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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.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgOver the weekend, dancehall star, Mavado, uploaded a photo of him and his teenage son, standing on the balcony of what appears to be his mansion.

The Gully Gad captioned the photo, simply, "Love You Son."

The teen, whose name has not been officially released, is currently recuperating in the hospital after being shot

According to reports Mavado's son was shot in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew a week ago.

However news broke of the incident on Friday and Mavado who has been tight-lipped about the shooting.





r5-museum.jpgUS pop/rock band R5, arrived in Jamaica Monday evening, days ahead of their debut performance in the island at the exciting, family-friendly, kids and teen concert, YMZ which takes place on Saturday.

The five-member sibling group (and their best friend), is one of the show's headliners and so keen were they to explore Jamaica that they jetted in early enough to do just that. Despite the fact that one member Ross, who stars as Austin on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, didn't come on Monday, as planned, R5 is having a blast, having visited the Bob Marley Museum, Tutti Frutti Sovereign, taken trips outside of Kingston, had a meet and greet with fans and even kicked off a media blitz, starting with Zip FM, and CVM at Sunrise.

On Monday they posted on social media, along with a pic: "WE'RE IN JAMAICA! Had a great time with @officialzip103fm. Ross is still filming his movie, he's gonna meet up with us when we play @youthmusiczone this Saturday!

This Saturday, July 9, will see the inaugural staging of YMZ which will feature heavyweight international and local-based artistes all on stage at the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica. Also making his Jamaican debut will be Billboard Award winning artiste Silento, on a line-up that showcases local acts Bling Dawg of Aji Bounce fame, Don Andre, whose hit Tom Cruise has sparked a popular dance move of the same name and Voicemail.

"Youth Music Zone (YMZ) is definitely the summer event for the entire family," says Dave Lindsay of Mysterious Music Minds, the outfit organizing YMZ. "We just want the kids, teens and their parents to grab their most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and get ready to Whip, Nae Nae, Aji Bounce, and Tom Cruise on Saturday, " he added.

YMZ had its official recently at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers. The organizers pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with R5.

Check out YMZ this Saturday at the National Stadium ... it a go loud!





A new Jamaican feature film, 'It's A Family Affair', is now in the can after the completion of all location filming in six days.

A small cast, few locations and a great story is the foundation for the latest home-grown feature film production. The all-star cast includes Ian "Ity" Ellis, Dahlia Harris, Tony Hendriks, Bertina Macaulay, Brian Brown and Emprezz Golding.

It's A Family Affair is a story about a new multi-millionaire who decides to renew his wedding vows. This prompts him to arrange a family reunion at Melia Braco Village. The mixture of family from England, United States and Jamaica creates a comedic cultural clash for their holiday weekend.

Post-production is scheduled for completion by early Fall after which Jamaicans will see the newest addition to the local feature film fare.





tyga-jamaica.jpgAmerican rapper Tyga is facing tremendous backlash on social media following the release of his latest video. The visuals for the single 1 of 1 was shot in Duhaney Park some weeks ago.

Tyga took to social media sharing snippets of the video shoot all while embracing his Jamaican heritage.

The rapper is however being blasted for not using a Jamaican model as his lead girl.

Some even dogged his love interest who is of German and Pakistani descent for wearing bantu knots (chiney bumps), made popular by black women.

Tyga is also facing criticism for the song itself which sounds very similar to the song Controlla done by Canadian rapper Drake.

Meanwhile, dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas is the only one winning in the debate over the single as his 2005 hit Ducky was sampled in Tyga's song.





Awesome Startime at Juice Patties Complex

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startime-freddie.jpgThe Startime promoters rolled out a slew of acts which rocked the Juici Patties complex in Clarendon on Saturday night as thousands of vintage music fans flooded the venue for the show.

It was announced that Paul was hospitalised while Andy suffered a broken leg in a motorcycle accident. But the Startime promoters filled the slots with Cornell Campbell and George Nooks, both of whom performed creditably.

Nooks energised the massive audience at just after 1:00 am; thanks to his gospel selections, he had Clarendon Park rocking.

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Marcia Griffiths and hometown boys, Derrick Morgan and Freddie McGregor shone till they dazzled..

Closing act McGregor delivered a string of hits including To Be Poor, Prophesy, Push Come To Shove, Big Ship, Let Them Try, Loving Pauper and his big ballad So I'll Wait For You had the audience transfixed to the very end.

Marcia Griffiths' pulled her audience in with those hits and had them dancing throughout her one-hour set.

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From her, the audience got Truly, Peaceful Woman, I Shall Sing, Closer, Fire Burning, To Sir With Love, Oh Me Oh My, How Good I Am and the 'biggies' Stepping Outa Babylon and Electric Boogie.

Derrick Morgan entertained with tracks such as Forward March, Mule Train and Don't Call Me Daddy, while veterans ohnny Clarke, Leroy Sibbles, Errol Dunkley, The Mighty Diamonds and The Clarendonians all made their indelible mark.





virgin-ad-usain-bolt.jpgThe UK's Virgin Media challenged the nation to 'Be The Fastest' with the unveiling of a new multi-million pound brand campaign featuring Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt on Wednesday.

The campaign called 'Be The Fastest', is spearheaded by a new TV ad, which will air during the Portugal vs Wales Euro 2016 semi-final match Wednesday evening.

The 100-second ad centres on the concept of speed and the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt, ahead of a pivotal season in Bolt's career.

Speed unlocks the difference that Virgin Media provides, and for Bolt, speed defines him.

The ad is voiced over by fellow sprinter, Michael Johnson, who made a documentary with Usain Bolt in 2010.





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This Saturday, July 9, will see the inaugural staging of the exciting, family-friendly, kids and teen show, YMZ which will feature heavyweight international and local-based artistes all on stage at the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica.

Making their Jamaican debut will be Billboard Award winning artiste Silento and US pop/rock band R5, which features Ross Lynch who stars as Austin on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally; Bling Dawg of Aji Bounce fame, Don Andre, whose hit Tom Cruise has sparked a popular dance move of the same name, Voicemail and Wayne 'Chikungunya' J.

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"Youth Music Zone (YMZ) is definitely the summer event for the entire family," says Dave Lindsay of Mysterious Music Minds, the outfit organizing YMZ. "We just want kids, teens and their parents to grab their most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and get ready to Whip, Nae Nae, Aji Bounce, and Tom Cruise on Saturday, " he added.

YMZ had its official launch recently at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers, led by starlet Journey Jewels. The event's tagline promises "It a go loud" and host for the evening, Emprezz, certainly ensured that it was. The organisers pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with US-based five-member sibling group (and their best friend), R5, one of the show's headliners.

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Of course, those artistes who were present in the flesh, could not be outdone. Don Andre was a huge hit, especially with the kids who sang and danced to the uber-popular, "Tom Cruise"; Voicemail kicked off the live performance section with a bang, while Bling Dawg mingled with the crowd but did not perform.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers Association. Sponsors include Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, iCool Jamaica Yellow Pages, KaribLink Digital, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, Events R US, Pure National Ice, Suretime Medical Services, Kozy Korner, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV, Romeich Entertainment, Respect Jamaica.Check out YMZ this Saturday at the National Stadium ...it a go loud!

Please visit our website for more details: http://www.youthmusiczone.com/





$759-million boost from Reggae Sumfest

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sumfest-2016.jpgReggae Sumfest is expected to provide a US$6 million ($750million) shot in the arm to the economy of Montego Bay and its environs when the curtain goes up on this year's festival.

Created as a vehicle for stimulating tourism during the slow summer months, Reggae Sumfest provides a huge fillip for the greater Montego Bay economy, says Robert Russell, former chairman of Summerfest Productions Ltd.

"Sumfest annually attracts 4,000 visitors to Montego Bay; the JTB says that they typically spend US$1,500 each. A lot of people depend on the festival to send their children back to school in September. The hotels, rental cars, taxis, craft vendors... everybody looks to Sumfest as it's a big economic boost for Montego Bay and by extension, Jamaica," Russell said.

The festival, which is part sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, on July 17-23, 2016.

Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, agrees that Sumfest provides an essential economic jolt for the economy.

"Hotels are filled, restaurants, food services, bars and car rental companies do great business. The impact is far-reaching and apart from the fiscal benefits, the festival is a great calendar event marketed locally and overseas, which helps to promote Montego Bay as a great place to do business," she said.

Sumfest's best-attended night was consistently its Thursday Dancehall Night featuring almost 30 local dancehall deejays and drawing 12,000 plus patrons. Traditionally, at least 20,000 patrons attend the festival over three nights.

"From the days of Sunsplash, this period has traditionally been very important to Montego Bay because we are coming out of the tourist season at the end of April. Sumfest provides a boost that keeps the hotels operational by filling rooms for a week or two," Robin Russell, general manager of Deja Resorts, said.

"The influx of visitors from Kingston and overseas injects capital in a variety of industries from arts and crafts to rent-a-cars to restaurants so Sumfest is a great vehicle to stimulate the economy."





ziggy-marley-album-ziggy-marley.jpgalkaline-photo-9.jpgZiggy Marley, Vybz Kartel and Alkaline are still holding on to key positions in the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Marley's self titled album climbed one space to the number two position after spending five weeks on the chart.

Last week's number two album King of the Dancehall by Vybz Kartel has slipped to the number four spot, while Alkaline is holding on at number ten with New level Unlocked.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgMachel Montano and dancehall star Beenie Man will be the headliners at OVO Fest 2016.

Canadian rapper Drake made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday night.

OVO Fest is Drake's annual rap weekend in Toronto and this year will expand the annual Caribana celebrations to four days.

The weekend's line-up will also see Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Jhene Aiko and others take the stage on Friday, July 29 at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Montano and Beenie Man will rep the Caribbean on July 30 at the Echo Beach. Drake and Future will perform at the Air Canada Centre on July 31 and August 1,

Special guest appearances have been promised. The night will be hosted by T. Rexxx, Ebro and Kast One.

Tickets are now on sale.





shaggy-i-got-you-vid-2016-jovi-rockwell.jpgPlatinum-selling artiste Mr Boombastic - Shaggy - is back with a bang.

At a time when every artiste is sampling reggae/dancehall, Shaggy goes for a truckload of soul and samples the absolute best - Godfather of Soul and Founding Father of Funk, Mister James Brown. The single is entitled "I Got You" and features Jovi Rockwell and we must admit that this song definitely rocks well.

Shaggy, who is now reportedly managed by Compound Entertainment, whose roster includes Ne-Yo, samples Mr. Brown's 1965 No. 1 R&B anthem "I Got You (I Feel Good)", giving it all he's got.

Billboard.com writer, Gail Mitchell quotes Shaggy as saying: ""Many tracks now have a dancehall feel to them. But to come out with a record that's dancehall and with a James Brown sample in it is keeping it authentic and cool. This is a disruptive record that doesn't sound like anything else that's out there, which is in keeping with what I've done over the years."

James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader. The founding father of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul". James Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006.

Produced by REO, the song features the classic reggae rhythm, but also mixes in some classic soul as well with the James Brown "I Feel Good" sample for an infectious summer groove.





tanto-devonte-everyone-falls-in-love.jpg'Everyone Falls in Love' he 1997 hit song by Tanto Metro and Devonte has been sampled, by OVO artiste, Tony Lanez.

Last Friday, rising Canadian R&B crooner Tory Lanez tweeted: "Remember I said this ... I'm about to have Jamaica ON FIRE".

He then released a music video for his second single called Luv. The hook follows the same key and melody of Tanto Metro and Devonte's version.

The single follows Lanez's 2015 hit song, Say It, a mellow R&B tune with a gospel choir adding vocal flair to the chorus. Luv serves as the second official single from Tory Lanez's upcoming debut album titled I Told You.Since it's release on YouTube, views for the music video have climbed to over 800,000, following closely behind the song's SoundCloud count, currently climbing from 1.1 million plays.

"Though we are no stranger to seeing our material being covered, it still feels good to know the appreciation of our works from the past," said Devonte.

He says that he thinks Tory Lanez did a wonderful job putting his own twist on the record.

Tanto Metro said that what the song has done in the past, and is still doing today, makes the pair feel like winners.

"We've watched it cross generations," he said, "and as such, our deepest gratitude towards the artiste and his team."





chris-martin-coldplay.jpgchris-martin-coldplay-album.jpgHe described the Barbadian - with whom he collaborated on Princess Of China on the band's 2012 album Mylo Xyloto - as 'the Frank Sinatra of our generation'.

'She can turn anything into gold with that voice,' he told The Guardian, unlike his own, which he admitted some people hate.

He claimed that when describing great opera singers, singing teachers will always talk about consistency of tone.

'There's a book by Alfred Tomatis about why some people like certain people's voices and other people hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, some people say, "Oh, I hate that voice", so there's a thing about people's frequency responses - what they are pleased by.

'Rihanna has this thick tone, so it's very hard to annoy anybody,' he said. 'It's like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.'

He claimed that when you think of Rihanna's voice you think of this 'whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk' - and that Drake is pretty similar.

'But Rihanna's voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people,' he added.





Appleton Estate EDX presents X2, a one-day festival showcasing two-parties, set for this Saturday at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Ocho Rios which offers partygoers a unique experience of two exciting events in the same venue, on the same day, but at different times.

EDX, Electronic Dance Xposed, Jamaica's premier Electronic Dance Festival, which features the biggest, established and emerging names in the EDM genre, is now in its fourth staging, but this is the first time that the organizers are hosting the event in Ocho Rios and also the first time that there will be two events at the one-day festival.

The drink inclusive party will be broken into two segments - from 10 am to 6 pm, featuring a Beach Soca Fusion party with live performance from Allison Hinds, followed by the highly anticipated EDM concert from 10 pm to 6 am.

Event organizer Mark Tracey explained: "This year we are offering patrons a more rounded experience with the introduction of a Beach Soca Fusion party to complement our signature event, Appleton Estate EDX. Soca queen Allison Hinds has not performed in Jamaica in a while and she is raring to go. So too are the EDM acts."

Tracey added that English EDM producer and DJ, Gareth Emery, Bad Royale; Hypem top 10 DJ, GAZZO are all anticipating their debut Jamaican performance. Dance Music Manchester/BassJockey's DJ Competition winner, TOFTE, according to Tracey, will not be outdone as well as he is set to bring the house down. Balancing the strong overseas contingent will be heavyweight local DJs.

For further details please about the event please visit the festival's website at www.edxjamaica.com or instagram at edxjamaicaofficial.





Adele is way UP at Glastonbury Festival

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adele-21.jpgShe once said her music would never work at a festival.

But Adele proved herself wrong on Saturday night, drawing a crowd of thousands to Glastonbury's famous Pyramid Stage for her headline slot at the 2016 festival.

The Hello singer dressed to impress for her big moment in a stunning sequin gown, showing little sign of the nerves which have previously stopped her from agreeing to a performance at the world famous festival.

Playing to a crowd stretching back as far as the eye could see, the chart-topping star opened with her smash hit Hello, the lead single from her latest record breaking album 25.

The star changed one of the lyrics to say 'I've been Glastonbury dreaming,' prompting a huge cheer from the crowd.





kanye-west-famous-nude-video-kim-taylor.jpgTaylor Swift objected to the 'strong misogynistic message' after she heard Kanye West's new song Famous for the first time.

Now the 26-year-old pop star is said to be 'mad as hell' at the rapper for using a naked lookalike wax figure of her in his Famous music video that he debuted at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday.

Taylor is 'planning something' and 'trying to figure out how to respond' to Kanye's shocking move, HollywoodLife.com reported.

Kanye's music video featured a bizarre orgy of himself in bed with Kim and some other 'famous' people including Ray J, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump.

The 39-year-old rapper has kept silent on how many of the bedmates are real or fake replicas.





reggae-sumfest-logo.jpgDJ Omar aka Omizzle, has captured a high energy Reggae Sumfest vibe in his current spin on the Festival's mix tape now being distributed island wide. He was contracted by DownSound Entertainment (DSE), producers of the 2016 festival, to provide a compilation of music from artistes performing on Dancehall Night, July 22 and Reggae Night, July 23.

DJ Omar says he has been the mix tape man since high school days."I've been working with DownSound since 2012. I did the dancehall and reggae mix CDs in May. All of the artistes on Sumfest 2016 are on it. I've done mixed CDs for Ishawna, Harry Toddler, Nature and I have mixed tapes different from DownSound work - always hot tracks."

The Reggae Sumfest mix tapes have conjured up a vibe of excitement amongst members of the public in recent weeks. This, according to DSE was the aim of the promotional CD. The tapes are available on reggaesumfest.com and are distributed at local events and in the streets leading up to the Festival.

The transformed Reggae Sumfest kicks off in Montego Bay with a Beach Party at the Aqua Sol Theme Park on Sunday, July 17 hosted by Miss Kitty and Yanique 'The Curvy Diva' Barrett. The All White Party hits Pier 1 on Tuesday, July 19; and the Sound Explosion - where anything can happen - with Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks along with the island's top sound systems, takes place on Thursday, July 21, also at Pier 1. Dancehall Night revs up on the Friday at Catherine Hall with the big Reggae Night to close the curtains on Saturday, July 23.





gareth-pic-from-gareths-facebook.jpgIt will be a soca and EDM fusion event like none other on Saturday, July 2 at Appleton Estate's EDX, all-day, all-night party set to explode at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

A drinks-inclusive electronic dance music party, the event has moved from its original venue of the Caymanas Polo Club to the more spacious Plantation Cove.

Production team member and spokesperson, Adam Gomes, was in high spirits when he spoke about the award-winning event, which this year has Appleton Estate as its title sponsor and which is creating quite a stir on social media.

"We couldn't be more excited about this year's show. With a spectacular venue, bigger International acts, and the addition of Soca Fusion on the Beach. We believe this will be the most talked-about event in Jamaica for a while to come," Gomes said.

EDX has attracted big name international acts in soca and EDM. Headlining the Beach Soca Fusion will be sizzling soca ambassador, Alison Hinds, Richie Ras, DJ Sekou, and DJ Lantern. Waving the flag high for EDM will be Gareth Emery, English electronic dance music producer and DJ.

The promoters have already signed off on a shuttle service for patrons.

"We will be using the JUTC luxury buses from Kingston end, and we also have buses which will shuttle patrons from Pier One," Gomes said. Tickets are available online at www.yardticket.com and Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.





DNA test proves prisoner not Prince's son

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prince-dna.jpgA test results show a Colorado prison inmate is not Prince's son, a person who has seen a sealed document said Wednesday.

The finding means that Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit a fortune worth up to $300 million.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press was not authorised to release the finding and therefore requested anonymity. TMZ, citing unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the case, first reported the DNA results. Attorneys for Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the estate, filed the results Wednesday in Carver County District Court.

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Prince died of an accidental drug overdose on April 21 and no will has emerged for him. He had no known surviving children although a few other people besides Williams have filed documents claiming Prince was or might have been their father.

Williams claimed that his mother had unprotected sex with Prince at a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in 1976. Williams, a 39-year-old Kansas City man whose long criminal record includes drug and domestic violence charges, is serving nearly eight years in federal prison for unlawfully transporting a firearm in a stolen vehicle.

Under Minnesota law, Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-siblings, and a possible niece and grandniece currently stand to inherit shares of the estate.





shebada-beautiful.jpgThe hotel room of popular Jamaican Comedian Keith 'Shebada' Ramsey was broken into on Wednesday night.

This was reported by NBC Miami.

The television station in Miramar, Florida said Shebada's money and several important items, including his passport were stolen from his hotel suite; while he was in Miramar performing his hit comedy called "Bangarang."

Speaking with NBC Miami, entertainment consultant, Garnett Newman said "someone was walking through the hallway checking room doors and his door was ajar and they went to his room and stole his passport, social security and his keys for his vehicle back home and his home."

However, the comedian didn't let the incident put a damper on his performance as he went on to incorporate the unfortunate incident into his play.

"You must embrace all your failures as you must embrace all your risings so when things like this happen you must go on and further your dreams," Shebada told International Press.





delus.jpgkonshens-and-delus.jpgDancehall deejay, Konshens took to social media early on Thursday to pour out his grief over the death of his brother, deejay Delus.

Delus took his own life on Wednesday evening at homw in Havendale, St Andrew.

See the post below:

"No know how mi aggo do dis without u dawg. But mi aggo do it cah u love see mi a do it. We can always say u neva affi do dat, but mi prefer seh mi wish u neva affi do dat. Mi know you, if it was so heavy that u think u needed to quit then [Expletive] it dawg. REST and rest easy to. I will pick up the pieces one way or another an u know who cyaa suffer already from me have breath she good. Mi know u pre alla dat before u mek u move bcuz u was never a coward or a [Expletive] an mi sure u believe inna me to di max. Mi have NO blame fi anybody or anything that sent you over the edge and me a share dis wid di world cah mi nah hide an bawl mi a bawl loud cah mi hurt deep an mi will always profess mi love and respect fi u proudly. Not even one day gone an mi affi a jump pan plane a go a work right now pan toppa all dis but bredda mi eye full a water an mi jus happy u escape whatever did a torment u fi so [Expletive] long. I know... Whether on the highest mountain peak or the lowest point in the deepest valley a man needs inner peace!! And we must never underestimate the power of it. Thank u fi dah last par yah bro. Thanks fi all the condolences. Will tell unnu how funeral arrangements go.





kanye-west-famous-nude-video.jpgOn Friday, Kanye West unveiled the bizarre and twisted new video for his song Famous that features an orgy of naked celebrities in bed together. The visual features the controversial rapper with his wife Kim Kardashian naked and asleep, along with ten other celebs including Taylor Swift and Ray J.

A slow zoom out reveals their other bedmates to be Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna and Chris Brown, all snuggled up beside them in an enormous bed.

And it appears the 39-year-old hasn't received as much backlash from the video as he might have hoped, taking to Twitter on Saturday morning to engage in a since deleted rant regarding the firestorm that has ensued since its premiere.

West has so far kept quiet on how many - if any - of the famous faces are the actual real celebs, or just a combination of lookalikes and digital trickery.

In the song, Kanye infamously rapped about Taylor that he 'made that b***h famous,' and adds that they might still have sex.

And while Kanye's co-stars might not be too keen on their completely nude depiction in the video, there is one singing sensation who has found the humor in the madness.

Chris Brown took to Instagram, writing: 'Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure? This n**** KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy'

The Grammy winner lies next to his ex Rihanna in the video, whose relationship made headlines in 2009 because of a domestic violence incident involving the pair. Brown also shared on Instagram a parody of the now infamous spectacle with Barbie dolls taking the place of West's wax figures.





ymz-launch-video-link-r5.jpgYMZ, the July 9 concert scheduled for the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica, had its official launch last Tuesday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers, led by starlet Journey Jewels. The event's tagline promises "It a go loud" and host for the evening, Emprezz, certainly ensured that it was.

Organisers, Mysterious Music Minds, pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with US-based five member sibling group (and their best friend), R5, one of the show's headliners. Employing the best modern technology available, the organisers ensured that the packed house inside the Pegasus was able to see and talk to R5 in what was surely a historic occasion. The three members of R5 who were present, were truly excited at making their Jamaican debut and it was loads of fun as they interacted with the press, fans and well-wishers.

When asked who was their favourite Jamaican artiste, the youngsters named Bob Marley and they bubbled with enthusiasm as they spoke about their desire to try Jamaican food. In fact, so inspired were they that after the launch R5 posted the YMZ concert flyer on their Facebook/Instagram pages and it attracted close to 28,000 likes. "We'll be playing our first show in Jamaica July 9th! #ymz #youthmusiczone," R5 posted along with the flyer.

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Of course, those artistes who were present in the flesh, could not be outdone. Don Andre was a huge hit with the uber-popular, "Tom Cruise" song and dance which levelled the place. He had the gathering, especially the children, singing and bouncing along to the infectious song and its hard to believe that things could possibly get any louder at the actual concert on July 9. But Don Andre says that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Bling Dawg was present, as well, and mingled with the crowd but did not perform. Voicemail was also in fine form and kicked off the live performance section with a bang. The consensus is that YMZ is definitely the event for the summer.

Guest speaker, Dania Beckford, Director of Entertainment at the Ministry of Culture, Entertainment,Gender and Sports, pledged her ministry's full support for the event, so too did Mitsie Harris-Dillon PRO at the National Parent Teachers Association, which is officially endorsing YMZ. Sponsors Jamaica Yellow Pages, KaribLink Digital, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, Events R US, Pure National Ice, Suretime Medical Services, Kozy Korner, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV, Romeich Entertainment, Respect Jamaica certainly made their presence seen and felt and iCool showed exactly why they are so popular.

The July 9 concert also features Silento (Whip/Nae Nae) and Wayne J.

Check out YMZ on July 9 at the National Stadium ...it a go loud!





richie-feeling- daughter-photo-1.jpgPopular dancehall selector Richie Feelings, is giving thanks today that his only daughter Orithia 'Missy' Bailey is alive today after being was involved in a car accident on Marcus Garvey Drive on Thursday, which has left one person dead.

"Yuh know she could have been dead, but she's not, suh me grateful," he said of Missy, who is the deputy head girl at prestigious all-girls high school, Queens.

"Normally me carry her everywhere she a go, but she's responsible so she can go anywhere," he said.

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He told a Jamaican tabloid that he was on his way to a ball game when he received a phone call informing him of the accident.

Recalling that the last words his daughter said before leaving the house were 'daddy I'm leaving now', made the incident almost unbelievable for the selector.

"It no really a go dung well wid me," he said. "Three of them were on the back seat, the other girl died and the guy has a patch over his eyes, look like him nah see out of one eye," he added.

Despite the bruises, and injuries he is happy she will not be hindered from starting university in September.





Lady Saw to perform at the White House

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpg"It not all about me, it's all about God and I feel honoured to be an ambassador for Christ. I have to give him all the glory and honour," Marion Hall aka Lady Saw told jamaican tabloid The Star.

The entertainer, who was baptized six months ago and ditched the dancehall in favour of a walk with the Almighty, will be performing at the White House on June 24 and she says the opportunity was presented by God.

"Sometimes I don't know what to expect. God has a way of just doing things direct on his time, not my time. A lot of times I will go out to minister and God let me do something else. But Whatever God does it going to be something awesome and wonderful because I don't know yet," she said.

She explained that her pastor received a call from LOVE FM's Nadine Blair telling him that Dr. Agorom Dike called the radio station to get her on the Caribbean and African Faith - Based Leadership Conference, 2016, to give her testimony and perform. The conference will be held from June 19- 24.





crystal-june-19-photo-1.jpgCrystal, the daughter of Dancehall King Beenie Man and Dancehall Queen Carlene recently graduated from the prestigious Hillel Academy in St Andrew, making her parents extremely proud.

"Crystal you have made me so happy over the years and now you have added to my happiness and again you have made me proud, Congratulations my baby. May God continue to bless and keep you. I want you to know in my eyes you are perfect and I love you," she added.

The King of the Dancehall took to Instagram to congratulate Crystal.

"Graduation Day for my princess, Crystal Davis #mychildrenaremylife #Daughter #DaddysGirl #ReadyforCollege Well done baby girl!" he wrote.

In another post, Beenie was standing with the proud graduate and made sure to send a strong message to the public.

"Don't play wid me and mine," the post read.

The 17-year-old who graduated on Thursday has since been receiving congratulatory messages from family and friends.

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george-nooks.jpgIt has been 15 years since George Nooks released Standing By , the cover of Al Green's gospel hit that dramatically revived his career.

The chart-topping song was followed by the album Standing By, a collection of inspirational songs. Yesterday, Riding Out The Storm, his second gospel album, was released by Tads International Record.

Driven by the title song, the album has 15 songs, 13 of them covers. One of those is Nooks' take on the Grace Thrillers' 1988 hit, Can't Even Walk, a song which he says he always wanted to do a version of.





Reggae Sumfest launched in style

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bounty-killer-and-beenie-man.jpgUsain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew was the venue for last Wednesday's launch of Reggae Sumfest, scheduled for July 17-23

Now headed by Downsound Records' Josef Bogdanovich who recently assumed chairmanship of the 24-year festival, Reggae Sumfest has changed from three nights of live concerts to two, without any international acts gracing the stage.

Bogdanovich has included an 'all-Jamaican' roster of acts and also a Reggae night which replaces International Nights I and II.

A number of artistes booked for the show were present and among those who were called upon to share their views were deejays Rodney Price, better known as Bounty Killer and Dancehall Doctor, Beenie Man. They both urged full support for the festival, which Beenie Man says he has missed only once in its 24-year history.

"Sumfest is our show. After Reggae Sunsplash Sumfest pick up the slot that we can have an international stage so that people from all over the world can see what's going on in dancehall. I only miss one Sumfest because I was on a world tour . Just want everyone to come out to see a great show... its gonna be a greater show this year," said Beenie Man.

However, it was Bounty who made the bold call for Reggae Sumfest to deliver an International Night this year.

"We have some great international artistes from Jamaica who can make International Night more international. So, I suggest that you get a group of international reggae and dancehall artistes. So me seh get the international artistes who make it from Jamaica to the international shores. We have OMI, who a go on great; we have Sean Paul; we have Steel Pulse; we have Shaggy; we Have Jimmy Cliff ... we have all these great international, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes, so we need an International Reggae Dancehall Night as well. But Reggae Sumfest is the significant festival and me, as a dancehall artiste don't want to be on International Night cause me still live a Jamaica. My work is international, but I'm still local.

Bounty Killer's sentiments were echoed by Beenie Man, who stated: "Everything that Bounty Killer said, I was going to say it."





vybz-kartel-photo-26.jpgAdidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer is a proud Calabar old boy. So it is only natural that the jailed dancehall artiste would want his son to attend his alma mater.

Little Addi, who attended the prestigious Stella Maris Prep school, was successful in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and will attend Calabar come September

The youngster, whose .real name is Akheel Palmer, also made mom Tanesha 'Shorty' Johnson, filled with pride. She expressed elation in a post to Instagram with a caption of "good job my baby" and "fada too glad" in another.





Ting back on board Dream Weekend

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Tinng Jamaica, the authentic Caribbean soft drink distributed by Pepsi Cola, has confirmed its eighth successive 'gold sponsorship' of highly anticipated five-day party series, Dream Weekend.

The deal sees Ting being one of the exclusive non-alcoholic beverages offered by Pepsi Cola to the approximated 30,000 local and international patrons expected to attend the week-long getaway from July 28 to August 1 on the shores of Negril.

Mitchell Watson, Pepsi Jamaica Marketing Manager welcomed the renewal of the partnership and highlighted its intrinsic value.

"Ting has partnered with Dream Entertainment on this sponsorship from inception in 2009 and we are excited to be on board again. Both entities have successfully cemented their footprints as authentic Jamaican brands that people both locally and in the diaspora love," he said.

Scott Dunn, Dream Entertainment Managing Director shared similar sentiments on the partnership.

"Ting is one of Dream Weekend's best partners. Ting is famed locally and abroad for being an unrivalled chaser to mix with a wide range of spirits and adding a refreshing new dimension to cocktails," he said. "Dream Weekend is keen on offering a true Jamaican experience to all our patrons therefore is it befitting that we have a true Jamaican product on board."





vybz-kartel-photo-11-full.jpgJailed dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel and his team are reportedly making final preparations to release the official VK line brand, "From Portmore to the World", based on the popular deejay's Gaza Movement and his music.

In a release, the artiste's publicist said the brand is poised for a major impact on urban fashion globally.

"The Gaza Movement already has pent-up demand for official Vybz Kartel merchandise, so it is expected this will be a global brand in a matter of weeks," the promotional team suggested in the release.

Not much is being revealed about the corporate structure of the brand at this stage, except that all the intellectual property rights are to be vested in the name of Taneisha Johnson, the common-law wife of Vybz Kartel, and are to be licensed to a company which is owned by one of his close business associates.

The new fashion line is said to include T-shirts, underwear, intimate apparel, beach attire, ladies gym shorts, footwear and premium caps.

Earlier this year, the deejay launched his latest rum line, Gaza Vybz Rum. It's Kartel's second foray into the rum market. Vybz Kartel and Corey Todd had a successful partnership with Street Vybz Rum which hit the market in 2008.





US rapper Tyga makes it Jamaica for video shoot

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tyga-jamaica.jpgAmerican rapper Tyga and his team took over La Benz Corner in Duhaney Park Saturday, where he filmed the video for his new single, On And On.

Residents from the community came out to support the shoot, which involved local video production teams.

The video was co-directed by Shomi and Jamaican Robin Chin. Scenes were also filmed in Portland and the Brook Valley neighbourhood of Duhaney Park.

The 26-year-old Tyga is a tabloid darling in the United States. His on-again, off-again romance with Kylie Jenner of the Kardashians fame, repeatedly makes headlines.





gareth-emery.jpgSaturday, July 2 will see the fourth staging of EDX presents X Squared the ultimate all-day, all-night soca and EDM fusion event set to explode at Grizzly's Plantain Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Marketed as an annual drinks-inclusive Electronic Dance Music event, the event is now in its fourth staging, and according to the promoters such is the popularity of the event that they thought it prudent to seek a bigger venue this year. Therefore the concert has moved from its original venue of Caymanas Polo Club to the more spacious Plantation Cove, which will host both segments of the event. Production team member, Mark Tracey, was in high spirits when he spoke about the award-winning event, which this year has Appleton as its headline sponsor and which is already creating quite a stir on social media.

"As the name suggests EDX presents X squared is based on the fact that the first party begins at 10 am and the second begins at 10 pm. The Roman numeral for 10 is X and given its two10 o'clock start times the concept of is played on. This helps to exemplify the doubling of the Rave experience by now including a day Rave for twice the fun," Tracey said of the event which copped the award for 'Best Event' for two consecutive years.

Another plus for party-goers will be the fact that the new staging location will be the beach area of the property, which has a permanent beach stage, providing a beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. He also noted that the day rave ends at 6 PM, while the night event will go on until 6 the following morning.

Electronic Dance Xposed has attracted big name international acts in soca and EDM, a music form that is steadily gaining momentum in Jamaica, where it ironically originated. Headlining the Beach Soca Fusion will be soca ambassador, Alison Hinds and working along with her to keep the energy all the way up will be Richie Ras, DJ Sekou and DJ Lantern. Waving the flag high for EDM will be none other than Gareth Emery, English electronic dance music producer and DJ best known for his three artist albums: Northern Lights, Drive and 100 Reasons To Live and also for winning the prestigious A State Of Trance Tune Of The Year award twice. Also set to dazzle will be Bad Royal, the four-man DJ/Producing group considered the next big thing in EDM. Quite flexible as far as genres are concerned, the group last year teamed up with Bunji Garlin for a soca/EDM album. Hypem top ten DJ, GAZZO will up keep the balance, while winner of Dance Music Manchester/Bass Jockey's DJ Competition TOFTE, is expected to thrill.

The promoters have already signed off on a shuttle service for patrons. "We will be using the JUTC luxury buses from Kingston end and we also have buses which will shuttle patrons from Pier One," Tracey said. Tickets are available online at www.yardticket.com and Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.





ziggy-marley-album-ziggy-marley.jpgZiggy Marley's new self-titled album is still the number one album on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Marley's sixth studio effort is a follow-up to the 2015 Grammy winning 'Fly Rasta'.

Alkaline's 'New Level Unlocked' , which debuted at number one had slipped down to the ninth position after spending 10 weeks on the charts.

Kartel's new album has not yet made its presence felt on the Billboard charts.





bounty-and-beenie.jpgDancehall night of the 2016 revamped staging of Reggae Sumfest, will attract some of the biggest names in the industry. Veterans Bounty Killer and Beenie Man are the headlining acts.

Other stars including Popcaan, who has collaborated with rappers Drake and Young Thug, as well as Assassin, who has teamed with Grammy winning sensation Kendrick Lamar, will also grace the stage.

Other noteworthy names on the roster are Romain Virgo, I Octane, Dexta Daps and Nesbeth.

The only two female acts for the night are Spice and Ishawna.

Dancehall night of Reggae Sumfest is Friday July 22, and takes place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.





The Caribbean is known and celebrated for reggae and dancehall, soca, zouk and other genres. Yet many regional artistes, performers, their managers and publishers do not earn a sustainable living from their craft.

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), noting the challenges facing the region's music sector and affirming its support for the creative industries, has committed funding for a workshop series designed for Caribbean music sector stakeholders.

The Business of Music in the Caribbean Developmental Workshops will run throughout 2016, and aim to improve participants' skills in the business aspects of the music sector.

The music sector presents several opportunities for sustainable, inclusive economic growth and diversification in the Caribbean.





babsy-grange-chatychaty.jpgEntertainment Minister, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has endorsed the new focus taken by organisers of Reggae Sumfest to put on show the best of Jamaica's roots, rock and reggae artists, under the theme, 'Our Music, Our Festival'.

In a statement delivered at the 2016 Reggae Sumfest Sponsors' Forum, last evening, Minister Grange said, "I am elated at the new direction that Sumfest 2016 has taken. It is a welcome change. This new direction of Sumfest - promoting new, emerging and established Jamaican artistes - on a state of the art, culturally diverse platform - may make us upsetters, especially in a fiercely competitive market in which Reggae festivals abound."

She added, "I strongly believe that the market can sustain several festivals, produced using international benchmarks and which feature local Jamaican talent. The world will be able to view unparalleled entertainment - starring Jamaicans, by Jamaicans, in the place that created the music - Jamaica."

The Minister also expressed that this year's staging provides yet another opportunity to put authentic Jamaican talent on full display in the tourist capital of Montego Bay, highlighting that this approach is simply building on what existed before, through shows such as: Rebel Salute, Sting and Reggae Sunsplash. She added that although many others would have considered it a challenge, Joe Bogdanovich instead saw an opportunity in developing Jamaica's musical culture.





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgReggae Sumfest's first ever Reggae Night is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 23 and the genre seems set to be well represented at the annual festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

This year, the organisers, led by new owner Josef Bogdanovich, have decided to replace their International Nights I and II with a Reggae Night.

The Sumfest website lists hit-makers Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley and Chris Martin as being among the top names to perform on Reggae Night.

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Singjay Busy Signal is also in the mix, alongside Nature, D-Medz, Nicky Silk, Dann-I and Adahzeh.

Backing band will be Warrior Love.

Emcees for the event will be Barry G, Elise Kelly and Paula-Anne Porter.

Ticket Prices

Presold J$4,700 / US$39
At Gate J$5,000 / US$41
VIP J$7,500 / US$62

Reggae Sumfest kicks off on July 17 with the Beach Party featuring Bambino, Chromatic, ZJ Sparks and DJ Crazy Neil and hosted by Fluffy Diva Miss Kitty and Curvy Diva Yanique Barrett. The Blitz - All White Edition is scheduled for Pier 1 on July 19, while the Sound Explosion Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Kat, Bass Odyssey, takes place on Thursday, July 21. There will be a special guest performance by Admiral Bailey. (PICTURES: Barrington Levy, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal).





sumfest-2016-dancehall-night.jpgReggae Sumfest Dancehall Night 2016 will kick off the festival on Friday, July 22nd with a lineup boasting Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, I-Octane, Agent Sasco and I-Shawna among many others.

After announcing last month that Jamaica's leading music festival, Reggae Sumfest, was under new management, Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Productions, has now revealed the newly re-focused two-night lineup for Sumfest 2016, rolling out with the slogan "our music, our festival."

This catchphrase holds a vital clue to the spirit of the newly re-imagined festival-with the whole world rocking to Jamaican sounds recorded by "foreign" artists, Reggae Sumfest is now focusing on 100% Jamaican lineup, letting go of the whole "International Night" mindset.

Moving forward from its long-standing Thursday night slot, Saturday, July 23rd is the festival's inaugural Reggae Night 2016 with strictly world-class singers like Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, as well as Downsound's own up-and-coming artist Nature.

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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgDancehall deejay Busy Signal has sent a stern warning to the men who robbed fellow entertainer, Bounty Killer of $500,000, his Rolex watch and two cell phones.

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Black Ryno hospitalised?

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blak-ryno-instagram-june-4.jpgFormer Portmore Empire member Blak Ryno posted a picture on his Instagram account that showed him lying in a hospital bed with tubes sticking out of his arms.

The recording artiste's face was a rictus of pain, and he had one hand over his face in an affectation of great distress, and the other on his chest. He captioned the picture saying: "When that stabbing pain hits u around the heart area a nigga know cigarette is #f**%$#y."

Most users offered sympathy and remonstrations about his smoking habits.

"Badman, low de cancer stick dawg and drink some bitters," one suggested.

Another offered: "Jah kno mi artist! Look how long mi tell fi stop smoking cigarettes mon!!! Cho hope u get well soon."

Ryno is known for the singles such as Real Stinger, Get the Paper and Bicycle.





Ken Boothe did not disappoint

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ken-boothe.jpgKen Boothe did not disappoint and demonstrated why he is still one of the best in the business, engaging fans with Artibella, When I Fall In Love, The Girl I Left Behind and The Train Is Coming.

Internet sensation Gully Bop and Sting clash-King Kip Rich both entertained during their impromptu performances. Little Hero, NJ based reggae DJ Dr Love, Barbie, Pastor's Son, Natalie Evans, Kukudo and The St John's United Methodist Divinity Dancers were also well received.

Apart from the music that the main stage offered, organizers included comedy with Andrea 'Delcita' Wright and the cast of Border Patrol which was happening for the first time at an out outdoor music festival in NYC. Other attractions included a Kids Amusement Area, Business Expo, Health Pavilion and Arts & Craft.

Caribbean Heritage Awards were present to Mighty Sparrow, radio host Gil Bailey and posthumously to Jimmy Riley who performed at last year's Oracabessa Festival. Lavern Tatham, mother of singer Tarrus Riley accepted on behalf of Jimmy Riley.

While providing great entertainment for the bumper crowd in attendance, the annual family festival was not without some controversy, as toward the end dancehall DJs Super Cat and Mavado both delivered expletive laced performances. Mavado, who took the stage after 6pm, was having a great performance until he began to express dissatisfaction with the band. This resulted in the artist delivering a slew of expletives, to which patrons took offense. His behavior marred what could have been a career defining performance at Roy Wilkins Park.

Veteran DJ Super Cat, who had not performed at a major outdoor event in NY in over 15 years, gave event host Dubb Master a tongue lashing for trying to move the show along. Dubb Master, acting on instructions from his management team and the NYPD to bring the show to a close after the 8pm cut off time had passed, showed class and professionalism in his handling of the situation. Avoiding a verbal tussle with Super Cat, Dubb Master took the high road and thanked Cat for his performance before inviting Nesbeth on stage who seized the opportunity to stamp his class during his short performance.

"We are truly appalled at the unexpected display by Mavado and Super Cat at our family friendly festival. We have since met with our production team and some of our sponsors and have apologized to them and our radio listeners for what transpired. There is a 'no cuss word' clause in all our contracts, which was clearly violated. For 2017, we will have to be even more prudent with decisions concerning the dancehall acts that we engage, so as not to have a repeat of this unfortunate event at our festival" Clarke said.

Oracabessa 2016 was an event to remember and the Irie Jam team should feel proud for having delivered a first class presentation, despite the minor hitches. Weather forecasters had predicted a 90% chance of rain all day, but the organizers seem to have connections to a higher authority as the weather held. In fact the sun pierced the clouds at various times throughout the day for what turned out to be a wonderful day of Caribbean entertainment in the Big Apple.





nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae's newest music sensation Nesbeth, who was given the herculean task of bringing the curtain down on the third annual Oracabessa Festival on Memorial Monday at Roy Wilkins Park in New York, not only proved equal to the task but had patrons singing along to songs from his growing catalogue of hits.

Assuming command of the stage Nesbeth brought the house down in what was his first major performance in the tri-state area. Born Greg Nesbeth, the artisit had his biggest moment when he delivered "My Dream", arguably one of the most globally recognized reggae songs for 2016. Released last October, 'My Dream' was an anthem during the 2016 political campaign in Jamaica and was enthusiastically received by patrons at the NY festival.

"The song connected with young and older patrons" event producer Bobby Clarke said backstage. "I am extremely proud of his performance here today. It is artists of this calibre that we need to be pushing to the forefront" Clarke noted.

Soca king Mighty Sparrow displayed stunning vocal range while performing favorites Jean & Dinah, May May, Mister Walker, and Melda.





MKQ 2016 finale set for Saturday night

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magnum-kings-queens-photo-1.jpgFans of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition are anticipating this season's finale.

The final show takes place on Saturday, June 4, at Breezy Castle in downtown Kingston.

The remaining princes are Zigma and Accid while the princesses are Clymaxx and Mi Ya Estro.All four will face off in the highly anticipated clash finale.

The after-show for the event will include performances by Bounty Killer, Nesbeth, Razor B, Tanto Blacks, plus last season's winners Triple A, and Devin Di Dakta.





25 years for Flippa Mafia!

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall deejay Flippa Mafia was given a 25-year sentence when he appeared in the Camden Superior Court in New Jersey, Friday morning.

The 37-year-old Jamaican entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was also ordered to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.

"Andrew Davis thought he could live the good life in Jamaica with the hundreds of thousands of dollars he and his brothers reaped by shipping cocaine from California into New Jersey," said Acting Attorney General Lougy at the sentencing.

In December 2015, Flippa Mafia was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.





A 'Juici' Startime in Clarendon Park July 2

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marcia-griffiths-photos-4.jpgIf you were in the audience at The Original Startime at Mas Camp on Saturday January 9 this year, then you know this is no ordinary vintage concert. It is still being talked about everywhere !! and due to overwhelmingly popular demand .... Startime moves to Juici Patties' The Verandah Clarendon Park, on Saturday July 2 ... gates open 5pm ... showtime 8pm .... with one of its most exciting line ups in recent history.

In addition to the Mas Camp line up of Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths, Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles, Horace 'Sleepy' Andy, Johnny 'Hit-Machine' Clarke, Errol Dunkley, The Mighty Diamonds, 80s superstar Frankie Paul and 70s ace DJ Dillinger - who all gave tremendous performances to the the Mas Camp thousands - the promoters have added a Clarendon Connection, three exceptional foundation artists who were all born in the parish - namely Reggae Superstar Freddie McGregor, King of ska Derrick Morgan and the Clarendonians .... all backed by Lloyd Parks & We the People ... plus emcee Tommy 'yes indeed' Cowan. What a line up of stars !!!

Well it's Startime !!!!

VIP Tickets inclusive of meal and drinks are $7000; general entry tickets are $2000 presale - $2,500 at the gate; and are are available from all 62 Juici Patties outlets across Jamaica; Manchester Golf Club in Mandeville; in Kingston at Mary Brown's Corner Texaco Grab 'N' Go; Derrick Harriott; Devon Bourne's Rubis HWT ... and at Portmore Mall Pharmacy.

This Juici Startime is shaping up to be the event of the year and is brought to you by Juici Patties and the Verandah in association with Kool 97FM, Singer, Jamaica Observer, Sparkles Productions, TVJ, Seals & Engravables, On Stage TV, IRIE-FM, Devon Bourne's Rubis HWT, Mello FM, CPTC, Christar Villas Hotel, Kingston Hireage, A & E Ambulance, security by Securipro, and Interlinc Communications - host of the Startime website at startime.com.jm. Knutsford Express will be providing return shuttle service to Startime for a nominal charge (inclusive of Startime ticket) .... for bookings call 971-1822 / 960-5499.

Take your loved ones to Startime ... it's going to be a fabulous and unforgettable concert, one that should not be missed and is worth going miles to see !!





Corey Todd charged with assault

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corey-todd.jpgClub owner, Corey Todd, was charged for assaulting young deejay Devin Di Dakta at the popular St Andrew night club in January.

The Constant Spring Police Station said Todd was charged with assault on Tuesday, after several months of investigation.

"We can confirm that he has been charged for assault," Detective Sergeant Huntley, assigned to the police station, told Loop News.

Todd was reportedly pointed out during an identification parade.According to the police, the businessman was given station bail following a request by his attorney Peter Champagnie.

It is reported that in January this year, Devin Di Dakta, winner of the 2015 staging of 'Magnum Kings and Queen of Dancehall', was forcibly removed from the Taboo nightclub by security personnel.

It is alleged that he was taken to the parking lot and beaten by several persons because of a song perceived to be disrespecting Todd.Todd, a former business associate of incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, has been ordered to appear in court next week to face the charge..

Devin Di Dakta was allegedly ganged and beaten by Todd and his associates in the parking lot of Taboo, an exotic night club located along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew. Immediately after the incident, his management team refuted allegations from the management of Taboo that the beating did not involve security personnel from the club, and that it was triggered after Devin Di Dakta allegedly harassed a dancer and had to be removed from the entertainment facility after a complaint was made.

According to the management of Devin Di Dakta, the artiste was beaten over a diss song he made directed at Todd.





devin-di-dakta.jpgShelly-Ann Curran, the manager of dancehall artiste, Devin Di Dakta, is pleased that Corey Todd has been charged with assaulting her artiste.

In a interview with Zip FM, Curran said she was "happy that we can finally put this matter to resi".

She stated that Corey Todd, owner of night clubTaboo, was picked out of a line-up.

Devin Di Dakta was allegedly ganged and beaten by Todd and his associates in the parking lot of Taboo, an exotic night club located along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew. Immediately after the incident, his management team refuted allegations from the management of Taboo that the beating did not involve security personnel from the club, and that it was triggered after Devin Di Dakta allegedly harassed a dancer and had to be removed from the entertainment facility after a complaint was made.

According to the management of Devin Di Dakta, the artiste was beaten over a diss song he made directed at Todd.





rob-blac-pregnant.jpgAccording to TMZ, Rob Kardashian and pregnant fiancee, Blac Chyna, are set to make a cool million if they decide to sell their baby pictures to the highest bidder.

TMZ has spoken to seven photo agencies which reveal that the pictures of the couple posing intimately with their newborn son or daughter would be worth at least $1 million,

Selling baby photos has been a good revenue source for several celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (who reportedly gave their $6m check to charities), Nicole Richie, Jamie Lynn Spears and Jennifer Lopez (who is thought to have received much more than $1m for images of Max and Emme).

This comes after years of Rob being a recluse which caused him to become estranged from his family and to overeat. He became diabetic, raising concerns about his health.

He met Blac years ago through sister Kim. At the time the former stripper was with Tyga, with whom she had son Cairo. Tyga then moved on to Kylie Jenner in 2015, reportedly breaking Chyna's heart. Earlier this year she found love with the portly Rob, who she quickly put on a diet and exercise routine.

Rob's transformation from shut-in to overexposed media darling has been swift and confusing at the same time.

His turn around has been a big subject in the 12th season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.





vybz-kartel-photo-11-full.jpgThe third anniversary of Strictly Addi is scheduled for Sugarman's Beach Club in Portmore, St Catherine, on June 25.

According to organisers JEM Entertainment, the event - an ode to incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel's music - has an air of anticipation about this staging.

"There is a unique nature about an event such as this. Unlike most beach parties that begin during the daytime and end in the night, Strictly Addi gates will be open at 9:00 pm and is non-stop, high-energy until it ends at 2:00 am," said 'IB' Konteh, director of JEM Entertainment.

"The entire venue will be transformed, from the Addi-themed cabanas to the stage. our major sponsors, Clearsound Jamaica Productions, has something special in store for everyone. Our Gaza-themed cocktails - Summer time, Call the Ambulance and Blue Whale, will also be something that will be talked about even after the event," Konteh continued.





A St Mary Mi Come From', returns

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capleton-airborne.jpgIt has been three years since Capleton staged 'A St Mary Mi Come From', the charity show he first held in 2000. He is confident of a successful comeback.

"It a go shot! Di people want it," he declared.

The 12th staging of the show is scheduled for August 5 at Grays Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay. No artistes have been confirmed as yet but promoters are currently putting together a cast.

"Wi talk to some of artistes already an' dem supportive. Dis is a show artistes an' fans look forward to 'cause is a family fun day, a pre-independence affair," said Capleton.

A number of schools, hospitals and organisations have benefitted from St Mary Mi Come From, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School, Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.

Capleton is particularly proud of the computer room at Islington High School, his alma mater.

"It name the Clifton George Bailey (Capleton's given name) Computer Lab which wi really appreciate 'cause wi believe di youths mus be computer-literate," he said.

His manager, Claudette Kemp, said 'St Mary Mi Come From' deserves comprehensive corporate support.

"We are looking for a brand sponsor. We've had some good sponsors over the years but we would really love a major company coming on board."

'St Mary Mi Come From' takes place one day before Jamaica's Independence day.





reggae-artist-oriel-detained.jpgAn unfortunate scene took place over Memorial weekend at the annual Kaya Fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when reggae recording artist ORieL and his bandmate were detained by Pittsburgh PD for suspicion of Marijuana possession.

His scheduled performance to an eager crowd was delayed after an officer reported smelling marijuana, and called for backup. Speaking on the incident, ORieL stated "We were briefly detained for smoking a spliff in the tour van. I asked the officer why he was drawing his firearm, because we were doing as he asked, our hands were up, and the spliff was put out. "Why use a cannon to kill a mosquito ?" Why not work out an amicable solution? His approach is the reason that many situations like this end up with people getting injured for no reason."

The artist added "Music and herb go together, society knows this. The idea that cannabis makes you hostile, etc etc is an outdated concept in this modern society. Many a prison and policing budget depend on keeping the status quo. Thats one thing, but the bigger issue is the approach and how police deal with us on a day to day basis."

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With the utmost respect for the law, this hasn't dithered ORieL's respect for those who take the oath to protect and serve.

Despite the delays, the vibes were in full effect and ORieL delivered a memorable performance to an audience of every race, creed and class who were all united by music.

Wishing to move past the events of the night, ORieL lastly added "The police need to develop a more open mindset and approach unique situations with the same humility and respect that we show to them. Excessive use of power in these situations not only damages the relationship between the police and the community, but is a waste of resources. We need people power to move towards a more community-based method of policing. Way up." - ORieL.





band-r5.jpg"Now watch me Whip..now watch me Nae Nae."

Not everyone may know the name of the artiste who sings this song, but close to everyone on the planet must have heard these lines at some point or the other and even tried to do the Whip and Nae Nae dance moves. With the official video inching towards one billion views, and quite a few nominations and awards under his belt, including Sunday's Billboard Award for Top Streaming Artiste (Video) Silento has made his mark and he is all set to make his debut performance in Jamaica on July 9 at YMZ, the ultimate family entertainment event.

Produced by Mysterious Music Minds, YMZ will be held at the National Stadium in Kingston and features a balanced package with two top international acts and two hugely popular local artistes. In addition to Silento, YMZ features sibling group R5, Bling Dawg and Don Andre who together comprise the fantastic four gearing up to give concert-goers a summer to remember.

Dave Lindsay, a director of Mysterious Music Minds, noted that although the producers of YMZ (Youth Music Zone) are tapping into a predominantly youth market, the concept is one of clean, appropriate, entertainment that the entire family can come out and enjoy, in addition to a production that will be second to none, with state-of-the-art audio and lighting effects.

"We observed that the current landscape was lacking in family entertainment shows. You know the type where parents can tag along with their kids and actually have fun themselves, so we decided to fix that," he said.

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With their wealth of experience in the entertainment business, it was a no-brainer for the team to choose the ideal artistes for this package. "The Aji Bounce and the Tom Cruise have taken over the place so it was fitting to get Bling Dawg and Don Andre on the line-up. R5 is a hit with the teens and we know that the youngster can't wait to see them live," Lindsay explained. He added that Silento is pretty excited about his first performance in Jamaica. From last month, the 18-year-old who whose global hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) saw him charting in places such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland, posted on his Facebook Page, "I'll Be In Kingston, Jamaica Soon! let everyone know to be at the venue with the squad."

R5, a US pop/rock band formed in 2009, comprises siblings Riker, Rocky and Ross Lynch and their sister Rydel, along with family friend Ellington Ratliff. In 2010, R5 released their debut EP, Ready Set Rock. Individual acting roles helped to boost the group's profile -Ross stars in Austin & Ally aired on Disney Channel - and in 2012 they signed to Hollywood Records. The group released their second EP, Loud (2013), then followed it up with the debut album, Louder. R5 was nominated for Best Band at Disney Music Awards, and won the title of Next Big Thing in 2013 and a Radio Disney Music Award 2014.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers' Association, while among the official sponsors of the July 9 event are iCool, Jamaica Yellow Pages, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, KaribLink Digital, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, School SMS, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV

Check out YMZ on July 9 at the National Stadium...it a go loud!

Please visit our website for more details: http://www.youthmusiczone.com/





patty-eating-contest.jpgTAPPAN, NY - Groovin In the Park, the largest international reggae and R&B festival will be even more exciting this year with the addition of the Caribbean Food Delights World Jamaican Beef Patty Eating Championship.

"Groovin in the Park is excited to partner with Caribbean Food Delights (CFD) for the World Jamaican Beef Patty Championship, which is sanctioned by Wisconsin's based All Pro Eating Promotions governing body," said Groovin Executive Producer, Christopher Roberts.

*This is probably the first time that a professional competition of this kind is being held at a reggae/ R&B festival in North America, which will provide Groovin In The Park patrons a unique opportunity to experience the competition first hand. I am confident they will enjoy it" Roberts noted.

"Our Jamaican patty eating competition in its 15th year, is bigger than ever, with prize money of approximately $20,000. The grand prize winner receives $10,000, second place - $5,000, third, fourth and fifth places $2,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively" said CFD's Chief Operating Officer, Sabrina HoSang-Jordan.

Groovin In the Park is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park, in Queens, New York. It features a star-studded lineup of international reggae singers including Toots Hibbert, Beres Hammond, Tessanne Chin and Duane Stephenson and internationally renowned R&B singers Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight and Regina Belle.





Marvin the Dancer is wanted by the cops

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgMarvin the Dancer is being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, the officer in charge of CISOCA, is reported to have indicated that Marvin should turn himself in to the police at any constabulary station or CISOCA's office in Montego Bay.

Irie FM's Music News pointed to the superintendent's directive late on Friday afternoon.

Detectives from CISOCA launched an investigation into Marvin's activities following a video which went viral recently, showing Marvin the Dancer and other men horsing around a female. In the video, it appeared that the female tried to get away from the men, but was cornered by the group, who forced themselves on her in a most indecent way involving wild gyrating on the woman.

The video triggered widespread and intense condemnation of the men's activities from several groups.

As a result of the development, the female in question was interviewed by CISOCA last week, resulting in the call for Marvin the Dancer to report to the police.





crime-scene-7.jpgPolice in Negril say that at approximately 1:30 am, the entertainer known as Bastic was on the beach on Norman Manley Boulevard, when a man attacked him with a knife.

He was stabbed multiple times and rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

His attacker escaped in a motor car. David White, Senior Superintendent and Westmoreland 'top cop' reportedly said the police know the suspect and are currently pursuing the individual.

Bastic, - real name Ricardo Patterson was known for singles such as Richest Set A Gal, Live My Life, Lovely Day, featuring Chi Ching Ching, and Summer Shorts, featuring Big Wayne.





Bunny Brown pays tribute to Prince

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bunny-brown.jpgOne of the golden voices of Jamaica, Bunny Brown (Chosen Few), lends his vocals to the mega hit 'PURPLE RAIN' as Reggae's tribute to Prince. Produced by Sly and Robbie and Bunny Brown, and released on the Taxi label it is a true musical treat.

Fans of Prince's original will, as we say in Jamaica, "fulljoy" this new taste with the twist of all spiced Reggae.

Hardcore lovers of reggae who know of Prince, but not necessarily a fan of the original rendition of music will no doubt be won over to the lyrical prowess and tease that prince is known for. Bunny soulfully delivered this tribute with his own flavour adding variety to the songs taste.

Enjoy and share:
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KLE Group exits nightclub operations

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The Kingston Live Entertainment (KLE) Group has shed light on its decision to get rid of its night club operations, stating that the company's management and board have been reviewing the strategic position of the company and the expansion into restaurant franchising.

KLE says the exit from the night club business ended the demand on the company's working capital and other resources which are needed to focus on the restaurant and franchising business.

The decision was made to sell the assets used in the operations of the Famous Night Club.

KLE still owns the trademarks associated with the brand.

Earlier this year it completed the sale of 51 per cent of Tracks and Records to Joseph Bogdanovich.





Kartel releases new clothing line

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The Official VK Line brand, based on Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement, and communicated through his music, is poised to take over urban fashion globally.

The Gaza Movement already has pent up demand for official Vybz Kartel merchandise so it is expected this will be a global brand in a matter of weeks.

Buses in Kenya are painted with Kartel all over it, Scandinavian kids in north Europe proudly choose his songs for their dance-offs and the first English phrase Japanese youths say is often "Gaza for life!". The brand could be coined "A brand, for the progressive ghetto youth, made by progressive ghetto youths."

Not much is being revealed about the corporate structure of the brand except that all the intellectual property is owned by Taneisha Johnson, wife of Vybz Kartel and licensed to a company owned by one of his close business associates.

With the line extending from t-shirts, to underwear, intimate apparel, bustiers, beach attire, ladies gym shorts, foot wear and premium caps; driven by a plan to take on global brands; it is evident that this company is well funded and proudly says "Official VK Line - From Portmore to the World".





The radio landscape has changed drastically with the advent of Internet and brokered radio stations in the Diaspora. This has led to an erosion in the quality of many of the presenters. In the 80's it was a much different situation when it was about creativity and quality presentation.

"If you ask me, New York's best Caribbean radio was presented in the 80's and 90's" said Jamaican born, NY broadcaster Conroy Allison, who is celebrating 35 years the industry.

Allison began his stint on radio in 1973 at Fordham University's WVUV-FM.

"WFUV was a great learning experience, lots of fun. I then moved on to WLIB-AM, which would become the Caribbean's first powerhouse station in New York," he said of his upward mobility in radio.

"All of my 22 years at WLIB and WBLS-FM were spent in the marketing department. I enjoyed the challenge of advertising sales and apparently, did it very well." said Allison.

Allison's voice has not just connected with Jamaicans but has reached Trinidadians, Barbadians, Guyanese, Antiguans, and African Americans. With marketing in his blood, Allison combined his love of both worlds - radio and promotions. He threw a party in Brooklyn in 1981 with star attraction Winston 'Merritone' Blake. The event was a resounding success. This started a business relationship between Allison and Blake that lasted until his passing this year.

Reflecting on the relationship with Blake, Allison said, "Over time, I developed a healthy respect for Winston's ability to entertain, his work ethic and his absolute commitment to his craft. While his passing leaves a void impossible to fill, the Merritone Fun Day will continue; I'll be working closely with his brothers, Monte and Trevor."

Prior to the 2016 Merritone Family Fun Day, Allison will celebrate his 35th anniversary on radio.





marley-family-photo-shoot.jpgGQ Style reunited Bob Marley's family reunited for their first photo shoot in over a decade, featuring some of Marley's sons, daughters and grandsons.The shoot was organized by for their debut issue.

The Marleys wore Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren along with several other top name brands.

Firstborn, Ziggy Marley told GQ Style that he did not feel pressured by his role as the first son of Bob.

"This is a family. Whatever we are is the same way we grow up-nothing has changed, really. Each individual role is important." Ziggy said he sees himself less as a patriarch than as a "voice of reason.

According to Ziggy, there's a clear "hierarchy of the elders, the adults, which is Cedella, me, and Sharon (the oldest).

Cedella, who spearheads Tuff Gong enterprises and cannabis brand Marley Natural, among other projects confirmed her position as the main driving force behind the Marley's businesses.

"Whatever business ventures we get into, I'm the one who has to deal with whoever we partner with on a day-to-day basis," she explained.

Both Damian and Ziggy will be releasing albums later this year and spoke to GQ about their inspirations musically.

Stephen is also planning to release his own album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life this summer.

Son of Cedella, Skip Marley was also featured in the article and his mother spoke of the moment the family realized his musical talent at a concert.

"When he got onstage for a chorus of "One Love, it was like a jaw-drop moment," said the doting mother.

A separate article was also done on Bob's style and swanky fashion when he was alive.





Drake fires back at Mr Vegas

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drake-and-popcaan-controlla.jpgOutspoken dancehall artiste, Mr Vegas has garnered the attention of Canadian-American rapper, Drake.

This comes after Mr Vegas called out Drake for not listing dancehall artistes on his latest album even though he sampled their work.

Vegas' rant received thousands of views, seemingly including that of Drake's.

Drake took to Instagram on Sunday to thank fans who came out for his recent performance at Jewel Nightclub. He also took time to throw jabs at Vegas' hit single Heads High.

"Had to done off Vegas...Y fi di heads high," he wrote.

And he did not stop there. He later went over to Popcaan's Instagram page to comment on and like a video that was also aimed at Mr Vegas.

"Wicked, wicked, Wicked...OVO Unruly same ting," he said.

mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgBut while many are defending the rapper, a number of persons have come out in defense of Vegas.

"@popcaanmusic this is where you should come together with Mr. Vegas and defend dancehall artistes music instead if trying to war the guy Drake was wrong for what he did and im sure you didnt make much money as Drake did when Controlla drop.....yuh sell out yourself for free now trying to incite a fued with Vegas when he didn't say nun wrong......In the words of Buju arrogance is much different from ignorance......stop being a clown for chicken or pizza Sell out," one social media user commented.

"Drake your di biggest SAMPLE.. sampling dancehall music using or slangs and not giving credit where it's due. Mr Vegas was right! U ain't original," another said.





adele-21.jpgAdele has signed a multi-album contract with the Sony record label worth L90 million, which if paid out in full would make it the biggest record deal in history.

The 28-year-old singer/songwriter, who was the best-selling artist in the world in 2015, was approached by Sony after her original contract that she signed at the age of 19 with British independent label XL expired.

Adele is already worth an estimated L85 million, having generated extraordinary sums from her albums.

She earned over L35 million in sales generated by her latest album 25. Released in November last year, 25 has been credited with single-handedly reviving album sales across the globe, having sold more than 19 million copies to date worldwide.

In the US, the album claimed the largest single-week sales for an album since records began in 1991; while her second album 21, released in 2011, has now sold more than 30 million copies globally, making it the most successful album of the past decade.





Jay Z's Tidal now available in Jamaica

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jay-z-tidal.jpgReports are that Jay Z's streaming service TIDAL is now available in six additional countries including Jamaica as of Wednesday. This, as the brand expands its reach around the world.

The other five countries to access TIDAL are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Peru. This is the first time fans in these countries will have subscription access to TIDAL.

Members will be able to access more than 40 million music tracks and 130,000 videos. Additionally, they will have access to exclusive content, livestreams, videos and concert tickets.

Each region will have country-specific music access, including local artistes.





rapper-ti.jpgOne person has died and three others have been wounded in a shooting inside a crowded New York City concert venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform, police said.

At least four people were shot after gunfire erupted around 10.15pm on Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square.

The gunman opened fire inside the green room inside the popular venue.

Police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach and died a short time later.

Elijah Rodriguez was attending the concert with his sister and they were in the VIP area by the stage.

He said T.I. was supposed to go on stage at 9 or 9.30pm but 'he never showed up.'

Rappers Maino and Uncle Murda had been performing on stage at the time of the shooting.

At about 10pm he said the venue started playing music again, and at about 10.15pm, he saw a line of people coming out from where the performers were coming onstage.

'All the sudden I heard someone saying that there was a shot, that someone got shot,' Rodriguez said.

T.I. was set to perform at Irving Plaza and then 1 OAK later on Wednesday, however NYPD reportedly shut down the club.

The 35-year-old Atlanta rapper started in the music business in 2001 and is the founder of Grand Hustle Records.

He has released nine studio albums and recorded hits such as Whatever You Like, Live your Life with Rihanna and About the Money with Young Thug.

He has also starred in several movies and television shows such as Boss and American Gangster.





Nesbeth mourns sister's death

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nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae crooner Greg Nesbeth has been dealt another harsh blow.

The My Dream singer today lost a sister, just three months after his wife died.

Nesbeth's publicist, Raymond 'Shadow' Small, told THE STAR that the artiste's sister passed away Wednesday morning. However, Small did not offer much more details.

"He is trying to take it in strides," Small began.

"I'm not privy to speak as I have not been made aware of the full details surrounding her passing, so I cannot speak extensively on the matter," he said.





vegas-featured.jpgdrake-and-popcaan-controlla.jpgCanadian rapper Drake and PopCaan have both responded to Mr. Vegas following his 8 minutes long video questioning Drake's motives for not crediting the Jamaican acts sampled on his album.

On Sunday, Drake wrote on Instagram "Had to done off Vegas...Y fi di heads high." Drake has also commented on a video aimed at Mr. Vegas on Popcaan's Instagram page. The rapper wrote, "Wicked, wicked, Wicked...OVO Unruly same ting."

Meanwhile, PopCaan has openly rejected Mr. Vegas' assistance using a video to telling him he doesn't need his help.

"Leave our business alone," Popcaan tells Vegas in the clip.





Flippa's re-trial re-scheduled

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall artiste's Flippa Mafia retrial has been re-scheduled.

Last Friday Flippa's lawyer J Michael Farrell hinted that their request to bar the State's decision to retry the dancehall deejay may affect a retrial of the case slated for today.

The State will retry Flippa on the first-degree charge of Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, the one charge on which the jury in the last trial could not reach a verdict.





Cops investigating Marvin The Dancer

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marvin-the-dancer.jpgDancer Marvin 'The Beast' is being investigated by the police for his alleged dangerous dancing performances at entertainment events.

Steve McGregor, senior superintendent of police in charge of St James,says that the probe includes seeking to find out whether the Montego Bay-based dancer assaulted a woman of unsound mind during a recent dancing episode.

McGregor said that the investigations were launched following recent performances by the dancer. Some of his antics have been captured on camera and have been posted on social media.

"Somebody sent one of the [recent] videos to me and I viewed it. Sadly, we found the main female who was in the act, as well as others, and they are claiming to say it's OK and they were having fun. But it is my intention to call him in, though, and question him," McGregor said.

McGregor noted that in order for any charges to be laid against the dancer, a willing complainant has to come forward, and thus far, none has.

"If we find that these are the kinds of acts that are playing out there, we can persecute the promoter, the owner of the venue, and the person who is operating the sound system because we would not have given them permission to be doing these acts at the dance," McGregor said.





Alkaline's US visa not revoked

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alkaline-photo-8.jpgAlkaline's manager has come out and denied that he has lot his visa.

Last week Monday the deejays fans were really surprised by the news that his US visa had been revoked leading to a lot of speculations on what could have been the reason.

We are sure they are now breathing a sigh of relief that the controversial artiste is still welcomed in the United States.

The news which was circulated on various websites, spread like wildfire that he lost out on the visa as a result of his latest track - Save Yourself.

According to these websites, the song is politically charged and incites violence against homosexuals.

Kereena Beckford, the entertainer's sister and manager, told the Star that it was false news and perceives it as a ploy to create drama around the artiste.

"It's all rumours. This is just something created by some unknown people who want to start something. Alkaline is not having any immigration issues anywhere. Right now, he's in Germany and he'll be leaving from there to go to London and then Canada, and all his visas are in tact," she was quoted as saying.





It was on May 25, 1963, that the leaders of 32 independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). By then more than two thirds of countries in the African continent had achieved independence from colonial rule. At this historic meeting, the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15 to May 25 and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD). African Liberation Day has been held on May 25th in every corner of the world since.

On Wednesday, May 25, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation(KSAC) will stage the Fifth Annual African Liberation Day event at St. William Grant Park, with artistes Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Chezidek, Bushman, Charley B, Davianah, ELAD and many more, a press release outlined. A fashion show will be staged by employees of the KSAC and outfits will be provided by Africana House. The event is free to the public

The release quotes Mayor of Kingston, Dr. Angela Brown Burke as saying: "African Liberation Day is a very important day on our calendar, reminding us of our rich history and the merging of the two cultures of Jamaica and Africa. It's for this reason we place such great emphasis on this event. I am therefore inviting all to come out on Wednesday to help us celebrate our African Heritage. This celebration is an important acknowledgement of the cultural influence of Africentrism on our identity as a people."

Emcees will be Mutabaruka and Denise Isis Miller.

Exhibits will be on show from 3:00PM and the live concert will begin at 5PM, admission is free.





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgPop singer Chris Brown will be headlining the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival.

The American singer will be the closing headliner of the Sam Cooke stage on Friday, September 2.

In announcing the new addition to the star-studded cast, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival said Brown made history when his first single "Run It!" instantly reached number one on the Billboard chart.

Since then, Brown has become one of the most popular US artists, selling millions of albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards, among them a Grammy, American Music Awards, and BET Awards, and has also built a successful acting career. Brown released his seventh studio album, "Royalty", in 2015. That same year, he also released a collaboration album with rapper Tyga.

Royalty, named after his daughter, is Brown's sixth number one on the Billboard R & B / Hip-Hop chart. Not only did the album peak the R & B charts, it also ranked the number two position in the Top Album Sales and Digital Albums Chart and number three on the Billboard 200. It's the seventh time Brown reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 in the first week after a new album release.

Other performers listed to perform are Al Jarreau, Tom Jones, Brandon Marsalis, Kassav, Jamie Cullum, Lenny Kravitz, Burt Bacharach and Michael Bolton, among others.

The Festival runs from September 1 to 3.





It's 'Drake the Fake' says Mr Vegas

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drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt is widely acknowledged that Drake's new album "Views" is heavily influenced by dancehall music. The Toronto rapper has also never been shy about his love for the music originated in Jamaica, but Mr. Vegas feels that he is not giving the genre enough credit.

In a video posted on his social media, Mr. Vegas rant about Drake not truly embracing dancehall but using the genre here and there in his music to get a buzz. The dancehall star went as far as to call Drizzy a fake.

"Drake the fake is just running with the hot genre right now," MV rant. "Because when yoy check it out really look how long Drake has been saying Gully before he start saying Gaza... 'Yow Gully bigup Mavado" but never did a song with Mavado yet and still don't do a song with Popcaan. So Drake maybe Meek Mill was right you're a fake."

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Has Alkaline's visa been revoked?

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alkaline-photo-8.jpgAlkaline reportedly became the latest dancehall artiste to have his U.S. Visa revoked.

The problem reportedly stemmed from a new controversial single that the deejay released title "Save Yourself" where he sings about political issues affecting Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals.

Other reports claimed that his visa was cancelled because he advocate violence against homosexuals in his music.

Over the last decade a slew of big name dancehall acts have had problems with their U.S. visa including Beenie Man, Mavado, Aidonia, Bouty Killer, Sizzla Kalonji and more.

Bounty Killer and Aidonia are still without a U.S. Visa.





Flippa Mafia to be sentenced June 3

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall deejay Flippa Mafia is scheduled for sentencing on June 3 in the Camden County Court, New Jersey.

The entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy in December 2015. The court was, however, unable to find him guilty on the leader of narcotics-trafficking network charge and a retrial was ordered.

"Andrew Davis's retrial is being postponed because his attorneys are trying to pursue an interlocutory appeal. In light of the fact that it will likely be a few more months before he is retried on the charge of leader of a narcotics-trafficking network, the judge decided to sentence him on June 3 for the crimes for which he already was convicted at the first trial -- first-degree distribution of cocaine, and second-degree conspiracy and money laundering," Peter Aseltine, Division of Criminal Justice press officer in New Jersey's Attorney General Office, told the Jamaica Observer.

A first-degree rap carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years, while the second degree has an incarceration period of five to 10 years.





Hits galore on Youtube for Kartel's Fever

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vybz-kartel-photo-24.jpgAfter only one week, Vybz Kartel has racked up more than 700,000 views on YouTube for the video for 'Fever', the first single from the deejay's 'King of the Dancehall' album.

The raunchy video, directed by Jay Will and Game Over, features a girl in heat because of her lust-induced dreams.

King of the Dancehall was made available for pre-order on May 6 exclusively on iTunes. Distributed by Zojak World Wide, the album will be available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers on June 3, the same day the third instant-gratification track, Colouring This Life, will be offered in the iTunes store.

Apple Music will offer exclusive streaming one week before the 14-track album is available for download June 10, a service usually reserved for major label artistes.

King of the Dancehall contains never before released tracks from Vybz Kartel, all recorded by the prolific artiste before his incarceration, according to a press release. The album is a collaborative effort between Adidjahiem Records and TJ Records.





Filming For Snoop Dogg TV Series Sparks Panic

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snoop-dogg.jpgDuring the filming of Snoop Dogg's trial for murder members of the public thought it was all too real and broke out in panic running a Californian park!

It was actually the re-enactment of his arrest in August 1993 in connection with the death of Phillip Woldermariam, a member of a rival gang who was shot dead by Snoop's bodyguard, McKinley Lee.

Both were charged with murder, as the rapper was allegedly driving the vehicle from where Lee had shot Woldermariam.

Both Snoop and his bodyguard were later acquitted, but the famous murder trial is now the subject of a documentary series "Rich and Acquitted," and a reenactment of the murder took place at a San Fernando Valley park.

Of course local police had information that blanks would be used to replicate the gunfire in the filming of the murder scene, pity the park folks didn't know! They were under the impression that a real gun battle had broken out.

"Rich and Acquitted" is due to cover the acquittals of Robert Blake, Oscar Pistorius, O.J. Simpson, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson, and will air on network Reelz in September.





prince.jpgLate pop icon Prince was remembered Sunday in a private ceremony at his church, with his family looking to hold a public event in August.

Television footage showed mourners dressed in black entering a Jehovah's Witness temple in the leafy suburb of Minnetonka outside Minneapolis.The Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis said that Prince's protegee Sheila E was among hundreds who attended the 45-minute service, which was closed to the media.

Prince, one of the most influential pop artists of his generation and whose songs were often sexually explicit, was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness in 2003. Prince embraced the faith's practice of proselytization, with the internationally famous pop legend reported to have knocked on doors in the Minneapolis suburbs to distribute religious literature.

Local television station KARE quoted the printed program at Prince's memorial as saying that the star "found great joy and satisfaction in sharing the things he learned from the Bible with others." His sister, Tyka Nelson, said Friday that she did not consider that "intimate gathering" to have been his funeral and that the family was still planning a public event.

"The proposed plan is to have our Memorial/Funeral/Tribute in August," she wrote on Facebook, adding that she and Prince's remains would only be present at that forthcoming event.





The South African Government is calling for all its citizens to play and buy local music in a bid to contribute to the economy of their country.

The move comes following an initiative by South African Radio Stations to Play 90 Percent Local Music.

The government has since congratulated the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) regarding its decision to play 90% local music across its 18 radio stations going forward.

The decision is part of the public broadcaster's bid to prioritize home-grown content.

According to AllAfrica.com, "it is an effort to ensure that local content reflecting the diversity of South African cultures is prioritized."





regina-belle.jpgGrammy Award winning R&B legend Regina Belle has been added to the powerful lineup for the 2016 'Groovin In The Park' concert which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 26th. The news was recently announced on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5 FM in New York City.

"Regina is a powerhouse singer who has recorded many R&B hit songs in her illustrious career. We are excited and sincerely grateful to include her on our lineup this year," Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of 'Groovin In The Park' said.

Born in New Jersey, Regina worked as an opening act for the Manhattans in her early career. She recorded a duet with the group titled, 'Where Did We Go Wrong,' that was produced by Bobby Womack in 1986. Her single 'Please Be Mine' peaked at number two on the R & B charts. She followed up with 'So Many Tears,' which also blazed up the R&B Top 20 chart.

The four-time Grammy Award and Academy Award winning vocalist has previously performed in Jamaica and will grace the Groovin stage for the very first time this year.

Regina Belle will be joined on stage at 'Groovin In The Park' by Grammy Award winners Brian McKnight and Peabo Bryson, reggae luminaries Beres Hammond and Toots Hibbert, NBC's Voice season 5 winner Tessanne Chin and popular reggae crooner Duane Stephenson.





richie-spice-photo-1.jpgFifth Element is reportedly back in business, this time around, simply as The Element, with directors - Chief Executive Officer Eaton Evans, President Claude Sayers and Managing Director Richell 'Richie Spice' Bonner.

"The Element's focus has always been and will always be culturally charged music. With our return, people can expect what we have always been about, the core of our message - positiveness, righteousness, upfullness, music of the highest standard, all coming from the teachings of His Majesty. What The Element is all about will never change," Evans said in an interview with a popular tabloid..

Richie Spice agrees that after working with the record label for several years, being a senior partner is only a natural progression.

Formed in 2000, the Fifth Element Records label shot to international prominence with Devon Wheatley, Evans and Sayers as the chief architects. Based in Jamaica with offices overseas, the international entertainment organisation embarked on artiste management, booking, record distribution, producing and event promotion. Its roster of artistes included Chuck Fenda, Etana, Anthony Cruz, Richie Spice, Jigsy King, Natural Black, Omar Silk, Lij Amlak and Jah Penco, to name a few. Several of these artistes have risen to international fame with successful careers.The label also produced several chart-riding singles and albums for some of reggae's biggest names, among them, Beenie Man, Capleton, Sizzla and George Nooks.

Several years later, it all came to an end when Evans and Sayers were arrested for smuggling and later extradited to the United States on ganja charges..

"We have paid our dues, done our time, and now we are back and ready again. It's ironic to see that what we went to prison for, they are now in the process of legalising it. That's life for you," said Sayers. "It is what it is. It was just our destiny to go through that and help set the tone to make it (ganja) free and legal. Now we are back to pursue the music, our first passion, and, of course, legally get involved in the cannabis industry. We are coming with what we are coming with, and we are gonna come harder this time."





tyga-photo-1.jpgTyga's relationships have always been stormy ones. His on-again-off-again romance with Blac Chyna produced a son but also recriminations when they broke up. And then he began dating the then-17-year-old Kylie Jenner.

Kylie and Tyga never seemed a perfect match, not the least of which was due to the fact that she was a minor when they reportedly began their romance. The most notable blow-up centred around Tyga's text messaging relationship with a 14-year-old aspiring musician. His relationship with soon-to-be Kardashian Blac Chyna has also been consistently subtweety and bizarre.

But their relationship is reportedly no more. Multiple outlets reported that they broke up just before the Met Gala earlier in May. So far those have just been rumors, but Tyga confirmed them in an interview with E! News.

"I'm good, you know?" he said of his mental state after their breakup. "Just another day and working hard and trying to get to that next level and achieve big things and evolve."

Kylie, for her part, is handling the breakup via cryptic Snapchats and hanging out at her mum's house.





joe-bogdanovich-onstage-may-17.jpgNew owner of Reggae Sumfest, Joe Bogdanovich has disclosed that roadshows will be introduced this year as part of the Sumfest experience leading up to the annual event.

According to reports, in the weeks prior to the festival, sound systems branded for Reggae Sumfest will take to the streets, visiting communities island-wide.

"We're going to go the extra five miles this year. Irie FM is gonna be out there, Pepsi is gonna be out there, and perhaps Red Stripe," said Johnny Gourzoug, former executive director of Summerfest Productions.

These roadshows will lead up to Reggae Sumfest week, which will retain the longstanding Sunday beach party and the All-White Party for Tuesday of Reggae Sumfest week. Instead of opening the performance stage on Thursday with Dancehall Night, that night will carry Reggae Sumfest's Sound System Explosion.

The organisers will also introduce live 360 degrees virtual reality streaming. And, according to Bogdanovich, members of the public will be able to use their phones to experience the festival in virtual reality, using finger touches to guide the viewer's direction.





tanto-blacks.jpgDancehall artiste, Sample King recently shot the video for his single, "I Will Survive" and who showed up for a cameo, but the Real Rich man himself, Tanto Blacks.

Well, it's not surprising really, as Tanto and Sample have been spotted at quite a few events, and, of course they have the big tune, "Stinkin Rich", which has done a lot for the careers of both entertainers.

Tanto joined Sample King on location in Half-Way-Tree and turned the place upside-down, inside-out with his antics.

The single, which is an uplifting survival song with loads of potential for hitting the big times, samples Papa San's version of "I Will Survive" in the intro. Produced by KNatural Entertainment on the Bruk Back riddim, I Will Survive, shows growth of Sample King, who now resides between Jamaica and Canada.

The video was shot on location in Chancery Hall, Half-Way-Tree and New Kingston.

Meanwhile, Tanto Blacks was scheduled to perform in England last weekend, however, owing to delays at the British high Commission in Jamaica, the artiste was stuck in the island. There is no word on when (or if) the shows will be held.





bunny-wailer-and-proclamation-in-hartford-ct.jpgcopeland-forbes.jpgReggae's living legend, Bunny Wailer, and veteran artiste manager, Copeland Forbes, were presented with a proclamation by the city of Hartford, CT for their over 50 yrs individual contribution to the music industry and their contribution to the development of Jamaica's music culture worldwide.

The presentations were made Immediately following a blistering two hour performance by the living legend Bunny Wailer who was making his first-ever appearance in the city of Hartford on a 23-city-tour of North America in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his first solo album "Blackheart Man" released by Island Records in 1976.

The presentations were made by Veronica Airey-Wilson, Marva Wilks, Phyllis Airey and Velma Simpson on behalf of Council woman RJO Winch of the Court Of Common Council in Hartford, CT.

Promoter Ardie Cuban Wilson was also honored with a plaque for his contribution in the music industry and hosting many Reggae concerts featuring top reggae acts like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Shabba Ranks, Luciano and Shaggy, just to name a few, and now Reggae's living legend Bunny Wailer.

The New York city show at BB Kings in Manhattan was a sold-out affair with quite a few celebrities in attendance which included the Mayor of New York City, Bill Deblaseo who came backstage and congratulated Wailer on a magnificent show and invited him back to New York.





Prado teams up with Sizzla for tribute song

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sizzla-and-prado.jpgWith one of the most popular songs dedicated to mothers recorded to date, it's no surprise that Sizzla Kolonji was the first choice for a collaborator when recording artiste Prado decided to record a modern day tribute to mothers.

Prado, formerly Desperado, will be officially releasing his 'My Mama' single featuring Sizzla Kolonji this Mother's day, May 8. The single can be purchased digitally as a gift to mothers globally on the day set aside to honour them.

"Sizzla is my all-time favourite artist and fortunately for me I can call him my musical brother. I think he has one of the best Momma songs ever written and would be able to bring the kind of sound the 'My Mamma' single would benefit from," Prado explained.

With Prado's 'My Momma' single, he highlights the fact that not all mothers are worthy and that we should be even more appreciative when we actually have a good mother.

Plans are underway to create a video for the 'My Mamma' single featuring Sizzla in May. Prado continues to evolve as an artiste with more material that shows his versatility; his 'Wild Out' single is performing extremely well locally and overseas and will have excellent visuals officially released this month.





spragga-benz-daughter-graduates.jpg"Congrats to you Shanice... Next...On to the Masters," said Spragga on Instagram.

The dancehall artiste and actor congratulated his daughter, Shanice, who graduated with a first degree from Villa Nova University, while encouraging her to take the next step of pursuing her Master' Degree.

Spragga, who enjoyed the height of his popularity in the 1990s, is known for hits such as Could a Deal, Jack it Up and Girls Hooray. He also made a name for himself in the US with his supporting role in the cult classic film, Shottas.





Tessanne fans ready for NY performance

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tessanne-chin-photo-10.jpgA past winner and an enduring favorite of NBC's smash television series The Voice, Tessanne Chin, will join the company of Grammy Award winners Brian McKnight, Peabo Bryson and reggae luminaries Beres Hammond and Toots Hibbert as headline performers at Groovin In The Park 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

The annual summer concert takes place on Sunday June 26 and the Jamaican songbird took to twitter to announce her glee saying "can't wait !!! #GroovinInThePark."

Radio host Ras Clem, who made the announcement on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5FM in New York said "We are excited to welcome Tessanne to the New York area for this very important assignment. She is an extraordinary performer with a powerhouse voice. This is her 'Diaspora 'welcome home party' and fans are over the moon" he noted.

Announcement of her upcoming performance has sparked interest among loyal Voice TV viewers in the tri-state who voted in droves to ensure her victory in 2013.

"I am an avid Tessanne Chin supporter" Jamaican born, Mt. Vernon, NY resident Esroy Bernard stated.

"I fell in love with her voice when I heard 'Hideaway'. I voted for her on the Voice and can't wait to see her live on stage at Groovin In The Park" he said.

Since 2013, Tessanne has travelled the world performing for VIP guests including the President of the USA Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Her first album after her Voice win 'Count on My Love' - included popular tracks 'Tumbling Down,' 'Everything Reminds Me of You' and 'People Change'. 'Fire,' the next release was produced by Grammy Award-winning produced Justice League (Mary J. Blige, Drake).

Her latest offering 'Love Suicide,' is now a staple on reggae radio in the tri-state area. Fans will be looking to hear the aforementioned songs as well as her rendition of Whitney Houston's 'I Have Nothing' and Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' which soared to #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart when it was released in 2013.





rob-kardashian-and-blac-chyna.jpgFamily first. Khloé and Rob Kardashian have put their differences aside now that his fiancée, Blac Chyna, is pregnant. A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that the siblings reached out to each other after the Arthur George sock designer, 29, informed his family that he's going to be a dad.

"Rob and Khloe spoke three weeks ago and they worked things out," the insider tells Us of the former roomies who were at odds with each other over his relationship with the model, who has a child with Tyga, the rapper dating their younger sister Kylie Jenner. "She's happy for the baby."

According to the source, Rob has been over to Khloe's Calabasas, California, pad and has "patched things up" with his older sister.

"The baby brought them together," the insider says. "Rob is having a baby, which is huge and she needed to be there for him. It was the right thing to do."

As previously reported by Us, the formerly reclusive reality star's famous family has come to terms with his romance with the former music video model, 27, thanks to the help of Kim Kardashian.

"She's always been the peacemaker," another source told Us of the complicated family.





judy-mowatt-groovin-in-the-park-2015-myflash-photos.jpgIt's one thing for Ajax to get a Reggae showcase for patrons to enjoy, but it's something else when that showcase comes with history that everyone wants a piece of. On Saturday May 7th, 2016, Judy Mowatt, member of the I-Threes and original backing group of Bob Marley and the Wailers, will be in town for a rare show.

Just in time for the Mother's Day weekend, Mowatt will perform at Mysticle Lounge (282 Monarch Ave) alongside fellow legend Leroy Gibbons and award winning artist Colin Levy.

The Reggae legend whose catalog includes hit records "Many Are Called," "Thank You Lord" and "Put It On" has not performed in Canada for several years, but recently came to Canada at the special request of Colin Levy with whom she has maintained a good friendship over the years. "I don't perform often" she's quoted as saying "but when Colin calls, I have to take the stage!"

Fans have not seen Judy perform in Canada in several years making her one of the most requested artists when it comes to stage performance. Yvette from Pickering says she'll be traveling to Ajax to see Judy perform because she "grew up listening to Judy's music but never saw her perform." This will be her first time.

Leroy Gibbons aka Mr. Four Seasons Lover has not been seen in Canada for several years and is an added bonus to the Judy Mowatt package. Appealing to mature music lovers, Leroy's rendition of classics Soul songs as well as material from his own catalog provide the right mix for those wanting an above average evening.

Rounding out the performance line up is Colin Levy. Having just released his album Unleashed, the artist has new music to compliment his radio hits "Lover's Holiday," and "In My House." When asked if he feels pressure performing alongside such veterans, Colin replied "I look forward to joining these greats on the stage. Fans are going to love the show too!"

Since her days with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Judy has written several hit records with Bunny Wailer, is the first female to ever be nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album (Working Wonders) which she produced, and became a Christian.





elephant-man-passport.jpgHaving recently regained his U.S. work permit dancehall recording artist Elephant Man it seems has found a passion for aviation.

A video of the entertainer piloting what appears to be a small single engine plane emerged online.





No Hip Hop music for Montreal club

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Hip hop music is banned Canadian province of Montreal.

Popular nightclub, Muzique, has find itself in some 'hot water' after Michael Duchard was shot right outside of the club on the corner of Roy and Saint Laurent last Thursday. The assault is likely linked to gang violence.

With retaliation seem like a given the SPVM called an emergency hearing with Quebec's Liquor Control Board to have Muzique forcibly shut down in order to prevent any further incidents.

Once the hearings finished, it was ruled that Muzique would be able to stay open, but with some rather strange conditions.

"One of such conditions is, if Muzique hopes to remain in operation, hip-hop music can't be played at the venue," this according to a report in the Metro Journal.

It was also recommended that the club increase its security guards.





popcaan-photo-3.jpgThe Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda released the following statement on the arrest of Popcaan.

Popular Jamaican dancehall artiste Andrea Sutherland, aka Popcaan was arrested and taken into custody, following a confrontation with police at Fort James around 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

It was reported that during the artiste performance on stage, a number of patrons, who were attending show climbed onto the stage.

The police, who were there to maintain Law and Order, went on stage to remove the patrons and to protect the artiste.

However, while the police were carrying out their duty, Popcaan got in the way of the officer, and physically barring him from carrying out his duty.The artiste could be seen pushing a police officer aside, whilst at the same time on the microphone inciting the crowd to misbehave.

A number of patrons also resort to throwing missiles, causing injuries to innocent bystanders inside the crowd.

Popcaan was subsequently arrested and taken into custody by the police to prevent any further breach of the peace. He is likely to be charged with assault and battery of a police officer; obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct.





Janet Jackson pregnant at 49

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janet-jackson.jpgJanet Jackson is reportedly pregnant with her first child.

The 49-year-old singer - who will turn 50 on May 16 - is expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The report of Janet's pregnancy comes just one month after she postponed her world tour because she is "planning a family".

She said in a video message to fans: "Hey you guys, on August 31 I launched the 'Unbreakable world tour.

"First I want to thank all the fans for coming out and seeing the show, you guys made it so enjoyable each and every night. We are in the second leg of the tour and there's been a sudden change and I thought it was important you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning a family so I'm going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can, try and understand it's important that I do this now, I have to rest up, doctors orders, but i have not forgotten about you, I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can (sic)."

She previously postponed 29 US dates on the tour after being advised to have surgery and rescheduled them for July and August.

In announcing the postponement of the US tour, Janet appealed to her fans for prayers.

She said on her website: "Hey you guys...Happy Holidays to each and every one of you! I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the 'Unbreakable Tour' until the spring. Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time...There will be no further comment."





drake-performance-billboard.jpgWith an estimated net worth of $60 million, rapper Drake has become the newest member of the Forbes Top Five club of hip-hop's wealthiest artists.

He kicked 50 Cent out of the fifth spot.

The rest of the exclusive club consists of returning members Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z and Birdman.

Drake's impressive financials are courtesy of his music sales, touring and tie-ins with Apple, Nike and Sprite.

Diddy continues to hold the most power with a net worth of $750 million thanks to his dealings with Diageo's Ciroc vodka, plus his TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, record label Bad Boy, tequila Deleon and water brand Aquahydrate.

Dr. Dre is close behind with $710 million, a fortune padded by his sale of Beats to Apple two years ago and last year's Straight Outta Compton film.

Jay Z is in third place with $610 million boosted by his streaming service Tidal, as well as earnings from his Roc Nation business empire.

In fourth place is Cash Money's Birdman, with a $110 million net worth, which is actually down since last year.





tony-matterhorn-photo-1.jpgSlector Tony Matterhorn has booked his spot in the finals of the Boom Energy Drink All-Star Sound Clash, powered by Magnum Tonic Wine, after narrowly escaping a bold and animated attack from Choice Movement Sound from Negril last Thursday.

Matterhorn will face either Emperor (from Japan) or popular selector Fire Links, who will face each other this week.

This final showdown follows 13 weeks of competition among 12 sound systems competing at the highly anticipated weekly sound clash event on Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Opting to go first after a coin toss, Matterhorn started his round with his customary onslaught on his opponent, telling the bus load of supporters from Negril to "go back home". He launched into classics from top artistes, including Buju Banton, Junior Gong, and Bounty Killer, and littered the venue with Vybz Kartel dubs.

Not to be outdone, Choice Movement's lead man, Slaughter, stamped his dominance on the stage in his work gear. Slaughter's team set the venue ablaze with a classic from I-Wayne. With skilled showmanship, Choice diversified their 20-minute set with dubs from Freddie McGregor and Nitty Kutchie, and ended a blazing set with a flip of Devin the Dakta's Rrri Bam Bi Deng Deng.

The judges awarded round one to Choice Movements. Slaughter and his team also took round two having elicited great responses from the crowd with big hits from Bounty Killer and Buju Banton.





peter-tosh-photo-1.jpgIn the year since announcing that the date of 4/20 would be recognized as International Peter Tosh Day, the family of the famed reggae artist and human-rights activist have taken major steps to enable the world to experience Peter's music and social views. To that end, the family is proud to announce it is launching Peter Tosh 420, a company with a mission to organically grow the Peter Tosh legacy by providing quality cannabis products for medicinal power, spiritual enlightenment and recreational enjoyment.

Peter Tosh 420 is a new venture being formed by the family of Peter Tosh, music and entertainment industry veteran Brian Latture, and cannabis industry leader Steven Trenk of Lizada Capital, LLC. Peter Tosh 420 is poised to capitalize on the current legalization movement.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Steven Trenk, who brings a wealth of experience and immediate industry credibility to our cause," said Latture, who manages the Peter Tosh brand and is Chief Executive Manager of the new venture, PT Capital, LLC.

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Trenk, who was an early pioneer investor in the legal cannabis space, agreed, adding "There are few names more synonymous with the Cannabis industry than that of Peter Tosh. I am just thrilled to be partnering with Peter's family to take a marquee brand like Peter Tosh, who was literally the Godfather of the legalization movement, and spreading his message through Peter Tosh 420."

"This venture is not just about business, it is about spreading my father's message of equal rights and justice, while bringing what he believed was a sacred herb to the world and doing good deeds in the process," said Niambe McIntosh, administrator of her father's estate, and President of PT Capital, LLC.

Peter Tosh 420 will embrace the mind, body, and spirit aspects of the cannabis culture, which Ms. McIntosh believes will build long-term brand loyalty. In addition, proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Peter Tosh Foundation, which will be administered by Peter's family.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Peter Tosh's first solo album and his cannabis anthem "Legalize It."





seretse.jpgPopular Sunday series, Jazz in the Gardens, will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 1. Showtime is 6:00 pm.

Kathy Nunez, Jazz in the Gardens' executive director, is promising a great evening.

"We are promising patrons a very good evening... one filled with musical delights," she said.

The concert, dubbed Jazz 'N' Cabaret, will feature Christine Fisher, Demario McDowell, and Miguel Anthony; saxophonist and Digicel Rising Star talent competition winner Verlando Small, and guitarist Seretse Small.

Best Care Foundation and Voluntary Organization for the Upliftment of Children are slated to benefit from the show's proceeds.

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reggae-fusion-project.jpgInternational music producer, EchoSlim, is set to produce Reggae fusion artiste, Nelson Serieux's, upcoming EP and album, entitled The Awakening and The Renaissance respectively. These collaborative projects come on the heels of the duo's first joint performance at Florida International University's Bayfest, a music festival with headliners including Migos, Trina, T-Vice and Dexta Daps.

The duo have already taken to the studio, cranking out tune after tune, including the single, "I'm Leaving," which will be featured on the new EP. The single samples the popular Bitty McClean song, Walk Away From Love.

"The most exciting part of this collaboration is the ability to create without boundaries," said EchoSlim, "the beauty of working with a fusion artiste like Nelson is that his voice is so versatile. You'll always hear the Reggae undertones, but I think everyone is going to be blown away by