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Chris Brown denies Rihanna relationship

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chris_rihanna.jpgRihanna and Chris Brown both walked the orange carpet at the Kids' Choice Awards. Separately. "We're not in a relationship or anything," Brown was reported to have said to the Associated Press before Saturday's slime-filled ceremony.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks the R&B singers are dating, but Brown was quick to squash such gossip, insisting he was single and Rihanna was just a friend. The 18-year-old "Kiss Kiss" crooner, clad in a custom-made orange hoodie emblazoned with a blingin' Nickelodeon logo, later collected a trophy for favorite male singer.

Rihanna, 20, bypassed the press line before the awards ceremony, strutting down the carpet in a polka-dot corset top.

Wow...after all this time they just see fit to deny the rumours! Makes you wonder huh.





Wyclef Pleads With Haitians To Give Up Crime

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Wow, I think Jamaican artistes should take a page out wyclef_2.jpgWyclef's book and set the trend for a better Jamaica.

Check this out:

Wyclef Jean has recorded a radio message asking people in the country to give up crime. "If you love Wyclef that means you love Haiti," he said in Creole in a short ad run by local stations in the nation. "So you should not be raping women, kidnapping people and children. There can be no excuse for doing so." "I reject these evil practices," said Jean in his message, in which he also urged Haitian men to respect women's rights.

Jean, 35, was made a roving ambassador for Haitilast year by President Rene Preval. His message was supported by the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, the poorest nation in the Americas. Kidnapping is rife in the Caribbean republic, with 36 people abducted in the capital city Port-au-Prince during March alone.

Jean was born in Haiti in 1972 but moved with his family to New York when he was nine years old. The award-winning musician provides humanitarian aid and assistance through his Yele Haiti foundation.





By: Joseph Cunningham

ras_emanuel.jpgReggae music is not just about a feel-good vibe, it is a genre of music, which is accompanied by deep spirituality that emancipates the mind.

Young reggae musicians, most often are those who have been exposed to the negative challenges life presents.

Ras Emanuel was born in Kingston, Jamaica, relatively close to gangs, political struggle, armed police and poverty.

He earned money by working as a construction labourer and as a fisherman. He also made money by digging and pushing through garbage dumps to find salvaged metal and plastics.





Get ready for Women Empowerment Gospel Fest

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On The Rocks Entertainment, Inc. presents the Women Empowerment Gospel Festival at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Juanita Bynum and will feature performances by a dynamic line up of Grammy Award winning artists including Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters.

In addition to musical performances, the Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, current officiating pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York will be a special guest speaker. A host of celebrity speakers will join Rev. Washington in sharing positive and powerful messages for women of all spiritual backgrounds. The event will give women the opportunity to come together and highlight the efforts of some of the most non-vocal, yet obedient disciples of the Lord.





Gospel Charts this week

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Marvin Sapp.jpgReturning to the top of the Billboard Top Gospel Charts this week is Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty," ending WOW Gospel 2008's four week run at the top of the charts, as it moves down to the number two position for the week.

Kirk Franklin's "The Fight of My Life" holds on to the number three position as "Jesus" from Shekinah Glory Ministry maintains the number four spot. Israel & New Breed's "A Deeper Level" rounds out the week's top five. Other notable chart activity includes strong debuts from LaRue Howard with "How Great is Our God" - number 6 and Norman Hutchins' latest, "Spontaneous Praise: Vol. 1" -number nine.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp continues to dominate with his second consecutive week back at the top spot with "Never Would Have Made It." In total, this single has spent 28 weeks at the number one position. Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" holds to the number two spot. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford sits at number three while The Clark Sisters' "Livin" takes the number four position. Ricky Dillard & New G round out the week's top five with "The Light."





From age six Collie Buddz 'a come around'

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Photography By: Marie Mendoza

collie_BUDDZ.jpgColin Harper, also known as Collie Buddz has a rock-solid foundation in reggae - and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration.

Born in 1981, Collie was immersed in the sound system culture since the age of 6. "I used to come home from primary school and my brother would always be on the turntables, playing his new 45's an' I'd just be there vibesin," he revealed.

The evolution of dancehall and the sound-clash culture, into a movement of it's own in the late 1980s and early 1990s set the backdrop for young Collie's discovery of his own identity; and the dancehall kings of that generation, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, served as his primary influences. "Back when Beenie and Bounty used to war lyrically, seeing clashes wit' Kilimanjaro an all the sound-man an' everything...the whole music scene for me took on a new meaning. Clash thing an' lyrical war became a part of my daily life from early out."

The daily operation of trading lyrics in schoolyard clashes quickly gave way to more serious combat as, "...people started sayin 'Ay, Buddz got some lyrics!" From an early age, some of the local sounds on the island wanted to get me on dub plate," says Collie, who stepped into the first of many vocal booths at age 16 to voice customized dubs for some Bermudian sounds. "Sounds was always trying to buss local artists in Bermuda." Consistent encouragement from the various sound men and engineers he encountered on those dub excursions led Collie to maintain a musical focus and eventually trek to Florida for a degree in audio engineering, a path that ended behind the boards of his own Bermudian studio, jointly run with his older brother (Smokey) and Sneek Success from one of Bermuda's founding sounds, 'Newclear Weapon.'





prodigy_edit.jpgProdigy, one half of the hip-hop's legendary platinum selling duo, Mobb Deep, has agreed to be the first Urban artist to be featured in the Sansa advertising campaign for Sandisk's ShopSansa.com online e-tail store.

Prodigy, one of hip-hop's most prolific lyricists said "I am excited to be working with Sansa, a SanDisk creation and ShopSansa.com. The Sansa brand is known for being a leader in digital entertainment and producing cutting edge products. I am proud to be associated with ShopSansa.com." Peter Kuys, Chairman of AAO Music adds "Prodigy has a real connection to the Sansa products and to ShopSansa.com. As an artist providing music is a big part of his life and is Prodigy's motivation and inspiration."

The television campaign will feature the legendary hip hop artist's latest release H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 and cross promote the exciting new Sansa FUZE. The television commercials featuring Prodigy and promoting the ShopSansa.com store will be featured on MTV, BET, VH1 and many other Comcast cable networks.





Mavado gets bail, but show postponed

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mavado_edit1.jpgThe self proclaimed 'Gangsta For Life' Mavado was granted bail on Friday to the sum of $200,000 when he appeared in court to answer to two counts of shooting with intent and one count of illegal possession of a firearm.

Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, was also required to submit his passport to the courts, which means that he will not be able to keep his commitment to perform at the Queen Park Oval in Trinidad tomorrow.

YardFlex understands that the promoter for the show has rescheduled for an April date.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Jamaica on Wednesday squandered a glorious opportunity to chalk up another victory against arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago when they surrendered a two goal lead to end the game 2-2 in front of a fairly disappointed crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

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The Reggae Boyz looked vastly superior to a largely ineffective though young and inexperienced T n T aggregation. The Boyz with a couple of senior professionals from England, including Luton Shelton, Demar Phillips, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Omar Daley and the recalled Deon Burton waltzed to a comfortable two goal half time advantage thanks to strikes from captain and Wigan FC player Marlon King in the 34th minute and Tyrone 'Granny' Marshall - who plays for Toronto football club in the U.S Major League Soccer - in minute 41.





Gun, Violence, Crime...a Canadian Winter Tale

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By: Janice Dayle

a_winter_tale.jpgExamining poverty, gun, crime and community, in the multicultural Canadian context, the award winning film, "A Winter Tale," is rooted in reality.

As the Frances-Anne Solomon written and directed film sets out to delve beneath the surface of a rough Toronto inner city 'skin', it succeeds in highlighting the inner lives of Black men; often portrayed in media as, "monsters."

In Montreal for a special screening tonight as part of the weekend festival, Kasserian Ingera, "A Winter Tale" tells the story of a community responding to a bullet that virtually shattering the spirit of their region.

Following the sounds of deadly shots meant for a drug dealer, a
ten-year-old lays dead on a downtown Parkdale, Toronto street.

Broken and filled with grief and suspicion the community's hellish pangs are addressed as social worker, Gene Wright, galvanizes six Black men to make a pact; forming a support group in the hopes of getting things 'right.'





"Mighty Crown" takes crown to Japan

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mightycrown_champs_08.bmpJapan sound system Mighty Crown, won the annual Death Before Dishonor sound clash beating out selector Tony Matterhorn, Black Kat, Hype Zone and more.

Sammy of Mighty Crown tells Music News that they are elated as it is not easy for a foreign sound to win. The event was held on Easter Monday, March 24 at Pier One in Montego Bay.

Instead of the usual early warm-up juggling there was a 'vintage tribute' with foundation sounds, King Jammys, Black Scorpio, David Rodigan, Downbeat and others.





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Easter Stars on Parade featuring Bounty Killer and Mavado

bounty_mavado.jpgIn what was seen as an attempt to recover a loss of earnings from the poorly organized Real McKoy tour last year, the Easter weekend played host to another offering from dancehall entertainer Mavado alongside Bounty Killer. The promotional material carried three dates beginning with Birmingham on 21st March, Bradford (although patrons were pre-warned that the venue had yet to be confirmed) and London on 22nd and 23rd March respectively. In keeping with the risk factor now attached to Mavado, a decision was taken by the Police to cancel the Birmingham leg and the Bradford date was moved to Huddersfield. In almost identical terms as the show last year, the London leg went ahead with a heavy Police presence. Units were placed both inside and outside the venue, yet despite the alarmingly visible firearms a fight between patrons ensued, though it was curtailed by the Police within minutes.

In spite of notification to YardFlex in February that Baby Cham and Spice were added to the line-up, our London sources confirmed that the pair did not make the trip. A call placed to the publicist of Spice prior to the event confirmed that she had no booking for the UK. Support acts materialized in the form of Future Trouble, Einstein and Oh Me Oh My.





Review: The Harder They Come at Barbican, London

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By: Michelle Edwards

Verdict: Utterly enjoyable successful transition from the cinema

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Questionably, one right-wing critic chose to refer to the stage version of Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come, as having 'rather too much of the Caribbean', in it. It's a somewhat hilarious assertion since the film and naturally the stage adaptation is set in Jamaica. To view Caribbean culture (or, for that matter, any prevailing culture), with such an explicit disregard as later determined by further remarks about the Jamaican dialects being 'so strong' and a reference to 'laid-back time-keeping' points to a broader tendency to strengthen lazy stereotypes.

Based on the true story of Ivanhoe 'Rhygin' Martin, a famed Jamaican outlaw who died of gunshot wounds sustained during a shootout with Police officers on September 9,1948 in Lime Cay, Jamaica, the 1972 film has enjoyed iconic status. The soundtrack to the film, performed largely by singer/musician Jimmy Cliff is also heavily referenced as being a breakthrough album for Reggae in the US. With the assistance of Perry Henzell, the production was initially ignited at the Theatre Royal, east London, in 2006 and surpassed all expectations concluding with two sell-out performances.





Mavado charged with two counts of shooting

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mavado_pic_edit1.jpgThe self-proclaimed 'Gangsta Fah Life' artiste Mavado is now living the lifestyle as he is behind bars following his arrest last night on gun related charges.

The entertainer has been charged with two counts of shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Mavado, 27, whose real name is David Brooks, was held when he showed up for questioning in connection with a shooting incident on July 27th last year on Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew.

Head of the Major Investigation Task Force Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Greene said Mavado will remain in custody for at least another 24 hours.





Condolence from YardFlex

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aio_2.jpgYardFlex would like to send our condolences to Mama Joy who just lost her son Jeffery S. Dixon Jr. affectionately known as 'Aio', also son of the late 'Free I' Dixon.

He died in a tragic car accident last night in Jamaica.

We at YardFlex sends our blessings and would like to let Mama Joy and her family know that they are in our prayers.

Mama Joy hold tight and keep the faith.

Bless!!!!!





Queers flop Bounty's shows

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bounty_tour.jpgBounty Killer has come upon one main obstacle in his tour and that’s the very determined gay community! Killer's concerts have been felled by the fagalas.

From the ever-ready Peter Tatchell's celebratory press release:

Bounty Killer, has had two of his three UK concerts canceled in the last week, following a campaign by the gay human rights group OutRage! His concerts in Bradford and Birmingham were axed, losing him thousands of pounds in performance fees. In Germany, Bounty Killer’s performance in Essen was canceled and other German concert dates are now in doubt.

The Outrage! campaign extends all over Europe, including France and Belgium. Bounty Killer previously boasted that the gays would be no match for him. He obviously underestimated the lavender set's determination.

One of the British clubs, however, claim the Outrage! protest had nothing to do with the concerts' cancellations, but because Killer missed his flight from Jamaica. They’re now trying to reschedule the contentious event.





International News

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Songwriter sues Kanye West

kanye-west_edit.jpgA wacky songwriter-producer in Maryland says that Kanye West is diggin' his gold, lifting his tune "Volume of Good Life" for the Kanye smash hit "Good Life."

According to TMZ.com In a rambling lawsuit filed in Maryland District Court, Dayna Staggs (aka D'Mystro) is suing Kanye and his record label, Roc-a-Fella for copyright infringement. Staggs says that West "didn't obtain a license to use "Volume of Good Life" for his tune, and points out that Kanye was "only at the age of 6 or 7 years of age [sic]" when his song was written. ??D'Mystro is also peeved because Kanye's song "contains vulgar and offensive" images and "harms the reputation" of his much cleaner song. He wants 85% of all world sales of the proceeds from the music that uses his work, though he doesn't explain how he came up with that number. Kanye's label hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

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Jamelody's "Love Crazy" a hit

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jamelody.jpg"Love Crazy," a rhythmic ballad by promising vocalist, Jamelody, is making waves on reggae radio charts with a record breaking sixth place entry as a debut single.

The latest Media Guide Report charts it at number five; and it is steadily rising up the reggae specialty charts.

It is no wonder, since Jamelody's 15 track album "Be Prepared," that features the new hit, "Love Crazy" is filled with his rare voice that is soulful and gritty; he is clearly the new roots messenger. Set for release April 29, the album is sizzling.

Jamelody gives a boost to the foundation already set in reggae’s call for truth, rights, justice and love; and "Be Prepared" highlights this. Including hardcore tracks – produced by legendary mixing board master, Bobby 'Digital' Dixon – as well as a 'new roots' 'rock, pop, R&B' style, produced by Carl James, the album brings out an amazing talent, no doubt headed for the very top.





I Wayne's phenomenal rise

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Iwayne_bookoflife.jpgRoots and culture artists have long been a constant in Jamaica, from the influence of legends like Bob Marley to conscious roots dancehall singers like Garnet Silk. However, in the summer of 2004 a new and powerfully distinct voice emerged on the reggae music scene. With a fresh timbre, substantive lyrics and passionate performance, this artist has almost singlehandedly led the new wave of roots and culture reggae music that has swept the island of Jamaica.

I Wayne, born Cliffroy Taylor in Portmore, Jamaica, officially hit the international scene with the hit, "Cant Satisfy Her." The, 24 year old, singer has been the first cultural reggae artist to be added to Hot 97 in New York, a station notorious for its hip hop influence.

Since then the track caught on in several markets and entered the
Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Singles charts. The fiery tone of the track describes the desperate reality of prostitution, poverty, and sexually transmitted diseases in Jamaica. His follow-up single, "Living in Love," went atop the New York and Florida reggae charts for more than seven weeks.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 11 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
02 03 06 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
03 05 05 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt
04 02 11 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
05 05 07 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
06 11 04 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Greatest Gainer up 5
07 06 14 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
08 08 09 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
09 07 19 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
10 10 05 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Appleton Rapids

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

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Luau was banging

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer was on Reggae Beach, ocho Rios to part-take in Luau on Easter Sunday. The event sell-off.

Below are photos from the event:

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Passa Passa

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Bwoy is a crying shame di way how di British Link Up dance turn out. Look how di people dem go out fi enjoy demself and di man end up dead. Den tell mi something a really woman dem did a have di kas kas bout? And den di police a sey a two time dem guh fi tun off di dance and dat di organizers start it back again. Fi real people a nonsense dat dem a chat, cause if dem did really waan fi lock off di dance dem coulda, mi nuh tink dem did go all out fi do dat.

Bwoy it really dread dough, it put big stigma inna di dancehall. Nuh wonda di police dem ban all dance fid at deh venue...it dread fi true.

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Lohan attacks Best over sex video photo

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lindsay-lohan-picture-6.jpgThey say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and ain't that the truth where Lindsay Lohan and her ex-boyfriend are concerned.

YardFlex understands she went ballistic after a photograph from a sex tape the pair allegedly made surfaced on the web.

Reports claim the actress made a series of phone calls to Best, the son of late football legend George, after a blurry clip from the video of the pair made appeared online.

A source, claiming to have overheard Lohan, said the actress was furious.





Pembroke Hall rocks with 'Stay in School' tour

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photgraphy By: Milton Raynor

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The next stop for Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour was Pembroke Hall High; and we arrived just in time to catch part of an inter-house football match that was in progress.

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It was also the first day of boys and girls track and field Championships; from which KLAS Sports Radio was broadcasting live as well. All this 'sports fever' in the surroundings made the mood more exciting for all.





edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgAnthony Cruz's unwavering and strong lover's rock vocals mixed with his excellent stage presence and edgy style, has earned him a firm place in reggae music.

"Fight With All Your Might" is his soon to be released album that highlights his immense talent through the delivery of diverse musical styles. Tracks to watch include: "Hold Me," "Leaders of the World," "Take It Off" and his first single "Love Is Falling."

While his destiny in music was just about 'ordained' through inspirational family ties with the great late Garnett Silk, who was his uncle, Cruz worked unrelentingly, dedicating himself to honing his craft until his songs became impressive enough to catch the attention of veteran producer, Willie Lindo, in 1993. Taking Cruz under his wing, Lindo - in Miami, Florida at the time - was behind the release of his debut album, "Where There Is Love," featuring global hits, "Just Call My Name" and "When You Get Lonely."





News Brief

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airjamaica_plane.jpgYardFlex understands that the Air Jamaica Love Bird has been grounded due to an industrial dispute by Flight Attendants. The Ministry of Labour is presently in negotiations with Union Delegates. In the Meantime passengers have been left stranded at both international airports. The Minister states he is looking forward to a settlement this evening.





Appleton Rapids was off the hook

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex was at White River Park, Ocho Rios on Easter Sunday, where we went to Rapids.

Below are photos from the events:

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Mavado rising higher this year

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Last week Hype TV network premiered Mavado's latest scorching video, "Last Night." Hitting the streets 'racing', the Little X masterpiece gives viewers a pulsating stroll through what is seen as one of the roughest spots in Jamaica - his Cassava-Piece 'Gully' hometown.





At Madhouse success reigns

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mad_house_logo.jpgWe've often heard the slang, "Ma mama Madhouse" bellowing from the heavy vocal cords of Baby Cham. It's his home label, but not many are aware of the rich vein of success the label has.

1992 saw the birth of Madhouse Records, a collaboration of excellence developed from fusing the business acumen of Janet Davidson and the creative genius of musical guru, Dave Kelly.

Home of dancehall anthems like "Action," "Slam" and "Joyride," Madhouse is a true reggae institution. The philosophy of the work at Madhouse reflects the chorus of Kelly's hit tune by Terror Fabulous and Nadine Sutherland, "Action." "Action, not a bag of mouth." Since its inception, without seeking publicity or hype, Madhouse has been quietly and relentlessly producing the biggest sounds in dancehall.





Beenie Man back in Tax Court

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beenie_tax.jpgThe sago continues with Beenie Man and the tax court. He is scheduled to be in court today to answer charges of tax evasion.

The artiste was arrested on a warrant in October last year after he failed to appear before the Tax Court. Tax authorities allege that the entertainer owes the state $47 million in income tax. When the entertainer appeared in court on December 10th, his lawyers said efforts would be made to hold talks with the authorities regarding his multi-million dollar tax debt. Tax representatives said Mr. Davis had made no further attempts to settle.

Well YardFlex wish Beenie Man good luck and hey, it's time to give the DJ a break!





smilejamaica_RAAJ_assassin.jpgAssassin has been busy in the studio working on some new material to keep his hungry fans satisfied. With the production expertise of Daseca Productions, Ward 21 and Don Corleon, his new releases are guaranteed to make you "bump-your-head-to-this-track".

"Same Ting Again" is a production of Coby from the Daseca camp and sees Assassin flexing his muscles on a Reggae/Hip Hop fusion. He explores the routines of daily life – ghetto people struggles are never-ending and even though there's no money, they're still experiencing problems. "Surveillance" is another song that is done under Daseca Productions and speaks to those men who are ever keen to their women's every move.

"Badness Nah Wear" shows off Assassin's dexterity where he tackles a serious issue, courtesy of Ward 21. Assassin acknowledges that "Reggae and Dancehall music glorifies guns and violence and it is not the absolute reason for what we see happening in society". However, he does admit that there is the legitimacy of the "gangsta" factor, where music touts it as fashionable and so with "Badness Nah Wear", he completely dispels this idea.





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no_free_speech.jpgFreedom of speech for everyone except a Jamaican
By: Maria Jackson

I am a bit reluctant to write this article because I am aware that composing it will bring a lot of things to light that some would like to see kept in the dark. However, I have been quietly watching Jamaican artistes being denied their right to freedom of speech as well as being robbed publicly for a while and no one seems to be doing anything about it. I am not proposing that I alone can stop what has been going on, but I hope that this article will wake up some of the radical heavy weights in the industry. It all started some time ago when someone, somewhere, decided that the content of reggae/dancehall was too homophobic. As a consequence, it was suggested that a restriction should be placed on the whole genre. These restrictions were imposed with no understanding of the culture, language or style of reggae music. These constraints have prevented reggae artistes from performing at certain venues in North America and Europe.

Last year Time Magazine published an article entitled "Curbing Homophobia in Reggae". In my opinion, the article insinuated that since the passing of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh reggae has taken a turn for the worse and is now only advocating violence against gays and lesbians. The article also went into great detail outlining all the artistes (and there were some big ones) who once denounced homosexuality in their songs but have now signed a document called "The Reggae Compassionate Act", and therefore agreed not to publicly perform their "homophobic" songs.

Before I go any further into this article I think it is important that I say I do not think violence, on any level, is right. That being said, I also believe that dictating what one is allowed to say or not say is not right. How can you threaten the livelihood of an artist because you do not agree with their opinion? Whether you agree or not, that is basically what you are doing when you petition for an artiste not to perform at a venue.

Reggae artistes, like all other performers in the music business make the majority of their money from touring. It is difficult to give an approximate or accurate figure of the monies that have been lost by the reggae industry due to shows being canceled. Different venues give different reasons as to why they choose to cancel their shows but at the end of the day it all boils down to being pressured internally by gay activists.





Shareena Swinscoe, Britains next top model?

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winner_shareena.jpgShareena Swinscoe, age 16, made her first appearance on the cover of a major publication when she posed for Britain's "PRIDE" magazine.

Winner of Pulse's Caribbean Model Search (CMS) – UK, she is being touted as Britain's next top model. Photo shoots were conducted by one of Europe's top photographers, Ayo Banton.

He expressed great optimism while speaking about Shareena's potential. "She's going to be huge! She has a great look and takes direction really well. She's a little shy and still learning how to move, but in a couple of years she will be amazing."

Reminiscing on the experience, Shareena told reporters, "The shoot was so long, it lasted from 10 am until 6 pm., non-stop. I got on really well with all the crew and I think the pictures are great. I definitely want to reach for the stars in modeling. I really enjoyed the professional environment and all the styling and costumes we tried. This has given me so much experience."





Time for women to take a stand

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By: Rootz girl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpg'Teck buddy gal', 'skettel’, 'bitch', 'hoes'... well the list of derogatory adjectives could go on and on that have been used by hip hop and dancehall artistes alike to refer to women in the dirt that's being called songs.

One would think that any self-respecting woman listening to these songs would feel disgust and great indignation coming to the fore as the words penetrate and then do the only acceptable thing – turn off the radio or get rend of the offending item.

But here is the shocker, there are actually women out there who find nothing wrong with the garbage being spewed out by these artistes, instead they embrace both artistes and the nonsense that are being passed off as songs.

To make matters even worse, they war with each other over the artistes that have shown their disrespect for them repeatedly in the songs they choose to do.

Am I missing the whole picture here? Is there no value placed on us women anymore? Has material things and basking in the limelight allow us as women to lose all sense of moral values, decency and some kind of pride that would see us demanding even a semblance of respect for ourselves?





Best Dressed! - New Talk, New War...

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macka_dangel.jpgDancehall has seen it fair share of clashes, from the days of Papa San and Lt. Stichie, to Ninja and Shabba, Bounty and Beenie, and even more recently, Vybz Kartel and Mavado. Most if not all of these clashes have been lyrical, or have at least started there, but word on the street is that a war of a new dimension is brewing between female dancehall recording artiste, D'Angel and Macka Diamond, aka The Money Goddess.

Sources close to the situation revealed that hot words have been flying behind the scenes for a while now, and it got even worse after Macka Diamond won best dressed female artiste at the Teenage Choice Awards. The word is that D'Angel was furious, and was determined to get her day in the spotlight as best dressed female artiste. This she achieved at the recently held Irie FM awards, where she took home the coveted, or is it the vain award of the night?

Be that what it may, it doesn't stop there, because word is that like D'Angel, Macka was furious at the announcement of D'Angel being the winner, and has since lashed out with a stinging single, entitled, 'Best Dressed,' which states that 'she has her best dressed house, best dressed car and her best dressed man wha a come in from far, wid har best dressed fren dem, a she an dem a par, a who dat ovah deyso want a best dressed war? '





Free will bring fresh appeal to Gospel

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Free2_.jpgFormer host of BET's 106 & Park, Free, will co-host the new Gospel Music Channel original series, Bobby Jones Next Generation, alongside the man who helped revolutionize gospel music as a creator, producer, director and performer, Dr. Bobby Jones.

The series will begin shooting in Atlanta next week and both performance heavyweights will share hosting duties of the hour-long show where merging artists will be showcased.

Gospel Music Channel, Atlanta-based Kingdom Come Productions and Dr. Jones will produce the new series together. The programme will be broadcast Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the series premiere set for Sunday, May 4.

Speaking to reporters, Dr. Jones said, "Free is the ideal choice to share the hosting role on our new GMC series. She is a seasoned television personality, brings a young demographic appeal, knows the new artist world well and is an emerging artist herself. She and I will compliment each other well and viewers will enjoy our pairing"

Before her career in television as host on 106 & Park, BET's number one rated show, Free began showing her talent as a budding rap artist in the early 1990's working with likes of the Wyclef Jean Refugee Camp, Lenny Kravitz, and Pras, and had record deals with Elektra and Motown records and also worked with Def Jam. Most recently, Free held the position of DJ on KKBT 100.3, The Beat music station in Los Angeles.





Billboard's Gospel Charts

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wow_gospel08.jpgFor the fourth consecutive week, "WOW" Gospel 2008 sits atop Billboard's Top Gospel Charts.

Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty" continues its strong run at the #2 position. "The Fight of My Life" from Kirk Franklin holds strong to this week's #3 spot and Shekinah Glory Ministry's, "Jesus" holds strong at #4.

Flame's "Our World: Redeemed" The Sequel debuts strong at #5. Other notable movements include Myron Williams solo debut "Made to Worship" at #9 along with DeWayne Wood's "Introducing DeWayne Woods" & "When Singers Meet," jumping from #23 to #18.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" returns to the #1 position after a four-week absence, replacing Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" which moves to #2. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford holds strong to the #3 spot, as does The Clark Sisters' "Livin" at #4. Maurette Brown Clark's, "One God" rounds out the week's top five songs at #5.





Letter for Jamaica Boycott

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OPEN LETTER

Ms. Anne-Marie Bonner
Consul General
Consulate General of Jamaica
303 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M4P 1L3

Dear Ms. Bonner,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for meeting with us.

As a follow-up, we have listed our concerns and issues below for your
reference and look forward to your response.

Issues
- Government Public Service announcement denouncing homophobic/transphobic violence in Jamaica.

- National homophobia/transphobia Education campaign.

- Repealing the Buggery Laws and other legislation that further
stigmatize, discriminate and criminalize consensual same sex acts.

- Public education campaign to sensitize the Jamaican Constabulary
around dealing with the victims of violence around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families across Jamaica.





Musical journey of a 'Cool Ruler'

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Photos By: Marie Mendoza

edit_gregoryisaacs.jpgJamaican Reggae musician, Gregory Isaacs came forth in the 1970s with lovers rock hits including "My Only Lover,""Sinner Man," and "Mr. Cop." In the same period, he released the album, "Mr. Isaacs," that featured songs such as, "Love is Overdue" and "Loving Pauper."

He signed with Virgin Records and moved on to Charisma Records in the late 1970s and material from this period gave him a wider international audience. Songs such as "Soon Forward," "If I Don't Have You" and "Let's Dance" are often re-released on compilation albums from this period.

In 1982, Gregory Isaacs signed an international release contract with Island Records, a combination, which resulted in the release of the albums, "Night Nurse" - probably his best known album among the many international music fans who had taken to reggae by then; and "Out Deh," in 1983.

The Island Records contract ended soon after and a number of personal issues forced Isaacs from the spotlight. In 1988 he returned triumphantly with "Rumours," that was popular with both young reggae fans and those who had followed his music since those classic songs of the 1970s. Since then his music has been released by his own African Museum Label.





Happy Easter

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Have a blessed Easter

Have a blessed and holy Easter season. Today, as we take time out to reflect on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may you all give some thought to the ultimate price He paid.

Don't let the moment be about bun, cheese and fish...it is much more than that. YardFlex wish for all its readers a wonderful Easter season...and whatever you do, take time out to say 'Thanks' for the wonderful sacrifice that was paid.





Why women cheat

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By: Buffilous


Buffilous.jpgYeah man, a me Buffilous again pon di scene. Mi nuh care whey unno waan sey, it look like unno cow dung Rootzgirl cause mi nuh si nutten from har from di odda day. She mussi read unno comment dem and top write...but just tru mi know sey mouth meck fi sey anyting mi still love unno and a do mi ting.

Now a waan talk bout mi favorite topic - man and woman affairs. Now di odda day mi a hol' a reasoning wid mi friend dem and wi did kina a debate why women really cheat. Mi friend dem a wonda why a woman whey have everyting, house, land, car, di best inna clothes, jewellery and dem ting deh and she tun round and guh cheat!

Sometimes she even pick up bruck pocket man and spen pon dem and yuh haffi wonda a wha teck har...but afta wi examine it under a fine microscope we come to di conclusion dat di real reason women cheat is plain and simple – dem a get paid but nah get laid!

Dem man tun wutless when it come to juggling dem love affair. Dem a gi dem woman money and odda tings except di ting whey really matter – some quality time in di romance department.





By: Joseph Cunningham

RAAJ_kingjammys_edit.jpgKing Jammy, whose real name is Lloyd James, was born in Montego Bay, in 1947. He is a dub mixer, record producer and sound system owner who started out in the late 1960s by building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment while still living at his mother's house in Waterhouse. From these proceeds he started his own sound system. He also built equipment for other local systems.

After leaving Jamaica to work in Canada for a few years in the early 1970s, King Jammy returned to Kingston in 1976 and established his own studio at his in-laws' home in Waterhouse.

His first major break came when one of King Tubby's selectors, Phillip Smart, left Jamaica to work in New York. King Jammy replaced him, getting to work with the likes of Bunny Lee and Yabby You. For the first few years of his career, Jammy almost exclusively created Dub. In the late 1970s he began to release his own productions, including the debut album from Black Uhuru in 1977.





Another African singer on the rise

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sammi.jpgFirst there was the late Lucky Dube, then 2 Face exploded on the scene with Africa Queen...and now here comes Samini as he confirms his hold on African music by winning 2008 Hip Hop World Award for African Artiste of the Year.

Samini without a doubt is one of the most consummate young African artists of our time. His refined tone and dashing looks have won him the hearts of many ladies across the continent. This has propelled his brand of dancehall rhythms infused with African beats to amazing heights and resulted in recognition across the globe. At the age of 26, he has won several Ghana Music Awards, a MOBO award for Best African Act in 2006, and at the just ended Hip Hop World Award, he clinched the award for Best African Artist. He is currently the music icon for MTN, the leading telecommunications company in Africa and the Middle East.





News Brief

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Caan keep a good man down! Bascom x has gotten back his passport and is gearing up to perform in Florida. The case is not over yet, but gwaan youth, from you can fly and do yuh thing, then the future is already looking bright for you.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Uptown Mondays

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.


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What's poppin

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Poor Beenie Man

the_doc_beenieman.jpgBwoy dem sey trouble nuh set like rain but mi tink a time fi Beenie get a break now. Him have lawsuit a England a hang ova him head and him not even can get fi hug up him son and get likkle comfort. Mi sey him a bawl out inna di evening paper sey a eight months now him nuh get fi si him son. But whey mi really waan fi know is – if Beenie Man a di king how come D'Angel have him so weak. If him well waan si him son, him nuh know whey fi duh. Same like how D'Angel do
whey she fi do, him nuh know bout counteraction? Well sah...still a hope Beenie Man troubles end real soon...cause mi nuh how much more him can teck.

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Award winning promotion company strikes again

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edit_Beres & Friends  2008.jpgBeres Hammond, Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths will headline the first staging of 'Grooving' slated for April 5, 2008.

This GT Promotions event is going to be an annual one featuring the best acts around, including newcomers; and its inaugural presentation will take place at WAVES Beach in Negril.

IRIE FM's GT Taylor is CEO of GT Promotions and he emphasizes that this show will be another high quality production from his company, that was recently given the IRIE FM Music Award for 'Show of The Year.'

Harmony House and Gumption Band
will be backing some of reggae's finest as well as strong performers like: Timmi Burrell and Villa Dutch & Feekez.

GT Taylor will host the event.





Shane-O, Blacker and more stress STAY IN SCHOOL

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By: Jaide Bridge

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Shane-O proves over and over again that he is still the 'students' pet' as he continues to get overwhelming applause with the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour. At York Castle High recently, there was no exception and while mindful of the reason for the fun and excitement of school tours, Shane-O used the opportunity to remind students of the huge benefits of completing their education and even had them spelling in one song.

The big merger of Music, Sports and Academics – made possible by sponsors Inseason Juice (title sponsor), Pharmaton, Adidas, AAMM Co-Op Credit Union and YardFlex, continued in Brown's Town in the cool hills of St. Ann; just in time to celebrate with York Castle High School who are proud of their 50th anniversary in the current location. Founded 100 years ago, the school is headed by Principal, Mrs. Hawthorne and the head boy is Lorenzo Daley.





WHAT - Cut Down Passa Passa and Rae Town?

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passa43.jpg"Whaapen to dem?" - is the question on many lips these days as news of the intended cut down of the regular and internationally popular weekly "ghetto based" dances surfaced in Jamaica.

Reports uncover that the 'powers that be', including Enforcement and The Mayor have been putting serious thought into cutting down the traditional weekly happenings to maybe twice monthly.

The idea of cutting down these dances has members of both communities not only disappointed, but angry. Not only are these parties, that folk look forward to as relaxation and entertainment, an integral part of a growing global dancehall culture, they also serve as a major source of income for a huge sector of the Jamaican society.

Incident free since their inception, both sessions have reputations of bringing all people together in unity and love. Passa Passa even tours the world in the same context of love and harmony.

How can peace and love be wrong? So the people keep asking – Whaapen to dem?

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International News

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Wasn't Me!
Reports circulating that Young Bloodz rapper Sean Paul was involved in the double rape charge is not so! Sean Paul's only link is that the real culprit was his former manager.

Jeremy Geffen, the manager of D12 and former YoungBloodz rapper Sean Paul, was arrested and charged in Los Angeles Monday with drugging and sexually assaulting two 16-year-old girls.

According to the Associated Press, Geffen is being accused of giving two teenaged girls cocaine and raping them in 2006 and 2007. While he was being held on $2 million bail pending his arraignment on Thursday (Mar. 20), his lawyer Danny Davis is optimistic. "I strongly respect my client's presumption of innocence," he told the Los Angeles Times after Geffen's arrest last week. "I like to think I specialize in cases of innocent clients, and that is why I am attracted to this case." Hit with 14 felony counts including rape by use of drugs, rape of an unconscious person, and furnishing cocaine to a minor...Geffen is looking at 20 years in prison if convicted.





DOH by Serani feat. Bugle have the # 1 Spot locked

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 10 Serani feat. Bugle-DOH-Daseca-2wks@#1
02 03 10 Bugle-Journey-Daseca
03 06 05 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
04 04 06 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back
05 08 04 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt
06 02 13 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
07 05 18 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
08 09 08 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
09 07 16 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It –Birchill-Peak@#3





Duppy caught on tape in Tivoli Gardens

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Big Up Dudus who recently celebrated his earthday on the 13th of March. YardFlex understand that he had two hot parties, one on Thursday night and the other on Sunday.

The Sunday night jam lasted until 10:30 am Monday morning and was a 'sell off' event. This was more so an eventful morning, as a ghost, it is alleged who was enjoying the music saw it fit to make a cameo appearance through a window of one of the high rise building in Tivoli.

According to various news reports, persons from the community are speculating that this ghost is one of the five youths recently killed in the community.

However, check out the video clip below for yourselves and tell us what you think:





Luciano affiliated with all 'Rastafari Mansions'

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By: Kemesha Bolton
Photo By: Denise Deacon

Luciano_yardflex 002.jpgLuciano - Jah's MessenJah, has an aura that transcends him, sending out waves that speak volumes of his personality and character. These sound waves told YardFlex that he is humble, always pleasant and seems to be often on a tight schedule; as was evidenced with his fast paced moving about and seemingly incessant phone calls that rolled in as we spoke.

"Every great achievement has convinced me about my mission, Jah has
blessed me, I can never be ungrateful." These are the words of the man we know as "Luc" – Light, "ciano" – bearer of the light; Luciano – Jah's Messenjah, is a name given to him by his first manager Omar Harris.

Born Jepther McClymont October 20, 1964, he grew up in the Adventist Church. The seventh of nine children, Luciano was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents and grew up in Daveyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He is often referred to as "The Messenjah" which Luciano says is a name that he took on after reading Malachi chapter 3 which speaks about the messenger coming.

Luciano says he is always conscious of what he eats and drinks, even about his roots and spirituality. "I always read mi bible which is my guideline and other books on Rastafari." When asked if he was affiliated to or works with any of the three mansions of Rastafari, Luciano says "I am a part of everyone, each represents a different function of Rastafari, I am born October which makes me Dan so I am Twelve Tribes and everyone who is born [on a month] is inevitably a part of Twelve Tribes, I love Nyabinghi because it is the first ancient order of worship and I am Bobo Shanti because of its priesthood order, Music has neutralized me."





Get to know David "Ram Jam" Rodigan

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By: Joseph Cunningham

david_rodigan.jpgOn the eve of the "Death Before Dishonour" sound clash, YardFlex has taken the initiative to highlight a few of Reggae music's foremost Disc Jockeys.

David Rodigan, born 1951 on a military base in Hanover, Germany, is a British radio DJ who also performs as a selector for his sound system. Known for his selections of Reggae and Dancehall music, he has played on stations including Radio London, Capital95.8, Kiss 100 London and BFBS Radio 1.

By the age of 15, David Rodigan was deejaying at school dances and youth clubs. Leaving school in 1970, he spent a year studying economics before leaving to study drama. Despite pursuing an acting career, David kept his passion for music alive, selling records in Oxford then Putney, before obtaining a job on Radio London in 1978 to alternate with Tony Williams on the Reggae Rockers programme. A year later he was offered a permanent slot at Capital Radio to present Roots Rockers, which ran for 11 years.





Black Judah, the new voices of the Future

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By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Sugar Black and Dylan Judah form the reggae duo Black Judah. They have been together for 2 year while they are independent artists in their own right, both have been signed to Teflon Blood Records for four Album deals each.

Dylan Judah's parents were a part of the horrific holocaust and he has found new beginnings and a new name. Born Dylan Hyde, he took on the spiritual name Judah, because of his parents unfortunate past. An ardent bible student, the name Judah means more to him than just a change of name.





Symphony Under The Stars was all that and some

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"Symphony Under the Stars," featuring Roberta Flack and top Reggae Crooners, was held last Saturday at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy in New Kingston, Jamaica. It was its second staging, and the quality was symphonic.

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On entering the venue the view was magnificent. Candles were laid
surrounding a body of water close to the V.I.P area and the view was of a seated audience, predominantly dressed in black night gowns.





Another Glorious Boys and Girls Champs

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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The ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boy's and Girl's Athletics Championships for 2008 came to an end on Saturday night at the National Stadium in Kingston in spectacular fashion with Calabar High School Boys and Holmwood Technical Girls repeating as champions.

Andrew Riley of Calabar High and Salcia Slack of Holmwood Technical were winners of their respective heptathlon titles, and were fittingly named as the overall points champions at the end of the four day meet.





Roberta Flack continues to tap emotions

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Born in Asheville, North Carolina, and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Roberta Flack discovered her earliest musical influences from the church. The local AME Zion Church gave everyone the opportunity to get out of the house, but, as Roberta recalls, the music "didn't have the raunchy, wide-open, free, spontaneous, full-of-life thing that you could hear at the Baptist Church down the street." Whenever she could, she'd sneak over there to hear such gospel luminaries as Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers. At home, Roberta's father repaired an old upright piano, and she began to pick out tunes while sitting on her mother's lap. When she turned nine, she began taking piano lessons, and also started to listen to a wide range of popular music, R&B, jazz, blues, and pop.

As she moved into her teens, Roberta's listening gravitated towards classical music, and her piano playing developed rapidly. At 13, she won second place honors with her performance of a Scarlatti sonata in a statewide contest for black students. At the same time, her scholastic excellence enabled Roberta to regularly skip grades, to the point that she had to be "left back" for a year to allow her physical and emotional development to catch up with her stellar academic advancement. Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. After several years as a high school English teacher, Ms. Flack was discovered while singing at a Washington, DC club by jazz musician Les McCann. This resulted in her being signed to Atlantic Records.





Romell Marshall awarded for She's Royal

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Photography By; Milton Raynor

YardFlex was present last week when Romell Marshall, an engineer from Mikey Bennett Studio was awarded for Best Reggae Recording - She's Royal.

Below are pics from the event held at Grafton Studios:

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White Girl Disses Spice

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zerby_spice.jpgLyrics dissing Spice spew from the mouth of Zerby, on the Gladiator Rhythm. The white female dancehall artist, who is quite seasoned on stage and in studio; also as a musician, blurts out on her track titled, "Veteran:"

"Eh - when u see Spice tell har dis – whappen now - gyal a come outa diaper an a gwaan like she hot - a fe ave respect u know...How dem a diss veteran artist when - not even platinum record she sell..."

As one of a few new tunes available on Zerby's Myspace, and representing a preview of her upcoming album, the song "Veteran," seems unpopular.

According to an AP freelancer, "Why diss Spice?" Or is it a publicity ploy by a virtually unknown artist who bills herself as dancehalls first white DJ.





News Brief

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mavado_pic_edit1.jpgMavado's show that was scheduled for Saturday March 16, at Miami Soho Studios was interrupted by an altercation outside the venue.

Apparently two men were having an argument outside the club when one of Mavado's entourage who goes by the alias 'Chase Cross' was stabbed by one of the men who was arguing.

This occurred after 'Chase Cross' asked the two men to squash the argument, to prevent the cops from shutting down the show. After walking away one of the assailants, who was in the altercation stabbed him in his neck. He was rushed to the Trauma unit by Mavado and members of their entourage.

We at YardFlex wishes 'Chase Cross' a speedy recovery. People we need to learn how to taper our anger.

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Shaggy feat. Akon - "What's Love"

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Halle Berry gave birth to a baby girl yesterday

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halle185_224064a.jpgAmerican actress Halle Berry gave birth to a baby girl Sunday March 16, 2008 and "is doing great," her publicist Meredith O'Sullivan told reporters. The Oscar winner reportedly delivered the baby at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

Berry, 41, and father Gabriel Aubry a 32-year-old Canadian model met while shooting a Versace ad in Los Angeles two years ago.

Halle, told Oprah Winfrey on her show last year that playing a mother in her latest movie, "Things We Lost in the Fire," helped convince her that motherhood was for her. "I think it validated that I was meant to be a mother because every day I dealt with the character as a mother and thinking as a mother," Berry said. "It let me know that I must be a mother."

Berry won the best-actress Oscar for her role in the 2001's "Monster's Ball." She also won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role in 1999's "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." Berry had said she and Aubry don't plan to marry, but feel fully committed to each other.





Kerron Proves the Power in Praise

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kerron_ennis_edit.jpgKerron began singing at the tender age of eight years in Jamaica in her local church and thereon set her sights and ambition on becoming an instrument of music for the Lord. She has moved tens of thousand while touring the island with the Perpetual Team and at local churches and the accolades have started rolling in. Her ministry is being demanded locally and on the international scene.

Born, August 22, 1982, in the parish of St Andrew, she is the fifth child of Lascelles and Derisa Ennis and grew up in the Patrick City Community, where her artistic ability has captured the hearts of many. She has been the choir director for the Youth and Combined choirs of the Boulevard Church of the Nazarene and has received the commission from the Lord to sing and to make His praise glorious. Her dedication for the Lord is indelibly etched into her motto of Acts 20:24, "but none of these things moved me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

After entering the Jamaica Cultural Development's Gospel Festival in 2003 with the title song, "No Wonder," written by Clifton and Margaret Clarke, Kerron came in third place. She then became a well sought after alto singer. From this the musical stage of greatness was then set and Kerron has no intention of looking back.





Rootz Underground blazing raw consciousness

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By: Joseph Cunningham

rootz underground_08_edit.jpgRevolution reggae music - edgy, raw, natural, roots...they are Rootz Underground.

They say they have many influences, including their homeland Jamaica,
Rastafari, JAH, the revolutionary Reggae music of the 1970s and Roots
Reggae music.

The revolution that is Rootz Underground began in 2000 when the band members, linked their musical talents to form one solid unit. The group emerged on the scene in a blaze of high-energy performances, conscious lyrics and a harmonic alternative reggae sound that marries their intellectual, spiritual and creative energies.

This marriage has birthed music that is inspiring, energizing and real. Progressive, unique and 'with edge,' their reggae has a modern hip hop feel infused with slivers of jazz, rock and revolutionary dub.





Mikey Dread passed away this evening

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edit-mikey-dread_dead.jpgAccording to the West Indian Times, Michael 'Mikey Dread' Campbell who was always 'The Dread At The Control' has passed away. Mikey passed away at approximately 6:50pm Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, March 15th, 2008. He was surrounded by his family in the home of his sister in Connecticut at the time of his passing. We had reported in October 2007 that Mikey had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and that he was fighting with all his might to recover from his illness. Mikey constantly remained upbeat and hopeful for a full recovery so that he could continue doing what he loved; spreading Jah music to the world. Mikey's family including his children; 2 sons from Jamaica, a daughter who lives in Houston, TX, a son who lives in Canada, a daughter who lives in Belize, and his 4 month old son Zylen Jahlight had been close by in the last few months as he fought to stay with them.

We will keep you updated as service arrangements are made.

We at YardFlex sends our deep condolence to the family and friends of Mikey Dread. His passing is a great loss to the music industry and the world itself. He will be sadly missed by all. Mikey, may your soul rest in eternal peace.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

The arrival of Miss Roberta Flack was greeted with a cocktail party at the Hilton's Hotel Kingston on Thursday Night.

Below are pics:

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Inseason Juice KLAS tour stresses STAY IN SCHOOL

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By: Jaide Bridge

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On March 7, 2008 all roads led to Portland for destination - Buff Bay High School. Despite the dusty roads due to construction of the new highway the arrival of Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour at the school, was a literal breath of fresh air as the school is surrounded by lush vegetation; a major characteristic of Portland.

Tony Young from KLAS opened up with a reminder to students about the reason for this tour – "Stay in School."

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After criss-crossing the island for a few months now, the tour's impact was for the first time, positioned to transcend international boundaries - by virtue of visibly excited exchange students in the crowd. Buff Bay High was host for these 24 French speaking students and their chaperones; all hailing from the Polyvalente La Samare School in Quebec, Canada, who will reciprocate by receiving 24 Buff Bay High students on a similar exchange programme in April.





Mavado woman dem a fight over him

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avah_mavado_gavesha.jpgBwoy dah one yah dred, me neva kno ooman cudda bicker over man so. A guess Mavado addi real mckoy fi tru, cuz him ave Avah, a clothes designer from Canada and Gavesha inna one hellava internet war ova him. Mek me give unnu piece a one a Avah message weh she sen pon myspace to Gavesha, "Ok I'm going to try another approach. I'm going to try to speak to you in proper English. Maybe you'll comprehend but with your vocabulary I doubt that."

Ouch! If yuh wah know more, check out dem myspace. No bwoy, dem two ooman yah seriously need fi get a life and leave di Gangster alone. Cuz it clear to me if no want none a dem.

YardFlex will definitely keep you guys posted, as we intend to get to the bottom of this story.





Photo By: Michelle Edwards

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A small collective of people gathered together recently for a special book signing evening with Professor Henry Palmer OBE.

Based on a period of slavery in Jamaica and its Scottish plantation owners coupled with an insight into his own formative years in Jamaica to his current status as a revered grain scientist in the UK, the book entitled 'The Enlightenment', was launched to much acclaim. Palmer, now retired, was a Professor of grain science at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland for may years and has received various awards for his research and community work. Recently, Palmer received a distinguished research award from the American Society of Brewing Chemists and was also awarded the Sir William Y. Darling bequest from The City of Edinburgh Council for his work in 'race relations', the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his research contribution to grain science and the "Black Champion" award for notable contributions to the community in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

When asked about his hopes for the book Palmer stated: "The Enlightenment' is an attempt to show the terrible consequences of slavery, ignorance and prejudice."





DOH by Serani feat. Bugle still 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 1 12 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back NM
03 4 14 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John U-1
04 3 13 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-1
05 5 13 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
06 6 8 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship NM
07 7 13 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
08 9 6 Journey - Bugle - Daseca U-1
09 8 9 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production (pp#6) D-1
10 10 27 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) NM
11 11 22 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(2wks@#1) NM
12 14 4 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype U-2
13 15 2 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship U-2
14 16 3 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records U-2
15 12 25 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love(pp#3)D-3
16 18 2 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
17 13 19 Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship(pp#6) D-4
18 20 2 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-2
19 17 17 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill (pp#5) D-2
20 19 22 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1





Videoshoot for Wayne Marshall's "Me By Myself"

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer was on location at Stanpipe for Wayne Marshall's videoshoot for his latest single "Me By Myself."

Here are the pictures:

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Lyrics: Wayne Marshall - "Me By Myself"

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Photo By: Milton Raynor

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Chorus

That's what I see...
Dem only bad inna company....
But a me by myself...
Me by myself....
Tell dem fi come...
Know sey mi deh yah an mi nah go run.....
All when a me by myself....
Me by myself....


Verse One

Mi say mi bad to the maximum....
Mi nuh need not a friend fi come buss mi ***
Anytime dem ready tell dem fi come....
All when a me one still nah go run....
How mi see it dem bwoy deh a mouth a massy.....
Only bad when dem trod inna clique or posse......
Terrible and mi mad wicked and wassy.....
Hand straight like chassis and mi nah miss fassy..... (yow)





Michael Jackson in financial hot water

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michael-jackson-400a052307.jpgMichael Jackson has refinanced Neverland ranch in time to save his famed California spread from a public auction that was scheduled for later this month.

Jackson's attorney, L. Londell McMillan, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the pop star has worked out a "confidential" agreement with Fortress Investment Group, LLC. The deal allows him to retain ownership of the famed property in Los Olivos, Calif.

"Neverland and MJ are fine," McMillan said. An auction date had been set for March 19 because of $24.5 million the singer owed on the 2,500-acre spread northwest of Santa Barbara.

A source close to the singer who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter said it's not clear whether Jackson will keep Neverland. Jackson has not lived there since his acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005.





Busy Signal still "Steppin Out"

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By: Joseph Cunningham

EME_reanno_busy.jpgBusy Signal – born Reanno Gordon – started singing spiritual hymns at his mother's church and that was where he earned his first encore.

He recalls, "When church was over, I would sit on the corner with my
friends and alter the words of the church hymns." He also performed at
school, beating his fists in time on his desk and deejaying Bounty Killer's songs (he claims to know all of Bounty's lyrics) before progressing to his own material.

Since emerging on the Dancehall scene in 2003, Busy Signal's undeniable talent and lyrical dexterity has taken him quickly to the forefront. His breakthrough single "Step Out" was one of Dancehall's hottest songs for 2005.

The name Busy Signal is an alias which was given to him by a friend because of his constantly busy persona. He recalls that from a younger age he had always been on the move, always conducting some kind of business in an attempt to break into the music biz.

Since his break came, Busy Signal has taken a different approach. "I choose to record songs with concepts attached to them on purpose...I don't try to voice on every rhythm that is out there."





Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Serani feat. Bugle "DOH" - moves into the # 1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 02 09 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-New#1
02 01 12 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
03 03 09 Bugle-Journey-Daseca
04 06 05 Harry Toddler-Don’t Run In-Truck Back
05 04 17 Queen I-Frica- Don’t Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
06 08 04 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
07 05 15 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It –Birchill-Peak@#3
08 12 03 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-Greatest Gainer up 4
09 09 07 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
10 07 10 Spice –Up Inna De Light- Truck Back





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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On an afternoon when the Haile Selassie I High School celebrated their Jamaica Day, the KLAS Inseason School Tour passed through to encourage the gesture.

Haile Selassie High School is located in a community plagued by violence and the evidence was there by the constant presence of the Police force. This however, did not stop the students, teachers and community members present from enjoying the afternoon to the fullest.

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As usual enthusiastic performances came from the school and representatives of schools who are weekly participants of the tour. Bushy Tail, Terror Prince and the school's dance group were some favorites.





Etana takes her positive vibes to the streets

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On Friday March 7, VP recording artist Etana, took time out to drop in on customer service representatives at New Kingston's Digicel Call Center. Mingling amongst ardent fans, she shared love and laughs with these Digicel staff members who had previously chosen her as their favorite from a poll of dancehall and reggae artists.

It was a surprise visit by Etana who signed autographs, took photographs and absolutely enjoyed spending quality 'down time' with a group who reciprocated by showing the conscious songstress how much she is valued in the community. She was presented with an LG Chocalat slide cell phone as a token of the Digicel workers' gratitude.





By: Joseph Cunningham

cobra.jpgMAD COBRA, now a veteran in the Dancehall, is quietly holding his own.Over the past year he has taken the music to places like Zurich, Switzerland where dancehall is only now just warming up. He is also a very big favourite throughout the Caribbean, USA, Canada, UK, Europe, South and Central America and Japan.

His performance in Costa Rica last year in front of an estimated 30,000 people is being hailed as one of the best presentations by a reggae artist in that country. Mad Cobra recently shot his first video in many years for the song called "Gansta Flex" and it has been getting rave reviews from fans all around.

Having been in the business close to 20 years now, Mad Cobra has been smart enough not to be complacent; hence music to him, in his words is, "A constant work in progress." Ewart Everton Brown (Mad Cobra) was raised in St. Mary, Jamaica and moved to Kingston as a teenager. He began performing under his stage name, taken from the G.I. Joe cartoon, while still in his teens. His first single, 1989's "Respect Woman," was produced by his uncle, Tuff Gong engineer Delroy "Spiderman" Thompson. "Na Go Work" was release number two and it caught the attention of producers Captain Sinbad and Carl Nelson. Together they released a string of hits, including "Shoot to Kill," "Merciless Bad Boy" and "Ze Taurus."





Passa Passa

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Bounty and D' Angel

bounty_d'angel.jpgLook inna mi eyes tell mi wat yu see, yes darling is the Grung God an D' Angel mi did see a di recently held Irie FM Awards in a brief intimate moment a chat an a hold hands. But I can't believe dat di same mouth weh seh anyting me dash weh me tek it bak a di same mout a chat to di fallen Angel. No worry unnu self, YardFlex ago mek unnu kno a who a Blaze Blaze and we sure kno a no Beenie Man.

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Tanya Stephens - Brains Beauty and Rhythm

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By: Joseph Cunningham

tanya_stephenson_edit.jpgTanya Stephens, Jamaican singer and songwriter, is known for her insightful, relevant and often comical musical deliveries. Proof of this is evident through her latest projects that show she is still atop of her musical game.

"Rebelution" and "Gangsta Blues," are the names of her two new albums, released over the last 4 years.

But before the albums, she scored international hits with the classics, "Goggle," and "ou Nuh Ready Yet." Her last album Gangsta Blues yielded the one-drop anthem "It's a Pity." The song displayed her versatility and was clearly one of the biggest tunes of 2004.

The single received rotation on mainstream radio as well as MTV and was critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Village Voice, Source and Vibe Magazine.

Two years after its release, Gangsta Blues remained on the Billboard Reggae chart.

When asked what she considers to be her most valuable assets Tanya replied, "Transparency and consistency. I believe if people want to gamble they will go to a casino. There shouldn't be any risk involved in walking into a record shop and using your hard earned cash to buy an album. That's why I had to make sure I kept honing my craft until I could confidently invite you to pick up any Tanya Stephens album being entirely secured in the knowledge I will never violate it!"





Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photography was on location at Backyaad to capture the vibes at Morgan Heritage videoshoot.

Photos Below:

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By: Jaide

marijuana11.jpgJamaica's Deputy Prime Minister, Kenneth Baugh said at the beginning of this month, that a seven-member government commission, charged with researching possible changes to the country's laws that deem marijuana illegal, is now preparing to report to the Prime Minister on the matter.

Reported as once more considering the legalization of marijuana by the Associated Press, the Jamaican Government re-visits an issue that was put on hold back in 2003.

A government commission recommended the legalization of marijuana in small amounts for personal use back then, but this was never acted on, since legislators then said it might infringe on US relations, and could result in Jamaica losing their US anti-drug certification.





cocoa_tea_obama.jpgReggae music has now got a voice in the American election campaign in the form of Coco Tea who is backing Senator Barack Obama with a new tune.

According to Associated Press news "This is not about class nor colour, race nor creed," the veteran dancehall crooner sings in a version posted on the video website Dailymotion. "It's about the changes, what the Americans need."

The song goes on to call Obama a "trendsetter" and urge Americans "to unite as one" behind him.

Cocoa Tea, whose real name is Calvin Scott, said Sunday the tribute song "Barack Obama" will be released this week by New York's VP Records.





rapper_juvenile2.jpgJuvenile missed his daughter's funeral on Saturday when, Jelani, 4, her mother Joy Deleston, 39, and sister, Micaiah, 11, were all quietly laid to rest in James Island, South Carolina.

According to MediaTakeOut.com Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, did not attend the funeral. No explanation was given as to why he didn't attend.

Jelani, her mother and sister were all allegedly murdered by her brother Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr. He's been charged with 3 counts of murder and aggravated assault and is being held without bond at the DeKalb County jail.

Don't judge him too, maybe he could not deal with the pain of seeing his daughter laid to rest. Still YardFlex wish for the rapper strength through this difficult time.





JFLAG Co-Chair 'calls for love'

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Gareth Henry, who was until January 2008, the co-chair for the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG), filed a refugee claim in Canada recently.

Henry, who reported to Xtra that his memories of violence and brutality are too painful to dwell on, launched the 'Call For Love' campaign in Canada, on Valentines Day this year.

Calling for the protection of queers in Jamaica, the campaign mirrors like initiatives around the world and was introduced in Toronto, Canada by PRIDE, Egale Canada and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. A wreath was delivered to the Jamaican Consulate in Toronto as part of the launch activities; in memory of those queers murdered on the island.





Mario_Winans.jpgMario Winans, RAP producer and gospel singer — nephew of Broadway star Benjamin "BeBe" Winans, is refusing to support his 3-year-old son, says his ex-lover Janel Bennett.

According to Janel who was in an eight-year relationship with Winans before she had her son Jordan, she was evicted from her home in Miami because Winans wouldn't pay child support.

The jilted mom says she is homeless and living with friends on the South Side of Chicago, where she works as a cocktail waitress.

In 2005, the Miami Herald reported, "A DNA test shows a '99.99 percent probability' that Winans is the biological parent." Documents filed in a Miami-Dade, Florida court last January 2 stated, "Mario Winans is obligated to pay Janel Bennett $4,500 per month due on the first of each month as child support."





Happy Belated Earthday

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vg-happy-birthday.jpgYardFlex would like to big up The Observer and Donovan Germaine who both celebrated their earthday on Friday March 6, 2008.

The Observer celebrating its 15th earthday with the birth of a CHAT, their new cutting edge entertainment Magazine. Headed by Yasmine Peru.

Donovan Germaine, CEO Penthouse/Germaine Records celebrated his earthday at Jamaica Hilton with friends Marcia Griffiths, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Tony Rebel, VP's Yolan Zanders to name a few. The evening was co-ordinated by Mark Johnson.

All the best to both The Observer/CHAT and Donovan Germaine.





Bloody Sunday' commemorated this weekend

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Bloody_Sunday1972.jpgThe 43rd anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' and a re-enactment of the Selma to Montgomery March is being commemorated this year between March 6 and 10.

Known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, this 15th annual staging will be graced by the presence of guests like: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Cornel West, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, C.T. Vivian, Al Sharpton and Faya Rose Sanders and Martin Luther King III amongst many others.

The theme of this year's jubilee is "One vote, One Mic, One Movement: From Selma to Jena and Beyond."

In 1965, the Edmund Pettus Bridge was the scene of an attack on hundreds of voting rights marchers by law enforcement officials on what was later called, 'Bloody Sunday.'

Prompted by the removal of Black males from voting rolls by Alabama's Constitution of 1901, Blacks in Alabama fought hard for voting rights; one of the most valuable rights of any citizen.

Blacks struggled for this enfranchisement in a variety of ways in the 1950s and 60s, including: NAACP's legal strategies via the 1957 Civil Rights Act; voter education projects in 1965; mass meetings and rallies in Black churches that were often met with police violence including the notable killing of Jimmy Lee Jackson in 1965; hundreds of African Americans lining up at registrar offices attempting to register to vote and hundreds of voting rights activists being beaten and jailed by police.

In their quest to complete the march from Selma to Montgomery that openly and loudly protested against and defied laws forbidding them a vote, Blacks were forced to make several attempts:





marijuana1.jpgDescribed in New York's Daily News as, "violent," five members of an eight man marijuana selling Bronx gang face maximum life sentences in prison after being convicted by a Manhattan federal jury on drug and gun charges recently. The other three face 25 years each, having pleaded guilt.

The court heard how Anthony Patterson, described as the gang leader, was in charge of huge weekly shipments of marijuana, valued at as much as US$1 million.

Between 1997 and 2004, the group of eight transported around 2,000 pounds of "herb" each week from California to New York, unloading it on dealers who would flood the streets. Patterson was in charge of getting the cash back to the West Coast to purchase more, once the weed had been sold.





Audiomaxxx finally SHUT DOWN

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By: Jaide

audiomaxxx-1.jpgAn alleged music counterfeiting operation based in Winnipeg, Canada, was raided this week by RCMP, who arrested Raj Singh Ramgotra and three others.

The four had criminal charges filed against them by the RCMP for allegedly manufacturing pirated CDs and hard core pornographic videos and distributing them throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Jamaica. Their offerings more recently included pirated digital downloads.

The lead person behind Audiomaxxx, Ramgotra, his associates and their shady ways have been under investigation by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for a year now, following many complaints from artists, music associations and labels around the world. Of greatest concern was the defiance with which Audiomaxxx responded to each request by rights holders to cease the illegal pirating activity.

Reported as "highly developed," the Audiomaxxx operation contained a significant catalogue of allegedly pirated CDs and music downloads for sale through their website www.audiomaxxx.com and tracks from famous artists like: Shania Twain, Lionel Ritchie, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Nelly Furtado were among those being pirated.





Education Is No Joke tour a huge success

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The No Joke Entertainment and VP Records' "Education Is NO Joke" School Tour, culminated on February 27 on a high note. It was the end of Black History month; during which artists visited schools, making a difference with their enlightening messages of encouragement.

Amongst the 'empowering gang' were hit-makers like: Sean Paul, Busy Signal, Macka Diamond, D’Angel, Voice Mail and Da’Ville. The tour was well supported by members of the reggae music fraternity.

"I am overwhelmed by the response to the tour, we had the idea it would be successful but we did not know there would be such a great coming together of everyone involved to make it such a success. We are showing that it is not difficult to motivate students and that the work that is necessary can be done with the right planning and execution," Mario Lazarre, CEO of No Joke Entertainment, said. He added that the tour proved how much entertainers are valued, noting they are an asset in the society and can make a positive impact on their young fans.

It was all about giving back for artists who were thrilled to re-visit their alma-maters; but not as thrilled as the students who welcomed them with exuberance. Da'Ville's experience on February 26th at Norman Manley High School where he was a student back in the day, was enriching for him, as he spoke briefly and candidly to students on issues like: self esteem, discipline and self respect – particularly in matters of sexuality. Mingling and handing out stationary, Da'Ville created quite a buzz.





Six mil for J-Lo's baby pics!

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j_LO.jpgWow! Having a baby has never been so sweet. According to TMZ J-Lo has sold her baby pics to People mag for a cool $6 mil...she got the mag to agree to stop calling her J.Lo!

A source told the website that J.Lo made the deal and threw in the moniker clause as well. We're also told J.Lo instructed People, in addition to the loot and the name thing, that her hubby, Annie Leibovitz wannabe Marc Anthony, has to be the one to shoot the photos.

Reps for People and mom were mum. Hmm, that's all we will say.





Tarrus takes the lead in IRAWMA Nominations

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riley_tarrusedit.jpgTarrus Riley leads this year as 'the most nominated' for the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). The announcement was made at Kingston's Hilton Hotel on March 5th during a launch for the 27th annual staging of this highly anticipated ceremony.

Garnering seven nominations, Tarrus' list includes nods for Best Male Vocalist and Best Song, for the popular female anthem, "She's Royal."

Mavado comes in second with five nominations for Best Male DJ, Best Album, Best Recording Artist, Songwriter of the Year and for Community Service.

Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Stephen Marley and Sean Kingston all received four nominations each, while soca star Machel Montana and Junior Reid were nominated three times. Reid has two nominations in the category of Best Crossover Song, for his hits with Alicia Keys and rapper MIMS.

On hand to announce the nominees were special guests such as: Miss Jamaica World – Yendi Phillips, Ce'Cile, D'Angel, Norma Bell – RJR, Winford Williams and Milk of CVM-TV.

Dedicated to Health Awareness, this year, the awards will be held on May 4, 2008 at the world famous Apollo Theatre, New York City.

IWARMA founder and head honcho, Ephraim Martin was on hand to give further details, including the line-up for the star-studded event. He listed Beenie Man, Kymani Marley, Sean Kingston and Buju Banton as presenters scheduled to appear so far.

For more information go to: www.irawma.com





Bigga Haitian paving the way

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By: Joseph Cunningham

bigga_haitian.jpgHe is Haitian and is a hot Reggae artiste based in New York City. Bigga Haitian hails from a 'fiery land,' often characterized with turmoil. The general decline of political "correctness" in Haiti sometimes seems to be so tragic, that all good news associated with the country is refreshing.

Known as the first Haitian singer to break into the Jamaican reggae scene, Bigga Haitian has torn down national and cultural walls, paving the way for the next generation of Haitian artists.

A veteran of the stage for more than 20 years he has been featured with reggae legends like: Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Capleton, Cocoa Tea and Junior Reid, to name a few. Bigga broke into the hip-hop scene in the 90s, opening up for the Ruff Ryders, Lil' Kim, and Jay-Z at New York City's Randall's Island. Today's most talented Haitian artists, such as Wyclef Jean and Mecca - also known as Grimo, credit Bigga as an influence.

Today, the Haitian 'musical ambassador' continues to excel with the debut single "Gi Me Da Weed," from his soon to be released album, "Sak Pase" that is currently making waves. Produced by Brett, Marc, and Yvad (recent lead singer of The Wailers), "Gi Me Da Weed" is receiving strong support in clubs and on radio, achieving airplay on over 30 stations across the United States and Europe and generating huge sales on three continents. On the strength of the single, Bigga's profile elevated in 2007, when he was invited to perform with such reggae luminaries as Buju Banton, Shaggy and Capleton. He also headlined the Lake Worth Reggae Festival, an event that drew over 10,000 people.





Mediathon Shines Light on Women

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By: Jaide

linternation_women's_day_logo.jpgObserved since the early 1900's, International Women's Day emerged at a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

From 1908 when great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women, women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change.

Today, while much has evolved with significant change in attitudes; inequalities remain. Unfortunately, the fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

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At the same time it is important to recognize the great strides made by women over the years and make use of the awareness raising around International Women's Day, to glean more information on the status of women and pay tribute to women everywhere.





Yolanda Adams under investigation

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yolanda.jpgHouston gospel singer and radio host Yolanda Adams is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. The agency has asked a federal judge to force the entertainer to turn over documents after she failed to show up for an appointment last month to explain her financial affairs.

According to Bossip.com the agency is trying to determine her tax liability and how to collect on the debt. According to filings in Houston federal court, the IRS probe stems from two million-dollar mortgage loan applications. A 2005 Ocwen application said Adams earned $40,000 a month and listed $8 million in assets — including an $800,000 trust account, $4.9 million in other personal holdings and jewelry worth $1.5 million. That document said she owned a Lexus and a Hummer. A subsequent Chase home loan application listed $3 million in assets, including a business worth $1.5 million, a Mercedes-Benz and a Range Rover. She owns a home worth more than $2 million in Houston's Royal Oaks Country Club subdivision.

Yolanda just remember the lyrics of your song 'Never Give Up' ...that's how these tax people are.





Will Smith to host Mandela birthday gig

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smith_mandela.jpgNelson Mandela's 90th birthday will be celebrated with a big shebang at London's Hyde Park and will be hosted by Will Smith.

The 'Gettin Jiggy Wit It' singer and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are fronting the celebrations, which have been organized by the former South African president's AIDS campaign 46664.

According to digitalspy.com acts rumoured to be playing the event on June 27 include Razorlight, Keane, Queen and Annie Lennox.

It is understood that organizers have also asked U2, the Spice Girls and Sir Paul McCartney to play the concert.

It is reported that US rapper Eminem is keen to come out of musical retirement to perform at the show as well.





Reggae icons record tribute to 'The Police'

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the-police[4].jpgReggae-inflected Rock, is what The Police brought to their throngs of fans in the late 70s; as they were possibly the most striking of a few rock/pop bands who introduced the Reggae Rhythm to new audiences.

A new Tribute to The Police titled, "Spirits in the Material World," has been released by Shanachie Records and it features Reggae Champions, reclaiming the reggae component of The Police's music.

There could have been no better time for this CD to hit the shelves, as The Police is recently reunited and currently playing throughout the world.





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

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01 2 11 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(1wk@#1) U-1
02 3 12 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back U-1
03 1 12 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-2
04 4 13 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John NM
05 5 12 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
06 8 7 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship U-2
07 7 12 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
08 6 9 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production (pp#6) D-2
09 10 5 Journey - Bugle - Daseca U-1
10 11 26 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) U-1
11 9 21 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(2wks@#1) D-2
12 12 24 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love(pp#3)NM
13 13 18 Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship(pp#6) NM
14 17 3 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype U-3
15 - New Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship
16 18 2 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records U-2
17 14 16 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill (pp#5) D-3
18 - New Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship
19 15 21 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-4
20 - New Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back





Irie Fm Awards Live Show

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Here are some photos from the live show:

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Erup's "Click My Finger" still in the # 1 Spot

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TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

erup_1.jpg01 01 11 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
02 03 08 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca
03 04 08 Bugle-Journey-Daseca
04 02 16 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
05 05 14 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It –Birchill-Peak@#3
06 10 04 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Greatest Gainer up 4
07 07 09 Spice –Up Inna De Light- Truck Back
08 11 03 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
09 09 06 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
10 06 17 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-4wks@#1





Throwback Video - Mad Cobra - 'Flex'

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Reggae frenzy at Miami's 'Caribbean Fest'

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, Florida was "corked" on Saturday, March 1st as about 14,000 strong came out for the 15th annual Caribbean Festival put on by Bob Marley Movement of Jah People and 103.5 The Beat.

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A great show, with top performances from a solid line up that had the huge crowd completely engaged and often going off in a frenzy. Referred to often as 'the Marley Fest,' this was a showcase of some of reggae's finest.





Real Idiot to be laid to rest at Meadowrest

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JA comedian_realidiot.jpgComedian Real Idiot will be laid to rest on Saturday at Meadowrest. His mom is still overcome with grief as she feels her son was murdered by the police.

Real Idiot received four shots in the chest area and his other friend in the car was shot in the neck.

According to YardFlex sources when the driver was beckoned to stop he continued as the area was dark and the men who appeared to be cops were in an unmarked vehicle.

"It did look like a flee dem a flee but dem did just waan stop inna one area whey light up," our source informed.

But all hell broke loose after that as they occupants were fired on by cops who in a later release claimed it was a shoot out.

"Jah know star, di yute shouldn't go like dat," our source bemoaned.





By: Kemesha Bolton

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Twelve Tribes of Israel in Jamaica celebrates forty Years of existence. For all Bible readers forty years would be very significant, because in the time of Moses when God used him to take the children of Israel out of Egypt under the bondage of Pharaoh via the Red Sea, they spent 40 years in the wilderness.

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Twelve Tribes 40th Anniversary was celebrated in style on Saturday February 23 through to Monday, February 25, 2008. On Saturday night, a concert at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre featured Reggae's top performers and Israel members from all over the world. This Twelve Tribe of Israel produced show had a line-up that included: Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, Luciano, Sugar Minott, I Billy Mystic of Mystic Revealers, Iley Dread, Jamel, Culture Dan, The Seers, Marva Gilliespie, Ewan Naptali, Boom Dawn, Rashorne, Zebilion – Grenada, Scotty Dread-California, Tony Gad- California and Orthodox Issachar – Canada, Jules Issachar- New Zealand and many more. Many patrons described the concert as a 'spiritual refreshing'.





Woman fi smart

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgYeah man mi read how unno a cuss mi out because mi tell unno mi friend story. Straight up mi nuh funny and mi nuh go in fi di kinky ting dem. But di one ting mi nah meck nuh apology fah is di fact dat mi always up inna people business. Mi can help it if dem always a come to mi wid dem tory. And unno well an' love when mi spread it pon di flex tuh!

Well since as mi sey dat, mi might as well gi unno deh drama yah. Bwoy di big man wha dead di odda day a pure tings with him wife and baby mother dem. Cause mi undastand sey a pure cat fight a gwaan over di dead and lef and trust mi him lef plenty.

But di ongle woman dem whey a smile a di wife and one a di baby madda whey get har masters and she meck sure sey di house whey she inna and di bashment car whey she a drive, deh inna har name and done pay fah. Even wifey mi hear a check har fi let off some a di asset dem!

Di other baby madda dem end up wid big fancy house and car wid nuff bill fi pay. Bwoy dem head a hot dem cause dat deh well dey dry up fi good.





Bobby Konders dishes out 'Dancehall Heat'

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By: Joseph Cunningham

bobbykonders300.jpgParties, rhythms and lots of excitement are what disc Jockeys are known for in Jamaica and the culture has long spread to the international scene. The names are many, but chief among the overseas DJs is Bobby Konders.

YardFlex called him recently to feel "the heat" he's creating in New York City. For all who love the Dancehall culture, if you are in the "Big Apple" during Easter or anytime for that matter, Bobby Konders will have the hype you need.

According to Konders the "Dagogo," rhythm featuring Bugle, Vegas and other prominent artists, is gathering momentum in New York at the moment and this is creating the hype for the Easter period that is set to rock the city's dancehalls. Major highlights will be Elephant Man's album launch on April 13, Bobby Konders' Birthday Bash on April 19, Jabba's Best of the Best for the Memorial Weekend and Massive B sound system's anniversary on May 31.

An incredibly respected figure in New York's dance-music underground since the mid-80s, Brooklyn's Bobby Konders has been at the forefront of multiple movements, in famous parties and radio programmes that have kept house music alive and kicking. He is a selector, producer and has been programmer for various radio music shows.





Patrick-Swayze.jpgWe love a fighting spirit and that's exactly why we are rooting for actor Patrick Swayze. A pilot television series starring Patrick Swayze is still in contention to become a series, despite the actor's recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the network A&E has confirmed.

The actor's doctor is very optimistic about his prognosis and says he is responding well to treatment.

So if the show, entitled The Beast, is picked up, the actor hopes to be a part of it, his representative Annett Wolf said. "Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects."

In The Beast, Swayze plays what has been described as a seasoned but unorthodox FBI veteran, is "in contention to become one of the new drama series on the network," cable network A&E said. "However, at this time all of our thoughts are solely with Patrick and his family. We are all wishing for a speedy recovery to a truly gifted actor."









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Rihanna bans umbrellas from UK tour

rihanna+performing.jpgRihanna has banned audience members from bringing umbrellas to her latest UK tour, this according to a report on digitalspy.com.

The singer has responded to a series of umbrella-related accidents at European shows by confiscating the items from fans before they enter arenas.

The amnesty was enforced at her gig in Aberdeen on Monday. A fan told the Daily Star: "I always carry an umbrella with me as the weather is dodgy and snow was predicted to fall.

"I couldn't believe it when I had mine taken off me during a bag search on my way inside the venue."

Security guard Andy McDonald, said: "We don't normally ask people to leave an umbrella outside. But we were taking precautions over a potential accident.

"We were told that Rihanna's song features dancing with umbrellas on stage. We didn't want the crowd following her actions and someone getting their eye poked out."

Merchandise stalls at the concert only sold official Rihanna branded umbrellas once the show had finished.

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By: Kemesha Bolton and Elizabeth Smith
Photography By; Milton Raynor

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Classy is definitely the best word to describe what can be expected at this year's "Symphony under the Stars," slated for March 15 at the Cable and Wireless National Golf Academy in Kingston. Touted as the event to relieve stress and even depression, the occasion is sure to appease all, including those who are just in the mood to enjoy some good music.

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The first staging of Symphony in 2007 received critical acclaim for high technical quality and artistic excellence.

For 2008 the line-up is just as impressive, with Grammy award winner Roberta Flack gracing the stage along with, The New York Orchestra; that occasionally accompanies icons like: Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand, Masterpiece Orchestra, Chalice, LUST ( Lukie D, Trilla U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis), AJ Brown, Da'Ville, Courtney John, previously known as "Yogie" and Duane Stephenson.





Can two films on Bob Marley survive?

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edit_bob-marley-03.jpgSpeaking about the Marley biopic, this should be putting a spanner in the works for Martin Scorsese!

According to firstshowing.net, the Weinstein Company has optioned the rights to "No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley" a book written by Bob Marley's widow Rita Marley, with plans to turn it into a biopic about the legendary Jamaican reggae singer.

Remember that Scorsese previously announced that he would be directing a documentary about Marley that would be aiming for a February 2010 release. Now go figure it out, with this film set to star Lauryn Hill due to be out in 2009 what will that mean for Martin's film one year later!

Now No Woman No Cry is going to hit theaters right before it, in late 2009. Apparently a biopic has had issues getting approved by Rita previously, but now this time this one has made it through and is heading into production.





Hill to play Rita in Bob Marley's biopic

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edit_laurynhill1.jpgYardFlex understands that Rita is desperate for singer Lauryn Hill to portray her on screen in the first ever biopic of her late husband, reggae icon Bob Marley.

According to pr-inside.com, Marley is working as executive producer on the big screen adaptation of her 2004 autobiography No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley - and has her sights set on casting the former Fugees frontwoman, her daughter-in-law, in the chronicle of her tumultuous 15-year marriage to the musician.

She explains, "Lauryn would be ideal (to play me). She sees my life as her life." Bob Marley's son Rohan - with former lover Janet Hunt - is married to the Everything Is Everything hitmaker, who has been
largely absent from the music scene following her hit 1998 debut solo album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

The as-yet-untitled project is slated to begin filming early next year (09).





edit-mikey-dread1.jpgA couple months back we at DATC, Inc. informed the world of the health condition centering around the diagnosis of brain tumor of Jamaican Reggae Legend; The Dread at the Controls, Michael "Mikey Dread" Campbell. Since that release in October, we have received an outpouring of concerns and well wishes from Mikey Dread Fans/Friends/and Supporters the World Over.

Mikey fans continues to be important to him and he is resolved to keep you all updated on his current health condition.

Mikey continues in the recovering stages and is responding well to the chemotherapy treatments, all the prayers from family/friends/supporters and fans globally are certainly helping. He continues to be progressive in his treatments and have a wonderful
team of doctors.

Even with the magnitude of an illness of this sort, Mikey remains in a positive mood. He remains active in the day to day workings of his record label, DATC, Inc. (Dread at the Controls, Inc.). Mikey being the Lion he is, he's eager to return to the stage to share his heartfelt appreciation to his fans.

Mikey Dread says "Everyday that I rise I give Thanks and Praises in my humble way to JAH. I Thank JAH for Life, Thank Jah for Love, Thank Jah for everything and is very Thankful to Jah for all the support and love received".





International News Briefs

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Are Will and Jada adding to the family?

edit_JadaPinketwill_smith.jpgAre Will Smith and Jada Pinkett thinking about another addition to their family? Well if mediatakeout.com is to be believed then there could very well be some credence to that story.

According to a Los Angeles based adoption broker, the entertainment industry's first couple is "exploring" the idea of adopting a child from China.

The broker said, "Will and Jada are among a number of Hollywood couples looking into adopt in China."

But don't expect baby pics anytime soon. The source also told revealed, "adopting a child is a long process, and from what I understand, not much has been done on their behalf."

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Photography By: Gavin Henriques

Below are pictures depicting the vibes at Ky-mani's birthday party held at Karu & Y:

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By: Dwight Fraser & Devon Anderson

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Trinidad and Tobago defeated Jamaica in the luxurious Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in Antigua, by 9 wickets to walk away with a whopping 1 Million US Dollars.

Oh gosh the sweet smell of success, and the taste of 1 million of Uncle Sam's dollars pushed the Trinidadian's all the way, as they knocked down the Jamaicans, captained by Chris Gayle for one of their lowest ever one day total of 91, not off 20 overs, but in 16.4 overs.





Sugar Minott prepares for a 'New Day'

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By: Joan Wilson

edit_sugar_minott.jpg"Dancehall is at its worst," are the comments from the man who time after time produced hit after hits serving up some sweet brew to the massive. Well his concern for the sorry state it now finds itself is that there are no dancehall singers dominating. "Give thanks for the young artistes that are trying to keep it on a level like Sean Paul, Richie Spice, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal and Lutan Fyah to name a few," Sugar praised.

Sugar bemoans the fact that the DJs seem to be the only ones now getting the promotion and praise in the dancehall. He says a lot of people are forgetting the foundation artistes that brought the business to the fore.

"It is pure confusion going on these days and to make it worse they are trying to say dancehall is not reggae as if they are trying to kill out the reggae music", Sugar lamented.





Salute to the Wailers

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edit_wailers-medium.jpgA London based group have reunited friends and contemporaries of Bob Marley and the Wailers to perform a musical tribute called Salute to the Wailers at the Hackney Empire, London. In a move away from the traditional yearly Wailers offering, the two-hour musical recognizes the contribution of all the largely unsung musicians who helped create the sound. Scheduled for March 23rd 2008, Perfect People, a collective of UK musicians and vocalists, will document the life and times of the group from 1972-1983 using various visuals and narratives.

Otis Kirton, the shows' Musical Director and Co-Promoter said: "The idea behind the musical is to lend a love and appreciation of the people behind the Wailers. In my opinion there is little understanding of the music and its composition and even less about the musicians who equally put in the hard work. The audience will be treated to a set that will leave them understanding a lot more about the key musicians along with Bob Marley himself."





Rapper Juvenile devastated by daughter's murder

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rapper_juvenile.jpgRapper Juvenile is shocked and devastated by the shooting death of his 4-year-old daughter, the girl's mother and another child, his manager, Aubrey Francis, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The bodies of Juvenile's daughter Jelani; her mother, Joy Deleston, 39; and Deleston's daughter Micaiah, 11, were found Thursday night in their home in Lawrenceville, Georgia, which is near Atlanta. Deleston's 17-year-old son, Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr., is being charged with the murders. He was arrested Friday.

"It really shocked him and devastated him to the point where I've never seen him before," Francis said of the rapper, according to the AP. "Right now he is relaxing and trying to grasp everything of what has happened."

Deleston, 39, was an actress who appeared in locally produced films, as well as a seven-and-a-half-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Police have not announced a motive in the killings.





Chevelle Franklyn to minister in the Bronx

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel.jpgChevelle Franklyn will headline Ebenezer's 75th Anniversary Gospel Concert in New York on Friday, April 14. The international multi-award winning singer of contemporary gospel masterpieces will join other 'ministers of the gospel through the arts,' including: Unconditional, The EPHN Temples of Praise Dancers and Choeur Magnificant.

Expectations are high for the concert, since Chevelle's humility, coupled with her exuberance and love for God have been a high source of inspiration around the world, according to the testimonies of many.

Ministering in song was a natural progression for Chevelle, whose own story of one day just deciding to make a change from super stardom on the secular scene, was a clear indication, that God is in control. In 1998, Chevelle felt, "tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness," and declared on stage during a concert, "I can't do this anymore." Chevelle said, "I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God. I just broke down on the stage... I knew there was something better out there."

From singing Kirk Franklyn's "Silver and Gold" at that moment, Chevelle went on to a collaboration in 2000 with Papa San on his award-winning album, "Victory," that led to the beginning of a stream of awards starting with a Marlin Award for the track, "Touch From You."





Carlene Davis – batting for the Lord

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By: Joan Wilson

RAAJ_carlene_davis.jpgInternationally acclaimed Gospel recording artiste Carlene Davis is one of the most dynamic music ministers coming out of Jamaica. As this Caribbean Hall of Fame Awardee testifies in song, the powerful message of God's love flows through her, bringing hope and healing to the heart of the listener. God has truly anointed and appointed her to affect this generation and her mission is to bring deliverance and transformation to a hurting world through the ministry of music, thus fulfilling The Great Commission.

YardFlex can attest that she is well on her way in fulfilling this commission. Already she is being requested by quite a few Caribbean leaders to come and minister in their country.

For Carlene it's an opportunity she more than welcomes as she says each Caribbean island she has been to, through the power of God lives have been transformed.

She is sometimes amazed at the response she receives as she ministers ...but that's the Lord working through her.

Right now she is preparing for a Caribbean/European tour for the month of March.





Ras.I.Him.I sews for the stars

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Ras_I_Him_I.jpgFeatures on Rastafarians during this Black History Month and Reggae Month have been some of the most prominent and striking at YardFlex. There is a special aura surrounding this group of individuals who are most passionate about upholding the importance of "black strength" and by extension, productivity.

YardFlex has highlighted Jamaica's first black millionaire, George Steibel and other black inventors who have made enormous contributions to development of Black people. While their lives continue to inspire, it is the legacy of Bob Marley, that has influenced the success of the many "black champions" featured regularly on YardFlex.

Ras.I.Him.I is one such 'champion' who is a Canadian based, popular clothing designer for some of Dancehall's most celebrated artists. In case you are wondering what he has done to deserve recognition during Black History Month; he designed and created the outfits worn by the likes of, I-Wayne and Tarrus Riley for this year's Dancehall spectacle, Sting.

He is the founder and CEO of his company, Irockable Togo Inc., where fashion is formed through his unique designs and flawless manufacturing; before being efficiently distributed to his often prestigious client list. Irockable Togo Inc., is also engaged in the production of Reggae music.





Wyclef Pleads With Haitians To Give Up Crime

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Wow, I think Jamaican artistes should take a page out wyclef_2.jpgWyclef's book and set the trend for a better Jamaica.

Check this out:

Wyclef Jean has recorded a radio message asking people in the country to give up crime. "If you love Wyclef that means you love Haiti," he said in Creole in a short ad run by local stations in the nation. "So you should not be raping women, kidnapping people and children. There can be no excuse for doing so." "I reject these evil practices," said Jean in his message, in which he also urged Haitian men to respect women's rights.

Jean, 35, was made a roving ambassador for Haitilast year by President Rene Preval. His message was supported by the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, the poorest nation in the Americas. Kidnapping is rife in the Caribbean republic, with 36 people abducted in the capital city Port-au-Prince during March alone.

Jean was born in Haiti in 1972 but moved with his family to New York when he was nine years old. The award-winning musician provides humanitarian aid and assistance through his Yele Haiti foundation.





By: Joseph Cunningham

ras_emanuel.jpgReggae music is not just about a feel-good vibe, it is a genre of music, which is accompanied by deep spirituality that emancipates the mind.

Young reggae musicians, most often are those who have been exposed to the negative challenges life presents.

Ras Emanuel was born in Kingston, Jamaica, relatively close to gangs, political struggle, armed police and poverty.

He earned money by working as a construction labourer and as a fisherman. He also made money by digging and pushing through garbage dumps to find salvaged metal and plastics.





Get ready for Women Empowerment Gospel Fest

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On The Rocks Entertainment, Inc. presents the Women Empowerment Gospel Festival at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Juanita Bynum and will feature performances by a dynamic line up of Grammy Award winning artists including Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters.

In addition to musical performances, the Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, current officiating pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York will be a special guest speaker. A host of celebrity speakers will join Rev. Washington in sharing positive and powerful messages for women of all spiritual backgrounds. The event will give women the opportunity to come together and highlight the efforts of some of the most non-vocal, yet obedient disciples of the Lord.





Gospel Charts this week

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Marvin Sapp.jpgReturning to the top of the Billboard Top Gospel Charts this week is Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty," ending WOW Gospel 2008's four week run at the top of the charts, as it moves down to the number two position for the week.

Kirk Franklin's "The Fight of My Life" holds on to the number three position as "Jesus" from Shekinah Glory Ministry maintains the number four spot. Israel & New Breed's "A Deeper Level" rounds out the week's top five. Other notable chart activity includes strong debuts from LaRue Howard with "How Great is Our God" - number 6 and Norman Hutchins' latest, "Spontaneous Praise: Vol. 1" -number nine.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp continues to dominate with his second consecutive week back at the top spot with "Never Would Have Made It." In total, this single has spent 28 weeks at the number one position. Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" holds to the number two spot. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford sits at number three while The Clark Sisters' "Livin" takes the number four position. Ricky Dillard & New G round out the week's top five with "The Light."





From age six Collie Buddz 'a come around'

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Photography By: Marie Mendoza

collie_BUDDZ.jpgColin Harper, also known as Collie Buddz has a rock-solid foundation in reggae - and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration.

Born in 1981, Collie was immersed in the sound system culture since the age of 6. "I used to come home from primary school and my brother would always be on the turntables, playing his new 45's an' I'd just be there vibesin," he revealed.

The evolution of dancehall and the sound-clash culture, into a movement of it's own in the late 1980s and early 1990s set the backdrop for young Collie's discovery of his own identity; and the dancehall kings of that generation, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, served as his primary influences. "Back when Beenie and Bounty used to war lyrically, seeing clashes wit' Kilimanjaro an all the sound-man an' everything...the whole music scene for me took on a new meaning. Clash thing an' lyrical war became a part of my daily life from early out."

The daily operation of trading lyrics in schoolyard clashes quickly gave way to more serious combat as, "...people started sayin 'Ay, Buddz got some lyrics!" From an early age, some of the local sounds on the island wanted to get me on dub plate," says Collie, who stepped into the first of many vocal booths at age 16 to voice customized dubs for some Bermudian sounds. "Sounds was always trying to buss local artists in Bermuda." Consistent encouragement from the various sound men and engineers he encountered on those dub excursions led Collie to maintain a musical focus and eventually trek to Florida for a degree in audio engineering, a path that ended behind the boards of his own Bermudian studio, jointly run with his older brother (Smokey) and Sneek Success from one of Bermuda's founding sounds, 'Newclear Weapon.'





prodigy_edit.jpgProdigy, one half of the hip-hop's legendary platinum selling duo, Mobb Deep, has agreed to be the first Urban artist to be featured in the Sansa advertising campaign for Sandisk's ShopSansa.com online e-tail store.

Prodigy, one of hip-hop's most prolific lyricists said "I am excited to be working with Sansa, a SanDisk creation and ShopSansa.com. The Sansa brand is known for being a leader in digital entertainment and producing cutting edge products. I am proud to be associated with ShopSansa.com." Peter Kuys, Chairman of AAO Music adds "Prodigy has a real connection to the Sansa products and to ShopSansa.com. As an artist providing music is a big part of his life and is Prodigy's motivation and inspiration."

The television campaign will feature the legendary hip hop artist's latest release H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 and cross promote the exciting new Sansa FUZE. The television commercials featuring Prodigy and promoting the ShopSansa.com store will be featured on MTV, BET, VH1 and many other Comcast cable networks.





Mavado gets bail, but show postponed

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mavado_edit1.jpgThe self proclaimed 'Gangsta For Life' Mavado was granted bail on Friday to the sum of $200,000 when he appeared in court to answer to two counts of shooting with intent and one count of illegal possession of a firearm.

Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, was also required to submit his passport to the courts, which means that he will not be able to keep his commitment to perform at the Queen Park Oval in Trinidad tomorrow.

YardFlex understands that the promoter for the show has rescheduled for an April date.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Jamaica on Wednesday squandered a glorious opportunity to chalk up another victory against arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago when they surrendered a two goal lead to end the game 2-2 in front of a fairly disappointed crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

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The Reggae Boyz looked vastly superior to a largely ineffective though young and inexperienced T n T aggregation. The Boyz with a couple of senior professionals from England, including Luton Shelton, Demar Phillips, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Omar Daley and the recalled Deon Burton waltzed to a comfortable two goal half time advantage thanks to strikes from captain and Wigan FC player Marlon King in the 34th minute and Tyrone 'Granny' Marshall - who plays for Toronto football club in the U.S Major League Soccer - in minute 41.





Gun, Violence, Crime...a Canadian Winter Tale

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By: Janice Dayle

a_winter_tale.jpgExamining poverty, gun, crime and community, in the multicultural Canadian context, the award winning film, "A Winter Tale," is rooted in reality.

As the Frances-Anne Solomon written and directed film sets out to delve beneath the surface of a rough Toronto inner city 'skin', it succeeds in highlighting the inner lives of Black men; often portrayed in media as, "monsters."

In Montreal for a special screening tonight as part of the weekend festival, Kasserian Ingera, "A Winter Tale" tells the story of a community responding to a bullet that virtually shattering the spirit of their region.

Following the sounds of deadly shots meant for a drug dealer, a
ten-year-old lays dead on a downtown Parkdale, Toronto street.

Broken and filled with grief and suspicion the community's hellish pangs are addressed as social worker, Gene Wright, galvanizes six Black men to make a pact; forming a support group in the hopes of getting things 'right.'





"Mighty Crown" takes crown to Japan

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mightycrown_champs_08.bmpJapan sound system Mighty Crown, won the annual Death Before Dishonor sound clash beating out selector Tony Matterhorn, Black Kat, Hype Zone and more.

Sammy of Mighty Crown tells Music News that they are elated as it is not easy for a foreign sound to win. The event was held on Easter Monday, March 24 at Pier One in Montego Bay.

Instead of the usual early warm-up juggling there was a 'vintage tribute' with foundation sounds, King Jammys, Black Scorpio, David Rodigan, Downbeat and others.





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Easter Stars on Parade featuring Bounty Killer and Mavado

bounty_mavado.jpgIn what was seen as an attempt to recover a loss of earnings from the poorly organized Real McKoy tour last year, the Easter weekend played host to another offering from dancehall entertainer Mavado alongside Bounty Killer. The promotional material carried three dates beginning with Birmingham on 21st March, Bradford (although patrons were pre-warned that the venue had yet to be confirmed) and London on 22nd and 23rd March respectively. In keeping with the risk factor now attached to Mavado, a decision was taken by the Police to cancel the Birmingham leg and the Bradford date was moved to Huddersfield. In almost identical terms as the show last year, the London leg went ahead with a heavy Police presence. Units were placed both inside and outside the venue, yet despite the alarmingly visible firearms a fight between patrons ensued, though it was curtailed by the Police within minutes.

In spite of notification to YardFlex in February that Baby Cham and Spice were added to the line-up, our London sources confirmed that the pair did not make the trip. A call placed to the publicist of Spice prior to the event confirmed that she had no booking for the UK. Support acts materialized in the form of Future Trouble, Einstein and Oh Me Oh My.





Review: The Harder They Come at Barbican, London

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By: Michelle Edwards

Verdict: Utterly enjoyable successful transition from the cinema

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Questionably, one right-wing critic chose to refer to the stage version of Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come, as having 'rather too much of the Caribbean', in it. It's a somewhat hilarious assertion since the film and naturally the stage adaptation is set in Jamaica. To view Caribbean culture (or, for that matter, any prevailing culture), with such an explicit disregard as later determined by further remarks about the Jamaican dialects being 'so strong' and a reference to 'laid-back time-keeping' points to a broader tendency to strengthen lazy stereotypes.

Based on the true story of Ivanhoe 'Rhygin' Martin, a famed Jamaican outlaw who died of gunshot wounds sustained during a shootout with Police officers on September 9,1948 in Lime Cay, Jamaica, the 1972 film has enjoyed iconic status. The soundtrack to the film, performed largely by singer/musician Jimmy Cliff is also heavily referenced as being a breakthrough album for Reggae in the US. With the assistance of Perry Henzell, the production was initially ignited at the Theatre Royal, east London, in 2006 and surpassed all expectations concluding with two sell-out performances.





Mavado charged with two counts of shooting

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mavado_pic_edit1.jpgThe self-proclaimed 'Gangsta Fah Life' artiste Mavado is now living the lifestyle as he is behind bars following his arrest last night on gun related charges.

The entertainer has been charged with two counts of shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Mavado, 27, whose real name is David Brooks, was held when he showed up for questioning in connection with a shooting incident on July 27th last year on Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew.

Head of the Major Investigation Task Force Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Greene said Mavado will remain in custody for at least another 24 hours.





Condolence from YardFlex

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aio_2.jpgYardFlex would like to send our condolences to Mama Joy who just lost her son Jeffery S. Dixon Jr. affectionately known as 'Aio', also son of the late 'Free I' Dixon.

He died in a tragic car accident last night in Jamaica.

We at YardFlex sends our blessings and would like to let Mama Joy and her family know that they are in our prayers.

Mama Joy hold tight and keep the faith.

Bless!!!!!





Queers flop Bounty's shows

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bounty_tour.jpgBounty Killer has come upon one main obstacle in his tour and that’s the very determined gay community! Killer's concerts have been felled by the fagalas.

From the ever-ready Peter Tatchell's celebratory press release:

Bounty Killer, has had two of his three UK concerts canceled in the last week, following a campaign by the gay human rights group OutRage! His concerts in Bradford and Birmingham were axed, losing him thousands of pounds in performance fees. In Germany, Bounty Killer’s performance in Essen was canceled and other German concert dates are now in doubt.

The Outrage! campaign extends all over Europe, including France and Belgium. Bounty Killer previously boasted that the gays would be no match for him. He obviously underestimated the lavender set's determination.

One of the British clubs, however, claim the Outrage! protest had nothing to do with the concerts' cancellations, but because Killer missed his flight from Jamaica. They’re now trying to reschedule the contentious event.





International News

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Songwriter sues Kanye West

kanye-west_edit.jpgA wacky songwriter-producer in Maryland says that Kanye West is diggin' his gold, lifting his tune "Volume of Good Life" for the Kanye smash hit "Good Life."

According to TMZ.com In a rambling lawsuit filed in Maryland District Court, Dayna Staggs (aka D'Mystro) is suing Kanye and his record label, Roc-a-Fella for copyright infringement. Staggs says that West "didn't obtain a license to use "Volume of Good Life" for his tune, and points out that Kanye was "only at the age of 6 or 7 years of age [sic]" when his song was written. ??D'Mystro is also peeved because Kanye's song "contains vulgar and offensive" images and "harms the reputation" of his much cleaner song. He wants 85% of all world sales of the proceeds from the music that uses his work, though he doesn't explain how he came up with that number. Kanye's label hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

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Jamelody's "Love Crazy" a hit

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jamelody.jpg"Love Crazy," a rhythmic ballad by promising vocalist, Jamelody, is making waves on reggae radio charts with a record breaking sixth place entry as a debut single.

The latest Media Guide Report charts it at number five; and it is steadily rising up the reggae specialty charts.

It is no wonder, since Jamelody's 15 track album "Be Prepared," that features the new hit, "Love Crazy" is filled with his rare voice that is soulful and gritty; he is clearly the new roots messenger. Set for release April 29, the album is sizzling.

Jamelody gives a boost to the foundation already set in reggae’s call for truth, rights, justice and love; and "Be Prepared" highlights this. Including hardcore tracks – produced by legendary mixing board master, Bobby 'Digital' Dixon – as well as a 'new roots' 'rock, pop, R&B' style, produced by Carl James, the album brings out an amazing talent, no doubt headed for the very top.





I Wayne's phenomenal rise

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Iwayne_bookoflife.jpgRoots and culture artists have long been a constant in Jamaica, from the influence of legends like Bob Marley to conscious roots dancehall singers like Garnet Silk. However, in the summer of 2004 a new and powerfully distinct voice emerged on the reggae music scene. With a fresh timbre, substantive lyrics and passionate performance, this artist has almost singlehandedly led the new wave of roots and culture reggae music that has swept the island of Jamaica.

I Wayne, born Cliffroy Taylor in Portmore, Jamaica, officially hit the international scene with the hit, "Cant Satisfy Her." The, 24 year old, singer has been the first cultural reggae artist to be added to Hot 97 in New York, a station notorious for its hip hop influence.

Since then the track caught on in several markets and entered the
Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Singles charts. The fiery tone of the track describes the desperate reality of prostitution, poverty, and sexually transmitted diseases in Jamaica. His follow-up single, "Living in Love," went atop the New York and Florida reggae charts for more than seven weeks.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 11 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
02 03 06 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
03 05 05 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt
04 02 11 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
05 05 07 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
06 11 04 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Greatest Gainer up 5
07 06 14 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
08 08 09 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
09 07 19 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
10 10 05 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Appleton Rapids

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

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Luau was banging

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer was on Reggae Beach, ocho Rios to part-take in Luau on Easter Sunday. The event sell-off.

Below are photos from the event:

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Passa Passa

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police.jpgIs a crying shame

Bwoy is a crying shame di way how di British Link Up dance turn out. Look how di people dem go out fi enjoy demself and di man end up dead. Den tell mi something a really woman dem did a have di kas kas bout? And den di police a sey a two time dem guh fi tun off di dance and dat di organizers start it back again. Fi real people a nonsense dat dem a chat, cause if dem did really waan fi lock off di dance dem coulda, mi nuh tink dem did go all out fi do dat.

Bwoy it really dread dough, it put big stigma inna di dancehall. Nuh wonda di police dem ban all dance fid at deh venue...it dread fi true.

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Lohan attacks Best over sex video photo

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lindsay-lohan-picture-6.jpgThey say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and ain't that the truth where Lindsay Lohan and her ex-boyfriend are concerned.

YardFlex understands she went ballistic after a photograph from a sex tape the pair allegedly made surfaced on the web.

Reports claim the actress made a series of phone calls to Best, the son of late football legend George, after a blurry clip from the video of the pair made appeared online.

A source, claiming to have overheard Lohan, said the actress was furious.





Pembroke Hall rocks with 'Stay in School' tour

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photgraphy By: Milton Raynor

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The next stop for Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour was Pembroke Hall High; and we arrived just in time to catch part of an inter-house football match that was in progress.

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It was also the first day of boys and girls track and field Championships; from which KLAS Sports Radio was broadcasting live as well. All this 'sports fever' in the surroundings made the mood more exciting for all.





edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgAnthony Cruz's unwavering and strong lover's rock vocals mixed with his excellent stage presence and edgy style, has earned him a firm place in reggae music.

"Fight With All Your Might" is his soon to be released album that highlights his immense talent through the delivery of diverse musical styles. Tracks to watch include: "Hold Me," "Leaders of the World," "Take It Off" and his first single "Love Is Falling."

While his destiny in music was just about 'ordained' through inspirational family ties with the great late Garnett Silk, who was his uncle, Cruz worked unrelentingly, dedicating himself to honing his craft until his songs became impressive enough to catch the attention of veteran producer, Willie Lindo, in 1993. Taking Cruz under his wing, Lindo - in Miami, Florida at the time - was behind the release of his debut album, "Where There Is Love," featuring global hits, "Just Call My Name" and "When You Get Lonely."





News Brief

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airjamaica_plane.jpgYardFlex understands that the Air Jamaica Love Bird has been grounded due to an industrial dispute by Flight Attendants. The Ministry of Labour is presently in negotiations with Union Delegates. In the Meantime passengers have been left stranded at both international airports. The Minister states he is looking forward to a settlement this evening.





Appleton Rapids was off the hook

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex was at White River Park, Ocho Rios on Easter Sunday, where we went to Rapids.

Below are photos from the events:

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Mavado rising higher this year

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Last week Hype TV network premiered Mavado's latest scorching video, "Last Night." Hitting the streets 'racing', the Little X masterpiece gives viewers a pulsating stroll through what is seen as one of the roughest spots in Jamaica - his Cassava-Piece 'Gully' hometown.





At Madhouse success reigns

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mad_house_logo.jpgWe've often heard the slang, "Ma mama Madhouse" bellowing from the heavy vocal cords of Baby Cham. It's his home label, but not many are aware of the rich vein of success the label has.

1992 saw the birth of Madhouse Records, a collaboration of excellence developed from fusing the business acumen of Janet Davidson and the creative genius of musical guru, Dave Kelly.

Home of dancehall anthems like "Action," "Slam" and "Joyride," Madhouse is a true reggae institution. The philosophy of the work at Madhouse reflects the chorus of Kelly's hit tune by Terror Fabulous and Nadine Sutherland, "Action." "Action, not a bag of mouth." Since its inception, without seeking publicity or hype, Madhouse has been quietly and relentlessly producing the biggest sounds in dancehall.





Beenie Man back in Tax Court

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beenie_tax.jpgThe sago continues with Beenie Man and the tax court. He is scheduled to be in court today to answer charges of tax evasion.

The artiste was arrested on a warrant in October last year after he failed to appear before the Tax Court. Tax authorities allege that the entertainer owes the state $47 million in income tax. When the entertainer appeared in court on December 10th, his lawyers said efforts would be made to hold talks with the authorities regarding his multi-million dollar tax debt. Tax representatives said Mr. Davis had made no further attempts to settle.

Well YardFlex wish Beenie Man good luck and hey, it's time to give the DJ a break!





smilejamaica_RAAJ_assassin.jpgAssassin has been busy in the studio working on some new material to keep his hungry fans satisfied. With the production expertise of Daseca Productions, Ward 21 and Don Corleon, his new releases are guaranteed to make you "bump-your-head-to-this-track".

"Same Ting Again" is a production of Coby from the Daseca camp and sees Assassin flexing his muscles on a Reggae/Hip Hop fusion. He explores the routines of daily life – ghetto people struggles are never-ending and even though there's no money, they're still experiencing problems. "Surveillance" is another song that is done under Daseca Productions and speaks to those men who are ever keen to their women's every move.

"Badness Nah Wear" shows off Assassin's dexterity where he tackles a serious issue, courtesy of Ward 21. Assassin acknowledges that "Reggae and Dancehall music glorifies guns and violence and it is not the absolute reason for what we see happening in society". However, he does admit that there is the legitimacy of the "gangsta" factor, where music touts it as fashionable and so with "Badness Nah Wear", he completely dispels this idea.





Commentary

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no_free_speech.jpgFreedom of speech for everyone except a Jamaican
By: Maria Jackson

I am a bit reluctant to write this article because I am aware that composing it will bring a lot of things to light that some would like to see kept in the dark. However, I have been quietly watching Jamaican artistes being denied their right to freedom of speech as well as being robbed publicly for a while and no one seems to be doing anything about it. I am not proposing that I alone can stop what has been going on, but I hope that this article will wake up some of the radical heavy weights in the industry. It all started some time ago when someone, somewhere, decided that the content of reggae/dancehall was too homophobic. As a consequence, it was suggested that a restriction should be placed on the whole genre. These restrictions were imposed with no understanding of the culture, language or style of reggae music. These constraints have prevented reggae artistes from performing at certain venues in North America and Europe.

Last year Time Magazine published an article entitled "Curbing Homophobia in Reggae". In my opinion, the article insinuated that since the passing of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh reggae has taken a turn for the worse and is now only advocating violence against gays and lesbians. The article also went into great detail outlining all the artistes (and there were some big ones) who once denounced homosexuality in their songs but have now signed a document called "The Reggae Compassionate Act", and therefore agreed not to publicly perform their "homophobic" songs.

Before I go any further into this article I think it is important that I say I do not think violence, on any level, is right. That being said, I also believe that dictating what one is allowed to say or not say is not right. How can you threaten the livelihood of an artist because you do not agree with their opinion? Whether you agree or not, that is basically what you are doing when you petition for an artiste not to perform at a venue.

Reggae artistes, like all other performers in the music business make the majority of their money from touring. It is difficult to give an approximate or accurate figure of the monies that have been lost by the reggae industry due to shows being canceled. Different venues give different reasons as to why they choose to cancel their shows but at the end of the day it all boils down to being pressured internally by gay activists.





Shareena Swinscoe, Britains next top model?

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winner_shareena.jpgShareena Swinscoe, age 16, made her first appearance on the cover of a major publication when she posed for Britain's "PRIDE" magazine.

Winner of Pulse's Caribbean Model Search (CMS) – UK, she is being touted as Britain's next top model. Photo shoots were conducted by one of Europe's top photographers, Ayo Banton.

He expressed great optimism while speaking about Shareena's potential. "She's going to be huge! She has a great look and takes direction really well. She's a little shy and still learning how to move, but in a couple of years she will be amazing."

Reminiscing on the experience, Shareena told reporters, "The shoot was so long, it lasted from 10 am until 6 pm., non-stop. I got on really well with all the crew and I think the pictures are great. I definitely want to reach for the stars in modeling. I really enjoyed the professional environment and all the styling and costumes we tried. This has given me so much experience."





Time for women to take a stand

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By: Rootz girl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpg'Teck buddy gal', 'skettel’, 'bitch', 'hoes'... well the list of derogatory adjectives could go on and on that have been used by hip hop and dancehall artistes alike to refer to women in the dirt that's being called songs.

One would think that any self-respecting woman listening to these songs would feel disgust and great indignation coming to the fore as the words penetrate and then do the only acceptable thing – turn off the radio or get rend of the offending item.

But here is the shocker, there are actually women out there who find nothing wrong with the garbage being spewed out by these artistes, instead they embrace both artistes and the nonsense that are being passed off as songs.

To make matters even worse, they war with each other over the artistes that have shown their disrespect for them repeatedly in the songs they choose to do.

Am I missing the whole picture here? Is there no value placed on us women anymore? Has material things and basking in the limelight allow us as women to lose all sense of moral values, decency and some kind of pride that would see us demanding even a semblance of respect for ourselves?





Best Dressed! - New Talk, New War...

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macka_dangel.jpgDancehall has seen it fair share of clashes, from the days of Papa San and Lt. Stichie, to Ninja and Shabba, Bounty and Beenie, and even more recently, Vybz Kartel and Mavado. Most if not all of these clashes have been lyrical, or have at least started there, but word on the street is that a war of a new dimension is brewing between female dancehall recording artiste, D'Angel and Macka Diamond, aka The Money Goddess.

Sources close to the situation revealed that hot words have been flying behind the scenes for a while now, and it got even worse after Macka Diamond won best dressed female artiste at the Teenage Choice Awards. The word is that D'Angel was furious, and was determined to get her day in the spotlight as best dressed female artiste. This she achieved at the recently held Irie FM awards, where she took home the coveted, or is it the vain award of the night?

Be that what it may, it doesn't stop there, because word is that like D'Angel, Macka was furious at the announcement of D'Angel being the winner, and has since lashed out with a stinging single, entitled, 'Best Dressed,' which states that 'she has her best dressed house, best dressed car and her best dressed man wha a come in from far, wid har best dressed fren dem, a she an dem a par, a who dat ovah deyso want a best dressed war? '





Free will bring fresh appeal to Gospel

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Free2_.jpgFormer host of BET's 106 & Park, Free, will co-host the new Gospel Music Channel original series, Bobby Jones Next Generation, alongside the man who helped revolutionize gospel music as a creator, producer, director and performer, Dr. Bobby Jones.

The series will begin shooting in Atlanta next week and both performance heavyweights will share hosting duties of the hour-long show where merging artists will be showcased.

Gospel Music Channel, Atlanta-based Kingdom Come Productions and Dr. Jones will produce the new series together. The programme will be broadcast Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the series premiere set for Sunday, May 4.

Speaking to reporters, Dr. Jones said, "Free is the ideal choice to share the hosting role on our new GMC series. She is a seasoned television personality, brings a young demographic appeal, knows the new artist world well and is an emerging artist herself. She and I will compliment each other well and viewers will enjoy our pairing"

Before her career in television as host on 106 & Park, BET's number one rated show, Free began showing her talent as a budding rap artist in the early 1990's working with likes of the Wyclef Jean Refugee Camp, Lenny Kravitz, and Pras, and had record deals with Elektra and Motown records and also worked with Def Jam. Most recently, Free held the position of DJ on KKBT 100.3, The Beat music station in Los Angeles.





Billboard's Gospel Charts

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wow_gospel08.jpgFor the fourth consecutive week, "WOW" Gospel 2008 sits atop Billboard's Top Gospel Charts.

Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty" continues its strong run at the #2 position. "The Fight of My Life" from Kirk Franklin holds strong to this week's #3 spot and Shekinah Glory Ministry's, "Jesus" holds strong at #4.

Flame's "Our World: Redeemed" The Sequel debuts strong at #5. Other notable movements include Myron Williams solo debut "Made to Worship" at #9 along with DeWayne Wood's "Introducing DeWayne Woods" & "When Singers Meet," jumping from #23 to #18.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" returns to the #1 position after a four-week absence, replacing Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" which moves to #2. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford holds strong to the #3 spot, as does The Clark Sisters' "Livin" at #4. Maurette Brown Clark's, "One God" rounds out the week's top five songs at #5.





Letter for Jamaica Boycott

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Styron_letter_copyL.jpgMarch 20, 2008

OPEN LETTER

Ms. Anne-Marie Bonner
Consul General
Consulate General of Jamaica
303 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M4P 1L3

Dear Ms. Bonner,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for meeting with us.

As a follow-up, we have listed our concerns and issues below for your
reference and look forward to your response.

Issues
- Government Public Service announcement denouncing homophobic/transphobic violence in Jamaica.

- National homophobia/transphobia Education campaign.

- Repealing the Buggery Laws and other legislation that further
stigmatize, discriminate and criminalize consensual same sex acts.

- Public education campaign to sensitize the Jamaican Constabulary
around dealing with the victims of violence around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families across Jamaica.





Musical journey of a 'Cool Ruler'

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Photos By: Marie Mendoza

edit_gregoryisaacs.jpgJamaican Reggae musician, Gregory Isaacs came forth in the 1970s with lovers rock hits including "My Only Lover,""Sinner Man," and "Mr. Cop." In the same period, he released the album, "Mr. Isaacs," that featured songs such as, "Love is Overdue" and "Loving Pauper."

He signed with Virgin Records and moved on to Charisma Records in the late 1970s and material from this period gave him a wider international audience. Songs such as "Soon Forward," "If I Don't Have You" and "Let's Dance" are often re-released on compilation albums from this period.

In 1982, Gregory Isaacs signed an international release contract with Island Records, a combination, which resulted in the release of the albums, "Night Nurse" - probably his best known album among the many international music fans who had taken to reggae by then; and "Out Deh," in 1983.

The Island Records contract ended soon after and a number of personal issues forced Isaacs from the spotlight. In 1988 he returned triumphantly with "Rumours," that was popular with both young reggae fans and those who had followed his music since those classic songs of the 1970s. Since then his music has been released by his own African Museum Label.





Happy Easter

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Have a blessed Easter

Have a blessed and holy Easter season. Today, as we take time out to reflect on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may you all give some thought to the ultimate price He paid.

Don't let the moment be about bun, cheese and fish...it is much more than that. YardFlex wish for all its readers a wonderful Easter season...and whatever you do, take time out to say 'Thanks' for the wonderful sacrifice that was paid.





Why women cheat

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By: Buffilous


Buffilous.jpgYeah man, a me Buffilous again pon di scene. Mi nuh care whey unno waan sey, it look like unno cow dung Rootzgirl cause mi nuh si nutten from har from di odda day. She mussi read unno comment dem and top write...but just tru mi know sey mouth meck fi sey anyting mi still love unno and a do mi ting.

Now a waan talk bout mi favorite topic - man and woman affairs. Now di odda day mi a hol' a reasoning wid mi friend dem and wi did kina a debate why women really cheat. Mi friend dem a wonda why a woman whey have everyting, house, land, car, di best inna clothes, jewellery and dem ting deh and she tun round and guh cheat!

Sometimes she even pick up bruck pocket man and spen pon dem and yuh haffi wonda a wha teck har...but afta wi examine it under a fine microscope we come to di conclusion dat di real reason women cheat is plain and simple – dem a get paid but nah get laid!

Dem man tun wutless when it come to juggling dem love affair. Dem a gi dem woman money and odda tings except di ting whey really matter – some quality time in di romance department.





By: Joseph Cunningham

RAAJ_kingjammys_edit.jpgKing Jammy, whose real name is Lloyd James, was born in Montego Bay, in 1947. He is a dub mixer, record producer and sound system owner who started out in the late 1960s by building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment while still living at his mother's house in Waterhouse. From these proceeds he started his own sound system. He also built equipment for other local systems.

After leaving Jamaica to work in Canada for a few years in the early 1970s, King Jammy returned to Kingston in 1976 and established his own studio at his in-laws' home in Waterhouse.

His first major break came when one of King Tubby's selectors, Phillip Smart, left Jamaica to work in New York. King Jammy replaced him, getting to work with the likes of Bunny Lee and Yabby You. For the first few years of his career, Jammy almost exclusively created Dub. In the late 1970s he began to release his own productions, including the debut album from Black Uhuru in 1977.





Another African singer on the rise

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sammi.jpgFirst there was the late Lucky Dube, then 2 Face exploded on the scene with Africa Queen...and now here comes Samini as he confirms his hold on African music by winning 2008 Hip Hop World Award for African Artiste of the Year.

Samini without a doubt is one of the most consummate young African artists of our time. His refined tone and dashing looks have won him the hearts of many ladies across the continent. This has propelled his brand of dancehall rhythms infused with African beats to amazing heights and resulted in recognition across the globe. At the age of 26, he has won several Ghana Music Awards, a MOBO award for Best African Act in 2006, and at the just ended Hip Hop World Award, he clinched the award for Best African Artist. He is currently the music icon for MTN, the leading telecommunications company in Africa and the Middle East.





News Brief

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photo_bascom-x_edit.jpgThings looking up for Bascom X

Caan keep a good man down! Bascom x has gotten back his passport and is gearing up to perform in Florida. The case is not over yet, but gwaan youth, from you can fly and do yuh thing, then the future is already looking bright for you.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Uptown Mondays

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.


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What's poppin

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Poor Beenie Man

the_doc_beenieman.jpgBwoy dem sey trouble nuh set like rain but mi tink a time fi Beenie get a break now. Him have lawsuit a England a hang ova him head and him not even can get fi hug up him son and get likkle comfort. Mi sey him a bawl out inna di evening paper sey a eight months now him nuh get fi si him son. But whey mi really waan fi know is – if Beenie Man a di king how come D'Angel have him so weak. If him well waan si him son, him nuh know whey fi duh. Same like how D'Angel do
whey she fi do, him nuh know bout counteraction? Well sah...still a hope Beenie Man troubles end real soon...cause mi nuh how much more him can teck.

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Award winning promotion company strikes again

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edit_Beres & Friends  2008.jpgBeres Hammond, Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths will headline the first staging of 'Grooving' slated for April 5, 2008.

This GT Promotions event is going to be an annual one featuring the best acts around, including newcomers; and its inaugural presentation will take place at WAVES Beach in Negril.

IRIE FM's GT Taylor is CEO of GT Promotions and he emphasizes that this show will be another high quality production from his company, that was recently given the IRIE FM Music Award for 'Show of The Year.'

Harmony House and Gumption Band
will be backing some of reggae's finest as well as strong performers like: Timmi Burrell and Villa Dutch & Feekez.

GT Taylor will host the event.





Shane-O, Blacker and more stress STAY IN SCHOOL

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By: Jaide Bridge

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Shane-O proves over and over again that he is still the 'students' pet' as he continues to get overwhelming applause with the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour. At York Castle High recently, there was no exception and while mindful of the reason for the fun and excitement of school tours, Shane-O used the opportunity to remind students of the huge benefits of completing their education and even had them spelling in one song.

The big merger of Music, Sports and Academics – made possible by sponsors Inseason Juice (title sponsor), Pharmaton, Adidas, AAMM Co-Op Credit Union and YardFlex, continued in Brown's Town in the cool hills of St. Ann; just in time to celebrate with York Castle High School who are proud of their 50th anniversary in the current location. Founded 100 years ago, the school is headed by Principal, Mrs. Hawthorne and the head boy is Lorenzo Daley.





WHAT - Cut Down Passa Passa and Rae Town?

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passa43.jpg"Whaapen to dem?" - is the question on many lips these days as news of the intended cut down of the regular and internationally popular weekly "ghetto based" dances surfaced in Jamaica.

Reports uncover that the 'powers that be', including Enforcement and The Mayor have been putting serious thought into cutting down the traditional weekly happenings to maybe twice monthly.

The idea of cutting down these dances has members of both communities not only disappointed, but angry. Not only are these parties, that folk look forward to as relaxation and entertainment, an integral part of a growing global dancehall culture, they also serve as a major source of income for a huge sector of the Jamaican society.

Incident free since their inception, both sessions have reputations of bringing all people together in unity and love. Passa Passa even tours the world in the same context of love and harmony.

How can peace and love be wrong? So the people keep asking – Whaapen to dem?

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International News

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Wasn't Me!
Reports circulating that Young Bloodz rapper Sean Paul was involved in the double rape charge is not so! Sean Paul's only link is that the real culprit was his former manager.

Jeremy Geffen, the manager of D12 and former YoungBloodz rapper Sean Paul, was arrested and charged in Los Angeles Monday with drugging and sexually assaulting two 16-year-old girls.

According to the Associated Press, Geffen is being accused of giving two teenaged girls cocaine and raping them in 2006 and 2007. While he was being held on $2 million bail pending his arraignment on Thursday (Mar. 20), his lawyer Danny Davis is optimistic. "I strongly respect my client's presumption of innocence," he told the Los Angeles Times after Geffen's arrest last week. "I like to think I specialize in cases of innocent clients, and that is why I am attracted to this case." Hit with 14 felony counts including rape by use of drugs, rape of an unconscious person, and furnishing cocaine to a minor...Geffen is looking at 20 years in prison if convicted.





DOH by Serani feat. Bugle have the # 1 Spot locked

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 10 Serani feat. Bugle-DOH-Daseca-2wks@#1
02 03 10 Bugle-Journey-Daseca
03 06 05 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
04 04 06 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back
05 08 04 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt
06 02 13 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
07 05 18 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
08 09 08 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
09 07 16 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It –Birchill-Peak@#3





Duppy caught on tape in Tivoli Gardens

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Big Up Dudus who recently celebrated his earthday on the 13th of March. YardFlex understand that he had two hot parties, one on Thursday night and the other on Sunday.

The Sunday night jam lasted until 10:30 am Monday morning and was a 'sell off' event. This was more so an eventful morning, as a ghost, it is alleged who was enjoying the music saw it fit to make a cameo appearance through a window of one of the high rise building in Tivoli.

According to various news reports, persons from the community are speculating that this ghost is one of the five youths recently killed in the community.

However, check out the video clip below for yourselves and tell us what you think:





Luciano affiliated with all 'Rastafari Mansions'

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By: Kemesha Bolton
Photo By: Denise Deacon

Luciano_yardflex 002.jpgLuciano - Jah's MessenJah, has an aura that transcends him, sending out waves that speak volumes of his personality and character. These sound waves told YardFlex that he is humble, always pleasant and seems to be often on a tight schedule; as was evidenced with his fast paced moving about and seemingly incessant phone calls that rolled in as we spoke.

"Every great achievement has convinced me about my mission, Jah has
blessed me, I can never be ungrateful." These are the words of the man we know as "Luc" – Light, "ciano" – bearer of the light; Luciano – Jah's Messenjah, is a name given to him by his first manager Omar Harris.

Born Jepther McClymont October 20, 1964, he grew up in the Adventist Church. The seventh of nine children, Luciano was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents and grew up in Daveyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He is often referred to as "The Messenjah" which Luciano says is a name that he took on after reading Malachi chapter 3 which speaks about the messenger coming.

Luciano says he is always conscious of what he eats and drinks, even about his roots and spirituality. "I always read mi bible which is my guideline and other books on Rastafari." When asked if he was affiliated to or works with any of the three mansions of Rastafari, Luciano says "I am a part of everyone, each represents a different function of Rastafari, I am born October which makes me Dan so I am Twelve Tribes and everyone who is born [on a month] is inevitably a part of Twelve Tribes, I love Nyabinghi because it is the first ancient order of worship and I am Bobo Shanti because of its priesthood order, Music has neutralized me."





Get to know David "Ram Jam" Rodigan

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By: Joseph Cunningham

david_rodigan.jpgOn the eve of the "Death Before Dishonour" sound clash, YardFlex has taken the initiative to highlight a few of Reggae music's foremost Disc Jockeys.

David Rodigan, born 1951 on a military base in Hanover, Germany, is a British radio DJ who also performs as a selector for his sound system. Known for his selections of Reggae and Dancehall music, he has played on stations including Radio London, Capital95.8, Kiss 100 London and BFBS Radio 1.

By the age of 15, David Rodigan was deejaying at school dances and youth clubs. Leaving school in 1970, he spent a year studying economics before leaving to study drama. Despite pursuing an acting career, David kept his passion for music alive, selling records in Oxford then Putney, before obtaining a job on Radio London in 1978 to alternate with Tony Williams on the Reggae Rockers programme. A year later he was offered a permanent slot at Capital Radio to present Roots Rockers, which ran for 11 years.





Black Judah, the new voices of the Future

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By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Sugar Black and Dylan Judah form the reggae duo Black Judah. They have been together for 2 year while they are independent artists in their own right, both have been signed to Teflon Blood Records for four Album deals each.

Dylan Judah's parents were a part of the horrific holocaust and he has found new beginnings and a new name. Born Dylan Hyde, he took on the spiritual name Judah, because of his parents unfortunate past. An ardent bible student, the name Judah means more to him than just a change of name.





Symphony Under The Stars was all that and some

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"Symphony Under the Stars," featuring Roberta Flack and top Reggae Crooners, was held last Saturday at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy in New Kingston, Jamaica. It was its second staging, and the quality was symphonic.

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On entering the venue the view was magnificent. Candles were laid
surrounding a body of water close to the V.I.P area and the view was of a seated audience, predominantly dressed in black night gowns.





Another Glorious Boys and Girls Champs

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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The ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boy's and Girl's Athletics Championships for 2008 came to an end on Saturday night at the National Stadium in Kingston in spectacular fashion with Calabar High School Boys and Holmwood Technical Girls repeating as champions.

Andrew Riley of Calabar High and Salcia Slack of Holmwood Technical were winners of their respective heptathlon titles, and were fittingly named as the overall points champions at the end of the four day meet.





Roberta Flack continues to tap emotions

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Born in Asheville, North Carolina, and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Roberta Flack discovered her earliest musical influences from the church. The local AME Zion Church gave everyone the opportunity to get out of the house, but, as Roberta recalls, the music "didn't have the raunchy, wide-open, free, spontaneous, full-of-life thing that you could hear at the Baptist Church down the street." Whenever she could, she'd sneak over there to hear such gospel luminaries as Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers. At home, Roberta's father repaired an old upright piano, and she began to pick out tunes while sitting on her mother's lap. When she turned nine, she began taking piano lessons, and also started to listen to a wide range of popular music, R&B, jazz, blues, and pop.

As she moved into her teens, Roberta's listening gravitated towards classical music, and her piano playing developed rapidly. At 13, she won second place honors with her performance of a Scarlatti sonata in a statewide contest for black students. At the same time, her scholastic excellence enabled Roberta to regularly skip grades, to the point that she had to be "left back" for a year to allow her physical and emotional development to catch up with her stellar academic advancement. Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. After several years as a high school English teacher, Ms. Flack was discovered while singing at a Washington, DC club by jazz musician Les McCann. This resulted in her being signed to Atlantic Records.





Romell Marshall awarded for She's Royal

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Photography By; Milton Raynor

YardFlex was present last week when Romell Marshall, an engineer from Mikey Bennett Studio was awarded for Best Reggae Recording - She's Royal.

Below are pics from the event held at Grafton Studios:

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White Girl Disses Spice

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zerby_spice.jpgLyrics dissing Spice spew from the mouth of Zerby, on the Gladiator Rhythm. The white female dancehall artist, who is quite seasoned on stage and in studio; also as a musician, blurts out on her track titled, "Veteran:"

"Eh - when u see Spice tell har dis – whappen now - gyal a come outa diaper an a gwaan like she hot - a fe ave respect u know...How dem a diss veteran artist when - not even platinum record she sell..."

As one of a few new tunes available on Zerby's Myspace, and representing a preview of her upcoming album, the song "Veteran," seems unpopular.

According to an AP freelancer, "Why diss Spice?" Or is it a publicity ploy by a virtually unknown artist who bills herself as dancehalls first white DJ.





News Brief

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mavado_pic_edit1.jpgMavado's show that was scheduled for Saturday March 16, at Miami Soho Studios was interrupted by an altercation outside the venue.

Apparently two men were having an argument outside the club when one of Mavado's entourage who goes by the alias 'Chase Cross' was stabbed by one of the men who was arguing.

This occurred after 'Chase Cross' asked the two men to squash the argument, to prevent the cops from shutting down the show. After walking away one of the assailants, who was in the altercation stabbed him in his neck. He was rushed to the Trauma unit by Mavado and members of their entourage.

We at YardFlex wishes 'Chase Cross' a speedy recovery. People we need to learn how to taper our anger.

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Shaggy feat. Akon - "What's Love"

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Halle Berry gave birth to a baby girl yesterday

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halle185_224064a.jpgAmerican actress Halle Berry gave birth to a baby girl Sunday March 16, 2008 and "is doing great," her publicist Meredith O'Sullivan told reporters. The Oscar winner reportedly delivered the baby at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

Berry, 41, and father Gabriel Aubry a 32-year-old Canadian model met while shooting a Versace ad in Los Angeles two years ago.

Halle, told Oprah Winfrey on her show last year that playing a mother in her latest movie, "Things We Lost in the Fire," helped convince her that motherhood was for her. "I think it validated that I was meant to be a mother because every day I dealt with the character as a mother and thinking as a mother," Berry said. "It let me know that I must be a mother."

Berry won the best-actress Oscar for her role in the 2001's "Monster's Ball." She also won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role in 1999's "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." Berry had said she and Aubry don't plan to marry, but feel fully committed to each other.





Kerron Proves the Power in Praise

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kerron_ennis_edit.jpgKerron began singing at the tender age of eight years in Jamaica in her local church and thereon set her sights and ambition on becoming an instrument of music for the Lord. She has moved tens of thousand while touring the island with the Perpetual Team and at local churches and the accolades have started rolling in. Her ministry is being demanded locally and on the international scene.

Born, August 22, 1982, in the parish of St Andrew, she is the fifth child of Lascelles and Derisa Ennis and grew up in the Patrick City Community, where her artistic ability has captured the hearts of many. She has been the choir director for the Youth and Combined choirs of the Boulevard Church of the Nazarene and has received the commission from the Lord to sing and to make His praise glorious. Her dedication for the Lord is indelibly etched into her motto of Acts 20:24, "but none of these things moved me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

After entering the Jamaica Cultural Development's Gospel Festival in 2003 with the title song, "No Wonder," written by Clifton and Margaret Clarke, Kerron came in third place. She then became a well sought after alto singer. From this the musical stage of greatness was then set and Kerron has no intention of looking back.





Rootz Underground blazing raw consciousness

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By: Joseph Cunningham

rootz underground_08_edit.jpgRevolution reggae music - edgy, raw, natural, roots...they are Rootz Underground.

They say they have many influences, including their homeland Jamaica,
Rastafari, JAH, the revolutionary Reggae music of the 1970s and Roots
Reggae music.

The revolution that is Rootz Underground began in 2000 when the band members, linked their musical talents to form one solid unit. The group emerged on the scene in a blaze of high-energy performances, conscious lyrics and a harmonic alternative reggae sound that marries their intellectual, spiritual and creative energies.

This marriage has birthed music that is inspiring, energizing and real. Progressive, unique and 'with edge,' their reggae has a modern hip hop feel infused with slivers of jazz, rock and revolutionary dub.





Mikey Dread passed away this evening

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edit-mikey-dread_dead.jpgAccording to the West Indian Times, Michael 'Mikey Dread' Campbell who was always 'The Dread At The Control' has passed away. Mikey passed away at approximately 6:50pm Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, March 15th, 2008. He was surrounded by his family in the home of his sister in Connecticut at the time of his passing. We had reported in October 2007 that Mikey had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and that he was fighting with all his might to recover from his illness. Mikey constantly remained upbeat and hopeful for a full recovery so that he could continue doing what he loved; spreading Jah music to the world. Mikey's family including his children; 2 sons from Jamaica, a daughter who lives in Houston, TX, a son who lives in Canada, a daughter who lives in Belize, and his 4 month old son Zylen Jahlight had been close by in the last few months as he fought to stay with them.

We will keep you updated as service arrangements are made.

We at YardFlex sends our deep condolence to the family and friends of Mikey Dread. His passing is a great loss to the music industry and the world itself. He will be sadly missed by all. Mikey, may your soul rest in eternal peace.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

The arrival of Miss Roberta Flack was greeted with a cocktail party at the Hilton's Hotel Kingston on Thursday Night.

Below are pics:

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Inseason Juice KLAS tour stresses STAY IN SCHOOL

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By: Jaide Bridge

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On March 7, 2008 all roads led to Portland for destination - Buff Bay High School. Despite the dusty roads due to construction of the new highway the arrival of Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour at the school, was a literal breath of fresh air as the school is surrounded by lush vegetation; a major characteristic of Portland.

Tony Young from KLAS opened up with a reminder to students about the reason for this tour – "Stay in School."

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After criss-crossing the island for a few months now, the tour's impact was for the first time, positioned to transcend international boundaries - by virtue of visibly excited exchange students in the crowd. Buff Bay High was host for these 24 French speaking students and their chaperones; all hailing from the Polyvalente La Samare School in Quebec, Canada, who will reciprocate by receiving 24 Buff Bay High students on a similar exchange programme in April.





Mavado woman dem a fight over him

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avah_mavado_gavesha.jpgBwoy dah one yah dred, me neva kno ooman cudda bicker over man so. A guess Mavado addi real mckoy fi tru, cuz him ave Avah, a clothes designer from Canada and Gavesha inna one hellava internet war ova him. Mek me give unnu piece a one a Avah message weh she sen pon myspace to Gavesha, "Ok I'm going to try another approach. I'm going to try to speak to you in proper English. Maybe you'll comprehend but with your vocabulary I doubt that."

Ouch! If yuh wah know more, check out dem myspace. No bwoy, dem two ooman yah seriously need fi get a life and leave di Gangster alone. Cuz it clear to me if no want none a dem.

YardFlex will definitely keep you guys posted, as we intend to get to the bottom of this story.





Photo By: Michelle Edwards

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A small collective of people gathered together recently for a special book signing evening with Professor Henry Palmer OBE.

Based on a period of slavery in Jamaica and its Scottish plantation owners coupled with an insight into his own formative years in Jamaica to his current status as a revered grain scientist in the UK, the book entitled 'The Enlightenment', was launched to much acclaim. Palmer, now retired, was a Professor of grain science at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland for may years and has received various awards for his research and community work. Recently, Palmer received a distinguished research award from the American Society of Brewing Chemists and was also awarded the Sir William Y. Darling bequest from The City of Edinburgh Council for his work in 'race relations', the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his research contribution to grain science and the "Black Champion" award for notable contributions to the community in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

When asked about his hopes for the book Palmer stated: "The Enlightenment' is an attempt to show the terrible consequences of slavery, ignorance and prejudice."





DOH by Serani feat. Bugle still 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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TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL

01 1 12 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back NM
03 4 14 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John U-1
04 3 13 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-1
05 5 13 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
06 6 8 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship NM
07 7 13 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
08 9 6 Journey - Bugle - Daseca U-1
09 8 9 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production (pp#6) D-1
10 10 27 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) NM
11 11 22 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(2wks@#1) NM
12 14 4 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype U-2
13 15 2 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship U-2
14 16 3 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records U-2
15 12 25 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love(pp#3)D-3
16 18 2 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
17 13 19 Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship(pp#6) D-4
18 20 2 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-2
19 17 17 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill (pp#5) D-2
20 19 22 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1





Videoshoot for Wayne Marshall's "Me By Myself"

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer was on location at Stanpipe for Wayne Marshall's videoshoot for his latest single "Me By Myself."

Here are the pictures:

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Lyrics: Wayne Marshall - "Me By Myself"

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Photo By: Milton Raynor

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Chorus

That's what I see...
Dem only bad inna company....
But a me by myself...
Me by myself....
Tell dem fi come...
Know sey mi deh yah an mi nah go run.....
All when a me by myself....
Me by myself....


Verse One

Mi say mi bad to the maximum....
Mi nuh need not a friend fi come buss mi ***
Anytime dem ready tell dem fi come....
All when a me one still nah go run....
How mi see it dem bwoy deh a mouth a massy.....
Only bad when dem trod inna clique or posse......
Terrible and mi mad wicked and wassy.....
Hand straight like chassis and mi nah miss fassy..... (yow)





Michael Jackson in financial hot water

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michael-jackson-400a052307.jpgMichael Jackson has refinanced Neverland ranch in time to save his famed California spread from a public auction that was scheduled for later this month.

Jackson's attorney, L. Londell McMillan, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the pop star has worked out a "confidential" agreement with Fortress Investment Group, LLC. The deal allows him to retain ownership of the famed property in Los Olivos, Calif.

"Neverland and MJ are fine," McMillan said. An auction date had been set for March 19 because of $24.5 million the singer owed on the 2,500-acre spread northwest of Santa Barbara.

A source close to the singer who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter said it's not clear whether Jackson will keep Neverland. Jackson has not lived there since his acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005.





Busy Signal still "Steppin Out"

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By: Joseph Cunningham

EME_reanno_busy.jpgBusy Signal – born Reanno Gordon – started singing spiritual hymns at his mother's church and that was where he earned his first encore.

He recalls, "When church was over, I would sit on the corner with my
friends and alter the words of the church hymns." He also performed at
school, beating his fists in time on his desk and deejaying Bounty Killer's songs (he claims to know all of Bounty's lyrics) before progressing to his own material.

Since emerging on the Dancehall scene in 2003, Busy Signal's undeniable talent and lyrical dexterity has taken him quickly to the forefront. His breakthrough single "Step Out" was one of Dancehall's hottest songs for 2005.

The name Busy Signal is an alias which was given to him by a friend because of his constantly busy persona. He recalls that from a younger age he had always been on the move, always conducting some kind of business in an attempt to break into the music biz.

Since his break came, Busy Signal has taken a different approach. "I choose to record songs with concepts attached to them on purpose...I don't try to voice on every rhythm that is out there."





Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Serani feat. Bugle "DOH" - moves into the # 1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 02 09 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-New#1
02 01 12 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
03 03 09 Bugle-Journey-Daseca
04 06 05 Harry Toddler-Don’t Run In-Truck Back
05 04 17 Queen I-Frica- Don’t Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
06 08 04 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
07 05 15 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It –Birchill-Peak@#3
08 12 03 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-Greatest Gainer up 4
09 09 07 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
10 07 10 Spice –Up Inna De Light- Truck Back





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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On an afternoon when the Haile Selassie I High School celebrated their Jamaica Day, the KLAS Inseason School Tour passed through to encourage the gesture.

Haile Selassie High School is located in a community plagued by violence and the evidence was there by the constant presence of the Police force. This however, did not stop the students, teachers and community members present from enjoying the afternoon to the fullest.

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As usual enthusiastic performances came from the school and representatives of schools who are weekly participants of the tour. Bushy Tail, Terror Prince and the school's dance group were some favorites.





Etana takes her positive vibes to the streets

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On Friday March 7, VP recording artist Etana, took time out to drop in on customer service representatives at New Kingston's Digicel Call Center. Mingling amongst ardent fans, she shared love and laughs with these Digicel staff members who had previously chosen her as their favorite from a poll of dancehall and reggae artists.

It was a surprise visit by Etana who signed autographs, took photographs and absolutely enjoyed spending quality 'down time' with a group who reciprocated by showing the conscious songstress how much she is valued in the community. She was presented with an LG Chocalat slide cell phone as a token of the Digicel workers' gratitude.





By: Joseph Cunningham

cobra.jpgMAD COBRA, now a veteran in the Dancehall, is quietly holding his own.Over the past year he has taken the music to places like Zurich, Switzerland where dancehall is only now just warming up. He is also a very big favourite throughout the Caribbean, USA, Canada, UK, Europe, South and Central America and Japan.

His performance in Costa Rica last year in front of an estimated 30,000 people is being hailed as one of the best presentations by a reggae artist in that country. Mad Cobra recently shot his first video in many years for the song called "Gansta Flex" and it has been getting rave reviews from fans all around.

Having been in the business close to 20 years now, Mad Cobra has been smart enough not to be complacent; hence music to him, in his words is, "A constant work in progress." Ewart Everton Brown (Mad Cobra) was raised in St. Mary, Jamaica and moved to Kingston as a teenager. He began performing under his stage name, taken from the G.I. Joe cartoon, while still in his teens. His first single, 1989's "Respect Woman," was produced by his uncle, Tuff Gong engineer Delroy "Spiderman" Thompson. "Na Go Work" was release number two and it caught the attention of producers Captain Sinbad and Carl Nelson. Together they released a string of hits, including "Shoot to Kill," "Merciless Bad Boy" and "Ze Taurus."





Passa Passa

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Bounty and D' Angel

bounty_d'angel.jpgLook inna mi eyes tell mi wat yu see, yes darling is the Grung God an D' Angel mi did see a di recently held Irie FM Awards in a brief intimate moment a chat an a hold hands. But I can't believe dat di same mouth weh seh anyting me dash weh me tek it bak a di same mout a chat to di fallen Angel. No worry unnu self, YardFlex ago mek unnu kno a who a Blaze Blaze and we sure kno a no Beenie Man.

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Tanya Stephens - Brains Beauty and Rhythm

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By: Joseph Cunningham

tanya_stephenson_edit.jpgTanya Stephens, Jamaican singer and songwriter, is known for her insightful, relevant and often comical musical deliveries. Proof of this is evident through her latest projects that show she is still atop of her musical game.

"Rebelution" and "Gangsta Blues," are the names of her two new albums, released over the last 4 years.

But before the albums, she scored international hits with the classics, "Goggle," and "ou Nuh Ready Yet." Her last album Gangsta Blues yielded the one-drop anthem "It's a Pity." The song displayed her versatility and was clearly one of the biggest tunes of 2004.

The single received rotation on mainstream radio as well as MTV and was critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Village Voice, Source and Vibe Magazine.

Two years after its release, Gangsta Blues remained on the Billboard Reggae chart.

When asked what she considers to be her most valuable assets Tanya replied, "Transparency and consistency. I believe if people want to gamble they will go to a casino. There shouldn't be any risk involved in walking into a record shop and using your hard earned cash to buy an album. That's why I had to make sure I kept honing my craft until I could confidently invite you to pick up any Tanya Stephens album being entirely secured in the knowledge I will never violate it!"





Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photography was on location at Backyaad to capture the vibes at Morgan Heritage videoshoot.

Photos Below:

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By: Jaide

marijuana11.jpgJamaica's Deputy Prime Minister, Kenneth Baugh said at the beginning of this month, that a seven-member government commission, charged with researching possible changes to the country's laws that deem marijuana illegal, is now preparing to report to the Prime Minister on the matter.

Reported as once more considering the legalization of marijuana by the Associated Press, the Jamaican Government re-visits an issue that was put on hold back in 2003.

A government commission recommended the legalization of marijuana in small amounts for personal use back then, but this was never acted on, since legislators then said it might infringe on US relations, and could result in Jamaica losing their US anti-drug certification.





cocoa_tea_obama.jpgReggae music has now got a voice in the American election campaign in the form of Coco Tea who is backing Senator Barack Obama with a new tune.

According to Associated Press news "This is not about class nor colour, race nor creed," the veteran dancehall crooner sings in a version posted on the video website Dailymotion. "It's about the changes, what the Americans need."

The song goes on to call Obama a "trendsetter" and urge Americans "to unite as one" behind him.

Cocoa Tea, whose real name is Calvin Scott, said Sunday the tribute song "Barack Obama" will be released this week by New York's VP Records.





rapper_juvenile2.jpgJuvenile missed his daughter's funeral on Saturday when, Jelani, 4, her mother Joy Deleston, 39, and sister, Micaiah, 11, were all quietly laid to rest in James Island, South Carolina.

According to MediaTakeOut.com Juvenile, whose real name is Terius Gray, did not attend the funeral. No explanation was given as to why he didn't attend.

Jelani, her mother and sister were all allegedly murdered by her brother Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr. He's been charged with 3 counts of murder and aggravated assault and is being held without bond at the DeKalb County jail.

Don't judge him too, maybe he could not deal with the pain of seeing his daughter laid to rest. Still YardFlex wish for the rapper strength through this difficult time.





JFLAG Co-Chair 'calls for love'

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Gareth Henry, who was until January 2008, the co-chair for the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG), filed a refugee claim in Canada recently.

Henry, who reported to Xtra that his memories of violence and brutality are too painful to dwell on, launched the 'Call For Love' campaign in Canada, on Valentines Day this year.

Calling for the protection of queers in Jamaica, the campaign mirrors like initiatives around the world and was introduced in Toronto, Canada by PRIDE, Egale Canada and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. A wreath was delivered to the Jamaican Consulate in Toronto as part of the launch activities; in memory of those queers murdered on the island.





Mario_Winans.jpgMario Winans, RAP producer and gospel singer — nephew of Broadway star Benjamin "BeBe" Winans, is refusing to support his 3-year-old son, says his ex-lover Janel Bennett.

According to Janel who was in an eight-year relationship with Winans before she had her son Jordan, she was evicted from her home in Miami because Winans wouldn't pay child support.

The jilted mom says she is homeless and living with friends on the South Side of Chicago, where she works as a cocktail waitress.

In 2005, the Miami Herald reported, "A DNA test shows a '99.99 percent probability' that Winans is the biological parent." Documents filed in a Miami-Dade, Florida court last January 2 stated, "Mario Winans is obligated to pay Janel Bennett $4,500 per month due on the first of each month as child support."





Happy Belated Earthday

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vg-happy-birthday.jpgYardFlex would like to big up The Observer and Donovan Germaine who both celebrated their earthday on Friday March 6, 2008.

The Observer celebrating its 15th earthday with the birth of a CHAT, their new cutting edge entertainment Magazine. Headed by Yasmine Peru.

Donovan Germaine, CEO Penthouse/Germaine Records celebrated his earthday at Jamaica Hilton with friends Marcia Griffiths, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Tony Rebel, VP's Yolan Zanders to name a few. The evening was co-ordinated by Mark Johnson.

All the best to both The Observer/CHAT and Donovan Germaine.





Bloody Sunday' commemorated this weekend

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Bloody_Sunday1972.jpgThe 43rd anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' and a re-enactment of the Selma to Montgomery March is being commemorated this year between March 6 and 10.

Known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, this 15th annual staging will be graced by the presence of guests like: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Cornel West, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, C.T. Vivian, Al Sharpton and Faya Rose Sanders and Martin Luther King III amongst many others.

The theme of this year's jubilee is "One vote, One Mic, One Movement: From Selma to Jena and Beyond."

In 1965, the Edmund Pettus Bridge was the scene of an attack on hundreds of voting rights marchers by law enforcement officials on what was later called, 'Bloody Sunday.'

Prompted by the removal of Black males from voting rolls by Alabama's Constitution of 1901, Blacks in Alabama fought hard for voting rights; one of the most valuable rights of any citizen.

Blacks struggled for this enfranchisement in a variety of ways in the 1950s and 60s, including: NAACP's legal strategies via the 1957 Civil Rights Act; voter education projects in 1965; mass meetings and rallies in Black churches that were often met with police violence including the notable killing of Jimmy Lee Jackson in 1965; hundreds of African Americans lining up at registrar offices attempting to register to vote and hundreds of voting rights activists being beaten and jailed by police.

In their quest to complete the march from Selma to Montgomery that openly and loudly protested against and defied laws forbidding them a vote, Blacks were forced to make several attempts:





marijuana1.jpgDescribed in New York's Daily News as, "violent," five members of an eight man marijuana selling Bronx gang face maximum life sentences in prison after being convicted by a Manhattan federal jury on drug and gun charges recently. The other three face 25 years each, having pleaded guilt.

The court heard how Anthony Patterson, described as the gang leader, was in charge of huge weekly shipments of marijuana, valued at as much as US$1 million.

Between 1997 and 2004, the group of eight transported around 2,000 pounds of "herb" each week from California to New York, unloading it on dealers who would flood the streets. Patterson was in charge of getting the cash back to the West Coast to purchase more, once the weed had been sold.





Audiomaxxx finally SHUT DOWN

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By: Jaide

audiomaxxx-1.jpgAn alleged music counterfeiting operation based in Winnipeg, Canada, was raided this week by RCMP, who arrested Raj Singh Ramgotra and three others.

The four had criminal charges filed against them by the RCMP for allegedly manufacturing pirated CDs and hard core pornographic videos and distributing them throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Jamaica. Their offerings more recently included pirated digital downloads.

The lead person behind Audiomaxxx, Ramgotra, his associates and their shady ways have been under investigation by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for a year now, following many complaints from artists, music associations and labels around the world. Of greatest concern was the defiance with which Audiomaxxx responded to each request by rights holders to cease the illegal pirating activity.

Reported as "highly developed," the Audiomaxxx operation contained a significant catalogue of allegedly pirated CDs and music downloads for sale through their website www.audiomaxxx.com and tracks from famous artists like: Shania Twain, Lionel Ritchie, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Nelly Furtado were among those being pirated.





Education Is No Joke tour a huge success

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The No Joke Entertainment and VP Records' "Education Is NO Joke" School Tour, culminated on February 27 on a high note. It was the end of Black History month; during which artists visited schools, making a difference with their enlightening messages of encouragement.

Amongst the 'empowering gang' were hit-makers like: Sean Paul, Busy Signal, Macka Diamond, D’Angel, Voice Mail and Da’Ville. The tour was well supported by members of the reggae music fraternity.

"I am overwhelmed by the response to the tour, we had the idea it would be successful but we did not know there would be such a great coming together of everyone involved to make it such a success. We are showing that it is not difficult to motivate students and that the work that is necessary can be done with the right planning and execution," Mario Lazarre, CEO of No Joke Entertainment, said. He added that the tour proved how much entertainers are valued, noting they are an asset in the society and can make a positive impact on their young fans.

It was all about giving back for artists who were thrilled to re-visit their alma-maters; but not as thrilled as the students who welcomed them with exuberance. Da'Ville's experience on February 26th at Norman Manley High School where he was a student back in the day, was enriching for him, as he spoke briefly and candidly to students on issues like: self esteem, discipline and self respect – particularly in matters of sexuality. Mingling and handing out stationary, Da'Ville created quite a buzz.





Six mil for J-Lo's baby pics!

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j_LO.jpgWow! Having a baby has never been so sweet. According to TMZ J-Lo has sold her baby pics to People mag for a cool $6 mil...she got the mag to agree to stop calling her J.Lo!

A source told the website that J.Lo made the deal and threw in the moniker clause as well. We're also told J.Lo instructed People, in addition to the loot and the name thing, that her hubby, Annie Leibovitz wannabe Marc Anthony, has to be the one to shoot the photos.

Reps for People and mom were mum. Hmm, that's all we will say.





Tarrus takes the lead in IRAWMA Nominations

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riley_tarrusedit.jpgTarrus Riley leads this year as 'the most nominated' for the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). The announcement was made at Kingston's Hilton Hotel on March 5th during a launch for the 27th annual staging of this highly anticipated ceremony.

Garnering seven nominations, Tarrus' list includes nods for Best Male Vocalist and Best Song, for the popular female anthem, "She's Royal."

Mavado comes in second with five nominations for Best Male DJ, Best Album, Best Recording Artist, Songwriter of the Year and for Community Service.

Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Stephen Marley and Sean Kingston all received four nominations each, while soca star Machel Montana and Junior Reid were nominated three times. Reid has two nominations in the category of Best Crossover Song, for his hits with Alicia Keys and rapper MIMS.

On hand to announce the nominees were special guests such as: Miss Jamaica World – Yendi Phillips, Ce'Cile, D'Angel, Norma Bell – RJR, Winford Williams and Milk of CVM-TV.

Dedicated to Health Awareness, this year, the awards will be held on May 4, 2008 at the world famous Apollo Theatre, New York City.

IWARMA founder and head honcho, Ephraim Martin was on hand to give further details, including the line-up for the star-studded event. He listed Beenie Man, Kymani Marley, Sean Kingston and Buju Banton as presenters scheduled to appear so far.

For more information go to: www.irawma.com





Bigga Haitian paving the way

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By: Joseph Cunningham

bigga_haitian.jpgHe is Haitian and is a hot Reggae artiste based in New York City. Bigga Haitian hails from a 'fiery land,' often characterized with turmoil. The general decline of political "correctness" in Haiti sometimes seems to be so tragic, that all good news associated with the country is refreshing.

Known as the first Haitian singer to break into the Jamaican reggae scene, Bigga Haitian has torn down national and cultural walls, paving the way for the next generation of Haitian artists.

A veteran of the stage for more than 20 years he has been featured with reggae legends like: Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Capleton, Cocoa Tea and Junior Reid, to name a few. Bigga broke into the hip-hop scene in the 90s, opening up for the Ruff Ryders, Lil' Kim, and Jay-Z at New York City's Randall's Island. Today's most talented Haitian artists, such as Wyclef Jean and Mecca - also known as Grimo, credit Bigga as an influence.

Today, the Haitian 'musical ambassador' continues to excel with the debut single "Gi Me Da Weed," from his soon to be released album, "Sak Pase" that is currently making waves. Produced by Brett, Marc, and Yvad (recent lead singer of The Wailers), "Gi Me Da Weed" is receiving strong support in clubs and on radio, achieving airplay on over 30 stations across the United States and Europe and generating huge sales on three continents. On the strength of the single, Bigga's profile elevated in 2007, when he was invited to perform with such reggae luminaries as Buju Banton, Shaggy and Capleton. He also headlined the Lake Worth Reggae Festival, an event that drew over 10,000 people.





Mediathon Shines Light on Women

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By: Jaide

linternation_women's_day_logo.jpgObserved since the early 1900's, International Women's Day emerged at a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

From 1908 when great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women, women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change.

Today, while much has evolved with significant change in attitudes; inequalities remain. Unfortunately, the fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

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At the same time it is important to recognize the great strides made by women over the years and make use of the awareness raising around International Women's Day, to glean more information on the status of women and pay tribute to women everywhere.





Yolanda Adams under investigation

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yolanda.jpgHouston gospel singer and radio host Yolanda Adams is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. The agency has asked a federal judge to force the entertainer to turn over documents after she failed to show up for an appointment last month to explain her financial affairs.

According to Bossip.com the agency is trying to determine her tax liability and how to collect on the debt. According to filings in Houston federal court, the IRS probe stems from two million-dollar mortgage loan applications. A 2005 Ocwen application said Adams earned $40,000 a month and listed $8 million in assets — including an $800,000 trust account, $4.9 million in other personal holdings and jewelry worth $1.5 million. That document said she owned a Lexus and a Hummer. A subsequent Chase home loan application listed $3 million in assets, including a business worth $1.5 million, a Mercedes-Benz and a Range Rover. She owns a home worth more than $2 million in Houston's Royal Oaks Country Club subdivision.

Yolanda just remember the lyrics of your song 'Never Give Up' ...that's how these tax people are.





Will Smith to host Mandela birthday gig

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smith_mandela.jpgNelson Mandela's 90th birthday will be celebrated with a big shebang at London's Hyde Park and will be hosted by Will Smith.

The 'Gettin Jiggy Wit It' singer and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are fronting the celebrations, which have been organized by the former South African president's AIDS campaign 46664.

According to digitalspy.com acts rumoured to be playing the event on June 27 include Razorlight, Keane, Queen and Annie Lennox.

It is understood that organizers have also asked U2, the Spice Girls and Sir Paul McCartney to play the concert.

It is reported that US rapper Eminem is keen to come out of musical retirement to perform at the show as well.





Reggae icons record tribute to 'The Police'

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the-police[4].jpgReggae-inflected Rock, is what The Police brought to their throngs of fans in the late 70s; as they were possibly the most striking of a few rock/pop bands who introduced the Reggae Rhythm to new audiences.

A new Tribute to The Police titled, "Spirits in the Material World," has been released by Shanachie Records and it features Reggae Champions, reclaiming the reggae component of The Police's music.

There could have been no better time for this CD to hit the shelves, as The Police is recently reunited and currently playing throughout the world.





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

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01 2 11 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(1wk@#1) U-1
02 3 12 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back U-1
03 1 12 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-2
04 4 13 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John NM
05 5 12 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
06 8 7 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship U-2
07 7 12 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
08 6 9 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production (pp#6) D-2
09 10 5 Journey - Bugle - Daseca U-1
10 11 26 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) U-1
11 9 21 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(2wks@#1) D-2
12 12 24 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love(pp#3)NM
13 13 18 Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship(pp#6) NM
14 17 3 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype U-3
15 - New Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship
16 18 2 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records U-2
17 14 16 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill (pp#5) D-3
18 - New Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship
19 15 21 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-4
20 - New Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back





Irie Fm Awards Live Show

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Here are some photos from the live show:

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Erup's "Click My Finger" still in the # 1 Spot

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TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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02 03 08 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca
03 04 08 Bugle-Journey-Daseca
04 02 16 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
05 05 14 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It –Birchill-Peak@#3
06 10 04 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Greatest Gainer up 4
07 07 09 Spice –Up Inna De Light- Truck Back
08 11 03 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
09 09 06 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
10 06 17 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-4wks@#1





Throwback Video - Mad Cobra - 'Flex'

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Reggae frenzy at Miami's 'Caribbean Fest'

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, Florida was "corked" on Saturday, March 1st as about 14,000 strong came out for the 15th annual Caribbean Festival put on by Bob Marley Movement of Jah People and 103.5 The Beat.

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A great show, with top performances from a solid line up that had the huge crowd completely engaged and often going off in a frenzy. Referred to often as 'the Marley Fest,' this was a showcase of some of reggae's finest.





Real Idiot to be laid to rest at Meadowrest

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JA comedian_realidiot.jpgComedian Real Idiot will be laid to rest on Saturday at Meadowrest. His mom is still overcome with grief as she feels her son was murdered by the police.

Real Idiot received four shots in the chest area and his other friend in the car was shot in the neck.

According to YardFlex sources when the driver was beckoned to stop he continued as the area was dark and the men who appeared to be cops were in an unmarked vehicle.

"It did look like a flee dem a flee but dem did just waan stop inna one area whey light up," our source informed.

But all hell broke loose after that as they occupants were fired on by cops who in a later release claimed it was a shoot out.

"Jah know star, di yute shouldn't go like dat," our source bemoaned.





By: Kemesha Bolton

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Twelve Tribes of Israel in Jamaica celebrates forty Years of existence. For all Bible readers forty years would be very significant, because in the time of Moses when God used him to take the children of Israel out of Egypt under the bondage of Pharaoh via the Red Sea, they spent 40 years in the wilderness.

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Twelve Tribes 40th Anniversary was celebrated in style on Saturday February 23 through to Monday, February 25, 2008. On Saturday night, a concert at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre featured Reggae's top performers and Israel members from all over the world. This Twelve Tribe of Israel produced show had a line-up that included: Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, Luciano, Sugar Minott, I Billy Mystic of Mystic Revealers, Iley Dread, Jamel, Culture Dan, The Seers, Marva Gilliespie, Ewan Naptali, Boom Dawn, Rashorne, Zebilion – Grenada, Scotty Dread-California, Tony Gad- California and Orthodox Issachar – Canada, Jules Issachar- New Zealand and many more. Many patrons described the concert as a 'spiritual refreshing'.





Woman fi smart

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgYeah man mi read how unno a cuss mi out because mi tell unno mi friend story. Straight up mi nuh funny and mi nuh go in fi di kinky ting dem. But di one ting mi nah meck nuh apology fah is di fact dat mi always up inna people business. Mi can help it if dem always a come to mi wid dem tory. And unno well an' love when mi spread it pon di flex tuh!

Well since as mi sey dat, mi might as well gi unno deh drama yah. Bwoy di big man wha dead di odda day a pure tings with him wife and baby mother dem. Cause mi undastand sey a pure cat fight a gwaan over di dead and lef and trust mi him lef plenty.

But di ongle woman dem whey a smile a di wife and one a di baby madda whey get har masters and she meck sure sey di house whey she inna and di bashment car whey she a drive, deh inna har name and done pay fah. Even wifey mi hear a check har fi let off some a di asset dem!

Di other baby madda dem end up wid big fancy house and car wid nuff bill fi pay. Bwoy dem head a hot dem cause dat deh well dey dry up fi good.





Bobby Konders dishes out 'Dancehall Heat'

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By: Joseph Cunningham

bobbykonders300.jpgParties, rhythms and lots of excitement are what disc Jockeys are known for in Jamaica and the culture has long spread to the international scene. The names are many, but chief among the overseas DJs is Bobby Konders.

YardFlex called him recently to feel "the heat" he's creating in New York City. For all who love the Dancehall culture, if you are in the "Big Apple" during Easter or anytime for that matter, Bobby Konders will have the hype you need.

According to Konders the "Dagogo," rhythm featuring Bugle, Vegas and other prominent artists, is gathering momentum in New York at the moment and this is creating the hype for the Easter period that is set to rock the city's dancehalls. Major highlights will be Elephant Man's album launch on April 13, Bobby Konders' Birthday Bash on April 19, Jabba's Best of the Best for the Memorial Weekend and Massive B sound system's anniversary on May 31.

An incredibly respected figure in New York's dance-music underground since the mid-80s, Brooklyn's Bobby Konders has been at the forefront of multiple movements, in famous parties and radio programmes that have kept house music alive and kicking. He is a selector, producer and has been programmer for various radio music shows.





Patrick-Swayze.jpgWe love a fighting spirit and that's exactly why we are rooting for actor Patrick Swayze. A pilot television series starring Patrick Swayze is still in contention to become a series, despite the actor's recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the network A&E has confirmed.

The actor's doctor is very optimistic about his prognosis and says he is responding well to treatment.

So if the show, entitled The Beast, is picked up, the actor hopes to be a part of it, his representative Annett Wolf said. "Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects."

In The Beast, Swayze plays what has been described as a seasoned but unorthodox FBI veteran, is "in contention to become one of the new drama series on the network," cable network A&E said. "However, at this time all of our thoughts are solely with Patrick and his family. We are all wishing for a speedy recovery to a truly gifted actor."









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Rihanna bans umbrellas from UK tour

rihanna+performing.jpgRihanna has banned audience members from bringing umbrellas to her latest UK tour, this according to a report on digitalspy.com.

The singer has responded to a series of umbrella-related accidents at European shows by confiscating the items from fans before they enter arenas.

The amnesty was enforced at her gig in Aberdeen on Monday. A fan told the Daily Star: "I always carry an umbrella with me as the weather is dodgy and snow was predicted to fall.

"I couldn't believe it when I had mine taken off me during a bag search on my way inside the venue."

Security guard Andy McDonald, said: "We don't normally ask people to leave an umbrella outside. But we were taking precautions over a potential accident.

"We were told that Rihanna's song features dancing with umbrellas on stage. We didn't want the crowd following her actions and someone getting their eye poked out."

Merchandise stalls at the concert only sold official Rihanna branded umbrellas once the show had finished.

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By: Kemesha Bolton and Elizabeth Smith
Photography By; Milton Raynor

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Classy is definitely the best word to describe what can be expected at this year's "Symphony under the Stars," slated for March 15 at the Cable and Wireless National Golf Academy in Kingston. Touted as the event to relieve stress and even depression, the occasion is sure to appease all, including those who are just in the mood to enjoy some good music.

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The first staging of Symphony in 2007 received critical acclaim for high technical quality and artistic excellence.

For 2008 the line-up is just as impressive, with Grammy award winner Roberta Flack gracing the stage along with, The New York Orchestra; that occasionally accompanies icons like: Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand, Masterpiece Orchestra, Chalice, LUST ( Lukie D, Trilla U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis), AJ Brown, Da'Ville, Courtney John, previously known as "Yogie" and Duane Stephenson.





Can two films on Bob Marley survive?

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edit_bob-marley-03.jpgSpeaking about the Marley biopic, this should be putting a spanner in the works for Martin Scorsese!

According to firstshowing.net, the Weinstein Company has optioned the rights to "No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley" a book written by Bob Marley's widow Rita Marley, with plans to turn it into a biopic about the legendary Jamaican reggae singer.

Remember that Scorsese previously announced that he would be directing a documentary about Marley that would be aiming for a February 2010 release. Now go figure it out, with this film set to star Lauryn Hill due to be out in 2009 what will that mean for Martin's film one year later!

Now No Woman No Cry is going to hit theaters right before it, in late 2009. Apparently a biopic has had issues getting approved by Rita previously, but now this time this one has made it through and is heading into production.





Hill to play Rita in Bob Marley's biopic

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edit_laurynhill1.jpgYardFlex understands that Rita is desperate for singer Lauryn Hill to portray her on screen in the first ever biopic of her late husband, reggae icon Bob Marley.

According to pr-inside.com, Marley is working as executive producer on the big screen adaptation of her 2004 autobiography No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley - and has her sights set on casting the former Fugees frontwoman, her daughter-in-law, in the chronicle of her tumultuous 15-year marriage to the musician.

She explains, "Lauryn would be ideal (to play me). She sees my life as her life." Bob Marley's son Rohan - with former lover Janet Hunt - is married to the Everything Is Everything hitmaker, who has been
largely absent from the music scene following her hit 1998 debut solo album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

The as-yet-untitled project is slated to begin filming early next year (09).





edit-mikey-dread1.jpgA couple months back we at DATC, Inc. informed the world of the health condition centering around the diagnosis of brain tumor of Jamaican Reggae Legend; The Dread at the Controls, Michael "Mikey Dread" Campbell. Since that release in October, we have received an outpouring of concerns and well wishes from Mikey Dread Fans/Friends/and Supporters the World Over.

Mikey fans continues to be important to him and he is resolved to keep you all updated on his current health condition.

Mikey continues in the recovering stages and is responding well to the chemotherapy treatments, all the prayers from family/friends/supporters and fans globally are certainly helping. He continues to be progressive in his treatments and have a wonderful
team of doctors.

Even with the magnitude of an illness of this sort, Mikey remains in a positive mood. He remains active in the day to day workings of his record label, DATC, Inc. (Dread at the Controls, Inc.). Mikey being the Lion he is, he's eager to return to the stage to share his heartfelt appreciation to his fans.

Mikey Dread says "Everyday that I rise I give Thanks and Praises in my humble way to JAH. I Thank JAH for Life, Thank Jah for Love, Thank Jah for everything and is very Thankful to Jah for all the support and love received".





International News Briefs

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Are Will and Jada adding to the family?

edit_JadaPinketwill_smith.jpgAre Will Smith and Jada Pinkett thinking about another addition to their family? Well if mediatakeout.com is to be believed then there could very well be some credence to that story.

According to a Los Angeles based adoption broker, the entertainment industry's first couple is "exploring" the idea of adopting a child from China.

The broker said, "Will and Jada are among a number of Hollywood couples looking into adopt in China."

But don't expect baby pics anytime soon. The source also told revealed, "adopting a child is a long process, and from what I understand, not much has been done on their behalf."

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Photography By: Gavin Henriques

Below are pictures depicting the vibes at Ky-mani's birthday party held at Karu & Y:

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By: Dwight Fraser & Devon Anderson

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Trinidad and Tobago defeated Jamaica in the luxurious Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in Antigua, by 9 wickets to walk away with a whopping 1 Million US Dollars.

Oh gosh the sweet smell of success, and the taste of 1 million of Uncle Sam's dollars pushed the Trinidadian's all the way, as they knocked down the Jamaicans, captained by Chris Gayle for one of their lowest ever one day total of 91, not off 20 overs, but in 16.4 overs.





Sugar Minott prepares for a 'New Day'

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By: Joan Wilson

edit_sugar_minott.jpg"Dancehall is at its worst," are the comments from the man who time after time produced hit after hits serving up some sweet brew to the massive. Well his concern for the sorry state it now finds itself is that there are no dancehall singers dominating. "Give thanks for the young artistes that are trying to keep it on a level like Sean Paul, Richie Spice, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal and Lutan Fyah to name a few," Sugar praised.

Sugar bemoans the fact that the DJs seem to be the only ones now getting the promotion and praise in the dancehall. He says a lot of people are forgetting the foundation artistes that brought the business to the fore.

"It is pure confusion going on these days and to make it worse they are trying to say dancehall is not reggae as if they are trying to kill out the reggae music", Sugar lamented.





Salute to the Wailers

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edit_wailers-medium.jpgA London based group have reunited friends and contemporaries of Bob Marley and the Wailers to perform a musical tribute called Salute to the Wailers at the Hackney Empire, London. In a move away from the traditional yearly Wailers offering, the two-hour musical recognizes the contribution of all the largely unsung musicians who helped create the sound. Scheduled for March 23rd 2008, Perfect People, a collective of UK musicians and vocalists, will document the life and times of the group from 1972-1983 using various visuals and narratives.

Otis Kirton, the shows' Musical Director and Co-Promoter said: "The idea behind the musical is to lend a love and appreciation of the people behind the Wailers. In my opinion there is little understanding of the music and its composition and even less about the musicians who equally put in the hard work. The audience will be treated to a set that will leave them understanding a lot more about the key musicians along with Bob Marley himself."





Rapper Juvenile devastated by daughter's murder

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rapper_juvenile.jpgRapper Juvenile is shocked and devastated by the shooting death of his 4-year-old daughter, the girl's mother and another child, his manager, Aubrey Francis, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The bodies of Juvenile's daughter Jelani; her mother, Joy Deleston, 39; and Deleston's daughter Micaiah, 11, were found Thursday night in their home in Lawrenceville, Georgia, which is near Atlanta. Deleston's 17-year-old son, Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr., is being charged with the murders. He was arrested Friday.

"It really shocked him and devastated him to the point where I've never seen him before," Francis said of the rapper, according to the AP. "Right now he is relaxing and trying to grasp everything of what has happened."

Deleston, 39, was an actress who appeared in locally produced films, as well as a seven-and-a-half-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Police have not announced a motive in the killings.





Chevelle Franklyn to minister in the Bronx

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel.jpgChevelle Franklyn will headline Ebenezer's 75th Anniversary Gospel Concert in New York on Friday, April 14. The international multi-award winning singer of contemporary gospel masterpieces will join other 'ministers of the gospel through the arts,' including: Unconditional, The EPHN Temples of Praise Dancers and Choeur Magnificant.

Expectations are high for the concert, since Chevelle's humility, coupled with her exuberance and love for God have been a high source of inspiration around the world, according to the testimonies of many.

Ministering in song was a natural progression for Chevelle, whose own story of one day just deciding to make a change from super stardom on the secular scene, was a clear indication, that God is in control. In 1998, Chevelle felt, "tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness," and declared on stage during a concert, "I can't do this anymore." Chevelle said, "I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God. I just broke down on the stage... I knew there was something better out there."

From singing Kirk Franklyn's "Silver and Gold" at that moment, Chevelle went on to a collaboration in 2000 with Papa San on his award-winning album, "Victory," that led to the beginning of a stream of awards starting with a Marlin Award for the track, "Touch From You."





Carlene Davis – batting for the Lord

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By: Joan Wilson

RAAJ_carlene_davis.jpgInternationally acclaimed Gospel recording artiste Carlene Davis is one of the most dynamic music ministers coming out of Jamaica. As this Caribbean Hall of Fame Awardee testifies in song, the powerful message of God's love flows through her, bringing hope and healing to the heart of the listener. God has truly anointed and appointed her to affect this generation and her mission is to bring deliverance and transformation to a hurting world through the ministry of music, thus fulfilling The Great Commission.

YardFlex can attest that she is well on her way in fulfilling this commission. Already she is being requested by quite a few Caribbean leaders to come and minister in their country.

For Carlene it's an opportunity she more than welcomes as she says each Caribbean island she has been to, through the power of God lives have been transformed.

She is sometimes amazed at the response she receives as she ministers ...but that's the Lord working through her.

Right now she is preparing for a Caribbean/European tour for the month of March.





Ras.I.Him.I sews for the stars

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Ras_I_Him_I.jpgFeatures on Rastafarians during this Black History Month and Reggae Month have been some of the most prominent and striking at YardFlex. There is a special aura surrounding this group of individuals who are most passionate about upholding the importance of "black strength" and by extension, productivity.

YardFlex has highlighted Jamaica's first black millionaire, George Steibel and other black inventors who have made enormous contributions to development of Black people. While their lives continue to inspire, it is the legacy of Bob Marley, that has influenced the success of the many "black champions" featured regularly on YardFlex.

Ras.I.Him.I is one such 'champion' who is a Canadian based, popular clothing designer for some of Dancehall's most celebrated artists. In case you are wondering what he has done to deserve recognition during Black History Month; he designed and created the outfits worn by the likes of, I-Wayne and Tarrus Riley for this year's Dancehall spectacle, Sting.

He is the founder and CEO of his company, Irockable Togo Inc., where fashion is formed through his unique designs and flawless manufacturing; before being efficiently distributed to his often prestigious client list. Irockable Togo Inc., is also engaged in the production of Reggae music.





By: Joseph Cunningham

ras_emanuel.jpgReggae music is not just about a feel-good vibe, it is a genre of music, which is accompanied by deep spirituality that emancipates the mind.

Young reggae musicians, most often are those who have been exposed to the negative challenges life presents.

Ras Emanuel was born in Kingston, Jamaica, relatively close to gangs, political struggle, armed police and poverty.

He earned money by working as a construction labourer and as a fisherman. He also made money by digging and pushing through garbage dumps to find salvaged metal and plastics.





Get ready for Women Empowerment Gospel Fest

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On The Rocks Entertainment, Inc. presents the Women Empowerment Gospel Festival at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Juanita Bynum and will feature performances by a dynamic line up of Grammy Award winning artists including Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters.

In addition to musical performances, the Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, current officiating pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York will be a special guest speaker. A host of celebrity speakers will join Rev. Washington in sharing positive and powerful messages for women of all spiritual backgrounds. The event will give women the opportunity to come together and highlight the efforts of some of the most non-vocal, yet obedient disciples of the Lord.





Gospel Charts this week

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Marvin Sapp.jpgReturning to the top of the Billboard Top Gospel Charts this week is Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty," ending WOW Gospel 2008's four week run at the top of the charts, as it moves down to the number two position for the week.

Kirk Franklin's "The Fight of My Life" holds on to the number three position as "Jesus" from Shekinah Glory Ministry maintains the number four spot. Israel & New Breed's "A Deeper Level" rounds out the week's top five. Other notable chart activity includes strong debuts from LaRue Howard with "How Great is Our God" - number 6 and Norman Hutchins' latest, "Spontaneous Praise: Vol. 1" -number nine.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp continues to dominate with his second consecutive week back at the top spot with "Never Would Have Made It." In total, this single has spent 28 weeks at the number one position. Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" holds to the number two spot. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford sits at number three while The Clark Sisters' "Livin" takes the number four position. Ricky Dillard & New G round out the week's top five with "The Light."





From age six Collie Buddz 'a come around'

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collie_BUDDZ.jpgColin Harper, also known as Collie Buddz has a rock-solid foundation in reggae - and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration.

Born in 1981, Collie was immersed in the sound system culture since the age of 6. "I used to come home from primary school and my brother would always be on the turntables, playing his new 45's an' I'd just be there vibesin," he revealed.

The evolution of dancehall and the sound-clash culture, into a movement of it's own in the late 1980s and early 1990s set the backdrop for young Collie's discovery of his own identity; and the dancehall kings of that generation, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, served as his primary influences. "Back when Beenie and Bounty used to war lyrically, seeing clashes wit' Kilimanjaro an all the sound-man an' everything...the whole music scene for me took on a new meaning. Clash thing an' lyrical war became a part of my daily life from early out."

The daily operation of trading lyrics in schoolyard clashes quickly gave way to more serious combat as, "...people started sayin 'Ay, Buddz got some lyrics!" From an early age, some of the local sounds on the island wanted to get me on dub plate," says Collie, who stepped into the first of many vocal booths at age 16 to voice customized dubs for some Bermudian sounds. "Sounds was always trying to buss local artists in Bermuda." Consistent encouragement from the various sound men and engineers he encountered on those dub excursions led Collie to maintain a musical focus and eventually trek to Florida for a degree in audio engineering, a path that ended behind the boards of his own Bermudian studio, jointly run with his older brother (Smokey) and Sneek Success from one of Bermuda's founding sounds, 'Newclear Weapon.'





prodigy_edit.jpgProdigy, one half of the hip-hop's legendary platinum selling duo, Mobb Deep, has agreed to be the first Urban artist to be featured in the Sansa advertising campaign for Sandisk's ShopSansa.com online e-tail store.

Prodigy, one of hip-hop's most prolific lyricists said "I am excited to be working with Sansa, a SanDisk creation and ShopSansa.com. The Sansa brand is known for being a leader in digital entertainment and producing cutting edge products. I am proud to be associated with ShopSansa.com." Peter Kuys, Chairman of AAO Music adds "Prodigy has a real connection to the Sansa products and to ShopSansa.com. As an artist providing music is a big part of his life and is Prodigy's motivation and inspiration."

The television campaign will feature the legendary hip hop artist's latest release H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 and cross promote the exciting new Sansa FUZE. The television commercials featuring Prodigy and promoting the ShopSansa.com store will be featured on MTV, BET, VH1 and many other Comcast cable networks.





Mavado gets bail, but show postponed

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mavado_edit1.jpgThe self proclaimed 'Gangsta For Life' Mavado was granted bail on Friday to the sum of $200,000 when he appeared in court to answer to two counts of shooting with intent and one count of illegal possession of a firearm.

Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, was also required to submit his passport to the courts, which means that he will not be able to keep his commitment to perform at the Queen Park Oval in Trinidad tomorrow.

YardFlex understands that the promoter for the show has rescheduled for an April date.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Jamaica on Wednesday squandered a glorious opportunity to chalk up another victory against arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago when they surrendered a two goal lead to end the game 2-2 in front of a fairly disappointed crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

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The Reggae Boyz looked vastly superior to a largely ineffective though young and inexperienced T n T aggregation. The Boyz with a couple of senior professionals from England, including Luton Shelton, Demar Phillips, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Omar Daley and the recalled Deon Burton waltzed to a comfortable two goal half time advantage thanks to strikes from captain and Wigan FC player Marlon King in the 34th minute and Tyrone 'Granny' Marshall - who plays for Toronto football club in the U.S Major League Soccer - in minute 41.





Gun, Violence, Crime...a Canadian Winter Tale

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By: Janice Dayle

a_winter_tale.jpgExamining poverty, gun, crime and community, in the multicultural Canadian context, the award winning film, "A Winter Tale," is rooted in reality.

As the Frances-Anne Solomon written and directed film sets out to delve beneath the surface of a rough Toronto inner city 'skin', it succeeds in highlighting the inner lives of Black men; often portrayed in media as, "monsters."

In Montreal for a special screening tonight as part of the weekend festival, Kasserian Ingera, "A Winter Tale" tells the story of a community responding to a bullet that virtually shattering the spirit of their region.

Following the sounds of deadly shots meant for a drug dealer, a
ten-year-old lays dead on a downtown Parkdale, Toronto street.

Broken and filled with grief and suspicion the community's hellish pangs are addressed as social worker, Gene Wright, galvanizes six Black men to make a pact; forming a support group in the hopes of getting things 'right.'





"Mighty Crown" takes crown to Japan

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mightycrown_champs_08.bmpJapan sound system Mighty Crown, won the annual Death Before Dishonor sound clash beating out selector Tony Matterhorn, Black Kat, Hype Zone and more.

Sammy of Mighty Crown tells Music News that they are elated as it is not easy for a foreign sound to win. The event was held on Easter Monday, March 24 at Pier One in Montego Bay.

Instead of the usual early warm-up juggling there was a 'vintage tribute' with foundation sounds, King Jammys, Black Scorpio, David Rodigan, Downbeat and others.





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Easter Stars on Parade featuring Bounty Killer and Mavado

bounty_mavado.jpgIn what was seen as an attempt to recover a loss of earnings from the poorly organized Real McKoy tour last year, the Easter weekend played host to another offering from dancehall entertainer Mavado alongside Bounty Killer. The promotional material carried three dates beginning with Birmingham on 21st March, Bradford (although patrons were pre-warned that the venue had yet to be confirmed) and London on 22nd and 23rd March respectively. In keeping with the risk factor now attached to Mavado, a decision was taken by the Police to cancel the Birmingham leg and the Bradford date was moved to Huddersfield. In almost identical terms as the show last year, the London leg went ahead with a heavy Police presence. Units were placed both inside and outside the venue, yet despite the alarmingly visible firearms a fight between patrons ensued, though it was curtailed by the Police within minutes.

In spite of notification to YardFlex in February that Baby Cham and Spice were added to the line-up, our London sources confirmed that the pair did not make the trip. A call placed to the publicist of Spice prior to the event confirmed that she had no booking for the UK. Support acts materialized in the form of Future Trouble, Einstein and Oh Me Oh My.





Review: The Harder They Come at Barbican, London

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By: Michelle Edwards

Verdict: Utterly enjoyable successful transition from the cinema

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Questionably, one right-wing critic chose to refer to the stage version of Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come, as having 'rather too much of the Caribbean', in it. It's a somewhat hilarious assertion since the film and naturally the stage adaptation is set in Jamaica. To view Caribbean culture (or, for that matter, any prevailing culture), with such an explicit disregard as later determined by further remarks about the Jamaican dialects being 'so strong' and a reference to 'laid-back time-keeping' points to a broader tendency to strengthen lazy stereotypes.

Based on the true story of Ivanhoe 'Rhygin' Martin, a famed Jamaican outlaw who died of gunshot wounds sustained during a shootout with Police officers on September 9,1948 in Lime Cay, Jamaica, the 1972 film has enjoyed iconic status. The soundtrack to the film, performed largely by singer/musician Jimmy Cliff is also heavily referenced as being a breakthrough album for Reggae in the US. With the assistance of Perry Henzell, the production was initially ignited at the Theatre Royal, east London, in 2006 and surpassed all expectations concluding with two sell-out performances.





Mavado charged with two counts of shooting

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mavado_pic_edit1.jpgThe self-proclaimed 'Gangsta Fah Life' artiste Mavado is now living the lifestyle as he is behind bars following his arrest last night on gun related charges.

The entertainer has been charged with two counts of shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Mavado, 27, whose real name is David Brooks, was held when he showed up for questioning in connection with a shooting incident on July 27th last year on Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew.

Head of the Major Investigation Task Force Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Greene said Mavado will remain in custody for at least another 24 hours.





Condolence from YardFlex

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aio_2.jpgYardFlex would like to send our condolences to Mama Joy who just lost her son Jeffery S. Dixon Jr. affectionately known as 'Aio', also son of the late 'Free I' Dixon.

He died in a tragic car accident last night in Jamaica.

We at YardFlex sends our blessings and would like to let Mama Joy and her family know that they are in our prayers.

Mama Joy hold tight and keep the faith.

Bless!!!!!





Queers flop Bounty's shows

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bounty_tour.jpgBounty Killer has come upon one main obstacle in his tour and that’s the very determined gay community! Killer's concerts have been felled by the fagalas.

From the ever-ready Peter Tatchell's celebratory press release:

Bounty Killer, has had two of his three UK concerts canceled in the last week, following a campaign by the gay human rights group OutRage! His concerts in Bradford and Birmingham were axed, losing him thousands of pounds in performance fees. In Germany, Bounty Killer’s performance in Essen was canceled and other German concert dates are now in doubt.

The Outrage! campaign extends all over Europe, including France and Belgium. Bounty Killer previously boasted that the gays would be no match for him. He obviously underestimated the lavender set's determination.

One of the British clubs, however, claim the Outrage! protest had nothing to do with the concerts' cancellations, but because Killer missed his flight from Jamaica. They’re now trying to reschedule the contentious event.





International News

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Songwriter sues Kanye West

kanye-west_edit.jpgA wacky songwriter-producer in Maryland says that Kanye West is diggin' his gold, lifting his tune "Volume of Good Life" for the Kanye smash hit "Good Life."

According to TMZ.com In a rambling lawsuit filed in Maryland District Court, Dayna Staggs (aka D'Mystro) is suing Kanye and his record label, Roc-a-Fella for copyright infringement. Staggs says that West "didn't obtain a license to use "Volume of Good Life" for his tune, and points out that Kanye was "only at the age of 6 or 7 years of age [sic]" when his song was written. ??D'Mystro is also peeved because Kanye's song "contains vulgar and offensive" images and "harms the reputation" of his much cleaner song. He wants 85% of all world sales of the proceeds from the music that uses his work, though he doesn't explain how he came up with that number. Kanye's label hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

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Jamelody's "Love Crazy" a hit

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jamelody.jpg"Love Crazy," a rhythmic ballad by promising vocalist, Jamelody, is making waves on reggae radio charts with a record breaking sixth place entry as a debut single.

The latest Media Guide Report charts it at number five; and it is steadily rising up the reggae specialty charts.

It is no wonder, since Jamelody's 15 track album "Be Prepared," that features the new hit, "Love Crazy" is filled with his rare voice that is soulful and gritty; he is clearly the new roots messenger. Set for release April 29, the album is sizzling.

Jamelody gives a boost to the foundation already set in reggae’s call for truth, rights, justice and love; and "Be Prepared" highlights this. Including hardcore tracks – produced by legendary mixing board master, Bobby 'Digital' Dixon – as well as a 'new roots' 'rock, pop, R&B' style, produced by Carl James, the album brings out an amazing talent, no doubt headed for the very top.





I Wayne's phenomenal rise

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Iwayne_bookoflife.jpgRoots and culture artists have long been a constant in Jamaica, from the influence of legends like Bob Marley to conscious roots dancehall singers like Garnet Silk. However, in the summer of 2004 a new and powerfully distinct voice emerged on the reggae music scene. With a fresh timbre, substantive lyrics and passionate performance, this artist has almost singlehandedly led the new wave of roots and culture reggae music that has swept the island of Jamaica.

I Wayne, born Cliffroy Taylor in Portmore, Jamaica, officially hit the international scene with the hit, "Cant Satisfy Her." The, 24 year old, singer has been the first cultural reggae artist to be added to Hot 97 in New York, a station notorious for its hip hop influence.

Since then the track caught on in several markets and entered the
Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Singles charts. The fiery tone of the track describes the desperate reality of prostitution, poverty, and sexually transmitted diseases in Jamaica. His follow-up single, "Living in Love," went atop the New York and Florida reggae charts for more than seven weeks.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 11 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
02 03 06 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
03 05 05 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt
04 02 11 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
05 05 07 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
06 11 04 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Greatest Gainer up 5
07 06 14 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
08 08 09 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
09 07 19 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
10 10 05 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Appleton Rapids

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

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Luau was banging

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YardFlex photographer was on Reggae Beach, ocho Rios to part-take in Luau on Easter Sunday. The event sell-off.

Below are photos from the event:

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Passa Passa

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Bwoy is a crying shame di way how di British Link Up dance turn out. Look how di people dem go out fi enjoy demself and di man end up dead. Den tell mi something a really woman dem did a have di kas kas bout? And den di police a sey a two time dem guh fi tun off di dance and dat di organizers start it back again. Fi real people a nonsense dat dem a chat, cause if dem did really waan fi lock off di dance dem coulda, mi nuh tink dem did go all out fi do dat.

Bwoy it really dread dough, it put big stigma inna di dancehall. Nuh wonda di police dem ban all dance fid at deh venue...it dread fi true.

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Lohan attacks Best over sex video photo

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lindsay-lohan-picture-6.jpgThey say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and ain't that the truth where Lindsay Lohan and her ex-boyfriend are concerned.

YardFlex understands she went ballistic after a photograph from a sex tape the pair allegedly made surfaced on the web.

Reports claim the actress made a series of phone calls to Best, the son of late football legend George, after a blurry clip from the video of the pair made appeared online.

A source, claiming to have overheard Lohan, said the actress was furious.





Pembroke Hall rocks with 'Stay in School' tour

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photgraphy By: Milton Raynor

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The next stop for Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour was Pembroke Hall High; and we arrived just in time to catch part of an inter-house football match that was in progress.

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It was also the first day of boys and girls track and field Championships; from which KLAS Sports Radio was broadcasting live as well. All this 'sports fever' in the surroundings made the mood more exciting for all.





edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgAnthony Cruz's unwavering and strong lover's rock vocals mixed with his excellent stage presence and edgy style, has earned him a firm place in reggae music.

"Fight With All Your Might" is his soon to be released album that highlights his immense talent through the delivery of diverse musical styles. Tracks to watch include: "Hold Me," "Leaders of the World," "Take It Off" and his first single "Love Is Falling."

While his destiny in music was just about 'ordained' through inspirational family ties with the great late Garnett Silk, who was his uncle, Cruz worked unrelentingly, dedicating himself to honing his craft until his songs became impressive enough to catch the attention of veteran producer, Willie Lindo, in 1993. Taking Cruz under his wing, Lindo - in Miami, Florida at the time - was behind the release of his debut album, "Where There Is Love," featuring global hits, "Just Call My Name" and "When You Get Lonely."





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airjamaica_plane.jpgYardFlex understands that the Air Jamaica Love Bird has been grounded due to an industrial dispute by Flight Attendants. The Ministry of Labour is presently in negotiations with Union Delegates. In the Meantime passengers have been left stranded at both international airports. The Minister states he is looking forward to a settlement this evening.





Appleton Rapids was off the hook

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YardFlex was at White River Park, Ocho Rios on Easter Sunday, where we went to Rapids.

Below are photos from the events:

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Mavado rising higher this year

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Last week Hype TV network premiered Mavado's latest scorching video, "Last Night." Hitting the streets 'racing', the Little X masterpiece gives viewers a pulsating stroll through what is seen as one of the roughest spots in Jamaica - his Cassava-Piece 'Gully' hometown.





At Madhouse success reigns

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mad_house_logo.jpgWe've often heard the slang, "Ma mama Madhouse" bellowing from the heavy vocal cords of Baby Cham. It's his home label, but not many are aware of the rich vein of success the label has.

1992 saw the birth of Madhouse Records, a collaboration of excellence developed from fusing the business acumen of Janet Davidson and the creative genius of musical guru, Dave Kelly.

Home of dancehall anthems like "Action," "Slam" and "Joyride," Madhouse is a true reggae institution. The philosophy of the work at Madhouse reflects the chorus of Kelly's hit tune by Terror Fabulous and Nadine Sutherland, "Action." "Action, not a bag of mouth." Since its inception, without seeking publicity or hype, Madhouse has been quietly and relentlessly producing the biggest sounds in dancehall.





Beenie Man back in Tax Court

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beenie_tax.jpgThe sago continues with Beenie Man and the tax court. He is scheduled to be in court today to answer charges of tax evasion.

The artiste was arrested on a warrant in October last year after he failed to appear before the Tax Court. Tax authorities allege that the entertainer owes the state $47 million in income tax. When the entertainer appeared in court on December 10th, his lawyers said efforts would be made to hold talks with the authorities regarding his multi-million dollar tax debt. Tax representatives said Mr. Davis had made no further attempts to settle.

Well YardFlex wish Beenie Man good luck and hey, it's time to give the DJ a break!





smilejamaica_RAAJ_assassin.jpgAssassin has been busy in the studio working on some new material to keep his hungry fans satisfied. With the production expertise of Daseca Productions, Ward 21 and Don Corleon, his new releases are guaranteed to make you "bump-your-head-to-this-track".

"Same Ting Again" is a production of Coby from the Daseca camp and sees Assassin flexing his muscles on a Reggae/Hip Hop fusion. He explores the routines of daily life – ghetto people struggles are never-ending and even though there's no money, they're still experiencing problems. "Surveillance" is another song that is done under Daseca Productions and speaks to those men who are ever keen to their women's every move.

"Badness Nah Wear" shows off Assassin's dexterity where he tackles a serious issue, courtesy of Ward 21. Assassin acknowledges that "Reggae and Dancehall music glorifies guns and violence and it is not the absolute reason for what we see happening in society". However, he does admit that there is the legitimacy of the "gangsta" factor, where music touts it as fashionable and so with "Badness Nah Wear", he completely dispels this idea.





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no_free_speech.jpgFreedom of speech for everyone except a Jamaican
By: Maria Jackson

I am a bit reluctant to write this article because I am aware that composing it will bring a lot of things to light that some would like to see kept in the dark. However, I have been quietly watching Jamaican artistes being denied their right to freedom of speech as well as being robbed publicly for a while and no one seems to be doing anything about it. I am not proposing that I alone can stop what has been going on, but I hope that this article will wake up some of the radical heavy weights in the industry. It all started some time ago when someone, somewhere, decided that the content of reggae/dancehall was too homophobic. As a consequence, it was suggested that a restriction should be placed on the whole genre. These restrictions were imposed with no understanding of the culture, language or style of reggae music. These constraints have prevented reggae artistes from performing at certain venues in North America and Europe.

Last year Time Magazine published an article entitled "Curbing Homophobia in Reggae". In my opinion, the article insinuated that since the passing of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh reggae has taken a turn for the worse and is now only advocating violence against gays and lesbians. The article also went into great detail outlining all the artistes (and there were some big ones) who once denounced homosexuality in their songs but have now signed a document called "The Reggae Compassionate Act", and therefore agreed not to publicly perform their "homophobic" songs.

Before I go any further into this article I think it is important that I say I do not think violence, on any level, is right. That being said, I also believe that dictating what one is allowed to say or not say is not right. How can you threaten the livelihood of an artist because you do not agree with their opinion? Whether you agree or not, that is basically what you are doing when you petition for an artiste not to perform at a venue.

Reggae artistes, like all other performers in the music business make the majority of their money from touring. It is difficult to give an approximate or accurate figure of the monies that have been lost by the reggae industry due to shows being canceled. Different venues give different reasons as to why they choose to cancel their shows but at the end of the day it all boils down to being pressured internally by gay activists.





Shareena Swinscoe, Britains next top model?

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winner_shareena.jpgShareena Swinscoe, age 16, made her first appearance on the cover of a major publication when she posed for Britain's "PRIDE" magazine.

Winner of Pulse's Caribbean Model Search (CMS) – UK, she is being touted as Britain's next top model. Photo shoots were conducted by one of Europe's top photographers, Ayo Banton.

He expressed great optimism while speaking about Shareena's potential. "She's going to be huge! She has a great look and takes direction really well. She's a little shy and still learning how to move, but in a couple of years she will be amazing."

Reminiscing on the experience, Shareena told reporters, "The shoot was so long, it lasted from 10 am until 6 pm., non-stop. I got on really well with all the crew and I think the pictures are great. I definitely want to reach for the stars in modeling. I really enjoyed the professional environment and all the styling and costumes we tried. This has given me so much experience."





Time for women to take a stand

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By: Rootz girl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpg'Teck buddy gal', 'skettel’, 'bitch', 'hoes'... well the list of derogatory adjectives could go on and on that have been used by hip hop and dancehall artistes alike to refer to women in the dirt that's being called songs.

One would think that any self-respecting woman listening to these songs would feel disgust and great indignation coming to the fore as the words penetrate and then do the only acceptable thing – turn off the radio or get rend of the offending item.

But here is the shocker, there are actually women out there who find nothing wrong with the garbage being spewed out by these artistes, instead they embrace both artistes and the nonsense that are being passed off as songs.

To make matters even worse, they war with each other over the artistes that have shown their disrespect for them repeatedly in the songs they choose to do.

Am I missing the whole picture here? Is there no value placed on us women anymore? Has material things and basking in the limelight allow us as women to lose all sense of moral values, decency and some kind of pride that would see us demanding even a semblance of respect for ourselves?





Best Dressed! - New Talk, New War...

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macka_dangel.jpgDancehall has seen it fair share of clashes, from the days of Papa San and Lt. Stichie, to Ninja and Shabba, Bounty and Beenie, and even more recently, Vybz Kartel and Mavado. Most if not all of these clashes have been lyrical, or have at least started there, but word on the street is that a war of a new dimension is brewing between female dancehall recording artiste, D'Angel and Macka Diamond, aka The Money Goddess.

Sources close to the situation revealed that hot words have been flying behind the scenes for a while now, and it got even worse after Macka Diamond won best dressed female artiste at the Teenage Choice Awards. The word is that D'Angel was furious, and was determined to get her day in the spotlight as best dressed female artiste. This she achieved at the recently held Irie FM awards, where she took home the coveted, or is it the vain award of the night?

Be that what it may, it doesn't stop there, because word is that like D'Angel, Macka was furious at the announcement of D'Angel being the winner, and has since lashed out with a stinging single, entitled, 'Best Dressed,' which states that 'she has her best dressed house, best dressed car and her best dressed man wha a come in from far, wid har best dressed fren dem, a she an dem a par, a who dat ovah deyso want a best dressed war? '





Free will bring fresh appeal to Gospel

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Free2_.jpgFormer host of BET's 106 & Park, Free, will co-host the new Gospel Music Channel original series, Bobby Jones Next Generation, alongside the man who helped revolutionize gospel music as a creator, producer, director and performer, Dr. Bobby Jones.

The series will begin shooting in Atlanta next week and both performance heavyweights will share hosting duties of the hour-long show where merging artists will be showcased.

Gospel Music Channel, Atlanta-based Kingdom Come Productions and Dr. Jones will produce the new series together. The programme will be broadcast Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the series premiere set for Sunday, May 4.

Speaking to reporters, Dr. Jones said, "Free is the ideal choice to share the hosting role on our new GMC series. She is a seasoned television personality, brings a young demographic appeal, knows the new artist world well and is an emerging artist herself. She and I will compliment each other well and viewers will enjoy our pairing"

Before her career in television as host on 106 & Park, BET's number one rated show, Free began showing her talent as a budding rap artist in the early 1990's working with likes of the Wyclef Jean Refugee Camp, Lenny Kravitz, and Pras, and had record deals with Elektra and Motown records and also worked with Def Jam. Most recently, Free held the position of DJ on KKBT 100.3, The Beat music station in Los Angeles.





Billboard's Gospel Charts

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wow_gospel08.jpgFor the fourth consecutive week, "WOW" Gospel 2008 sits atop Billboard's Top Gospel Charts.

Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty" continues its strong run at the #2 position. "The Fight of My Life" from Kirk Franklin holds strong to this week's #3 spot and Shekinah Glory Ministry's, "Jesus" holds strong at #4.

Flame's "Our World: Redeemed" The Sequel debuts strong at #5. Other notable movements include Myron Williams solo debut "Made to Worship" at #9 along with DeWayne Wood's "Introducing DeWayne Woods" & "When Singers Meet," jumping from #23 to #18.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" returns to the #1 position after a four-week absence, replacing Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" which moves to #2. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford holds strong to the #3 spot, as does The Clark Sisters' "Livin" at #4. Maurette Brown Clark's, "One God" rounds out the week's top five songs at #5.





Letter for Jamaica Boycott

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OPEN LETTER

Ms. Anne-Marie Bonner
Consul General
Consulate General of Jamaica
303 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M4P 1L3

Dear Ms. Bonner,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for meeting with us.

As a follow-up, we have listed our concerns and issues below for your
reference and look forward to your response.

Issues
- Government Public Service announcement denouncing homophobic/transphobic violence in Jamaica.

- National homophobia/transphobia Education campaign.

- Repealing the Buggery Laws and other legislation that further
stigmatize, discriminate and criminalize consensual same sex acts.

- Public education campaign to sensitize the Jamaican Constabulary
around dealing with the victims of violence around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families across Jamaica.





Musical journey of a 'Cool Ruler'

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Photos By: Marie Mendoza

edit_gregoryisaacs.jpgJamaican Reggae musician, Gregory Isaacs came forth in the 1970s with lovers rock hits including "My Only Lover,""Sinner Man," and "Mr. Cop." In the same period, he released the album, "Mr. Isaacs," that featured songs such as, "Love is Overdue" and "Loving Pauper."

He signed with Virgin Records and moved on to Charisma Records in the late 1970s and material from this period gave him a wider international audience. Songs such as "Soon Forward," "If I Don't Have You" and "Let's Dance" are often re-released on compilation albums from this period.

In 1982, Gregory Isaacs signed an international release contract with Island Records, a combination, which resulted in the release of the albums, "Night Nurse" - probably his best known album among the many international music fans who had taken to reggae by then; and "Out Deh," in 1983.

The Island Records contract ended soon after and a number of personal issues forced Isaacs from the spotlight. In 1988 he returned triumphantly with "Rumours," that was popular with both young reggae fans and those who had followed his music since those classic songs of the 1970s. Since then his music has been released by his own African Museum Label.





Happy Easter

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Have a blessed Easter

Have a blessed and holy Easter season. Today, as we take time out to reflect on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may you all give some thought to the ultimate price He paid.

Don't let the moment be about bun, cheese and fish...it is much more than that. YardFlex wish for all its readers a wonderful Easter season...and whatever you do, take time out to say 'Thanks' for the wonderful sacrifice that was paid.





Why women cheat

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By: Buffilous


Buffilous.jpgYeah man, a me Buffilous again pon di scene. Mi nuh care whey unno waan sey, it look like unno cow dung Rootzgirl cause mi nuh si nutten from har from di odda day. She mussi read unno comment dem and top write...but just tru mi know sey mouth meck fi sey anyting mi still love unno and a do mi ting.

Now a waan talk bout mi favorite topic - man and woman affairs. Now di odda day mi a hol' a reasoning wid mi friend dem and wi did kina a debate why women really cheat. Mi friend dem a wonda why a woman whey have everyting, house, land, car, di best inna clothes, jewellery and dem ting deh and she tun round and guh cheat!

Sometimes she even pick up bruck pocket man and spen pon dem and yuh haffi wonda a wha teck har...but afta wi examine it under a fine microscope we come to di conclusion dat di real reason women cheat is plain and simple – dem a get paid but nah get laid!

Dem man tun wutless when it come to juggling dem love affair. Dem a gi dem woman money and odda tings except di ting whey really matter – some quality time in di romance department.





By: Joseph Cunningham

RAAJ_kingjammys_edit.jpgKing Jammy, whose real name is Lloyd James, was born in Montego Bay, in 1947. He is a dub mixer, record producer and sound system owner who started out in the late 1960s by building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment while still living at his mother's house in Waterhouse. From these proceeds he started his own sound system. He also built equipment for other local systems.

After leaving Jamaica to work in Canada for a few years in the early 1970s, King Jammy returned to Kingston in 1976 and established his own studio at his in-laws' home in Waterhouse.

His first major break came when one of King Tubby's selectors, Phillip Smart, left Jamaica to work in New York. King Jammy replaced him, getting to work with the likes of Bunny Lee and Yabby You. For the first few years of his career, Jammy almost exclusively created Dub. In the late 1970s he began to release his own productions, including the debut album from Black Uhuru in 1977.





Another African singer on the rise

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sammi.jpgFirst there was the late Lucky Dube, then 2 Face exploded on the scene with Africa Queen...and now here comes Samini as he confirms his hold on African music by winning 2008 Hip Hop World Award for African Artiste of the Year.

Samini without a doubt is one of the most consummate young African artists of our time. His refined tone and dashing looks have won him the hearts of many ladies across the continent. This has propelled his brand of dancehall rhythms infused with African beats to amazing heights and resulted in recognition across the globe. At the age of 26, he has won several Ghana Music Awards, a MOBO award for Best African Act in 2006, and at the just ended Hip Hop World Award, he clinched the award for Best African Artist. He is currently the music icon for MTN, the leading telecommunications company in Africa and the Middle East.





News Brief

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photo_bascom-x_edit.jpgThings looking up for Bascom X

Caan keep a good man down! Bascom x has gotten back his passport and is gearing up to perform in Florida. The case is not over yet, but gwaan youth, from you can fly and do yuh thing, then the future is already looking bright for you.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Uptown Mondays

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.


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What's poppin

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Poor Beenie Man

the_doc_beenieman.jpgBwoy dem sey trouble nuh set like rain but mi tink a time fi Beenie get a break now. Him have lawsuit a England a hang ova him head and him not even can get fi hug up him son and get likkle comfort. Mi sey him a bawl out inna di evening paper sey a eight months now him nuh get fi si him son. But whey mi really waan fi know is – if Beenie Man a di king how come D'Angel have him so weak. If him well waan si him son, him nuh know whey fi duh. Same like how D'Angel do
whey she fi do, him nuh know bout counteraction? Well sah...still a hope Beenie Man troubles end real soon...cause mi nuh how much more him can teck.

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Award winning promotion company strikes again

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edit_Beres & Friends  2008.jpgBeres Hammond, Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths will headline the first staging of 'Grooving' slated for April 5, 2008.

This GT Promotions event is going to be an annual one featuring the best acts around, including newcomers; and its inaugural presentation will take place at WAVES Beach in Negril.

IRIE FM's GT Taylor is CEO of GT Promotions and he emphasizes that this show will be another high quality production from his company, that was recently given the IRIE FM Music Award for 'Show of The Year.'

Harmony House and Gumption Band
will be backing some of reggae's finest as well as strong performers like: Timmi Burrell and Villa Dutch & Feekez.

GT Taylor will host the event.





Shane-O, Blacker and more stress STAY IN SCHOOL

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By: Jaide Bridge

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Shane-O proves over and over again that he is still the 'students' pet' as he continues to get overwhelming applause with the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour. At York Castle High recently, there was no exception and while mindful of the reason for the fun and excitement of school tours, Shane-O used the opportunity to remind students of the huge benefits of completing their education and even had them spelling in one song.

The big merger of Music, Sports and Academics – made possible by sponsors Inseason Juice (title sponsor), Pharmaton, Adidas, AAMM Co-Op Credit Union and YardFlex, continued in Brown's Town in the cool hills of St. Ann; just in time to celebrate with York Castle High School who are proud of their 50th anniversary in the current location. Founded 100 years ago, the school is headed by Principal, Mrs. Hawthorne and the head boy is Lorenzo Daley.





WHAT - Cut Down Passa Passa and Rae Town?

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passa43.jpg"Whaapen to dem?" - is the question on many lips these days as news of the intended cut down of the regular and internationally popular weekly "ghetto based" dances surfaced in Jamaica.

Reports uncover that the 'powers that be', including Enforcement and The Mayor have been putting serious thought into cutting down the traditional weekly happenings to maybe twice monthly.

The idea of cutting down these dances has members of both communities not only disappointed, but angry. Not only are these parties, that folk look forward to as relaxation and entertainment, an integral part of a growing global dancehall culture, they also serve as a major source of income for a huge sector of the Jamaican society.

Incident free since their inception, both sessions have reputations of bringing all people together in unity and love. Passa Passa even tours the world in the same context of love and harmony.

How can peace and love be wrong? So the people keep asking – Whaapen to dem?

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International News

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Wasn't Me!
Reports circulating that Young Bloodz rapper Sean Paul was involved in the double rape charge is not so! Sean Paul's only link is that the real culprit was his former manager.

Jeremy Geffen, the manager of D12 and former YoungBloodz rapper Sean Paul, was arrested and charged in Los Angeles Monday with drugging and sexually assaulting two 16-year-old girls.

According to the Associated Press, Geffen is being accused of giving two teenaged girls cocaine and raping them in 2006 and 2007. While he was being held on $2 million bail pending his arraignment on Thursday (Mar. 20), his lawyer Danny Davis is optimistic. "I strongly respect my client's presumption of innocence," he told the Los Angeles Times after Geffen's arrest last week. "I like to think I specialize in cases of innocent clients, and that is why I am attracted to this case." Hit with 14 felony counts including rape by use of drugs, rape of an unconscious person, and furnishing cocaine to a minor...Geffen is looking at 20 years in prison if convicted.





DOH by Serani feat. Bugle have the # 1 Spot locked

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

serani_bugle_DOH.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
01 01 10 Serani feat. Bugle-DOH-Daseca-2wks@#1
02 03 10 Bugle-Journey-Daseca
03 06 05 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
04 04 06 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back
05 08 04 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt
06 02 13 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
07 05 18 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
08 09 08 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
09 07 16 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It –Birchill-Peak@#3





Duppy caught on tape in Tivoli Gardens

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Big Up Dudus who recently celebrated his earthday on the 13th of March. YardFlex understand that he had two hot parties, one on Thursday night and the other on Sunday.

The Sunday night jam lasted until 10:30 am Monday morning and was a 'sell off' event. This was more so an eventful morning, as a ghost, it is alleged who was enjoying the music saw it fit to make a cameo appearance through a window of one of the high rise building in Tivoli.

According to various news reports, persons from the community are speculating that this ghost is one of the five youths recently killed in the community.

However, check out the video clip below for yourselves and tell us what you think:





Luciano affiliated with all 'Rastafari Mansions'

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By: Kemesha Bolton
Photo By: Denise Deacon

Luciano_yardflex 002.jpgLuciano - Jah's MessenJah, has an aura that transcends him, sending out waves that speak volumes of his personality and character. These sound waves told YardFlex that he is humble, always pleasant and seems to be often on a tight schedule; as was evidenced with his fast paced moving about and seemingly incessant phone calls that rolled in as we spoke.

"Every great achievement has convinced me about my mission, Jah has
blessed me, I can never be ungrateful." These are the words of the man we know as "Luc" – Light, "ciano" – bearer of the light; Luciano – Jah's Messenjah, is a name given to him by his first manager Omar Harris.

Born Jepther McClymont October 20, 1964, he grew up in the Adventist Church. The seventh of nine children, Luciano was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents and grew up in Daveyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He is often referred to as "The Messenjah" which Luciano says is a name that he took on after reading Malachi chapter 3 which speaks about the messenger coming.

Luciano says he is always conscious of what he eats and drinks, even about his roots and spirituality. "I always read mi bible which is my guideline and other books on Rastafari." When asked if he was affiliated to or works with any of the three mansions of Rastafari, Luciano says "I am a part of everyone, each represents a different function of Rastafari, I am born October which makes me Dan so I am Twelve Tribes and everyone who is born [on a month] is inevitably a part of Twelve Tribes, I love Nyabinghi because it is the first ancient order of worship and I am Bobo Shanti because of its priesthood order, Music has neutralized me."





Get to know David "Ram Jam" Rodigan

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By: Joseph Cunningham

david_rodigan.jpgOn the eve of the "Death Before Dishonour" sound clash, YardFlex has taken the initiative to highlight a few of Reggae music's foremost Disc Jockeys.

David Rodigan, born 1951 on a military base in Hanover, Germany, is a British radio DJ who also performs as a selector for his sound system. Known for his selections of Reggae and Dancehall music, he has played on stations including Radio London, Capital95.8, Kiss 100 London and BFBS Radio 1.

By the age of 15, David Rodigan was deejaying at school dances and youth clubs. Leaving school in 1970, he spent a year studying economics before leaving to study drama. Despite pursuing an acting career, David kept his passion for music alive, selling records in Oxford then Putney, before obtaining a job on Radio London in 1978 to alternate with Tony Williams on the Reggae Rockers programme. A year later he was offered a permanent slot at Capital Radio to present Roots Rockers, which ran for 11 years.





Black Judah, the new voices of the Future

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By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Sugar Black and Dylan Judah form the reggae duo Black Judah. They have been together for 2 year while they are independent artists in their own right, both have been signed to Teflon Blood Records for four Album deals each.

Dylan Judah's parents were a part of the horrific holocaust and he has found new beginnings and a new name. Born Dylan Hyde, he took on the spiritual name Judah, because of his parents unfortunate past. An ardent bible student, the name Judah means more to him than just a change of name.





Symphony Under The Stars was all that and some

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"Symphony Under the Stars," featuring Roberta Flack and top Reggae Crooners, was held last Saturday at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy in New Kingston, Jamaica. It was its second staging, and the quality was symphonic.

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On entering the venue the view was magnificent. Candles were laid
surrounding a body of water close to the V.I.P area and the view was of a seated audience, predominantly dressed in black night gowns.





Another Glorious Boys and Girls Champs

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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The ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boy's and Girl's Athletics Championships for 2008 came to an end on Saturday night at the National Stadium in Kingston in spectacular fashion with Calabar High School Boys and Holmwood Technical Girls repeating as champions.

Andrew Riley of Calabar High and Salcia Slack of Holmwood Technical were winners of their respective heptathlon titles, and were fittingly named as the overall points champions at the end of the four day meet.





Roberta Flack continues to tap emotions

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Born in Asheville, North Carolina, and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Roberta Flack discovered her earliest musical influences from the church. The local AME Zion Church gave everyone the opportunity to get out of the house, but, as Roberta recalls, the music "didn't have the raunchy, wide-open, free, spontaneous, full-of-life thing that you could hear at the Baptist Church down the street." Whenever she could, she'd sneak over there to hear such gospel luminaries as Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers. At home, Roberta's father repaired an old upright piano, and she began to pick out tunes while sitting on her mother's lap. When she turned nine, she began taking piano lessons, and also started to listen to a wide range of popular music, R&B, jazz, blues, and pop.

As she moved into her teens, Roberta's listening gravitated towards classical music, and her piano playing developed rapidly. At 13, she won second place honors with her performance of a Scarlatti sonata in a statewide contest for black students. At the same time, her scholastic excellence enabled Roberta to regularly skip grades, to the point that she had to be "left back" for a year to allow her physical and emotional development to catch up with her stellar academic advancement. Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. After several years as a high school English teacher, Ms. Flack was discovered while singing at a Washington, DC club by jazz musician Les McCann. This resulted in her being signed to Atlantic Records.





Romell Marshall awarded for She's Royal

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Photography By; Milton Raynor

YardFlex was present last week when Romell Marshall, an engineer from Mikey Bennett Studio was awarded for Best Reggae Recording - She's Royal.

Below are pics from the event held at Grafton Studios:

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White Girl Disses Spice

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zerby_spice.jpgLyrics dissing Spice spew from the mouth of Zerby, on the Gladiator Rhythm. The white female dancehall artist, who is quite seasoned on stage and in studio; also as a musician, blurts out on her track titled, "Veteran:"

"Eh - when u see Spice tell har dis – whappen now - gyal a come outa diaper an a gwaan like she hot - a fe ave respect u know...How dem a diss veteran artist when - not even platinum record she sell..."

As one of a few new tunes available on Zerby's Myspace, and representing a preview of her upcoming album, the song "Veteran," seems unpopular.

According to an AP freelancer, "Why diss Spice?" Or is it a publicity ploy by a virtually unknown artist who bills herself as dancehalls first white DJ.





News Brief

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mavado_pic_edit1.jpgMavado's show that was scheduled for Saturday March 16, at Miami Soho Studios was interrupted by an altercation outside the venue.

Apparently two men were having an argument outside the club when one of Mavado's entourage who goes by the alias 'Chase Cross' was stabbed by one of the men who was arguing.

This occurred after 'Chase Cross' asked the two men to squash the argument, to prevent the cops from shutting down the show. After walking away one of the assailants, who was in the altercation stabbed him in his neck. He was rushed to the Trauma unit by Mavado and members of their entourage.

We at YardFlex wishes 'Chase Cross' a speedy recovery. People we need to learn how to taper our anger.

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Shaggy feat. Akon - "What's Love"

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Halle Berry gave birth to a baby girl yesterday

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halle185_224064a.jpgAmerican actress Halle Berry gave birth to a baby girl Sunday March 16, 2008 and "is doing great," her publicist Meredith O'Sullivan told reporters. The Oscar winner reportedly delivered the baby at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday morning.

Berry, 41, and father Gabriel Aubry a 32-year-old Canadian model met while shooting a Versace ad in Los Angeles two years ago.

Halle, told Oprah Winfrey on her show last year that playing a mother in her latest movie, "Things We Lost in the Fire," helped convince her that motherhood was for her. "I think it validated that I was meant to be a mother because every day I dealt with the character as a mother and thinking as a mother," Berry said. "It let me know that I must be a mother."

Berry won the best-actress Oscar for her role in the 2001's "Monster's Ball." She also won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role in 1999's "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." Berry had said she and Aubry don't plan to marry, but feel fully committed to each other.





Kerron Proves the Power in Praise

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kerron_ennis_edit.jpgKerron began singing at the tender age of eight years in Jamaica in her local church and thereon set her sights and ambition on becoming an instrument of music for the Lord. She has moved tens of thousand while touring the island with the Perpetual Team and at local churches and the accolades have started rolling in. Her ministry is being demanded locally and on the international scene.

Born, August 22, 1982, in the parish of St Andrew, she is the fifth child of Lascelles and Derisa Ennis and grew up in the Patrick City Community, where her artistic ability has captured the hearts of many. She has been the choir director for the Youth and Combined choirs of the Boulevard Church of the Nazarene and has received the commission from the Lord to sing and to make His praise glorious. Her dedication for the Lord is indelibly etched into her motto of Acts 20:24, "but none of these things moved me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

After entering the Jamaica Cultural Development's Gospel Festival in 2003 with the title song, "No Wonder," written by Clifton and Margaret Clarke, Kerron came in third place. She then became a well sought after alto singer. From this the musical stage of greatness was then set and Kerron has no intention of looking back.





Rootz Underground blazing raw consciousness

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By: Joseph Cunningham

rootz underground_08_edit.jpgRevolution reggae music - edgy, raw, natural, roots...they are Rootz Underground.

They say they have many influences, including their homeland Jamaica,
Rastafari, JAH, the revolutionary Reggae music of the 1970s and Roots
Reggae music.

The revolution that is Rootz Underground began in 2000 when the band members, linked their musical talents to form one solid unit. The group emerged on the scene in a blaze of high-energy performances, conscious lyrics and a harmonic alternative reggae sound that marries their intellectual, spiritual and creative energies.

This marriage has birthed music that is inspiring, energizing and real. Progressive, unique and 'with edge,' their reggae has a modern hip hop feel infused with slivers of jazz, rock and revolutionary dub.





Mikey Dread passed away this evening

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edit-mikey-dread_dead.jpgAccording to the West Indian Times, Michael 'Mikey Dread' Campbell who was always 'The Dread At The Control' has passed away. Mikey passed away at approximately 6:50pm Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, March 15th, 2008. He was surrounded by his family in the home of his sister in Connecticut at the time of his passing. We had reported in October 2007 that Mikey had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and that he was fighting with all his might to recover from his illness. Mikey constantly remained upbeat and hopeful for a full recovery so that he could continue doing what he loved; spreading Jah music to the world. Mikey's family including his children; 2 sons from Jamaica, a daughter who lives in Houston, TX, a son who lives in Canada, a daughter who lives in Belize, and his 4 month old son Zylen Jahlight had been close by in the last few months as he fought to stay with them.

We will keep you updated as service arrangements are made.

We at YardFlex sends our deep condolence to the family and friends of Mikey Dread. His passing is a great loss to the music industry and the world itself. He will be sadly missed by all. Mikey, may your soul rest in eternal peace.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

The arrival of Miss Roberta Flack was greeted with a cocktail party at the Hilton's Hotel Kingston on Thursday Night.

Below are pics:

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Inseason Juice KLAS tour stresses STAY IN SCHOOL

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By: Jaide Bridge

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On March 7, 2008 all roads led to Portland for destination - Buff Bay High School. Despite the dusty roads due to construction of the new highway the arrival of Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour at the school, was a literal breath of fresh air as the school is surrounded by lush vegetation; a major characteristic of Portland.

Tony Young from KLAS opened up with a reminder to students about the reason for this tour – "Stay in School."

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After criss-crossing the island for a few months now, the tour's impact was for the first time, positioned to transcend international boundaries - by virtue of visibly excited exchange students in the crowd. Buff Bay High was host for these 24 French speaking students and their chaperones; all hailing from the Polyvalente La Samare School in Quebec, Canada, who will reciprocate by receiving 24 Buff Bay High students on a similar exchange programme in April.





Mavado woman dem a fight over him

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avah_mavado_gavesha.jpgBwoy dah one yah dred, me neva kno ooman cudda bicker over man so. A guess Mavado addi real mckoy fi tru, cuz him ave Avah, a clothes designer from Canada and Gavesha inna one hellava internet war ova him. Mek me give unnu piece a one a Avah message weh she sen pon myspace to Gavesha, "Ok I'm going to try another approach. I'm going to try to speak to you in proper English. Maybe you'll comprehend but with your vocabulary I doubt that."

Ouch! If yuh wah know more, check out dem myspace. No bwoy, dem two ooman yah seriously need fi get a life and leave di Gangster alone. Cuz it clear to me if no want none a dem.

YardFlex will definitely keep you guys posted, as we intend to get to the bottom of this story.





Photo By: Michelle Edwards

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A small collective of people gathered together recently for a special book signing evening with Professor Henry Palmer OBE.

Based on a period of slavery in Jamaica and its Scottish plantation owners coupled with an insight into his own formative years in Jamaica to his current status as a revered grain scientist in the UK, the book entitled 'The Enlightenment', was launched to much acclaim. Palmer, now retired, was a Professor of grain science at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland for may years and has received various awards for his research and community work. Recently, Palmer received a distinguished research award from the American Society of Brewing Chemists and was also awarded the Sir William Y. Darling bequest from The City of Edinburgh Council for his work in 'race relations', the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his research contribution to grain science and the "Black Champion" award for notable contributions to the community in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

When asked about his hopes for the book Palmer stated: "The Enlightenment' is an attempt to show the terrible consequences of slavery, ignorance and prejudice."





DOH by Serani feat. Bugle still 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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TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL

01 1 12 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back NM
03 4 14 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John U-1
04 3 13 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-1
05 5 13 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
06 6 8 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship NM
07 7 13 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
08 9 6 Journey - Bugle - Daseca U-1
09 8 9 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production (pp#6) D-1
10 10 27 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) NM
11 11 22 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(2wks@#1) NM
12 14 4 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype U-2
13 15 2 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship U-2
14 16 3 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records U-2
15 12 25 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love(pp#3)D-3
16 18 2 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
17 13 19 Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship(pp#6) D-4
18 20 2 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-2
19 17 17 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill (pp#5) D-2
20 19 22 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1





Videoshoot for Wayne Marshall's "Me By Myself"

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer was on location at Stanpipe for Wayne Marshall's videoshoot for his latest single "Me By Myself."

Here are the pictures:

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Lyrics: Wayne Marshall - "Me By Myself"

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Photo By: Milton Raynor

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Chorus

That's what I see...
Dem only bad inna company....
But a me by myself...
Me by myself....
Tell dem fi come...
Know sey mi deh yah an mi nah go run.....
All when a me by myself....
Me by myself....


Verse One

Mi say mi bad to the maximum....
Mi nuh need not a friend fi come buss mi ***
Anytime dem ready tell dem fi come....
All when a me one still nah go run....
How mi see it dem bwoy deh a mouth a massy.....
Only bad when dem trod inna clique or posse......
Terrible and mi mad wicked and wassy.....
Hand straight like chassis and mi nah miss fassy..... (yow)





Michael Jackson in financial hot water

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michael-jackson-400a052307.jpgMichael Jackson has refinanced Neverland ranch in time to save his famed California spread from a public auction that was scheduled for later this month.

Jackson's attorney, L. Londell McMillan, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the pop star has worked out a "confidential" agreement with Fortress Investment Group, LLC. The deal allows him to retain ownership of the famed property in Los Olivos, Calif.

"Neverland and MJ are fine," McMillan said. An auction date had been set for March 19 because of $24.5 million the singer owed on the 2,500-acre spread northwest of Santa Barbara.

A source close to the singer who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter said it's not clear whether Jackson will keep Neverland. Jackson has not lived there since his acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005.





Busy Signal still "Steppin Out"

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By: Joseph Cunningham

EME_reanno_busy.jpgBusy Signal – born Reanno Gordon – started singing spiritual hymns at his mother's church and that was where he earned his first encore.

He recalls, "When church was over, I would sit on the corner with my
friends and alter the words of the church hymns." He also performed at
school, beating his fists in time on his desk and deejaying Bounty Killer's songs (he claims to know all of Bounty's lyrics) before progressing to his own material.

Since emerging on the Dancehall scene in 2003, Busy Signal's undeniable talent and lyrical dexterity has taken him quickly to the forefront. His breakthrough single "Step Out" was one of Dancehall's hottest songs for 2005.

The name Busy Signal is an alias which was given to him by a friend because of his constantly busy persona. He recalls that from a younger age he had always been on the move, always conducting some kind of business in an attempt to break into the music biz.

Since his break came, Busy Signal has taken a different approach. "I choose to record songs with concepts attached to them on purpose...I don't try to voice on every rhythm that is out there."





Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Serani feat. Bugle "DOH" - moves into the # 1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

serani_bugle_DOH.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
01 02 09 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-New#1
02 01 12 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
03 03 09 Bugle-Journey-Daseca
04 06 05 Harry Toddler-Don’t Run In-Truck Back
05 04 17 Queen I-Frica- Don’t Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-3wks#1
06 08 04 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records--Shot to Watch
07 05 15 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It –Birchill-Peak@#3
08 12 03 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-Greatest Gainer up 4
09 09 07 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes
10 07 10 Spice –Up Inna De Light- Truck Back





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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On an afternoon when the Haile Selassie I High School celebrated their Jamaica Day, the KLAS Inseason School Tour passed through to encourage the gesture.

Haile Selassie High School is located in a community plagued by violence and the evidence was there by the constant presence of the Police force. This however, did not stop the students, teachers and community members present from enjoying the afternoon to the fullest.

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As usual enthusiastic performances came from the school and representatives of schools who are weekly participants of the tour. Bushy Tail, Terror Prince and the school's dance group were some favorites.





Etana takes her positive vibes to the streets

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On Friday March 7, VP recording artist Etana, took time out to drop in on customer service representatives at New Kingston's Digicel Call Center. Mingling amongst ardent fans, she shared love and laughs with these Digicel staff members who had previously chosen her as their favorite from a poll of dancehall and reggae artists.

It was a surprise visit by Etana who signed autographs, took photographs and absolutely enjoyed spending quality 'down time' with a group who reciprocated by showing the conscious songstress how much she is valued in the community. She was presented with an LG Chocalat slide cell phone as a token of the Digicel workers' gratitude.