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Surgeons have revealed the man who received the world's third successful penis transplant is black - but his penis is white.

It means the 40-year-old patient will have to undergo extensive medical tattooing later this year to color-correct the penis he received.

The DailyMail.com reported on the successful surgery yesterday, and the race of the patient has just been revealed.

The tattooing procedure will take place at the end of this year, according to the team of South African surgeons who attached the penis in a nearly 10-hour surgery.

But he will be able to have sex first.

The patient, who is unnamed for ethical reasons, lost his penis due to complications from a traditional circumcision.

Finally, on April 21 this year, his organ was restored and he is already able to have erections.

Within the next six months he will be able to have sex and be able to urinate on his own.





Reggae Sumfest 2017

Dancehall artist-turn-Gospel singer Mr Vegas uploaded a snippet for Grande's smash hit single "Side To Side" with Trinidadian Rapper Nicki Minaj in which she sings, "... and boy i got you baby / because tonight i'm making deals with the devil / and i know its gonna get me in trouble."

His point is that the Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester is because the singer made deals with the devil...just like she sings about.

That's quite an interesting perspective.

On Monday night, 22 persons were killed after a suicide bomber targeted Grande's tour stop at the Manchester Arena.

Mr. Vegas also took to social media to send out his condolences to the families affected.

"Condolences to the families of the victims at Ariana Grande Concert in the Manchester England," The "Jesus Train" singer wrote. "The devil is on a loose to kill and destroy, especially when you MAKE a DEAL with him.

Vegas also uploaded a snippet for Grande's smash hit single "Side To Side" with Trinidadian Rapper Nicki Minaj in which she sings, "... and boy i got you baby / because tonight i'm making deals with the devil / and i know its gonna get me in trouble."

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ishawna-photo-7.jpgWarning or no warning, Ishawna performed her new hit single "Equal Rights" in Portland on Tuesday night.

The former Downsound Records artist sent female patrons into a frenzy when she dropped the new raunchy single, "Mi seh some people affi guh cork dem ears.... dem affi guh cork dem ears tonight!" Ishawna said taking jabs at Bounty Killer.

"Bumpa to some bwoy nice cleeeaaan farid.... a dat mi seh," Ishawna told fans during her set.

However while winning over more female fans, her performance has since made the Veteran deejay who was also billed for the show furious.

Bounty Killer previously told Ishawna that if she performed the single in his presence he would not be taking any more bookings for events she's on.





A teary farewell for Germaine Mason

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funeral-for-tragic-british-olympian-germaine-mason-in-jama.jpgIt rained tears and more tears inside the Hagley Park Road Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Sunday family, friends and well-wishers gathered for a final farewell to Jamaican-born British high jumping star Germaine Mason.

The 34 year old father of one, with another on the way, was remembered as a loving, generous, always great to be around kinda guy.

Affectionately called 'Ger' by family and friends, Mason was a solid rock, a shoulder to lean on.

Olympic champion Usain Bolt, other Jamaican Olympians Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, as well as former Reggae Boyz stalwarts Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner and Ian "Pepe" Goodison were all in attendance, and their mood was sombre, many times reduced to tears, as they tried to comprehend the tragic loss of their dear friend, Ger.

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busy-signal-photo-13.jpgDancehall deejay Busy Signal, born Glendale Gordon had his US work permit reinstated and is traveling to New York to perform at Groovin' In The Park, is triggering a rare media frenzy in entertainment circles.

As it happens, Groovin Inc founder & CEO Chris Roberts is confirming that the rumors are true and Busy Signal will in fact be delivering his first major performance on US soil at the premier reggae and R&B sizzler on Sunday June 25 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY.

"Music fans in the USA have been waiting to see this dancehall mega star in concert for a very long time" Robert said.

"I am happy that this historic performance will be delivered on a Groovin' stage, the biggest music platform for reggae and R&B music in the US."

Joining Busy at Groovin' In The Park will be R&B hitmaker R Kelly who will deliver his first outdoor performance in NYC in almost a decade. Groovin' In The Park will also feature reggae /rocksteady icons Freddie McGregor, Ken Boothe, U Roy and Leroy Sibbles with Lloyd Parks and We The People Band supported by an orchestra with the sweet sounds of violins, violas, cellos and a harp, plus the Lenox Hill Rd Baptist choir. The 17-man orchestral ensemble will be directed by Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, former member of the critically acclaimed Third World band and music educator/ lecturer at the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.Tarrus Riley, one of the most accomplished of the second generation of Jamaica roots reggae singers, is also confirmed as a performer.





edx2.jpgBuilding on the momentum of last year's hugely successful, inaugural staging of EDX in Ocho Rios, St Ann, the investors have committed to packaging Jamaica's electronic music festival into an attractive and highly competitive export product.

The 2017 staging of the exciting EDM event will take place not only in Kingston, Jamaica, but also in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

Appropriately titled EDX - Full Flight, the St Thomas USVI leg of the event - which is endorsed by the island's tourist board - takes place on June 3, at the world-class Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, St Thomas, and the islanders are ready for the highly charged musical invasion. When asked why St Thomas was chosen as the place for the very first EDX to be held outside of Jamaica, Mark Tracey, one of the brains behind the event explained that it was actually St Thomas who chose them.

"A promoter from St Thomas received rave reviews about last year's show, and he reached out to us ... and as they say, the rest is history," Tracey said simply.

Quite enthused about the line-up, he noted that among the acts will be Christopher Martin, who is embracing EDM, and who is also well loved in the Virgin Islands; DJ Blak, a third-generation EDM and soca DJ, whose Blaknation followers stretch way beyond his native St Thomas; Rocalypso pioneer and one-man band, John Gazi, along with one of the stars of last year's event, one of the most dynamic EDM group out of California, Bad Royale. Bad Royale will all be in action in St Thomas, as well as in Kingston, Jamaica at EDX Touch Down, scheduled for July 1, at Seventh Harbour which is along the Palisadoes. Tickets go on sale May 20, both online at firstinlineja.com and at various outlets across the island. Tracey pointed out that this year the organisers will be conducting a raffle, and one lucky person will win an all-expense paid trip to EDX Full Flight in St Thomas, USVI.

The raffle will be done using all ticket numbers and online purchase bought between May 20 and May 29. Early bird purchases will also qualify. The winner must also be a follower of either EDX on Instagram or Facebook. For patrons in St Thomas, there will be a bikini contest on the day of the event, and the winner will receive a trip to Jamaica to attend EDX Touch Down.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgLawyers representing entertainer George Nooks have declared that they will be challenging the drug charges against him.

Mr. Nooks, who was charged with cocaine possession on May 5, appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday morning where the case was mentioned.

Lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson argues that there are flaws in the Crown's case.

"I pointed out to the judge that there was already a major discrepancy in the prosecution's case as to where this incident took place because the superintendent who is in charge of narcotics put the incident one place, then the investigating officer put it at another place...and it is so unfortunate because this is a case where Mr. Nooks' career is being blighted by an allegation that, in my mind, cannot be substantiated in the court," asserted Mr. Tavares-Finson.

Mr. Nooks is to return to court on June 28.





Chris Martin short film

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50-cent-dog.jpg50 Cent gave a shout-out, or perhaps that should be a "bark out" to Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his oldest son, and many are calling it "savage", plain and simple.

The two have been engaged in a nasty feud for quite some time. And he has yet to show any kind of respect as he took another stab at her on Instagram. The vicious picture shows Fif sitting next to a dog and he compares her to it. The caption reads, "Ok ok, here's a pic of me and my first baby mom. LOL."

Many fans on social media gave varying opinions on the post with one saying," I think 50 has been desensitized to a lot of things growing up due to his upbringing...from his mother being murdered at 8,to becoming the drug-king pin of his own hood,beefing with supreme and jimmy henchmen and barley surviving getting shot 9 times..all those things literally turned him into a savage..!

"looks like he in his feelings. Shouldn't he been moved on with his life? Isn't he over her, he doesn't have a relationship with his son or her, so why the childish behavior, that's a grown man, I would never do that to an ex, even if he did hurt me, karma always takes care it, whatever energy you put out, you get back. Trust and believe."

Another commenter wrote, "I'm not condoning 50's post but how can his son hate his dad for doing this when he follows the mom to tmz and radio and doesn't say anything when she's calling him bum ass and what not?"

50 cent. I lost alot of respect for you bruh. If you happen to visit Vladtv and read this which you probably will, your black baby mama was the reason you still alive. She hid you in the Poconos when Supreme and them and Murder Inc was hot on your ass. You had no money. Your 1st album was shelved. She was ok then. But your second baby mama, the Asian one. You know, the one that was screwing Mally Mall and others while you were in the studio. You awful silent on her. She pressed charges on you, had you arrested, sued you for damages and child support. But you silent on the Asian girl who never didshit for you unlike your black baby mama, because of your self hatred but rage against your day one and even went at your 1st born. Smh. F@#$ing self hating sell out.





Afar Music Group and DJ Kenny release LevelUp

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afar-level-up.jpgkenny-bling.jpgThe new riddim from the Afar Music Group AMG features the sounds of a host of big name and on-the-rise artistes.

Among then are international reggae star Junior "One Blood" Reid who sings about about his mother's love on ''My Mommy''. With Mother's Day a near memory, this song was pulled up on radio and in the dance numerous times. Still living his dream, Nesbeth makes a impassioned statement about the perils of the street life on ''Tony Tony Tony''' while recording artists D Medz comes at you with "Africaness" chanting words of encouragement to black people to search within their souls and remember and honour their African roots and stop bleaching their skins. Rising star Keneil Brown, better known as Kenny Bling sings his respect for his real friends on ''Mi Chargie''', Clara, and Blakx.

"This project came about after myself and Dj Kenny had a long conversation about the business of marketing and promoting reggae/dancehall music. While reasoning about what's being done and how we can do things different and better we decide on joining forcing in promoting a riddim, hence the name LevelUp. With the release of this LevelUp riddim we are also introducing a few new artist, in particular Kenny Bling, who will soon release his debut EP under the Afar Music Group banner." explained Shem of AMG.





kalado-sexcited.jpgAccording to a release from his publicists, dancehall artiste Kalado's 'Sexcited' video was packaged months ago and is definitely not an effort to copy Dexta Daps much talked about, sexually charged video released last week.

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Kalado released his very raunchy and explicit video for the steamy single 'Sexcited', last week, however, Kalado says the single, which details a seductive interaction between the artiste and his special female.was recorded last year. The video amplifies that interaction, with raunchy scenes simulating sex and, for adult audiences, tasteful nudity.

The artiste released the visuals hours after another Dancehall artiste, Dexta Daps released a video online with similar scenes. Kalado however made it clear that this is by no means an effort to copy or compete with any artiste, the video was released in an effort to make the opposite sentiment quite clear.

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"I expect people will speculate because technically my video was released hours after the other artist's video but I had that video teaser on social media from November 2016," Kalado explained.

The visuals for Sexcited were recorded in St Kitts in October of last year, the complete video was ready for release in November of 2016 but was delayed.

"Many things delayed the release since we posted 'coming soon' on social media last November. After seeing the other artist's video I really wanted to not release my Sexcited video at all, but the producer didn't want to loose all that money he spent shooting it" Kalado added.

Already persons have started to compare both videos because of the nude elements but Kalado wants to make it clear that his video was recorded months ago and was never inspired by any artistes content whether past or present.

"Every artiste has their own creative method and I won't say anyone is following my concept from last year but I also have not stolen any concept from any artiste. My video was being teased over 6 months now so any one following is certainly not Kalado, " Kalado surmised

Kalado who is focused on promoting his recent hit Bruk Foreigner and new single 'Fresh To The Bone' is not perturbed by any comparisons made to his 'Sexcited' video as he believes the content and song stands firmly on its own merit.

The artiste is currently preparing for his Summer European Tour this July and will be touring countries in Africa later this year.

For all updates and to see all current content follow @officialkalado on all social platforms.

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marlon-samuels-foundation.jpgWest Indies Cricketer and international sports personality Marlon Samuels currently in India on professional duties will be expanding his entrepreneurial endeavours this summer with the launch of a new reality series.

Still in its infancy the series dubbed 'The Making Of An Icon' will encapsulate all facets of the cricketer's life, both on and off the pitch. Shot in partnership with Triad Media the project will give fans an opportunity to see the man behind the glitz and glamour of the popular sport.

"The show will give viewers an opportunity to see Marlon doing every days things not just on the pitch but also at home, on the road, spending time with his family among other amazing adventures. It promises to be something awesome so stay tuned." - a representative from Triad Media stated.

In recent times Samuels has also been doing a lot of philanthropic work across the region through his Foundation. At a recent presentation held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston he donated $J350,000 to Garfield Mitchell a visually impaired student of the Church Teachers' College who was on the brink of dropping out of school because his tuition fees had overwhelmed him. He also made a second donation of J$1.5 Million to the Jamaica Society For The Blind. Among the attendees at the ceremony were former Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson and current Entertainment Minister Olivia Babsy Grange among other dignitaries.

Samuels formed the foundation after he had encountered a moment of blindness himself. In 2013, while playing in Australia's domestic cricket league Big Bash where he took a nasty blow to one of his eyes from the cricket ball while batting.





GATFFEST 2017 'From the Streets to the Screen

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gatffest.jpgGATFFEST, the rebranded Greater August Town Film Festival, is hailed as the Caribbean's premier community film festival and this year the event marks its significant five-year milestone under the theme "From the Streets to the Screen."

The festival of films got its 2017 staging rolling with the official launch last week at the The Atrium, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI.

An initiative of the UWI Community Film Festival and Centre for Tourism and Policy Research, at The University of the West Indies (UWI) the mission of the GATFFEST Film Festival is to serve as a platform for local and international exposure of film makingtalent - directors, producers, casts and crews. The UWI Community Film Project, a community-based initiative supporting the UWI Township Project , offers training in film and video production for youth in a number of underserved communities.

According to the organizers, the festival was introduced in 2013 as an avenue to showcase the films produced by the graduates of the UWI Community Film Project. However, GATFFEST has evolved and now provides an ideal opportunity to showcase new and emerging filmmakers who are telling stories through a mix of short films and documentaries. The film festival features premieres and special events and panel discussions with stakeholders in tourism, academia and the film industry. The event also includes after-film discussions with filmmakers.

Professor Ian Boxill, Chairman of Gatffest explained that "The Festival has provided a platform for our graduates but more importantly for those persons who have an interest and who have made films. GATFFEST provides an outlet for them. It's largely a community festival and most of the local material is mobilized from among the communities. While the festival focuses on community building and development we want our filmmakers to compete with those from across the world and in attracting regional and international films, it shows them what they need to aspire to."

Activities during the event include film workshops and the screening of local, regional and international SHORT films along with an Awards Ceremony. Spanning the genres: drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, documentary, animation and suspense, the festival caters to a wide audience. The premiere film for 2017, Children of the Incursion, is a documentary which explores the psycho-social impact, seven years later, of the Tivoli incursion on the children who lived through the ordeal.

Patron of GATTFEST is Professor Sir Kenneth Hall





frankie-paul.jpgVeteran singer Frankie Paul is ill and his medical bill now stands at over one million dollars.

The family of veteran entertainer Frankie Paul is seeking financial help for the singer.

Frankie Paul has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona since April 2017.

According to his sister, Tish Clarke, Frankie has a hospital bill of $1.4 million in outstanding payments.

In a video posted on Youtube, Wayne Lonesome and Frankie's sister, Tisha in their request to seek financial assistance had this to say.

Reports are Frankie Paul's body is currently swollen because of malfunctioning kidneys.

As a result, the singer has been prescribed dialysis treatments twice weekly at a cost of $20,000 per treatment. Meanwhile the cost for the Intensive Care Unit is approximately $60,000.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty Killer took to social media to explain why he left in the middle his performance at a concert in Trinidad on Saturday.

According to the Trinidad Express, Bounty Killer reportedly made a hasty exit, leaving fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation.

In a long explanation on Instagram, Bounty Killer said he was booked as a solo act.Bounty further explains that he communicated to the promoters that if they wanted a Bounty Beenie duo then they would have to pay for it.

Bounty Killer stated that he was told that he would work after Aidonia but both he and Beenie Man were called on stage as a package.

Killer who also admitted that he was not going to perform, said the love for his Trini fans propelled him to deliver a short performance with Beenie Man.

According to the Trinidad Express, a confused Beenie Man asked "Where Bounty gone?" Meanwhile, the event promoter Kwesi "Hoppy" Hopkinson said despite their efforts some things remain out of their control.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgAccording to a report in the Trinidad Express, dancehall artiste Bounty Killer made a hasty exit, abandoning fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation, at the Guinness Fully Loaded Music Festival, at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Saturday night.

Bounty was reportedly in the middle of what the writer called a "high-intensity song-for-song segment with Beenie Man when he turned, walked off the stage and left the venue".

The long-time musical rivals' joint appearance had been billed as a festival of peace, love and sound.

The controversial DJ, who has been arrested in the past for using obscene language on stage in Trinidad, was seen pacing back stage as his co-star asked for his return.

"Where Bounty gone? Bounty, he gone?" asked a confused Beenie Man.

When Beenie declared to the audience the show would go on in his absence, Bounty was seen making his final exit.

"They say Bounty gone, but I came here to work," the dancehall doctor continued to a resounding cheer.

The Kingston native dipped into his extensive catalogue to successfully fill the unscheduled void, cueing his backing Ruff Cut band into a medley of his 90s hits.





25 winners for Reggae Sumfest 25

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sumfest-2017-poster.jpgTwenty-five lucky persons from overseas will win a trip to Jamaica and Reggae Sumfest, courtesy of title sponsor of the festival, Red Stripe. The announcement was made by the company's head of marketing, Blandine Jean-Paul Reid at the local launch of Reggae Sumfest, held at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew last week."This will be done via a special promotion that will send these lucky Red Stripe lovers from the US market to the week-long festival in Montego Bay," she said.

The 25th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest is scheduled for July 16-22 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James.

Also speaking at the launch was Josef Bogdanovich, chairman of Summerfest Promotions -- promoters of Reggae Sumfest, who said this year's staging will be superb and will once again attract a large international audience to the island.

"The festival continues to grow and this year will be spectacular. In addition to live entertainment, we will also be having a food court among other things. We will be competing with other festivals around the world," he said.

For the second consecutive year, the festival will feature only reggae and dancehall acts. This is a departure from the practice of previous years of including major international acts, predominantly from the R&B or hip hop genres, to boost the offering.

The launch attracted dozens of the entertainment fraternity members including Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Harry Toddler, and Richie Stephens.





chris-gayle-condom-ad-1.jpgJamaica and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is cashing in on his notorious Big Bash interview with Mel McLaughlin by repeating the controversial phrase in a new CONDOM advertisement.

The sports star is the face of Australian condom brand Skore, . Sitting on a chair with a blank white background, the 37-year-old cricketer begins the video with the words: 'Listen me, I'm not a bad man.'

'I'm only a bad boy,' Mr Gayle continues.

'Bad boy to bowlers, bad boy to fielders, 'cause they don't want me that way.'

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Gyptian still signed to VP Records

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gyptian-photo-2.jpgReports that reggae artist Gyptian is no longer signed to VP Records are false.

According to a VP release, "On the contrary, VP Records can confirm that Gyptian remains an exclusive VP recording artist. VP Records aims to establish and maintain strong working relationships with all of our artists and endeavors to release the best possible product.

The label holds Gyptian in high regard and looks forward to releasing his next project.





The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, JADCO, recently hosted a senior athletes' seminar under the theme: "Anti-Doping Rule Violations, Get the Facts".

Participants in attendance at the seminar, included athletes in JADCO's Registered Testing Pool (RTP), national and international level athletes, athletes from tertiary institutions and their support personnel.

JADCO said it will host its fourth annual Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 18.





Black Matic signs deal with Empire

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Upcoming recording artiste Black Mattic has signed a major label and artist deal with international distribution firm Empire.

This comes after he wrapped up production on his latest Album, Press Play, under his Label, Official Hitz Music Group.

The album also features production from Zj Elektra's label, Elektracute Music Group.

The album is scheduled to be released this summer 2017.





'Nuff' land in The Gambia for Mavado

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Dancehall artist Mavado is one lucky dude.

Reports are that he has been given access to fifty acres of land in The Gambia. The tradition is seen as a gesture of honor gratitude love and respect in the West African country.

The gift was made by Global Properties Gambia Limited and the deejay shared the news on social media shortly after signing documents.

Mavado was set to perform in The Gambia at the Independence Stadium Bakau, with over 25,000 tickets already sold. He arrived in The Gambia Thursday morning sending thousands of fans into a frenzy. Mavado is also reportedly set to shoot a new music video while in the country.

The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. It's known for its diverse ecosystems around the central Gambia River. Abundant wildlife in its Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve includes monkeys, leopards, hippos, hyenas and rare birds. The capital, Banjul, and nearby Serrekunda offer access to beaches.





Sean Paul, Shenseea working on collab

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shenseea-and-sean-paul.jpgShenseea this week posted a photo of she and Sean Paul in the studio with the caption, "We work till we got bags to get bags."

This led to speculation that the artistes have been working on a collab...well, it appears so.

Sources inside Romeich Entertainment camp, under whose management Shenseea falls, have reportedly confirmed what many were thinking. "Sean Paul is the top dancehall artist right now and Shenseea is the hottest new female artist on the scene so a collaboration only makes sense. We are excited about whats coming so stay tune," is the quote attributed to the outfit.

Some of Sean Paul's biggest hits of his career are with female artists like Beyonce, Sasha, Keyshia Cole, Alexis Jordan, Dua Lipa, and Sia. Last year the dancehall legend scored a Billboard Hot 100 number one single on Sia's "Cheap Thrills." SP is currently working on his next major-label album due this year under Island Records. Perhaps his new music with Shenseea will be featured on that project.





Dancehall artist Popcaan's 2015 collaborative single 'Good Times' with English producer/DJ Jamie XX and American rapper Young Thug is featured in Coca-Cola's latest commercial.

The banger serves as the soundtrack in the introductory video for the soft drink company's 2017 'Share a Coke' summer campaign launched on Tuesday May 9, 2017.





Drummer Prince Shirley dies in Germany

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drummer-dies.jpgReports are that popular drummer Basil "Prince" Shirley passed away in Germany on Wednesday after battling an undisclosed illness.

Prolific reggae producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, in an interview with a Jamaican outlet described Shirley as an extraordinary musician who was extremely fun-loving and committed to his craft.

"He wasn't really a studio drummer but he played with Til Shiloh band until Buju Banton was incarcerated. He was really good at what he did. He played very close to the record as possible. He was always on tempo and the band could really rely on him to give off that strong beat," Germain said.





Masicka and Aidonia war brewing

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masicka-photo-2.jpgMasicka and Aidonia camps are feuding and there are reports of threats being made. However, the police is not aware of any of this this.

A diss track "Squeeze" was released by Masicka last week, a direct aim at Aidonia and Aidonia also released what is said to be diss track "Krazay" produced by his own in house producer.

Masicka and his manager Corey Todd - yes the same Corey Todd whose name was called in the beat-up of Devin Di Dakta-- allegedly sent a warning to Aidonia's camp signalling that this beef is getting physical.

The threats came after someone in the 4thGenna camp assault a sound system selector DJ Rolex for playing the Masicka diss song.

"Dont mek me hear you sing no more gun man song ya freak @aidonia4thgenna Selector strength yo have. Diss genahsyde," Masicka wrote on Instagram, while Corey Todd added "Uno got strength for selector @aidonia4thgenna @lalojop me a beg uno try that with me please me a beg u."

The alleged incident in question took place last weekend at a popular event in Kingston where Rolexx was playing some of Masicka's music. Aidonia crew was inside the venue and didn't like what was going on and roughed up the disc jockey. However, Aidonia's camp has since sent out a press release denying that any such incident took place and condemning violence.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgAs expected, following his cocaine charge, singer George Nooks has reportedly been booted from the line-up of the Mother's Day concert -- A Gift for Mom -- to be held on Sunday at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew.

Nooks, who is looked up on as an inspirational singer, with hits such as God is Standing By and a host of gospel favourites, is primarily a reggae singer who is held in high regard by the public. He was arrested and charged after he was held with cocaine by the police in an operation in the Corporate Area on Friday night. Many of his fans have taken to social media, not only to express their disappointment, but also to encourage the artiste to use this as a wake-up call and seek help, if needed.

Clearly the organisers of the concert knew that they would have come under tremendous pressure if Nooks was kept on the line-up. Recently, the organisers of a concert against domestic violence were severely criticised for having Rodney "Bunty Killer" Price on their show, as Bounty has had his fair share of domestic issues with women, leading to violence.

The Entertainment Minister, whose ministry was a part of the event, however, silenced critics and Bounty remained on the lineup for the free concert.

According to police reports, Nooks, 56, was held by narcotics detectives who were on operation in the Widcome Heights area of Kingston 6. The singer was reportedly observed acting in a manner that aroused their suspicion. He was accosted and a bag he was carrying searched; it was found to contain just under two ounces of cocaine. He was charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Nooks was offered station bail in the sum of $80,000 and is due to face the Kingston & St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.

Nooks was set to appear alongside local acts Sanchez and Romain Virgo, as well as American R&B act Freddie Jackson.





vp-greensleeves-top-reggae-billboard-chart.pngGreensleeves' limited press 7" EP "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" debuts at #1 this week on the Billboard reggae chart. This celebratory feat kicks off the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record Label, which will release various special edition albums and host events with some of VP/Greensleeves notable artists. "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" was released on April 22nd which is also Record Store Day- a day for international music lovers and vinyl collectors. The title is from the 1977 song by the punk rock legends The Clash. Inspired by a concert line up that featured Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson, the 7" EP features a hit from each of the four artists, packaged with a replica of the concert's promotional poster.

"White Man In Hammersmith Palais" is just one of the many ways that the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves will be honored. VP/Greensleeves will also release 40th anniversary editions of Culture "Two Sevens Clash," "African Dub Chapter Two" by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos "Heart Of The Congos." Additionally, the forty-track "Total Reggae - Greensleeves" will give fans a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics. The label will also release new albums from current sensations Alborosie and King Jammy. Suns of Dub's "Riddimentary- Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves" came out on April 28th and is available for purchase and streaming.

In addition to the highly anticipated music, are the numerous events that will be held to celebrate the 40th anniversary. In Paris on June 21st - their music day, an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound will be held on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris in Paris, France. The museum is also the site of the current exhibit on reggae culture titled Jamaica Jamaica! On the same day at the legendary BB King's in Times Square, New York there will be a Greensleeves 40th anniversary concert featuring Queen Ifrica, Alborosie and Addis Pablo, son of the legendary Greensleeves artist, Augustus Pablo. Events will continue in London through August and September including the Greensleeves 40th celebration concert at the One Love Reggae & Dub Festival.

"Debuting at number one is a wonderful achievement that we are very proud of and just another way to further celebrate the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record label," said Chris O'Brien of Greensleeves.





nesbeth-ohio.jpgDespite his mild mannered persona, Reggae hit-maker Nesbeth was in scintillating form over the weekend delivering a pair of thought provoking performances at Reggae Springfest in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio to the hundreds who turned out to witness the showcase.

Making his debut in both spaces the 'New Gangster' crooner was anything but reserved as he ensnared the audience with tracks like 'Guns Out', 'My Dream' and a moving tribute to his late wife amid the thirty minutes set.

"I couldn't have asked for a better audience they were very receptive and appreciative. I fed off the crowd's energy and that helped me to deliver a great set. What more can I say but a big thank you to the people of Ohio." - Nesbeth exclaimed.

Seguing to the local scene, in recent times the Rastafarian singer has intensified his campaign aimed at uplifting the youths especially the disenfranchised and those most affected by the socio-economic perils of Jamaica. Prior to his departure the singer again visited the Spanish Town Adult Correctional Centre to perform and mentor inmates.





i-octane-video-1.jpgDancehall and Reggae star I-Octane recently released the sexy single "Long Division" featuring fellow dancehall star Spice. Produced by Good Good Production, the breakthrough track is the second released single from I-Octane forthcoming 2017 album.

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The sensuous and provocative single has delivered an equally steamy video which will be released in the upcoming weeks. Directed by Bling Blang Production, "Long Division" was filmed on location at the Ward Theater, downtown in Kingston, Jamaica and pairs both stars in a seductive setting. "The single Long Division is a sexual song about 2 persons who have chemistry and want to explore each other. Both have mutual interest for each other but at the same time trying to figure out each other on a sexual level." explained I-Octane's manager, Ray Alexander.

i-octane-video-3.jpg"Long Division" video will premiere mid May, while the single is available on all major online digital stores http://smarturl.it/Long DivisionSingle

Busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming album, and a recent thrilling performance in Antigua, I-Octane is slated to perform on May 28th in Miami at the 2017 Best of The Best Concert, one of the largest International Music Festivals in North America today.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgPoor Lisa Hanna....not long after taking flack for her Kartel comments, the Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture now says she experienced the worst customer service in Jamaica recently at a Toll Booth.

She says the toll collector refused to accept a card payment after she realised she only had $2000 JMD cash and the fee was $2450.

"CASH ONLY ... But why if you have a credit/debit card machine you won't accept credit card/ debit payments for the toll?," she said on Instagram.

"I had to wait for someone to drive from Kingston To Caymanas Toll with $450.00 because unless you have cash or US$ the Chinese will not let you through. It's their policy. The sales agent was passive aggressive in her demeanor and said there was nothing she could do because even if I bought the pass for 30,000.00 it wouldn't be activated to get me through the toll," Hanna wrote.

"When the person arrived with the $450.00 a Supervisor finally called down to the sales office where I was to say that they will accept my payment via credit card. This was after I was prepared to buy a pass for the road which they estimated would cost me $30,000.00. I eventually made a credit card payment of $38,450.00 (2,450 toll, 6000 for the device & 30,000 for credit) to CHEC after feeling sever frustration with the customer service."

"Why do our own Jamaican people make life so difficult for their own Jamaican people? Why won't the Chinese Highway accept other forms of payment? Suppose it was a situation of life or death and a person just didn't have the money? Why must we give people who are trying to give you money (or not) bad customer service in the sales office? CHEC needS to make back their money on their investment to build the road. But it's no excuse for a Jamaican worker to give bad customer service. That's the issue. I am calling on China Harbour to look at their toll policy. It's already very expensive for us as motorists to use the highway but on top of it we receive bad customer service."





popcaan-photo-5.jpgOver the weekend Popcaan was in Barbados with his unruly crew and a show. However he raised a few eyebrows when a video surfaced of him chilling and listening to some of his singles.

While singing abut "Demon Gyals" Popcaan sent a message to Burrell.

"Skatta a dat yuh mek the gyal dem do you.... wull it." The "Stray Dog" deejay said to the producer who was previously linked to Ishawna.

The video comes weeks after the 'Unruly Boss' and former Downsound records artist had a falling out after Popcaan refuted claims that the two had an upcoming single together.

A preview of the alleged single "Ready For War" was released on April 18, however Popcaan said the track was fake.

The "Restraining Order" singer seemingly took offense to Popcaan's statement and went to her Instagram account to quote lyrics from his rival Mavado.

"Mi love it when dem plan up and group up, it mek it easier fi dem get shoot up!!!!," Ishawna wrote, taking jabs at Popcaan and his production team.

Meanwhile Ishawna has retained the spotlight with her new raunchy single "Equal Rights" last week. The track has been making rounds with the ladies as it glorifies males giving oral sex.





feluke-promo-picture.jpgReggae singer and percussionist Denver Smith, also known in music circles as "Feluke" is thanking fans, friends and family for the love and support.

Feluke is currently in the first week of his 21-day cancer treatment in Mexico.

Earlier this month, family and friends of Feluke created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer, who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer.

Feluke is scheduled to perform at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay this year.





j-amsterdam.jpgControversial dancehall artiste J Amsterdam is back on the scene to show his full support for Ishawna's new single 'Equal Rights' which urges men to perform the sexually taboo act of oral sex.

Amsterdam made headlines back in 2014 as "The Freak Messiah" when he dropped his debut single "Come Wine Inna Face" however disappeared shortly after getting numerous death threats.

"I've been a musician for over sixteen years writing my own songs and I have reinvented myself by taking on the landscape of the freaks," the Portmore-based Dancehall artist said during an interview.

"There are a lot of freaks in Jamaica but they have no one to represent them and they have no voice, so I want to be the voice of the voiceless."





macka-diamond-photos-3-detailed.jpgDancehall fans descended on social media to drag Macka Diamond through the mud after she hit out at Ishawna's oral sex offering entitled Equal Rights.

Macka dropped a new track titled 'Nuh Tongue' on Tuesday a direct counteraction againsts 'Equal Rights'. The title of the song is self-explanatory. In the single,

Macka says: "A wah dem wan fi do turn dancehall inna freaky show?" Macka questions in the single.

"A wah happen to dem? a weh the goodup big h**d man dem deh? / unu grab up unu c**ky yah now."

"Mi want a big h**d man fi f**k mi out / mi nuh want nuh boii weh a suck mi out / C**ky mi seh mi want and not yuh mouth / wid yuh freaky lifestyle boii lock yuh mouth," Macka deejays.

However Macka Diamond is surely being hypocritical, because she herself released a song glorifying oral sex in 2013, so how come she is now saying the exact opposite.





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgRecording artiste Sean Paul has released the video for Body, which features Atlanta Rap trio Migos.

The Video was shot a few weeks ago in South Beach in Miami.

The single, produced by veteran producer Don Corleon, is featured on Sean's upcoming album.

The project, which is expected later this year, is his first since signing his new deal with Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited.





ishawna-photo-6.jpgFemale fans of dancehall deejay Ishawna are up in arms about the scorn that is being poured on Ishawna's oral sex song, Equal Rights. They want Miss Legendary's newly released controversial single, Equal Rights to receive the same play that sexually suggestive taboo songs by male deejays get..

Reports are that over the weekend, females at a beach party booed a selector who said the owners of the sound system didn't want the song which speaks of men performing oral activities on women played on their sound.

In the video posted by Ishawna on social media, the women yelled "we need justice," others booed while some men chatted among themselves, and others watched as the saga unfolded.

The selector later heeded. As Ishawna's voice blared from the speakers, loud cheers erupted inside the venue as some women gyrated wildly to the lyrics.

Meanwhile, fellow dancehall deejay Kip Rich has since counteracted Ishawna's Equal Rights" with "Eating Rights."

Some argued that Ishawna is being treated unfairly stating that dancehall fans and industry players were more receptive to Gage's "Throat."





shenseea.jpgRecording artiste Shenseea has released a new single titled Topic of Discussion, following the recent controversy surrounding her feature on Vybz Kartel's Loodi.

The single debuted Saturday morning on her official Instagram account.

The song seemingly addresses a number of recent issues and controversies, including the hot topic single, Loodi, which became a talking point when jailed deejay Vybz Kartel released the original single which does not contain Shenseea's vocals.

Kartel has also released a new single, interestingly, by the same outfit that had produced Loodi.





Jamaica's minister of national security, Robert Montague, revealed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday that artistes behind bars can no longer record music illegally.

Montague, has declared that the days of music being illegally recorded in the island's prison system are over.

In making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Montague said the Department of Correctional Services has "stopped the recording of songs illegally".

Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter also revealed last month that the department has an open investigation into claims that Vybz Kartel has been recording music in prison, but so far there is no evidence to back up the claims.

However, Minister Montague, is there a way that entertainers can record legally behind bars? After all, on correctional facility has a fully functional recording studio, so what is the purpose of that?





Alkaline apologizes to fans for aborted show

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alkaline-photo-10.jpgAlkaline has issued an apology to his fans in the UK following the cancellation of his concert earlier this week.

The Vendetta leader boss was scheduled to perform at a sold out-show at the O2 Academy in Brixton, but organizers were forced to pull the plug on the show after the deejay's fans reportedly got totally out of control. Some fans broke through a security barrier and made their way inside the venue injuring one female.

Reports are that some fans didn't want to pay and even after the venue had reached its official capacity, they were still finding ways and means to reach inside.

Alkaline's management have since stated that artiste is disappointed that he didn't get to perform for his fans and is looking forward to coming back to the city for a performance.

"We apologize to all our fans who came out to see Alkaline at the O2 Brixton Academy," a statement reads. "It was an unfortunate situation, as the artiste himself was disappointed, he was ready to perform for his fans. However, as a result of failure to control the crowd, and the assessment of potential damages, the event could not go on and for this, we apologize to the fans and all who were affected as a result."

There is no word yet on a rescheduled date for the concert. Alkaline is gearing up for a big performance at the upcoming 2017 Reggae Sumfest in July.





shenseea-and-vybz-kartel.jpgThe original version of Loodi, featuring Vybz Kartel alone disappeared from his Vevo channel and was replaced by a new single Remember Me, produced by Zj Chrome.

This comes after the video, which was uploaded yesterday, caused much controversy, after it was disclosed under the upload that the song was never a collaboration.

This news sent social media and industry insiders into a frenzy, more so fans of the incarcerated Dancehall artiste, who stormed to Shenseea's page to express anger at her stealing Kartel's song.

Shenseea and her manager Romeich have done a number of interviews to clear up the issue. In this interview done yesterday and uploaded to Youtube, Shenseea says she was asked by the producer to modify the lyrics of the original version.





lil-wayne-photo-4.jpgLil Wayne got angry and rightfully so then ended his performance after a fan threw a drink on him.

Seems some of Birdman fans also goes to Lil Wayne concerts. The Young Money rapper was performing at Garden City in Idaho on Sunday night when the incident took place. He was performing his smash hit single "A Milli" when suddenly drink started raining down from the audience. Weezy stopped performing at that moment and even contemplated throwing his microphone at the culprit.

Lil Wayne manages to control himself for a bit and hinted that he didn't want to do something that would earn him a lawsuit. "Hold on let me tell you something, I don't know if you thought I was a busta but I'm rich so I can't throw nothing back," Weezy said before calling in his goon squad to throw something back. Back in 2015, Birdman threw vodka on Lil Wayne while he was performing on stage at LIV Nightclub in Miami. At the time Weezy was performing one of his anti-Cash Money singles.





shenseea-and-vybz-kartel.jpgSocial media dragged on-the-rise female artiste Shenseea through the mud and sludge on Monday night into Tuesday after Vybz Kartel (and his team) posted the song Loodie on VEVO, with the note that "My song was never a collaboration!"

Of course, "Loodie" as the world knows it is a colab with Shenseea and Kartel and is credited as the song that gave Shenseea her bus in the music biz.Clearly, something is amiss right here. The song has been playing since last year, why is it that Kartel is now releasing it as a solo singe?

There is a feeling, according to some websites, that for months now, some Gazanation fans have been complaining that Shenseea is not giving Vybz Kartel enough props for single-handedly launching her dancehall career.

Several sites have quoted "Sources inside the Gaza" as saying that Vybz Kartel feels like he never get enough credit for the massive success of the single and feels like he wasn't properly compensated.

Therefore, social media had a field day - and night - bashing Shenseea left, right and centre. The comments about the poor girl were simply horrid. Let's hope her team puts out a statement that will put out a statement that will dispel all the rumours that continue to swirl.

As of the time of writing, producers of the single, So Unique Records have remained silent. Producer Elvis Redwood was not available for comment.





The Half Way Tree police on Sunday night arrested a man who was seen walking around with a gun in his hand in the district, where annual carnival festivities were being held.

"We are aware of the incident and can confirm that the man was arrested and is currently being questioned at this time," a senior officer from the St Andrew Central Police Division told Loop News on Monday morning.

Reports are that the man - identified as a local businessman - was seen parading with the gun along West Kings House Road and other sections of Half Way Tree minutes after he left a popular carnival party.

Alleged eyewitnesses said the man appeared to be drunk at the time.

A video of the man walking around with the weapon has been making the rounds on social media. It is not clear if anyone was harmed by the man.

There are further reports that the man has now been charged with illegal possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgHundreds of Vendetta fans reportedly broke into the O2 venue in the UK after they refused to pay for tickets, in their bid to see their hero Alkaline.

.According to sources a riot also broke after news began to circulate about the cancelation, many fans are now demanding a full refund of £42.

Several disgruntled fans and former fans of the dancehall deejay have since taken to social media to share their experience and loudly voice their discontent.

"The crowd is going wild, persons are fighting outside," one eyewitness reportedly told website, The Tropixs.
"The police blocked the roads and are now using pepper spray" another added.





popcaan-photo-3-larger.jpgdrake.jpgReports were that dancehall artiste Popcaan and Canadian rapper Drake on Sunday officially released a collaboration entitled "My Chargie"

The single, according to some very questionable "reliable sources" was said to be produced by Notnice Records. However, reports have surface since then denouncing the single as fake. It is said that although there is a new Popcaan Drake collab in the making, the one on Youtube, My Chargie, was definitely not it

Drake and The "Unruly Boss" previously teamed up for "Controlla" however that single was only leaked online.

Popcaan was cut from the album version for Drake's chart-topping VIEWS released in 2016. He was controversially replaced by Beenie Man.

"My Chargie" comes weeks after Drake and Popcaan wrapped up the "Boy Meets World" Tour in Europe.





feluke-denver-smith.jpgPercussionist/singer Denver "Feluke" Smith who is suffering from Stage 4 colon cancer.have created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer

Feluke trained as a at the Alpha Boys' School in Kingston. He is known for songs like Soul Alive and Fine Wine.

In a recent interview, Thamar Williams, a close friend of Feluke, said he is in urgent need of treatment.

"He needs our help in his fight against cancer and against time and he needs it now. We desperately need your contributions to assist in getting him to Mexico for treatment and a fighting chance," she said.

Smith was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014 and placed on treatment, which she said had the disease under control. However, it has returned in a more aggressive form, affecting his lungs. Initial treatment will require a minimum of 30 days and cost US$17,000. So far, US$4,000 has been raised.





It's a boy for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

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shelly-ann-fraser-gender-reveal.jpgWith a picture of a baby-reveal maternity shoot with husband Jason Pryce, Double Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce added the caption "Then God whispered.... "I know the plans I have for you". #Hiswill#BabyPryce #MySon #PrycelessJourney".





vegas-vs-kartel.jpgControversial dancehall singjay, Mr. Vegas, is not backing down on his criticisms of Vybz Kartel.

Following a recent ER interview, the Gaza fans took to social media and hosted a bashfest for Vegas.

Here is Vegas' response: "Can anyone tell me why some of the Gaza fans them so dunce and fool fool? Yes come for me! unu real dunce."

During the ER interview, this is what Mr Vegas said that pissed off Gaza fans: "I saw Vybz Kartel on your show already... where he said 'I know I am going to hell, Jeffrey already put in the a/c. Ever since he said that that night I watch your show when he spoke about Mavado not being intelligent, and ever since he got locked up it's like he saw something in the universe that he was going to hell.

Where Vybz Kartel is is hell... I was in Hunts Bay one day and it's like your skin was coming off.





Roots, reggae, dancehall record label VP Records has ventured into the business of music streaming.

VP Records recently signed as one of Apple Music's curators of music and will now promote its own specially curated playlists through the Apple Music streaming platform.

Through this partnership VP Records hopes to provide more exposure for dancehall and reggae artistes wanting to breakthrough in the streaming world internationally.

VP's playlist will include some of the most current dancehall, reggae and soca music as well as exclusive reggae singles released by the label.

The three subcategories on VP's playlist include 'Hot Yah Now', 'Reggae Run', and 'Dancehall Fyah.'

VP joins Large Up as the only other curated playlist on Apple Music with a Caribbean focus.

Fans who wish to subscribe or hear this specially curated playlist can log on to applemusic.com/vprecords.





asafa-powell-girlfriend.jpgJamaican sprinter and former world 100 metre record holder, Asafa Powell and his Canadian model girlfriend Alyshia Akua are engaged.

According to Instagram posts made by Alyshia, the Olympian popped the question in February and it would seem that she said 'yes'.

"Throwback to date night," Miller captioned a photo on her Instagram account.

Using the hashtags "#MySpecialNight, #Engaged and #February."

Miller and Powell went public with their relationship last year September after photos surfaced with the two at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Asafa Powell previously dated beauty queen Yendi Phillipps. He fathers a daughter, Avani, with TV Host Amita Persaud-Webb. Powell also has a son, Liam, whom he announced to the world last year.





Stevie Wonder to marry in Jamaica

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stevie-wonder-girlfriend.jpgMotown legend Stevie Wonder is reportedly set to tie the knot for the third time.

The 67-year-old music legend is planning to tie the knot with 42-year-old Tomeeka Bracy - the mother of his two youngest children - in front of a star-studded guest-list in Jamaica on June 17.

According to the Daily Mail, Stevie and Tomeeka will get married in front of both family and friends, with Stevie's other children set to play supporting roles as bridesmaids and groom's men.

Stevie and Tomeeka have been dating since he split from second wife, Kai Millard Morris. Stevie was previously married to Motown singer Syreeta Wright before they parted ways in 1972.

It's believed the wedding will be a truly A-List event, befitting Stevie's status as a living legend in the music industry, with the likes of Sir Elton John and Sam Smith set to be on the invite list.

His children from previous relationships - Aisha, 42, Kwame, 28, Sophia, Keita, 39, Kailand, 16, Mumtaz, 33, and Mandla, 11 - are thought to have all been asked to play their own roles on the wedding day.





yanique.jpgSo Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host, Yanique is now a full fledged recording artiste, having released her very first single. And, she's doing it right by stirring controversy.

Since its release a few days ago, there has been intense speculation that Yanique makes reference to the beef between herself and Kitty.

"Lifestyle" as the Good Good Productions track is named comes a few months after Curvy signed a Record Deal with the label.

"Lifestyle" is filled with subliminal disses aimed at her critics and longtime rival Miss Kitty.

Take a listen:





Happy 70th Earthstrong Bunny Wailer!

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bunny-wailer.jpgThe only living Wailer, Bunny Wailer, celebrated a milestone 70 years old on Monday April 10 and the Reggae music pioneer told Yardflex that he enjoyed the day immensely.

"I am just here chilling out and enjoying some live music. Brushy One String is here playing his guitar and the vibes are great," a youthful sounding Bunny Wailer told Yardflex.

Neville O'Riley Livingston, stage name Bunny Wailer (Jah B)he surviving founding member of The Wailers has dedicated 55 years of service to the development and preservation of Jamaica's musical genres. Jah B's earthstrong activities will overlap with the inauguration of Rastafari Month.

The month long celebration will include a dinner dance celebration launch of WailerSka Lifestyle Brand honouring The Wailers & Skatalites starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Saturday will see a beach clean-up and community interactive session. Then, there will be a media launch of The Wailer's Museum, celebrating the life and legacy of Bunny Wailer at 10:00 a.m. at the Bournemouth Beach Complex.

The activities will culminate with a Bunny Wailer/Wailers tribute one love concert on April 22 at 10:00 p.m., celebrating the 39th Anniversary of The One Love Peace Concert at the National Stadium in 1978.





Droop Lion to embark on media tour in Europe

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droop-lion-album-cover.jpgHaving released the debut single from his destined-for-success 14-track album, Ideologies, Rastafarian singer Droop Lion is enthusiastically looking forward to taking his all-embracing message of love and unity to the entire music world.

The first single, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, was released on all digital platforms on March 15, and, already music critics have been hailing it as "a true masterpiece" and a "reggafied work of art", proving to Droop Lion and his team that their decision to use this song as the lead single was indeed on point. Well, truth be told, Have You Ever Seen The Rain has already sold over 25 million copies during the decade of the seventies for the original singers, roots rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival. However, this version, while not straying far from the original, still manages to give fans that signature Droop Lion sound, feel and appeal.

"We wanted to keep the nostalgia in the song, so during the production we refrained from changing up the lyrics, but at the same time, we made subtle changes which infused a different kind of vibration in the song. But, at the end of the day, we all know that a classic is a classic and you can't improve on that, you can only interpret and hope that fans will appreciate your interpretation," explained Droop Lion, who noted that he was looking forward to meeting the original singers/song-writer.

Meanwhile, the Free People Entertainment recording artiste continues his exciting musical journey with what will be predominantly a media tour, which kicks off on May 12 and runs through to May 28. He will traverse through Europe, making stops along the way in countries including the UK, France, Germany, Finland , Spain and Italy. Noting that the aim is to solidify his already burgeoning status on the European continent, Droop Lion was full of praise for his fans there who, he says continue to show his amazing love.

"It is always a joy to be in Europe," he said. "The respect and admiration is mutual and I am really looking forward to connecting with the members of the media and through them, speak to my fans. Just want to give a shout out to all the media people all over who have been gracious enough to give us air time, print space and your overall support. It means a lot to me," stated the singer, who emerged as one of the leading voices of a new reggae-soul movement. Droop Lion added that fans in Europe will see him in action on May 14 when he is scheduled to perform in London.





Miami music producer and alleged drug dealer Harrison "Cuban Harry" Garcia is on trial for federal drug charges, this after Homeland Security investigators nabbed the 26-year-old in a sting. In the trial, it has come forth that Lil Wayne and Chris Brown's affiliation with Garcia is now under investigation.

The Miami Herald reports that federal authorities are examining a $15,000 wire transfer Brown made to Garcia's bank account in 2016 that was allegedly used to purchase "lean" and other drugs. The paper adds that Garcia admitted to investigators that he sold "a lot of narcotics" to Lil Wayne, according to a federal agent's testimony on Thursday.

Garcia's attorney attempted to get the agent to elaborate on his client's confession but was refused after he cited that there's still an open investigation. The authorities believe that Garcia's high-flying lifestyle that he promoted on Instagram was supplanted by a hidden drug operation.





Veteran soundman Lloyd Coxsone of London's Sir Coxsone's Outernational recently did a 18-minute video interview criticizing popular radio disc jockey David Rodigan. Coxsone blasts Rodigan calling him "David Rob And Gone" and "a one-hour radio selector" with no sound.

He challenges Rodigan to name one Jamaican artiste who Rodigon has given the break in the United Kingdom.
Speaking on behalf of the 500 sound systems of the UK, Lloyd calls for more respect from Jamaicans for his and other sounds' work during times of open racism and police brutality. Rodigan has been in the news lately following the release of his book.





mixupandtings-channel-exclusives.jpgSo, dancehall singjay I-Octane has been left off the Reggae Sumfest line-up for 2017. So what?????? Yeah, he closed it for two years and he did well and all of that...yaadi daa da....Time to give other good (and better) artistes a time to shine.

As expected, mix-up-selector-who-have-axe-fi-grine ....yes big foot Foota Hype who always a put him foot inna him mouth.. ... a join up wid some a Octane igle fans dem and a try mek a big ting outta it.

foota-hype-stroke.jpgFoota, why you doan try see if Joe will give you a work pon Sumfest. Oops! How could we forget. Joe nuh did dash out Foota from Downsound.

So it looks like Foota nah go get nu wuk pon suimfest either.

Well we deh deh pon we eyelash. Di two night dem have on bare heavyweight artiste. Reggae Sumfest to di flippin' werl!! Joe do yuh tine. Same way suh!!!!!

See Foota a run up him mouth pon video yah:





Suge Knight's son says it's a lie

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suge-knight.jpgEarlier this week news surfaced online claiming that Suge Knight has revealed that his ex-wife Sharitha Golden and his former head of security at Death Row Records Reggie Wright Jr. are both responsible for the murder of Tupac Shakur. The Daily Mail was one of the major news outlets that reported the story claiming that Knight thinks that he was the target in the murder of the late rapper.

Knight's son has since weighed in on social media dismissing the reports as false. "My father was the Big protective brother of Pac," Jacob Knight wrote on Instagram. "If he knew anybody was after him he wouldnt have pac with him in the first place. These rumors are selfish and its unecessary. When you look who is trying to profit off of causing chaos in my family its somebody who doesnt know nor care about my family. Fake news will never get attention but people will stop trying to make a quick dollar off my family, especially off lies. Only negative black stories get broadcasted I see, smh. MY FATHER NEEDS HIS FAMILY AND HIS CIVIL RIGHTS BACK BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT A DOCUMENTARY. #FreeSuge."

Suge Knight's lawyer, Thaddeus Culpepper, also confirmed that his client did not make the statement as reported in the media nor did he made any such statement on behalf of his client. The former Death Row Records head is currently in jail awaiting trial for murder. Tupac Shakur has been in the news a lot lately with several of his memorabilia turning up on auction websites for sale including his handwritten lyrics, nose studs and even the car that he was murdered in. His biopic movie All Eyez On Me is set for premiere this summer in theaters.





migos-and-sean-paul.jpgThe music video for Body, the new collab from Sean Paul and Migos has already been shot, preceding the actual release of the single .

The dancehall hitmaker and the Atlanta rap trio converged on Miami earlier this week. They were spotted on set along with a bunch of females in carnival outfits signaling a fun filled video coming for the summer. Sean Paul's longtime producer and close friend Don Corleon is the producer behind the upcoming single "Body." A release date is not yet known, but sources have confirmed with DHH that it could arrive any day now.

"Video shoot vybz today with @duttypaul @migos @quavohuncho @yrntakeoff @offsetyrn [Sean Paul, Migos, Quavo, Takeoff, Offset] #Body coming soon," Corleon wrote on IG. The video was shot in sunny South Beach and it looks like the set was just fun filled. One of the clips shows the dancehall legend filming a scene with Quavo and some females clad in their carnival outfits dancing.

Sean Paul was perhaps the biggest comeback story in music in 2016 with a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single with his feature on Sia's massive hit "Cheap Thrills." He also scored a number of other hits including "Tek Weh Yuh Heart" with Tory Lanez and "Rockabye" with Clean Bandit and singer Anne Marie. Certainly, he is looking to repeat the same success this year.

Migos is also hot off a great year with the release of their new album CULTURE and their mega hit single "Bad and Boujee" turning them into a household name. After inking a new recording deal with Island Records, Sean Paul is well on his way to dropping his new album. The project is yet to be titled and there is no release date so far, but his fans are expecting it sometime this year. Sean Paul is popping for sure right now internationally and there are no signs of him slowing down.





rapper-xxxtentacion.jpgJust-released-from-prison rapper,XXXTentacion is advising OVO boss Drake to stop being a culture vulture.

"Tell this pu*** ni*** Drake stop speaking patois," XXXTentacion said. "You are not Jamaican and am a real fu***** Jamaican am from fu**** Kingston, all of my family are from Kingston, so stop stealing my people's culture. Get the f*** up off our d**k because we don't claim you," the rapper shouted on social media ina rather long-winded rant.

Since leaving jail last week Friday, the Florida rapper has been going off on Drake and even disrespecting the Toronto rapper's mother on Twitter. Their beef stemmed from Drake allegedly stealing his flow "Look At Me" flow for his More Life single "KMT" featuring London rapper Giggs. On his last two albums, Drake taps heavily into dancehall and that has been working for him because he is currently the biggest selling rapper on the planet.

X also issued a challenge to Drake to record a whole album or even three songs that don't sound like anybody else he will walk through the streets naked.

Drake fans and members of his OVO crew have been pushing back on XXXTentacion saying that he is just seeking some attention and Drake is not giving it to him.





Sylvester Stallone quits Expendables

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Sylvester Stallone has quit 'The Expendables' franchise.

Although the 70-year-old actor directed the first movie in the franchise and starred in all three, he has decided not to return for the fourth movie, due to creative differences with Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner over the script and director.

The Expendables 4' was set to reunite series staples Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren.

Stallone who has also directed the 'Rambo' and the 'Rocky' franchises, helmed the first 'Expendables' back in 2010.

Simon West took over the reins for 'Expendables 2' and Patrick Hughes on 'Expendables 3'.

Stallone has continued to star in front of the camera in all the films alongside regulars; Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Jet Li, Bruce Willis and Wesley Snipes.





Tyrese Gibson's wife is of Jamaican descent

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tyrese-wife-samantha.jpgTyrese Gibson was once the man crush Monday for women across the planet but these days the singer/actor is living a quiet life off the market.

Last month, Tyrese confirmed that he secretly got married to his girlfriend Samantha Lee. We've learned that the two got married on Valentine's Day after only been dating for around a year and a half, TMZ reported. Samantha is also of Jamaican and Ecuadorian and was recently on the island vacationing. Since announcing their marriage, both Tyrese and Samantha have been getting some backlash from his legion of female fans on social media.

Some of the actor's fans are angry that he portray her as his "black queen" when she is not 100% black. Despite the criticisms, Tyrese promises to keep his married life private for the most part except for the occasional updates on social media. "So many people give a lot of power to "The Ring" as a man I had to wait till I truly truly felt like my WORDS and my FEET would walk in the same direction as my HEART," he wrote. "Not to worry I won't be updating you guys on every detail and every aspect of our life."





Spice claims 'Queen of the Dancehall' title

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spice-photo-5.jpgDuring her recent interview with Anthony Miller on ER, Spice opened up about being the top female dancehall artist in the game. "I am the only female to have gain over 70 million views on a single song, so I would definitely say that I am the top female right now," she said.

When asked about who she thinks the king of dancehall is right now, she vehemently say it's incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, with whom she has previously collaborated with. "Everybody know say a Gaza me say and not because Vybz Kartel is incarcerated doesn't mean am going to turn my back on him and start say someone else, because a lot of fans jump ship," Spice told Miller. "Am going to stay loyal because Vybz Kartel gave me my first international record 'Romping Shop' so I am not going to switch."

Spice also said that she thinks Vybz Kartel will be freed in his upcoming appeal case.





Grammy-winning Reggae artiste, Stephen Marley makes gis appearance on two new international collabs.
Rapper Pitbull included Marley on his new album Climate Change with Options, while legendary rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony dropped the single Coming Home.

Pitbull's Options lends itself to Stephen Marley's catchy vocals for the chorus as well highlights Jamaica and its party culture in the recently released music video that has over two million views on Youtube, two weeks after its debut. Pitbull and Marley will perform Options on WrestleMania this Sunday, April 2.

Stephen Marley is now on tour in the United States, promoting his 19-track fourth studio album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life. The album features a number of local stars.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgDancehall artist Alkaline is reportedly facing legal action over the cover art for his new single 'Nice & Easy' released earlier this week.

The single has been trending in Jamaica on YouTube, amassing over 500,000 streams.

The official cover art for Nice & Easy uses a photograph of Jamaican-born, Miami-based model Nerissa Nefeteri.

However, according to reports the photographer Jason Bassett said they weren't contacted by the deejay's team to use their content.

Bassett contacted Alkaline's team but is reportedly far from pleased with the manner in which they handled the situation.





chyna-and-rob.jpgBack in December she filed to trademark the name Angela Renee Kardashian, ahead of her marriage to Rob.

However it has now been reported that Blac Chyna has been denied the rights to the name - following a battle with Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian in court.

According to TMZ, the 28-year-old has been blocked from using the name whether she marries on/off ex Rob, 30, or not - after the three sisters opposed the decision in order to stop Blac profiting from the family name.

Months before she and Rob welcomed the birth of their daughter Dream, Blac filed to trademark the name Angela Renee Kardashian.

However in December it was reported by TMZ that sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney moved to block the curvaceous star from using the name in future business ventures.





Reggae Sumfest Earlybird Tickets Available Now

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reggae-sumfest-2017.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest 2017 ....The 25th Edition of this premier global music festival celebrating Jamaican music and culture. DownSound Entertainment Ltd of Kingston, Jamaica, is the promoter and producer of Reggae Sumfest.

Reggae Sumfest 2017 main event early bird tickets are available now. All online sales are quoted in US dollars. Sale for main event, July 21, ends April 30.

MAIN EVENT: FRIDAY JULY 21, 2017 NIGHT 1, 7 PM - 6 AM CATHERINE HALL FESTIVAL GROUNDS

Featured artistes are: Alkaline, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Tory Lanez, Aidonia, Beenie Man, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Masicka , Nigerian Star Patoranking , Devin Di Dakta, Tifa , Jahmiel , Ding Dong , Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous featuring Bucky Marshall & Tuffa Lie & John Hype & Shelly Belly & Shankle Dip & Blazzy , Shenseea , TJ , and surprise guest stars.

Red Stripe Beer is the presenting partner for this historic festival and also the Jamaican Tourist Board.

ALL OTHER EVENT TICKETS GO ON PRE-SALE MAY 1, 2017

All Ticket Sales are Final and Non-Refundable. Must be Legal Age to Drink . Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly.





jamaica-travel-channel-promotes-ganja.jpgIn a very significant and historic move, the Jamaica Travel Channel via Instagram has included marijuana, or ganja as the weed is more popularly known, as one of the reasons visitors should come to the island.

In a picture posted recently, the Jamaica Travel Channel showcased three marijuana joints and a grinder with the words Jamaica carved in it. The picture was captioned "Come for an irie time mon!"

Many Jamaicans have long been calling for the legalization of ganja, and the former government made steps in this direction. It has been an open secret that the good Jamaican ganja has been one reason for visitors to come to the island, but, up until recently, ganja has been illegal and the possession of weed a criminal offence.

The Jamaican government last year approved the decriminalization of small amounts of ganja for personal use.





furtyle-brain-makes-ripleys-believe-it-or-not.jpgIt is still up for debate whether the brain of the deejay who calls himself Furtyle is in fact, simply futile. This forward thinking young man decided to place implants - goat horns to e exact - in his forehead, in what was perhaps a not-so-futile attempt at stardom.

The goat horn implants earned Furtyle Brain a slot in the popular Ripley's "Believe It Or Not' column...but little else in terns of notoriety.

The big question still remains: WHY?

Anyway, the latest in this saga is that Furtyle Brain - who is yet to buss- recently removed said goat horn implants because of reports that they were giving him ...you guessed it: HEADACHES.e.

Question: Where will Furtyle Brain place the goat horns implants next?

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Rihanna scores 22 top 5 Billboard Top 100 hits

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rihanna-white-house.jpgRihanna has earned her 22nd top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with Love on the Brain.

Rihanna breaks out of a fifth-place tie with Elvis Presley who tallied 21 top fives after the Hot 100's 1958 inception.

The only artistes with more top five Hot 100 hits than Rihanna are The Beatles with 29, Madonna with 28, Mariah Carey holding 26 and Janet Jackson with 24.





dj-ebro.jpgAmerica's Hot 97 radio station's DJ Ebro has come under fire from the dancehall fraternity after posting a tweet claiming that Canadian Rapper Drake and British singer Ed Sheeran are bringing back dancehall.

His comment follows the success of Sheeran's latest album Divide, which has a lot of dancehall influences. Sheeran's single Shape of You which has a dancehall beat, was recently remixed to include Jamaican artistes Nyla and Kranium.

Drake's last release Views also had a strong dancehall presence, from the use of the Jamaican creole, to reggae beats, to dancehall features with Beenie Man and Popcaan. Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who are both from Caribbean Islands have always included the culture in their music. Canadian artistes Tory Lanez and Justin Beiber have also done recent samples of dancehall music.

Since Ebro's post, many have flocked to social media to express their discontent with his statement.





Sahie bats for women with new single

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sahie.jpgUpcoming artiste, Sahie (pronounced Sah-E) is so appalled with all the killing, rape and violence directed towards women and children, in particular those living in Jamaica, that he has put his feeling in a song entitled Land We Love.

Produced by Omari Abrahams of Birthright Music, the song, which has been described by critics as "timely and appropriate", has been receiving much love by radio and also on the streets. In the poignant single, Sahie questions: "Whe the country a come to/We youth dem no safe inna school nor church/ Sweet sweet Jamaica land we love/Whe it a come to..."

Sahie whose real name is Kiplin Reid explained that recent events in the island have shook him to the core because "this is something that could reach any one of us."

"Jamaica never used to be like this...the daily murders, the killing of women and our children. As I ponder these things, the reality hit me hard and I had to write this song. I have been getting a lot of positive feedback and while that in itself is good, the real message that I am sending to the heartless people who are committing these crimes is that they need to stop," the singjay declared forcefully.

Sahie, who, although not signed to Birthright Music, is currently working on a number of projects with the one-year-old outfit.

The singjay, who was born in Kingston, developed a passion for music began at a young age which was fostered by his family and friends, including the great Gregory Isaacs and Josey Wales who saw his talent.

He began his musical journey by performing at stage shows in the area where he grew up. With his talent gaining more recognition he eventually started to record and voice for various producers including Payday Music Group who works with such artists as Bounty Killer, Movado and Sizzla to name a few.

SAHIE has a voice that is unique and fresh. His talent can be heard on singles like 'Chat Away' (True Stories Riddim) and 'By the Will of God' (Bad Intro Riddim).





queen-ifrica-photos-3.jpgQueen Ifrica's latest studio album "Climb" debuted at the top of the Billboard Reggae chart #1 this week. Sales of the album were bolstered by an in-store/acoustic performance event at VP Records' Florida location as well as strong digital album downloads.

Returning to the scene after a six year hiatus, Climb is receiving rave reviews from fans and music critics alike for its timely messages and inspirational lyrics. " Queen is a fearless explorer and a serious voice for the voiceless who works very hard to perfect her craft " Tony Rebel.

The video and first single "Trueversation featuring Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley" is also growing at radio as the YouTube video nears 200,000 cumulative views. Watch video here: Queen Ifrica - Trueversation ft. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley | Official Music Video

A strong advocate for women's issues, Ifrica was a big part of the activities to recognize International woman's day in Jamaica last week where she performed on a concert with other artists to bring attention to gender abuse against women.





vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgJailed entertainer Vybz Kartel and three other convicts in the murder of Clive Lizard Williams were on Wednesday granted leave to appeal their convictions and sentences.

This means that Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer; Shawn Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John are now free to be heard in the Court of Appeal in their bid to overturn their conviction and sentence.

Attorneys representing the four men are expected to contest their convictions and sentences in the Court of Appeal in September. The men were convicted in the Home Circuit Court in March 2014. They were sentenced the following month to life imprisonment, with the possibility of parole after serving a period of 25 and 35 years behind bars.

Palmerl must serve 35 years before becoming eligible for parole, while Andre St. John was ordered to serve 30 years. Campbell and Jones were ordered to serve 25 years before being eligible for parole.

The men are represented by a legal team including Tom Tavares-Finson, Valerie Neita Robertson, Bert Samuels and Robert Fletcher.





Chronixx the new face of Adidas

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chronixx-adidas.jpgReggae singer Chronixx has been chosen as the new face of the Adidas Spring Summer 2017 collection.

The sportswear brand claims the line finds parallels between British casual and Jamaican reggae culture. The collection is a mix of classic tracksuits, soccer-ready sneakers, and traditional military styles. The SS17 collection limited drop will be available on March 17 and the full collection on March 24 at select retailers globally and online Adidas.com.

The collaboration is a part of number of new releases for the star this year, as he is gearing up to release a new album, Chronology, his first full-fledged studio project after years of bubbling singles and EPs.





oriel-reggae-singer-thumb.jpgInternational reggae artiste, ORieL, hit the ground running for 2017, with People Say, a new single that is ready to set the tone for a successful year for the Afar Music Group artiste. The song has amassed over 30,000 plays on sound cloud in space of a month, and the artiste and his management team note that this is a remarkable achievement.

A smoky love ballad best describes the artiste's latest single and as ORieL's himself points out, "Love is an eternal theme and it is so misunderstood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it comes to this particular topic, people always have a lot to say."

No stranger to exploring the love theme, ORieL, the self-proclaimed Love Souljah -- who is Dominican heritage, and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- delivers this latest track with his usual confidence. The singer, who has worked with a number of Jamaican reggae acts as an artiste and producer, feels that People Say is a will definitely connect with lovers of the genre.

The Afar Music Group-produced single is a track from his upcoming debut album, a project which ORieL and his team, which includes Ludwig Grant and Lloyd Willacy, are particularly excited about. The natural successor to the reggae singer's Confidence 2.0 and Love Souljah EPs, the as-yet-untitled album, which is also highly anticipated, has a April 2017 release date.

People Say is currently being streamed on Soundcloud (https:// soundcloud.com/afarmu sicgroup/oriel-people-say) and, according to the artiste's team, it will soon be available on all major online digital stores.

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scully.jpgThe thanksgiving service for singer/musician Noel "Scully" Robinson takes place on Sunday, March 26 at Meadowrest in St Catherine.

His daughter, Andrea Simms, said he will also be interred there.

Simms, best known as a member of the duo Bunny and Scully, died February 4 at age 82. He had suffered from lung cancer for the past two years.

He and singer Arthur "Bunny" Robinson grew up in Trench Town and performed on numerous talent shows there and West Kingston. They are said to be the first artistes from Trench Town to record as artistes.





Mavado's son stabbed during cell phone robbery

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mavado-and-son.jpgReports are that Mavado's son has been hospitalized following a stabbing incident over the weekend.

According to media reports, Dantay Brooks, the teenage son of the Gully Gad, was stabbed by thugs who wanted to rob him of his cellular phone.

The youngster was hospitalized in stable condition after being stabbed in the neck during a robbery incident near to the Limelight in Half-Way Tree.
Sources say that a group of guys attacked the singer's son and stole his smartphone.

Another one of Mavado's son was shot and injured last year during an incident in the singjay's native community Cassava Piece.





Kartel pays tribute to Shorty in new song

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kartel-and-shorty.jpgPopcaan recently released a song which he dedicated to his Trini Girlfriend and now Vybz Kartel has followed suit and has reaffirmed his love for his baby mother by dedicating a song to her.

Tanesha "Shorty" Johnson is Kartel's longtime partner who has stood bu his side through the thick and thin. The upcoming single is entitled "I'm So Sorry."

Meanwhile, it has become obvious that Kartel's seemingly endless supply of new music has been slowed down a bit due to an ongoing investigation by the correctional department into allegations that he has been recording music in prison. Sources told DHH that the incarcerated deejay will still be putting out new music from his large catalog of unreleased material.

This song "I'm So Sorry" is expected to be released in the next couple of days on Shorty's label Short Boss Muzik. Vybz Kartel's social media activities have also come to a halt with the recent clampdown in prison. Sources told us that his wife is responsible for what is post on his social media accounts under his directive. Vybz Kartel is working on an upcoming album due by summer this year. His team previously announced that they could release as much as a thousand new songs this year alone. While that is unlikely, it paints a picture of the number of songs they have in the arsenal.

Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, was born 7 January 1976 at Kingston's Victoria Jubilee Hospital and was one of six children Originally from Waterhouse, Kingston, he grew up in Waterford district of society Portmore Adidja attended Calabar High School in Kingston , but was expelled as a teenager determined to continue his education he completed his studies at a tutorial technical school.
Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison for a murder conviction.





young-ma.jpgNew York lesbian rapper, Young MA received a warm and welcoming reception from the Jamaican audience for whom she put on a show at Saturday night's BritJam party in Montego Bay.

The rapper, who is of Jamaican descent, gave a live performance at the Britjam All White party at the SuperClubs Ironshore Golf & Country Club. The event saw a large turnout for the 2017 staging of the annual party.

There were plenty of rumours circulating claiming that Young M.A. was arrested in Jamaica but those reports are completely false, there was no arrest. In fact, the "Hot Sauce" rapper has been having a grand time in Jamrock hitting up the beach and some local hot spots. Young M.A. has a hot new single out titled "Hot Sauce."





Alkaline to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2017

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alkaline-photo-12.jpgVendetta deejay, Alkaline makes his return to the Reggae Sumfest stage this Summer after a three year hiatus and headlines the event alongside a number of other top acts.

Josef Bogdanovich the CEO of Downsound Entertainment, who organizes Reggae Sumfest, is very glad about the return of Alka and Queen Ifrica as they have both grown professionally over the years.

Spice 'The Stage Show Boss' who always gives her fiery brand performance, will entertain patrons on the 2nd night; along with other artistes like Christopher Martin and Queen Ifrica.

Queen Ifrica performed at the show 6 years ago, she has a strong fan base, and that is why she could not be left out. Earlan Bartley aka 'Alkaline' also has a huge following since his last performance at Sumfest and fans will hear his hit songs such as 'Champion Bwoy','Spoil You' ,'Extra Lesson', 'Ride On Me', 'Badness it Name' and others. He became the first Artiste since 2011 to top the Billboard Dancehall Reggae Album Charts with his 'New Level Unlocked' Album. After that he has launched his Vendetta clothing line as he becomes a business man as well. He will be the big Dance Hall artiste on the show along with the Dance Hall Princess Spice.

Bogdanovich says the 'Champion Boy' deejay was added to the Music Festival's 2017 lineup after his huge fan base demanded he was booked for the event. Alkaline will headline Dancehall Night alongside the 'Queen of Stage' Spice. Reggae Sumfest is set for July 16-22 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.





bounty-killer-photo-10.jpg"But I guess she is just another silly attention seeking clown bcuz she said it her self that it was Allegations and what does Allegations means Maybe So or Maybe Not plus i was (cleared) of all charges so what grounds is she speaking from and the very same thing WeChange trying achieve these ppl objecting Change what am i attempting to do here to show that i'm changed grown and matured into a better me and i do regret for my alleged involvement or whatever which I'm still paying for up until this day as u all can see but I condemns domestic violence it's wrong it's totally unacceptable and it's a disease or merely weakness we do make mistakes in life but then again I think it was about reaching out to ppl who actually been in it or been around it like victors and victims so who has a better voice to speak out than I who has been accused plus what better platform to express my sincerely apology to the women of this world also I made my mom a promise b4 she leave us and I'm gonna live it to the fullest this gonna take each and everyone of us as Jamaican to make it happen but the hand picking of who should be apart or pointing fingers gonna take us nowhere from here folks!!," he added.





Entertainment Headlines

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  • Foxy Brown has new baby. Is Spragga Benz the dad?
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger has stepped down as the host of 'Celebrity Apprentice'
  • Queen Ifrica has released her third studio album 'Climb' via VP Records
  • Russian officials are coming under pressure to check if Disney's new film Beauty and the Beast breaches the country's law against "gay propaganda".
  • Concerns have now emerged that incarcerated Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel's music is not benefiting the family of murder victim, Clive "Lizard" Williams.




Is Kartel's music benefitting Lizard's family?

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vybz-kartel-photo-28.jpgConcerns have now emerged that incarcerated Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel's music is not benefiting the family of murder victim, Clive "Lizard" Williams.

This comes after allegations that the entertainer may possibly be recording music in prison, a claim which has been denied by his attorneys and representatives on several occasions.

According to Kartel's legal team, no special arrangement has ever been granted for Vybz Kartel to continue recording music in prison.

They did however admit that a suggestion was made during the course of his trial for him to possibly continue if part proceeds went to the victim's family, but that offer was refused by their client.





foxy-braun-photo-2.jpgRapper Foxy Brown, who recently gave birth to a baby girl who some are saying was fathered by Spragga Benz, is quite busy.

She has previewed a diss track aimed at Remy Ma.

This comes as fans continue to wait for Trinidadian Rapper Nicki Minaj to respond to Remy Ma's two diss tracks.

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Foxy Brown, who is of Trinidadian descent, previewed a single titled "Breaks Over" on Friday aimed at Remy.

Brown uploaded a snippet of the single, just hours after Wendy Williams revealed that she welcomed a baby girl with a 'Reggae Star,' whom many believe to be Spragga Benz.





ninja-man-photo-6.jpgIn one of his usual vlogs, Ninja Man told Gaza fans to get their acts together. "Some a you guys are waste matter and only love chat," the dancehall legend said.

"All of you talking about Gaza this and Gaza that, no Gaza can't hit me in my face because you guys try that already and have to pay me three million dollars and have to do a bag of something because Gaza is not as big as the whole world its a big empty land."

Ninja's message to Lisa Hanna, is that she should leave dancehall artists alone and even touched on the double standards with carnival dress codes and some of the lyrics in carnival songs being played on radio stations.





edi-fitzroy.jpgSinger Edi Fitzroy has died. The artiste, whose real name is Fitzroy Edwards, died Saturday at the age of 61 at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon.

Born in Chapelton, Clarendon, Edi Fitzroy was perhaps best known for the hit, Princess Black, done in celebration of the black female.

In reacting to the news of the death, the Culture and Entertainment Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said Edwards will be remembered for his very disctinctive style.

"Whether he was extolling the virtues of his 'Princess Black' or warning young people against 'Prison Life' he was a one of a kind who will be missed," said Grange.

The minister, who today laid to rest her mother in Toronto, Canada, also extended condolences to Edwards' family.





sean-paul-and-jodi-jinx-baby.jpgCongratulations are in order for Dancehall artiste Sean Paul and his wife Jodi "Jinx" Henriques who are celebrating the birth of their first child, Levi Blaze Henriques.

The baby was born last week. In making the announcement, Sean Paul and Jodi each shared a photo of themselves with Levi on social media.

"AN THEN THERE WERE 3 BIG UP MI SON THE REAL BOSS LEVI BLAZE HENRIQUES AN MY WIFE THE BOSS MOMMY," the multi-platinum and grammy award winning deejay said.

Sean Paul and 'Jinx', a popular media personality, married in 2012.





tommy-lee-photo-12.jpgDancehall artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta, is now allowed to apply for a Jamaican passport, after a High Court judge temporarily lifted a stop order against the popular entertainer.

Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell is among four persons who were scheduled to go on trial in the Home Circuit Court yesterday (Mon) on charges related to lottery scamming.

Meanwhile, High Court judge Justice Vivienne Harris has ordered that subpoenas be issued for two police officers in the same case. Subpoenas were ordered for Corporal Charlene Robinson and Constable Maxine Thomas following a request by prosecutors in the Home Circuit Court Monday. Corporal Robinson and Constable Thomas are two of the five police officers down to give evidence during the trial, but they were absent from court yesterday.

Tommy Lee is charged along with O'Brian Smith, Shanice James and Sabrina Williams, for possession of identity information and unlawful use of premises under the Law Reform Fraudulent Transaction Special Provisions Act.

The trial was scheduled to start on Monday, but has been postponed until July 10. The suspension of the stop order will remain in place until March 13 to allow Tommy Lee to apply for a passport.





babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, prior to addressing her ministry's budget allocation during Parliament's Standing Committee on Tuesday expressed her appreciation for the support she received at the passing of her mother in mid-February.

"Thank you for your condolences and best wishes," Grange said.

After thanking fellow MPs and other well-wishers, Standing Committee Chairman Pearnel Charles apologised for not expressing condolences before she started.

"On behalf of the members of Parliament and the Parliamentary family, we express our condolences on the passing of your mother," Charles said.

Grange's mother Raphaelita Walker, 90, died peacefully at her home in Toronto, Canada, February 14.

Considered a stalwart in the Jamaican community in Toronto, Walker was an integral member of several organizations including the 55-year-old Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), the largest and oldest community Jamaican organisation in Canada.

She was also an integral member in the PACE (Canada), Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education, which adopts basic schools in Jamaica; and the Jamaica Independence Church Service Committee, which plans the annual event to commemorate Jamaica's independence.





kaci-fennell-carnival-photo-2017.jpgIt is no secret that popular selector, Foota Hype, talks a whole heap and it has reached the point where many people just wish that Foota would just shut the hell up and go AWAY...far far away.

Again, Foota has spoken and believe it or not, many person are saying that Foota ...for once... didn't put his entire foot in his mouth. This time, Foota Hype is actually being congratulated by some persons for actually making sense. Foota posted a picture of Miss Universe Jamaica (2014) Mrs. Kaci Fennell-Shirley in a very revealing, skimpy, next-to-nothing, wrong-part-of-the-body-baring, almost-pubic-hair-raising, super-sexy carnival betweeni and basically told the beauty queen to put on some clothes as she was "degrading herself".

This is what Foota said: "I don't care if this is miss Jamaica or miss world this nuh look good u favor ediot carnival mek u degrade uself exposing uself smfh better u did come a one dance Inna one batty rider #ilovedancehall."

In her response, Kaci Fennell, who got married last year, accused Foota of cyber bullying and has said that she wore the costume to please herself and that Foota should just shut the hell up (my words) because men like him are a part of the problem. But surely, this must be deja vu for the now married beauty who faced similar criticism for her Trini carnival costume back in February 2015. We did a quick search on Google and here are some of the headlines from that 2015 saga:

Kaci Fennell's Revealing Carnival Costume Harshly Criticized

Kaci Fennell Carnival Photo Draws Harsh Criticism Online

Kaci Fennell Skimpy Carnival outfit Angers Jamaicans

Has Kaci Fennell broken the Internet with her Trinidad Carnival

Here, too, is a paragraph from the February 2015 drama, along with some of the comments made two years ago: "Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell who is receiving harsh criticism from many for her choice of attire at Trinidad Carnival 2015."Why she have to dress like that to gain some attention from you the public? Showing off your naked self don't change what the world think?"; "Please don't go out dressed like that... you are miss universe in the eyes of Jamaicans and that outfit in pubic is not becoming of any miss universe"; "oooh nooo please take this picture down asap. looks too sleazy like a street walker... this pic doesnt depict the classy Kaci that represented JA a few weeks ago"; "No that's a lingerie girl. Pls don't represent my country wearing that."

Fast forward to February 2017 and here are the responses to Kaci Fennell-Shirley's Trini Carnival costume. Please note that she was the one who posted the picture of herself in the "betweeni" and since it was done on social media, which mean that persons are given the opportunity to comment - whether negatively or positively.

Newschecker: "We need to be careful how we define cyber-bullying as against freedom of speech. Far worse has been said on social media in the past than one man's opinion on something that is barely there.

"While she may have the right to walk naked if she chooses to do so, she should be prepared to stand the consequences of her choice. If she walked naked, she would be charged with indecent exposure.If she goes out in public dressed like that, then she is going to have to stand the conseqences: people giving their public opinion of her/ her outfit."

Darmic3: "While I'm no fan of today's dancehall, there's some merit to Foota's assertion. There has always been a bit a bit of hypocrisy between downtown/uptown and dancehall/soca.The uptown folks over the years, deride reggae and dancehall music, but have no such qualms about calypso and soca, whose risque lyrics and scantily clad "winers" are deemed acceptable."

Melissa_Whittaker: "Well me agree with foota this time. No look good at all."

Pete: "when u expose that much..no self esteem needed, its usually insecurity..craving attention and publicity. BTW isnt she married? Wheres hubby Missa Shirley?? Why didnt the papers refer to her correct name Mrs Kaci Fennel-Shirley?? Or did she drop the name for carnival...LoL"

Anthony_Harris: "I agree with foota go put on clothes and have some pride"

Kimmy: Carnival do calls for a little showing of skin but face it Fennell this time it was too much skin-showing of the wrong place.

Christopher_Williams: I don't care woman must carry them self better I agree a woman has the right to-do what she pleases and see fit however u not to to be parading around half naked to feel-good about ur self miss fennel come on!!

Spell_Mansa_Musa_Afrikaans1: "She only a follow previous Miss World's like Yen di and such...the so called costume is too much (or too little depending on how u look on her), this feminist crappie is over rated..guh put on clothes...yuh a represent all women in Jamaica ..have pride"

Shaneka_MzNice_Harris1: "Big up yuh self Kaci, love yourself in whatever you wear. Foota need fi worry bout him big stinking self wey cyaah kip ooman cause all him cyaah satisfy dem. Everyone has an issue with what GROWN people are wearing mind unuh own damn business. Damn nuff."

Noshel: "What Miss fennel did was to degrade herself , for no good reason. she have her beauty, so why bother to strip in such a manner?.. She cant tell me or anyone for that matter that she is not getting any attention just with her beauty fully clothes?.

Of course, there was also quite a bit of cussing out for Foota and lots of sympathy/admiration for Mrs Fennell-Shirley in other quarters.

Below, please read Mrs Fennell-Shirley's official response:

"To whom it may concern,

I never respond to hate like this but something inside me couldn't allow myself to see this and brush it off like I usually do, especially with what our women have been going through recently. I have grown to completely ignore comments like these. This type of man here is a big part of the problem we are currently facing, not everything I do will be accepted by everyone and there is nothing wrong with that, the problem lies with this person believing he has the authority to comment or even dictate how a woman should carry herself. Instead of us celebrating us they tear us down, this type of man makes women second guess themselves and that is absolutely unacceptable because our women are heaven sent and it saddens me that situations like this lower their self esteem. I wore this for me! I felt so beautiful and sexy (thank you @mariecollete) at no point was I seeking for anyone else's approval but my own and that's how it should be always. To any one out there that has been a victim of cyber bullying I just wanted to let you know that you are loved, you are wonderfully made, you are beautiful, you are a masterpiece.... Don't you ever let another person ever make you feel otherwise. Continue to be yourself no matter what negativity may come your way. Wait till him see what I wearing tomorrow." -- Yasmine Peru





Ninja defends Lisa Hanna

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ninja-man-photo-5.jpgDancehall Artiste Ninja Man has lashed out on those attacking Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, MP Lisa Hanna.

His remarks came after she was attacked on social media, when she suggested earlier this week, that Vybz Kartel's music should not be played on radio.

She also received multiple death threats on social media, which is being investigated by the Police.

Ninja Man took to his Facebook page yesterday, to lash out on her attackers, whom he says has done nothing good for the country.





Is Alaine married...or is it a PR stunt?

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alaine-willy-paul-wedding-photo-1.jpgFans of Jamaican songstress, Alaine, were left confused on Friday after she uploaded photos from a wedding with Kenyan award-winning Contemporary Christian Music artiste Willy Paul.

"When you know, you just know, I could only tell you 'Yes'. I do Willy Paul, My King," Alaine wrote. " I'm so happy. It was truly an amazing day," she added. Willy Paul also wrote, "God is good, I know I've kept it a secret until now!! I finally did what most men are afraid off doing. Yes I did it last weekend. I'm no longer a bachelor!!!." Paul added, "I love you baby, Alaine.

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smoke-dem-and-anthony-seasoning.jpgSingjay Smoke Dem is taking his career to the next level ...literally.

Although he is not yet a household name, the artiste has already made a number of trips within the Caribbean and South America in particular which have borne fruit.

Currently working on projects with the Suriname-based Next Level Productions, Smoke Dem, who has previously used the moniker Smoki Benz, gives deejay Fanton Mojah credit for helping him along his journey. It was Fantan, he said, who took him on a tour in 2015, which saw Smoke Dem performing in places such as Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil and Guyana and winning over new fans. It was during this time that he made the crucial link with his current producers.

"Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he saw that I was a bad artiste, so he took me on tour in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further," the singjay explained.

" I met Next Level in Suriname when Fantan took me to their studio after the show to cut some dubplates, and the energy was great. So it was a no-brainer for us to work on a few projects," Smoke Dem further explained.

That link-up has seen the release the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with Anthony Seasoning, a singer from the Red Hills Road area who was in Suriname at the same time as Smoke Dem and the two ended up working on a project for the same producers. The song has been receiving much love from radio, not only in Jamaica, but also in Suriname and across the Caribbean, where it is in moderate to heavy rotation.

The artiste sees this song, along with the fact that he has been steadily getting more shows, both overseas and locally and honing his craft on stage, as a major positive move in his career.

Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning have also collaborated on another a single for Next Level entitled, Marijuana, which is set to blow much more than smoke.





The first contestant from Japan has made her debut in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is attracting even more international attention with the debut of its

Rankin Pumpkin, a Japan-born princess, enraptured the D'Entrance audience with her track Mi Nuh Miss Up Inna Babylon on the first live show. She returns this week in a bid to continue her journey to the crown.

On Saturday February 18, Yanique "Curvy Diva" Barret, announced that princesses Aksana and Dexii and princes Kaama and Crazy Nacka were eliminated from Castle Red.

Rankin Pumpkin, born Yoko Matsui, believes the 10th season of MKQ is her year. She has been travelling to Jamaica since 1995, when she first visited the island to learn more about our culture. Landing in Montego Bay from Kobe, Japan, Rankin Pumpkin set out to immerse herself in Jamaica's biggest export -- music.

"I love reggae and dancehall music. I came here because I wanted to know about the culture, so I could write more lyrics," she explained backstage of the season 10's first live show.

So in love with our music is she, that she is unwilling to name a favourite artiste or song. The 42-year-old entered the premier dancehall talent show to satisfy a long standing desire.

"I have been watching this programme from the beginning, from season one, always watching and enjoying. I knew that one day I wanted to enter," said Rankin Pumpkin.

"But I always miss the audition

day because I went back to Japan. I always come to Jamaica in November/December, which is late for the audition. I came earlier in Jamaica this year, just for Magnum, and I qualified in Ocho Rios," said the smiling princess.





Sean Kingston admits that he was beaten

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sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston is finally admitting that Migos did, in fact, jumped him along with roughly nine guys outside a Las Vegas mall on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night the Migos trio of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff beat up Sean Kingston at the Agenda Trade Show in Vegas over a feud involving Soulja Boy. Yesterday the reggae pop singer posted a video on Instagram denying the beat down, but in an interview with 8 News Now, he admitted that the Atlanta rap group and some other guys jumped him.

"It was a jump, but it wasn't a JUMP," he said. Kingston says that he and Migos didn't have any prior issues and that he went to talk with them with that in mind after the group FaceTime him saying that they want to talk.

"They FaceTimed me, 'Yo come outside let's talk. Man, I miss you let's chop it up,'" he said. "You know what I'm saying? And as soon as I went outside it was no talking. They just started jumping on me throwing punches. I didn't have a chance to put up my set up. I didn't have a chance to do nothing."

As for what really started the beef, Sean Kingston is saying that he is clueless just like the rest of us. So Migos we want to hear your side of the story. The singer says that he is hearing stories about Soulja Boy being at his house and him saying something in a video that they didn't like. Sources told us that the fight really stemmed from Migos' beef with Soulja Boy who is close friends with Kingston.

Perhaps The Game, Soulja Boy, or Migos themselves can shed some light on why they jumped Sean Kingston. Somehow this feud is not over and someone could get hurt.





skip-marley-and-katy-perry-grammys.jpgBob Marley's grandson Skip Marley is the first singer from the musical family to score a top ten single on Billboard Hot 100.

The young reggae singer's collab with Katy Perry "Chained To The Rhythm" debut at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart this week and the music video received approximately 10 million views on YouTube on the first day of its release. Skip Marley and Katy Perry first performed the single at the Grammys in a well-received set that catapults it to the top ten on the charts.

The single "Chained To The Rhythm" is also doing very well in Europe where reggae music is much more popular than in the states. The song debut at No. 7 on the UK pop chart, No. 6 in the Czech Republic, 8 in France, 20 in Germany, 5 in Scotland, 10 in Ireland, and 12 in Switzerland.

Bob Marley scored eight singles on the UK pop chart over his career while his sons have yet to debut on that chart as solo artists. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers scored three hit singles on that chart, but he has not done since launching his solo career. Bob also has one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after "Roots Rock Reggae" peaked at No. 51 in 1976. Damian Marley 2005 hit "Welcome To Jamrock" peaked at 55 on the Hot 100 chart, while his older brother's former group Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers 1988 classic single "Tomorrow People" peaked at 39.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition People's National Party spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna has been put on blast by social media users for comments she made calling for incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel's music to be banned from public airwaves.

Fans of the incarcerated artiste took to the MP's social media accounts to air their grouses, after she expressed her views in an interview yesterday on Nationwide 90 FM.

The social media users, who disagreed with her suggestions, stated that Hanna is concerned about the fact that the artiste has been able to produce music from behind bars.

Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder.

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Smoke Dem blowing up with 'Marijuana'

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smoke-dem.jpgSingjay Smoke Dem is steadily carving out his own niche in the dancehall, and, although he is not yet a household name, the artiste has already made a number of trips within the Caribbean and South America in particular which have borne fruit.

Currently working on projects with the Suriname-based Next Level Productions, Smoke Dem, who has previously used the moniker Smokey Benz, gives deejay Fanton Mojah credit for helping him along his journey. It was Fantan, he said, who took him on a tour in 2015, which saw Smoke Dem performing in places such as Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil and Guyana and winning over new fans. It was during this time that he made the crucial link with his current producers.

"Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he said I was a bad artiste, so he took me on tour in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further," the singjay explained.

" I met Next Level in Suriname when Fantan took me to their studio after the show to cut some dubplates, and the energy was great. So it was a no-brainer for us to work on a few projects," Smoke Dem further explained.

That link-up has seen the release the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with Anthony Seasoning, a singer from the Red Hills Road area who was in Suriname at the same time as Smoke Dem and the two ended up working on a project for the same producers. The song has been receiving much love from radio, not only in Jamaica, but also in Suriname and across the Caribbean, where it is in moderate to heavy rotation.

The artiste sees this song, along with the fact that he has been steadily getting more shows, both overseas and locally and honing his craft on stage, as a major positive stone in his career.

Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning have also collaborated on another a single for Next Level entitled, Marijuana, which is set to blow much more than smoke.





cabral-douglas-and-tommy-lee-sparta.jpgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has blocked Cabral Douglas from suing Dominica in the long-running Tommy Lee Sparta saga.

Douglas had demanded US$3-million from the government in compensation after the controversial Dancehall artiste and his entourage was deported from Dominica in February 2014. He was slated to perform at a concert organized by Douglas.

Douglas' demand was turned down by the government, however, he took the matter to the CCJ.

But in an 18-page judgment, the CCJ has prevented Douglas from suing the government in the matter.

"The facts alleged do not suggest that the Applicant (Douglas) was a patron and in this sense, a recipient of entertainment services ...," part of the judgment reads. "On the other hand, it may be argued that as a 'middle man' standing between the concert patrons and the entertainment suppliers his position could be assimilated to that of a patron. The Court does not have to decide this issue because in either event, the Court holds that whatever right he may have had in this regard did not accrue to him directly."

Douglas has expressed disappointment in the decision.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the decision," he stated. "But, what is even more disappointing is the state of jurisprudence in the Caribbean. There is a reason why only 4 out of 15 counties have agreed to embrace the jurisdiction of the court as its final court of appeal, and this decision, in my humble opinion.





Rohan Marley and Lauryn Hill now grandparents

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rohan-marley-zephania-feb-20.jpgRohan Marley confirms his 19 year-old with Lauryn Hill is now a dad...

Over the weekend Zion David Marley posted pictures of the child on Instagram and Rohan Marley later confirmed the news. The 19-year-old grandson of 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley and his girlfriend welcomed their son, Zephaniah.

Rohan shared a photo of Zion with the latest addition to the Marley family on his social media page. In the caption, he cited the Bible verse Zephaniah 3:16 - "In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack ... Unto Us a Child is Born."

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Zion was the subject of one of Hill's many hit songs on her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

In the song, To Zion, Hill talks about her decision to have her first child, although many urged her to have an abortion as to not conflict with her blossoming career.





Another Tonight Show appearance for Chronixx

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chronixx-and-fallon-at-tonight-show.jpgChronixx is set to perform on the popular American late night show, "Tonight Show" on Friday.

The artiste, whose given name is Jamar McNaughton, is no stranger to the Jimmy Fallon hosted show, as he made his first appearance almost two years ago.

His appearance went viral and according to the Billboard charts in 2014, Chronixx, after performing his hit song "Here Comes Trouble", had a registered 12,000 downloads moving from 1,000 in mere days.

This, along with a subsequent performance at Central Park, had earned him the number two position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.





adele-breaks-grammy-trophy.jpgAdele broke her award in half to share with Beyonce after picking up the coveted Album of the Year prize at the the 59th Annual Grammy Awards because she didn't feel she deserved it.

The Hello singer - who, along with the late David Bowie, was Sunday night's biggest winner after picking up five accolades - was stunned to accept the gong for her record 25 as she expected Beyonce to take it home for her visual LP Lemonade, so damaged the trophy deliberately in order to share the honour with her idol.

There was not a dry eye in the house as the 28-year-old singer accepted the most coveted gong of the night.

It was there where Adele dedicated her big win to the 35-year-old singer as she praised the pregnant star for the 'monumental' Lemonade album.

The Rolling In the Deep hitmaker said: 'I can't possibly accept this award and I'm very humbled and I'm very grateful but the artist of my life is Beyonce. This album to me, the Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul baring.

'The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is so empowering. I love you. I always have and I always will.'





Skip Marley makes his Grammy debut with Katy Perry

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skip-marley-and-katy-perry-grammys.jpgKaty Perry and Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley performed their duet "Chained to the Rhythm" at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

This is Skip's first performance at the Grammys. Clad in a white suit, the pop singer kicked things off while belting out the lyrics before the young Marley singer chimed in also clad i white. Earlier in the night, Beyonce set the tone with a memorable performance while showing off her baby bump.

Skip Marley is the 20-year-old son of Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella Marley. His debut single "Cry To Me" was released in 2015 under Tuff Gong, and that same year he released another single "Life."

Skip was recently signed to Island Records.





ziggy-marley-and-his-kids.jpgIf one could get tired of winning then the Marleys would certainly get tired of beating out everybody else to the Reggae Grammy goal post.

On Sunday night, Ziggy Marley, the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, won his eighth Grammy Award at the 59th Grammys held in Los Angeles, United States.

Ziggy won in the Best Reggae Album category for his self-titled album, Ziggy Marley. Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were: J Boog for Rose Petals on the Wash House Music Group label; Raging Fyah for Everlasting on the Dub Rockers/VP Records label; Devin Di Dakta and JL for Sly& Robbie Presents...Reggae For Her; and Rebelution for Falling Into Place on the Easy Star Records label.

Devin, who was in the audience at the Grammy's was hoping to become the youngest ever reggae/dancehall act to win the award in the Reggae category.

Ziggycollected his trophy in the pre-televised segment of the annual awards ceremony. He used Instagram afterwards to express his gratitude for the award.

"Give thanks to the Recording Academy for the honour, to my family, and all the artists keeping reggae alive and well. Love," he said.Congrats to winner Ziggy Marley and all the runners-up the category.





"La La Land" might have tied the record for most Oscar nominations ever last month, but it's "Hidden Figures" that Americans just can't get enough of.

The Theodore Melfi-directed film about a group of black female mathematicians at NASA has now pulled in more money in the U.S. than any other movie nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, even the monster hit "La La Land."

According to ComScore, "Hidden Figures" has earned $119,402,095 at the domestic box office, compared to $118,306,924 for "La La Land." And it's done so despite being widely released almost two weeks later. Box Office Mojo also has "Hidden Figures" beating out "La La Land" domestically, although the Los Angeles-based musical remains an international beast, pulling in more $150 million in foreign box offices, compared to just $8.7 million for "Hidden Figures."

Time and again, "Hidden Figures," which stars three black female leads in Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, has continued to surpass expectations. In January, the film became the first live-action, non-franchise film starring more than one female lead since 2011 to reach No. 1 two weeks in a row. Later that month, "Hidden Figures" won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The film is up for three Oscars at this month's Academy Awards ― Best Picture, Actress in a Supporting Role and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) ― but regardless of how it performs, the film is already a success. Around the country, stories are popping up about girls wanting to go into the science and math fields after seeing a story about female women of color showing who's boss.





Petraa makes her move with Love Is Eternal

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petraa.jpgThe Latin word 'petra' means stone and reggae/dancehall artiste Petraa is determined to carve her name in stone and make her story one that is heavily flavoured with success.

Petraa, whose real name is Petra Grant, is a world citizen and an authentic musical ambassador. Wearing multiple hats - deejay, songwriter and producer - Petra possesses a musical dexterity that sees her exploring various themes through her lyrics, rather than being stuck in a groove. She sings about love with as much conviction as she sings about poverty and the gritty aspects of life. This young girl with the fascinating accent hails from Leeds in England, but as her biography states, she relocated to Toronto, Canada, and now spends six months each year in the land of Reggae, Jamaica.

Petraa, who has been singing professionally for more than 10 years, has been paying her dues and Petraa's career is now in high gear. Having put out a number of singles and various other projects, among them a collab with Janny Popps on a track named Butterfly, which went to the number one position on WBLK 93.7 FM chart in New York, Petraa is ready to seize the moment.

Her latest single, Love Is Eternal, is poised to give her that big breakthrough in the music biz. The single, described as "an uptempo love story making the most out of Petraa's vocal range, that will be sure to captivate listeners" is in rotation on stations in Jamaica, the Bahamas and St Vincent.

As Petraa ex[plained, "Love Is Eternal is really getting a lot of love and we have big plans for this song. People seem to gravitate towards it because it has a nice reggae/soul groove, in addition to which, it just grows on you," she said sounding quite excited.

Although not officially signed to a label, Petraa is guided by a professional team, who is purposefully steering her career in an upward direction. Working with Christopher Coombs at Di Lab Records in Exchange, St Ann, along with other producers including Dane Ray, Petraa is in the process of recording an EP. The artiste is currently working on a 13-track album which is a mixture of reggae, R&B and dancehall and should be ready for release this year.

Currently in Canada, where she has a number of shows lined up, in venues including the Right Wing Pub in Toronto and Aldo's Place, while simultaneously working on her music projects, Petra is aiming to make 2017 her year.





Beyonce to still perform at Coachella

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beyonce-pregnancy-photos.jpgBeyonce's announcement of her pregnancy earlier this week sent Coachella ticket holders and promoters scrambling.

There was a lot of talk that she could pull out of the show she headlined because by then she would be too pregnant to perform, especially since she is expecting twins. Promoters even revealed that they too were in the dark and now they are worried about finding a replacement big enough to fill the void if she cancels.

It seems like ticket holders don't need to worry because there is a strong possibility that the show will go on. TMZ reported that all signs are pointing to Beyonce not pulling out of the performance because she has already booked two big name artists to perform with her and both artists knew of her pregnancy. The two artists weren't name, but people are already speculating that they could be her Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Beyonce will be in her third trimester by the time of Coachella in April so everyone will be looking to see how she plans to pull off this big performance.





vybz-kartel-and-sean-kingston.jpgOn his recent trip to Jamsaica, huge Vybz Kartel fan, Sean Kingston, visited the dancehall deejay in prison.

Kingston has recently collaborated with the self-proclaimed Worl'Boss on a new single out title "Chance" that has been doing very well on dancehall airwaves since its release last week.

In na interview with ZJ Liquid on Zip 103 FM, Sean Kingston made it known that he intended to visit Kartel at the Tower Street prison last n Wednesday. Well, he did and reports are that he and Addi had a great conversation.

Kartel's reps are quoted as saying: "Sean Kingston is a good youth, very humble and positive. They sait down and chopped things about about how well the new collaboration doing and talk about collaborating some more. They also spoke about the upcoming appeal and Kingston told him that he has his full support in sorting out the case."

alkaline-photo-11.jpgOn Wednesday, Sean Kingston traveled to Kartel's home town in Portmore and shoot the music video for the single "Chance." Later that night the singer hit up Magnum Wednesdayz where he took a spin off the DJ table and played Vybz Kartel's recent Alkaline diss track "Closed Casket" and stated that although he had sone a colab with "other boys" Kartel was the real King of the Danechall. Sean Kingston and the Vendetta head, Alkaline, had previously collaborated on "Ride On Me (Remix)." Fans of Alka say Sean Kingston is a hypocrite and was actually dissing Alkaline with that statement.





Marley birthday tribute concert at airport Monday

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bob-marley-photo-4.jpgFebruary 6 is the birthday of Reggae King, Bob Marley, and tribute concert in honour of the late reggae legend is scheduled for Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) arrivals forecourt in Kingston on Monday.

The show -- slated to start at noon -- will be co-hosted by Kingston & St Andrew Parish Office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and Airports Authority of Jamaica.

Expected to perform are: Everton Pessoa, 2011 Festival Song Winner; Tevin Henry, a former children gospel finalist; Calabar High School choir, and Dunoon Technical performing arts.

Davidson said other concerts will be held on the day.

In addition to the tribute concert at the airport, similar concerts will be held on Monday at the Scotiabank in Spanish Town at 12:30 pm, and the Morant Bay Primary School at 8:30 am.

Marley, who would have celebrated his 72nd birthday on Monday, died in May 1981. He was 36.





ziggy-marley-chance-arthur-theme-song.jpg"Hey, what a wonderful kind of day!"

Chance the Rapper's love for the PBS kids show Arthur has been well known since 2014 when he began covering it in concerts and even released his own cover on Soundcloud.

But now he's taking a walk down memory lane and making it bigger than ever, fully transporting to Elwood City for a new cover with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show bandleader Jonathan Batiste and Ziggy Marley, who wrote and performed the original song.

In a new video segment, Colbert and Batiste reminiscence over Arthur and the theme song before recreating the opening sequence in a dream where Chance and Marley pop up.

Much like the song was intended to in the first place, this will make you feel very good. Watch it here and revisit the original below:





Beyonce pregnant with TWINS!

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beyonce-pregnant-with-twins.jpgPop icon Beyonce is pregnant once again -- this time with twins!

The 35-year-old "Lemonade" singer shared a picture on her official Instagram page with the caption, "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."

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She signed the pic, "The Carters," using her husband Jay Z's real last name.

Beyonce and Jay Z are already parents to daughter Blue Ivy, born in 2012.

In 2013, Beyonce spoke to ABC News and told Amy Robach that she definitely "would like more children."

"I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being big sister," she added about having a little sister herself to Solange Knowles. She added in that interview that she's "very protective" of her daughter Blue Ivy.

"I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life ... in the back of my mind, she's my priority. And life is completely different now. So I'm - I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that's to be her mother," she said.





Reggae Month 2017 kicks off

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With Kingston's designation as a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015, the Reggae Month Committee made the decision to produce this year's staging of Reggae Month under the theme "Reggae Mecca". For the last two years, the association has been advancing the discussions on the importance of assuming the nation's rightful ownership of the music as an indigenous product of Jamaica with the most recent theme in 2016 of "Reggae Mekyah".

Playing on the popular moniker "mecca" the activities will include the signature Reggae Wednesdays in Mandela Park, Half Way Tree beginning with a tribute to Dennis Brown entitled Di Root. Popular artistes will celebrate the Crown Prince with songs of their own and his catalogue in a three hour packed show beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesday February 1, 2017. As usual the show is free to the public.

Reggae Month was officially declared On January 9 th 2008 by the then Governor General of Jamaica. This was done to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country's social, cultural and economic development. Additionally, the birthdays of two of Jamaica's and Reggae Music's late icons are commemorated during the month of February: The late Dennis Brown also known as the 'Crown of Reggae', is celebrated on February 1, while Bob Marley is celebrated on February 6.





machel-and-bunji.jpgSoca superstars Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin end their longtime feud to team up for new Soca 2017 single titled "Buss Head."

Buss Head is a modern incarnation of this ancient tradition, manifested by two Kings of Soca, the Monk, Machel Montano and the Viking, Bunji Garlin.

Two young writer and production teams, AdvoKit Productions & Badjohn Republic, joined the legends for this collaboration, proving the future of the music is in good hands.
Now is the time for unity and cooperation to celebrate Caribbean culture.

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Avant Forges Ahead With Music Scholarships

Under the leadership of international musician, promoter and music educator Seretse Small, the Avant Academy of Music is pushing ahead with the implementation of its scholarship programme. It will be officially launched at the end of term concert, dubbed 'Unforgettable' with headliner Ken Boothe, which will take place at St. Peter & Paul Auditorium, on Sunday, January 29, at 5:30 p.m.

"We are offering 3 to 4 scholarships, with each scholarship valued at $75,000," Small said. "That amount is the equivalent of three terms of instruction."

Small started the music school in 2013, coming from years of recording and performing on major stages, as well as staging his own one-off and serial music events.

The auditions, which the Principal says "have been going well" have been conducted at the school with panels of two to three music mentors scoring the presentations of the applicants. The applicants have been asked to present pieces and various technical requirements that have been posted on the school's website. The resulting scores are then forwarded to the scholarship committee who then decides on how to award the scholarships.

"It's been an energizing experience for the music mentors," says Seretse. "It is exciting to have talented musicians come in and to have confidence that we can make a difference in their lives through formal music training."

Seretse Small, whose credits include the Jamaican leg of the Global Battle of the Bands (which saw back-to-back success for Jamaican bands Dubtonic Kru and The Blueprint respectively), says the scholarship programme means a lot. "It is definitely one of the most important initiatives to the school at this time and we are prioritizing a lot of our resources around it. A successful scholarship program means making a difference and contributing to the growth of the school."

For their part, the candidates form a diverse group in terms of influence, outlook, and musical focus. All three see the programme as filling a vital gap in their musical education, a gap largely occasioned by financial constraints. All have their sights set on durable, well-travelled and rewarding musical careers.

Pianist Jahvanie Morrison looks up to great vocalists as well as 'keys-masters,' citing Ella Fitzgerald in addition to the likes of Oscar Peterson and 'jazz Pops' Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane as his influences. Keyboardist Jalon Higgins, who says his mother was his earliest inspiration, greatly admires Motown genius Stevie Wonder for overcoming his blindness through sheer musical virtuosity and soulfulness.





Tributes pour in World StarHipHop founder

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world-star-hip-hop-lee.jpgLee O'Denat, the founder of legendary website WorldStarHiphop, has died following a reported heart attack.

Known as "Q" and described as a "brilliant businessman" he originally set out to publish and share mix tapes.

The site later became a hub for viral videos of street violence and fights - leading to accusations it encouraged illegal behaviour.

But it remains one of the go-to places for hip-hop fans to see music videos and artist interviews.

O'Denat grew up in Queens, New York and was in his mid-40s.

"Lee O'Denat was a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture, ultimately creating the largest hip-hop website in the world," a statement from the site says.

People who submitted videos to the site would often shout the slogan "WorldStar!" during filming and major artists debuted their music videos there before they were premiered on TV channels.

It also showcased the work of unsigned artists such as musicians, actors and animators.

On Twitter, the website posted: "We ask that you remember Q in your prayers and raise a toast to the sky in his name," said the statement.

Musicians and DJs including Tinie Tempah have been paying to the businessman who called his site the "CNN of the ghetto".

In an interview with the New York Times, O'Denat said that "hip-hop is for the sex, the drugs, the violence, the beefs, the culture. That's the competitiveness of hip-hop, so I felt like the site needed to be R-rated."

WorldStarHiphop regularly won best online hip hop site at the BET Hip Hop Awards, first being awarded the title in 2010.





popcaan-and-kavell-keir.jpgWell that's the question that needs to be answered.

The Unruly dancehall star dropped a few hints on social media over the weekend by posting photos of him and his Trinidadian girlfriend Kavell Keir together on his official Instagram page for the first time. "Addicted like Hennesy addicted like weed.. forever the BOSS forever my BOOBIEKEIRSUTHERLAND," the deejay wrote, before adding "Say hi to the Grammys couple.. #itreal."

Popcaan and Kavell Keir, who is of Trinidadian and Canadian descent, have been dating since 2015. She was previously engaged to be married to soca hitmaker Machel Montano.

The Unruly Boss even released a new single last week titled "Addicted" which he dedicated to her. "When yo love somebody, yo no give it up easy / When yo love someone, have a dance with me baby / Take a break from work now, me want yo tell me how yo feeling," Popcaan deejay over a beat produced by UIM Records.

Perhaps this is the Hotskull deejay's way of responding to Alkaline's diss tracks. It's very possible the Poppy is just trolling us with his drop dead gorgeous wife/girlfriend.





viola-davis-photo-1.jpgBlack actress Viola Davis continues to be a trailblazer.

The star scored her fifth Screen Actors Guild Award at Sunday's show, winning in the best supporting actress in a motion picture category for her role in the Denzel Washington-directed film Fences.

Davis, 51, won the award over Midnight's Naomie Harris, Lion's Nicole Kidman, Hidden Figures' Octavia Spencer and Manchester by the Sea's Michelle Williams. (Three weeks ago, she won the Golden Globe in the same category against the same four actresses.)

With her latest win, Davis became the first African-American actress and the first woman of color to nab five Actor statuettes.

The mother of one also recently made history as the first African American actress to score three Academy Award nominations.

In Fences, based on August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play, Davis is revisiting the part that won her a Tony

in 2010, and portrays the ultimate put-upon wife, Rose, who has abdicated her own future.





Reggae foundation roots singer Jerome Ballin aka Ronnie Davis (formerly of Itals and The Tennors), passed away on Wednesday, January 25th 2017 after suffering a major stroke on Monday January 23.

According to his publicist, Ronnie closed his eyes and slept peacefully, with his family at his bedside.

"We have lost a man who came from humble beginnings, who grew to become a favourite son, a good brother, a music legend, a wonderful husband and father, a much adored grand-father and a best friend to everyone who knew him.

"Although Ronnie is no longer with us, he has left us a strong legacy of music spanning 50 years that shall live on in the hearts and minds of people the world over. We take comfort in knowing that Ronnie lived to experience a major revival of his career recently, with the release of his latest album "Iyahcoustic". Through social media, he was able to see how much his many fans worldwide loved his music. He was always in high spirits when the fans spoke and we are sure that he is in a better place and in higher spirits as we celebrate his life and his legacy.

Ronnie is survived by his common-law wife Jennifer Ottey, his mother in England, his brothers and sisters, his daughters Shauna, Stacy, Simone and Jasmine, his sons Ryan, Christopher, Jason, grand-children his extended family and his many friends.





Sky Juice recovering after stroke

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Veteran Dancehall selector Sky Juice is now recovering after suffering a stroke while performing aboard a cruise two weeks ago.

According to reports, the legendary disc jockey narrowly escaped death after suffering a stroke while working aboard a boat ride event two weeks ago.

The self proclaimed "Big belly" selector reportedly collapsed while standing right next to dancehall artiste Bounty Killer, who along with others assisted the veteran disc jockey.

He was then reportedly taken to hospital and later released.





TV icon Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

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mary-tyler-moore.jpgTV icon Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday after being hospitalized in Connecticut, her rep confirmed to The Huffington Post. She was 80.

"Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile," her rep Mara Buxbaum told The Huffington Post in a statement.

Moore, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936 and grew up in Los Angeles, rose to international fame starring on the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show." She later starred on the beloved 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which is one of the first shows to feature a never-married, working woman as its central character. Moore played single, 30-year-old TV news producer Mary Richards.

The show, which featured Moore's character asking for equal pay to her male co-worker and going on the pill, became a paradigm of the women's liberation movement and is credited with inspiring women to break the mold confining them as wives and homemakers.

"I think Mary Tyler Moore has probably had more influence on my career than any other single person or force," Oprah Winfrey said in a recent PBS documentary celebrating the actress.





Trombonist Nambo Robinson is dead

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nambo.jpgTrombonist Ronald "Nambo" Robinson, who got his big break in the late 1970s by playing on Survival and Confrontation, two of Bob Marley's albums, is dead.

His wife confirmed that he died Wednesday morning at his St Andrew home. He was 67.

An in-demand session musician, Nambo worked with reggae's greats including Sly and Robbie's Taxi Gang. He played on several of the duo's biggest hit songs such as Baltimore by The Tamlins and Bull Inna The Pen by Black Uhuru. Buffalo Soldier, Trench Town and Wake Up And Live are also among the Marley songs Robinson played.

From East Kingston, Robinson started his career with Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. He was a founding member of the 809 Band, which also included his longtime friend, saxophonist Dean Fraser; singer Desi "Desi Roots" Young and bassist Michael Fletcher.

Nambo is survived by his wife and three children.





Magnum funds Devin di Dakta's trip to the Grammys

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devin-di-dakta.jpgMagnum Tonic Wine will be funding deejay Devin Di Dakta's journey to the 59th Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 12 .

The artiste is part of the project Reggae for Her (Sly & Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta & JL) which was nominated in the Best Reggae category.

The company made a presentation to the deejay at J Wray & Nephew's office in New Kingston last Friday.

Devin Di Dakta, who won season eight of the televised talent competition Magnum Kings & Queens of the Dancehall, said he is delighted with the support from the corporate entity.





I-Wayne hospitalised following accident in St Mary

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i-wayne-photo-1.jpgReports are that reggae singer I-Wayne has been admitted in the Annotto Bay hospital in St. Mary.

Sources have confirmed that the singer met in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, however, his condition was not known up to news time.

I-Wayne is known for songs such as Can't Satisfy Her, Lava Ground, Life Seeds and Book of Life.





raging-fyah-photo-2.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that Grammy nominated band Raging Fyah are the newest recipients of financial support from the Ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme.

Raging Fyah will receive USD 3,500 under the Programme, which aims to capitalize on synergies between touring artistes and to strengthen brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

Members of the band met with Minister Grange on Friday, January 20, 2017.

babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister Grange also used the opportunity to once again congratulate the band on their recent Grammy nomination and to wish them well on their upcoming tour.

Raging Fyah's 'Everlasting' tour is scheduled to take place from January 24 to March 10 and will span 32 venues in 19 cities across the United States.





chris-martin-photo-2.jpgChris Martin's 2011 single "Paper Loving" recently made history on popular digital music service Spotify.

The ZJ Chrome-produced single which is featured on his "Cardiac Bass Riddim" became the most streamed Reggae single on Spotify last month after racking up over 10 million streams.





popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgThe Gaza boss Vybz Kartel has previewed a new Alkaline diss signalling his entrance in the Unruly/Gaza and Vendetta dancehall feud.

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Last Friday, Kartel called out his former protege, ('What a gwaan') Popcaan for keeping silent while Alkaline dished out disses left, right and centre, dissing him and everybody around him including his daughter and sister. "Papi...mi soon stop chop off ppl head fi u... ya gwan like u fraid a some paper soldier," the "Loodi" deejay wrote.

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"Badness? Kmft... sadamite dem Eno.. BBC #GAZANATION," Kartel wrote in the caption. The message is believed to be a shot towards Alkaline. The big question now is what direction will this beef take. Vybz Kartel, himself still has not responded to Mavado's last diss track "Nuh Friend Fire" released in November before his prison transfer to Tower Street.





ORieL releases lead single from debut album

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oriel-photo-1.jpgInternational reggae artiste, ORieL, has hit the ground running for 2017, with a new single that looks to set the tone for a successful year for the Afar Music Group artiste.

A smoky love ballad best describes ORieL's latest single People Say, and although the title may sound like the song is mired in mix-up, don't be deceived...it isn't. Rather it's a smooth, credible offering which explores the various thoughts on this thing called love. As ORieL himself points out, "Love is the eternal theme and it is so mis-understood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it comes to this particular topic, people always have a lot to say."

No stranger to exploring the love theme, ORieL, the self-proclaimed Love Souljah delivers this latest track with his usual confidence and he is satisfied that it will resonate with his ever-growing fan base.

The Afar Music Group-produced single is a track from his upcoming debut album, a project which ORieL and his team, which includes Ludwig Grant and Lloyd Willacy, are particularly excited about. The natural successor to the reggae singer's Confidence 2.0 and Love Souljah EPs, the as-yet-untitled album, which is also highly anticipated, has a April 2017 release date.

The single, People Say is currently being streamed on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/afarmu sicgroup/oriel-people-say) and, according to the artiste's team, it will soon be available on all major online digital stores.





Lacklustre line-up for Trump inauguration

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgOn Friday, US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title President of the United States. But the day before the vows are taken, as is tradition, a celebratory concert should take place featuring a whole host of celebrity performers.

For Barack Obama's first inauguration concert - "We Are One" - the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé graced the stage.

However, Trump's line-up has been described as a little lacklustre by comparison, with majority of the A-List celebrities including Elton John, Jennifer Holliday and R. Kelly turning down a request to perform.

So far, the performers include The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Toby Keith and band 3 Doors Down, highlighting what the team is calling "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.





After years of inactivity, Tuff Gong International in Jamaica will relaunch its vinyl manufacturing services thanks to a new partnership with US company Sunpress Vinyl.

Located in Kingston, Tuff Gong will undergo renovations over the coming months and re-open in spring.

In the meantime, orders will be done by Sunpress, the Florida-based plant housed in reggae pioneer Joe Gibbs' former Final Vinyl factory.

The joint venture came after record sales hit a 25-year high and with news that vinyl is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry.

Tuff Gong has been facing increasing demand, not only from musicians and labels in the Caribbean, but also from Asia.





fiennes-as-michael-jackson-ap-reuters.jpgSky has said it will not air a TV programme about Michael Jackson after his daughter said she was "incredibly offended" by the portrayal of him.

The episode - part of a series called Urban Myths - was due to air on Sky Arts.

Sky released a statement on Friday saying they had pulled one episode after concerns were raised by Paris Jackson. The broadcaster said it never intended to cause any offence.

More than 20,000 people also signed a petition to boycott the half-hour episode.

The petition particularly objected to a white man's casting as Jackson instead of a black actor.





Alkaline to headline event in Jamaica in March

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alkaline-photo-10.jpgAfter a nearly three-year absence from the local scene, the popular dancehall artiste is set to perform at New Rules -- an event set for Kingston on March 25.

A poster for the event has been circulating online and Brownstone Entertainment, one of the promoters of the event, confirmed that Alkaline -- known for hits including Champion Boy, Move Mountains, Block and Delete, Spoil, City and his recent track Microwave -- would be on the show.

The promotional team says they are not able to provide any details at this time, but will inform the public once more information is available.





Busy Signal gets back US visa; now in the States

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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgFifteen years after departing the United States and being unable to return, dancehall artiste Busy Signal this week touched down on American soil.

The artiste took to social media to update fans and also to give God thanks for his return to the US. Busy was flung in a US jail for 6 months after the long arm of the law caught up with him and exposed his past life.

Busy is expected to spend a few days in the country before jetting off to Europe where he will perform at seventeen shows between January 28 and February 21.

The European tour will see Busy Signal going to countries such as Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland.

Busy Signal returned to the US after being arrested at Norman Manley International Airport in May 2012 on an extradition warrant.

He was subsequently locked up in US federal prison for two months for absconding bail.





alkaline-vybz-kartel.jpgDancehall bad boys, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel are leading the 2017 Youth View Awards nominations.

Alkaline is the top contender with a total of 10 nominations across 9 categories including Favourite Local Chart -- Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall Artiste. Vybz Kartel came in second with eight nods across seven top categories including the two that Alkaline are listed in.

Kartel's former protege Popcaan and his frequent collaborator Spice tied for six nominations. Popcaan is also up for both Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall Artiste. Spice is contending for Favourite Local Female Artiste of the Year and Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year. Konshens, who had a great year last year, picked up five nods including the Song of the Year category for his chart topper "Bruck Off Yuh Back."

Female dancehall newcomer Shenseea and Ding Dong each shared four nominations, while Mavado and Ishawna picked up three. This is particularly interesting given the great year that Mavado had on the local dancehall scene with a slew of hits.

This year the Youth View Awards will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary having launched in 2008 with a mandate to appreciate the Jamaican entertainment culture and a big part of that culture is dancehall music. This year's event will be held on February 8, 2017 at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew. The awards will be hosted by Yendi Phillips and Bambino.





tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgWebsite Urban Islandz is reporting that deejay Tommy Lee Sparta has won a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominica government, however in the same article it quotes Tommy Lee's lawyer Bert Samuels as saying that they are still in negotiations.

The dancehall deejay filed the lawsuit in 2014 after an incident in which he was barred from entering the island upon arrival for a concert. The deejay complained that he was treated inhumanely and had to sleep overnight on a cold concrete floor inside a cell. He was traveling with his entourage which includes then manager Heavy D. After returning home to Jamaica, Tommy Lee filed a $3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government for violating his civil rights based on the CARICOM's Treaty of Chaguaramas.

According to the gossip website "Tommy Lee Sparta says he will be swimming in cash after winning a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government."

During a recent interview with radio host Mutabaruka, Tommy Lee Sparta revealed that he will be getting a lot of cash after the pending settlement concluded. "Me a get a lot cash, man, everybody who pressure me will have to pay me," the artist said.

Tommy Lee's attorney Bert Samuels confirmed that Dominican authorities made the deejay an offer but they are currently in negotiation to reach a final settlement.





hollyweed-hollywood-sign.jpgHollywood residents awoke Sunday morning to find the iconic Hollywood sign had been altered to read "Hollyweed" in an apparent New Year's Day prank.

The sign was vandalized about 3 a.m. by a male suspect who was recorded on surveillance video, said Lt. Guy Juneau of the Los Angeles Police Department's Security Services Division.

Dressed in all black, the unidentified vandal scaled Mount Lee, made his way over a fence and then climbed onto each of the landmark's "O" letters, the lieutenant said. He then draped those letters with black tarps so they each appeared as a lowercase "e."

The suspect remained at large hours after the incident. If arrested, he would face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, according to the LAPD.

The agency also notified the city's Department of General Services, whose officers patrol Griffith Park and the area near the sign.

As bemused tourists looked on from a nearby vantage point, park rangers removed the tarps and restored the proper text's visibility by 11:15 a.m.





kim-burrell-gays-beli.jpgGospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. She said that she has never discriminated against gays and lesbians. "I love you and God loves you," she said. "But God hates the sin."

A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that "the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.

Meanwhile, Burrell is scheduled to sing a duet with Pharrell next Thursday on the talk show "Ellen," where host Ellen DeGeneres is one of show business' most prominent lesbians. They are supposed to sing "I See Victory" from the soundtrack of the new movie "Hidden Figures."

There was no immediate reaction from DeGeneres' show or her social media platform on Saturday.

Pharrell posted on Instagram that "I condemn hate speech of any kind," although he made no specific reference to his duet partner.

It wasn't immediately clear when Burrell gave the sermon. She spoke on Facebook Live Friday about the tape that had circulated, referring to unspecified "enemies" for spreading only a portion of her speech.





Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds dead at 84

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carrie-fisher-s-mother-debbie-reynolds-above-together-in-2015.jpgDebbie Reynolds, the Oscar-nominated singer-actress who was the mother of late actress Carrie Fisher, has died at Cedars-Sinai hospital. She was 84.

"She wanted to be with Carrie," her son Todd Fisher told Variety.

She was taken to the hospital from Carrie Fisher's Beverly Hills house Wednesday after suffering a stroke, the day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died.

The vivacious blonde, who had a close but sometimes tempestuous relationship with her daughter, was one of MGM's principal stars of the 1950s and '60s in such films as the 1952 classic "Singin' in the Rain" and 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," for which she received an Oscar nomination as best actress.

Reynolds received the SAG lifetime achievement award in January 2015; in August of that year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted to present the actress with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Nov. 14 Governors Awards, but she was unable to attend the ceremony due to an "unexpectedly long recovery from a recent surgery."

Carrie Fisher died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday.

The actress never regained consciousness after suffering a heart attack on board a United Airline flight from London to LAX on Christmas Eve.

Fisher went in to cardiac arrest 15 minutes before the aircraft was due to land and received CPR from a paramedic who was also traveling on the flight. Lourd confirmed her mother's death on Tuesday.

'It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,' a spokesman for Lourd, 24, said.

The star's daughter added: 'She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.

'Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.' Star Wars fans the world over are mourning her death.

Some flocked to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to lay flowers on her star while millions shared their grief online.





kip-rich-sting-awards.jpgPathetic is perhaps the kindest word one could find to describe the travesty that took place on the lawns of Devon House on Boxing Day, December 26, 2016. What was packaged as a red-carpet-invitation-only awards ceremony to recognize those who have contributed to the success of Sting over the umpteen years of the show's existence, turned out to be a hard lesson in what not to do when staging an event of this nature.

First of all, the e-vites asked invited guests and their 'plus one' to arrive by 7:00 PM. However, the poorly produced and scantily attended event did not get started until close to 10:PM. Not only that, but in the absence of a vital guest list at the entrance, the security told guests that they would not be allowed to enter without their invitation. What the hell!? Seriously? Who attends these function with an invitation? It gets better. Having been informed that the invitations were sent via email, the security then asked the invited guests to show him their invitations ...on their emails.... using their smart phones. Ohhhhhh!!!! The audacity of it all!

Well, having passed the intense scrutiny and the sickie finally flying the pearly gates, we were gleefully rubbing our palms -- and everything else -- in anticipation of having quite a treat. Surely, no less a being than the angel Gabriel would have been seen beyond the gate, perhaps serenading us with his harp. That was not to be. What? No Gabriel...after that invasive background check at the gate? Okay, we were prepared to see at least Barack Obama....nope. Oprah Winfrey?..Nope. Donald Trump? The Pope? No and No.

After doing a walkabout, and being careful not to get our heels sinking in the grass, we finally spotted the night's big celeb, looking rather important amidst a gaggle of ordinary folk...none other than Kippo. Looking quite dapper and taking his role as the headline act at the event, the man who was awarded the Sting Clash Champion plaque said he was honoured to receive the award.

Actually, Kip Rich saved the night for Isaiah Laing and his Supreme Promotions partners, because he was the biggest artiste to grace the event with his presence.

Just take a quick listen to the roll call of the awardees who were absent: Brigadier Jerry, Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplin, Masicka. Selector Skyjuice, Junior Reid, Michael "Lick Shot" Palmer, Half Pint, Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton, Etana, Sagitarius Band, Merciless, Stitchie, Beenie Man, Papa San, Pinchers, Lady G, Ninjaman, Sister Charmaine, and Bounty Killer .

None of the Icons of Sting were present or sent representatives; none of the incarcerated artistes sent reps and of the Sting Hall of Fame inductees, only two sent representatives -- Ruff Kutt Band and Capleton. All the others were no-shows.

If after 32 years in the business of producing an annual stage show of the magnitude of a Sting, the organisers could not get one lickle awards show right, then it's little wonder that Sting is in the mess that it has found itself. And did we mention that the host for the evening was originally reading from a piece of paper with hand-writing scribbled thereon? Then,someone had a brilliant idea to give her the tablet to read from. Perhaps this suggestion came from none other than the social media savvy sickie who had earlier demanded to see our email on our phones as proof of our e-vite.





Bolt has new role as CEO of French champagne company

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bolt-ceo-champagne-photo-1.jpgWorld record holder and fastest man Usain Bolt has taken on a new role with French champagne company, Maison Mumm as its Chief Entertainment Officer.

"Maison Mumm is proud to announce the special appointment of Usain Bolt, one of the world's most daring and decorated athletes, as the newest CEO - chief entertainment officer," the company stated on its website.

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Bolt, who publisised the Mumm's appointment with a video posting to his Facebook page on Friday, was appointed to the post in November. The new role will see Bolt taking the lead in ideating unique ways to bring celebrations to consumers in the markets which the international company operates.

Mumm, which was founded in 1827 and is owned by Pernod Ricard is one of the largest and most prestigious champagne houses in the world.





woman-on-cocaine-charge-clcock.jpgA female who is said to be a relative of reggae recording artiste Jah Cure was arrested on Wednesday, December 21 in Florida after she was caught attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States.

According to information from the Broward Sheriff's Office, Mckadia Damale Alcock, 29, was arrested by US Marshals at the Fort-Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and charged with possession of cocaine.

The 29-year-old is being held prior to trial at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.

More details to come.





Singer George Michael dead at 53

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george-michael.jpgGeorge Michael has died at his home in Oxfordshire.

Michael's publicist said that he had 'passed away peacefully' at his property in Goring at 1.42pm today.

Michael, 53, had previously battled drug addiction. However, the circumstances around his death are currently unknown.

Michael, who was set to release a documentary in 2017, rose to fame as a member of Wham!, known for their hits Club Tropicana and Last Christmas.

The singer - whose real name is Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou - sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.

In a statement, the star's publicist said: 'It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

'The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.'





Check out this video of Ninjaman blasting Sting

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Beenie Man's brother is NOT dead

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Beenie Man brother is alive and well.

Recent rumors claimed that the dancehall king is mourning the death of his brother who was gunned down in broad day light earlier this week.

A video of the gruesome crime has been circulating on social media this week. The clip shows a man laying in the middle of the road in severe pain from a gunshot wound to his neck. Folks were on the side of the road filming with their cellphones while you can hear some persons in the background sayings its Beenie Man's brother.

A rep for the confirmed that the slain man is not the dancehall artists brother. "No thats false report its not the Doc [Beenie Man] brother," his rep said.





babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange is urging radio stations to play more Jamaican music.

According to a news release from the ministry, Grange said that based on data from the Jamaica Association of Composers Authors and Publishers (JACAP), which deals with the payment of royalties for the performance of music in Jamaica, it was clear that local disc jockeys prefer to play foreign music.

"I am very disappointed about JACAP having to pay out more money for foreign music played on the radio than it has for Jamaican music. Thirty-two million dollars have been sent out of the country while only $7 million have been paid to Jamaican writers for music based on what the radio stations are playing," Grange said at the launch of Rebel Salute 2017 at the Pegasus Hotel yesterday.

Grange said that if there were not such a huge disparity, more money would be distributed to local creators of music and spent in the local economy.





anthony-b-photo-5.jpgAnthony B is warning fans against unscrupulous promoters after being falsely advertised for a string of events in the United Kingdom.

The entertainer says friends in London made him aware of the events.

According to Anthony B he was never contracted nor was he contacted about any of the events for which he's being advertised.

Anthony B is contracted for a couple in Europe after which he is scheduled to return to Jamaica for GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza slated for December 25 at its new location at the Luana Sports Complex, in Black River, St. Elizabeth.





Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor dead at 99

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zsa-zsa-gabor.jpgHungarian actress and longtime socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor has passed away at the age of 99.

The icon suffered a heart attack and was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead on Sunday.

The long-time Beverly Hills socialite had dealt with a number of health troubles after being involved in a car accident in 2002 which resulted in her becoming partially paralyzed.

Back in February, the actress who was known for her love life as she was for her films, was rushed to an emergency room after suffering from breathing difficulties.





Excitement as Major Lazer set for tonight

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All is set for tonight's staging of Major Lazer & Friends, according to organisers.

Now in its fifth year, the EDM show is scheduled for Mas Camp in St Andrew.

"The production will be even bigger than last year, doubling the intensity. We have amazing performances planned and an incredible light and sound show," said Kamal Bankay, event organiser.

"We have a couple surprises up our sleeves. I'm 100 per cent confident everyone will have an amazing time. Security is in place, production is set," said Bankay.





No Sting on Boxing Day this year

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Supreme Promotions, organisers of annual stage show Sting will not be hosting the 32-year-old event this year, instead there will be a red-carpet Celebration Party and Awards Ceremony to honour more than 40 industry players from the entertainment fraternity.

The by-invitation-only ceremony will be held on Boxing Day, December 26, in the Corporate Area at a location to be announced.

An after-party will be held the following day (December 27) at House of Dancehall on 6 Cargill Ave in Kingston.





Fast and Furious 8 trailer released

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fast-and-furious-8-fate-of-the-furious.jpgFans of the Fast and Furious racing film franchise got a taste of the latest installment of the popular series with an action-packed trailer for the upcoming The Fate of the Furious film.

The eighth Fast and Furious movie promises plenty of fast cars, chases and explosions as lead character Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, goes rogue.

The film also stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham and Oscar winner Charlize Theron.

The Fate of the Furious is scheduled for release in April.





AIM First Fest returns

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After a two-year hiatus, gospel concert AIM First Fest returns for it's 2017 staging.

Organizers Action Entertainment in association with The RJR Communications Group and title sponsor AIM Financial Corporation, will lead the list of gospel shows to be held on Monday, January 2 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Grammy nominated singer Dietrich Haddon returns to Jamaica to headline the festival after his summer performance was aborted due to bad weather.

Local favourites Kevin Downswell, DJ Nicholas, Prodigal Son, George Nooks, Jabez, Joan Flemmings, Sister Patt, Keesa Peart and Reverend Glen Graham are all expected to perform.





bob-marley-photo-3.jpgDecades after his death, reggae icon Bob Marley is creating musical waves, with his latest feat a number one album on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

The Legend Live - Santa Barbara from the 1979 Country Bowl, debuted in the pole position.

Grammy nominees J.Boog and Rebelution occupy the number 3 and 4 spots respectively.

The top 10 also includes Stephen Marley's Revelation Part II: The Fruit Of Life.





tommy-lee-photo-12.jpgDancehall deejay Tommy Lee Sparta is set to receive an undisclosed sum from the government of Dominica.

The entertainer's attorney Bert Samuels has received a monetary offer from the Dominican Government for the deejay and his team who were wrongfully denied entry to that country.

The settlement follows an ongoing case stems from an incident in 2014 in which Tommy Lee and three members of his team were barred from entering Dominica following protests from organizations such as the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches who claims Tommy Lee Sparta's music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.





Black woman to appear on Canadian banknote

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canada-banknote-women-viola.jpgA black woman often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday that Viola Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018.

A businesswoman turned civil libertarian, Desmond built a business as a beautician and mentored young black women in Nova Scotia.

It was in 1946 when she rejected racial discrimination by sitting in a whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. She was arrested and fined. Her actions inspired later generations of black people in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada.





Shaggy to be inducted CVSS Hall of Fame

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shaggy-at-sting.jpgEntertainer Shaggy is to be inducted into the Council of Voluntary Social Services Hall of Fame for 10 years of outstanding voluntary support to the Bustamante Children's Hospital.

A member of the Hall of Fame is selected every two years for dedicated and significant contribution to national development through volunteerism.

This year Shaggy presented a cheque for $55 million to the Bustamante Children's Hospital, representing proceeds from the 2016 fundraiser Shaggy & Friends Concert.

Since its inception in 2009, the concert has raised more than $255 million to acquire 450 pieces of medical equipment to treat over 77,000 children each year.

The induction will take place at the 3rd staging of the CVSS Hall of Fame & Volunteer Awards on Thursday, December 8 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, at which Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be guest speaker.

The event will be held under the theme 'Volunteerism as a Catalyst for National Development'.

The CVSS Hall of Fame & Volunteer Awards Banquet celebrates and honours volunteers that continue to support and improve social development by giving of their self and time.





Charly Blacks Party Animal sells diamond

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charly-blacks.jpgTrelawny entertainer Charly Blacks continues to fly the dancehall banner worldwide.

The dancehall deejay celebrates on Instagram after his single Gyal Yuh A Party Animal produced by Kurt Riley for Techniques Records sold diamond.

While in Costa Rica, Charly Blacks took to IG where he shared a photograph showing off his diamond selling accolade received in the Latin market. The entertainer captioned the pic; I'm now a diamond selling artist. Give God the glory. #anotherlevel

Charly Blacks' "Gyal You A Party Animal" was released July 2014.





Grammy Awards overview

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grammy-awards.jpgThe Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards] to recording artists for quality works in the reggae music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording, the honor was presented to artists for eligible songs or albums. The Jamaican group Black Uhuru received the first award in 1985. Beginning with the 1992 ceremony, the name of the award was changed to Best Reggae Album. Starting in 2002, awards were often presented to the engineers, mixers, and/or producers in addition to the performing artists. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, eligible works are vocal or instrumental reggae albums "containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded music", including roots reggae, dancehall and ska music.

Stephen Marley holds the record for the most wins in this category, with six wins total (three times as a member of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers). Similarly, Ziggy Marley has been presented the award four times total, three times as the leader of his eponymous band. Bunny Wailer has received the award three times, and two-time recipients include Burning Spear, Damian Marley, and Shabba Ranks. Jamaican artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality. Buju Banton's nomination for the 2010 award sparked controversy and protest from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation due to homophobic lyrics within his music.





johnny-daley.jpgComedian and Actor Christopher Johnny Daley reportedly received rave reviews for his performance in the semifinals of the Laugh Factory Funniest Person in the world competition held on Monday December 5,. The contest, currently being staged in Helsinki Finland, has 18 comedians from all over the globe vying for the top spot and a US$100,000 cash prize.

Johnny left the island last Friday to compete in the semifinals and finals of the international comedy contest after two months of campaigning for online votes and being selected out of over 80 applicants.

With only a five minute set to impress the Finnish audience and judges, Daley had the crowd crackling from the get-go. His set went over perfectly with the audience in attendance and gave him near perfect scores from the three judges. He now waits for the announcement of the final 5 acts who will perform this weekend in the grand finals,. Locally, Daley garnered support from popular Jamaica brand Magnum Tonic Wine who saw the opportunity to work with Johnny to 'Tek Charge' of Comedy in Helsinki.

"The Magnum brand saw this as a great opportunity to support a Jamaican product representing on the world stage. Christopher Johnny Daley is hard working and deserves the opportunity to show the world what we already see; talent, charisma and the ability to 'Tek Charge' of the grand prize!" shared Tamika West, Marketing Manager, J Wray & Nephew Ltd.





Beyonce tops Grammy nominations with 9 nods

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beyonce-photo-3.jpgBeyonce secured the most nominations for next year's Grammy Awards ceremony. She leads the field with nine after the release of her album Lemonade.

Following closely behind are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight nods each.

British singer Adele secured five nominations, tying with the late great David Bowie.

Other nominees include Chance the Rapper for best New Artiste, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller, Desiigner and Kirk Franklin.

The 59th Grammy Awards will take place on February 12.





devin-di-dakta-and-jl.jpggrammy-awards.jpgDevin Di Dakta and J.L. have been given their first nod for the honour award from The Recording Academy.

Devin Di Dakta who turned 21 yesterday says he is "excited and overjoyed" to wake up to the news of the nomination.

The collaboration EP Sly & Robbie Presents ... Reggae For Her features eight songs written by Devin and J.L. on the Tuff Gong International, Taxi Records label have been selected in the Best Reggae Album category of the 59th Grammy awards.

Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category are: J Boog for Rose Petals on the Wash House Music Group label; Ziggy Marley for Ziggy Marley on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label, Raging Fyah for Everlasting on the Dub Rockers/VP Records label and Rebelution for Falling Into Place on the Easy Star Records label.





raging-fyah.jpggrammy-awards.jpgIn 2016 Pele, Demar, Anthony Watson, Courtland "Gizmo" White and Kumar collectively known as Raging Fyah released their third studio album "Everlasting" to rave reviews from fans and music industry alike.

Proudly the top charting album received the highest honor in music with a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. Recorded live at Kingston's legendary Tuff Gong Studios producer Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Everlasting incorporates broad based influences, various acoustic subtleties, and a few guest artists, all of which further established Raging Fyah's reggae identity.

Speaking on their nomination, lead singer Kumar stated "We feel honored and humbled, we are just taking it in, it feels good. It gives us a sense of accomplishment as humble musicians. It's more than just the band, it's the Jamaican culture, reggae culture. Being nominated is a win itself, Its going to do a lot for the younger musicians Coming from Edna Manley I think it changes the culture of musicianship, of the struggles we overcome. To be nominated for Best Reggae Album alongside Ziggy Marley, J Boog, Sly & Robbie, Rebelution and SOJA is a win for us, for all struggling young musicians, we give thanks, we feel really good".





Lady Saw's album for Grammy consideration

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lady-saw-photo-7.jpgMinister Marion Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw, has confirmed that her debut gospel album is currently up for consideration by the Grammy Award committee.

She released her debut 14 track gospel album When God Speaks in July.

She already shares a Grammy Award with No Doubt, the first female DJ to do so and is also the first to be certified as a triple-platinum artist.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is slated for February 12, 2017.





Jr Gong's manager partners with Jay-Z's Roc Nation

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junior-gong.jpgDan Dalton, whose Dalton Entertainment Group manages Damian Jr Gong Marley, has announced a partnership with Jay Z's Roc Nation, that will see the two working together across all areas of their businesses, which include touring, marketing and branding.

Roc Nation's roster includes Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, Meek Mill and Big Sean among others.

The deal means Roc Nation may spearhead the release of Marley's album due for release in 2017.





No parish council seat for Buju's daughter

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buju-banton-daughter-jodi.jpgBuju Banton's daughter Jodian Myrie, fell short in her bid to win a seat in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC).

Jodian lost by 107 votes to the People's National Party (PNP) Nenna Wilson in the Hagley Park Division.

The Hagley Park Division in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has never been won by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

The party came within a whisker of taking the seat in 2007 when Mazielyn McIntosh fell short by 75 votes.

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ziggy-marley-photo-1.jpgA new Grammy-sponsored charity auction has been launched in celebration of the holiday season that's offering a variety of autographed collectibles and VIP experiences. Among the many items up for bid are VIP packages from reggae star Ziggy Marley, son of the late reggae legend, Bob Marley.

Some of the biggest stars in the music industry are auctioning pieces of Grammy Awards history, including signed guitars, microphones and even tickets to next year's ceremony. For Ziggy Marley, there is the chance to get tickets to his 2017 U.S shows, meet-and-greet passes and a Marley-themed gift basket.

Shure microphones signed by Rihanna and Smokey Robinson as well as items signed by Lenny Kravitz and Hollywood actor Johnny Depp are also a part of the auction.

The Grammy Charity Giving sale runs until December 9 and proceeds raised will benefit the MusiCares organization as well as the Grammy Foundation.

All the items are available for viewing at eBay.com/Grammy.





ninja-sting.jpgOutspoken veteran entertainer, Desmond John Ballentine, better known as Ninjaman, is of the opinion that the powers that be have been feigning ignorance of the fact that jailed deejay Vybz Kartel, has been recording music while in prison.

Ninjaman, in a recent interview with Jamaica's afternoon tabloid, The Star, further opined that the government had to move Vybz Kartel to athe maximum security General Penitentiary prison to 'save face'

"There is no question there about weh di man a do, so I don't want the Government gwaan like dem take people fi idiot. Di whole a dem did know, but the reason why the Government have to make this drastic step is because it obvious now."

According to artiste -- whose full moniker sounds something like this: The Original Gold-Teeth-Gun-Pon-Teeth- Don-Gorgon -- there was no way that the self-proclaimed World Boss could have answered Mavado's very recent diss directly, unless he had voiced those particular set of lyrics while behind bars.

"Mi nuh business bout nuh body business, but nobody a nuh idiot. Nobody nuh supposed to ask me if the man a record inna prison because how you fi answer Mavado if you nah record?" Ninjaman is reported as saying.

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Ninjaman, himself no stranger to life behind bars, and who is currently out on bail awaiting trial in a murder case in which he has been fingered,curiously enough voiced his support for Kartel's recent transfer.

The many-time jailed artiste explained to the Star thus: "Well, as an artiste, fi Kartel go a GP is a better situation,. Him have more chances fi do him work because you have studio inna di General Penitentiary. You have schools, you have radio stations, everything."

The former Brother Desmond, however, had a word of caution,"The only thing is that if the Government seh him not supposed to record, him nah go can record." - YP





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgSean Paul came under fire from social media last week after he admitted to Charlamagne Tha God that he eats "pum pum" and then backtracked.

If you're a fan of dancehall culture then you would know that pum pum eating is a huge issue, although some fans would agree that things are slowly changing. During an interview on The Breakfast Club this week, Charlamagne, known for asking celebrities tough questions, asked Sean Paul if he "eat pum pum." "We got to prove that you're a Jamaican, do you eat pum pum?" Charlamagne asked.

"Yes I eat pum pum but... Just funny the way you said it to me a pum pum we say and no I don't eat pum pum... no sir... It don't have a wrapper you know," Sean Paul said.

Needless to say that dancehall fans have been going in on him on social media with some accusing him of lying about it.

Charlamagne pushed back on some of the criticisms from fans telling them to "grow up."

"I can't believe y'all mad at Sean Paul for this," he said. "SMH. If the man eat Pum Pum let him eat Pum Pum!! Why we Pum Pum eating shaming??? Women stop letting Jamaican men get away with saying they don't eat Pum Pum when they've eaten yours. Treat Jamaican men who eat Pum Pum but claim they don't the same way the streets treat rappers who claim they bout that life but aren't. I can't believe Jamaican men right now especially because if you've ever licked a well seasoned, well cooked ox tail then you know what Pum Pum taste like or when you cut a beef patty in half and put your tongue in the center of it it's the same difference. Grow up Jamaican men, GROW UP."





popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgReports are all over the Internet that dancehall artiste Popcaan is now a proud owner of a brand new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The 'Unruly Boss' took to social media on Tuesday through his official fanpage 'PopcaanUpdate' to show the new whip with his fans.

It is said that sccording to sources close to the 'Unruly' camp, the Range Rover was gifted to the deejay from Canadian Rapper Drake ahead of Popcaan's reported OVO signing which is expected to be announced later this year.





Kanye and the Kurse of the Kardashians

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kardashian-curse-men.jpgAlthough there are mixed reactions over Kanye West being hospitalized, some are actually feeling sympathetic for Ye thinking he may be the latest victim of the Kardashian curse.

Although the men married to or who are involved with the Kardashians actually had MAJOR PROBLEMS before they linked with the famous family, some refuse to acknowledge it, or others enjoy poking fun at the tragic lineups of demise. I mean we now have alcoholics, drug addicts, jerks, depression, a transgender woman, a broke rapper.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpg"Bounty Killer misses me," was the response of controversial selector/producer/artiste manager Foota Hype to a recent diss by the Warlord Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer, who gave a good set at last weekend's Jamrock Reggae Cruise, stopped mid-way to shout out to several dancehall personality most of whom he has been friends with for many years including Baby Cham, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler and even Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks and also to take a few shots at Foota Hype.

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"Dutty Foota Hype them who are so ungrateful and talking about the general no have no hot," he said. "I am the savior of dancehall."

Foota, who was also on the cruise, told Zip FM that it was obvious that Bounty missed him, because that's the only reason why Killer, who has not performed to an international audience in a while, owing to visa woes, would take time out to call his name.

Foota had earlier this year remarked that Bounty was using the wrong producers, hence he wasn't getting any hit songs.





tads-ultimate-2016.jpgSince its auspicious debut in 2007, the Tad's International Record's compilation album, The Ultimate, has never disappointed. The latest edition, The Ultimate 2017, maintains its reputation. Scheduled for release digitally and on compact disc on December 2, it is a 19-song collection of hardcore dancehall songs and easy-listening reggae.

It contains songs from Mavado, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel, three of the biggest names in Dancehall for 2016. Mavado has four songs on The Ultimate 2017: Money, Girls & Fun, Lowe Mi, In God We Trust, and Farewell; the latter of which is a collaboration with Alkaline. Tad Dawkins, principal of Tad's Record, said 2016 is a banner year for the 'Gully God'. "Yes it was, and a very strong one and he will be a stronger force to reckon with next year. There has been resurgence in his popularity since he started recording in Jamaica once again" said Dawkins.

Vbyz Kartel has had a presence on The Ultimate series since its inception. He and Alkaline represent on The Ultimate 2017 with two solo songs each. Who Trouble Them and Training Wheel are Kartel's songs. Alkaline contributes Block & Delete and Wha a Gwan.

Coolest Summer, a massive hit for Ding Dong and Dexta Daps, and this sensational hit single is also part of the impressive musical collection. So too Wuk Off You Gal by Aidonia, Vershon's Feeling High and the rib-tickling Frowzy Taxi Man from newcomer Grampa Entatain.

With ganja decriminalization blowing across Jamaica, it is only fitting that a 'weed song' is included. None better than One Draw, sung melodiously by Marcia Griffiths featuring Fab 5; this song is a modern take on the Rita Marley classic.





Snoop says Kanye is 'crazy'

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgSnoop Dogg has slammed Kanye West for ranting on stage.

The 45-year-old rapper believes the Famous hitmaker is 'crazy', and took to social media on Sunday to criticize the 39-year-old musician for constantly venting about fellow artists.

Speaking in an Instagram clip, which sees Snoop give a running commentary whilst listening to Kanye's speech in the background and has since been shared on Karen Civil's Twitter account, the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker - whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Junior - said: 'This n****r crazy. Have you heard this n****r diss a n****r onstage? This n****r crazier than the s**t I got on my head.'

'That n****r crazy. I can't believe he's still talking. He picked the wrong night to vent like that, them Sacramento n****rs ain't feeling that s**t,' he said.

'He was talking that weird a*s s**t. That's just my thoughts,' he added. 'I smoke weed. Weed don't make you do that. What the f**k is he on?'





kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West has been hospitalized for his own safety after suffering a psychotic breakdown, according to sources.

The rapper was under 'psychiatric evaluation' at a Los Angeles area hospital late Monday and the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour was cancelled as friends say the star is 'spiraling out of control', TMZ reports.

Friends told DailyMail.com the 'breakdown' was triggered by problems in his marriage to Kim Kardashian, paranoia over his rift with Jay Z and his seething jealousy of Beyoncé.

Law enforcement sources say that Los Angeles police had responded to a medical welfare call about 1:20pm local time.

He was allegedly being checked for 'severe sleep deprivation' when it was decided he needed to be admitted. Law enforcement sources confirmed he was hospitalized for his own health and safety.

Sources close to Kanye say he tried to resist being transported to the L.A. hospital and had to be handcuffed.

Kim had been due to make an appearance at an East Coast event this evening but was nowhere to be seen after the shock news of her husband's hospitalization.

Earlier today, Kanye's concert promoter, Live Nation, had announced he was axing the remaining 22 gigs on his national tour without giving a reason.

The announcement came just two days after the 39-year-old music artist had walked off stage 30 minutes into his performance following an incoherent political and personal rant.

West took aim at Hillary Clinton, close friends Beyoncé and Jay Z and Mark Zuckerberg in the bizarre outburst while on stage in Sacramento on Saturday.

Now friends say the rant is more than just another dramatic tantrum from the rapper known for his outspoken opinions - and even his famous wife has had enough.

'Kim is fed up,' a close friend tells DailyMail.com. 'They've been bickering constantly - she didn't want Kanye to do the tour in the first place. She wanted him by her side as she recovered from her traumatic robbery in Paris.

'She lost days with him while he's touring and then he made a rash decision to end the concert after ten minutes and go on a rant.

'He had a psychotic break. Kanye is very hot tempered and he's very reactionary. A lot of times, he speaks before he thinks and he's very sensitive.'

The move comes after a complex weekend for the musician, who abruptly ended a concert in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, then canceled a performance Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday's truncated show became a hot topic, as amateur videos circulated of a 10-minute tirade by West about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, the radio and MTV.

He said he was 'hurt' because he heard Beyoncé refused to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards unless she won Video of the Year over him.

He also urged her husband Jay Z to call him and 'talk to me like a man'.

In a clip posted to social media the Famous hitmaker was heard telling the audience: 'Beyonce I was hurt because I heard you said you wouldn't perform unless you won video of the year over me and over Hotline Bling.

'In my opinion - now don't go dissing Beyoncé, she's great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are - just to win.

'F**k winning, f**k looking cool, f**k being cool. At the risk of my own success. I'll give ya'll the truth.'

'Jay Z, I know you got killas. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me--talk to me like I man,' he said.





Why was Kartel moved from Horizon prison?

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vybz-kartel-photo-4.jpgDeejay Vybz Kartel was transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road and placed at the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston on Wednesday, his lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson confirmed.

However, the attorney reported that he did not know why his client was removed.

Word on the street is that despite his incarceration, Kartel still records music, with an iTunes singles count for 2016 already reaching a staggering 50 songs, in addition to his King of the Dancehall album, released in August.

Speculations are that the move is to counter the recordings.





vybz-kartel-photo-27.jpgConvicted murderer and top-selling dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was reportedly been transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in downtown Kingston under heavy police guard on Tuesday.

There has been speculation that he was removed because of a suspected breach committed at Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

Following a 65-day trial said to be the longest in Jamaica's history, Kartel and cronies Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced to life imprisonment for the August 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Kartel and his three co-convicts have filed appeals against their incarceration and sentences.

Despite his incarceration, Vybz Kartel still dominates the airwaves in Jamaica with new releases said to be recorded before he was locked up.





Roots reggae singer Nanny Mystik murdered in Linstead

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nanny-mistik.jpgJust days before her live performance in Jamaica singer Nanny Mistik was murdered.

According to reports, the singer was allegedly killed on Monday night (November 14) at a house in Linstead, St. Catherine in the presence of her children.

Friends of the entertainer have since left messages of condolence on her Facebook page.

Nanny Mistic is from May Pen, Clarendon but resides in Canada. She was slated to perform this Thursday at Jungle Fyah.

A post on her official Facebook page reads: "Just wanted to let all of Nanny's Fans/Friends/Family who has not been advised... she passed on last-night, murdered in her home! R.I.P #NannyMistik you would have been a force to reckon with. You were just about to be introduced to the world. You were unlike no other, one of the most humble and loving human beings I've come across. SLEEP well by sista love to noooooo end. We will miss you but for those who know you well, knows you'll be alright. Guidance".





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgVeteran dancehall artiste, is slated to be the headliner for Stone Love's Anniversary Celebration scheduled for the Caribbean Queen Boat Dock on Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston, on December 24.

This year, the sound system is marking its 44th year.

"We stay focused on why and where we started so we keep that authentic sound but we also bring in young talents who also understand that the music and the culture are very fluid and our thing must consistently be on top," said Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell.

Arguably one of Jamaica's top sound systems, Stone Love is also a successful label. It hosts the weekly dance series, Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, held on Burlington Avenue, St Andrew.





Jae Prynse to end a great year at GT's Extravaganza

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prynce.jpgOn-the-rise entertainer Jae Prynse (Prince) is quite upbeat about the pace with which his career has been moving and, with a few weeks to go until the end of the year, he is calling 2016 "fantastic".

The young singjay, who is signed to UK-based Live MB Music, says he has accomplished much in terms of getting his music to the people, both through live performances and his recordings which received much love from radio and in the dancehall. Among his best known single is Try Harder, produced by Frens For Real Recording. The song is becoming a staple on radio in places such as the UK, US,Switzerland and Germany, while locally, it has been playing on Zip FM, Irie and Sun City radio stations. The video was released last month.

In a recent interview, Jae Prynse explained that just as he did with songs such as Concrete Jungle he again used his personal struggles as the paper on which to write the lyrics for Try Harder and he feels that the motivational force of the song has enabled it to solidly connect with critics and fans alike the world over. He and his team have been in promotional mode and have kept up the momentum since Try Harder was released in August, followed by his mixtape, of the same name, which dropped on September 28.

In terms of live performances, Jay Prynse toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

"We performed in places such as London, Birmingham and Ipswitch and it was awesome. Actually, I went last year and based on how well I did, they called me back to tour again this year. I give thanks for this opportunity and look forward to making more journeys such as this in 2017," Jae Prynce said.

Having been featured on Trabass' popular blog and also on the Sun City Campus Invasion Tour, thus getting an opportunity to interact with his at-home audience, Jay Prynse has been enjoying a buzz, so much so that he has been added to the line-up of the annual Christmas Day gala, GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza.

"This is a spectacular way for me to close out 2016 and I am excited, humbled and intent on giving my fans a treat," the artiste who was born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams and who grew up on the tough streets of Spanglers in Downtown Kingston said.





bounty-sanjay-shelly.jpgWith the 'Tekova' single by Sanjay and Shelly Belly gaining traction locally right before the two left for their joint tour of Europe, it is no surprise that on returning to the island almost two months later, the two would jump right back into 'promotion mode' for the track. They have now amped the 'Tekova' single by remixing it with Dancehall legend, Bounty Killer.

Sanjay and Shelly Belly have found chemistry in the studio recording tracks together that translate well in the streets; tracks like Belleh and Chip Chop. It is no surprise that the Grung God, Bounty Killer, would be an artiste with whom the two would want to collaborate.

"We actually wanted Bounty on the Belleh remix along with the other artistes earlier this year but he said as much as he loved the single, it wasn't his style. So when he heard Tekova... He said yes. This he is ready for!" Sanjay explained

Bounty himself hasn't ventured into voicing dance tunes in the past so voicing on the 'Tekova' single, an obvious dance track, is a monumental occasion in Dancehall for all parties involved.

"Bounty hear the original at a street dance one night and tell me that him ready fi dis one, and when him voice the track him say this a dancehall history! It's a big deal to have an icon like Killa rate your work and want to even work with you, trust me!" Shelly Belly added

While in Europe, Sanjay and Shelly Belly started shooting scenes for the original 'Tekova' video and are gearing up to record additional footage to include Bounty and the remix into the finished video product.





jah-cure-knocked-out.jpgReggae singer JAh Cure took to Instagram Sunday night after a video of him involved in a brawl in The Bahamas went viral.

The unofficial story is that Jah Cure and another man got into a fight because the unknown male found out that Cure was having an affair with his wife. The incident went down at a hotel in Bahamas on Saturday. In the video, Jah Cure is seen sprawled out unconscious on the floor, following the fight.

Anyway, Cure informed his fans that he was doing fine: "Tell dem Im doing fine hypocrites stop spread rumors on my name; 242 is my town," he wrote in the caption of a video of him walking through an underwater tunnel. "I WILL UPDATE YOU ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MATTER IN MY NEXT POST."

Well, we're still waiting.





chris-brown-royalty-billboard-awards-2015.jpgMajor Myjah, the son of Dancehall legend Bounty Killer, has been keeping great company it would seem.

The youngster is said to have a contributed a few tracks to US singer Chris Brown's latest project. Breezy previewed a bunch of new singles on IG and reports are that he plans to release in the coming weeks ahead of his new album "Heartbreak on a Full Moon."

This album will be the followup to his chart topping project "Royalty" which was released late last year and was named after his 3-year-old daughter.





ziggy-marley-cookbook.jpgZiggy Marley and Family Cookbook is now available. The Grammy-winning reggae singer says cooking is like his second hobby to making music.

Healthy eating and lifestyle is fast become a trend these days in the United States and Jamaica. But for Ziggy and his family, eating healthy has always been a priority.

"I love to cook and eat healthy and so do my family and friends, so I thought, let me get together with family and friends and [come] up with our favorite recipes and share them with the world," the musician turn cookbook author said.

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Being the eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and growing up as a Rastafarian, Ziggy Marley cookbook focuses on plant-based diets. His wife is of middle eastern descent so he would often combine her middle eastern recipes with his Jamaican flavors to make the perfect meals.

His cookbook is not only for vegetarians and vegans since he includes some of his Jamaican cultural favorites like jerk chicken, curry escovitch fish and many more.

The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook comes with 54 recipes.





Beenie Man Unstoppable on Billboard

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has re-entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

His latest compilation titled Unstoppable is currently holding the number three spot.

The album, since being released, has peaked in its current position after enjoying only three weeks in the top ten. He is joined by Stephen Marley, whose latest album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life is the number four album.

The set, which peaked at number one, has spent some 15 weeks on the Reggae Albums Chart.





Queen Ifrica to release new album January 2017

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queen-ifrica-guitar.jpgJamaican award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica returns with her new studio album Climb in January 2017 on VP Records. The lyrical crusader calls for global change on the album and rallies comrades like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on the opening hip-hop tinged track "Truvosation."

She touches on key social issues throughout the album. The soul-tinged reggae track "I Can't Breathe" rails against ongoing police brutality in America; the ska flavored "Rebellion" name checks uprisings across several continents that have secured rights and improved the lives of many marginalized individuals. This sentiment is reinforced on "Battlefield", which warns "we never yield, its war on the battlefield, if you nah hear you ah go feel."

"These songs come to me as I am watching the world; I see myself as a social worker that uses music as my tool because music is the greatest weapon to impact societal change, to help young people to understand themselves more," Ifrica says.

On November 16, 2016 in NYC, Queen Ifrica will be performing select tracks from the album to give fans a taste of what is to come. The intimate live show will be held directly after the launch party for Jamaica's renowned Rebel Salute music festival at Milk River in Brooklyn, NY.





bob-marley-photo-3.jpgSmile Jamaica, the concert hosted by Bob Marley 40 years ago is returning in December.The Bob Marley Museum will honor the memory of Bob Marley's triumph over adversity, by commemorating the 40th anniversary of Smile Jamaica, with a Jam session and launch of the 2017 staging on Saturday December 3, 2016, at Marley's home located at 56 Hope Road.

The iconic Smile Jamaica Concert was first held on December 5, 1976 and was headlined by Reggae legend Bob Marley two days after an incident in which he was shot and injured. On December 3, 2016 from 4pm to 10 pm, musical tributes will ring out from Uprising Rootz Band, Dre Island, Kelissa, Black Hero, Feluke, Stephen Marley and a number of special performers.

Marie Bruce, General Manager of the Bob Marley Museum stated, "The Smile Jamaica event symbolizes a defining moment in Bob Marley's life. On President Obama's recent visit to the Museum... it was the part of the tour guides presentation, which made the most impact on him, prompting him to quote Bob in his speech at UWI "If the bad guys don't take a break, then why should I". These famous words were spoken by Bob when he was asked why he still performed after an attempt assignation, for this reason we continue to honor Bob's vision"

The Marley family has joined efforts with Grizzly's Plantation Cove and PDP Entertainment who will both serve as co-executive producers for the grand return of Smile Jamaica in 2017, following a nine-year hiatus,

The first Smile Jamaica event served as collaborative effort by Bob Marley and the Wailers and the then cultural section of the Prime minster's Office. Marley delivered a passionate 90-minute set, days after being injured in an assassination attempt. The concert was held in a politically charged Jamaica at the National Heroes Circle for a crowd of over 80,000 people.





The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport invites persons to submit entries for the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran and Write Like Maas Ran Competitions. These competitions will give entrants a chance to try their hand at two of Randolph Samuels, 'Maas Ran's' greatest skills, while having a chance to win a cash prize. The JCDC is marking the 104th anniversary of the birth of Randolph Samuel Williams, CD, popularly known as Ranny Williams or "Maas Ran", one of Jamaica's foremost theatre practitioner and cultural icon.

According to Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson: "These two competitions will allow Jamaicans and Jamaican Language enthusiasts from far and wide to try their hand at two of Maas Ran's greatest crafts, while celebrating the legacy of this theatrical great."

He continued, "If you are a comedian or someone who can tell a good old-time joke, Gi Joke Like Maas Ran is your chance to win a cash prize while doing what you do best. Likewise, writers of all age and skill levels are encouraged to enter the Write Like Maas Ran competition, where they can tell a real old-time story while also walking away with a cash prize".

Persons interested in entering the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran competition should send a 60 seconds video clip of them telling an original Jamaican Joke to info@jcdc.gov.jm by Friday, November 11, 2016. The entries received will be posted on the JCDC's Facebook page and the video with the most 'likes' will win $30 000. Jokes must not contain explicit or inappropriate content or language.





New Kartel and Spice collab to be released

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed Gaza boss, Vybz Kartel and controversial female deejay Spice are set to release a new single sometime this week, according to teasers on Kartel's social media account. and now they are looking to recreate that sauce with "So In Love."

The two are set to preview follow up on the blockbuster 2009 Billboard single, Ramping Shop and 2014's Conjugal Visit."

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"The track is called 'So In Love' and Spice already recorded her part and we already have Kartel's part so its down to mixing and getting everything right before we release it," a rep for the self-proclaim World Boss is quoted as saying.

"It's going to be a huge hit and we are excited about this track."

The deejay's rep reported that Vybz Kartel will be responding to Mavado and Alkaline with a diss track this week. Both Vado and Alko released diss tracks aimed at Vybz Kartel over the last week.





babsy-grange-minister.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is making preparations to have reggae inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, made the disclosure while addressing a recent Heritage Festival at the Institute of Jamaica's headquarters in Kingston.

According to a JIS release, the minister said the move is one of the major initiatives of the ministry to safeguard Jamaica's intangible heritage.

"This will clearly identify to the world, where the origin of reggae is and where it continues to evolve into the forms we know and love," she noted.

She noted that the staging of events such as Heritage Festival engages artists, performers and craft makers, and increases souvenir development and sales.

Grange said the ministry will ensure that the festival and other such activities are promoted to international standard in order to bring new revenue streams to the country.

The IOJ's Heritage Festival was held under the theme: 'Our Heritage, Your Festival.' and featured drumming, multi-cultural displays, Jamaican cuisine, pottery, jewellery, clothing , museum tours, and a downtown bus tour.





vp-collection.jpgVP records will return with its hugely popular "Strictly The Best" series on November 18. Over the years the record company has released some of the biggest hits through this compilation series and this one should be no different.

Strictly The Best's annual series provides DJs and fans alike with the hottest hits breaking in dancehall and roots reggae for the fall, winter and new year to come.

Strictly the Best Vol. 54 rallies the most in-demand roots and lover's rock singers for a must-have set from artists like Ikaya, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, MAGIC ft. Sean Paul. Alborosie feat. Protoje, Sizzla Ft. Jah Cure, Raging Fyah and Jah9.

Strictly the Best Vol. 55 contains the season's most popular, cutting-edge dancehall anthems, banging in the clubs and on Caribbean radio from the likes of Vershon, Alkaline, Vybz Kartel, Mr. Vegas, Spice, Chi Ching Ching, Masicka and Dexta Daps.

As an added touch this year, each volume features a bonus album of classic hits. Vol. 54, the lovers rock and roots edition, has a bonus disc of classics from Jamaica's celebrated vocal groups - including The Wailing Souls, The Heptones, The Mighty Diamonds, T.O.K, Morgan Heritage & more. The dancehall version Vol. 55's bonus disc spotlights famous duets from iconic deejays (U.S. equilvalent of rap vocalists) paired with reggae singers. Fans can reminisce with anthems like "Twice Mt Age" by Shabba Ranks ft. Krystal, "Bonafide Love" by Wayne Wonder ft. Buju Banton and "Hot Gal Today" by Mr. Vegas & Sean Pau





bob-marley-photo-2.jpgBob Marley & the Wailers were at the peak of their artistic powers when they arrived at the Lyceum London for two shows on July 17 and 18, 1975, having just released Natty Dread the year before and about to unleash Rastaman Vibration on the world. The Rolling Stones mobile studio was on hand to record both shows, with seven songs from the second released as Live!, in December of that same year. The recording was subsequently broadcast as part of the syndicated radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1976.

The Marley Family will now release for the first time the complete sets from both shows, Bob Marley and the Wailers Live!, as a three-LP set in 180-gram black vinyl and as a digital package on December 16 in a tri-gatefold package that also includes a reproduction of the tour program from the band's historic '75 U.K. tour.

In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc, will also be made available as an exclusive at UDiscover and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA.

Marley and the Wailers' classic line-up included bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin "Seeco" Patterson and the I-Three - backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. The group was fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London's Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of "No Woman, No Cry."

The BBC's Chris Jones wrote about the album in 2009: "This seminal live document captures almost exactly the point where both roots reggae and Rastafarianism finally entered popular culture... Capturing the band at the peak of their powers with a set list that held absolutely no low points... this was a Wailers that could more than handle the lusher, fuller rock reggae that transformed Marley's Rastaman diatribes into pop gold. No one before this had combined both roots and R&B in this way... uniting both working and middle classes with his songs of universal struggle and religious metaphor.





Dancehall Artiste Mr. Lexx performed at Shock Awards in Colombia at the weekend, having been nominated in one of the categories.

Lexx's single 'Bad Boys' featuring artiste collective El Freaky, was nominated for best radio single. However, despite the single losing out to, the Jamaican entertainer says he still feels like a winner.

Lexx who is proud of the single's success, also performed the South American hit at the awards ceremony. He tells us more.





ninja-sting.jpgAnother os Sting's honorees, Ninjaman, has also said that he too, while giving thanks, will not be personally accepting the award at the December 26 event.

"If dem feel like is time dem fi honour me, then give thanks 'cause is an honour still, but somebody a go collect the award," he said.

"Mi have nuff daughter and son weh proud a dem father fi go collect award man. Mi nuh have no time fi dem deh something. A nuh disrespect nor nothing. Mi do enough work, and when mi fi get honour nobody neva a pay me nuh mind. If mi never a quarrel, nobody wouldn't a look fi honour me."





YARDFLEX FEATURED ARTISTE - BOUNTY KILLER

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bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty calls out Sting promoters - 'Dem man deh nuh rate people'

In response to Supreme Promotions announce that this year, Sting will be honouring the artistes who have contributed greatly to the event's success since its inception, one of the named honorees. Bounty killer had this to say.

Bounty Killer's words of wisdom: "I get to understand as a youth coming up that these people don't really rate me or honour me. Dem man deh nuh too rate nobody, dem man deh just rate the sensation of the moment and who dem can sell some tickets off of."

He continued: "If they wanna do this as a publicity stunt to say they honouring me, I will send someone to go and collect it. But I ain't even going 'cause I know these people and they don't respect foundation. They are all about the hype."





Party promoter shot dead in Old Harbour

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party-promoter-renato-grant.jpgA popular party promoter was shot dead on Saturday night on Burke Road in Old Harbour.

The police report that at about 8:55 PM, Renato Grant was at a shop in his community when he was approached by a group of armed men.

The men opened fire hitting Grant several times.

Grant was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.





Another artiste leaves Downsound

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Nature has ditched the Joe Bogdanovich-led Sownsound Records and will reportedly be managing himself.

This follows the recent split from DownSound Records of their female diva, Ishawna, and it looks as if both artistes may get entangled in a legal battle with the outfit.

The "World Peace" singer who informed CEO Josef Bogdanovich via email of his departure is still legally bound to the music label.

Nature, like Ishawna before him, remains tight-lipped about the details surrounding the split but told one media entity that he was uncomfortable.

JCDC launches Ranny Williams contest.

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With great concern about crime, especially in western Jamaica, entertainers Mackie Conscious and a team of musicians has collaborated with Queen Ifrika who also hails from Montego Bay and who had similar concerns to host a free concert at Dump up beach Sunday December 4 2016 starting at 3 pm.

This event is designed to have the major Jamaican recording artistes both home and abroad participate in donating their time to solidify a cry from the music fraternity that a change is needed. So far, over 50 name brand entertainers are expected to make themselves available live or via video link on a large screen. This list includes Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Diana King, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Mackie Conscious, Spice, Ninja Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Benie Man, I Octane, Jimmy Cliff, Mutabaruka, Hezron, Carlene Davis, Lt Stichie and Kevin Dowenswell.

The St James Police, the Parish Council and the UDC have already given full support.

"We intend to have an Entertainers Motorcade and reasoning session on the day of the event through the troubled communities. Following the event we anticipate with the help of corporate Jamaica, to launch an initiative to revisit the communities with an offer of support with academic advancements and skills training to the youth.

A third imitative to be launched later as it relates to keeping an eye on the entire entertainment coming from the fraternity will be to better assist in the inspiration of the youth and promote quality of music, impacting ultimately Brand Jamaic," a release from the organizers stated.





Jae Prynce motivated to 'Try Harder'

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prynce.jpgRising entertainer Jae Prynse's (Prince) extraordinary journey began on October 23, 1993. Born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams, Jae Prynse was a special child, his wit and vocal ability marveled many relatives and friends from a tender age.

But for Jae Prynse growing up in the inner city music was his sanctuary as the harsh streets of Spanglers Downtown Kingston left nothing to smile about.

Jae Prynse's early life embodied struggle, violence, poverty and pain however music was his light at the end of what seemed to be a never ending dark tunnel.

Jae Prynse started to pursue music as a career at the tender age of 14 after his family had to flee the inner-city community of Spanglers due to gang violence, in the process, young prince lost his chance to complete high school (Donald Quarry High), almost lost his grand mother after she received a graze from a bullet to the head and had to mourn the loss of his older brother who lost his life in the same event. Devastated and marginalized Jae Prynse channeled his pain into music and found that it was not only an outlet for his pain but also a field that he had a knack for.

In 2013 Jae Prynse met up with HDX STUDIOS which he signed a deal with them after they heard and loved his raw talent, this was when he started to use his struggles as a motivation and released his first single entitled 'CONCRETE JUNGLE' followed by his single 'MY Life' and others which announced his presence to the world. But it was not until 2015 under the management of UK Based Live MB Music that Jae Prynse made his musical mark with singles such as 'Who Feels It Knows', 'It Could A Be Worst' and 'Fi Mamma' produced by Frenz For Real, E.N.T.R.A.P.S, Konsequence Muzik and Live MB Music respectively.

These singles gained traction on local and international radio which resulted in Jae Prynse embarking on his first two month tour of the United Kingdom (June- July 2015). The tour was such a success that he once again toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

Fast Forward to August 2016 Jae Prynse is busy promoting his new single entitled Try Harder which was produced by Frens For Real Recording. The single is presently a daily staple on local and international radio with the video soon to be released. Jae Prynse dropped his new mixtape titled Try Harder on September 28, with promotion underway for a European tour.





tony-matterhorn-photo-1.jpgAidonia got married last month and now it's another entertainer's turn. Popular selector Tony Matterhorn will be getting married this weekend.

Sources close to the selector have confirmed that Matterhorn is to get married on Sunday in a bashy ceremony in Florida.

Several members of the entertainment fraternity have already flown up for the event

Earlier this week, fellow entertainer Denyque said "yes" when her longtime boyfriend of several years popped the question.





Tanto Blacks is the face of Cash 4 Life

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tanto-blacks-cash-for-life.jpg'Real Rich' sensation Tanto Blacks has been named ambassador and the face of the 2016 staging of J Wray & Nephew Limited's 'Q is the Key to Cash 4 Life' competition.

Blacks will be the main character in all advertisements of the competition, which will give players a chance to win up to $30 million in prize money over the next 14 weeks.

The entertainer, who is well known for promoting a cash-rich lifestyle and positive lyrics, will encourage lovers of J Wray & Nephew Ltd brands to enter 'Q is the Key' by purchasing certain 200 ml products and texting the codes on the back of the Q's label to the contact number provided.

'Q is the Key' was launched Friday and offered players myriad opportunities to win cash by purchasing Qs (200 ml) of either: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Charley's JB Overproof Rum, Appleton Special or Campari.

Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, J Wray & Nephew, said based on discussions, Blacks was selected to be Q is the Key to Cash for Life's ambassador, because of his cash flow lifestyle that is in keeping with the goal of the competition.

Over the next 14 weeks there will be daily cash prizes of $10,000 and mobile phone credit and monthly cash prizes of $50,000, $100,000, $150,000, $250,000, and $500,000. At the end of January 2017, there will be a grand prize draw in which two lucky winners will be selected for the two prizes of $1,000,000 each year for the next 10 years.





After the brouhaha in the wake of Spice's controversial performance at the high profile gala ot honour Jamaica's athletes in Rio, the Minister of Culture had this to say:

"I recognize dancehall as an important Jamaican music genre. In that regard, I note some of the comments directed at Spice for her performance on Saturday night. I do not offer a defence for Spice who is a talented and bright performer, fully capable of producing lyrics in celebration of our athletic heroes. I would however, caution against the issue of vitriolic comment and a rush to judgement in this matter.

Most things went well but a few very important things did not on this occasion. Like our athletes we will review, improve and keep pushing ourselves to higher levels of performance."





Spice blasts the 'hypocrites'

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spicey-sting.jpgSpice's performance at the gala celebration for Jamaican athletes who competed at his year's Rio Olympics was met with blank stares from an audience which included the Prime Minister, sports personalities and other government officials.

The raunchy dancehall deejay was slapped with a string of harsh criticisms following her performance at the event. Meanwhile, some criticized the organizers for booking her.

The event's main organizer Lenford Salmon in an article was quoted as saying Spice failed to show up for a technical rehearsal. In addition, Mr. Salmon claims that they were assured by Spice's team that the deejay would have adjusted her lyrics and dress appropriately for the occasion.

But according to Spice, his claims are untrue. and she describes the saga as hypocritical and a harsh case of "classism".





madonna.jpgPop musician Madonna will receive Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award, following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time.

She will be honoured at the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event in New York City on December 9.

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with US$170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history with a staggering US$1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Madonna is also the best-selling female recording artist of all time. In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are said to be effecting real change in the world.

Madonna's Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialised Malawian medical staff.

The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.





rapper-safaree.jpgJamaica-born American rapper/song writer Safaree has started a charity initiative titled Stunt for Jamaica and is expected to donate computers to local schools in coming weeks.

According to the rapper, who is now featured on VH1ís popular TV show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, Jamaica's influence in his development has made him a strong individual.

"I want to put a new computer in schools in Jamaica every month. I just want to keep on doing it. I have already made connections with notable people like Jackie from the show Basketball Wives. She is going to donate, and I already have my first batch of computers," he said.

The artiste also revealed that schools in the parish of Hanover will be the first in line to receive computers.

"Pondside in Hanover is where my family is from so, I am just gonna set it up from there and work my way across the island. My mother used to run track and field with Merlene Ottey back in the day, and there is a Merlene Ottey (high) school in that side of the island that I might visit. I just want the teenagers to know that they should not give up, you know, stay focused on your education. I want this charity to get really really, big and help the schools out," he said.





guiness-sounds-of-greatness-bishop-escobar.jpgSelector Carlos 'Bishop Escobar' Henry, has teamed up with Guinness for what promises to be another electrifying season of the Guinness Sounds of Greatness (GSOG) competition set to run from October to December.

The 'Made of More' brand recently signed Escobar to a contract that includes hosting duties for GSOG, advertisements and mixtapes, making him the second local ambassador the brand has signed this year.

"Guinness has a lot of respect in the streets. It is a bold drink that also connects with different groups," said Escobar who has grown in popularity among dancehall fans. "That is what I do, entertain people of all ages. Escobar is made of more. Any time yuh see me just know sey you ah go get more."

Escobar has become widely known for his unique mic skills and ability to entertain a crowd.

"My joviality, my crowd interaction, my entertainment package is different. Most selectors are focused on the serious part. My energy just different, it nuh stay like the rest," said the 33-year-old MC, who added that he's looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Guinness. "I will endeavour to live up to the Guinness tagline, 'Made of More' in the music fraternity."

The new collaboration with Escobar is in line with the brand's longstanding support of Jamaican dancehall culture, which includes the annual GSOG series, sponsorship of Aidonia's Birthday Bash and the ambassador agreement with Busy Signal, which was signed earlier this year.





Viewers shocked at Priscilla Presley's scary looks

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priscilla-presley-dracula-photo-1.jpgPriscilla Presley, 71, shocked viewers with her incredible appearance on Thursday morning's installment of Lorraine, showcasing a smooth, wrinkle free complexion.

The former wife of Elvis chatted to host Lorraine Kelly about her late ex-husband during her rare interview on British TV.

But it was her looks which really got people going on social media, with countless viewers taking to Twitter to comment.

One user posted: 'Flicking thru channels on TV and thought I saw a Lizard being interviewed on Lorraine. Turns out it was Priscilla Presley after surgery!'

Another mused: 'Must be a point where you say 'yep enough plastic surgery now' else you just look like Frankenstein's monster @ITVLorraine #PriscillaPresley'.

A third harsh comment read: 'I'm really sorry, I'm sure she's a lovely woman, but I have nightmares after looking at @Cilla_Presley for too long #justsaying #Lorraine'.

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QORIHC set to honour Industry females October 30

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Finally, hard working female industry players will receive well deserved attention and recognition for their years of service. A brand new honorary event, 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC, will have their first staging this October in Kingston Jamaica.

The event, staged by New York based Reggae artiste Mye Laurell through her NyteNursePro foundation, will see eight talented and hard working females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Mye laurell and her NyteNursePro foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

"I believe that women are the backbone of the Jamaican creative industry because we do so much to support it. My NyteNursepro organization's mission is to Inspire, Nurture, and Entertain, so this event is perfect as it intends to motivate the current honorees to continue doing great work and to inspire other females to work hard and eventually their work will also get recognized." Mye shared

Specific females to be honored at this year's ceremonies are; Veteran Reggae ArtisteSister Nancy, whose worldwide hit "Bam Bam" is the most sampled female hit in the history of modern reggae music, Gifted Video Director Nordia Rose, TV BroadcasterElaine Wint, Founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall Fashion Designer Audrey Farquharson, Renowned Dancehall Queen Carlene,Government Minister The Honorable Babsy Grange and Dancehall Dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.

The NyteNursePro Committee will be expanding the various categories next year when they meet to select the 2017 set of honorees; categories like TV Producers, Stylists and PR Specialists will also be included.

The 2016 ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will see proceeds from the event going to support various charities under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

"It is important to note that this is not a competition to award the best, it's recognition to say we honor your roles that have influenced and supported so many throughout the years" Mye Laurell added.

"Persons should support this ceremony because a vast majority of the Jamaican populous benefit from this industry, the women being honoured this year, and many years to come, should be celebrated in a unique way for their efforts that have helped to bolster Jamaica culture worldwide". Cadia ________ Assistant Director for NyteNursePro added

For more information on the honorary awards ceremony, follow the NyteNursePro foundation or 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.





Popcaan featured in Michael Jordan ad

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popcaan-photo-4.jpgDancehall artiste Popcaan has been featured in the official ad for Michael Jordan's OVO, inspired clothing line.

The ad was recently premiered on Michael Jordan's official Instagram page, which carries 9.5 million followers and features a motorcyclist dressed in the new OVO Air Jordan 12 Retro & Apparel Collection, while Popcaan's music can be heard in the background chanting the lines.

"Notnice tun up mi voice some more, buy Jordans' yesterday, today mi buy some more. Whol heap a pair inna mi bag pon tour ... . Unruly Boss mi name so mi don't wear fraud ones, real authentic Jordans' wi nuh care weh yu bring Unruly nuh wear everything, OVO don't wear everything, dem fi know from wi small wi a bling."

The ad was produced by E5 records, also responsible for Popcaan singles like Bad Inna Real Life and Nah Idle.

Michael Jordan is basketball's first billionaire player and is also regarded by many as the greatest of all time.





7 AMA nominations for Rihanna

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rihanna-anti-release.jpgBarbadian music sensation Rihanna will have to make room on her already extensive list of awards as she has been newly nominated for 7 American Music Awards for this year's upcoming show.

The announcement was made by Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten earlier today on Good Morning America. The 2016 American Music Awards will take place on Sunday, November 20 on ABC.

Below are the 7 categories in which Rihanna is nominated:


Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock:

Adele

Selena Gomez

Rihanna

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Artist of the Year:

Adele

Beyoncé

Justin Bieber

Drake

Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande

Rihanna

Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

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Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Janet Jackson

Rihanna

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Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Rihanna "Anti"

Bryson Tiller "T R A P S O U L"

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Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Bryson Tiller "Don't"

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Collab of the Year Nominees:

The Chainsmokers & Daya

Drake, Kyle & Wizkid

Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign

Rihanna & Drake

Meghan Trainor & John Legend

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Video of the Year Nominees:

Justin Bieber - "Sorry"

Desiigner - "Panda"

Rihanna & Drake - "Work"





Pearl McFarlane of Royal Palm Estate fame has died

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pearl-mcfarlane.jpgPearl McFarlane, a cast member of local TV soap opera Royal Palm Estate has died. McFarlane, who played Jenny on the long-running drama, passed away after a long illness. She was buried at Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine last Saturday following a thanksgiving service at Mamby Baptist Church in St Andrew.

Creator of Royal Palm Estate Lennie Little-White remembers McFarlane as a very professional actress.

"She first came to Mediamix back in the early 1990s to audition for a commercial for Cool deodorant, and I was just struck by her personality and charm. And when we started shooting Royal Palm Estate in 1992, I drew for her. She brought great qualities to the role and set. She was always very professional, always knew her lines and took the role seriously, unlike some divas."

McFarlane's character was a femme fatale in Royal Palm Estate, who would have a baby for Ted Blackburn, played by Reggie Carter. When Blackburn died, she took on his son - Richard - and was also the object of affection for the pastor played by John Jones. The 65-year-old McFarlane joins three other cast members from Royal Palm Estate - Reggie Carter, Cyrene Tomlinson and John Jones - who have transitioned.

McFarlane is survived by her only daughter, hairstylist Trish McFarlane.





tommy-lee-photo-10.jpgParty promoter Cabral Douglas, who launched a US$3-million lawsuit against the Dominica Government, in relation to the deportation of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee, has retained one of England's top barristers - Dr Leslie Thomas - to lead the litigation phase of the case due to commence in Trinidad on October 20.

"I am pleased to announce that I have retained the services of Leslie Thomas QC LLB LLD. Dr Thomas is one of the UK's leading human rights barristers. He brings a wealth of knowledge and courtroom experience in high-profile cases to the table and I am extremely fortunate to have him on-board to lead the litigation phase of this matter," Douglas, an attorney-at-law, disclosed.

Douglas, son of former Prime Minister Rosie Douglas, said he is not concerned about getting a backlash from the Government.

"The Labour Government currently in office has traditionally stood for human rights, civil liberties and free enterprise. So if there is to be a backlash, I would expect it to be against them. In fact, hundreds of young Dominicans protested the unlawful arrests of Tommy Lee and his enterouge whilst they were being detained in that filthy jail cell unfit for a dog," he said.

Douglas also stated that Caribbean Community encourages free movement of among its member states. He stressed that while he only lost money from the show's cancellation, Tommy Lee Sparta and his team were stripped of their dignity and no amount of monetary disbursement can compensate for that.

Douglas said his father, who died in 2000, would have been extremely supportive of him in this matter.

"My father, the late Hon Rosie Douglas, was an uncompromising champion for human rights and was prepared to face jail in defence of human rights in Canada. So my dad would stand in solidarity with the four Jamaican claimants just as I have done through this ordeal," he said.

Tommy Lee Sparta, along with three members of his team - Tiasha Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Christopher Wallace - were deported from Dominica a day after their arrival.

The artiste had journeyed to the Caribbean state to perform at a concert in Portsmouth in February 2014. They were, however, denied entry and placed in custody before being deported.

Prior to his arrival, the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches had called for a boycott of the artiste's concert. The group said its concern was based on Tommy Lee Sparta's glorification of Satan and his promotion of violence.

Tommy Lee Sparta is known for a number of hit singles such as Spartan Soldier, Psycho, God's Eye, Get Money.





frankie-paul.jpgFrankie Paul and friends are staging a concert to raise funds for the entertainer's much needed prosthetic leg.

The veteran singer recently underwent surgery to amputate his foot.

The show dubbed FRANKIE PAUL ALIVE and WELL, is to take place on October 15, at the brand new African Roots and Culture Center adjacent to the House of Dancehall at 6 Cargill Avenue, Kingston.

Frankie Paul's live performance in Jamaica comes after unscrupulous persons exploited his illness, and plastered false information on social media.





Serena Williams has her say on racial profiling

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serena-williams.jpgThe tennis superstar recently took to Facebook to recount the moment she feared for her nephew's safety.

Williams has added her voice to the ongoing discussion about the risk posed to African Americans, especially men and boys, by police across the United States.

In a Facebook post, the 2016 Wimbledon champion recounted an incident on Tuesday with her 18-year-old nephew that brought home to her the tension of the relations that currently exist between African Americans and police officers.

She wrote:

Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he's black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safetyfirst. In the distance I saw cop [sic] on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if he was obliging [sic] by the speed limit. Than [sic] I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend. All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He's so innocent. So were all "the others".

I am a total believer that not "everyone" is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives.

Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it's not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.

I than [sic] wondered than [sic]have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?

As Dr. Martin Luther King said, "There comes a time when silence is betrayal".

I
Won't
Be
Silent

Serena





Ninjaman for court in November

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ninjaman-benz.jpgNinjaman is scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on November 28. The entertainer, along with his son, Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson in Marl Road, Kingston.

The case was transferred to a recently established special court, designed to deal with cases on the books for more than five years.

According to Ninjaman, the drawn-out process has affected his career.

"There is hardly any work in Jamaica for an artiste because a mostly parties keep and di few promoters who keep stage show nuh like pay Jamaican artiste good money," he said. "Because of dis case I have travel restrictions and have to be turning down lots of events. The legal fees are very costly and is eight years now mi a go through dem tings here."





Justin Bieber records on Diwali riddim

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justin-bieber-photo-2.jpgInternational pop star Justin Bieber has recorded a song on the once-popular Jamaican 'Diwali' riddim, which was created by well-known producer Steven 'Lenky' Marsden.

The song, Let Me Love You, a collaboration between Bieber and DJ Snake, has become a runaway hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the fourth song from the hit rhythm to reach the upper echelons of the chart.

"It's great just to know that Justin Bieber can take that whole vibe and create a top-10 hit almost 14 years later. That's just cool. It was never something I expected when I made the 'Diwali' rhythm," Marsden said.

He said that his publishers have already been contacted about the royalties from the current hit, but that he has not spoken personally to DJ Snake or Bieber.

The rhythm is considered a classic. The 2002 dancehall beat is characterised by syncopated clapping, and it was given the name 'Diwali' for capturing the spirit of the popular Indian Festival of Lights, which celebrates good conquering evil, light over darkness. It eventually spawned three hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sean Paul hit number one with Get Busy, while Lumidee peaked at three with Never Leave You. Wayne Wonder's hit, No Letting Go, peaked at number 11.





Eric Donaldson, Pam Hall, Half Pint and Leroy Sibbles journeyed to Nairobi, Kenya for a charity show, funds from which will be used to build libraries in the East African country.

According to the Kenya Star, the quartet is scheduled to perform on the Rise Up Festival Saturday at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi.

The two libraries will be built in the cities of Kibera and Bondo.

The Kenyan Star reported that Donaldson, Hall, Sibbles and Half Pint were recruited by the Having Purpose organisation to perform on the inaugural event.

Kenya is one of the vibrant markets for Jamaican artistes in Africa. A number of dancehall/reggae acts have appeared there including Busy Signal, Konshens and most recently Jah9.

Donaldson, best known for 'Festival' winners Cherry oh Baby and Land Of My Birth, has had a following throughout Africa for over 40 years.





Iri FM host KShema Francis is now an artiste

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kshema.jpgIrie FM certainly seems able to make artistes of its own people. Kshema Francis joins a line of IRIE/Zip FM on-air personalities who have hopped onto the deejaying band wagon,

Francis, host of the Entertainment Buzz and What's The Scoop (WTS) heard on reggae radio Irie FM recently release of her very first single titled 'Unconditional Love.'

"The feedback is great" Francis told a popular tabloid. "My colleagues are playing it. I am a bathroom singer or if I at a karaoke pub, after a glass of wine, I may belt one (song) out." Truth be told, Francis did not initially set out to record a reggae song. "I do poetry, so I had asked my co-worker, who happens to be Cashflow Neil of Cashflow Records to make me a riddim for one of my poems. He said to me 'I have a riddim but it's for singers.' My other co-worker Gavin G and I started vibing on the track; Neil got excited and told us to come to the studio. I didn't want to do it but after a bit of convincing I went."





etana-photo-3.jpgEtana seems to be now leaning more towards Hillary Clinton these days after getting some backlash for her endorsement of Donald Trump.

The reggae songstress did an interview with Anthony Miller on ER where she explained why she was throwing her support behind Donald Trump despite some of his comments going against the message in her music.

Since getting some harsh criticism on social media, Etana issued a statement back tracking some of her comments and also admitted that she didn't do her research. She also seems to be agreeing with some of Hillary Clinton statements from Monday night's presidential debate.

"Stop and frisk would lead to more blacks and hispanics in jail for minor violations Known fact stated by Hillary herself," Etana wrote on Instagram.

"The law in America in my opinion isn't I'm the best interest of a black man and we are expected to be orderly even while getting shot," she added.





FIFA 17 features kit designed for Damian Marley

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damian-marley-fifa-17-kit.jpgAlong with the release of FIFA 17 by EA Sports is a surprise for Jamaicans and reggae fans.

International artiste Damian Jr Gong Marley announced on Instagram that a custom uniform designed for him is featured on the popular football game.

Marley says he has been playing FIFA for more than sixteen years, and the design is something he would wear.

The Nail Pon Cross singer suggested that a major boost would be a feature of him in the game with his locks tucked in a backpack.

In a video posted on social media, Marley was seen actually stuffing his ankle length hair into a knapsack as he prepared for a friendly game.





cecile.jpgdanielle-di-image-2.jpgDancehall vixens Cecile and Danielle D.I. have been squabbling on social media after Ce'Cile apparently took offence to Danielle D.I. calling herself 'Bad Gyal D.I' during a television interview.

According to Ce'Cile, who also goes by the 'Bad Gyal' name, she was the first to claim the title.

"Quick pretty question. When I said bad gyal nobody said it before because I think that as an artiste you should be original. I have seen a few artistes since refer to themselves as bad gyal - case in point Bad Gyal Bambi and Bad Gyal Rihanna... a rock star so she can do anything she wants ... but I have never heard them claim the name," Ce'Cile said.

She added: "But when you do an interview and say that your are the original or official then clearly you are not. I hope the voice is no autotune neither. I am just saying put some respeck on my name. At least give credit because Google don't lie."

Danielle D.I., who caught wind of the Ce'Cile's post, swiftly responded, throwing jabs of her own. She even went as far as to imply that Ce'Cile was miserable since her high profile relationship with another entertainer failed to materialise.

"Dear little Cinderella, this a bad gyal D.I. Yes, I did say it on Hype TV last Friday night and I will continue to say it. You are not bad gyal. Bad gyal how? Furthermore, no one sees or considers you BAD in the 1st place, so no need for the SHADE," Danielle D.I. said.

"For your information, YES, Class have autotune, and so do many many hit songs in the world. This is why the industry can't grow. Instead of building another female you're trying to break one down. Back in the days I THOUGHT you were cool, we did a collab together and it was all good. What the hell happened you? What made you so angry? Are you angry cause Mr you know who not putting the respect on your NAME," she added.





Freddie McGregor nominated for award in Colombia

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freddie-mcgregor.jpgFreddie McGregor has been nominated for the 'Guachupé de Oro' award in Colombia.

According to a news release from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport - Minister Olivia Grange extended congratulations to the 'Big Ship' singer who describes as "truly embodies what the award is all about".

The award, which is presented by the Colombia Negra Foundation, honours people whose actions, creations and effort contribute to the development, promotion and increased knowledge about Afro-Colombian, Afro-American and African Culture.

According to Minister Grange, "Freddie, like many of Jamaica's entertainers, continues to be purveyors of positive music that uplifts and brings people of all races together. The ministry is proud to support his nomination and delighted to provide funding to enable him and his band to participate in this event."

McGregor and his 'Big Ship' Band will be representing Jamaica at two shows, September 22nd and 24th, in Bogota, as a part of the International Black Expression Encounter 2016, for Peace without Racism.





Shaggy, Agent Sasco clash on Instagram

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assassin-agent-sasco-photo-1.jpg Fans of dancehall artistes Shaggy and Agent Sasco got the time of their lives when the two engaged in a friendly clash on Instagram.

The friendly lyrical clash started when Direalshaggy posted a hilarious video of the Cookie Monster comparing the character to Sasco. Seems the Agent wasn't about to sit by and let his friend embarrass him on social media and responded with some fiery lyrics.





Ban on nigh-time entertainment in St Elizabeth lifted

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A ban on nighttime entertainment activities in St Elizabeth has been lifted.

Superintendent Lansford Salmon, head of the St. Elizabeth Police, said the ban on the last two remaining communities - Breas River and Barbary Hall have been lifted. The ban on Lacovia was also recently lifted.

Superintendent Salmon stated that the police are now satisfied that the problems which resulted in the ban have subsided and calm has returned.





Drake goes vinyl with latest album

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drake-wimbledon.jpgAfter the success of his last three albums, rapper Drake is offering fans vinyl editions of the albums for the first time.

The albums are Views, What A Time To Be Alive, a collaboration with Future and If You're reading This It's Too Late.

With the slow sales of albums in the last decade, Drake has managed to stay afloat.

Views is expected to return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, which marks 12 weeks at number one.





prince-buster-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for the legendary Prince Buster will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., at the Islamic Council of Jamaica and, as is the custon of Islam, a strict dress code will be enforced for attendees.

Well wishers are being advised to adhere to the dress code for the funeral service.

Men should wear shirt and trousers, while women should wear an ankle length skirt, which should not be tight or transparent, along with a long sleeved and high-necked top and a headscarf. Additionally, all persons entering the mosque are required to remove their shoes.

The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. Following the service will be a special tribute to the ska icon at 4:00 p.m.

Among the performers are Ernie Smith, Ken Booth, Derrick Morgan, StrangeJah Cole, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, as well as Lloyd Parks and We the People band. Instead of flowers, contributions will be accepted in support of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates.

Prince Buster, born Cecil Bustamante Campbell, died on Thursday, September 8, in Miami, Florida at the age of 78. Prince Buster will be interred at the May Pen Cemetery.





auresia.jpgSinger Auresia's "On The Road Again" is the first single from her upcoming album "Raices" meaning "roots" in Spanish. Following the diversity and authenticity of her new album, the rhythm and beat of the song was created by live instruments from different corners of the world, including Cuba and Auresia's native Ukraine, her lyrics share with us personal experience and feelings that she has encountered while on the road.

"I found the song during a nighttime jam by the fire on the beach on a cross-Canada tour on Hornby Island," reveals Auresia.

"After traveling and touring for the past several years, I have been to many places and many people from all different cultures and languages have been so lovely in welcoming me into their communities - I just had to put that into a song."

Auresia trades in the simple fun of her first two records for a more refined sound and delivers a raw, truthful interpretation of everyday life and the realities of being a strong woman. The one thing that hasn't changed, however, is her deep-rooted passion for Reggae and Latin music. Although most of her lyrics are sung in English, she masterfully weaves in Spanish phrases, as well as words in Lakota, the native tongue of the people of the Sioux tribes.

Fully comprised of organic instrumentation, the album impressively blends roots reggae and Afro-Cuban rhythms with folk-pop lyrics and melodies sung by Auresia's sweet-as-honey voice.

Dropping November 25th, 2016, 'Raices' is a musical love letter that traces us back to our roots.

Auresia has performed at festivals around the world, including the Omega Unity Fest in Colombia and Toronto's Canadian Music Week, and since her debut release, she has been nominated for five awards (Independent Music Awards, Canadian Reggae Awards). In 2014, Auresia was honored with the Reggae Xclusive Award for Top Singer.





Morgan Heritage releases new single, Selah

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morgan-heritage-photo-2.jpgDeemed one of the hardest working bands in the music industry, The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage hasn't slowed down since winning the 2016 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. The siblings have continued their worldwide touring, while recording music for their upcoming 2017 album to be released on their CTBC Music Group label.

Throughout their travels one thing has remained constant, music and the beauty of mother earth. It is from the latter that the inspiration of their first single since winning their coveted award was born. Produced by renowned musician and producer Phillip "Winta" James (Overstand Ent), "Selah" speaks of Morgan Heritage's appreciation and discovery of earth. To support the single, the band treated fans and music lovers to breathtaking visuals filmed in Milan, Italy, and worldwide footage from their travels. Directed by Morgan Heritage, filmed by Emmy Lou Mai and edited by Maximilian Shelton, "Selah" is premiering Tuesday, September 20th on the global platform for Caribbean music, arts and culture LargeUp.com.

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Selah" will be purchasable on September 30th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes and all major online digital stores.





spice-sumfest.jpgFemale Dancehall artiste Spice has been nominated along with her male counterparts Alkaline, Popcaan, Kranium, and Protoje.in Best Reggae Act category of the United Kingdom's (UK) MOBO Awards.

To date, three female reggae artistes have been nominated in the category since the award's inception in 1996. British reggae singer Sylvia Tella and Jamaica's Etana were nominated in 1997 and 2008, respectively.

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This is the fifth nomination for Popcaan, who is last year's winner. He has been making inroads on the UK dancehall scene with hits including Ova Dweet, We Still a Win and Weed is My Best Friend.

Both Protoje and Alkaline have earned their second nomination. Alkaline, whose Champion Boy and Block and Delete have been major hits on the UK dancehall scene this year, was first nominated in 2014.

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bolt-babsy-grange-ed-bartlett.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, says she is confident that the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise will make significant contributions to the promotion of Jamaica's sport, music and cuisine.

Speaking at the opening of the first Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise in Ochi Rios, St Ann, on Wednesday, September 14, Minister Grange said "It is always a great recipe that uses three of our country's best ingredients - sports, music and food. But when we then add Usain Bolt and the beautiful Ocho Rios to the mix, then 'everything sell off'."

The Minister explained that the success of any restaurant is dependent on five key things, "Menu (you have an excellent Jamaican menu); Ingredients (you can get them fresh from our farmers); Atmosphere (Ocho Rios is one of the best places in the world); Service (it has been good so far and I know this will continue); and Reputation (which is dependent on how well you execute the other key components)."

The Minister used the occasion to congratulate the triple Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, the KLE Group and the new franchise owners, Marsha and Joshua Jhamani, for having the confidence to invest in Jamaica and for the important role they will play in promoting what is good about Jamaica.





nick-gordon.jpgNick Gordon, boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina who died in a similar incident like her mother Whitney Houston has been found "legally responsible" for her death.

A Fulton County, Georgia, judge ruled Friday that Nick Gordon "is 'legally responsible' for Bobbi Kristina Brown's death after the defendant failed to appear in court," this according to 11 Alive.

The conservator of Brown's estate had filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Gordon in August 2015. The suit accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from Brown's account into his own without authorization.

Bobbi Kristina died in August 2015 - several months after being found unresponsive in a tub at her Roswell townhome.

The default judgment was handed down because Gordon failed to appear twice, anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.





MIA adds Jamaican flavour to album

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Rapper M.I.A adds Jamaican flavour to her fifth studio album AIM, which was released on September 8 via Interscope/Polydor. The 12-track standard version features five songs recorded in Jamaica. Ali R U OK, Bird Song, Jump In, and Foreign Friend were recorded at Portland's Geejam Studios.

Survivor, which was produced by Justus Arison, was recorded at the UIM Records studio in Kingston. Foreign Friend, produced by Daseca Productions, is a collaboration with singjay Dexta Daps, best known for hits including Seven Eleven and Shabba Madda Pot.

AIM debuted at number one on the iTunes Electronic album chart. M.I.A, whose real name is Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, is best known for hit songs Paper Planes and Boys (the video was shot in Port Royal).





allan-skill-cole-photo-1.jpgAllan 'Skill' Cole and Bob Marley shared a passion for football and music. Considered one of Jamaica's finest footballers, Cole was a key member of Marley's inner circle. They first met in 1969, with Cole acting as manager of Wailers, the group which included Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny 'Wailers' Livingston.

They wrote several of Marley's most popular songs, however, Cole, has been at odds with record companies over unpaid royalties for decades.

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In a recent article, international website TMZ has written an article entitled: Bob Marley's Songwriter Goes to 'War' for Jah ... Bob's Label Stiffed Me, and uses court documents to back up this claim.

Cole's lawyers actually filed the suit on September 15.

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"One of Bob Marley's BFFs is getting screwed out of money for 2 of the reggae star's iconic tracks ... according to the lawsuit he's filed to get cash for the heirs of rasta messiah Haile Selassie.

Allan Cole is suing Island, Universal and Tuff Gong music over the copyright on "War" and "Natty Dread." Cole was a Jamaican soccer star who reportedly managed Bob briefly, and says he co-wrote the songs in the '70s.

In the docs:

"Cole says he was promised a copyright credit, but only got props for co-writing the tracks. He says he noticed the mistake when he tried to transfer half his interest in "War" to the family of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. The lyrics for "War" are lifted almost verbatim from a famous speech by Selassie ... who Rastafarians worship as Jah Rastafari. Cole is suing for his share of the copyright, profits from the songs and lawyers fees," TMZ says in the online article.

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In the ongoing saga the full list of songs include Zimbabwe, credited to Marley on his 1979 album, Survival, but actually written by Donald Leach; War, Johnny Was, Rat Race and Time Will Tell.

Cole is credited as writer of War, from Rastaman Vibration, Marley's 1976 album, and although he also co-wrote Johnny Was and Rat Race (also on Rastaman Vibration) and Time Will Tell (from 1978's Kaya) with Marley, his name does not appear in the composers bracket.The albums were distributed by Island.

"We an' Bob did have a different understanding... As Rasta wi neva deal wid certain thing," said Cole. "To us, a man word is him covenant," Cole is quoted as saying.

When Marley went solo in 1973, Cole became his road manager. He was the reggae star's road manager for his final tour in 1980, just months before Marley died from cancer in a Miami hospital in May 1981 at age 36.





Woman admits to setting up Chris Brown

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chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThey say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and singer Chris Brown is now finding that out as the woman he threw out of his home is got her payback big time.

Brown was arrested because Baylee Curran made a report that he held a gun on her. The police swooped in and searched his home resulting in the arrested.

News has now surfaced that all of this was carefully crafted by the alleged victim herself as she admitted in a text to one of her friend that she was going to set up the singer.

A former beauty queen, she allegedly sent a text to a man name Safari confessing that she is upset that Chris Brown kicked her out his house and is going teach him a lesson, this according to TMZ.

"Hey safari don't you know this freak Chris brown is kicking me out of his house because I called his friend jewelry fake. Can you come get me my Uber is messing up if not I'm going to set him up and call the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that will teach him a lesson I'm going to set his ass up. Lol come get me."

Her friend Safari, however didn't seem to be down with the plan as he texted back, "Really that's f*** up you ain't going to do that your wrong if you do."

It is interesting to note that Brown's accuser Baylee Curran was stripped of her beauty pageant crown for using racial slurs. She also has a history of making up death threats is the claim.





Luciano to reapply for US work permit

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luciano-messenjah.jpgReggae singer Luciano will be reapplying for his US work permit next month, and he remains confident that it will be reinstated given the legal advice by a team of lawyers and immigration consultants.

Two weeks ago, Luciano was in Canada and on his way to Amsterdam via connecting flight through New York, when the reggae singer was interrogated and his hand luggage searched. This resulted in an immigration officer revoking his permission to travel to and work in the United States.

Since that time Luciano has been forced to cancel a number of his bookings in the United States. Luciano took a heavy financial hit, returning over US$40,000 in deposits.

The singer maintains that he has been using the medication for some time, and that immigration officers in Canada and California have both cleared him in the past.





women-to-be-honoured-founder-myecolin.jpgJamaica's hardworking female industry players will receive well deserved attention and recognition for their years of service. A brand new honorary event, 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC, will have their first staging this October in Kingston, Jamaica.

The event, staged by New York based Reggae artiste Mye Laurell through her NyteNursePro foundation, will see eight talented and hardworking females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Laurell and the foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

The 2016 ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will see proceeds from the event going to support various charities under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

Honorees at this year's ceremonies are veteran Reggae artiste Sister Nancy, whose worldwide hit "Bam Bam" is the most sampled female hit in the history of modern reggae music, gifted video director Nordia Rose, TV broadcaster Elaine Wint, founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall fashion designer Audrey Farquharson, renowned Dancehall Queen, Carlene, Government Minister, Babsy Grange and Dancehall dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.





Marion Hall releases first gospel video

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpgMarion Hall formerly known as Lady Saw - queen of the dancehall is proving all her naysayers wrong by staying on the new path she has taken.

Since she embraced Christ as her Lord and Saviour she has not looked back as many dancehall pundits thought she would do - but instead has been blazing a trail in the Christendom.

It is safe to say that Marion Hall is on fire for God and there is no water that can cool it down. She has now released her first gospel video entitled When God Speaks.

The video, Room In My House, was shot in Brooklyn, New York, last week, by Coche Productions and premiered days ago.





Deejay Ruffian missing...

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ruffian.jpgFemale entertainer Ruffian is reportedly missing according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force website.

According to information posted on the site, the 47-year-old-year has been missing since September 3. Ruffian, who was known as Lady Shabba, is known for songs such as The World Needs Love and Save the Juvenile.

The Portmore police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact police 911 or the nearest police station.

However, there have been unconfirmed reports that the entertainer has since returned home. However, efforts by Yardflex to contact her proved futile.





Performers announced for IRAWMA 2016

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The 2016 staging of the Martin's International Reggae And World Music Awards is just three weeks away and the performers list has just been announced.

Slated for October 2 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, attendees can expect a diverse mix of artists that will grace the stage.

This year's performers are Tarrus Riley - Dean Fraser & The Black Soil Band(Jamaica), Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage (Jamaica), Nesbeth (Jamaica), Shatta Wale (Africa), Stonebwoy (Africa), The Cables (Jamaica), Don Andre(Jamaica), X-Tassy (Haiti), Lt. Stitchie (Jamaica), Daniel Musgrove, Kay Morris(Gospel Act), Mylo Nandez (Latin Artist), Jamaican/African Dance Troops, with more to be added.

The 2016 IRAWMA Award will also recognize Irie FM out of Jamaica and VP Records for their contributions to the music industry with the 'Special Legacy Award.'

In honor of hosting the IRAWMA Awards in one of the biggest diaspora for the Caribbean community, South Florida, 3 Jamaicans living in Florida will be awarded for their 'Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry.' Recipients are songwriter Danny Breakenridge, drummer Desmond Gaynor- Code Red Band and Radio DJ, Mikey Brown, of Mikey B. Promotions and WAVS FM.





Wiz Khalifa having a great week

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wiz-kalifa-billboard-music-awards.jpgWiz Khalifa is having a great birthday week. The Pittsburgh native - born on September 8 - was named in the Top 5 of Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings and his "See You Again" video has crossed a major milestone.

His hit record featuring Charlie Puth is currently the second clip to collect at least 2 billion views on YouTube. The only other video that has been watched that many times is Psy's "Gangnam Style" (2.6 billion).

"See You Again" spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The breakout single from the Furious 7 soundtrack was nominated for three Grammys and a Golden Globe award.





Gyptian releases new video for summer single

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gyptian-photo-1.jpgReggae artiste Gyptian recently released the video for his summer single 'Summer is Back'. Never mind that the summer season is already behind us, Gyptian says the song will remain relevant because in the Caribbean, it is always summer.

Summer is Back was produced by Konsequence Muzik on the Tropical House rhythm, while the accompanying music video was shot by Yaadboiiz Films.

Gyptian recently wrapped up his Caribbean and North American tour and is now looking to embark on a tour of Europe in a matter of days.

The music video was filmed at various locations like the Blue Mountains, Hellshire Beach, Mojito Mondays, and recently premiered on internationally acclaimed music platform Boomshots.The artiste, who was certified gold for his single Hold Yuh, is expected travel to United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Sweden, among others stops on the European tour.

Gyptian is also working on a new album to be released under VP Records in 2017. He recently launched his own production/management company called Ryte Dyrekshan production.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgFollowing a series of highly charged foul-mouthed diss songs flung back and forth between Mavado and Popcaan and then Demarco and Jahmiel entering the fray, controversial artiste, Tommy Lee, has now jumped in with both feet.

As expected, the controversial deejay has unleashed a loaded track that has set the dancehall buzzing.

But, Tommy Lee is not even waiting for his lyrics to soak in, he is already hellbent on venting on Jahmiel, who he says called up his name in a diss track.

All we can say is that Isaiah Laing and his Sting organisers must be very happy.





Sting rebranded 'One World Sting' goes global

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The Greatest One Night Reggae Show on Earth, 'Sting', has been rebranded as 'One World Sting'. Starting 2017, the event will be held annually in other countries with the aim of spreading the brand and to fuse reggae and dancehall with all genres of global music.

Sting is set to premiere in London in August 2017, and will feature several top global artistes, after which it will be simultaneously staged on December 26, 2017, in both Jamaica and London as well as over 100 cities, including Beijing, Paris, Sydney, New York, Durham, Johannesburg, and Los Angeles.

The One World Sting is billed to reach an estimated two billion people in its first staging, and with the addition of multi genres, and technological integration, some, 3.4 billion people are set to witness the live event in their country.

It is not clear if the event will be on a hiatus for 2016, however, the organisers reportedly have a press conference planned for Wednesday.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgCops tell TMZ they got a couple of names twisted ... the jewelry actually belonged to Future the Prince, Drake's DJ on the tour ... not Future.

Honest mistake.update_grey_gray_barDrake went ballistic early Wednesday morning after learning one of his tour buses was targeted by thieves, who made off with 2 to 3 million dollars in bling.

Drake and Future were performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix Tuesday night when a thief or thieves made it onto a bus shared by the 2 rappers. They took a briefcase that contained millions of dollars in jewelry.

We're told the jewelry was Future's, but the video is clear -- Drake was super upset when he learned about the heist.

We're told detectives are reviewing security footage to ID the culprits.





June 2017 trial for Bill Cosby

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bill-cosby.jpgBill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania has been scheduled for June next year.

Prosecutors are hoping to have more than a dozen accusers take the stand to detail what they claim is a decades-long pattern of attacks. Cosby is charged with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his Pennsylvania home.

Approximately 60 women have accused Cosby of similar attacks, though the Constand case is the only one to result in a criminal prosecution.

The former star says all of the encounters were consensual.





morgan-heritage-photo-1.jpgGrammy winning reggae group Morgan Heritage has returned to the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Strictly Roots is spending its 39th week on the chart. The 12-track compilation which peaked in the number one position, re-enters the top 10 in sixth place.

Brothers Ziggy and Stephen Marley have also held on to key positions on the chart.

The self titled Ziggy Marley album now holds the number five spot, while Stephen's Revelation part 2; The Fruit of Life is number three.





Grand farewell for D'Angels father Clive Downer

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgHailed as an awesome father, grandfather and "one of the greatest singers who was too shy to buss', Noel "Clive" Downer was eulogised in song and spoken word at his funeral service held last Wednesday.

The Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega in the old capital of Spanish Town was as packed with mourners as it is with history, and those who were present enjoyed the flowing tributes paid to the late businessman and father of four girls, including popular recording artiste Michelle 'D'Angel' Downer. The high profile D'Angel, who arrived,with the family in a stretch limousine, led the mourners who had come to pay their last respects to a man who many called 'friend'.

"I didn't know that Clive had so many friends until last night," Loxley Downer, the very emotional brother of the deceased, informed the congregation.

It was he too, who told the packed church that perhaps the only time that Clive sang publicly was at the wedding of his daughter Michelle to Dancehall King and Grammy winner Beenie Man "and after Michelle urged his to sing, we had a hard time getting back the microphone from him", Loxley said.

And, as if recalling that momentous occasion, both D'Angel and Beenie, who sat right beside his ex-wife in the front pew, shared smiles.

The previous night, many of D'Angel's colleagues in the entertainment industry had come out to support her at the 'nine night' and on Wednesday, Lukie D, Aisha Davis and George Nooks added their voice in song with strong, passion-filled renditions of Clive Downer's favourite songs. Nooks took the singing to the next level and had the entire congregation engaged in praised and worship as he performed right before the closing prayer.

Among other entertainment personalities present was a elegantly attired Claudette Kemp, the manager for reggae artiste Capleton.

Clive Downer succumbed to his injuries in hospital after being hit down by a motorist last month in Spanish Town.





Jesse Royal on tour with Lauryn Hill

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lauryn-hill.jpgReggae artiste Jesse Royal has been making huge strides. Jesse who has been on tour all summer in Europe and the United States, has been a key staple on international R&B female soul singer Lauryn Hill's concert series MLH Caravan a Diaspora Calling.

The concert series dubbed a celebration of the many cultural facets and artistic beauty of the African Diaspora, features opening performances by the Small Axe Jesse Royal, and various artistes from across the African Diaspora including Nas, and Trinidad soca star Machel Montano.

Jesse Royal recently extended his gratitude to his team for making it possible, and Lauryn Hill for the invitation.

Jesse expressed that he was honoured to be welcomed on tour for the past couple dates and shared a photo of himself backstage with Miss Lauryn Hill.





Mr Vegas stages prayer vigil on Luke Lane

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vegas-world-unity-reggae.jpgMr Vegas o Thursday staged a prayer vigil in memory of Demario Whyte, a two-year-old boy who was allegedly shot and killed in the area.

The dancehall artiste who recently decided to give his life to Jesus, said he is keeping the vigil to send a strong message to criminals that they must stop murdering the innocent youths of Jamaica.

"The life of an innocent two-year-old child was recently snuffed out by heartless gunmen, what they did to little Demario is barbaric. We can't continue like this Jamaica, something has to be done we have to send a message to them to let them know that they must stop killing our children," said Vegas. "Jesus said 'Suffer the little children to come unto to me and I will give them rest'. We are doing this Vigil for Demario who's now resting in the arms of the saviour."





Bay-C tops chart in Germany

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Less than a year after rebranding his artiste persona as a solo act, Bay-C, formerly of the group T.O.K, has hit number one on the MTV Germany Urban Chart with his collaboration 'Rude Gyal Swing' with African Pop artiste Treesha.

The 'Rude Gyal Swing' single, recorded earlier this year, has spent six weeks on the MTV Deutsche Urban Chart since its release earlier this summer. The dance party track, produced by Deebuzz, and Hard2Def out of Germany, is a mix of Electronic Dance Music with a Dancehall flavor.

'Rude Gyal Swing' has edged out other international singles, including DJ Khaled 'I Got My Keys', Usher 'No Limit'and Fergie with 'M.i.l.f Money,' to make it to the number one spot.

Bay-C's solo artiste popularity grew in Germany after his six week solo European tour promoting his 'Better Must Come' EP, in May of this year.

Plans are already being finalized to shoot a music video for the 'Rude Gyal Swing' single as well as executing a combined tour featuring Treesha and Bay-C to amp the single's worldwide promotion. Bay-C will be releasing additional new singles through to the Christmas season and he will also release the visuals for his 'Bunx And Galang' single featuring dancers Shady Squad in a matter of weeks.





Niko Chromatic hospitalised

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niko-chromatic-gofundme.jpgPopular selector Niko Chromatic has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last week with complications.

According to his spouse, Kimberly Mais, the complications are not serious and should be rectified in short order. However, Mais said Niko is in urgent need of surgery, but the medical fund is still about US$30,000 short of target.

Donations can be made to a Gofundme account set up for the entertainer, or to Scotiabank (JMD) account #832211 or Scotiabank (USD) account #832212. Both Scotia accounts are at Scotiabank's Oxford Road branch.

Niko Chromatic, a member of the popular Chromatic sound system, announced earlier this month that he was battling kidney disease and appealed to the public for assistance with his medical bill. Both his kidneys have now failed and he is in urgent need of a transplant.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgSocialite and public relations specialist Don Creary will face trial in the Home Circuit Court on charges that he raped a 15-year-old girl in November 2013. He is to face trial along with co-accused, Shaneke Williams. The case is to be mentioned on September 16.

The decision was made Wednesday at a committal hearing, at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way Tree, to determine whether there was sufficient evidence for the matter to go to trial. The revelation comes a week after another rape charge against Creary - for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl at an apartment in Meadowbrook - was dropped.

On Wednesday, Creary was brought before the court on charges that he had sex with a 15-year old girl in a St Mary apartment after plying her with alcoholic beverages. Williams was charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

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Creary and Williams were re-offered bail in the same terms and condition of the previous bond. Court files reveal that the Creary was offered bail in the sum of $2 million with one or two sureties while Williams was offered bail in the sum of $1.2 million under the same conditions.

Last Thursday, in the case regarding the 19-year-old, the prosecution asked that a no order be made in the matter. In asking for the case to be dismissed, the prosecution said that the complainant had left the island, that the Crown doesn't have a contact number for her and that it has no reason to believe she's returning.





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThe woman claiming Chris Brown pulled a gun on her after she admired some of his friend's jewelry was stripped of the Miss California Regional 2016 title after a series of alarming incidents in the two months of her reign.

Baylee Curran, 24, called 911 from Brown's $4million mansion in southern California at 3am on Tuesday, leading to an 11-hour stand-off with police before a search warrant was executed on the property.

It ended with the award winning singer being arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon at the Tarzana mansion.

He has since been released on $250,000 bail. He was tested for drugs after arriving to jail by authorities, TMZ reported.

Curran alleged that the singer threatened her with a gun and kicked her out of his home after she was simply admiring some diamond jewelry.

She was crowned the Miss California Regional on April 1, but on July 5 of this year she was dethroned 'due to a breach of contract'.

A source close to the situation said that there were a series of allegations against Curran that raised 'red flag after red flag after red flag'.

One of those red flags, allegedly included 'racy photos' taken reportedly of Curran during a photo shoot that were anonymously sent to pageant officials.

Title holders are not to be posing or taking any revealing or nude photos of any type of nature, including both selfies and professional photo shoots.

The source said that Curran denied taking the photos, claiming that it was not her.

In addition, the source said that Curran, who is an aspiring actress, did not perform any civic duties as Miss California Regional 2016.

'She was required to perform community service and help out the community, but she did not do anything,' the source told DailyMail.com.

Furthermore, other contests in the pageant alleged that Curran threatened them, was 'very catty' and also made 'racial comments,' the source claimed.

Before dethroning Curran, pageant officials held a counseling session with her about the allegations and problems, but the situation worsened.





luciano-messenjah.jpgSinger Lucianos United States visitor's visa and work permit were cancelled by American law enforcement officers last weekend. The artiste, who was scheduled to perform at the Philadelphia Jerk Festival at Fairmount Park on Sunday, announced this development via social media.

"I sincerely regret the inconvenience and disappointment that this will cause as I am also deeply devastated. Please pray for me while I face yet another major obstacle in my life," the post from the beleaguered singer said.

The post revealed that a search by customs officers turned up a herbal medicine that contains cannabis extracts.

"I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada into America by air on August 25th, 2016, I underwent an abnormal interrogation during which my personal hand luggage was searched. During the search, a mixture that I normally use as a herb medicine for my throat was found and after numerous tests it was claimed to be illegal because it contained cannabis extracts. The herbal liquid was a very small amount (less than one gramme), but as a result my visas were revoked and I was denied entry into the US," the post explained.

"Please note that this will not affect any bookings that I have in countries anywhere else in the world, apart from North America. So please keep the faith... Jah Bless," he continued.

Luciano had several gigs lined up in California, British Columbia, Washington, Arizona and Oregon from September 2 to 17.





Sean Paul inks deal with Island

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sean-paul-photo-6.jpgBillboard chart topper Sean Paul continues to make major moves after securing his most recent number one with single titled Cheap Thrills with Sia. The recording artiste has inked a global deal with Island Records, a label associated with reggae music and the Caribbean.

The multi-album deal will see the Jamaica-born artist and producer release future works on the Universal-owned label in both the U.K. and the U.S. This deal brings an end to his brief run as an independent artist, and follows the end of his decade-long partnership with Atlantic Records.

Sean Paul is busy working on music with a new single expected in November.

He has also done a remix of Tory Lanez's song called Luv which will be released in September. Luv features a sample of Tanto Metro and Devonte's single Everyone Falls In Love. Sean Paul will also put out another single called Crick Neck, which features Chi Ching Ching.

He revealed that Colombian singer Shakira is working with a producer from Jamaica to create a dancehall inspired single of her own.





sly-and-robbie.jpgMusical influences from the Caribbean took the stage at Sunday night's staging of the MTV Video Music awards.

Caribbean artistes Nicki Minaj and Rihanna treated viewers to one of a kind performances, while the dancehall influence was very present during Beyonce's and Rihanna's sets. Rihanna, who was presented with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, performed four times over the course of the night, her best set being the reggae inspired block party. During her performance, music from Sly & Robbie, Beenie Man and Mr. Vegas were sampled.

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Additionally dance moves created by the late Mr. Wacky also took centre stage.

The night ultimately belonged to Beyonce, who stole the show with a 16-minute medley of songs taken from her latest album, Lemonade.

Meanwhile, on the winners list were Beyonce with Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Breakthrough Long-Form Video. Best Hip Hop video went to Drake and Best Collaboration was Work From Home by Fifth Harmony, who also won Song of the Summer for Flex. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna won for Best Male Video.

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Isabel Dalley crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2016

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miss-universe-jamaica-2016.jpgOn Saturday, Isabel Dalley, 18, was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2016.

The event which was staged at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, saw 22 beauties vying for the title.

In the end the 6 ft 2" beauty towered ahead of first runner up Krystal Pitt and Renae Roye, who completed the top three.

Notably absent from the original line-up of 23 was Kadeem Baker, who reportedly contracted the Zika virus.

Entertainment for the night came from Rising Star Winner Cameal Davis and Andre Palmer.

Dalley will represent Jamaica at the 65th Miss Universe pageant, which will be held on January 30, 2017 in the Philippines.





Beenie Man's Unstoppable paused

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beenie-jazz.jpgBeenie Man's new album, Unstoppable has been put on pause and now has a new release date of September 16.

"The album was due for release today (August 26), but we didn't get clearance for some of the songs in time," Rohan 'Blue' Smith, Beenie Man's manager, said in a statement.

''We had to pull it because we had two must-have tracks needed to go on the album.''

So, after waiting for 10 years to put out a studio album, Beenie Man will have to wait until September 16 for the official digital release of Unstoppable.

Prior to being available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide, persons will be able to pre-order the album on iTunes on September 2.

The 22-track album features productions from the likes of Mario C, Major Lazer, Tony Kelly, Don Corleon, Seanizzle, Jeremy Harding and Jordan McClure. Some of the artistes featured on the project are Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco, Christopher Martin and Verse Simmonds.





Nesbeth and family receive death threats

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nesbeth.jpgReggae artiste Nesbeth allegedly received death threats in the United Kingdom where he is now on a tour. According to Nesbeth's publicist Raymond 'Shadow' Small, the threats are aimed at the artiste, his children and management.

"I am very disturbed by the whole ordeal and extremely concerned for the safety and lives of my team and especially my children," Nesbeth said in a media release issued today.

The My Dream singer was reportedly sent the death threats via several voice notes to the phone of his U.K-based manager, Shanika Dobson.

According to a media release, the persons sending the threats said "no matter where they are or try to go they are going to be killed".

Nesbeth was booked to perform three shows in England.





Macka Diamond fed up with Spice

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macka-diamond-photos-2.jpg"Mi just tired of people who act like dem wah tek music business for a game. Me never grow up in this business and see people a try diss females, and this girl diss other females and gwaan like she don't want the rest of the females to eat any food," Macka said.

"She diss Tifa, she diss everybody, and gwaan like she wah cow down and bully people. Mi nah ward wid dancer fi gwaan inna the road guh beat up dem front," Macka said of the self-proclaimed queen of stage show.

Macka is the second female artiste in recent times to take issue with Spice for the way she deals with other female artistes. Recently Chin Chin, Gully Bop's one-time fiancee, said that Spice does not support female entertainers.

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Mr Vegas says he is turning Christian...AGAIN

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mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgSeven years ago Mr Vegas stunned the entertainment industry when he announced that he was giving up the dancehall in favour of a walk with God.

It's the year 2016 and Vegas is still living a life of sin. However, he decided to announce on Saturday via Facebook that he is again giving his life to the Lord.





Promoter sues Dominican gov't over Tommy Lee saga

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tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPromoter Cabral Douglas filed lawsuits in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the Government of Dominica following the 2014 detention of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta in that island and the subsequent cancellation of a concert, which he said was caused by the "unlawful arrest, detention and deportation of Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage without cause".

Douglas, the son of former prime minister Rosie Douglas, had contracted with Heavy D Promotions Limited for Tommy Lee Sparta to perform at his privately owned entertainment venue in Dominica to mark the opening of Portsmouth carnival. Douglas is seeking US$3 in damages which includes general damages, special damages, as well as for loss of business opportunity and punitive damages.

Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was to perform at a concert in February 2014 in Portsmouth, organised by Douglas, however, organisations, such as the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches denounced the artiste's appearance saying his music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.

The government of Dominica said its action was based in the interest of public safety.





Gyptian drops new summer single

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gyptian-reggae.jpgTopping #1 on Billboard Reggae charts, multi-awards winner and a gold-selling anthem are just some of the numerous accolades of Reggae star Gyptian. His prolific versatility of singing on serious social matters or delivering party anthems are what make Gyptian a worldwide fan favorite.

Fans and music lovers worldwide can rejoice in Gyptian's latest music visual offering with "Summer is Back" on the "Tropical House Riddim". A Konsequence Muzik production, the video was directed by Yaadboiiz Films. Filmed in Blue mountains, Hellshire beach, and popular weekly dance "Mojito Mondays" at Susie's in Jamaica, the sizzling single offers the essence of summer vibes. Speaking on the song, Gyptian explained "It's all about a party vibes, the fundamental moment when you can enjoy yourself with friends out drinking, or if you want to do a little workout in the gym, it's just that hype vibes you know.. it's all about Summer"

Gyptian "Summer is Back" world premiere Today, Thursday August 25th on global platform Boomshots! Boomshots Representing Global Riddim Culture from #Reggae #Dancehall, and #Dub, to #HipHop, Dubstep, UK bass culture, Rockers galore and much much more. Boomshots keeps the beat of the global street and brings you Word Sound & Power.





Wailers take 'Wailers' to court

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wailers.jpgAccording to a report by the Associated Press, former members of Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, which played alongside Bob Marley, are going to court to try to stop the group they left from performing under the same name.

Aston "Family Man" Barrett and other ex-Wailers members said in a petition filed in a Virginia Beach court this week that the reggae group currently performing as The Wailers is a sham because it includes no members of the original band. They're asking the court to act quickly and block the band from using the name, noting that it is set to play in Virginia at the Lockn' Festival this weekend.

The court set a hearing for August 31, said attorney Stephen Screnci, who is representing Barrett and the others. Asked if that meant the band would still be allowed to play this weekend, Screnci said he didn't know for sure.

"There's a lot of people buying tickets that think they're going to see The Wailers and they're not," he said of the current band in general. "If you advertised as The Beatles and you showed up and there were no Beatles, I think you'd be disappointed," he said.

Al Anderson, Tyrone Downie and Earl Lindo, who each joined the band in the '70s before Marley passed away in 1981, are also joining Barrett in the case. Michael Jones, who currently manages the band that performs as The Wailers, said Thursday that he hadn't yet read the filing. But he said that dozens of musicians have played under the Wailers name over the years. The current band is "what's left of the same band that has played continuously since 1981," Jones said.

"It's a revolving door of musicians that have played with The Wailers. It always has been," Jones said. "We have a wonderful band that is recognized worldwide as The Wailers." No one responded Thursday to an email sent to Monterey International, a booking agency named in the filing.

Barrett, who joined The Wailers in 1969 as its bassist, left the group several months ago, but the band continues to use his name and likeness in promotional materials, the petition for injunctive relief says. Barrett and the others accuse the group of deceiving consumers and concert organizers by leaving the impression that original members are still part of the band.





Funeral service for D'Angel's father August 31

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgThe service of thanksgiving to celebrate the life of the late Noel "Clive" Downer, the father of recording star Michelle "D'Angel" Downer, will be held on Wednesday, August 31, starting at 12 NOON. The historic Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega, situated at the corner of Barrett Street and Red Church Street in Spanish Town will host the church service.

Born and raised in Spanish Town, Mr Downer, an entrepreneur, died at a hospital on August 9th from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine. Mr Downer, who was 70 years old, has been hailed as a loving, supportive father to his four daughters, Nadine, Joan, Peta-Gaye and Michelle, who have said in a joint statement that he was "a wonderful father who was fun to be around; an honorable man, and a blessing to all who came in contact with him". He was remembered as the father who took the decision to stay in Jamaica in order to be close to his daughters, rather than migrate to Canada, as his other siblings had done.

In announcing the funeral arrangements for her father, D'Angel took time to point out that it is with a deep sense of pride and humility that she has been chosen to live her father's dream.

"My father always wanted to be a singer, but he shied away from the spotlight, so he was immensely proud that I took the baton from him - in a sense - and he was able to realize that dream through me," she explained.

D'Angel also expressed her heartfelt thanks to the music fraternity and her co-workers who have been supporting her in her time of grief.

The internment for Noel 'Clive' Downer will be held at Dovecot.





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This Saturday, August 27, 2016 the world renown reggae concert series We Are Reggae features reggae royalty, the prolific hitmaker Tanya Stephens. Tanya Stephens born Vivienne Stephenson caught her big break in 1996, when her ladies anthem, Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet caused quite a stir. Soon after, she began working with acclaimed producers such as Barry O'Hare, Bobby "Digital" Dixon, Harvel "Gadaffi" Hart, Dave Kelly and Tony Kelly. Future singles followed, including Draw Fi Mi Finger, Freaky Type, and Cry and Bawl, as well as the full-length releases Too Hype in 1997 and Ruff Rider a year later. Stephens also contributed backing vocals on Garnett Silk's 1998 release Journey.

She then moved to Sweden and began recording a series of alternative rock tracks. Unhappy with her new direction, she returned to reggae in 2004 with Gangsta Blues and its big hit single Boom Wuk. The ambitious Rebelution appeared in 2006 with female empowerment as its focus. Stephens has six full-length albums to her credit, including her masterpiece Gangsta Blues which was released on the VP Records insignia. An engaging performer, voice of our women, brilliant lyricist, Tanya Stephens continues to tour the world from Bangkok to New York.

We Are Reggae also presents Evin Lake, out of Port Antonio. Launching his career at a tender age in the early 1990's, Evin, then known by his government name Kevin Clarke cover the R. Kelly classic Girl I'll Be There and served notice that he can hold his own in this extremely competitive industry. He went on to work with top flight producer Barry O'Hare where his original compositions He's Alive and I Don't Want to Lose Your Love were released on O'Hare's X Rated Label. Singles were also done with Earl "Chinna" Smith of Bob Marley and Wailers fame as well as a stint with Bobby Digital. In 2007, Evin Lake dropped his hit single Come Go With Me, a cover of Teddy Pendergrass' classic, produced by Othniel " Taddy P " Campbell, which entered and climbed reggae charts across the globe.

We Are Reggae presents Tanya Stephens with Evin Lake on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at The Sand Bar, Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay in Jamaica. Gates open at 8pm and showtime 10pm. Tickets are $2000 pre-sold and $2500.00 at the gate and available at Fontana Fairview, El Paso Sam Sharpe Square, www.urticketpro.com or call 631 4952.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt seems that controversy is regularly included in the price of admission for Drake and Future's "Summer Sixteen" Tour.

The "Controlla" star has used his summer tour microphone as a megaphone to address his critics, as well as to launch some criticisms of his own. He (might've) sent shots at Tory Lanez in Austin, definitely dissed Joe Budden in Dallas, took shots at Hot 97 while in the station's home of New York City, and, most recently, called Meek Mill a "pussy" in Washington, D.C. before taking more shots at his foe in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg clearly had enough on Monday (August 22), and called out Drake for talking the talk without walking the walk.

"[Meek Mill]'s always been realer than you..your content is MEANINGLESS" the radio host posted in a series of tweets, reigniting the animosity between his station and the Toronto rapper. "... @Drake wouldn't have been the toughest kid in my hebrew school ... stop ... make hits for the club...dont try to be hard please...EVER"





Rapper DMX welcomes 15th child

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dmx-photo-1.jpgDMX has enough children to fill a Rugby team now with his latest addition, a baby boy by the name of Exodus Simmons, his fifteenth offspring, TMZ reports.

Baby Simmons came into the world on Friday (August 20) weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. The mother is DMX's longtime girlfriend Desiree and Exodus is her first child.

Although the 45-year-old rapper missed the baby's delivery because he was in Arizona, he immediately flew back to New York to welcome his newborn son.

DMX tells TMZ that he is overjoyed and calls Exodus a "blessing."

During DMX's 11-year marriage to his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, he had many children outside of their holy covenant. One baby mama sued the rapper for defamation and child support resulting in a $1.5 million order for DMX to pay up.

In 2013, he filed chapter 11 bankruptcy due to his child support obligations.





corey-todd.jpgPopular businessman and night club operator, Corey Todd, was a no-show at his trial yesterday in the Half-Way-Tree Court. Toddcharged with malicious destruction of property and assault occasioning bodily harm, was postponed yesterday (Mon).

A new date of January 25 was set after Todd's attorney, told the court his client was not in the island.

The charge stemmed from an incident in which recording artiste Devin Di Dakta was assaulted at one of Todd's nightclubs.

The police had reported that in January this year Devin Di Dakta was forcibly removed from the Taboo nightclub by security personnel.

It's alleged that he was taken to the parking lot and beaten by several persons because of a song perceived to be disrespecting Todd.





danielle-di-bolt.jpgDancehall artiste Danielle DI has remixed her new single, 'Class' to pay tribute to Usain Bolt and Team Jamaica at the just concluded Olympic Games.

The controversial deejay not only released the audio for the new record, but also revealed images from a new body paint photo shoot, which are also dedicated to Bolt and Team Jamaica for their triumph in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Rio inspired version of Class sees the Sly and Robbie protege chanting lyrics, which praise the team's effort in Brazil. The accompanying images see Danielle DI once again using her body as a canvas. This time, however, for the display of the colours of the Jamaican flag.he National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.





rick-ross-photo-3.jpgHigh Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival featuring Ky-Mani Marley, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and a host of other high class acts, is scheduled for the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on September 3 and 4.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, who is putting together this concert with an aim to bring visitors to Jamaica outside the peak season of tourist arrivals,"We plan to create this as an annual event that celebrates aspects of Jamaica's rich and vibrant music and cultural heritage."

Lee 'Scratch' Perry is one of the pioneers of dub music and has produced for artistes like Junior Byles, The Heptones, Max Romeo, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. The 80-year-old musical maestro, known for his innovative musical techniques, won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003 and the following year was named as one of the greatest artistes of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Ky-Mani is the son of the King of Reggae. The reggae and rap artiste has also carved his niche as an actor starring in the 2002 cult classic, Shottas. He will bring his musical skill set to the event in a performance not seen often on Jamaican soil.

"We're excited to have reggae music royalty on our stage at the High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival. Ky-Mani embodies the image that we are trying to bring across to our patrons. We strive on positivity, and Ky-Mani is the perfect candidate," Gordon said.

Rick Ross, one of rap's biggest names, has also been added to the line-up.





Osujah Records way up with positivity

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osujah-records.jpgWith the intention of being a major player in the music and entertainment business, the CEO of Osujah Records, Donna Burnett, has pledged to give this newest venture her total and undivided attention.

Burnett, a registered nurse by profession, now also quite comfortably wears the hats of artiste manager, co-producer, riddim-maker, and executive producer. Incidentally,this multi-talented and multi-faceted lady is also a song-writer, dub poet and a singjay who goes by the name Lady Donna.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, but now residing in St Ann - Hampstead to be exact - Ms Burnett set up Osujah one year ago in Hampstead to develop local talent. She has so far signed five artistes to her Osujah Records label singer Anaicon, and singjays I-Konji, I-Nanny, Ras Pree Dem and, of course, Lady Donna.

The label founder, while acknowledging that there are quick bucks to be made by doing a certain type of music, is insistent that Osujah Records will take the high road and stick to a diet of positive, uplifting music.

"Music that will feed the mind and the soul; music that has a long shelf life; music that is positive," says Burnett, who disclosed that she is from a musical family and learned quite young how to string up a sound by working alongside her uncle, who was the owner of Touch of Class Disco.

Lady Donna has lived in the United States for over 30 years, 11 of which she spent in the US Navy's health service. Having given sterling service in that field overseas, she still plays her part here in Jamaica, but right now is passion is music, especially focusing on helping talented young acts to get the recognition they truly deserve.

The singer in her camp, 22-year-old Anaicon, who Lady Donna describes as "respectful and elegant" is the first artiste who she is pushing out. His six-track EP, The Rebel, is the company's major project currently and already there is a buzz about songs such as This Is Me and All About You.

Reluctant to take away the spotlight from her artistes, Lady Donna, who attended the prestigious The Queen's High School in Jamaica, and was influenced by two older students there -- girl duo Althea and Donna (Uptown Top Rankin) -- revealed that she was quite the dancehall queen while at school. She now has out two songs under her Lady Donna moniker, Save A Life and Bumming Ball on the riddim of the same name.





bolt-jfk-shots-fired.jpgReports of shots fired at New York's John F Kennedy Airport that caused widespread panic Sunday night, and sparked a massive emergency police response, may have been prompted by rowdy people clapping and cheering for Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

NBC NEWS reported that "cheering, clapping and banging from people watching the Olympic Games may have been misinterpreted as a fight and gunshots".

The 9:30 pm panic ensued just as the Jamaican superstar won the 100-meter dash at the Rio Olympics for the third time, making history, the New York Post reported.

The NYPD received reports of shots fired at two different terminals, sending people in the airport running for their lives and causing a massive evacuation, according to the Post.





miss-universe-jamaica-stripped.jpgJamaica-born US based beauty queen Sharlene Radlien has been instructed to relinquish the title of Miss Universe Jamaica..

The stripping of Radlein of her role on Friday comes after she filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court on July 20. In the lawsuit, which was filed in the Supreme Court on July 20, Radlein alleges that the defendants are in breach of an agreement to award her a prize package valued at more than $2 million, and in further breach by not paying over the cash prize portion of the prize due since January.

Karl Williams; fellow Miss Universe Jamaica manager Mark McDermoth; and Uzuri International Designs are the registered holder of the Miss Universe franchise, and are being sued by Radlein.

Miss Universe Jamaica's principals made the announcement at a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus on Monday.

"Since being crowned ... we have painstakingly sought to guide Ms Radlein in a manner which reflects the vision and ideals of the organization. However, her actions have been wholly inconsistent with the culture of the pageant, both locally and internationally," the local organisers said.





goat.jpgAnimal rights activist are calling for the authorities to locate and take swift action against a local comedian, who publicly confessed to acts of bestiality in an online skit.

The video, titled 'My Strange Addiction', has amassed 215,000 views on social media website, Facebook. It was also highlighted in Africa via Gossip Mil Nigeria and viewed by more four million people.

In the video, a comedian in Jamaica, who goes by the moniker Kyng Tavii, expresses his love for goats and for being a goat.

"I'm taking this goat life very serious," he said. "Let me introduce you guys to my girlfriend (a goat). Her name is Stacy. This is my babymother Stacy. She is pregnant for like a week now and I can't wait for the kid. I love Stacy."

Kyng Tavii followed by saying that he has a pornographic video with the goat that is already on the Internet and that they are not afraid to have sex in public. This was followed by him dry humping the goat.

While some persons thought the video was amusing, others thought it was quite disturbing, with some persons going as far as to issue death threats.





niko-chromatic-gofundme.jpgDancehall selector Niko Chromatic is more than happy by the support he has been receiving since going public with news that he has been battling a serious kidney disease for the past year.

According to a report in Jamaica's popular afternoon paper, Niko's decision to make his health issues public was prompted by the latest news he received from doctors. Both his kidneys have now failed and the selector is in urgent need of a transplant.

News of the popular selector's medical condition was made public via social media on Wednesday and came as a shock to many persons in the entertainment fraternity who were unaware of his health issues.

Kimberley Mais, Niko's spouse, said he was officially diagnosed with renal disease in July 2015 and has been in and out of the hospital since.

"Only a few close friends and family members knew what he was going through. Niko is very independent. He likes to take care of himself, and so he didn't want to make this public out of fear that people would start feeling sorry for him," she is reported as saying.

"We tried to handle the situation on our own, but it was getting too much for us. It took some convincing, but he finally decided to ask for help."

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Niko.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgDrake's father Dennis Graham is set to release his very first - and possibly his only- album. Yes, you heard right. The 60-something-year-old is launching a musical career of his own and is giving fans a taste with a snippet of his new single and video for "Kinda Crazy".

Drizzy's dad teamed up with producer Jamie Iovine, the son of Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, for the song and will be dropping it this month while he completes his R&B album.

Drake, who has given his stamp of approval, has rapped about his father's musical inclinations in the past, perhaps most notably on "You & the 6" off If You're Reading This It's Too Late.





sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgEight years after his US visa and work permit were revoked, singjay Sizzla Kalonji will make his long-awaited return to a New York stage when he appears at the 23rd annual Irie Jam Radio anniversary celebration on Labour Day, Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Since the news broke that US immigration authorities had 'fly the gate' for the reggae artiste to perform stateside again, there has been an exciting buzz especially from his fans in the New York Tri-State Area, who are overjoyed.

Ironically, Sizzla's last major outdoor concert performance in NY was at Irie Jamboree 2008, an event that was co-produced by Irie Jam Radio. At the festival that year, moments before Sizzla's electrifying performance, large video screens replayed Olympic gold medal races by Usain 'Lighting' Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker as thousands in the diaspora celebrated Jamaica's historic performance at the Beijing Olympics.

"It has been a long, long wait for music fans who have waited patiently to see Sizzla perform live again here," Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie Jam Radio, said. "Since that performance, we have received numerous calls from fans wanting to see him in NY again. We have listened to the people's cry and we are excited to include him on our Labour Day weekend anniversary presentation."





Popular sound system selector Niko from Chromatic has announced that he has been suffering from severe kidney disease.

The MC, who has been noticeably absent from the group's recent exploits, took to social media to make the news public, after suffering with the condition privately.

Since the announcement a number of Djs, including some of our Zjs have taken to their social media pages in support.

His camp has since set up a GoFundMe account to help with an upcoming surgery.

More details of the operation will be made public next week.





Family member pawns Peter Tosh's Grammy

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peter-tosh-photo-2.jpgReports are that an anonymous member of Peter Tosh family have allegedly pawned the singer's Grammy Award and his guitar.

According to US website,TMZ, Peter Tosh's 1987 Grammy for Best Reggae Recording and one of his Martin acoustic guitars now belongs to Dylan McDermitt of LBC Pawn in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Reports are that, about five months ago, a Tosh family member went into the store to pawn the items. TMZ claims McDermitt jumped at the opportunity and snatched the Grammy for $4k and the guitar for $2k more.

It is understood that the relative was pawning the items due to a family battle over the Peter Tosh's estate. Both Niambe and Dave Tosh have so far not commented on the matter.

Recently, chairman of Pulse Investments, Kingsley Cooper has activated plans to open a museum that will honour the lifeworks of Peter Tosh with fascinating Tosh memorabilia and artifacts. Cooper has since signed a landmark agreement in New York City with Tosh's daughter, Niambe McIntosh who signed on behalf of the Peter Tosh Estate.

Peter Tosh was shot and killed in 1987. He did not have a will.





Macaulay Culkin says he not addicted to drugs

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macauly-culkin.jpgThe only thing he's addicted to is pizza...

Drew Barrymore, Lindsey Lohan, Macaulay Culkin...all fallen child stars that seem to have picked themselves back up and become normal functional adults. As the most successful child actor of all time, we haven't heard much from the Home Alone star. He's spent the better part of the last decade and a half avoiding paparazzi and turning down interviews. The only thing the world had to feed on concerning him were rumors...until now.

For the first time in ten years, Macaulay Culkin sat down with Rhik Samadder from The Guardian and dished on everything from Donald Trump to his plans for the future.





Sean Paul is number one on Billboard Hot 100

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sean-paul-photo-5-more-details.jpgMulti-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul, is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

For the second week in a row, the Cheap Thrills collaboration with Australian singer/song-writer Sia has peaked at the ultimate position in the music charts.

After being number one on the Canadian Billboard chart and hitting other charts worldwide; this charting is one for the books, giving Sean Paul yet another chart topping Sean Paul's Get Busy crested the Billboard charts in 2003 when he also topped the chart with Beyoncé collaboration Baby Boy. In 2006, Temperature topped the Hot 100 making way for the Bailando collaboration with Enrique Iglesias which made history in 2014 after having the longest run on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.

This Cheap Thrills entry, having been in collaboration with Sia will also go in the Billboard history books.She is now one of two women to have a Chart topping track after reaching 40 years of age. Madonna was the first female to have achieved this.

The first leg of Sean Paul's Outta Control Europe Summer 2016 Tour which ran from June 26, making stops in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, culminated in Enghien, France on July 12.

Since then, the artiste has been delighting fans on special appearances including joining Jay Sean on stage in France and performing their Make My Love Go collaboration.





King Jammy releases new album

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king-jammy-sounds-of-freedom.jpgKing Jammy is one of reggae's most prolific talents, whose career spans a half-century. Almost 40 years since the original sessions, King Jammy revisits the seminal album that launched his career as a producer.

New Sounds of Freedom is a re-working of the 1977 Black Uhuru classic Love Crisis featuring an array of contemporary vocal talents. The 10-track set blends the original audio with new lyrics that add a contemporary relevance and underscore the timeless quality of the originals. Each song is revamped with new lyrics from artists including Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid and U Roy.

New Sounds of Freedom updates Love Crisis in a similar way that Black Sounds of Freedom (released in 1981) updated the original sonic quality and introduced the songs to a new and wider audience.

"I wanted to enhance these songs but give them the vintage feel," says King Jammy of the set. "I have great adoration and respect for this album and want it to live on with reggae music fans."

New Sounds of Freedom will be released August 12, 2016 on VP Records and follows a string of recent King Jammy releases with VP Records including King Jammy's Roots, Reality & Sleng Teng Anthology (2015) and Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub of Thrones (2015).





miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgA GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds to cover the final expenses of Miss Jamaica Universe 2011, Shakira Martin, who died of sickle cell anaemia at Memorial West Hospital in Miami yesterday morning.

The 30-year-old's death was confirmed by her mother, Andrea Hall, via social media.

Up to press time, US$9,360 was donated by 121 contributors. The target is US$20,000.

Martin is the daughter of Alphonso Martin, founding member of British reggae band Steel Pulse. She represented Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011.

She battled the illness since birth and took on sickle cell awareness as her platform during her reign.





Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has paid tribute to the actor, broadcaster, director and writer Louis Marriott who passed away yesterday. He was 81.

Minister Grange said Marriott was a multitalented and creative man who had contributed much to Jamaica's culture.

"Louis was one of the last great band of local theatre practitioners, including the late Trevor Rhone, Charles Hyatt and Lloyd Record, to have left us in recent times. It was heart breaking to receive news of his passing on Emancipation Day," the minister said in a statement. "His memory will live on in family and friends, but also in the books and many plays that he wrote, including 'Bedward' which is widely regarded as a Jamaican and Caribbean classic. Louis Marriott was, truly, a stalwart of Jamaican theatre."

Marriott, who served as a press secretary to former prime minister, the late Michael Manley, died leaving his widow, Erica, and daughters Lavinia and Karen.





Former Miss Jamaica Universe is dead

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miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgFormer Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin, 30, died in a Florida hospital at 12:28 Tuesday night from complication with the sickle cell disease.

She spent her last few hours unconscious on a life support machine as family and close friends surrounded her to say goodbye.

"My darling princess Shakira Aminah passed away at 12.28am from complications from sickle cell blood clots to both lungs," her mother Andrea Hall posted on the social media site, Facebook.





future-fambo-2016.jpgDancehall artiste Future Fambo has released his debut album Evolve - The Uprise which makes its Top 10 debut on the iTunes chart, marking an important milestone in his career.

The choice in album title is poignant as Fambo has evolved from releasing singles, to releasing a complete body of work. To have the disc debuted on the iTunes chart is icing on the cake!

Produced by Blaze Entertainment Records, based in the United States, the album features 13 tracks that are heavily influenced by EDM (Electronic Dance Music), and is heavily spiced by the artists patois vocals. Songs like "WAVY," "Wanna Be" and "Molleh" have tested well with fans in the Caribbean and Europe, while "The Bloodclaute Song" and "Rick Flair" continue to receive radio attention due to their popularity.

While speaking to DJ Unknown at Real Deal 106.1 FM in New York, Fambo described the albums creative process as being "forward thinking." Fambo elaborates by saying "the album had to be recorded with a party in mind that is going to happen. Usually when I record I do it thinking about what happened in the past. We flipped that script and I really like how it turned out. It's WAVY!"





gaza-princess-coming-soon.jpgGreater Portmore High School has received a computer from Official VK Line. Principal, Ricardo Ross last week accepted on behalf of the school, an HP laptop. The computer was handed over by Shona-Lee S. Thompson, brand manager of Official VK Line. This is one of many as the company has announced a plan to donate at least once computer to every high school in Portmore, one high school has been promised as much as three computers.

This move is a part of the company's GEL programme, which stands for Gaza Education and Literacy. The GEL programme seeks to assist in increasing all forms of literacy in the youth of Kartel's hometown. "Increased computer literacy should also aid in other areas of literacy as it increases access to information," said Ms. Thompson. In the previous announcement, the brand manager also mentioned plans for a summer programme.

Official VK Line, the clothing line authorized and endorsed by Vybz Kartel features male and female tops, shorts, footwear, in addition to other articles of clothing. The line is set to be a lifestyle brand, based on Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement.





beenia-man-zika.jpg"The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable"

The star posted a photo to social media showing him flat on his back in bed being tested for the notorious virus.

The unlucky star received a double whammy after contracting dengue as well.

"Jah know...dah week ya deal wid me a way!!"

"No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven't seen the press release)

Zika Virus hol' mi..."

Beenie Man was one of the headline acts on Drake's OVO Fest along with Machel Montano.





gen-degree-album.jpgJamaican dancehall general, Degree stops traffic with his brand-new collection of dancehall anthems on From The 90s, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 12, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

Born Cardiff Butt in Mandeville, Jamaica, the world-renowned dancehall deejay (Jamaican rapper) blasted onto the music scene over 20 years ago, and has remained a mainstay on airwaves and playlists ever since. Consistently touring and keeping his brand relevant with fans - a rare accomplishment in the dancehall genre, this timeless artist now returns with a collection of new hits to satisfy dancehall aficionados, globally.

"I'm very excited to bring my new album From The 90s for longtime and new fans everywhere," reveals General Degree. "The album delivers classic dancehall vibes I'm known for, while keeping things fresh with new music from some of the top producers in Caribbean music today."





40 years since Peter Tosh 'Legalise It'

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peter-tosh.jpgFrom the revolutionary title song to its bold album jacket, Peter Tosh made a statement with Legalize It, his landmark debut album which was released in the United States 40 years ago today.

Distributed by Columbia Records, Legalize It was a sensational call for global legalisation of ganja. It is regarded as one of the great protest albums and the fiery Tosh's signature work.

In a May 2003 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Lee Jaffe, an American who was instrumental in signing Tosh to Columbia, said the singer/songwriter was eager to make an impact with his first album.





Big gospel concert for Bronx

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Fun In The Son NYC 2016 and NYC Council Member Andy King and The High School of Contemporary Arts will stage a Community Engagement Day Parade on Saturday, August 6, 2016 featuring internationally renowned pastor and gospel artist Rev. Donnie McClurkin.

Local performing acts will include Glacia Robinson, Dwight Schroeter, Jairus McNeil, Vill E. Wright, Nadje` Leslie and Brotha George. Lady D of Linkage Radio and Bob Lee of WBLS will host the event on the grounds of Evander Childs soccer field, 800 East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx starting at 10:00a.m.

The family oriented festival serves to promote the Jamaican and wider Caribbean cultures by showcasing the region's music, foods, arts, and craft, a healthy village, and childrens village.

The event has served to satisfy the recreational needs of a diverse demographic and is a uniting force in the city.

The festival has attracted over 12,000 persons and after three years has become a staple on the North American entertainment calendar. It has attracted people from the Caribbean, Canada and from across the United States.





Tami and Wayne's baby is named Atlas

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tessanne-chin-nephew.jpgOh oh, we notice that one website had the name of Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall's baby spelt wrong in the headline of their article. The baby is named Atlas...like the book we use in school for Geography...not Atlast.

Yardflex congratulates Tami and Wayne on thebirth of their son Atlas.





vershon-and-jahmiel.jpgJahMiel and Vershon are being called out for missing their allotted performance time at Reggae Sumfest.

The two entertainers who were slated to perform on Dancehall Night were according to organizers barred from performing after missing their respective slots.

Kings of Kings Promoter and popular stage manager Worrell King, who was one of the stage managers at this year's Reggae Sumfest claims the entertainers who missed their allotted performance time, were allegedly waiting on star time.

Meanwhile, efforts by Music News to get a comment from Vershon or JahMiel were futile. Both entertainers were given a lifeline by other entertainers who provided them with a platform to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Vershon was called on by PopCaan while Beenie Man provided JahMiel with the opportunity.





Mayor Harris of Montego Bay says the St James Parish Council has unanimously supported a resolution which calls for promoters applying for an entertainment permit to put in place cameras at their own expense.

Additionally, the security minister has outlined that children are not to be found in dances and has advocated for the banning of promoters who are found in breach more than once after being warned.

But, noting that children "of a lesser circumstance" have little alternative but to do vending in order to send themselves to school, the Montego Bay mayor went on to declare that there are legitimate reasons why some children may be found at a dance. He said this is something that the Council will also have to look at in finding the best way to deal with the situation.





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgDancehall/pop entertainer Sean Paul is now enjoying the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

His collaboration with singer Sia titled Cheap Thrills, rose two places to take the top spot.

This is Sia's first Hot 100 number one as an artiste, while Sean Paul earns his fourth topper and first in more than 10 years.

Cheap Thrills unseats Drake's One Dance, featuring WizKid and Kyla, which led the Hot 100 for 10 weeks, marking both the longest-leading number one of 2016 and of Drake's career.





sizzla-photo-5.jpgSizzla Kalonji is scheduled to headline the 32nd annual Reggae On The River festival between August 4-7 at French's Camp, Garberville, California USA.

The singjay is set to return to the United States stage for the first time in eight years following the return of his US work permit.

"California guess who's coming to bun off the stage show?!?!" the artiste posted on his Instagram page Monday.

Sizzla reportedly collected his visa this week.

Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, had not held a US visa or work permit since 2008 when it was revoked. The artiste is known for his controversial statements and harsh criticism of the homosexual community.





george-nooks.jpgJamaican entertainer George Nooks has entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

The album, which is spending its second week on the chart, is now sitting comfortably in the number four position.

Ziggy Marley's self titled album and Vybz Kartel's King of the Dancehall are in the number three and eight spots respectively.

Reggae and Dancehall have had a major impact on the charts in recent weeks.

Charlie Blacks is still enjoying the success of his hit Gyal You A Party Animal while artiste Sean Paul has the number one song in the US with Cheap Thrills, a collaboration with SIA.





Vybz Kartel launches Official VK Line

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official-vk-line-3.jpgJailed deejay Vybz Kartel has broadened his entrepreneurial skills further cementing brand Vybz Kartel.

Official VK Line is the dancehall deejay's latest venture. Lingerie, caps, t-shirts, shorts, footwear; VK is for the men and women ready to tell a tale with fashion. The brand which depicts Vybz Kartel's edgy lyrics, seamless flow, and musical genius, serves as an inspiration for ghetto youths with a dream.

Official VK Line 3Official VK Line's intellectual property rights are owned by the deejay's common-law wife Tanesha "Shorty" Johnson and is being marketed and distributed by Whirlwind Entertainment.

An official launch is slated to take place this Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in the capital city where the media and industry players will get a premier experience of the Official VK Line. Vybz Kartel's Official VK Line is available for purchase at officialvkline.com.

Despite being confined, Vybz Kartel continues to make a positive impact on society. Just recently, through his GEL program which stands for Gaza Education and Literacy, the dancehall deejay has donated a computer to the Greater Portmore High School.

GEL's mission geared towards increasing computer literacy among the nation's youths will see the company donate at least one computer to every high school in Portmore.





Sizzla gets back his US visa; giving thanks

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sizzla-spain.jpgAfter being unable to travel to the United States for some eight years, dancehall artiste Sizzla Kalonji's travel documents have been reinewed.

Talks of Sizzla expected to perform at the 32nd annual Reggae on the River in the United States sparked questions about whether Sizzla's US travel documents were restored.

Reggae on the River festival is expected to run from between August 4-7 in California USA.

Sizzla's US visa and work permit were revoked in 2008. Fellow dancehall deejay Aidonia who was in a similar position, recently had his US visa reinstated.





muhammad-ali-boxer.jpgHis nine children and widow met in California on June 28 to get the job done. His seven daughters, his son, Muhammad Ali Jr., and his adopted son all got an equal share while his widow Lonni get to keep the estate.

After coming into his millions, Muhammad Jr. has reportedly packed up and left his wife & 2 kids in Chicago's South Side while moving into a better neighborhood.

"Ali Jr. went to California, and now he's got some money all of a sudden," dished the source.

It's a huge change for Ali Jr., who'd been estranged from his famous father -who passed away on June 3 at age 74 - for years. For the past decade, he and his family - wife Shaakira and their children, Ameera, 8, and Shakera, 7 - have been relying on food stamps and handouts to get by, insiders said.

While Ali Jr. is moving from Chicago's blighted West Englewood area to a middle-class neighborhood near Midway Airport, "his wife and children won't miss out," insisted the source.

"He gave his wife $75 to buy herself something nice, and bought the kids new shoes. He also wants to set up a trust fund for his kids," added the source of Ali Jr., who has struggled with marijuana addiction and other issues.

Family members now hope to keep him on the straight and narrow, said the source, but Ali Jr. is more focused on starting a business and helping people in the community.

"He wants to do landscaping stuff and help people," said our mole. "He doesn't need much. He's a simple dude."

$75 and some new shoes? We don't know what types of issues he and his wife may have had, but his kids deserve a better life. Let's hope he gives it to them.





Jamaica looks to welcome the inaugural High Vibes Roots & Reggae Festival, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, at the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on US Labour Day weekend, September 3 and 4. Patrons will have the chance to experience the heart and soul of reggae music while learning about the pivotal role that cannabis has played in the birth of the Rastafarian religion and lifestyle. This two-day festival promises to deliver an exciting weekend celebrating Rastafarian culture, roots and reggae, featuring first class music events and stage shows alongside an unbeatable vendor exhibition, delectable culinary experience and the very finest cannabis.

Many may ask why another music festival? High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival is different in its focus, it brings a first-class line up of the very best in reggae music like Kymani Marley, Beenie Man, Lee Scratch Perry and Emch Subatomic to name a few. There will be the best Ital cuisine along with exquisite global specialties, top wholesalers, growers and retailers, locally and internationally, along with interaction with the international cannabis movers and shakers as well as VIP service for an unforgettable elevated experience. High Vibes Jamaica organizers have gone a step further to make the experience amazing and more convenient to enjoy by providing affordable accommodation packages in top class hotels with a range of budget options.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, the island's Marijuana Laws are finally being amended and have been relaxed in a number of areas. "These changes have opened up new avenues for us to create events that will attract many people who identify and embrace the Jamaican and Rastafarian culture," Gordon said.

"High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival goes beyond a live music experience; it will certainly be entertaining but it will also be educational as we want to share all aspects of Rastafarian culture and not limit our showcase to just the music. We want to share the food, craftsmanship and the basic knowledge about Jamaican culture for the patrons to get an ultimate festival experience, in the heart of reggae music." Gordon explained.

The exhibition space at the Festival is designed to keep patrons flowing through the event from the time it starts all the way to when the concerts end. High Vibes Jamaica hopes to deliver to Montego Bay a music festival with the potential to grow and benefit the local economy. There will be a limit to the number of booths in each line of business to maximize the benefit to the exhibitors and patrons, with exhibition packages, sponsorship opportunities and partnerships that will be tailored to meet business objectives and budget.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgReggae Sumfest 2016 was a fantastic production which showcased two nights of dazzling performances from a strong contingent of reggae and dancehall artistes.

While many acts proved their mettle, at the end of the two nights Yardflex can report that it was the Doctor Beenie Man who shone the brightest on Dancehall Night, while "the singer's singer", Sanchez was the undisputed ruler of Reggae Night. Beenie Man, from his awesome entrance from beneath the stage, to his performance which saw him bring on stage, the controversial darling of Mo Bay, Tommy Lee, stamped his indomitable class on Reggae Sumfest 2016.

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Sanchez was in his zone and it was a joy just to use all five senses to assimilate his outstanding performance. Every song was a boomshot and the more Sanchez gave, the more the insatiable crowd demanded. The singer christened Kevin Jackson gave younger acts a master class in what it means to have a catalogue of hits and use them wisely. Sanchez didn't need gimmicks, dancers or antics - all he had was his voice and he used it damn well.

barrington-levy-sumfest.jpgOf course, there were other stand-out acts, whose impressive performances made Reggae Sumfest 2016 arguably the event of the year. Among them were I-Octane, Dexta Daps, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy, Chris Martin, Tarrus Riley and Nesbeth.

Kudos to new owner Josef Bogdanovich and the entire Downsound Entertainment team for staging a superb festival.





ishawna-reggae-sumfest.jpgOne of only three females booked for Reggae Sumfest 2016's Dancehall night,recording artiste Ishawna was a no-show at the event, after reports spread of her ditching her management, Downsound Records..

Speaking with Onstage TV's Winford Williams, Joe Bogdanovich says he felt bad that she wasn't at the event as it's a huge opportunity for her career.

Joe also addressed her Donwnsound exit stating that her contract his still binding confirming that there's some trouble in the camp.





Marvin the Dancer arrested as Sumfest

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgPopular dancer Marvin was reportedly detained by cops at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday night.

The controversial dancer was in May instructed by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) to turn himself in to police custody, however he failed to comply.

Related: "Dancehall Extremist&" Marvin DI Beast breaks his silence on risky dancing

Detectives from CISOCA had listed the dancer as wanted for questioning following investigations into a viral video which showed Marvin the Dancer and his cronies chasing and cornered a female patron, and physically forcing themselves on her.

There were also some suggestions that the female in the viral video might have been under aged, however these suspicions were not confirmed by authorities.

The viral footage triggered widespread condemnation from several groups and was even picked up by several international tabloids.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgControversial artiste Gully Bop has been arrested in the United States on domestic abuse and robbery charges arising from incidents reported to the police by his ex-fiancee, A'mari. However, Chin Chin, formerly known as Shauna Chin, who just happens to be another ex-fiance of Bop, has been working closely with his attorney to help Gully beat the charges.

The 'Wuk Affa Mi' deejay, real name Robert Lee Malcolm was at the John F. Kennedy airport last Wednesday when New York cops arrested him. Bop's ex-fiancée, A'mari quickly confirmed the arrest and said she was responsible for the charges on the artiste.

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A'mari alleges that Bop ran her down with a knife earlier this year and stole her passport and green card. She also added that more persons will be arrested as Bop's associates have constantly been threatening her life.

Meanwhile, Gully Bop appeared in the Brooklyn Criminal Court on Thursday and was granted $1,200USD bail, his other ex-fiancée.





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raheem-sterling-girl.jpgEngland footballer Raheem Sterling flew two sisters out on a private jet to his L1million home in Jamaica while his girlfriend holidayed on the other side of the world.

Sterling, 21, invited Elise and Elene Wagstaff to join him at his palatial home in Kingston, where the sisters documented their luxury trip on social media.

The pair posted pictures which included a pile of cash, a private plane, a fleet of supercars and a number of bikini shots showing them lounging next to the pool while enjoying the sunshine.

Sterling moved his childhood sweetheart Paige Hansel, 20, into his L3.5million mansion in Wilmslow, Cheshire, back in February - but she was not on the Caribbean trip.

Instead Ms Hansel was on a separate holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

The Sun reports that yesterday Elise tweeted 'Damn I miss my baby' - just a couple of days after Sterling left the sisters to join up with his City team-mates for a pre-season tour in China.

A source said: 'It seems strange that Raheem's on holiday in Jamaica with a couple of stunning girls while Paige is so far without him.





dr-carolyn-cooper-launch.jpgUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) academic Dr Carolyn Cooper is calling for a reggae format in Jamaica's primary schools, following an embarrassing double gaffe this month in Television Jamaica's Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz.

To the question, "In which Caribbean country did reggae music originate?", a member of one team incorrectly responded, "Trinidad and Tobago".

When the same question was posed to the rival team, they said Barbados, which is also inaccurate.

"I still feel it for those poor students. Our sense of national pride is at stake...the Ministry of Education has let them down," Dr Cooper told the gathering at the launch of A St Mary Mi Come From on Tuesday.





JCDC Big Stage Parish Finals Sunday

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jcdc-logo.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Eastern Region will kick start its Emancipation and Independence celebrations with the Big Stage Parish finals in Kingston & St Andrew at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Friday. Show time is 7:00 pm.

St Catherine is expected to host its Big Stage finals at the GC Foster College in Spanish Town on Saturday, July 23, at 4:00 pm as part of the Social Development Commission Sports Extravaganza, while St Thomas Big Stage is scheduled at Morant Bay Square, on Saturday, July 23, starting at 7:00 pm.

Several talented individuals will vie for top honours at the finals and will compete in the categories of dance, singing, deejaying, singjaying, novelty acts, and poetry. The competition was staged in phases with a community search across the parishes and a development workshop to improve the finalists' presentations and earning potential.





The popular trend of breakfast parties is set to have its first staging in Western Jamaica, as Antidote Entertainment will take over the lawns of Whitter Village in Montego Bay on Sunday for Solar all-inclusive breakfast party.

The event will see popular DJ Kurt Riley of FAME FM headlining the entertainment roster; DJ Jigga and Chromatic are also slated to perform, with a special appearance by fast-rising media personality Yanique the Curvy Diva also on the line-up.

Part proceeds from the event will be in aid of We Care Foundation, which supports Cornwall Regional Hospital. The organisers hope to raise some $2M in order to purchase much needed medical equipment for the hospital.

Ticket prices are $4000 pre-sold and $5000 at the gate. Pre-sold tickets are available at Fontana Pharmacy locations and Pier One in Montego Bay.





Police 'preeing' partygoers

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The police will be 'preeing' partygoers during the summer, so those of you who are planning to attend events such as Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay; Dream Weekend in Negril; Flex Week in the Corporate Area and Portmore; French Men in St Ann; and SPF in St Ann are advised to get your car in top shape.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, head of the JCF's Traffic Division, says they will be launching several night operations focusing on party spots in the Corporate Area and other sections of the island.

"We are targeting motorist heading to and from parties and other entertainment events. We are doing breathaliser testing, checking for defective vehicles, among other things," he warned.





capleton-airborne.jpgGuest speaker at Tuesday's launch of A St Mary Mi Come From' had high praises for musical ambassador Capleton for not forgetting the parish of his birth.

UWI professor, Dr. Carolyn Cooper reminded the large gathering at the launch that Capleton is "an artiste who has supported positivity and we have to big him up. A lot of us forget where we come from".

From the response, it would seem that many in the room were in total agreement with her.

After a three-year hiatus, the hugely popular charity show staged by the internationally-acclaimed reggae artiste, Capleton, makes its triumphant return to the stage. 'A St Mary Mi Come From' now celebrating its 12th year will be held on August 5 at what has now become its official home, the Gray's Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay, St Mary. This year's renewal of the event is a celebration of all that is good about Jamaica and musical ambassador, Capleton, is elated at being able to continue to give back to St Mary and adjoining parishes in a meaningful way.

"A mi birth parish, St Mary is everything to mi. Wi grow up there an' wi know what suffering is all about," the altruistic Capleton is quoted as saying.

This year, a slew of artistes will be taking the stage not only to entertain patrons, but also to endorse Capleton and his charitable work. The stellar line-up includes Capleton, Jah Cure, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Bounty Killer, Cocoa Tea, Ninja Man, Romain Virgo, Aidonia, Lady G, Nadine Sutherland, Terro Fabulous, Josey Wales, Ken Boothe, Louie Culture, Richie Spice,Tanto Blacks, Kalado, Jah Bouks, Ikaya, Munga Honourable, Warrior King, Chuck Fenda, Kelissa,Chezidek, Ibahmar,Bushman, Don Andre, Accid, Clymaxx, Jigsy King, Zamunda, Adahzeh, Dann I, Furious, Yvad, Urim 7, Squeechie Joe, DYCR, Ninja Kid, Wicker, Bobby Tenna, Blacka Dann, Loyal Flames, Ras Takura, Eg and more.

A number of institutions in St Mary, St Ann, Portland and St Andrew have benefited from A St Mary Mi Come from, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School (Capleton's alma mater), Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.





vivica-fox-jamaica-photo-1.jpgAward-winning Hollywood actress Vivica Fox has chosen, for the third consecutive year, to celebrate her birthday in Jamaica, the Caribbean's tropical paradise.

Fox will ring in her 52nd birthday at the exquisite Secrets Resort in Montego Bay, where both the white sands of the beach and simplistic dress code of all white will be a sight to behold.

The American actress, producer and television host is open about her love for Jamaica, the cuisine, and the beauty of the island, which has drawn her back on a number of occasions to relax and rewind.

"I truly love Jamaica. In fact, I feel like I have earned the title Jamerican with my many visits here in the past few years. I appreciate the culture, the people, the food, simply everything about this wonderful island. It's a real joy to be able to share this special day with my many family and friends how come do and celebrate with me and this year we're looking to turn up the heat on the celebration!" Fox said.

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It's a star-studded affair that will feature live performances by the highly acclaimed Yazz the Greatest of Empire fame and hip-hop icon MC Lyte. The turntables will be controlled by DJ Jermaine Russell from LA with the evening being hosted by Jamaican personality and designer Denyque.

Fox has partnered with OCEAN Style, once again, to bring this event to life. OCEAN Style's Douglas Gordon, who said the company has a great relationship with the star, going back a number of years, expressed how pleased they were to be on board to celebrate yet another milestone.

Fox celebrated her 51st birthday in Montego Bay last year, with family and friends at the elegant Club House at White Witch Golf Course. It was a highly anticipated event, bringing out locals and tourists alike.





alkaline-photo-9.jpgSpeaking for Alkaline, his manager Kereena Beckford says there's no truth to the reports.

The 'Champion Boy' deejay's management also made it clear that, "Alkaline didn't sign with Khaled's We The Best Music Label.

Sources close to the Vedetta camp tells The Tropixs that the stories are fabricated and just another pointless rumour involving the artiste.

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Drake wishes Popcaan 'happy birthday' says he's blessed to know him.

"Happy Birthday Unruly Boss. Blessed to know you, blessed for the wisdom you share, blessed for the music you create, blessed to witness the rise of a LEGEND. @popcaanmusic," He wrote

Popcaan and Drake linked up in South Africa last month for the first time in years, the two also jetted to the United Kingdom to attend the Rihanna ANTI World Tour. Sources tells The Tropixs that Popcaan will be featured in the upcoming music video for Drake's smash hit single 'One Dance.'

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Popcaan was also the special guest on Drake's OVO Sound Radio last weekend.





Ky-mani releases video for latest single

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kymani-marley.jpgKy-Mani Marley has released a new video for the single, 'Rule My Heart', which is getting rotation on all major cable and TV channels.

The video, produced by Konfrontation Muzik, in association with Good Good Production, is directed by music video director Young Chang.

"The feedback from the video has been incredible in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. It's an incredible song and the video reflects the whole vibe of the song with a classic drop-top car and romantic scenes with a sexy lead female," music industry insider Dean Dryden said. The single is available for sale on all major download platforms.

Ky-Mani Marley is in Europe promoting his latest album, Conversations. He performed at major festivals such as the Reggae Jam in Germany and the Gurten Festival in Bern, Switzerland.

He signed with Gee Street/V2 Records in 1997, when he completed a collaboration with label mate PM Dawn on the single, Gotta Be Movin' On Up.

Marley's next recorded album was the 2000 release, The Journey. In 2001, he released his third studio album, Many More Roads. He then went on tour and in 2004 released his fourth studio album, Milestone. In 2007, he released Radio. His previous album, titled Maestro, was released on June 30, 2015.

Marley's acting work includes lead roles in the Jamaican films Shottas and One Love.





joe-bogdanovich-ishawna-dirty-dancing.jpgThe Josef Bogdanovich-led Downsound Records has reacted to widely carried reports that their female artiste, Ishawna is no longer with the outfit.

According to a release from DSR: " It has come to the attention of DownSound Records Limited that representations have been made publicly and privately to the effect that the exclusive recording and performance contract between the artist Ishawna and DownSound Records has been terminated.

"DownSound Records Limited would like to take this opportunity to place on record by notice to the public and all third parties in the music industry, that there still exists a binding exclusive recording and performance contract between Ishawna and DownSound Records."

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ishawna-benz-and-joe.jpgReggae Sumfest is fast approaching and Downsound artiste, Ishawna is one of only three females on Dancehall Night. The others are SPice and the newly-crowned MAgnum Queen.

Sumfest is owned by Downsound Records, the label to which Ishawna is signed. Today reports surfaced that Ishawna has left Downsound. But is there any truth to this.

Seriously...where would she go?





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgBeenie Man is not just the King of the Dancehall, he is a giver.

The iconic dancehall artiste whose real name is Moses Davis has vowed to stand the cost of Olympic gears for Toni-Ann Williams, Jamaica's first female Olympic Gymnast.

Reports are that Beenie Man is the official sponsor for 11-year old, Junior gymnast Asasia Malcolm, for the next four years.

Malcolm's mother, Sharri-Ann Vaz had nothing but kind words to say about the entertainer.

"First entertainer to support and sponsor Jamaica Gymnastics....... Thanks to MD entertainment/Moses Davis for your generosity ........ Asasia is now training for the team focusing Olympics 2020," she wrote on Facebook.





gussie-clarke-photo-1.jpgOlivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, has appointed a new entertainment advisory board, which she said should assist in constructing a viable and vibrant creative economy.

The board comprises: Lenford Salmon, chairman; Gussie Clarke, deputy chairman; Councillor Duane Smith; Kingsley Cooper; Clifton "Specialists" Dillon; Dr Carlene Davis-Cowan; Dr Sonjah Stanley-Niah; Paula Surtees; Bunny Brown; Howard McIntosh; Herbie Miller; Clyde McKenzie; Michael "Ibo" Cooper; Joseph Bogdanovich; Karen Smith; Jacqueline Knight-Campbell; Shelly-Ann Curran; and Kamal Bankay.

Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Grange said she plans to hold discussions with Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism, to determine what is served to visitors as Jamaican entertainment.

"Our aim is for every visitor who arrives in Jamaica to experience the distinctive sounds and images of our Jamaican music. In this setting we will be able to provide further opportunities for increased employment and financial growth for our musicians," said Grange.





Drake spends yet another week at number one

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drake-performance-billboard.jpgCanadian star Drake has notched up a 13th consecutive week at number one with his single One Dance.

The song has now had the longest reign at the top of the charts since Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around in 1994.

Only two songs have had a longer unbroken spell at the summit: Love Is All Around (15 weeks) and Bryan Adams' Everything I Do, I Do It For You (16).

Frankie Laine's I Believe also spent 18 weeks at number one in 1953, but his run was interrupted by two other songs.

Drake's minimalist R&B track has dominated the charts since its release in April.

However, its success is primarily down to streaming. The song is only number 11 in this week's sales chart - with millions of streams pushing it to number one in the official Top 40, which combines sales and on-demand music.

Summery house track This Girl, by Kungs vs Cookin' on Three Burners, is the best-selling single of the week, but only manages to make number two in the singles chart.





South Coast Rum & Food fest July 23

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Singer Anthony Cruz is to headline the South Coast Rum Food and Music Festival, a day and night event set for July 23 at Tiger Market Lawn, Manchester Avenue, in May Pen, Clarendon.

Stephanie Elliott, the producer of the festival and CEO of Compass Communication, said it's the most exciting of her three years doing major shows due to the worldwide interest, mostly from Europe.

"Europeans take special delight in Jamaican culture and we recognise from our conversation with them that we needed to customise our product to suit their demand for everything Jamaican. We still want corporate Jamaica to better receive and respond more timely to our sponsorship requests," she said.

As for the lineup, supporting Cruz will be Payne 'Pretty Dunce' Mendez and a number of entertainers and artiste from Clarendon.

On display will be Maroon and Jamaican-Indian culture.

"Talent abounds in Clarendon and we'll need more than a day to highlight this but so far we are pleased with the progress made and we will be delivering the best of the south, its rums, foods and culture to the people of Jamaica and the world," Elliott said.





The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) brings The Old Port of Montreal to life August 26, 27, 28 with the sweet sounds of Reggae and Dancehall for their 13th annual music festival!

Headliners at this years' festival are Cocoa Tea, Mavado, Barrington Levy, Elephant Man, Sanchez, Spragga Benz, Vershon, Romain Virgo and Jahmiel. Each artist has a catalog of hit records that are enjoyed by Reggae and Dancehall fans young and mature. In addition to these international greats, 2 time JUNO nominee and Canadian Songstress Ammoye will grace the stage as will musical siren Sielle, roots influenced Kaisha Lee, and upcoming Soulstress Mel Dube, Soca sensation Olatunji and Vern Maytone.

In addition to the incredible line up of artists, MIRF is pleased to confirm that a tribute to Sound System culture will be held on Friday August 26th before the start of the festival. Deemed the 'Festival within the Festival,' the Sound System fest is the first of its' kind in Canada, and will showcase another aspect of Jamaican culture through the dubplates of some of Canada's most elite sounds.

Pioneers in Sound System culture are Charlie Chaplin, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry who will also perform a special live set backed by a Sound System. This set will be an hour and a half in length and will see each artist rotate their performances within that segment which has been dubbed 3 the Hard Way.