Reggae Sumfest 2018

September 2007 Archives

Romain Virgo takes the rising star for 2007

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Romain_Virgo_1st_place_ rising_stars.jpgIn true "Idol" mode, the 4th Digicel Rising Stars talent [singing] competition saw its finale last night in Kingston, Jamaica. TV J carried the exciting proceedings live while a simultaneous concert took place on the grounds of New Kingston's, Mas Camp. Described as the most exciting night on local television, loads of people gathered to take part and root for their favorite singer. In similar "Idol" style the winner was decided by public vote sent in through telephone texts or calls.

Two finalists remained after weeks of auditions, performances and eliminations. They were Jodian Pantry and Romain Virgo. Both were extremely popular with the studio and Mas Camp audiences and this was their night of decision. Viewing the proceedings from big screen, while the finalists waited anxiously for the results, patrons became increasingly thrilled as the suspense thickened.





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Wayne Wonder got his eyes on platinum with FOREVA

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wayne_wonder_.jpgInternational reggae star Wayne Wonder officially launched his new album, "Foreva" in New York City this week. Hundreds of media houses, industry heavyweights, and fans packed the exclusive Manhattan venue, The Manor, to join the celebration. Wonder unveiled tracks from the new album, and was joined by Shaggy, Mr. Vegas, Assassin, Red Fox, and Rayvon for some impromptu freestyles, much to the crowd's delight.

"This is how an album release should be," commented veteran New York disc jockey DJ Roy, of Irie Jam Radio 93.5 FM. With a huge projection screen looping Wayne Wonder images and videos, and the bevy of media, the venue was rammed as patrons vied to catch a glimpse of the action.





Mr. Vegas Keeping the streets HOT

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mr.vegas.jpgWhat happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - until now! Dancehall superstar Mr. Vegas hits the road with his new album, "Hot It Up," and he's taking you with him.

"Hot It Up" was released a month ago on the Delicious Vinyl label, with album release celebrations from New York to Miami. The acclaimed artist has been enjoying solid airplay for the past months, for his sizzling tracks "Hot Wuk" and "Tek Weh Yuh Self."

Mr. Vegas is the executive producer of this summer sizzler, which also features productions from Sly & Robbie and Stephen McGregor, and vocal appearances from Jovi Rockwell, Lexus and Vybez Kartel.





Morgan Heritage feed culture and roots to world youth

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By: Joseph Cunningham

MORGAN_HERITAGE .jpgMorgan Heritage is arguably the only current Reggae outfit that transmits what many serious lovers of the genre calls the authentic "Roots and Culture" in a very effective way to the international audience. We have heard stories of the group pulling crowds in excess of 30,000 people at live shows on the European continent; shows that were promoted with the group as its headline act.

From its genesis, the father of them all, Delroy Morgan had music in his blood and toured the world. He then imparted the gift to his children through intensive vocal and instrument training. To date the recordings speak for themselves. Since its inception in 1990, the group has released big hits such as "Let's Make Up," "Don't Haffi Dread," "Down By the River" and "Reggae Bring Back Life," just to name a few.





Yard News Briefs

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lauryn.jpgPhotos like this one of Lauryn Hill performing in what closely resembles a clown's outfit is to many, displaying signs of being mentally ill. A very disturbing radio report aired recently in Jamaica featured hosts who discussed this mental condition negatively and jeeringly. Yardflex would like to extend our regrets if Lauryn Hill is indeed living with a mental disability at this time. Our [Black, Caribbean. African] culture(s) have been on the whole, traditionally unknowledgeable and often unkind to the mentally disabled, however this is a manageable illness and we wish that Lauryn is not ill, but if she is – we pray for a speedy recovery for her.

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Keyshia Cole releases her highly anticipated sophomore album "Just Like You," today on Geffen Records. "Just Like You" includes Keyshia's hit single with Diddy "Last Night" and guest features Too $hort, T.I, Missy, Lil Kim, Anthony Hamilton, Young Dro and Amina. She will be in NYC, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Chicago.

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An HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial has sadly failed. The trial that was running tests with clinical trial volunteers, some of whom resided in Jamaica, aimed at discovering the efficacy of vaccines that would stop the spread of the world's most grave pandemic to date. Head of epidemiology at Jamaica's Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Figuroa said this week, that of the 11 people who contracted the HIV virus while engaged in this particular trial, non were Jamaican. Scientists continue their search for an HIV vaccine, even though this trial was terminated following the reported "11 failures."

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Tarrus-riley_2.jpgTarrus Riley, who is currently riding the reggae waves of success following his smashing hits and impressive burst onto the scene, was in a motorcar accident while on his way to perform at the launch of Carol Gonzales' debut album on Thursday September 27. Media and other attendees kept looking over their shoulders for the young hit maker, but he didn’t show up...

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Atlanta's Future Movement RadioFMR – a hot new Jamaican radio program which airs weekdays (5:30pm – 8:00pm) and Saturdays (9am – 10am), was recently launched in Atlanta on 1010 AM WGUN – a 50,000 watt regional radio station that covers the entire Atlanta metro area, southeastern Tennessee, parts of North Carolina and eastern Alabama. The Jamaican community is thrilled - as this is a long awaited voice being given to them

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By: Elizabeth Smith

judgegonzales.jpgThe "red hot" Carol Gonzales launched her debut album entitled, "The Music In Me" at the Terra Nova Hotel on September 27, 2007. Making a bold statement of "follow your dreams," Gonzales made a daring shift from being a Judge in a court of Law in Jamaica, to being a sensational and sexy recording artist.

Although a bit late to start, the launch was a treat and some, with the confident, gorgeous and talented Gonzales proving to all present that this choice of hers is one that she will not look back on with regrets.

"...I gave away my robe last week," Gonzales exclaimed as she manned the tight on stage accompaniment. The album rocks with solid musicianship from many greats including horn playing icon, Dean Fraser. Gonzales was the undisputed star performer at this star studded launch, but powerful presentations also came from Dean Fraser, Chantelle Ernandez and Gas Money. Tarrus Riley was sadly missed.





Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You

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By: Joseph Cunningham

irie_ love.jpgIrie Love's image personifies her stage name. She is beautiful; the kind of beauty that will make a Caribbean on-looker say, irie! Further, the physical is accompanied by a voice that has done background vocals for mega-stars such as Chaka Khan and Pink; therefore, it stands to reason that Reggae music has another super-star possibility on its periphery!


She gained initial recognition within the Reggae arena when she became a finalist in a talent search competition in Jamaica. It was a televised competition called "The Red Stripe Big Break". She told Yardflex during an interview from London, England yesterday, that she feels it was her destiny to be in Jamaica at that time. "My manager at the time took me to Jamaica in an attempt to do some work within the Reggae fraternity. When I arrived in Jamaica the competition was about to begin, so I entered." The rest is memorable. She did not win the competition, but the talents she displayed were undeniable.





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Grammy winning, multi-platinum, international reggae group Inner Circle will embark on an eleven city tour with Ska-Rock dynamo Slightly Stoopid that kicks off on October the 2nd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ends in Burlington, Vermont.

The group best known for there mega-hit record "Badboys," which is featured as the theme song on the long running FOX reality series COPS, will be promoting their upcoming release on Soundbwoy Entertainment label - "State of the World". "State of the World is an eclectic work of music with hits like, "Smoke" featuring the Marley Brothers, "Blood a Run" featuring Junior Reid, "Too Much Gun Ting" featuring Munga Honourable and the crossover record of the year, "Beds2Big" featuring Pitbull.

Famous also for their ode to passion, entitled, "Sweat (ALaLaLaLaLong)" that took the world by storm, Inner Circle continues building a legacy that has been referred to as an Inner Circle phenomenon. They are now setting the stage for what is one of the most anticipated tours in today's reggae market.





Genie Sick sept 27.jpgBuilding on a legacy of creating quality reggae music from one generation to the next, Genie Slick has hit what can be the rocky reggae pavement, running. With a hot new single entitled, "One Day" she has begun to make major buzz on the radio airwaves in Jamaica.

Co-produced by Eddie Gypsy Stokes, "One Day" is a song that speaks to the desire of seeing a world where all people can live in harmony without the existence of violence and hatred. It creates a beautiful picture of what the world should be like, where all children can live as children.

Creating a place in humanity where war and homelessness is questioned, "One Day" is a vision of a talented musician from the hills of Mount Rosser who aspires to spread her positive message that delivers vibes of peace and unity.





JAH CURE – “MY LIFE”

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The single, "My Life" is a sombre reflection of Jah Cure's life experiences. The mood is set as Jah Cure, accompanied by the slow strumming of an acoustic guitar, speaks of the world he has been through. Imbedded in the lyrics is a song of possibilities and hope which shows Jah Cure's positive view on life.
Jah Cure tells us that he has "seen it all while the wicked people stand aside and do their thing," but he still prays to Jah and uses his music as his comfort. "My Life" is a deep look into the mind of Jah Cure and the mental struggles he has had to overcome. "My Life" is perfectly arranged and the ambiance helps to emphasize Cure's unique voice and lyrical ability. One of the best attributes of this song is the maturity that Jah Cure demonstrates on the track without overpowering the listener.

He is at one with the music.





LYRICS: “MY LIFE” - JAH CURE

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jahcure_yardflex.jpg(INTRO)
Hmm hmmmm
Yeeeah yeaah aaah
No no no, no no,
No no noooh
No no no no noo yeah yeh

(VERSE 1)
Every time I stop and make a look back as I reflect on my life, my life
Every time I stop and make a look back at the struggles in my life, my life
In my life I've seen many things
In my life I've seen paupers turn to kings
Some people come and go
Yet their memories never fade
Not everybody knows, that the good things that you do, will be remembered for
Remembered for

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I've seen it all
The rising and the falling of many kings
And the bird that tries to fly away with broken wings
Yeah yeah
I've seen it all
And wicked people stand aside and do their thing
I pray to Jah, meditate and strum my guitar strings
Woo ooh woow yeaah





Dancehall anthem “DOH!” – out in video soon

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Serani.jpgMusical maestro Serani continued his rising journey as a solo artiste recently as he completed the shooting of his club banger video, "DOH!" featuring Bugle. Shot on several locations in Kingston and St Andrew, with Julia Braham behind the lens, the video is expected to hit television screens within just days, a release said.

"DOH!" is described in the release, as a video/song that takes a shot at all the haters who don't like seeing youths rise; a common issue facing young artists in Jamaica. Produced by hit-making trio DASECA ( two members of whom make cameo appearances in the video), "DOH!" has become an anthem at Kingston's Dancehall parties.

serani_videoshoot.jpgIn discussing his current success Serani said, "Right now we are just putting in the work and finding tracks and songs that connect with the people. So far the response has been good to my music and I give thanks for that. My management and I have worked out a long term plan of where we want to take this, so we are just working towards achieving our goals." Serani added he is planning to put out singles initially, whilst selecting certain juggling riddims to feature on as well.





Clearing the Air On the Torpedo Riddim Mix-up

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torpedo_riddim.jpgToo similar are the two 'Torpedos' to be a mere coincidence some say. 'Jus Bus,' Miami/Antiguan based producer, says his latest star studded riddim 'Torpedo' has been a work in progress since its conception in 2005. However, the recent emergence of a similarly named and sounding riddim, 'Operation Torpedo,' by producer DJ Wayne, is causing some 'passa passa' in the ever controversial dancehall music scene and disillusionment for music lovers and fans.

Weighing in on the situation, 'Jus Bus,' who is clearly the forerunner in this riddim matter, stated, "We nuh care wah dem ah bus out dere. In fact I am a fan of DJ Wayne's 'Operation Torpedo' riddim - it have a nice lickle vibe."

The issue that must be clarified for all parties concerned is that the difference be known and that fans get the facts.


Jus_Bus.jpgExecutive produced by Glenn "Madd Dawg" Francis, A&R'd by Delly Ranx and mixed by Stephen 'De Genius' McGreggor (the 17 year old son of reggae legend Freddie McGreggor, responsible for hit riddims 'Tremor,' 'Powercut' and 'Dark Again') – 'Jus Bus' produced 'Torpedo' riddim was officially released in 2007 and since has began to heat up airwaves in dancehall markets.

This official 'Torpedo' riddim features the artists Vybz Kartel, Delly Ranx, Chino, Alozade, Bitta Blood, Kenyatta, Craig Dennis & Delly Ranxx, Tyna Vargas, Mr.Peppa and more. According to producer ‘Jus Bus,’ the close knit camp decided to dedicate the riddim to the memory of DJ Craig Dennis, whose sudden passing shocked and affected them deeply.





Mavado Jacked up…robbed in Toronto

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Mavado.jpgMavado left many anxious dancehall fans in a lost loop in Atlanta as well as in Trinidad and Tobago as promoters in both places were forced to cancel concerts following a robbery the artiste experienced in Toronto, Canada, ttgapers.com reports today.

It is alleged the DJ was cruelly robbed just after arriving at his hotel and while checking in. In Toronto for another concert, Mavado reportedly lost extremely important documents in the robbery. These include his passport, money, other travel documents and a laptop computer.

Unconfirmed reports – at news time – claim that at Toronto's first Black owned Urban Station FLOW 93.5fm advertisements were run offering rewards of up to C$5000, for the return of Mavado's belongings.

Without travel documents, Mavado was refused entry into the US to perform at his Atlanta gig. He was further distressed to find out another concert scheduled for Gulf City, Trinidad and Tobago would also have to be nullified.

Fans in the twin isles were not the least bit amused or sympathetic to the cause and they felt as if "duped" considering the sign at the club said Mavado had missed his flight instead of explaining the real situation. In anger the fans allegedly got wild and overbearing on Sunday night – with accounts of many making threats at the promoter, Glenroy Watson.

Credit cards also stolen from Mavado were reportedly used at major Toronto commercial centres, in the stores, Best Buy and others.





Saucy Jerk Fest sizzles in Weston, Florida

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Photography By: 'Dreamy'

JERKK FOOD SEPT 27.jpgFor four years the Jamaica Jerk Festival has been a sizzling favorite and Sunday, September 23 was no different. Weston Florida's Markham Park became the hub of a succulent "Jerk Showcase" outdone by no other.

The authentic Jerk Master, Boston Jerk was there from - Port Antonio and servings of jerk in every style were available for the connoisseur of the Jerk persuasion. Lobster, chicken and pork were jerked, but the real crowd pleaser was Jerk Ice Cream.

Outselling the crabs, corn and all other – this Jerk Ice Cream by Tropical Flavors Ice Cream, was a sell off.

Produced by Ridims Marketing Jamaica Awareness, Inc. and Air Jamaica; the Jamaica Jerk Festival attracted many reggae greats and was only slightly obstructed by inclement weather. The rain came down, preventing headliner, Allison Hinds from closing off the show, leaving many disappointed. Muddy conditions before that did not deter the show to go on, but at the end it got unbearable for everyone and the show was shut down.

VIOLINIST AT JERK FESTIVAL SEPT 27.jpgThis lockdown happened only after wonderful performances from acts like, Nadge a 14 year old who has aced the violin, Bryon Lee and The Dragonnaires, Pluto Shervington, Eugene Grey, The Blue Glaze Mento Band and folk singers.

Eddie Edwards and Sydney Roberts were at the helm of a production team that pulled of another great one. Despite the muck and muddy mess, patrons stayed on - continuing to enjoy the unifying atmosphere. Byron Lee was in attendance, however he did not perform and Freddie McGregor was another of many musical greats taking in all the good vibes.





Busy Signal - The Days

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Cecile.jpgCe'Cile is riding the waves of success with her recent release of "Bad Gyal" and corresponding tour, however there have been elements bent on dampening her spirits and agitating not only the Number 1 dancehall act but also her fans. "A wha dis not...too much mix up mix up," one avid fan was heard exclaiming after news broke recently perpetuating rumours that Ce'Cile was pregnant with Bounty killer's child.

Then to make matters worse "The Star" reported that Ce’Cile said – she started the rumour herself...which was false and they've since retracted. However, Ce'Cile has come forward herself following her return from a recent CD promo tour of Japan to emphatically deny the rumour and clear up the gossip once and for all.

"No, I am not pregnant, I was never pregnant and I have never been romantically involved with Bounty Killer nor have I ever said that I was," Ce'Cile said in a release that aims at setting the record straight.

According to this release, the rumour started when Ce'Cile decided to test just how rumours can start, due to rumours that had been spread about the artiste in the past.





Leave Out ViolencE holds benefit concert

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love_logo.jpgLOVE Leave Out ViolencE is proud to present the very talented 2006 Canadian Idol winner, Eva Avila with Montreal's own Lindsay Robins, as opening act for their fifth annual benefit concert to be held tonight, September 25, 2007, at Theatre Maisonneuve –Place Des Arts in Montreal. All the proceeds from this will go towards LOVE's continued efforts at reducing teen violence.

Cocktails begin at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 8:00pm. LOVE is one of Canada's leading youth violence prevention organizations. Through its reputed photojournalism and leadership programs, LOVE brings together young victims, witnesses and perpetrators of violence and helps them find constructive alternatives to end the cycle of violence in their lives and communities.

This past summer LOVE affiliated itself with the international "reggae music community" as co-presenters of the Montreal International Reggae Festival's One Love Free Stage, presented over 3 days in July, 2007. At that event LOVE facilitated the showcasing of their own, as well as amazing young and upcoming Canadian based reggae talent.





Yardflex Sports Briefs

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By: Devon Anderson

sunshine_girls.jpgThe Sunshine Netball Girls of Jamaica lost their 3 game warm up test series to England 3-0 as they prepared for the world netball championships which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in November of this year.

Played at the indoor sports center in Kingston, the games attracted a large turn out for all three events. In the first game The Sunshine Netball Girls lost 52-32 as their British rivals came out firing on all cylinders. The Jamaicans, who are coached by former player Connie Francis, regrouped however, to salvage some pride - as they lost the second game 46-45 and the series. The third game was just a matter of completing the schedule and this they did losing 49-45.

Come November all Jamaicans will be expecting an improved team, with the hopes that our Netball Girls would have learnt some valuable lessons from the series by then. Currently ranking number 3 in the international netball ranks, Jamaica is beat by New Zealand, who is number 1 and Australia – number 2. England trails all with a 4th place world rank.

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Meanwhile on the track and field front, where Jamaica has historically been very dominating, our track genius, Asafa "World Record" Powell kept up his fantastic running and did not disappoint fans when he won the 100 meters at the 5th International Amature Athletic Federation (IAAF) World final in Stuttgart Germany on Saturday September 22 in a time of 9:83. Another Jamaican Michael Frater finished third in 10:11.Asafa has the world record for this event in 9:74.





77-Klash: A Positive Klash of Cultures

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77-Klash _sept 24.JPGArtiste and producer 77 – Klash (pronounced two-seven clash) has put Jamaica on the global video game map as he is the only Jamaican artiste featured on Madden 08, the biggest selling video game in the world. Churning out his signature unique blend of dancehall and grime enabled 77 – Klash to not only make that historical mark, but also to dominate the reggae music scene in a big way.

Having produced smash rhythms like the "Scallawah Riddim" and underground hits like "Brooklyn Anthem," 77- Klash gives the credit for his hit musical flavor to the wide range of influences that he has been exposed to through family, friends, art and especially through music, that has played a significant role in his life.

A student of reggae dancehall and international music for as long as he can remember, 77 – Klash claims influences such as Yellow Man, Super Cat, Bob Marley, The Clash, Lil John, Notorious BIG, Count Ossie, Junior Reid and many more. Being inspired by such a wide range of music forms is what forces 77-Klash's eclectic style.





JAI.jpgThe brand new release of the debut gospel album "Best Friend" by JAI a.k.a. Wayne Buchanan firmly keeps with the tradition of what gospel music is all about - vibrant, rhythmic and soulful. "Best Friend" conveys a sound that is upbeat with a holy feeling that transcends flavors and styles, from traditional reggae to dancehall rhythms plus R&B and Hip Hop sounds.

On first listening, a number of tracks from this 15 set collection jump out at you, such as the upbeat, "Shout Jah" wherein JAI sings soulful praises to Jesus. On "All I Need" he rides a forceful dancehall rhythm while on "Healing," "Show Some Love" and "Spend My Always" which features Tina James with some tuff traditional reggae rhythm, JAI's vocalizing is reminiscent of reggae's super group Morgan Heritage. R&B and Hip Hop presence are strong on "Love" the title track, "They Don't Know" and the combination "Coming Soon" witch features Dwayne Jackson.

JAI is an acronym for JESUS AND I, an appropriate name for this Christian artist who, from as early as 12 years old had been saved and started singing in the church. At age 15 he became the lead singer for the group 'Total Praise.' Continuing his upward mobility, JAI became a member of the established band 'C Sharp.' Not withstanding those experiences, it was the release of his hit single, "Cant Take My Lord," released on Johnnie Clarke's Marjohnmuzik label that signaled the rise of this glittering star.





Truly Blessed is Mystery Bless

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By: Joseph Cunningham


mystery_bless.jpg'Poor people fed up to how the system sheg-up, dem issue gun fi yuh pickney buss!' These are words from a song recorded by one of the most decorated artistes in Jamaica's secular music history, Bounty Killer.
The song examines a few of the challenges faced by youths in Jamaican inner cities.

Mystery Bless is a Gospel artiste who lived a life that epitomizes the Jamaican inner-city experience. He was christened Roger Linton and it is arguable that the line of the christening prayer, which says, " I now pronounce him a well blessed child," has certainly enforced a divine intervention in his life.

He grew up and still lives in Tavern, Papine. One of four sons overseen by his single mother; today he is one of two brothers still enjoying the privilege of "state freedom." His eldest brother was notorious in crime and is now deceased, while another who followed the notorious trail, is currently behind bars.

"Before accepting Christ I was fond of the thug lifestyle too. Lots of girls, parties and the guns were always visible to me," Mystery Bless recalls. He was also a Dancehall artiste, and admitted being influenced by Bounty Killer's music.





ROOTZ UNDERGROUND AWAKENS THE 'LOST ANGELS'

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Rootz Underground returned home to Jamaica on Monday
September 17 from their successful 7-gig tour of the US. From Miami to California, Rootz rocked and 'reggaed' to packed houses spreading their positive and uplifting message. They established a solid fan base and have been invited to return on a regular basis at the Temple Bar and Malibu Inn in California. Lead singer, Steve G. said, "California was a very spiritually uplifting trip!!! The love of positive reggae music was phenomenal and was probably the strongest I've seen in the US. Our music and vibes were well received and we made new family, friends and fans."

Described by radio's Native Wayne Jobson as a band that has the consciousness, the vibe, the live show presence and the songs to bring roots reggae back to the higher heights, Rootz Underground's praises were sung highly. "They even played two shows in one night on the opposite sides of the city! It is this work ethic that will take them to the top," Jobson continued.

Lead guitarist, Charles Lazarus spoke of the tour as one that certainly taught Rootz how to rock a club. "We play outdoor stages a lot at home but the approach you have to take to play to a club full of dancing people is totally different. What amazed us all was the level of appreciation for reggae and even more so for musicianship. This trip has strengthened the band and made Rootz Underground a force to be reckoned with on stage."

Back home, Rootz Underground will be working on the second video from their upcoming album 'Movement!'





ninja_man.jpgThe 7th Annual New Jersey Reggae Fest turned out to be a roadblock indeed, as hundreds of fans were turned away on September 16 from the overcrowded Terrace Sports Complex in Newark. Some of reggae's most scorching names were on the bill for this historically well attended show. Roadblockradio.com was a main sponsor of the event, but had no idea their name would have rubbed off on the "scheme of things" that day.

Maybe it was because of the huge pre-event "buzz" on Ninja Man, who hardly ever is featured, that caused the outpouring of fans that day, but for those who got to stay...Ninja Man did not disappoint. The "original front teeth, gold teeth Don Gorgon" tore up the New Jersey Sports Complex giving one of his most memorable performances ever - in the US. Reminiscent of his glory days in the 90s, with that old, “Mighty Sting Vibes,” Ninja Man gave old and new fans what they had come out for and the applause in return was thunderous.

Taking musical jabs at one and all, Ninja Man speared no-one from his lyrical wrath. Accusing fellow DJs Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and D’Angel of going against their spoken philosophies on life, Ninja Man more than lit up the place with his saucy renditions. "I can never understand how Ninja always light up the place without a string of new hits", one female fan beamed. When Ninja finally said goodbye after two well earned encores, thousands of screaming reggae fans were left begging for more.





Yardflex News Briefs

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Greetings people. Yardflex wants to express thanks to all who send in their views through the comments or via e-mail. The news briefs, although called Yardflex News, will also feature global news... It will not necessarily always be news about Jamaica. Yes - Jamaica is often referred to as Yard...but Yardflex has adapted a style of using "Yard" to title our departments. Continue reading, enjoying and sending your feedback. Letters to the editor and news scoops can be forwarded to: debracole.yardflex@gmail.com.


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Snoop_Dogg.jpgCalvin Broadus, world renown as rap star, Snoop Dogg, has escaped prison time for his involvement in an incident in 2006, over the possession of a collapsible baton.
Snoop was arrested after the weapon was found in his hand luggage at John Wayne Airport in Orange County last year.

He pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of a dangerous weapon in a California court yesterday, and was sentenced to 160 hours of community service and three years of probation. Donald Etra, the star's attorney, says, "We are very pleased with the outcome. Dogg's goal is to make music, not make court appearances." "He wants to get on with his life. He will continue his music and his filming and performing," he added.

Snoop was also ordered to make a charitable donation of $10,000 to a charity called Right Trak, while Etra claims that his felony conviction would be reduced to a misdemeanor after one year if the rapper doesn't violate the law.

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Word around Jamaica has it that Richie Spice is about to exit Fifth Element Records to move over to Cornerstone Records.

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More word...ousted Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller's husband Errald Miller recently left the island for a trip to Miami. Purpose of the trip...to attend the christening of his Miami-born baby.

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Trini Empress with a Precious Touch

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Photography By: Marcus Thompson

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Name: Leesha "Precious" Lawrence

Date of Birth: October 21, 1981

Weight: 120lb

Nationality: Trinidadian

Location: South Florida

Career Goal: I have a Passion for Fashion and a Love for Music... I live each day caring for others and doing what I love. Life is too short for disappointments... be the best you can and see the positive side in all situations.





Busy Signal in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Top 20 Dancehall Singles

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01 2 9 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 18 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 11 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions NM
04 5 6 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-1
05 6 12 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
06 4 21 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-2
07 8 7 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-1
08 9 7 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-1
09 7 18 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-2
10 12 6 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon U-1
11 10 21 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19(pp#3) D-1
12 13 6 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-1
13 15 3 Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21 U-2
14 11 20 Set Up (No Man)-Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records(pp#5) D-3
15 14 16 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-1
16 17 2 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2 U-1
17 16 6 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship(pp#12) D-1
18 - New Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon
19 18 16 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship (pp#7) D-1
20 19 4 Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu(pp#17) D-1





Jah Cure To Perform in Jamaica Soon

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By: Olimatta Taal

jahcure_launch.jpgMany reggae fans of the world have been longing to see Jah Cure perform live in concert. For the first time in the Caribbean, fans will get an opportunity to be a part of a three day Cure Fest celebrating his freedom and birthday. The events will take place from October 12-14th.

A launch was held at the Cable and Wireless Golf Club in New Kingston on Tuesday September 18, to unveil the activities scheduled for Cure Fest weekend. Hosted by Nicki Z of Zip Fm and Hype TV, the keynote was delivered by Dr. Leaheim Semaj who spoke about forgiveness, talent, and the potential for good things to come to Jah Cure. Dennis Howard unveiled the events of the weekend and the extensive line up.

The weekend will begin with an all-white-all-inclusive party to be held at the Starfish Trelawny Hotel on October 12th. Etana, Karen Smith and Live Wyaa will perform and it will be Cure's earthstrong. The following night, the festivities will move to Pier 1 in Montego Bay where "45 Cures" will be held. It is to be a clash between Jamaica's number one radio DJ's from Irie Fm and Zip Fm against the biggest sound systems like Stone Love, Danger Zone, Renaissance, Razz & Biggy, Sky Juice and others.





Ricardo "Bibi" Gardener reaching Musical Heights

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Bibi.jpgRicardo "Bibi" Gardner, beloved in Jamaica since his Manning Cup and Reggae Boyz Football days, is charting another course, a musical one - for himself. As Chief Executive Officer at the Mona based Heart of Love Production/Entertainment Management/Booking Agency, Bibi has not only orchestrated the rise of Dancehall artiste Erupt, he has also been responsible with his partners, for producing vibrant rhythms for the dancehall.

Before all this Bibi ruled the Football world that saw him wallow in stardom at Wolmer’s Boys School when he led his team to a dramatic and memorable victory before a packed national stadium in 1993. A key feature of Bolton Wanderers English Premier League (EPL) Campaigns for many years, Bibi was only 15 years old when he was recognized nationally as not just an exceptionally talented athlete, but as a notable individual. His ongoing EPL success came after shining brightly at the 1998 World Cup of Football (soccer) in France with the Regge Boyz. When Bibi signed to Bolton Wanderers at age 19, he became the youngest Caribbean player ever to play football at that level.





Shabba - the saga continues...

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By: Elizabeth Smith

shabba_ranks.jpgAtlanta's Club Legacy was packed to the brim on September 8, 2007 as 2500 people came out to welcome forward "King Shabba." This was one of his rare appearances and Shabba Ranks more than thrilled the crowd; they were mesmerized.

Coming out on stage at around 4:00 in the morning, Shabba performed all his greats and some new hits to tracks. The lone performer for the evening, Shabba's patient and loyal fans were not disappointed, despite the missing instrumentalists.

One patron said, "Although the show was produced using sound tracks, with such a high entry price of $40 and $60 (VIP), I had to be here; it's because of Shabba - that they could pull this off and get away with it." Truly missed over the years on the reggae music scene, Shabba is now steadily working on new releases.





Beenie Man feat. Alaine - Dreaming of You

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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony - PREGNANT

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By J. Koni

jennifer_lopez&marc_anthony.jpgCongratulations are in order for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony who are expecting a child in the Spring, according to Hollywood.com. The report cites In Touch Weekly Magazine that also claimed a Beverly Hills gynecologist, fertility specialist, Dr Robert Katz gave the exuberant couple the good news.

The publication was informed by sources close to the expecting couple that there may be a double blessing in store, since ultrasound examinations performed recently were unable to help doctors determine if more than one baby was in there.

Lopez 38, and her 39 year old husband are said to have been working on getting their family started for some time and eventually turned to in vitro fertilization. The report says tests calculate that she is about 12 weeks ahead.

Anthony, who already has 3 kids, was reportedly seen shopping for a man’s baby gear nappy carrying bag, that he purchased for $120.





Macka Diamond Steps Up Her Game

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By: Olimatta Taal

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Macka Diamond has headed in the direction of adding non-fictional literary author to the number of career accolades that she has built for herself. Her first book "Bun Him," the first novel to represent Reggae/Dancehall culture has been released. The book launch was held at Weekendz on Monday, September 17.

"Bun Him" is the follow up to the single "Bun Him" by Macka Diamond and Blacker, that was a number 1 hit. It spent several weeks on local and international charts. An anthem for many women, it became a very controversial song.

Similar to the song, the book is about a young woman named Sandra who marries for financial gain and is very unhappy with her relationship. Sexually frustrated, she cheats on her husband and gets pregnant by her boyfriend.





HEDONISM III RUNAWAY BAY - Racking up Eight Years

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Miss Hedonism III.jpgHedonism III in Runaway Bay is one of the most innovative resorts when it comes to dynamic entertainment. On September 14, 2007, their eighth anniversary was celebrated in fine grandeur to the theme of "Rack Em Up."

The full red carpet treatment was pulled out for the guests in attendance, some of whom were over-nighters; there for the sole purpose of taking part in the glorious celebration.

It was a combination of elaborate, dazzling costumes – a spectacular décor and lavish buffet spreads that was topped only by the outstanding entertainment.

Delivering the resort's theme night "Rack Em Up" in portrayals of Lace and Latex, Hedonism III’s entertainment department included the eighth staging of the Ms. Hedonism Pageant, won by Tabitha Gendreau. All this was capped off by the resort’s pulsating house band Xtacy.

Aubyn Lewis - PR Hedonism III with friends.jpgMarketing Manager of Cash Plus Group, Ms. Shelly-Ann Weeks and CPJ Brand Manager Mrs. Paullia McCooty-Greene were also there, partying with the beautiful people at Hedonism III.

According to Aubyn Lewis, Hedonism III's publicist, next year's celebrations are being planned to be even larger and grander as they look forward to being fine at age nine.





DJenvyredcolor2.jpgKOCH Records is pleased to announce the release of a new compilation album, "The Co-Op," by acclaimed mix tape guru/HOT 97/Sirius Radio personality, DJ Envy and esteemed lyricist Red Café. The album will be released on September 25th, 2007 and features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop including Fabolous, Fat Joe, Styles P and Sheek Louch, Paul Wall, Nina Sky and many more.

The 1st single pair of singles off the new album will be "Dolla Bill" which features Fabolous and JD and "Things You Do" featuring Nina Sky.

DJ Envy is a two time Just-O Mix Tape Award recipient and one of New York's leading mix tape DJs. Since starting his career in the early 2000s, he has steadily climbed the ranks of the hip-hop world, becoming known for featuring the hottest tracks and exclusives on his mix tapes by some of the best in the game including Jay-Z, Cam'Ron, and The LOX. He has also produced vigorous tracks for artists such as DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, and Juvenile.

Mainstream music listeners are just now getting a taste of Red Café, the man who underground audiences have heralded as a legend for almost a decade now. Red has laid down tracks with some of the best; from 50 Cent to LL Cool J, and when he isn't crafting his distinctive flow, he is spreading his talent around, penning memorable songs for others.





Shaq’s divorce blamed on wife’s personal trainer

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By: J. Koni

shaq.jpgReports have begun to surface that part of the reason for National Basketball Association (NBA) star Shaquille O'Neal's filing to divorce his wife is because of her close relationship to her personal trainer.

Further, whispers have said that Shaunie O'Neal may have purchased that trainer a new Miami condo.

According to a person close to the O'Neal family, the young man who reportedly came between Shaq and his wife is the proud owner of a brand new luxury condo that Shaq's wife bought for him! The insider is alleged to have said, "[He] bought the condo early this year. And I'm not sure how much personal trainer's make, but I doubt it's enough for a condo in that building."

A Miami real estate website reports that condos in the building where the trainer reportedly now lives start at $650,000.





Capleton.jpgClifton "Capleton" Bailey walked his talk in a big way on Thursday September 13, 2007 as he made presentations to a number of schools and organizations, using funds raised at his annual Benefit concert, A St Mary Mi Come From, that took place on August 5, 2007. Annotto Bay's Grays Inn Sports Complex was buzzing with excitement, as children from different schools performed with dance, song and cultural recitation. One school's choral group presented a moving song written especially for Capleton, whose altruism and thoughtfulness has impacted the lives of so many.

Giving back to the community is paramount in Capleton's philosophy of life. In fact the Mayor for Annotto Bay, St. Mary came forward to shower further praise on Capleton, by revealing that he has never requested a waiver for Parish Council Entertainment Tax/Fees - usually given to promoters of benefit concerts.





Will the cap fit OJ on this one

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By: J. Koni

OJSimpson.jpgO.J. Simpson has emphatically denied swelling reports that he robbed a sports memorabilia dealer at a hotel recently.

The former football star reportedly raided a suite at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last Thursday, pretending to be part of a group interested in buying memorabilia items from collector Alfred Beardsley.

The items included the suit Simpson wore when he was acquitted of the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994.

He now faces charges including robbery with a deadly weapon, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, but, O.J is adamant that he is innocent.

He says, "Everybody knows this is stolen stuff. Not only wasn't there a break-in, but Thomas Riccio (the auction house owner) escorted us up to the room. In any event, it's stolen stuff that's mine. Nobody was roughed up."





Yard News Briefs

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Magicsouljahoneboss.jpgOn Saturday September 22 at the luxurious Snorkel Park in Bermuda, Eva hype and Ruff Ryderz promotions present their 1st annual ORGAZMZ party. It will be an orgy of the latest hip hop, R&B and dancehall served on a digital platter by Bermuda's hottest sounds: Vybez Alliance, Zedhi, Souljah 1 and Imega.

This event promises to be an annual cornucopia of music, maidens and muscle. Leading up to it there will be multitudes of chances to win free entry to this signature event. Listeners need only to stay keenly glued to Bermuda's two hottest radio stations. POWER 95 and HOTT 107.5. The promotional slogan is seductively simple...
MAKE SURE YU CUM

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The Hilton Hotel, New Kingston, Jamaica, pulled out all the stops to join in the Ethiopian Millennium celebrations on Wednesday September 12, 2007. One thing was missing though – and that was a strong presence from the Rastafarian community. Only a handful attended and most were performing as drummers, singers and dancers.

It was a well put together evening with early cocktails, finger foods and later an amazing buffet with special vegetarian, Jamaican and African dishes prepared at the Hilton by a special Rastafarian chef!! Hilton's poolside was splendidly decorated with lights and flowing material...was a good show...and again – it's too bad the key folk didn't know.

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Stephen McGregor has been officially signed to EMI publishing. The young McGregor of Reggae's Big Ship dynasty was featured recently in Vibe. Watch him and Sean Paul roll this fall with their spanking new rhythm.

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EL MAGNATE NIGHT CLUB will appease your musical tease every Friday night. Located at 31 Beverly Hills Drive at JANE & WILSON. TORONTO CANADA, El Magnate gets hot and steamy with - GIRLS PARADE EVERY FRIDAYZ.





Did The "Energy God" bruk up "Diddy"

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pdiddyandelephantman.jpgElephant Man and Diddy - did things come to blows and throws as reported so widely over the past few days? US based website www.mediatakeout.com sent the sensational report sailing across cyber space on the weekend, causing phones to start ringing off the hook. Story goes that the Energy God and his entourage entered the offices of Sean "P Diddy" Combs...was denied entry by the receptionist...didn't take kindly to that...barged into "Diddy's" office...refused to leave...was thrown out by security...then "P. Diddy" emerged with twisted shades and an alleged busted mouth.

What a tale!!! Q45 is crying foul. As Elephant Man's manager, he has been approached for explanations for this false reporting. It is just not true he reportedly said.





Kanye West is ahead of 50 Cent - Album Sales

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By: J Koni

50_and_kanye.jpg50 Cent began eating his words within the first day of his "album sales" clash with Kanye West.

Numbers from Soundscan Building Charts showed West's "Graduation" selling 437,000 and 50's "Curtis" selling 310,000.

Kanye's last album, "Late Registration," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with opening sales of 860,000 copies and led the chart for two weeks. In other Kanye news, the rapper performed on Sunday's telecast of the Emmy Awards. And he will perform on the main stage, not in a party suite.

50 Cent pledges to quit the business as a solo artist if "Curtis" didn't outsell "Graduation Day." However, on Wednesday he was on New York's Hot 97 with Angie Martinez blaming his label, Interscope, for losing the sales war with Kanye. He is reported to have said, "To be honest, the process of selling this record hasn't been fun." "I'm happy with the performance, but I'm not happy with the set up. We had conference calls and after we created this plan, nobody actually had a plan," 50 Cent said. "It was the label," he continued. "They're dropping the ball all over the place. I'll release my next album and then I'm a free agent."





Legends mash up Reggae Explosion…and more

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Marcus Thompson

marcia griffiths.jpgReggae Explosion was the name of a recent tour that saw a number of Reggae legends shine in Japan. The likes of Marcia Griffiths, Mikey General and producing genius now performing artiste, Esco, formerly of the duo Leftside and Esco - did justice to the concert's name – as they all exploded on stage.

Interestingly, this was the first high-profile tour for Esco. He is now a solo artiste and is focusing on making this aspect of his career legendary. Amongst other cities the tour took him to Osaka, Japan, the home of the recently concluded World Athletics Championships. Hence, there is no question that a huge international audience got first hand looks at his style of onstage delivery.

"It was a wonderful experience," he said, adding that this is the kind of progression he has dreamt of making as a musician. "I want to take my music and productions and introduce them to a wide audience." A chief mastermind behind the mega hit in the Dancehall, titled," Tuck een yuh belly," Matthew 'Esco' Thompson has also been producer for the likes of Dancehall King Bounty Killer and other top artistes. Noteworthy is the fact that he is the force that has resurrected Future Fambo, formerly known as 'Future Troubles'; the man who delivered the mega hit "Kung Fu" in the early 1990s.





Buffilous - Rich Woman tek up young bwoy

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Buffilous.jpgGood day my peeps, I hope all is on the bubble fo y'all.

Anyways, talking about on the bubble! Listen to this bit of drama. A certain female millionaire claim seh shi lonely and tek up this absolutely pauperized bwoy and put him up inna har $US18m house fi provide romantic comedy, oh sorry! I meant company!
Moving on, well, this fellow is nine years her junior. Di youth had access to all her luxurious vehicles, a help har run har big business, and of course, as har "man" him a live large.

It so happened that her (rich woman) brother's girlfriend sister, Delilah, who is age 15, came from the country to spend time at the house for whatever reason. This is where drama commenced! Rich woman realise seh har young bwoy was very fond of the little girl! Him nuh waa sleep wen night come again! Him nuh waa cum inna di bed again!





Glamorous Nikki Nikki aims to be an actress

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Name: Nikki Nikki

Weight: 134 lbs

Vital Statistics: 36D 28 34

Nationality: Jamaican

Location: New York

Career Goal: To develop as an actress.

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Chuck Fenda holding down the #1 spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM - JAMAICA
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 17 Caan Cool - Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (3wks@#1) NM
02 2 8 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca NM
03 5 10 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-2
04 3 20 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
05 6 5 Conscience-Cham - Don Corleon U-1
06 7 11 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
07 4 17 Back It Up - Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-3
08 9 6 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-1
09 11 6 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace - 180 Entertainment U-2
10 8 20 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-2





It's Payback Time - Danger Zone

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cecile-badgal-jamaica.jpgDanger Zone has released another hit-making rhythm called "Payback". It comes on the heels of their successful "Jamdown" rhythm. Produced by Jigsy King and Delmar 'Della' Drummond, the new rhythm has 19 hard-hitting dancehall tracks with a few slow grooves intermingled.

Featuring some of Jamaica's hottest dancehall names, "Payback's" 19 tracks rest firmly on a rhythm that is not as high tempo as some of the popular beats today. Touted as one of the best that Danger Zone produced this year, "Payback" is riding a successful wave making it the dancehall rhythm to close off the summer.

Starting off with the indomitable Ce'Cile, "Payback" contains a good balance of youth and experience. Veterans featured include, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Danger Zone's own Jigsy King and the up and coming star Cutty Corn.





"It's your boy" - MU-RCE

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Mu-rce1.jpg"It's your boy!" This intro has been steadily growing in popularity in the Dancehall arena, because it's the lyrical signature for MU-RCE, a new singjay sensation.

He describes himself as a deejay for the girls, and, he has been "living up". Songs like, "Please Call Me," "Mary Mary" and "Dancing Time," have been cementing him in the rough and tumble Dancehall arena. Those songs have been followed by his hit joint "In a Di Club", a single produced by internationally renown music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell.

Speaking to YardFlex.com, MU-RCE revealed that at present he is promoting a new song called "Jump and Split"; a song that is creating a storm on the Jamaican airwaves. A video is in the pipeline. "The girls love my flow," he said, adding that he is comfortable with the level of acceptance he has received form the "hard to please" Jamaican audience.





Another Killa Protégé making their mark

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Dancehall Kingpin Bounty Killa has an enviable record of mentoring Dancehall’s leading young talents. To date, Elephant Man, Mavado, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Idonia, Vybz Kartel and even Merciless are just a few of the talents he has nurtured both directly and indirectly.

Interestingly, it was in one publication of the Time Magazine in the middle 1990s that Bounty Killa was compared to the late Tupac Shakur for the influence that he always has on young black males.

As such, it is no surprise whenever one hears about a new Dancehall talent that claims Bounty Killa as his or her influence!





Asafa "9.74 seconds" Powell

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By: Devon Anderson & Dwight Fraser
The world's fastest man Asafa Powell, achieved yet again an incredible feat, not impossible by his standards, as he shaved the world's best time of 9.77 seconds down to 9.74 seconds, in winning the men's 100 metres event at the Reti - Grand Prix - meeting in Italy on Sunday night.

The M.V.P sprinter established a personal, and season best, a year's leading and the second world record of his career in the heats of the event. In a legal trail wind of 1.7 metres per-second Powell got home ahead of Saidy Jaysuma of Norway whose time was 10.07 seconds and World Champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts who came third with 10.14 seconds.





Enkutatash (New Year) September 8, 2007

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The Ethiopian New Year falls in September at the end of the big rains. The highlands turn to gold as the Meskel daisies burst out in all their splendor. Ethiopian children clad in brand new clothes dance through the villages giving bouquets of flowers and painted pictures to each household. September 11th is both New Year's Day and the Feast of St. John the Baptist.

The day is called Enkutatash meaning the "gift of jewels." When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her back by replenishing her treasury with enku or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since these early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside. After dark on New Year's Eve people light fires outside their houses.





topless churc dean.jpgGuyana’s leading music company, Vizion Sounds Promotions, will be hosting a funday and benefit concert in Guyana to aid Jamaicans who were victims of Hurricane Dean. The concert will take place on September 23, at Guyana’s National Park and all profits will go to the hurricane relief fund in Jamaica.

All artistes are invited to participate and perform for a worthy cause. All those wishing to be a part of this major event can contact Vizion Sounds office at 56 Robb Street, Lacytown and 34 Anira Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana. Tel: 592-227-7716, 592-614-0336, or contact Mrs. Cunningham in Jamaica at 995-9205.





Happy Earth Day Elephant Man

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This was the common phrase last night, September 11, 2007 at Elephant Man’s Earth Day Celebrations in Kingston. What a party it was – coinciding with the Ethiopian New Millennium celebrations – it was the cherry on top. Elephant man was lauded with good wishes by one and all and he was in a jovial mood, all decked out in a serious gold studded white outfit and wicked shoes too.

Sending out the most moving message of the evening, Ele's 13 year old daughter took the mike to introduce herself and wish her dad a very Happy Earth Day. Flanked by well wishers including, Kip Ritch, Blasse, John Hype, Shelly Belly, Kid Corrupt, MOB, Harry Toddler and many more, Ele often hung onto two bottles of the finest in champagne.





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On September 11, 2007 at midnight in Ethiopia, the New Year and New Millennium celebrations began amid lavish gatherings, religious zeal and positive messages from the country’s troubled government. Ethiopia and Ethiopians throughout the world marked this day with immense enthusiasm and will continue to celebrate for days to come.

In the 6th Century, the rest of the Christian world made revisions in its estimate of the date of Christ’s birth - but Ethiopia kept the old date, which means that 7 years after the rest of the world, the country is marking the start of the year 2000.

For Rastafarians worldwide, recognizing and aligning with the calendar of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Ethiopia (a unique slightly modified Julian calendar) has been a part of their lifestyle and today Rastas everywhere have begun to commemorate the beginning of the year 2000.





wardali.jpgAntigua’s sound system giants, WarDadli SoulJahs were featured for the first time ever in the USA on August 30, 2007, as they rocked the Fluid Night Club in Philadelphia during the “Philly Link Up Sound Clash.” Known for always representing Antigua, as champion jugglers as well as for clashing, WarDadli SoulJahs took the trophy home to Antigua following their crowning by the Philly crowds’ popular vote.

It was a “one on one” sound clash against Brooklyn New York’s very own, Generations Sound, and the first leg of their 2 city tour. Held at home to most of the reggae sound clashes in that state, the clash was attended by over a hundred patrons who voted in WarDadli in 2 out of 3 rounds and 4 to 3 in the “tune fi tune” round.

A fresh variety of tunes rang out from both sides, but the older and vintage reggae songs were the order of the night. Artists like the great Junior Reid, Bunny Wailer, Shabba Ranks, and Johnny Osbourne were what WarDadli focused on most; and they came out on top. Notable tunes played by WarDadli were an ARP special, a Silvertones special, the late great Joseph Hill of the group Culture, and the living legend David Hinds of Steel Pulse.





Craig Serani Beats up the charts

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Serani.jpgCraig "Serani" Marsh is a member of the hit making trio Daseca and has been kicking out hit songs for a number of years now. His beat creating skills have gone widely unnoticed but the unassuming genius has been responsible for rhythms such as the hugely popular Anger Management, Chaka Chaka, Dreaming, Gully Creature, Build Back and Fire Links’ Gullyside rhythm to name just a few.

Described by many as the musical director of Bounty Killer’s “Alliance” talent pool, Serani also crafted the lead phrase on Sean Paul's Billboard smash, "We Be Burning," as well as on singles such as Tony Matterhorn's anthemic "Dutty Wine," Busy Signal's "These Are the Days," Bugle's breakout hit "Exercise," Elephant Man's "Willie Bounce," and Mavado's international hit "Dying," the first track on which he also featured as an Artiste; It is Serani's voice bawling "Dying" throughout the song, which earned him attention for his vocals, instead of his dexterity as a composer. He also appeared alongside Mavado in the acclaimed video.





Port Royal Music Festival, A Night Amongst The Stars

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reginabelle_sexynudegirls.jpgbrian_mcknight_sm.jpgThousands of patrons gathered at the Port Royal Music Festival over the weekend to enjoy a marriage of sounds between Jamaica's lover's rock and Black America's R&B soul music. The audience sang along to some of their favorites as the likes of One Third, Maxi Priest, Regina Bell, Brian McKnight, and Tarrus Riley performed.

There were a number of cameo appearances from some of Reggae's best musicians, who just dropped in to enjoy the show. This included the likes of Beres Hammond, Richie Stephens, Jah Cure, Fanton Moja, Della Manley and Delly Ranks who could be seen enjoying themselves.





King Yellow Re-Crowned at Summerfest LA

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SUMMERFESTLA 591-1.jpgSUMMERFESTLA 646-1.jpgQueen Mary Park in Long Beach California was immersed in mellow and positive vibes on * date when MVP Productions threw down their first Sumerfest LA reggae festival. Planning on making this an annual event, MVP ***look on site for info

Some of reggae’s heavy hitters were in the house and concert goers made no qualms about showing how much they adored the performances. Huge amounts of love permeated the place and audience members demonstrated their feelings through tumultuous applause. King Yellowman was "crowned again" by patrons who went beserk when he appeared on stage.

The dancehall DJ legend who rose to iconic stature over # of years, was missed on the regular festival circuit and Long Beach sure did show him how much. Rushing the stage an enthusiastic crowd absolutely roared as they grooved to his tracks. Energy propelled energy and King Yellow gave some serious high energy moves to a cheering crowd. Hamming it up, Yellow man, referred to by one fan as, just as good if not better than he was in the 80’s, had people laughing hysterically at his wit as he had many jokes up his sleeve.





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There was a fashion explosion at Kingston's Hilton hotel on September 7 as Pulse Model Agency's, Caribbean Model Search (CMS) 2007 got underway. Spoken of as the largest and most dynamic talent search in the history of the Caribbean, CMS has showcased thousands of model hopefuls from across the Caribbean over the years. This year the search expanded to include models from the UK and parts of the United States and Canada.

Ninety-five contestants of whom 17 were male, graced the catwalk in different dashing outfits, all created by Caribbean designers. Judges were in place to sift out the top three in each group of Fashion Model, Petite Model and Male Model. An enthusiastic audience encouraged the contestants who all did remarkably well even with the one mishap that saw a CMS hopeful slip and fall on the catwalk.





Dwayne Murphy reaches Gospel Charts

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By: J. Koni
murphy1.JPG"The Greatest Love of All" is for many folks, just a love song, however, for Dwayne Murphy it was the subject of his first live performance age of six. Years have passed and his love for singing grew along with his religious desires. His birth-name is Dwayne Dolton Murphy, and he grew in Papine, St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Gospel sensation has been touring the church circuit ministering to people and touching people lives with his ministry.

Murphy delivers various genres of music ranging from Hip Hop & R&B to Reggae and Dancehall. He is currently the lead singer on his church choir and also a praise and worship leader. In 2003, Dwayne joined forces with rapper "D.A.Jay" and subsequently Dizzle Lab Productions. Murphy has performed at major shows like Genesis 2006, Fun in the Son, Rise 2 Christ, and various gospel concerts and he also has ministered at Gospel Clubs such as Prayz House & Club Christendom.





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While Portia Simpson Miller was being criticized as a sore loser for not having accepted the initial preliminary counts that saw her party losing by a close margin at the September 3rd General Elections in Jamaica, the Jamaica Labor Party’s (JLP) supporters and friends were reveling at the “Party Capital of the World” – Passa Passa.

Held every Wednesday night at one traditional JLP stronghold – Tivoli Gardens, in Kingston, Passa Passa holds a steady vibe with kicking sounds from Swatch Sound System as the foundation. On Thursday morning, September 6, the first Pass Passa dance following JLP victory was sweeeeeeeet, and it also featured Stone Love Sound who came on to heat up the place at an early 6:30AM.





Hutchy releases"Take Charge"

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Hutchy.jpgAfter ten years in the business of music, Hutchy has decided to take a walk down the recording road. The release of his gritty remix single "Take Charge" comes shortly after the world was introduced to his critically acclaimed album "My Time." Both were released on Hutchy's own Ruff Cut Records label.

"Take Charge" has been described as social commentary at its best and is a timely reminder of the perils of bad leadership. With multiple lessons embedded in its powerful lyrics, the song is fit for all ages. Recorded on one of Hutchy's signature One Drop rhythms, "Take Charge" commands your attention, forcing you to listen.





LUTAN FYAH SHOOTS VIDEOS FOR NEW TRACKS

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lutan1Lutan Fyah shot two videos for his latest singles "Four Seasons" and "St. Jago de la Vega," last week. Video viewers are in for a treat with both. "Four Seasons," a love song is depicted in eloquent romantic scenes that feature Sasha Leigh Gordon, a Miss Jamaica World 2007 contestant.

The video sees Sasha fashioned for each season as Lutan expresses his love for his queen in all four seasons. "Four Seasons" was produced by Kevin 'Iceberg' Blake with video direction by Realizm Films’ Marlon Brown and Robin Chin.





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY MUSIC COUNTDOWN CHARTS

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Radio: Weekly Countdown with Richie B Fridays 4:15pm to 5:00pm on Hot
102 FM

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TV: The Top 10 is presented on TVJ's Entertainment Report (ER) -
Fridays at 8:00pm
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES
TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (2wks@#1) NM
02 3 7 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca U-1
03 2 19 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
04 4 16 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) NM
05 6 9 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-1
06 9 4 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-3
07 8 10 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
08 5 19 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-3
09 11 5 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-2
10 7 18 Set Up (No Man) -Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records D-3
11 13 5 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-2
12 10 14 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-2
13 15 4 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon U-2
14 12 4 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship D-2
15 19 4 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-4
16 14 14 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship (pp#7) D-2
17 19 2 Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu U-2
18 - New Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21
19 18 4 Dancing Fever-Voicemail-Don Corleon D-1
20 20 20 Baby Father-Vybz Kartel/D'Angel-Free Willy (pp#5) NM





By:OIimattaTaal
JuniorKelly.jpgJunior Kelly has returned from a successful tour in Europe and finished his new album entitled Prince of Roots. "I tour pretty much every summer, going to new territories. Sometimes you present the music for the first time to people, the first time dem hear reggae, u make history," describes the artist of his recent experience.

Gracing fans around the world in Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, and other countries Junior Kelly expresses that even though he traveled to many areas, "There are many places yearning to greet Reggae's ambassadors. Countries like Indonesia, the Middle East, China, North and South Korea, Israel want to see us, I been doing drops for them. We'll be getting there soon."





Irie Jamboree was everything patrons wanted and some

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New York: Irie Jamboree 2k7 lived up to its reputation as being North America's premier reggae festival with another first class production that music pundits are saying may have eclipsed the spectacular presentation last year. The event held recently at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York attracting well over 30,000 music lovers who were engaged by spectacular performances from Morgan Heritage, Stephen Marley, Jr. Gong, Tony Matterhorn, Munga, Macka Diamond, Etana and Da'Ville.

Legendary reggae outfit Morgan Heritage delivered arguably the best performance of event. The talented reggae group was in fine nick, delivering classic hits like " Don't Have Fe Dread To Be Rasta," "Tell Me How Come," "Down By The River," "People Are Fighting," "Set Yourself Free," "Protect Us Jah" and their current hit “Brooklyn & Jamaica” that left fans in a frenzy.





OPEN EAR MUSIC LAUNCHES “NATURAL BREEZE MEDLEY”

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The "Natural Breeze Medley" Video was recently released and is getting steady rotation on all major Jamaican television stations. Directed by renown music video director Ras Kassa, the video features rising dancehall sensation Munga Honorable with his song called "Rise," Delly Ranks with "Girlfriend," Chino with "All Night" and Esco with "God is Love."





Yardflex News

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skatalites1.jpgJah Jerry, a founding member of the original legendary Skatalites passed away on August 13, 2007 at the age of 80. Born to Mary Smith and Hubert Haynes, Jah Jerry, born Jerome Gladstone Haynes has not only played an integral role in the development of Ska, he also worked with a wide roster of prominent artistes including, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Ken Booth, Delroy Wilson and Jimmy Cliff. The catchy Ska beat became a global hit and major influence of music on a whole. A memorial service for Jah Jerry was held on August 29 at Dovecot Memorial Chapel with interment at Dovecot Memorial Park.

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RASE TV’s In The Zone is set to blaze with a new season that debuts across Canada on September 6. Each Saturday In The Zone will air at 11:00pm on CJNT (former CH in Montreal) – and this can be viewed through Bell, Rogers, Videotron and Starchoice. A repeat of the show will air on Sundays at 11:00pm.





YARD SUSSS

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BRUCEGOLDING.jpgportia_simpson_miller_jamaique.jpgBwoy mi glad di politics over, dis whole heap a killing fi nuttn, nuh right. Well at least it done now we can finally live in peace. Yardflex sends condolences to the families who lost a love one or love ones. But besides that di Suss muss goes on!

Like how we deh pon Election, a which big DJ mi hear a vex wid other artist an him followers over dem Vote, wait people nuh free fi vote who dem wah fi vote fa again?

Ele and Ruffian please nuh bodda mek mi vomit, a wah dis mi a hear seh unu inna tings, no sah, if a suh it guh, try nuh mek it reach far as pickney born. Tink about di kids please! Cause a nuh unu a guh skool. Nuh mek di pickney bawn an hate unu.

Mavado wat a way yuh mash up Irie Jamboree ehhh an yuh neva book fi di show. No sah yuh too bad. Big up Muma Saw weh call yuh on still. Next year Bobby fi know betta an book yuh, yuh see it.





wyclef.jpgWyclef Jean -- the Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, hip-hop pioneer, and humanitarian who founded the legendary ensemble the Fugees -- returns to Columbia Records with "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," the artist's first full-length album for the label since his third solo album, "Masquerade," entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 6 in June 2002. "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" is slated for release this fall.

With "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," his sixth full-length studio album, Wyclef Jean continues the autobiographical musical odyssey he began a decade ago with his 1997 triple-platinum debut solo album, "Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring Refugee All-Stars" (aka "The Carnival"). Wyclef gave his fans their first taste of "The Carnival II" with the release of the album's lead-in single, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," featuring Akon, Lil' Wayne and introducing Niia. Released in August, the single rapidly made its first Billboard chart appearance entering the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at number 3. "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" is now available digitally.





HEADLINED MONTEREY BAY REGGAE FESTIVAL IN CALIFORNIA ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND
wailing_souls.jpgTwenty-three years after their fading away from the music scene as a group, the Wailing Souls reunited for a long awaited performance at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in California on August 12th. Burning Spear as well as Sly and Robbie joined him to thrill the 17,000 strong capacity crowd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida was their next stop on August 25th at The Club Revolution, where a repeat superb performance ensued.

Then on to the famed Circle House Studio (Inner Circle’s; own state of the art studio) in Miami, to record the track "One World" for an upcoming Shanachie Records reggae tribute CD of songs by pop/reggae group The Police – who are themselves newly reunited.





Ninjaman Wild West Riddim

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By: Joseph Cunningham
yendicrowning.jpgThe stunningly beautiful young woman was never the girl who would put on her mother's high heels and model around the house. Instead, as she put it during one television interview, " the thug would always come out."

Interviewing a number of her high school mates, they all concurred that Yendi's beauty was undeniable, but they refused to categorize their beloved friend as a "Tom Boy". They preferred to underscore her "down-to-earth" personality. " She could always be seen liming with girls of different levels, whether it was seniors or juniors; an she was a senior," Huldah Cunningham recalled. She added, " I was not even sure that she remembered who I was until I saw a surprise message in my inbox! She doesn't seem to have forgotten her beginnings."

It is a common sentiment that Yendi Phillips is indeed, "Beauty with a Purpose”. The segment of every beauty contest that oftentimes brings about the demise of contestants was obviously as easy as the Jamaican breeze for Phillips! She showed-off what was a pronounced "wide vocabulary", never caught searching for the right word at any moment.





Caribbean Day Parade 2007 Largest in History

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Eastern Parkway in Brookly, New York was the scene of great revelry as another Caribbean Day Parade was held. The Labour Day weekend has historically been a day of heavy feting for national of the Caribbean regions and their friends. Most prominent at the annual West Indian Caribbean day parade were Haitians and Trinidadians who displayed a joint float promoting their Christian faith. The float expressed the sentiments of many in attendance with its prophetic message - "Start to pray today, because you may not be here tomorrow."

There were an estimated one million people in attendance at the parade. Despite the prayer message displayed on the float, at least one person's prayers went unanswered as he became the lone reported casualty of the day. At around 4:00 p.m., gunshots rang out in excess at Troy Avenue, which left one 26 year-old man injured with two gun shots to his leg. The injuries are considered non-life threatening.





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Following heavy criticism on her Hurricane Dean response and a perceived lame contribution to the national debate , 61 year old Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister was ousted on Monday September 3rd and her People’s National Party (PNP) ended its 20 years in power.

Whether In denial or just harboring wishful thinking, Simpson Miller, known also as "Sista P," and "Mama P," reportedly refused to concede with the numbers remaining unconvinced that preliminary results are indicative of the final reality of the Jamaica Labor Party being the newly elected leaders of Jamaica’s Government.

Widely touted as the luckiest politician around, Bruce Golding led the JLP, to a razor thin margin of a win that saw his party gobble up just 31 of the 60 seats in the House of Representatives. However, former Prime Minister, Simpson Miller has complained of irregularities and said there were races that could change current results with a recount.





Kirk Franklin Please Audience in Muddy Condition

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By Alan Lewin
KIRK FRANKLYN.jpgNot even the passage of hurricane Dean could cause Sold Out Ministries and their organizers to postpone the inaugural staging of the three day gospel festival entitled Youth Aid 2007 held at Dump Up Beach in Montegto Bay August 22-24. The event which was held under muddy conditions for the first two days on the first night saw good performances from Paul Blake (Director Of Sold Out Ministries), Sherwin Gardener from Trinidad, Todd Curry from the USA and Jason Mighty.

The second night saw marvelous performances from Goddy Goddy, DJ Nicholas and International and Grammy winning performer Kirk Franklin Who really pleased the audience.





Concert and Symposium in honor of Peter Tosh

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By: Joseph Cunningham
PETER TOSH.jpgBullet! Kaboom! Bung bang beng! These are the most popular slang's in the Dancehall arena currently. Well, whatever are the intensions of the current crop of Dancehall acts, one thing is certain, and that is, they are not the first “fearsome” characters to grace the world stage.

Peter Tosh, the "Stepping Razor" epitomized and exemplified how lethal "lyrical shots" can be! His approach was unquestionable, and meant to solve political and social issues through music.

His character was a controversial one being unarguably the first real "Reggae Rebe," never afraid to address issues that had many of his counterparts running scared! Reggae music has always been a genre that has represented and amplified the voice of the poor and the oppressed, and Peter Tosh used the genre to do just that.





General Degree.jpgGeneral Degree returned to the forefront of Reggae culture with firstly, his clothing line and now, he is completing his latest album, "Bedroom Bully." In an interview yesterday, he promised that as the name insinuates, the album would be one that is a vintage General Degree stylistic, with great wordplay, catchy lyrics and good quality rhythms. A date of release is not yet confirmed, but Look out for it!

Born Burt Cardiff on April 28, 1968 in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, General Degree's love for music began at age six when as a child he often hid from his strict Christian parents in order to get a taste of what was happening on the airwaves. As he grew older he played the radio a little louder, listening keenly to the lyrical styles of Lt Stitchie, Papa San and Professor Nuts and he developed his own unique style of comical story telling/DJing.





I-WAYNE REFINES REGGAE ROOTS BACK TO ITS PUREST FORM

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220px-I-wayne.jpgThe mystic soprano sound of I-Wayne will disarm fans once again with VP’s sophomore release "Book Of Life," set to be released in November 2007. Not many roots and culture artists can say that they have landed a hit on major urban/hip-hop radio as I-Wayne did in 2005 with his fiery single,"Can't Satisfy Her," on heavy rotation at New York's Hot 97 radio station; or receive critical acclamation on their debut album as he did with "Lava Ground." I-Wayne has undeniably raised the bar for roots reggae of this generation by captivating the world with his distinct sound and deep insight.

On his eagerly awaited release "Book Of Life," I-Wayne polishes his enchanting smooth sound over airy instrumentals with simply yet profound lyrics that remind listeners of an essential truth—that life is a gift for which we can be grateful. The title track, which is the CD’s first single, provides an overview of the set, expressing everything I Wayne has learned in his 28 years of life and his desire to share his experience—a glowing example of the personal rendered universal.





Rootz Underground.gifOn August 30th Rootz Underground rocked Miami's PS14 shortly before jetting off to California, where their first successful hit single, "Victims of the System," is riding high. Aiming at taking over California in September, Rootz Underground is slated to perform five shows there.

As "Victims of the System" enjoys heavy rotation worldwide, with the video peaking at number 2 on both RE TV and Hype TV charts, Mystic Urchin, the band’s management, plan to release a video for their second single from the debut album, "Movement," in November. Mystic Urchin representative, Steve Wilson said, "Mystic Urchin is so proud to have the honour to present Rootz Underground's first US tour, I am confident that anyone who sees this band live will become a Rootz fan and thanks to Headline Entertainment (booking agency) these guys will be touring all year.





Yardflex Passa

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Kaboom! Bung Bang Beng! What a piece a sittin! How some people can mek satan tun dem inna eeediot suh!

People, listen to da one yah. After so many years of sanity and prominence in the music business, it is rumoured dat di golden brother decide fi guh serve di devil! It is alleged that a family member of his left a huge portion of farm land for him. As a result, it is said dat him seh him nuh need di music nuh more, him ago tun "Old McDonald". Well, heeyaahheeyaahoo, di man a tek it further! While being out there in the bushes, di singer decide seh him find a new religion an him nuh believe inna di almighty God nuhmore! It is alleged that di religion renounces di use of electricity! Mi hear seh him house dark like hell!





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY MUSIC COUNTDOWN CHARTS

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM - JAMAICA
Chuck_Fenda_fire.jpg TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES
TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 3 15 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (wk@#1) U-2
02 1 18 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
03 6 6 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca U-3
04 2 15 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-2
05 4 18 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-1
06 7 8 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-1
07 5 17 Set Up (No Man) -Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records D-2
08 11 9 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-3
09 13 3 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-4
10 9 13 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-1
11 14 4 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-3
12 12 3 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship NM
13 16 4 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-3
14 8 13 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship(pp#7) D-6
15 15 3 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon NM
16 19 3 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-3
17 10 23 Bad From Mi Born-Munga - Don Corleon (1wk@#1) D-7
18 18 3 Dancing Fever-Voicemail-Don Corleon NM
19 - New Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu
20 17 19 Baby Father-Vybz Kartel/D'Angel-Free Willy (pp#5) D-3





Reggae Sumfest 2018

Mr. Vegas Keeping the streets HOT

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mr.vegas.jpgWhat happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - until now! Dancehall superstar Mr. Vegas hits the road with his new album, "Hot It Up," and he's taking you with him.

"Hot It Up" was released a month ago on the Delicious Vinyl label, with album release celebrations from New York to Miami. The acclaimed artist has been enjoying solid airplay for the past months, for his sizzling tracks "Hot Wuk" and "Tek Weh Yuh Self."

Mr. Vegas is the executive producer of this summer sizzler, which also features productions from Sly & Robbie and Stephen McGregor, and vocal appearances from Jovi Rockwell, Lexus and Vybez Kartel.





Morgan Heritage feed culture and roots to world youth

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By: Joseph Cunningham

MORGAN_HERITAGE .jpgMorgan Heritage is arguably the only current Reggae outfit that transmits what many serious lovers of the genre calls the authentic "Roots and Culture" in a very effective way to the international audience. We have heard stories of the group pulling crowds in excess of 30,000 people at live shows on the European continent; shows that were promoted with the group as its headline act.

From its genesis, the father of them all, Delroy Morgan had music in his blood and toured the world. He then imparted the gift to his children through intensive vocal and instrument training. To date the recordings speak for themselves. Since its inception in 1990, the group has released big hits such as "Let's Make Up," "Don't Haffi Dread," "Down By the River" and "Reggae Bring Back Life," just to name a few.





Yard News Briefs

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lauryn.jpgPhotos like this one of Lauryn Hill performing in what closely resembles a clown's outfit is to many, displaying signs of being mentally ill. A very disturbing radio report aired recently in Jamaica featured hosts who discussed this mental condition negatively and jeeringly. Yardflex would like to extend our regrets if Lauryn Hill is indeed living with a mental disability at this time. Our [Black, Caribbean. African] culture(s) have been on the whole, traditionally unknowledgeable and often unkind to the mentally disabled, however this is a manageable illness and we wish that Lauryn is not ill, but if she is – we pray for a speedy recovery for her.

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Keyshia Cole releases her highly anticipated sophomore album "Just Like You," today on Geffen Records. "Just Like You" includes Keyshia's hit single with Diddy "Last Night" and guest features Too $hort, T.I, Missy, Lil Kim, Anthony Hamilton, Young Dro and Amina. She will be in NYC, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Chicago.

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An HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial has sadly failed. The trial that was running tests with clinical trial volunteers, some of whom resided in Jamaica, aimed at discovering the efficacy of vaccines that would stop the spread of the world's most grave pandemic to date. Head of epidemiology at Jamaica's Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Figuroa said this week, that of the 11 people who contracted the HIV virus while engaged in this particular trial, non were Jamaican. Scientists continue their search for an HIV vaccine, even though this trial was terminated following the reported "11 failures."

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Tarrus-riley_2.jpgTarrus Riley, who is currently riding the reggae waves of success following his smashing hits and impressive burst onto the scene, was in a motorcar accident while on his way to perform at the launch of Carol Gonzales' debut album on Thursday September 27. Media and other attendees kept looking over their shoulders for the young hit maker, but he didn’t show up...

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Atlanta's Future Movement RadioFMR – a hot new Jamaican radio program which airs weekdays (5:30pm – 8:00pm) and Saturdays (9am – 10am), was recently launched in Atlanta on 1010 AM WGUN – a 50,000 watt regional radio station that covers the entire Atlanta metro area, southeastern Tennessee, parts of North Carolina and eastern Alabama. The Jamaican community is thrilled - as this is a long awaited voice being given to them

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By: Elizabeth Smith

judgegonzales.jpgThe "red hot" Carol Gonzales launched her debut album entitled, "The Music In Me" at the Terra Nova Hotel on September 27, 2007. Making a bold statement of "follow your dreams," Gonzales made a daring shift from being a Judge in a court of Law in Jamaica, to being a sensational and sexy recording artist.

Although a bit late to start, the launch was a treat and some, with the confident, gorgeous and talented Gonzales proving to all present that this choice of hers is one that she will not look back on with regrets.

"...I gave away my robe last week," Gonzales exclaimed as she manned the tight on stage accompaniment. The album rocks with solid musicianship from many greats including horn playing icon, Dean Fraser. Gonzales was the undisputed star performer at this star studded launch, but powerful presentations also came from Dean Fraser, Chantelle Ernandez and Gas Money. Tarrus Riley was sadly missed.





Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You

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By: Joseph Cunningham

irie_ love.jpgIrie Love's image personifies her stage name. She is beautiful; the kind of beauty that will make a Caribbean on-looker say, irie! Further, the physical is accompanied by a voice that has done background vocals for mega-stars such as Chaka Khan and Pink; therefore, it stands to reason that Reggae music has another super-star possibility on its periphery!


She gained initial recognition within the Reggae arena when she became a finalist in a talent search competition in Jamaica. It was a televised competition called "The Red Stripe Big Break". She told Yardflex during an interview from London, England yesterday, that she feels it was her destiny to be in Jamaica at that time. "My manager at the time took me to Jamaica in an attempt to do some work within the Reggae fraternity. When I arrived in Jamaica the competition was about to begin, so I entered." The rest is memorable. She did not win the competition, but the talents she displayed were undeniable.





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Grammy winning, multi-platinum, international reggae group Inner Circle will embark on an eleven city tour with Ska-Rock dynamo Slightly Stoopid that kicks off on October the 2nd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ends in Burlington, Vermont.

The group best known for there mega-hit record "Badboys," which is featured as the theme song on the long running FOX reality series COPS, will be promoting their upcoming release on Soundbwoy Entertainment label - "State of the World". "State of the World is an eclectic work of music with hits like, "Smoke" featuring the Marley Brothers, "Blood a Run" featuring Junior Reid, "Too Much Gun Ting" featuring Munga Honourable and the crossover record of the year, "Beds2Big" featuring Pitbull.

Famous also for their ode to passion, entitled, "Sweat (ALaLaLaLaLong)" that took the world by storm, Inner Circle continues building a legacy that has been referred to as an Inner Circle phenomenon. They are now setting the stage for what is one of the most anticipated tours in today's reggae market.





Genie Sick sept 27.jpgBuilding on a legacy of creating quality reggae music from one generation to the next, Genie Slick has hit what can be the rocky reggae pavement, running. With a hot new single entitled, "One Day" she has begun to make major buzz on the radio airwaves in Jamaica.

Co-produced by Eddie Gypsy Stokes, "One Day" is a song that speaks to the desire of seeing a world where all people can live in harmony without the existence of violence and hatred. It creates a beautiful picture of what the world should be like, where all children can live as children.

Creating a place in humanity where war and homelessness is questioned, "One Day" is a vision of a talented musician from the hills of Mount Rosser who aspires to spread her positive message that delivers vibes of peace and unity.





JAH CURE – “MY LIFE”

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The single, "My Life" is a sombre reflection of Jah Cure's life experiences. The mood is set as Jah Cure, accompanied by the slow strumming of an acoustic guitar, speaks of the world he has been through. Imbedded in the lyrics is a song of possibilities and hope which shows Jah Cure's positive view on life.
Jah Cure tells us that he has "seen it all while the wicked people stand aside and do their thing," but he still prays to Jah and uses his music as his comfort. "My Life" is a deep look into the mind of Jah Cure and the mental struggles he has had to overcome. "My Life" is perfectly arranged and the ambiance helps to emphasize Cure's unique voice and lyrical ability. One of the best attributes of this song is the maturity that Jah Cure demonstrates on the track without overpowering the listener.

He is at one with the music.





LYRICS: “MY LIFE” - JAH CURE

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Hmm hmmmm
Yeeeah yeaah aaah
No no no, no no,
No no noooh
No no no no noo yeah yeh

(VERSE 1)
Every time I stop and make a look back as I reflect on my life, my life
Every time I stop and make a look back at the struggles in my life, my life
In my life I've seen many things
In my life I've seen paupers turn to kings
Some people come and go
Yet their memories never fade
Not everybody knows, that the good things that you do, will be remembered for
Remembered for

(CHORUS 1)
I've seen it all
The rising and the falling of many kings
And the bird that tries to fly away with broken wings
Yeah yeah
I've seen it all
And wicked people stand aside and do their thing
I pray to Jah, meditate and strum my guitar strings
Woo ooh woow yeaah





Dancehall anthem “DOH!” – out in video soon

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Serani.jpgMusical maestro Serani continued his rising journey as a solo artiste recently as he completed the shooting of his club banger video, "DOH!" featuring Bugle. Shot on several locations in Kingston and St Andrew, with Julia Braham behind the lens, the video is expected to hit television screens within just days, a release said.

"DOH!" is described in the release, as a video/song that takes a shot at all the haters who don't like seeing youths rise; a common issue facing young artists in Jamaica. Produced by hit-making trio DASECA ( two members of whom make cameo appearances in the video), "DOH!" has become an anthem at Kingston's Dancehall parties.

serani_videoshoot.jpgIn discussing his current success Serani said, "Right now we are just putting in the work and finding tracks and songs that connect with the people. So far the response has been good to my music and I give thanks for that. My management and I have worked out a long term plan of where we want to take this, so we are just working towards achieving our goals." Serani added he is planning to put out singles initially, whilst selecting certain juggling riddims to feature on as well.





Clearing the Air On the Torpedo Riddim Mix-up

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torpedo_riddim.jpgToo similar are the two 'Torpedos' to be a mere coincidence some say. 'Jus Bus,' Miami/Antiguan based producer, says his latest star studded riddim 'Torpedo' has been a work in progress since its conception in 2005. However, the recent emergence of a similarly named and sounding riddim, 'Operation Torpedo,' by producer DJ Wayne, is causing some 'passa passa' in the ever controversial dancehall music scene and disillusionment for music lovers and fans.

Weighing in on the situation, 'Jus Bus,' who is clearly the forerunner in this riddim matter, stated, "We nuh care wah dem ah bus out dere. In fact I am a fan of DJ Wayne's 'Operation Torpedo' riddim - it have a nice lickle vibe."

The issue that must be clarified for all parties concerned is that the difference be known and that fans get the facts.


Jus_Bus.jpgExecutive produced by Glenn "Madd Dawg" Francis, A&R'd by Delly Ranx and mixed by Stephen 'De Genius' McGreggor (the 17 year old son of reggae legend Freddie McGreggor, responsible for hit riddims 'Tremor,' 'Powercut' and 'Dark Again') – 'Jus Bus' produced 'Torpedo' riddim was officially released in 2007 and since has began to heat up airwaves in dancehall markets.

This official 'Torpedo' riddim features the artists Vybz Kartel, Delly Ranx, Chino, Alozade, Bitta Blood, Kenyatta, Craig Dennis & Delly Ranxx, Tyna Vargas, Mr.Peppa and more. According to producer ‘Jus Bus,’ the close knit camp decided to dedicate the riddim to the memory of DJ Craig Dennis, whose sudden passing shocked and affected them deeply.





Mavado Jacked up…robbed in Toronto

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Mavado.jpgMavado left many anxious dancehall fans in a lost loop in Atlanta as well as in Trinidad and Tobago as promoters in both places were forced to cancel concerts following a robbery the artiste experienced in Toronto, Canada, ttgapers.com reports today.

It is alleged the DJ was cruelly robbed just after arriving at his hotel and while checking in. In Toronto for another concert, Mavado reportedly lost extremely important documents in the robbery. These include his passport, money, other travel documents and a laptop computer.

Unconfirmed reports – at news time – claim that at Toronto's first Black owned Urban Station FLOW 93.5fm advertisements were run offering rewards of up to C$5000, for the return of Mavado's belongings.

Without travel documents, Mavado was refused entry into the US to perform at his Atlanta gig. He was further distressed to find out another concert scheduled for Gulf City, Trinidad and Tobago would also have to be nullified.

Fans in the twin isles were not the least bit amused or sympathetic to the cause and they felt as if "duped" considering the sign at the club said Mavado had missed his flight instead of explaining the real situation. In anger the fans allegedly got wild and overbearing on Sunday night – with accounts of many making threats at the promoter, Glenroy Watson.

Credit cards also stolen from Mavado were reportedly used at major Toronto commercial centres, in the stores, Best Buy and others.





Saucy Jerk Fest sizzles in Weston, Florida

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Photography By: 'Dreamy'

JERKK FOOD SEPT 27.jpgFor four years the Jamaica Jerk Festival has been a sizzling favorite and Sunday, September 23 was no different. Weston Florida's Markham Park became the hub of a succulent "Jerk Showcase" outdone by no other.

The authentic Jerk Master, Boston Jerk was there from - Port Antonio and servings of jerk in every style were available for the connoisseur of the Jerk persuasion. Lobster, chicken and pork were jerked, but the real crowd pleaser was Jerk Ice Cream.

Outselling the crabs, corn and all other – this Jerk Ice Cream by Tropical Flavors Ice Cream, was a sell off.

Produced by Ridims Marketing Jamaica Awareness, Inc. and Air Jamaica; the Jamaica Jerk Festival attracted many reggae greats and was only slightly obstructed by inclement weather. The rain came down, preventing headliner, Allison Hinds from closing off the show, leaving many disappointed. Muddy conditions before that did not deter the show to go on, but at the end it got unbearable for everyone and the show was shut down.

VIOLINIST AT JERK FESTIVAL SEPT 27.jpgThis lockdown happened only after wonderful performances from acts like, Nadge a 14 year old who has aced the violin, Bryon Lee and The Dragonnaires, Pluto Shervington, Eugene Grey, The Blue Glaze Mento Band and folk singers.

Eddie Edwards and Sydney Roberts were at the helm of a production team that pulled of another great one. Despite the muck and muddy mess, patrons stayed on - continuing to enjoy the unifying atmosphere. Byron Lee was in attendance, however he did not perform and Freddie McGregor was another of many musical greats taking in all the good vibes.





Busy Signal - The Days

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Cecile.jpgCe'Cile is riding the waves of success with her recent release of "Bad Gyal" and corresponding tour, however there have been elements bent on dampening her spirits and agitating not only the Number 1 dancehall act but also her fans. "A wha dis not...too much mix up mix up," one avid fan was heard exclaiming after news broke recently perpetuating rumours that Ce'Cile was pregnant with Bounty killer's child.

Then to make matters worse "The Star" reported that Ce’Cile said – she started the rumour herself...which was false and they've since retracted. However, Ce'Cile has come forward herself following her return from a recent CD promo tour of Japan to emphatically deny the rumour and clear up the gossip once and for all.

"No, I am not pregnant, I was never pregnant and I have never been romantically involved with Bounty Killer nor have I ever said that I was," Ce'Cile said in a release that aims at setting the record straight.

According to this release, the rumour started when Ce'Cile decided to test just how rumours can start, due to rumours that had been spread about the artiste in the past.





Leave Out ViolencE holds benefit concert

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love_logo.jpgLOVE Leave Out ViolencE is proud to present the very talented 2006 Canadian Idol winner, Eva Avila with Montreal's own Lindsay Robins, as opening act for their fifth annual benefit concert to be held tonight, September 25, 2007, at Theatre Maisonneuve –Place Des Arts in Montreal. All the proceeds from this will go towards LOVE's continued efforts at reducing teen violence.

Cocktails begin at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 8:00pm. LOVE is one of Canada's leading youth violence prevention organizations. Through its reputed photojournalism and leadership programs, LOVE brings together young victims, witnesses and perpetrators of violence and helps them find constructive alternatives to end the cycle of violence in their lives and communities.

This past summer LOVE affiliated itself with the international "reggae music community" as co-presenters of the Montreal International Reggae Festival's One Love Free Stage, presented over 3 days in July, 2007. At that event LOVE facilitated the showcasing of their own, as well as amazing young and upcoming Canadian based reggae talent.





Yardflex Sports Briefs

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By: Devon Anderson

sunshine_girls.jpgThe Sunshine Netball Girls of Jamaica lost their 3 game warm up test series to England 3-0 as they prepared for the world netball championships which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in November of this year.

Played at the indoor sports center in Kingston, the games attracted a large turn out for all three events. In the first game The Sunshine Netball Girls lost 52-32 as their British rivals came out firing on all cylinders. The Jamaicans, who are coached by former player Connie Francis, regrouped however, to salvage some pride - as they lost the second game 46-45 and the series. The third game was just a matter of completing the schedule and this they did losing 49-45.

Come November all Jamaicans will be expecting an improved team, with the hopes that our Netball Girls would have learnt some valuable lessons from the series by then. Currently ranking number 3 in the international netball ranks, Jamaica is beat by New Zealand, who is number 1 and Australia – number 2. England trails all with a 4th place world rank.

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Meanwhile on the track and field front, where Jamaica has historically been very dominating, our track genius, Asafa "World Record" Powell kept up his fantastic running and did not disappoint fans when he won the 100 meters at the 5th International Amature Athletic Federation (IAAF) World final in Stuttgart Germany on Saturday September 22 in a time of 9:83. Another Jamaican Michael Frater finished third in 10:11.Asafa has the world record for this event in 9:74.





77-Klash: A Positive Klash of Cultures

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77-Klash _sept 24.JPGArtiste and producer 77 – Klash (pronounced two-seven clash) has put Jamaica on the global video game map as he is the only Jamaican artiste featured on Madden 08, the biggest selling video game in the world. Churning out his signature unique blend of dancehall and grime enabled 77 – Klash to not only make that historical mark, but also to dominate the reggae music scene in a big way.

Having produced smash rhythms like the "Scallawah Riddim" and underground hits like "Brooklyn Anthem," 77- Klash gives the credit for his hit musical flavor to the wide range of influences that he has been exposed to through family, friends, art and especially through music, that has played a significant role in his life.

A student of reggae dancehall and international music for as long as he can remember, 77 – Klash claims influences such as Yellow Man, Super Cat, Bob Marley, The Clash, Lil John, Notorious BIG, Count Ossie, Junior Reid and many more. Being inspired by such a wide range of music forms is what forces 77-Klash's eclectic style.





JAI.jpgThe brand new release of the debut gospel album "Best Friend" by JAI a.k.a. Wayne Buchanan firmly keeps with the tradition of what gospel music is all about - vibrant, rhythmic and soulful. "Best Friend" conveys a sound that is upbeat with a holy feeling that transcends flavors and styles, from traditional reggae to dancehall rhythms plus R&B and Hip Hop sounds.

On first listening, a number of tracks from this 15 set collection jump out at you, such as the upbeat, "Shout Jah" wherein JAI sings soulful praises to Jesus. On "All I Need" he rides a forceful dancehall rhythm while on "Healing," "Show Some Love" and "Spend My Always" which features Tina James with some tuff traditional reggae rhythm, JAI's vocalizing is reminiscent of reggae's super group Morgan Heritage. R&B and Hip Hop presence are strong on "Love" the title track, "They Don't Know" and the combination "Coming Soon" witch features Dwayne Jackson.

JAI is an acronym for JESUS AND I, an appropriate name for this Christian artist who, from as early as 12 years old had been saved and started singing in the church. At age 15 he became the lead singer for the group 'Total Praise.' Continuing his upward mobility, JAI became a member of the established band 'C Sharp.' Not withstanding those experiences, it was the release of his hit single, "Cant Take My Lord," released on Johnnie Clarke's Marjohnmuzik label that signaled the rise of this glittering star.





Truly Blessed is Mystery Bless

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By: Joseph Cunningham


mystery_bless.jpg'Poor people fed up to how the system sheg-up, dem issue gun fi yuh pickney buss!' These are words from a song recorded by one of the most decorated artistes in Jamaica's secular music history, Bounty Killer.
The song examines a few of the challenges faced by youths in Jamaican inner cities.

Mystery Bless is a Gospel artiste who lived a life that epitomizes the Jamaican inner-city experience. He was christened Roger Linton and it is arguable that the line of the christening prayer, which says, " I now pronounce him a well blessed child," has certainly enforced a divine intervention in his life.

He grew up and still lives in Tavern, Papine. One of four sons overseen by his single mother; today he is one of two brothers still enjoying the privilege of "state freedom." His eldest brother was notorious in crime and is now deceased, while another who followed the notorious trail, is currently behind bars.

"Before accepting Christ I was fond of the thug lifestyle too. Lots of girls, parties and the guns were always visible to me," Mystery Bless recalls. He was also a Dancehall artiste, and admitted being influenced by Bounty Killer's music.





ROOTZ UNDERGROUND AWAKENS THE 'LOST ANGELS'

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Rootz Underground returned home to Jamaica on Monday
September 17 from their successful 7-gig tour of the US. From Miami to California, Rootz rocked and 'reggaed' to packed houses spreading their positive and uplifting message. They established a solid fan base and have been invited to return on a regular basis at the Temple Bar and Malibu Inn in California. Lead singer, Steve G. said, "California was a very spiritually uplifting trip!!! The love of positive reggae music was phenomenal and was probably the strongest I've seen in the US. Our music and vibes were well received and we made new family, friends and fans."

Described by radio's Native Wayne Jobson as a band that has the consciousness, the vibe, the live show presence and the songs to bring roots reggae back to the higher heights, Rootz Underground's praises were sung highly. "They even played two shows in one night on the opposite sides of the city! It is this work ethic that will take them to the top," Jobson continued.

Lead guitarist, Charles Lazarus spoke of the tour as one that certainly taught Rootz how to rock a club. "We play outdoor stages a lot at home but the approach you have to take to play to a club full of dancing people is totally different. What amazed us all was the level of appreciation for reggae and even more so for musicianship. This trip has strengthened the band and made Rootz Underground a force to be reckoned with on stage."

Back home, Rootz Underground will be working on the second video from their upcoming album 'Movement!'





ninja_man.jpgThe 7th Annual New Jersey Reggae Fest turned out to be a roadblock indeed, as hundreds of fans were turned away on September 16 from the overcrowded Terrace Sports Complex in Newark. Some of reggae's most scorching names were on the bill for this historically well attended show. Roadblockradio.com was a main sponsor of the event, but had no idea their name would have rubbed off on the "scheme of things" that day.

Maybe it was because of the huge pre-event "buzz" on Ninja Man, who hardly ever is featured, that caused the outpouring of fans that day, but for those who got to stay...Ninja Man did not disappoint. The "original front teeth, gold teeth Don Gorgon" tore up the New Jersey Sports Complex giving one of his most memorable performances ever - in the US. Reminiscent of his glory days in the 90s, with that old, “Mighty Sting Vibes,” Ninja Man gave old and new fans what they had come out for and the applause in return was thunderous.

Taking musical jabs at one and all, Ninja Man speared no-one from his lyrical wrath. Accusing fellow DJs Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and D’Angel of going against their spoken philosophies on life, Ninja Man more than lit up the place with his saucy renditions. "I can never understand how Ninja always light up the place without a string of new hits", one female fan beamed. When Ninja finally said goodbye after two well earned encores, thousands of screaming reggae fans were left begging for more.





Yardflex News Briefs

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Greetings people. Yardflex wants to express thanks to all who send in their views through the comments or via e-mail. The news briefs, although called Yardflex News, will also feature global news... It will not necessarily always be news about Jamaica. Yes - Jamaica is often referred to as Yard...but Yardflex has adapted a style of using "Yard" to title our departments. Continue reading, enjoying and sending your feedback. Letters to the editor and news scoops can be forwarded to: debracole.yardflex@gmail.com.


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Snoop_Dogg.jpgCalvin Broadus, world renown as rap star, Snoop Dogg, has escaped prison time for his involvement in an incident in 2006, over the possession of a collapsible baton.
Snoop was arrested after the weapon was found in his hand luggage at John Wayne Airport in Orange County last year.

He pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of a dangerous weapon in a California court yesterday, and was sentenced to 160 hours of community service and three years of probation. Donald Etra, the star's attorney, says, "We are very pleased with the outcome. Dogg's goal is to make music, not make court appearances." "He wants to get on with his life. He will continue his music and his filming and performing," he added.

Snoop was also ordered to make a charitable donation of $10,000 to a charity called Right Trak, while Etra claims that his felony conviction would be reduced to a misdemeanor after one year if the rapper doesn't violate the law.

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Word around Jamaica has it that Richie Spice is about to exit Fifth Element Records to move over to Cornerstone Records.

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More word...ousted Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller's husband Errald Miller recently left the island for a trip to Miami. Purpose of the trip...to attend the christening of his Miami-born baby.

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Trini Empress with a Precious Touch

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Photography By: Marcus Thompson

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Name: Leesha "Precious" Lawrence

Date of Birth: October 21, 1981

Weight: 120lb

Nationality: Trinidadian

Location: South Florida

Career Goal: I have a Passion for Fashion and a Love for Music... I live each day caring for others and doing what I love. Life is too short for disappointments... be the best you can and see the positive side in all situations.





Busy Signal in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Top 20 Dancehall Singles

busy_signal.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 2 9 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 18 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 11 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions NM
04 5 6 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-1
05 6 12 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
06 4 21 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-2
07 8 7 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-1
08 9 7 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-1
09 7 18 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-2
10 12 6 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon U-1
11 10 21 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19(pp#3) D-1
12 13 6 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-1
13 15 3 Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21 U-2
14 11 20 Set Up (No Man)-Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records(pp#5) D-3
15 14 16 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-1
16 17 2 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2 U-1
17 16 6 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship(pp#12) D-1
18 - New Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon
19 18 16 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship (pp#7) D-1
20 19 4 Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu(pp#17) D-1





Jah Cure To Perform in Jamaica Soon

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By: Olimatta Taal

jahcure_launch.jpgMany reggae fans of the world have been longing to see Jah Cure perform live in concert. For the first time in the Caribbean, fans will get an opportunity to be a part of a three day Cure Fest celebrating his freedom and birthday. The events will take place from October 12-14th.

A launch was held at the Cable and Wireless Golf Club in New Kingston on Tuesday September 18, to unveil the activities scheduled for Cure Fest weekend. Hosted by Nicki Z of Zip Fm and Hype TV, the keynote was delivered by Dr. Leaheim Semaj who spoke about forgiveness, talent, and the potential for good things to come to Jah Cure. Dennis Howard unveiled the events of the weekend and the extensive line up.

The weekend will begin with an all-white-all-inclusive party to be held at the Starfish Trelawny Hotel on October 12th. Etana, Karen Smith and Live Wyaa will perform and it will be Cure's earthstrong. The following night, the festivities will move to Pier 1 in Montego Bay where "45 Cures" will be held. It is to be a clash between Jamaica's number one radio DJ's from Irie Fm and Zip Fm against the biggest sound systems like Stone Love, Danger Zone, Renaissance, Razz & Biggy, Sky Juice and others.





Ricardo "Bibi" Gardener reaching Musical Heights

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Bibi.jpgRicardo "Bibi" Gardner, beloved in Jamaica since his Manning Cup and Reggae Boyz Football days, is charting another course, a musical one - for himself. As Chief Executive Officer at the Mona based Heart of Love Production/Entertainment Management/Booking Agency, Bibi has not only orchestrated the rise of Dancehall artiste Erupt, he has also been responsible with his partners, for producing vibrant rhythms for the dancehall.

Before all this Bibi ruled the Football world that saw him wallow in stardom at Wolmer’s Boys School when he led his team to a dramatic and memorable victory before a packed national stadium in 1993. A key feature of Bolton Wanderers English Premier League (EPL) Campaigns for many years, Bibi was only 15 years old when he was recognized nationally as not just an exceptionally talented athlete, but as a notable individual. His ongoing EPL success came after shining brightly at the 1998 World Cup of Football (soccer) in France with the Regge Boyz. When Bibi signed to Bolton Wanderers at age 19, he became the youngest Caribbean player ever to play football at that level.





Shabba - the saga continues...

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By: Elizabeth Smith

shabba_ranks.jpgAtlanta's Club Legacy was packed to the brim on September 8, 2007 as 2500 people came out to welcome forward "King Shabba." This was one of his rare appearances and Shabba Ranks more than thrilled the crowd; they were mesmerized.

Coming out on stage at around 4:00 in the morning, Shabba performed all his greats and some new hits to tracks. The lone performer for the evening, Shabba's patient and loyal fans were not disappointed, despite the missing instrumentalists.

One patron said, "Although the show was produced using sound tracks, with such a high entry price of $40 and $60 (VIP), I had to be here; it's because of Shabba - that they could pull this off and get away with it." Truly missed over the years on the reggae music scene, Shabba is now steadily working on new releases.





Beenie Man feat. Alaine - Dreaming of You

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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony - PREGNANT

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By J. Koni

jennifer_lopez&marc_anthony.jpgCongratulations are in order for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony who are expecting a child in the Spring, according to Hollywood.com. The report cites In Touch Weekly Magazine that also claimed a Beverly Hills gynecologist, fertility specialist, Dr Robert Katz gave the exuberant couple the good news.

The publication was informed by sources close to the expecting couple that there may be a double blessing in store, since ultrasound examinations performed recently were unable to help doctors determine if more than one baby was in there.

Lopez 38, and her 39 year old husband are said to have been working on getting their family started for some time and eventually turned to in vitro fertilization. The report says tests calculate that she is about 12 weeks ahead.

Anthony, who already has 3 kids, was reportedly seen shopping for a man’s baby gear nappy carrying bag, that he purchased for $120.





Macka Diamond Steps Up Her Game

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By: Olimatta Taal

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Macka Diamond has headed in the direction of adding non-fictional literary author to the number of career accolades that she has built for herself. Her first book "Bun Him," the first novel to represent Reggae/Dancehall culture has been released. The book launch was held at Weekendz on Monday, September 17.

"Bun Him" is the follow up to the single "Bun Him" by Macka Diamond and Blacker, that was a number 1 hit. It spent several weeks on local and international charts. An anthem for many women, it became a very controversial song.

Similar to the song, the book is about a young woman named Sandra who marries for financial gain and is very unhappy with her relationship. Sexually frustrated, she cheats on her husband and gets pregnant by her boyfriend.





HEDONISM III RUNAWAY BAY - Racking up Eight Years

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Miss Hedonism III.jpgHedonism III in Runaway Bay is one of the most innovative resorts when it comes to dynamic entertainment. On September 14, 2007, their eighth anniversary was celebrated in fine grandeur to the theme of "Rack Em Up."

The full red carpet treatment was pulled out for the guests in attendance, some of whom were over-nighters; there for the sole purpose of taking part in the glorious celebration.

It was a combination of elaborate, dazzling costumes – a spectacular décor and lavish buffet spreads that was topped only by the outstanding entertainment.

Delivering the resort's theme night "Rack Em Up" in portrayals of Lace and Latex, Hedonism III’s entertainment department included the eighth staging of the Ms. Hedonism Pageant, won by Tabitha Gendreau. All this was capped off by the resort’s pulsating house band Xtacy.

Aubyn Lewis - PR Hedonism III with friends.jpgMarketing Manager of Cash Plus Group, Ms. Shelly-Ann Weeks and CPJ Brand Manager Mrs. Paullia McCooty-Greene were also there, partying with the beautiful people at Hedonism III.

According to Aubyn Lewis, Hedonism III's publicist, next year's celebrations are being planned to be even larger and grander as they look forward to being fine at age nine.





DJenvyredcolor2.jpgKOCH Records is pleased to announce the release of a new compilation album, "The Co-Op," by acclaimed mix tape guru/HOT 97/Sirius Radio personality, DJ Envy and esteemed lyricist Red Café. The album will be released on September 25th, 2007 and features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop including Fabolous, Fat Joe, Styles P and Sheek Louch, Paul Wall, Nina Sky and many more.

The 1st single pair of singles off the new album will be "Dolla Bill" which features Fabolous and JD and "Things You Do" featuring Nina Sky.

DJ Envy is a two time Just-O Mix Tape Award recipient and one of New York's leading mix tape DJs. Since starting his career in the early 2000s, he has steadily climbed the ranks of the hip-hop world, becoming known for featuring the hottest tracks and exclusives on his mix tapes by some of the best in the game including Jay-Z, Cam'Ron, and The LOX. He has also produced vigorous tracks for artists such as DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, and Juvenile.

Mainstream music listeners are just now getting a taste of Red Café, the man who underground audiences have heralded as a legend for almost a decade now. Red has laid down tracks with some of the best; from 50 Cent to LL Cool J, and when he isn't crafting his distinctive flow, he is spreading his talent around, penning memorable songs for others.





Shaq’s divorce blamed on wife’s personal trainer

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By: J. Koni

shaq.jpgReports have begun to surface that part of the reason for National Basketball Association (NBA) star Shaquille O'Neal's filing to divorce his wife is because of her close relationship to her personal trainer.

Further, whispers have said that Shaunie O'Neal may have purchased that trainer a new Miami condo.

According to a person close to the O'Neal family, the young man who reportedly came between Shaq and his wife is the proud owner of a brand new luxury condo that Shaq's wife bought for him! The insider is alleged to have said, "[He] bought the condo early this year. And I'm not sure how much personal trainer's make, but I doubt it's enough for a condo in that building."

A Miami real estate website reports that condos in the building where the trainer reportedly now lives start at $650,000.





Capleton.jpgClifton "Capleton" Bailey walked his talk in a big way on Thursday September 13, 2007 as he made presentations to a number of schools and organizations, using funds raised at his annual Benefit concert, A St Mary Mi Come From, that took place on August 5, 2007. Annotto Bay's Grays Inn Sports Complex was buzzing with excitement, as children from different schools performed with dance, song and cultural recitation. One school's choral group presented a moving song written especially for Capleton, whose altruism and thoughtfulness has impacted the lives of so many.

Giving back to the community is paramount in Capleton's philosophy of life. In fact the Mayor for Annotto Bay, St. Mary came forward to shower further praise on Capleton, by revealing that he has never requested a waiver for Parish Council Entertainment Tax/Fees - usually given to promoters of benefit concerts.





Will the cap fit OJ on this one

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By: J. Koni

OJSimpson.jpgO.J. Simpson has emphatically denied swelling reports that he robbed a sports memorabilia dealer at a hotel recently.

The former football star reportedly raided a suite at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last Thursday, pretending to be part of a group interested in buying memorabilia items from collector Alfred Beardsley.

The items included the suit Simpson wore when he was acquitted of the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994.

He now faces charges including robbery with a deadly weapon, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, but, O.J is adamant that he is innocent.

He says, "Everybody knows this is stolen stuff. Not only wasn't there a break-in, but Thomas Riccio (the auction house owner) escorted us up to the room. In any event, it's stolen stuff that's mine. Nobody was roughed up."





Yard News Briefs

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Magicsouljahoneboss.jpgOn Saturday September 22 at the luxurious Snorkel Park in Bermuda, Eva hype and Ruff Ryderz promotions present their 1st annual ORGAZMZ party. It will be an orgy of the latest hip hop, R&B and dancehall served on a digital platter by Bermuda's hottest sounds: Vybez Alliance, Zedhi, Souljah 1 and Imega.

This event promises to be an annual cornucopia of music, maidens and muscle. Leading up to it there will be multitudes of chances to win free entry to this signature event. Listeners need only to stay keenly glued to Bermuda's two hottest radio stations. POWER 95 and HOTT 107.5. The promotional slogan is seductively simple...
MAKE SURE YU CUM

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The Hilton Hotel, New Kingston, Jamaica, pulled out all the stops to join in the Ethiopian Millennium celebrations on Wednesday September 12, 2007. One thing was missing though – and that was a strong presence from the Rastafarian community. Only a handful attended and most were performing as drummers, singers and dancers.

It was a well put together evening with early cocktails, finger foods and later an amazing buffet with special vegetarian, Jamaican and African dishes prepared at the Hilton by a special Rastafarian chef!! Hilton's poolside was splendidly decorated with lights and flowing material...was a good show...and again – it's too bad the key folk didn't know.

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Stephen McGregor has been officially signed to EMI publishing. The young McGregor of Reggae's Big Ship dynasty was featured recently in Vibe. Watch him and Sean Paul roll this fall with their spanking new rhythm.

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EL MAGNATE NIGHT CLUB will appease your musical tease every Friday night. Located at 31 Beverly Hills Drive at JANE & WILSON. TORONTO CANADA, El Magnate gets hot and steamy with - GIRLS PARADE EVERY FRIDAYZ.





Did The "Energy God" bruk up "Diddy"

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pdiddyandelephantman.jpgElephant Man and Diddy - did things come to blows and throws as reported so widely over the past few days? US based website www.mediatakeout.com sent the sensational report sailing across cyber space on the weekend, causing phones to start ringing off the hook. Story goes that the Energy God and his entourage entered the offices of Sean "P Diddy" Combs...was denied entry by the receptionist...didn't take kindly to that...barged into "Diddy's" office...refused to leave...was thrown out by security...then "P. Diddy" emerged with twisted shades and an alleged busted mouth.

What a tale!!! Q45 is crying foul. As Elephant Man's manager, he has been approached for explanations for this false reporting. It is just not true he reportedly said.





Kanye West is ahead of 50 Cent - Album Sales

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By: J Koni

50_and_kanye.jpg50 Cent began eating his words within the first day of his "album sales" clash with Kanye West.

Numbers from Soundscan Building Charts showed West's "Graduation" selling 437,000 and 50's "Curtis" selling 310,000.

Kanye's last album, "Late Registration," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with opening sales of 860,000 copies and led the chart for two weeks. In other Kanye news, the rapper performed on Sunday's telecast of the Emmy Awards. And he will perform on the main stage, not in a party suite.

50 Cent pledges to quit the business as a solo artist if "Curtis" didn't outsell "Graduation Day." However, on Wednesday he was on New York's Hot 97 with Angie Martinez blaming his label, Interscope, for losing the sales war with Kanye. He is reported to have said, "To be honest, the process of selling this record hasn't been fun." "I'm happy with the performance, but I'm not happy with the set up. We had conference calls and after we created this plan, nobody actually had a plan," 50 Cent said. "It was the label," he continued. "They're dropping the ball all over the place. I'll release my next album and then I'm a free agent."





Legends mash up Reggae Explosion…and more

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Marcus Thompson

marcia griffiths.jpgReggae Explosion was the name of a recent tour that saw a number of Reggae legends shine in Japan. The likes of Marcia Griffiths, Mikey General and producing genius now performing artiste, Esco, formerly of the duo Leftside and Esco - did justice to the concert's name – as they all exploded on stage.

Interestingly, this was the first high-profile tour for Esco. He is now a solo artiste and is focusing on making this aspect of his career legendary. Amongst other cities the tour took him to Osaka, Japan, the home of the recently concluded World Athletics Championships. Hence, there is no question that a huge international audience got first hand looks at his style of onstage delivery.

"It was a wonderful experience," he said, adding that this is the kind of progression he has dreamt of making as a musician. "I want to take my music and productions and introduce them to a wide audience." A chief mastermind behind the mega hit in the Dancehall, titled," Tuck een yuh belly," Matthew 'Esco' Thompson has also been producer for the likes of Dancehall King Bounty Killer and other top artistes. Noteworthy is the fact that he is the force that has resurrected Future Fambo, formerly known as 'Future Troubles'; the man who delivered the mega hit "Kung Fu" in the early 1990s.





Buffilous - Rich Woman tek up young bwoy

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Buffilous.jpgGood day my peeps, I hope all is on the bubble fo y'all.

Anyways, talking about on the bubble! Listen to this bit of drama. A certain female millionaire claim seh shi lonely and tek up this absolutely pauperized bwoy and put him up inna har $US18m house fi provide romantic comedy, oh sorry! I meant company!
Moving on, well, this fellow is nine years her junior. Di youth had access to all her luxurious vehicles, a help har run har big business, and of course, as har "man" him a live large.

It so happened that her (rich woman) brother's girlfriend sister, Delilah, who is age 15, came from the country to spend time at the house for whatever reason. This is where drama commenced! Rich woman realise seh har young bwoy was very fond of the little girl! Him nuh waa sleep wen night come again! Him nuh waa cum inna di bed again!





Glamorous Nikki Nikki aims to be an actress

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Name: Nikki Nikki

Weight: 134 lbs

Vital Statistics: 36D 28 34

Nationality: Jamaican

Location: New York

Career Goal: To develop as an actress.

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Chuck Fenda holding down the #1 spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM - JAMAICA
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 17 Caan Cool - Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (3wks@#1) NM
02 2 8 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca NM
03 5 10 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-2
04 3 20 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
05 6 5 Conscience-Cham - Don Corleon U-1
06 7 11 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
07 4 17 Back It Up - Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-3
08 9 6 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-1
09 11 6 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace - 180 Entertainment U-2
10 8 20 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-2





It's Payback Time - Danger Zone

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cecile-badgal-jamaica.jpgDanger Zone has released another hit-making rhythm called "Payback". It comes on the heels of their successful "Jamdown" rhythm. Produced by Jigsy King and Delmar 'Della' Drummond, the new rhythm has 19 hard-hitting dancehall tracks with a few slow grooves intermingled.

Featuring some of Jamaica's hottest dancehall names, "Payback's" 19 tracks rest firmly on a rhythm that is not as high tempo as some of the popular beats today. Touted as one of the best that Danger Zone produced this year, "Payback" is riding a successful wave making it the dancehall rhythm to close off the summer.

Starting off with the indomitable Ce'Cile, "Payback" contains a good balance of youth and experience. Veterans featured include, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Danger Zone's own Jigsy King and the up and coming star Cutty Corn.





"It's your boy" - MU-RCE

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Mu-rce1.jpg"It's your boy!" This intro has been steadily growing in popularity in the Dancehall arena, because it's the lyrical signature for MU-RCE, a new singjay sensation.

He describes himself as a deejay for the girls, and, he has been "living up". Songs like, "Please Call Me," "Mary Mary" and "Dancing Time," have been cementing him in the rough and tumble Dancehall arena. Those songs have been followed by his hit joint "In a Di Club", a single produced by internationally renown music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell.

Speaking to YardFlex.com, MU-RCE revealed that at present he is promoting a new song called "Jump and Split"; a song that is creating a storm on the Jamaican airwaves. A video is in the pipeline. "The girls love my flow," he said, adding that he is comfortable with the level of acceptance he has received form the "hard to please" Jamaican audience.





Another Killa Protégé making their mark

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Dancehall Kingpin Bounty Killa has an enviable record of mentoring Dancehall’s leading young talents. To date, Elephant Man, Mavado, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Idonia, Vybz Kartel and even Merciless are just a few of the talents he has nurtured both directly and indirectly.

Interestingly, it was in one publication of the Time Magazine in the middle 1990s that Bounty Killa was compared to the late Tupac Shakur for the influence that he always has on young black males.

As such, it is no surprise whenever one hears about a new Dancehall talent that claims Bounty Killa as his or her influence!





Asafa "9.74 seconds" Powell

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By: Devon Anderson & Dwight Fraser
The world's fastest man Asafa Powell, achieved yet again an incredible feat, not impossible by his standards, as he shaved the world's best time of 9.77 seconds down to 9.74 seconds, in winning the men's 100 metres event at the Reti - Grand Prix - meeting in Italy on Sunday night.

The M.V.P sprinter established a personal, and season best, a year's leading and the second world record of his career in the heats of the event. In a legal trail wind of 1.7 metres per-second Powell got home ahead of Saidy Jaysuma of Norway whose time was 10.07 seconds and World Champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts who came third with 10.14 seconds.





Enkutatash (New Year) September 8, 2007

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The Ethiopian New Year falls in September at the end of the big rains. The highlands turn to gold as the Meskel daisies burst out in all their splendor. Ethiopian children clad in brand new clothes dance through the villages giving bouquets of flowers and painted pictures to each household. September 11th is both New Year's Day and the Feast of St. John the Baptist.

The day is called Enkutatash meaning the "gift of jewels." When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her back by replenishing her treasury with enku or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since these early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside. After dark on New Year's Eve people light fires outside their houses.





topless churc dean.jpgGuyana’s leading music company, Vizion Sounds Promotions, will be hosting a funday and benefit concert in Guyana to aid Jamaicans who were victims of Hurricane Dean. The concert will take place on September 23, at Guyana’s National Park and all profits will go to the hurricane relief fund in Jamaica.

All artistes are invited to participate and perform for a worthy cause. All those wishing to be a part of this major event can contact Vizion Sounds office at 56 Robb Street, Lacytown and 34 Anira Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana. Tel: 592-227-7716, 592-614-0336, or contact Mrs. Cunningham in Jamaica at 995-9205.





Happy Earth Day Elephant Man

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This was the common phrase last night, September 11, 2007 at Elephant Man’s Earth Day Celebrations in Kingston. What a party it was – coinciding with the Ethiopian New Millennium celebrations – it was the cherry on top. Elephant man was lauded with good wishes by one and all and he was in a jovial mood, all decked out in a serious gold studded white outfit and wicked shoes too.

Sending out the most moving message of the evening, Ele's 13 year old daughter took the mike to introduce herself and wish her dad a very Happy Earth Day. Flanked by well wishers including, Kip Ritch, Blasse, John Hype, Shelly Belly, Kid Corrupt, MOB, Harry Toddler and many more, Ele often hung onto two bottles of the finest in champagne.





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On September 11, 2007 at midnight in Ethiopia, the New Year and New Millennium celebrations began amid lavish gatherings, religious zeal and positive messages from the country’s troubled government. Ethiopia and Ethiopians throughout the world marked this day with immense enthusiasm and will continue to celebrate for days to come.

In the 6th Century, the rest of the Christian world made revisions in its estimate of the date of Christ’s birth - but Ethiopia kept the old date, which means that 7 years after the rest of the world, the country is marking the start of the year 2000.

For Rastafarians worldwide, recognizing and aligning with the calendar of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Ethiopia (a unique slightly modified Julian calendar) has been a part of their lifestyle and today Rastas everywhere have begun to commemorate the beginning of the year 2000.





wardali.jpgAntigua’s sound system giants, WarDadli SoulJahs were featured for the first time ever in the USA on August 30, 2007, as they rocked the Fluid Night Club in Philadelphia during the “Philly Link Up Sound Clash.” Known for always representing Antigua, as champion jugglers as well as for clashing, WarDadli SoulJahs took the trophy home to Antigua following their crowning by the Philly crowds’ popular vote.

It was a “one on one” sound clash against Brooklyn New York’s very own, Generations Sound, and the first leg of their 2 city tour. Held at home to most of the reggae sound clashes in that state, the clash was attended by over a hundred patrons who voted in WarDadli in 2 out of 3 rounds and 4 to 3 in the “tune fi tune” round.

A fresh variety of tunes rang out from both sides, but the older and vintage reggae songs were the order of the night. Artists like the great Junior Reid, Bunny Wailer, Shabba Ranks, and Johnny Osbourne were what WarDadli focused on most; and they came out on top. Notable tunes played by WarDadli were an ARP special, a Silvertones special, the late great Joseph Hill of the group Culture, and the living legend David Hinds of Steel Pulse.





Craig Serani Beats up the charts

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Serani.jpgCraig "Serani" Marsh is a member of the hit making trio Daseca and has been kicking out hit songs for a number of years now. His beat creating skills have gone widely unnoticed but the unassuming genius has been responsible for rhythms such as the hugely popular Anger Management, Chaka Chaka, Dreaming, Gully Creature, Build Back and Fire Links’ Gullyside rhythm to name just a few.

Described by many as the musical director of Bounty Killer’s “Alliance” talent pool, Serani also crafted the lead phrase on Sean Paul's Billboard smash, "We Be Burning," as well as on singles such as Tony Matterhorn's anthemic "Dutty Wine," Busy Signal's "These Are the Days," Bugle's breakout hit "Exercise," Elephant Man's "Willie Bounce," and Mavado's international hit "Dying," the first track on which he also featured as an Artiste; It is Serani's voice bawling "Dying" throughout the song, which earned him attention for his vocals, instead of his dexterity as a composer. He also appeared alongside Mavado in the acclaimed video.





Port Royal Music Festival, A Night Amongst The Stars

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reginabelle_sexynudegirls.jpgbrian_mcknight_sm.jpgThousands of patrons gathered at the Port Royal Music Festival over the weekend to enjoy a marriage of sounds between Jamaica's lover's rock and Black America's R&B soul music. The audience sang along to some of their favorites as the likes of One Third, Maxi Priest, Regina Bell, Brian McKnight, and Tarrus Riley performed.

There were a number of cameo appearances from some of Reggae's best musicians, who just dropped in to enjoy the show. This included the likes of Beres Hammond, Richie Stephens, Jah Cure, Fanton Moja, Della Manley and Delly Ranks who could be seen enjoying themselves.





King Yellow Re-Crowned at Summerfest LA

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Photos By: Marie Mendoza
SUMMERFESTLA 591-1.jpgSUMMERFESTLA 646-1.jpgQueen Mary Park in Long Beach California was immersed in mellow and positive vibes on * date when MVP Productions threw down their first Sumerfest LA reggae festival. Planning on making this an annual event, MVP ***look on site for info

Some of reggae’s heavy hitters were in the house and concert goers made no qualms about showing how much they adored the performances. Huge amounts of love permeated the place and audience members demonstrated their feelings through tumultuous applause. King Yellowman was "crowned again" by patrons who went beserk when he appeared on stage.

The dancehall DJ legend who rose to iconic stature over # of years, was missed on the regular festival circuit and Long Beach sure did show him how much. Rushing the stage an enthusiastic crowd absolutely roared as they grooved to his tracks. Energy propelled energy and King Yellow gave some serious high energy moves to a cheering crowd. Hamming it up, Yellow man, referred to by one fan as, just as good if not better than he was in the 80’s, had people laughing hysterically at his wit as he had many jokes up his sleeve.





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There was a fashion explosion at Kingston's Hilton hotel on September 7 as Pulse Model Agency's, Caribbean Model Search (CMS) 2007 got underway. Spoken of as the largest and most dynamic talent search in the history of the Caribbean, CMS has showcased thousands of model hopefuls from across the Caribbean over the years. This year the search expanded to include models from the UK and parts of the United States and Canada.

Ninety-five contestants of whom 17 were male, graced the catwalk in different dashing outfits, all created by Caribbean designers. Judges were in place to sift out the top three in each group of Fashion Model, Petite Model and Male Model. An enthusiastic audience encouraged the contestants who all did remarkably well even with the one mishap that saw a CMS hopeful slip and fall on the catwalk.





Dwayne Murphy reaches Gospel Charts

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By: J. Koni
murphy1.JPG"The Greatest Love of All" is for many folks, just a love song, however, for Dwayne Murphy it was the subject of his first live performance age of six. Years have passed and his love for singing grew along with his religious desires. His birth-name is Dwayne Dolton Murphy, and he grew in Papine, St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Gospel sensation has been touring the church circuit ministering to people and touching people lives with his ministry.

Murphy delivers various genres of music ranging from Hip Hop & R&B to Reggae and Dancehall. He is currently the lead singer on his church choir and also a praise and worship leader. In 2003, Dwayne joined forces with rapper "D.A.Jay" and subsequently Dizzle Lab Productions. Murphy has performed at major shows like Genesis 2006, Fun in the Son, Rise 2 Christ, and various gospel concerts and he also has ministered at Gospel Clubs such as Prayz House & Club Christendom.





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While Portia Simpson Miller was being criticized as a sore loser for not having accepted the initial preliminary counts that saw her party losing by a close margin at the September 3rd General Elections in Jamaica, the Jamaica Labor Party’s (JLP) supporters and friends were reveling at the “Party Capital of the World” – Passa Passa.

Held every Wednesday night at one traditional JLP stronghold – Tivoli Gardens, in Kingston, Passa Passa holds a steady vibe with kicking sounds from Swatch Sound System as the foundation. On Thursday morning, September 6, the first Pass Passa dance following JLP victory was sweeeeeeeet, and it also featured Stone Love Sound who came on to heat up the place at an early 6:30AM.





Hutchy releases"Take Charge"

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Hutchy.jpgAfter ten years in the business of music, Hutchy has decided to take a walk down the recording road. The release of his gritty remix single "Take Charge" comes shortly after the world was introduced to his critically acclaimed album "My Time." Both were released on Hutchy's own Ruff Cut Records label.

"Take Charge" has been described as social commentary at its best and is a timely reminder of the perils of bad leadership. With multiple lessons embedded in its powerful lyrics, the song is fit for all ages. Recorded on one of Hutchy's signature One Drop rhythms, "Take Charge" commands your attention, forcing you to listen.





LUTAN FYAH SHOOTS VIDEOS FOR NEW TRACKS

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lutan1Lutan Fyah shot two videos for his latest singles "Four Seasons" and "St. Jago de la Vega," last week. Video viewers are in for a treat with both. "Four Seasons," a love song is depicted in eloquent romantic scenes that feature Sasha Leigh Gordon, a Miss Jamaica World 2007 contestant.

The video sees Sasha fashioned for each season as Lutan expresses his love for his queen in all four seasons. "Four Seasons" was produced by Kevin 'Iceberg' Blake with video direction by Realizm Films’ Marlon Brown and Robin Chin.





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY MUSIC COUNTDOWN CHARTS

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Radio: Weekly Countdown with Richie B Fridays 4:15pm to 5:00pm on Hot
102 FM

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TV: The Top 10 is presented on TVJ's Entertainment Report (ER) -
Fridays at 8:00pm
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES
TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (2wks@#1) NM
02 3 7 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca U-1
03 2 19 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
04 4 16 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) NM
05 6 9 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-1
06 9 4 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-3
07 8 10 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
08 5 19 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-3
09 11 5 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-2
10 7 18 Set Up (No Man) -Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records D-3
11 13 5 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-2
12 10 14 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-2
13 15 4 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon U-2
14 12 4 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship D-2
15 19 4 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-4
16 14 14 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship (pp#7) D-2
17 19 2 Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu U-2
18 - New Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21
19 18 4 Dancing Fever-Voicemail-Don Corleon D-1
20 20 20 Baby Father-Vybz Kartel/D'Angel-Free Willy (pp#5) NM





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JuniorKelly.jpgJunior Kelly has returned from a successful tour in Europe and finished his new album entitled Prince of Roots. "I tour pretty much every summer, going to new territories. Sometimes you present the music for the first time to people, the first time dem hear reggae, u make history," describes the artist of his recent experience.

Gracing fans around the world in Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, and other countries Junior Kelly expresses that even though he traveled to many areas, "There are many places yearning to greet Reggae's ambassadors. Countries like Indonesia, the Middle East, China, North and South Korea, Israel want to see us, I been doing drops for them. We'll be getting there soon."





Irie Jamboree was everything patrons wanted and some

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New York: Irie Jamboree 2k7 lived up to its reputation as being North America's premier reggae festival with another first class production that music pundits are saying may have eclipsed the spectacular presentation last year. The event held recently at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York attracting well over 30,000 music lovers who were engaged by spectacular performances from Morgan Heritage, Stephen Marley, Jr. Gong, Tony Matterhorn, Munga, Macka Diamond, Etana and Da'Ville.

Legendary reggae outfit Morgan Heritage delivered arguably the best performance of event. The talented reggae group was in fine nick, delivering classic hits like " Don't Have Fe Dread To Be Rasta," "Tell Me How Come," "Down By The River," "People Are Fighting," "Set Yourself Free," "Protect Us Jah" and their current hit “Brooklyn & Jamaica” that left fans in a frenzy.





OPEN EAR MUSIC LAUNCHES “NATURAL BREEZE MEDLEY”

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The "Natural Breeze Medley" Video was recently released and is getting steady rotation on all major Jamaican television stations. Directed by renown music video director Ras Kassa, the video features rising dancehall sensation Munga Honorable with his song called "Rise," Delly Ranks with "Girlfriend," Chino with "All Night" and Esco with "God is Love."





Yardflex News

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skatalites1.jpgJah Jerry, a founding member of the original legendary Skatalites passed away on August 13, 2007 at the age of 80. Born to Mary Smith and Hubert Haynes, Jah Jerry, born Jerome Gladstone Haynes has not only played an integral role in the development of Ska, he also worked with a wide roster of prominent artistes including, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Ken Booth, Delroy Wilson and Jimmy Cliff. The catchy Ska beat became a global hit and major influence of music on a whole. A memorial service for Jah Jerry was held on August 29 at Dovecot Memorial Chapel with interment at Dovecot Memorial Park.

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RASE TV’s In The Zone is set to blaze with a new season that debuts across Canada on September 6. Each Saturday In The Zone will air at 11:00pm on CJNT (former CH in Montreal) – and this can be viewed through Bell, Rogers, Videotron and Starchoice. A repeat of the show will air on Sundays at 11:00pm.





YARD SUSSS

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BRUCEGOLDING.jpgportia_simpson_miller_jamaique.jpgBwoy mi glad di politics over, dis whole heap a killing fi nuttn, nuh right. Well at least it done now we can finally live in peace. Yardflex sends condolences to the families who lost a love one or love ones. But besides that di Suss muss goes on!

Like how we deh pon Election, a which big DJ mi hear a vex wid other artist an him followers over dem Vote, wait people nuh free fi vote who dem wah fi vote fa again?

Ele and Ruffian please nuh bodda mek mi vomit, a wah dis mi a hear seh unu inna tings, no sah, if a suh it guh, try nuh mek it reach far as pickney born. Tink about di kids please! Cause a nuh unu a guh skool. Nuh mek di pickney bawn an hate unu.

Mavado wat a way yuh mash up Irie Jamboree ehhh an yuh neva book fi di show. No sah yuh too bad. Big up Muma Saw weh call yuh on still. Next year Bobby fi know betta an book yuh, yuh see it.





wyclef.jpgWyclef Jean -- the Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, hip-hop pioneer, and humanitarian who founded the legendary ensemble the Fugees -- returns to Columbia Records with "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," the artist's first full-length album for the label since his third solo album, "Masquerade," entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 6 in June 2002. "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" is slated for release this fall.

With "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," his sixth full-length studio album, Wyclef Jean continues the autobiographical musical odyssey he began a decade ago with his 1997 triple-platinum debut solo album, "Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring Refugee All-Stars" (aka "The Carnival"). Wyclef gave his fans their first taste of "The Carnival II" with the release of the album's lead-in single, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," featuring Akon, Lil' Wayne and introducing Niia. Released in August, the single rapidly made its first Billboard chart appearance entering the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at number 3. "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" is now available digitally.





HEADLINED MONTEREY BAY REGGAE FESTIVAL IN CALIFORNIA ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND
wailing_souls.jpgTwenty-three years after their fading away from the music scene as a group, the Wailing Souls reunited for a long awaited performance at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in California on August 12th. Burning Spear as well as Sly and Robbie joined him to thrill the 17,000 strong capacity crowd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida was their next stop on August 25th at The Club Revolution, where a repeat superb performance ensued.

Then on to the famed Circle House Studio (Inner Circle’s; own state of the art studio) in Miami, to record the track "One World" for an upcoming Shanachie Records reggae tribute CD of songs by pop/reggae group The Police – who are themselves newly reunited.





Ninjaman Wild West Riddim

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By: Joseph Cunningham
yendicrowning.jpgThe stunningly beautiful young woman was never the girl who would put on her mother's high heels and model around the house. Instead, as she put it during one television interview, " the thug would always come out."

Interviewing a number of her high school mates, they all concurred that Yendi's beauty was undeniable, but they refused to categorize their beloved friend as a "Tom Boy". They preferred to underscore her "down-to-earth" personality. " She could always be seen liming with girls of different levels, whether it was seniors or juniors; an she was a senior," Huldah Cunningham recalled. She added, " I was not even sure that she remembered who I was until I saw a surprise message in my inbox! She doesn't seem to have forgotten her beginnings."

It is a common sentiment that Yendi Phillips is indeed, "Beauty with a Purpose”. The segment of every beauty contest that oftentimes brings about the demise of contestants was obviously as easy as the Jamaican breeze for Phillips! She showed-off what was a pronounced "wide vocabulary", never caught searching for the right word at any moment.





Caribbean Day Parade 2007 Largest in History

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Eastern Parkway in Brookly, New York was the scene of great revelry as another Caribbean Day Parade was held. The Labour Day weekend has historically been a day of heavy feting for national of the Caribbean regions and their friends. Most prominent at the annual West Indian Caribbean day parade were Haitians and Trinidadians who displayed a joint float promoting their Christian faith. The float expressed the sentiments of many in attendance with its prophetic message - "Start to pray today, because you may not be here tomorrow."

There were an estimated one million people in attendance at the parade. Despite the prayer message displayed on the float, at least one person's prayers went unanswered as he became the lone reported casualty of the day. At around 4:00 p.m., gunshots rang out in excess at Troy Avenue, which left one 26 year-old man injured with two gun shots to his leg. The injuries are considered non-life threatening.





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Following heavy criticism on her Hurricane Dean response and a perceived lame contribution to the national debate , 61 year old Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister was ousted on Monday September 3rd and her People’s National Party (PNP) ended its 20 years in power.

Whether In denial or just harboring wishful thinking, Simpson Miller, known also as "Sista P," and "Mama P," reportedly refused to concede with the numbers remaining unconvinced that preliminary results are indicative of the final reality of the Jamaica Labor Party being the newly elected leaders of Jamaica’s Government.

Widely touted as the luckiest politician around, Bruce Golding led the JLP, to a razor thin margin of a win that saw his party gobble up just 31 of the 60 seats in the House of Representatives. However, former Prime Minister, Simpson Miller has complained of irregularities and said there were races that could change current results with a recount.





Kirk Franklin Please Audience in Muddy Condition

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By Alan Lewin
KIRK FRANKLYN.jpgNot even the passage of hurricane Dean could cause Sold Out Ministries and their organizers to postpone the inaugural staging of the three day gospel festival entitled Youth Aid 2007 held at Dump Up Beach in Montegto Bay August 22-24. The event which was held under muddy conditions for the first two days on the first night saw good performances from Paul Blake (Director Of Sold Out Ministries), Sherwin Gardener from Trinidad, Todd Curry from the USA and Jason Mighty.

The second night saw marvelous performances from Goddy Goddy, DJ Nicholas and International and Grammy winning performer Kirk Franklin Who really pleased the audience.





Concert and Symposium in honor of Peter Tosh

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By: Joseph Cunningham
PETER TOSH.jpgBullet! Kaboom! Bung bang beng! These are the most popular slang's in the Dancehall arena currently. Well, whatever are the intensions of the current crop of Dancehall acts, one thing is certain, and that is, they are not the first “fearsome” characters to grace the world stage.

Peter Tosh, the "Stepping Razor" epitomized and exemplified how lethal "lyrical shots" can be! His approach was unquestionable, and meant to solve political and social issues through music.

His character was a controversial one being unarguably the first real "Reggae Rebe," never afraid to address issues that had many of his counterparts running scared! Reggae music has always been a genre that has represented and amplified the voice of the poor and the oppressed, and Peter Tosh used the genre to do just that.





General Degree.jpgGeneral Degree returned to the forefront of Reggae culture with firstly, his clothing line and now, he is completing his latest album, "Bedroom Bully." In an interview yesterday, he promised that as the name insinuates, the album would be one that is a vintage General Degree stylistic, with great wordplay, catchy lyrics and good quality rhythms. A date of release is not yet confirmed, but Look out for it!

Born Burt Cardiff on April 28, 1968 in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, General Degree's love for music began at age six when as a child he often hid from his strict Christian parents in order to get a taste of what was happening on the airwaves. As he grew older he played the radio a little louder, listening keenly to the lyrical styles of Lt Stitchie, Papa San and Professor Nuts and he developed his own unique style of comical story telling/DJing.





I-WAYNE REFINES REGGAE ROOTS BACK TO ITS PUREST FORM

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220px-I-wayne.jpgThe mystic soprano sound of I-Wayne will disarm fans once again with VP’s sophomore release "Book Of Life," set to be released in November 2007. Not many roots and culture artists can say that they have landed a hit on major urban/hip-hop radio as I-Wayne did in 2005 with his fiery single,"Can't Satisfy Her," on heavy rotation at New York's Hot 97 radio station; or receive critical acclamation on their debut album as he did with "Lava Ground." I-Wayne has undeniably raised the bar for roots reggae of this generation by captivating the world with his distinct sound and deep insight.

On his eagerly awaited release "Book Of Life," I-Wayne polishes his enchanting smooth sound over airy instrumentals with simply yet profound lyrics that remind listeners of an essential truth—that life is a gift for which we can be grateful. The title track, which is the CD’s first single, provides an overview of the set, expressing everything I Wayne has learned in his 28 years of life and his desire to share his experience—a glowing example of the personal rendered universal.





Rootz Underground.gifOn August 30th Rootz Underground rocked Miami's PS14 shortly before jetting off to California, where their first successful hit single, "Victims of the System," is riding high. Aiming at taking over California in September, Rootz Underground is slated to perform five shows there.

As "Victims of the System" enjoys heavy rotation worldwide, with the video peaking at number 2 on both RE TV and Hype TV charts, Mystic Urchin, the band’s management, plan to release a video for their second single from the debut album, "Movement," in November. Mystic Urchin representative, Steve Wilson said, "Mystic Urchin is so proud to have the honour to present Rootz Underground's first US tour, I am confident that anyone who sees this band live will become a Rootz fan and thanks to Headline Entertainment (booking agency) these guys will be touring all year.





Yardflex Passa

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Kaboom! Bung Bang Beng! What a piece a sittin! How some people can mek satan tun dem inna eeediot suh!

People, listen to da one yah. After so many years of sanity and prominence in the music business, it is rumoured dat di golden brother decide fi guh serve di devil! It is alleged that a family member of his left a huge portion of farm land for him. As a result, it is said dat him seh him nuh need di music nuh more, him ago tun "Old McDonald". Well, heeyaahheeyaahoo, di man a tek it further! While being out there in the bushes, di singer decide seh him find a new religion an him nuh believe inna di almighty God nuhmore! It is alleged that di religion renounces di use of electricity! Mi hear seh him house dark like hell!





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY MUSIC COUNTDOWN CHARTS

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM - JAMAICA
Chuck_Fenda_fire.jpg TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES
TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 3 15 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (wk@#1) U-2
02 1 18 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
03 6 6 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca U-3
04 2 15 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-2
05 4 18 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-1
06 7 8 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-1
07 5 17 Set Up (No Man) -Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records D-2
08 11 9 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-3
09 13 3 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-4
10 9 13 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-1
11 14 4 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-3
12 12 3 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship NM
13 16 4 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-3
14 8 13 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship(pp#7) D-6
15 15 3 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon NM
16 19 3 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-3
17 10 23 Bad From Mi Born-Munga - Don Corleon (1wk@#1) D-7
18 18 3 Dancing Fever-Voicemail-Don Corleon NM
19 - New Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu
20 17 19 Baby Father-Vybz Kartel/D'Angel-Free Willy (pp#5) D-3





Reggae Sumfest 2018

Morgan Heritage feed culture and roots to world youth

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By: Joseph Cunningham

MORGAN_HERITAGE .jpgMorgan Heritage is arguably the only current Reggae outfit that transmits what many serious lovers of the genre calls the authentic "Roots and Culture" in a very effective way to the international audience. We have heard stories of the group pulling crowds in excess of 30,000 people at live shows on the European continent; shows that were promoted with the group as its headline act.

From its genesis, the father of them all, Delroy Morgan had music in his blood and toured the world. He then imparted the gift to his children through intensive vocal and instrument training. To date the recordings speak for themselves. Since its inception in 1990, the group has released big hits such as "Let's Make Up," "Don't Haffi Dread," "Down By the River" and "Reggae Bring Back Life," just to name a few.





Yard News Briefs

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lauryn.jpgPhotos like this one of Lauryn Hill performing in what closely resembles a clown's outfit is to many, displaying signs of being mentally ill. A very disturbing radio report aired recently in Jamaica featured hosts who discussed this mental condition negatively and jeeringly. Yardflex would like to extend our regrets if Lauryn Hill is indeed living with a mental disability at this time. Our [Black, Caribbean. African] culture(s) have been on the whole, traditionally unknowledgeable and often unkind to the mentally disabled, however this is a manageable illness and we wish that Lauryn is not ill, but if she is – we pray for a speedy recovery for her.

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Keyshia Cole releases her highly anticipated sophomore album "Just Like You," today on Geffen Records. "Just Like You" includes Keyshia's hit single with Diddy "Last Night" and guest features Too $hort, T.I, Missy, Lil Kim, Anthony Hamilton, Young Dro and Amina. She will be in NYC, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Chicago.

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An HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial has sadly failed. The trial that was running tests with clinical trial volunteers, some of whom resided in Jamaica, aimed at discovering the efficacy of vaccines that would stop the spread of the world's most grave pandemic to date. Head of epidemiology at Jamaica's Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Figuroa said this week, that of the 11 people who contracted the HIV virus while engaged in this particular trial, non were Jamaican. Scientists continue their search for an HIV vaccine, even though this trial was terminated following the reported "11 failures."

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Tarrus-riley_2.jpgTarrus Riley, who is currently riding the reggae waves of success following his smashing hits and impressive burst onto the scene, was in a motorcar accident while on his way to perform at the launch of Carol Gonzales' debut album on Thursday September 27. Media and other attendees kept looking over their shoulders for the young hit maker, but he didn’t show up...

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Atlanta's Future Movement RadioFMR – a hot new Jamaican radio program which airs weekdays (5:30pm – 8:00pm) and Saturdays (9am – 10am), was recently launched in Atlanta on 1010 AM WGUN – a 50,000 watt regional radio station that covers the entire Atlanta metro area, southeastern Tennessee, parts of North Carolina and eastern Alabama. The Jamaican community is thrilled - as this is a long awaited voice being given to them

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By: Elizabeth Smith

judgegonzales.jpgThe "red hot" Carol Gonzales launched her debut album entitled, "The Music In Me" at the Terra Nova Hotel on September 27, 2007. Making a bold statement of "follow your dreams," Gonzales made a daring shift from being a Judge in a court of Law in Jamaica, to being a sensational and sexy recording artist.

Although a bit late to start, the launch was a treat and some, with the confident, gorgeous and talented Gonzales proving to all present that this choice of hers is one that she will not look back on with regrets.

"...I gave away my robe last week," Gonzales exclaimed as she manned the tight on stage accompaniment. The album rocks with solid musicianship from many greats including horn playing icon, Dean Fraser. Gonzales was the undisputed star performer at this star studded launch, but powerful presentations also came from Dean Fraser, Chantelle Ernandez and Gas Money. Tarrus Riley was sadly missed.





Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo - Hate That I Love You

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By: Joseph Cunningham

irie_ love.jpgIrie Love's image personifies her stage name. She is beautiful; the kind of beauty that will make a Caribbean on-looker say, irie! Further, the physical is accompanied by a voice that has done background vocals for mega-stars such as Chaka Khan and Pink; therefore, it stands to reason that Reggae music has another super-star possibility on its periphery!


She gained initial recognition within the Reggae arena when she became a finalist in a talent search competition in Jamaica. It was a televised competition called "The Red Stripe Big Break". She told Yardflex during an interview from London, England yesterday, that she feels it was her destiny to be in Jamaica at that time. "My manager at the time took me to Jamaica in an attempt to do some work within the Reggae fraternity. When I arrived in Jamaica the competition was about to begin, so I entered." The rest is memorable. She did not win the competition, but the talents she displayed were undeniable.





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Grammy winning, multi-platinum, international reggae group Inner Circle will embark on an eleven city tour with Ska-Rock dynamo Slightly Stoopid that kicks off on October the 2nd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ends in Burlington, Vermont.

The group best known for there mega-hit record "Badboys," which is featured as the theme song on the long running FOX reality series COPS, will be promoting their upcoming release on Soundbwoy Entertainment label - "State of the World". "State of the World is an eclectic work of music with hits like, "Smoke" featuring the Marley Brothers, "Blood a Run" featuring Junior Reid, "Too Much Gun Ting" featuring Munga Honourable and the crossover record of the year, "Beds2Big" featuring Pitbull.

Famous also for their ode to passion, entitled, "Sweat (ALaLaLaLaLong)" that took the world by storm, Inner Circle continues building a legacy that has been referred to as an Inner Circle phenomenon. They are now setting the stage for what is one of the most anticipated tours in today's reggae market.





Genie Sick sept 27.jpgBuilding on a legacy of creating quality reggae music from one generation to the next, Genie Slick has hit what can be the rocky reggae pavement, running. With a hot new single entitled, "One Day" she has begun to make major buzz on the radio airwaves in Jamaica.

Co-produced by Eddie Gypsy Stokes, "One Day" is a song that speaks to the desire of seeing a world where all people can live in harmony without the existence of violence and hatred. It creates a beautiful picture of what the world should be like, where all children can live as children.

Creating a place in humanity where war and homelessness is questioned, "One Day" is a vision of a talented musician from the hills of Mount Rosser who aspires to spread her positive message that delivers vibes of peace and unity.





JAH CURE – “MY LIFE”

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The single, "My Life" is a sombre reflection of Jah Cure's life experiences. The mood is set as Jah Cure, accompanied by the slow strumming of an acoustic guitar, speaks of the world he has been through. Imbedded in the lyrics is a song of possibilities and hope which shows Jah Cure's positive view on life.
Jah Cure tells us that he has "seen it all while the wicked people stand aside and do their thing," but he still prays to Jah and uses his music as his comfort. "My Life" is a deep look into the mind of Jah Cure and the mental struggles he has had to overcome. "My Life" is perfectly arranged and the ambiance helps to emphasize Cure's unique voice and lyrical ability. One of the best attributes of this song is the maturity that Jah Cure demonstrates on the track without overpowering the listener.

He is at one with the music.





LYRICS: “MY LIFE” - JAH CURE

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Hmm hmmmm
Yeeeah yeaah aaah
No no no, no no,
No no noooh
No no no no noo yeah yeh

(VERSE 1)
Every time I stop and make a look back as I reflect on my life, my life
Every time I stop and make a look back at the struggles in my life, my life
In my life I've seen many things
In my life I've seen paupers turn to kings
Some people come and go
Yet their memories never fade
Not everybody knows, that the good things that you do, will be remembered for
Remembered for

(CHORUS 1)
I've seen it all
The rising and the falling of many kings
And the bird that tries to fly away with broken wings
Yeah yeah
I've seen it all
And wicked people stand aside and do their thing
I pray to Jah, meditate and strum my guitar strings
Woo ooh woow yeaah





Dancehall anthem “DOH!” – out in video soon

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Serani.jpgMusical maestro Serani continued his rising journey as a solo artiste recently as he completed the shooting of his club banger video, "DOH!" featuring Bugle. Shot on several locations in Kingston and St Andrew, with Julia Braham behind the lens, the video is expected to hit television screens within just days, a release said.

"DOH!" is described in the release, as a video/song that takes a shot at all the haters who don't like seeing youths rise; a common issue facing young artists in Jamaica. Produced by hit-making trio DASECA ( two members of whom make cameo appearances in the video), "DOH!" has become an anthem at Kingston's Dancehall parties.

serani_videoshoot.jpgIn discussing his current success Serani said, "Right now we are just putting in the work and finding tracks and songs that connect with the people. So far the response has been good to my music and I give thanks for that. My management and I have worked out a long term plan of where we want to take this, so we are just working towards achieving our goals." Serani added he is planning to put out singles initially, whilst selecting certain juggling riddims to feature on as well.





Clearing the Air On the Torpedo Riddim Mix-up

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torpedo_riddim.jpgToo similar are the two 'Torpedos' to be a mere coincidence some say. 'Jus Bus,' Miami/Antiguan based producer, says his latest star studded riddim 'Torpedo' has been a work in progress since its conception in 2005. However, the recent emergence of a similarly named and sounding riddim, 'Operation Torpedo,' by producer DJ Wayne, is causing some 'passa passa' in the ever controversial dancehall music scene and disillusionment for music lovers and fans.

Weighing in on the situation, 'Jus Bus,' who is clearly the forerunner in this riddim matter, stated, "We nuh care wah dem ah bus out dere. In fact I am a fan of DJ Wayne's 'Operation Torpedo' riddim - it have a nice lickle vibe."

The issue that must be clarified for all parties concerned is that the difference be known and that fans get the facts.


Jus_Bus.jpgExecutive produced by Glenn "Madd Dawg" Francis, A&R'd by Delly Ranx and mixed by Stephen 'De Genius' McGreggor (the 17 year old son of reggae legend Freddie McGreggor, responsible for hit riddims 'Tremor,' 'Powercut' and 'Dark Again') – 'Jus Bus' produced 'Torpedo' riddim was officially released in 2007 and since has began to heat up airwaves in dancehall markets.

This official 'Torpedo' riddim features the artists Vybz Kartel, Delly Ranx, Chino, Alozade, Bitta Blood, Kenyatta, Craig Dennis & Delly Ranxx, Tyna Vargas, Mr.Peppa and more. According to producer ‘Jus Bus,’ the close knit camp decided to dedicate the riddim to the memory of DJ Craig Dennis, whose sudden passing shocked and affected them deeply.





Mavado Jacked up…robbed in Toronto

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Mavado.jpgMavado left many anxious dancehall fans in a lost loop in Atlanta as well as in Trinidad and Tobago as promoters in both places were forced to cancel concerts following a robbery the artiste experienced in Toronto, Canada, ttgapers.com reports today.

It is alleged the DJ was cruelly robbed just after arriving at his hotel and while checking in. In Toronto for another concert, Mavado reportedly lost extremely important documents in the robbery. These include his passport, money, other travel documents and a laptop computer.

Unconfirmed reports – at news time – claim that at Toronto's first Black owned Urban Station FLOW 93.5fm advertisements were run offering rewards of up to C$5000, for the return of Mavado's belongings.

Without travel documents, Mavado was refused entry into the US to perform at his Atlanta gig. He was further distressed to find out another concert scheduled for Gulf City, Trinidad and Tobago would also have to be nullified.

Fans in the twin isles were not the least bit amused or sympathetic to the cause and they felt as if "duped" considering the sign at the club said Mavado had missed his flight instead of explaining the real situation. In anger the fans allegedly got wild and overbearing on Sunday night – with accounts of many making threats at the promoter, Glenroy Watson.

Credit cards also stolen from Mavado were reportedly used at major Toronto commercial centres, in the stores, Best Buy and others.





Saucy Jerk Fest sizzles in Weston, Florida

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Photography By: 'Dreamy'

JERKK FOOD SEPT 27.jpgFor four years the Jamaica Jerk Festival has been a sizzling favorite and Sunday, September 23 was no different. Weston Florida's Markham Park became the hub of a succulent "Jerk Showcase" outdone by no other.

The authentic Jerk Master, Boston Jerk was there from - Port Antonio and servings of jerk in every style were available for the connoisseur of the Jerk persuasion. Lobster, chicken and pork were jerked, but the real crowd pleaser was Jerk Ice Cream.

Outselling the crabs, corn and all other – this Jerk Ice Cream by Tropical Flavors Ice Cream, was a sell off.

Produced by Ridims Marketing Jamaica Awareness, Inc. and Air Jamaica; the Jamaica Jerk Festival attracted many reggae greats and was only slightly obstructed by inclement weather. The rain came down, preventing headliner, Allison Hinds from closing off the show, leaving many disappointed. Muddy conditions before that did not deter the show to go on, but at the end it got unbearable for everyone and the show was shut down.

VIOLINIST AT JERK FESTIVAL SEPT 27.jpgThis lockdown happened only after wonderful performances from acts like, Nadge a 14 year old who has aced the violin, Bryon Lee and The Dragonnaires, Pluto Shervington, Eugene Grey, The Blue Glaze Mento Band and folk singers.

Eddie Edwards and Sydney Roberts were at the helm of a production team that pulled of another great one. Despite the muck and muddy mess, patrons stayed on - continuing to enjoy the unifying atmosphere. Byron Lee was in attendance, however he did not perform and Freddie McGregor was another of many musical greats taking in all the good vibes.





Busy Signal - The Days

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Cecile.jpgCe'Cile is riding the waves of success with her recent release of "Bad Gyal" and corresponding tour, however there have been elements bent on dampening her spirits and agitating not only the Number 1 dancehall act but also her fans. "A wha dis not...too much mix up mix up," one avid fan was heard exclaiming after news broke recently perpetuating rumours that Ce'Cile was pregnant with Bounty killer's child.

Then to make matters worse "The Star" reported that Ce’Cile said – she started the rumour herself...which was false and they've since retracted. However, Ce'Cile has come forward herself following her return from a recent CD promo tour of Japan to emphatically deny the rumour and clear up the gossip once and for all.

"No, I am not pregnant, I was never pregnant and I have never been romantically involved with Bounty Killer nor have I ever said that I was," Ce'Cile said in a release that aims at setting the record straight.

According to this release, the rumour started when Ce'Cile decided to test just how rumours can start, due to rumours that had been spread about the artiste in the past.





Leave Out ViolencE holds benefit concert

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love_logo.jpgLOVE Leave Out ViolencE is proud to present the very talented 2006 Canadian Idol winner, Eva Avila with Montreal's own Lindsay Robins, as opening act for their fifth annual benefit concert to be held tonight, September 25, 2007, at Theatre Maisonneuve –Place Des Arts in Montreal. All the proceeds from this will go towards LOVE's continued efforts at reducing teen violence.

Cocktails begin at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 8:00pm. LOVE is one of Canada's leading youth violence prevention organizations. Through its reputed photojournalism and leadership programs, LOVE brings together young victims, witnesses and perpetrators of violence and helps them find constructive alternatives to end the cycle of violence in their lives and communities.

This past summer LOVE affiliated itself with the international "reggae music community" as co-presenters of the Montreal International Reggae Festival's One Love Free Stage, presented over 3 days in July, 2007. At that event LOVE facilitated the showcasing of their own, as well as amazing young and upcoming Canadian based reggae talent.





Yardflex Sports Briefs

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By: Devon Anderson

sunshine_girls.jpgThe Sunshine Netball Girls of Jamaica lost their 3 game warm up test series to England 3-0 as they prepared for the world netball championships which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in November of this year.

Played at the indoor sports center in Kingston, the games attracted a large turn out for all three events. In the first game The Sunshine Netball Girls lost 52-32 as their British rivals came out firing on all cylinders. The Jamaicans, who are coached by former player Connie Francis, regrouped however, to salvage some pride - as they lost the second game 46-45 and the series. The third game was just a matter of completing the schedule and this they did losing 49-45.

Come November all Jamaicans will be expecting an improved team, with the hopes that our Netball Girls would have learnt some valuable lessons from the series by then. Currently ranking number 3 in the international netball ranks, Jamaica is beat by New Zealand, who is number 1 and Australia – number 2. England trails all with a 4th place world rank.

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Meanwhile on the track and field front, where Jamaica has historically been very dominating, our track genius, Asafa "World Record" Powell kept up his fantastic running and did not disappoint fans when he won the 100 meters at the 5th International Amature Athletic Federation (IAAF) World final in Stuttgart Germany on Saturday September 22 in a time of 9:83. Another Jamaican Michael Frater finished third in 10:11.Asafa has the world record for this event in 9:74.





77-Klash: A Positive Klash of Cultures

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77-Klash _sept 24.JPGArtiste and producer 77 – Klash (pronounced two-seven clash) has put Jamaica on the global video game map as he is the only Jamaican artiste featured on Madden 08, the biggest selling video game in the world. Churning out his signature unique blend of dancehall and grime enabled 77 – Klash to not only make that historical mark, but also to dominate the reggae music scene in a big way.

Having produced smash rhythms like the "Scallawah Riddim" and underground hits like "Brooklyn Anthem," 77- Klash gives the credit for his hit musical flavor to the wide range of influences that he has been exposed to through family, friends, art and especially through music, that has played a significant role in his life.

A student of reggae dancehall and international music for as long as he can remember, 77 – Klash claims influences such as Yellow Man, Super Cat, Bob Marley, The Clash, Lil John, Notorious BIG, Count Ossie, Junior Reid and many more. Being inspired by such a wide range of music forms is what forces 77-Klash's eclectic style.





JAI.jpgThe brand new release of the debut gospel album "Best Friend" by JAI a.k.a. Wayne Buchanan firmly keeps with the tradition of what gospel music is all about - vibrant, rhythmic and soulful. "Best Friend" conveys a sound that is upbeat with a holy feeling that transcends flavors and styles, from traditional reggae to dancehall rhythms plus R&B and Hip Hop sounds.

On first listening, a number of tracks from this 15 set collection jump out at you, such as the upbeat, "Shout Jah" wherein JAI sings soulful praises to Jesus. On "All I Need" he rides a forceful dancehall rhythm while on "Healing," "Show Some Love" and "Spend My Always" which features Tina James with some tuff traditional reggae rhythm, JAI's vocalizing is reminiscent of reggae's super group Morgan Heritage. R&B and Hip Hop presence are strong on "Love" the title track, "They Don't Know" and the combination "Coming Soon" witch features Dwayne Jackson.

JAI is an acronym for JESUS AND I, an appropriate name for this Christian artist who, from as early as 12 years old had been saved and started singing in the church. At age 15 he became the lead singer for the group 'Total Praise.' Continuing his upward mobility, JAI became a member of the established band 'C Sharp.' Not withstanding those experiences, it was the release of his hit single, "Cant Take My Lord," released on Johnnie Clarke's Marjohnmuzik label that signaled the rise of this glittering star.





Truly Blessed is Mystery Bless

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By: Joseph Cunningham


mystery_bless.jpg'Poor people fed up to how the system sheg-up, dem issue gun fi yuh pickney buss!' These are words from a song recorded by one of the most decorated artistes in Jamaica's secular music history, Bounty Killer.
The song examines a few of the challenges faced by youths in Jamaican inner cities.

Mystery Bless is a Gospel artiste who lived a life that epitomizes the Jamaican inner-city experience. He was christened Roger Linton and it is arguable that the line of the christening prayer, which says, " I now pronounce him a well blessed child," has certainly enforced a divine intervention in his life.

He grew up and still lives in Tavern, Papine. One of four sons overseen by his single mother; today he is one of two brothers still enjoying the privilege of "state freedom." His eldest brother was notorious in crime and is now deceased, while another who followed the notorious trail, is currently behind bars.

"Before accepting Christ I was fond of the thug lifestyle too. Lots of girls, parties and the guns were always visible to me," Mystery Bless recalls. He was also a Dancehall artiste, and admitted being influenced by Bounty Killer's music.





ROOTZ UNDERGROUND AWAKENS THE 'LOST ANGELS'

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Rootz Underground returned home to Jamaica on Monday
September 17 from their successful 7-gig tour of the US. From Miami to California, Rootz rocked and 'reggaed' to packed houses spreading their positive and uplifting message. They established a solid fan base and have been invited to return on a regular basis at the Temple Bar and Malibu Inn in California. Lead singer, Steve G. said, "California was a very spiritually uplifting trip!!! The love of positive reggae music was phenomenal and was probably the strongest I've seen in the US. Our music and vibes were well received and we made new family, friends and fans."

Described by radio's Native Wayne Jobson as a band that has the consciousness, the vibe, the live show presence and the songs to bring roots reggae back to the higher heights, Rootz Underground's praises were sung highly. "They even played two shows in one night on the opposite sides of the city! It is this work ethic that will take them to the top," Jobson continued.

Lead guitarist, Charles Lazarus spoke of the tour as one that certainly taught Rootz how to rock a club. "We play outdoor stages a lot at home but the approach you have to take to play to a club full of dancing people is totally different. What amazed us all was the level of appreciation for reggae and even more so for musicianship. This trip has strengthened the band and made Rootz Underground a force to be reckoned with on stage."

Back home, Rootz Underground will be working on the second video from their upcoming album 'Movement!'





ninja_man.jpgThe 7th Annual New Jersey Reggae Fest turned out to be a roadblock indeed, as hundreds of fans were turned away on September 16 from the overcrowded Terrace Sports Complex in Newark. Some of reggae's most scorching names were on the bill for this historically well attended show. Roadblockradio.com was a main sponsor of the event, but had no idea their name would have rubbed off on the "scheme of things" that day.

Maybe it was because of the huge pre-event "buzz" on Ninja Man, who hardly ever is featured, that caused the outpouring of fans that day, but for those who got to stay...Ninja Man did not disappoint. The "original front teeth, gold teeth Don Gorgon" tore up the New Jersey Sports Complex giving one of his most memorable performances ever - in the US. Reminiscent of his glory days in the 90s, with that old, “Mighty Sting Vibes,” Ninja Man gave old and new fans what they had come out for and the applause in return was thunderous.

Taking musical jabs at one and all, Ninja Man speared no-one from his lyrical wrath. Accusing fellow DJs Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and D’Angel of going against their spoken philosophies on life, Ninja Man more than lit up the place with his saucy renditions. "I can never understand how Ninja always light up the place without a string of new hits", one female fan beamed. When Ninja finally said goodbye after two well earned encores, thousands of screaming reggae fans were left begging for more.





Yardflex News Briefs

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Greetings people. Yardflex wants to express thanks to all who send in their views through the comments or via e-mail. The news briefs, although called Yardflex News, will also feature global news... It will not necessarily always be news about Jamaica. Yes - Jamaica is often referred to as Yard...but Yardflex has adapted a style of using "Yard" to title our departments. Continue reading, enjoying and sending your feedback. Letters to the editor and news scoops can be forwarded to: debracole.yardflex@gmail.com.


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Snoop_Dogg.jpgCalvin Broadus, world renown as rap star, Snoop Dogg, has escaped prison time for his involvement in an incident in 2006, over the possession of a collapsible baton.
Snoop was arrested after the weapon was found in his hand luggage at John Wayne Airport in Orange County last year.

He pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of a dangerous weapon in a California court yesterday, and was sentenced to 160 hours of community service and three years of probation. Donald Etra, the star's attorney, says, "We are very pleased with the outcome. Dogg's goal is to make music, not make court appearances." "He wants to get on with his life. He will continue his music and his filming and performing," he added.

Snoop was also ordered to make a charitable donation of $10,000 to a charity called Right Trak, while Etra claims that his felony conviction would be reduced to a misdemeanor after one year if the rapper doesn't violate the law.

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Word around Jamaica has it that Richie Spice is about to exit Fifth Element Records to move over to Cornerstone Records.

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More word...ousted Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller's husband Errald Miller recently left the island for a trip to Miami. Purpose of the trip...to attend the christening of his Miami-born baby.

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Trini Empress with a Precious Touch

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Photography By: Marcus Thompson

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Name: Leesha "Precious" Lawrence

Date of Birth: October 21, 1981

Weight: 120lb

Nationality: Trinidadian

Location: South Florida

Career Goal: I have a Passion for Fashion and a Love for Music... I live each day caring for others and doing what I love. Life is too short for disappointments... be the best you can and see the positive side in all situations.





Busy Signal in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
Top 20 Dancehall Singles

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01 2 9 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 18 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 11 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions NM
04 5 6 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-1
05 6 12 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
06 4 21 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-2
07 8 7 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-1
08 9 7 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-1
09 7 18 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-2
10 12 6 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon U-1
11 10 21 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19(pp#3) D-1
12 13 6 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-1
13 15 3 Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21 U-2
14 11 20 Set Up (No Man)-Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records(pp#5) D-3
15 14 16 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-1
16 17 2 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2 U-1
17 16 6 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship(pp#12) D-1
18 - New Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon
19 18 16 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship (pp#7) D-1
20 19 4 Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu(pp#17) D-1





Jah Cure To Perform in Jamaica Soon

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By: Olimatta Taal

jahcure_launch.jpgMany reggae fans of the world have been longing to see Jah Cure perform live in concert. For the first time in the Caribbean, fans will get an opportunity to be a part of a three day Cure Fest celebrating his freedom and birthday. The events will take place from October 12-14th.

A launch was held at the Cable and Wireless Golf Club in New Kingston on Tuesday September 18, to unveil the activities scheduled for Cure Fest weekend. Hosted by Nicki Z of Zip Fm and Hype TV, the keynote was delivered by Dr. Leaheim Semaj who spoke about forgiveness, talent, and the potential for good things to come to Jah Cure. Dennis Howard unveiled the events of the weekend and the extensive line up.

The weekend will begin with an all-white-all-inclusive party to be held at the Starfish Trelawny Hotel on October 12th. Etana, Karen Smith and Live Wyaa will perform and it will be Cure's earthstrong. The following night, the festivities will move to Pier 1 in Montego Bay where "45 Cures" will be held. It is to be a clash between Jamaica's number one radio DJ's from Irie Fm and Zip Fm against the biggest sound systems like Stone Love, Danger Zone, Renaissance, Razz & Biggy, Sky Juice and others.





Ricardo "Bibi" Gardener reaching Musical Heights

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Bibi.jpgRicardo "Bibi" Gardner, beloved in Jamaica since his Manning Cup and Reggae Boyz Football days, is charting another course, a musical one - for himself. As Chief Executive Officer at the Mona based Heart of Love Production/Entertainment Management/Booking Agency, Bibi has not only orchestrated the rise of Dancehall artiste Erupt, he has also been responsible with his partners, for producing vibrant rhythms for the dancehall.

Before all this Bibi ruled the Football world that saw him wallow in stardom at Wolmer’s Boys School when he led his team to a dramatic and memorable victory before a packed national stadium in 1993. A key feature of Bolton Wanderers English Premier League (EPL) Campaigns for many years, Bibi was only 15 years old when he was recognized nationally as not just an exceptionally talented athlete, but as a notable individual. His ongoing EPL success came after shining brightly at the 1998 World Cup of Football (soccer) in France with the Regge Boyz. When Bibi signed to Bolton Wanderers at age 19, he became the youngest Caribbean player ever to play football at that level.





Shabba - the saga continues...

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By: Elizabeth Smith

shabba_ranks.jpgAtlanta's Club Legacy was packed to the brim on September 8, 2007 as 2500 people came out to welcome forward "King Shabba." This was one of his rare appearances and Shabba Ranks more than thrilled the crowd; they were mesmerized.

Coming out on stage at around 4:00 in the morning, Shabba performed all his greats and some new hits to tracks. The lone performer for the evening, Shabba's patient and loyal fans were not disappointed, despite the missing instrumentalists.

One patron said, "Although the show was produced using sound tracks, with such a high entry price of $40 and $60 (VIP), I had to be here; it's because of Shabba - that they could pull this off and get away with it." Truly missed over the years on the reggae music scene, Shabba is now steadily working on new releases.





Beenie Man feat. Alaine - Dreaming of You

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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony - PREGNANT

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By J. Koni

jennifer_lopez&marc_anthony.jpgCongratulations are in order for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony who are expecting a child in the Spring, according to Hollywood.com. The report cites In Touch Weekly Magazine that also claimed a Beverly Hills gynecologist, fertility specialist, Dr Robert Katz gave the exuberant couple the good news.

The publication was informed by sources close to the expecting couple that there may be a double blessing in store, since ultrasound examinations performed recently were unable to help doctors determine if more than one baby was in there.

Lopez 38, and her 39 year old husband are said to have been working on getting their family started for some time and eventually turned to in vitro fertilization. The report says tests calculate that she is about 12 weeks ahead.

Anthony, who already has 3 kids, was reportedly seen shopping for a man’s baby gear nappy carrying bag, that he purchased for $120.





Macka Diamond Steps Up Her Game

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By: Olimatta Taal

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Macka Diamond has headed in the direction of adding non-fictional literary author to the number of career accolades that she has built for herself. Her first book "Bun Him," the first novel to represent Reggae/Dancehall culture has been released. The book launch was held at Weekendz on Monday, September 17.

"Bun Him" is the follow up to the single "Bun Him" by Macka Diamond and Blacker, that was a number 1 hit. It spent several weeks on local and international charts. An anthem for many women, it became a very controversial song.

Similar to the song, the book is about a young woman named Sandra who marries for financial gain and is very unhappy with her relationship. Sexually frustrated, she cheats on her husband and gets pregnant by her boyfriend.





HEDONISM III RUNAWAY BAY - Racking up Eight Years

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Miss Hedonism III.jpgHedonism III in Runaway Bay is one of the most innovative resorts when it comes to dynamic entertainment. On September 14, 2007, their eighth anniversary was celebrated in fine grandeur to the theme of "Rack Em Up."

The full red carpet treatment was pulled out for the guests in attendance, some of whom were over-nighters; there for the sole purpose of taking part in the glorious celebration.

It was a combination of elaborate, dazzling costumes – a spectacular décor and lavish buffet spreads that was topped only by the outstanding entertainment.

Delivering the resort's theme night "Rack Em Up" in portrayals of Lace and Latex, Hedonism III’s entertainment department included the eighth staging of the Ms. Hedonism Pageant, won by Tabitha Gendreau. All this was capped off by the resort’s pulsating house band Xtacy.

Aubyn Lewis - PR Hedonism III with friends.jpgMarketing Manager of Cash Plus Group, Ms. Shelly-Ann Weeks and CPJ Brand Manager Mrs. Paullia McCooty-Greene were also there, partying with the beautiful people at Hedonism III.

According to Aubyn Lewis, Hedonism III's publicist, next year's celebrations are being planned to be even larger and grander as they look forward to being fine at age nine.





DJenvyredcolor2.jpgKOCH Records is pleased to announce the release of a new compilation album, "The Co-Op," by acclaimed mix tape guru/HOT 97/Sirius Radio personality, DJ Envy and esteemed lyricist Red Café. The album will be released on September 25th, 2007 and features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop including Fabolous, Fat Joe, Styles P and Sheek Louch, Paul Wall, Nina Sky and many more.

The 1st single pair of singles off the new album will be "Dolla Bill" which features Fabolous and JD and "Things You Do" featuring Nina Sky.

DJ Envy is a two time Just-O Mix Tape Award recipient and one of New York's leading mix tape DJs. Since starting his career in the early 2000s, he has steadily climbed the ranks of the hip-hop world, becoming known for featuring the hottest tracks and exclusives on his mix tapes by some of the best in the game including Jay-Z, Cam'Ron, and The LOX. He has also produced vigorous tracks for artists such as DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, and Juvenile.

Mainstream music listeners are just now getting a taste of Red Café, the man who underground audiences have heralded as a legend for almost a decade now. Red has laid down tracks with some of the best; from 50 Cent to LL Cool J, and when he isn't crafting his distinctive flow, he is spreading his talent around, penning memorable songs for others.





Shaq’s divorce blamed on wife’s personal trainer

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By: J. Koni

shaq.jpgReports have begun to surface that part of the reason for National Basketball Association (NBA) star Shaquille O'Neal's filing to divorce his wife is because of her close relationship to her personal trainer.

Further, whispers have said that Shaunie O'Neal may have purchased that trainer a new Miami condo.

According to a person close to the O'Neal family, the young man who reportedly came between Shaq and his wife is the proud owner of a brand new luxury condo that Shaq's wife bought for him! The insider is alleged to have said, "[He] bought the condo early this year. And I'm not sure how much personal trainer's make, but I doubt it's enough for a condo in that building."

A Miami real estate website reports that condos in the building where the trainer reportedly now lives start at $650,000.





Capleton.jpgClifton "Capleton" Bailey walked his talk in a big way on Thursday September 13, 2007 as he made presentations to a number of schools and organizations, using funds raised at his annual Benefit concert, A St Mary Mi Come From, that took place on August 5, 2007. Annotto Bay's Grays Inn Sports Complex was buzzing with excitement, as children from different schools performed with dance, song and cultural recitation. One school's choral group presented a moving song written especially for Capleton, whose altruism and thoughtfulness has impacted the lives of so many.

Giving back to the community is paramount in Capleton's philosophy of life. In fact the Mayor for Annotto Bay, St. Mary came forward to shower further praise on Capleton, by revealing that he has never requested a waiver for Parish Council Entertainment Tax/Fees - usually given to promoters of benefit concerts.





Will the cap fit OJ on this one

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By: J. Koni

OJSimpson.jpgO.J. Simpson has emphatically denied swelling reports that he robbed a sports memorabilia dealer at a hotel recently.

The former football star reportedly raided a suite at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last Thursday, pretending to be part of a group interested in buying memorabilia items from collector Alfred Beardsley.

The items included the suit Simpson wore when he was acquitted of the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994.

He now faces charges including robbery with a deadly weapon, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, but, O.J is adamant that he is innocent.

He says, "Everybody knows this is stolen stuff. Not only wasn't there a break-in, but Thomas Riccio (the auction house owner) escorted us up to the room. In any event, it's stolen stuff that's mine. Nobody was roughed up."





Yard News Briefs

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Magicsouljahoneboss.jpgOn Saturday September 22 at the luxurious Snorkel Park in Bermuda, Eva hype and Ruff Ryderz promotions present their 1st annual ORGAZMZ party. It will be an orgy of the latest hip hop, R&B and dancehall served on a digital platter by Bermuda's hottest sounds: Vybez Alliance, Zedhi, Souljah 1 and Imega.

This event promises to be an annual cornucopia of music, maidens and muscle. Leading up to it there will be multitudes of chances to win free entry to this signature event. Listeners need only to stay keenly glued to Bermuda's two hottest radio stations. POWER 95 and HOTT 107.5. The promotional slogan is seductively simple...
MAKE SURE YU CUM

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The Hilton Hotel, New Kingston, Jamaica, pulled out all the stops to join in the Ethiopian Millennium celebrations on Wednesday September 12, 2007. One thing was missing though – and that was a strong presence from the Rastafarian community. Only a handful attended and most were performing as drummers, singers and dancers.

It was a well put together evening with early cocktails, finger foods and later an amazing buffet with special vegetarian, Jamaican and African dishes prepared at the Hilton by a special Rastafarian chef!! Hilton's poolside was splendidly decorated with lights and flowing material...was a good show...and again – it's too bad the key folk didn't know.

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Stephen McGregor has been officially signed to EMI publishing. The young McGregor of Reggae's Big Ship dynasty was featured recently in Vibe. Watch him and Sean Paul roll this fall with their spanking new rhythm.

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EL MAGNATE NIGHT CLUB will appease your musical tease every Friday night. Located at 31 Beverly Hills Drive at JANE & WILSON. TORONTO CANADA, El Magnate gets hot and steamy with - GIRLS PARADE EVERY FRIDAYZ.





Did The "Energy God" bruk up "Diddy"

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pdiddyandelephantman.jpgElephant Man and Diddy - did things come to blows and throws as reported so widely over the past few days? US based website www.mediatakeout.com sent the sensational report sailing across cyber space on the weekend, causing phones to start ringing off the hook. Story goes that the Energy God and his entourage entered the offices of Sean "P Diddy" Combs...was denied entry by the receptionist...didn't take kindly to that...barged into "Diddy's" office...refused to leave...was thrown out by security...then "P. Diddy" emerged with twisted shades and an alleged busted mouth.

What a tale!!! Q45 is crying foul. As Elephant Man's manager, he has been approached for explanations for this false reporting. It is just not true he reportedly said.





Kanye West is ahead of 50 Cent - Album Sales

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By: J Koni

50_and_kanye.jpg50 Cent began eating his words within the first day of his "album sales" clash with Kanye West.

Numbers from Soundscan Building Charts showed West's "Graduation" selling 437,000 and 50's "Curtis" selling 310,000.

Kanye's last album, "Late Registration," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with opening sales of 860,000 copies and led the chart for two weeks. In other Kanye news, the rapper performed on Sunday's telecast of the Emmy Awards. And he will perform on the main stage, not in a party suite.

50 Cent pledges to quit the business as a solo artist if "Curtis" didn't outsell "Graduation Day." However, on Wednesday he was on New York's Hot 97 with Angie Martinez blaming his label, Interscope, for losing the sales war with Kanye. He is reported to have said, "To be honest, the process of selling this record hasn't been fun." "I'm happy with the performance, but I'm not happy with the set up. We had conference calls and after we created this plan, nobody actually had a plan," 50 Cent said. "It was the label," he continued. "They're dropping the ball all over the place. I'll release my next album and then I'm a free agent."





Legends mash up Reggae Explosion…and more

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Marcus Thompson

marcia griffiths.jpgReggae Explosion was the name of a recent tour that saw a number of Reggae legends shine in Japan. The likes of Marcia Griffiths, Mikey General and producing genius now performing artiste, Esco, formerly of the duo Leftside and Esco - did justice to the concert's name – as they all exploded on stage.

Interestingly, this was the first high-profile tour for Esco. He is now a solo artiste and is focusing on making this aspect of his career legendary. Amongst other cities the tour took him to Osaka, Japan, the home of the recently concluded World Athletics Championships. Hence, there is no question that a huge international audience got first hand looks at his style of onstage delivery.

"It was a wonderful experience," he said, adding that this is the kind of progression he has dreamt of making as a musician. "I want to take my music and productions and introduce them to a wide audience." A chief mastermind behind the mega hit in the Dancehall, titled," Tuck een yuh belly," Matthew 'Esco' Thompson has also been producer for the likes of Dancehall King Bounty Killer and other top artistes. Noteworthy is the fact that he is the force that has resurrected Future Fambo, formerly known as 'Future Troubles'; the man who delivered the mega hit "Kung Fu" in the early 1990s.





Buffilous - Rich Woman tek up young bwoy

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Buffilous.jpgGood day my peeps, I hope all is on the bubble fo y'all.

Anyways, talking about on the bubble! Listen to this bit of drama. A certain female millionaire claim seh shi lonely and tek up this absolutely pauperized bwoy and put him up inna har $US18m house fi provide romantic comedy, oh sorry! I meant company!
Moving on, well, this fellow is nine years her junior. Di youth had access to all her luxurious vehicles, a help har run har big business, and of course, as har "man" him a live large.

It so happened that her (rich woman) brother's girlfriend sister, Delilah, who is age 15, came from the country to spend time at the house for whatever reason. This is where drama commenced! Rich woman realise seh har young bwoy was very fond of the little girl! Him nuh waa sleep wen night come again! Him nuh waa cum inna di bed again!





Glamorous Nikki Nikki aims to be an actress

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Name: Nikki Nikki

Weight: 134 lbs

Vital Statistics: 36D 28 34

Nationality: Jamaican

Location: New York

Career Goal: To develop as an actress.

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Chuck Fenda holding down the #1 spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM - JAMAICA
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 17 Caan Cool - Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (3wks@#1) NM
02 2 8 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca NM
03 5 10 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-2
04 3 20 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
05 6 5 Conscience-Cham - Don Corleon U-1
06 7 11 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
07 4 17 Back It Up - Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-3
08 9 6 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-1
09 11 6 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace - 180 Entertainment U-2
10 8 20 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-2





It's Payback Time - Danger Zone

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cecile-badgal-jamaica.jpgDanger Zone has released another hit-making rhythm called "Payback". It comes on the heels of their successful "Jamdown" rhythm. Produced by Jigsy King and Delmar 'Della' Drummond, the new rhythm has 19 hard-hitting dancehall tracks with a few slow grooves intermingled.

Featuring some of Jamaica's hottest dancehall names, "Payback's" 19 tracks rest firmly on a rhythm that is not as high tempo as some of the popular beats today. Touted as one of the best that Danger Zone produced this year, "Payback" is riding a successful wave making it the dancehall rhythm to close off the summer.

Starting off with the indomitable Ce'Cile, "Payback" contains a good balance of youth and experience. Veterans featured include, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Danger Zone's own Jigsy King and the up and coming star Cutty Corn.





"It's your boy" - MU-RCE

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Mu-rce1.jpg"It's your boy!" This intro has been steadily growing in popularity in the Dancehall arena, because it's the lyrical signature for MU-RCE, a new singjay sensation.

He describes himself as a deejay for the girls, and, he has been "living up". Songs like, "Please Call Me," "Mary Mary" and "Dancing Time," have been cementing him in the rough and tumble Dancehall arena. Those songs have been followed by his hit joint "In a Di Club", a single produced by internationally renown music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell.

Speaking to YardFlex.com, MU-RCE revealed that at present he is promoting a new song called "Jump and Split"; a song that is creating a storm on the Jamaican airwaves. A video is in the pipeline. "The girls love my flow," he said, adding that he is comfortable with the level of acceptance he has received form the "hard to please" Jamaican audience.





Another Killa Protégé making their mark

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Dancehall Kingpin Bounty Killa has an enviable record of mentoring Dancehall’s leading young talents. To date, Elephant Man, Mavado, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Idonia, Vybz Kartel and even Merciless are just a few of the talents he has nurtured both directly and indirectly.

Interestingly, it was in one publication of the Time Magazine in the middle 1990s that Bounty Killa was compared to the late Tupac Shakur for the influence that he always has on young black males.

As such, it is no surprise whenever one hears about a new Dancehall talent that claims Bounty Killa as his or her influence!





Asafa "9.74 seconds" Powell

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By: Devon Anderson & Dwight Fraser
The world's fastest man Asafa Powell, achieved yet again an incredible feat, not impossible by his standards, as he shaved the world's best time of 9.77 seconds down to 9.74 seconds, in winning the men's 100 metres event at the Reti - Grand Prix - meeting in Italy on Sunday night.

The M.V.P sprinter established a personal, and season best, a year's leading and the second world record of his career in the heats of the event. In a legal trail wind of 1.7 metres per-second Powell got home ahead of Saidy Jaysuma of Norway whose time was 10.07 seconds and World Champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts who came third with 10.14 seconds.





Enkutatash (New Year) September 8, 2007

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The Ethiopian New Year falls in September at the end of the big rains. The highlands turn to gold as the Meskel daisies burst out in all their splendor. Ethiopian children clad in brand new clothes dance through the villages giving bouquets of flowers and painted pictures to each household. September 11th is both New Year's Day and the Feast of St. John the Baptist.

The day is called Enkutatash meaning the "gift of jewels." When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her back by replenishing her treasury with enku or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since these early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside. After dark on New Year's Eve people light fires outside their houses.





topless churc dean.jpgGuyana’s leading music company, Vizion Sounds Promotions, will be hosting a funday and benefit concert in Guyana to aid Jamaicans who were victims of Hurricane Dean. The concert will take place on September 23, at Guyana’s National Park and all profits will go to the hurricane relief fund in Jamaica.

All artistes are invited to participate and perform for a worthy cause. All those wishing to be a part of this major event can contact Vizion Sounds office at 56 Robb Street, Lacytown and 34 Anira Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana. Tel: 592-227-7716, 592-614-0336, or contact Mrs. Cunningham in Jamaica at 995-9205.





Happy Earth Day Elephant Man

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This was the common phrase last night, September 11, 2007 at Elephant Man’s Earth Day Celebrations in Kingston. What a party it was – coinciding with the Ethiopian New Millennium celebrations – it was the cherry on top. Elephant man was lauded with good wishes by one and all and he was in a jovial mood, all decked out in a serious gold studded white outfit and wicked shoes too.

Sending out the most moving message of the evening, Ele's 13 year old daughter took the mike to introduce herself and wish her dad a very Happy Earth Day. Flanked by well wishers including, Kip Ritch, Blasse, John Hype, Shelly Belly, Kid Corrupt, MOB, Harry Toddler and many more, Ele often hung onto two bottles of the finest in champagne.





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On September 11, 2007 at midnight in Ethiopia, the New Year and New Millennium celebrations began amid lavish gatherings, religious zeal and positive messages from the country’s troubled government. Ethiopia and Ethiopians throughout the world marked this day with immense enthusiasm and will continue to celebrate for days to come.

In the 6th Century, the rest of the Christian world made revisions in its estimate of the date of Christ’s birth - but Ethiopia kept the old date, which means that 7 years after the rest of the world, the country is marking the start of the year 2000.

For Rastafarians worldwide, recognizing and aligning with the calendar of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Ethiopia (a unique slightly modified Julian calendar) has been a part of their lifestyle and today Rastas everywhere have begun to commemorate the beginning of the year 2000.





wardali.jpgAntigua’s sound system giants, WarDadli SoulJahs were featured for the first time ever in the USA on August 30, 2007, as they rocked the Fluid Night Club in Philadelphia during the “Philly Link Up Sound Clash.” Known for always representing Antigua, as champion jugglers as well as for clashing, WarDadli SoulJahs took the trophy home to Antigua following their crowning by the Philly crowds’ popular vote.

It was a “one on one” sound clash against Brooklyn New York’s very own, Generations Sound, and the first leg of their 2 city tour. Held at home to most of the reggae sound clashes in that state, the clash was attended by over a hundred patrons who voted in WarDadli in 2 out of 3 rounds and 4 to 3 in the “tune fi tune” round.

A fresh variety of tunes rang out from both sides, but the older and vintage reggae songs were the order of the night. Artists like the great Junior Reid, Bunny Wailer, Shabba Ranks, and Johnny Osbourne were what WarDadli focused on most; and they came out on top. Notable tunes played by WarDadli were an ARP special, a Silvertones special, the late great Joseph Hill of the group Culture, and the living legend David Hinds of Steel Pulse.





Craig Serani Beats up the charts

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Serani.jpgCraig "Serani" Marsh is a member of the hit making trio Daseca and has been kicking out hit songs for a number of years now. His beat creating skills have gone widely unnoticed but the unassuming genius has been responsible for rhythms such as the hugely popular Anger Management, Chaka Chaka, Dreaming, Gully Creature, Build Back and Fire Links’ Gullyside rhythm to name just a few.

Described by many as the musical director of Bounty Killer’s “Alliance” talent pool, Serani also crafted the lead phrase on Sean Paul's Billboard smash, "We Be Burning," as well as on singles such as Tony Matterhorn's anthemic "Dutty Wine," Busy Signal's "These Are the Days," Bugle's breakout hit "Exercise," Elephant Man's "Willie Bounce," and Mavado's international hit "Dying," the first track on which he also featured as an Artiste; It is Serani's voice bawling "Dying" throughout the song, which earned him attention for his vocals, instead of his dexterity as a composer. He also appeared alongside Mavado in the acclaimed video.





Port Royal Music Festival, A Night Amongst The Stars

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reginabelle_sexynudegirls.jpgbrian_mcknight_sm.jpgThousands of patrons gathered at the Port Royal Music Festival over the weekend to enjoy a marriage of sounds between Jamaica's lover's rock and Black America's R&B soul music. The audience sang along to some of their favorites as the likes of One Third, Maxi Priest, Regina Bell, Brian McKnight, and Tarrus Riley performed.

There were a number of cameo appearances from some of Reggae's best musicians, who just dropped in to enjoy the show. This included the likes of Beres Hammond, Richie Stephens, Jah Cure, Fanton Moja, Della Manley and Delly Ranks who could be seen enjoying themselves.





King Yellow Re-Crowned at Summerfest LA

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SUMMERFESTLA 591-1.jpgSUMMERFESTLA 646-1.jpgQueen Mary Park in Long Beach California was immersed in mellow and positive vibes on * date when MVP Productions threw down their first Sumerfest LA reggae festival. Planning on making this an annual event, MVP ***look on site for info

Some of reggae’s heavy hitters were in the house and concert goers made no qualms about showing how much they adored the performances. Huge amounts of love permeated the place and audience members demonstrated their feelings through tumultuous applause. King Yellowman was "crowned again" by patrons who went beserk when he appeared on stage.

The dancehall DJ legend who rose to iconic stature over # of years, was missed on the regular festival circuit and Long Beach sure did show him how much. Rushing the stage an enthusiastic crowd absolutely roared as they grooved to his tracks. Energy propelled energy and King Yellow gave some serious high energy moves to a cheering crowd. Hamming it up, Yellow man, referred to by one fan as, just as good if not better than he was in the 80’s, had people laughing hysterically at his wit as he had many jokes up his sleeve.





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There was a fashion explosion at Kingston's Hilton hotel on September 7 as Pulse Model Agency's, Caribbean Model Search (CMS) 2007 got underway. Spoken of as the largest and most dynamic talent search in the history of the Caribbean, CMS has showcased thousands of model hopefuls from across the Caribbean over the years. This year the search expanded to include models from the UK and parts of the United States and Canada.

Ninety-five contestants of whom 17 were male, graced the catwalk in different dashing outfits, all created by Caribbean designers. Judges were in place to sift out the top three in each group of Fashion Model, Petite Model and Male Model. An enthusiastic audience encouraged the contestants who all did remarkably well even with the one mishap that saw a CMS hopeful slip and fall on the catwalk.





Dwayne Murphy reaches Gospel Charts

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By: J. Koni
murphy1.JPG"The Greatest Love of All" is for many folks, just a love song, however, for Dwayne Murphy it was the subject of his first live performance age of six. Years have passed and his love for singing grew along with his religious desires. His birth-name is Dwayne Dolton Murphy, and he grew in Papine, St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Gospel sensation has been touring the church circuit ministering to people and touching people lives with his ministry.

Murphy delivers various genres of music ranging from Hip Hop & R&B to Reggae and Dancehall. He is currently the lead singer on his church choir and also a praise and worship leader. In 2003, Dwayne joined forces with rapper "D.A.Jay" and subsequently Dizzle Lab Productions. Murphy has performed at major shows like Genesis 2006, Fun in the Son, Rise 2 Christ, and various gospel concerts and he also has ministered at Gospel Clubs such as Prayz House & Club Christendom.





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While Portia Simpson Miller was being criticized as a sore loser for not having accepted the initial preliminary counts that saw her party losing by a close margin at the September 3rd General Elections in Jamaica, the Jamaica Labor Party’s (JLP) supporters and friends were reveling at the “Party Capital of the World” – Passa Passa.

Held every Wednesday night at one traditional JLP stronghold – Tivoli Gardens, in Kingston, Passa Passa holds a steady vibe with kicking sounds from Swatch Sound System as the foundation. On Thursday morning, September 6, the first Pass Passa dance following JLP victory was sweeeeeeeet, and it also featured Stone Love Sound who came on to heat up the place at an early 6:30AM.





Hutchy releases"Take Charge"

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Hutchy.jpgAfter ten years in the business of music, Hutchy has decided to take a walk down the recording road. The release of his gritty remix single "Take Charge" comes shortly after the world was introduced to his critically acclaimed album "My Time." Both were released on Hutchy's own Ruff Cut Records label.

"Take Charge" has been described as social commentary at its best and is a timely reminder of the perils of bad leadership. With multiple lessons embedded in its powerful lyrics, the song is fit for all ages. Recorded on one of Hutchy's signature One Drop rhythms, "Take Charge" commands your attention, forcing you to listen.





LUTAN FYAH SHOOTS VIDEOS FOR NEW TRACKS

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lutan1Lutan Fyah shot two videos for his latest singles "Four Seasons" and "St. Jago de la Vega," last week. Video viewers are in for a treat with both. "Four Seasons," a love song is depicted in eloquent romantic scenes that feature Sasha Leigh Gordon, a Miss Jamaica World 2007 contestant.

The video sees Sasha fashioned for each season as Lutan expresses his love for his queen in all four seasons. "Four Seasons" was produced by Kevin 'Iceberg' Blake with video direction by Realizm Films’ Marlon Brown and Robin Chin.





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY MUSIC COUNTDOWN CHARTS

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Radio: Weekly Countdown with Richie B Fridays 4:15pm to 5:00pm on Hot
102 FM

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TV: The Top 10 is presented on TVJ's Entertainment Report (ER) -
Fridays at 8:00pm
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES
TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (2wks@#1) NM
02 3 7 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca U-1
03 2 19 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
04 4 16 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) NM
05 6 9 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-1
06 9 4 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-3
07 8 10 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-1
08 5 19 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-3
09 11 5 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-2
10 7 18 Set Up (No Man) -Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records D-3
11 13 5 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-2
12 10 14 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-2
13 15 4 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon U-2
14 12 4 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship D-2
15 19 4 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-4
16 14 14 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship (pp#7) D-2
17 19 2 Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu U-2
18 - New Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21
19 18 4 Dancing Fever-Voicemail-Don Corleon D-1
20 20 20 Baby Father-Vybz Kartel/D'Angel-Free Willy (pp#5) NM





By:OIimattaTaal
JuniorKelly.jpgJunior Kelly has returned from a successful tour in Europe and finished his new album entitled Prince of Roots. "I tour pretty much every summer, going to new territories. Sometimes you present the music for the first time to people, the first time dem hear reggae, u make history," describes the artist of his recent experience.

Gracing fans around the world in Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, and other countries Junior Kelly expresses that even though he traveled to many areas, "There are many places yearning to greet Reggae's ambassadors. Countries like Indonesia, the Middle East, China, North and South Korea, Israel want to see us, I been doing drops for them. We'll be getting there soon."





Irie Jamboree was everything patrons wanted and some

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New York: Irie Jamboree 2k7 lived up to its reputation as being North America's premier reggae festival with another first class production that music pundits are saying may have eclipsed the spectacular presentation last year. The event held recently at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York attracting well over 30,000 music lovers who were engaged by spectacular performances from Morgan Heritage, Stephen Marley, Jr. Gong, Tony Matterhorn, Munga, Macka Diamond, Etana and Da'Ville.

Legendary reggae outfit Morgan Heritage delivered arguably the best performance of event. The talented reggae group was in fine nick, delivering classic hits like " Don't Have Fe Dread To Be Rasta," "Tell Me How Come," "Down By The River," "People Are Fighting," "Set Yourself Free," "Protect Us Jah" and their current hit “Brooklyn & Jamaica” that left fans in a frenzy.





OPEN EAR MUSIC LAUNCHES “NATURAL BREEZE MEDLEY”

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The "Natural Breeze Medley" Video was recently released and is getting steady rotation on all major Jamaican television stations. Directed by renown music video director Ras Kassa, the video features rising dancehall sensation Munga Honorable with his song called "Rise," Delly Ranks with "Girlfriend," Chino with "All Night" and Esco with "God is Love."





Yardflex News

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skatalites1.jpgJah Jerry, a founding member of the original legendary Skatalites passed away on August 13, 2007 at the age of 80. Born to Mary Smith and Hubert Haynes, Jah Jerry, born Jerome Gladstone Haynes has not only played an integral role in the development of Ska, he also worked with a wide roster of prominent artistes including, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Ken Booth, Delroy Wilson and Jimmy Cliff. The catchy Ska beat became a global hit and major influence of music on a whole. A memorial service for Jah Jerry was held on August 29 at Dovecot Memorial Chapel with interment at Dovecot Memorial Park.

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RASE TV’s In The Zone is set to blaze with a new season that debuts across Canada on September 6. Each Saturday In The Zone will air at 11:00pm on CJNT (former CH in Montreal) – and this can be viewed through Bell, Rogers, Videotron and Starchoice. A repeat of the show will air on Sundays at 11:00pm.





YARD SUSSS

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BRUCEGOLDING.jpgportia_simpson_miller_jamaique.jpgBwoy mi glad di politics over, dis whole heap a killing fi nuttn, nuh right. Well at least it done now we can finally live in peace. Yardflex sends condolences to the families who lost a love one or love ones. But besides that di Suss muss goes on!

Like how we deh pon Election, a which big DJ mi hear a vex wid other artist an him followers over dem Vote, wait people nuh free fi vote who dem wah fi vote fa again?

Ele and Ruffian please nuh bodda mek mi vomit, a wah dis mi a hear seh unu inna tings, no sah, if a suh it guh, try nuh mek it reach far as pickney born. Tink about di kids please! Cause a nuh unu a guh skool. Nuh mek di pickney bawn an hate unu.

Mavado wat a way yuh mash up Irie Jamboree ehhh an yuh neva book fi di show. No sah yuh too bad. Big up Muma Saw weh call yuh on still. Next year Bobby fi know betta an book yuh, yuh see it.





wyclef.jpgWyclef Jean -- the Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, hip-hop pioneer, and humanitarian who founded the legendary ensemble the Fugees -- returns to Columbia Records with "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," the artist's first full-length album for the label since his third solo album, "Masquerade," entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 6 in June 2002. "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" is slated for release this fall.

With "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," his sixth full-length studio album, Wyclef Jean continues the autobiographical musical odyssey he began a decade ago with his 1997 triple-platinum debut solo album, "Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring Refugee All-Stars" (aka "The Carnival"). Wyclef gave his fans their first taste of "The Carnival II" with the release of the album's lead-in single, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," featuring Akon, Lil' Wayne and introducing Niia. Released in August, the single rapidly made its first Billboard chart appearance entering the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at number 3. "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" is now available digitally.





HEADLINED MONTEREY BAY REGGAE FESTIVAL IN CALIFORNIA ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND
wailing_souls.jpgTwenty-three years after their fading away from the music scene as a group, the Wailing Souls reunited for a long awaited performance at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in California on August 12th. Burning Spear as well as Sly and Robbie joined him to thrill the 17,000 strong capacity crowd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida was their next stop on August 25th at The Club Revolution, where a repeat superb performance ensued.

Then on to the famed Circle House Studio (Inner Circle’s; own state of the art studio) in Miami, to record the track "One World" for an upcoming Shanachie Records reggae tribute CD of songs by pop/reggae group The Police – who are themselves newly reunited.





Ninjaman Wild West Riddim

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By: Joseph Cunningham
yendicrowning.jpgThe stunningly beautiful young woman was never the girl who would put on her mother's high heels and model around the house. Instead, as she put it during one television interview, " the thug would always come out."

Interviewing a number of her high school mates, they all concurred that Yendi's beauty was undeniable, but they refused to categorize their beloved friend as a "Tom Boy". They preferred to underscore her "down-to-earth" personality. " She could always be seen liming with girls of different levels, whether it was seniors or juniors; an she was a senior," Huldah Cunningham recalled. She added, " I was not even sure that she remembered who I was until I saw a surprise message in my inbox! She doesn't seem to have forgotten her beginnings."

It is a common sentiment that Yendi Phillips is indeed, "Beauty with a Purpose”. The segment of every beauty contest that oftentimes brings about the demise of contestants was obviously as easy as the Jamaican breeze for Phillips! She showed-off what was a pronounced "wide vocabulary", never caught searching for the right word at any moment.





Caribbean Day Parade 2007 Largest in History

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Eastern Parkway in Brookly, New York was the scene of great revelry as another Caribbean Day Parade was held. The Labour Day weekend has historically been a day of heavy feting for national of the Caribbean regions and their friends. Most prominent at the annual West Indian Caribbean day parade were Haitians and Trinidadians who displayed a joint float promoting their Christian faith. The float expressed the sentiments of many in attendance with its prophetic message - "Start to pray today, because you may not be here tomorrow."

There were an estimated one million people in attendance at the parade. Despite the prayer message displayed on the float, at least one person's prayers went unanswered as he became the lone reported casualty of the day. At around 4:00 p.m., gunshots rang out in excess at Troy Avenue, which left one 26 year-old man injured with two gun shots to his leg. The injuries are considered non-life threatening.





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Following heavy criticism on her Hurricane Dean response and a perceived lame contribution to the national debate , 61 year old Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister was ousted on Monday September 3rd and her People’s National Party (PNP) ended its 20 years in power.

Whether In denial or just harboring wishful thinking, Simpson Miller, known also as "Sista P," and "Mama P," reportedly refused to concede with the numbers remaining unconvinced that preliminary results are indicative of the final reality of the Jamaica Labor Party being the newly elected leaders of Jamaica’s Government.

Widely touted as the luckiest politician around, Bruce Golding led the JLP, to a razor thin margin of a win that saw his party gobble up just 31 of the 60 seats in the House of Representatives. However, former Prime Minister, Simpson Miller has complained of irregularities and said there were races that could change current results with a recount.





Kirk Franklin Please Audience in Muddy Condition

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By Alan Lewin
KIRK FRANKLYN.jpgNot even the passage of hurricane Dean could cause Sold Out Ministries and their organizers to postpone the inaugural staging of the three day gospel festival entitled Youth Aid 2007 held at Dump Up Beach in Montegto Bay August 22-24. The event which was held under muddy conditions for the first two days on the first night saw good performances from Paul Blake (Director Of Sold Out Ministries), Sherwin Gardener from Trinidad, Todd Curry from the USA and Jason Mighty.

The second night saw marvelous performances from Goddy Goddy, DJ Nicholas and International and Grammy winning performer Kirk Franklin Who really pleased the audience.





Concert and Symposium in honor of Peter Tosh

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By: Joseph Cunningham
PETER TOSH.jpgBullet! Kaboom! Bung bang beng! These are the most popular slang's in the Dancehall arena currently. Well, whatever are the intensions of the current crop of Dancehall acts, one thing is certain, and that is, they are not the first “fearsome” characters to grace the world stage.

Peter Tosh, the "Stepping Razor" epitomized and exemplified how lethal "lyrical shots" can be! His approach was unquestionable, and meant to solve political and social issues through music.

His character was a controversial one being unarguably the first real "Reggae Rebe," never afraid to address issues that had many of his counterparts running scared! Reggae music has always been a genre that has represented and amplified the voice of the poor and the oppressed, and Peter Tosh used the genre to do just that.





General Degree.jpgGeneral Degree returned to the forefront of Reggae culture with firstly, his clothing line and now, he is completing his latest album, "Bedroom Bully." In an interview yesterday, he promised that as the name insinuates, the album would be one that is a vintage General Degree stylistic, with great wordplay, catchy lyrics and good quality rhythms. A date of release is not yet confirmed, but Look out for it!

Born Burt Cardiff on April 28, 1968 in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, General Degree's love for music began at age six when as a child he often hid from his strict Christian parents in order to get a taste of what was happening on the airwaves. As he grew older he played the radio a little louder, listening keenly to the lyrical styles of Lt Stitchie, Papa San and Professor Nuts and he developed his own unique style of comical story telling/DJing.





I-WAYNE REFINES REGGAE ROOTS BACK TO ITS PUREST FORM

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220px-I-wayne.jpgThe mystic soprano sound of I-Wayne will disarm fans once again with VP’s sophomore release "Book Of Life," set to be released in November 2007. Not many roots and culture artists can say that they have landed a hit on major urban/hip-hop radio as I-Wayne did in 2005 with his fiery single,"Can't Satisfy Her," on heavy rotation at New York's Hot 97 radio station; or receive critical acclamation on their debut album as he did with "Lava Ground." I-Wayne has undeniably raised the bar for roots reggae of this generation by captivating the world with his distinct sound and deep insight.

On his eagerly awaited release "Book Of Life," I-Wayne polishes his enchanting smooth sound over airy instrumentals with simply yet profound lyrics that remind listeners of an essential truth—that life is a gift for which we can be grateful. The title track, which is the CD’s first single, provides an overview of the set, expressing everything I Wayne has learned in his 28 years of life and his desire to share his experience—a glowing example of the personal rendered universal.





Rootz Underground.gifOn August 30th Rootz Underground rocked Miami's PS14 shortly before jetting off to California, where their first successful hit single, "Victims of the System," is riding high. Aiming at taking over California in September, Rootz Underground is slated to perform five shows there.

As "Victims of the System" enjoys heavy rotation worldwide, with the video peaking at number 2 on both RE TV and Hype TV charts, Mystic Urchin, the band’s management, plan to release a video for their second single from the debut album, "Movement," in November. Mystic Urchin representative, Steve Wilson said, "Mystic Urchin is so proud to have the honour to present Rootz Underground's first US tour, I am confident that anyone who sees this band live will become a Rootz fan and thanks to Headline Entertainment (booking agency) these guys will be touring all year.





Yardflex Passa

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Kaboom! Bung Bang Beng! What a piece a sittin! How some people can mek satan tun dem inna eeediot suh!

People, listen to da one yah. After so many years of sanity and prominence in the music business, it is rumoured dat di golden brother decide fi guh serve di devil! It is alleged that a family member of his left a huge portion of farm land for him. As a result, it is said dat him seh him nuh need di music nuh more, him ago tun "Old McDonald". Well, heeyaahheeyaahoo, di man a tek it further! While being out there in the bushes, di singer decide seh him find a new religion an him nuh believe inna di almighty God nuhmore! It is alleged that di religion renounces di use of electricity! Mi hear seh him house dark like hell!





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY MUSIC COUNTDOWN CHARTS

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM - JAMAICA
Chuck_Fenda_fire.jpg TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES
TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 3 15 Caan Cool -Chuck Fender-Birchill Records (wk@#1) U-2
02 1 18 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
03 6 6 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca U-3
04 2 15 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-2
05 4 18 Dance-RDX featuring Jigsy-Apt 19 D-1
06 7 8 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions U-1
07 5 17 Set Up (No Man) -Monster Twinz-Birch Hill Records D-2
08 11 9 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab U-3
09 13 3 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-4
10 9 13 Gully Side - Mavado-Firelinks (pp#6) D-1
11 14 4 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records U-3
12 12 3 Amazing Grace-Mavado- Big Ship NM
13 16 4 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace- 180 Entertainment U-3
14 8 13 Drop Dead-Elephant Man-Big Ship(pp#7) D-6
15 15 3 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon NM
16 19 3 What You Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-3
17 10 23 Bad From Mi Born-Munga - Don Corleon (1wk@#1) D-7
18 18 3 Dancing Fever-Voicemail-Don Corleon NM
19 - New Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu
20 17 19 Baby Father-Vybz Kartel/D'Angel-Free Willy (pp#5) D-3





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