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Name
:              Michael Biggs/BiggzShip Burbridge

D.O.B:              May 30

Profession
:       Videographer/Photographer

Describe yourself in 5 words: Determined, Happy, Focused, Loyal, Driven

Who is your favorite director and who are your influences?
Quinton Tarrantino, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Chris Robinson, Collin Tilley, Gareth Cobran, Kimala Bennett ,Gareth Daley, Asha, Tyson, Kassa, Jay Will, Cushnie

How do you come up with the concepts for each video?
I listen to the lyrics, the Riddim and the melody.
I also get ideas from the artiste and some up with my own also.

Where would you like to be in 3-5 years?

I would love to be Co-Directing on the Big Screen and also be on the Cover of Forbes Magazine. LOL

How did you get started in Videography?
Attended CPTC... Mediamix

Was there ever a time when you came up with a concept and the artiste did not like it?
Yep, but then I did another and we were then good to go

Have you ever worked with other Directors?
Yea I have worked on videos with Gareth Cobran, Asha and Nadia Stanley

What are you currently working on now?
I am working on videos for Lady Saw, Chino, Kiprich, Aidonia, Tenement Yard Medley

Are there plans to branch out into directing movies, plays etc?
Ultimately that is my dream and life goal, most definitely, I'm Hollywood bound.




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Ooh Yea 
Ooh Yea 


Would you believe me if I told you
will you believe me when I say

Affairs of the heart
Together we've grown
If ever apart
All I want you to know
Is your love is life changing
And I couldn't be the same without you darling
Your love is life saving 
You always catch me when I fall

When the tour bus drop off and all light lock off
I'm a mere mortal again 
Promoter belly full and all the fans gone home
I am glad that you are more than a friend
Woman your love changing
And I couldn't be the same without you darling
Your love is life saving 
You always catch me when I fall

Its People just like you and you will pass them in the traffic,
That never fall in love and so me haffi say me lucky
Nuff of them nah fortunate enough to have somebody
some just cannot see beyond the flesh and it's so funny
Never get too caught up in yourself to feel the magic
True love come and pass you by your life that is so tragic
Oportunity yuh s'posed to take it while you have it, no wait till you a panic

Well the last man you deh wid make a big mistake, left and gone fi good and miss out something weh great
Loyal and full of faith when enough of them a move fake
our things separate we can't separate

Cuz i would miss you baby and i cant do without you darling
yes and I would miss you baby, girl you know i love you bad


Affairs of the heart
Together we've grown
If things fall apart
All I want you to know
Woman your love is life changing
And I wouldn't be the same without you darling
Your love is life saving 
You always catch me when I fall

(Guitar)

When I'm away is like my songs are waste cause you are not near to hear me
If I lost my way I d know I'd be ok cause you'd be there to care me
And woman I can see things clearly 
You genuine because your love sincerely 
You never let me down not even nearly
Not even barely girl you know I love you bad 

Some see the laughter and don't see the tears
Some see the courage and don't see the fear 
Some for themselves and they don't intend to share
Some say I love and only pretend to care
Well nuff of them are just miss congeniality
Dem pretty face an dem nah face reality
Well them are quantity Woman you're quality girl you know I love you bad


Affairs of the heart
Together we've grown
If ever apart
All I want you to know
Is your love is life changing
And I couldn't be the same without you dahling
Your love is life saving 
you always catch me when I fall

Affairs of the Heart by Jr Gong





Big up to the Chin sisters

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We have to ... MUST... could not make another day pass and we don't send a special shout out to the Chin sisters, Rosie and Shantelle. We spy them over Wyndham on Saturday and from all indications, them ready to run road and hot up entertainer and athlete head again. But one thing we are please asking the two of you, Don't breed again. We know this sounds coarse and vulgar, but we really can't put it any other way. You each have a child now, so please, in the midst of the partying, remember to spend some quality time with the kids. Whatever you do now, will have an impact on that child's life. We have nothing more to say.
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Digicel Signs I-Octane

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With the closure of the Mas Camp on Oxford Road scheduled to take place in another two weeks, several staple events will have to find new homes. There has been talk of closure from as far back as 2006, but year after the year the New Kingston venue remained open. It has, however, been reported that the venue owned by the Butch Stewart-owned ATL group will soon make way for a new hotel. A report carried in The Star stated that Gyete Ghartey, promoter of Mello Vibes and Yesterday, said he got the daunting call in October. "Going forward we have to find another venue, a venue that is accessible. Mas Camp had everything. It was quite central, you had parking and it wasn't so much in a residential area," he told THE STAR. With Mello Vibes being held at Mas Camp for the final time on the weekend, Ghartey said it will be a difficult task to find another venue that has similar characteristics. Nonetheless, he said the next staging of Yesterday will be on November 19 at Sugarman's Beach in Portmore. After that event, Ghartey said, it will be hard to find a venue for the December staging. Daunting for Ghartey, but Michael Ammar Jr, organiser of Bacchanal Jamaica, said his group has been preparing since becoming aware of the closure early this year. "From the last carnival we knew it was closing. It won't affect us, we will have a new 'Mas Camp'," he said. Ammar said they are well advanced with their plans for a new venue, but as for the details, he was tight-lipped. This new location, he said, might even improve the event. As for other events that were staged at Mas Camp, Ammar said "it's going to affect a lot of the independent operators that rent Mas Camp." Therefore, "we are trying to choose a venue that will be suitable for use by other people," he said, noting that one more event will he held at Mas Camp before it closes. Ghartey and Ammar are not alone with their views, as Jerome Hamilton a representative of Heineken Good Times, shares similar sentiments. "I think it is going to hurt Good Times as well as other events that were held there. It is going to create a void and I am not sure how we are going to fill that. It's a big blow to the industry," he told THE STAR, describing Mas Camp as a convenient location.
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Miss Kitty - Novelist or Literary Revolutionist?

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Ever since news surfaced a few weeks ago that popular radio and television personality, Khadine Hylton, 
more popularly known as Miss Kitty, had written a salacious novel, the streets have been buzzing, and 
questions flying  -   what does Miss Kitty have to say now, and who, if anyone, is she taking aim at, or 
unmasking in this novel?
Well come Thursday evening, the curious  may very well get their answers with the launch of the highly 
anticipated debut novel, with a title that adds to the intrigue, 'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD'. 
Set to take place on the grounds of Bookophilia, located at 92 Hope Road in Kingston, the launch of Miss Kitty's debut literary effort is already 
gearing up to be an event for the 
books - no pun intended. 
"The response and expectation has 
been phenomenal," explains 
Pageturner's Karl Larmond. 
"Let's just say it's been a real 
receptive presentation so far. All 
our distributors are excited
about this publication,  so much 
that some have literally made 
shelf space for the arrival of 
'Good Girl Gone Bad' in a few days."
'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' highlights the sensitive subject of a miscarriage in a once flourishing relationship, but 
one that's soon on life-support with the tragic twist of fate. And like they say, when it rains, it pours, but you 
will have to read it to get the gist and twist of the story. 
Set to commence at 6:30 pm, the launch of 'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' is already sounding like a stellar occasion, 
with participation from a wide cross section of society's luminaries and celebrities, from the likes of opening
prayer by Tommy Cowan, and readings from the likes of Yendi Phillips, Oliver Samuels, Professor Donna Hope,
ace Disc Jock Kurt Riley, and also an address from Mrs. Valrie Francis from The Jamaica National Library, just to 
name a few. 
'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' will be available at all Sangsters Book Stores, all Kingston Book Shops and wherever 
books are sold across the island. Fans can also catch Miss Kitty at any one of the over twenty island-wide 
signings already in the final planning stages. 
GOOD GIRL GONE BAD in stores November 4th 2011. 
SPONSORS: Digicel, Wisynco, Wata, Baileys, Coco Cola, Bookophilia, Rhapsody Cakes and Plantscape
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Cinema release for Ghetta Life Dec 2

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The latest film by Jamaican director, Chris Brown, is coming out in cinemas across the country on 2nd December. The film, whose Executive Producer is ex-World Heavyweight boxing champion, Lennox Lewis, is set in a suburb of Kingston, where each ghetto is under garrison law and run by gun toting gangs under the leadership of ruthless Mafia style 'dons'. Derrick is a talented boxer with a dream of representing his country at the Olympics but the best trainer and gym are in the no-go next door neighbourhood. Although he knows the risks, Derrick decides to 'cross over' in order to pursue his dreams but in doing so puts the lives of those he loves in mortal danger. This is a gritty, shocking, engrossing and ultimately uplifting story of the triumph of human spirit and hope. There's also a superb soundtrack featuring a mix of reggae and dancehall.
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October 17, 2011 - Multiple Grammy Award-winning Reggae Superstar Damian Marley has partnered with the Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) to headline its "STAND UP - Educate the Youths" BENEFIT CONCERT to help children in Jamaica attend high school.
The STAND UP Benefit Concert will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the beautiful outdoor music venue, Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Caribbean Education Foundation Jamaica Scholarship Programs. 
The theme of the concert is "leadership, pride, compassion and action" and how they intertwine to "educate the youth".  "STAND UP - Educate the Youths", CEF's 2011 Education Benefit Concert, features Damian Marley and music artists who exemplify the qualities of leadership, pride, compassion and take action to support education for poor youths.  These global music leaders will lend their voices to the need for educational access in countries such as Jamaica.
When asked the reasons Caribbean Education Foundation chose international reggae superstar Damian Marley as its Partner and Headliner for STAND UP, CEF President & CEO, Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq. explains, "STAND UP exemplifies artists who are taking positive actions for a better world and Damian Marley is a natural fit with this tremendous effort.  Damian Marley is not only a Spectacular Entertainer and Musical Genius, but he is also a Humanitarian who deeply cares about disadvantaged children and understands there is a critical need to provide them with meaningful access to education.  Therefore, it was natural for us to request that Damian Marley partner with CEF and he immediately embraced our efforts and took action."
FOR TICKET INFORMATION: Visit  Jannus Live
VIP TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact CEF
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Kartel charged with murder

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Popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder by investigators from the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT).
The entertainer, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, has been charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm and conspiracy to murder.
Kartel was charged Monday evening after detectives from the MIT questioned the artiste in the presence of his attorneys Monday afternoon.
The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, Kartel along with other men conspired to murder Barrington Burton, who is otherwise called 'Bossie', a 27 year- old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St. Catherine.
Mr. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park.
A preliminary hearing will take place on Tuesday, October 3 at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court.
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Congrats Mr & Mrs Golding

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Congrats to the newly-wed Steve Golding, son of the Prime Minister, and his bride, Empress.
Those two have been an item for quite a while now and we wish them a long and lasting love.
But, a how dem look like Jah Cure and fi him wife so when dem did get married the other day.
Anyway, congrats again and may your quiver be full of kids to keep the PM active in his retirement.
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Teacha's Pet debuts this Friday

Kingston, Jamaica - September 20, 2011: Today,  LIME and the producers of Teacha's Pet shared details on the highly anticipated  reality TV series featuring popular dancehall entertainer, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer,  in a never-before- seen format for local television.

Scheduled to start airing on CVM TV and on Peppa, carried on LIME Mobile TV on September 23, Teacha's Pet surrounds the love life and career of Vybz Kartel and was shot on location at an upper St. Andrew residence. During the briefing LIME revealed that fans of the show will have the chance to watch deleted scenes on Peppa - an entertainment channel distributed on its mobile TV network.

"After every show, fans who want more can tune in to the entertainment channel Peppa, for a 20-minute after show featuring all the "too hot for TV" moments - a first in Jamaica," highlighted  Tara Playfair-Scott, LIME Head of Television & Entertainment.


"Content is king in the world of television and we believe that 'Teacha's Pet' is a good example of entertaining and most importantly, 100% Jamaican programming and the way we are partnering with Teacha's Pet will bring a new dimension to TV in Jamaica and our mobile TV network." she added.


Produced by Carleene Samuels and directed by Jason 'Jay Will' Williams of Creative Source Productions, the programme features a cast of 20 female contestants who live together and complete daily challenges as they try to win the love of Vybz Kartel.  


According to Samuels, Teacha's Pet is unlike any other programme produced locally. "Generally persons tend to be skeptical about Jamaican reality series, however we are positive that this top quality production will attract high viewership particularly among the artistes' huge fan base across the globe."


Commenting on the show, Palmer said: "This is another milestone and pillar of success in my career." "I have always had an interest in pursuing film based projects along with my music. I am very pleased with the production and I look forward to the response of my fans and the viewers who will tune in every Friday night".


He further pointed out that, to date, the response from his fans has been very positive and resulted in contestants from as far as the Middle East being selected to be a part of the show.


In June, producers of the show issued a casting call online for Kartel's 'love hopefuls' that resulted in over 1000 applications from young women locally and internationally being submitted. The finalists who will appear on the show were selected by the artiste and producers of the show.

Other local celebrities including Amelia 'Milk' Sewell  as the substitute teacher and recording artiste 'Popcaan'  as the confidant are also featured in the weekly hour long programme.

Members of the Diaspora and Vybz Kartel fans globally will be able to access the programme online via a pay-per-view service on www.teachaspet.com -the show's official website. Locally, on September 23 & 24, LIME will offer specially discounted prices on mobile television enabled handsets for viewers to access Peppa.

Fans of the show will be able share feedback, gossip and comments on the show's Facebook and Twitter accounts as well on the show's website.

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Jah Cure to wed this weekend

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Congrats to Jah Cure and his girlfriend who will be tying the knot this weekend in an exclusive ceremony.
Glad to see the artiste taking this road and we wish them all the best.






The brand known for creating 

the most original experiences and best drink mixes, Smirnoff Vodka, is rewarding its consumers by giving them an opportunity to partake in the highly anticipated launch of the Smirnoff Dream weekend. The digital media promotion will be open to all Facebook and Twitter fans. The launch is set for next week and it is expected that the promoters will present details of the weekend events as well as disclose the early bird and regular band prices.

According to Marsha Lumley, Brand Manager Smirnoff,  Smirnoff has experienced a revolution through social media over the past few months and with Smirnoff launching its biggest activation for the year, the brand wanted to celebrate the occasion with its consumers.

 "We have been having great engagement with our consumers through Facebook and Twitter recently and this is an opportunity for our consumers to share in a Smirnoff experience with the brand," said Lumley.

"The launch will be a teaser to Smirnoff Dream Weekend and it promises to a be an event you wouldn't want to miss."

Persons interested in participating simply have to post a picture of themselves at a past Smirnoff-sponsored event to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page, Facebook.com/Smirnoffjamaica. The picture must clearly show either a branded Smirnoff cup, armband or Smirnoff background. The name of the event must be posted with the picture.

The persons with the most 'likes' will be rewarded with an invite for them and a friend to attend the launch. Fifteen (15) persons will be chosen using this route. Tweeters are also being given an opportunity to post to their time lines a photo fitting the criteria mentioning @SmirnoffJamaica.

The top 10 twitter fans with the most re-tweets will also be rewarded with an invite to the Smirnoff Dream Weekend launch and will also be featured as 'Smirnoff Tweet Ambassadors'.

"Smirnoff Jamaica has seen the support of thousands of fans using Facebook and Twitter and this is a way in which we can show them that we are thankful for the support," Ms. Lumley added.

The winners of this digital promotion will be chosen before Wednesday June 15, so potential participants are encouraged to start posting their pictures and have their friends vote and tweet.

Smirnoff Dream Weekend is one of the staple events on the annual entertainment calendar and is scheduled for July 29-August 1. It boasts seven of the most premium events including Extreme Wet n Wild, Daydreams, Yush, Twisted Spirits, Smirnoff Xclusive, Smirnoff Flavours and Beer Vibes.

 

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Reggae Sumfest donates to Mo Bay groups

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The organisers of the annual international reggae music festival Reggae Sumfest have donated $400,000 in cash and computer equipment to two groups in St. James.

The beneficiaries are the Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club, which has received  $300,000 to assist in procuring musical instruments for its band, while a computer, valued at approximately $100,000, was presented to the Jamaica Fire Brigade's Montego Bay Office.

Johnny Gouzong, Executive Director of Reggae SumFest, made the presentations on Tuesday, July 5, during the official launch of the 19th staging of the Reggae Sumfest at the Iberostar Rosehall Hotel in Montego Bay.

Howard Deers, the director in charge of transportation for Reggae SumFest Promotions, said the donations were the organiser's way of giving back to society "which has given tremendous support to the festival over the past many years."

The Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club was the national parish project for St. James for Labour Day activities on May 23, receiving overwhelming support from the business community and citizens of Montego Bay and the parish.

Mr. Gouzong, in the meantime, announced that at this year staging of Reggae SumFest "we will be honouring some of those entertainers, who have contributed to the development of Jamaica's music, such as Beres Hammond, E.T. Webster and the late Gregory Isaacs."

Dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest will be held from July 17 to 23 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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KC boy's killer flees the island

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Reports are that the man fingered in the murder of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais left the island last Saturday for Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

A raid of his home in Belgrade Loop, upper St Andrew, on Tuesday night, saw the police seizing two BMW X6s which are now being processed.

A senior police officer attached to the case reportedly told The Gleaner that the man's family was also questioned by the police yesterday.

During Tuesday night's operations, two men were also arrested and charged for possession of marijuana. They have since been released on station bail.

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Andy Holness, the CEO of St Bess Records has his sights set on breaking his St Bess All Stars crew this summer and, like he does everything else, he's giving it his all.

Ash, as he is called, has hitched his wagon to the extremely popular summer session, ATI, and has produced a song which he hopes will become the theme song of the event. Hey Now, as the song is titled, is the debut from the St Bess All Stars which comprises Tresan Dray and Face Dadda, among others.

"ATI is the summer party event and if I can get this song playing like a theme song at ATI, then that will be enough expose for us to capitalize on," the producer explained.

He has recruited Damian 'Keezy' Hewitt, a master at building riddim and together they have pledged to give talented youth from the area a voice.

Hey Now, the ATI song is the first official release from the studio and there are two versions - the studio version and the live version.

Of course, Holness' hope is that Hey Now will "get a big buss".

"Let's say this ATI song  gets a big buss - If it even comes second right behind Kartel's summer song that will be quite fine," he declared.

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Laza Morgan confirmed for Reggae Sumfest

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Atlantic /Elektra recording artiste Laza Morgan, brother of Gramps and Peetah Morgan of famed reggae group Morgan Heritage and son of reggae legend Denroy Morgan, whose multi-platinum 'I'll Do Anything For You' ruled urban playlists in the 1980's, is confirmed as a performer on 'International Night 2' at the 2011 installment of Reggae Sumfest, on Saturday, July 23, at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Laza will join US acts Nicki Minaj, R Kelly, along with Jamaican hitmakers Mavado, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Tanya Stephens and I Octane at Sumfest, that kicks off on Thursday July 21 - Saturday July 23.

"I am extremely excited to be included in this year's powerful Reggae Sumfest lineup. Sumfest is certainly the biggest platforms in the Caribbean for a reggae artiste to showcase their craft and I plan to do just that when I perform on international night this year" he said.

"I plan to bring my A game to Sumfest and give fans something extra special that they will remember and treasure for many, many years to come" Morgan, one of 30 siblings promised.

Morgan's raspy, resonating voice and rhythmic 'DJ' style flows are causing heads to turn stateside with his new single 'One by One' featuring dancehall hitmaker Mavado. The track, produced by Julian Bunetta and Frank E, is a hypnotic love song that is blazing urban Power 106 FM in LA, WJMH in Boston, WVIP, New York, WAVS in Florida and other radio stations across the USA with its compelling charm. The track has also started to penetrate ethnic charts and was added to the Miami Top Ten charts at the #7 position just this week. Laza's hot new mixtape 'First Look" dropped a few weeks ago and is now available for free online.

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Gully God a grieve bad

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We hear say di Gully God a tek Connie death bad. From it happen yesterday him nuh stop bawl.

We sorry fi hear say di yute drop out just like that, but we hope say it is a wake-up call fi all a di man dem who say dem inna 'entourage'. This entourage ting is not a good ting and after the incident down inna Ochi them shoulda handle tings different.

Yardflex sends out condolences to the family of Connie and his extended Alliance family.






The popular roots play 'Ova Mi Dead Body' is on its way to West
Kingston for a special performance on Holy Thursday, the 21st of
April,  at 8 p.m.to help raise funds to feed the elderly and the
indigent in this community.

The initiative is the brain child of Stages Production which has once
again teamed up with the 'What a brother can do for Another'
foundation to present  top class entertainment and a belly full of
laughter to inner city residents.

"The Denham Town high school will erupt in pandemonium and laughter as
Delcita and the Stages crew which also includes  Jukky Jam, Bad Boy
Trevor and String Bean hit the stage for a rare downtown performance.
Showtime is at 8pm, and judging by the last play held a month ago you
better be early or you get lef," Deborah 'Foxy' Golding, a director of
the 'What a Brother Can Do for Another' Foundation, said in a release.

Actress Andrea 'Delcita' Wright promises an all out performance "full
of madness and excitment" for her many fans from the inner city.

"Mi coming fi talk di things dem, teach woman how fi deal wid dem man
ya. Money ova words, cause good romance caan carry go shop," Delcita
said in a release.

Admission is $1000. Tickets are availible at Jah T's wholesale, at  23
Spanish Town road.

Two months ago the popular roots play 'Ghett Out' pulled a large crowd
to West Kingston.

"The last show was a great success, it was well organised the patrons
enjoyed themselves to the fullest. It was a great fundraiser and the
money went a long way to fulfilling the needs of our shut-ins and sick
people. We hope that this will be just as successful. We have worked
out a few kinks in the show as last time, Shebada's arrival caused
many people to rush in at once but  this show you're going to feel
like the Grammy's in LA," Ms. Golding said.
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Remake of Harder They Come coming 2012

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There will be a remake of The Harder They Come, the popular 1972 sensational
low-budget movie of filmmaker Perry Henzell.
Henzell's daughter, Justine Henzell, reportedly told The Gleaner last week that
filming is scheduled to start later this year in Jamaica and London.
Chris Salewicz, the respected British writer, did most of the writing for the
new-look movie but Henzell said a cast is still being assembled.
Salewicz has written extensively on reggae including the book, Songs of Freedom,
as well as an authorised Bob Marley biography.
He also wrote the screenplay for the 1999 movie, Third World Cop.
The Harder They Come remake is a joint venture between Henzell, British company
Xingu Films and Conquering Lion Pictures which is based in Toronto.
"Over the years, many people have approached us with remake ideas but for the
first time I am confident we have a team that will honour the original, while
creating a new narrative worthy of the legacy," Henzell said.
The Harder They Come is expected to be released in 2012, 40 years after the
original, which starred singer Jimmy Cliff, was first shown in Jamaica.
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Jah Cure returns to court for ganja trial

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Reggae singer Siccaturie Alcock, also known as Jah Cure, is scheduled to face
court Tuesday in his ongoing trial for ganja possession.
The trial began last month.
Jah Cure is challenging the allegation that the Constant Spring Police found
marijuana in his car during a traffic stop in April last year.
The cops contend they found a small quantity of ganja in his BMW during a spot
check along Dunrobin Avenue in St. Andrew.
At the start of the trial, the arresting officer testified that when he
approached the vehicle, he detected the scent of ganja, and when he asked the
singer about it, he confirmed he had been smoking ganja.
The policeman added that he searched the vehicle and found a small quantity of
ganja and two ganja spliffs.
But during testimony, Jah Cure denied the allegations.
He admitted that he smokes ganja, but told the court that no drugs were in his
car on the night of the incident.

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Wrestling wives team up for reality show

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First there was the "Real Housewives." Then came "Basketball Wives." Now TMZ has learned a show currently in production centers around a new group of famous spouses -- "Wrestler Wives."

Multiple sources tell us the guys behind "Pit Boss" have teamed up with VH1 to produce a show which follows the wives of famous wrestlers -- and the pilot has already begun shooting in Houston.

Sources say Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (Booker T's wife), Stacy Carter (Jerry Lawler's ex-wife) and Jackie Haas (Charlie Haas' wife) are the main focus of the show.

We're told the show will also be centered around WWE wrestler Booker T's wrestling school in Texas -- which Sharmell helps runs. 

Get ready for some catfights!!!

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A kidnapping, which was in revenge for brawl at a wedding in Jamaica, has landed three men in Sheffield, England behind bars for a total of 40 years.

Leslie Noel, James Allen and Matthew Hibbert were convicted of kidnapping, blackmailing and threatening to kill two brothers in what the police believe was a reprisal attack.

Neither Noel, Allen nor Hibbert were involved in the brawl, which took place at the wedding in Jamaica.

However, Allen, a relative of one of the persons injured in the brawl, was asked to seek revenge on a man who was also involved in the disturbance.

Noel, Allen and Hibbert lured their victim to a house on Queen Mary Road in Manor, Sheffield and held him hostage, threatening to shoot him unless they were paid £15,000.

The hostage's brother was also held captive by the trio until he volunteered to get them the cash they demanded.

While he was being taken to get the money, the brother managed to escape by jumping from the moving car.

He raised an alarm.

Noel and Hibbert escaped but Allen was found in the house along with the other hostage.

Noel and Hibbert were held four months later when they again tried to demand money from one of the victims.

The police say they were able to charge the trio for both offences thanks to "persistent and protracted enquiries, the latest technological advances and data-sharing arrangements" as the brother who was involved in the dispute at the Jamaican wedding refused to co-operate with them.

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Producers team up for Japan tribute riddim

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 Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor of Big Ship, Mighty Crown and Gachapan Records will record Jamaican artistes on the Japan tribute riddim.

The Jamaican deejays are yet to be finalised. It follows a earlier move by the riddim's producer Pancho of Gachapan to record some 30 Japanese deejays in a 20-minute song entitled One For All.

"We and Big Ship (Di Genius) and Mighty Crown are team to make Jamaican artiste Japan tribute song," Pancho told the Observer via Twitter.

Japan-born Pancho lives in Jamaica and has produced I-Octane, Aidonia, G-Whizz, Konskens, Charly Blacks, Nesbeth, Laden, QQ, Ras Penco, Munga and more, under his label Gachapan Records. Di Genius has produced artistes including Mavado and Chino of Big Ship. Japan-based Mighty Crown is amongst the largest soundsystem in the world. But also contains a production house and its own Nike show deal.

This month's 9.0-earthquake and tsunami left more than 16,000 dead or missing. Japan called the disaster its worst crisis since World War II.

The single featuring Japanese artistes will be released in mid-April. The Japanese deejays include Masta Simon (Mighty Crown) Chehon, Ryo The Skywalker, Pushim, Jumbo Maatch, Takafin, Boxer Kid, Ng Head, Buggie Man.Vader, Armstrong, Peter Man, kenty Gross, Big Bear, Douraku, Rudeboy Face, Rueed, Micky Rich, Natural Wepon, Tak Z, Akane, Papa Ugee, Monkey Ken, G2,and Singj Roy.

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Mavado and DJ Khaled have teamed up for the monstrous megamix of hit single Welcome to My Hood.

The original version of Welcome to My Hood features Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies and T-Pain but DJ Khaled gathered an all-star cast for the remix that reads like a who's who of rap over the last decade.

Mavado lines up with rappers Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game and Waka Flocka Flame on the remix, with Mavado arriving fifth on the track.

In a release, DJ Khaled said "Everybody's saying they love Mavado's verse, I'm a big fan of Mavado's and his flava on the record just adds that different edge,"

Plans are already underway for a video to be shot for the remix, which is a staggering seven minutes long, but since Mavado is currently unable to travel to the US his part will be specially shot in Jamaica by a local director and slotted in.

"It's a great feeling to be on a record with such a list of stars and It helps position my career right in the mainstream as the record is getting airplay on radio in America already," Mavado said.

He is also going to be featured on Ace Hoods' new album.

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Jamaica's dancehall comedic duo Twins of Twins have landed a major deal which could catapult their Stir It Up comedy sketches into mainstream television.

The Twins of Twins have inked a contract with the Platinum Camp to animate the latest volume of their Stir It Up series which has attracted a following in the dancehall community.

In a press release, Daddy Biggs from Platinum Camp said "this has never been done before in the history of the Caribbean. (we'll be) changing the format of Stir It Up series Volume 9 to an animated format, followed by the production and development of a thirty minutes animated sitcom for television based on the characters made famous by the Twins," he said.

Platinum Camp Records and Twin of Twins will be bank rolling the project.

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IRAWMA 2011 goes to Trinidad

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The 30th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will be coming to the Caribbean region this year.

The 2011 staging of the awards is to be held at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 28.

Topping the list of nominees this year is Reggae artiste Gyptian, who is nominated in eight categories.

Machel Montano, Trinidad and Tobago's King of Soca and recent winner of the Soca Monarch and Road March titles, is also nominated.

He is nominated in seven categories.

Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley is also nominated in seven categories while legendary producers Sly and Robbie received six nominations.

Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel received five nominations.

Other multiple nominees include Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Queen Ifrica, Shaggy, Rihanna, Nicki Minja, Tarrus Riley, Third World, Gramps Morgan and Marcia Griffiths.

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Trinidad carnival 2k11 Monday mas is a day where masqueraders hit the streets of port of spain looking for a great time and preparation of the big day. Typically Monday day ware is provided by one of the numerous bands and is basically a cool down from j'ouvert morning just a few hours prior. I had the fortune of taking part in j'ouvert band called 'Think Pink' brought to you by Kampus Boys. By the time I came off the road and scrubbed the pink paint of my skin, it was time to get ready to line up on Ariapita Ave to start day 1 of carnival. Revellers jumped, waved, chipped and sung along to various soca and groovy soca tunes that were all part of the build up during the carnival season. Every night in the week leading up to the final two days on the road there are massive fetes, several of which are all inclusive and over night. The main fetes include bacchanal Wednesday, UWI splash, soca monarch, girl power and insomnia. Patrons got a treat to some great music and performances live every night. Kes the Band took home the title of groovy soca monarch for carnival 2k11 with the big tune 'wotless'. But let me be the first to tell you hands on that it was worth the entire $500,000 TTD each time he performed during the carnival season. Kes had his female fans in a frenzy especially with his fantastic wining ability and 'juking' skills. Machel Montano
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 was the big winner this year with the power soca monarch competition. Machel took 'advantage' of the People's partnership party offer to increase the prize money for this year's competition from one million to two million TTD. With that, Machel was back in the game after not entering the competition for close to a decade. Day two pon di road Carnival Tuesday was the true depiction of what Is coined 'the greatest show on earth'. That is the day where the entire island is on display wearing nothing but beaded bikinis covered in features and jewels. The parade gets started on the main avenue at 7am sharply and goes until roughly 10pm. some bands even doing a 'last lap', a final jump around the streets of woodbrook before the final lights out and official starting of the lenting season on ash Wednesday. This year was special with the return of the grand savannah stage which has been under construction. Masqueraders enjoyed themselves to the fullest waiting to break into their worst behavior, or display as little as they have for the judges. Trinidad carnival hosted tourists from all across the world this year, including areas where carnival is not even part of their culture but definitely one that can be enjoyed by many. The US, Canada, England, Africa, Russia, South Africa and the Philippines are among the countries who I observed and spoke it. Its great to see the culture so wide spread and of interest to so many non trinidadians. Infact, this years several other Caribbean islands came across to T&T for a little fun during the carnival festivities week. Best of all, day two is about having fun with your posse, especially since it's only one time of the year. And as much as I love it, one time is enough. When your legs feel like you want to buy a new pair, that means you truly enjoyed everything there was to offer.
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To say that Trini's like to party would be an understatement. Carnival festivities have been in motion for close to three months now with carnival 2k11 taking place in March. And one of the most loved sought after feature is the annual j'ouvert bash that kicks off the two days of carnival. Historically, j'ouvert is a term derived from the French when Trinidad was under the French colonial rule over two hundred years ago. Jouvert means jour overt which means opening of the day, and that's exactly what it is. The grand opening of Trinidad's largest spectacle. During the wee hours of the night participants get busy smearing paint, mud and more recently chocolate on one another while dancing behind several dj trucks and 40ft trailer trucks of liquor.
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Toronto: Canadian reggae songbird Bonnie Casey, who will join Toots & the Maytals, reggae messenger Luciano, Warrior King, Ernie Ranglin and The Messenjah Band on a world tour to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the USA in April, has earned two nominations for "Most Promising New Reggae Artist" and "Best Female Vocalists" at the 2011 Reggae Music Achievement Awards (RMAA). 

"Wow! I'm so excited and overwhelmed to have 2 nominations at the RMAA Awards," said Casey, from her home in Canada

"I feel so honored and blessed. This is a special moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Since I launched my solo career last year, it has been a whirlwind ride but I have enjoyed every minute of it. I must thank my fans, the media, family and my management team for the hard work that they have put into my career so far."

Bonnie, who was born to an Irish father and a Jamaican mother is described by those around her as vibrant, outspoken, unique, and as having a caring personality. She began singing at the age of 5 years old and benefited from voice and drama lessons at the Beckett School for the Arts in Toronto. The former Miss World Canada  Beauty pageant finalist and fashion model draws her influences from Etta James, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. She sings jazz, blues and contemporary songs but is focused on lover's rock and rock steady rhythms as she seeks to build a long term career in the reggae industry. 


Her fresh approach to music, her unique song writing ability, along with her versatile vocal range will no doubt give listeners that 'wow factor' that has been missing with many young acts currently in the industry. Using music as a communication tool, she intents to write and perform songs that music lovers can relate to. Her debut album is set to drop in late 2011 and will feature Sly & Robbie and Dean Frazier, who are producers for the project. 


The 5th staging of the RMAA will be held on June 4th at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd in Toronto, Canada. In addition to theawards presentation, fans will be treated to an all-star show with performances from award winning international reggae crooner Gramps Morgan, George Nooks and Trilla U. Supporting acts include Exco Levi, Jill Donaldson, Nicole Green, Jimmy Reid and Tony Anthony. Additional music will be provided by Massey Sound and Soul 2 Soul, and the event will be hosted by Ms. Danae Peart of CHRY 105.5 FM, with backing from EOP Band. Also attending this year's event will be Big A from Irie FM in Jamaica.


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Kartel and NotNice split?

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Deejay Vybz Kartel and producer NotNice are remaining quiet as to whether there is a rift between them.

Rumours were circulating that the two had stopped working together musically since mid-February. According to several sources, NotNice was assaulted and his studio equipment removed from his house where he was working. It is alleged that Kartel was behind the removal of the equipment. However, it is unclear as to the reasons behind the move.

When The Star reportedly spoke to Ainsley 'NotNice' Morris yesterday, he was silent on whether there is an existing rift between himself and Kartel. When asked about the musical projects he is currently working on, the producer said, "No comment towards nothing at all."

The normally talkative Kartel was also silent on the matter giving no comment at all except to say that he recently released Empire Universe the Second Chapter on iTunes. The album was released on the Adidjahiem and NotNice Records.

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Stephen Marley to team up with Dead Prez

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Stephen Marley will be teaming up with hip hop duo Dead Prez.

The group's co-founder, M1, has confirmed that while they are at work on their tenth album, Information Age, another higher profile project is in the works, which includes Stephen Marley.

Stephen, who worked on Nas and Damian Marley's Distant Relatives album last year, has recorded with Dead Prez in the past, on the Black & White soundtrac

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Book review: Long Run, Short Catch'.

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This is a wonderful epic story about real life and normalcy at its crusts. It's from the point of view of one of our African sisters with her life stories as the foundation. The events are real, the cross culture is a shock and the lessons learned are priceless. Jamaica gets highlighted in the novel for those who enjoy that feeling and a sense of home 'Long Run, short Catch' does take you to that special spot.

The story is about a Nigerian-American who ventures out to fine happiness on the 'other side' but only comes to find out that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. When the love bug bites it can make you blind which is exactly what

happens when she picks up her Jamaican husband from hell, marries him and starts a roller coaster of unforeseen hurt and disappointment. Immigration is one of the main issues discussed but is so relevant in our westernized society.

This novel has everything from love, romance, scandal, drug cartels and even battles within when you discover how Asama learns to deal. For many of us, our sanity is our only sense of hope yet the easiest thing to lose and how and what we chose to use as coping mechanism can be life altering.

This is a great read for all to take in and honestly, a breath of fresh air! 

Yardflex review says Asama Iwuoha nailed it right on the head.


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25 Reasons We Love “Love Jones”

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Nelly is also expected to talk about his declining record sales, the death of his sister Jackie from leukemia, his upbringing and his rise to fame. The episode is scheduled to air on March 7th.





Brushy One String to release documentary

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Digicel Rising Stars alum, Brushy One String is in the process of releasing a documentary on his life and his music entitled The King of One String.
Created by the directors of the film, Rise Up, this documentary will show just how this unique and courageous underground artist has fought his way from obscurity.
Brushy can be considered to be in a class with no other – as unlike other guitarists, this artiste uses only one string to create a myriad of sounds.
The trailer is now on Youtube and the documentary will be released soon.





Di rich will always be richer

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As much as wi proud a wi track star Usain Bolt we couldn't help but tink sey di rich a guh always richer and di poorer poorer. Yeah man Gore homes a built him two bedroom house valued at $7. odd million and mi and yuh know sey him can build him own mansion if him want. But a nuh a di ongle one meck wi a seh dat, yuh ever notice how Digicel and LIME and other entities always a present expensive phone and other great gifts to people whey can buy dem 10 times over?
While di ones dem whey woulda gi dem eye teeth if dem coulda afford it ongle have wish and dream.





Wet the Moon Glow Edition fllop

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Bwoy ZJ Liquid luck run out wid dis ya party. After him plan it two times di weather never ramp fi meck him cancel it and now when di weather hold up fi it happen it look like di people dem money run out by dis.


Di party never attract any big big crowd, but from what wi si di vibes did good dough.
Hush Liquid a just suh di system set up when it comes on to dem unpredictable weather yah.






It’s a Claro/Pespi TeenSplash for 2010

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This year, the organizers of the hugely popular Boxing Day family event, TeenSplash, have secured two title sponsors. In addition to the loyal brand, Pepsi, which has been the title sponsor for many years, telecoms company, Claro has now stepped up to the plate to make this event even more exciting.


“This is what TeenSplash is all about – joining forces to ensure that patrons have the best possible time at an event,” promoter Linvall Gibbons says.


Gibbons, in between thanking Pepsi for “being dependable and supportive throughout the years”, welcomed Claro to the Teensplash family and expressed his delight at the synergy that has evolved through their sponsorship.


Claro Commercial Directorm Adriana Arzate Rios, said her team was looking forward to working with TeenSplash, an event which has built up a solid reputation of excellence throughout the years.The company promises exciting giveaways at the event.
One of the 'specials' at TeenSplash 2010, Gibbons said, will be free admission to children 12 years and under, as long as they arrive at the gate before 3:00 pm.


"At Teensplash we are always giving back and this is one of hte many things we do as a way of saying 'thank you' to our loyal patrons," Linvall Gibbons said.


Among the artistes confirmed for Claro/Pepsi TeenSplash are the Doctor Beenie Man, I-Octane, Khago, Mr G, D’Angel, Romain Virgo, Richie Loop, ZJ Liquid, Toya, and the comedic duo, Apachie Chief and Freeman.






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Today, Wednesday December 1 is World Aids Day and several of local artistes will be lending their voices to support this cause.

Tifa, I-Ooctane, Ce'Cile and Chino will be performing at the World AIDS Day concert being held at National Heroes Park.

The concert is organized by the National HIV/STI Programme and the Ministry of Health.

There will be HIV screening and several other activities starting from 8:00a.m. until 5:00p.m.

Rising young deejay Ultimate will be one of the acts which will be performing at this year's World AIDS Day concert which started on December 1, 1988.

The concert is seeking to raise money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.

The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'





Stacious, 2010 CB Pan Chicken champ

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Dancehall diva Stacious showed off her culinary skills at the recently held CB Pan Chicken Championships and burning up the competition.

Stacious won $1.5 million for her favourite charity.

She said although it was a bit challenging, she is very happy she won and is able to give back to something she cares about.





GhettOut Wraps Up Kingston Performances This Sunday

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This is the final week to watch Stages Productions hit comedy GhettOut as the show wraps up its Kingston performances on Sunday-November 28, 2010 at the Green Gables Theatre.

Since its gala premiere, GhettOut has received critical acclaim for its startling realistic portrayal of inner city life and its hugely entertaining content.


Starring Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay, GhettOut tells the story of Barbara, who is now a whopping two million dollars richer following the mysterious death of her husband in the United States. She however faces a major hurdle. How can she retrieve the cash and then transport it to Jamaica without being detected? She teams up with Ruler who, through his questionable connections, engineers a plot to transport the cash to Jamaica in its 'raw' state using a number of persons to ensure its 'safe' passage through customs.

Among his contacts is the Mayor who offers this safe passage if Barbara helps him persuade the ghetto people to sell their land in order to make way for a new housing development.

As the plot gets more complicated, Ruler’s association with Babara deepens; raising serious concerns for his wife Maude who is determined to hold on to her man. Then there are the two corrupt officers of the law, driven by greed and eager to get in on the business.


“Shebada” has his hands full with trying to solve the murder mystery of Barbara's husband, giving Maude advice on how to keep her man, getting entangled with the Mayor in defending the rights of the community, while keeping an eye on Ruler and the corrupt officers! It all adds up to GhettOut being a murder mystery topped with large portions of comedic entertainment.






Ladies Ready To Relive Good Times

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On Saturday, November 27, ladies and lady lovers will converge on the Mas Camp for Good Times: Ladies Night.


The Quorum, the producers of the event, in partnership with Heineken have planned a special staging of Good Times tailored to the ladies that have supported the popular party series since its start in 1996.

Jerome Hamilton, The Quorum Executive Member, was tight lipped about specifics of the special arrangements. "We are looking forward to surprising our guests at the party," explained Hamilton. "The team has worked hard to put in place a treat for the ladies and I am sure, they will enjoy it," he elaborated.


Good Times is highly regarded as the premiere oldies event on the entertainment calendar. Non-stop music, free flowing bars and excellent security are perennial features of party series. Good Times DJ's (another closely guarded secret before the party) collaborate to play the biggest hits from 19something (1970's, 1980's, 1990') without any talking or similar interruptions. The result is a party designed for dance; patrons work up a sweat moving to the grooves filling the venue.
Also filling the venue are countless Heineken buckets; Heineken bar specials and Heineken bucket deals are popular at the three super large bars that encompass the dance floor. The well trained bar tenders serve up quick drinks from the full service bars, including water for responsible Good Times drinkers.
At all Good Times events, ladies receive special attention from Atlas Security, the official security detail of Good Times. From courteous reception upon arrival, to the search, to the unobtrusive uniformed presence in the venue, to the car escort for those who request, ladies have praised the diligent security. "My girlfriends and I really enjoy good times," laughed Good Times patron Claudette Tucker. "We get together as a group and go to every Good Times event in Kingston," she added.





STING LAUNCHES IN A TECHY STYLE

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“Sting has gone digital” that was the comment from some of the over 500 guests who attended the official launch of Sting 2010: The Collaboration at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday November 23rd. Guests were taken on a decade-long journey of Sting through the years via high-end visual technology and sound.


The show, dubbed “The Collaboration”, consists of several dynamic segments including the 13 Warriors, Spotlight, the 13 Bad Girls of Sting, Sting Disc Jocks, Sting Commentary and Starlights. “This year we will surprise all the patrons with higher production standards and technology. The show will be broadcasted live on LIME’s Mobile TV” said CEO of Supreme Promotions Limited, Isaiah Laing.


Persons who were unable to attend the event did not miss out on the festivities as the launch was broadcasted live on Hype TV and webcasts were available on stingjamaica.com.jm, jamaicalivetv.com and many other websites.


Up next for Sting 2010 is the Poster Launch which is to be held on Friday December 3, 2010 at Blaze Night Club in Portmore, St. Catherine. The Poster Launch will reveal the full lineup for the event.









Grammy award-winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 is set to headline the 15th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. The event will be held from January 23 – 29, at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, located just east of the island’s tourist capital, Montego Bay.

The popular Los Angeles-based quintet, which this fall released its third studio album, Hands All Over, has built a growing industry and fan base since 2002, selling over 10 million albums in the United States and 15 million worldwide.

The three-time Grammy award-winners Maroon 5, who are set to grace the stage of this world-renowned music festival, captured the attention of audiences worldwide with Songs About Jane, a record filled with hybrid-rock, funk and R&B.

The multi-platinum album spawned the Billboard hits, “This Love,” “Harder to Breathe” and “She Will Be Loved.” The band’s second critically acclaimed album featured collaborations with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige, and produced the smash hits “Makes Me Wonder” and “If I Never See Your Face Again.”


“In securing such a high-profile act, we are enthusiastic about the growth prospects for this major festival, which has boosted visitor bookings significantly,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “It’s a great time to be in Jamaica.

The festival now runs a full week, so visitors have an opportunity to experience the diversity of our attractions and cuisine while enjoying a great music event in a fun and relaxed setting.”

According to Festival organizers TurnKey Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of friends and family for one week of pure pleasure and relaxation.

“The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has a special aura to it, unlike any other event with which I have been associated.

It is a combination of the musicians, the people, the setting and the infectious vibe of Jamaica that creates an almost surreal experience for anyone who attends.

I am looking forward to this 15th anniversary event in Jamaica and have assembled a top quality lineup that is sure to please our patrons,” stated Walter Elmore, CEO of TurnKey Productions.





Mavado a hit at LIME Christmas roadshow in Falmouth

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The crowd that gathered in Falmouth's Water Square for the Trelawny leg of LIME's Christmas Pon Di Remix Roadshow Tour had clearly come to see Movado.


Crowds surrounded the bus carrying the popular entertainer and his entourage when it arrived at the location as the concert was building to its climax. The DJ went directly from the bus to the stage where Aidonia, ended his set by jovially handing over the mic and leaving the platform free for the people's choice.


From then on the occasion belonged to Mavado who performed to an ecstatic reception and was mobbed by fan, including young children, when he eventually exited the stage.


Prior to the arrival of the 'Gully god', teenaged sensation QQ was the clear crowd pleaser as he delivered a lengthy set which was an engaging combination of dancehall and cabaret.


Showing confidence well beyond his years, the high schooler had an on-stage dance off with two young female fans before effortlessly incorporating the young ladies into the remainder of his performance.
"I've been definitely working on my stage performance," QQ said after the show.

"I've been watching live performances by people like Beenie Man and Michael Jackson and looking at ways that I can be a better entertainer and connect with my audience."


Falmouth also gave a warm reception to up and coming ladies Ishawna and Timberlee, the dependable Wayne Marshall and the smooth voiced Marlon Binns.





Taylor Swift is a Serial Dater

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Taylor Swift is only 20-years old and she's already dated so many dudes. She claims she's a serial dater because she doesn't like wasting anyone's time when she knows she's in the wrong relationship.



"It's a little strange that I'm typically single a lot," Swift tells the December issue of Allure. Umm, she's actually always in a relationship or coming out of a relationship.

"I have a phobia about being in the wrong relationship," admits Swift. "So as soon as I establish it's not the right one, I don't want to waste their time."



Taylor has already dated Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Glee's Cory Monteith and now Jake Gyllenhaal! Yeah, I lost count too!



I'm convinced that she only dates dudes to get material for her new albums. Once she gets her inspiration, she's out! And when it's time to promote the new album she starts dating another dude to get some press. Smart girl! Use 'em and leave 'em!






Beenie Man teams up with dancehall friends

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Dancehall veteran, Beenie Man has enlisted the help of his superstar friends on the musical project he has dubbed “Beenie Man and Friends”.


In a release, Beenie Man says that no other artiste has attempted anything like this before as he wrote, arranged, co-produced and performed on all eight singles on the bouncy dancehall beat.


The project features the artistes such as Khago, D’Angel, Ding Dong, Fambo, Deva Bratt, Laden and others.


Beenie has also been trying to convince Bounty Killer to participate in the project, but Beenie claims the “logistics of getting him to voice the song is hard”.


Beenie Man has received mixed reactions to his invitations to some of the best and brightest stars in dancehall to put their voices on the track, but has waved off the disappointment by plowing forward.





JA Pegasus records $14.6M third quarter loss

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An increase in operating expenses has left the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in the red.


The hotel, which will soon have a new majority owner, suffered a $14.6 million loss during the July to September quarter.


This versus a $11.4 million profit during the corresponding period last year.


During the three months, Jamaica Pegasus saw revenue increase by $2.8 million to $240 million.


However, this was eroded by operating expenses rising by $15 million to $107 million as well as administrative and other costs being higher than was reported last year.






D’Angel pregnant?

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Bwoy when di rumour mill go fi spread it nuh easy at all. Memba couple weeks ago she come out and get front page a deny sey she pregnant.

She sey dat a nuh fi har focus right now, well di rumour start again and dis time it is fueled by di fact that some people close to har a speculate. Cause dem sey she put on weight and look like she have a likkle baby bump.

But den again nobady nuh affi wonder, after a nuh suppn a guh, nuh suppn a come. Suh if a true, everybody nuh wi know?





Is Nicki Minaj married?

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Has Nicki Minaj tied the knot? The rapper was spotted with her man last night in Miami and they were both sporting wedding bands.

According to mediatakeout.com, Nicki and SB have been dating off-and-on for nearly 5 years and got engaged last year.





No Bail for the Ninja

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Things really not looking up for Ninja Man.

The way things are looking now, it seems that he will be missing yet another Sting.


The veteran dancehall deejay had a bail hearing set for October 29, however, the crown prosecution was not prepared and the hearing slated for last Friday was unable to proceed in court.


Ninja Man and his lawyers were optimistic after a request for judicial review was positively received. Now, the deejays junior lawyer Ms. Hannah Harris-Barrington says though her client is disappointed, they will continue the fight for justice.


Ninja Man’s lawyers have made after numerous attempts for bail since his arrest in March of last year.


The Veteran deejay along with his 20 year old son and two others have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the death of a 20 yr old man in March 2009.


Ninja Man is to return to court on November 26.





Dancehall's Most Versatile Deejay Busy Signal

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Busy Signal is at it again with the release of his VP produced album D.O.B. He is not an artist to follow the beaten path. This album displays his innovation and lyrical skills that has broken down barriers and has taken Dancehall to places no other artist could.

The new album D.O.B. represents the rebirth of Busy Signal. It contains 15 new tracks plus an iTunes exclusive track. To call this album Groundbreaking would be an understatement. The opening track How U Bad Suh is signature Busy Signal.

His distinct and robust baritone voice accompanied by an up-tempo rhythm sets the right mood for the album. Busy Signal is not afraid to venture into music territories that others would not dare.

He gives us a taste of Dancehall with a Spanish feel on Picante, then goes full throttle on Busy Latino which is a scorching Dancehall blend with Elvis Crespo’s Suavemente” Busy Signal proves that he is a master of his craft by incorporating his flavor into classic tunes and making them his own.

His smooth track “Sweet Love” (Night Shift) that uses elements from The Commodores song “Nightshift” displays the Deejays Singjay capabilities.

Not stopping there, he continues to prove why he holds the title of Dancehall’s most popular artist with his rub a dub hit of Phill Collins “One More Night.” Busy Signal joins Dancehall Icon and mentor Bounty Killer on the hard hitting and thought provoking track “Summn' A Guh Gwaan.” Busy Signal displays the gamut of his abilities from the rapid fire lyrics on “Nuh Fraid” to the inspiring “Peace Reign” track.

A person’s voice is their most powerful asset and Busy Signal’s voice is in its full glory on the ingenious a cappella track “Nuh Boy Caan Buy Wi Out.”

He proves that without a backing instrumental he can hold your attention.

Busy Signal and Major Lazer team up on the amazing iTunes Exclusive track “Pon Me” which is destined for greatness and to ring out in clubs around the globe. D.O.B. is not only the rebirth of Busy Signal it is a rebirth of a new sound and era for Dancehall music. It is the perfect presentation and representation of Dancehall without limits.

Born Reanno Gordon on January 24, 1982, he cultivated his artistry under the watch of dancehall icon Bounty Killer.

With his outstanding mic techniques and restless creativity, Busy became a member of The Alliance-Bounty Killer’s musical powerhouse that spawned dancehall stars like Elephant Man, Mavado and Wayne Marshall.

Busy began to receive widespread attention in 2005 with breakthrough hits like “Born and Grow” & “Step Out.” He continued to gain fans and recognition with the 2008 release of his album Loaded that included the hits “Jail”, “These Are The Days”, “Unknown Number” and “Wine Pon Di Edge” to name a few.

D.O.B. is a pinnacle stage of Busy Signal’s career that’ll spread his gift far and wide, beyond the confines of his original audience.






Pastor Lewis faces more charges

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Charges of perverting the course of justice were laid against Jamaican-born American evangelist Paul Lewis when he appeared in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Lewis is accused of sexually assaulting two teenaged girls at a hotel in Westmoreland.

Prosecutors say they have evidence to suggest that individuals close to the accused contacted the alleged victims and offered them money to change their accounts of the incidents which led to the charge against the preacher.

Despite this new revelation, Pastor Lewis was granted $300,000 bail and is to return to the Westmoreland Resident Magistrate's court on November 3 and the Circuit Court on November 11.

His travel documents were taken and he must not make contact with the girls involved in the cases.

Mr. Lewis, who is the head of the Paul Lewis Ministries, was charged on June 17 last year.

At that time the pastor, was in Jamaica on the invitation of a local church Ministry.








• RICHIE SPICE, CHUCK FENDA, JOHN HOLT TO PERFORM

Cultural singer Richie Spice and Chuck Fenda, two of the acts who were initially signed to the Fifth Element Records when the label was first established years ago will join Guyanese roots singer Natural Blacks, veteran singer John "1000 Volts" Holt, Ky-enie, Jessie Jendah, Spanner Banner, Tony Curtis, Kristopher and Boom Blast at the 10 anniversary celebration for the label in New York later this month

The two-day celebration, which will be a reunion of sorts for Spice and Fenda, will kick off on Saturday, October 30 at the C-Pac in Brooklyn and will close out on Sunday, October 31 with another massive concert at Macedonia Hall in Mt. Vernon, New York.
"We are exited about this milestone celebration and thrilled that Richie and Fenda - two of the acts that were there when we initially launched the Fifth Element vision years ago - are able to join our current artiste Natural Black for this historic occasion. " Devon Wheatley, CEO of Fifth Element Record and event producer commented.

Wheatley said the New York promotions team is working feverishly to ensure that the weekend of activities will be one of total enjoyment.

"Everyone is definitely hyped and ready to have a marvelous time and with the bevy of stars we have lined up, we are expecting this to be a massive celebration" he said.

Wheatley expressed joy in working with Richie again and gives credit to the Rastafarian sing-jay for what he has accomplished in his career.

“It is rare that you find someone with Richie’s extraordinary voice and, potent writing ability, yet so humble and disciplined. Through guidance and good management, his skills have been honed to achieve musical greatness and we are pleased to have contributed to his success and happy to have him booked for this 10th anniversary concert" he commented.

The laid back reggae crooner who has won several local and international awards over the years remains grounded despite his international success.

"If I get awards for putting out music that is loved and appreciated by the masses, it’s not the objective, just merely one of the rewards” he said.

When questioned on his ability to maintain clean lyrical content despite the onslaught by dancehall artistes, he said "It is the conscious positive vibes that will uplift those who are socially and economically downtrodden and provide the youth who are particularly vulnerable, with the hope they need."








As tributes pour in for the late Gregory Isaacs, the captain of the Big Ship, veteran singer Freddy McGregor, has sent condolences to the family of the late reggae superstar.

In an interview with Irie FM’s Ron Muschette this morning, Freddy said he was sad to hear about the passing of Gregory.

“I saw Gregory two weeks ago in London and he was in high spirits. He made us laugh and despite him being sick we shared a good time. The Big Ship family regrets his passing,” he said.

Gregory Isaacs reportedly passed away this morning in England from cancer which had spread over his entire body.

Gregory is best known for the song Night Nurse and has a rich, extensive catalogue of reggae hits. Reports are that his body will be flown back to Jamaica by the end of this week and a committee has been established by the government and the family to handle funeral arrangements for the reggae legend.








The "Queen of the Dancehall", Lady Saw, recently launched an online contest.


Fans are invited to make a short video of themselves performing a song off Lady Saw's My Way album, which was released last month. The video should then be uploaded to YouTube and then a link to the video posted to Lady Saw's Facebook page.

The number of time the video is viewed will be tallied on November
15 and the three videos with the most views will be the winners.

Lady Saw, whose given name is Marion Hall, will personally pick the grand prize winner from the three.





Goodbye to an icon

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Yardflex regrets the passing of a true Jamaican icon Gregory Isaacs. He has done a lot in waving the reggae flag. We wish his family, friends and fans the strength to go through this difficult time.



Our prayers remain for you all.










Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts and Jamaica have already selected lucky consumers of Guinness to experience musical greatness at the national Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Guinness, an international beer, celebrates 251 years, and is currently executing the Arthur Guinness celebration promotion in 12 Caribbean territories, a feat never before attempted in the region.

The Arthur Guinness Day celebration, scheduled for Saturday, October 23 at the National Stadium in Kingston, will be attended by 13 winners from nine Caribbean islands. Winners will receive all- expense-paid trips to the event.

Guinness is sold in 26 territories in the Caribbean, and for the first time, 11 of these territories are holding consumer-based activations in celebration of the founding father, Sir Arthur Guinness.

The promotion is currently being run in Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Jamaica.

Antigua, Barbados and St. Kitts have already selected their lucky consumers. Guinness is underwriting travel costs to Jamaica as well as accommodation and transportation for each winner.

The lucky consumers will also be given the Guinness treatment at the concert set to feature Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes, Lady Saw, Wayne Wonder, Shaggy, among several other hot Jamaican stars.

Gareth Geddes, regional brand manager for Diageo, a global alcoholic beverages company, is happy with the response from the region. He explained: "During my visit to several of the participating territories recently, the response was tremendous.

We continue to showcase Guinness, which is an international brand in the region. No other brand has sought to revere its founding father in this manner.

Guinness is a brand of 251 years and remains relevant and we are pleased to continue our habit of putting consumers at the heart of our activation. That is what this promotion represents."





Christopher Martin joins Gentleman on European tour

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Singer Christopher Martin heads to Europe this winter for five solo shows and then joins European reggae star Gentleman as they embark on a multi-city European tour in November and December.

Christopher Martin and Gentleman have seen significant success in their careers as individual artiste but recently teamed up and merged their solo success and created a number one hit song called To The Top.

The video, shot in Marrakech, Morocco saw the two blending their musical styles with the captivating backdrop of the ancient city. This November, Christopher Martin and Gentleman will further emphasise their collaborative genius on stages all over Europe.

Christopher Martin will start his tour of Europe, solo, for five shows beginning on October 30 in Mannheim, Germany. Martin then moves to Cologne, Germany on November 2, Oslo in Norway on November 5, back to Cologne on November 6 and finally in Helsinki, Finland on November 7.

The intensity of the tour will increase when Martin joins Gentleman on his Diversity tour from November 18 to December 22. This is the second leg of the tour with the first leg, a six-week summer tour, being sold.

The upcoming tour will see Christopher Martin and Gentleman taking the stage in nine countries for 22 shows. The two will perform in Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, Spain, Luxemburg, Poland, Macedonia, and the Czech Republic.

Gentleman's latest album Diversity entered the German Album Charts directly in pole position.

This year MTV pays tribute to the artiste and, for the first time, Gentleman is nominated in the category "Best German Artiste" for the MTV European Music Awards in Madrid on November 11, 2010.





Sean Paul’s punk hairstyle

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Yardflex just wants to ask one question, did you see Sean Paul’s new hairstyle? If you haven’t then you have not been paying close attention to the pics we have been posting on our site.

We just had to comment, the new spiked hair brings one thing to mind and that is punk rap! Yeah, we are just wondering if the new hairstyle is an indication that he could be coming with some new beats. We are just saying!





PNPYO to hold vigil calling for PM’s resignation

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The PNP Youth Organization is calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Bruce Golding and will hold a candlelight vigil this evening .


The vexed issue of the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips affair which continues to haunt the JLP administration is the reason for the group’s demand that Mr Golding should no longer be allowed to lead the country.


Just last week, another chapter in the saga was written as attorney Harold Brady reportedly indicated that the Jamaican Government had entered a deal with the US law-firm Manatt to lobby against the extradition request for alleged crime lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.


Mr Brady reportedly made the claim in a letter which forms part of an affidavit in a lawsuit filed against Mr Golding claiming damages for libel arising from statements made by the Prime Minister.


Mr Golding has insisted that the Manatt deal was a Jamaica Labour Party initiative.


On September 14, he told reporters that Mr Brady disobeyed his instructions when he led Manatt to believe that it was representing the Government of Jamaica instead of the JLP.


As a result, Mr Golding said Mr Brady was asked to resign from all state boards and that he was no longer a member of the JLP.


Mr Brady swiftly rejected those claims saying he was still a member of the JLP and that he was never asked to step down from any public board.






Digicel-sponsored West Indies Cricket Captain, Chris Gayle; Digicel Jamaica Sports Sponsorship Manager, Paula Pinnock-MacLeod; and Digicel-sponsored Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt.



Trinidadian West Indies Cricketer, Dwayne Bravo, with Jamaican dancehall artiste, Beenie Man



West Indies Captain, Chris Gayle, and Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt, walk to the crease at the Digicel-sponsored Pro15/15 in aid of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica which took place on Saturday


Beenie Man visits Usain Bolt, Chris Gayle, and Dwayne Bravo in the changing room before their match at the Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 held in St. Ann, Jamaica on Saturday


The World’s Fastest Man, Usain Bolt, bowls during the Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 held in St. Ann, Jamaica, on Saturday as Gayle looks on. Bolt’s team beat Gayle’s on faster run-rate during an exciting day of cricket.


Monday, October 4th 2010 – Kingston, Jamaica: The second Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 cricket tournament took place on Saturday at the Kaiser Sports Ground in St. Ann, Jamaica.

Thousands of cricket fans braved the rainy weather to see the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, and a host of West Indies cricketers such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Xavier Marshall, take part in the 15 over game to raise much-needed funds for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.

Highlights of the day included Usain Bolt’s magnificent catch off one of Chris Gayle’s big hits which brought the crowd to their feet, as well as an impromptu performance from Jamaican dancehall artiste, Beenie Man. Digicel also added to the excitement with a host of competitions and giveaways taking place throughout the day.

Chris Gayle said; “We’ve had a really good turnout despite the rain and I’d like to thank the fans for coming out in support of this initiative – all the proceeds of which go towards the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. I would also like to give a special thanks to Digicel for its support and to Usain Bolt, Beenie Man and all of the cricketers who gave their time for a worthwhile cause.”

Usain Bolt said; “This is the second year that I’ve taken part in this tournament and I’m delighted to be here. I love to give back to Jamaica in any way I can – and obviously a day of cricket with West Indies cricketers is a fun way to do so.
It’s great for the fans to see other celebrities come out to play different sports and support each other like this.”

Also speaking at the event was West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, who said; “I’m thrilled to be here today to support Chris in this initiative – particularly as last year I was unavailable due to cricket commitments.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for fans to come out and rub shoulders with their cricketing heroes – and all for a good cause. It’s something I’m very happy to be a part of.”

For more information visit www.digicelcricket.com




ENDS

ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP

After nine years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

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

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

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

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

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.





Be careful about bank charges

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If you have not been paying keen attention to the latest survey of bank charges done by the Ministry of Industry then you should.

After reading it, we are determined to make as few withdrawals as possible and try to curtail any bank transactions. My word when you add up all the charges combined, you might see the money in your accounts dwindling fast.

I mean, are these the same banks that are using our money to invest and accumulate their wealth and then they turn around and charge us big for affording them the opportunity to do just that?

People, it’s time to start using up the Credit Unions, one they don’t have these hever service charge burdens, their interest rates are much lower and I think they are really cool otherwise.

Check out of the charges the banks are hitting you with:

NCB had the highest number of increases with 45 out of 58 (78 per cent) followed by RBTT, which increased the rates on 40 out of 58 of its fees and charges. PCB had the least amount of changes, according to the survey, which showed it increasing 28 per cent of its fees.

FGB recorded the highest increase of all the charges, with the balance enquiry fee at its ABMs and its fee for declined transactions at the bank's point-of-sale (POS) machines increasing 400 per cent from $6 to $30. Withdrawal fees at FGB's ABM also increased 144 per cent to $33. However, this is still in line with the charges for a similar transaction at other banks, which charge within the range of $30.

Only RBTT charges below this at $15. In general, ABM fees have increased across all banks with increases ranging from as low as one per cent to as much as 65 per cent at Scotiabank and 114 per cent at NCB.

Fees on personal services, including withdrawal and deposit in savings accounts, minimum balance violation and dormant account charges have also increased as much as 127 per cent. While the banks charge as much as $200 for in-bank withdrawals, only Scotiabank charges a fee to make deposits in savings accounts in-bank, that charge being $150.

The contentious minimum balance fees range from $124.06 at FCIB to $180 at NCB, which increased its minimum balance violation fee by 125 per cent over the $80 charged last year. Scotiabank charges $150 per month for balances below $5,000, while customers at NCB pay $180 for balances below $2,000. Estimates are that up to 60 per cent of the deposits in commercial banks are below $5,000.

Customers will also have to pay as much as 127 per cent more per year if the account falls dormant. Charges range between $155.32 at FCIB to $1000 at Scotiabank, while customers of NCB will pay $350 for the same infraction.






Rihanna to marry?

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Rihanna and her boyfriend Matt Kemp have only been dating for eight months, but the marriage rumors have already begun.
Sources close to Matt are telling Us Weekly that the L.A. Dodger is ready to pop the question.


"They are in love," says a source. "Seeing them interact, it's definitely possible he could propose -- but it'd have to be a long engagement, because they're both so focused on their careers."
The two have such busy lives that they barely see each other, so what makes their relationship work?


"He centers her, as he has a more normal life," a pal close to Rihanna says. "He allows her space, but they text and talk all the time. And they really have fun like kids when they're together. They like to laugh and be silly."


Rihanna is only 22 years old and at the peak of her career. It's probably a little too soon for her to think about marriage.








With his recently released song Hot Girls To The Ring playing on all the major radio stations in Jamaica and with increasing radio play in the UK, Italy and Canada, On Time Music Group recording artiste, Razor B gets ‘Blazed’ for the video of his song.

Jae Blaze of the hugely popular television show, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, has agreed to put her special touch on this project by choreographing the dance routine of the video’s lead dancer.


Calling on all dancers, Razor B has set an audition date of October 3 for dancers and dance crews to put their spin to Hot Girls To The Ring.

The audition will be judged by Jae Blaze who will be on break from her tour with six-time Grammy winners and multi-platinum selling group, Black Eyed Peas.


Jae’s choreography has come to the forefront recently as she is recognized as one of the hottest choreographers to come out of Canada.

She has worked with several platinum selling artists from all genres including Nelly Furtado, Sean Paul, Kelis and Naughty by Nature to name a few.

Known to set the stage on fire, Jae consistently raises the bar and changes the way audiences perceive sound and movement whenever her choreograph hits the stage.


“When I heard Razor B’s single, I knew it was a song I had to get involved with through choreography,” said Jae from her dance studio.

“This is one of those songs that’s just made for dancers; one that will allow me to display the visual aspect of Razor B’s music,” she added.


About the choreography of the video, Razor B said, “I’m really excited to know that a person of Jae’s caliber likes the song, and wants to choreograph the dance routine. I know the video is going to be enjoyed by the fans, just like the song.”


The video will be shot and directed by Wayne Lowers of Burnt Facez. In addition to radio, sound system selectors and mixtape DJ’s have included the song in their set lists and the clubs have been heating up with Hot Girls To The Ring.





2 Men Accuse Bishop Eddie Long Of Sexual Abuse

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CNN is reporting that two men have accused Bishop Eddie Long of sexual abuse.

Two Georgia men have filed suit claiming that prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long coerced them into sex.

The suits, filed Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, allege that Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young male members and employees of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex.

Long took one plaintiff, Anthony Flagg, 21, to overnight trips to a half dozen American cities, Flagg’s suit alleges.

“Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact,” the suit says.





Street Vybes talent search for The Building

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So Fresh Fridays is out and now the Gaza team are pushing their own agenda. It will be replaced by Street Vybes Talent Search.

Hmm, makes you wonder, but then again we won’t say anything, if you are the manaher for the Building you can scrap what you want and replace it with whatever you want. We are just saying…

About the talent show it replaced Fresh Fridays, the weekly session hosted by broadcaster Arif Cooper. Now the talent show will be held at the Building every Friday where Kartel will judge to recruit for the Empire.

It is going to be very exciting especially for the upcoming artistes that will compete.

Every Friday a new talent will be chosen and if you are really, that good by the following week, you could get a contract, and a five hundred thousand dollar video and your song could be on radio, wow competitors’ “betta go hard or go home.






Mavado presents Stulla Wednesdays

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With the plethora of nightly events around Kingston, Dancehall artiste Mavado feels that there is still something lacking.

As he prepares to launch his Guiness Stulla Wednesdays event inside the New Quad this week, he is confident that gap will be filled.


Guiness Stulla Wednesdays is taking partying to its roots, as an authentic Dancehall event in the fine tradition of Cactus, House of Leo and Mirage.


Since dropping the scorching "Stulla" single, the Stulla slang has spread like wildfire through the streets, with even ladies flipping it to call themselves "Stulliesha." The slang has been a topic of conversation all around town as everyone tags their own meaning to it.



"It seemed like the perfect name for the weekly event," explains Mavado. "Because its so fresh and full of energy! Its a cutting edge event that will redefine entertainment in Kingston."


Asked why he chose to partner up with the New Quad, Mavado said his manager and the new operators of the popular nightspot had been discussing it for some time.


"Its the ideal place for everyone to come and party," he explains.

"Its a club that is central and everyone is familiar with and knows is 100% safe.

Its a modern environment with several floors and Stulla Wednesdays will be catering to everyone. We can party right through without disturbance. We have hand-picked the best selectors every week so everybody will be happy."


With that in mind, ace selector Tony Matterhorn, Boom Boom and FAME FM's Arif "Supa" Cooper will be providing the musical highs.






Usher has no time for dating

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Between his career and being a dad, Usher has so much on his plate, he literally doesn't have time for women.


Usher admits that juggling his career with being a dad can be an "overwhelming" experience, and it doesn't leave time for him to become intimate with women.


He said: "I feel like a superhero. I don't know if I am, but in terms of the schedule I keep only a damn superhero would be able to keep it going. To be able to manager several households, children, all that stuff. It's a lot. It can become overwhelming."


He added that he's looking for someone to "complement" his life, but he's not sleeping around to find it.


Usher added to Live magazine: "I don't have a lot of time for a relationship. I'm looking for someone who would be a complement to my life, but it takes time. Do I date? Yes. I meet and greet, exchange and connect. So to speak.


"I don't have sex with everybody I date. Intimacy changes everything. When sex is part of the conversation then there is a sense of entitlement for that woman."


There you have it ladies, if you want in with Usher, don't expect too much too soon. And babysitting experience apparently helps.





Talking of Rumour – a why Bounty attack di girl?

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A wha dis wi a hear bout di real reason di Killa attack di girl. Doan quote wi or try mix wi up, but yuh done know sey as wi get it, a suh wi sell it. Suh if any one a unno out di have di full hundred, link wi and help meck wi talk up di tings dem.

Yup from whey one likkle birdie a tell wi, it look like di girl have di real good up good up. Yeah man, cause even dough she a nuh di Killa up front woman, wi hear sey him pass through and si vehicle park up and nuh amount a calling coulda meck she come out, cause yuh done know shi did lock down wid smady.

So when him finally get to har, yuh can imagine how him cross, angry and miserable by dat dey time.

Well, a suh wi get it a suh wi a sell it back to unno.. memba link wi if unno have any more info…cause dis ya one ya hot fi real.





Jermaine takes third

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The big dream is over for Jermaine Michaels – the dream of taking the top prize any in the Digicel Rising Star competition.

Still he has no reason to feel bad as he walked away in third place Sunday night at the results show of the Digicel Rising Stars determined that the Jamaican audience had not seen the last of him.

Having faced off against Camaley and Dalton Harris, in a 'three the hard way' worthy musical competition, the man known for his catchphrase "so substantial" got a cheque worth $400,000, as well as a Digicel 4G broadband package with notebook and a Nokia C3 cellular phone.





It’s Nationwide for Raga

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Yes, all the speculations can now be put to rest. The mix up king Ragashanti will be heading to Nationwide 90FM to resume the ‘tamborine’ session.

On Wednesday, October 5 he will kick off his programme.

A release from Nationwide last evening stated that the programme will be aired weekdays from 1:00- 5:00 pm.

Executive Producer of Nationwide 90FM, Cliff Hughes says, "This marks a new era in the history of Nationwide 90FM. In a sense, it's like Kingsley is coming home. Many people don't realise that he first started on radio as a co-host of Nationwide at Five in 2002, when we were on another radio station."

Hughes continues, "Nationwide 90FM has always been daring in the formatting of its programmes. Our talk format will remain, as we continue to expand our reach to Jamaicans from all walks of life, both here and abroad. Kingsley is a welcomed addition to the Nationwide 90FM family. His addition to Nationwide 90FM will diversify our suite of products and programmes to reach every demographic group and grow our market share."

Commenting on the move Ragashanti says " I am excited to recommence Ragashanti Live with the team that first gave me the opportunity to be a presenter on radio. I look forward to growing and developing and being able to provide entertainment radio at its best."

As a result of the revamping of the schedule a number of programmes will be affected while new ones will be introduced.





Bob Marley family loses copyright case over hit records

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NEW YORK – Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group is the rightful owner of copyrights to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records.

The albums "Catch a Fire," "Burnin'," "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibrations" and "Exodus" were recorded with Marley's band The Wailers. They include some of Marley's best-known songs, including "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love."

Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36.

Friday night's ruling is a defeat for Marley's widow Rita and nine children who had sought to recover millions of dollars in damages over UMG's effort to "exploit" what they called "the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings."

L. Peter Parcher and Peter Shukat, who are lawyers for the family, did not immediately return calls seeking comment. UMG spokesman Peter LoFrumento said the company is pleased with Cote's ruling.

Marley's family accused UMG of intentionally withholding royalties from their company Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd, and ignoring a 1995 agreement assigning them rights under the original recording agreements, court papers show.

It also accused UMG of failing as required to consult with them on key licensing decisions, including the use of Marley's music as "ringtones" on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile phones, the papers show.

But Cote concluded that Marley's recordings were "works made for hire" as defined under U.S. copyright law, entitling UMG to be designated the owner of those recordings, for both the initial 28-year copyright terms and for renewals.

"Each of the agreements provided that the sound recordings were the 'absolute property' of Island," Cote wrote. "Whether Marley would have recorded his music even if he had not entered the recording agreements with Island is beside the point."

She added that it was irrelevant that Marley might have maintained artistic control over the recording process. What mattered, she said, was that Island had a contractual "right" to accept or reject what he produced.

Cote also denied the Marley family's request for a ruling upholding its claims over digital downloads, citing ambiguity in a 1992 royalties agreement.

She directed the parties to enter court-supervised settlement talks, and scheduled an October 29 conference.

The case is Fifth-Six Hope Road Music Ltd v. UMG Recordings Inc, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 08-06143. (Source: Reuters)





Young golfer’s funeral service this morning

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The funeral service for outstanding Jamaican golfer, 17-year-old Isabelle Marley, a student of Immaculate Conception High School will take place this morning at 10:00 at St Peter and Paul Church, 120 Old Hope Road.

Marley's tragic, accidental death on Friday, September 3, devastated her family and shocked the golfing community.

A golf administrator, who wished to remain anonymous given the unfortunate and sensitive circumstance of her passing at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay, said "Izzy's demise will definitely have a big emotional impact on the team".

Marley finished third in the Girls 16-17 age group at last month's Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship in The Bahamas.





50 Cent has gay community up in Twitter arms

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Earlier this week, rapper 50 Cent decided to take aim at the blogger Perez Hilton in an entirely unorthodox and upsetting way, after Hilton called him a d-bag.


50 tweeted the following: "Perez Hilton calld me d-----bag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better.”


The tweet was accompanied by a photo of two men in suits running from an angry mob.


Perez Hilton responded on Twitter with the equally vitriolic but less biased remark.


"50 Cent joking about violence towards gays is about as expired as the days when he used to be musically relevant!"


Now the gay and lesbian community hopes to go after the rapper, not by having their homies shoot up anyone, but by attacking him on Twitter.



The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is calling on community members and allies to tweet back at 50 Cent asking folks to tweet:


The rapper has since deleted the Tweet but it still appears in his Twitpic feed.


It's not the first time 50 Cent has made remarks that have offended the LGBT community.


In a 2004 interview with Playboy magazine, the rapper said, "I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I'm not prejudiced. I just don't go with gay people and kick it - we don't have that much in common.

I'd rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that's cool."


50 Cent also revealed his mother had been bisexual in the same interview, and added to his earlier statements.
"It's OK to write that I'm prejudiced. This is as honest as I could possibly be with you.

When people become celebrities they change the way they speak. But my conversation with you is exactly the way I would have a conversation on the street. We refer to gay people as f--ts, as h–os. It could be disrespectful, but that's the facts."





Britney Spears shrugs off sexual harassment lawsuit

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Britney Spears was all smiles in Los Angeles on Thursday. Wearing a ruffled white shirt, jeans and sunglasses, the 28-year-old singer was beaming as she grabbed lunch.


It was Spears' first public outing since Wednesday's shocking news: seeking unspecified damages, a former bodyguard has sued the star for sexual harassment and emotional distress.


In papers filed Wednesday, ex-security guard Fernando Flores charged that Spears repeatedly exposed herself to hiim, performed sex acts in his presence -- and used his belt to "viciously" beat her son Sean, nearly 5.


In a statement, Spears slammed the suit as an "unfortunate situation where someone is trying to take advantage of the Spears family and make a name for himself.

The Department of Children and Family Services conducted a proper investigation surrounding Mr. Flores' accusations and have closed the case without any further action."


Also rising in her defence: Spears' ex Kevin Federline. His attorney called Flores' allegations "a product of economic motives" and "baseless."








Jahna Sebastian is a singer/songwriter/producer in the UK that claims that she had a baby girl by Swizz Beatz.

According to a letter her friend shared with a website, Swizz is aware of the child as he showed up with Alicia Keys last year for a paternity test that eventually proved he was the father.

Anyway, the other day she may have posted subliminal shots at Alicia Keys on her blog. In a blog titled “I give thanks for being a producer myself so I don’t have to f*ck for tracks as if I was just a singer” she concluded with:

Hearing about some of today’s successful artists, who for their career sleep with producers jumping from one to another, break up marriages even when kids are involved and take everything for themselves with no sense of morality, building their image by speculating on sacred things, then get Grammys and worldwide promotion, I think to myself that somehow they get away with it too easy, but what is happening within their soul?





Usher ruled on Sumfest International Night 2

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The Muddy conditions of the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex was not enough to keep away patrons from coming to enjoy what turned to be night of pure pleasure with the closing night lineup.

American R&B star Usher totally dominated as he made his entrance on stage to shouts from the ladies. He was in total control, oozing sexuality he played it to the hilt.

Going through the paces with some of his super hits which included U Got It Bad, Confessions Pt II among others he kept the pleasure vibes flowing.

It was twice the thrill when he called on stage Mavado, and chaos when Elephant Man and Chris Brown joined him for another stint on stage.

They ‘wrecked the place’ as they both showed they were more than up to par with the Jamaican moves and lingua.

There were other acts who also impressed on Saturday night and these include Shaggy who from the minute he took centrestage with his hit song Church Heathen had the crowd going.

He was the consummate performer as he did some of his top songs. Shaggy really know how to entertain and did it in fine style on Saturday.

Etana could do no wrong on Saturday and she seemed to be in a playful mood, we wondered if it had anything to do with the man dancing in the shadows to her songs – the same one she acknowledged in her song saying “Andre gives me crazy love!”

Queen Ifrica was on her usual conscious mission, she bat for the Jamaican men, the craft market vendors and the country as she performed songs such as Montego Bay, Below the Waist and others.

QQ gave some real ‘go go’ like dancing on stage and he gyrated away most of the times through his numbers.

Chris Martin delivered as did the early segments artistes such as Steele, Hezron, Sophia Squire and Lymie Murray.

All in all there were no losers for the night and patrons more than got their money’s worth on Saturday.





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Sugar deserve a betta tribute




Really now people, what kinda fool-fool pap dung tribute dat the veteran artiste dem do fi Sugar Minott at Sumfest Saturday night. We cyaan believe say the big big Dean Fraser did have no part inna dat. A lie dem a tell pon Dean, cause him wouldn’t did mek Tony Tuff go up and a hog the microphone so. As a matter of fact, Tony Tuff shouldn’t did sing more dan one line inna any tribute song to Sugar. And we did expect much better from Tristan casue Tristan have sense. And look how much good song Sugar have, why Jimmy Riley did haffi choose the nursery rhyme bout Simple Simon. We neva hear Sugar sing dat deh sond deh yet. And look how Sumfest did a promote the ting like say it was going to be sinting sensible. We lose big time. Sugar, may your soul find peaceful rest after dat deh bag a foolishness.


Wha’ kinda mess Zamunda did inna?


A wha kinda mess Zamunda find himself inna mek him just run off the stage so at Reggae Sumfest? By the time the MC hand him did mike, him dash it back and flee di stage. What we a hear don’t smell too right, so all did people who a mess wid did artiste we haffi tell oonu fi flush that one straight dung did toilet. Bwoy, it look strange how di whole ting do dung , but we still a listen out fi di real story.

Pamputtae tickness nuh normal




People onnu see wid oonu owna two eye how Pamputtae tick! Dat deh tickness deh no normal … it supernormal. When Pamputtae tan up trong and slap her thigh dem and ask, “Oonu see how mi tick? … well … People Dead! But we haffi big up di fluffy girl doah, cause she and har two fluffy dem mash up di Sumfest stage; we doan know how it neva pap dung a grung. When the two trong, healthy, fluffy dem climb up pon di lighting rig one time we did a hol’ we breath cause it did look sticky. But all’s well that ends well and we haffi say Fluffy to di flippin’ werllll!

Why a man haffi catch Chris Brown hat?




What a way blogger Tyrone Reid nuh stop pose up inna Chris Brown baseball cap dat the singer throw inna did crowd to him female fans dem. Tyrone mek sure say him wear the cap come a Sumfest Saturday night and doan ask if did woman dem nah look pon him and cut demy eye. But him couldn’t care less, him just a walk up and dung fi di betta. And, if you don’t want to be embarrassed, don’t ask him to borrow it to take a picture, cause you aint getting it.


Is a churchman or a Kingman di empress married to?



So people deh pon stage a call up dem husband name inna song and all these tings. But like how di husband did a watch her perform she shoulda did jus call him up pon stage and introduce him to har fans dem. Cause everybody want fi find out if the empress who did baptize ina Christian church married to a churchman or a Kingman cause it sound like a some crazy love a gwaan inna dat deh relationship.


Beenie and D’Angel must stop tek people fi fool



Is high time Beenie Man and D’Angel stop tek dem fans fi eeediat. It look like everytime a big show come round the two a dem find themselves pon di people dem stage a chat bout reunion and a act all lovey dovey. And two day after the show you hear dem a deny say dem deh. But people couldn’t care less anymore what did two a dem want fi do cause we all know that it’s all about giving dem career a hype, so we wish dem luck and prosperity inna dem foolishness.





Sumfest gossip: Beenie and D’Angel good now?

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Well Sumfest come and gaan but wi still haffi talk up di tings dem. Dancehall night a pure lovie dovie a gwaan between di doctor and him wife D’Angel.

Kiss kiss and tings. Memba sey Beenie Man nuh deh pon Dancehall night such a muss him wife him come support. Den Saturday night D’Angel meck sure sey she deh a front fi cheer har husband on. Yeah man, something a gwaan.





Sumfest gossip : Oops!

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A which artiste did haffi cut him performance short because him waan do a number 2. Backside all now wi still a laugh cause di way how him lef di stage quick and rush fi di loo yuh couldn’t help yuhself.

Not even too song him nuh do. Is a good ting it was a young artiste cause people woulda really galang bad if it did happen to one a di big artiste dem.





Chris Brown ruled at Sumfest Intl Night 1

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By Joan Wilson



American artiste Chris Brown, came, saw and totally conquered at Reggae Sumfest on International Night 1, held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

The youthful 21-year-old singer went into full gear as he danced, lip synced and sang his way into the hearts of the Sumfest fans.

He could absolutely do no wrong for the entertainment hungry crowd as they lapped up every thing he dished out.

The singer performed some of his big hits which included Gimme Dat, Run It, Say Yow, Brown Skin Girl, and With You.

It was even more exciting when he drew for Kartel’s Clarkes and showed that when it comes on to the Jamaican dance moves, he is also up to speed.

But Sumfest wasn’t just about Chris Brown, good as he was. There were other impressive acts for the night.

Coming after a fully charged, performance from Brown Jah Cure managed to hold his own on stage by choosing his better known songs such as Call on Me. He exited stage to the premiering of his music video for Unconditional Love which was shot on location in Cuba.

The Hold Yuh artiste Gyptian also put up a good showing, while thrilling fans, he also encouraged them to “support his new album by buying it.”

Gyptian called on stage a well dressed Nitty Kutchie who used the few minutes to make the connection with the crowd. Sugar Roy and Conrad Crystal also gave a cameo performance courtesy of Gyptian.

Young acts represented well such as upcoming singer Hezron and Canada-based artistes Steele who was making his Sumfest debut.

The females were not outmatched in any way by their male counterparts as the Strong One Etana gave a well received performance.

She was in fine form as she went through her paces singing songs such as Warrior Love, Wrong Addres, August Town and when she drew for Crazy Love, she acknowledged her husband by saying, “Andre gives me crazy love,” much to the crowd’s delight.

Etana made way for the Fyah Mumma Queen Ifrica who did a fiery, cultural stint.

When Yardflex exited the venue Tony Rebel was on stage holding his own.





Next Generation ignites Reggae Sumfest stage

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Digicel’s Next Generation campaign ambassadors, I-Octane and Agent Sasco, showed a packed-to-capacity Catherine Hall entertainment complex just how bright the future of Jamaican music is when they delivered sterling performances on Dancehall Night at the 2010 staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Dressed in purple and white, I-Octane first of the two Next Generation artistes to christen the stage on Thursday July 22 and made no qualms mystifying the thousands of patrons with his smooth vocals, powerful messages and positive music.

Born Byiome Muir, I-Octane’s soul-stirring 45-minute stint on stage showed Montego Bay exactly the stuff real performers are made of. He never lost the vital connection between himself and the crowd, made evident by the constant streams of torches and lighters dotting the dark Montego Bay sky.

Signs that the reggae singer got the thumbs up from Reggae Sumfest came each time the first chords of his many hit songs started to emanate from the towering speaker boxes at the front of the stage.

Fireworks, firecrackers and fire-rockets competed with screams of approval as I-Octane’s voice reverberated through the venue, and he took the crowd to entertainment ecstasy.

Sharply clad in a clean-lined metallic suit and a black skinny tie, dancehall’s most versatile artiste Agent Sasco indelibly wrote his name in the minds of Reggae Sumfest patrons in true Next Generation style.

Masterfully going through a seemingly endless arsenal of hit songs, Agent Sasco owned his stage and engaged his audience – which wasn’t hard to do. After all, from his first minute on-stage, the crowd had their hands in the air and only took them down when the artsite spoke to them or transitioned through songs.

Agent Sasco would satisfy the entertainment-hungry audience for almost an hour with his usual and unmistakable energy, which was rewarded with constant crowd approval. Shouts for encores were instantaneous when his time onstage ended.

Digicel’s Sponsorships and Events Manager, Tahnida Nunes was beaming with joy after the two artistes performed, emphatically stating, “The Next Generation is here, and it is bright”.

“We are so proud of I-Octane and Agent Sasco and their performances tonight,” the dreadlocked Nunes said as she happily congratulated the two faces of Digicel’s campaign on their on-stage antics.

Nunes also reiterated that the telecommunications giant is dedicated to “the next generation in totality, to Jamaica, and Jamaican entertainment.”

“Definitely, there are bigger, better things to look forward to from Digicel and The Next Generation.”








The experience that is the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth, Reggae Sumfest, was made bigger and better for patrons thanks to the Festival’s official telecommunications partner Digicel.

The mobile phone company, for the 4th year in a row, presented its acclaimed and exciting Digicel Talent Stage, which featured the likes of upcoming artistes performing at different intervals during the night.


With the likes of Denyque, Raine Seville, Natel, D-Major, Tanto Blacks, Keida, Princess Tia and more, the stage shone bright with the young talented stars, something that Digicel is known to encourage and support.


“Without a doubt we are proud that we have the opportunity to enhance the Reggae Sumfest experience with our talent stage, and are even more elated that we get the chance to shine some light on the next generation of talent.

The response was amazing, the artistes were magnificent and exciting and we are happy that the festival patrons enjoyed our entertainment package,” said Tahnida Nunes.


Nunes continued, saying what a major experience the talent stage represents for these artistes.


“Our stage remains a major platform for the exposure of talent, and all our acts go on to do great things in the entertainment industry. Immediately, I think of Tifa who made her debut at Reggae Sumfest on our stage in 2009 and this year she rocked the main stage, and she is just one on the list of many who have gone on to do big things,” she remarked.


Nunes, Digicel’s Sponsorship and Events Manager, isn’t the only person who had praises for the talent stage, as patrons enjoyed the activity which gave them more entertainment while band changes were undertaken on the main stage.


“Boy, it always give me something to look forward to, and all we haffi do is really turn round. So I enjoy it, especially Tanto Blacks and Kedia on Friday,” said one male patron. His female companion concurred, saying she enjoyed performer Denyque on Saturday night. Teenaged patrons also took pleasure in the talent stage as a large throng of them could be found each time activity on the stage commenced.


“It really is something that we are committed to doing and will continue doing as we expose more talent, and make Reggae Sumfest a bigger, better experience for all,” Nunes commented.


Digicel has been a major part of the Reggae Sumfest family for 10 consecutive stagings, as a part of its commitment to Jamaican entertainment, culture, and people.






Dexter Lee makes Jamaica proud

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Jamaica continues to shine on the world stage.

The latest comes from Dexter Lee who yesterday created history at the Stadium du Moncton last night as he sped to the island's first gold at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships, to defend the title he won two years ago in Bydgoszcz, Poland.


Lee, who ran out of lane seven after posting the seventh fastest time in the semi-finals, stopped the clock at 10.21 seconds, well below his personal and season best 10.16, beating American Charles Silmon, who ran a personal best 10.23, while France's Jimmy Vicaut, the joint world leader, was third in 10.28.


Yardflex congratulates the athlete on his achievement







Yardflex gets an exclusive with Gyptian for the release of Hold You.

By Lydia Patel

Yardflex TV caught up with Gyptian for an exclusive one on one at the VP records office in Queens. His album is officially launched worldwide and the VP artist is definitely looking forward to a great run. “It’s a lot of work, and it’s not a bed of roses/ You have to be dedicated to make it happen’. Gyptian is currently in NY promoting his brand new album and making numerous appearances at radio station and shows in the tri state area. The title track of the album, ‘Hold You’ has been a mega success for most of this year and remixed by major acts like Niki Minaj and Ricky Blaze. Hold You is available at all major retail outlets and digitally on itunes.






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The Reverend has been receiving a lot of flack since news broke that Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was held in his company. A lot of criticisms have come his way regarding his role in the whole affair.

What do you say? As a Christian, should he have stayed out of it? Was he justified in what he did? Holla at us.





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One on one with Shebada

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Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay introduced himself to the comedy market in a big way when he had viewers cracking up in stitches as a competitor on The Comedy Buss. Although he had taken part in other small productions it was the Comedy Buss that told the entire Jamaica he is a talent worth watching. Then came Bashment Granny and also Keith’s meteoric rise to fame! Yardflex sat down and had a one on one with the super popular actor in a no holds barred interview



How long have you been in the theatre?

Three years now - since 2006



Any Formal training…

No...acting is innate… I started out in church …I did a one man piece on Moses and the Burning Bush -entered regional and national church competitions and came first.





jah cure meets yardflex.jpgJah Cure's first performance since his release from prison on July 28, 2007 has left a lasting impression on his European fans. On Sunday August 12 at the Reggae Sundance Festival in Eindhoven, Holland, Jah Cure performed in front of 20,000 persons who were longing for that day. Irie FM's Elise Kelly gave a graphic report of this moment that she called absolutely phenomenal.

Kelly, who was present for most of the Reggae Sundance performances, lauded praises on all the "Masters of Their Craft" who gave brilliant presentations to the massive European audiences. Besides what is now termed as the historic crowd reception for Jah Cure, patrons were said to be highly engaged and enthusiastic throughout. Performances by reggae giants like, Bunny Wailer, Tony Rebel, Marcia Griffiths, Gregory Isaacs, Buju Banton, Jimmy Cliff and Anthony B were reportedly energy filled and well received.





Keeping up with MAVADO

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Stingmavado_bountykillerd'angel.jpgFresh from the successful US launch of his much anticipated debut album, "Gangsta for Life – the Symphony of David Brooks," Mavado has returned to the island to shoot a video for his mega hit "Squeeze Her Breast," the summer anthem also featured on his album.

The video was shot over two days on location in Cassava Piece and in a sound studio, with scores of hot girls flooding the camera lens. The video, which was directed by Julia Braham, also features a snippet of the follow-up to Squeeze Her Breast, "Twice a Day," a song that leaves little to the imagination. The video has now been edited and should be hitting TV screens over the next couple of weeks.

Mavado will be returning to New York later this month to headline the Carifest stage show, as well as to film a big budget video for the second single from "Gangsta For Life."





Jah Cure's first appearance overseas

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july2007-jah_cure.jpgOn August 12, 2007, Jah Cure is expected to make his first overseas appearance since being released last month. According to his manager, Allison Hunt, he will perform at The Sundance Festival in Holland. She also confirmed that news about his being scheduled to perform in the United States in upcoming months are unfounded and false.

The current "hot ticket" in reggae - Jah Cure is literally busting out all over, with an unprecedented popular winning streak that overrides the negativity of his recent unfortunate incarceration.

Born on October 11th, 1978 in Hanover, Jamaica and raised in Kingston, the talented singer was given the name Jah Cure by Reggae superstar, Capleton whom he met while growing up in Kingston. His first big break came in 1997 when he released the single "King of the Jungle" which was a duet with Sizzla. The single was produced by Beres Hammond who became Cure's mentor. He then released a steady stream of singles that won him critical and popular acclaim





Mr. Peppa in a medley mode

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PeppaVideosexygirls.jpgNatural Bridge recording artiste Mr. Peppa shot a medley music video last week for the songs 'When Last' and 'Pressure Dem'. The video was shot in the Kingston area under the direction of music video director Julia Braham who has been making a name for herself on the local scenes. Following hot on the tracks of the medley video, will be the shooting of another music video which will be shot on film for the song 'Whining', and will be directed by internationally acclaimed Ras Kassa 'The Guru', by the end of July, so as to catch the summer buzz. The video treatment for 'Whining' is currently been worked on and will be shot on film for the international market.

After the video shoot Mr. Peppa along with Ward 21 will head to Costa Rica for two shows in July to promote their combination single called 'Chatty Mouth' which made the Reggaeton chart in Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica, Mr. Peppa and Ward 21 will be making appearances at several radio and television stations, where they have been enjoying heavy rotation. Thereafter Mr. Peppa will be heading to the United Kingdom for a mini tour, where he has also been enjoying favourable airplay.





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The Portmore-based Dallas Dancers were the centre of attention at the recent video shoot for the international version of Shaggy's Church Heathen. The shoot which took place on Tuesday May 22 at the Asylum nightclub, saw the Dallas Dancers creating a storm with their well choreographed dance routines.

Directed by Jay Will, the international edition of the Church Heathen video saw cameo appearances from the likes of Danny Champagnie, media personality Miss Kitty and Ninja Man among others.
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DOWNSOUND SHOOTS SIKA MEDLEY AND LOCO AMORE

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Nanko_wines_dancerSexyGirls-SeanPaul-BeenieManWeddingNudeXXX.jpgDownsound Records did a three day shoot for two videos, Nanko's 'Loco Amore' and the 'Sika Medley' last week which involved scenes shot over two days in the parish of Portland, and culminated in an exciting alcohol-fueled, girl-crazy finale at the Asylum nightclub in Kingston on day three.

The HWT-based music outfit shot the Sika Medley at the Asylum nightclub on Tuesday. The video features the artistes Harry Toddler's 'Beggy Beggy', I Maroon's 'One Woman Kill Nature', Nanko's 'Step Up In the Club', Lion's title track, 'Sika' and Natalie's 'Big Things', Millennium 'Dig It'. The Cadillac Dancers also developed a new dance move called the 'Sika' to compliment the rhythm.

"The shoot went really well, we got some great scenes, especially with our slate of upcoming acts. Downsound believes in working with young artistes, they're hungry and they have great potential, and we have some amazing beach footage with Nanko in Portland for his solo, 'Loco Amore'," Downsound boss Joseph Bogdanovich said.





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It's Official. The biggest bootlegg movie of all times, hits the big screen on September 15th, 2006!

The movie that has been nicknamed, The Jamaican Scarface, Shottas will make it's theatrical debut across the United States late summer.

Distributed by Sony/Screen Gems, the official release of one of the most popular movies ever with an allstar caribbean cast, is sure to become a box office hit.

Shottas Part 1 hits the big time!

Cess Silvera, the writer, director, and producer of Shottas, is confident and proud of the finished masterpiece. "Shottas has been re-edited, and Stephen Marley has redone the music score. The movie is in new form. You've never seen Shottas like this before. Clarity, surround sound, quality, and you do not want to miss the opening three minutes. It's ridiculously sick. Shilo, I can't even disclose the opening scene to you. Everyone just have to get to the theatre early."

Shottas has inspired movies such as 'City Of God', and is now officially the biggest ever bootlegg movie to date. According to Cess, 'we have to prove to the industry, to Hollywood, that our movies can sell. The bootleggers owe us,' Cess remarked laughing. 'You all have one or two bootlegg copies. It's payback time now.'

Everyone is asking about Shottas part two.

Well, the wait will soon be over, but we must do our part to support our own. The filming of part two takes place in October 2006, and is slated for an early 2007 release.





rastafarian2_150.jpg'Sugar Mommies', a play centred around the issue of sex tourism in Jamaica, especially the practice of older Caucasian women coming to the island resorts to 'get their grooves back' with young nubile black men.

The plot focuses on white women from the UK and US who come to Jamaica to be with 'rastatutes' or 'rent-a-dreads', and comes with a high price for the 'milk bottles' or 'whiteys' as the white woman are supposedly called. The play debuts on August 5 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre next month.

Playwright Tanika Gupta traveled to Jamaica, and conducted 240 interviews with females, primarily sex tourists, in order to do research for the project. The play will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Canadian-born actress Linda Bellingham. It will run through to September 2.





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Music video director Ras Kassa of 'Welcome to Jamrock' fame got his major international break when he co-directed Sean Paul's latest video which was done for the single, 'Never Gonna Be the Same' alongside internationally recognised director Jesse Terrero who shot the infamous 50 Cent 'Candy Shop' video.

"It was a great vibe between me and Jesse, we shared ideas and I learned things from him and he maybe learned about how to make a Caribbean video, we just combined and the energy was great...the video is going to be great, some people say that it's the best song on his album," Ras Kassa of Guru Films said.

The video was shot on May 26th and May 27th in locations in Port Royal in East Kingston, Standpipe, St. Andrew and Jack's Hill in upper St. Andrew. It was the first time that Ras Kassa had worked with Sean Paul and Mr. Vegas since the project, 'Hot Gal Today' that was shot with Kevin Lee several years ago.





Beenie Man & Akon Shoot 'Girls' Video

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BeenieMan&Akon.jpgBeenie Man and R & B singer Akon shot a video for their combination single, 'Girls' last week. The song, which has been getting a lot of spins on hip hop stations, is one of the tracks on Beenie Man's upcoming 'Undisputed' album set for release on July 18, 2006.

"It was a two-day shoot and we did a lot of green screen work so the images will be added later. I always like working with Little X The buzz on the song so far is good, I am looking forward to seeing the finished video," he told YardFlex.Com.

Beenie Man will be shooting the video for 'Hmm Hmm' next week as well. "Hmm Hmm" is the lead single of the album for which the Doctor has enlisted his superstar friends such as hip-hop mega-hit maker Scott Storch (Beyonce, Eve, Chris Brown, Nelly, The Roots), and studio guests such as Akon ("Lonely") and reggaeton's seminal female star, Ivy Queen.





Mr. Peppa Way - 'Gangsta Guerilla' - Video Shoot

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By: PaPa & RaZZi

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Mr. Peppa shot the music video for his slamming new single, 'Gangsta Guerilla' last weekend. The shoot took place over two days in the Corporate Area, and featured scenes from shot at such locations as the juice factory in Allman Town, Kingston, the 'white room' at ADVIDCO, and the Habibi Latino Restaurant in New Kingston.

"The video depicts the 'survival mode' that everyone in this society, whether rich or poor, can relate to, the struggle to survive and function in a very competitive society so this song addresses some critical social issues. The concept for it was Mark's (Pinnock) idea, and I added in some parts. When it makes its debut in two weeks, it's going to be crazy," Mr. Peppa told YardFlex.com.





Rihanna: S.O.S. (Rescue Me)

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rihanna_02.jpgIt's unsurprising that the video for Rihanna's latest single, S.O.S. (Rescue Me) contains an alluring bronzed woman, flashing lights, and close-ups because (1) these are nearly prerequisites for MTV videos and (2) Rihanna is so gorgeous that she really doesn't need to do anything to entertain. Throughout the video she sprawls in a corner and dances in sultry outfits; the lyrics suggest that a boy has her &ldquostressing" and "calling out for help," though she certainly doesn't seem to be losing any sleep over it.

RihannaFor Rihanna, a native of Barbados, this video is a departure from the dancehall theme of her two previous singles, If It's Lovin' That You Want and Pon de Replay. Gone are the beach scenes, the DJs, and the Caribbean backing track. In fact, this video is shot against an erratic monochromatic background, features few choreographed dance scenes, and a thundering beat that is an obvious appropriation of Soft Cell's eighties hit Tainted Love.

As a result, Rihanna's choreography in S.O.S pales in comparison to her previous work, but fits well with the song; the hazy lighting and changing backgrounds even compensate for the lack of synchronized movement.





Leftside and Esco 'Whistle' for Wata

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Leftside&EscoWata.jpgThe new single, Whistle, performed by the duo of Leftside and Esco, has been creating waves since the video hit television screens a little over two weeks ago. The soca-influenced song which is really a take off from the Iwer George hit Water (recorded a while back), has been embraced by the Wata product for its latest promotional vehicle.

'This song is basically a work for hire. The distributors of the Wata product wanted to recreate a song coming off the Iwer George song. The vibe has been good so far', Matthew 'Esco' Thompson explained in an interview on the weekend.

Although a bit suggestive, Whistle appears to have been embraced by loyal soca enthusiasts. 'We hope it will do well for the carnival season. If you notice, the video has a lot of girls, and we tried to create a whole different look', added Thompson.

The video for Whistle was shot on location in Lime Cay a few weeks ago and YardFlex's finest was there PaPa & Razzi.





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Tanto&DevonteYardFlex.jpgThe Dynamic duo Tanto Metro & Devonte - "Musically Inclined" their latest album will hit the selves on March 21, 2006. The Duo have recently shot the video for one of the lead single on their album titled 'Good Or Bad Times' produced by Troyton Remi for Black Shadow Records on the Blink Riddim. The video was shot at 11 Lindsay Crecesnt in the studio of Advico/Music Plus.

This magnificent video was the sole responsibility of Rass Kassa, which he says will be premiering on MTV-TEMPO within the next couple of weeks.

Tanto Metro & Devonte are now hard at work promoting the single as well as their upcoming album. They did themselves well last week at VP Records Spring Break held at Margaretville, Negril.





Swing Eh 'Weh in Barbican, The Uptown Garrison

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SOLD OUT! When Beenie Man shot the video for his new single, 'Swing Eh Weh' in Barbican Place, the uptown garrison, it was no comparison, the whole community came out for the event. School kids coming home from school stopped by, mangy dogs and even an old codger that looked like he must have had his last erection in 1987 showed to ogle the winking bellybuttons, exposed thighs, and daring fashions of the Barbican hotties at the video shoot.

It's the first time that Pappa and Razzi have ever seen so many girls dressed up in their finest on a hot, Tuesday afternoon, even the bleached-out face ones who normally scorn the sun like it's something lethal appeared in their numbers. And Kingston, de gal dem hot!





By: Jigga Mattic
Photos By Warlington

D'Angel-PhotoByCarlingtonWilmotYardFlex.jpgDressed to the nines in a white business suit and her hair a stunning red, D'Angel looked like the portrait of a take-no-prisoners career woman on the set of her new video, 'Give the Woman a Chance' on Wednesday afternoon. The video was shot by critically acclaimed director Nordia Rose at Victoria House, Lindsay Crescent.

"I think that this song is an important one because it sends a clear message to women that they can succeed at the highest level of politics and business, if they just stick to their guns," D'Angel said.





Big up to the Chin sisters

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We have to ... MUST... could not make another day pass and we don't send a special shout out to the Chin sisters, Rosie and Shantelle. We spy them over Wyndham on Saturday and from all indications, them ready to run road and hot up entertainer and athlete head again. But one thing we are please asking the two of you, Don't breed again. We know this sounds coarse and vulgar, but we really can't put it any other way. You each have a child now, so please, in the midst of the partying, remember to spend some quality time with the kids. Whatever you do now, will have an impact on that child's life. We have nothing more to say.
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Digicel Signs I-Octane

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With the closure of the Mas Camp on Oxford Road scheduled to take place in another two weeks, several staple events will have to find new homes. There has been talk of closure from as far back as 2006, but year after the year the New Kingston venue remained open. It has, however, been reported that the venue owned by the Butch Stewart-owned ATL group will soon make way for a new hotel. A report carried in The Star stated that Gyete Ghartey, promoter of Mello Vibes and Yesterday, said he got the daunting call in October. "Going forward we have to find another venue, a venue that is accessible. Mas Camp had everything. It was quite central, you had parking and it wasn't so much in a residential area," he told THE STAR. With Mello Vibes being held at Mas Camp for the final time on the weekend, Ghartey said it will be a difficult task to find another venue that has similar characteristics. Nonetheless, he said the next staging of Yesterday will be on November 19 at Sugarman's Beach in Portmore. After that event, Ghartey said, it will be hard to find a venue for the December staging. Daunting for Ghartey, but Michael Ammar Jr, organiser of Bacchanal Jamaica, said his group has been preparing since becoming aware of the closure early this year. "From the last carnival we knew it was closing. It won't affect us, we will have a new 'Mas Camp'," he said. Ammar said they are well advanced with their plans for a new venue, but as for the details, he was tight-lipped. This new location, he said, might even improve the event. As for other events that were staged at Mas Camp, Ammar said "it's going to affect a lot of the independent operators that rent Mas Camp." Therefore, "we are trying to choose a venue that will be suitable for use by other people," he said, noting that one more event will he held at Mas Camp before it closes. Ghartey and Ammar are not alone with their views, as Jerome Hamilton a representative of Heineken Good Times, shares similar sentiments. "I think it is going to hurt Good Times as well as other events that were held there. It is going to create a void and I am not sure how we are going to fill that. It's a big blow to the industry," he told THE STAR, describing Mas Camp as a convenient location.
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Miss Kitty - Novelist or Literary Revolutionist?

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Ever since news surfaced a few weeks ago that popular radio and television personality, Khadine Hylton, 
more popularly known as Miss Kitty, had written a salacious novel, the streets have been buzzing, and 
questions flying  -   what does Miss Kitty have to say now, and who, if anyone, is she taking aim at, or 
unmasking in this novel?
Well come Thursday evening, the curious  may very well get their answers with the launch of the highly 
anticipated debut novel, with a title that adds to the intrigue, 'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD'. 
Set to take place on the grounds of Bookophilia, located at 92 Hope Road in Kingston, the launch of Miss Kitty's debut literary effort is already 
gearing up to be an event for the 
books - no pun intended. 
"The response and expectation has 
been phenomenal," explains 
Pageturner's Karl Larmond. 
"Let's just say it's been a real 
receptive presentation so far. All 
our distributors are excited
about this publication,  so much 
that some have literally made 
shelf space for the arrival of 
'Good Girl Gone Bad' in a few days."
'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' highlights the sensitive subject of a miscarriage in a once flourishing relationship, but 
one that's soon on life-support with the tragic twist of fate. And like they say, when it rains, it pours, but you 
will have to read it to get the gist and twist of the story. 
Set to commence at 6:30 pm, the launch of 'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' is already sounding like a stellar occasion, 
with participation from a wide cross section of society's luminaries and celebrities, from the likes of opening
prayer by Tommy Cowan, and readings from the likes of Yendi Phillips, Oliver Samuels, Professor Donna Hope,
ace Disc Jock Kurt Riley, and also an address from Mrs. Valrie Francis from The Jamaica National Library, just to 
name a few. 
'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' will be available at all Sangsters Book Stores, all Kingston Book Shops and wherever 
books are sold across the island. Fans can also catch Miss Kitty at any one of the over twenty island-wide 
signings already in the final planning stages. 
GOOD GIRL GONE BAD in stores November 4th 2011. 
SPONSORS: Digicel, Wisynco, Wata, Baileys, Coco Cola, Bookophilia, Rhapsody Cakes and Plantscape
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Cinema release for Ghetta Life Dec 2

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The latest film by Jamaican director, Chris Brown, is coming out in cinemas across the country on 2nd December. The film, whose Executive Producer is ex-World Heavyweight boxing champion, Lennox Lewis, is set in a suburb of Kingston, where each ghetto is under garrison law and run by gun toting gangs under the leadership of ruthless Mafia style 'dons'. Derrick is a talented boxer with a dream of representing his country at the Olympics but the best trainer and gym are in the no-go next door neighbourhood. Although he knows the risks, Derrick decides to 'cross over' in order to pursue his dreams but in doing so puts the lives of those he loves in mortal danger. This is a gritty, shocking, engrossing and ultimately uplifting story of the triumph of human spirit and hope. There's also a superb soundtrack featuring a mix of reggae and dancehall.
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October 17, 2011 - Multiple Grammy Award-winning Reggae Superstar Damian Marley has partnered with the Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) to headline its "STAND UP - Educate the Youths" BENEFIT CONCERT to help children in Jamaica attend high school.
The STAND UP Benefit Concert will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the beautiful outdoor music venue, Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Caribbean Education Foundation Jamaica Scholarship Programs. 
The theme of the concert is "leadership, pride, compassion and action" and how they intertwine to "educate the youth".  "STAND UP - Educate the Youths", CEF's 2011 Education Benefit Concert, features Damian Marley and music artists who exemplify the qualities of leadership, pride, compassion and take action to support education for poor youths.  These global music leaders will lend their voices to the need for educational access in countries such as Jamaica.
When asked the reasons Caribbean Education Foundation chose international reggae superstar Damian Marley as its Partner and Headliner for STAND UP, CEF President & CEO, Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq. explains, "STAND UP exemplifies artists who are taking positive actions for a better world and Damian Marley is a natural fit with this tremendous effort.  Damian Marley is not only a Spectacular Entertainer and Musical Genius, but he is also a Humanitarian who deeply cares about disadvantaged children and understands there is a critical need to provide them with meaningful access to education.  Therefore, it was natural for us to request that Damian Marley partner with CEF and he immediately embraced our efforts and took action."
FOR TICKET INFORMATION: Visit  Jannus Live
VIP TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact CEF
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Kartel charged with murder

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Popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder by investigators from the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT).
The entertainer, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, has been charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm and conspiracy to murder.
Kartel was charged Monday evening after detectives from the MIT questioned the artiste in the presence of his attorneys Monday afternoon.
The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, Kartel along with other men conspired to murder Barrington Burton, who is otherwise called 'Bossie', a 27 year- old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St. Catherine.
Mr. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park.
A preliminary hearing will take place on Tuesday, October 3 at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court.
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Congrats Mr & Mrs Golding

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Congrats to the newly-wed Steve Golding, son of the Prime Minister, and his bride, Empress.
Those two have been an item for quite a while now and we wish them a long and lasting love.
But, a how dem look like Jah Cure and fi him wife so when dem did get married the other day.
Anyway, congrats again and may your quiver be full of kids to keep the PM active in his retirement.
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Teacha's Pet debuts this Friday

Kingston, Jamaica - September 20, 2011: Today,  LIME and the producers of Teacha's Pet shared details on the highly anticipated  reality TV series featuring popular dancehall entertainer, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer,  in a never-before- seen format for local television.

Scheduled to start airing on CVM TV and on Peppa, carried on LIME Mobile TV on September 23, Teacha's Pet surrounds the love life and career of Vybz Kartel and was shot on location at an upper St. Andrew residence. During the briefing LIME revealed that fans of the show will have the chance to watch deleted scenes on Peppa - an entertainment channel distributed on its mobile TV network.

"After every show, fans who want more can tune in to the entertainment channel Peppa, for a 20-minute after show featuring all the "too hot for TV" moments - a first in Jamaica," highlighted  Tara Playfair-Scott, LIME Head of Television & Entertainment.


"Content is king in the world of television and we believe that 'Teacha's Pet' is a good example of entertaining and most importantly, 100% Jamaican programming and the way we are partnering with Teacha's Pet will bring a new dimension to TV in Jamaica and our mobile TV network." she added.


Produced by Carleene Samuels and directed by Jason 'Jay Will' Williams of Creative Source Productions, the programme features a cast of 20 female contestants who live together and complete daily challenges as they try to win the love of Vybz Kartel.  


According to Samuels, Teacha's Pet is unlike any other programme produced locally. "Generally persons tend to be skeptical about Jamaican reality series, however we are positive that this top quality production will attract high viewership particularly among the artistes' huge fan base across the globe."


Commenting on the show, Palmer said: "This is another milestone and pillar of success in my career." "I have always had an interest in pursuing film based projects along with my music. I am very pleased with the production and I look forward to the response of my fans and the viewers who will tune in every Friday night".


He further pointed out that, to date, the response from his fans has been very positive and resulted in contestants from as far as the Middle East being selected to be a part of the show.


In June, producers of the show issued a casting call online for Kartel's 'love hopefuls' that resulted in over 1000 applications from young women locally and internationally being submitted. The finalists who will appear on the show were selected by the artiste and producers of the show.

Other local celebrities including Amelia 'Milk' Sewell  as the substitute teacher and recording artiste 'Popcaan'  as the confidant are also featured in the weekly hour long programme.

Members of the Diaspora and Vybz Kartel fans globally will be able to access the programme online via a pay-per-view service on www.teachaspet.com -the show's official website. Locally, on September 23 & 24, LIME will offer specially discounted prices on mobile television enabled handsets for viewers to access Peppa.

Fans of the show will be able share feedback, gossip and comments on the show's Facebook and Twitter accounts as well on the show's website.

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Jah Cure to wed this weekend

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Congrats to Jah Cure and his girlfriend who will be tying the knot this weekend in an exclusive ceremony.
Glad to see the artiste taking this road and we wish them all the best.






The brand known for creating 

the most original experiences and best drink mixes, Smirnoff Vodka, is rewarding its consumers by giving them an opportunity to partake in the highly anticipated launch of the Smirnoff Dream weekend. The digital media promotion will be open to all Facebook and Twitter fans. The launch is set for next week and it is expected that the promoters will present details of the weekend events as well as disclose the early bird and regular band prices.

According to Marsha Lumley, Brand Manager Smirnoff,  Smirnoff has experienced a revolution through social media over the past few months and with Smirnoff launching its biggest activation for the year, the brand wanted to celebrate the occasion with its consumers.

 "We have been having great engagement with our consumers through Facebook and Twitter recently and this is an opportunity for our consumers to share in a Smirnoff experience with the brand," said Lumley.

"The launch will be a teaser to Smirnoff Dream Weekend and it promises to a be an event you wouldn't want to miss."

Persons interested in participating simply have to post a picture of themselves at a past Smirnoff-sponsored event to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page, Facebook.com/Smirnoffjamaica. The picture must clearly show either a branded Smirnoff cup, armband or Smirnoff background. The name of the event must be posted with the picture.

The persons with the most 'likes' will be rewarded with an invite for them and a friend to attend the launch. Fifteen (15) persons will be chosen using this route. Tweeters are also being given an opportunity to post to their time lines a photo fitting the criteria mentioning @SmirnoffJamaica.

The top 10 twitter fans with the most re-tweets will also be rewarded with an invite to the Smirnoff Dream Weekend launch and will also be featured as 'Smirnoff Tweet Ambassadors'.

"Smirnoff Jamaica has seen the support of thousands of fans using Facebook and Twitter and this is a way in which we can show them that we are thankful for the support," Ms. Lumley added.

The winners of this digital promotion will be chosen before Wednesday June 15, so potential participants are encouraged to start posting their pictures and have their friends vote and tweet.

Smirnoff Dream Weekend is one of the staple events on the annual entertainment calendar and is scheduled for July 29-August 1. It boasts seven of the most premium events including Extreme Wet n Wild, Daydreams, Yush, Twisted Spirits, Smirnoff Xclusive, Smirnoff Flavours and Beer Vibes.

 

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Reggae Sumfest donates to Mo Bay groups

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The organisers of the annual international reggae music festival Reggae Sumfest have donated $400,000 in cash and computer equipment to two groups in St. James.

The beneficiaries are the Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club, which has received  $300,000 to assist in procuring musical instruments for its band, while a computer, valued at approximately $100,000, was presented to the Jamaica Fire Brigade's Montego Bay Office.

Johnny Gouzong, Executive Director of Reggae SumFest, made the presentations on Tuesday, July 5, during the official launch of the 19th staging of the Reggae Sumfest at the Iberostar Rosehall Hotel in Montego Bay.

Howard Deers, the director in charge of transportation for Reggae SumFest Promotions, said the donations were the organiser's way of giving back to society "which has given tremendous support to the festival over the past many years."

The Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club was the national parish project for St. James for Labour Day activities on May 23, receiving overwhelming support from the business community and citizens of Montego Bay and the parish.

Mr. Gouzong, in the meantime, announced that at this year staging of Reggae SumFest "we will be honouring some of those entertainers, who have contributed to the development of Jamaica's music, such as Beres Hammond, E.T. Webster and the late Gregory Isaacs."

Dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest will be held from July 17 to 23 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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KC boy's killer flees the island

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Reports are that the man fingered in the murder of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais left the island last Saturday for Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

A raid of his home in Belgrade Loop, upper St Andrew, on Tuesday night, saw the police seizing two BMW X6s which are now being processed.

A senior police officer attached to the case reportedly told The Gleaner that the man's family was also questioned by the police yesterday.

During Tuesday night's operations, two men were also arrested and charged for possession of marijuana. They have since been released on station bail.

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Andy Holness, the CEO of St Bess Records has his sights set on breaking his St Bess All Stars crew this summer and, like he does everything else, he's giving it his all.

Ash, as he is called, has hitched his wagon to the extremely popular summer session, ATI, and has produced a song which he hopes will become the theme song of the event. Hey Now, as the song is titled, is the debut from the St Bess All Stars which comprises Tresan Dray and Face Dadda, among others.

"ATI is the summer party event and if I can get this song playing like a theme song at ATI, then that will be enough expose for us to capitalize on," the producer explained.

He has recruited Damian 'Keezy' Hewitt, a master at building riddim and together they have pledged to give talented youth from the area a voice.

Hey Now, the ATI song is the first official release from the studio and there are two versions - the studio version and the live version.

Of course, Holness' hope is that Hey Now will "get a big buss".

"Let's say this ATI song  gets a big buss - If it even comes second right behind Kartel's summer song that will be quite fine," he declared.

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Laza Morgan confirmed for Reggae Sumfest

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Atlantic /Elektra recording artiste Laza Morgan, brother of Gramps and Peetah Morgan of famed reggae group Morgan Heritage and son of reggae legend Denroy Morgan, whose multi-platinum 'I'll Do Anything For You' ruled urban playlists in the 1980's, is confirmed as a performer on 'International Night 2' at the 2011 installment of Reggae Sumfest, on Saturday, July 23, at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Laza will join US acts Nicki Minaj, R Kelly, along with Jamaican hitmakers Mavado, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Tanya Stephens and I Octane at Sumfest, that kicks off on Thursday July 21 - Saturday July 23.

"I am extremely excited to be included in this year's powerful Reggae Sumfest lineup. Sumfest is certainly the biggest platforms in the Caribbean for a reggae artiste to showcase their craft and I plan to do just that when I perform on international night this year" he said.

"I plan to bring my A game to Sumfest and give fans something extra special that they will remember and treasure for many, many years to come" Morgan, one of 30 siblings promised.

Morgan's raspy, resonating voice and rhythmic 'DJ' style flows are causing heads to turn stateside with his new single 'One by One' featuring dancehall hitmaker Mavado. The track, produced by Julian Bunetta and Frank E, is a hypnotic love song that is blazing urban Power 106 FM in LA, WJMH in Boston, WVIP, New York, WAVS in Florida and other radio stations across the USA with its compelling charm. The track has also started to penetrate ethnic charts and was added to the Miami Top Ten charts at the #7 position just this week. Laza's hot new mixtape 'First Look" dropped a few weeks ago and is now available for free online.

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Gully God a grieve bad

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We hear say di Gully God a tek Connie death bad. From it happen yesterday him nuh stop bawl.

We sorry fi hear say di yute drop out just like that, but we hope say it is a wake-up call fi all a di man dem who say dem inna 'entourage'. This entourage ting is not a good ting and after the incident down inna Ochi them shoulda handle tings different.

Yardflex sends out condolences to the family of Connie and his extended Alliance family.






The popular roots play 'Ova Mi Dead Body' is on its way to West
Kingston for a special performance on Holy Thursday, the 21st of
April,  at 8 p.m.to help raise funds to feed the elderly and the
indigent in this community.

The initiative is the brain child of Stages Production which has once
again teamed up with the 'What a brother can do for Another'
foundation to present  top class entertainment and a belly full of
laughter to inner city residents.

"The Denham Town high school will erupt in pandemonium and laughter as
Delcita and the Stages crew which also includes  Jukky Jam, Bad Boy
Trevor and String Bean hit the stage for a rare downtown performance.
Showtime is at 8pm, and judging by the last play held a month ago you
better be early or you get lef," Deborah 'Foxy' Golding, a director of
the 'What a Brother Can Do for Another' Foundation, said in a release.

Actress Andrea 'Delcita' Wright promises an all out performance "full
of madness and excitment" for her many fans from the inner city.

"Mi coming fi talk di things dem, teach woman how fi deal wid dem man
ya. Money ova words, cause good romance caan carry go shop," Delcita
said in a release.

Admission is $1000. Tickets are availible at Jah T's wholesale, at  23
Spanish Town road.

Two months ago the popular roots play 'Ghett Out' pulled a large crowd
to West Kingston.

"The last show was a great success, it was well organised the patrons
enjoyed themselves to the fullest. It was a great fundraiser and the
money went a long way to fulfilling the needs of our shut-ins and sick
people. We hope that this will be just as successful. We have worked
out a few kinks in the show as last time, Shebada's arrival caused
many people to rush in at once but  this show you're going to feel
like the Grammy's in LA," Ms. Golding said.
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Remake of Harder They Come coming 2012

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There will be a remake of The Harder They Come, the popular 1972 sensational
low-budget movie of filmmaker Perry Henzell.
Henzell's daughter, Justine Henzell, reportedly told The Gleaner last week that
filming is scheduled to start later this year in Jamaica and London.
Chris Salewicz, the respected British writer, did most of the writing for the
new-look movie but Henzell said a cast is still being assembled.
Salewicz has written extensively on reggae including the book, Songs of Freedom,
as well as an authorised Bob Marley biography.
He also wrote the screenplay for the 1999 movie, Third World Cop.
The Harder They Come remake is a joint venture between Henzell, British company
Xingu Films and Conquering Lion Pictures which is based in Toronto.
"Over the years, many people have approached us with remake ideas but for the
first time I am confident we have a team that will honour the original, while
creating a new narrative worthy of the legacy," Henzell said.
The Harder They Come is expected to be released in 2012, 40 years after the
original, which starred singer Jimmy Cliff, was first shown in Jamaica.
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Jah Cure returns to court for ganja trial

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Reggae singer Siccaturie Alcock, also known as Jah Cure, is scheduled to face
court Tuesday in his ongoing trial for ganja possession.
The trial began last month.
Jah Cure is challenging the allegation that the Constant Spring Police found
marijuana in his car during a traffic stop in April last year.
The cops contend they found a small quantity of ganja in his BMW during a spot
check along Dunrobin Avenue in St. Andrew.
At the start of the trial, the arresting officer testified that when he
approached the vehicle, he detected the scent of ganja, and when he asked the
singer about it, he confirmed he had been smoking ganja.
The policeman added that he searched the vehicle and found a small quantity of
ganja and two ganja spliffs.
But during testimony, Jah Cure denied the allegations.
He admitted that he smokes ganja, but told the court that no drugs were in his
car on the night of the incident.

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Wrestling wives team up for reality show

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First there was the "Real Housewives." Then came "Basketball Wives." Now TMZ has learned a show currently in production centers around a new group of famous spouses -- "Wrestler Wives."

Multiple sources tell us the guys behind "Pit Boss" have teamed up with VH1 to produce a show which follows the wives of famous wrestlers -- and the pilot has already begun shooting in Houston.

Sources say Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (Booker T's wife), Stacy Carter (Jerry Lawler's ex-wife) and Jackie Haas (Charlie Haas' wife) are the main focus of the show.

We're told the show will also be centered around WWE wrestler Booker T's wrestling school in Texas -- which Sharmell helps runs. 

Get ready for some catfights!!!

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A kidnapping, which was in revenge for brawl at a wedding in Jamaica, has landed three men in Sheffield, England behind bars for a total of 40 years.

Leslie Noel, James Allen and Matthew Hibbert were convicted of kidnapping, blackmailing and threatening to kill two brothers in what the police believe was a reprisal attack.

Neither Noel, Allen nor Hibbert were involved in the brawl, which took place at the wedding in Jamaica.

However, Allen, a relative of one of the persons injured in the brawl, was asked to seek revenge on a man who was also involved in the disturbance.

Noel, Allen and Hibbert lured their victim to a house on Queen Mary Road in Manor, Sheffield and held him hostage, threatening to shoot him unless they were paid £15,000.

The hostage's brother was also held captive by the trio until he volunteered to get them the cash they demanded.

While he was being taken to get the money, the brother managed to escape by jumping from the moving car.

He raised an alarm.

Noel and Hibbert escaped but Allen was found in the house along with the other hostage.

Noel and Hibbert were held four months later when they again tried to demand money from one of the victims.

The police say they were able to charge the trio for both offences thanks to "persistent and protracted enquiries, the latest technological advances and data-sharing arrangements" as the brother who was involved in the dispute at the Jamaican wedding refused to co-operate with them.

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Producers team up for Japan tribute riddim

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 Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor of Big Ship, Mighty Crown and Gachapan Records will record Jamaican artistes on the Japan tribute riddim.

The Jamaican deejays are yet to be finalised. It follows a earlier move by the riddim's producer Pancho of Gachapan to record some 30 Japanese deejays in a 20-minute song entitled One For All.

"We and Big Ship (Di Genius) and Mighty Crown are team to make Jamaican artiste Japan tribute song," Pancho told the Observer via Twitter.

Japan-born Pancho lives in Jamaica and has produced I-Octane, Aidonia, G-Whizz, Konskens, Charly Blacks, Nesbeth, Laden, QQ, Ras Penco, Munga and more, under his label Gachapan Records. Di Genius has produced artistes including Mavado and Chino of Big Ship. Japan-based Mighty Crown is amongst the largest soundsystem in the world. But also contains a production house and its own Nike show deal.

This month's 9.0-earthquake and tsunami left more than 16,000 dead or missing. Japan called the disaster its worst crisis since World War II.

The single featuring Japanese artistes will be released in mid-April. The Japanese deejays include Masta Simon (Mighty Crown) Chehon, Ryo The Skywalker, Pushim, Jumbo Maatch, Takafin, Boxer Kid, Ng Head, Buggie Man.Vader, Armstrong, Peter Man, kenty Gross, Big Bear, Douraku, Rudeboy Face, Rueed, Micky Rich, Natural Wepon, Tak Z, Akane, Papa Ugee, Monkey Ken, G2,and Singj Roy.

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Mavado and DJ Khaled have teamed up for the monstrous megamix of hit single Welcome to My Hood.

The original version of Welcome to My Hood features Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies and T-Pain but DJ Khaled gathered an all-star cast for the remix that reads like a who's who of rap over the last decade.

Mavado lines up with rappers Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game and Waka Flocka Flame on the remix, with Mavado arriving fifth on the track.

In a release, DJ Khaled said "Everybody's saying they love Mavado's verse, I'm a big fan of Mavado's and his flava on the record just adds that different edge,"

Plans are already underway for a video to be shot for the remix, which is a staggering seven minutes long, but since Mavado is currently unable to travel to the US his part will be specially shot in Jamaica by a local director and slotted in.

"It's a great feeling to be on a record with such a list of stars and It helps position my career right in the mainstream as the record is getting airplay on radio in America already," Mavado said.

He is also going to be featured on Ace Hoods' new album.

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Jamaica's dancehall comedic duo Twins of Twins have landed a major deal which could catapult their Stir It Up comedy sketches into mainstream television.

The Twins of Twins have inked a contract with the Platinum Camp to animate the latest volume of their Stir It Up series which has attracted a following in the dancehall community.

In a press release, Daddy Biggs from Platinum Camp said "this has never been done before in the history of the Caribbean. (we'll be) changing the format of Stir It Up series Volume 9 to an animated format, followed by the production and development of a thirty minutes animated sitcom for television based on the characters made famous by the Twins," he said.

Platinum Camp Records and Twin of Twins will be bank rolling the project.

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IRAWMA 2011 goes to Trinidad

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The 30th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will be coming to the Caribbean region this year.

The 2011 staging of the awards is to be held at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 28.

Topping the list of nominees this year is Reggae artiste Gyptian, who is nominated in eight categories.

Machel Montano, Trinidad and Tobago's King of Soca and recent winner of the Soca Monarch and Road March titles, is also nominated.

He is nominated in seven categories.

Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley is also nominated in seven categories while legendary producers Sly and Robbie received six nominations.

Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel received five nominations.

Other multiple nominees include Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Queen Ifrica, Shaggy, Rihanna, Nicki Minja, Tarrus Riley, Third World, Gramps Morgan and Marcia Griffiths.

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Trinidad carnival 2k11 Monday mas is a day where masqueraders hit the streets of port of spain looking for a great time and preparation of the big day. Typically Monday day ware is provided by one of the numerous bands and is basically a cool down from j'ouvert morning just a few hours prior. I had the fortune of taking part in j'ouvert band called 'Think Pink' brought to you by Kampus Boys. By the time I came off the road and scrubbed the pink paint of my skin, it was time to get ready to line up on Ariapita Ave to start day 1 of carnival. Revellers jumped, waved, chipped and sung along to various soca and groovy soca tunes that were all part of the build up during the carnival season. Every night in the week leading up to the final two days on the road there are massive fetes, several of which are all inclusive and over night. The main fetes include bacchanal Wednesday, UWI splash, soca monarch, girl power and insomnia. Patrons got a treat to some great music and performances live every night. Kes the Band took home the title of groovy soca monarch for carnival 2k11 with the big tune 'wotless'. But let me be the first to tell you hands on that it was worth the entire $500,000 TTD each time he performed during the carnival season. Kes had his female fans in a frenzy especially with his fantastic wining ability and 'juking' skills. Machel Montano
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 was the big winner this year with the power soca monarch competition. Machel took 'advantage' of the People's partnership party offer to increase the prize money for this year's competition from one million to two million TTD. With that, Machel was back in the game after not entering the competition for close to a decade. Day two pon di road Carnival Tuesday was the true depiction of what Is coined 'the greatest show on earth'. That is the day where the entire island is on display wearing nothing but beaded bikinis covered in features and jewels. The parade gets started on the main avenue at 7am sharply and goes until roughly 10pm. some bands even doing a 'last lap', a final jump around the streets of woodbrook before the final lights out and official starting of the lenting season on ash Wednesday. This year was special with the return of the grand savannah stage which has been under construction. Masqueraders enjoyed themselves to the fullest waiting to break into their worst behavior, or display as little as they have for the judges. Trinidad carnival hosted tourists from all across the world this year, including areas where carnival is not even part of their culture but definitely one that can be enjoyed by many. The US, Canada, England, Africa, Russia, South Africa and the Philippines are among the countries who I observed and spoke it. Its great to see the culture so wide spread and of interest to so many non trinidadians. Infact, this years several other Caribbean islands came across to T&T for a little fun during the carnival festivities week. Best of all, day two is about having fun with your posse, especially since it's only one time of the year. And as much as I love it, one time is enough. When your legs feel like you want to buy a new pair, that means you truly enjoyed everything there was to offer.
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To say that Trini's like to party would be an understatement. Carnival festivities have been in motion for close to three months now with carnival 2k11 taking place in March. And one of the most loved sought after feature is the annual j'ouvert bash that kicks off the two days of carnival. Historically, j'ouvert is a term derived from the French when Trinidad was under the French colonial rule over two hundred years ago. Jouvert means jour overt which means opening of the day, and that's exactly what it is. The grand opening of Trinidad's largest spectacle. During the wee hours of the night participants get busy smearing paint, mud and more recently chocolate on one another while dancing behind several dj trucks and 40ft trailer trucks of liquor.
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Toronto: Canadian reggae songbird Bonnie Casey, who will join Toots & the Maytals, reggae messenger Luciano, Warrior King, Ernie Ranglin and The Messenjah Band on a world tour to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the USA in April, has earned two nominations for "Most Promising New Reggae Artist" and "Best Female Vocalists" at the 2011 Reggae Music Achievement Awards (RMAA). 

"Wow! I'm so excited and overwhelmed to have 2 nominations at the RMAA Awards," said Casey, from her home in Canada

"I feel so honored and blessed. This is a special moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Since I launched my solo career last year, it has been a whirlwind ride but I have enjoyed every minute of it. I must thank my fans, the media, family and my management team for the hard work that they have put into my career so far."

Bonnie, who was born to an Irish father and a Jamaican mother is described by those around her as vibrant, outspoken, unique, and as having a caring personality. She began singing at the age of 5 years old and benefited from voice and drama lessons at the Beckett School for the Arts in Toronto. The former Miss World Canada  Beauty pageant finalist and fashion model draws her influences from Etta James, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. She sings jazz, blues and contemporary songs but is focused on lover's rock and rock steady rhythms as she seeks to build a long term career in the reggae industry. 


Her fresh approach to music, her unique song writing ability, along with her versatile vocal range will no doubt give listeners that 'wow factor' that has been missing with many young acts currently in the industry. Using music as a communication tool, she intents to write and perform songs that music lovers can relate to. Her debut album is set to drop in late 2011 and will feature Sly & Robbie and Dean Frazier, who are producers for the project. 


The 5th staging of the RMAA will be held on June 4th at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd in Toronto, Canada. In addition to theawards presentation, fans will be treated to an all-star show with performances from award winning international reggae crooner Gramps Morgan, George Nooks and Trilla U. Supporting acts include Exco Levi, Jill Donaldson, Nicole Green, Jimmy Reid and Tony Anthony. Additional music will be provided by Massey Sound and Soul 2 Soul, and the event will be hosted by Ms. Danae Peart of CHRY 105.5 FM, with backing from EOP Band. Also attending this year's event will be Big A from Irie FM in Jamaica.


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Kartel and NotNice split?

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Deejay Vybz Kartel and producer NotNice are remaining quiet as to whether there is a rift between them.

Rumours were circulating that the two had stopped working together musically since mid-February. According to several sources, NotNice was assaulted and his studio equipment removed from his house where he was working. It is alleged that Kartel was behind the removal of the equipment. However, it is unclear as to the reasons behind the move.

When The Star reportedly spoke to Ainsley 'NotNice' Morris yesterday, he was silent on whether there is an existing rift between himself and Kartel. When asked about the musical projects he is currently working on, the producer said, "No comment towards nothing at all."

The normally talkative Kartel was also silent on the matter giving no comment at all except to say that he recently released Empire Universe the Second Chapter on iTunes. The album was released on the Adidjahiem and NotNice Records.

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Stephen Marley to team up with Dead Prez

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Stephen Marley will be teaming up with hip hop duo Dead Prez.

The group's co-founder, M1, has confirmed that while they are at work on their tenth album, Information Age, another higher profile project is in the works, which includes Stephen Marley.

Stephen, who worked on Nas and Damian Marley's Distant Relatives album last year, has recorded with Dead Prez in the past, on the Black & White soundtrac

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Book review: Long Run, Short Catch'.

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This is a wonderful epic story about real life and normalcy at its crusts. It's from the point of view of one of our African sisters with her life stories as the foundation. The events are real, the cross culture is a shock and the lessons learned are priceless. Jamaica gets highlighted in the novel for those who enjoy that feeling and a sense of home 'Long Run, short Catch' does take you to that special spot.

The story is about a Nigerian-American who ventures out to fine happiness on the 'other side' but only comes to find out that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. When the love bug bites it can make you blind which is exactly what

happens when she picks up her Jamaican husband from hell, marries him and starts a roller coaster of unforeseen hurt and disappointment. Immigration is one of the main issues discussed but is so relevant in our westernized society.

This novel has everything from love, romance, scandal, drug cartels and even battles within when you discover how Asama learns to deal. For many of us, our sanity is our only sense of hope yet the easiest thing to lose and how and what we chose to use as coping mechanism can be life altering.

This is a great read for all to take in and honestly, a breath of fresh air! 

Yardflex review says Asama Iwuoha nailed it right on the head.


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25 Reasons We Love “Love Jones”

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Nelly is also expected to talk about his declining record sales, the death of his sister Jackie from leukemia, his upbringing and his rise to fame. The episode is scheduled to air on March 7th.





Brushy One String to release documentary

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Digicel Rising Stars alum, Brushy One String is in the process of releasing a documentary on his life and his music entitled The King of One String.
Created by the directors of the film, Rise Up, this documentary will show just how this unique and courageous underground artist has fought his way from obscurity.
Brushy can be considered to be in a class with no other – as unlike other guitarists, this artiste uses only one string to create a myriad of sounds.
The trailer is now on Youtube and the documentary will be released soon.





Di rich will always be richer

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As much as wi proud a wi track star Usain Bolt we couldn't help but tink sey di rich a guh always richer and di poorer poorer. Yeah man Gore homes a built him two bedroom house valued at $7. odd million and mi and yuh know sey him can build him own mansion if him want. But a nuh a di ongle one meck wi a seh dat, yuh ever notice how Digicel and LIME and other entities always a present expensive phone and other great gifts to people whey can buy dem 10 times over?
While di ones dem whey woulda gi dem eye teeth if dem coulda afford it ongle have wish and dream.





Wet the Moon Glow Edition fllop

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Bwoy ZJ Liquid luck run out wid dis ya party. After him plan it two times di weather never ramp fi meck him cancel it and now when di weather hold up fi it happen it look like di people dem money run out by dis.


Di party never attract any big big crowd, but from what wi si di vibes did good dough.
Hush Liquid a just suh di system set up when it comes on to dem unpredictable weather yah.






It’s a Claro/Pespi TeenSplash for 2010

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This year, the organizers of the hugely popular Boxing Day family event, TeenSplash, have secured two title sponsors. In addition to the loyal brand, Pepsi, which has been the title sponsor for many years, telecoms company, Claro has now stepped up to the plate to make this event even more exciting.


“This is what TeenSplash is all about – joining forces to ensure that patrons have the best possible time at an event,” promoter Linvall Gibbons says.


Gibbons, in between thanking Pepsi for “being dependable and supportive throughout the years”, welcomed Claro to the Teensplash family and expressed his delight at the synergy that has evolved through their sponsorship.


Claro Commercial Directorm Adriana Arzate Rios, said her team was looking forward to working with TeenSplash, an event which has built up a solid reputation of excellence throughout the years.The company promises exciting giveaways at the event.
One of the 'specials' at TeenSplash 2010, Gibbons said, will be free admission to children 12 years and under, as long as they arrive at the gate before 3:00 pm.


"At Teensplash we are always giving back and this is one of hte many things we do as a way of saying 'thank you' to our loyal patrons," Linvall Gibbons said.


Among the artistes confirmed for Claro/Pepsi TeenSplash are the Doctor Beenie Man, I-Octane, Khago, Mr G, D’Angel, Romain Virgo, Richie Loop, ZJ Liquid, Toya, and the comedic duo, Apachie Chief and Freeman.






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Today, Wednesday December 1 is World Aids Day and several of local artistes will be lending their voices to support this cause.

Tifa, I-Ooctane, Ce'Cile and Chino will be performing at the World AIDS Day concert being held at National Heroes Park.

The concert is organized by the National HIV/STI Programme and the Ministry of Health.

There will be HIV screening and several other activities starting from 8:00a.m. until 5:00p.m.

Rising young deejay Ultimate will be one of the acts which will be performing at this year's World AIDS Day concert which started on December 1, 1988.

The concert is seeking to raise money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.

The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'





Stacious, 2010 CB Pan Chicken champ

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Dancehall diva Stacious showed off her culinary skills at the recently held CB Pan Chicken Championships and burning up the competition.

Stacious won $1.5 million for her favourite charity.

She said although it was a bit challenging, she is very happy she won and is able to give back to something she cares about.





GhettOut Wraps Up Kingston Performances This Sunday

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This is the final week to watch Stages Productions hit comedy GhettOut as the show wraps up its Kingston performances on Sunday-November 28, 2010 at the Green Gables Theatre.

Since its gala premiere, GhettOut has received critical acclaim for its startling realistic portrayal of inner city life and its hugely entertaining content.


Starring Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay, GhettOut tells the story of Barbara, who is now a whopping two million dollars richer following the mysterious death of her husband in the United States. She however faces a major hurdle. How can she retrieve the cash and then transport it to Jamaica without being detected? She teams up with Ruler who, through his questionable connections, engineers a plot to transport the cash to Jamaica in its 'raw' state using a number of persons to ensure its 'safe' passage through customs.

Among his contacts is the Mayor who offers this safe passage if Barbara helps him persuade the ghetto people to sell their land in order to make way for a new housing development.

As the plot gets more complicated, Ruler’s association with Babara deepens; raising serious concerns for his wife Maude who is determined to hold on to her man. Then there are the two corrupt officers of the law, driven by greed and eager to get in on the business.


“Shebada” has his hands full with trying to solve the murder mystery of Barbara's husband, giving Maude advice on how to keep her man, getting entangled with the Mayor in defending the rights of the community, while keeping an eye on Ruler and the corrupt officers! It all adds up to GhettOut being a murder mystery topped with large portions of comedic entertainment.






Ladies Ready To Relive Good Times

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On Saturday, November 27, ladies and lady lovers will converge on the Mas Camp for Good Times: Ladies Night.


The Quorum, the producers of the event, in partnership with Heineken have planned a special staging of Good Times tailored to the ladies that have supported the popular party series since its start in 1996.

Jerome Hamilton, The Quorum Executive Member, was tight lipped about specifics of the special arrangements. "We are looking forward to surprising our guests at the party," explained Hamilton. "The team has worked hard to put in place a treat for the ladies and I am sure, they will enjoy it," he elaborated.


Good Times is highly regarded as the premiere oldies event on the entertainment calendar. Non-stop music, free flowing bars and excellent security are perennial features of party series. Good Times DJ's (another closely guarded secret before the party) collaborate to play the biggest hits from 19something (1970's, 1980's, 1990') without any talking or similar interruptions. The result is a party designed for dance; patrons work up a sweat moving to the grooves filling the venue.
Also filling the venue are countless Heineken buckets; Heineken bar specials and Heineken bucket deals are popular at the three super large bars that encompass the dance floor. The well trained bar tenders serve up quick drinks from the full service bars, including water for responsible Good Times drinkers.
At all Good Times events, ladies receive special attention from Atlas Security, the official security detail of Good Times. From courteous reception upon arrival, to the search, to the unobtrusive uniformed presence in the venue, to the car escort for those who request, ladies have praised the diligent security. "My girlfriends and I really enjoy good times," laughed Good Times patron Claudette Tucker. "We get together as a group and go to every Good Times event in Kingston," she added.





STING LAUNCHES IN A TECHY STYLE

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“Sting has gone digital” that was the comment from some of the over 500 guests who attended the official launch of Sting 2010: The Collaboration at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday November 23rd. Guests were taken on a decade-long journey of Sting through the years via high-end visual technology and sound.


The show, dubbed “The Collaboration”, consists of several dynamic segments including the 13 Warriors, Spotlight, the 13 Bad Girls of Sting, Sting Disc Jocks, Sting Commentary and Starlights. “This year we will surprise all the patrons with higher production standards and technology. The show will be broadcasted live on LIME’s Mobile TV” said CEO of Supreme Promotions Limited, Isaiah Laing.


Persons who were unable to attend the event did not miss out on the festivities as the launch was broadcasted live on Hype TV and webcasts were available on stingjamaica.com.jm, jamaicalivetv.com and many other websites.


Up next for Sting 2010 is the Poster Launch which is to be held on Friday December 3, 2010 at Blaze Night Club in Portmore, St. Catherine. The Poster Launch will reveal the full lineup for the event.









Grammy award-winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 is set to headline the 15th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. The event will be held from January 23 – 29, at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, located just east of the island’s tourist capital, Montego Bay.

The popular Los Angeles-based quintet, which this fall released its third studio album, Hands All Over, has built a growing industry and fan base since 2002, selling over 10 million albums in the United States and 15 million worldwide.

The three-time Grammy award-winners Maroon 5, who are set to grace the stage of this world-renowned music festival, captured the attention of audiences worldwide with Songs About Jane, a record filled with hybrid-rock, funk and R&B.

The multi-platinum album spawned the Billboard hits, “This Love,” “Harder to Breathe” and “She Will Be Loved.” The band’s second critically acclaimed album featured collaborations with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige, and produced the smash hits “Makes Me Wonder” and “If I Never See Your Face Again.”


“In securing such a high-profile act, we are enthusiastic about the growth prospects for this major festival, which has boosted visitor bookings significantly,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “It’s a great time to be in Jamaica.

The festival now runs a full week, so visitors have an opportunity to experience the diversity of our attractions and cuisine while enjoying a great music event in a fun and relaxed setting.”

According to Festival organizers TurnKey Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of friends and family for one week of pure pleasure and relaxation.

“The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has a special aura to it, unlike any other event with which I have been associated.

It is a combination of the musicians, the people, the setting and the infectious vibe of Jamaica that creates an almost surreal experience for anyone who attends.

I am looking forward to this 15th anniversary event in Jamaica and have assembled a top quality lineup that is sure to please our patrons,” stated Walter Elmore, CEO of TurnKey Productions.





Mavado a hit at LIME Christmas roadshow in Falmouth

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The crowd that gathered in Falmouth's Water Square for the Trelawny leg of LIME's Christmas Pon Di Remix Roadshow Tour had clearly come to see Movado.


Crowds surrounded the bus carrying the popular entertainer and his entourage when it arrived at the location as the concert was building to its climax. The DJ went directly from the bus to the stage where Aidonia, ended his set by jovially handing over the mic and leaving the platform free for the people's choice.


From then on the occasion belonged to Mavado who performed to an ecstatic reception and was mobbed by fan, including young children, when he eventually exited the stage.


Prior to the arrival of the 'Gully god', teenaged sensation QQ was the clear crowd pleaser as he delivered a lengthy set which was an engaging combination of dancehall and cabaret.


Showing confidence well beyond his years, the high schooler had an on-stage dance off with two young female fans before effortlessly incorporating the young ladies into the remainder of his performance.
"I've been definitely working on my stage performance," QQ said after the show.

"I've been watching live performances by people like Beenie Man and Michael Jackson and looking at ways that I can be a better entertainer and connect with my audience."


Falmouth also gave a warm reception to up and coming ladies Ishawna and Timberlee, the dependable Wayne Marshall and the smooth voiced Marlon Binns.





Taylor Swift is a Serial Dater

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Taylor Swift is only 20-years old and she's already dated so many dudes. She claims she's a serial dater because she doesn't like wasting anyone's time when she knows she's in the wrong relationship.



"It's a little strange that I'm typically single a lot," Swift tells the December issue of Allure. Umm, she's actually always in a relationship or coming out of a relationship.

"I have a phobia about being in the wrong relationship," admits Swift. "So as soon as I establish it's not the right one, I don't want to waste their time."



Taylor has already dated Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Glee's Cory Monteith and now Jake Gyllenhaal! Yeah, I lost count too!



I'm convinced that she only dates dudes to get material for her new albums. Once she gets her inspiration, she's out! And when it's time to promote the new album she starts dating another dude to get some press. Smart girl! Use 'em and leave 'em!






Beenie Man teams up with dancehall friends

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Dancehall veteran, Beenie Man has enlisted the help of his superstar friends on the musical project he has dubbed “Beenie Man and Friends”.


In a release, Beenie Man says that no other artiste has attempted anything like this before as he wrote, arranged, co-produced and performed on all eight singles on the bouncy dancehall beat.


The project features the artistes such as Khago, D’Angel, Ding Dong, Fambo, Deva Bratt, Laden and others.


Beenie has also been trying to convince Bounty Killer to participate in the project, but Beenie claims the “logistics of getting him to voice the song is hard”.


Beenie Man has received mixed reactions to his invitations to some of the best and brightest stars in dancehall to put their voices on the track, but has waved off the disappointment by plowing forward.





JA Pegasus records $14.6M third quarter loss

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An increase in operating expenses has left the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in the red.


The hotel, which will soon have a new majority owner, suffered a $14.6 million loss during the July to September quarter.


This versus a $11.4 million profit during the corresponding period last year.


During the three months, Jamaica Pegasus saw revenue increase by $2.8 million to $240 million.


However, this was eroded by operating expenses rising by $15 million to $107 million as well as administrative and other costs being higher than was reported last year.






D’Angel pregnant?

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Bwoy when di rumour mill go fi spread it nuh easy at all. Memba couple weeks ago she come out and get front page a deny sey she pregnant.

She sey dat a nuh fi har focus right now, well di rumour start again and dis time it is fueled by di fact that some people close to har a speculate. Cause dem sey she put on weight and look like she have a likkle baby bump.

But den again nobady nuh affi wonder, after a nuh suppn a guh, nuh suppn a come. Suh if a true, everybody nuh wi know?





Is Nicki Minaj married?

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Has Nicki Minaj tied the knot? The rapper was spotted with her man last night in Miami and they were both sporting wedding bands.

According to mediatakeout.com, Nicki and SB have been dating off-and-on for nearly 5 years and got engaged last year.





No Bail for the Ninja

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Things really not looking up for Ninja Man.

The way things are looking now, it seems that he will be missing yet another Sting.


The veteran dancehall deejay had a bail hearing set for October 29, however, the crown prosecution was not prepared and the hearing slated for last Friday was unable to proceed in court.


Ninja Man and his lawyers were optimistic after a request for judicial review was positively received. Now, the deejays junior lawyer Ms. Hannah Harris-Barrington says though her client is disappointed, they will continue the fight for justice.


Ninja Man’s lawyers have made after numerous attempts for bail since his arrest in March of last year.


The Veteran deejay along with his 20 year old son and two others have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the death of a 20 yr old man in March 2009.


Ninja Man is to return to court on November 26.





Dancehall's Most Versatile Deejay Busy Signal

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Busy Signal is at it again with the release of his VP produced album D.O.B. He is not an artist to follow the beaten path. This album displays his innovation and lyrical skills that has broken down barriers and has taken Dancehall to places no other artist could.

The new album D.O.B. represents the rebirth of Busy Signal. It contains 15 new tracks plus an iTunes exclusive track. To call this album Groundbreaking would be an understatement. The opening track How U Bad Suh is signature Busy Signal.

His distinct and robust baritone voice accompanied by an up-tempo rhythm sets the right mood for the album. Busy Signal is not afraid to venture into music territories that others would not dare.

He gives us a taste of Dancehall with a Spanish feel on Picante, then goes full throttle on Busy Latino which is a scorching Dancehall blend with Elvis Crespo’s Suavemente” Busy Signal proves that he is a master of his craft by incorporating his flavor into classic tunes and making them his own.

His smooth track “Sweet Love” (Night Shift) that uses elements from The Commodores song “Nightshift” displays the Deejays Singjay capabilities.

Not stopping there, he continues to prove why he holds the title of Dancehall’s most popular artist with his rub a dub hit of Phill Collins “One More Night.” Busy Signal joins Dancehall Icon and mentor Bounty Killer on the hard hitting and thought provoking track “Summn' A Guh Gwaan.” Busy Signal displays the gamut of his abilities from the rapid fire lyrics on “Nuh Fraid” to the inspiring “Peace Reign” track.

A person’s voice is their most powerful asset and Busy Signal’s voice is in its full glory on the ingenious a cappella track “Nuh Boy Caan Buy Wi Out.”

He proves that without a backing instrumental he can hold your attention.

Busy Signal and Major Lazer team up on the amazing iTunes Exclusive track “Pon Me” which is destined for greatness and to ring out in clubs around the globe. D.O.B. is not only the rebirth of Busy Signal it is a rebirth of a new sound and era for Dancehall music. It is the perfect presentation and representation of Dancehall without limits.

Born Reanno Gordon on January 24, 1982, he cultivated his artistry under the watch of dancehall icon Bounty Killer.

With his outstanding mic techniques and restless creativity, Busy became a member of The Alliance-Bounty Killer’s musical powerhouse that spawned dancehall stars like Elephant Man, Mavado and Wayne Marshall.

Busy began to receive widespread attention in 2005 with breakthrough hits like “Born and Grow” & “Step Out.” He continued to gain fans and recognition with the 2008 release of his album Loaded that included the hits “Jail”, “These Are The Days”, “Unknown Number” and “Wine Pon Di Edge” to name a few.

D.O.B. is a pinnacle stage of Busy Signal’s career that’ll spread his gift far and wide, beyond the confines of his original audience.






Pastor Lewis faces more charges

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Charges of perverting the course of justice were laid against Jamaican-born American evangelist Paul Lewis when he appeared in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Lewis is accused of sexually assaulting two teenaged girls at a hotel in Westmoreland.

Prosecutors say they have evidence to suggest that individuals close to the accused contacted the alleged victims and offered them money to change their accounts of the incidents which led to the charge against the preacher.

Despite this new revelation, Pastor Lewis was granted $300,000 bail and is to return to the Westmoreland Resident Magistrate's court on November 3 and the Circuit Court on November 11.

His travel documents were taken and he must not make contact with the girls involved in the cases.

Mr. Lewis, who is the head of the Paul Lewis Ministries, was charged on June 17 last year.

At that time the pastor, was in Jamaica on the invitation of a local church Ministry.








• RICHIE SPICE, CHUCK FENDA, JOHN HOLT TO PERFORM

Cultural singer Richie Spice and Chuck Fenda, two of the acts who were initially signed to the Fifth Element Records when the label was first established years ago will join Guyanese roots singer Natural Blacks, veteran singer John "1000 Volts" Holt, Ky-enie, Jessie Jendah, Spanner Banner, Tony Curtis, Kristopher and Boom Blast at the 10 anniversary celebration for the label in New York later this month

The two-day celebration, which will be a reunion of sorts for Spice and Fenda, will kick off on Saturday, October 30 at the C-Pac in Brooklyn and will close out on Sunday, October 31 with another massive concert at Macedonia Hall in Mt. Vernon, New York.
"We are exited about this milestone celebration and thrilled that Richie and Fenda - two of the acts that were there when we initially launched the Fifth Element vision years ago - are able to join our current artiste Natural Black for this historic occasion. " Devon Wheatley, CEO of Fifth Element Record and event producer commented.

Wheatley said the New York promotions team is working feverishly to ensure that the weekend of activities will be one of total enjoyment.

"Everyone is definitely hyped and ready to have a marvelous time and with the bevy of stars we have lined up, we are expecting this to be a massive celebration" he said.

Wheatley expressed joy in working with Richie again and gives credit to the Rastafarian sing-jay for what he has accomplished in his career.

“It is rare that you find someone with Richie’s extraordinary voice and, potent writing ability, yet so humble and disciplined. Through guidance and good management, his skills have been honed to achieve musical greatness and we are pleased to have contributed to his success and happy to have him booked for this 10th anniversary concert" he commented.

The laid back reggae crooner who has won several local and international awards over the years remains grounded despite his international success.

"If I get awards for putting out music that is loved and appreciated by the masses, it’s not the objective, just merely one of the rewards” he said.

When questioned on his ability to maintain clean lyrical content despite the onslaught by dancehall artistes, he said "It is the conscious positive vibes that will uplift those who are socially and economically downtrodden and provide the youth who are particularly vulnerable, with the hope they need."








As tributes pour in for the late Gregory Isaacs, the captain of the Big Ship, veteran singer Freddy McGregor, has sent condolences to the family of the late reggae superstar.

In an interview with Irie FM’s Ron Muschette this morning, Freddy said he was sad to hear about the passing of Gregory.

“I saw Gregory two weeks ago in London and he was in high spirits. He made us laugh and despite him being sick we shared a good time. The Big Ship family regrets his passing,” he said.

Gregory Isaacs reportedly passed away this morning in England from cancer which had spread over his entire body.

Gregory is best known for the song Night Nurse and has a rich, extensive catalogue of reggae hits. Reports are that his body will be flown back to Jamaica by the end of this week and a committee has been established by the government and the family to handle funeral arrangements for the reggae legend.








The "Queen of the Dancehall", Lady Saw, recently launched an online contest.


Fans are invited to make a short video of themselves performing a song off Lady Saw's My Way album, which was released last month. The video should then be uploaded to YouTube and then a link to the video posted to Lady Saw's Facebook page.

The number of time the video is viewed will be tallied on November
15 and the three videos with the most views will be the winners.

Lady Saw, whose given name is Marion Hall, will personally pick the grand prize winner from the three.





Goodbye to an icon

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Yardflex regrets the passing of a true Jamaican icon Gregory Isaacs. He has done a lot in waving the reggae flag. We wish his family, friends and fans the strength to go through this difficult time.



Our prayers remain for you all.










Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts and Jamaica have already selected lucky consumers of Guinness to experience musical greatness at the national Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Guinness, an international beer, celebrates 251 years, and is currently executing the Arthur Guinness celebration promotion in 12 Caribbean territories, a feat never before attempted in the region.

The Arthur Guinness Day celebration, scheduled for Saturday, October 23 at the National Stadium in Kingston, will be attended by 13 winners from nine Caribbean islands. Winners will receive all- expense-paid trips to the event.

Guinness is sold in 26 territories in the Caribbean, and for the first time, 11 of these territories are holding consumer-based activations in celebration of the founding father, Sir Arthur Guinness.

The promotion is currently being run in Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Jamaica.

Antigua, Barbados and St. Kitts have already selected their lucky consumers. Guinness is underwriting travel costs to Jamaica as well as accommodation and transportation for each winner.

The lucky consumers will also be given the Guinness treatment at the concert set to feature Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes, Lady Saw, Wayne Wonder, Shaggy, among several other hot Jamaican stars.

Gareth Geddes, regional brand manager for Diageo, a global alcoholic beverages company, is happy with the response from the region. He explained: "During my visit to several of the participating territories recently, the response was tremendous.

We continue to showcase Guinness, which is an international brand in the region. No other brand has sought to revere its founding father in this manner.

Guinness is a brand of 251 years and remains relevant and we are pleased to continue our habit of putting consumers at the heart of our activation. That is what this promotion represents."





Christopher Martin joins Gentleman on European tour

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Singer Christopher Martin heads to Europe this winter for five solo shows and then joins European reggae star Gentleman as they embark on a multi-city European tour in November and December.

Christopher Martin and Gentleman have seen significant success in their careers as individual artiste but recently teamed up and merged their solo success and created a number one hit song called To The Top.

The video, shot in Marrakech, Morocco saw the two blending their musical styles with the captivating backdrop of the ancient city. This November, Christopher Martin and Gentleman will further emphasise their collaborative genius on stages all over Europe.

Christopher Martin will start his tour of Europe, solo, for five shows beginning on October 30 in Mannheim, Germany. Martin then moves to Cologne, Germany on November 2, Oslo in Norway on November 5, back to Cologne on November 6 and finally in Helsinki, Finland on November 7.

The intensity of the tour will increase when Martin joins Gentleman on his Diversity tour from November 18 to December 22. This is the second leg of the tour with the first leg, a six-week summer tour, being sold.

The upcoming tour will see Christopher Martin and Gentleman taking the stage in nine countries for 22 shows. The two will perform in Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, Spain, Luxemburg, Poland, Macedonia, and the Czech Republic.

Gentleman's latest album Diversity entered the German Album Charts directly in pole position.

This year MTV pays tribute to the artiste and, for the first time, Gentleman is nominated in the category "Best German Artiste" for the MTV European Music Awards in Madrid on November 11, 2010.





Sean Paul’s punk hairstyle

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Yardflex just wants to ask one question, did you see Sean Paul’s new hairstyle? If you haven’t then you have not been paying close attention to the pics we have been posting on our site.

We just had to comment, the new spiked hair brings one thing to mind and that is punk rap! Yeah, we are just wondering if the new hairstyle is an indication that he could be coming with some new beats. We are just saying!





PNPYO to hold vigil calling for PM’s resignation

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The PNP Youth Organization is calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Bruce Golding and will hold a candlelight vigil this evening .


The vexed issue of the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips affair which continues to haunt the JLP administration is the reason for the group’s demand that Mr Golding should no longer be allowed to lead the country.


Just last week, another chapter in the saga was written as attorney Harold Brady reportedly indicated that the Jamaican Government had entered a deal with the US law-firm Manatt to lobby against the extradition request for alleged crime lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.


Mr Brady reportedly made the claim in a letter which forms part of an affidavit in a lawsuit filed against Mr Golding claiming damages for libel arising from statements made by the Prime Minister.


Mr Golding has insisted that the Manatt deal was a Jamaica Labour Party initiative.


On September 14, he told reporters that Mr Brady disobeyed his instructions when he led Manatt to believe that it was representing the Government of Jamaica instead of the JLP.


As a result, Mr Golding said Mr Brady was asked to resign from all state boards and that he was no longer a member of the JLP.


Mr Brady swiftly rejected those claims saying he was still a member of the JLP and that he was never asked to step down from any public board.






Digicel-sponsored West Indies Cricket Captain, Chris Gayle; Digicel Jamaica Sports Sponsorship Manager, Paula Pinnock-MacLeod; and Digicel-sponsored Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt.



Trinidadian West Indies Cricketer, Dwayne Bravo, with Jamaican dancehall artiste, Beenie Man



West Indies Captain, Chris Gayle, and Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt, walk to the crease at the Digicel-sponsored Pro15/15 in aid of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica which took place on Saturday


Beenie Man visits Usain Bolt, Chris Gayle, and Dwayne Bravo in the changing room before their match at the Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 held in St. Ann, Jamaica on Saturday


The World’s Fastest Man, Usain Bolt, bowls during the Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 held in St. Ann, Jamaica, on Saturday as Gayle looks on. Bolt’s team beat Gayle’s on faster run-rate during an exciting day of cricket.


Monday, October 4th 2010 – Kingston, Jamaica: The second Digicel-sponsored Chris Gayle Pro 15/15 cricket tournament took place on Saturday at the Kaiser Sports Ground in St. Ann, Jamaica.

Thousands of cricket fans braved the rainy weather to see the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, and a host of West Indies cricketers such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Xavier Marshall, take part in the 15 over game to raise much-needed funds for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.

Highlights of the day included Usain Bolt’s magnificent catch off one of Chris Gayle’s big hits which brought the crowd to their feet, as well as an impromptu performance from Jamaican dancehall artiste, Beenie Man. Digicel also added to the excitement with a host of competitions and giveaways taking place throughout the day.

Chris Gayle said; “We’ve had a really good turnout despite the rain and I’d like to thank the fans for coming out in support of this initiative – all the proceeds of which go towards the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. I would also like to give a special thanks to Digicel for its support and to Usain Bolt, Beenie Man and all of the cricketers who gave their time for a worthwhile cause.”

Usain Bolt said; “This is the second year that I’ve taken part in this tournament and I’m delighted to be here. I love to give back to Jamaica in any way I can – and obviously a day of cricket with West Indies cricketers is a fun way to do so.
It’s great for the fans to see other celebrities come out to play different sports and support each other like this.”

Also speaking at the event was West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, who said; “I’m thrilled to be here today to support Chris in this initiative – particularly as last year I was unavailable due to cricket commitments.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for fans to come out and rub shoulders with their cricketing heroes – and all for a good cause. It’s something I’m very happy to be a part of.”

For more information visit www.digicelcricket.com




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ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP

After nine years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

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

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

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

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

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.





Be careful about bank charges

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If you have not been paying keen attention to the latest survey of bank charges done by the Ministry of Industry then you should.

After reading it, we are determined to make as few withdrawals as possible and try to curtail any bank transactions. My word when you add up all the charges combined, you might see the money in your accounts dwindling fast.

I mean, are these the same banks that are using our money to invest and accumulate their wealth and then they turn around and charge us big for affording them the opportunity to do just that?

People, it’s time to start using up the Credit Unions, one they don’t have these hever service charge burdens, their interest rates are much lower and I think they are really cool otherwise.

Check out of the charges the banks are hitting you with:

NCB had the highest number of increases with 45 out of 58 (78 per cent) followed by RBTT, which increased the rates on 40 out of 58 of its fees and charges. PCB had the least amount of changes, according to the survey, which showed it increasing 28 per cent of its fees.

FGB recorded the highest increase of all the charges, with the balance enquiry fee at its ABMs and its fee for declined transactions at the bank's point-of-sale (POS) machines increasing 400 per cent from $6 to $30. Withdrawal fees at FGB's ABM also increased 144 per cent to $33. However, this is still in line with the charges for a similar transaction at other banks, which charge within the range of $30.

Only RBTT charges below this at $15. In general, ABM fees have increased across all banks with increases ranging from as low as one per cent to as much as 65 per cent at Scotiabank and 114 per cent at NCB.

Fees on personal services, including withdrawal and deposit in savings accounts, minimum balance violation and dormant account charges have also increased as much as 127 per cent. While the banks charge as much as $200 for in-bank withdrawals, only Scotiabank charges a fee to make deposits in savings accounts in-bank, that charge being $150.

The contentious minimum balance fees range from $124.06 at FCIB to $180 at NCB, which increased its minimum balance violation fee by 125 per cent over the $80 charged last year. Scotiabank charges $150 per month for balances below $5,000, while customers at NCB pay $180 for balances below $2,000. Estimates are that up to 60 per cent of the deposits in commercial banks are below $5,000.

Customers will also have to pay as much as 127 per cent more per year if the account falls dormant. Charges range between $155.32 at FCIB to $1000 at Scotiabank, while customers of NCB will pay $350 for the same infraction.






Rihanna to marry?

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Rihanna and her boyfriend Matt Kemp have only been dating for eight months, but the marriage rumors have already begun.
Sources close to Matt are telling Us Weekly that the L.A. Dodger is ready to pop the question.


"They are in love," says a source. "Seeing them interact, it's definitely possible he could propose -- but it'd have to be a long engagement, because they're both so focused on their careers."
The two have such busy lives that they barely see each other, so what makes their relationship work?


"He centers her, as he has a more normal life," a pal close to Rihanna says. "He allows her space, but they text and talk all the time. And they really have fun like kids when they're together. They like to laugh and be silly."


Rihanna is only 22 years old and at the peak of her career. It's probably a little too soon for her to think about marriage.








With his recently released song Hot Girls To The Ring playing on all the major radio stations in Jamaica and with increasing radio play in the UK, Italy and Canada, On Time Music Group recording artiste, Razor B gets ‘Blazed’ for the video of his song.

Jae Blaze of the hugely popular television show, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, has agreed to put her special touch on this project by choreographing the dance routine of the video’s lead dancer.


Calling on all dancers, Razor B has set an audition date of October 3 for dancers and dance crews to put their spin to Hot Girls To The Ring.

The audition will be judged by Jae Blaze who will be on break from her tour with six-time Grammy winners and multi-platinum selling group, Black Eyed Peas.


Jae’s choreography has come to the forefront recently as she is recognized as one of the hottest choreographers to come out of Canada.

She has worked with several platinum selling artists from all genres including Nelly Furtado, Sean Paul, Kelis and Naughty by Nature to name a few.

Known to set the stage on fire, Jae consistently raises the bar and changes the way audiences perceive sound and movement whenever her choreograph hits the stage.


“When I heard Razor B’s single, I knew it was a song I had to get involved with through choreography,” said Jae from her dance studio.

“This is one of those songs that’s just made for dancers; one that will allow me to display the visual aspect of Razor B’s music,” she added.


About the choreography of the video, Razor B said, “I’m really excited to know that a person of Jae’s caliber likes the song, and wants to choreograph the dance routine. I know the video is going to be enjoyed by the fans, just like the song.”


The video will be shot and directed by Wayne Lowers of Burnt Facez. In addition to radio, sound system selectors and mixtape DJ’s have included the song in their set lists and the clubs have been heating up with Hot Girls To The Ring.





2 Men Accuse Bishop Eddie Long Of Sexual Abuse

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CNN is reporting that two men have accused Bishop Eddie Long of sexual abuse.

Two Georgia men have filed suit claiming that prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long coerced them into sex.

The suits, filed Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, allege that Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young male members and employees of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex.

Long took one plaintiff, Anthony Flagg, 21, to overnight trips to a half dozen American cities, Flagg’s suit alleges.

“Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact,” the suit says.





Street Vybes talent search for The Building

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So Fresh Fridays is out and now the Gaza team are pushing their own agenda. It will be replaced by Street Vybes Talent Search.

Hmm, makes you wonder, but then again we won’t say anything, if you are the manaher for the Building you can scrap what you want and replace it with whatever you want. We are just saying…

About the talent show it replaced Fresh Fridays, the weekly session hosted by broadcaster Arif Cooper. Now the talent show will be held at the Building every Friday where Kartel will judge to recruit for the Empire.

It is going to be very exciting especially for the upcoming artistes that will compete.

Every Friday a new talent will be chosen and if you are really, that good by the following week, you could get a contract, and a five hundred thousand dollar video and your song could be on radio, wow competitors’ “betta go hard or go home.






Mavado presents Stulla Wednesdays

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With the plethora of nightly events around Kingston, Dancehall artiste Mavado feels that there is still something lacking.

As he prepares to launch his Guiness Stulla Wednesdays event inside the New Quad this week, he is confident that gap will be filled.


Guiness Stulla Wednesdays is taking partying to its roots, as an authentic Dancehall event in the fine tradition of Cactus, House of Leo and Mirage.


Since dropping the scorching "Stulla" single, the Stulla slang has spread like wildfire through the streets, with even ladies flipping it to call themselves "Stulliesha." The slang has been a topic of conversation all around town as everyone tags their own meaning to it.



"It seemed like the perfect name for the weekly event," explains Mavado. "Because its so fresh and full of energy! Its a cutting edge event that will redefine entertainment in Kingston."


Asked why he chose to partner up with the New Quad, Mavado said his manager and the new operators of the popular nightspot had been discussing it for some time.


"Its the ideal place for everyone to come and party," he explains.

"Its a club that is central and everyone is familiar with and knows is 100% safe.

Its a modern environment with several floors and Stulla Wednesdays will be catering to everyone. We can party right through without disturbance. We have hand-picked the best selectors every week so everybody will be happy."


With that in mind, ace selector Tony Matterhorn, Boom Boom and FAME FM's Arif "Supa" Cooper will be providing the musical highs.






Usher has no time for dating

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Between his career and being a dad, Usher has so much on his plate, he literally doesn't have time for women.


Usher admits that juggling his career with being a dad can be an "overwhelming" experience, and it doesn't leave time for him to become intimate with women.


He said: "I feel like a superhero. I don't know if I am, but in terms of the schedule I keep only a damn superhero would be able to keep it going. To be able to manager several households, children, all that stuff. It's a lot. It can become overwhelming."


He added that he's looking for someone to "complement" his life, but he's not sleeping around to find it.


Usher added to Live magazine: "I don't have a lot of time for a relationship. I'm looking for someone who would be a complement to my life, but it takes time. Do I date? Yes. I meet and greet, exchange and connect. So to speak.


"I don't have sex with everybody I date. Intimacy changes everything. When sex is part of the conversation then there is a sense of entitlement for that woman."


There you have it ladies, if you want in with Usher, don't expect too much too soon. And babysitting experience apparently helps.





Talking of Rumour – a why Bounty attack di girl?

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A wha dis wi a hear bout di real reason di Killa attack di girl. Doan quote wi or try mix wi up, but yuh done know sey as wi get it, a suh wi sell it. Suh if any one a unno out di have di full hundred, link wi and help meck wi talk up di tings dem.

Yup from whey one likkle birdie a tell wi, it look like di girl have di real good up good up. Yeah man, cause even dough she a nuh di Killa up front woman, wi hear sey him pass through and si vehicle park up and nuh amount a calling coulda meck she come out, cause yuh done know shi did lock down wid smady.

So when him finally get to har, yuh can imagine how him cross, angry and miserable by dat dey time.

Well, a suh wi get it a suh wi a sell it back to unno.. memba link wi if unno have any more info…cause dis ya one ya hot fi real.





Jermaine takes third

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The big dream is over for Jermaine Michaels – the dream of taking the top prize any in the Digicel Rising Star competition.

Still he has no reason to feel bad as he walked away in third place Sunday night at the results show of the Digicel Rising Stars determined that the Jamaican audience had not seen the last of him.

Having faced off against Camaley and Dalton Harris, in a 'three the hard way' worthy musical competition, the man known for his catchphrase "so substantial" got a cheque worth $400,000, as well as a Digicel 4G broadband package with notebook and a Nokia C3 cellular phone.





It’s Nationwide for Raga

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Yes, all the speculations can now be put to rest. The mix up king Ragashanti will be heading to Nationwide 90FM to resume the ‘tamborine’ session.

On Wednesday, October 5 he will kick off his programme.

A release from Nationwide last evening stated that the programme will be aired weekdays from 1:00- 5:00 pm.

Executive Producer of Nationwide 90FM, Cliff Hughes says, "This marks a new era in the history of Nationwide 90FM. In a sense, it's like Kingsley is coming home. Many people don't realise that he first started on radio as a co-host of Nationwide at Five in 2002, when we were on another radio station."

Hughes continues, "Nationwide 90FM has always been daring in the formatting of its programmes. Our talk format will remain, as we continue to expand our reach to Jamaicans from all walks of life, both here and abroad. Kingsley is a welcomed addition to the Nationwide 90FM family. His addition to Nationwide 90FM will diversify our suite of products and programmes to reach every demographic group and grow our market share."

Commenting on the move Ragashanti says " I am excited to recommence Ragashanti Live with the team that first gave me the opportunity to be a presenter on radio. I look forward to growing and developing and being able to provide entertainment radio at its best."

As a result of the revamping of the schedule a number of programmes will be affected while new ones will be introduced.





Bob Marley family loses copyright case over hit records

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NEW YORK – Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group is the rightful owner of copyrights to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records.

The albums "Catch a Fire," "Burnin'," "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibrations" and "Exodus" were recorded with Marley's band The Wailers. They include some of Marley's best-known songs, including "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love."

Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36.

Friday night's ruling is a defeat for Marley's widow Rita and nine children who had sought to recover millions of dollars in damages over UMG's effort to "exploit" what they called "the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings."

L. Peter Parcher and Peter Shukat, who are lawyers for the family, did not immediately return calls seeking comment. UMG spokesman Peter LoFrumento said the company is pleased with Cote's ruling.

Marley's family accused UMG of intentionally withholding royalties from their company Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd, and ignoring a 1995 agreement assigning them rights under the original recording agreements, court papers show.

It also accused UMG of failing as required to consult with them on key licensing decisions, including the use of Marley's music as "ringtones" on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile phones, the papers show.

But Cote concluded that Marley's recordings were "works made for hire" as defined under U.S. copyright law, entitling UMG to be designated the owner of those recordings, for both the initial 28-year copyright terms and for renewals.

"Each of the agreements provided that the sound recordings were the 'absolute property' of Island," Cote wrote. "Whether Marley would have recorded his music even if he had not entered the recording agreements with Island is beside the point."

She added that it was irrelevant that Marley might have maintained artistic control over the recording process. What mattered, she said, was that Island had a contractual "right" to accept or reject what he produced.

Cote also denied the Marley family's request for a ruling upholding its claims over digital downloads, citing ambiguity in a 1992 royalties agreement.

She directed the parties to enter court-supervised settlement talks, and scheduled an October 29 conference.

The case is Fifth-Six Hope Road Music Ltd v. UMG Recordings Inc, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 08-06143. (Source: Reuters)





Young golfer’s funeral service this morning

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The funeral service for outstanding Jamaican golfer, 17-year-old Isabelle Marley, a student of Immaculate Conception High School will take place this morning at 10:00 at St Peter and Paul Church, 120 Old Hope Road.

Marley's tragic, accidental death on Friday, September 3, devastated her family and shocked the golfing community.

A golf administrator, who wished to remain anonymous given the unfortunate and sensitive circumstance of her passing at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay, said "Izzy's demise will definitely have a big emotional impact on the team".

Marley finished third in the Girls 16-17 age group at last month's Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship in The Bahamas.





50 Cent has gay community up in Twitter arms

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Earlier this week, rapper 50 Cent decided to take aim at the blogger Perez Hilton in an entirely unorthodox and upsetting way, after Hilton called him a d-bag.


50 tweeted the following: "Perez Hilton calld me d-----bag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better.”


The tweet was accompanied by a photo of two men in suits running from an angry mob.


Perez Hilton responded on Twitter with the equally vitriolic but less biased remark.


"50 Cent joking about violence towards gays is about as expired as the days when he used to be musically relevant!"


Now the gay and lesbian community hopes to go after the rapper, not by having their homies shoot up anyone, but by attacking him on Twitter.



The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is calling on community members and allies to tweet back at 50 Cent asking folks to tweet:


The rapper has since deleted the Tweet but it still appears in his Twitpic feed.


It's not the first time 50 Cent has made remarks that have offended the LGBT community.


In a 2004 interview with Playboy magazine, the rapper said, "I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I'm not prejudiced. I just don't go with gay people and kick it - we don't have that much in common.

I'd rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that's cool."


50 Cent also revealed his mother had been bisexual in the same interview, and added to his earlier statements.
"It's OK to write that I'm prejudiced. This is as honest as I could possibly be with you.

When people become celebrities they change the way they speak. But my conversation with you is exactly the way I would have a conversation on the street. We refer to gay people as f--ts, as h–os. It could be disrespectful, but that's the facts."





Britney Spears shrugs off sexual harassment lawsuit

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Britney Spears was all smiles in Los Angeles on Thursday. Wearing a ruffled white shirt, jeans and sunglasses, the 28-year-old singer was beaming as she grabbed lunch.


It was Spears' first public outing since Wednesday's shocking news: seeking unspecified damages, a former bodyguard has sued the star for sexual harassment and emotional distress.


In papers filed Wednesday, ex-security guard Fernando Flores charged that Spears repeatedly exposed herself to hiim, performed sex acts in his presence -- and used his belt to "viciously" beat her son Sean, nearly 5.


In a statement, Spears slammed the suit as an "unfortunate situation where someone is trying to take advantage of the Spears family and make a name for himself.

The Department of Children and Family Services conducted a proper investigation surrounding Mr. Flores' accusations and have closed the case without any further action."


Also rising in her defence: Spears' ex Kevin Federline. His attorney called Flores' allegations "a product of economic motives" and "baseless."








Jahna Sebastian is a singer/songwriter/producer in the UK that claims that she had a baby girl by Swizz Beatz.

According to a letter her friend shared with a website, Swizz is aware of the child as he showed up with Alicia Keys last year for a paternity test that eventually proved he was the father.

Anyway, the other day she may have posted subliminal shots at Alicia Keys on her blog. In a blog titled “I give thanks for being a producer myself so I don’t have to f*ck for tracks as if I was just a singer” she concluded with:

Hearing about some of today’s successful artists, who for their career sleep with producers jumping from one to another, break up marriages even when kids are involved and take everything for themselves with no sense of morality, building their image by speculating on sacred things, then get Grammys and worldwide promotion, I think to myself that somehow they get away with it too easy, but what is happening within their soul?





Usher ruled on Sumfest International Night 2

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The Muddy conditions of the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex was not enough to keep away patrons from coming to enjoy what turned to be night of pure pleasure with the closing night lineup.

American R&B star Usher totally dominated as he made his entrance on stage to shouts from the ladies. He was in total control, oozing sexuality he played it to the hilt.

Going through the paces with some of his super hits which included U Got It Bad, Confessions Pt II among others he kept the pleasure vibes flowing.

It was twice the thrill when he called on stage Mavado, and chaos when Elephant Man and Chris Brown joined him for another stint on stage.

They ‘wrecked the place’ as they both showed they were more than up to par with the Jamaican moves and lingua.

There were other acts who also impressed on Saturday night and these include Shaggy who from the minute he took centrestage with his hit song Church Heathen had the crowd going.

He was the consummate performer as he did some of his top songs. Shaggy really know how to entertain and did it in fine style on Saturday.

Etana could do no wrong on Saturday and she seemed to be in a playful mood, we wondered if it had anything to do with the man dancing in the shadows to her songs – the same one she acknowledged in her song saying “Andre gives me crazy love!”

Queen Ifrica was on her usual conscious mission, she bat for the Jamaican men, the craft market vendors and the country as she performed songs such as Montego Bay, Below the Waist and others.

QQ gave some real ‘go go’ like dancing on stage and he gyrated away most of the times through his numbers.

Chris Martin delivered as did the early segments artistes such as Steele, Hezron, Sophia Squire and Lymie Murray.

All in all there were no losers for the night and patrons more than got their money’s worth on Saturday.





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Sugar deserve a betta tribute




Really now people, what kinda fool-fool pap dung tribute dat the veteran artiste dem do fi Sugar Minott at Sumfest Saturday night. We cyaan believe say the big big Dean Fraser did have no part inna dat. A lie dem a tell pon Dean, cause him wouldn’t did mek Tony Tuff go up and a hog the microphone so. As a matter of fact, Tony Tuff shouldn’t did sing more dan one line inna any tribute song to Sugar. And we did expect much better from Tristan casue Tristan have sense. And look how much good song Sugar have, why Jimmy Riley did haffi choose the nursery rhyme bout Simple Simon. We neva hear Sugar sing dat deh sond deh yet. And look how Sumfest did a promote the ting like say it was going to be sinting sensible. We lose big time. Sugar, may your soul find peaceful rest after dat deh bag a foolishness.


Wha’ kinda mess Zamunda did inna?


A wha kinda mess Zamunda find himself inna mek him just run off the stage so at Reggae Sumfest? By the time the MC hand him did mike, him dash it back and flee di stage. What we a hear don’t smell too right, so all did people who a mess wid did artiste we haffi tell oonu fi flush that one straight dung did toilet. Bwoy, it look strange how di whole ting do dung , but we still a listen out fi di real story.

Pamputtae tickness nuh normal




People onnu see wid oonu owna two eye how Pamputtae tick! Dat deh tickness deh no normal … it supernormal. When Pamputtae tan up trong and slap her thigh dem and ask, “Oonu see how mi tick? … well … People Dead! But we haffi big up di fluffy girl doah, cause she and har two fluffy dem mash up di Sumfest stage; we doan know how it neva pap dung a grung. When the two trong, healthy, fluffy dem climb up pon di lighting rig one time we did a hol’ we breath cause it did look sticky. But all’s well that ends well and we haffi say Fluffy to di flippin’ werllll!

Why a man haffi catch Chris Brown hat?




What a way blogger Tyrone Reid nuh stop pose up inna Chris Brown baseball cap dat the singer throw inna did crowd to him female fans dem. Tyrone mek sure say him wear the cap come a Sumfest Saturday night and doan ask if did woman dem nah look pon him and cut demy eye. But him couldn’t care less, him just a walk up and dung fi di betta. And, if you don’t want to be embarrassed, don’t ask him to borrow it to take a picture, cause you aint getting it.


Is a churchman or a Kingman di empress married to?



So people deh pon stage a call up dem husband name inna song and all these tings. But like how di husband did a watch her perform she shoulda did jus call him up pon stage and introduce him to har fans dem. Cause everybody want fi find out if the empress who did baptize ina Christian church married to a churchman or a Kingman cause it sound like a some crazy love a gwaan inna dat deh relationship.


Beenie and D’Angel must stop tek people fi fool



Is high time Beenie Man and D’Angel stop tek dem fans fi eeediat. It look like everytime a big show come round the two a dem find themselves pon di people dem stage a chat bout reunion and a act all lovey dovey. And two day after the show you hear dem a deny say dem deh. But people couldn’t care less anymore what did two a dem want fi do cause we all know that it’s all about giving dem career a hype, so we wish dem luck and prosperity inna dem foolishness.





Sumfest gossip: Beenie and D’Angel good now?

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Well Sumfest come and gaan but wi still haffi talk up di tings dem. Dancehall night a pure lovie dovie a gwaan between di doctor and him wife D’Angel.

Kiss kiss and tings. Memba sey Beenie Man nuh deh pon Dancehall night such a muss him wife him come support. Den Saturday night D’Angel meck sure sey she deh a front fi cheer har husband on. Yeah man, something a gwaan.





Sumfest gossip : Oops!

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A which artiste did haffi cut him performance short because him waan do a number 2. Backside all now wi still a laugh cause di way how him lef di stage quick and rush fi di loo yuh couldn’t help yuhself.

Not even too song him nuh do. Is a good ting it was a young artiste cause people woulda really galang bad if it did happen to one a di big artiste dem.





Chris Brown ruled at Sumfest Intl Night 1

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By Joan Wilson



American artiste Chris Brown, came, saw and totally conquered at Reggae Sumfest on International Night 1, held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

The youthful 21-year-old singer went into full gear as he danced, lip synced and sang his way into the hearts of the Sumfest fans.

He could absolutely do no wrong for the entertainment hungry crowd as they lapped up every thing he dished out.

The singer performed some of his big hits which included Gimme Dat, Run It, Say Yow, Brown Skin Girl, and With You.

It was even more exciting when he drew for Kartel’s Clarkes and showed that when it comes on to the Jamaican dance moves, he is also up to speed.

But Sumfest wasn’t just about Chris Brown, good as he was. There were other impressive acts for the night.

Coming after a fully charged, performance from Brown Jah Cure managed to hold his own on stage by choosing his better known songs such as Call on Me. He exited stage to the premiering of his music video for Unconditional Love which was shot on location in Cuba.

The Hold Yuh artiste Gyptian also put up a good showing, while thrilling fans, he also encouraged them to “support his new album by buying it.”

Gyptian called on stage a well dressed Nitty Kutchie who used the few minutes to make the connection with the crowd. Sugar Roy and Conrad Crystal also gave a cameo performance courtesy of Gyptian.

Young acts represented well such as upcoming singer Hezron and Canada-based artistes Steele who was making his Sumfest debut.

The females were not outmatched in any way by their male counterparts as the Strong One Etana gave a well received performance.

She was in fine form as she went through her paces singing songs such as Warrior Love, Wrong Addres, August Town and when she drew for Crazy Love, she acknowledged her husband by saying, “Andre gives me crazy love,” much to the crowd’s delight.

Etana made way for the Fyah Mumma Queen Ifrica who did a fiery, cultural stint.

When Yardflex exited the venue Tony Rebel was on stage holding his own.





Next Generation ignites Reggae Sumfest stage

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Digicel’s Next Generation campaign ambassadors, I-Octane and Agent Sasco, showed a packed-to-capacity Catherine Hall entertainment complex just how bright the future of Jamaican music is when they delivered sterling performances on Dancehall Night at the 2010 staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Dressed in purple and white, I-Octane first of the two Next Generation artistes to christen the stage on Thursday July 22 and made no qualms mystifying the thousands of patrons with his smooth vocals, powerful messages and positive music.

Born Byiome Muir, I-Octane’s soul-stirring 45-minute stint on stage showed Montego Bay exactly the stuff real performers are made of. He never lost the vital connection between himself and the crowd, made evident by the constant streams of torches and lighters dotting the dark Montego Bay sky.

Signs that the reggae singer got the thumbs up from Reggae Sumfest came each time the first chords of his many hit songs started to emanate from the towering speaker boxes at the front of the stage.

Fireworks, firecrackers and fire-rockets competed with screams of approval as I-Octane’s voice reverberated through the venue, and he took the crowd to entertainment ecstasy.

Sharply clad in a clean-lined metallic suit and a black skinny tie, dancehall’s most versatile artiste Agent Sasco indelibly wrote his name in the minds of Reggae Sumfest patrons in true Next Generation style.

Masterfully going through a seemingly endless arsenal of hit songs, Agent Sasco owned his stage and engaged his audience – which wasn’t hard to do. After all, from his first minute on-stage, the crowd had their hands in the air and only took them down when the artsite spoke to them or transitioned through songs.

Agent Sasco would satisfy the entertainment-hungry audience for almost an hour with his usual and unmistakable energy, which was rewarded with constant crowd approval. Shouts for encores were instantaneous when his time onstage ended.

Digicel’s Sponsorships and Events Manager, Tahnida Nunes was beaming with joy after the two artistes performed, emphatically stating, “The Next Generation is here, and it is bright”.

“We are so proud of I-Octane and Agent Sasco and their performances tonight,” the dreadlocked Nunes said as she happily congratulated the two faces of Digicel’s campaign on their on-stage antics.

Nunes also reiterated that the telecommunications giant is dedicated to “the next generation in totality, to Jamaica, and Jamaican entertainment.”

“Definitely, there are bigger, better things to look forward to from Digicel and The Next Generation.”








The experience that is the Greatest Reggae Show on Earth, Reggae Sumfest, was made bigger and better for patrons thanks to the Festival’s official telecommunications partner Digicel.

The mobile phone company, for the 4th year in a row, presented its acclaimed and exciting Digicel Talent Stage, which featured the likes of upcoming artistes performing at different intervals during the night.


With the likes of Denyque, Raine Seville, Natel, D-Major, Tanto Blacks, Keida, Princess Tia and more, the stage shone bright with the young talented stars, something that Digicel is known to encourage and support.


“Without a doubt we are proud that we have the opportunity to enhance the Reggae Sumfest experience with our talent stage, and are even more elated that we get the chance to shine some light on the next generation of talent.

The response was amazing, the artistes were magnificent and exciting and we are happy that the festival patrons enjoyed our entertainment package,” said Tahnida Nunes.


Nunes continued, saying what a major experience the talent stage represents for these artistes.


“Our stage remains a major platform for the exposure of talent, and all our acts go on to do great things in the entertainment industry. Immediately, I think of Tifa who made her debut at Reggae Sumfest on our stage in 2009 and this year she rocked the main stage, and she is just one on the list of many who have gone on to do big things,” she remarked.


Nunes, Digicel’s Sponsorship and Events Manager, isn’t the only person who had praises for the talent stage, as patrons enjoyed the activity which gave them more entertainment while band changes were undertaken on the main stage.


“Boy, it always give me something to look forward to, and all we haffi do is really turn round. So I enjoy it, especially Tanto Blacks and Kedia on Friday,” said one male patron. His female companion concurred, saying she enjoyed performer Denyque on Saturday night. Teenaged patrons also took pleasure in the talent stage as a large throng of them could be found each time activity on the stage commenced.


“It really is something that we are committed to doing and will continue doing as we expose more talent, and make Reggae Sumfest a bigger, better experience for all,” Nunes commented.


Digicel has been a major part of the Reggae Sumfest family for 10 consecutive stagings, as a part of its commitment to Jamaican entertainment, culture, and people.






Dexter Lee makes Jamaica proud

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Jamaica continues to shine on the world stage.

The latest comes from Dexter Lee who yesterday created history at the Stadium du Moncton last night as he sped to the island's first gold at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships, to defend the title he won two years ago in Bydgoszcz, Poland.


Lee, who ran out of lane seven after posting the seventh fastest time in the semi-finals, stopped the clock at 10.21 seconds, well below his personal and season best 10.16, beating American Charles Silmon, who ran a personal best 10.23, while France's Jimmy Vicaut, the joint world leader, was third in 10.28.


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Yardflex gets an exclusive with Gyptian for the release of Hold You.

By Lydia Patel

Yardflex TV caught up with Gyptian for an exclusive one on one at the VP records office in Queens. His album is officially launched worldwide and the VP artist is definitely looking forward to a great run. “It’s a lot of work, and it’s not a bed of roses/ You have to be dedicated to make it happen’. Gyptian is currently in NY promoting his brand new album and making numerous appearances at radio station and shows in the tri state area. The title track of the album, ‘Hold You’ has been a mega success for most of this year and remixed by major acts like Niki Minaj and Ricky Blaze. Hold You is available at all major retail outlets and digitally on itunes.






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The Reverend has been receiving a lot of flack since news broke that Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was held in his company. A lot of criticisms have come his way regarding his role in the whole affair.

What do you say? As a Christian, should he have stayed out of it? Was he justified in what he did? Holla at us.





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One on one with Shebada

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Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay introduced himself to the comedy market in a big way when he had viewers cracking up in stitches as a competitor on The Comedy Buss. Although he had taken part in other small productions it was the Comedy Buss that told the entire Jamaica he is a talent worth watching. Then came Bashment Granny and also Keith’s meteoric rise to fame! Yardflex sat down and had a one on one with the super popular actor in a no holds barred interview



How long have you been in the theatre?

Three years now - since 2006



Any Formal training…

No...acting is innate… I started out in church …I did a one man piece on Moses and the Burning Bush -entered regional and national church competitions and came first.





jah cure meets yardflex.jpgJah Cure's first performance since his release from prison on July 28, 2007 has left a lasting impression on his European fans. On Sunday August 12 at the Reggae Sundance Festival in Eindhoven, Holland, Jah Cure performed in front of 20,000 persons who were longing for that day. Irie FM's Elise Kelly gave a graphic report of this moment that she called absolutely phenomenal.

Kelly, who was present for most of the Reggae Sundance performances, lauded praises on all the "Masters of Their Craft" who gave brilliant presentations to the massive European audiences. Besides what is now termed as the historic crowd reception for Jah Cure, patrons were said to be highly engaged and enthusiastic throughout. Performances by reggae giants like, Bunny Wailer, Tony Rebel, Marcia Griffiths, Gregory Isaacs, Buju Banton, Jimmy Cliff and Anthony B were reportedly energy filled and well received.





Keeping up with MAVADO

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Stingmavado_bountykillerd'angel.jpgFresh from the successful US launch of his much anticipated debut album, "Gangsta for Life – the Symphony of David Brooks," Mavado has returned to the island to shoot a video for his mega hit "Squeeze Her Breast," the summer anthem also featured on his album.

The video was shot over two days on location in Cassava Piece and in a sound studio, with scores of hot girls flooding the camera lens. The video, which was directed by Julia Braham, also features a snippet of the follow-up to Squeeze Her Breast, "Twice a Day," a song that leaves little to the imagination. The video has now been edited and should be hitting TV screens over the next couple of weeks.

Mavado will be returning to New York later this month to headline the Carifest stage show, as well as to film a big budget video for the second single from "Gangsta For Life."





Jah Cure's first appearance overseas

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july2007-jah_cure.jpgOn August 12, 2007, Jah Cure is expected to make his first overseas appearance since being released last month. According to his manager, Allison Hunt, he will perform at The Sundance Festival in Holland. She also confirmed that news about his being scheduled to perform in the United States in upcoming months are unfounded and false.

The current "hot ticket" in reggae - Jah Cure is literally busting out all over, with an unprecedented popular winning streak that overrides the negativity of his recent unfortunate incarceration.

Born on October 11th, 1978 in Hanover, Jamaica and raised in Kingston, the talented singer was given the name Jah Cure by Reggae superstar, Capleton whom he met while growing up in Kingston. His first big break came in 1997 when he released the single "King of the Jungle" which was a duet with Sizzla. The single was produced by Beres Hammond who became Cure's mentor. He then released a steady stream of singles that won him critical and popular acclaim





Mr. Peppa in a medley mode

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PeppaVideosexygirls.jpgNatural Bridge recording artiste Mr. Peppa shot a medley music video last week for the songs 'When Last' and 'Pressure Dem'. The video was shot in the Kingston area under the direction of music video director Julia Braham who has been making a name for herself on the local scenes. Following hot on the tracks of the medley video, will be the shooting of another music video which will be shot on film for the song 'Whining', and will be directed by internationally acclaimed Ras Kassa 'The Guru', by the end of July, so as to catch the summer buzz. The video treatment for 'Whining' is currently been worked on and will be shot on film for the international market.

After the video shoot Mr. Peppa along with Ward 21 will head to Costa Rica for two shows in July to promote their combination single called 'Chatty Mouth' which made the Reggaeton chart in Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica, Mr. Peppa and Ward 21 will be making appearances at several radio and television stations, where they have been enjoying heavy rotation. Thereafter Mr. Peppa will be heading to the United Kingdom for a mini tour, where he has also been enjoying favourable airplay.





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The Portmore-based Dallas Dancers were the centre of attention at the recent video shoot for the international version of Shaggy's Church Heathen. The shoot which took place on Tuesday May 22 at the Asylum nightclub, saw the Dallas Dancers creating a storm with their well choreographed dance routines.

Directed by Jay Will, the international edition of the Church Heathen video saw cameo appearances from the likes of Danny Champagnie, media personality Miss Kitty and Ninja Man among others.
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DOWNSOUND SHOOTS SIKA MEDLEY AND LOCO AMORE

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Nanko_wines_dancerSexyGirls-SeanPaul-BeenieManWeddingNudeXXX.jpgDownsound Records did a three day shoot for two videos, Nanko's 'Loco Amore' and the 'Sika Medley' last week which involved scenes shot over two days in the parish of Portland, and culminated in an exciting alcohol-fueled, girl-crazy finale at the Asylum nightclub in Kingston on day three.

The HWT-based music outfit shot the Sika Medley at the Asylum nightclub on Tuesday. The video features the artistes Harry Toddler's 'Beggy Beggy', I Maroon's 'One Woman Kill Nature', Nanko's 'Step Up In the Club', Lion's title track, 'Sika' and Natalie's 'Big Things', Millennium 'Dig It'. The Cadillac Dancers also developed a new dance move called the 'Sika' to compliment the rhythm.

"The shoot went really well, we got some great scenes, especially with our slate of upcoming acts. Downsound believes in working with young artistes, they're hungry and they have great potential, and we have some amazing beach footage with Nanko in Portland for his solo, 'Loco Amore'," Downsound boss Joseph Bogdanovich said.





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It's Official. The biggest bootlegg movie of all times, hits the big screen on September 15th, 2006!

The movie that has been nicknamed, The Jamaican Scarface, Shottas will make it's theatrical debut across the United States late summer.

Distributed by Sony/Screen Gems, the official release of one of the most popular movies ever with an allstar caribbean cast, is sure to become a box office hit.

Shottas Part 1 hits the big time!

Cess Silvera, the writer, director, and producer of Shottas, is confident and proud of the finished masterpiece. "Shottas has been re-edited, and Stephen Marley has redone the music score. The movie is in new form. You've never seen Shottas like this before. Clarity, surround sound, quality, and you do not want to miss the opening three minutes. It's ridiculously sick. Shilo, I can't even disclose the opening scene to you. Everyone just have to get to the theatre early."

Shottas has inspired movies such as 'City Of God', and is now officially the biggest ever bootlegg movie to date. According to Cess, 'we have to prove to the industry, to Hollywood, that our movies can sell. The bootleggers owe us,' Cess remarked laughing. 'You all have one or two bootlegg copies. It's payback time now.'

Everyone is asking about Shottas part two.

Well, the wait will soon be over, but we must do our part to support our own. The filming of part two takes place in October 2006, and is slated for an early 2007 release.





rastafarian2_150.jpg'Sugar Mommies', a play centred around the issue of sex tourism in Jamaica, especially the practice of older Caucasian women coming to the island resorts to 'get their grooves back' with young nubile black men.

The plot focuses on white women from the UK and US who come to Jamaica to be with 'rastatutes' or 'rent-a-dreads', and comes with a high price for the 'milk bottles' or 'whiteys' as the white woman are supposedly called. The play debuts on August 5 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre next month.

Playwright Tanika Gupta traveled to Jamaica, and conducted 240 interviews with females, primarily sex tourists, in order to do research for the project. The play will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Canadian-born actress Linda Bellingham. It will run through to September 2.





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Music video director Ras Kassa of 'Welcome to Jamrock' fame got his major international break when he co-directed Sean Paul's latest video which was done for the single, 'Never Gonna Be the Same' alongside internationally recognised director Jesse Terrero who shot the infamous 50 Cent 'Candy Shop' video.

"It was a great vibe between me and Jesse, we shared ideas and I learned things from him and he maybe learned about how to make a Caribbean video, we just combined and the energy was great...the video is going to be great, some people say that it's the best song on his album," Ras Kassa of Guru Films said.

The video was shot on May 26th and May 27th in locations in Port Royal in East Kingston, Standpipe, St. Andrew and Jack's Hill in upper St. Andrew. It was the first time that Ras Kassa had worked with Sean Paul and Mr. Vegas since the project, 'Hot Gal Today' that was shot with Kevin Lee several years ago.





Beenie Man & Akon Shoot 'Girls' Video

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BeenieMan&Akon.jpgBeenie Man and R & B singer Akon shot a video for their combination single, 'Girls' last week. The song, which has been getting a lot of spins on hip hop stations, is one of the tracks on Beenie Man's upcoming 'Undisputed' album set for release on July 18, 2006.

"It was a two-day shoot and we did a lot of green screen work so the images will be added later. I always like working with Little X The buzz on the song so far is good, I am looking forward to seeing the finished video," he told YardFlex.Com.

Beenie Man will be shooting the video for 'Hmm Hmm' next week as well. "Hmm Hmm" is the lead single of the album for which the Doctor has enlisted his superstar friends such as hip-hop mega-hit maker Scott Storch (Beyonce, Eve, Chris Brown, Nelly, The Roots), and studio guests such as Akon ("Lonely") and reggaeton's seminal female star, Ivy Queen.





Mr. Peppa Way - 'Gangsta Guerilla' - Video Shoot

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By: PaPa & RaZZi

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Mr. Peppa shot the music video for his slamming new single, 'Gangsta Guerilla' last weekend. The shoot took place over two days in the Corporate Area, and featured scenes from shot at such locations as the juice factory in Allman Town, Kingston, the 'white room' at ADVIDCO, and the Habibi Latino Restaurant in New Kingston.

"The video depicts the 'survival mode' that everyone in this society, whether rich or poor, can relate to, the struggle to survive and function in a very competitive society so this song addresses some critical social issues. The concept for it was Mark's (Pinnock) idea, and I added in some parts. When it makes its debut in two weeks, it's going to be crazy," Mr. Peppa told YardFlex.com.





Rihanna: S.O.S. (Rescue Me)

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rihanna_02.jpgIt's unsurprising that the video for Rihanna's latest single, S.O.S. (Rescue Me) contains an alluring bronzed woman, flashing lights, and close-ups because (1) these are nearly prerequisites for MTV videos and (2) Rihanna is so gorgeous that she really doesn't need to do anything to entertain. Throughout the video she sprawls in a corner and dances in sultry outfits; the lyrics suggest that a boy has her &ldquostressing" and "calling out for help," though she certainly doesn't seem to be losing any sleep over it.

RihannaFor Rihanna, a native of Barbados, this video is a departure from the dancehall theme of her two previous singles, If It's Lovin' That You Want and Pon de Replay. Gone are the beach scenes, the DJs, and the Caribbean backing track. In fact, this video is shot against an erratic monochromatic background, features few choreographed dance scenes, and a thundering beat that is an obvious appropriation of Soft Cell's eighties hit Tainted Love.

As a result, Rihanna's choreography in S.O.S pales in comparison to her previous work, but fits well with the song; the hazy lighting and changing backgrounds even compensate for the lack of synchronized movement.





Leftside and Esco 'Whistle' for Wata

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Leftside&EscoWata.jpgThe new single, Whistle, performed by the duo of Leftside and Esco, has been creating waves since the video hit television screens a little over two weeks ago. The soca-influenced song which is really a take off from the Iwer George hit Water (recorded a while back), has been embraced by the Wata product for its latest promotional vehicle.

'This song is basically a work for hire. The distributors of the Wata product wanted to recreate a song coming off the Iwer George song. The vibe has been good so far', Matthew 'Esco' Thompson explained in an interview on the weekend.

Although a bit suggestive, Whistle appears to have been embraced by loyal soca enthusiasts. 'We hope it will do well for the carnival season. If you notice, the video has a lot of girls, and we tried to create a whole different look', added Thompson.

The video for Whistle was shot on location in Lime Cay a few weeks ago and YardFlex's finest was there PaPa & Razzi.





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Tanto&DevonteYardFlex.jpgThe Dynamic duo Tanto Metro & Devonte - "Musically Inclined" their latest album will hit the selves on March 21, 2006. The Duo have recently shot the video for one of the lead single on their album titled 'Good Or Bad Times' produced by Troyton Remi for Black Shadow Records on the Blink Riddim. The video was shot at 11 Lindsay Crecesnt in the studio of Advico/Music Plus.

This magnificent video was the sole responsibility of Rass Kassa, which he says will be premiering on MTV-TEMPO within the next couple of weeks.

Tanto Metro & Devonte are now hard at work promoting the single as well as their upcoming album. They did themselves well last week at VP Records Spring Break held at Margaretville, Negril.





Swing Eh 'Weh in Barbican, The Uptown Garrison

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SOLD OUT! When Beenie Man shot the video for his new single, 'Swing Eh Weh' in Barbican Place, the uptown garrison, it was no comparison, the whole community came out for the event. School kids coming home from school stopped by, mangy dogs and even an old codger that looked like he must have had his last erection in 1987 showed to ogle the winking bellybuttons, exposed thighs, and daring fashions of the Barbican hotties at the video shoot.

It's the first time that Pappa and Razzi have ever seen so many girls dressed up in their finest on a hot, Tuesday afternoon, even the bleached-out face ones who normally scorn the sun like it's something lethal appeared in their numbers. And Kingston, de gal dem hot!





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D'Angel-PhotoByCarlingtonWilmotYardFlex.jpgDressed to the nines in a white business suit and her hair a stunning red, D'Angel looked like the portrait of a take-no-prisoners career woman on the set of her new video, 'Give the Woman a Chance' on Wednesday afternoon. The video was shot by critically acclaimed director Nordia Rose at Victoria House, Lindsay Crescent.

"I think that this song is an important one because it sends a clear message to women that they can succeed at the highest level of politics and business, if they just stick to their guns," D'Angel said.





Digicel Signs I-Octane

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With the closure of the Mas Camp on Oxford Road scheduled to take place in another two weeks, several staple events will have to find new homes. There has been talk of closure from as far back as 2006, but year after the year the New Kingston venue remained open. It has, however, been reported that the venue owned by the Butch Stewart-owned ATL group will soon make way for a new hotel. A report carried in The Star stated that Gyete Ghartey, promoter of Mello Vibes and Yesterday, said he got the daunting call in October. "Going forward we have to find another venue, a venue that is accessible. Mas Camp had everything. It was quite central, you had parking and it wasn't so much in a residential area," he told THE STAR. With Mello Vibes being held at Mas Camp for the final time on the weekend, Ghartey said it will be a difficult task to find another venue that has similar characteristics. Nonetheless, he said the next staging of Yesterday will be on November 19 at Sugarman's Beach in Portmore. After that event, Ghartey said, it will be hard to find a venue for the December staging. Daunting for Ghartey, but Michael Ammar Jr, organiser of Bacchanal Jamaica, said his group has been preparing since becoming aware of the closure early this year. "From the last carnival we knew it was closing. It won't affect us, we will have a new 'Mas Camp'," he said. Ammar said they are well advanced with their plans for a new venue, but as for the details, he was tight-lipped. This new location, he said, might even improve the event. As for other events that were staged at Mas Camp, Ammar said "it's going to affect a lot of the independent operators that rent Mas Camp." Therefore, "we are trying to choose a venue that will be suitable for use by other people," he said, noting that one more event will he held at Mas Camp before it closes. Ghartey and Ammar are not alone with their views, as Jerome Hamilton a representative of Heineken Good Times, shares similar sentiments. "I think it is going to hurt Good Times as well as other events that were held there. It is going to create a void and I am not sure how we are going to fill that. It's a big blow to the industry," he told THE STAR, describing Mas Camp as a convenient location.
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Miss Kitty - Novelist or Literary Revolutionist?

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Ever since news surfaced a few weeks ago that popular radio and television personality, Khadine Hylton, 
more popularly known as Miss Kitty, had written a salacious novel, the streets have been buzzing, and 
questions flying  -   what does Miss Kitty have to say now, and who, if anyone, is she taking aim at, or 
unmasking in this novel?
Well come Thursday evening, the curious  may very well get their answers with the launch of the highly 
anticipated debut novel, with a title that adds to the intrigue, 'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD'. 
Set to take place on the grounds of Bookophilia, located at 92 Hope Road in Kingston, the launch of Miss Kitty's debut literary effort is already 
gearing up to be an event for the 
books - no pun intended. 
"The response and expectation has 
been phenomenal," explains 
Pageturner's Karl Larmond. 
"Let's just say it's been a real 
receptive presentation so far. All 
our distributors are excited
about this publication,  so much 
that some have literally made 
shelf space for the arrival of 
'Good Girl Gone Bad' in a few days."
'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' highlights the sensitive subject of a miscarriage in a once flourishing relationship, but 
one that's soon on life-support with the tragic twist of fate. And like they say, when it rains, it pours, but you 
will have to read it to get the gist and twist of the story. 
Set to commence at 6:30 pm, the launch of 'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' is already sounding like a stellar occasion, 
with participation from a wide cross section of society's luminaries and celebrities, from the likes of opening
prayer by Tommy Cowan, and readings from the likes of Yendi Phillips, Oliver Samuels, Professor Donna Hope,
ace Disc Jock Kurt Riley, and also an address from Mrs. Valrie Francis from The Jamaica National Library, just to 
name a few. 
'GOOD GIRL GONE BAD' will be available at all Sangsters Book Stores, all Kingston Book Shops and wherever 
books are sold across the island. Fans can also catch Miss Kitty at any one of the over twenty island-wide 
signings already in the final planning stages. 
GOOD GIRL GONE BAD in stores November 4th 2011. 
SPONSORS: Digicel, Wisynco, Wata, Baileys, Coco Cola, Bookophilia, Rhapsody Cakes and Plantscape
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Cinema release for Ghetta Life Dec 2

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The latest film by Jamaican director, Chris Brown, is coming out in cinemas across the country on 2nd December. The film, whose Executive Producer is ex-World Heavyweight boxing champion, Lennox Lewis, is set in a suburb of Kingston, where each ghetto is under garrison law and run by gun toting gangs under the leadership of ruthless Mafia style 'dons'. Derrick is a talented boxer with a dream of representing his country at the Olympics but the best trainer and gym are in the no-go next door neighbourhood. Although he knows the risks, Derrick decides to 'cross over' in order to pursue his dreams but in doing so puts the lives of those he loves in mortal danger. This is a gritty, shocking, engrossing and ultimately uplifting story of the triumph of human spirit and hope. There's also a superb soundtrack featuring a mix of reggae and dancehall.
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October 17, 2011 - Multiple Grammy Award-winning Reggae Superstar Damian Marley has partnered with the Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) to headline its "STAND UP - Educate the Youths" BENEFIT CONCERT to help children in Jamaica attend high school.
The STAND UP Benefit Concert will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the beautiful outdoor music venue, Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Caribbean Education Foundation Jamaica Scholarship Programs. 
The theme of the concert is "leadership, pride, compassion and action" and how they intertwine to "educate the youth".  "STAND UP - Educate the Youths", CEF's 2011 Education Benefit Concert, features Damian Marley and music artists who exemplify the qualities of leadership, pride, compassion and take action to support education for poor youths.  These global music leaders will lend their voices to the need for educational access in countries such as Jamaica.
When asked the reasons Caribbean Education Foundation chose international reggae superstar Damian Marley as its Partner and Headliner for STAND UP, CEF President & CEO, Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq. explains, "STAND UP exemplifies artists who are taking positive actions for a better world and Damian Marley is a natural fit with this tremendous effort.  Damian Marley is not only a Spectacular Entertainer and Musical Genius, but he is also a Humanitarian who deeply cares about disadvantaged children and understands there is a critical need to provide them with meaningful access to education.  Therefore, it was natural for us to request that Damian Marley partner with CEF and he immediately embraced our efforts and took action."
FOR TICKET INFORMATION: Visit  Jannus Live
VIP TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact CEF
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Kartel charged with murder

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Popular dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder by investigators from the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT).
The entertainer, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, has been charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm and conspiracy to murder.
Kartel was charged Monday evening after detectives from the MIT questioned the artiste in the presence of his attorneys Monday afternoon.
The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, Kartel along with other men conspired to murder Barrington Burton, who is otherwise called 'Bossie', a 27 year- old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St. Catherine.
Mr. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park.
A preliminary hearing will take place on Tuesday, October 3 at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court.
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Congrats Mr & Mrs Golding

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Congrats to the newly-wed Steve Golding, son of the Prime Minister, and his bride, Empress.
Those two have been an item for quite a while now and we wish them a long and lasting love.
But, a how dem look like Jah Cure and fi him wife so when dem did get married the other day.
Anyway, congrats again and may your quiver be full of kids to keep the PM active in his retirement.
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Teacha's Pet debuts this Friday

Kingston, Jamaica - September 20, 2011: Today,  LIME and the producers of Teacha's Pet shared details on the highly anticipated  reality TV series featuring popular dancehall entertainer, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer,  in a never-before- seen format for local television.

Scheduled to start airing on CVM TV and on Peppa, carried on LIME Mobile TV on September 23, Teacha's Pet surrounds the love life and career of Vybz Kartel and was shot on location at an upper St. Andrew residence. During the briefing LIME revealed that fans of the show will have the chance to watch deleted scenes on Peppa - an entertainment channel distributed on its mobile TV network.

"After every show, fans who want more can tune in to the entertainment channel Peppa, for a 20-minute after show featuring all the "too hot for TV" moments - a first in Jamaica," highlighted  Tara Playfair-Scott, LIME Head of Television & Entertainment.


"Content is king in the world of television and we believe that 'Teacha's Pet' is a good example of entertaining and most importantly, 100% Jamaican programming and the way we are partnering with Teacha's Pet will bring a new dimension to TV in Jamaica and our mobile TV network." she added.


Produced by Carleene Samuels and directed by Jason 'Jay Will' Williams of Creative Source Productions, the programme features a cast of 20 female contestants who live together and complete daily challenges as they try to win the love of Vybz Kartel.  


According to Samuels, Teacha's Pet is unlike any other programme produced locally. "Generally persons tend to be skeptical about Jamaican reality series, however we are positive that this top quality production will attract high viewership particularly among the artistes' huge fan base across the globe."


Commenting on the show, Palmer said: "This is another milestone and pillar of success in my career." "I have always had an interest in pursuing film based projects along with my music. I am very pleased with the production and I look forward to the response of my fans and the viewers who will tune in every Friday night".


He further pointed out that, to date, the response from his fans has been very positive and resulted in contestants from as far as the Middle East being selected to be a part of the show.


In June, producers of the show issued a casting call online for Kartel's 'love hopefuls' that resulted in over 1000 applications from young women locally and internationally being submitted. The finalists who will appear on the show were selected by the artiste and producers of the show.

Other local celebrities including Amelia 'Milk' Sewell  as the substitute teacher and recording artiste 'Popcaan'  as the confidant are also featured in the weekly hour long programme.

Members of the Diaspora and Vybz Kartel fans globally will be able to access the programme online via a pay-per-view service on www.teachaspet.com -the show's official website. Locally, on September 23 & 24, LIME will offer specially discounted prices on mobile television enabled handsets for viewers to access Peppa.

Fans of the show will be able share feedback, gossip and comments on the show's Facebook and Twitter accounts as well on the show's website.

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Jah Cure to wed this weekend

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Congrats to Jah Cure and his girlfriend who will be tying the knot this weekend in an exclusive ceremony.
Glad to see the artiste taking this road and we wish them all the best.






The brand known for creating 

the most original experiences and best drink mixes, Smirnoff Vodka, is rewarding its consumers by giving them an opportunity to partake in the highly anticipated launch of the Smirnoff Dream weekend. The digital media promotion will be open to all Facebook and Twitter fans. The launch is set for next week and it is expected that the promoters will present details of the weekend events as well as disclose the early bird and regular band prices.

According to Marsha Lumley, Brand Manager Smirnoff,  Smirnoff has experienced a revolution through social media over the past few months and with Smirnoff launching its biggest activation for the year, the brand wanted to celebrate the occasion with its consumers.

 "We have been having great engagement with our consumers through Facebook and Twitter recently and this is an opportunity for our consumers to share in a Smirnoff experience with the brand," said Lumley.

"The launch will be a teaser to Smirnoff Dream Weekend and it promises to a be an event you wouldn't want to miss."

Persons interested in participating simply have to post a picture of themselves at a past Smirnoff-sponsored event to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page, Facebook.com/Smirnoffjamaica. The picture must clearly show either a branded Smirnoff cup, armband or Smirnoff background. The name of the event must be posted with the picture.

The persons with the most 'likes' will be rewarded with an invite for them and a friend to attend the launch. Fifteen (15) persons will be chosen using this route. Tweeters are also being given an opportunity to post to their time lines a photo fitting the criteria mentioning @SmirnoffJamaica.

The top 10 twitter fans with the most re-tweets will also be rewarded with an invite to the Smirnoff Dream Weekend launch and will also be featured as 'Smirnoff Tweet Ambassadors'.

"Smirnoff Jamaica has seen the support of thousands of fans using Facebook and Twitter and this is a way in which we can show them that we are thankful for the support," Ms. Lumley added.

The winners of this digital promotion will be chosen before Wednesday June 15, so potential participants are encouraged to start posting their pictures and have their friends vote and tweet.

Smirnoff Dream Weekend is one of the staple events on the annual entertainment calendar and is scheduled for July 29-August 1. It boasts seven of the most premium events including Extreme Wet n Wild, Daydreams, Yush, Twisted Spirits, Smirnoff Xclusive, Smirnoff Flavours and Beer Vibes.

 

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Reggae Sumfest donates to Mo Bay groups

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The organisers of the annual international reggae music festival Reggae Sumfest have donated $400,000 in cash and computer equipment to two groups in St. James.

The beneficiaries are the Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club, which has received  $300,000 to assist in procuring musical instruments for its band, while a computer, valued at approximately $100,000, was presented to the Jamaica Fire Brigade's Montego Bay Office.

Johnny Gouzong, Executive Director of Reggae SumFest, made the presentations on Tuesday, July 5, during the official launch of the 19th staging of the Reggae Sumfest at the Iberostar Rosehall Hotel in Montego Bay.

Howard Deers, the director in charge of transportation for Reggae SumFest Promotions, said the donations were the organiser's way of giving back to society "which has given tremendous support to the festival over the past many years."

The Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club was the national parish project for St. James for Labour Day activities on May 23, receiving overwhelming support from the business community and citizens of Montego Bay and the parish.

Mr. Gouzong, in the meantime, announced that at this year staging of Reggae SumFest "we will be honouring some of those entertainers, who have contributed to the development of Jamaica's music, such as Beres Hammond, E.T. Webster and the late Gregory Isaacs."

Dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest will be held from July 17 to 23 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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KC boy's killer flees the island

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Reports are that the man fingered in the murder of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais left the island last Saturday for Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

A raid of his home in Belgrade Loop, upper St Andrew, on Tuesday night, saw the police seizing two BMW X6s which are now being processed.

A senior police officer attached to the case reportedly told The Gleaner that the man's family was also questioned by the police yesterday.

During Tuesday night's operations, two men were also arrested and charged for possession of marijuana. They have since been released on station bail.

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Andy Holness, the CEO of St Bess Records has his sights set on breaking his St Bess All Stars crew this summer and, like he does everything else, he's giving it his all.

Ash, as he is called, has hitched his wagon to the extremely popular summer session, ATI, and has produced a song which he hopes will become the theme song of the event. Hey Now, as the song is titled, is the debut from the St Bess All Stars which comprises Tresan Dray and Face Dadda, among others.

"ATI is the summer party event and if I can get this song playing like a theme song at ATI, then that will be enough expose for us to capitalize on," the producer explained.

He has recruited Damian 'Keezy' Hewitt, a master at building riddim and together they have pledged to give talented youth from the area a voice.

Hey Now, the ATI song is the first official release from the studio and there are two versions - the studio version and the live version.

Of course, Holness' hope is that Hey Now will "get a big buss".

"Let's say this ATI song  gets a big buss - If it even comes second right behind Kartel's summer song that will be quite fine," he declared.

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Laza Morgan confirmed for Reggae Sumfest

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Atlantic /Elektra recording artiste Laza Morgan, brother of Gramps and Peetah Morgan of famed reggae group Morgan Heritage and son of reggae legend Denroy Morgan, whose multi-platinum 'I'll Do Anything For You' ruled urban playlists in the 1980's, is confirmed as a performer on 'International Night 2' at the 2011 installment of Reggae Sumfest, on Saturday, July 23, at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Laza will join US acts Nicki Minaj, R Kelly, along with Jamaican hitmakers Mavado, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Tanya Stephens and I Octane at Sumfest, that kicks off on Thursday July 21 - Saturday July 23.

"I am extremely excited to be included in this year's powerful Reggae Sumfest lineup. Sumfest is certainly the biggest platforms in the Caribbean for a reggae artiste to showcase their craft and I plan to do just that when I perform on international night this year" he said.

"I plan to bring my A game to Sumfest and give fans something extra special that they will remember and treasure for many, many years to come" Morgan, one of 30 siblings promised.

Morgan's raspy, resonating voice and rhythmic 'DJ' style flows are causing heads to turn stateside with his new single 'One by One' featuring dancehall hitmaker Mavado. The track, produced by Julian Bunetta and Frank E, is a hypnotic love song that is blazing urban Power 106 FM in LA, WJMH in Boston, WVIP, New York, WAVS in Florida and other radio stations across the USA with its compelling charm. The track has also started to penetrate ethnic charts and was added to the Miami Top Ten charts at the #7 position just this week. Laza's hot new mixtape 'First Look" dropped a few weeks ago and is now available for free online.

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Gully God a grieve bad

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We hear say di Gully God a tek Connie death bad. From it happen yesterday him nuh stop bawl.

We sorry fi hear say di yute drop out just like that, but we hope say it is a wake-up call fi all a di man dem who say dem inna 'entourage'. This entourage ting is not a good ting and after the incident down inna Ochi them shoulda handle tings different.

Yardflex sends out condolences to the family of Connie and his extended Alliance family.






The popular roots play 'Ova Mi Dead Body' is on its way to West
Kingston for a special performance on Holy Thursday, the 21st of
April,  at 8 p.m.to help raise funds to feed the elderly and the
indigent in this community.

The initiative is the brain child of Stages Production which has once
again teamed up with the 'What a brother can do for Another'
foundation to present  top class entertainment and a belly full of
laughter to inner city residents.

"The Denham Town high school will erupt in pandemonium and laughter as
Delcita and the Stages crew which also includes  Jukky Jam, Bad Boy
Trevor and String Bean hit the stage for a rare downtown performance.
Showtime is at 8pm, and judging by the last play held a month ago you
better be early or you get lef," Deborah 'Foxy' Golding, a director of
the 'What a Brother Can Do for Another' Foundation, said in a release.

Actress Andrea 'Delcita' Wright promises an all out performance "full
of madness and excitment" for her many fans from the inner city.

"Mi coming fi talk di things dem, teach woman how fi deal wid dem man
ya. Money ova words, cause good romance caan carry go shop," Delcita
said in a release.

Admission is $1000. Tickets are availible at Jah T's wholesale, at  23
Spanish Town road.

Two months ago the popular roots play 'Ghett Out' pulled a large crowd
to West Kingston.

"The last show was a great success, it was well organised the patrons
enjoyed themselves to the fullest. It was a great fundraiser and the
money went a long way to fulfilling the needs of our shut-ins and sick
people. We hope that this will be just as successful. We have worked
out a few kinks in the show as last time, Shebada's arrival caused
many people to rush in at once but  this show you're going to feel
like the Grammy's in LA," Ms. Golding said.
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Remake of Harder They Come coming 2012

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There will be a remake of The Harder They Come, the popular 1972 sensational
low-budget movie of filmmaker Perry Henzell.
Henzell's daughter, Justine Henzell, reportedly told The Gleaner last week that
filming is scheduled to start later this year in Jamaica and London.
Chris Salewicz, the respected British writer, did most of the writing for the
new-look movie but Henzell said a cast is still being assembled.
Salewicz has written extensively on reggae including the book, Songs of Freedom,
as well as an authorised Bob Marley biography.
He also wrote the screenplay for the 1999 movie, Third World Cop.
The Harder They Come remake is a joint venture between Henzell, British company
Xingu Films and Conquering Lion Pictures which is based in Toronto.
"Over the years, many people have approached us with remake ideas but for the
first time I am confident we have a team that will honour the original, while
creating a new narrative worthy of the legacy," Henzell said.
The Harder They Come is expected to be released in 2012, 40 years after the
original, which starred singer Jimmy Cliff, was first shown in Jamaica.
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Jah Cure returns to court for ganja trial

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Reggae singer Siccaturie Alcock, also known as Jah Cure, is scheduled to face
court Tuesday in his ongoing trial for ganja possession.
The trial began last month.
Jah Cure is challenging the allegation that the Constant Spring Police found
marijuana in his car during a traffic stop in April last year.
The cops contend they found a small quantity of ganja in his BMW during a spot
check along Dunrobin Avenue in St. Andrew.
At the start of the trial, the arresting officer testified that when he
approached the vehicle, he detected the scent of ganja, and when he asked the
singer about it, he confirmed he had been smoking ganja.
The policeman added that he searched the vehicle and found a small quantity of
ganja and two ganja spliffs.
But during testimony, Jah Cure denied the allegations.
He admitted that he smokes ganja, but told the court that no drugs were in his
car on the night of the incident.

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Wrestling wives team up for reality show

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First there was the "Real Housewives." Then came "Basketball Wives." Now TMZ has learned a show currently in production centers around a new group of famous spouses -- "Wrestler Wives."

Multiple sources tell us the guys behind "Pit Boss" have teamed up with VH1 to produce a show which follows the wives of famous wrestlers -- and the pilot has already begun shooting in Houston.

Sources say Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (Booker T's wife), Stacy Carter (Jerry Lawler's ex-wife) and Jackie Haas (Charlie Haas' wife) are the main focus of the show.

We're told the show will also be centered around WWE wrestler Booker T's wrestling school in Texas -- which Sharmell helps runs. 

Get ready for some catfights!!!

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A kidnapping, which was in revenge for brawl at a wedding in Jamaica, has landed three men in Sheffield, England behind bars for a total of 40 years.

Leslie Noel, James Allen and Matthew Hibbert were convicted of kidnapping, blackmailing and threatening to kill two brothers in what the police believe was a reprisal attack.

Neither Noel, Allen nor Hibbert were involved in the brawl, which took place at the wedding in Jamaica.

However, Allen, a relative of one of the persons injured in the brawl, was asked to seek revenge on a man who was also involved in the disturbance.

Noel, Allen and Hibbert lured their victim to a house on Queen Mary Road in Manor, Sheffield and held him hostage, threatening to shoot him unless they were paid £15,000.

The hostage's brother was also held captive by the trio until he volunteered to get them the cash they demanded.

While he was being taken to get the money, the brother managed to escape by jumping from the moving car.

He raised an alarm.

Noel and Hibbert escaped but Allen was found in the house along with the other hostage.

Noel and Hibbert were held four months later when they again tried to demand money from one of the victims.

The police say they were able to charge the trio for both offences thanks to "persistent and protracted enquiries, the latest technological advances and data-sharing arrangements" as the brother who was involved in the dispute at the Jamaican wedding refused to co-operate with them.

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Producers team up for Japan tribute riddim

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 Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor of Big Ship, Mighty Crown and Gachapan Records will record Jamaican artistes on the Japan tribute riddim.

The Jamaican deejays are yet to be finalised. It follows a earlier move by the riddim's producer Pancho of Gachapan to record some 30 Japanese deejays in a 20-minute song entitled One For All.

"We and Big Ship (Di Genius) and Mighty Crown are team to make Jamaican artiste Japan tribute song," Pancho told the Observer via Twitter.

Japan-born Pancho lives in Jamaica and has produced I-Octane, Aidonia, G-Whizz, Konskens, Charly Blacks, Nesbeth, Laden, QQ, Ras Penco, Munga and more, under his label Gachapan Records. Di Genius has produced artistes including Mavado and Chino of Big Ship. Japan-based Mighty Crown is amongst the largest soundsystem in the world. But also contains a production house and its own Nike show deal.

This month's 9.0-earthquake and tsunami left more than 16,000 dead or missing. Japan called the disaster its worst crisis since World War II.

The single featuring Japanese artistes will be released in mid-April. The Japanese deejays include Masta Simon (Mighty Crown) Chehon, Ryo The Skywalker, Pushim, Jumbo Maatch, Takafin, Boxer Kid, Ng Head, Buggie Man.Vader, Armstrong, Peter Man, kenty Gross, Big Bear, Douraku, Rudeboy Face, Rueed, Micky Rich, Natural Wepon, Tak Z, Akane, Papa Ugee, Monkey Ken, G2,and Singj Roy.

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Mavado and DJ Khaled have teamed up for the monstrous megamix of hit single Welcome to My Hood.

The original version of Welcome to My Hood features Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies and T-Pain but DJ Khaled gathered an all-star cast for the remix that reads like a who's who of rap over the last decade.

Mavado lines up with rappers Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game and Waka Flocka Flame on the remix, with Mavado arriving fifth on the track.

In a release, DJ Khaled said "Everybody's saying they love Mavado's verse, I'm a big fan of Mavado's and his flava on the record just adds that different edge,"

Plans are already underway for a video to be shot for the remix, which is a staggering seven minutes long, but since Mavado is currently unable to travel to the US his part will be specially shot in Jamaica by a local director and slotted in.

"It's a great feeling to be on a record with such a list of stars and It helps position my career right in the mainstream as the record is getting airplay on radio in America already," Mavado said.

He is also going to be featured on Ace Hoods' new album.

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Jamaica's dancehall comedic duo Twins of Twins have landed a major deal which could catapult their Stir It Up comedy sketches into mainstream television.

The Twins of Twins have inked a contract with the Platinum Camp to animate the latest volume of their Stir It Up series which has attracted a following in the dancehall community.

In a press release, Daddy Biggs from Platinum Camp said "this has never been done before in the history of the Caribbean. (we'll be) changing the format of Stir It Up series Volume 9 to an animated format, followed by the production and development of a thirty minutes animated sitcom for television based on the characters made famous by the Twins," he said.

Platinum Camp Records and Twin of Twins will be bank rolling the project.

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IRAWMA 2011 goes to Trinidad

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The 30th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will be coming to the Caribbean region this year.

The 2011 staging of the awards is to be held at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 28.

Topping the list of nominees this year is Reggae artiste Gyptian, who is nominated in eight categories.

Machel Montano, Trinidad and Tobago's King of Soca and recent winner of the Soca Monarch and Road March titles, is also nominated.

He is nominated in seven categories.

Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley is also nominated in seven categories while legendary producers Sly and Robbie received six nominations.

Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel received five nominations.

Other multiple nominees include Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Queen Ifrica, Shaggy, Rihanna, Nicki Minja, Tarrus Riley, Third World, Gramps Morgan and Marcia Griffiths.

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Carnival Masqueraders in Trinidad and Tobago

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Trinidad carnival 2k11 Monday mas is a day where masqueraders hit the streets of port of spain looking for a great time and preparation of the big day. Typically Monday day ware is provided by one of the numerous bands and is basically a cool down from j'ouvert morning just a few hours prior. I had the fortune of taking part in j'ouvert band called 'Think Pink' brought to you by Kampus Boys. By the time I came off the road and scrubbed the pink paint of my skin, it was time to get ready to line up on Ariapita Ave to start day 1 of carnival. Revellers jumped, waved, chipped and sung along to various soca and groovy soca tunes that were all part of the build up during the carnival season. Every night in the week leading up to the final two days on the road there are massive fetes, several of which are all inclusive and over night. The main fetes include bacchanal Wednesday, UWI splash, soca monarch, girl power and insomnia. Patrons got a treat to some great music and performances live every night. Kes the Band took home the title of groovy soca monarch for carnival 2k11 with the big tune 'wotless'. But let me be the first to tell you hands on that it was worth the entire $500,000 TTD each time he performed during the carnival season. Kes had his female fans in a frenzy especially with his fantastic wining ability and 'juking' skills. Machel Montano
Soca singer Machel Montano performing at the 2...

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 was the big winner this year with the power soca monarch competition. Machel took 'advantage' of the People's partnership party offer to increase the prize money for this year's competition from one million to two million TTD. With that, Machel was back in the game after not entering the competition for close to a decade. Day two pon di road Carnival Tuesday was the true depiction of what Is coined 'the greatest show on earth'. That is the day where the entire island is on display wearing nothing but beaded bikinis covered in features and jewels. The parade gets started on the main avenue at 7am sharply and goes until roughly 10pm. some bands even doing a 'last lap', a final jump around the streets of woodbrook before the final lights out and official starting of the lenting season on ash Wednesday. This year was special with the return of the grand savannah stage which has been under construction. Masqueraders enjoyed themselves to the fullest waiting to break into their worst behavior, or display as little as they have for the judges. Trinidad carnival hosted tourists from all across the world this year, including areas where carnival is not even part of their culture but definitely one that can be enjoyed by many. The US, Canada, England, Africa, Russia, South Africa and the Philippines are among the countries who I observed and spoke it. Its great to see the culture so wide spread and of interest to so many non trinidadians. Infact, this years several other Caribbean islands came across to T&T for a little fun during the carnival festivities week. Best of all, day two is about having fun with your posse, especially since it's only one time of the year. And as much as I love it, one time is enough. When your legs feel like you want to buy a new pair, that means you truly enjoyed everything there was to offer.
A Carnival Costume in Trinidad's Carnival

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A Music Truck at Trinidad's Carnival

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To say that Trini's like to party would be an understatement. Carnival festivities have been in motion for close to three months now with carnival 2k11 taking place in March. And one of the most loved sought after feature is the annual j'ouvert bash that kicks off the two days of carnival. Historically, j'ouvert is a term derived from the French when Trinidad was under the French colonial rule over two hundred years ago. Jouvert means jour overt which means opening of the day, and that's exactly what it is. The grand opening of Trinidad's largest spectacle. During the wee hours of the night participants get busy smearing paint, mud and more recently chocolate on one another while dancing behind several dj trucks and 40ft trailer trucks of liquor.
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Toronto: Canadian reggae songbird Bonnie Casey, who will join Toots & the Maytals, reggae messenger Luciano, Warrior King, Ernie Ranglin and The Messenjah Band on a world tour to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the USA in April, has earned two nominations for "Most Promising New Reggae Artist" and "Best Female Vocalists" at the 2011 Reggae Music Achievement Awards (RMAA). 

"Wow! I'm so excited and overwhelmed to have 2 nominations at the RMAA Awards," said Casey, from her home in Canada

"I feel so honored and blessed. This is a special moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Since I launched my solo career last year, it has been a whirlwind ride but I have enjoyed every minute of it. I must thank my fans, the media, family and my management team for the hard work that they have put into my career so far."

Bonnie, who was born to an Irish father and a Jamaican mother is described by those around her as vibrant, outspoken, unique, and as having a caring personality. She began singing at the age of 5 years old and benefited from voice and drama lessons at the Beckett School for the Arts in Toronto. The former Miss World Canada  Beauty pageant finalist and fashion model draws her influences from Etta James, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. She sings jazz, blues and contemporary songs but is focused on lover's rock and rock steady rhythms as she seeks to build a long term career in the reggae industry. 


Her fresh approach to music, her unique song writing ability, along with her versatile vocal range will no doubt give listeners that 'wow factor' that has been missing with many young acts currently in the industry. Using music as a communication tool, she intents to write and perform songs that music lovers can relate to. Her debut album is set to drop in late 2011 and will feature Sly & Robbie and Dean Frazier, who are producers for the project. 


The 5th staging of the RMAA will be held on June 4th at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd in Toronto, Canada. In addition to theawards presentation, fans will be treated to an all-star show with performances from award winning international reggae crooner Gramps Morgan, George Nooks and Trilla U. Supporting acts include Exco Levi, Jill Donaldson, Nicole Green, Jimmy Reid and Tony Anthony. Additional music will be provided by Massey Sound and Soul 2 Soul, and the event will be hosted by Ms. Danae Peart of CHRY 105.5 FM, with backing from EOP Band. Also attending this year's event will be Big A from Irie FM in Jamaica.


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Kartel and NotNice split?

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Deejay Vybz Kartel and producer NotNice are remaining quiet as to whether there is a rift between them.

Rumours were circulating that the two had stopped working together musically since mid-February. According to several sources, NotNice was assaulted and his studio equipment removed from his house where he was working. It is alleged that Kartel was behind the removal of the equipment. However, it is unclear as to the reasons behind the move.

When The Star reportedly spoke to Ainsley 'NotNice' Morris yesterday, he was silent on whether there is an existing rift between himself and Kartel. When asked about the musical projects he is currently working on, the producer said, "No comment towards nothing at all."

The normally talkative Kartel was also silent on the matter giving no comment at all except to say that he recently released Empire Universe the Second Chapter on iTunes. The album was released on the Adidjahiem and NotNice Records.

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Stephen Marley to team up with Dead Prez

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Stephen Marley will be teaming up with hip hop duo Dead Prez.

The group's co-founder, M1, has confirmed that while they are at work on their tenth album, Information Age, another higher profile project is in the works, which includes Stephen Marley.