February 2007 Archives
Jamaican artist Nadine Sutherland has just wrapped shooting on the music video for her newest hit single "Big Tingz" from her upcoming album Call My Name on Eight76 Records (in stores April 3, 2007).
The upbeat single was released to radio earlier this month, and has quickly become a staple at reggae radio in South Florida and is picking up steam all over the Caribbean. Shot on location at the beautiful Negril Escape resort in Negril, Jamaica the video is directed by Michelle Barnes (Red Rat's "Crying For My People" and Macka Diamond's "Bun Him") of Mad Multimedia Productions and choreographed by local dancers Erica Allen, Anika Thomas, and Nakoy Asher.
Every member of the cast and crew was local, from the stylists to the set auditors. Eight76 Records exec Myshjua Archibald flew down to oversee the shoot and was thrilled with the results. "The talent in Jamaica always blows me away.
"The album is a quiet masterpiece - easily the best effort from a Marley progeny yet" (Interview Magazine)
Stephen Marley, GRAMMY winning artist and producer has announced that he is launching a much anticipated tour this spring. Kicking off on Friday, March 30, the tour is happening in association with the Ghetto Youths International Foundation and will feature special guest 'Jr. Gong.' The tour will run through May, hitting more than 40 cities with acclaimed artist K'naan also in tow.
Billed as the Mind Control North American tour, Ghetto Youths International will contribute one dollar from every ticket sold to the Marley's homegrown charity, The Ghetto Youth Foundation, which provides aid and programs to children struggling in impoverished and war-ravaged conditions around the globe. Highlights of the 3-month tour of Canada and the US will also include performances at the World Ski & Snowboard Championships in Whistler, British Columbia on Sunday, April 15, Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA on Friday, April 27, and Jazzfest in New Orleans on Saturday, May 5.
Kingston, Jamaica: -- The curtains are set to rise on the 2006 Actor Boy Awards on Tuesday, March 27, when thespians and theatre lovers alike will don their best to celebrate the nation's best theatrical output for 2006. The prestigious award will once again take over the boards at the Little Theatre on Tom Redcam Avenue in Kingston.
It will be time once again for the potent combination of glitz, glamour and talent from inside and outside the theatre community. Celebrated crooner Ken Boothe is among the performers who will take to the stage. The show will also feature performances by comic actor Christopher Daley and Andrew Lawrence. These performances will help to add some additional spice to this the 16th year of the awards.
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot
Date of Birth: 01/21/84
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Ambition: I want to become a business administrator and a choreographer.
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
Kingston, Jamaica: - 5th Element Recording artiste Richie Spice is currently touring the US to promote his second album. On Tuesday February 20, 5th Element Records in association with VP Records released 'In the Streets to Africa' to rave reviews. The March 2007 issue of Playboy Magazine gave it 4 stars saying, "...Spice offers an exception to the slackness and hyperactivity of dancehall. One of the best roots releases in years."
Promoting 'In the Streets to Africa' Spice performed at Zanzibar in Washington DC to a crowd of over 1000 on Friday February 16 and the Raggamuffin Festival on Long Beach in Los Angeles, California for over 10,000 people the following day. At the Raggamuffin Festival the crowd delighted as Spice crooned out such hits as 'Blood Again', 'Earth Ah Run Read', 'Brown Skin', 'Groovin My Girl', 'In the Streets', 'High Grade' and 'Marijuana'. The crowd insisted on an encore and Spice came back and completed 'Marijuana' and finished with 'Take It Easy'.
Hatrick Our champion again for last week was A, this makes it her second win, once again she face a sexy new challenger. Do you think she can score a Hatrick? Well cast your votes - BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW THE PHOTOS
On Tuesday February 20th, The Queen's School hosted their annual Sports Day, on the eve of Ash Wednesday. However after all the athletic events, there was a concert which featured the likes of LeftSide and Esco, Wayne Marshall, Richie Stephens, Idonia and Mavado.
According to a teacher at The Queens School, "the artsist were brought in the canteen to hangout until it was their time to perform onstage; Mavado, Wayne Marshall, LeftSide and Esco and Richie Stephens were all in the canteen except for Idonia. When he arrived he did not go into the canteen, he stood near the tent where the selector was, with his entourage".
By: Dr. S. Lawson
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that over 200,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed annually. It makes breast cancer the most common cancer in women. It is estimated that over 40,000 deaths from breast cancer occur annually in the Unites States. This makes breast cancer the second most common cause of death in women ages 20-59.
The precise etiology is unknown. Risk factors include genetics, endocrine, and environmental/lifestyle. Family history may be the most significant factor for the development of breast cancer. Women whose mothers develop breast cancer less than sixty years old has twice the relative risk (risk of developing breast cancer in comparison to the general population). If a woman has two first degree relatives (mother/sister) with breast cancer, the relative risk increases four times. Women with atypical hyperplasia (benign breast disease) have a relative risk of three times. Women with lobular carcinoma In Situ (CIS) have a relative risk of seven times.
By: Janice Dayle
Torill Kove, Montreal filmmaker who last night won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, "The Danish Poet," has a Jamaican connection. It is National Film Board of Canada Publicist, Pat Dillon-Moore, who not only navigated the film maker's way around the Los Angeles based ceremony, she also pushed that winning film - since it was produced by The National Film Board Of Canada.
Sista P, as Dillon-Moore is more popularly known by Montrealers who listen to her weekly radio programme on CKUT, had been more difficult to locate than usual and getting a hold of her for a chat about the much anticipated Academy Awards had been challenging over the past few months. Then a week before the Oscars, I caught a rare glimpse of her dashing into one of Sherbrooke Street's more trendy fashion spots toting oodles of bagels in shopping bags.
Chevelle Franklyn is without doubt one of the most outstanding Ministers of Music to have arrived on the gospel music scene over the past seven years. Her energy as a performer, insight as a songwriter/producer, vocal capacity as a singer, and her anointing as a worshiper has ensured her success as a leading, international, multiple award-winning Psalmist. Chevelle recorded her first work 'Here I Am' at the tender age of 14. Nurtured by some of the top names among Jamaica's music producers, Chevelle soon marked out a distinctive territory in Jamaica's dancehall culture scene.
Her future took a rosy turn and she recorded smash hits Nice and Naughty followed by No Pushover in 1992. But despite the great success, there remained a gaping hole in her soul. In 1998, during a concert, Chevelle, tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness, suddenly declared on stage a change of direction in her career and lifestyle, she decided to become a Christian. As a symbol of her signature to this new change, she sang Kirk Franklin's song 'Silver and Gold' on stage. She said: 'I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God.
By: Kaylia Williams
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
Kartel shots Roach's new "Purge' riddim with two songs!!
'Purge' has cause and will cause many dancehall fans, to think the longstanding friendship which Kartel and Roach shared has mended. But YardFlex.com got the scoop when we spoke with Roach himself Kartel's ex-manager. He told YardFlex.com in an exclusive interview yesterday that although the friendship between them has been cut off, Vybz Kartel voiced two songs for him - 'My Gun protect mine', and 'Betta Can Cook' on his latest riddim that is expected to be release anytime soon.
Still fans maybe he shock as to how Vybz Kartel voiced two songs for his ex-manager and as we all know they were both throwing heated words at each other during interviews that was conducted by ER and CVM, but nonetheless Roach explains, "one day mi a drive, an mi phone a ring suh mi just answer it, while mi riddim was playing, an when me tek a stack a Kartel dat pon di line - him seh what a gwaan an ting an me seh me deh yah ehh nuh, an him seh weh you a deal wid and mi seh, a one new riddim mi a deal with, and he kartel replied seh, a it that, it sound good, bring it come give mi," Roach said.
By: Janice Dayle
Although it is the shortest and coldest month, February has taken on a vibrant holiday type spirit as folk in North America and Jamaica get excited about the highly anticipated Black History Month celebrations. The greatest thing about Black History Month is the opportunity to become enlightened by the wealth of knowledge now easily accessible, as opposed to the not too distant past, when Black stories were muffled and seemingly deemed irrelevant. Africa has been called the mother of mankind, so the history of those from the African Diaspora is understandably huge.
Jamaica's own Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940), one of the most widely known advocates for the rights of Black people, once said - Mankind must know their history in order to chart their destiny. On February 7, 1926 the first Negro History Week was founded by American historian, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875 - 1950) and it was later expanded in 1976, to become Black History Month. In the United Kingdom, Black History Month is celebrated in October each year.
Sean Paul & Buju Banton topping the list of nominees - Oprah Winfrey will be given the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award
The 26th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), by Martin's International and Associates returns to Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theatre, in New York City on Saturday, May 5th, 2007, commencing at 8:00 pm for general admission, 7:00 pm for VIP ticket holders, and 6:00 pm for the nominees, performers, sponsors and other participants to walk the red carpet.
The official announcement and the releasing of the nominees were made on Tuesday, February 20th at a Press Conference, held at the Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston, Jamaica by Martin's International and Associates.
Chairman Ephraim Martin, Directors, Clifton Edwards and Austin McBean; along with several entertainers, nominees and media celebrities, such as: Tanto Metro, Cecile, Macka Diamond, Winford Williams, Daville, Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin and Loyal Hayley announced nominees for all 41 categories.
Preparation for the Opening Ceremony for the Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 is at an advanced stage according to Event Manager Martin Lewis.
The first rehearsal will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. and this will be followed by another at 5:15 --- which is the precise time at which the Opening Ceremony will commence. A final rehearsal will be held at 6:00 o'clock in the morning of March 11.
Already two mass rehearsal have been held. Lewis stated "we had 700 performers last Sunday. Then, on February 24, the full complement of more than 2,000 persons will participate. It is important for us to do these rehearsals at the venue, as the performers and crew must be acclimatised to the field, the stage and the grandeur of it all."
Lewis said that the Opening Ceremony will be the greatest challenge for the integration of functional areas during the two-month tournament.
By: Janice Dayle
Leading Reggae Music industry players gave the following opinions on "DJ Lyrical Mayhem," that they say - threatens to upstage the culture, the rhythm and irie mood of Reggae.
Not everything that is popular is right and not everything right is popular, so we say to people who claim to be preachers, teachers, motivators and inspirers - your examples will not be ignored so be careful. On the other hand…instead of fighting the bad - go ahead and promote what is good…no-one who promotes darkness wins. The only way to win is to create a light and shine in it.
YardFlex: Do you consider celebrity DJs as role models?
Tony Rebel: Whether you want to be one or not - the people see you as a role model, so understand that the field brings responsibility…and realise that someone will be emulating you regardless of what you do…so if that is the kind of seed you want to sow then sow on.
Our champion for week one was A, she now goes up against a new challenger. Do you think she can make it her second win? Well cast your votes - BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW THE PHOTOS
Beenie Man King of bad luck
Mi sehh people from mi know Beenie Man, him always have some badluck or crosses a follow him. We all know that January a fi him bad lucky month. Yeah yuh remember him crash di Humma and then them accused him fi Bogle Killing. Well this time him bad blessings gone over inna di month of February. After di doctor well gone a Weddy Weddy fi enjoy him self, some cross, angry and miserable patrons slash all four tires. Only if cars could talk, then him woulda know 'A Who!
Before that the Doctor went to the Bob Marley show go get him self embarrass. Him neva bill for the show and him always a run off him mouth sehh him have more number one than Bob Marley, but yet him waan fi go sit round a VIP. Mi hear sehh the Doctor and him entourage walk wid a big King chair ready fi go spread out, but when di security dem spot him a come, dem direct him to the normal side. So im seh de Marley dem disrespek im…but the fact is im nevah deh pon de bill, an security haffe do dem job - which is let een artist weh deh pon de bill. No disrespek no eena dat!
Cross angry miserable was the temper of dancehall warrior Bounty Killer last week Thursday at the Asylum nightclub. Normally Beenie Man would have been the number one suspect on Bounty's list of terror, but instead, it was none other than his former son Vybz Kartel 'Addi Di Techa'. Bounty Killer chanted a serious of tongue-lashing at the Asylum nightclub in New Kingston, warning his fans that every "Palmer is a Bl**dcl**t informer."
This statement had the whole of Asylum in a frenzy, lighters went flickering, sounds of hands beating down the walls of the club.
luckily patrons were search before entering the club because you would surely see torches blazing in the roof of the Asylum
Next on the slaughter board was the King of Dancehall Beenie Man. "Di bowy switch and a par wid di fish - him violate and dis him real friends dem," as usual an angry Bounty Killer said.
With just a few weeks remaining for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup (CWC) in the Caribbean, the first set of participating nations will begin to arrive this week for the International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament.
Bermuda lead a list of three teams, slated to compete in a Tri Series in Antigua and Barbuda from February 25 to 28, who will land in the twin-island host venue. The Bermudians, which will be competing in the Cricket World Cup for the first time, are scheduled to arrive on Monday night. Bangladesh are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday afternoon and Canada on Friday morning.
The three countries will lock horns at Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG) in a four-day series before departing on March 1 to their respective locations for CWC warm-up matches.
How do you know if the Spirit is Real?
I've always heard the story of the little boy who asked the same question. His mother asked if he could feel, or touch his tooth ache
. The boy replied by saying no, yet it hurts and I know it's there. The mother concluded that the spirit is similar, you can't see it but you know it's there.
Power of Love
God's grace teaches us how to live righteously - (Titus 2:11-12)
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.
God's grace is the most perfect example of love, unselfishness, and compassion. Never has there been anyone more perfectly justified
in delivering... well...justice. And, we are equal dissevering of that justice. And the justice that we deserve is death. Yet, God
offers us life. He offers us life eternal in Heaven. So, if you are looking for someone to model your life after, it's Jesus.
Blackrose is an East African artist who is widely in love with Jamaica. I love Jamaica because of the reggae music, people, talents and dancing. I had been growing up watching much of VHC1, MTV there I discover some of my favourite artists like Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Neneh Cherry, Mc Hammer and more. By age of 8 I was exposed into reggae music. My bigger brother Anil Mohamed owned several reggae records and his favourite was Bob Marley. I loved the music of Bob Marley too we use to listen to his tracks often. As the years went by I got to know Maxi Priest, Patra, Shaba Ranks and Diana King. That was when I was 12 years I started to learn me dancing Dancehall/ Reggae Muffin as it was called those days. Then right then I started composing my own songs.
I was singing to my friends and family for fun. While at school in Uganda I won a singing contest by singing Patra's song "Worker Man". The artist who held the contest was known by name of Shanks Vividee and I was to attend to any of his show by mentioning Patra`s name. It was just one simple call I made at one radio station one day in Tanzania. I was to send shout out to my friends and the Dj asked me to hang on he will talk to me after he set the song I request on air. Anxiously I waited and there he was on phone again John Delinga. He though I had a sweet voice and he was wondering if I could sing. I admitted yes I could and it is one of my dreams. Right there and then I was invited to open the concert for different artists from Tanzania. I cried loud said "I have songs but no instrumental". He assured me that would not be a problem at all can be fixed by using other artist beats that goes with my song.
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot
YES!! yes mi deh yah sah it deh pon we in a dis country yah, di police dem a dead like woah! A wha happen man, jus other day again a police get shot a Brook Valley no sah sumtin nuh rite. Please mi a beg unu maintain di peace.
Pon di topic of death - YardSuss send condolences fi Curly Locks from Twins of Twins his child died from Tomaine poisoning but im a question the cause, im say im nuh tink a dat still . All our love goes out to you.
Don Mafia wearing bulletproof vest
No sah a how Don Mafia a talk di tings dem suh pon BeenieMan, if u neva tune in to Onstage pon CVM unu miss out. Keep wearing yuh bullet proof vest cus we nuh wah hear seh u drop out like the unsolved mystery. Lawd god! Don Mafia it all look like seh a di ole a Beenie Man hits u write, gwaan yah Mafia carry yuh lawyer dem come from farin and sue im cause im nuh memba weh yuh do fi him, but wen u get di money memba mi.
By: Janice Dayle
Chief Overseas Editor
Jermaine Dupri was appointed President of Island Records Urban Music last week..
Commonly billed as a top number one hit maker and rightly so, Dupri has churned out a series of winning sounds over 15 years since his first number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, "Jump" with Kris Kross in 1992. His consistent success as a producer and songwriter thrust the 2005 Grammy Award Winner, for Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together," to the top of this new division at the Island Def Jam Music Group. Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ), announced the appointment which requires Dupri to oversee Island’s entire urban music operation in addition to producing artists on the IDJ roster and providing his expert production services to the entire Universal Music Group family of labels.
Dupri will be based in Atlanta and New York as he takes on this newly created position and will report directly to L.A. Reid as well as to Steve Bartels, President, Island Records/COO, IDJ Music Group, on operational matters. "I'm so excited to be reunited with L.A. Reid because most of my biggest hits were when he and I worked together," said Dupri. "And then to be working side by side with Steve Bartels -- I don't think there's a better team because he's by far the best in the game. I can't wait for us to start stuntin' on y'all."
Gargamel Music is happy to announce that our CEO and marque artist, dancehall-reggae icon Buju Banton graces the cover of this month's Ragga magazine (#82), based out of France. The engaging eight-page feature story "Revenge of the Rudeboy" was written by senior contributor David Commeillas, who reasons with Banton about the recent passing of his uncle, the late, great Joseph "Culture" Hill, the development of his Gargamel Music record label, and of course, the new album Too Bad, which has been received tremendously well in the territory.
Too Bad really is too bad and "Driver A" is one of the best songs ever," says Gilbert Pytel, Editor in Chief of Ragga. All the French massive love this tune." He adds, "Buju is the only DJ who can sing on a one drop and ride a bogle riddim with the same cleverness...he's an old school artist who can easily compete with the new generation. The eternal artist!"
The Rodeo Grounds in Daisy Miami was full to capacity leaving a heap of people outside and turned away from the February 10, 2007 staging of Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths, 'For The Love Of It Tour. A crowd of 7000 strong rammed the venue that had its doors closed by police to maintain capacity codes.
This audience knew what to expect and the best is what they got, as both artists brought them to the raw foundation with energy driven performances. Marcia rip it up - especially on the piece that had everyone chanting "To the left to the left."
Beres did not disappoint either - riding each and every rhythm to a heart-rending finish line where fans met him with tumultuous wails of approval. His amazing voice worked it all out for the massive, who put up no resistance to the overwhelming thrills sent their way by Beres.
Christopher - 'Giving it' to us like a true rising star.
Photos by Carlington Wilmot
Date of Birth: April 28 1984
Weight: not at liberty to say! lol - joke! who cares 145
Achievements: Miss Jamaica World 2001, Leading actress Goathead(Jamaican Film) Short appearance in One Love(Jamaican Film)
What do you like most about your self: Positive attitude
Vegas' two singles 'Nuh Friend From Dem' and Teck 'Whey Yuhself' are tearing up the dancehall scene right now. The catchy beat and infectiousness of the songs seem to lull listeners and have them caught up in the addictive groove.
The lately released videos for these songs are something else. Director J Will shows creativity, ingenuousness and it wasn't hard to see the raw talent shining through.
In 'Nuh Friend From Dem' the director moves away from the traditional skinny girls gyrating away and instead creates an intriguing Vegas decked out in his outlaw outfit taking that slow deliberate walk to face off with his rival in a classic western duel to the death! Very original. Kudos to the directing team on this one.
One of Dennis Brown's former schoolmates once recounted a time in their childhood when Dennis would perform for children in the yard of his elementary school. His lyrics were reportedly witty and sometimes naughty, gaining big laughs and cheers from the wide-eyed and innocent audience who would show their appreciation by offering Dennis certain amounts of money if he would sing their requests. Dennis was setting the stage for a lifetime of wooing crowds with the wonderful voice that earned him the title Crown Prince of Reggae.
Excerpts from interview done: 22 Oct 1980 in L. A.
DENNIS BROWN: I used to work with a band called the Falcons...At the time, we used to have a girl called Cynthia Richards, and you had Noel Brown, and there was another brother called Scotty who was a DJ at the time [on "Draw Your Brakes"]...We used to all be in the Falcons.
By: Melton Williams
Out of favour England-based Reggae Boy Marlon King broke his silence over the alleged report that he had women in his hotel room and other issues during the two-match England tour in May and June of last year.
King spoke for the first time about the wide-spread report after he was slapped with a two-year ban a few days ago by the disciplinary committee of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) into misconduct charges during the England tour.
The Reggae Boy was not present at the hearing citing that he had work
commitments for his Premiership club Watford. However, he defended his
position not to make himself available for the crucial hearing in Jamaica.
And the Grammy Award for The Best Reggae Album goes to Ziggy Marley
Love Is My Religion hurled Ziggy Marley to the top reggae spot in the 49th annual Grammy awards show held at Los Angels' Staples Center on February 11, 2007.
Introduced as a Grammy category in 1985, the category of Best Reggae Album had a roster of the industry's' finest up for 2007 awards. Ziggy's triumph this year comes as the 4th such honour for him, as he walked down the Grammy Award winning road before in 1988, 1989 and 1997.
Also nominated for the 2007 award were: Buju Banton for "Too Bad," Matisyahu with his album "Youth," Sly and Robbie's "Rhythm Doubles," and UB40's "Who You Fighting For."
Never to be worn out is the old adage - love conquers all. So we join Ziggy and his father Bob Marley in encouraging the manifestation of this very sound message of love worldwide. Congratulations to you Ziggy Marley for the win and big up as well to all 2007 nominees.
TOP 50 SONGS OF 2006
COMPILED BY RICHIE B....HOST OF "THE HOT MIX" ON HOT 102 FM
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
1. DUTTY WINE.....................TONY MATTERHORN
2. GASH DEM AND LIGHT DEM.........CHUCK FENDER
3. BUN HIM........................MACKA DIAMOND & BLACKER
4. TOPPA TINGS....................CAPLETON
5. GHETTO STOR....................BABY CHAM
6. ON MY MIND.....................DAVILLE
7. THESE STREETS..................TANYA STEVENS
8. HEART ATTACK...................BEENIE MAN
9. DO YOU KNOW....................MR VEGAS
10. WEH DEM A DO...................MAVADO
11. NUH BADDA MI...................MR PERFECT
12. FORTY SUP'EM...................CAPLETON
13. MAMA DON'T CRY.................GYPTIAN
14. GOODAS FI DEM..................TONY MATTERHORN
15. HAFFI GET THE NOOKIE...........SIZZLA
16. GANGSTER ROCK..................ELEPHANT MAN
17. BAD OUT DEH....................ALOZADE Feat. KIPRICH & CHICO
18. BLAZER.........................RAS MYRHDAK
19. THE PRAYER.....................LITTLE HERO
20. LET'S DANCE....................VOICE MAIL
WINNERS' LIST FOR EME AWARDS 2006
1) DJ OF THE YEAR (MALE): CAPLETON
SONGS........JUMP OFF, WAH DIS - WAH DIS, HIT
AFTER HIT, JAH PROTECT US, FORTY SUP'EM, TOPPA TINGS
2) DJ OF THE YEAR (FEMALE): MACKA DIAMOND
SONGS........NUH FREN YUH MATE, BUN HIM
3) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (MALE): DAVILLE
SONGS........ALWAYS ON MY MIND, THIS TIME I PROMISE
4) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (FEMALE): TANYA STEVENS
SONG (S).....THESE STREETS
5) PRODUCER/LABEL OF THE YEAR: DONOVAN BENNETT FOR
DON CORLEONE LABEL
There is a lot that I could say about Chrisinti, but most of you already know how soulful his voice is (that rootsy, bluesy thing he does), great live performer, etc., ...none of it would be unexpected or inaccurate. Still, before I was co-owner of a record label, I was a music lover. So, music fan to music fan, LOVE IS GONNA KEEP US TOGETHER is a record that I lovingly share with you.
From the moment I heard Chris singing the hook in the studio and saw YahBreeze laying the track I felt something about this song. Even though it's a love song, it's also a message that is true for everyone. No matter the crisis, no matter the drama, no matter the messed up things we say to each other sometimes (because we feel messed up and misery loves company) - the reason we keep coming back around to hope is that we were born with an innate desire to connect with someone or something on a universal level. Music does that at it's highest vibration. Underneath that jaded expression, I think you feel me (Jah know we ain't in it for the money).
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot
YARDFLEX GIRL OF THE WEEK
Name: Nerissa Irving
Date of birth: 04-03-86
What do you like most about your self? My eyes, and my goofy personality
'The man who thinks he's larger than life' the title of the Taurian's first album formerly introduced Omar Riley a.k.a Taurus Riley into the music industry in 2001. The name Taurus Riley originated from him being ruled under the sign Taurus and the style he first came on the scene with, his friends said he fired musical shots with the fast pace that he would deejay, both were combined hence the name Taurus Riley.
The new musical sensation got hands on experience from his dad Jimmy Riley who is a veteran in the music fraternity, he shared, that life was always in the studio and traveling with his dad and so he was exposed to the music and to other veterans which he looks up to such as Beres Hammond and instrumentalist Dean Frazer.
Brick & Lace is the first official act signed to Akon's Konvict/Geffen imprint. The group is releasing their debut album in May featuring production from Akon, Tony Kelly, Raphael Saadiq, and Will.I.Am.
Part urban singers and part urbane songstresses, sibling duo Brick & Lace are genre-busters who staunchly defy the 30-second pitch. The amalgamated sound that makes up their 180/Geffen debut, Love Is Wicked, is unique, though also at once very familiar.
Born to a Jamaican father and an American mother and raised predominantly in Kingston, Jamaica, on an opulent musical diet of reggae, R&B, hip hop, pop and country, 26-year-old Nyanda and 24-year-old Nailah Thorbourne couldn't help but be trans-eclectic. "We are a hybrid," affirms Nailah in her effortlessly sexy West-Indian lilt. "It's not fabricated at all; it's who we are."
The flamboyant former model Anna Nicole Smith has died near Miami, Florida at the age of 39, her lawyer has said.
Smith, a former Playboy bunny, married Texas oil billionaire J Howard Marshall II in 1995 when she was 26 and he was 89. He died a year later.
She spent years in court fighting his son for a share of his estate, the Supreme Court awarded her $88 million in 2006.
Her nurse called Seminole Hard Rock Hotel staff and when they arrived in her hotel room, Anna Nicole was unconscious and could not be resuscitated. At current press time, there was no apparent cause of death. We are on standby at Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital awaiting a Press Conference.
Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart www.hypetvjam.com
TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
01 02 06 Shaggy - Church Heathen - Big Yard - 1wk@#1
02 01 12 Buju Banton - Driver - Gargamel - 6wks @ #1
03 04 14 Morgan Heritage – Brooklyn & Jamaica - Juke Box
04 03 15 Chuck Fenda/Cherine-Coming Over Tonight-Berchill-Peak @#2
05 06 19 Mr. Vegas - Hot Wuk - In The Streets - 4wks@ #1
06 07 11 Da'Ville - This Time I Promise - Fashozy
07 08 10 Degree - Turn U On - Pot Of Gold
08 09 05 Erup - Run Dem Head - Heart of Love
09 05 14 Elephant Man - Hot Love - Stainless Records - Peak @#3
10 12 04 Richie Spice-Brown Skin-Don Corleon
11 11 09 Rass Ptah - Life so Hard - Amplex Records
12 13 08 Tessanne Chin - Hide Away - Klariti Productions
13 10 21 J.Gong/S.Marely/Buju - Traffic Jam - Ghetto Youths - Peak@#2
14 15 04 Macka Diamond - Hula Hoop - Hand & Heart
15 16 03 Movado/ Serani - Dying - Daseca
After partying the night away last weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel where P. Diddy left his own party abruptly to avoid being in the same room with R. Kelly the singer reportedly developed appendicitis. According to his lawyer, R. Kelly was operated on.
The R & B singer/producer remains in good condition, but the hospitalization will force him to miss a Wednesday court date in his child pornography case.
In 2002, Kelly, 40, was charged with 14 counts of child pornography, after he was seen on a videotape having sex with a minor girl.
On February 6 each year, celebrations and tributes ring out around the world in memory of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, born on this day in 1945. Succumbing to a menacing cancer at the age of 36, he was prematurely taken from us on May 11, 1981. Lauded with several accolades that include Order of Merit in Jamaica, Bob Marley was crowned The King of Reggae Music by a fan base that spans the four corners of the earth.
The powerful force guiding young Bob Marley from very humble beginnings in Nine Miles St Ann and Trench Town's inner city, through to his being not only a colossal artistic success, but also a steadfast proponent of social justice and human rights is relentless, and lives on in the long legacy of compelling tracks left for the world to reflect on and enjoy. In a 1979 European interview Marley noted he was driven to speak out against weapons, wars, the corrupted or programmed, like those who create actual or virtual weapons to overthrow others. "Scientists still studying and not listening to what I am saying, but if they are not creating things for good, but creating weapons to overthrow people, they will get overthrown with it too," Marley opined. He went on to say the needy shall not be forgotten and the expectations of the righteous shall not perish.
The lush, verdant, and blessed parish of St Ann will be staging perhaps one of Jamaica's most authentic Reggae shows - Smile Jamaica - on Saturday, February 10.
The concert will pay homage to the most pioneering Reggae act in the world-Robert Nesta Marley - and will feature quite appropriately, his promising sons in concert with a host of other competent and conscious acts. The show will cap off Bob Marley Week, which runs from Sunday, February 4 to Sunday, February 11.
The concert is billed as the most 'rootsy' Reggae show for the year, with live bands, and a commanding set of performers slated to work and are destined to thrill. Heading this list are the Marley brothers Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-mani, who have trod their own musical path and who have proved themselves worthy of the Reggae accolades they've been receiving. It's just as symbolic as it is special, as this will be the first time they have ever shared the same stage in Jamaica.
Gargamel Music, Inc. is extremely proud to announce that Buju Banton's hit single, "Driver A" is the second highest debut on this week's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart, sliding in at a cool #75. Previous Buju Banton Billboard chart entries include "Champion" back in 1995 and "Make My Day" in 1993.
The classic reality tune "Driver A" is the second single from Banton's critically acclaimed, 2007 Grammy-nominated album Too Bad, currently #7 on Billboard's Reggae Album Chart. The music video is set to be shot in Brooklyn, New York by director Troy Antonio ("Nothing" Refix/100 Watt Medley," "Magic City").
On the day that a 5.3 earthquake on the Richter scale hit Jamaica, mi get some bad news from one of mi girlfriend dem from farin. She go get tangled inna one what mi call 'Visa Marriage' but she did in love with the coot at the time, but she neva know say him is a real ole dawg who caan keep him tings inna him pants.
She bawl to me how she go search him email - by accident she claim - and find out say him is a swinger because the two couples dem weh him have sex wid send him some kinky email and ah talk 'bout dem experiences together. My girl shock, her hair almost turn gray, because she never woulda guessed that her man was a GRIMY NIGGA. So she start pay careful attention to what a gwaan and insist pon him using a condom because the HIV ting wicked. That is when she start see more tings, him come home wid sperms pon him underpants and dem dutty tings de. So my girl just start move him quietly, especially since the loving neva too right.
Souvenir Guide for Cricket World Cup to hit bookstores
Work is now taking place around the clock to produce the Official Souvenir Guide for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
With the Cricket World Cup (CWC) opening ceremony scheduled for March 11 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Trelawny, Jamaica -- the first Official Publication for the eagerly-awaited tournament will hit bookstores and select locations throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the cricket-playing world -- including Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and the UK later this month.
The book, which is produced by The Nation Publishing Company Limited in Barbados, will provide a wealth of detailed information on the event, from profiles of the 16 participating nations, to players to watch, highlights of previous ICC Cricket World Cups and a breath-taking showcase of the nine Caribbean Host Venues.
Inserts from TVJ's Entertainment Report
Kirk Roberts, Aidonia's manager, has denied that the deejay was bottled off the stage at Spectrum at UWI, Mona.
"Rumours..." he said of the statements. "The single bottle was thrown towards Icon direction, and Idonia point to his people, and say nobody nuh move, dem fi memba when other artistes were onstage, they were bottled as well, ah just politics why dem say is Idonia and Sunshine alone. Him do him whole set, him even do the song 'Bushkash' and then him exit, as Idonia finish work, we mek one big motion from backstage, parking lot, car, and drive gone, people ah tell lie say a Skatta fling bottle, that is not true, Skatta never do that, a just lie...we hear it was planned by persons who we will not name."
He said there were persons with a vested interest in seeing Aidonia's career fall by the wayside.
"Dem say that by this year, it (the bottle-flinging) must done Idonia career, a certain selector say that. One thing me a tell them, if dem can duplicate self and turn into one million fans, because Aidonia fan base is big, that is why the people vote him as artiste of the year," he said.
P Diddy has revealed he's already bought his six-week old daughters their first piece of bling.
Diddy's long term girlfriend Kim Porter gave birth to the twin girls Jessie James and D'Lila Star on 21 December and Diddy, real name Sean Combs, told People recently that he is very much the doting dad.
He said: "I bought them their first pair of diamond earrings. Tiny Tiffany diamonds for babies."
Diddy, who runs the fashion label Sean John, hopes such gifts will pass on his interest in style: "If they're not into fashion, that's cool. But I think they will be."
By: Anthony Turner
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
Almost 2 weeks ago, sound system selector/ dj Tony Matterhorn, who was barred for almost three years from traveling to the USA, secured his travel documents and work permit to enter the USA. Matterhorn garnered worldwide notoriety last year when his controversial hit song "Dutty Wine" shot to the top of the charts and became number around the world. The song was the rave in dancehalls across Europe, Jamaica, the Caribbean, the USA and Canada. Ms. J. Lexy Brooks, CEO of VIP Connected Entertainment - the agency that handles management, bookings and promotions for the DJ was very instrumental in helping the DJ regain his travel/working privileges to the USA. In a recent interview, done at her office in NY, Brooks candidly answered questions about the DJ's future and outlined plans which her company has to celebrate his long awaited return to USA.
Q1: Now that Tony has his travel documents, what does this means for him?
A1: First let me say how really excited I am that Tony now can travel and work in the USA again. I know it was a very, very long wait but fans stateside will soon be graced with his presence and the opportunity to see their favorite selector turn DJ perform live. I know the United States; specifically New York is one of Tony's favorite places. I am certain that it’s somewhere he is anxiously looking forward to returning to.
By: Dr. S Lawson
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD). HPV is at epidemic proportions in the united States. There is an 80% life time risk of acquiring this infection. Twenty million people in the United States alone are infected with HPV but are unaware of it. Cervical cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer world wide. HPV affects primarily the cervix, but the penis, anus, and the mouth can be infected.
Predisposing risk factors include smoking, oral contraceptive pills, pregnancy (low immunity), inadequate nutrition, early age of sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, weakened immune system (HIV positive, chemotherapy) and other STDs i.e. Chlamydia. Transmission requires skin to skin contact. Some strains of HPV predispose women to develop cervical cancer and some strains have predisposing factors for warts. HPV-DNA test is available to detect the presence of HPV infection in women. The Pap (Papanicolaou) test is a screening test that will identify precancerous cells of the cervix so that further diagnostic and therapeutic work up can be implemented to prevent the development of cervical cancer. Gardasil is a vaccine, approved by the FDA, for young girls and young women age 9-26 that provides substantial protection against the most common strains of HPV.
By: Shilo Evans
Greetings Da'Ville, it's been a few years since we talked. How are you?
I'm doing fine at the moment, thanks.
Well, well, well...you've been doing big things recently. How does it feel?
Well every thing feels good right now. I can't complain at all.
Your single 'On My Mind' a mad all a di woman dem...the video I see is on your MySpace page. The single is also the lead on VP's 'Strictly The Best' compilation.
How has the response been?
The response has been tremendous, people finally feeling the vibes and showing appreciation for my music, so everything is looking good.
THE EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT (EME) AWARDS 2006
CATEGORIES / NOMINEES
1) DJ OF THE YEAR (MALE):
2) DJ OF THE YEAR (FEMALE):