Reggae Sumfest 2018

July 2006 Archives

Ky-Enie_DancehallReggae_SeanPaul_BeenieMan_Rihanna.jpgThe summer is heating up for Big Yard recording artist Ky-Enie. Last week the singer/songwriter had not one, but two, previously unreleased songs added to the soundtrack of Jamaica's number one underground indie film, Shottas.

Scheduled to hit the big screen in nationwide release on September 15th, Shottas' writer, director, and producer Cess Silvera promises a reworked film that boasts a hot new soundtrack. And now we can add Ky-Enie's "Ups and Downs" and "Rain" to the musical mix-up that will punctuate the dramas of Jamaican Top Shottas; Biggy, Wayne, and Mad Max. About the opportunity to work on this project Ky-Enie had this to say, "I met Cess years ago in a recording studio through another artist and from then I always hoped we'd work together someday, and today is that day."

Ky-Enie, is known in the industry for his strong musical arrangements and thoughtful lyrics, as well as his explosive stage presence. Last year he held two spots the Top Ten Reggae chart in the U.S. Virgin Islands for eight weeks with songs "Wings of an Angel" and "Don't Wanna Be Alone". And he is currently blazing the radio stations in Jamaica with "Old Time Tradition", a song that was recently re-recorded on Big Yard's Vintage riddim. In an interview from his home in Jamaica Ky-Enie reflects on the song "Rain", "When I wrote that song about six years ago it was reflecting my hope for a universal cleansing of the racism and gun violence that was really taking over Jamaica. I wished for a peaceful Jamaica and world."





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Ms. Lou to be buried next Saturday

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mslouJamaicaburried.jpgJamaica's first lady of culture, Louise Bennett-Cloverly, will be buried in a funeral service scheduled for next week Wednesday, August 9 at the Coke Methodist Church in Downtown Kingston.

Miss Lou will be buried in the National Heroes Park, and she will be interred beside her husband Eric Coverly as requested before her death.

The bodies of Miss Lou and her husband will arrive in the island on Saturday.

Information Minister Colin Campbell announced on Monday that the body will lie in state on July 7 and 8 at the National Arena.

The celebration of the life of the cultural icon will include tributes by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and Opposition Leader Bruce Golding.

Her eulogy will be read by Professor Rex Nettleford.





'Scratchy B's Mother to be Buried on Aug. 13th

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Brian 'Scratchy B' Clarke, the famed selector of Cash Money sound system is going through the darkest chapter of his young life. In two weeks, he will bury his mother who was gunned down by armed men in his Portmore community.

"Mi ah grieve wicked over mi madda, and just the brutal, graphic and violent manner in which she was killed. Even now, mi no know where it ah come from, it just evil. Right now, the whole family really miss har and it is a tragic loss for us but we're trying to
cope with it," he said.

"I would like to thank all the fans of Cash Money, and the deejays like Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Twins of Twins, and many others who have offered their condolences to me and my family."





biggie-smalls-bob-marley-videoklip.jpgLos Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has launched a new task force to investigate the unsolved 1997 killing of rap star Notorious BIG.

The new investigation comes in the face of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by BIG's mother Voletta Wallace and other relatives, who claim that rogue police officers were involved in the killing, the Los Angeles Times said.

Evidence discovered by the new task force could help the city in its argument against the family's claims.

An initial lawsuit filed by the Wallace family ended in a mistrial in July of 2005 after just three days of testimony when an anonymous tip led to the discovery that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a prison informant linking the killing to former officers David Mack and Rafael Perez.





Oprah: "I'm not gay"

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Oprah&GayleKing.jpgOprah Winfrey and her friend Gayle King want to be clear - they are not gay.

In the August issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, the US talk-show host explains that some people misunderstand her close friendship with King.

"I understand why people think we're gay,'' she says.

"There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it - how can you be this close without it being sexual?''

In a long article, Winfrey, 52, and King converse about their 30 years of friendship and ''four-times-a-day phone calls.''

The two friends say they would have no problem telling the public if they were in a sexual relationship.

"The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you, because there's nothing wrong with being gay,'' says King.





Ms Lou & 'Mas Ran' to Return Home

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mslouJamaica.jpg'Ms. Lou;, Jamaica's favourite cultural ambassador, will be accorded an official funeral, the government announced recently. A special planning committee, headed by Minister of Tourism, Entertainment & Culture, Aloun Assamba, will be responsible for coordinating arrangements for the funeral. But no exact date for the funeral has yet been announced.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller also said that in keeping with Miss Lou's wishes to be buried by the side of her husband, arrangements are being made to have his body and that of Miss Lou's returned to Jamaica from Canada for the official funeral. Meanwhile, a special thanksgiving service to celebrate Bennett-Coverley's life will be held in Toronto next Thursday, August 3.

'Miss Lou', born Lousie Bennett-Coverley, died on July 26, at a hospital in Toronto, Canada. She was 86. She is survived by a son.
Condolence books for Miss Lou are to be opened at all overseas missions and at the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, the Institute of Jamaica and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.





Interntional Dancehall Queen Kicks off Tonight

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DancehallQueenA.jpgAll roads lead to Pier One tonight as the 10th staging of the International Dancehall Queen event kicks off. And it promises to be a big one, almost as international in scope as the United Nations. Big Head Promotions is anticipating the largest ever complement of dancers with contestants drawn from the USA, Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Trinidad, Barbados and England.

So far, more than 40 dancers have been confirmed to participate in the event, which will be held at Pier One in Montego Bay tomorrow.
Another major feature of this year's staging of the event will be awarding a scholarship valued $100,000 to a needy relative of last year's Dancehall Queen winner, Shanique Taylor. Taylor died earlier this year from pemphigus, a rare skin disease, even though there were newspaper reports that suggested that she had died as a result of "obeah".

The Dancehall Queen Contest started 10 years ago as a small community show. Since then, it has grown into an international event, attracting scores of entrants from other countries. Red Label recently inked a three-year sponsorship deal with the organizers of the contest. The deal is reportedly worth $6.6 million and the contract period will end in 2008.





Jennifer Lopez's Night Behind Bars

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J'lo_JenniferLopoz_SeanPaul_Dancehall.jpgDetails of Jennifer Lopez's night in jail are to be revealed for the first time in a new book written by one of the cops on duty the night she and then-lover P DIDDY were arrested. In his expose, NOTORIOUS C.O.P: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE TUPAC, BIGGIE AND JAM MASTER JAY INVESTIGATIONS FROM THE HIP-HOP COP, DERRICK PARKER recalls Lopez sobbing as she was handcuffed to her cell door.

Lopez and rap mogul Diddy, real name SEAN COMBS, were arrested as they attempted to flee from a New York nightclub after a shooting incident in 1999.

Lopez, who has always maintained she had nothing to do with the incident and has never been charged, seemed "traumatised" by her first night behind bars, according to Parker. He tells US tabloid the National Enquirer, "The cops had her handcuffed roughly to the top of the cell cage. (She was) still in her little club outfit, a long pink coat with fur on the collar.

"J.Lo was crying and upset - her agitation exacerbated by the fact that her arms had been locked upright in an uncomfortable position for at least an hour... (She was) breaking down."





Farenheit Launches Port Antonio Virgin

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Farenheit_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae_BeenieMan.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Farenheit, the self-styled Jamaican soul crooner who came onto the music scene in the nineties is set to launch his new album in July. The new album "Port Antonio Virgin", is a follow up to his critically acclaimed first "Fringe to Fore" and will be unveiled to press and public on the July 30th at the Caves in Negril West End.

The textured album features Farenheit flexing his musical muscles, and enjoys a heavier injection of dancehall flavour. The album features collaborations with Kurupt, Sizzla, Loogaman, and Sean Paul. The project will be released on the Mystic Urchin Label and distributed by All Access Distribution.

The launch will take place overlooking the ocean, on the sand at The Caves. The party is open to the public and will feature a listening session, an intimate acoustic set from Farenheit, giveaways, appearances by collaborators on the album.

The uber talented singer from the Mystic Urchin camp is already planning a 20 city US tour to promote the project.





By: Jigga Mattic

janet_jackson_PDiddy_Dancehall_SeanPaul.jpgCelebrity guest list? Fireworks? Manic media coverage? Major security presence? You know it must be a celebrity wedding. And unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, you will already know that Beenie Man and D'Angel's glamorous nuptials will be held in August this year, and on Beenie's brithday as well.

YardFlex.Com has learned that the plans for the August 22nd affair are far advanced, but the location will be kept secret until only a few days before the date.

"Everything's going according to plan. We're not planning on doing the wedding at the UWI Chapel, and in fact, only those who are going to get invited will know where exactly the wedding is going to be held because it is not something I wanna disclose right now. What I want the public to know is that D'Angel is a die-hearted entertainer, and whether pregnant or not, I am going to fulfil my dreams. I am happy, comfortable and looking for the best for the future."





Reggae Sunsplash Block Party This Saturday

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ReggaeSunsplashJamaica_SeanPaul.jpgAn adrenaline-charged block party will highlight the final Sunsplash Trails showcase on Dominica Drive in New Kingston on Saturday, July 29.

The Trails features soca star Machel Montano as well as Assassin, Mr. Vegas and Junior Kelly. The accompanying Fresh Sound Competition gives upcoming artistes the opportunity to showcase their talent, and based on audience response, get a chance to perform at the 2006 staging of the bMobile Reggae Sunsplash at Richmond Estate, St. Ann from August 3-6. The Fresh Sound Auditions commence at 5pm and run until 8pm on Dominica Drive.

Recorded music will be provided by Marlon Young, Kurt Riley and Razz and Biggy while Tricia 'Wild Child' Spence and Miss Kitty will host the show. Patrons will get the chance to win bMobile phones, phone accessories and tickets to dancehall night of the bMobile Reggae Sunsplash.





Water Come A We Eye, MS Lou Dies At 86

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mslou200603.jpgThe Hon. Dr. Louise Bennett-Coverley died in a Toronto hospital in Canada after collapsing at home. She was 86 years old.

The woman, affectionately known as Miss Lou by fans and admirers, was installed as a fellow of the Institute of Jamaica in 2003. She has a sterling record as a folklorist, writer and pioneer in the performing arts in Jamaica, and was the recipient of several accolades from the Institute of Jamaica. Among these are the Silver and Gold Musgrave Medals. She was awarded the Silver Musgrave for Dialect and Folklore in 1965 and the Gold Medal for Poetry and the Arts in 1978.

She was also the recipient of the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in Folklore and Art. She had migrated to Jamaica in the early 1980s where she lived overseas with her husband.

She was last in Jamaica as a guest of the government at that year’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations in 2003. During that time, she addressed an audience at the Little Theatre during the presentation of the Michael Manley Award for Community Self-Reliance award, making an impact that will not soon be forgotten. Eyewitnesses who were there said that it was a special event that will live on in the lexicon of Jamaican culture.





Shoshana's Super Sweet 16 Party

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By: Jigga Mattic
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5,4,3,2,1.....Happy Birthday Shoshana, the crowd of over 100 teenagers shouted as Shoshana Lee, the daughter of Gordon Lee and Deborah Cole, and also the grand-daughter of singer Judy Mowatt celebrated her sweet 16 birthday party last night in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.

Unlike other celebrity sweet 16 parties where the hostess of the moment spends the majority of their time at the party kicking people out who they did not invite, Shoshana instead chose to spend the time dancing with her friends, thanking her parents and enjoying the cake. She was the consummate social butterfly, flitting from conversation to conversation to make everyone feel welcome. And get this people, she only changed her outfit twice. How about that for self-control?





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rihanna_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae.jpgNEW YORK (July 24, 2006) - Rihanna is about to be pretty "happy."

As her song, "Unfaithful," continues its Top 10 reign on the pop and digital charts, Def Jam recording artist Rihanna's second album, "A Girl Like Me," turns the corner past RIAA platinum for U.S. sales in excess of 1 million units.

At the same time, it has been announced that Rihanna has been chosen to represent Clinique's "Happy" fragrance in a new campaign to begin in December.

Rihanna's fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo (who co-wrote "Unfaithful") has been commissioned to compose an original song, "Just Be Happy," to be recorded by Rihanna says Clinique, "expresses the spirit of happiness in music much the same way Clinique Happy does in fragrance."

Celebrating her success, Rihanna will be seen on a trifecta of television appearances Tuesday, starting with a performance of "Unfaithful" on ABC's The View, followed by a performance of "S.O.S." and "Kisses Don't Lie" on the ABC daytime drama All My Children.





sq-janet-dupri-ray-carpet.jpgATLANTA -- Janet Jackson says finding love with longtime boyfriend and producer Jermaine Dupri gave her a new perspective on life while recording her new album.

"I always wanted to find love," she said. "Now, that I found love, I'm in a different space now.

"Jermaine is drama-free," the 40-year-old singer said at news conference Friday to promote the upcoming album, "20 Years Old." "He's a very giving person. The challenges have been all joy working with Jermaine."

Dupri produced a few tracks on the album, which is set for release on Sept. 26. Longtime collaborators Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis pitched in as well.





Wayne Marshall to star in NFPB campaign

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WayneMarshall_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae_BeenieMan_SexyGirls.jpgBudding international superstar Wayne Marshall, has decided to lend his voice and talent to the cause of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB). A contract signing attended by Marshall, his road manager Ilan McKenzie, NFPB Director of Outreach Janet Davis and Leo O’Reggio NFPB Communications Officer, took place at the NFPB Sylvan Road office on Wednesday afternoon, July 5. Marshall has come on board with the NFPB's new campaign, which will focus on safe sex, and family planning, targeting various age groups. Widely known to be a devoted father, Marshall didn’t hesitate when approached by the NFPB.

"I was impressed by the NFPB's plans for the campaign, and I felt that at this point in my life and career, I would definitely be able to assist them wholeheartedly, as I strongly believe in good family planning and I already have some experience promoting safe sex. I owe a lot of my success to my supportive parents, so I feel it is only right I do the same for my son, and ensure he has the opportunities I did," said Marshall. "We as Jamaican fathers need to take responsibility for our children, and realise that the giant family thing can't work again, not in the current social climate. Too much youths falling by the wayside and picking up gun," he added.





DMX Year of the Dog, Again IN STORES AUGUST 1

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Who is DMX?:

dmxyearofthedogagain.jpg"I don't make music to make songs," says the record-breaking hip-hop icon DMX, "I make music to record my life."

DMX, the legendary Ruff Ryder who's sold 20 million albums, is back in the saddle with his eagerly-awaited sixth solo outing, Year Of The Dog, Again, his first since 2003's Grand Champ, the album that made him the only artist in the history of the Billboard Top 200 to have his first five albums debut consecutively at #1. Beyond iconic, DMX has been the voice of the hood since he first burst onto the scene as a representative of the street movement and record label, Ruff Ryders.

As hip-hop is assimilated into the cultural mainstream, it's time for the long overdue and much needed return of rap's prophetic visionary, DMX.

DMX is currently working with fellow Ruff Ryder and production mastermind Swizz Beatz (who's been on-board DMX's entire career as well as producing smash tracks for a hip-hop elite including Eve, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim, and Destiny's Child).





By: Claude Mills
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DancehallArtisteSpice_SeanPaul_BeenieMan_Rihanna_VybzKartel.jpgDeejay Grace 'Spice' Hamilton's older brother, Donovan Hamilton, was killed violently last Thursday, the night she was scheduled to perform during Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest.

"The funeral for my brother is next week, and right now, the family is just trying to cope, I don't want to talk about it right now," Spice told YardFlex.Com.

Friends of the entertainer say that "Spice's older brother got into a knife fight with another man, they stabbed each other, and both of them died". She heard about her brother's death just minutes before she hit the Sumfest stage, and delivered a blistering
performance.





Fully_Loaded_flyer.jpgDon't miss
FULLY LOADED--10TH ANNIVERSARY

The Hustla Rick Ross, straight outta the Dirty South, comes to Jamaica with the Haitian Hip-Hop wonder Wyclef Jean to face Jamaica's finest Sizzla Kalonji, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Wayne Marshall, Tony Matterhorn, Skyjuice, Ricky Trooper, Black Cat and many, many more.

Sunday, July 30th
James Bond Beach, Oracabessa, JA

To many this year's Fully Loaded is considered as the ultimate party for the summer. What better way to take on the summer heat - Only at Fully Loaded on the beach front of Oracabessa.

Again - Don't miss Jamaica's Premium Summer Beach Party! For more info email:

solidevents@cwjamaica.com or call 1-888-4-LOADED.





Cheating Rihanna Inspired Chart-Topper

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Riahanna_SeanPaul_Dancehall_reggae_BeenieMan.jpgPop star Rihanna wrote the hit song Unfaithful to remind people that women are just as guilty as men when it comes to cheating in relationships.

The 18-year-old singer was inspired to write the song from her own personal experience, after she had an affair behind a boyfriend's back.

She explains, "It's not anything I'm proud of, but this album is called A Girl Like Me because all of the songs are personal experiences. I felt like I had to sing about being unfaithful because there are a lot of girls who have been and are unfaithful and don't want to say it. But, hello, it's reality. We always talk about the guys being unfaithful dogs, but people forget that girls cheat too!"





Empress Poised for Stardom

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empress_SeanPaul_SexyGirls_BeenieMan_Rihanna_Dancehall.jpgEmpress aka Empress Camielle {poised for stardom} is a young and new artiste to the world's musical stage. She has been involved in music from a child. Growing up between Jamaica, the USA and Australia has had a huge influence on her sound. Musically she loves soul, old time reggae, hip hop and flavors of the dancehall.

She has travelled to over 13 countries with music, television commercials and other creative projects. Empress is the newest VJ and Television Host on RE TV (Jamaica's number 1 reggae entertainment station). She hosts the top ten and VIP Backstage shows. She is a strong and determined Leo, with a killer personality and a killer voice.

Releasing singles with Sony & Warner Music previously in Australia, Empress has absorbed the runnings of the music business. She's tasted success and dabbled in many musical genres. Living back in Jamaica and making an album has been her goal and that's what she is doing. She sleeps 3-4 hours a night and is ready to take the world by storm.





Tight dress makes Miss Universe faint

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By Bernie Woodall

Puerto_Rico_MissUniverse_SeanPaul.jpgLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forty minutes into her reign as Miss Universe, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed during a post-pageant news conference and was rushed offstage on Sunday night.

Pageant officials immediately said the lithe 5-foot-9 18-year-old was all right and had fainted.

"She's OK. She's fine," pageant representative Lark Anton told Reuters. "She got dizzy. Its very hot up here. Her dress is tight - as you could see it was beaded and heavy. She passed out."

Anton said Mendoza "had plenty to eat today," when pressed for the beauty queen's condition before she fainted at the centre of the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, where she had become the 55th Miss Universe before an international television audience less than an hour earlier.

Mendoza attended the pageant's Coronation Ball after recovering from her collapse, according to guests including Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organisation. "Yes, she's fine," Trump said as he left.





BountyBeenieYardFlex_SeanPaul_Rihanna_Dancehall.jpgArchrivals Bounty Killer and Beenie Man dragged their ongoing 'war of words' deeper into the bowels of bad taste during Stormfront at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay on Thursday night.

Not content with belittling each other, they have descended into that most foul of preoccupations -- talking about each other's mothers.
BK hit the stage at about 3:30 a.m sporting a black blazer with the words 'cross, angry, miserable' emblazoned across it, and a pair of black pants. BK then intimated that Beenie Man had previously disrespected 'Ms Ivy' (Bounty's mother) and proceeded to announce to the 8,000 strong crowd that Beenie's mother "ah live inna one house that ah leak".

Killer asked: "Who ah the biggest gyal clown inna Jamaica? After me dash weh ole rubbish oonu go back go pick it up like janitor."
This reference was in relation to Beenie Man's upcoming marriage to D'Angel, who had been in a previous relationship with Bounty Killer for the past seven years.





Rakell_Brazil-SeanPaul_ElephantMan_Rihanna-Dancehall.jpgRaquel Sa was born on February 17th 1983 in Fortaleza, Brazil to musician parents. At a very early age it was evident that she shared the same passion that emerges from the various styles of the Bossa Nova, the Samba and the Timbales of Salvador Bahia, among others. At just 8 years old, Raquel formed part of a dance troupe made up of her sister and two cousins.

The group performed with great success in several contests mainly those of the Lambada: a style of dance that was sweeping Brazil at that time. At the age of 14 she began to contribute more significantly to her musical foundation by joining local singing groups and doing live performances. It was this exposure to a vibrant public that convinced her of her future life as a star.

At the age of 17 Raquel moved to Barcelona with her family, balancing studies with music and dance, still participating in local dance groups when possible. On her first trip to Jamaica in 2003, she fell in love with the music and the culture of Dance Hall. During this period she was introduced local producers and Djs that were impressed by her singing and dancing ability.

Thus was born the idea to create a unique and contagious sound based on the fusion of Hip Hop, Dance Hall and Brazilian drum beats. Raquel is currently living in Kingston, Jamaica where she is continuing her voice training in preparation for the recording of her second demo. New demo coming soon!!





AprilA_Sexygirls_Dancehall-SeanPaul-Rihanna.jpgI'm April, a Jamaican model and fashion design student from Long Island. Sexy, Funny, Sweet, a lady you'll love to meet. . .getting a chance to know me, that'll be a treat!

Height:5'9" - Weight: 135 - Bust: 34C
Waist: 26 - Hips: 37 - Dress: 4

Runway Experiences
-Nassau Community College's Annual Spring Fashion Show, April 2005
-Hunter College's Annual Spring Fashion Show, March 2006
-St. John's University's Spring Fashion Show, April 2006
-Fashion Institute of Technology's Style Market/Design Mavens Fashion Show, April 2006
-Turtle Culture Preview Fashion Show for MTV2's Fight Club, April 2006
-Designs by Alicia P. Fashion Show, Club Deep May 2006

Television:
-Turtle Culture Preview Fashion Show for MTV2's Fight Club, April 2006
-News12 Long Island/Bloomingdales Bikini Special at Jones Beach, June 2006nah





Death Sparks in The Cash Money Family

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cash_monday1_front_BeenieMan_SeanPaul.jpgPopular Cash Money selector 'Scratchy B' is in mourning this morning after his mother was gunned down by armed men in Portmore, St. Catherine last night.

According to the reports from the police, Scratchy B's mother, Eulalee Clarke, 60, was at home at about 9 p.m. when two armed men approached the house located on Germaine Road in Westchester. They opened fire hitting her. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The St. Catherine South police are investigating.

YardFlex.Com extends condolences to the Clarke family, as well as to the Cash Money sound on behalf of the entire entertainment community.





AfricanModels_SeanPaul_BeenieMan_SexyGirls_DancehallReggae.jpgThe 12 remaining semi-finalists for Nokia Face of Africa 2006 have left Botswana (home of last year's winner Kaone Kario) for Cape town where they are to have their second Model Boot- Camp. The African queens were initially 17 in number selected from across the African continent during 12 casting sessions held in 12 African cities and were taken to Gaborone (Botswana) on June 26th for the first Camp eliminating five of them.

Tanzania's sexy Zuhura Mrisho Watuta and Kenya's law student Gertrude Ogada along with Chipo Ngoyi (Zambia),Phumelele Mtshali (South Africa), and Selamawit Adamu Teshale (Ethiopia) headed home after the first round elininations.

The remaining ones include Uganda's Muniirah Namakula, 21, 5'11, Andenyi Anjalo, 21, from Kenya, Aisha Danjuma, 22, and Ishioma Onyebo, 18,1.76m (5'9"), from Nigeria, Catherine Hemans-Yankey (Ghana), in addition to Deline Maiyiwa, 21, from Zimbabwe,Kea Basima, 19, from Botswana, Sandra Bigirimana, 18, from Burundi, Mirash, 21, from Ghana and Venantia Otto, 18, from Namibia.





'Passion' - Sexy Jamaican Beauty

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SexyGirls-SeanPaul_ElephantMan-DancehallLyrics.jpgName: Nicole 'Passion' Weller
Age: 25
Date of birth: April 1, 1981
Qualities looking for in a man: honest, caring and a good personality.
Pet Peeve: I hate men who tell lies and are pretentious.

Although she was born on April Fools Day, this sassy spunky 25 year-old actress is nobody's fool. With a body to die for and a wit and intelligence to match, 'Passion' has been busy inflaming the hearts and groins of legions of male dancehall fans across Jamaica with her feline moves in videos.

She played the mute dancer on Royal Palm Estate, chowed down on live lizards in last year's reality show, 'Golden Nuggets' (she placed third), and later, landed a minor role in the indie film, 'Glory to Gloriana'. She has also racked up credits in music videos such as Tanto Metro and Devonte's 'Good Times, Bad Times' and MJ and Beenie Man's 'Get Loose'.

She also has a killer sense of humour as demonstrated on the set of the Leftside and Esco medley project when her wig fell off right in the middle of a dancing scene. She burst out in gales of wild feminine laughter, and even rolled around on the ground before she was able to finally compose herself.





AsafaPowell_SeanPaul-Music-Reggae_Dancehall_SexyGirls.jpgNigel Powell, the 31 year-old brother of 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, is making his first tentative steps into the challenging world of entertainment. He is now managing the singing group, CK5, which you might know as H5 which did so well in last year's Digicel Rising Stars competition.

He has been a teacher for eight years, working two years at Tivoli High and the remainder at Charlie Mount High school. A graduate of the Edna Manley school, he teaches music, and is proficient at playing the sax, bass guitar, and the piano. His brother, Asafa, is a whiz at the bass and electric (rhythm) guitar. The brothers will be co-managing CK5.

"Asafa and I will manage them, they are some youths that we believe in," Mr. Powell told YardFlex.Com. "All of we grow up together, I met one of the members, Dwight at the local Church of God where we worship, and the other guys live in the Waterloo district."





Elphant Man Set To Rock Reggae Sumfest

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Top flight dancehall deejay Elephant Man is looking forward to another stellar performance when he grace the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest stage on July 20 at Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay, St. James.

Elephant Man has consistently delivered top-class show at one of the greatest reggae festival on Earth. And this year, the deejay plans to take his performance to a higher level.

Highly credited with bringing back dancing into the dancehall with his dance-oriented songs, Elephant Man has mastered his stage craft. There's never a dull moment with Elephant Man. With a seemingly inexhaustible energy source, he throws himself into everything he does. He performs with abandon.





JuniorGongSunplash.jpgGrammy award winning artiste Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, the youngest son of music icon and legend Bob Marley, may be one of the major acts performing on Reggae Sunsplash's 'World Beat Night' on August 4th. This is exactly 25 years after his father delivered a legendary performance at the landmark event, and 14 years after Damian himself made his Sunsplash debut.

Jr. Gong reached sensational heights with the Tuff Gong/Universal album "Welcome To Jamrock" which featured Nas, Bobby Brown, and Black Thoughts. The album, a caustic melding of dancehall and old school roots reggae became an urban phenomenon soon after its Summer of 2005 release, making highly charged cameos on street-level mixtapes and urban radio in major cities across the USA. The album sold over 86,000 units in its first week on the strength of the single.





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New York: Four of the hottest dancehall stars � Capleton, Beenieman, Buju Banton and Baby Cham along with Cocoa T and veteran crooner Gregory Isaacs are among the stars confirmed for Irie Jamboree 2k6, which take place at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday, September 3rd 2006.

"We are very excited about the lineup this year and feel especially happy given the fact the Capleton has not performed at a major event in New York for quite some time. Gregory, a favorite among reggae fans in the tri-state has not performed at an outdoor event in New York for more than a decade" Bobby Clarke of Irie Jamboree said.

Clarke also disclosed that for the very first time, the event will feature launch parties in Jamaica , Miami and New York .

"This is the very first time that a major North American Reggae festival will host launch parties in three cities. This it is an important next step that we must take as the event grows" he said.





R&B Sensation Bobby Valentino Returns!

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bobby.jpgR&B Sensation and male "Soul of DTP", Bobby Valentino, returns to the spotlight with the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, "Special Occasion" which will be released by DTP/Island Def Jam on September 19th. Showcasing his vocal talents through a 14-track masterpiece, the album is beautifully balanced with harmonious, sexy, melodious ballads and mid-tempos synonymous with his signature sound. Valentino's evolution as one of the most respected songwriters and artists today will be undeniable once listeners get a glimpse of "Special Occasion," arguably his best body of work to date.

With Valentino co-writing more than three quarters of "Special Occasion," the new album also boasts songwriting and production credits from award winning hit makers such as Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Tim & Bob, Bryan Michael Cox and Dre & Vidal. On the heals of success off of the album's buzz single, "Wreck," a Sean Garrett produced track where Valentino sings and smoothly rhymes over a catchy, up tempo beat, the album's soon to be released, first official single will be the Rodney Jerkin's produced song, "Turn the Page" a heartfelt and emotional ballad about trust, love and taking chances in a relationship.





By: Jigga Mattic
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

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Mr. Lex a.k.a The Prince has been confirmed for International Night at this year's Reggae Sunsplash show on August 5th at the Richmond Estate venue in St.Ann.

Mr. Lex who is known for his elaborate entrances, and his witty banter in between songs told YardFlex.Com; "I wanted to be on international night, that is the real night."

'International Night' will also feature Tanya Stephens, Inner Voice, Steel Pulse, UB40, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Shinehead, Beenie Man and Rik Rok.

He has a number of new singles which are in regular rotation on the radio such as 'We Say Party' on the Raw rhythm, 'Dem No Build No Gun', the popular 'Bad Inna Dance' on the Gully Slime rhythm, and 'Reggae's Real' featuring Luciano, and the Las Vegas-based
Bonafide band.





Dancehall Group Voice Mail's Album Mines Gold

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Voice Mail Signs With bmobile, Album Goes Gold in Japan

voicemailperforming1.jpgJamaica's hottest male vocal group Voice Mail has mined gold in Japan with shipments of over 100,000 copies of its debut album Hey. The album which features production work from a plethora of Jamaica's top music producers including Robert Livingston, Christopher Birch, and Donovan Bennett, has been visible on the major music charts in Japan over the past few months.

The success of the album comes as good news for the group, which has been making strides within the past two years with a handful of dance oriented hits on the Jamaican and international reggae charts.

'We are happy the way things have been moving and we are just thankful for the support from our fans, the media and our friends', group member O'Neil said.





Remy MA Saddles to The East With Bounty Killer

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RemyMa.jpgHip Hop diva Remy Ma is saddled up to appear with legendary Dancehall deejay (MC) Bounty Killer for the highly anticipated revival of his annual celebrity charity benefit Saddle to the East on August 26th.

Remy, who will be making her first Jamaican appearance on July 15 th for the island's reigning queen of the Dancehall Lady Saw's birthday bash, has recently been added to the all star line up for Saddle to the East 2006 which includes Bad Boy recording artist Elephant Man, Hip Hop turntable scientist Green Lantern, Vybz Kartel, Wayne Wonder, Capleton, Wayne Marshall, Busy Signal and a slew of Jamaica's biggest and best Dancehall/Reggae entertainers.

Returning after a fiver year hiatus, the organizers of Saddle to the East are donating the proceeds to Upliftment Jamaica, a not-for-profit organization, providing health, education, and social services for the residents of St. Thomas, one of Jamaica's most underdeveloped and impoverished parishes.

"The fact that Remy Ma is coming all this way to help raise money for the people of St. Thomas says to me that she is one of those rare entertainers that unselfishly gives of themselves for the benefit of those less fortunate." states St. Thomas native Gary Foster, Chairman of Upliftment Jamaica, and Vice President of Russell Simmon's RUSH Communications.





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Former Dancehall Queen Carlene's Sister Died

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carleme1.gifCarlene Smith, former Dancehall Queen, is now in the United States to
attend a funeral for her sister, Aldred 'Donna' Johnson who died recently on July 4th, Independence Day in the United States.

"At first, they thought it was a heart attack, but the autopsy said
that it is not, so we're doing more tests and we will know the results in three weeks. Donna had become a Christian, and she was the lead singer in the choir at the time of her death," Carlene, who was in attendance at Christine Hewitt's funeral on Saturday, told YardFlex.Com.
The funeral service was held yesterday.





NINJAMAN AND HIS 'RUNAWAY' BRIDE
By: Claude Mills
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NinjaMan-Married.jpgIn the world of dancehall these days, it seems everybody's going to the chapel. YardFlex has just learned that Desmond 'Don Gorgon' Ballentyne is planning to tie the knot next Saturday with Wendy Brown, a woman he has called the "love of his life", in a special VIP invitation-only event at Beaches Boscobel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann on July 22nd .

"I am getting married, I am in love, me is a loving yute, Wendy is the one for me, ah just so it look and so it seem. Mi love her completely," Ninjaman said.

This is not the Don Gorgon's first time down the aisle, but the first ended in divorce three months later. However, the approaching marriage may well be in jeopardy before the walk down the aisle because the bride-to-be is getting jittery, and if you listen to her friends and family, she has all right to be.

Wendy Brown is the sister of his babymother, Keisha, with whom he has fathered a six year-old son, a fact that has set off a firestorm of criticism in the parish of St. Ann. The impending marriage has apparently driven a rift between the sisters, and the Brown family is reeling. In an exclusive interview with YardFlex.com, Wendy explained her feelings and her relationship with Ninjaman.

"Ninjaman and I had been friends for years, but a year ago fell in love," Ms. Brown, 34, said. "It's all very difficult, I have lost my family, the only sister who I love, and now I am about to lose my children, because my family is raging about. He is a nice person, and a good person, it's really rocking me, the world is against us but I am so much in love."





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It's Official. The biggest bootlegg movie of all times, hits the big screen on September 15th, 2006!

The movie that has been nicknamed, The Jamaican Scarface, Shottas will make it's theatrical debut across the United States late summer.

Distributed by Sony/Screen Gems, the official release of one of the most popular movies ever with an allstar caribbean cast, is sure to become a box office hit.

Shottas Part 1 hits the big time!

Cess Silvera, the writer, director, and producer of Shottas, is confident and proud of the finished masterpiece. "Shottas has been re-edited, and Stephen Marley has redone the music score. The movie is in new form. You've never seen Shottas like this before. Clarity, surround sound, quality, and you do not want to miss the opening three minutes. It's ridiculously sick. Shilo, I can't even disclose the opening scene to you. Everyone just have to get to the theatre early."

Shottas has inspired movies such as 'City Of God', and is now officially the biggest ever bootlegg movie to date. According to Cess, 'we have to prove to the industry, to Hollywood, that our movies can sell. The bootleggers owe us,' Cess remarked laughing. 'You all have one or two bootlegg copies. It's payback time now.'

Everyone is asking about Shottas part two.

Well, the wait will soon be over, but we must do our part to support our own. The filming of part two takes place in October 2006, and is slated for an early 2007 release.





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

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01 2 11 Dutty Wine-Tony Matterhorn-Hyperactive Entertainment (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 14 Heart Attack-Beenie Man-Fire Links (1wk@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Weh Dem A Do-Mavado-Pure Music NM
04 5 12 Temperature-Sean Paul-Jah Snow Cone U-1
05 4 16 Gash Dem-Chuck Fenda-Juke Boxx (5wks@#1) D-1
06 6 12 Haffi Get It-Sizzla-Stainless Records NM
07 7 14 Bad Man Forward-Elephant Man-Fire Links NM
08 9 11 The Prayer (Oh Lord)-Little Hero-Inspire U-1
09 8 19 Too Much Gun-Busy Signal-H2O D-1
10 10 19 Nuh Badda Mi-Mr. Perfect-Pure and Clean (2wks@#1) NM
11 11 11 Talk To Me-Buju Banton-H2O NM
12 15 6 On My Mind-Daville-Fashowzy U-3
13 13 9 Forgot Them - Wayne Marshall-Legends NM
14 14 9 One Man-Beenie Man & D'Angel-Fire Links NM
15 16 9 Red Bull & Guinness-Delly Ranks/Chino-Pure Music U-1
16 12 15 Bad Man Forward-Ding Dong-VP Records D-4
17 18 9 Bad Boy Romeo-Smoke-Outta Road Records U-1
18 19 7 Don't Come Tell Me-Prophecy-Explorer U-1
19 20 5 Dem Nuh Build Great Man-Jah Cure/Fanton Mojah-Downsound Records U-1
20 21 6 Bounce-TOK-Stainless Records U-1





Kisima Music Awards in Kenya

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By: Senabulya Frank
Correspondent East Africa

bebecool3.jpgThe entertainment scenario in East Africa is once again blessed with an award giving ceremony due to take place in Kenya's capital Nairobi come 15th July this 2006. According to Victor Mayeya ,the CEO of the event,it will be boosted by South African music television Channel O to show and market this event across the continent and beyond.Channel O is also to hand over the best artist award during the event in its recognition among other related activities to take place that day.

Unlike in the ended Kilimanjaro Music Awards in Tanzania which seemed to focus on only its artists and Peal of Africa Music Awards yet to happen in Uganda latter this year,Kisima music Awards in Kenya are to give a real UTAKE (Uganda ,TAnzania,KEnya) taste as it brings together various musician from all the three countries that make up the East African Community as they share lake Victoria believed to mother the source of river Nile.





Alicia Keyes is in Jamaica! - & More To Read

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What's Cracking With Jigga Mattic

BabyCham&AliciaKeys1.JPGYo, the rock is percolating with lots of crazy stuff. Starting this Thursday, and every Thursday after this, we start a new feature called 'What's Cracking' with our favourite juvenile delinquent Jigga Mattic who has just returned from vacation. He's well-rested and dying to give you the inside skinny on what's cracking on the Rock.

ALICIA KEYES IS IN JAMAICA!

Grammy award winning singer Alicia Keyes has been in the island for the past two days to shoot scenes for a video for the remix of the single, 'Ghetto Story Part Two' with Baby Cham. She reportedly stayed at the Courtleigh Hotel, and on Monday, went to Sherlock to shoot scenes in front of Baby Cham's house. A big-name politician who we cannot name here came to even get autographs for his kids. Sharon Burke of Solid Agency was also spotted at the location.





Deacon & School Boys Face 52 Charges

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Jigga Mattic
YardFlex Reporter

Girl_crying_after_ordeal.jpgDisgraced deacon of the Dayton Church, 47-year-old Donavon James otherwise called "Uncle Jimmy", 18-year-old James Rodgers, Shamar Morgan, 18, and a 15-year-old boy were charged last night and appeared in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court today to answer a battery of criminal charges.

The four accused face a total of 52 charges ranging from indecent assault; aiding and abetting in the indecent assault; conspiracy after the fact, assault with intention to rape, cruelty to a child and failure to report the ill-treatment of a child, under the
Child Care and Protection Act 2004.





rastafarian2_150.jpg'Sugar Mommies', a play centred around the issue of sex tourism in Jamaica, especially the practice of older Caucasian women coming to the island resorts to 'get their grooves back' with young nubile black men.

The plot focuses on white women from the UK and US who come to Jamaica to be with 'rastatutes' or 'rent-a-dreads', and comes with a high price for the 'milk bottles' or 'whiteys' as the white woman are supposedly called. The play debuts on August 5 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre next month.

Playwright Tanika Gupta traveled to Jamaica, and conducted 240 interviews with females, primarily sex tourists, in order to do research for the project. The play will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Canadian-born actress Linda Bellingham. It will run through to September 2.





stephenmarley.jpgThe long-time beef between Bunny Wailer and Lee "Scratchy" Perry forced the re-scheduling of a date in upstate New York recently. Promoters had to quickly postpone the concert and Stephen Marley has been added to the line-up.

Initially slated for Sunday, June 25, Stephen will co-headline the "Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival" through 17 US cities. Along with his brother Ziggy, Stephen is sure to deliver tracks from his Mind Control solo debut. The CD will be distributed via Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal-Republic labels. The tour begins in Redway, California on Sunday, August 6.

The intention of the promoters had been "to unite the famous Wailers", and they billed Perry, an artiste they considered integral to the original wailing concept that emerged with Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley during the 'Scratch' years.





carol.jpgBoomshack Entertainment is doing big things to help Jamaican schoolkids. The entertainment-driven charitable organization was started by 'Linton' along with his cousins, 'Callie' and 'Kavin' who hosted a treat at the Burnt Savannah sports complex in St. Elizabeth in December 2002, and they return each December to repeat this act of love.

"Every December, we go back to the same same place...Linton started this because of his love for music and being the kind person that he his, he wanted to do something for the children so he starting buying things for the children with his own money and as long as the kids were happy that's all that matters to him," Carol, one of the principals of Butterfli Wings Foundation, told YardFlex.Com.

The events started off using sounds like Bass Odyssey, Love Symbol, and selector 'Panta' from Black Kat and still use them till this day and just always add a special guest sound each year on. We also have artistes perform at these annual events. I came on board after going to Jamaica with Linton for one of these events and realized that the things we gave to them the year before were kept in such good condition, it made me realize that the things we take for granted in the USA. It made me want to do more, so that's where we decided to form a foundation, and get sponsors for these "Coming Home" day-and-night events.





FatanMojah-DownSound.jpgThe rift between Downsound Records and Fantan Mojah slipped into another chapter last week with the publishing of a number of notices in the XNews and the Weekend Star that served to distance Downsound Records from any contractual agreements made on behalf of Owen Moncrieffe (a.k.a Fantan Mojah) by any other authority or agent other than itself.

The notices had tongues wagging in entertainment circles.

"I don't want any harm to come to Fantan's career, but you cannot breach the terms of such covenants. Contracts are the very basis of civilized business practices, and disregarding our contractual arrangements in the entertainment business will only give further strength to the misconception that the entertainment business in Jamaica is very disorganized," Joseph Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Records told YardFlex.Com.

"We are always available for constructive dialogue, but we have to protect Downsound Records from any legal action which might be taken if Fantan reneges on any contract he might have," he added.





NadineSutherland.jpgAfter a year on the small screen as a judge on the most popular television programme in Jamaica, Nadine Sutherland is set to make BIG waves this summer with a string of new singles, tour dates, and the release of her long awaited album.

Nadine turned quite a few heads during her recent video shoot for her new single entitled 'Keep Me Safe' (Eight76 Records). A mixture of tourists, community residents, and passers-by to the downtown Kingston area stopped in their tracks at the sight of Nadine Sutherland in her element. Nadine is known for her dynamic energy and presence before an audience, and director Nordia Rose wisely used the busy locale as a backdrop for the songstress. The appreciative and enthusiastic crowd let Nadine know how much she'S been missed and that her fans are hungry for more. Nadine has also recently recorded another upcoming single 'Cyan Tek It' Featuring Chrisinti (Eight76 Records). The video for this single was also directed by Nordia Rose.





'What Makes Reggae Reggae,' - Reggae Sunsplash

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reggsunsplashJamaica.jpgThe organisers of bmobile Reggae Sunsplash released their lineup earlier this week for the August 3-6 event. Billed on the theme, 'What Makes Reggae Reggae,' Reggae Sunsplash returns to the market after a nine-year hiatus.

During the press briefing, the promoters announced that international reggae star Freddie McGregor, one of the exclusive acts and one of the first to sign on for the new Sunsplash, would be the artiste ambassador of the festival.

McGregor declared that the renewed Sunsplash would be the biggest ever. "I've been on the road, touring and travelling to different places and the amount of inquiries and requests we are getting about Sunsplash, it's unbelievable."





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

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01 2 13 Heart Attack-Beenie Man-Fire Links(1wk@#1) U-1

02 3 10 Dutty Wine-Tony Matterhorn-Hyperactive Entertainment U-1

03 4 12 Weh Dem A Do-Mavado-Pure Music U-1

04 1 15 Gash Dem-Chuck Fenda-Juke Boxx (5wks@#1) D-3

05 5 11 Temperature-Sean Paul-Jah Snow Cone NM

06 7 11 Haffi Get It-Sizzla-Stainless Records U-1

07 8 13 Bad Man Forward-Elephant Man-Fire LinksU-1

08 6 18 Too Much Gun-Busy Signal-H2O D-2

19 11 10 The Prayer (Oh Lord)-Little Hero-Inspire U-2

10 9 18 Nuh Badda Mi-Mr. Perfect-Pure and Clean (2wks@#1) D-1





BeenieMan&BujuBanton.jpgIt's started again. Pressure from gay rights groups led to the cancellation of concerts in Brighton, and Bournemouth this week of reggae dancehall stars Beenie Man and Buju Banton.

This is the umpteenth time that this 14-year war of words between gay rights groups and Jamaican "dancehall" performers has erupte again.
The gay rights campaigners accuse several artists of reneging on an agreement last year to stop using - and justifying - their gay bashing songs.

Banton, whose 1992 song Boom Bye Bye, helped to ignite the controversy, had been due to perform on Wednesday night at a club in Brighton's gay district.





Jovi4_small.jpgJovi Rockwell is slated for three big dates abroad. She departs Jamaica on July 12th to Belgium for the Mystic Urchin Tour where she will perform with Transdub Massive at the Dour Festival, which also headlines top acts such as Sean Paul, Sizzla and Elephant Man. Jovi then hops over to Amsterdam for 'Two Sevens Splash' festival on July 16th, before returning home for her anticipated first appearance at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest on Friday July 21st in Montego Bay. On Sunday, September 3rd Jovi heads off to New York for her second performance at North America�s Premier reggae festival, Irie Jamboree.

Jovi recently performed at the Reebok Grand Prix athletic event at Ichan Stadium, New York on June 3rd, modelled for Cooyah Roots Wear at Caribbean Fashion Week/ CFW on June 9th, and also performed at CFW's Rock The Runway on June 13th.

June 30th was another important date for the 'rebel love goddess' as she proved to students at Glenmuir High School's in Clarendon that her new found fame was built on substance not hype by delivering a spirited set at their Summer Splash 2k6.





By: Claude Mills

Christine_Hewitt.jpgWell known media personality Christine Hewitt will be buried on July 16th at a venue which is yet to be decided. The funeral services will be handled by celebrity mortician Tommy Thompson of Brite Lite Funeral Services.

"Everything must be like how Christine is, she was joyful, she didn't want anyone to mourn over her, so basically, we will be doing something nice, pretty that matches her personality. There is going to be a big ni-nite to celebrate her life, where people can come and express themselves. The ni-nite ah keep at 58-and-a half Mannings Hill Road, same place that held her father's ni-nite. We did her father's funeral as well," Tommy Thompson, chief executive officer of Brite Lite Funeral Services, told YardFlex.Com.

Hewitt, who is survived by her daughter, Tricia, three brothers, and six sisters, will be interred at Dovecot.

"The body was badly burnt, but her request was that she not be cremated so we have the mammoth task of preparing the body for burial. As you can well imagine, it will not be an open casket funeral, with a lot of portraits, projection screen images, lots of photos of her in her eventful life. It's going to be a 'semi-state' kind of funeral because she was close to heads of government. We are still trying to locate the best available venue to accommodate the thousands that are expected to be in attendance."





Jamie Foxx Will Not Play Marley

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jamiefoxx_yardflexmovie.jpgWell-known entertainment writer Kevin Jackson disclosed to YardFlex.Com over the weekend that Academy award winning actor and award winning singer Jamie Foxx had denied reports that he will be playing reggae icon Bob Marley in a film, as was reported in the press a few weeks ago. The interview was done on the red carpet at the recently held BET Awards.

The following is an excerpt from KJ's report from L.A, California
In an interview with this writer on the red carpet at the recently held BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, Foxx said that contrary to what had been reported in the press, he will not be playing Marley in any film.

"No, I will not be playing Bob Marley. What happened is I ran into one of his sons at a club the other day and that was about it," Foxx explained.





Buju's European Tour 'Sell Off'

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buju-TourMad.jpgInternational Dancehall-Reggae star Buju Banton launched a 25 city European tour two weeks ago, and has already performed to sell-out crowds in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dortmund in Germany, Paris, and several towns in Italy. This week the tour picks up in England, where Banton and his Shiloh Band will crisscross the country with gigs in Brighton, Birmingham, London and Bristol, and then head to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belgium.

Meanwhile, back in Jamaica, Buju Banton's blazing single "Nothing" from the forthcoming album TOO BAD has entered Hype TV's Top 20 Singles Chart at #18. Produced by Banton and his Gargamel crew, the gritty new tune also debuted at #7 on BBC 1Xtra's highly influential Top 10 Dancehall Chart this past week.

More Buju Chart Action: "Me & Oonu" (Danga Zone) on the retro Wipe Out riddim holds firm at #9 on the BBC 1Xtra Dancehall Chart. "Tilly Ben Ben" (Flip Money) comes in at #19 on RETV's Top 20 Dancehall Charts and #18 on Hot 102 Jamaica's Weekly Top 30 Singles Chart. "Talk To Me" (H20) currently sits at #12 on Hot 102 Jamaica's Weekly Top 30 Singles Chart.





GyptianStudioBurn.jpgBad luck continues to shadow singer Gyptian and the Ten Times Strong outfit as the Garveymeade, Portmore home which houses the studio was hit by a fire that destroyed the second floor last night.

"Everything burn up except the studio equipment, upstairs gone," Mr. Wong, producer and head of Ten Times Strong, said. He arrived from the airport in a taxi, only to be greeted by the orange tongues of fire leaping from his Garveymeade home.

"The firemen said the fire started in a room upstairs and spread to the neighbour's house which bun down flat on the second floor as well. Waterford Fire say dem a try start the truck, and it coulden start, and then Spanish Town come inna 22 minutes, dem carry
little bit of water still but lucky that the hydrant was there, and dem hook up to the hydrant, and pump water till ah next big truck arrive 15 minutes later," he told YardFlex.Com.





Tia - Everlasting Beauty

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Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful, isn't she precious, isn't she made from chocolate hmmmm! YardFlex.Com duo Papa & Razzi were chilling out on the lime cay beach, when we caught up with Tia Green a 19-year-old model that was raised in the parish of St. Mary, but now resides in Kingston.

Tia is not signed to any particular agency but she does most of her freelance gigs for La Siya Model Agency. In the world of modeling her dream is to become famous on the international circuit, and in the end hopes to own her own clothing line. But before she climbs that ladder she's now preparing her self to enroll into college no later than September.

Hey check out my pics and tell me what you think of me
Muah Muah Muah!





BountyKiller&VybesKartel.jpgIntro: Bounty Killer & (Vybz Kartel)

High altitude, smokin proud, sittin on a cloud
(Corleone, Baby G an Kartel, higher dan before)
(Knock knock knockin on heavens door)
Thats right, Babylon nah nuh coke out if dem get one a this
(Hey, mi nuh know bout yuh) Lawd a mercy
(But mi know bout mi)

Chorus-Baby G:
When I smoke, I get so high (High Altitude)
It makes mi feel like I wanna fly {Christly}
Can yuh look and see the red in my eyes
In my eyes, my eyes





CecileBadGal.jpgFollowing her successful promotional stint in the US Ce'Cile will leave the States on Thursday, (June 29) for Europe where she will be doing a show in Koln, Germany on Friday (June 30). After that she heads for Paris on July 1.

The hot gal of dancehall is really riding on a high right now as she steps up the promotion on her latest efforts. In the pipeline for her are two huge shows in Europe - Summer Jam in Germany next month and Dour Festival in Belgium.

Ce'Cile is expected to take a break from her overseas engagement to return to Jamaica for some local engagements including Dancehall Night on Reggae Sunsplash August 3rd , then she heads back to Europe to continue her engagements.





Rihanna Unfaithful - Lyric - SOS

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ss_riahana_VideoClip-SexyGirlsXXXNude.jpgUnfaithful by Rihanna
[Intro:]
Story of my life
Searching for the right
But it keeps avoiding me
Sorrow in my soul
Cause it seems that wrong
Really loves my company

[Verse 1:]
He's more than a man
And this is more than love
The reason that the sky is blue
The clouds are rollin' in
Because I'm goin' again
To him I just can't be true

[Bridge:]
And I know that he knows I'm unfaithful
And it kills him inside
To know that I'm happy with some other guy
I can see him dyin'





Reggae Sumfest 2018

'Scratchy B's Mother to be Buried on Aug. 13th

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Brian 'Scratchy B' Clarke, the famed selector of Cash Money sound system is going through the darkest chapter of his young life. In two weeks, he will bury his mother who was gunned down by armed men in his Portmore community.

"Mi ah grieve wicked over mi madda, and just the brutal, graphic and violent manner in which she was killed. Even now, mi no know where it ah come from, it just evil. Right now, the whole family really miss har and it is a tragic loss for us but we're trying to
cope with it," he said.

"I would like to thank all the fans of Cash Money, and the deejays like Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Twins of Twins, and many others who have offered their condolences to me and my family."





biggie-smalls-bob-marley-videoklip.jpgLos Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has launched a new task force to investigate the unsolved 1997 killing of rap star Notorious BIG.

The new investigation comes in the face of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by BIG's mother Voletta Wallace and other relatives, who claim that rogue police officers were involved in the killing, the Los Angeles Times said.

Evidence discovered by the new task force could help the city in its argument against the family's claims.

An initial lawsuit filed by the Wallace family ended in a mistrial in July of 2005 after just three days of testimony when an anonymous tip led to the discovery that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a prison informant linking the killing to former officers David Mack and Rafael Perez.





Oprah: "I'm not gay"

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Oprah&GayleKing.jpgOprah Winfrey and her friend Gayle King want to be clear - they are not gay.

In the August issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, the US talk-show host explains that some people misunderstand her close friendship with King.

"I understand why people think we're gay,'' she says.

"There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it - how can you be this close without it being sexual?''

In a long article, Winfrey, 52, and King converse about their 30 years of friendship and ''four-times-a-day phone calls.''

The two friends say they would have no problem telling the public if they were in a sexual relationship.

"The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you, because there's nothing wrong with being gay,'' says King.





Ms Lou & 'Mas Ran' to Return Home

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mslouJamaica.jpg'Ms. Lou;, Jamaica's favourite cultural ambassador, will be accorded an official funeral, the government announced recently. A special planning committee, headed by Minister of Tourism, Entertainment & Culture, Aloun Assamba, will be responsible for coordinating arrangements for the funeral. But no exact date for the funeral has yet been announced.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller also said that in keeping with Miss Lou's wishes to be buried by the side of her husband, arrangements are being made to have his body and that of Miss Lou's returned to Jamaica from Canada for the official funeral. Meanwhile, a special thanksgiving service to celebrate Bennett-Coverley's life will be held in Toronto next Thursday, August 3.

'Miss Lou', born Lousie Bennett-Coverley, died on July 26, at a hospital in Toronto, Canada. She was 86. She is survived by a son.
Condolence books for Miss Lou are to be opened at all overseas missions and at the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, the Institute of Jamaica and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.





Interntional Dancehall Queen Kicks off Tonight

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DancehallQueenA.jpgAll roads lead to Pier One tonight as the 10th staging of the International Dancehall Queen event kicks off. And it promises to be a big one, almost as international in scope as the United Nations. Big Head Promotions is anticipating the largest ever complement of dancers with contestants drawn from the USA, Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Trinidad, Barbados and England.

So far, more than 40 dancers have been confirmed to participate in the event, which will be held at Pier One in Montego Bay tomorrow.
Another major feature of this year's staging of the event will be awarding a scholarship valued $100,000 to a needy relative of last year's Dancehall Queen winner, Shanique Taylor. Taylor died earlier this year from pemphigus, a rare skin disease, even though there were newspaper reports that suggested that she had died as a result of "obeah".

The Dancehall Queen Contest started 10 years ago as a small community show. Since then, it has grown into an international event, attracting scores of entrants from other countries. Red Label recently inked a three-year sponsorship deal with the organizers of the contest. The deal is reportedly worth $6.6 million and the contract period will end in 2008.





Jennifer Lopez's Night Behind Bars

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J'lo_JenniferLopoz_SeanPaul_Dancehall.jpgDetails of Jennifer Lopez's night in jail are to be revealed for the first time in a new book written by one of the cops on duty the night she and then-lover P DIDDY were arrested. In his expose, NOTORIOUS C.O.P: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE TUPAC, BIGGIE AND JAM MASTER JAY INVESTIGATIONS FROM THE HIP-HOP COP, DERRICK PARKER recalls Lopez sobbing as she was handcuffed to her cell door.

Lopez and rap mogul Diddy, real name SEAN COMBS, were arrested as they attempted to flee from a New York nightclub after a shooting incident in 1999.

Lopez, who has always maintained she had nothing to do with the incident and has never been charged, seemed "traumatised" by her first night behind bars, according to Parker. He tells US tabloid the National Enquirer, "The cops had her handcuffed roughly to the top of the cell cage. (She was) still in her little club outfit, a long pink coat with fur on the collar.

"J.Lo was crying and upset - her agitation exacerbated by the fact that her arms had been locked upright in an uncomfortable position for at least an hour... (She was) breaking down."





Farenheit Launches Port Antonio Virgin

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Farenheit_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae_BeenieMan.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Farenheit, the self-styled Jamaican soul crooner who came onto the music scene in the nineties is set to launch his new album in July. The new album "Port Antonio Virgin", is a follow up to his critically acclaimed first "Fringe to Fore" and will be unveiled to press and public on the July 30th at the Caves in Negril West End.

The textured album features Farenheit flexing his musical muscles, and enjoys a heavier injection of dancehall flavour. The album features collaborations with Kurupt, Sizzla, Loogaman, and Sean Paul. The project will be released on the Mystic Urchin Label and distributed by All Access Distribution.

The launch will take place overlooking the ocean, on the sand at The Caves. The party is open to the public and will feature a listening session, an intimate acoustic set from Farenheit, giveaways, appearances by collaborators on the album.

The uber talented singer from the Mystic Urchin camp is already planning a 20 city US tour to promote the project.





By: Jigga Mattic

janet_jackson_PDiddy_Dancehall_SeanPaul.jpgCelebrity guest list? Fireworks? Manic media coverage? Major security presence? You know it must be a celebrity wedding. And unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, you will already know that Beenie Man and D'Angel's glamorous nuptials will be held in August this year, and on Beenie's brithday as well.

YardFlex.Com has learned that the plans for the August 22nd affair are far advanced, but the location will be kept secret until only a few days before the date.

"Everything's going according to plan. We're not planning on doing the wedding at the UWI Chapel, and in fact, only those who are going to get invited will know where exactly the wedding is going to be held because it is not something I wanna disclose right now. What I want the public to know is that D'Angel is a die-hearted entertainer, and whether pregnant or not, I am going to fulfil my dreams. I am happy, comfortable and looking for the best for the future."





Reggae Sunsplash Block Party This Saturday

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ReggaeSunsplashJamaica_SeanPaul.jpgAn adrenaline-charged block party will highlight the final Sunsplash Trails showcase on Dominica Drive in New Kingston on Saturday, July 29.

The Trails features soca star Machel Montano as well as Assassin, Mr. Vegas and Junior Kelly. The accompanying Fresh Sound Competition gives upcoming artistes the opportunity to showcase their talent, and based on audience response, get a chance to perform at the 2006 staging of the bMobile Reggae Sunsplash at Richmond Estate, St. Ann from August 3-6. The Fresh Sound Auditions commence at 5pm and run until 8pm on Dominica Drive.

Recorded music will be provided by Marlon Young, Kurt Riley and Razz and Biggy while Tricia 'Wild Child' Spence and Miss Kitty will host the show. Patrons will get the chance to win bMobile phones, phone accessories and tickets to dancehall night of the bMobile Reggae Sunsplash.





Water Come A We Eye, MS Lou Dies At 86

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mslou200603.jpgThe Hon. Dr. Louise Bennett-Coverley died in a Toronto hospital in Canada after collapsing at home. She was 86 years old.

The woman, affectionately known as Miss Lou by fans and admirers, was installed as a fellow of the Institute of Jamaica in 2003. She has a sterling record as a folklorist, writer and pioneer in the performing arts in Jamaica, and was the recipient of several accolades from the Institute of Jamaica. Among these are the Silver and Gold Musgrave Medals. She was awarded the Silver Musgrave for Dialect and Folklore in 1965 and the Gold Medal for Poetry and the Arts in 1978.

She was also the recipient of the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in Folklore and Art. She had migrated to Jamaica in the early 1980s where she lived overseas with her husband.

She was last in Jamaica as a guest of the government at that year’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations in 2003. During that time, she addressed an audience at the Little Theatre during the presentation of the Michael Manley Award for Community Self-Reliance award, making an impact that will not soon be forgotten. Eyewitnesses who were there said that it was a special event that will live on in the lexicon of Jamaican culture.





Shoshana's Super Sweet 16 Party

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By: Jigga Mattic
Photos By: Warlington

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5,4,3,2,1.....Happy Birthday Shoshana, the crowd of over 100 teenagers shouted as Shoshana Lee, the daughter of Gordon Lee and Deborah Cole, and also the grand-daughter of singer Judy Mowatt celebrated her sweet 16 birthday party last night in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.

Unlike other celebrity sweet 16 parties where the hostess of the moment spends the majority of their time at the party kicking people out who they did not invite, Shoshana instead chose to spend the time dancing with her friends, thanking her parents and enjoying the cake. She was the consummate social butterfly, flitting from conversation to conversation to make everyone feel welcome. And get this people, she only changed her outfit twice. How about that for self-control?





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rihanna_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae.jpgNEW YORK (July 24, 2006) - Rihanna is about to be pretty "happy."

As her song, "Unfaithful," continues its Top 10 reign on the pop and digital charts, Def Jam recording artist Rihanna's second album, "A Girl Like Me," turns the corner past RIAA platinum for U.S. sales in excess of 1 million units.

At the same time, it has been announced that Rihanna has been chosen to represent Clinique's "Happy" fragrance in a new campaign to begin in December.

Rihanna's fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo (who co-wrote "Unfaithful") has been commissioned to compose an original song, "Just Be Happy," to be recorded by Rihanna says Clinique, "expresses the spirit of happiness in music much the same way Clinique Happy does in fragrance."

Celebrating her success, Rihanna will be seen on a trifecta of television appearances Tuesday, starting with a performance of "Unfaithful" on ABC's The View, followed by a performance of "S.O.S." and "Kisses Don't Lie" on the ABC daytime drama All My Children.





sq-janet-dupri-ray-carpet.jpgATLANTA -- Janet Jackson says finding love with longtime boyfriend and producer Jermaine Dupri gave her a new perspective on life while recording her new album.

"I always wanted to find love," she said. "Now, that I found love, I'm in a different space now.

"Jermaine is drama-free," the 40-year-old singer said at news conference Friday to promote the upcoming album, "20 Years Old." "He's a very giving person. The challenges have been all joy working with Jermaine."

Dupri produced a few tracks on the album, which is set for release on Sept. 26. Longtime collaborators Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis pitched in as well.





Wayne Marshall to star in NFPB campaign

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WayneMarshall_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae_BeenieMan_SexyGirls.jpgBudding international superstar Wayne Marshall, has decided to lend his voice and talent to the cause of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB). A contract signing attended by Marshall, his road manager Ilan McKenzie, NFPB Director of Outreach Janet Davis and Leo O’Reggio NFPB Communications Officer, took place at the NFPB Sylvan Road office on Wednesday afternoon, July 5. Marshall has come on board with the NFPB's new campaign, which will focus on safe sex, and family planning, targeting various age groups. Widely known to be a devoted father, Marshall didn’t hesitate when approached by the NFPB.

"I was impressed by the NFPB's plans for the campaign, and I felt that at this point in my life and career, I would definitely be able to assist them wholeheartedly, as I strongly believe in good family planning and I already have some experience promoting safe sex. I owe a lot of my success to my supportive parents, so I feel it is only right I do the same for my son, and ensure he has the opportunities I did," said Marshall. "We as Jamaican fathers need to take responsibility for our children, and realise that the giant family thing can't work again, not in the current social climate. Too much youths falling by the wayside and picking up gun," he added.





DMX Year of the Dog, Again IN STORES AUGUST 1

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Who is DMX?:

dmxyearofthedogagain.jpg"I don't make music to make songs," says the record-breaking hip-hop icon DMX, "I make music to record my life."

DMX, the legendary Ruff Ryder who's sold 20 million albums, is back in the saddle with his eagerly-awaited sixth solo outing, Year Of The Dog, Again, his first since 2003's Grand Champ, the album that made him the only artist in the history of the Billboard Top 200 to have his first five albums debut consecutively at #1. Beyond iconic, DMX has been the voice of the hood since he first burst onto the scene as a representative of the street movement and record label, Ruff Ryders.

As hip-hop is assimilated into the cultural mainstream, it's time for the long overdue and much needed return of rap's prophetic visionary, DMX.

DMX is currently working with fellow Ruff Ryder and production mastermind Swizz Beatz (who's been on-board DMX's entire career as well as producing smash tracks for a hip-hop elite including Eve, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim, and Destiny's Child).





By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot

DancehallArtisteSpice_SeanPaul_BeenieMan_Rihanna_VybzKartel.jpgDeejay Grace 'Spice' Hamilton's older brother, Donovan Hamilton, was killed violently last Thursday, the night she was scheduled to perform during Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest.

"The funeral for my brother is next week, and right now, the family is just trying to cope, I don't want to talk about it right now," Spice told YardFlex.Com.

Friends of the entertainer say that "Spice's older brother got into a knife fight with another man, they stabbed each other, and both of them died". She heard about her brother's death just minutes before she hit the Sumfest stage, and delivered a blistering
performance.





Fully_Loaded_flyer.jpgDon't miss
FULLY LOADED--10TH ANNIVERSARY

The Hustla Rick Ross, straight outta the Dirty South, comes to Jamaica with the Haitian Hip-Hop wonder Wyclef Jean to face Jamaica's finest Sizzla Kalonji, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Wayne Marshall, Tony Matterhorn, Skyjuice, Ricky Trooper, Black Cat and many, many more.

Sunday, July 30th
James Bond Beach, Oracabessa, JA

To many this year's Fully Loaded is considered as the ultimate party for the summer. What better way to take on the summer heat - Only at Fully Loaded on the beach front of Oracabessa.

Again - Don't miss Jamaica's Premium Summer Beach Party! For more info email:

solidevents@cwjamaica.com or call 1-888-4-LOADED.





Cheating Rihanna Inspired Chart-Topper

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Riahanna_SeanPaul_Dancehall_reggae_BeenieMan.jpgPop star Rihanna wrote the hit song Unfaithful to remind people that women are just as guilty as men when it comes to cheating in relationships.

The 18-year-old singer was inspired to write the song from her own personal experience, after she had an affair behind a boyfriend's back.

She explains, "It's not anything I'm proud of, but this album is called A Girl Like Me because all of the songs are personal experiences. I felt like I had to sing about being unfaithful because there are a lot of girls who have been and are unfaithful and don't want to say it. But, hello, it's reality. We always talk about the guys being unfaithful dogs, but people forget that girls cheat too!"





Empress Poised for Stardom

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empress_SeanPaul_SexyGirls_BeenieMan_Rihanna_Dancehall.jpgEmpress aka Empress Camielle {poised for stardom} is a young and new artiste to the world's musical stage. She has been involved in music from a child. Growing up between Jamaica, the USA and Australia has had a huge influence on her sound. Musically she loves soul, old time reggae, hip hop and flavors of the dancehall.

She has travelled to over 13 countries with music, television commercials and other creative projects. Empress is the newest VJ and Television Host on RE TV (Jamaica's number 1 reggae entertainment station). She hosts the top ten and VIP Backstage shows. She is a strong and determined Leo, with a killer personality and a killer voice.

Releasing singles with Sony & Warner Music previously in Australia, Empress has absorbed the runnings of the music business. She's tasted success and dabbled in many musical genres. Living back in Jamaica and making an album has been her goal and that's what she is doing. She sleeps 3-4 hours a night and is ready to take the world by storm.





Tight dress makes Miss Universe faint

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By Bernie Woodall

Puerto_Rico_MissUniverse_SeanPaul.jpgLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forty minutes into her reign as Miss Universe, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed during a post-pageant news conference and was rushed offstage on Sunday night.

Pageant officials immediately said the lithe 5-foot-9 18-year-old was all right and had fainted.

"She's OK. She's fine," pageant representative Lark Anton told Reuters. "She got dizzy. Its very hot up here. Her dress is tight - as you could see it was beaded and heavy. She passed out."

Anton said Mendoza "had plenty to eat today," when pressed for the beauty queen's condition before she fainted at the centre of the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, where she had become the 55th Miss Universe before an international television audience less than an hour earlier.

Mendoza attended the pageant's Coronation Ball after recovering from her collapse, according to guests including Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organisation. "Yes, she's fine," Trump said as he left.





BountyBeenieYardFlex_SeanPaul_Rihanna_Dancehall.jpgArchrivals Bounty Killer and Beenie Man dragged their ongoing 'war of words' deeper into the bowels of bad taste during Stormfront at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay on Thursday night.

Not content with belittling each other, they have descended into that most foul of preoccupations -- talking about each other's mothers.
BK hit the stage at about 3:30 a.m sporting a black blazer with the words 'cross, angry, miserable' emblazoned across it, and a pair of black pants. BK then intimated that Beenie Man had previously disrespected 'Ms Ivy' (Bounty's mother) and proceeded to announce to the 8,000 strong crowd that Beenie's mother "ah live inna one house that ah leak".

Killer asked: "Who ah the biggest gyal clown inna Jamaica? After me dash weh ole rubbish oonu go back go pick it up like janitor."
This reference was in relation to Beenie Man's upcoming marriage to D'Angel, who had been in a previous relationship with Bounty Killer for the past seven years.





Rakell_Brazil-SeanPaul_ElephantMan_Rihanna-Dancehall.jpgRaquel Sa was born on February 17th 1983 in Fortaleza, Brazil to musician parents. At a very early age it was evident that she shared the same passion that emerges from the various styles of the Bossa Nova, the Samba and the Timbales of Salvador Bahia, among others. At just 8 years old, Raquel formed part of a dance troupe made up of her sister and two cousins.

The group performed with great success in several contests mainly those of the Lambada: a style of dance that was sweeping Brazil at that time. At the age of 14 she began to contribute more significantly to her musical foundation by joining local singing groups and doing live performances. It was this exposure to a vibrant public that convinced her of her future life as a star.

At the age of 17 Raquel moved to Barcelona with her family, balancing studies with music and dance, still participating in local dance groups when possible. On her first trip to Jamaica in 2003, she fell in love with the music and the culture of Dance Hall. During this period she was introduced local producers and Djs that were impressed by her singing and dancing ability.

Thus was born the idea to create a unique and contagious sound based on the fusion of Hip Hop, Dance Hall and Brazilian drum beats. Raquel is currently living in Kingston, Jamaica where she is continuing her voice training in preparation for the recording of her second demo. New demo coming soon!!





AprilA_Sexygirls_Dancehall-SeanPaul-Rihanna.jpgI'm April, a Jamaican model and fashion design student from Long Island. Sexy, Funny, Sweet, a lady you'll love to meet. . .getting a chance to know me, that'll be a treat!

Height:5'9" - Weight: 135 - Bust: 34C
Waist: 26 - Hips: 37 - Dress: 4

Runway Experiences
-Nassau Community College's Annual Spring Fashion Show, April 2005
-Hunter College's Annual Spring Fashion Show, March 2006
-St. John's University's Spring Fashion Show, April 2006
-Fashion Institute of Technology's Style Market/Design Mavens Fashion Show, April 2006
-Turtle Culture Preview Fashion Show for MTV2's Fight Club, April 2006
-Designs by Alicia P. Fashion Show, Club Deep May 2006

Television:
-Turtle Culture Preview Fashion Show for MTV2's Fight Club, April 2006
-News12 Long Island/Bloomingdales Bikini Special at Jones Beach, June 2006nah





Death Sparks in The Cash Money Family

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cash_monday1_front_BeenieMan_SeanPaul.jpgPopular Cash Money selector 'Scratchy B' is in mourning this morning after his mother was gunned down by armed men in Portmore, St. Catherine last night.

According to the reports from the police, Scratchy B's mother, Eulalee Clarke, 60, was at home at about 9 p.m. when two armed men approached the house located on Germaine Road in Westchester. They opened fire hitting her. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The St. Catherine South police are investigating.

YardFlex.Com extends condolences to the Clarke family, as well as to the Cash Money sound on behalf of the entire entertainment community.





AfricanModels_SeanPaul_BeenieMan_SexyGirls_DancehallReggae.jpgThe 12 remaining semi-finalists for Nokia Face of Africa 2006 have left Botswana (home of last year's winner Kaone Kario) for Cape town where they are to have their second Model Boot- Camp. The African queens were initially 17 in number selected from across the African continent during 12 casting sessions held in 12 African cities and were taken to Gaborone (Botswana) on June 26th for the first Camp eliminating five of them.

Tanzania's sexy Zuhura Mrisho Watuta and Kenya's law student Gertrude Ogada along with Chipo Ngoyi (Zambia),Phumelele Mtshali (South Africa), and Selamawit Adamu Teshale (Ethiopia) headed home after the first round elininations.

The remaining ones include Uganda's Muniirah Namakula, 21, 5'11, Andenyi Anjalo, 21, from Kenya, Aisha Danjuma, 22, and Ishioma Onyebo, 18,1.76m (5'9"), from Nigeria, Catherine Hemans-Yankey (Ghana), in addition to Deline Maiyiwa, 21, from Zimbabwe,Kea Basima, 19, from Botswana, Sandra Bigirimana, 18, from Burundi, Mirash, 21, from Ghana and Venantia Otto, 18, from Namibia.





'Passion' - Sexy Jamaican Beauty

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SexyGirls-SeanPaul_ElephantMan-DancehallLyrics.jpgName: Nicole 'Passion' Weller
Age: 25
Date of birth: April 1, 1981
Qualities looking for in a man: honest, caring and a good personality.
Pet Peeve: I hate men who tell lies and are pretentious.

Although she was born on April Fools Day, this sassy spunky 25 year-old actress is nobody's fool. With a body to die for and a wit and intelligence to match, 'Passion' has been busy inflaming the hearts and groins of legions of male dancehall fans across Jamaica with her feline moves in videos.

She played the mute dancer on Royal Palm Estate, chowed down on live lizards in last year's reality show, 'Golden Nuggets' (she placed third), and later, landed a minor role in the indie film, 'Glory to Gloriana'. She has also racked up credits in music videos such as Tanto Metro and Devonte's 'Good Times, Bad Times' and MJ and Beenie Man's 'Get Loose'.

She also has a killer sense of humour as demonstrated on the set of the Leftside and Esco medley project when her wig fell off right in the middle of a dancing scene. She burst out in gales of wild feminine laughter, and even rolled around on the ground before she was able to finally compose herself.





AsafaPowell_SeanPaul-Music-Reggae_Dancehall_SexyGirls.jpgNigel Powell, the 31 year-old brother of 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, is making his first tentative steps into the challenging world of entertainment. He is now managing the singing group, CK5, which you might know as H5 which did so well in last year's Digicel Rising Stars competition.

He has been a teacher for eight years, working two years at Tivoli High and the remainder at Charlie Mount High school. A graduate of the Edna Manley school, he teaches music, and is proficient at playing the sax, bass guitar, and the piano. His brother, Asafa, is a whiz at the bass and electric (rhythm) guitar. The brothers will be co-managing CK5.

"Asafa and I will manage them, they are some youths that we believe in," Mr. Powell told YardFlex.Com. "All of we grow up together, I met one of the members, Dwight at the local Church of God where we worship, and the other guys live in the Waterloo district."





Elphant Man Set To Rock Reggae Sumfest

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Top flight dancehall deejay Elephant Man is looking forward to another stellar performance when he grace the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest stage on July 20 at Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay, St. James.

Elephant Man has consistently delivered top-class show at one of the greatest reggae festival on Earth. And this year, the deejay plans to take his performance to a higher level.

Highly credited with bringing back dancing into the dancehall with his dance-oriented songs, Elephant Man has mastered his stage craft. There's never a dull moment with Elephant Man. With a seemingly inexhaustible energy source, he throws himself into everything he does. He performs with abandon.





JuniorGongSunplash.jpgGrammy award winning artiste Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, the youngest son of music icon and legend Bob Marley, may be one of the major acts performing on Reggae Sunsplash's 'World Beat Night' on August 4th. This is exactly 25 years after his father delivered a legendary performance at the landmark event, and 14 years after Damian himself made his Sunsplash debut.

Jr. Gong reached sensational heights with the Tuff Gong/Universal album "Welcome To Jamrock" which featured Nas, Bobby Brown, and Black Thoughts. The album, a caustic melding of dancehall and old school roots reggae became an urban phenomenon soon after its Summer of 2005 release, making highly charged cameos on street-level mixtapes and urban radio in major cities across the USA. The album sold over 86,000 units in its first week on the strength of the single.





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New York: Four of the hottest dancehall stars � Capleton, Beenieman, Buju Banton and Baby Cham along with Cocoa T and veteran crooner Gregory Isaacs are among the stars confirmed for Irie Jamboree 2k6, which take place at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday, September 3rd 2006.

"We are very excited about the lineup this year and feel especially happy given the fact the Capleton has not performed at a major event in New York for quite some time. Gregory, a favorite among reggae fans in the tri-state has not performed at an outdoor event in New York for more than a decade" Bobby Clarke of Irie Jamboree said.

Clarke also disclosed that for the very first time, the event will feature launch parties in Jamaica , Miami and New York .

"This is the very first time that a major North American Reggae festival will host launch parties in three cities. This it is an important next step that we must take as the event grows" he said.





R&B Sensation Bobby Valentino Returns!

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bobby.jpgR&B Sensation and male "Soul of DTP", Bobby Valentino, returns to the spotlight with the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, "Special Occasion" which will be released by DTP/Island Def Jam on September 19th. Showcasing his vocal talents through a 14-track masterpiece, the album is beautifully balanced with harmonious, sexy, melodious ballads and mid-tempos synonymous with his signature sound. Valentino's evolution as one of the most respected songwriters and artists today will be undeniable once listeners get a glimpse of "Special Occasion," arguably his best body of work to date.

With Valentino co-writing more than three quarters of "Special Occasion," the new album also boasts songwriting and production credits from award winning hit makers such as Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Tim & Bob, Bryan Michael Cox and Dre & Vidal. On the heals of success off of the album's buzz single, "Wreck," a Sean Garrett produced track where Valentino sings and smoothly rhymes over a catchy, up tempo beat, the album's soon to be released, first official single will be the Rodney Jerkin's produced song, "Turn the Page" a heartfelt and emotional ballad about trust, love and taking chances in a relationship.





By: Jigga Mattic
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

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Mr. Lex a.k.a The Prince has been confirmed for International Night at this year's Reggae Sunsplash show on August 5th at the Richmond Estate venue in St.Ann.

Mr. Lex who is known for his elaborate entrances, and his witty banter in between songs told YardFlex.Com; "I wanted to be on international night, that is the real night."

'International Night' will also feature Tanya Stephens, Inner Voice, Steel Pulse, UB40, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Shinehead, Beenie Man and Rik Rok.

He has a number of new singles which are in regular rotation on the radio such as 'We Say Party' on the Raw rhythm, 'Dem No Build No Gun', the popular 'Bad Inna Dance' on the Gully Slime rhythm, and 'Reggae's Real' featuring Luciano, and the Las Vegas-based
Bonafide band.





Dancehall Group Voice Mail's Album Mines Gold

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Voice Mail Signs With bmobile, Album Goes Gold in Japan

voicemailperforming1.jpgJamaica's hottest male vocal group Voice Mail has mined gold in Japan with shipments of over 100,000 copies of its debut album Hey. The album which features production work from a plethora of Jamaica's top music producers including Robert Livingston, Christopher Birch, and Donovan Bennett, has been visible on the major music charts in Japan over the past few months.

The success of the album comes as good news for the group, which has been making strides within the past two years with a handful of dance oriented hits on the Jamaican and international reggae charts.

'We are happy the way things have been moving and we are just thankful for the support from our fans, the media and our friends', group member O'Neil said.





Remy MA Saddles to The East With Bounty Killer

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RemyMa.jpgHip Hop diva Remy Ma is saddled up to appear with legendary Dancehall deejay (MC) Bounty Killer for the highly anticipated revival of his annual celebrity charity benefit Saddle to the East on August 26th.

Remy, who will be making her first Jamaican appearance on July 15 th for the island's reigning queen of the Dancehall Lady Saw's birthday bash, has recently been added to the all star line up for Saddle to the East 2006 which includes Bad Boy recording artist Elephant Man, Hip Hop turntable scientist Green Lantern, Vybz Kartel, Wayne Wonder, Capleton, Wayne Marshall, Busy Signal and a slew of Jamaica's biggest and best Dancehall/Reggae entertainers.

Returning after a fiver year hiatus, the organizers of Saddle to the East are donating the proceeds to Upliftment Jamaica, a not-for-profit organization, providing health, education, and social services for the residents of St. Thomas, one of Jamaica's most underdeveloped and impoverished parishes.

"The fact that Remy Ma is coming all this way to help raise money for the people of St. Thomas says to me that she is one of those rare entertainers that unselfishly gives of themselves for the benefit of those less fortunate." states St. Thomas native Gary Foster, Chairman of Upliftment Jamaica, and Vice President of Russell Simmon's RUSH Communications.





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Former Dancehall Queen Carlene's Sister Died

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carleme1.gifCarlene Smith, former Dancehall Queen, is now in the United States to
attend a funeral for her sister, Aldred 'Donna' Johnson who died recently on July 4th, Independence Day in the United States.

"At first, they thought it was a heart attack, but the autopsy said
that it is not, so we're doing more tests and we will know the results in three weeks. Donna had become a Christian, and she was the lead singer in the choir at the time of her death," Carlene, who was in attendance at Christine Hewitt's funeral on Saturday, told YardFlex.Com.
The funeral service was held yesterday.





NINJAMAN AND HIS 'RUNAWAY' BRIDE
By: Claude Mills
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NinjaMan-Married.jpgIn the world of dancehall these days, it seems everybody's going to the chapel. YardFlex has just learned that Desmond 'Don Gorgon' Ballentyne is planning to tie the knot next Saturday with Wendy Brown, a woman he has called the "love of his life", in a special VIP invitation-only event at Beaches Boscobel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann on July 22nd .

"I am getting married, I am in love, me is a loving yute, Wendy is the one for me, ah just so it look and so it seem. Mi love her completely," Ninjaman said.

This is not the Don Gorgon's first time down the aisle, but the first ended in divorce three months later. However, the approaching marriage may well be in jeopardy before the walk down the aisle because the bride-to-be is getting jittery, and if you listen to her friends and family, she has all right to be.

Wendy Brown is the sister of his babymother, Keisha, with whom he has fathered a six year-old son, a fact that has set off a firestorm of criticism in the parish of St. Ann. The impending marriage has apparently driven a rift between the sisters, and the Brown family is reeling. In an exclusive interview with YardFlex.com, Wendy explained her feelings and her relationship with Ninjaman.

"Ninjaman and I had been friends for years, but a year ago fell in love," Ms. Brown, 34, said. "It's all very difficult, I have lost my family, the only sister who I love, and now I am about to lose my children, because my family is raging about. He is a nice person, and a good person, it's really rocking me, the world is against us but I am so much in love."





shottas.jpgNEW YORK
It's Official. The biggest bootlegg movie of all times, hits the big screen on September 15th, 2006!

The movie that has been nicknamed, The Jamaican Scarface, Shottas will make it's theatrical debut across the United States late summer.

Distributed by Sony/Screen Gems, the official release of one of the most popular movies ever with an allstar caribbean cast, is sure to become a box office hit.

Shottas Part 1 hits the big time!

Cess Silvera, the writer, director, and producer of Shottas, is confident and proud of the finished masterpiece. "Shottas has been re-edited, and Stephen Marley has redone the music score. The movie is in new form. You've never seen Shottas like this before. Clarity, surround sound, quality, and you do not want to miss the opening three minutes. It's ridiculously sick. Shilo, I can't even disclose the opening scene to you. Everyone just have to get to the theatre early."

Shottas has inspired movies such as 'City Of God', and is now officially the biggest ever bootlegg movie to date. According to Cess, 'we have to prove to the industry, to Hollywood, that our movies can sell. The bootleggers owe us,' Cess remarked laughing. 'You all have one or two bootlegg copies. It's payback time now.'

Everyone is asking about Shottas part two.

Well, the wait will soon be over, but we must do our part to support our own. The filming of part two takes place in October 2006, and is slated for an early 2007 release.





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

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01 2 11 Dutty Wine-Tony Matterhorn-Hyperactive Entertainment (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 14 Heart Attack-Beenie Man-Fire Links (1wk@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Weh Dem A Do-Mavado-Pure Music NM
04 5 12 Temperature-Sean Paul-Jah Snow Cone U-1
05 4 16 Gash Dem-Chuck Fenda-Juke Boxx (5wks@#1) D-1
06 6 12 Haffi Get It-Sizzla-Stainless Records NM
07 7 14 Bad Man Forward-Elephant Man-Fire Links NM
08 9 11 The Prayer (Oh Lord)-Little Hero-Inspire U-1
09 8 19 Too Much Gun-Busy Signal-H2O D-1
10 10 19 Nuh Badda Mi-Mr. Perfect-Pure and Clean (2wks@#1) NM
11 11 11 Talk To Me-Buju Banton-H2O NM
12 15 6 On My Mind-Daville-Fashowzy U-3
13 13 9 Forgot Them - Wayne Marshall-Legends NM
14 14 9 One Man-Beenie Man & D'Angel-Fire Links NM
15 16 9 Red Bull & Guinness-Delly Ranks/Chino-Pure Music U-1
16 12 15 Bad Man Forward-Ding Dong-VP Records D-4
17 18 9 Bad Boy Romeo-Smoke-Outta Road Records U-1
18 19 7 Don't Come Tell Me-Prophecy-Explorer U-1
19 20 5 Dem Nuh Build Great Man-Jah Cure/Fanton Mojah-Downsound Records U-1
20 21 6 Bounce-TOK-Stainless Records U-1





Kisima Music Awards in Kenya

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By: Senabulya Frank
Correspondent East Africa

bebecool3.jpgThe entertainment scenario in East Africa is once again blessed with an award giving ceremony due to take place in Kenya's capital Nairobi come 15th July this 2006. According to Victor Mayeya ,the CEO of the event,it will be boosted by South African music television Channel O to show and market this event across the continent and beyond.Channel O is also to hand over the best artist award during the event in its recognition among other related activities to take place that day.

Unlike in the ended Kilimanjaro Music Awards in Tanzania which seemed to focus on only its artists and Peal of Africa Music Awards yet to happen in Uganda latter this year,Kisima music Awards in Kenya are to give a real UTAKE (Uganda ,TAnzania,KEnya) taste as it brings together various musician from all the three countries that make up the East African Community as they share lake Victoria believed to mother the source of river Nile.





Alicia Keyes is in Jamaica! - & More To Read

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What's Cracking With Jigga Mattic

BabyCham&AliciaKeys1.JPGYo, the rock is percolating with lots of crazy stuff. Starting this Thursday, and every Thursday after this, we start a new feature called 'What's Cracking' with our favourite juvenile delinquent Jigga Mattic who has just returned from vacation. He's well-rested and dying to give you the inside skinny on what's cracking on the Rock.

ALICIA KEYES IS IN JAMAICA!

Grammy award winning singer Alicia Keyes has been in the island for the past two days to shoot scenes for a video for the remix of the single, 'Ghetto Story Part Two' with Baby Cham. She reportedly stayed at the Courtleigh Hotel, and on Monday, went to Sherlock to shoot scenes in front of Baby Cham's house. A big-name politician who we cannot name here came to even get autographs for his kids. Sharon Burke of Solid Agency was also spotted at the location.





Deacon & School Boys Face 52 Charges

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Jigga Mattic
YardFlex Reporter

Girl_crying_after_ordeal.jpgDisgraced deacon of the Dayton Church, 47-year-old Donavon James otherwise called "Uncle Jimmy", 18-year-old James Rodgers, Shamar Morgan, 18, and a 15-year-old boy were charged last night and appeared in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court today to answer a battery of criminal charges.

The four accused face a total of 52 charges ranging from indecent assault; aiding and abetting in the indecent assault; conspiracy after the fact, assault with intention to rape, cruelty to a child and failure to report the ill-treatment of a child, under the
Child Care and Protection Act 2004.





rastafarian2_150.jpg'Sugar Mommies', a play centred around the issue of sex tourism in Jamaica, especially the practice of older Caucasian women coming to the island resorts to 'get their grooves back' with young nubile black men.

The plot focuses on white women from the UK and US who come to Jamaica to be with 'rastatutes' or 'rent-a-dreads', and comes with a high price for the 'milk bottles' or 'whiteys' as the white woman are supposedly called. The play debuts on August 5 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre next month.

Playwright Tanika Gupta traveled to Jamaica, and conducted 240 interviews with females, primarily sex tourists, in order to do research for the project. The play will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Canadian-born actress Linda Bellingham. It will run through to September 2.





stephenmarley.jpgThe long-time beef between Bunny Wailer and Lee "Scratchy" Perry forced the re-scheduling of a date in upstate New York recently. Promoters had to quickly postpone the concert and Stephen Marley has been added to the line-up.

Initially slated for Sunday, June 25, Stephen will co-headline the "Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival" through 17 US cities. Along with his brother Ziggy, Stephen is sure to deliver tracks from his Mind Control solo debut. The CD will be distributed via Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal-Republic labels. The tour begins in Redway, California on Sunday, August 6.

The intention of the promoters had been "to unite the famous Wailers", and they billed Perry, an artiste they considered integral to the original wailing concept that emerged with Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley during the 'Scratch' years.





carol.jpgBoomshack Entertainment is doing big things to help Jamaican schoolkids. The entertainment-driven charitable organization was started by 'Linton' along with his cousins, 'Callie' and 'Kavin' who hosted a treat at the Burnt Savannah sports complex in St. Elizabeth in December 2002, and they return each December to repeat this act of love.

"Every December, we go back to the same same place...Linton started this because of his love for music and being the kind person that he his, he wanted to do something for the children so he starting buying things for the children with his own money and as long as the kids were happy that's all that matters to him," Carol, one of the principals of Butterfli Wings Foundation, told YardFlex.Com.

The events started off using sounds like Bass Odyssey, Love Symbol, and selector 'Panta' from Black Kat and still use them till this day and just always add a special guest sound each year on. We also have artistes perform at these annual events. I came on board after going to Jamaica with Linton for one of these events and realized that the things we gave to them the year before were kept in such good condition, it made me realize that the things we take for granted in the USA. It made me want to do more, so that's where we decided to form a foundation, and get sponsors for these "Coming Home" day-and-night events.





FatanMojah-DownSound.jpgThe rift between Downsound Records and Fantan Mojah slipped into another chapter last week with the publishing of a number of notices in the XNews and the Weekend Star that served to distance Downsound Records from any contractual agreements made on behalf of Owen Moncrieffe (a.k.a Fantan Mojah) by any other authority or agent other than itself.

The notices had tongues wagging in entertainment circles.

"I don't want any harm to come to Fantan's career, but you cannot breach the terms of such covenants. Contracts are the very basis of civilized business practices, and disregarding our contractual arrangements in the entertainment business will only give further strength to the misconception that the entertainment business in Jamaica is very disorganized," Joseph Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Records told YardFlex.Com.

"We are always available for constructive dialogue, but we have to protect Downsound Records from any legal action which might be taken if Fantan reneges on any contract he might have," he added.





NadineSutherland.jpgAfter a year on the small screen as a judge on the most popular television programme in Jamaica, Nadine Sutherland is set to make BIG waves this summer with a string of new singles, tour dates, and the release of her long awaited album.

Nadine turned quite a few heads during her recent video shoot for her new single entitled 'Keep Me Safe' (Eight76 Records). A mixture of tourists, community residents, and passers-by to the downtown Kingston area stopped in their tracks at the sight of Nadine Sutherland in her element. Nadine is known for her dynamic energy and presence before an audience, and director Nordia Rose wisely used the busy locale as a backdrop for the songstress. The appreciative and enthusiastic crowd let Nadine know how much she'S been missed and that her fans are hungry for more. Nadine has also recently recorded another upcoming single 'Cyan Tek It' Featuring Chrisinti (Eight76 Records). The video for this single was also directed by Nordia Rose.





'What Makes Reggae Reggae,' - Reggae Sunsplash

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reggsunsplashJamaica.jpgThe organisers of bmobile Reggae Sunsplash released their lineup earlier this week for the August 3-6 event. Billed on the theme, 'What Makes Reggae Reggae,' Reggae Sunsplash returns to the market after a nine-year hiatus.

During the press briefing, the promoters announced that international reggae star Freddie McGregor, one of the exclusive acts and one of the first to sign on for the new Sunsplash, would be the artiste ambassador of the festival.

McGregor declared that the renewed Sunsplash would be the biggest ever. "I've been on the road, touring and travelling to different places and the amount of inquiries and requests we are getting about Sunsplash, it's unbelievable."





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

BeenieMan-HeartAttack#1.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL

01 2 13 Heart Attack-Beenie Man-Fire Links(1wk@#1) U-1

02 3 10 Dutty Wine-Tony Matterhorn-Hyperactive Entertainment U-1

03 4 12 Weh Dem A Do-Mavado-Pure Music U-1

04 1 15 Gash Dem-Chuck Fenda-Juke Boxx (5wks@#1) D-3

05 5 11 Temperature-Sean Paul-Jah Snow Cone NM

06 7 11 Haffi Get It-Sizzla-Stainless Records U-1

07 8 13 Bad Man Forward-Elephant Man-Fire LinksU-1

08 6 18 Too Much Gun-Busy Signal-H2O D-2

19 11 10 The Prayer (Oh Lord)-Little Hero-Inspire U-2

10 9 18 Nuh Badda Mi-Mr. Perfect-Pure and Clean (2wks@#1) D-1





BeenieMan&BujuBanton.jpgIt's started again. Pressure from gay rights groups led to the cancellation of concerts in Brighton, and Bournemouth this week of reggae dancehall stars Beenie Man and Buju Banton.

This is the umpteenth time that this 14-year war of words between gay rights groups and Jamaican "dancehall" performers has erupte again.
The gay rights campaigners accuse several artists of reneging on an agreement last year to stop using - and justifying - their gay bashing songs.

Banton, whose 1992 song Boom Bye Bye, helped to ignite the controversy, had been due to perform on Wednesday night at a club in Brighton's gay district.





Jovi4_small.jpgJovi Rockwell is slated for three big dates abroad. She departs Jamaica on July 12th to Belgium for the Mystic Urchin Tour where she will perform with Transdub Massive at the Dour Festival, which also headlines top acts such as Sean Paul, Sizzla and Elephant Man. Jovi then hops over to Amsterdam for 'Two Sevens Splash' festival on July 16th, before returning home for her anticipated first appearance at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest on Friday July 21st in Montego Bay. On Sunday, September 3rd Jovi heads off to New York for her second performance at North America�s Premier reggae festival, Irie Jamboree.

Jovi recently performed at the Reebok Grand Prix athletic event at Ichan Stadium, New York on June 3rd, modelled for Cooyah Roots Wear at Caribbean Fashion Week/ CFW on June 9th, and also performed at CFW's Rock The Runway on June 13th.

June 30th was another important date for the 'rebel love goddess' as she proved to students at Glenmuir High School's in Clarendon that her new found fame was built on substance not hype by delivering a spirited set at their Summer Splash 2k6.





By: Claude Mills

Christine_Hewitt.jpgWell known media personality Christine Hewitt will be buried on July 16th at a venue which is yet to be decided. The funeral services will be handled by celebrity mortician Tommy Thompson of Brite Lite Funeral Services.

"Everything must be like how Christine is, she was joyful, she didn't want anyone to mourn over her, so basically, we will be doing something nice, pretty that matches her personality. There is going to be a big ni-nite to celebrate her life, where people can come and express themselves. The ni-nite ah keep at 58-and-a half Mannings Hill Road, same place that held her father's ni-nite. We did her father's funeral as well," Tommy Thompson, chief executive officer of Brite Lite Funeral Services, told YardFlex.Com.

Hewitt, who is survived by her daughter, Tricia, three brothers, and six sisters, will be interred at Dovecot.

"The body was badly burnt, but her request was that she not be cremated so we have the mammoth task of preparing the body for burial. As you can well imagine, it will not be an open casket funeral, with a lot of portraits, projection screen images, lots of photos of her in her eventful life. It's going to be a 'semi-state' kind of funeral because she was close to heads of government. We are still trying to locate the best available venue to accommodate the thousands that are expected to be in attendance."





Jamie Foxx Will Not Play Marley

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jamiefoxx_yardflexmovie.jpgWell-known entertainment writer Kevin Jackson disclosed to YardFlex.Com over the weekend that Academy award winning actor and award winning singer Jamie Foxx had denied reports that he will be playing reggae icon Bob Marley in a film, as was reported in the press a few weeks ago. The interview was done on the red carpet at the recently held BET Awards.

The following is an excerpt from KJ's report from L.A, California
In an interview with this writer on the red carpet at the recently held BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, Foxx said that contrary to what had been reported in the press, he will not be playing Marley in any film.

"No, I will not be playing Bob Marley. What happened is I ran into one of his sons at a club the other day and that was about it," Foxx explained.





Buju's European Tour 'Sell Off'

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buju-TourMad.jpgInternational Dancehall-Reggae star Buju Banton launched a 25 city European tour two weeks ago, and has already performed to sell-out crowds in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dortmund in Germany, Paris, and several towns in Italy. This week the tour picks up in England, where Banton and his Shiloh Band will crisscross the country with gigs in Brighton, Birmingham, London and Bristol, and then head to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belgium.

Meanwhile, back in Jamaica, Buju Banton's blazing single "Nothing" from the forthcoming album TOO BAD has entered Hype TV's Top 20 Singles Chart at #18. Produced by Banton and his Gargamel crew, the gritty new tune also debuted at #7 on BBC 1Xtra's highly influential Top 10 Dancehall Chart this past week.

More Buju Chart Action: "Me & Oonu" (Danga Zone) on the retro Wipe Out riddim holds firm at #9 on the BBC 1Xtra Dancehall Chart. "Tilly Ben Ben" (Flip Money) comes in at #19 on RETV's Top 20 Dancehall Charts and #18 on Hot 102 Jamaica's Weekly Top 30 Singles Chart. "Talk To Me" (H20) currently sits at #12 on Hot 102 Jamaica's Weekly Top 30 Singles Chart.





GyptianStudioBurn.jpgBad luck continues to shadow singer Gyptian and the Ten Times Strong outfit as the Garveymeade, Portmore home which houses the studio was hit by a fire that destroyed the second floor last night.

"Everything burn up except the studio equipment, upstairs gone," Mr. Wong, producer and head of Ten Times Strong, said. He arrived from the airport in a taxi, only to be greeted by the orange tongues of fire leaping from his Garveymeade home.

"The firemen said the fire started in a room upstairs and spread to the neighbour's house which bun down flat on the second floor as well. Waterford Fire say dem a try start the truck, and it coulden start, and then Spanish Town come inna 22 minutes, dem carry
little bit of water still but lucky that the hydrant was there, and dem hook up to the hydrant, and pump water till ah next big truck arrive 15 minutes later," he told YardFlex.Com.





Tia - Everlasting Beauty

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Photos By: Carlington Wilmot

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Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful, isn't she precious, isn't she made from chocolate hmmmm! YardFlex.Com duo Papa & Razzi were chilling out on the lime cay beach, when we caught up with Tia Green a 19-year-old model that was raised in the parish of St. Mary, but now resides in Kingston.

Tia is not signed to any particular agency but she does most of her freelance gigs for La Siya Model Agency. In the world of modeling her dream is to become famous on the international circuit, and in the end hopes to own her own clothing line. But before she climbs that ladder she's now preparing her self to enroll into college no later than September.

Hey check out my pics and tell me what you think of me
Muah Muah Muah!





BountyKiller&VybesKartel.jpgIntro: Bounty Killer & (Vybz Kartel)

High altitude, smokin proud, sittin on a cloud
(Corleone, Baby G an Kartel, higher dan before)
(Knock knock knockin on heavens door)
Thats right, Babylon nah nuh coke out if dem get one a this
(Hey, mi nuh know bout yuh) Lawd a mercy
(But mi know bout mi)

Chorus-Baby G:
When I smoke, I get so high (High Altitude)
It makes mi feel like I wanna fly {Christly}
Can yuh look and see the red in my eyes
In my eyes, my eyes





CecileBadGal.jpgFollowing her successful promotional stint in the US Ce'Cile will leave the States on Thursday, (June 29) for Europe where she will be doing a show in Koln, Germany on Friday (June 30). After that she heads for Paris on July 1.

The hot gal of dancehall is really riding on a high right now as she steps up the promotion on her latest efforts. In the pipeline for her are two huge shows in Europe - Summer Jam in Germany next month and Dour Festival in Belgium.

Ce'Cile is expected to take a break from her overseas engagement to return to Jamaica for some local engagements including Dancehall Night on Reggae Sunsplash August 3rd , then she heads back to Europe to continue her engagements.





Rihanna Unfaithful - Lyric - SOS

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ss_riahana_VideoClip-SexyGirlsXXXNude.jpgUnfaithful by Rihanna
[Intro:]
Story of my life
Searching for the right
But it keeps avoiding me
Sorrow in my soul
Cause it seems that wrong
Really loves my company

[Verse 1:]
He's more than a man
And this is more than love
The reason that the sky is blue
The clouds are rollin' in
Because I'm goin' again
To him I just can't be true

[Bridge:]
And I know that he knows I'm unfaithful
And it kills him inside
To know that I'm happy with some other guy
I can see him dyin'





Reggae Sumfest 2018

biggie-smalls-bob-marley-videoklip.jpgLos Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has launched a new task force to investigate the unsolved 1997 killing of rap star Notorious BIG.

The new investigation comes in the face of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by BIG's mother Voletta Wallace and other relatives, who claim that rogue police officers were involved in the killing, the Los Angeles Times said.

Evidence discovered by the new task force could help the city in its argument against the family's claims.

An initial lawsuit filed by the Wallace family ended in a mistrial in July of 2005 after just three days of testimony when an anonymous tip led to the discovery that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a prison informant linking the killing to former officers David Mack and Rafael Perez.





Oprah: "I'm not gay"

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Oprah&GayleKing.jpgOprah Winfrey and her friend Gayle King want to be clear - they are not gay.

In the August issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, the US talk-show host explains that some people misunderstand her close friendship with King.

"I understand why people think we're gay,'' she says.

"There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it - how can you be this close without it being sexual?''

In a long article, Winfrey, 52, and King converse about their 30 years of friendship and ''four-times-a-day phone calls.''

The two friends say they would have no problem telling the public if they were in a sexual relationship.

"The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you, because there's nothing wrong with being gay,'' says King.





Ms Lou & 'Mas Ran' to Return Home

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mslouJamaica.jpg'Ms. Lou;, Jamaica's favourite cultural ambassador, will be accorded an official funeral, the government announced recently. A special planning committee, headed by Minister of Tourism, Entertainment & Culture, Aloun Assamba, will be responsible for coordinating arrangements for the funeral. But no exact date for the funeral has yet been announced.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller also said that in keeping with Miss Lou's wishes to be buried by the side of her husband, arrangements are being made to have his body and that of Miss Lou's returned to Jamaica from Canada for the official funeral. Meanwhile, a special thanksgiving service to celebrate Bennett-Coverley's life will be held in Toronto next Thursday, August 3.

'Miss Lou', born Lousie Bennett-Coverley, died on July 26, at a hospital in Toronto, Canada. She was 86. She is survived by a son.
Condolence books for Miss Lou are to be opened at all overseas missions and at the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, the Institute of Jamaica and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.





Interntional Dancehall Queen Kicks off Tonight

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DancehallQueenA.jpgAll roads lead to Pier One tonight as the 10th staging of the International Dancehall Queen event kicks off. And it promises to be a big one, almost as international in scope as the United Nations. Big Head Promotions is anticipating the largest ever complement of dancers with contestants drawn from the USA, Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Trinidad, Barbados and England.

So far, more than 40 dancers have been confirmed to participate in the event, which will be held at Pier One in Montego Bay tomorrow.
Another major feature of this year's staging of the event will be awarding a scholarship valued $100,000 to a needy relative of last year's Dancehall Queen winner, Shanique Taylor. Taylor died earlier this year from pemphigus, a rare skin disease, even though there were newspaper reports that suggested that she had died as a result of "obeah".

The Dancehall Queen Contest started 10 years ago as a small community show. Since then, it has grown into an international event, attracting scores of entrants from other countries. Red Label recently inked a three-year sponsorship deal with the organizers of the contest. The deal is reportedly worth $6.6 million and the contract period will end in 2008.





Jennifer Lopez's Night Behind Bars

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J'lo_JenniferLopoz_SeanPaul_Dancehall.jpgDetails of Jennifer Lopez's night in jail are to be revealed for the first time in a new book written by one of the cops on duty the night she and then-lover P DIDDY were arrested. In his expose, NOTORIOUS C.O.P: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE TUPAC, BIGGIE AND JAM MASTER JAY INVESTIGATIONS FROM THE HIP-HOP COP, DERRICK PARKER recalls Lopez sobbing as she was handcuffed to her cell door.

Lopez and rap mogul Diddy, real name SEAN COMBS, were arrested as they attempted to flee from a New York nightclub after a shooting incident in 1999.

Lopez, who has always maintained she had nothing to do with the incident and has never been charged, seemed "traumatised" by her first night behind bars, according to Parker. He tells US tabloid the National Enquirer, "The cops had her handcuffed roughly to the top of the cell cage. (She was) still in her little club outfit, a long pink coat with fur on the collar.

"J.Lo was crying and upset - her agitation exacerbated by the fact that her arms had been locked upright in an uncomfortable position for at least an hour... (She was) breaking down."





Farenheit Launches Port Antonio Virgin

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Farenheit_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae_BeenieMan.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Farenheit, the self-styled Jamaican soul crooner who came onto the music scene in the nineties is set to launch his new album in July. The new album "Port Antonio Virgin", is a follow up to his critically acclaimed first "Fringe to Fore" and will be unveiled to press and public on the July 30th at the Caves in Negril West End.

The textured album features Farenheit flexing his musical muscles, and enjoys a heavier injection of dancehall flavour. The album features collaborations with Kurupt, Sizzla, Loogaman, and Sean Paul. The project will be released on the Mystic Urchin Label and distributed by All Access Distribution.

The launch will take place overlooking the ocean, on the sand at The Caves. The party is open to the public and will feature a listening session, an intimate acoustic set from Farenheit, giveaways, appearances by collaborators on the album.

The uber talented singer from the Mystic Urchin camp is already planning a 20 city US tour to promote the project.





By: Jigga Mattic

janet_jackson_PDiddy_Dancehall_SeanPaul.jpgCelebrity guest list? Fireworks? Manic media coverage? Major security presence? You know it must be a celebrity wedding. And unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, you will already know that Beenie Man and D'Angel's glamorous nuptials will be held in August this year, and on Beenie's brithday as well.

YardFlex.Com has learned that the plans for the August 22nd affair are far advanced, but the location will be kept secret until only a few days before the date.

"Everything's going according to plan. We're not planning on doing the wedding at the UWI Chapel, and in fact, only those who are going to get invited will know where exactly the wedding is going to be held because it is not something I wanna disclose right now. What I want the public to know is that D'Angel is a die-hearted entertainer, and whether pregnant or not, I am going to fulfil my dreams. I am happy, comfortable and looking for the best for the future."





Reggae Sunsplash Block Party This Saturday

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ReggaeSunsplashJamaica_SeanPaul.jpgAn adrenaline-charged block party will highlight the final Sunsplash Trails showcase on Dominica Drive in New Kingston on Saturday, July 29.

The Trails features soca star Machel Montano as well as Assassin, Mr. Vegas and Junior Kelly. The accompanying Fresh Sound Competition gives upcoming artistes the opportunity to showcase their talent, and based on audience response, get a chance to perform at the 2006 staging of the bMobile Reggae Sunsplash at Richmond Estate, St. Ann from August 3-6. The Fresh Sound Auditions commence at 5pm and run until 8pm on Dominica Drive.

Recorded music will be provided by Marlon Young, Kurt Riley and Razz and Biggy while Tricia 'Wild Child' Spence and Miss Kitty will host the show. Patrons will get the chance to win bMobile phones, phone accessories and tickets to dancehall night of the bMobile Reggae Sunsplash.





Water Come A We Eye, MS Lou Dies At 86

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mslou200603.jpgThe Hon. Dr. Louise Bennett-Coverley died in a Toronto hospital in Canada after collapsing at home. She was 86 years old.

The woman, affectionately known as Miss Lou by fans and admirers, was installed as a fellow of the Institute of Jamaica in 2003. She has a sterling record as a folklorist, writer and pioneer in the performing arts in Jamaica, and was the recipient of several accolades from the Institute of Jamaica. Among these are the Silver and Gold Musgrave Medals. She was awarded the Silver Musgrave for Dialect and Folklore in 1965 and the Gold Medal for Poetry and the Arts in 1978.

She was also the recipient of the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in Folklore and Art. She had migrated to Jamaica in the early 1980s where she lived overseas with her husband.

She was last in Jamaica as a guest of the government at that year’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations in 2003. During that time, she addressed an audience at the Little Theatre during the presentation of the Michael Manley Award for Community Self-Reliance award, making an impact that will not soon be forgotten. Eyewitnesses who were there said that it was a special event that will live on in the lexicon of Jamaican culture.





Shoshana's Super Sweet 16 Party

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By: Jigga Mattic
Photos By: Warlington

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5,4,3,2,1.....Happy Birthday Shoshana, the crowd of over 100 teenagers shouted as Shoshana Lee, the daughter of Gordon Lee and Deborah Cole, and also the grand-daughter of singer Judy Mowatt celebrated her sweet 16 birthday party last night in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.

Unlike other celebrity sweet 16 parties where the hostess of the moment spends the majority of their time at the party kicking people out who they did not invite, Shoshana instead chose to spend the time dancing with her friends, thanking her parents and enjoying the cake. She was the consummate social butterfly, flitting from conversation to conversation to make everyone feel welcome. And get this people, she only changed her outfit twice. How about that for self-control?





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rihanna_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae.jpgNEW YORK (July 24, 2006) - Rihanna is about to be pretty "happy."

As her song, "Unfaithful," continues its Top 10 reign on the pop and digital charts, Def Jam recording artist Rihanna's second album, "A Girl Like Me," turns the corner past RIAA platinum for U.S. sales in excess of 1 million units.

At the same time, it has been announced that Rihanna has been chosen to represent Clinique's "Happy" fragrance in a new campaign to begin in December.

Rihanna's fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo (who co-wrote "Unfaithful") has been commissioned to compose an original song, "Just Be Happy," to be recorded by Rihanna says Clinique, "expresses the spirit of happiness in music much the same way Clinique Happy does in fragrance."

Celebrating her success, Rihanna will be seen on a trifecta of television appearances Tuesday, starting with a performance of "Unfaithful" on ABC's The View, followed by a performance of "S.O.S." and "Kisses Don't Lie" on the ABC daytime drama All My Children.





sq-janet-dupri-ray-carpet.jpgATLANTA -- Janet Jackson says finding love with longtime boyfriend and producer Jermaine Dupri gave her a new perspective on life while recording her new album.

"I always wanted to find love," she said. "Now, that I found love, I'm in a different space now.

"Jermaine is drama-free," the 40-year-old singer said at news conference Friday to promote the upcoming album, "20 Years Old." "He's a very giving person. The challenges have been all joy working with Jermaine."

Dupri produced a few tracks on the album, which is set for release on Sept. 26. Longtime collaborators Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis pitched in as well.





Wayne Marshall to star in NFPB campaign

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WayneMarshall_SeanPaul_DancehallReggae_BeenieMan_SexyGirls.jpgBudding international superstar Wayne Marshall, has decided to lend his voice and talent to the cause of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB). A contract signing attended by Marshall, his road manager Ilan McKenzie, NFPB Director of Outreach Janet Davis and Leo O’Reggio NFPB Communications Officer, took place at the NFPB Sylvan Road office on Wednesday afternoon, July 5. Marshall has come on board with the NFPB's new campaign, which will focus on safe sex, and family planning, targeting various age groups. Widely known to be a devoted father, Marshall didn’t hesitate when approached by the NFPB.

"I was impressed by the NFPB's plans for the campaign, and I felt that at this point in my life and career, I would definitely be able to assist them wholeheartedly, as I strongly believe in good family planning and I already have some experience promoting safe sex. I owe a lot of my success to my supportive parents, so I feel it is only right I do the same for my son, and ensure he has the opportunities I did," said Marshall. "We as Jamaican fathers need to take responsibility for our children, and realise that the giant family thing can't work again, not in the current social climate. Too much youths falling by the wayside and picking up gun," he added.





DMX Year of the Dog, Again IN STORES AUGUST 1

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Who is DMX?:

dmxyearofthedogagain.jpg"I don't make music to make songs," says the record-breaking hip-hop icon DMX, "I make music to record my life."

DMX, the legendary Ruff Ryder who's sold 20 million albums, is back in the saddle with his eagerly-awaited sixth solo outing, Year Of The Dog, Again, his first since 2003's Grand Champ, the album that made him the only artist in the history of the Billboard Top 200 to have his first five albums debut consecutively at #1. Beyond iconic, DMX has been the voice of the hood since he first burst onto the scene as a representative of the street movement and record label, Ruff Ryders.

As hip-hop is assimilated into the cultural mainstream, it's time for the long overdue and much needed return of rap's prophetic visionary, DMX.

DMX is currently working with fellow Ruff Ryder and production mastermind Swizz Beatz (who's been on-board DMX's entire career as well as producing smash tracks for a hip-hop elite including Eve, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim, and Destiny's Child).





By: Claude Mills
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DancehallArtisteSpice_SeanPaul_BeenieMan_Rihanna_VybzKartel.jpgDeejay Grace 'Spice' Hamilton's older brother, Donovan Hamilton, was killed violently last Thursday, the night she was scheduled to perform during Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest.

"The funeral for my brother is next week, and right now, the family is just trying to cope, I don't want to talk about it right now," Spice told YardFlex.Com.

Friends of the entertainer say that "Spice's older brother got into a knife fight with another man, they stabbed each other, and both of them died". She heard about her brother's death just minutes before she hit the Sumfest stage, and delivered a blistering
performance.





Fully_Loaded_flyer.jpgDon't miss
FULLY LOADED--10TH ANNIVERSARY

The Hustla Rick Ross, straight outta the Dirty South, comes to Jamaica with the Haitian Hip-Hop wonder Wyclef Jean to face Jamaica's finest Sizzla Kalonji, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Wayne Marshall, Tony Matterhorn, Skyjuice, Ricky Trooper, Black Cat and many, many more.

Sunday, July 30th
James Bond Beach, Oracabessa, JA

To many this year's Fully Loaded is considered as the ultimate party for the summer. What better way to take on the summer heat - Only at Fully Loaded on the beach front of Oracabessa.

Again - Don't miss Jamaica's Premium Summer Beach Party! For more info email:

solidevents@cwjamaica.com or call 1-888-4-LOADED.





Cheating Rihanna Inspired Chart-Topper

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Riahanna_SeanPaul_Dancehall_reggae_BeenieMan.jpgPop star Rihanna wrote the hit song Unfaithful to remind people that women are just as guilty as men when it comes to cheating in relationships.

The 18-year-old singer was inspired to write the song from her own personal experience, after she had an affair behind a boyfriend's back.

She explains, "It's not anything I'm proud of, but this album is called A Girl Like Me because all of the songs are personal experiences. I felt like I had to sing about being unfaithful because there are a lot of girls who have been and are unfaithful and don't want to say it. But, hello, it's reality. We always talk about the guys being unfaithful dogs, but people forget that girls cheat too!"





Empress Poised for Stardom

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empress_SeanPaul_SexyGirls_BeenieMan_Rihanna_Dancehall.jpgEmpress aka Empress Camielle {poised for stardom} is a young and new artiste to the world's musical stage. She has been involved in music from a child. Growing up between Jamaica, the USA and Australia has had a huge influence on her sound. Musically she loves soul, old time reggae, hip hop and flavors of the dancehall.

She has travelled to over 13 countries with music, television commercials and other creative projects. Empress is the newest VJ and Television Host on RE TV (Jamaica's number 1 reggae entertainment station). She hosts the top ten and VIP Backstage shows. She is a strong and determined Leo, with a killer personality and a killer voice.

Releasing singles with Sony & Warner Music previously in Australia, Empress has absorbed the runnings of the music business. She's tasted success and dabbled in many musical genres. Living back in Jamaica and making an album has been her goal and that's what she is doing. She sleeps 3-4 hours a night and is ready to take the world by storm.





Tight dress makes Miss Universe faint

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By Bernie Woodall

Puerto_Rico_MissUniverse_SeanPaul.jpgLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forty minutes into her reign as Miss Universe, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed during a post-pageant news conference and was rushed offstage on Sunday night.

Pageant officials immediately said the lithe 5-foot-9 18-year-old was all right and had fainted.

"She's OK. She's fine," pageant representative Lark Anton told Reuters. "She got dizzy. Its very hot up here. Her dress is tight - as you could see it was beaded and heavy. She passed out."

Anton said Mendoza "had plenty to eat today," when pressed for the beauty queen's condition before she fainted at the centre of the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, where she had become the 55th Miss Universe before an international television audience less than an hour earlier.

Mendoza attended the pageant's Coronation Ball after recovering from her collapse, according to guests including Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organisation. "Yes, she's fine," Trump said as he left.





BountyBeenieYardFlex_SeanPaul_Rihanna_Dancehall.jpgArchrivals Bounty Killer and Beenie Man dragged their ongoing 'war of words' deeper into the bowels of bad taste during Stormfront at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay on Thursday night.

Not content with belittling each other, they have descended into that most foul of preoccupations -- talking about each other's mothers.
BK hit the stage at about 3:30 a.m sporting a black blazer with the words 'cross, angry, miserable' emblazoned across it, and a pair of black pants. BK then intimated that Beenie Man had previously disrespected 'Ms Ivy' (Bounty's mother) and proceeded to announce to the 8,000 strong crowd that Beenie's mother "ah live inna one house that ah leak".

Killer asked: "Who ah the biggest gyal clown inna Jamaica? After me dash weh ole rubbish oonu go back go pick it up like janitor."
This reference was in relation to Beenie Man's upcoming marriage to D'Angel, who had been in a previous relationship with Bounty Killer for the past seven years.





Rakell_Brazil-SeanPaul_ElephantMan_Rihanna-Dancehall.jpgRaquel Sa was born on February 17th 1983 in Fortaleza, Brazil to musician parents. At a very early age it was evident that she shared the same passion that emerges from the various styles of the Bossa Nova, the Samba and the Timbales of Salvador Bahia, among others. At just 8 years old, Raquel formed part of a dance troupe made up of her sister and two cousins.

The group performed with great success in several contests mainly those of the Lambada: a style of dance that was sweeping Brazil at that time. At the age of 14 she began to contribute more significantly to her musical foundation by joining local singing groups and doing live performances. It was this exposure to a vibrant public that convinced her of her future life as a star.

At the age of 17 Raquel moved to Barcelona with her family, balancing studies with music and dance, still participating in local dance groups when possible. On her first trip to Jamaica in 2003, she fell in love with the music and the culture of Dance Hall. During this period she was introduced local producers and Djs that were impressed by her singing and dancing ability.

Thus was born the idea to create a unique and contagious sound based on the fusion of Hip Hop, Dance Hall and Brazilian drum beats. Raquel is currently living in Kingston, Jamaica where she is continuing her voice training in preparation for the recording of her second demo. New demo coming soon!!





AprilA_Sexygirls_Dancehall-SeanPaul-Rihanna.jpgI'm April, a Jamaican model and fashion design student from Long Island. Sexy, Funny, Sweet, a lady you'll love to meet. . .getting a chance to know me, that'll be a treat!

Height:5'9" - Weight: 135 - Bust: 34C
Waist: 26 - Hips: 37 - Dress: 4

Runway Experiences
-Nassau Community College's Annual Spring Fashion Show, April 2005
-Hunter College's Annual Spring Fashion Show, March 2006
-St. John's University's Spring Fashion Show, April 2006
-Fashion Institute of Technology's Style Market/Design Mavens Fashion Show, April 2006
-Turtle Culture Preview Fashion Show for MTV2's Fight Club, April 2006
-Designs by Alicia P. Fashion Show, Club Deep May 2006

Television:
-Turtle Culture Preview Fashion Show for MTV2's Fight Club, April 2006
-News12 Long Island/Bloomingdales Bikini Special at Jones Beach, June 2006nah





Death Sparks in The Cash Money Family

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cash_monday1_front_BeenieMan_SeanPaul.jpgPopular Cash Money selector 'Scratchy B' is in mourning this morning after his mother was gunned down by armed men in Portmore, St. Catherine last night.

According to the reports from the police, Scratchy B's mother, Eulalee Clarke, 60, was at home at about 9 p.m. when two armed men approached the house located on Germaine Road in Westchester. They opened fire hitting her. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The St. Catherine South police are investigating.

YardFlex.Com extends condolences to the Clarke family, as well as to the Cash Money sound on behalf of the entire entertainment community.





AfricanModels_SeanPaul_BeenieMan_SexyGirls_DancehallReggae.jpgThe 12 remaining semi-finalists for Nokia Face of Africa 2006 have left Botswana (home of last year's winner Kaone Kario) for Cape town where they are to have their second Model Boot- Camp. The African queens were initially 17 in number selected from across the African continent during 12 casting sessions held in 12 African cities and were taken to Gaborone (Botswana) on June 26th for the first Camp eliminating five of them.

Tanzania's sexy Zuhura Mrisho Watuta and Kenya's law student Gertrude Ogada along with Chipo Ngoyi (Zambia),Phumelele Mtshali (South Africa), and Selamawit Adamu Teshale (Ethiopia) headed home after the first round elininations.

The remaining ones include Uganda's Muniirah Namakula, 21, 5'11, Andenyi Anjalo, 21, from Kenya, Aisha Danjuma, 22, and Ishioma Onyebo, 18,1.76m (5'9"), from Nigeria, Catherine Hemans-Yankey (Ghana), in addition to Deline Maiyiwa, 21, from Zimbabwe,Kea Basima, 19, from Botswana, Sandra Bigirimana, 18, from Burundi, Mirash, 21, from Ghana and Venantia Otto, 18, from Namibia.





'Passion' - Sexy Jamaican Beauty

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SexyGirls-SeanPaul_ElephantMan-DancehallLyrics.jpgName: Nicole 'Passion' Weller
Age: 25
Date of birth: April 1, 1981
Qualities looking for in a man: honest, caring and a good personality.
Pet Peeve: I hate men who tell lies and are pretentious.

Although she was born on April Fools Day, this sassy spunky 25 year-old actress is nobody's fool. With a body to die for and a wit and intelligence to match, 'Passion' has been busy inflaming the hearts and groins of legions of male dancehall fans across Jamaica with her feline moves in videos.

She played the mute dancer on Royal Palm Estate, chowed down on live lizards in last year's reality show, 'Golden Nuggets' (she placed third), and later, landed a minor role in the indie film, 'Glory to Gloriana'. She has also racked up credits in music videos such as Tanto Metro and Devonte's 'Good Times, Bad Times' and MJ and Beenie Man's 'Get Loose'.

She also has a killer sense of humour as demonstrated on the set of the Leftside and Esco medley project when her wig fell off right in the middle of a dancing scene. She burst out in gales of wild feminine laughter, and even rolled around on the ground before she was able to finally compose herself.





AsafaPowell_SeanPaul-Music-Reggae_Dancehall_SexyGirls.jpgNigel Powell, the 31 year-old brother of 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, is making his first tentative steps into the challenging world of entertainment. He is now managing the singing group, CK5, which you might know as H5 which did so well in last year's Digicel Rising Stars competition.

He has been a teacher for eight years, working two years at Tivoli High and the remainder at Charlie Mount High school. A graduate of the Edna Manley school, he teaches music, and is proficient at playing the sax, bass guitar, and the piano. His brother, Asafa, is a whiz at the bass and electric (rhythm) guitar. The brothers will be co-managing CK5.

"Asafa and I will manage them, they are some youths that we believe in," Mr. Powell told YardFlex.Com. "All of we grow up together, I met one of the members, Dwight at the local Church of God where we worship, and the other guys live in the Waterloo district."





Elphant Man Set To Rock Reggae Sumfest

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Top flight dancehall deejay Elephant Man is looking forward to another stellar performance when he grace the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest stage on July 20 at Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay, St. James.

Elephant Man has consistently delivered top-class show at one of the greatest reggae festival on Earth. And this year, the deejay plans to take his performance to a higher level.

Highly credited with bringing back dancing into the dancehall with his dance-oriented songs, Elephant Man has mastered his stage craft. There's never a dull moment with Elephant Man. With a seemingly inexhaustible energy source, he throws himself into everything he does. He performs with abandon.





JuniorGongSunplash.jpgGrammy award winning artiste Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, the youngest son of music icon and legend Bob Marley, may be one of the major acts performing on Reggae Sunsplash's 'World Beat Night' on August 4th. This is exactly 25 years after his father delivered a legendary performance at the landmark event, and 14 years after Damian himself made his Sunsplash debut.

Jr. Gong reached sensational heights with the Tuff Gong/Universal album "Welcome To Jamrock" which featured Nas, Bobby Brown, and Black Thoughts. The album, a caustic melding of dancehall and old school roots reggae became an urban phenomenon soon after its Summer of 2005 release, making highly charged cameos on street-level mixtapes and urban radio in major cities across the USA. The album sold over 86,000 units in its first week on the strength of the single.





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New York: Four of the hottest dancehall stars � Capleton, Beenieman, Buju Banton and Baby Cham along with Cocoa T and veteran crooner Gregory Isaacs are among the stars confirmed for Irie Jamboree 2k6, which take place at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday, September 3rd 2006.

"We are very excited about the lineup this year and feel especially happy given the fact the Capleton has not performed at a major event in New York for quite some time. Gregory, a favorite among reggae fans in the tri-state has not performed at an outdoor event in New York for more than a decade" Bobby Clarke of Irie Jamboree said.

Clarke also disclosed that for the very first time, the event will feature launch parties in Jamaica , Miami and New York .

"This is the very first time that a major North American Reggae festival will host launch parties in three cities. This it is an important next step that we must take as the event grows" he said.





R&B Sensation Bobby Valentino Returns!

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bobby.jpgR&B Sensation and male "Soul of DTP", Bobby Valentino, returns to the spotlight with the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, "Special Occasion" which will be released by DTP/Island Def Jam on September 19th. Showcasing his vocal talents through a 14-track masterpiece, the album is beautifully balanced with harmonious, sexy, melodious ballads and mid-tempos synonymous with his signature sound. Valentino's evolution as one of the most respected songwriters and artists today will be undeniable once listeners get a glimpse of "Special Occasion," arguably his best body of work to date.

With Valentino co-writing more than three quarters of "Special Occasion," the new album also boasts songwriting and production credits from award winning hit makers such as Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Tim & Bob, Bryan Michael Cox and Dre & Vidal. On the heals of success off of the album's buzz single, "Wreck," a Sean Garrett produced track where Valentino sings and smoothly rhymes over a catchy, up tempo beat, the album's soon to be released, first official single will be the Rodney Jerkin's produced song, "Turn the Page" a heartfelt and emotional ballad about trust, love and taking chances in a relationship.





By: Jigga Mattic
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

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Mr. Lex a.k.a The Prince has been confirmed for International Night at this year's Reggae Sunsplash show on August 5th at the Richmond Estate venue in St.Ann.

Mr. Lex who is known for his elaborate entrances, and his witty banter in between songs told YardFlex.Com; "I wanted to be on international night, that is the real night."

'International Night' will also feature Tanya Stephens, Inner Voice, Steel Pulse, UB40, Maxi Priest, Buju Banton, Shinehead, Beenie Man and Rik Rok.

He has a number of new singles which are in regular rotation on the radio such as 'We Say Party' on the Raw rhythm, 'Dem No Build No Gun', the popular 'Bad Inna Dance' on the Gully Slime rhythm, and 'Reggae's Real' featuring Luciano, and the Las Vegas-based
Bonafide band.





Dancehall Group Voice Mail's Album Mines Gold

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Voice Mail Signs With bmobile, Album Goes Gold in Japan

voicemailperforming1.jpgJamaica's hottest male vocal group Voice Mail has mined gold in Japan with shipments of over 100,000 copies of its debut album Hey. The album which features production work from a plethora of Jamaica's top music producers including Robert Livingston, Christopher Birch, and Donovan Bennett, has been visible on the major music charts in Japan over the past few months.

The success of the album comes as good news for the group, which has been making strides within the past two years with a handful of dance oriented hits on the Jamaican and international reggae charts.

'We are happy the way things have been moving and we are just thankful for the support from our fans, the media and our friends', group member O'Neil said.





Remy MA Saddles to The East With Bounty Killer

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RemyMa.jpgHip Hop diva Remy Ma is saddled up to appear with legendary Dancehall deejay (MC) Bounty Killer for the highly anticipated revival of his annual celebrity charity benefit Saddle to the East on August 26th.

Remy, who will be making her first Jamaican appearance on July 15 th for the island's reigning queen of the Dancehall Lady Saw's birthday bash, has recently been added to the all star line up for Saddle to the East 2006 which includes Bad Boy recording artist Elephant Man, Hip Hop turntable scientist Green Lantern, Vybz Kartel, Wayne Wonder, Capleton, Wayne Marshall, Busy Signal and a slew of Jamaica's biggest and best Dancehall/Reggae entertainers.

Returning after a fiver year hiatus, the organizers of Saddle to the East are donating the proceeds to Upliftment Jamaica, a not-for-profit organization, providing health, education, and social services for the residents of St. Thomas, one of Jamaica's most underdeveloped and impoverished parishes.

"The fact that Remy Ma is coming all this way to help raise money for the people of St. Thomas says to me that she is one of those rare entertainers that unselfishly gives of themselves for the benefit of those less fortunate." states St. Thomas native Gary Foster, Chairman of Upliftment Jamaica, and Vice President of Russell Simmon's RUSH Communications.





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Former Dancehall Queen Carlene's Sister Died

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carleme1.gifCarlene Smith, former Dancehall Queen, is now in the United States to
attend a funeral for her sister, Aldred 'Donna' Johnson who died recently on July 4th, Independence Day in the United States.

"At first, they thought it was a heart attack, but the autopsy said
that it is not, so we're doing more tests and we will know the results in three weeks. Donna had become a Christian, and she was the lead singer in the choir at the time of her death," Carlene, who was in attendance at Christine Hewitt's funeral on Saturday, told YardFlex.Com.
The funeral service was held yesterday.





NINJAMAN AND HIS 'RUNAWAY' BRIDE
By: Claude Mills
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NinjaMan-Married.jpgIn the world of dancehall these days, it seems everybody's going to the chapel. YardFlex has just learned that Desmond 'Don Gorgon' Ballentyne is planning to tie the knot next Saturday with Wendy Brown, a woman he has called the "love of his life", in a special VIP invitation-only event at Beaches Boscobel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann on July 22nd .

"I am getting married, I am in love, me is a loving yute, Wendy is the one for me, ah just so it look and so it seem. Mi love her completely," Ninjaman said.

This is not the Don Gorgon's first time down the aisle, but the first ended in divorce three months later. However, the approaching marriage may well be in jeopardy before the walk down the aisle because the bride-to-be is getting jittery, and if you listen to her friends and family, she has all right to be.

Wendy Brown is the sister of his babymother, Keisha, with whom he has fathered a six year-old son, a fact that has set off a firestorm of criticism in the parish of St. Ann. The impending marriage has apparently driven a rift between the sisters, and the Brown family is reeling. In an exclusive interview with YardFlex.com, Wendy explained her feelings and her relationship with Ninjaman.

"Ninjaman and I had been friends for years, but a year ago fell in love," Ms. Brown, 34, said. "It's all very difficult, I have lost my family, the only sister who I love, and now I am about to lose my children, because my family is raging about. He is a nice person, and a good person, it's really rocking me, the world is against us but I am so much in love."





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It's Official. The biggest bootlegg movie of all times, hits the big screen on September 15th, 2006!

The movie that has been nicknamed, The Jamaican Scarface, Shottas will make it's theatrical debut across the United States late summer.

Distributed by Sony/Screen Gems, the official release of one of the most popular movies ever with an allstar caribbean cast, is sure to become a box office hit.

Shottas Part 1 hits the big time!

Cess Silvera, the writer, director, and producer of Shottas, is confident and proud of the finished masterpiece. "Shottas has been re-edited, and Stephen Marley has redone the music score. The movie is in new form. You've never seen Shottas like this before. Clarity, surround sound, quality, and you do not want to miss the opening three minutes. It's ridiculously sick. Shilo, I can't even disclose the opening scene to you. Everyone just have to get to the theatre early."

Shottas has inspired movies such as 'City Of God', and is now officially the biggest ever bootlegg movie to date. According to Cess, 'we have to prove to the industry, to Hollywood, that our movies can sell. The bootleggers owe us,' Cess remarked laughing. 'You all have one or two bootlegg copies. It's payback time now.'

Everyone is asking about Shottas part two.

Well, the wait will soon be over, but we must do our part to support our own. The filming of part two takes place in October 2006, and is slated for an early 2007 release.





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

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01 2 11 Dutty Wine-Tony Matterhorn-Hyperactive Entertainment (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 14 Heart Attack-Beenie Man-Fire Links (1wk@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Weh Dem A Do-Mavado-Pure Music NM
04 5 12 Temperature-Sean Paul-Jah Snow Cone U-1
05 4 16 Gash Dem-Chuck Fenda-Juke Boxx (5wks@#1) D-1
06 6 12 Haffi Get It-Sizzla-Stainless Records NM
07 7 14 Bad Man Forward-Elephant Man-Fire Links NM
08 9 11 The Prayer (Oh Lord)-Little Hero-Inspire U-1
09 8 19 Too Much Gun-Busy Signal-H2O D-1
10 10 19 Nuh Badda Mi-Mr. Perfect-Pure and Clean (2wks@#1) NM
11 11 11 Talk To Me-Buju Banton-H2O NM
12 15 6 On My Mind-Daville-Fashowzy U-3
13 13 9 Forgot Them - Wayne Marshall-Legends NM
14 14 9 One Man-Beenie Man & D'Angel-Fire Links NM
15 16 9 Red Bull & Guinness-Delly Ranks/Chino-Pure Music U-1
16 12 15 Bad Man Forward-Ding Dong-VP Records D-4
17 18 9 Bad Boy Romeo-Smoke-Outta Road Records U-1
18 19 7 Don't Come Tell Me-Prophecy-Explorer U-1
19 20 5 Dem Nuh Build Great Man-Jah Cure/Fanton Mojah-Downsound Records U-1
20 21 6 Bounce-TOK-Stainless Records U-1





Kisima Music Awards in Kenya

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By: Senabulya Frank
Correspondent East Africa

bebecool3.jpgThe entertainment scenario in East Africa is once again blessed with an award giving ceremony due to take place in Kenya's capital Nairobi come 15th July this 2006. According to Victor Mayeya ,the CEO of the event,it will be boosted by South African music television Channel O to show and market this event across the continent and beyond.Channel O is also to hand over the best artist award during the event in its recognition among other related activities to take place that day.

Unlike in the ended Kilimanjaro Music Awards in Tanzania which seemed to focus on only its artists and Peal of Africa Music Awards yet to happen in Uganda latter this year,Kisima music Awards in Kenya are to give a real UTAKE (Uganda ,TAnzania,KEnya) taste as it brings together various musician from all the three countries that make up the East African Community as they share lake Victoria believed to mother the source of river Nile.





Alicia Keyes is in Jamaica! - & More To Read

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What's Cracking With Jigga Mattic

BabyCham&AliciaKeys1.JPGYo, the rock is percolating with lots of crazy stuff. Starting this Thursday, and every Thursday after this, we start a new feature called 'What's Cracking' with our favourite juvenile delinquent Jigga Mattic who has just returned from vacation. He's well-rested and dying to give you the inside skinny on what's cracking on the Rock.

ALICIA KEYES IS IN JAMAICA!

Grammy award winning singer Alicia Keyes has been in the island for the past two days to shoot scenes for a video for the remix of the single, 'Ghetto Story Part Two' with Baby Cham. She reportedly stayed at the Courtleigh Hotel, and on Monday, went to Sherlock to shoot scenes in front of Baby Cham's house. A big-name politician who we cannot name here came to even get autographs for his kids. Sharon Burke of Solid Agency was also spotted at the location.





Deacon & School Boys Face 52 Charges

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Jigga Mattic
YardFlex Reporter

Girl_crying_after_ordeal.jpgDisgraced deacon of the Dayton Church, 47-year-old Donavon James otherwise called "Uncle Jimmy", 18-year-old James Rodgers, Shamar Morgan, 18, and a 15-year-old boy were charged last night and appeared in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court today to answer a battery of criminal charges.

The four accused face a total of 52 charges ranging from indecent assault; aiding and abetting in the indecent assault; conspiracy after the fact, assault with intention to rape, cruelty to a child and failure to report the ill-treatment of a child, under the
Child Care and Protection Act 2004.





rastafarian2_150.jpg'Sugar Mommies', a play centred around the issue of sex tourism in Jamaica, especially the practice of older Caucasian women coming to the island resorts to 'get their grooves back' with young nubile black men.

The plot focuses on white women from the UK and US who come to Jamaica to be with 'rastatutes' or 'rent-a-dreads', and comes with a high price for the 'milk bottles' or 'whiteys' as the white woman are supposedly called. The play debuts on August 5 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre next month.

Playwright Tanika Gupta traveled to Jamaica, and conducted 240 interviews with females, primarily sex tourists, in order to do research for the project. The play will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Canadian-born actress Linda Bellingham. It will run through to September 2.





stephenmarley.jpgThe long-time beef between Bunny Wailer and Lee "Scratchy" Perry forced the re-scheduling of a date in upstate New York recently. Promoters had to quickly postpone the concert and Stephen Marley has been added to the line-up.

Initially slated for Sunday, June 25, Stephen will co-headline the "Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival" through 17 US cities. Along with his brother Ziggy, Stephen is sure to deliver tracks from his Mind Control solo debut. The CD will be distributed via Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal-Republic labels. The tour begins in Redway, California on Sunday, August 6.

The intention of the promoters had been "to unite the famous Wailers", and they billed Perry, an artiste they considered integral to the original wailing concept that emerged with Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley during the 'Scratch' years.





carol.jpgBoomshack Entertainment is doing big things to help Jamaican schoolkids. The entertainment-driven charitable organization was started by 'Linton' along with his cousins, 'Callie' and 'Kavin' who hosted a treat at the Burnt Savannah sports complex in St. Elizabeth in December 2002, and they return each December to repeat this act of love.

"Every December, we go back to the same same place...Linton started this because of his love for music and being the kind person that he his, he wanted to do something for the children so he starting buying things for the children with his own money and as long as the kids were happy that's all that matters to him," Carol, one of the principals of Butterfli Wings Foundation, told YardFlex.Com.

The events started off using sounds like Bass Odyssey, Love Symbol, and selector 'Panta' from Black Kat and still use them till this day and just always add a special guest sound each year on. We also have artistes perform at these annual events. I came on board after going to Jamaica with Linton for one of these events and realized that the things we gave to them the year before were kept in such good condition, it made me realize that the things we take for granted in the USA. It made me want to do more, so that's where we decided to form a foundation, and get sponsors for these "Coming Home" day-and-night events.





FatanMojah-DownSound.jpgThe rift between Downsound Records and Fantan Mojah slipped into another chapter last week with the publishing of a number of notices in the XNews and the Weekend Star that served to distance Downsound Records from any contractual agreements made on behalf of Owen Moncrieffe (a.k.a Fantan Mojah) by any other authority or agent other than itself.

The notices had tongues wagging in entertainment circles.

"I don't want any harm to come to Fantan's career, but you cannot breach the terms of such covenants. Contracts are the very basis of civilized business practices, and disregarding our contractual arrangements in the entertainment business will only give further strength to the misconception that the entertainment business in Jamaica is very disorganized," Joseph Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Records told YardFlex.Com.

"We are always available for constructive dialogue, but we have to protect Downsound Records from any legal action which might be taken if Fantan reneges on any contract he might have," he added.





NadineSutherland.jpgAfter a year on the small screen as a judge on the most popular television programme in Jamaica, Nadine Sutherland is set to make BIG waves this summer with a string of new singles, tour dates, and the release of her long awaited album.

Nadine turned quite a few heads during her recent video shoot for her new single entitled 'Keep Me Safe' (Eight76 Records). A mixture of tourists, community residents, and passers-by to the downtown Kingston area stopped in their tracks at the sight of Nadine Sutherland in her element. Nadine is known for her dynamic energy and presence before an audience, and director Nordia Rose wisely used the busy locale as a backdrop for the songstress. The appreciative and enthusiastic crowd let Nadine know how much she'S been missed and that her fans are hungry for more. Nadine has also recently recorded another upcoming single 'Cyan Tek It' Featuring Chrisinti (Eight76 Records). The video for this single was also directed by Nordia Rose.





'What Makes Reggae Reggae,' - Reggae Sunsplash

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reggsunsplashJamaica.jpgThe organisers of bmobile Reggae Sunsplash released their lineup earlier this week for the August 3-6 event. Billed on the theme, 'What Makes Reggae Reggae,' Reggae Sunsplash returns to the market after a nine-year hiatus.

During the press briefing, the promoters announced that international reggae star Freddie McGregor, one of the exclusive acts and one of the first to sign on for the new Sunsplash, would be the artiste ambassador of the festival.

McGregor declared that the renewed Sunsplash would be the biggest ever. "I've been on the road, touring and travelling to different places and the amount of inquiries and requests we are getting about Sunsplash, it's unbelievable."





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

BeenieMan-HeartAttack#1.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL

01 2 13 Heart Attack-Beenie Man-Fire Links(1wk@#1) U-1

02 3 10 Dutty Wine-Tony Matterhorn-Hyperactive Entertainment U-1

03 4 12 Weh Dem A Do-Mavado-Pure Music U-1

04 1 15 Gash Dem-Chuck Fenda-Juke Boxx (5wks@#1) D-3

05 5 11 Temperature-Sean Paul-Jah Snow Cone NM

06 7 11 Haffi Get It-Sizzla-Stainless Records U-1

07 8 13 Bad Man Forward-Elephant Man-Fire LinksU-1

08 6 18 Too Much Gun-Busy Signal-H2O D-2

19 11 10 The Prayer (Oh Lord)-Little Hero-Inspire U-2

10 9 18 Nuh Badda Mi-Mr. Perfect-Pure and Clean (2wks@#1) D-1





BeenieMan&BujuBanton.jpgIt's started again. Pressure from gay rights groups led to the cancellation of concerts in Brighton, and Bournemouth this week of reggae dancehall stars Beenie Man and Buju Banton.

This is the umpteenth time that this 14-year war of words between gay rights groups and Jamaican "dancehall" performers has erupte again.
The gay rights campaigners accuse several artists of reneging on an agreement last year to stop using - and justifying - their gay bashing songs.

Banton, whose 1992 song Boom Bye Bye, helped to ignite the controversy, had been due to perform on Wednesday night at a club in Brighton's gay district.





Jovi4_small.jpgJovi Rockwell is slated for three big dates abroad. She departs Jamaica on July 12th to Belgium for the Mystic Urchin Tour where she will perform with Transdub Massive at the Dour Festival, which also headlines top acts such as Sean Paul, Sizzla and Elephant Man. Jovi then hops over to Amsterdam for 'Two Sevens Splash' festival on July 16th, before returning home for her anticipated first appearance at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest on Friday July 21st in Montego Bay. On Sunday, September 3rd Jovi heads off to New York for her second performance at North America�s Premier reggae festival, Irie Jamboree.

Jovi recently performed at the Reebok Grand Prix athletic event at Ichan Stadium, New York on June 3rd, modelled for Cooyah Roots Wear at Caribbean Fashion Week/ CFW on June 9th, and also performed at CFW's Rock The Runway on June 13th.

June 30th was another important date for the 'rebel love goddess' as she proved to students at Glenmuir High School's in Clarendon that her new found fame was built on substance not hype by delivering a spirited set at their Summer Splash 2k6.





By: Claude Mills

Christine_Hewitt.jpgWell known media personality Christine Hewitt will be buried on July 16th at a venue which is yet to be decided. The funeral services will be handled by celebrity mortician Tommy Thompson of Brite Lite Funeral Services.

"Everything must be like how Christine is, she was joyful, she didn't want anyone to mourn over her, so basically, we will be doing something nice, pretty that matches her personality. There is going to be a big ni-nite to celebrate her life, where people can come and express themselves. The ni-nite ah keep at 58-and-a half Mannings Hill Road, same place that held her father's ni-nite. We did her father's funeral as well," Tommy Thompson, chief executive officer of Brite Lite Funeral Services, told YardFlex.Com.

Hewitt, who is survived by her daughter, Tricia, three brothers, and six sisters, will be interred at Dovecot.

"The body was badly burnt, but her request was that she not be cremated so we have the mammoth task of preparing the body for burial. As you can well imagine, it will not be an open casket funeral, with a lot of portraits, projection screen images, lots of photos of her in her eventful life. It's going to be a 'semi-state' kind of funeral because she was close to heads of government. We are still trying to locate the best available venue to accommodate the thousands that are expected to be in attendance."





Jamie Foxx Will Not Play Marley

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jamiefoxx_yardflexmovie.jpgWell-known entertainment writer Kevin Jackson disclosed to YardFlex.Com over the weekend that Academy award winning actor and award winning singer Jamie Foxx had denied reports that he will be playing reggae icon Bob Marley in a film, as was reported in the press a few weeks ago. The interview was done on the red carpet at the recently held BET Awards.

The following is an excerpt from KJ's report from L.A, California
In an interview with this writer on the red carpet at the recently held BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, Foxx said that contrary to what had been reported in the press, he will not be playing Marley in any film.

"No, I will not be playing Bob Marley. What happened is I ran into one of his sons at a club the other day and that was about it," Foxx explained.





Buju's European Tour 'Sell Off'

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buju-TourMad.jpgInternational Dancehall-Reggae star Buju Banton launched a 25 city European tour two weeks ago, and has already performed to sell-out crowds in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dortmund in Germany, Paris, and several towns in Italy. This week the tour picks up in England, where Banton and his Shiloh Band will crisscross the country with gigs in Brighton, Birmingham, London and Bristol, and then head to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Belgium.

Meanwhile, back in Jamaica, Buju Banton's blazing single "Nothing" from the forthcoming album TOO BAD has entered Hype TV's Top 20 Singles Chart at #18. Produced by Banton and his Gargamel crew, the gritty new tune also debuted at #7 on BBC 1Xtra's highly influential Top 10 Dancehall Chart this past week.

More Buju Chart Action: "Me & Oonu" (Danga Zone) on the retro Wipe Out riddim holds firm at #9 on the BBC 1Xtra Dancehall Chart. "Tilly Ben Ben" (Flip Money) comes in at #19 on RETV's Top 20 Dancehall Charts and #18 on Hot 102 Jamaica's Weekly Top 30 Singles Chart. "Talk To Me" (H20) currently sits at #12 on Hot 102 Jamaica's Weekly Top 30 Singles Chart.





GyptianStudioBurn.jpgBad luck continues to shadow singer Gyptian and the Ten Times Strong outfit as the Garveymeade, Portmore home which houses the studio was hit by a fire that destroyed the second floor last night.

"Everything burn up except the studio equipment, upstairs gone," Mr. Wong, producer and head of Ten Times Strong, said. He arrived from the airport in a taxi, only to be greeted by the orange tongues of fire leaping from his Garveymeade home.

"The firemen said the fire started in a room upstairs and spread to the neighbour's house which bun down flat on the second floor as well. Waterford Fire say dem a try start the truck, and it coulden start, and then Spanish Town come inna 22 minutes, dem carry
little bit of water still but lucky that the hydrant was there, and dem hook up to the hydrant, and pump water till ah next big truck arrive 15 minutes later," he told YardFlex.Com.





Tia - Everlasting Beauty

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Photos By: Carlington Wilmot

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Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful, isn't she precious, isn't she made from chocolate hmmmm! YardFlex.Com duo Papa & Razzi were chilling out on the lime cay beach, when we caught up with Tia Green a 19-year-old model that was raised in the parish of St. Mary, but now resides in Kingston.

Tia is not signed to any particular agency but she does most of her freelance gigs for La Siya Model Agency. In the world of modeling her dream is to become famous on the international circuit, and in the end hopes to own her own clothing line. But before she climbs that ladder she's now preparing her self to enroll into college no later than September.

Hey check out my pics and tell me what you think of me
Muah Muah Muah!





BountyKiller&VybesKartel.jpgIntro: Bounty Killer & (Vybz Kartel)

High altitude, smokin proud, sittin on a cloud
(Corleone, Baby G an Kartel, higher dan before)
(Knock knock knockin on heavens door)
Thats right, Babylon nah nuh coke out if dem get one a this
(Hey, mi nuh know bout yuh) Lawd a mercy
(But mi know bout mi)

Chorus-Baby G:
When I smoke, I get so high (High Altitude)
It makes mi feel like I wanna fly {Christly}
Can yuh look and see the red in my eyes
In my eyes, my eyes





CecileBadGal.jpgFollowing her successful promotional stint in the US Ce'Cile will leave the States on Thursday, (June 29) for Europe where she will be doing a show in Koln, Germany on Friday (June 30). After that she heads for Paris on July 1.

The hot gal of dancehall is really riding on a high right now as she steps up the promotion on her latest efforts. In the pipeline for her are two huge shows in Europe - Summer Jam in Germany next month and Dour Festival in Belgium.

Ce'Cile is expected to take a break from her overseas engagement to return to Jamaica for some local engagements including Dancehall Night on Reggae Sunsplash August 3rd , then she heads back to Europe to continue her engagements.





Rihanna Unfaithful - Lyric - SOS

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ss_riahana_VideoClip-SexyGirlsXXXNude.jpgUnfaithful by Rihanna
[Intro:]
Story of my life
Searching for the right
But it keeps avoiding me
Sorrow in my soul
Cause it seems that wrong
Really loves my company

[Verse 1:]
He's more than a man
And this is more than love
The reason that the sky is blue
The clouds are rollin' in
Because I'm goin' again
To him I just can't be true

[Bridge:]
And I know that he knows I'm unfaithful
And it kills him inside
To know that I'm happy with some other guy
I can see him dyin'





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