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Artiste Nordia Witter aka KOKO releases B Rida video

Nordia "KoKo" Witter, B RIDA Official Video





Promoter demands compensation from I-Octane

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Promoter Tia Reinford is demanding to be compensated by I-Octane and his management following claims that the "Burn Dem Bridge" hitmaker is allegedly responsible for the premature end of her event. Tia, who is the promoter of the Westmoreland Kite Festival held on Sunday, said patrons pelted bottles on the stage following I-Octane's abrupt end of his set. The promoter says I-Octane is responsible for the incident. However, I-Octane is singing a different tune. In the meantime, promoter Tia Reinford is seeking compensation. She adds that she will not quit until I-Octane and his management negotiates with her.
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Bounty and Mavado friends again

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

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

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There are conflicting reports as to what exactly caused a bottle-throwing incident at Sunday's Western Kite Festival held at Mannings School in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland. The event featured I-Octane, Romain Virgo and Popcaan. Reports from persons who attended the event that I-Octane worked for 10 minutes, had issues with the fact that he could not get a "dark segment" flung the mic on stage and left prematurely. According to the promoter, as soon as I-Octane made it clear that he was leaving, the bottles started raining on stage. "I was even told that one of the bottles hit him," she told Yardflex. "Yes, there was a sound problem and we explained that to him from he entered the venue. Popcaan worked around it and do too did Romaine Virgo. Everything went smooth until I-Octane entered the stage. He was the one who started talking about bottles by telling the people that "this selector come in like him need a bottle". But instead of the crowd bottling the selector, they bottled the artiste," the promoter said. However, according to I-Octane, in an interview with The Star, "You have some youth a record di ting and mi a ask dem fi dim the light so mi can see wah a gwaan inna di crowd. Mi neva like the energy weh dem a come off wid. Mi ask fi di dark segment and it seem like dem man ya have some personal vibe." I-Octane said the audience pleaded with the cameramen to turn off the light but they didn't. "Me is a man weh nuh just walk off a stage so but the tone mi neva like it. True dem vibe mi neva waan turn mi back and sup'm go gwaan. Mi just seh to dem seh since unuh nuh waan hear wah mi a seh mi a seh unuh work then. Di crowd get vex wid dem and start fling bottle," he said. The artiste said he was already on his way out of the venue when the incident took place, as the patrons realised that he was not returning.
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Kip Rich was the last man standing in the Sting war between him and Merciless on Tuesday morning. It appeared as if Merciless underestimated Kip Rich's ability as a clash artiste and therefore Leonard had no strong comeback when Kippo unleashed his venom. As to the anticipated Beenie/Bounty clash, it was obviously put on hold. Bounty was in his killa suit ready for war and Beenie Man was supposed to be in the venue, but if he was, then him hide it out. Bounty Killer, still managed to make an impact, and closed the show. The general feeling however, is that Sting has lost its Sting.
 
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Bounty Killer demolishes Beenie

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The Warlord Bounty Killer was at his best at Diamond Splash in Negril last night. The killer was armed and dangerous and wasted no time in annihilating his long-time rival Beenie Man. The Doctor was outclassed and left the stage right after his whipping. With Bounty Killer on such a high, can Beenie Man make a comeback in time for Sting?
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Kartel in court today

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Vybz Kartel, will return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today, in relation to the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. Williams was reportedly beaten and stabbed in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, but the police have not located his body. Our news centre understands that a bail application could be made today in the case. Kartel was offered $3 million bail in relation to another murder case against him but he cannot make use of it because he has not been granted bail in the Williams case. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and five other men are charged jointly for Williams' killing. They are fellow deejay Shawn Campbell more popularly known as Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, Kiro Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St. John, otherwise called Mad Suss. The police have told the court that they have video and audio recordings linking Vybz Kartel, and the other men to the killing. The investigating officer said the police also have eye witness statements connecting the men to the murder. In the meantime, Kartel is also to appear in court today in relation to an alleged plot to undermine the Police's investigation into Clive Williams' murder case. Kartel and fellow Portmore-empire artiste Vanessa Saddler alias Gaza Slim are charged jointly with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
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Vybz Kartel questioned on conspiracy charges

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Jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel faced questioning Friday on allegations that he conspired with Gaza Slim, a member of his Portmore Empire to try and deceive the police. Kartel is facing a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. His attorney, Christian Tavares-Finson told RJR News the defence team is ready. "It's very simple. The police have contacted us in relation to the questioning of Adidja Palmer in relation to perverting the course of justice. We will be following the usual procedures and we will be cooperating with the police to the fullest extent of our abilities," Mr. Tavares-Finson said. Gaza Slim, whose given name is Venessa Sadler, was charged last week after she reportedly made a false report to the police. She reportedly told the police on October 29, that she had just been robbed by Clive Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. However, the cops say this was a move to disrupt their investigation into Mr. William's murder. Detectives say they intercepted a text message, instructing her to give the false report.




Gyptian to perform in Times Square New Year's Eve

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Internationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Gyptian, will perform at the upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square in New York City. The popular singjay is one of the headliners slated to perform on MTV's coverage of the New Year's celebrations on December 31. This is regarded as one of the largest New Year's celebrations worldwide, with over two million viewers on average to view the Billboard screen in Manhattan for all the performances during the celebration preluding the traditional dropping of the ball at midnight. Gyptian expressed his gratitude for the honour; relaying the notion that a Reggae artiste's ability to make it upon this kind of international stage shows how far Jamaica and the genre have come. "For Reggae and for us as a little island to be far, it's a good look."
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Gaza Slim in court

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Dancehall entertainer, Gaza Slim, was due in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Monday. Gaza Slim, whose real name is Vanessa Sadler, was charged on Thursday with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Gaza Slim, a member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire, is accused of making a false report to the police. She surrendered to the police a week ago after being named a person of interest. The artiste found herself in trouble with the law when she went to the Constant Spring Police on October 29 and reported that she had just been robbed by Clive Williams, the man Vybz Kartel is accused of killing. The cops say they seized a cell phone containing a message instructing Gaza Slim to make the false report.
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Reggae Grammy nominees announced

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English: Shaggy Deutsch: Shaggy




Ziggy and Stephen Marley will go head to head against Shaggy, Monty Alexander and Israel Vibrations, for the Best Reggae album at next year's Grammy Awards. The nominees were announced at Wednesday's Nomination Concert in Los Angeles. Stephen Marley got the nomination for his album Revelation Part One: The Root of Life, while his brother Ziggy received his nomination for Wild and Free. Dancehall star Shaggy got nominated for his album Summer in Kingston, Monty Alexander for Harlem-Kingston Express Live and Israel Vibrations for Reggae Knights. The Grammy Awards ceremony will be aired live from L.A.'s Staples Center on February 12.

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No bail for Vybz Kartel

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Despite being offered bail in relation to one murder case on Thursday, dancehall entertainer Vbyz Kartel was remanded on Friday morning when he returned to the Corporate Area Criminal Court. Kartel, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, and three members of his Empire Music network are charged for the murder of Clive Williams otherwise called Lizard. In court on Friday morning, government prosecutors declared that they are now in possession of video material of the alleged incident. The material is to be submitted to the defence team before December 16. The case is to be mentioned on December 19. Kartel and the other accused were charged more than a month ago following investigations into Mr. Williams' murder. It is alleged that in August, he was taken to a house in Havendale where he was beaten and stabbed to death. The cops say they seized a cellular telephone which was used to record the killing. Kartel is charged along with deejay Shawn Campbell, also known as Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin Haye, also known as Moonie, and Cayro Jones. Vybz Kartel was offered bail on Thursday, in relation to the murder charge for St. Catherine businessman, Barrington 'Bossy' Burton. In the meantime, there are more problems facing the controversial artiste. Investigators are reportedly contemplating other charges to be placed against Kartel following allegations that he attempted to pervert the course of justice. He is expected to be charged with dancehall artiste Gaza Slim. On Thursday night the police named Gaza Slim, whose given name is Vanessa Sadler, as a person of interest. She reportedly went to the police on October 29 to report that she had been robbed by Clive Williams, the man whose murder Kartel have been charged with. The police say this was an attempt to prove that Mr. Williams was not dead. It is understood that the police seized a cellular phone with a text message to her to fabricate the story. Meanwhile entertainer Vanessa Saddler more popularly known as "Vanessa Bling" and "Gaza Slim" has been asked to report to the Constant Spring Station by noon Friday. She was named as a person of interest Thursday. Detectives say they have made several unsuccessful attempts to contact her.
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Kartel Still in Prison

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Popular Dj Vybez Kartel was  in pending this afternoon after waiting to hear if he would be granted bail for his second murder charge held against him in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based businessman/promoter, Barrington "Bossie" Burton this past July. Kartel was granted bail in the sum of JA$3 million on Thursday. 
However, Kartel did'nt receive bail because of his other murder case, where he's accused of killing St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive "Lizard" Williams was still pending. A recent hearing took place on Friday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court where a bail application in the Williams matter would reportedly be presented.

More so, during Friday's hearing, it was revealed that no bail application for Vybz Kartel was made given that documents that should have been served to the deejay's defense team weren't made available. Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey ruled that the prosecution must  produce video and voice evidence to the defense no later than December 15. As a result, Kartel must report to court on December 19 for another bail hearing
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Kartel gets $3M bail on one murder charge

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Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was granted $3 million bail in the Supreme Court today. The bail was in relation to his alleged murder earlier this year of Barrington 'Bossie' Bryan. The bail application was made by defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson, who appeared in chambers with Michael Deans and Chris Tavares-Finson. The attorney took the matter to the High Court after Kartel was refused bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last month. This, however, does not mean that Kartel will be released from jail, as he is currently facing another murder charge. The entertainer, along with three other men -- fellow deejay Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; fashion designer Calvin Haye; and Cayro Jones -- are charged with the August 16 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. The men are to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court tomorrow, where bail applications are expected to be made.
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Kartel gets new court date

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Controversial dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was ordered to return to court on December 21, when he appeared in court on Wednesday. At that time the prosecution is expected to furnish all relevant documents to the defence. Kartel has been accused of conspiring with other men to murder businessman and promoter Barrington Burton otherwise called 'Bossie'. He is facing the additional charges of conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. The police say Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park, St. Catherine.
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International dancehall star Beenie Man is ticked off at the organisers of the annual Sting concert and has announced publicly via a statement to the press that he will not be doing the show this year unless he gets "an explanation" regarding disparaging remarks made by Isaiah Laing during a TV interview few weeks ago. "How (Isaiah) Laing fi go pon TV and mek dem speech de say we ah old artistes and caan do nothing fi him show? Him no respect the dancehall veterans who help to build the industry in no way. Every year, him attempt fi disrespect we in some way, and mi not doing Sting this year unless Laing come explain to me what him mean by 'old artiste'. If Bounty waan a clash, him haffi link me at some other show," Beenie Man said in a statement. Laing is the CEO of Supreme Promotions, the company which hosts the Sting concert each year. Beenie Man also revealed that in the wake of Laing's interview, he was approached by both Elephant Man and Bounty Killer to do a show which they would organize. "Killer and Ele come to me up at Suzie's and say which part we ah go keep our show. Mi check it out and did a plan fi use Jamalco inna Clarendon and do the show on December 31st. And now mi hear Killer ah say mi a run from clash but mi fraida Killer, mi nah run, and mi will clash him at another show apart from Sting. Killer bow too much, look how easy him mek Laing bring him in and ah use him fi bring mi in," Beenie Man said. Beenie Man explained that he is not attempting to fight against the Sting concert which is held on Boxing Day in Jamworld in Portmore. "Sting is a good show and we need it fi continue fi help buss the next generation of artistes, but mi just no like how dem treat the artistes who inna the industry. Look how me and Killer ah do clash song and ah build a vibes and him come pon TV and just kill the clash song dem right inna the middle of the promotion, and den him ah come draw back fi we after him dun diss we. Mi caan deal wid it no more," Beenie Man said. Beenie Man left the island on Wednesday to do a two week European tour. The official launch of the Sting concert was held at the Wyndham Hotel on Wednesday.
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Blak Ryno's passport found

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Following an appeal for the return of his stolen documents, dancehall deejay Black Ryno says his passport has been found. Thieves allegedly broke into the deejay's vehicle while he attended a meeting a meeting at Supreme Promotions on Burlington Avenue in St. Andrew and removed his travel documents, a new suit and other personal effects. But today, the artiste, whose real name is Romane Anderson, says the credentials were recovered by a woman who is a friend of dancehall artiste Flexx. Despite not recovering all the stolen items, an elated Ryno said in a statement that he is thankful to Flexx and the young lady for being good Samaritans. With the passport now in safe hands, Ryno is back on course making final preparations for assignments in St. Lucia and the Turks & Caico




Blak Ryno's passport stolen

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Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno was robbed over the weekend after the motor vehicle he was driving was broken into and several items stolen. The incident occurred on Friday night near the office of Supreme Promotions on Burlington Avenue while Ryno was at a meeting. After the meeting the entertainer discovered that thieves had broken into his car and removed several pieces of clothing along with his passport and other travel documents. Ryno issued a statement saying they can keep the suit and the other items, however, he needs back his passport as he has several overseas engagements in the coming days. The deejay, whose real name is Romane Anderson, is appealing to the perpetrator(s) to leave the passport at a police, radio or television station.
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New board in place for JaRIA

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With a new board of directors in place, chairman and executive director of the Jamaica Reggae Industry association (JaRIA), Charles Campbell, says the organisation is now an umbrella entity that is representative of Jamaica's music industry. Campbell said the three-year-old organisation chose its new directors less than two weeks ago; increasing the number from 11 to 15. On this new board, he says there will be representatives from different groups such as the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Vernal 'Junior' Weir; a representative of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes & Affiliates', Frankie Campbell O.D.; a representative of the Sound Systems Association, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell; and a representative of Manifesto Jamaica, Rupert Abishai Hoilett. The other directors on the board are K. Michael 'Ibo' Cooper O.D., J.P. (chairman), Charles H.E. Campbell (vice-chairman/executive director), Junior Lincoln, Mary Isaacs Black, Stephen Stewart J.P., L. Nichole Brown, Coleen Douglas, Paul Love, Shani Nembhard, Deleon 'Jubba' White, and Carol Lawrence.




Throughout the years Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza has built up a reputation as an event of high standards. The annual Christmas night concert was first staged eleven years ago and is still going strong despite many obstacles. Promoter of the event GT Taylor will hasten to tell you that his event has grown to become one of the top events in Jamaica because it has always delivered the best acts each year. "Over the years I have tried my very best to present the best acts for the patrons and this has really helped the show to grow. Now people all over the world know that each Christmas they can come to Independence Park for a top quality stage show event where they will some of the biggest and brightest stars in reggae and dancehall music," said GT Taylor. GT has put together another exciting cadre of top acts for this year's staging of Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza. The lineup includes dancehall and reggae heavy weights such as Bounty Killer, Mavado, Coco Tea, I Octane, Aidonia, Kkago, John Holt, Macka Diamond, D'Angel, Professor Nuts, Tony Matterhorn, Iley Dread, Kiprich Twins Of Twins, Spice, Lutan Fyah, Romain Virgo, Chuck Fender, Warrior King, Harry Toddler, Charley Blacks and Junior X. The lineup also includes Hezron, Toya, Tanto Blacks, villa Dutch, Ibahmar, Zamunda, Baby Chris, Mikeylous, Chi Ching Ching, Specialist, Brimstone, Acid, Calli Blaxx, and Hitman Walley. The promoter also promises several improvements for this year's show. "This year will be the twelfth staging and my team and I will be doing everything possible to improve the show. We want to make our twelfth staging a special one; therefore all aspects of the show will be upgraded."
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Lisa Hyper happy with overseas shows

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Former Portmore Empire first lady, Lisa Hyper, is overjoyed at the crowd response to her performances during her US club tour. On Monday night the artiste performed on two shows in Long Island, New Jersey and also did a show with Vegas and Demarco in North Carolina. The deejay also has an upcoming show in the Bronx and she is set to appear in Philadelphia and Orlando over the next few weeks. When she returns to the island in December, Lisa Hyper plans to release a video for the popular Jam2-produced single, "Roll Deep" and "Power". The deejay also completed her album which will be released at the end of the year.
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US Seeks Jamaican Dancehall Artiste

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A popular Jamaican dancehall artiste is reportedly wanted in Michigan, United States, on drug related allegations. A law enforcement officer said the entertainer, who has had several hit songs is also wanted on at least two warrants. The singjay, who is one of the top-ranked artistes in the dancehall is also a green card holder. The officer said he is not the only Jamaican entertainer being sought by the US on drug-related allegations. The latest information comes against the background of a recent statement made by head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, that a number of entertainers have popped up on the police radar and will be arrested soon. Powell's comment came shortly after the arrest of controversial dancehall star, Adidja Palmer, who goes by the stage name 'Vybz Kartel'.
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Police pull out Shorty?

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Was it really Shorty we saw being haul and pulled by cops at a popular small hotel in New Kingston? The very same hotel where the cops held on to her babyfada, Addie the World Boss. Well, if it was, then it surely was not a good weekend for poor Shorty. We hope the boys are being well looked after and are given some special attention. The last time we saw Shorty she was complaining that the boys miss their father and wanted to know when he was comeing home. All we know is that Shorty better try and keep herself at home so the boys won't have to strt asking where she is.
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Chino to release love songs

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#BigShip artiste, Chino, will be releasing a slew of new singles in a few weeks, some of which will be ballads. He says there has not been a permanent shift in his lyrics or style, instead, "I like exploring new genres, beats and topics and some of the songs that will be released shortly will be more singing than singjaying. There's even a combination with myself and Di Genius singing called So Do I for the ladies - that will be hitting the airwaves in a few days." "...There's also the single, Desert Rose, which is out now with myself and an artiste out of Cayman by the name of Jeffery Wilson and the video will be released in a few days, so everyone can definitely look out for those and other singles coming in a few weeks," he says. Chino is no stranger to style exploration. In May of this year, Chino showcased his expansive knowledge of music when he released his debut US album, Chino, to rave reviews. The first two releases from the album, I Am (an upbeat club track with a French twist) and Seal Di Link (a slow provocative reggae ballad) were complete departures from Chino's prior style. Seal Di Link went on to top charts in the US and sold in excess of 150, 000 on iTunes during the first week of its release. Likewise, one of his most recent love ballads, Driving Me Insane featuring singer #Denyque, which was also featured on the album, has been a hit among fans. "Music is definitely one of the loves of my life, and as a result of that, I'm always going to be focused on it and exploring new areas and genres in an effort to please the fans," he says. Chino is also popularly known for his hits From Mawnin, Ruff It Up, Protected, Pon Yuh Head, Yeah Yeah (on the Peppa Riddim) and others.
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Dancehall deejay, Alley Cat, aka Imperial, is currently making the rounds as he vigorously promotes his latest album, Dancehall Knowledge Volume 2. Quite excited about his latest project, Alley Cat, who changed his moniker to Imperial some years ago, has been studying various aspects of the music business in an effort to become more rounded. Having been on the music scene since 1996, the deejay has seen and has done many things and is now at a point where he feels comfortable managing his own affairs. "I have gone to school to study studio engineering and also learned to play the guitar. I gained a lot of hands-on experience just by being an artiste and working with some of the best producers, engineers and promoters in the music business," explained the deejay who was christened Albert Richards. He noted that Dancehall Knowledge Volume I signaled his intention to be a triple threat - artiste, song-writer and producer - and with this latest offering, he feels he has definitely come into his own. "I am not blowing my own trumpet, but the album is an interesting mix of clean, positive songs. I have stayed true to form and have delivered a product that I am confident the buying public will like," Alley Cat aka Imperial said. Dancehall Knowledge Volume II features collaboration with the Monster Hemphigher as well as Ikaya, whose vocals can be heard song, Virtuous Woman, which is one of the singles being promoted and getting a lot of attention from music lovers. In addition to the album, he has a slew of singles making noise on the scene, including Party Spree, Finally, Bruk Out feat. Stone and Miss Independent. Alley Cat, aka Imperial says his guiding principles in the business are excellence and commitment. Currently, he travels between Florida and Jamaica and is enjoying full international recognition, especially in the US, where radio is showing him much love. Between his own tracks and the work being done for other artists, Alley Cat has more than good reason to be optimistic. He's getting great response from the material that's out now, but has no intention of succumbing to complacency. Dancehall Knowledge Volume II was released in October and is distributed in the US by Island Entertainment. It is available on all major digital download stores including Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody
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Alley Cat ties the knot

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Deejay Alley Cat has joined the growing list of artistes who have gotten married. The entertainer and his girlfriend walked down the aisle a few months ago, at a lavish ceremony in New York. These days he's sporting a wedding band and a huge smile as he goes about his business of making music. Congrats Alley Cat.
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Kartel says his legal team remains the same

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Kartel says his legal team remains the same One of the attorneys for popular Jamaican artiste Vybz Kartel, yesterday released a letter over the entertainer's signature dismissing media reports that they have been sacked. "I have not authorised any change in my legal team in whom I have the fullest confidence," read a section of the three-paragraph letter signed by the artiste, whose given name is Adidja Palmer. The letter blindsided attorney-at-law Hannah Harris-Barrington, who yesterday repeated claims she made in a radio interview on Monday that she has been retained to represent the entertainer. Harris-Barrington, who is also the attorney for another jailed dancehall star Ninja Man - given name Desmond Ballentyne - told The Gleaner she has two letters, given to her by Palmer during separate jailhouse visits last week, to support her claim. "I really don't know what is happening," she said. Despite this, Harris-Barrington said she was willing to step away from the case. "If that (Palmer's letter) has today's (yesterday's) date then that must mean he has given them back the case and that's fine," she said. Palmer, in the letter released through his attorney Christian Tavares-Finson, said: "I have not retained or engaged the services of Hannah Harris-Barrington to represent me in any matter and she is not authorised to speak on my behalf or to discuss my case." His letter added "This serves to confirm that I have retained the services of attorneys-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson, Michael Deans and Chris Tavares-Finson to represent me in all the matters for which I am currently before the court." Palmer is facing two murder charges arising from the deaths of businessman/promoter Barrington Burton and Clive Williams in separate incidents in July and August this year. Burton was shot dead while standing with friends in Gregory Park, St Catherine, while Williams was beaten and stabbed to death in Havendale, St Andrew. He has been in custody since October 1 when he and three other persons were arrested at a New Kingston hotel for possession of ganja.
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Hot97Boston and VP Records are presenting the first Strictly The Best Concert. The one-day music event features an extraordinary line-up including Mr Vegas, I-Wayne, Khago, Demarco, Laza Morgan, and Wayne Marshall to celebrate the official album release of Strictly The Best, reggae's longest-running compilation in the business established in 1990. More artistes will be announced shortly. The concert will be held at Showcase Live in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on November 22 and hosted by Hot97 Boston radio personality Notorious V.O.G. Whether it is on the top of the Jamaican charts, a huge underground seller on the streets, or a massive club jam sweeping the dancehalls, Strictly The Best's (STB) annual series provides the hottest catalogue of dancehall/reggae music. Each year, VP Records releases two volumes in the STB series - one each for reggae and dancehall - showcasing the most buzz-worthy hits and biggest artistes in both genres for the year. VP Records' upcoming instalments Strictly The Best Vol. 44 and Vol. 45 feature top songs from more than 30 major international artistes, including Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Gyptian as well as I-Wayne, Demarco, Laza Morgan and Wayne Marshall, who will perform at the event. With more than a million listening hours a month from its one million-plus unique website visitors, Hot97 Boston is already one of the most popular digital music destinations for listening to dancehall/reggae programming online. Hot97 Boston currently offers reggae programming seven days of the week. Tickets are available to the general public for purchase by visiting Hot97Boston.com, Showcaselive.com, Livenation.com, and ticketmaster.com. Strictly The Best 44 & 45 album hits stores November 22.
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Entertainer among 14 persons of interest

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The St. Andrew North Division last night released a list of 14 men described as persons of interest. The police high command said the men can help in several investigations into recent crimes in St Andrew North. They are Alliance and Gully Squad entertainer, Omar Henry, otherwise called 'Flexx' from Fagan Avenue, Grants Pen, Javy John from Collins Close,and Rory Griffiths and Jermaine Grant, otherwise called 'Scientist' both from Donmair Commons. The other 10 men are known only by their aliases. They are 'Scratchie', 'Freddy', 'Damani' and 'Belly' all from Donmair Commons, 'Rabidol', who is from the Duppy Gully area of Stony Hill, 'VIP' from White Hall Avenue, and 'Shane', 'Husky', 'Scubba' and 'Kevin' from Collins Close. The police say despite several attempts they have not been successful in contacting any of the14 men. They are now appealing to the men to immediately turn in themselves to the Constant Spring or the nearest police station. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the men is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police or 119.
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Kartel to hear if he will be released on bail

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Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, is to hear today if he will be released on bail. A bail application was made last week by Kartel's lawyers in relation to the case involving the shooting death of St. Catherine businessman and promoter, Barrington Burton. Burton was killed while standing with friends in Gregory Park in Portmore, St. Catherine. Two other men are also charged with the murder of the businessman. In the meantime, Kartel is to return to court tomorrow to answer to the murder of a man in Havendale, St. Andrew. The controversial DJ is charged jointly with Kiro Jones, alias 'Ray Jones', and Calvin Haye with the August 16 murder of Clive Williams. The attack reportedly stemmed from the loss of an illegal gun. Kartel, has been in custody for just over a month.
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Shawn Storm charged with murder

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The police have charged dancehall artiste, Shawn Storm with murder. He was charged on Tuesday evening by detectives from the Constant Spring Police Station with one count of murder. The entertainer, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, was pointed out in an identification parade on Monday a week after being named as a person of interest. Shawn Storm, who is a member of Vybz Kartel's empire, had surrendered to investigators probing the murder of Clive Williams, otherwise called 'Lizard'. Vybz Kartel, who was charged a week ago with Mr. Williams' murder is to hear today if he will be granted bail. It is alleged that in August, Mr. Williams was taken to a house in Havendale, where he was beaten and stabbed to death over the loss of an illegal gun.
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Shawn Storm could be charged today

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Dancehall artiste, Shawn Storm, who surrendered to the police a week ago after being named as a person of interest is facing more trouble today. Shawn Storm was pointed out during an identification parade held on Monday evening. It is likely that the police will lay charges against him on Tuesday. Shawn Storm, a member of Vybz Kartel's empire, surrendered to the police last week Monday, after he was named as a person of interest by investigators probing the murder of Clive Williams, otherwise called 'Lizard'. A week ago Vybz Kartel, was charged with Mr. Williams' murder. It is alleged that in August, Mr. Williams was taken to a house in Havendale, where he was beaten and stabbed to death over the loss of an illegal gun.
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Lena British makes 'Priceless' debut

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Two months ago, astute businesswoman and fashionista Lena British caused quite a stir when she announced that she had decided to spend quite a bit of time in the studio. She quickly pointed out, however, that her focus would be on the production side of the business, not as an artiste. Now, Lena, known for executing her projects with class, has made what could very well be considered her 'Priceless' debut. Lena teamed up with hit-making producer, Jam 2, to inject some energy into the dancehall with a riddim that is bouncy, fierce or friendly, depending on which artiste is riding it. According to Lena British, she is pleased with the outcome of her first production, which she will be strategically marketing in the dancehall and on iTunes prior to hitting radio. She declared with a smile, however, that "production is hard work." Jam 2, the son of legendary music producer, sound system operator and businessman, King Jammy's, explained that for this project he and his team went for "raw dancehall" rather than the hip hop-influenced dancehall riddims that currently abound. He stated that the Priceless Signature had a more old school feel and that is exactly what he and his creative director, Spider, were aiming for. "It's takes you back to the days of a Dave Kelly Showtime riddim," Jam 2 said. The Priceless Signature riddim, featuring artistes such as Tarrus Riley, Mr Vegas, Wayne Marshall, ZJ Liquid, Bugle, Lady Saw, Spice, D'Angel, Ishawna, Munga, Bling Dawg, Gappy Ranks, Flexx, Bridgez, Kibaki and others, is now being rotated in the dancehall and is also available on iTunes.
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Khago goes global

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Recording artiste Khago says he is pleased with the progress of his career over the last few months. The artiste has performed on shows in two continents and his latest hit, 'Tun Up De Ting' on the Overproof rhythm, is getting favorable airplay on HOT 97, a major urban radioNew York. According to Khago, he is finally getting to perform for his fans overseas. The singjay will be performing at shows in the Caribbean over the next couple of weeks with gigs in Antigua, and St. Lucia. He also has a number of shows in the United States with shows booked for Fort Lauderdale and Connecticut station in during the month of November.
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Shawn Storm back in police custody

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Two days after embattled dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was slapped with a second murder charge, one of his proteges, Shawn Storm, was taken back into custody by the cops.
The Portmore Empire artiste, reportedly surrendered to the Constant Spring Police Wednesday, after being wanted for questioning in connection, with the murder of Clive Williams, aka Lizard.
Lizard was killed on August 16 in Havendale, St. Andrew. Kartel and another man have been jointly charged with the murder.
This is the second time in two weeks that Shawn Storm has been taken into custody for questioning. On October 10 he surrendered to the police after being named a person of interest. He was questioned and subsequently released.
Meanwhile, his mentor, Vybz Kartel, remains behind bars charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
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The year  2011 has been one in which recession has been the main profiler in the videolight and  the production of mammoth dancehall shows has declined significantly. However,  the promoters of the event  which has what is  arguably  the longest title  - Jagra  GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza - have declared that recession or no recession, the show must go on.
Production is therefore  in high gear for this eagerly anticipated calendar event, held annually at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth. Now celebrating its 12th staging, the show will continue with the theme that heralded its mega successful 10thanniversary, 'Caring and Sharing Through Music'.
The promoter is still savouring the success of last year's show, which pundits agree was the best show for the season, and which Taylor says was the best Christmas Extravaganza in the event's history. He had words of commendation for the sponsors, in particular title sponsor Jagra, the artistes, the band, the production team and, of course, the patrons.
 GT has promised that there will be lots of Christmas cheer  for 'Extravaganza' patrons come December 25, 2011. Asked if he would be jumping into his Santa Claus suit which is gathering dust, his answer was a decisive "No". He did point out, however, that Old St Nick comes in many forms and the sponsors will be sure to have goodies to give away, while the artistes will deliver special entertainment  packages to their  fans. 
As a matter of fact, the artiste line-up sports all the big - and not-so-big - names in reggae/dancehall  music. Among them are Mavado, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Coco Tea, John Holt,  Spice, Romain Virgo, Hezron, Chuck Fenda, Twin of Twins, Macka Diamond, Wayne Marshall, Iley Dread, D'Angel, Lutan Fyah, Professor Nuts, Warrior King, Toya, Villa Dutch, Tiana, Specialist and a host of others.
 
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Vybz Kartel: the real truth?

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The present charge against Vybez Kartel that stemmed from the murder in Havendale only added to the  previous investigation, and charges the police had as they had other evidence of crimes committed allegedly by Kartel.
The young men working for Kartel were part of a street gang that allegedly worked in his operations that facilitated the movement of drugs allegedly from Jamaica to Haiti. These young men were "street boys", somewhat detached from family members or were desperate for money.
If  not privileged with travel documents before , they allegedly got them through the connections Kartel had. After obtaining the documents, their passports had 
to be turned over and kept by him.
Kartel is a known manipulator and was said to have kept abreast of his manipulation by reading books about those who seemed to have mastered the art. This became an obsession and  people who were drawn to him , did so, but subconsciously not knowing how or why.
One of his chief manipulative practices was blackmail, through recording. Young men and women with whom he thought there was too much to lose, were recorded secretly and then allegedly shown these recordings at a later time.
On the afternoon of the Havendale killing, it was said that Kartel had allegedly given instructions to two young men on a hit that they had to carry out on one of the men who had worked for him. It is alleged that Kartel got nervous because the police had picked up this young man and had questioned him. The young man was aid to have been of no help to the police as he did not supply them with the information they needed about Kartel. He was released.
Upon his release he reported back to Kartel that the police had brought him in for questioning but reassured him that he did not say anything .  Unknown to the young man, this did little to reassure him and it is alleged that Kartel thought it better to have him out of the way and allegedly a price was put on him.
The young men that were ordered to do this did not carry out his orders and were convinced to return to Havendale. (As previously reported by me, Kartel had missing guns, this is a correction as this was not the case).  Both young men were placed in separate rooms and Clive Williams aka Lizard was killed. It is said that the young man who got away is known as "-". -- got away by jumping over the fence surrounding the compound with Kartel and another young man in pursuit, to no avail. Kartel was subsequently bitten by his pitbull, which was later stabbed  to death by him. As reported, he went to St. Andrew's hospital where he sought medical attention.
During the production of Kartel's reality series it is alleged that he spoke about being bitten by his dog. The police was also said to have taken this information in as evidence.
As reported by a leading Jamaican media source, Kartel seemed surprised about the latest charge as the police are said to not be in possession of  a body, but he is said to have been charged on other evidence and testimony.
Kartel is reported to have teamed up with  well known funeral parlor owner , on Maxfield Ave.,. This gentleman can be seen in a few pictures with him (Details will be released at a later date). The funeral parlor  owner  is said to have allegedly to have been paid to cremate the bodies of the victims whenever there was one. Blood and brain matter were what were found on the property in Havendale which have been used in this latest charge.
This post is based on an email that was sent and in no way reflects the views and opinions of ''Met'' or Jamaicangroupiemet.com.) 
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American businessman Corey Todd plans to post new music every Tuesday via iTunes.
He will begin releasing dancehall and reggae music on iTunes this week.
The first wave of tracks will include the entire catalogue of music that he has produced in the past three months.
He has scored hits such as Jahvinci's 'In My Life' and 'Eagle and Hawk', both with producer Ainsley 'Not Nice' Morris.
Todd said he will be putting out projects that he has with the producers 'Not Nice', 'Black Spider' and 'Dre Day'.
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What's up with Gyptian?

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Just as we were wondering what's up with Gyptian, we hear that the artiste is in the United States recording songs for an album scheduled for release next year.
Additionally, he performed at Howard University in Washington, DC this weekend. Later this month, he will be at the Dominica Creole Festival. In November, the reggae artiste will be doing shows in Nigeria and Dubai, before going back to New York where he will continue recording songs for the album.
Gypppie, we glad to know that you thing still set and you a eat a food.
And with your place  in the Top Ten lineup  for the MTV Iggy Award, you a fly Jamaica flag high.
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Vybz Kartel still managing the Portmore Empire

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"Portmore Empire artists Vanessa Bling (Gaza Slim), Sheba, Tommy Lee, and Shawn Storm are still booked and managed by Adidjahiem Records. As such, any bookings or commitments coming through any other channels will not be honored."
That's the word from Adidjahiem Record, which emphasized that they are still the booking and management agents for Portmore Empire artists.
In a statement issued through his lawyer Michael Deans, Adidjahiem Records CEO Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer stated that booking and management related requests should be made to Calvin Haye.
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Female artiste on police list?

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A which female artiste we a hear bout whoofa name deh pon the list of artiste who the police dem say a buy gun?
We hear a name a call up call up and it doan sound good. We really hope say it doan go so and it is just a baseless rumour.
But all we haffi tell the artiste dem is that now is the time for them to focus on dem music and stop gwaan like them want buy out a armory. Music money is to fix up Mama house and then fix up you pickeny den, youself and baby madda. And we know say nuff man hafi eat a food outta it to.
But just memba say the days of buys guns and ammunition are over. Or the cops are gonna get you.
 
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Sizzla is not dead

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Why people so mix up and a call dung dead pon the Rastaman? Twitter light up on Saturday after some irresponsible website post an indepth article detailing an accident in which international reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji was involved in.
The story looked so credible that people all over the world start to bawl and send a heap of RIP message. Then it was later discovered that it was all a hoax and that the website had 'killed off' celebrities like David Beckham in the past.
Bwoy, this Internet thing can cause real harm. But right now, we wish Sizzla all the best and that he continues the road to recovery without any mishaps.
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Beenie Man will not be performing in Miami

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Reacting to a poster circulating on Facebook that suggests that Beenie Man will be performing live at a birthday party event at a club called Euro in Miami, Florida.
 Beenie Man's management team is asking promoters to desist from advertising events suggesting that the artiste will be performing when they know that he has not been granted a work permit.
"The person who is hosting the birthday party is a personal friend of mine and he invited Beenie Man to attend the event, but not to perform. We don't have a work permit, there is no contract, no fees have been paid over. Beenie Man would have made an appearance at the event just to party with the fans and not to perform, so I was upset when I went to a club oevr the weekend and somebody handed me a flyer advertising 'Beenie Man Live' this Friday at Club Euro in Miami. Beenie Man will not be performing at this event," an upset-sounding 'Blue', Beenie Man's manager said in a release.
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Shawn Storm released from custody

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Dancehall DJ Shawn Storm was on Friday morning released after his attorney Michael Dean entered a habeaus corpus when the Portmore Empire artiste appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
Shawn Storm, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, turned himself over to the police on Monday after being named a person of interest.
Mr. Dean asked the court to order the artiste's release as the police had not charged him with any crime.
Meanwhile, the case against the head of the Portmore Empire, Vybz Kartel is set for hearing about now.
Kartel's legal team made an application for the artiste, who is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm, to be offered bail.
Kartel, whose given name is Adidjah Palmer, was charged on October 3 following investigations into the July shooting death of 27-year-old Barrington Burton in Gregory Park, St. Catherine.
Two other suspects in the case were charged earlier this week.
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Mavado wants to live in Africa

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Dancehall singjay Mavado may soon set up shop in the continent of Africa, ahead of an upcoming performance there.
Reports out of the West African nation of Ghana suggest that Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, has expressed interest in migrating there, to local journalists at a pre-concert press conference in Accra.
He has hinted that he would love to move to Ghana in the near future as soon as he acquires land there; claiming that "Ghana reminds me of home. (I'm) an African due to ancestry and (I'm) very excited about the prospects of living in the Motherland."
Mavado is not the first Dancehall/Reggae act to signal his intentions to migrate to Ghana.
Rita Marley, widow of legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley, currently resides at Konkonuru in the eastern region of the country.
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Shawn Storm in police custody

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Dancehall singjay, Shawn Storm ,who is a member of the Vybz Kartel led PORTMORE Empire is now in police custody after being listed as a person of interest.
The artiste was turned in to the police by his attorney Michael Deans this morning.
The police said Shawn Storm is expected to be questioned later. It is still not clear as to why the dancehall deejay was named as a person of interest.
Meanwhile, Portmore Empire's leader, Vybz Kartel is expected to answer to murder, conspiracy to murder and firearm charges later this week in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
 
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Extradition proceedings are to begin on Wednesday, against Vincent Ashman, the Jamaican fugitive wanted in England for murder.
Ashman, a reputed member of the Dawg Paw Gang, appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court, Monday, where the hearing date was set.
Ashman was re-arrested two weeks ago, nearly six months after the Supreme Court ordered his release from custody.
Last year, Mr. Ashman agreed to return to the UK, to stand trial for murder.
However, the Full Court was forced to release him because then Justice Minister, Dorothy Lightbourne, refused to sign off on the surrender warrant, during the much-publicised dispute between her office and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The law gives the state six months within which  to sign the surrender warrant, failing which the fugitive has to be released.
The attorneys for Mr Ashman have declared that they will be fighting the extradition.
Mr Ashman was captured in August Town, St Andrew, last November,  by members of the Flying Squad, during their manhunt for reputed leader of the Dawg Paw Gang, Christopher Linton.
He's wanted in the UK for the fatal shooting of a man at a nightclub in Brixton, in 2009.
The shooting was captured on video, but Ashman fled to Jamaica following the incident.
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Designer plans to sue Elephant Man

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The Energy God, Elephant Man, seems not to like paying his bills.
Reports reaching YardFlex are that a certain designer has plans to sue the dancehall artiste for overdue bills. Ele reportedly owes over one million for designer clothing and this has been stretching out too long.
Ele, we are appealing to you to pay up and avoid the embarrassment.
 
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Kartel in court today

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Dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel is expected to appear in court today in relation to a ganja possession charge.
The entertainer, whose given name is Adidja Palmer has been in custody since last week Friday when he and three other persons were arrested at a New Kingston hotel
He was also charged on Monday with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm arising from the death of St. Catherine businessman Barrington Burton in July.
Palmer was expected to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on the murder charge, but that did not happen because the case file was not completed.
Another attempt was made on Wednesday, but defence attorneys said court officials told them that the case would not be listed because they had received an incomplete file.
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Kartel yet to appear before a magistrate

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For the second day running popular dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel failed to appear before a Resident Magistrate.
It was highly anticipated that the entertainer would appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Wednesday morning [October 5] for what would have been an early mention of his murder and firearm matter.
Minutes after the start of Wednesday's Court session, the father and son legal team of Tom and Christian Tavares-Finson emerged from the closed door matter with news that their client was denied an opportunity to appear before the magistrate. Mr. Tavares Finson was critical of the way in which the investigation is being handled.
Kartel has been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm, arising from the July shooting death of 27-year-old Barrington Burton.
Mr. Burton was shot dead in Gregory Park. St. Catherine.
 
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LIME Pulls Plug On "Teacha's Pet"

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Due to the serious nature of the charges against Vybz Kartel, LIME has taken the decision to discontinue its broadcast of "Teacha's Pet" on Mobile TV with immediate effect.
"The issue is a legal matter, which is the purview of the security forces and the courts; and LIME will not comment any further at this time," LIME said in a statement.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, was yesterday charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm.
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Kartel's Case To Be Rescheduled

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Controversial dancehall entertainer, Vybz Kartel, did not appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday as expected.
Kartel should have appeared on the charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm.
But when his lawyer, Christian Tavares-Finson turned up, he was told the case would not get underway today.
Director of communications at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Karl Angell, said Kartel was not taken to court because the case was not listed on the court docket.
He said it is expected to be listed later this week.
Major Investigation Taskforce investigators yesterday interrogated Kartel, who was then charged.
The dancehall entertainer, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, is accused of conspiring with other men to kill 27-year-old businessman Barrington Burton otherwise called 'Bossie'.
The police said Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park, St. Catherine.
Kartel has been in police custody since Friday after being arrested and charged with illegal possession of ganja.
Following his arrest, a joint police-military team conducted an operation, during which several houses owned and frequented by the artiste were searched.
The search followed the discovery of a partially burnt and decomposing body at one of Kartel's St. Andrew premises.
 
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Kartel charged with murder

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

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Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel, who is spending his third day in police custody, is to be questioned on Monday afternoon [October 3] by detectives from the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT).
The entertainer has been in custody since his arrest at a New Kingston hotel on Friday [September 30].     
A member of his legal team, Christian Tavares-Finson, told RJR News on Sunday night [October 2] Kartel is scheduled to be questioned early Monday afternoon.
Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said after the interview session the detectives will determine the next move in the case.
 "So long as the lawyer is available at 2 o'clock the interviews will go on at 2 o'clock and then we will decide where we go from there. Whether or not the interviews go on depends on the availability of the lawyer, once he is available we are ready to roll," ACP Powell said.
It is reported that Kartel's arrest is linked to a wider investigation.
Sources close to the probe revealed that Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer, is to be questioned about a recent fire and the discovery of a body at premises he frequents in St. Andrew.
Two other locations frequented by Kartel were also searched on the weekend and several items confiscated.
In the meantime, ACP Powell says investigators are making progress with their probe of persons who are said to be associates of the controversial entertainer.
 "We are still looking for those persons, we are continuing our investigations and hopefully we will be able to wrap up some significant investigations which we are doing around these persons," he said.
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Vybz Kartel arrested

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Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer was arrested on Friday morning at a new Kingston hotel.
Police sources say Kartel was arrested with a woman and both were charged with illegal possession of ganja.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, Kartel's arrest is part of a larger police investigation..
Sources say the investigation could result in murder charges being laid against persons close to the entertainer.
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Buju to serve jail time in Texas

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According to examiner.com, a website that has consistently followed the artiste and his legal battle, announced yesterday that Banton will officially serve his time at a prison in Texas.
The site explained that Banton, who had been listed in transit on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, "will begin serving his 10 year sentence at the Limestone County Correctional Institution in Groesbeck, Texas."
Banton was apparently flown to the Federal Holding Centre in the neighbouring state of Oklahoma last month.
Initially, it was thought that Buju would be moved to a correctional facility in Mississippi. The change is said to have come because one of Buju's co-defendants was already serving time in Mississippi, prompting a move to the medium-security prison instead.
Buju is expected to serve the remainder of his time, which was recently announced as ending on February 1, 2019 at the Limestone County Correctional Institution.
In February Buju was sentenced to 10 years in prison following convictions on three drug-related charges, which were handed down after a sting operation conducted in Miami, Florida in December 2009.
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2019 release date for Buju Banton

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International reggae super star Buju Banton will have to wait until the final year of this decade to become a free again after the United States Bureau of Prisons confirmed that his official release date has been set for February 2019.
The official release date quells rumors that have swirled that Buju would originally serve 6 years; counting time already served and good behavior.
However, the Bureau's official release date set for February 2019 includes the time the prominent Reggae entertainer served in prison prior to and between his two trials within the last year.
Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, was convicted on three drug related charges in February as a result of a December 2009 incident in which he allegedly conspired to organize a drug deal within a police controlled warehouse.
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Gyptian questioned and released

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Dancehall artiste Gyptian was yesterday questioned by the police in relation to a shooting incident at a recording studio a week ago.
The artiste was accompanied by his lawyer Peter Champagnie when he turned himself in to the police, who conducted a question and answer session.
Gyptian was later released.
The police said 27-year-old Davion Bailey otherwise called 'Burro' was gunned down at the recording studio by unknown assailants.
It is reported that the shooting followed an altercation at the studio between its producer and persons connected to Gyptian.
The dispute reportedly stemmed from the producer's attempt to get the artiste to record a song.
Gyptian's refusal to do so is said to have fuelled the conflict.
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Man killed at Supa Hype studio

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An altercation between a popular entertainer and a producer turned ugly Monday afternoon after one man was shot and killed.
According to CCN reports, Twenty-seven-year-old Davion Bailey otherwise called 'Burro' was gunned down at a recording studio on Dumbarton Avenue, Kingston 10 Monday evening, by unknown assailants.
Information received from the Half Way Tree CIB is that about 5:45 p.m., a group of men, armed with guns, entered the recording studio and opened fire hitting Bailey multiple times. The men escaped in a white Honda motor car. The police were called and Bailey taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Investigations continue.

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Mavado's manager wanted by the police

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Julian Jones-Griffiths, manage for dancehall star Mavado, is being sought by the police. However, Jones-Griffiths  has expressed surprise that the police have issued an appeal for information on his whereabouts.
"I am very surprised by this media release as the JCF know that I have been overseas on business and personal matters for some time," he said.
"My attorneys have spoken to them on several occasions so they have been fully aware of my location for a couple of weeks. I have already asked my attorneys to contact the police again to indicate when I will be returning to the island to deal with this matter."
Jones- Griffiths is the manager for dancehall entertainer Mavado.
Investigators from the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) are seeking the public's assistance in locating Julian Jones Griffiths, the manager of Jamaican dancehall star David 'Mavado' Brooks.
Police say he is needed in a case that is before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.
In a release, the Constabulary Communications Network said Griffiths is accused of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in an incident which occurred about 6:00 p.m. along Belmont Main Road, St. James on Friday, July 22.
The police say several attempts have been made to locate Griffiths, including visits to addresses listed for him.
In addition, persons have been interviewed in an attempt to find him.
The matter is currently before the court and one person has already been charged. The case is scheduled for Thursday, September 15.
Julian Jones Griffiths or anyone knowing his whereabouts is being asked to contact the ACB at 926-5855, 926-9579 or 926-9596.
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Khago tek it to dem inna New York

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We love how Khago go a New York and tun ova di place at the Reggae Rhythm and Blues Festival on Sunday. Di youth finally get a US work permit and show di world say him a good artiste and can hold him own pon a international stage. Bankeylous really fi guweh, cause him did a stall up di artiste career bad bad. Khago, tek it and gwaan go eat you piece a di pie. And know say you still a go get rob, cause that is just the way of the world, especially in reggae/dancehall music business.
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Beenie sad over divorce from D'Angel

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Internationally acclaimed Dancehall artiste, Moses "Beenie Man" Davis has gone into greater detail regarding his separation from his wife of 5 years,Michelle "D'A
ngel" Downer; implying that he is heartbroken by their recent marital issues.
Beenie Man told TVJ's EMix that he initially intended to divorce D'Angellast year but the couple constantly resolved their issues and ended up back together. However, the "King of the Dancehall" intimated that D'Angel's decision not to appear at his birthday party almost two weeks ago was the last straw; made worse by the fact D'Angel went to former rival, Bounty Killer's birthday party earlier this summer.
"Regardless a if mi and her have a divorce agreement to deal wid, I think she shudda still come a my birthday because mi is her husband and me is Marco Dean father, so why should you call me and tell me pon my phone seh yuh a go to Bounty Killer birthday party, when Bounty Killer disrespect you so much in the media and call yuh di worst tings," Beenie said. Bounty Killer, formerly was in a relationship with D'Angel, engaged in a lyrical battle with Beenie Man regarding the "Blaze" singer in 2006.
Given that factor, Beenie suggested that he could no longer take the emotional toll their issues had on him; asking D'Angel to send the divorce papers that would finally put an end to their rollercoaster marriage. "Mi jus' decide seh, Please mi a beg yuh, jus' finish mi heartache and mi hurt, just please mi a beg yuh, jus' sen di divorce papers," Beenie stated. D'Angelsent the divorce papers two days later and released a statement clarifying that she sent them and that they could no longer co-exist as a couple.
Despite their constant arguments Beenie explained that he and D'Angel tried several times to put their differences aside but now he implores it's time to sever ties for good. "With all due respect, mi love and respect mi wife but love and respect don't really cut it when di person don't gi yuh back di same amount of love that you give them," Beenie said.
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Artistes rock NYC at Reggae Rhythm & Blues show

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The highly anticipated Reggae Rhythm & Blues show took over New York City (NYC) on Sunday, September 4 and according to reports, it was all fans expected and lots more.
Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds rocked the stage with several of his classic hits, while international Rhythm & Blues singer Monica also pleased the crowd.
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There are also reports that dancehall deejay Mavado, who recently signed to hip hop hitmaking producer DJ Khalid's We The Best Music, also gave a great performance.
A surprise performance from Khago,
 a MOBO (music of Black Origins) Award nominee, also had the audience in a frenzy.
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While addressing reasons for choosing WTB, States Julian Mavado's Manager, "a lot of labels and situations have been coming at me with offers and I listened to everyone but to us partnering up with Khaled and We The Best Music just made the most sense. He's familiar with the music and culture, Jamaican music played a big part in Khaled's journey to success and he acknowledges that too. Khaled used to be in Jamaica all the time, he had a record on Bounty's last album, we've had records on his albums, we been friends for years. Since Khaled blew up and got his own situation he's been talking to me about signing Gully God ever since. Nothing happens before time so everything lined up at the right time and we finally made it happen."

With past collaborations with artist such as Jay-Z and Wyclef Jean, Mavado is looking forward to working with some of the worlds most established musical acts as well as producers. Through this deal with Khaled he will have an unlimited access to the best of everything including radio. Undeniably Khaled has an ear for talent and hit music which Mavado wants to incorporate in his newly inspired music. One of Khaled's achievements include 2010 hit "All I Do is Win," with T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop. This single even achieved heightened success through a remix with Sean "Diddy" Combs, Nicki Minaj, Jada Kiss, Fat Joe and Fabolous. Recently this year Khaled has released the smash single "I'm On One" featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne which has become a street anthem for all.

Recently the Gully God has recorded a street banger featuring fellow WTB artist rapper Ace Hood called "Emergency." Thursday night DJ Funkmaster Flex premiered the record on HOT 97 to positive reviews from people across the entire tri-state area. While a single sure to rise to the charts and a new music family in his corner Mavado is on the continued road to musical success. With his growth as an artist he will never forget his heritage and undoubtedly will bring Jamaica's presence with him wherever he goes. 
Check out images below provided by Justin Richardson of The Source NYC

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After careful consideration, patience, and virtue Michelle Downer aka D'Angel has decided to move forward with her life as a single mother and served Moses Davis aka Beenie Man papers for divorce, recently. 
 
This is a very difficult time for Ms. Downer and she is requesting that the fans, the music fraternity, and the media give her some personal time to deal with this emotional situation.  The most important thing in her life right now is the well being of her son, her family, and her career. 
 
D'Angel will continue to maintain a cordial parental relationship with Beenie Man for the sake of a positive and nurturing environment for their son, Marco-Dean Davis.  Ms. Downer wishes Mr. Davis happiness and all the best in his future endeavors.
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Sizzla transferred to UHWI

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Reggae artiste Sizzla, who met in an accident on Wednesday in St Ann, is now a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew, where he is reportedly in stable condition.
Sizzla, who was riding a friend's bike while in St Ann, was reportedly travelling along the Salem to Runaway Bay main road in the parish when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a bus. The driver of the bus did not stop.
The popular entertainer was taken to the St Ann's Bay hospital with a broken collar bone and internal bleeding.
His condition has now reportedly stabilized, and according to a member of his management team, "he (Sizzla) was speaking this morning. His body just needs time to heal and he'll be fine."
Meanwhile, Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, will be missing out on several overseas engagements as he recuperates.
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Bobby Clarke of  Irie Jam Radio and also the organizer of Reggae Rhythm & Blues 2011, has sent out a release to the media about the  much hyped New York proclamation that his organization said would be conferred on dancehall artiste Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis.
"Last week, Reggae Rhythm & Blues issued a statement to the media regarding reggae artiste Beenieman receiving a proclamation at the Reggae Rhythm & Blues concert slated for Sunday, September 4, 2011.
"There was a mis-communications between our office here at Reggae Rhythm & Blues and the office of US Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) as such Beenieman will not be receiving a proclamation as was previously stated.
"We apologize for the error and for any damage it may have caused his office. This is now behind us and we are now focused on putting together the best concert possible at the inaugural Reggae Rhythm & Blues Concert slated for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday, September 4, 2011," the statement signed by Bobby Clarke ended.
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Kingston, Jamaica (Shuzzr & Mpr Consulting): In light of recent developments steaming from the murder of "Connie", which includes lyrical insults being traded between both The Alliance Team & Chase Cross of The Gully Squad. PayDay Music Group issues the following statement:
"I Austin 'PayDay' Green was the middleman / voice of reasoning between Bounty Killer & Movado after the tragic incident occurred. I spent weeks trying to fix communication between the two artist since it was one big family of us.
Though my sincere efforts to qualm the brewing feud and provide closure and justice to what transpired my efforts weren't successful as more lyrical insults came and I was subject to it as well.
I would like to make it known that there are many unscrupulous characters who have silently escalated the feud but I believe in God and he isn't asleep. Also the hypocrites who have been speaking to issue and isn't fully informed, should just stop calling and pinging because at the end of it all people have feelings.
(In reference to Iyara and Bounty's lyrical retaliation to Chase Cross Insults comments received).
Our focus and energy as a group should be directed in bringing the culprit to justice, assisting the family to find closure and moving together as unit.
Music is the element that brought us all together under the direction of Bounty Killer, a pioneer and a man who we all should respect in spite of our in differences."
PayDay Music Group is focused with developing great Riddim(s) and promoting talented acts more specifically our new label artist "Sahie" and the Alliance Next Generation/ANG.
With current releases such as Bedroom Riddim for the ladies and Party spree Riddim, the group stands dedicated to delivering great music.
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Sizzla injured in bike crash

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Popular dancehall artiste Miguel Collins popularly known as "Sizzla Kalonji" is now a patient in the St. Ann's Bay Hospital after being injured in a traffic crash Wednesday night on the Runaway Bay Main Road.
Sizzla was driving a motorcycle when he was hit by a car.
It's reported that the entertainer had just left a rehearsal for a concert scheduled for this weekend.
He sustained multiple injuries and was rushed to the hospital.
Sizzla was listed as being in stable condition in the accident and emergency unit.
Our news centre was informed that his collar bone and one of  his fingers were broken.
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Bambino AKA Trever Off Key: LOOKING FOR A WHITE TOYOTA HIACE IN THE ST ANN AND ST MARY AREA THAT KNOCKED SIZZLA OF A BIKE AND BOLTED FROM THE ACCIDENT. IT HAS DARK TINTED WINDOWS AND NOW A BROKEN RIGHT FRONT MARKER LIGHT ..
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Jah know Wah Wa

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How so much preeings ah gwaan inna the industry? Wah Wa hype up pon man inna parking lot and get beating but dem say ah long time the beating shoulda gwaan because him ah style the dads. How yu fi style the man who mek the world know yu as a J.O.P selector? How when the man bb and ah ask if ah Gaza yu say, yu send back a 'music mi say' when just a few months before yu get the visa, ah straight J.O.P yu did a say? That mean say yu lose yu way especially since nobody never violate yu fi yu behave da way de. Some people caan handle fame, dem caan handle success and dem nuh know how fi talk to people. The streets dem a say all Ryno go get involved inna the argument now because him waan defend Wah Wa. How that drop in? Don't dem say Ryno friend dem knock out Boom Boom the other day so how him waan defend this? Bwoy, dem music people ya ah real comedian

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Khago now being managed by Corey Todd

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Well, the writing was on the wall. Once Khago made it public that he could not tek any more of Bankey's style of management and he was leaving, Corey Todd was the first manager that came to mind.
Corey just want to work and he wants to work with talented artistes. He's not too concerned about how Bankey will feel if he takes up Khago and any type of politics. It's straight business.
Khago we wish you all the best with your new management and hope that your career will no longer be stifled. You and Jahvinci can now make a difference in the business.
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Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer, and also the 
captain of the Big Ship, Freddie McGregor will be part of the Jamaican entourage at the Calgary Reggaefest this weekend.
He will be joined by sons Chino and Stephen and Big Ship artiste, Laden, at this highly anticipated music festival in Canada.
Also on the lineup are Nadine Sutherland, Lenn Hammond, the group Ibadan, singer Dahlia and Kai Son, among others. 
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Beenie Man performing on August 10, 2008.



New York: Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio disclosed that The Doctor Beenie Man, the musical genius behind such classics as "Matie," "Slam," "Romie," "Old Dog," "Dancehall Queen," "Who Am I," "Girls Dem Sugar" (featuring Mýa), "Dude," "King of the Dancehall" and "Back It Up" will be presented with a proclamation from US Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), for over three decades of outstanding contribution to the reggae industry. The official presentation will take place at the inaugural Reggae Rhythm & Blues Concert slated for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday, September 4, 2011.
"Beenie Man has an impressive catalogue of timeless hit songs. He is a celebrated dancehall recorder, a seasoned performer and is worth of this very important United States recognition," Clarke said.
Beenie Man (aka Moses Davis), who was born in Waterhouse, Jamaica started his career as a youngster. He garnered his first real break on the international scene in 1997 with the hit single "Who Am I" that was a staple on Hot 97 radio in New York and earned multiple spins on urban stations across the USA. The single quickly went Gold and opened the door for Beenie Man to grace the pages of Newsweek and other major media outlets. His album on Virgin Records, 'ART & LIFE' was certified Gold and won him an all important Grammy award for 'Reggae Album' of the Year in 2001. His international star power was further cemented when Janet Jackson, the Neptunes and Lil' Kim all turned up as guests on his 2002 album Tropical Storm. He has since released a number of big hits in Jamaica and delivered many stellar performances including a crowning performance at Sumfest 2010.
Joining the Doctor Beenie Man on stage at Reggae Rhythm & Blues will be Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, the successful R&B, pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer and entrepreneur who has written and produced songs for some of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston and TLC. As a solo artiste, Babyface has recorded some of the genre's biggest tracks, including "Tender Love," "Whip Appeal," "Give U My Heart," "For the Cool I You," "When Can I See You," "Rock Bottom," "This Is For The Lover In You," "Every time I Close My Eye," "Reason For Breathing," "Grown & Sexy" and many others. R&B singer Monica, Tarrus Riley and soca star Machel Montano are the other acts confirmed for the event.
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Skatta no longer managing 'Cliftwang' Brown

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Producer Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell has dissociated himself from social media sensation Clifton Brown who rocketed to fame earlier this year when he emerged as the star of DJ Powa's Internet refix, Nobody Canna Cross It, which eventually racked up over 1.6 million hits on Youtube.
In a release, Burrell said he administered the LIME deal and negotiated a couple of other shows for Brown. However, he said it was not working out exactly as he planned and he stopped dealing with Brown's businesses several weeks ago.
There have been reports in the media that Brown was being managed by Burrell.
 
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Two For One a hit! Beenie was not missed

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Stages Production's Two For One held over the weekend in Kingston and Montego Bay was a resounding success. Although advertised act, Beenie Man did not show up, it is fair to say that he was not missed, as the entertainment value was at its optimum and the over 3,000 people at Pier One were more than satisfied.
Pretty Boy Floyd was on hand to keep the crowd well entertained during intermission! And Beenie's wife, D'Angel also performed. Magna was a sponsor and they gave away gifts to patrons. Stages gave away seven book grants in Kingston and five in Montego Bay, all of them to GSAT awardees.
Knowing their creativity, it was expected that they would take a punch at Beenie Man. One line in the play they asked Shebada if him "think a Beenie man this him a play wid!"
From start to finish the night was hilarious. Shebado came out on stage during intermission while they played his new song 'Dash pon dem without warning'. During the song he ran on stage dancing and drove the crowd crazy.
Respect to Tango and the Stages production crew!
 
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Internal squabble in Alliance/Gully camp?

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All is not well in the Alliance/Gully camp. Di Alliance General Bounty Killer a get diss left, right and centre from di soldier dem and dem a put it inna song. Gully Squad upcoming artiste Chase Cross diss Bounty big time and have di streets talking.
Dem say Killer bad mind true 'Vado mansion a go up faster than you can say 'Killer' and dem say dem nah tek no talk from di General.
All now we doan hear Killer say back nutten, but tings a get real uncomfortable round there.
So, a when Bounty a go get back him US visa?
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Big meeting keep round a Capleton yard with Khago, I-Octane and Teflon. Everybody say wha dem fi say fi try squash the war that a brew. But it doan look like things a go get any better.
All a di man dem still have up tingz inna dem heart and the friendship nah go can build back so easy. We hear Khago talk how much him and I-Octane was friend from long time, and fi real, Octane shoulda did show more love towards di yute when him ting rise up.
But dat is in di past, Khago and Teflon need fi sort out dem owna ting now that dem set the record straight and Jamaica people hear how di ting really go.
And all a di people dem who a try stop Khago career fi pudding di almshouse. And we a talk management, radio disc jocky, so-called friend, producer and promoter. We know say Khago have a big stumbling block inna him path cause some people doan want fi deal wid some of the people who have the last say inna him career, but Khago haffi go know how him a go deal with dat.
Is either management haffi go change dem tactics and way of dealing wid people or Khago haffi go shift up him ting.
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Addie, please answer your phone. We hear that the people at the United Staes Embassy are desperately trying to reach you to give  you back your B1B2 visa.
Nobody knows why you are not responding to calls and text messages, but it seems that your time has come. So please do yourself a huge favour and answer your phone. Or better still, go to the embassy with your passport.
After all, this is the first step in getting back your work permit and we all know that nuff food is in the US waiting for you.





Assassin set for European tour

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After a scintillating performance during Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest, Boardhouse Records recording artiste Assassin will be heading to Europe this week for a number of gigs.
"I am looking forward to the idea of connecting with my fans in Europe, and I plan to go all out to give them a powerful set because I don't get the chance to go to that continent so often so I am going all out to please them," Assassin said in a release.
Assassin wowed the Sumfest audience with a well-rehearsed, onstage stint.
The high point of his performance came when he delivered a Buju Banton-like delivery of "Almighty Protect Me" and paused to deliver social commentary regarding the recent spate of four beheadings in the Corporate Area.
The 'Talk How Mi Feel' deejay performed on Sunday, July 31 at the Jungle Nightclub during the "Negril Fantasy Island" event, rocking the audience with a steady stream of his hits.
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Gyppy hol' the Dread girl

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Gyppy no easy when him a get a piece offa next man gal eeh? We know say is a artiste ting and fi some reason dem love move in pon dem one another woman and then talk bout it. The only ting is that this time is not a artiste girl Gyptian a  hol' is di artiste manager girl. The ting amp up ya now. Cause when di Dread find out him a go bawl like a baby and get depressed and haffi go head doctor and all these tings. All a him friend dem can just siddung and wait pon di call.
But memba say it takes two to tango and Gyppy couldn't deh wid the girl if she neva want him. Plus Gyptian a star. Him a young stud with hot body, nuff lyrics and him have him money. It hard fi a 54-year-old man wid a baga artiste stress fi compete wid him.
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Urban, WBLS 107.5 FM & Caribbean Radio Stations on board to promote event
Queens, New York: With just over four weeks left before the staging the inaugural Reggae Rhythm & Blues Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Labour Day Sunday, September 4, event organisers Irie Jam Media are reporting positive reaction from fans and stronger than usual request for pre event tickets.
"Our office in Queens have been inundated with calls to purchase tickets at leading Caribbean outlets in the tri-state area and online atwww.reggaerhythmandblues.com. Everything is shaping up for a much bigger event than we anticipated. This could be the biggest festival of its kind in the tri-state area. It is a big boost for reggae and for brand Jamaica" Bobby Clarke CEO of Irie Jam Radio disclosed.
Clarke also reported that the marketing campaign is on schedule and going very well.
"WBLS, 107.5 FM - one of five urban-formatted FM stations in the New York City market - have endorsed the event. They are fully on board and are handling our mainstream radio campaign. This will help to attract the fans that R&B singer Kenny 'Babyface' Edmond's music appeals to" he said.
WBLS is of course the originating station of Steve Harvey's syndicated morning show. The station also features Hal Jackson, a pioneering Black radio personality and co-founder of parent 
company Inner City Broadcasting, whose Sunday Classics program has aired weekly since the station's inception. During its formative years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Frankie Crocker was WBLS' program director and afternoon disc jockey, and is credited with defining what became the station's signature Urban Contemporary sound. Crocker served three stints at WBLS during his career.
WBLS is also home of Dahved Levy, known for his trademark phrase, "Dahved Levy, rockin' you! Rockin' you!" With the number one program on 107.5 WBLS FM - according to the most recent 
Arbitron ratings - Levy has dominated his radio slots continuously for several consecutive ratings period over the years. Other notable personalities who have appeared on WBLS include: Chuck Leonard, Ken "Spider" Webb, Vy Higgensen, Vaughan Harper, Champagne, G. Keith Alexander, Yvonne Mobley, Lamarr Renee, Carlos DeJesus, Doug Banks, Paul Mooney and Egypt, amongst many.
Clarke has also forged media relationship with a number of Caribbean radio entities in the diaspora to assist with the promotions for Reggae Rhythm & Blues" in the ethnic market.
"The announcement of the Reggae Rhythm and Blues concert two weeks ago, was simulcast on 10 radio stations across the USA, a first in the industry. All of these stations are on board to promote the event. We have a street team here in the tri-state that is fully engaged plus we are using social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to get the message out to patrons" 
Clarke disclosed.
Slated to perform at Reggae Rhythm & Blues is Mavado, who will be making his first performance on US soil since his visa was re-instated. Mavado will be joined by R&B hotshot Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, singer Tarrus Riley and soca King Machel Montano. The festival will reflect a Caribbean village with an eclectic array of vendors merchandising exotic foods, arts and crafts and other cultural items reflecting the diversity of the Caribbean. Gates will open at 11am while performances will commence at noon sharp. (For more info log on to www.reggaerhythmandblues.com)
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We haffi ask again and again why the Rasta dem cyan live good? All a dem people deh - Capleton, I-Octane, Ray Alexander & Khago - have one ting in common, all a dem a Ras. But dem nuh stop bun fire pon dem one anodder.
From Sumfest come and gone Bankeylous have Khago a parade him all over the media and talk bout how I-Octane bad mind. And Khago all call up I-Octane manager, Ray Alexander, name inna one interview pon Irie FM. Then Capleton jump pon di phone and say I-Octane a charge him $400,000.00 fi perform pon him charity show, 'A St Mary Mi Come From'. Then Ray Alexander go put out big article inna Star how a business him a defend. And if Capleton a charge di people dem fi come inna the venue, den him haffi charge a money fi him artiste.
But a coulda what kina foolishness that. Don't Shaggy charge all $20,000.00 fi people go inna him show and still all de artiste dem work fi free? How else the people dem a go get money fi do dem charity work unless dem charge a di gate?
But we notice say dem quick fi jump pon Capleton and a demand apology, but all now dem no say a word bout the tingz dem wha Khago a talk up.
Anyway, all we know is that di Ras dem fi try live good. After all, Capleton show claim to be 'celebrating unity' this year. We haffi go a Gray's Inn August 5 go see if all hell a go bruk loose or if di Ras dem a go keep it real.
 
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What a way Khago a talk up di tings dem bout I-Octane? But a what really a gwaan? When Khago did do the diss tune, him manager Bankeylous did come out and say him never endorse it. Now that Khago a go hard and a call Octan bad mind and all these tings, we doan hear a word outta Bankey. That clearly mean say Bankey support it. And Khago a talk bout I-Octane fi stop walk round and talk how a him give Khago him name. But really, at the end of the day, who really cares who give Khago him name?
Now that Khago do a good performance at Sumfest and get some air time him and Bankeylous shoulda focus on some positive tings and stop walk round and promote nonsense.

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Dancehall artiste Mavado will appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court in St. James on August 8 to answer the two charges which were laid against him on Wednesday, July 27.
The 30-year old artiste, whose given name is David Brooks, was  charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious destruction of property.
The charges are in connection with an incident on Friday evening, July 22.
Mavado is accused of assaulting a man and damaging his Toyota Camry motorcar, after an argument along the Belmont main road in  St. James.
It was reported that the complainant stopped along the road to allow a line of traffic to pass, when he and his son were attacked by the artiste and members of his entourage.
The complainant sustained injuries to his back, leg and forehead.    
Martin Thomas, the attorney, who accompanied Mavado to the police on Wednesday, says the artiste is eager to clear his name.
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US rapper Nicki Minaj was fined $1,000 on Monday, July 25, for using indecent language during her performance on Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St. James on Saturday, July 23.

Nicki, whose given name is Onika Maraj, was served with a summons to appear in court on Thursday, July 28, on the charges.

However, her attorney made an appeal for the matter to be put forward to Monday.

He then pleaded guilty on her behalf and was fined $1,000.

It was the Trinidadian-born superstar's very first stage performance in Jamaica.

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Cops want to talk to Mavado and his entourage

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Dancehall artiste Mavado is again being sought by the police.

This follows an attack on a man and his son in St. James Saturday night, July 23.

It is understood that the complainant parked his car along a section of the Belmont Road about 7:00 p.m. when Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, and his friends drove up.

The artiste reportedly demanded that the man move his vehicle further down the road so they could pass and avoid a pothole.

But the man refused.

Members of his entourage then reportedly emerged from the vehicle and began attacking the man and his son with a machete.

The man reportedly received face, back and foot injuries.

His son was also reportedly injured.

He lost several of his teeth and also sustained injuries to his hand.

The matter was reported to the Anchovy Police and the injured man and his son were treated at hospital.

The police are asking Mavado and his entourage to report to the station.

The incident occurred less than 24 hours after the artiste performed at the annual Reggae Sumfest Show at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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'Vado swag tun up!

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Vado flys again...

People, Mavado swag tun up yah now. The Gully God get back him visa and fly go foreign and come back and the ting tun all di way up. We spy him uppa di studio Tuesday night and Vado have a entourage that bigger than the whole a Cassava Piece. Him can work a foreign now so the US dollars a go start stock and pile again. Artiste, you hot like Peppa

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International Dancehall Queen

July 17, 2011:- There is definitely excitement in the air as the date draws near for the annual Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen Contest 2011. The much anticipated contest will be held on July 30, 2011 at its usual home - Pier One in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Promoted by Big Head Promotions, the International Dancehall Queen Contest is the premier and only authentic dancing contest for dancehall queens from across the world.

Already the contestants have been chosen and with the event now numbered in days, the big question is: Who will wear the4 crown of Miss Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen 2011?

Last year's show featured queens from Jamaica, Austria, Poland, Germany, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, Japan, England, Martinique, Trinidad, USA, Canada and France. The winner was 23-year-old Kristal Anderson from Falmouth, Trelawny.

She was crowned by 2009 winner Tavia Morris from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The crown has been in Jamaica for two consecutive years, Will Jamaica be able to keep a grip on the coveted Dancehall Queen trophy for a third straight year?

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Shaggy to drop new album

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(New York, NY) July 14, 2011 - Grammy-award winning, multiplatinum reggae star Shaggy is back with SUMMER IN KINGSTON, out July 19, 2011. The lead single "Sugarcane" has already impacted the reggae world and has been in the Top 10 on the iTunes reggae chart for weeks. Shaggy has three (3) songs there, including his smash hits "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel," which are mainstays on the chart.

As a summer time special, SUMMER IN KINGSTON will be available at all digital retailers for USD $2.99 for a limited time. In addition, Shaggy will perform "Sugarcane" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 15. The show airs at 11:30pm EST on NBC. He will perform again on July 26 on Lopez Tonight, which airs at 12:00am EST on TBS.

In an unprecedented promotion, Shaggy will premiere the "Sugarcane" video to thousands of fans that line up in Knutsford Square in Kingston, Jamaica on July 16 at 7:00pm EST. Four screens will show the clip for maximum viewing in the square, and fans will be treated to performances from Shaggy, joined by Agent Sasco, Chino, Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor and more, to celebrate the launch in true Kingston style.






October 19 new trial date for Bounty Killer

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The Gun Court trial of dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer has again been stalled.

The case was put off because the co-accused in the case, former police constable Calis Bowen, did not have a lawyer.

The court was told that Bowen has since retained attorney-at-law, Christopher Townsend, to represent him.

The new trial date has been set for October 19.

Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, and Bowen are before the Gun Court on the charges of illegal possession of a firearm, assault at common law and unlawful wounding.

The police had reported that on September 27, 2007, Bounty Killer and a group of men assaulted an off-duty policeman along St Lucia Avenue in New Kingston.

It's reported that the policeman had left a club and noticed a number of vehicles blocking a section of the roadway.

He reportedly signalled the men to clear the roadway when he was attacked.

It's also reported that shots were fired at the off-duty policeman.

Bounty Killer is accused of pointing the gun at the policeman's face.






Prolific song writer and singer Tanya Stephens, the "Lyrical Queen of Dancehall" who wrote the title track for the soundtrack for the full feature film, Ghett'a Life, has just completed the video for the single. 

The highly anticipated film, which has already copped two awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, opened on Friday, June 29 in theatres islandwide.

Catalysitic words emanate from the chorus of the title track for new Jamaican film Ghett'a Life, from the Reggae visionary, Tanya Stephens, who has written an analytic and thought-provoking tune that closely matches the groundbreaking storyline of the film.

 'So let the rain fall, and let the wind blow, Cause after the rainfall must come a rainbow,I keep dreaming of a better life, cause me must get a life.'

So reads the chorus of the tune, which echoes the essence of Ghett'a Life, which is an action drama which tells the story of overcoming obstacles despite social and economic obstacles.

Tanya's involvement in Ghett'a Life was fitting, as she has penned some of the most memorable and touching reggae tracks for her growing worldwide audience.

It was only appropriate that she would team up with the talented pool of people who put together one of Jamaica's most authentic and touching films.

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Jamaica Music 50: Taking control of the music

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The celebration of Fifty Years of Jamaican Music, incorporating The Wailers and The Skatalites

, will provide the soundtrack for a worldwide movement designed to develop and activate strategies to reclaim and take control of reggae music, while positioning it for the next Fifty Years.




Under the theme "Free Jah People With Music", Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions, in association with Talawa IndiGenius, will create the illuminating backdrop designed to inform and empower singers and players of reggae music, producers and its adherents.

 Simply entitled Jamaica Music 50, this movement aims to secure representation with the approval for reclaiming 


this great musical wealth and legacy presently qualified for public domain.  This approaching reality encourages and motivates the purpose, will, reason and challenge for Talawa to transform the past and present experience into a beneficial, progressive and prosperous future going into the next Fifty Years of Jamaica's music.


Talawa IndiGenius, spearheaded 

by Maxine Stowe and incorporating a team of qualified like minded creative professionals, is the qualified management capable of implementing this change.


As Bunny Wailer pointed out, "Jamaica's music 


surviving the first Fifty Years of its 

existence as an industry was only mainly due to the faith, devoted love, respect, hope and expectation that the freedom and liberty agitated for on behalf of the African oppressed people would be possible to achieve due to the constant pounding of Reggae Music,"


He noted that Jamaica Music 50 has been created as a device to correct related abuses inflicted upon the authors, composers, 

artists, musicians and producers. Jamaica Music 50 will be engaging the artist community to create unique 50 track compilations of their respective careers, while unveiling the truth about the creators of reggae music.

It cannot be denied that the impact of The Wailers and their solo careers will benefit from a fresh, true and historically grounded narrative which will give voice to the solidarity of their musical expression.

"It will also properly align this period of their career with the foundation of The Wailers Legacy, which, despite being disturbed by corporate machinations and greed, remained together as a musical family of brothers, peers, cousins, nieces and nephews," Maxine Stowe stated, while noting that living legend, Bunny Wailer, will be the face of this campaign.

To this end, there will be an official launch on July 23 at the Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Quite appropriately, July 23 is the birthday of HIM Emperor Haile Selassie.

Jamaica Music 50 Campaign is marketed through Talawa/Street Virus. 

Street Virus is a marketing and branding agency located in Los Angeles that specializes in placing brands in the forefront of people's minds by designing and implementing brand and marketing campaigns that surprise, delight and leave a lasting impression.


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Mavado #1 in the UK

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Gully Gad Mavado has reached number 1 in the UK once more. Mavado's collab with UK rapper Chipmunk, Every Gyal, has quickly become the hottest Dancehall record in the UK hands down, creating havoc in the dances across the UK with countless pull ups. Every Gyal has now climbed to the top of the BBC 1XTRA Dancehall Chart, where it is expected to ride the Summer wave to commercial success.

Both Mavado and Chipmunk called in to Robbo Ranx's show live on BBC 1XTRA on Thursday night in a transatlantic link up to celebrate the song's success.

Produced by Dready, Every Gyal is on Chipmunk's sophomore album Transition (Sony Records) that also featured Trey Songz, Keri Hilson and Chris Brown. Chipmunk has been a longtime fan of Mavado and said he didnt want his album to come out without a feature with Mavado on it. Chipmunk actually did a freestyle on Mavado's On The Rock back in 2008 that was an underground smash in the UK - that can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJiupZvJdw

The video for Every Gyal, shot in Ocho Rios earlier this year, has already gone over 2 million views on YouTube.

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Former Portmore Empire deejay Ryno has dished out insults to the Gaza in his latest single.

The Garrison recording artiste has vented his frustration in a new track titled "Walk and Talk". Based on lyrical content the song appears to be aimed at addressing the infamous 'sell out accusation" leveled against him by the Gaza outfit. 

In the track, Ryno also takes a series of swipes at both Vybz Kartel and Popcaan with the lines:

"bwoy yuh lucky mi nuh deh bout

since yuh skull hot den step out...

badman neva neva sell out..

and anyweh mi see yuh is a shell out..

poppi yuh badness green like banana..

bet yuh stamma-a when yuh see the bomma-a

run an guh hide yuh head unda wig like yuh fada"

When contacted for a comment Ryno stated "who di cap fit mek dem wear it".

The song is featured on the soon-to-be-released African Robot Riddim produced by Unknown Records.

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Mavado's US visa returned

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Him a 'Star Bwoy'. Dem cyaan stop the Gully Gad now. Uncle Sam let him in through the front gate and Mavado is now in the US on a United States Visitor's visa.
Yardflex sources have confirmed that the deejay touched down on US soil earlier today.
'Vado is one lucky yute. Congrats and please keep on the right side of the law. Uncle Sam is watching you!


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A week after his former business partner announced his partnership with rival deejay Beenie Man on a new brand of rum called Yaad Swag, Vybz Kartel is planning to announced his own brand of rum due this summer.

Although details are still being withheld, http://urbanislandz.com exclusively learned from sources inside the Gaza that the "World Boss" will be making an announcement soon on the release date and name of the spirit.

"Vybz Kartel is the biggest brand in dancehall and we know anything di teacha touch turn gold," the source disclosed. "I can't release too much detail because we are currently working on the business and legal aspect before the official launch but it will be the biggest launch in dancehall history."

The source told http://urbanislandz.com that Vybz Kartel will be partnering with Dennis Gordon for the new rum, who he also partner with on Vybz Cake Soap.

Vybz Kartel and his former business partner Corey Todd severed their business ties earlier this month putting an end to the popular Street Vybz Rum brand. The two will go head to head for market share since Todd has partnered with dancehall heavy weight Beenie Man on a new brand of spirit.






Commish warns cops about moonlighting

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Two weeks after the fatal shooting of a member of dancehall deejay  Mavado's entourage by a policeman outside a New Kingston nightclub, the Police High Command is threatening strong disciplinary action against moonlighting cops.

Conroy Edwards of Cassava Piece, St. Andrew died in hospital three days after being shot during a fracas involving the club's security detail and Mavado's entourage.

An investigation has been launched to ascertain whether the policeman and other police personnel were working privately on the night of the incident.

In this week's Force Orders, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington says he has taken note of several incidents, which have attracted national attention, in which members of the JCF and its auxiliaries are engaging in extra work arrangements.

These include working as body guards, promoters, stakeholders and participants in dances and stage shows, where breaches of the law are being committed, and the driving of public passenger vehicles.

Mr. Ellington says these activities are not consistent with policy guidelines and any duty conducted outside of the official programme is a  breach of the JCF's Anti-Corruption Policy.    

He's therefore reminding the policemen and women of the force that approval for members to engage in private service is only to perform regular policing functions and duties.

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How the concert fi Ninja flop so?

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It look like Supreme Promotions need a bath or dem fi stop produce stage show and find sitten else fi do.

After dem a promote big big concert fi help Ninjaman who inna prison bout two years now, you woulda tink say people woulda support it. 

The show did a advertise bout fifty big artiste ova Jamworld fi Saturday night, but it neva turn out good at all, di sitten flop like wow. You coulda count the people dem inna di venue.

Is either people doan really care bout Ninjaman anymore, or dem doan have no money or dem no inna nutten wid Laing and Supreme.

We no know, but it did bad. We a wonder what a go happen fi Sting.

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Mega Mart to distribute Beenie Man's new rum

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Move over Vybz Kartel. Here come the Doctor with his new brand of rum to replace Vybz Rum.

Of course, with the experience that Corey Todd gained working with Kartel, it will be easy for him to market the new product being put out by Beenie Man.

Already Corey and Beenie have secured Mega Mart as the main distributor of the product. And Beenie and his family are already the darlings of Mega Mart ever since they all appeared in that company's latest ad.

DI swag tun up!

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Beenie Man performing on August 10, 2008.


Approximately one month after he had a very public 'falling out' with his former business partner Vybz Kartel, businessman Corey Todd is reportedly looking to recreate the success of at least one of the businesses (Street Vybz Rum) that he and Kartel once held. Reports indicate that Todd is partnering with ace dancehall deejay Beenie Man on a new rum called Yard Swag. The rum will be launched early next month; more details soon.
Corey mi like it. Link we.
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Members of the music fraternity have been reacting to the 10 year sentence handed down to Buju Banton on Thursday morning.

Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage fame who was at Thursday's hearing said the sentence although not the maximum penalty, will be challenging for the artiste.

 "The Lord was kind because it could have been worse, it could have been up to 25 years. It's still rough for any man to be away from their children for 10 years," he said.

And fellow artiste, Tony Rebel says the sentence should not be seen as the end for the reggae star's career.

 "It doesn't have to be a setback, you can use all the setbacks and go forward. He has enough time to meditate, reflect and to put things into perspective and he can always chart a path to the future,"

 "Prison doesn't have to be a setback, remember our first national hero went to prison; Mandela left from prison and became president, Malcom X, Martin Luther King a lot of great people went to prison. Prison was not made for dogs, nor rabbits nor cats it was for humans, so it's just for you to turn a negative into a positive and I hope he can do that," he said. 

In the meantime, Senior Lecturer of Reggae Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr. Donna Hope-Marquis says although Buju Banton's absence from the music scene will be a big blow to the industry, she hopes he can rise above this major setback.   

 "I believe that this is a really significant blow to the reggae and dancehall industries because Buju Banton has been an icon of both reggae and dancehall and has really held the flag high and for him to be convicted of drug related offences which means that the Jamaican music industry will have another kind of light shining on it, a negative light. I am really saddened at what happened to the Gargamel I can only hope and I know that he will use this leg of his journey to produce music," Dr. Hope-Marquis said.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions is to rule whether dancehall artiste Mavado, is to be called as a witness in the case involving the shooting death of one of his associates.

Conroy Edwards, who was reportedly part of the artiste's entourage, was shot in the abdomen, allegedly by a policeman, during an altercation outside a New Kingston nightclub on June 13.

He died in hospital three days later.

Attorney-at-law Christian Tavares Finson told RJR News that the prosecution wants a determination on whether Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, can testify.

 "My understanding is that the police are alleging that Mr. Brooks had some involvement in the incident and as a result of that he was charged for assault. The matter is being referred to the DPP and INDECOM has also gotten involved and a decision is to be taken by the DPP to see if Mr. Brooks will be a witness in the matter,"

 "He has pleaded not guilty [to assault charges] and was in fact an innocent bystander to the whole incident," Mr. Tavares Finson said.

Mavado is scheduled to return to court on November 21.

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Due to continued issues with Canadian Visa and Work Permit status for Beenie Man - the organizers of a show scheduled for Mntreal this weekend have cancelled the event.

Beenie Man lost his US Visa last year and new Canadian regulations, implemented in April, have made it next to impossible for him to get a Work Permit for Canada.

In a release, the organizers stated, "Please return your ticket to the person or location you bought it from for a refund. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Our intention was always to put on a great event for the dancehall community and we are dismayed that things have turned out this way in the end."

Efforts to contact Blue, Beenie Man's manager, proved futile.

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Chino to judge new series

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Big Ship artiste Chino will feature as a judge and performer later this month as some lucky high-school student will get a chance to record a jingle for Freshhh Juices and take ho4me $50,000 cash.


Over the past year, Trade Winds through their Freshhh brand of drinks, embarked on a school tour that, among other things, was designed to unearth untapped talent. Students were encouraged to create a jingle that they would then perform before their fellow students and a group of independent judges who would then decide which ones were the best.

"All the best jingles were posted on Freshhh Juices' Facebook page Facebook.com/Drink Freshhh where people can hear them," said Kim Lee, marketing manager for Trade Winds. "The winner will be chosen at the end of this month - June 28 - before a live audience and a group of judges, including Chino."

Lee said the winner will get to record his/her jingle at Big Ship Studios and will be used in Freshhh's next campaign. The winner will also get a cash prize of $50,000.

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Buju calmly accepts 10-year prison sentence.

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Popular Jamaican Reggae artiste, Mark Myrie, more commonly known as Buju Banton received a 10-year sentence this morning in a Florida courtroom.

United States magistrate, James Moody handed down the ruling in the Sam M Gibbons US Court in Tampa, Florida within the last two hours. The internationally acclaimed artiste will now serve his time the FCI prison facility in Miami.

Buju calmly accepted the verdict in front of a packed courtroom which included members of the artiste's family, manager Traci McGregor and his close friend and fellow Reggae artiste, Wayne Wonder. Other artistes and friends such as Delly Ranks and Gramps Morgan attempted to enter the courtroom but were turned away due to the crowd & the fact Judge Moody had already been seated around quarter to 9am.

Buju was convicted this past February of conspiracy to organize a drug deal in a police controlled warehouse in Florida in December 2009. This followed a mistrial that occurred following the first trial proceedings in 2010 & also followed co-conspirators Ian Thomas and James Mack pleading guilty after being held for attempting to purchase cocaine from undercover law enforcement officials. American federal government officials based their case off video and wiretapping evidence which caught Buju tasting cocaine and talking about possible sales points. The gun related charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense against Buju was dropped.

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The Broadcasting Commission is recommending that a range of fines, with a maximum $15 million, on persons found guilty of engaging in the illicit practice of payola.

Payola is defined as the practice of paying bribes, particularly to radio personalities, for airplay to the recordings of unknown artistes, as a means of giving them exposure.

These recordings often include songs deemed inappropriate for airplay.

Professor Hopeton Dunn, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, who was speaking at the monthly meeting of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (June 21), said imposition of the fines was among several recommendations the Commission made to the government, for enactment into law.

The other significant recommendation, he said, was updating the regulations governing the broadcast media, to give the Commission the power to impose the fines.

According to Dr. Dunn, this was, "something which we do not now have, and which would provide a kind of intermediary step, in terms of how we actually regulate the industry".

Professor Dunn said the information forthcoming to the Broadcasting Commission indicated that persons are paying or taking bribes amounting to as much as $350,000 to have their music played.

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So Shaggy 

and Robert Livingstone split. We see Robert a pour out him heart inna di Sunday paper, but all now we cyan hear nutten from Shaggy.  We know we soon hear the real story. Robert say Shaggy change and all these things, and how the charity show fly to Shaggy head when him start meet with all kinda different corporate people.

But we still waan fi hear Shaggy side. A how it reaaly go, Mr Boombastic?

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Buju ... convicted in February on gun and drug charges.
Reggae superstar Buju Banton will be barred from recording any new materials if he is sent to a United States (US) federal prison when he is sentenced in a Florida court tomorrow.

However, Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, might not have to cut off his trademark dreadlocks and will be allowed to practise his Rastafarian beliefs under strict supervision.

Chris Burke, a public affairs specialist at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC, said federal prison guidelines bar inmates from conducting "business activities" while they are incarcerated, but added that they do not "normally" require inmates to remove body hair.

Burke said a number of federal prisons have music programmes that include instruments which inmates are allowed to play, but made it clear that recording equipment is banned from these facilities.

"It (recording music) is on our list of prohibited activities for which inmates are subject to disciplinary action," he wrote in an emailed response to The Gleaner.

The bureau is the agency responsible for the custody and care of inmates being held in the 116 federal prisons in the US.

Buju was convicted in February on three of four federal drug and gun charges in the US Middle District Court, Florida Division, in Tampa.

He faces 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced tomorrow.

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What's this we hearing about Lisa Hyper and her friends dem beating up a gal. From what we hear it sound like a girl diss big time and tek a bucket a stale urine and dash pon Hyper. So of course, Lisa and her friends dem did haffi discipline the girl. It look like dem forget say a Kartel camp Lisa a come from and if a one ting you learn ova Gaza, is how fi beat people and how fi tek beaten. So after the girl get her proper fix up, she go report it to the police inna Stony Hill an d dem charge Lisa. But Lisa, you no fi mek dem pissin' tail girl deh bait you up so. You haffi memba say idlers don't have anything to lose, but you have you career.

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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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Ovamarz still Above A Dem

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It look like Ovamarz ting tun up big time. We see him Friday pon TV and the man look like him win the jackpot. From the single Now You See Me Now You Don't hit Richie B chart, Marz buss way and nuh stop do show a foreign. Him and him brother Yummy go Canada the other day and leave Toronto weak. Them let go the new dance dem pon the Canadians and we hear say dem can't wait till dem return. It's all about Above A Dem Dance Crew.

It good when yutes from Nannyville and these places can lift up the ting and tek it to the people in style. And Marz have the right attitude and him swag a amp up. Him do him interview with skill and when him leave the tv station, him go straight over to Jenny Jenny and do a good interview on radio.

Yute, we haffi respect you cause you ting a gwaan and you nah hype and show-off like some lickle one-song artiste who tink dem bigger than the world. And Ovamarz memba where him a come from cause him always big up Nannyville and him manager, Donna Celebrity from Celebrity Promotions. We know say Ovamarz used to sy Ravers Clavers, but now it's all about Above A Dem. By the way, what a gwaan fi Ding Dong? We need fi hear from him with a good follow-up tune.





Mavado's friend shot by cop dies

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Alliance publicist, Julian Jones-Grifiths, has stated in a press release that the member of Mavado's entourage who was shot at Quad has died.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic passing of Conroy Edwards AKA Connie, a close friend of Mavado.

"Connie was shot inside Quad nightclub in the early hours of June 13 by an off-duty policeman. The bullet entered the left side of his abdomen and didnt exit. Connie succumbed to his injuries on the evening of June 16. The matter is currently under investigation by BSI and INDECOM and we can only hope and pray justice is served.

"Mavado and Connie's family are asking for time to grieve in private and reporting to be respectful."

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Mavado granted bail on assault charge

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Dancehall artiste David 'Mavado' Brooks - File Dancehall artiste Mavado is now on bail in the sum of $30,000 on assault charges.

Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks was charged with assault after an altercation at The Quad nightclub in Kingston early yesterday morning.

The Half-Way-Tree police had earlier listed both him and entertainer Bounty Killer as persons of interest.

Following advisory, both men reported to the police.

Bounty Killer was questioned and released but Mavado was charged after it was alleged that he assaulted a cop, who attempted to search him at the club.

Our news centre understands that a member of Mavado's entourage was also involved in an altercation with police personnel on the steps of nightclub in New Kingston.

It is further understood that a cop was allegedly slapped in the face by a member of Mavado's crew.

The policeman then allegedly opened fire hitting Mavado's crew-member.

He was admitted to hospital.

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Buju to know his fate on June 23

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International reggae artiste Buju Banton will know his fate in 12 days.

The incarcerated Grammy Award winner artiste is expected to be sentenced in a Florida court on June 23, putting an end to his lengthy high profile drug battle against the United States government.

Professor David Rowe, prominent Florida based attorney is predicting a long sentence for Buju based on the pre sentencing guideline and the charges filed against him.

Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, has been locked up since December 10, 2009 and was found guilty of three cocaine related charges on February 22, 2011.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.

However, his lawyers have already filed an appeal stating that 15 years is more than necessary for the crimes committed.

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Lawyers for Buju begging for shorter sentence
Reggae artiste Buju Banton with lawyer David Markus (R) outside the Sam M.
Gibbons courthouse in Tampa, (Photo: Reuters).
Jamaican reggae artiste, Buju Banton, has file court papers in Florida, asking
for a shorter prison sentence in that jurisdiction.
The Grammy Award winner artiste was convicted in February of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in Florida in 2009.
He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.
But in court documents filed on Thursday, Buju's lawyer, David Markus, contends
that a 15-year-sentence is much more than necessary in the singer's case.

He contends that Buju's limited participation in the drug transaction, his
charitable work in Jamaica and his otherwise clean record entitles him to a
reduced sentence.

The documents include letters of support for Buju from actor Danny Glover,
reggae singer Stephen Marley and Atlanta Hawks basketball player Etan Thomas.

Buju is also seeking an acquittal and a new trial.
His sentencing hearing is set for June 23 in Tampa federal court.
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Ryno not joining the Alliance

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Deejay Ryno is not joining the Alliance and no meeting has taken place between
him and Bounty Killer.
Ryno's publicist, Raymond 'Shadow' Small, says there is no truth to the rumour.
A former member of the  Portmore Empire, he received success in the early stages
of his career with songs such as Thug Anthem and Bend Over. He exited the group
last year.
Ryno has been working on several projects with producers like Notice
Productions, Seanizzle and Star Status.
He will be in  performance at the upcoming St Kitts Music Festival, where he is
one the festured acts on one of the event's international nights.
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Mavado


A member of dancehall artiste Mavado's entourage, is now in hospital in serious
condition after being shot by a policeman outside the Quad nightclub in New
Kingston, this morning.
The incident took place following a birthday party for Bounty Killer at Quad.
Reports are that the policeman was attempting to search Mavado during an
incident outside the nightclub but he resisted. A scuffle developed and the cop
was allegedly boxed by a member of Mavado's entourage.
The policeman reportedly fired a shot and it was subsequently discovered that a
man was suffering from a gun dhot wound to the head.
He was rushed to hospital where doctors are now trying to save his life.
A police team which rushed to the scene seized Mavado's motor vehicle, but the
artiste left the area in another vehicle.
However he later reported to the Constant Spring Police Station and filed a
report.
Our sources say he was told to report to the Half Way Tree Police Station.
It is not yet clear if he has done so.
The police say they also want to question dancehall artiste Bounty Killa, whose
given name is Rodney Price, in relation to the same incident.
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Mavado and Bounty Killer wanted

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Entertainers Bounty Killer and Mavado The Half Way Tree police have listed
Rodney Price popularly known as 'Bounty Killer' and David Brooks also known as
'Mavado' as persons of interest.
They are being asked to report to the Half Way Tree Police Station by midday
today.
This follows the shooting of  a member of Mavado's entourage outside The Quad
nightclub in New Kingston early this morning.
The police officer was allegedly slapped in the face by a member of the "Gully
Gad's" crew. The policeman then allegedly opened fire on the individual.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these two men is being asked to contact the
Half Way Tree CIB at 926-2551, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police
station.
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Man shot at QUAD

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Corey, how is it you walking around in bullet proof vest and you don't issue one
to every patron at Quad?
See, big shoot-up gwaan last night, one man get injured and patrons haffi duck
and run up and down like dem mad.
Straight eediat thing that Corey. How you manage mek man enter the club with a
weapon?
This is not a good look.
Killer, you salt bad. Look how we did a prepare fi give good good review with
pictures this morning and instead we haffi a write bout shoot-out.
We will give you the details later, peeps.
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Mavado freed of property destruction charges

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Dancehall artiste, Mavado, who was charged with malicious destruction of
property, was freed of the charge when he appeared in the St. Ann's Bay Resident
Magistrate's Court.
On May 22 several members of Mavado's entourage were involved in a confrontation
with one of the Club Jamaica Jamaica representatives. It is understood that the
incident was reported to the police and within less than an hour the law
officers arrested Mavado and detained him for the night before posting station
bail the following morning in the sum of $50,000.
Members of his entourage were not as lucky and were ordered to return to court
on August 4.
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Elephant Man


International dancehall entertainer Oneil Bryan, popularly known as Elephant
Man, has found himself in trouble with the law again.
Elephant Man appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Thursday
accused of stealing electricity from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).
The entertainer initially denied the allegations.
However, the police and investigators from the JPS reported that they went to
his Hill Crest Avenue apartment in St. Andrew, last week Thursday, and found him
stealing electricity.
The JPS investigators say they found an illegal connection to his apartment.
According to the investigators, the appliance in the apartment consumed about
2,200 kilo watt hours per month, totalling $68,000 per month.
The investigators are still trying to determine the length of time the artiste
had the illegal connection.
Elephant Man is to return to court on August 30.
Last year, the tax department moved in on the artiste and seized his convertible
Mercedez Benz, for his failure to pay millions of dollars in outstanding taxes.
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Charge against Mavado dropped

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David Brooks pka Mavado attended St Ann's Bay RM court this morning to answer a charge of Malicious Destruction of Property, laid against him two weeks ago.

Mavado maintained his innocence from day one and since he was charged it came to light that the complainant who's property was damaged never gave a statement accusing Mavado of damaging property. In fact, Mavado should never have been charged.

David Brooks was called to the witness box first thing as court opened and the Judge immediately issued a No Order in the matter.

"Mr Brooks, you are free to go," instructed the RM.

Mavado wasnt even on the stand for 30 seconds. The complainant indicated that she could not proceed against Mavado as that is not the statement she gave and case was dismissed.

"I am relieved its over at the first appearance," said Mavado. "But i am not surprised. I was surprised when i was charged, but I knew the truth would come to light and I would be quickly vindicated. Although it appears at times we get a fight I had to keep faith that the Jamaican justice system would rightly set me free. I damaged nothing or no-one so I just remained confident with that knowledge. To God be the glory."

Mavado intends to continue trodding the positive path he has been on for the longest while, with new releases and videos coming soon. The video for smash hit Delilah will be shot next week.

Mavado is also planning a fundraiser for the Maxfield Park Childrens Home, a cause he has taken up recently.



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Vybz Kartel


"For the last year and a half, we ah get stifle, we ah get overpriced, dem a tell people say we de pon tour and we de ya nah go nowhere. We ah suffer, we nah get no promotion, we have kids to feed and me have my mother to take care of," a representative of the Merital Family said in a release. 
 
The group shot to fame in 2010 with the 'My Money (Ha Ha)' song on the Stripclub riddim and featured a hilarious Vybz Kartel cameo where he delivers a Santa-like laugh. The song, on the Adidjaheim/NotNice/Concussion labels, hit #1 on several major charts in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The group also continued to score hits with  other popular songs such as Pray, When We Party and Bad Like We on the Clappers riddim. 
 
However, in the last 12 months, they have seen a marked decline in their level of promotion, and in the output of singles in the local dancehall market. 
 
"From wah day ya, mi see riddim a mek and no Merital, no Jahvinci not on it and when we call Notnice, him say 'ah the Teacha set it'. So wah kinda suffocation this? We have been loyal to the organisation, and it is not being loyal to us...no video, no promotion, no recording. Mi fed up and tired. We caan reason or have a number for the man who run the organisation that we are supposed to be signed to," another group member said in the release.
 
The release said that the level of segregation and separation insisted on by Portmore Empire head Vybz Kartel had stifled opportunities to meet and collaborate with other artistes.
 
"Mi come to do music and sake ah the Empire, we never get to contact certain producers and artistes, or meet with icons in the business like Bounty Killer, just because of the Empire, we just caan link wid nobody else or it would be seen as a straight violation," a representative of the Merital Family said. 
  
In the meantime, the group has continued to record songs, voicing Tell Me Why for the Young Money label for Good Good Productions, and 'Dancing' on the TYPE R label. They also recently recorded 'On and On' on the Gangsta City Part Two label.
 
"We are doing our own bookings now and our own management. We are willing to work with all the great producers out there to make our careers happen. Big up to Vybz Kartel for signing us in the first place, but we have to move on now so that we can earn and support our families, the way things are going on caan work. We fed up and tired," the release said.
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Sneak peek at Kartel's book

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EXCERPT FROM "VOICE OF THE GHETTO"
BY VYBZ KARTEL

CHAPTER 1: THANK YOU JAH
"I start this book as I start each day of my life, with a "Thank you Jah" for
giving Adidja Palmer the inspiration to be Vybz Kartel; may the words on the
pages of this book be well received, may it touch the heart of the oppressors of
my people so that they may treat the poor with compassion. May it be a tool that
Society will utilize to understand ghetto livity, so that you may change your
impression of us and start treating ghetto people with respect - whether they
are your helpers, gardeners, bar maids, drivers or any marginalized person in
Jamaica. May it reach the desks of the prison officials so that they may
implement more humane and positive procedures in our jails so that our people
can be welcomed back into society after they have done their time. May it be a
reference point for Jamaican males that have never taken the time to understand
what our mothers, baby mothers, sisters and women in general go through. Most of
all, may it be a source of motivation for my people especially the young ones as
they find their way through life in this lovely place Xaymaca, its original name
before the genocidal Christopher Columbus came to plunder and destroy an entire
Amerindian people under the guise of Christianity. It is with this hope that I
have taken the time to write this book in between my musical career and my role
as father, and son; I ask that this book is blessed. The hate from the haters is
expected but guess what, Kartel sending you a blessing too because the Gaza nuh
bad mind. Come on, I know you going to read this book, that's okay with me, the
only way we can have a better Jamaica is if we spend the time learning from each
other."
-ADDI DI TEACH
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What a way DJ Amber and I-Octane have dem bizbiz all ova di place. She say she
pregnant fi him; him say a lie. So a who a tell di truth? Well we hear from good
source say Octaine done tell her already say him a go mind di baby, but true him
shame him haffi lie inna di Star. Rastaman, dat doan look good, cause you muss
memba say one day you yute a go come up and read dat same article inna Star and  see how you did a disown him or she.
Everybody round you know say you and Amber did inna tingz from long time. All
you baby madda a you yaad know say DJ Amber did a you best friend and
confidante, till oonu start deh. And all Corrinne nuh stop jealous a Amber, till
she all did delete her from you Facebook and a put up all kinda picture wid you
and she and all these tings. But we know say you love di hype and you love when
people say you deh wid a pastor daughter. And doan ask if di pastor daughter no
love di hype even more. Just like har Daddy. But she fi look and see where dat
land him.
Anyway Octane, you gwaan tink say people no know you bizniz and nah pree you.
You need fi sort out youself and kip you multiple relationship dem pon a level.
Plus you must show respect to you baby madda dem, including the one who live a
you yaad. So tel we, di house dat yo a buy, a you and Corrinne a go live inna
it, or you and you babymadda? And why you babymadda nah help you look to.
Singer, you have too much Ray Ray a galang inna fi you life. You is a good
artiste, try doan lose you way.
Amber, we wish you a safe delivery when the stork arrives with you and I-Octane
baby. Is what oonu want, boy or girl?
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Bonafide to collaborate with Kartel

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Las Vegas-based reggae band Bonafide will be coming to Jamaica this month to
promote their single "Leaving Come the Morning" featuring Vybz Kartel.
The band plans to shoot a video with the popular deejay for the song.
Widely regarded as the most popular reggae band in the Las Vegas area, Bonafide
has been on the reggae scene for nearly 20 years.
The band will be releasing their long-awaited CD, "Stay Strong" this year, which
has several popular tracks including combinations with dancehall artiste Busy
Signal, a high energy single called "Shake That Bumpa" and reggae singer Etana's
"I Want 2 Be the 1".
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The Management team of I-Octane would like to make it clear that the song "Woman
Mi Seh" on the Coach Riddim that has been released by Free Willy Music is in no
way shape or form representative of the music of I-Octane.
On the request of Arthur 'Whale' of Free Willy music I-Octane had written and
recorded the song as a demo to be recorded by fellow entertainer Bounty Killa.
The artiste's last involvement with the song was when he personally handed it
over to Bounty. Although there was no written agreement to cement the above
deal, it was understood by both parties that the demo was simply a guideline
Bounty Killer for his recording.
Nothing was heard about the demo up to three months after  the song was written.
Unfortunately, this week the demo was released by Free Willy Music, which is
contrary to the initial verbal agreement.

Although the recording uses I-Octane's artistic vocals, he wishes to isolate
himself from the content of the song since it doesn't represent his beliefs,
practices, or image. In addition, he has never performed the song and it is not
a part of his musical repertoire.
This is not the first time that the artiste is writing for other entertainers
and as such he knows their style of music and the content they wish to express.
Hence, while it is not in keeping with his musical values, he believes in the
freedom of artistic expression and each artiste has a unique identity which can
normally considered when writing songs. That was the premise under which that
song was written for Bounty Killer.

As a result of the unscrupulous conduct of Free Willy Music and their direct
attempt to take advantage of our artiste and tarnish his brand, we have
contacted our lawyer to file an injunction against the producer and the company.
We are also in dialogue to have the song removed from youtube and other social
and music networking sites.
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Kartel writing book for summer release

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Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel says he will be publishing a book to be released
in the summer.
Kartel says the book, titled "Voice of the Ghetto: Social Commentary For My
People", has been in the making for over two years and has finally come to
fruition.
The intended release date of the book is July 23 but it may be brought forward
because Kartel thinks there is a move to discredit his book before it is even
released.
Kartel told sources that the book is an in depth look at ghetto life in Jamaica
through his eyes.
He said the book will explore taboo topics from incest and abortion to the high
cost of justice in Jamaica.

It will also tackle class and racial prejudice.
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Fantan Mojah no longer with Downsound

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Fantan Mojah


Down Sound Records has decided to sever all ties with reggae recording artiste
Fantan Mojah.
This comes just a few months after both parties had announced a reconciliation
of sorts.
An official release from the company accused the artiste of "resorting to his
old ways".
However, representatives from Fantan Mojah's camp believes that Down Sound's
move is a direct result of Fantan's refusal to sign what they dubbed "a patently
unreasonable and exploitative" booking and publishing contract with the company.
After their reconciliation they recorded some songs over the past months and
reports say they were getting favourable play in the dancehall and on the radio.
However, according to sources a number of recent events triggered this decision
by Down Sound to drop the reggae artiste again.
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Singer Barbie is currently in Jamaica on a promotional blitz that has seen her
getting connected with media and fans as she unveils her latest offering --  the
completed video for Come See About Me, featuring US rapper, Trina.
Perhaps the one thing that is most striking about Barbee (let's forget her
derriere for a minute) is the fact that she has matured so much as an artiste
and is totally focused on her career and on being a good role model. She is
steadily meeting her goals and the Come See About Me video is testament to this
fact.
Shot on location in LA, the video is clean, full of energy, overflowing with a
glitzy wardrobe, beautiful bodies and a bit of passion.
"The video shoot was a lot of fun," Barbee recalled. "Trina was just fabulous,
the dancers strutted their stuff and the leading man was a dream to work with.
The video director is amazing and all the elements combined to produce a quality
video that we can all be proud of," the reggae singer said.
Many of those who have seen the video are already singing it high praises. It
was officially premiered on CVM's On Stage with Winford Williams, last Saturday.
Barbee has surely come a far way from the budding starlet of a couple years ago
who did the hot combination single, Missing You, with Junior Kelly.

"Missing You did a whole lot for my career and I really thank Junior Kelly for
taking the time to work with a young artiste like I was at the time and playing
a part in making good things happen for me. Of course, I would welcome the
opportunity to work with him again, especially since it's been years since we
have linked up," Barbee said.
With this collaborative effort that is poised to expose her to other markets,
Barbee is hell-bent on working it. Hip hop princess, Trina, who has great
credibility in both hip hop and reggae/dancehall worlds, was this year given the
'Friend of Reggae Award' from the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards
(EMEs in Jamaica).

Although Trina and Barbee didn't perform the song together at the event, a
dolled up Barbee added her own signature glam tp the proceedings by appearing on
stage with Trina for the official presentation by event organizer, Richard
'Richie B' Burgess.
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Sean Paul releases 'Blaze Fia'

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International superstar Sean Paul has added producer to his list of
accomplishments with the release of his rhythm, 'Blaze Fia'.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste has reportedly wanted to do
work behind the scenes as a producer since he began his career 16 years ago.
The deejay stepped out of the spotlight and behind the mixing board for his
album Imperial Blaze, which saw production work from Don Corleon, Coppershot,
Craig 'Leftside' Parks, Jeremy Harding and Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor.
Sean's first production work was on the single I Know You Like and since then,
the deejay-turned-producer has decided to work with other artistes to produce a
number of rhythms from one drop to hip hop and countless fusions.
However, for his first released rhythm, he decided to stick to his true love -
dancehall.
 'Blaze Fia' is a hard-core old school dancehall vibe, which features 18
artistes from veteran in the business Bounty Killer to newcomers such as Chino
and more.
According to Sean Paul, he realized that the rhythm was packed with artistes but
said he really wanted to get his work out there.
In addition to producing other artistes, Sean Paul is back in the studio working
on his next album, which includes tracks from Akon and the Europe based Stargate
Productions.

Tracklist

01. ASSASSIN - WE LOVE THE GIRL DEM
02. BUSY SIGNAL - TALK 2 MI NUH
03. CECILE - PREE MI
04. CHARLY BLACK FEATURING TIMBERLEE - DO WHAT I SAID
05. CHICKEN - 1 MORE
06. CHINO - BEDROOM WAR
07. ELEPHANT MAN - TURN ME ON
08. FUTURE FAMBO - BUBBLE NUH GIRL
09. HOLLOW POINT - MI NUH GONE
10. KIP RICH - MI LOVE YUH BABY
11. LADEN - MONEY
12. LOOGAMAN - BLAZE UP
13. MR VEGAS - MI TUFF LIKE STEEL
14. SEAN PAUL - GAL A BAWL FOR MORE
15. SUKU [WARD 21] - LONG TIME
16. TARRUS RILEY - NATURAL
17. WAYNE MARSHALL - WE HUSTLIN
18. ZJ LIQUID - HOTTER THAN DEM






$50,000 bail for 'Star Bwoy' Mavado

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Mavado performs on stage for Dancehall Night a...

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Dancehall deejay Mavado who was in police custody in St Ann after an incident on
Sunday, has been charged with malicious destruction of property and was
yesterday offered bail at a sum of $50,000.
Reports are that Mavado headlined the event 'Star Light' at Club Jamaica Jamaica
in Runaway Bay and was arrested after an incident at the club.
Reports are that Mavado's entourage was involved in a confrontation with a
delivery man, that left the delivery man 'bloody'.
In a release, the Constabulary Communication Network said, "Reports from the
Runaway Bay police are that the men reportedly damaged a Nissan motor car and a
Toyota Tacoma motor truck during an altercation at a club in Runaway Bay on
Sunday morning. A truck with assorted liquor was also reportedly driven away
during the incident."
It is alleged the that police had to chase Mavado's bus to arrest him.
Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, was arrested along with several members
of his entourage including his manager.
The members of his entourage who were charged are; 41-year-old David Hunter, who
was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and unlawful wounding, George
Morris, also called 'Val', who was charged with simple larceny and resisting
arrest and 21-year-old Kevin Palmer who has been charged with simple larceny.
All four are booked to appear in the St Ann's Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on
June 9 to answer to the charges. The other men are still being processed.
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Chino, the Album Launch May 24, 2011

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Not relying on solely older means of marketing his album Chino, singjay Chino McGregor hosted his own social media listening party at the Big Ship studios to get the buzz popping around the album's May 24 release.

Social networking sites Twitter.com and Facebook.com got a sneak peek from social media insiders from the listening party, as persons tweeted their views on the album, track by track. Last Wednesday night, popular twitter persons Toniann Lindo, Wayne Jones Jr, as well as Jamaicansmusic.com, Skkan Media Entertainment, Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillipps, singer Denyque, Laden, Shema, Stephen McGregor and STAR of the Month Chino were all present to share in the excitement.

give-aways

The listening party was streamed live online as fans logged on to their computers to hear the songs, some of which have never been heard before. Representatives from Guinness were also present at the studio doing give-aways as Chino soon kicked off the night by giving a little introduction to each of the songs.

The album started off with known hits such as From Mawning and Protected as Chino commented, "this song is wid me and Di Genius, di baddest producer in dancehall and reggae music." The recently released I Am followed after which Yeah Yeah from the Pepper rhythm. Then it was on to the new songs such as Badness which Chino explained was recorded live at Tuff Gong Studios, and was a big hit with those present.

Another exclusive was God Nah Sleep as Chino explained, "This is probably one of my favourites if not my favourite from the album. It's a deeply story telling song, two verses, with two different (but) similar stories ... listen keenly to every single lyric." Another song which got a strong forward from persons at the listening party was My Soul which talks about persons selling their souls for fame.

More popular songs followed such as Ruff It Up, Before Dem Gone and another new song Driving Me Insanewhich features Denyque. Driving Me Insane has a Shabba-like sound, which Chino says he wanted to make the first release but was outvoted.

Judging by persons who followed the response on twitter www.twitter.com/jamaicastar and facebook, the social media listening party was a huge success. A pleased Chino reminded fans online that the album is available for pre-order on iTunes

Want to be a part of the launch of Chino's upcoming album?

The Big Ship artiste will be launching his album on Tuesday, May 24 at Devonshire, Devon House. To win two passes to the launch and a VIP table as the special guest to Chino's album launch, all you have to do is answer the following questions!

1) What is Chino's real name?

2) What are the titles of the two albums he released in Japan?

3) What is the name of his upcoming album?

4) What do you love most about Chino and his music?

Email your answers to: ChinoMay24@gmail.com!

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American businessman Corey Todd has chosen to immediately dissolve his business partnership with Adidja Palmer a.k.a Vybz Kartel in the wake of alleged threats made against Todd's life.


"I cannot be associated with or do business with someone I don't trust. Kartel and I haven't seen eye to eye in a while, and late last week, after a disagreement, he threatened me on the phone because I "refused to tek chat". I don't take kindly to threats against me and my family, and I have contacted my lawyers and the relevant authorities to deal with this issue immediately," Todd said.


"I am my own man, I have never worked for Vybz Kartel, I helped to build his career, but I was never about the division in music, or his need to pigeonhole everything as Gaza or not Gaza. I don't understand

the creative direction he's moving in with regards to his image or his music. I don't know this new Vybz Kartel, I haven't known him for quite a while. Enough is enough. I wish him the best with his career," Todd said.


Todd and Palmer started the Unlimited Daggering company three years ago to manufacture, market and distribute Street Vybz Rum. The company also employs several people at a St. Andrew-based factory. The two also operate the Building nightclub in New Kingston.


Todd sought to reassure his workers that he would find employment for them in his other business ventures if they are displaced.


'I am not keeping any events at the Building nightclub for the foreseeable future, I am not doing anymore business with Vybz Kartel. However, I will be doing another product soon, so I am moving forward and I hope to work with other artistes to help build their careers as well," he said.


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Risto Benjie killed in Old Harbour

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An entertainer was one of two persons shot and killed in separate incidents in
Old Harbour, St. Catherine Monday night.
The killings occurred ten minutes apart.Thirty six year old Michael Benjamin also known as "Risto Benjie" of Unity in
St. Andrew was shot dead by a gunman in an area known as "Vietnam" in Church Pen
about 10:00 p.m.
It's reported that Mr. Benjamin was sitting outside a house when the man walked
up.
He opened fire hitting Mr. Benjamin several times.
He later died at hospital.
In the second incident, Kemar Foster, a resident of a community called "Africa"
was walking when he was also shot by a gunman.
He died while undergoing treatment at hospital.
No motive has been established for either killing.
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Deejay Wayne Marshall has dedicated a song to his wife and fellow artiste, Tami
Chynn. The song, Good Ole Wife, was released recently on the Matrimony rhythm
for which Marshall is a co-producer.
Wayne said he decided that he was going to dedicate it to "my good ole wifey.
It's also a creative play on words depending on how you look at it."
According to Marshall, Chynn was also very pleased with the dedication.
"She loves it. From the time I was building it she busted out laughing. Who
would not want a song dedicated to them? I also notice that it is getting a big
response from the ladies," he said.
In addition to this being his first song about his wife, this is also the first
rhythm that he has produced. The rhythm also has songs from Gyptian, Assassin,
Lady Saw and Liquid. He said the rhythm will not have more than six songs, all
relating to matrimony.
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"FIRST OFF ID LIKE TO SAY THAT ALL THE FUSS ABOUT MY HAIR,AS WITH EVERY OTHER
THING THAT I DO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING EXCEPT PLAIN OLD
"BADMIND".BECAUSE WHEN I WAS INVOLVED IN THE NINJA MAN INCIDENT A FEW YEARS AGO
,I HAD IN EXTENTIONS THEN,WHY DIDNT THE HULLABALOO COMMENCE THEN,?BECAUSE I
WASN'T ON TOP SO THE HATING WASNT NECESSARY.WHEN I DID "NEVER LOVE ANOTHER GIRL"
VIDEO IN 2005(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPl_P_vdhdk),MY HAIR WAS PERMED,WHY
DIDNT THE INQUISITION COMMENCE?BECAUSE I WASN'T ON TOP SO THE HATING WASNT
NECESSARY...WHAT IM SAYING IS THAT WHEN UR ON TOP,PEOPLE FIND ALL KINDS OF
FAULTS AND FLAWS TO POINT OUT IN THEIR QUEST TO TEAR YOU DOWN BUT GUESS WHAT. I
COUDNT CARE LESS WHAT PEOPLE SAY OR THINK ABOUT KARTEL BECAUSE IF EVERYONE LOVES
YOU,UR AN OBVIOUS "KISS ASS" .P.S. MAVADO,ELEPHANT MAN,MACHEL MONTANO(who's hair
is done by the same girl who did mine) I OCTANE T.O.K. ETC HAVE ALL HAD
EXTENTION PUT IN.TALK BOUT THAT"
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Singer I-Octane has categorically denied ever putting extensions in his hair in
the wake of statements made by fellow entertainer on Thursday.
"I can't control what another artiste chooses to say," I-Octane stated. "But
I've been growing my locks for several years now and the people at Jus Natural
in Portmore can vouch for that."
When prodded to respond about how he feels about the allegation, I-Octane made
things very clear. "In this industry you come to expect that people will do and
say anything. Is music mi a deal with and I won't allow anyone to shift my focus
from that. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't make sense for me to spend a lot
of time thinking or even talking about this issue. Jah teach me that you empower
what you focus on, and as mi seh, music is my focus. Nobody can draw me out or
try to involve me inna mix up. Anyone who has been following my career can look
at me through the years and see that my locks grow natural. Its not an overnight
thing. As a matter of fact, people a suffer all over the world. Mek wi focus on
dem type a tings."
In response to questions as to whether he would respond in a song, the singjay
laughed. "No sah! Mi nuh haffi do nuttn. Memba dat in mi song mi seh Touch not
the Lord's anointed. Mi nuh haffi do a ting."
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Magnum Kings & Queens to open a mansion

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The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition will reach anew level on
Saturday as the contestants of Castle Red and Castle Blue join up to create the
Magnum Mansion.
Twelve contestants, who were selected by the public, will perform on Saturday.
Each will try to outshine the other with the best lyrical content.
This week, all contestants who performed last week will be brought on stage to
have the two with the lowest votes eliminated.
Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall airs on Television Jamaica every Saturday
night at 9:30.
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We love how di dancer dem a step up to di ting. Ovamarz song pon di Star Bwoy
riddim Now You See Me Now You Don't a gwaan and him tun it up wid the new video.
And we know say di dance did mad from long time. But a wha dis we a hear bout
the video and how everybody want a piece a di action just true it look like
tings a go gwaan fi di yute. But a true dem no waan acknowledge di ting say Marz
a big international dancer from long time and him get nuff props a yaad and
foreign, especially now dat him have di song  and it deh pon chart and all these
tings. A three show inna three different State Marz do wha day and him gwaan
good. Fi real. So all who a gwaan like dem a do di yute favour and now want more
than dem fi get muss guweh. Marz, you ting solid and it a go from strength to
strength. A you a di Dancer of the Year fi 2011. Celebrity Promotions and Donna
Celebrity to di werl!
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Whoiee! What a way di Swedish girl who lef har yard and track dung Jahvinci a
Yaad, go gi way di ting to Addi and now she haffi a hide out.  Dem groupie girl
here doan easy at all, no matter which country dem come from. Dem two Swedish
sister yah love off Popcaan and Jahvinci  bad bad and dem arrange fi meet inna
Jamaica. Dem reach a yaad, but Jahvinci did deh overseas and neva did a come
back till di next day. While this girl a hold her cawna, up rides Addi on a
bike, and di next ting you know, di Swedish gal jump on and ride off in di wind
with Addi. It was a six-hour long session and after Addi drop her off, him mek
sure tell di whole a di Gaza how Jahvinci girl gi up di ting. Now, di girl cyan
go near Jahvinci and, of course, di Teacha nah pay she no mind. Miss Swede, tek
our foolish advice and pack you bag and go back a you country.
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Danielle Curacao performance postponed

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Rebel deejay Danielle (D.I.) will not appear for a scheduled performance this
weekend in Curacao. The big Mother's day event for Mambo Beach also features
reggae star, Gyptian. "We are disappointed about the last minute changes but
it's beyond our control. We are currently in talks with the promoters, Sky World
International for an even larger affair on July 30th. D.I. apologizes to her
fans and is looking forward to the new date." said her manager, Keona Williams.
Danielle's is currently in Florida promoting for her Best of the Best
performance in Miami on May 29th.  Other upcoming events include, the US Virgin
Islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix next week, in addition to other bookings for
Connecticut, Philadelphia, New York, California and London.
The dancehall deejay has been in high demand since the release of her Sly and
Robbie produced hit song, "Rebel" that features Cherine Anderson. The music
video is now on heavy rotation throughout the Caribbean. The song has been
swiftly climbing up the music charts locally and overseas. Danielle's next
project is "Single Girl" also produced by Sly and Robbie for Taxi records. The
video will be released in early summer.
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Popcaan makes strides in the Caribbean

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Dancehall deejay Popcaan has been making steady strides in Jamaica and the
Caribbean and with summer on the way, the Gaza Prefect's itinerary is said to be
already overloaded with shows.
Popcaan performed in Tobago and Guyana over the weekend to an appreciative
audience and according to sources, the reactions were no different in Suriname
and French Guiana the day before.
The artiste is next scheduled to perform in Dominica alongside Gaza Slim on May
5.
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Which DJ have icy talent?

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Wah dis message ah go round pon bb bout a certain deejay who ah use him long
tune fi suck ice outta the gal dem vajayjay. How dem so talented?




DI ting hot up

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How Danielle career ah get back hot so? She ah par straight up wid Sly Dunbar
and him give her a big international hit, all ah France and Switzerland, mi hear
the tune ah sell pon iTunes. Gwaan DI.




Milla 9 ting still a gwaan

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Mi hear say Milla 9 start him owna record company and all these things. Just
cause him nah spar wid Kartel no more mean say him come outta music. Mi hear say
him sell him BMWand buy up nuff studio equipment and him have a new riddim weh
him ah go put a road soon. Gwaan do yu ting Milla 9, mi see Bomber who par wid
Mavado ah go hard wid him new vehicle and ting, yu affi get yours.
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Guyana mad over Pamputtae

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Pamputtae have the Guyana people lock. Easter Monday, she mash up the Victoria
Community Centre pon the east coast of Guyana; she one inna concert and the
venue pack wid 5,000 people. This ah her first time over de and dem treat her
like a Goddess. The same day, Beenie Man and Jahvinci dem did inna Guyana inna
the capital and Pamputtae ting still sell off. Gwaan my girl. Rohan, big up
yuself.
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Addi fool we again; but careful wha yu eat!

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Bwoy Addi, you learn from the best. You pull a Beenie Man pon wi fi get a
headline. Bout people splice up di song and mek it look like seh you eat unda di
table. But mout seh a yu same one splice up di ting cause you know seh the media
a go swoop dung pon it like dead meat. Cause, fi real, a long time you no get
nuh Star headline. And see, everybody a talk bout di song now.

But Addi, you haffi careful wha you eat and who you eat from. Cause some girl a
chat nuff tings and all a sey you put ice up in deh and suck it out. We cyaan
sey a true; we just a talk wha we hear and wha you sing bout.
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Chino to release self titled album

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Reggae and dancehall artiste, Chino, will release his self-entitled United
States album Chino in five weeks.
"It won't be just one genre and that's in an effort to cater to not only the US
market, but also the European and Caribbean territories," he said.
The album will be available online and in stores on May 24.
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The Jamaican police will have to wait until next month before being able to quiz
dancehall artisteSpragga Benz in relation to Friday night's triple murder in
McIntyre Villa, also known as 'Dunkirk' in Kingston.
According to the police,  Spragga Benz, whose real name is Carlton Grant, is
overseas and is not due back in the island before May 17.
The artiste was asked to turn himself over to investigators at the Elletson Road
Police Station by 2:00 pm Sunday for questioning in relation to the murder of
Kenrique Richards of Lincoln Terrace and the shooting of two other men.
According to investigators, 49-year-old Peter Escoffery, otherwise called
'Stumpy' of McIntyre Villa; Richards, otherwise called 'Runkus', and an
unidentified man, were shot by a carload of men armed with high-powered rifles.
Richards died on the spot while Escoffery and the unidentified man died at
hospital.
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Kartel's Colouring Book Party Blocked By Police

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Partygoers who expected to frolic at the Colouring Book Party headlined by
VybzKartel on Saturday were forced to stay at home with their crayons over the
weekend.

Based on a statement from the promoter, the police ordered organizers to
postpone the event suggesting that the show is likely to attract criminal
elements.
Although several tickets were sold for the party that was expected to take place
at Lime Village in Portmore on Saturday, April 16, organizers say patrons were
refunded.
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Gully Gad Mavado has been amping up his visuals from the top of the year,
appearing in videos for Daseca's just-released Category 5 medley video, his

collabo with Shaggy - Girls Dem Love We, DJ Khaled's mega-remix for Welcome To
My Hood, a collab with Sony Records UK artist Chipmunk and his very own
Dancehall smash Star Bwoy.

The Winston 'Tyson' Mayhew-directed video is unique as it incorporates
never-seen-before footage from Mavado's triumphant return to New York after a
year absence due to the loss of his visa in 2008. A camera followed Mavado and his entourage around New York as he was in studio, in the streets, shopping and
performing in front of thousands of people,
"We had Tyson travel with us on that trip to capture the history as it
unfolded," says manager Julian Jones-Griffith. "
It was a moment in time that needed to be captured and the footage we got was even more than we expected. ItStar Bwoy vid 4.jpg

was a very memorable weekend and we have it all recorded. We are going to
release a DVD/music package this Summer made from that weekend and a couple
other trips we shot as well. It's going to give Mavado's fans a chance to see
him like never before and this Star Bwoy video will give them a teaser of that.
It all came together perfectly when we decided to also use Tyson to shoot the
Star Bwoy video."

Upon Mavado's return to New York in 2008, he recorded Caribbean Connection with
Wyclef and Lil Kim, who both make cameo appearances in the Star Bwoy video.
Wyclef also surprised a packed Roseland Ballroom by calling out Mavado during in
his set at the HOT 97 On Da Reggae Tip show. The 2008 Labor Day weekend's climax
was Mavado's official first performance in front of a 20,000-strong crowd at the
IRIE Jamboree show in Roy Wilkins Park, Queens.

"You know we always do our ting different," says Mavado. "My fans are always
asking me for more visuals but we have to make sure everything is right and
stands out from everybody else. The way we put this video together with new and
old footage makes it really unique, I know my fans are going to love it. They
can expect a lot more from me this year too, no ease up."

Star Bwoy will get a special feature on mega-popular website WorldStarHipHop.com
Thursday morning, debuting on local TV this Friday. Mavado and his team plan to
break more new ground be posting the clip on iTunes for sale.

DJ Khaled's Welcome To My Hood remix video, that features Mavado alongside
Ludacris, T Pain, Busta Rhymes and a host of other rappers will debut on BET's
106 & Park in the coming weeks.

Mavado's long-awaited single, Delilah, will be released in two weeks, followed
shortly after by an accompanying video. Stulla Wine is expecting to be launched
to the marketplace in July. The hunt for the Ultimate Stulliesha - the face and
body of Stulla Wine - will be announced with a major media partner soon.
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Vybz Kartel for Colouring Book Party at LIME Village, Portmore
Next Saturday, April 16  at the LIME Village in Portmore  the man who has been
dominating the headlines Vybz Kartel, will be in action.
The deejay is currently enjoy a romp with all the major charts with songs such
as No Lie, Colouring Book, Cake Soap and Touch A Button Nuh.
From all indications he has got the midas touch when it comes on to churning out
the hits - whether as an artiste or an entrepreneur.
The event will also see the Portmore dancehall fans getting a chance to see an
artiste who has not been active on the stage show circuit for some time Terror
Fabulous known for his mega hit with Nadine Sutherland Action.
Presented by Golden Promotion the event will also feature performances from
other artistes such as Macka Diamond, Macho Kid, Lady G, Venjance, Kibba Ranks,
Johnny and Amanda Cat.
Music will be provided by Flava Unity with emcee duties coming from Shaka Fame.
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Bwoy, Bounty Killa just cyaan tame. The Killa vengeance let loose pon him baby
mada, Sabrika, last night a Uptown Mondayz. A bare knee, punch and hook reach
her inna di early mawning deh. But a she did wrong fi go put fight to Killa
cause she chuck him nearly mek him drop a grung. And a so him just deal wid her
case bitter and send har home. But from wha day yah, it look like Killa a try
put har pon pause, cause him give her $150,00 to go find apartment and she eat
off di money. Den Killa send Sabrika go a Oaklands go live wid him madda, but
she and Miss Ivy couldn't gree. Then Bounty put her in one of Ennis apartments
and that cause problems with him and Ennis cause Ennis neva like Sabrika
behavior. And see, she gwaan and gwaan till it tun out inna public disgrace. And
guess which song did a play while Bounty a put on di licks? The same one whe him
say him nah go back before no more judge go sey 'Your Honour' and him nah swing
no more hammer.
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Richie Stephens for One Love Reggae Concert

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Top flight Reggae singer Richie Stephens will be the featured artiste at this week's One Love Reggae Concert, which will be held on Tuesday the 5th of April at the Negril Escape Resort. 

Stephens has been a household name in the local music industry since the early 90s.

 

Over the years he has amas

sed a huge catalog of reggae and dancehall hits which includes songs such as Winner, Come Give Me Your Love, Buss Di Place, Street Life and Heart of Love. He is also known for his innovative vocal style which can be described as a mix of reggae, soul and R&B and his classy stage performances.

 

Without a doubt Richie Stephens will be coming to Negril to please his fans and he is fully aware that supporters of the weekly concert series will accept no less than a stellar performance from a top class act like him.

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Gyptian looks to the future

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Coming off a successful year, reggae artiste Gyptian has several things in the pipeline which he hopes will propel his career even further.

The artiste recently recorded songs like Duggu Duggu, Come Out that is a collaboration with Chi Ching Ching and Laden and For Your Love. He has also done a collaboration with Shaggy called The Way You Look which is scheduled for release next month.

In addition, Gyptian takes the lead in We Are One Japan that is a tribute to the country that was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami recently. The song also features other artistes like Alison Hinds, Voicemail, Pressure, Wayne Wonder, Michael Rose and Japanese Fumibella.

Last year, he had a strong year with his song, Hold Yuh, gracing a few Billboard charts. The remix of the song with rapper Nicki Minaj also went on to gain success overseas on various charts. He also received MOBO and Soul Train awards in the best reggae artiste category, as well as numerous nominations locally and abroad.

Meanwhile, he has upcoming tours of the United States, Europe and Canada.

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I-Octane for LIME All-Island Carnival

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Reggae singer, I-Octane, will grace the stage of the LIME All-Island Carnival, when it reaches the town of Linstead on Sunday at the Tru-Juice Sports Complex.

The popular entertainer joins soca star Oscar B and former Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall contestant, Tanto Blacks as the diet of live entertainment for the travelling soca fête.

The Clarendon-born I-Octane is undoubtedly one of the most popular and sought-after acts today, which drew the attention of Morgan and his team. He will bring with him his arsenal of chart-topping hit singles, such as Lose A Friend, Inna Dem, Min' Who You A Dis, Puff It, I Ah Cry, Study Yuh Fren and more.

The event is called 'Socawukup', and will also feature Kurt Riley, DJ Charm and the Urban Legend sound system.

 





Toya Rocked the EME Awards 2011

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All dem a talk, Toya nah hear dem, she nah see dem. She say she de pon

her Blackberry phone pon the beach pon a small Dutch island over the

weekend and ah read mi suss dem bout Fantan Mojah and a dead wid

laugh. She nuh care, she rich and happy, Joe loves her,,  thats why

she have the US million dollar trust fund inna her name, and Joey is

the White Gadd son and she have the DNA test fi prove it. Oonu

lucky!!!!!!!!Dem caan tek ner name dem outta the house dem, or the X6

or the Chrysler, and dem caan tek her name outta Heinz, or Weight

Watchers. All dem a chat and a suss her, dem caan stop her,

RAAAAAYYYY. All the gyal who write the suss fi the STAR, she bruk and

miserable, she nuh have no man fi harself, that's why she have time fi

a watch her. How she ah go so hard? How Fantan ah talk so, him need fi

go pon Maury and do the DNA fi him pickney dem before him come a road

come talk weh him nuh know. Toya, yu hot, yu a PEPPER!!!!!

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Fantan, a wha really a gwaan wid you and Joe

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Just when you tink everyting good between Fantan and Joe Bagdonovich, all hell bruk loose. After Fantan gone back a Joe good good, we now a hear sey Joe nah give Fantan no money fi deal wid tings. It so bad till all Fantan vehicle run outta gas on him way fi go do oe interview. We no care wha nobody waan sey, that is disgraceful!

We doan know if a true, but dem a spread rumour sey Fantan sey the baby wha Joe wife Toya have a jacket and Joe a no di puppa. We hear sey Joe hear back and him hopping mad. But why Fantan woulda sey sinting like date eh?

Fantan, if you know certain tings you haffi kibba yuh mout, and if you doan know certain tings then get out of di habit of telling lie. Caue it ca cost you yuh career.

 

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The Gaza Don de pon TV a boast say him have new business ventures wid a lot of people but him neva tell Jamaica say him business partner already gone into new ventures WITHOUT him too. Wah really a gwaan inna the islant? Corey ah go open up QUAD wid a new Taboo, a new Christophers and a bagga other things and Kartel nah go involved inna dis ya one. Mi no psychic, but mi did smell da one ya ah come. Memba a few weeks ago when no Street Vybz Thursdaze never keep? Well, something big did gwaan over The Building a few days before that when a selector get 20 box, 15 kick and dem out a cigarette pon him skin after him play Bounty Killer 'Nuh Fren Fish'. One ah Kartel entourage punch up the club manager and the club manager punch in back him face and pure tings gwaan, pure bleaching cream and cake soap, rosary beads and tight jeans ah fling all over the place, big bangarang gwaan. Well, two day after that, the club lock up and nobody coulden get in because Corey lock it up wid a cow chain, change the padlock, so crazy people come that night and surprised say the club nah keep. Way down inna the night, dem mussi use a crowbar and tear off the lock but when dem go in, the music system disappear....no club caan keep. Anyway, dem mussi finally meet and work out things because the club start keep back, but now, Ribbi decide say Corey ah the real man, and ask him fi run the Quad so the ting tun up big time again. Mi hear say is a major renovation ah gwaan, Italian tiles, big money spending, and it ah go shot because this ah the club weh the whole ah uptown love. So Kartel ah do him shoes and him sneaker line and him cake soap without Corey , and Corey ah do Quad without him, ah just so it set. Dem collaborate pon Street Vybz and the Building but dem no join together. Oh! Wah really a go happen tonight?
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Reggae musician Smiley Culture, who scored two chart hits in the eighties, died on Tuesday following an incident with police in England.

The 'Police Officer' singer, real name David Emmanuel, is believed to have stabbed himself after officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey, earlier Tuesday.

He was due to face trial after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in September last year alongside four others.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed they were now investigating a "death following police contact".

The 47-year-old, born and raised in south London, rose to fame as a DJ with the Saxon Studio sound system.


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Members of the police force escorted international rap star DJ Drake from the well-attended Brit Jam stage show in Montego Bay early Monday morning. This after the Canadian act spewed profanities while he shared the stage with local dancehall stars Mavado and Aidonia.

The abrupt end to the rapper's set, also cut short the much-anticipated performance of the two Alliance members who were connecting nicely with the audience who seemed eager to receive them. Drake, who was summoned on stage by the top flight artiste Mavado, uttered obscenities as he greeted the patrons.

 Deejay Mavado and rapper Drake work the stage prior to the international act being removed by the police for profanity.

Prior to the rapper's removal from the stage, emcees Crazy Neil and DJ Skinny implored the performers to resist using obscene language during their performance at the behest of the cops in attendance.

 

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Organizers of the recently concluded Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards (EME), 

disclosed today that award recipients who were not present at the 7th annual presentation ceremony at Devon House in Kingston on March 12 will not receive the actual trophies this year.

 "The executive committee of the EME Awards made the unanimous decision that award recipients who were in Jamaica at the time of the event and who choose not to attend the event or send a representative to collect the award(s) on their behalf, have forfeited their rights to the trophy. We realize this is an unprecedented decision but after careful consideration, we feel this is the right decision and something that must be done to protect the integrity and longevity of the event" founder and CEO Richard 'Richie B' Burgess said.

 "The EME awards was conceived to honor and recognize the accomplishments of our own local reggae/dancehall stars in categories such as DJ of the Year, Best New Artist, Vocalist of the Year, Producer of the Year and the new category Artist of the Decade. If those being honored don't see the need to attend or participate in the process, then they do not deserve to receive the award. Respect goes both ways. It is as simple as that" he reiterated.

Burgess said Shaggy and Wayne Wonder's appeal to their peers to support the 'local artistes and local music' points to a bigger problem in the industry.

 "It is sad when international acts like Trina or Eve commit to travel to Jamaica, just so they can be here to collect their awards, while our own reggae stars chose to stay home. This is a symptom of a bigger problem in our industry that has to be addressed sooner than later. The industry is on a downward spiral. If corrective actions are not take immediately, we stand to back pedal on some of the significant strides that were made by those who preceded us in the industry," he noted.

On the positive side, Burgess said the EME Awards had many things to celebrate, including the international coverage the event garnered this year.

 





Kartel Onstage interview

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After  leading the pack of nominees with a total of six nominations, deejay Vybz Kartel was the real winner at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards at Devon House last night.

The deejay walked away with the trophies for Deejay of the Year, Song of the Year (Dancehall) -- 

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Clarks, Album of the Year, and Collaboration of the Year -- Clarks, featuring Popcaan and Gaza Slim.

The night's other big winners were Beenie Man and I-Octane with three awards each.  

Here is the full list of winners:

Deejay of the Year -- Male: Vybz Kartel

Deejay of the Year -- Female: Tifa

Vocalist of the Year -- Male: Tarrus Riley

Vocalist of the Year -- Female: Etana

Producer/Label of the Year -- Dancehall: Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris

Producer of the Year -- Reggae: Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett

Best New Artiste -- Male: Popcaan

Best New Artiste -- Female: Denyque

Duo/Group of the Year: Voicemail

Biggest Comeback Artiste: Future Fambo

Song of the Year -- Dancehall: Clarks

Song of the Year -- Reggae: My Life-- I-Octane

Album of the Year: Pon di Gaza 2.0-- Vybz Kartel

Cultural Artiste of the Year: Tarrus Riley

Breakthrough Artiste of the Year: I-Octane

Singjay of the Year -- Male: I-Octane

Collaboration of the Year: Clarks-- Vybz Kartel, Popcaan and Gaza Slim

Riddim of the Year -- Reggae: Pleasure-- Cash Flow Records

Riddim of the Year -- Dancehall: One Day-- Seanizzle Records

Most Improved Artiste Nicky B

Gospel Artiste of the Year: Prodigal Son

International Artiste of the Year: Gyptian

Best Theatrical Production: GhettOut

Best Instrumental Group with vocals: Live Wyaa

Video of the Year -- Reggae: Unconditional Love-- Jah Cure and Phyllisia

Video of the Year -- Dancehall: For Ur Eyes Only-- Shaggy and Alaine

Performance of the Year: Beenie Man and Bounty Killer -- Arthur Guinness Celebration

Best Dressed Artiste: Beenie Man

Show of the Year: Arthur Guinness Celebration

Best Original Dancer of the Year: Dance Xpressionz

Gospel Song of the Year: Drinking from my Saucer-- Jabez

International Friends of Reggae Awardees: Eve, Trina

Artiste of the Decade: Beenie Man, Shaggy

 

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Bounty's ganja trial March 31

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The trial involving popular dancehall deejay Rodney 'Bounty Killer' Price on ganja-related charges should have started yesterday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

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Instead, it was pushed back until March 31 after the entertainer's attorney Linda Wright, told the court that she could not begin the trial as she had another one that had already started in another courtroom of the courthouse.

The matter was then rescheduled by Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis who extended Price's bail.

According to police reports, the deejay who heads the Alliance was reportedly seen smoking in the vicinity of First Caribbean Bank along Grenada Way in New Kingston in October 2009. He was accosted and searched and a small quantity of marijuana was allegedly found in his possession.

The artiste was subsequently charged with possession of and smoking marijuana, but has since denied the charges.

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Assassin's lyrics not aimed at Kartel

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In his latest song, Run Di Place, deejay Assassin says: "How dem a gwaan like Assassin caan done the place/ Memba seh a wi have the fire tune dem weh a bun the place/ Oh? A mussi true mi nah bleach out mi face/ And true certain things you caan give mi fi taste/ Mi nah buy di chart dem/ Nah cheat the race/

 

Wi nah pick up no freaky ways/ Mi nah follow nuh bwoy mi a di boss fi miself/ Is like a big man deh school in a class to miself/ Dem all a seh mi mad so mek mi talk to miself/ But certain things mi nah do fi market miself/ Mi nah put out no freaky photographs wid miself/ The music haffi share, mi tek a part fi miself."

However, Assassin insists that despite people thinking that he's throwing stones at Vybz Kartel, he's not.

"It nuh have nothing fi do wid Kartel. When since Kartel have the monopoly on bleaching?" he asks in an interview with an evening tabloid.

Assassin said he spoke about bleaching in his song, Hype Up, years ago, but "all of a sudden yuh caan seh bleaching and a nuh Kartel yuh a talk."

Even with his recent song Talk How Mi Feel, he said people thought the song was in reference to Vybz Kartel even though he spoke about many issues like Voicemail member Oneil Edwards' death and fake friends, among other issues.

 

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Buju Banton to be sentenced in June

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The sentencing date for Jamaican reggae superstar Buju Banton has been tentatively set for June 16.

Buju Banton was found guilty of three cocaine related charges on February 22. The iconic Jamaican artiste faces up to life in prison.

Buju was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilogramsor more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm in furtherance of and during the course of a drug-trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting others in using a communication facility in the commission of a felony.

 

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Ryno on week-long Caribbean tour

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Dancehall artiste Ryno left the island on Monday for a week-long Caribbean tour.

Earlier this week the artiste made stops in St. Maarten and St. Kitts before docking in Antigua to promote his annual birthday celebrations set for March 5 at the Coast Night Club in the capital.

Ryno is also scheduled to do a number of radio and television

 interviews to promote his latest singles namely: 'Wine & Balance', 'Fall in Love', 'Picture', 'Say Them A Friend' and 'Money Me A Pree', all of which are currently enjoying favourable rotation across the Caribbean.

 "The response from the people so far has been overwhelming, and they have taken on to the new songs," Ryno said.

The artiste is set to headline a concert in Montserrat over the weekend at the Bitter End Beach Club.

Later this month the artiste is expected to embark on assignments in Belize and Panama.

Aside from promoting his new singles, plans are also in place for Ryno to shoot two new videos on his return to Jamaica. 

 

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Gyptian and Etana's US tour cancelled

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Gyptian and Etana's tour of selected U.S. cities has been cancelled.

According to a release from their record label, VP Records, the tour "was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the artistes' and label's control".

The release went on to state that both Gyptian and Etana have expressed disappointment about missing their fans for this tour.

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Bounty Talks about Follow Di Arrow OnStage

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EME ARTISTE OF THE DECADE

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Kingston, JA: FOURTEEN of the most sought after reggae acts of the past decade, including current frontrunners Shaggy, Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Beenieman, Marcia Griffiths, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer and Wayne Wonder will do battle for the prestigious 'Artiste of the Decade' (2001-2010) award at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

The very competitive category was established this year to honour the reggae artiste who had the biggest impact as a hit maker, performer and as a touring act, event founder and CEO Richard "Richie B" Burgess said.

Platinum artiste Shaggy stormed out to an early lead in the online voting (www.emeawards.com). Shaggy's biggest success came at the turn of the millennium with singles It Wasn't Me and Angel. The subsequent album Hotshot was not only certified diamond by the RIAA but soared to the top spot on the Billboard 200 and UK album chart. He scored again with Lucky Day which went Gold in 2002 and his 2008 album Intoxication, which earned a nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards
Beside his on stage accolades, Shaggy has championed many philanthropic initiatives including raising funds for the Bustamante Children's Home in Kingston. He also teamed with his peers on a tribute song titled Rise Again, which become the anthem in Haiti after the recent earthquake. In 2007, Shaggy's musical accomplishment was recognised by the Government of Jamaica when he was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD).

Another frontrunner for the Artiste of the Decade award is Beenieman. He may not have the international record sales of Damian, Shaggy or Sean Paul, however, he has the streets locked and is arguably the most seasoned and accomplished entertainer in the industry. His album on Virgin Records, Art and Life was certified gold and won him the Grammy for Reggae Album of the Year in 2001. On stage the 'Doctor' has enjoyed many exceptional live performances including his memorable set at Reggae Sumfest 2008 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that some say, firmly established him as the "King of the Dancehall". On the local charts, Beenieman has had an impressive catalogue of hits including his current chart banger Rum and Red Bull and he continues to have a major presence at all the major reggae festivals around the world.

Wayne Wonder, born Von Wayne Charles, recorded Bonafide Love (Movie Star) with Buju Banton, and wrote several early hits for the cultural DJ early in his career. In 2000, Wonder launched his own record label, Singso, and collaborated with international artistes, Foxy Brown, and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes. His career achieved internationally success in 2003 with his Atlantic Records single No Letting Go. The single reached #11 in the US and #3 in the UK and was a major success on urban radio stations in the US.

Jr Gong Marley created mayhem in 2006 with his monster hit Welcome to Jamrock. The song sat atop charts in Jamaica, Europe, and Canada and created just as much fever state side, enjoying multiple spins on urban radio stations and cable channels like BET, MTV and VH1 TV. When the album was released in September 2005, it shot to #7 on the sales charts, making it the biggest opening for a reggae artiste in history. Two days after the 61st anniversary of his father's birth, Gong claimed another first when he became the first Jamaican artiste to win two Grammy awards at the same show -- the Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance in the R&B category.

Sean Paul, who enjoyed unprecedented album sales with his debut album, Stage One in 2000, has had a string of successes including his song Gimme the Light that was a huge hit, and the multi-platinum album, Dutty Rock (2002), which earned him a Grammy award. Paul followed up with The Trinity in 2005, which also went platinum and won the American Music Award for Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artiste in 2006.

One only has to hear the punch line from monster tracks like -- She Loves Me Now, Step Aside, Tempted To Touch, Rockaway, Double Trouble, Putting Up Resistance or One Step Ahead to know that the "boss," Beres Hammond is in the house. On stage, whether it is at home in Jamaica or major markets like New York, Florida or London, Beres is in a class by himself.

The name Marcia Griffiths has always been associated with excellence. Dubbed the Queen of reggae music, Marcia has in the past decade, established herself as an Ambassador of Jamaican music. An original member of Bob Marley's legendary harmony singers, Marcia is credited with recording a number of big hits songs including Dreamland, I Shall Sing and the perennial favourite Electric Boogie. 
For the past 10 years, Grammy-nominated Bounty Killer has made a career of bussing young artistes such as Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Elephant Man and several members of his Alliance crew. He is a fearless performer who has waged numerous on-stage battles with his arch nemesis Beenieman. On the international scene, Bounty made his biggest mark in 2001 with a successful collaboration with No Doubt on the single Hey Baby. He also enjoy solo successes with albums such as Ghetto Dictionary Volume I: Art of War and Ghetto Dictionary Volume II: Mystery, the latter receiving a Grammy nomination.


Dancehall Queen Lady Saw is an accomplished international star who has the distinction of being 

the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award. Her international exploits also includes a gold certification for the single Smile with Vitamin C, a triple-platinum certification for Underneath It All for 

her 2003 collaboration with No Doubt. She has also earned a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group for her featured performance on No Doubt's single 

Underneath It All, which reached number #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Other nominees for the Artiste of the Decade category includes Capleton, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Luciano and Buju Banton.

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Kartel and NotNice split?

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

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

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

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

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Legal pundits say Buju has chance of success

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Legal opinion is indicating that the motion filed in a Florida Court for an acquittal or new trial for reggae artiste, Buju Banton, stands a reasonable chance of being successful.

Buju's defence team filed the motion in court earlier this week.

 The 37-year old Grammy winning entertainer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was found guilty last Tuesday of three of four charges - conspiracy to possess with the intent to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

However, the 12-member jury returned a not guilty verdict on a fourth charge of attempted possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

United State-based attorney-at-law Oliver Smith believes the motion for acquittal may cause at least two of the counts to be overturned, and subsequently cut several years from Buju's possible sentence.

"As far as the gun count is concerned phone count, (using wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense) I think is a real likelihood of success on those counts. I think the conspiracy count is doomed. The weapon was found on December 10, the date when Buju was not present, so it's highly unlikely, unless that there is some other evidence, that the jury could reasonably conclude that Buju would have knowledge that the person had the weapon and secondly, that that the weapon would be used in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy. I think he has an excellent chance," said Mr. Smith, who was speaking Wednesday evening on RJR's current affairs discussion programme Beyond the Headlines.

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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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JARIA Awards

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Unruly show goers pelted the stage with bottles Sunday morning, bringing a premature end to Follow The Arrow stage show at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, about three minutes after Bounty Killer took the stage.

Vybz Kartel and Mavado were still to perform but the incident came after rising reggae star I-Octane had earlier showed that he was ready for the big times with a scintillating performance.

The chain of events actually started before Bounty Killer took centre stage as he was involved in an altercation backstage, forcing Ragashanti, the evening's emcee, to urge him (over the microphone) to cool it. 

When Killer took the stage at 5:25 a.m., he proceeded to recognise Black History Month by paying tribute to some prominent black persons including national heroes Nanny and Marcus Garvey and his dance hall protégé Mavado.

Then he referred to what he said was news being circulated that he was going to clash with Kartel by questioning: "How mi an' Kartel fi have showdown? Mi a giant!"

Apparently, supporters of Kartel, incensed by what they believed were disrespectful statements from Killer, hurled bottles, sending patrons into a scramble, hundreds of them heading for the exit, some for the beach area.

After a few minutes, the majority of the crowd, which had remained on the grounds, reassembled, hoping to have a restart. But after a few seconds of activity onstage bottles again rained and once again the crowd dispersed.

A third attempt was made to restart the show, this time when Kartel and some members of his Portmore Empire crew appeared onstage in an attempt to calm the crowd.

But it was not to be, as this time, apparently, supporters of Bounty Killer took matters into their own hands and pelted the stage with bottles, forcing the artistes to make a hasty retreat.

 


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Buju's assets safe for now

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Prosecuting attorneys in the United States are yet to say if they will be going after the assets owned by convicted reggae superstar Buju Banton.

According to a report in the Gleaner, they were unable to get a comment from the prosecutors yesterday, more than 24 hours after a 12-member jury found Buju guilty on three of four drug-related charges.

But lawyers in the US disagree about whether the state has any grounds on which to go after Buju's assets.

David Oscar Markus, the lead attorney for the Grammy-winning reggae icon, yesterday told The Gleaner that there was no basis for the state to move to seize his assets.

Markus, who was obviously devastated over his failure to secure an acquittal for Buju, was curt as he declared the state could not take the assets.

However, controversial Florida-based Jamaican attorney, Professor David Rowe, warned that the US government could still institute forfeiture proceedings against Buju based on the conviction.

Pointing to legal precedent, Rowe said: "Among the statutory grounds for forfeiture are that the property was used or intended for use or to facilitate drug trafficking."

In a superseding indictment handed down last November, prosecutors increased the charges against Buju from two to four and indicated that if he was convicted on any count punishable by imprisonment for more than one year, they would be seeking the forfeiture of some of his assets.

"Mark Anthony Myrie, aka Buju Banton, shall forfeit to the United States ... all of (his) right, title and interest in property constituting and derived from any proceeds ... obtained directly or indirectly as a result of such violations.

"And property used and intended to be used in any manner or part to commit or to facilitate the commission of such violations," read the indictment in part.

It added that if Buju was convicted on the firearm charge, he would have to forfeit the firearm and ammunition to the state.

On Tuesday, a jury found Buju guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting in using a communication facility ... in facilitating the commission of an act constituting a felony.

 

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Reactions to Buju's guilty verdict

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Jamaicans continue to react to Tuesday's guilty verdict handed down in the drug trial of international reggae star Buju Banton.

Some of Jamaica's most prominent entertainers are among those who have expressed sympathy and support for the embattled entertainer.

Several artistes in the reggae community declared Buju an icon adding that although his immediate confinement has brought sadness, hope remains that his appeal will be successful.

"Is a very sad time, I am a fan of Buju Banton. Buju Banton is like an idol to me in the music [industry]. Really and truly we are still praying for Buju, we never stop praying for Buju," said singer Tarrus Riley.

Meanwhile, promoter and artiste, Tony Rebel, believes the impact has shaken the entire island.

 "It's a sad day for reggae music, it's a sad day for Jamaica, it's a sad day for his family and for Rasta, but like any other thing we'll have to pull through it and go on," he said.


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Buju Banton guilty on 3 cocaine-related counts

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Jamaica's reggae superstar Buju Banton, real name Mark Myrie, has been found guilty of three cocaine related charges.

A 12 member jury a short while ago delivered the verdict in the Sam M Gibbons building in Tampa which houses the United States Middle District Court, Florida Division.

Buju was tried last week on four charges.

Buju throughout the maintained he is innocent of the charges saying he play no part in any conspiracy to possess cocaine.

In denying the claims against him, Buju, though his attorney David Oscar Markus, argued that the artiste never became a willing participant of the cocaine conspiracy charged in the superseding indictment.

The defence said tasting the cocaine, talking about cocaine and simply being present at the warehouse is not sufficient to find Buju guilty of the crimes charged.

This trial, which began on February 14, was the second attempt of the US government to convict the Jamaican artiste. A first trial last year was declared a mistrial after jurors failed to arrive at a unanimous position.
Buju was arrested on December 10, 2009.

His long-time friend Ian Thomas and a James Mack were arrested the same day when they attempted to by cocaine from undercover detectives in a Florida warehouse. Thomas and Mack pleaded guilty but Buju denied the charges. He said he decided to fight in federal court because he knows he is innocent.










According to Saw she doesn't believe her recent music has been played enough to warrant her deserving to be in the category.

The Queen of the Dancehall surprised persons yesterday on social networking site Twitter.com, when she expressed that she wanted to be removed as a nominee for Deejay of the Year. Saw is nominated in the category with contenders such as Tifa, Stacious, Ce'Cile, D'Angel, Timberlee and Spice.

The EME (Excellence in Music) Awards is scheduled to take place on March 12 at Devon House, St Andrew.

Speaking with THE STAR yesterday, the deejay explained that she has nothing against the awards and will in fact be performing alongside rapper Eve for their song He Is At My House, but still doesn't want to be nominated in that category.

She said, "I just don't think I deserve to be nominated. I have an album out and I can count the amount of times I've heard the songs played. It just wouldn't be fair to nominate me just cause I'm a deejay, I wouldn't feel that I won."

Lady Saw released her album My Way with a video for the first single Party Till December last September. According to the deejay, she is not into award shows and would rather they take her off this year. "Nominate me for summen else, nominate me for the work I've done over the years or summen. Which song I have playing that people know?" she said.

She added, "The main issue is I have an album of 15 tracks, and I only hear Party Till December play one or two times, is like I don't have an album out. If they play me on radio is the old songs like I don't have new songs. Don't know if they're trying to say I'm old school ... I'm not one to complain but it's obvious to me I'm not getting enough airplay. I don't know if I have to be young again or buy some spots, I believe real talent don't have to buy spots."

For Lady Saw she says she would rather be out on the road performing at shows, or in the studio working on a number of new tracks.





CATEGORIES / NOMINEES & HONOUREES

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EME AWARDS 2011



(For recordings and overall impact between Oct. 01, 2009 – Sept. 30, 2010)

Note….. more or less than seven (7) nominations in a category is the result of ties

CATEGORIES NOMINEES
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

DJ OF THE YEAR (MALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)
BEENIE MAN
AIDONIA
BOUNTY KILLER
VYBZ KARTEL
BUSY SIGNAL
ASSASSIN

2) DJ OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)
TIFA
STACIOUS
LADY SAW
CECILE
D’ÁNGEL
TIMBERLEE
SPICE

3) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (MALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility)
HEZRON STEVIE FACE
JAH CURE CHRISTOPHER MARTIN
ROMAIN VIRGO TARRUS RILEY
RICHIE STEPHENS


4) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

TAMI CHYNN QUEEN IFRICA
ETANA ALAINE
CHERINE ANDERSON PHYLLISIA
PRODUCER/LABEL OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

SANKOFA RECORDS - sankofa crew
EQUINOXX PRODUCTIONS - GAVIN BLAIR
CHIMNEY RECORDS - JORDAN mc lure
BIG SHIP - STEPHEN MCGREGOR
SEANIZZLE RECORDS - sean reid
NOTNICE PRODUCTIONS- AINSLEY MORRIS
CASH FLOW RECORDS-DJ NEIL, DJ X & FADA P
CR203 RECORDS - ZJ CHROME
HEAD CONCUSSION RECORDS – TARIQ JOHNSON
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

KEMAR ’DJ Flava’ Mc GREGOR–NO DOUBT RECORDS
DONOVAN BENNETT – DON CORLEON LABEL
SLY & ROBBIE – TAXI LABEL
DONOVAN GERMAIN – PENTHOUSE RECORDS
JEREMY HARDING - 2HARD MUSIC
DJ NEIL, DJ X & FADA P - CASH FLOW
DJ FRASS - FRASS PRODUCTIONS

BEST NEW ARTIST (MALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes his public identity as a recording artist)

VYBRANT RICHIE LOOP
POPCAAN VERSATILE
PROTOJE Dj LIQUID
T’NEZ

BEST NEW ARTIST (FEMALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes her public identity)

TOYA GAZA SLIM
MISTEREE IKAYA
SHEBA DENYQUE
DJ SUNSHINE KEIDA

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR (for overall impact as a vocal performer by established duos or groups in the eligibility year)


RDX ANDREW & WADA BLOOD
TOK VOICEMAIL ROOTS REVEALERS TWINS OF TWINS
NOMADDZ

10) BIGGEST COMEBACK ARTIST
(award to an artist whose release(s) in the eligilibility year marked his/her ‘return’ to the charts after a long break)

RAS CHARMER WARRIOR KING
JUNIOR X MR G
FUTURE FAMBO ANDY LIVINGSTON
MR LEXX


SONG OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

CLARKS
STULLA
HOLD YUH
RUM & RED BULL
MAD OVER
DUMPER TRUCK
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
NAH SELL OUT MI FREN DEM
MY CUPP
JIM SCREECHIE

SONG OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

WE SHALL FIND A WAY - HEZRON
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – JAH CURE/ PHYLLISHA
WILDFIRE – TARRUS RILEY
FREE - ETANA
MY LIFE - I –OCTANE
LIFE - SHAWN STORM
NIGHT SHIFT - BUSY SIGNAL
LOSE A FRIEND – I-OCTANE



ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(award to artist(s) and producer(s) if different from artist(s) whose album had biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)

PON DI GAZA 2.0 – VYBZ KARTEL

ROMAIN VIRGO – ROMAIN VIRGO

DISTANT RELATIVES – JUNIOR GONG & NAS

INFALLIBLE - TANYA STEPHENS

HOLD YOU - GYPTIAN

MY WAY - LADY SAW

BEFORE THE DAWN - BUJU BANTON

BLACK GOLD - DUANE STEPHENSON

CULTURAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist with the best/biggest cultural/positive recording(s) in the eligibility year)



TARRUS RILEY QUEEN IFRICA

RICHIE SPICE JAH CURE

I – OCTANE ETANA

CHUCK FENDER

BREAKTHRU ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist whose work attracted local and international attention, and who is seen as poised as a leader for the next generation of reggae/ dance hall stars)

TONY ANTHONY
D’MAJOR

KHAGO
I-OCTANE

TIANA
THE JOLLY BOYS

SHAWN STORM
G WHIZZ

SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (MALE)

(award to the artist with the biggest overall impact in this category in the eligilibility year)

MAVADO
MR VEGAS
I – OCTANE
CHINO
KONSHENS
GYPTIAN

WAYNE MARSHALL
KHAGO


COLLABO OF THE YEAR (LOCAL)

(for a collaborative vocal performance by artists who do not normally perform together)

CLARKS – VYBZ KARTEL, POPCAAN & GAZA SLIM

COME INTO MY ROOM – MAVADO & STACIOUS

HOW WE DO IT – ELEPHANT MAN & BOUNTY KILLER

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – JAH CURE & PHYLLISIA

DRINKING RUM & RED BULL – BEENIE MAN & FAMBO

FOR UR EYES ONLY – SHAGGY & ALAINE

MY HEART – WAYNE MARSHALL & MAVADO

STRONGER – CHAM, MYKAL ROSE & BOUNTY KILLER

CERTIFIED DIVA – TAMI & TIFA

RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the producer of the reggae rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

BIG STAGE – PENTHOUSE

CLASSIC RHYTHM - NO DOUBT

MINOR RHYTHM – DON CORLEON

CITY LIFE RYHTHM – 2HARD MUSIC

PLEASURE RHYTHM – CASH FLOW

CARDIO BASS - ZJ CHROME (CR203)

FEEL SO GOOD – ROMEICH RECORDS


RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(award to the producer/ label of the dance hall rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)



MAD COLLABO - ZJ CHROME (CR203)

BANK INNA MI POCKET - ROMEICH

12 FURLONG - BALLAZ/SANKOFA

COSA NOSTRA - WARD 21

BAD PEOPLE - STEPHEN McGREGOR

ONE DAY - SEANIZZLE

SMOKIN - ZJ CHROME (CR203)


MOST IMPROVED ARTIST

(award to a ‘next generation’ artist whose career improves most dramatically in all areas over the eligibility year)

NICKY B
CHI CHING CHING

DAVID M
DELUS

DANIELLE aka DI ZAMUND
A
G. WARREN

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the gospel artist with the biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)


GODDY GODDY

JABEZ

PRODIGAL SON

DJ NICHOLAS

JERMAINE EDWARDS

OMARI EDWARDS

JUNIOR TUCKER

JUDITH GAYLE

CARLENE DAVIS

KEVIN DOWNSWELL


22) INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(awarded to the artist scoring the biggest charting International Hit during the eligibility year)


GYPTIAN
DAMIAN ‘JUNIOR
GONG’ MARLEY

LAZA MORGAN
SHAGGY

MAVADO
SEAN PAUL

VYBZ KARTEL
CHERINE ANDERSON

23) BEST THEATRICAL PRODUCTION

(award to the theatrical production with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

THE PLUMMER
PUPPY LOVE

PASSA PASSA DAILY
HOUSE ARREST

GHETTOUT
WHAT IS FI YUH

24) BEST INSTRUMENTAL GROUP WITH VOCALS (BAND)

(Award to group/band (not backing band) which had the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

RAGING FIRE
DUBTONIC KRU

C-SHARP
LIVE WYYA

ROOTZ UNDERGROUND
PUBLIC SECRET


25) ARTIST OF THE DECADE (2001-2010)

(Award to the artist who had the biggest impact as a hit maker, performer and as a touring act)

CAPLETON
ELEPHANT MAN

SEAN PAUL
SIZZLA

BEENIE MAN
SHAGGY

BOUNTY KILLER
LUCIANO

LADY SAW
BUJU BANTON

JUNIOR GONG
BERES HAMMOND

MARCIA GRIFFITHS
WAYNE WONDER





Empire Universe: The Second Chapter coming soon

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Adidjahiem Notnice Records is set to unveil blazing new material from the Portmore Empire's top gunners on February 28 with the digital release of Empire Universe: The Second Chapter.

The double album features previously unreleased material from Vybz Kartel, Jah Vinci, Shawn Storm, Merital, Doza Medicine.
Empire Universe: The Second Chapter will also debut material from new recruits Tommy and Maxwell.


The album will also include the full version of Kartel's popular YouTube freestyle "Colouring Book," as well as his latest street bangers.

Empire Universe: The Second Chapter will be available on i-Tunes, Amazon, and all digital outlets on Monday, February 28.







Popular dance-hall Artist known for throwing money in various arenas, has been accused of beating a young lady from a popular NYC dance-hall family (Young Blood Ladies). The incident happen in Robinson Ballroom In Philly.
Sources tell us that a argument accrued after Flippa grabbed the young ladies hand to try to speak to her on disrespecting his wife. The young lady was not interested in speaking to him, as she refused to engage in conversation, sources say Flippa pushed her and she proceeded to push him back (then all hell broke loose).
Sources say in an attempt to stop the young lady from *beating him bad * the artist picked up a champagne bottle and started to beat the young lady in the head. Our sources who were present in the party also stated that, Flippa’s entourage of men also tried to attack the young lady.
The young lady was rushed to the hospital with trauma to the head.






Beenie to the rescue

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Beenie Man jumped to the defence of Vybz Kartel this morning during an interview on CVM's Artiste Delight segment saying that he did not support the ban of Vybz Kartel's music during the month of February by IRIE Jam radio's Dubbmaster Chris.

"Dancehall is dancehall, when it comes to hardcore dancehall, I dont support any ban of dancehall music.. If he is sending a bleaching message, I understand why a man would not play it because we love our black skin, and black is beauty, but for you to say that you're not playing dancehall music because Kartel is advocating bleaching is going a bit too far...not all his (Kartel's) songs is about bleaching," Beenie Man told the CVM hosts.

Hmm, wonder if Beenie is trying to get back in Kartel's good books? Cause we neva hear Kartel defending himself afta di article come out in di Star.





Singer Lil’ Joe son of Patsy Rickets dead at 25

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Up and coming cultural artiste, Lil' Joe died at the University Hospital of The West Indies in St Andrew yesterday.
Reports are that Lil' Joe performed in Wickie Wackie, St Thomas on Sunday night and was rushed to hospital yesterday where he died from what is said to have been a ruptured blood vessel.
The 25-year-old artiste was born Alty Nunes and is the son of former National Dance Theatre Company principal dancer and renowned tutor, Patsy Ricketts.
One of the producers with whom he worked, Gussie Clarke, described the artiste's passing as a great loss. "He was one of the most talented youths I have come across in a long time, he was multi-talented. He had such a great work ethic, and was set to become one of the stars of the future. So it is a great loss for the music and for us who around him," Clarke said.
Lil' Joe's on-line biography notes that he began his musical training at an early age with celebrated tutors, Curtis Watson, Marjorie Whylie and Karl 'Simba' Messado. It further adds that as a youngster he formed a group called Jah Children and toured Europe in the mid-90s. This group had to be shelved as the members concentrated on academic pursuits.






Jamaica has lost yet another up and coming Dancehall Artiste, Born July 14, 1986 as Alty Nunes going by the stage name of Lil Joe- J.O.E

The cause of death is Cerebral Aneurysm { Burst blood vessel of the brain }. Lil Joe is the fifth child of known NDTC lead dancer, Patsy Ricketts and also began his musical training at an early age when Marjorie Whylie, Curtis Watson and Karl “Simba” Messado introduced him and his siblings to voice training.

While a lot of Artiste in Dancehall are condemned for their vulgar lyrics, Lil Joe was praised for his uplifting and positive lyrical content.

Only 38 days into the new year and yet this is the second Dancehall Artistie to Die, Lil Joe’s death comes just a month after Richie Stephens son Copper Cat was gunned down.








The fourth season of the Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall competition was launched at Club Privilege in New Kingston Tuesday night.
Mark Kenny, Executive Producer, says there is a new presenter and new locations for the 2011 staging of the very popular television show.
The auditions are scheduled for May Pen, Clarendon on Saturday, February 12 and Portmore in St. Catherine on Sunday, February 13 before wrapping up at the Ranny Williams Centre in Kingston on Saturday, February 19.
Mr. Kenny says a new home for the live shows, which had been held at Weekendz in St. Andrew for the three seasons, has yet to be decided.
The show will also have a new host, Yannick Barrett following the decision by previous host Empress to leave the show to pursue other personal projects.





Lisa Hyper with Sharon Burke ?

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Is the Gaza losing all of its glamour to di alliance, well female deejay Lisa Hyper is currently in negotiations with the Solid Agency camp to provide booking services and a management team for her career. She believes that a good team is necessary for the success of any artiste and she sees Solid Agency as the fitting choice.

Speaking with THE STAR, Lisa Hyper said, "I've been shopping for a good management team for quite a while now and talks are currently on the table with Solid Agency for both bookings and management. While milling around in my head for possible options Sharon Burke came to mind, so I approached her and spoke with her about it."

Hyper noted that once Solid Agency comes to mind, persons automatically think of Alliance boss Bounty Killer. Knowing this, she wishes to make it known that she is not a part of the Alliance.

"I'm not a part of the Alliance but as a result of the possible union (with Solid Agency) and because we'll have the same management team, I've decided to put my differences aside with Killer because yuh know me and him did a throw some punches in 2009. I'm not afraid to put them aside and even apologise to Killer because he's an icon in the business, he's been around a long time," she said.

Lisa Hyper has been busy at work since the start of the year as she already has a number of new songs. Among them, Lock Down Di Place on the Swag Up rhythm for Danny Champagne's Tenement Yard Productions, No Gal on the Tiptronic rhythm for Free Willy Productions, New Year, New Gear for Syndicate Productions and Must Get Mine for which a video is to be done soon.

"As mi seh, new year, new gear. We've been through many changes, I've already proven my point to the people that I'm not a pushover by clashing with various female artistes. I'm finished with that now, I'm trying to work to bring my thing on the international level," she said.







Seven Jamaican women have been arrested and charged in Trinidad with lewd and suggestive dancing and could face time behind bars if they are unable to pay their fines.

They were among 13 women who appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate on Monday.
The Jamaicans pleaded guilty to the charges while the others from the Dominican Republic, Peru and Colombia were remanded and ordered to re-appear on Tuesday because no translator was available to assist the court.
The Jamaicans were each fined $250 and in default of payment will spend one week in prison.
They were given one week to pay the fine.
Their attorney Joseph Honore told Magistrate Avason Quinlan that the women arrived in Trinidad two months ago and linked up with the Tribe mas camp to learn the art of wire bending with the intention of returning to Jamaica to open their own mas band.
The women were arrested early Saturday morning during a raid at a hotel.
It is alleged that the women were seen on a stage dancing in a sexual and suggestive manner.
They were arrested and charged.
The women reportedly admitted that they were dancing suggestively but denied being naked on stage.





Ninja mi ninja

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Whooii if we laugh wi pop up! We caan believe whey di prison warder a tell wi sey. What a ting, A suh wi get it a suh wi a guh sell it. Yeah man it look like di Ninja woan behave himself. Dem sey him have all kinda nasty word inna him mout. Him all a call one a di warder dem b---y man and when di warder tell him sey it run inna fi him family cause him have son a St Mary a one, di Ninja nuh duh nutten but tun back way, drop him pants and tell di warder fi come...no sah dis ya site can call dem word deh!





Micheal Cake Soap Jackson

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Killa walks free from Hammer Trial

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Is either Bounti Killa have a good obeah man or di gal dem who him a beat just fool-fool. Or maybe dem love money more dan dem life. Everytime him beat dem up and dem tek him to court and everybody swear sey ‘yes’ a it dis, Killa must do some time fi di crime… think again. The next ting we know, Killa a walk out a court house a grin from ears to ears. Nutten can go suh? Look how him mek headline when him beat up di girl wid di hammer! And all we a hear now is that di case throw out cause the girl stop come a court. All we know is dat any girl who walk inna any police station and complain sey Bounti beat har up, fi get lock up instantly. Dem gal ya too fool. Killa, gwaan kill dem wid lick.






Kingston, JAMAICA:-It has beenclose to two years since controversial deejay Desmond ‘Ninjaman’ Ballentyne has been in prison without bail and it was his daughter’s dream that last Monday he would have been able to spend his birthday at home with family and friends. But that was not to be, and the celebrated Don Gorgon spent his 45th birthday cooped up behind bars, living as an inmate at the Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston.

Although his daughter, Samantha, aka Ninja Princess, is back in the land of her birth Switzerland, where she is going to school, the 18-year-old sent her mother, Joy, to visit her dad on his special day.

“I asked my mum to go visit him and she did. It’s very hard for me being so far away, but I made sure to look for him before I left Jamaica at the start of January. Then when I got here (Switzerland) somebody called and told me that my dad had been beaten up in the jail. I want to get him out of there … it was painful to see my dad like that,” Samantha said.

Reports had surfaced in the media that Ninjaman had been beaten, and according to Samantha’s mother Joy, the deejay is having a rough time.

“I should be elsewhere but I am here because of Samantha. She loves her dad a lot and she is worried about him, so I am here just trying to do whatever I can to help Desmond. Ninja is a kind guy and he has given away a lot to people, but when he needs help where are these people?” Joy asked.

But Samantha remains hopeful that her father will get bail soon and one of the things she intends to do is a combination song with him. She has already released a number of singles using her Ninja Princess moniker, with two of the more recent being Can’t Touch Me and Don’t Cry.

“It would be wonderful to do a song with my dad,” the teenager said. “Although I am still in school, I am also focusing on my career. I recently completed a music video and things are looking up. If only my dad would be given bail,” Ninja Princess said.

Ninjaman, who has been refused bail on numerous occasions, is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the death of a 20 year-old man in March 2009

He is charged jointly with his 20 year old son and two others. He returns to court on February 11.





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Konshens to launch SubKonshus Music

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Singjay Konshens is launching his own label in Jamaica in the upcoming weeks, with the release of his new riddim entitled G Shock. The label which has already taken off in Japan is called SubKonshus Music and will bring out a slew of productions this year
Konshens also gears up for the release of his new album which he says fan will have to wait for the name of the album.





Gaza Kym joins Bounty’s Alliance

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Gaza Kym has officially joined force with the Alliance. Gaza Kym who officially changed her name to Kym after parting ways with Vybz Kartel and the Portmore Empire early last year, took time out of the spotlight to revamp her music and image
Now, Kym who’s working extensively close with the Alliance Group, will be releasing her new tracks in the weeks to come.
Next month Kym will be releasing her Mixtape entitled “Rebirth of Kym” symbolizing her new music endeavor in the Alliance camp. She tells music news that an album is in the making. She is scheduled to perform in Guyana and Suriname at the end of the month.





THIS LIFE REMIX FEAT MAVADO

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hes already been adorned with several "Comeback Artiste of The Year" Awards for 2010, now Future Fambo looks set to continue his renewed popularity with the official release of the Mavado-laced remix to his club banger This Life.

Produced by talented outfit Notice Productions, This Life is the follow-up single to Fambo's smash hit Rum and Red Bull, featuring Beenie Man, that is getting added to Original version of This Life, also featuring Notice Production's Unga, was released in the last quarter of 2010 and instantly became a hit via Kingston's famed nightly club scene. Mavado, longtime friend of Fambo, decided to jump on the track because it was so infectious.

"Fambo is talking about everyday things on the track and it struck a note with me," said the Gully Gad. "I love the beat and the hook and my verse (which opens the record) just flowed in the studio."

This Life remix already has combined YoutTube views of over 50,000 and already become a staple on Jamaican radio, as well as gaining popularity in the US and UK. It is released on iTunes tommorw, Jan 25th.

Mavado also has several new releases coming over the next few weeks, including a much-talked about self-produced single called Delilah that has had the internet buzzing without people even hearing the track.





Kartel collaborates with Eminem

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Vybz Kartel has turned Eminem's trailer park fete into a dancehall 'bad man party' with the release of the W.T.P Remix.
The original single is featured on Eminem's latest album Recovery, which is currently positioned at No 5 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.
Produced by Jamaican-born hip hop/dancehall producer Dwayne 'Supa Dups' Chin-Quee, the W.T.P remix is an up-tempo club banger that features colourful wordplay for the two renowned lyricists, with Kartel's flossing at the bad man party and Eminem's down-home carefree flow at his w.t party.
Kartel has earned local and international acclaim with a string of popular singles including Tekk, Gun Session, Ramping Shop, Dollar Sign (Mind Pon Mi Money), and most recently Clarks. Kartel earned nominations for Best Reggae Artiste from the 2010 MOBO Awards and the 2010 Soul Train Awards. Earlier this month, New York's WBLS 107.5FM named Vybz Kartel Caribbean Artiste of the Year on their popular Caribbean Fever programme.
Award-winning lyricist Eminem is the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive albums, and is ranked #9 on MTV's list of Greatest MCs of All Time. In 2003, Eminem won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Lose Yourself from the film 8 Mile, in which he also starred. His seventh studio album, Recovery, is reported to be the best-selling album of 2010 by Billboard, with 3.42 million copies sold.





$4000 fine for Black Ryno

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Dancehall artiste, Black Ryno has been slapped with a $4,000 fine or 30 days in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon.
Ryno, whose real name is Romain Anderson, appeared before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court on Thursday on a charge of assault.
It is alleged that sometime last year he and the manager for Vybz Kartel, Corey Todd, were involved in an altercation at the MegaMart Store in St. Andrew.
It is alleged that Ryno pulled a knife during the fight.
As a result he was charged with assault and possession of an offensive weapon.
However the charge of assault was dropped after Todd decided not to pursue the matter.