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A meeting which was initiated over Facebook has resulted in the death of a woman and the arrests of a man and his teenage girlfriend, who have since been slapped with murder and larceny charges.

What started out as a link-up at a house on Molynes Road, St Andrew, turned to an orgy, and as days went by, advanced to murder. This, after the St Andrew Central police turned up at the residence and found the body of a woman, with her hands and feet bound.

Reports said the now deceased met with a friend she knew through Facebook in Half-Way Tree, who invited her to stay at the Molynes Road residence, which is reportedly owned by a man.

According to investigators, other people, including the man and the teenage girl who she also met on Facebook, came to the location, where all the parties would engage in an orgy. It has not been disclosed why the woman was killed; however, investigators are contending that jealously may have been a factor.

Arising from the killing, Trumaine Harman from Nine Miles, St Ann, and a 17-year-old girl from St Catherine were arrested and charged. Both were picked up in St Ann by investigators. Personal items belonging to the deceased woman were found in their possession.




Reggae Sumfest 2017

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Kingston, Jamaica; The 22nd staging of the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' will be buzzing with some of Reggae's biggest names. The long awaited return of Busy Signal to the Sumfest stage is set to complement the comeback of otherperformers and legends in their own right, Sanchez and Freddie McGregor. Reggae Sumfest is set to get underway from July 13 - 19 with stage shows Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Busy will be making his first appearance on the festival since 2009 and comes in on the back of his platinum single Bumaye with Major Lazer. Bumaye was featured on Pepsi International's recent global advertising campaign which also showcased football superstar Lionel Messi. The artiste has recently completed a tour of East Africa, notably Uganda. Fans can expect the usual energetic Busy Signal as he delivers hard hitting lyrics to songs such as Step Out, Jail, Wine Pon Di Edge and Not Going Down. The versatile deejay, can also soothe with his lyrical delivery on songs such as One More Night and the recent reggae hit Come Over (Miss You). Busy will perform on Thursday July 17 as part of Dancehall Night.

The Big Ship Captain, singer, musician and producer, Freddie McGregor, is also set to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage with hits from his innumerable catalogue on International Night II. McGregor launched his career in music at the age of seven in the 1960s when he first recorded for Studio One Label. Since then he has coined mega hits such as Big Ship, Push Come to Shove, Bobby Bobylon and Brotherman.

McGregor, in speaking about his performance said patrons can expect his old hits complimented with surprise performances. "My performance will be a uniquely special one at the closing of the event. The members of Big Ship, Chino, Stephen and Yeshemabeth, the band itself, my backing vocals and I are coming with full force. There'll also be a special guest performance for the night," McGregor said.

Kevin Jackson aka Sanchez will hit the Reggae Sumfest stage this year after a nine year absence. Sanchez since his emergence has grown as one of the treasured vocalists from the shores of Jamaicaand possesses a massive collection of perennial hits such as Never Dis The Man, Frenzy and I Can't Wait (You Say You Love Me). Sanchez willmake his return to the stage on International Night II, Saturday July 19th. In the meantime, enjoy the video for his latest single Him Buy Yu A Drink.

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13 - 19 with a Beach Party on Sunday at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall. The festival will feature some of the greatest local and international performers. With the recent announcement of Assassin, Mr. Vegas, Spice, Alkaline and the return of Busy Signal to complement the headliners, Tessanne Chin, Sanchez and Wiz Khalifa, anticipation is already frenetic for the 22nd staging of the show. Sponsors for this year's festival include, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Gleaner and Irie FM.




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St. James, Jamaica; Come July 18 there will be an all star cast of internationally acclaimed Jamaican heavyweights on International Night Iat Reggae Sumfest set to take place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Among the early names announced are Chronixx, Jah Cure and Beenie Man, tried and proven crowd pleasers all armed with their own styles and sounds. Although not new to the Sumfest stage these artistes always manage to bring 'something new' to their set winning over their fans time and time again.

Singer Chronixx who topped the Reggae Billboard Chart with his latest EP Dread and Terrible released last month, has been blazing a trail in the Caribbean and seems to be almost everywhere these days. His pleasing voice, entertaining stage delivery and often time wisecracks at the system are just the right combinations to keep the crowd going.

Jah Cure who is right at home on the Sumfeststage knows just how to get into the crowd's psyche as he works up a sweat. With favourites such as Unconditional Love, To Your Arms With Love and From My Heart he should have no problem making that connection. Known for his 'on stage surprises' and other impromptu thrills it is left to be seen what this year's performance will unfold. With songs such as That Girl and Wake Up already permeating the airways and receiving rave reviews from listeners, the singer has been keeping himself active on the Caribbean circuit with his last being a blistering set in Barbados with Tobago, Belize and Costa Rica on the horizon.

Dubbed the Girls Them Sugar, Doctor Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis is set to close InternationalNight 1 in his customary fine style. No matter how many performances, the doctor alwaysinjects his 'patients' with sweet medicine. With his wiry frame he delivers some fancy footwork, complemented by his lethal lyrics, Beenie Manwill no doubt keep his fans in frenzy.

Beenie Man comes to the Reggae Sumfest stage armed with being crowned with the Outstanding Achievement In Music award at the Linkage Awards in the United States. He also released his Greatest Gallis EP last month featuring the lead singles I Know and Greatest Gallis with Sean Paul.

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13 - 19 with a Beach Party on Sunday at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall. The festival will feature some of the greatest local and international performers. With the recent announcement of Sanchez,Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Assassin, Mr. Vegas,Aidonia, Bugle, Nature, Spice and Alkaline, to complement the headliners, Wiz Khalifa andTessanne Chin, anticipation is already frenetic for the 22nd staging of the show. Sponsors for this year's festival include, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Gleaner and Irie FM




Barred attorney caught practising law

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A St. Elizabeth based attorney, who was earlier this year barred from practicing, has found himself in more trouble. Conrod Powell, who was barred by the General Legal Council, has been taken into custody on a charge of fraudulent conversion. Powell is in custody at the Black River Police Lockup awaiting a court appearance. It is reported that prior to being disbarred, Mr. Powell was given $450,000 by a client to deal with a court matter. After it was revealed that the attorney was no longer authorised to practice the client allegedly tried to get back his money. However, after several failed attempts, a report was made to the Junction Police and following investigations Mr. Powell was taken into custody on the weekend and charged. Earlier this year Powell was found guilty of corruption charges in the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court and fined $100,000. In that matter it was reported that he attempted to bribe a police officer with $20,000 to drop charges against two of his clients.
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November 26, 2011: - Ace disc jock, Collin Hines, is eagerly anticipating his maiden voyage to the Middle East where he is scheduled to play at an exclusive 80's party in Abu Dhabi, which is part of the United Arab Emirates(UAE). Dubbed Nostalgia, the event is being marketed as "Abu Dhabi's first Exclusive 80's Dance Party. Relive the era when everything was bigger, louder and brighter." The party will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on December 8 and will also feature the skills of another renowned Jamaican disc jockey, Delano of Renaissance Disco. The conceptualiser of the event is Jamaican Mandi Bent, who has been working in Abu Dhabi for the past six years as Event Director at the Dome Exhibition Centre. She explained that there is a community of Caribbean and UK expatriates thirsty for this kind of entertainment, therefore the decision was made to fill their cup. Bent sees this as a milestone in shaping and diversifying the entertainment offering in the Emirates, adding that the response has definitely been encouraging. She noted that in planning the event she went after 'A' list disc jockeys who have a keen sense of "situation appropriate" and the knowledge base to respond musically to any given situation. In their promotion and marketing efforts, the organizers have been using the social network options available, including placing an ad on youtube, voiced by The Captain Collin Hines. According to Mandi, in the next few weeks, all her systems will be in high gear as preparations are pumped up. As for Hines, he has declared that the turn of events that have led to this posting is nothing short of "serendipitous". Quizzed about his strategy for this trail-blazing event, The Captain, who always has a whole lot to say, paused briefly. "Actually, there's no specific plan," he confessed, seeming to edit his words as he spoke. "We are going to Abu Dhabi with an open mind and lots of music. The challenge will be for us to be as octopus as possible and have our musical tentacles out and ready. Musically, you have to think cosmopolitan, and since music is our forte, then that in itself will not be difficult," Hines added. He emphasized that his objective is to represent Jamaica so well that "we will return again and again". "We intend to entertain the crowd, enjoy ourselves in the process and just 'shell dung di place'. Mission accomplished ... Abu Dhabi will come calling again," Hines said with a huge smile.





Reggae artist Bob Andy is set to write a full original song, this time for Legendary Reggae Singer/songwriter and Dominican opera singer Marie-Claire.
Bob Andy last penned songs for Marcia Griffiths some 20 years ago.
The song entitled Constellation has already been recorded and released.
Marie-Claire is set fly in from New York City for the Bob Andy Tribute concert to be held on Friday October 28.
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JPS PETITION

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Neville WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP TO FIGHT JPS!

You've signed the petition to get JPS to change their unfair billing system. Thank you so much for your support!

However, we are SORELY short of the 100,000 signatures we are aiming for in order to present our petition to the Government. 
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Ask your friends, family members, associates and coworkers to sign the JPS PETITION found at www.jpspetition.com. There you can find links to share the petition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Everyone has been affected by theseRIDICULOUS LIGHT BILLS and more and more businesses are shutting down in Jamaica as a result. PLEASE DONT STOP NOW. HELP US GALVANIZE SUPPORT FOR THIS PETITION.

REMEMBER: Persons should sign the petition ONCE ONLY using their full name and a valid e-mail address.

Click here go to our Twitter page. FOLLOW US AND TWEET TO YOUR FRIENDS TELLING THEM TO SIGN THE PETITION!

Sign the J.P.S. Petition
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Brown sugar shortage confirmed

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According to a report carried on RJR News, there seems to be a shortage of brown sugar.

Consumers, mostly in rural Jamaica, say they have been unable to access the product or have been getting little supply.

Checks with Jamaica Cane Product Sales revealed that there has been a limited supply of the sweetener.

General Manager, Karl James, explained to told RJR News, the reasons for the low supplies:   

 "Normally we would be supplying all of the requirements from the  production of the factories...but the rains that we had in the middle of June locked down all the factories that were producing. We had arranged to get supplies from overseas and they started coming in but then we have had cancellations of one of the vessels that should have taken in a fair amount here last week so the supply is not at the level its supposed to be. We still have a fair amount of sugar  week  and we are expecting to get some more coming in next week" said Mr James.

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Toya and Beenie Man team up for 80's remake

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Down Sound recording artiste Toya has recorded a remake of Gem Myers' monster hit single, 'One Man Woman' with Beenie Man.

They are now planning to shoot a video for the song in Montego Bay.

Toya said the idea was given to her management team by Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell and she laid the vocals immediately afterwards while Beenie Man recorded his vocals a week later.

Toya recently scored her third number one single with 'True Blessing'.

The single hit the top spot on the Jamaica Music Countdown last week after 20 weeks on the chart.


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So why Digicel Rising Stars dash way di three judge dem? Sinting look fishy,
cause everybody tek on to di judge dem. Killer Miller a di boss, everybody love
to hate him, and Miller couldn't care less. Sometimes him too harsh, but smaddy
haffi talk up di tings dem. And den Clyde him wid fi him big wud dem and Nadine
who always a feel sorry fi di people dem. We cyan wait fi hear what dem a come
wid fid is yah season, cause last season neva so hot at all. We hope a sinting
sensible dem come wid or else we just a go watch Magnum Kings and Queens and no badda wid Rising Stars.
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Fantan Mojah

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Rumours have been circulating that Reggae artiste Fantan Mojah was denied a US visa and his upcoming tour is facing cancellations.

However, Josef Bogdanovich, owner of Downsound Records, is refuting those allegations stating that the artiste's previous work visa has expired and he is in the process of filing for a new one.

He says that the promoters are all aware of this and there are no cancellations of any dates at this time.

 

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$120M in counterfeit cigarettes seized in operation

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The authorities have made a major dent in the illicit cigarette trade.

The Customs Department is reporting that it has seized J$120 million worth of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.

A statement from the Department said four million sticks of the fake cigarettes were found in a 20 foot container which originated in China.

It was seized at Kingston Container Terminal.

The counterfeit cigarettes were originally declared as plastic and styrofoam cups and plates.

The Customs Department says the trading of counterfeit cigarettes is a breach of the Trade Marks Act as well as the Copyright Act.

It adds that counterfeit cigarettes, although cheaper, pose a serious health risk as the contents are unregulated.


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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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It's Magnum and Stone Love again!

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Magnum Tonic Wine and Stone Love, two leading brands in dancehall, have extended their strategic partnership for another year following a successful three year relationship.

"We are really happy to continue with Magnum,"explained Stone Love founder Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell. "Our first major event under the new contract is the upcoming Stone Love 38th Anniversary Party in Portmore on December 18."Well you can all look out for more from these two top entities.









It seems that "nutten nuh change" when it comes on to racism and stereotypes.
In this modern day and age it is disheartening to be reading stories like this one. Check it out.

More than 20 Oxbridge colleges made no offers to black candidates for undergraduate courses last year and one Oxford college has not admitted a single black student in five years, according to a report posted by the UK Guardian newspaper on its website Monday.

The Guardian story, which described the disclosure as "a bleak portrait of racial and social exclusion at Oxford and Cambridge" also said that only one black Briton of Caribbean descent was accepted for undergraduate study at Oxford last year.

"Figures revealed in requests made under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act by the Labour MP David Lammy also show that Oxford's social profile is 89 per cent upper- and middle-class, while 87.6 per cent of the Cambridge student body is drawn from the top three socioeconomic groups," the Guardian story said. "The average for British universities is 64.5 per cent, according to the admissions body Ucas."

According to the Guardian, the FoI data also show that of more than 1,500 academic and lab staff at Cambridge, none are black, while 34 are of British Asian origin.

"One Oxford college, Merton, has admitted no black students in five years -- and just three in the last decade," said the Guardian story. "Eleven Oxford colleges and 10 Cambridge colleges made no offers to black students for the academic year beginning autumn 2009."

The newspaper noted that Oxford's breakdown of its latest undergraduate admissions figures, published on its website, shows that just one black Caribbean student was accepted in 2009, out of 35 applications.

The Guardian also reported that a total of 77 students of Indian descent were accepted, out of 466 applications, and six black Caribbean under-graduates were accepted at Cambridge the same year.

"In advance of a crucial Commons vote on Thursday, ministers have said universities that want to charge students up to £9,000 a year in fees will face fresh targets on widening access to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds," said the Guardian story. "Oxford and Cambridge, which are expected to charge the maximum fee, say they are keen to recruit the brightest students from all backgrounds. Both have programmes to encourage applications from state school students, and those from black and working-class backgrounds."

However, according to the Guardian, the FoI data show white students were more likely to be successful than black applicants at every Cambridge college except St Catharine's, where black candidates have had a 38 per cent success rate, compared with 30 per cent for white students.

"The starkest divide in Cambridge was at Newnham, an all-women's college, where black applicants had a 13 per cent success rate compared with 67 per cent for white students," the newspaper reported. "The data for Oxford tell a similar story: at Jesus College white candidates were three-and-a-half times more successful than black candidates over an 11-year period. Oxford says the figures are too low for the variation between colleges to be statistically significant."

The Guardian said that the most selective universities argued that poor attainment at school level narrows the pool from which candidates can be drawn. But black candidates are more likely to apply to elite universities.

"In 2009, more than 29,000 white students got three As or better at A-level (excluding general studies) and about 28.4 per cent applied to Oxford; while 452 black students got three As or better, and nearly half applied to Oxford," said the report.

The Guardian quoted a spokeswoman for Oxford as saying "Black students apply disproportionately for the most oversubscribed subjects, contributing to a lower than average success rate for the group as a whole: 44 per cent of all black applicants apply for Oxford's three most oversubscribed subjects, compared with just 17 per cent of all white applicants. That means nearly half of black applicants are applying for the same three subjects... the three toughest subjects to get places in. Those subjects are economics and management, medicine, and maths with seven per cent of white applicants. This goes a very long way towards explaining the group's overall lower success rate."
According to the Guardian, Berkeley also argued that black students do not lack aspiration, but the opportunity to get into the most prestigious universities. "Of the black Caribbean students getting straight As at A-level, the vast majority apply to Oxbridge.... those who do choose to apply have a much lower success rate [than white applicants]. One in five, in comparison with one in three for white students," the newspaper quoted Berkeley. "That doesn't seem to have shifted for the last 15 years."


The newspaper also quoted Matthew Benjamin, a 28-year-old who studied geography at Jesus College, Oxford, as saying: "I was very aware that I was the only black student in my year at my college. I was never made to feel out of place, but it was certainly something I was conscious of.


"When I arrived and they wanted to do a prospectus, and have some students on the cover, they chose me, and one other Asian guy and another guy from Thailand. It was clear they wanted to project this image of somewhere that was quite diverse. The reality was very different — there were three [minority] ethnic students in a year.

"On open days, some black kids would see me and say 'you're the only black person we've seen here -- is it even worth us applying?'"

A spokesman for Cambridge told the Guardian that 15 per cent of students accepted last year were from minority ethnic backgrounds. "Over the five years to 2009, entry black students accounted for 1.5 per cent of admissions to Cambridge, compared with 1.2 per cent of degree applicants nationally who secure AAA at A-level. Colleges make offers to the best and brightest students regardless of their background, and where variations exist this is due to supply of applications and demand by subject."





Not everything that glitters

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We know times are hard and everyone is looking for that perfect opportunity to better themselves. But be careful of who you give your monies to in seeking overseas employment.


Check out the experiences of the following people.
Two persons have been taken into custody in connection with a job agency scam.

It is understood that the two are a man and a woman.

Last Thursday, according to RJR News a group comprising 50 men and women, who paid money to secure jobs in Barbados, turned up with luggage at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston but did not get on a flight.

They were about to board a flight to Barbados, only to be told their tickets were cancelled.

The persons said they were promised jobs in the hotel and construction industries by the alleged suspects.

The group was waiting at the airport, along with the alleged con woman.

However, a few minutes after their arrival at the airport, members of the group reported that the woman took off leaving her luggage in which several passports and other travel documents were reportedly found.

Some of the passengers said they paid the woman from $17,500 to $35,000 for the jobs.








Dancehall deejay Ninja Man is experiencing "Sting jitters."
The veteran entertainer, who is in jail, has revealed that he wants to be out in time for the 2010 staging of the greatest one night show.


However, that decision will be left up to a judge when Ninja Man appears in court on December 15 for another bail hearing.
The artiste, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, has been behind bars since March, 2009 along with his 20 year old son and two others.


They are facing a number of charges, including murder.






Be alert when it comes to earthquakes

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According to a report in the Observer Jamaicans should not let up on their guards when it comes to earthquakes.
The recent 3.8-magnitude earthquake which shook sections of Kingston and St Andrew on Sunday night -- the ninth such event felt in Jamaica since the start of the year. gives a great reminder of that fact.

Dr Lyndon Brown said it was a reminder to Jamaicans be prepared for earthquakes.

"We are in a very active zone. Earthquakes are always happening. When we have these events, (it is a reminder that) we have to be very conscious of how we build. We can't just have everybody building how they want," Brown, a research fellow at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and head of the Earthquake Unit, told the Observer.

"I would advise that people just always be prepared for such events. Remember the "drop, cover, hold" rule that ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management) tries to impart," he added.






Natural Black to perform at Sting

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Fifth Element recording artiste Natural Black has been confirmed to perform at this year's Sting.
The artiste is looking forward to performing at the greatest one night show on earth so that he can bring conscious positive music to the patrons.


In the meantime, Natural Black will be aggressively promoting his singles, Trouble Nuh Set Like Rain, Late Night Drive, and Searching For A Lady.


A video for Trouble Nuh Set Like Rain, is also in the making.
Natural Black is in Guyana preparing for two performances there.





Foundation to be launched in Isaacs honour

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The family of Gregory Isaacs in Jamaica is continuing the charity work started by the late reggae artiste in the late 90’s.
June Isaacs, Gregory's widow, has setup a foundation in the late singer's honour which is to assist charitable organisations.


Colin Leslie, a long time family friend and close associate of the legendary singer, says Isaacs' family intended to establish a foundation to carry on the late artiste's charitable work and preserve his legacy.


A donation has already been made to the Walkers Place of Safety.
Isaacs, dubbed "The Cool Ruler", got involved with the institution to assist the children who have been indentified as being at risk.


For more than a decade, the home for orphans, abandoned and mentally challenged children founded in 1972 by the late Ivy Walker has been a beneficary of the late crooner and his widow has decided to keep alive his charitable contribution to the home.





Bambino to host Youth View Awards

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The 4th annual Youth View Awards will be held on February 5 and popular artiste, producer and radio discjock Bambino will be the host. He was announced to huge crowd over the weekend and everyone there seemed pleased at the choice.

Bambino was quite happy at being selected and promises those who attend, a show like no other.

The Youth View Award winners are selected by teenagers and include categories such as Role Model of the Year, Artiste of the Year, and Best TV Show.





Portmore carnival returns

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Popular promoter Errol Bailey, whose company owns the Portmore Carnival brand, said he has finally given in to pressure from residents who have been demanding a return of the event after a few years’ absence.

He said that he is bringing back the event because of the overwhelming demand from residents who grew up attending the fetes.

Bailey also said that he has earmarked a new carnival village for the rebirth of the event.

Portmore Carnival will launch the weekend of Ash Wednesday at the new carnival village in Portmore.

There will be eight weeks of carnival fetes every weekend leading up to carnival week.









The New York-based VP Records has hailed reggae giant, Gregory Isaacs, who passed away on Monday, as a musical legend.


The reggae community mourns the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs. Best known for his lovers' rock anthems, the versatile and velvet-voiced crooner was recognized by the international masses for his talent and contribution to music for decades, and remains an icon for the genre.


Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica and gained appeal and acclaim in the 1970s and 1980s for hits such as "Night Nurse" and "Rumors." Nicknamed the 'Cool Ruler' by his fans, Isaacs pioneered his own sound by fusing traditional reggae with dancehall, thereby reinventing the genre and expanding its global fan base into what it is today.


"Gregory Isaacs leaves behind an iconic history and catalog that is unparalleled," reveals VP Records CEO, Christopher Chin. "He devoted his entire life to music and his memory will forever live on with us - through his music and the legacy he leaves behind. We mourn the loss of this legend."


Isaacs fought a year-long battle with lung cancer before passing away on October 25, 2010 at his home in London, at the age of 59. Condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this trying time, VP Records stated in its release.






Producer Sly Dunbar praises Gregory Isaacs

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Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname "Cool Ruler," has died. He was 59.


Isaacs had been diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, but continued performing until weeks before his death.


His wife Linda said Isaacs was "well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed."


Born in a Kingston, Jamaica slum in 1951, Isaacs began recording in his teens, and went on to produce scores of albums .


With his sinuous baritone and romantic songs, Isaacs became a leading proponent of the mellow "Lovers Rock" style of reggae. He hit his stride in the mid-1970s with ballads like "Love is Overdue" and "All I Have Is Love."


Later that decade he teamed up with the Jamaican production duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare for several hit songs including "Soon Forward" and "What A Feeling."


"Gregory's voice and writing ability was wicked. He was one of those soulful singers you could sit and listen to for hours," Dunbar said in a story carried by The Associated Press.


Isaacs was best known internationally for the title song from his 1982 album "Night Nurse," a club favourite which later became a hit for Simply Red.


His career was stalled by a cocaine habit that landed him in jail on several occasions. Isaacs said ruefully in 2007 that he'd gone to "Cocaine High School ... the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid."


Drug abuse took a toll on his voice but he kept making music, releasing a well-received final album, "Brand New Me," in 2008.


Suggs, lead singer of reggae-influenced British band Madness, said the dapper, fedora-sporting Isaacs was "a great reggae artist and also one of the most sartorially elegant stars on the world stage."





Roundhead and Twins have beef?

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What did wi a read sey Roundhead could be suing the Twin of Twins? Lawks it seems as if wi can enjoy peace and quiet inna di biz fi any length a time before yuh hear bout one nex’ squabble.

From what we a read in di Star it look like Roundhead could be suing di twins because dem imitate him on their CD Stir It Up Vol.8 which was released last year.

According to the report the twins say they recently received a lawsuit from representatives of Roundhead's management team, informing them that they are seeking compensation for intellectual property infringements, royalty and associated fees for their client.

Further claims in the letter are that there was "invasion of privacy through misappropriation of name and imitation of voice, and violation of the right of publicity, i.e. the right of having to control and making money from the commercial use of copyright/trademark owner." In addition, it said, no permission was granted to the twins to use the voice.

The letter also stated that according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the Intellectual Property laws "in lieu of actual damages the copyright holder is entitled to US$30,000 per infringement or a minimum of US$150,000 for wilful infringement."

Check out di Twins response to the lawsuit in the paper "We will remain undaunted by negative. We respect Roundhead as an elder, we wouldn't disrespect him. We forgive Roundhead fi him ignorance and others too for their selective understanding 'cause dem laugh at other people weh a seh di same thing.”.

"His claims are that we are ridiculing him and that's totally ridiculous. Our intention isn't to bring down. Our thing is depicted from reality.

We specialise in voice imitation. Is still our voice at the end of the day. Wi CD mek him more popular. Dem neva memba him. All him did haffi do is be intelligent and just work wid di flow."

However, when contacted, Roundhead said he could not give any details on the lawsuit as he did not speak to his management team about it.

But big and serious dough, if we neva did a read bout dis lawsuit wi wouldn’t memba sey one artiste name Roundhead. Talking bout dat a wha happening to Ghost and General B. Di group still a gwaan?





Wyclef joins line-up for Guinness celebration

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International artiste Wyclef Jean, is the latest act to join the line-up for the Arthur Guinness Celebration event which will be held on Saturday, October 23 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wyclef, along with rapper Busta Rhymes, joins Jamaica’s very own international stars Shaggy, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer along with Mavado and Wayne Wonder for the event.

Wyclef and Busta Rhymes are two iconic hip hop artistes whose unique styles have made an indelible impression on music.





Bolt off to Australia for Gatorade promotion

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Double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt, is set to arrive in Sydney, Australia on 14th September, to officially launch the newest variant of Gatorade.

The new Lemon Ice flavour is inspired by the three-time Olympic and world championships gold medalist.

The "Gatorade Bolt Lemon Ice" was scientifically formulated to meet the hydration needs of amateur and elite athletes and contains a scientifically balanced 6% carbohydrate blend that helps speed fluid back into the body and fuel working muscles.

Gatorade Bolt Lemon Ice is available in 600ml, ready-to-drink format.





Etana makes acting debut

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Roots singer Etana is set to make her acting debut in 2011.

Yes, the I Am Not Afraid singer is moving up the line – from back up singer to an established one in her own right.

Now she has added another dimension to her career. Hmm, wonder if this is a trend where artistes are concerned.

Macka Diamond added author to her credentials and she also starred in a movie recently.


Big up to the females out there who are waving the banner high.








See it there now, the very same people are charged with the responsibility to serve and protect at the very ones committing the crimes. What are the poor citizens to do when they don’t know just who to trust?


A cop was arrested by his fellow police officers following an attempted robbery and kidnapping in St. James on Saturday.


Constable Derron Nish, was picked up Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex in the Corporate Area.


Constable Derron Nish, of the Matilda's Corner Police Station, was implicated in the attempted kidnapping of two men and a woman in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.


It is reported that shortly after 6pm Saturday, the two men and the woman were in the parking lot of Mega Mart in Catherine Hall when two policemen forced them into a vehicle and drove away.


The police hierarchy was alerted and a search launched for the two cops and the victims.


The police managed to intercept the vehicle and rescue the three persons.


One of the cops, a Constable, was captured but the other policeman, Constable Nish, managed to escape the dragnet.


The police officer held at the scene was interrogated on Sunday.
The Police High Command had asked Constable Nish to turn himself in to the nearest police station.


He is being questioned by detectives from the Organized Crime Investigation Division.


No man, they need to do much better than that.





Vybz Kartel to be questioned again today

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The Portmore Empire, Gaza leader, Vybz Kartel will again be questioned by the cops after turning in himself on Friday.

He is expected to be questioned about involvement in gun runnings and involvement in a rival gang in Portmore.

His lawyers are confident he is not involved. We await the outcome of the police questioning.


A who Etana Married to?


From di people dem read di story in di Star that Etana married dem just a send on di questions dem to wi and win uh have nuh ansa fi dem.

Dem waan fi know a who Etana married to? Well win uh know, wi only know dat she was dating Marlon Davis, so we don’t know if it go all di way.

Yardflex peeps, we have to turn to you guys for the information. If you know, then holla at us that the curious can get the answer they are seeking.






Reggae Sumfest Nightly Line Up.....

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Nightly Line Up



Saturday, July 17

Beach Party, Cornwall Beach

Errol Lee & The Bare Essentials

Brown Sugar

Press Fyah

Bumpa

DJ Bambino

DJ Baby Thug

Danger Zone

Thursday, July 22


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Vybz Kartel
Mavado

Elephant Man

Spice

I-Octane

Demarco

Kiprich

Konshens

D'Angel

Assassin

Ce'Cile

Voicemail

Chino

Ding Dong

Khago

G-Mac

Tifa

Besenta

Chumps

Dada

King UJah

Taz


Friday, July 23


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Chris Brown

Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Etana

Tony Rebel

Gyptian

Hezron

Steele

Lymie Murray

Sophia Squire

Macka Conscious

Saturday, July 24


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Usher

Shaggy

Beenie Man

Tarrus Riley

Gramps Morgan

Chris Martin

Protoje

Richie Loop

Zamunda

Ras Penco

QQ

Fire Lion & Ferrari





Protect our children

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Mandeville residents came out in anger at the 23-year-old Columbian who is not facing charges for molesting a 10-year-old boy in a restaurant.


It is alleged that the child asked the Columbian for money, he received $500 with the instruction that he should go into the bathroom and wait for him.


When the police went into the bathroom they found the Columbian with his pants down, obviously a bit later and it would have been a sorry story for that child.


My problem with all this is what the 10-year-old was doing on the street begging in a restaurant at that time of the night.
Where was his mother? Why wasn’t he in bed, getting rest to go to school the following day?


Those same people are now exhibiting righteous indignation at the act, where were they before all that? Didn’t they think it strange to see a child of that age on the street? Didn’t they try to inquire about his parents’ whereabouts and try to get him home?


We are a reactive society, and that can’t work when it comes to protecting our children.

Let’s now be proactive. It’s time to start practicing community parenting. If we see the impending danger, let’s rescue the children, don’t wait until things happen then we come out in outrage.

That five year old’s life from Chapel ton might have been saved if those neighbours who knew of his circumstances had taken the time to make a report.








Happy Mother’s Day

Yardflex wants to take this time out to wish all the mothers – both biological and those who those who are always there for the children of this world.
May you be washed with the love and care that you all deserve – if you are good mothers that is.


Have a blessed day.





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Let it be about the music By Root girl

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roots.jpgIt’s really sad as more and more it has stopped being about the pure love of the music. Once in the olden days our veteran artiste used to enjoy friendly rivalry on stage but if they had know that these artistes would have take in to another level, one wonders if they would have started it in the first place.



We need back the fun vibes in the dancehall…there’s just too much passa passa from all sides of the fence which is only splitting the music. Why should music lovers be forced to chose which side of the fence they want to sit. I’m not saying Gaza and I’m certainly not saying Gully Side, I am saying music – straight!



Both Vybz Kartel and Mavado have done some real good songs…and both have done songs that I wouldn’t even let my dog listen.



Let’s stop this foolishness and get back to the love of good quality songs.






good times

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goodtimes.jpgGood Times held at the Mas Camp on Saturday turned out to be an exciting journey down memory lane as patrons relived the 80s with some skillful playing from selector Kurt Riley.


It was definitely a nostolgic vibe inside the venue as they jammed to the best of the 80s in Calypso, dancehall and disco.




From as early as 9:so patrons started trickling in the venue, lured in by the music and the fun vibes among the songs the blasted from the turntable were Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, I Will Survive, Oh La La, Unconditional, Reggae Night and some of Super Cat's classic dancehall songs.



Kurt Riley was the perfect music maestro as he knew just when to "cool down the pace": after some hard-driving disco music he took it down with some easy reggae/dancehall songs.



Promising it would stick to the '80s theme in every way, promoters encouraged patrons to come out in their matching outfits. While we didn't see any decked out in outfits to honour the theme, there was no shortage of music to keep patrons on a roll as they ate up everything the selector dished out and more.

Patrons partied like there was no yesterday at Good Times until the wee hours of the morning.





Happy Belated Birthday

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YardFlex.com would like to wish Mr Eric Pennington a warm happy belated birthday. Enjoy your extended celebration.





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The 2009 staging of dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest held at the Catherine Hall Centre in Montego Bay drew one of the its largest crowd in the 17th year of the festival. Special tribute was paid to Beenie Man, where a citation was handed over to him by the organizer. He was also crowned by Lady Saw, The Queen Of The Dancehall. Sumfest production paid tribute to the late pop icon Michael Jackson. Good performances came from Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Elephant Man and Spice. Other who also grace the stage where Flippa Maffiah who threw away several thousand dollars in the crowd, which in cludes UIS and Jamaican dollars, D-Angel, G-Mac, Poor N’ Boasy, Demarco, Assassin, Lady Saw, Mavodo, Vybes Kartel, Busy Signal, Kiprich, Spryng I, Voice Mail, Macka Diamon, I-Octane, Prodigal Son, Stacious, Nature, Mikey Ranks, Golden Voice, Mr. Chumps and Mr. Kruger.





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Big time party fans should be bracing to have the time of their lives as Red Stripe launches its Summer Kick-off Party, the official launch party of the Red Stripe Dream Weekend this Friday night, June 19, at the National Housing Trust (NHT) rooftop in New Kingston.



Some of Jamaica’s best disc jockeys and sound systems, including Coppershot and Code Red, ZJ Dream Liquid, Kurt Riley, will be on hand to help ramp up the vibe as the run up to the best weekend ever gets kicked into high gear.



The Dream Weekend, four days and nights of the very best party experiences, is set for Negril during the Independence weekend August 6-9. Considered to be the best party package available, the Dream Weekend includes two Smirnoff Signature events – Smirnoff Xclusive and Twisted Spiritz – as well as Red Stripe Beer Vibes, Daydreams, Absinthe, Xtreme Wet and Wild and Yush and the Margaritaville Days and Jungle Nites.





Pole dance excitement at Hedonism 3

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Picture106-1.jpgIt was major excitement and a lot of fun for those who were at Hedonism 3 to witness the New Annual 2009 Pole Dance Convention. The event is still having tongues wagging as they soaked up the thrill of watching lithe bodies slithering across the pole in ‘World Pole Dance: A Celebration of all styles of Pole Dance Sport & Fitness’.


Presented by Pole Passion & Wild Life the contest was all about good technique, good body, penetration, balance, speed, choreography, poise, uniqueness, courage, grace, pole tricks, muscular strength and control, poses on and around the pole with a graceful combination and completion of performance.


Every move, every trick, drew shouts of approval from the riveted audience especially the men who were having the time of their lives, taking in the contestants from all over the world including countries such as Norway, USA, New Zealand, Germany, Brazil, UK, Hungary and Japan.


Felix from Australia decked out in white, was creative, practiced good techniques and was far superior in every way in her presentation, when she was adjudged the first place winner there was no surprise.


Alicia from the UK came out in a fabulous swimsuit, which the only way we can describe it is “off the chain. She had great muscular strength and good choreography,” she earned third spot for her presentation.


Other section awards were: USA dancer won her Best Pole Trick; Best; Best Entertainer went to the Brazilian contestant, UK took the award for Best Costume;


Most Outstanding Contribution went to Debbie Merchant & Debbie Riley who were the coordinators.





Jamaica Gospel Song Finalists 2009 Selected

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JCDC_Band_Competition_2008.gifTen original gospel songs and their singers have been selected to participate in the 2009 Jamaica Gospel Song Competition organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

They are:



Andre Wrght with the song “ Man o God ” from St. Catherine


Omar Douglas , with the song “Jehovah Nuh Sleep” from St. Thomas


Kimola Brown with the song “Sen Down ” from St. Ann


Fabian Wright with the song “I have your Mercy ” from Manchester


Brinetta Lewis with the entry “Weh yuh a Worry Fah” from Kgn & St. Andrew


Gamel Grant , with “Take Me to Jesus” from Trelawny


Kimela Isaacs with the song “Reassurance” from Kgn & St. Andrew


Nickette Morgan, with the song “Wherever I Go”. from St. Catherine


Duet, Tobi Maxwell and Gilthiesa Smith with their entry “You Are” from Manchester


Leo Lewis with the entry “Buss Out” from St. Catherine



The finalists beat more than 200 participants island-wide throughout two levels of eliminations to secure their chance to work with some of Jamaica’s top gospel producers in the production of a compilation album that is due to be released in May. The 2009 finals are scheduled for July at the National Indoor Sports Centre.





Happy Birthday!!!

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Happy Birthday Greetings to Cat Coore and Garnet Silk from YardFlex
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Empress Tasha T has a passion for singing

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tasha t.pngFrom as far back as she remember Tasha T has always had a passion for singing, She saw herself being like the reggae icons she so admires like the late Bob Marley and Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. Although she didn’t have any idea how it would all come about, she knew one day she would live her dreams so she continued honing her craft by performing on community events. At age 14 she got her first chance to put her voice on record, however, that did not turn out the success she wanted it to…but unfazed she continued the task of making inroads into the music business.

Tasha T describes herself as roots and culture singer and teased that there are time she will also do a little dejaying depending on the mood. But when it comes on to negative and gangsta lyrics she is definitely not into that. As she says, “reggae music is positive, uplifting and music of love. I don’t contribute to no kind of negative lyrics I stay far from that.”

With that kind of stance it’s no wonder her work has been recognized by the Canadian Reggae Music Awards as in 1999 she won Best New Comer Female, and in 2000-1-2- and 8 she copped the award for Best Female DJ. In 2007 she won Best Female DJ at the Reggae Music Achievement Awards and picked up a Juno nomination in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording.

This female singer is definitely going places working with produces such as Rohan Dwyer, Sidney Mills, Syl Gordon, Mikey Bennett, Sly & Robbie and Smokey Robinson.

Tasha has recorded songs such as Win Or Lose a cover of Phyllis Dillon’s hit, No More War, I Forgive You, Rectify, Hold Me and Old Fashion Love remix with Mr Cooper.

The Canadian based artistes has performed on stages in Jamaica, Canada and in the States to great response from the audience and why not the singer definitely has her own style and knows how to use it to engage her fans, ensuring they enjoy themselves.





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Shelly Ann Curran, Senior Sponsorship Manager at Digicel Jamaica commented; “We were approached by Bounty’s agent, Sharon Burke from Solid Agency about this initiative and we had to jump on board to lend our support to this worthy cause. This idea ties closely with the Y Files campaign which Digicel supports as a Jamaican corporate citizen, sending out messages in partnership with the media condemning violence against our youth. Our nation’s children need guidance and we want to be involved in any positive project that will help to steer them in the right direction and ultimately secure a better future for them. We were happy to have been a part of this initiative with Bounty”.





Music Industry Workshop Set For Today

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musicworks022 copy.jpgOn Friday February 27th the Ministry Of Information, Culture Youth & Sports under the patronage of The Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange will be staging a one day Music Industry Workshop geared towards educating and informing the local entertainment fraternity. The workshop which will feature a series of seminars is set against the backdrop of Reggae Month's 2nd Anniversary not to mention the 50 year coalition since the Jamaican Music Industry was formally birthed.

Amongst the distinguished guests and presenters for the day will be John Baker, CEO of Gee Jam Records, Vivian Chew CEO of Time Zone International, Claude Ismael CEO of Nevermind Entertainment, Entertainment Attorney from Atlanta Kendall Minter, Bryan Calhoun, VP of New Media & External Affairs at SoundExchange, CEO of Myspace.com Amit Kapur, Radio Announcer Wayne Jobson, CEO of Tommy Boy Records Tom Silverman, CEO of Bug Music John Rudolph and Chris Smith Artist Manger to name a few.





Cherine Anderson releases new album

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cherine_dubstyle_09.jpgSinger/Songwriter Cherine Anderson out of East Kingston, Jamaica has surpassed all expectations when she performed at three of Barack Obama's Inaugural Balls earlier this year. She has also performed at the World Special Olympics in Idaho and is currently promoting her first official release "The Introduction - Dubstyle" on tours in the US, Australia and Europe with Sly and Robbie, Michael Fronti and Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid and Pepper.

"The Introduction - Dubstyle" which is available on iTunes is a combination of dancehall, soul and lover's rock and is produced by Grammy winning producers Sly and Robbie, David Norland, Gussie Clarke and Errol Brown among others.

The talented Anderson not only performs, but she also wrote all nine songs and co-produced several of the tracks.

The album which should appeal to all ages with the roots, dance and dub tunes is a female anthem as it speaks to the harsh realities faced by young girls in the inner city.





Lutan Fyah's album launch

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Weekendz was the venue Monday night for the launch of Lutan Fyah's latest album titled 'Africa.'

The album is a two disc album consisting of thirty (30) tracks, which features artiste like; Morgan Heritage, Midnight(fr. St. Croix), Natural Blacks, Turbulence, Sly & Robbie, Inner Circle and Chezidek to name a few.

About fifty (50) artiste made appearance at the launch and many gave a well received performance.

The event was definitely a memorable one.

Big Up to Lutan Fyah and all the best with his album.

Below are scenes from the event:





Whats Poppin

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No "I'm So Special" for BET 106 & Park.
Movado32225.JPGAfter all the hype surrounding Mavado's "I'm So Special" video, it did not premier on BET 106 & Park, however it was launched via the internet.

According to his management, intervention from someone in the legal department prevented the video from airing. The person had censorship issues with the video, as it relates to "excessive display of alcohol," and "careless use of women as writhing set dressings."

People can now watch the video online.





Big Ups

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Big UP to Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay, their brunch was off the chain. From the fruits to the fish was fresh and the ambiance was superb. Thanks to the Manager Nicky Hussey who has been doing an exceptional job.

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Kamla Singh and Stewart Douglas has been doing a great job at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Thumbs Up.

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Whats Poppin

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Tarrus and his new Empress
Tarrus.jpgIt seems like Tarrus and Etana are no longer an item as his new tune "Cold Kisses" seem to be written for Etana...."Cant believe that your love is fading, can't believe you pushing me away". However he was spotted at Rebel Salute with a new empress from the Bahamas on his arm, I guess she is keeping him warm. And guess what the new empress is definitely ROYAL...what a substance.

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No Africa Unite for 2009

According to a release sent to our local paper, Africa Unite will not be held this year as a result of 'conflicting schedules'.

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Is Yendi, Asafa new hostess????

We would really like to know if there is any truth to the Yendi and Asafa story.

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YardFlex is back!!!!!!!

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We at YardFlex would like to apologize for the absence of our exciting content for the last few days. We are back with a vengeance, so log on.

Please Log on for our new feature, live streaming. Tonight we have D'Angel and a host of popular entertainers on Jamaica live on Yardflex.com.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

YARDFLEX MEK DEM VEX!!!!!!!!!!!!





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“Coward” is the latest release from Kip Rich who tore up the STING stage by putting some serious dents in the Monster Empire’s flow.

It has been an ongoing battle of the words spilling over from 2008, between Monster Empire – known also as Ghost, Roundhead and General B and the verbally slamming Kip Rich.

Releases from Kip Rich like: “Dem Caan Cow Wi” was salting up Monster Empire’s wounds in preparation for the STING blasting. To the disappointment of many, Monster Empire did not rise to the challenge that the tens of thousands were expecting at STING. They did not come out to clash Kip Rich.

“Coward” is how Kip Rich is calling it now with the track that refers to the former Monster Shock as, “Three duppy ah Jamworld…:”

Taking the lyrical feud into the New Year, “Coward” can be heard on several music programmes





MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Merry Christmas

To All Yardflex Readers

God Bless





Happy Birthday Greeting

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Yardflex extends a belated Happy Birthday greeting to Judy Mowatt who celebrated her birthday this week. We wish her all the best of everything in the coming year.


Happy Birthday wishes also go out today to Chris Goldfinger of BBC Radio 1 who holds it down reggae-wise every Sunday night from midnight to 1:00AM with Reggae Dancehall Nite.





YardFlex Hot Tracks

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Tunes blazing up the dancehall these days
Hot tracks.jpgFirst we start off with “Shot a Buss” by Black Ryno on ‘The Beast’ riddim that was produced by TJ Records. In this track he sounds as if he’s helping “the teacher" to try sink Movado’s Ship; since in the intro he bravely says "a Ryno any weh yuh deh mi a guh find yuh, if a fi bleach and time yuh, God caan save yuh a cud a him deh beside yuh, mi have some dollor coin fi fling inside yuh" could he be thinking like the Teacher - Vybz Karel?

Movado is also on the same riddim - song titled “Gangsta Nuh Play”. The highlight in this tune also stems from the intro, "TJ, how dem fi war mi a day when dem fraid a di sun." In the end he says, “I am so sick - not meaning mi sick fi public, I’m like an object and war a mi subject, true mi seh overcome dem think mi hang ova gun… imma buss dis till jehovah come.”

Next is Vybz Kartel also on the same riddim track with “Kill Dem”. This tune is directly pointing fingers at Movado.

Dancer Ding Dong come forward with another hit after “Killer Swing”. Ding’s new hit is the song entitled “Gallis”. Basically this a tune bigging up the gallis man dem.

Busy Signal is up next with “Trading Places”. The track is all about the inner city people living the life of the rich and famous. A hot line from the track is, "Picture Michael Lee-Chin hold off the gully side; him and the thugs dem a bleach dat means yuh caan go beside" This track is produced by Shane Brown, Busy Signal’s manager.

Laden continues the hard work with a next banging single on the ‘Beauty’ riddim. This is a well composed girls tune. The track is Hot!

Not hearing much from Aidonia but he still has his head above the water with "Eyes Dem a Bleed" on the Equinox label. A blazing weed tune fi all the herbalist dem.

Beenie Man with "Gimmie" on the Genius label is all over the clubs bangin through the speakers. The Doctor has always been treating his girls right and this track is surely proof for anyone who didnt believe that fact.





Pepsi's Rising Star Promotions

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As sponsors of Rising Stars for the past 4 years, Pepsi Cola Jamaica will be hosting the latest campaign of promotions for the Rising Stars competition by creating a special edition label for their 20oz and 2 litre bottles of Pepsi which will feature the first Jamaican entertainer ever, 2007 Rising Stars winner, St. Ann born, Romain Virgo.

When consumers purchase the soft drink with the Romain Virgo label, during the Pepsi's 2008 Rising Stars competition, they will have a chance to win prizes. Up until September, consumers will be able to text in a code found inside the bottle caps to Digicel to win prizes. Also, consumers who drop bottle labels into a box at any KFC island wide will have a chance to enter into the "Be A Star" Grand Prize, which includes a chance to share the stage with the Digicel Rising Stars finalists on live TV.

During the promotions, consumers will have a chance to win cellular phones, free pepsis, tickets to the show, among other prizes.





yendi_(risingstar).jpgThe new host of Digicel rising Stars, Yendi Phillipps said on Tuesday, August 12, that she is privileged to work with the rising talent of Jamaica. She especially enjoys bonding with the contestants, talking with them and getting to know them each as individuals.

She commented on the performances in Sunday's (August 10) show. She said that the eight finalists are finally listening to the judges and improving their performances, which were powerful enough to please the judges as well as the live audience.

About her stint as new host, Yendi said that she appreciates the advice and criticism that she has received. She, like the contestants, is adjusting and having fun, while allowing her personality to run free.





Renaissance 19th Anniversary

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renaissance logo.gifThe Palisadoes Go-Kart track on Saturday night was the place to be as Renaissance Disco celebrated its 19th Anniversary with a party under the theme; "Flight 19". Renaissance, whose selectors are known for their excellent mixing skills, surely proved themselves at the event by keeping the patrons satisfied as they played hit after hit, keeping the crowd entertained and dancing as they (the patrons) 'broke out' and were 'daggering' on the dance floor.

With a theme like this, expectations for decor were extremely high and they did not disappoint. Red Stripe which is strongly associated with the sound did not fail to make its presence known at the venue. Staff was attired in airline outfits; pilot hats. Effort was put into the details of decor, lighting to set the mood, steps to board the flight.





Ninja Man vs Bounty Killer

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bounty&ninja_edit.pngWah really a gwaan? This bag a tape ting...everybody yuh hear seh deh pon tape.

Now Ninja Man a seh him have a tape with the 'Grung God' Bounty Killer a do nastiness with a white man. Nobody nuh see de tape all now, so nobody nuh sure if a true.

Well wi hear seh Ninja Man a carry feelings because Bounty go pon Sumfest and a call up him name seh him have a funny man son who do hair in a Half Way Tree.

Wi nuh know if a feelings him a carry or a really true, but as soon as we hear anything else we will mek oonu know.





Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle" was off the chain

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Scenes from Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle 2008":

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What's poppin

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Back together again?

Is Beenie and D'Angel reconciling? Bwoy all now everybody a talk bout di comment whey she meck a Summer Sizzle bout what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. Is she sending us a message here? Well meck wi si nuh, cause nuff people curious, dem caan wait fi si wha a guh really happen.

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Article and Photos by: Petal

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The St. James leg of the annual all island independence celebration can be described as one of the best ever to be staged in the parish. The event saw special performances from Elephant Man, Dwight Samuels, Christopher Martin, Inga Stewart and Montego Bay's D.J. Mikey Ranks. Elephant Man put on a top class performance when he made his appearance on stage. They were also joined on stage by Montego Bay's dancers, Madusa and Mumma Side. Prior to the guest artistes, some of the earlier acts were, Andrenaline, Serial Killa, Ganga Lee, Ranking Bagga, Khalil, Dwight Samuels, plus appearances from the Show Jam models. Brian Bowen and Jackie Norman were both M.C.s.





Natalie Storm tours with Enur

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N_storm_edit.jpgReggae artiste, Natalie Storm of Prodigal Entertainment and Swatch International, has just completed a two week tour with Danish group, Enur. The tour began in Montreal, Canada and spanned Toronto, Haifax, Oklahoma City and Nassau, Bahamas, before ending in Chicago on July 26.

Natalie, who is best known for her dancehall hits "Talk Di Tings Dem", "A Nuh My Fault" and "Gyal fi Get Boo", performed with stars such as: Girlicious, Nelly and Snap, among others, at the Z-103 Summer Rush Concert in Toronto. She also performed at the exclusive Aura Club at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

She is presently making preparations to shoot a video for her hit "Back it Up".

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jamaica_flag_emancipationday.jpgSeven days of National celebration begins yesterday as the long awaited 'Jamaica Festival' under the theme " One Love...One Family" ,kicks off today ( July 31) with a week long of activities to mark 46 years of Independence.

Highlights of Jamaica Festival include the return of the Festival Street Parade and Grand Gala on August 6. The Float Parade will start at 10am from Kings House followed by the Main Parade which will get underway at 1-pm from the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Over 18 spectacular floats and costumed groups accompanied by music trucks will enliven the streets of Kingston followed by the the Grand Gala, which promises to be a grand affair full of ceremonial and colorful displays at the National Stadium and will culminate with an exciting Fireworks Display.





What's Popping?

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Bounty Killer to Appear in Court Today

bounty_court.jpgRodney Price, also known as Bounty Killer, will be appearing before the Montego Bay Magistrates Court today to face charges for his outburst at Reggae Sumfest.

During his performance, he blurted out expletives against two other popular dancehall artistes, after which he was booed by the crowd and escorted by police officers off the stage.





Scenes from Fully loaded 2k8

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"Tribute To The Greats"

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"Tribute To The Greats" was held at Curphey Place on Saturday, 26th of July 2008. The MC for the night commenced the show by inviting Kingsly Goodison, head of King Omar Promotions and director of Sounds & Pressure, along with Julian "Jingles" Reynolds, chairman of Sounds & Pressure to come to the stage, where "Jingles" took over the presentation proceedings.

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The awardees for "Tribute To The Greats" included: Marjorie Whylie; who has served Jamaican culture and in particular Jamaican music for over 40 years, Vaughn "Bunny" Goodison; musicologist, radio personality and operator of Soul Shack Disco, The Hully Gully Dancers, Winston "The Whip" Williams; master debater and elocutionist, Thelma "Dimples" Harris; dance promoter extraordinaire and one of Jamaica's earliest swingers and Lloyd "Paro" Clarke; a product of Vere Johns Opportunity Hour between 1957 and 1959.





Sasha and Turbulence Back Together Again?

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Turbulence_and_Sasha_edit_1.jpgAfter shooting their new single "Don't Want To Be Alone" on the Breeze Riddim by Terminal 4 Media, Sasha and Turbulence have tongues wagging about the status of their relationship.

The video which has the pair hugging and kissing and asking questions, "Why did you leave..." and "...I want you right by my side" has the public wondering if these lyrics are based on true feelings. However, both Sasha and Turbulence deny any romantic connections. Sasha said that they are nothing more than good friends, while Turbulence says that they are friends who have great chemistry when they perform together. The on screen kiss was just acting, they both declared.

It is believed that after their public 2006 breakup the two were lyrically 'throwing words' at each other with Turbulence's "No Man No Perfect" and Sasha's "Got What You Need". Sasha, however, qualifies this, "I don't wanna say we were throwing words...we just expressed ourselves. It wasn't a war... I said my piece, he said his piece." She added, "I still love him as a person, he has a good heart and soul...but it's hard to go back."





music_symbol.jpgIn a bid to unearth the hidden talents of the youths of Jamaica, as well as provide entertainment suitable for the entire family, a series of free concerts will be held in the Emancipation Park, beginning Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm.

First Global Financial Services,(FGFS), a member of Grace Kennedy Group of Companies, initiated this project with an aim of encouraging Jamaicans to reconnect with the traditional music of the country, that has made people across the globe recognize Jamaica in a positive way, as explained by FGFS's president, Sandra Shirley. The project also aims to encourage music literacy among children, as well as encourage them to see music as a medium of self expression and income generator. FGFS will also be encouraging corporate entities to adopt school bands in order to boost music programmes across the Island.





Special Greetings

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Deborah Cole and YardFlex would like to send a special 18th birthday greeting to Shoshana Lee, who celebrates her birthday today. We hope you have a wonderful day and all the best on this your day.

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YardFlex would like to big up Natural Trendsetters Salon owned by sisters, Simone and Trudy Hylton who placed first in the World Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Show's lock competition. They came out on top at the Atlanta based competition in April this year; and were amongst lock stylists who came from as far as London and Africa.

No strangers to accolades, the duo was listed by Salon Today Magazine as one of the top 10 black salons. They also took the national crown in 2002 for being tops in natural hair design.





Reggae Update 2008

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The place to be on August 2, 2008 is Golden Spring Community Centre, St. Andrew, for the Reggae Update 2008. The show, which features top and upcoming reggae artistes, will have music provided by Melody One and MCs Isis and Shabba.

The show is being promoted by Simbo Entertainment. The main man, Simeon has worked on several Reggae shows, including Rebel Salute and Western Consciousness.





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Cherine Anderson Covers Air Jamaica

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AIRJAMAICACOVER_CherineAnderson_edit.jpgDancehall soul singer, Cherine Anderson, was approached by Air Jamaica's inflight magazine, Skywriting, to do an article on her latest hit song, "Kingston State of Mind" and ended up being selected to be the cover model for their 2008 summer issue.

The magazine which will be available on all Air Jamaica flights throughout July and August will feature an 8 page layout of Cherine in different locations throughout Kingston, as well as an abridged biography of her music, life, loves and business interests.

Cherine said that she was honoured to be following in the footsteps of her contemporaries, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Yolanda Adams, Angelique Kidjo and Erykah Badu.

Her makeup was done by Carol Reid while Anatoli Smith focussed on her wardrobe. Photograher was Mortei Korley.

If you bring an issue of the magazine with Cherine to one of her performances, you will receive a FREE "Showtime" EP, as well as an autographed picture - So look out for those magazines!





By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Patrons, at the last night of Reggae Sumfest 2k8, the second International Night on Saturday, July 19, amidst intermittent rain drops, witnessed some classic performances from local acts, as well as the billed international stars.

The master himself, Beres Hammond, mesmerized his audience with another breath taking performance. Backed by the 'wicked' Harmony House band, Beres had his fans on their toes as he stepped on stage and sang "What Can You Do To Stop A Man From Trying". Jumping around and flashing his fingers after being seemingly 'hit' by his music, he went into "Step Aside".

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The hits kept flowing nonstop and Beres didn't give his audience time to catch their breaths as he quickly went into "What One Dance Can Do" and "She Loves Me Now".

The great reggae crooner set Catherine Hall on fire as he sang "Tempted To Touch" and "Double Trouble".

With the Harmony House band in full flight, the 'captain' Beres Hammond soured to yet higher heights as he sang "Putting Up Resistance" and the well loved "Pull It Up".

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The ladies were on top of the world as Beres told them to "Show It Off". The musical genius ended an amazing performance with the song "Rock Away".





Keisha Cole and Akon scored big at Sumfest

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Keyshia Cole and Akon delivered big time for their fans as the first of 2 International Nights kicked off at Sumfest, in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Friday, July 18, 2008.

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Keyshia Cole captivated her audience from the word go as she started off with the song "Should Have Let You Go".

Cole, along with her dancers and backup singers, displayed excellent stage presence which was punctuated by some crisp choreographed dance moves as she took her audience through a musical journey.

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She sang her heart out as she did "Should Have Cheated". She danced up a storm on stage as she sang "Give It Up To Me", her collaboration with dancehall super star Sean Paul.

She then went into a soulful mood and bonded with her audience as she sang the love ballads "Just Like You" and "Send from Heaven".

Keyshia raised the temperature in Catherine Hall as she put her beautiful voice to good use behind the beautiful song "Lonely".

The R&B super star finished on a high with two of her mega hit songs "Last Night" and "Let It Go" bringing an end to a wonderful performance which the crowd truly appreciated.

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The introduction of the Senegalese born singer, Akon by his DJ, sparked 'nuff' excitement among the audience. Comically dressed in a Scottish kilt, DJ Benedict whipped the crowd into a frenzy by playing some 'tough' hip hop and dancehall selections to the delight of the crowd.

The hype of his introduction was justified by Akons performance as the singer gave his audience a truly exciting performance.





Beenie Man ruled Sumfest Dancehall Night

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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When the smoke cleared, it was the Doctor Beenie Man who was left standing, as the 16th staging of Reggae Sumfest got into full swing on its Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 17, 2007.

Beenie Man capitalized on his arch rival, Bounty Killer's mistake of 'name calling', when he called Beenie Man a 'fish' which earned the 'Ground Gadd' some hefty boos. Beenie smartly ignored Bounty's remarks, dug deep and did a truly professional set at the end of a very successful night for the organizers of the reggae festival.

"Bounty a mi artiste still, yu affe just si wid him, mi forgive him still," Beenie said before setting the place on fire reeling off hits after hits.

It was sheer pandemonium as the Ruff Kut band sweetly strummed out the Shaka Shaka rhythm as Beenie started his set with songs such as: "Red", "Yu a Licky Back" and the original song on the rhythm "Chaka Chaka". At which time dancer Shelly Belly ran on stage and did the shelly belly dance and the 'chain swinging' stunt which caused much excitement among the crowd.

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With hands, flags and lighters waving in the air, the Doctor continued the 'operation on his patients'. He had them moving to other hit songs such as: "Never Stop From Trying" and "Get Mi Mad".

Beenie continued on a more serious note unleashing some songs for the gangsta' including, "Tink Wi Nuh Know" and "Memories".

He again represented for the girls with "Wickedest Slam", "Hum Hum" and "Proper Fix" which resulted in the girls screaming uncontrollably.

The 'Gully Gad', Mavado stood tall for the alliance and gave what was truly a memorable performance. The introduction of the 'gangsta for life' drew a big response from the crowd. He kicked off his set on a high note with "Top Shotta Nuh Shoot and Miss". Seemingly in a no nonsense mood, the gun fingers and lighters were in the air as he went into "Chat Too Much".

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Catherine Hall turned into one big choir as the crowd sang along to Mavado's "Amazing Grace".

The man from Cassava Piece was in full flight as he dropped hit songs such as: "Full Clip" and "Real Mckoy".

Mavado showed that he is a heavy weight in the dancehall arena and kept the vibes with "Touch De Road". He showed off his love making skills to the girls as he teased them with "Squeeze Har Breast".

The place got even more insane as Mavado belted out "Even If Mi Lef The Gully" and "I’m So Special". With his choir in tow, Mavado capped off a really big erformance with the songs "I'm On The Rock" and "We shall Over Come".





haile_selassie_I_1_edit.jpgThe Haile Selassie I 116th Earthday Cultural Celebration Concert will be hosted by the Livity Vegetarian Restaurant and Rootz Foundation. The event will be held at Livity, 30 Haining Road, New Kingston, commencing at 5:00 pm.

One of the legacies of Haile Selassie I will be receiving benefits from this venture. Artistes, poets and instrumentalists will make artistic and musical contributions to the Haile Selassie High School at Payne Avenue, 3 Miles. The school is in need of educational tools, resources and proper sanitary facilities and thus proceeds from this venture will be in aid of these causes.

Artistes will be performing free of charge as it is a charity function. Artistes scheduled to perform include: Tarrus Riley, Rootz Underground, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Lutan Fyah, Jimmy Riley, Ken Boothe, Rita Marley, Bongo Herman, Bushman, Tony Rebel, Lymie Murray, Empress, Mikey General, I-Nubia, Ras Malekot, Nelly Star, Moji, Rastarenes, Chakula, Downstairs, Aluta Continua, Ras Incient and Highyaziya, to name a few, backed by the High Symbol Band.





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Miss Kitty Returns to the air

miss_kitty_edit2.jpgMiss Kitty aka the "Fluffy Diva" will finally be returning on the air after she was fired from her previous show, "The Entertainment Office" in late May of this year. According to The Star, Miss Kitty is very excited to be working with RJR, and revealed that her show will be aired between 2 - 5 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

Although still unsure, Miss Kitty believes the show will be called "Ketch A fire" and will be similar to her former show; bringing entertainment and music to her listeners. Miss Kitty is known for being fun, so we know this will be hype!

'Fluffy to di Flipping Worl!"

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Zip Disc Jockey now turns artiste

The surprises just keep on coming. ZJ Nikki Z has just recorded her first single titled "Belly Ring" featuring Leftside who also produced the track.

The song as we heard, is about a man who is attracted to a girl because of her 'Belly Ring'.

Keep doing your thing girl.

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Renato Adams throws in the towel

reneto_adams_retire.jpgYesterday was Renato Adams's final day in the force as a policeman. After more than 30 years he has now officially retired. The controversial cop says he has no regrets...well...except one...that marauding gunmen in Tivoli Gardens confronted the security forces in July 2001.

The senior cop added that criminal elements causing chaos in the society are getting too much press. The crime fighter, who has been hailed by many communities in Jamaica as a hero, is featured in the popular Jamaican soap, Royal Palm Estate.

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Beenie Man Makes Bottles Fly

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beenieman_charts.jpgEveryone was anticipating Beenie's performance at the Portland Jerk Festival and when he failed to show bottles started flying.

Beenie Man who was the main act for the show lost his passport and was unable to return home in time for the event.

Efforts to contact the organizers of the show by Beenie Man's Booking agent were unsuccessful prior to the event. Efforts were also made by the organizers to get Beenie on the phone to explain to his fans why he was unable to be there, but this also was unsuccessful.

No Beenie equals angry fans.





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Celebrity Soccer match had poor turnout

buju_marcia_gregory.jpgYardFlex understands that the Jammins Celebrity Soccer Match in New York was a big flop. Wi hear dat it attracted less than 1000 people. But wid a big line up like Buju, Capleton, Gregory Isaacs, Serani, Bunji Garlin, Marcia Griffiths and many more a wonda how come. But fi real it come een like hard times a lick every body left right and centre, dat's why nuff people probably neva meck it, dem haffi choose between food and show!

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Yard flex buss it fuss

YardFlex buss di news fuss sey it come een like Beenie Man and him wife a eye dem one anodda back and si it deh, we guh read it inna one nex' suss column teday. But something could a really guh suh dough.

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International Reggae Day 2008

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By: Lioness Danyell
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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This year, the celebration of International Reggae Day, commenced back in 1994 by one-woman power house, Andrea Davis and her Jamaica Arts Holdings organisation, came to a crescendo at the Undercroft of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, with a panel discussion themed 'Reggae Music in 2008'.

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Commemorating 2008 as the 40th year of Reggae music, a major point of discussion was the landmark songs of the year 1968, which definitively propelled the shift in genre from Rock Steady to Reggae. Among these were famously Nanny Goat by Larry Marshall and Do The Reggae by Toots and the Maytals, as well as, Baby Why by the Cables, Israelites by Desmond Dekker and the Aces and Feel the Rhythm by Clancy Eccles, which was actually recorded in late 1967, but released in 1968, according to panelist Julian 'Jingles' Reynolds.





Dennis Brown left us this day 9 years ago

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Dennis Immanuel Brown from the Tribe of Joseph died on the 1st if July 1999.

Reggae music lovers worldwide will always remember the Crowned Prince of Reggae, who serenaded us with his melodious tracks. He will also be remembered for his infectious laughter and smile.

"Debs we love you and we miss you".





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Has Goofy aka Mr. G gone into the restaurant business? YardFlex sighted the deejay at the corner of Princeville Plaza, Kingston with his charge preparing some sumptuous looking sea foods dishes, Hellshire style, including some large Parrot fish frying up in some big frying pans.

According to one of his regular customer, they do this activity every Friday at the same location. He said that it is well supported, especially by members of the entertainment fraternity.

Other artistes in the past have branched off from the regular music business and have ventured into other fields. Bling Dawg, last year opened a barbershop in Kingston. General Degree has gone into the apparel business launching his clothing line Reh Geh.

Tanya Stephens is also set to open a restaurant in the west end of the island. 'Rude bwoy' deejay Cobra is in the race horse as well as transportation business and the list goes on. An artiste who asked to remain anonymous said, "right now artistes have to try other business ventures to turn over the money that they earn. Things get tighter now so you can't squander yu money, you have to learn about money management and good business practices. Some times the business gets slow so you have other source of income."





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Beenie Man and D'Angel together again?

beeni_dangel_edit_togetheragain.jpgA true sey Beenie Man and D'Angel may be getting back together. Mi nuh know but the rumour kinda a circulate from di odda day sey it look like something like dat a guh gwaan. Well YardFlex nuh believe in telling lies, suh wi a fling out di question out deh to everyone. Di ongle ting we notice is dat D'Angel now added pon dancehall night...whether a fi join Beenie Man or not...wi nuh know.

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More prayers needed for Shirley

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from the recently held 'Get Ready Rock Steady':

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Bounty Killer for Western Bembe Invasion

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Bounty1_westernbembe_edit.jpgBembe, which is typically held in Kingston on Thursdays and is well known as one of the hottest weekly events in the capital parish will be introduced to the patrons of Westmoreland on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at Rickie's Motors car park, Negril Spot.

Bembe usually features a variety of talented entertainers and this event will be no different, headlining Bounty Killer, Ninja Man, the Bembe Squad; Razz & Biggy, Richie Feelings, Jigzy & Penny Bling as well as IRIE FM's Master DJ, GT Taylor. 103 FM's Nikki Z will host along with Skerrit Boy out of New York City.

Along with a series of entertainers and performances there will also be dancing contests where dancers will vie for cash prizes and trophies.

Western Bembe is sponsored by IRIE FM, VYBZ FM, New York Entertainment Records, and ZIP.





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No Finish Line

edit_vybz_mavado.jpgIsn't it sad when artistes and their fans are mashing up the business. Can you imagine Finish Line the Summer edition which was supposed to be held on Saturday featuring Kartel and Mavado did not get a permit from the police to be held in the division...cause they feared the two camps would go at it.

Remember that big press conference at Pegasus Hotel where the two cried peace, wonder if they didn't remember to pass it on to their supporters. Save the music, before nutten nuh lef!

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Media Personalities wearing the same dress

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Below is a picture of Lady Saw and Headline's Shauna Chin both wearing the same dress.

Lady Saw was seen wearing the dress at the recently held Caribbean Fashion Week, while Shauna Chin was wearing it in Zanzibar on June 7th with Chris Tucker.

Please choose who compliments the dress more by typing Lady Saw or Shauna Chin in your comment.

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Celebrities hit up Caribbean Fashion Week

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The good book reads, "To whom much is given, much is required", and for Charmaine Munroe, better known to the world as Macka Diamond, it is quite clear that she not only knows this principle, but lives by it.

Just recently she again showed her kinder, gentler and more compassionate side by hosting an All School Beach Party at Ocho Rios' Margaritaville, with proceeds from the event going towards the enhancement of the music departments of schools in and around the area.

The all day, incident free, Beach Party, which was held on the 24th of May, was the first of its kind at the venue, usually reserved for visitors to the island, but with its success and benefit to the community, Macka Diamond and her company, Diamond District Ja. along with Margaritaville, Ocho Rios, have agreed to again partner on yet another beach party, The Remix- Summer Edition, scheduled to be held on July 12th, at Margaritaville Ocho Rios, with proceeds again going towards the enhancement of the music department in schools.





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Fathers Day is a day for children to show their love and appreciation to their fathers. However it often seems that individuals pay more attention to Mothers' Day than Fathers' Day. We all know mothers are important and children share a special bond with their mothers but aren't fathers important too?

When it's close to Mothers' Day the pharmacies, stores and vendors on the streets have dozens of baskets for sale. Now, I am sure this Fathers' Day weekend some persons won't even remember about Fathers' Day on Sunday, June 15. The pharmacies, stores and street sides are not flooded with baskets and gifts. Why is this so? Even Valentines' Day gets more recognition than Fathers' Day.





Buju and Junior...time to bury the hatchet

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buju_juniorREID.jpgThe Buju Banton and Junior Reid drama seem to have no end. Junior Reid was quoted publicly as saying that he has forgiven Buju for the disrespect he showed him at the Best of the Best show in Miami. Reid was annoyed and upset because he claimed that Buju referred to him as 'Junior Greed' in front of his daughter Destiny who wanted to meet Buju whom she really admired. That was the real reason Junior got all upset and called Banton a fish.

A lot of people feel as if Buju should have apologized to Reid for his behaviour but a report in a weekend paper claimed that Buju had disparaging words for Junior Reid at Weddy Weddy. So...where will this end? All we at YardFlex can say is let good sense prevail we don't endorse insult or any kind of verbal abuse....if Reid's daughter looks up to you and wanted to meet you, show some professional courtesy.





Reggae Sumfest enjoys Jamaican launch

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YardFlex went to Reggae Sumfest launch on Wednesday at the Hilton, Kingston and yes we have to big up the fact that they don't have a title sponsor and they are still going through. But the thing that got our attention is the fact that although Red Stripe is no longer the title sponsor they (Red Stripe) give Sumfest some money to be the exclusive liquor in the house selling. Now we don't understand what's happening, didn't we hear some artistes hitting out that they will be boycotting this beer? So Sumfest now give them the right to take their back a beer to enjoy the sweet sales down there. Guess that was nine day wonder thing then?

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Sumfest launch really seem to hit a spot. One of the members in the audience at the launch asked Robert Russell from Summerfest if the festival will be adhering to the 2 am lock off time that other shows are being pressured to adhere to. And guess what...no such thing for Sumfest, the man proudly stated that the show will be going on till the sun comes up. Yes, it's sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and they applied for a "special dispensation" levy, and don't forget that a lot of tourist coming with US dollars to spend. Plus they say they don't want the people leaving the venue in the wee hours of the morning to be hurt.





Milk speaks out about her video

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milk 001_edit.jpgYardFlex caught up with Milk yesterday morning as she explains her feelings about the video that has been in circulation. I am sure some, if not everyone has heard or seen the video of Milk and her boyfriend. Milk has stated that she is deeply hurt by the fact that people are so evil. "Dj Liquid and I have been together for six years and the video only got out because he lost his phone," Milk explained

"I just want it all to stop because of my son; I don't want this to affect him as he is currently in high school. Some people are saying why I didn't think of him before? Well I wasn't thinking of him before because I didn't expect the video to go public. Yes it was wrong to videotape myself but nothing is wrong with what I was doing. It's not like I was having sex with a woman or anything like that. The public needs to stop acting as if it's taboo". These are the words of Milk herself.





Etana to shoot new video and tour Europe

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Etana Album Cover_edit.jpgEtana's fourth video for her single "Don't Forget" from her eagerly anticipated album, "The Strong One", will be shot in Hope Gardens and Villa Ronai on June 17. The video will be directed by no other than Winston 'Tyson' Mayhew.

Etana is also scheduled to perform at Jamrock Reggae Fest at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

She will begin a 5 week tour of Europe on June 18. She will visit Cardiff, Wales, London, Birmingham, Manchester (England), Zurich, Switzerland, Brussells (Belgium), Rome (Italy) and Barcelona and Milan (Spain).

Etana will return to Jamaica on July 19 for Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St. James.





Exodus Never Fails to Deliver

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The patrons who attended Exodus on Friday 6, 2008 left satisfied and blessed. Exodus brought out some of the best gospel reggae artistes. The line up was commendable.

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The crowd saw the talented Tia Tamari who was a member of the group Perpetual Praise. Carlene Davis; one of the veterans in the business rocked the house with her performance and her hit "This Island Needs Jesus".

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From one talented artiste to another, that's how the organizers kept the flow going. Young Omari did several songs but his hit "Tell Me a Who" got everyone in the crowd rocking and singing. The show was not just centered on singing and deejaying but the crowd also received ministering from the talented dance group Praise Academy of Dance who are currently celebrating their 15th Anniversary.





John Holt For Reggae Sumfest 2K8

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JOHN HOLT_2_EDIT.jpgHis songs have spanned decades, and his lovers-rock blend, which has thrilled thousands of fans since he burst on the reggae scene, is set to send Reggae Sumfest fans back in time this summer.

Veteran lovers rock, reggae singer and songwriter, John Kenneth Holt, has been added to this year`s line-up of the festival, set for July 13-19 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Holt is set to help bring the curtains down on the popular musical event on Saturday, July 19th and he is sure to leave lovers 'crooning' for more.





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Publicist strangled

marc_johnson.jpgWell known entertainment publicist Marc Johnson was found strangled in his apartment at Sullivan Place last Sunday.

According to the CCN, Johnson's body was found by the caretakers at the apartment at 12:30 yesterday afternoon. The police was called and Johnson was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Marc has done publicist work for Dancehall Queen Carlene, Stone Love and Shocking Vibes.

We here at YardFlex would like to send our condolences to the friends and family of the late Marc Johnson.
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3 days of Pepsi Portland Jerk Festival

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Jerk Chicken and Fish v2.jpgAt the official launch of the Pepsi Jerk Festival held in Portland on Tuesday, the organizing committee announced that the festival will now be expanded to three days.

This year the event will take place from July 4 – 6 with the official opening at Boston Playing Field. The day will kick off with a fun for the children from 12 noon to 6:00 pm. The following day, Saturday, July 5 there will be a retro-costume party "Flavours of Dancehall....A Trip Down Memory Lane" at Boston Beach. This will see performance coming from foundation artiste John Holt with Coppershot playing indigenous music though the ages. Patrons can spend Saturday afternoon with good friends, delicious food and great music. As part of the all-inclusive package they will be treated to some of the best cuisine from Portland's leading hotels and chefs and rock to the rhythms of Renaissance Disco and the party vibes of DJ Kurt Riley.





Mavado freed of gun charges

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mavado_charges_dropped.jpgDancehall artiste Mavado had the gun-related charges against dropped earlier today when he appeared in the Gun Court in Kingston.

According to IrieFM, the director of public prosecution made an order that the proceedings should not continue after the police told the court this week that the witnesses had migrated.

These charges were the reason for him being refused entrance to the US awhile back. Hopefully, with the charges dropped, the DJ will once again be able to travel to the US.

July 27th last year, it was alleged that Mavado was involved in a shooting incident on Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew.





Wayne Marshall's "Tru Story" Mixtape:

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Wayne Marshall Promo 1_edit.jpgWayne Marshall has recently released his Tru Story mix CD which features a mix of many artistes doing dub plates, exclusive freestyles and creative skits all in the name of True Story.

Wayne Speaking about the mix tape says "the beats and songs are unpredictable, it delivers hip hop riddims, dancehall and reggae. This cd is strictly for promotion and will be distributed extensively over the internet and on the streets. Some of the songs that are featured are brand new jams never before heard on the road," he told YardFlex.

Featured on the mix CD are Bounty Killa with a serious high-grade medley, Busy kicks a freestyle collabo with Marshall, Sean Paul and along with Marshall present their new combination entitled "As far as I see".





Mavado to star in movie

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News is that Mavado will be making his film debut this summer when he will appear in the Steve "Tehut-Nine" McAlpin directed 'What Goes Around' movie.

Mavado will be walking in the footsteps of other dancehall artistes such as Harry Toddler, Ninja Man, Beenie Man and others who have appeared in movies.





Vegas warned about lyrics

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edit_vegas_grenada.jpgThe New National Party (NNP) government in Grenada said it was forced to caution Jamaican dance hall artiste Vegas about using offensive lyrics during his recent live performance at one of its rallies, this according to a report on radiojamaica.com

Youth Minister Senator Emmalin Pierre made her disclosure in response to public concerns as the party faced a likely fall-out over another pre-election concert.

Local media have reported that Vegas' performance featured songs promoting drug use and branding women as prostitutes in the presence of ruling party officials.





"Tourism working for Jamaica, putting people at the centre"

By: Joseph Cunningham

MinisterE-B-SpruceUp.jpg"Join us in protecting tourism, and thereby, protecting our collective future." These words, uttered by the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism in a now very popular "Spruce Up Jamaica" advertisement, were honored at the official launch of Phase 2 of the "Spruce Up Jamaica...Nice Up Yuhself" campaign at the recent launch in Montego Bay.

The lawns of the Old Hospital, on Gloucester Avenue were transformed into a tourism haven, which, reinstated the warmth and the beauty of the much talked about, "Sweet Jamaica" of the olden days. The site at the venue was characterized by a mixture of locals, young, middle aged and old, some from the diaspora, visitors, and tourism partners and the business community, all eating, drinking, laughing together, and serving each other, all enjoying the festivities of the afternoon.





Miss Kitty axed from Nationwide News

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miss_kitty_edit.jpg'Talk up di tings' radio personality Miss Kitty was axed from Nationwide News last Monday.

According to a report published in the Star Miss Kitty who hosts the Entertainment Office from Monday to Friday was let go from the station.

Khadine Hylton aka Miss Kitty
confirmed to the Star that she was let go. Apparently it all stemmed from a song that she played which the station's execs claimed could be libelous. Miss Kitty was eventually suspended for five days, after returning from her suspension Miss Kitty was in meeting with her supervisors where she was later let go.

Nationwide News CEO Cliff Hughes, also confirmed the developments. He said, "Miss Kitty is a very talented young woman, I wish her well. I think she will do well, she has a lot of potential. She has challenges to overcome, but I feel that she will."





Tessane Chin bonds with girls at Women's Centre

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor


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Prolific singer, Tessane Chin, took time out to share a moment with the girls from the Kingston branch of the Women's Centre Of Jamaica Foundation, on Thursday, May 15, 2008.

The occasion was a presentation by the Growing and Giving organisation which handed out gifts to the girls at the centre.

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The gifts came courtesy of Confectionary Snacks, Super Plus, VP Records, Headline Entertainment and the St. Andrew Rotary Club.





Voicemail epitomizing musical versatility

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The biggest unintentional secret in Dancehall Reggae music since Snow is that the fluid sound you hear on tracks recorded by Voicemail is not the singular range of one singer; but that of a group. Stacked with an abundance of control and timing these three manage to belt out each bar and verse in such harmony that it is easy to be mislead. It truly takes a skilled ear to initially distinguish the different voices. A shared destiny and ambition has bonded these three singers: Craig Jackson, Kevin Blaire and Oniel Edwards together as one group. Performing as a unit for the last 5 years, the three have remained as the final legacy of Voicemail.

Quickly recognized for their intro trademark, You've got mail, Voicemail, heyeee as only Craig can deliver; they have been making waves in Jamaica with charting singles such as Weddy Time and their succession of videos for songs like; Gal Hunt, Weddy Time, She Want It Harder, Ready To Party and Wacky Dip in addition to features on the Strip Tease riddim and Klymaxx riddim medley videos.

Its their energetic stage performances, that fail to hide the enjoyment shining in their eyes from the pure pleasure of being in front of audiences at key events like: Spring Fest 2004, Sumfest 2004, 2005, Fully Loaded and world wide touring, which is allowing them to win over critical audiences.





Whats Poppin'

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Wed or not?

don_alaine.jpgA really true sey Don Corleon and Alaine married? Well everybody a wonda and a hope sey one a dem wi officially come out and sey something. But inna fi wi time, marriage a sinting wey yuh proud a and yuh want yuh friend and family fi be apart of. But afta Jamaica nuh stay like foreign when it come to faas people? Well, if a true...YardFlex wish di couple a wonderful life.

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Update please

People, unno memba how Neeto Meeks mash up Charah Watson yeye and how di poor girl nearly dead with how him duh har? But a wha really a gwaan wid di case, how come win uh hear nutten more. Somebody please update wi wid how di case a gwaan? It drop, it done, wha?

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COMMENTARY

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Losing our School Girls to Immorality

By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

school_girls.jpgGone are the days when school girls respected themselves and their uniforms. What is happening to our teenage girls? Everyone wants to be in hype. Buses and taxis without music seem to be losing. The buses and taxis have to be blazing the sounds of Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man and Mavado just to name a few. Some can sing the words of these songs without stuttering but try asking some of these girls what they learnt in school and one would think "the cat got their tongue". When will they realize that education is the key to success; education gives us the independence we need as women to survive.

Some girls no longer feel comfortable sitting in their seats but instead have to be positioned in the laps of males. Some even go to the extreme of having sexual intercourse on these buses and taxis. GIRLS - you need to start respecting yourselves and your bodies. If you refuse to respect yourselves how will men respect you and treat you as young ladies. Remember your body is the temple of the living God.

And to the adults in these young girls' lives - don't play the blame game. Instead try reaching out for counselling with them, because in some instances the root of the problem can be traced back to negative experiences.





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YardFlex would like to send our condolences to the Marley family who just lost Mother Booker. The mother of reggae icon Bob Marley. She died at her home in South Miami.

We at this time, would like to let the Marley family know that they are in our deepest thoughts and prayers.





PORTLAND SPLASH '08 a success

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By: Bridgett Anderson
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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After a three year sabbatical 'Portland Splash' kicked off at 11:30pm last Saturday night. It was held at Sommerset Falls, an ideal venue for a stage show; that Gangalee Production could consider using as the home of 'Portland Splash'.

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Despite technical difficulties the show kicked off with Riddim 2000 Band and the first MC for the night the energetic Chinnaman. He introduced Candy Man, who performed well, with his smooth voice. Out of the few upcoming artists who performed, Singing Donna, Positive, Raw Doctor and House of Spade were a few of the most outstanding.





Sizzla Kalonji Celebrates 32 years on earth

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edit_sizzla_feature.jpgTemple Hall Estate is set to sizzle on April 19, 2008, as the Great House in Stony Hill will house a celebration called, "Rise To The Occasion," in honour of Sizzla Kalonji's 32nd 'earthstrong.'

With a year of over the top accomplishments, Sizzla Kalonji has a great deal to shout about. His historical Sly and Robbie produced collaboration with Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Lady Saw and Cherine Anderson, entitled, "Nod Your Head," is just one of many productions that sees Sizzla doubling up with stellar artists. Since April 2007, his collaborations have included a heavy mix with Lil' Wayne called, "Reasons," that also features rapper, T-Streets.

Sizzla, Shaggy and Collie Budz came together and released, "Mad Mad World," on top of other collaborations this year that included tracks recorded with Ini Kamozi as well as the most recent release with Tarrus Riley.





Happy Earthday Garnet Silk

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YardFlex would like to send a special Earthday Greeting to the late Great Garnet Silk who would have celebrated his earthday today. Even though you are gone, your music lives on.

Big up to Lovey and all his children.

Much Love and Respect from YardFlex Inc.





Vote for YardFlex.com

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vote_yardflex.jpgVote for YardFlex.com on www.urbanmusicawards.net for the Best Magazine (Online/Offline).

You can vote by logging on to www.urbanmusicawards.net and register.

Remember you have to register in order for you to vote.

Once you have registered, click Caribbean and vote for YardFlex.com





Condolence from YardFlex

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aio_2.jpgYardFlex would like to send our condolences to Mama Joy who just lost her son Jeffery S. Dixon Jr. affectionately known as 'Aio', also son of the late 'Free I' Dixon.

He died in a tragic car accident last night in Jamaica.

We at YardFlex sends our blessings and would like to let Mama Joy and her family know that they are in our prayers.

Mama Joy hold tight and keep the faith.

Bless!!!!!





Luau was banging

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YardFlex photographer was on Reggae Beach, ocho Rios to part-take in Luau on Easter Sunday. The event sell-off.

Below are photos from the event:

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What's poppin

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Poor Beenie Man

the_doc_beenieman.jpgBwoy dem sey trouble nuh set like rain but mi tink a time fi Beenie get a break now. Him have lawsuit a England a hang ova him head and him not even can get fi hug up him son and get likkle comfort. Mi sey him a bawl out inna di evening paper sey a eight months now him nuh get fi si him son. But whey mi really waan fi know is – if Beenie Man a di king how come D'Angel have him so weak. If him well waan si him son, him nuh know whey fi duh. Same like how D'Angel do
whey she fi do, him nuh know bout counteraction? Well sah...still a hope Beenie Man troubles end real soon...cause mi nuh how much more him can teck.

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Award winning promotion company strikes again

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edit_Beres & Friends  2008.jpgBeres Hammond, Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths will headline the first staging of 'Grooving' slated for April 5, 2008.

This GT Promotions event is going to be an annual one featuring the best acts around, including newcomers; and its inaugural presentation will take place at WAVES Beach in Negril.

IRIE FM's GT Taylor is CEO of GT Promotions and he emphasizes that this show will be another high quality production from his company, that was recently given the IRIE FM Music Award for 'Show of The Year.'

Harmony House and Gumption Band
will be backing some of reggae's finest as well as strong performers like: Timmi Burrell and Villa Dutch & Feekez.

GT Taylor will host the event.





Duppy caught on tape in Tivoli Gardens

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Big Up Dudus who recently celebrated his earthday on the 13th of March. YardFlex understand that he had two hot parties, one on Thursday night and the other on Sunday.

The Sunday night jam lasted until 10:30 am Monday morning and was a 'sell off' event. This was more so an eventful morning, as a ghost, it is alleged who was enjoying the music saw it fit to make a cameo appearance through a window of one of the high rise building in Tivoli.

According to various news reports, persons from the community are speculating that this ghost is one of the five youths recently killed in the community.

However, check out the video clip below for yourselves and tell us what you think:





Symphony Under The Stars was all that and some

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"Symphony Under the Stars," featuring Roberta Flack and top Reggae Crooners, was held last Saturday at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy in New Kingston, Jamaica. It was its second staging, and the quality was symphonic.

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On entering the venue the view was magnificent. Candles were laid
surrounding a body of water close to the V.I.P area and the view was of a seated audience, predominantly dressed in black night gowns.





Romell Marshall awarded for She's Royal

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Photography By; Milton Raynor

YardFlex was present last week when Romell Marshall, an engineer from Mikey Bennett Studio was awarded for Best Reggae Recording - She's Royal.

Below are pics from the event held at Grafton Studios:

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Passa Passa

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Bounty and D' Angel

bounty_d'angel.jpgLook inna mi eyes tell mi wat yu see, yes darling is the Grung God an D' Angel mi did see a di recently held Irie FM Awards in a brief intimate moment a chat an a hold hands. But I can't believe dat di same mouth weh seh anyting me dash weh me tek it bak a di same mout a chat to di fallen Angel. No worry unnu self, YardFlex ago mek unnu kno a who a Blaze Blaze and we sure kno a no Beenie Man.

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Audiomaxxx finally SHUT DOWN

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By: Jaide

audiomaxxx-1.jpgAn alleged music counterfeiting operation based in Winnipeg, Canada, was raided this week by RCMP, who arrested Raj Singh Ramgotra and three others.

The four had criminal charges filed against them by the RCMP for allegedly manufacturing pirated CDs and hard core pornographic videos and distributing them throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Jamaica. Their offerings more recently included pirated digital downloads.

The lead person behind Audiomaxxx, Ramgotra, his associates and their shady ways have been under investigation by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for a year now, following many complaints from artists, music associations and labels around the world. Of greatest concern was the defiance with which Audiomaxxx responded to each request by rights holders to cease the illegal pirating activity.

Reported as "highly developed," the Audiomaxxx operation contained a significant catalogue of allegedly pirated CDs and music downloads for sale through their website www.audiomaxxx.com and tracks from famous artists like: Shania Twain, Lionel Ritchie, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Nelly Furtado were among those being pirated.





Mediathon Shines Light on Women

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By: Jaide

linternation_women's_day_logo.jpgObserved since the early 1900's, International Women's Day emerged at a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

From 1908 when great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women, women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change.

Today, while much has evolved with significant change in attitudes; inequalities remain. Unfortunately, the fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

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At the same time it is important to recognize the great strides made by women over the years and make use of the awareness raising around International Women's Day, to glean more information on the status of women and pay tribute to women everywhere.





By: Kemesha Bolton

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Twelve Tribes of Israel in Jamaica celebrates forty Years of existence. For all Bible readers forty years would be very significant, because in the time of Moses when God used him to take the children of Israel out of Egypt under the bondage of Pharaoh via the Red Sea, they spent 40 years in the wilderness.

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Twelve Tribes 40th Anniversary was celebrated in style on Saturday February 23 through to Monday, February 25, 2008. On Saturday night, a concert at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre featured Reggae's top performers and Israel members from all over the world. This Twelve Tribe of Israel produced show had a line-up that included: Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, Luciano, Sugar Minott, I Billy Mystic of Mystic Revealers, Iley Dread, Jamel, Culture Dan, The Seers, Marva Gilliespie, Ewan Naptali, Boom Dawn, Rashorne, Zebilion – Grenada, Scotty Dread-California, Tony Gad- California and Orthodox Issachar – Canada, Jules Issachar- New Zealand and many more. Many patrons described the concert as a 'spiritual refreshing'.





Sugar Minott prepares for a 'New Day'

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By: Joan Wilson

edit_sugar_minott.jpg"Dancehall is at its worst," are the comments from the man who time after time produced hit after hits serving up some sweet brew to the massive. Well his concern for the sorry state it now finds itself is that there are no dancehall singers dominating. "Give thanks for the young artistes that are trying to keep it on a level like Sean Paul, Richie Spice, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal and Lutan Fyah to name a few," Sugar praised.

Sugar bemoans the fact that the DJs seem to be the only ones now getting the promotion and praise in the dancehall. He says a lot of people are forgetting the foundation artistes that brought the business to the fore.

"It is pure confusion going on these days and to make it worse they are trying to say dancehall is not reggae as if they are trying to kill out the reggae music", Sugar lamented.





Ras.I.Him.I sews for the stars

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Ras_I_Him_I.jpgFeatures on Rastafarians during this Black History Month and Reggae Month have been some of the most prominent and striking at YardFlex. There is a special aura surrounding this group of individuals who are most passionate about upholding the importance of "black strength" and by extension, productivity.

YardFlex has highlighted Jamaica's first black millionaire, George Steibel and other black inventors who have made enormous contributions to development of Black people. While their lives continue to inspire, it is the legacy of Bob Marley, that has influenced the success of the many "black champions" featured regularly on YardFlex.

Ras.I.Him.I is one such 'champion' who is a Canadian based, popular clothing designer for some of Dancehall's most celebrated artists. In case you are wondering what he has done to deserve recognition during Black History Month; he designed and created the outfits worn by the likes of, I-Wayne and Tarrus Riley for this year's Dancehall spectacle, Sting.

He is the founder and CEO of his company, Irockable Togo Inc., where fashion is formed through his unique designs and flawless manufacturing; before being efficiently distributed to his often prestigious client list. Irockable Togo Inc., is also engaged in the production of Reggae music.





vp_joegibbs.jpgVP Records sends its sincerest condolences for one of the greatest losses in reggae history. The legendary producer Joe Gibbs (born Joel A. Gibson) has passed away at the age of 65.

This influential man behind and in front of the boards was a major pioneering force from the late '60s, early '70s rock steady/roots era to the early '80s dancehall era, known for his seminal releases such as, "Two Sevens Clash" by Culture, "Someone Loves You Honey" by J.C. Lodge, as well as his influential four chapter African Dub Series.

VP Records President Chris Chin expresses, "We want to take this time to remember a truly pivotal producer in the reggae business. Our prayers go out to his loved ones. His spirit and music will live on."





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YardFlex was on location at Vegas' video shoot for his new video "Hot gyal no fight ova man".

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Energy and Entertainment go hand in hand with Magnum

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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The force of 'Magnum Follow Di Arrow' will hit James Bond Beach on Saturday, March 1st, bringing a tradition of collaborating for the development of authentic Jamaican culture to its 2008 climax. Boasting the best line-up in its eight year history, the Magnum Tonic Wine endorsed annual show will deliver on its commitment to provide quality, top class entertainment to the masses.

A barrage of veterans and current hit-makers are billed for 2008, with The Alliance Crew as headlining acts. Headed by Grung Gad Bounty Killer, Alliance will undoubtedly bright up the night as the Killer will be supported by: Mr. Gully Side – Mavado, Wayne Marshall, Busy Signal, Bling Dawg and Bad Boy recording artist Elephant Man. The show will also feature Assassin who is riding high with the recent release of his "Gully Sittin" Album, Ninja Man, Mr Vegas, Bugle, Warrior King, Macka Diamond, Anthony B and the ever tempting Lady Saw.





Tarrus Riley rules at Reggae Academy Awards

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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It was a night with a difference, a special night, signifying the dawn of a new day in Jamaican music. It was the first staging of the Reggae Academy Awards. It signified a new day because, it represented an award concept in Reggae that got the nod of approval from a wider audience of experts.

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"And the award for the Best Solo Male Dancehall Vocalist goes to"; and fans seated towards the back of National Indoor Sports Centre, bellowed, "Busy Signal!" Much to everyone's delight, he was announced the winner. The ceremony was void of ridiculous surprises, and so all received their just rewards.

On entering the venue, YardFlex observed that something special was about to take place. The National Indoor Sports Centre had been given an ambiance, that shouted, "This is something first-world and first class." The stage, lighting, big screens, sound effects the show host and performances, all displayed the handy work of what must have been a highly skilled and trained production team.

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The introductions ended and the presentations began. At the end of it all Omar "Tarrus" Riley was the toast of the ceremony, winning in the categories, "Best Breakthrough Artiste 2007," "Best Solo Male Vocalist," "Most Popular Song" - "She Royal" and "Best Reggae Song."





A Reggae legend says goodbye

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joe-gibbs-jamaica.jpgLast week one of Reggae luminaries struck his final note making it a sad day for his many fans all over the world.

Joe Gibbs died of heart attack at University Hospital of the West Indies from a heart attack at age 65.

He leaves behind a rich legacy that not only impacted Jamaica, but indeed the whole world.

Born in Montego Bay in 1943, Gibbs left Jamaica to train as an engineer in the US. After some time spent in the United States as an electronic engineer, Gibbs went back to Kingston, and opened a repair TV shop at 32 Beeston Street where he soon started to sell records. The fast growth of the local music scene encouraged him to be more involved in the business, and in 1967 he started to record some artists in the back of his shop with a two-track tape machine and the already established Lee Perry who had just ended his association with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. In 1968, with the help of Bunny Lee, he launched his Amalgamated label, and had his first success with one of the earliest rock steady tunes, Roy Shirley's "Hold Them".





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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It was another week for the KLAS Inseason Tour and this time they stopped off at the Constant Spring Primary and Junior High School. DJ Kat started the afternoon's proceedings with some hot tracks and while the students gathered, shouts, screams and verbal gun salutes were heard as they scurried for the front to get a good view the stage.

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The tour's resident host, Tony Young from KLAS Sports Radio spoke to Acting Principal Beverly Anderson Clarke who welcomed everyone to the school. Mrs. Ann Marie Smelling - Cultural Agent spoke about the school's upcoming Jamaica Day celebration scheduled for February 29th 2008.





Beres Hammond is very much alive

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beresford_h.jpgThe rumors were circulating far and wide that reggae crooner Beresford Hammond passed away.

As far afield as England, Canada and the States, people were calling to find out if it was true.

At the Academy Awards we had to check with one of Beres' friends who assured, "he can't be dead, I just spoke with him!"

Honestly, we have to wonder, who really get these rumors going...and who's the next person will be on the list.





Etana - The new sound of the roots reggae genre

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By: Kemesha Bolton

etana_edit.jpgDown to earth, spirited and real are just some of the words that can be used to describe Etana. Introduced to music as a child by her late aunt, Etana would be called up to sing with her at every family wedding and or funeral. After growing older she developed a love for music and auditioned for an all girls rock group in America where she lived at the time. She was chosen and the dream seemed to be on its way to fulfillment.

The group met and Etana was told she had to braid or perm her hair; adamant that she would not perm, she agreed to the braiding. This was not the end as she was also asked to make her skirts shorter and blouses tighter. For her dreams, she complied, but the straw that broke the camel's back came in the form of an inappropriate move by a cameraman during a video shoot in which Etana was clad in pink Victoria Secret Lingerie.

Although she initially agreed to wear the costume, the cameraman's actions forced Etana to ask herself, "Is this what I really want," and the answer was, "No." So she left the group. And as for the present state of her locks, she was very open with YardFlex explaining that she was persuaded by her management to get it done professionally but by the next day pulled it out, "I love myself and I want to feel comfortable and it is my decision to let it grow naturally," she stated.

After leaving the American group Etana decided to start a business in Jamaica with a friend, but by the time she got to Jamaica the friend had other plans for her and with his connections he got an audition with Fifth Element Records and the rest is history.





IRIE FM Awards take flight

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By: Kemesha Bolton

irie_fmlogo.jpgOn the eve of Valentines Day IRIE FM hosted their second annual IRIE FM awards. Hosted by veteran radio broadcaster Elise Kelly, DJ Bones and Kashima Francis the programme was filled with exciting interviews with winners and talks with Panelist Copeland Forbes and Sonia Stanliniaa.

And the WINNERS are:

COME BACK ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER: JUNIOR REID

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER: MUNGA HONOURABLE

SINGER OF THE YEAR – FEMALE
WINNER: ETANA

DUO/GROUP/BAND OF THE YEAR
WINNER: VOICE MAIL

REGGAE AMBASSADOR AWARD
WINNER: JUNIOR REID

STAGE SHOW/CONCERT OF THE YEAR
WINNER: GT TAYLOR'S MAGNUM CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA





Official Statement from Lutan Fyah

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lutan_FYAH.jpgThe public may have heard of my recent arrest on the charge of arson. This comes out of an incident in Spanish Town which I was accused of being involved in.

I would like to state that I am innocent of all charges and find this conspiracy misleading and wanton. I have constantly contributed to the development of youths in Spanish Town and would never get myself involved in such activities. Lutan Fyah symbolises positivity and upliftment of the people and the music.

2007 was a good year for Lutan Fyah. Indeed I was able to spread my message world wide and bring reggae music to new peoples. I understand my obligation to my fans, Jamaica and the music and would never under any circumstance manifest such evil behaviour.

I continue to give praises to my supporters for their continued faith in my music and I look forward to continuing the positive trend that I am known for.

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Culture Minister Hails Stephen Marley on Grammy Win

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babsy_stephen.jpgMinister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia "Babsy" Grange has hailed Stephen Marley on his success at the 50th Grammy Awards, presented on Sunday night in Los Angeles, California.

Stephen won the Best Reggae Album category with his debut solo album, 'Mind Control'. The win was the first for Stephen as a solo artiste. He had previously won four Grammy awards as a member of his sibling group, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

Minister Grange said Stephen's success represented the continuum of a great tradition which of which his father Bob Marley has been the greatest exponent. "It is amazing to behold the level of belief and commitment that the Marley family has displayed over the years in helping to keep reggae at the front row of world music.





Mikey Bennetts Earthday Celebration

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YardFlex crew was present to celebrate with family and friends the earth strong of Mikey Bennett.

Check out photos below:

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EME

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By: Look Out
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards turned out to be one drama after the other. Yeah, the award ceremony itself was okay, but man we couldn't stop cracking up at some of the things that went on there!

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LA Lewis' blunder

But a who really tell Richie B fi ask LA Lewis to make a presentation! Mi nah lie yuh mi suh embarrass dat di whole time mi kinda tun whey mi head from the stage. When LA went on stage to announce the winner...he said and we quote, "the category goes to! Then he realized something was wrong with that and 'corrected' himself by saying "the nominee goes to...uh oh! Well at least we can say LA was persistent as he finally got it right by process of elimination!

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Richie get award too

Richie held the award show to honour artistes in the biz but bwoy dem pop a surprise on him when he was presented with an award from the Ministry of Tourism...only thing is we kinda did a think still sey him neva look too surprise...but chu maybe him di man just cool like dat. Big up Richie continue fi duh yuh ting.

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Junior Reid teck over

But what a way Junior Reid just teck ova di people dem award eeh. Him collect one award and den when him fi teck whey himself off di stage him start ask di people dem if dem waan fi si him perform. All di frantic signal from backstage neva meck a difference Junior just start perform, den him call on him two pickney dem and do him ting...all di same him neva do to bad him shoulda just leave Alicia Keys song alone.





Top Reggae Producers name best message tunes

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By: Joseph Cunningham

sly_dunbar2.jpgReggae music, and its baby, Dancehall are known internationally to be genres of music with loud voices highlighting the thrills and spills of the global community.

The kind of musical composition, referred to as "Social Commentary Tunes," is dear to the hearts of the Jamaican music fraternity, and the world.

As such, YardFlex has embarked on a mission to highlight the most revered "Social Commentary Songs" in the history of Reggae; selected by the greatest producers in Reggae music.

Today we begin with Sly Dunbar's selections, half of the legendary riddim twins, Sly and Robbie.





News Brief

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Warrant out for Vybz Kartel?

kartel_aidonia.jpgWhat's this YardFlex hearing? Seems that a photograph reached into the hands of Kingfish with Vybz Kartel posing with a gun and we understand that a warrant is now out for his arrest...again after he went to court on Tuesday to answer to the charge of indecent behaviour.

Adijah Palmer aka Vybz Kartel was arrested in Ocho Rios, St. Ann last month for reportedly using expletives during a performance at the Amnesia Night Club.

It is understood that Aidonia was also seen in the photo with a gun.

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Thinking about you Brother Bob...

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Fond memories of The Honourable Robert Nesta Marley on the anniversary of his birth

The following persons were asked the question: "How has Bob Marley impacted on your life, the world and reggae music?"

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Sly Dunbar (Musician)
" When I was a kid, I used to listen to the Wailers. I even played drum on their song "Punky Reggae Party". I respect Bob and his music a lot. He help push reggae music forward. I also remember visiting him in New York and up at the studios on Hope Road. Today (6th) is also my daughter's birthday."

Sangie Davies (Song Writer/Singer)
"Bob took me out of hiding. He is a great influence. I know him not only as Bob Marley, but as Robert Nesta Marley. Knowing him personally, he was a good friend. Can't even tell you the magnitude. Can't even describe the feeling. Great, great influence."

Sizzla (Singjay)
"A whole lot."





YardFlex's photographer was on location to capture every moment.

Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Reggae Month Activities

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Africa Unite Smile Jamaica_2.jpgFebruary 1, Bob Marley Photographic Exhibition @ The Bob Marley Museum. 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica.

February 4-6, Africa Unite - Smile Jamaica Youth Symposium, Liberty Hall.

February 5, Annual Bob Marley Lecture, Location: UWI, Mona Campus.

February 6, Reggae Boyz vs. Costa Rica - football match, National Stadium.

February 6, Premiere of "Africa Unite", documentary film of Bob marley 60th anniversary concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at Carib Cinema.

February 6, Bob Marley's Birthday Dinner, hosted by Chris Blackwell and Rita Marley at Strawberry Hill.

February 7-9, African Film Festival, Bob Marley Museum.

February 13, 2nd Annual Irie FM Reggae Music Awards, live on radio.

February 14, Making of Music Tour, Tuff Gong Studios.

February 15, The Bob Marley Creative Expressions Day.

February 14-18, Global Regggae Conference hosted by the UWI Reggae Studies Unit, with scholarly dissertations on all aspects of reggae music.





By: Joan Wilson
edit_bob-marley-02.jpgWith February being declared Reggae Month comes a lot of request for Bob Marley to be declared a national hero.

Now I am not saying that he should or shouldn't be declared one, the only thing I want to know is what's the criteria for being a national hero?

Now while I don't know that, I can at least look at the lives of the other seven that we already have and use that as a marker. They overcame great hardships – most of them at the cost of their lives to make life better for all of us.

The overall consensus though is that all seven struggled for and paved a solid foundation for the freedom we now enjoy today.

They have been awarded the Order of National Hero for their contribution to the social and political development of Jamaica.

These heroes challenged and conquered the institutions of colonialism thereby changing the course of Jamaica's history from slavery to emancipation.





Jamaica's murder rate continues to soar

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jam-flag2007.jpgWe have just closed out the first month of the New Year and already the figures for crime are looking quite ominous. Instead of crime going on the decrease it is skyrocketing. Just one month and already over 100 murders have been committed.

Last year will go down in the books as one of the bloodiest year the country has seen.

The murder rate for 2007 surpassed the previous year's total, this according to police reports.

Data received indicated there were 1,574 murders in 2007, a 17 percent rise from 2006. Of those murdered last year, 19 were members of the police force while 146 were women with 65 being children.





Marley Documentary Premieres February 6

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By: Joseph Cunningham

africa_unite.jpgThe documentary, "Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's Vision," will be premiered in February, "Reggae Month." It will have its world premiere on Marley's birthday, February 6, at the Carib 5 Cinema and will be available on DVD on February 12.

Featuring American actor Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, the I-Threes and the Marley family, the film will take a look back at the Smile Jamaica/Africa Unite concert.

The film is based on events before, during and after the Marley family's first trip to Ethiopia in 2005 for the twelve-hour Africa Unite concert held in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Three hundred thousand persons from across the globe helped the Marley family celebrate Bob Marley's 60th birthday that year with the massive
outdoor concert.

Additionally, the film will highlight the Marley family's travelogue and humanitarian efforts. It also includes rare archival footage of Marley himself.





Inseason Juice, KLAS bring tour on a motorcade

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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All roads led to Calabar High School on Thursday January 25th as the Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour made its way to Calabar High School by motorcade. KLAS FM, initiators of the tour, decided to make this 3rd stop of the live broadcast concert from High Schools a big celebration, by arriving in fine style.

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A long line of 'School Tour' supporters drove from KLAS studios on Haining Road, through New Kingston to Trafalgar Road – then down to Half Way Tree, up Eastwood Park Road – onto Red Hills Road and into Calabar High. Vehicles donned with banners highlighting sponsors made up the eye-catching procession.

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Catching students off guard, since school administration forgot to announce a reminder about the event, tour personnel went around rounding up those who were curious about the motorcade and others who were still around after school for extra curricular activities. In the end a nice sized crowd gathered in the Boys' School's courtyard for the fun.





PM Among Throng at Jazz Festival Opening Night

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Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, was among the thousands of Jamaicans and visitors to the island, who were thrilled by high quality performances from local and international acts, on the opening night of the 11th annual Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Thursday (Jan. 24), in Montego Bay.

A number of government ministers, private sector officials, and members of the opposition, were also in attendance.

The bumper crowd at the show venue in Rose Hall was rocked by performances from soul singer Anita Baker; former lead singer of Kool and the Gang, JT Taylor; and local acts A.J. 'Boots' Brown and Jessica Yap. There were also steller performances from the jazz band Spyro Gyra, while Latin group,Yerba Buena rock the venue with the sounds of slasa and samba.





'Reggae Month' sealed by Proclamation

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"I hereby proclaim the month of February to be celebrated now and henceforth as Reggae Month."

Those utterances from the Governor-General of Jamaica, Kenneth Hall, on Thursday morning, were permanently added to the pride Jamaicans feel for their music, Reggae. He also noted Reggae music is also that one thing people around the world associate the word Jamaica with.

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After the Governor-General completed the proclamation an excited Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, said, "Isn't this a wonderful feeling? From the corners of Trench Town and West Kingston to the halls of King's House;" making reference to the growth of the genre.





Catch Jamaica Jazz fest at your desk

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgAction from the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival will be shown live on the web. CbeanMedia.tv and Telstar Cable, in collaboration with the organizers came to the agreement.

Sherra Pierre-March of Cbean Media disclosed details of how fans could access the service. "For a small fee, fans will be able to get a front seat to performances from all the Caribbean artistes as well as those entertainers on the Art Of Music stage, without leaving their computer. Additionally, the live stream, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the artistes and fans alike.

To access the event live, log on to www.cbeanmedia.tv, January 25 and 26."





Get online and party with Macka Diamond tomorrow

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money_o_posters.jpgRinging in her birthday with a Bingo Party and Show, Macka Diamond gets set for tomorrow's celebration and fans all around the world are cordially invited to join 'Money-O-Bingo-with-the-STARS-Birthday Bash,' at www.yourradio105.com

The live action at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, Kingston promises to be a huge night of giveaways and musical enjoyment with Macka "Money Goddess" Diamond and friends.

A star-studded line up of Disc Jockeys and performers is on the slate for the bash, said to be bigger and better than all of Macka's previous birthday parties. Bringing fans closer to their favorite entertainers and jocks is the aim, so expect mad mingling around Bingo Tables, all of which will lead into the cake cutting and what is destined to be a slamming show.

And why not take the few hot moments out to celebrate Macka's fine life and career that sees her latest chart topping single, "Dandy Shandy" climbing current charts and a whirlwind year of successes with promotions of her hits like "Hula Hoop" and the critically acclaimed and historic first Dancehall Novel, "Bun Him."





What a prayer breakfast

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prayer_hands.jpgEverywhere you walk on the streets people are talking about the powerful message delivered by Rev. Dr. Roy Notice at the recently held 28th annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast inside the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

The Reverend didn't mince words as he hit out against the corruption in the country, "We too tief... pastor man a tief, politician a tief, policeman a tief and we expect to prosper," he blasted.

Loud applause punctuated the sermon as the Rev received a standing ovation following a well-delivered message.

Of course Notice did not manage to please everyone as some were visibly upset at his criticism of Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett for his stance on casino gambling.

Rev. Notice reminded Bartlett of his Pentecostal roots as he chided him.

The Reverend called on the country's leaders to renew their commitment to family life and pleaded with Jamaicans to support the prime minister's pledge to work alongside the church and other agencies to form a national partnership focusing on the family.





Mavado Gone gospel?

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mavado_pic.jpgRadio stations in Jamaica couldn't get enough of Mavado's "Jehovah Guide Me" on Wednesday when it was released for airplay there.

Said to have gone gospel with this one, the single is one of three new releases that have Mavado racing into the new year at high speed. "Money Changer" was recorded for Shane Brown and "Mi Henessey" for SSMG.

The hot "Jehovah Guide Me" comes at a time when controversy surrounds the dancehall leader. Its balanced blend of choir harmonies coupled with lyrics that refer to the police and army invading his party contrast well with his pronounced appeal for the cessation of violence in the country.





Carnival time again!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Carnival.jpgIt's carnival time again, and as soon as this Friday, revelers will flock to Mas Camp in New Kingston, Jamaica for the soca vibe. "Mas Camp Village will be opened on January 18," declared Bacchanal Jamaica executive Michael Ammar, during the launch of Bacchanal Dreams held at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Thursday. He added that Bacchanal Jamaica will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and plans to make this year's staging a "field of dreams."

"Carnival 2008 will be extra special. What began as a simple idea of bringing Trinidad carnival to Jamaica by a few good friends one Sunday morning in 1989 has become what they describe as their dream come
true," Ammar said.

Ticket prices for the fetes will remain at the 2007 price. According Ammar this year's staging will feature seven costumes: Illusions, Dreamscape, Trance, Delirious, Indulge, Mirage and DreamCatcher, and, the audience was given a costume display of both male and female outfits. Bacchanal Jamaica will stage Bacchanal Beach Jouv'ert on March 22, Soca @ De Sandbar on March 26 before the big road parade on March 30 themed Nightmare.





money_o_posters.jpgMacka Diamond will be celebrating her birthday in fine style on January 25th at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road in Kingston Jamaica, like only she can; Money-O style.

It will be a birthday bash with a difference – bingo party and show! Rapping about it Macka informed "Well it's like this, Every year wi do di same ting, and you know me, always a try something different, so mi jus sey, since a me a di Money Goddess, what better way to celebrate than with money...So wi jus ago have a Bingo party an gi wey a whole heap a tings, cut cake and party, real birthday party style."

Money-O Bingo with the Stars is expected to be bigger and better than all of Macka's previous birthday parties.

Leesah Larmond, coordinator of the event, and Managing Director at DiamondDistrict Ja. (Macka's new entertainment company), promises a night of giveaways and musical fun with Macka Diamond and friends.

She goes on to explain further that the Money-O Bingo with the Stars concept will bring fans up close and personal with there favourite entertainers and disc jocks, who will all be at various tables playing Bingo with the fans, all of which will be a prelude to the Final Bingo game, which will lead into cake cutting and the much anticipated show.





Energy God's "Lets Get Physical" ready for the world

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

elephant.jpgBest known to natives and friends of Reggae and Dancehall as the "energy god", Elephant Man can be often seen climbing the poles and the speaker boxes no matter how high the stage. For this and his other extraordinary displays of acrobatic antics onstage, he received that name.

The stage name, Elephant Man stemmed from his large ears, which led to the nickname "Dumbo" in his youth. He began his musical career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew, later continuing as a solo artist. He has also been characterized by several trademarks, such as the yellow-orange hairstyle and his unique low-key voice.

International recognition came for Elephant Man in 2004 when he sealed a contract with Puma, permitting the use of his single "All Out" for an Olympic Games commercial in 2004.

Elephant Man also had a song called "Willie Bounce" that appeared on several mixtapes in 2006. It borrowed the first few bars from "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

Today, the Jamaican star has been signed to New York-based label Bad Boy Records, owned by Hip Hop mogul, P. Diddy. It has barely been one year since he signed to the label, which will officially release his album titled, "Let's Get Physical" in March this year.





Stylist to Jamaica's stars wants more...

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By: Joseph Cunningham

dexter_pottinger.jpgHe has been regarded by Black Entertainment Television (BET) as the hottest new fashion designer out of Jamaica, but Dexter Pottinger, in spite of that glowing proclamation, is still forging ahead to achieve self-actualization.

"I want to experience the ultimate success in what I do," he told
YardFlex recently.

He describes himself as, "A make up artist, stylist and fashion designer. I enjoy the world of fashion...without fashion there would not be a me. As a Jamaican, my intention is simple: to change the face of my country, one face at a time. Inspired by Nature, Styled by Me - Dexter Pottinger."

He has been involved in many high-profile fashion events, has groomed
top-flight models, however, he says he dreams of applying his skills
on three persons; Beyonce Knowles, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks.

Dexter has received international recognition because he is ambitious and very confident. Speaking in regards to his preparation for huge events, he said, "I just deliver. I feel no additional pressure."





By: Joseph Cunningham

Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgWalter Elmore, president of Turnkey Productions, the company behind the staging of the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, is now expressing confidence that everything is in place, and that the festival will run smoothly.

Elmore said, "We are well advanced in our construction of the venue,
artiste flights and accommodation have been confirmed and we have begun shipping equipment that is needed to produce a successful show." With the assistance of investment club, OLINT TCI, Turnkey Productions is now viewing the opportunity to have one of the most successful staging's to date.

Founder of the club, Davis Smith said that the partnership has realized a star-studded line-up. "The Air Jamaica Jazz festival is very important to the continued visibility and success of brand Jamaica. As a club, OLINT is committed to nation building and we realize that through our sponsorship the country will benefit from the biggest and best jazz festival yet," Smith said.

In previous years the show has been plagued by traffic congestion. Addressing the problem Elmore said, "We are paying strict attention to detail at the venue. Through comments and suggestions from our patrons, we are making sure we step up to the plate and create an extraordinary event."

He added, "Last year, there were major traffic problems due to the road works. This year, the new four-lane highway is finally completed and is now open so this in itself should alleviate the traffic issues we had last year. We also have an underpass that will allow easy access to the venue."

Further, Elmore revealed that traffic cop, Senior Superintendent Powell, the person in charge of the Montego Bay Division, is on board to assist with traffic control.





Stephen's Birthday party Sell Off

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YardFlex was present at Big Ship Studio for the surprise birthday party for Stephen 'Genius' Mcgregor last weekend.

Here are a fews photos.......

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Uptown Mondays...the place to be on a Monday Night

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It was Ethiopian Christmas night and YardFlex camera reporter was present at the 1st Uptown Mondays for 2008.

Here are some photos depicting the vibe at the session.

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Did Aidonia shoot a man?

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By: Lookout

aidonia2.jpgYardFlex understands that dancehall artiste Aidonia could be having some trouble with the law. From what we understand his name is being called in connection with a shooting incident where it is alleged he pulled the trigger.

YardFlex called the Constabulary Communication Network CCN, but was told "we are unable to make any sort of comment on this issue right now."

Stay tuned YardFlex will definitely be keeping you posted on new developments.





Milk's All White Birthday Bash sell off

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

As we all "a pictures tells a million words." Here are some photos from the event.

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COMMENTARY

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Dancehall nuh nice again...Need more vintage shows

By: Joan Wilson

Dancehall_thumb.jpgWhoever 'dejayed' that "Dancehall nice again" needs to get their head examined as it has deteriorated to a war zone. Gone are the days when you go there, "beat two juice," jam to some nice grooves and leave there with the feeling that your money was well spent!

Just looking back at last year the many feuds that took place and the tussles that happened on stage in front of paying patrons is enough to let you "wanna puke."

Wake up dancehall industry people the only losers in all of this are the very people who are supporting your music. Instead of a bang for their buck, what do you give them in return, disrespect and a steady diet of cuss words and total almshouse on stage.

It's time that music lovers demand more for the hard earned cash they have to fork out to go see these guys on stage. Unless you, who are spending your money start setting higher standards then this foolishness will continue.

Promoters too must join the crusade for change. Face it, the only way these artistes will conform and make a change for the better is if you hit them where it really hurts. A puny fine of $1-5000 will not stop them from going on stage and using expletives or being downright offensive.

If promoters (both locally and overseas) choose instead to draw for clean artiste consistently, then sooner or later these so called hype artiste will feel the pinch and start doing what it takes to 'eat a food'.





A tame Reggae Campfire

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The night was cold and the fire that was expected to warm up the night at Reggae Campfire held in Linstead never materialized as for many it did not live up the heat of previous staging.

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However, the night was not without its bright sparks as artistes such Anthony B sizzled on stage reminding many why after over ten years he is still in demand. Beenie Man has proven time and time again that when it comes to delivering to his fans he is the best. He had the crowd in a frenzy as he went through his paces.

Reggae Crooner Sanchez injected a little warmth in the night wit his lovers rock that had women drawing a little closer to their men.





Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Time Again

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Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgFans gearing up to descend on the Caribbean's biggest party this month are being advised to forget last year's traffic woes and prepare for a great time and smooth driving.

That's the word from the executive producer of the annual Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Walter Elmore. "Our new highway and underpass are now open and complete and this will greatly reduce the congestion to and from the venue," said the phenomenal jazz fest producer this week.

Elmore added that festival organizers of the January 24-26th Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues at the Aqueduct Rosehall in Montego Bay, Jamaica will be working in tandem with the Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Elan Powell, to ensure there is a smooth flow of traffic to and from the venue. "We also have a 2 Lane Underpass that links the outer lanes with the venue and also the parking lot across from the shops of Rose Hall," he explained. "This will allow the shuttle buses to come and go without crossing traffic."





Vybz Kartel Banned From Bembe Thursday

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BY: Kemesha Bolton

jigsy.jpgNews has been spreading around regarding the recent confrontation between DJ Vybz Kartel and Bembe Selector Jigsy.

YardFlex spoke to Jigsy earlier today via a telephone interview to find out from him the true story.

When asked about the incident Jigsy jumped right at the opportunity to 'talk di tings dem.' "I was on stage playing some music, bigging up Bounty Killa and Mikey Pelpa when somebody come tell mi seh di DJ (Vybz Kartel) call me, so mi jus laugh cause mi neva tink nutten."

According to him by the time him reached, him chain pop off and "Vybz Kartel himself gun butt mi, yuh hear me Vybz Kartel himself," as he reiterated it.

He continued by telling us that "a di second time now him try mash up Bembe, two weeks straight, him dis every selecta a Bembe, so him BAN from Bembe fi life." When asked what would happen if he should show up he said "Den di police a go deal wid it cause wi put out a restraint gainst him, nuh Vybz Kartel song naw play a Bembe again." "Vybz Kartel Banned, him a walking distruction," said Jigsy.





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

East Fest returned after a year break. Led by producing honcho Denroy "Dada Simeon" Morgan, the event came back with a big bang.

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The event was held at the Good Year Ovals In Morant Bay St. Thomas On Saturday December 29th, sponsored by Red Label Wine, it was dubbed Red Label Wine East Fest 2007. Other sponsors included corporate sponsors such as: Digicel, RJR Group, St Thomas Credit Union, Jamaica Tourist Board and Grizzleys – the technical team, Kings of Kings and Down Sound Records.

Regardless of the rain, patrons came out in there numbers for the well anticipated show of the year and they got their money's worth.

The show started at 8: pm sharp with a spiritual refreshing from the Nyabinghi Roots Band, Bobo Shanti band and The Twelve Tribes if Israel Band featuring, Micah Shemaiah, Israel Voice, Boom Dawn and Sangie Davis.





Vybz Kartel Apologizes to Jigsy

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Vybz_Kartel2.jpgThe following is a statement issued by Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi the Techa in response to the allegations made by the Bembe selector Jigsy that the deejay attacked him.

I am surprised that Jigsy has gone to the media with all these outlandish accusations, some of which border on slander and defamation, and serve to damage my reputation as an entertainer. I was not even in the venue at the time of this alleged incident at Bembe. I had been promoting my new liquor Vybz Rum, and partying with friends at the session, and had left some time during Jigsy's set. I only heard about the incident several hours afterwards through a third party, and then reporters informed me of his ridiculous tirade on the radio. I don't know if Jigsy is still in shock after the incident or if the moment has simply overwhelmed him, but he should desist from making these malicious statements for which there is no basis or proof.





Radio Dancehall Master delivers the season's best

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At the 8th staging of Magnum GT Taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza – the production crew delivered the very best. Black River's Independence Park turned into a sizzling party place on December 25.

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The "Dancehall Master" of IRIE FM put together a musical package with one of the better line-ups and technical orchestration, this holiday season. Smooth band changes complimented the initial greeting from accommodating security and parking teams, making the entire event a huge success.





Rebel Salute's 15th anniversary

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Rebel Salute 2008 was launched at the Hilton Kingston Hotel last night, and by all indications, the Port Kaiser Sports Club in St. Elizabeth will be host to another dynamic mixture of Reggae music, past, present and future.

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The event is the flagship event of Reggae icon, Tony Rebel, and it is his company, Flames Production in association with Trade Winds Citrus who staged the event.





Sting never lived up to expectations

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The word on the street is that Guinness Sting failed to live up to expectations. According to reports from some of the patrons their was no 'bite' in this year's staging.

Beenie Man's presence was definitely lacking as his charisma and the energy he brings to the fore would definitely be more than welcomed.

That aside there were some winners for the night Ninja Man without a doubt lived up to what was expected of him and then some. He gave a super charged performance and had the crowd going with his incisive lyrics and comical stance on stage.





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At minutes after 1 am Jigsy from Bembe Squad was doing his thing then it was back to startime again. During Romain Virgo's performance the stage hands were conducting mic checks...how tacky!

Romain Virgo showed that he has exactly what it takes to make it. He was Mr. Super Cool as he crooned out classics such as "Let's Get It On," "I'm Still In Love" and "It Tears Me Up." He had the ladies in the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. He was in his element as he played, teased and drove his many adoring female fans wild.

It was no wonder when he left the stage the women made a beeline for him!





I-SCREAM or ICE-WATER?

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I SCREAM REAL.jpgI-SCREAM seemed to have melted, as many things did not go as planned.

The show which took place at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary on Sunday, was obviously disorganized. It never started at the time advertised, and there was traffic jam "a plenty" in spite of a poor turn out.

Regardless, international R&B group Boys II Men performed for almost two hours to screaming fans. The group sang many of their platinum selling hits.

The female performers represented well. Queen Ifrika received an encore after every song, Cherine Anderson was elated by the overwhelming response she got. Etana and Tessanne Chin did well.





Welcome To Jamrock... as cold as the Christmas breeze

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The show was touted to be perhaps one of the best in December, a period in Jamaica when stage shows are historically plenty. Unfortunately for all concerned with the event, Welcome to Jamrock failed to deliver. The good things about the event were that band changes were quick, and it began and ended at the times advertised.

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When YardFlex arrived at the Constant Spring Football Field, we were greeted by the sounds of Etana, who lived up to her ever growing reputation as a "social commentary" artist. She delivered her most popular single, "Roots," that brings to mind the question, where is my true spiritual calling? Etana performed the single to decent response from the audience.





MERRY CHRISTMAS to all from everyone at Yardflex!!

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It has been appropriately said that the first Christmas Carol was sung by angels at the Nativity of the Saviour Jesus Christ.

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN; are the words the angels bellowed and today these lyrics drive the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Often getting lost in the hustle and busyness of this festive laden time, is the root of it all; that wonderful gift of Jesus Christ to the world.

So in giving God the glory and holding fast to peace on earth as well as the angels' joyful message that burst forth from their serenade – mankind can surely claim continuous good.

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Bounty Speaks his mind

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bounty2.jpgWelcome to Jamrock come and gone but it's not the bomb performances that has the crowd talking still...it's Bounty finally giving Beenie a piece of his mind!

Bwoy, the Killa never mince words at all when him sey Beenie teck up di trash weh him put dung! Can you imagine, him drop him manager and prize up somebody whey Bounty nuh care bout.

People unno shoulda a hear how di crowd galang at dat. Poor Beenie if him did ongle know how de marriage woulda come back come haunt him him woulda just lef it alone!

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Corporate Jamaica shows love

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said so, and it is most befitting that during a season when his life on earth is being celebrated, children are given special attention.

Jesus' affection for children is well documented, and so, in accordance, corporate giants Capital & Credit Financial Group, staged "Pickney Love at Christmas", which is intended to raise funds to assist in the maintenance and development of Jamaica's children.





A wha really gwaan a Bembe Thursdays

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But a wha really a gwaan inna di DJ fraternity. People unno hear bout di almshouse weh Vybz Kartel, Mavado and dem entourage kip up a Bembe Thursdays.

Crowd part, knife draw and pure tings. No man, dem haffi put a stop to dem kind a behaviour yah.

First dem nearly mash up Stone Love Anniversary and now a Bembe Thursday...the way tings look, maybe nobody a guh waan go a nuh stage show weh dem deh pon.





Yendi visits Yardflex

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Miss-Yendi-Phillip2.jpgShe went, she saw and conquered. That is the only appropriate description for what Yendi Phillips, the reigning Miss Jamaica World accomplished at the Miss World 2007 Pageant.

She created history when she became the first contestant to make it to the finals of all categories. Out of 107 contestants, she was 1st runner up in the Miss World Beach Beauty and a finalist in the Miss World Sports, Miss World Talent, Miss World Top Model and the Beauty With A Purpose Award. And, during the live telecast, she made the top 16.

Yendi visited the offices of YardFlex, at shop #118 on the Princeville Plaza, Constant Spring, and had a grand "yard chat." On her entry into the office, the "irie" lady started rocking instinctively to the sounds of music being played on a DVD. Noticing her vibe, I asked, Yendi what kind of influence she had on other contestants. She responded, "I took music along with me, so my room mate and the other girls heard quite a bit of Reggae and Dancehall music." She revealed that she was surprised to know that Miss Guatemala was a big fan of Busy Signal, especially the song, "Step Out."





Spice responds to D'Angel

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spice_d'angel.jpgIn yesterday's Star D'Angel hit out against female DJs including Spice and people, Spice a talk up di tings dem. According to her if D'Angel wants something to talk about she should tell the people dem a which man she have a New York and she must talk why she tek weh Beenie Man business when she well know sey she neva have nutten fi do wid it!

People Spice mek YardFlex kno dat if she was in D'Angel shoes she probably woulda a run off har mouth too, but "since mi never have a man drop mi like hot bread a doan know how yuh feel!"

Yuh tink sey Spice finish yet here the message weh she send out, "D'Angel No one told you to stoop low in the business and no one stuck you up and robbed you of your morals, your pride and your dignity - you voluntarily decided to just give them away. If no one is brave enough to tell you the truth to your face, from a woman to a woman - oh I mean, from lady to gal, I can tell you this. Us female artistes, we are influences to the young women in today's society so you should have never slept around with so many people and allow yourself to be categorized as an 'artiste groupie'!"

Pram pram! Bwoy from how Spice address D'Angel a one ting we have to say and it is a good thing she won't be on Sting cause she woulda get it good and proper!





COMEDY BUS AT BACKYAAD 2007

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By: Kemesha Bolton

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Backyaad has been the home of comedy for some time now and it was no surprise that it hosted the TVJ Comedy Bus final on Sunday December 16th 2007. The annual showcasing of comedic talent vying for top 'comedy bus' spot started at 8:00PM sharp as was specified

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MC Pretty Boy Floyd was full of gimmicks and he began by lamenting on his hopes of going to a Greener Pasture "foreign." Floyd said, "When I jus get mi visa mi carry mi passport everywhere because mi would'nt like fi deh a Lemon yaad a watch news and hear seh mi house gutted with fire, an mi nuh travel yet? yuh mussi mad." He had patrons in stitches and this was just the beginning of his antics for the night.





Shame on you DJs
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Everybody's talking bout the fight that took place at Stone Love Anniversary Party held at Mas Camp between Munga Honorable and Deva Brat.

YardFlex spoke with one patron who was at the show and he had an earful. "Shame pon di two a dem, fi a disrespect the big man show like that. Dem young crop a artiste nuh have nuh discipline, a suh dem intend fi disrespect the business?" he angrily uttered.





The Slickers wheel and come again!

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In 1979 Tads Record released the original Slickers 'Breakthrough' LP which was produced by Earl Chin and recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark and Harry J studios in Kingston.

The 9-track LP featured the trio of Roy Beckford, Derrick 'Joe' Crooks and Abraham Green. The group which is best known for their 'Johnnie Too Bad' recording featured in the movie 'The Harder They Come' will see their work reemerging.

In October 2007 Tad's Records re-released the Vinyl LP along with a CD version and bonus tracks featuring two guest artistes.





Look out here comes the Reggae Scrapbook!

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Roger Steffens, Fox.jpgWhat do you get when a reggae archivist and a talented photographer team up? – A beautiful reggae scrapbook of course!

Roger Steffens and photographer Peter Simon's Reggae Scrapbook is a lush historical journey through almost fifty years of Jamaica's rich musical heritage, told from the point of view of two of its biggest fans in North America. It contains over 30,000 words of text, plus extraordinary iconic images from Peter Simon, one of reggae's greatest photographers, and three-dimensional removable reproductions from Roger's world-famous Reggae Archives in Los Angeles.

These include posters, tickets, back-stage passes, postcards, playlists, autographed records, stickers and lots of other reggae paraphernalia.

The book is designed for those who have no knowledge of the
Genre and also for those who think they know everything about it already - and they are in for some BIG surprises.

Reggae Scrapbook came about when Raoul Goff of Palace Press had the idea and he contacted photographer Peter Simon who later hooked up with Roger – the rest now is history where Reggae Scrapbook is concerned.

Reggae Scrapbook is an anecdotal walk into Reggae land and will bring some reminiscent smile on the faces of readers. According to Steffens "the tone of a scrapbook in mind, telling funny or poignant stories about my personal relationships with some of the music's most important progenitors, and some of the lesser-known lights as well, people whose work deserves to be remembered."





Like parents, like daughter!

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bobbi_kristina_brown.jpgSay it ain't so! Yardflex came across the information on mediatakeout.com that Bobbi Kristina daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown could be headed down the same road as her parents!

According to the website the 14-year-old was caught smoking what looked to be illegal stuff. And that's not all. The person who sent the photo claims that Bobbi Kris is on a downward spiral. Tells the family friend, "I'm worried she'll go through what [her parents] went through...Please get the word out so that someone can help her."

Oh no save her please!





Romain Virgo takes the rising star for 2007

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Romain_Virgo_1st_place_ rising_stars.jpgIn true "Idol" mode, the 4th Digicel Rising Stars talent [singing] competition saw its finale last night in Kingston, Jamaica. TV J carried the exciting proceedings live while a simultaneous concert took place on the grounds of New Kingston's, Mas Camp. Described as the most exciting night on local television, loads of people gathered to take part and root for their favorite singer. In similar "Idol" style the winner was decided by public vote sent in through telephone texts or calls.

Two finalists remained after weeks of auditions, performances and eliminations. They were Jodian Pantry and Romain Virgo. Both were extremely popular with the studio and Mas Camp audiences and this was their night of decision. Viewing the proceedings from big screen, while the finalists waited anxiously for the results, patrons became increasingly thrilled as the suspense thickened.





77-Klash: A Positive Klash of Cultures

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77-Klash _sept 24.JPGArtiste and producer 77 – Klash (pronounced two-seven clash) has put Jamaica on the global video game map as he is the only Jamaican artiste featured on Madden 08, the biggest selling video game in the world. Churning out his signature unique blend of dancehall and grime enabled 77 – Klash to not only make that historical mark, but also to dominate the reggae music scene in a big way.

Having produced smash rhythms like the "Scallawah Riddim" and underground hits like "Brooklyn Anthem," 77- Klash gives the credit for his hit musical flavor to the wide range of influences that he has been exposed to through family, friends, art and especially through music, that has played a significant role in his life.

A student of reggae dancehall and international music for as long as he can remember, 77 – Klash claims influences such as Yellow Man, Super Cat, Bob Marley, The Clash, Lil John, Notorious BIG, Count Ossie, Junior Reid and many more. Being inspired by such a wide range of music forms is what forces 77-Klash's eclectic style.





HEDONISM III RUNAWAY BAY - Racking up Eight Years

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Miss Hedonism III.jpgHedonism III in Runaway Bay is one of the most innovative resorts when it comes to dynamic entertainment. On September 14, 2007, their eighth anniversary was celebrated in fine grandeur to the theme of "Rack Em Up."

The full red carpet treatment was pulled out for the guests in attendance, some of whom were over-nighters; there for the sole purpose of taking part in the glorious celebration.

It was a combination of elaborate, dazzling costumes – a spectacular décor and lavish buffet spreads that was topped only by the outstanding entertainment.

Delivering the resort's theme night "Rack Em Up" in portrayals of Lace and Latex, Hedonism III’s entertainment department included the eighth staging of the Ms. Hedonism Pageant, won by Tabitha Gendreau. All this was capped off by the resort’s pulsating house band Xtacy.

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According to Aubyn Lewis, Hedonism III's publicist, next year's celebrations are being planned to be even larger and grander as they look forward to being fine at age nine.





Capleton.jpgClifton "Capleton" Bailey walked his talk in a big way on Thursday September 13, 2007 as he made presentations to a number of schools and organizations, using funds raised at his annual Benefit concert, A St Mary Mi Come From, that took place on August 5, 2007. Annotto Bay's Grays Inn Sports Complex was buzzing with excitement, as children from different schools performed with dance, song and cultural recitation. One school's choral group presented a moving song written especially for Capleton, whose altruism and thoughtfulness has impacted the lives of so many.

Giving back to the community is paramount in Capleton's philosophy of life. In fact the Mayor for Annotto Bay, St. Mary came forward to shower further praise on Capleton, by revealing that he has never requested a waiver for Parish Council Entertainment Tax/Fees - usually given to promoters of benefit concerts.





Another Killa Protégé making their mark

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Dancehall Kingpin Bounty Killa has an enviable record of mentoring Dancehall’s leading young talents. To date, Elephant Man, Mavado, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Idonia, Vybz Kartel and even Merciless are just a few of the talents he has nurtured both directly and indirectly.

Interestingly, it was in one publication of the Time Magazine in the middle 1990s that Bounty Killa was compared to the late Tupac Shakur for the influence that he always has on young black males.

As such, it is no surprise whenever one hears about a new Dancehall talent that claims Bounty Killa as his or her influence!





topless churc dean.jpgGuyana’s leading music company, Vizion Sounds Promotions, will be hosting a funday and benefit concert in Guyana to aid Jamaicans who were victims of Hurricane Dean. The concert will take place on September 23, at Guyana’s National Park and all profits will go to the hurricane relief fund in Jamaica.

All artistes are invited to participate and perform for a worthy cause. All those wishing to be a part of this major event can contact Vizion Sounds office at 56 Robb Street, Lacytown and 34 Anira Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana. Tel: 592-227-7716, 592-614-0336, or contact Mrs. Cunningham in Jamaica at 995-9205.





Craig Serani Beats up the charts

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Serani.jpgCraig "Serani" Marsh is a member of the hit making trio Daseca and has been kicking out hit songs for a number of years now. His beat creating skills have gone widely unnoticed but the unassuming genius has been responsible for rhythms such as the hugely popular Anger Management, Chaka Chaka, Dreaming, Gully Creature, Build Back and Fire Links’ Gullyside rhythm to name just a few.

Described by many as the musical director of Bounty Killer’s “Alliance” talent pool, Serani also crafted the lead phrase on Sean Paul's Billboard smash, "We Be Burning," as well as on singles such as Tony Matterhorn's anthemic "Dutty Wine," Busy Signal's "These Are the Days," Bugle's breakout hit "Exercise," Elephant Man's "Willie Bounce," and Mavado's international hit "Dying," the first track on which he also featured as an Artiste; It is Serani's voice bawling "Dying" throughout the song, which earned him attention for his vocals, instead of his dexterity as a composer. He also appeared alongside Mavado in the acclaimed video.





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JuniorKelly.jpgJunior Kelly has returned from a successful tour in Europe and finished his new album entitled Prince of Roots. "I tour pretty much every summer, going to new territories. Sometimes you present the music for the first time to people, the first time dem hear reggae, u make history," describes the artist of his recent experience.

Gracing fans around the world in Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, and other countries Junior Kelly expresses that even though he traveled to many areas, "There are many places yearning to greet Reggae's ambassadors. Countries like Indonesia, the Middle East, China, North and South Korea, Israel want to see us, I been doing drops for them. We'll be getting there soon."





OPEN EAR MUSIC LAUNCHES “NATURAL BREEZE MEDLEY”

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The "Natural Breeze Medley" Video was recently released and is getting steady rotation on all major Jamaican television stations. Directed by renown music video director Ras Kassa, the video features rising dancehall sensation Munga Honorable with his song called "Rise," Delly Ranks with "Girlfriend," Chino with "All Night" and Esco with "God is Love."





By: Joseph Cunningham
yendicrowning.jpgThe stunningly beautiful young woman was never the girl who would put on her mother's high heels and model around the house. Instead, as she put it during one television interview, " the thug would always come out."

Interviewing a number of her high school mates, they all concurred that Yendi's beauty was undeniable, but they refused to categorize their beloved friend as a "Tom Boy". They preferred to underscore her "down-to-earth" personality. " She could always be seen liming with girls of different levels, whether it was seniors or juniors; an she was a senior," Huldah Cunningham recalled. She added, " I was not even sure that she remembered who I was until I saw a surprise message in my inbox! She doesn't seem to have forgotten her beginnings."

It is a common sentiment that Yendi Phillips is indeed, "Beauty with a Purpose”. The segment of every beauty contest that oftentimes brings about the demise of contestants was obviously as easy as the Jamaican breeze for Phillips! She showed-off what was a pronounced "wide vocabulary", never caught searching for the right word at any moment.





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Following heavy criticism on her Hurricane Dean response and a perceived lame contribution to the national debate , 61 year old Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister was ousted on Monday September 3rd and her People’s National Party (PNP) ended its 20 years in power.

Whether In denial or just harboring wishful thinking, Simpson Miller, known also as "Sista P," and "Mama P," reportedly refused to concede with the numbers remaining unconvinced that preliminary results are indicative of the final reality of the Jamaica Labor Party being the newly elected leaders of Jamaica’s Government.

Widely touted as the luckiest politician around, Bruce Golding led the JLP, to a razor thin margin of a win that saw his party gobble up just 31 of the 60 seats in the House of Representatives. However, former Prime Minister, Simpson Miller has complained of irregularities and said there were races that could change current results with a recount.





Kirk Franklin Please Audience in Muddy Condition

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By Alan Lewin
KIRK FRANKLYN.jpgNot even the passage of hurricane Dean could cause Sold Out Ministries and their organizers to postpone the inaugural staging of the three day gospel festival entitled Youth Aid 2007 held at Dump Up Beach in Montegto Bay August 22-24. The event which was held under muddy conditions for the first two days on the first night saw good performances from Paul Blake (Director Of Sold Out Ministries), Sherwin Gardener from Trinidad, Todd Curry from the USA and Jason Mighty.

The second night saw marvelous performances from Goddy Goddy, DJ Nicholas and International and Grammy winning performer Kirk Franklin Who really pleased the audience.





I-WAYNE REFINES REGGAE ROOTS BACK TO ITS PUREST FORM

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220px-I-wayne.jpgThe mystic soprano sound of I-Wayne will disarm fans once again with VP’s sophomore release "Book Of Life," set to be released in November 2007. Not many roots and culture artists can say that they have landed a hit on major urban/hip-hop radio as I-Wayne did in 2005 with his fiery single,"Can't Satisfy Her," on heavy rotation at New York's Hot 97 radio station; or receive critical acclamation on their debut album as he did with "Lava Ground." I-Wayne has undeniably raised the bar for roots reggae of this generation by captivating the world with his distinct sound and deep insight.

On his eagerly awaited release "Book Of Life," I-Wayne polishes his enchanting smooth sound over airy instrumentals with simply yet profound lyrics that remind listeners of an essential truth—that life is a gift for which we can be grateful. The title track, which is the CD’s first single, provides an overview of the set, expressing everything I Wayne has learned in his 28 years of life and his desire to share his experience—a glowing example of the personal rendered universal.





Sean Kingston comes up against protest

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By: J.Koni
seankingston_bujubanton_jrsexygirlsbeyonce.jpgThey want Sean Kingston's mega hit "Beautiful Girl" to be cut from radio play lists! Yes, Joan Murphy, chairman of the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition, while addressing reporters, protested that, "Record companies that promote artists whose message is that suicide is an acceptable solution to problems, don't help reduce the incidence of suicide anywhere. Radio stations have a responsibility to be sensitive to this issue."

A member of staff at the state Department of Health said local radio stations were e-mailed letters reminding them of the dangers of glorifying suicide in song. "I haven't received any response," Murphy said Monday, a week after the letters were sent out.

"Beautiful Girls" reached the No. 2 spot on the national Top 40 play list. It has dropped in popularity but is still in the top 10, said Justin Riley, program director at KKOB-FM (93.3).





brian_mcknight_sm.jpg"The Port Royal Music Festival is a festival that seeks to please its audience with eternal music," says Neville Blythe. As Chairman of Paradise Communications, organizers of the September 7 – 9 CVM TV Port Royal Music Festival, Blythe is busy and excited about the upcoming venture. Slated to be held at the Port Royal Entertainment Center and the Mariner at Morgans Harbour Hotel, this second staging will feature timeless experiences. One main highlight will be the highly anticipated appearance of Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum recording artiste Brian McKnight.

Confirmed as one of the stellar musicians scheduled to perform over the 3 day festival, McKnight’s smooth voice and vintage vibe will not only take adults back in time with his many soulful ballads, but also entice teenagers with massive rhythmic melodies. His hits such as "The Way Love Goes," "Goodbye My Love," "Still" and "Used To Be My Girl," continually mesmerize audiences globally and Jamaica will have its turn to be thrilled by McKnight in September.





Soul Klap Records Building A New Vision

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By: Olimatta Taal
Kevin B & More 008.jpgSoul Klap Records is breaking into the Reggae industry in Jamaica with an ammunition full of experience from time spent at Universal Canada. CEO Kevin Barton, plans on using some of the same ideas that created one of the largest urban music departments in North America for Universal Records.

Moving back to Jamaica was an opportunity to take a break from music. The VP of Marketing for Cable & Wireless offered him a position in the company as Head of Mobile Marketing lining him up to work with clients like, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Prodigal Son, Busy Signal, Kiprich, Wayne Marshall, and others. As a result, a break from music never manifested itself, but instead gave way to a new business initiative for the Caribbean.

Barton refers to the music industry in Jamaica as being very young, "It reminds me of Toronto five years ago. The industry was full of talent but lacked business people, managers, booking agents, real established labels, licensors and publicists – it was just very young. More people have to get involved, not everyone can be an artist to move the industry forward."





By: Joseph Cunningham
sizzla-jamaica-sexygirls_beenieman.jpgSizzla Kalonji recently returned from an eight week tour of Europe, and is expressing satisfaction with his accomplishments there.

Reports indicate that his fans were awed by music he delivered from his diverse repertoire, while being backed by the Firehouse Band. "This tour was beautiful and very successful. All of the venues were filled to capacity. The fans were so warm and supportive; they were in a frenzy at each show," Sizzla recalled.

About his newly released album on the Greensleeves label, titled, "I-Space," Sizzla said, "It's an album I have been working on bit by bit. I would go overseas and whenever I return I would complete two or three songs. It's an album naturally done. I love it and I did it for you all."





After Hurricane Dean

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By 6:00am on Monday morning neighborhoods came alive again, with people assessing damages, bailing out water, cleaning up and clearing the streets in front of their homes. Many have to face the unfortunate future with new roofing costs, not to mention the constant state of current discomfort without running water or electricity in many areas still by Tuesday.





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Hurricane Dean thrashed Jamaica on Sunday august 19th as it went on a destructive glide on the islands south coast. The skies began growing dim on Saturday evening while people in Jamaica went about preparing for the category four storm. Ensuring homes were secured and filled with all the necessary provisions, supplies and especially love Jamaicans batted down and got ready.

Approximately 48 hours before Dean's arrival in Jamaica civilians had adopted a casual approach for the most part. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean, Jamaicans are counting their blessings. Although the Jamaican Public Services had the highest reported hurricane preparedness efforts in place, Dean’s effect still caused major damage to the island itself. Here are some post Hurricane Dean messages from artistes that were in the island at the time:





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Michelle whose real name is Ann-Marie McKoy, said she has been in a relationship with Toddler ever since she won the Dancehall Queen title in 2003. Now his lack of trust is causing them to have physical altercations and the worst part of it all for Mad Michelle is that she is suffering as a result of malicious lies.

Recently returned to Jamaica from touring places like Martinique, Montreal and Cayman, Mad Michelle says her career as a popular dancer is doing well and she is actually testing the singing waters. A new dance song to be released in the next 2 months is in the pipeline for her.









Dez I on the conscious path to stardom

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By: Joseph Cunningham
DEZI.jpg" Unu naah stop si mi till unu gi mi." These are leading lines from one of the most memorable songs ever entered in the Tastee Talent search finals, and it was written and performed by Dez I.

The Tastee Talent search is one of Jamaica's many answers to American Idol. Dez I entered in 1999 and now about 8 years later he is a familiar face at mainstream reggae and Dancehall performance shows worldwide.

"After the 'Tastee' success I contacted my childhood friend Sherwin Sterling, chief executive officer at the Atlanta, Georgia based label, New Creation Records who asked for a demo," Dez I said. He has been signed to the label since then.

Released on the New Creation Records label, Dez I's debut album is entitled, "Thanks for Life." It is comprised of a multi-cultural assortment of empowering, educational and entertaining musical messages.





Moo Moo is Dancehall Queen 2007

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PEOPLE MARY J.jpg 2.jpg"Everybody has baggage from past relationships but it's unfair to put all those problems on your new partner," explained Mary J. Blige as she strut from one side of the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest stage to the other on Saturday, July 21 2007.

This was just a part of Blige's series of wise words that targeted thousands of women attending Sumfest's Zenith Night, who had been hurt, abused, used, heartbroken, and disappointed in their lives. Blige took the audience on a musical journey representing past turbulent times of her life to the current, happy, stable state she is living in now.





Diversity Heightens the Good Sumfest Vibe

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ll_coolj_girls.jpgRobert Russell, Chairman of Summerfest Productions Limited said, "There is a vibrant and good vibe in Montego Bay because of Reggae Red Stripe Sumfest." Speaking at a press conference on July 20, to what he described as the largest contingent of journalists to ever visit Sumfest, Russell expressed his delight at having witnessed the wonderful record breaking Dancehall Night crowd, stay in the hot sun until 7:00am, to jump, sing and dance. "That's when you know the show is good," he stated.

At this 15 year juncture his production company pulled out all the stops, offering up a well balanced lineup and activities for four nights - July 15, 19, 20 and 21 - all dubbed Beach Party, Explosion, Evolution and Zenith respectively. Catherine Hall, Montego Bay more than rocked, with the likes of: Shaggy, LL Cool J, Christopher Martin, Buju Banton and Morgan Heritage - just some of the diverse stellar representations on July 20, the night called Evolution.





All Spice on for 2007

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rspice.jpgRichie Spice, in association with Guinness, presents Guinness All Spice 2007 - Culture in the hills. The annual show features the hottest and most prolific Reggae and Dancehall artistes to hit our stages. This event will be held at the Bellevedere Sports Complex in Red Hills, St. Andrew on Saturday, July 28.

Bringing the vibes are Coco Tea, Richie Spice, Capleton, Sizzla Kalonji, Queen Ifrica, Anthony B, I-Wayne, Munga Honorable, Chuck Fenda, George Richie SpiceNooks, Gyptian, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Etana, Spanna Banner and Snatcha.

Music will be provided by Tech-Tris and hosts for the night will be Ron Muschette and Elise Kelly. Admission for entry is $700 (General), $1200 (VIP), $2000 (Box).





20051109T2200000500_92187_OBS_IRIE_FM_BANS_JAH_CURE_S_MUSIC_1.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Due to Jamaica's General Election on Monday, August 27, Curefest has changed the dates of the festival to facilitate Jah Cure fans and supporters to vote. The new dates for Curefest are Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14. Curefest, the 3-day event celebrating Jah Cure's freedom presented by Danger Promotions, Iyah Cure Promotions and Brass Gate Promotions, will be held at The Ruins At The Falls and James Bond Beach.

Friday October 12, Reflection, an all-inclusive, all-white tribute dinner event hosted by Danger Zone Records will be held at The Ruins At The Falls in the heart of Ocho Rios while Saturday October 13, 45 Cure's and Sunday October 14, Longing For will be held at the popular James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary.

"We needed to find a venue that could hold the fans expected to turn out for this event. We believe that The Ruins and James Bond Beach are 2 perfect locations for Curefest." Commented Delmar Drummond of Danger Promotions.
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reginabelle_sexynudegirls.jpgThe Port Royal Music festival has already been established as Kingston's premier music festival with its outstanding debut last year. Finally Kingston can flaunt a major event which offers the perfect combination: breath taking ambiance, and top rate musical selections including John Holt, Boyz II Men, Atlantic Star and Tessanne Chin just to name a few. This year's main event, scheduled for August 25th, promises an even more diverse and critically acclaimed line up. An already high standard has been raised, even higher and the promoters have truly out - done themselves by securing Regina Belle for Port Royal Music festival 2007.

Regina Belle is a Grammy award winning Rhythm and Blues (R and B) and contemporary urban vocalist who possesses exceptional technical ability, strength and the career to verify these claims.





Ce'Cile still 'Goody' this summer

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'Bad Gyal' Ce'Cile has been very busy these days and is on the verge of claiming the summer!

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Rave reviews have been coming in for Ce'Cile's video Goody. Based on Danger Zone's Wipe Out Riddim, the video has been voted # 1 on MTV Tempo's Cross Caribbean Countdown, and the track has been doing well on the US scene and throughout the wider Caribbean.

Ce'Cile gives her fans a different flavour in this video as she tries to incorporate a more relaxed family vibe with guys and girls having fun, kids playing games on the beach and later when the scene simmers to a sizzling bonfire party.

The song and video are aimed not only at Ce'Cile's mature audience but also her growing young fans.

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A Night With R&B Greats For Father's Day

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By: Olimatta Taal

billyoceansexygirlsbeyoncejayzrihanna.jpgIt was a night down memory lane as R&B legends Billy Ocean, James Ingram and others performed to a scarcely filled lawn at the Constant Spring Golf Club. In celebration of father's day, the Kings of Souls Concert took patrons on a nostalgic ride to remember.

Christopher Martin opened up, delivering a series of covers from artists like Earth, Wind & Fire and Sam Cooke. He ended with an original piece that hand the audience in awe of his beautiful range.

Formerly The Delphonics, The Phonics took the audience by storm with hits like, La La La, I Love You. This was their first show in Jamaica since the 70s. The Manhattans presented classical hits like Shining Star and Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad. Both groups represented the originality of soul through coordination of dance movements, dress, and harmonies.

The women went absolutely crazy when Shai hit the stage proving that they still had the charm. If I Ever Fall in Love could be heard from the lips of the female patrons singing along to this No. 2 Billboard single from the 90s.





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Top dancehall male group Voice Mail added another trophy to their growing list of accolades. The group came out the big winner at the Jamaica Observer Fashion and Style Awards, which was recently held at the Terra Nova Hotel.

Voice Mail won the Digicel People's Choice Award for their astute knack for style and dressing.
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Reggae Sumfest Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

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The launch was hosted by Empress who entertained a filled lawn of guest including many of the entertainers that will be taking part in the festivities. Johnny Gourzong, Director of Sumfest unveiled the international artist and announced that this year Mary J Blige is set to perform on the final night of the show, while LL Cool J will take the stage on Friday night, July 20th.





Jah Cure set for freedom performance - August

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jah_cure_prison_reggae_girls_jamaica.jpgSinger Jah Cure who have been chanting from 'Behind These Prison Walls ' will get to chant for the first time in 8 years at Curefest set for August of this year. Danger Promotions, Iyah Cure Promotions and Brass Gate Promotions have teamed up to present a 3-day event focusing on the work and music of Jah Cure. Curefest will take place on the North Coast of Jamaica, August 24-26, 2007.

Curefest celebrates Jah Cure's freedom while he gives thanks for life while spreading love through his music. Curefest is also geared at bringing back consciousness to the reggae / dancehall genre. Jah Cure's mission is to cure the world through music. The festival will showcase positive cultural, dancehall and international artistes, bringing a higher level of consciousness to Jamaica over the course of 3 days.
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Sizzla Kalonji Rises To The Occasion

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By Olimatta Taal
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sizzla-rise-to-occassion-reggae-dancehall-sexygirls.jpgKalonji Inc. presents an annual event, The Occasion III, which will be held at the Eastern Peace Center on Saturday, May 19, 2007. In honour of all the mothers, his traditional Thank U Mama Celebrations were held on May 12 at Judgment Yard.

"The Occasion III is an annual celebration of the year's accomplishments, normally held in April during my earthstrong celebrations. This year promises to be as exciting and full of surprises as the previous," explained Kalonji. The Eastern Peace Center, located on 121 Windward Road, is this year's choice of venue to bring more attention and support for that particular community.

Many artists are slated to perform, some of your favourite radio disc jockeys will be hosting the event, and the greatest sound systems in Jamaica will provide music. This includes Irie Fm's Elise Kelly, G.T. Taylor, and DJ Sunshine as host.


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Ms Triniti - The meteoric rise continues

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By: Joseph Cunningham

ms-triniti-sexygirls-naked-girls-rihanna-beyonce-jay-z-ne-yo.jpgMs Triniti continues to gain recognition and respect from countless established Artistes and Producers. Sean Paul recently requested that she accompany him on US and Japan tours, where she was well received. As a result Ms Triniti decided to release her second album, "Do Or Dare" in both those countries on April 12.

To date Ms Triniti has also toured with major recording artists such as Ja Rule, D12, Kevin Lyttle and Elephant Man. She was even sought out by Mario Winan's to record a track and has been featured on Beenie Man's upcoming album, with the collaboration entitled, "Bling Bling Eyes," as well as on two songs with Baby Cham for his new release.

Still at an early stage in her career, Ms Triniti has recorded with an impressive roster of major Producers in Reggae/Dancehall, including Salaam Remi, Troyton Rami, Lenky Marsden, Steve Moralis, Sly and Robbie and Dave Kelly. With two albums, five videos, excellent stage presence and a rapidly growing fan base, Ms.Triniti is perhaps one of the hottest, unsigned artistes for any label out there.
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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photo by Carlington Wilmot

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'If a bootleg wi shoot leg.' This was Vybz Kartel's utterance as he ascended the podium at the launch of his new album in 2004.
The bootleg issue has plagued the Reggae/Dancehall since technology has made it possible, and, concerns have increased since the resurgence of the genre on the international mainstream has not brought a much desired 'organized system'.

Dancehall artiste LA.Lewis believes that an organized system can only be manifested through the establishment of corporate enterprises that govern the industry. He explained," There needs to be a big building in Jamaica that represents the headquarters of Reggae/Dancehall music, from the charts to the Reggae archives." He added that where it concerns bringing and keeping the financial profits of the music in Jamaica, it all begins with the local radio stations, producers and the artistes.
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Mischief 2007, Full of Mischief

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By: Olimatta Taal

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Mischief Entertainment in association with Wickerman Promotions, held Mischief 2007 on April 29th in Clarendon at the Jamalco Sports Club. It was a night full of excitement, good entertainment, and fun mischief. The decor and ambiance was incredible as gold and black beautified the artist and V.I.P. area creating a buzz backstage.

Many Reggae favourites graced the stage giving the audience lots of enjoyable moments. Freddy McGregor wooed the audience with many classic and current tunes. He then introduced some of the talent coming out of the Big Ship Camp he is working with like Delly Ranks, producer and artist extraordinaire.

New Artist, Teflon made an impression on the audience as he proved to be the next upcoming artist to look out for. He called up Lutan Fyah, who excited the crowd into a pure musical bliss. Even through his recent controversy in the press, he prevails.
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Get Set For The Reggae Academy Awards In Jamaica

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By: Olimatta Taal

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"We should control the destiny of Jamaica as creators and managers of the Jamaican music entity," remarked Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller during her keynote address at the historical launching of the Reggae Academy Awards. In support of the awards, she suggested to create a homegrown supermodel international music industry that will service the market and vowed to develop a State of the Art Cultural Performance Center in Jamaica.

Held April 23, 2007 at the Caribbean Business Club in New Kingston, the launch was hosted by eloquent Queen Mother Elise Kelly of Irie Fm. The list of invited guests included many amongst the who's who in Jamaican society. Minister of Tourism, Aloun NDoumbet Assamba, M.P. Babsy Grange and Minister of Entertainment Wicker McNeal were present, as well as many distinguished members of the music and media fraternity.
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Ce'cile and Smujji sizzle in 'Take It Off" video

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Ce'Cile and England-based artiste Smujji positively sizzled in the video for 'Take It Off'.

The video for the hot collaboration between himself and dancehall diva Ce'Cile was done under the direction of RXTA. In it Ce'Cile tantalized with her alluring, seductive looks and come on signals while Smujji positively salivated around the pool table. It was fun to watch the singer playing pool while it clearly showed that his mind was on anything but, as glimpses into his thought processes revealed he was more interested in 'taking it off!"

The two lit up the screen and the video was further enhanced by the gyrating girls in the background all adding to exciting appeal of it.
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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

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Lady Juni is back! In 1987 a 17 year-old student at Immaculate Conception High School for Girls, in Jamaica, released a song titled, 'Naah Get Punaani'. The song created quite a stir because of its 'moral breach' at a time when children were to be seen and not heard. As if that was not enough, the song sold gold - 500,000 records.
Oh yes! That means before the rise of Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Bounty Killa and Beenie Man, hardcore Dancehall had been introduced to the international mainstream!

"As a young girl who just liked music and was doing it for enjoyment, I did not become aware of how successful the song was until I made a trip to the United States, and the distributor told me the song was doing well in both white and black communities," explained the musician now known as Juni Platinum. She added that she was not expecting anything 'big' from the track, and as such she was pleasantly surprised because she was not following its progress.
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Rihanna's Umbrella debuts strong on the charts!

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rihanna-beyonce-jay-z-britneyspears-SexyGirls.jpgLast week saw the release of Rihanna's new single, Umbrella, which features Jay-Z. This is the lead single from Rihanna's third album in two years, which will be released on Tuesday, June 5 of this year.

Stephen Marley, Buju Banton and Richie Spice keep the Caribbean vibe on the charts as they too hold strong. Check out the track listings below!

Sean Paul's The Trinity continues to hold strong.

* The album is #4 on the Reggae album charts.

Rihanna is also doing outstandingly well with her second album, A Girl Like Me and her new single, Break It Off, which features Sean Paul.

* A Girl Like Me is #100 on the Top R&B/ Hip Hop albums chart.

Break It Off feat. Sean Paul

* #51 on the Hot 100 chart.
* #53 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
* #31 on the Pop 100 chart.
* #20 on the Pop 100 Airplay chart.
* #58 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.
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Sizzla Kalonji Continues to Rise

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By: Joseph Cunningham
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'Black woman and child for you I have so much love.' This is a line from a song voiced by Sizzla Kalonji in the mid - 1990s. At that early stage of his career, within the first 24 months of bonafied stardom, Sizzla's voice echoed a conscious message of love and appreciation for humanity and especially the black race. He has always remained firm in his belief that the music he creates can be a lethal weapon against immorality.

During an interview with YardFlex.com on April 5, Sizzla explained, "I am inspired by the most-high to separate what is right from what is wrong through my music. My music is guided by precepts like the laws of the land and the bible. Truth, justice and righteousness must be proclaimed."
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Leftside & Esco true young legend

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Craig Parkes and Matthew Thompson are two childhood friends fused together to form the dynamic duo 'Leftside & Esco'. Both gentlemen have musical bloodlines and have now become two of Jamaica's most frequently requested producers and performers.

The duo released singles such as Last Night, No STD's and Tuck in Yuh Belly, that hit the top ten of London's CHOICE FM radio and went #1 in Trinidad, catapulting Leftside & Esco into the limelight in 2005. They have done a video for the hit single, Tuk In Yuh Belly, that has been placed in heavy rotation on cable stations in Jamaica, while receiving favorable responses globally. Some of the artistes on their production Galore riddim are, Vybz Kartel, Bling Dawg, Buju Banton, Wayne Marshall, Beenie Man, Idonia, TOK, Calico, Hollow Point, Future Troubles, Busy Signal and Tami Chynn.
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Da'Ville's remix of 'On My Mind' featuring Sean Paul has been enjoying extensive maximum airplay locally and internationally.

The single, which is a production of Fashozy Records, was sent to over eight hundred sound system selectors and radio disc jockeys worldwide.

It is being played extensively in Holland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Australia, Germany, France, England, Switzerland and the Caribbean islands among other places and the response from fans have been overwhelming.
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Tune into Jazz Radio, 100.7 FM!

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Jazz&blues_festival_sexygirls-sexy.jpgSunday, January 21 - Saturday, January 27 marks the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Caribbean's premier music Festival that is just around the corner. With an impressive line-up (Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Bolton, Kenny Rogers) and a new venue (The Aqueduct on Rose Hall, Montego Bay), this year's celebration is sure to be one that will go down in the pages of history. As a part of the commemorative efforts being put forward by the highly experienced production team, a new venture is being executed, which is simply called, Jazz Radio.

This Jazz Radio is a radio frequency dedicated exclusively to the Festival and is only broadcasted in the Montego Bay region, within the Rose Hall area on FM frequency 100.7. The radio station begins its broadcast on Tuesday, January 23 and continues until the final night of the Festival on Saturday, January 27. It transmits from two pm (2 pm) until several hours after the end of the show.

The primary purpose of the Jazz radio is to provide timely and relevant information to patrons entering and leaving the venue to ensure smooth transition to and from the venue.





sanchez_reggae_dancehall_sexygirls_nude_guys.jpgFamed crooner Sanchez will be joining fellow reggae legends Freddie McGregor, Wayne Wonder and Billboard topping Dancehall deejay Shaggy for a special performance at the 'Art of Reggae' night at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues fest in January.

Sanchez Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of one of the Caribbean's premiere Jazz festivals, and one of Jamaica's largest musical attractions, the upcoming festival from Thursday, January 25 - Saturday, January 27, will honor the legacy of the island's native drum and bass sound, as well as some of its premiere musicians.

"I am so honored that they considered me to be part of this special (night)," stated an excited Sanchez, who is set for the Friday, January 26 show. "For so long, I have always wanted to be part of the Jazz and Blues Fest."





Alliance_Sting2006_Bounty_killer_busysignal_mavado.jpgNew York, Miami, Portmore, Spanish Town, Mobay, what a gwaan inna the business? Crazy mix-up, who ah sexually harass who? Who ah beat up dem baby mother? Who doan buy dem kids no Xmas present? Yu nuh hear Buju say 'mi have a Cable and Wireless phone and a Digicel chip...' and mi nah stop burn up dem up fi chat 'bout oonu dutty life inna the 2007. Happy New Years anyway.

Sources close to Bounty Killer's camp have suggested that Bounty Killer is planning to ambush Beenie Man on New Year's Eve at either the family fun day event, Reggae Campfire or at roots rock festival 'Original Dancehall Jam Jam', two decidedly Rastafarian shows.





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Bounty Killer is firmly convinced that Beenie Man is a coward and that he is running from a lyrical clash with him.

"Bounty tired ah the whole ting, and win or lose, him ah go challenge Beenie, Beenie ah antagonize him fi years, mek we do it and dun it so everybody can, other people ah get involve, Mavado and Spice, the whole heap a chain reaction, him did prepare fi finish it, him plan fi settle and Beenie run," Michael Lunan, a spokeperson for Bounty Killer, told YardFlex.com.

"Bounty inna the bus, we listen when Busy de pon stage and Idonia ah perform. I was in the parking lot ah listen to Kartel, and when Beenie go onstage, me outside ah talk to Sharon, and then me see Rodney and entourage ah move towards the stage, Rodney start run towards the side gate, and we run wid him and buss it open and him bounce upon the stage, the man did well want the challenge."





STING ENDS IN LIGHT CHAOS - COPS ARRESTED AIDONIA
Beenie apologises to Spice for box

By: Jigga Mattic
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Sting 2006 came to an anti-climactic end this morning after deejay Bounty Killer was prevented from going onstage to challenge Beenie Man by security personnel and a prominent member of Beenie Man's entourage.

Although the situation was quickly defused, anxious patrons began to file for the exits after both deejays, Vybz Kartel and Beenie Man left the stage after a minor tussle. At least two bottles were thrown at the stage, and a YardFlex.com reporter spotted a patron being subjected to an efficiently executed beating to the face at the hands of uniformed police officers. Some disgruntled fans, obviously mistaking the backstage area for some lopsided Israeli-Palestinian turf war, threw large stones at heavily armed cops 'roughing up' the young man. Luckily, no one was injured by the stones and no guns were discharged in the brief face-off betweens fans and the cops.

Before Bounty Killer attempted to go onstage, the show had been going admirably well. Vybz Kartel got major forwards from his hometown audience for hit songs such as 'Beyonce Wine', 'Tick Tock' and 'I Neva', before calling on Beenie Man. Beenie performed 'Roll Deep' and even apologized to Spice for the altercation which resulted in her being 'boxed' at GT Taylor's Magnum Xtravaganza on Christmas Day.





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As you all know, Shaggy is one of the most well known Dancehall artists bout to date. Some people forget that when it comes to free-styling pon a riddim, Shaggy is a master with crazy wit. When it comes to lyrics, Shaggy can roll with the best of them. Sometimes people need reminders.

Well, the 'Dancehall' Shaggy is here again...raw as ever, just the way we want him. After setting and breaking records, what else is left to do?





Idonia and Busy Signal to war at Sting

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Aliance_BountyKiller_Beenie_IdoniaBusySignalKartel_sting_Mavado_CarlingtonWilmot.jpgWell, it had to come down to this. Bounty Killer caan govern this war. Ah long time Busy and Idonia nuh like each other, and from Killer welcome him into the Alliance, ah pure friction. But weh happen ah Mavado Birthday Splash just show say something haffi gwaan f--k, fight or funeral.

Idonia memba the ratchet-pulling ting, and Busy know that J.O.P ah go de de ah represent. Mi nuh haffi wear black fi bad, mi inna all white. Mad tings!





Welcome to Jamrock Sell Off!. - Junior Gong

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By: Secret Agent
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Welcome To Jamrock was a show for the stars.
From the blistering few minutes Sean Paul spent on stage, to the extended sessions by Tanya Stephens and Luciano, the performers had a good night at the Constant Spring Football field on Friday night.
They got the chance to relax and perform, talk to the audience and burst into laughter every now and again, as the concert's atmosphere was a different cut from the traditional pumped up and often charged mood of shows within the Christmas period.

The audience, which included the cream of the political, business, legal, and music community, watched and lapped up everything.
Tanya Stephens hit high notes with the audience with her growing catalogue of tunes. She touched tracks from the 1990s, mixed them with those from 2005's Gangsta Blues album, and blended more with tracks from the 2006 gem, 'Rebelution'.

She was not flying around on stage, but kept the attention in between tracks using witty anecdotes and mannerisms.





Who will lose? - Sting 2006

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The clips are loaded, the guns are cranked, and the trigger fingers are trembling to squeeze.
The war is on.
Lyrical war that is...
Dancehall is on a calamitous edge right now with the current tension gripping the Alliance, a formerly tightly knit unit of Bounty Killer's closest friends, business partners and associates. The Dancehall community has been jolted by news of the bitter split in ranks between Vybz Kartel and his former mentor Bounty Killer.

Within the space of one week, both print and electronic media have aired and published rants from the two outspoken and flamboyant figures. The ferocity of these rants make the script for a Blockbuster Action thriller seem like peanuts, and the Dancehall community remains cautious and edgy about the endless possibilities this feud can lead to, especially to the extent at which their verbal assaults have become personal.

In one newspaper tabloid this week, Vybz Kartel gave shocking accounts of Bounty Killer's alleged dealings with a spiritualist in regards to his former girlfriend D'Angel.
Killer also spit back with criticisms of Kartel's manhood, his reported "two faced" nature, and charges of him being broke.
With heated words being thrown from side to side, who is to benefit from this?





Beenie Leaves Shocking Vibes camp?

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Beenieman_shocking_vibes_Dancehall_sexygirls_xxx_carlington_wilmot.jpgThe music industry was hit by another quake earlier this week that could signal a vital shift in the balance of power equation in the dancehall universe given Beenie Man's unexpected move of leaving the
Shocking Vibes camp.

"Beenie Man is going to do his own thing as of January 1, 2007," D'Angel said.

In the meantime, Patrick Roberts, Beenie Man's manager for over two decades, seemed a bit disturbed by the whole situation when contacted but nevertheless issued an upbeat statement.

"We wish him all the best, if he wants to leave, he can leave, he is his owna big man, he is married now, he can do anything he wants to do. We just wish him all the best," Mr. Roberts told YardFlex.com.





ILey Dread For GT Taylor Extravaganza

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Ileydread_King_of_King_reggaemusic_sexygirls.jpgColin Levy aka Iley Dread will be performing on the GT Taylor Magnum Reggae Extravaganza returning to Independence Park Black River, St. Elizabeth on Monday, Christmas Day. Colin Levy by no means a debutant appearing on the annual event anticipates an irie showcase.

"Yes it will be an event to remember, brother GT Taylor went all out to deliver a good package and I myself and others will be there to represent what the show is all about, good music" Iley Dread said in a release.

With new releases 'Good News' currently in the process of being shot for music video release and his blaring radio-land hit 'A Draw From West', a Ron in the morning favorite, Mr. Levy should be a part of the diversity of the showcase. Others include Sean Paul, Beenie Man, King Capleton and the Godfather of deejay, the immortal U Roy, Stone Love sound among many others.





It's A Grammy Affair At Air Jamaica Jazz Fest

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MichaelBolton_AirJamaicaJazzBlues.jpgFans of the annual Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival are in for a major treat from the Grammy line-up of international acts set to take the stage over the three days of the Rose Hall festival, Jan. 25-27, 2007.

Musical icons Kenny Rogers, Michael Bolton and Christopher Cross are among the Grammy-winning acts set to rock the 10th Annual Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival: 'The Art of Music,' at the Aqueduct on Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Rogers has a career that's spanned six decades, more than 70 hit singles and three Grammys. His new album and title single, 'I Can't Unlove You,' continues to heat up the Country Music Charts, while old time favorites likes 'Lady,' and 'Lucille,' continues to thrill fans. January will mark his second time performing at the festival, where he’s a major hit with Jamaican fans.





Welcome to JamRock for C/Spring football field

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Challenges in securing a proper venue has forced organizers to move the 'Appleton Welcome to Jamrock' show from Cinema II to the Constant Spring Football Field for this year's event on Friday, December 22.
The show will feature the talents of TOK, Tanya Stephens, Luciano, Tessane Chin, Stephen Marley, Sean Paul and Damian Marley. Stone Love Movements will provide music.

The organizers have designated parking in an open lot located below the Constant Spring Football Field. Permission has also been granted to use the post office's grounds and negotiations are under way to use the tax office's facilities. The show begins at 9:00 p.m. sharp and is slated to end exactly at 2:00 a.m. The show will be produced by the team of Rupert Bent and former Ms. World, Cindy Breakespeare.





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St. James, Jamaica; Come July 18 there will be an all star cast of internationally acclaimed Jamaican heavyweights on International Night Iat Reggae Sumfest set to take place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Among the early names announced are Chronixx, Jah Cure and Beenie Man, tried and proven crowd pleasers all armed with their own styles and sounds. Although not new to the Sumfest stage these artistes always manage to bring 'something new' to their set winning over their fans time and time again.

Singer Chronixx who topped the Reggae Billboard Chart with his latest EP Dread and Terrible released last month, has been blazing a trail in the Caribbean and seems to be almost everywhere these days. His pleasing voice, entertaining stage delivery and often time wisecracks at the system are just the right combinations to keep the crowd going.

Jah Cure who is right at home on the Sumfeststage knows just how to get into the crowd's psyche as he works up a sweat. With favourites such as Unconditional Love, To Your Arms With Love and From My Heart he should have no problem making that connection. Known for his 'on stage surprises' and other impromptu thrills it is left to be seen what this year's performance will unfold. With songs such as That Girl and Wake Up already permeating the airways and receiving rave reviews from listeners, the singer has been keeping himself active on the Caribbean circuit with his last being a blistering set in Barbados with Tobago, Belize and Costa Rica on the horizon.

Dubbed the Girls Them Sugar, Doctor Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis is set to close InternationalNight 1 in his customary fine style. No matter how many performances, the doctor alwaysinjects his 'patients' with sweet medicine. With his wiry frame he delivers some fancy footwork, complemented by his lethal lyrics, Beenie Manwill no doubt keep his fans in frenzy.

Beenie Man comes to the Reggae Sumfest stage armed with being crowned with the Outstanding Achievement In Music award at the Linkage Awards in the United States. He also released his Greatest Gallis EP last month featuring the lead singles I Know and Greatest Gallis with Sean Paul.

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13 - 19 with a Beach Party on Sunday at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall. The festival will feature some of the greatest local and international performers. With the recent announcement of Sanchez,Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Assassin, Mr. Vegas,Aidonia, Bugle, Nature, Spice and Alkaline, to complement the headliners, Wiz Khalifa andTessanne Chin, anticipation is already frenetic for the 22nd staging of the show. Sponsors for this year's festival include, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Gleaner and Irie FM




Barred attorney caught practising law

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A St. Elizabeth based attorney, who was earlier this year barred from practicing, has found himself in more trouble. Conrod Powell, who was barred by the General Legal Council, has been taken into custody on a charge of fraudulent conversion. Powell is in custody at the Black River Police Lockup awaiting a court appearance. It is reported that prior to being disbarred, Mr. Powell was given $450,000 by a client to deal with a court matter. After it was revealed that the attorney was no longer authorised to practice the client allegedly tried to get back his money. However, after several failed attempts, a report was made to the Junction Police and following investigations Mr. Powell was taken into custody on the weekend and charged. Earlier this year Powell was found guilty of corruption charges in the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court and fined $100,000. In that matter it was reported that he attempted to bribe a police officer with $20,000 to drop charges against two of his clients.
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November 26, 2011: - Ace disc jock, Collin Hines, is eagerly anticipating his maiden voyage to the Middle East where he is scheduled to play at an exclusive 80's party in Abu Dhabi, which is part of the United Arab Emirates(UAE). Dubbed Nostalgia, the event is being marketed as "Abu Dhabi's first Exclusive 80's Dance Party. Relive the era when everything was bigger, louder and brighter." The party will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on December 8 and will also feature the skills of another renowned Jamaican disc jockey, Delano of Renaissance Disco. The conceptualiser of the event is Jamaican Mandi Bent, who has been working in Abu Dhabi for the past six years as Event Director at the Dome Exhibition Centre. She explained that there is a community of Caribbean and UK expatriates thirsty for this kind of entertainment, therefore the decision was made to fill their cup. Bent sees this as a milestone in shaping and diversifying the entertainment offering in the Emirates, adding that the response has definitely been encouraging. She noted that in planning the event she went after 'A' list disc jockeys who have a keen sense of "situation appropriate" and the knowledge base to respond musically to any given situation. In their promotion and marketing efforts, the organizers have been using the social network options available, including placing an ad on youtube, voiced by The Captain Collin Hines. According to Mandi, in the next few weeks, all her systems will be in high gear as preparations are pumped up. As for Hines, he has declared that the turn of events that have led to this posting is nothing short of "serendipitous". Quizzed about his strategy for this trail-blazing event, The Captain, who always has a whole lot to say, paused briefly. "Actually, there's no specific plan," he confessed, seeming to edit his words as he spoke. "We are going to Abu Dhabi with an open mind and lots of music. The challenge will be for us to be as octopus as possible and have our musical tentacles out and ready. Musically, you have to think cosmopolitan, and since music is our forte, then that in itself will not be difficult," Hines added. He emphasized that his objective is to represent Jamaica so well that "we will return again and again". "We intend to entertain the crowd, enjoy ourselves in the process and just 'shell dung di place'. Mission accomplished ... Abu Dhabi will come calling again," Hines said with a huge smile.





Reggae artist Bob Andy is set to write a full original song, this time for Legendary Reggae Singer/songwriter and Dominican opera singer Marie-Claire.
Bob Andy last penned songs for Marcia Griffiths some 20 years ago.
The song entitled Constellation has already been recorded and released.
Marie-Claire is set fly in from New York City for the Bob Andy Tribute concert to be held on Friday October 28.
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JPS PETITION

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Neville WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP TO FIGHT JPS!

You've signed the petition to get JPS to change their unfair billing system. Thank you so much for your support!

However, we are SORELY short of the 100,000 signatures we are aiming for in order to present our petition to the Government. 
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Ask your friends, family members, associates and coworkers to sign the JPS PETITION found at www.jpspetition.com. There you can find links to share the petition with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Everyone has been affected by theseRIDICULOUS LIGHT BILLS and more and more businesses are shutting down in Jamaica as a result. PLEASE DONT STOP NOW. HELP US GALVANIZE SUPPORT FOR THIS PETITION.

REMEMBER: Persons should sign the petition ONCE ONLY using their full name and a valid e-mail address.

Click here go to our Twitter page. FOLLOW US AND TWEET TO YOUR FRIENDS TELLING THEM TO SIGN THE PETITION!

Sign the J.P.S. Petition
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Brown sugar shortage confirmed

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Granules of brown sugar, photographed by DO'Neil.


According to a report carried on RJR News, there seems to be a shortage of brown sugar.

Consumers, mostly in rural Jamaica, say they have been unable to access the product or have been getting little supply.

Checks with Jamaica Cane Product Sales revealed that there has been a limited supply of the sweetener.

General Manager, Karl James, explained to told RJR News, the reasons for the low supplies:   

 "Normally we would be supplying all of the requirements from the  production of the factories...but the rains that we had in the middle of June locked down all the factories that were producing. We had arranged to get supplies from overseas and they started coming in but then we have had cancellations of one of the vessels that should have taken in a fair amount here last week so the supply is not at the level its supposed to be. We still have a fair amount of sugar  week  and we are expecting to get some more coming in next week" said Mr James.

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Toya and Beenie Man team up for 80's remake

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Down Sound recording artiste Toya has recorded a remake of Gem Myers' monster hit single, 'One Man Woman' with Beenie Man.

They are now planning to shoot a video for the song in Montego Bay.

Toya said the idea was given to her management team by Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell and she laid the vocals immediately afterwards while Beenie Man recorded his vocals a week later.

Toya recently scored her third number one single with 'True Blessing'.

The single hit the top spot on the Jamaica Music Countdown last week after 20 weeks on the chart.


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So why Digicel Rising Stars dash way di three judge dem? Sinting look fishy,
cause everybody tek on to di judge dem. Killer Miller a di boss, everybody love
to hate him, and Miller couldn't care less. Sometimes him too harsh, but smaddy
haffi talk up di tings dem. And den Clyde him wid fi him big wud dem and Nadine
who always a feel sorry fi di people dem. We cyan wait fi hear what dem a come
wid fid is yah season, cause last season neva so hot at all. We hope a sinting
sensible dem come wid or else we just a go watch Magnum Kings and Queens and no badda wid Rising Stars.
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Fantan Mojah

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Rumours have been circulating that Reggae artiste Fantan Mojah was denied a US visa and his upcoming tour is facing cancellations.

However, Josef Bogdanovich, owner of Downsound Records, is refuting those allegations stating that the artiste's previous work visa has expired and he is in the process of filing for a new one.

He says that the promoters are all aware of this and there are no cancellations of any dates at this time.

 

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$120M in counterfeit cigarettes seized in operation

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The authorities have made a major dent in the illicit cigarette trade.

The Customs Department is reporting that it has seized J$120 million worth of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.

A statement from the Department said four million sticks of the fake cigarettes were found in a 20 foot container which originated in China.

It was seized at Kingston Container Terminal.

The counterfeit cigarettes were originally declared as plastic and styrofoam cups and plates.

The Customs Department says the trading of counterfeit cigarettes is a breach of the Trade Marks Act as well as the Copyright Act.

It adds that counterfeit cigarettes, although cheaper, pose a serious health risk as the contents are unregulated.


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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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It's Magnum and Stone Love again!

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Magnum Tonic Wine and Stone Love, two leading brands in dancehall, have extended their strategic partnership for another year following a successful three year relationship.

"We are really happy to continue with Magnum,"explained Stone Love founder Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell. "Our first major event under the new contract is the upcoming Stone Love 38th Anniversary Party in Portmore on December 18."Well you can all look out for more from these two top entities.









It seems that "nutten nuh change" when it comes on to racism and stereotypes.
In this modern day and age it is disheartening to be reading stories like this one. Check it out.

More than 20 Oxbridge colleges made no offers to black candidates for undergraduate courses last year and one Oxford college has not admitted a single black student in five years, according to a report posted by the UK Guardian newspaper on its website Monday.

The Guardian story, which described the disclosure as "a bleak portrait of racial and social exclusion at Oxford and Cambridge" also said that only one black Briton of Caribbean descent was accepted for undergraduate study at Oxford last year.

"Figures revealed in requests made under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act by the Labour MP David Lammy also show that Oxford's social profile is 89 per cent upper- and middle-class, while 87.6 per cent of the Cambridge student body is drawn from the top three socioeconomic groups," the Guardian story said. "The average for British universities is 64.5 per cent, according to the admissions body Ucas."

According to the Guardian, the FoI data also show that of more than 1,500 academic and lab staff at Cambridge, none are black, while 34 are of British Asian origin.

"One Oxford college, Merton, has admitted no black students in five years -- and just three in the last decade," said the Guardian story. "Eleven Oxford colleges and 10 Cambridge colleges made no offers to black students for the academic year beginning autumn 2009."

The newspaper noted that Oxford's breakdown of its latest undergraduate admissions figures, published on its website, shows that just one black Caribbean student was accepted in 2009, out of 35 applications.

The Guardian also reported that a total of 77 students of Indian descent were accepted, out of 466 applications, and six black Caribbean under-graduates were accepted at Cambridge the same year.

"In advance of a crucial Commons vote on Thursday, ministers have said universities that want to charge students up to £9,000 a year in fees will face fresh targets on widening access to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds," said the Guardian story. "Oxford and Cambridge, which are expected to charge the maximum fee, say they are keen to recruit the brightest students from all backgrounds. Both have programmes to encourage applications from state school students, and those from black and working-class backgrounds."

However, according to the Guardian, the FoI data show white students were more likely to be successful than black applicants at every Cambridge college except St Catharine's, where black candidates have had a 38 per cent success rate, compared with 30 per cent for white students.

"The starkest divide in Cambridge was at Newnham, an all-women's college, where black applicants had a 13 per cent success rate compared with 67 per cent for white students," the newspaper reported. "The data for Oxford tell a similar story: at Jesus College white candidates were three-and-a-half times more successful than black candidates over an 11-year period. Oxford says the figures are too low for the variation between colleges to be statistically significant."

The Guardian said that the most selective universities argued that poor attainment at school level narrows the pool from which candidates can be drawn. But black candidates are more likely to apply to elite universities.

"In 2009, more than 29,000 white students got three As or better at A-level (excluding general studies) and about 28.4 per cent applied to Oxford; while 452 black students got three As or better, and nearly half applied to Oxford," said the report.

The Guardian quoted a spokeswoman for Oxford as saying "Black students apply disproportionately for the most oversubscribed subjects, contributing to a lower than average success rate for the group as a whole: 44 per cent of all black applicants apply for Oxford's three most oversubscribed subjects, compared with just 17 per cent of all white applicants. That means nearly half of black applicants are applying for the same three subjects... the three toughest subjects to get places in. Those subjects are economics and management, medicine, and maths with seven per cent of white applicants. This goes a very long way towards explaining the group's overall lower success rate."
According to the Guardian, Berkeley also argued that black students do not lack aspiration, but the opportunity to get into the most prestigious universities. "Of the black Caribbean students getting straight As at A-level, the vast majority apply to Oxbridge.... those who do choose to apply have a much lower success rate [than white applicants]. One in five, in comparison with one in three for white students," the newspaper quoted Berkeley. "That doesn't seem to have shifted for the last 15 years."


The newspaper also quoted Matthew Benjamin, a 28-year-old who studied geography at Jesus College, Oxford, as saying: "I was very aware that I was the only black student in my year at my college. I was never made to feel out of place, but it was certainly something I was conscious of.


"When I arrived and they wanted to do a prospectus, and have some students on the cover, they chose me, and one other Asian guy and another guy from Thailand. It was clear they wanted to project this image of somewhere that was quite diverse. The reality was very different — there were three [minority] ethnic students in a year.

"On open days, some black kids would see me and say 'you're the only black person we've seen here -- is it even worth us applying?'"

A spokesman for Cambridge told the Guardian that 15 per cent of students accepted last year were from minority ethnic backgrounds. "Over the five years to 2009, entry black students accounted for 1.5 per cent of admissions to Cambridge, compared with 1.2 per cent of degree applicants nationally who secure AAA at A-level. Colleges make offers to the best and brightest students regardless of their background, and where variations exist this is due to supply of applications and demand by subject."





Not everything that glitters

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We know times are hard and everyone is looking for that perfect opportunity to better themselves. But be careful of who you give your monies to in seeking overseas employment.


Check out the experiences of the following people.
Two persons have been taken into custody in connection with a job agency scam.

It is understood that the two are a man and a woman.

Last Thursday, according to RJR News a group comprising 50 men and women, who paid money to secure jobs in Barbados, turned up with luggage at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston but did not get on a flight.

They were about to board a flight to Barbados, only to be told their tickets were cancelled.

The persons said they were promised jobs in the hotel and construction industries by the alleged suspects.

The group was waiting at the airport, along with the alleged con woman.

However, a few minutes after their arrival at the airport, members of the group reported that the woman took off leaving her luggage in which several passports and other travel documents were reportedly found.

Some of the passengers said they paid the woman from $17,500 to $35,000 for the jobs.








Dancehall deejay Ninja Man is experiencing "Sting jitters."
The veteran entertainer, who is in jail, has revealed that he wants to be out in time for the 2010 staging of the greatest one night show.


However, that decision will be left up to a judge when Ninja Man appears in court on December 15 for another bail hearing.
The artiste, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, has been behind bars since March, 2009 along with his 20 year old son and two others.


They are facing a number of charges, including murder.






Be alert when it comes to earthquakes

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According to a report in the Observer Jamaicans should not let up on their guards when it comes to earthquakes.
The recent 3.8-magnitude earthquake which shook sections of Kingston and St Andrew on Sunday night -- the ninth such event felt in Jamaica since the start of the year. gives a great reminder of that fact.

Dr Lyndon Brown said it was a reminder to Jamaicans be prepared for earthquakes.

"We are in a very active zone. Earthquakes are always happening. When we have these events, (it is a reminder that) we have to be very conscious of how we build. We can't just have everybody building how they want," Brown, a research fellow at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and head of the Earthquake Unit, told the Observer.

"I would advise that people just always be prepared for such events. Remember the "drop, cover, hold" rule that ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management) tries to impart," he added.






Natural Black to perform at Sting

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Fifth Element recording artiste Natural Black has been confirmed to perform at this year's Sting.
The artiste is looking forward to performing at the greatest one night show on earth so that he can bring conscious positive music to the patrons.


In the meantime, Natural Black will be aggressively promoting his singles, Trouble Nuh Set Like Rain, Late Night Drive, and Searching For A Lady.


A video for Trouble Nuh Set Like Rain, is also in the making.
Natural Black is in Guyana preparing for two performances there.





Foundation to be launched in Isaacs honour

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The family of Gregory Isaacs in Jamaica is continuing the charity work started by the late reggae artiste in the late 90’s.
June Isaacs, Gregory's widow, has setup a foundation in the late singer's honour which is to assist charitable organisations.


Colin Leslie, a long time family friend and close associate of the legendary singer, says Isaacs' family intended to establish a foundation to carry on the late artiste's charitable work and preserve his legacy.


A donation has already been made to the Walkers Place of Safety.
Isaacs, dubbed "The Cool Ruler", got involved with the institution to assist the children who have been indentified as being at risk.


For more than a decade, the home for orphans, abandoned and mentally challenged children founded in 1972 by the late Ivy Walker has been a beneficary of the late crooner and his widow has decided to keep alive his charitable contribution to the home.





Bambino to host Youth View Awards

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The 4th annual Youth View Awards will be held on February 5 and popular artiste, producer and radio discjock Bambino will be the host. He was announced to huge crowd over the weekend and everyone there seemed pleased at the choice.

Bambino was quite happy at being selected and promises those who attend, a show like no other.

The Youth View Award winners are selected by teenagers and include categories such as Role Model of the Year, Artiste of the Year, and Best TV Show.





Portmore carnival returns

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Popular promoter Errol Bailey, whose company owns the Portmore Carnival brand, said he has finally given in to pressure from residents who have been demanding a return of the event after a few years’ absence.

He said that he is bringing back the event because of the overwhelming demand from residents who grew up attending the fetes.

Bailey also said that he has earmarked a new carnival village for the rebirth of the event.

Portmore Carnival will launch the weekend of Ash Wednesday at the new carnival village in Portmore.

There will be eight weeks of carnival fetes every weekend leading up to carnival week.









The New York-based VP Records has hailed reggae giant, Gregory Isaacs, who passed away on Monday, as a musical legend.


The reggae community mourns the loss of one of its legends, Gregory Isaacs. Best known for his lovers' rock anthems, the versatile and velvet-voiced crooner was recognized by the international masses for his talent and contribution to music for decades, and remains an icon for the genre.


Isaacs was born on July 15, 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica and gained appeal and acclaim in the 1970s and 1980s for hits such as "Night Nurse" and "Rumors." Nicknamed the 'Cool Ruler' by his fans, Isaacs pioneered his own sound by fusing traditional reggae with dancehall, thereby reinventing the genre and expanding its global fan base into what it is today.


"Gregory Isaacs leaves behind an iconic history and catalog that is unparalleled," reveals VP Records CEO, Christopher Chin. "He devoted his entire life to music and his memory will forever live on with us - through his music and the legacy he leaves behind. We mourn the loss of this legend."


Isaacs fought a year-long battle with lung cancer before passing away on October 25, 2010 at his home in London, at the age of 59. Condolences and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this trying time, VP Records stated in its release.






Producer Sly Dunbar praises Gregory Isaacs

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Gregory Isaacs, the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname "Cool Ruler," has died. He was 59.


Isaacs had been diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, but continued performing until weeks before his death.


His wife Linda said Isaacs was "well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed."


Born in a Kingston, Jamaica slum in 1951, Isaacs began recording in his teens, and went on to produce scores of albums .


With his sinuous baritone and romantic songs, Isaacs became a leading proponent of the mellow "Lovers Rock" style of reggae. He hit his stride in the mid-1970s with ballads like "Love is Overdue" and "All I Have Is Love."


Later that decade he teamed up with the Jamaican production duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare for several hit songs including "Soon Forward" and "What A Feeling."


"Gregory's voice and writing ability was wicked. He was one of those soulful singers you could sit and listen to for hours," Dunbar said in a story carried by The Associated Press.


Isaacs was best known internationally for the title song from his 1982 album "Night Nurse," a club favourite which later became a hit for Simply Red.


His career was stalled by a cocaine habit that landed him in jail on several occasions. Isaacs said ruefully in 2007 that he'd gone to "Cocaine High School ... the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid."


Drug abuse took a toll on his voice but he kept making music, releasing a well-received final album, "Brand New Me," in 2008.


Suggs, lead singer of reggae-influenced British band Madness, said the dapper, fedora-sporting Isaacs was "a great reggae artist and also one of the most sartorially elegant stars on the world stage."





Roundhead and Twins have beef?

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What did wi a read sey Roundhead could be suing the Twin of Twins? Lawks it seems as if wi can enjoy peace and quiet inna di biz fi any length a time before yuh hear bout one nex’ squabble.

From what we a read in di Star it look like Roundhead could be suing di twins because dem imitate him on their CD Stir It Up Vol.8 which was released last year.

According to the report the twins say they recently received a lawsuit from representatives of Roundhead's management team, informing them that they are seeking compensation for intellectual property infringements, royalty and associated fees for their client.

Further claims in the letter are that there was "invasion of privacy through misappropriation of name and imitation of voice, and violation of the right of publicity, i.e. the right of having to control and making money from the commercial use of copyright/trademark owner." In addition, it said, no permission was granted to the twins to use the voice.

The letter also stated that according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the Intellectual Property laws "in lieu of actual damages the copyright holder is entitled to US$30,000 per infringement or a minimum of US$150,000 for wilful infringement."

Check out di Twins response to the lawsuit in the paper "We will remain undaunted by negative. We respect Roundhead as an elder, we wouldn't disrespect him. We forgive Roundhead fi him ignorance and others too for their selective understanding 'cause dem laugh at other people weh a seh di same thing.”.

"His claims are that we are ridiculing him and that's totally ridiculous. Our intention isn't to bring down. Our thing is depicted from reality.

We specialise in voice imitation. Is still our voice at the end of the day. Wi CD mek him more popular. Dem neva memba him. All him did haffi do is be intelligent and just work wid di flow."

However, when contacted, Roundhead said he could not give any details on the lawsuit as he did not speak to his management team about it.

But big and serious dough, if we neva did a read bout dis lawsuit wi wouldn’t memba sey one artiste name Roundhead. Talking bout dat a wha happening to Ghost and General B. Di group still a gwaan?





Wyclef joins line-up for Guinness celebration

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International artiste Wyclef Jean, is the latest act to join the line-up for the Arthur Guinness Celebration event which will be held on Saturday, October 23 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wyclef, along with rapper Busta Rhymes, joins Jamaica’s very own international stars Shaggy, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer along with Mavado and Wayne Wonder for the event.

Wyclef and Busta Rhymes are two iconic hip hop artistes whose unique styles have made an indelible impression on music.





Bolt off to Australia for Gatorade promotion

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Double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt, is set to arrive in Sydney, Australia on 14th September, to officially launch the newest variant of Gatorade.

The new Lemon Ice flavour is inspired by the three-time Olympic and world championships gold medalist.

The "Gatorade Bolt Lemon Ice" was scientifically formulated to meet the hydration needs of amateur and elite athletes and contains a scientifically balanced 6% carbohydrate blend that helps speed fluid back into the body and fuel working muscles.

Gatorade Bolt Lemon Ice is available in 600ml, ready-to-drink format.





Etana makes acting debut

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Roots singer Etana is set to make her acting debut in 2011.

Yes, the I Am Not Afraid singer is moving up the line – from back up singer to an established one in her own right.

Now she has added another dimension to her career. Hmm, wonder if this is a trend where artistes are concerned.

Macka Diamond added author to her credentials and she also starred in a movie recently.


Big up to the females out there who are waving the banner high.








See it there now, the very same people are charged with the responsibility to serve and protect at the very ones committing the crimes. What are the poor citizens to do when they don’t know just who to trust?


A cop was arrested by his fellow police officers following an attempted robbery and kidnapping in St. James on Saturday.


Constable Derron Nish, was picked up Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex in the Corporate Area.


Constable Derron Nish, of the Matilda's Corner Police Station, was implicated in the attempted kidnapping of two men and a woman in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.


It is reported that shortly after 6pm Saturday, the two men and the woman were in the parking lot of Mega Mart in Catherine Hall when two policemen forced them into a vehicle and drove away.


The police hierarchy was alerted and a search launched for the two cops and the victims.


The police managed to intercept the vehicle and rescue the three persons.


One of the cops, a Constable, was captured but the other policeman, Constable Nish, managed to escape the dragnet.


The police officer held at the scene was interrogated on Sunday.
The Police High Command had asked Constable Nish to turn himself in to the nearest police station.


He is being questioned by detectives from the Organized Crime Investigation Division.


No man, they need to do much better than that.





Vybz Kartel to be questioned again today

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The Portmore Empire, Gaza leader, Vybz Kartel will again be questioned by the cops after turning in himself on Friday.

He is expected to be questioned about involvement in gun runnings and involvement in a rival gang in Portmore.

His lawyers are confident he is not involved. We await the outcome of the police questioning.


A who Etana Married to?


From di people dem read di story in di Star that Etana married dem just a send on di questions dem to wi and win uh have nuh ansa fi dem.

Dem waan fi know a who Etana married to? Well win uh know, wi only know dat she was dating Marlon Davis, so we don’t know if it go all di way.

Yardflex peeps, we have to turn to you guys for the information. If you know, then holla at us that the curious can get the answer they are seeking.






Reggae Sumfest Nightly Line Up.....

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Nightly Line Up



Saturday, July 17

Beach Party, Cornwall Beach

Errol Lee & The Bare Essentials

Brown Sugar

Press Fyah

Bumpa

DJ Bambino

DJ Baby Thug

Danger Zone

Thursday, July 22


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Vybz Kartel
Mavado

Elephant Man

Spice

I-Octane

Demarco

Kiprich

Konshens

D'Angel

Assassin

Ce'Cile

Voicemail

Chino

Ding Dong

Khago

G-Mac

Tifa

Besenta

Chumps

Dada

King UJah

Taz


Friday, July 23


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Chris Brown

Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Etana

Tony Rebel

Gyptian

Hezron

Steele

Lymie Murray

Sophia Squire

Macka Conscious

Saturday, July 24


Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

Usher

Shaggy

Beenie Man

Tarrus Riley

Gramps Morgan

Chris Martin

Protoje

Richie Loop

Zamunda

Ras Penco

QQ

Fire Lion & Ferrari





Protect our children

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By Rootzgirl


Mandeville residents came out in anger at the 23-year-old Columbian who is not facing charges for molesting a 10-year-old boy in a restaurant.


It is alleged that the child asked the Columbian for money, he received $500 with the instruction that he should go into the bathroom and wait for him.


When the police went into the bathroom they found the Columbian with his pants down, obviously a bit later and it would have been a sorry story for that child.


My problem with all this is what the 10-year-old was doing on the street begging in a restaurant at that time of the night.
Where was his mother? Why wasn’t he in bed, getting rest to go to school the following day?


Those same people are now exhibiting righteous indignation at the act, where were they before all that? Didn’t they think it strange to see a child of that age on the street? Didn’t they try to inquire about his parents’ whereabouts and try to get him home?


We are a reactive society, and that can’t work when it comes to protecting our children.

Let’s now be proactive. It’s time to start practicing community parenting. If we see the impending danger, let’s rescue the children, don’t wait until things happen then we come out in outrage.

That five year old’s life from Chapel ton might have been saved if those neighbours who knew of his circumstances had taken the time to make a report.








Happy Mother’s Day

Yardflex wants to take this time out to wish all the mothers – both biological and those who those who are always there for the children of this world.
May you be washed with the love and care that you all deserve – if you are good mothers that is.


Have a blessed day.





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Let it be about the music By Root girl

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roots.jpgIt’s really sad as more and more it has stopped being about the pure love of the music. Once in the olden days our veteran artiste used to enjoy friendly rivalry on stage but if they had know that these artistes would have take in to another level, one wonders if they would have started it in the first place.



We need back the fun vibes in the dancehall…there’s just too much passa passa from all sides of the fence which is only splitting the music. Why should music lovers be forced to chose which side of the fence they want to sit. I’m not saying Gaza and I’m certainly not saying Gully Side, I am saying music – straight!



Both Vybz Kartel and Mavado have done some real good songs…and both have done songs that I wouldn’t even let my dog listen.



Let’s stop this foolishness and get back to the love of good quality songs.






good times

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goodtimes.jpgGood Times held at the Mas Camp on Saturday turned out to be an exciting journey down memory lane as patrons relived the 80s with some skillful playing from selector Kurt Riley.


It was definitely a nostolgic vibe inside the venue as they jammed to the best of the 80s in Calypso, dancehall and disco.




From as early as 9:so patrons started trickling in the venue, lured in by the music and the fun vibes among the songs the blasted from the turntable were Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, I Will Survive, Oh La La, Unconditional, Reggae Night and some of Super Cat's classic dancehall songs.



Kurt Riley was the perfect music maestro as he knew just when to "cool down the pace": after some hard-driving disco music he took it down with some easy reggae/dancehall songs.



Promising it would stick to the '80s theme in every way, promoters encouraged patrons to come out in their matching outfits. While we didn't see any decked out in outfits to honour the theme, there was no shortage of music to keep patrons on a roll as they ate up everything the selector dished out and more.

Patrons partied like there was no yesterday at Good Times until the wee hours of the morning.





Happy Belated Birthday

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YardFlex.com would like to wish Mr Eric Pennington a warm happy belated birthday. Enjoy your extended celebration.





by petal

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The 2009 staging of dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest held at the Catherine Hall Centre in Montego Bay drew one of the its largest crowd in the 17th year of the festival. Special tribute was paid to Beenie Man, where a citation was handed over to him by the organizer. He was also crowned by Lady Saw, The Queen Of The Dancehall. Sumfest production paid tribute to the late pop icon Michael Jackson. Good performances came from Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Elephant Man and Spice. Other who also grace the stage where Flippa Maffiah who threw away several thousand dollars in the crowd, which in cludes UIS and Jamaican dollars, D-Angel, G-Mac, Poor N’ Boasy, Demarco, Assassin, Lady Saw, Mavodo, Vybes Kartel, Busy Signal, Kiprich, Spryng I, Voice Mail, Macka Diamon, I-Octane, Prodigal Son, Stacious, Nature, Mikey Ranks, Golden Voice, Mr. Chumps and Mr. Kruger.





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Big time party fans should be bracing to have the time of their lives as Red Stripe launches its Summer Kick-off Party, the official launch party of the Red Stripe Dream Weekend this Friday night, June 19, at the National Housing Trust (NHT) rooftop in New Kingston.



Some of Jamaica’s best disc jockeys and sound systems, including Coppershot and Code Red, ZJ Dream Liquid, Kurt Riley, will be on hand to help ramp up the vibe as the run up to the best weekend ever gets kicked into high gear.



The Dream Weekend, four days and nights of the very best party experiences, is set for Negril during the Independence weekend August 6-9. Considered to be the best party package available, the Dream Weekend includes two Smirnoff Signature events – Smirnoff Xclusive and Twisted Spiritz – as well as Red Stripe Beer Vibes, Daydreams, Absinthe, Xtreme Wet and Wild and Yush and the Margaritaville Days and Jungle Nites.





Pole dance excitement at Hedonism 3

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Picture106-1.jpgIt was major excitement and a lot of fun for those who were at Hedonism 3 to witness the New Annual 2009 Pole Dance Convention. The event is still having tongues wagging as they soaked up the thrill of watching lithe bodies slithering across the pole in ‘World Pole Dance: A Celebration of all styles of Pole Dance Sport & Fitness’.


Presented by Pole Passion & Wild Life the contest was all about good technique, good body, penetration, balance, speed, choreography, poise, uniqueness, courage, grace, pole tricks, muscular strength and control, poses on and around the pole with a graceful combination and completion of performance.


Every move, every trick, drew shouts of approval from the riveted audience especially the men who were having the time of their lives, taking in the contestants from all over the world including countries such as Norway, USA, New Zealand, Germany, Brazil, UK, Hungary and Japan.


Felix from Australia decked out in white, was creative, practiced good techniques and was far superior in every way in her presentation, when she was adjudged the first place winner there was no surprise.


Alicia from the UK came out in a fabulous swimsuit, which the only way we can describe it is “off the chain. She had great muscular strength and good choreography,” she earned third spot for her presentation.


Other section awards were: USA dancer won her Best Pole Trick; Best; Best Entertainer went to the Brazilian contestant, UK took the award for Best Costume;


Most Outstanding Contribution went to Debbie Merchant & Debbie Riley who were the coordinators.





Jamaica Gospel Song Finalists 2009 Selected

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JCDC_Band_Competition_2008.gifTen original gospel songs and their singers have been selected to participate in the 2009 Jamaica Gospel Song Competition organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

They are:



Andre Wrght with the song “ Man o God ” from St. Catherine


Omar Douglas , with the song “Jehovah Nuh Sleep” from St. Thomas


Kimola Brown with the song “Sen Down ” from St. Ann


Fabian Wright with the song “I have your Mercy ” from Manchester


Brinetta Lewis with the entry “Weh yuh a Worry Fah” from Kgn & St. Andrew


Gamel Grant , with “Take Me to Jesus” from Trelawny


Kimela Isaacs with the song “Reassurance” from Kgn & St. Andrew


Nickette Morgan, with the song “Wherever I Go”. from St. Catherine


Duet, Tobi Maxwell and Gilthiesa Smith with their entry “You Are” from Manchester


Leo Lewis with the entry “Buss Out” from St. Catherine



The finalists beat more than 200 participants island-wide throughout two levels of eliminations to secure their chance to work with some of Jamaica’s top gospel producers in the production of a compilation album that is due to be released in May. The 2009 finals are scheduled for July at the National Indoor Sports Centre.





Happy Birthday!!!

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Happy Birthday Greetings to Cat Coore and Garnet Silk from YardFlex
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Empress Tasha T has a passion for singing

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tasha t.pngFrom as far back as she remember Tasha T has always had a passion for singing, She saw herself being like the reggae icons she so admires like the late Bob Marley and Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. Although she didn’t have any idea how it would all come about, she knew one day she would live her dreams so she continued honing her craft by performing on community events. At age 14 she got her first chance to put her voice on record, however, that did not turn out the success she wanted it to…but unfazed she continued the task of making inroads into the music business.

Tasha T describes herself as roots and culture singer and teased that there are time she will also do a little dejaying depending on the mood. But when it comes on to negative and gangsta lyrics she is definitely not into that. As she says, “reggae music is positive, uplifting and music of love. I don’t contribute to no kind of negative lyrics I stay far from that.”

With that kind of stance it’s no wonder her work has been recognized by the Canadian Reggae Music Awards as in 1999 she won Best New Comer Female, and in 2000-1-2- and 8 she copped the award for Best Female DJ. In 2007 she won Best Female DJ at the Reggae Music Achievement Awards and picked up a Juno nomination in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording.

This female singer is definitely going places working with produces such as Rohan Dwyer, Sidney Mills, Syl Gordon, Mikey Bennett, Sly & Robbie and Smokey Robinson.

Tasha has recorded songs such as Win Or Lose a cover of Phyllis Dillon’s hit, No More War, I Forgive You, Rectify, Hold Me and Old Fashion Love remix with Mr Cooper.

The Canadian based artistes has performed on stages in Jamaica, Canada and in the States to great response from the audience and why not the singer definitely has her own style and knows how to use it to engage her fans, ensuring they enjoy themselves.





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Shelly Ann Curran, Senior Sponsorship Manager at Digicel Jamaica commented; “We were approached by Bounty’s agent, Sharon Burke from Solid Agency about this initiative and we had to jump on board to lend our support to this worthy cause. This idea ties closely with the Y Files campaign which Digicel supports as a Jamaican corporate citizen, sending out messages in partnership with the media condemning violence against our youth. Our nation’s children need guidance and we want to be involved in any positive project that will help to steer them in the right direction and ultimately secure a better future for them. We were happy to have been a part of this initiative with Bounty”.





Music Industry Workshop Set For Today

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musicworks022 copy.jpgOn Friday February 27th the Ministry Of Information, Culture Youth & Sports under the patronage of The Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange will be staging a one day Music Industry Workshop geared towards educating and informing the local entertainment fraternity. The workshop which will feature a series of seminars is set against the backdrop of Reggae Month's 2nd Anniversary not to mention the 50 year coalition since the Jamaican Music Industry was formally birthed.

Amongst the distinguished guests and presenters for the day will be John Baker, CEO of Gee Jam Records, Vivian Chew CEO of Time Zone International, Claude Ismael CEO of Nevermind Entertainment, Entertainment Attorney from Atlanta Kendall Minter, Bryan Calhoun, VP of New Media & External Affairs at SoundExchange, CEO of Myspace.com Amit Kapur, Radio Announcer Wayne Jobson, CEO of Tommy Boy Records Tom Silverman, CEO of Bug Music John Rudolph and Chris Smith Artist Manger to name a few.





Cherine Anderson releases new album

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cherine_dubstyle_09.jpgSinger/Songwriter Cherine Anderson out of East Kingston, Jamaica has surpassed all expectations when she performed at three of Barack Obama's Inaugural Balls earlier this year. She has also performed at the World Special Olympics in Idaho and is currently promoting her first official release "The Introduction - Dubstyle" on tours in the US, Australia and Europe with Sly and Robbie, Michael Fronti and Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid and Pepper.

"The Introduction - Dubstyle" which is available on iTunes is a combination of dancehall, soul and lover's rock and is produced by Grammy winning producers Sly and Robbie, David Norland, Gussie Clarke and Errol Brown among others.

The talented Anderson not only performs, but she also wrote all nine songs and co-produced several of the tracks.

The album which should appeal to all ages with the roots, dance and dub tunes is a female anthem as it speaks to the harsh realities faced by young girls in the inner city.





Lutan Fyah's album launch

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Weekendz was the venue Monday night for the launch of Lutan Fyah's latest album titled 'Africa.'

The album is a two disc album consisting of thirty (30) tracks, which features artiste like; Morgan Heritage, Midnight(fr. St. Croix), Natural Blacks, Turbulence, Sly & Robbie, Inner Circle and Chezidek to name a few.

About fifty (50) artiste made appearance at the launch and many gave a well received performance.

The event was definitely a memorable one.

Big Up to Lutan Fyah and all the best with his album.

Below are scenes from the event:





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No "I'm So Special" for BET 106 & Park.
Movado32225.JPGAfter all the hype surrounding Mavado's "I'm So Special" video, it did not premier on BET 106 & Park, however it was launched via the internet.

According to his management, intervention from someone in the legal department prevented the video from airing. The person had censorship issues with the video, as it relates to "excessive display of alcohol," and "careless use of women as writhing set dressings."

People can now watch the video online.





Big Ups

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Big UP to Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay, their brunch was off the chain. From the fruits to the fish was fresh and the ambiance was superb. Thanks to the Manager Nicky Hussey who has been doing an exceptional job.

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Kamla Singh and Stewart Douglas has been doing a great job at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Thumbs Up.

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Tarrus and his new Empress
Tarrus.jpgIt seems like Tarrus and Etana are no longer an item as his new tune "Cold Kisses" seem to be written for Etana...."Cant believe that your love is fading, can't believe you pushing me away". However he was spotted at Rebel Salute with a new empress from the Bahamas on his arm, I guess she is keeping him warm. And guess what the new empress is definitely ROYAL...what a substance.

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No Africa Unite for 2009

According to a release sent to our local paper, Africa Unite will not be held this year as a result of 'conflicting schedules'.

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Is Yendi, Asafa new hostess????

We would really like to know if there is any truth to the Yendi and Asafa story.

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YardFlex is back!!!!!!!

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We at YardFlex would like to apologize for the absence of our exciting content for the last few days. We are back with a vengeance, so log on.

Please Log on for our new feature, live streaming. Tonight we have D'Angel and a host of popular entertainers on Jamaica live on Yardflex.com.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

YARDFLEX MEK DEM VEX!!!!!!!!!!!!





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“Coward” is the latest release from Kip Rich who tore up the STING stage by putting some serious dents in the Monster Empire’s flow.

It has been an ongoing battle of the words spilling over from 2008, between Monster Empire – known also as Ghost, Roundhead and General B and the verbally slamming Kip Rich.

Releases from Kip Rich like: “Dem Caan Cow Wi” was salting up Monster Empire’s wounds in preparation for the STING blasting. To the disappointment of many, Monster Empire did not rise to the challenge that the tens of thousands were expecting at STING. They did not come out to clash Kip Rich.

“Coward” is how Kip Rich is calling it now with the track that refers to the former Monster Shock as, “Three duppy ah Jamworld…:”

Taking the lyrical feud into the New Year, “Coward” can be heard on several music programmes





MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Merry Christmas

To All Yardflex Readers

God Bless





Happy Birthday Greeting

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Yardflex extends a belated Happy Birthday greeting to Judy Mowatt who celebrated her birthday this week. We wish her all the best of everything in the coming year.


Happy Birthday wishes also go out today to Chris Goldfinger of BBC Radio 1 who holds it down reggae-wise every Sunday night from midnight to 1:00AM with Reggae Dancehall Nite.





YardFlex Hot Tracks

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Tunes blazing up the dancehall these days
Hot tracks.jpgFirst we start off with “Shot a Buss” by Black Ryno on ‘The Beast’ riddim that was produced by TJ Records. In this track he sounds as if he’s helping “the teacher" to try sink Movado’s Ship; since in the intro he bravely says "a Ryno any weh yuh deh mi a guh find yuh, if a fi bleach and time yuh, God caan save yuh a cud a him deh beside yuh, mi have some dollor coin fi fling inside yuh" could he be thinking like the Teacher - Vybz Karel?

Movado is also on the same riddim - song titled “Gangsta Nuh Play”. The highlight in this tune also stems from the intro, "TJ, how dem fi war mi a day when dem fraid a di sun." In the end he says, “I am so sick - not meaning mi sick fi public, I’m like an object and war a mi subject, true mi seh overcome dem think mi hang ova gun… imma buss dis till jehovah come.”

Next is Vybz Kartel also on the same riddim track with “Kill Dem”. This tune is directly pointing fingers at Movado.

Dancer Ding Dong come forward with another hit after “Killer Swing”. Ding’s new hit is the song entitled “Gallis”. Basically this a tune bigging up the gallis man dem.

Busy Signal is up next with “Trading Places”. The track is all about the inner city people living the life of the rich and famous. A hot line from the track is, "Picture Michael Lee-Chin hold off the gully side; him and the thugs dem a bleach dat means yuh caan go beside" This track is produced by Shane Brown, Busy Signal’s manager.

Laden continues the hard work with a next banging single on the ‘Beauty’ riddim. This is a well composed girls tune. The track is Hot!

Not hearing much from Aidonia but he still has his head above the water with "Eyes Dem a Bleed" on the Equinox label. A blazing weed tune fi all the herbalist dem.

Beenie Man with "Gimmie" on the Genius label is all over the clubs bangin through the speakers. The Doctor has always been treating his girls right and this track is surely proof for anyone who didnt believe that fact.





Pepsi's Rising Star Promotions

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As sponsors of Rising Stars for the past 4 years, Pepsi Cola Jamaica will be hosting the latest campaign of promotions for the Rising Stars competition by creating a special edition label for their 20oz and 2 litre bottles of Pepsi which will feature the first Jamaican entertainer ever, 2007 Rising Stars winner, St. Ann born, Romain Virgo.

When consumers purchase the soft drink with the Romain Virgo label, during the Pepsi's 2008 Rising Stars competition, they will have a chance to win prizes. Up until September, consumers will be able to text in a code found inside the bottle caps to Digicel to win prizes. Also, consumers who drop bottle labels into a box at any KFC island wide will have a chance to enter into the "Be A Star" Grand Prize, which includes a chance to share the stage with the Digicel Rising Stars finalists on live TV.

During the promotions, consumers will have a chance to win cellular phones, free pepsis, tickets to the show, among other prizes.





yendi_(risingstar).jpgThe new host of Digicel rising Stars, Yendi Phillipps said on Tuesday, August 12, that she is privileged to work with the rising talent of Jamaica. She especially enjoys bonding with the contestants, talking with them and getting to know them each as individuals.

She commented on the performances in Sunday's (August 10) show. She said that the eight finalists are finally listening to the judges and improving their performances, which were powerful enough to please the judges as well as the live audience.

About her stint as new host, Yendi said that she appreciates the advice and criticism that she has received. She, like the contestants, is adjusting and having fun, while allowing her personality to run free.





Renaissance 19th Anniversary

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renaissance logo.gifThe Palisadoes Go-Kart track on Saturday night was the place to be as Renaissance Disco celebrated its 19th Anniversary with a party under the theme; "Flight 19". Renaissance, whose selectors are known for their excellent mixing skills, surely proved themselves at the event by keeping the patrons satisfied as they played hit after hit, keeping the crowd entertained and dancing as they (the patrons) 'broke out' and were 'daggering' on the dance floor.

With a theme like this, expectations for decor were extremely high and they did not disappoint. Red Stripe which is strongly associated with the sound did not fail to make its presence known at the venue. Staff was attired in airline outfits; pilot hats. Effort was put into the details of decor, lighting to set the mood, steps to board the flight.





Ninja Man vs Bounty Killer

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bounty&ninja_edit.pngWah really a gwaan? This bag a tape ting...everybody yuh hear seh deh pon tape.

Now Ninja Man a seh him have a tape with the 'Grung God' Bounty Killer a do nastiness with a white man. Nobody nuh see de tape all now, so nobody nuh sure if a true.

Well wi hear seh Ninja Man a carry feelings because Bounty go pon Sumfest and a call up him name seh him have a funny man son who do hair in a Half Way Tree.

Wi nuh know if a feelings him a carry or a really true, but as soon as we hear anything else we will mek oonu know.





Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle" was off the chain

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Scenes from Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle 2008":

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Back together again?

Is Beenie and D'Angel reconciling? Bwoy all now everybody a talk bout di comment whey she meck a Summer Sizzle bout what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. Is she sending us a message here? Well meck wi si nuh, cause nuff people curious, dem caan wait fi si wha a guh really happen.

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Article and Photos by: Petal

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The St. James leg of the annual all island independence celebration can be described as one of the best ever to be staged in the parish. The event saw special performances from Elephant Man, Dwight Samuels, Christopher Martin, Inga Stewart and Montego Bay's D.J. Mikey Ranks. Elephant Man put on a top class performance when he made his appearance on stage. They were also joined on stage by Montego Bay's dancers, Madusa and Mumma Side. Prior to the guest artistes, some of the earlier acts were, Andrenaline, Serial Killa, Ganga Lee, Ranking Bagga, Khalil, Dwight Samuels, plus appearances from the Show Jam models. Brian Bowen and Jackie Norman were both M.C.s.





Natalie Storm tours with Enur

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N_storm_edit.jpgReggae artiste, Natalie Storm of Prodigal Entertainment and Swatch International, has just completed a two week tour with Danish group, Enur. The tour began in Montreal, Canada and spanned Toronto, Haifax, Oklahoma City and Nassau, Bahamas, before ending in Chicago on July 26.

Natalie, who is best known for her dancehall hits "Talk Di Tings Dem", "A Nuh My Fault" and "Gyal fi Get Boo", performed with stars such as: Girlicious, Nelly and Snap, among others, at the Z-103 Summer Rush Concert in Toronto. She also performed at the exclusive Aura Club at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

She is presently making preparations to shoot a video for her hit "Back it Up".

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jamaica_flag_emancipationday.jpgSeven days of National celebration begins yesterday as the long awaited 'Jamaica Festival' under the theme " One Love...One Family" ,kicks off today ( July 31) with a week long of activities to mark 46 years of Independence.

Highlights of Jamaica Festival include the return of the Festival Street Parade and Grand Gala on August 6. The Float Parade will start at 10am from Kings House followed by the Main Parade which will get underway at 1-pm from the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Over 18 spectacular floats and costumed groups accompanied by music trucks will enliven the streets of Kingston followed by the the Grand Gala, which promises to be a grand affair full of ceremonial and colorful displays at the National Stadium and will culminate with an exciting Fireworks Display.





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Bounty Killer to Appear in Court Today

bounty_court.jpgRodney Price, also known as Bounty Killer, will be appearing before the Montego Bay Magistrates Court today to face charges for his outburst at Reggae Sumfest.

During his performance, he blurted out expletives against two other popular dancehall artistes, after which he was booed by the crowd and escorted by police officers off the stage.





Scenes from Fully loaded 2k8

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"Tribute To The Greats"

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"Tribute To The Greats" was held at Curphey Place on Saturday, 26th of July 2008. The MC for the night commenced the show by inviting Kingsly Goodison, head of King Omar Promotions and director of Sounds & Pressure, along with Julian "Jingles" Reynolds, chairman of Sounds & Pressure to come to the stage, where "Jingles" took over the presentation proceedings.

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The awardees for "Tribute To The Greats" included: Marjorie Whylie; who has served Jamaican culture and in particular Jamaican music for over 40 years, Vaughn "Bunny" Goodison; musicologist, radio personality and operator of Soul Shack Disco, The Hully Gully Dancers, Winston "The Whip" Williams; master debater and elocutionist, Thelma "Dimples" Harris; dance promoter extraordinaire and one of Jamaica's earliest swingers and Lloyd "Paro" Clarke; a product of Vere Johns Opportunity Hour between 1957 and 1959.





Sasha and Turbulence Back Together Again?

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Turbulence_and_Sasha_edit_1.jpgAfter shooting their new single "Don't Want To Be Alone" on the Breeze Riddim by Terminal 4 Media, Sasha and Turbulence have tongues wagging about the status of their relationship.

The video which has the pair hugging and kissing and asking questions, "Why did you leave..." and "...I want you right by my side" has the public wondering if these lyrics are based on true feelings. However, both Sasha and Turbulence deny any romantic connections. Sasha said that they are nothing more than good friends, while Turbulence says that they are friends who have great chemistry when they perform together. The on screen kiss was just acting, they both declared.

It is believed that after their public 2006 breakup the two were lyrically 'throwing words' at each other with Turbulence's "No Man No Perfect" and Sasha's "Got What You Need". Sasha, however, qualifies this, "I don't wanna say we were throwing words...we just expressed ourselves. It wasn't a war... I said my piece, he said his piece." She added, "I still love him as a person, he has a good heart and soul...but it's hard to go back."





music_symbol.jpgIn a bid to unearth the hidden talents of the youths of Jamaica, as well as provide entertainment suitable for the entire family, a series of free concerts will be held in the Emancipation Park, beginning Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm.

First Global Financial Services,(FGFS), a member of Grace Kennedy Group of Companies, initiated this project with an aim of encouraging Jamaicans to reconnect with the traditional music of the country, that has made people across the globe recognize Jamaica in a positive way, as explained by FGFS's president, Sandra Shirley. The project also aims to encourage music literacy among children, as well as encourage them to see music as a medium of self expression and income generator. FGFS will also be encouraging corporate entities to adopt school bands in order to boost music programmes across the Island.





Special Greetings

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Deborah Cole and YardFlex would like to send a special 18th birthday greeting to Shoshana Lee, who celebrates her birthday today. We hope you have a wonderful day and all the best on this your day.

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YardFlex would like to big up Natural Trendsetters Salon owned by sisters, Simone and Trudy Hylton who placed first in the World Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Show's lock competition. They came out on top at the Atlanta based competition in April this year; and were amongst lock stylists who came from as far as London and Africa.

No strangers to accolades, the duo was listed by Salon Today Magazine as one of the top 10 black salons. They also took the national crown in 2002 for being tops in natural hair design.





Reggae Update 2008

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The place to be on August 2, 2008 is Golden Spring Community Centre, St. Andrew, for the Reggae Update 2008. The show, which features top and upcoming reggae artistes, will have music provided by Melody One and MCs Isis and Shabba.

The show is being promoted by Simbo Entertainment. The main man, Simeon has worked on several Reggae shows, including Rebel Salute and Western Consciousness.





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Cherine Anderson Covers Air Jamaica

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AIRJAMAICACOVER_CherineAnderson_edit.jpgDancehall soul singer, Cherine Anderson, was approached by Air Jamaica's inflight magazine, Skywriting, to do an article on her latest hit song, "Kingston State of Mind" and ended up being selected to be the cover model for their 2008 summer issue.

The magazine which will be available on all Air Jamaica flights throughout July and August will feature an 8 page layout of Cherine in different locations throughout Kingston, as well as an abridged biography of her music, life, loves and business interests.

Cherine said that she was honoured to be following in the footsteps of her contemporaries, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Yolanda Adams, Angelique Kidjo and Erykah Badu.

Her makeup was done by Carol Reid while Anatoli Smith focussed on her wardrobe. Photograher was Mortei Korley.

If you bring an issue of the magazine with Cherine to one of her performances, you will receive a FREE "Showtime" EP, as well as an autographed picture - So look out for those magazines!





By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Patrons, at the last night of Reggae Sumfest 2k8, the second International Night on Saturday, July 19, amidst intermittent rain drops, witnessed some classic performances from local acts, as well as the billed international stars.

The master himself, Beres Hammond, mesmerized his audience with another breath taking performance. Backed by the 'wicked' Harmony House band, Beres had his fans on their toes as he stepped on stage and sang "What Can You Do To Stop A Man From Trying". Jumping around and flashing his fingers after being seemingly 'hit' by his music, he went into "Step Aside".

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The hits kept flowing nonstop and Beres didn't give his audience time to catch their breaths as he quickly went into "What One Dance Can Do" and "She Loves Me Now".

The great reggae crooner set Catherine Hall on fire as he sang "Tempted To Touch" and "Double Trouble".

With the Harmony House band in full flight, the 'captain' Beres Hammond soured to yet higher heights as he sang "Putting Up Resistance" and the well loved "Pull It Up".

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The ladies were on top of the world as Beres told them to "Show It Off". The musical genius ended an amazing performance with the song "Rock Away".





Keisha Cole and Akon scored big at Sumfest

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Keyshia Cole and Akon delivered big time for their fans as the first of 2 International Nights kicked off at Sumfest, in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Friday, July 18, 2008.

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Keyshia Cole captivated her audience from the word go as she started off with the song "Should Have Let You Go".

Cole, along with her dancers and backup singers, displayed excellent stage presence which was punctuated by some crisp choreographed dance moves as she took her audience through a musical journey.

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She sang her heart out as she did "Should Have Cheated". She danced up a storm on stage as she sang "Give It Up To Me", her collaboration with dancehall super star Sean Paul.

She then went into a soulful mood and bonded with her audience as she sang the love ballads "Just Like You" and "Send from Heaven".

Keyshia raised the temperature in Catherine Hall as she put her beautiful voice to good use behind the beautiful song "Lonely".

The R&B super star finished on a high with two of her mega hit songs "Last Night" and "Let It Go" bringing an end to a wonderful performance which the crowd truly appreciated.

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The introduction of the Senegalese born singer, Akon by his DJ, sparked 'nuff' excitement among the audience. Comically dressed in a Scottish kilt, DJ Benedict whipped the crowd into a frenzy by playing some 'tough' hip hop and dancehall selections to the delight of the crowd.

The hype of his introduction was justified by Akons performance as the singer gave his audience a truly exciting performance.





Beenie Man ruled Sumfest Dancehall Night

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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When the smoke cleared, it was the Doctor Beenie Man who was left standing, as the 16th staging of Reggae Sumfest got into full swing on its Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 17, 2007.

Beenie Man capitalized on his arch rival, Bounty Killer's mistake of 'name calling', when he called Beenie Man a 'fish' which earned the 'Ground Gadd' some hefty boos. Beenie smartly ignored Bounty's remarks, dug deep and did a truly professional set at the end of a very successful night for the organizers of the reggae festival.

"Bounty a mi artiste still, yu affe just si wid him, mi forgive him still," Beenie said before setting the place on fire reeling off hits after hits.

It was sheer pandemonium as the Ruff Kut band sweetly strummed out the Shaka Shaka rhythm as Beenie started his set with songs such as: "Red", "Yu a Licky Back" and the original song on the rhythm "Chaka Chaka". At which time dancer Shelly Belly ran on stage and did the shelly belly dance and the 'chain swinging' stunt which caused much excitement among the crowd.

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With hands, flags and lighters waving in the air, the Doctor continued the 'operation on his patients'. He had them moving to other hit songs such as: "Never Stop From Trying" and "Get Mi Mad".

Beenie continued on a more serious note unleashing some songs for the gangsta' including, "Tink Wi Nuh Know" and "Memories".

He again represented for the girls with "Wickedest Slam", "Hum Hum" and "Proper Fix" which resulted in the girls screaming uncontrollably.

The 'Gully Gad', Mavado stood tall for the alliance and gave what was truly a memorable performance. The introduction of the 'gangsta for life' drew a big response from the crowd. He kicked off his set on a high note with "Top Shotta Nuh Shoot and Miss". Seemingly in a no nonsense mood, the gun fingers and lighters were in the air as he went into "Chat Too Much".

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Catherine Hall turned into one big choir as the crowd sang along to Mavado's "Amazing Grace".

The man from Cassava Piece was in full flight as he dropped hit songs such as: "Full Clip" and "Real Mckoy".

Mavado showed that he is a heavy weight in the dancehall arena and kept the vibes with "Touch De Road". He showed off his love making skills to the girls as he teased them with "Squeeze Har Breast".

The place got even more insane as Mavado belted out "Even If Mi Lef The Gully" and "I’m So Special". With his choir in tow, Mavado capped off a really big erformance with the songs "I'm On The Rock" and "We shall Over Come".





haile_selassie_I_1_edit.jpgThe Haile Selassie I 116th Earthday Cultural Celebration Concert will be hosted by the Livity Vegetarian Restaurant and Rootz Foundation. The event will be held at Livity, 30 Haining Road, New Kingston, commencing at 5:00 pm.

One of the legacies of Haile Selassie I will be receiving benefits from this venture. Artistes, poets and instrumentalists will make artistic and musical contributions to the Haile Selassie High School at Payne Avenue, 3 Miles. The school is in need of educational tools, resources and proper sanitary facilities and thus proceeds from this venture will be in aid of these causes.

Artistes will be performing free of charge as it is a charity function. Artistes scheduled to perform include: Tarrus Riley, Rootz Underground, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Lutan Fyah, Jimmy Riley, Ken Boothe, Rita Marley, Bongo Herman, Bushman, Tony Rebel, Lymie Murray, Empress, Mikey General, I-Nubia, Ras Malekot, Nelly Star, Moji, Rastarenes, Chakula, Downstairs, Aluta Continua, Ras Incient and Highyaziya, to name a few, backed by the High Symbol Band.





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Miss Kitty Returns to the air

miss_kitty_edit2.jpgMiss Kitty aka the "Fluffy Diva" will finally be returning on the air after she was fired from her previous show, "The Entertainment Office" in late May of this year. According to The Star, Miss Kitty is very excited to be working with RJR, and revealed that her show will be aired between 2 - 5 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

Although still unsure, Miss Kitty believes the show will be called "Ketch A fire" and will be similar to her former show; bringing entertainment and music to her listeners. Miss Kitty is known for being fun, so we know this will be hype!

'Fluffy to di Flipping Worl!"

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Zip Disc Jockey now turns artiste

The surprises just keep on coming. ZJ Nikki Z has just recorded her first single titled "Belly Ring" featuring Leftside who also produced the track.

The song as we heard, is about a man who is attracted to a girl because of her 'Belly Ring'.

Keep doing your thing girl.

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Renato Adams throws in the towel

reneto_adams_retire.jpgYesterday was Renato Adams's final day in the force as a policeman. After more than 30 years he has now officially retired. The controversial cop says he has no regrets...well...except one...that marauding gunmen in Tivoli Gardens confronted the security forces in July 2001.

The senior cop added that criminal elements causing chaos in the society are getting too much press. The crime fighter, who has been hailed by many communities in Jamaica as a hero, is featured in the popular Jamaican soap, Royal Palm Estate.

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Beenie Man Makes Bottles Fly

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beenieman_charts.jpgEveryone was anticipating Beenie's performance at the Portland Jerk Festival and when he failed to show bottles started flying.

Beenie Man who was the main act for the show lost his passport and was unable to return home in time for the event.

Efforts to contact the organizers of the show by Beenie Man's Booking agent were unsuccessful prior to the event. Efforts were also made by the organizers to get Beenie on the phone to explain to his fans why he was unable to be there, but this also was unsuccessful.

No Beenie equals angry fans.





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Celebrity Soccer match had poor turnout

buju_marcia_gregory.jpgYardFlex understands that the Jammins Celebrity Soccer Match in New York was a big flop. Wi hear dat it attracted less than 1000 people. But wid a big line up like Buju, Capleton, Gregory Isaacs, Serani, Bunji Garlin, Marcia Griffiths and many more a wonda how come. But fi real it come een like hard times a lick every body left right and centre, dat's why nuff people probably neva meck it, dem haffi choose between food and show!

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Yard flex buss it fuss

YardFlex buss di news fuss sey it come een like Beenie Man and him wife a eye dem one anodda back and si it deh, we guh read it inna one nex' suss column teday. But something could a really guh suh dough.

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International Reggae Day 2008

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By: Lioness Danyell
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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This year, the celebration of International Reggae Day, commenced back in 1994 by one-woman power house, Andrea Davis and her Jamaica Arts Holdings organisation, came to a crescendo at the Undercroft of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, with a panel discussion themed 'Reggae Music in 2008'.

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Commemorating 2008 as the 40th year of Reggae music, a major point of discussion was the landmark songs of the year 1968, which definitively propelled the shift in genre from Rock Steady to Reggae. Among these were famously Nanny Goat by Larry Marshall and Do The Reggae by Toots and the Maytals, as well as, Baby Why by the Cables, Israelites by Desmond Dekker and the Aces and Feel the Rhythm by Clancy Eccles, which was actually recorded in late 1967, but released in 1968, according to panelist