January 2012 Archives

Elephant Man held on rape charges

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According to reports, Elephant Man is now being questioned by Detectives attached to the Centre for Investgation of Sexual Offences and child abuse (CISOCA). Detectives from CISOCA stated that the DJ was being questioned in relation to a number of sexual-based allegations.

So far, the Police have stated that the can provide no further details on this case as investigations are still ungoing.  This is not Elephant Man's first run-in with the law. He was arrested last year for electricity theft!




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International Superstar Celine Dion ignited the crowd at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny for her performance at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

The audience was mesmerized by the golden voice songstress as she delivered hits from her extensive catalogue.  There was loud applause as Dion took to the stage and spoke to her eager audience- 'Hello, Jamaica! It took me a few years to get here, but I will make up for lost time".

Dion had several outfit changes during her one hour and 45 minutes set and serenaded the crowd with hits such as 'Beauty and the Beast', 'It's All Coming Back to Me" and her 1990 hit 'Where does my heart beat now".

Celine was also joined on stage during her set by Diana King. Earlier in the night, patrons recived electrifying performances from siblings Tami Chynn and Tessanne Chynn, Jully Black, Bryan Art and Richie Stephens and Gentleman.

Critics of the festival hailed Celine Dion as one of the best Jazz and Blues performers to date, while others expressed disappointment at her song choices.

Reggae superstars, Shaggy and Richie Stephens were honored following strong performances of their own. After performing several of his classics alongside fellow artistes, Rayvon and Rik Rok, Shaggy received an award  honoring his contribution for promoting Jamaican culture worldwide. Meanwhile, Stephens, who performed Live Your Life alongside German Reggae star, Gentleman, copped an award celebrating his nearly two decades of contributions towards Jamaican music.








JR Gong closes Jazz and Blues on a superb note

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Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley gave a superb performance on the final night of the three day Jazz and Blues event. Marley closed the event with a scorching set when he took to the stage on sunday morning. 

Jr Gong was accompanied by a back up singer and a flag man and delivered hits from his catalogue as well as his father's catalogue.   

Marley shared the stage with saxophonist Dean Frazer and international artiste Bobby Brown. Marley and Brown performed their hit single 'Beautiful' and had the audience singing along to the words.  Jr Gong's mother, Cindy Breakspeare stood to the side of the stage and sang word for word during her son's performance. 

Jr Gong also called on his brother Stephen Marley to perform four songs with him. Stephen then called on his son Joseph aka Jo Mersa who gave a good performance as the new Marley generation. Black Am I also joined Jo Mersa on stage and thrilled the audience with a commendable performance. 


Artiste Cee Lo Green preceded Jr Gong on stage and gave a stellar performance. He belted out popular hits such as 'F You', 'Crazy' and 'Bigger City'. 

Trinidadian artiste Destra Garcia also gave a high energy performance. The soca queen showed her vocal range when she covered songs from Whitney Houston's catalogue.

Heads of State also took fans on an hour long musical journey and serenaded several women at the front of the audience with red roses. 

Overall the Jazz and Blues festival was a top notch event which delivered exceptional performances from the artistes.




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King Yellow Man, Marcia Griffiths, George Nooks and Maxi Priest all reigned supreme on the first of the three night event of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival held at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.

King Yellow Man was in his element and delivered hit after hit from his extensive catalogue including "I'm Getting Married" and "Zungu Zungu Zeng". Yellow Man told the ladies that he was dedicating a song to them and then belted out a few bars from the Fats Domino Cover - Blueberry Hill. The "King of the Dancehall" took off his shirt and began gyrating for the ladies.

The energetic Marcia Griffiths had the crowd engaged from beginning to end of her set with songs which including "I feel like jumping" and "I Shall Sing".  The audience was also thrilled with performances from George Nooks and Maxi Priest.

Kymani Marley and Luciano "The Messenger" also kept the energy going and Veteran John Holt ensured there was never a dull moment with hits such as "Wear You to the Ball" "Stick By Me" and "If I were a carpenter".

Other acts on the lineup included Chris Martin, Michael Rose, Agent Sasco, Half Pint and Etana. Patrons were also treated to performances from Rik Rok, Shaggy, Ravon and R &B Superstar Neyo. 

The festival's organizing committee presented awards to artistes who have paved the way for reggae music. The honorees included Yellowman, Lloyd Parks, Derrick Morgan, John Holt and Marcia Griffiths. 

The evening was dedicated to Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and saw great performances from all the artistes billed.




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Dancehall artiste Bramma is set to host his first concert titled "Gorilla Bash" at the Duhaney Park Community Centre on March 24th.

Bramma will receive the support of his Big Ship family Freddie McGregor, Stephen McGregor, Chino, and Laden.  "Gorilla Bash" will also feature dancehall heavy weights I Octane, Elephant Man, Kip Rich, Aidonia, Konshens and many others whilst DJ Smurf, Boom Boom and Harry Hype, Nico Supreme and Supa Hype will be at the controls to unleash high energy juggling.

Bramma says he has been putting in the work and that he has matured in the music industry. Bramma's singles have also been receiving heavy rotation on the airwaves. Tracks such as "Never Worry", "Pressure Dem" and "Haters Warning" which features Esco Chino, Chan Dizzy, Ward 21, Rolling X and Bounty Killer have all been getting rave reviews.

The artiste plans to charge $500 for entrance fee and has already received all written and signed documents from the relevant authorities in keeping with the law. He also plans to work alongside with the Duhaney Park Community Centre in providing food, refreshment and educational items to donate to kids in the charity.




Lisa Hyper heads to England in February

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Dancehall DJ Lisa Hyper is set to embark on a mini tour of England in February. Hyper has also pushed back the release date for her debut album "The Realest Bitch" due to other obligations that would make it difficult for her to promoter her album to the best of her ability

After finishing up her tour in England, Lisa Hyper will head back to Jamaica and then head off to Canada shortly after. The DJ said she is considering to release the album in March when she is able to go "all out" in terms of marketing and promotion.

The artiste is also planning to shoot videos for the lead singles on the album "Power" and "Roll Deep". In a release, Hyper says she will be "auditioning girls for the 'Power' video next Tuesday at King Jammys studio. We are doing two videos, one for Power and the other for Roll Deep, but I need a few girls to spice up the Power video.". 

Lisa says she is now paying greater attention to her health after she was diagnosed last year with stomach ulcers because of her poor eating habits. She says she is currently recording a slew of singles so that she can stay current while she is off the island.

The singles include 'Dem a Kick Up' on Ward 21 new riddim, 'Fly Like a Kite' on the Signature riddim for producer Lena British, and 'Kick Back' on producer Bruce Lee's latest riddim. Hyper says she is putting out the work to make 2012 memorable.




YardFlex Exclusive: Luciano re-Issued US Visa

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Reggae veteran artiste Jepther MClymont, better known as Luciano "The Messenger" has been re-issued his US visa. Luciano's visa was taken away after he was charged last year forharbouring a fugitive at his home. The charge was later dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
 
It has now been officially confirmed that Luciano has been re-issued his visa and will now be able to travel and work in the United States.








Digicel Haiti welcomes new CEO Damian Blackburn

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Kingston, Jamaica - Wednesday 25th January 2012. Digicel, the best value operator in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, today announced that Damian Blackburn, formerly CEO of Digicel Honduras, will assume the role of CEO of Digicel Haiti and Group Director of Special Projects effective immediately.

A telecoms industry veteran with over fourteen years experience, Damian joined Digicel Group three and a half years ago as Group Operational Development Director. He was then promoted to the role of Regional CEO which saw him overseeing twelve Caribbean markets before moving to Honduras in October 2010 to lead the Digicel business there until its acquisition by America Movil in November 2011. Prior to joining Digicel, Damian held senior management positions with Virgin Mobile, BT Group and Vodafone in the Europe. In his new role, Damian will report directly to Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves.

Damian takes over from Maarten Boute who has been CEO of Digicel Haiti for three years. Despite the challenges posed by the devastating January 2010 earthquake, the cholera outbreak and a prolonged period of political instability, Maarten steered the business through a strong growth phase which saw subscribers increase by 1.5 million and revenues by 60%. Maarten will remain with Digicel in Haiti until the end of March to support Damian in his new role and ensure a smooth transition before moving on to spend more time with his family. 


Damian Blackburn comments; "I am very excited about my new role. Haiti is full of opportunities and I am looking forward to continuing to build the business there and delivering new innovations, great service and great value to our customers. I am also deeply committed to continuing to support our communities as we do all we can to help Haiti to a brighter future."

Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, comments; "We are delighted to have Damian accept the role of CEO of Digicel Haiti and Group Director of Special Projects. Given his excellent track record across multiple Digicel operations and his energy, commitment and focus, we are confident he will ensure that our Haiti business goes from strength to strength."


"I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to Maarten for three great years with Digicel and to wish him and his growing family all the very best. Maarten will always be a member of the Digicel family and we are pleased to confirm that we anticipate Maarten will have an ongoing role going forward."


ABOUT DIGICEL

After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has over 11 million customers across its 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team. 

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars - an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.




Rumbar Chugit Anniversary Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Is there tension between Mr. G and Cham?

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Veteran dancehall artiste Chad Simpson, more popularly known as Mr G, has called out Baby Cham on comments he made towards him and their former stable mate Red Rat.

During an interview on "Onstage" recently, Cham stated that in the late 1990's, he had bigger hits than his stable mates Mr G and Red Rat but that he did not rise to prominence because of lack of promotion. 

Additionally, when the interviewer asked Cham how Bounty Killer helped with his career, Cham responded  that Bounty Killer assisted. Mr G also took issue with this statement . According to Mr G "Bounty never just assist, him buss Cham to the world, him introduce him to the world and bawl out him name mek people know him, Cham need fi know say him and Dave Kelly ride pon Bounty Killer bandwagon, and him probably woulda never buss without Bounty Killer." 

Mr G stated that Cham was "red-eye' and that he needs to understand himself. Mr. G became renowned in 90s for singles like ''Fudgy' and ''Buff Bay'.




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I David Brooks wish to make the following statement:

On the 13th June 2011, arising out of an incident which took place at the Quad nightclub in New Kingston where Conroy Edwards aka "Connie" was fatally shot whilst being unarmed.

To date, this matter continues to be the subject of investigations with the lapse of seven (7) months.

The matter became one of public interest to the extent that one of the major news stations, TVJ, has featured video clips of the part of the incident leading up to the shooting of Conroy. This feature formed part of its 2011 Year in Review Highlights.

As a witness to the incident and a Jamaican citizen who is committed to the rule of law, it has caused me great concern that, what I, in my humble view, see as a clear case of homicide, has failed to result in an arrest thus far. Myself, along with five (5) other persons who were eyewitnesses to the incident, have carried out our civic duties by giving statements to the police. I attended the Constant Spring Police Station immediately after the incident where I gave my eyewitness statement to the police about the shooting I witnessed and about the assault on me.

A determination of this matter, which we understand was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling, is anxiously being awaited.

It is no secret that allegations made against me led to my arrest within hours after the said June 13, 2011 incident and subsequently to me being charged for assault. However, contrastingly, the person against whom statements were given, a serving member of the JCF, has yet to be arrested. How could this happen? I was assaulted first by the police officer, I reported the incident first and subsequently was arrested first. Connie was killed while being unarmed. I have deliberately kept my silence for the last seven (7) months, but the time has come for me to go public with the hope that justice will be done.

David Brooks (Mavado)




d-angel.jpgControversial Dancehall artiste D'Angel is set to release her debut novel in February titled "Love Triangle".  This is the first of her two book deal with Pageturner Publishing House. 

The second book is an autobiography titled "Break free" which is due out by year end. D'Angel says she is excited about this new venture and is eagerly waiting to see what her critics will have to say about it.

Pageturner's Karl Larmond describes the book as "interestingly pulsating with adult content about adult subject matter." D'Angel says she is confident of the books success at the stands and she is confident that her fans will love it. 

The book will be available at all major books stores islandwide.




Supermodel Heidi Klum and husband Seal seperate

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Runway Model and host of Project Way, Heidi Klum has separated from her husband Seal. The pair announced the end of their seven year marriage in a joint statement revealing that after 'much soul searching, we have decided to go our separate ways".

The pair said they still have the deepest respect for one another and will continue to love and support each other. They have four children together. Seal, who is in the middle of promoting his new album, says he has no plans to stop wearing his wedding ring anytime soon.

Rumours have been swirling that it was Seal's vicious temper that led Heidi to seek a divorce. German-born Heidi, 38, is reportedly expected to file papers at Los Angeles' County Superior Court this week citing 'irreconcilable differences'.




Dennis Brown tribute to start Reggae Month

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Reggae Month kicks off next month, and with Jamaica celebrating 50 years, plans are well underway for this year's staging.

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has met with Damian Crawford, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment and Lisa Hannah, Minister of Youth and Culture. Crawford assured JaRIA that the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) would be partnering with them to stage Reggae Month with a sponsorship of $4million. 

Under the theme Reggae 50 ... Jamaica's Heart and Soul, Reggae Month will kick off with the staging of the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert which will feature artistes such as Damian and Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, Half Pint, Ken Boothe, Junior Reid and Beres Hammond. The event will take place on January 29 at Orange Street, Down Town.

JaRIA's signature event will be "Reggae Nights" WHICH WILL OPEN February 1st at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. This will be a celebration of musical heritage through classical, jazz, mento and ska. Reggae Month was officially declared by Sir Kenneth Hall, then Governor General of Jamaica, on January 24, 2008. The full calendar for Reggae Month will be revealed at a press launch today at the Bob Marley Museum.




Bounty Killer starts off 2012 on a positive note

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Dancehall Icon Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer, has kicked off the new year on a positive note. The artiste has released a song titled "Be on the Alert" which features fellow Alliance member, Wayne Marshall. The song is produced by PayDay music and is featured on the Real Reggae Riddim.  The song cautions parents, and society in general, to be aware of the persons they interact with daily as these persons may be pedophiles/child molesters.

Bounty has also released "Thine Will be Done on Earth" on the Cool Down Riddim. The songs is being hailed as 2012's first prayer. Bounty Killer demonstrates his  versatility on this track as he asks for divine intervention. Killer also speaks to the ills of the society such as violence, poverty and social division.

Bounty Killer is adamant about setting an example for his younger Alliance Next Generation artistes as well as other artistes to emulate. Killer has also instilled a set of morals and principles in his camp which he believes will help them to stay true to themselves and will also keep them focused. They are: 

1. Love God and Live
2. Honor Your Mother and Father
3. He who Forgets where he is Coming From Has No Where Going
4. Dont Burn Your Bridges
5. Never Try To Outshine Your Master
6. Each One Teach One To Reach One
7. Alliance Means Mutual Benefit, You Help Me To Help We
8. Dont Get Bitter Get Better
9. If It's Not Rough It's Not Right, Easy Comes Easy Goes
10. Never Swap Your Soul 4 Gold

Bounty Killer shows no signs of slowing down and will continue to make positive moves in the dancehall whether by introducing new talent or just maintaining a presence in the industry.

You may listen to "Thine Will Be Done" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bS5TM1V2kI




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The "Rep Your Colors" campaign by Heritage Apparel is now on. Trinidadians and supporters of Trinidad and Tobago culture can now support this new venture.

To commemorate Trinidad and Tobago's 50th anniversary of Independence, Color Heritage will be releasing Limited Edition Collector's Items. The first collector's item will be the "Rep your Heritage" Trinbago Polo shirt, which sells for $35.00 USD / $225.00TT.

To reserve your orders, just send an email to orders@colorheritage.com with your name, size, quantities and address. Remember items are limited! 

Also check out the campaign song "Show Your Colors" on mix.com

Check out the website: Color Heritage Apparel for more information.




Wet Sundaze Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Container Saturday Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Bounty Sunday's Photos: by Milton Raynor

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The University of the West Indies will focus on Health and Wellness as it celebrates its 2012 Research Days activities on January 26th and 27th. The theme this year is "Promoting Health and Wellness: The UWI Mona's Innovative Approach". This seeks to highlight UWI's achievements as a teaching and research institution that advances knowledge and understanding the factors that help or impede wellness.

One of the major highlights of this the 13th staging of Research Days will be the unveiling of the revolutionary UWI Cardiac Surgery Simulator invention. This was developed by a team at the Mona campus and is poised to globally transform the teaching of cardiac surgery. Ivy League universities across the United States and Australia are already showing interest in this invention. The Launch and Demo of the Simulator will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 9:00 am at the Undercroft of the University's Senate Building.

Another highlight of the 2 day event will be the annual American Friends of Jamaica Inc and The Cobb Family Lecture Series, which will feature Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee. Dr Lyew-Ayee will be focusing on the topic of Road Safety Through Innovative Thinking and Technologies. The lecture takes place on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. also at the Undercroft.

Research Days 2012 will conclude with a gala awards function on Friday January 27, where presentations will be made to the most outstanding researchers for 2011.

Research Days 2012 is an excellent forum which provides an opportunity for dialogue between researchers and students, potential investors/research collaborators, business leader policy makers locally, regionally and internationally.




Akon is in Jamaica

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International Superstar Akon is in the island. The artiste is in Jamaica to do recordings at the Tuff Gong studio with the Marley brothers Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Stephen Marley and Julian Marley. Akon tweeted the news to his fans and also shared pics of his visit to Bob Marley's museum.




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Song writer and Record producer Winston Riley is dead. Riley, who is the father of FAME FM disk jock Kurt Riley, had been in hospital since last November when he received a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He had been in a coma. 

Winston Riley had been plagued by a series of violent attacks. He was shot in August last year and in September he was stabbed multiple times. In a release, Kurt Riley stated that the family did not know the motive behind his father's attacks. 

Winston Riley was instrumental in the careers of Buju Banton, Sister Nancy, Frankie Paul and others.




Legendary singer Etta James has died

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Singer Etta James, who is most famous for her 1961 single "At Last" dies early this morning from complications caused by leukemia. In December of last year, the singer's manager announced that she was suffering from dementia, leukemia and hepatitis C. 

Born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25th 1938, Hawkins rose to fame when the group she founded reached number one on the Rhythm and Blues chart in 1955 with the single "Dance With Me, Henry".

James also made headlines in 2009, when she stated that Beyonce Knowles - who played her in the 2008 film "Cadillac Records", should "get her ass whipped" for performing "At Last" for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Ball. James later stated that she was joking, but that she was hurt that she was not asked to perform. 

She inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and received six Grammy awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Etta James released her final album last year November titled "Dreamer". She is survived by her husband Artis Mills and her two sons, Donto and Sametto, who had performed with her since 2003, on drums and bass guitar, respectively.




Goodaz Girls Link Up Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Shaggy & Friends 2012 Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Rebel Salute 2012 Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Beenie Man speaks out about Sting

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The Doctor Beenie Man came under much scrutiny after it was reported that he had turned up to Sting 2011 but had backed out of clashing rival Bounty Killer at the last minute. 

Beenie Man had initially insisted that he would not perform at Sting until Promoter Isaiah Laing apologized for comments made about him in 2010. On the night of Sting 2011, in a radio interview, Beenie Man told fans that he would indeed be at Sting.

In a radio interview yesterday, Beenie Man stated that he went to the venue and that if Isaiah Laing had approached him there, he would have considered performing. Beenie Man also stated that he would have clashed Bounty Killer if he had called him out by name. 

Beenie said he was fully prepared to clash Killa had Laing negotiated a deal then and there as he had his red suit waiting in the bus to go on the stage.

The artiste said that he kept his word to his fans that he would not perform and that he is ok with that decision.




Sizzla Kalonji is alive

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Contrary to the rumours that have been making their rounds on social networks, Reggae artiste Miguel Collins aka Sizzla Kalonji is still alive.  

Rumours began circulating that the artiste had met in a fatal accident in the United States. However, Sizzla's Publicist Olimata Taal, stated that there was absolutely no truth to the rumours and that the artiste is alive and well. 

Kalonji was injured in August last year after he was hit off his motorbike by bus.  Since recovering from the accident, Sizzla has focused on building the 'Sizzla Youth Foundation' which is an initiative aimed at providing youth programs, activities as well support in Jamaican communities that contribute to its growth, development, and unity.




Kartel's Assets Seized by Cops

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The legal woes of popular entertainer Vybz Kartel continues. The self proclaimed "Worl Boss" has had some of his assets seized by the Police. According to reports, the DJ, who remains behind bars on two murder charges, had his assets seized shortly after he was arrested. Some of the items taken during the seizure include his popular 2010 Mercedes Benz s-class which is valued at over $20million and a laptop containing music related projects and documentation regarding his properties. The confiscated items are now being stored at the Police Commissioners Office in St Andrew. 

The seizures took place following the newly passed "Proceeds of Crime Act" which allows police and law enforcers to seize properties if there are discrepancies in how they were obtained. Once that transpires, the person whose assets are seized will have to show evidence that they acquired those valuables legally.

Kartel is set to return to court on February 1, 2012.




Konshens plans to launch clothing line soon

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Fans of Reggae artiste Konshens, have been anticipating his debut album "Mental Maintenance" which is scheduled for a February 28 release. but now they can also look forward to something new as Konshens has partnered with CY clothing to launch his own clothing line called OH'K. 

Konshens says he will personally be spearheading the initiative which will focus mainly on women's clothing. Among the items in the new range of OH'K are high quality women's printed T-shirts and tank tops, some featuring graphic renditions of popular songs by Konshens. The clothing line will first be launched in Kingston Jamaica, and will then move on to Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad, Belize, Grenada, New York and Miami. There are also plans to expand into Europe, where a full range of long sleeves, sweaters and zip ups will be available.

Konshens says the OH'K clothing line will be youthful, chic and will speak directly to females with an urban edge.




Decomposed body of 2 year old found in suitcase

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The decomposing body of a two year old boy was found in a suitcase in his home on Chisholm Avenue recently. The parents of the child have been taken into custody after they were mobbed by residents. Residents of the community stated that they became suspicious when the little boy who lived at the home was not seen for over two months.

Neighbours had inquired as to the whereabouts of the child but they were told that he had moved to the country to live with relatives. Police Officers had also visited the home in search of the child but were given the same story.  Not believing the story they were told, the residents barged into the home which was barricaded by a zinc fence and found the skeletal remains of the boy in a suitcase at the back of the house.

The parents, who are both 32 years old, are expected to be charged once the autopsy is complete.




Body of seven year old found in bushes

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The body of seven year old Delano Greenwood was discovered in bushes yesterday in the quiet community of Scarlett Hall in St Ann. His father and another relative stumbled upon the body when they went to search for him. Delano's throat was slashed.

According to reports, a 13 year old boy has been taken into custody in relation to the incident. It is believed that he was playing with Delano shortly before the murder took place. Delano's father, Trevor Greenwood said he was devastated at what had taken place.

Counselors from the Ministry of Education visited the Hoolebury Primary School which Delano attended. They conducted sessions with two sisters of the alleged assailant and also with Delano's father.

Guidance counsellor at the school Celia Chunnu said a seedling will be planted in the school's peace garden in honour of Delano. A candle lighting will also take place during the school's general devotion tomorrow morning.




International recording artiste Khago has signed a production and booking deal with Stashment Records to boost his presence in the marketplace both here and in the US.

"Since Stashment has been involved in my career, things just step up, everything in terms of my street presence, my radio play, I have shot videos for my hit songs like Tax Inna My World, and we will be doing videos for songs like That's All Mi Care Bout  on DJ Frass new Riva Stone riddim and Wine Pon the Pole for Elvis' So Unique Records...Stashment tun up mi ting," Khago said in a release.

Stashment Records has been steering the careers of red hot rookie Lanmine known for his combination 'Creeping' with Fambo, and Digicel Rising Stars personality Jermaine Michaels who scored a hit last year with the reggae hit, 'Cornerstone'.

Stashment Records CEO Stasha Smith believes that Khago is an artiste with a lucrative future and an act who has the ability and the drive to achieve mainstream success in the competitive US market.

"Khago is an incredibly talented artiste that I have always admired and his humble ways make him easy to work with, and I think we will have a long term relationship in terms of booking and production. He has great crossover appeal and a wonderful work ethic, so right now, we are marketing him as one of the future stars of dancehall music. He is a double threat because his reggae songs are very popular in Africa and Europe and his dancehall stuff is popular in the ethnic markets in the US, so I see big things in his future," Ms. Smith said. 

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"In the future, I am looking forward to taking over the full time management aspect of his career."

Khago has voiced on a new riddim project, Money Machine, for Stashment Records which will be released in February.

Khago had been linked with Corey Todd Records last year after a high profile split with his previous management team. 

"Big up Corey Todd, him ah mi real dupes but he is focussing more on the business aspect of entertainment in terms of his clubs and his other business ventures, so ah just mutual understanding that we come too fi go our separate ways," Khago said. 

Khago performed at a club show called 'Destiny' in Miami during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. He shared the stage with superstar Mavado and fellow Alliance member Bling Dawg.  Khago got big forwards for his hit Blood a Boil, but it was his recent chart-topper Tun Up Di Ting which got the biggest forwards. He performed the song for about three minutes or more, with the crowd singing the chorus word for word. He also got a good response for his mega hit, Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem, earning a big ovation after singing the first few bars and exiting the stage. However, the crowd would have none of it, and the 2500 strong audience begged him to come back to finish the song. He rocked the audience then passed the mike on to ZJ Liquid to sing Wifey Walk Out to a huge roar, and then Delly Ranx followed up with Headache. 

Khago closed his set with Nah Sell Out Part Two and Mi See Badda Dan Dem. 

He is booked to appear on this year's Hague Agricultural show on February 22nd and the Negril Spring Break concert on March 10th.




Jr Gong, Capleton Dominate At Rebel Salute

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The 19th staging of the annual show Rebel Salute was ignited when international artiste Jr Gong and his brother Stephen Marley took to the stage. The throng of patrons blazed their fire and tooted their vuvuzelas in anticipation for what was to be a great night. The Marley brothers dug deep into their catalogue and had Port Kaiser audience singing along to every word that they said during their 40 minute set. The Marley brothers also took time out to hail incarcerated artiste Buju Banton and wished for his speedy release.

But before the big acts came on stage, the show kicked off with young artistes such as: Mr Slick, Mad Dog and Iyah Blaze. Food Kartel had the crowd laughing along to his gimmicks.

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A pregnant Queen Ifrica took to the stage and rocked the venue with her extensive catalogue. Queen Ifrica got loud cheers when she started singing "Below The Waist" while pointing to her protruding belly.
Singer Romain Virgo also gave a stellar performance, belting out hits such as "System" and "Taking You Home" which had the ladies swooning. "Singy Singy" Tarrus Riley could do no wrong for the audience and had thrilled the audience with his set.

It was almost midnight when the birthday man and founder of the event Tony Rebel took the stage and belted out hit after hit of his most popular songs. Tony Rebel got a huge forward when he made a special plea to Minister of Youth and Culture-Lisa Hannah, to inform Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller that the buggery laws should not be repealed or reviewed.
The fire man, Capleton was the closing act. The energetic artiste had patrons eating out of his hands when he took to the stage. Living up to his name, Capleton had his supporters lighting cardboards and whatever else they could find. Firefighters were however, on hand to put out the billowing smoke.

It was an end to one of the biggest Reggae Shows and was hailed as one of the best Rebel Salutes to date.





Fake Gay Aidonia Twitter Page

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Now I recently went on twitter to post some lyrics when I saw a strange page up in my mentions. Now people, mi get the shock of mi life when I saw a twitter page with the name @AidoniaOfficial.

It appears as though somebody has created a false Aidonia page and a write up a bag a tings bout the DJ. Dem photoshop the artiste wid some gay porno magazine inna him hand and also tweeted to persons about what he likes to be done to his rear.

Aidonia you need to address this urgently because some people thought that it was really your page and that you just start talk di tings.  The Social Media websites dem gone a lead. Yes papa, you see dat!!!!!!

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OUR Summons Digicel

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 The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has summoned Digicel to a meeting this Friday to have the company provide a status report on the transfer of control of the Claro network and assets to Digicel. The OUR says it has learned that former Prime Minister Andrew Holness had granted a request from Digicel for a withdrawal of the condition for Digicel to operate two separate networks. The OUR says it has also been informed of new voice and data coverage conditionalities. The OUR says in light of the fact that the company is no longer required to operate two separate networks, the OUR wants Digicel to provide information to enable the Office to respond to the customers' complaints. The OUR says customers of Claro have complained to the regulator that they are having difficulty accessing the network, are not able to access credit for their phones.





"Ah coming again, to drive Iwer George insane." That is how reigning International Power Soca Monarch Machel Montano declared his intent to retain the crown at the 2012 edition of the signature competition produced by Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the soca monarch competition and also represents 30 years for Montano in entertainment. To honour his three decades as an entertainer, Montano said a double album, now in production and scheduled for a Carnival release, would be for his fans. He said his band HD has been revolutionising the local music circuit, by releasing new music almost every four days, which was a first for the industry.
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Promoter demands compensation from I-Octane

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Promoter Tia Reinford is demanding to be compensated by I-Octane and his management following claims that the "Burn Dem Bridge" hitmaker is allegedly responsible for the premature end of her event. Tia, who is the promoter of the Westmoreland Kite Festival held on Sunday, said patrons pelted bottles on the stage following I-Octane's abrupt end of his set. The promoter says I-Octane is responsible for the incident. However, I-Octane is singing a different tune. In the meantime, promoter Tia Reinford is seeking compensation. She adds that she will not quit until I-Octane and his management negotiates with her.
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Despite being advertised on this year's Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, told YardFlex that he will not be performing at the event. "I will not be performing again," the singer declared. He stated that he is dissatisfied with some of the arrangements as it relates to the reggae artistes and the celebration of Jamaica's jubilee. As a result, McGregor has decided not to perform on the festival. Freddie McGregor was scheduled to perform on the Thursday night, January 26, which is dedicated to the celebration of Jamaica music 50th anniversary and while he says he felt honoured to be chosen, he is concerned that those who are equally deserving have been left off. "I read where the organizers said they could not find singers such as Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Bunny Wailer, Mighty Diamonds and Derrick Morgan. I can tell you that that is a joke. All those artistes are laughing," McGregor said. He noted that he demanded to be treated with a certain level of respect and he did not feel that this was being shown to neither him nor the other Jamaica 50 artistes. "I am an international ambassador rooting for my country and reggae music. I have done festivals all over the world and treated like an international act. However, here in the land of reggae, we are being treated like second class citizens on this festival. For example, the 'local' acts have not even been given a deposit as yet. And, the pay being offered is the lowest that I would have ever received for a festival," McGregor explained. He emphasized, however, that it was not about the money as he would "do the festival for free". "It's about the organisers showing respect and ensuring that the reggae artistes feel that they are being treated with the same amount of consideration as the overseas acts. The captain of the Big Ship said he has made his position clear to the organizers, the Art of Music Promotions. "At the end of the day it's not about them, it's about Jamaica and reggae music. I couldn't go on stage and give a good performance feeling the way I do," Freddie McGregor said.

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Bounty and Mavado friends again

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Bounty Killer and his protégé Mavado are friends again. The dancehall artistes put their differences aside and embraced this morning at Uptown Mondays, signaling an end to their feud. "Alliance a run the ting," fans were heard shouting, as they applauded the move by the two top artistes. There has been a rift in Alliance since an incident at Bounty's birthday party last year.
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St. Thomas records its first murder for the year

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The parish of St. Thomas on Monday night recorded its first murder for the year. A man was fatally shot in the community of Lloyd's Pen in Yallahs. He has been identified as Colin Brown, 31, otherwise called "Dice". About 8:30, Mr. Brown was walking on a dirt track when he was approached by a group of heavily armed men. They opened fire killing him on the spot.
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Reggae artiste, Luciano, while confirming that there was a bottle-throwing incident at a show in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is emphasizing that it was "out of the ordinary" and definitely does not reflect his normal reception in the motherland Africa. Luciano, known as the Messenjah, has been unwavering in his support of Africa and all things African. He has consistently done conscious lyrics and has a huge fan base in certain parts of Africa, a continent he has toured many times. "A lot of people may not know that I have a house in The Gambia and the people there accept me as one of their own. I have travelled to Ghana, where thousands come to meet me and attend by concerts. Up until now, my Africa experience has been among my greatest," Luciano declared. Reports out of Port Harcourt about the December 17 concert, stated that "Jamaican reggae icon, Luciano, was on Saturday night pelted with empty water bottles by some youths that attended the closing of the 2011 Rivers State Carnival popularly known as CARNIRIV at the Liberation Stadium." The original article labeled the youths behaviour as "hostile", while comments under the article denounced the incident and noted that certain disruptive elements of that society will behave like that, especially at free events. There were suggestions that the organizers should have known better than to put Luciano so far down on the programme, especially since there were many big name Afrcan acts on the line-up and Port Harcourt is somewhat behind in their appreciation of reggae acts like Luciano. Port Harcourt is also notorious for being unwelcoming to foreign acts. One person commented that, "Port-Harcourt is the worst place for foriegn artists to visit. It's the same Port Harcourt that someone jumped on stage and snatched Usher Raymond's bling from his neck. The last time Port-Harcourt receive a foreign artist with love was when Wyclef visited." As Luciano recalled, "A one man fling a one bottle and a one woman fling a phone to show their displeasure and we know how that kind of behaviour is catching. However, when I started to talk to them they calmed down a bit and I sang One Way Ticket and they became receptive." He pointed out that he felt that not enough thought was put into the running order by the organizers. Asked if this experience has given him a negative feelings towards Africa, Luciano was quick to respond, "Of course not." He added, "I believe that everything happens for a purpose and out of evil cometh good. Perhaps this will be a musical re-awakening for the people in Port Harcourt and will usher in an era of greater appreciation of foundation, roots reggae. I certainly don't take it personal, in addition, the wonderful experiences I have of performing in Africa will overshadow this every time." The carnival in Port Harcourt, Nigeria took place on December 17, 2011, after which Luciano returned to Jamaica and gave an awesome performance on Thursday, December 22, at the Tarrus Riley and Friends free concert at Emancipation Park in New
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Tifa and Timberlee at war

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What's the beef between Tifa and Timberlee? Sources told Yardflex that the two females artistes are at it again and this time it really seems like war. People had to hold on tight to Tifa at an event over the weekend as the Spell It Out diva was determined to get her claws into Timberlee. Come on girls, we expect better from both of you.
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I-Octane bottled at show in Sav

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There are conflicting reports as to what exactly caused a bottle-throwing incident at Sunday's Western Kite Festival held at Mannings School in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland. The event featured I-Octane, Romain Virgo and Popcaan. Reports from persons who attended the event that I-Octane worked for 10 minutes, had issues with the fact that he could not get a "dark segment" flung the mic on stage and left prematurely. According to the promoter, as soon as I-Octane made it clear that he was leaving, the bottles started raining on stage. "I was even told that one of the bottles hit him," she told Yardflex. "Yes, there was a sound problem and we explained that to him from he entered the venue. Popcaan worked around it and do too did Romaine Virgo. Everything went smooth until I-Octane entered the stage. He was the one who started talking about bottles by telling the people that "this selector come in like him need a bottle". But instead of the crowd bottling the selector, they bottled the artiste," the promoter said. However, according to I-Octane, in an interview with The Star, "You have some youth a record di ting and mi a ask dem fi dim the light so mi can see wah a gwaan inna di crowd. Mi neva like the energy weh dem a come off wid. Mi ask fi di dark segment and it seem like dem man ya have some personal vibe." I-Octane said the audience pleaded with the cameramen to turn off the light but they didn't. "Me is a man weh nuh just walk off a stage so but the tone mi neva like it. True dem vibe mi neva waan turn mi back and sup'm go gwaan. Mi just seh to dem seh since unuh nuh waan hear wah mi a seh mi a seh unuh work then. Di crowd get vex wid dem and start fling bottle," he said. The artiste said he was already on his way out of the venue when the incident took place, as the patrons realised that he was not returning.
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The Main Event Boat Ride Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Mojito Mondays 1/1/12 - Photos By: Milton Raynor

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Resolutions Photos By : Milton Raynor

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Uptown Monday jan 1 2011 - Photos by Milton Raynor

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Wet sundays Dec 31 2012 - Photos by Milton raynor

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JR Gong closes Jazz and Blues on a superb note

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Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley gave a superb performance on the final night of the three day Jazz and Blues event. Marley closed the event with a scorching set when he took to the stage on sunday morning. 

Jr Gong was accompanied by a back up singer and a flag man and delivered hits from his catalogue as well as his father's catalogue.   

Marley shared the stage with saxophonist Dean Frazer and international artiste Bobby Brown. Marley and Brown performed their hit single 'Beautiful' and had the audience singing along to the words.  Jr Gong's mother, Cindy Breakspeare stood to the side of the stage and sang word for word during her son's performance. 

Jr Gong also called on his brother Stephen Marley to perform four songs with him. Stephen then called on his son Joseph aka Jo Mersa who gave a good performance as the new Marley generation. Black Am I also joined Jo Mersa on stage and thrilled the audience with a commendable performance. 


Artiste Cee Lo Green preceded Jr Gong on stage and gave a stellar performance. He belted out popular hits such as 'F You', 'Crazy' and 'Bigger City'. 

Trinidadian artiste Destra Garcia also gave a high energy performance. The soca queen showed her vocal range when she covered songs from Whitney Houston's catalogue.

Heads of State also took fans on an hour long musical journey and serenaded several women at the front of the audience with red roses. 

Overall the Jazz and Blues festival was a top notch event which delivered exceptional performances from the artistes.




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King Yellow Man, Marcia Griffiths, George Nooks and Maxi Priest all reigned supreme on the first of the three night event of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival held at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.

King Yellow Man was in his element and delivered hit after hit from his extensive catalogue including "I'm Getting Married" and "Zungu Zungu Zeng". Yellow Man told the ladies that he was dedicating a song to them and then belted out a few bars from the Fats Domino Cover - Blueberry Hill. The "King of the Dancehall" took off his shirt and began gyrating for the ladies.

The energetic Marcia Griffiths had the crowd engaged from beginning to end of her set with songs which including "I feel like jumping" and "I Shall Sing".  The audience was also thrilled with performances from George Nooks and Maxi Priest.

Kymani Marley and Luciano "The Messenger" also kept the energy going and Veteran John Holt ensured there was never a dull moment with hits such as "Wear You to the Ball" "Stick By Me" and "If I were a carpenter".

Other acts on the lineup included Chris Martin, Michael Rose, Agent Sasco, Half Pint and Etana. Patrons were also treated to performances from Rik Rok, Shaggy, Ravon and R &B Superstar Neyo. 

The festival's organizing committee presented awards to artistes who have paved the way for reggae music. The honorees included Yellowman, Lloyd Parks, Derrick Morgan, John Holt and Marcia Griffiths. 

The evening was dedicated to Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and saw great performances from all the artistes billed.




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Dancehall artiste Bramma is set to host his first concert titled "Gorilla Bash" at the Duhaney Park Community Centre on March 24th.

Bramma will receive the support of his Big Ship family Freddie McGregor, Stephen McGregor, Chino, and Laden.  "Gorilla Bash" will also feature dancehall heavy weights I Octane, Elephant Man, Kip Rich, Aidonia, Konshens and many others whilst DJ Smurf, Boom Boom and Harry Hype, Nico Supreme and Supa Hype will be at the controls to unleash high energy juggling.

Bramma says he has been putting in the work and that he has matured in the music industry. Bramma's singles have also been receiving heavy rotation on the airwaves. Tracks such as "Never Worry", "Pressure Dem" and "Haters Warning" which features Esco Chino, Chan Dizzy, Ward 21, Rolling X and Bounty Killer have all been getting rave reviews.

The artiste plans to charge $500 for entrance fee and has already received all written and signed documents from the relevant authorities in keeping with the law. He also plans to work alongside with the Duhaney Park Community Centre in providing food, refreshment and educational items to donate to kids in the charity.




Lisa Hyper heads to England in February

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Dancehall DJ Lisa Hyper is set to embark on a mini tour of England in February. Hyper has also pushed back the release date for her debut album "The Realest Bitch" due to other obligations that would make it difficult for her to promoter her album to the best of her ability

After finishing up her tour in England, Lisa Hyper will head back to Jamaica and then head off to Canada shortly after. The DJ said she is considering to release the album in March when she is able to go "all out" in terms of marketing and promotion.

The artiste is also planning to shoot videos for the lead singles on the album "Power" and "Roll Deep". In a release, Hyper says she will be "auditioning girls for the 'Power' video next Tuesday at King Jammys studio. We are doing two videos, one for Power and the other for Roll Deep, but I need a few girls to spice up the Power video.". 

Lisa says she is now paying greater attention to her health after she was diagnosed last year with stomach ulcers because of her poor eating habits. She says she is currently recording a slew of singles so that she can stay current while she is off the island.

The singles include 'Dem a Kick Up' on Ward 21 new riddim, 'Fly Like a Kite' on the Signature riddim for producer Lena British, and 'Kick Back' on producer Bruce Lee's latest riddim. Hyper says she is putting out the work to make 2012 memorable.




YardFlex Exclusive: Luciano re-Issued US Visa

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Reggae veteran artiste Jepther MClymont, better known as Luciano "The Messenger" has been re-issued his US visa. Luciano's visa was taken away after he was charged last year forharbouring a fugitive at his home. The charge was later dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
 
It has now been officially confirmed that Luciano has been re-issued his visa and will now be able to travel and work in the United States.








Digicel Haiti welcomes new CEO Damian Blackburn

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Kingston, Jamaica - Wednesday 25th January 2012. Digicel, the best value operator in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, today announced that Damian Blackburn, formerly CEO of Digicel Honduras, will assume the role of CEO of Digicel Haiti and Group Director of Special Projects effective immediately.

A telecoms industry veteran with over fourteen years experience, Damian joined Digicel Group three and a half years ago as Group Operational Development Director. He was then promoted to the role of Regional CEO which saw him overseeing twelve Caribbean markets before moving to Honduras in October 2010 to lead the Digicel business there until its acquisition by America Movil in November 2011. Prior to joining Digicel, Damian held senior management positions with Virgin Mobile, BT Group and Vodafone in the Europe. In his new role, Damian will report directly to Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves.

Damian takes over from Maarten Boute who has been CEO of Digicel Haiti for three years. Despite the challenges posed by the devastating January 2010 earthquake, the cholera outbreak and a prolonged period of political instability, Maarten steered the business through a strong growth phase which saw subscribers increase by 1.5 million and revenues by 60%. Maarten will remain with Digicel in Haiti until the end of March to support Damian in his new role and ensure a smooth transition before moving on to spend more time with his family. 


Damian Blackburn comments; "I am very excited about my new role. Haiti is full of opportunities and I am looking forward to continuing to build the business there and delivering new innovations, great service and great value to our customers. I am also deeply committed to continuing to support our communities as we do all we can to help Haiti to a brighter future."

Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, comments; "We are delighted to have Damian accept the role of CEO of Digicel Haiti and Group Director of Special Projects. Given his excellent track record across multiple Digicel operations and his energy, commitment and focus, we are confident he will ensure that our Haiti business goes from strength to strength."


"I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to Maarten for three great years with Digicel and to wish him and his growing family all the very best. Maarten will always be a member of the Digicel family and we are pleased to confirm that we anticipate Maarten will have an ongoing role going forward."


ABOUT DIGICEL

After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has over 11 million customers across its 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team. 

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars - an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.




Rumbar Chugit Anniversary Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Is there tension between Mr. G and Cham?

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Veteran dancehall artiste Chad Simpson, more popularly known as Mr G, has called out Baby Cham on comments he made towards him and their former stable mate Red Rat.

During an interview on "Onstage" recently, Cham stated that in the late 1990's, he had bigger hits than his stable mates Mr G and Red Rat but that he did not rise to prominence because of lack of promotion. 

Additionally, when the interviewer asked Cham how Bounty Killer helped with his career, Cham responded  that Bounty Killer assisted. Mr G also took issue with this statement . According to Mr G "Bounty never just assist, him buss Cham to the world, him introduce him to the world and bawl out him name mek people know him, Cham need fi know say him and Dave Kelly ride pon Bounty Killer bandwagon, and him probably woulda never buss without Bounty Killer." 

Mr G stated that Cham was "red-eye' and that he needs to understand himself. Mr. G became renowned in 90s for singles like ''Fudgy' and ''Buff Bay'.




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I David Brooks wish to make the following statement:

On the 13th June 2011, arising out of an incident which took place at the Quad nightclub in New Kingston where Conroy Edwards aka "Connie" was fatally shot whilst being unarmed.

To date, this matter continues to be the subject of investigations with the lapse of seven (7) months.

The matter became one of public interest to the extent that one of the major news stations, TVJ, has featured video clips of the part of the incident leading up to the shooting of Conroy. This feature formed part of its 2011 Year in Review Highlights.

As a witness to the incident and a Jamaican citizen who is committed to the rule of law, it has caused me great concern that, what I, in my humble view, see as a clear case of homicide, has failed to result in an arrest thus far. Myself, along with five (5) other persons who were eyewitnesses to the incident, have carried out our civic duties by giving statements to the police. I attended the Constant Spring Police Station immediately after the incident where I gave my eyewitness statement to the police about the shooting I witnessed and about the assault on me.

A determination of this matter, which we understand was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling, is anxiously being awaited.

It is no secret that allegations made against me led to my arrest within hours after the said June 13, 2011 incident and subsequently to me being charged for assault. However, contrastingly, the person against whom statements were given, a serving member of the JCF, has yet to be arrested. How could this happen? I was assaulted first by the police officer, I reported the incident first and subsequently was arrested first. Connie was killed while being unarmed. I have deliberately kept my silence for the last seven (7) months, but the time has come for me to go public with the hope that justice will be done.

David Brooks (Mavado)




d-angel.jpgControversial Dancehall artiste D'Angel is set to release her debut novel in February titled "Love Triangle".  This is the first of her two book deal with Pageturner Publishing House. 

The second book is an autobiography titled "Break free" which is due out by year end. D'Angel says she is excited about this new venture and is eagerly waiting to see what her critics will have to say about it.

Pageturner's Karl Larmond describes the book as "interestingly pulsating with adult content about adult subject matter." D'Angel says she is confident of the books success at the stands and she is confident that her fans will love it. 

The book will be available at all major books stores islandwide.




Supermodel Heidi Klum and husband Seal seperate

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Runway Model and host of Project Way, Heidi Klum has separated from her husband Seal. The pair announced the end of their seven year marriage in a joint statement revealing that after 'much soul searching, we have decided to go our separate ways".

The pair said they still have the deepest respect for one another and will continue to love and support each other. They have four children together. Seal, who is in the middle of promoting his new album, says he has no plans to stop wearing his wedding ring anytime soon.

Rumours have been swirling that it was Seal's vicious temper that led Heidi to seek a divorce. German-born Heidi, 38, is reportedly expected to file papers at Los Angeles' County Superior Court this week citing 'irreconcilable differences'.




Dennis Brown tribute to start Reggae Month

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Reggae Month kicks off next month, and with Jamaica celebrating 50 years, plans are well underway for this year's staging.

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has met with Damian Crawford, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment and Lisa Hannah, Minister of Youth and Culture. Crawford assured JaRIA that the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) would be partnering with them to stage Reggae Month with a sponsorship of $4million. 

Under the theme Reggae 50 ... Jamaica's Heart and Soul, Reggae Month will kick off with the staging of the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert which will feature artistes such as Damian and Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, Half Pint, Ken Boothe, Junior Reid and Beres Hammond. The event will take place on January 29 at Orange Street, Down Town.

JaRIA's signature event will be "Reggae Nights" WHICH WILL OPEN February 1st at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. This will be a celebration of musical heritage through classical, jazz, mento and ska. Reggae Month was officially declared by Sir Kenneth Hall, then Governor General of Jamaica, on January 24, 2008. The full calendar for Reggae Month will be revealed at a press launch today at the Bob Marley Museum.




Bounty Killer starts off 2012 on a positive note

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Dancehall Icon Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer, has kicked off the new year on a positive note. The artiste has released a song titled "Be on the Alert" which features fellow Alliance member, Wayne Marshall. The song is produced by PayDay music and is featured on the Real Reggae Riddim.  The song cautions parents, and society in general, to be aware of the persons they interact with daily as these persons may be pedophiles/child molesters.

Bounty has also released "Thine Will be Done on Earth" on the Cool Down Riddim. The songs is being hailed as 2012's first prayer. Bounty Killer demonstrates his  versatility on this track as he asks for divine intervention. Killer also speaks to the ills of the society such as violence, poverty and social division.

Bounty Killer is adamant about setting an example for his younger Alliance Next Generation artistes as well as other artistes to emulate. Killer has also instilled a set of morals and principles in his camp which he believes will help them to stay true to themselves and will also keep them focused. They are: 

1. Love God and Live
2. Honor Your Mother and Father
3. He who Forgets where he is Coming From Has No Where Going
4. Dont Burn Your Bridges
5. Never Try To Outshine Your Master
6. Each One Teach One To Reach One
7. Alliance Means Mutual Benefit, You Help Me To Help We
8. Dont Get Bitter Get Better
9. If It's Not Rough It's Not Right, Easy Comes Easy Goes
10. Never Swap Your Soul 4 Gold

Bounty Killer shows no signs of slowing down and will continue to make positive moves in the dancehall whether by introducing new talent or just maintaining a presence in the industry.

You may listen to "Thine Will Be Done" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bS5TM1V2kI




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The "Rep Your Colors" campaign by Heritage Apparel is now on. Trinidadians and supporters of Trinidad and Tobago culture can now support this new venture.

To commemorate Trinidad and Tobago's 50th anniversary of Independence, Color Heritage will be releasing Limited Edition Collector's Items. The first collector's item will be the "Rep your Heritage" Trinbago Polo shirt, which sells for $35.00 USD / $225.00TT.

To reserve your orders, just send an email to orders@colorheritage.com with your name, size, quantities and address. Remember items are limited! 

Also check out the campaign song "Show Your Colors" on mix.com

Check out the website: Color Heritage Apparel for more information.




Wet Sundaze Photos: by Milton Raynor

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The University of the West Indies will focus on Health and Wellness as it celebrates its 2012 Research Days activities on January 26th and 27th. The theme this year is "Promoting Health and Wellness: The UWI Mona's Innovative Approach". This seeks to highlight UWI's achievements as a teaching and research institution that advances knowledge and understanding the factors that help or impede wellness.

One of the major highlights of this the 13th staging of Research Days will be the unveiling of the revolutionary UWI Cardiac Surgery Simulator invention. This was developed by a team at the Mona campus and is poised to globally transform the teaching of cardiac surgery. Ivy League universities across the United States and Australia are already showing interest in this invention. The Launch and Demo of the Simulator will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 9:00 am at the Undercroft of the University's Senate Building.

Another highlight of the 2 day event will be the annual American Friends of Jamaica Inc and The Cobb Family Lecture Series, which will feature Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee. Dr Lyew-Ayee will be focusing on the topic of Road Safety Through Innovative Thinking and Technologies. The lecture takes place on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. also at the Undercroft.

Research Days 2012 will conclude with a gala awards function on Friday January 27, where presentations will be made to the most outstanding researchers for 2011.

Research Days 2012 is an excellent forum which provides an opportunity for dialogue between researchers and students, potential investors/research collaborators, business leader policy makers locally, regionally and internationally.




Akon is in Jamaica

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International Superstar Akon is in the island. The artiste is in Jamaica to do recordings at the Tuff Gong studio with the Marley brothers Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Stephen Marley and Julian Marley. Akon tweeted the news to his fans and also shared pics of his visit to Bob Marley's museum.




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Song writer and Record producer Winston Riley is dead. Riley, who is the father of FAME FM disk jock Kurt Riley, had been in hospital since last November when he received a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He had been in a coma. 

Winston Riley had been plagued by a series of violent attacks. He was shot in August last year and in September he was stabbed multiple times. In a release, Kurt Riley stated that the family did not know the motive behind his father's attacks. 

Winston Riley was instrumental in the careers of Buju Banton, Sister Nancy, Frankie Paul and others.




Legendary singer Etta James has died

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Singer Etta James, who is most famous for her 1961 single "At Last" dies early this morning from complications caused by leukemia. In December of last year, the singer's manager announced that she was suffering from dementia, leukemia and hepatitis C. 

Born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25th 1938, Hawkins rose to fame when the group she founded reached number one on the Rhythm and Blues chart in 1955 with the single "Dance With Me, Henry".

James also made headlines in 2009, when she stated that Beyonce Knowles - who played her in the 2008 film "Cadillac Records", should "get her ass whipped" for performing "At Last" for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Ball. James later stated that she was joking, but that she was hurt that she was not asked to perform. 

She inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and received six Grammy awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Etta James released her final album last year November titled "Dreamer". She is survived by her husband Artis Mills and her two sons, Donto and Sametto, who had performed with her since 2003, on drums and bass guitar, respectively.




Goodaz Girls Link Up Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Shaggy & Friends 2012 Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Beenie Man speaks out about Sting

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The Doctor Beenie Man came under much scrutiny after it was reported that he had turned up to Sting 2011 but had backed out of clashing rival Bounty Killer at the last minute. 

Beenie Man had initially insisted that he would not perform at Sting until Promoter Isaiah Laing apologized for comments made about him in 2010. On the night of Sting 2011, in a radio interview, Beenie Man told fans that he would indeed be at Sting.

In a radio interview yesterday, Beenie Man stated that he went to the venue and that if Isaiah Laing had approached him there, he would have considered performing. Beenie Man also stated that he would have clashed Bounty Killer if he had called him out by name. 

Beenie said he was fully prepared to clash Killa had Laing negotiated a deal then and there as he had his red suit waiting in the bus to go on the stage.

The artiste said that he kept his word to his fans that he would not perform and that he is ok with that decision.




Sizzla Kalonji is alive

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Contrary to the rumours that have been making their rounds on social networks, Reggae artiste Miguel Collins aka Sizzla Kalonji is still alive.  

Rumours began circulating that the artiste had met in a fatal accident in the United States. However, Sizzla's Publicist Olimata Taal, stated that there was absolutely no truth to the rumours and that the artiste is alive and well. 

Kalonji was injured in August last year after he was hit off his motorbike by bus.  Since recovering from the accident, Sizzla has focused on building the 'Sizzla Youth Foundation' which is an initiative aimed at providing youth programs, activities as well support in Jamaican communities that contribute to its growth, development, and unity.




Kartel's Assets Seized by Cops

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The legal woes of popular entertainer Vybz Kartel continues. The self proclaimed "Worl Boss" has had some of his assets seized by the Police. According to reports, the DJ, who remains behind bars on two murder charges, had his assets seized shortly after he was arrested. Some of the items taken during the seizure include his popular 2010 Mercedes Benz s-class which is valued at over $20million and a laptop containing music related projects and documentation regarding his properties. The confiscated items are now being stored at the Police Commissioners Office in St Andrew. 

The seizures took place following the newly passed "Proceeds of Crime Act" which allows police and law enforcers to seize properties if there are discrepancies in how they were obtained. Once that transpires, the person whose assets are seized will have to show evidence that they acquired those valuables legally.

Kartel is set to return to court on February 1, 2012.




Konshens plans to launch clothing line soon

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Fans of Reggae artiste Konshens, have been anticipating his debut album "Mental Maintenance" which is scheduled for a February 28 release. but now they can also look forward to something new as Konshens has partnered with CY clothing to launch his own clothing line called OH'K. 

Konshens says he will personally be spearheading the initiative which will focus mainly on women's clothing. Among the items in the new range of OH'K are high quality women's printed T-shirts and tank tops, some featuring graphic renditions of popular songs by Konshens. The clothing line will first be launched in Kingston Jamaica, and will then move on to Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad, Belize, Grenada, New York and Miami. There are also plans to expand into Europe, where a full range of long sleeves, sweaters and zip ups will be available.

Konshens says the OH'K clothing line will be youthful, chic and will speak directly to females with an urban edge.




Decomposed body of 2 year old found in suitcase

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The decomposing body of a two year old boy was found in a suitcase in his home on Chisholm Avenue recently. The parents of the child have been taken into custody after they were mobbed by residents. Residents of the community stated that they became suspicious when the little boy who lived at the home was not seen for over two months.

Neighbours had inquired as to the whereabouts of the child but they were told that he had moved to the country to live with relatives. Police Officers had also visited the home in search of the child but were given the same story.  Not believing the story they were told, the residents barged into the home which was barricaded by a zinc fence and found the skeletal remains of the boy in a suitcase at the back of the house.

The parents, who are both 32 years old, are expected to be charged once the autopsy is complete.




Body of seven year old found in bushes

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The body of seven year old Delano Greenwood was discovered in bushes yesterday in the quiet community of Scarlett Hall in St Ann. His father and another relative stumbled upon the body when they went to search for him. Delano's throat was slashed.

According to reports, a 13 year old boy has been taken into custody in relation to the incident. It is believed that he was playing with Delano shortly before the murder took place. Delano's father, Trevor Greenwood said he was devastated at what had taken place.

Counselors from the Ministry of Education visited the Hoolebury Primary School which Delano attended. They conducted sessions with two sisters of the alleged assailant and also with Delano's father.

Guidance counsellor at the school Celia Chunnu said a seedling will be planted in the school's peace garden in honour of Delano. A candle lighting will also take place during the school's general devotion tomorrow morning.




International recording artiste Khago has signed a production and booking deal with Stashment Records to boost his presence in the marketplace both here and in the US.

"Since Stashment has been involved in my career, things just step up, everything in terms of my street presence, my radio play, I have shot videos for my hit songs like Tax Inna My World, and we will be doing videos for songs like That's All Mi Care Bout  on DJ Frass new Riva Stone riddim and Wine Pon the Pole for Elvis' So Unique Records...Stashment tun up mi ting," Khago said in a release.

Stashment Records has been steering the careers of red hot rookie Lanmine known for his combination 'Creeping' with Fambo, and Digicel Rising Stars personality Jermaine Michaels who scored a hit last year with the reggae hit, 'Cornerstone'.

Stashment Records CEO Stasha Smith believes that Khago is an artiste with a lucrative future and an act who has the ability and the drive to achieve mainstream success in the competitive US market.

"Khago is an incredibly talented artiste that I have always admired and his humble ways make him easy to work with, and I think we will have a long term relationship in terms of booking and production. He has great crossover appeal and a wonderful work ethic, so right now, we are marketing him as one of the future stars of dancehall music. He is a double threat because his reggae songs are very popular in Africa and Europe and his dancehall stuff is popular in the ethnic markets in the US, so I see big things in his future," Ms. Smith said. 

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"In the future, I am looking forward to taking over the full time management aspect of his career."

Khago has voiced on a new riddim project, Money Machine, for Stashment Records which will be released in February.

Khago had been linked with Corey Todd Records last year after a high profile split with his previous management team. 

"Big up Corey Todd, him ah mi real dupes but he is focussing more on the business aspect of entertainment in terms of his clubs and his other business ventures, so ah just mutual understanding that we come too fi go our separate ways," Khago said. 

Khago performed at a club show called 'Destiny' in Miami during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. He shared the stage with superstar Mavado and fellow Alliance member Bling Dawg.  Khago got big forwards for his hit Blood a Boil, but it was his recent chart-topper Tun Up Di Ting which got the biggest forwards. He performed the song for about three minutes or more, with the crowd singing the chorus word for word. He also got a good response for his mega hit, Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem, earning a big ovation after singing the first few bars and exiting the stage. However, the crowd would have none of it, and the 2500 strong audience begged him to come back to finish the song. He rocked the audience then passed the mike on to ZJ Liquid to sing Wifey Walk Out to a huge roar, and then Delly Ranx followed up with Headache. 

Khago closed his set with Nah Sell Out Part Two and Mi See Badda Dan Dem. 

He is booked to appear on this year's Hague Agricultural show on February 22nd and the Negril Spring Break concert on March 10th.




Jr Gong, Capleton Dominate At Rebel Salute

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The 19th staging of the annual show Rebel Salute was ignited when international artiste Jr Gong and his brother Stephen Marley took to the stage. The throng of patrons blazed their fire and tooted their vuvuzelas in anticipation for what was to be a great night. The Marley brothers dug deep into their catalogue and had Port Kaiser audience singing along to every word that they said during their 40 minute set. The Marley brothers also took time out to hail incarcerated artiste Buju Banton and wished for his speedy release.

But before the big acts came on stage, the show kicked off with young artistes such as: Mr Slick, Mad Dog and Iyah Blaze. Food Kartel had the crowd laughing along to his gimmicks.

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A pregnant Queen Ifrica took to the stage and rocked the venue with her extensive catalogue. Queen Ifrica got loud cheers when she started singing "Below The Waist" while pointing to her protruding belly.
Singer Romain Virgo also gave a stellar performance, belting out hits such as "System" and "Taking You Home" which had the ladies swooning. "Singy Singy" Tarrus Riley could do no wrong for the audience and had thrilled the audience with his set.

It was almost midnight when the birthday man and founder of the event Tony Rebel took the stage and belted out hit after hit of his most popular songs. Tony Rebel got a huge forward when he made a special plea to Minister of Youth and Culture-Lisa Hannah, to inform Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller that the buggery laws should not be repealed or reviewed.
The fire man, Capleton was the closing act. The energetic artiste had patrons eating out of his hands when he took to the stage. Living up to his name, Capleton had his supporters lighting cardboards and whatever else they could find. Firefighters were however, on hand to put out the billowing smoke.

It was an end to one of the biggest Reggae Shows and was hailed as one of the best Rebel Salutes to date.





Fake Gay Aidonia Twitter Page

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Now I recently went on twitter to post some lyrics when I saw a strange page up in my mentions. Now people, mi get the shock of mi life when I saw a twitter page with the name @AidoniaOfficial.

It appears as though somebody has created a false Aidonia page and a write up a bag a tings bout the DJ. Dem photoshop the artiste wid some gay porno magazine inna him hand and also tweeted to persons about what he likes to be done to his rear.

Aidonia you need to address this urgently because some people thought that it was really your page and that you just start talk di tings.  The Social Media websites dem gone a lead. Yes papa, you see dat!!!!!!

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OUR Summons Digicel

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 The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has summoned Digicel to a meeting this Friday to have the company provide a status report on the transfer of control of the Claro network and assets to Digicel. The OUR says it has learned that former Prime Minister Andrew Holness had granted a request from Digicel for a withdrawal of the condition for Digicel to operate two separate networks. The OUR says it has also been informed of new voice and data coverage conditionalities. The OUR says in light of the fact that the company is no longer required to operate two separate networks, the OUR wants Digicel to provide information to enable the Office to respond to the customers' complaints. The OUR says customers of Claro have complained to the regulator that they are having difficulty accessing the network, are not able to access credit for their phones.





"Ah coming again, to drive Iwer George insane." That is how reigning International Power Soca Monarch Machel Montano declared his intent to retain the crown at the 2012 edition of the signature competition produced by Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the soca monarch competition and also represents 30 years for Montano in entertainment. To honour his three decades as an entertainer, Montano said a double album, now in production and scheduled for a Carnival release, would be for his fans. He said his band HD has been revolutionising the local music circuit, by releasing new music almost every four days, which was a first for the industry.
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Promoter demands compensation from I-Octane

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Promoter Tia Reinford is demanding to be compensated by I-Octane and his management following claims that the "Burn Dem Bridge" hitmaker is allegedly responsible for the premature end of her event. Tia, who is the promoter of the Westmoreland Kite Festival held on Sunday, said patrons pelted bottles on the stage following I-Octane's abrupt end of his set. The promoter says I-Octane is responsible for the incident. However, I-Octane is singing a different tune. In the meantime, promoter Tia Reinford is seeking compensation. She adds that she will not quit until I-Octane and his management negotiates with her.
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Despite being advertised on this year's Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, told YardFlex that he will not be performing at the event. "I will not be performing again," the singer declared. He stated that he is dissatisfied with some of the arrangements as it relates to the reggae artistes and the celebration of Jamaica's jubilee. As a result, McGregor has decided not to perform on the festival. Freddie McGregor was scheduled to perform on the Thursday night, January 26, which is dedicated to the celebration of Jamaica music 50th anniversary and while he says he felt honoured to be chosen, he is concerned that those who are equally deserving have been left off. "I read where the organizers said they could not find singers such as Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Bunny Wailer, Mighty Diamonds and Derrick Morgan. I can tell you that that is a joke. All those artistes are laughing," McGregor said. He noted that he demanded to be treated with a certain level of respect and he did not feel that this was being shown to neither him nor the other Jamaica 50 artistes. "I am an international ambassador rooting for my country and reggae music. I have done festivals all over the world and treated like an international act. However, here in the land of reggae, we are being treated like second class citizens on this festival. For example, the 'local' acts have not even been given a deposit as yet. And, the pay being offered is the lowest that I would have ever received for a festival," McGregor explained. He emphasized, however, that it was not about the money as he would "do the festival for free". "It's about the organisers showing respect and ensuring that the reggae artistes feel that they are being treated with the same amount of consideration as the overseas acts. The captain of the Big Ship said he has made his position clear to the organizers, the Art of Music Promotions. "At the end of the day it's not about them, it's about Jamaica and reggae music. I couldn't go on stage and give a good performance feeling the way I do," Freddie McGregor said.

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Bounty and Mavado friends again

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Bounty Killer and his protégé Mavado are friends again. The dancehall artistes put their differences aside and embraced this morning at Uptown Mondays, signaling an end to their feud. "Alliance a run the ting," fans were heard shouting, as they applauded the move by the two top artistes. There has been a rift in Alliance since an incident at Bounty's birthday party last year.
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St. Thomas records its first murder for the year

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The parish of St. Thomas on Monday night recorded its first murder for the year. A man was fatally shot in the community of Lloyd's Pen in Yallahs. He has been identified as Colin Brown, 31, otherwise called "Dice". About 8:30, Mr. Brown was walking on a dirt track when he was approached by a group of heavily armed men. They opened fire killing him on the spot.
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Reggae artiste, Luciano, while confirming that there was a bottle-throwing incident at a show in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is emphasizing that it was "out of the ordinary" and definitely does not reflect his normal reception in the motherland Africa. Luciano, known as the Messenjah, has been unwavering in his support of Africa and all things African. He has consistently done conscious lyrics and has a huge fan base in certain parts of Africa, a continent he has toured many times. "A lot of people may not know that I have a house in The Gambia and the people there accept me as one of their own. I have travelled to Ghana, where thousands come to meet me and attend by concerts. Up until now, my Africa experience has been among my greatest," Luciano declared. Reports out of Port Harcourt about the December 17 concert, stated that "Jamaican reggae icon, Luciano, was on Saturday night pelted with empty water bottles by some youths that attended the closing of the 2011 Rivers State Carnival popularly known as CARNIRIV at the Liberation Stadium." The original article labeled the youths behaviour as "hostile", while comments under the article denounced the incident and noted that certain disruptive elements of that society will behave like that, especially at free events. There were suggestions that the organizers should have known better than to put Luciano so far down on the programme, especially since there were many big name Afrcan acts on the line-up and Port Harcourt is somewhat behind in their appreciation of reggae acts like Luciano. Port Harcourt is also notorious for being unwelcoming to foreign acts. One person commented that, "Port-Harcourt is the worst place for foriegn artists to visit. It's the same Port Harcourt that someone jumped on stage and snatched Usher Raymond's bling from his neck. The last time Port-Harcourt receive a foreign artist with love was when Wyclef visited." As Luciano recalled, "A one man fling a one bottle and a one woman fling a phone to show their displeasure and we know how that kind of behaviour is catching. However, when I started to talk to them they calmed down a bit and I sang One Way Ticket and they became receptive." He pointed out that he felt that not enough thought was put into the running order by the organizers. Asked if this experience has given him a negative feelings towards Africa, Luciano was quick to respond, "Of course not." He added, "I believe that everything happens for a purpose and out of evil cometh good. Perhaps this will be a musical re-awakening for the people in Port Harcourt and will usher in an era of greater appreciation of foundation, roots reggae. I certainly don't take it personal, in addition, the wonderful experiences I have of performing in Africa will overshadow this every time." The carnival in Port Harcourt, Nigeria took place on December 17, 2011, after which Luciano returned to Jamaica and gave an awesome performance on Thursday, December 22, at the Tarrus Riley and Friends free concert at Emancipation Park in New
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Tifa and Timberlee at war

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What's the beef between Tifa and Timberlee? Sources told Yardflex that the two females artistes are at it again and this time it really seems like war. People had to hold on tight to Tifa at an event over the weekend as the Spell It Out diva was determined to get her claws into Timberlee. Come on girls, we expect better from both of you.
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I-Octane bottled at show in Sav

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There are conflicting reports as to what exactly caused a bottle-throwing incident at Sunday's Western Kite Festival held at Mannings School in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland. The event featured I-Octane, Romain Virgo and Popcaan. Reports from persons who attended the event that I-Octane worked for 10 minutes, had issues with the fact that he could not get a "dark segment" flung the mic on stage and left prematurely. According to the promoter, as soon as I-Octane made it clear that he was leaving, the bottles started raining on stage. "I was even told that one of the bottles hit him," she told Yardflex. "Yes, there was a sound problem and we explained that to him from he entered the venue. Popcaan worked around it and do too did Romaine Virgo. Everything went smooth until I-Octane entered the stage. He was the one who started talking about bottles by telling the people that "this selector come in like him need a bottle". But instead of the crowd bottling the selector, they bottled the artiste," the promoter said. However, according to I-Octane, in an interview with The Star, "You have some youth a record di ting and mi a ask dem fi dim the light so mi can see wah a gwaan inna di crowd. Mi neva like the energy weh dem a come off wid. Mi ask fi di dark segment and it seem like dem man ya have some personal vibe." I-Octane said the audience pleaded with the cameramen to turn off the light but they didn't. "Me is a man weh nuh just walk off a stage so but the tone mi neva like it. True dem vibe mi neva waan turn mi back and sup'm go gwaan. Mi just seh to dem seh since unuh nuh waan hear wah mi a seh mi a seh unuh work then. Di crowd get vex wid dem and start fling bottle," he said. The artiste said he was already on his way out of the venue when the incident took place, as the patrons realised that he was not returning.
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The Main Event Boat Ride Photos: by Milton Raynor

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JR Gong closes Jazz and Blues on a superb note

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Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley gave a superb performance on the final night of the three day Jazz and Blues event. Marley closed the event with a scorching set when he took to the stage on sunday morning. 

Jr Gong was accompanied by a back up singer and a flag man and delivered hits from his catalogue as well as his father's catalogue.   

Marley shared the stage with saxophonist Dean Frazer and international artiste Bobby Brown. Marley and Brown performed their hit single 'Beautiful' and had the audience singing along to the words.  Jr Gong's mother, Cindy Breakspeare stood to the side of the stage and sang word for word during her son's performance. 

Jr Gong also called on his brother Stephen Marley to perform four songs with him. Stephen then called on his son Joseph aka Jo Mersa who gave a good performance as the new Marley generation. Black Am I also joined Jo Mersa on stage and thrilled the audience with a commendable performance. 


Artiste Cee Lo Green preceded Jr Gong on stage and gave a stellar performance. He belted out popular hits such as 'F You', 'Crazy' and 'Bigger City'. 

Trinidadian artiste Destra Garcia also gave a high energy performance. The soca queen showed her vocal range when she covered songs from Whitney Houston's catalogue.

Heads of State also took fans on an hour long musical journey and serenaded several women at the front of the audience with red roses. 

Overall the Jazz and Blues festival was a top notch event which delivered exceptional performances from the artistes.




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King Yellow Man, Marcia Griffiths, George Nooks and Maxi Priest all reigned supreme on the first of the three night event of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival held at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.

King Yellow Man was in his element and delivered hit after hit from his extensive catalogue including "I'm Getting Married" and "Zungu Zungu Zeng". Yellow Man told the ladies that he was dedicating a song to them and then belted out a few bars from the Fats Domino Cover - Blueberry Hill. The "King of the Dancehall" took off his shirt and began gyrating for the ladies.

The energetic Marcia Griffiths had the crowd engaged from beginning to end of her set with songs which including "I feel like jumping" and "I Shall Sing".  The audience was also thrilled with performances from George Nooks and Maxi Priest.

Kymani Marley and Luciano "The Messenger" also kept the energy going and Veteran John Holt ensured there was never a dull moment with hits such as "Wear You to the Ball" "Stick By Me" and "If I were a carpenter".

Other acts on the lineup included Chris Martin, Michael Rose, Agent Sasco, Half Pint and Etana. Patrons were also treated to performances from Rik Rok, Shaggy, Ravon and R &B Superstar Neyo. 

The festival's organizing committee presented awards to artistes who have paved the way for reggae music. The honorees included Yellowman, Lloyd Parks, Derrick Morgan, John Holt and Marcia Griffiths. 

The evening was dedicated to Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and saw great performances from all the artistes billed.




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Dancehall artiste Bramma is set to host his first concert titled "Gorilla Bash" at the Duhaney Park Community Centre on March 24th.

Bramma will receive the support of his Big Ship family Freddie McGregor, Stephen McGregor, Chino, and Laden.  "Gorilla Bash" will also feature dancehall heavy weights I Octane, Elephant Man, Kip Rich, Aidonia, Konshens and many others whilst DJ Smurf, Boom Boom and Harry Hype, Nico Supreme and Supa Hype will be at the controls to unleash high energy juggling.

Bramma says he has been putting in the work and that he has matured in the music industry. Bramma's singles have also been receiving heavy rotation on the airwaves. Tracks such as "Never Worry", "Pressure Dem" and "Haters Warning" which features Esco Chino, Chan Dizzy, Ward 21, Rolling X and Bounty Killer have all been getting rave reviews.

The artiste plans to charge $500 for entrance fee and has already received all written and signed documents from the relevant authorities in keeping with the law. He also plans to work alongside with the Duhaney Park Community Centre in providing food, refreshment and educational items to donate to kids in the charity.




Lisa Hyper heads to England in February

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Dancehall DJ Lisa Hyper is set to embark on a mini tour of England in February. Hyper has also pushed back the release date for her debut album "The Realest Bitch" due to other obligations that would make it difficult for her to promoter her album to the best of her ability

After finishing up her tour in England, Lisa Hyper will head back to Jamaica and then head off to Canada shortly after. The DJ said she is considering to release the album in March when she is able to go "all out" in terms of marketing and promotion.

The artiste is also planning to shoot videos for the lead singles on the album "Power" and "Roll Deep". In a release, Hyper says she will be "auditioning girls for the 'Power' video next Tuesday at King Jammys studio. We are doing two videos, one for Power and the other for Roll Deep, but I need a few girls to spice up the Power video.". 

Lisa says she is now paying greater attention to her health after she was diagnosed last year with stomach ulcers because of her poor eating habits. She says she is currently recording a slew of singles so that she can stay current while she is off the island.

The singles include 'Dem a Kick Up' on Ward 21 new riddim, 'Fly Like a Kite' on the Signature riddim for producer Lena British, and 'Kick Back' on producer Bruce Lee's latest riddim. Hyper says she is putting out the work to make 2012 memorable.




YardFlex Exclusive: Luciano re-Issued US Visa

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Reggae veteran artiste Jepther MClymont, better known as Luciano "The Messenger" has been re-issued his US visa. Luciano's visa was taken away after he was charged last year forharbouring a fugitive at his home. The charge was later dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
 
It has now been officially confirmed that Luciano has been re-issued his visa and will now be able to travel and work in the United States.








Digicel Haiti welcomes new CEO Damian Blackburn

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Kingston, Jamaica - Wednesday 25th January 2012. Digicel, the best value operator in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, today announced that Damian Blackburn, formerly CEO of Digicel Honduras, will assume the role of CEO of Digicel Haiti and Group Director of Special Projects effective immediately.

A telecoms industry veteran with over fourteen years experience, Damian joined Digicel Group three and a half years ago as Group Operational Development Director. He was then promoted to the role of Regional CEO which saw him overseeing twelve Caribbean markets before moving to Honduras in October 2010 to lead the Digicel business there until its acquisition by America Movil in November 2011. Prior to joining Digicel, Damian held senior management positions with Virgin Mobile, BT Group and Vodafone in the Europe. In his new role, Damian will report directly to Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves.

Damian takes over from Maarten Boute who has been CEO of Digicel Haiti for three years. Despite the challenges posed by the devastating January 2010 earthquake, the cholera outbreak and a prolonged period of political instability, Maarten steered the business through a strong growth phase which saw subscribers increase by 1.5 million and revenues by 60%. Maarten will remain with Digicel in Haiti until the end of March to support Damian in his new role and ensure a smooth transition before moving on to spend more time with his family. 


Damian Blackburn comments; "I am very excited about my new role. Haiti is full of opportunities and I am looking forward to continuing to build the business there and delivering new innovations, great service and great value to our customers. I am also deeply committed to continuing to support our communities as we do all we can to help Haiti to a brighter future."

Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, comments; "We are delighted to have Damian accept the role of CEO of Digicel Haiti and Group Director of Special Projects. Given his excellent track record across multiple Digicel operations and his energy, commitment and focus, we are confident he will ensure that our Haiti business goes from strength to strength."


"I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to Maarten for three great years with Digicel and to wish him and his growing family all the very best. Maarten will always be a member of the Digicel family and we are pleased to confirm that we anticipate Maarten will have an ongoing role going forward."


ABOUT DIGICEL

After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has over 11 million customers across its 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team. 

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars - an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.




Rumbar Chugit Anniversary Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Is there tension between Mr. G and Cham?

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Veteran dancehall artiste Chad Simpson, more popularly known as Mr G, has called out Baby Cham on comments he made towards him and their former stable mate Red Rat.

During an interview on "Onstage" recently, Cham stated that in the late 1990's, he had bigger hits than his stable mates Mr G and Red Rat but that he did not rise to prominence because of lack of promotion. 

Additionally, when the interviewer asked Cham how Bounty Killer helped with his career, Cham responded  that Bounty Killer assisted. Mr G also took issue with this statement . According to Mr G "Bounty never just assist, him buss Cham to the world, him introduce him to the world and bawl out him name mek people know him, Cham need fi know say him and Dave Kelly ride pon Bounty Killer bandwagon, and him probably woulda never buss without Bounty Killer." 

Mr G stated that Cham was "red-eye' and that he needs to understand himself. Mr. G became renowned in 90s for singles like ''Fudgy' and ''Buff Bay'.




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I David Brooks wish to make the following statement:

On the 13th June 2011, arising out of an incident which took place at the Quad nightclub in New Kingston where Conroy Edwards aka "Connie" was fatally shot whilst being unarmed.

To date, this matter continues to be the subject of investigations with the lapse of seven (7) months.

The matter became one of public interest to the extent that one of the major news stations, TVJ, has featured video clips of the part of the incident leading up to the shooting of Conroy. This feature formed part of its 2011 Year in Review Highlights.

As a witness to the incident and a Jamaican citizen who is committed to the rule of law, it has caused me great concern that, what I, in my humble view, see as a clear case of homicide, has failed to result in an arrest thus far. Myself, along with five (5) other persons who were eyewitnesses to the incident, have carried out our civic duties by giving statements to the police. I attended the Constant Spring Police Station immediately after the incident where I gave my eyewitness statement to the police about the shooting I witnessed and about the assault on me.

A determination of this matter, which we understand was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling, is anxiously being awaited.

It is no secret that allegations made against me led to my arrest within hours after the said June 13, 2011 incident and subsequently to me being charged for assault. However, contrastingly, the person against whom statements were given, a serving member of the JCF, has yet to be arrested. How could this happen? I was assaulted first by the police officer, I reported the incident first and subsequently was arrested first. Connie was killed while being unarmed. I have deliberately kept my silence for the last seven (7) months, but the time has come for me to go public with the hope that justice will be done.

David Brooks (Mavado)




d-angel.jpgControversial Dancehall artiste D'Angel is set to release her debut novel in February titled "Love Triangle".  This is the first of her two book deal with Pageturner Publishing House. 

The second book is an autobiography titled "Break free" which is due out by year end. D'Angel says she is excited about this new venture and is eagerly waiting to see what her critics will have to say about it.

Pageturner's Karl Larmond describes the book as "interestingly pulsating with adult content about adult subject matter." D'Angel says she is confident of the books success at the stands and she is confident that her fans will love it. 

The book will be available at all major books stores islandwide.




Supermodel Heidi Klum and husband Seal seperate

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Runway Model and host of Project Way, Heidi Klum has separated from her husband Seal. The pair announced the end of their seven year marriage in a joint statement revealing that after 'much soul searching, we have decided to go our separate ways".

The pair said they still have the deepest respect for one another and will continue to love and support each other. They have four children together. Seal, who is in the middle of promoting his new album, says he has no plans to stop wearing his wedding ring anytime soon.

Rumours have been swirling that it was Seal's vicious temper that led Heidi to seek a divorce. German-born Heidi, 38, is reportedly expected to file papers at Los Angeles' County Superior Court this week citing 'irreconcilable differences'.




Dennis Brown tribute to start Reggae Month

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Reggae Month kicks off next month, and with Jamaica celebrating 50 years, plans are well underway for this year's staging.

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has met with Damian Crawford, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment and Lisa Hannah, Minister of Youth and Culture. Crawford assured JaRIA that the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) would be partnering with them to stage Reggae Month with a sponsorship of $4million. 

Under the theme Reggae 50 ... Jamaica's Heart and Soul, Reggae Month will kick off with the staging of the Dennis Brown Tribute Concert which will feature artistes such as Damian and Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, Half Pint, Ken Boothe, Junior Reid and Beres Hammond. The event will take place on January 29 at Orange Street, Down Town.

JaRIA's signature event will be "Reggae Nights" WHICH WILL OPEN February 1st at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. This will be a celebration of musical heritage through classical, jazz, mento and ska. Reggae Month was officially declared by Sir Kenneth Hall, then Governor General of Jamaica, on January 24, 2008. The full calendar for Reggae Month will be revealed at a press launch today at the Bob Marley Museum.




Bounty Killer starts off 2012 on a positive note

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Dancehall Icon Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer, has kicked off the new year on a positive note. The artiste has released a song titled "Be on the Alert" which features fellow Alliance member, Wayne Marshall. The song is produced by PayDay music and is featured on the Real Reggae Riddim.  The song cautions parents, and society in general, to be aware of the persons they interact with daily as these persons may be pedophiles/child molesters.

Bounty has also released "Thine Will be Done on Earth" on the Cool Down Riddim. The songs is being hailed as 2012's first prayer. Bounty Killer demonstrates his  versatility on this track as he asks for divine intervention. Killer also speaks to the ills of the society such as violence, poverty and social division.

Bounty Killer is adamant about setting an example for his younger Alliance Next Generation artistes as well as other artistes to emulate. Killer has also instilled a set of morals and principles in his camp which he believes will help them to stay true to themselves and will also keep them focused. They are: 

1. Love God and Live
2. Honor Your Mother and Father
3. He who Forgets where he is Coming From Has No Where Going
4. Dont Burn Your Bridges
5. Never Try To Outshine Your Master
6. Each One Teach One To Reach One
7. Alliance Means Mutual Benefit, You Help Me To Help We
8. Dont Get Bitter Get Better
9. If It's Not Rough It's Not Right, Easy Comes Easy Goes
10. Never Swap Your Soul 4 Gold

Bounty Killer shows no signs of slowing down and will continue to make positive moves in the dancehall whether by introducing new talent or just maintaining a presence in the industry.

You may listen to "Thine Will Be Done" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bS5TM1V2kI




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The "Rep Your Colors" campaign by Heritage Apparel is now on. Trinidadians and supporters of Trinidad and Tobago culture can now support this new venture.

To commemorate Trinidad and Tobago's 50th anniversary of Independence, Color Heritage will be releasing Limited Edition Collector's Items. The first collector's item will be the "Rep your Heritage" Trinbago Polo shirt, which sells for $35.00 USD / $225.00TT.

To reserve your orders, just send an email to orders@colorheritage.com with your name, size, quantities and address. Remember items are limited! 

Also check out the campaign song "Show Your Colors" on mix.com

Check out the website: Color Heritage Apparel for more information.




Wet Sundaze Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Container Saturday Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Bounty Sunday's Photos: by Milton Raynor

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The University of the West Indies will focus on Health and Wellness as it celebrates its 2012 Research Days activities on January 26th and 27th. The theme this year is "Promoting Health and Wellness: The UWI Mona's Innovative Approach". This seeks to highlight UWI's achievements as a teaching and research institution that advances knowledge and understanding the factors that help or impede wellness.

One of the major highlights of this the 13th staging of Research Days will be the unveiling of the revolutionary UWI Cardiac Surgery Simulator invention. This was developed by a team at the Mona campus and is poised to globally transform the teaching of cardiac surgery. Ivy League universities across the United States and Australia are already showing interest in this invention. The Launch and Demo of the Simulator will take place on Thursday, January 26 at 9:00 am at the Undercroft of the University's Senate Building.

Another highlight of the 2 day event will be the annual American Friends of Jamaica Inc and The Cobb Family Lecture Series, which will feature Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee. Dr Lyew-Ayee will be focusing on the topic of Road Safety Through Innovative Thinking and Technologies. The lecture takes place on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. also at the Undercroft.

Research Days 2012 will conclude with a gala awards function on Friday January 27, where presentations will be made to the most outstanding researchers for 2011.

Research Days 2012 is an excellent forum which provides an opportunity for dialogue between researchers and students, potential investors/research collaborators, business leader policy makers locally, regionally and internationally.




Akon is in Jamaica

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International Superstar Akon is in the island. The artiste is in Jamaica to do recordings at the Tuff Gong studio with the Marley brothers Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Stephen Marley and Julian Marley. Akon tweeted the news to his fans and also shared pics of his visit to Bob Marley's museum.




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Song writer and Record producer Winston Riley is dead. Riley, who is the father of FAME FM disk jock Kurt Riley, had been in hospital since last November when he received a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He had been in a coma. 

Winston Riley had been plagued by a series of violent attacks. He was shot in August last year and in September he was stabbed multiple times. In a release, Kurt Riley stated that the family did not know the motive behind his father's attacks. 

Winston Riley was instrumental in the careers of Buju Banton, Sister Nancy, Frankie Paul and others.




Legendary singer Etta James has died

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Singer Etta James, who is most famous for her 1961 single "At Last" dies early this morning from complications caused by leukemia. In December of last year, the singer's manager announced that she was suffering from dementia, leukemia and hepatitis C. 

Born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25th 1938, Hawkins rose to fame when the group she founded reached number one on the Rhythm and Blues chart in 1955 with the single "Dance With Me, Henry".

James also made headlines in 2009, when she stated that Beyonce Knowles - who played her in the 2008 film "Cadillac Records", should "get her ass whipped" for performing "At Last" for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Ball. James later stated that she was joking, but that she was hurt that she was not asked to perform. 

She inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and received six Grammy awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Etta James released her final album last year November titled "Dreamer". She is survived by her husband Artis Mills and her two sons, Donto and Sametto, who had performed with her since 2003, on drums and bass guitar, respectively.




Goodaz Girls Link Up Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Shaggy & Friends 2012 Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Beenie Man speaks out about Sting

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The Doctor Beenie Man came under much scrutiny after it was reported that he had turned up to Sting 2011 but had backed out of clashing rival Bounty Killer at the last minute. 

Beenie Man had initially insisted that he would not perform at Sting until Promoter Isaiah Laing apologized for comments made about him in 2010. On the night of Sting 2011, in a radio interview, Beenie Man told fans that he would indeed be at Sting.

In a radio interview yesterday, Beenie Man stated that he went to the venue and that if Isaiah Laing had approached him there, he would have considered performing. Beenie Man also stated that he would have clashed Bounty Killer if he had called him out by name. 

Beenie said he was fully prepared to clash Killa had Laing negotiated a deal then and there as he had his red suit waiting in the bus to go on the stage.

The artiste said that he kept his word to his fans that he would not perform and that he is ok with that decision.




Sizzla Kalonji is alive

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Contrary to the rumours that have been making their rounds on social networks, Reggae artiste Miguel Collins aka Sizzla Kalonji is still alive.  

Rumours began circulating that the artiste had met in a fatal accident in the United States. However, Sizzla's Publicist Olimata Taal, stated that there was absolutely no truth to the rumours and that the artiste is alive and well. 

Kalonji was injured in August last year after he was hit off his motorbike by bus.  Since recovering from the accident, Sizzla has focused on building the 'Sizzla Youth Foundation' which is an initiative aimed at providing youth programs, activities as well support in Jamaican communities that contribute to its growth, development, and unity.




Kartel's Assets Seized by Cops

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The legal woes of popular entertainer Vybz Kartel continues. The self proclaimed "Worl Boss" has had some of his assets seized by the Police. According to reports, the DJ, who remains behind bars on two murder charges, had his assets seized shortly after he was arrested. Some of the items taken during the seizure include his popular 2010 Mercedes Benz s-class which is valued at over $20million and a laptop containing music related projects and documentation regarding his properties. The confiscated items are now being stored at the Police Commissioners Office in St Andrew. 

The seizures took place following the newly passed "Proceeds of Crime Act" which allows police and law enforcers to seize properties if there are discrepancies in how they were obtained. Once that transpires, the person whose assets are seized will have to show evidence that they acquired those valuables legally.

Kartel is set to return to court on February 1, 2012.




Konshens plans to launch clothing line soon

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Fans of Reggae artiste Konshens, have been anticipating his debut album "Mental Maintenance" which is scheduled for a February 28 release. but now they can also look forward to something new as Konshens has partnered with CY clothing to launch his own clothing line called OH'K. 

Konshens says he will personally be spearheading the initiative which will focus mainly on women's clothing. Among the items in the new range of OH'K are high quality women's printed T-shirts and tank tops, some featuring graphic renditions of popular songs by Konshens. The clothing line will first be launched in Kingston Jamaica, and will then move on to Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad, Belize, Grenada, New York and Miami. There are also plans to expand into Europe, where a full range of long sleeves, sweaters and zip ups will be available.

Konshens says the OH'K clothing line will be youthful, chic and will speak directly to females with an urban edge.




Decomposed body of 2 year old found in suitcase

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The decomposing body of a two year old boy was found in a suitcase in his home on Chisholm Avenue recently. The parents of the child have been taken into custody after they were mobbed by residents. Residents of the community stated that they became suspicious when the little boy who lived at the home was not seen for over two months.

Neighbours had inquired as to the whereabouts of the child but they were told that he had moved to the country to live with relatives. Police Officers had also visited the home in search of the child but were given the same story.  Not believing the story they were told, the residents barged into the home which was barricaded by a zinc fence and found the skeletal remains of the boy in a suitcase at the back of the house.

The parents, who are both 32 years old, are expected to be charged once the autopsy is complete.




Body of seven year old found in bushes

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The body of seven year old Delano Greenwood was discovered in bushes yesterday in the quiet community of Scarlett Hall in St Ann. His father and another relative stumbled upon the body when they went to search for him. Delano's throat was slashed.

According to reports, a 13 year old boy has been taken into custody in relation to the incident. It is believed that he was playing with Delano shortly before the murder took place. Delano's father, Trevor Greenwood said he was devastated at what had taken place.

Counselors from the Ministry of Education visited the Hoolebury Primary School which Delano attended. They conducted sessions with two sisters of the alleged assailant and also with Delano's father.

Guidance counsellor at the school Celia Chunnu said a seedling will be planted in the school's peace garden in honour of Delano. A candle lighting will also take place during the school's general devotion tomorrow morning.




International recording artiste Khago has signed a production and booking deal with Stashment Records to boost his presence in the marketplace both here and in the US.

"Since Stashment has been involved in my career, things just step up, everything in terms of my street presence, my radio play, I have shot videos for my hit songs like Tax Inna My World, and we will be doing videos for songs like That's All Mi Care Bout  on DJ Frass new Riva Stone riddim and Wine Pon the Pole for Elvis' So Unique Records...Stashment tun up mi ting," Khago said in a release.

Stashment Records has been steering the careers of red hot rookie Lanmine known for his combination 'Creeping' with Fambo, and Digicel Rising Stars personality Jermaine Michaels who scored a hit last year with the reggae hit, 'Cornerstone'.

Stashment Records CEO Stasha Smith believes that Khago is an artiste with a lucrative future and an act who has the ability and the drive to achieve mainstream success in the competitive US market.

"Khago is an incredibly talented artiste that I have always admired and his humble ways make him easy to work with, and I think we will have a long term relationship in terms of booking and production. He has great crossover appeal and a wonderful work ethic, so right now, we are marketing him as one of the future stars of dancehall music. He is a double threat because his reggae songs are very popular in Africa and Europe and his dancehall stuff is popular in the ethnic markets in the US, so I see big things in his future," Ms. Smith said. 

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"In the future, I am looking forward to taking over the full time management aspect of his career."

Khago has voiced on a new riddim project, Money Machine, for Stashment Records which will be released in February.

Khago had been linked with Corey Todd Records last year after a high profile split with his previous management team. 

"Big up Corey Todd, him ah mi real dupes but he is focussing more on the business aspect of entertainment in terms of his clubs and his other business ventures, so ah just mutual understanding that we come too fi go our separate ways," Khago said. 

Khago performed at a club show called 'Destiny' in Miami during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. He shared the stage with superstar Mavado and fellow Alliance member Bling Dawg.  Khago got big forwards for his hit Blood a Boil, but it was his recent chart-topper Tun Up Di Ting which got the biggest forwards. He performed the song for about three minutes or more, with the crowd singing the chorus word for word. He also got a good response for his mega hit, Nah Sell Out Mi Friend Dem, earning a big ovation after singing the first few bars and exiting the stage. However, the crowd would have none of it, and the 2500 strong audience begged him to come back to finish the song. He rocked the audience then passed the mike on to ZJ Liquid to sing Wifey Walk Out to a huge roar, and then Delly Ranx followed up with Headache. 

Khago closed his set with Nah Sell Out Part Two and Mi See Badda Dan Dem. 

He is booked to appear on this year's Hague Agricultural show on February 22nd and the Negril Spring Break concert on March 10th.




Jr Gong, Capleton Dominate At Rebel Salute

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The 19th staging of the annual show Rebel Salute was ignited when international artiste Jr Gong and his brother Stephen Marley took to the stage. The throng of patrons blazed their fire and tooted their vuvuzelas in anticipation for what was to be a great night. The Marley brothers dug deep into their catalogue and had Port Kaiser audience singing along to every word that they said during their 40 minute set. The Marley brothers also took time out to hail incarcerated artiste Buju Banton and wished for his speedy release.

But before the big acts came on stage, the show kicked off with young artistes such as: Mr Slick, Mad Dog and Iyah Blaze. Food Kartel had the crowd laughing along to his gimmicks.

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A pregnant Queen Ifrica took to the stage and rocked the venue with her extensive catalogue. Queen Ifrica got loud cheers when she started singing "Below The Waist" while pointing to her protruding belly.
Singer Romain Virgo also gave a stellar performance, belting out hits such as "System" and "Taking You Home" which had the ladies swooning. "Singy Singy" Tarrus Riley could do no wrong for the audience and had thrilled the audience with his set.

It was almost midnight when the birthday man and founder of the event Tony Rebel took the stage and belted out hit after hit of his most popular songs. Tony Rebel got a huge forward when he made a special plea to Minister of Youth and Culture-Lisa Hannah, to inform Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller that the buggery laws should not be repealed or reviewed.
The fire man, Capleton was the closing act. The energetic artiste had patrons eating out of his hands when he took to the stage. Living up to his name, Capleton had his supporters lighting cardboards and whatever else they could find. Firefighters were however, on hand to put out the billowing smoke.

It was an end to one of the biggest Reggae Shows and was hailed as one of the best Rebel Salutes to date.





Fake Gay Aidonia Twitter Page

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Now I recently went on twitter to post some lyrics when I saw a strange page up in my mentions. Now people, mi get the shock of mi life when I saw a twitter page with the name @AidoniaOfficial.

It appears as though somebody has created a false Aidonia page and a write up a bag a tings bout the DJ. Dem photoshop the artiste wid some gay porno magazine inna him hand and also tweeted to persons about what he likes to be done to his rear.

Aidonia you need to address this urgently because some people thought that it was really your page and that you just start talk di tings.  The Social Media websites dem gone a lead. Yes papa, you see dat!!!!!!

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OUR Summons Digicel

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 The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has summoned Digicel to a meeting this Friday to have the company provide a status report on the transfer of control of the Claro network and assets to Digicel. The OUR says it has learned that former Prime Minister Andrew Holness had granted a request from Digicel for a withdrawal of the condition for Digicel to operate two separate networks. The OUR says it has also been informed of new voice and data coverage conditionalities. The OUR says in light of the fact that the company is no longer required to operate two separate networks, the OUR wants Digicel to provide information to enable the Office to respond to the customers' complaints. The OUR says customers of Claro have complained to the regulator that they are having difficulty accessing the network, are not able to access credit for their phones.





"Ah coming again, to drive Iwer George insane." That is how reigning International Power Soca Monarch Machel Montano declared his intent to retain the crown at the 2012 edition of the signature competition produced by Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the soca monarch competition and also represents 30 years for Montano in entertainment. To honour his three decades as an entertainer, Montano said a double album, now in production and scheduled for a Carnival release, would be for his fans. He said his band HD has been revolutionising the local music circuit, by releasing new music almost every four days, which was a first for the industry.
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Promoter demands compensation from I-Octane

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Promoter Tia Reinford is demanding to be compensated by I-Octane and his management following claims that the "Burn Dem Bridge" hitmaker is allegedly responsible for the premature end of her event. Tia, who is the promoter of the Westmoreland Kite Festival held on Sunday, said patrons pelted bottles on the stage following I-Octane's abrupt end of his set. The promoter says I-Octane is responsible for the incident. However, I-Octane is singing a different tune. In the meantime, promoter Tia Reinford is seeking compensation. She adds that she will not quit until I-Octane and his management negotiates with her.
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Despite being advertised on this year's Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, told YardFlex that he will not be performing at the event. "I will not be performing again," the singer declared. He stated that he is dissatisfied with some of the arrangements as it relates to the reggae artistes and the celebration of Jamaica's jubilee. As a result, McGregor has decided not to perform on the festival. Freddie McGregor was scheduled to perform on the Thursday night, January 26, which is dedicated to the celebration of Jamaica music 50th anniversary and while he says he felt honoured to be chosen, he is concerned that those who are equally deserving have been left off. "I read where the organizers said they could not find singers such as Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Bunny Wailer, Mighty Diamonds and Derrick Morgan. I can tell you that that is a joke. All those artistes are laughing," McGregor said. He noted that he demanded to be treated with a certain level of respect and he did not feel that this was being shown to neither him nor the other Jamaica 50 artistes. "I am an international ambassador rooting for my country and reggae music. I have done festivals all over the world and treated like an international act. However, here in the land of reggae, we are being treated like second class citizens on this festival. For example, the 'local' acts have not even been given a deposit as yet. And, the pay being offered is the lowest that I would have ever received for a festival," McGregor explained. He emphasized, however, that it was not about the money as he would "do the festival for free". "It's about the organisers showing respect and ensuring that the reggae artistes feel that they are being treated with the same amount of consideration as the overseas acts. The captain of the Big Ship said he has made his position clear to the organizers, the Art of Music Promotions. "At the end of the day it's not about them, it's about Jamaica and reggae music. I couldn't go on stage and give a good performance feeling the way I do," Freddie McGregor said.

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Bounty and Mavado friends again

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Bounty Killer and his protégé Mavado are friends again. The dancehall artistes put their differences aside and embraced this morning at Uptown Mondays, signaling an end to their feud. "Alliance a run the ting," fans were heard shouting, as they applauded the move by the two top artistes. There has been a rift in Alliance since an incident at Bounty's birthday party last year.
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St. Thomas records its first murder for the year

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The parish of St. Thomas on Monday night recorded its first murder for the year. A man was fatally shot in the community of Lloyd's Pen in Yallahs. He has been identified as Colin Brown, 31, otherwise called "Dice". About 8:30, Mr. Brown was walking on a dirt track when he was approached by a group of heavily armed men. They opened fire killing him on the spot.
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Reggae artiste, Luciano, while confirming that there was a bottle-throwing incident at a show in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is emphasizing that it was "out of the ordinary" and definitely does not reflect his normal reception in the motherland Africa. Luciano, known as the Messenjah, has been unwavering in his support of Africa and all things African. He has consistently done conscious lyrics and has a huge fan base in certain parts of Africa, a continent he has toured many times. "A lot of people may not know that I have a house in The Gambia and the people there accept me as one of their own. I have travelled to Ghana, where thousands come to meet me and attend by concerts. Up until now, my Africa experience has been among my greatest," Luciano declared. Reports out of Port Harcourt about the December 17 concert, stated that "Jamaican reggae icon, Luciano, was on Saturday night pelted with empty water bottles by some youths that attended the closing of the 2011 Rivers State Carnival popularly known as CARNIRIV at the Liberation Stadium." The original article labeled the youths behaviour as "hostile", while comments under the article denounced the incident and noted that certain disruptive elements of that society will behave like that, especially at free events. There were suggestions that the organizers should have known better than to put Luciano so far down on the programme, especially since there were many big name Afrcan acts on the line-up and Port Harcourt is somewhat behind in their appreciation of reggae acts like Luciano. Port Harcourt is also notorious for being unwelcoming to foreign acts. One person commented that, "Port-Harcourt is the worst place for foriegn artists to visit. It's the same Port Harcourt that someone jumped on stage and snatched Usher Raymond's bling from his neck. The last time Port-Harcourt receive a foreign artist with love was when Wyclef visited." As Luciano recalled, "A one man fling a one bottle and a one woman fling a phone to show their displeasure and we know how that kind of behaviour is catching. However, when I started to talk to them they calmed down a bit and I sang One Way Ticket and they became receptive." He pointed out that he felt that not enough thought was put into the running order by the organizers. Asked if this experience has given him a negative feelings towards Africa, Luciano was quick to respond, "Of course not." He added, "I believe that everything happens for a purpose and out of evil cometh good. Perhaps this will be a musical re-awakening for the people in Port Harcourt and will usher in an era of greater appreciation of foundation, roots reggae. I certainly don't take it personal, in addition, the wonderful experiences I have of performing in Africa will overshadow this every time." The carnival in Port Harcourt, Nigeria took place on December 17, 2011, after which Luciano returned to Jamaica and gave an awesome performance on Thursday, December 22, at the Tarrus Riley and Friends free concert at Emancipation Park in New
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Tifa and Timberlee at war

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What's the beef between Tifa and Timberlee? Sources told Yardflex that the two females artistes are at it again and this time it really seems like war. People had to hold on tight to Tifa at an event over the weekend as the Spell It Out diva was determined to get her claws into Timberlee. Come on girls, we expect better from both of you.
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I-Octane bottled at show in Sav

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There are conflicting reports as to what exactly caused a bottle-throwing incident at Sunday's Western Kite Festival held at Mannings School in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland. The event featured I-Octane, Romain Virgo and Popcaan. Reports from persons who attended the event that I-Octane worked for 10 minutes, had issues with the fact that he could not get a "dark segment" flung the mic on stage and left prematurely. According to the promoter, as soon as I-Octane made it clear that he was leaving, the bottles started raining on stage. "I was even told that one of the bottles hit him," she told Yardflex. "Yes, there was a sound problem and we explained that to him from he entered the venue. Popcaan worked around it and do too did Romaine Virgo. Everything went smooth until I-Octane entered the stage. He was the one who started talking about bottles by telling the people that "this selector come in like him need a bottle". But instead of the crowd bottling the selector, they bottled the artiste," the promoter said. However, according to I-Octane, in an interview with The Star, "You have some youth a record di ting and mi a ask dem fi dim the light so mi can see wah a gwaan inna di crowd. Mi neva like the energy weh dem a come off wid. Mi ask fi di dark segment and it seem like dem man ya have some personal vibe." I-Octane said the audience pleaded with the cameramen to turn off the light but they didn't. "Me is a man weh nuh just walk off a stage so but the tone mi neva like it. True dem vibe mi neva waan turn mi back and sup'm go gwaan. Mi just seh to dem seh since unuh nuh waan hear wah mi a seh mi a seh unuh work then. Di crowd get vex wid dem and start fling bottle," he said. The artiste said he was already on his way out of the venue when the incident took place, as the patrons realised that he was not returning.
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The Main Event Boat Ride Photos: by Milton Raynor

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