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chi-ching-ching-rock-di-world-ft-fatman-scoop-patoranking-stonebwoy-photo-1.jpgKingston, JAMAICA; After having major success with the Rock Di World single on tour with Sean Paul, Chi-Ching officially released the single with Sean Paul's Dutty Rock Productions label - to which he is now signed.

On Friday, March 30, Chi-Ching Ching (born Radion Beckford) released the official music video for the Rock Di World Remix featuring African acts Patoranking and Stonebwoy and American entertainer Fatman Scoop. The viral song garnered so much attention that Canadian video producer Kieran Khan took the lead on the music video. The remix encapsulates the unmatched energy and worldwide appeal of Dancehall as well as highlights the international synergies formed by Jamaican entertainer Chi-Ching Ching.

"The storyline of the song, is that barriers and borders are no more. You have Afrobeat that's now fusing with Dancehall, and then they incorporate dancing into it," revealed Khan.

chi-ching-ching-rock-di-world-ft-fatman-scoop-patoranking-stonebwoy-photo-2.jpgKhan alluded that it was important for the video to showcase Chi-Ching Ching's truth; that of a dancer turned internationally acclaimed performing and recording artiste.

"Rock Di World is a powerful and inspirational song to make the whole word happy and just want to dance. The dance move is created by dancer friend Shakespeare, and it is so easy; no bathroom training required, no mirror needed," the effervescent Chi-Ching Ching explained.

Rock Di World is the first track released from Chi-Ching Ching highly anticipated Turning Tables album produced by Dutty Rock Productions.

Dubbed #ChingLinks, Chi-Ching Ching's fans are already looking forward to the official release of the Rope music video, which has been teased as the second dance anthem to be released from his debut album that is in the final stages of production.





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aidonia-photo-4.jpgEarlier this week a video surfaced online showing Aidonia and his crew walking into a venue for a show in St. Kitts and Nevis. Turns out two men had a fight that resulted in a stampede. We're told that several patrons got hurt but the deejay and his crew were not harmed. The video clip below shows a man smashing a bottle in the head of another man.

Aidonia team has since released a statement denying that he was attacked or hurt in the incident. "Contrary to a surfeit to spurious reports being perpetuated online that 4th Genna Recording artiste Aidonia was attacked during a recent stint in St.Kitts," his management team said in the statement. "We would like to advise the masses that these allegations are false and aimed at sullying the entertainer's reputation."

The 4th Genna deejay says he was at a meet and greet with his fans when the incident went down. Fans came out in huge numbers but two rival gangs decided to attack each other and put a halt to the event. Aidonia took quick action and was ushered out of the venue by his security detail.





KD Knight threatens to 'rouse up' Jamaicans

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kd-knight-photo-1.jpgOpposition Senator K D Knight has threatened to 'rouse up' Jamaicans against the Government if it does not present a crime plan by the end of April.

At Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said a crime plan will be revealed but said he was waiting for the Parliament to back it.

"As I said there is one element that we have not yet settled. The crime plan must include in it, something to say that this Parliament agrees on a set of actions; that we are carving out national security as an area where there is bipartisan support for the policy," Holness said.

Speaking in the Senate this morning, Knight took issue with Holness' pronouncement calling it a public relations tactic.

"Prime Minister come out with this plan; say something that the nation can galvanise around. A wishy-washy approach won't work. People are in fear! People want to know what you are doing; if you can do something; if your government is up to the task. People just don't want some band-aid approach," Knight said.

He made the remark in his contribution to the debate on the resolution to extend the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.





anju-blaxx.jpgMusic producer Andrew 'Anju Blax' Myrie and businessman Brent Bunting are headed for mediation in the wounding case currently before the courts.

Earlier this month, Bunting and Myrie were involved in a physical altercation.

Reports are that Bunting, who is the son of politician Peter Bunting, went upstairs to Myrie's apartment to complain about loud music he was playing at the complex when the altercation happened. Both men have accused each other of instigating an attack.

The police were called and Bunting charged with unlawful wounding while Myrie was charged with wounding with intent.

During the altercation, Bunting was thrown down a flight of stairs.

According to arguments presented in court today, Bunting has done surgery to repair injuries to his face.

Myrie too had injuries, but, it was not immediately clear whether he had to seek medical attention to treat them.

They are to return to court on May 24 to report on the progress of their mediation.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgA what really tek Ruel Reid mek him think say him coulda tek KD Knight picture inna Parliament wid him cell phone and get way wid it. We love how KD warn Reid "don't do it", and all wag him finger inna Reid direction.

This education minister need fi go back a school.

Even the Senate President Tom Tavares Finson haffi slap Reid pon him wrist and tell him that it is , inappropriate to use him cell phone to take a picture of Knight.

All now Reid shoulda still a serve detention.





Producer Justus successfully removes tumour

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justus-arison-producer.jpgPopular Dancehall producer Justus Arison shared the great news of his successful operation to remove a tumor with his followers on social media Tuesday when he uploaded a photo in a hospital.

"Back from the dead again #tumorfree," Arison wrote.

Back in 2015, Justus made headlines after his 'High Life' rhythm instrumental was featured on the popular reality TV series, 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' on the E! network.





MBJ Airports Limted (MBJ), operator of Sangster International Airport (SIA), featured lovers rock sensation Romain Virgo in concert on Sunday 25 March to kick off a pop-up concert series that will continue throughout the year.

"We are delighted to feature Romain Virgo in collaboration with VP Records to launch our pop-up concert series at Sangster International Airport as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary as operator," said MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. "We are proud to showcase such phenomenal talent and look forward to featuring more of Jamaica's great entertainers in the months ahead," Echevarne added.

The pop-up concerts are part of MBJ's vision to create the "Irie Airport Experience" and establish Jamaica's leading international gateway as a cultural attraction in its own right.

MBJ is a proud patron of the arts and showcases Jamaican culture throughout the airport. In 2017, the airport operator hosted the 25th International Reggae Poster Contest exhibition and award ceremony and a local crafts competition.

MBJ also features some of the island's leading musical talent on the MBJ Mixtape, produced by RazzAttack Muzik, which can be heard throughout the airport on the PA system. MBJ has partnered with Tuff Gong Trading, a leading retailer in the departure terminal, to ensure albums by Romain Virgo and other artistes who contributed to the MBJ Mixtape are available for sale at the airport.

MBJ is celebrating its 15th Anniversary as operator of Sangster International Airport in April, with a series of activities scheduled throughout the year to commemorate the milestone.





Kabaka Pyramid has the ladies 'Kaught Up'

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgAs the anticipation continues to build surrounding the release of international reggae artist Kabaka Pyramids' debut album, Kontraband; here comes the release of a third single titled Kaught Up.

A different vibe from his first two tracks, Cant Breathe and Borders, Kabaka gives us a more romantic side, something the ladies can enjoy and appreciate.

The track starts out with Kabaka Pyramid melodically expressing his appreciation for that special someone who has just captivated his mind, heart and soul. Produced by Genis T Nadal out of Barcelona, the track gives you an up tempo-futuristic dancehall, club banger vibe. Staying true to the lyrical style he is known for, Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint in this single either as he delivers a blistering third verse in a hip-hop flavour.

Throughout the single, Kabaka expresses what he loves about this special woman and how her independence, style, beauty and humor makes up what he really admires about her. The Kaught Up factor for many men is one that usually catch them off guard, as they try to remain 'manly' and firm when in a relationship. Yet, to find that special one who gets your palm sweaty, your heart fluttering when she walks in a room and feeling star struck whenever she's around, you know this must be someone special.

Kabaka recently shot the video for Kaught Up in Miami, with plans to release soon.. In the upcoming weeks Kabaka Pyramid will be available for interviews as he is set to announce the album release date.

Kaught Up can be streamed or purchased on all major digital platforms at

Kabaka Pyramid - Kaught Up (Single)





buju-banton-photo-9.jpgSo after the announcement from Buju's team at a press conference, that his first show post-prison would be in Trinidad and the expected backlash from fans in Jamaica, Josef Budafuco, another member of Buju Banton's management team was forced to issue an emergency response.

Following the announcement on the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit, Budafuco said Trinidad may not be Buju's first performance following his prison release on December 8, 2018.

He however admitted that April 22, 2019 will see Buju Banton performing in Trinidad. Budafuco also added that talks with promoters in Jamaica and the Caribbean for a Buju Banton concert are currently underway.





The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has taken issue with the media being denied access to cover Tuesday's swearing-in of the new members of the Government Executive - two cabinet ministers and two ministers of state - at King's House.

The PAJ issued a statement later in the day, reminding Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Government that the media should be allowed to cover national occasions and not be relegated to getting pool photographs from the government's information service.

The restriction of access was explained on the basis that King's House is currently undergoing substantial renovations, which made it impossible to utilise the usual space for the ceremony.

Naomi Francis, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, asserted that "the media was not barred at all," even as she acknowledged that only the state operated Jamaica Information Service was invited to cover the ceremony.

"We find it impossible to believe that, in all the many buildings owned by the government in Kingston, suitable arrangements could not have been made, albeit at short notice, to hold the ceremony at one that could accommodate the media," said PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller.





The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has taken three people into custody in relation to a probe it is carrying out into the operations of Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services, which has allegedly defrauded hundreds of prospective car owners.

The Corporate Area-based company attracted their clientele with a promise of being able to import motor vehicles for persons who make a down payment of $85,000 to $100,000. The victims made the dowpayments, but have now come forward to say that they were fleeced.

MOCA's operations have led to the seizure of several motor vehicles, more than J$1 million and US$1,813 in cash.

Disgruntled clients Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services have also seized computers and other equipment from the company. It said these devices contain material which could be used as evidence in the investigation. MOCA is urging persons in possession of the items to hand them over to its agency.





Has Jah Cure been granted his US visa?

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jah-cure-bahamas.jpgReports are that Grammy-nominated Reggae artiste, Siccaturie Alcock, better known as Jah Cure, has been granted a visa to travel to the United States of America.

While social media, up to press time, was not buzzing with the news, it is alleged that the crooner, has finally been given the go-ahead to travel to the States.

"I'm not sure if it's a work permit, or if it's a regular visitor's visa," a Yardflex source revealed. "But his team was working on getting his papers in order and it looks like things free up for the singer."

Another source added, "A long time dem fi leggo di man and mek him start earn. Dem punish the Cure long enough."

It was in November 1998, while driving around Montego Bay, that Jag Cure was pulled over by the police and arrested on charges of gun possession, robbery and rape. He was prosecuted before the Gun Court in April 1999, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Jah Cure was released on July 28, 2007 and has since increased his fan base and popularity, releasing a number of smash singles and albums and has toured Europe and the Caribbean.





yanique-curvy-diva.jpgThe rumor mill has been churning recently with allegations of a relationship between popular Jamaican host and recording artiste Yanique Curvy Diva and International afrobeat superstar Wizkid.

Wizkid is a Nigerian based afrobeat artiste that rose to international acclaim with "Come Closer' featuring Canadian Rapper Drake in 2017. Since then Wizkid has released numerous chart topping hits with artistes like Future, Chris Brown and Cardi B.

The rumors started late last year when Curvy Diva visited Nigeria and performed in Lagos on Wizkid's Concert, 'Wiz on The Beach' in December. The two were spotted hanging out at various locations throughout the Diva's 2 week visit including a video shoot for Mr Eazi and Skales where Curvy Diva did a cameo appearance.

Most recently there has again been speculations of a relationship between the two after the StarBoy posted a video of The Curvy Diva dancing to his new hit single 'Soco' on his 5 million strong Instagram page and captioned the video 'Jamaica showing Soco some love, Queen @YaniqueCurvyDiva Ya bad gyal fi dis" followed by a heart emoji.

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The Curvy Diva then reposted the video on her page paying homage to the King of Afrobeat, Wizlid, as she prepares to return to Africa for a 13 city tour.

A video of the two enjoying each other's company has also been making its rounds on social media sites over the past few days and fans say the video make the Nigerian Billionaire artiste and the Jamaican star seem more that just friends.

When contacted however the Curvy Diva, although flattered, denied being in a relationship right now.

"I did say last year that I was open to being in a relationship in 2018 so everyone who I've been seen hanging out with, people have been speculating that we are in a relationship " Yanique explained

"Wizkid and I are friends, he's a talented artiste and we have been following each other on Instagram for over a year, and as a person he's fun and we enjoy each others company, but we are not in a relationship., I'm still single guys and when ever that changes I will be the first to tell all my fans" Yanique added.

In the meantime, Yanique is focused on her music and is working with a few producers on new projects that will be released in a matter of weeks. She is set to shoot the music video with I-Octane for their single 'Unfair Games' produced by Good Good Production later this week.

The Curvy Diva is also planning her first ever Birthday Party 'Lifestyle' the Pool Party edition to be help on Sunday April 29 at the Constant Spring Golf Club. She is set to return to Africa and Canada on separate tours this Summer.





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgGrammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton will do his very first concert, upon release from prison, in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago on April 22, 2019. A concert is scheduled for Jamaica at a later date.

Jodian Ebanks, a member of the entertainer's marketing team, made the announcement on Sunday at a media briefing held during the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit vessel.

According to Ebanks, "Buju is very excited about being on the road again. Jamaica is very special to him and he wants to be able to give his home country the type of concert it deserves," said Ebanks.

"Trinidad was chosen as the dates, travel schedules, and all the other variables all came together for that time of year and was the best fit," she continued.

Reports are that some of the acts Buju Banton wanted to perform at the Jamaica concert were not available, so that is the reason why the organisers decided to do the Trinidad show first.

Ebanks said the reggae singer is looking forward to his release and the opportunity to make music for his fans.





the-driven-women-awards-2018.jpgNew York, NY -- For the third year in a row Playbook MG will celebrate Women's History Month with an event recognizing the accomplishments of female trailblazers. The distinction of award recipients as "Driven Women" shines the spirit of the winners in an even brighter light. This year it will take place at Caribbean Social on March 31st.

As managing partner of Playbook MG, celebrity publicist Marie Driven & her team handpick finalists from an impressive compilation of key industry players and community leaders. Past hosts Peter Gunz and Tara Wallace welsomed special guests and announced performers. Previous honorees include Jennifer Cunningham Editor at Bossip, KC Orcutt Writer for BET, Dara Cook VP Strategic Development at VH1, Raven Carter Senior Producer Moguldom Media Group, Hello Beautiful Entertainment Editor Shamika Sanders, international columnist Mara the Hip-Hop Socialite, Source Magazine Content Director Simone Amelia, New York Post reporter Tashara Jones, Shade Room Editor Chinwe Ugoezi, and Syn Clarke Executive Vice President Caribbean Media Group plus Irie Jam Media Group.

Playbook Media Group formed in 2014 when brand managers Jean Jones and Marie "Driven" Theodore joined forces in launching modernized services for today's entrepreneurial culture. The duo has developed a system for helping to harness personal power, and with more than twenty years of combined experience, they make the process of promotions look effortless. The company is now an established multi-discipline creative branding agency headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.





bolt-again.jpg(AP) - Usain Bolt trained again with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund on Friday and this time scored a header and a penalty in front of nearly 1,500 spectators.

The 31-year-old retired sprint great took part in team exercises under coach Peter Stoeger, exchanging passes with Mario Goetze and others in the relaxed session.

"It was good," Bolt said. "I had fun with the guys. They were very welcoming."

Dortmund said 1,409 spectators came to see the eight-time Olympic champion in action. News agency DPA said there were 137 accredited journalists.

"Usain is an incredibly laid back guy, totally down to earth. I think it was fun for him," Stoeger said. "And he got a stage that he had dreamed about."

The German club broadcast the session live with commentary in English. Bolt later signed autographs for fans as photographers jostled for pictures.

"I think it worked out very well," said Goetze, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. "Usain felt comfortable, we could accommodate him well. It was a cool exercise."

It was Bolt's second training session with the team. He took part in another behind closed doors on Thursday.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has denied that there has been any pressure from a foreign government which may influence his choice of the country's next National Security Advisor.

"No foreign power could or should or it wouldn't be appropriate to seek to tell the Government of Jamaica or myself as Prime Minister who I should take or not take as adviser. Absolutely not; and it would be highly irregular and highly innappropriate!" the Prime Minister asserted during an interview with the RJR News.

The post of National Security Advisor became vacant following the recent appointment of Major General Antony Anderson as Commissioner of Police.

There has been speculation that a former Commissioner of Police could be appointed to the post.

But the Prime Minister said he is not in a hurry to make a choice.





Man wanted for triple murder held

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA man who was implicated in a triple murder at Yohan Close in Linstead, St Catherine was arrested during an operation in Frazer's Content in the parish yesterday.

According to the police, arrangements are now being made for him to be questioned in the presence of his attorney, after which formal charges will be laid.

The three persons, one of them a teen boy, were found with gunshot wounds by residents about 11:30 pm on January 26.

They were subsequently identified as 36-year-old mason, Shannon Reynolds, otherwise called 'Marlon', 15-year-old John Reynolds and 51-year-old Sonia Hinds, otherwise called 'Tippy', all of Victoria district in the parish.

The police are reminding members of the public that information on wanted persons or any criminal activity may be given confidentially by using the tip line number, 837-888.

Persons may also give information securely by calling 811 or Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert app.





13 listed as Persons of Interest

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Thirteen persons have been listed as persons of interest by the Kingston Western Police.

Police investigators say they can assist them in several matters currently under investigation.

All 13 are being asked to report to the Denham Town Criminal Investigations Branch by 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 23.

PERSONS OF INTEREST:

1) David Reid otherwise called 'BJ' of Greenwich Park Road, Kingston 5 and St William Pathway, Kingston 12.

2) Mikail Green otherwise called 'Mosquito' or 'Blacks' of Brynes Street, Kingston 12.

3) Leonardo Campbell otherwise called 'Money' of Harris Street, Kingston 13.

4) Rohan James alias 'Warder' of James Street, Kingston 13.

5) Mugarvey Walker otherwise called 'Life' of Golden Heights, Kingston 14.

6) Rory Headlen otherwise called 'Bowa' of Upper West Street, Kingston.

7) Roger Shaw alias 'Bucky-five star' of Rousseau Road, Kingston 5.

8) Nakeam Kirkpatrick nickname 'OJ' of DeeCee Avenue, Kingston 14.

9) Yeahkark Walker otherwise called 'Prince' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

10) Shadane McKenzie otherwise called 'Murphy' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

11) Oshane Cooper otherwise called 'OB' of Blount Street, Kingston 14 and a Tivoli Gardens Address.

12) Fabian Lynch otherwise alias 'Dozer' or 'Junior' of Chamberlin Road and 4th Street, Kingston 12.

13) Shaquille Harrison otherwise called 'Coke Dust' of Mckenzie Drive, Kingston 14





Red Hills Road shooting victim dies

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crime-scene-gun.jpgOne of the victims of a shooting on Red Hills Road in St. Andrew on Thursday morning has died.

She has been identified as 22 year old Moesha Johnson, of a Red Hills Road address.

It was reported that Ms Johnson and a man were walking when a car drove up and the occupants opened gunfire on them.

Ms Johnson died at hospital.

The man is still being treated.

Residents blocked a section of Red Hills Road afternoon to protest the shooting.

The are blaming the shooting on a feud with persons on Verene Avenue off Cassia Park Road.

A resident said the feud has been ongoing for several months.





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As the entire world knows by now, power couple (Oh boy, that term again)...anyway, power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce jetted into Jamaica last week Sunday and were reportedly staying at "a residence in Kingston", which some say is none other than the exclusive Strawberry Hill.

Anyway the on the run power couple created quite a frenzy when they were spotted in Trench Town on a bike, breathing in the same air as the peasants. (Or perhaps it was the peasants breathing in the same air as the power couple.)

So, back to the headline of this article. The dynamic duo, were described by Daily Mail as being "the picture of bliss and relaxation as they sat in the sunshine, while Jay-Z sipped from his beverage".

Well, we're not sure if Jay was really drinking Jamaica's signature beer, Red Stripe, but a few bottles of the world famous brew were spotted on the table, while below the table we saw a bottle of Appleton rum. The picture was taken by Splash.

Reports are that the couple also visited Hellshire Beach, where they did a video/photo shoot.

Big up to Red Stripe and Wray & Nephew and of course, Beyonce and Jay Z. Hope this scene makes the final cut. -- Yasmine Peru





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgIf the recently released new song from Grammy winning, incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton, a new song, then would that mean that the Gargamel --- like somebody who's in jail in Jamaica -- is recording behind bars in the US?

The single under review is entitled 'Send Back Adams' and it was released last month, on the Crushroad Music label. The song piggybacks on the sentiment expressed in some quarters that the best man for the then vacant post of police commish is former hard-nosed crime fighter, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams. (NB: the vacancy has now been filled.)

While this was a recent hot topic, the fact is tht this is the first time the "Adams for Commissioner' debate has popped up.

We tried to link Buju to hear from his lips if this is really new cereal, but alas, he didn't return our calls.

However, there is some reason to believe that 'Send Back Adams' is an old tune that has been given a rebirth.

According to one historian, the song was actually released in 2007, eleven years ago, on the Rapid Burst riddim and that Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, actually had two songs on the riddim.

The same person also suggests that the producer of the song is just trying a ting "cause Gargamel soon touch road.'

Buju Banton aka Gargamel, is scheduled to be released from prison in the US, the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, in less than nine months time, on December 8 2018.. He was convicted on drug charges in 2009. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the Youtube video below:
Buju Banton - Send Back Adams - February 2018





jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgBeyonce and Jay-Z are being accused of copying Kanye and Kim's motorbike scene from the rapper's Bound 2 video.

The couple are currently in Jamaica reportedly filming a promotional video for their new tour, On The Run II.

On Thursday they were spotted in Kingston surrounded by film crew as they shot more scenes with Queen Bey sat behind her husband on a motorcycle with bull horns on the front.

The 26-year-old Drunk In Love singer was seen in a brown fringed suede dress with her blonde locks styled in frizzy waves.

Jay, 48, could be seen wearing a white shirt open at the neck with grey slacks.

The 99 Problems hitmaker wrapped a silk scarf around his head.

It's not clear if the couple, who are parents to daughter Blue Ivy and twins Sir and Rumi, are filming a music video or promotional material for their new tour.

It's the second time they've been spotted filming on a motorbike duringtheir Jamaica trek.

According to a report in Daily Mail, the images bear a striking resemblance to Kanye West's music video Bound 2 which featured his then fiancee Kim Kardashian.

However, Kanye was definitely NOT the first artiste to pose up on a bike, and he does not exclusive rights to this pose. And if people want to talk about copying, maybe they should check out Grace Jones' style of wearing masks and head-pices and body paint on stage. Grace was wearing masks as part of her performance WAY before Kanye, and quite likely she was his inspiration for his famous head and face gear. So those who think Kanye was the originator of this, just Google the amazing Grace Jones.





22 Jerk Plus on Barbican Road - Mar 24th, 2018

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Chronixx, Alkaline, win big at IRAWMA

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irawma-awards.jpgReggae singer Chronixx and dancehall sensation Alkaline, were the big winners in three categories each, at the combined 36th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and 37th Chicago Music Awards at the Logan Center for the Arts - University of Chicago last Sunday evening.

Fans of Africa's reggae star Shatta Wale brought the house down with excitement, applause and cheers, has he accepted the "Special IRAWMA/Martin's International Award of Honor". Wale was hardly able to give his acceptance speech, taking some two minutes to subdue his ecstatic fans Chronixx, captured the Awards for "Best Male Vocalist", "Best Album/CD" for "Chronology" and "Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer", while Alkaline won for, "Entertainer of the Year", "Best Song" and "Best Male Dancehall Artist". The complete list of winners, can be seen also at: http://www.irawma.com.

Winners and performers for the Chicago Music Awards will be coming in a separate release and can be seen at: http://www.chicagomusicawards.org.

Ephraim Martin announced that the 37th International Reggae and World Music Awards will return to Jamaica, on Saturday May 11, 2019 and will be held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

The event was sponsored by. NBC 5 Chicago, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), The Look - A Women's & Men's Store, LaFruteria Inc, Old World Market, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Kingston Mines Blues Club, Payne Center for Medicine and Music, SAPNA (Sri Annamacharya Project of North America), All United Imports, Rasta Love Punch, African Spectrum, Africa USA Today Magazine, CKW entertainment, Golden Krust Bakery, Kensey & Kensey Communications and others





Freddie McGregor's "Go Freddie Go" out today

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go.jpgNew York, NY- Legendary reggae icon, Freddie McGregor O.D. and CEO of Big Ship Music Inc. has emerged with new single "Go Freddie Go". The melodically rich song serves a musical testimony of Freddie's lengthy and successful career. The first single off his upcoming album on VP Records, "Go Freddie Go" is sure to become a classic Reggae summer jam.

Produced by Lincoln Thomas for Linkgitz Production and written by Freddie with Lincoln Thomas and Kemar Williams, the words embody self-conviction that whatever is thrown his way, he can handle as Freddie sings "I'm moving much faster, And I make nothing stop me, because Freddie always ready..."

In addition to releasing his new music, Freddie will be embarking on a tour this summer with stops in Canada and the US. Fans can come witness his vast music catalog live as he hits venues in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York with more dates to be added.

"Go Freddie Go, is truly a musical chronology of my life and career through my experiences, my journey and my legacy," said Freddie of his new single.

"I am pleased to be working with VP Records on this project and humbled to have had support from many during my 50 plus years in the business."





Shaggy to rock Queen Elizabeth's birthday bash

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shaggy-queen-elizabeth-and-sting.jpgQueen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday party is a concert that will be televised and broadcast on the radio by the BBC-"a fun and vibrant evening of contemporary hits, songs from classic musicals, unique collaborations and stars from around the Commonwealth," as the Royal Albert Hall's description reads.

The British monarch has a lineup of stars set to perform for her in a live music event with the BBC.

Musicians include Shaggy, Sting, Shawn Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sir Tom Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Anne Marie. The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will air on April 21, Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday.

According to a release from the Palace, "many members of the Royal Family" will be in attendance, though it was not specified whether or not Meghan Markle will be attending ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. Tickets are also available to the public

Sting and Shaggy's album entitled 44/876. is out on 4/20, the day before the Queen's bash. It includes the single "Don't Make Me Wait."





New York, NY (March 20, 2018) In a few days, Love and Harmony cruise will set sail on what will be an unforgettable voyage! Celebrating the Caribbean culture and a variety of entertainment by some of the greatest in reggae and soca as well as great Caribbean cuisine. Yet, Love and Harmony team is also adding a give back portion to all the fun and enjoyment of this annual trip.

"We are grateful for all the harmonizers who have booked their cabins and are sailing away with us this weekend, but we wanted to use this opportunity to give back to some of the less fortunate. With thousands of people setting out to sail to Jamaica and Grand Cayman with us, we figured what better way to come together and contribute to a greater cause" says Steven 'Jabba' Beckford one of the organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise.

The opportunity presented itself to the Love and Harmony team to give back to a little over 90 children residing at SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, Montego Bay. The village has been in existence since 1972 and the compound is made up of 12 small houses, a community center and a kindergarten, which also services the local community. Each of the small houses are home to 6-9 children who refer to each other as brother and sister, and a caretaker who they refer to as mommy. These children are either orphaned, abandoned or have been removed from their homes for multitude of reasons, including physical and sexual abuse.

The Love & Harmony team and cruisers will be donating at least one or more essential items, which was requested by the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town. The items varies from toiletries, school supplies, under clothes, school shoes, to batteries and multi vitamins for children.

All donations will be collected in a collection box once the ship is docked in Montego Bay.

If not sailing on the Love and Harmony Cruise and would like to make a donation please contact 1-800-225-8757 for more information.





Missing woman's body found in shallow grave

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA St. Catherine woman who was reported missing on Monday was found buried in a shallow grave in St. Thomas Tuesday after her boyfriend reportedly confessed to killing her.

She has been identified as 36-year old Latisha Bravo, also known as Keisha, a store keeper of Linstead in St. Catherine.

According to a police report, Ms Bravo visited her boyfriend in Duhaney Pen, St. Thomas on Sunday.

The following morning they reportedly had a dispute during which it is believed that she was strangled to death. It is reported that he then hid the body under a bed and went to work. About 8 o'clock Monday evening he allegedly took the body to the seaside in Duhaney Pen and buried it.

Later in the night the St. Thomas Police received information that Miss Bravo had been reported missing.

Her boyfriend was taken into custody where he allegedly confessed to the killing.The police say he led them to the shallow grave.





2 charged for shooting death of 3 y-o girl

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men who were detained in connection with last month's killing of a three year old girl in Annotto Bay, St. Mary have been charged.

They were charged on Tuesday evening with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called 'Pooka', of Cane Lane, was shot on February 14 while walking home with her stepfather.

Residents of Cane Lane have blocked sections of the main road in Annotto Bay to protest the men being charged.

The residents, who also protested the arrest of the men last week, insist that they are innocent.





ruddy-spencer.jpgState minister Rudyard Spencer has found himself in the midst of a firestorm of criticism for telling labourites at a political meeting in Bellefield, Manchester on the weekend that now that a member of the JLP is now at the helm of the RADA, whatever issues they had faced with receiving assistance from the entity, which provides agricultural extension services, were of the past.

SPENCER: Labourites, we have a system where we will now have our own chairman of RADA and things have been happening and things can happen at RADA. But naturally, you will meet some bottlenecks because we have just taken over the system and we are trying to find our way around the system. Where you never have a parish manager for RADA, you now have a Labourite being the chairman of RADA, so whatever problems you use to have ...

(Spencer pauses to hear advice of someone reminding him that the media were present.)

SPENCER: No, no I want them hear.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Mine weh you a talk seh

SPENCER: Whatever problems you use to have, I believe now most of those problems would have gone away because you have your own manager to assist in the management of RADA ... So therefore, you can't say that you are getting no attention, you can't say nothing is happening, because in fairness, you have your own manager, to report whatever problems you have and expect him to solve those problem.





Clansman Gang top man and family arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) is reporting that one of the leaders of the Clansman gang has been arrested and charged.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of C-TOC, said the gang leader, 33 year old Andre 'Blackman' Bryan, along with three members of his family were picked up during an operation in an upscale community in St. Andrew on March 4.

The three family members are his mother, 53 year old Millicent Brown, sister Alecia Brown, and his brother, Kevaughn Green. Two other members of the gang, Davion Edwards, otherwise called 'Lizard' and Boswell Rhoden, otherwise called 'Stephan', were picked on in another location on Monday March 5.

Charges in relation to the anti-gang legislation were laid against all six individuals on Monday, March 19. ACP Bailey said C-TOC launched an investigation into the Clansman gang in 2015, which led to the arrest and charge of 32 members over the period.

He said 78 of the 134 murders committed in St. Catherine in 2017 can be attributed to the Clansman gang.





western-union.jpgGraceKennedy Limited (GK) and its partner Western Union announced today an expansion of the company's digital money transfer service, which will allow Jamaicans to send funds via an online platform to 200 countries globally.

Effective April 1, the Jamaica operations of GraceKennedy Money Services, a GK subsidiary, will be the first in the Caribbean and Latin America to offer the digital service at WesternUnion.com.

To use the new outbound service, consumers in Jamaica can begin the registration process online but must go to a physical location to complete the process, including providing identification.

Thereafter they will be able to send and receive funds online. The methods of payment include debit, credit card and Apple Pay.

Previously, money could be received online in Jamaica, but not sent. The launch of the service brings to 42 the number of countries which now have the digital transactional service from Western Union.





Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) - After 8+ years of unforgettable events in Washington DC, Bermuda and Miami, the Hookie life team is taking its flagship event, 'Hookie' to Jamaica for its debut on Friday April 6th, 2018 as part of the island's Carnival's festivities.

Hookie, comes from the term 'playing hookie' and means to skip out on one's obligations in order to have fun, will bring its 'stay home from work to fete' concept to beautiful Jamaica in fine fashion.

This inaugural edition of Hookie Jamaica is a collaborative effort between the promoters Hookie Life Entertainment and Renaissance Disco, Jamaica's premiere DJ sound system and event connoisseurs. This year's incarnation of the event will take place in the form of an epic poolside breakfast party affair at the Constant Spring Golf Course.

The popular fete franchise known for its string of events such as the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Hookie Miami has already generated a buzz within the Caribbean islands and diaspora due to its high standard of quality and undeniable entertainment factor.

The beloved brand will now deliver its unmistakable vibe and energy to the land of wood and water.

Carnival lovers in Kingston are in store for a one of a kind experience complete with a complimentary cross-Caribbean breakfast buffet and an all-star cast of local, regional and International DJs.

The event's amazing DJ line-up features Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, T&T's top female selector Alicia The Duchess, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, International Stephen (ATL), Freeze International (NYC) and DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0.

As one of the latest additions to the Jamaica Carnival event roster, Hookie will be the only breakfast and pool party on the Carnival Friday schedule.

The diligent organizers of Hookie Jamaica have put much effort into bringing forth a memorable experience for Jamaica's Soca Junkies and visiting Fete-a-holics alike.

In addition to complimentary breakfast, sizzling Soca music by top DJs, a fully stocked bar to satisfy a wide variety of drinking pleasures and an amazing venue, this famed event will bring together Carnival enthusiasts from various parts of the globe to revel in one place.

Experience the ultimate poolside breakfast party at 'Hookie Jamaica' on Friday 6th April 2018, at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Kingston, from 8am - 3pm for $30 USD ($3,720 JMD).

For additional information on Hookie Jamaica 2018, please visit: www.hookielife.com OR www.facebook.com/hookielife OR www.instagram.com/hookielife

For tickets, please visit: Hookielife.com


this-crew-thoroughly-enjoyed-hookie-miami-2017.jpgThis crew thoroughly enjoyed Hookie Miami 2017.

 

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Enjoying the poolside vibes at Hookie DC 2017

 

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Alicia D Dutchess will add some Trini flavour to Hookie JA.





President of the opposition Peoples National Party PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, dropped a huge bowl of macaroni in Parliament on Monday when he listed out a litany of woes besetting the Jamaican government: "How can the government who gave up over four billion dollars in revenues in the past two years to the bauxite companies now claim they would have to impose new taxes in order to pay increases for teachers. What kind of madness is that...?"

Minister Phillips then said cheekily, "Sometimes, Mr Speaker, it look like is Macaroni running the government!"

D-E-A-D!

Place mash up!

peter-phillips-photo-4.jpgLaughter!

Video clip gone V-I-R-A-L.

Welcome to Jamaica, the land of wood and water and Macaroni.

For those of you who don't know, Macaroni is the true-to-life, reluctant Internet sensation whose attempts to drive his bus through dangerous waters went viral after it was posted online, complete with a voice saying over and over again, "A couldn't Macaroni that!"

As it turned out, it really wasn't Macaroni driving the bus, but somehow since that viral video, the memes followed and every ridiculous situation and incidents of buffoonery have attracted the label: "A must Macaroni do that."

So, is it really Macaroni who is running the government of Jamaica?

Macaroni, tell us it aint so. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the video clip below of Peter Phillips having his Macaroni Moment.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police are reporting that four members of the Montego Bay based G-City Gang are among the 123 people so far detained in the State of Public Emergency in the St Catherine North division.

The State of Public Emergency was declared yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

According to the police, 96 of the detainees have been processed and released while 27 remain in custody.

*Three detainees wanted for several offences including simple larceny, shooting with intent, unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

*Three arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act following the seizure of a Glock Pistol with a magazine containing 10 rounds on the Bernard Lodge Main Road

*Two arrested for Breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The public is being reminded that it is an offence to harbour criminals.





commissioner-antony-anderson-sworn-in.jpgMajor General Antony Anderson began his first day as Commissioner of Police, after taking the Oath of Office today.

"Decked in his uniform, the Commissioner of Police was quickly sworn on by Bishop Dr Gary Welsh, Justice of the Peace and Assistant Commissioner of Police, followed by a briefing session with area and section commanders," stated the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communication Unit in a release today.

Anderson is replacing George Quallo, who was appointed on April 18 last year, but decided to retire last month after his relationship with National Security Minister Robert Montague soured.





state-of-emergency.jpgOperating hours for businesses and other establishments in sections of the St. Catherine North Police Division, where a State of Public Emergency was declared on Sunday (March 18), have been adjusted in keeping with stipulations under the enhanced security operation.

According to the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), the closing hours for all businesses in Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk are now either 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Those that should close by 7:00 p.m. are cook shops, dry goods establishments and haberdasheries, spirit license premises, service stations, clubs and fast food outlets, pharmacies, and churches. Community recreational facilities should close by 6:00 p.m.

The specified boundaries within which the operation is being undertaken are:

North - from the intersection of the St Ann, Clarendon, and St Catherine parish boundaries towards Garfield Road, the Moneague leg of the North-South Highway and Guy's Hill square;

East - along the St. Catherine parish boundary, to Sligoville, the intersection of Highway 2000, Lakes Pen Road, Port Henderson Road, Salt Pond Road and Hill Run main road;

South - from the Hartland main road to the Hill Run main road, and West - along the parish boundary to Ginger Ridge, Blue Hole, Marley Hill and Dover Road, to the intersection of the PJ Patterson Highway and the Hartland main road.

The CCU has declared that the security forces will also be placing special focus on bus parks within the targeted communities.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared the State of Public Emergency during a press conference at Jamaica House.

A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force/Jamaica Defence Force team was deployed to the area to undertake enhanced security measures for an initial 14 days, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.

The Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act to bring the enhanced security measures into effect was signed by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, and has been gazetted.

The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such this year, following a similar declaration in the western parish of St. James in January.





Suspected serial rapist held in St Thomas

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held.jpgThe police have held a suspected serial rapist in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

He was held during a special operation on the weekend.

The suspect is believed to be involved in several incidents of sexual attacks in St Thomas and sections of the Corporate Area.

The Constabulary Communication Unit says investigations are ongoing and has promised to release more information as soon as it becomes available.

Have information that can help?

CALL:

Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse

926-4079

811

Send tips via:

Stay Alert App

Nearest police station





Visitor dies in St. Ann crash

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fatal-crash.jpgA woman was killed and five persons, including a two year old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Llandovery main road in St. Ann on Sunday evening.

The deceased was a visitor to the island. It's reported that she arrived on Friday for a birthday celebration.

The car in which she was traveling collided with a Sports Utility Vehicle about 7 o'clock.

The driver of the SUV, who was the sole occupant of that vehicle, was also injured.





police-cars.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for criminals who robbed and then chopped to death a popular bus operator in Retreat, St Mary.

The dead man has been identified as Michael Walker, alias Jahmikes, a 47-year-old man, who is originally from Salem, Runaway Bay in St Ann.

Police say Walker, who operates a bus in and around St Mary, was found suffering from chop wounds along one of his regular routes last Thursday.

He was rushed to hospital where he was battling for life but later died while being treated.

Police say their initial probe revealed that several personal items belonging to Walker, including money and a cellular phone were stolen, when he was attacked

Police say since the attack they have stepped up their search for the perpetrators and are calling on residents in the parish to provide any information that could assist them in their probe.

And as police dig deeper for clues residents have taken to social to voice their concern over the attack.

"Michael Jahmikes Walker rest in peace me bredda. I wish I cud see you alive one more time again and we drink a one Guinness together.... sighhh smh."

Another post read, "May his soul rest in peace and memories continue resonate each and every day."

Meanwhile, another friend of the deceased man lamented on the senseless killings across St Mary.

"St Mary in the news so much these days for negatives and here I would never imagine my dear friend Michael (Walker) would join in and just gone so. Tears to my eyes. Smh. How could they kill him like that? He did no one anything. I am tired of these killings. Tired, tired rip Michael," the post read.

St Mary has recorded twelve murders since the start of the year.





Jay Z, Beyonce and kids arrive in Jamaica

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jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgThe power couple and their three children all arrived in Jamaica Sunday night, reports say, adding that Jay Z and Beyonce are in the island to record new music along with a music video.

The platinum-selling artistes, accompanied by their children and nanny, will reportedly be staying at a private residence in Kingston

Just last week, Jay and Bey announced their On The Run 2 tour featuring a Jamaican classic.

The 1977 hit by Marcia Aitken I'm Still In Love (With You Boy) is the background track for the 45 second teaser.

According to 13thstreetpromotions.com, the single produced by Joe Gibbs gave the young Aitkens who was a student at the time, her first number one hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK.

The single was featured on her 1981 debut, Reggae Impact, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 version.

I'm Still In Love has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.





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20th Anniversary Celebration to Reggae Sumfest on July 19th

Downsound Entertainment & Reggae Sumfest Are Bringing Irish & Chin's World Clash Back to Montego Bay for A 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Early-Bird Tickets Available through March 31.

Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest are bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash for a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay, which represents an historic moment in Jamaican Music History. For a decade, between 2001 and 2010, fans were blown away by the sounds and over-the-top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their Montego Bay...presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition.

These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world, featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat/Pink Panther, Black Blunt,
Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on.

Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One, year after year; then one day, it was over because of some political problems. But now...it is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest who are bringing the greatest Sound System event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music!

Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Entertainment had this statement to say about it all, "We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one the biggest and best ever."

Irish & Chin founder, Garfield "Chin" Bourne expressed his excitement with the following, "I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand! Returning to Jamaica and bringing World Clash to Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many, many years. What a great homecoming!"

Early-bird Tickets to Irish & Chin's World Clash Event,

as well as tickets to all the other Reggae Sumfest events are available on

REGGAE SUMFEST WEBSITE

on the ticket link.

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Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events

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EarlyBird 2 Tickets Just Added for

All Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events

Now Until March 31. Visit Website for info

Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events:

  • The Colorfest Beach Party on July 15 - The Ultimate Beach Party kicks off the beginning of Sumfest Week
  • The All White Party on July 17- Pier One Restaurant & Bar, The Social Event of the Summer
  • The Blitz Party on July 18 - Way Wild Line-Up with Stefflon Don, Safaree & more TBA
  • The Irish & Chin 20th Anniversary World Clash Celebration on July 19 - Pier One Event Centre, World Clash Champions Live
  • Morning Medz on July 22 - Grand Finale to Sumfest, Sunday morning from 7am-2pm, Tailgate Party

Click Here for Tickets and More Information

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Friday and Saturday, July 20 & 21 at

Catherine Hall Event Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Friday Night, July 20th:

Popcaan - Aidonia - Bounty Killer - Sizzla - Spice

Tommy Lee Sparta - Agent Sasco - Ding Dong - I-Octane

J Boog- Stonebwoy - Harry Toddler - Yanique - D-Major

Kemar Hicon - Tosh Alexander - Shano

Dovey Magnum - Hood Celebrity - Stushie

More To Come ~ Plus Special Guest Stars


Saturday Night, July 21st:

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Beres Hammond

Maxi Priest - Cham - Capleton - Jessie Royal

Raging Fyah - Fanton Mojah - Keznamdi

Empress Ayeola - Naomi Cowan

More To Come ~ Plus Special Guest Stars

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Specially Priced EarlyBird 2 Ticket

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Available Now For All
Reggae Sumfest Events
Until Saturday March 31

Click Here to purchase Tickets now

Prices up April 1

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Flourgon suing Miley Cyrus for $300 million

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flourgan.jpgThe international media is reporting that Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer's 2013 smash "We Can't Stop" closely resembles a song he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song "We Run Things" has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of "We Can't Stop" comes from him.

According to reporter, Jonathan Stempel, Flourgon accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating his material, including the phrase "We run things. Things no run we," which she sings as "We run things. Things don't run we."

miley-cyrus.jpgRepresentatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Sony did not immediately respond to a similar request.

May said he sought to protect his work last year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things."

He said Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content."

The Kingston, Jamaica resident is also seeking a halt to further sales and performances of "We Can't Stop," according to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case.

"We Can't Stop," from Cyrus' album "Bangerz," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

It was kept from the top by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," itself the subject of a high-profile copyright case over its resemblance to a 1977 Marvin Gaye song. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)





Vinyl Thursdays coming soon in Amsterdam

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Thursday 5 April 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland) is the date to keep in mind.

Vinyl Thursdays will come to Amsterdam! The weekly Vinyl Thursdays event in Kingston (Jamaica) is one of their favorite parties, when the BLACK STAR crew is visiting Jamaica. Once a month they will bring the event to Amsterdam (Holland) now. Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will take place every first Thursday the month in the basement of Hill Street Blues Cafe in Amsterdam centre, starting from Thursday April 5th.

The concept of Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will be exactly the same as in Jamaica: every month (guest) DJ's who play strictly vinyl! Besides the DJ's/selectors, there is time for singers and toasters during the open mic. Everything will be streamed live!

Resident crew: BLACK STAR SOUND feat. Selector DEN-DEN, MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC/host and sound effects).

Free entrance + smokers friendly vibes!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event

Facebook group Vinyl Thursdays For more upcoming events, see Black Star Foundation.





Sunday 18 March 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland)

This Sunday BLACK STAR SOUND (Amsterdam) will bring you a full 6-hour roots reggae DJ set at Hill Street Blues Cafe in the city centre of Amsterdam. Selector DEN-DEN will play from old to brand new tunes and dubplates fresh outta Jamaica! He is assisted by MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC and sound effects). Come along to drink, smoke, dance and enjoy sweet reggae music!

From 19.00 till 01.00 - Free entrance and smokers friendly!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event





15th ANNIVERSARY OF BLACK STAR FOUNDATION

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Sunday 15 April 2018 - Melkweg (Amsterdam - Holland)

On Sunday 15 April 2018 BLACK STAR FOUNDATION will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Black Star Foundation at Melkweg, Amsterdam (Holland)! There will be live performances and DJ's, a photo exhibition, Jamaican food, reggae decorations (in cooperation with DecoRoots) and lots of Black Star merchandise and CD's.

Besides BLACK STAR SOUND, many artists will perform with whom we have worked with over the years, like BACK-A-WALL MOVEMENT (Holland), MC JAHFORTH (Jamaica/Holland), Mr. AYA (France), RAPHA PICO (Surinam/Holland), TWOROOTS band feat. ASHER-E (Holland), LEAH ROSIER (Holland) and EXILE DI BRAVE (Jamaica).

Main act for the event will be Studio One veteran LONE RANGER (Jamaica)!

From 19:00 / Tickets โ‚ฌ 15 + membership / Buy your tickets at Tickermaster

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / More info (Facebook event)





World Clash for Reggae Sumfest

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgDownsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash in a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay represents a historic moment in Jamaican Music History.

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Fans were blown away by the sounds and over the top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their World Clash Sound System events at Pier One in Montego Bay......presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition....These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world....featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat / Pink Panther, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on. Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One year after year....then one day, it was over.....some political problems. But now...it is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest....Bringing the greatest sound system event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music. Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Enterttainment had this to say about it all....." We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one....The biggest and best ever " . Irish & Chin founder Garfield " Chin " Bourne expressed his excitement with the following...." I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand...returning to Jamaica, bringing World Clash with Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many many years....What a great homecoming !





anju-blaxx-and-brent-bunting.jpgBusinessman, Brent Bunting, the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, up to Thursday, was reportedly is still in hospital and his condition was listed as serious.

This follows a fight with music producer Anju Blaxx and a gang of men at a complex in supper St Andrew last Friday. According to reports online, Brent Bunting reportedly complained that loud music which was being played at the complex was preventing his child from sleeping. It's further alleged that a physical altercation ensued and Bunting was tossed down a flight of stairs by Blaxxx and several men.

It's also alleged Blaxxx and his associates stomped on Bunting's face after he was tossed down the staircase.

Bunting's jaw was fractured and he suffered an injury to his eyes.

Facial Reconstructive Surgery was performed on the younger Bunting on Tuesday.

Blaxx reportedly received minor facial injury during the altercation. Both men have accused each other of being the aggressor.

37-year-old Blaxx, whose given name is Andrew Myrie, has been charged with wounding with intent in connection with the incident, while 27-year-old Bunting has been charged with unlawful wounding.

When contacted Wednesday, Head of the St. Andrew North Police Division, Superintendent Glenford Miller, told our news centre that he was in a meeting and could not comment.

In an interview posted online, Brent's father, Peter Bunting is quoted as saying that his son is "lucky to be alive".

The reporter quotes Bunting thus: "Most of the media is carrying publicity for Anju Blaxx when they are not aware of the details of the case. I was not there but from the accounts I have been getting, he is lucky to be alive, some of them had knives, and some even came to his home trying to kick off his door. He had been retreating from the situation and they ran him down and pulled him down the stairs. He was not the aggressor," Producer, Andrew Myrie otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx' walked free from wire fraud charges in the United States in August 2016. His attorney in the case, KD Knight told the press at the time that his client, Anju BLaxx did not make a plea deal with federal agents in the US state of North Dakota where he was charged. Charges against Anju Blaxx were dismissed in the United States after the prosecution there moved a motion for the case to be dismissed.

Anju Blaxx subsequently pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to aiding in the making of a false declaration to Jamaica Customs in 2013. He was fined $250,000.





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Red Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Catherine Hall Event Centre

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Friday July 20, 2018

Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, I-Octane, J. Boog, Stonebwoy, Harry Toddler, Yanique, D-Major, Kemar Hicon, Tosh Alexander, Shano, Dovey Magnum, Hood Celebrity, Stushie, More to come plus special quest stars.

Saturday July 21, 2018

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Beresh Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Fanton Mojah, Kezmandi, Empress Ayeola, Naomi Cowan, More to come plus special quest stars

Tickets & Info at reggaesumfest.com

Sponsors:

Pepsi & Jamaica Tourist Board

Must be Legal Drinking Age

Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly





Reggae SumFest - Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Irish and Chin's

World Clash

Featuring

Tony Matterhorn
2x World Clash Champion

Mighty Crown
5x World Clash Champion

Ricky Trooper
2x World Class Champion

Ping Panther
6x World Clash Champion

20 Years Celebration
1998-2018

Pier One
Montego Bay, Jamaica

A Downsound Entertainment Production

For all show and ticketing info please check: www.reggaesumfest.com

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Please drink responsibly.





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgRick Ross joins Jamaican dancehall star Konshens on his genre-bending single "Big Belly."

Blending reggae, dancehall, and trap, the Rvssian-produced track allows the rapper to celebrate life and money. "Big Belly, mon," he raps. "You know the don / Rolex on my arm, I keep my soldiers armed."

"Big Belly" is one of 16 tracks off Konshens' sophomore album It Feel Good, which also features Chris Brown ("Bruk Off Yuh Back"), Shaggy ("Body Happy"), and Satori ("Days of My Life"). In 2016, Konshen's "Bruk Off Yuh Back," blew up, garnering a remix with Breezy, which came became the song's official single.

Konshens has now previewed the music video for the single.

"Big Belly" is the first video to be released from the project and the Subkonshus boss recently hinted that there could be more videos coming.

Last week, he and Tarrus Riley dropped the video for their collaborative effort "Simple Blessing" featured on the 'All Night Riddim' produced by Chimney Records.





anju-blaxx-photo-2.jpgWhat a prekeh!

UIM producer Anju Blaxx and the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament (MP) and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting had a fisticuffs at a house in St Andrew last Friday. It all went down after Bunting's son, Bent, a businessman, knocked at Anju Blaxx door complaining about the music that was being played. Andrew Myrie, otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx', was hosting a birthday party at his home.

Well, an argument reportedly developed between the two, which escalated into a fight.

Bunting, it is reported, suffered a fractured jaw during the fracas, while Myrie sustained injuries to his face and a cut to one of his fingers from a piece of broken glass.

Both men were taken to the Constant Spring Police Station, where they were each charged with wounding.





Reggae Boy Damion Lowe blasts Bolt in FB post

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damion-lowe.jpgDamion Lowe, the son of former national player Onandi Lowe, has take Usain Bolt to task for his "disrespectful" comments regarding the Reggae Boyz.

In a FB post, the young Lowe told Bolt: "You're basically degrading all the work your fellow Jamaicans have put to get us into the top 50, to have only lost 5 games out of 18."

"You guys should stop seeing Jamaica football as it was in the past. We are rising and it's evident with our results and rankings."

"I guess Mr. Bolt u would rather go represent another country because u think they aren't good enough for your talents. Look what you did for Jamaica it opened so many doors it shined a light on us," Lowe wrote.

"Imagine if u had taken that talent to another country, who would be breaking records for us? who would be winning back to back golds?

"Just like the young man you are talking about if he plays for Jamaica he will be seen as a Jamaican creating wonders in world football and it will give other young players chances, it will open doors for many. If he plays for another country he won't be seen as an ambassador for Jamaica. Be proud no matter what the situation. Yes I'm not playing for the big leagues, but I'm gonna get there one day and I won't and will never regret playing for Jamaica. U know why? Because when I do brand Jamaica will be next to my name. Not Belgium, not Germany not Spain not Norway."

Kudos to you Mr. Lowe.





usain-bolt-and-leon-bailey.jpgDecorated Jamaica Olympic champions Usain Bolt insists he will not encourage Bundesliga star and compatriot Leon Bailey to represent the national team as it is currently below his level.

The 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger has been one of the German league's hottest property's this season, scoring 9 goals in 17 appearances and being an all-around thorn in the flesh of defenders.

The player's talent has garnered attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs, but recently so have some countries.





jamaican-student-and-white-girl-tampon-drama.jpgThe New York Post is reporting that a white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black Jamaican roommate's belongings has been allowed into a probation programme that could result in criminal charges being erased from her record.

According to the Post, state judge in Hartford on Monday granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for accelerated rehabilitation. Misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges will be erased if she successfully completes two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. Police said the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate's backpack and putting her roommate's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine." She also called her roommate "Jamaican Barbie," and wrote that she put moldy clam dip in her roommate's lotions and spit in her coconut oil, police said.

The incident went viral after the Jamaican roommate, Chennel Rowe, shared her ordeal on social media. Rowe wrote that she developed throat pain and doctors couldn't pinpoint exactly what was causing it.

Rowe attended the court hearing and did not oppose the probation programme request Monday, saying she hoped Brochu would "change her ways."

Brochu's attorney, Tom Stevens, has said Brochu and Rowe had a falling out and Brochu's actions were not racially motivated. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.

Stevens apologized on Brochu's behalf Monday. He said Brochu wanted to apologize sooner, but he advised her not to because of a potential civil lawsuit. Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.

Brochu also told authorities that she did put tampon blood on Rowe's backpack and licked Rowe's plate, fork and spoon, but denied doing anything else. She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to "appear funny," a police report said.

Source: NY Post





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the students from the Green Island High school in Hanover, who was caught on video attacking a bus conductor with knives and stones, has been taken into custody by the police.

The boy, who was accompanied by his father, surrendered to the police Friday - two days after the incident. The teenager was taken in by his father after he saw the video that is circulating on social media.

Head of the Hanover police, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, told RJR News that the police have identified all the boys involved in the incident

She said the police are in dialogue with the Principal and the Dean of Discipline at the school to have them taken in.

In the video, five boys are seen attacking the conductor with knives. The conductor was slapped in the face by a student holding a chopper before the other boys joined in the attack.

The conductor ran into the bus to seek refuge, but the boys proceeded to hurl stones on the vehicle, smashing several windows.

Several students in the bus were reportedly injured.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgMoravian pastor Rupert Clarke has been sentenced to eight years in prison on two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old and many are questioning how the man of the cloth was given such a "lenient sentence".

The sentences are to run at the same time which means Clarke will only serve eight years in prison.

The complainants are both sisters.

Clarke was sentenced in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court almost four months after he pleased guilty to the crimes.

On November 29, Clarke had appeared in court for the hearing of an application by the prosecution to transfer the sexual offence matter from the St Elizabeth Circuit Court to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Justice Martin Gayle reportedly granted the application for the matter to be transferred to Kingston when Clarke's lawyer Deborah Martin asked for his client to re-enter a plea.

That's when Clarke changed his plea from not-guilty to guilty on two counts of having sex with a person under sixteen years old.

Clarke, 64 was the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

The police report that in December 2016, a team was on patrol in a community near Santa Cruz when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with a child.

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Further investigations revealed that Clarke also had a sexual relationship with the child's sister.





With one of the students from Green Island High School in Hanover who were caught on video viciously attacking a bus driver with knives and stones last week, being already in police custody, the hunt is on for the others who have been identified from the video.

The boy in custody was accompanied by his father when he surrendered to the police on Friday. The father took the initiative reportedly after seeing the video that is circulating on social media.

Now police investigator, who have identified the boys who were actively involved in the incident, are zeroing in on the school community to produce the suspects.

The police are reported to be in discussion with the school's administration to have the boys taken in for questioning.

The video recording has at least five boys attacking the bus operator with knives, a chopper and stones at a bus stop after the operator had made a purchase from a vendor.

One of the boys, with the chopper menacingly in hand, violently slapped the bus man in the face, which spurred on the other boys to join in the attack.

This was while female students on the scene were seemingly recording the incident, labelling it as a report coming "live from Green Island", and, in the process, fostering the assault on the man.

Under relentless attack, the victim first makes a feeble attempt to defend himself, before fleeing into the bus.

The vehicle is then stoned by the attackers, resulting in damage to the unit, including some of its windows.

The bus had passengers when it came under attack, and there are reports that some of the occupants were injured in the process





Teachers plan sickout

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A sickout is reportedly being planned by the country's public school teachers.

Sources have informed The Gleaner/Power 106 news centre that the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), which represents public school teachers, will be stepping up action to protest against the government's wage offer to teachers.

On Friday, at a joint press conference with International Monetary Fund representatives, Finance Minister Audley Shaw insisted that the government could not make a better wage offer to public sector unions which did not accept.

But this after he had previously indicated that the government would be going ahead with plans to pay, this month, the wage increase it has agreed with some public sector unions to all workers, including those who have rejected the deal.

However, the JTA has taken issue with the payment of the five per cent increase, which will cover the first year of the four-year deal.

It said, last week, that the move is unprecedented in light of the fact that the current salary negotiation has not been concluded nor a Heads of Agreement signed.

The JTA had warned that if the payment is made this month it would view the action of the finance ministry as being tantamount to union busting and a breach of Collective Bargaining Rights.





Alleged phone thief battered in Springs Plaza

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phone-thief.jpgAn alleged phone thief barely escape with his life in Half-Way Tree on Saturday afternoon after being viciously attacked by an angry mob who accused him of stealing a woman's phone.

Reports are that about 1:30 pm, a woman was seen on the Springs Plaza in the commercial district, running and shouting "tief, tief, mi want mi phone" while a young man was speeding away from her.\

A man was subsequently held by a private security officer, and within minutes a crowd descended on the pair and demanded that the man be killed.

The male security officer tried to take the man away from the growing crowd but the mob was too much for the officer. They rained blows all over the body of the alleged thief, before other security officers joined in the rescue of the man.

Still, the officers were outnumbered by the angry mob, which included a security guard (from another company), who kicked the bleeding alleged "phone grabber" into his groin, and pulled a ratchet knife from his waist, and attempted to harm the already wounded man. That security guard was eventually pulled away by a small section of the crowd, who begged for "mercy".

The man was eventually rescued by the police. But not before being battered and bruised.

It is unclear if the woman's phone was recovered.





ishawnas-letter-to-dear-dream.jpg'Slippery When Wet' singer, Ishawna set social media alight when she uploaded her typical attention-grabbing semi-nude photo on Instagram with a 'letter' to gossip blogger Dear Dream.

"Dear dream...Hide my ID, I'm with a man and all his b***hes are my fans...they all wanna eat my French Fries๐ŸŸ What should I do?! And no mi nah drink nuh bleach!!!! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ," she wrote.

The post racked up over 25,000 likes and almost 1,000 comments. I

Dream on Instagram: "Slippery when wet ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆWhen I'm in the mood ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ"





Has new chick New York dumped Marvin the Beast?

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marvin-the-beast-and-new-york.jpgMarvin The Beast is back on the market.

According to sources, the controversial dancer was dumped by his new lover, exotic dancer New York after just little over a week of dating.

Marvin shocked dancehall fans last week when he confirmed his relationship with the former Vybz Kartel 'Teachas Pet' cast member just hours after his breakup with DHQ Nickeisha became public knowledge.

The 'Beast' and New York instantly became the talk of the town after appearing on Instagram live together locking lips, uploading photos on each others accounts and making a few appearances at a few events.

Well it seems NY has come to her senses as she reportedly gave Marvin the boot earlier this week and deleted all his photos off her Instagram account.





(P Chin in a letter to the editor) Prime Minister Andrew Holness said recently that regardless of concerns over the national identification system (NIDS), it is a step in the right direction to move the country into the digital age. This might be so, but the concerns cannot be ignored, otherwise we miss the real benefits of a digitised system.

We have noticed a ramped-up public relations campaign about NIDS -- an attempt to sway public opinion ahead of the January 2019 scheduled roll-out. Although the basic concept of a national ID is a good one, the new system proposed will be costly, funded from parts of an external loan of US$68 million from the Inter-American Development Bank, a loan which must be repaid.

Most people don't realise that NIDS has to be renewed every few years; the first entry will be free, but will individuals have to bear cost of renewal (or replacement)?

Any legitimate national ID can be digitised. As I've suggested, a better option would be to consider enhancing the taxpayer registration system (TRN) as the key identifying link to other national photo IDs such as passport, driver's licence, and the NIDS should become optional, like the others. Everyone can be identifiable. The TRN is already linked to the driver's licence, and TRN can be linked to birth and death registration, as well as every passport application.

We also have to consider the elderly, sick, poor and those without any fixed address, and the logistics trying to force these people into acquiring/renewing their NIDS entry. A national ID system should not necessarily mean a new system in the age of digitisation; we should firstly look at cost-effective ways to enhance what we already have.

It is understood that facial image, fingerprints (10), eye colour, and signature will be required for the NIDS. Since most citizens are neither threats nor security risks, I argue that biometrics data should be restricted to police services when processing suspects and conducting arrests. Other data such as race, religion, profession, education, blood type will be optional, we hear, but since much of this data will be changing constantly, it is best collected during a national census, in which names are not linked and we do not compromise personal information and confidentiality. I don't understand how partial (optional) data will be of any benefit to the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

In addition, I am sure the diaspora transacting business in Jamaica will also need to have a NIDS entry as well as the TRN, in addition to a Global Immigration Card, which was announced last year to facilitate easier entry for the diaspora who travel with foreign passports. It is my view there will be too many IDs to manage and maintain. We should be moving towards simplicity and efficiency as we embrace digitisation. P Chin chin_p@yahoo.com





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Best Collymore, one of the accused in the murder of his wife Simone Collymore, thought he was fleeing to freedom when he made his way to a seaside town in St Elizabeth last month. However, that was not to be, as the Barbados born US national was stopped in his tracks by the police who raided the guest house where he was staying and hauled him back to Kingston where he was arrested and charged.

The polce have now revealed that they were guided to Collymore's hideout via a Crime Stop tip to its 311 hotline.

At the time he was arrested, Collymore was believed to have been taking steps to flee the island by boat, according to the police.

Collymore had been prevented from leaving the island on the eve of his deceased wife's funeral. The cops held on to him, but subsequently released him, and then were later forced to issue a warrant for his arrest and make a call for Collymore to turn himself in.

When Collymore failed to report to a police station, his lawyer made a statement saying that his client was recovering from gun shot woulds which he had received two weeks before his wife's funeral.

Omar Collymore and two co-accused have since been each charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the execution-style killing of his wife, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Walters, on January 2. The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motorcycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Collymore, 35, Dwight Pink and 27-year-old labourer, Michael Adams, appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.





A fifth form student at Merl Grove High School on Constant Spring Roads is singing praises to the policemen who ran down and held a young scoundrel who grabbed her phone at the bust stop last Friday.

The CSEC student had just exited the school after her Geography extra class on Friday when a group of careless boys passed her and her friends and one grabbed her phone out of her hand and simply continued walking.

"The boy just said "Gimme dis" and took my phone," the shocked student was overheard telling her friends.

Upon realising that there were policemen stationed at intersection of Gore Terrace, Constant Spring Road and Dunrobin Avenue, the girls made an alarm and alerted the cops. The bleached out face hoodlum and his other undesirable mates walked out into the middle of the busy Constant Spring Road, skilfuly dodging speeding vehicles, as they made a bid to escape the cops, who were heading in their direction.

The brave officers showed their determination to duty when they immediately chased the boys and caught the phone grabber, who was easily identified by the Merl Grove student. Alas, however, the phone was not found in his possession. Nonetheless, he was bundled into waiting police vehicle and taken to the station, where his mother was called and informed of the incident.

The phone was finally retrieved by the police, however, the screen had been damaged.

Kudos to the cops on a job well done.





lorna-goodison.jpgJamaican poet Lorna Goodison is one of eight receipients of the Windham-Campbell Prize, which will see each writer being awarded a US$165,000 prize to support their writing.

The prize was established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell. The prize is among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the prizes are based.

Lorna Goodison's poetry draws the reader into a panoramic history of a woman's life, bearing witness to female embodiment, the colonial legacy, mortality, and the sacred.

Lorna Goodison is one of the Caribbean's foremost writers and the current Poet Laureate of Jamaica. She has received many honours, including the Musgrave Medal (1999) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (1987). She is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, where she was the Lemuel A. Johnson Professor of English and African and Afro-American Studies.





spice-photo-5.jpgThat's the question being asked on social media after Spice posted her clip.

On Tuesday, a promotional video of the Dancehall artiste playing a game "Two truths and a bluff" was posted and immediately social media went into overdrive, with some blasting Spice for selling out Jamaica because she made her Jamaican accent disappear. Others defended her by saying that she had to talk that way so that the viewers would understand what she is saying since many foreigners do not understand the Jamaican accent.

The first official video of Spice from the upcoming season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta showed Spice making three statements and fans were asked to state which two are true and which one was a lie.

The "Duffle Bag" rapper shared that Alicia Keys told her she was beautiful, former United States president slapped her on her ass, and she used to live in London. As expected the bit about Obama was the bluff. As Spice said, "Of course he didn't slap me on my ass...but everyone knows that I have a crush on Barack Obama...





popcaan-and-jah-vinci.jpgA brand new collaboration titled 'Steamy' is the treat that formers Gaza members Popcaan and Jah Vinci have for their fans. Here is a line from the collab: "P**y dem dead an' gone and bury, rifle a buss them jelly," Jah Vinci sings while Popcaan added, "Dash them in a bush them find them smelly, real old grungrel a beat up the belly, man skull a steam."

The two former members of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire/Gaza camp dropped the gritty single produced by Unruly Entertainment on Monday, March 5. Their last collab was six years ago on the 2012 single "Life Lost" another gritty song on the Arch Evil Riddim.and fans have been waiting for this one.





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgJamaican dancehall star Konshens, the artiste responsible for bashment party essentials "Bruk Off Yuh Back" and "Gal a Bubble," has teamed up with Rick Ross on new single "Big Belly."

"Big Belly," freshly premiered on Billboard.com, seamlessly blends dancehall and trap vibes courtesy of Rvssian, the Jamaican producer known for his work with Bad Bunny, Kevin Gates and Vybz Kartel.

Fresh off recent collaborations with Major Lazer ("Front of the Line"), Nipsey Hussle ("Succa Proof"), The Chainsmokers ("Don't Let Me Down" remix) and Nicky Jam/Bad Bunny ("Privado"), Konshens is taking dancehall to a higher level with his sophomore LP, It Feel Good. The album, the first in a new venture with San Francisco-based EMPIRE, features appearances from Rick Ross, Shaggy, Chris Brown and Tarrus Riley, and production from a committee of Jamaica's most talented producers including Rvssian, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and Don Corleon. (PHOTO CREDIT: KEYSUS)

It Feel Good is out now:

https://Empire.lnk.to/ItFeelGood





Govana tops charts in St. Vincent

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govana.jpgAfter being named '2017 Breakthrough Artiste of the Year' and taking home some silverware courtesy of the 'Your View Awards' (YVAs). 4th Genna recording artiste Govana is definitely seeing an upsurge in popularity and demand come 2018.

Enjoying premium rotation on the airwaves and social scene, the Spanish Town deejay has also seen a considerable spike in requests for concert appearances across the diaspora. The artiste is booked for a cadre of high profile assignments in the weeks ahead including Digicel Grand Prix, Up To The Line (After Champs Party), Aidonia Birthday Party, Crab Fest and Reggae Sumfest among a plethora of others. Govana is also expected to depart the island in May for Toronto, Canada.

Best known for the tracks Run Road, Gyal Clown, Gyal Thief, Loco and Breeze (featuring Aidonia), the deejay has also climbed to the top of St. Vincent's Hot 97.1FM Chart with his latest effort 'Rich Forever'. Featured on the newly released Life's Path rhythm compilation the project is produced by Good Good Production.





Reggae Sumfest partners with Bacchanal Jamaica

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sumfest-2018-bacchanal-photo-1.jpgDownsound Entertainment (DSE), through its Reggae Sumfest Brand, will be partnering with Bacchanal Jamaica as the presenting sponsor of Bacchanal Live, to be held on Friday , March 23 at the Mas Camp. It will be the first live event of the season and will feature Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal band. In addition, the Reggae Sumfest truck will be a part of the road parade on Sunday , April 8.

"DownSound Entertainment is about offering first class entertainment" remarked Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of DSE, "and we are also about inclusiveness. Over the last two years we increased the following for Reggae Sumfest significantly, both locally and globally and that remains our main focus. This year we have started the promotions of the festival early and our campaign is vibrant. The carnival audience is very similar to our Sumfest audience and our partnership with Bacchanal Jamaica will help us to promote Sumfest to a large fun-loving audience, looking for new opportunities for great entertainment. Carnival, like Sumfest, brings in many visitors to the island, particularly to Kingston. This can only help to build our economy and this therefore fulfills another objective of DownSound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest."

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Skatta Burrell, DownSound team member expanded on some of the joint marketing initiatives and shared that "street promotions for Reggae Sumfest started with the Sumfest Dolls making the rounds of Bacchanal and other events in the lead up for the carnival season and now they will also be in the road parade with the Reggae Sumfest truck which is well known for its striking and vibrant design. We will be spicing it up for Carnival and it will certainly be the most impressive truck in the parade. We will be mixing in just a taste of our Reggae Sumfest style with the music of pretty mas, adding to the vibes on the road."

"Reggae Sumfest is a one of a kind event", commented Karla Jankee of DSE, "always exciting, always with its own style, and our Sumfest Dolls will definitely stand out as they join the parade clad in unique costumes featuring the exquisite designs of Nish Kollections. Of course they will be tweaked specially to fit into the carnival theme.

When asked about the association, Charmaine Franklin, director of Bacchanal Jamaica remarked, " We welcome DownSound Entertainment to the Bacchanal family. We believe that there are synergies that can work very well between Reggae Sumfest and Carnival. More and more of the soca performers are doing collaborations with reggae and dancehall artistes developing a crossover sound that is very catchy and very much liked by all Caribbean people. It is therefore a good time for this collaboration of the two events. We can definitely work together for the development of both and the Bacchanal team is committed to also working with DownSound to promote Reggae Sumfest.

Tickets for Bacchanal Live are already on sale online and will go on sale in the outlets soon.

Additional information on Sumfest's week of activities and early bird tickets can be found at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





14-year-old and taximan shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA family is in mourning as a 14-year-old male student from a prominent high school was chased and killed by unknown assailants on Saturday. A taxi operator was also shot dead by the gunmen during a brazen daylight attack along Alexander Road, Hunts Bay, Kingston on Saturday.

The dead have been identified as Domaine Hall, student and resident of Rodney Road, Kingston and Richard Francis, 44 -year-old, taxi operator of 2 Alexander Road, Kingston 13.

Reports are that about 8:30 a.m. Francis was cleaning a grey Nissan Tiida motor car along the roadway when he was attacked and shot several times by two men carrying guns.

Following the attack the men were leaving the area when they saw the teenager, Domaine, who was fetching water at a nearby stand pipe.

Reports are that the teen attempted to run but was chased and shot by the assailants.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called to the community and the injured men taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident has triggered shock and anger in the community.





police-commissioner-antony-anderson.jpgFormer army chief Major General Antony Anderson has been appointed Police Commissioner effective March 19.

He will succeed George Quallo who retired earlier this year.

Major General Anderson currently serves as the National Security Adviser, a post he has filled since being appointed in December 2016.

The first person to serve in this capacity in Jamaica, Anderson is the principal adviser to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on internal and external security, intelligence and defence matters.

He is responsible for coordinating security activities across government and liaison with overseas security and intelligence entities.

Anderson has had a military career in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) spanning 34 years, culminating in his six-year tenure as Chief of Defence Staff.





The St Thomas police are on the hunt for an illegal taxi driver who reportedly abducted and attempted to rape a 17-year-old student.

It is reported that sometime after 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, the Yallahs High School student was returning from a work experience assignment.

While walking towards the school gate, a robot taxi operator reportedly drove up and used a knife to force her into his vehicle.

According to reports, he sped off and took her to another community about two miles away from the school and attempted to rape her.

A struggle reportedly ensued, during which the schoolgirl was stabbed in the hand with a knife.

The teen managed to escape and sought help from the occupants of a nearby house.

She was taken to the Yallahs Police Station where the matter was reported.

The student then fainted and had to be taken to hospital where she was admitted and released the following day.

The police say that same day, another woman was raped by a man fitting the description of the student's abductor.





More Italian tourists for Jamaica

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hm-barlett-italy-march-2018.jpgMILAN, Italy: Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (3rd right); is joined by Laurent Parent (centre), Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest Tour operator; Delano Seiveright (left), Senior Advisor/Strategist; Elisa Eterno (2nd left), JTB Italy; Matteo Gambardella, Contracting Manager, Alpitour World; Mariangela Montessoro (2nd right), Contracting Manager, Alpitour World and newly appointed Director of Tourism, Donovan White at the Hotel Scala in Milan, Italy on Monday March 5.

Alpitour which owns the Italian airline, NEOS, is to increase the number of seats into Montego Bay, Jamaica from Italy using a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft starting May of this year. Laurent Parent, a Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest tour operator, noted that the new aircraft will replace existing once weekly scheduled Boeing 767 charter service between Milan and Montego Bay. The airline will also continue its once weekly flight from the Italian city of Verona, Italy.

Parent added that Jamaica is becoming more and more popular for Italians with Negril and Montego Bay being the biggest draws and pointed to one Negril resort being listed among the tour company's 15 best hotel resorts in the world. Bartlett noted that Italy is among the lead countries being targeted in Jamaica's ongoing European tourism growth strategy which in 2017 recorded 325,804 European tourists approximately 31,000 more than in the year 2016. Jamaica welcomed near 14,000 Italians tourists last year, representing a 44.5 percent increase over 2015.





Ooooh La Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

We all know that there's no love lost between Internet comedian Facebook Hero and controversial dancer Marvin The Beast.

So it was no surprise when Hero started to troll Marvin over his current relationship drama with ex-girlfriend DHQ Nickeisha and Marvin's new girl - Teacher's Pet alum, New York. Did y'all hear New York confess that she slept with the Teacher?

Anyway, on Sunday, Marvin hit back at Facebook Hero and uploaded a video clowning him for saying he doesn't sleep with men anymore.

"People before everyone watch this video...My birthday is August.4 So I am a Leo right๐Ÿ‘‰@world_dawg โ˜when the lion is sleeping please do not wake him๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ #Confession confession confession confession confession confession confession #marvinthebeast #beast," he wrote.

Now turns out Facebook Hero has a big secret for Marvin which he plans on dropping Tuesday night. The alleged video will be posted around 8:00pm and according to him it will end Marvin's career. What do you think it is?





Lanz still Nah Leggo...now on Canadian tour

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lanz.jpgDancehall artiste Lanz is now in Canada for a 10-day tour involving at least three club dates and other promotion appearances.

The first show dubbed 'Magnificient Black': The Savage Girls Edition was held at the Empire Banquet Hall on March 2nd and then he will be performing at 'Lanz: March Madness' at the Mobay Jerk spot in Brampton, Ontario on March 9th.

"I am really looking forward to performing for my fans in Canada, there is a lot of buzz around the shows based on the feedback on my social media pages, so the shows are really going to be lit," Lanz said.

Lanz had to postpone a pair of shows a few weeks ago because of 'logistical issues'.

"The process was a bit slow so things go held up but now, everything is set," he said.

The tour ends on March 12th.





Mitch, Dalla Coin team up

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mitch-and-dalla-coin.jpgFormer ARP member Mitch has teamed up with deejay Dalla Coin for several musical collaborations. Their work has borne fruit with Body of a Goddess and Goose Bumps. Both songs are produced by Emperor Production.

To date, the duo has recorded six songs.

Mitch has also released solo material, including Big Woman (Weedy G Soundforce) and Give Me a Call (Don Corleon Records).

Born Roger Mitchell, he hails from the Kingston 13 area.

In addition to Mitch, ARP comprised Orville "Da'Ville" Thomas, Patrick Hylton, Leon Gilbert, and Orand Rose-Green. The group performed in an R&B style over dancehall rhythms. The group dissolved in the early 2000s.

Dalla Coin has been doing music professionally for the last six years. His first song was Don a Road, a collaboration with Dwayno. He also released Take Over, which was produced by ZJ Rush.

The Old Harbour, St Catherine-based dancehall artiste was born Dalrick McBean.

"I bring to the table musically a fun-loving type of music, music that everyone can relate to; also, some conscious music to the people, to lift the minds of the people across the world in a positive way," he said.

The duo has plans to make inroads locally and overseas, and are currently managed by Emperor Production.





tupac-and-biggie.jpgBefore hip hop legend Tupac passed away, he recorded a track for his brother that will be released on a various artists hip hop compilation album this summer. The Tupac track wiill be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by The Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica.

The hip hop album which features the Tupac single along with songs from Ed Sheeran, Sean Kingston, Pitbull, Jethro Sheeran, Chris Brown, Capleton, Notorious B.I.G. Akon and Contractor. Biggie Smalls will make an appearance on the album courtesy of songs from his live performance in Jamaica in 1996.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the US.

On April 7, 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. And his mother and father were both members of the Black Panthers movement.





Safaree's long john breaks the Internet

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safaree-vh1.jpg"#Safaree breaks the internet" screams a twitter post from BET TV. Move over Kim Kardashian and Dexta Daps, a new king is in town.

Jamaican rapper and reality TV show star Safaree is clearly having his own #metooman moment after a leaked photo and video of his eggplant on the internet sent global female fans in a frenzy. Those who saw it said it was a 'Big Deal!' Popular Jamaican dancehall DJ Dexta Daps had endured a similar fate some time ago when a nude photo of him leaked mysteriously.

But in the case of Safaree, the global stampede escalated to a shocking new level, pushing US President Donald Trump off the Internet radar. TMZ, Daily Mail, Bossip, Hollywood Gossip, Hip Hop Wired, In Touch Weekly, VH1 and Hot 97 all carried feature stories about the erotic nude pics. Twitter was flooded with thousands of posts, some ranging from disbelief, shock while others were downright funny.

TMZ posted "Safaree Samuels' weiner is trending!?!? Bossip wrote "Safari's mighty pum pum pulverizer is still bruising the internet's cervix." And a grey-haired granny looking like twice Safaree's age posted a one minute video clip pleading her case, "Don't think cause I'm old I can't handle it. One more for the road. ' Safaree call me when you want some of this old throwback."

Some questioned whether Safaree leaked his own nude pics as a publicity stunt. Seems plausible, given he dropped a new single 'Hunnid' that coincided with the release of the pics. Social media was not the only platform buzzing with excitement. Safaree was interviewed on the popular Breakfast Club with Charlamagne and the Steve Harvey radio program did a segment about his Anaconda which Nicki Minaj reportedly sang about in her song of the same name.

Irie Jam Radio, the loudest voice to Jamaicans in the Diaspora wanted in on the Safaree buzz.

"DJ Roy is on radio right now. We need to find Safaree immediately to talk about the media frenzy happening on social media with his career" Bobby Clake, head-honcho of Irie Jam Radio said.

Safaree got traction in the Jamaican diaspora just a few weeks ago after the Gleaner picked him as one of six Caribbean nationals in the Diaspora to watch in 2018. A few weeks later, he received his very first award - a Blue & Bougie Impact Award at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx.

"Seems like we honored Safaree two weeks too early" Jerry Mac of Blue & Bougie Inc declared. "Can you imagine the hysteria with the ladies inside Mingles Cafe if we had him this Sunday. That would be a good problem to have. We may need to book him right now" he said. And meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Hot Cocoa, a love coach, purred, "Move over Dexta Daps, Safaree just brought me a red rose and he's reeling out his long, long fire hose".

A curious fan who was inside Mingles Cafe for his appearance said "some people thought Safaree was boring, now he is making nuff girls horny."

Shockwaves from the Safaree internet thud could be felt 3,000 miles away in Negril, Jamaica where an inside source told this publication that a sexy Negril beach resort is considering extending an invitation for the rapper to vacation there with a bevy of beauties when he gets a break from the 'March madness' happening on social media right now.

With all the international publicity he has garnered in recent months, Safaree has stayed close to his Jamaican roots. His combination single with Sean Kingston was included on the #1 album this week on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart 'Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica." The TV star regularly gives exposure to Brand Jamaica on his VH1 Love & Hip Hop: NY TV show. Just weeks ago he also started an online petition on Changer.org, advocating for Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer to obtain a United States Work Visa. And not surprisingly, for last year, Safaree was named 2017 Sexiest Man of the Year.





freddie-kenya.jpgFreddie McGregor, Culture and Reggae music dominated the landscape of Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend as the Big Ship Captain and his entourage sailed into the country for a long-awaited performance.

It was a show like no other and one which far surpassed the high expectations of the throngs which went to witness the legends live in performance.

Culture's performance in Nairobi was a two and a half hour set that was well received. Kenyatta Hill, aka Culture, has a large fan base in Africa and Kenya's people gobbled up some conscious Reggae music.Hill went on his feet and you could feel him through every energetic performance.

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Freddie McGregor's set lasted almost four hours and not even the rain could stop his show.The rain seemed endless as showers continued throughout his performance.The audience participation was tremendous as Kenyans sang McGregor's songs word for word.

The audience of on or around 4,000 patrons got wet from Culture's performance to McGregora.This audience was passionate and made the artiste feel warm.

A rain-soaked Freddie told his audience, "I love you Kenya...if you wanna get wet,I can too..Promise to give you all your request!"

That was a reference to the 50-song request list that Freddie received when he made his entry into Kenya days earlier, when he was greeted by a throng of journalists, Twelve Tribe supporters and fans.

"Do you have any idea how popular you are here?" the journalists asked the legendary Reggae singer.

The hugely successful Jamhuri Reggae Festival was promoted by Head Cornerstone Entertainment.





Contractor boasts new Tupac music

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tupac.jpgContractor Music Marketing is in possession of new music from late rapper Tupac.

Reports are that before he died, Tupac Shakur laid down a track for his brother Mopreme Shakur. The Tupac track will be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica. It will be released on a various artiste compilation hip-hop album before the start of summer 2018.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the United States.

Meanwhile, Contractor Music Marketing currently sits in the number one position on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart with a various artist compilation titled Tropical House Cruises To Jamaica.





74-y-o woman RAPED, killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA 74-year-old woman is suspected to have been raped and then killed in Duckenfield, St Thomas.

The elderly woman, identified as shopkeeper Eugene James, was found Sunday morning by a neighbour with her hands tied, mouth gagged and throat slashed.

The elderly woman's underwear was removed.

The neighbour became suspicious after noticing that the front door to James' house was partially opened and went to enquire.

She lived alone. It's believed that the perpetrator gained access to the house by removing louvre blades to a window.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA 16-year-old boy from St. James has been charged with the December 29, 2017 murder of Lascelles Warlock, a 53-year-old farmer of Pisgah in St. Elizabeth.

He was charged on Thursday after being pointed out during an identification parade.

The teen was arrested on January 29 following a shootout involving gunmen and the police in Kilmarnock, St. Elizabeth. A man was fatally shot and a loaded Uzi submachine gun seized.

It was reported that Warlock was driving a bus along the Cambridge main road when he was signaled to stop by a man who robbed him and his passengers.

The man then shot Warlock several times.

The passengers were not injured.





A Jamaican man has been awarded almost US$1 million or about J$127 million after having been framed by cops in New York, USA on a drunk driving charge to cover up a collision for which one of the lawmen involved was culpable.

The Jamaican, Oliver Wiggins, 33, ended up being freed and given the award after he could easily prove that he was framed, as he does not drink alcohol, and the result of a breathalyser test confirmed that instead of being drunk, he had no alcohol in his blood.

Reports in the US media indicated that cops tried to charge Oliver Wiggins with driving while intoxicated to cover up for a police officer who ran a marked SUV through a Brooklyn stop sign and ploughed into Wiggins' car.

Wiggins was arrested and charged with impaired driving, resulting in his driver's licence being suspended, and was forced to foot the repair bill for his 2004 Nissan Maxima that his insurance company declined to cover because of the supposed drunken driving.

This was despite the breathalyser test he took at the East Flatbush scene of the crash on April 19, 2015, having showed no alcohol in his blood.

His route out of the problems started while he was at hospital for treatment of a bad wound to one of his wrists after the crash, where Wiggins volunteered to have his blood tested for alcohol or drugs at the health facility. That test came back negative, with reports from the EMT and DWI technician each saying Wiggins had no sign of intoxication.

But that did not stop the arresting officer from officially reporting that Wiggins had slurred speech, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was observed swaying.

Three months later, prosecutors dismissed the case, following which Wiggins filed a lawsuit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city and the arresting officer, among a number of other cops who were involved in his arrest.

The experience has reportedly motivated Wiggins to become a correction officer in a bid to fairly enforce the law like his father does back in Jamaica.

His lawyer said the unpleasant experience had taught him to have great respect for and appreciation of the need to responsibly enforce the law and protect the innocent in the process.





earthquake.jpgAn earthquake of magnitude 4 strenght was felt in sections of Jamaica early Saturday afternoon.

It reportedly occurred around 1:50pm and was felt in sections of Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

There was reportedly significant roof damage to one house in the Kingston 6 area of St. Andrew as a result





lorenzo-eschoe.jpgThe Washington Gardens SDA church posted on their Facebook page Friday morning that their church family is in mourning following the death of their stalwart, Lorenzo Eschoe, who was murdered in Havendale last Thursday night

Eschoe, a certifying officer who was assigned to the Spanish Town Examination Depot in St Catherine was shot and killed in Havendale, St Andrew, at about 10 pm on Thursday.

Police reports are that Eschoe was standing beside his Toyota Wish Motor car at a premises on Lydia Drive in Havendale when men travelling in a Toyota Probox motor car pulled up beside him and shot him seven times

Eschoe died at the spot. His licensed firearm is believed to have been stolen.

In their remembrance, the Washington Gardens church stated: "The Church is deeply saddened by his passing and the circumstances of his death. Uncle Lorenzo as he is affectionately called by all members of the Gemini Pathfinder Club, whose lives he has touched during his sterling and dedicated service to the club; grew up in the Church. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. We wish to express our condolences to his immediate and extended family. Please keep us all in your prayers. #RIP #weepingmayendureforanight #butjoycomethinthemorning #Psalm30v5KJV

Tributes poured out on social with many stating that Eschoe was a wonderful human being whose life was cut short, but noted that God is still in control.

Michael G Lee stated: "Sometimes when we are pained we really done think it through to realize that the GOD who takes us up to our mountain tops and causes us to to be in such a high, still remains the very same GOD when we have our "Down-in-the-valley" experiences.

Our hearts have been torn for two days now. Weep if we must ( CHRIST wept what HIS friend, Lazarus died); but let us lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty GOD and be drawn closer to HIM.

Have a blessed Sabbath."

Marlene Weise, in her tribute declared: "Condolences...May God continue to give all who are grieving especially his family the strength and hope at this time."

Patricia Young, Pathfinder District Director and Adventurers Director at Meadowvale SDA Church, confessed that she has been crying since Thursday, and hailed Eschoe as an awesome man, who "has been involved in the Pathfinder movement from he was a child".

"If you're meeting Lorenzo for the first time, you feel as if you have known him all your life. I have something to do this weekend for Pathfinder and Lorenzo down as one of my speakers," she shared.

Claudette Genas, Family Ministries Director at EJC offered grief counseling at the Washington Gardens SDA Church last Saturday and moment of silence at the Half Way Tree SDA Church in memory of the life Lorenzo Eschoe.

(PICTURE CAPTION: Lorenzo Eschoe (right) representing at a Pathfinder event.





Is it Kartel....or not?

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vybz-kartel-playing-football-in-prison.jpgThe viral video clip of Vybz Kartel has the Internet divided.

Some say that it's the Worl' Boss, others say it aint him.

Well...in the clip, a man resembling the jailed Dancehall star can be seen playing a game of football with inmates at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, formerly known as General Penitentiary (GP).

The person resembling Kartel is seen shirtless in khaki shorts, blue underpants and rocking shades.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer is serving a life sentence, following the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. His appeal is scheduled for later this year.

See video below and decide for yourself:





50 Cent to unveil another show

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50-cent-the-oath.jpgEntertainment mogul Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has another show on the way.

The Oath was set to debut on Crackle next month, but the programme's executive producer released the pilot on his Facebook page for a limited time.

The Oath stars Sean Bean, Ryan Kwanten, Cory Hardrict, Katrina Law, Arlen Escarpeta and J.J. Soria.

Sony Network's Crackle is a free streaming service app that is available on Roku, Android, Xbox, Apple TV, PS3, iPhone, and more.





The official soundtrack for the Black Panther film is packed with Hip Hop and R&B stars. Grammy-winner Kendrick Lamar oversaw the LP, and he helped recruit SZA, The Weeknd, Jay Rock, Future, Schoolboy Q, James Blake, Khalid, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, and more for the Top Dawg Entertainment release.

TDE in-house hitmaker Mark "Sounwave" Spears produced several tracks for the project.

Several African artistes were part of the Black Panther: The Album tracklist. Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Yugen Blakrok, and Saudi were introduced to many American listeners thanks to the collection of music from and inspired by the Marvel Studios global blockbuster.





Bugle rocks YVAs; ready for Guyana

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bugle-photo-4.jpgAttired in a burgundy and white designer garb, Bugle, delivered a masterful performance last weekend at the Your View Awards (YVAs), held at the National Indoor Sports Centrer in Kingston. Despite not taking home any silverware the Rastafarian crooner was the recipient of two nominations for 'Local Album of the Year' for his latest body of work 'Be Yourself' along with a nod for the 'Humanitarian Award'.

The latter is a collaborative effort between the YVAs and Sagicor and is given to a member of the entertainment fraternity who has an active foundation rendering assistance within the prescribed nomination period. Bugle said he is happy for the recognition, and hope it will serve as a platform to inspire others to do more for the less fortunate.

"Awards are always good but that is not the focus of my Foundation. I am hoping the highlight from the nomination will help to inspire others to join the cause to help the less fortunate of this anointed country." - Bugle intimated.

Bugle and Wayne Marshall performing at the 2018 Your View Awards (YVAs)

Sunday morning, only hours after the award show the 'Rasta Party' crooner and members of the An9ted Humanitarian Foundation team were spotted across the Kingston and St. Andrew metropolis handing out hot meals to the homeless in the third instalment of their feeding initiative. The team was also joined by fellow conscious singer I-Wayne.

"People said they saw me performing only hours earlier and now I am in the streets feeding the homeless. The truth is, hunger doesn't give the poor a break, so we have to do whatever we can even when we're tired." - Bugle added

Meanwhile, Bugle is slated to depart the island later this week as headliner for a concert in Guyana. The singer also recently completed a stint at the 2018 instalment of 'Unplugged' hosted by Usain Bolt Tracks & Records.





kenny-bling-photo-2.jpgAfar Music Group artiste, Kenny Bling, is in anticipation mode as his label is set to release his debut EP ''Still Working", on Friday March 2, 2018.

The six-track EP comprises three songs which have already been released and three brand new offerings which Kenny Bling is confident will connect with his ever growing fan base.

Known for his smooth delivery and flow, the artiste has a knack for picking normal, everyday topics such as friendship and loyalty and injecting a twist which makes the ultimate difference between good and great. Kenny did this with the singles ''Mi Chargie'' on the popular ''Level Up'' riddim and ''Bubble Fimi'' his second release, which was geared towards his female fans who gravitated to the song's lyrical content and wide-ranging appeal. Both of these songs, along with "Choices", a positive dancehall song which educates the youths about the importance of making good choices, appear on the EP.

Since signing with Afar Music Group in May 2017, Kenny has released a slew of songs, and has been steadily building his repertoire and gaining recognition in the dancehall arena locally and internationally. A video for the song ''Mi Chargie'' was filmed in Steel Lane, Stony Hill the home town of Kenny Bling and social media promotion via Instagram for "Bubble Fimi" took the single to another level with a dance competition hosted by popular dancer Dancehall Queen Sher.

Encouraged by the positive feedback, Kenny Bling declares that he has a responsibility to keep on working, hence the name of his debut EP. As he explains, "This music is a process, not only to make but to deliver to the consuming ears....and since life is a journey to us the process never stops. So we are continuously working on perfecting the music and life, hence the title ''Still Working."





skepta-and-naomi-photo-1.jpgSkepta and Naomi Campbell appear topless on the next cover of British GQ and social media is in overdrive.

The grime artiste and the supermodel. whose mother is Jamaican, appear in a racy embrace to discuss race, sex and love in the April edition of the magazine.

The cover quickly became a hot topic on Twitter, with many people taken aback by the photo. "Well that's warming things up a bit this morning. What a cover," wrote one person. "I need to read a romance book about this cover! Like, STAT!!" another person tweeted.

GQ said on its website that the pair first met at the British Fashion Awards in 2016 and are now "close friends".

But the cover has fuelled more speculation the pair are dating.

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The supermodel teased the images from the shoot on Instagram before the full cover was released today.

According to GQ, the pair were first introduced by British Vogue editor Edward Enninful at the awards and went on to the after party together.

The pair have teamed up together to work on a new underwear line as part of Skepta's MAINS fashion collection.

Skepta has had a meteoric rise and is currently viewed as one of the trailblazers of the grime music scene.

That was cemented last year when the 35-year-old's album, Konnichiwa, won the Mercury prize for album of the year.

As for Naomi Campbell, she remains one of the most iconic supermodels on the planet.





Will Kartel finally allow Popcaan to visit?

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kartel-and-popcaan.jpgThis sounds like...Will the little boy be rewarded with a lollipop for good behaviour?

So..reports are that Vybz Kartel is "considering allowing his former protege Popcaan to visit him in prison" because Kartel has apparently been seeing the Unruly Boss' recent efforts to redeem himself and is quite impressed.

WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!!

Anyway, the source is quoted thus: "Mi nah guh lie, addi [Vybz Kartel] deal wid Popcaan a wah eno but him seh the tough love look like it a finally teach him loyalty," the source said. "Suh right now him might mek him visit him soon suh dem can have a serious talk."

Kartel is said to have recently given Popcaan a shoutout when he dropped the video for his throwback single "Duh Weh U Wah Fi Duh" on Instagram.

"Yo see the corolla and think seh a cabbi / A addi wi give u supm fi deal wid u shabbi / Man a bawl and a seh don't dweet mi daddy / Popcaan a go wadda dem / Becuz dem no bad at all a mi name them a call," he deejays in the track.

Popcaan, who was labelled a police informant by Gaza fans shortly after Vybz Kartel's incarceration, spotted the post and quickly commented, "Cool Reminder."

However Popcaan visiting Vybz Kartel at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, seems more and more of a possibility as the days go by. Remeber....Kartel who previously bashed Tommy Lee Sparta for his alleged disloyalty, gave the deejay visiting right recently.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgReports are that Beenie Man's grandmother, Doris Ferguson Stewart, affectionately called Dar Dar or Gloria, passed away at her home in Shrewsbury district, near Cotterwood in St Elizabeth last Thursday.

She was 91 years old.

According to Beenie Man, both he and his mother are taking the loss very hard and he is asking for time to mourn.

Yardflex sends condolences to Beenie Man.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have taken two men into custody in connection with the shooting death of Chinese national, Teng Fei Cheng, 28, in Brown's Town, St Ann on Tuesday afternoon.

The men were arrested on Wednesday evening, and detectives are now reportedly putting together a case against them.

Cheng was attacked and shot at his business place while he sat in his vehicle.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There has been speculation that he was a victim of extortion.





Two students stabbed at Ferncourt High

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A dispute between some students at the Ferncourt High School Thursday morning resulted in two of the youngsters being stabbed and wounded.

Seven others were taken into the Claremont Police station for questioning and about 10 cutting instruments to include scissors, knives and half of a machete were seized by the Police.

Classes were disrupted as the St. Ann-based school was on lock-down for few hours, following the stabbing incident.





andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is considering making citizens pay for the street lights. This would mean an increase in the already high light bill of each householder, the majority of whom are already paying a hefty taxes to the government.

They are also contemplating using the proceeds from the planned sale of its 20 per cent stake in the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to pay the over $7 billion it owes to the company for streetlights.

Addressing how the government plans to pay future bills, Shaw said the government was considering having Jamaicans pay for it in their light bills.

The money owed for streetlights was revealed by finance minister Audley Shaw, during Wednesday's sitting of the Standing finance Committee of Parliament.

Early last year the outstanding debt stood at $5 billion.Shaw said the debt was now a matter of utmost importance and his ministry is looking at options for making the payments.

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw told members of Parliament that the final decision to sell Government shares in the JPS rests with the Cabinet but noted that the approach would be to offer these shares to the public.

The National Water Commission and other government agencies owe the JPS another $2 billion.





freddie-mcgregor-photo-4.jpgFinally, after a long wait, legendary Reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, has arrived in Kenya.

The Big Ship crew is scheduled to perform on March 3 at Kenyatta International conference center along with Reggae veteran Culture (Kenyatta Hill) as lead singer.

Freddie and Culture received a warm welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport from members of the Twelve Tribe Rastafarian organization & Kenyan people.

Media houses lined up for interviews and asked McGregor. "Do you even know how big your are here in Kenya??"

McGregor got a request song list with about 50 songs demanded by the expected audience.

download the video here.





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KD Knight threatens to 'rouse up' Jamaicans

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kd-knight-photo-1.jpgOpposition Senator K D Knight has threatened to 'rouse up' Jamaicans against the Government if it does not present a crime plan by the end of April.

At Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said a crime plan will be revealed but said he was waiting for the Parliament to back it.

"As I said there is one element that we have not yet settled. The crime plan must include in it, something to say that this Parliament agrees on a set of actions; that we are carving out national security as an area where there is bipartisan support for the policy," Holness said.

Speaking in the Senate this morning, Knight took issue with Holness' pronouncement calling it a public relations tactic.

"Prime Minister come out with this plan; say something that the nation can galvanise around. A wishy-washy approach won't work. People are in fear! People want to know what you are doing; if you can do something; if your government is up to the task. People just don't want some band-aid approach," Knight said.

He made the remark in his contribution to the debate on the resolution to extend the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.





anju-blaxx.jpgMusic producer Andrew 'Anju Blax' Myrie and businessman Brent Bunting are headed for mediation in the wounding case currently before the courts.

Earlier this month, Bunting and Myrie were involved in a physical altercation.

Reports are that Bunting, who is the son of politician Peter Bunting, went upstairs to Myrie's apartment to complain about loud music he was playing at the complex when the altercation happened. Both men have accused each other of instigating an attack.

The police were called and Bunting charged with unlawful wounding while Myrie was charged with wounding with intent.

During the altercation, Bunting was thrown down a flight of stairs.

According to arguments presented in court today, Bunting has done surgery to repair injuries to his face.

Myrie too had injuries, but, it was not immediately clear whether he had to seek medical attention to treat them.

They are to return to court on May 24 to report on the progress of their mediation.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgA what really tek Ruel Reid mek him think say him coulda tek KD Knight picture inna Parliament wid him cell phone and get way wid it. We love how KD warn Reid "don't do it", and all wag him finger inna Reid direction.

This education minister need fi go back a school.

Even the Senate President Tom Tavares Finson haffi slap Reid pon him wrist and tell him that it is , inappropriate to use him cell phone to take a picture of Knight.

All now Reid shoulda still a serve detention.





Producer Justus successfully removes tumour

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justus-arison-producer.jpgPopular Dancehall producer Justus Arison shared the great news of his successful operation to remove a tumor with his followers on social media Tuesday when he uploaded a photo in a hospital.

"Back from the dead again #tumorfree," Arison wrote.

Back in 2015, Justus made headlines after his 'High Life' rhythm instrumental was featured on the popular reality TV series, 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' on the E! network.





MBJ Airports Limted (MBJ), operator of Sangster International Airport (SIA), featured lovers rock sensation Romain Virgo in concert on Sunday 25 March to kick off a pop-up concert series that will continue throughout the year.

"We are delighted to feature Romain Virgo in collaboration with VP Records to launch our pop-up concert series at Sangster International Airport as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary as operator," said MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. "We are proud to showcase such phenomenal talent and look forward to featuring more of Jamaica's great entertainers in the months ahead," Echevarne added.

The pop-up concerts are part of MBJ's vision to create the "Irie Airport Experience" and establish Jamaica's leading international gateway as a cultural attraction in its own right.

MBJ is a proud patron of the arts and showcases Jamaican culture throughout the airport. In 2017, the airport operator hosted the 25th International Reggae Poster Contest exhibition and award ceremony and a local crafts competition.

MBJ also features some of the island's leading musical talent on the MBJ Mixtape, produced by RazzAttack Muzik, which can be heard throughout the airport on the PA system. MBJ has partnered with Tuff Gong Trading, a leading retailer in the departure terminal, to ensure albums by Romain Virgo and other artistes who contributed to the MBJ Mixtape are available for sale at the airport.

MBJ is celebrating its 15th Anniversary as operator of Sangster International Airport in April, with a series of activities scheduled throughout the year to commemorate the milestone.





Kabaka Pyramid has the ladies 'Kaught Up'

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgAs the anticipation continues to build surrounding the release of international reggae artist Kabaka Pyramids' debut album, Kontraband; here comes the release of a third single titled Kaught Up.

A different vibe from his first two tracks, Cant Breathe and Borders, Kabaka gives us a more romantic side, something the ladies can enjoy and appreciate.

The track starts out with Kabaka Pyramid melodically expressing his appreciation for that special someone who has just captivated his mind, heart and soul. Produced by Genis T Nadal out of Barcelona, the track gives you an up tempo-futuristic dancehall, club banger vibe. Staying true to the lyrical style he is known for, Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint in this single either as he delivers a blistering third verse in a hip-hop flavour.

Throughout the single, Kabaka expresses what he loves about this special woman and how her independence, style, beauty and humor makes up what he really admires about her. The Kaught Up factor for many men is one that usually catch them off guard, as they try to remain 'manly' and firm when in a relationship. Yet, to find that special one who gets your palm sweaty, your heart fluttering when she walks in a room and feeling star struck whenever she's around, you know this must be someone special.

Kabaka recently shot the video for Kaught Up in Miami, with plans to release soon.. In the upcoming weeks Kabaka Pyramid will be available for interviews as he is set to announce the album release date.

Kaught Up can be streamed or purchased on all major digital platforms at

Kabaka Pyramid - Kaught Up (Single)





buju-banton-photo-9.jpgSo after the announcement from Buju's team at a press conference, that his first show post-prison would be in Trinidad and the expected backlash from fans in Jamaica, Josef Budafuco, another member of Buju Banton's management team was forced to issue an emergency response.

Following the announcement on the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit, Budafuco said Trinidad may not be Buju's first performance following his prison release on December 8, 2018.

He however admitted that April 22, 2019 will see Buju Banton performing in Trinidad. Budafuco also added that talks with promoters in Jamaica and the Caribbean for a Buju Banton concert are currently underway.





The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has taken issue with the media being denied access to cover Tuesday's swearing-in of the new members of the Government Executive - two cabinet ministers and two ministers of state - at King's House.

The PAJ issued a statement later in the day, reminding Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Government that the media should be allowed to cover national occasions and not be relegated to getting pool photographs from the government's information service.

The restriction of access was explained on the basis that King's House is currently undergoing substantial renovations, which made it impossible to utilise the usual space for the ceremony.

Naomi Francis, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, asserted that "the media was not barred at all," even as she acknowledged that only the state operated Jamaica Information Service was invited to cover the ceremony.

"We find it impossible to believe that, in all the many buildings owned by the government in Kingston, suitable arrangements could not have been made, albeit at short notice, to hold the ceremony at one that could accommodate the media," said PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller.





The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has taken three people into custody in relation to a probe it is carrying out into the operations of Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services, which has allegedly defrauded hundreds of prospective car owners.

The Corporate Area-based company attracted their clientele with a promise of being able to import motor vehicles for persons who make a down payment of $85,000 to $100,000. The victims made the dowpayments, but have now come forward to say that they were fleeced.

MOCA's operations have led to the seizure of several motor vehicles, more than J$1 million and US$1,813 in cash.

Disgruntled clients Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services have also seized computers and other equipment from the company. It said these devices contain material which could be used as evidence in the investigation. MOCA is urging persons in possession of the items to hand them over to its agency.





Has Jah Cure been granted his US visa?

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jah-cure-bahamas.jpgReports are that Grammy-nominated Reggae artiste, Siccaturie Alcock, better known as Jah Cure, has been granted a visa to travel to the United States of America.

While social media, up to press time, was not buzzing with the news, it is alleged that the crooner, has finally been given the go-ahead to travel to the States.

"I'm not sure if it's a work permit, or if it's a regular visitor's visa," a Yardflex source revealed. "But his team was working on getting his papers in order and it looks like things free up for the singer."

Another source added, "A long time dem fi leggo di man and mek him start earn. Dem punish the Cure long enough."

It was in November 1998, while driving around Montego Bay, that Jag Cure was pulled over by the police and arrested on charges of gun possession, robbery and rape. He was prosecuted before the Gun Court in April 1999, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Jah Cure was released on July 28, 2007 and has since increased his fan base and popularity, releasing a number of smash singles and albums and has toured Europe and the Caribbean.





yanique-curvy-diva.jpgThe rumor mill has been churning recently with allegations of a relationship between popular Jamaican host and recording artiste Yanique Curvy Diva and International afrobeat superstar Wizkid.

Wizkid is a Nigerian based afrobeat artiste that rose to international acclaim with "Come Closer' featuring Canadian Rapper Drake in 2017. Since then Wizkid has released numerous chart topping hits with artistes like Future, Chris Brown and Cardi B.

The rumors started late last year when Curvy Diva visited Nigeria and performed in Lagos on Wizkid's Concert, 'Wiz on The Beach' in December. The two were spotted hanging out at various locations throughout the Diva's 2 week visit including a video shoot for Mr Eazi and Skales where Curvy Diva did a cameo appearance.

Most recently there has again been speculations of a relationship between the two after the StarBoy posted a video of The Curvy Diva dancing to his new hit single 'Soco' on his 5 million strong Instagram page and captioned the video 'Jamaica showing Soco some love, Queen @YaniqueCurvyDiva Ya bad gyal fi dis" followed by a heart emoji.

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The Curvy Diva then reposted the video on her page paying homage to the King of Afrobeat, Wizlid, as she prepares to return to Africa for a 13 city tour.

A video of the two enjoying each other's company has also been making its rounds on social media sites over the past few days and fans say the video make the Nigerian Billionaire artiste and the Jamaican star seem more that just friends.

When contacted however the Curvy Diva, although flattered, denied being in a relationship right now.

"I did say last year that I was open to being in a relationship in 2018 so everyone who I've been seen hanging out with, people have been speculating that we are in a relationship " Yanique explained

"Wizkid and I are friends, he's a talented artiste and we have been following each other on Instagram for over a year, and as a person he's fun and we enjoy each others company, but we are not in a relationship., I'm still single guys and when ever that changes I will be the first to tell all my fans" Yanique added.

In the meantime, Yanique is focused on her music and is working with a few producers on new projects that will be released in a matter of weeks. She is set to shoot the music video with I-Octane for their single 'Unfair Games' produced by Good Good Production later this week.

The Curvy Diva is also planning her first ever Birthday Party 'Lifestyle' the Pool Party edition to be help on Sunday April 29 at the Constant Spring Golf Club. She is set to return to Africa and Canada on separate tours this Summer.





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgGrammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton will do his very first concert, upon release from prison, in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago on April 22, 2019. A concert is scheduled for Jamaica at a later date.

Jodian Ebanks, a member of the entertainer's marketing team, made the announcement on Sunday at a media briefing held during the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit vessel.

According to Ebanks, "Buju is very excited about being on the road again. Jamaica is very special to him and he wants to be able to give his home country the type of concert it deserves," said Ebanks.

"Trinidad was chosen as the dates, travel schedules, and all the other variables all came together for that time of year and was the best fit," she continued.

Reports are that some of the acts Buju Banton wanted to perform at the Jamaica concert were not available, so that is the reason why the organisers decided to do the Trinidad show first.

Ebanks said the reggae singer is looking forward to his release and the opportunity to make music for his fans.





the-driven-women-awards-2018.jpgNew York, NY -- For the third year in a row Playbook MG will celebrate Women's History Month with an event recognizing the accomplishments of female trailblazers. The distinction of award recipients as "Driven Women" shines the spirit of the winners in an even brighter light. This year it will take place at Caribbean Social on March 31st.

As managing partner of Playbook MG, celebrity publicist Marie Driven & her team handpick finalists from an impressive compilation of key industry players and community leaders. Past hosts Peter Gunz and Tara Wallace welsomed special guests and announced performers. Previous honorees include Jennifer Cunningham Editor at Bossip, KC Orcutt Writer for BET, Dara Cook VP Strategic Development at VH1, Raven Carter Senior Producer Moguldom Media Group, Hello Beautiful Entertainment Editor Shamika Sanders, international columnist Mara the Hip-Hop Socialite, Source Magazine Content Director Simone Amelia, New York Post reporter Tashara Jones, Shade Room Editor Chinwe Ugoezi, and Syn Clarke Executive Vice President Caribbean Media Group plus Irie Jam Media Group.

Playbook Media Group formed in 2014 when brand managers Jean Jones and Marie "Driven" Theodore joined forces in launching modernized services for today's entrepreneurial culture. The duo has developed a system for helping to harness personal power, and with more than twenty years of combined experience, they make the process of promotions look effortless. The company is now an established multi-discipline creative branding agency headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.





bolt-again.jpg(AP) - Usain Bolt trained again with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund on Friday and this time scored a header and a penalty in front of nearly 1,500 spectators.

The 31-year-old retired sprint great took part in team exercises under coach Peter Stoeger, exchanging passes with Mario Goetze and others in the relaxed session.

"It was good," Bolt said. "I had fun with the guys. They were very welcoming."

Dortmund said 1,409 spectators came to see the eight-time Olympic champion in action. News agency DPA said there were 137 accredited journalists.

"Usain is an incredibly laid back guy, totally down to earth. I think it was fun for him," Stoeger said. "And he got a stage that he had dreamed about."

The German club broadcast the session live with commentary in English. Bolt later signed autographs for fans as photographers jostled for pictures.

"I think it worked out very well," said Goetze, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. "Usain felt comfortable, we could accommodate him well. It was a cool exercise."

It was Bolt's second training session with the team. He took part in another behind closed doors on Thursday.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has denied that there has been any pressure from a foreign government which may influence his choice of the country's next National Security Advisor.

"No foreign power could or should or it wouldn't be appropriate to seek to tell the Government of Jamaica or myself as Prime Minister who I should take or not take as adviser. Absolutely not; and it would be highly irregular and highly innappropriate!" the Prime Minister asserted during an interview with the RJR News.

The post of National Security Advisor became vacant following the recent appointment of Major General Antony Anderson as Commissioner of Police.

There has been speculation that a former Commissioner of Police could be appointed to the post.

But the Prime Minister said he is not in a hurry to make a choice.





Man wanted for triple murder held

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA man who was implicated in a triple murder at Yohan Close in Linstead, St Catherine was arrested during an operation in Frazer's Content in the parish yesterday.

According to the police, arrangements are now being made for him to be questioned in the presence of his attorney, after which formal charges will be laid.

The three persons, one of them a teen boy, were found with gunshot wounds by residents about 11:30 pm on January 26.

They were subsequently identified as 36-year-old mason, Shannon Reynolds, otherwise called 'Marlon', 15-year-old John Reynolds and 51-year-old Sonia Hinds, otherwise called 'Tippy', all of Victoria district in the parish.

The police are reminding members of the public that information on wanted persons or any criminal activity may be given confidentially by using the tip line number, 837-888.

Persons may also give information securely by calling 811 or Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert app.





13 listed as Persons of Interest

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Thirteen persons have been listed as persons of interest by the Kingston Western Police.

Police investigators say they can assist them in several matters currently under investigation.

All 13 are being asked to report to the Denham Town Criminal Investigations Branch by 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 23.

PERSONS OF INTEREST:

1) David Reid otherwise called 'BJ' of Greenwich Park Road, Kingston 5 and St William Pathway, Kingston 12.

2) Mikail Green otherwise called 'Mosquito' or 'Blacks' of Brynes Street, Kingston 12.

3) Leonardo Campbell otherwise called 'Money' of Harris Street, Kingston 13.

4) Rohan James alias 'Warder' of James Street, Kingston 13.

5) Mugarvey Walker otherwise called 'Life' of Golden Heights, Kingston 14.

6) Rory Headlen otherwise called 'Bowa' of Upper West Street, Kingston.

7) Roger Shaw alias 'Bucky-five star' of Rousseau Road, Kingston 5.

8) Nakeam Kirkpatrick nickname 'OJ' of DeeCee Avenue, Kingston 14.

9) Yeahkark Walker otherwise called 'Prince' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

10) Shadane McKenzie otherwise called 'Murphy' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

11) Oshane Cooper otherwise called 'OB' of Blount Street, Kingston 14 and a Tivoli Gardens Address.

12) Fabian Lynch otherwise alias 'Dozer' or 'Junior' of Chamberlin Road and 4th Street, Kingston 12.

13) Shaquille Harrison otherwise called 'Coke Dust' of Mckenzie Drive, Kingston 14





Red Hills Road shooting victim dies

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crime-scene-gun.jpgOne of the victims of a shooting on Red Hills Road in St. Andrew on Thursday morning has died.

She has been identified as 22 year old Moesha Johnson, of a Red Hills Road address.

It was reported that Ms Johnson and a man were walking when a car drove up and the occupants opened gunfire on them.

Ms Johnson died at hospital.

The man is still being treated.

Residents blocked a section of Red Hills Road afternoon to protest the shooting.

The are blaming the shooting on a feud with persons on Verene Avenue off Cassia Park Road.

A resident said the feud has been ongoing for several months.





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As the entire world knows by now, power couple (Oh boy, that term again)...anyway, power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce jetted into Jamaica last week Sunday and were reportedly staying at "a residence in Kingston", which some say is none other than the exclusive Strawberry Hill.

Anyway the on the run power couple created quite a frenzy when they were spotted in Trench Town on a bike, breathing in the same air as the peasants. (Or perhaps it was the peasants breathing in the same air as the power couple.)

So, back to the headline of this article. The dynamic duo, were described by Daily Mail as being "the picture of bliss and relaxation as they sat in the sunshine, while Jay-Z sipped from his beverage".

Well, we're not sure if Jay was really drinking Jamaica's signature beer, Red Stripe, but a few bottles of the world famous brew were spotted on the table, while below the table we saw a bottle of Appleton rum. The picture was taken by Splash.

Reports are that the couple also visited Hellshire Beach, where they did a video/photo shoot.

Big up to Red Stripe and Wray & Nephew and of course, Beyonce and Jay Z. Hope this scene makes the final cut. -- Yasmine Peru





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgIf the recently released new song from Grammy winning, incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton, a new song, then would that mean that the Gargamel --- like somebody who's in jail in Jamaica -- is recording behind bars in the US?

The single under review is entitled 'Send Back Adams' and it was released last month, on the Crushroad Music label. The song piggybacks on the sentiment expressed in some quarters that the best man for the then vacant post of police commish is former hard-nosed crime fighter, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams. (NB: the vacancy has now been filled.)

While this was a recent hot topic, the fact is tht this is the first time the "Adams for Commissioner' debate has popped up.

We tried to link Buju to hear from his lips if this is really new cereal, but alas, he didn't return our calls.

However, there is some reason to believe that 'Send Back Adams' is an old tune that has been given a rebirth.

According to one historian, the song was actually released in 2007, eleven years ago, on the Rapid Burst riddim and that Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, actually had two songs on the riddim.

The same person also suggests that the producer of the song is just trying a ting "cause Gargamel soon touch road.'

Buju Banton aka Gargamel, is scheduled to be released from prison in the US, the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, in less than nine months time, on December 8 2018.. He was convicted on drug charges in 2009. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the Youtube video below:
Buju Banton - Send Back Adams - February 2018





jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgBeyonce and Jay-Z are being accused of copying Kanye and Kim's motorbike scene from the rapper's Bound 2 video.

The couple are currently in Jamaica reportedly filming a promotional video for their new tour, On The Run II.

On Thursday they were spotted in Kingston surrounded by film crew as they shot more scenes with Queen Bey sat behind her husband on a motorcycle with bull horns on the front.

The 26-year-old Drunk In Love singer was seen in a brown fringed suede dress with her blonde locks styled in frizzy waves.

Jay, 48, could be seen wearing a white shirt open at the neck with grey slacks.

The 99 Problems hitmaker wrapped a silk scarf around his head.

It's not clear if the couple, who are parents to daughter Blue Ivy and twins Sir and Rumi, are filming a music video or promotional material for their new tour.

It's the second time they've been spotted filming on a motorbike duringtheir Jamaica trek.

According to a report in Daily Mail, the images bear a striking resemblance to Kanye West's music video Bound 2 which featured his then fiancee Kim Kardashian.

However, Kanye was definitely NOT the first artiste to pose up on a bike, and he does not exclusive rights to this pose. And if people want to talk about copying, maybe they should check out Grace Jones' style of wearing masks and head-pices and body paint on stage. Grace was wearing masks as part of her performance WAY before Kanye, and quite likely she was his inspiration for his famous head and face gear. So those who think Kanye was the originator of this, just Google the amazing Grace Jones.





22 Jerk Plus on Barbican Road - Mar 24th, 2018

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Chronixx, Alkaline, win big at IRAWMA

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irawma-awards.jpgReggae singer Chronixx and dancehall sensation Alkaline, were the big winners in three categories each, at the combined 36th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and 37th Chicago Music Awards at the Logan Center for the Arts - University of Chicago last Sunday evening.

Fans of Africa's reggae star Shatta Wale brought the house down with excitement, applause and cheers, has he accepted the "Special IRAWMA/Martin's International Award of Honor". Wale was hardly able to give his acceptance speech, taking some two minutes to subdue his ecstatic fans Chronixx, captured the Awards for "Best Male Vocalist", "Best Album/CD" for "Chronology" and "Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer", while Alkaline won for, "Entertainer of the Year", "Best Song" and "Best Male Dancehall Artist". The complete list of winners, can be seen also at: http://www.irawma.com.

Winners and performers for the Chicago Music Awards will be coming in a separate release and can be seen at: http://www.chicagomusicawards.org.

Ephraim Martin announced that the 37th International Reggae and World Music Awards will return to Jamaica, on Saturday May 11, 2019 and will be held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

The event was sponsored by. NBC 5 Chicago, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), The Look - A Women's & Men's Store, LaFruteria Inc, Old World Market, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Kingston Mines Blues Club, Payne Center for Medicine and Music, SAPNA (Sri Annamacharya Project of North America), All United Imports, Rasta Love Punch, African Spectrum, Africa USA Today Magazine, CKW entertainment, Golden Krust Bakery, Kensey & Kensey Communications and others





Freddie McGregor's "Go Freddie Go" out today

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go.jpgNew York, NY- Legendary reggae icon, Freddie McGregor O.D. and CEO of Big Ship Music Inc. has emerged with new single "Go Freddie Go". The melodically rich song serves a musical testimony of Freddie's lengthy and successful career. The first single off his upcoming album on VP Records, "Go Freddie Go" is sure to become a classic Reggae summer jam.

Produced by Lincoln Thomas for Linkgitz Production and written by Freddie with Lincoln Thomas and Kemar Williams, the words embody self-conviction that whatever is thrown his way, he can handle as Freddie sings "I'm moving much faster, And I make nothing stop me, because Freddie always ready..."

In addition to releasing his new music, Freddie will be embarking on a tour this summer with stops in Canada and the US. Fans can come witness his vast music catalog live as he hits venues in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York with more dates to be added.

"Go Freddie Go, is truly a musical chronology of my life and career through my experiences, my journey and my legacy," said Freddie of his new single.

"I am pleased to be working with VP Records on this project and humbled to have had support from many during my 50 plus years in the business."





Shaggy to rock Queen Elizabeth's birthday bash

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shaggy-queen-elizabeth-and-sting.jpgQueen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday party is a concert that will be televised and broadcast on the radio by the BBC-"a fun and vibrant evening of contemporary hits, songs from classic musicals, unique collaborations and stars from around the Commonwealth," as the Royal Albert Hall's description reads.

The British monarch has a lineup of stars set to perform for her in a live music event with the BBC.

Musicians include Shaggy, Sting, Shawn Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sir Tom Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Anne Marie. The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will air on April 21, Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday.

According to a release from the Palace, "many members of the Royal Family" will be in attendance, though it was not specified whether or not Meghan Markle will be attending ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. Tickets are also available to the public

Sting and Shaggy's album entitled 44/876. is out on 4/20, the day before the Queen's bash. It includes the single "Don't Make Me Wait."





New York, NY (March 20, 2018) In a few days, Love and Harmony cruise will set sail on what will be an unforgettable voyage! Celebrating the Caribbean culture and a variety of entertainment by some of the greatest in reggae and soca as well as great Caribbean cuisine. Yet, Love and Harmony team is also adding a give back portion to all the fun and enjoyment of this annual trip.

"We are grateful for all the harmonizers who have booked their cabins and are sailing away with us this weekend, but we wanted to use this opportunity to give back to some of the less fortunate. With thousands of people setting out to sail to Jamaica and Grand Cayman with us, we figured what better way to come together and contribute to a greater cause" says Steven 'Jabba' Beckford one of the organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise.

The opportunity presented itself to the Love and Harmony team to give back to a little over 90 children residing at SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, Montego Bay. The village has been in existence since 1972 and the compound is made up of 12 small houses, a community center and a kindergarten, which also services the local community. Each of the small houses are home to 6-9 children who refer to each other as brother and sister, and a caretaker who they refer to as mommy. These children are either orphaned, abandoned or have been removed from their homes for multitude of reasons, including physical and sexual abuse.

The Love & Harmony team and cruisers will be donating at least one or more essential items, which was requested by the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town. The items varies from toiletries, school supplies, under clothes, school shoes, to batteries and multi vitamins for children.

All donations will be collected in a collection box once the ship is docked in Montego Bay.

If not sailing on the Love and Harmony Cruise and would like to make a donation please contact 1-800-225-8757 for more information.





Missing woman's body found in shallow grave

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA St. Catherine woman who was reported missing on Monday was found buried in a shallow grave in St. Thomas Tuesday after her boyfriend reportedly confessed to killing her.

She has been identified as 36-year old Latisha Bravo, also known as Keisha, a store keeper of Linstead in St. Catherine.

According to a police report, Ms Bravo visited her boyfriend in Duhaney Pen, St. Thomas on Sunday.

The following morning they reportedly had a dispute during which it is believed that she was strangled to death. It is reported that he then hid the body under a bed and went to work. About 8 o'clock Monday evening he allegedly took the body to the seaside in Duhaney Pen and buried it.

Later in the night the St. Thomas Police received information that Miss Bravo had been reported missing.

Her boyfriend was taken into custody where he allegedly confessed to the killing.The police say he led them to the shallow grave.





2 charged for shooting death of 3 y-o girl

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men who were detained in connection with last month's killing of a three year old girl in Annotto Bay, St. Mary have been charged.

They were charged on Tuesday evening with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called 'Pooka', of Cane Lane, was shot on February 14 while walking home with her stepfather.

Residents of Cane Lane have blocked sections of the main road in Annotto Bay to protest the men being charged.

The residents, who also protested the arrest of the men last week, insist that they are innocent.





ruddy-spencer.jpgState minister Rudyard Spencer has found himself in the midst of a firestorm of criticism for telling labourites at a political meeting in Bellefield, Manchester on the weekend that now that a member of the JLP is now at the helm of the RADA, whatever issues they had faced with receiving assistance from the entity, which provides agricultural extension services, were of the past.

SPENCER: Labourites, we have a system where we will now have our own chairman of RADA and things have been happening and things can happen at RADA. But naturally, you will meet some bottlenecks because we have just taken over the system and we are trying to find our way around the system. Where you never have a parish manager for RADA, you now have a Labourite being the chairman of RADA, so whatever problems you use to have ...

(Spencer pauses to hear advice of someone reminding him that the media were present.)

SPENCER: No, no I want them hear.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Mine weh you a talk seh

SPENCER: Whatever problems you use to have, I believe now most of those problems would have gone away because you have your own manager to assist in the management of RADA ... So therefore, you can't say that you are getting no attention, you can't say nothing is happening, because in fairness, you have your own manager, to report whatever problems you have and expect him to solve those problem.





Clansman Gang top man and family arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) is reporting that one of the leaders of the Clansman gang has been arrested and charged.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of C-TOC, said the gang leader, 33 year old Andre 'Blackman' Bryan, along with three members of his family were picked up during an operation in an upscale community in St. Andrew on March 4.

The three family members are his mother, 53 year old Millicent Brown, sister Alecia Brown, and his brother, Kevaughn Green. Two other members of the gang, Davion Edwards, otherwise called 'Lizard' and Boswell Rhoden, otherwise called 'Stephan', were picked on in another location on Monday March 5.

Charges in relation to the anti-gang legislation were laid against all six individuals on Monday, March 19. ACP Bailey said C-TOC launched an investigation into the Clansman gang in 2015, which led to the arrest and charge of 32 members over the period.

He said 78 of the 134 murders committed in St. Catherine in 2017 can be attributed to the Clansman gang.





western-union.jpgGraceKennedy Limited (GK) and its partner Western Union announced today an expansion of the company's digital money transfer service, which will allow Jamaicans to send funds via an online platform to 200 countries globally.

Effective April 1, the Jamaica operations of GraceKennedy Money Services, a GK subsidiary, will be the first in the Caribbean and Latin America to offer the digital service at WesternUnion.com.

To use the new outbound service, consumers in Jamaica can begin the registration process online but must go to a physical location to complete the process, including providing identification.

Thereafter they will be able to send and receive funds online. The methods of payment include debit, credit card and Apple Pay.

Previously, money could be received online in Jamaica, but not sent. The launch of the service brings to 42 the number of countries which now have the digital transactional service from Western Union.





Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) - After 8+ years of unforgettable events in Washington DC, Bermuda and Miami, the Hookie life team is taking its flagship event, 'Hookie' to Jamaica for its debut on Friday April 6th, 2018 as part of the island's Carnival's festivities.

Hookie, comes from the term 'playing hookie' and means to skip out on one's obligations in order to have fun, will bring its 'stay home from work to fete' concept to beautiful Jamaica in fine fashion.

This inaugural edition of Hookie Jamaica is a collaborative effort between the promoters Hookie Life Entertainment and Renaissance Disco, Jamaica's premiere DJ sound system and event connoisseurs. This year's incarnation of the event will take place in the form of an epic poolside breakfast party affair at the Constant Spring Golf Course.

The popular fete franchise known for its string of events such as the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Hookie Miami has already generated a buzz within the Caribbean islands and diaspora due to its high standard of quality and undeniable entertainment factor.

The beloved brand will now deliver its unmistakable vibe and energy to the land of wood and water.

Carnival lovers in Kingston are in store for a one of a kind experience complete with a complimentary cross-Caribbean breakfast buffet and an all-star cast of local, regional and International DJs.

The event's amazing DJ line-up features Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, T&T's top female selector Alicia The Duchess, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, International Stephen (ATL), Freeze International (NYC) and DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0.

As one of the latest additions to the Jamaica Carnival event roster, Hookie will be the only breakfast and pool party on the Carnival Friday schedule.

The diligent organizers of Hookie Jamaica have put much effort into bringing forth a memorable experience for Jamaica's Soca Junkies and visiting Fete-a-holics alike.

In addition to complimentary breakfast, sizzling Soca music by top DJs, a fully stocked bar to satisfy a wide variety of drinking pleasures and an amazing venue, this famed event will bring together Carnival enthusiasts from various parts of the globe to revel in one place.

Experience the ultimate poolside breakfast party at 'Hookie Jamaica' on Friday 6th April 2018, at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Kingston, from 8am - 3pm for $30 USD ($3,720 JMD).

For additional information on Hookie Jamaica 2018, please visit: www.hookielife.com OR www.facebook.com/hookielife OR www.instagram.com/hookielife

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Alicia D Dutchess will add some Trini flavour to Hookie JA.





President of the opposition Peoples National Party PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, dropped a huge bowl of macaroni in Parliament on Monday when he listed out a litany of woes besetting the Jamaican government: "How can the government who gave up over four billion dollars in revenues in the past two years to the bauxite companies now claim they would have to impose new taxes in order to pay increases for teachers. What kind of madness is that...?"

Minister Phillips then said cheekily, "Sometimes, Mr Speaker, it look like is Macaroni running the government!"

D-E-A-D!

Place mash up!

peter-phillips-photo-4.jpgLaughter!

Video clip gone V-I-R-A-L.

Welcome to Jamaica, the land of wood and water and Macaroni.

For those of you who don't know, Macaroni is the true-to-life, reluctant Internet sensation whose attempts to drive his bus through dangerous waters went viral after it was posted online, complete with a voice saying over and over again, "A couldn't Macaroni that!"

As it turned out, it really wasn't Macaroni driving the bus, but somehow since that viral video, the memes followed and every ridiculous situation and incidents of buffoonery have attracted the label: "A must Macaroni do that."

So, is it really Macaroni who is running the government of Jamaica?

Macaroni, tell us it aint so. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the video clip below of Peter Phillips having his Macaroni Moment.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police are reporting that four members of the Montego Bay based G-City Gang are among the 123 people so far detained in the State of Public Emergency in the St Catherine North division.

The State of Public Emergency was declared yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

According to the police, 96 of the detainees have been processed and released while 27 remain in custody.

*Three detainees wanted for several offences including simple larceny, shooting with intent, unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

*Three arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act following the seizure of a Glock Pistol with a magazine containing 10 rounds on the Bernard Lodge Main Road

*Two arrested for Breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The public is being reminded that it is an offence to harbour criminals.





commissioner-antony-anderson-sworn-in.jpgMajor General Antony Anderson began his first day as Commissioner of Police, after taking the Oath of Office today.

"Decked in his uniform, the Commissioner of Police was quickly sworn on by Bishop Dr Gary Welsh, Justice of the Peace and Assistant Commissioner of Police, followed by a briefing session with area and section commanders," stated the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communication Unit in a release today.

Anderson is replacing George Quallo, who was appointed on April 18 last year, but decided to retire last month after his relationship with National Security Minister Robert Montague soured.





state-of-emergency.jpgOperating hours for businesses and other establishments in sections of the St. Catherine North Police Division, where a State of Public Emergency was declared on Sunday (March 18), have been adjusted in keeping with stipulations under the enhanced security operation.

According to the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), the closing hours for all businesses in Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk are now either 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Those that should close by 7:00 p.m. are cook shops, dry goods establishments and haberdasheries, spirit license premises, service stations, clubs and fast food outlets, pharmacies, and churches. Community recreational facilities should close by 6:00 p.m.

The specified boundaries within which the operation is being undertaken are:

North - from the intersection of the St Ann, Clarendon, and St Catherine parish boundaries towards Garfield Road, the Moneague leg of the North-South Highway and Guy's Hill square;

East - along the St. Catherine parish boundary, to Sligoville, the intersection of Highway 2000, Lakes Pen Road, Port Henderson Road, Salt Pond Road and Hill Run main road;

South - from the Hartland main road to the Hill Run main road, and West - along the parish boundary to Ginger Ridge, Blue Hole, Marley Hill and Dover Road, to the intersection of the PJ Patterson Highway and the Hartland main road.

The CCU has declared that the security forces will also be placing special focus on bus parks within the targeted communities.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared the State of Public Emergency during a press conference at Jamaica House.

A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force/Jamaica Defence Force team was deployed to the area to undertake enhanced security measures for an initial 14 days, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.

The Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act to bring the enhanced security measures into effect was signed by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, and has been gazetted.

The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such this year, following a similar declaration in the western parish of St. James in January.





Suspected serial rapist held in St Thomas

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held.jpgThe police have held a suspected serial rapist in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

He was held during a special operation on the weekend.

The suspect is believed to be involved in several incidents of sexual attacks in St Thomas and sections of the Corporate Area.

The Constabulary Communication Unit says investigations are ongoing and has promised to release more information as soon as it becomes available.

Have information that can help?

CALL:

Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse

926-4079

811

Send tips via:

Stay Alert App

Nearest police station





Visitor dies in St. Ann crash

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fatal-crash.jpgA woman was killed and five persons, including a two year old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Llandovery main road in St. Ann on Sunday evening.

The deceased was a visitor to the island. It's reported that she arrived on Friday for a birthday celebration.

The car in which she was traveling collided with a Sports Utility Vehicle about 7 o'clock.

The driver of the SUV, who was the sole occupant of that vehicle, was also injured.





police-cars.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for criminals who robbed and then chopped to death a popular bus operator in Retreat, St Mary.

The dead man has been identified as Michael Walker, alias Jahmikes, a 47-year-old man, who is originally from Salem, Runaway Bay in St Ann.

Police say Walker, who operates a bus in and around St Mary, was found suffering from chop wounds along one of his regular routes last Thursday.

He was rushed to hospital where he was battling for life but later died while being treated.

Police say their initial probe revealed that several personal items belonging to Walker, including money and a cellular phone were stolen, when he was attacked

Police say since the attack they have stepped up their search for the perpetrators and are calling on residents in the parish to provide any information that could assist them in their probe.

And as police dig deeper for clues residents have taken to social to voice their concern over the attack.

"Michael Jahmikes Walker rest in peace me bredda. I wish I cud see you alive one more time again and we drink a one Guinness together.... sighhh smh."

Another post read, "May his soul rest in peace and memories continue resonate each and every day."

Meanwhile, another friend of the deceased man lamented on the senseless killings across St Mary.

"St Mary in the news so much these days for negatives and here I would never imagine my dear friend Michael (Walker) would join in and just gone so. Tears to my eyes. Smh. How could they kill him like that? He did no one anything. I am tired of these killings. Tired, tired rip Michael," the post read.

St Mary has recorded twelve murders since the start of the year.





Jay Z, Beyonce and kids arrive in Jamaica

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jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgThe power couple and their three children all arrived in Jamaica Sunday night, reports say, adding that Jay Z and Beyonce are in the island to record new music along with a music video.

The platinum-selling artistes, accompanied by their children and nanny, will reportedly be staying at a private residence in Kingston

Just last week, Jay and Bey announced their On The Run 2 tour featuring a Jamaican classic.

The 1977 hit by Marcia Aitken I'm Still In Love (With You Boy) is the background track for the 45 second teaser.

According to 13thstreetpromotions.com, the single produced by Joe Gibbs gave the young Aitkens who was a student at the time, her first number one hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK.

The single was featured on her 1981 debut, Reggae Impact, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 version.

I'm Still In Love has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.





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20th Anniversary Celebration to Reggae Sumfest on July 19th

Downsound Entertainment & Reggae Sumfest Are Bringing Irish & Chin's World Clash Back to Montego Bay for A 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Early-Bird Tickets Available through March 31.

Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest are bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash for a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay, which represents an historic moment in Jamaican Music History. For a decade, between 2001 and 2010, fans were blown away by the sounds and over-the-top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their Montego Bay...presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition.

These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world, featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat/Pink Panther, Black Blunt,
Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on.

Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One, year after year; then one day, it was over because of some political problems. But now...it is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest who are bringing the greatest Sound System event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music!

Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Entertainment had this statement to say about it all, "We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one the biggest and best ever."

Irish & Chin founder, Garfield "Chin" Bourne expressed his excitement with the following, "I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand! Returning to Jamaica and bringing World Clash to Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many, many years. What a great homecoming!"

Early-bird Tickets to Irish & Chin's World Clash Event,

as well as tickets to all the other Reggae Sumfest events are available on

REGGAE SUMFEST WEBSITE

on the ticket link.

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Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events

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EarlyBird 2 Tickets Just Added for

All Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events

Now Until March 31. Visit Website for info

Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events:

  • The Colorfest Beach Party on July 15 - The Ultimate Beach Party kicks off the beginning of Sumfest Week
  • The All White Party on July 17- Pier One Restaurant & Bar, The Social Event of the Summer
  • The Blitz Party on July 18 - Way Wild Line-Up with Stefflon Don, Safaree & more TBA
  • The Irish & Chin 20th Anniversary World Clash Celebration on July 19 - Pier One Event Centre, World Clash Champions Live
  • Morning Medz on July 22 - Grand Finale to Sumfest, Sunday morning from 7am-2pm, Tailgate Party

Click Here for Tickets and More Information

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Friday and Saturday, July 20 & 21 at

Catherine Hall Event Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Friday Night, July 20th:

Popcaan - Aidonia - Bounty Killer - Sizzla - Spice

Tommy Lee Sparta - Agent Sasco - Ding Dong - I-Octane

J Boog- Stonebwoy - Harry Toddler - Yanique - D-Major

Kemar Hicon - Tosh Alexander - Shano

Dovey Magnum - Hood Celebrity - Stushie

More To Come ~ Plus Special Guest Stars


Saturday Night, July 21st:

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Beres Hammond

Maxi Priest - Cham - Capleton - Jessie Royal

Raging Fyah - Fanton Mojah - Keznamdi

Empress Ayeola - Naomi Cowan

More To Come ~ Plus Special Guest Stars

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Specially Priced EarlyBird 2 Ticket

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Available Now For All
Reggae Sumfest Events
Until Saturday March 31

Click Here to purchase Tickets now

Prices up April 1

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Flourgon suing Miley Cyrus for $300 million

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flourgan.jpgThe international media is reporting that Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer's 2013 smash "We Can't Stop" closely resembles a song he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song "We Run Things" has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of "We Can't Stop" comes from him.

According to reporter, Jonathan Stempel, Flourgon accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating his material, including the phrase "We run things. Things no run we," which she sings as "We run things. Things don't run we."

miley-cyrus.jpgRepresentatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Sony did not immediately respond to a similar request.

May said he sought to protect his work last year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things."

He said Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content."

The Kingston, Jamaica resident is also seeking a halt to further sales and performances of "We Can't Stop," according to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case.

"We Can't Stop," from Cyrus' album "Bangerz," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

It was kept from the top by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," itself the subject of a high-profile copyright case over its resemblance to a 1977 Marvin Gaye song. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)





Vinyl Thursdays coming soon in Amsterdam

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Thursday 5 April 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland) is the date to keep in mind.

Vinyl Thursdays will come to Amsterdam! The weekly Vinyl Thursdays event in Kingston (Jamaica) is one of their favorite parties, when the BLACK STAR crew is visiting Jamaica. Once a month they will bring the event to Amsterdam (Holland) now. Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will take place every first Thursday the month in the basement of Hill Street Blues Cafe in Amsterdam centre, starting from Thursday April 5th.

The concept of Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will be exactly the same as in Jamaica: every month (guest) DJ's who play strictly vinyl! Besides the DJ's/selectors, there is time for singers and toasters during the open mic. Everything will be streamed live!

Resident crew: BLACK STAR SOUND feat. Selector DEN-DEN, MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC/host and sound effects).

Free entrance + smokers friendly vibes!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event

Facebook group Vinyl Thursdays For more upcoming events, see Black Star Foundation.





Sunday 18 March 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland)

This Sunday BLACK STAR SOUND (Amsterdam) will bring you a full 6-hour roots reggae DJ set at Hill Street Blues Cafe in the city centre of Amsterdam. Selector DEN-DEN will play from old to brand new tunes and dubplates fresh outta Jamaica! He is assisted by MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC and sound effects). Come along to drink, smoke, dance and enjoy sweet reggae music!

From 19.00 till 01.00 - Free entrance and smokers friendly!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event





15th ANNIVERSARY OF BLACK STAR FOUNDATION

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Sunday 15 April 2018 - Melkweg (Amsterdam - Holland)

On Sunday 15 April 2018 BLACK STAR FOUNDATION will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Black Star Foundation at Melkweg, Amsterdam (Holland)! There will be live performances and DJ's, a photo exhibition, Jamaican food, reggae decorations (in cooperation with DecoRoots) and lots of Black Star merchandise and CD's.

Besides BLACK STAR SOUND, many artists will perform with whom we have worked with over the years, like BACK-A-WALL MOVEMENT (Holland), MC JAHFORTH (Jamaica/Holland), Mr. AYA (France), RAPHA PICO (Surinam/Holland), TWOROOTS band feat. ASHER-E (Holland), LEAH ROSIER (Holland) and EXILE DI BRAVE (Jamaica).

Main act for the event will be Studio One veteran LONE RANGER (Jamaica)!

From 19:00 / Tickets โ‚ฌ 15 + membership / Buy your tickets at Tickermaster

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / More info (Facebook event)





World Clash for Reggae Sumfest

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgDownsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash in a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay represents a historic moment in Jamaican Music History.

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Fans were blown away by the sounds and over the top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their World Clash Sound System events at Pier One in Montego Bay......presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition....These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world....featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat / Pink Panther, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on. Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One year after year....then one day, it was over.....some political problems. But now...it is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest....Bringing the greatest sound system event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music. Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Enterttainment had this to say about it all....." We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one....The biggest and best ever " . Irish & Chin founder Garfield " Chin " Bourne expressed his excitement with the following...." I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand...returning to Jamaica, bringing World Clash with Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many many years....What a great homecoming !





anju-blaxx-and-brent-bunting.jpgBusinessman, Brent Bunting, the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, up to Thursday, was reportedly is still in hospital and his condition was listed as serious.

This follows a fight with music producer Anju Blaxx and a gang of men at a complex in supper St Andrew last Friday. According to reports online, Brent Bunting reportedly complained that loud music which was being played at the complex was preventing his child from sleeping. It's further alleged that a physical altercation ensued and Bunting was tossed down a flight of stairs by Blaxxx and several men.

It's also alleged Blaxxx and his associates stomped on Bunting's face after he was tossed down the staircase.

Bunting's jaw was fractured and he suffered an injury to his eyes.

Facial Reconstructive Surgery was performed on the younger Bunting on Tuesday.

Blaxx reportedly received minor facial injury during the altercation. Both men have accused each other of being the aggressor.

37-year-old Blaxx, whose given name is Andrew Myrie, has been charged with wounding with intent in connection with the incident, while 27-year-old Bunting has been charged with unlawful wounding.

When contacted Wednesday, Head of the St. Andrew North Police Division, Superintendent Glenford Miller, told our news centre that he was in a meeting and could not comment.

In an interview posted online, Brent's father, Peter Bunting is quoted as saying that his son is "lucky to be alive".

The reporter quotes Bunting thus: "Most of the media is carrying publicity for Anju Blaxx when they are not aware of the details of the case. I was not there but from the accounts I have been getting, he is lucky to be alive, some of them had knives, and some even came to his home trying to kick off his door. He had been retreating from the situation and they ran him down and pulled him down the stairs. He was not the aggressor," Producer, Andrew Myrie otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx' walked free from wire fraud charges in the United States in August 2016. His attorney in the case, KD Knight told the press at the time that his client, Anju BLaxx did not make a plea deal with federal agents in the US state of North Dakota where he was charged. Charges against Anju Blaxx were dismissed in the United States after the prosecution there moved a motion for the case to be dismissed.

Anju Blaxx subsequently pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to aiding in the making of a false declaration to Jamaica Customs in 2013. He was fined $250,000.





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Red Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Catherine Hall Event Centre

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Friday July 20, 2018

Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, I-Octane, J. Boog, Stonebwoy, Harry Toddler, Yanique, D-Major, Kemar Hicon, Tosh Alexander, Shano, Dovey Magnum, Hood Celebrity, Stushie, More to come plus special quest stars.

Saturday July 21, 2018

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Beresh Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Fanton Mojah, Kezmandi, Empress Ayeola, Naomi Cowan, More to come plus special quest stars

Tickets & Info at reggaesumfest.com

Sponsors:

Pepsi & Jamaica Tourist Board

Must be Legal Drinking Age

Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly





Reggae SumFest - Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Irish and Chin's

World Clash

Featuring

Tony Matterhorn
2x World Clash Champion

Mighty Crown
5x World Clash Champion

Ricky Trooper
2x World Class Champion

Ping Panther
6x World Clash Champion

20 Years Celebration
1998-2018

Pier One
Montego Bay, Jamaica

A Downsound Entertainment Production

For all show and ticketing info please check: www.reggaesumfest.com

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Please drink responsibly.





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgRick Ross joins Jamaican dancehall star Konshens on his genre-bending single "Big Belly."

Blending reggae, dancehall, and trap, the Rvssian-produced track allows the rapper to celebrate life and money. "Big Belly, mon," he raps. "You know the don / Rolex on my arm, I keep my soldiers armed."

"Big Belly" is one of 16 tracks off Konshens' sophomore album It Feel Good, which also features Chris Brown ("Bruk Off Yuh Back"), Shaggy ("Body Happy"), and Satori ("Days of My Life"). In 2016, Konshen's "Bruk Off Yuh Back," blew up, garnering a remix with Breezy, which came became the song's official single.

Konshens has now previewed the music video for the single.

"Big Belly" is the first video to be released from the project and the Subkonshus boss recently hinted that there could be more videos coming.

Last week, he and Tarrus Riley dropped the video for their collaborative effort "Simple Blessing" featured on the 'All Night Riddim' produced by Chimney Records.





anju-blaxx-photo-2.jpgWhat a prekeh!

UIM producer Anju Blaxx and the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament (MP) and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting had a fisticuffs at a house in St Andrew last Friday. It all went down after Bunting's son, Bent, a businessman, knocked at Anju Blaxx door complaining about the music that was being played. Andrew Myrie, otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx', was hosting a birthday party at his home.

Well, an argument reportedly developed between the two, which escalated into a fight.

Bunting, it is reported, suffered a fractured jaw during the fracas, while Myrie sustained injuries to his face and a cut to one of his fingers from a piece of broken glass.

Both men were taken to the Constant Spring Police Station, where they were each charged with wounding.





Reggae Boy Damion Lowe blasts Bolt in FB post

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damion-lowe.jpgDamion Lowe, the son of former national player Onandi Lowe, has take Usain Bolt to task for his "disrespectful" comments regarding the Reggae Boyz.

In a FB post, the young Lowe told Bolt: "You're basically degrading all the work your fellow Jamaicans have put to get us into the top 50, to have only lost 5 games out of 18."

"You guys should stop seeing Jamaica football as it was in the past. We are rising and it's evident with our results and rankings."

"I guess Mr. Bolt u would rather go represent another country because u think they aren't good enough for your talents. Look what you did for Jamaica it opened so many doors it shined a light on us," Lowe wrote.

"Imagine if u had taken that talent to another country, who would be breaking records for us? who would be winning back to back golds?

"Just like the young man you are talking about if he plays for Jamaica he will be seen as a Jamaican creating wonders in world football and it will give other young players chances, it will open doors for many. If he plays for another country he won't be seen as an ambassador for Jamaica. Be proud no matter what the situation. Yes I'm not playing for the big leagues, but I'm gonna get there one day and I won't and will never regret playing for Jamaica. U know why? Because when I do brand Jamaica will be next to my name. Not Belgium, not Germany not Spain not Norway."

Kudos to you Mr. Lowe.





usain-bolt-and-leon-bailey.jpgDecorated Jamaica Olympic champions Usain Bolt insists he will not encourage Bundesliga star and compatriot Leon Bailey to represent the national team as it is currently below his level.

The 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger has been one of the German league's hottest property's this season, scoring 9 goals in 17 appearances and being an all-around thorn in the flesh of defenders.

The player's talent has garnered attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs, but recently so have some countries.





jamaican-student-and-white-girl-tampon-drama.jpgThe New York Post is reporting that a white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black Jamaican roommate's belongings has been allowed into a probation programme that could result in criminal charges being erased from her record.

According to the Post, state judge in Hartford on Monday granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for accelerated rehabilitation. Misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges will be erased if she successfully completes two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. Police said the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate's backpack and putting her roommate's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine." She also called her roommate "Jamaican Barbie," and wrote that she put moldy clam dip in her roommate's lotions and spit in her coconut oil, police said.

The incident went viral after the Jamaican roommate, Chennel Rowe, shared her ordeal on social media. Rowe wrote that she developed throat pain and doctors couldn't pinpoint exactly what was causing it.

Rowe attended the court hearing and did not oppose the probation programme request Monday, saying she hoped Brochu would "change her ways."

Brochu's attorney, Tom Stevens, has said Brochu and Rowe had a falling out and Brochu's actions were not racially motivated. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.

Stevens apologized on Brochu's behalf Monday. He said Brochu wanted to apologize sooner, but he advised her not to because of a potential civil lawsuit. Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.

Brochu also told authorities that she did put tampon blood on Rowe's backpack and licked Rowe's plate, fork and spoon, but denied doing anything else. She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to "appear funny," a police report said.

Source: NY Post





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the students from the Green Island High school in Hanover, who was caught on video attacking a bus conductor with knives and stones, has been taken into custody by the police.

The boy, who was accompanied by his father, surrendered to the police Friday - two days after the incident. The teenager was taken in by his father after he saw the video that is circulating on social media.

Head of the Hanover police, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, told RJR News that the police have identified all the boys involved in the incident

She said the police are in dialogue with the Principal and the Dean of Discipline at the school to have them taken in.

In the video, five boys are seen attacking the conductor with knives. The conductor was slapped in the face by a student holding a chopper before the other boys joined in the attack.

The conductor ran into the bus to seek refuge, but the boys proceeded to hurl stones on the vehicle, smashing several windows.

Several students in the bus were reportedly injured.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgMoravian pastor Rupert Clarke has been sentenced to eight years in prison on two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old and many are questioning how the man of the cloth was given such a "lenient sentence".

The sentences are to run at the same time which means Clarke will only serve eight years in prison.

The complainants are both sisters.

Clarke was sentenced in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court almost four months after he pleased guilty to the crimes.

On November 29, Clarke had appeared in court for the hearing of an application by the prosecution to transfer the sexual offence matter from the St Elizabeth Circuit Court to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Justice Martin Gayle reportedly granted the application for the matter to be transferred to Kingston when Clarke's lawyer Deborah Martin asked for his client to re-enter a plea.

That's when Clarke changed his plea from not-guilty to guilty on two counts of having sex with a person under sixteen years old.

Clarke, 64 was the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

The police report that in December 2016, a team was on patrol in a community near Santa Cruz when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with a child.

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Further investigations revealed that Clarke also had a sexual relationship with the child's sister.





With one of the students from Green Island High School in Hanover who were caught on video viciously attacking a bus driver with knives and stones last week, being already in police custody, the hunt is on for the others who have been identified from the video.

The boy in custody was accompanied by his father when he surrendered to the police on Friday. The father took the initiative reportedly after seeing the video that is circulating on social media.

Now police investigator, who have identified the boys who were actively involved in the incident, are zeroing in on the school community to produce the suspects.

The police are reported to be in discussion with the school's administration to have the boys taken in for questioning.

The video recording has at least five boys attacking the bus operator with knives, a chopper and stones at a bus stop after the operator had made a purchase from a vendor.

One of the boys, with the chopper menacingly in hand, violently slapped the bus man in the face, which spurred on the other boys to join in the attack.

This was while female students on the scene were seemingly recording the incident, labelling it as a report coming "live from Green Island", and, in the process, fostering the assault on the man.

Under relentless attack, the victim first makes a feeble attempt to defend himself, before fleeing into the bus.

The vehicle is then stoned by the attackers, resulting in damage to the unit, including some of its windows.

The bus had passengers when it came under attack, and there are reports that some of the occupants were injured in the process





Teachers plan sickout

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A sickout is reportedly being planned by the country's public school teachers.

Sources have informed The Gleaner/Power 106 news centre that the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), which represents public school teachers, will be stepping up action to protest against the government's wage offer to teachers.

On Friday, at a joint press conference with International Monetary Fund representatives, Finance Minister Audley Shaw insisted that the government could not make a better wage offer to public sector unions which did not accept.

But this after he had previously indicated that the government would be going ahead with plans to pay, this month, the wage increase it has agreed with some public sector unions to all workers, including those who have rejected the deal.

However, the JTA has taken issue with the payment of the five per cent increase, which will cover the first year of the four-year deal.

It said, last week, that the move is unprecedented in light of the fact that the current salary negotiation has not been concluded nor a Heads of Agreement signed.

The JTA had warned that if the payment is made this month it would view the action of the finance ministry as being tantamount to union busting and a breach of Collective Bargaining Rights.





Alleged phone thief battered in Springs Plaza

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phone-thief.jpgAn alleged phone thief barely escape with his life in Half-Way Tree on Saturday afternoon after being viciously attacked by an angry mob who accused him of stealing a woman's phone.

Reports are that about 1:30 pm, a woman was seen on the Springs Plaza in the commercial district, running and shouting "tief, tief, mi want mi phone" while a young man was speeding away from her.\

A man was subsequently held by a private security officer, and within minutes a crowd descended on the pair and demanded that the man be killed.

The male security officer tried to take the man away from the growing crowd but the mob was too much for the officer. They rained blows all over the body of the alleged thief, before other security officers joined in the rescue of the man.

Still, the officers were outnumbered by the angry mob, which included a security guard (from another company), who kicked the bleeding alleged "phone grabber" into his groin, and pulled a ratchet knife from his waist, and attempted to harm the already wounded man. That security guard was eventually pulled away by a small section of the crowd, who begged for "mercy".

The man was eventually rescued by the police. But not before being battered and bruised.

It is unclear if the woman's phone was recovered.





ishawnas-letter-to-dear-dream.jpg'Slippery When Wet' singer, Ishawna set social media alight when she uploaded her typical attention-grabbing semi-nude photo on Instagram with a 'letter' to gossip blogger Dear Dream.

"Dear dream...Hide my ID, I'm with a man and all his b***hes are my fans...they all wanna eat my French Fries๐ŸŸ What should I do?! And no mi nah drink nuh bleach!!!! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ," she wrote.

The post racked up over 25,000 likes and almost 1,000 comments. I

Dream on Instagram: "Slippery when wet ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆWhen I'm in the mood ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ"





Has new chick New York dumped Marvin the Beast?

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marvin-the-beast-and-new-york.jpgMarvin The Beast is back on the market.

According to sources, the controversial dancer was dumped by his new lover, exotic dancer New York after just little over a week of dating.

Marvin shocked dancehall fans last week when he confirmed his relationship with the former Vybz Kartel 'Teachas Pet' cast member just hours after his breakup with DHQ Nickeisha became public knowledge.

The 'Beast' and New York instantly became the talk of the town after appearing on Instagram live together locking lips, uploading photos on each others accounts and making a few appearances at a few events.

Well it seems NY has come to her senses as she reportedly gave Marvin the boot earlier this week and deleted all his photos off her Instagram account.





(P Chin in a letter to the editor) Prime Minister Andrew Holness said recently that regardless of concerns over the national identification system (NIDS), it is a step in the right direction to move the country into the digital age. This might be so, but the concerns cannot be ignored, otherwise we miss the real benefits of a digitised system.

We have noticed a ramped-up public relations campaign about NIDS -- an attempt to sway public opinion ahead of the January 2019 scheduled roll-out. Although the basic concept of a national ID is a good one, the new system proposed will be costly, funded from parts of an external loan of US$68 million from the Inter-American Development Bank, a loan which must be repaid.

Most people don't realise that NIDS has to be renewed every few years; the first entry will be free, but will individuals have to bear cost of renewal (or replacement)?

Any legitimate national ID can be digitised. As I've suggested, a better option would be to consider enhancing the taxpayer registration system (TRN) as the key identifying link to other national photo IDs such as passport, driver's licence, and the NIDS should become optional, like the others. Everyone can be identifiable. The TRN is already linked to the driver's licence, and TRN can be linked to birth and death registration, as well as every passport application.

We also have to consider the elderly, sick, poor and those without any fixed address, and the logistics trying to force these people into acquiring/renewing their NIDS entry. A national ID system should not necessarily mean a new system in the age of digitisation; we should firstly look at cost-effective ways to enhance what we already have.

It is understood that facial image, fingerprints (10), eye colour, and signature will be required for the NIDS. Since most citizens are neither threats nor security risks, I argue that biometrics data should be restricted to police services when processing suspects and conducting arrests. Other data such as race, religion, profession, education, blood type will be optional, we hear, but since much of this data will be changing constantly, it is best collected during a national census, in which names are not linked and we do not compromise personal information and confidentiality. I don't understand how partial (optional) data will be of any benefit to the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

In addition, I am sure the diaspora transacting business in Jamaica will also need to have a NIDS entry as well as the TRN, in addition to a Global Immigration Card, which was announced last year to facilitate easier entry for the diaspora who travel with foreign passports. It is my view there will be too many IDs to manage and maintain. We should be moving towards simplicity and efficiency as we embrace digitisation. P Chin chin_p@yahoo.com





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Best Collymore, one of the accused in the murder of his wife Simone Collymore, thought he was fleeing to freedom when he made his way to a seaside town in St Elizabeth last month. However, that was not to be, as the Barbados born US national was stopped in his tracks by the police who raided the guest house where he was staying and hauled him back to Kingston where he was arrested and charged.

The polce have now revealed that they were guided to Collymore's hideout via a Crime Stop tip to its 311 hotline.

At the time he was arrested, Collymore was believed to have been taking steps to flee the island by boat, according to the police.

Collymore had been prevented from leaving the island on the eve of his deceased wife's funeral. The cops held on to him, but subsequently released him, and then were later forced to issue a warrant for his arrest and make a call for Collymore to turn himself in.

When Collymore failed to report to a police station, his lawyer made a statement saying that his client was recovering from gun shot woulds which he had received two weeks before his wife's funeral.

Omar Collymore and two co-accused have since been each charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the execution-style killing of his wife, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Walters, on January 2. The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motorcycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Collymore, 35, Dwight Pink and 27-year-old labourer, Michael Adams, appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.





A fifth form student at Merl Grove High School on Constant Spring Roads is singing praises to the policemen who ran down and held a young scoundrel who grabbed her phone at the bust stop last Friday.

The CSEC student had just exited the school after her Geography extra class on Friday when a group of careless boys passed her and her friends and one grabbed her phone out of her hand and simply continued walking.

"The boy just said "Gimme dis" and took my phone," the shocked student was overheard telling her friends.

Upon realising that there were policemen stationed at intersection of Gore Terrace, Constant Spring Road and Dunrobin Avenue, the girls made an alarm and alerted the cops. The bleached out face hoodlum and his other undesirable mates walked out into the middle of the busy Constant Spring Road, skilfuly dodging speeding vehicles, as they made a bid to escape the cops, who were heading in their direction.

The brave officers showed their determination to duty when they immediately chased the boys and caught the phone grabber, who was easily identified by the Merl Grove student. Alas, however, the phone was not found in his possession. Nonetheless, he was bundled into waiting police vehicle and taken to the station, where his mother was called and informed of the incident.

The phone was finally retrieved by the police, however, the screen had been damaged.

Kudos to the cops on a job well done.





lorna-goodison.jpgJamaican poet Lorna Goodison is one of eight receipients of the Windham-Campbell Prize, which will see each writer being awarded a US$165,000 prize to support their writing.

The prize was established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell. The prize is among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the prizes are based.

Lorna Goodison's poetry draws the reader into a panoramic history of a woman's life, bearing witness to female embodiment, the colonial legacy, mortality, and the sacred.

Lorna Goodison is one of the Caribbean's foremost writers and the current Poet Laureate of Jamaica. She has received many honours, including the Musgrave Medal (1999) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (1987). She is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, where she was the Lemuel A. Johnson Professor of English and African and Afro-American Studies.





spice-photo-5.jpgThat's the question being asked on social media after Spice posted her clip.

On Tuesday, a promotional video of the Dancehall artiste playing a game "Two truths and a bluff" was posted and immediately social media went into overdrive, with some blasting Spice for selling out Jamaica because she made her Jamaican accent disappear. Others defended her by saying that she had to talk that way so that the viewers would understand what she is saying since many foreigners do not understand the Jamaican accent.

The first official video of Spice from the upcoming season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta showed Spice making three statements and fans were asked to state which two are true and which one was a lie.

The "Duffle Bag" rapper shared that Alicia Keys told her she was beautiful, former United States president slapped her on her ass, and she used to live in London. As expected the bit about Obama was the bluff. As Spice said, "Of course he didn't slap me on my ass...but everyone knows that I have a crush on Barack Obama...





popcaan-and-jah-vinci.jpgA brand new collaboration titled 'Steamy' is the treat that formers Gaza members Popcaan and Jah Vinci have for their fans. Here is a line from the collab: "P**y dem dead an' gone and bury, rifle a buss them jelly," Jah Vinci sings while Popcaan added, "Dash them in a bush them find them smelly, real old grungrel a beat up the belly, man skull a steam."

The two former members of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire/Gaza camp dropped the gritty single produced by Unruly Entertainment on Monday, March 5. Their last collab was six years ago on the 2012 single "Life Lost" another gritty song on the Arch Evil Riddim.and fans have been waiting for this one.





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgJamaican dancehall star Konshens, the artiste responsible for bashment party essentials "Bruk Off Yuh Back" and "Gal a Bubble," has teamed up with Rick Ross on new single "Big Belly."

"Big Belly," freshly premiered on Billboard.com, seamlessly blends dancehall and trap vibes courtesy of Rvssian, the Jamaican producer known for his work with Bad Bunny, Kevin Gates and Vybz Kartel.

Fresh off recent collaborations with Major Lazer ("Front of the Line"), Nipsey Hussle ("Succa Proof"), The Chainsmokers ("Don't Let Me Down" remix) and Nicky Jam/Bad Bunny ("Privado"), Konshens is taking dancehall to a higher level with his sophomore LP, It Feel Good. The album, the first in a new venture with San Francisco-based EMPIRE, features appearances from Rick Ross, Shaggy, Chris Brown and Tarrus Riley, and production from a committee of Jamaica's most talented producers including Rvssian, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and Don Corleon. (PHOTO CREDIT: KEYSUS)

It Feel Good is out now:

https://Empire.lnk.to/ItFeelGood





Govana tops charts in St. Vincent

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govana.jpgAfter being named '2017 Breakthrough Artiste of the Year' and taking home some silverware courtesy of the 'Your View Awards' (YVAs). 4th Genna recording artiste Govana is definitely seeing an upsurge in popularity and demand come 2018.

Enjoying premium rotation on the airwaves and social scene, the Spanish Town deejay has also seen a considerable spike in requests for concert appearances across the diaspora. The artiste is booked for a cadre of high profile assignments in the weeks ahead including Digicel Grand Prix, Up To The Line (After Champs Party), Aidonia Birthday Party, Crab Fest and Reggae Sumfest among a plethora of others. Govana is also expected to depart the island in May for Toronto, Canada.

Best known for the tracks Run Road, Gyal Clown, Gyal Thief, Loco and Breeze (featuring Aidonia), the deejay has also climbed to the top of St. Vincent's Hot 97.1FM Chart with his latest effort 'Rich Forever'. Featured on the newly released Life's Path rhythm compilation the project is produced by Good Good Production.





Reggae Sumfest partners with Bacchanal Jamaica

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sumfest-2018-bacchanal-photo-1.jpgDownsound Entertainment (DSE), through its Reggae Sumfest Brand, will be partnering with Bacchanal Jamaica as the presenting sponsor of Bacchanal Live, to be held on Friday , March 23 at the Mas Camp. It will be the first live event of the season and will feature Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal band. In addition, the Reggae Sumfest truck will be a part of the road parade on Sunday , April 8.

"DownSound Entertainment is about offering first class entertainment" remarked Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of DSE, "and we are also about inclusiveness. Over the last two years we increased the following for Reggae Sumfest significantly, both locally and globally and that remains our main focus. This year we have started the promotions of the festival early and our campaign is vibrant. The carnival audience is very similar to our Sumfest audience and our partnership with Bacchanal Jamaica will help us to promote Sumfest to a large fun-loving audience, looking for new opportunities for great entertainment. Carnival, like Sumfest, brings in many visitors to the island, particularly to Kingston. This can only help to build our economy and this therefore fulfills another objective of DownSound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest."

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Skatta Burrell, DownSound team member expanded on some of the joint marketing initiatives and shared that "street promotions for Reggae Sumfest started with the Sumfest Dolls making the rounds of Bacchanal and other events in the lead up for the carnival season and now they will also be in the road parade with the Reggae Sumfest truck which is well known for its striking and vibrant design. We will be spicing it up for Carnival and it will certainly be the most impressive truck in the parade. We will be mixing in just a taste of our Reggae Sumfest style with the music of pretty mas, adding to the vibes on the road."

"Reggae Sumfest is a one of a kind event", commented Karla Jankee of DSE, "always exciting, always with its own style, and our Sumfest Dolls will definitely stand out as they join the parade clad in unique costumes featuring the exquisite designs of Nish Kollections. Of course they will be tweaked specially to fit into the carnival theme.

When asked about the association, Charmaine Franklin, director of Bacchanal Jamaica remarked, " We welcome DownSound Entertainment to the Bacchanal family. We believe that there are synergies that can work very well between Reggae Sumfest and Carnival. More and more of the soca performers are doing collaborations with reggae and dancehall artistes developing a crossover sound that is very catchy and very much liked by all Caribbean people. It is therefore a good time for this collaboration of the two events. We can definitely work together for the development of both and the Bacchanal team is committed to also working with DownSound to promote Reggae Sumfest.

Tickets for Bacchanal Live are already on sale online and will go on sale in the outlets soon.

Additional information on Sumfest's week of activities and early bird tickets can be found at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





14-year-old and taximan shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA family is in mourning as a 14-year-old male student from a prominent high school was chased and killed by unknown assailants on Saturday. A taxi operator was also shot dead by the gunmen during a brazen daylight attack along Alexander Road, Hunts Bay, Kingston on Saturday.

The dead have been identified as Domaine Hall, student and resident of Rodney Road, Kingston and Richard Francis, 44 -year-old, taxi operator of 2 Alexander Road, Kingston 13.

Reports are that about 8:30 a.m. Francis was cleaning a grey Nissan Tiida motor car along the roadway when he was attacked and shot several times by two men carrying guns.

Following the attack the men were leaving the area when they saw the teenager, Domaine, who was fetching water at a nearby stand pipe.

Reports are that the teen attempted to run but was chased and shot by the assailants.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called to the community and the injured men taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident has triggered shock and anger in the community.





police-commissioner-antony-anderson.jpgFormer army chief Major General Antony Anderson has been appointed Police Commissioner effective March 19.

He will succeed George Quallo who retired earlier this year.

Major General Anderson currently serves as the National Security Adviser, a post he has filled since being appointed in December 2016.

The first person to serve in this capacity in Jamaica, Anderson is the principal adviser to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on internal and external security, intelligence and defence matters.

He is responsible for coordinating security activities across government and liaison with overseas security and intelligence entities.

Anderson has had a military career in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) spanning 34 years, culminating in his six-year tenure as Chief of Defence Staff.





The St Thomas police are on the hunt for an illegal taxi driver who reportedly abducted and attempted to rape a 17-year-old student.

It is reported that sometime after 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, the Yallahs High School student was returning from a work experience assignment.

While walking towards the school gate, a robot taxi operator reportedly drove up and used a knife to force her into his vehicle.

According to reports, he sped off and took her to another community about two miles away from the school and attempted to rape her.

A struggle reportedly ensued, during which the schoolgirl was stabbed in the hand with a knife.

The teen managed to escape and sought help from the occupants of a nearby house.

She was taken to the Yallahs Police Station where the matter was reported.

The student then fainted and had to be taken to hospital where she was admitted and released the following day.

The police say that same day, another woman was raped by a man fitting the description of the student's abductor.





More Italian tourists for Jamaica

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hm-barlett-italy-march-2018.jpgMILAN, Italy: Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (3rd right); is joined by Laurent Parent (centre), Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest Tour operator; Delano Seiveright (left), Senior Advisor/Strategist; Elisa Eterno (2nd left), JTB Italy; Matteo Gambardella, Contracting Manager, Alpitour World; Mariangela Montessoro (2nd right), Contracting Manager, Alpitour World and newly appointed Director of Tourism, Donovan White at the Hotel Scala in Milan, Italy on Monday March 5.

Alpitour which owns the Italian airline, NEOS, is to increase the number of seats into Montego Bay, Jamaica from Italy using a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft starting May of this year. Laurent Parent, a Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest tour operator, noted that the new aircraft will replace existing once weekly scheduled Boeing 767 charter service between Milan and Montego Bay. The airline will also continue its once weekly flight from the Italian city of Verona, Italy.

Parent added that Jamaica is becoming more and more popular for Italians with Negril and Montego Bay being the biggest draws and pointed to one Negril resort being listed among the tour company's 15 best hotel resorts in the world. Bartlett noted that Italy is among the lead countries being targeted in Jamaica's ongoing European tourism growth strategy which in 2017 recorded 325,804 European tourists approximately 31,000 more than in the year 2016. Jamaica welcomed near 14,000 Italians tourists last year, representing a 44.5 percent increase over 2015.





Ooooh La Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

We all know that there's no love lost between Internet comedian Facebook Hero and controversial dancer Marvin The Beast.

So it was no surprise when Hero started to troll Marvin over his current relationship drama with ex-girlfriend DHQ Nickeisha and Marvin's new girl - Teacher's Pet alum, New York. Did y'all hear New York confess that she slept with the Teacher?

Anyway, on Sunday, Marvin hit back at Facebook Hero and uploaded a video clowning him for saying he doesn't sleep with men anymore.

"People before everyone watch this video...My birthday is August.4 So I am a Leo right๐Ÿ‘‰@world_dawg โ˜when the lion is sleeping please do not wake him๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ #Confession confession confession confession confession confession confession #marvinthebeast #beast," he wrote.

Now turns out Facebook Hero has a big secret for Marvin which he plans on dropping Tuesday night. The alleged video will be posted around 8:00pm and according to him it will end Marvin's career. What do you think it is?





Lanz still Nah Leggo...now on Canadian tour

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lanz.jpgDancehall artiste Lanz is now in Canada for a 10-day tour involving at least three club dates and other promotion appearances.

The first show dubbed 'Magnificient Black': The Savage Girls Edition was held at the Empire Banquet Hall on March 2nd and then he will be performing at 'Lanz: March Madness' at the Mobay Jerk spot in Brampton, Ontario on March 9th.

"I am really looking forward to performing for my fans in Canada, there is a lot of buzz around the shows based on the feedback on my social media pages, so the shows are really going to be lit," Lanz said.

Lanz had to postpone a pair of shows a few weeks ago because of 'logistical issues'.

"The process was a bit slow so things go held up but now, everything is set," he said.

The tour ends on March 12th.





Mitch, Dalla Coin team up

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mitch-and-dalla-coin.jpgFormer ARP member Mitch has teamed up with deejay Dalla Coin for several musical collaborations. Their work has borne fruit with Body of a Goddess and Goose Bumps. Both songs are produced by Emperor Production.

To date, the duo has recorded six songs.

Mitch has also released solo material, including Big Woman (Weedy G Soundforce) and Give Me a Call (Don Corleon Records).

Born Roger Mitchell, he hails from the Kingston 13 area.

In addition to Mitch, ARP comprised Orville "Da'Ville" Thomas, Patrick Hylton, Leon Gilbert, and Orand Rose-Green. The group performed in an R&B style over dancehall rhythms. The group dissolved in the early 2000s.

Dalla Coin has been doing music professionally for the last six years. His first song was Don a Road, a collaboration with Dwayno. He also released Take Over, which was produced by ZJ Rush.

The Old Harbour, St Catherine-based dancehall artiste was born Dalrick McBean.

"I bring to the table musically a fun-loving type of music, music that everyone can relate to; also, some conscious music to the people, to lift the minds of the people across the world in a positive way," he said.

The duo has plans to make inroads locally and overseas, and are currently managed by Emperor Production.





tupac-and-biggie.jpgBefore hip hop legend Tupac passed away, he recorded a track for his brother that will be released on a various artists hip hop compilation album this summer. The Tupac track wiill be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by The Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica.

The hip hop album which features the Tupac single along with songs from Ed Sheeran, Sean Kingston, Pitbull, Jethro Sheeran, Chris Brown, Capleton, Notorious B.I.G. Akon and Contractor. Biggie Smalls will make an appearance on the album courtesy of songs from his live performance in Jamaica in 1996.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the US.

On April 7, 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. And his mother and father were both members of the Black Panthers movement.





Safaree's long john breaks the Internet

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safaree-vh1.jpg"#Safaree breaks the internet" screams a twitter post from BET TV. Move over Kim Kardashian and Dexta Daps, a new king is in town.

Jamaican rapper and reality TV show star Safaree is clearly having his own #metooman moment after a leaked photo and video of his eggplant on the internet sent global female fans in a frenzy. Those who saw it said it was a 'Big Deal!' Popular Jamaican dancehall DJ Dexta Daps had endured a similar fate some time ago when a nude photo of him leaked mysteriously.

But in the case of Safaree, the global stampede escalated to a shocking new level, pushing US President Donald Trump off the Internet radar. TMZ, Daily Mail, Bossip, Hollywood Gossip, Hip Hop Wired, In Touch Weekly, VH1 and Hot 97 all carried feature stories about the erotic nude pics. Twitter was flooded with thousands of posts, some ranging from disbelief, shock while others were downright funny.

TMZ posted "Safaree Samuels' weiner is trending!?!? Bossip wrote "Safari's mighty pum pum pulverizer is still bruising the internet's cervix." And a grey-haired granny looking like twice Safaree's age posted a one minute video clip pleading her case, "Don't think cause I'm old I can't handle it. One more for the road. ' Safaree call me when you want some of this old throwback."

Some questioned whether Safaree leaked his own nude pics as a publicity stunt. Seems plausible, given he dropped a new single 'Hunnid' that coincided with the release of the pics. Social media was not the only platform buzzing with excitement. Safaree was interviewed on the popular Breakfast Club with Charlamagne and the Steve Harvey radio program did a segment about his Anaconda which Nicki Minaj reportedly sang about in her song of the same name.

Irie Jam Radio, the loudest voice to Jamaicans in the Diaspora wanted in on the Safaree buzz.

"DJ Roy is on radio right now. We need to find Safaree immediately to talk about the media frenzy happening on social media with his career" Bobby Clake, head-honcho of Irie Jam Radio said.

Safaree got traction in the Jamaican diaspora just a few weeks ago after the Gleaner picked him as one of six Caribbean nationals in the Diaspora to watch in 2018. A few weeks later, he received his very first award - a Blue & Bougie Impact Award at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx.

"Seems like we honored Safaree two weeks too early" Jerry Mac of Blue & Bougie Inc declared. "Can you imagine the hysteria with the ladies inside Mingles Cafe if we had him this Sunday. That would be a good problem to have. We may need to book him right now" he said. And meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Hot Cocoa, a love coach, purred, "Move over Dexta Daps, Safaree just brought me a red rose and he's reeling out his long, long fire hose".

A curious fan who was inside Mingles Cafe for his appearance said "some people thought Safaree was boring, now he is making nuff girls horny."

Shockwaves from the Safaree internet thud could be felt 3,000 miles away in Negril, Jamaica where an inside source told this publication that a sexy Negril beach resort is considering extending an invitation for the rapper to vacation there with a bevy of beauties when he gets a break from the 'March madness' happening on social media right now.

With all the international publicity he has garnered in recent months, Safaree has stayed close to his Jamaican roots. His combination single with Sean Kingston was included on the #1 album this week on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart 'Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica." The TV star regularly gives exposure to Brand Jamaica on his VH1 Love & Hip Hop: NY TV show. Just weeks ago he also started an online petition on Changer.org, advocating for Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer to obtain a United States Work Visa. And not surprisingly, for last year, Safaree was named 2017 Sexiest Man of the Year.





freddie-kenya.jpgFreddie McGregor, Culture and Reggae music dominated the landscape of Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend as the Big Ship Captain and his entourage sailed into the country for a long-awaited performance.

It was a show like no other and one which far surpassed the high expectations of the throngs which went to witness the legends live in performance.

Culture's performance in Nairobi was a two and a half hour set that was well received. Kenyatta Hill, aka Culture, has a large fan base in Africa and Kenya's people gobbled up some conscious Reggae music.Hill went on his feet and you could feel him through every energetic performance.

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Freddie McGregor's set lasted almost four hours and not even the rain could stop his show.The rain seemed endless as showers continued throughout his performance.The audience participation was tremendous as Kenyans sang McGregor's songs word for word.

The audience of on or around 4,000 patrons got wet from Culture's performance to McGregora.This audience was passionate and made the artiste feel warm.

A rain-soaked Freddie told his audience, "I love you Kenya...if you wanna get wet,I can too..Promise to give you all your request!"

That was a reference to the 50-song request list that Freddie received when he made his entry into Kenya days earlier, when he was greeted by a throng of journalists, Twelve Tribe supporters and fans.

"Do you have any idea how popular you are here?" the journalists asked the legendary Reggae singer.

The hugely successful Jamhuri Reggae Festival was promoted by Head Cornerstone Entertainment.





Contractor boasts new Tupac music

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tupac.jpgContractor Music Marketing is in possession of new music from late rapper Tupac.

Reports are that before he died, Tupac Shakur laid down a track for his brother Mopreme Shakur. The Tupac track will be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica. It will be released on a various artiste compilation hip-hop album before the start of summer 2018.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the United States.

Meanwhile, Contractor Music Marketing currently sits in the number one position on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart with a various artist compilation titled Tropical House Cruises To Jamaica.





74-y-o woman RAPED, killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA 74-year-old woman is suspected to have been raped and then killed in Duckenfield, St Thomas.

The elderly woman, identified as shopkeeper Eugene James, was found Sunday morning by a neighbour with her hands tied, mouth gagged and throat slashed.

The elderly woman's underwear was removed.

The neighbour became suspicious after noticing that the front door to James' house was partially opened and went to enquire.

She lived alone. It's believed that the perpetrator gained access to the house by removing louvre blades to a window.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA 16-year-old boy from St. James has been charged with the December 29, 2017 murder of Lascelles Warlock, a 53-year-old farmer of Pisgah in St. Elizabeth.

He was charged on Thursday after being pointed out during an identification parade.

The teen was arrested on January 29 following a shootout involving gunmen and the police in Kilmarnock, St. Elizabeth. A man was fatally shot and a loaded Uzi submachine gun seized.

It was reported that Warlock was driving a bus along the Cambridge main road when he was signaled to stop by a man who robbed him and his passengers.

The man then shot Warlock several times.

The passengers were not injured.





A Jamaican man has been awarded almost US$1 million or about J$127 million after having been framed by cops in New York, USA on a drunk driving charge to cover up a collision for which one of the lawmen involved was culpable.

The Jamaican, Oliver Wiggins, 33, ended up being freed and given the award after he could easily prove that he was framed, as he does not drink alcohol, and the result of a breathalyser test confirmed that instead of being drunk, he had no alcohol in his blood.

Reports in the US media indicated that cops tried to charge Oliver Wiggins with driving while intoxicated to cover up for a police officer who ran a marked SUV through a Brooklyn stop sign and ploughed into Wiggins' car.

Wiggins was arrested and charged with impaired driving, resulting in his driver's licence being suspended, and was forced to foot the repair bill for his 2004 Nissan Maxima that his insurance company declined to cover because of the supposed drunken driving.

This was despite the breathalyser test he took at the East Flatbush scene of the crash on April 19, 2015, having showed no alcohol in his blood.

His route out of the problems started while he was at hospital for treatment of a bad wound to one of his wrists after the crash, where Wiggins volunteered to have his blood tested for alcohol or drugs at the health facility. That test came back negative, with reports from the EMT and DWI technician each saying Wiggins had no sign of intoxication.

But that did not stop the arresting officer from officially reporting that Wiggins had slurred speech, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was observed swaying.

Three months later, prosecutors dismissed the case, following which Wiggins filed a lawsuit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city and the arresting officer, among a number of other cops who were involved in his arrest.

The experience has reportedly motivated Wiggins to become a correction officer in a bid to fairly enforce the law like his father does back in Jamaica.

His lawyer said the unpleasant experience had taught him to have great respect for and appreciation of the need to responsibly enforce the law and protect the innocent in the process.





earthquake.jpgAn earthquake of magnitude 4 strenght was felt in sections of Jamaica early Saturday afternoon.

It reportedly occurred around 1:50pm and was felt in sections of Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

There was reportedly significant roof damage to one house in the Kingston 6 area of St. Andrew as a result





lorenzo-eschoe.jpgThe Washington Gardens SDA church posted on their Facebook page Friday morning that their church family is in mourning following the death of their stalwart, Lorenzo Eschoe, who was murdered in Havendale last Thursday night

Eschoe, a certifying officer who was assigned to the Spanish Town Examination Depot in St Catherine was shot and killed in Havendale, St Andrew, at about 10 pm on Thursday.

Police reports are that Eschoe was standing beside his Toyota Wish Motor car at a premises on Lydia Drive in Havendale when men travelling in a Toyota Probox motor car pulled up beside him and shot him seven times

Eschoe died at the spot. His licensed firearm is believed to have been stolen.

In their remembrance, the Washington Gardens church stated: "The Church is deeply saddened by his passing and the circumstances of his death. Uncle Lorenzo as he is affectionately called by all members of the Gemini Pathfinder Club, whose lives he has touched during his sterling and dedicated service to the club; grew up in the Church. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. We wish to express our condolences to his immediate and extended family. Please keep us all in your prayers. #RIP #weepingmayendureforanight #butjoycomethinthemorning #Psalm30v5KJV

Tributes poured out on social with many stating that Eschoe was a wonderful human being whose life was cut short, but noted that God is still in control.

Michael G Lee stated: "Sometimes when we are pained we really done think it through to realize that the GOD who takes us up to our mountain tops and causes us to to be in such a high, still remains the very same GOD when we have our "Down-in-the-valley" experiences.

Our hearts have been torn for two days now. Weep if we must ( CHRIST wept what HIS friend, Lazarus died); but let us lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty GOD and be drawn closer to HIM.

Have a blessed Sabbath."

Marlene Weise, in her tribute declared: "Condolences...May God continue to give all who are grieving especially his family the strength and hope at this time."

Patricia Young, Pathfinder District Director and Adventurers Director at Meadowvale SDA Church, confessed that she has been crying since Thursday, and hailed Eschoe as an awesome man, who "has been involved in the Pathfinder movement from he was a child".

"If you're meeting Lorenzo for the first time, you feel as if you have known him all your life. I have something to do this weekend for Pathfinder and Lorenzo down as one of my speakers," she shared.

Claudette Genas, Family Ministries Director at EJC offered grief counseling at the Washington Gardens SDA Church last Saturday and moment of silence at the Half Way Tree SDA Church in memory of the life Lorenzo Eschoe.

(PICTURE CAPTION: Lorenzo Eschoe (right) representing at a Pathfinder event.





Is it Kartel....or not?

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vybz-kartel-playing-football-in-prison.jpgThe viral video clip of Vybz Kartel has the Internet divided.

Some say that it's the Worl' Boss, others say it aint him.

Well...in the clip, a man resembling the jailed Dancehall star can be seen playing a game of football with inmates at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, formerly known as General Penitentiary (GP).

The person resembling Kartel is seen shirtless in khaki shorts, blue underpants and rocking shades.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer is serving a life sentence, following the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. His appeal is scheduled for later this year.

See video below and decide for yourself:





50 Cent to unveil another show

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50-cent-the-oath.jpgEntertainment mogul Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has another show on the way.

The Oath was set to debut on Crackle next month, but the programme's executive producer released the pilot on his Facebook page for a limited time.

The Oath stars Sean Bean, Ryan Kwanten, Cory Hardrict, Katrina Law, Arlen Escarpeta and J.J. Soria.

Sony Network's Crackle is a free streaming service app that is available on Roku, Android, Xbox, Apple TV, PS3, iPhone, and more.





The official soundtrack for the Black Panther film is packed with Hip Hop and R&B stars. Grammy-winner Kendrick Lamar oversaw the LP, and he helped recruit SZA, The Weeknd, Jay Rock, Future, Schoolboy Q, James Blake, Khalid, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, and more for the Top Dawg Entertainment release.

TDE in-house hitmaker Mark "Sounwave" Spears produced several tracks for the project.

Several African artistes were part of the Black Panther: The Album tracklist. Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Yugen Blakrok, and Saudi were introduced to many American listeners thanks to the collection of music from and inspired by the Marvel Studios global blockbuster.





Bugle rocks YVAs; ready for Guyana

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bugle-photo-4.jpgAttired in a burgundy and white designer garb, Bugle, delivered a masterful performance last weekend at the Your View Awards (YVAs), held at the National Indoor Sports Centrer in Kingston. Despite not taking home any silverware the Rastafarian crooner was the recipient of two nominations for 'Local Album of the Year' for his latest body of work 'Be Yourself' along with a nod for the 'Humanitarian Award'.

The latter is a collaborative effort between the YVAs and Sagicor and is given to a member of the entertainment fraternity who has an active foundation rendering assistance within the prescribed nomination period. Bugle said he is happy for the recognition, and hope it will serve as a platform to inspire others to do more for the less fortunate.

"Awards are always good but that is not the focus of my Foundation. I am hoping the highlight from the nomination will help to inspire others to join the cause to help the less fortunate of this anointed country." - Bugle intimated.

Bugle and Wayne Marshall performing at the 2018 Your View Awards (YVAs)

Sunday morning, only hours after the award show the 'Rasta Party' crooner and members of the An9ted Humanitarian Foundation team were spotted across the Kingston and St. Andrew metropolis handing out hot meals to the homeless in the third instalment of their feeding initiative. The team was also joined by fellow conscious singer I-Wayne.

"People said they saw me performing only hours earlier and now I am in the streets feeding the homeless. The truth is, hunger doesn't give the poor a break, so we have to do whatever we can even when we're tired." - Bugle added

Meanwhile, Bugle is slated to depart the island later this week as headliner for a concert in Guyana. The singer also recently completed a stint at the 2018 instalment of 'Unplugged' hosted by Usain Bolt Tracks & Records.





kenny-bling-photo-2.jpgAfar Music Group artiste, Kenny Bling, is in anticipation mode as his label is set to release his debut EP ''Still Working", on Friday March 2, 2018.

The six-track EP comprises three songs which have already been released and three brand new offerings which Kenny Bling is confident will connect with his ever growing fan base.

Known for his smooth delivery and flow, the artiste has a knack for picking normal, everyday topics such as friendship and loyalty and injecting a twist which makes the ultimate difference between good and great. Kenny did this with the singles ''Mi Chargie'' on the popular ''Level Up'' riddim and ''Bubble Fimi'' his second release, which was geared towards his female fans who gravitated to the song's lyrical content and wide-ranging appeal. Both of these songs, along with "Choices", a positive dancehall song which educates the youths about the importance of making good choices, appear on the EP.

Since signing with Afar Music Group in May 2017, Kenny has released a slew of songs, and has been steadily building his repertoire and gaining recognition in the dancehall arena locally and internationally. A video for the song ''Mi Chargie'' was filmed in Steel Lane, Stony Hill the home town of Kenny Bling and social media promotion via Instagram for "Bubble Fimi" took the single to another level with a dance competition hosted by popular dancer Dancehall Queen Sher.

Encouraged by the positive feedback, Kenny Bling declares that he has a responsibility to keep on working, hence the name of his debut EP. As he explains, "This music is a process, not only to make but to deliver to the consuming ears....and since life is a journey to us the process never stops. So we are continuously working on perfecting the music and life, hence the title ''Still Working."





skepta-and-naomi-photo-1.jpgSkepta and Naomi Campbell appear topless on the next cover of British GQ and social media is in overdrive.

The grime artiste and the supermodel. whose mother is Jamaican, appear in a racy embrace to discuss race, sex and love in the April edition of the magazine.

The cover quickly became a hot topic on Twitter, with many people taken aback by the photo. "Well that's warming things up a bit this morning. What a cover," wrote one person. "I need to read a romance book about this cover! Like, STAT!!" another person tweeted.

GQ said on its website that the pair first met at the British Fashion Awards in 2016 and are now "close friends".

But the cover has fuelled more speculation the pair are dating.

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The supermodel teased the images from the shoot on Instagram before the full cover was released today.

According to GQ, the pair were first introduced by British Vogue editor Edward Enninful at the awards and went on to the after party together.

The pair have teamed up together to work on a new underwear line as part of Skepta's MAINS fashion collection.

Skepta has had a meteoric rise and is currently viewed as one of the trailblazers of the grime music scene.

That was cemented last year when the 35-year-old's album, Konnichiwa, won the Mercury prize for album of the year.

As for Naomi Campbell, she remains one of the most iconic supermodels on the planet.





Will Kartel finally allow Popcaan to visit?

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kartel-and-popcaan.jpgThis sounds like...Will the little boy be rewarded with a lollipop for good behaviour?

So..reports are that Vybz Kartel is "considering allowing his former protege Popcaan to visit him in prison" because Kartel has apparently been seeing the Unruly Boss' recent efforts to redeem himself and is quite impressed.

WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!!

Anyway, the source is quoted thus: "Mi nah guh lie, addi [Vybz Kartel] deal wid Popcaan a wah eno but him seh the tough love look like it a finally teach him loyalty," the source said. "Suh right now him might mek him visit him soon suh dem can have a serious talk."

Kartel is said to have recently given Popcaan a shoutout when he dropped the video for his throwback single "Duh Weh U Wah Fi Duh" on Instagram.

"Yo see the corolla and think seh a cabbi / A addi wi give u supm fi deal wid u shabbi / Man a bawl and a seh don't dweet mi daddy / Popcaan a go wadda dem / Becuz dem no bad at all a mi name them a call," he deejays in the track.

Popcaan, who was labelled a police informant by Gaza fans shortly after Vybz Kartel's incarceration, spotted the post and quickly commented, "Cool Reminder."

However Popcaan visiting Vybz Kartel at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, seems more and more of a possibility as the days go by. Remeber....Kartel who previously bashed Tommy Lee Sparta for his alleged disloyalty, gave the deejay visiting right recently.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgReports are that Beenie Man's grandmother, Doris Ferguson Stewart, affectionately called Dar Dar or Gloria, passed away at her home in Shrewsbury district, near Cotterwood in St Elizabeth last Thursday.

She was 91 years old.

According to Beenie Man, both he and his mother are taking the loss very hard and he is asking for time to mourn.

Yardflex sends condolences to Beenie Man.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have taken two men into custody in connection with the shooting death of Chinese national, Teng Fei Cheng, 28, in Brown's Town, St Ann on Tuesday afternoon.

The men were arrested on Wednesday evening, and detectives are now reportedly putting together a case against them.

Cheng was attacked and shot at his business place while he sat in his vehicle.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There has been speculation that he was a victim of extortion.





Two students stabbed at Ferncourt High

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A dispute between some students at the Ferncourt High School Thursday morning resulted in two of the youngsters being stabbed and wounded.

Seven others were taken into the Claremont Police station for questioning and about 10 cutting instruments to include scissors, knives and half of a machete were seized by the Police.

Classes were disrupted as the St. Ann-based school was on lock-down for few hours, following the stabbing incident.





andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is considering making citizens pay for the street lights. This would mean an increase in the already high light bill of each householder, the majority of whom are already paying a hefty taxes to the government.

They are also contemplating using the proceeds from the planned sale of its 20 per cent stake in the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to pay the over $7 billion it owes to the company for streetlights.

Addressing how the government plans to pay future bills, Shaw said the government was considering having Jamaicans pay for it in their light bills.

The money owed for streetlights was revealed by finance minister Audley Shaw, during Wednesday's sitting of the Standing finance Committee of Parliament.

Early last year the outstanding debt stood at $5 billion.Shaw said the debt was now a matter of utmost importance and his ministry is looking at options for making the payments.

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw told members of Parliament that the final decision to sell Government shares in the JPS rests with the Cabinet but noted that the approach would be to offer these shares to the public.

The National Water Commission and other government agencies owe the JPS another $2 billion.





freddie-mcgregor-photo-4.jpgFinally, after a long wait, legendary Reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, has arrived in Kenya.

The Big Ship crew is scheduled to perform on March 3 at Kenyatta International conference center along with Reggae veteran Culture (Kenyatta Hill) as lead singer.

Freddie and Culture received a warm welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport from members of the Twelve Tribe Rastafarian organization & Kenyan people.

Media houses lined up for interviews and asked McGregor. "Do you even know how big your are here in Kenya??"

McGregor got a request song list with about 50 songs demanded by the expected audience.

download the video here.





Reggae Sumfest 2018

anju-blaxx.jpgMusic producer Andrew 'Anju Blax' Myrie and businessman Brent Bunting are headed for mediation in the wounding case currently before the courts.

Earlier this month, Bunting and Myrie were involved in a physical altercation.

Reports are that Bunting, who is the son of politician Peter Bunting, went upstairs to Myrie's apartment to complain about loud music he was playing at the complex when the altercation happened. Both men have accused each other of instigating an attack.

The police were called and Bunting charged with unlawful wounding while Myrie was charged with wounding with intent.

During the altercation, Bunting was thrown down a flight of stairs.

According to arguments presented in court today, Bunting has done surgery to repair injuries to his face.

Myrie too had injuries, but, it was not immediately clear whether he had to seek medical attention to treat them.

They are to return to court on May 24 to report on the progress of their mediation.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgA what really tek Ruel Reid mek him think say him coulda tek KD Knight picture inna Parliament wid him cell phone and get way wid it. We love how KD warn Reid "don't do it", and all wag him finger inna Reid direction.

This education minister need fi go back a school.

Even the Senate President Tom Tavares Finson haffi slap Reid pon him wrist and tell him that it is , inappropriate to use him cell phone to take a picture of Knight.

All now Reid shoulda still a serve detention.





Producer Justus successfully removes tumour

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justus-arison-producer.jpgPopular Dancehall producer Justus Arison shared the great news of his successful operation to remove a tumor with his followers on social media Tuesday when he uploaded a photo in a hospital.

"Back from the dead again #tumorfree," Arison wrote.

Back in 2015, Justus made headlines after his 'High Life' rhythm instrumental was featured on the popular reality TV series, 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' on the E! network.





MBJ Airports Limted (MBJ), operator of Sangster International Airport (SIA), featured lovers rock sensation Romain Virgo in concert on Sunday 25 March to kick off a pop-up concert series that will continue throughout the year.

"We are delighted to feature Romain Virgo in collaboration with VP Records to launch our pop-up concert series at Sangster International Airport as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary as operator," said MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. "We are proud to showcase such phenomenal talent and look forward to featuring more of Jamaica's great entertainers in the months ahead," Echevarne added.

The pop-up concerts are part of MBJ's vision to create the "Irie Airport Experience" and establish Jamaica's leading international gateway as a cultural attraction in its own right.

MBJ is a proud patron of the arts and showcases Jamaican culture throughout the airport. In 2017, the airport operator hosted the 25th International Reggae Poster Contest exhibition and award ceremony and a local crafts competition.

MBJ also features some of the island's leading musical talent on the MBJ Mixtape, produced by RazzAttack Muzik, which can be heard throughout the airport on the PA system. MBJ has partnered with Tuff Gong Trading, a leading retailer in the departure terminal, to ensure albums by Romain Virgo and other artistes who contributed to the MBJ Mixtape are available for sale at the airport.

MBJ is celebrating its 15th Anniversary as operator of Sangster International Airport in April, with a series of activities scheduled throughout the year to commemorate the milestone.





Kabaka Pyramid has the ladies 'Kaught Up'

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgAs the anticipation continues to build surrounding the release of international reggae artist Kabaka Pyramids' debut album, Kontraband; here comes the release of a third single titled Kaught Up.

A different vibe from his first two tracks, Cant Breathe and Borders, Kabaka gives us a more romantic side, something the ladies can enjoy and appreciate.

The track starts out with Kabaka Pyramid melodically expressing his appreciation for that special someone who has just captivated his mind, heart and soul. Produced by Genis T Nadal out of Barcelona, the track gives you an up tempo-futuristic dancehall, club banger vibe. Staying true to the lyrical style he is known for, Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint in this single either as he delivers a blistering third verse in a hip-hop flavour.

Throughout the single, Kabaka expresses what he loves about this special woman and how her independence, style, beauty and humor makes up what he really admires about her. The Kaught Up factor for many men is one that usually catch them off guard, as they try to remain 'manly' and firm when in a relationship. Yet, to find that special one who gets your palm sweaty, your heart fluttering when she walks in a room and feeling star struck whenever she's around, you know this must be someone special.

Kabaka recently shot the video for Kaught Up in Miami, with plans to release soon.. In the upcoming weeks Kabaka Pyramid will be available for interviews as he is set to announce the album release date.

Kaught Up can be streamed or purchased on all major digital platforms at

Kabaka Pyramid - Kaught Up (Single)





buju-banton-photo-9.jpgSo after the announcement from Buju's team at a press conference, that his first show post-prison would be in Trinidad and the expected backlash from fans in Jamaica, Josef Budafuco, another member of Buju Banton's management team was forced to issue an emergency response.

Following the announcement on the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit, Budafuco said Trinidad may not be Buju's first performance following his prison release on December 8, 2018.

He however admitted that April 22, 2019 will see Buju Banton performing in Trinidad. Budafuco also added that talks with promoters in Jamaica and the Caribbean for a Buju Banton concert are currently underway.





The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has taken issue with the media being denied access to cover Tuesday's swearing-in of the new members of the Government Executive - two cabinet ministers and two ministers of state - at King's House.

The PAJ issued a statement later in the day, reminding Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Government that the media should be allowed to cover national occasions and not be relegated to getting pool photographs from the government's information service.

The restriction of access was explained on the basis that King's House is currently undergoing substantial renovations, which made it impossible to utilise the usual space for the ceremony.

Naomi Francis, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, asserted that "the media was not barred at all," even as she acknowledged that only the state operated Jamaica Information Service was invited to cover the ceremony.

"We find it impossible to believe that, in all the many buildings owned by the government in Kingston, suitable arrangements could not have been made, albeit at short notice, to hold the ceremony at one that could accommodate the media," said PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller.





The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) has taken three people into custody in relation to a probe it is carrying out into the operations of Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services, which has allegedly defrauded hundreds of prospective car owners.

The Corporate Area-based company attracted their clientele with a promise of being able to import motor vehicles for persons who make a down payment of $85,000 to $100,000. The victims made the dowpayments, but have now come forward to say that they were fleeced.

MOCA's operations have led to the seizure of several motor vehicles, more than J$1 million and US$1,813 in cash.

Disgruntled clients Prisoners for Christ Telemarketing Services have also seized computers and other equipment from the company. It said these devices contain material which could be used as evidence in the investigation. MOCA is urging persons in possession of the items to hand them over to its agency.





Has Jah Cure been granted his US visa?

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jah-cure-bahamas.jpgReports are that Grammy-nominated Reggae artiste, Siccaturie Alcock, better known as Jah Cure, has been granted a visa to travel to the United States of America.

While social media, up to press time, was not buzzing with the news, it is alleged that the crooner, has finally been given the go-ahead to travel to the States.

"I'm not sure if it's a work permit, or if it's a regular visitor's visa," a Yardflex source revealed. "But his team was working on getting his papers in order and it looks like things free up for the singer."

Another source added, "A long time dem fi leggo di man and mek him start earn. Dem punish the Cure long enough."

It was in November 1998, while driving around Montego Bay, that Jag Cure was pulled over by the police and arrested on charges of gun possession, robbery and rape. He was prosecuted before the Gun Court in April 1999, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Jah Cure was released on July 28, 2007 and has since increased his fan base and popularity, releasing a number of smash singles and albums and has toured Europe and the Caribbean.





yanique-curvy-diva.jpgThe rumor mill has been churning recently with allegations of a relationship between popular Jamaican host and recording artiste Yanique Curvy Diva and International afrobeat superstar Wizkid.

Wizkid is a Nigerian based afrobeat artiste that rose to international acclaim with "Come Closer' featuring Canadian Rapper Drake in 2017. Since then Wizkid has released numerous chart topping hits with artistes like Future, Chris Brown and Cardi B.

The rumors started late last year when Curvy Diva visited Nigeria and performed in Lagos on Wizkid's Concert, 'Wiz on The Beach' in December. The two were spotted hanging out at various locations throughout the Diva's 2 week visit including a video shoot for Mr Eazi and Skales where Curvy Diva did a cameo appearance.

Most recently there has again been speculations of a relationship between the two after the StarBoy posted a video of The Curvy Diva dancing to his new hit single 'Soco' on his 5 million strong Instagram page and captioned the video 'Jamaica showing Soco some love, Queen @YaniqueCurvyDiva Ya bad gyal fi dis" followed by a heart emoji.

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The Curvy Diva then reposted the video on her page paying homage to the King of Afrobeat, Wizlid, as she prepares to return to Africa for a 13 city tour.

A video of the two enjoying each other's company has also been making its rounds on social media sites over the past few days and fans say the video make the Nigerian Billionaire artiste and the Jamaican star seem more that just friends.

When contacted however the Curvy Diva, although flattered, denied being in a relationship right now.

"I did say last year that I was open to being in a relationship in 2018 so everyone who I've been seen hanging out with, people have been speculating that we are in a relationship " Yanique explained

"Wizkid and I are friends, he's a talented artiste and we have been following each other on Instagram for over a year, and as a person he's fun and we enjoy each others company, but we are not in a relationship., I'm still single guys and when ever that changes I will be the first to tell all my fans" Yanique added.

In the meantime, Yanique is focused on her music and is working with a few producers on new projects that will be released in a matter of weeks. She is set to shoot the music video with I-Octane for their single 'Unfair Games' produced by Good Good Production later this week.

The Curvy Diva is also planning her first ever Birthday Party 'Lifestyle' the Pool Party edition to be help on Sunday April 29 at the Constant Spring Golf Club. She is set to return to Africa and Canada on separate tours this Summer.





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgGrammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton will do his very first concert, upon release from prison, in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago on April 22, 2019. A concert is scheduled for Jamaica at a later date.

Jodian Ebanks, a member of the entertainer's marketing team, made the announcement on Sunday at a media briefing held during the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit vessel.

According to Ebanks, "Buju is very excited about being on the road again. Jamaica is very special to him and he wants to be able to give his home country the type of concert it deserves," said Ebanks.

"Trinidad was chosen as the dates, travel schedules, and all the other variables all came together for that time of year and was the best fit," she continued.

Reports are that some of the acts Buju Banton wanted to perform at the Jamaica concert were not available, so that is the reason why the organisers decided to do the Trinidad show first.

Ebanks said the reggae singer is looking forward to his release and the opportunity to make music for his fans.





the-driven-women-awards-2018.jpgNew York, NY -- For the third year in a row Playbook MG will celebrate Women's History Month with an event recognizing the accomplishments of female trailblazers. The distinction of award recipients as "Driven Women" shines the spirit of the winners in an even brighter light. This year it will take place at Caribbean Social on March 31st.

As managing partner of Playbook MG, celebrity publicist Marie Driven & her team handpick finalists from an impressive compilation of key industry players and community leaders. Past hosts Peter Gunz and Tara Wallace welsomed special guests and announced performers. Previous honorees include Jennifer Cunningham Editor at Bossip, KC Orcutt Writer for BET, Dara Cook VP Strategic Development at VH1, Raven Carter Senior Producer Moguldom Media Group, Hello Beautiful Entertainment Editor Shamika Sanders, international columnist Mara the Hip-Hop Socialite, Source Magazine Content Director Simone Amelia, New York Post reporter Tashara Jones, Shade Room Editor Chinwe Ugoezi, and Syn Clarke Executive Vice President Caribbean Media Group plus Irie Jam Media Group.

Playbook Media Group formed in 2014 when brand managers Jean Jones and Marie "Driven" Theodore joined forces in launching modernized services for today's entrepreneurial culture. The duo has developed a system for helping to harness personal power, and with more than twenty years of combined experience, they make the process of promotions look effortless. The company is now an established multi-discipline creative branding agency headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.





bolt-again.jpg(AP) - Usain Bolt trained again with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund on Friday and this time scored a header and a penalty in front of nearly 1,500 spectators.

The 31-year-old retired sprint great took part in team exercises under coach Peter Stoeger, exchanging passes with Mario Goetze and others in the relaxed session.

"It was good," Bolt said. "I had fun with the guys. They were very welcoming."

Dortmund said 1,409 spectators came to see the eight-time Olympic champion in action. News agency DPA said there were 137 accredited journalists.

"Usain is an incredibly laid back guy, totally down to earth. I think it was fun for him," Stoeger said. "And he got a stage that he had dreamed about."

The German club broadcast the session live with commentary in English. Bolt later signed autographs for fans as photographers jostled for pictures.

"I think it worked out very well," said Goetze, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. "Usain felt comfortable, we could accommodate him well. It was a cool exercise."

It was Bolt's second training session with the team. He took part in another behind closed doors on Thursday.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has denied that there has been any pressure from a foreign government which may influence his choice of the country's next National Security Advisor.

"No foreign power could or should or it wouldn't be appropriate to seek to tell the Government of Jamaica or myself as Prime Minister who I should take or not take as adviser. Absolutely not; and it would be highly irregular and highly innappropriate!" the Prime Minister asserted during an interview with the RJR News.

The post of National Security Advisor became vacant following the recent appointment of Major General Antony Anderson as Commissioner of Police.

There has been speculation that a former Commissioner of Police could be appointed to the post.

But the Prime Minister said he is not in a hurry to make a choice.





Man wanted for triple murder held

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA man who was implicated in a triple murder at Yohan Close in Linstead, St Catherine was arrested during an operation in Frazer's Content in the parish yesterday.

According to the police, arrangements are now being made for him to be questioned in the presence of his attorney, after which formal charges will be laid.

The three persons, one of them a teen boy, were found with gunshot wounds by residents about 11:30 pm on January 26.

They were subsequently identified as 36-year-old mason, Shannon Reynolds, otherwise called 'Marlon', 15-year-old John Reynolds and 51-year-old Sonia Hinds, otherwise called 'Tippy', all of Victoria district in the parish.

The police are reminding members of the public that information on wanted persons or any criminal activity may be given confidentially by using the tip line number, 837-888.

Persons may also give information securely by calling 811 or Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert app.





13 listed as Persons of Interest

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Thirteen persons have been listed as persons of interest by the Kingston Western Police.

Police investigators say they can assist them in several matters currently under investigation.

All 13 are being asked to report to the Denham Town Criminal Investigations Branch by 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 23.

PERSONS OF INTEREST:

1) David Reid otherwise called 'BJ' of Greenwich Park Road, Kingston 5 and St William Pathway, Kingston 12.

2) Mikail Green otherwise called 'Mosquito' or 'Blacks' of Brynes Street, Kingston 12.

3) Leonardo Campbell otherwise called 'Money' of Harris Street, Kingston 13.

4) Rohan James alias 'Warder' of James Street, Kingston 13.

5) Mugarvey Walker otherwise called 'Life' of Golden Heights, Kingston 14.

6) Rory Headlen otherwise called 'Bowa' of Upper West Street, Kingston.

7) Roger Shaw alias 'Bucky-five star' of Rousseau Road, Kingston 5.

8) Nakeam Kirkpatrick nickname 'OJ' of DeeCee Avenue, Kingston 14.

9) Yeahkark Walker otherwise called 'Prince' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

10) Shadane McKenzie otherwise called 'Murphy' of Sunlight Street, Kingston 13.

11) Oshane Cooper otherwise called 'OB' of Blount Street, Kingston 14 and a Tivoli Gardens Address.

12) Fabian Lynch otherwise alias 'Dozer' or 'Junior' of Chamberlin Road and 4th Street, Kingston 12.

13) Shaquille Harrison otherwise called 'Coke Dust' of Mckenzie Drive, Kingston 14





Red Hills Road shooting victim dies

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crime-scene-gun.jpgOne of the victims of a shooting on Red Hills Road in St. Andrew on Thursday morning has died.

She has been identified as 22 year old Moesha Johnson, of a Red Hills Road address.

It was reported that Ms Johnson and a man were walking when a car drove up and the occupants opened gunfire on them.

Ms Johnson died at hospital.

The man is still being treated.

Residents blocked a section of Red Hills Road afternoon to protest the shooting.

The are blaming the shooting on a feud with persons on Verene Avenue off Cassia Park Road.

A resident said the feud has been ongoing for several months.





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As the entire world knows by now, power couple (Oh boy, that term again)...anyway, power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce jetted into Jamaica last week Sunday and were reportedly staying at "a residence in Kingston", which some say is none other than the exclusive Strawberry Hill.

Anyway the on the run power couple created quite a frenzy when they were spotted in Trench Town on a bike, breathing in the same air as the peasants. (Or perhaps it was the peasants breathing in the same air as the power couple.)

So, back to the headline of this article. The dynamic duo, were described by Daily Mail as being "the picture of bliss and relaxation as they sat in the sunshine, while Jay-Z sipped from his beverage".

Well, we're not sure if Jay was really drinking Jamaica's signature beer, Red Stripe, but a few bottles of the world famous brew were spotted on the table, while below the table we saw a bottle of Appleton rum. The picture was taken by Splash.

Reports are that the couple also visited Hellshire Beach, where they did a video/photo shoot.

Big up to Red Stripe and Wray & Nephew and of course, Beyonce and Jay Z. Hope this scene makes the final cut. -- Yasmine Peru





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgIf the recently released new song from Grammy winning, incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton, a new song, then would that mean that the Gargamel --- like somebody who's in jail in Jamaica -- is recording behind bars in the US?

The single under review is entitled 'Send Back Adams' and it was released last month, on the Crushroad Music label. The song piggybacks on the sentiment expressed in some quarters that the best man for the then vacant post of police commish is former hard-nosed crime fighter, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams. (NB: the vacancy has now been filled.)

While this was a recent hot topic, the fact is tht this is the first time the "Adams for Commissioner' debate has popped up.

We tried to link Buju to hear from his lips if this is really new cereal, but alas, he didn't return our calls.

However, there is some reason to believe that 'Send Back Adams' is an old tune that has been given a rebirth.

According to one historian, the song was actually released in 2007, eleven years ago, on the Rapid Burst riddim and that Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, actually had two songs on the riddim.

The same person also suggests that the producer of the song is just trying a ting "cause Gargamel soon touch road.'

Buju Banton aka Gargamel, is scheduled to be released from prison in the US, the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, in less than nine months time, on December 8 2018.. He was convicted on drug charges in 2009. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the Youtube video below:
Buju Banton - Send Back Adams - February 2018





jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgBeyonce and Jay-Z are being accused of copying Kanye and Kim's motorbike scene from the rapper's Bound 2 video.

The couple are currently in Jamaica reportedly filming a promotional video for their new tour, On The Run II.

On Thursday they were spotted in Kingston surrounded by film crew as they shot more scenes with Queen Bey sat behind her husband on a motorcycle with bull horns on the front.

The 26-year-old Drunk In Love singer was seen in a brown fringed suede dress with her blonde locks styled in frizzy waves.

Jay, 48, could be seen wearing a white shirt open at the neck with grey slacks.

The 99 Problems hitmaker wrapped a silk scarf around his head.

It's not clear if the couple, who are parents to daughter Blue Ivy and twins Sir and Rumi, are filming a music video or promotional material for their new tour.

It's the second time they've been spotted filming on a motorbike duringtheir Jamaica trek.

According to a report in Daily Mail, the images bear a striking resemblance to Kanye West's music video Bound 2 which featured his then fiancee Kim Kardashian.

However, Kanye was definitely NOT the first artiste to pose up on a bike, and he does not exclusive rights to this pose. And if people want to talk about copying, maybe they should check out Grace Jones' style of wearing masks and head-pices and body paint on stage. Grace was wearing masks as part of her performance WAY before Kanye, and quite likely she was his inspiration for his famous head and face gear. So those who think Kanye was the originator of this, just Google the amazing Grace Jones.





22 Jerk Plus on Barbican Road - Mar 24th, 2018

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Chronixx, Alkaline, win big at IRAWMA

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irawma-awards.jpgReggae singer Chronixx and dancehall sensation Alkaline, were the big winners in three categories each, at the combined 36th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) and 37th Chicago Music Awards at the Logan Center for the Arts - University of Chicago last Sunday evening.

Fans of Africa's reggae star Shatta Wale brought the house down with excitement, applause and cheers, has he accepted the "Special IRAWMA/Martin's International Award of Honor". Wale was hardly able to give his acceptance speech, taking some two minutes to subdue his ecstatic fans Chronixx, captured the Awards for "Best Male Vocalist", "Best Album/CD" for "Chronology" and "Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer", while Alkaline won for, "Entertainer of the Year", "Best Song" and "Best Male Dancehall Artist". The complete list of winners, can be seen also at: http://www.irawma.com.

Winners and performers for the Chicago Music Awards will be coming in a separate release and can be seen at: http://www.chicagomusicawards.org.

Ephraim Martin announced that the 37th International Reggae and World Music Awards will return to Jamaica, on Saturday May 11, 2019 and will be held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

The event was sponsored by. NBC 5 Chicago, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), The Look - A Women's & Men's Store, LaFruteria Inc, Old World Market, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Kingston Mines Blues Club, Payne Center for Medicine and Music, SAPNA (Sri Annamacharya Project of North America), All United Imports, Rasta Love Punch, African Spectrum, Africa USA Today Magazine, CKW entertainment, Golden Krust Bakery, Kensey & Kensey Communications and others





Freddie McGregor's "Go Freddie Go" out today

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go.jpgNew York, NY- Legendary reggae icon, Freddie McGregor O.D. and CEO of Big Ship Music Inc. has emerged with new single "Go Freddie Go". The melodically rich song serves a musical testimony of Freddie's lengthy and successful career. The first single off his upcoming album on VP Records, "Go Freddie Go" is sure to become a classic Reggae summer jam.

Produced by Lincoln Thomas for Linkgitz Production and written by Freddie with Lincoln Thomas and Kemar Williams, the words embody self-conviction that whatever is thrown his way, he can handle as Freddie sings "I'm moving much faster, And I make nothing stop me, because Freddie always ready..."

In addition to releasing his new music, Freddie will be embarking on a tour this summer with stops in Canada and the US. Fans can come witness his vast music catalog live as he hits venues in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York with more dates to be added.

"Go Freddie Go, is truly a musical chronology of my life and career through my experiences, my journey and my legacy," said Freddie of his new single.

"I am pleased to be working with VP Records on this project and humbled to have had support from many during my 50 plus years in the business."





Shaggy to rock Queen Elizabeth's birthday bash

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shaggy-queen-elizabeth-and-sting.jpgQueen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday party is a concert that will be televised and broadcast on the radio by the BBC-"a fun and vibrant evening of contemporary hits, songs from classic musicals, unique collaborations and stars from around the Commonwealth," as the Royal Albert Hall's description reads.

The British monarch has a lineup of stars set to perform for her in a live music event with the BBC.

Musicians include Shaggy, Sting, Shawn Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sir Tom Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Anne Marie. The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will air on April 21, Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday.

According to a release from the Palace, "many members of the Royal Family" will be in attendance, though it was not specified whether or not Meghan Markle will be attending ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. Tickets are also available to the public

Sting and Shaggy's album entitled 44/876. is out on 4/20, the day before the Queen's bash. It includes the single "Don't Make Me Wait."





New York, NY (March 20, 2018) In a few days, Love and Harmony cruise will set sail on what will be an unforgettable voyage! Celebrating the Caribbean culture and a variety of entertainment by some of the greatest in reggae and soca as well as great Caribbean cuisine. Yet, Love and Harmony team is also adding a give back portion to all the fun and enjoyment of this annual trip.

"We are grateful for all the harmonizers who have booked their cabins and are sailing away with us this weekend, but we wanted to use this opportunity to give back to some of the less fortunate. With thousands of people setting out to sail to Jamaica and Grand Cayman with us, we figured what better way to come together and contribute to a greater cause" says Steven 'Jabba' Beckford one of the organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise.

The opportunity presented itself to the Love and Harmony team to give back to a little over 90 children residing at SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, Montego Bay. The village has been in existence since 1972 and the compound is made up of 12 small houses, a community center and a kindergarten, which also services the local community. Each of the small houses are home to 6-9 children who refer to each other as brother and sister, and a caretaker who they refer to as mommy. These children are either orphaned, abandoned or have been removed from their homes for multitude of reasons, including physical and sexual abuse.

The Love & Harmony team and cruisers will be donating at least one or more essential items, which was requested by the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town. The items varies from toiletries, school supplies, under clothes, school shoes, to batteries and multi vitamins for children.

All donations will be collected in a collection box once the ship is docked in Montego Bay.

If not sailing on the Love and Harmony Cruise and would like to make a donation please contact 1-800-225-8757 for more information.





Missing woman's body found in shallow grave

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA St. Catherine woman who was reported missing on Monday was found buried in a shallow grave in St. Thomas Tuesday after her boyfriend reportedly confessed to killing her.

She has been identified as 36-year old Latisha Bravo, also known as Keisha, a store keeper of Linstead in St. Catherine.

According to a police report, Ms Bravo visited her boyfriend in Duhaney Pen, St. Thomas on Sunday.

The following morning they reportedly had a dispute during which it is believed that she was strangled to death. It is reported that he then hid the body under a bed and went to work. About 8 o'clock Monday evening he allegedly took the body to the seaside in Duhaney Pen and buried it.

Later in the night the St. Thomas Police received information that Miss Bravo had been reported missing.

Her boyfriend was taken into custody where he allegedly confessed to the killing.The police say he led them to the shallow grave.





2 charged for shooting death of 3 y-o girl

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men who were detained in connection with last month's killing of a three year old girl in Annotto Bay, St. Mary have been charged.

They were charged on Tuesday evening with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called 'Pooka', of Cane Lane, was shot on February 14 while walking home with her stepfather.

Residents of Cane Lane have blocked sections of the main road in Annotto Bay to protest the men being charged.

The residents, who also protested the arrest of the men last week, insist that they are innocent.





ruddy-spencer.jpgState minister Rudyard Spencer has found himself in the midst of a firestorm of criticism for telling labourites at a political meeting in Bellefield, Manchester on the weekend that now that a member of the JLP is now at the helm of the RADA, whatever issues they had faced with receiving assistance from the entity, which provides agricultural extension services, were of the past.

SPENCER: Labourites, we have a system where we will now have our own chairman of RADA and things have been happening and things can happen at RADA. But naturally, you will meet some bottlenecks because we have just taken over the system and we are trying to find our way around the system. Where you never have a parish manager for RADA, you now have a Labourite being the chairman of RADA, so whatever problems you use to have ...

(Spencer pauses to hear advice of someone reminding him that the media were present.)

SPENCER: No, no I want them hear.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Mine weh you a talk seh

SPENCER: Whatever problems you use to have, I believe now most of those problems would have gone away because you have your own manager to assist in the management of RADA ... So therefore, you can't say that you are getting no attention, you can't say nothing is happening, because in fairness, you have your own manager, to report whatever problems you have and expect him to solve those problem.





Clansman Gang top man and family arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) is reporting that one of the leaders of the Clansman gang has been arrested and charged.

Assistant Commissioner Fitz Bailey, head of C-TOC, said the gang leader, 33 year old Andre 'Blackman' Bryan, along with three members of his family were picked up during an operation in an upscale community in St. Andrew on March 4.

The three family members are his mother, 53 year old Millicent Brown, sister Alecia Brown, and his brother, Kevaughn Green. Two other members of the gang, Davion Edwards, otherwise called 'Lizard' and Boswell Rhoden, otherwise called 'Stephan', were picked on in another location on Monday March 5.

Charges in relation to the anti-gang legislation were laid against all six individuals on Monday, March 19. ACP Bailey said C-TOC launched an investigation into the Clansman gang in 2015, which led to the arrest and charge of 32 members over the period.

He said 78 of the 134 murders committed in St. Catherine in 2017 can be attributed to the Clansman gang.





western-union.jpgGraceKennedy Limited (GK) and its partner Western Union announced today an expansion of the company's digital money transfer service, which will allow Jamaicans to send funds via an online platform to 200 countries globally.

Effective April 1, the Jamaica operations of GraceKennedy Money Services, a GK subsidiary, will be the first in the Caribbean and Latin America to offer the digital service at WesternUnion.com.

To use the new outbound service, consumers in Jamaica can begin the registration process online but must go to a physical location to complete the process, including providing identification.

Thereafter they will be able to send and receive funds online. The methods of payment include debit, credit card and Apple Pay.

Previously, money could be received online in Jamaica, but not sent. The launch of the service brings to 42 the number of countries which now have the digital transactional service from Western Union.





Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) - After 8+ years of unforgettable events in Washington DC, Bermuda and Miami, the Hookie life team is taking its flagship event, 'Hookie' to Jamaica for its debut on Friday April 6th, 2018 as part of the island's Carnival's festivities.

Hookie, comes from the term 'playing hookie' and means to skip out on one's obligations in order to have fun, will bring its 'stay home from work to fete' concept to beautiful Jamaica in fine fashion.

This inaugural edition of Hookie Jamaica is a collaborative effort between the promoters Hookie Life Entertainment and Renaissance Disco, Jamaica's premiere DJ sound system and event connoisseurs. This year's incarnation of the event will take place in the form of an epic poolside breakfast party affair at the Constant Spring Golf Course.

The popular fete franchise known for its string of events such as the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Hookie Miami has already generated a buzz within the Caribbean islands and diaspora due to its high standard of quality and undeniable entertainment factor.

The beloved brand will now deliver its unmistakable vibe and energy to the land of wood and water.

Carnival lovers in Kingston are in store for a one of a kind experience complete with a complimentary cross-Caribbean breakfast buffet and an all-star cast of local, regional and International DJs.

The event's amazing DJ line-up features Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, T&T's top female selector Alicia The Duchess, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, International Stephen (ATL), Freeze International (NYC) and DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0.

As one of the latest additions to the Jamaica Carnival event roster, Hookie will be the only breakfast and pool party on the Carnival Friday schedule.

The diligent organizers of Hookie Jamaica have put much effort into bringing forth a memorable experience for Jamaica's Soca Junkies and visiting Fete-a-holics alike.

In addition to complimentary breakfast, sizzling Soca music by top DJs, a fully stocked bar to satisfy a wide variety of drinking pleasures and an amazing venue, this famed event will bring together Carnival enthusiasts from various parts of the globe to revel in one place.

Experience the ultimate poolside breakfast party at 'Hookie Jamaica' on Friday 6th April 2018, at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Kingston, from 8am - 3pm for $30 USD ($3,720 JMD).

For additional information on Hookie Jamaica 2018, please visit: www.hookielife.com OR www.facebook.com/hookielife OR www.instagram.com/hookielife

For tickets, please visit: Hookielife.com


this-crew-thoroughly-enjoyed-hookie-miami-2017.jpgThis crew thoroughly enjoyed Hookie Miami 2017.

 

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Enjoying the poolside vibes at Hookie DC 2017

 

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Alicia D Dutchess will add some Trini flavour to Hookie JA.





President of the opposition Peoples National Party PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, dropped a huge bowl of macaroni in Parliament on Monday when he listed out a litany of woes besetting the Jamaican government: "How can the government who gave up over four billion dollars in revenues in the past two years to the bauxite companies now claim they would have to impose new taxes in order to pay increases for teachers. What kind of madness is that...?"

Minister Phillips then said cheekily, "Sometimes, Mr Speaker, it look like is Macaroni running the government!"

D-E-A-D!

Place mash up!

peter-phillips-photo-4.jpgLaughter!

Video clip gone V-I-R-A-L.

Welcome to Jamaica, the land of wood and water and Macaroni.

For those of you who don't know, Macaroni is the true-to-life, reluctant Internet sensation whose attempts to drive his bus through dangerous waters went viral after it was posted online, complete with a voice saying over and over again, "A couldn't Macaroni that!"

As it turned out, it really wasn't Macaroni driving the bus, but somehow since that viral video, the memes followed and every ridiculous situation and incidents of buffoonery have attracted the label: "A must Macaroni do that."

So, is it really Macaroni who is running the government of Jamaica?

Macaroni, tell us it aint so. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the video clip below of Peter Phillips having his Macaroni Moment.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police are reporting that four members of the Montego Bay based G-City Gang are among the 123 people so far detained in the State of Public Emergency in the St Catherine North division.

The State of Public Emergency was declared yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

According to the police, 96 of the detainees have been processed and released while 27 remain in custody.

*Three detainees wanted for several offences including simple larceny, shooting with intent, unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

*Three arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act following the seizure of a Glock Pistol with a magazine containing 10 rounds on the Bernard Lodge Main Road

*Two arrested for Breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The public is being reminded that it is an offence to harbour criminals.





commissioner-antony-anderson-sworn-in.jpgMajor General Antony Anderson began his first day as Commissioner of Police, after taking the Oath of Office today.

"Decked in his uniform, the Commissioner of Police was quickly sworn on by Bishop Dr Gary Welsh, Justice of the Peace and Assistant Commissioner of Police, followed by a briefing session with area and section commanders," stated the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communication Unit in a release today.

Anderson is replacing George Quallo, who was appointed on April 18 last year, but decided to retire last month after his relationship with National Security Minister Robert Montague soured.





state-of-emergency.jpgOperating hours for businesses and other establishments in sections of the St. Catherine North Police Division, where a State of Public Emergency was declared on Sunday (March 18), have been adjusted in keeping with stipulations under the enhanced security operation.

According to the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), the closing hours for all businesses in Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk are now either 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Those that should close by 7:00 p.m. are cook shops, dry goods establishments and haberdasheries, spirit license premises, service stations, clubs and fast food outlets, pharmacies, and churches. Community recreational facilities should close by 6:00 p.m.

The specified boundaries within which the operation is being undertaken are:

North - from the intersection of the St Ann, Clarendon, and St Catherine parish boundaries towards Garfield Road, the Moneague leg of the North-South Highway and Guy's Hill square;

East - along the St. Catherine parish boundary, to Sligoville, the intersection of Highway 2000, Lakes Pen Road, Port Henderson Road, Salt Pond Road and Hill Run main road;

South - from the Hartland main road to the Hill Run main road, and West - along the parish boundary to Ginger Ridge, Blue Hole, Marley Hill and Dover Road, to the intersection of the PJ Patterson Highway and the Hartland main road.

The CCU has declared that the security forces will also be placing special focus on bus parks within the targeted communities.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared the State of Public Emergency during a press conference at Jamaica House.

A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force/Jamaica Defence Force team was deployed to the area to undertake enhanced security measures for an initial 14 days, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.

The Proclamation under the Emergency Powers Act to bring the enhanced security measures into effect was signed by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, and has been gazetted.

The State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine North is the second such this year, following a similar declaration in the western parish of St. James in January.





Suspected serial rapist held in St Thomas

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held.jpgThe police have held a suspected serial rapist in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

He was held during a special operation on the weekend.

The suspect is believed to be involved in several incidents of sexual attacks in St Thomas and sections of the Corporate Area.

The Constabulary Communication Unit says investigations are ongoing and has promised to release more information as soon as it becomes available.

Have information that can help?

CALL:

Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse

926-4079

811

Send tips via:

Stay Alert App

Nearest police station





Visitor dies in St. Ann crash

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fatal-crash.jpgA woman was killed and five persons, including a two year old child, were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Llandovery main road in St. Ann on Sunday evening.

The deceased was a visitor to the island. It's reported that she arrived on Friday for a birthday celebration.

The car in which she was traveling collided with a Sports Utility Vehicle about 7 o'clock.

The driver of the SUV, who was the sole occupant of that vehicle, was also injured.





police-cars.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for criminals who robbed and then chopped to death a popular bus operator in Retreat, St Mary.

The dead man has been identified as Michael Walker, alias Jahmikes, a 47-year-old man, who is originally from Salem, Runaway Bay in St Ann.

Police say Walker, who operates a bus in and around St Mary, was found suffering from chop wounds along one of his regular routes last Thursday.

He was rushed to hospital where he was battling for life but later died while being treated.

Police say their initial probe revealed that several personal items belonging to Walker, including money and a cellular phone were stolen, when he was attacked

Police say since the attack they have stepped up their search for the perpetrators and are calling on residents in the parish to provide any information that could assist them in their probe.

And as police dig deeper for clues residents have taken to social to voice their concern over the attack.

"Michael Jahmikes Walker rest in peace me bredda. I wish I cud see you alive one more time again and we drink a one Guinness together.... sighhh smh."

Another post read, "May his soul rest in peace and memories continue resonate each and every day."

Meanwhile, another friend of the deceased man lamented on the senseless killings across St Mary.

"St Mary in the news so much these days for negatives and here I would never imagine my dear friend Michael (Walker) would join in and just gone so. Tears to my eyes. Smh. How could they kill him like that? He did no one anything. I am tired of these killings. Tired, tired rip Michael," the post read.

St Mary has recorded twelve murders since the start of the year.





Jay Z, Beyonce and kids arrive in Jamaica

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jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgThe power couple and their three children all arrived in Jamaica Sunday night, reports say, adding that Jay Z and Beyonce are in the island to record new music along with a music video.

The platinum-selling artistes, accompanied by their children and nanny, will reportedly be staying at a private residence in Kingston

Just last week, Jay and Bey announced their On The Run 2 tour featuring a Jamaican classic.

The 1977 hit by Marcia Aitken I'm Still In Love (With You Boy) is the background track for the 45 second teaser.

According to 13thstreetpromotions.com, the single produced by Joe Gibbs gave the young Aitkens who was a student at the time, her first number one hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK.

The single was featured on her 1981 debut, Reggae Impact, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 version.

I'm Still In Love has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.





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20th Anniversary Celebration to Reggae Sumfest on July 19th

Downsound Entertainment & Reggae Sumfest Are Bringing Irish & Chin's World Clash Back to Montego Bay for A 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Early-Bird Tickets Available through March 31.

Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest are bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash for a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay, which represents an historic moment in Jamaican Music History. For a decade, between 2001 and 2010, fans were blown away by the sounds and over-the-top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their Montego Bay...presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition.

These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world, featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat/Pink Panther, Black Blunt,
Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on.

Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One, year after year; then one day, it was over because of some political problems. But now...it is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest who are bringing the greatest Sound System event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music!

Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Entertainment had this statement to say about it all, "We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one the biggest and best ever."

Irish & Chin founder, Garfield "Chin" Bourne expressed his excitement with the following, "I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand! Returning to Jamaica and bringing World Clash to Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many, many years. What a great homecoming!"

Early-bird Tickets to Irish & Chin's World Clash Event,

as well as tickets to all the other Reggae Sumfest events are available on

REGGAE SUMFEST WEBSITE

on the ticket link.

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Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events

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EarlyBird 2 Tickets Just Added for

All Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events

Now Until March 31. Visit Website for info

Reggae Sumfest Preview & Post Events:

  • The Colorfest Beach Party on July 15 - The Ultimate Beach Party kicks off the beginning of Sumfest Week
  • The All White Party on July 17- Pier One Restaurant & Bar, The Social Event of the Summer
  • The Blitz Party on July 18 - Way Wild Line-Up with Stefflon Don, Safaree & more TBA
  • The Irish & Chin 20th Anniversary World Clash Celebration on July 19 - Pier One Event Centre, World Clash Champions Live
  • Morning Medz on July 22 - Grand Finale to Sumfest, Sunday morning from 7am-2pm, Tailgate Party

Click Here for Tickets and More Information

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Friday and Saturday, July 20 & 21 at

Catherine Hall Event Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Friday Night, July 20th:

Popcaan - Aidonia - Bounty Killer - Sizzla - Spice

Tommy Lee Sparta - Agent Sasco - Ding Dong - I-Octane

J Boog- Stonebwoy - Harry Toddler - Yanique - D-Major

Kemar Hicon - Tosh Alexander - Shano

Dovey Magnum - Hood Celebrity - Stushie

More To Come ~ Plus Special Guest Stars


Saturday Night, July 21st:

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Beres Hammond

Maxi Priest - Cham - Capleton - Jessie Royal

Raging Fyah - Fanton Mojah - Keznamdi

Empress Ayeola - Naomi Cowan

More To Come ~ Plus Special Guest Stars

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Specially Priced EarlyBird 2 Ticket

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Available Now For All
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Until Saturday March 31

Click Here to purchase Tickets now

Prices up April 1

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Flourgon suing Miley Cyrus for $300 million

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flourgan.jpgThe international media is reporting that Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer's 2013 smash "We Can't Stop" closely resembles a song he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song "We Run Things" has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of "We Can't Stop" comes from him.

According to reporter, Jonathan Stempel, Flourgon accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating his material, including the phrase "We run things. Things no run we," which she sings as "We run things. Things don't run we."

miley-cyrus.jpgRepresentatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Sony did not immediately respond to a similar request.

May said he sought to protect his work last year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things."

He said Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content."

The Kingston, Jamaica resident is also seeking a halt to further sales and performances of "We Can't Stop," according to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case.

"We Can't Stop," from Cyrus' album "Bangerz," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

It was kept from the top by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," itself the subject of a high-profile copyright case over its resemblance to a 1977 Marvin Gaye song. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)





Vinyl Thursdays coming soon in Amsterdam

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Thursday 5 April 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland) is the date to keep in mind.

Vinyl Thursdays will come to Amsterdam! The weekly Vinyl Thursdays event in Kingston (Jamaica) is one of their favorite parties, when the BLACK STAR crew is visiting Jamaica. Once a month they will bring the event to Amsterdam (Holland) now. Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will take place every first Thursday the month in the basement of Hill Street Blues Cafe in Amsterdam centre, starting from Thursday April 5th.

The concept of Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will be exactly the same as in Jamaica: every month (guest) DJ's who play strictly vinyl! Besides the DJ's/selectors, there is time for singers and toasters during the open mic. Everything will be streamed live!

Resident crew: BLACK STAR SOUND feat. Selector DEN-DEN, MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC/host and sound effects).

Free entrance + smokers friendly vibes!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event

Facebook group Vinyl Thursdays For more upcoming events, see Black Star Foundation.





Sunday 18 March 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland)

This Sunday BLACK STAR SOUND (Amsterdam) will bring you a full 6-hour roots reggae DJ set at Hill Street Blues Cafe in the city centre of Amsterdam. Selector DEN-DEN will play from old to brand new tunes and dubplates fresh outta Jamaica! He is assisted by MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC and sound effects). Come along to drink, smoke, dance and enjoy sweet reggae music!

From 19.00 till 01.00 - Free entrance and smokers friendly!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event





15th ANNIVERSARY OF BLACK STAR FOUNDATION

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Sunday 15 April 2018 - Melkweg (Amsterdam - Holland)

On Sunday 15 April 2018 BLACK STAR FOUNDATION will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Black Star Foundation at Melkweg, Amsterdam (Holland)! There will be live performances and DJ's, a photo exhibition, Jamaican food, reggae decorations (in cooperation with DecoRoots) and lots of Black Star merchandise and CD's.

Besides BLACK STAR SOUND, many artists will perform with whom we have worked with over the years, like BACK-A-WALL MOVEMENT (Holland), MC JAHFORTH (Jamaica/Holland), Mr. AYA (France), RAPHA PICO (Surinam/Holland), TWOROOTS band feat. ASHER-E (Holland), LEAH ROSIER (Holland) and EXILE DI BRAVE (Jamaica).

Main act for the event will be Studio One veteran LONE RANGER (Jamaica)!

From 19:00 / Tickets โ‚ฌ 15 + membership / Buy your tickets at Tickermaster

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / More info (Facebook event)





World Clash for Reggae Sumfest

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgDownsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash in a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay represents a historic moment in Jamaican Music History.

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Fans were blown away by the sounds and over the top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their World Clash Sound System events at Pier One in Montego Bay......presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition....These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world....featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat / Pink Panther, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on. Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One year after year....then one day, it was over.....some political problems. But now...it is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest....Bringing the greatest sound system event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music. Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Enterttainment had this to say about it all....." We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one....The biggest and best ever " . Irish & Chin founder Garfield " Chin " Bourne expressed his excitement with the following...." I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand...returning to Jamaica, bringing World Clash with Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many many years....What a great homecoming !





anju-blaxx-and-brent-bunting.jpgBusinessman, Brent Bunting, the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, up to Thursday, was reportedly is still in hospital and his condition was listed as serious.

This follows a fight with music producer Anju Blaxx and a gang of men at a complex in supper St Andrew last Friday. According to reports online, Brent Bunting reportedly complained that loud music which was being played at the complex was preventing his child from sleeping. It's further alleged that a physical altercation ensued and Bunting was tossed down a flight of stairs by Blaxxx and several men.

It's also alleged Blaxxx and his associates stomped on Bunting's face after he was tossed down the staircase.

Bunting's jaw was fractured and he suffered an injury to his eyes.

Facial Reconstructive Surgery was performed on the younger Bunting on Tuesday.

Blaxx reportedly received minor facial injury during the altercation. Both men have accused each other of being the aggressor.

37-year-old Blaxx, whose given name is Andrew Myrie, has been charged with wounding with intent in connection with the incident, while 27-year-old Bunting has been charged with unlawful wounding.

When contacted Wednesday, Head of the St. Andrew North Police Division, Superintendent Glenford Miller, told our news centre that he was in a meeting and could not comment.

In an interview posted online, Brent's father, Peter Bunting is quoted as saying that his son is "lucky to be alive".

The reporter quotes Bunting thus: "Most of the media is carrying publicity for Anju Blaxx when they are not aware of the details of the case. I was not there but from the accounts I have been getting, he is lucky to be alive, some of them had knives, and some even came to his home trying to kick off his door. He had been retreating from the situation and they ran him down and pulled him down the stairs. He was not the aggressor," Producer, Andrew Myrie otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx' walked free from wire fraud charges in the United States in August 2016. His attorney in the case, KD Knight told the press at the time that his client, Anju BLaxx did not make a plea deal with federal agents in the US state of North Dakota where he was charged. Charges against Anju Blaxx were dismissed in the United States after the prosecution there moved a motion for the case to be dismissed.

Anju Blaxx subsequently pleaded guilty in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to aiding in the making of a false declaration to Jamaica Customs in 2013. He was fined $250,000.





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Red Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Catherine Hall Event Centre

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Friday July 20, 2018

Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, I-Octane, J. Boog, Stonebwoy, Harry Toddler, Yanique, D-Major, Kemar Hicon, Tosh Alexander, Shano, Dovey Magnum, Hood Celebrity, Stushie, More to come plus special quest stars.

Saturday July 21, 2018

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Beresh Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Fanton Mojah, Kezmandi, Empress Ayeola, Naomi Cowan, More to come plus special quest stars

Tickets & Info at reggaesumfest.com

Sponsors:

Pepsi & Jamaica Tourist Board

Must be Legal Drinking Age

Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly





Reggae SumFest - Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Irish and Chin's

World Clash

Featuring

Tony Matterhorn
2x World Clash Champion

Mighty Crown
5x World Clash Champion

Ricky Trooper
2x World Class Champion

Ping Panther
6x World Clash Champion

20 Years Celebration
1998-2018

Pier One
Montego Bay, Jamaica

A Downsound Entertainment Production

For all show and ticketing info please check: www.reggaesumfest.com

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Please drink responsibly.





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgRick Ross joins Jamaican dancehall star Konshens on his genre-bending single "Big Belly."

Blending reggae, dancehall, and trap, the Rvssian-produced track allows the rapper to celebrate life and money. "Big Belly, mon," he raps. "You know the don / Rolex on my arm, I keep my soldiers armed."

"Big Belly" is one of 16 tracks off Konshens' sophomore album It Feel Good, which also features Chris Brown ("Bruk Off Yuh Back"), Shaggy ("Body Happy"), and Satori ("Days of My Life"). In 2016, Konshen's "Bruk Off Yuh Back," blew up, garnering a remix with Breezy, which came became the song's official single.

Konshens has now previewed the music video for the single.

"Big Belly" is the first video to be released from the project and the Subkonshus boss recently hinted that there could be more videos coming.

Last week, he and Tarrus Riley dropped the video for their collaborative effort "Simple Blessing" featured on the 'All Night Riddim' produced by Chimney Records.





anju-blaxx-photo-2.jpgWhat a prekeh!

UIM producer Anju Blaxx and the son of Central Manchester Member of Parliament (MP) and former National Security Minister, Peter Bunting had a fisticuffs at a house in St Andrew last Friday. It all went down after Bunting's son, Bent, a businessman, knocked at Anju Blaxx door complaining about the music that was being played. Andrew Myrie, otherwise called 'Anju Blaxx', was hosting a birthday party at his home.

Well, an argument reportedly developed between the two, which escalated into a fight.

Bunting, it is reported, suffered a fractured jaw during the fracas, while Myrie sustained injuries to his face and a cut to one of his fingers from a piece of broken glass.

Both men were taken to the Constant Spring Police Station, where they were each charged with wounding.





Reggae Boy Damion Lowe blasts Bolt in FB post

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damion-lowe.jpgDamion Lowe, the son of former national player Onandi Lowe, has take Usain Bolt to task for his "disrespectful" comments regarding the Reggae Boyz.

In a FB post, the young Lowe told Bolt: "You're basically degrading all the work your fellow Jamaicans have put to get us into the top 50, to have only lost 5 games out of 18."

"You guys should stop seeing Jamaica football as it was in the past. We are rising and it's evident with our results and rankings."

"I guess Mr. Bolt u would rather go represent another country because u think they aren't good enough for your talents. Look what you did for Jamaica it opened so many doors it shined a light on us," Lowe wrote.

"Imagine if u had taken that talent to another country, who would be breaking records for us? who would be winning back to back golds?

"Just like the young man you are talking about if he plays for Jamaica he will be seen as a Jamaican creating wonders in world football and it will give other young players chances, it will open doors for many. If he plays for another country he won't be seen as an ambassador for Jamaica. Be proud no matter what the situation. Yes I'm not playing for the big leagues, but I'm gonna get there one day and I won't and will never regret playing for Jamaica. U know why? Because when I do brand Jamaica will be next to my name. Not Belgium, not Germany not Spain not Norway."

Kudos to you Mr. Lowe.





usain-bolt-and-leon-bailey.jpgDecorated Jamaica Olympic champions Usain Bolt insists he will not encourage Bundesliga star and compatriot Leon Bailey to represent the national team as it is currently below his level.

The 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger has been one of the German league's hottest property's this season, scoring 9 goals in 17 appearances and being an all-around thorn in the flesh of defenders.

The player's talent has garnered attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs, but recently so have some countries.





jamaican-student-and-white-girl-tampon-drama.jpgThe New York Post is reporting that a white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black Jamaican roommate's belongings has been allowed into a probation programme that could result in criminal charges being erased from her record.

According to the Post, state judge in Hartford on Monday granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for accelerated rehabilitation. Misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges will be erased if she successfully completes two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. Police said the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate's backpack and putting her roommate's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine." She also called her roommate "Jamaican Barbie," and wrote that she put moldy clam dip in her roommate's lotions and spit in her coconut oil, police said.

The incident went viral after the Jamaican roommate, Chennel Rowe, shared her ordeal on social media. Rowe wrote that she developed throat pain and doctors couldn't pinpoint exactly what was causing it.

Rowe attended the court hearing and did not oppose the probation programme request Monday, saying she hoped Brochu would "change her ways."

Brochu's attorney, Tom Stevens, has said Brochu and Rowe had a falling out and Brochu's actions were not racially motivated. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.

Stevens apologized on Brochu's behalf Monday. He said Brochu wanted to apologize sooner, but he advised her not to because of a potential civil lawsuit. Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.

Brochu also told authorities that she did put tampon blood on Rowe's backpack and licked Rowe's plate, fork and spoon, but denied doing anything else. She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to "appear funny," a police report said.

Source: NY Post





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the students from the Green Island High school in Hanover, who was caught on video attacking a bus conductor with knives and stones, has been taken into custody by the police.

The boy, who was accompanied by his father, surrendered to the police Friday - two days after the incident. The teenager was taken in by his father after he saw the video that is circulating on social media.

Head of the Hanover police, Superintendent Sharon Beeput, told RJR News that the police have identified all the boys involved in the incident

She said the police are in dialogue with the Principal and the Dean of Discipline at the school to have them taken in.

In the video, five boys are seen attacking the conductor with knives. The conductor was slapped in the face by a student holding a chopper before the other boys joined in the attack.

The conductor ran into the bus to seek refuge, but the boys proceeded to hurl stones on the vehicle, smashing several windows.

Several students in the bus were reportedly injured.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgMoravian pastor Rupert Clarke has been sentenced to eight years in prison on two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old and many are questioning how the man of the cloth was given such a "lenient sentence".

The sentences are to run at the same time which means Clarke will only serve eight years in prison.

The complainants are both sisters.

Clarke was sentenced in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court almost four months after he pleased guilty to the crimes.

On November 29, Clarke had appeared in court for the hearing of an application by the prosecution to transfer the sexual offence matter from the St Elizabeth Circuit Court to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston.

Justice Martin Gayle reportedly granted the application for the matter to be transferred to Kingston when Clarke's lawyer Deborah Martin asked for his client to re-enter a plea.

That's when Clarke changed his plea from not-guilty to guilty on two counts of having sex with a person under sixteen years old.

Clarke, 64 was the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

The police report that in December 2016, a team was on patrol in a community near Santa Cruz when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with a child.

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Further investigations revealed that Clarke also had a sexual relationship with the child's sister.





With one of the students from Green Island High School in Hanover who were caught on video viciously attacking a bus driver with knives and stones last week, being already in police custody, the hunt is on for the others who have been identified from the video.

The boy in custody was accompanied by his father when he surrendered to the police on Friday. The father took the initiative reportedly after seeing the video that is circulating on social media.

Now police investigator, who have identified the boys who were actively involved in the incident, are zeroing in on the school community to produce the suspects.

The police are reported to be in discussion with the school's administration to have the boys taken in for questioning.

The video recording has at least five boys attacking the bus operator with knives, a chopper and stones at a bus stop after the operator had made a purchase from a vendor.

One of the boys, with the chopper menacingly in hand, violently slapped the bus man in the face, which spurred on the other boys to join in the attack.

This was while female students on the scene were seemingly recording the incident, labelling it as a report coming "live from Green Island", and, in the process, fostering the assault on the man.

Under relentless attack, the victim first makes a feeble attempt to defend himself, before fleeing into the bus.

The vehicle is then stoned by the attackers, resulting in damage to the unit, including some of its windows.

The bus had passengers when it came under attack, and there are reports that some of the occupants were injured in the process





Teachers plan sickout

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A sickout is reportedly being planned by the country's public school teachers.

Sources have informed The Gleaner/Power 106 news centre that the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), which represents public school teachers, will be stepping up action to protest against the government's wage offer to teachers.

On Friday, at a joint press conference with International Monetary Fund representatives, Finance Minister Audley Shaw insisted that the government could not make a better wage offer to public sector unions which did not accept.

But this after he had previously indicated that the government would be going ahead with plans to pay, this month, the wage increase it has agreed with some public sector unions to all workers, including those who have rejected the deal.

However, the JTA has taken issue with the payment of the five per cent increase, which will cover the first year of the four-year deal.

It said, last week, that the move is unprecedented in light of the fact that the current salary negotiation has not been concluded nor a Heads of Agreement signed.

The JTA had warned that if the payment is made this month it would view the action of the finance ministry as being tantamount to union busting and a breach of Collective Bargaining Rights.





Alleged phone thief battered in Springs Plaza

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phone-thief.jpgAn alleged phone thief barely escape with his life in Half-Way Tree on Saturday afternoon after being viciously attacked by an angry mob who accused him of stealing a woman's phone.

Reports are that about 1:30 pm, a woman was seen on the Springs Plaza in the commercial district, running and shouting "tief, tief, mi want mi phone" while a young man was speeding away from her.\

A man was subsequently held by a private security officer, and within minutes a crowd descended on the pair and demanded that the man be killed.

The male security officer tried to take the man away from the growing crowd but the mob was too much for the officer. They rained blows all over the body of the alleged thief, before other security officers joined in the rescue of the man.

Still, the officers were outnumbered by the angry mob, which included a security guard (from another company), who kicked the bleeding alleged "phone grabber" into his groin, and pulled a ratchet knife from his waist, and attempted to harm the already wounded man. That security guard was eventually pulled away by a small section of the crowd, who begged for "mercy".

The man was eventually rescued by the police. But not before being battered and bruised.

It is unclear if the woman's phone was recovered.





ishawnas-letter-to-dear-dream.jpg'Slippery When Wet' singer, Ishawna set social media alight when she uploaded her typical attention-grabbing semi-nude photo on Instagram with a 'letter' to gossip blogger Dear Dream.

"Dear dream...Hide my ID, I'm with a man and all his b***hes are my fans...they all wanna eat my French Fries๐ŸŸ What should I do?! And no mi nah drink nuh bleach!!!! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ," she wrote.

The post racked up over 25,000 likes and almost 1,000 comments. I

Dream on Instagram: "Slippery when wet ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆWhen I'm in the mood ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ"





Has new chick New York dumped Marvin the Beast?

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marvin-the-beast-and-new-york.jpgMarvin The Beast is back on the market.

According to sources, the controversial dancer was dumped by his new lover, exotic dancer New York after just little over a week of dating.

Marvin shocked dancehall fans last week when he confirmed his relationship with the former Vybz Kartel 'Teachas Pet' cast member just hours after his breakup with DHQ Nickeisha became public knowledge.

The 'Beast' and New York instantly became the talk of the town after appearing on Instagram live together locking lips, uploading photos on each others accounts and making a few appearances at a few events.

Well it seems NY has come to her senses as she reportedly gave Marvin the boot earlier this week and deleted all his photos off her Instagram account.





(P Chin in a letter to the editor) Prime Minister Andrew Holness said recently that regardless of concerns over the national identification system (NIDS), it is a step in the right direction to move the country into the digital age. This might be so, but the concerns cannot be ignored, otherwise we miss the real benefits of a digitised system.

We have noticed a ramped-up public relations campaign about NIDS -- an attempt to sway public opinion ahead of the January 2019 scheduled roll-out. Although the basic concept of a national ID is a good one, the new system proposed will be costly, funded from parts of an external loan of US$68 million from the Inter-American Development Bank, a loan which must be repaid.

Most people don't realise that NIDS has to be renewed every few years; the first entry will be free, but will individuals have to bear cost of renewal (or replacement)?

Any legitimate national ID can be digitised. As I've suggested, a better option would be to consider enhancing the taxpayer registration system (TRN) as the key identifying link to other national photo IDs such as passport, driver's licence, and the NIDS should become optional, like the others. Everyone can be identifiable. The TRN is already linked to the driver's licence, and TRN can be linked to birth and death registration, as well as every passport application.

We also have to consider the elderly, sick, poor and those without any fixed address, and the logistics trying to force these people into acquiring/renewing their NIDS entry. A national ID system should not necessarily mean a new system in the age of digitisation; we should firstly look at cost-effective ways to enhance what we already have.

It is understood that facial image, fingerprints (10), eye colour, and signature will be required for the NIDS. Since most citizens are neither threats nor security risks, I argue that biometrics data should be restricted to police services when processing suspects and conducting arrests. Other data such as race, religion, profession, education, blood type will be optional, we hear, but since much of this data will be changing constantly, it is best collected during a national census, in which names are not linked and we do not compromise personal information and confidentiality. I don't understand how partial (optional) data will be of any benefit to the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

In addition, I am sure the diaspora transacting business in Jamaica will also need to have a NIDS entry as well as the TRN, in addition to a Global Immigration Card, which was announced last year to facilitate easier entry for the diaspora who travel with foreign passports. It is my view there will be too many IDs to manage and maintain. We should be moving towards simplicity and efficiency as we embrace digitisation. P Chin chin_p@yahoo.com





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Best Collymore, one of the accused in the murder of his wife Simone Collymore, thought he was fleeing to freedom when he made his way to a seaside town in St Elizabeth last month. However, that was not to be, as the Barbados born US national was stopped in his tracks by the police who raided the guest house where he was staying and hauled him back to Kingston where he was arrested and charged.

The polce have now revealed that they were guided to Collymore's hideout via a Crime Stop tip to its 311 hotline.

At the time he was arrested, Collymore was believed to have been taking steps to flee the island by boat, according to the police.

Collymore had been prevented from leaving the island on the eve of his deceased wife's funeral. The cops held on to him, but subsequently released him, and then were later forced to issue a warrant for his arrest and make a call for Collymore to turn himself in.

When Collymore failed to report to a police station, his lawyer made a statement saying that his client was recovering from gun shot woulds which he had received two weeks before his wife's funeral.

Omar Collymore and two co-accused have since been each charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the execution-style killing of his wife, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Walters, on January 2. The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motorcycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Collymore, 35, Dwight Pink and 27-year-old labourer, Michael Adams, appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.





A fifth form student at Merl Grove High School on Constant Spring Roads is singing praises to the policemen who ran down and held a young scoundrel who grabbed her phone at the bust stop last Friday.

The CSEC student had just exited the school after her Geography extra class on Friday when a group of careless boys passed her and her friends and one grabbed her phone out of her hand and simply continued walking.

"The boy just said "Gimme dis" and took my phone," the shocked student was overheard telling her friends.

Upon realising that there were policemen stationed at intersection of Gore Terrace, Constant Spring Road and Dunrobin Avenue, the girls made an alarm and alerted the cops. The bleached out face hoodlum and his other undesirable mates walked out into the middle of the busy Constant Spring Road, skilfuly dodging speeding vehicles, as they made a bid to escape the cops, who were heading in their direction.

The brave officers showed their determination to duty when they immediately chased the boys and caught the phone grabber, who was easily identified by the Merl Grove student. Alas, however, the phone was not found in his possession. Nonetheless, he was bundled into waiting police vehicle and taken to the station, where his mother was called and informed of the incident.

The phone was finally retrieved by the police, however, the screen had been damaged.

Kudos to the cops on a job well done.





lorna-goodison.jpgJamaican poet Lorna Goodison is one of eight receipients of the Windham-Campbell Prize, which will see each writer being awarded a US$165,000 prize to support their writing.

The prize was established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell. The prize is among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the prizes are based.

Lorna Goodison's poetry draws the reader into a panoramic history of a woman's life, bearing witness to female embodiment, the colonial legacy, mortality, and the sacred.

Lorna Goodison is one of the Caribbean's foremost writers and the current Poet Laureate of Jamaica. She has received many honours, including the Musgrave Medal (1999) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (1987). She is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, where she was the Lemuel A. Johnson Professor of English and African and Afro-American Studies.





spice-photo-5.jpgThat's the question being asked on social media after Spice posted her clip.

On Tuesday, a promotional video of the Dancehall artiste playing a game "Two truths and a bluff" was posted and immediately social media went into overdrive, with some blasting Spice for selling out Jamaica because she made her Jamaican accent disappear. Others defended her by saying that she had to talk that way so that the viewers would understand what she is saying since many foreigners do not understand the Jamaican accent.

The first official video of Spice from the upcoming season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta showed Spice making three statements and fans were asked to state which two are true and which one was a lie.

The "Duffle Bag" rapper shared that Alicia Keys told her she was beautiful, former United States president slapped her on her ass, and she used to live in London. As expected the bit about Obama was the bluff. As Spice said, "Of course he didn't slap me on my ass...but everyone knows that I have a crush on Barack Obama...





popcaan-and-jah-vinci.jpgA brand new collaboration titled 'Steamy' is the treat that formers Gaza members Popcaan and Jah Vinci have for their fans. Here is a line from the collab: "P**y dem dead an' gone and bury, rifle a buss them jelly," Jah Vinci sings while Popcaan added, "Dash them in a bush them find them smelly, real old grungrel a beat up the belly, man skull a steam."

The two former members of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire/Gaza camp dropped the gritty single produced by Unruly Entertainment on Monday, March 5. Their last collab was six years ago on the 2012 single "Life Lost" another gritty song on the Arch Evil Riddim.and fans have been waiting for this one.





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgJamaican dancehall star Konshens, the artiste responsible for bashment party essentials "Bruk Off Yuh Back" and "Gal a Bubble," has teamed up with Rick Ross on new single "Big Belly."

"Big Belly," freshly premiered on Billboard.com, seamlessly blends dancehall and trap vibes courtesy of Rvssian, the Jamaican producer known for his work with Bad Bunny, Kevin Gates and Vybz Kartel.

Fresh off recent collaborations with Major Lazer ("Front of the Line"), Nipsey Hussle ("Succa Proof"), The Chainsmokers ("Don't Let Me Down" remix) and Nicky Jam/Bad Bunny ("Privado"), Konshens is taking dancehall to a higher level with his sophomore LP, It Feel Good. The album, the first in a new venture with San Francisco-based EMPIRE, features appearances from Rick Ross, Shaggy, Chris Brown and Tarrus Riley, and production from a committee of Jamaica's most talented producers including Rvssian, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and Don Corleon. (PHOTO CREDIT: KEYSUS)

It Feel Good is out now:

https://Empire.lnk.to/ItFeelGood





Govana tops charts in St. Vincent

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govana.jpgAfter being named '2017 Breakthrough Artiste of the Year' and taking home some silverware courtesy of the 'Your View Awards' (YVAs). 4th Genna recording artiste Govana is definitely seeing an upsurge in popularity and demand come 2018.

Enjoying premium rotation on the airwaves and social scene, the Spanish Town deejay has also seen a considerable spike in requests for concert appearances across the diaspora. The artiste is booked for a cadre of high profile assignments in the weeks ahead including Digicel Grand Prix, Up To The Line (After Champs Party), Aidonia Birthday Party, Crab Fest and Reggae Sumfest among a plethora of others. Govana is also expected to depart the island in May for Toronto, Canada.

Best known for the tracks Run Road, Gyal Clown, Gyal Thief, Loco and Breeze (featuring Aidonia), the deejay has also climbed to the top of St. Vincent's Hot 97.1FM Chart with his latest effort 'Rich Forever'. Featured on the newly released Life's Path rhythm compilation the project is produced by Good Good Production.





Reggae Sumfest partners with Bacchanal Jamaica

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sumfest-2018-bacchanal-photo-1.jpgDownsound Entertainment (DSE), through its Reggae Sumfest Brand, will be partnering with Bacchanal Jamaica as the presenting sponsor of Bacchanal Live, to be held on Friday , March 23 at the Mas Camp. It will be the first live event of the season and will feature Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal band. In addition, the Reggae Sumfest truck will be a part of the road parade on Sunday , April 8.

"DownSound Entertainment is about offering first class entertainment" remarked Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of DSE, "and we are also about inclusiveness. Over the last two years we increased the following for Reggae Sumfest significantly, both locally and globally and that remains our main focus. This year we have started the promotions of the festival early and our campaign is vibrant. The carnival audience is very similar to our Sumfest audience and our partnership with Bacchanal Jamaica will help us to promote Sumfest to a large fun-loving audience, looking for new opportunities for great entertainment. Carnival, like Sumfest, brings in many visitors to the island, particularly to Kingston. This can only help to build our economy and this therefore fulfills another objective of DownSound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest."

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Skatta Burrell, DownSound team member expanded on some of the joint marketing initiatives and shared that "street promotions for Reggae Sumfest started with the Sumfest Dolls making the rounds of Bacchanal and other events in the lead up for the carnival season and now they will also be in the road parade with the Reggae Sumfest truck which is well known for its striking and vibrant design. We will be spicing it up for Carnival and it will certainly be the most impressive truck in the parade. We will be mixing in just a taste of our Reggae Sumfest style with the music of pretty mas, adding to the vibes on the road."

"Reggae Sumfest is a one of a kind event", commented Karla Jankee of DSE, "always exciting, always with its own style, and our Sumfest Dolls will definitely stand out as they join the parade clad in unique costumes featuring the exquisite designs of Nish Kollections. Of course they will be tweaked specially to fit into the carnival theme.

When asked about the association, Charmaine Franklin, director of Bacchanal Jamaica remarked, " We welcome DownSound Entertainment to the Bacchanal family. We believe that there are synergies that can work very well between Reggae Sumfest and Carnival. More and more of the soca performers are doing collaborations with reggae and dancehall artistes developing a crossover sound that is very catchy and very much liked by all Caribbean people. It is therefore a good time for this collaboration of the two events. We can definitely work together for the development of both and the Bacchanal team is committed to also working with DownSound to promote Reggae Sumfest.

Tickets for Bacchanal Live are already on sale online and will go on sale in the outlets soon.

Additional information on Sumfest's week of activities and early bird tickets can be found at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





14-year-old and taximan shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA family is in mourning as a 14-year-old male student from a prominent high school was chased and killed by unknown assailants on Saturday. A taxi operator was also shot dead by the gunmen during a brazen daylight attack along Alexander Road, Hunts Bay, Kingston on Saturday.

The dead have been identified as Domaine Hall, student and resident of Rodney Road, Kingston and Richard Francis, 44 -year-old, taxi operator of 2 Alexander Road, Kingston 13.

Reports are that about 8:30 a.m. Francis was cleaning a grey Nissan Tiida motor car along the roadway when he was attacked and shot several times by two men carrying guns.

Following the attack the men were leaving the area when they saw the teenager, Domaine, who was fetching water at a nearby stand pipe.

Reports are that the teen attempted to run but was chased and shot by the assailants.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called to the community and the injured men taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident has triggered shock and anger in the community.





police-commissioner-antony-anderson.jpgFormer army chief Major General Antony Anderson has been appointed Police Commissioner effective March 19.

He will succeed George Quallo who retired earlier this year.

Major General Anderson currently serves as the National Security Adviser, a post he has filled since being appointed in December 2016.

The first person to serve in this capacity in Jamaica, Anderson is the principal adviser to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on internal and external security, intelligence and defence matters.

He is responsible for coordinating security activities across government and liaison with overseas security and intelligence entities.

Anderson has had a military career in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) spanning 34 years, culminating in his six-year tenure as Chief of Defence Staff.





The St Thomas police are on the hunt for an illegal taxi driver who reportedly abducted and attempted to rape a 17-year-old student.

It is reported that sometime after 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, the Yallahs High School student was returning from a work experience assignment.

While walking towards the school gate, a robot taxi operator reportedly drove up and used a knife to force her into his vehicle.

According to reports, he sped off and took her to another community about two miles away from the school and attempted to rape her.

A struggle reportedly ensued, during which the schoolgirl was stabbed in the hand with a knife.

The teen managed to escape and sought help from the occupants of a nearby house.

She was taken to the Yallahs Police Station where the matter was reported.

The student then fainted and had to be taken to hospital where she was admitted and released the following day.

The police say that same day, another woman was raped by a man fitting the description of the student's abductor.





More Italian tourists for Jamaica

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hm-barlett-italy-march-2018.jpgMILAN, Italy: Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (3rd right); is joined by Laurent Parent (centre), Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest Tour operator; Delano Seiveright (left), Senior Advisor/Strategist; Elisa Eterno (2nd left), JTB Italy; Matteo Gambardella, Contracting Manager, Alpitour World; Mariangela Montessoro (2nd right), Contracting Manager, Alpitour World and newly appointed Director of Tourism, Donovan White at the Hotel Scala in Milan, Italy on Monday March 5.

Alpitour which owns the Italian airline, NEOS, is to increase the number of seats into Montego Bay, Jamaica from Italy using a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft starting May of this year. Laurent Parent, a Senior Executive for Alpitour World, Italy's largest tour operator, noted that the new aircraft will replace existing once weekly scheduled Boeing 767 charter service between Milan and Montego Bay. The airline will also continue its once weekly flight from the Italian city of Verona, Italy.

Parent added that Jamaica is becoming more and more popular for Italians with Negril and Montego Bay being the biggest draws and pointed to one Negril resort being listed among the tour company's 15 best hotel resorts in the world. Bartlett noted that Italy is among the lead countries being targeted in Jamaica's ongoing European tourism growth strategy which in 2017 recorded 325,804 European tourists approximately 31,000 more than in the year 2016. Jamaica welcomed near 14,000 Italians tourists last year, representing a 44.5 percent increase over 2015.





Ooooh La Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

We all know that there's no love lost between Internet comedian Facebook Hero and controversial dancer Marvin The Beast.

So it was no surprise when Hero started to troll Marvin over his current relationship drama with ex-girlfriend DHQ Nickeisha and Marvin's new girl - Teacher's Pet alum, New York. Did y'all hear New York confess that she slept with the Teacher?

Anyway, on Sunday, Marvin hit back at Facebook Hero and uploaded a video clowning him for saying he doesn't sleep with men anymore.

"People before everyone watch this video...My birthday is August.4 So I am a Leo right๐Ÿ‘‰@world_dawg โ˜when the lion is sleeping please do not wake him๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ #Confession confession confession confession confession confession confession #marvinthebeast #beast," he wrote.

Now turns out Facebook Hero has a big secret for Marvin which he plans on dropping Tuesday night. The alleged video will be posted around 8:00pm and according to him it will end Marvin's career. What do you think it is?





Lanz still Nah Leggo...now on Canadian tour

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lanz.jpgDancehall artiste Lanz is now in Canada for a 10-day tour involving at least three club dates and other promotion appearances.

The first show dubbed 'Magnificient Black': The Savage Girls Edition was held at the Empire Banquet Hall on March 2nd and then he will be performing at 'Lanz: March Madness' at the Mobay Jerk spot in Brampton, Ontario on March 9th.

"I am really looking forward to performing for my fans in Canada, there is a lot of buzz around the shows based on the feedback on my social media pages, so the shows are really going to be lit," Lanz said.

Lanz had to postpone a pair of shows a few weeks ago because of 'logistical issues'.

"The process was a bit slow so things go held up but now, everything is set," he said.

The tour ends on March 12th.





Mitch, Dalla Coin team up

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mitch-and-dalla-coin.jpgFormer ARP member Mitch has teamed up with deejay Dalla Coin for several musical collaborations. Their work has borne fruit with Body of a Goddess and Goose Bumps. Both songs are produced by Emperor Production.

To date, the duo has recorded six songs.

Mitch has also released solo material, including Big Woman (Weedy G Soundforce) and Give Me a Call (Don Corleon Records).

Born Roger Mitchell, he hails from the Kingston 13 area.

In addition to Mitch, ARP comprised Orville "Da'Ville" Thomas, Patrick Hylton, Leon Gilbert, and Orand Rose-Green. The group performed in an R&B style over dancehall rhythms. The group dissolved in the early 2000s.

Dalla Coin has been doing music professionally for the last six years. His first song was Don a Road, a collaboration with Dwayno. He also released Take Over, which was produced by ZJ Rush.

The Old Harbour, St Catherine-based dancehall artiste was born Dalrick McBean.

"I bring to the table musically a fun-loving type of music, music that everyone can relate to; also, some conscious music to the people, to lift the minds of the people across the world in a positive way," he said.

The duo has plans to make inroads locally and overseas, and are currently managed by Emperor Production.





tupac-and-biggie.jpgBefore hip hop legend Tupac passed away, he recorded a track for his brother that will be released on a various artists hip hop compilation album this summer. The Tupac track wiill be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by The Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica.

The hip hop album which features the Tupac single along with songs from Ed Sheeran, Sean Kingston, Pitbull, Jethro Sheeran, Chris Brown, Capleton, Notorious B.I.G. Akon and Contractor. Biggie Smalls will make an appearance on the album courtesy of songs from his live performance in Jamaica in 1996.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the US.

On April 7, 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. And his mother and father were both members of the Black Panthers movement.





Safaree's long john breaks the Internet

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safaree-vh1.jpg"#Safaree breaks the internet" screams a twitter post from BET TV. Move over Kim Kardashian and Dexta Daps, a new king is in town.

Jamaican rapper and reality TV show star Safaree is clearly having his own #metooman moment after a leaked photo and video of his eggplant on the internet sent global female fans in a frenzy. Those who saw it said it was a 'Big Deal!' Popular Jamaican dancehall DJ Dexta Daps had endured a similar fate some time ago when a nude photo of him leaked mysteriously.

But in the case of Safaree, the global stampede escalated to a shocking new level, pushing US President Donald Trump off the Internet radar. TMZ, Daily Mail, Bossip, Hollywood Gossip, Hip Hop Wired, In Touch Weekly, VH1 and Hot 97 all carried feature stories about the erotic nude pics. Twitter was flooded with thousands of posts, some ranging from disbelief, shock while others were downright funny.

TMZ posted "Safaree Samuels' weiner is trending!?!? Bossip wrote "Safari's mighty pum pum pulverizer is still bruising the internet's cervix." And a grey-haired granny looking like twice Safaree's age posted a one minute video clip pleading her case, "Don't think cause I'm old I can't handle it. One more for the road. ' Safaree call me when you want some of this old throwback."

Some questioned whether Safaree leaked his own nude pics as a publicity stunt. Seems plausible, given he dropped a new single 'Hunnid' that coincided with the release of the pics. Social media was not the only platform buzzing with excitement. Safaree was interviewed on the popular Breakfast Club with Charlamagne and the Steve Harvey radio program did a segment about his Anaconda which Nicki Minaj reportedly sang about in her song of the same name.

Irie Jam Radio, the loudest voice to Jamaicans in the Diaspora wanted in on the Safaree buzz.

"DJ Roy is on radio right now. We need to find Safaree immediately to talk about the media frenzy happening on social media with his career" Bobby Clake, head-honcho of Irie Jam Radio said.

Safaree got traction in the Jamaican diaspora just a few weeks ago after the Gleaner picked him as one of six Caribbean nationals in the Diaspora to watch in 2018. A few weeks later, he received his very first award - a Blue & Bougie Impact Award at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx.

"Seems like we honored Safaree two weeks too early" Jerry Mac of Blue & Bougie Inc declared. "Can you imagine the hysteria with the ladies inside Mingles Cafe if we had him this Sunday. That would be a good problem to have. We may need to book him right now" he said. And meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Hot Cocoa, a love coach, purred, "Move over Dexta Daps, Safaree just brought me a red rose and he's reeling out his long, long fire hose".

A curious fan who was inside Mingles Cafe for his appearance said "some people thought Safaree was boring, now he is making nuff girls horny."

Shockwaves from the Safaree internet thud could be felt 3,000 miles away in Negril, Jamaica where an inside source told this publication that a sexy Negril beach resort is considering extending an invitation for the rapper to vacation there with a bevy of beauties when he gets a break from the 'March madness' happening on social media right now.

With all the international publicity he has garnered in recent months, Safaree has stayed close to his Jamaican roots. His combination single with Sean Kingston was included on the #1 album this week on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart 'Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica." The TV star regularly gives exposure to Brand Jamaica on his VH1 Love & Hip Hop: NY TV show. Just weeks ago he also started an online petition on Changer.org, advocating for Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer to obtain a United States Work Visa. And not surprisingly, for last year, Safaree was named 2017 Sexiest Man of the Year.





freddie-kenya.jpgFreddie McGregor, Culture and Reggae music dominated the landscape of Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend as the Big Ship Captain and his entourage sailed into the country for a long-awaited performance.

It was a show like no other and one which far surpassed the high expectations of the throngs which went to witness the legends live in performance.

Culture's performance in Nairobi was a two and a half hour set that was well received. Kenyatta Hill, aka Culture, has a large fan base in Africa and Kenya's people gobbled up some conscious Reggae music.Hill went on his feet and you could feel him through every energetic performance.

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Freddie McGregor's set lasted almost four hours and not even the rain could stop his show.The rain seemed endless as showers continued throughout his performance.The audience participation was tremendous as Kenyans sang McGregor's songs word for word.

The audience of on or around 4,000 patrons got wet from Culture's performance to McGregora.This audience was passionate and made the artiste feel warm.

A rain-soaked Freddie told his audience, "I love you Kenya...if you wanna get wet,I can too..Promise to give you all your request!"

That was a reference to the 50-song request list that Freddie received when he made his entry into Kenya days earlier, when he was greeted by a throng of journalists, Twelve Tribe supporters and fans.

"Do you have any idea how popular you are here?" the journalists asked the legendary Reggae singer.

The hugely successful Jamhuri Reggae Festival was promoted by Head Cornerstone Entertainment.





Contractor boasts new Tupac music

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tupac.jpgContractor Music Marketing is in possession of new music from late rapper Tupac.

Reports are that before he died, Tupac Shakur laid down a track for his brother Mopreme Shakur. The Tupac track will be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica. It will be released on a various artiste compilation hip-hop album before the start of summer 2018.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the United States.

Meanwhile, Contractor Music Marketing currently sits in the number one position on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart with a various artist compilation titled Tropical House Cruises To Jamaica.





74-y-o woman RAPED, killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA 74-year-old woman is suspected to have been raped and then killed in Duckenfield, St Thomas.

The elderly woman, identified as shopkeeper Eugene James, was found Sunday morning by a neighbour with her hands tied, mouth gagged and throat slashed.

The elderly woman's underwear was removed.

The neighbour became suspicious after noticing that the front door to James' house was partially opened and went to enquire.

She lived alone. It's believed that the perpetrator gained access to the house by removing louvre blades to a window.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA 16-year-old boy from St. James has been charged with the December 29, 2017 murder of Lascelles Warlock, a 53-year-old farmer of Pisgah in St. Elizabeth.

He was charged on Thursday after being pointed out during an identification parade.

The teen was arrested on January 29 following a shootout involving gunmen and the police in Kilmarnock, St. Elizabeth. A man was fatally shot and a loaded Uzi submachine gun seized.

It was reported that Warlock was driving a bus along the Cambridge main road when he was signaled to stop by a man who robbed him and his passengers.

The man then shot Warlock several times.

The passengers were not injured.





A Jamaican man has been awarded almost US$1 million or about J$127 million after having been framed by cops in New York, USA on a drunk driving charge to cover up a collision for which one of the lawmen involved was culpable.

The Jamaican, Oliver Wiggins, 33, ended up being freed and given the award after he could easily prove that he was framed, as he does not drink alcohol, and the result of a breathalyser test confirmed that instead of being drunk, he had no alcohol in his blood.

Reports in the US media indicated that cops tried to charge Oliver Wiggins with driving while intoxicated to cover up for a police officer who ran a marked SUV through a Brooklyn stop sign and ploughed into Wiggins' car.

Wiggins was arrested and charged with impaired driving, resulting in his driver's licence being suspended, and was forced to foot the repair bill for his 2004 Nissan Maxima that his insurance company declined to cover because of the supposed drunken driving.

This was despite the breathalyser test he took at the East Flatbush scene of the crash on April 19, 2015, having showed no alcohol in his blood.

His route out of the problems started while he was at hospital for treatment of a bad wound to one of his wrists after the crash, where Wiggins volunteered to have his blood tested for alcohol or drugs at the health facility. That test came back negative, with reports from the EMT and DWI technician each saying Wiggins had no sign of intoxication.

But that did not stop the arresting officer from officially reporting that Wiggins had slurred speech, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was observed swaying.

Three months later, prosecutors dismissed the case, following which Wiggins filed a lawsuit in the Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city and the arresting officer, among a number of other cops who were involved in his arrest.

The experience has reportedly motivated Wiggins to become a correction officer in a bid to fairly enforce the law like his father does back in Jamaica.

His lawyer said the unpleasant experience had taught him to have great respect for and appreciation of the need to responsibly enforce the law and protect the innocent in the process.





earthquake.jpgAn earthquake of magnitude 4 strenght was felt in sections of Jamaica early Saturday afternoon.

It reportedly occurred around 1:50pm and was felt in sections of Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

There was reportedly significant roof damage to one house in the Kingston 6 area of St. Andrew as a result





lorenzo-eschoe.jpgThe Washington Gardens SDA church posted on their Facebook page Friday morning that their church family is in mourning following the death of their stalwart, Lorenzo Eschoe, who was murdered in Havendale last Thursday night

Eschoe, a certifying officer who was assigned to the Spanish Town Examination Depot in St Catherine was shot and killed in Havendale, St Andrew, at about 10 pm on Thursday.

Police reports are that Eschoe was standing beside his Toyota Wish Motor car at a premises on Lydia Drive in Havendale when men travelling in a Toyota Probox motor car pulled up beside him and shot him seven times

Eschoe died at the spot. His licensed firearm is believed to have been stolen.

In their remembrance, the Washington Gardens church stated: "The Church is deeply saddened by his passing and the circumstances of his death. Uncle Lorenzo as he is affectionately called by all members of the Gemini Pathfinder Club, whose lives he has touched during his sterling and dedicated service to the club; grew up in the Church. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. We wish to express our condolences to his immediate and extended family. Please keep us all in your prayers. #RIP #weepingmayendureforanight #butjoycomethinthemorning #Psalm30v5KJV

Tributes poured out on social with many stating that Eschoe was a wonderful human being whose life was cut short, but noted that God is still in control.

Michael G Lee stated: "Sometimes when we are pained we really done think it through to realize that the GOD who takes us up to our mountain tops and causes us to to be in such a high, still remains the very same GOD when we have our "Down-in-the-valley" experiences.

Our hearts have been torn for two days now. Weep if we must ( CHRIST wept what HIS friend, Lazarus died); but let us lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty GOD and be drawn closer to HIM.

Have a blessed Sabbath."

Marlene Weise, in her tribute declared: "Condolences...May God continue to give all who are grieving especially his family the strength and hope at this time."

Patricia Young, Pathfinder District Director and Adventurers Director at Meadowvale SDA Church, confessed that she has been crying since Thursday, and hailed Eschoe as an awesome man, who "has been involved in the Pathfinder movement from he was a child".

"If you're meeting Lorenzo for the first time, you feel as if you have known him all your life. I have something to do this weekend for Pathfinder and Lorenzo down as one of my speakers," she shared.

Claudette Genas, Family Ministries Director at EJC offered grief counseling at the Washington Gardens SDA Church last Saturday and moment of silence at the Half Way Tree SDA Church in memory of the life Lorenzo Eschoe.

(PICTURE CAPTION: Lorenzo Eschoe (right) representing at a Pathfinder event.





Is it Kartel....or not?

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vybz-kartel-playing-football-in-prison.jpgThe viral video clip of Vybz Kartel has the Internet divided.

Some say that it's the Worl' Boss, others say it aint him.

Well...in the clip, a man resembling the jailed Dancehall star can be seen playing a game of football with inmates at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, formerly known as General Penitentiary (GP).

The person resembling Kartel is seen shirtless in khaki shorts, blue underpants and rocking shades.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer is serving a life sentence, following the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. His appeal is scheduled for later this year.

See video below and decide for yourself:





50 Cent to unveil another show

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50-cent-the-oath.jpgEntertainment mogul Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has another show on the way.

The Oath was set to debut on Crackle next month, but the programme's executive producer released the pilot on his Facebook page for a limited time.

The Oath stars Sean Bean, Ryan Kwanten, Cory Hardrict, Katrina Law, Arlen Escarpeta and J.J. Soria.

Sony Network's Crackle is a free streaming service app that is available on Roku, Android, Xbox, Apple TV, PS3, iPhone, and more.





The official soundtrack for the Black Panther film is packed with Hip Hop and R&B stars. Grammy-winner Kendrick Lamar oversaw the LP, and he helped recruit SZA, The Weeknd, Jay Rock, Future, Schoolboy Q, James Blake, Khalid, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, and more for the Top Dawg Entertainment release.

TDE in-house hitmaker Mark "Sounwave" Spears produced several tracks for the project.

Several African artistes were part of the Black Panther: The Album tracklist. Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Yugen Blakrok, and Saudi were introduced to many American listeners thanks to the collection of music from and inspired by the Marvel Studios global blockbuster.





Bugle rocks YVAs; ready for Guyana

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bugle-photo-4.jpgAttired in a burgundy and white designer garb, Bugle, delivered a masterful performance last weekend at the Your View Awards (YVAs), held at the National Indoor Sports Centrer in Kingston. Despite not taking home any silverware the Rastafarian crooner was the recipient of two nominations for 'Local Album of the Year' for his latest body of work 'Be Yourself' along with a nod for the 'Humanitarian Award'.

The latter is a collaborative effort between the YVAs and Sagicor and is given to a member of the entertainment fraternity who has an active foundation rendering assistance within the prescribed nomination period. Bugle said he is happy for the recognition, and hope it will serve as a platform to inspire others to do more for the less fortunate.

"Awards are always good but that is not the focus of my Foundation. I am hoping the highlight from the nomination will help to inspire others to join the cause to help the less fortunate of this anointed country." - Bugle intimated.

Bugle and Wayne Marshall performing at the 2018 Your View Awards (YVAs)

Sunday morning, only hours after the award show the 'Rasta Party' crooner and members of the An9ted Humanitarian Foundation team were spotted across the Kingston and St. Andrew metropolis handing out hot meals to the homeless in the third instalment of their feeding initiative. The team was also joined by fellow conscious singer I-Wayne.

"People said they saw me performing only hours earlier and now I am in the streets feeding the homeless. The truth is, hunger doesn't give the poor a break, so we have to do whatever we can even when we're tired." - Bugle added

Meanwhile, Bugle is slated to depart the island later this week as headliner for a concert in Guyana. The singer also recently completed a stint at the 2018 instalment of 'Unplugged' hosted by Usain Bolt Tracks & Records.





kenny-bling-photo-2.jpgAfar Music Group artiste, Kenny Bling, is in anticipation mode as his label is set to release his debut EP ''Still Working", on Friday March 2, 2018.

The six-track EP comprises three songs which have already been released and three brand new offerings which Kenny Bling is confident will connect with his ever growing fan base.

Known for his smooth delivery and flow, the artiste has a knack for picking normal, everyday topics such as friendship and loyalty and injecting a twist which makes the ultimate difference between good and great. Kenny did this with the singles ''Mi Chargie'' on the popular ''Level Up'' riddim and ''Bubble Fimi'' his second release, which was geared towards his female fans who gravitated to the song's lyrical content and wide-ranging appeal. Both of these songs, along with "Choices", a positive dancehall song which educates the youths about the importance of making good choices, appear on the EP.

Since signing with Afar Music Group in May 2017, Kenny has released a slew of songs, and has been steadily building his repertoire and gaining recognition in the dancehall arena locally and internationally. A video for the song ''Mi Chargie'' was filmed in Steel Lane, Stony Hill the home town of Kenny Bling and social media promotion via Instagram for "Bubble Fimi" took the single to another level with a dance competition hosted by popular dancer Dancehall Queen Sher.

Encouraged by the positive feedback, Kenny Bling declares that he has a responsibility to keep on working, hence the name of his debut EP. As he explains, "This music is a process, not only to make but to deliver to the consuming ears....and since life is a journey to us the process never stops. So we are continuously working on perfecting the music and life, hence the title ''Still Working."





skepta-and-naomi-photo-1.jpgSkepta and Naomi Campbell appear topless on the next cover of British GQ and social media is in overdrive.

The grime artiste and the supermodel. whose mother is Jamaican, appear in a racy embrace to discuss race, sex and love in the April edition of the magazine.

The cover quickly became a hot topic on Twitter, with many people taken aback by the photo. "Well that's warming things up a bit this morning. What a cover," wrote one person. "I need to read a romance book about this cover! Like, STAT!!" another person tweeted.

GQ said on its website that the pair first met at the British Fashion Awards in 2016 and are now "close friends".

But the cover has fuelled more speculation the pair are dating.

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The supermodel teased the images from the shoot on Instagram before the full cover was released today.

According to GQ, the pair were first introduced by British Vogue editor Edward Enninful at the awards and went on to the after party together.

The pair have teamed up together to work on a new underwear line as part of Skepta's MAINS fashion collection.

Skepta has had a meteoric rise and is currently viewed as one of the trailblazers of the grime music scene.

That was cemented last year when the 35-year-old's album, Konnichiwa, won the Mercury prize for album of the year.

As for Naomi Campbell, she remains one of the most iconic supermodels on the planet.





Will Kartel finally allow Popcaan to visit?

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kartel-and-popcaan.jpgThis sounds like...Will the little boy be rewarded with a lollipop for good behaviour?

So..reports are that Vybz Kartel is "considering allowing his former protege Popcaan to visit him in prison" because Kartel has apparently been seeing the Unruly Boss' recent efforts to redeem himself and is quite impressed.

WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!!

Anyway, the source is quoted thus: "Mi nah guh lie, addi [Vybz Kartel] deal wid Popcaan a wah eno but him seh the tough love look like it a finally teach him loyalty," the source said. "Suh right now him might mek him visit him soon suh dem can have a serious talk."

Kartel is said to have recently given Popcaan a shoutout when he dropped the video for his throwback single "Duh Weh U Wah Fi Duh" on Instagram.

"Yo see the corolla and think seh a cabbi / A addi wi give u supm fi deal wid u shabbi / Man a bawl and a seh don't dweet mi daddy / Popcaan a go wadda dem / Becuz dem no bad at all a mi name them a call," he deejays in the track.

Popcaan, who was labelled a police informant by Gaza fans shortly after Vybz Kartel's incarceration, spotted the post and quickly commented, "Cool Reminder."

However Popcaan visiting Vybz Kartel at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, seems more and more of a possibility as the days go by. Remeber....Kartel who previously bashed Tommy Lee Sparta for his alleged disloyalty, gave the deejay visiting right recently.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgReports are that Beenie Man's grandmother, Doris Ferguson Stewart, affectionately called Dar Dar or Gloria, passed away at her home in Shrewsbury district, near Cotterwood in St Elizabeth last Thursday.

She was 91 years old.

According to Beenie Man, both he and his mother are taking the loss very hard and he is asking for time to mourn.

Yardflex sends condolences to Beenie Man.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have taken two men into custody in connection with the shooting death of Chinese national, Teng Fei Cheng, 28, in Brown's Town, St Ann on Tuesday afternoon.

The men were arrested on Wednesday evening, and detectives are now reportedly putting together a case against them.

Cheng was attacked and shot at his business place while he sat in his vehicle.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

There has been speculation that he was a victim of extortion.