October 2008 Archives
Paying attention to staying safe should be a main concern for especially women and children these days according to police who have revealed statistics indicating that women and children are currently in the deep end of the victim pool, in terms of crimes committed against them.
With the murder of women increasing by 30 percent in comparison to this time last year and over 700 children missing since January 2008 safety has become a major concern for women and children; who are traditionally considered most vulnerable.
The Gleaner listed the following safety tips for women and children to adhere to:
Children should be taught to walk away from fights.
Direct children to use safe roads indicated by you for travel to and from school.
Tell children to frequent well lit areas and to report any suspicious activity to 119 or a trustworthy person in the parents’ absence.
Talking to strangers must be forbidden
Taking gifts from people they don’t know is also dangerous
Adults must always be able to say where there children are at any given time.
Explain what violating their privates means.
Tell children to tell an adult if anyone touches their privates.
Get to know children’s friends and their parents.
It was nasty very nasty, but it was wonderful,” Lil Wayne said of the experience he had at the birth of his first son on October 22, 2008 at 9:25 AM.
Wayne said in an interview posted on New York’s Power 105’s site, that his 7lb 12 oz baby boy was the best thing to happen to him since the birth of his daughter who is now 8 years old. “I held the left leg the whole time,” he said.
It was at the BET Hip Hop Awards that Lil Wayne informed the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center that he was expecting a son in a few days. He was accepting an award for ‘Lyricist of the Year’.
Reginae Carter is the mother of his daughter and she is also Lil Wayne’s high school sweetheart. The name of his son’s mother has not been released.
The ‘Nuh Linga’ dance creator, Marlon ‘Ova Marz’ Hardy has been highly overlooked in all the global hype surrounding the moves he concocted. Still, the young dancer and choreographer who hails from Nannyville, Kingston is humbly emerging stronger these days with a positive force and is taking his energetic, creative moves to the world.
Ova Marz is a member of the Ravers Clavers dance crew and he had the immense honour of watching the dance he had developed being broadcast on television live from Beijing, China, as the overjoyed record breaking Usain Bolt put ultra expression in the ‘Nuh Linga’ that is loaded with head, hand and foot movement.
‘Nuh Linga’ has become the most popular dance in the world for 2008, as it was introduced internationally not only at the Olympics but also by Elephant Man and others.
Creator, Ova Marz, who started dancing at the age of 12 – on his own, was inspired by watching ‘Fowla’ who would dance to music from the popular Caveman Sound System at the Market Shed Centre. He would go home and practice steps to perfection, and then perform them in different arenas. At one street dance Ova Marz was recognized as mesmerizing when he tore up the place after being invited in the dancing ring with ‘Ding Dong’ and ‘Fowla’..
Several Jamaican communities are set to gain major recognition through a new initiative to create a documentary series highlighting the historical significance of different areas in the island. The brainchild of Jamlink and partners, the films will be strategically broadcast on Jamlink.com, where they will be accessible to the global community.
Sligoville – Jamaica’s first free village will be featured in the first documentary.
Jamaica’s rich culture is constantly in demand and there is a recent upsurge in that interest. There is a huge source of cultural capital in Sligoville that will be showcased, with the ever present possibility of harnessing that attribute to foster economic growth.
Not only is the documentary series meant to trigger increased collaboration between Jamaicans at home and abroad, it is also meant to be a means of developing Jamaica’s rich source of local content.
The Sligoville documentary will also be a part of a marketing campaign to raise funds for the Sligoville community cyber center, where multi media technology is taught.
The initiative depends heavily on donor participation, so getting involved is key. Other ways to get involved include: submitting stories and photographs for the documentary and spreading the word.
Go to jamlink.com for more information.
Unable to manage her anger, the wife of 31 year old Leslie Davis of Constitution Hill, Papine landed in jail this week after killing her husband.
Reports from The Star revealed that Mrs. Davis and her husband started to quarrel and it became a full fledged fight, according to police. A pair of scissors was reportedly used to stab the victim, who was pronounced dead after being taken to the University Hospital.
The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) last week released some shocking figures that indicate 65 per cent of the 1,112 people reported missing in Jamaica since January 1st 2008 are children. That adds up to over 700 children missing without a trace, with the exception of 3 who have been found dead.
According to The Observer, the deceased children have been identified as Aamir Scott an 11 year old whose dismembered body was found in his hometown of Sandside, St Mary and 15 year old Baggio Easy, found decomposing near the Riverton City landfill last month. The third body was found on Red Hills Road, St. Andrew quite recently and police await DNA tests to determine the identity of the child’s remains.
Ananda Dean’s family believe the body found on Red Hills could definitely be the 11-year-old’s. She has been missing for sometime now and a shoe and school uniform found near the yet unidentified remains are thought to be the belongings of young Ananda.
Police reported that since the year started 58 children have been murdered. An autopsy concluded that Easy drowned, but 11 year old Scott was violently murdered and a teen is in custody, after having confessed to committing the murder.
The report states that police have been able to locate 353 of the 1,112 missing persons, but they are unsure of the number of children found. People reported missing often return home without their ‘found’ status being reported to police; making missing persons a difficult issue to precisely track. Many young girls are runaways who sometimes are found hiding out with a male partner. In some cases the runaways return home voluntarily.
Byron Lee has been awarded The Order of Jamaica, the fourth highest honour; and it was bestowed on him at a special ceremony at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of The West Indies. The bandleader who for more than 50 years, has had an amazing and fruitful career that put Jamaica on the musical map, was flown home to Jamaica by air ambulance last Saturday from Miami, Florida.
Two years ago Lee was diagnosed with bladder cancer and prior to that he had been battling transitional cell cancer for which he was being treated in a Miami.
Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall was on hand to present the award to Lee who has already racked up about 150 awards for outstanding achievement. He was awarded the Order of Distinction in 1982 and it was upgraded in 2007 to Commander Class.
The 73 year old icon strayed from football, his first love, to start a band with friends; and from some crude instruments consisting of a door, a box for the drum, spoons, a grater for percussion and Byron’s antique guitar, Byron Lee and The Dragonnaires was formed.
Becoming a Jamaican institution, the tight, impressive and extremely talented band
has been making waves throughout the world for all these decades, with their signature Caribbean sound.
Realizing his dream of organizing a carnival in Jamaica came true eventually and Lee has been able to step away from his brainchild, feeling assured that it will be well produced and sustained within Jamaica’s cultural sphere.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange as well as close family and friends attended the ceremony, where Lee was further lauded by the Prime Minister, who spoke of the wonderful impact Lee’s music had on people from all over.
Yardflex extends the best wishes a whole lot of love and a hearty congratulations to Byron Lee.
Imagine mi meet dis decent uptown bwoy an we inna sup’m fe nearly a year, but only the almighty can explain why de bwoy have such sick cocky issues.
Im did go wey fe go a college and de bwoy nuh drop out an come home claim seh a me im did miss like hell and drop outta college fe me. Well when im touch dung a yard it come een like im go pon a sexing rampage. I mean literally; an worse of all im nuh go ketch a STD…yu can imagine how sick crazy I was when im tek dat deh STD weh him ketch an gi it to mi.
Wait deh - de story no dun, it get even betta dan dat. De bwoy go have sex wid not one but two a mi fren dem an claim seh im waan married to mi. Me so vex mi no know wha fe do wha fe tink an den guess wha im seh…we can work it out caw we in love. I was so disgusted – that mi just look at im an wonda which part im fall dung an lick im head caw a pure eediot ting dat im did a chat.
Oh – by de way did I menshon dat de bwoy seem to have an issue wid using condoms. Dat is how im ketch de shot (STD) inna im parts an pass it gi mi. Mi no know if a inna de moon fe im brain deh, caw de whole entire worl know seh HIV/AIDS a go roun an odda uncurable sexual disease genital herpes an so, an di bredda jus loose an leggo.
Well – de lass fren weh him go ave sex wid run come back an tell mi an she seh how it was a big accident. Mi seh, “Accident, is only wen vehicle bang up dem one anodda accident appen!”
She seh a drunk dem did drunk an how at least she nice enuff fe come tell mi bout it. But me seh de gyal should a neva pass har place inna de first place; an she talk bout how a unconscious she did unconscious. Wat a piece a libaty tekkin an foolishnis…mi coulda inna de deepes sleep suh till – if cocky evva fling up inna mi an mi caan feel it – den mi need one a dem pussy tightena weh deh pon sale.
Mi seh – she no right at all an im worse, but is life. Mi just waan know wha uunoo woulda do if a bwoy dis oonnu like dat. Mi wonda if im tink seh me a koot fe stay wid im afta im up inna mi face an still a sex off mi fren dem. Weh mi woulda a wait pon…fe im gi mi HIV? No styl…layta fe im!!
While students from Queen’s College in Guyana are poised to walk away with quite a few of the awards given to high achievers in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, Jamaican, Lori-Ann Vaz , Tesha Chai andCalvin Morgan are also in line to be awarded for their outstanding work.
The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) reported in a release that the annual ceremony that recognizes and celebrates brilliance amongst Caribbean youth is scheduled for December 4th at the Hilton Hotel in Barbados.
Attaining 11 distinctions in subjects that include: five humanities subjects - Caribbean history, English, Geography, Social Studies and Spanish, Vaz will be bestowed with the honor of being the Caribbean’s top achiever in Humanities.
Excellence in Visual Arts is what landed both Chai and Morgan their CSEC nods for 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work respectively. Chai hails from Campion College and Morgan is an alum of Manchester High School.
Students from Guyana’s Queen’s College will sweep away the majority of awards; and the school will once again be lauded for having groomed the most outstanding students overall in the Caribbean. This is the third consecutive year that Queen’s College has seen such results in the CSEC examinations.
Yardflex extends a hearty congratulations to all and encourages all students to continue reaching for the stars.
De one name Vybz Kartel write a new tune whey crush de whole alliance. People oonu need fe look out fe da one ya cause Addi a de real teacha. Im lyrics seh:
Dem caan tump me inna me face and dem caan punch me inna me mout
Seh weh yu feel fe seh caw me ago seh weh me feel fe seh
One man name Flex de batty boy neva hear weh cobra seh
Flex time to have sex
Mi neva jerk chicken pon de plaza
But me fuk yu madda inna de gaza
Mi go a Switzerland fe fuk de white gal
Who kill de barba rent a dread fadda
Im shot Sharon caw she a fukin gaze
Man deh a Campion everyday wid pure gay man inna tights
And yu a 36yr old and u no hav no yute
Marshall hav Tami Chin a sing chu chu chu…
Dat a firey lyrics; and Bling Dawg seh im hav a counteraction already. Hear how it start out: Bling use de sample of Vybz Kartel from Champions In Action when Vybz seh:
“Yu coulda thick like batty man Bling Dawg”…
International Reggae singer Jah Cure will be a special guest on BETJ's new programme, Soundcheck on November 8. Jah Cure along with his Iyah Cure band and backup singers shot the programme at the CPTC studio on an acoustic set in front of a live audience.
On November 8 at 8:30 pm, BETJ audiences worldwide will see the Danger Zone recording artiste perform favourites like 'Jamaica', 'My Life', 'Freedom', 'Longing For', 'Journey' and 'Reflections'.
BETJ's new Soundcheck programme will also feature other top Jamaican artistes. Tune in for a wonderful experience!!
Sizzla Kalonji Continues to make waves with the release of two new albums, Addicted and The Journey, plus lots of upcoming projects. The Journey is currently the number 1 selling album on Greensleeves. Upcoming projects include his first time performing in Africa which will be held in The Gambia, West Africa on December 25th, 27th, and 29th 2008. A documentary highlighting his work and talent will also air on Bet J on November 1st at 2:30pm
Addicted was released in the United States in September through a collaboration between himself and an American20production team called MBIG Music from Florida. They released two riddims featuring Kalonjiʼs vocal cuts (No Bed A Rose on the dancehall Shaolin Temple riddim and Watch Over Me on Rootal riddim) and the Exceed Of Love single in 2007. Kalonjiʼs new album features 14 tracks, from dancehall to hip hop vibes, including three combinations with female singer Ca libe and three others with Spragga Benz. Check out The Addicted Video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhYew9AP2Ns
The Journey Album is a combination of hits from some of the 55 albums Sizzla Kalonji has released over a 10 years period and DVD. This album compiles 22 of his career highs giving new buyers & dedicated fans something very special. It includes the lead track 'Take Myself Away' from the recent Damon Dash released album 'The Overstanding' & 3 brand new killer cuts 'The Solution', 'Africa Prepare' & 'Sow More Love'. There is outstanding production from Bobby Digital, Xterminator, King Jammys, Don 'Vendetta' Bennett & Maximum Sound. & features the cream of Jamaican musicians, Sly & Robbie, Firehouse Band & Jazzwad. Currently itʼs the number 1 selling album on Greensleeves. http://www.greensleeves.net/products/7793
Harbour View FC are first in the overall standings of the DPL on 14 points; with an unbeaten record of 6 games played; 4 wins and 2 draws.
Sunday, October 26 – Kingston, Jamaica: Harbour View Football Club, Nicknamed the Stars of the East, currently play home fixtures at Harbour View Mini Stadium on the banks of the world's seventh largest natural harbour.
Founded along with the Harbour View community in the 1960s, the professional club, Harbour View FC, was officially formed on March 4, 1974. Then, 25 years later, the club was incorporated as a limited liability company; the first Jamaican football club to do so.
In fact, Harbour View FC has developed a reputation as football leaders in Jamaica in many ways. The Stars of the East became the first club to have an official website, gain sponsorship from Adidas, and were the first to build a world-class football stadium. They were also the first locally based club to secure a Million Pound Sterling transfer for one of their players. That player was the legendary Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner who had debuted as a starter at just 14 years of age for the coastal colossi.
They are also first in the overall standings of the DPL on 14 points; with an unbeaten record of 6 games played; 4 wins and 2 draws. The shooting stars of the east also lead the way in goals-having netted nine times already this term.
Donovon Hayles, a member of Harbour View's coaching staff is well aware of his clubs tradition of firsts, and wants to keep the streak going as he said: "The longer we go unbeaten is the more confident the players get and the more dominant we can be in the competition".
Harbour View FC, The Stars of the East, continue to sparkle in the Digicel Premier league.
Stevie Face's hit single, "Tell It Like It Is" has climbed to number 8 on the RETV Top Twenty Reggae Chart, number 18 on the HITZ FM amd New York Top Thirty Reggae Charts and number 10 on the South Florida Top Twenty Reggae Chart - to name a few. This is a clear indicator that the Lovers Rock artist has made a significant comeback. His hot new tune is on the Boot Camp Records label.
On October 22 Stevie got a letter from a law firm representing his former record label, Arrows Recording Company Ltd., stating he was in debt to that company to the tune of $314,019.50 and he was requested to pay this amount or face a lawsuit.
Claiming he owes nothing to that company, Stevie is baffled and wonders why this action was not taken before now. He said "I think this is a very malicious move by my former label, which is intended to stop my progress...why are they trying this when I am making a come back with my career. I will definitely fight this to the end and I am awaiting my day in court".
A few years back Stevie's career took off on a good note with his 2001 hit, "I'm In Love," produced by Arrows Recrods.
According to BET news, Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were found shot and killed inside her mother's home in Chicago on Oct 24th in the afternoon.
A huge search is now on, accourding to CBS 2 Chicago, for a suspect named William Balfour who wears braids and may be driving a 1994 white Chevy bearing license plate number X584859. Balfour is being sought along with Hudon's 7 year old nephew, Julian King who was last seen wearing a tan jersey with a number 5 and tan slacks.
Police records identify Balfour as having listed Hudson's mother's house as his place of residence in the last year. He is also reportely on parole after serving time for attempted murder.
Confirmation on the death of 57 yar old Darnell Hudson came from a spokesperson of Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church - the family's house of worship.
Busy signal has the hottest album out for a DJ right now his new album just came out and him hav dem girls bawling fe dem ma ma.ma ma ma ma ...and tip tip tip tip tip pon yuh toe.
Kartel mi wan mek u know say mi rate u as a writer ...mi no know whey yu learn fe write but mi haffe gi you 'writer of the year' ...every song whey u put out a done de road.
My people my people oonu no see seh Deva Bratt a handle tings 'Devaly' out a street deh!
Now listen to dem lyrics whey Pamputtae a bus out an tell mi if she no saucy.
She say: Yu fe walk out an call u man name…
Some gal no look good so dem shame…
Dem a throw cocky pardon an caan get no draw....
Of course de Energy God hav everybody inna linga or sway.
Last but not least - The Doctor Beenie Man is the ultimate entertainer
Wid im: "Gimme likkle - gimme likkle - gimme likkle , gimme likkle...pickney nah hole yu down...
Apparently a soldier who was mesmerized by a bubbling 'browning' at a Washington Boulevard party early Monday morning, opened fire into the crowd after the woman's male friends approached and had words with him. He then reportedly turned rhe gun on himself
Shot dead as a result are: E'jon Peart, 20; Davian Kerr, 19; William Wilberforce and Lynchmore Forbes, 23.
Peart, whose body was identified by Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel, was a sound engineer and a selector who worked with them. They were on the scene early and faced the gruesome task of picking out their friend and colleague.
According to reports around 4:15 am at The Double Diamond Club and Gaming Lounge in Boulevard Shopping Centre, a party was in full swing when the accused Corporal Leslie 'Steve' Moodie approached and began to chat with a woman.
An altercation resulted afterwards and once the corporal who is attached to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coastguard finished terrorizing the entire crowd by shooting randomly at patrons, he allegedly turned the gun on himself, according to witnesses. He is now injured.
Happy 40th Shaggy - was the sound ringing out all around his place where he chatted up a storm to his full house of close friends; on hand for the swinging do.
Bounty Killer, Sharon Burke, Wayne Marshall, Usain Bolt, Chris Martin and Danny Champagne were among the many on hand to wish Shaggy well.
For a few days prior to the celebration of his birth, Shaggy and crew have been shooting a video for his latest release.
One interesting scene is described as having Josey Wales catching Sky Juice red handed in a compromising sexual position with Josey's girl. Sky Juice apparently gets so frightened at the appearance of Wales that he runs in fear and dashes right past Usain Bolt.
Yardflex extends blessings to Shaggy on his Earth Strong.
JAMAICA MUSIC COUNTDOWN
By Richie B, host – “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM
AUGUST 22, 2008
TOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES
TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 3 12 I'm So Special-Mavado-TJ Records (2wks@#1)U-2
02 2 13 Trailer Load of Money-Vybz Kartel- Adidjaheim Records/ Chimney Records NM
03 1 16 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House (2wks@#1) D-2
04 5 15 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-1
05 4 14 Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship (pp#4) D-1
06 7 12 Bottom of the Barrel-Tifa-Ward 21 U-1
07 8 9 Robbery-Macka Diamond-Scatta Productions/Kings of Kings U-1
08 6 16 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow (2wks@#1) D-2
09 10 10 Overcome- Mavado-Big Ship U-1
10 11 9 Goodas Clap-Stacious-Ward 21 U-1
Eager vintage reggae lovers were in Jamaica from all over the world attending the Merritone Reunion that shook the halls of Hedonism III from October 18 to 20.
The Runaway Bay location was perfect for this gathering where mostly 'older souls' reminisced and took part in the well organized events for the weekend. So many nations were on hand to embrace and enjoy the music of Jamaica, that there was a feeling of pride amongst Jamaicans at Hedonism III on Heroes Weekend. Not only were total strangers to the island and culture having a great time, but a large turnout of Jamaicans who reside in far off shores were also there having a blast.
Winston "Merritone" Blake, the sound system legend also produced the Merritone Amateur Talent contest back in the day, where acts like Beres Hammond, The Mighty Diamonds, Cynthia Schloss, Sugar Minott and even Jacob 'Killer' Miller got their break in the reggae industry,
The three night long Merritone party was hosted by Hedonism III who pulled out all stops to maintain the resort's reputation of being a place where freedom of expression in paradise is a deep rooted and highly modeled theme.
Each night a different event kept participants lively and patrons from all over Jamaica filled the venues. From the first night when Winsome Charlton of Florida made a presentation to the fabulous pool party and the Loran-V designed swimsuit fashion show on day two, the reunion had everything planned for everyone's enjoyment. Modeling some stunning outfits, sports celebs and other highly respected folk graced the stage. They included Olympian, Aileen Bailey and Michelle Laporte who is Hedonism's webmistress.
One of the favorite attractions of the three day reunion was the goat racing contests that were as wild as ever. The fascinating races were a hit with participants, some of whom told Yardflex they had never before witnessed such a sport.
The 4th staging of the Barefoot Beach Party Bikers Edition was a major success. The event was held at the Tropical Beach Complex in Ironshore, Montego Bay.
Bounty Killa, Serani, and Black Rhyno were the major acts. The event was mainly sponsored by Bay Waata and saw the days activities being a major bike show along the lower White House Main Road.
Others, who performed on the show, were English Demus, Japauline, Earthworm, White Knight and others. M.C. duty was performed by Alan Ranks, with some of the major selectors being Tony Matterhorn, Dexter Pepper, Trophy Sniper and T.C. and his Insomniak Crew. The event was courtesy of Flette Promotion which always stages successful events.
It was revelry off the chain at Asylum Night Club's Hot Mondays this week when Firelinks Sound System threw their anniversary celebration to a full house.
Several artists and selectors celebrated with Firelinks and kept things lively throughout as they entertained the crowd that already needed very little to spark their explosive party fuses.
Firelinks surprised many who had no idea that his musical talent extended beyond selecting. He performed his song, "Money Maker" and it was well received.
Also taking the Hot Mondays stage, artists like: Serani, Bugle, Black Rhino, Einstein and Sean Star rang out melodic anniversary tributes for Firelinks.
Sweeping and stomping the dance floor like crazy were dancers like: Sample 6, Ding Dong, Ravers Clavers, Sadiki and the G Unit Dancers as well as all the ‘footloose’ girls in their bashment outfits.
Skyjuice graced the dancefloor with his large and in-charge gully sweeping; and other celebs in the house to honour firelinks included: Voicemail, RDX, Walter Boyd and ‘The Warlord” Bounty Killer.
Big up to all foreigners who came out to celebrate with Firelinks.
By: Elizabeth Smith
Hoards of dancehall party people made their way to Uptown Mondays this week as many wrapped up National Heroes Day celebrations.
The holiday spirit boosted a feeling of bliss in the atmosphere as all was peace, love and mad fun at the Uptown Mondays hot spot located in Savannah Plaza on Constant Spring Road.
House sound - Witty Soul Tone was kicking thousands of volts into receptive and rocking patrons with hits on top of hits; all being churned out by selectors like: Pitiless from Jamrock and Super Black. The myriad of step out dance crews hyped everything up a little more. "I don't know where dah dread deh get dem deh move deh from…im look like im woulda do a wicked private dance yu know," a well heated party girl was heard exclaiming as she panned the scene for fashionably clad '6 pack' energetic eye candy.
Caught up in what has been globally recognized as the rapture of a Jamaican street dance, a Dutch journalist told Yardflex that he felt like staying here in Jamaica and not returning home. "This is the best party that I have been to…we don't rock like this in Amsterdam," he said.
His friend, also a freelancer on special assignment here wanted to get closer to the front of the crowd. Besides dancing herself, she found it fascinating to observe and be entertained by the usual bevy of agile and talented dancers.
As the night began to bubble and the 'grinding' got more 'gritty' the visitor seemed to shift into 'overheat' - and she began asking intently about when the daggering would start. She said friends had spoken highly of the erotic nature of that well known dance and she'd heard of it through popular tunes.
No sooner than she had expressed it her wish came true as her colleague was seen rushing through the crowd that had now thickened considerably, so that he could keep up with the video man who was getting some good shots of the 'goodas' and 'blingas' girls out to roll their waist lines in double time.
Trying his hand at directing, 50 cent unleashes a 90 minute film along with his fourth album, "Before I Self Destruct" on Decemberr 9, 2008. The bonus DVD is a feature-length film written, and also starred in by 50.
Working with Dr Dre and Eminem, 50 Cent returned to the way it was when he recorded his first album. The DVD/CD package is proof that 50 Cent is one of hip-hop's most aggressive about getting the streets a platform.
Coming on stronger than last year's "Curtis," "Before I Self Destruct" in both formats, is reflective of many harsh realities in global communities and features Dr. Dre and Eminem as producers and guests on some tracks.
Before I Self Destruct, both album and film, continues 50 Cent's phenomenal rise from street culture hero to super stardom. 2003's Get Rich Or Die Tryin' sold 872,000 units in the first four days of its release, making it the fastest-selling debut disc in the SoundScan era (since 1991). The #1 Pop, #1 R&B/Hip-hop album was the biggest seller of 2003 and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
2005's The Massacre, again #1 Pop, #1 R&B/Hip-hop, was the second biggest-selling album of that year and has sold more than nine million copies worldwide. With the album's "Candy Shop," "Disco Inferno" and "How We Do," 50 Cent became the first solo artist in Billboard history to have three singles in the Top 5 in the same week.
2007's Curtis reached #2 Pop and #2 R&B/Hip-hop, selling more than five million copies worldwide. Three tracks reached the Top 40 of the Hot 100: "I Get Money," "Ayo Technology" and "Straight To The Bank." Time magazine named "I Get Money" one of "The 10 Best Songs of 2007."
50 Cent continues to build his massive entrepreneurial empire that includes video games, books, clothing, footwear, beverages and personal care products.
A Croydon, South London 34 year old woman was fatally stabbed by her husband over a Facebook posting; and the crime landed him in jail for life.
Emma Forrester changed her status to 'single' on the social network's online profile that she formulated for herself.
Hubby Wayne Forrester took offence and told police that what Emma had done only days following his moving out, devastated him.
It was on February 18 that the out of control Wayne attacked his wife by stabbing her with a kitchen knife and meat cleaver. The Old Bailey was given the gruesome details about Wayne Forrester, who pleaded guilty to murder and must serve a minimum 14 year sentence.
Judge Brian Barker heard how Wayne was high on cocaine and alcohol in the early hours when he attacked the mother of two children. Waking neighbours, Emma, who was employed as a payroll administrator screamed as she was repeatedly stabbed in her neck and head. It happened as she slept and he also beat her, tearing out her hair.
Insanely jealous, Wayne imagined his wife was having an affair and the court heard that the couple had a 15 year long volatile relationship. BBC reported Wayne told police, "Emma and I had just split up. She forced me out. She then posted messages on an internet website telling everyone she had left me and was looking to meet other men. I loved Emma and felt totally devastated and humiliated about what she had done to me."
The victim's sister and parents have been devastated and through a victim impact statement they asked what on earth could Emma have done to deserve receiving such a brutal callous attack.
A year ago on October 18 one of Africa’s and the world’s most beloved artists Lucky Dube was tragically murdered in a Johannesburg carjacking. His music touched the souls of many through an amazing 22 albums recorded in English, Zulu and Afrikaans.
Tributes to the revered South African legendary singer have been ringing out around the world, while Rykodisc prepares to mark the occasion by releasing the album, “Retrospective” that features music from the late prolific lyricist and soulful singer.
“Retrospective” not only marks the anniversary of his death, it also celebrates the life work of a musical pioneer who effectively addressed social justice issues in his songs, especially the need or political change in South Africa.
The album is curated by Tom Schnabel of KCRW radio in Los Angeles and features a chronology that reflects the phases of Luck Dube’s career from his first release in 1982 to his last in 2006; capturing the genius, hope, and enduring truth of Lucky’s message and the beauty in his music.
The two-disc digipack contains extensive liner notes, a 13-song disc (with songs never before available in the US) and a bonus DVD, featuring a 90-minute concert, “Lucky Dube Live In Concert,” plus five music videos never before released in the U.S.
Yardflex remembers Lucky Dube with great love and admiration
Born October 19, 1944 in the town of Belmont in Westmoreland, Jamaica, the late great Peter “Winston Hubert McIntosh” Tosh left us on September 11, 1987.
For the first time in 16 years the birth of this legend of reggae music went without the regular celebration that ordinarily takes place at Independence Park, Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland.
Worrell King, who has been organizing the free tribute from its inception told Yardflex the cancellation came as a result of insufficient co-operation from a part of the family of Peter Tosh; who would not endorse this year’s celebration. It has always been that King would receive a verbal endorsement, but this year none was forthcoming from the Tosh family who wanted to host the birthday tribute in Belmont.
Unfortunately the police turned down the application to host the show at Belmont, since the space there would have been inadequate for the expected crowd.
King lamented, “For over 16 years we did not exploit Peter Tosh in any way shape or form, instead we always highlighted him. For the first time…this year is proof that Peter Tosh really died,”
Tosh played guitar, melodica, piano and organ on many of the Wailers' early tracks. By 1973, he decided to pursue a solo career. In 1976, he released his debut album “Legalize It.”
In 1987 he was assassinated by three gunmen at his home. For years, his memory has been kept alive with a variety of birthday celebrations both in Jamaica and around the world.
On October 12th The Cannabis Cup Band and Bushman threw a celebration for Tosh at B.B. King Blues Club in Midtown New York.
Yardflex would like to honor this true icon.
The third Monday in October is observed as National Heroes Day in Jamaica since 1968 when the British honours were replaced by a system o national honours and awards.
The system of Honours and Awards Consisting of five Orders as well as the Medal of Honour and the Badge of Honour, the system of Honours and Awards are as follows:
The Order of National Hero
The Order of the Nation
The Order of Merit
The Order of Jamaica
The Order of Distinction (Commander and Officer ranks)
In 1968, the Select Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate, under the Chairmanship of the then Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hugh Shearer, prepared and finalised the criteria for all the above awards with the exception of the Order of the Nation, which was created in 1973 for Governors-General.
The Order of National Hero - "Rt. Excellent")
The Order of National Hero is awarded for services of the most distinguished nature rendered by Jamaican citizens to Jamaica. This honour is awarded either on the retirement of the recipient from active public life or posthumously.
Marcus Garvey was the first hero to be honoured. Seven others are; Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Washington Manley, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Sam Sharpe and Nanny of the Maroons.
In Kingston’s National Heroes Park today the holiday celebrations culminate as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) throws a ‘Salute to the Heroes’ event, where floral tributes will be laid in their honour followed by a tribute concert. Artists slated to appear include; Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, The Tivoli Dance Troupe, The National Festival Orchestra and Choir and more.
Admission is free.
Jamaica’s National Heroes dared to challenge the institution of colonialism and in so doing changed the course of Jamaica’s history giving social and political freedom to its people. Today, the statues of Jamaica’s seven National Heroes stand in proud acknowledgment, in the National Heroes Park in Kingston where they are viewed with inspiring pride, unforgettable symbols of Jamaica’s enduring strength
birth date uncertain-died 1865.
Paul Bogle, a Baptist Deacon was generally regarded as a peaceful man who shunned violence. He believed in the teachings of the Bible, endorsing the principles of charity and endurance. Yet he was also a leader and organizer who knew well the terrains of the land and had spent time in educating and training his followers. He lived in St. Thomas and led the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865.
GEORGE WILLIAM GORDON
George William Gordon was a free colored land owner and an associate of Bogle. As a member of the House of Parliament, he used his position to highlight the sufferings of the people and to make a plea for changes. The Morant Bay Rebellion and the resultant deaths of Bogle and Gordon precipitated the beginning of a new era in Jamaica’s development. The British government became compelled to make changes including outstanding reforms in education, health, local government, banking and infrastructure.
lived and died in Nanny Town.
Nanny of the Maroons stands out in history as the only female among Jamaica’s national heroes. She possessed that fierce fighting spirit generally associated with the courage of men. In fact, Nanny is described as a fearless Asante warrior who used militarist techniques to foul and beguile the English. Like the heroes of the pre Independence era, Nanny too met her untimely death at the instigation of the English sometime around 1734. Yet, the spirit of Nanny of the Maroons remains today as a symbol of that domitable desire that will never yield to captivity.
‘Daddy’ Sam Sharpe, as he was affectionately called was to carry on the Resistance against slavery effecting at the young age of 31, the most outstanding Slave Rebellion in Jamaica’s history. Sharpe, an educated town slave, was a preacher and spokesman. Intelligent and sharp, he followed the developments of the abolition movement by reading discarded local and foreign papers and was able to advise his followers. Sharpe was tired of slavery, spent months in strategic planning, educating the slaves and traveling from estate to estate in secret meetings at nights, igniting the slaves with inspiring messages of hope of freedom. The 1831 Christmas Rebellion started in St. James and spread throughout the entire island. The Rebellion started on December 28 and lasted 8 days. Sam Sharpe was eventually captured and hung at the Parade in Montego Bay (now renamed Sam Sharpe Square). On August 28, 1833 slavery was abolished and the System of Apprenticeship instituted, allowing for the total freedom of slaves in the next 4-6 years. On August 1, 1938 the Apprenticeship System ended granting full freedom to the slaves.
As we celebrate Heroes Day 2008 our country is faced with unprecedented challenges at home and abroad. Jamaica is confronted with spiralling and uncontrolled crimes particularly against our young people, the high prices of basic commodities, the threat of financial instability and the uncertainty created by the economic and financial difficulties being experienced by our major trading partners and the possibility of reduced foreign exchange generated by tourism, bauxite and remittances.
All of these challenges urgently require new ideas, new methodologies and change of our value system if we are to survive and continue as an independent country.
Yet we can draw inspiration and encouragement from the legacy of our National Heroes. Faced with similar challenges they developed a vision for Jamaica based on freedom, strong family and community values and the hope that the future would be better than the present. For these reasons they were prepared to sacrifice everything including their own lives in their relentless drive to create a Jamaica that had the ideas, the institutions and the courage and commitment to guarantee success.
Today we need the same collective efforts from our leaders and our communities and organisations in every sphere of activity - political, community, religious, cultural and financial, if we are to be worthy successors of our National Heroes.
Mavado walked away with The 2008 MOBO Award for the category of 'Best Reggae Act' at the Wembley Arena on Wednesday night.
Coming out on top of a list of nominees that was four times VP Recording artist thick - plus Beenie Man, David 'Mavado' Brooks beat Tarrus Riley, Etana and Busy Signal and 'The Doctor'.
Initiated in 1995, the awards serve to recognise music of Black origin, performed by artists of any race. Mavado's win puts him in the saddle with Sean Paul, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Sean Kingston and multiple winner - Beenie Man who have all walked away with reggae related MOBOs in previous years.
Mavado was not present to receive his award and his absence was reportedly due to previous scheduling, but his blossoming career will surely get a boost as a result of the accolade.
Despite obstacles that have recently included being placed then removed from US stop lists, Mavado has continued to rise in a dominant fashion that sees him working in collaboration with one of Hip Hop's greatest performers - Jay Z..
Mavado's hands are now 'in many pies', with the launching of a new clothing line 'Gullywear' coming up soon and another new hot shot recorded by himself and Jay Z. that will be featured on what is said to be Jay Z's final Def Jam album, "Blueprint 3". Later this year Mavado's sophomore album, "Mr. Brooks" will hit the streets while two parties slated for next Saturday and Saturday, November 29 will be in honor of the dancehall star's official return to New York and his birthday - respectively.
Plans are also being launched to have Mavado featured in a big budget movie, according to reports.
Yardflex extends warm and happy Earthday wishes to Ziggy Marley who celebrates today.
Sending out peace, love and eternal blessings on this special day.
Venet Guthrie otherwise called Judith, a 39 year old Constable who was stationed at the Lucea Police Station in Hanover, Jamaica was shot and killed by a lone gunman, at her home in Kingsvale, Hanover on Friday morning October 17, 2008, while at home with her 19 year old daughter Kaderie Watson.
It is alleged that the gunman who was wearing a mask gained entry to Miss Guthrie's bedroom by prying a window open. He then searched her handbag where he saw her police identification card and her service revolver which the gunman took after fatally shooting the Constable in front of her daughter.
The gunman then escaped on foot. It is also alleged that the gunman had intention on raping the policewoman's daughter when she cried out that she was menstruating; and prooved it by showing the sanitary napkin to the gunman, who spared her life.
When Yardflex visited the scene yesterday evening, several family members and friends were seen mourning. Guthrie is the 10th police officer to be killed since the start of the year. She has been in the force for well over six years. Prior to that the late office worked at Jockeys Garment Factory in Lucea, Hanover.
Getting back the groove of working in a field she fell in love with first, Stacious won a major role in an AIDS awareness educational film and she says it may just be the beginning.
The star of the dancehall revealed recently that acting was actually her first love and scoring the part in this upcoming film being directed by Ras Kassa, is the start of something good, since Stacious feels she is being re-infected by the acting bug. During school days she won prizes for drama and is confident that this is one of her major talents.
With a release date scheduled to coincide with World AIDS Day, the short film is to remind people of the dangers associated with HIV/AIDS and Stacious said landing the part came after going through the regular audition process. She introduced herself as Stacey Scarlett and was just the best one for the part, since she was told the auditions stopped after hers.
This is a good diversion for Stacious, who at the moment is comfortable with considering more acting roles in the future.
Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart
TW LW WC ARTISTE/TITLE/LABEL/PEAK POSITION
01 01 10 Morgan Heritage–Nothing To Smile About –No Doubt -2wks@1
02 03 13 Konshens-Winner -Natural Bridge/Cash Flow -Shot to Watch
03 02 17 Mr. Vegas-Daggering -KirkleDove/Irish & Chin -4wks@1
04 06 11 Assassin- Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Board House
05 07 10 George Nooks- Rest Your Love On Me – Total/Tads
06 04 15 Mr. Vegas-Nuh Fight Over Man –Legend - Peak@#3
07 08 07 Mavado- Am So Special –TJ Records
08 05 17 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga -Board House -3wks@#1
09 11 06 Tarrus Riley-Far Away –Don Corleon
10 14 05 Queen Ifrica-Keep It To Yourself – Don Corleon -Greatest Gainer up4
By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz exhibited another good display to beat Honduras 1 - 0 courtesy of a goal from Luton Shelton's 16 minutes strike, which was enough in the make or break CONCACAF make-up semi-final round fixture at the National Stadium in Kingston last night.
The victory eased Jamaica into third place in the 4 team group B with 7 points; 2 behind Honduras who started the round as leaders over Mexico on goal defense.
Mexico and Canada drew 2 - 2 in their encounter last night in Edmonton; which places the Central Americans on top with 10 points, but still not leaving them assured of advancing to the final round of 6 teams.
Canada has already been eliminated as they move to 2 points with one game remaining against Jamaica on the 19th of November.
Jamaica will have to beat Canada on that date to give themselves a chance to qualify for the next round.
The son of the late great Peter Tosh has made a mark for himself with his hyper-energetic performances and huge lyrical talent; and Island Boy Entertainment is behind him as booking agent following a recent signing.
It was at Tosh 1's official stage debut at Boston's Paradise Rock Club that his unparalleled talent and versatility pumped an extraordinary amount of energy into the audience who were in a stir.
Coverring his father's songs beautifully, Tosh 1 also displayed remarkable talent in performing his own signature brand of revolutionary rap.
Gearing up to spend more time in studio, Tosh 1 has recorded tracks with Daniel Brown, son of reggae crown prince Dennis Emmanuel Brown and has opened up shows that featured artists like: Gregory isaacs, Shabba Ranks, Damien Marley, Sinead O'Conner and Sizzla.
Tosh 1 is a light that is destined to always shine.
Andrew and Wada Blood whose music has been described as a cross between hip hop, dancehall and reggae ballad, were recently signed to Island Boy Entertainment's roster as exclusive booking agents.
As the children of Junior "One Blood" Reid both artists have been influenced by their dad, but embrace a unique and completely different style.
Triumphing the airwaves as they have the concert stages in countries like: Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Barbados, Europe, California, Belize, Mexico and North America, Andrew and Wada Blood are currently receiving amazing feedback and have soared on several charts.
"Hustle Till I Die" and "It's My Turn" are their scorching new singles that have seen the duo receiving many dub plate requests.
Definitiely rising high the Bloods are hotter than hot.
By: Janice Dayle
By the time Blasse took the microphone last night to greet the huge crowd of dancehall massive out to rock, dagger and full-joy his new smash Tuesday night session in Kencott – the whole place was in a frenzy.
The stars were out in full force with Macka Diamond shining like her name and getting down and dirty with her crew of wicked and wild dancers. Flossing two bottles of Hennessey, Macka was all smiles and looking hotter than ever as she offered those around her shots. Lena British, Sky Juice and Voicemail were among the celebs digging Boasy Tuesdays last night.
Boasy Tuesdays is gaining momentum on the nightly street dance circuit in Kingston, attracting neighbourhood party goers as well as patrons from all corners and walks of life.
Last night was steeped in creativity, unity and pure hot fun, as celebrities passed through to mingle, hang out, bump, grind and wyne.
As one of the most agile and ingenious male dancers in Jamaica today, Blasse’s Tuesday night sessions are usually well attended by dance groups from all around.
M.O.B. – a dance group based in Kencott got the spot rocking with more life as they joined John Hype and all the other dancers in artistic and expressive movements.
Of course the dance groups were not to be outdone by the women in the place, who stood up to their stiff competition. And the proverbial dancehall video panned from ‘hot grinda’ to ‘bad wyna’.
By: Elizabeth Smith
Ska and reggae pioneer Alton Ellis will be sadly missed throughout the world. His premature passing last Friday in London at the age of 70 sent a ricochet of heavy hearts in all corners where people know and love not only Alton himself but also: ska, rock steady, reggae and dancehall music.
His long list of hits continue to thrill crowds; those who can remember, youth and musicologists who appreciate the value of lessons taught through experience and its impact on the future.
In Jamaica, where his career that spanned around 5 decades took root, tributes have been pouring in with many around the world singing Alton’s praises.
Ken Boothe spoke of Alton as one of the many ‘Kings inna dis.’ He said, “One of the musical Kings have left us and I want to send condolences on behalf of me and my family.”
With history being the best barometer for the future, Ken referred to the ground-breaking throne that Alton occupied as a King of the rock steady sound. “Even Bob who was king, sat upon this historical throne - a throne that started it all. Laurel Aiken sat upon the throne Owen Gray did too and so on,” Ken told Yardflex. He explained that Alton started out with Vere John talent special and opportunity knocked; he left the live show that had become a major part of his musical development.
“Alton made a great contribution to the development of Jamaica’s music like Delroy Wilson, and Bob Marley…and many who have left us did. I am gonna miss him as I miss all the rest that have gone,” Ken stated.
Judy Mowatt only got a chance to meet Alton personally last year when she toured with him to St. Kitts. She told Yardflex that Alton was a man she admired. “I never got a chance to meet him in the era when his music was extremely popular, but after making his acquaintance last year I recognized he was a man with a deep sense of understanding for his music and culture and I developed heartfelt respect and a deep love for him.” That was Judy’s first time meeting Alton and this year the pleasure was again hers, as she shared the stage with him at the Rock Steady Documentary Project Concert where clips were shot for an upcoming Canadian documentary on Rock Steady.
Reflecting on his strong creativity, Judy said Alton was a prolific writer with clean lyrical content that focused on life - the things experienced by man and woman. “I am very happy that I got to meet Alton Ellis personally and I know that my encounter with him will always be cherished in my heart,” Judy said.
Commander of the Big Ship, Freddie McGregor relayed his fondest memories of Alton to Yardflex saying that the ‘Godfather of Rock Steady’ had been a great source of inspiration for him. “I personally patterned and looked up to him; I always said I wish I could sing like Alton Ellis…I also looked up to singers like Dennis Brown, but Alton is one of them that stands out very much,” he revealed
Freddie spoke of one special time about six years ago when he was pleasantly surprised to have been invited to perform on a concert that Alton was producing at the impressive London based, Royal Albert Hall. “Alton flew me in first class and it was a real masterpiece at a very prestigious venue. I will always remember him calling me up; and we sang “Let Him Try” together.
Veteran international reggae manager and tour coordinator, Copeland Forbes was in England when the news broke about Alton’s serious illness and he told Yardflex that what surprised him was to see the convalescing rock steady singer full of strength and hanging out backstage at a Valentines show last February. “And he did a few songs…he was sick but fighting…John Holt, Marcia Griffiths and Sanchez performed and we were all pleased to see him,” Forbes said.
His plan was to feature Alton, the rock steady master, on an international tour, but Forbes regrets not being able to fulfill that dream. “I lived in Trench Town and admired Alton’s songs. Many people are not aware of the fact that Alton’s girlfriend back then – who was so pretty they called her Money – was the inspiration for many of his hit songs. She gave Alton a lot of headaches,” Forbes disclosed.
From his first hit song, Murielle – done with Eddie Perkins, Alton has been blazing a trail; and Forbes said that he will be sadly missed because of the amazing legacy of music that he left for us.
Althea Hewitt rocked the Pegasus’ Talk of the Town and Weekenz with her vibrant rhythms on September 30th and October 1st respectively, marking the much anticipated launch of her debut album titled, “Introducing Althea Hewitt.”
The VP Records recording artist was joined by saxophonist, Tony Greene at ‘The Talk of The Town’, where he also launched his new album, “Midnight Blue.”
Full of joy and emotion, Althea spoke proudly to her audience about the new album. “Ladies and gentlemen this evening is a special evening for me and I would like to thank you all so very, very much for sharing it with me. I have been in the music business from I was a little girl with many recording sessions done,” she said.
The audience at ‘Talk of The Town’ that night included personnel from a number of embassies, various media houses, show promoters, booking agents and recording artists like Beenie Man and Macka Diamond. “Having toured with many artists; going to places like Europe, Australia and the South Pacific. I have had many songs playing on the radio and now at last I have finished an album and most importantly it has been released internationally,” Althea continued.
On both evenings Althea gave stellar performances. One booking agent commented that her show was simply awesome. What made the evening even more interesting was her seven piece band and three harmony singers including her father and three brothers.
Althea’s father Stephen Hewitt Senior, played guitar on the song composed by his daughter called, “A Long Way Home” and her brother Lance sang backing harmony. Her oldest brother Robbie a well known drummer in the United State’s tri-state area flew down to Jamaica to play for her; and her youngest brother Steve, who plays on Jamaica’s north coast, played percussions.
Hewitt’s show was comprised of ten songs, six were co-written by her and four were ‘covers’ that she said were done to celebrate and acknowledge the artistry of those who ‘have paved the way for the recording artists today’.
Her show started with a song written her called “Spread Love”. Master of ceremonies Tommy Cowan introduced Althea, and the band started playing, her harmony singers dressed in white shirts, white pants and white shoes then sang and danced their way onto the stage. They were greeted with great enthusiasm by the young ladies in the audience. With her singers on stage Hewitt then walked through the audience singing.
Dancehall favorite Mr. Vegas made his first appearance on the RETV High School Tour. In an energetic and spirited fashion, Mr. Vegas delivered a short-but-sweet set before hundreds of raving high school fans at Jamaica's most prestigious high school, Campion College, in Kingston on Wednesday, October 8.
The crowd was overwhelmed with enthusiasm and surprised to see Mr. Vegas -- mainly because his previous absence fueled rumors that he would not take part on the tour. When in fact, the singjay had to cancel prior weeks' performances due to an injury from lifting weights. Never-the-less, the dancehall sex symbol was amped and ready for this week's show.
Keeping in mind the Abstinence theme of the tour and an underaged audience, Mr. Vegas peformed select hits from his catalogue. In a memorable moment of his stage show, he was joined by Maestro of Swatch for the dancehall anthem "Round of Applause." And without a doubt, Chelsha of High Energy Dancers added extra sizzle to Mr. Vegas' show. Mr. Vegas' presence on this week's show confirms that he has all intentions to participate in the rest of the RETV High School Tour.
"It is the responsibility of all accomplished artists to ensure that the youth are guided in the proper direction," says Mr. Vegas sincerely. "The HIV/AIDS and pregnancy rate among teenagers is too high...I am pleased to be part of something designed to eliminate this problem."
Mr. Vegas is enjoying a wealth of success with many hit songs in 2008. Distinctly, "Mus Come a Road" is #1 in Germany and wildly popular throughout the U.S. and Europe. Meanwhile, "Daggering," and "Hot Gal" locked down the #1 and #3 spots on Hype TV's chart for weeks. And "Round of Applause" is gaining momemtum.
Taxi drivers took to the streets of Chapleton, Clarendon last week to protest the lack of safety in their region following the discovery of a colleague's dead body early one morning.
Dalton Graham was reportedly found slumped over the steering wheel of his taxi cab with one bullet wound to the head.
The taxi operators had mixed feelings of anger and sadness as they withdrew their services on the morning that Graham's murder was discovered.
They are calling for more protection from police in the area; and say the death of their very humble colleague by a gunman is emphasising the need even more.
One of the protesters told reporters that they can't take it anymore - Graham was like family to all of them.
A medical injury suffered last week by Gramps of Morgan Heritage has grounded the famed group from their highly anticipated club-tour dates of Europe. The group's world tour started earlier this year in support of the critically acclaimed album, "Missionn In Progress," and the six week European leg would have run from November to the middle of December.
It has been since 2005 that Morgan Heritage has not embarked on a European club-tour. The up close and personal productions are always most popular with fans, but while extremely disappointed, the group is adamant about ensuring Gramps' health is in top shape before resuming on the road. “Gramps needs time to heal before we hit the road for such an extended period,” a member of the group stated.
And according to a group member, everything is working out for some good, since they are actually now able to spend some much needed time with their families over the coming months due to the tour cancellation.
Looking ahead, Morgan Heritage is scheduled to kick off an African tour starting in Sierra Leone in the middle of December. Group members hope that Gramps will be well enough by then. Although on a 'break' from the promotional tour, the group will still have a few one-off shows throughout the Caribbean while Gramps heals. They will be heading off to islands like: Cayman, Nassau, The Bahamas and Dominica.
On Sunday they will appear in New Orleans for a benefit concert and are scheduled to perform at a hurricane relief concert in Turks and Caicos for the damage Gustav caused this year.
As far as Europe goes, Morgan Heritage followers can catch them on a festival tour there in May and June of 2009.
By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
Jamaica scored an emphatic 1 - 0 victory over 'CONCACAF kingpin' Mexico, in their World Cup semi-final qualifier held on Saturday at the National Stadium in Kingston Jamaica.
The goal was scored by Ricardo Fuller, who plies his trade with the English premiere league for Stoke City, in the 14th minute after contest.
Mexico entered the game needing one point to ensure qualification for the next round - as they led the zone with 9 points. It was the first loss for the Mexican team in this edition of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
The game was highly intense with both teams creating several opportunities, but by virtue of leading by a goal in the 1st half, the Jamaican team defended stoutly in the second half to ensure keeping themselves in a position to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. They will however have to win the remaining two games against Honduras and Canada; to be played in Kingston at the National Stadium.
Led by captain Ricardo Gardner who also plies his trade in the English premiere league for Bolton Wanderers, the Jamaican team played together well, to ensure coming out on top in this game, giving themselves a chance to do the same thing when they play against Honduras.
Other notably good performances came from Jamal Campbell-Ryce and the Jamaican goal keeper Donovan Ricketts, who made some superb saves to keep his team in the game.
On Wednesday October 15 the game against Honduras will take place at the National Stadium and on November 19, Jamaica plays Canada at the same venue in Kingston.
A girl asks her boyfriend to come over Friday night to meet, and have dinner with her parents.
Since this is such a big event, the girl announces to her boyfriend that after dinner, she would like to go out and make love for the first time
The boy is ecstatic, but he has never had sex
before, so he takes a trip to the pharmacist to get some condoms. He tells the pharmacist it's his first time and the pharmacist helps the boy for about an hour.
He tells the boy everything there is to know about condoms and sex. At the r egister, the pharmacist asks the boy how many
condoms he'd like to buy, a 3-pack, 10-pack, or family pack.
T he boy insists on the family pack because he
thinks he will be rather busy, it being his first time and all.
That night, the boy shows up at the girl's parents house and meets his girlfriend at the door. 'Oh, I'm so excited for you to meet my parents, come on in!'
The boy goes inside and is taken to the dinner table where the girl's parents are seated. The boy quickly offers to say grace and bows his head.
A minute passes, and the boy is still deep in prayer, with his head down.
10 minutes pass, and still no movement from the boy.
Finally, after 20 minutes with his head down, the girlfriend leans over and whispers to the boyfriend, 'I had no idea you were this religious.'
The boy turns, and whispers back, 'I had no idea your father was a pharmacist.'
Bounty Killer's father, Constantine Basil Pryce passed away last week. He had become sick and was taken to hospital, reports say.
Having reportedly had a close relationship with his dad, the ace DJ is deeplly affected and is asking to be held up in everyone's prayers at this time."
Yardflex sends out sincere condolences to Rodney "Bounty Killer" Price and the entire family.
With no charges formally filed against two Westmoreland division policemen, they were ordered released from custody by Resident Magistrate Glen Brown on Wednesday.
Officers Damion Harrow and Donovan Ross had been detained since information received by police investigators linked them to an armed robbery. After spending one week in lock-up, their attorney pleaded with the court to release them, as there was no charge. She asked how could they be remanded without being charged.
With statements, but no witnesses; and two complainants who have trouble coming forward, there were no real grounds on which the court could hod them further
Alton Nehemiah Ellis, a pioneer of the rock steady sound, passed away on Friday in Hammersmith Hospital, West London; succumbing to Lymphatic Cancer.
Starting off in the business of music in the 1950s the mega hit maker, continued to woo crowds with new tracks as well as the many popular songs he released back in the day like: "I'm Still In SLove" and "I'm Just A Guy". He was still performing up until August of this year when he collapsed at a concert in London. Diagnosed with cancer last year, Alton had received chemotherapy before returning to the stage.
Alton moved from Jamaica to live in the UK in the 70s and his Manager reportedly said there are talks of a Jamaican state funeral for the prolific singer.
Yardflex sends out heartfelt condolences to Alton Ellis' entire family.
Rumors were dispelled this week by family members of Alton Ellis, who is very much alive, yet very weak in his battle with lymphatic cancer.
The legendary rock steady/reggae singer has been hospitalized for several weeks now in the UK and his son Clive told The Star that the family is not very optimistic at this point for Alton’s chances of surviving this cancer fight.
Saying his dad is having serious trouble breathing, and remains motionless and mum, his son said the family is regretfully unable to hope for the best, but is anticipating the worse at this time. Clive said Alton is very weak but he is still here.
The father of 15 children, Alton Ellis began hiss illustrious career in music in the 1950s. He recorded many hits such as, “Cry Tough,” “Same Song” and “Girl I’ve Got A Date.”
By Michelle Lani
Charles Drew University celebrated their 18th Annual Jazz at Drew Festival The two day event took place on October 4 and 5th on the campus of Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. Jazz at Drew is known for building cultural bridges through music by bringing together international jazz, blues, and R & B performers, a cultural marketplace, and a health fair. This year’s line up featured Third World, The Chi-Lites, Chrisette Michele, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner’s band Miles Long to name a few.
Serving as not only the Saturday Science Academy’s National Spokesperson and Master of Ceremonies for the event, Malcolm-Jamal Warner also delivered an excellent performance along with some Spoken Word poetry. Chrisette Michele moved spectators with her smooth and soulful voice. The Chi-Lites uplifted the crowd with their veteran caliber performance. They had fans on their feet singing and dancing the electric slide.
Prior to taking the stage, “Reggae Ambassadors”, Third World was honored with the 2008 Jazz at Drew Lifetime Achievement Award for conveying the best of reggae music for over 35 years. Jazz At Drew believes in the healing art of music, and Third World has proven to heal the world through their music. Family members of the late Tony Johnson (Founder of Reggae Sunsplash), Dean Dr. Richard Baker, and Executive Producer of Jazz at Drew Roland Hayes Betts imparted nothing but kind words about the pioneers. They sealed the night with an amazing performance with crowd favorites like “Now That We Found Love,” “96 Degrees In The Shade” and the classic tune “Sattamasagana”. Stephen “Cat” Coore gave a wicked performance on the cello for their encore set.
Jazz at Drew looks forward to continuing its mission for years to come; “Building Cultural Bridges Through Music: Highlighting the Healing Art of Medicine and Music”. Newly appointed Executive Producer of Jazz at Drew, Todd Hawkins, said it best, “Music is more than an art, it’s a language. The only language, which is universally spoken throughout the world, uniting us as a people.” For more information on Jazz at Drew visit www.jazzatdrew.com.
Putting an end to the senseless killing of children is the primary objective of lobby group Hear The Children Cry, who have proposed a system of emergency response as the major tool in their plan of action to curb these attacks.
The committee outlined a six point action plan in a recent release and vow to aggressively approach the issue with aims at working with all Jamaicans to figure out the way forward.
Betty Ann Blaine convened the committee and she expressed how devastating the recent upsurge of horrific child murders have been for her committee and the nation. In their call for a nationwide emergency response, the committee intends to lobby government and other agencies to investigate this high priority system that ought to be put in place when children are reported missing.
The committee pointed out, “We recognize that the first 12 to 24 hours are the most critical for action, regarding the chances of finding an abducted child alive.”
The proposed system would be similar to North America’s Amber Alert that was named after an abducted victim and has served the continent well in averting fatalities amongst missing children.
Ananda Alert, is what Hear The Children’s Cry propose as the name for the Jamaican emergency response system; after Jamaican missing child Ananda Dean who was reported missing since September 17.
How the system works is that all security enforcement and childcare agencies will be immediately mobilized to look out for the missing child. In addition to this, Blaine explained that a multi-pronged approach to a nationwide manhunt would not only encourage each citizen to look out for the child but would also include community networks, media and telecommunications.
The remaining action plan items are:
Lobbying the Government to amend the ruling requiring the police to wait 24 hours to initiate action following a missing person's report.
Lobbying Government to establish child patrol units in all transportation centres used by schoolchildren.
Lobbying Government to establish an effective school bus system for all Jamaica.
Pressing for a public education programme warning children about potential abductors.
Urging schools across the island to carry out a similar programme for their students as an urgent priority.
In light of the recent upsurge of violence against children that has plagued our nation, members of the entertainment fraternity and other concerned citizens have joined forces to launch S.T.O.P.; Students Taking On Prevention. A self funded effort aimed at denouncing violence and bringing about awareness.
The effort will see members of the dancehall community alongside members of the Christian entertainment community, taking part in audio and video clips denouncing violence and pleading with children to be more vigilant. The clips, which will be aired on all local networks, will also provide preventive tips to both children and parents alike.
Although the number is expected swell, involved parties so far include the likes of the Swallowfield All Age Principal and faculty members, (the school Ananda Dean used to attend) Rev. Al Miller, Mrs. Betty Ann Blaine (Head of Hear the Children Cry), dancehall luminaries Buju Banton, Macka Diamond, Lady G, and Merciless, alongside members of the gospel entertainment fraternity such as Ryan Mark, Prodigal, Omari, Goddy Goddy and Papa San.
Audio and video clips will be shot on Saturday October 11th between the hours of 3pm-5:30pm, at Buju Banton’s Studio, 10 Carlisle Ave off Red Hills Road.
For further information
Contact: Leesah Larmond at 1 876 846 3129
By: Wade Cameron - an avid fan
How they came with pouring rain
Deterring your focus, but your drive, they couldn't change
Your determination and will, they couldn't detain
How you charged the skies with your loud thunderous claps
Leaving everyone else, in their tracks
Underestimating you they did
A powerful dot, they couldn't see your will
Like a moment in time, you allowed history to remain still
Showcasing your talents and all your skills
With your loud thunderous roll, you put the rest of the world on hold
Showing your vigorous force
Increasing your terror, to warn others you're coming
The wind blew with tremendous fury like the whistling hurricane
Trying to change your course
But like the human torch
You burned with desire
Knowing you'll be standing
Look who's crossed the finish line...
Not accustomed to being on the right side of the law, R. Kelly was exonerated by a judge this week in a California court, making this court case win number two in just a few months; and fattening the R&B sensation's pockets even more.
$3.4 million dollars is the approximate amount that has been awarded to R. Kelly for unpaid touring fees after a judge was requested to review and confirm the money that he was granted by an arbitrator last month.
Ne-Yo was also recently granted a sum of $700,320 from the same company. His beef was about not being paid after his services as opening act were terminated from the same tour R. Kelly is suing over.
Jay-Z has taken his fervent support for Barack Obama to another level. He is reportedly appearing for free at concerts produced by himself that target all people who register to vote
The free show circuit hit Miami on Sunday and together with Wyclef Jean, Jay-Z performed in a concert titled, 'Last Chance For Change." More than 18,000 patrons attended.
The show was very successful and the Jigga, who was honoured last week by the United Nations and given a Global Leadership Award, announced plans to throw an impromptu bonus concert at the Bayford Park venue this week.
At the UN Awards Gala in New York last Wednesday, Jay-Z gave a moving speech as he was awarded for his efforts in helping African youth acquire clean water. Again he spoke up for issues he was passionate about, bringing the reality of an African water crisis to MTV with his special called, "The Diary of Jay-Z Water for Life."
A link between brain tumors and a CMV strain of herpes has been confirmed in at least three new studies, triggering the launching of a CMV vaccine trial in California.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle cancer researchers have acted on a hunch that surfaced a decade ago, linking this CMV strain - that lies dormant in 80% of infected Americans - to cancerous brain tumors.
The young physician responsible for bringing forward this theory speculated that patients with brain cancer appeared to be mostly affluent and educated and were more vulnerable to common viruses such as the CMV Herpes strain because of their 'hyper-hygienic' lives.
CMV vaccine trials have begun for chemo patients leaving several recipients tumor-free after two years; which is un-common for a cancer such as this, that normally returns within months of treatment in 95% of cases.
Fingerpointing and a more in depth look into the Lehman Brothers company documents was primary on the agenda at the first hearing of Congress, about the cause of America's financial market collapse last month.
Lehman's last hours were disclosed as being somewhat chaotic by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He reportedly read excerpts from Lehman documents that revealed the company was heaping bonuses and special payouts on top executives while reaching out to government for a federal bail out just before the company crashed.
The tumbling down of Lehman sent shockwaves that prompted President Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to ask Congress to pass the rescue plan for the financial sector.
Chief Financial Officer of Lehman Brothers, Richard S. Fuld jr was amony the first set of witnesses who testified. His prepared statement spoke of his deep remorse for what had taken place.
Waxman unveiled information about a September 11 request to Lehman's compensaion board to give $20 million in special payments to three executives leaving the company. He told Congress that Fuld was squandering millions on compensations to 'top brass' while pleading for federal rescue. Lehmann went under on September 15.
The company that operated as a global financial services firm and had done business in investment banking, equity and fixed income sales, research and trading, investment management, private equity and private banking; and as a major dealer in the US Treasury Securities Market was taken over on February 16 by Barclays plc and others who announced plans to purchase Lehmans.
After being charged with possesion of a firearm and shooting with intent in March this year, Mavado had his travel documents seized and he spent several months on the US stop list. In August the situation was overturned and the 'Gully God' was once again able to travel freely to the US, as the charges were not only dropped but all other obstacles were removed and Mavado's US visa was renewed.
On October 25 he will be giving his many fans what they have been longing for with a full performance in the 'Return of The Gully God' show scheduled to take place at Club Amazura in Queens, New York. At this first up close and personal show since resolving the travel issue, Mavado, whose real name is David Constantine Brooks, will feature some of his 'so special' friends like: Foota Hype, Boom Boom, DJ Oneson, Massive B and Troopa Chaloopa.
The summer festival, Irie Jamboree was one of Mavado's first appearances following the removal of his name from the US stop list and crowds went wild, wanting more of Mavado who has become a hot commodity in especially New York. According to his manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths, songs like: "So Special" and the Jay Z remix of "On The Rock," have turned the dancehall star into a hot commodity in New York, as the songs have been on heavy rotation at stations like HOT 97. The Irie Jamboree festival afforded Mavado the opportunity to perform only briefly, as he was just one part of a long line-up of reggae stars.
Jones-Griffiths said the decision to launch 'The Gully God' show came about because fans were demanding more of Mavado and deserved more as well. 'The Gully God' show will give Mavado a chance to run through his huge catalogue of songs.
There are many appearances on Mavado's upcoming tour schedule and he is also quite busy on the creative end as well. He did recordings in early September on a Kanye West produced song with Jay Z for Jay Z's last Def Jam album called "Blueprint." Jones-Griffith said 50 Cent also sent a beat on which he wants Mavado to record a song. And Mavado's upcoming album, "Mr. Brooks: A Better Tomorrow," will be released by the end of the year.
Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Minister, Aliyu Umar announced recently that some 80 streets will be renamed in the country's administrative capital and the new street names will more closely reflect the cultural and historical relevance of Africans. Streets will be re-named after legendary Black people like: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
The rebranding will come in the near future and streets named after former military governors; said to be absolutely inappropriate, according to Minister Umar will be stripped of their old names. The Minister said this move comes as an effort to salute Nigeria's democracy since for more than half of the country's 48 years of independence, Nigeria has been ruled by military forces.
The move also celebrates literary icons and sports heroes. Nobel Prize winners, Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe; as well as Nigerian sports heroes, Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo and Mary Onyali will all have streets named after them.
Others to be honoured by having steets in Abuja suburb named after them are: leading opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar and African Nationalist, Marcus Garvey and Rosa Parks; all of whom were an integral part of Nigeria's consciousness and history.
Another promotional plan has been announced by Digicel Jamaica in honour of Usain Bolt's great achievements. The move will offer customers in Jamaica a new cell phone promotion giving them the chance to pay J$3 after 3.
After 3 minutes on a local call, each additional minute will cost only J$3 and there is no limit to the amount of time customers can talk at this rate.
Digicel's Head of Marketing, Wayne Miller explained that Digicel is constantly on the lookout for ways to give back to their more than 2 million customers and to Jamaica. He also said, "We felt this promotion is a perfect way to celebrate Usain Bolt's achievements."
Set to cost Digicel upwards of US$1 million, the promotion applies to pre-paid and post-paid customers.
As an official sponsor of the Jamaican government's week-long celebration for the Olympic athletes, Digicel is demonstrating how proud the company is of the athletes. Miller said, "We feel the cost is worth it. Just like all of Jamaica, Digicel is feeling the joy and pride that Usain Bolt and our other Olympians have given us with their achievements at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Digicel, along with Jamaica are proud of our athletes and want the entire country to celebrate."
The country celebrates with the athletes from October 3 until October 10 and Digicel's promotional celebration runs from October 3 to October 31, 2008.
Daville,Frederick Morton (Tempo CEO)and soca artiste Sparrow
Singer Da’Ville recently completed a photo shoot for his forthcoming album Itchiban. The album is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2009.
Under the direction of photographer Phillip Lynch and the team at Fashozy Records/D-Empire Management, the photo shoot took place in areas across Kingston including Moscow in Waterhouse.
Itchiban which means number one in Japanese will be Da’Ville’s third album for the Japanese based Avex Group label.
The album will feature production work from a prolific cadre of names including J Brown, Orville Thomas, Mighty Crown, Arif Cooper, and Delroy Foster.
Da”Ville who recently performed at the third anniversary celebrations for music video channel Tempo (he performed along with the likes of Sparrow, Machel Montano, Destra, Ziggy Rankin and Denise Belfon), says the new album will contain fourteen tracks.
Sunday, October 5 – Kingston, Jamaica: Several members of Jamaica's 2008 medal-winning Beijing Olympics team were honoured on Saturday October 4 in a special ceremony at the National Stadium and awarded with the country's fifth highest National Honour, the Order of Distinction, Commander and Officer Class. The ceremony commenced the National Sports Gala sponsored by Digicel.
In a classic 45-minute-long ceremony, witnessed by scores of excited Jamaicans, athletes Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker, Dwight Thomas, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Danny McFarlane and Bridgitte Foster-Hylton were honored by the Jamaican Government and the Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
Bolt, Powell and Campbell-Brown were bestowed with honours in the rank of Commander, and their colleagues in the rank of Officer.
Also honoured were president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) Howard Aris; Glen Mills, coach of Usain Bolt; 1976 Olympic 200m gold medalist and consultant in the preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Donald Quarrie, who were awarded the Order of Distinction Commander Class (CD) for their service to track and field and their contribution to the athletes' success.
The Digicel sponsored National Sports Gala ended with performances by the I-Threes, Tarrus Riley, Elephant Man and Beenie Man.
In line with this very special year of firsts, history graced the stages of the Digicel Rising Stars Competition on Friday night when Cameal Davis was voted in as the first female Rising Star ever.
Taking the highly coveted Rising Star crown was a feat many female competitors have only come very close to doing. Former top contestants like, Renee, Dianna Rutherford, Nickeisha Barnes, Lenya Wilks and Jodiann Pantry missed their own targeted marks as guys overpowered them with more votes; however a change has definitely come.
Cameal's was an aggressive and strategic campaign for the win, that has seen her overcoming many odds to emerge a winner above all her male opponents. Never in the five year history of this series has grace, beauty and style really made the difference, but the Denham Town Princess came around and forced a change.
"You are an example of what we can expect and what can come from young people, especially in the inner-city communities...Cameal you are an example especially to young females, you are a winner with grace, style and class," Nadine Sutherland said to Cameal just before her win was announced.
You won't be winning tonight because you are a woman, but becasue you are the best contestant," was Judge Anthony's final comments to Cameal.
Holding back tears, Cameal thanked Jamaica for being behind all the contestants all the way. "Thanks Digicel and big up Mommy [who] has really been behind me and believed in me," she said.
Cameal's mother Juliet was equally in praise, "I believe in Cameal and I knew she could do it so it is no surprise that my baby won."
Runner up Kahlil said, "We have no bad feelings, and it's just pure love; we are really happy for Cameal. We're all champions."
By: Elizabeth Smith
From strawberries in the garden salad to the accolades and general aura - everything was sweet and sensational for Jamaica's Olympic athletes on October 3, 2008 when they wound up a long day of celebrations with the nation at an intimate dinner party in the gardens of Strawberry Hill Resort - Luxury Mountain Spa in Irish Town.
It was an opportunity for the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) to reach out for additional sponsorships that would facilitate propelling the association and subsequently the athletes further. Scotia Bank and other sponsors along with members of government, sports officials and many more, gathered to have a bite at this fundraising effort and to rejoice together for the wonderful gift of national pride that the Olympians - who did remarkably in Beijing - have bestowed on Jamaica.
The short dinner party started at around 8:00pm and presentations were succint while filled with joy and satisfaction for the athletes' achievements. Dubbed, 'Dining With Stars Under The Stars' the evening was a perfect ending to day one of a series of activities planned in honour of the athletes by the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.
With an ambience that has been likened to a mountaintop oasis; the esteemed presence of the Jamaican Olympic Team and some solid entertainment - there was a sense of euphoria everywhere.
Guest speaker was Mr Kendal Minter, attorney-at-law and Director for the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), who is attorney to an impressive list of celebrities. Born in Jamaica, New York, he spoke of his love for Jamaica and emphasized how important it was for the business sector to use the victories of the Beijing Olympics that over one billion people watched, as an opportunity to brand Jamaica.
President of the JAAA Howard Aris OD, reminisced on Jamaica's Olympic history in reflecting on Arthrur Wint and his 1948 gold medal win in London, for the 400 meter, that gave Jamaica its first Olympic gold ever. He focused also on the future, saying his hopes were for sponsorships to be maintained and even increased with more resources made available for training athletes as they look forward to 2012.
Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart
TW LW WC ARTISTE/TITLE/LABEL/PEAK POSITION
01 01 15 Mr. Vegas-Daggering -KirkleDove/Irish & Chin -4wks@1
02 05 08 Morgan Heritage–Nothing To Smile About –No Doubt-Shot to Watch
03 03 13 Vegas-Nuh Fight Over Man -Legend
04 04 11 Konshens-Winner -Natural Bridge/Cash Flow
05 02 15 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga -Board House -3wks@#1
06 08 09 Assassin- Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Board House
07 06 19 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday -Big Ship Peak@#3
08 09 08 George Nooks- Rest Your Love On Me – Total/Tads
09 07 16 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die –Danger Zone/SoBe -Peak@#4
10 12 05 Mavado- Am So Special –TJ Records
The Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports have planned an exciting six part celebration for the athletes who competed in this summer's Beijing Olympics. It started off with a bang today at 11am as all remaining athletes touched down on the rock at the Norman Manley International Airport.
A welcome reception was planned to take place after the arrival in the Air Jamaica hanger.
Olympians were greeted by Jamaicans during a street parade and they will get the royal introductions and accolades at a Strawberry Hill reception this evening.
On October 4th, the National Olympic Sports Gala will take place at The National Stadium from 5 to 8 pm. Digicel has joined forces with the government organisers to bring this special event to fruition. A National Awards Ceremony will preceed the gala at 5pm; and several athletes will be bestowed with special honours from the Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall, on behalf of the Queen.
National Sports Gala official artiste list includes: Beenie Man, Elephant Man, I - Threes, Carlene Davis, Richie Stevens, Voicemail and the Digicel Rising Star Winner.
The fourth event takes place on October 5th at Emancipation Park. It will be the Jamaica National Heritage Thanksgiving Ceremony that will run from 5 to 7 pm.
October 7th sees the celebration shift from the city of Kingston to the North Coast. A Civic Ceremony will be held at Sam Sharp Square at 10:00am.
Ending in Trelawny on October 8, The Trelawny Stadium will host the Western Sports Gala and Homecoming at Trelawny. This event will go from 6 to 9.
Yardflex sends hearty congratulations to the entire Beijing Olympic Contingent.
A case management conference held at the Supreme Court on Wednesday resulted in the setting of the civil suit court date for the Natioinal Commercial Bank (NCB), that is looking to close the accounbts of Olint Corporation Ltd.
March 9, 2009 is the date when lawyers representing both parties will go to trial. NCB wants to close investment club, Olint Corporation accounts because they claim Olint did not comply with some procedural requests that includes providing audited financial statements.
Contesting the suit, Olint filed allegations against the bank. An application was made to consolidate the lawsuit filed against David Smith and his wife Tracey, who head Olint on Wednesday as well. That has been set for November 11.
In closing the personal accounts of the Smiths, NCB aims at ceasing to operate accounts for anyone affiliated with Olint.
More Vegas party highlights
It did look a little more than coincidental dat D'Angel and Beenie Man arrived at the birthnight get together for Mr. Vegas only minutes apart. What a way dem did look bright and rejuvenated and cheery. Dat a good ting still.
Den at de same birthday/resignation celebration for Vegas rings were shining brighta dan if dem was just engagement. Mi say if you wah see the eternity double row princess cut hardcore piece of wedding looking band on Don Corleon wedding finga...plus a matching gorgeous rows of diamonds on Alain's. Wow we may have missed a grand and special occasion. Are congrats in order here?
Bembe Thursdays in trouble?
This week Assassin's Girls Gone Wild Tuesdays was expected to be a huge bash, but it was shutdown prematurely by police. Speculations are centred around the fate of Bembe Thursdays that is possibly in line to suffer the same fate.
Review & Photos By: Kasim Patton
The third annual We The People Music Festival took place at the Los Angeles Historic State Park on September 27, 2008. The Los Angeles based, all ages event is geared towards celebrating the conscious spirit of reggae, hip hop and punk rock. Political art exhibits and a wide assortment of vendors specializing in political and social products and services were on hand for the days festivities.
The line up featured diverse acts such as the RZA, Barrington Levy, Eek A Mouse, EPMD, Fishbone, Suicidal Tendencies, and local hip hop legend Murs. The musical acts were divided into two main stages and a third stage for DJ's and other electronic based acts. San Diego based jam band, the B Side Players had the crowd moving with a mix of latin and reggae tunes. Eek A Mouse delivered hits like "Ganja Smuggler" and "Wa Do Dem" in his signature high pitched voice. Later that evening, Barrington Levy rocked the stage and mesmerized fans with his speedy vocal skills and energetic dance moves. He performed crowd favorites like "Broader Than Broadway", "Black Roses", and "Dangerously". Singing well after his time was up, he inspired the crowd with a speech about health and non violence.
Musical heavyweights Fishbone, sped through a set of past tunes which included their ska and reggae influenced sound. Known as the mastermind behind the Wu Tang Clan, RZA stormed the stage with friends of which included the son of late rapper Old Dirty Bastard. He whipped the massive crowd into a frenzy with classic hits like C.R.E.A.M and songs off his new project "Digi Snacks". Scarub and Eligh, members of the rap crew Living Legends, were also in attendance. Their diehard fans sang along as they rapped in their typical complex and very fast style. L.A emcee MURS, also a member of the Living Legends, gave a solo performance. Garnering a lot of buzz due to his long awaited "MURS For President" album and numerous MTV spotlights, MURS lived up to the hype by giving attendees a forever memorable performance that included a surprise cameo by gangster rap pioneer Kurupt.
The evening ended with hip hop group Dilated Peoples on the second stage and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine on the main stage. We The People was a great success considering its wide ranging artist roster and it's political edge. For more information on We The People, visit www.wethepeoplefestival.com.
Amelia 'Milk' Sewell and Candice Buchanan were reportedly given their walking papers by CVM television. This ends months of speculation on whether or not the two would be facing their public in their respective entertainment slots after video circulated on phones with Milk giving her boyfriend a blow job. Nude photos were also circulated through emails with Candice proudly showing her breasts.
According to reported published in the papers the two were hauled into meetings with the Human Resource Department where they were told that there there was no confidence in them as producers and presenters.
Following the reports some of the girls fans are really surprised, "dem really fire dem fid at?"
"Afta a nuh like dem tief nutten," another woman exclaim
The preliminary hearing of Dennis Pamplin — estranged husband of Opposition MP Pat Gordon-Pamplin – has been postponed for another month.
Yesterday Pamplin did not make an appearance at the southern District of New York court house where lawyers agreed to rollover the hearing until October 15.
Pamplin is charged, along with a second man, Brian Henry, of plotting to ship $15 million of cannabis to Bermuda.
Despite hints of early retirement, Jamaica's most popular singjay Mr. Vegas has boldy reclaimed the #1 spot on the Hype TV Chart with his single "Daggering."
At the beginning of August 2008, the single crept from #2 to the coveted #1 spot --dropping Elephant Man's "Nuh Linga" to #2. Weeks later, "Nuh Linga" regained it's #1 spot on the chart after Usain Bolt's stunning Olympic record-breaking victory and "Daggering" was pushed to #2. Ultimately, Bolt's performance of the "Nuh Linga" dance before millions of viewers joined with Elephant Man's release of a dubbed version of "Nuh Linga" commemorating the victory, increased the song's overall popularity.
Never-the-less, the fight for Hype TV's #1 position continues. As of last week, Mr. Vegas took back the #1 spot by popular vote, pushing Elephant Man's "Nuh Linga" to #2. Following Elephant Man's current position, is Mr. Vegas' "Hot Gal Nuh Fight Over Man," which has rapidly excelled on the chart to now stand firm at #3.
This year, Jamaican artists have scored with a host of strong "dance" tunes that have become worldwide sensations. It will be exciting to see how long Mr. Vegas and Elephant Man will compete for Hype TV's top position.
A foul and pungent smell led neighbours in Belvedere, Red Hills to the gruesome discovery of an extremely decomposed, naked and headless body of a child believed to be Ananda Dean, the 11 year old who has been missing for about two weeks. Last seen on September 17 getting on a bus on the way to Half-Way-Tree from school, the Swallowfied All-Age School seventh grader was not positively identified and police say DNA tests will determine her identity.
As firefighters moved the body from overgrown bushes by a steep precipice along Cypress Drive, residents gathered and howls were heard when the heavily decomposed body appeared. Both the missing child's aunt and mother had trouble handling the news that this body could possibly be Ananda and they reportedly fainted.
What neighbours first thought could be a dead animal ended up being the body. Police say it may have been thrown from the precipice into the bushes where it was concealed. A pathologists was called to perform a post mortem of the body that appeared to have been raped; although the sexual abuse has not been confirmed by police yet.
The face of the missing Whitehall Avenue, Kingston resident had been splashed all over on fliers since she was last seen, resulting in many community members being in suspense while keeping an eye out.
It took firefighters three hours to remove the body and head that had become a skull.
Also found on the scene were other items like: a black size two school shoes and a navy blue uniform, that look similar to Ananda's school gear
Yow mi peeps, mi a tell yuh sometimes mi haffi wonda why some people really badda wid relationship. Mi convince a more trouble dan it wut more time. Teck dis woman whey mi know. She life abroad and she married to dis man fi some fifteen years during which she a di main bread winner. She did have two pickney before she married, a son who a now 24 and a daughter whey a 20. She gwaan juggle and tings until finally did husband get back pon him feet and start to meck some real money. Him build a couple a houses in Jamaica including one whey him sey a di matrimonial home.
Being as di two a dem a mi bredrin mi come a Jamaica and decide fi pay di man a visit and bring dung something whey him wife sen fi him cause through him out ya a oversee di project dem. Backfoot, yuh nuh know whey mi buck up inna , mi nuh ketch him live a house wid one 23-year-old girl whey did win one pageant out yah. Big old grey tone man a gwaan like sey him young a shack up wid young gal whey ongle a nyam him out. Cause mi nuh know wha else him tink di woman si inna him.
And di wuss ting inna all a dis is dat when himd eh a foreign him wife haffi drive him round cause him woulda dead if him go inna one car and drive. Now him deh a Jamaica drive round di girl like him employed fi do it. But di drama nuh done yet. Di same woman whey him a profile wid a di same one him wife did sponsor and help financially.
A 21-year-old child molester from Arnett Gardens, South St Andrew was arrested early this week following the death of his 9-month-old relative who he is suspected of having brutally sodomised.
Now in the custody of officers from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, the young accused is suspected of molesting the infant boy on more than one occasion and according to Superintendent Delroy Hewitt of the West Kingston police station, the suspect is also believed to be mentally challenged.
Born in the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre to a mom who is currently serving a five year sentence, the baby boy died at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and his anus and abdomen were very badly damaged according to police.
The incarcerated new mother had identified a female relative to be the child's guardian after giving birth to him in prison and police reported further that the infant's guardian left him to be cared for by neighbours when he was fatally assaulted.
The Department of Correctional Services has reported that the father of the child will be able to get special visits with the incarcerated woman, who is also being supported psychologically by the department.
Emotions ran high for Brick and Lace recently while on their European tour, as they were informed that an avid fan passed away at the tender age of 20 as she was preparing to go to see the show in Vienna, Austria.
The 20 year old friend of the promoter passed away from natural causes and Brick and Lace sang all her favorite songs that night in a specially dedicated show. "Diana, we love you," B&L said and although feelings of homesickness hover constantly, this occasion in Vienna brought them back to the early days of Brick and Lace.
As they move into week 6 of their tour B&L is going on to Paris and more.
The warrant that was set for Beenie Man is no longer valid. Beenie Man's tax evasion trial was thrown out of court on Tuesday morning. According to the judge, the evidence was not enough for the case to continue. Now that Beenie Man is cleared of all charges, he has vowed to make sure his taxes will be paid on time and in full.
"Give thanks to “Rastafari” for getting the load off me" is what Beenie Man said, according to his publicist, Ray Alexander.
I am a 39 year old single mother of two girls 9 and 14. I am educated, beautiful, successful and have a good job . I met my prince charming online and went on a few dates. In my life I have had mishaps when it comes to men, but this guy was handsome, well educated and he is every woman's dream. I was so excited to finally meet somebody like him, after meeting a couple of free loaders.
He was my dream come true, however my excitement about this prince charming ended when I landed in his bed of hell. My first concern was his unwillingness to use protection, and I insisted that since we hadn't known each other that long, that was the safest thing to do. I asked about his health status and his response was that he was clean and had no diseases. He even offered to show me proof of that status.
During sex, I became concerned when I realized that he had secretly removed the protection; and he told me that he does not like using them.
After this day, I called and told him that I needed to see proof of his HIV status and he said he would send it.
As I was waiting impatiently I noticed that he was a bit different. I called him and told him strongly but politely that I needed to know his status. That was the last day I ever heard from him. He stopped calling me; he never answered my calls nor returned them. I called him at work and he told me not to bother him anymore and to leave him alone.
Everyone knows New Kidz from his burst out single "Hotter Set a Gal". Now New Kidz is coming out fresh again.
He has an upcoming single entitled "Woman" and he is slated to be doing a album which will be releasing in early January 2009.
Although detailed information on the album is yet to be released, New Kidz promises that it will be "banging".
Everyone wonders where the name New Kidz originated. The uniquely named artist explained to YardFlex that his friends on the corner just came up with the name as he was always coming up with new ideas and new jokes. Hence the name New Kidz.
New Kidz has been dabbling in the music business since the age from 12 but he became officially immersed in it as of 1998 when his hit song "Hotter Set a Gal" was released.
Now signed to Gargamel Records, New Kidz has other hot singles including, "Ready to Roll Out" on the Big Jeans Label and "Again." New Kidz has done collaborations with Singer J and Buju Banton; and has set his sites on doing a few with Bounty Killer, Sean Paul and Jay Z.
A few of New Kidz’ achievements include: traveling the world and discovering new places while touring with Buju Banton and making good music.
"Put God first and music second, don't be bad mind and envious and don't mix badness with music," New Kidz said, as advice for anyone who is interested in getting involved in the music business.
For more information on New Kidz visit www.myspace.com/newkidzmusic