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It is a match made in heaven

By: Jigga Mattic
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

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Zumjay got hitched to his high school sweetheart, Aviesha in a small intimate ceremony involving family and friends yesterday at a cathedral in Manhattan, New York in the United States.

"We tied the knot at about 1 p.m.yesterday. It was a small ceremony, just close friends, my bredrin Cassette Jones was there as the witness, my deejay bredrin Ice from New York, and also, a couple of the bride's friends, Adanna Thomas and Sean O'Connor. 'Lenky' Marsden, my producer, friend and manager was there was well; he was the best man," Zumjay told YardFlex.com.

The couple met 10 years ago, while both were attending Hydel High school. After graduating, Zumjay entered the music business while Aviesha attended Cornell University where she majored in Economics, Spanish and Latin American Studies.





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AngelinZion_Gospel_Artiste_Jamaica.jpgGospel music's new recording artist, Angela V. Gordon-Kelly, (Stage name: AngelinZion) has been creating a sensation with her debut release album "What God wants you to know". Her annointed, refreshing, dynamic and inspiring music places her among the elite gospel performers of today.

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica; AngelinZion has loved singing from the very early years. Some notable accomplishments includes singing at the 'Prudential Insurance Academy of Honor' in Toronto Canada; singing on two albums with 'Andy Miller & The New Horizon Singers - Touching You & Onwards'; and being the founder and leader of the acappella quartet group "Praisers with a purpose".





Jamaican Public Health Guru Makes Global AIDS History

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By: Janice Dayle

Deloris_Dockrey_beside_dress_made_of_condoms.jpgThe Global Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS (GNP+) elected Deloris Dockrey as Chairperson of their Board of Directors at an August 2006 annual general meeting held in Toronto. "Never before has a woman or a member who originates from the developing world been elected to lead this group," Dockrey explained while gearing up to face a term of successes and inevitable challenges. Her election occurred prior to repeated calls during the recent International AIDS Conference - that signalled a need for more women leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS - the unprecedented global challenge that puts everyone, but particularly women, in overwhelmingly vulnerable positions.

Hailing from St Elizabeth, Jamaica, Dockrey, 46, is no stranger to pioneering roles, as she is a founding member of the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS North America (GNP+NA), and has been working in AIDS since 1999.





ICC Cricket World Cup - progressing smoothly

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By Melton Williams

westindies-cricket.jpgWith less than 100 days to go before the start of the biggest sporting event in the Caribbean and the third largest sporting event - the ICC Cricket World Cup, Jamaica's preparation is progressing smoothly.

This was revealed by Robert Bryan, executive director of Jamaica Local Organizing Committee at a press briefing at Jampro's training room.

The World Cup will be played in eight territories in the region, each receiving different packages. Jamaica was granted the Yellow Package and will host the Opening Ceremony, one semi-final game and six first round matches. The seven games in Jamaica will be played at Sabina Park. All territories must be ready for handing over to the ICC Cricket World Cup, three weeks before the start of the event.
Jamaica was mandated to construct and refurbish two stadiums and following a recent ICC Venue Tour, the island was giving passing grades.





Mr. Vegas 'Hot Wuk' in control of the #1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

Week Ending December 1st, 2006
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01 02 09 Mr. Vegas – Hot Wuk - In The Streets - 1wk@ #1

02 03 11 J.Gong/S.Marely/Buju - Traffic Jam- Ghetto Youths - (Shot
ToWatch)

03 01 16 I Wayne - Life Seeds - Loyal Soldiers- 1 wk @#1

04 04 12 Sean Paul/Keysha Cole - Give It Up To Me –Atlantic/VP

05 05 23 Tanya Stephens - These Streets - Tarantula - 5wks@#1

06 06 08 Movado - Mine How You Dis - Yellow Moon

07 10 06 Turbulence - Silly Girl - Tads Records -

08 07 12 Capleton–Fourty Sup'em–Blaque Warriaz/Trendsette-Peak@#3

09 11 05 Chuck Fenda/Cherine–Coming Over Tonight – Berchill

10 09 09 Elephant Man - Ready Fi The Video-Natural Bridge-Peak@#9





Ras Ptah a.k.a Gala P says 'War is Not the Answer'

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RasPtah-Reggae-Dancehall-SexyGirls.jpgRas Ptah a.k.a Gala P is very concerned about the violent content of dancehall music today.

"It come in like in dancehall today, if you nah say yu will kill a man, and cut out him heart, yu not getting any respect...yet still the radio ah flood with these bloody songs, ah just killing and violence that is being fed to the people daily, and you can see the effect of that on our children and in the ghettoes," Ras Ptah told YardFlex.com.

Unperturbed by the bias towards 'gangsta music', Ras Ptah has pressed along with his cultural agenda of peace and love, throwing in a couple of 'party songs' as well.





Did Kartel and Idonia diss Bounty Killer?

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KILLA DISS SONG ON AFTER DARK?

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Yo, mi hear the tune weh people ah kill demself ova say Kartel and Idonia diss the Killa, and nutten no go so. The song de pon the Afta Dark riddim, and all Idonia ah say is that 'Addi ah him daddy and him no care who vex' and the other line 'mi nuh haffi wear full black fi bad, mi inna all white'. Tell me people, that ah diss the Killa? Wah yu tink? Mi hear say the Kartel song name 'Bad Man No Throw Word Part Twice' and him ah spit some wicked lyrics. Mi no know, people, all these things!

WHO THE YUTE WEH WATER BOOT BOX DOWN AH NY

The whole ah Brooklyn ah talk 'bout da one ya. Dancer-turned-selector Water Boot get big since him box down Noah from Afrique, eh? Even Buju ah put Water Boot name inna song now 'cause mi hear ah clash song wid Blunt Posse wha day ya. It voice inna Driva aerial and it say: 'wha the yute name weh Water Boot box down?' Heh-heh! The place mash up when dem draw it inna the dance. Noah coulden even play afterwards, ah Killa Boo haffi play instead. Him just get crush like a roach. How that happen though? Water Boot is just a fat boy who is a dancer. Noah small inna body, but him used to roll deep wid some thugs, and everybody used to fraiad him but now him style cramp, everybody tek him fi punk now. A nobody beat up somebody, lawd mi body! Mi belly ah cramp me. Gwaan Water Boot, yu ratings large!





Mi nah mind no wuckless man - Be a real man

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DEADBEAT NIGGAZ HAVE GOT TO GO

Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgThis one's for you Luv. Yes, Luv. You me a talk! Yu tek me car, mi expensive jewellery and yu nah return it. Mi no care if dem waan call me Ms. Tekky Back, mi no cater, mi nah mind no wuckless man. How yu a buy yu woman new Infinity and yu nah handle yu responsibility dem? You were there for me when I was in hell, but now, nothing is swell, 'cause you're a goddamn bastard. Mi no know how on hell I thought you were a REAL man, and you dress like you're stuck in the goddamn 70s, get up to the time with your s__t and yo' b*tch. You need to tell your Infinity b*tch that you are a negligent, trifling man. Expect a summons, expect a call...as a matter of fact, expect any-bl&&&--ting, but something coming. Mi sorry mi used to sneak out and give yu it pon the side 'cause when I check it out, you were never really worth my time.

Step up and be a real man and face your responsibilities, and by the way, mi know weh yu gal live, mi have yu full file and address, remember, I am just being respectful, doan play yourself around this b*tch!





Third World & Dean Fraser Rock at Jazz on the Bay

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By: Janice Dayle
Photo by: Dreamy Riley

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Reggae icons Third World and Dean Fraser had crowds in a frenzy on November 26 at the City of Miami production - Jazz on the Bay Brunch. Joined by the equally celebrated and outstanding Winston "Merritone" Blake and Earl Grey, these life long hit makers and crowd thrillers afforded organisers and sponsors immense success as they blazed the Peacock Park Coconut Grove with hit after hit.

Pleased with their overwhelming success, Third World Band members expressed their delight at having such longevity in the Reggae music business. "We have just celebrated 33 years in the business and 2006 was the busiest," Bunny Rugs said. Recently back from a European tour that stopped in Australia and Japan, Third World is performing throughout the United States for four weeks. Every weekend they have been taking their electrifying music to different islands - as there is just no slowing down their stimulating sound.





RASE TV getting "In The Zone"

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By: Janice Dayle

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With a quarter of season two behind them Reggae And Soca Entertainment TV (RASE TV) media production company in Canada is proud of the evolution of their groundbreaking programming, eloquently called - "In The Zone." Airing this season through Toronto based SUN TV, "In The Zone" is being accessed by a wider cross section of the Canadian audience.

Born from merging the talents of two passionate and gifted Montrealers, Lisa "Lisa J" Joseph and Valentine "Prymtym" Latty, RASE TV opened its doors in 2004 with the release of a DVD and an opening statement that said - "We need to have Caribbean content on mainstream media in Canada, since there is a demand for it," Prymtym explained. The DVD was proof of an existing strong Canadian content in the Caribbean genre. Prymtym described the DVD production as one that demonstrated how a well designed blend of reggae and soca from international, regional and national levels could be presented from a Canadian perspective, enhancing its relevance in Canada.





By: Claude Mills
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

Alaine-Singer-DancehallSexyGirlsxxxxCarlingtonWilmot-YardFlex.jpgReggae songstress Alaine never gets tired of people coming up to her and saying with complete innocence:

"I love your song, yu have any more?".

The song everyone seems so hopelessly enamoured with is the breakout charmer carved in lover's rock oak, 'No Ordinary Love'.

And even though she is an established force in the business, what some artiste might have misinterpreted as a 'complisult' (compliment and insult in one) never rubs Alaine the wrong way because the song occupies a special place in her heart as well.

"That song has wings, and I got a lot of promotion from people who have heard and loved that song, I get comments from people who say that song made them fall in love again, and that's an incredible feeling," she told YardFlex.com.

The song charted on the New York Reggae Charts as well as on various Caribbean and Jamaican charts, and the music video has also quickly become a favorite among viewers and was the number one requested video for five straight weeks on one of Jamaica's largest video request shows called the E-Strip.





By: Claude Mills

MsTriniti-DancehallReggae-Beenieman-SexyGirls.jpgTo the casual observer, Ms. Triniti may seem like just another pretty face. But this young woman has got soul, wit and class, and through her unique hybrid sound, she is introducing a whole new generation to Caribbean music.

Ms. Triniti who was born to a Trinidadian father, and an American mother, was raised between the UK and the Caribbean and now resides in Los Angeles, California. A seasoned performer, she has recorded with almost every major producer in her genre. She has put the disappointment of having been signed to and released from Sony/Columbia behind her, and continued to plough along to be a frontrunner a new genre of music - 'ragga-hop', which she defines as an outsize melding of West Indian soca, dancehall, US hip hop and R & B. It is a sound that can be expected to bedazzle and befuddle the uninitiated for here is a girl who looks Caucasian but sounds Caribbean black.

"When I do dancehall, they do a little double-take, they don't get it, but the bottomline is that if you believe in your heart in what you're doing, there is no need to convince yourself, Eminem is real, I am real, I don't feel like I am putting up a front, this is me," she told YardFlex.com.





Just Ask Ms Jackson

MsJacksonsexygirlsnude,xxxbeeniemanseanpaulrihannadancehallphotobabycham.jpgWhat's the deal Dear Reader! This one hot off the presses and it ain't no joke neither! Mi fren Shemi call me and gimme dis one (big up to Shemi and the artist for reminding us all that "Love is a beautiful thing!")

So, you all know how college life is...nuff booze, nuff new friends, nuff schoolwork to do. Well, may I present to you our three characters in this story of lust, betrayal and friendship which I have chosen to call...

"Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get IT"

Tekia and Lavely were two young ladies who met on campus while they were both attending UWI, it just so happened that the two friends fancied the same fella, a bright young Arts student named Orin. Orin was quite taken in by Lavely with her dark hair, chocolate complexion and banging body, not to mention the fact that she was hard-working and placed most of her focus on keeping up her grades. So he started dating her and yuh done know how the Yard man dem do it, likkle ice-cream here, likkle movies and Chiney food there. Not too long after Lavely and Orin became a full blown couple.





Wyclef Jean joined forces with 'Sno Cone'

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WyclefJean-hiphop-dancehall.jpgInternational recording star Wyclef Jean has joined forces with Billboard-topping producer Rohan 'Sno Cone' Fuller for a new reggae song, 'Emmanuel' on Sno Cone's 'Peace and Love' one-drop rhythm.

"Wyclef was here and he went to look for Mavado and Foota Hype, and while he was there, a friend of mine told him that he knew me, and Clef said 'get him on the phone'. We talked and I went up there to hold a vibe. Afterwards, him come and then he voiced and sent me the vocals to put on 'Peace and Love'. I worked closely with him to get it right, and as always, it was a great experience working with Clef," Sno Cone told YardFlex.com.





petertosh-m16guitar-reggaemusic-auction.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - FLASHPOINT FILM FESTIVAL will not be proceeding with the auction of Peter Tosh's acclaimed Stratocaster M16 guitar as previously announced. A legal claim disputing the current ownership has been communicated to Flashpoint, and in the interests of all concerned, it is impractical to proceed with the auction.

While Flashpoint believes the timing of this dispute is unfortunate, Flashpoint has never asserted ownership of the guitar and is therefore not involved in the dispute.

Flashpoint Film Festival was to facilitate the auction of Peter Tosh's M16 Guitar on behalf of Andrea (Marlene) Brown, the late Tosh's common-law wife. Part proceeds of the auction were to go to The Cedar Valley Home and the rest would fund a new charity being set up by Marlene Brown. This new charity, "Lilly of the Valley" would help underprivileged children and the elderly in Jamaica. The auction was due to be on eBay November 26 - December 3, 2006.





Brilliant Luciano shines at Reggae Culture Salute 2006

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Luciano-CultureArtiste-ReggaemusicYardFlex.jpgLuciano, Dean Fraser and the Jah Messenjah Band recently performed at 'Reggae Culture Salute 2006' show in New York, USA, which commemorated the 76th anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie.

The show was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, and attracted a huge audience of fortysomethings who came out on a chilly night in the Big Apple to hear quality reggae music. One man, who appeared to be in his early sixties, skanked the whole night to the intoxicating drumbeats, and the driving bass lines of roots rock music, jerking his body each time in deference to the music as the percussion hit him like a sledgehammer slamming on his brain.
At one point, he shouted out: "Ah strictly rockers we want!"
This statement was greeted with much laughter and cheers of approval from other members of the audience.





Ziggy-Marley-Reggaemusic-Jamaica.jpgYardFlex was in the House of Revolutions last night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where Ziggy Marley was on a leg of his 'Love is My Religion' tour. Ziggy and his band have been on the road since June '06, and the grueling tour ends next year August 2007.

According to Ziggy, it's a hectic schedule and a lot of work However, he is amped about the experience nevertheless,

"I don't mind the work, I love to work, it makes it more meaningful," he told YardFlex.com.

Last night, he worked a tight creative set which was two-and-a-half hours long. Surprisingly, the band and the background vocalists danced the whole set, their bodies sheathed in sweat. He gave the audience the old, the new, personal favourites and of course, some of his dad's music. His mom, looking evergreen, while surrounded by her grandchildren, also danced the whole two-and-half hours showing she is no slouch either.





Street meets sweet - Cherine's got good love

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By: Claude Mills
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Look who's all grown up now.

CherineAnderson-reggaeSinger-Jamaica-sexgirls.jpgLittle Cherine Anderson who most Jamaicans know as the precocious girl from the 'Dancehall Queen' movie from the early 90s is now a bonafide hottie with a smile that can melt the heart of any man. And, oh, she's a helluva singer as well.

You might have already heard her one-drop hit single, 'Good Love' which has been bombing local FM radio into submission like an Israeli air strike on civilian targets in Lebanon. The single, which is sunshiny with soul, got 'good love' from reggae and urban radio stations in Jamaica, the US, Canada, several European countries, as well as internet radio, translating into a lot of buzz about Cherine.

Cherine's main prerogative now is to define the boundaries on this yet-unexplored territory dubbed dancehall soul. But just what the heck is dancehall soul?

"It is a hybrid of reggae, harder dancehall, soul and R&B, where I can incorporating the grittiness of my past with the sweetness of the things I've been exposed to...the world is opening up to the possibilities of this hybrid sound, look at how Rihanna made it to the top of the charts," she told YardFlex.com.





ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 - Poor ticket sale

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By Melton Williams

CricketBoard-Jamaica-WorldCupCricket.jpgDelroy Taylor, the project officer for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2007 is not happy with the purchasing of tickets by Caribbean cricket fans.

The second phase of public ticketing will close on Thursday, November 30 and with three months to go before the Opening Ceremony on March 11, 2007 --- ticket sales have been described by Mr Taylor as 'moderate'. Mr Taylor added that the poor ticket sale is as a result of misunderstanding regarding the price for tickets.
He said: "What we have found out is that the tickets for matches that
involved West Indies are going a lot better.

"We have learnt that Jamaica and Caribbean persons on a whole have not come to the party in the number that we have anticipated. I guess that is due to a couple of things, one of them is that there is a massive degree of misconception, misunderstanding regarding to ticket prices. People are saying that the tickets are priced at US$300.
Checks revealed that ticket price ranges from a high of US$120 to a low of US$15.





Mr. Vegas - Just 'Lean Wit It' a boom!

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It's catchy, it grabbing and before you know it you are chanting along to 'Lean Wit It' like you heard it a long time ago. This song gives you the perfect vibes to get on the dance floor..."Yuh just lean wit it, rock wit it, hot funk wid it..."

Produced by sly & Robbie for Taxi label on the Darker Shade rhythm it is really creating a vibes right now in the dances. The minute the selector draws for this one from Vegas, the place goes wild! Lighters flaring shouts of 'pull up' and fans goes crazy on the dance floor.

Vegas is really coming hard, especially as the Hot Wuck is still a rave in the dancehall. The video for this song, which was directed by J. Wilks is still one of the hottest thing on cable and local TV.





Beenie Man fully booked out until next year

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Beenieman-SexyGirls-DancehallPhotosOfBounty-CarlingtonWilmot-Yardflex.jpgIt will be a busy holiday season for ace deejay Beenie Man as he is fully booked out until January next year.

On December 1st he will journey to Grenada for a show, after which he will 'island-hop' over to Barbados, before returning to Jamaica to do West Kingston Jamboree on December 3. He will be appearing on a show in Negril on December 9, before being hit by a flurry of shows, Blaze in Mandeville, a show in Harbour View on December 16, an appearance at Breezes Runaway Bay, the Clarendon Click show and GT Taylor Extravaganza as well.

The deejay, whose 'Undisputed' album has sold over 300,000 copies, will also be appearing on Teen Splash on December 26th and in Negril on December 30th.





Busy holiday schedule for singer Da'Ville

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Daville-Japan_sexyGirlsFromJamaica-CarlingtonWilmot-yardflex.jpgIt's going to be an extremely busy schedule for singer Da'Ville on the entertainment scene for the remainder of the year into the beginning of the New Year. He will be performing on a number of shows locally and abroad.

On November 25, he will be performing at the Aquasol Beach in Montego Bay. Its then off to Bahamas on December 8 & 9th and the US Virgin Islands on December 16.

Come Christmas Day, December 25, Da'Ville will be performing at Christmas Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and at Teen Splash on Boxing Day, December 26 at the James Bond Beach in St. Mary.

His first performance of the New Year will be at Unity Splash in Westmoreland on January 1.





steve-nasio-Greensleeves-Dancehall-reggae.jpgSteve Weltman, CEO of ZEST Group Plc, spoke to YardFlex.com in an exclusive interview about what Greensleeves' plans are for dancehall-reggae music. This is part one of that interview he did with Claude Mills.

What are your plans for dancehall reggae in the upcoming calendar year given all the complaints that artistes such as Macka Diamond and Vybz Kartel have against Greensleeves?

I am 40 year veteran of music in all forms, our company bought Greensleeves, and we're working on it daily to reorganize the company. When things aren't going right for artistes, it is always the record company's fault, and never the artiste's fault. How would it be if record company began to speak to the media about things that are wrong with artistes. In any debate, regardless of the subject matter, there is always two sides to the story, you cannot make judgment until you know what both parties think.





No wedding bells for Junior Gong

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damianmarley-JuniorGong-Wedding-Bells.jpgWell it seems that Jr. Gong is not getting married after all. Considered by many to be Jamaica's most eligible bachelor, the young girls may be screaming in delight that the rumours reported by this site appear to be false. But don't celebrate too long, who knows what the future has in store for the Junior Gong. Big up the Gongolian anywhere him de right now.

A DAUGHTER FOR FANTAN

Big up to the one called Fantan Mojah, him celebrated the birth of his daughter earlier this week. Right ya now, him gone to Suriname and the United States on a three-week tour. When yu a go back fi the son, my yute?





Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls-mixup.jpgWell, well, well. It's Thanksgiving again, and even though we no love how the white people dem slaughter off the Indian race inna the 16th century (mi is a gal love my history), we ah work wid it, big cooking ah go gwaan lickle more. Family ting. Right now, it ah snow inna West Palm Beach inna Florida but dat caan cramp we style, Jamaicans can overcome anything. Still, if yu notice, as the weather get more unpredictable, same way the people get unpredictable too, crazy tings ah gwaan out inna the world, look pon the Jamaican accountant who chop up him wife like him ah go store wood fi the winter...but we nah dwell pon the depressing tings too much. Ready fi pap up? Suss-time!

GARGAMEL IN THE DRIVING SEAT

Yo, Gargamel. (Buju voice)Wha dem a do? In comes the thing called big hit song, from the one and only Buju B, 'Driver', ah it ah run the place right now, dem draw it ah Arena during the JLP conference and the place tear down. Dem caan stop Buju, him ah de boss. Mavado ah the hottest voice inna the dancehall, but ah Buju have the biggest song inna the place. Nothing caan stop, yu nuh inna nothing with those guys and yu still ah prosper. Gwaan my yute!





JAMPRO announces partnership with CricketWorld.com

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westindies-cricket.jpgJamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), through one of its Cricket Legacy initiatives - Caribbean Business Club - announces a new partnership with CricketWorld.com, the No. 1 independent cricket website in the world. The agreement affords CricketWorld.com the designated status of Preferred Sports Media (website and magazine) for Caribbean Business Club and covers joint marketing efforts that are expected to increase Club presence in international markets, specifically so in the cricket loving nations of the UK, India, Australia and South Africa.

This aligns perfectly with JAMPRO's goal to increasingly diversify the mix of trade and investment markets for Jamaica as these countries all boast strongly performing economies, and it also dovetails nicely with Caribbean Business Club's main objective to effectively network Caribbean business with international trade and investment contacts.





petertosh-m16guitar-reggaemusic.jpgMy name is Jawara McIntosh. I am the youngest son of Peter Tosh. It has been almost 20 years since the murder of my father, Winston Hubert McIntosh, better known as the legendary reggae artist and revolutionary Peter Tosh. And it seems even in death he cannot receive justice.

A few days ago it was brought to the attention of the Tosh family, that our father's one of a kind M-16 Stratocaster guitar, which was once thought to be lost, had resurfaced and had been scheduled to be auctioned off by the flashpoint film festival on EBAY. I have decided to release this statement on the behalf of the Tosh family to let the general public know that we are wholeheartedly against this illegal auction scheduled to take place during the Flashpoint Film Festival. This guitar was given to our father by a fan in Los Angeles in 1983 during the Mama Africa World Tour. My brother, Horace Dave McIntosh, has been in contact with Flashpoint Film Festival and Marlene Brown, and is hoping to come to an agreement.





Thanksgiving Xtravaganza 2006 - Official After Party

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All roads lead to the 'Thanksgiving Xtravaganza' on November 24th at the Coral Springs Centre for the Arts featuring the Manhattans, Ray Goodman and Brown, Calypso Rose, and Mighty Sparrow.
Doors open at 7 p.m, and showtime is at 8 p.m. The official 'After Party' will be held at the Trends Restaurant and Bar at 4322 N. St. 7 Lauderdale Lakes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The host will be Jamusa of 1170 Raves, Tanto Irie of HOT 105, and Roger Robin of 'Take It Slow' fame will make his first official visit to the state this weekend. Big up Future from Michigan, and Fort Launderdale's King Arthur. Music by Kulcha Shock Music, Bunji, and Progressive Flex.





Buju_Banton_Tour_Gays_Dancehall_beenie_man_Elephant_manVideo.jpgGargamel Music, Inc. is pleased to announce that Buju Banton's "Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley video has been added into rotation on BETJ and VH1 Soul. Produced by Banton and his Gargamel Production team, "Nothing" is the first single from his critically acclaimed new album, Too Bad. The refix [aka remix] features dynamic contributions from Ghost, East Coast, Mr. Vegas, New Kidz, Assassin, Mitch and Mr. Lex.

Shot entirely on location at Buju's Gargamel Music compound in Kingston, Jamaica by director Troy Antonio ("Magic City") and director of photography Salvador Bolivar, the "Nothing" Refix/ 100 Watt Medley video takes viewers behind the Gargamel gates where highly spirited and creative energies converge on the daily.
The video is set to air on several BETJ programs including Soul Sessions, Wick'd, and international music show Music Passport. VH1 Soul will play the clip on their Island Soul block. Additional US outlets that have just added the Buju Banton "Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley video include: Music Choice, Video Explosion (NY), Ebonny Eyes (NY), Video Music Box (NY), Rootz to Rhythm (Boston), VMS (Las Vegas), Irie Vision (San Francisco), Mystic Vibes (Chicago), Rase TV (Montreal), Video Mix (Florida).





By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

VybzKartel-Addi-The-Teacha-D'angel-CarlingtonWilmot-Yardflex.jpgVybz Kartel has been in the lab working with the young genius, Stephen McGregor, on a couple of songs. One of those songs is 'Imagine', a remarkable magnus opus of a song that paints a portrait of what the world would be like were the structures of world economics, politics, and power different. The song also attempts to formulate creative solutions, from a black man's perspective, to some of the problems such as poverty, hunger and crime which the world faces today.

"Right now, I am working on some different songs, I have 12 exclusive tracks completed which will appear on my upcoming album, 'Vybz Kartel Presents Addi the Techa', it ah go mad," he told YardFlex.com.

The deejay denied that a recent collaboration he did with fellow deejay, D'Angel was an overt diss of Bounty Killer. He said that he had no intention of dissing the 'Killer'.

"Mi just build a song fi Arthur Wails and him say him have a girl fi sing pon it and dem mi find out say ah D'Angel, ah so the ting go," he explained.





Idonia's thugs threatened to cut reporter in face

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Idonia-thugs-carlingtonwilmot.jpgYardFlex.com photo editor and minority shareholder Carlington Wilmot has been threatened by persons thought to be affiliated to dancehall deejay Idonia because of a story that was aired on a 30 minute YardFlex entertainment programme on HYPE TV recently. The segment was centred around upcoming deejay Deva Brat who has been involved in a public feud with Idonia.

The matter was reported to the Grants Pen Police last Friday.

"The person called to say that 'p**&hole Carlington, yu diss the deejay, and we ah cut yu inna yu face when we see you 'cause we tell yu nuffi do no Deva Brat story'. They had threatened me before we did the interview segment on Deva Brat. Dem say if me do the story, dem ah go page me, and tings ah go happen to me. I had asked Idonia what his comments were, and he said he had no comments. They said I must not even put that he had no comments," Mr. Wilmot said.

"They said that me mustn't bother do that story none at all. I take these threats very seriously, and further, these artistes need to know that such a threat is a violation of freedom of the press, which is a guarantee by a government of free public press for its citizens and their associations. I should be free to share my ideas, and to express myself in writing or any other creative way. I did nothing wrong to belittle the artiste and I will not be intimidated."





RichieSpice-reggae-music.jpgWhat a way the murder rate just start kick up so, dem kill four ah Montego Bay, war de a Red Hills Road ova gully work money, one accountant chop up him wife inna little pieces and stuff it inna one pit latrine inna the country. What a gwaan inna the little island? Right ya now, ah prayer ah do it, straight. One Psalm before mi go out and ah Proverbs when mi come in. If yu nah praise God inna dis ya time, it nuh mek no sense! Mi no know, Portmore, Spanish Town, crazy ting ah gwaan inna the business. Wha mi say! All these things!

THE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW ALL THESE THINGS:

What is going on in the Alliance? Will Kartel be on the 'Alliance' album next year?

Who dem yute de who get stab up a Ranny Williams Entertainment centre during the Wolmer's BBQ?

Did you know that Dyema fall and drop offa one box and sprain up har ankle wah day ya. How she ah go perform ah the show ah Black River this week?

Big up to the Fifth Element crew, mi hear say that Richie Spice video, 'Brown Skin' ah go get shot inna Miami. Wha happen to the brown-skinned Jamaican beauties fi the video?





Turbulence_FatanMojah-DownSoundreggaemusicphotoseanpaulbeeniemanYardFlex.jpgFantan to re-release 'Hail the King' in Jamaica, even though plans for his second album for Greensleeves has hit a major stumbling block since his fallout with Downsound Records.

"Hail the Man did well in Europe but it was never really released on a widescale in Jamaica, so that's what I am looking to do now," he said, adding that negotiations between himself and Downsound were continuing regarding his contractual obligations to indie label, Greensleeves Records.

"Mi ah ah leave the island this week fi perform ah Suriname, and mi ah go do a couple of college shows inna the US. Songs like 'World Peace' and 'Jah Time' big pon the college market right now. I am focussing on songs of upliftment for my black people. No gunshot inna head songs from Fantan Mojah, yu nah go see that, righteousness and peace me a defend," he said.





Acceptance of Terms of Service

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Strictly The Best Series Presents Volumes 35 and 36

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Strictly The Best Series Presents Volumes 35 and 36 featuring Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, T.O.K., Buju Banton, and more!!!
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Another Full Installment of the Most Progressive Hits in Dancehall, Roots and Lover's Rock

"The hard-hitting Strictly the Best series is overflowing with top flight performances and talent." - J. McCallister, New York Daily News

Whether it's currently on the top the Jamaican charts, a huge underground seller on the streets or the massive club jam sweeping the dancehalls, Strictly The Best series provides the hottest catalog of dancehall/reggae music for the Winter and Spring Season. The award winning compilation has become a highly anticipated release whose popularity has increased leaps and bounds year after year. Following up after the Reggae Gold release, STB offers a more comprehensive collection of dancehall and roots sounds that have crossover potential and cater to the hard-core reggae fans alike.





"Kariblink Live" debuts in South Florida

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live-poster_new-1.jpgKARIBLINK LIVE, a new and unique "live" cable television lifestyle program debuts on Friday, December 1, 2006 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, on WFUN, Channel 48, in South Florida. The program will definitely enhance the already exciting entertainment features on Kariblink TV and appeal to a wider audience with its interactive element.

Kariblink Live features a very exhilarating two hours of colorful history and culture with the latest rhythms of Caribbean American entertainment, a controversial talk show, the hottest breaking news, an exotic Caribbean cooking segment, in-studio guests with live call-ins by the local viewers and an online chat with fans worldwide while being streamed live on the Internet. Kariblink Live is set to reach over 20 million people both from its viewers and its on line streaming.

The 'vibesy' duo, Barry Hype and Milan are the hosts of the interactive entertainment segment, featuring hot new videos and artiste interviews and invite live requests from viewers, adding to the Caribbean American entertainment. Radio personality Mikey Mike of 93.5 FM, will host the mainstay, "Issues with Mikey Mike" exploring sizzling topics and point of views.





Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

Diana-King-Reggae-Jamaica.jpgFirst job: Singing and dancing with the group Niko Blanco

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite song: 'No Fear'. It deals with fear, the fact that so many people have fears, my biggest fear is flying. It's about that bellyache, that nervous feeling you have all the time, yu see the years ah go by and nothing nah gwaan fi yu, is fear...fear of failing, people saying yu caan do that. I wrote songs for myself, and for others who feel like dat because is the worst ting. Many people have it and don't know...fear to stay where you are, and not go anywhere.

What she smokes: Natural American Spirits. When I was in Jamaica, I used to smoke Matterhorns. Now, my poison of choice is Natural American Spririts, it's from Mexico. My doctors said that if you're going to smoke, this is what you must smoke, cause it doesn't have the additives, the rat poison and all dem tings de put in the other ones, it still might kill yu, but...until yu stop, this is what yu must smoke.





Air Supply Returns: For One Night Only

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airsupply-Jamaica.jpgThe internationally acclaimed group "Air Supply" will be giving Jamaicans another musical treat, following their splendid performance at this year's Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. There will be an adrenalin rush in the Air Supply National Indoor Sport Centre on December 2, 2006 as the count down for "The Festival" begins with Air Supply in Concert.

The concert will feature Air Supply along with local artistes such as Tessanne Chin, Alaine and Ritchie Stephens.

This is the second time that the star performer of the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has been brought back for a One Night Only concert in Kingston. In 2004 the concert featured Kenny Rogers, who delivered an excellent performance that left anxious patrons begging for more. This year Air Supply with their countless romantic hits is expected to speed up some heart beats. When Air Supply performed at the last Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival the reception was overwhelming. They were one of the crowd's favourite performers, as a result they were chosen for this year's concert.





Ras Myrhdak - 'Blazer' into the #1 position

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

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01 3 16 Blazer - Ras Myrhdak-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Entertainment (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 15 Life Seeds-I-Wayne-Loyal Soldiers (1wk@#1) D-1
03 4 9 Let's Dance-Voice Mail-Don Corleon U-1
04 6 11 Wah Dis, Wah Dis-Capleton-Don Corleon U-2
05 5 20 These Streets-Tanya Stevens-Tarantula Records (2wks@#1) NM
06 2 18 Forty Sup'em-Capleton-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Ent (1wk@#1) D-4
07 10 12 Rude Boy Pledge-Cham- Mad House U-3
08 14 4 Hot Wuk-Mr. Vegas-In The Streets U-6
09 15 7 Coming Over-Chuck Fender/Cherine Anderson - Birch Hill Records U-6
10 11 9 Traffic Jam-Stephen Marley feat Jnr Gong & Buju Banton- Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths U-1
11 9 15 Goodas Fi Dem-Tony Matterhorn-Natural Bridge (2wks@#1)
D-2
12 7 21 Nothing with Them-Buju Banton-(pp#4) Gargamel D-5
13 8 22 Most High-Jah Mason-(pp#8) New York Entertainment Movement D-5
14 12 8 Tic Toc-Vybz Kartel-Fresh Air D-2
15 16 10 Loco Amor-Nanko-Downsound Records U-1





Mavado's "Weh Dem A Do" Billboard Biggest Gainer

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Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

Mavado-DancehallArtiste-billboard-Bountykiller-YardFlex.com-CarlingtonWilmot.jpgMavado's "Weh Dem A Do" on the Redbull & Guinness rhythm has reached fever pitch! "Weh Dem A Do" has Jamaica, the UK & the USA in a spin.

Jamaican singjay Mavado is a current favourite on New York's finest urban station HOT 97 where "Weh Dem A Do" is on heavy rotation on their playlist. He's also featured in their i-Tunes Store.

"Weh Dem A Do" continues to be heavily supported on BBC's 1Xtra - the UK's premier digital station for black music.

"Weh Dem A Do" debuted recently on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop airplay chart as the BIGGEST GAINER.

"Weh Dem A Do" featured in the UK's music trade paper Music Week - THE PLAYLIST (11.11.06)

Since the release of Delly Ranx's Redbull & Guinness earlier this year Mavado's "Weh Dem A Do" has become the BIGGEST cut on this rhythm and continues to build momentum garnering full support worldwide.





The night belonged to Chris Gayle

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By: Melton Williams

GayleChris050125TheGayleForceGbg.jpgFor the second year running, Christopher Gayle, Jamaica's most prolific run-scorer of recent times, copped the distinguished Cricketer of the Year award in his native homeland at the Jamaica Cricket Association's (JCA's) Annual Award Ceremony held on Thursday night at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

The in-form West Indies opener was not present to collect his award as he is currently in Pakistan where West Indies and the host country are competing in a three-match Test series and five One Day Internationals.

Gayle was also absent last year, this time he was suffering from a bout of influenza. Dudley Gayle, the father of Chris, accepted the award, jointly sponsored by the JCA and Restaurant of Jamaica along with a cash prize of $100,000.





Source: musicthing.blogspot.com

petertosh-M16-Guitar.jpgDear all journalists and Reggae music lovers

Sorry I'm not in Jamaica now as I'm in Europe making plans for my 45th anniversary celebrations tours that I'll be staging in 2007.
Love World Tour which will play the US, Europe, Japan and 5 shows in
South Africa, the all-female tour, the Icons Of The Dancehall Tour and the Children Of The Stars Tour.

I read an article yesterday (nov-16-06,jamaica gleaner) one of Jamaica's local news papers that Peter Tosh's famous M16 guitar
will be put on auction somewhere in Canada, this I cant believe. It was I who bought that guitar from a fan who custom made it specially for Peter and brought it to the Franklyn Plaza Suite hotel in Los Angeles where Peter and his group Word Sound and Power were staying on our stop in Los Angeles when Tosh played the famous Greek Theatre during the Mama Africa World Tour 1983.





Sanya Richards cooling out in Jamaica

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By: Melton Williams

SanyaRichards_Sports.jpgIAAF Female Athlete of the Year, Sanya Richards is relaxing in her native homeland Jamaica after she received the prestigious award along with a cheque for US$100,000 at the 2006 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Sunday, November 12.

Richards, who will depart the island on Monday, said that her mission for 2007 is to win the gold medal in the 400 metres at the World Championship in Osaka, Japan .

The 21-year-old took 15 straight victories at 400m including breaking the 22-year-old American record with 48.70 to become the seventh fastest woman of all-time.

Although fresh from breaking the record, Richards said that the world record of 47.60 seconds held by Germany's Marita Koch is not in her reach at the moment.

Richards said: "It's not one of my targets for next year but I will attempt the record before I end my career, probably over the next four years or so. However, I'm hoping to challenge Marie-Jose' Perec's time of 48.2 next season."





Rihanna breaks it off with Sean Paul!

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rihanna_Break-It-Off-SeanPaul.jpgRihanna is climbing the charts with her song called 'Break It Off' with Sean Paul, produced by one of our very own top producer Don Corleone. It appears on the Pop 100 and Pop 100 Airplay charts.

Cham and Beenie Man keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!

The Trinity and Give It Up To Me continue to climb the charts.

* The album is #1 on the Reggae album charts.

Give It Up To Me (featuring Keyshia Cole)

* #53 on the Pop 100 chart.
* #32 on the Pop 100 Airplay chart.





JuniorRiedBETAwards.jpgDid you watch the BET's first Hip Hop awards last night? It appears that as Sizzla prophesied a few years ago, 'Wi (Rasta) Teking Ova'. Reggae artiste, Junior Reid did Jamaica proud when he performed alongside The Game, 'It's Okay (One Blood)'.
Wadda Blood, Junior Reid's son, confirmed that his father would be appearing alongside The Game.

"We're flying up today to get ready for the show, it's going to be a hyped performance, my father is excited about it," he told YardFlex.com last week before the show. "It's going to be hype."

And it was. Junior Reid delivered his part of 'One Blood' with bone-chilling power and energy. Baby Cham was also in attendance at the event.





WayneWonder-Gyptian_Dancehall_Reggae_Sean_Paul_Beenie_Man_Rihanna_sexygirls_nudeDancehall.jpg(New York, NY) - - "Urban Concepts", the Multicultural Division of Award-Winning Experiential Marketing Agency, US Concepts, kicks off the holidays by empowering the community of Jamaica with a benefit cocktail reception where they will present UPLIFTMENT JAMAICA with a $25,000 donation. "At Urban Concepts, we embrace the idea that everyone should do his/her part to help someone else," said Nadja Bellan-White, EVP of Urban Concepts. "Upliftment Jamaica empowers those to help themselves, and the money we donate will provide computers and educational programs for Jamaicans and open the door to new opportunities for those less fortunate."

This is part of a series of cause-related initiatives that the agency has participated in which includes the upcoming Virgin Re*generation Art Auction, Steps Across America with Walmart, and many more.





Jah Cure has no son, Iyah Cure Music responds

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JahCureMusic-ReggaeJamaica.jpgYardFlex.com has been making checks on a story published a few days ago in YardFlex's 'What's Popping' column that suggested that Jah Cure might have an eight year-old son conceived before his incarceration.

The rumour had been around for a while, but has gained momentum in recent weeks as sources close to the family involved say that the son bears a resemblance to the imprisoned singer. However, given the delicate nature of the situation, we cannot divulge more information at this time.

Iyah Cure Music has however contacted us to refute any paternity claims which might be out there.

"I read what was on the site today and I wanted to inform the readers that the comment is simply UNTRUE. Jah Cure does not have any children. He has brothers but no son nor any children of his own. Mama Cure is not even a grandmother yet," Christina Grand, executive director of Iyah Cure Music told YardFlex.com.





Daville - On My Mind - lyrics

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Daville_promo_pic_On_My_Mind.jpgIntro:
Ahh, you're on my mind, yea

[Verse 1]
I'm thinking about you...ou
Girl how I miss you...ou
Baby ever since that day you went away, yes
I can't live without you...ou

[chorus]
You're always on my mind
Girl you're on my mind
Girl you're on my mind
Yea you're on my mind

[Verse 2]
I gave you all Of me
And now your not here to see
Nothing will ever change
My love remains the same, yeah
I can't wait to see you again





Peter-Tosh-M16-Guitar-Reggae.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Peter Tosh's notorious Stratocaster M16 guitar will be auctioned by the Flashpoint Film Festival on eBay, November 26 - December 3.

At 10pm on Sunday, November 26, Reggae fans, and guitar enthusiasts will be able to bid for Peter Tosh's 'one of a kind' M16 guitar. The auction will run on eBay for 7 days and end at 10pm on Sunday December 3. Online computers will be set up for patrons to bid at the festival from Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3, 2006 at The Caves, Negril.

Born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Jamaica in October 1944, reggae's most committed revolutionary, Peter Tosh pioneered musical crusades for the legalization of marijuana and the dismantling of South Africa's apartheid system. During his 1983 tour of Europe, Peter unveiled a new instrument to fight against injustice. That instrument was a Stratocaster guitar, which he requested to be shaped like an M16 rifle. It was through the sweet sound of his guitar that he cried out for freedom. Concerning his newly fashioned guitar, Tosh had this to say: "This guitar is firing shots at all them devil disciples. Music is my weapon to fight against apartheid, nuclear war and those gang-jah criminals". Peter Tosh died at the age of 42 on September 11th, 1987.





Wedding bells for Junior Gong?

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damian-jr-gong-marley-married.jpgBig show keep a Bicentennial park ova the weekend inna South Florida. People, is between 12 to 15,000 people inna the venue. Jr. Gong ah perform pon the same bill as artiste like Common, Duran Duran, Gnarles Barkley, the place neva good again. People, the show gwaan inna Bicentennial park, the same place Scoffery keep him show and coulden cork it.

Big up Junior Gong, mi hear say yu a get married to the little Caribbean girl yu de wid. Mi love how yu mother grow yu, yu nah go have no yute outta street until yu get married. No kids out of wedlock, yu hear that Jamaica? Decent yute. Real royalty. Superstar genes. Ju-ju royal.

DOES JAH CURE HAVE A SON?

Everybody inna 'Bay ah whisper 'bout dis one. Jah Cure de ah prison but him have a son. Who is the mystery lady? Mi no ready fi tell yu dat yet. Mi tell yu say the whole argument no straight 'bout how dem prison the yute. Free up the man so him can see him son.





Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgThese b*tches be thinking they're SLICK But Buffilous doan play that. Yes, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Kingston, Mobay. Mi ready fi mud dem up. As Queen Paula say, MI IGNORANT FI DEM!

A wah do some ah dem artiste ya inna the business? How dem no have no shame or nutten 'bout dem, especially the woman one dem?
Producers, oonu fi stop screw off the girls in the business, especially when yu know say dem no have no talent, and yu still mek dem a deejay pon de mike, not the microphone, ah the third leg mi a talk. It nuh right! Is gender inequality and sexual exploitation inna one cute way, dem ah exploit the young girls dem bout dem a give dem career. Dem fi educate dem first.

All those girls who sleep with men in the business, yu need to stop it. Have some pride, tings sticky a yard, but learn this motto: "Get an education and STOP give away yu tings to the nation." Memba! A dat mi say! Ah mi fi tell yu!

Mi know everyting. Who did de wid 'browning'? And then move on to label executives fi secure album deal? Yu have some ah dem tek the whole generation, the father and the son, dem a wait pon the next son fi born fi get the Trinity. Oonu know oonuself. Mi nuh haffi call no name.

Onto my personal ting, right now, mi need a new man inna mi life. Mi ah kick a trifling nigga to the curb right about now. Mi worse than Matlock, mi find him out and him nasty-a*s b*&ches, mi outsmart him and ketch him dead to rights and the nigga has got to go.

TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT, ALL HIS CLOTHES AND STUFF IN A BOX TO THE LEFT.

Right now, mi ah seek a sheik from the Middle East. Send me a line at whatspoppingja@yahoo.com





AsafaPowell_SportsJamaicaWorld.jpgJamaican world 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell returned home on Monday night after he was awarded the title of 2006 World Athletes of the Year along with a cheque for US$100,000 at the prestigious 2006 World Athletics Gala in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d'Ete', Monte-Carlo on Sunday.

The annual global awards ceremony for athletics was hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSM Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF and IAAF President Lamine Diack, in the presence of 600 distinguished guests.

Powell, who this year won a share of the IAAF Golden League Jackpot, sped to a record (12) sub-10 second clockings for 100m including twice equaling his own World Record (9.77).





By: Claude Mills
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

What is going on in the Alliance?

D'AngelandVybzKartel_AddiTechaDancehall.jpgRumours of friction in the Bounty Killer-led camp are set to ratchet up to an insane level as the new combination song between Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi De Techa and D'Angel has hit FM radio. Killer has been making derogatory comments about D'Angel, his former girlfriend, ever since she announced her engagement to Killer's lyrical nemesis, Beenie Man. It is not sure how Vybz Kartel's latest move will be construed by The Alliance.

The song is creating major buzz in the dancehall, especially as it could signal a split in the Alliance, as Kartel's move is being seen by some dancehall insiders as a "diss" of Bounty Killer.

The song, 'Baby Daddy', is produced by 'Arthur Wails' on the Klampute riddim.

"The deejay is just voicing songs right now, he is just working, this is music, he is a deejay, this is what he is doing, just working," Patrick 'Roach' Samuels, Kartel's manager, told YardFlex.com.





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Ever since its release last week, Turbulance's music video for his hot single 'X-Girlfriend' has been making the rounds, earning rave reviews among music lovers.

The title track from the DJ's debut 18-track album for Tad's Records International, 'X-Girlfriend', the single has been in constant rotation on the airwaves and in the dancehalls.

The second single to be released from the album, 'X-Girlfriend' is one of Tubulance's best works.





kim_porterdiddy.jpgP.Diddy claims that he and girlfriend Kim Porter have had sex for as long as 28 hours, according to an interview he gave to Giant magazine (via Rush & Molloy), because of the same kind of "Tantric discipline" that Sting once boasted about. Of course, Sting later admitted he was joking about having sex for seven hours ...

Kathy Griffin Loves Her House

Kathy Griffin is so stoked about her mansion in Brentwood, she leaves it all the time. "This is why I am on the road for months at a time, so I can live here," said the comic to her guests at her 46th birthday party, according to Page Six.
Sting ...

"I love this house more than any person or thing, except maybe my dogs."...





By: Tessane Chin

Its been a year already and a hell of a ride.

TessaneChin_RockDancehallsinger.jpgWell where do I begin? My Name is Tessanne, My passion and every breath is music, all types of music, but especially the kind of music that leaves a message and gets yah thinking, The kind a music that lives on even when many many years have passed, and basically that's the kind of music I wanna make, and with Yahwehs help I'll get there. I've been singing since forever and I pretty much knew all my life that this is what I was made for.

I've had some good experiences on the way, and some bad ones too but hey, all the best songs come from when yah feel like just calling it a day and crawling under some rock hahahah so everything for a reason, but to put everything in a nut shell right quick (cause I hate talking bout my self) I've toured with international reggae superstar and legend "Sir Jimmy Cliff" as his back up singer for about 2-3 years, Most of my fellow Jamaicans may know me as the lead singer from a rock reggae band called Mile High but that came to an end for me about a year and a half ago.





brad-angelinaJolie.jpgOne report had claimed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would adopt a baby while they were in India working on the film, 'A Mighty Heart.' But now those plans have reportedly been scrapped and the reason being reported is the grief Madonna has been hit with over her recent adoption.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Hollywood couple - who have a baby daughter Shiloh and two adopted children, five-year-old son Maddox, who is Cambodian, and Ethiopian daughter Zahara, who is 22-months-old - planned to give a home to an Indian orphan but have been put off by the criticism Madonna has received for adopting a 13-month-old Malawian boy

A source told Britain's New magazine: "No one wants to be dragged through the heartache that Madonna has. It's a real shame.





assassinDancehallartiste_sexygirls.jpgDeejay Assassin lives up to his name with unfailing accuracy. His musical moves have been calculated, versatile, deliberate, and deadly, and now that he's back from a smashing nine-week tour with the Penthouse family, dancehalls can again look forward to more smashers from the prolific deejay.

Ever since his mainstream emergence in 2001, Assassin has guaranteed his fans a steady string of chart toppers every single year and this year has been no different. Gully Sitten, Anyweh We Go, and Gangsta Rock have been ripping up the charts both in Jamaica and overseas, giving the deejay's argument of quality over quantity more credence.

He describes 2006 as a refreshing year with unique challenges. "Last year was a rough year on the personal side, so I never really got to revel in what was happening musically," he recalls. "I had a couple of number ones, made some progress cause we always want to find ourselves in a better position than what we were in the year before...we trying the father thing now, getting used to it, and even while being on the road now so many weeks, my tunes people a recognize them, so we have been doing good."





RAS PTAH COMES TO TELL EVERYBODY, HE'S BACK

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RasPtahDancehall_Baby_SexyGirls.jpgRas Ptah ak.a Galaxy P has been blazing a fire in recent times with a bunch of new hits that have grabbed the attention of dancehall fans everywhere.

Known for the hits like 'Ms. Goodie Goodie' under the name Galaxy P, he has since changed his name to Ras Ptah as he has adopted a Rastafarian lifestyle. Amun means self-hidden essence of all things, Ra denotes the sun god, and Ptah represents the physical of all things.

He has a slew of new songs that are blowing up all over the radio such as 'Prettiest Gal', 'Tree Limb', 'More Wood' on the Taxi label, 'Shake Baby Shake' for Ward 21, 'Run Now No Fool' and of course, 'Tell Everybody' on the Breath of Fire rhythm. A video was shot for 'Tell Everybody' recently, and plans are well advanced to shoot 'Prettiest Gal as well.





Asylum does it big for Anniversary #9!

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asylum.jpgThe Asylum's ninth Anniversary, which is the precursor to a slew of holiday parties, is just around the corner. It takes place on Saturday, November 25 at the Mas Camp and with sponsors such as Guinness, Appleton Jamaica Rum, bMobile and Coca Cola.

Asylum's Anniversary special is well-known for taking its exhilarating nightclub to the larger outdoor setting of Mas Camp. With its fourth staging at Mas Camp is transformed by adding a 60*40 dance-floor and accentuate the nightclub feel with intelligent lighting, enhancing the club effect.





By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

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D'Angel became a mom for the first time when her son, Marco Dean, entered the world at about 9 p.m yesterday.

A release from the couple declared that "Mr. and Mrs. Moses Davis would like to announce the birth of their son, Marco Dean on November 9, 2006. We are indeed grateful to God that he is healthy and that there were no complications during birth. We are certain that he will bring joy to our lives and strengthen our love for each other. We would like to thank family, friends and our fans for their prayers and best wishes at this time. We love you all."





Jr Gong heads to the Big Apple to rock The Black Ball

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damian_marley_studioAliciakeys.jpgAfter an outstanding performance in Barbados, Damian Marley heads to the Big Apple to perform at Alicia Keys' Black Ball charity concert this Thursday, November 9.

The event raises money for Keep a Child Alive, which provides drugs for AIDS and HIV patients. Also hitting the stage are David Bowie and Angelique Kidjo.

Keys, who visited Africa earlier this year, said she has been a personal witness to the ways in which charities can save lives.

Rihanna and Beenie Man keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!





SizzlaKalonji_ReggaeDancehall-BujuBanton.jpgSizzla Kalonji's most highly anticipated album, The Overstanding is scheduled to be released on November 21st. The album will be marketed and distributed by DDMG/Kalonji Records. The following day after the release of the album, Sizzla will embark on a U.S. tour to promote the album.

Emerging in the latter half of the 90's, Sizzla quickly became one of the leaders in the modern dancehall movement. The success of Praise Ye Jah in 1997, secured a strong following which placed him at the top as one of Reggae's great artist. He released Black Woman, & Child that same year, and the self-titled single become a reggae anthem, lasting almost one decade. It was within this era that he helped lead dancehall back to the musical and spiritual influences of roots reggae, favoring organic productions with heavy Rastafarian teachings, philosophies, and the Back To Africa Movement (Repatriation).

Sizzla has released over 40 albums which include a string of other very successful singles, crossing different genres in Reggae Music. In 1999, Be I Strong was released and Bobo Shanti in 2001, which was spiritually driven and had strong hip hop influence, and in 2002 Da Real Thing was definitely the Reggae album of the year, showing a more softer, mellow, and romantic material.





YvadDread_Reggaemusic.jpgOnce hailed in music circles as the Next Big Thing, these days, music aficionados have had to be asking instead: What happened to Yvad?

Well, these days Yvad is signed to New Beat Records, and is working on a new album which will be completed within the next two months.

"Since teaming up with Victor Simpson, I am just getting ready to launch the attack," Yvad said.

At this point, 12 tracks have been completed, and Yvad had worked with such industry heavyweights as Clive Hunt, Wayne Armond, David Kennedy, Michael Myrie, Bobby Digital, and Mikey Bennett.





Luciano drops Copeland Forbes as personal manager

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Luciano-copelandForbes.jpgSinger Luciano, known for the mega-hits 'Sweep Ova My Soul' and 'It's Me Again Jah', has terminated the services of Copeland Forbes, head of Comar Productions, as his personal manager effective November 4, 2006. He will, however, retain Mr. Forbes' services as a booking agent and tour manager.

"Ever since Jah Messenjah has been on the road, Mr. Fobres has been my tour manager, 'Fattis' was my personal manager at the time...Mr. Forbes is an influential, important and busy man as the world can see...this is to add somebody to the Jah Messenjah movement, Mr. Forbes will be in charge, we have never operated under a contract for the past 13 years, so we realize that Mr. Forbes needs help, and that's why we have brought in someone else," Luciano, who is now on his 'Child of a King' promotional tour in the United States.

Luciano's new manager is Lewis Folkes a.k.a Sean, who is the head of a production label called JALPO and according to Luciano, "has many connections in American and other parts of the world".





Dancehall Singer Lukie D - six-week European tour

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LuckyD_Dancehall.jpgTop notch crooner Lukie D is embarking on a six-week tour of Europe which will see him appearing in gigs in countries such as Switzerland, Germany, and Spain, as well as two shows in the Middle East hotbeds of Tel-a-Viv and Jericho.

"I am looking forward to the tour because I always hold a nice vibe in Europe because that is place that loves roots music," he told YardFlex.com.

"A lot of people don't even know I can sing roots, but I have a good repertoire of songs. When I go to Europe, I can perform songs that don't get any airplay in Jamaica, but it shows that if you do good music, you can always earn because there are people who appreciate it," Lukie D, who scored a major roots hit, 'Heavy Load' in Europe as far back as 1995.





Sexy Kimberly is back with a bang

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Name: Kimberly --- Age: 21

Height: 5'7 ---- Weight: 126lb

Favorite dish: I am not going to lie on this one, I like just about any dish from once it's properly prepared and taste good.

What do you like about Jamaica: It's a beautiful country with wonderful people despite the violence, and since getting the opportunity to travel I acknowledge that every country has their own little issues to deal with.





2Much2.jpgFew teens who one day fantasize about forming a hip-hop group, cutting a record and hitting the road, see that dream become a reality a year later, but that is exactly what has happened for Milo Stokes.

With the help of his cousin, stage and film star Omarion, and his dad, manager/director Chris Stokes, Milo and his two talented singer/dancer friends Marcel Wildy and Chris Cheeks, went from dancing and rhyming in each others' living rooms to cutting songs in a state of the art studio. The group was discovered by Omarion, who signed 2 Much to his O Records label, and is currently recording under the leadership of Chris Stokes, the man behind B2K and writer/director of "You Got Served."

While hanging with Omarion and B2K touring the states just a couple years ago, Milo, Wildy and Cheeks were eager to start their own group, one that would, like B2K, fuse hot dance moves with smooth R&B and hip-hop. During a New York show on the tour that dream took a giant leap toward reality when Chris Stokes spotted a young kid in the crowd with strong pipes and killer moves. After a brief audition backstage for Omarion the Bridgeport, Connecticut-native Myles Cleveland, became the missing link to the group Milo and the gang had dreamt about. And just like that, 2 Much was born.





BountyBeenieYardFlex_SeanPaul_Rihanna_DancehalD'Angell.jpgWhy Beenie and Bounty caan cool offa the word-throwing? Dem start it up again pon a new riddim. Bounty say whenever him want, him affi 'Get it back' meaning D'Angel, and mi hear that Beenie got over 20 songs voice and put down like a war him ago in Iraq.

Dutty Wine Mystery deepens

Dutty Wine, mix it up. The results of the autopsy are in…and it is inconclusive? Yea, that's what the authorities are saying, but perhaps more will be revealed with a forensic examination that will be performed next week at another lab. Till then, the family haffi just gwaan hold out till more information come out.





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

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01 2 16 Forty Sup'em-Capleton-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Ent (1wk@#1) U-1

02 3 13 Life Seeds-I-Wayne-Loyal Soldiers U-1

03 1 18 These Streets-Tanya Stevens-Tarantula Records (2wks@#1) D-2

04 5 14 Blazer-Ras Myrhdak-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Entertainment U-1

05 4 19 Nothing with Them-Buju Banton-Gargamel D-1

06 8 7 Let's Dance-Voice Mail-Don Corleon U-2

07 9 9 Wah Dis, Wah Dis-Capleton-Don Corleon U-2

08 6 13 Goodas Fi Dem-Tony Matterhorn-Natural Bridge (2wks@#1) D-2

09 11 20 Most High-Jah Mason-New York Entertainment Movement U-2

10 14 10 Rude Boy Pledge-Cham - Mad House U-4

11 13 7 Traffic Jam-Stephen Marley feat Jnr Gong & Buju Banton - Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths U-2

12 7 11 Gangsta Guerilla-Mr. Peppa - Natural Bridge D-5

13 16 6 Tic Toc-Vybz Kartel-Fresh Air U-3

14 12 22 On My Mind-Daville-Fashowzy (3wks@#1) D-2

15 10 15 Inna Di Road-Chezidek-Massive B D-5





Bad Boy Records Inks Landmark Deal with VP Records and Dancehall Superstar Elephant Man

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Sean "Diddy" Combs of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment announced today a landmark deal with reggae/dancehall music label VP Records to market and distribute dancehall superstar, Elephant Man. "Elephant Man is one the greatest entertainers in his genre of music. When I saw him at Madison Square Garden ripping down the stage, I knew that he was the one. He will be a great addition to our team," Sean "Diddy" Combs said. The first release from Elephant Man under the new Bad Boy/VP Records venture is slated for spring 2007 with a single and video expected in early 2007.

Known for his high-energy live performances, Elephant Man a/k/a O'Neil Bryan is one of the few dancehall acts to crossover into mainstream music. Collaborations with Diddy, Cassie, Rhianna, Busta Rhymes, Shaggy, Mya, and long time collaborator Lil' Jon, are expected on his upcoming release. In addition to the new CD in the works, Elephant Man will also hit the road as a supporting act on Diddy's world tour to begin in February 2007 in support of Diddy's new album "Press Play," in stores this October.





Dancehall up for several Awards this month!

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BabyChamBeenieMan_BountyKiller_Seanpaul.jpgDancehall is proving to be a big hit on the international market this year, which is eveident in the nominations several artistes have racked up for Award shows coming up this month.

First up is Sean Paul who has garnered two nominations for the MTV European Music Awards for the Male and Hip Hop categories. The MTV EMAs that was held recently. Cham is up for 2 awards for the BET Hip Hop Awards on Wednesday, November 15; Best Collaboration and Rookie of the Year. Then the America Music Awards is up next on Tuesday, November 21, with Sean Paul getting a nomination for Male Artist in the Pop/Rock category.

Rihanna, Beenie Man and Tony Matterhorn keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!





Sony Pictures Pushing Shottas To the Top

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By: Janice Dayle

ShottasDirectorCessSilvera_SingerMonica.jpgShottas, an action packed urban classic film, is officially hitting the streets on Friday, November 3, 2006. This long awaited news was released on November 1, 2006 at a South Beach, Miami launch held at Santos. Select theatres in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Chicago will roll out the crisp, brand new version, as distributors Sony Pictures puts the Caribbean focussed and produced film to the gruelling mainstream test. Harbouring feelings of anxiety, described as being greater than an expectant dad's, director Cess Silvera is certain of box office success, saying Shottas today far surpasses all previously viewed underground bootlegged copies, with the inclusion of previously unreleased scenes.





What's popping - Why Kip Rich rushed Black-er

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KipRich_DancehallReggaeMusicBlacker.jpgWha dat go down between Kip-o and Blacker? Kip-o's camp ah say Black-er violate because him want get a hype pon the RE High School tour. Him get a big forward two weeks ago so it mussi get to him head, and him run on up a St. Hugh's on Wednesday and start sing 'No Man Caan Mek You Pap Down' the song him have wid Kip-O, and mek the selector even a play Kip Rich part.

Mi hear say everybody cut up over it, and Kip Rich rush him backstage. Wha Black-er ah try prove? No man no bigga dan no man inna the music business.

Why the Marleys never turn up for the Shottas premiere?

Wha happen to DMX mek hima behave so pon the people dem red carpet at the Shottas Premiere in Miami Wednesday night?

How Mikey Spice so talented? Him mash up Weekenz on Wednesday night.

How so much entertainer caan travel come up to Uncle Sam? Dem violate too much, man when dem get the chance fi come up ya, and look how much people ah yard waan the chance fi reach up inna the freezer fi mek a money.

Who will organize Reggae Sunsplash next year? Mi hear say ah some new people ah go step in.





capleton_awardsStMary.jpgSt. Mary's favourite son, Clifton 'Capleton' Bailey, was honoured recently by the St. Mary parish council for his sterling work in the area of charity. .

Capleton hails from Islington, and who is the brother to Olympian Aileen Bailey, also donated $1.2 million to various charities that day.

He was honoured for his consistency in donating to schools, hospitals and clinics in the parish. He has also assisted the Police Youth Club Sports programme.





Beenie Man's Undisputed album doing well

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BeeniemanUndisputed_albumDancehall.jpgBeenie Man has recently shoot a video for his new dancehall single, 'Reverse the Ting' on November 1, as he steps up the pace for the peak Christmas period.

"The 'Undisputed' album is doing well on its own, the tune with Akon, Girls, go number one on the reggae charts in Europe go straight back to Australia. Mi gone roun' Baby Cham, ah Sean Paul mi a run down now. Mi a come lock the place with three new singles for the Christmas," the deejay said.

In the meantime, the bouncy single, 'Hmm Hmm' is still a fixture on the Billboard R & B Hip Hop charts.





ONE THIRD RECORDS ON VIP RIDDIM

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Claude Mills
YardFlex Writer

Risingstars-OneThirdYardFlex_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgSince winning the Rising Stars competition, the group One Third has been inundated by requests for shows all over the island.

"Basically, we have a whole lot of events which we are booked through right to the end of the year, and into early January. The boys will also be appearing on Heineken Startime on November 11th, plus we have the Manhattans shows in Jamaica where we'll be performing on two legs in Mandeville and Montego Bay," manager Ray Alexander told YardFlex.com

The members of the group One Third are Al Johnson, Adrian Campbell and Miguel Walters.





Sika medley featuring Turbulence and Sasha

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Turbulence_and_Sasha-YardFlex.jpgThe Turbulance and Sasha clash songs on this rhythm "sell off" because of the buzz in the streets about the bitter end to their much-publicised relationship. Turbulance's 'No Man No Perfect' served as an excellent first blow to comments allegedly made by Sasha during a television interview recently as it mocks the ex-couple's 'We've Got The Love' song, and suggests that it was rumour-mongering that caused the end of their relationship, and declared in no uncertain terms that "mi nah look yu back".

For her part, Sasha replied with 'Got What You Need', a competent rebuttal of Turbulance's comments. There are some choice lines such as 'mi know yuh a man and mi muss get bun, but sex without a condom a careless fun'. But she also pokes fun at him using a man's voice to illustrate how Turbulance tried to justify his actions by saying: "Selassie I Jah Rastafari, a jacket dem a gi I, anno lie I a lie."





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Tony_Matharoon_Baby_Cham_Bares_Hammond_GoodasHypeTVSue_DuttyWine.jpgCould Tony Matterhorn be sued by the parents of the Tanisha Henry who died while allegedly doing the 'Dutty Wine' dance during a party in her Beacon Avenue community over the weekend?

Legal eagle Lloyd Stanbury believes that there are no legal grounds under which the family could successfully sue the performer or his record label for wrongful death and negligence.

"That would be a bit far-fetched," he said. "You can sue for anything but whether you are successful is another matter."

He went on to say: "There is no basis for liability, and I can't imagine how a court would interpret such a case because I don't see how one could extend liability to an artiste for simply doing a song. If he had been staging a concert, it would have been different because under the law, he would have needed insurance to cover his invited guests."





dmx-783954.jpgDMX told S2S magazine that he bears no responsibility for his illegitimate child because the mother of the baby "raped me. I mean, you know, that might sound like some bullsh-t. No man has ever been. you know what I mean, like never?"

And DMX' wife, Tashera Simmons, is standing by her man, claiming that the woman "came up to us [and] said 'I work for kids that are sickly," Simmons said in an interview with the magazine. She added that DMX said to give the woman his number. "At first, I said OK," Simmons said, "But, then I thought she looked deranged and obsessed with him."





LUDACRIS TOPS TIMBERLAKE ON HOT 100

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news_ludacris.jpgLudacris' "Money Maker" (featuring Pharrell) tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the second consecutive week after knocking Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" last week. Ludacris' run at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart ends after Chris Brown's "Say Goodbye" took the top spot on that chart.

Akon's "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) jumps No. 4 to No. 2 and is the chart's greatest sales gainer. The track also tops the Hot Digital Songs chart, knocking Hinder's "Lips of an Angel" from the top spot.

Hinder's track holds the No. 3 spot on the Hot 100 and jumps to No. 1 on the Pop 100, knocking out "SexyBack," which drops to No. 4 on the Hot 100. Rounding out the top five is another track from Timberlake, "My Love," which jumps from No. 8 to No. 5, making it the chart's greatest airplay gainer.





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Jamaican Public Health Guru Makes Global AIDS History

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By: Janice Dayle

Deloris_Dockrey_beside_dress_made_of_condoms.jpgThe Global Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS (GNP+) elected Deloris Dockrey as Chairperson of their Board of Directors at an August 2006 annual general meeting held in Toronto. "Never before has a woman or a member who originates from the developing world been elected to lead this group," Dockrey explained while gearing up to face a term of successes and inevitable challenges. Her election occurred prior to repeated calls during the recent International AIDS Conference - that signalled a need for more women leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS - the unprecedented global challenge that puts everyone, but particularly women, in overwhelmingly vulnerable positions.

Hailing from St Elizabeth, Jamaica, Dockrey, 46, is no stranger to pioneering roles, as she is a founding member of the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS North America (GNP+NA), and has been working in AIDS since 1999.





ICC Cricket World Cup - progressing smoothly

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By Melton Williams

westindies-cricket.jpgWith less than 100 days to go before the start of the biggest sporting event in the Caribbean and the third largest sporting event - the ICC Cricket World Cup, Jamaica's preparation is progressing smoothly.

This was revealed by Robert Bryan, executive director of Jamaica Local Organizing Committee at a press briefing at Jampro's training room.

The World Cup will be played in eight territories in the region, each receiving different packages. Jamaica was granted the Yellow Package and will host the Opening Ceremony, one semi-final game and six first round matches. The seven games in Jamaica will be played at Sabina Park. All territories must be ready for handing over to the ICC Cricket World Cup, three weeks before the start of the event.
Jamaica was mandated to construct and refurbish two stadiums and following a recent ICC Venue Tour, the island was giving passing grades.





Mr. Vegas 'Hot Wuk' in control of the #1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

Week Ending December 1st, 2006
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01 02 09 Mr. Vegas – Hot Wuk - In The Streets - 1wk@ #1

02 03 11 J.Gong/S.Marely/Buju - Traffic Jam- Ghetto Youths - (Shot
ToWatch)

03 01 16 I Wayne - Life Seeds - Loyal Soldiers- 1 wk @#1

04 04 12 Sean Paul/Keysha Cole - Give It Up To Me –Atlantic/VP

05 05 23 Tanya Stephens - These Streets - Tarantula - 5wks@#1

06 06 08 Movado - Mine How You Dis - Yellow Moon

07 10 06 Turbulence - Silly Girl - Tads Records -

08 07 12 Capleton–Fourty Sup'em–Blaque Warriaz/Trendsette-Peak@#3

09 11 05 Chuck Fenda/Cherine–Coming Over Tonight – Berchill

10 09 09 Elephant Man - Ready Fi The Video-Natural Bridge-Peak@#9





Ras Ptah a.k.a Gala P says 'War is Not the Answer'

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RasPtah-Reggae-Dancehall-SexyGirls.jpgRas Ptah a.k.a Gala P is very concerned about the violent content of dancehall music today.

"It come in like in dancehall today, if you nah say yu will kill a man, and cut out him heart, yu not getting any respect...yet still the radio ah flood with these bloody songs, ah just killing and violence that is being fed to the people daily, and you can see the effect of that on our children and in the ghettoes," Ras Ptah told YardFlex.com.

Unperturbed by the bias towards 'gangsta music', Ras Ptah has pressed along with his cultural agenda of peace and love, throwing in a couple of 'party songs' as well.





Did Kartel and Idonia diss Bounty Killer?

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KILLA DISS SONG ON AFTER DARK?

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Yo, mi hear the tune weh people ah kill demself ova say Kartel and Idonia diss the Killa, and nutten no go so. The song de pon the Afta Dark riddim, and all Idonia ah say is that 'Addi ah him daddy and him no care who vex' and the other line 'mi nuh haffi wear full black fi bad, mi inna all white'. Tell me people, that ah diss the Killa? Wah yu tink? Mi hear say the Kartel song name 'Bad Man No Throw Word Part Twice' and him ah spit some wicked lyrics. Mi no know, people, all these things!

WHO THE YUTE WEH WATER BOOT BOX DOWN AH NY

The whole ah Brooklyn ah talk 'bout da one ya. Dancer-turned-selector Water Boot get big since him box down Noah from Afrique, eh? Even Buju ah put Water Boot name inna song now 'cause mi hear ah clash song wid Blunt Posse wha day ya. It voice inna Driva aerial and it say: 'wha the yute name weh Water Boot box down?' Heh-heh! The place mash up when dem draw it inna the dance. Noah coulden even play afterwards, ah Killa Boo haffi play instead. Him just get crush like a roach. How that happen though? Water Boot is just a fat boy who is a dancer. Noah small inna body, but him used to roll deep wid some thugs, and everybody used to fraiad him but now him style cramp, everybody tek him fi punk now. A nobody beat up somebody, lawd mi body! Mi belly ah cramp me. Gwaan Water Boot, yu ratings large!





Mi nah mind no wuckless man - Be a real man

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DEADBEAT NIGGAZ HAVE GOT TO GO

Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgThis one's for you Luv. Yes, Luv. You me a talk! Yu tek me car, mi expensive jewellery and yu nah return it. Mi no care if dem waan call me Ms. Tekky Back, mi no cater, mi nah mind no wuckless man. How yu a buy yu woman new Infinity and yu nah handle yu responsibility dem? You were there for me when I was in hell, but now, nothing is swell, 'cause you're a goddamn bastard. Mi no know how on hell I thought you were a REAL man, and you dress like you're stuck in the goddamn 70s, get up to the time with your s__t and yo' b*tch. You need to tell your Infinity b*tch that you are a negligent, trifling man. Expect a summons, expect a call...as a matter of fact, expect any-bl&&&--ting, but something coming. Mi sorry mi used to sneak out and give yu it pon the side 'cause when I check it out, you were never really worth my time.

Step up and be a real man and face your responsibilities, and by the way, mi know weh yu gal live, mi have yu full file and address, remember, I am just being respectful, doan play yourself around this b*tch!





Third World & Dean Fraser Rock at Jazz on the Bay

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By: Janice Dayle
Photo by: Dreamy Riley

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Reggae icons Third World and Dean Fraser had crowds in a frenzy on November 26 at the City of Miami production - Jazz on the Bay Brunch. Joined by the equally celebrated and outstanding Winston "Merritone" Blake and Earl Grey, these life long hit makers and crowd thrillers afforded organisers and sponsors immense success as they blazed the Peacock Park Coconut Grove with hit after hit.

Pleased with their overwhelming success, Third World Band members expressed their delight at having such longevity in the Reggae music business. "We have just celebrated 33 years in the business and 2006 was the busiest," Bunny Rugs said. Recently back from a European tour that stopped in Australia and Japan, Third World is performing throughout the United States for four weeks. Every weekend they have been taking their electrifying music to different islands - as there is just no slowing down their stimulating sound.





RASE TV getting "In The Zone"

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By: Janice Dayle

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With a quarter of season two behind them Reggae And Soca Entertainment TV (RASE TV) media production company in Canada is proud of the evolution of their groundbreaking programming, eloquently called - "In The Zone." Airing this season through Toronto based SUN TV, "In The Zone" is being accessed by a wider cross section of the Canadian audience.

Born from merging the talents of two passionate and gifted Montrealers, Lisa "Lisa J" Joseph and Valentine "Prymtym" Latty, RASE TV opened its doors in 2004 with the release of a DVD and an opening statement that said - "We need to have Caribbean content on mainstream media in Canada, since there is a demand for it," Prymtym explained. The DVD was proof of an existing strong Canadian content in the Caribbean genre. Prymtym described the DVD production as one that demonstrated how a well designed blend of reggae and soca from international, regional and national levels could be presented from a Canadian perspective, enhancing its relevance in Canada.





By: Claude Mills
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

Alaine-Singer-DancehallSexyGirlsxxxxCarlingtonWilmot-YardFlex.jpgReggae songstress Alaine never gets tired of people coming up to her and saying with complete innocence:

"I love your song, yu have any more?".

The song everyone seems so hopelessly enamoured with is the breakout charmer carved in lover's rock oak, 'No Ordinary Love'.

And even though she is an established force in the business, what some artiste might have misinterpreted as a 'complisult' (compliment and insult in one) never rubs Alaine the wrong way because the song occupies a special place in her heart as well.

"That song has wings, and I got a lot of promotion from people who have heard and loved that song, I get comments from people who say that song made them fall in love again, and that's an incredible feeling," she told YardFlex.com.

The song charted on the New York Reggae Charts as well as on various Caribbean and Jamaican charts, and the music video has also quickly become a favorite among viewers and was the number one requested video for five straight weeks on one of Jamaica's largest video request shows called the E-Strip.





By: Claude Mills

MsTriniti-DancehallReggae-Beenieman-SexyGirls.jpgTo the casual observer, Ms. Triniti may seem like just another pretty face. But this young woman has got soul, wit and class, and through her unique hybrid sound, she is introducing a whole new generation to Caribbean music.

Ms. Triniti who was born to a Trinidadian father, and an American mother, was raised between the UK and the Caribbean and now resides in Los Angeles, California. A seasoned performer, she has recorded with almost every major producer in her genre. She has put the disappointment of having been signed to and released from Sony/Columbia behind her, and continued to plough along to be a frontrunner a new genre of music - 'ragga-hop', which she defines as an outsize melding of West Indian soca, dancehall, US hip hop and R & B. It is a sound that can be expected to bedazzle and befuddle the uninitiated for here is a girl who looks Caucasian but sounds Caribbean black.

"When I do dancehall, they do a little double-take, they don't get it, but the bottomline is that if you believe in your heart in what you're doing, there is no need to convince yourself, Eminem is real, I am real, I don't feel like I am putting up a front, this is me," she told YardFlex.com.





Just Ask Ms Jackson

MsJacksonsexygirlsnude,xxxbeeniemanseanpaulrihannadancehallphotobabycham.jpgWhat's the deal Dear Reader! This one hot off the presses and it ain't no joke neither! Mi fren Shemi call me and gimme dis one (big up to Shemi and the artist for reminding us all that "Love is a beautiful thing!")

So, you all know how college life is...nuff booze, nuff new friends, nuff schoolwork to do. Well, may I present to you our three characters in this story of lust, betrayal and friendship which I have chosen to call...

"Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get IT"

Tekia and Lavely were two young ladies who met on campus while they were both attending UWI, it just so happened that the two friends fancied the same fella, a bright young Arts student named Orin. Orin was quite taken in by Lavely with her dark hair, chocolate complexion and banging body, not to mention the fact that she was hard-working and placed most of her focus on keeping up her grades. So he started dating her and yuh done know how the Yard man dem do it, likkle ice-cream here, likkle movies and Chiney food there. Not too long after Lavely and Orin became a full blown couple.





Wyclef Jean joined forces with 'Sno Cone'

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WyclefJean-hiphop-dancehall.jpgInternational recording star Wyclef Jean has joined forces with Billboard-topping producer Rohan 'Sno Cone' Fuller for a new reggae song, 'Emmanuel' on Sno Cone's 'Peace and Love' one-drop rhythm.

"Wyclef was here and he went to look for Mavado and Foota Hype, and while he was there, a friend of mine told him that he knew me, and Clef said 'get him on the phone'. We talked and I went up there to hold a vibe. Afterwards, him come and then he voiced and sent me the vocals to put on 'Peace and Love'. I worked closely with him to get it right, and as always, it was a great experience working with Clef," Sno Cone told YardFlex.com.





petertosh-m16guitar-reggaemusic-auction.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - FLASHPOINT FILM FESTIVAL will not be proceeding with the auction of Peter Tosh's acclaimed Stratocaster M16 guitar as previously announced. A legal claim disputing the current ownership has been communicated to Flashpoint, and in the interests of all concerned, it is impractical to proceed with the auction.

While Flashpoint believes the timing of this dispute is unfortunate, Flashpoint has never asserted ownership of the guitar and is therefore not involved in the dispute.

Flashpoint Film Festival was to facilitate the auction of Peter Tosh's M16 Guitar on behalf of Andrea (Marlene) Brown, the late Tosh's common-law wife. Part proceeds of the auction were to go to The Cedar Valley Home and the rest would fund a new charity being set up by Marlene Brown. This new charity, "Lilly of the Valley" would help underprivileged children and the elderly in Jamaica. The auction was due to be on eBay November 26 - December 3, 2006.





Brilliant Luciano shines at Reggae Culture Salute 2006

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Luciano-CultureArtiste-ReggaemusicYardFlex.jpgLuciano, Dean Fraser and the Jah Messenjah Band recently performed at 'Reggae Culture Salute 2006' show in New York, USA, which commemorated the 76th anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie.

The show was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, and attracted a huge audience of fortysomethings who came out on a chilly night in the Big Apple to hear quality reggae music. One man, who appeared to be in his early sixties, skanked the whole night to the intoxicating drumbeats, and the driving bass lines of roots rock music, jerking his body each time in deference to the music as the percussion hit him like a sledgehammer slamming on his brain.
At one point, he shouted out: "Ah strictly rockers we want!"
This statement was greeted with much laughter and cheers of approval from other members of the audience.





Ziggy-Marley-Reggaemusic-Jamaica.jpgYardFlex was in the House of Revolutions last night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where Ziggy Marley was on a leg of his 'Love is My Religion' tour. Ziggy and his band have been on the road since June '06, and the grueling tour ends next year August 2007.

According to Ziggy, it's a hectic schedule and a lot of work However, he is amped about the experience nevertheless,

"I don't mind the work, I love to work, it makes it more meaningful," he told YardFlex.com.

Last night, he worked a tight creative set which was two-and-a-half hours long. Surprisingly, the band and the background vocalists danced the whole set, their bodies sheathed in sweat. He gave the audience the old, the new, personal favourites and of course, some of his dad's music. His mom, looking evergreen, while surrounded by her grandchildren, also danced the whole two-and-half hours showing she is no slouch either.





Street meets sweet - Cherine's got good love

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By: Claude Mills
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Look who's all grown up now.

CherineAnderson-reggaeSinger-Jamaica-sexgirls.jpgLittle Cherine Anderson who most Jamaicans know as the precocious girl from the 'Dancehall Queen' movie from the early 90s is now a bonafide hottie with a smile that can melt the heart of any man. And, oh, she's a helluva singer as well.

You might have already heard her one-drop hit single, 'Good Love' which has been bombing local FM radio into submission like an Israeli air strike on civilian targets in Lebanon. The single, which is sunshiny with soul, got 'good love' from reggae and urban radio stations in Jamaica, the US, Canada, several European countries, as well as internet radio, translating into a lot of buzz about Cherine.

Cherine's main prerogative now is to define the boundaries on this yet-unexplored territory dubbed dancehall soul. But just what the heck is dancehall soul?

"It is a hybrid of reggae, harder dancehall, soul and R&B, where I can incorporating the grittiness of my past with the sweetness of the things I've been exposed to...the world is opening up to the possibilities of this hybrid sound, look at how Rihanna made it to the top of the charts," she told YardFlex.com.





ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 - Poor ticket sale

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CricketBoard-Jamaica-WorldCupCricket.jpgDelroy Taylor, the project officer for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2007 is not happy with the purchasing of tickets by Caribbean cricket fans.

The second phase of public ticketing will close on Thursday, November 30 and with three months to go before the Opening Ceremony on March 11, 2007 --- ticket sales have been described by Mr Taylor as 'moderate'. Mr Taylor added that the poor ticket sale is as a result of misunderstanding regarding the price for tickets.
He said: "What we have found out is that the tickets for matches that
involved West Indies are going a lot better.

"We have learnt that Jamaica and Caribbean persons on a whole have not come to the party in the number that we have anticipated. I guess that is due to a couple of things, one of them is that there is a massive degree of misconception, misunderstanding regarding to ticket prices. People are saying that the tickets are priced at US$300.
Checks revealed that ticket price ranges from a high of US$120 to a low of US$15.





Mr. Vegas - Just 'Lean Wit It' a boom!

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It's catchy, it grabbing and before you know it you are chanting along to 'Lean Wit It' like you heard it a long time ago. This song gives you the perfect vibes to get on the dance floor..."Yuh just lean wit it, rock wit it, hot funk wid it..."

Produced by sly & Robbie for Taxi label on the Darker Shade rhythm it is really creating a vibes right now in the dances. The minute the selector draws for this one from Vegas, the place goes wild! Lighters flaring shouts of 'pull up' and fans goes crazy on the dance floor.

Vegas is really coming hard, especially as the Hot Wuck is still a rave in the dancehall. The video for this song, which was directed by J. Wilks is still one of the hottest thing on cable and local TV.





Beenie Man fully booked out until next year

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Beenieman-SexyGirls-DancehallPhotosOfBounty-CarlingtonWilmot-Yardflex.jpgIt will be a busy holiday season for ace deejay Beenie Man as he is fully booked out until January next year.

On December 1st he will journey to Grenada for a show, after which he will 'island-hop' over to Barbados, before returning to Jamaica to do West Kingston Jamboree on December 3. He will be appearing on a show in Negril on December 9, before being hit by a flurry of shows, Blaze in Mandeville, a show in Harbour View on December 16, an appearance at Breezes Runaway Bay, the Clarendon Click show and GT Taylor Extravaganza as well.

The deejay, whose 'Undisputed' album has sold over 300,000 copies, will also be appearing on Teen Splash on December 26th and in Negril on December 30th.





Busy holiday schedule for singer Da'Ville

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Daville-Japan_sexyGirlsFromJamaica-CarlingtonWilmot-yardflex.jpgIt's going to be an extremely busy schedule for singer Da'Ville on the entertainment scene for the remainder of the year into the beginning of the New Year. He will be performing on a number of shows locally and abroad.

On November 25, he will be performing at the Aquasol Beach in Montego Bay. Its then off to Bahamas on December 8 & 9th and the US Virgin Islands on December 16.

Come Christmas Day, December 25, Da'Ville will be performing at Christmas Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and at Teen Splash on Boxing Day, December 26 at the James Bond Beach in St. Mary.

His first performance of the New Year will be at Unity Splash in Westmoreland on January 1.





steve-nasio-Greensleeves-Dancehall-reggae.jpgSteve Weltman, CEO of ZEST Group Plc, spoke to YardFlex.com in an exclusive interview about what Greensleeves' plans are for dancehall-reggae music. This is part one of that interview he did with Claude Mills.

What are your plans for dancehall reggae in the upcoming calendar year given all the complaints that artistes such as Macka Diamond and Vybz Kartel have against Greensleeves?

I am 40 year veteran of music in all forms, our company bought Greensleeves, and we're working on it daily to reorganize the company. When things aren't going right for artistes, it is always the record company's fault, and never the artiste's fault. How would it be if record company began to speak to the media about things that are wrong with artistes. In any debate, regardless of the subject matter, there is always two sides to the story, you cannot make judgment until you know what both parties think.





No wedding bells for Junior Gong

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damianmarley-JuniorGong-Wedding-Bells.jpgWell it seems that Jr. Gong is not getting married after all. Considered by many to be Jamaica's most eligible bachelor, the young girls may be screaming in delight that the rumours reported by this site appear to be false. But don't celebrate too long, who knows what the future has in store for the Junior Gong. Big up the Gongolian anywhere him de right now.

A DAUGHTER FOR FANTAN

Big up to the one called Fantan Mojah, him celebrated the birth of his daughter earlier this week. Right ya now, him gone to Suriname and the United States on a three-week tour. When yu a go back fi the son, my yute?





Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls-mixup.jpgWell, well, well. It's Thanksgiving again, and even though we no love how the white people dem slaughter off the Indian race inna the 16th century (mi is a gal love my history), we ah work wid it, big cooking ah go gwaan lickle more. Family ting. Right now, it ah snow inna West Palm Beach inna Florida but dat caan cramp we style, Jamaicans can overcome anything. Still, if yu notice, as the weather get more unpredictable, same way the people get unpredictable too, crazy tings ah gwaan out inna the world, look pon the Jamaican accountant who chop up him wife like him ah go store wood fi the winter...but we nah dwell pon the depressing tings too much. Ready fi pap up? Suss-time!

GARGAMEL IN THE DRIVING SEAT

Yo, Gargamel. (Buju voice)Wha dem a do? In comes the thing called big hit song, from the one and only Buju B, 'Driver', ah it ah run the place right now, dem draw it ah Arena during the JLP conference and the place tear down. Dem caan stop Buju, him ah de boss. Mavado ah the hottest voice inna the dancehall, but ah Buju have the biggest song inna the place. Nothing caan stop, yu nuh inna nothing with those guys and yu still ah prosper. Gwaan my yute!





JAMPRO announces partnership with CricketWorld.com

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westindies-cricket.jpgJamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), through one of its Cricket Legacy initiatives - Caribbean Business Club - announces a new partnership with CricketWorld.com, the No. 1 independent cricket website in the world. The agreement affords CricketWorld.com the designated status of Preferred Sports Media (website and magazine) for Caribbean Business Club and covers joint marketing efforts that are expected to increase Club presence in international markets, specifically so in the cricket loving nations of the UK, India, Australia and South Africa.

This aligns perfectly with JAMPRO's goal to increasingly diversify the mix of trade and investment markets for Jamaica as these countries all boast strongly performing economies, and it also dovetails nicely with Caribbean Business Club's main objective to effectively network Caribbean business with international trade and investment contacts.





petertosh-m16guitar-reggaemusic.jpgMy name is Jawara McIntosh. I am the youngest son of Peter Tosh. It has been almost 20 years since the murder of my father, Winston Hubert McIntosh, better known as the legendary reggae artist and revolutionary Peter Tosh. And it seems even in death he cannot receive justice.

A few days ago it was brought to the attention of the Tosh family, that our father's one of a kind M-16 Stratocaster guitar, which was once thought to be lost, had resurfaced and had been scheduled to be auctioned off by the flashpoint film festival on EBAY. I have decided to release this statement on the behalf of the Tosh family to let the general public know that we are wholeheartedly against this illegal auction scheduled to take place during the Flashpoint Film Festival. This guitar was given to our father by a fan in Los Angeles in 1983 during the Mama Africa World Tour. My brother, Horace Dave McIntosh, has been in contact with Flashpoint Film Festival and Marlene Brown, and is hoping to come to an agreement.





Thanksgiving Xtravaganza 2006 - Official After Party

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All roads lead to the 'Thanksgiving Xtravaganza' on November 24th at the Coral Springs Centre for the Arts featuring the Manhattans, Ray Goodman and Brown, Calypso Rose, and Mighty Sparrow.
Doors open at 7 p.m, and showtime is at 8 p.m. The official 'After Party' will be held at the Trends Restaurant and Bar at 4322 N. St. 7 Lauderdale Lakes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The host will be Jamusa of 1170 Raves, Tanto Irie of HOT 105, and Roger Robin of 'Take It Slow' fame will make his first official visit to the state this weekend. Big up Future from Michigan, and Fort Launderdale's King Arthur. Music by Kulcha Shock Music, Bunji, and Progressive Flex.





Buju_Banton_Tour_Gays_Dancehall_beenie_man_Elephant_manVideo.jpgGargamel Music, Inc. is pleased to announce that Buju Banton's "Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley video has been added into rotation on BETJ and VH1 Soul. Produced by Banton and his Gargamel Production team, "Nothing" is the first single from his critically acclaimed new album, Too Bad. The refix [aka remix] features dynamic contributions from Ghost, East Coast, Mr. Vegas, New Kidz, Assassin, Mitch and Mr. Lex.

Shot entirely on location at Buju's Gargamel Music compound in Kingston, Jamaica by director Troy Antonio ("Magic City") and director of photography Salvador Bolivar, the "Nothing" Refix/ 100 Watt Medley video takes viewers behind the Gargamel gates where highly spirited and creative energies converge on the daily.
The video is set to air on several BETJ programs including Soul Sessions, Wick'd, and international music show Music Passport. VH1 Soul will play the clip on their Island Soul block. Additional US outlets that have just added the Buju Banton "Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley video include: Music Choice, Video Explosion (NY), Ebonny Eyes (NY), Video Music Box (NY), Rootz to Rhythm (Boston), VMS (Las Vegas), Irie Vision (San Francisco), Mystic Vibes (Chicago), Rase TV (Montreal), Video Mix (Florida).





By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

VybzKartel-Addi-The-Teacha-D'angel-CarlingtonWilmot-Yardflex.jpgVybz Kartel has been in the lab working with the young genius, Stephen McGregor, on a couple of songs. One of those songs is 'Imagine', a remarkable magnus opus of a song that paints a portrait of what the world would be like were the structures of world economics, politics, and power different. The song also attempts to formulate creative solutions, from a black man's perspective, to some of the problems such as poverty, hunger and crime which the world faces today.

"Right now, I am working on some different songs, I have 12 exclusive tracks completed which will appear on my upcoming album, 'Vybz Kartel Presents Addi the Techa', it ah go mad," he told YardFlex.com.

The deejay denied that a recent collaboration he did with fellow deejay, D'Angel was an overt diss of Bounty Killer. He said that he had no intention of dissing the 'Killer'.

"Mi just build a song fi Arthur Wails and him say him have a girl fi sing pon it and dem mi find out say ah D'Angel, ah so the ting go," he explained.





Idonia's thugs threatened to cut reporter in face

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Idonia-thugs-carlingtonwilmot.jpgYardFlex.com photo editor and minority shareholder Carlington Wilmot has been threatened by persons thought to be affiliated to dancehall deejay Idonia because of a story that was aired on a 30 minute YardFlex entertainment programme on HYPE TV recently. The segment was centred around upcoming deejay Deva Brat who has been involved in a public feud with Idonia.

The matter was reported to the Grants Pen Police last Friday.

"The person called to say that 'p**&hole Carlington, yu diss the deejay, and we ah cut yu inna yu face when we see you 'cause we tell yu nuffi do no Deva Brat story'. They had threatened me before we did the interview segment on Deva Brat. Dem say if me do the story, dem ah go page me, and tings ah go happen to me. I had asked Idonia what his comments were, and he said he had no comments. They said I must not even put that he had no comments," Mr. Wilmot said.

"They said that me mustn't bother do that story none at all. I take these threats very seriously, and further, these artistes need to know that such a threat is a violation of freedom of the press, which is a guarantee by a government of free public press for its citizens and their associations. I should be free to share my ideas, and to express myself in writing or any other creative way. I did nothing wrong to belittle the artiste and I will not be intimidated."





RichieSpice-reggae-music.jpgWhat a way the murder rate just start kick up so, dem kill four ah Montego Bay, war de a Red Hills Road ova gully work money, one accountant chop up him wife inna little pieces and stuff it inna one pit latrine inna the country. What a gwaan inna the little island? Right ya now, ah prayer ah do it, straight. One Psalm before mi go out and ah Proverbs when mi come in. If yu nah praise God inna dis ya time, it nuh mek no sense! Mi no know, Portmore, Spanish Town, crazy ting ah gwaan inna the business. Wha mi say! All these things!

THE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW ALL THESE THINGS:

What is going on in the Alliance? Will Kartel be on the 'Alliance' album next year?

Who dem yute de who get stab up a Ranny Williams Entertainment centre during the Wolmer's BBQ?

Did you know that Dyema fall and drop offa one box and sprain up har ankle wah day ya. How she ah go perform ah the show ah Black River this week?

Big up to the Fifth Element crew, mi hear say that Richie Spice video, 'Brown Skin' ah go get shot inna Miami. Wha happen to the brown-skinned Jamaican beauties fi the video?





Turbulence_FatanMojah-DownSoundreggaemusicphotoseanpaulbeeniemanYardFlex.jpgFantan to re-release 'Hail the King' in Jamaica, even though plans for his second album for Greensleeves has hit a major stumbling block since his fallout with Downsound Records.

"Hail the Man did well in Europe but it was never really released on a widescale in Jamaica, so that's what I am looking to do now," he said, adding that negotiations between himself and Downsound were continuing regarding his contractual obligations to indie label, Greensleeves Records.

"Mi ah ah leave the island this week fi perform ah Suriname, and mi ah go do a couple of college shows inna the US. Songs like 'World Peace' and 'Jah Time' big pon the college market right now. I am focussing on songs of upliftment for my black people. No gunshot inna head songs from Fantan Mojah, yu nah go see that, righteousness and peace me a defend," he said.





Acceptance of Terms of Service

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Strictly The Best Series Presents Volumes 35 and 36

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Strictly The Best Series Presents Volumes 35 and 36 featuring Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, T.O.K., Buju Banton, and more!!!
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Another Full Installment of the Most Progressive Hits in Dancehall, Roots and Lover's Rock

"The hard-hitting Strictly the Best series is overflowing with top flight performances and talent." - J. McCallister, New York Daily News

Whether it's currently on the top the Jamaican charts, a huge underground seller on the streets or the massive club jam sweeping the dancehalls, Strictly The Best series provides the hottest catalog of dancehall/reggae music for the Winter and Spring Season. The award winning compilation has become a highly anticipated release whose popularity has increased leaps and bounds year after year. Following up after the Reggae Gold release, STB offers a more comprehensive collection of dancehall and roots sounds that have crossover potential and cater to the hard-core reggae fans alike.





"Kariblink Live" debuts in South Florida

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live-poster_new-1.jpgKARIBLINK LIVE, a new and unique "live" cable television lifestyle program debuts on Friday, December 1, 2006 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, on WFUN, Channel 48, in South Florida. The program will definitely enhance the already exciting entertainment features on Kariblink TV and appeal to a wider audience with its interactive element.

Kariblink Live features a very exhilarating two hours of colorful history and culture with the latest rhythms of Caribbean American entertainment, a controversial talk show, the hottest breaking news, an exotic Caribbean cooking segment, in-studio guests with live call-ins by the local viewers and an online chat with fans worldwide while being streamed live on the Internet. Kariblink Live is set to reach over 20 million people both from its viewers and its on line streaming.

The 'vibesy' duo, Barry Hype and Milan are the hosts of the interactive entertainment segment, featuring hot new videos and artiste interviews and invite live requests from viewers, adding to the Caribbean American entertainment. Radio personality Mikey Mike of 93.5 FM, will host the mainstay, "Issues with Mikey Mike" exploring sizzling topics and point of views.





Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

Diana-King-Reggae-Jamaica.jpgFirst job: Singing and dancing with the group Niko Blanco

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite song: 'No Fear'. It deals with fear, the fact that so many people have fears, my biggest fear is flying. It's about that bellyache, that nervous feeling you have all the time, yu see the years ah go by and nothing nah gwaan fi yu, is fear...fear of failing, people saying yu caan do that. I wrote songs for myself, and for others who feel like dat because is the worst ting. Many people have it and don't know...fear to stay where you are, and not go anywhere.

What she smokes: Natural American Spirits. When I was in Jamaica, I used to smoke Matterhorns. Now, my poison of choice is Natural American Spririts, it's from Mexico. My doctors said that if you're going to smoke, this is what you must smoke, cause it doesn't have the additives, the rat poison and all dem tings de put in the other ones, it still might kill yu, but...until yu stop, this is what yu must smoke.





Air Supply Returns: For One Night Only

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airsupply-Jamaica.jpgThe internationally acclaimed group "Air Supply" will be giving Jamaicans another musical treat, following their splendid performance at this year's Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. There will be an adrenalin rush in the Air Supply National Indoor Sport Centre on December 2, 2006 as the count down for "The Festival" begins with Air Supply in Concert.

The concert will feature Air Supply along with local artistes such as Tessanne Chin, Alaine and Ritchie Stephens.

This is the second time that the star performer of the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has been brought back for a One Night Only concert in Kingston. In 2004 the concert featured Kenny Rogers, who delivered an excellent performance that left anxious patrons begging for more. This year Air Supply with their countless romantic hits is expected to speed up some heart beats. When Air Supply performed at the last Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival the reception was overwhelming. They were one of the crowd's favourite performers, as a result they were chosen for this year's concert.





Ras Myrhdak - 'Blazer' into the #1 position

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

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01 3 16 Blazer - Ras Myrhdak-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Entertainment (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 15 Life Seeds-I-Wayne-Loyal Soldiers (1wk@#1) D-1
03 4 9 Let's Dance-Voice Mail-Don Corleon U-1
04 6 11 Wah Dis, Wah Dis-Capleton-Don Corleon U-2
05 5 20 These Streets-Tanya Stevens-Tarantula Records (2wks@#1) NM
06 2 18 Forty Sup'em-Capleton-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Ent (1wk@#1) D-4
07 10 12 Rude Boy Pledge-Cham- Mad House U-3
08 14 4 Hot Wuk-Mr. Vegas-In The Streets U-6
09 15 7 Coming Over-Chuck Fender/Cherine Anderson - Birch Hill Records U-6
10 11 9 Traffic Jam-Stephen Marley feat Jnr Gong & Buju Banton- Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths U-1
11 9 15 Goodas Fi Dem-Tony Matterhorn-Natural Bridge (2wks@#1)
D-2
12 7 21 Nothing with Them-Buju Banton-(pp#4) Gargamel D-5
13 8 22 Most High-Jah Mason-(pp#8) New York Entertainment Movement D-5
14 12 8 Tic Toc-Vybz Kartel-Fresh Air D-2
15 16 10 Loco Amor-Nanko-Downsound Records U-1





Mavado's "Weh Dem A Do" Billboard Biggest Gainer

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Mavado-DancehallArtiste-billboard-Bountykiller-YardFlex.com-CarlingtonWilmot.jpgMavado's "Weh Dem A Do" on the Redbull & Guinness rhythm has reached fever pitch! "Weh Dem A Do" has Jamaica, the UK & the USA in a spin.

Jamaican singjay Mavado is a current favourite on New York's finest urban station HOT 97 where "Weh Dem A Do" is on heavy rotation on their playlist. He's also featured in their i-Tunes Store.

"Weh Dem A Do" continues to be heavily supported on BBC's 1Xtra - the UK's premier digital station for black music.

"Weh Dem A Do" debuted recently on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop airplay chart as the BIGGEST GAINER.

"Weh Dem A Do" featured in the UK's music trade paper Music Week - THE PLAYLIST (11.11.06)

Since the release of Delly Ranx's Redbull & Guinness earlier this year Mavado's "Weh Dem A Do" has become the BIGGEST cut on this rhythm and continues to build momentum garnering full support worldwide.





The night belonged to Chris Gayle

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By: Melton Williams

GayleChris050125TheGayleForceGbg.jpgFor the second year running, Christopher Gayle, Jamaica's most prolific run-scorer of recent times, copped the distinguished Cricketer of the Year award in his native homeland at the Jamaica Cricket Association's (JCA's) Annual Award Ceremony held on Thursday night at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

The in-form West Indies opener was not present to collect his award as he is currently in Pakistan where West Indies and the host country are competing in a three-match Test series and five One Day Internationals.

Gayle was also absent last year, this time he was suffering from a bout of influenza. Dudley Gayle, the father of Chris, accepted the award, jointly sponsored by the JCA and Restaurant of Jamaica along with a cash prize of $100,000.





Source: musicthing.blogspot.com

petertosh-M16-Guitar.jpgDear all journalists and Reggae music lovers

Sorry I'm not in Jamaica now as I'm in Europe making plans for my 45th anniversary celebrations tours that I'll be staging in 2007.
Love World Tour which will play the US, Europe, Japan and 5 shows in
South Africa, the all-female tour, the Icons Of The Dancehall Tour and the Children Of The Stars Tour.

I read an article yesterday (nov-16-06,jamaica gleaner) one of Jamaica's local news papers that Peter Tosh's famous M16 guitar
will be put on auction somewhere in Canada, this I cant believe. It was I who bought that guitar from a fan who custom made it specially for Peter and brought it to the Franklyn Plaza Suite hotel in Los Angeles where Peter and his group Word Sound and Power were staying on our stop in Los Angeles when Tosh played the famous Greek Theatre during the Mama Africa World Tour 1983.





Sanya Richards cooling out in Jamaica

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By: Melton Williams

SanyaRichards_Sports.jpgIAAF Female Athlete of the Year, Sanya Richards is relaxing in her native homeland Jamaica after she received the prestigious award along with a cheque for US$100,000 at the 2006 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Sunday, November 12.

Richards, who will depart the island on Monday, said that her mission for 2007 is to win the gold medal in the 400 metres at the World Championship in Osaka, Japan .

The 21-year-old took 15 straight victories at 400m including breaking the 22-year-old American record with 48.70 to become the seventh fastest woman of all-time.

Although fresh from breaking the record, Richards said that the world record of 47.60 seconds held by Germany's Marita Koch is not in her reach at the moment.

Richards said: "It's not one of my targets for next year but I will attempt the record before I end my career, probably over the next four years or so. However, I'm hoping to challenge Marie-Jose' Perec's time of 48.2 next season."





Rihanna breaks it off with Sean Paul!

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rihanna_Break-It-Off-SeanPaul.jpgRihanna is climbing the charts with her song called 'Break It Off' with Sean Paul, produced by one of our very own top producer Don Corleone. It appears on the Pop 100 and Pop 100 Airplay charts.

Cham and Beenie Man keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!

The Trinity and Give It Up To Me continue to climb the charts.

* The album is #1 on the Reggae album charts.

Give It Up To Me (featuring Keyshia Cole)

* #53 on the Pop 100 chart.
* #32 on the Pop 100 Airplay chart.





JuniorRiedBETAwards.jpgDid you watch the BET's first Hip Hop awards last night? It appears that as Sizzla prophesied a few years ago, 'Wi (Rasta) Teking Ova'. Reggae artiste, Junior Reid did Jamaica proud when he performed alongside The Game, 'It's Okay (One Blood)'.
Wadda Blood, Junior Reid's son, confirmed that his father would be appearing alongside The Game.

"We're flying up today to get ready for the show, it's going to be a hyped performance, my father is excited about it," he told YardFlex.com last week before the show. "It's going to be hype."

And it was. Junior Reid delivered his part of 'One Blood' with bone-chilling power and energy. Baby Cham was also in attendance at the event.





WayneWonder-Gyptian_Dancehall_Reggae_Sean_Paul_Beenie_Man_Rihanna_sexygirls_nudeDancehall.jpg(New York, NY) - - "Urban Concepts", the Multicultural Division of Award-Winning Experiential Marketing Agency, US Concepts, kicks off the holidays by empowering the community of Jamaica with a benefit cocktail reception where they will present UPLIFTMENT JAMAICA with a $25,000 donation. "At Urban Concepts, we embrace the idea that everyone should do his/her part to help someone else," said Nadja Bellan-White, EVP of Urban Concepts. "Upliftment Jamaica empowers those to help themselves, and the money we donate will provide computers and educational programs for Jamaicans and open the door to new opportunities for those less fortunate."

This is part of a series of cause-related initiatives that the agency has participated in which includes the upcoming Virgin Re*generation Art Auction, Steps Across America with Walmart, and many more.





Jah Cure has no son, Iyah Cure Music responds

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JahCureMusic-ReggaeJamaica.jpgYardFlex.com has been making checks on a story published a few days ago in YardFlex's 'What's Popping' column that suggested that Jah Cure might have an eight year-old son conceived before his incarceration.

The rumour had been around for a while, but has gained momentum in recent weeks as sources close to the family involved say that the son bears a resemblance to the imprisoned singer. However, given the delicate nature of the situation, we cannot divulge more information at this time.

Iyah Cure Music has however contacted us to refute any paternity claims which might be out there.

"I read what was on the site today and I wanted to inform the readers that the comment is simply UNTRUE. Jah Cure does not have any children. He has brothers but no son nor any children of his own. Mama Cure is not even a grandmother yet," Christina Grand, executive director of Iyah Cure Music told YardFlex.com.





Daville - On My Mind - lyrics

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Daville_promo_pic_On_My_Mind.jpgIntro:
Ahh, you're on my mind, yea

[Verse 1]
I'm thinking about you...ou
Girl how I miss you...ou
Baby ever since that day you went away, yes
I can't live without you...ou

[chorus]
You're always on my mind
Girl you're on my mind
Girl you're on my mind
Yea you're on my mind

[Verse 2]
I gave you all Of me
And now your not here to see
Nothing will ever change
My love remains the same, yeah
I can't wait to see you again





Peter-Tosh-M16-Guitar-Reggae.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Peter Tosh's notorious Stratocaster M16 guitar will be auctioned by the Flashpoint Film Festival on eBay, November 26 - December 3.

At 10pm on Sunday, November 26, Reggae fans, and guitar enthusiasts will be able to bid for Peter Tosh's 'one of a kind' M16 guitar. The auction will run on eBay for 7 days and end at 10pm on Sunday December 3. Online computers will be set up for patrons to bid at the festival from Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3, 2006 at The Caves, Negril.

Born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Jamaica in October 1944, reggae's most committed revolutionary, Peter Tosh pioneered musical crusades for the legalization of marijuana and the dismantling of South Africa's apartheid system. During his 1983 tour of Europe, Peter unveiled a new instrument to fight against injustice. That instrument was a Stratocaster guitar, which he requested to be shaped like an M16 rifle. It was through the sweet sound of his guitar that he cried out for freedom. Concerning his newly fashioned guitar, Tosh had this to say: "This guitar is firing shots at all them devil disciples. Music is my weapon to fight against apartheid, nuclear war and those gang-jah criminals". Peter Tosh died at the age of 42 on September 11th, 1987.





Wedding bells for Junior Gong?

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damian-jr-gong-marley-married.jpgBig show keep a Bicentennial park ova the weekend inna South Florida. People, is between 12 to 15,000 people inna the venue. Jr. Gong ah perform pon the same bill as artiste like Common, Duran Duran, Gnarles Barkley, the place neva good again. People, the show gwaan inna Bicentennial park, the same place Scoffery keep him show and coulden cork it.

Big up Junior Gong, mi hear say yu a get married to the little Caribbean girl yu de wid. Mi love how yu mother grow yu, yu nah go have no yute outta street until yu get married. No kids out of wedlock, yu hear that Jamaica? Decent yute. Real royalty. Superstar genes. Ju-ju royal.

DOES JAH CURE HAVE A SON?

Everybody inna 'Bay ah whisper 'bout dis one. Jah Cure de ah prison but him have a son. Who is the mystery lady? Mi no ready fi tell yu dat yet. Mi tell yu say the whole argument no straight 'bout how dem prison the yute. Free up the man so him can see him son.





Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgThese b*tches be thinking they're SLICK But Buffilous doan play that. Yes, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Kingston, Mobay. Mi ready fi mud dem up. As Queen Paula say, MI IGNORANT FI DEM!

A wah do some ah dem artiste ya inna the business? How dem no have no shame or nutten 'bout dem, especially the woman one dem?
Producers, oonu fi stop screw off the girls in the business, especially when yu know say dem no have no talent, and yu still mek dem a deejay pon de mike, not the microphone, ah the third leg mi a talk. It nuh right! Is gender inequality and sexual exploitation inna one cute way, dem ah exploit the young girls dem bout dem a give dem career. Dem fi educate dem first.

All those girls who sleep with men in the business, yu need to stop it. Have some pride, tings sticky a yard, but learn this motto: "Get an education and STOP give away yu tings to the nation." Memba! A dat mi say! Ah mi fi tell yu!

Mi know everyting. Who did de wid 'browning'? And then move on to label executives fi secure album deal? Yu have some ah dem tek the whole generation, the father and the son, dem a wait pon the next son fi born fi get the Trinity. Oonu know oonuself. Mi nuh haffi call no name.

Onto my personal ting, right now, mi need a new man inna mi life. Mi ah kick a trifling nigga to the curb right about now. Mi worse than Matlock, mi find him out and him nasty-a*s b*&ches, mi outsmart him and ketch him dead to rights and the nigga has got to go.

TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT, ALL HIS CLOTHES AND STUFF IN A BOX TO THE LEFT.

Right now, mi ah seek a sheik from the Middle East. Send me a line at whatspoppingja@yahoo.com





AsafaPowell_SportsJamaicaWorld.jpgJamaican world 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell returned home on Monday night after he was awarded the title of 2006 World Athletes of the Year along with a cheque for US$100,000 at the prestigious 2006 World Athletics Gala in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d'Ete', Monte-Carlo on Sunday.

The annual global awards ceremony for athletics was hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSM Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF and IAAF President Lamine Diack, in the presence of 600 distinguished guests.

Powell, who this year won a share of the IAAF Golden League Jackpot, sped to a record (12) sub-10 second clockings for 100m including twice equaling his own World Record (9.77).





By: Claude Mills
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

What is going on in the Alliance?

D'AngelandVybzKartel_AddiTechaDancehall.jpgRumours of friction in the Bounty Killer-led camp are set to ratchet up to an insane level as the new combination song between Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi De Techa and D'Angel has hit FM radio. Killer has been making derogatory comments about D'Angel, his former girlfriend, ever since she announced her engagement to Killer's lyrical nemesis, Beenie Man. It is not sure how Vybz Kartel's latest move will be construed by The Alliance.

The song is creating major buzz in the dancehall, especially as it could signal a split in the Alliance, as Kartel's move is being seen by some dancehall insiders as a "diss" of Bounty Killer.

The song, 'Baby Daddy', is produced by 'Arthur Wails' on the Klampute riddim.

"The deejay is just voicing songs right now, he is just working, this is music, he is a deejay, this is what he is doing, just working," Patrick 'Roach' Samuels, Kartel's manager, told YardFlex.com.





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Ever since its release last week, Turbulance's music video for his hot single 'X-Girlfriend' has been making the rounds, earning rave reviews among music lovers.

The title track from the DJ's debut 18-track album for Tad's Records International, 'X-Girlfriend', the single has been in constant rotation on the airwaves and in the dancehalls.

The second single to be released from the album, 'X-Girlfriend' is one of Tubulance's best works.





kim_porterdiddy.jpgP.Diddy claims that he and girlfriend Kim Porter have had sex for as long as 28 hours, according to an interview he gave to Giant magazine (via Rush & Molloy), because of the same kind of "Tantric discipline" that Sting once boasted about. Of course, Sting later admitted he was joking about having sex for seven hours ...

Kathy Griffin Loves Her House

Kathy Griffin is so stoked about her mansion in Brentwood, she leaves it all the time. "This is why I am on the road for months at a time, so I can live here," said the comic to her guests at her 46th birthday party, according to Page Six.
Sting ...

"I love this house more than any person or thing, except maybe my dogs."...





By: Tessane Chin

Its been a year already and a hell of a ride.

TessaneChin_RockDancehallsinger.jpgWell where do I begin? My Name is Tessanne, My passion and every breath is music, all types of music, but especially the kind of music that leaves a message and gets yah thinking, The kind a music that lives on even when many many years have passed, and basically that's the kind of music I wanna make, and with Yahwehs help I'll get there. I've been singing since forever and I pretty much knew all my life that this is what I was made for.

I've had some good experiences on the way, and some bad ones too but hey, all the best songs come from when yah feel like just calling it a day and crawling under some rock hahahah so everything for a reason, but to put everything in a nut shell right quick (cause I hate talking bout my self) I've toured with international reggae superstar and legend "Sir Jimmy Cliff" as his back up singer for about 2-3 years, Most of my fellow Jamaicans may know me as the lead singer from a rock reggae band called Mile High but that came to an end for me about a year and a half ago.





brad-angelinaJolie.jpgOne report had claimed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would adopt a baby while they were in India working on the film, 'A Mighty Heart.' But now those plans have reportedly been scrapped and the reason being reported is the grief Madonna has been hit with over her recent adoption.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Hollywood couple - who have a baby daughter Shiloh and two adopted children, five-year-old son Maddox, who is Cambodian, and Ethiopian daughter Zahara, who is 22-months-old - planned to give a home to an Indian orphan but have been put off by the criticism Madonna has received for adopting a 13-month-old Malawian boy

A source told Britain's New magazine: "No one wants to be dragged through the heartache that Madonna has. It's a real shame.





assassinDancehallartiste_sexygirls.jpgDeejay Assassin lives up to his name with unfailing accuracy. His musical moves have been calculated, versatile, deliberate, and deadly, and now that he's back from a smashing nine-week tour with the Penthouse family, dancehalls can again look forward to more smashers from the prolific deejay.

Ever since his mainstream emergence in 2001, Assassin has guaranteed his fans a steady string of chart toppers every single year and this year has been no different. Gully Sitten, Anyweh We Go, and Gangsta Rock have been ripping up the charts both in Jamaica and overseas, giving the deejay's argument of quality over quantity more credence.

He describes 2006 as a refreshing year with unique challenges. "Last year was a rough year on the personal side, so I never really got to revel in what was happening musically," he recalls. "I had a couple of number ones, made some progress cause we always want to find ourselves in a better position than what we were in the year before...we trying the father thing now, getting used to it, and even while being on the road now so many weeks, my tunes people a recognize them, so we have been doing good."





RAS PTAH COMES TO TELL EVERYBODY, HE'S BACK

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RasPtahDancehall_Baby_SexyGirls.jpgRas Ptah ak.a Galaxy P has been blazing a fire in recent times with a bunch of new hits that have grabbed the attention of dancehall fans everywhere.

Known for the hits like 'Ms. Goodie Goodie' under the name Galaxy P, he has since changed his name to Ras Ptah as he has adopted a Rastafarian lifestyle. Amun means self-hidden essence of all things, Ra denotes the sun god, and Ptah represents the physical of all things.

He has a slew of new songs that are blowing up all over the radio such as 'Prettiest Gal', 'Tree Limb', 'More Wood' on the Taxi label, 'Shake Baby Shake' for Ward 21, 'Run Now No Fool' and of course, 'Tell Everybody' on the Breath of Fire rhythm. A video was shot for 'Tell Everybody' recently, and plans are well advanced to shoot 'Prettiest Gal as well.





Asylum does it big for Anniversary #9!

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asylum.jpgThe Asylum's ninth Anniversary, which is the precursor to a slew of holiday parties, is just around the corner. It takes place on Saturday, November 25 at the Mas Camp and with sponsors such as Guinness, Appleton Jamaica Rum, bMobile and Coca Cola.

Asylum's Anniversary special is well-known for taking its exhilarating nightclub to the larger outdoor setting of Mas Camp. With its fourth staging at Mas Camp is transformed by adding a 60*40 dance-floor and accentuate the nightclub feel with intelligent lighting, enhancing the club effect.





By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

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D'Angel became a mom for the first time when her son, Marco Dean, entered the world at about 9 p.m yesterday.

A release from the couple declared that "Mr. and Mrs. Moses Davis would like to announce the birth of their son, Marco Dean on November 9, 2006. We are indeed grateful to God that he is healthy and that there were no complications during birth. We are certain that he will bring joy to our lives and strengthen our love for each other. We would like to thank family, friends and our fans for their prayers and best wishes at this time. We love you all."





Jr Gong heads to the Big Apple to rock The Black Ball

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damian_marley_studioAliciakeys.jpgAfter an outstanding performance in Barbados, Damian Marley heads to the Big Apple to perform at Alicia Keys' Black Ball charity concert this Thursday, November 9.

The event raises money for Keep a Child Alive, which provides drugs for AIDS and HIV patients. Also hitting the stage are David Bowie and Angelique Kidjo.

Keys, who visited Africa earlier this year, said she has been a personal witness to the ways in which charities can save lives.

Rihanna and Beenie Man keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!





SizzlaKalonji_ReggaeDancehall-BujuBanton.jpgSizzla Kalonji's most highly anticipated album, The Overstanding is scheduled to be released on November 21st. The album will be marketed and distributed by DDMG/Kalonji Records. The following day after the release of the album, Sizzla will embark on a U.S. tour to promote the album.

Emerging in the latter half of the 90's, Sizzla quickly became one of the leaders in the modern dancehall movement. The success of Praise Ye Jah in 1997, secured a strong following which placed him at the top as one of Reggae's great artist. He released Black Woman, & Child that same year, and the self-titled single become a reggae anthem, lasting almost one decade. It was within this era that he helped lead dancehall back to the musical and spiritual influences of roots reggae, favoring organic productions with heavy Rastafarian teachings, philosophies, and the Back To Africa Movement (Repatriation).

Sizzla has released over 40 albums which include a string of other very successful singles, crossing different genres in Reggae Music. In 1999, Be I Strong was released and Bobo Shanti in 2001, which was spiritually driven and had strong hip hop influence, and in 2002 Da Real Thing was definitely the Reggae album of the year, showing a more softer, mellow, and romantic material.





YvadDread_Reggaemusic.jpgOnce hailed in music circles as the Next Big Thing, these days, music aficionados have had to be asking instead: What happened to Yvad?

Well, these days Yvad is signed to New Beat Records, and is working on a new album which will be completed within the next two months.

"Since teaming up with Victor Simpson, I am just getting ready to launch the attack," Yvad said.

At this point, 12 tracks have been completed, and Yvad had worked with such industry heavyweights as Clive Hunt, Wayne Armond, David Kennedy, Michael Myrie, Bobby Digital, and Mikey Bennett.





Luciano drops Copeland Forbes as personal manager

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Luciano-copelandForbes.jpgSinger Luciano, known for the mega-hits 'Sweep Ova My Soul' and 'It's Me Again Jah', has terminated the services of Copeland Forbes, head of Comar Productions, as his personal manager effective November 4, 2006. He will, however, retain Mr. Forbes' services as a booking agent and tour manager.

"Ever since Jah Messenjah has been on the road, Mr. Fobres has been my tour manager, 'Fattis' was my personal manager at the time...Mr. Forbes is an influential, important and busy man as the world can see...this is to add somebody to the Jah Messenjah movement, Mr. Forbes will be in charge, we have never operated under a contract for the past 13 years, so we realize that Mr. Forbes needs help, and that's why we have brought in someone else," Luciano, who is now on his 'Child of a King' promotional tour in the United States.

Luciano's new manager is Lewis Folkes a.k.a Sean, who is the head of a production label called JALPO and according to Luciano, "has many connections in American and other parts of the world".





Dancehall Singer Lukie D - six-week European tour

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LuckyD_Dancehall.jpgTop notch crooner Lukie D is embarking on a six-week tour of Europe which will see him appearing in gigs in countries such as Switzerland, Germany, and Spain, as well as two shows in the Middle East hotbeds of Tel-a-Viv and Jericho.

"I am looking forward to the tour because I always hold a nice vibe in Europe because that is place that loves roots music," he told YardFlex.com.

"A lot of people don't even know I can sing roots, but I have a good repertoire of songs. When I go to Europe, I can perform songs that don't get any airplay in Jamaica, but it shows that if you do good music, you can always earn because there are people who appreciate it," Lukie D, who scored a major roots hit, 'Heavy Load' in Europe as far back as 1995.





Sexy Kimberly is back with a bang

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Name: Kimberly --- Age: 21

Height: 5'7 ---- Weight: 126lb

Favorite dish: I am not going to lie on this one, I like just about any dish from once it's properly prepared and taste good.

What do you like about Jamaica: It's a beautiful country with wonderful people despite the violence, and since getting the opportunity to travel I acknowledge that every country has their own little issues to deal with.





2Much2.jpgFew teens who one day fantasize about forming a hip-hop group, cutting a record and hitting the road, see that dream become a reality a year later, but that is exactly what has happened for Milo Stokes.

With the help of his cousin, stage and film star Omarion, and his dad, manager/director Chris Stokes, Milo and his two talented singer/dancer friends Marcel Wildy and Chris Cheeks, went from dancing and rhyming in each others' living rooms to cutting songs in a state of the art studio. The group was discovered by Omarion, who signed 2 Much to his O Records label, and is currently recording under the leadership of Chris Stokes, the man behind B2K and writer/director of "You Got Served."

While hanging with Omarion and B2K touring the states just a couple years ago, Milo, Wildy and Cheeks were eager to start their own group, one that would, like B2K, fuse hot dance moves with smooth R&B and hip-hop. During a New York show on the tour that dream took a giant leap toward reality when Chris Stokes spotted a young kid in the crowd with strong pipes and killer moves. After a brief audition backstage for Omarion the Bridgeport, Connecticut-native Myles Cleveland, became the missing link to the group Milo and the gang had dreamt about. And just like that, 2 Much was born.





BountyBeenieYardFlex_SeanPaul_Rihanna_DancehalD'Angell.jpgWhy Beenie and Bounty caan cool offa the word-throwing? Dem start it up again pon a new riddim. Bounty say whenever him want, him affi 'Get it back' meaning D'Angel, and mi hear that Beenie got over 20 songs voice and put down like a war him ago in Iraq.

Dutty Wine Mystery deepens

Dutty Wine, mix it up. The results of the autopsy are in…and it is inconclusive? Yea, that's what the authorities are saying, but perhaps more will be revealed with a forensic examination that will be performed next week at another lab. Till then, the family haffi just gwaan hold out till more information come out.





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

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01 2 16 Forty Sup'em-Capleton-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Ent (1wk@#1) U-1

02 3 13 Life Seeds-I-Wayne-Loyal Soldiers U-1

03 1 18 These Streets-Tanya Stevens-Tarantula Records (2wks@#1) D-2

04 5 14 Blazer-Ras Myrhdak-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Entertainment U-1

05 4 19 Nothing with Them-Buju Banton-Gargamel D-1

06 8 7 Let's Dance-Voice Mail-Don Corleon U-2

07 9 9 Wah Dis, Wah Dis-Capleton-Don Corleon U-2

08 6 13 Goodas Fi Dem-Tony Matterhorn-Natural Bridge (2wks@#1) D-2

09 11 20 Most High-Jah Mason-New York Entertainment Movement U-2

10 14 10 Rude Boy Pledge-Cham - Mad House U-4

11 13 7 Traffic Jam-Stephen Marley feat Jnr Gong & Buju Banton - Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths U-2

12 7 11 Gangsta Guerilla-Mr. Peppa - Natural Bridge D-5

13 16 6 Tic Toc-Vybz Kartel-Fresh Air U-3

14 12 22 On My Mind-Daville-Fashowzy (3wks@#1) D-2

15 10 15 Inna Di Road-Chezidek-Massive B D-5





Bad Boy Records Inks Landmark Deal with VP Records and Dancehall Superstar Elephant Man

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Sean "Diddy" Combs of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment announced today a landmark deal with reggae/dancehall music label VP Records to market and distribute dancehall superstar, Elephant Man. "Elephant Man is one the greatest entertainers in his genre of music. When I saw him at Madison Square Garden ripping down the stage, I knew that he was the one. He will be a great addition to our team," Sean "Diddy" Combs said. The first release from Elephant Man under the new Bad Boy/VP Records venture is slated for spring 2007 with a single and video expected in early 2007.

Known for his high-energy live performances, Elephant Man a/k/a O'Neil Bryan is one of the few dancehall acts to crossover into mainstream music. Collaborations with Diddy, Cassie, Rhianna, Busta Rhymes, Shaggy, Mya, and long time collaborator Lil' Jon, are expected on his upcoming release. In addition to the new CD in the works, Elephant Man will also hit the road as a supporting act on Diddy's world tour to begin in February 2007 in support of Diddy's new album "Press Play," in stores this October.





Dancehall up for several Awards this month!

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BabyChamBeenieMan_BountyKiller_Seanpaul.jpgDancehall is proving to be a big hit on the international market this year, which is eveident in the nominations several artistes have racked up for Award shows coming up this month.

First up is Sean Paul who has garnered two nominations for the MTV European Music Awards for the Male and Hip Hop categories. The MTV EMAs that was held recently. Cham is up for 2 awards for the BET Hip Hop Awards on Wednesday, November 15; Best Collaboration and Rookie of the Year. Then the America Music Awards is up next on Tuesday, November 21, with Sean Paul getting a nomination for Male Artist in the Pop/Rock category.

Rihanna, Beenie Man and Tony Matterhorn keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!





Sony Pictures Pushing Shottas To the Top

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By: Janice Dayle

ShottasDirectorCessSilvera_SingerMonica.jpgShottas, an action packed urban classic film, is officially hitting the streets on Friday, November 3, 2006. This long awaited news was released on November 1, 2006 at a South Beach, Miami launch held at Santos. Select theatres in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Chicago will roll out the crisp, brand new version, as distributors Sony Pictures puts the Caribbean focussed and produced film to the gruelling mainstream test. Harbouring feelings of anxiety, described as being greater than an expectant dad's, director Cess Silvera is certain of box office success, saying Shottas today far surpasses all previously viewed underground bootlegged copies, with the inclusion of previously unreleased scenes.





What's popping - Why Kip Rich rushed Black-er

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KipRich_DancehallReggaeMusicBlacker.jpgWha dat go down between Kip-o and Blacker? Kip-o's camp ah say Black-er violate because him want get a hype pon the RE High School tour. Him get a big forward two weeks ago so it mussi get to him head, and him run on up a St. Hugh's on Wednesday and start sing 'No Man Caan Mek You Pap Down' the song him have wid Kip-O, and mek the selector even a play Kip Rich part.

Mi hear say everybody cut up over it, and Kip Rich rush him backstage. Wha Black-er ah try prove? No man no bigga dan no man inna the music business.

Why the Marleys never turn up for the Shottas premiere?

Wha happen to DMX mek hima behave so pon the people dem red carpet at the Shottas Premiere in Miami Wednesday night?

How Mikey Spice so talented? Him mash up Weekenz on Wednesday night.

How so much entertainer caan travel come up to Uncle Sam? Dem violate too much, man when dem get the chance fi come up ya, and look how much people ah yard waan the chance fi reach up inna the freezer fi mek a money.

Who will organize Reggae Sunsplash next year? Mi hear say ah some new people ah go step in.





capleton_awardsStMary.jpgSt. Mary's favourite son, Clifton 'Capleton' Bailey, was honoured recently by the St. Mary parish council for his sterling work in the area of charity. .

Capleton hails from Islington, and who is the brother to Olympian Aileen Bailey, also donated $1.2 million to various charities that day.

He was honoured for his consistency in donating to schools, hospitals and clinics in the parish. He has also assisted the Police Youth Club Sports programme.





Beenie Man's Undisputed album doing well

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BeeniemanUndisputed_albumDancehall.jpgBeenie Man has recently shoot a video for his new dancehall single, 'Reverse the Ting' on November 1, as he steps up the pace for the peak Christmas period.

"The 'Undisputed' album is doing well on its own, the tune with Akon, Girls, go number one on the reggae charts in Europe go straight back to Australia. Mi gone roun' Baby Cham, ah Sean Paul mi a run down now. Mi a come lock the place with three new singles for the Christmas," the deejay said.

In the meantime, the bouncy single, 'Hmm Hmm' is still a fixture on the Billboard R & B Hip Hop charts.





ONE THIRD RECORDS ON VIP RIDDIM

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Claude Mills
YardFlex Writer

Risingstars-OneThirdYardFlex_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgSince winning the Rising Stars competition, the group One Third has been inundated by requests for shows all over the island.

"Basically, we have a whole lot of events which we are booked through right to the end of the year, and into early January. The boys will also be appearing on Heineken Startime on November 11th, plus we have the Manhattans shows in Jamaica where we'll be performing on two legs in Mandeville and Montego Bay," manager Ray Alexander told YardFlex.com

The members of the group One Third are Al Johnson, Adrian Campbell and Miguel Walters.





Sika medley featuring Turbulence and Sasha

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Turbulence_and_Sasha-YardFlex.jpgThe Turbulance and Sasha clash songs on this rhythm "sell off" because of the buzz in the streets about the bitter end to their much-publicised relationship. Turbulance's 'No Man No Perfect' served as an excellent first blow to comments allegedly made by Sasha during a television interview recently as it mocks the ex-couple's 'We've Got The Love' song, and suggests that it was rumour-mongering that caused the end of their relationship, and declared in no uncertain terms that "mi nah look yu back".

For her part, Sasha replied with 'Got What You Need', a competent rebuttal of Turbulance's comments. There are some choice lines such as 'mi know yuh a man and mi muss get bun, but sex without a condom a careless fun'. But she also pokes fun at him using a man's voice to illustrate how Turbulance tried to justify his actions by saying: "Selassie I Jah Rastafari, a jacket dem a gi I, anno lie I a lie."





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Tony_Matharoon_Baby_Cham_Bares_Hammond_GoodasHypeTVSue_DuttyWine.jpgCould Tony Matterhorn be sued by the parents of the Tanisha Henry who died while allegedly doing the 'Dutty Wine' dance during a party in her Beacon Avenue community over the weekend?

Legal eagle Lloyd Stanbury believes that there are no legal grounds under which the family could successfully sue the performer or his record label for wrongful death and negligence.

"That would be a bit far-fetched," he said. "You can sue for anything but whether you are successful is another matter."

He went on to say: "There is no basis for liability, and I can't imagine how a court would interpret such a case because I don't see how one could extend liability to an artiste for simply doing a song. If he had been staging a concert, it would have been different because under the law, he would have needed insurance to cover his invited guests."





dmx-783954.jpgDMX told S2S magazine that he bears no responsibility for his illegitimate child because the mother of the baby "raped me. I mean, you know, that might sound like some bullsh-t. No man has ever been. you know what I mean, like never?"

And DMX' wife, Tashera Simmons, is standing by her man, claiming that the woman "came up to us [and] said 'I work for kids that are sickly," Simmons said in an interview with the magazine. She added that DMX said to give the woman his number. "At first, I said OK," Simmons said, "But, then I thought she looked deranged and obsessed with him."





LUDACRIS TOPS TIMBERLAKE ON HOT 100

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news_ludacris.jpgLudacris' "Money Maker" (featuring Pharrell) tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the second consecutive week after knocking Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" last week. Ludacris' run at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart ends after Chris Brown's "Say Goodbye" took the top spot on that chart.

Akon's "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) jumps No. 4 to No. 2 and is the chart's greatest sales gainer. The track also tops the Hot Digital Songs chart, knocking Hinder's "Lips of an Angel" from the top spot.

Hinder's track holds the No. 3 spot on the Hot 100 and jumps to No. 1 on the Pop 100, knocking out "SexyBack," which drops to No. 4 on the Hot 100. Rounding out the top five is another track from Timberlake, "My Love," which jumps from No. 8 to No. 5, making it the chart's greatest airplay gainer.





Reggae Sumfest 2018

ICC Cricket World Cup - progressing smoothly

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By Melton Williams

westindies-cricket.jpgWith less than 100 days to go before the start of the biggest sporting event in the Caribbean and the third largest sporting event - the ICC Cricket World Cup, Jamaica's preparation is progressing smoothly.

This was revealed by Robert Bryan, executive director of Jamaica Local Organizing Committee at a press briefing at Jampro's training room.

The World Cup will be played in eight territories in the region, each receiving different packages. Jamaica was granted the Yellow Package and will host the Opening Ceremony, one semi-final game and six first round matches. The seven games in Jamaica will be played at Sabina Park. All territories must be ready for handing over to the ICC Cricket World Cup, three weeks before the start of the event.
Jamaica was mandated to construct and refurbish two stadiums and following a recent ICC Venue Tour, the island was giving passing grades.





Mr. Vegas 'Hot Wuk' in control of the #1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

Week Ending December 1st, 2006
Mr.Vegas-hotWuk-Dancehall-SeanPaul-Beenieman.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 02 09 Mr. Vegas – Hot Wuk - In The Streets - 1wk@ #1

02 03 11 J.Gong/S.Marely/Buju - Traffic Jam- Ghetto Youths - (Shot
ToWatch)

03 01 16 I Wayne - Life Seeds - Loyal Soldiers- 1 wk @#1

04 04 12 Sean Paul/Keysha Cole - Give It Up To Me –Atlantic/VP

05 05 23 Tanya Stephens - These Streets - Tarantula - 5wks@#1

06 06 08 Movado - Mine How You Dis - Yellow Moon

07 10 06 Turbulence - Silly Girl - Tads Records -

08 07 12 Capleton–Fourty Sup'em–Blaque Warriaz/Trendsette-Peak@#3

09 11 05 Chuck Fenda/Cherine–Coming Over Tonight – Berchill

10 09 09 Elephant Man - Ready Fi The Video-Natural Bridge-Peak@#9





Ras Ptah a.k.a Gala P says 'War is Not the Answer'

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RasPtah-Reggae-Dancehall-SexyGirls.jpgRas Ptah a.k.a Gala P is very concerned about the violent content of dancehall music today.

"It come in like in dancehall today, if you nah say yu will kill a man, and cut out him heart, yu not getting any respect...yet still the radio ah flood with these bloody songs, ah just killing and violence that is being fed to the people daily, and you can see the effect of that on our children and in the ghettoes," Ras Ptah told YardFlex.com.

Unperturbed by the bias towards 'gangsta music', Ras Ptah has pressed along with his cultural agenda of peace and love, throwing in a couple of 'party songs' as well.





Did Kartel and Idonia diss Bounty Killer?

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KILLA DISS SONG ON AFTER DARK?

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Yo, mi hear the tune weh people ah kill demself ova say Kartel and Idonia diss the Killa, and nutten no go so. The song de pon the Afta Dark riddim, and all Idonia ah say is that 'Addi ah him daddy and him no care who vex' and the other line 'mi nuh haffi wear full black fi bad, mi inna all white'. Tell me people, that ah diss the Killa? Wah yu tink? Mi hear say the Kartel song name 'Bad Man No Throw Word Part Twice' and him ah spit some wicked lyrics. Mi no know, people, all these things!

WHO THE YUTE WEH WATER BOOT BOX DOWN AH NY

The whole ah Brooklyn ah talk 'bout da one ya. Dancer-turned-selector Water Boot get big since him box down Noah from Afrique, eh? Even Buju ah put Water Boot name inna song now 'cause mi hear ah clash song wid Blunt Posse wha day ya. It voice inna Driva aerial and it say: 'wha the yute name weh Water Boot box down?' Heh-heh! The place mash up when dem draw it inna the dance. Noah coulden even play afterwards, ah Killa Boo haffi play instead. Him just get crush like a roach. How that happen though? Water Boot is just a fat boy who is a dancer. Noah small inna body, but him used to roll deep wid some thugs, and everybody used to fraiad him but now him style cramp, everybody tek him fi punk now. A nobody beat up somebody, lawd mi body! Mi belly ah cramp me. Gwaan Water Boot, yu ratings large!





Mi nah mind no wuckless man - Be a real man

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DEADBEAT NIGGAZ HAVE GOT TO GO

Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgThis one's for you Luv. Yes, Luv. You me a talk! Yu tek me car, mi expensive jewellery and yu nah return it. Mi no care if dem waan call me Ms. Tekky Back, mi no cater, mi nah mind no wuckless man. How yu a buy yu woman new Infinity and yu nah handle yu responsibility dem? You were there for me when I was in hell, but now, nothing is swell, 'cause you're a goddamn bastard. Mi no know how on hell I thought you were a REAL man, and you dress like you're stuck in the goddamn 70s, get up to the time with your s__t and yo' b*tch. You need to tell your Infinity b*tch that you are a negligent, trifling man. Expect a summons, expect a call...as a matter of fact, expect any-bl&&&--ting, but something coming. Mi sorry mi used to sneak out and give yu it pon the side 'cause when I check it out, you were never really worth my time.

Step up and be a real man and face your responsibilities, and by the way, mi know weh yu gal live, mi have yu full file and address, remember, I am just being respectful, doan play yourself around this b*tch!





Third World & Dean Fraser Rock at Jazz on the Bay

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By: Janice Dayle
Photo by: Dreamy Riley

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Reggae icons Third World and Dean Fraser had crowds in a frenzy on November 26 at the City of Miami production - Jazz on the Bay Brunch. Joined by the equally celebrated and outstanding Winston "Merritone" Blake and Earl Grey, these life long hit makers and crowd thrillers afforded organisers and sponsors immense success as they blazed the Peacock Park Coconut Grove with hit after hit.

Pleased with their overwhelming success, Third World Band members expressed their delight at having such longevity in the Reggae music business. "We have just celebrated 33 years in the business and 2006 was the busiest," Bunny Rugs said. Recently back from a European tour that stopped in Australia and Japan, Third World is performing throughout the United States for four weeks. Every weekend they have been taking their electrifying music to different islands - as there is just no slowing down their stimulating sound.





RASE TV getting "In The Zone"

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By: Janice Dayle

Rasetv-ReggaeSoca-Dancehall.jpgMONTREAL:
With a quarter of season two behind them Reggae And Soca Entertainment TV (RASE TV) media production company in Canada is proud of the evolution of their groundbreaking programming, eloquently called - "In The Zone." Airing this season through Toronto based SUN TV, "In The Zone" is being accessed by a wider cross section of the Canadian audience.

Born from merging the talents of two passionate and gifted Montrealers, Lisa "Lisa J" Joseph and Valentine "Prymtym" Latty, RASE TV opened its doors in 2004 with the release of a DVD and an opening statement that said - "We need to have Caribbean content on mainstream media in Canada, since there is a demand for it," Prymtym explained. The DVD was proof of an existing strong Canadian content in the Caribbean genre. Prymtym described the DVD production as one that demonstrated how a well designed blend of reggae and soca from international, regional and national levels could be presented from a Canadian perspective, enhancing its relevance in Canada.





By: Claude Mills
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

Alaine-Singer-DancehallSexyGirlsxxxxCarlingtonWilmot-YardFlex.jpgReggae songstress Alaine never gets tired of people coming up to her and saying with complete innocence:

"I love your song, yu have any more?".

The song everyone seems so hopelessly enamoured with is the breakout charmer carved in lover's rock oak, 'No Ordinary Love'.

And even though she is an established force in the business, what some artiste might have misinterpreted as a 'complisult' (compliment and insult in one) never rubs Alaine the wrong way because the song occupies a special place in her heart as well.

"That song has wings, and I got a lot of promotion from people who have heard and loved that song, I get comments from people who say that song made them fall in love again, and that's an incredible feeling," she told YardFlex.com.

The song charted on the New York Reggae Charts as well as on various Caribbean and Jamaican charts, and the music video has also quickly become a favorite among viewers and was the number one requested video for five straight weeks on one of Jamaica's largest video request shows called the E-Strip.





By: Claude Mills

MsTriniti-DancehallReggae-Beenieman-SexyGirls.jpgTo the casual observer, Ms. Triniti may seem like just another pretty face. But this young woman has got soul, wit and class, and through her unique hybrid sound, she is introducing a whole new generation to Caribbean music.

Ms. Triniti who was born to a Trinidadian father, and an American mother, was raised between the UK and the Caribbean and now resides in Los Angeles, California. A seasoned performer, she has recorded with almost every major producer in her genre. She has put the disappointment of having been signed to and released from Sony/Columbia behind her, and continued to plough along to be a frontrunner a new genre of music - 'ragga-hop', which she defines as an outsize melding of West Indian soca, dancehall, US hip hop and R & B. It is a sound that can be expected to bedazzle and befuddle the uninitiated for here is a girl who looks Caucasian but sounds Caribbean black.

"When I do dancehall, they do a little double-take, they don't get it, but the bottomline is that if you believe in your heart in what you're doing, there is no need to convince yourself, Eminem is real, I am real, I don't feel like I am putting up a front, this is me," she told YardFlex.com.





Just Ask Ms Jackson

MsJacksonsexygirlsnude,xxxbeeniemanseanpaulrihannadancehallphotobabycham.jpgWhat's the deal Dear Reader! This one hot off the presses and it ain't no joke neither! Mi fren Shemi call me and gimme dis one (big up to Shemi and the artist for reminding us all that "Love is a beautiful thing!")

So, you all know how college life is...nuff booze, nuff new friends, nuff schoolwork to do. Well, may I present to you our three characters in this story of lust, betrayal and friendship which I have chosen to call...

"Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get IT"

Tekia and Lavely were two young ladies who met on campus while they were both attending UWI, it just so happened that the two friends fancied the same fella, a bright young Arts student named Orin. Orin was quite taken in by Lavely with her dark hair, chocolate complexion and banging body, not to mention the fact that she was hard-working and placed most of her focus on keeping up her grades. So he started dating her and yuh done know how the Yard man dem do it, likkle ice-cream here, likkle movies and Chiney food there. Not too long after Lavely and Orin became a full blown couple.





Wyclef Jean joined forces with 'Sno Cone'

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WyclefJean-hiphop-dancehall.jpgInternational recording star Wyclef Jean has joined forces with Billboard-topping producer Rohan 'Sno Cone' Fuller for a new reggae song, 'Emmanuel' on Sno Cone's 'Peace and Love' one-drop rhythm.

"Wyclef was here and he went to look for Mavado and Foota Hype, and while he was there, a friend of mine told him that he knew me, and Clef said 'get him on the phone'. We talked and I went up there to hold a vibe. Afterwards, him come and then he voiced and sent me the vocals to put on 'Peace and Love'. I worked closely with him to get it right, and as always, it was a great experience working with Clef," Sno Cone told YardFlex.com.





petertosh-m16guitar-reggaemusic-auction.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - FLASHPOINT FILM FESTIVAL will not be proceeding with the auction of Peter Tosh's acclaimed Stratocaster M16 guitar as previously announced. A legal claim disputing the current ownership has been communicated to Flashpoint, and in the interests of all concerned, it is impractical to proceed with the auction.

While Flashpoint believes the timing of this dispute is unfortunate, Flashpoint has never asserted ownership of the guitar and is therefore not involved in the dispute.

Flashpoint Film Festival was to facilitate the auction of Peter Tosh's M16 Guitar on behalf of Andrea (Marlene) Brown, the late Tosh's common-law wife. Part proceeds of the auction were to go to The Cedar Valley Home and the rest would fund a new charity being set up by Marlene Brown. This new charity, "Lilly of the Valley" would help underprivileged children and the elderly in Jamaica. The auction was due to be on eBay November 26 - December 3, 2006.





Brilliant Luciano shines at Reggae Culture Salute 2006

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Luciano-CultureArtiste-ReggaemusicYardFlex.jpgLuciano, Dean Fraser and the Jah Messenjah Band recently performed at 'Reggae Culture Salute 2006' show in New York, USA, which commemorated the 76th anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie.

The show was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, and attracted a huge audience of fortysomethings who came out on a chilly night in the Big Apple to hear quality reggae music. One man, who appeared to be in his early sixties, skanked the whole night to the intoxicating drumbeats, and the driving bass lines of roots rock music, jerking his body each time in deference to the music as the percussion hit him like a sledgehammer slamming on his brain.
At one point, he shouted out: "Ah strictly rockers we want!"
This statement was greeted with much laughter and cheers of approval from other members of the audience.





Ziggy-Marley-Reggaemusic-Jamaica.jpgYardFlex was in the House of Revolutions last night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where Ziggy Marley was on a leg of his 'Love is My Religion' tour. Ziggy and his band have been on the road since June '06, and the grueling tour ends next year August 2007.

According to Ziggy, it's a hectic schedule and a lot of work However, he is amped about the experience nevertheless,

"I don't mind the work, I love to work, it makes it more meaningful," he told YardFlex.com.

Last night, he worked a tight creative set which was two-and-a-half hours long. Surprisingly, the band and the background vocalists danced the whole set, their bodies sheathed in sweat. He gave the audience the old, the new, personal favourites and of course, some of his dad's music. His mom, looking evergreen, while surrounded by her grandchildren, also danced the whole two-and-half hours showing she is no slouch either.





Street meets sweet - Cherine's got good love

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By: Claude Mills
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Look who's all grown up now.

CherineAnderson-reggaeSinger-Jamaica-sexgirls.jpgLittle Cherine Anderson who most Jamaicans know as the precocious girl from the 'Dancehall Queen' movie from the early 90s is now a bonafide hottie with a smile that can melt the heart of any man. And, oh, she's a helluva singer as well.

You might have already heard her one-drop hit single, 'Good Love' which has been bombing local FM radio into submission like an Israeli air strike on civilian targets in Lebanon. The single, which is sunshiny with soul, got 'good love' from reggae and urban radio stations in Jamaica, the US, Canada, several European countries, as well as internet radio, translating into a lot of buzz about Cherine.

Cherine's main prerogative now is to define the boundaries on this yet-unexplored territory dubbed dancehall soul. But just what the heck is dancehall soul?

"It is a hybrid of reggae, harder dancehall, soul and R&B, where I can incorporating the grittiness of my past with the sweetness of the things I've been exposed to...the world is opening up to the possibilities of this hybrid sound, look at how Rihanna made it to the top of the charts," she told YardFlex.com.





ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 - Poor ticket sale

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By Melton Williams

CricketBoard-Jamaica-WorldCupCricket.jpgDelroy Taylor, the project officer for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2007 is not happy with the purchasing of tickets by Caribbean cricket fans.

The second phase of public ticketing will close on Thursday, November 30 and with three months to go before the Opening Ceremony on March 11, 2007 --- ticket sales have been described by Mr Taylor as 'moderate'. Mr Taylor added that the poor ticket sale is as a result of misunderstanding regarding the price for tickets.
He said: "What we have found out is that the tickets for matches that
involved West Indies are going a lot better.

"We have learnt that Jamaica and Caribbean persons on a whole have not come to the party in the number that we have anticipated. I guess that is due to a couple of things, one of them is that there is a massive degree of misconception, misunderstanding regarding to ticket prices. People are saying that the tickets are priced at US$300.
Checks revealed that ticket price ranges from a high of US$120 to a low of US$15.





Mr. Vegas - Just 'Lean Wit It' a boom!

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It's catchy, it grabbing and before you know it you are chanting along to 'Lean Wit It' like you heard it a long time ago. This song gives you the perfect vibes to get on the dance floor..."Yuh just lean wit it, rock wit it, hot funk wid it..."

Produced by sly & Robbie for Taxi label on the Darker Shade rhythm it is really creating a vibes right now in the dances. The minute the selector draws for this one from Vegas, the place goes wild! Lighters flaring shouts of 'pull up' and fans goes crazy on the dance floor.

Vegas is really coming hard, especially as the Hot Wuck is still a rave in the dancehall. The video for this song, which was directed by J. Wilks is still one of the hottest thing on cable and local TV.





Beenie Man fully booked out until next year

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Beenieman-SexyGirls-DancehallPhotosOfBounty-CarlingtonWilmot-Yardflex.jpgIt will be a busy holiday season for ace deejay Beenie Man as he is fully booked out until January next year.

On December 1st he will journey to Grenada for a show, after which he will 'island-hop' over to Barbados, before returning to Jamaica to do West Kingston Jamboree on December 3. He will be appearing on a show in Negril on December 9, before being hit by a flurry of shows, Blaze in Mandeville, a show in Harbour View on December 16, an appearance at Breezes Runaway Bay, the Clarendon Click show and GT Taylor Extravaganza as well.

The deejay, whose 'Undisputed' album has sold over 300,000 copies, will also be appearing on Teen Splash on December 26th and in Negril on December 30th.





Busy holiday schedule for singer Da'Ville

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Daville-Japan_sexyGirlsFromJamaica-CarlingtonWilmot-yardflex.jpgIt's going to be an extremely busy schedule for singer Da'Ville on the entertainment scene for the remainder of the year into the beginning of the New Year. He will be performing on a number of shows locally and abroad.

On November 25, he will be performing at the Aquasol Beach in Montego Bay. Its then off to Bahamas on December 8 & 9th and the US Virgin Islands on December 16.

Come Christmas Day, December 25, Da'Ville will be performing at Christmas Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and at Teen Splash on Boxing Day, December 26 at the James Bond Beach in St. Mary.

His first performance of the New Year will be at Unity Splash in Westmoreland on January 1.





steve-nasio-Greensleeves-Dancehall-reggae.jpgSteve Weltman, CEO of ZEST Group Plc, spoke to YardFlex.com in an exclusive interview about what Greensleeves' plans are for dancehall-reggae music. This is part one of that interview he did with Claude Mills.

What are your plans for dancehall reggae in the upcoming calendar year given all the complaints that artistes such as Macka Diamond and Vybz Kartel have against Greensleeves?

I am 40 year veteran of music in all forms, our company bought Greensleeves, and we're working on it daily to reorganize the company. When things aren't going right for artistes, it is always the record company's fault, and never the artiste's fault. How would it be if record company began to speak to the media about things that are wrong with artistes. In any debate, regardless of the subject matter, there is always two sides to the story, you cannot make judgment until you know what both parties think.





No wedding bells for Junior Gong

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damianmarley-JuniorGong-Wedding-Bells.jpgWell it seems that Jr. Gong is not getting married after all. Considered by many to be Jamaica's most eligible bachelor, the young girls may be screaming in delight that the rumours reported by this site appear to be false. But don't celebrate too long, who knows what the future has in store for the Junior Gong. Big up the Gongolian anywhere him de right now.

A DAUGHTER FOR FANTAN

Big up to the one called Fantan Mojah, him celebrated the birth of his daughter earlier this week. Right ya now, him gone to Suriname and the United States on a three-week tour. When yu a go back fi the son, my yute?





Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls-mixup.jpgWell, well, well. It's Thanksgiving again, and even though we no love how the white people dem slaughter off the Indian race inna the 16th century (mi is a gal love my history), we ah work wid it, big cooking ah go gwaan lickle more. Family ting. Right now, it ah snow inna West Palm Beach inna Florida but dat caan cramp we style, Jamaicans can overcome anything. Still, if yu notice, as the weather get more unpredictable, same way the people get unpredictable too, crazy tings ah gwaan out inna the world, look pon the Jamaican accountant who chop up him wife like him ah go store wood fi the winter...but we nah dwell pon the depressing tings too much. Ready fi pap up? Suss-time!

GARGAMEL IN THE DRIVING SEAT

Yo, Gargamel. (Buju voice)Wha dem a do? In comes the thing called big hit song, from the one and only Buju B, 'Driver', ah it ah run the place right now, dem draw it ah Arena during the JLP conference and the place tear down. Dem caan stop Buju, him ah de boss. Mavado ah the hottest voice inna the dancehall, but ah Buju have the biggest song inna the place. Nothing caan stop, yu nuh inna nothing with those guys and yu still ah prosper. Gwaan my yute!





JAMPRO announces partnership with CricketWorld.com

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westindies-cricket.jpgJamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), through one of its Cricket Legacy initiatives - Caribbean Business Club - announces a new partnership with CricketWorld.com, the No. 1 independent cricket website in the world. The agreement affords CricketWorld.com the designated status of Preferred Sports Media (website and magazine) for Caribbean Business Club and covers joint marketing efforts that are expected to increase Club presence in international markets, specifically so in the cricket loving nations of the UK, India, Australia and South Africa.

This aligns perfectly with JAMPRO's goal to increasingly diversify the mix of trade and investment markets for Jamaica as these countries all boast strongly performing economies, and it also dovetails nicely with Caribbean Business Club's main objective to effectively network Caribbean business with international trade and investment contacts.





petertosh-m16guitar-reggaemusic.jpgMy name is Jawara McIntosh. I am the youngest son of Peter Tosh. It has been almost 20 years since the murder of my father, Winston Hubert McIntosh, better known as the legendary reggae artist and revolutionary Peter Tosh. And it seems even in death he cannot receive justice.

A few days ago it was brought to the attention of the Tosh family, that our father's one of a kind M-16 Stratocaster guitar, which was once thought to be lost, had resurfaced and had been scheduled to be auctioned off by the flashpoint film festival on EBAY. I have decided to release this statement on the behalf of the Tosh family to let the general public know that we are wholeheartedly against this illegal auction scheduled to take place during the Flashpoint Film Festival. This guitar was given to our father by a fan in Los Angeles in 1983 during the Mama Africa World Tour. My brother, Horace Dave McIntosh, has been in contact with Flashpoint Film Festival and Marlene Brown, and is hoping to come to an agreement.





Thanksgiving Xtravaganza 2006 - Official After Party

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All roads lead to the 'Thanksgiving Xtravaganza' on November 24th at the Coral Springs Centre for the Arts featuring the Manhattans, Ray Goodman and Brown, Calypso Rose, and Mighty Sparrow.
Doors open at 7 p.m, and showtime is at 8 p.m. The official 'After Party' will be held at the Trends Restaurant and Bar at 4322 N. St. 7 Lauderdale Lakes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The host will be Jamusa of 1170 Raves, Tanto Irie of HOT 105, and Roger Robin of 'Take It Slow' fame will make his first official visit to the state this weekend. Big up Future from Michigan, and Fort Launderdale's King Arthur. Music by Kulcha Shock Music, Bunji, and Progressive Flex.





Buju_Banton_Tour_Gays_Dancehall_beenie_man_Elephant_manVideo.jpgGargamel Music, Inc. is pleased to announce that Buju Banton's "Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley video has been added into rotation on BETJ and VH1 Soul. Produced by Banton and his Gargamel Production team, "Nothing" is the first single from his critically acclaimed new album, Too Bad. The refix [aka remix] features dynamic contributions from Ghost, East Coast, Mr. Vegas, New Kidz, Assassin, Mitch and Mr. Lex.

Shot entirely on location at Buju's Gargamel Music compound in Kingston, Jamaica by director Troy Antonio ("Magic City") and director of photography Salvador Bolivar, the "Nothing" Refix/ 100 Watt Medley video takes viewers behind the Gargamel gates where highly spirited and creative energies converge on the daily.
The video is set to air on several BETJ programs including Soul Sessions, Wick'd, and international music show Music Passport. VH1 Soul will play the clip on their Island Soul block. Additional US outlets that have just added the Buju Banton "Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley video include: Music Choice, Video Explosion (NY), Ebonny Eyes (NY), Video Music Box (NY), Rootz to Rhythm (Boston), VMS (Las Vegas), Irie Vision (San Francisco), Mystic Vibes (Chicago), Rase TV (Montreal), Video Mix (Florida).





By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

VybzKartel-Addi-The-Teacha-D'angel-CarlingtonWilmot-Yardflex.jpgVybz Kartel has been in the lab working with the young genius, Stephen McGregor, on a couple of songs. One of those songs is 'Imagine', a remarkable magnus opus of a song that paints a portrait of what the world would be like were the structures of world economics, politics, and power different. The song also attempts to formulate creative solutions, from a black man's perspective, to some of the problems such as poverty, hunger and crime which the world faces today.

"Right now, I am working on some different songs, I have 12 exclusive tracks completed which will appear on my upcoming album, 'Vybz Kartel Presents Addi the Techa', it ah go mad," he told YardFlex.com.

The deejay denied that a recent collaboration he did with fellow deejay, D'Angel was an overt diss of Bounty Killer. He said that he had no intention of dissing the 'Killer'.

"Mi just build a song fi Arthur Wails and him say him have a girl fi sing pon it and dem mi find out say ah D'Angel, ah so the ting go," he explained.





Idonia's thugs threatened to cut reporter in face

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Idonia-thugs-carlingtonwilmot.jpgYardFlex.com photo editor and minority shareholder Carlington Wilmot has been threatened by persons thought to be affiliated to dancehall deejay Idonia because of a story that was aired on a 30 minute YardFlex entertainment programme on HYPE TV recently. The segment was centred around upcoming deejay Deva Brat who has been involved in a public feud with Idonia.

The matter was reported to the Grants Pen Police last Friday.

"The person called to say that 'p**&hole Carlington, yu diss the deejay, and we ah cut yu inna yu face when we see you 'cause we tell yu nuffi do no Deva Brat story'. They had threatened me before we did the interview segment on Deva Brat. Dem say if me do the story, dem ah go page me, and tings ah go happen to me. I had asked Idonia what his comments were, and he said he had no comments. They said I must not even put that he had no comments," Mr. Wilmot said.

"They said that me mustn't bother do that story none at all. I take these threats very seriously, and further, these artistes need to know that such a threat is a violation of freedom of the press, which is a guarantee by a government of free public press for its citizens and their associations. I should be free to share my ideas, and to express myself in writing or any other creative way. I did nothing wrong to belittle the artiste and I will not be intimidated."





RichieSpice-reggae-music.jpgWhat a way the murder rate just start kick up so, dem kill four ah Montego Bay, war de a Red Hills Road ova gully work money, one accountant chop up him wife inna little pieces and stuff it inna one pit latrine inna the country. What a gwaan inna the little island? Right ya now, ah prayer ah do it, straight. One Psalm before mi go out and ah Proverbs when mi come in. If yu nah praise God inna dis ya time, it nuh mek no sense! Mi no know, Portmore, Spanish Town, crazy ting ah gwaan inna the business. Wha mi say! All these things!

THE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW ALL THESE THINGS:

What is going on in the Alliance? Will Kartel be on the 'Alliance' album next year?

Who dem yute de who get stab up a Ranny Williams Entertainment centre during the Wolmer's BBQ?

Did you know that Dyema fall and drop offa one box and sprain up har ankle wah day ya. How she ah go perform ah the show ah Black River this week?

Big up to the Fifth Element crew, mi hear say that Richie Spice video, 'Brown Skin' ah go get shot inna Miami. Wha happen to the brown-skinned Jamaican beauties fi the video?





Turbulence_FatanMojah-DownSoundreggaemusicphotoseanpaulbeeniemanYardFlex.jpgFantan to re-release 'Hail the King' in Jamaica, even though plans for his second album for Greensleeves has hit a major stumbling block since his fallout with Downsound Records.

"Hail the Man did well in Europe but it was never really released on a widescale in Jamaica, so that's what I am looking to do now," he said, adding that negotiations between himself and Downsound were continuing regarding his contractual obligations to indie label, Greensleeves Records.

"Mi ah ah leave the island this week fi perform ah Suriname, and mi ah go do a couple of college shows inna the US. Songs like 'World Peace' and 'Jah Time' big pon the college market right now. I am focussing on songs of upliftment for my black people. No gunshot inna head songs from Fantan Mojah, yu nah go see that, righteousness and peace me a defend," he said.





Acceptance of Terms of Service

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Strictly The Best Series Presents Volumes 35 and 36

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Strictly The Best Series Presents Volumes 35 and 36 featuring Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, T.O.K., Buju Banton, and more!!!
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Another Full Installment of the Most Progressive Hits in Dancehall, Roots and Lover's Rock

"The hard-hitting Strictly the Best series is overflowing with top flight performances and talent." - J. McCallister, New York Daily News

Whether it's currently on the top the Jamaican charts, a huge underground seller on the streets or the massive club jam sweeping the dancehalls, Strictly The Best series provides the hottest catalog of dancehall/reggae music for the Winter and Spring Season. The award winning compilation has become a highly anticipated release whose popularity has increased leaps and bounds year after year. Following up after the Reggae Gold release, STB offers a more comprehensive collection of dancehall and roots sounds that have crossover potential and cater to the hard-core reggae fans alike.





"Kariblink Live" debuts in South Florida

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live-poster_new-1.jpgKARIBLINK LIVE, a new and unique "live" cable television lifestyle program debuts on Friday, December 1, 2006 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, on WFUN, Channel 48, in South Florida. The program will definitely enhance the already exciting entertainment features on Kariblink TV and appeal to a wider audience with its interactive element.

Kariblink Live features a very exhilarating two hours of colorful history and culture with the latest rhythms of Caribbean American entertainment, a controversial talk show, the hottest breaking news, an exotic Caribbean cooking segment, in-studio guests with live call-ins by the local viewers and an online chat with fans worldwide while being streamed live on the Internet. Kariblink Live is set to reach over 20 million people both from its viewers and its on line streaming.

The 'vibesy' duo, Barry Hype and Milan are the hosts of the interactive entertainment segment, featuring hot new videos and artiste interviews and invite live requests from viewers, adding to the Caribbean American entertainment. Radio personality Mikey Mike of 93.5 FM, will host the mainstay, "Issues with Mikey Mike" exploring sizzling topics and point of views.





Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

Diana-King-Reggae-Jamaica.jpgFirst job: Singing and dancing with the group Niko Blanco

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite song: 'No Fear'. It deals with fear, the fact that so many people have fears, my biggest fear is flying. It's about that bellyache, that nervous feeling you have all the time, yu see the years ah go by and nothing nah gwaan fi yu, is fear...fear of failing, people saying yu caan do that. I wrote songs for myself, and for others who feel like dat because is the worst ting. Many people have it and don't know...fear to stay where you are, and not go anywhere.

What she smokes: Natural American Spirits. When I was in Jamaica, I used to smoke Matterhorns. Now, my poison of choice is Natural American Spririts, it's from Mexico. My doctors said that if you're going to smoke, this is what you must smoke, cause it doesn't have the additives, the rat poison and all dem tings de put in the other ones, it still might kill yu, but...until yu stop, this is what yu must smoke.





Air Supply Returns: For One Night Only

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airsupply-Jamaica.jpgThe internationally acclaimed group "Air Supply" will be giving Jamaicans another musical treat, following their splendid performance at this year's Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. There will be an adrenalin rush in the Air Supply National Indoor Sport Centre on December 2, 2006 as the count down for "The Festival" begins with Air Supply in Concert.

The concert will feature Air Supply along with local artistes such as Tessanne Chin, Alaine and Ritchie Stephens.

This is the second time that the star performer of the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has been brought back for a One Night Only concert in Kingston. In 2004 the concert featured Kenny Rogers, who delivered an excellent performance that left anxious patrons begging for more. This year Air Supply with their countless romantic hits is expected to speed up some heart beats. When Air Supply performed at the last Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival the reception was overwhelming. They were one of the crowd's favourite performers, as a result they were chosen for this year's concert.





Ras Myrhdak - 'Blazer' into the #1 position

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

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01 3 16 Blazer - Ras Myrhdak-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Entertainment (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 15 Life Seeds-I-Wayne-Loyal Soldiers (1wk@#1) D-1
03 4 9 Let's Dance-Voice Mail-Don Corleon U-1
04 6 11 Wah Dis, Wah Dis-Capleton-Don Corleon U-2
05 5 20 These Streets-Tanya Stevens-Tarantula Records (2wks@#1) NM
06 2 18 Forty Sup'em-Capleton-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Ent (1wk@#1) D-4
07 10 12 Rude Boy Pledge-Cham- Mad House U-3
08 14 4 Hot Wuk-Mr. Vegas-In The Streets U-6
09 15 7 Coming Over-Chuck Fender/Cherine Anderson - Birch Hill Records U-6
10 11 9 Traffic Jam-Stephen Marley feat Jnr Gong & Buju Banton- Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths U-1
11 9 15 Goodas Fi Dem-Tony Matterhorn-Natural Bridge (2wks@#1)
D-2
12 7 21 Nothing with Them-Buju Banton-(pp#4) Gargamel D-5
13 8 22 Most High-Jah Mason-(pp#8) New York Entertainment Movement D-5
14 12 8 Tic Toc-Vybz Kartel-Fresh Air D-2
15 16 10 Loco Amor-Nanko-Downsound Records U-1





Mavado's "Weh Dem A Do" Billboard Biggest Gainer

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Mavado-DancehallArtiste-billboard-Bountykiller-YardFlex.com-CarlingtonWilmot.jpgMavado's "Weh Dem A Do" on the Redbull & Guinness rhythm has reached fever pitch! "Weh Dem A Do" has Jamaica, the UK & the USA in a spin.

Jamaican singjay Mavado is a current favourite on New York's finest urban station HOT 97 where "Weh Dem A Do" is on heavy rotation on their playlist. He's also featured in their i-Tunes Store.

"Weh Dem A Do" continues to be heavily supported on BBC's 1Xtra - the UK's premier digital station for black music.

"Weh Dem A Do" debuted recently on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop airplay chart as the BIGGEST GAINER.

"Weh Dem A Do" featured in the UK's music trade paper Music Week - THE PLAYLIST (11.11.06)

Since the release of Delly Ranx's Redbull & Guinness earlier this year Mavado's "Weh Dem A Do" has become the BIGGEST cut on this rhythm and continues to build momentum garnering full support worldwide.





The night belonged to Chris Gayle

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By: Melton Williams

GayleChris050125TheGayleForceGbg.jpgFor the second year running, Christopher Gayle, Jamaica's most prolific run-scorer of recent times, copped the distinguished Cricketer of the Year award in his native homeland at the Jamaica Cricket Association's (JCA's) Annual Award Ceremony held on Thursday night at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

The in-form West Indies opener was not present to collect his award as he is currently in Pakistan where West Indies and the host country are competing in a three-match Test series and five One Day Internationals.

Gayle was also absent last year, this time he was suffering from a bout of influenza. Dudley Gayle, the father of Chris, accepted the award, jointly sponsored by the JCA and Restaurant of Jamaica along with a cash prize of $100,000.





Source: musicthing.blogspot.com

petertosh-M16-Guitar.jpgDear all journalists and Reggae music lovers

Sorry I'm not in Jamaica now as I'm in Europe making plans for my 45th anniversary celebrations tours that I'll be staging in 2007.
Love World Tour which will play the US, Europe, Japan and 5 shows in
South Africa, the all-female tour, the Icons Of The Dancehall Tour and the Children Of The Stars Tour.

I read an article yesterday (nov-16-06,jamaica gleaner) one of Jamaica's local news papers that Peter Tosh's famous M16 guitar
will be put on auction somewhere in Canada, this I cant believe. It was I who bought that guitar from a fan who custom made it specially for Peter and brought it to the Franklyn Plaza Suite hotel in Los Angeles where Peter and his group Word Sound and Power were staying on our stop in Los Angeles when Tosh played the famous Greek Theatre during the Mama Africa World Tour 1983.





Sanya Richards cooling out in Jamaica

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By: Melton Williams

SanyaRichards_Sports.jpgIAAF Female Athlete of the Year, Sanya Richards is relaxing in her native homeland Jamaica after she received the prestigious award along with a cheque for US$100,000 at the 2006 World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Sunday, November 12.

Richards, who will depart the island on Monday, said that her mission for 2007 is to win the gold medal in the 400 metres at the World Championship in Osaka, Japan .

The 21-year-old took 15 straight victories at 400m including breaking the 22-year-old American record with 48.70 to become the seventh fastest woman of all-time.

Although fresh from breaking the record, Richards said that the world record of 47.60 seconds held by Germany's Marita Koch is not in her reach at the moment.

Richards said: "It's not one of my targets for next year but I will attempt the record before I end my career, probably over the next four years or so. However, I'm hoping to challenge Marie-Jose' Perec's time of 48.2 next season."





Rihanna breaks it off with Sean Paul!

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rihanna_Break-It-Off-SeanPaul.jpgRihanna is climbing the charts with her song called 'Break It Off' with Sean Paul, produced by one of our very own top producer Don Corleone. It appears on the Pop 100 and Pop 100 Airplay charts.

Cham and Beenie Man keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!

The Trinity and Give It Up To Me continue to climb the charts.

* The album is #1 on the Reggae album charts.

Give It Up To Me (featuring Keyshia Cole)

* #53 on the Pop 100 chart.
* #32 on the Pop 100 Airplay chart.





JuniorRiedBETAwards.jpgDid you watch the BET's first Hip Hop awards last night? It appears that as Sizzla prophesied a few years ago, 'Wi (Rasta) Teking Ova'. Reggae artiste, Junior Reid did Jamaica proud when he performed alongside The Game, 'It's Okay (One Blood)'.
Wadda Blood, Junior Reid's son, confirmed that his father would be appearing alongside The Game.

"We're flying up today to get ready for the show, it's going to be a hyped performance, my father is excited about it," he told YardFlex.com last week before the show. "It's going to be hype."

And it was. Junior Reid delivered his part of 'One Blood' with bone-chilling power and energy. Baby Cham was also in attendance at the event.





WayneWonder-Gyptian_Dancehall_Reggae_Sean_Paul_Beenie_Man_Rihanna_sexygirls_nudeDancehall.jpg(New York, NY) - - "Urban Concepts", the Multicultural Division of Award-Winning Experiential Marketing Agency, US Concepts, kicks off the holidays by empowering the community of Jamaica with a benefit cocktail reception where they will present UPLIFTMENT JAMAICA with a $25,000 donation. "At Urban Concepts, we embrace the idea that everyone should do his/her part to help someone else," said Nadja Bellan-White, EVP of Urban Concepts. "Upliftment Jamaica empowers those to help themselves, and the money we donate will provide computers and educational programs for Jamaicans and open the door to new opportunities for those less fortunate."

This is part of a series of cause-related initiatives that the agency has participated in which includes the upcoming Virgin Re*generation Art Auction, Steps Across America with Walmart, and many more.





Jah Cure has no son, Iyah Cure Music responds

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JahCureMusic-ReggaeJamaica.jpgYardFlex.com has been making checks on a story published a few days ago in YardFlex's 'What's Popping' column that suggested that Jah Cure might have an eight year-old son conceived before his incarceration.

The rumour had been around for a while, but has gained momentum in recent weeks as sources close to the family involved say that the son bears a resemblance to the imprisoned singer. However, given the delicate nature of the situation, we cannot divulge more information at this time.

Iyah Cure Music has however contacted us to refute any paternity claims which might be out there.

"I read what was on the site today and I wanted to inform the readers that the comment is simply UNTRUE. Jah Cure does not have any children. He has brothers but no son nor any children of his own. Mama Cure is not even a grandmother yet," Christina Grand, executive director of Iyah Cure Music told YardFlex.com.





Daville - On My Mind - lyrics

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Daville_promo_pic_On_My_Mind.jpgIntro:
Ahh, you're on my mind, yea

[Verse 1]
I'm thinking about you...ou
Girl how I miss you...ou
Baby ever since that day you went away, yes
I can't live without you...ou

[chorus]
You're always on my mind
Girl you're on my mind
Girl you're on my mind
Yea you're on my mind

[Verse 2]
I gave you all Of me
And now your not here to see
Nothing will ever change
My love remains the same, yeah
I can't wait to see you again





Peter-Tosh-M16-Guitar-Reggae.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Peter Tosh's notorious Stratocaster M16 guitar will be auctioned by the Flashpoint Film Festival on eBay, November 26 - December 3.

At 10pm on Sunday, November 26, Reggae fans, and guitar enthusiasts will be able to bid for Peter Tosh's 'one of a kind' M16 guitar. The auction will run on eBay for 7 days and end at 10pm on Sunday December 3. Online computers will be set up for patrons to bid at the festival from Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3, 2006 at The Caves, Negril.

Born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Jamaica in October 1944, reggae's most committed revolutionary, Peter Tosh pioneered musical crusades for the legalization of marijuana and the dismantling of South Africa's apartheid system. During his 1983 tour of Europe, Peter unveiled a new instrument to fight against injustice. That instrument was a Stratocaster guitar, which he requested to be shaped like an M16 rifle. It was through the sweet sound of his guitar that he cried out for freedom. Concerning his newly fashioned guitar, Tosh had this to say: "This guitar is firing shots at all them devil disciples. Music is my weapon to fight against apartheid, nuclear war and those gang-jah criminals". Peter Tosh died at the age of 42 on September 11th, 1987.





Wedding bells for Junior Gong?

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damian-jr-gong-marley-married.jpgBig show keep a Bicentennial park ova the weekend inna South Florida. People, is between 12 to 15,000 people inna the venue. Jr. Gong ah perform pon the same bill as artiste like Common, Duran Duran, Gnarles Barkley, the place neva good again. People, the show gwaan inna Bicentennial park, the same place Scoffery keep him show and coulden cork it.

Big up Junior Gong, mi hear say yu a get married to the little Caribbean girl yu de wid. Mi love how yu mother grow yu, yu nah go have no yute outta street until yu get married. No kids out of wedlock, yu hear that Jamaica? Decent yute. Real royalty. Superstar genes. Ju-ju royal.

DOES JAH CURE HAVE A SON?

Everybody inna 'Bay ah whisper 'bout dis one. Jah Cure de ah prison but him have a son. Who is the mystery lady? Mi no ready fi tell yu dat yet. Mi tell yu say the whole argument no straight 'bout how dem prison the yute. Free up the man so him can see him son.





Buffilous_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgThese b*tches be thinking they're SLICK But Buffilous doan play that. Yes, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Kingston, Mobay. Mi ready fi mud dem up. As Queen Paula say, MI IGNORANT FI DEM!

A wah do some ah dem artiste ya inna the business? How dem no have no shame or nutten 'bout dem, especially the woman one dem?
Producers, oonu fi stop screw off the girls in the business, especially when yu know say dem no have no talent, and yu still mek dem a deejay pon de mike, not the microphone, ah the third leg mi a talk. It nuh right! Is gender inequality and sexual exploitation inna one cute way, dem ah exploit the young girls dem bout dem a give dem career. Dem fi educate dem first.

All those girls who sleep with men in the business, yu need to stop it. Have some pride, tings sticky a yard, but learn this motto: "Get an education and STOP give away yu tings to the nation." Memba! A dat mi say! Ah mi fi tell yu!

Mi know everyting. Who did de wid 'browning'? And then move on to label executives fi secure album deal? Yu have some ah dem tek the whole generation, the father and the son, dem a wait pon the next son fi born fi get the Trinity. Oonu know oonuself. Mi nuh haffi call no name.

Onto my personal ting, right now, mi need a new man inna mi life. Mi ah kick a trifling nigga to the curb right about now. Mi worse than Matlock, mi find him out and him nasty-a*s b*&ches, mi outsmart him and ketch him dead to rights and the nigga has got to go.

TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT, ALL HIS CLOTHES AND STUFF IN A BOX TO THE LEFT.

Right now, mi ah seek a sheik from the Middle East. Send me a line at whatspoppingja@yahoo.com





AsafaPowell_SportsJamaicaWorld.jpgJamaican world 100-metre record holder Asafa Powell returned home on Monday night after he was awarded the title of 2006 World Athletes of the Year along with a cheque for US$100,000 at the prestigious 2006 World Athletics Gala in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d'Ete', Monte-Carlo on Sunday.

The annual global awards ceremony for athletics was hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSM Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF and IAAF President Lamine Diack, in the presence of 600 distinguished guests.

Powell, who this year won a share of the IAAF Golden League Jackpot, sped to a record (12) sub-10 second clockings for 100m including twice equaling his own World Record (9.77).





By: Claude Mills
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

What is going on in the Alliance?

D'AngelandVybzKartel_AddiTechaDancehall.jpgRumours of friction in the Bounty Killer-led camp are set to ratchet up to an insane level as the new combination song between Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi De Techa and D'Angel has hit FM radio. Killer has been making derogatory comments about D'Angel, his former girlfriend, ever since she announced her engagement to Killer's lyrical nemesis, Beenie Man. It is not sure how Vybz Kartel's latest move will be construed by The Alliance.

The song is creating major buzz in the dancehall, especially as it could signal a split in the Alliance, as Kartel's move is being seen by some dancehall insiders as a "diss" of Bounty Killer.

The song, 'Baby Daddy', is produced by 'Arthur Wails' on the Klampute riddim.

"The deejay is just voicing songs right now, he is just working, this is music, he is a deejay, this is what he is doing, just working," Patrick 'Roach' Samuels, Kartel's manager, told YardFlex.com.





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Ever since its release last week, Turbulance's music video for his hot single 'X-Girlfriend' has been making the rounds, earning rave reviews among music lovers.

The title track from the DJ's debut 18-track album for Tad's Records International, 'X-Girlfriend', the single has been in constant rotation on the airwaves and in the dancehalls.

The second single to be released from the album, 'X-Girlfriend' is one of Tubulance's best works.





kim_porterdiddy.jpgP.Diddy claims that he and girlfriend Kim Porter have had sex for as long as 28 hours, according to an interview he gave to Giant magazine (via Rush & Molloy), because of the same kind of "Tantric discipline" that Sting once boasted about. Of course, Sting later admitted he was joking about having sex for seven hours ...

Kathy Griffin Loves Her House

Kathy Griffin is so stoked about her mansion in Brentwood, she leaves it all the time. "This is why I am on the road for months at a time, so I can live here," said the comic to her guests at her 46th birthday party, according to Page Six.
Sting ...

"I love this house more than any person or thing, except maybe my dogs."...





By: Tessane Chin

Its been a year already and a hell of a ride.

TessaneChin_RockDancehallsinger.jpgWell where do I begin? My Name is Tessanne, My passion and every breath is music, all types of music, but especially the kind of music that leaves a message and gets yah thinking, The kind a music that lives on even when many many years have passed, and basically that's the kind of music I wanna make, and with Yahwehs help I'll get there. I've been singing since forever and I pretty much knew all my life that this is what I was made for.

I've had some good experiences on the way, and some bad ones too but hey, all the best songs come from when yah feel like just calling it a day and crawling under some rock hahahah so everything for a reason, but to put everything in a nut shell right quick (cause I hate talking bout my self) I've toured with international reggae superstar and legend "Sir Jimmy Cliff" as his back up singer for about 2-3 years, Most of my fellow Jamaicans may know me as the lead singer from a rock reggae band called Mile High but that came to an end for me about a year and a half ago.





brad-angelinaJolie.jpgOne report had claimed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would adopt a baby while they were in India working on the film, 'A Mighty Heart.' But now those plans have reportedly been scrapped and the reason being reported is the grief Madonna has been hit with over her recent adoption.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Hollywood couple - who have a baby daughter Shiloh and two adopted children, five-year-old son Maddox, who is Cambodian, and Ethiopian daughter Zahara, who is 22-months-old - planned to give a home to an Indian orphan but have been put off by the criticism Madonna has received for adopting a 13-month-old Malawian boy

A source told Britain's New magazine: "No one wants to be dragged through the heartache that Madonna has. It's a real shame.





assassinDancehallartiste_sexygirls.jpgDeejay Assassin lives up to his name with unfailing accuracy. His musical moves have been calculated, versatile, deliberate, and deadly, and now that he's back from a smashing nine-week tour with the Penthouse family, dancehalls can again look forward to more smashers from the prolific deejay.

Ever since his mainstream emergence in 2001, Assassin has guaranteed his fans a steady string of chart toppers every single year and this year has been no different. Gully Sitten, Anyweh We Go, and Gangsta Rock have been ripping up the charts both in Jamaica and overseas, giving the deejay's argument of quality over quantity more credence.

He describes 2006 as a refreshing year with unique challenges. "Last year was a rough year on the personal side, so I never really got to revel in what was happening musically," he recalls. "I had a couple of number ones, made some progress cause we always want to find ourselves in a better position than what we were in the year before...we trying the father thing now, getting used to it, and even while being on the road now so many weeks, my tunes people a recognize them, so we have been doing good."





RAS PTAH COMES TO TELL EVERYBODY, HE'S BACK

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RasPtahDancehall_Baby_SexyGirls.jpgRas Ptah ak.a Galaxy P has been blazing a fire in recent times with a bunch of new hits that have grabbed the attention of dancehall fans everywhere.

Known for the hits like 'Ms. Goodie Goodie' under the name Galaxy P, he has since changed his name to Ras Ptah as he has adopted a Rastafarian lifestyle. Amun means self-hidden essence of all things, Ra denotes the sun god, and Ptah represents the physical of all things.

He has a slew of new songs that are blowing up all over the radio such as 'Prettiest Gal', 'Tree Limb', 'More Wood' on the Taxi label, 'Shake Baby Shake' for Ward 21, 'Run Now No Fool' and of course, 'Tell Everybody' on the Breath of Fire rhythm. A video was shot for 'Tell Everybody' recently, and plans are well advanced to shoot 'Prettiest Gal as well.





Asylum does it big for Anniversary #9!

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asylum.jpgThe Asylum's ninth Anniversary, which is the precursor to a slew of holiday parties, is just around the corner. It takes place on Saturday, November 25 at the Mas Camp and with sponsors such as Guinness, Appleton Jamaica Rum, bMobile and Coca Cola.

Asylum's Anniversary special is well-known for taking its exhilarating nightclub to the larger outdoor setting of Mas Camp. With its fourth staging at Mas Camp is transformed by adding a 60*40 dance-floor and accentuate the nightclub feel with intelligent lighting, enhancing the club effect.





By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

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D'Angel became a mom for the first time when her son, Marco Dean, entered the world at about 9 p.m yesterday.

A release from the couple declared that "Mr. and Mrs. Moses Davis would like to announce the birth of their son, Marco Dean on November 9, 2006. We are indeed grateful to God that he is healthy and that there were no complications during birth. We are certain that he will bring joy to our lives and strengthen our love for each other. We would like to thank family, friends and our fans for their prayers and best wishes at this time. We love you all."





Jr Gong heads to the Big Apple to rock The Black Ball

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damian_marley_studioAliciakeys.jpgAfter an outstanding performance in Barbados, Damian Marley heads to the Big Apple to perform at Alicia Keys' Black Ball charity concert this Thursday, November 9.

The event raises money for Keep a Child Alive, which provides drugs for AIDS and HIV patients. Also hitting the stage are David Bowie and Angelique Kidjo.

Keys, who visited Africa earlier this year, said she has been a personal witness to the ways in which charities can save lives.

Rihanna and Beenie Man keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!





SizzlaKalonji_ReggaeDancehall-BujuBanton.jpgSizzla Kalonji's most highly anticipated album, The Overstanding is scheduled to be released on November 21st. The album will be marketed and distributed by DDMG/Kalonji Records. The following day after the release of the album, Sizzla will embark on a U.S. tour to promote the album.

Emerging in the latter half of the 90's, Sizzla quickly became one of the leaders in the modern dancehall movement. The success of Praise Ye Jah in 1997, secured a strong following which placed him at the top as one of Reggae's great artist. He released Black Woman, & Child that same year, and the self-titled single become a reggae anthem, lasting almost one decade. It was within this era that he helped lead dancehall back to the musical and spiritual influences of roots reggae, favoring organic productions with heavy Rastafarian teachings, philosophies, and the Back To Africa Movement (Repatriation).

Sizzla has released over 40 albums which include a string of other very successful singles, crossing different genres in Reggae Music. In 1999, Be I Strong was released and Bobo Shanti in 2001, which was spiritually driven and had strong hip hop influence, and in 2002 Da Real Thing was definitely the Reggae album of the year, showing a more softer, mellow, and romantic material.





YvadDread_Reggaemusic.jpgOnce hailed in music circles as the Next Big Thing, these days, music aficionados have had to be asking instead: What happened to Yvad?

Well, these days Yvad is signed to New Beat Records, and is working on a new album which will be completed within the next two months.

"Since teaming up with Victor Simpson, I am just getting ready to launch the attack," Yvad said.

At this point, 12 tracks have been completed, and Yvad had worked with such industry heavyweights as Clive Hunt, Wayne Armond, David Kennedy, Michael Myrie, Bobby Digital, and Mikey Bennett.





Luciano drops Copeland Forbes as personal manager

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Luciano-copelandForbes.jpgSinger Luciano, known for the mega-hits 'Sweep Ova My Soul' and 'It's Me Again Jah', has terminated the services of Copeland Forbes, head of Comar Productions, as his personal manager effective November 4, 2006. He will, however, retain Mr. Forbes' services as a booking agent and tour manager.

"Ever since Jah Messenjah has been on the road, Mr. Fobres has been my tour manager, 'Fattis' was my personal manager at the time...Mr. Forbes is an influential, important and busy man as the world can see...this is to add somebody to the Jah Messenjah movement, Mr. Forbes will be in charge, we have never operated under a contract for the past 13 years, so we realize that Mr. Forbes needs help, and that's why we have brought in someone else," Luciano, who is now on his 'Child of a King' promotional tour in the United States.

Luciano's new manager is Lewis Folkes a.k.a Sean, who is the head of a production label called JALPO and according to Luciano, "has many connections in American and other parts of the world".





Dancehall Singer Lukie D - six-week European tour

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LuckyD_Dancehall.jpgTop notch crooner Lukie D is embarking on a six-week tour of Europe which will see him appearing in gigs in countries such as Switzerland, Germany, and Spain, as well as two shows in the Middle East hotbeds of Tel-a-Viv and Jericho.

"I am looking forward to the tour because I always hold a nice vibe in Europe because that is place that loves roots music," he told YardFlex.com.

"A lot of people don't even know I can sing roots, but I have a good repertoire of songs. When I go to Europe, I can perform songs that don't get any airplay in Jamaica, but it shows that if you do good music, you can always earn because there are people who appreciate it," Lukie D, who scored a major roots hit, 'Heavy Load' in Europe as far back as 1995.





Sexy Kimberly is back with a bang

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Name: Kimberly --- Age: 21

Height: 5'7 ---- Weight: 126lb

Favorite dish: I am not going to lie on this one, I like just about any dish from once it's properly prepared and taste good.

What do you like about Jamaica: It's a beautiful country with wonderful people despite the violence, and since getting the opportunity to travel I acknowledge that every country has their own little issues to deal with.





2Much2.jpgFew teens who one day fantasize about forming a hip-hop group, cutting a record and hitting the road, see that dream become a reality a year later, but that is exactly what has happened for Milo Stokes.

With the help of his cousin, stage and film star Omarion, and his dad, manager/director Chris Stokes, Milo and his two talented singer/dancer friends Marcel Wildy and Chris Cheeks, went from dancing and rhyming in each others' living rooms to cutting songs in a state of the art studio. The group was discovered by Omarion, who signed 2 Much to his O Records label, and is currently recording under the leadership of Chris Stokes, the man behind B2K and writer/director of "You Got Served."

While hanging with Omarion and B2K touring the states just a couple years ago, Milo, Wildy and Cheeks were eager to start their own group, one that would, like B2K, fuse hot dance moves with smooth R&B and hip-hop. During a New York show on the tour that dream took a giant leap toward reality when Chris Stokes spotted a young kid in the crowd with strong pipes and killer moves. After a brief audition backstage for Omarion the Bridgeport, Connecticut-native Myles Cleveland, became the missing link to the group Milo and the gang had dreamt about. And just like that, 2 Much was born.





BountyBeenieYardFlex_SeanPaul_Rihanna_DancehalD'Angell.jpgWhy Beenie and Bounty caan cool offa the word-throwing? Dem start it up again pon a new riddim. Bounty say whenever him want, him affi 'Get it back' meaning D'Angel, and mi hear that Beenie got over 20 songs voice and put down like a war him ago in Iraq.

Dutty Wine Mystery deepens

Dutty Wine, mix it up. The results of the autopsy are in…and it is inconclusive? Yea, that's what the authorities are saying, but perhaps more will be revealed with a forensic examination that will be performed next week at another lab. Till then, the family haffi just gwaan hold out till more information come out.





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

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01 2 16 Forty Sup'em-Capleton-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Ent (1wk@#1) U-1

02 3 13 Life Seeds-I-Wayne-Loyal Soldiers U-1

03 1 18 These Streets-Tanya Stevens-Tarantula Records (2wks@#1) D-2

04 5 14 Blazer-Ras Myrhdak-Blaque Warriahs/Trendsetta Entertainment U-1

05 4 19 Nothing with Them-Buju Banton-Gargamel D-1

06 8 7 Let's Dance-Voice Mail-Don Corleon U-2

07 9 9 Wah Dis, Wah Dis-Capleton-Don Corleon U-2

08 6 13 Goodas Fi Dem-Tony Matterhorn-Natural Bridge (2wks@#1) D-2

09 11 20 Most High-Jah Mason-New York Entertainment Movement U-2

10 14 10 Rude Boy Pledge-Cham - Mad House U-4

11 13 7 Traffic Jam-Stephen Marley feat Jnr Gong & Buju Banton - Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths U-2

12 7 11 Gangsta Guerilla-Mr. Peppa - Natural Bridge D-5

13 16 6 Tic Toc-Vybz Kartel-Fresh Air U-3

14 12 22 On My Mind-Daville-Fashowzy (3wks@#1) D-2

15 10 15 Inna Di Road-Chezidek-Massive B D-5





Bad Boy Records Inks Landmark Deal with VP Records and Dancehall Superstar Elephant Man

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Sean "Diddy" Combs of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment announced today a landmark deal with reggae/dancehall music label VP Records to market and distribute dancehall superstar, Elephant Man. "Elephant Man is one the greatest entertainers in his genre of music. When I saw him at Madison Square Garden ripping down the stage, I knew that he was the one. He will be a great addition to our team," Sean "Diddy" Combs said. The first release from Elephant Man under the new Bad Boy/VP Records venture is slated for spring 2007 with a single and video expected in early 2007.

Known for his high-energy live performances, Elephant Man a/k/a O'Neil Bryan is one of the few dancehall acts to crossover into mainstream music. Collaborations with Diddy, Cassie, Rhianna, Busta Rhymes, Shaggy, Mya, and long time collaborator Lil' Jon, are expected on his upcoming release. In addition to the new CD in the works, Elephant Man will also hit the road as a supporting act on Diddy's world tour to begin in February 2007 in support of Diddy's new album "Press Play," in stores this October.





Dancehall up for several Awards this month!

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BabyChamBeenieMan_BountyKiller_Seanpaul.jpgDancehall is proving to be a big hit on the international market this year, which is eveident in the nominations several artistes have racked up for Award shows coming up this month.

First up is Sean Paul who has garnered two nominations for the MTV European Music Awards for the Male and Hip Hop categories. The MTV EMAs that was held recently. Cham is up for 2 awards for the BET Hip Hop Awards on Wednesday, November 15; Best Collaboration and Rookie of the Year. Then the America Music Awards is up next on Tuesday, November 21, with Sean Paul getting a nomination for Male Artist in the Pop/Rock category.

Rihanna, Beenie Man and Tony Matterhorn keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong and move up the charts. Check out the track listings below!





Sony Pictures Pushing Shottas To the Top

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By: Janice Dayle

ShottasDirectorCessSilvera_SingerMonica.jpgShottas, an action packed urban classic film, is officially hitting the streets on Friday, November 3, 2006. This long awaited news was released on November 1, 2006 at a South Beach, Miami launch held at Santos. Select theatres in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Chicago will roll out the crisp, brand new version, as distributors Sony Pictures puts the Caribbean focussed and produced film to the gruelling mainstream test. Harbouring feelings of anxiety, described as being greater than an expectant dad's, director Cess Silvera is certain of box office success, saying Shottas today far surpasses all previously viewed underground bootlegged copies, with the inclusion of previously unreleased scenes.





What's popping - Why Kip Rich rushed Black-er

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KipRich_DancehallReggaeMusicBlacker.jpgWha dat go down between Kip-o and Blacker? Kip-o's camp ah say Black-er violate because him want get a hype pon the RE High School tour. Him get a big forward two weeks ago so it mussi get to him head, and him run on up a St. Hugh's on Wednesday and start sing 'No Man Caan Mek You Pap Down' the song him have wid Kip-O, and mek the selector even a play Kip Rich part.

Mi hear say everybody cut up over it, and Kip Rich rush him backstage. Wha Black-er ah try prove? No man no bigga dan no man inna the music business.

Why the Marleys never turn up for the Shottas premiere?

Wha happen to DMX mek hima behave so pon the people dem red carpet at the Shottas Premiere in Miami Wednesday night?

How Mikey Spice so talented? Him mash up Weekenz on Wednesday night.

How so much entertainer caan travel come up to Uncle Sam? Dem violate too much, man when dem get the chance fi come up ya, and look how much people ah yard waan the chance fi reach up inna the freezer fi mek a money.

Who will organize Reggae Sunsplash next year? Mi hear say ah some new people ah go step in.





capleton_awardsStMary.jpgSt. Mary's favourite son, Clifton 'Capleton' Bailey, was honoured recently by the St. Mary parish council for his sterling work in the area of charity. .

Capleton hails from Islington, and who is the brother to Olympian Aileen Bailey, also donated $1.2 million to various charities that day.

He was honoured for his consistency in donating to schools, hospitals and clinics in the parish. He has also assisted the Police Youth Club Sports programme.





Beenie Man's Undisputed album doing well

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BeeniemanUndisputed_albumDancehall.jpgBeenie Man has recently shoot a video for his new dancehall single, 'Reverse the Ting' on November 1, as he steps up the pace for the peak Christmas period.

"The 'Undisputed' album is doing well on its own, the tune with Akon, Girls, go number one on the reggae charts in Europe go straight back to Australia. Mi gone roun' Baby Cham, ah Sean Paul mi a run down now. Mi a come lock the place with three new singles for the Christmas," the deejay said.

In the meantime, the bouncy single, 'Hmm Hmm' is still a fixture on the Billboard R & B Hip Hop charts.





ONE THIRD RECORDS ON VIP RIDDIM

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Claude Mills
YardFlex Writer

Risingstars-OneThirdYardFlex_DancehallSexyGirls.jpgSince winning the Rising Stars competition, the group One Third has been inundated by requests for shows all over the island.

"Basically, we have a whole lot of events which we are booked through right to the end of the year, and into early January. The boys will also be appearing on Heineken Startime on November 11th, plus we have the Manhattans shows in Jamaica where we'll be performing on two legs in Mandeville and Montego Bay," manager Ray Alexander told YardFlex.com

The members of the group One Third are Al Johnson, Adrian Campbell and Miguel Walters.





Sika medley featuring Turbulence and Sasha

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Turbulence_and_Sasha-YardFlex.jpgThe Turbulance and Sasha clash songs on this rhythm "sell off" because of the buzz in the streets about the bitter end to their much-publicised relationship. Turbulance's 'No Man No Perfect' served as an excellent first blow to comments allegedly made by Sasha during a television interview recently as it mocks the ex-couple's 'We've Got The Love' song, and suggests that it was rumour-mongering that caused the end of their relationship, and declared in no uncertain terms that "mi nah look yu back".

For her part, Sasha replied with 'Got What You Need', a competent rebuttal of Turbulance's comments. There are some choice lines such as 'mi know yuh a man and mi muss get bun, but sex without a condom a careless fun'. But she also pokes fun at him using a man's voice to illustrate how Turbulance tried to justify his actions by saying: "Selassie I Jah Rastafari, a jacket dem a gi I, anno lie I a lie."





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Tony_Matharoon_Baby_Cham_Bares_Hammond_GoodasHypeTVSue_DuttyWine.jpgCould Tony Matterhorn be sued by the parents of the Tanisha Henry who died while allegedly doing the 'Dutty Wine' dance during a party in her Beacon Avenue community over the weekend?

Legal eagle Lloyd Stanbury believes that there are no legal grounds under which the family could successfully sue the performer or his record label for wrongful death and negligence.

"That would be a bit far-fetched," he said. "You can sue for anything but whether you are successful is another matter."

He went on to say: "There is no basis for liability, and I can't imagine how a court would interpret such a case because I don't see how one could extend liability to an artiste for simply doing a song. If he had been staging a concert, it would have been different because under the law, he would have needed insurance to cover his invited guests."





dmx-783954.jpgDMX told S2S magazine that he bears no responsibility for his illegitimate child because the mother of the baby "raped me. I mean, you know, that might sound like some bullsh-t. No man has ever been. you know what I mean, like never?"

And DMX' wife, Tashera Simmons, is standing by her man, claiming that the woman "came up to us [and] said 'I work for kids that are sickly," Simmons said in an interview with the magazine. She added that DMX said to give the woman his number. "At first, I said OK," Simmons said, "But, then I thought she looked deranged and obsessed with him."





LUDACRIS TOPS TIMBERLAKE ON HOT 100

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news_ludacris.jpgLudacris' "Money Maker" (featuring Pharrell) tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the second consecutive week after knocking Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" last week. Ludacris' run at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart ends after Chris Brown's "Say Goodbye" took the top spot on that chart.

Akon's "Smack That" (featuring Eminem) jumps No. 4 to No. 2 and is the chart's greatest sales gainer. The track also tops the Hot Digital Songs chart, knocking Hinder's "Lips of an Angel" from the top spot.

Hinder's track holds the No. 3 spot on the Hot 100 and jumps to No. 1 on the Pop 100, knocking out "SexyBack," which drops to No. 4 on the Hot 100. Rounding out the top five is another track from Timberlake, "My Love," which jumps from No. 8 to No. 5, making it the chart's greatest airplay gainer.





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