out for. New and innovative Dancehall dance moves are showcased by Sean's 3 dancers and they too go through all the changes that the settings do.

Simultaneously, on the other side of the world, Sean Paul is releasing another single, 'Ever Blazin'. 'Ever Blazin' is a little bit more risque and it is not the typical Sean Paul of which we are accustomed. But for this one, you have to watch it for yourself!





TOK Merchandise On Sale Now

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Tok-yardflex.bmpThe Dancehall quartet T.O.K is now embarking on new grounds, as they will now be adding the term entrepreneurs to their portfolio. The dynamic group will not only be providing their fans with quality music as they have been doing over the years but now they will be marketing a wide range of items from a button to sweatshirts, calendars, tea cups and a lot more.

The items are very rich in colour and display a lot of animations which a can be sported by both parent and child. The animated design idea was made possible by Negash Davidson a graphic designer at Web-FX. He is also responsible for designing T.O.K's website.





Aisha Sheds No Tears

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aisha-shed-tears.jpgSexy songstress Aisha Davis delighted audiences at a private event at the Hilton Kingston recently. Backed by Fab 5 and flanked by her talented back up singers, Aisha delivered a blistering 20 minutes set that saw her dancing on stage, flirting with audience members and belting out her new single, Shed Those Tears.

The music video for the single, Shed Those Tears, was shot on location in Kingston by celebrity director, Ras Kassa and is in rotation on local national and cable outlets.

Aisha is busy in the studio working on several singles, marking her return to the mainstream following the birth of her son.

Prior to her self imposed hiatus, Aisha was a featured singer with Anthony B on Someone Loves You Honey, the video for which enjoyed strong rotation on US mainstream video stations such as BET and VH1.






Busy Signal Gets His First #1 - With Step Out

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Sponsored by Tru Juice

BusySignal.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ ARTISTE/ LABEL

01 3 12 Step Out-Busy Signal-Gravi-T (1wk@1)
02 2 10 Tell Me How Come-Morgan Heritage-Don Corleon
03 4 14 Wild 2 Nite-Shaggy & Olivia-Big Yard
04 1 17 Lucky You-Nanko-Downsound Records { 2wks@No1)
05 5 15 Far From Reality-Natural Black-Don Corleon
06 6 17 Reflection-Jah Cure-Downsound Records (3wks@No1)
07 7 19 Serious Times-Gyptian-Frenz(5 wks@No.1)
08 9 9 Poverty - QQ - Frenz
09 8 10 Emergency-Vybz Kartel-Time Travel (pp#8)
10 12 10 No Ordinary Love-Alaine-Don Corleon
11 14 4 Mama Don't Cry-Gyptian-No Doubt Records
12 11 12 Money In My Pocket-George Nooks &Beenie Man-Tads Intnl. Records
13 13 9 Letter - Kiprich - Big Yard
14 10 14 Can't Get Over You-Daville - Fashowzy (pp#10)
15 15 7 Not Going Down-Busy Signal-Renaissance Records





Nordia Witter - "Music is My Oxygen"

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NordiaC.jpgMaking a difference is what it's all about for CeSoul Music's latest muli-talented signed Nordia Witter. Born on the beautiful isle of Jamaica, the vivacious singer, songwriter, model and fashion designer grew up in a musical family, sang in her school choir and sites as her main influences Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Beyonce Knowles, Usher and Richie Stephens.

Nordia was born to perform, she attended JA's highly respected Edna Manley School for Performing Arts, where she underwent vocal training and is also an accomplished dancer and actress. Besides her forays on Kingston's prestigious nightclub circuit, where she is well known, the 5'8 bombshell (known to her friends as Angel) has also performed in L.A. and London as well as gracing the runways of many a European fashion house.





Riddim Driven Featured in top Menswear Publication

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webcover.jpgDNR, a leading news magazine of men's fashion and retail, published every Monday featured the VP inspiered Riddim Driven clothing line recently. The magazine provides news, in-depth features and market reports on men's wear retailing, design trends, apparel and textiles. Among the DNR readership are senior retail managers, buyers, merchandisers, designers, and key executives in the retail, apparel, textile, fiber, financial and advertising industries.

Riddim Driven is the latest premium sport brand of clothing and accessories brought to you by the worlds largest Independent label and distributor of Reggae music, VP Records. Riddim driven spring 06 Collection is inspired by the story/style of the era which fueled the humble roots of reggae/vp records.





Deaf Foxy Tells of Her agony

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foxyb3.jpgRap diva Foxy Brown took the stage yesterday to detail her hearing-loss agony - saying she hasn't heard a human voice in six months.

"I have spent many confusing, agonizing nights crying in isolation and silence," Brown told reporters at a W. 57th St. soundstage owned by the BET network.

"But today, I stand before you blessed with only the voice of God in my ears as a vessel of inspiration."

The 26-year-old, Brooklyn-born artist, whose real name is Inga Marchand, wore a black leather Gucci jacket and a pair of tight Gucci jeans and was surrounded by supporters, including music and fashion mogul Russell Simmons.

Brown is due in Manhattan Supreme Court on Dec. 23 for allegedly attacking a manicurist at Bloomie Nails on W. 23rd St. in Chelsea last year during a price dispute.





R&B - 'Deep' Ready to Take on Jamaica Dancehall

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By Heike Wollenweber

Deep-yardflex.jpg"What Kind of Man," brought down the house at Nico Bam Bam's birthday bash at Amnesia nightclub in Ochi, Jamaica. A duplate originally performed on the popular "Drop Leaf" riddim by DEEP, the soul R&B group from Brooklyn, NY is ready to take on Jamaican dancehall.

This is not just another pop group trying to break into the music world—ShoTime (Kenny) and Elijah, the two handsome, 19 year-old, six-foot members of DEEP have paid their dues. Inspired and influenced by music superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, the late Tupac and the Notorious BIG, they have crafted their own style through hard work-wrote their own songs, studied several musical instruments and learned to operate in a recording studio-all in a short time. Local PR entertainment outfit, Zion Rock that has done several stints for Jah Cure is pushing DEEP into the music scene here on the island.





DIRECTV to Launch World’s First 24-hour Caribbean Entertainment Channel

hypetv_logo.gifEL SEGUNDO, Calif. Dec. 15, 2005 - DIRECTV's success in providing first-rate, culturally-relevant programming continues with the addition of HYPE TV, the first and only 24-hour Caribbean music and entertainment channel. Beginning December 15, HYPE TV will be available on an a-la-carte basis for $9.99 per month with the purchase of any DIRECTV base programming package.

Based in Kingston Jamaica, Hype TV is fueled by the pulsating rhythms and vibrant traditions of the Caribbean and is designed for viewers who have cultural ties or simply desire to learn more about the region's rich heritage.





Eminem Scores Fourth #1 Bow With Curtain Call

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sq_em_curtain_call.jpgAfter a Detroit paper reported in July that Eminem was bowing out of the rap game for good, he spoke out to clarify the future of his music career, explaining that he'd take a break from recording his own rhymes to focus his creative efforts on producing other artists' material. Nearly four months later, the rapper has released a retrospective collection featuring a handful of fresh tracks, slapped with the ominous title Curtain Call.

If this is the last we'll hear from Eminem for a while, at least he's going out on a high note. Curtain Call: The Hits racked up first-week sales of nearly 441,000, earning Em the #1 spot on Billboard's albums chart - the fourth straight chart-topping debut of his career. 2004's Encore achieved week-one sales of 711,000 for a #1 debut, while 2002's The Eminem Show and 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP both sold over 1 million copies to open on top.





Idonia's 'Chicken Head' Single Blowing Up

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Idonia-CarlingtonWilmot-Photos_yardflex.jpgAidonia's 'Chicken Head' hit on 'Galore' rhythm has been getting crazy airplay, and blowing up all over FM radio in the last couple of weeks.

"We plan to do a music video before the end of the year, crazy concepts, do it the proper way. The main show for the Christmas is Sting, mi plan fi stamp mi authority, mi, mi have a element of surprise, mi have some new ting fi the people, Mi ah go do tings the proper way, the dapper way, not the snapper way, cause we set the gal dem inna position inna lotta way," he said, laughing.

Aidonia also has a new single, 'Innocent Blood' on producer Birch's
'Gangsta Rock' rhythm.

"We have nuff other things, ah just when dem fi drop and the people dem accept it," he said.





'Little Wicked' A.K.A Rasshady - Musically Inclined

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RasShadyA20051212CW.jpgYoung Andrew Cameron is one of the most competent young deejays working on the International Music scene. He may be young in age, at 28, but he is a veteran artiste, having started mashing up stage shows from the age of ten.

"LITTLE WICKED", as he was now called, because of his size and how good he was lyrically registered the fact that he is a talent to be reckoned with. During those early days, "LITTLE WICKED", went on to record quite a few songs. The first of which is titled, "Chicago Bulls", which was released in 1991 on the Prof record label. He followed up his first release with another single titled, "I Spy", which was also released on the Prof record label.

On the strength of these two singles "LITTLE WICKED" began to garner some recognition as a qualified artiste. So much so, that ace deejay, Ninja Man, having taken note of his talent and decided to take him under his wings which saw him earning the opportunity to perform at Border Clash before a huge audience in 1992, in which Little Wicked was called up on stage by Gun teeth, Gold teeth Ninja Man.





Kanye, Shakira Celebrating New Year with MTV

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kanye_west.jpgNEW YORK - MTV's annual New Year's Eve party from Times Square will feature musical performances by Kanye West, Adam Levine, Shakira and Fall Out Boy, the network announced on Monday.

The two-hour telecast, which begins at 10:30 p.m. ET (live) and PT (on tape), will have MTV VJ's Damien Fahey, Vanessa Minnillo, Quddus Philippe, La La Vazquez and Susie Castillo as hosts.

Common, All-American Rejects and Young Jeezy will also perform. There will be an appearance by the Rev. Run and his family, MTV said.

"For years, New Year's Eve on MTV has always meant the best new music to our viewers," said David Sirulnick, executive vice president, MTV News and Production. "2005 is no different, with amazing performances from some of the biggest artists from the past year. We will have wall-to-wall music straight through to 2006."





Sting's New Line Up for 2005 Includes Vybz Kartel

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VybzKartelhaircut_yardflex.jpgSupreme Promotions has released the much-anticipated Sting line-up for this year's concert. The line-up is segmented into several theme-driven areas such as Peacemakers, Starmakers, 12 Young Superstars, Dancehall Praise, Fabulous Ladies of Dance featuring D'Angel and Macka Diamond, Dancehall Praise featuring Prodigal Son, Super Seven featuring acts like Ras Ghandi and Gyptian, Peace Messenjahs featuring Half Pint, and the last segment which will cap off the show is dubbed, Most Wanted which will feature heavyweights such as Beenie Man and Portmore's homegrown hero, Vybz Kartel.





The Many Dreams of Ilano - Musical Adventure

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IlanaB20051206CW.jpgEngineer/Song writer/Artiste Delano McLaughlin more familiarly known to others by his alias 'Ilano' will no doubt be one of Jamaica's main characters behind the scenes of Jamaica’s Dancehall/reggae music.

Ilano has steadily been in the music industry for over five years now, where he started out in the position of assistant engineer for internationally acclaimed producer Dave Kelly.

Within the first six months on the job Ilano shows tremendous amount of skills that impressed Dave Kelly so, he decided to upgrade his position from assistant to Recording Engineer which saw Ilano taking vocals for well known artiste such as Baby Cham, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Foxy Brown, Kimani Marley, you name it.

As Ilano got more mature in the business, he then sailed ship to join forces with Ili Dread at Kings of Kings.





Ras Ghandi - No More Bloodshed

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Ghandi_yardflex.jpgGhandi's popular hit song, 'Bloodshed (Life is So Hard)' is rocketing up the charts, especially Richie B's Tru Juice charts, and is sitting pretty at the #22 spot. The video is getting heavy rotation on CVM, TVJ, Hype, Re TV, Music Plus and Juice TV.

"The inspiration behind the tune is what is going on in Jamaica, and how the violence is taking a toll on the innocent, and the young men. So right now, we don't need or want any more bloodshed, we want a
peaceful Christmas going into the New Year 2006, so people listen to the words, is a true song, the video is a true funeral in Christian Pen," deejay Ghandi told YARDFLEX.COM

He will be appearing at Kingston Jamboree in Tivoli Gardens, GT Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and Island Explosion in Clarendon. He will also be on Campfire and Sting 2005 at Jamworld in Portmore.





The Energy God Elephant Man's Tour Sold Out!!!

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elephant_yardflex.jpgElephant Man a.k.a. "The Energy God" has returned to Europe for a tour that has received a tremendous response from concert goers. With every show sold out, the artist, known for his impressive on stage antics, looks to wow the audience with hits like "Pon De River," "Jook Gal," "Father Elephant" and his most recent hit "Willie Bounce" which was recently added to New York's Hot 97.

Elephant Man is currently putting the finishing touches on his latest album "Over Di Wall" due out in early 2006. The artist has also recently contributed a track to Funk Master Flex's latest compilation, the new song "The Way We Roll" is starting to pick up momentum on commercial radio.

This tour represents the first time Elephant Man has returned to Europe in several years. Joining Elephant Man on the tour will be Disc Jockey Kevin Shields, Famed Dancehall Dancer Chucky, and fellow artist Kid Kirrup.





Meet the New Princess of Pop - Gwen Stefani

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gwenstefani.jpgTORONTO - All hail the new princess of pop! The day after Gwen Stefani picked up five Grammy nominations, including album of the year for her multi-platinum solo debut, Love. Angel. Music.Baby., and record of the year for Hollaback Girl, the 36-year-old singer debuted her first ever solo tour at the Air Canada Centre last night in front of a sold-out crowd.

And if there was any doubt about her royal status in pop music -- she previously fronted Orange County ska-pop outfit No Doubt -- Stefani first appeared in a tiara and robe, and sitting on a red velvet and gold throne that came out of the stage during the opening song Harajuku Girls.

Surrounded by four Japanese girl dancers, the so-called "Harajuku girls," Stefani commanded the audience from the opening note, even if the hour-and-20-minute performance was definitely of the lightweight variety in the music department.





Jeremy Harding Presents at Red Bull

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JeremyHarding.jpgJeremy Harding recently gave a lecture to the students of the Red Bull Music Academy. Below is an excerpt from a student’s online diary, who attended the session.

"Jamaica's Jeremy Harding, leading exponent of dancefloor riddims, was first up on the couch to break the mold. His lecture explored a wealth of knowledge and experience related to Reggae and Ragga history. From managing and discovering Sean Paul, to Sly and Robbie anecdotes from days gone by, Jeremy's stories niced up the mood and made us wanna whine and grine.

Naturally the conversation took a welcome turn to current affairs - at last a frank and direct commentary on the "ba**y boy" bashing phenomenon that has been in and out of the news for years.





BadGalCecile_CarlingtonWilmot.jpgCe'Cile's 'Woman Ting' radio hit, which appears on Richard Browne's 'Baddis' rhythm, is set to really take off with the release of a video on local cable stations.

"The video premiered last week, and was directed by Julia Braham, and it featured Rolex and local actor, 'Chuchu' from the play Bad Mind. Trust me, the video is hard, everybody loves it, and the buzz is really great now that the video buss. I am just looking forward to the rest of 2005, I have Stone Love anniversary coming up, I leave for Guyana next week, and after that, I have a show in Canada over the Christmas, so it's all good," the sexy singer said.

Badgal Ce'Cile has recently returned from a tour of the United States and is now back in the island preparing her stint, she will showcase on Jamaica's greatest one night reggae show Sting. She also recently had a photo session (Promotional Photos) with Carlington Wilmot one of Jamaica's best Photographers in the entertainment industry.





By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Sponsored by Tru Juice

nonko_yardflex.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Lucky You-Nanko-Downsound Records { 2wks@No1)
02 2 9 Tell Me How Come-Morgan Heritage-Don Corleon
03 3 11 Step Out-Busy Signal-Gravi-T
04 5 13 Wild 2 Nite-Shaggy & Olivia-Big Yard
05 7 14 Far From Reality-Natural Black-Don Corleon
06 4 16 Reflection-Jah Cure-Downsound Records (3wks@No1)
07 6 18 Serious Times-Gyptian-Frenz(5 wks@No.1)
08 8 9 Emergency-Vybz Kartel-Time Travel
09 9 8 Poverty-QQ-Frenz
10 10 13 Can't Get Over You-Daville - Fashowzy
11 12 11 Money In My Pocket-George Nooks &Beenie Man-Tads Intnl. Records
12 14 9 No Ordinary Love-Alaine-Don Corleon
13 16 8 Letter - Kiprich - Big Yard
14 18 3 Mama Don't Cry-Gyptian-No Doubt Records
15 17 6 Not Going Down-Busy Signal - Renaissance Records





New Jamaican Mag Exposes Back-a-Yard Lifestyle

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BACKAYARD.jpgBACKAYARD prep-mag is a locally produced Jamaican lifestyle publication devoted to promoting the broad scope of the Jamaican music scene, artists, producers, writers and musicians. As the name suggests, BACKAYARD prep-mag is the pre-cursor to BACKAYARD magazine tentatively set for release by year end.

The prep-mag and magazine will not only cover the various genres of reggae music, past and present, but also local designers, hotspots and locally produced goods and services. There will also be features on reggae music and artistes internationally.

The aim of the magazine is to depict the Jamaican lifestyle and music as accurately and unbiased as possible. The magazine's target market lies between the ages of 18 – 35. The prep-mag will be released every other month from now until the magazine is ready to be launched.





leftsideandesco.jpgThe duo, Leftside and Esco, will be pushing out the 'Galore' riddim for the Christmas.

"Basically, we went to Florida and New York did a couple of shows and we loved the response," Esco told YardFlex.com.

In the meantime, the duo's 'Tuck in Your Belly', hit the top ten of London's CHOICE FM radio, and went #1 in Trinidad, catapulting the duo into the limelight. Some of the artistes on the 'Galore' riddim are Vybz Kartel, Bling Dawg, Buju Banton, Wayne Marshall, Beenie Man, Idonia, TOK, Calico, Hollow Point, Future Troubles, Busy Signal and Tami Chynn.





Gyptian Holds a Strong Meditation - Reggae Music

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

gyptian_yardflexA.jpgYou'd be hard pressed to find a more humble artiste than singer Gyptian. He has been able to retain his easygoing persona even though he has been bombarded by accolades and hailed by many admirers since his smash hit, 'Serious Times'.

The powerful hit, 'Serious Times', is a song carved in reggae oak - solid. The terrific trifecta of Gyptian's rich, ice-cube clear sound, the mournful drums of noted Nyabinghi drummer, Bongo Herman, and the sweet saxophone of Tony Green have made the song a bona fide hit that has made FM radio in Jamaica sit up and pay attention.

It has graduated to cult status, becoming a ghetto anthem on the lips of the poverty-stricken masses. The song is all at once a call to action, a sad commentary on the country's spiraling murder count, and an earnest advice column to young males on how to survive these most 'serious of times'.





Dancehall Boy Group - TOK 'Hotter' This Christmas

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T.O.K-yardflex.jpgEven though TOK is quite busy promoting their album, Unknown Language, they have shot once again another local video, Hotter.

It was shot at Passa Passa as well as by the Old Cinema in Downtown Kingston a few weeks ago by Nordia Rose. Female deejay, Ce'Cile, Monsta Twins, Supa Hype, DJ Kareem and producer John John were among those in the biz who passed through.

TOK can be seen here in Jamaica this Christmas before they head off to tour Japan.

They perform at Smirnoff Experience's "Party with the Stars", Teen Splash as well as the GT Taylor show in St. Elizabeth. They will also be trekking across the Gulf to do some shows in the State.





Shade Sexy Jamaican Actress, Model & Artiste

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ShadeA.jpgBorn in Kingston Jamaican, statuesque, flamboyant and strikingly beautiful Simone Henry (SHADE) broke from family tradition when she decided to pursue her life long dreams as a Model, Singer & Actress. Simone (Shade) started modeling in 1994 with the well known Miguel Models & moved on to modeling with Pulse International Model Agency. Shade became a well known face appearing in Local & international Fashion Shows, Talent shows, Local news papers & magazines such as The Sky Writing Magazine.

Shade is now modeling and recording her album that is scheduled to be released June 10th - 06 with songs like Saaf and Crazy that is turning up the heat in South Florida, and the Caribbean. Performing at various fashion shows like the VP's annual Memorial Day Reggae fest, shows in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and in Jamaica and at the annual Fashion Week events in Miami. Shade's single called Saaf has been released and is available in store through out Jamaica and Miami.





VP Records Launches New Web Site

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VPrecords_yardflex.jpgVP Records announces the launch of a new web site where consumers and businesses can order directly from one of reggae music's leading distributors. The site will hold one of the largest archives of reggae music on the net and offers music in a variety of formats including CDs, DVDs, 7 inch vinyl, 12 inch vinyl, VHS cassette, and audio cassette.

Described as a 'reggae lover's dream,' www.vpreggae.com will have every reggae title in the VP Records distribution catalog of over 25,000+ available to its consumers. "The fundamental difference between VP Records Corporate site www.vprecords.com and our newly launched site www.vpreggae.com is that you can also find titles that are not on our label. There is virtually an unlimited selection of reggae music to choose from, you can pretty much find almost any reggae record ever made." Vice President Randy Chin comments.





Appleton Presents December 2 Remember

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appletondec.jpgKnown for block buster weekend activities (Appleton Temptation Island, Fusion), Appleton Jamaica Rum is committed to making its inimitable mark next month with a "December 2 Remember"! Appleton Jamaica Rum is ready to set the bar for entertainment this Christmas season.

Appleton Jamaica Rum is prepared to bring the "flavour" to the island with a two day series. First, Appleton City transforms the newly renovated Temple Hall Estate, in Stony Hill into OUR (Appleton) city, on Friday, December 16. It will be the ultimate party with three of Jamaica's top sound systems; Renaissance, Coppershot, 3rd Degree and the party animal, Kurt Riley.





nasha.jpgMIAMI, FL -- Music from up-and-coming R&B sensation Na'sha (pronounced Nay-sha) will be featured in Lion's Gate film In The Mix. She has contributed two songs - "Fire" and "Saturday" - for the romantic comedy that features Usher in his first starring role. The movie bows nationally this Wednesday, November 23.

Blending R&B, hip hop and outright soul, Na'sha is turning heads with her September 20th debut release My Story on Miami-based Pure Records. The fifteen-track ride, 14 of which were penned by Na'sha, is called "stunning- a seamless assimilation of 30 years of pop, R&B, gospel & soul," by the Miami New Times.

My Story brings out a cast of all-star talent. The album is produced by an array of hitmakers including Grammy Award winners Scott Storch (Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Terror Squad) & James Poyser (Common, Jill Scott, Leela James), Sting International (Shaggy) and R&G Productions.





Pussycat Dolls Aim for Sean Paul Duet

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Ex-sean-paul.jpgSexy girl group The Pussycat Dolls want dancehall star Sean Paul to help them continue their dominance of the pop charts.

After topping charts across the world with debut single Don't Cha, the six-piece have set their sights on a collaboration with the Jamaican We Be Burnin' hitmaker.

Pussycat Nicole Scherzinger says, "We love Sean as much as he loves us, if not more. We want to do something with him musically - Dolls meets dancehall."





One Love Peace Concert Among the Best!

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bobmarley.jpgThe famous One Love Peace Concert by legendary reggae artiste Bob Marley in Kingston on April 22, 1978, has been named among the world's greatest rock gigs.

The concert placed sixth on a list of 20 rock performances compiled by United Kingdom television station, Channel 4 and voted on by a panel of some 60 artistes, music journalists, broadcasters and music industry executives.





Super Cat - Don Dada Beaten By New York Cops

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

supercat.jpgWilliam 'Super Cat' Maragh was badly assaulted by Long Island police officers over the US Thanksgiving weekend, recently. The alleged beating took place in Long Island, NY outside of the Off Track Betting (OTB).

YardFlex.com tried to get confirmation of the alleged beating from officers based in Long Island precinct but this attempt was unsuccessful.

However, sources suggest that Super Cat attended the OTB with a friend and after placing a bet with the cashier, he noticed that it was not the bet that he wanted. When he returned to the cashier to rectify the situation, the cashier responded by telling him that the race had already begun and there was nothing that could be done at that point. Super Cat was upset by this and began to raise his voice, and by all indications, created a scene.





Jamaica's Dancehall Artiste Alozade Makes Comeback

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

alozade_yardflex.jpgAce deejay Alozade is making a spectacular comeback in the performance side of the music business after taking some time off to concentrate on producing rhythms. His latest single, 'Bad Out De' on the Baddest Ting rhythm by Richard 'Shams' Browne is earning crazy forwards in the dancehall.

"That song is getting some really good responses in Canada, the United States and the Carribean. Recently, I performed at Asylum's anniversary party, and mi get whole heap a forward,ah the show, the people dem give me crazy love," Alozade told YardFlex.com.





Kingdom Comes for Jamie Fox

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jamiefoxx_yardflex.jpgJamie Foxx will star in The Kingdom for Universal Pictures, reports Variety. The film to be directed by Peter Berg (The Rundown, Friday Night Lights), produced by Michael Mann and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, is aiming for a May start date.

Foxx will play the leader of a team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators who set out to find the perpetrators behind a deadly attack on Americans in a Middle Eastern country. In order to work through the bureaucracy and cultural hostility, the team enlists a local police officer, but still find itself target for the terrorists.

The film marks the fourth in which Mann and Foxx have worked together. Foxx co-stars with Colin Farrell in Mann's upcoming Miami Vice adaptation, scheduled for release July 28. He also starred in Mann's Collateral and Ali.





Back In The Days With Bounty Killer

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Bountykiller_yardflex.jpgOne of nine children, Rodney's destiny would be irrevocably shaped by the landscapes of inner-city Kingston, where tribalism and poverty battle for the morals of the hungry and the desperate.

Leaving Trenchtown soon after, Miss Ivy relocates her family to Riverton City, a community founded on the Kingston City dump. Once known as 'Dungle,' the sprawling rubbish heap is a vital resource to many of its inhabitants.

Clothed just by 'tear-up-batty' pants, Rodney would sneak out late at night to hear the music thundering from speaker boxes strung up in the community.

Belonging to the sound system owned by his Father, affectionately known as Breezer.





Soul Survivor Akon Lyrics

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akon.jpg[Akon]
Convict
Akon and Young Jeezy
Tryin' to take it easy
Only way to go
And So... (Lets Get It!)

[Chorus - Akon]
If you lookin' for me I'll be on the block
With my thang cocked possibly sittin' on a drop now
Cause I'm a rida (Yeah)
I'm just a Soul Survivor (Yeah)

Cause er'body know the game don't stop
Tryin' to make it to the top for your ass get popped now
If you a rida (Yeah)
Or just a Soul Survivor (Yeah)





Natty King Arrested For Ganja

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

Nattyking_yardflex.JPGNatty King, a popular dancehall reggae artiste known for the hit single, 'Don't Bring Your Guns to Town', was arrested and charged by a contingent of special qquad police in Portland for possession of ganja last Wednesday.

Natty King, who is a resident of Bath in St. Thomas rose to prominence after recording the abovementioned hit song which topped overseas and local reggae charts for several weeks. Both men were granted bail in the sum of $10,000 each and are booked to appear in the Buff Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on December 13 to answer to the charge.

The police say Natty King was spotted at a Texaco service station, smoking ganja at 2 a.m. He was accompanied by a colleague, 36 year old Uriel Phillips, also call "Fire Lion", when both were arrested for smoking the illegal drug.





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