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Nina Man pulls out of Sting clash with explanation

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"I am not necessarily a man of many words when I am off the stage and over the years I have learned it is best to not respond in "the moment." The last few years of my life have taught me number of lessons and one of the most valuable ones is that I am not the Ninja Man of 10 or 15 years ago. I am not about violence, I am not about war and I certainly not about intimidation.

I believe in choices and I believe in entertainment with that said the clash artiste that Ninja Man may have been known for has evolved. I have grown... I have been there and done that time and time again. I am in a new chapter of my life... I am about making music that entertains the people and putting on shows where everybody has a good time and leaves wanting more.

With that said, I am not into having my life threatened nor scare tactics - there is no one for me to clash at STING. I have clashed every big name artiste in Jamaica ... just check YouTube. This "war" they are trying to drag me into is really going backwards for me and I am about moving forward. So it is with great thought, I announce that I will not be on STING 2014. I will instead be enjoying the Christmas with my friends and family.

Let me say thanks to Isaiah Laing for the opportunities he provided me to showcase my talent over the years and wish him a safe and successful staging of STING. My immediate focus is finalizing the plans for my annual birthday party being held in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on the 24th of January 2015.

I really want to thank all of my fans for their continued support over the years and through the trying times in my life and also to my family at Down Sound Records who have continued to believe in me and what I want to accomplish in my music and in my life".




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Two New York-based Jamaica-born dentists - Dr Dwight Williams and Dr Kerisa Harriott - are offering their services free of charge to ensure that new Internet dancehall sensation Gully Bop has a brighter smile.

The two professionals reached out the media with their requests.

Dr Williams, a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon and founder of the Optimum Dental Care, a multi-specialty dental group practice located in north Bronx, New York, said Gully Bop first came to his attention when his wife Morvia Reid-Williams saw his video on her Facebook page.

"While viewing the video, I was in awe of how talented Gully Bop was and then I proceeded to watch some of his interviews on YouTube. What struck me about Gully Bop was his positive approach to life and the fact that he was living in the moment and as he claimed, this was 'his time'" Dr Williams said.




Magnum Sting Tonic Wine

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Magnum Sting will be streamed live by Kariblink to audiences internationally. The production promises to have unique features and value added components.

The line-up this year features a host of exciting artistes including the Fire Man himself Capleton, Ninja Man, Aidonia, Tarrus Riley, Etana, I Wayne, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Tommy Lee, Gage, Demarco, Masicka, Kalado, Teflon, Droop Lion, Ryno VS Kiprich Rematch and the New Sensation Gully Bop.

To have your piece of this experience live visit http://stingjamaica.com.jm. Sign up now!

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Gully Bop endorsed by Major Lazer

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Dancehall artiste Gully Bop has made what could be considered his first step into the international market after his song 'My God Dem Nuh Bad Like Me' was remixed by Walshy Fire of the group Major Lazer.

According to Gully Bop's producer, Gutty Bling of Claims Records, the song has been receiving strong attention in the United States, the Caribbean and Canada.

"Everybody thought he was a one-hit wonder, but he has shown that he has more to offer. The song has helped to push the label even further, and right now inna dancehall, apart from Vybz kartel, a Gully Bop a run di place," his manager Gutty Bling.




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"I really don't want to kill Gully Bop's little career so early because I want him to make some money to fix his teeth and his 'bosen'. I would advise his managers to focus on developing the artiste and record some good songs for him while he is hot, so that he can have a lasting career, because at the end of the day you will damage his career by putting him up against people," Ninja Man told The Media.

GULLY BOP - MY GOD DEM NUH BAD LIKE MI [ALKALINE DISS] DECEMBER 2014

















Filth Rubbed on Kids' Mouths !!

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A smelly matter in which a woman used faeces to rub on to the mouths of children after it is alleged that they placed a penis in her child's mouth came to an end with the accused being sentenced to 30 days in prison yesterday.

Charged with common assault is Ruth Wilson of a Corporate Area address who was hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The Crown led evidence that the complainant who is a guidance counsellor at a primary school in Kingston, while there was dealing with a dispute among children when Wilson was contacted.




Miss Kitty denies performing Oral sex in photo

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Radio host and emcee Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton has expressed anger at unscrupulous individuals who have attempted to malign her by creating an alleged sex image.

The picture, under the guise of a video, surfaced on the Internet and allegedly contains an image of Hylton, also known as the 'Fluffy Diva', superimposed on the body of a woman performing a sex act.




Tommy Lee spews fire at Competitions

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Tommy Lee promises to slaughter Gage lyrically.

"Mi come with a new style inna music and people a try copy it, but people know the original from the followers. A me sey gothic dancehall and start wearmask and now Alkaline a wear mask and everybody dun know Gage a knock-off already, so I guess I am the trendsetter," Tommy Lee Sparta said.

Tommy Lee also dissed Alkaline for stealing his idea of wearing masks.





Nick Cannon works with Jamaican artistes

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AMERICAN actor/television personality Nick Cannon is currently in Jamaica trying get a first-hand taste and feel of the island as he seeks to promote his latest charge Kreesha Turner.

The Wild 'N Out personality, who is on his first trip to the island, is here to soak in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the island in order to inform himself as he works with Turner, who was born in Canada and raised in Jamaica. She fuses reggae and dancehall music with other influences to arrive at her sound.

"From the moment I met Kreesha, she kept telling me about Jamaica... I had been to some of the other islands, but not Jamaica... so I had to come see what it's all about," Cannon told the media.

"We are here supporting Kreesha's project, exploring the culture to make sure I touch the people in a real way," he added.

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Cannon and Turner are in the island promoting her single Sexy Gal, which also features dancehall quartet T.O.K. Turner is signed to his Ncredible Entertainment label.

Cannon disclosed that he would like to work with local acts, but is new to the culture and therefore is taking it slow.

"Right now, I'm paying attention to who's picking up in the clubs and dances because I always want to get it right. However, right now, my focus is to get Kreesha popping here in Jamaica. I believe in authenticity and being organic so I'm just paying attention and getting more engulfed in the culture before making any move like that," he stated.

He is committed to getting Turner to mainstream and, therefore, is not looking to sign another female act from Jamaica at this time in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

Cannon's Jamaican recce has seen him enjoying lobster on the beach at Hellshire in Portmore.

Kreesha Turner - MJ





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Deejays Blak Ryno and Kiprich will go head to head at this year's staging of Sting - the popular one night reggae show staged on Boxing Day.

According to Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, organisers of the event, clashes have always been part of the history of Sting and, therefore, a match-up of this nature was inevitable.

Speaking at a press conference at his Burlington Avenue offices in the Corporate Area yesterday, Laing traced the history of clashes at the event dating back to the first ever in 1984, which featured Michael Palmer and Junior Reid. He noted that, by the following year, 1985, it was realised that the clash was the way to go and it became a signature of Sting.

"[The] clash is a hallmark of Sting. Over the years, it has become a major attraction... last year Kiprich was defeated by Ryno and so we have decided to bring them back for a rematch, and this is not something to be missed," he asserted.

Blak Ryno was absent from the press conference as it was explained that he was overseas, but his opponent Kiprich was on hand to declare that this year things will be different.

"I am more focused and prepared for a proper lyrical showdown [at] Jamworld.... He can't come with what he came with last year and expect to win... it's lyrics to the fullest. I am always happy to be part of this historical event and to be part of it as a top act a this time," said Kiprich.




Man arrested for having sex with minor

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A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a person under the age of 16.

He is also being investigated for harbouring a ward of the State.

Reports are that about 3:30 p.m. last Friday, police personnel swooped down on an address in the Rosemount community in St Catherine.

The suspect was caught inside the house having sex with the child.

Both parties were taken to the police station in Linstead.

Further investigations by the police revealed that the teenager escaped from the centre about three weeks ago.




I was abused as a child says Lady Saw

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Dancehall artiste Lady Saw has revealed that she was abused as a child. As a result, she has launched a foundation geared at assisting abused women and children.

According to the Grammy award-winning deejay, who recently released a new album called Alter Ego, half of the proceeds from album sales will go towards the Lady Saw Foundation.

"I had the idea for years now but my lawyer at the time went abroad to study; but I recently got another lawyer. The foundation will cater to women because I was abused a lot growing up as a child and as a teenager. It was a horrible experience and many persons are going through that experience," she said.

Lady Saw is also looking to put her vision in reality by opening a home-training centre for abused women.

"Many women tend to run away from their abuser, including my mom. So what I am doing is trying to find a safe haven for them. I have located a property in St Mary with a building that resembles a factory. I want to purchase the property and use it as a centre for abused women. I also want one of those centres to be in Kingston. I am probably way ahead of myself right now because I am so passionate, but we have to start somewhere," she said.

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The deejay also spearheaded a toy drive in the US recently, where she collected seven barrels of toys in collaboration with media personality Ragashanti.

"I also visited a children's home recently with my publicist, and spent some time with some disenchanted kids, and I was really touched, so I decided to get the toys, pampers and sheets for them as well," she said.




Youths support copy cats?

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Old standards not desired by new acts

There was once a time in Jamaican music when originality and authenticity were key elements that defined the standard used to measure 'good music' and a 'great artiste'. Those who created a style or sound for themselves, were glorified for their efforts, while imitators were oftentimes ignored or not taken seriously by fans.

Several recording artistes who have found themselves in the latter, have failed to have a lasting, if any impact at all, because of the imposter label ascribed to them, many seeking to re-brand themselves in light of their fading reality.

Dancehall artiste Merciless was largely criticised by fans in the early 90s when arch-rival Bounty Killer accused the Clarendon-born artiste of copying his style. Through the years, Merciless denied in several songs and interviews that he tried to sound like Bounty Killer. However, his conflict with the Killer, perhaps did more harm than good, as Killer's loyal fanbase, supported his sentiments in Mr Wanna Be, in which he classified the artiste as an imposter.

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Recording artistes Bounty Filla and Hitlist suffered a similar fate, the latter forced to change his name to Ganggoolie and reinvent himself, in order to be accepted in the music industry under a new guise.

Reggae artiste Bascom X was also accused by Sizzla Kalonji's supporters who claimed that he was impersonating the reggae icon, while incarcerated dancehall artiste Zebra, despite his relative success in the late 90s, was always seen as a shadow of veteran deejay Tiger. He too rejected the notion that he was deliberately trying to sound like the Come Back to Me singer.

Fast forward to 2014, and fans seem to be less judgmental, as recording artistes like Gage and Alkaline, despite their obvious similarities to Tommy Lee Sparta and Vybz Kartel, still manage to wield a strong influence over dancehall fans.

One theory for the now general acceptance of 'copy cats', according to director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, is because standards have fallen.

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"We celebrate that which is substandard or mediocre because we really don't know what is quality anymore. We can't even blame the fans alone, but also the education system, because culture is not taught in schools, so the youths don't have any level to aspire to. Artistes were valued based on what they could contribute, based on styles, variety and diversity, but I don't think that the cultural appreciation that was held by the older generation is even desired by the new generation," he said.




Local dancer Mumzell criticizes badmind dancers

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According to the dancer/business woman, some persons in the entertainment industry hate to see their coworkers reap success for their labor.

"We cant stop badmind. it a guh tek a lot to do that. But when a man a have him run you supposed to allow him or her to have the run without badmind. Hard work a di key to success and everybody born with a talent, but we should stop playing unfair games and allow people to bloom. Remember that Bogle said if you are a winner you don't need to be in any competition,"she said.

Mumzell has been featured in music videos for several dancehall artistes including Mr Vegas' Tek Weh Yuself and RDX's Bend Over. Both videos mentioned have received more than four million views on YouTube.com.

She is also gearing up to host a round robin at her club this Friday.




Corey Todd Shot at near his go go club

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is now investigating a shooting at the Taboo Night Club in Montego Bay, St James early this morning in which two men were shot.

The incident occurred shortly after five this morning.

The Police say popular businessman and owner of the club, Corey Todd was closing the establishment when two men on a motorcycle fired shots at him, hitting him in the right hand.

A policeman who was at the location responded by firing at the gunmen.

One was hit and died on the spot.

Meanwhile, the police are theorising that the attempted murder of Todd, may have been a hit.




Gage plans to win STING clash

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Things are heating up on the local music scene as the war of words continue to escalate between Gage and Tommy Lee, leading up to their much hyped clash at Sting 2014.

Gage, aka the Burning Sun, is confident that he will emerge the victor on Boxing Day.

"Tommy Lee a try style man bout Kartel shave Gage, and him a go tun mi inna range. A dat mi hear sey him sey pon 'On Stage'. Well mi have news fi him, him done dead already, Tommy Lee dead already," he said.

"It a go be a musical massacre pon Boxing Day. Mi nuh fraid a him. Mi a go bury him and Alkaline. Dem nuh ready fi clash wid mi, dem nuh reach mi levels. A mi a di Burning Sun."

Gage recently fired a lyrical salvo titled Two Idiot in response to Tommy Lee's dis track titled Bad Man Dawg.

"Tommy Lee drop a idiot tune bout him a diss man, but mi nuh fraid a him cause him a idiot. Just listen di tune weh mi do fi him and Alkaline, di two a dem a idiot. Dem need fi stop call up mi name."

Gage, who recently performed to packed venues in Guyana, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago, also boasted that he is now the most popular act in dancehall music.

"Right now, every weh yuh go inna di Caribbean and South America a mi a di most popular dancehall artiste. The fans are requesting me all over the world, Europe, the US, and Africa. All over di world di people dem say a just Beng. A mi run things now. Tommy Lee and Akaline fi know sey a di Burning Sun time now," the artiste said.

When contacted, Tommy lee Sparta's publicist, Keona Williams, said, "He has heard about the song but he hasn't heard it yet, to have any response towards it ... he has been so busy with the music video for Bad Man Dawg, he hasn't got a chance to listen to Gage's song as yet."




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Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title when she triumphed in the 100m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Doha on Saturday as more records tumbled.

Jamaican Atkinson, 25, claimed the title and equalled Ruta Meilutyte's world record of 1min 02.36sec in the process - although under governing body FINA rules this still equates to a new record.

She was completely unaware of what she had done, staring up at the scoreboard with an air of resignation before it gradually dawned.

"Me?," she mouthed, pointing at herself before the enormity of her achievement was absorbed and so started the celebrations.

Atkinson's role at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida is to encourage greater involvement of different communities in swimming and to promote water safety.

"Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we'll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push," Atkinson mused.




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Word on the street, is that reggae artistes Sizzla Kalonji and Teflon chased I Octane out of popular stage show West Kingston Jamboree lastnight, forcing the artiste to leave without performing.

According to an eyewitness, I Octane was about to enter the platform to perform when Sizzla and his entourage chased him from behind the stage while telling the MC that he wanted to perform.

Sizzla later called on Teflon and they both performed an extended set, Sizzla is also said to have stayed behind after his performance blocking the entrance, to ensure that I Octane did not touch the microphone.

Another eyewitness claims that I Octane was slapped around by Sizzla's entourage, however that has not been confirmed. 




Buju Banton asks to be Deported

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Efforts by dancehall superstar Buju Banton to get an early release from prison based on amendments to drug sentencing guidelines implemented recently, may be thwarted because the deejay has maintained his innocence since being arrested.

The media understands that Banton has asked that the court reduce his sentence and turn him over to immigration authorities so he can be deported back to Jamaica.




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Jamaican born, LA based actress Shauna Chin, most known for her role as Richard Blackburn's fiancée Claudine on 'The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate' has been making a name for herself in US-based Independent Feature Films, such as '12/12/12' and 'The Necklace' just to name a few. Now add Primetime television to the actress' body of work as she lands a role on 'Criminal Minds' TV series on CBS. Chin is set to begin shooting on Dec 10, 2014. "It's only a small role, so it's not as if I'll be getting a lot of screen time" says the surprisingly shy actress. Other than the shoot date she is not able to give much more details on the gig until closer to the air date. Until then, we wish her all the best.

The rock-born actress also lends her skills behind the scenes. Her latest projects include being a Casting Associate for Lifetime's controversial film "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" which came under severe fire from Aaliyah supporters claiming that the movie was a poor representation of the singer and did not receive approval from the singers' family. Chin was also the Casting Associate for the highly anticipated upcoming Lifetime original movie "With This Ring" by Director Nzingha Stewart, featuring Eve, Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Brooklyn Sudano with Executive Producer Gabrielle Union.

As if that's not an already hectic schedule, Chin is also an official representative of the Jamaican diaspora. In 2012, she was appointed as the first Ambassador to the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations [NAJASO], the non-governmental arm of Jamaica's diaspora representatives. For more information go to www.shaunachin.com [1] or visit the actress on social media Twitter and Facebook @shaunachin or on Instagram at @shauna_chin




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Get ready to 'drink in' the performance from Champaign at Euphoria 2014

For the First time in Jamaica, the group Champaign hits the stage to perform in Kingston at the Euphoria Charity Concert on December 14. The first staging of what will be an annual Charity event, is set to take place at the Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston.

The Concert is already shaping up to a trendsetting event with more than able performers and an enormous cause to boot; All proceeds go towards purchasing food for the over four hundred kids at the Mustard Seed Communities.

With Massive hits known worldwide such as 'How About us' and 'Try Again', the Jamaican audience should anticipate a memorable performance from the 1970's group led by Grammy Nominated, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, and Lead vocalist Pauli Carman. Carman began performing professionally in 1977 with a group called "Coalkitchen", they released an album called "Thirsty Or Not Choose Your Flavor" for Epic Records in that year.

Since then he has appeared on such hit TV shows as Soul Train, Solid Gold, and has toured in such venues as Madison Square Gardens, Cow Palace, Disney World and many others. Most recently the Carman led group 'Champaign' has performed in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah for 20,000 people for the Muzart World Foundation, a wonderful Foundation to keep Music and Arts in all public schools. Being a performer on the Euphoria Charity Concert is most fitting as 'giving back' is a movement avidly supported by the group.

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"I'm very proud to be a part of The Euphoria concert for the Mustard Seed Charity. I feel very strongly about helping those in need, and I am an Ambassador for many Foundations both in the U.S. and abroad such as Muzart World Foundation and The Mabuhay Foundation in the Philippines. I even have a very special page on my Website called Music for a Cause" Pauli Carman commented.

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After over thirty years on stage, Champaign has become experts at entertaining an audience with a complete package, Euphoria's audience will be no different on December 14.

"I like the one on one communication with a large audience who appreciates your music, the give and take is amazing energy, pure joy. Jamaica can anticipate "Champaign's" top hits from the past and present wrapped in to a very exciting show of love and fun." Carman added

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The Euphoria Charity Concert also features International "Superwoman" Karyn White, Freddy McGregor, Ernie Smith, Leroy Sibbles, Mr Vegas, Romaine Virgo, Kevin Downswell Christopher Martin and more.




No RDX for "RUM SATURDAYS" in Browns Town TONIGHT

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Dancehall Duo RDX would like their fans and the general public to know that they are being falsely advertised for an event this weekend in St Ann being promoted by Afterdark Entertainment.

RDX was contacted by an Afterdark Entertainment representative and preliminary discussions had begun to have the duo contracted to perform at the event held at Clemetson's Roof, Browns Town, St. Ann. The promoters however have not completed the necessary arrangement to facilitate a performance and as such RDX will not be performing at this event.

RDX would not want their dedicated fans to be misled by these promoters who are illegally using the RDX name and image to promote their event. The RDX team will be taking the necessary legal actions against Afterdark Entertainment however they are making it clear to their fans that they have not been contracted to perform at Rum Saturdaz this Saturday Night.

"We are flexible and willing to work with promoters who are willing to work with RDX but at the same time we operate a business and the business side of things has to be sorted" Renigade stated.

"Our fans deserve the correct information and we would not want it to seem that we are unprofessional or 'no shows' to an event we are booked on" Delomar added.

Fans can look out for RDX all island this month as they will be performing on the Boom Energy Drink Road Show and at gt taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza.




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Dancehall/reggae artiste Teflon has released a song called Donkey Lense in which he lyrically challenges rival and former friend I Octane. The song also jabs at Alkaline Gage, Tommy Lee Sparta and Kalado.

Teflon and I Octane have been at odds for several years over a business disagreement.

Teflon - Donkey Lense (Alkaline, I Octane, Tommy Lee & Gage Diss) December 2014 @Crushroad876





Pamputtae frame by bitter mate of social media

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Dancehall deejay Pamputtae is setting the record straight and clearing her name, after an image of a woman in a compromising position has gone viral, with many claiming that it is the artiste.

It was revealed that the woman, who bares a striking resemblance to the dancehall artiste, is actually a United States-based adult film star.

The artiste revealed that she knows who is responsible for creating the image and claims that it was done out of jealousy in a bid to tarnish her reputation.

"Is she create the pic because she want the man, but me have him lock and she mad. Me need dem pictures there fi stop go roun', they need to stop and go on my Instagram or Facebook page and check before they share it and pass their remarks," she said. "I plan to sue people, me have a chop pan my hand and the girl nuh have no chop. It's just the bang (hairstyle) why people seh is me."

In response to the jab at her reputation, Pamputtae said she created the song Mud Up Mate, produced by Friends for Real Production.

Pamputtae - Husband Lock





Shane Hoosong (((Official Music Vid ))) out now

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OFFICIAL RUDE GANJA REFIX VIDEO





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Since local actor Shebada went Onstage and claimed to have impregnated the ex-girlfriend a deejay whom he did not name, several names have been swirling all over the place. However the two popular names are Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

It is unconfirmed by either artiste if there is any truth to the speculations, however several memes have been circulating the internet incriminating Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

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Bunny Wailer has expressed his dissatisfaction at the slow pace the Government was moving in regards to the decriminalisation of marijuana, saying their failure to capitalise on its use has opened the doors for yet another international company to market a product with which the world associates Jamaica.

"Jamaica is still moving too slow and has been focused on the low hanging fruit," he said, pointing out that the cultural and competitive advantage that Jamaica has with marijuana must now be used to not only oppose the deal set up by the Seattle-based company, but should also send a message to other international companies.

"Only a Jamaican company incorporating local stakeholders, the Rastafarian community, local ganja farmers, medical scientists and investors should be allowed to market Brand Jamaica Ganja first-hand, every other company outside of Jamaica should follow suit."

Several states in the U.S have already legalized Marijuana.




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Kingston, Jamaica has made the UNAIDS list of ten cities worldwide where a very high proportion of people live with the dreaded HIV virus.

Kingston is the only Caribbean city to make the UNAIDS top ten list of HIV populated cities released yesterday, World AIDS Day.

Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina round out the others in the Americas list in 'The Cities Report.'

According to UNAIDS, there are 19,494 or 64 percent of Kingston metropolitan area's population living with the HIV virus in a city of some 30,000 people. Yet, Kingston has 10 out of 21 treatment sites in Jamaica and plays an essential role in treating and caring for people with HIV, the report said.

In Kingston, the majority of people newly diagnosed with HIV have an HIV-related illness or disease, indicating late diagnosis. According to Ministry of Health estimates, in 2013, HIV prevalence among the homeless and people who inject drugs was at 4 percent and among prison inmates was at 9 percent. Data for female sex workers and men who have sex with men is incomplete but it is estimated to stand at 4 percent and 32 percent respectively.

In Buenos Aires, a city of 83,322 people, there are 35, 745 people living with HIV while there are 29, 609 in Lima and 13, 939 in Santiago.

Researchers warn in the report that "cities will struggle to control their AIDS epidemics as long as these populations are marginalized from the benefits of city life." They recommend using a Fast-Track AIDS response, cities can improve social equality for people affected by HIV and those living with the disease, while also addressing related public health challenges in new and innovative ways to prevent disease.




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Radio DJ/record producer DJ Sunshine is fuming over the decision taken by several recording artistes to record on her popular Wul Dem Again rhythm without requesting her permission.

"I voice a rhythm and I put eleven songs on the rhythm and now several other artistes are on the rhythm illegally. Some of them are even on the streets promoting the songs which I find so unprofessional and disrespectful to me. How can you do that? They even got hold of the logo for my label and is using it to promote their music and that is damaging to my reputation," DJ Sunshine said.

"This is the kind of thing that is keeping the industry from going forward. They did not even have the decency to contact me. Cease and desist immediately and I will have you know that I find this to be disrespectful and I will not be producing you in the future as a result of this. I know the rhythm is hot and I placed two young artistes on the rhythm already because I could not full up the project with young artistes," she continued.

"I don't have no problem with you performing on the instrumental. But to voice on the rhythm and promote it that is where I have a problem. Some of the artistes should know better and I don't want my name to be attached to something that I am not apart of here are the artistes on my rhythm," she said listing out Konshens, Alkaline, Demarco, Vybz Kartel, I Octane, Mr. Vegas, Mavado, Bryka, Chillando, Aidonia and Elephant Man.

Artistes who have hijacked DJ Sunshine's rhythm include Merciless, Iyara, Patexx, Stein, Versatile, Rhyme Minista, Deablo, Dwayno, Maestro Don, Gaza Nah Nah Ice, Damion Dollar,Chapanore, Tuggawar,Bayroot,Truk Matics,Tuff Krakaz, Prince Pin, Ithermol and Choice, G Loc,Fada Price, Edy J,Nashinal, Mr. Lawigical, Eyesus,Lil Lifu, Zee K, Don Tooks,Hyporak, Keron Williams,Jahvillani, Kweffa,Engenor,Blvk Angel,Travalaunch,Maestroxity,Malish and Chrome,Shotta,Griff,T39,Cv (LNJ),Kruze 45, Mad Geeral, Di Hooligan,African,Slice Out and Badly,Zekedon,Formula, Askel Tudiworld,Roshane War, Ar J among others.

A significant amount of the songs are disses aimed at dancehall enigma Alkaline.





Acid destroys woman's life forever :(

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Twenty-eight-year-old Kassandra Smith will never forget the morning of August 17, 2014, as it was a day that caused her great agony and pain, which she is likely to endure for a lifetime.

Smith, a victim of what is believed to have been an acid attack, was doused with a burning substance, which has resulted in injuries such as severe burns, speech imparity and loss of sight.

She told THE WEEKEND STAR: "I had just finished jogging by heroes circle and went home (Arnold Road), about minutes to seven. A tenant called my attention to a man that was calling me outside. When I went to check, it was a young man about 20-27 sporting a cornrow hair and wearing a black jacket. I recognised a red bottle with a white top in his hand."

She said the man kept insisting that she go and speak to a man name 'Wayne' up the road.

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Smith explained what transpired next saying: "I just felt something flash in my forehead and I fell to the ground immediately, I got blind instantly. I was screaming for help and my dogs even rushed me and bite mi up. When help finally came, dem say I was covered in a black substance."

Police rushed Smith to the Kingston Public Hospital where she spent two months and did two surgeries, one for her face and the other for her chest. Smith was also referred to an eye specialist.

Discharged since October 18, Smith has mounting medical bills on top of which she is to attend clinic twice weekly.

This has become a financial burden for Smith, who worked as a cashier at a supermarket prior to the incident.

She said: "The bills for the two months is $839,000 and my mother managed to pay $70,000 and we got donations from customers and my previous employers. I also have an upcoming surgery that will cost $180,000."

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Now in her time of need, the only person present around her is her mother and a family friend.

When asked about other relatives, Smith said: "I'm not hearing from them. I have a nine-year-old daughter, but since the incident she has to live with friends, I don't know when I will get back on my feet again. A doctor told me it will take months and years for me to heal."

Admitting she has an idea what led to the attack, Smith said she has found it in her heart to forgive the perpetrators. "The person I thought to be the mastermind turned himself in to the police with his lawyer, he was questioned and released," she said.

The Kingston Central police said investigations into Smith's attack is ongoing.

Anyone who wishes to assist Smith may do so via NCB, Christiana Branch account number 854135945 and/or JN account number 10465133, Christiana Branch.




Maypen Breaks Magnum contestant record

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Parish has the highest number of female contestants in the history of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions.

Heavy rains did not deter the upcoming dancehall talents, mostly females, from turning out for the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions in May Pen, Clarendon, recently.

"May Pen is known as fertile ground for sourcing truly original and natural performers. The fact that we have experienced the highest female turnout from any one audition location in our eight year history is testament to this," said Sophia Bernard-Fairman, group brand manager, Fortified Wines & Liqueurs at J Wray and Nephew.

"May Pen is the birthplace of reggae greats such as Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGreggor and My Boy Lollipop hit-maker Mille Small, so it's no surprise we see strong talent here," said judge Skatta Burrell.

After showing off their skills to preliminary judges Scott Wilson, Kool Face and Scientist, 67 selected contestants went on to perform for the main judges. Main judge, Professor Nuts is passionate about finding those artistes with enormous potential. "We are still on the hunt for diamonds. We have seen great potential so far and are anxious to see what awaits us in Portmore and Kingston," he said.

In addition to the hunt for standout talent, Miss Kitty encouraged contestants to broaden their lyrical horizons, reminded that judges are looking for an original sound with a high level of creativity. "Don't come to us with just a get rich like Bill Gates lyrics, take that same get rich song and make it creative. Nuff odda man dan Bill Gates is rich, give me something new, excite me!" she said.

Former finalists from Clarendon include RC, Tiki, Medallion,Singer Jah and Garrizon.

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Gangster gays rob dancehall selector

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Drag queens were recently used as decoy to distract a motorist, who was then abducted and robbed by a group of gays in New Kingston, The Star understands.

The victim, a selector, is furious as he seeks justice to recover his personal belongings, while describing the level of support by the authorities as unsatisfactory.

The selector recalled that while making his way down Trafalgar Road, two persons dressed as women walked into the path of his car and began dancing. The dancers, he said, entered his car through the back doors, pointed something at his head and told him to drive.

"Dem tell mi fi drive down a one way and we drive to a secluded car park. Mi a try negotiate wid dem but dem have cutlass and ting. One tek up mi phone off the front seat," he revealed.

He was relieved of his jewellery and cash, while having to beg the perpetrators not to take his car.

"After everything happen and mi go a di police post, it tek mi half hour fi get anybody, di police lock up inside a sleep. Then when mi get through, mi afi wait a next 30 minutes for a vehicle to come from Half-Way Tree to go and look for the robbers dem," the selector said. "The police know some of dem by name, when we were driving we saw one of dem and di police call him and him say him never rob me, but him get $500 from the robbery."

The St Andrew Central police confirmed that the matter is under investigation's. The police also revealed that prior to the selector incident, a British citizen was robbed by drag queens of a high-end cell phone and $100,000.




 









Nina Man pulls out of Sting clash with explanation

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"I am not necessarily a man of many words when I am off the stage and over the years I have learned it is best to not respond in "the moment." The last few years of my life have taught me number of lessons and one of the most valuable ones is that I am not the Ninja Man of 10 or 15 years ago. I am not about violence, I am not about war and I certainly not about intimidation.

I believe in choices and I believe in entertainment with that said the clash artiste that Ninja Man may have been known for has evolved. I have grown... I have been there and done that time and time again. I am in a new chapter of my life... I am about making music that entertains the people and putting on shows where everybody has a good time and leaves wanting more.

With that said, I am not into having my life threatened nor scare tactics - there is no one for me to clash at STING. I have clashed every big name artiste in Jamaica ... just check YouTube. This "war" they are trying to drag me into is really going backwards for me and I am about moving forward. So it is with great thought, I announce that I will not be on STING 2014. I will instead be enjoying the Christmas with my friends and family.

Let me say thanks to Isaiah Laing for the opportunities he provided me to showcase my talent over the years and wish him a safe and successful staging of STING. My immediate focus is finalizing the plans for my annual birthday party being held in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on the 24th of January 2015.

I really want to thank all of my fans for their continued support over the years and through the trying times in my life and also to my family at Down Sound Records who have continued to believe in me and what I want to accomplish in my music and in my life".




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Two New York-based Jamaica-born dentists - Dr Dwight Williams and Dr Kerisa Harriott - are offering their services free of charge to ensure that new Internet dancehall sensation Gully Bop has a brighter smile.

The two professionals reached out the media with their requests.

Dr Williams, a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon and founder of the Optimum Dental Care, a multi-specialty dental group practice located in north Bronx, New York, said Gully Bop first came to his attention when his wife Morvia Reid-Williams saw his video on her Facebook page.

"While viewing the video, I was in awe of how talented Gully Bop was and then I proceeded to watch some of his interviews on YouTube. What struck me about Gully Bop was his positive approach to life and the fact that he was living in the moment and as he claimed, this was 'his time'" Dr Williams said.




Magnum Sting Tonic Wine

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Magnum Sting will be streamed live by Kariblink to audiences internationally. The production promises to have unique features and value added components.

The line-up this year features a host of exciting artistes including the Fire Man himself Capleton, Ninja Man, Aidonia, Tarrus Riley, Etana, I Wayne, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Tommy Lee, Gage, Demarco, Masicka, Kalado, Teflon, Droop Lion, Ryno VS Kiprich Rematch and the New Sensation Gully Bop.

To have your piece of this experience live visit http://stingjamaica.com.jm. Sign up now!

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Gully Bop endorsed by Major Lazer

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Dancehall artiste Gully Bop has made what could be considered his first step into the international market after his song 'My God Dem Nuh Bad Like Me' was remixed by Walshy Fire of the group Major Lazer.

According to Gully Bop's producer, Gutty Bling of Claims Records, the song has been receiving strong attention in the United States, the Caribbean and Canada.

"Everybody thought he was a one-hit wonder, but he has shown that he has more to offer. The song has helped to push the label even further, and right now inna dancehall, apart from Vybz kartel, a Gully Bop a run di place," his manager Gutty Bling.




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"I really don't want to kill Gully Bop's little career so early because I want him to make some money to fix his teeth and his 'bosen'. I would advise his managers to focus on developing the artiste and record some good songs for him while he is hot, so that he can have a lasting career, because at the end of the day you will damage his career by putting him up against people," Ninja Man told The Media.

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Filth Rubbed on Kids' Mouths !!

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A smelly matter in which a woman used faeces to rub on to the mouths of children after it is alleged that they placed a penis in her child's mouth came to an end with the accused being sentenced to 30 days in prison yesterday.

Charged with common assault is Ruth Wilson of a Corporate Area address who was hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The Crown led evidence that the complainant who is a guidance counsellor at a primary school in Kingston, while there was dealing with a dispute among children when Wilson was contacted.




Miss Kitty denies performing Oral sex in photo

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Radio host and emcee Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton has expressed anger at unscrupulous individuals who have attempted to malign her by creating an alleged sex image.

The picture, under the guise of a video, surfaced on the Internet and allegedly contains an image of Hylton, also known as the 'Fluffy Diva', superimposed on the body of a woman performing a sex act.




Tommy Lee spews fire at Competitions

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Tommy Lee promises to slaughter Gage lyrically.

"Mi come with a new style inna music and people a try copy it, but people know the original from the followers. A me sey gothic dancehall and start wearmask and now Alkaline a wear mask and everybody dun know Gage a knock-off already, so I guess I am the trendsetter," Tommy Lee Sparta said.

Tommy Lee also dissed Alkaline for stealing his idea of wearing masks.





Nick Cannon works with Jamaican artistes

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AMERICAN actor/television personality Nick Cannon is currently in Jamaica trying get a first-hand taste and feel of the island as he seeks to promote his latest charge Kreesha Turner.

The Wild 'N Out personality, who is on his first trip to the island, is here to soak in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the island in order to inform himself as he works with Turner, who was born in Canada and raised in Jamaica. She fuses reggae and dancehall music with other influences to arrive at her sound.

"From the moment I met Kreesha, she kept telling me about Jamaica... I had been to some of the other islands, but not Jamaica... so I had to come see what it's all about," Cannon told the media.

"We are here supporting Kreesha's project, exploring the culture to make sure I touch the people in a real way," he added.

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Cannon and Turner are in the island promoting her single Sexy Gal, which also features dancehall quartet T.O.K. Turner is signed to his Ncredible Entertainment label.

Cannon disclosed that he would like to work with local acts, but is new to the culture and therefore is taking it slow.

"Right now, I'm paying attention to who's picking up in the clubs and dances because I always want to get it right. However, right now, my focus is to get Kreesha popping here in Jamaica. I believe in authenticity and being organic so I'm just paying attention and getting more engulfed in the culture before making any move like that," he stated.

He is committed to getting Turner to mainstream and, therefore, is not looking to sign another female act from Jamaica at this time in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

Cannon's Jamaican recce has seen him enjoying lobster on the beach at Hellshire in Portmore.

Kreesha Turner - MJ





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Deejays Blak Ryno and Kiprich will go head to head at this year's staging of Sting - the popular one night reggae show staged on Boxing Day.

According to Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, organisers of the event, clashes have always been part of the history of Sting and, therefore, a match-up of this nature was inevitable.

Speaking at a press conference at his Burlington Avenue offices in the Corporate Area yesterday, Laing traced the history of clashes at the event dating back to the first ever in 1984, which featured Michael Palmer and Junior Reid. He noted that, by the following year, 1985, it was realised that the clash was the way to go and it became a signature of Sting.

"[The] clash is a hallmark of Sting. Over the years, it has become a major attraction... last year Kiprich was defeated by Ryno and so we have decided to bring them back for a rematch, and this is not something to be missed," he asserted.

Blak Ryno was absent from the press conference as it was explained that he was overseas, but his opponent Kiprich was on hand to declare that this year things will be different.

"I am more focused and prepared for a proper lyrical showdown [at] Jamworld.... He can't come with what he came with last year and expect to win... it's lyrics to the fullest. I am always happy to be part of this historical event and to be part of it as a top act a this time," said Kiprich.




Man arrested for having sex with minor

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A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a person under the age of 16.

He is also being investigated for harbouring a ward of the State.

Reports are that about 3:30 p.m. last Friday, police personnel swooped down on an address in the Rosemount community in St Catherine.

The suspect was caught inside the house having sex with the child.

Both parties were taken to the police station in Linstead.

Further investigations by the police revealed that the teenager escaped from the centre about three weeks ago.




I was abused as a child says Lady Saw

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Dancehall artiste Lady Saw has revealed that she was abused as a child. As a result, she has launched a foundation geared at assisting abused women and children.

According to the Grammy award-winning deejay, who recently released a new album called Alter Ego, half of the proceeds from album sales will go towards the Lady Saw Foundation.

"I had the idea for years now but my lawyer at the time went abroad to study; but I recently got another lawyer. The foundation will cater to women because I was abused a lot growing up as a child and as a teenager. It was a horrible experience and many persons are going through that experience," she said.

Lady Saw is also looking to put her vision in reality by opening a home-training centre for abused women.

"Many women tend to run away from their abuser, including my mom. So what I am doing is trying to find a safe haven for them. I have located a property in St Mary with a building that resembles a factory. I want to purchase the property and use it as a centre for abused women. I also want one of those centres to be in Kingston. I am probably way ahead of myself right now because I am so passionate, but we have to start somewhere," she said.

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The deejay also spearheaded a toy drive in the US recently, where she collected seven barrels of toys in collaboration with media personality Ragashanti.

"I also visited a children's home recently with my publicist, and spent some time with some disenchanted kids, and I was really touched, so I decided to get the toys, pampers and sheets for them as well," she said.




Youths support copy cats?

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Old standards not desired by new acts

There was once a time in Jamaican music when originality and authenticity were key elements that defined the standard used to measure 'good music' and a 'great artiste'. Those who created a style or sound for themselves, were glorified for their efforts, while imitators were oftentimes ignored or not taken seriously by fans.

Several recording artistes who have found themselves in the latter, have failed to have a lasting, if any impact at all, because of the imposter label ascribed to them, many seeking to re-brand themselves in light of their fading reality.

Dancehall artiste Merciless was largely criticised by fans in the early 90s when arch-rival Bounty Killer accused the Clarendon-born artiste of copying his style. Through the years, Merciless denied in several songs and interviews that he tried to sound like Bounty Killer. However, his conflict with the Killer, perhaps did more harm than good, as Killer's loyal fanbase, supported his sentiments in Mr Wanna Be, in which he classified the artiste as an imposter.

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Recording artistes Bounty Filla and Hitlist suffered a similar fate, the latter forced to change his name to Ganggoolie and reinvent himself, in order to be accepted in the music industry under a new guise.

Reggae artiste Bascom X was also accused by Sizzla Kalonji's supporters who claimed that he was impersonating the reggae icon, while incarcerated dancehall artiste Zebra, despite his relative success in the late 90s, was always seen as a shadow of veteran deejay Tiger. He too rejected the notion that he was deliberately trying to sound like the Come Back to Me singer.

Fast forward to 2014, and fans seem to be less judgmental, as recording artistes like Gage and Alkaline, despite their obvious similarities to Tommy Lee Sparta and Vybz Kartel, still manage to wield a strong influence over dancehall fans.

One theory for the now general acceptance of 'copy cats', according to director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, is because standards have fallen.

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"We celebrate that which is substandard or mediocre because we really don't know what is quality anymore. We can't even blame the fans alone, but also the education system, because culture is not taught in schools, so the youths don't have any level to aspire to. Artistes were valued based on what they could contribute, based on styles, variety and diversity, but I don't think that the cultural appreciation that was held by the older generation is even desired by the new generation," he said.




Local dancer Mumzell criticizes badmind dancers

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According to the dancer/business woman, some persons in the entertainment industry hate to see their coworkers reap success for their labor.

"We cant stop badmind. it a guh tek a lot to do that. But when a man a have him run you supposed to allow him or her to have the run without badmind. Hard work a di key to success and everybody born with a talent, but we should stop playing unfair games and allow people to bloom. Remember that Bogle said if you are a winner you don't need to be in any competition,"she said.

Mumzell has been featured in music videos for several dancehall artistes including Mr Vegas' Tek Weh Yuself and RDX's Bend Over. Both videos mentioned have received more than four million views on YouTube.com.

She is also gearing up to host a round robin at her club this Friday.




Corey Todd Shot at near his go go club

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is now investigating a shooting at the Taboo Night Club in Montego Bay, St James early this morning in which two men were shot.

The incident occurred shortly after five this morning.

The Police say popular businessman and owner of the club, Corey Todd was closing the establishment when two men on a motorcycle fired shots at him, hitting him in the right hand.

A policeman who was at the location responded by firing at the gunmen.

One was hit and died on the spot.

Meanwhile, the police are theorising that the attempted murder of Todd, may have been a hit.




Gage plans to win STING clash

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Things are heating up on the local music scene as the war of words continue to escalate between Gage and Tommy Lee, leading up to their much hyped clash at Sting 2014.

Gage, aka the Burning Sun, is confident that he will emerge the victor on Boxing Day.

"Tommy Lee a try style man bout Kartel shave Gage, and him a go tun mi inna range. A dat mi hear sey him sey pon 'On Stage'. Well mi have news fi him, him done dead already, Tommy Lee dead already," he said.

"It a go be a musical massacre pon Boxing Day. Mi nuh fraid a him. Mi a go bury him and Alkaline. Dem nuh ready fi clash wid mi, dem nuh reach mi levels. A mi a di Burning Sun."

Gage recently fired a lyrical salvo titled Two Idiot in response to Tommy Lee's dis track titled Bad Man Dawg.

"Tommy Lee drop a idiot tune bout him a diss man, but mi nuh fraid a him cause him a idiot. Just listen di tune weh mi do fi him and Alkaline, di two a dem a idiot. Dem need fi stop call up mi name."

Gage, who recently performed to packed venues in Guyana, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago, also boasted that he is now the most popular act in dancehall music.

"Right now, every weh yuh go inna di Caribbean and South America a mi a di most popular dancehall artiste. The fans are requesting me all over the world, Europe, the US, and Africa. All over di world di people dem say a just Beng. A mi run things now. Tommy Lee and Akaline fi know sey a di Burning Sun time now," the artiste said.

When contacted, Tommy lee Sparta's publicist, Keona Williams, said, "He has heard about the song but he hasn't heard it yet, to have any response towards it ... he has been so busy with the music video for Bad Man Dawg, he hasn't got a chance to listen to Gage's song as yet."




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Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title when she triumphed in the 100m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Doha on Saturday as more records tumbled.

Jamaican Atkinson, 25, claimed the title and equalled Ruta Meilutyte's world record of 1min 02.36sec in the process - although under governing body FINA rules this still equates to a new record.

She was completely unaware of what she had done, staring up at the scoreboard with an air of resignation before it gradually dawned.

"Me?," she mouthed, pointing at herself before the enormity of her achievement was absorbed and so started the celebrations.

Atkinson's role at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida is to encourage greater involvement of different communities in swimming and to promote water safety.

"Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we'll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push," Atkinson mused.




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Word on the street, is that reggae artistes Sizzla Kalonji and Teflon chased I Octane out of popular stage show West Kingston Jamboree lastnight, forcing the artiste to leave without performing.

According to an eyewitness, I Octane was about to enter the platform to perform when Sizzla and his entourage chased him from behind the stage while telling the MC that he wanted to perform.

Sizzla later called on Teflon and they both performed an extended set, Sizzla is also said to have stayed behind after his performance blocking the entrance, to ensure that I Octane did not touch the microphone.

Another eyewitness claims that I Octane was slapped around by Sizzla's entourage, however that has not been confirmed. 




Buju Banton asks to be Deported

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Efforts by dancehall superstar Buju Banton to get an early release from prison based on amendments to drug sentencing guidelines implemented recently, may be thwarted because the deejay has maintained his innocence since being arrested.

The media understands that Banton has asked that the court reduce his sentence and turn him over to immigration authorities so he can be deported back to Jamaica.




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Jamaican born, LA based actress Shauna Chin, most known for her role as Richard Blackburn's fiancée Claudine on 'The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate' has been making a name for herself in US-based Independent Feature Films, such as '12/12/12' and 'The Necklace' just to name a few. Now add Primetime television to the actress' body of work as she lands a role on 'Criminal Minds' TV series on CBS. Chin is set to begin shooting on Dec 10, 2014. "It's only a small role, so it's not as if I'll be getting a lot of screen time" says the surprisingly shy actress. Other than the shoot date she is not able to give much more details on the gig until closer to the air date. Until then, we wish her all the best.

The rock-born actress also lends her skills behind the scenes. Her latest projects include being a Casting Associate for Lifetime's controversial film "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" which came under severe fire from Aaliyah supporters claiming that the movie was a poor representation of the singer and did not receive approval from the singers' family. Chin was also the Casting Associate for the highly anticipated upcoming Lifetime original movie "With This Ring" by Director Nzingha Stewart, featuring Eve, Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Brooklyn Sudano with Executive Producer Gabrielle Union.

As if that's not an already hectic schedule, Chin is also an official representative of the Jamaican diaspora. In 2012, she was appointed as the first Ambassador to the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations [NAJASO], the non-governmental arm of Jamaica's diaspora representatives. For more information go to www.shaunachin.com [1] or visit the actress on social media Twitter and Facebook @shaunachin or on Instagram at @shauna_chin




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Get ready to 'drink in' the performance from Champaign at Euphoria 2014

For the First time in Jamaica, the group Champaign hits the stage to perform in Kingston at the Euphoria Charity Concert on December 14. The first staging of what will be an annual Charity event, is set to take place at the Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston.

The Concert is already shaping up to a trendsetting event with more than able performers and an enormous cause to boot; All proceeds go towards purchasing food for the over four hundred kids at the Mustard Seed Communities.

With Massive hits known worldwide such as 'How About us' and 'Try Again', the Jamaican audience should anticipate a memorable performance from the 1970's group led by Grammy Nominated, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, and Lead vocalist Pauli Carman. Carman began performing professionally in 1977 with a group called "Coalkitchen", they released an album called "Thirsty Or Not Choose Your Flavor" for Epic Records in that year.

Since then he has appeared on such hit TV shows as Soul Train, Solid Gold, and has toured in such venues as Madison Square Gardens, Cow Palace, Disney World and many others. Most recently the Carman led group 'Champaign' has performed in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah for 20,000 people for the Muzart World Foundation, a wonderful Foundation to keep Music and Arts in all public schools. Being a performer on the Euphoria Charity Concert is most fitting as 'giving back' is a movement avidly supported by the group.

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"I'm very proud to be a part of The Euphoria concert for the Mustard Seed Charity. I feel very strongly about helping those in need, and I am an Ambassador for many Foundations both in the U.S. and abroad such as Muzart World Foundation and The Mabuhay Foundation in the Philippines. I even have a very special page on my Website called Music for a Cause" Pauli Carman commented.

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After over thirty years on stage, Champaign has become experts at entertaining an audience with a complete package, Euphoria's audience will be no different on December 14.

"I like the one on one communication with a large audience who appreciates your music, the give and take is amazing energy, pure joy. Jamaica can anticipate "Champaign's" top hits from the past and present wrapped in to a very exciting show of love and fun." Carman added

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The Euphoria Charity Concert also features International "Superwoman" Karyn White, Freddy McGregor, Ernie Smith, Leroy Sibbles, Mr Vegas, Romaine Virgo, Kevin Downswell Christopher Martin and more.




No RDX for "RUM SATURDAYS" in Browns Town TONIGHT

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Dancehall Duo RDX would like their fans and the general public to know that they are being falsely advertised for an event this weekend in St Ann being promoted by Afterdark Entertainment.

RDX was contacted by an Afterdark Entertainment representative and preliminary discussions had begun to have the duo contracted to perform at the event held at Clemetson's Roof, Browns Town, St. Ann. The promoters however have not completed the necessary arrangement to facilitate a performance and as such RDX will not be performing at this event.

RDX would not want their dedicated fans to be misled by these promoters who are illegally using the RDX name and image to promote their event. The RDX team will be taking the necessary legal actions against Afterdark Entertainment however they are making it clear to their fans that they have not been contracted to perform at Rum Saturdaz this Saturday Night.

"We are flexible and willing to work with promoters who are willing to work with RDX but at the same time we operate a business and the business side of things has to be sorted" Renigade stated.

"Our fans deserve the correct information and we would not want it to seem that we are unprofessional or 'no shows' to an event we are booked on" Delomar added.

Fans can look out for RDX all island this month as they will be performing on the Boom Energy Drink Road Show and at gt taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza.




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Dancehall/reggae artiste Teflon has released a song called Donkey Lense in which he lyrically challenges rival and former friend I Octane. The song also jabs at Alkaline Gage, Tommy Lee Sparta and Kalado.

Teflon and I Octane have been at odds for several years over a business disagreement.

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Pamputtae frame by bitter mate of social media

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Dancehall deejay Pamputtae is setting the record straight and clearing her name, after an image of a woman in a compromising position has gone viral, with many claiming that it is the artiste.

It was revealed that the woman, who bares a striking resemblance to the dancehall artiste, is actually a United States-based adult film star.

The artiste revealed that she knows who is responsible for creating the image and claims that it was done out of jealousy in a bid to tarnish her reputation.

"Is she create the pic because she want the man, but me have him lock and she mad. Me need dem pictures there fi stop go roun', they need to stop and go on my Instagram or Facebook page and check before they share it and pass their remarks," she said. "I plan to sue people, me have a chop pan my hand and the girl nuh have no chop. It's just the bang (hairstyle) why people seh is me."

In response to the jab at her reputation, Pamputtae said she created the song Mud Up Mate, produced by Friends for Real Production.

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Shane Hoosong (((Official Music Vid ))) out now

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Since local actor Shebada went Onstage and claimed to have impregnated the ex-girlfriend a deejay whom he did not name, several names have been swirling all over the place. However the two popular names are Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

It is unconfirmed by either artiste if there is any truth to the speculations, however several memes have been circulating the internet incriminating Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

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Bunny Wailer has expressed his dissatisfaction at the slow pace the Government was moving in regards to the decriminalisation of marijuana, saying their failure to capitalise on its use has opened the doors for yet another international company to market a product with which the world associates Jamaica.

"Jamaica is still moving too slow and has been focused on the low hanging fruit," he said, pointing out that the cultural and competitive advantage that Jamaica has with marijuana must now be used to not only oppose the deal set up by the Seattle-based company, but should also send a message to other international companies.

"Only a Jamaican company incorporating local stakeholders, the Rastafarian community, local ganja farmers, medical scientists and investors should be allowed to market Brand Jamaica Ganja first-hand, every other company outside of Jamaica should follow suit."

Several states in the U.S have already legalized Marijuana.




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Kingston, Jamaica has made the UNAIDS list of ten cities worldwide where a very high proportion of people live with the dreaded HIV virus.

Kingston is the only Caribbean city to make the UNAIDS top ten list of HIV populated cities released yesterday, World AIDS Day.

Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina round out the others in the Americas list in 'The Cities Report.'

According to UNAIDS, there are 19,494 or 64 percent of Kingston metropolitan area's population living with the HIV virus in a city of some 30,000 people. Yet, Kingston has 10 out of 21 treatment sites in Jamaica and plays an essential role in treating and caring for people with HIV, the report said.

In Kingston, the majority of people newly diagnosed with HIV have an HIV-related illness or disease, indicating late diagnosis. According to Ministry of Health estimates, in 2013, HIV prevalence among the homeless and people who inject drugs was at 4 percent and among prison inmates was at 9 percent. Data for female sex workers and men who have sex with men is incomplete but it is estimated to stand at 4 percent and 32 percent respectively.

In Buenos Aires, a city of 83,322 people, there are 35, 745 people living with HIV while there are 29, 609 in Lima and 13, 939 in Santiago.

Researchers warn in the report that "cities will struggle to control their AIDS epidemics as long as these populations are marginalized from the benefits of city life." They recommend using a Fast-Track AIDS response, cities can improve social equality for people affected by HIV and those living with the disease, while also addressing related public health challenges in new and innovative ways to prevent disease.




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Radio DJ/record producer DJ Sunshine is fuming over the decision taken by several recording artistes to record on her popular Wul Dem Again rhythm without requesting her permission.

"I voice a rhythm and I put eleven songs on the rhythm and now several other artistes are on the rhythm illegally. Some of them are even on the streets promoting the songs which I find so unprofessional and disrespectful to me. How can you do that? They even got hold of the logo for my label and is using it to promote their music and that is damaging to my reputation," DJ Sunshine said.

"This is the kind of thing that is keeping the industry from going forward. They did not even have the decency to contact me. Cease and desist immediately and I will have you know that I find this to be disrespectful and I will not be producing you in the future as a result of this. I know the rhythm is hot and I placed two young artistes on the rhythm already because I could not full up the project with young artistes," she continued.

"I don't have no problem with you performing on the instrumental. But to voice on the rhythm and promote it that is where I have a problem. Some of the artistes should know better and I don't want my name to be attached to something that I am not apart of here are the artistes on my rhythm," she said listing out Konshens, Alkaline, Demarco, Vybz Kartel, I Octane, Mr. Vegas, Mavado, Bryka, Chillando, Aidonia and Elephant Man.

Artistes who have hijacked DJ Sunshine's rhythm include Merciless, Iyara, Patexx, Stein, Versatile, Rhyme Minista, Deablo, Dwayno, Maestro Don, Gaza Nah Nah Ice, Damion Dollar,Chapanore, Tuggawar,Bayroot,Truk Matics,Tuff Krakaz, Prince Pin, Ithermol and Choice, G Loc,Fada Price, Edy J,Nashinal, Mr. Lawigical, Eyesus,Lil Lifu, Zee K, Don Tooks,Hyporak, Keron Williams,Jahvillani, Kweffa,Engenor,Blvk Angel,Travalaunch,Maestroxity,Malish and Chrome,Shotta,Griff,T39,Cv (LNJ),Kruze 45, Mad Geeral, Di Hooligan,African,Slice Out and Badly,Zekedon,Formula, Askel Tudiworld,Roshane War, Ar J among others.

A significant amount of the songs are disses aimed at dancehall enigma Alkaline.





Acid destroys woman's life forever :(

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Twenty-eight-year-old Kassandra Smith will never forget the morning of August 17, 2014, as it was a day that caused her great agony and pain, which she is likely to endure for a lifetime.

Smith, a victim of what is believed to have been an acid attack, was doused with a burning substance, which has resulted in injuries such as severe burns, speech imparity and loss of sight.

She told THE WEEKEND STAR: "I had just finished jogging by heroes circle and went home (Arnold Road), about minutes to seven. A tenant called my attention to a man that was calling me outside. When I went to check, it was a young man about 20-27 sporting a cornrow hair and wearing a black jacket. I recognised a red bottle with a white top in his hand."

She said the man kept insisting that she go and speak to a man name 'Wayne' up the road.

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Smith explained what transpired next saying: "I just felt something flash in my forehead and I fell to the ground immediately, I got blind instantly. I was screaming for help and my dogs even rushed me and bite mi up. When help finally came, dem say I was covered in a black substance."

Police rushed Smith to the Kingston Public Hospital where she spent two months and did two surgeries, one for her face and the other for her chest. Smith was also referred to an eye specialist.

Discharged since October 18, Smith has mounting medical bills on top of which she is to attend clinic twice weekly.

This has become a financial burden for Smith, who worked as a cashier at a supermarket prior to the incident.

She said: "The bills for the two months is $839,000 and my mother managed to pay $70,000 and we got donations from customers and my previous employers. I also have an upcoming surgery that will cost $180,000."

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Now in her time of need, the only person present around her is her mother and a family friend.

When asked about other relatives, Smith said: "I'm not hearing from them. I have a nine-year-old daughter, but since the incident she has to live with friends, I don't know when I will get back on my feet again. A doctor told me it will take months and years for me to heal."

Admitting she has an idea what led to the attack, Smith said she has found it in her heart to forgive the perpetrators. "The person I thought to be the mastermind turned himself in to the police with his lawyer, he was questioned and released," she said.

The Kingston Central police said investigations into Smith's attack is ongoing.

Anyone who wishes to assist Smith may do so via NCB, Christiana Branch account number 854135945 and/or JN account number 10465133, Christiana Branch.




Maypen Breaks Magnum contestant record

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Parish has the highest number of female contestants in the history of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions.

Heavy rains did not deter the upcoming dancehall talents, mostly females, from turning out for the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions in May Pen, Clarendon, recently.

"May Pen is known as fertile ground for sourcing truly original and natural performers. The fact that we have experienced the highest female turnout from any one audition location in our eight year history is testament to this," said Sophia Bernard-Fairman, group brand manager, Fortified Wines & Liqueurs at J Wray and Nephew.

"May Pen is the birthplace of reggae greats such as Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGreggor and My Boy Lollipop hit-maker Mille Small, so it's no surprise we see strong talent here," said judge Skatta Burrell.

After showing off their skills to preliminary judges Scott Wilson, Kool Face and Scientist, 67 selected contestants went on to perform for the main judges. Main judge, Professor Nuts is passionate about finding those artistes with enormous potential. "We are still on the hunt for diamonds. We have seen great potential so far and are anxious to see what awaits us in Portmore and Kingston," he said.

In addition to the hunt for standout talent, Miss Kitty encouraged contestants to broaden their lyrical horizons, reminded that judges are looking for an original sound with a high level of creativity. "Don't come to us with just a get rich like Bill Gates lyrics, take that same get rich song and make it creative. Nuff odda man dan Bill Gates is rich, give me something new, excite me!" she said.

Former finalists from Clarendon include RC, Tiki, Medallion,Singer Jah and Garrizon.

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Gangster gays rob dancehall selector

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Drag queens were recently used as decoy to distract a motorist, who was then abducted and robbed by a group of gays in New Kingston, The Star understands.

The victim, a selector, is furious as he seeks justice to recover his personal belongings, while describing the level of support by the authorities as unsatisfactory.

The selector recalled that while making his way down Trafalgar Road, two persons dressed as women walked into the path of his car and began dancing. The dancers, he said, entered his car through the back doors, pointed something at his head and told him to drive.

"Dem tell mi fi drive down a one way and we drive to a secluded car park. Mi a try negotiate wid dem but dem have cutlass and ting. One tek up mi phone off the front seat," he revealed.

He was relieved of his jewellery and cash, while having to beg the perpetrators not to take his car.

"After everything happen and mi go a di police post, it tek mi half hour fi get anybody, di police lock up inside a sleep. Then when mi get through, mi afi wait a next 30 minutes for a vehicle to come from Half-Way Tree to go and look for the robbers dem," the selector said. "The police know some of dem by name, when we were driving we saw one of dem and di police call him and him say him never rob me, but him get $500 from the robbery."

The St Andrew Central police confirmed that the matter is under investigation's. The police also revealed that prior to the selector incident, a British citizen was robbed by drag queens of a high-end cell phone and $100,000.




 





Nina Man pulls out of Sting clash with explanation

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"I am not necessarily a man of many words when I am off the stage and over the years I have learned it is best to not respond in "the moment." The last few years of my life have taught me number of lessons and one of the most valuable ones is that I am not the Ninja Man of 10 or 15 years ago. I am not about violence, I am not about war and I certainly not about intimidation.

I believe in choices and I believe in entertainment with that said the clash artiste that Ninja Man may have been known for has evolved. I have grown... I have been there and done that time and time again. I am in a new chapter of my life... I am about making music that entertains the people and putting on shows where everybody has a good time and leaves wanting more.

With that said, I am not into having my life threatened nor scare tactics - there is no one for me to clash at STING. I have clashed every big name artiste in Jamaica ... just check YouTube. This "war" they are trying to drag me into is really going backwards for me and I am about moving forward. So it is with great thought, I announce that I will not be on STING 2014. I will instead be enjoying the Christmas with my friends and family.

Let me say thanks to Isaiah Laing for the opportunities he provided me to showcase my talent over the years and wish him a safe and successful staging of STING. My immediate focus is finalizing the plans for my annual birthday party being held in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on the 24th of January 2015.

I really want to thank all of my fans for their continued support over the years and through the trying times in my life and also to my family at Down Sound Records who have continued to believe in me and what I want to accomplish in my music and in my life".




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Two New York-based Jamaica-born dentists - Dr Dwight Williams and Dr Kerisa Harriott - are offering their services free of charge to ensure that new Internet dancehall sensation Gully Bop has a brighter smile.

The two professionals reached out the media with their requests.

Dr Williams, a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon and founder of the Optimum Dental Care, a multi-specialty dental group practice located in north Bronx, New York, said Gully Bop first came to his attention when his wife Morvia Reid-Williams saw his video on her Facebook page.

"While viewing the video, I was in awe of how talented Gully Bop was and then I proceeded to watch some of his interviews on YouTube. What struck me about Gully Bop was his positive approach to life and the fact that he was living in the moment and as he claimed, this was 'his time'" Dr Williams said.




Magnum Sting Tonic Wine

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Magnum Sting will be streamed live by Kariblink to audiences internationally. The production promises to have unique features and value added components.

The line-up this year features a host of exciting artistes including the Fire Man himself Capleton, Ninja Man, Aidonia, Tarrus Riley, Etana, I Wayne, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Tommy Lee, Gage, Demarco, Masicka, Kalado, Teflon, Droop Lion, Ryno VS Kiprich Rematch and the New Sensation Gully Bop.

To have your piece of this experience live visit http://stingjamaica.com.jm. Sign up now!

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Gully Bop endorsed by Major Lazer

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Dancehall artiste Gully Bop has made what could be considered his first step into the international market after his song 'My God Dem Nuh Bad Like Me' was remixed by Walshy Fire of the group Major Lazer.

According to Gully Bop's producer, Gutty Bling of Claims Records, the song has been receiving strong attention in the United States, the Caribbean and Canada.

"Everybody thought he was a one-hit wonder, but he has shown that he has more to offer. The song has helped to push the label even further, and right now inna dancehall, apart from Vybz kartel, a Gully Bop a run di place," his manager Gutty Bling.




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"I really don't want to kill Gully Bop's little career so early because I want him to make some money to fix his teeth and his 'bosen'. I would advise his managers to focus on developing the artiste and record some good songs for him while he is hot, so that he can have a lasting career, because at the end of the day you will damage his career by putting him up against people," Ninja Man told The Media.

GULLY BOP - MY GOD DEM NUH BAD LIKE MI [ALKALINE DISS] DECEMBER 2014

















Filth Rubbed on Kids' Mouths !!

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A smelly matter in which a woman used faeces to rub on to the mouths of children after it is alleged that they placed a penis in her child's mouth came to an end with the accused being sentenced to 30 days in prison yesterday.

Charged with common assault is Ruth Wilson of a Corporate Area address who was hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The Crown led evidence that the complainant who is a guidance counsellor at a primary school in Kingston, while there was dealing with a dispute among children when Wilson was contacted.




Miss Kitty denies performing Oral sex in photo

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Radio host and emcee Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton has expressed anger at unscrupulous individuals who have attempted to malign her by creating an alleged sex image.

The picture, under the guise of a video, surfaced on the Internet and allegedly contains an image of Hylton, also known as the 'Fluffy Diva', superimposed on the body of a woman performing a sex act.




Tommy Lee spews fire at Competitions

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Tommy Lee promises to slaughter Gage lyrically.

"Mi come with a new style inna music and people a try copy it, but people know the original from the followers. A me sey gothic dancehall and start wearmask and now Alkaline a wear mask and everybody dun know Gage a knock-off already, so I guess I am the trendsetter," Tommy Lee Sparta said.

Tommy Lee also dissed Alkaline for stealing his idea of wearing masks.





Nick Cannon works with Jamaican artistes

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AMERICAN actor/television personality Nick Cannon is currently in Jamaica trying get a first-hand taste and feel of the island as he seeks to promote his latest charge Kreesha Turner.

The Wild 'N Out personality, who is on his first trip to the island, is here to soak in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the island in order to inform himself as he works with Turner, who was born in Canada and raised in Jamaica. She fuses reggae and dancehall music with other influences to arrive at her sound.

"From the moment I met Kreesha, she kept telling me about Jamaica... I had been to some of the other islands, but not Jamaica... so I had to come see what it's all about," Cannon told the media.

"We are here supporting Kreesha's project, exploring the culture to make sure I touch the people in a real way," he added.

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Cannon and Turner are in the island promoting her single Sexy Gal, which also features dancehall quartet T.O.K. Turner is signed to his Ncredible Entertainment label.

Cannon disclosed that he would like to work with local acts, but is new to the culture and therefore is taking it slow.

"Right now, I'm paying attention to who's picking up in the clubs and dances because I always want to get it right. However, right now, my focus is to get Kreesha popping here in Jamaica. I believe in authenticity and being organic so I'm just paying attention and getting more engulfed in the culture before making any move like that," he stated.

He is committed to getting Turner to mainstream and, therefore, is not looking to sign another female act from Jamaica at this time in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

Cannon's Jamaican recce has seen him enjoying lobster on the beach at Hellshire in Portmore.

Kreesha Turner - MJ





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Deejays Blak Ryno and Kiprich will go head to head at this year's staging of Sting - the popular one night reggae show staged on Boxing Day.

According to Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, organisers of the event, clashes have always been part of the history of Sting and, therefore, a match-up of this nature was inevitable.

Speaking at a press conference at his Burlington Avenue offices in the Corporate Area yesterday, Laing traced the history of clashes at the event dating back to the first ever in 1984, which featured Michael Palmer and Junior Reid. He noted that, by the following year, 1985, it was realised that the clash was the way to go and it became a signature of Sting.

"[The] clash is a hallmark of Sting. Over the years, it has become a major attraction... last year Kiprich was defeated by Ryno and so we have decided to bring them back for a rematch, and this is not something to be missed," he asserted.

Blak Ryno was absent from the press conference as it was explained that he was overseas, but his opponent Kiprich was on hand to declare that this year things will be different.

"I am more focused and prepared for a proper lyrical showdown [at] Jamworld.... He can't come with what he came with last year and expect to win... it's lyrics to the fullest. I am always happy to be part of this historical event and to be part of it as a top act a this time," said Kiprich.




Man arrested for having sex with minor

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A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a person under the age of 16.

He is also being investigated for harbouring a ward of the State.

Reports are that about 3:30 p.m. last Friday, police personnel swooped down on an address in the Rosemount community in St Catherine.

The suspect was caught inside the house having sex with the child.

Both parties were taken to the police station in Linstead.

Further investigations by the police revealed that the teenager escaped from the centre about three weeks ago.




I was abused as a child says Lady Saw

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Dancehall artiste Lady Saw has revealed that she was abused as a child. As a result, she has launched a foundation geared at assisting abused women and children.

According to the Grammy award-winning deejay, who recently released a new album called Alter Ego, half of the proceeds from album sales will go towards the Lady Saw Foundation.

"I had the idea for years now but my lawyer at the time went abroad to study; but I recently got another lawyer. The foundation will cater to women because I was abused a lot growing up as a child and as a teenager. It was a horrible experience and many persons are going through that experience," she said.

Lady Saw is also looking to put her vision in reality by opening a home-training centre for abused women.

"Many women tend to run away from their abuser, including my mom. So what I am doing is trying to find a safe haven for them. I have located a property in St Mary with a building that resembles a factory. I want to purchase the property and use it as a centre for abused women. I also want one of those centres to be in Kingston. I am probably way ahead of myself right now because I am so passionate, but we have to start somewhere," she said.

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The deejay also spearheaded a toy drive in the US recently, where she collected seven barrels of toys in collaboration with media personality Ragashanti.

"I also visited a children's home recently with my publicist, and spent some time with some disenchanted kids, and I was really touched, so I decided to get the toys, pampers and sheets for them as well," she said.




Youths support copy cats?

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Old standards not desired by new acts

There was once a time in Jamaican music when originality and authenticity were key elements that defined the standard used to measure 'good music' and a 'great artiste'. Those who created a style or sound for themselves, were glorified for their efforts, while imitators were oftentimes ignored or not taken seriously by fans.

Several recording artistes who have found themselves in the latter, have failed to have a lasting, if any impact at all, because of the imposter label ascribed to them, many seeking to re-brand themselves in light of their fading reality.

Dancehall artiste Merciless was largely criticised by fans in the early 90s when arch-rival Bounty Killer accused the Clarendon-born artiste of copying his style. Through the years, Merciless denied in several songs and interviews that he tried to sound like Bounty Killer. However, his conflict with the Killer, perhaps did more harm than good, as Killer's loyal fanbase, supported his sentiments in Mr Wanna Be, in which he classified the artiste as an imposter.

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Recording artistes Bounty Filla and Hitlist suffered a similar fate, the latter forced to change his name to Ganggoolie and reinvent himself, in order to be accepted in the music industry under a new guise.

Reggae artiste Bascom X was also accused by Sizzla Kalonji's supporters who claimed that he was impersonating the reggae icon, while incarcerated dancehall artiste Zebra, despite his relative success in the late 90s, was always seen as a shadow of veteran deejay Tiger. He too rejected the notion that he was deliberately trying to sound like the Come Back to Me singer.

Fast forward to 2014, and fans seem to be less judgmental, as recording artistes like Gage and Alkaline, despite their obvious similarities to Tommy Lee Sparta and Vybz Kartel, still manage to wield a strong influence over dancehall fans.

One theory for the now general acceptance of 'copy cats', according to director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, is because standards have fallen.

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"We celebrate that which is substandard or mediocre because we really don't know what is quality anymore. We can't even blame the fans alone, but also the education system, because culture is not taught in schools, so the youths don't have any level to aspire to. Artistes were valued based on what they could contribute, based on styles, variety and diversity, but I don't think that the cultural appreciation that was held by the older generation is even desired by the new generation," he said.




Local dancer Mumzell criticizes badmind dancers

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According to the dancer/business woman, some persons in the entertainment industry hate to see their coworkers reap success for their labor.

"We cant stop badmind. it a guh tek a lot to do that. But when a man a have him run you supposed to allow him or her to have the run without badmind. Hard work a di key to success and everybody born with a talent, but we should stop playing unfair games and allow people to bloom. Remember that Bogle said if you are a winner you don't need to be in any competition,"she said.

Mumzell has been featured in music videos for several dancehall artistes including Mr Vegas' Tek Weh Yuself and RDX's Bend Over. Both videos mentioned have received more than four million views on YouTube.com.

She is also gearing up to host a round robin at her club this Friday.




Corey Todd Shot at near his go go club

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is now investigating a shooting at the Taboo Night Club in Montego Bay, St James early this morning in which two men were shot.

The incident occurred shortly after five this morning.

The Police say popular businessman and owner of the club, Corey Todd was closing the establishment when two men on a motorcycle fired shots at him, hitting him in the right hand.

A policeman who was at the location responded by firing at the gunmen.

One was hit and died on the spot.

Meanwhile, the police are theorising that the attempted murder of Todd, may have been a hit.




Gage plans to win STING clash

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Things are heating up on the local music scene as the war of words continue to escalate between Gage and Tommy Lee, leading up to their much hyped clash at Sting 2014.

Gage, aka the Burning Sun, is confident that he will emerge the victor on Boxing Day.

"Tommy Lee a try style man bout Kartel shave Gage, and him a go tun mi inna range. A dat mi hear sey him sey pon 'On Stage'. Well mi have news fi him, him done dead already, Tommy Lee dead already," he said.

"It a go be a musical massacre pon Boxing Day. Mi nuh fraid a him. Mi a go bury him and Alkaline. Dem nuh ready fi clash wid mi, dem nuh reach mi levels. A mi a di Burning Sun."

Gage recently fired a lyrical salvo titled Two Idiot in response to Tommy Lee's dis track titled Bad Man Dawg.

"Tommy Lee drop a idiot tune bout him a diss man, but mi nuh fraid a him cause him a idiot. Just listen di tune weh mi do fi him and Alkaline, di two a dem a idiot. Dem need fi stop call up mi name."

Gage, who recently performed to packed venues in Guyana, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago, also boasted that he is now the most popular act in dancehall music.

"Right now, every weh yuh go inna di Caribbean and South America a mi a di most popular dancehall artiste. The fans are requesting me all over the world, Europe, the US, and Africa. All over di world di people dem say a just Beng. A mi run things now. Tommy Lee and Akaline fi know sey a di Burning Sun time now," the artiste said.

When contacted, Tommy lee Sparta's publicist, Keona Williams, said, "He has heard about the song but he hasn't heard it yet, to have any response towards it ... he has been so busy with the music video for Bad Man Dawg, he hasn't got a chance to listen to Gage's song as yet."




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Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title when she triumphed in the 100m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Doha on Saturday as more records tumbled.

Jamaican Atkinson, 25, claimed the title and equalled Ruta Meilutyte's world record of 1min 02.36sec in the process - although under governing body FINA rules this still equates to a new record.

She was completely unaware of what she had done, staring up at the scoreboard with an air of resignation before it gradually dawned.

"Me?," she mouthed, pointing at herself before the enormity of her achievement was absorbed and so started the celebrations.

Atkinson's role at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida is to encourage greater involvement of different communities in swimming and to promote water safety.

"Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we'll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push," Atkinson mused.




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Word on the street, is that reggae artistes Sizzla Kalonji and Teflon chased I Octane out of popular stage show West Kingston Jamboree lastnight, forcing the artiste to leave without performing.

According to an eyewitness, I Octane was about to enter the platform to perform when Sizzla and his entourage chased him from behind the stage while telling the MC that he wanted to perform.

Sizzla later called on Teflon and they both performed an extended set, Sizzla is also said to have stayed behind after his performance blocking the entrance, to ensure that I Octane did not touch the microphone.

Another eyewitness claims that I Octane was slapped around by Sizzla's entourage, however that has not been confirmed. 




Buju Banton asks to be Deported

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Efforts by dancehall superstar Buju Banton to get an early release from prison based on amendments to drug sentencing guidelines implemented recently, may be thwarted because the deejay has maintained his innocence since being arrested.

The media understands that Banton has asked that the court reduce his sentence and turn him over to immigration authorities so he can be deported back to Jamaica.




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Jamaican born, LA based actress Shauna Chin, most known for her role as Richard Blackburn's fiancée Claudine on 'The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate' has been making a name for herself in US-based Independent Feature Films, such as '12/12/12' and 'The Necklace' just to name a few. Now add Primetime television to the actress' body of work as she lands a role on 'Criminal Minds' TV series on CBS. Chin is set to begin shooting on Dec 10, 2014. "It's only a small role, so it's not as if I'll be getting a lot of screen time" says the surprisingly shy actress. Other than the shoot date she is not able to give much more details on the gig until closer to the air date. Until then, we wish her all the best.

The rock-born actress also lends her skills behind the scenes. Her latest projects include being a Casting Associate for Lifetime's controversial film "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" which came under severe fire from Aaliyah supporters claiming that the movie was a poor representation of the singer and did not receive approval from the singers' family. Chin was also the Casting Associate for the highly anticipated upcoming Lifetime original movie "With This Ring" by Director Nzingha Stewart, featuring Eve, Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Brooklyn Sudano with Executive Producer Gabrielle Union.

As if that's not an already hectic schedule, Chin is also an official representative of the Jamaican diaspora. In 2012, she was appointed as the first Ambassador to the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations [NAJASO], the non-governmental arm of Jamaica's diaspora representatives. For more information go to www.shaunachin.com [1] or visit the actress on social media Twitter and Facebook @shaunachin or on Instagram at @shauna_chin




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Get ready to 'drink in' the performance from Champaign at Euphoria 2014

For the First time in Jamaica, the group Champaign hits the stage to perform in Kingston at the Euphoria Charity Concert on December 14. The first staging of what will be an annual Charity event, is set to take place at the Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston.

The Concert is already shaping up to a trendsetting event with more than able performers and an enormous cause to boot; All proceeds go towards purchasing food for the over four hundred kids at the Mustard Seed Communities.

With Massive hits known worldwide such as 'How About us' and 'Try Again', the Jamaican audience should anticipate a memorable performance from the 1970's group led by Grammy Nominated, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, and Lead vocalist Pauli Carman. Carman began performing professionally in 1977 with a group called "Coalkitchen", they released an album called "Thirsty Or Not Choose Your Flavor" for Epic Records in that year.

Since then he has appeared on such hit TV shows as Soul Train, Solid Gold, and has toured in such venues as Madison Square Gardens, Cow Palace, Disney World and many others. Most recently the Carman led group 'Champaign' has performed in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah for 20,000 people for the Muzart World Foundation, a wonderful Foundation to keep Music and Arts in all public schools. Being a performer on the Euphoria Charity Concert is most fitting as 'giving back' is a movement avidly supported by the group.

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"I'm very proud to be a part of The Euphoria concert for the Mustard Seed Charity. I feel very strongly about helping those in need, and I am an Ambassador for many Foundations both in the U.S. and abroad such as Muzart World Foundation and The Mabuhay Foundation in the Philippines. I even have a very special page on my Website called Music for a Cause" Pauli Carman commented.

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After over thirty years on stage, Champaign has become experts at entertaining an audience with a complete package, Euphoria's audience will be no different on December 14.

"I like the one on one communication with a large audience who appreciates your music, the give and take is amazing energy, pure joy. Jamaica can anticipate "Champaign's" top hits from the past and present wrapped in to a very exciting show of love and fun." Carman added

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The Euphoria Charity Concert also features International "Superwoman" Karyn White, Freddy McGregor, Ernie Smith, Leroy Sibbles, Mr Vegas, Romaine Virgo, Kevin Downswell Christopher Martin and more.




No RDX for "RUM SATURDAYS" in Browns Town TONIGHT

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Dancehall Duo RDX would like their fans and the general public to know that they are being falsely advertised for an event this weekend in St Ann being promoted by Afterdark Entertainment.

RDX was contacted by an Afterdark Entertainment representative and preliminary discussions had begun to have the duo contracted to perform at the event held at Clemetson's Roof, Browns Town, St. Ann. The promoters however have not completed the necessary arrangement to facilitate a performance and as such RDX will not be performing at this event.

RDX would not want their dedicated fans to be misled by these promoters who are illegally using the RDX name and image to promote their event. The RDX team will be taking the necessary legal actions against Afterdark Entertainment however they are making it clear to their fans that they have not been contracted to perform at Rum Saturdaz this Saturday Night.

"We are flexible and willing to work with promoters who are willing to work with RDX but at the same time we operate a business and the business side of things has to be sorted" Renigade stated.

"Our fans deserve the correct information and we would not want it to seem that we are unprofessional or 'no shows' to an event we are booked on" Delomar added.

Fans can look out for RDX all island this month as they will be performing on the Boom Energy Drink Road Show and at gt taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza.




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Dancehall/reggae artiste Teflon has released a song called Donkey Lense in which he lyrically challenges rival and former friend I Octane. The song also jabs at Alkaline Gage, Tommy Lee Sparta and Kalado.

Teflon and I Octane have been at odds for several years over a business disagreement.

Teflon - Donkey Lense (Alkaline, I Octane, Tommy Lee & Gage Diss) December 2014 @Crushroad876





Pamputtae frame by bitter mate of social media

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Dancehall deejay Pamputtae is setting the record straight and clearing her name, after an image of a woman in a compromising position has gone viral, with many claiming that it is the artiste.

It was revealed that the woman, who bares a striking resemblance to the dancehall artiste, is actually a United States-based adult film star.

The artiste revealed that she knows who is responsible for creating the image and claims that it was done out of jealousy in a bid to tarnish her reputation.

"Is she create the pic because she want the man, but me have him lock and she mad. Me need dem pictures there fi stop go roun', they need to stop and go on my Instagram or Facebook page and check before they share it and pass their remarks," she said. "I plan to sue people, me have a chop pan my hand and the girl nuh have no chop. It's just the bang (hairstyle) why people seh is me."

In response to the jab at her reputation, Pamputtae said she created the song Mud Up Mate, produced by Friends for Real Production.

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Shane Hoosong (((Official Music Vid ))) out now

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OFFICIAL RUDE GANJA REFIX VIDEO





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Since local actor Shebada went Onstage and claimed to have impregnated the ex-girlfriend a deejay whom he did not name, several names have been swirling all over the place. However the two popular names are Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

It is unconfirmed by either artiste if there is any truth to the speculations, however several memes have been circulating the internet incriminating Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

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Bunny Wailer has expressed his dissatisfaction at the slow pace the Government was moving in regards to the decriminalisation of marijuana, saying their failure to capitalise on its use has opened the doors for yet another international company to market a product with which the world associates Jamaica.

"Jamaica is still moving too slow and has been focused on the low hanging fruit," he said, pointing out that the cultural and competitive advantage that Jamaica has with marijuana must now be used to not only oppose the deal set up by the Seattle-based company, but should also send a message to other international companies.

"Only a Jamaican company incorporating local stakeholders, the Rastafarian community, local ganja farmers, medical scientists and investors should be allowed to market Brand Jamaica Ganja first-hand, every other company outside of Jamaica should follow suit."

Several states in the U.S have already legalized Marijuana.




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Kingston, Jamaica has made the UNAIDS list of ten cities worldwide where a very high proportion of people live with the dreaded HIV virus.

Kingston is the only Caribbean city to make the UNAIDS top ten list of HIV populated cities released yesterday, World AIDS Day.

Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina round out the others in the Americas list in 'The Cities Report.'

According to UNAIDS, there are 19,494 or 64 percent of Kingston metropolitan area's population living with the HIV virus in a city of some 30,000 people. Yet, Kingston has 10 out of 21 treatment sites in Jamaica and plays an essential role in treating and caring for people with HIV, the report said.

In Kingston, the majority of people newly diagnosed with HIV have an HIV-related illness or disease, indicating late diagnosis. According to Ministry of Health estimates, in 2013, HIV prevalence among the homeless and people who inject drugs was at 4 percent and among prison inmates was at 9 percent. Data for female sex workers and men who have sex with men is incomplete but it is estimated to stand at 4 percent and 32 percent respectively.

In Buenos Aires, a city of 83,322 people, there are 35, 745 people living with HIV while there are 29, 609 in Lima and 13, 939 in Santiago.

Researchers warn in the report that "cities will struggle to control their AIDS epidemics as long as these populations are marginalized from the benefits of city life." They recommend using a Fast-Track AIDS response, cities can improve social equality for people affected by HIV and those living with the disease, while also addressing related public health challenges in new and innovative ways to prevent disease.




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Radio DJ/record producer DJ Sunshine is fuming over the decision taken by several recording artistes to record on her popular Wul Dem Again rhythm without requesting her permission.

"I voice a rhythm and I put eleven songs on the rhythm and now several other artistes are on the rhythm illegally. Some of them are even on the streets promoting the songs which I find so unprofessional and disrespectful to me. How can you do that? They even got hold of the logo for my label and is using it to promote their music and that is damaging to my reputation," DJ Sunshine said.

"This is the kind of thing that is keeping the industry from going forward. They did not even have the decency to contact me. Cease and desist immediately and I will have you know that I find this to be disrespectful and I will not be producing you in the future as a result of this. I know the rhythm is hot and I placed two young artistes on the rhythm already because I could not full up the project with young artistes," she continued.

"I don't have no problem with you performing on the instrumental. But to voice on the rhythm and promote it that is where I have a problem. Some of the artistes should know better and I don't want my name to be attached to something that I am not apart of here are the artistes on my rhythm," she said listing out Konshens, Alkaline, Demarco, Vybz Kartel, I Octane, Mr. Vegas, Mavado, Bryka, Chillando, Aidonia and Elephant Man.

Artistes who have hijacked DJ Sunshine's rhythm include Merciless, Iyara, Patexx, Stein, Versatile, Rhyme Minista, Deablo, Dwayno, Maestro Don, Gaza Nah Nah Ice, Damion Dollar,Chapanore, Tuggawar,Bayroot,Truk Matics,Tuff Krakaz, Prince Pin, Ithermol and Choice, G Loc,Fada Price, Edy J,Nashinal, Mr. Lawigical, Eyesus,Lil Lifu, Zee K, Don Tooks,Hyporak, Keron Williams,Jahvillani, Kweffa,Engenor,Blvk Angel,Travalaunch,Maestroxity,Malish and Chrome,Shotta,Griff,T39,Cv (LNJ),Kruze 45, Mad Geeral, Di Hooligan,African,Slice Out and Badly,Zekedon,Formula, Askel Tudiworld,Roshane War, Ar J among others.

A significant amount of the songs are disses aimed at dancehall enigma Alkaline.





Acid destroys woman's life forever :(

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Twenty-eight-year-old Kassandra Smith will never forget the morning of August 17, 2014, as it was a day that caused her great agony and pain, which she is likely to endure for a lifetime.

Smith, a victim of what is believed to have been an acid attack, was doused with a burning substance, which has resulted in injuries such as severe burns, speech imparity and loss of sight.

She told THE WEEKEND STAR: "I had just finished jogging by heroes circle and went home (Arnold Road), about minutes to seven. A tenant called my attention to a man that was calling me outside. When I went to check, it was a young man about 20-27 sporting a cornrow hair and wearing a black jacket. I recognised a red bottle with a white top in his hand."

She said the man kept insisting that she go and speak to a man name 'Wayne' up the road.

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Smith explained what transpired next saying: "I just felt something flash in my forehead and I fell to the ground immediately, I got blind instantly. I was screaming for help and my dogs even rushed me and bite mi up. When help finally came, dem say I was covered in a black substance."

Police rushed Smith to the Kingston Public Hospital where she spent two months and did two surgeries, one for her face and the other for her chest. Smith was also referred to an eye specialist.

Discharged since October 18, Smith has mounting medical bills on top of which she is to attend clinic twice weekly.

This has become a financial burden for Smith, who worked as a cashier at a supermarket prior to the incident.

She said: "The bills for the two months is $839,000 and my mother managed to pay $70,000 and we got donations from customers and my previous employers. I also have an upcoming surgery that will cost $180,000."

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Now in her time of need, the only person present around her is her mother and a family friend.

When asked about other relatives, Smith said: "I'm not hearing from them. I have a nine-year-old daughter, but since the incident she has to live with friends, I don't know when I will get back on my feet again. A doctor told me it will take months and years for me to heal."

Admitting she has an idea what led to the attack, Smith said she has found it in her heart to forgive the perpetrators. "The person I thought to be the mastermind turned himself in to the police with his lawyer, he was questioned and released," she said.

The Kingston Central police said investigations into Smith's attack is ongoing.

Anyone who wishes to assist Smith may do so via NCB, Christiana Branch account number 854135945 and/or JN account number 10465133, Christiana Branch.




Maypen Breaks Magnum contestant record

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Parish has the highest number of female contestants in the history of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions.

Heavy rains did not deter the upcoming dancehall talents, mostly females, from turning out for the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions in May Pen, Clarendon, recently.

"May Pen is known as fertile ground for sourcing truly original and natural performers. The fact that we have experienced the highest female turnout from any one audition location in our eight year history is testament to this," said Sophia Bernard-Fairman, group brand manager, Fortified Wines & Liqueurs at J Wray and Nephew.

"May Pen is the birthplace of reggae greats such as Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGreggor and My Boy Lollipop hit-maker Mille Small, so it's no surprise we see strong talent here," said judge Skatta Burrell.

After showing off their skills to preliminary judges Scott Wilson, Kool Face and Scientist, 67 selected contestants went on to perform for the main judges. Main judge, Professor Nuts is passionate about finding those artistes with enormous potential. "We are still on the hunt for diamonds. We have seen great potential so far and are anxious to see what awaits us in Portmore and Kingston," he said.

In addition to the hunt for standout talent, Miss Kitty encouraged contestants to broaden their lyrical horizons, reminded that judges are looking for an original sound with a high level of creativity. "Don't come to us with just a get rich like Bill Gates lyrics, take that same get rich song and make it creative. Nuff odda man dan Bill Gates is rich, give me something new, excite me!" she said.

Former finalists from Clarendon include RC, Tiki, Medallion,Singer Jah and Garrizon.

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Gangster gays rob dancehall selector

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Drag queens were recently used as decoy to distract a motorist, who was then abducted and robbed by a group of gays in New Kingston, The Star understands.

The victim, a selector, is furious as he seeks justice to recover his personal belongings, while describing the level of support by the authorities as unsatisfactory.

The selector recalled that while making his way down Trafalgar Road, two persons dressed as women walked into the path of his car and began dancing. The dancers, he said, entered his car through the back doors, pointed something at his head and told him to drive.

"Dem tell mi fi drive down a one way and we drive to a secluded car park. Mi a try negotiate wid dem but dem have cutlass and ting. One tek up mi phone off the front seat," he revealed.

He was relieved of his jewellery and cash, while having to beg the perpetrators not to take his car.

"After everything happen and mi go a di police post, it tek mi half hour fi get anybody, di police lock up inside a sleep. Then when mi get through, mi afi wait a next 30 minutes for a vehicle to come from Half-Way Tree to go and look for the robbers dem," the selector said. "The police know some of dem by name, when we were driving we saw one of dem and di police call him and him say him never rob me, but him get $500 from the robbery."

The St Andrew Central police confirmed that the matter is under investigation's. The police also revealed that prior to the selector incident, a British citizen was robbed by drag queens of a high-end cell phone and $100,000.




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