Photos by Carlington Wilmot
Photos by Carlington Wilmot
Photos by Carlington Wilmot
YardFlex's Hollywood week got off to a great meaningful start thanks to our Host, BET and our Sponsors, New Creation Records and Catch A Fire Clothing. They rolled out the Red Carpet to ensure that YardFlex was well equipped to catch up with the throngs of celebrities in LA for The Main Event, The BET Awards 2007.
Dressed in casual Catch A Fire get-up, our first stop was at the SAG Building on the outskirts of Beverly Hills, California. There we witnessed a more solemn side of some of our favorite urban celebrities as they participated in the "1 in a Million" campaign launch and got publicly screened for HIV to illustrate their personal commitments to ending the AIDS epidemic.
HIV/AIDS tests were conducted in front of cameras and media in conjunction with this "1 in a Million" campaign that is a call-to-action for 1 million Black Americans to get screened for HIV by World AIDS Day '08 - December 1, 2008. The campaign which is the brainchild of Tony Wafford is a part of the National Black AIDS Mobilization (BAM), whose lofty goal is to end the AIDS epidemic in Black America by 2012.
Usher has been spotted in public apparently walking on cloud nine from the joy of the anticipated birth of his first child with Tameka Foster, his fiancée. At 28 years-old the singing superstar seems to be just a baby himself compared to Fosters status. She is 9 years his senior, a divorcee and already has 3 other children . Their baby, due in the fall, will be Usher's first child and Foster's fourth. The recently engaged couple announced their expectation in a statement to the AP Press, "we are extremely excited at this point in our lives, planning our wedding and the joy that comes with expecting our first child together. We hope people will be happy for us and respect our privacy during this happy period in our lives."
As reported earlier by YardFlex, Foster is Usher's former stylist that was released from employment by his mom, who was Usher's Manager at the time. Although she is no longer the pop sensation's Manager, it is still unclear whether Tameka has been retained as Usher's professional stylist. However, we can assume that like most Hollywood couples, she will have some influence on her partner's style. The 37-year-old stylist is recently divorced from Noontime Music co-founder Ryan Glover.
The Port Royal Music festival has already been established as Kingston's premier music festival with its outstanding debut last year. Finally Kingston can flaunt a major event which offers the perfect combination: breath taking ambiance, and top rate musical selections including John Holt, Boyz II Men, Atlantic Star and Tessanne Chin just to name a few. This year's main event, scheduled for August 25th, promises an even more diverse and critically acclaimed line up. An already high standard has been raised, even higher and the promoters have truly out - done themselves by securing Regina Belle for Port Royal Music festival 2007.
Regina Belle is a Grammy award winning Rhythm and Blues (R and B) and contemporary urban vocalist who possesses exceptional technical ability, strength and the career to verify these claims.
Get ready to hear the summer banger of 2007 from Eve featuring Sean Paul called "Give It To You". This is Eve's second single from her forthcoming album "Here I Am" due in stores August 7!
Ever since Eve broke on the scene in 1999 she's had a knack for making stardom look easy. Grammy Award winner. Check. Starring in blockbuster films. Check. Achieving elite status as a fashion icon. Check. The "blonde bombshell" is a triple threat entertainer in the truest sense of the term. And one of the reasons you can't take your eyes off of her is your ears. In an era when success in hip-hop is built on the portentous hype of saving the genre from imminent gloom and doom or testosterone driven beef, Eve remains a bankable star who grabs your attention with her consummate talent for crafting infectious hits. She's proof positive that hip-hop doesn't need to be saved or resurrected; it just needs a woman's touch every now and then.
Photo by Carlington Wilmot
Presently sitting pretty at number one of The Choice FM Reggae Chart is 'Always On My Mind' by Da'Ville featuring Sean Paul. The song was originally the title track of Da'Ville's second album. It got some decent airplay as a very good lovers rock track, but then came the remix featuring Mr Sean 'hitmaker' Paul, and the track was transformed from a 'nice' radio track into Da'Ville's first potential world smash. The remade video should be on the screens soon.
Da'Ville may be a new name to most, but he's been around for a hot minute as they say in Hip Hop. He first came to our attention as the lead singer of the group ARP (A Raw Perspective), they burst on to the scene with some gorgeous harmonies on a Special of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' for the immortal Stone Love sound system. They then had a stint as Brian & Tony Gold's replacements in Kingston's studios as the backing Harmony group of choice for many a producer.
By -- CJ
These days it seems that female celebrities are predominantly courting the legal system, from Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Naomi Campbell to Rapper Foxy Brown. However, it's the Brooklyn MC that seems to be pulling ahead for the number of incidences she's had with the law. Incidentally, it is another female that Brown had to thank last Thursday for her freedom. The Ill Na Na was faced with jail time for violating her probation, stemming from her fracas in a beauty supply store in Florida, however, Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson saved her the confinement and restored her probation despite objections from Attorney Mathilda Leo of the Probation Department. Judge Jackson announced, "I'm going to restore her to probation. There's no necessity for the court to monitor her."
She also complemented the smiling rapper. "I see a positive probation report here," Jackson told Brown. "It was a real struggle to get you on-board. I want to see you finish this sentence and go on to a happy life." he female Judge is apparently basing her decision on Foxy's behavior during the past few months. The Associated Press reported that, Brown, born Inga Marchand, maintained appointments with her probation officer, sought permission before leaving the state, passed her drug tests and attended required classes for anger management.
Buju Banton is hotter than July! The dancehall- reggae icon has been tapped to open Chicago's 15th Annual African Caribbean International Festival Of Life (www.festivaloflife.com), a five day extravaganza that celebrates the diversity of Chi-Town with music, food, arts and crafts, attracting over 150,000 people from a growing variety of cultures each year.
"Chicago will never ever see another event like this when Buju Banton touches the stage on the 4th of July," promises Ephraim Martin, the Festival's producer. "This show will be the kind of spiritually enriching family event that everyone can appreciate because we're talking about independence through the eyes of Buju Banton. It is not just the talk of the town--it's the talk of the country!"
Fresh off the success of her enchanting yet gritty smash single "Wrong Address" the soulful Reggae songstress Etana is once more resonating from radio airwaves with another justified and unapologetic song entitled Roots As with her previous spring 2006 release which garnered praise and heavy rotation from both radio & party disc jocks, Etana seeks to captivate listeners with this work that highlights her strong vocal presence.
The direction of the new track is very clear and deliberate and speaks to a common emotion present in all of us. A firm meditation is the message of what can be described as a credible reggae sound credited to producer Steven Stanley with instrumental contributions from the great Sly & Robby.
By: Janice Dayle
Tennyison Walters of OFMB Records said, "It is about Our Father's Music Business, not our earthly, but our Heavenly Father," as he explained the acronym, OFMB. The company, Our Father's Music Business Record Company Inc., was founded by husband and wife Tennyson and Karlene Walters ten years ago with a focus on producing songs of worship and praise. Today, OFMB represents and produces music for an impressive roster of artists.
On June 2, 2007 OFMB did Their Father proud by winning The Caribbean Gospel Music Award (CGMA), for Top Album of The Year.
OFMB Presents: Reggae For Christ Volume 1, won the 2007 CGMA at a ceremony held in New York. Richard Greene Junior High School was buzzing with excitement on CGMA night, as were all the singers and musicians featured on this fifth OFMB Records release, that actually received four nominations for the CGMAs this year.
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
There are currently one hundred and thirty three children of all ages residing at the Maxfield Park Childrens Home in Kingston, Jamaica. The School is funded by charitable donations and subvention from the Government. These monies are hardly enough. The school itself sits on 6 1/2 acres of land which is divided into three (3) sections:
Jelliffe House - serves as a nursery for children from birth to six(6) years:
Backhouse - serves as a place of safety and home for boys and girls six(6) years and over;
God's House Four - contained Units with each accommodating sixteen (16) children.
By: Olimatta Taal
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
Videos play a major role in marketing and promoting artist's music. The industry has grown astronomically in the past few years with a number of directors making breakthrough commercial success. One director in particular that is making waves is Ras Kassa who recently completed Da'Ville and Sean Paul's remix video for the single, Always On My Mind.
As the most demanded director in the business, YardFlex took the time to find out what it is about this individual that has artists like Damien Marley, Sean Paul and others always requesting his work. We had to find out more about what motivates Ras Kassa, The Guru. From the desk of his editing suite, he glares up and smiles and begins to explain, "Livication within work, sleepless nights, and no limits make it happen. You have to believe in what you do and if you believe and love it, it will manifest in a way like people calling you The Guru."
The versatile Assassin has just completed his European tour, which began on Wednesday, May 30 and ran until Saturday, June 16. The tour was quite successful and saw Assassin performing to packed venues and delivering great performances.
Performing at 11 shows, Assassin touched down in the following cities: - Stockholm, Sweden, Lahti, Finland, Frankfurt, Germany, Lecce, Italy (Lecce Staduim), Paris, France, Munich, Germany, Hamburg, Germany, Berlin, Germany, Marseille, France, Essen, Germany, Stuttgart, Germany.
With hot tracks such as No Boring Gal and Don't Make Me Hold, this summer is going to be a pretty hot one for this entertainer.
In celebration of Black Music Month and Caribbean Heritage Month Internationally acclaimed dub poet, social critic, radio commentator, performer and actor, MUTABARUKA will present a 2 hour spoken word and poetry presentation on Saturday, June 23 at the Afrikan Djeli Cultural Center located 840 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd in the West End section of Atlanta at 8pm. New Orleans singer songwriter, Kelly Love Jones will open the program with her insightful, conscious raising acoustic blend. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Admission is free for students under 12 years old.
Mutabaruka, Jamaica's voice of the people and radio show host has a recording career spanning over 21 years with over 9 albums, two books and multiple contributions as a guest artist. His views on politics, religion and justice are insightful, powerful and controversial and stem largely from his Rastafarian world view. As one of Jamaica's leading artist, Mutabaruka is the leading exponent of the genre known as "dub poetry".
FANS ARE LONGING FOR THE CUREFEST AND HIS NEW ALBUM TRUE REFLECTION
Anticipating his release from a 9 year prison term, Jah Cure will put forth his new album, True Reflection, on July 31st with VP Records and perform at his first stage show Curefest. Jah Cure's strong fan support and stream of hit singles over the last three years have carried tremendous weight for his popularity during his incarceration.
However, upon his release, the real story begins. His upcoming album will have a mix of popular hits, such as True Reflection, Dem Nuh Build Great Man featuring Fantan Mojah and Longing For as well as one new exclusive track, To Your Arms of Love, which is already moving up on the Jamaican radio charts. Jah Cure is booked for his first stage show Curefest in James Bond Beach, Jamaica between the days of August 24th - 6th September.
Last week in Jamaica, Da'Ville in collaboration with Sean Paul shot the video for "Always on My Mind," the official remix of Daville's #1 hit "On My Mind". This new single, from the album "On My Mind," is causing quite a frenzy. The electrifying union between Da'Ville and the multi-platinum record selling Sean Paul, has created an international buzz for Da'Ville and his new VP Records release
The concept of this video, directed by Jamaica's own Ras Kassa, tells the tale of a classic love, but depicts how sometimes the relationship is not always picture perfect. The setting is midday on the rainy busy streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Amidst all the trials and tribulations that occur, the video reflects how Da'Ville is always thinking about his love and how she is "always on his mind". Sean Paul cameos alongside Da'Ville and expresses similar sentiments about his loved one.
Shiraz is an artist that came down to Jamaica to pursue a career in music. After a long hard road of learning the music business, traveling between New York, Bahamas and Jamaica, Shiraz has obtained a great deal of respect and success within Jamaica and abroad. With a bag full of hits to be released, high performance energy, this artist hailing from the Bahamas is bound to take the world by storm.
By Carlington Wilmot
The war angel Vybz Kartel was attacked last night by a group of men in the Casava Piece area. When YardFlex.com called the Constant Spring Police Station, their reply was that they heard of the incident, but yet no one has come forth to lodge any report.
According to an eye witness, Vybz Kartel was driving through the vicinity of Casava Piece when a group of men shouted out, "Hey bleach out face ba**y bwoy deejay."
The deejay then decided to drive back the same route. The eyewitness said that there was a peaceful truce forged between Kartel and others of Casava Piece.
By: Janice Dayle
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
"Bounty is the person who help me put food on the table"
VP Records and Fader Magazine held a scorching record listening session on June 14 at Boucarou in Manhattan to introduce Mavado's debut CD to the world. The 25 track CD entitled, Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks was unleashed in powerful Mavado style, with the DJ pausing between songs to unload a few issues to media, fans and friends, that were pent up in his mind.
Mavado did not disappoint and that was no hard feat for this strong performer, who has been on a steady winning streak, soaring to the reggae top without looking back. At this special showcase of songs from the new album, Mavado's intense delivery had him almost drifting into melodious singing rifts.
'Bad Gyal' Ce'Cile has been very busy these days and is on the verge of claiming the summer!
Rave reviews have been coming in for Ce'Cile's video Goody. Based on Danger Zone's Wipe Out Riddim, the video has been voted # 1 on MTV Tempo's Cross Caribbean Countdown, and the track has been doing well on the US scene and throughout the wider Caribbean.
Ce'Cile gives her fans a different flavour in this video as she tries to incorporate a more relaxed family vibe with guys and girls having fun, kids playing games on the beach and later when the scene simmers to a sizzling bonfire party.
The song and video are aimed not only at Ce'Cile's mature audience but also her growing young fans.
By: Olimatta Taal
It was a night down memory lane as R&B legends Billy Ocean, James Ingram and others performed to a scarcely filled lawn at the Constant Spring Golf Club. In celebration of father's day, the Kings of Souls Concert took patrons on a nostalgic ride to remember.
Christopher Martin opened up, delivering a series of covers from artists like Earth, Wind & Fire and Sam Cooke. He ended with an original piece that hand the audience in awe of his beautiful range.
Formerly The Delphonics, The Phonics took the audience by storm with hits like, La La La, I Love You. This was their first show in Jamaica since the 70s. The Manhattans presented classical hits like Shining Star and Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad. Both groups represented the originality of soul through coordination of dance movements, dress, and harmonies.
The women went absolutely crazy when Shai hit the stage proving that they still had the charm. If I Ever Fall in Love could be heard from the lips of the female patrons singing along to this No. 2 Billboard single from the 90s.
Elephant Man denounces the Pasa Pasa in the dancehall
The Energy God isn't slowing down anytime soon. As a matter of fact he is getting physical with Bad Boy Entertainment's CEO, P. Diddy, and naturally the assault is making headlines. Cops chased Elephant Man and his partner-in-crime, Haitian sensation, Wyclef Jean, through the streets of Miami. They ran, dodged and jumped off the roof of houses to avoid being incarcerated for having illegal paraphernalia in their vehicle. This is the scenario illustrated in Ele's first music video under P. Diddy's tutelage. Although it deviates from his signature dance songs, it is a "club banger." The song, Five-O, features both Diddy and Wyclef and is from Elephant's upcoming album, Let's get Physical. As evidenced by the name of the album, fans and critics will be treated to musical assaults of high impact.
The consistent hyperactive energy of the artiste combined with the hit making ability of the power producer, Diddy, will create tremors on air waves globally on August 14th when the album drops. Elephant Man embraced the opportunity to work under the Bad Boy umbrella after Diddy previewed him in concert last September and applauded his energy. The Dancehall Super Star diplomatically declined to comment on the terms and figures of the deal but was happy to add that, "VP was not left out of the deal. VP is the foundation and they made the deal happen."
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot
Bob Marley said when the music hits you'll feel no pain. This is somewhat the mission of Gay-rights activist Peter Thatchell and his Stop Murder Music campaign. His recently launched Reggae Compassionate Act, states they "respect and uphold the rights of all individuals to live without violence due to their religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or gender."
International Reggae artistes Beenie Man and Sizzla agree. Reliable sources disclosed that both historically anti-gay artistes have signed a new agreement that encourage the global community to enjoy their music without fear of violence. The overall gist of the agreement resonates that "there's no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia." Therefore, they are in a contractual agreement, "not to make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community."
The Father of mankind prepared a way for humans with creation. We are thankful for not only this example but also for all fathers who consciously copy such a great example of planning and preparing the way.
To the good the bad and indifferent - believers in God or unbelievers, absolute deadbeat or occasional check see, mothers who have been both ma and pa - we send all the best wishes for Fathers Day 2007.
It is important too that we acknowledge this era, with its wars, both international and urban. On these battlefields, where many fathers have taken final falls, leadership and love that cannot be equaled, is swallowed up. Our best wishes go also to families who miss their fathers today.
Beenie Man recorded a slew of hit songs throughout the 90's that captured the dancehall arena, dancehall fans were busy learning and practicing the new dance move "World Dance", which was followed by more hit songs such as "Defend It" and "Dis Unu Fi Hear", "Damsel Ship", "Suzuki", "Ole Dawg", "Slam", "Ketteh Drum" and many more.
His performance in the music industry landed him the title DJ of the year in 1994, the same year that these singles were released. This was a significant year for Beenie Man; he also released his debut album which was titled "Blessed" which included a grip of hit songs.
By now, Beenie man had gone international; his songs were blazing the clubs and radio stations in England. The following year was even bigger and more successful for Beenie Man; he was doing major collaborations with Dennis Brown, Triston Palmer and Mad Cobra. In fact his biggest collaborations for that era were with Lady Saw for the song "Healing" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" that he did with Third World. This was another fantastic year for Beenie Man and he was back in line for DJ of the year for the second consecutive time...
The Quorum (Good Times), Real Lyfe Music, Julian Griffiths of Alliance Entertainment and Donavon Germain of Penthouse Productions have committed to contribute to the 9 th annual FPWP Hibiscus Jamaica Re-Socialization Summer Camp.
Female Prisoners Welfare Project (FPWP) assists children of incarcerated women enrolled in the Hibiscus Jamaica programme. The purpose of the summer camp is to provide a respite in the children's daily lives and a place, removed from their normal environment, where they can just be children having fun. The camp is also intended to assist children to cope without the care of their mothers, while at the same time, addressing the psychological and emotional impact of their mother's incarceration.
For Sean, [the EPIC records joint venture] was almost like a prophecy beginning to be fulfilled. Not only is music his love, it is in his blood. Iconic Reggae artist Buju Banton is his uncle and Jack Ruby, who produced records for Bob Marley and Burning Spear in Jamaica, is his grandfather. Now Kingston says he's looking forward to making music and living out his dream. nephew
After producing an endless array of hit records for the likes of musical heavyweights such as 50 Cent, The Game, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg, production savant J.R. Rotem has turned his attention to one of the most innovative young talents in music, Sean Kingston, the first signing on his Beluga Heights label.
Kingston, a 17 year old native of Jamaica who now lives in Miami brings his very unique triple threat of talent of rapping, reggae chatting and soulful harmonization with the 2007 release of his debut yet to be titled album.
YardFlex Invites Readers to Post Fathers Day Comments
Share your memories and thoughts on Fathers Day with YardFlex readers
On June 17 Fathers Day will come around once again to the delight of many families who carve this day into their annual traditional plans. With the diversity of our readership, YardFlex thought it would be a great idea to invite participation at this time, as we ask you to bring the "blog" onto the "main screen."
50 Cent, T.I., Ne-Yo, Ciara and Yolanda Adams Throw Down at BET Awards '07 on June 26
Terrence Howard, Tyra Banks, Katt Williams, Queen Latifah, Floyd Mayweather and Big Boi are set to present
Sparks will be flying on June 26 at the Shrine Auditorium as the star d and Queen Latifah, television mogul and former supermodel, Tyra Bankstudded line-up booked by BET for the BET 07 AWARDS will be undoubtedly heating up the place. The three-hour live telecast, that begins at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CDT (tape delayed in the Mountain and Pacific zones), will see some of the hottest stars in music, television, movies and sports come alive to a virtual burning point.
Tanto Metro and Devonte are getting good reviews for their new song How You Like It - featuring Bridgez, on Rohan 'Sno Cone' Fuller's new Cheerful riddim. The track is doing well in Jamaica and is in heavy rotation in USA, Europe the Caribbean and Internet radio.
Tanto Metro and Devonte have been very busy in the studio and recently released We Nuh Fear - on the Tek Ova riddim produced by Jam2. The song has been receiving good airplay on the local scene and is definitely creating a buzz. The duo will also soon release Push It Good on Delly Ranks' new project: Cherry Tree Riddim which features some of Jamaica's most talented artistes and is slated to be one of the hottest rhythms of the summer.
"Wha dem a deal wid?" - The slogan of fast-rising Dancehall artist Flex - can be heard from the garrison to uptown, from radios to buses to school children. Widely tipped as the next member of the Bounty Killer-led Alliance collective, Flex has made a name for himself via rapid-fire lyrics and melodies that hook you on first listen. Born Omar Henry at the Jubilee Hospital, Flex was first raised on the tough streets of Maxfield Avenue, before moving around Kingston, finally settling as a proud resident of Grant's Pen.
"From mi know myself I've wanted to be a DJ," says Flex. "As a youth I used to deejay Lt. Stitchie's song dem like they were my own," he continues, explaining the roots of his lyrical dexterity. His first time on stage was as an 8 yr old, at a community stage show where he deejayed Stitchie's intricate lyrics from start to finish and needless to say tore up the stage.
Top dancehall male group Voice Mail added another trophy to their growing list of accolades. The group came out the big winner at the Jamaica Observer Fashion and Style Awards, which was recently held at the Terra Nova Hotel.
OnDeck/Universal Republic Records' breakthrough Atlanta trio, SHOP BOYZ, are rocking the Mastertone and Radio record books with their groundbreaking rock-edged smash single "Party Like A Rockstar." The sizzling song, which reigns as the multi-genre/multi format smash of 2007, leaped from #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, soaring all the way to #2 as it also overtook the mobile and digital formats, becoming the fastest mastertone certifications recorded by Billboard Magazine since they began tracking the various mobile music platforms 3 years ago. The explosive single reached the coveted million-ringtone milestone in only six weeks of release.
By Olimatta Taal
The Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest was launched on Wednesday, June 6th on the lawns of Devon House in Kingston. Celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, Sumfest will feature some of the biggest and best in Reggae, R&B, and hip-hop. This annual musical extravaganza will take place on July 15-21 in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.
The launch was hosted by Empress who entertained a filled lawn of guest including many of the entertainers that will be taking part in the festivities. Johnny Gourzong, Director of Sumfest unveiled the international artist and announced that this year Mary J Blige is set to perform on the final night of the show, while LL Cool J will take the stage on Friday night, July 20th.
JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM
TW LW WC TITLE/ ARTISTE/ LABEL
01 3 12 Lef Dem To Time-Elephant Man feat Jigsy-Big Yard (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 17 Music Alone-Ginjah - I-Land Music(1wk@#1) D-1
03 2 12 Wine Pon Yuh-Vybz Kartel - Don Corleon(3wks@#1) D-1
04 4 11 Bad From Mi Born-Munga - Don Corleon NM
05 5 9 Board House-Nesbeth-No Doubt Records NM
06 8 7 Baby Father-Vybz Kartel/D'Angel-Free Willy U-2
07 10 11 I Can't Stop Loving You - George Nooks-Tad's In'l U-3
08 13 6 Guardian Angel-TOK-Fresh Ear U-5
09 11 8 Shake Up Yuh Natty-Dez-I & Phillip Watkis-New Creation Records U-2
By: Olimatta Taal
In preparation for a Fathers Day celebration to remember, a launch was held on June 6th at the Pegusus Hotel. World Beat Music Group's Kings of Soul concert was unveiled to reveal a lineup of stellar performers who will be heading to Jamaica for the June 16th concert at the Island Village in Ocho Rios. Billy Ocean, Shai, The Manhattans and The Delfonics will be headlining with opening acts like, Rising Star winner Chris Martin and Rakelle, a new Brazillian artist.
Organized as a series of events, the celebration will continue on June 17th at the Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston, where James Ingram will join the star studded line up. This will be Billy Ocean's first time performing in Jamaica.
Marks His Fifth #1 Pop Debut And Eighth #1 R&B Album
Highest First Week Sales Of The Year For An R&B Solo Artist
R. Kelly's Double Up debuts this week as the #1 selling album on both Billboard's Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. The #1 debut of Double Up marks the highest first-week sales of the year for any R&B solo artist.
Double Up is R. Kelly's eighth top 5 debut and his fifth #1 album as a solo artist. The smash first single "I'm A Flirt" has been burning up the charts and radio airwaves for close to 16 weeks. The follow-up single "Same Girl," a duet with Usher, is already Top 10 at urban radio.
Brooklyn-born reggae artiste Ras Shiloh's new album 'Coming Home' is out and already garnering rave reviews. 'Coming Home' is the artist's third album and was produced by the legendary Bobby 'Digital' Dixon. Recent additions to Digital's impressive portfolio include production work on Sizzla's 'Black Woman and Child' and 'Da Real Thing' albums.
'Coming Home' was released on May 22 by VP Records and features the instrumental talents of saxophonist Dean Fraser, drummer Squidley Cole, guitarist Dalton Browne and Bassist Danny Bassie. The 16 track album is a strictly roots and culture inspired compilation with the title track, 'Come Down Jah Jah,' 'All What Ah Go On' 'Voice of the People' and 'Rebel with a Cause' solidifying Ras Shiloh's position as true talent in the reggae fraternity. His last VP Records release was back in 2002, 'From Rasta to You,' and featured the hit single 'Are you satisfied.' On this new album Ras Shiloh attends to the lovers rock crowd with 'Need Your Love,' 'Are you Lonely and 'All of Me.'
By: Janice Dayle
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
MONTREAL: One of Montreal's most credible production companies has been slapped in the face by the hand of bureaucracy, causing the postponement of the highly anticipated Vybz Kartel and Red Rat "No Regrets" Canadian tour. Cezar Brumeanu of the internationally renown CB Production Company, is no stranger to the processes required by immigration law and was in an understandably anxious state the day prior to the scheduled Montreal date, June 8th. His dilemma stemmed from unforeseen barriers that were preventing the Canadian Embassy from issuing Kartel a permit to enter Canada in time for the concert.
What would have been Kartel's first appearance in Montreal was foiled by red tape that ended up choking the life out of this event and the entire tour. Brumeanu said that even though Red Rat and his crew landed in Toronto on Thursday, Vybz Kartel was being given a run around at the Canadian embassy in Jamaica. There, Kartel was told to, "Come back tomorrow," three times in a row since his original appointment on Tuesday.
In a previous article I mentioned, "There's the internet, then there's MySpace," to demonstrate how the Internet today is a widespread information infrastructure that connects the global community regardless of geographic location. There was a glaring omission in my piece, as YouTube is also a part of the revolution. MySpace is to Telephone what YouTube is to Television. Where MySpace keeps friends’ friends connected, YouTube visualizes the creativity of the global community.
Case in point is Justin Timberlake's move to sign Dutch singer Esmee Denters. She is the first artist signed to his Tenman Records imprint and will release an album later this year.
By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
Jamaica's senior Reggae Boys crashed to a one nill loss against South American side Chile in a keenly contested friendly international affair at Kingston's National Stadium on Tuesday June 5.
With the action swinging from end to end, both teams enjoyed even ball possession throughout the game, and Jamaica's best chance was muffed by mid fielder Nicholas Findlayson who was on the receiving end of a good build up down the right side, leaving the Jamaican spectators to shout a collective sigh of "ahhhhhhhh" in disbelief.
By: Devon Anderson
Photo courtesy of tribuneindia.com
England finished the first day of the third test on 296 for 7 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Play started on Thursday June 7th under overcast conditions at the Old Trafford grounds in Manchester.
The West Indies who made three changes to their squad had early success when opener Andrew Strauss was adjudged lbw to paceman Jerome Taylor for 6 with the score on 13.
However captain Michael Vaughan and Allister Cook took the score to 117 before the West Indians made another breakthrough, with Corey Collymore bowling Vaughan for 41.
Allister Cook 60, Kevin Pietersen 9 and Paul Collingwood 10 all fell in quick succession as England was now on 166 for 5.
VP Records will release international dancehall reggae sensation Wayne Wonder's newest album 'Foreva' this summer. A follow-up to his 2003 smash release 'No Holding Back', 'Foreva' features the single "Again" and includes an infectious reggae remake of the Thompson Twins 1984 classic "Hold Me Now" produced by No Doubt's Tony Kanal.
Wayne Wonder is world renowned for his buttery vocals, driving beats and impossibly catchy hooks and 'Foreva' is poised to be the soundtrack for the summer of 2007 -- it's guaranteed to be heard blasting out of car windows, dominating the airwaves and pulsating through nightclubs all over the globe.
By: Carlington Wilmot
Barbadian singer Rihanna, who is now one of the hottest female artistes ripping up the charts from left to right can now add this chart topping behavior to her musical appetite.
While she has been exposed to various genres such as Hip Hop, Pop and R&B, Rihanna is still a great lover of reggae/dancehall music that she ranks on top of her list of favorites. She expresses her love for the great legendary Bob Marley, Jamaica's billboard topper Sean Paul, the girls' favorite Vybz Kartel and warring factors Beenie Man and Bounty Killer.
By: Janice Dayle
As artistes in the reggae genre get ready for the hot reggae festival season that permeates the world especially in summer months, many, like D'Angel, are launching their latest releases, in time for them to become the forever memorable "Summer Songs."
D'Angel is doing the radio rounds globally, as she lets the sounds out on her latest release entitled Baby Father, done in collaboration with Vybz Kartel. "Many Canadians are anxious to see her come on the scene," Prym Tym of CKUT's Positive Vibes said. So he is joining other North American show hosts in introducing Mrs. Anthony Moses Davis, to the world.
Besides her June 7th live interview feature on Montreal's steaming 90.3fm Thursday reggae radio show, Positive Vibes, which incidentally is the longest running reggae program on radio there, D'Angel's Baby Father will be the topic of discussion on, In The Zone Radio at 105.1fm in Montreal as well as on RASE TV, Canada's first Reggae and
Soca Entertainment Television.
Mavado, the turbulent genius taking dancehall by storm, brilliantly shines as the next star of his genre. Developing his artistry under the supervision of the dancehall icon Bounty Killer, Mavado crafted his sound into a class of its own. His bone chilling lyrics and raspy toned vocals resonate throughout the ghettos of Jamaica. In his tumultuous surroundings of Cassava Piece, Jamaica, Mavado tells a story of survival throughout his anticipated debut album, "Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks," released on July 10th, 2007 by VP Records.
This carefully orchestrated street narrative, features the hustling anthem "Dreamin," one of his first famed singles of Jamaica produced by Daseca on the Riddim. The album continues with "Weh Dem A Do," the ever popular hit that was at heavy rotation on mainstream radio, like New York's Hot 97 and earned him major magazine covers, such as The Fader. His father's death is spoken of on the one-drop tune "Sadness," while "Pon The Gully Side" and "Born and Raised" document the singer's rough upbringing even as they showcase the more angelic side of his gangster gospel.
By: Carlington Wilmot
"You may kiss the bride," are the words that will command Rapper Jay Z to make a double print of the silky smooth lipstick from Beyonce's lips on their long awaited wedding day.
Yes, it's real - Jay Z and Beyonce will finally strut down the isle according to various reports. They say are Jay Z popped the question to girlfriend Beyonce Knowles on a recent holiday to the French Riviera and plans to get married in Hawaii this fall.
Jay Z who already has been making vows - has sworn to buy the former Destiny's Child star one of the biggest diamonds that can fit on her finger as soon as Beyonce picks the design she desires.
Marion Hall a.k.a. Lady Saw is currently in Paris promoting the film 'Made in Jamaica', directed by French filmmaker Jerome Laperrousaz. The film was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2006.
Made in Jamaica is a feature length documentary telling how a small island nation of only three million people has made music that resonates around the world. The film tells how reggae became such a worldwide phenomenon and provides a powerful portrait of the leaders of the movement.
The film showcases performances by the best Reggae and Dance Hall artists ever assembled including: Lady Saw, Third World, Beres Hammond and Sly & Robbie.
The original soundtrack for Made in Jamaica features Lady Saw's singles 'Bad Gal' and 'France'
On Tuesday, June 12th, VP Records collaborates with Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, the world's largest reggae festival, to celebrate their 15th Anniversary at the official NYC launch party at S.O.B.s. Press can find out what is in store this year and relive some of the past highlights that have made Reggae Sumfest a monumental affair. Guests will enjoy reggae's finest music, complementary Red Stripe and fine Caribbean Cuisine throughout the night.
Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest will be held during the week of July 15th-21st in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Some of the featured artists include Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Cham, Bounty Killer, Morgan Heritage, Richie Spice, Mavado, Aidonia, Vybz Kartel, Lady Saw, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Tessanne Chin and many more. For a full line-up or more info, visit
By Olimatta Taal
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
Sizzla Kalonji was headliner for Hurricane Preparedness Day at the Wal-Mart Super Center in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida on June 2, 2007. Along with other artists like Ken Booth, Tony Rebel, Nadine Sutherland, Bunny Rugs, Shaze, Roots n Culture, Nigel Lewis, and Junior Soul, Sizzla Kalonji performed to a huge crowd in front of the store, while shoppers browsed through his catalogue of music, available for the first time inside Wal-Mart Stores.
Organized by Mystic 1400, NBC 6, Caribbean Weekly, the City of Lauderdale Lakes and various other community leaders, the entire program was a success. Many Caribbean companies set up booths, marketing samples of their products to consumers. These included Air Jamaica, Grace Kennedy Ltd and others. There were activities and entertainment for the children.
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
Dancehall DJ Mr. Peppa has been going on good these days, pressuring the radio and dancehall scene with some hot new singles as well as his old favourites.
Remember 'Life Of A Superstar' with Wayne Marshall, 'Gangsta Gorilla' and 'Talk' ('Hypocrite A Talk') which dominated the music land last year?
Now Mr. Peppa is at it again with some new songs that are getting nuff love. Catch him on the Zinc Fence rhythm produced by Natural Bridge Records with the single 'When Last', on the Rae rhythm produced by Ward 21 is 'Pressure Dem', while the TJ Records-produced Scandal Bag rhythm features Peppa with 'Wining'.
Two new music videos will be out soon to accompany 'When Last' and 'Pressure Dem' (medley) and 'Wining'.
In terms of show performances, Mr. Peppa is off to Los Angeles for the Jazz Reggae Festival this week and then he travels to New York for the Jamrock Magazine Reggae Fest on June 3. While overseas, the hot and sexy DJ will be doing some promotional radio stints where his many fans will get a chance to interact with him one on one.
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Stages, testing and current global infection rates
Grab a dictionary and read slowly, this clearly explains the deadly Human Immunodeficiency Virus - HIV
By: Dr. Carlton Fraser
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in the United States, uses classification that divides the progress of HIV infection in adults into three clinical stages or categories.
Category A........At this stage the infection may be asymptomatic or cause persistent swollen lymph nodes. These are often those located on the underarm.
Category B.........This stage is characterized by persistent infections by the yeast Candida albicans oar thrush, which can appear in the mouth, throat or vagina. Often conditions may include shingles, persistent diarrhea, fever and certain cancerous and precancerous conditions of the cervix.
Category C ............ This stage is clinical AIDS. Important AIDS indicator conditions are Candida albicans or thrush, infections of the oesophagus, bronchi, and lungs; cytomegalovirus eye infections; tuberculosis, pnemocystis carinii, taxoplasmosis of the brain and Kaposi sarcoma.
The CDC also classifies the progress of HIV infections based on T-Cell populations or amounts, which provide guidelines for the administration of certain medications. The normal T-Cell count of a healthy individual is 800-1000 CD4 T-Cells. A count below 200 CD4 T-Cells is considered diagnostic for AIDS and medication is recommended at this stage. HIV can take almost 10 years to culminate into AIDS.
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot
Best come back artiste, Mr. Vegas and Caribbean dancer/choreographer Latonya Dillion are creating waves in Japan. Their tour is currently on it's first leg and they have made several stops in the city of Nagoya. The two were well received by Japanese reggae lovers who soaked up every bit of Mr. Vegas' lyrics and kept a strong focus on Latonya who creatively executed sequences of popular dance styles. Her moves were created by dancehall choreographers like, Chulo Chulo, John Hype and the Ravers Clavers clique.
Mr. Vegas gets high ratings in Japan and he gave his Japanese fans a 'Raging Bull' performance that taught them how to 'Tek Weh Yuh Self' and to make sure they are 'Up & Live' when doing the 'Hot Wuk' dance. These were a few of the many hit songs that Mr. Vegas delivered while Latonya demonstrated all the moves for Mr. Vegas' catchy dance songs.
TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
01 02 27 Da'Ville – This Time I Promise – Fashozy (new#1song)
02 05 07 Vybz Kartel - Wine Pon You - Don Corleon-Shot to watch
03 01 13 Mr. Vegas–Tek Weh Yuhself–KirkleDoveRecords-1wk@#1
04 04 07 Movado - Don't Cry - Goldielox Production
05 03 13 Movado – Chat too Much – Yellow Moon - Peak@#2
06 12 06 Munga - Bad From Mi Born - Don Corleon - Greatest Gainer up 6
07 07 20 Macka Diamond - Hula Hoop - Hand & Heart-2wks#1
Photo by: Carlington Wllmot
Bramma 'De Bomma' is clearly staking his claim within the Dancehall/Reggae Fraternity. An artiste who seems to be following in the footsteps of dancehall artistes like, Assassin and Tanya Stevens, both known for their outstanding writing skills and delivery, Bramma is constantly putting down lyrics and improving his skills.
With every new single Bramma's fan base steadily increases, making him a household name in reggae corners of the UK and US (Florida and New York to be specific). Some of dancehall's giants have picked up on the global praises for Bramma, agreeing with fans that he is about to blow up on the scene as the next highly rated Reggae/Dancehall mega star.
Both Bounty Killer and Wayne Marshall spoke of Bramma as another great artiste on the rise, while Aidonia and Vybz Kartel both give him the thumbs up. Movado's favorite Bramma track is Last Man Standing, while selectors in Birmingham, London, Fort Lauderdale, New York, and as far as Australia continue to report that they are mesmerized.
RIAA platinum, award-winning SRP/Def Jam recording artist - and CoverGirl spokesperson - Rihanna takes over the top of the charts this week as her current single "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), with over 80 million audience, scores a perfect trifecta at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Pop 100, and Hot Digital Songs charts. Last week, the song made chart history in the U.K. as Rihanna's first #1 there. The video for "Umbrella," directed by Chris Applebaum, stays at #1 on iTunes and the AOL Music Top 40 Videos chart, and is in heavy rotation on MTV, BET and VH-1. In her U.S television debut, Rihanna will perform the song live with Jay-Z at the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday, June 3rd.
"Umbrella" is the introduction to Rihanna's new album, GOOD GIRL GONE BAD, which arrives in stores next Tuesday, June 5th, a day that will be capped off with an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. TV continues with NBC's The Today Show (June 8th), ABC's The View and MTV's TRL (both June 11th), BET's 106 & Park, climaxing with the global broadcast of the historic all-star Live Earth concert on Saturday, July 7th.
Assassin is once again taking it to the road. With the heat on the streets from his new song, 'Boring Girl' and an impressive catalogue of hit songs, Assassin will perform in Europe. The tour kicked off Wednesday, May 30 in Stockholm, Sweden and ends on Friday, June 16 in Stuttgart, France. Check out his touring schedule, below.
Assassin will be releasing his new album entitled "Versatile" in summer of 2007. Assassin eliminates numerous misconceptions on his sophomore release Versatile. As the title suggests, this record comes straight from the streets, but with a difference. Assassin explains that the title track is "a celebration of ghetto lifestyle as opposed to a lamentation about how horrible it is." Instead of demonizing ghetto residents as unruly savages, Assassin's lyrics offer an acknowledgment of the fact that people are people even without an abundance of material things. "You can still be happy while you're working towards better," he points out. "It's all about not being resigned to your surroundings."