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Elephant Man's mother has died

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elephant-man-photos-4.jpgThe mother of dancehall deejay Elephant Man has died.

Reports are that Yvonne Lindsay was taken to the hospital last Monday (November 5) due to respiratory problems.

She died in the wee hours on Saturday at the Andrews hospital.

The family is currently waiting on an autopsy.

Elephant Man is one of two boys for Miss Lindsay who has also left behind four daughters.





For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2018

DAMIAN "JR. GONG" MARLEY'S

WELCOME TO JAMROCK REGGAE CRUISE

MARKS ITS 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY THIS DECEMBER

The 2018 Sold-Out Voyage Celebrates with a Special Marley Brothers Performance and Its Biggest and Baddest Lineup Thus Far

2019 WTJRC Cabins Available for Sale Now

jamrock-5-th-anniversary-december-1-to-6-2018.jpgHailed as one of the most authentic, intimate and international reggae experiences, Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise will celebrate its fifth year on the high seas from December 1-6, 2018. The sold-out 5-day voyage aboard Royal Caribbean departs Ft. Lauderdale, FL with stops in Ocho Rios and Falmouth, Jamaica.

This monumental year will be packed with unforgettable moments. To celebrate this occasion, five of Bob Marley's kin Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Ky-Mani and Damian will unite on one stage for a rare performance.

Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise (WTJRC) has become one of the most in-demand reggae gatherings in the world. Since its inception in 2014, every single cruise sells out almost a year in advance. Each year, fans spanning from over 40 countries all converge for their love of reggae music and Jamaican culture.

Founded by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, the Grammy-winning musician has made it his mission for the cruise to embody the island's rich culture. The music, entertainment, food, fitness and wellness activities all give cruise-goers a slice of the Jamaica before they dock, from Ital Rastafarian cuisine to the celebrity football (soccer) tournaments to cult-classic films to the annual soundclash (in layman's terms, a Jamaica-originated DJ battle), this is not the average cruise. It is the only place where fans can stay up until dawn to catch their favorite acts performing throughout the ship and join them the same morning on the pool deck for sunrise meditation with Nyabinghi drumming and chanting. After fully immersing into these pure organic experiences, the cruisers appreciate their arrival to Jamaica that much more.

This year's artist lineup boasts a diverse range of Jamaican talent from today's emerging stars to the legends who paved the way. In addition to the Marley Brothers' anticipated performance, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley will carry on the Jamrock tradition to deliver an electrifying solo set. The power bill continues with Mykal Rose with Sly & Robbie, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure, Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, Third World, Konshens, Elephant Man, Aidonia, Queen Ifrica, Agent Sasco, Kabaka Pyramid, Shenseea, Skatalites, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Horace Andy, Jo Mersa Marley, Jesse Royal, Dexta Daps, Spragga Benz, General Degree, Red Rat, Buccaneer, Jah9, King Jammy's, Johnny Osbourne, Admiral Bailey, Pinchers, Bunny General and Pad Anthony.

Following the artists' performances, cruisers can catch their favorite sound systems (Stone Love, Renaissance, Mighty Crown, Tony Matterhorn, Kingston 12 Hi-Fi, Bass Odyssey, Heavy Hammer and Black Scorpio) spinning tunes until the wee hours of the night.

Throughout the cruise, there will also be a variety of DJs and hosts (DJ Rory, Mutabaruka, Bambino, Big A, Nikki Z, Colin Hines, ZJ Liquid, DJ Roy, Spex, Robbo Ranx, Rassarella, GT Taylor, Ron Muschette, Seani B, Westafa, Steelie Bashment, Shacia Payne, Foota Hype, Shortkut, DJ Gringo, Yaardcore, Mad Out, Mixmaster J, Supa Hype and Hotta Rice) providing sounds and entertainment along with enlightening discussions from guest speakers Cindy Breakspeare and Neville Garrick.

2018 may be sold out, but fans can reserve a spot on 2019's ship, on sale now.


Watch highlights from 2017's cruise:





No apology for Queen Ifrica from Kartel

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queen-ifrica-photos-3.jpgVybz Kartel will clearly not be apologising to Queen Ifrica over statements he made years ago accusing her of skin bleaching. Over the weekend, he shot down Queen Ifrica's request for an apology in the most demeaning way. Of course, few were surprised.

Vybz Kartel and Queen Ifrica's fight go back to 2011 when she called him out for his skin bleaching and he in turn suggested that she also bleached her skin. Some Kartel fans have since continued to troll Ifrica over said alleged skin bleaching, forcing her to post a video denying the allegations.

She also called out Vybz Kartel while demanding that he apologize to her for leading his fans to attack her over a false claim of skin bleaching. This is Kartel's response:

"Dwbcl ... she needs an apology from me 'she seh' because she said that she's Half Black, and not bleaching dwl," he wrote. "This House Lizard bright nuh bloodcl**t... #IFreaker PS. If ANUH a run dis a You?."

Some of Vybz Kartel's Gazanation fans also chimed in, triggering a fresh round of social media trolling. "Queen Ifrica we know yo a bleacher from longtime bout yo half black dwl, honey go hold a seat somewhere and leave the boss name out your mouth," one fan wrote.

Some fans questioned why Queen Ifrica chooses to address Vybz Kartel in 2018 - seven years after the incident.





buju-banton-on-instagram-bujus-music-no-stagnant-stephenmarley.jpgAs Buju Banton's official release date from prison draws near, the artiste's social media presence is being felt more and more. His handlers recently posted a throwback video clip with Stephen Marley giving his opinion of Buju's music and another with a young Tony Rebel endorsing Buju's upward career.

The theme is, Buju's music is not stagnant.

Buju will be released from prison on December 8.

Buju Banton on Instagram: ""Buju's music no stagnant"- @stephenmarley #bujureturns #reggae #reggaemusic"





Jimmy Cliff nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

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jimmy-cliff-photo-2.jpgLegendary entertainer Jimmy Cliff has scored a nomination for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Jimmy Cliff who has a career spans which more than four decades, is nominated along with country superstar Vince Gill, rapper Missy Elliott, and singer Mariah Carey among others.

Jimmy Cliff has written songs such as The Harder They Come, Many Rivers To Cross, Sitting In Limbo, Wonderful World, Beautiful People, and You Can Get It If You Really Want among countless others.

Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Hall's 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 13, 2019.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates and honours the contributions of our great popular music songwriters while developing new writing talent through workshops, showcases, scholarships, and digital initiatives.

In related news, Jimmy Cliff is currently in rehab recuperating after breaking his hip during falling last in October. The International singer has since postponed all performances.





Curvy Diva now a Konka ambassador

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yanique-curvy-diva.jpgEnergy drink Konka has signed a endorsement deal with media personality and recording artiste Yanique "Curvy Diva" Barrett. The agreement, which was inked on Wednesday, will see her taking on her first role as a brand ambassador, which will involve some exciting initiatives.

The 16-month deal will see Barrett immediately assuming her duties as brand ambassador through a recruitment drive to develop an all-female promotional team to be known as the Konka Army.

"I'm excited to 'konka' the road with the team. We have major plans for parties during the Christmas season and we are going to be a part of Carnival next year, but right now the Konka Army is gearing up to take on the streets. I can't wait to start auditioning the girls. They will have to bring energy, energy and more energy. Plus, we have some on-fire social media promotions," noted Barrett.

"The Konka Energy Drink brand is exciting and fresh, and that really drew me in. I see myself as conquering challenges and barriers, so this really resonates with me. The newness of the product really has me very excited, also; I can really put my stamp on it. The bonus for me, too, is Konka really does taste good," said an animated Barrett.

Andrew Ellis, brand manager for Konka Energy Drink, explained that the deal with Curvy Diva was not only exciting, but fit perfectly with the brand's objectives.

"The similarities between our brand and the Curvy Diva are just perfectly aligned. Visually, we want this brand to be the sexiest drink on the market and the Curvy Diva is the quintessential choice for us. We have already seen her growth in the industry as a new artiste in the industry. As a new energy drink on the Jamaican landscape, we also look to carve a successful path for our brand. We are ready to 'konka'," Ellis stated.





spicy-taste-vegan-cuisine.jpgSpicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine will host the first international Vegan Fest in The Gambia. It will be held at the Kairaba Hotel from Friday to Saturday on November 23-25th from 9am to 9pm for D200 in advance, D250 at the door, and D550 for the three days. Some of the world's most renowned holistic healers and lecturers will be arriving to speak and do workshops to motivate, educate and heal people.

It will be a fun filled weekend with great tasting healthy food, kundalini yogo, music, vendors, and life changing healing information for your whole body and mind. The keynote speakers for Vegan Fest 2018 are Dr. Llaila Afrika from USA Dr. Umar Johnson from U.S.A., Dr. Melanie Stevenson from USA, Khensu I-Em-Hotep from Jamaica and UK, and Salieu Puye from The Gambia.

The Vegan Fest is being organized by Mama Naasira Ageela and Dr. Gregory Joe Bledsoe, co-authors of the #1 Best Selling Nutritional guide on Amazon, "Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine Series." They are also repatriates living in The Gambia for over two years. Their aim is to assist communities with weight loss and to help avoid health challenges by teaching people a natural and more sustainable way to nurture the body.

They believe that the food you eat can be the safest or the most powerful of forms of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Currently the lifespan of Gambians have decreased astronomically from generation to generation. Gambians are dying from different diseases that can be prevented with proper eating habits and proper information. Yet, The Gambia has some of the most organic and healing super foods in the world, these include moringa, baobab, neem, bissap, peanuts, sour sop and more.

Dr. Llaila Afrika is one of the world's foremost authorities on health and nutrition. He has a doctorate in Naturopathy from Anglo Saxon Institute in England. He is a Certified Addictionalogist with a degree from The American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders. He is a certified nurse from Georgia Baptist Medical Center. He is also an Acupuncturist, Metaphysician, and was an U.S. Army Social Worker nurse and Psychotherapist.

He is an expert Massage Therapist, Herbalist, Historian, Writer, Lecturer, Teacher and Medical Astrologist. Dr. Afrika has over 45 years' experience and training in ethno medicine, which is the use of disease remedies and diagnosis based upon the biochemistry of a race. Because of these tremendous credentials, he is one of the most sought after lecturers in the country.

Dr. Umar Johnson is an activist and motivational speaker. He is the "Prince of Pan-Africanism," and his ideology and movement is to bring all Africans in unity on the continent and in the diaspora. He has written several books entitled, "Psycho_Academic Holocaust: The Special Education and ADHD Wars Against Black Boys," which is the first book written by African-American targeting black people with the strategies on how to fight back against special education and ADHD. Other books are The Heroic Slave / Walker's Appeal (2 in 1 Title) and Dismantling the Matrix: Serenity for the Surveilled Vol:1. He is also working on building a school in The Gambia.

Dr. Melanie Stevenson has over 12 years' experience as a Holistic Practitioner in Health Sciences, Spirituality, and Arts. She has a wide variety of licenses as an acupuncturist, esthetician, massage therapist, spiritual counselor, marriage counselor, grieving therapist, and medical astrologist. She brings a passionate uplifting energy in her lectures and practice. She is a unique and gifted Spiritual Counselor for individuals, couples, and families. She can help you learn the state of your vitality, emotions, passions, behavior, thought process, and overall persona.

Dr Khensu I-Em-Hotep aka Dr Hotep is a Holistic Nutritional Counselor who specializes in African Holistic Health, he has been involved in the health industry since 2009 at which point he embraced a live (raw) food diet, and has never looked back, going on to pursue certification by the leading authority on Holistic Health in the western hemisphere, Dr Llaila Afrika.

Dr Hotep has since been teaching and carrying out one to one Holistic Health assessments between Jamaica and the UK, participating in numerous radio and TV Programs, he has established the Melanin Clinic based in Mandeville, Jamaica and carries out day clinics and seminars in Montego Bay and Kingston. Dr Hotep lives and works by the ancient principle of "food is medicine and medicine is food" the Melanin Clinics motto is "you were made with nutrients and ONLY nutrients will maintain and repair you."

Salieu Puye is a Gambian traditional herbalist who is member of the Traditional Healers Assembly (TRAHASS) in The Gambia. He is originally from Kololi and was adopted by culturally people who taught him about natural living and cultural ways from an early age in the provinces. He studied science and arts at Gambia College. As a former teacher, he began studying plants and the healing effects of local plants.

Mr. Puye works specifically with natural herbs and by identifying the properties of the herbs, he helps to cure different ailments. He has cured excema. edema (swollen foot), hypertension, hemorrhoids, stomach worms etc. He believes that average Gambians do not eat a balanced diet however with proper hygiene and learning how to develop better cooking methods, more Gambian can live a healthy lifestyle. He has also identified many teas in The Gambia with nutritional and healing values to help Gambians heal themselves.

We invite The Gambia to come out in numbers to learn and participate in The Gambia's First Vegan Fest. For more information or to buy tickets contact 220-347-7437 or spicytastyvegan@gmail.com. For interviews contact international publicists Olimatta Taal 220-250-9257 or senghigenproductions@gmail.com





Ishawna no stop glow from she lef Foota

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ishawna-on-instagram-from-mi-lef-bwoy-mi-nuh-stop-glow.jpgControversial Dancehall artiste, Ishawna took to Instagram over the weekend to post a selfie throwing a tad bit of shade at her ex, who all her fans believe must be the legendary Foota Hype, aka Spoonhead.

The former Downsound records singer posted the pic with the caption "From mi lef bwoy, mi nuh stop glow...😂," leading many fans to speculate as to just who she was referring to.

"From she left foota she get whiter" one fan reacted while another commented, "Bwoy all mash up now n tun maama man pon di gram."

The speculation did not stop there as several more fans continued to point to the entertainer's baby daddy, who was recently engaged in a bitter social media feud with Jamaican cricketer Marlon Samuels.

"@mslegendary Nuh know wah u did a duh with spoon head😂😂😂 @footahypemusic," a fan trolled.

The entertainer's glow has been a topic of late as she recently gave fans tips on how to get glowing skin like hers saying "I don't know why my skin is glowing...maybe it's caused from minding my business."

ISHAWNA on Instagram: "From mi lef bwoy, mi nuh stop glow...😂"

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marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgReggae veterans Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths, young turks Chino McGregor and Ding Dong, as well as soca star Alison Hinds are among the featured acts at this year's Grace Jamaica Jerk Festival.

Festival organisers say they are continuing to place an emphasis on culture at this year's staging. The occasion is scheduled for Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida, on Sunday.

Bridget Edwards, cultural stage coordinator, said organising an extraordinary programme is essential to highlighting and preserving the culture, while educating and entertaining attendees.

"We're always finding innovative ways to present our heritage and incorporating different elements that are in line with our culture," Edwards told the Jamaica Observer . "Under this year's theme 'Let the Drums Speak,' our Caribbean culture will reverberate from the Corporate Area and throughout the entire Markham Park."

Sets include music, dance, comedy, spoken word, fashion, and drama. Comedian Christopher "Johnny" Daley is expected to host this segment.

Fashion designer Cholla Williamson of Covered by Grace is slated to feature stylish, handcrafted African designs. For lovers of Afro-Caribbean drumming and dancing, the Sasa African Dance Theater is billed to perform their uptempo beats and moves; and for the children, Drumming Fingers will offer instructional drumming and dancing, inviting audience participation. Author Ettosi Brooks is expected to present a dramatised reading of her book S tori, Stori, Stori: Adventures in Rhythm; while Transitionsauthor Meleisha Jocelyn will perform spoken word.

"Chris Daley is a part of the Jerk Festival family. He will do more than introduce the acts -- he will perform, get audience members to join in, and may even do a little drumming himself. You never know what exciting things will happen on the Western Union Cultural Stage, that's why we ask everyone to come out early and dance, sing, and drum with us," Edwards added.





So Spice did not bleach her skin after all

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spice-2016.jpg"To put a end to the debate "I DID NOT BLEACH MY SKIN" and I quote "Proud a mi color, love mi pretty black skin, respect due to mi strong melanin" words from my "Black Hypocrisy" song that I wrote from my heart."

Spice's big reveal happened and it seems it was really a sort of publicity stunt....which she prefers to call awareness about colourism

Here's what she wrote on Instagram......using a black Spice picture:

"On October 22nd I posted a picture of myself where i looked like I altered my appearance and metamorphosis to match the "Eurocentric beauty standards". I fearlessly addressed an issue that has been swept under the rug and boldly took the stance in bringing a taboo topic to the fore front. I chose to do this in the manner I did because I believe Colorism is plagiarizing our black community.

While It appeared as if I had "bleached" my skin, causing a world wide debate, and even though the picture was obviously birthed around my single titled"Black hypocrisy" and my mixtape Captured.I want to openly say it was not a "publicity stunt". I wanted to create awareness to "Colorism" and it was more so done intentionally to create shock value so that I could have the worlds undivided attention to deliver the message in my music.

There are dark skin women across the world complaining every day that they are being downplayed and degraded, but the raw truth is it is us "black women" and "black men" that are fighting against each other and tearing down our own race.

It's evident in the social media comments every day, I myself have lived through it all being downgraded by my dark complexion.

Would the message in my song have been received as well as it did world wide if I didn't go to the extreme with the picture? The truth is no it would have probably been just another Spice hit song; so yes I had to go the extra mile to ensure my message be heard.

Most people got a misconception that I was boosting "Skin bleaching" but ironically it was the opposite. I used myself as an example of what people from the black community is causing other women to do because of how society makes them feel.

Yes "Black is beautiful" we say it every day but are we showing love to our black women?





Kurt Riley proud of his work on Beres' album

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beres-hammond-photo-1.jpgDJ/producer Kurt Riley is proud to be associated with the current number one album on the Billboard Reggae album chart - Beres Hammond's Never Ending. Riley produced the track My Kinda Girl which is featured on Beres Hammond's chart-topping album Never Ending.

"To be a part of a number one album by Beres Hammond is a great feeling. Tell the bartender to put all drinks on my tab. Once again, I am a part of history," Riley in a media release.

He explained that the collaboration came about by him taking a chance. "I took a chance and approached Beres with the assistance of a few people, plus he was good friends with my dad - the late Winston Riley. When we spoke, he agreed. I didn't just want to be that person who just wanted a Beres record. I wanted to produce a track that he would feel proud of when he heard and realised what it was that I could do. Like a father, I wanted him to be proud of me," said Riley.

Riley has always admired the musician's work. "I admire his love, passion, simplicity and humility towards his music. He has spoken to me about life through music, and the way he chooses his words to sit well with every melody and frequency that his voice encounters. Conversations, opinions, question and answers are what you will hear in the song - My Kinda Girl."

So far everyone seems to agree that it was a track well done. "I've been getting a lot of messages on social media, emails and phone calls from persons congratulating me on the production of the song. I got an email from someone who asked if I really produced the record because they didn't see me doing that type of production."

Earlier this year, Riley was featured on another Billboard number one album. He produced the track Trouble, which is featured on Romain Virgo's Lovesick album.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgIn just over a month, on December 8, reggae superstar Buju Banton will have served his 10-year sentence, and the Grammy Award winning artiste is reportedly keen to get back to doing what he does best - producing music and entertaining his throng of fans on stage.

Already, plans are afoot for a lengthy series of live appearances, dubbed the 'Long Walk to Freedom Tour and, according to his publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton has already put together a competent team to manage his affairs when he re-enters society and is anticipating an explosive return to the entertainment scene.

But Banton has had to ensure that, upon his release from US federal prison, he is sent back to the land of his birth with minimal hassle and the least possible time spent in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Banton has had his legal status to travel and work in the United States rescinded as a result of his drug conviction and has hired a legal team to ensure that, unlike other convicted felons, he is not held in the custody of immigration authorities for any extended period.

His publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, said his lawyers had made legal maneuvers to circumvent that process and he is not fighting his immigration status.

"Buju has made sure that his stay with ICE will be as short as possible. He has opted for voluntary deportation. He should be home in very short order after his sentence ends," she said.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is said to be in good spirits and is anxiously awaiting the day he is no longer a guest of the United States penal system.

"Buju is in good spirits and is counting down the days, as we all are," Tomlinson said.

His first live appearance is slated to take place in Jamaica with a date and venue to be announced, she added.

"A concert is being arranged for Jamaica. It will be promoted by his team in cooperation with other entities," she said.

When he burst onto the scene, Buju Banton was guided by veteran artiste manager and producer Donovan Germain, and Tomlinson said the two were still in contact and are looking to resume their business relationship when he leaves prison. At present, Buju is listed as inmate number 86700-004 in the McRae Correctional Institute located in Georgia.

He was arrested at his Tamarac, Florida home in January 2009 by Drug Enforcement Agents on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. His first trial ended in a mistrial and he was found guilty after a second trial and slapped with a 10-year sentence.

He had one month reduced from his sentence after prosecutors dropped a firearm possession charge against him.

Banton has maintained his innocence and argued that he was the victim of entrapment. He claimed paid US government informant, Alex Johnson used the lure of lucrative music industry contacts to lure him into the drug deal and that he backed out of the deal before it went down.

Johnson has been reported as earning US$3.5 million as a confidential informant.

Federal prosecutors pinned their case on Banton tasting a substance in a government controlled warehouse in Tampa, Florida as evidence that he was involved in the illegal drug trade.

Banton's co-defendants, James Mack and Ian Thomas, were arrested attempting to sell 20 kilograms of cocaine to federal agents in Tampa. Banton was arrested hours after. Both Mack and Thomas copped plea deals and were given lighter sentences.





Morgan Heritage releases video shot in Africa

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morgan-heritage-photo-3.jpgGrammy-award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage have released the visuals for their latest single - Africa Jamaica. The highly anticipated music video and collaboration features Diamond Platinumz and Stonebwoy.

The video, which was released over the weekend, has already amassed more than half a million views on YouTube. According to the group, the video pays homage to African culture, and highlights where Jamaica's own colourful way of life comes from. "The video is an exciting fun display of where our culture comes from in Jamaica - the spirit, the dancing and the culture all come from Africa. It truly captures your attention from start to finish," they said, revealing that this was their first video shot on the continent. "Releasing Africa Jamaica - our first video shot in Africa - is a historic moment in our career, that will forever live in our hearts. It was a joy to work with Diamond Platinumz and Stonebwoy - Africa's best from east to west. We love discovering new sounds and making connections through our music, and I believe we are doing just that. We hope the people in Africa and around the world will love the music video."

This is not the first time Morgan Heritage has collaborated with Stonebwoy or Diamond Platinumz. The group first linked up with Diamond Platinumz for the Hallelujah collaboration that garnered over one million YouTube views in the first 24 hours of its release. Speaking on what it was like working with the reggae group again, Diamond says he believes they have created another 'mega-hit'. "It is always a vibe working with my brothers Morgan Heritage. This is our second song together, and I am excited that we have made yet another mega-hit for our fans. Last time we made a world-class hit so you definitely have to watch out for this new video," he said. Africa Jamaica is the lead single off the group's upcoming album set for release in 2019. Directed by Jordan Hoechlin and Morgan Heritage, the music video was shot in Ghana with scenes from Cape Verde.





Rvssian signs partnership deal with Interscope

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Head Concussion Records, owned by Jamaican dancehall, rap and trap producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston, has signed a partnership deal with music giant Interscope Geffen A&M Records. The producer sees this as a step in making his label one that will stand the test of time.

"It's a joint venture. Head Concussion Records is now on a major platform. I can sign people directly to my label and Interscope."

The partnership is similar to others in the industry, such as Cash Money Record Label's relationship with Universal Records, or Canadian rapper Drake's OVO partnership with Warner Records. These deals take into account royalties, publishing revenues and ownership of masters.

Throughout his career, Rvssian has worked with dancehall artistes like Konshens, Tarrus Riley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Gyptian and quite famously, Vybz Kartel. The producer rose to popularity after releasing Vybz Kartel's Life Sweet in 2010.

Rvssian's international takeover kicked off around four years ago, when Sean Paul and Puerto Rican singer Farruko collaborated for Passion Whine. Six months later, the Rvssian-produced track was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Last year, Rvssian released Krippy Kush with Farruko and another Puerto Rican artiste, Bad Bunny. The song was markedly successful, with its official music video counting over 600 million views on YouTube. The Krippy Kush remix, featuring the additional talents of Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, amassed over 70 million views. In July, he released Pablo alongside Sfera Ebbasta. Its official music video has already attracted over 25 million views. Released earlier this month, the Pablo remix features Rich The Kid, Moneybagg Yo, and Lil Baby.





The government will know in November whether it has been successful in its efforts to have reggae music inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List. Culture Minister Olivia Grange said that UNESCO technical experts are in the process of examining Jamaica's reggae submission.

"We are awaiting the results and it will be a major achievement for Jamaica if we are successful in having the designation declared by UNESCO," she said.

Grange was speaking to JIS News at a joint press conference, involving the Ministry of Tourism, to launch the 2019 Carnival in Jamaica initiative held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston Tuesday. Grange said her ministry has been tasked to establish an inventory of intangible heritage unique to Jamaica, "which is also one of the criteria" required by UNESCO.

Turning to the designation of certain areas across the island as entertainment zones, the culture minister informed that a list of locations will be available soon, which will include Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine in the initial stages.

Meanwhile, Grange noted that the collaboration between the Ministries for the staging of carnival "is essential if we are to create a more authentic tourism experience."

She expressed satisfaction at the way "this entertainment product" has been evolving and attributed it to the "seamless fusion of dancehall and calypso/soca in parties and the road parades."

In his remarks, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said that he wants to "build out Carnival in Jamaica to make it more remarkable for both visitors and locals."

"This is in keeping with strategic steps that we are undertaking at my Ministry to strengthen Jamaica's competitiveness as an entertainment destination as we reposition and diversify our product and generate high growth."





Dalton has the X Factor

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On Saturday, Rising Stars graduate, Dalton Harris put on another impressive performance to wow the judges, the audience, and ultimately the voting public on the first live show of this season of the talent series X Factor UK.

Twenty-four-year-old Harris chose David Bowie Life on Mars and truly put his impressive vocals, heart and emotion into a 90-second performance which left the audience touched, and was enough take him into the top 14 performers. On Sunday two contestants, Trinidadian Olatunje Yearwood and Briton Armstrong Martins were eliminated.

Speaking of his song choice ahead of the performance, Harris noted that the song speaks to possibilities and opportunities.

"I'm singing that song because the line 'Is there life on Mars?' . I thought of Jamaica... Is that the only place that exists... No. Is there any opportunity anywhere else in the world. That song for me is the perfect song. I just need to put my soul into it the way I always do. That's the only way I can sing . That's the only way I know how to," Harris said

Following his rendition of the Bowie tune three of the four judges instantly rose to their feet, giving the youngster an ovation.

Judge Robbie Williams was the first to speak.

"I feel like you are an established act coming on to the X Factor to promote your own album. Your voice is absolutely incredible. I love you. Own it. You are a beautiful person with a beautiful voice. Congrats, I am a fan."

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beres-hammond.jpgThe sounds of Jamaican music and culture will be high on the list of entertainment during the third annual staging of the Love and Harmony Cruise set to sail away April 13-18 next year. Another strong line-up of acts is set to take to the high seas led by legendary Jamaican crooner Beres Hammond.

"I love it," Hammond said of the annual cruise, and the entertainment package for next year's voyage during a media junket at his Harmony House studios in St Andrew Tuesday.

"This year I find myself mixing with a whole host of Jamaican legends and there is nothing I like better than to share the stage with some of these folks who I think are simply fantastic. And then this year they have the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston, kinda turn dem inna Jamaican, blend them into the whole thing, which is like icing on the cake. So what else can I say but just come out if you want and just come cruise with us," Hammond added.

R&B legend Gerald Alston, who was also in the house, said it was a no-brainer for the Manhattans to accept the call to be part of the package on Love and Harmony 2019.

"It's really like performing at home. The only difference is we are on a cruise. The truth is that with an audience like this we know the love we are gonna get from the fans. So we jumped at the opportunity to party with our fans and have a good time," Alston said.





grace-hamilton-on-instagram-ok-wendyshow.jpgDancehall deejay Spice has been given the international attention she craves following her white face stunt on Monday, this after deleting all her IG posts two weeks ago. Daily Mail, TMZ and the Wendy Williams talkshow are talking about the artiste. TMZ's headline reads, "Breaking News Love and Hip Hop star Spice goes all white face for album." Meanwhile, Fox Talkshow host Wendy Williams in her hot topic chat-up says, "I think it is a publicity stunt. Spice, you are winning. I don't know who you are, but I'm talking about you."

Daily Mail stated: "She joined the cast of VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for this year's season seven. And on Monday, Spice - real name Grace Hamilton - made a provocative statement on social media to promote her new mixtape. The Jamaican rapper posted to Instagram a photo of herself with white skin and blonde hair and the caption: 'Nothing wrong with a fresh start.'

Spice made her debut as a white woman on Instagram Monday after an extremely white version of the entertainer appeared on Instagram Live to perform songs from her new mixtape, Captured. Her antics has landed her in the number one spot in the UK and the US in less than 36 hours.

Meanwhile many are labeling Spice actions a publicity stunt after watching the video for her new song Black Hypocrisy that was released this morning (23/10/18) in which she sings about colourism and loving her black complexion.

Spice is currently promoting her Mix Tape Captured. The new project distributed by Happilos features songs such as Under Fire, Gum, Cool it, Black Hypocrisy, Fake, and the title track Captured which sees the dancehall entertainer taking jabs at VP Records.

The self-proclaimed queen of stage who signed a five-year album deal with the label in 2009, says VP is yet to put out an album. On the track Captured, Spice belted out lyrics about being held hostage.

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grace-hamilton-on-instagram-since-the-photo-was-photoshopped-how-did.jpgSpice's returns to Instagram on Monday after she had deleted all the images and videos she had on the social media platform a couple of weeks ago has been marked with a white-face transformation designed to get people talking and her new single selling.

Sporting long blonde hair complemented by a much lighter, unblemished skin colour, Spice, who is known for being very dark-skinned, captioned the picture on Instagram page, saying: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start." After she uploaded the picture, social media went wild, with several persons speculating whether the Back Bend deejay had bleached her skin or the image was photoshopped. Interestingly, when Spice performed in Canada on the weekend, she had a darker complexion.

Mere minutes after, Spice posted her new look on social media, the #spicechallenge #freshstart challenge was born, with several person who had toned their skin or were in the process of lightening their complexion posting before and after images on Instagram, with the caption: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start." There were also dark-skinned persons who resorted to using photoshop or rubbing white substances like flour on their skin to achieve a 'whiter' look.

However, speaking on her Instagram live, during an interview with Billboard writer, Pat Meschino, she said that the 'new' Spice is a response to 'black hypocrisy' as persons from her own race often criticise her for being 'black.'

"It is not racism because racism is when another race is downplaying another race. I don't think it is so much about that now, I think it is about colourism, where it is your own race that is downplaying their own race. It's always a next black person saying: 'She black eeh. Lawd, she black till she shine. Lawd, she black till she look dirty."

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Ghetto Splash returns December 18

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The annual Ghetto Splash show returns to the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium on December 18. The free event, which aims to encourage unity in Waterhouse and surrounding communities, has been held at this venue for the last three years, and features top-tier dancehall artistes.

Founder and promoter of the 29-year-old concert, Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes Production says the relocation of Ghetto Splash from its original Craig Town base has helped maintain stability in Waterhouse, one of several Kingston neighbourhoods labelled a "garrison" because of its history of gang and political violence.

"Ghetto Splash has helped the community significantly by providing small income for vendors who sell at the event. It also helps to foster peace and unity in the community and it also gives the residents the opportunity of seeing so many top acts performing for free," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer.

First held in 1989, Ghetto Splash was a huge success in Craig Town where it attracted thousands of patrons. After a 17-year absence, it returned in 2013 at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium.

Roberts says the event continues to be a major crowd-puller, despite the change in venue.

"Yes, it's still a successful event and it also continues to be incident-free. You are getting the cream of the crop of top acts, a free show and top-class production on par with an international event. Each year we continue to meet our objectives," said Roberts, who is a councillor in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.





beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records is proud to announce that legendary reggae artist Beres Hammond's new album "Never Ending" has debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Chart in its first week. The album was also number one on iTunes in the US, UK, and Japan, within the first hour of its release. To launch the album, Beres participated in a whirlwind promotional tour that included media and consumer events in Jamaica, Florida and New York. Highlights included a live radio simulcast/unveiling hosted by the RJRGleaner Group, in-store meet-and-greet events at VP Records retail outlets in Miramar, Florida and Jamaica, New York and a 'Today at Apple' appearance at the SoHo, New York location where Hammond was interviewed by journalist Rob Kenner of Mass Appeal. Music at the Apple event was supplied by Massive B Sounds. All told, hundreds of fans got to meet the singer and receive autographed copies of the "Never Ending" CD and LP. Digital sales were also strong with Hammond making his strongest debut with album downloads earning him #1 rankings on the iTunes platform in the US, UK and Japan.

Another monumental achievement came last week when Apple Music, the music and video streaming service of Apple Inc., expanded its Beres Hammond Essentials playlist to highlight 75 of the lovers rock maestro's greatest songs across three playlists: Essentials, Next Steps, and Deep Cuts. Beres is the only seventh reggae artist to have such an expansive profile of his work on the streaming platform. Hammond's latest single "I'm Alive" from "Never Ending" is also featured on Apple's influential The A-List; Reggae playlist.

"Never Ending" is Hammond's third #1 album on the Billboard reggae chart. It was preceded by "A Moment in Time" released in 2008 and "One Love, One Life" released in 2012. Over the span of his three decade career, the legend has obtained 8 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Reggae Chart, including "In Control", "Love From A Distance", "A Day in the Life", "Music is Life"' and "The Ultimate Collection: Beres Hammond."

A forthcoming video for "Land of Sunshine" will be released in the coming months. The visual for "I'm Alive", directed by RD Studios, premiered on Billboard earlier this month.

"Beres Hammond continues to make music that is timeless and the 'Never Ending' album is no different," said Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records. "We are delighted that the album has debuted at number one in the U.S. and even more excited to share this great music with the world."

"Hammond, at 63, remains an energetic and charismatic performer, his soulful, gravely vocals delivering timeless hits written about falling in and out of love and the bittersweet exchanges between those sentiments." - Billboard

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'Mavado is not in the island', says his lawyer

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mavado-photo-11.jpgTameka Harris, one of the lawyers for the Gully Gad, Mavado, says that the entertainer is not in the island, as is being speculated.

"I don't know about that and I doubt he is in the island because if he was, he would have shared that with me," Harris reportedly told Jamaican tabloid, Teh Star, in an interview.

The artiste left Jamaica in June after being shot at in his Cassava Piece, St Andrew, community.

According to the police, Mavado got into an argument with an individual who left the scene only to return to fire shots at the Big League singer.

Mavado escaped uninjured. Just days later, the entertainer's 16-year-old son was slapped with several charges including conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the gruesome killing of Cassava Piece resident, 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The teenager is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre.





Somebody in the Education Ministry needs to answer this question....and quickly too.

Rojae Kirlew, the principal of the Cassava River Primary and Infant school in St Catherine, has reportedly objected to food with this label being distributed at his school, and there are suggestions that this rice, which will have to be cooked is the food that the ministry is giing this school, which no longer receives the popular bullas.

Kirlew, who is also the councillor for Mount Industry Division, said the school received four boxes of MannaPack Rice from Nutritional Products Limited earlier this month but none have been prepared for his students.

"I have to ask my colleagues in the cluster how this thing is prepared because we didn't know how to. This is not the first time I have seen them because I know Food for the Poor has it. Some years ago, they sent a few here, but I didn't have a problem with that because to send them to the school in general is OK. But to send them to replace the nutritional products is where I have a big problem," he said.

Manna Pack Rice is a formula created to meet the nutritional needs of children around the world who are severely malnourished. It is distributed by a Christian organisation called Feed My Starving Children.

The government has removed bullas from schools as part of a campaign to promote healthier eating among students. But Kirlew, whose school once received the popular bulla, is insisting that the MannaPack Rice will never be accepted in his institution. He said that the product is unhealthy and contains excessive sodium and starch.

"It is very high in sodium and even the chefs here was wondering how to prepare it. The nutritional snack was normally a ready snack so if a meal was going to replace it, I would expect it to be a ready snack as well. Also, something that is so high in sodium and salt cannot be beneficiary to my children," Kirlew said.





mavado-photo-12-large.jpgJennifer Messado, the real estate attorney who was disbarred last week, has paid back some of the $31 million she is alleged to have defrauded from dancehall artiste Mavado.

The entertainer's lawyer, Tamika Harris, said a portion of the money has been paid over in two instalments.

"She decided to pay that amount, she didn't receive orders from the court," said Harris. "We have already received some of the money, so now the amount is less than $20 million that she needs to pay."

Messado is currently before the courts on several fraud charges, among them being the case relating to Mavado's money. Allegations are that Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, began making arrangements to purchase a property through his attorney, Harris.

Mavado reportedly paid Messado $30.7 million for the property, and signed a sale agreement and a document giving him possession.

However, it was later discovered that the property was not for sale.





PM Holness and Joe Bogdanoich talk entertainment

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downsound-josef-bogdanovich.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness is making big plans with Joe Bogdanovich on how to transform Jamaica into the premier entertainment destination in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister took to Instagram earlier this week to post a photo of himself and the Downsound Records CEO at Jamaica house holding a discussion about entertainment tourism.

"I spent some time earlier this week in discussion with one of Jamaica's main investors in the entertainment sector, Mr. Joe Bogdanovich," said Holness, "We spoke about his ideas to expand the industry, making Jamaica the premiere entertainment destination in the Caribbean. I am confident of our prospects in that regard and look forward to working with him."

Many people took to social media commending the move while also offering their own advice. "Musical theater in downtown Kingston. Live concerts. Sounds like a plan," one person posted while another said, "It's a good look for our country."

Bogdanovich, who is also the director for Reggae Sumfest, has long been one of the prime investors in the entertainment industry and has frequently advocated for the government to through their support behind Reggae/Dancehall music.





grammy-awards.jpgThe first round of voting for the 2019 Grammy Awards started Wednesday with a total of 141 albums presented in the Best Reggae Album category.

Voting from this long list will run until October 31 and the results will determine the list of nominations for reggae Grammy, usually between five and seven albums. The nominees will be announced on December 5.

To be eligible, recordings must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30 this year. Only voters have access to the complete list that is available on the on line ballot, however, among the main contenders on the ballot are eight-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley, who is up for his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, which was released on May 18. British rocker Sting and local diamond-selling artiste Shaggy are also on the ballot for their collaborative album 44/876, released in April of this year.

Hardcore deejay Popcaan is also on the reggae Grammy ballot for his album Forever which he dropped a few months ago. The Strong One -- Etana is also in on the running with her latest project Reggae Forever. Lovesick, the lover's rock project from Romain Virgo, has also been put to members of the Academy for their consideration, as is Lily of the Valley -- the début album from Jesse Royal, and Protoje's latest project A Moment in Time.

Black Uhuru, the first winner of the reggae Grammy back in 1986 for Anthem, has also made this year's long list. Should this veteran reggae band make it with a nomination for the just-released As the World Turns, this would mark their eighth nomination in the reggae Grammy category. The other projects for which they have been nominated include Brutal (1987), Now (1991), Iron Storm (1992), and Mystical Truth (1994).

International reggae acts have also contributed to this year's long list. Italian reggae artiste Alborosie and his project Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United is on the ballot. American acts Soja, Rebelution, and Common Kings are also up for contention. Soja is there with Poetry in Motion, Rebelution has Free Rein and Common Kings is in with their EP One Day. The perennial favourites British reggae outfit UB40 has also made it onto the ballot with A Real Labour of Love.

Past winners in the Best Reggae Album category have included Burning Spear, Sean Paul, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh, Sly and Robbie, Toots and the Maytals, Buju Banton and Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States on Sunday, February 10.





Vanessa Bling hits Billboard

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vanessa-bling-addi.jpgDancehall artiste Vanessa Bling is rejoicing this week as her 'Still Standing' EP has made its Billboard Reggae Chart debut. Released on September 18, the six-track EP features the lead singles '10 Bags' and 'Freedom' which have been making the rounds on various radio stations locally and internationally.

Currently signed to Atlanta-based Outtaspace Entertainment and managed by En-Treeg Records, the Future Guaranteed artiste learned on Tuesday that her third EP debuted at number nine on the famed chart, earning the Hot Shot Debut Award.

"This is an amazing feeling," Bling said. "I always believed that this was where I belonged, and I am thankful for my label, my management and my entire team for believing in me as well.".

This is the first time the artiste has charted on Billboard, but she believes that she is destined for better.

"The work my team and I have been putting in is no joke. Believe me when I tell you, this is just the beginning," Bling said.

Still Standing isn't Vanessa Bling's first attempt at charting with an album. As Gaza Slim, she released Adidjaheim Records Presents: Introducing Vanessa Bling As Gaza Slim in 2011 which featured Vybz Kartel. Her second EP, Girl Boss, came out in 2012.

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g-whizz.jpgSince fellow entertainer Popcaan posted a clip of the incident in which G Whizz chucked off into a not-crwded show and fell flat on his face on his Instagram page, the post has taken on life of its own with a multitude of persons commenting and reposting it.

However, G Whizz said that the Unruly Boss went further than just uploading the video.

"Big up Popcaan cause him post it and it go viral. Him actually message me after, and I was invited to his upcoming show in December in St Thomas," he said.

With another performance scheduled for tomorrow in Brown's Town, St Ann, he said he could not promise that he would not try the stunt again.

"I really don't know what to expect because sometime when yuh performing and the vibes a di whole show, things just happen. Same like how mi neva wake up and say mi a go jump off a di stage a Portmore today," he said.

For now G Whizz is looking forward to Unruly Fest scheduled for December 22.

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g-whizz.jpgEntertainer G Whizz has gone viral after a clip of him diving into fans and falling flat on his face while performing at the Release College Tour at the Portmore Community College last Monday. He sprang into the air to dive into the arms of some females who were enjoying his performance, but instead of them catching him, as he had hoped, the girls all gave him enough space to fall like a ripe breadfruit off a tree.

The "Life Soon Sort Out" singer slammed into the ground, but fortunately he says he only received a few cuts and bruises. Persons are wondering why G Whizz would have chucked off like that because there was really no crowd to catch him. In an interview with Jamaican tabloid, the Star, G Whizz is reported as saying that he was motivated by the response that he was getting from singing his hit song, he explained that he was trying to take his performance to a higher level by springing into the air, soaring like a bird for a few seconds before landing on his hands, which prevented him from suffering more severe injuries.

"The show was just full of vibes, and mi just deh deh a sing, and di crowd a sing wid mi. Di way the show get nice, mi just decide fi dweet," he told The Star.

"Before I jumped, I leaned into the crowd a couple times and the girls dem ketch mi. It was just fun, but people nuh see all a dat (his performance), dem see di drop," G Whizz added.

Now that a clip of the incident has been going viral, he said that rather than feeling embarrassed, he is laughing just as much as everybody else is.

"I was laughing when I fell, and now that it out and it gone viral and people a laugh, I am laughing too," he said.

Pointing out that it is all entertainment, G Whizz said that this is not the first time he has had a mishap while performing.

"One time when I was on stage and I was performing in Canada, my pants buss out and mi underpants a show. I was in the middle of mi show, and mi haffi continue sing. The people there were laughing too, but dem enjoy the show same way too. So a just entertainment, it come wid some spontaneous moments," he told THE STAR.





krystal-tomlinson.jpgDancehall artiste, Beenie Man and girlfriend Krystal Tomlinson have reportedly welcomed their first child together.

According to sources close to the two, Tomlinson gave birth in the last 24 hours.

Unconfirmed reports also indicate that the child, said to be a girl, is on the incubator at a prominent medical facility as the baby was a bit early.

Back in July Tomlinson announced her pregnancy for the veteran entertainer after several years of dating.

This is the first child for Tomlinson and the 12th for Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses Davis.





Sizzla to headline Chase The Cure concert

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sizzla-photo-4.jpgReggae star Sizzla will headline Chase The Cure Cancer Awareness and Benefit show next Sunday, October 14, at Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann. The show, presented by Kloude9ine Entertainment, will also feature Tommy Lee Sparta, Macka Diamond, Lybran and Spotlight and will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting with proceeds from the event.

Organiser Melvin Wright said the event came about because of experiences that family members have had with cancer.

"I'm doing this event because in late 2017 my younger sister found out that she had some cancerous abnormalities with her ovaries, and this was confirmed by four independent doctors. My sister had to schedule an emergency appointment for surgery to remove her ovaries," Wright is quoted in The Gleaner.

"Second, I currently have an uncle in Pennsylvania that is waiting to die from cancer, as not so long ago he was given less than one year to live and his health is rapidly declining," he added.

Wright, who hails from Warsop in Trelawny, has been contributing to his community in recent years. This includes donating 15 blood pressure machines, laser thermometers, chainsaws, coffee machines and other items to entities in the parish, such as medical centres and police stations.





sean-paul-photo-8.jpgSean Paul gives financial assistance to relocation of welding plant

Grammy award winning artiste, Sean Paul, having made a call for a welding plant located near the National Stadium pool, to be relocated due to the possible health hazard it presents has offered to to provide the financial assistance to the relevant authorities to complete the move.

"I am passionate about Jamaica's athletes and the energies they put into representing our country. I am also conscious of potential health and safety risks for everyone who chooses to use the facility. Not only swimmers, but netball and basketball athletes, parents, coaches, lifeguards, vendors and all staff of the stadium are equally negatively affected as they are all in close proximity to the plant. In light of this, I am petitioning for permanent removal of the welding site from the pool area to a more conducive place on the stadium grounds with very little hindrance to the workflow that, I understand, is necessary for the welding plant," he said.

Sean Paul further noted that following his recent comments on social media regarding the air pollution resulting from the welding site in close proximity to the National Stadium swimming pool, he very appreciative of the swift response by Major Desmond Brown, the general manager of Independence Park Limited -- the outfit that manages the stadium complex includes the pool.

Sean Paul is a former national waterpolo player.





Jimmy Cliff cancels shows after breaking hip

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jimmy-cliff-photo-1.jpgDr. Jimmy Cliff was forced to cancel his upcoming tour after he injured himself during a fall.

Reports are that Dr. Cliff was hospitalized after breaking his hip last month. Latifa, the wife of the legendary entertainer tells Music News that Jimmy Cliff is recovering well.

Jimmy Cliff has postponed all his shows for the month of October. His Management has apologized for the inconvenience via social media platforms.

It is not clear as to when the legendary entertainer will resume touring.





Comedian Mike Epps to make his Jamaica debut

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American comedian Mike Epps is scheduled to make his Jamaican debut at Outburst Stand-Up Comedy Series on October 27. The event is slated to unfold at the National Arena in Kingston at 8:00 pm.

Khalil Shirley, an executive at Hyperlinks Limited -- event organisers -- said the occasion will mark the first in a series of shows to be staged across the Caribbean.

"We're starting in Jamaica and then basically touring with Mike to other Caribbean countries like Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago before we return here," Shirley told the Jamaica Observer. "Based on each rotation, we should be doing two shows annually in Jamaica. Hopefully, when we return it'll be with a Chris Rock or Katt Williams.

Shirley said it was another American comedic, Cedric the Entertainer, who paved the way for Epps's debut.

"What happened was we initially had Cedric in mind, but he started shooting a show that would conflict the scheduled date so he got us on to Mike and did the negotiations for us."

Epps is known for his roles in movies like Next Friday, Friday After Next, Meet the Blacks and The Fighting Temptations. He has also appeared in the Netflix specials Don't Take It Personal (2015) and Underrated & Never Faded (2009).

New York-based social media comedian Majah Hype, who recently performed in Jamaica, is also on the bill. Four local acts including Dufton Shepherd and Leighton Smith are also set to perform.





beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgBeres Hammond and VP Records are hoping for greater success with Never Ending, his latest album, which is due for release on October 12.

"We're very excited to be releasing the Beres album. I believe it could be one of his best records yet," Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records, said in a media release.

Never Ending follows a successful tour of the United States by Hammond, who turned 63 in August. So far two singles from the set have been issued: I'm Alive and Land of Sunshine. The album features 14 songs, mainly about love and social issues. Willie Lindo, Kirk Bennett, Handel Tucker, Errol "Flabba Holt" Carter, Leroy and David Heywood aka "Mafia & Fluxy", Winston "Bo Pee" Bowen, Dean Fraser, and Robbie Lyn are some of the producers and musicians who worked on the project.

Never Ending is Hammond's first album since the double-disc One Love, One Life, which was released in November 2012. That set debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and, according to Nielsen Music, for which tracks sales in the United States sold 10,986 copies.

Hammond, who began his career in the early 1970s, recorded with the Zap Pow Band before going solo and working with guitarist/producer Lindo on ballads like One Step Ahead and I Miss You. In the 1990s he was signed to Elektra Records, which released his major label debut album In Control.

That album featured the hit single No Disturb Sign, which was popular on reggae charts in the US but failed to crack major Billboard charts. In Control, however, peaked at number seven on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.





New EP from Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgControversial 'Bad From Me Born' deejay, Munga Honorebel is back with a new EP........or possible a new album......three years after the release of 'Excuse Me'.

The EP is tentatively scheduled for release at year-end.

Among the producers working on the project are Anju Blaxx, JJ Wizzle, Portmore Society, Jr Bloodline, and Hilltop Records. According to him, the EP will represent his talent and showcase his growth as an artiste.

"Expect Munga Honorable with various styles, sounds and presentations," he said.

Born Damion Rhoden, Munga is from Islington, St Mary. He entered the Red Label Wine Superstar Competition in 1997. Four years later, he began touring with dancehall act Capleton.





prince-harry.jpgThe gospel choir which performed at Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding in May has announced a UK tour.

The Kingdom Choir, which performed a rendition of the Ben E. King classic, Stand By Me, will head out across the country in April/May 2019.

The choir, led by Karen Gibson, signed a record deal with Sony Music UK after impressing on the big day.

The group is set to drop its debut album on October 26.

The tour will pass through Manchester, York, Birmingham and Edinburgh, culminating in Cardiff.





Popcaan to stage Unruly Fest in St Thomas

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popcaan-photo-6.jpgUnruly Fest, which is being put on by dancehall artiste Popcaan, is set to take place in his birth parish of St. Thomas.

The event will be staged on December 22, at the Good Year Oval in Morant Bay.

The concert will feature live performances by Popcaan as well as a number of his friends from the music industry.

The deejay has been doing charity work in the parish, the most recent being a back to school treat and fun day for children in Morant Bay in August.





New single from Third World

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third-world-promo-pic-eauou-horizontal-hi-res-2017.jpgReggae Ambassadors, THIRD WORLD, remain one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time. The band will release their first single Loving You Is Easy, off their upcoming full length album to be released in 2019, this Friday, September 28. Produced by Grammy-award winning business mogul Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley on Ghetto Youths International, Loving You Is Easy gives the listener an insight on their creative ability to maintain their artistry over four decades of music. The single will be available for download and streaming on all digital platforms.

The song embodies a smooth Reggae sound, featuring the band's beautiful signature harmonies and charismatic vibe. Stephen "Cat" Coore, founder and band leader of Third World aptly describes the single as "a cool lovers rock, it is one of those songs that is really catchy and that I think people will like. It's a sing along."

Strong vocals being synonymous with Third World, the single pays ode to a love interest whose qualities are remarkable and makes love so simple and easy. "It is a great song that expresses a nice thought about love, a people's interaction with each other from a loving point of view because it says I could love you on and on and on. It is a glamourous way of thinking about love'' explains Coore.

Current Third World members include: Stephen "Cat" Coore (guitar, cello, vocals) Richard Daley (bass), Tony "Ruption" Williams (drums, djembe), AJ Brown (lead vocals), Maurice "MG" Gregory (keyboards, vocals) & Norris "Noriega" Webb (keyboards, vocals)

Loving You Is Easy will be available for download and stream on all digital platforms worldwide. For more information, visit the band's website at www.thirdworldband.com.





Singjay Ronnie Thwaites arrested and charged in NY

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ronnie-thwaites.jpgRonnie Thwaites has been arrested and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The artiste, whose given name is Ronald Brown, was detained on Monday after New York City (NYC) police listed him as wanted for assault and stabbing.

According to a report from NYC's 47 Precinct, Brown, 51, "intentionally stabbed and slashed a male victim multiple times about the body, causing life-threatening injuries". The incident reportedly took place in the vicinity of White Plains Road and East Gun Hill Road in New York on September 20.

The victim is said to be in critical condition.

Ronnie Thwaites rose to prominence in 1991 with the release of Mr Luxury (The Wickedest Time), which was released on the Jammy's label and soared to number one in Jamaica the following year. Brown is also known for songs like Love of My Life Time, Respect Due to All Crew, Rasta Man, and Lucky Day.





Nineties singjay Ronnie Thwaites wanted in NY

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ronnie-thwaites.jpgVeteran singjay Ronnie Thwaites is being sought by the New York City (NYC) police for assault and stabbing.

According to a report from NYC's 47 Precinct, the 51-year-old (whose given name is Ronald Brown) artiste "intentionally stabbed and slashed a male victim multiple times about the body, causing life-threatening injuries".

The alleged incident took place in the vicinity of White Plains Road and East Gun Hill Road in New York on September 20. The victim is in stable but critcal condition.

The police listed Ronnie Thwaites' last known address to be in the Bronx, New York.

Thwaites is best known for his 1991 hit single Mr Luxury (The Wickedest Time).





Romain Virgo uses video shoot to get engaged

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romain-virgo-in-this-together-proposal-video.jpgSinger Romain Virgo, whose "Lovesick" album was released earlier this year, took to his official Instagram page on Saturday to announce to his over 250,000 followers that he is officially engaged to his longtime girlfriend, ELizabeth. In a video, which is also available on YouTube, a nervous Virgo revealed that he would be using their first official photo shoot as a couple to ask the life-changing question.

"Hello, world. today I'm the most excited and nervous human being in the world. Today I'm getting, mi nearly say married," he laughs in the video's intro. The video then segues into behind-the-scenes footage of how the couple prepared for the shoot. Virgo's vocals as he sings In This Together then come in.

In the middle of the shoot, in a river scene, the I Am Rich In Love singer gets down on one knee and asks his girlfriend to be his wife. An overwhelmed Elizabeth cannot hold back tears as she says yes. The singer, in the video's caption, said it took him a while before he could officially share the beautiful moment between him and his fiancÈe with the world.

Since the announcement, Romain has been receiving a flood of congratulatory messages from his fans.





Versi ditches fake friends

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He changed his name from Versatile to 'Versi' and purging a few fake friends from his coterie, Dancehall artiste Versi says the recent overhauling exercise appears to have lifted a great burden off his shoulder as he feels a greater sense of freedom annexed to a noticeable boost in both his career and online presence.

The Mountain View based deejay explained that his latter action was also the impetus for the single '3 Card Man' which continues to do well for him across the diaspora. Intent on seeing the song achieving its full potential, the artiste has enlisted the services of noted videographer Damaniac Visualz to shoot the official video which is expected to make its premiere in the days ahead.

Since the song's release, speculations have been rife about who it's aimed at. However, preferring to keep the vibe around the song positive as a form of encouragement to those dealing with 'fake friends', Versi said he will not give any credence to those speculations.

"Some people believe the song is aimed at a specific individual but the truth it's just a real song talking about real issues that we all face in life." - He said.

On the subject of his revised name, Versi added, "Changing my name was one of the best decisions I have ever made, now more people are able to find me and my content online and that is even more evident with the number of subscription and views I've received in recent months. My songs are definitely getting increased streams and radio rotations and for that I am grateful and lastly look out for the '3 Card Man' video premiering very soon."

Known for songs such as 'Wanted' and 'The Voice' the latter featuring Bounty Killer, Versi says he is pleased with the current direction of his career and will be making every effort to amplify his presence as the year draws to a close.

Known for songs such as 'Wanted' and 'The Voice' the latter featuring Bounty Killer, Versi says he is pleased with the current direction of his career and will be making every effort to amplify his presence as the year draws to a close.





Labba Labba is NOT missing

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It has been a few weeks since rumours began circulating that veteran dancer Labba Labba was missing.

Several online news sources said the entertainer went missing from his home in Trench Town, following allegations he made against dancehall artiste Beenie Man early last month regarding the murder of Gerald 'Bogle' Levy.

Other news sources went as far as to say the entertainer was feared dead after a body believed to be his was discovered recently.

However, those news items have been confirmed to be fake and Labba Labba has re-surfaced and is talking. Labba Labba said he was aware of the rumours and wanted to assure his fans that he was "alive and well".

"People, this is Labba Labba, the dancer ... I'm alive and well. I been staying off the road for a couple of days now," he said. 'I'm well and I'm good, I stay in the house mostly. From the other day there have been a lot of things about whatever took place and so I don't too come on the road."

Labba Labba got his two minutes of fame a few weeks ago after he made claims to have knowledge of who was responsible for Bogle's death.

He implicated dancehall king Beenie Man in that video that went viral, and caused quite a stir on the local music scene.

Labba Labba's statement garnered so much attention that Beenie Man had to address the issue in a television interview days after the video caught fire on social media.

Labba Labba also had to do a video apologising to the veteran deejay.

In that video, the entertainer claimed that he was intoxicated when he named the artiste as the man responsible for Bogle's death, and said it was never his intention for things to blow up the way it did.





Jamaica Music Conference November 15 - 18

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Artistes and music industry professionals are set to gather in Kingston from November 15 - 18 for the 2018 Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). The conference, now in its sixth year, is slated to offer a series of enlightening and resourceful panel discussions aimed at ensuring that industry professionals have the tools, education, networking opportunities and resources necessary to maximise their financial opportunities, as well as benefit from the digitalisation of music.

According to the organisers, there will also be discussions on other matters relating to the entertainment industry, including solidifying a stake in the global music market. Entities interested or involved in any aspect of music and culture are invited to attend. Hundreds of participants are anticipated and registration is now open at www.jamaicamusicconference.com. Open to all creatives and professionals across music genres, the JMC is hoping to set the landscape for building and sustaining a healthy Jamaican music industry.

Participants at the conference will be given a platform to discuss current industry challenges with peers and music industry influencers and identify solutions under the theme "Constructive Conversations: Dialogue, Discussion and Development'.

More than 15 critical panel discussions, workshops, independent music artiste showcases, and a community service day are slated to be held at various venues, including the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies (Mona), House of Dancehall, Jamnesia, Kingston Dub Club, and Boardwalk Beach in Portmore.

The JMC was founded by Kwasi Osei Bonsu, Julian Haffner, and Kairee 'S.I.G.H.' Griffin.





Protoje shares stage with Lauryn Hill

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protoje.jpgHaving kicked off the 20th anniversary tour in the United States in June, Lauryn Hill drew for local reggae star Protoje to share stage with her as she celebrated her Grammy album, 'The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill'..

"I still can't believe it actually happened," Protoje is quoted in an interview with The Gleaner.

Protoje was billed to perform with Hill on September 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, alongside Nas and Iman Omari, then again on September 9 in San Diego, California, alongside Kelela. "We never actually spoke until after my concert with her. I guess she heard my music and thought it was a good fit," he said.

The Like This singer was introduced to Hill through her work with The Fugees. After listening to the group's album The Score, Protoje said he became obsessed with the lyricist. "I thought she was the illest rapper. Then when she did The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, I saw the whole scope of her artistry. She is truly in a class by herself," he said.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released to critical acclaim in 1998. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart, and earned the singer Grammies for Album of the Year and Best New Artiste. It remains Hill's only solo studio album.

This year continues to be a winning one for the reggae artiste, following his bucket-list performance with Hill. Protoje also launched his first Japan tour, which runs from September 15-24. "When people from a different culture show you so much love, it's such a feeling. Man, I'm in Tokyo now and the love is crazy," he tweeted on Sunday.

Protoje will make his way across the Land of the Rising Sun alongside selector/producer Yaadcore on the A Matter of Time - Dubwise Tour.





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In the meantime, Jah Cure has been silent on the matter. To date he has not addressed the matter on social media, his favourite platform for his voice to be heard.





Chozenn chooses controversy

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affluent-jamaica-on-instagram-listen-di-fruit-a-di-spirit-anuh.jpgSome social media users are today blasting gospel act Chozenn for his latest single. They were responding after the gospel entertainer uploaded his rendition of Jada Kingdom's song Banana to Instagram.

According to the controversial gospel entertainer, he made the post after seeing school girls doing a banana challenge on the social media platform.

However, some social media users have bashed the gospel singer with some accusing him of taking it too far, and others suggesting that he should write his own gospel songs instead of remaking secular tracks.

In the IG post, Chozenn said; "the fruit of the spirit is not banana."

Earlier this year, Chozenn received heavy backlash for his remake of Dovey Magnum's popular dancehall track "Bwaal Out" and Rygin King's Tuff. The gospel singer was especially chastised by church goers.

Affluent Jamaica on Instagram: "Listen!! Di fruit a di spirit, anuh banana 🤣🍌 #Chozenn #chozennbelike #bananaremixchallenge #bananaremix"





face-boy-on-instagram-dancehall-parties-be-like-jm-tagyourdj.jpgDovey Magnum has been complaining that selectors are playing too much bad man tune, and ignoring girls anthems, such as her single "Bawl Out".

Many fans agreed with her and now, social media personality Jaifrais has created a video that captures exactly the essence of what Dovey has been saying.

Face Boy on Instagram: "Dancehall Parties Be Like 😂🇯🇲 #TagYourDJ #TagUnnuFriendDem • • • #UTOPIA September 21st @somc_nyc"





New single from Vybz Kartel keps Gazanation happy

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgGazanation fans have been asking for new music for the past few months, and now it's here.

"Teacha come back and a beat them bad wid da one ya, can't stop him he's Michael Jordan of dancehall it's that simple," one fan wrote while another added, "Take time with them Teach a you a run the place for the Christmas every fly get lick weh."

Linton "TJ" White teases the cover art for Vybz Kartel upcoming album this week. It's unclear if this new single "She Say" will be featured on the upcoming project. The dancehall hitmaker, real name Adidja Palmer, is currently awaiting the verdict in his appeal case which wrapped in the Jamaica Court of Appeal in July of this year. A verdict could arrive any given moment after the high court judges revealed that they would place some priority on the case given the vast public interest.

Vybz Kartel is reportedly in good spirit although a tense atmosphere surrounds the case as he and his three co-accused, Shawn Storm, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, awaits their fate. The four men are hoping for the very least a new trial, but ultimately their lawyers are gunning for a full acquittal. The court may also reduce the conviction if it sees fit.





Is Labba Labba missing?

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Labba Labba has reportedly gone missing following controversial statements made recently about the Doctor Beenie Man and his alleged involvement in Bogle's death in 2005.

Labba Labba has since backtracked claiming that he was drunk and later issuing an apology to both Beenie Man and Tristan Palmer, whose son he claims was paid $100,000 for the hit.

According to reports, the veteran dancer has not been seen in days by friends or family who are now worried that something may have happened to him following his controversial statements.

"Almost a week now nobody sees or hear from him and trust me a lot of people worried right now," a family member reportedly posted to social media. The police have yet to confirm if any missing person report has been filed.

Bogle was shot and killed by unknown assailants in January 2005 while waiting at a Texaco service station in Kingston.





Grammy award winners Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), Sean Paul, Ed Sheeran and Wyclef Jean are among the acts who have all contributed to Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica , the latest project by Jamaican producer Sean "Contractor" Edwards.

Contractor noted that the aim of the 15-track album hosted by The DJ Grid is to bring an all-star cast uniting reggae/dancehall and pop music under the tag 'tropical house' that has been used in recent years to identify pop hits influenced by Jamaican reggae and dancehall music.

"On one of my yearly UK trips I had the chance to meet, develop a friendship and subsequently get into music business with Jethro Sheeran, first cousin of Ed Sheeran. Ed having been influenced with the sounds of my island, [it] just seemed serendipitous for what I was trying to do," Contractor explained.

"Jamaican music has always been an influence to the world and it is more so visible now-a-days -- at anytime on television, commercials and the airwaves. There is no denying or stopping it's prominence. I guess the saying 'If you can't beat them, join them' holds some truth. We are actively working on two more albums. One is Hip Hop cruises to Jamaica which is a straight hip hop album which will feature Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Flo-Rida and many more. The other album we are coming out with is called Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica Deluxe Edition and this is another reggae album."

This compilation also includes cuts from VH1 Love and Hip Hop star Safaree featuring Sean Kingston; Swiss reggae artist Cookie The Herbalist and the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry; Rollie Fresh; Chronixx, Sizzla and Tony D.

Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica was digitally released by the Contractor Music Group and distributed by Atlanta-based Amada Records under the EAE Management Group.

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shelly-ann-fraser-pryce.jpgDouble Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and former world and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown are the only women on the

September edition of the Forbes list of the 10 richest Jamaican born sports stars.

The number one position belongs to former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing who has a total net worth of US$275 million.

Triple world record holder Usain Bolt occupies second spot with a net worth of $60 million.

Raheem Sterling ($53m) who plays for the English national team and Manchester City is third on the list followed by explosive West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle ($15m).

Sub 10 second king Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder rounds out the top five on the list with an estimated worth of $6.5 million.

In sixth place is Nesta Carter ($5.3m) the sixth fastest man in history followed by double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who is seventh at $4.5m.

Completing the top ten are New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung ($4.3m), former world and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown ($2.6m) and 2011 world 100m champion Yohan Blake ($2.3m).





Mavado's son for court Friday

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mavado-and-son.jpgMavado's teenage son who is currently housed at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre should hopefully know his fate as it relates to bail this week.

The youngster is expected to go before the court on Friday, September 14.

The teen was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, shooting with intent, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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mavado-photo-12-large.jpgThe public is still awaiting an update on whether or not dancehall singjay, Mavado, is still wanted for questioning

In June, tough-talking law enforcement officials urged the dancehall entertainer to turn himself in for questioning in relation to the flare-up of violence in Cassava Piece, St Andrew community

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), they suggested we contact the Hunts Bay Police. However, when the Hunts Bay Police was contacted they said they did not have any information.

So did Mavado turn himself into the police? Or will the dancehall singjay contemplate a lawsuit against the government for defamation or slander?

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Trojan Records documentary for London Film Festival

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rudeboy-documentary-trojan-records.jpgRudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, a documentary about British reggae company, premiers at the London Film Festival on October 12. The 86-minute film is directed by Nicolas Jack Davies.

According to a press release from the London Film Festival, Rudeboy is more than just music. It represents Trojan's legacy as a forerunner in exposing Jamaican music in the United Kingdom during the 1960s and 1970s, when rocksteady and reggae were largely ignored by mainstream radio in that country.

"The seeds for the multicultural society we live in now were formed on the dancefloor back in the day," says British punk/reggae authority Don Letts in the documentary's intro.

The film is part of year-long celebrations marking Trojan's golden anniversary. A book and multitrack album have also been released.

Trojan was actually founded in 1967 by Lee Gopthal, a Jamaican accountant who migrated to the UK in the early 1950s. The label helped introduce songs like Desmond Dekker and The Aces' (007) Shantytown and Israelites to white British fans, and followed up with a series of hits by Jimmy Cliff, Dandy Livingstone and Tony Tribe in the late 1960s.

By the 1970s only Island Records (once Trojan's parent company) was stronger in the UK reggae market than Gopthal's independent venture. Trojan distributed the music of major Jamaican artistes like John Holt whose 1000 Volts of Holt album was a massive seller; the company also helped push Ken Boothe's Everything I Own to number one on the British national chart in 1974.

Though a volume of compilation albums were popular throughout the UK, mismanagement led to Trojan going into liquidation by the mid-1970s. It was bought by different interests over the years including Saga Records and the Sancutary Records Group. It is currently owned by German company, BMG. Gopthal had long left the music business when he died in 1997 at age 58.

Davies is the man behind Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records. He is known for his visual work with high-profile British acts acts such as PJ Harvey, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons.

Davies directed The Road To Red Rocks, a documentary that focused on Mumford & Sons' 2013 American tour. That documentary was nominated for Best Music Film at the 2014 Grammy Award.

Rudeboy Documentary - Trojan Records

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Catch the new cha cha dance from Ravers

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capleton.jpgCapleton is set to return to Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court later this month after the trial last week was marred due to a bomb threat.

The entertainer's lawyer, Christopher Townsend explained that Capleton's legal team is awaiting a police investigation into claims that the deejay was extorted.

In April, Capleton was slapped with rape charges after he was accused by a hairdresser. The dancehall deejay has since denied the accusations claiming he was extorted.

Capleton is to reappear in court on September 21.

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GO FREDDIE GO! The Big Ship sails out of the US

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go-official-music-video.jpgVeteran reggae singer Freddie Mcgregor, CEO of Big Ship Records, has covered 35 states and wrapped up over 40 shows during his recent "Go Freddie Go" tour in the United States.

Freddie recently stated that "Go Freddie Go" which marked his first US tour in almost 30 years; was a fantastic trek which saw him driving across 35 states with his band.

The Big Ship head honcho last toured the United States in 1989 with Dennis Brown and Lt Stitchie.

The legendary reggae singer is currently promoting his latest single "Go Freddie Go" which was released in March on the VP Records label.

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beenie-man-photo-7.jpgDespite a public denial that he had absolutely nothing to do with the death of iconic dancer 'Bogle', the story continues to take twists. The most recent speculation is that Beenie Man revealed in a song of that era that he have revealed that he knows Bogle's killer in a song he previously released.

Beenie Man was thrust back into the spotlight over the killing when retired dancer Labba Labba did an impromptu interview and made some damning accusations that Beenie paid $100,000 to have Bogle killed. The dancehall legend was also accused of being involved in the killing back in January 2005.

Beenie recently did an interview on OnStage where he once again denied having any involvement in Bogle's murder. Labba Labba also released a new video apologizing to the Doc saying that he was drunk when he made the accusations. Still, some fans think that Beenie Man had something to do with the legendary dancer's killing and went and unearthed an old song where he deejays about knowing who killed his friend Bogle.

Urbanislandz on Instagram: "#beenieman old song surfaced about #bogle death"

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tifa-photo-3.jpgNASTY! That is the word Tifa is using to describe the Dancehall music business. As a matter of fact, it is so nasty that Tifa wants to quit.

During a radio interview last week, the Dancehall diva explained why she has been saying that she is tired of it all.

"The industry has gotten nasty.... I think it is the nattiest i have even seen it," Tifa said.

According to Tifa, Dancehall is now filled with "a lot alliances and buyouts." She alleged that industry insiders are paying disc jocks not to play other artistes songs, sponsoring shows not to add other entertainers on the lineup plus a slew of other corruption.

She also charged that persons are trying to hold her down to try let others rise. Tifa shared that she has been in Dancehall for over 10 years and does not believe she should be fighting for her place.





Bugle rocks the world with collab with Razz

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bugle-feat-razz-world-party-2018-release.jpgReggae singer Bugle is rocking the world with his latest release entitled, World Party. A collaboraion with Razz --- of Razz and Biggy fame --- World party is legit taking over the world.

bugle-photo-4.jpgBy the way, we have to big up the Anointed One for his philantrophy. His back-to-school event was awesome.





Video for Future Fambo Gucci Mane collab out now

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future-fambo-how-we-living-remix-ft-gucci-mane.jpgDancehall artiste Future Fambo is making waves after recently releasing the visuals for "How We Living Remix," featuring rapper Gucci Mane.

The "Rum & Redbull" star returned with a bang following a notable hiatus from the Dancehall scene with the brand new track, which is produced by White Gad Records.

future-fambo.jpgLast Friday the deejay dropped the music video for the single, which features platinum selling Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane, and has managed to rack up over 130,000 views on his VEVO account.

The music video sees the veteran entertainer enjoying a lavish lifestyle, partying in a mansion with dozens of beautiful women and friends.





Gully Bop's ex Shauna Chyn a deadbeat mom?

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgEven as Amari is lamenting Gully Bop's illness, another of the 50-odd year old entertainer's exes, Shauna Chyn is getting flack from her babyfather.

In a video uploaded to social media, Chyn's baby daddy claiming that Shauna neglected her son three months after giving birth. The man revealed that the "Control Button" singer took their child without his consent last month and registered him in a new school.

He added that Shauna Chyn failed to play an active role in the child's upbringing, despite him making several attempts for her to be a mother for their son.

But it was only a few days ago that Shauna Chyn posted a pic of her son on IG, showing him of on his first day back at school.

IAMSHAUNACHYN on Instagram: "I didnt want to share my child but due to how genna genna clean n out. He's the one i work so hard for cause I want him to have what I..."





Amari sad that her 'boo' Gully Bop is very sick

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gully-bop-and-amari.jpgamari.jpgAmari has taken to social media to lament the illness of her ex-fiance, Gully Bop, but Amari is not saying exactly what Bop is suffering from.

'mari says she is scared of losing her ex-fiancé Gully Bop.

A'mari says she is fearful his health could be taking a turn for the worst.

"I've tried so many ways to deal with Boo being sick. I tell myself that he's still the boo i know that i could go toe to toe with on social media...my godfather. Now I'm arguing with you and you don't answer me back. I hope I'm not losing you. Don't know what i would do," she said.

A few months ago Amari declared she was willing to fight for Bop, who she says is the love of her life, following their bitter fallout.

"We were musical partners. [He was] my fiancé and the person who truly discovered me. He was my soulmate, and I need him back in my life. If it doesn't happen in this life, when we die, I hope we will reconcile," she said.

Gully Bop is set to return to court on assault charges after he was arrested and charged with physically assaulting his wife during a dispute in Nuts River in St Thomas several months ago.

The deejay's case was transferred to the drug court following additional accusations that he had been abusing drugs and alcohol, including cocaine and marijuana.





shenseea-ig.jpgSpice has called herself the queen of the Dancehall and now Shenseea is the queen-in-waiting, as she has dubbed herself the princess. Well fans had quite a lot to say about that on social media -- both positive and negative.

It all started when Shenseea posted a picture of herself and Spice with the following caption:

"In the middle of my performance she walked in and some of her #Smurfs saw her and started to create excitement! She literally STOPPED until I finished my song to avoid any disturbances..and for that my Team and I have a different level of respect for you @spiceofficial 👏🏾👏🏾, she said

"Spice a di Queen, so me a wah? Nuh must Princess! Who next? Just face it a so di ting set! 🎶 PS: U cut off your legs for specific reasons me wish me cudda cut out my face cause I just performed so my hair and make up all messy🤣🤣🤣 #nuffLove#SugarANDSpice #HardWorkingFemales#Dancehall 🇯🇲" .

Below are some of the comments that greeted Shenseea's claim to the royal title:

"no sah.. Khalia is on the same level of no talent as Shenocean.. Goodly worse. Better u root for Vanessa Bling 😩," one fan wrote while another lamented "Shensea ain't no prinny.... Spice barely a d queen so how she fi b princess... Shensea deven have 3 hits inna r career."

However, the commentary was not all negative for the deejay as Shenseea did receive some support from several fans.

"@shenseea a definitely the princess after nuh body else nah work as hard or have the numbers like her," one fan wrote in her defense.

The debate rages on. Is Shenseea really the Dancehall Princess?





Oshane Wayne Thompson, 24, a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who fled to the US while being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of an entertainer in St. Mary, has been charged with murder. A day after he was deported by US law enforcement, Thompson. has been charged for the murder of 31 year-old Kriston Pearson, otherwise called Insta Boss, who was an entertainer of Islington, St Mary.

The ex-cop, who is being represented by attorney Peter Champagnie, is booked to appear in the St Mary Parish Court on Monday.

Mr Champagnie says that he will be applying for bail, adding that his client was acting in self-defence when the incident occured.

Thompson, who fled island in May last year was flown to Jamaica on Thursday and was arrested on arrival by the Bureau of Special Investigations. In March this year, he was arrested on immigration charges by deportation officers in New Jersey. The US State Department revoked his visa after the authorities received information that he was in New York.

On August 2, the former cop was ordered removed by an immigration judge in New York City, and waived his right to appeal.

Thompson was implicated in the fatal shooting of Mr Pearson at a dance in Trinity, Port Maria on May 7, 2017.





Bounty hails Beres on his birthday

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Whitney Houston film to premiere in Jamaica

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whitney-houston.jpgAcademy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin McDonald latest documentary, Whitney, is to premiere in Jamaica on September 9.

The screening of the documentary will be held at the Courtleigh auditorium with all proceeds raised in aid of the St.Elizabeth-based foundation Breds.

Following the film, McDonald is set to host what promises to be an insightful question and answer session.

McDonald's film, which was approved by the late singer's estate, chronicles the life of singer Whitney Houston from her childhood in New Jersey to the heights of success and stardom in the music industry through to the singer's unfortunate decline due to drug abuse.

The film boasts never before seen footage, intimate interviews and unheard versions of the late icon's music.

Breds is a foundation which focuses on engages youths on the island's south coast with a focus on creating social change through sport and facilitates.

"We know that the potential for drug abuse by a child is every parent's concern -- especially during the adolescent years when they are most vulnerable," said Jason Henzell, Chairman of Breds.

"Participating in sports alone may not be the solution, but we have seen first hand how being involved in camps and programs such as ours helps keep the youth engaged, builds self-confidence and fosters camaraderie with others, which we believe is definitely a step towards prevention,"added Henzell.





marion-hall-photo-2.jpgAs part of its 50th anniversary celebrations the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is partnering with Digicel to host the Harbour Fest to be held along the Kingston Waterfront on Friday, August 31.

The event is slated to include a mix of Jamaican food, craft and live entertainment for the entire family.

Patrons will get to enjoy product samplings and service offerings, free medical checks, while children will be accommodated in a designated 'kiddies village'.

According to UDC Director of Corporate Communication, Lorna Clarke, "the staging of Harbour Fest represents the corporation's commitment to its mandate of facilitating the restoration of downtown Kingston and promoting it as a preferred venue for business and social events".

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The UDC will also use the opportunity to reward 19 children of members of staff who were successful in the recent GSAT examinations, while Digicel will announce the final winner of its Set Fi Di Summa promotion.

"We are ending summer 2018 on a high note and we couldn't think of a better way to do it than to award one lucky Digicel customer at Harbour Fest with $100,000 as the final winner in our Set Fi Di Summa promotion. With over 4,000 winners in the overall promotion, we are happy to have helped to fulfil the dreams of so many Digicel customers," said Digicel Public Relations and Communications Manager, Elon Parkinson.

Harbour Fest is a renewed recreational activity first organised by the UDC and partners over a decade ago and has expanded its offerings to attendees, thanks to the support of Digicel, Waterfront Medical and The Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard, UDC said.

The event will see live performances from Minister Marion Hall, Wayne Marshall, Chi Ching Ching, Etana and will last from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.





Saint model Kimali stars in Balenciaga campaign

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SAINT model Kimali Morgan is starring in the just-released Fall/Winter 2018 global advertising campaign for Balenciaga, one of the biggest designer labels in the fashion world.

Kimali, is a resident of the downtown Kingston inner-city community of Denham Town, and was scouted by Saint CEO and Founder Deiwght Peters a few years at his alma mater Denham Town High School.

Kimali shot his campaign over three days earlier this year in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The campaign is now appearing in major fashion industry publications around the world.

His success marks the 8th Saint Model to be booked exclusively by Balenciaga.





Stephen and Damian Marley combined three years ago to support the efforts of the Bob Marley Foundation in its support for the Reggae Girlz campaign.

'Strike Hard' produced by Stephen Marley has been the theme guiding the preparation and participation of the squad in recent competitions.

The brothers were encouraged to lend their support by Global Ambassador for Jamaica's women's football programme Cedella Marley.

The track includes background vocals by Cedella.





19-y-o crowned Miss Universe Jamaica

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Miss Universe Jamaica 2018 has been crowned.

She is Emily Madison, a past student of Campion College, walked away with the prestigious crown after an intense night of competition at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Friday night.

A crowd favourite, it came as little surprise when her name was announced as winner. She had already won four sectional prizes, including Best in Swimwear, Best in Evening Gown, and Miss Photogenic.

She further won the crowd's approval when her question required her to reveal her best quality, and state how that quality would help her achieve her goals as Miss Universe Jamaica. Opting not to answer with a typical response, Madison said that at 19 years old, her inexperience is perhaps her best quality. She explained that her inexperience allows her to take on each situation she's faced with as a challenge, as she never knows what to expect.

Kayla Smith and Khadejah Anderson gave Madison some stiff competition, as both also did well in the interview segment. Smith, who placed third, takes over the reigns as Miss Intercontinental Jamaica, and Anderson who placed second, will wear the crown of Miss Grand Jamaica. Both will represent Jamaica at the respective global competitions.

Madison will, of course represent Jamaica in the global Miss Universe pageant slated for Bangkok, Thailand, in December.

The highlight performance of the night came from Wayne Marshall, whose gospel song had the entire audience singing word for word.





Bishop Everton Thompson, the pastor who performed the ceremony in which Marion Hall became an ordained minister, says once a track is a clean gospel song, Christians should not be quick to judge the artiste who sings it.

The pastor explained to THE STAR newspaper that not much is known about the lifestyle of the persons who wrote some of the ancient gospel hymns that are used during worship.

He believes that artistes who record gospel songs may intend to accept the faith, and it is the duty of the church to help them to build a relationship with God.

Bishop Thompson's comments come after a recent online squabble between Bounty Killer and producer Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell.

Skatta drew the ire of Bounty Killer after he commented: "Biblical gods don't exist, Killa," on a video that the deejay had posted on his Instagram page in which he spoke about the possibility of turning to Christianity.

"Bredda hold your own philosophy and thoughts about God, I'm speaking on my behalf. If that's how you felt or think about the Almighty God, your choice. But God made man and man made Bible. God inna mankind not Bible. When you did much younger and a struggle and suffer, this wasn't your outlook on God, bredda," responded Bounty Killer, who recently recorded Thank You For The Blessing with Wayne Marshall.

In addressing the issue in an Instagram live video afterwards, Skatta said that going into the church was not the right thing for Bounty Killer, who was once the self-proclaimed 'Warlord' of dancehall music.

Skatta also noted that artistes who perform violent lyrics are often judged by Christians, even if they have other songs in which they are praising God.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man says he is not paying Labba Labba or the haters any mind because they are just trying to tear down his career. Beenie Man is also alleging that someone paid Labba Labba to lie about his involvement in Bogle's murder so that they could sabotage his Summer Sizzle show.

"Labba Labba is a man that don't do anything for his life, them man there move from boss to boss and people to people, that man is my don and that man," Beenie added. "Any man can manipulate Labba Labba, give him some money and say "say this' and show him on camera doing it because them man there is nothing."

Last week, Labba Labba, made some questionable allegations against Beenie Man whom he said is responsible for Bogle's death. Beenie Man is making it clear that he has nothing to do with the dancer's death. This is not the first time that Beenie has come under scrutiny over the 2005 murder. At the time, he had to leave the island for a few months because his life was in danger.

The Doctor made the allegations to Winford Williams on OnStage this weekend.

He stated: "The police did their thorough investigation. They questioned who they should question, and they never questioned me, I was never brought to a police station, there is no evidence pointing to show that I was involved in any way at all."





Vershon to be banned from Clarendon?

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Dancehall artiste Vershon could be set for a lengthy ban from performing within the parish of Clarendon following an altercation with police officers at Beenie Man's Summer Sizzle Festival.

According to the "Inna Real Life" singjay, he has heard rumours that police are plotting a two-year performance ban against him following an altercation which took place at the event which was staged in the parish.

The sinjay took to Instagram earlier this week shedding light on the incident where he says he was disrespected by police officers after he refused to hand over a beer bottle from which he was drinking.

The deejay went on to blast the cops for abusing their power, claiming that he did nothing wrong in the situation.

Reports indicate that a scuffle occurred between the entertainer and a senior policeman after the deejay refused to hand over the bottle. He claims he was draped and ruffed up by the officer who later told several persons that he would be banned from performing within the parish.





Veteran dancer Labba Labba refreshes rumours of Beenie Man's alleged involvement in the murder of iconic dancer Bogle.

The veteran Dancehall artiste is facing fresh scrutiny following allegations by veteran dancer Labba Labba, who claims he allegedly paid a hitmen to kill the legendary dancer back in 2005.

According to Labba Labba, the veteran entertainer paid a man called Chris Royal $100,000 to kill the iconic dancer.





jah-cure.jpgGrammy nominated Jah Cure's video for "Risk it All" featuring Haitian American singer Phyllisia Ross is now available. Released last week, the single is the first from his upcoming album with VP Records and included in this year's 25th Anniversary of Reggae Gold.

The visuals embody express the songs meaning of doing whatever it takes for their love to flourish. Jah Cure and Phyllisia narrate the story of childhood love that was threatened by the girls father and has prevailed through adulthood.

Produced by Jah Cure For Iyah Cure Production, the rhythmic love song showcases the reggae crooners raw, effortless and poetic vocals. Jah Cure and Phyllisia have a history of collaborations with previous hit singles "Call on Me" and "Unconditional Love".

In 2015, Jah Cure was nominated for his first Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. The album held the #1 spot for 3 consecutive weeks after its debut and steadily remained on the Top 10 U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart since its July 2015 release.

"Risk it All, is a perfect re-introduction to Jah Cure and his upcoming release," said Stephen Chin, project manager at VP Records. "The song has all of the elements that his fans love and the added vocals of Phyllisia Ross make it a scorching summer jam."





OUT NOW! 'Can't Bring Me Down' by Red Sage

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DJ's and Press Click Here For a Free Download of Red Sage's Brand New Single "Can't Bring Me Down"

cant-bring-me-down.jpgRoots Musician Records is proud to announce the brand new release from Red Sage, "Can't Bring Me Down". Red Sage is a collective of musicians hailing from Colorado's thriving music scene. The group brings a blend of reggae, latin, blues, and soul influences that is combined to make an interesting type of roots music.

The music is inspired by true life, current events, as well as a will to spread love throughout the darkest corners of the world.

"Can't Bring Me Down" sends a message to the listener to never let anyone bring down their spirit, and keep their heads held high throughout dark times. "Can't Bring Me Down" was mixed and mastered by E.N Young at Imperial Sound Recording Studio in Imperial Beach California.

We hope you enjoy the free download link to the song below and please add it to your playlists and mixes today!

DJ's and Press Click Here For a Free Download of Red Sage's Brand New Single "Can't Bring Me Down"

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aretha.jpgAretha Franklin is "gravely ill" and surrounded by her friends and family in Detroit, a person close to the soul singer confirmed. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the singer is seriously ill.

Showbiz411's Roger Friedman, who first reported the news of Franklin is "gravely ill" on Sunday, said the Queen of Soul's family is "asking for prayers and privacy." Franklin's family also confirmed the news to WDIV Local 4. No further details about her health were immediately available, and reps for Franklin did not respond to Fox News' request for comment.

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Franklin's friend, journalist Roland Martin, tweeted a photo of her at her birthday party in 2016 along with a message to followers seemingly confirming the singer's condition.

"Many of you are asking me to confirm the health status of @ArethaFranklin. Folks, I've known for several months. The Queen is surrounded by loved ones. That's all I will say for now. Please keep her, the family and her longtime support staff in your prayers."





denique-birth.jpgEntertainer Denyque and her husband Careem Mullings are following the trend set by celebrities and have already set up an Instagram account for their newborn.

The baby, a boy named Conner Dash, was delivered on Wednesday. Connor Dash's Instagram page is private.

Denique's husband, Careem Mullings, posted photos of his pregnant wife, moments before delivery, as well as an image of the newborn in his arms.

Careem has edited his own profile to reflect the fact that he is now a father and Denyque has added 'Mama' to her profile..

Denique, a Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 finalist, had kept her pregnancy private even though persons began speculating during the time of Jamaica Carnival in April that she was expecting a child.





Honorary Doctorate from UWI for Monty Alexander

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monty-alexander.jpgOver five decades of performances and more than 70 CDs later, award-winning Jamaican-born jazz maestro, Monty Alexander, is being bestowed with a honorary doctorate degree from the University of West Indies, (UWI). Alexander, born Montgomery Bernard Alexander on D-Day in Kingston, Jamaica, will be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the UWI Mona Campus this November.

The degree was approved by the University's Council and will be conferred at the 2018 graduation ceremonies and presented by Chancellor Robert Bermudez.

The man, who singer extraordinaire, Tony Bennett, has declared put on one of the "best jazz shows" he has ever seen, will be one of four stellar Caribbean-born musicians who will be presented with honorary doctorates by UWI.

They include Bajan star Rihanna; fellow Jamaican artist Grace Jones, and Winston A. Bailey, aka the Mighty Shadow, from Trinidad and Tobago.

In commenting on the incredible recognition and prestigious honor, Alexander said humbly: "I have a sense of great privilege and gratitude."

Alexander began his musical career at age four by playing Christmas carols by ear. By age 5, he was entertaining neighbors and relatives and at age 6, he was taking his first piano lessons.

Alexander began playing in local Kingston clubs at 14, when he also made his first recordings, some as leader of a group called Monty and the Cyclones, and others as a sideman for such legendary producers as Ken Khouri (Federal Records), Duke Reid (Treasure Isle), and Clement Coxsone Dodd at Studio One.

These early sessions for Federal, which Alexander describes as "not calypso music, but the beginning of Ska," included such subsequently famous talents as trombonist Don Drummond, tenor saxophonist Roland Alphonso and guitarist Ernest Ranglin.

Alexander is most widely known as an upper echelon master of the swinging piano trio function, as he has demonstrated with several top-shelf groups, including iconic units with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and with the legendary bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis.

He also performs frequently with Harlem-Kingston Express, a double trio in which he coalesces his love for hard-swinging jazz with musical flavors that reflect his Jamaican heritage, shifting between an acoustic trio and master Jamaican practitioners of electric bass and drums. He debuted the project at Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2009 and documented it both on the Grammy-nominated 2011 CD, Harlem-Kingston Express: LIVE, and its 2014 Soultrain Award nominated follow-up, Harlem Kingston Express 2: The River Rolls On (Motéma).

For more on the Monty Alexander and his amazing brand of jazz, visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.





rihanna-photo-2.jpgThe University of the West Indies UWI has released new information regarding the award of an honorary doctorate to Barbadian singer, Rihanna.

She was listed as one of three to receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Cave Hill Campus in a ceremony on October 20.

In a statement the UWI disclosed that Rihanna, unfortunately, will not be able to receive the award this year because of scheduling commitments.

The UWI Cave Hill, Barbados campus has chosen to honour the charitable singer with a special dissertation.

The honorary degree should have been presented to her at a special ceremony scheduled for October 20 at the Cave Hill Campus in her homeland Barbados.

Rihanna received The Harvard Foundation award for Humanitarian of the Year in 2017.





Kei Kei drops out of Rising Stars

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Danielle Kei Kei Shelton has decided to make a premature departure from Season 15 of the Digicel Rising Stars Competition.

Her decision to quit the show follows countless online criticisms about her performances.

This is the first time in the show's 14-year history that a contestant has dropped out.

The singer says she does not have the mental "toughness" that is required to remain in the competition and has apologised to her voters for not continuing with the show.

Her decision has been supported by the show's producer, Sharon Schroeter.





jamaican-paper-money.jpgUnconfirmed reports are that Shemara Todd, the wife of artiste manager and businessman, Corey Todd was rrobbed after she was shot and injured last Friday.

According to reports a large sum of cash was taken from the businesswoman car by people that was at the scene of the accident after she was shot multiple times by gunmen on a motorcycle.

This is the second shooting incident involving Todd and his family in the last few years. In 2014, the businessman was shot and injured during a robbery incident in Montego Bay outside of his nightclub Taboo.

Corey became a well-known figure in dancehall by his business affiliation with Vybz Kartel, the two launched the "Street Vybz Rum" which was a hot seller.

Currently, the popular nightclub owner is the manager of Dancehall artiste Masicka.





UWI to confer 17 with honorary degrees

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International music and fashion icon, Jamaican Grace Jones, fellow entertainers, Trinidadian Winston Bailey, more popularly known as Mighty Shadow, former cricketers Shivnarine Chanderpaul from Guyana and Michael Anthony Holding from Jamaica are among 17 persons to be conferred with honorary degrees by The University of the West Indies UWI at its graduation ceremonies in October.

The UWI says the honorary graduands represent a cross-section of eminent people in the arts, sciences and other fields.

The university says their degrees, which were approved by the University Council, will be presented by Chancellor Robert Bermudez.

The schedule of graduation ceremonies begins October 13 at the Open Campus in St Lucia and continues on October 20 at the Cave Hill Campus, October 25 to 27 at the St Augustine Campus and November 2 to 3 at the Mona Campus.

Each ceremony will be streamed live allowing friends, family and well-wishers to view the proceedings.





drake.jpgDrake has finally unleashed the accompanying video to his massive 2018 hit, 'In My Feelings'!

The 'Scorpion' cut, currently sitting pretty at #1 on the Hot 100, blast onto the charts thanks to the inescapable #InMyFeelings challenge and - if its star-studded music video has anything to do with it - won't be loosening its grip from the top any time soon.

Shot in New Orleans and featuring the legendary TV actress Phylicia Rashad and actress/model/TV hostess Lala Anthony among its supporting cast, look inside to see the highly anticipated visual:

Drake - In My Feelings





blac-chyna-photo-3.jpgThe drama between Blac Chyna and her mother, Tokyo Toni has just gotten a whole lot uglier. Toni previously reached out to Amber Rose, urging her to get through to her daughter and let her spend time with her grandchildren. According to her, she hasn't seen either Dream or King Cairo in two years and she's getting insanely frustrated. In a fit of rage, Tokyo Toni absolutely blasted her daughter for keeping the kids away from her, calling her one of the things you never want to hear in your life.

The lengthy social media rant was likely the worst of them all so far. Describing her strained relationship with Chyna and bringing up both Tyga and Rob Kardashian, Toni made some ugly claims about her daughter. Speaking directly to the camera, she said, "Blac Chyna, the name I gave you was Angela Renee. The disrespect that you have been giving me for the past, quite a few years, I've tolerated. Because I'm your momma, you're the only child, but you better keep in your mind I'm a bad b-tch." Proceeding to prove her "bad b-tch" status, she dragged her own daughter with the following statement: "Oh fuck birthing you b-tch... that was a mistake, just happened to come into play. You was a statutory rape baby."

I don't know about you but that's a pretty heartbreaking thing to hear. Social media is clearly not the place to be airing out all this family drama. Hopefully, this gets Chyna to pick up the phone and bring the kids over to see their grandmother. Watch the video below.





New video from Vybz Kartel

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Kartel drops the video for his Dre Skull-produced single "Real Bad Gal."

Some of you may be familiar with this beat from PARTYNEXTDOOR's single "Not Nice" which sampled this track before the original even came out. Earlier this year, Mixpak Records released the original Vybz Kartel version and it became an instant hit. Now we have some visuals to go with the beat and Kartel's impeccable flow. Dre Skull has worked with Kartel for years and even worked on his landmark album Kingston Story.

Skull recently worked with Popcaan on his new album Forever which has been doing well since its release over a week ago. The Ivar Wigan-directed cut kicks off with a commentary from a female who let the world know that she can defend herself.

"Go tell a gal go chat to yo back / She cant touch a button a you she can't knock / You a real bad gal weh no tek back chat / And anything yo say yo can defend that," Vybz Kartel spits.

Vybz Kartel - Real Bad Gal (Official Video)





wayne-marshall.jpgWayne Marshall has collaborated with Bounty Killer for his second gospel single, Thank Yuh Fi the Blessing.

The track, produced by Danny Brownie, is now available for pre-order.

Speaking at the music video shoot for Glory to God at Hope United Church on Old Hope Road this week, Marshall said Bounty Killer made the initial contact.

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"Killer heard Glory to God and said it's a powerful song and we need fi come together and give some praise," Marshall told Jamaica Observer's weekly Splash. "Nuff people woulda say 'Killer?', but is a man weh God-fearing and love God and spiritual too. As early as I knew Killer he was singing songs giving praise, so mi know him spirit and mi know him household. His mother was a devout Christian and a very religious person and I'm sure if she was alive this would be one of her favourite Killer songs."

The two have a longstanding friendship and Marshall also formed part of Bounty Killer's Alliance crew in the early 2000s. Their previous collaborations include Smoke Clears, Sufferer, Be on the Alert and Go Hard.

For others now curious about Marshall's musical direction, he noted that God is not inaccessible and he is allowing himself to be used by Him.

"There are people who tell me to do more gospel music now based on the success and feel of Glory to God," he said. "It's not really pressure because I am good at giving praises to God. I know that God gave us the music as an expression of our emotions, so it's always good when we can use the music to honour Him. I could do a hundred albums just giving thanks to God for the many blessings, so I don't feel pressure about doing gospel music."





Ernie Smith will headline the University of Technology (UTech) 60th anniversary concert set for Thursday, August 9 at 5:30 pm at the Amphitheatre, Shared Facilities Building, Papine Campus.

Smith, whose hits of the 1970s yielded Duppy or Gunman, Life Is Just For Living, Ride on Sammy, and Pitta Patta says he will be performing his originals as well as covers at the showcase dubbed "Evening of Musical Excellence Down Memory Lane."

In a release UTech President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie said that patrons can "expect to be delighted with an evening of superb high-energy live entertainment."

The concert is free of charge and is open to the public.

Other acts who will perform at the concert include singer Everton Pessoa, the UTech Choir, UTech Steel Pan band and the Nexus Performing Arts Company of Jamaica.

Smith will be backed by Desi Jones and Friends.





neville-lee-photo-1.jpgFounder of Sonic Sounds, Neville Lee, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, at Medical Associates Hospital. Renowned Roman Cathlic priest, Father Ho Lung paid tribute to Mr Lee in his article on Friday.

According to the priest, the family was all gathered around. They wept and gathered each other in their arms. Steve, the eldest of his sons, said to me, " ....his last audible words were 'Our God is great!'"

Winnie, his wife, was drawn into her husband's deep unconsciousness. He could not speak. I placed my arms around her; she was deeply absorbed looking at the face of her husband.

As she prayed, I said to the family "I do not know if he will live or he will die. That is in God's hands. We must remember St Paul's words, 'If I live, I live in Christ. If I die, I die in Christ so whether I live or die it doesn't matter it is in Christ'. We must remember that for us Christians, death is not the final end, but is only a door that opens to eternal life."

Neville Lee was a beloved friend of mine and the brothers, and of the poor. He was a wonderful family man, businessman, Christian, Roman Catholic, lover of the poor, lover of Jamaica, lover of Christ.

"Why do you and the brothers come and visit me? You are so busy. Why, why, why?"

"Because you are our friend, because you are so kind, because you love the poor," was my reply.

Tears rolled down his eyes.

Neville spoke to me with such humility about his sins.

I told him, "Neville, the Lord forgives you your sins."

He nodded gratefully. "Yes, father, I am a sinner. I have done so much wrong. Forgive me Lord, forgive me!"

"I am sure the Lord forgives you, Neville," I said.

He smiled gratefully.

Neville Lee understands the essences of life - being a family man, being faithful to his friends and his workers; feeding, caring for, loving to his wife and children; loving His Lord and the poor.

The last words he said to me was, "Keep on in your ministry to the poor. Keep serving them."

Neville had the custom of kneeling with his wife Winnie before Christ and the Blessed Sacrament every Sunday after Sunday mass at Sts Peter and Paul. He had learned this habit as a school boy at St George's College.

He turned to me and asked me, "I have taken care of my children materially; I wish for them to come closer to Christ."

I gave him the sacrament of the sick and dying.

We blessed the holy oil, anointed his head, his chest, his hands and feet - anointing of the sick and dying before the entire family. We prayed for him and read the gospel from St Matthew 11:28-30.

Meanwhile, the funeral service for Neville Lee will be held at St. Peter & Paul Church on August 28 at 1:00 pm





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Zosia McGregor - Ecstasy

CLICK HERE For Free Promo Download

Song Link: https://song.link/us/i/1415207117

Release Date: July 27th, 2018

Format: Single

Label: Mega Records (Kenya)

Producer(s): Nixon Fredericks;Josi Coppola

Genre: Reggae/Lovers Rock/Inspirational

Explicit Lyrics: No

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1. Zosia McGregor - Ecstasy

Zosia McGregor brings Reggae lovers "Ecstasy" from Jamaica to Kenya

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Reggae, like any other genre of music, is endowed with a treasury of storied musical lineages. Few bloodlines have made a greater impact on the history of Jamaican music than that of the McGregor family. While the foundation set by "Di Captain" Freddie McGregor is indeed timeless, the future of the "Big Ship" dynasty is looking brighter than ever with the emergence of Zosia McGregor.

Born in Jamaica, but raised mostly in Grand Cayman, Zosia has been steadily gaining a reputation in the Reggae industry for her pristine vocal tone and her ear for sweet melodies and harmonics. With an intoxicating blend of sensual lyrics and soulful delivery, her latest single "Ecstasy" will have you hooked from the very first line!

A few synonyms for the word ecstasy are rapture, bliss, elation, & euphoria. In her latest single, Zosia describes the sensation of "Ecstasy" driven by the power of love and all of the passion that accompanies a budding romance. The rhythm track, produced all the way in east Africa, is the brainchild of Nixon Kiiru Ndegwa of Mega Records (Nairobi, Kenya) and it was produced in collaboration with Josi "Big Finga" Coppola who is based in Germany and known for his veteran role in the "Evolution" band as well as his heavy Reggae productions over the years including the "Onward" riddim as well as the classic "Honey Pot" riddim compilation.

As sure as summer brings new life, new love, and new memories, "Ecstasy" should be added to your playlist of new age lovers rock classics. As smooth as a glass of fine wine yet as carefree as a stroll on the beach, Zosia's alluring approach to singing and songwriting is sure to have you anticipating each new offering from one of reggae music's most promising young talents. The legacy of the McGregor clan is all but assured as Zosia will surely continue the family tradition of authentic, quality Reggae music for years and years to come.

Social media links for Zosia are as follows:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zosiamcgregormusic/

Instagram: @bigshipempress

Twitter: @bigshipempress

Soundcloud: BigShipEmpress

Email: zosiamcgregormusic@gmail.com





Yendi Phillipps baptized

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vibz-kartel-promo-on-instagram-the-moment-aunty-yendicles-got-baptized-yesterday.jpgThis is the video which has been making the rounds of popular host, model and beauty queen, Yendi Phillipps getting baptized by two men in a swimming pool.

Vybz Promo on Instagram: "The moment Aunty Yendicles got Baptized yesterday."





D'Angel to perform for gays in Jamaica

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d-angel-photo-5.jpgD'Angel, has been booked to perform at a Pride Ja event next month. Scheduled to be held on August 6 in the Corporate Area, the event is part of a week of activities planned to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Jamaica.

D'Angel, who came out last month to say she respects and loves all her fans irrespective of their sexual orientation, told THE WEEKEND STAR that she was asked to perform at the event and did not say no. She added that she is ready to bring her 'A' game to the event.

"When I'm booked for an event, I treat it like any other event. I'm a professional artiste with a wide fan base. Whether you're rich, poor, black, white or from the LGBT community, my music and I are not prejudiced to anyone. If you book D'Angel, I'll be there to do what I do best perform and entertain," she said.

The I'm So Blessed singer said that over the years, she has learnt that as an entertainer, it is imperative that people separate their professional lives from the personal beliefs.

"I appreciate and love all my fans regardless of the lifestyle they choose. I'm not here to judge. Persons from the LGBT community show me a lot of love. They support my music wholeheartedly, they send me videos singing to my songs, and I post them on my fan page like I would for anybody else," she said.

"My purpose as an entertainer is to spread my music to all corners of the world. Regardless of who you are, you will be treated equally by me. I'm not concerned about anyone's personal life. They are humans too, and they want to be entertained, and I'm not about segregation. They chose me to bring the entertainment package, and I will. I leave all judgement to God."





sasco.jpgComing off the heels of his Reggae Sumfest performance, Agent Sasco now has his eyes set on his new album, Hope River, which drops on August 31.

Winning Right Now is the official first single off the album, which is being released on Sasco's Diamond Studios label.

Hope River crosses genres to include the meditative electronic Energy River, the gospel inflected Mama Prayed featuring Glacia Robinson, and the dancehall/EDM influenced plea for nation healing that closes the set, All Aboard, featuring an all-star Jamaican cast.

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The new 14-track compilation is a follow up to his previous album The Theory of Reggaetivity.

Collaborators include Wayne Marshall, Stephen Marley, Dre Island, Sevana, Tosh Alexander, Tessanne Chin, Romain Virgo, Tony Rebel, Kabaka Pyramid, Spragga Benz and rapper Kardinal Official.





half-moon-hotel.jpgMontego Bay ultra luxury all-inclusive resort, Half Moon, was put on blast by Popcaan over the weekend shortly before he gave a stellar performance at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest.

According to reports, the "Unruly" deejay allegedly showed up with an entourage of 40 and was denied access to the hotel's luxury villa he paid for as it can accommodate up to sixteen persons. Reports are that the hotel suggested that he rent a second villa, but they refused.

In a video rant on his Instagram page, PopCaan claims the hotel charged his US credit card, but refused to offer him their service and blocked him from entering.

"Half Moon unuh collect mi money off mi US card fi book villa. Now, mi book villa and pull up a di villa and unuh a tell people seh nuh let in Popcaan and unuh know Popcaan. Mi nuh haffi fahwud ova unuh villa, unuh stinking villa, because it not even clean. A ole house dem deh unuh have," the deejay said.

The deejay also accused the hotel of classist discrimination.

The hotel said that there are clear guidelines and policies which reservations must adhere to, which the deejay is quite aware of as he has stayed at the resort on numerous occasions.

Popcaan has since deleted the post from his IG page.





gypawnie-on-instagram.jpgSinger Gyptian has outed a woman who he says is stalking him. And he is not a happy camper.

The "I Can Feel Your Pain" singer, via his official Instagram page, edhis over 84,000 followers a video of a Caucasian female snapping to a song about him.

According to Gyptian, he has tried everything, and wants the female to leave him alone. He says that he does not want her, nor does he want her money, nor does he want to see pictures of her private parts.

realgyptian Pls can someone tell this phukin crazy b#%h to stop phukin stalking me she won't leave me alone this is her enough is enough im not interested in u a don't want ur money a don't want nutn fr you I'm tired of u phukin disgusting sex video or u pussy picture pls and Thks go get help n leave the i alone u dig crazy bloodclaaat mad gal pls n Thks

The post has sparked a debate among some social media users with a few who argue that there are two sides to a story, and others urge Gyptian to block the woman.

Gypawnie on Instagram: "Pls can someone tell this phukin crazy b#%h to stop phukin stalking me she won't leave me alone this is her enough is enough im not..."





Organisers of the upcoming Ocho Rios Seafood Festival are confident the event will continue to make "further inroads" into the lucrative global gastro-tourism market.

With this in mind, they have collaborated with an international marketing team from Miami to promote the festival as a bona fide gastronomy event to attract visitors to the island.

The festival will be held on Sunday, August 5 at the Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, in St Ann.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service 'Think Tank' on Fisherman's Beach, Ocho Rios, Senior Marketing Officer for the event, Mortimer Martin, argued that with food festivals now becoming a major draw for tourists worldwide, Jamaica is "uniquely poised" to become one of the world's major gastronomy destinations.

"Gastro-tourism has been growing in leaps and bounds to where it is now a US$150 billion business across the world. With this kind of information we have, since last year, decided to broaden our appeal where we have taken our promotions overseas. Jamaica is well known for its culinary delights and we believe the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival is the perfect fit to tap into that amazingly lucrative market," he said.

Martin said the festival, now in its 12th year, has grown into one of the bigger culinary events in Jamaica and continues to attract a wide cross section of both local and international patrons.

He noted that the residents of St. Ann have embraced the event "as their own," adding that it is a family occasion, which comes with its own spectacular appeal.

Martin said the Jamaica Tourist Board is again on board as a major sponsor, and that the long term goal is to use the festival as a template for other culinary events that will "assist in broadening our gastronomy network."

For her part, Senior Events Consultant for the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, Sidonie McCleod, said the event is on course to become one of the premier family-oriented festivals in the region.

"What we have long recognised is that there is a vast market out there for quality events that cater for the entire family. This also rings true for families overseas who want to come to Jamaica for vacation and having an event of this magnitude to look forward to," she said.

"Since our roll-out in 2007, we have consistently stuck with our family-oriented theme and this is not about to change anytime soon," McCleod added.





Reggae singer Alaine shocks fans with baptism

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alaine-on-instagram-best-saturday-morning-ever-i-love-god-so-much-i-got-baptized-this-morning.jpgSinger Alaine Laughton is now a member of the family of God. The popular Reggae artiste was baptized on Saturday morning at Hellshire neach in Portmore by gospel singer, Minister Ryan Mark founder of Pure In Heart Ministries International.

Alaine said her conversion was inevitable.

"All throughout my career I've been singing about love, whether it be brotherly or that of a man and woman... I've written songs about it, so now it's about loving Jesus."

"I've always loved God... I've always loved Jesus and the sacrifice He made for us... So it makes sense in my life to make a public declaration,"

After her baptism Alaine took to social media to make her announcement.

"Best Saturday morning everrrrrrrr!!!! I LOVE GOD soooo much!!!! I got baptised this morning. and what a JOY!!!!! Behold I do a new thing; now it shall spring forth. Shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)," she posted.

As for her music?

"It'll be a future of blessings... more music and more things," she said.

ALAINE on Instagram: "Best Saturday morning everrrrrrrrr!!!!! I LOVE GOD sooooo much!!!! I got baptized this morning.. and what a JOY!!!!!! Behold I do a new..."





fantan-mojah.jpgReggae artiste Fanton Mojah, brought the message of unity to the people of Montego Bay while performing on Festival Night 2 of Reggae Sumfest 2018.

The 'Mama Hungry' entertainer expressed his discontent with the rampant crime in the second city and Jamaica by extension, and has urged youngsters to put down the guns.

"I don't like what I see happening in Montego Bay and me a talk to the ghetto youths them to stop the violence," said Fanton Mojah. "People, unno can't stop it?" he asked.

Instead of encouraging crime and violence, he said, people in positions of power should instead lead youngsters in the right direction, especially those who want to get a foot in the entertainment industry.

"Youths fi get bookings nuff time and unno come down come put in some next man. You can't style and abuse the youths them. Me just want unno work with them," he urged.

Fanton Mojah, clad in full black, went on to deliver a stellar performance as he dropped hits from his catalogue such as 'Nuh Build Great Man', 'Corruption' and 'Stronger'.





junior-gong-photo-4.jpgDamian 'Junior Gong' Marley, who recently completed a European tour, turned 40 Saturday and said it was great to be home performing at Reggae Sumfest on his birthday. The audience was also treated to a touching moment when Marley's son Elijah joined him on stage and sang Stevie Wonder's 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', dedicating the song to his father. The Grammy-winning artiste said one of things he has learnt in his 40 years, is to be true.

Marley shared the Reggae Sumfest stage with the likes of Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Jesse Royal, Cham, Capleton and Fontan Mojah.





Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has extended an invitation to the 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were recently trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for more than two weeks, to spend an all-expense-paid vacation in the island.

"The [Jamaica] Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will send a diplomatic note to the people of Thailand, firstly to commiserate on the difficulty of the youngsters, but also to commend the work that has been done to rescue those 12 youngsters and their coach who were trapped in the cave in Thailand," Bartlett said.

"And so we are also asking our honorary consul in Thailand to, on our behalf, extend the invitation to the 12 young men to visit Jamaica," he said.

The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach spent 18 days stranded in the Tham Luang cave after monsoon rains flooded the cave's entrance. They were rescued from the flooded cave by a team of international divers over three days, from July 8 to 10.





Forever Popcaan

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popcaan-photo-6.jpgOne day after his launch in New Kingston for his sophomore album, Forever, the 17-track set was released online on Friday and reports are that the album is muscling its way up several influential charts.

"Forever" contains the pre-released songs Body So Good, Firm and Strong and Wine for Me. The set is produced by American Dre Skull of Mixpak Records, who also produced Popcaan's 2014 debut album Where We Come From. That project peaked at number two on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

The only collaboration on Forever is with African act Davido on the single Dun Rich.





Chakademus and Pliers's European tour -- dubbed One Night Stand, off the name of their latest single -- has been postponed.

Booking agent and producer Cabel Stephenson, says Chakademus is just not well enough to perform on the 13-gig tour, which was slated to have kicked off on July 22 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and end on August 7 in the UK.

According to the booking agent, hey went to a show in Martinique last week and came through Santo Domingo, and when Chaka returned to Jamaica, he started to have headaches and a high fever. He didn't want to take any chances, so he went to the doctor who treated him and he was placed on observational rest.

Both Chaka and Pliers were reportedly looking forward to this tour as it included a major festival in Holland, and it would have given them the opportunity to promote their latest single, One Night Stand in the UK market. They had interviews lined up for BBC Radio One, Capital Radio, BBC 1xTRA, the Mirror newspaper, and several magazines.

Stephenson, added: "They just want to apologise to their fans and they are grateful for their understanding, but this was unavoidable."

One Night Stand, was released on the Free People Entertainment label on July 13 via iTunes and is being distributed via VPAL.

Chaka Demus and Pliers (Everton Bonner) enjoyed relatively successful solo careers before collaborating in the early 1990s. The duo's hits include Tease Me, She Don't Let Nobody and Murder She Wrote.





No re-trial for Shawn Storm, urges attorney

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shawn-storm-photo-2.jpgThe attorney for imprisoned dancehall artiste Shawn Storm has urged the Court of Appeal not to order a retrial arguing that the case is rife with multiple deficiencies.

"These defects are incurable, I submit," said Bert Samuels as he concluded his legal arguments before the court this morning.

"And any attempt to cure them for retrial purposes would be to give the prosecution a second bite at an infected cherry," Samuels continued.

Added Samuels: "A second chance to make good on the evidence deficiency in the case."





Tropical Bliss, formerly Tropical Beach in Montego Bay, St James played host on Sunday to Sumfest "Colour-Fest" Beach party, the big event which mark the started of the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Hundreds of fun-loving party-goers descended on the venue for what was dubbed the . The high-energy event was hosted by the "Curvy Diva" Yanique Barrett and Noah Power and featured DJs Team Shella, Jigga and Crazy Neil.

The new spacious venue provided the room for patrons to have what was a true beach party, with title sponsors Red Stripe providing the necessary "liquid spirits" to complement the high energy music and vibes which was provided by the DJs and the hosts.

The music took patrons from ska to reggae, hip-hop, dancehall into lover's rock and even alternative as the DJs kept the vibes going and ensured that all patrons got their money's worth.

The throng of patrons at the party also included Downsound Entertainment (DSE) Chairman and CEO, Joe Bogdanovich and DSE's Deputy Chair, Robert Russell. Both expressed delight at the vibes and energy which the event brought.

According to Bogdanovich, "this is real entertainment and we are very happy that we were able to provide this level of clean entertainment to our patrons. This is a great start to the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest - 'Our Music, Our Festival'."

Bogdanovich is expecting that the supporting events leading into the two major nights of the festival will also be well supported.

He said, "we have crafted a wonderful slate of activities for Sumfest 2018 and starting with this Beach party, we are confident that we will receive support from our valued patrons. This year we are catering to everyone - those who have paved the way for this event over the last 25 years as well as those who see music and the entertainment industry as a business. We are looking forward to the two major nights and with the cream of the crop set to perform, this will be a wonderful Sumfest."





popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgPopcaan's management has responded to the controversy surrounding a video showing the Dancehall star animatedly shooting two guns at a range.

The video has gone viral.

In a statement, Popcaan's management team said they wanted to assure fans that the "gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialized facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice".

According to the deejay's handlers, he was at the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Ontario, Canada where the enertainer had been on tour at the time.

Also in the release was a letter, signed by Nicholas Carino, a licensed firearm holder in Ontario, attesting to the fact that it was a supervised exercise.

The video, which emerged Wednesday and has been rapidly circulating online, caught the attention of law enforcement officers and has set off intense debates on entertainment message boards over Popcaan's responsibility as a role model.

While some argue that the artiste should be allowed to "have fun" without scrutiny, others berated the entertainer for appearing to glamourise firearms in a society plagued by gun violence.

Popcaan will be releasing his latest album, 'Forever' later this month.





gregory-isaacs.jpgThe 68th anniversary of the birth of one of Jamaica's most beloved entertainers - Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler is Sunday, July 15, 2018.

As a singer of love songs, it is widely accepted that nobody in reggae music sings a love song quite like him. His unique style - cool, hypnotic, while portraying glimpses of the rude boy, has earned him the title 'The Cool Ruler'. He really emerged in the mid-1970s and developed a style, which at times had his audiences, especially the ladies, almost eating out of his hands.

In both his songs and his personal life, Gregory often seemed to wear his heart on his sleeve: In the tenderly caressed verses of My Number One, his romantic vulnerability is palpably felt.

The song ends with an almost-whispered plea of a man who has known many travails of the heart, when he utters:

"If you want to be my number one,

Let me know your future plan, Please don't hurt this man."

Like many others before him, Gregory started his entertainment career by entering various talent competitions and appearing on stage shows before getting into studio to do his first recording - his self-penned Another Heartache in the late 1960s for West Indies Recording Limited (WIRL), founded by former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. His second composition My Only Lover, done for Rupie Edwards' Success Label in the early 1970s, became his first hit and was the template of all the lovers rock-reggae tunes that followed. Considered the chief architect of lovers rock, he reinforced that claim with other early pieces like All I Have Is Love, Let's Dance, Salary Is Thin, and on his own African Museum label, Front Door and Night Nurse which was a desperate appeal for help.

"Tell her, try her best to make it quick,

Woman tend to the sick,

For there must be something she can do,

This heart is broken in two,

Tell her its a case of emergency,

There's a patient by the name of Gregory,

Night nurse, only you alone can quench this thirst."





marion-hall-photo-1.jpgMinister Marion Hall has added some dancehall flavour to her sophomore gospel album, His Grace, which is available for pre-order https://VPAL.lnk.to/HisGraceMinMarionHallE

"After listening to it, I realised I needed something like dancehall on it. I looked to God for help and came up with a song called Tun Back Christian. A lot of people are in the church but don't know how to be content, and end up walking away from God. A lot of church folks, instead of encouraging them [they] chastise them, which doesn't help the situation. The verses on it can sing along to, and I include a sinner's prayer in there so you can ask God fi wash yuh off in His righteousness. There's also Mighty God... I think the wait will be worth it," Hall told Jamaica Observer. "Those two are for the Lady Saw fans."

The 17-track His Grace is self-produced on the Minister Marion Hall label and distributed by VPAL. The official release date is set for July 20.

In addition to the title track, the set boasts I'm Gonna Fast, Overflow, Gave It All Up For Jesus, Walk On Water, All That's Left, Dead Man Walking, Love Like This, The World Can See, My God Is Alive, That Cross, You Are, Pay You Back, Lord We Need You, and Can't Stop My Praise.

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"Out of the 17 tracks, I'm predicting 15 hits. It's a praise and worship album with dancehall, mento -- God gives mi country gospel too. I'm just excited to have another album out soon. I'm not even going to get ahead of myself but I know this album has the potential to get a Grammy -- it's something else. Whatever God decides to do with it, He will. When I put out When God Speaks, God was talking to me; it's the same with this album. It's all about giving God the glory. It's a powerful, mighty album, so if it's His will, it will be done," she said.

Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw, is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified as a triple-platinum artiste. She, however, got baptised in December 2015.

Her debut gospel album, When God Speaks, peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart last year.

Minister Hall is planning to embark on a three-year 'Soul Seekers Kingdom' tour across the United States starting in early August. Through her relationships with other ministries, she has landed gigs in Canad, UK and Bermuda.

She was also booked for Jamaica Fun in the Son at National Heroes' Park in Kingston on July 14.





Capleton's bail extended until September 4

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capleton.jpgDancehall deejay Capleton had his bail extended Friday morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled, after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.





Mr Vegas buss the 'MEH-MEH' song

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mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgMr. Vegas isn't one to miss an opportunity to turn controversy into a song. He did it with the now infamous "Usher him out" phrase during the drama that unfolded between him and controversial pastor Gino Jennings...and he is doing it again.

He has now released a humorous new single, 'Mehmeh' following his recent mispronunciation of the word which went viral on social media..

The single, released on the MV Music label, hit the Internet Thursday night with a email blast and also on the artiste's youtube channel.

Reports are that he has already shot a video for the project which was scheduled to have been released over the weekend.

It will be interesting to see if MEHMEH will prove to be the hit that Mr Vegas is searching for.





popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgPopcaan, who is preparing to release his sophomore album "Forever" on July 20, recently took to a shooting range for target practicing.

Last week, the Dancehall artiste was filmed joking around as he bursts several rounds from an assault rifle before pulling out and emptying a sidearm at an undisclosed location in Canada.

"Them dead? them dead!" he uttered before firing wild shots while clowning around.

"The worst handling of a fire arm I've ever seen😂 plus him wouldn't even hit a target to save him life😂😂," one fan expressed on social media.

"Can know when man no used to gun enuh 😂😂" another user wrote.

"Mind u shoot u self poppi lol," a user added.

"U too grown to be playing wit gun like that bro always practice safty when useing guns.. Human error can always happen n u or a member of ur squad could get hurt," another person commented.

However, some fans found Popcaan's action rather comical and entertaining.

"Man buss Machine stylish. Dem get Dash wey like a losing Cash Pot ticket. Ya nw," one fan expressed.

"Reel out and squeeze out" a user wrote.

"Dem man ya sey have fun anyway.. mi rate hoe the man always happy and always a make sure him team laugh," another fan wrote.

"Dem dead 😂😂😂," another person commented.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgSunday, July 15, 2018,marked the 45th birthday. of Mark Myries, aka Buju Banton and Yardflex sends out Happy Earthstrong to the incarcerated Reggae singer.

AMong the tributes being paid to the Gargamel, is one by singer Nadine Sutherland who was scheduled to perform a short tribute to Banton at the Blue & Bougie - 'Forever Blue' - summer party series at the Tennis Club of Hasting, 40 North Restaurant, Hastings on the Hudson, NY where music master mixer, producer and radio host Kurt 'Party Animal' Riley and music executive and Grammy nominated producer Cristy Barber will be honored.

"It's gonna be a short but very impactful show" the singer disclosed during a recent rehearsal session with former Sagittarius band bass player Derrick Barnett.

Banton rose from the slums of Salt Lane in Kingston in the early 1990's to become one of the most celebrated dancehall/reggae icons today. Sutherland and Banton it turns out have a history on wax together. The two recorded 'No Second Class;' 'Wicked Dickie;' 'Anything For You' featuring Snow, Beenie Man, Terror Fabulous, Kulcha Knox, and Louie Culture and 'What I Am Gonna Do' from Banton's iconic 1995 Til Shiloh album.

The former teen Queen has her own celebrated history in reggae. Her single 'Action' which was recorded with Terror Fabulous over 25 years ago is a hot pick at reggae/dancehall parties globally and it is still popular on ethnic and urban radio stations in the USA, Canada and England.

Nadine scored other hits including 'Babyface,' 'Since You have been Gone,' 'All Dem A Talk,' 'Never Knew' and "I'm In Love.' Last year she was appointed director of performing arts at Challenge Charter Schools Organization in New York.





Popcaan's team defends his shooting video

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popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgThe team behind dancehall heavyweight Popcaan has been forced to defend his actions after persons reacted angrily to a viral video that shows him shooting two guns in what some consider a reckless manner.

The Unruly boss, through his publicist, yesterday said: "The gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialised facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice."

The publicist said that Popcaan was under the supervision of two licensed firearm holders, one of whom is a member of the gun range, which is located in the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Frankford, Ontario, Canada.

When contacted via telephone, Carino said they were merely having fun.

"It was just target shooting. We just wanted to have fun by taking our guest to shoot at targets," Carino said. "I don't know how the footage got out there like that; most firearm clubs or ranges allow for video, although I am not sure if this one is against any type of video."

Popcaan was on tour in Ontario at the time of the exercise.

With the video making the rounds on social media, many persons have expressed concern about the nonchalant manner in which Bullet Proof deejay handled and fired the guns.

Some fans also said Popcaan should be mindful that his actions could influence youth.

Popcaan's management team, meanwhile, said the artiste is not paying attention to the negative comments.

They said that he is putting all his energy into his latest album, Forever, which will be released later this month.

"We do not understand the cause for all the speculations when it is just Popcaan enjoying himself in the confines of the gun range. Quite a few artistes have had videos posted to their social media pages doing the same," said his management team.





'Babsy Grange' says she'll miss Suzanne Couch

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has expressed sorrow at the passing of well-known Jamaican singer, pianist, composer and producer Suzanne Couch, who was equally known locally as an experienced caterer.

In a release, Grange said: "Suzanne became a featured singer on several Jamaican record releases, including Steely & Clevie's version of the Carly Simon song Why, Monty Alexander's album Many Rivers to Cross, and singles with Maxi Priest, Toots Hibbert, Mutabaruka, among others. I was happy when Suzanne's debut album - Lifeline - appeared in 2001. Its excellence was praised in Jamaica and across the world, with some reviews recommending it for the Reggae Grammy award. She continued singing, composing and playing the piano, with special solo performances at RedBones CafÈ and, most recently, at a special benefit concert featuring Joss Stone at Strawberry Hill Hotel just a few weeks before her death."

That concert was where Couch made public the fact that she was suffering from breast cancer.

"Suzanne Couch was more than a great Jamaican musician, songwriter and singer. She was a great Jamaican woman," Grange went on in the statement. "I shall miss her, but Jamaica will be forever enriched by the music she left for us to enjoy. I send my condolences to Peter and their daughter Sarah. Rest well, Suzanne Couch."





Capleton's bail extended until September

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bail.jpgEntertainer Capleton had his bail extended fRIDAY morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.





merritone-makes-his-move.jpgThe late Winston "Merritone" Blake never hid his love for Cuba, its long-time President Fidel Castro, or the country's diverse culture and the affable sound system owner/operator visited there regularly.

Come February 2019, three years after his death, there will be the inaugural Dream Cruise: Merritone Memories, a five-day cruise aboard the Majesty of The Seas liner. It is scheduled to make stops in the Cuban capital Havana, Fort Lauderdale and Key West in Florida.

The cruise is the brainchild of Paul Johnson, a Fort Lauderdale-based events promoter who knew Blake and his family for many years. It is endorsed by Blake's younger brother, Monte, who will be involved.

Johnson, who hosts the weekly Merritone Memories on WAVS 1107 AM in South Florida, said the cruise is a salute to the Blakes who have operated the Merritone sound system for 68 years. Winston's wife, singer Cynthia Schloss, will also be honoured; she died in 1999."

The Dream Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale to Key West on the evening of February 26, after a party celebrating the lives of Winston Blake and Cynthia Schloss. Its next stop is Key West the following day, then Havana.

While in the Cuban capital there will be tours of the city as well as a jam session involving Jamaican and Cuban musicians, followed by a Turntable/Waterfalls dance aboard the ship.

On March 1 the cruise leaves Havana. Soul Friday, a retro party, takes place aboard the ship that evening before its return to Fort Lauderdale the next day.

Monte Blake commented on his family's ties to Cuba, the country's historical impact on Jamaica and Jamaican music.

Winston Blake was still a student at Kingston College when he and his older brother Trevor assumed control of the Merritone sound system in 1956, the year their father, its founder, died. Younger brothers Tyrone and Monte eventually joined the fold, and the 'sound' thrived during the 1960s and 1970s with jam-packed parties at the Turntable Club, located in the Red Hills Road area of Kingston.

When the Turntable closed, they moved to Waterfalls in the Liguanea area of the Jamaica capital.

Blake died in February 2016 of complications from a stroke. He was 75.





drake.jpgDrizzy's latest album Scorpion went platinum as soon as it was released, and now the album is the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms globally within a week. Drake's 25-track double album blew past Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys global record, which was just under 700 million streams.

It's likely these numbers will propel Scorpion to the top of Billboard's 200 albums chart when the official numbers are released Sunday. Drake celebrated his historic achievement with an Instagram post thanking his fans "a billion times over."

In other Drake-related news, the Toronto rapper just dropped a new freestyle spitting subliminal bars at Kanye West.

Drizzy's latest album Scorpion went platinum as soon as it was released, and now the album is the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms globally within a week. Drake's 25-track double album blew past Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys global record, which was just under 700 million streams.

It's likely these numbers will propel Scorpion to the top of Billboard's 200 albums chart when the official numbers are released Sunday. Drake celebrated his historic achievement with an Instagram post thanking his fans "a billion times over."

In other Drake-related news, the Toronto rapper just dropped a new freestyle spitting subliminal bars at Kanye West.





govana.jpgGovana dropped the visuals for his summer banger "One And Move" and Saturday into Sunday saw it trending at number one on Youtube.."

The highly entertaining music video, which is directed by RD Studios, is one of the most entertaining music videos out currently, boasting a solid concept and humour which is sure to earn the approval of fans.

The video features the deejay as a promiscuous husband whose cheating ways seems to have finally caught up to him when a bitter side girl turns up for a job as his wife's babysitter while they go out on a date.

Govana pulls off the theme of the track effortlessly, highlighting his creativity as an artist which has been brought to the forefront in the last few months following the release of several chart-topping hits.





Singer Paul Elliott is offering a ten thousand dollar reward for the return of his important documents.

The reggae singer explains that he went into a store in Montego Bay on Thursday where he made a purchase, and then accidentally walked out leaving his bag containing valuables.

Paul Elliott is today making an appeal to the public for the return of the documents.

Paul Elliott recently returned to the island following a promotional tour in the United States.





mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgMr Vegas went viral twice last week, and now there are bets as to what he will do next.

On Thursday, the veteran recording artiste who can't seem to decide whether he is gospel or secular, sent Dancehall fans into overdrive when he uploaded a video addressing his viral memes which started circulating after he filmed a controversial shooting drama which took place on Braemar Avenue in St Andrew..

Vegas, in typical Mr Vegas fashion, said that he was not upset about being trolled and commended the creativity of those who were trolling him. He said further that Jamaicans should use the creative images to help fight crime as they are very effective on social media.(What the HELL??!!!!! Use memes ti fight crime?!!)

Anyway, during the message Vegas put both feet in his mouth when he made a gigantic gaffe that resulted in ....you guessed it. EVEN MORE MEMES.

Vegas decided to pronounce the word "memes" as "meh-meh" and what a pre-keh it caused. Social media dragged the always-on-social-media deejay. . "Yo a one thing eno, black people talent eno," he said in the one-minute video. "Yo mi see some real creative meh-meh, addi baddest meh-meh dem."

Vegas was instantly turned into a laughing stock with several entertainers and comedians taking jabs at his meme pronunciation. The deejay later hit back with a telephone conversation with his alleged University graduate sister as they tried to convince Dancehall fans that memes should be pronounced as meh-meh.

Well, Vegas you had better put out the MEH-MEH song quick and fast before some other deejay beat you to it and turn you into a wussa laughingstock.





BRT Weekend comes to Pandora Internet Radio

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New York, NY- The largest Caribbean-party tour festival, Beach Road Trip (BRT) Weekend, has landed a station on music streaming powerhouse Pandora Internet Radio. The BRT Weekend station, will comprise of a playlist with the hottest reggae and soca artists, many of whom have or will be performing at a past or upcoming BRT weekend or who are signed to music label and BRT sponsor, VP Records.

BRT Weekend attracts thousands of party goers in various destinations with its4-day excursion that encompasses themed events and exciting Caribbean entertainment with all-inclusive food and drinks. Since its inception 7 years ago, thousands have flocked to BRT Weekend and it has evolved from an annual event in the Florida Keys to multiple locations within the US and islands in the Caribbean--making it the first Caribbean-party as a tour. To date, the tour has showcased entertainers such as Bunji Garlin, Popcaan, Charly Black, Ding Dong Ravers, Ultimate Rejects MX Prime, Konshens and Machel Montano. Locations includ the Florida Keys, West Palm, Dominican Republic, Atlantic City, Los Angles, Palm Springs, and just added, Turk and Caicos.

With 250 million listeners, Pandora uniquely strategizes on innovative ways to target specific audiences. The partnership between Pandora and BRT Weekend anticipates to have positive outcomes in Caribbean music streaming and the event production industries.

"BRT Weekend is the first Caribbean event station for Pandora and I am excited to witness the outcome from our new relationship with BRT Weekend..." shares Diego Herrera, Head of the Reggae/Caribbean Programming & Curation for Pandora.

The remaining 2018 BRT Weekends will take place July 13-15 in Atlantic City, September 14-16 in Los Angeles and November 3-5 in the Florida Keys.





fiction-night-club-photo-1.jpgThe promoters of the popular Sandz party series Supreme Team Limited will be taking their knowledge of successful event promotion and execution to their new spot, Fiction Night Club at the Marketplace in Kingston Jamaica. The team confirmed that it was always their goal to have their own space to leverage the passion they have for developing experiences into a restaurant or bar space and they thought that taking over management of Fiction was a great opportunity.

"When the opportunity presented itself we really could not hesitate. This will allow us to maintain constant interaction with our customers. Since David "Squeeze" Annakie already did a phenomenal job with the decor of the venue, there will be a heavy focus on the customer experience, service from all levels along with a new business model for the location," Andrew Ellis, Director of Supreme Team Limited explained.

fiction-annakie.jpgCEO of the Fiction Nightclub, David Annakie, is very pleased to be handing over the management of the space to the Supreme Team. He believes the young men are visionaries, driven and have the passion to take the club and lounge arena to the next level not only in Jamaica.

This new management will mean major changes to how the space functions. There will be a transition from the traditional nightclub concept to a more modern lounge operation.

The location is now preparing for the new unveiling of THE LIVING ROOM this month, transforming a part of the space into a restaurant floor plan with adequate seating arrangements for both small and large groups. The Living Room will be suitable for events, launches, birthdays and other occasions.

The Supreme Team Limited over the last few years, with successful stagings of Sandz and their other affiliated events including; Triple Thursdays, The Estate, Ova Suh, Backyaad BBQ and Funch, have really developed an understanding of what the customers want to see in an entertainment space. They believe that putting these elements into a fixed space will make The Living Room the ultimate spot.

Patrons can expect to see a lot of surprises with the official launch of The Living Room this Summer.





mavado-and-son.jpgThe 16-year-old son of dancehall star, Mavado, who is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and arson, will be spending the rest of this month at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remand Centre. even as his legal team seeks to secure bail for him.

Bert Samuels is quoted as saying that the bail application will continue on July 31. He stated that no ruling has yet been made by the judge.

Samuels started the bail application last month, and argued that his client was a fit candidate for bail, urging the court to release him on bond.

He said he remains confident that bail will eventually be granted.

"The young man is not being housed with adult prisoners, he is being held at Metcalfe (Street), so he is safe," said Samuels.

Mavado's son and 23-year-old Andre Hines were charged over a month ago with the murder of Lorenzo Thomas in Cassava Piece, St Andrew.

Prosecutors have alleged that on June 5, men armed with guns, machetes and gasoline invaded Thomas' home in the community, where he was shot and virtually beheaded before his body was set ablaze.

The police said the teen and Hines were part of the group of invaders.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgPerhaps in an effort to silence the trolls who have been criticising Mavado for abandoning his 16-year-old son who is in police custody charged with murder, even as Mavado refuses to return to Jamaica and hand himself in to the police, the deejay is sending out a message to his boy.

On Tuesday night he uploaded a photo with his son. to Instagram with the caption: "Love you son."

Last month, Mavado's son was charged with the murder of 23-year-old Lorenzo Thomas.

Thomas was reportedly killed on June 5 after a group of men reportedly kicked in his door and shot, chopped and light his body on fire. Police say Thomas was partially beheaded during the attack, an act which they theorize was a direct order from Mavado's son.

Meanwhile, the 'Gully Gad', who is currently in the United States where he is a permanent resident, has yet to return to the island despite several warnings from law enforcement officials to turn himself in for questioning.





mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgWas Mr Vegas in the right place at the right time?

Well, the artiste filmed and has since posted online a f shooting incident at his complex this morning.

The video has since gone viral and sparked widespread outcry across Jamaica as citizens appeal for an end to gun violence. The clip below shows a portion of the video where two men got into a fight, and one of them pulled his license firearm and shot the other. Mr. Vegas could be heard in the background telling two of the men involved in the fight to cool it down.

There were also a number of armed security guards on the scene, and clearly they could've done more to de-escalate the situation before someone got shot. It's unclear if the man that got shot died, however, you can see him walking around holding his neck just moments after he got shot.

Mr. Vegas Films Man Getting Shot At His Place





Did Mavado's son order beheading of victim?

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mavado-son-yardflex.jpgThe murder case involving Mavado's 16-year-old son has seemingly taken another twist.

According to reports, police have indicated that they have a key eyewitness willing to testify that Mavado's 16-year-old son was the one who ordered the killing of 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The entertainer's son and another man, 23-year-old Andre Hinds have been charged in relation to Thomas' death.

Thomas was killed on June 5 after a group of men reportedly kicked in his door and shot, chopped and light his body on fire. Police say Thomas was partially beheaded during the attack, an act which they theorize was a direct order from Mavado's son.

According to reports, detectives have obtained a text message from the Dancehall entertainer son's phone instructing his co-accused to behead Thomas "Memba di boss want him head."

Cops are also probing if there is any connections to a second murder which took place outside of the Constant Spring market just hours after Mavado was shot at.

Mavado is currently in the United States where he is a resident and has indicated through his attorney, Tamika Harris, that he will return to Jamaica to meet with police following his contractual agreements.





marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgMarcia Griffiths is livid that her 'pure,happy song', Electric Slide said to be about a sex toy

An article online suggests that the song, Electric Slide is about a vibrator, not a dance craze. Reports are that the 71 year old original songwriter, Neville Livingston, aka Bunny Wailer told the source in an interview, "I'm surprised it took people this long to figure out!"

The story says that Bunny Wailer was inspired to write the tune after his then-girlfriend informed him that she "didn't need him" because she had a personal device nicknamed the "electric slide."

Of course, the Internet ran with the story and soon it got back to Sister Marcia, who was livid and put out a statement in which she declared that she was angry that people would cheapen her "pure and happy" song in that manner.

The singer/writer states the song she wrote in less than 24 hours to the beat of a small music box is about "positive vibrations, not vibrators." .

The 1982 jam formally called "Electric Boogie" eventually climbed to the No. 51 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.

It's electric!" singer Marcia Griffith shouts. "You can't see it. You gotta feel it. Oh, it's shakin.'"

"Are you comin' with me?" another verse asks. "Come let me take you on a party ride. And I'll teach you, teach you, teach you, I'll teach you the electric slide."

Meanwhile, Bunny Wailer himself allegedly shot down the report in a statement made directly to music publication EDM.

"At no time have I ever lent credence to a rumor that the song was inspired by anything other than Eddie Grant's 'Electric Avenue,'" he said. "To state otherwise is a falsehood and offends my legacy, the legacy of the singer Marcia Griffiths, and tarnishes the reputation of a song beloved by millions of fans the world over."

Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide) (Promo) (HQ)





Wayne Marshall cuts off his locks

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wayne-marshall-photo-1.jpgWayne Marshall seems to be going through a transformation - both physical and otherwise. The singer surprised his fans last week Friday when he shaved his dreadlocks and is now sporting a low cut hairstyle.

The former Alliance member who is the husband of Tami Chynn debuted his brand new look on social media with an Insta post which said: "Transform... verb 1. make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of,"

Soon after he uploaded photos showing his new look with the word:"Unlocked!!!,"

Meanwhile, Marshall is currently promoting his gospel single 'Glory To God' which has racked up over 500,000 hits during the last two months.





beenie-and-d-angel-happier-times.jpgThe ex wife of Beenie Man is at it again and while some still insist that they like her style others say it is just cringeworthy.

So D'Angel, who is still a deejay, has once again gone viral on social media....for the wrong reason.

On Saturday, the self-proclaimed 'First Lady of Dancehall' uploaded a steamy photo of herself dressed in underwear to her Instagram account with the caption: "This Is How The First Lady Takes Selfie While Waiting For Your Baby Father 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣😂".

The 'Stronger' singer, who was romantically involved with Bounty Killer before she wed Beenie, his arch rival, instantly got the attention of several Dancehall/Reggae fans on social media who chimed in on her post.

"D'Angel you really need fi move one and leave Beenie Man alone the man and him woman well happy and yuh miserable," one user wrote. "Lol him na come back suh yuh stay deh," another wrote.

"Childish, petty and f**king bitter... these grown ass bitter bettys," another user added.

In previous interviews, D'Angel has said that she is focused on her brand -- herself. So is this her branding tactics to get noticed?





JCapri Foundation launched

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jcapri.jpgThe long-promised foundation for late singer JCapri has finally been launched.

The family of late dancehall singer J Capri launched a foundation in her name and memory on Thursday night.

The J Capri Foundation, which was launched at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, is geared towards supporting young Jamaicans who are interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

The foundation targets aspiring artistes between the ages of 16 and 25, and provides the resources needed to advance their careers. This includes financial assistance, training and education, mentorship and guidance.

J Capri, born Jordan Phillips, passed away in 2015, days after a being involved in a car crash.





tanya-stephens-photo-1.jpgking-yellowman.jpgNew York: Dancehall icon Yellowman, Tanya Stephens, singer Mikey Spice and Agent Sasco, are the headliners announced for the second annual Oracabessa Festival BLISS, the signature event of Irie Jam's 25th anniversary celebration slated for Sunday, July 8, at the Pennysaver Amphitheatre in Brookhaven, Long Island, NY.

It has been a few years that Yellowman last performed at an outdoor event in New York and Bobby Clarke, founder and CEO of Irie Jam radio is elated he is confirmed for his anniversary event.

"Yellowman is an icon of our time. He is a trailblazer, a ground breaker and an ambassador for reggae and dancehall music globally" he said.

Yellowman first garnered attention in Jamaica in the late 1970s when he won the popular Tastee Talent contest event in Kingston, Jamaica. His ability to ride the rhythm and excite a crowd made him an instant hit in Jamaica. He quickly made an impact globally on the charts with hits songs "I'm Getting Married in the Morning," "Nobody Move," "Nobody Get Hurt," "Zungu Zungu Zeng" and "Mad Over Me." Yellowman was the first dancehall artist to collaborate with hip-hop stars and the first to be signed to a major American label - CBS Records.

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Clarke noted that Yellowman has used his international stardom positively and has raised the Jamaican flag high as the original King of dancehall music.

"Winston 'YellowMan' Foster has paved the way for us with his music, so it is only fitting that as we celebrates our 25th anniversary, we pay tribute to him. We are simply ecstatic to have this pioneer touch the Oracabessa Bliss festival stage. Long live the King!" he reiterated.

At last year's inaugural Oracabessa BLISS, Dexta Daps delivered an impressive performance, scoring with dancehall anthem '7eleven' Morning Love' "Shabba Madda Pot" and songs from his 'Intro' EP which he delivered with gusto.

The all white summer outdoor party kicks off at noon and goes until 8pm. It will include a tantalizing food village with Gourmet cuisine by 5 star celebrity chefs. Their will also be on site masseuses, VIP cabanas and a fashion show with celebrity guests.





Spice draws Foxy Brown into her pettiness

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foxy-braun-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste, Spice, somehow managed to draw Foxy Brown into her pettiness during Nicki Minaj's BET Awards performance.

On Sunday night, Nicki Minaj nailed a performance of "Chun-Li" and "Rich Sex" after performing "Big Bank" with YG, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean. Spice, who is a huge fan of Nicki, posted a video clip of a piece of her performance on her Instagram. In the clip, the dancehall diva pointed her cell phone camera towards Remy Ma and Papoose who were in the audience looking on while Nicki nailed her BET Awards performance.

"First time watching my idol live performance [Nicki Minaj] KILLED the BET Awards #B*tchibeenon," Spice wrote. Not surprisingly, Nicki commented on the post saying, "I'm obsessed with you." The Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star then responded saying, "I'm obsessed with you too. You killed It blooodclaat clean sweep #barbforlife."

Foxy Brown also chimed in on the trolling of Remy Ma in the comment section. "Crying laughing you a f***ing fool [Nicki Minaj] foot pon dem bloodclaaat face!" Foxy wrote. Of course, Spice agrees with every word saying, "Foot pon dem bloodclaaat face yes sis. BET Get slap weh."

Spice fans have also been trolling Remy Ma relentlessly since she uploaded the video to social media. "Remy you tried it last year and it didn't work now look who had the last laugh. You had a whole year to put out an album or some new music and all we hear is crickets and now Nicki killing the game once again," one fan wrote.

"Remy Ma and her man looking like two miserable haters in the crowd sh*t look depressing if you ask me, c'mon she was only relevant when they were beefing, Nicki shouldn't give this b**ch any attention," another fan added. "The Queen came back to rule so sit your bum azz down."





jay-flow.jpgWorking assiduously on becoming a household name in Jamaica, while carving out his own niche internationally. Dancehall recording artiste Omar Forsythe more popularly known by his moniker 'Jay-5Flow', has been creating waves on the international scene in recent years.

So impacting has been his presence in North America that it landed him a nomination in the Reggae Category, at the 2014 instalment of the prestigious Grammy Awards for the hit single 'Tick Tack', featured on his debut album 'Dancehall Macarena'. Produced on the Hot Boxxx Entertainment imprint, the album also featured 'Shake It Señorita', another noteworthy offering orchestrated by three times billboard producer, Minto Pierre.

No stranger to the dancehall scene, the Jamaican born California based Jay-5Flow set to release his official visuals for 'Me Doh Play' in the days ahead, has worked with a myriad of international acts including; Foxy Brown, Ky-Mani Marley, Beenie Man, Gyptian, Warrior King, Konshens and Kranium. The burgeoning star credits Spragga Benz as one of his mentors under whose tutelage he toured extensively honing his craft in the process.

Despite his international achievements, Jay-5Flow says he also wants to make an indelible mark regionally hence the reason for broadening his focus to incorporate the Caribbean market.

"They say a king is never crown in his own country, so that's why we have to go out there as ambassadors and do it internationally and let the people see our capabilities. As a Jamaican it is very important to remain grounded to my roots hence, going forward I will be placing a lot of emphasis on the local and regional markets." - Jay-5Flow intimated.

Steadily broadening his network of local industry players the deejay his gearing up to unleash an aggressive promotional campaign around his latest effort 'Me Noh Play' produced by Big Zim Records.





Cicely Tyson into into Wall of Fame

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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) -- Caribbean American actress Cicely L Tyson has been inducted into the Wall of Fame of the Washington, DC-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), as Caribbean Americans celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month.

Tyson, a former fashion model and daughter of immigrants from Nevis, is renowned for playing strong African-American women on screen and stage throughout her career.

She is also the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actor Guild Award and one Tony Award. Tyson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States in November 2016.

ICS said Tyson is the daughter of Frederica Tyson, a domestic worker, and William Augustine Tyson, who worked as a carpenter, painter, "and at any other jobs he could find."

Her father arrived in New York City at 21 and was processed at Ellis Island on August 4, 1919, ICS said.

"Having appeared in minor film and television roles early in her career, Tyson garnered widespread attention and critical acclaim for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972); she was nominated for the Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards for the role."

"Her portrayal of a young slave at the end of the American Civil War in the 1974 television film, 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman won her further praise,'" she added. "The role won her two Emmy Awards and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role among other accolades."





miss-kitty-photo-4.jpgMiss Kitty will be hearing her voice on the airwaves this summer in a different capacity. She has teamed with rising singer Tosh Alexander for a collaborative single.

The media personality, whose given name is Khadine Hylton, teamed up with Alexander on a new banger titled Bubble. The track will be released on June 29 by United Kingdom-based BrukOut label, an affiliate of Universal Music.

After weeks of teasing Dancehall fans, Tosh Alexander uploaded a snippet and the behind the scenes footage for the single on Friday.

"Helllerrrrr! Good gyal Tosh a yuh Fluffy Diva Miss Kitty diss eno," the radio host can be heard saying in the intro over the hardcore Dancehall beat. "A wah do some gyal weh sad like the wull a Adele album?... a we seh clean like Jesus police record, a who vex? yuh betta stay vex!"

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The Brooklyn, New York-born Tosh Alexander is of Jamaican parentage. She was raised in Jamaica and attended Immaculate Conception High School before relocating to Florida. She was a member of girl group Xclusive which was managed by Makael Manley, former guitarist with The Commodores.

After going solo, she returned to Jamaica last year to reconnect with her roots. Her EP, WorththeWait, contained the single Ready Fi Dem which was produced by Andre "Suku" Gray of Ward 21.

Tosh Alexander holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Communications from Florida International University.





mavado-photo-12-large.jpgDancehall artiste David Brooks, aka Mavado is getting ready to turn himself into the Constant Spring Police Station for questioning however he has one request.

The Dancehall entertainer reportedly wants a silent surrender. According to Mavado whose real name is, David Brooks' attorney, Tamika Harris, he will be returning to Jamaica soon however he does not want the media to know when.

Mavado is also claiming that his son is innocent after the 16-year-old was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent, illegal possession of firearm & ammunition for the death of 23-year-old Lorenzo Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups' in Cassava Piece, St Andrew.

"He (Mavado) is distraught and a little perturbed," Harris reportedly told the Jamaica Observer. "He is maintaining that the allegation against his son is not true, and he is willing to go at lengths to defend his son," she continued.





Joe Jackson in hospital; cancer is incurable

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joe-jackson.jpgJoe Jackson is in a hospital with terminal cancer, TMZ has learned, and his family has been flocking to his bedside.

Family sources tell us, Joe has been battling the illness for some time, but it is at the end stages. We're told his wife, Katherine, has been at his bedside recently. We're also told some of Joe's children and grandchildren have also made the trip to the hospital.

It's not clear how much time Joe has left -- doctors have talked to the family -- but sources say the cancer cannot be treated.





Another international collb for Sean Paul

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sean-paul-photo-7.jpgExcitement for football hit fever pitch with the kick off of the 2018 World Cup which coincides with the release of Sean Paul's most recent collaboration Feels Like Home, the beat of which captures the passions of the football fans worldwide.

English Producer/DJ Sigala has scored big time with his latest release Feels Like Home which features the Grammy Award winning artiste who spices up the track with his Dancehall verse. American hip hop singer Kent Jones whose vocal stylings also adds great texture to Fuse ODG's Afrocentric and catchy hook.

The single was released on Thursday, June 14 only hours before the first World Cup match.

Sean Paul is set to release his first ever Extended Play (EP) dubbed Mad Love The Prequel in a matter of weeks. With fans anxious for the release of the EP, the artiste has released Tip Pon It with another beats specialist Major Lazer.

After a hit-studded performance at the Capital Summertime Ball with a 30,000 strong audience at Wembley Stadium in the UK, fans can next see Sean Paul in Miami on Thursday, June 28 at the Give From the Heart InspIrie Dinner Gala. The youth-empowerment charity event takes place at the Fountainebleu Miami Beach in Florida, USA. He will then embark on his Canada tour in July and his Europe tour in August 2018.





flippa-mafia-before-and-after.jpgDoes anybody remember the skinny, wiry Flippa Mafia, the Flossing King? Well Flippa is now a Fattie King. Seems like prison life gree wid him.

The Dancehall artiste sent fans into shock fans on Monday when he uploaded his first photo since being incarcerated.

The recording artist who visibly gained a few pounds can be seen smiling with his family.

"Wow prison really change people. Had to look twice [but] that smile can never change tho. Keep your head up," one fan wrote. "Ra$$ [the] boss put on nuff weight man issa good look can't wait until you drop a road," another user wrote.

Flippa Mafia was sentenced to 25 years in 2016 after he was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.

The Flossing King, whose given name is Andrew Davis will have to serve 12 years before being eligible for parole. He was also ordered to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.





vybz-kartel-and-shorty-larger.jpgSikka Rhymes, who seems to be the officilal spokesperson for imprisoned Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel, has reportedly stated that Shorty is barred from visiting Kartel in jail or conducting business of his behalf. Shorty is Kartel's babymother and the person who has been conducting all the artiste's business during his time in jail.

Over the weekend, Kartel took to Instagram to warn the public against doing any form of business deals with his baby mother explaining that they are no longer together, "me and har [Shorty] nuh de!," he wrote.

According to Rhymes, Kartel wants to keep everything strictly professional, "He [Vybz Kartel] just wants to make it clear because people are going to her about business transactions and him no de pon dat," the 'Run Guh Fi Strap' deejay said. "Vybz Kartel likes to keep his business professional because he is a real businessman and bad blood is simply bad for business ... anybody knows this."

Vybz Kartel and Shorty were together for over a decade. The two share three sons together.

Pictures surfaced recently of Kartel being visited by the boys, minus their mom, Shorty.





Video drop from Mighty Crown

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Great VIDEO DROP JUST IN FROM MIGHTY CROWN FOR THE BIG IRISH & CHIN WORLD CLASH PARTY THURSDAY NIGHT JULY 19 AT PIER ONE IN MONTEGO BAY, AS PART OF REGGAE SUMFEST WEEK LONG TAKEOVER OF MOBAY.....





gatffest-opening-gala-2018.jpgLast weekend saw the unfolding of GATTFEST film festival's premiere gala event - the screening of Hear Me Move, the first-ever South African 'Sbujwa' street dance film.

Professor Ian Boxill, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and chair of the GATFFEST planning committee, reiterated the importance of film as an art-form, and as a potential catalyst for community development. He explained that the festival usually reserves the gala premiere night for a community-based film, but this time around, the festival utilised its international prowess, choosing to premiere Hear Me Move as a demonstration of social parallels between underserved communities in South Africa and in the Caribbean.

The film's scenes were cinematographically pristine, backdropped by vibrant graffiti, and the story was universally communicable.

"Dance and music is not integral only to South Africa, but also to Jamaica," said Gabrielle Blackwood, film-maker and president of the Jamaica Film and Television. She continued, "Hear Me Move highlighted how members of a low-income and marginalised community could come together to express themselves by representing their culture. It was not just about who had the best dance moves, but also about heart and spirit."

Over the past week, GATFFEST Film Festival has been hosting community film screenings planned and executed in Trench Town, Nannyville and Port Royal. The festival continues this week with Japanese Film Night, two International Film Nights, Colombian Film Night and a Jamaican Film Night.





hookie-weekend-2018-06-24.jpgWashington, DC (Sonique Solutions) - J'ouvert and Mas are 2 essential elements which have become synonymous with the Caribbean festival experience.

The upcoming Hookie Weekend will showcase the unbridled freedom of 'dutty mas' along with the excitement and glamour of pretty mas in the forms of the events 'Lion's Pride J'ouvert' and 'Riddim & Road' 2018.

This June, US-based promotional outfit Hookie Life Entertainment is dedicated to ensuring these beloved Carnival components remain a constant for the Caribbean culture lovers in the Washington DC metro area during its epic weekend of memorable events.

On Saturday June 23rd, Lion's Pride J'ouvert, the best and only J'ouvert experience in the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) takes place at 7am at the Rosecroft Raceway.

Commonly known as 'LPJ' and considered by many Carnival connoisseurs as the perfect mix, this event offers a combination of paint, powder & revelry as well as an array of top music selections from a big truck.

Registration for LPJ includes an official LPJ T-shirt, specialty paint along with other Hookie Life goodies and a front row seat to the organized chaos of this unique J'ouvert experience. Several past Hookie Weekend attendees have referred to this day opening event as the ultimate continuation to the energy created at the previous day's Hookie DC pool party.

Following the Lion's Pride J'ouvert vibes is the fan favourite, Riddim & Road on June 24th.Hookie Weekend culminates with this event that puts a twist on the traditional Mas model and allows the masquerader to be the costume designer.

This alternative mas concept also gives patrons another opportunity to utilize and jump up with their old costumes from previous international carnivals, their 'Monday Wear' options or even their own inspired costume creations.

Riddim & Road not only fills a gap in DC by bringing back an authentic Carnival road experience to the US nation's capital, but also provides a platform for true mas enthusiasts to show off their unique style and represent Caribbean culture to the fullest while jamming to the music of top DJs and finishing the Hookie Weekend in fine fashion.

Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Riddim & Road are part of the highly anticipated Hookie DC Weekend 2018(June 21st-24th) which also includes the events "Release Therapy", "Hookie DC Pool Party" and the return of "Shine" to Washington DC.

For tickets to Hookie Weekend 2018, please visit: Hookielife.com





Tropicalfete, Inc. will host its annual Caribbean Cultural Showcase on Sunday, June 24 in Brooklyn to unveil its 2018 costumes under the theme: The Carnival Jungle - Sweet Fuh Days. This event will further highlight the West Indian culture with masquerade, stilt dancing, steel pan, theater, spoken word, live music, singing, visual arts and more.

The multi-faceted theme 'The Carnival Jungle - Sweet Fuh Days" represents the jungle as an arena of color and beauty, where as Sweet Fuh Days by Patrice Roberts is the song that Tropicalfete's Steel Band Ensemble will perform for Junior Panorama.

Tropicalfete prides itself in re-introducing traditions that have recently been absent from the Caribbean culture. This year, its street theater production will bring back some old carnival characters, incorporate steel pan, stilts (moko jumbie) and masquerade for the Labor Day Parade, which is held the first Monday of September in Brooklyn.

The Caribbean Cultural Showcase will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 3PM at Von King Park -Almira Kennedy Coursey Amphitheatre, 670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216. This event is free and open to all members of the public.

Tropicalfete would like to thank the following organizations that made this program possible: New York City Council, New York State of Opportunity - Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Parks, Materials for the Arts and New York City Police Department.





Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) - With all the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming 2018 edition of the annual Hookie DC weekend, festival fanatics are anxiously awaiting the return of the famous fete 'Shine' which will this year join the lineup of cherished events on Saturday 23rd June.

Shine DC will make its much awaiting return to Washington D.C. after a 7 year hiatus.

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Shine returns to Washington D.C. after a 7 year hiatus as part of Hookie Weekend 2018.

The popular fete franchise which boasts editions in Toronto, Miami and New York will be the collaborative effort of Hookie Life Entertainment and Back to Basics Entertainment and will take place at the deluxe nightspot, Karma DC.

back-to-basics-will-headline-shine-dcss-unstoppable-dj-cast.jpgBack to Basics will headline Shine DC's unstoppable DJ cast.

Riding on the momentum of a truly successful and memorable edition in NYC this past May for Memorial Weekend, Shine DC is primed to be a major highlight of Hookie Weekend 2018.

The party is set to bring its usual combination of dynamic music mixologists, unstoppable vibrations and signature Caribbean essence to Washington D.C.

beauty-and-fashion-forwardness-will-shine-on-june-23rd.jpgBeauty and fashion-forwardness will Shine on June 23rd.

The members of Hookie Life Entertainment always maintain the mission to provide a weekend of great events, experiences and memories in the D.C. area.

This led to their decision to add another event to enhance their already impressive event roster and to collaborate with one of the biggest names in Soca entertainment, Back to Basics of Back to Basic Entertainment.

attendees-had-a-blast-at-the-recent-memorial-weekend-shine-edition-in-nyc.jpgAttendees had a blast at the recent Memorial Weekend Shine edition in NYC.

This return of Shine, which has been missing from D.C. since 2011 promises unforgettable fete moments and will feature some of the best DJs in Soca from NYC, D.C., Miami, Toronto and the Caribbean.

Back to Basics will headline a DJ cast which also consists of turntable heavyweights such as Tony X, Riggo Suave, Barrie Hype, Dr. Jay, DJ Nunu, Mystic Vibes 6.0, DJ Hazzard, Fyah Oats, DJ Quixx & Freeze International.

top-female-selector-dj-nunu-will-bring-her-unique-vibe-to-shine-dc.jpgTop female selector DJ Nunu will bring her unique vibe to Shine DC.

Shine DC is a welcomed addition to the Hookie Weekend schedule which also includes the events Release Therapy (Jun 21st), Hookie DC Pool Party (Jun 22nd), Lion's Pride J'ouvert (Jun 23rd) and Riddim & Road (June 24th).

Enjoy the unique vibe of Shine DC on Saturday, June 23rd at Karma DC, 2221 Adams Pl NE, Washington, D.C. 20018 from 5PM - 10PM for only $25 USD.

barrie-hype-will-rock-the-mic-at-shine-dc-2018.jpgBarrie Hype will rock the mic at Shine DC 2018.

For tickets to Shine DC 2018, please visit: Hookielife.com

For additional information on Shine DC and other Hookie Weekend 2018 events, please visit: www.hookielife.com OR www.facebook.com/hookielife OR www.instagram.com/hookielife





Mavado's son Donte questioned in murder probe

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mavado-and-son.jpgDonte Brooks, the 17-year-old son of Dancehall entertainer Mavado has been questioned for murder.

Brooks is currently in police custody after he was detained last week with three other relatives including, recording artiste Chase Cross.

According to reports, the teenager was questioned about the recent murder of a 23-year-old man in Cassava Piece, St Andrew. The deceased, Lorenza Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups' was reportedly at home when armed men kicked in the door to the house that he occupied and shot and then chopped him to death. His body was then set ablaze by his attackers.

Cassava Piece has been ablaze with violent crimes in the last two weeks ago after Mavado was shot at following a dispute. Mavado who is wanted for questioning in relation to the flare-up in violence is still in the United States.

Earlier this week law enforcement officers have issued a final warning for him to turn himself in.

According to investigators, they were informed by Mavado's attorney, Tamika Harris, that he is overseas fulfilling a contractual obligation however they were not given a specific time he would return to Jamaica.





Soundman put Jah pon 'delete'

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jah-cure.jpgDancehall selectr and pressing just one button on any Jah Cure song these days - DELETE.

The singer has refused to apologize for his social media rant styling sound system selectors.

Reports are that a member of Jah Cure's team tried to out the fire after the former convict lashed out wicked against soundbwoy in a social media rant that made even some of his own fans chastise him.

His team released an apology on Jah Cure's behalf, however, the filthy rich artiste has since said that he did not approve the apology.

Well, on Monday, Selector Tony Matterhorn gave Jah Cure a six hour ultimatum to make a public apology. More than six hours later and no apology, Matterhorn has decided to refrain from playing the singer's music.

Tony Matterhorn during a Music News interview also adds that a few selectors have already started to delete Jah Cure's music from their playlist.





Drake's new album to drop June 29

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drake.jpgDrake told his fans he would return with a new album this June. At first, it was suspected the collection would land on the 22nd.

However, Drizzy posted Scorpion will actually drop a week later. Listeners will get to check out the OVO head's latest LP on June 29.

Scorpion is expected to host the Number One singles "God's Plan" and "Nice for What." Wednesday night also saw the release of a music video for the track "I'm Upset."

Drake's previous full-length project was 2017's More Life. That set collected 505,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgThe teenage son of dancehall singjay Mavado was questioned by police on Tuesday, meanwhile, his famous father is yet to execute the request of the Constant Spring Police who urged the entertainer to turn himself in.

Mavado's son, Donte Brooks was arrested last week along with four others in connection with the violence in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew.

In the meantime, reports are that, Head of the St. Andrew North Police, Superintendent Glenford Miller, has warned that investigators will not wait indefinitely for Mavado to surrender to them. Last week, the police sent out an advisory urging Mavado to report for questioning in connection with the violence in Cassava Piece. However, the dancehall singjay is currently in the United States fulfilling his contractual obligations.

Meanwhile, Mavado's cousin Chase Cross who was detained last week along with four others, was re-arrested on Monday after he was charged and released on bail on Friday.

Chase Cross was charged with assaulting the man who police say fired shots at Vado on June 2.

The police have since imposed a curfew in Cassava Piece.





Shenseea says leaked sex tape is not her

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shenseea-ig.jpgShenseea and her manager, Romeich Major have broken their silence on the leaked photos that are currently making rounds online.

The explicit images which surfaced on social media Tuesday shows a woman resembling the 'Love I Got For You' singer performing oral sex.

Shorty after the posts went viral, Shenseea took to her Instagram story to thank her fans for their support while making it clear she was not the person in the photo despite the rumours.

Shenseea later uploaded a video sharing why woman in the photo could never be her. "People saying its photoshopped but i don't think it is..it looks real, its just not me..," she wrote.





jah-cure.jpgBelow is the text of Jah Cure's apology:

"I would like to apologize to my fans, friends and family. I am human and like many others, I've been dealing with so many various issues in this thing we call life and I let it get the best of me. I used social media and I lashed out, I generalized using the term sound boy when it wasn't meant generally. I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct and I do want to set the right example for my daughter.

"To the Djs and fans that have supported me over the years I apologize for the language, unwarranted accusations and the things said. I realise it was over the top and unnecessary.... I took the actions and words of a few and shifted it to many. I'm passionate and while that transfers great in my music at times it doesn't do so well for social media. See wid the Rasta!

"We all have our challenges but I have a duty, Jah said create good music and that is what I shall do.





jah-cure-bahamas.jpgIt has been a drama filled couple of days for dreadlocked singer, Jah Cure.

He lashed out mercilessly at selector who want dubplates, telling them that he is rich and doesn't need their money. But that was just the tip of the iceberg, as the singer, in an emotionally charged social media post, replete with Jamaican bad words, in essence, made it clear that that all of these persons were of no more value than the dirt under his feet.

Of course, fans pushed back at the Cure, while selectors were quick to call out Jah Cure for his blatant disrespect.

There was talk of banning his songs and then the artiste took down the post, after which he apologised.





tifa-photo-3.jpgDancehall diva Tifa shared some good news with her followers on the gram on Wednesday. She is getting married to Mr. S. Tifa announced her engagement with the caption: "I said yes!!!☺❤💍#futuremrsS," as the proud bride-to-be showed off her ring.

Tifa's post clocked over 12,000 likes and 1000 comments. Several Dancehall artistes including Dovey Magnum, Khalia 100 and Samantha J left congratulatory messages.

The entertainer also shared roses in her Instagram story.

Tifa is gearing up to release her debut album after over a decade amidst retirement rumours. The project titled 'Curry Goat & Champagne' will be available on July 13.

According to Tifa, 'Curry Goat & Champagne' will a two disc album. "Suh the 'Curry Goat' side addi Jamaica side and the 'Champagne' side addi international side," she explained.





Hood Celebrity for Tease

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Newly signed Epic Records act Hood Celebrityy will be making her first appearance as a performer in Jamaica at a show dubbed 'Tease' on June 24.

The event is set for Sugarman's Beach in Portmore.

Event promoter and artiste manager Michael Wilson said that Hood Celebrityy is one of the hottest dancehall artistes in the US.

"Hood Celebrityy is one of the few overseas-based deejays to dominate the music scene locally, so this is history in the making, and Tease will be the first to bring her to Jamaica...she is hot like fire, she deh everywhere, people obsessed with the Walking Trophy, she deh a UK, Miami, California," Wilson said.

Born in Jamaica and raised in St Catherine, the artiste born Tina Pinnock moved to the United States as a pre-teen and embraced the culture and sounds of hip hop while keeping close to her Jamaican roots.

Things began jumping off for Hood Celebrityy in 2015 with the release of her single and video Wine Pon It, which went viral after her friend and fellow Bronx resident Cardi B posted the visuals.

She followed up with her breakout song Walking Trophy, which has become a dancehall anthem and popped up on the Billboard R & B/Hip Hop airplay chart, peaking at 34.





Mavado gives shout-out to Cassava Piece

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mavado-photo-12-large.jpgDancehall entertainer Mavado responded to reports the Constant Spring police are currently investigating a shooting involving him.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, had reported that an altercation developed between Mavado and another man, while the entertainer was in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew on Saturday morning.

The police said the man with whom the deejay was arguing left the scene and later returned with a firearm and opened fire at the entertainer.

The man is reportedly in police custody.

Posting on his Instagram page on Monday, Mavado alluded to rumors in the media and gave a 'shout-out' to the Cassava Piece community.





Montreal Reggae Fest takes a hiatus for 2018

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montreal-international-reggae-festival.jpgMontreal International Reggae Fest (MIRF) will be on hiatus for 2018, a release from the festival's organisers say.

What was scheduled to be the 15th anniversary this year will be put on hold until next year, 2019. It became clear in May that staging a quality 3-day festival was not going to be possible. During the MIRF teams time away, they will be revamping and restructuring major parts of the festival behind the scenes in order to be a more organized and dynamic event for all concerned.

Regarding the hiatus, Mr. Blagrove, Founder and President of MIRF says "it is hurtful to know that the festival will not be happening this year. We tried everything possible to save this season but it just couldn't happen. We will be improving production and have created a platform for an interactive experience, so fans have more engagement. We will be back next year better than ever."

MIRF outlets have been overwhelmed with inquiries and messages of support from fans; all of which has fueled the teams efforts to make sure 2019 will be a year to remember. Fans are encouraged to keep up to date via the festival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/montrealinternationalreggaefestival/ or via Instagram @MTLReggaeFest. Email inquiries can be sent to info@montrealreggaefest.com

About Montreal Reggae Fest:

Montreal International Reggae Festival is Canada's largest, enjoying an audience of approximately 30,000 patrons over 3 days. Staged at the historic Old Port of Montreal, top international acts have graced the stage such as Grammy award winning Shabba Ranks and Beenie Man, as well as diamond selling artist Shaggy, and legendary acts Inner Circle, Third World and Beres Hammond to name a few. The festival takes place the third weekend in August to commemorate the end of summer.

The festival has been running for 14 years. 2019 will make the 15th year.





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A man suspected of shooting at dancehall entertainer Mavado in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew yesterday is now in police custody.

Head of the JCF's Constabulary Communication Unit Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick said the man was picked up following the incident..

Reports are that not long after that incident, a man, who is said to have been aligned to Mavado, was shot and killed behind the Constant Spring Market.

He has been identified as Ian Robinson, otherwise called 'Gaza Man'.

In May 2016, the teenage son of Mavado was shot in Cassava Piece, and was admitted to hospital where he underwent treatment.

An investigation into that shooting was launched by the St. Andrew North police.

Mavado, real name David Constantine Brooks remained tight-lipped on that situation but changed his profile photo on Instagram.





Tony Matterhorn's father dies

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matterhorn-father.jpgPopular dancehall selector Tony Matterhorn, is mourning the death of his father, Duffton Taylor Senior, who passed away on Thursday May 31, after being ill for a while. He was 68 yrs old.

Under a photograph of his father, Tony Matterhorn had this caption "R.I.P to my Dad Taylor, big up yourself #DonTee and thanks for the straight nose, I wanna cry but u told me not to because #taylors don't cry we smile and look cool."

Forty-six-year-old Matterhorn, has since received several condolence messages from members of the entertainment fraternity.

Entertainers Gramps Morgan, Chino, CharlyBlack, DingDong, Stacious, Foota Hype and Desha Ravers have since expressed condolence to their industry brother during his time of bereavement.

Matterhorn made two more posts on social media assuring fans that he is holding firm and thanked everyone for their support.





niko-chromatic.jpgFriends and family said their final farewell to Nicholas Grant, better known as Niko Chromatic, Saturday at his thanksgiving service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston. And despite the fact that there were quite a few colleague who made the effort to be present, the absence of the key players of Chromatic Sound System was obvious.

Many whispers were heard as persons speculated as to why Creep Chromatic could not have found a way to excuse himself from a gig in Canada that would fall on the day of their co-founder's funeral.

That aside, however, Niko's spouse Kimberley Mais and their two children had the support of family and close friends, many of whom wept openly for a man whose life was described as bringing joy to others.

Niko, who battled kidney disease for three years, died on Tuesday, May 8 while efforts were being made for him to do surgery for a kidney transplant..

Reverend Kingsley Asphall, who delivered the homily, noted that Niko was a happy person and urged members of the gathering to remember that while they were happy in the "world", they must get to the point of being happy in the Lord.





major-lazer.jpgNYC: Major Lazer and Busy Signal have done it again, this time with their combination hit 'Jump.' The song, which was released last year on Major Lazer's 6-track EP, is featured in a hot new Bacardi TV ad which is in rotation in the USA on NBC TV and other mainstream platforms.

The ad, which was shot in Miami, Florida coveys the message that It doesn't matter if it's your living room, a barbershop, a beach or even a laundromat, you can still groove to the beat.

This is not the first time that dancehall heart throb Busy Signal has teamed with Major Lazer for a successful TV ad. Five years ago, their EDM hit 'Watch Out For This' (Bumaye) featuring Flexion was selected as the soundtrack for Pepsi's Lionel Messi ad. The song appeared on Major Lazer's second album 'Free the Universe' and was a massive hit single in several European countries.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgThe girls' dem sugar, Beenie Man, is celebrating the durability of his discography and proving the adage good music laasts forever to be true.

The Dancheall artiste's 1998 hit single 'Who Am I' has made it to the list of Billboard Magazine's Top 98 Tracks of 1998.

Credited with the infamous 'Oh nah nah' Beenie Man's 'Who Am I' is described by Billboard as "one of dancehall's few pop culture masterpieces." Billboard also noted that 'Who Am I' became such a staple that Beenie Man had to transform the track in the year 2000 with 'Girls Dem Sugar' a collaboration featuring pop singer Mya. According to Billboard Charts History, 'Who Am I' peaked at Number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1998.

Billboard's 98 greatest songs of 1998 celebrates the classics that best defined 1998, and the ones that have stuck with us in the decades since, with 1998 recognized as the year a brave new pop world was recognized in music. Songs were counted as eligible if they were released as singles in 98, or if they debuted on the Billboard charts in 98.





Chozenn's Bawl Out BANNED!

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chozenn.jpgChozenn has been muted.

At least by one radio station which has banned from its airways, Chozenn's remake of the raunchy Dovey Magnum song on a dancehall rhythm. The song is none other than 'Bawl Out".

Radio station, LOVE FM admits that they had been playing the song, but the board has since issued a directive that the song should not be played on the station again. All is not lost, however, as Chozenn's other songs are still playing.

LOVE FM is owned and operated by the National Religious Media Commission. After 20 years of existence, Love 101 now ranks fourth among more than 20 stations locally, according to the most recent edition of the All Media Survey conducted and published by Marketing Research Services Limited.

The station said that there seems to be a split in public opinion on whether the song can actually bring souls to the Kingdom of Christ. This split was revealed during the broadcast of a LOVE FM programme called 'Campus Connection'.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgIf Tommy Lee Sparta thinks that all is well and his case is closed, then he's in for a rude awakening.

The police have confirmed that the case is neither closed nor cold and that they are continuing investigations in relation to the dancehall entertainer.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell said that the judge's ruling does not mean the investigations are at an end.

Tommy Lee was arrested on May 20 at Manor Park in St. Andrew and later transferred to the Freeport police station in St. James.

The police had said the artiste was detained for questioning in relation to several crimes committed in St. James.

On Tuesday, St. James Parish Judge Sandria Wong Small ruled that the entertainer be released immediately as he was not properly detained.

Meanwhile, the artiste is booked to perform at Reggae Sumfest in July. Staged by Downsound, the company CEO Josef Bogdanovich was quoted as saying that he was looking forward to having the Sparta boss on the festival and advised Tommy Lee to continue focusing on his career





Funeral for Niko Chromatic June 2

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niko-chromatic.jpgThe funeral service for sound system selector Niko Chromatic, is set for Saturday, June 2.

The service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street in Kingston commencing at 1pm.

Niko Chromatic, whose real name is Nicholas Grant, passed away on Tuesday, May 8 at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

He was battling kidney disease.

Last year, a GoFundMe account was launched to cover his US$50,000 medical fee but only $20,850 has been donated.





tommy-lee-sparta-photo-14.jpgPopular dancehall entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta is now in police custody.

He was arrested early Sunday morning.

Detectives of the Counter-Terorrism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) want to question him in relation to organised crimes in St. James.

The artiste, whose given name is Leroy Russell, was arrested after leaving the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall show in Kingston.

The artiste and crew members were at an Automated Teller Machine, ATM in Manor Park, when police allegedly swooped down on the party and took the artiste into custody.

A senior investigator reported that the artiste will be questioned this week.

However, Tommy-Lee's lawyer has sated that he intends to seek his client's release no later than Monday.





VYbz Kartel's appeal picking up steam

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgThe final case management conference ahead of the July 9 appeal by Adidja Palmer AKA Vybz Kartel, and the three other men who were convicted of murder along with him, is set for this Thursday.

The session is scheduled as the last exercise before Kartel, Shawn Storm; and two other co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John, face the Appeal Court in relation to the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams in August 2011.

The appeal is expected to run for about three weeks.

Reports are that all is in place for the big day in court on July 9, as the legal groundwork has been done and positioning on the matter between the prosecution and the defence has been established between the two sides.

The four men were convicted of Williams' murder in March 2014, and were each given life sentences, with the recommended time-frames before eligibility for parole running up to 35 years in the case of Kartel.





Shawn Storm now at Tower Street prison

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shawn-storm.jpgShawn Storm is the latest entertainer to be transferred within the prison system.

According to reports, the "Gaza Nuh Tek Diss" deejay was also moved the same week as his mentor Vybz Kartel and Ninjaman.

Shawn Storm is now being housed at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, formerly known as the General Penitentiary (GP) along with co-accused Kahiro Jones.

The shakeup comes after a leaked prison video of Ninjaman went viral.

In the clip which surfaced late April, the former Downsound Records artiste, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, can be seen smoking a spliff, while showing off his brand new pair of Clarks to fellow inmates and jokingly telling them he is a modern day bad man.

"A we mek jail look like blood*****t road. Clarks clean like whistle, bottom brand new," the former Downsound records deejay said as inmates cheered him on, "We a modern badman wid modern badness," he continued.

The video resulted in Ninjaman being sent to the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston and Vybz Kartel was transferred to the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre in Spanish Town.

Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm are currently preparing for their appeal trial set for July 9. Kartel, Shawn Storm, Jones and St John were found guilty of murder in March 2014 for killing Clive 'Lizard' Williams in August 2011.





Look out for Forever from Popcaan

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popcaan-photo-6.jpgDancehall artiste Popcaan has announced his new album, Forever.

The artiste's sophomore effort is set to arrive sometime this summer via Mixpak, but does not have an official release date as yet

It will follow Popcaan's 2014 mainstream debut Where We Come From, which peaked at number two on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart.

Along with the album news, the singjay has also shared Body So Good, the lead single from Forever, which is a glimpse of what is to come from the new project.





Bill Cosby to be sentenced September 24

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bill-cosby-photo-1.jpgBill Cosby will be sentenced on September 24, almost five months after he was convicted of sexual assault by a Pennsylvania jury.

Lawyers for the comedian, who turns 81 in July and faces the prospect of the rest of his life in prison, had asked Judge Steven O'Neill to delay sentencing until the end of the year.

Cosby's convictions on three counts of aggravated indecent assault are expected to be combined into one charge that carries a standard sentencing range of five to 10 years in prison.





The Guyana Prison Service (GPS) Monday said it has joined the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in launching an investigation into how inmates at a prison were able to acquire large bottles of liquor and engage in a party on Mothers' Day on Sunday.

Images on social media showed the inmates, including one who is on remand on a murder charge, at the New Amsterdam Prison posing with the drinks and smoking what appeared to be marijuana cigarettes.

"There is no direct evidence pointing to any prison officer who would have facilitated the movement of the contraband into the prison. The prisoner would have identified a civilian who brought it," GPS Director, Gladwin Samuels, told the online publication Demerarawaves.

He said a playback of video surveillance recordings showed that a tractor was searched and nothing was found.

The publication said pictures of the prisoners holding and consuming what appeared to be bottles of liquor were posted on the Facebook page of remanded murder accused, Abdul Andre Azimullah.

"Sanctions will be taken against those persons who are found culpable," Samuels said.

The latest incident comes less than two weeks after Samuels had complained about the ongoing problem of smuggling of prohibited items into prisons.

He warned prison wardens about being part of the smuggling efforts and reminded them of the action that could be taken once they are found in the act.





rihanna-photo-2.jpgRihanna, queen of pop, makeup, lingerie, and Catholicism-inspired fashion, pops up pretty much wherever the latest action is. One place she won't be, however, is the royal wedding--which, as you might of heard, is happening this coming Saturday, May 19.

The invite list to the royal wedding is kept to an intimate 600 people, not including the 2,640 normals (such as myself, in a better world) who will be spectacle-ing on the grounds of Windsor Castle. That's fine and all, but when you're an institution as extensive as the British monarchy and surrounding aristocracy, those seats get filled up pretty quickly.

Apparently, Rihanna is clued into this, and, humbly, didn't really think she'd be invited. Sure, Rihanna and Prince Harry might have met in 2016 at a Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission event, but Rihanna didn't think that alone warranted an invite to the royal wedding.





European Union hosts film festival

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eu-film-festival.jpgThe European Union will be hosting their film festival from Monday through to Sunday.

The festival opens today at the Spanish Court Hotel with a Reception at 6:30 pm followed by a free screening of the Italian film 'Fortunate'.

There will also be screenings at Mico University, Campion College and Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town.

Films will be featured from Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, France, Denmark among others.





capleton.jpgCapleton's lawyer Christopher Townsend says a dual investigation is taking place. According to Townsend, the lady who accused the 51-year-old dancehall deejay of rape is also being investigated for extortion. He said he anticipates the lady will also be taken into custody shortly.

On Friday, detectives assigned to the Center for Investigation Sexual Offense and Child Abuse, CISOCA, arrested and charged Capleton for rape.

According to Corporate Communications Unity CCU, reports are that on Saturday, April 28, at about 11:20 am, Capleton allegedly hired a female hairdresser to groom his hair at a hotel in New Kingston. The report further states that while at the hotel the dancehall deejay allegedly forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

The matter was reported to the police and an investigation launched. Capleton was subsequently charged after a question and answer interview was conducted in the presence of his attorney.

Capleton is to appear in the St. Andrew Parish Court on Monday, May 14.





New gospel single from Minister Hall

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpgMinister Marion Hall has previewed her new single "I've Gotta Fast", the first single from her upcoming album called 'His Grace'.

Now that she has devoted her life to God, Minster Hall, says she is poised and ready to take on the next phase of her life in the gospel music industry.

His Grace will follow her 14-track debut gospel set When God Speaks, which was released July 22 last year.

The album peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Chart in May of this year.

Hall, as Lady Saw, is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified as a triple-platinum artiste.

On December 14, 2015 Lady Saw got baptised and began a new music career in gospel music as Marion Hall, her given name..





niko-chromatic.jpgFoota Hype and Tony Matterhorn have come out swinging against members of the Dancehall fraternity following the death of Chromatic Sound co-founder, Niko Chromatic.

They have dashed out criticism against Niko Chromatic's so-called friends in the industry for not doing more to help save his life. In a video rant posted on social media, the two veteran disc jockeys stop short of calling Popcaan by name however it was pretty clear they were talking about the 'Unruly Boss'.

Popular producer, NotNice also posted a message on Instagram blasting industry members who have been posting "rest in peace" on social media.

"Nuff a unu p***yhole a post bout miss u,sip,rip niko and when d yute did sick not even as much as a word a prayer unu neva give but now unu run gone dig up unu best pic wid d yute fi post, mi hate unu. From Gaza days memba a u gi vybz kartel the name worldboss dem deeven know that. One thing u Eva beg mi fi do and a fi voice yu on a riddim and mi promise yu seh mi a guh do it now not even that mi cyan do again 😢#jahkno," he wrote.

However despite the criticism Popcaan took to social media on Wednesday to share a heartfelt post, "We lost a real family yesterday but God knows best, you make us all proud while you was with us we will continue the dream that we all believe in from chromatic, unruly, chromatic one team one dream my scheme," he wrote.





There was indeed a lot of bawling out during Dovey Magnum's performance of her hot single, Bawl Out recently, as the Real G, in a moment of intense passions, accidentally pulled off her wig, exposing her corn rows.

The rising dancehall deejay is seen in a video making the rounds on social media, performing on stage and female patrons singing along to her popular track "Bawl Out."

While locked in the 6:20 position, singing, and gyrating her waistline, a small framed man was behind her having the time of his life. In an attempt to climb further, the man's slender fingers got tangled in her Rapunzel-like orange hair during the antics.

With one tug, the wig was pulled from her head exposing her basic cornrows.

While the crowd erupted in laughter, Dovey Magnum then walked to one corner of the stage and returned with her microphone still in hand she said, "pull up dat."





tom-tavares-finson.jpgWhile Kartel's lawyer, Tom Tavares Finson could not confirm if Kartel had been transferred to St Catherine District prison he however pointed to Kartel's upcoming appeal on July 7th and expressed optimism about the deejay's chanced to have the conviction quashed.

"I believe that we have an excellent chance to overturn the conviction, we shall see on July 7th," he said.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, along with three co-accused, including Kahiro Jones, were convicted of the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

They are all now serving life sentences as a result of the conviction.





vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgReports are that Vybz Kartel has been transferred from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston to the St Catherine District prison.

There has been a buzz that the dancehall artiste is on the move, but neither the prison authorities nor his lawyer have made any statements or confirmations.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, along with three co-accused, including Kahiro Jones, were convicted of the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

They are all now serving life sentences as a result of the conviction.





bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall professor, Bounty Killer, has formed an alliance with the National Council on Drug Abuse.

An online promotion by the National Council on Drug Abuse features Rodney Price, aka Bounty Killer on their "Talk The Truth" initiative encouraging teens to stay away from smoking and not make the same mistakes he did.

In a documentary released by the National Council on Drug Abuse, Bounty Killer warns a group of teens about the dangers of smoking marijuana. The dancehall deejay in sharing his childhood experiences explained some of the troubles he underwent as a result of using ganja as a teenager.

Bounty Killer also explained that other entertainers can use their celebrity to help raise awareness.

Entertainers Ikaya and Devin Di Dakta recently partnered with National Council on Drug Abuse to promote getting High grades over "hi-grade."





Rihanna Popcaan collab coming soon?

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rihanna-photo-2.jpgWord on the street is that Rihanna and Popcaan have gotten together for a musical collab.

The Bajan pop star and "Unruly Boss" teamed up for a Dancehall banger that could be featured on RihRih's coming Reggae album and Popcaan's forthcoming project, sources close to the artistes say.

"The Rihanna and Popcaan track is already recorded we just don't know when to release of if it should be featured on her album or his upcoming project," sources say. "One thing for sure is its gonna drop in the next few months and its a certified hit."

Rihanna and Popcaan linked up in Barbados back in December after she went back home for the street renaming ceremony for 'Rihanna Drive' during Barbados Independence Day.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's upcoming Reggae album has already confirmed features from jailed Reggae icon Buju Banton and Sizzla Kalonji.





macka-spotlight.jpgMacka Diamond's latest music video for "Prove It" featuring fellow artiste, Spotlight Kunta has set tongues wagging, with many wondering on social media if their collaboration is just musical, or if there is a tad bit more.

The music video tells the tale of reality series which is entitled "Spotlight on the Diamond". This is just soooooo cute.

Anyway, it shows Macka Diamond and Spotlight Kunta all giggly and acting like young lovers.

Macka Diamond is expected to milk this for all the attention that shw could possibly get, so, naturally, she is tight-lipped about the actual staus of her relationsip with Spolight.

Macka keeps fans and haters alike guessing whether or not she is enjoying an intimate relationship with Spotlight Kunta, however,she did reveal that Spotlight Kunta is working on the "Spotlight on the Diamond" reality series.

This is not the first time Macka Diamond has appeared on camera with and Spotlight Kunta, In 2006 Spotlight Kunta was Macka's love interest in the popular song "Bun Him" featuring Black-ER.





sting-and-shaggy-album-2018.jpgSting and Shaggy's new, island-inspired collaborative album 44/876 is available now at all retailers and digital platforms on A&M/Interscope Records

In creating 44/876, Sting and Shaggy drew from the many surprising connections at the heart of their music. With its title referencing their home country codes, 44/876 first and foremost honors the duo's love for Jamaica: Shaggy's homeland, and the place where Sting penned such classics as The Police's "Every Breath You Take."

Furthering each artist's exploration of reggae and its transcendent rhythms, the lead single "Don't Make Me Wait" - which debuted at #1 on Billboard's digital reggae singles chart - came to life after the musicians were introduced by Martin Kierszenbaum

(Sting's manager, Chairman of The Cherrytree Music Company

and Shaggy's former A&R executive).

The correlating music video, directed by Gil Green, was filmed in Kingston, Jamaica and has garnered over 8.5 million views on YouTube.

Although the initial plan was for Sting to lend his vocals and musical finesse solely to this track, the two discovered that their distinct voices blended with incredible ease. Compelled by their creative synergy, Sting and Shaggy soon amassed an album's worth of material. "Everything about it is organic--it was never planned," says Shaggy of 44/876.

Recording in New York City, they enlisted a lineup of esteemed musicians and writers from Jamaica and New York, including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, Morgan Heritage (courtesy of CTBC Music Group), Agent Sasco as well as Branford Marsalis and Sting's longtime guitarist,

Dominic Miller.

44/876 fuses infectious Afro-Caribbean rhythms with irresistake a cue from mutual hero, Bob Marley, and present a message Of love, hope, freedom, and unity.

Sting and Shaggy will take their collaboration on the road this summer when the two Grammy-award winning artists embark on a European tour of various historic venues, performing their most celebrated hits as well as songs off their new album together.

Fans, critics and fellow musicians have already shown incredible support for 44/876.





kiprich.jpgDancehall artiste Kiprich's video for the single Dash Pon Them has been added to major rotation on BET Jams and once more catapulting him to the international spotlight.

"It's a great look. The BET Boy is back again," Kiprich said in a quote..

"The video hit BET Jams last Sunday. It played three times, I missed the first play but someone saw it and sent it to my phone so mi tune in and see it for myself. It is just a joy right now, the thing different, crazy rappers ah direct message me on my Instagram say they want to do a collaborations so my international profile is way up," he continued.

BET Jams is an American digital cable television network controlled by BET Networks and owned by Viacom Media Networks. The channel features hip-hop and urban contemporary music videos.

Kiprich recorded the single 18 months ago for the label Mr Barnacle Presents... and the video was shot a few months later. The song was officially released three weeks ago via online distribution outlets.





Reggae Sumfest tickets go on sale May 1!!!

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sumfest-2018-flyer.gifThe wait is over!

On Tuesday May 1 tickets will be available for all Reggae Sumfest events at all the usual local Jamaican outlets, including Fontana Drugs in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville.

Patrons can also purchase their Reggae Sumfest tickets at Rapid True Value Hardware Stores in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Portmore; Richie B's Liquor Centre and Mary Brown's Texaco in Kingston.

Ironshore Total, Pier 1, and El Paso Records in Montego Bay will also have tickets as of May 1 and and of course online at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





Jamaican culture was on show at the 11th Bali Spirit Festival which was held April 2-8 in Ubud, Indonesia. The week-long event again focused on things spiritual, with yoga, music and dance the dominant themes.

Dancer Latonya Style, singer Jah'Mila Smith and yoga teacher Nadine McNeil formed the Jamaican presence at the festival. McNeil, who spends much of her time in Indonesia, has been involved with the Bali Spirit Festival since it was first held in 2011.

She conducted one of the well-attended yoga classes and played a key role in the International Women's Circle which started proceedings.

Style brought dancehall to the festival for the first time. She performed a number of choreographed moves in her daily classes which were well received, in addition to the dances that made dancehall icons Bogle and Ice famous. She did her Bumpa Twerkout, a mix of the Booty Shake and Twerk, that was popular in the United States two years ago.

Smith went to the Bali Spirit Festival as the 2018 awardee for the Jamaica-Indonesia Residency Program for Emerging Artists. Her two-week study visit was arranged by Professor Michael Morrissey.

A recording artiste for over 10 years, she performed alongside two world music acts: DJ Raio on April 5 and Sebatierra and The Earthkeepers on April 7.

Positive response to the Jamaican experience was the most satisfying aspect of her time in Indonesia.





Kanye fires his manager

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West is gearing up for a new album, but the Chicago rapper will be working on the project without a manager.

According to an April 24 report from Billboard, Yeezy has parted ways with manager Scooter Braun, who had been managing the rapper for two and a half years. The companies of West and Braun will continue to work together though.

A source says the move came after Kanye's recent decision to "leave the traditional music business" and added that the rapper had told some associates that he wants to change his whole operation to in-house. Yeezy reportedly did invite Braun's team to continue working with him full time but the manager declined.

On Wednesday (March 25), The Life of Pablo artist confirmed the news, tweeting, "I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed." In a separate tweet, the rapper wrote, "I'm nobody's 'client.'"

The move comes a few weeks after West split from his other manager, Izvor "Izzy" Zivkovic. While Zivkovic had worked with Yeezy for nearly 10 years, the manager often kept a low profile and was rarely seen. The reason for their split was unknown at the time of reports.

In related news, along with his own upcoming album, Kanye is also reportedly working on projects from Nas and Pusha T. In tweets posted on April 22, Yeezy claimed he's "hand producing" albums from Pusha and Esco and revealed the Pusha T album will release on May 25, while Nas' record will drop on June 15.

Check out Kanye West's latest tweets below.

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I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed

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Beenie Man disses Kartel, Popcaan in new track

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beenie-man-photo-6.jpgBeenie Man is gearing up to release a diss track aimed at Vybz Kartel and his former mentor Popcaan.

The track comes days after the "Unruly Boss" called out the Doc for allegedly disrespecting his mother, Miss Rhona in a viral video.

Following the beef, Beenie Man reached out to Popcaan and apologies however it seems the "Stray Dog" deejay rejected the olive branch because the damage was already done.

In an interesting twist, Beenie took to the studio to record a diss track addressing the situation.

"Me deh ya so before them / them come ya come see me / Now them a tell me say me badmind / badmind for what, badmind who, what / Mind badmind give yo brain tumor / A serious thing this a no humor / Everyday yo get up a spread rumor / Remember shark bigger than tuna / Nike deh a road before Puma," Beenie Man deejays in the track.

The single was previewed by outspoken Dancehall selector Foota Hype who says it was sent to his email and labelled as a Popcaan diss.

In the track Beenie Man also named dropped incarcerated Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel, "Me alone me alone / Live in a glass house yo don't throw stone / Me alone, me alone / Worl'Boss last album me think a me / If yo see yo girl she think a me." Vybz Kartel last album is titled King of the Dancehall and we all know that Beenie crowned himself as the dancehall king since the mid-1990s.





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Ne-Yo is prepping the release of his new album Good Man, and on March 30 he delivered the new track "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and BeBe Rexha.

StarGate is on the production on this one which definitely finds Ne-Yo channeling a dancehall vibe over the bouncy Caribbean soundscape. Steff, who is currently in contention to land on the 2018 XXL Freshman cover, rides the riddems spitting accented bars.

"Yo, push back while mi push back on di ting/Put it pon you one time, mi phone nuh stop ring (hello?)," she rhymes. "My ring off my cellular/Nuff chat but tell mi what you tellin' her/Jump up, make it 'bout to jump, 'til it crack your brump/My girl, mi no say nuh', when you crack it up."

Ne-Yo is dedicating the party track to confident ladies. "I love a woman who knows how to move," the singer says in reference to the party cut. "I love a woman that has her own self, her own heart and mind. She's comfortable with her body. And when her song comes on, she's gonna get up and move. She's gonna show you just how confident and comfortable she is. 'Push Back' is about these women."

Ne-Yo's new album Good Man drops on June 8 and will also feature 2 Chainz, PartyNextDoor and others.

Listen to Ne-Yo's new single "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and Bebe Rexha below.





Love & Hip Hop drama: Spice gets into fight

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As expected, Queen of the Stage, Spice got herself into quite a fight on the reality series

Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta. In a preview of Monday night's show, Spice iis caught in two different scenes. The first shows Spice arguing with her close friend Tommie Lee about her drinking problem that caused a delay with their upcoming music video.

Another scene shows her on a ranch with cast members which quickly escalated into her trying to fight newcomer Tokyo Vanity.

In the footage, Vanity can be heard discussing her beef with Spice, "I don't have no problem with her (Spice) but the b***h keeps playing with me, she said.

Spice overhears her comments and gets up screaming, "Doah call mi nuh bloodcl****t b***h!". She then rushed towards Tokyo Vanity and threw the cake she was eating at her.

Security had to step in quickly and restrained Spice. Spice Gets Into Another Fight On Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta





danielle-di-image-1.jpgDanielle D.I. and Denyque have given social media users a sneak peek into their individual brands with the introduction of REBEL and REBELLION respectively.

Rocking sweatshirts bearing her image, D.I. revealed to her over 227,000 followers on Instagram that her REBEL merchandise is coming soon. Dressed in a white long sleeve sweater top and a yellow long sleeve sweater crop top, DI was the ultimate fashionista.

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Denyque also used Instagram as the platform to introduce her carnival costumes.

The two-piece ensemble is completed with orange and black feathers for the females while the male design is just a simple short-shorts with orange lace to the side and in the front.





Actress Rosie Murray returns after heart attack

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Last December, renowned actress Rosie Murray suffered a serious heart attack requiring surgery. She returned to the stage in full-form, on Saturday night in her first production Slice of Life, staged at Hope United church hall.

Described as a theatrical presentation of reality, and the actress' own personal experiences, Slice of Life is directed by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, the production will mark her return as a benefit show

"I'm so excited to be getting back on the horse. Been out of commission since last year, and this is my first performance in terms of acting since I've gone through my recovery," Murray is quoted as saying.

Two years ago, Murray opted out of continuing her career in media, choosing instead the life of a baker. Consumed with taking her business to profit while focusing on penning her own works, Rosie's medical issues went unnoticed. After suffering a heart attack in December, her family set up a GoFundMe account to the tune of US$20,000 (approximately J$1.4 million) to finance a necessary angioplasty.

"I'm really excited, titillated! And I did a little adaptation to it, to address the recent journey and the recovery phase. It's still the original Slice of Life with just a little extra slice. God has been so good, so it's going to be a celebration as well," Murray said.

Murray was previously active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.





Don Mafia suffers heart attack

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Controversial Jamaican artiste/producer/songwriter, Don Mafia is currently in hospital following an alleged heart attack.

According to reports, Mafia was complaining of chest pains Saturday morning when he was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Doctors presently have Don Mafia under observation.

Meanwhile, several industry players including entertainers Ding Dong, Macka Diamond and Kevin of Voicemail have since asked their fans to pray for Don Mafia's speedy recovery.

"Please help me say a prayer for my brother @donmafiadiboss had a heart attack 😢😢😢😢😢😢 I'm so hurt rite now," Macka Diamond wrote on Instagram.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOn Sunday, the former Miss World beauty queen Lisa Hanna shared a heartfelt post which showed a blurred photo of her tying the knot with her long time beau, businessman Richard Lakewith her husband.

"#BePatientAndFocusOnLove "I've had my share of life's ups and downs But fate's been kind, the downs have been few I guess, you could say that I've been lucky Well, I guess you could say that it's all because of you ..."," Hanna wrote.

"It's been 13 years of beautiful memories ... here's to a lifetime of making more together... Thanks everyone for sharing with me over this past week some of my most special moments and reflections. Here's to making more memories

#MemoryLaneWeekFinale #LisaHanna#WhenIWasAskedWhichSongIWantedToDanceTo

Song: You're The Best Thing" Gladys Knight."

The Member Of Parliament got married four months ago in a private ceremony in St Andrew, Jamaica,

'Both Hanna and Lake got married for the second time.





Meek Mill finally granted bail

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meek-mill-photo-1.jpgAfter being incarcerated since November 2017 for violating his probation, the Supreme Court has granted Meek Mill bail.

In a statement to Billboard, Meek said the following: "I'd like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time," began Meek.

"While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice -- not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct," he continued.

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career."

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin posted a picture on Instagram celebrating Meek's release from prison. "@meekmill is FREE!!! Just left visiting Meek with @kevinhart4real and I'm on the way back to pick him up as we speak! #MeekisFree #GoSixers," he wrote.

Last week, Meek Mill told CNN's Don Lemon that he was optimistic that he was going to get out of jail sooner than later. "I don't really try to get my hopes up from that court room right there," Meek said. "I feel like I will be free one day. I think I'll be able to get my chance pretty soon. My time coming."





bounty-kartel-ig.jpgSince everything happens in the virtual world these days, it's should come as no surprise that an exchange between 'enemies' Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel would cause social media to go into overdrive.

Social media is buzzing with reports of Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel finally being back on good terms.

Earlier this week the veteran Dancehall artiste praised the incarcerated entertainer's new single "Under Water" with TJ Records labelling it a song with "real dancehall sounds".

Vybz Kartel's Instagram account instantly responded to Killer's post saying, "Daddy a your school mi graduate from eno #AllianceUniversity so it ain't no surprise daddy."

As expected, Dancehall fans were happy to see the exchange between the 'father and son' and are hoping it is just the beginning of them putting their differences aside and working on a possible collaboration.

Bounty Killer's manager, Bankelous, agreed that the exchange was a good look for dancehall and explained that although the two have had their disagreements in the past, they have always maintained a level of respect for each other's work.

"Rodney Pryce is a God-fearing person, and him nuh hate people. Him might say supmn today, but that nuh mean nothing. Him nuh hold grudge because him mother grow him right. You might see the 'angry [and] cross', him on stage, but is a different personality him have off stage," he said. "Kartel a him son, so him can't have nothing against Vybz Kartel. People might did look at it different in the media, but in a di two a dem heart, a did always love and respect. Music a love, enuh, and after we leave and gone, music live on, and di two a dem know dat."

Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel were involved in a 'war of words' that started in 2006 and reached its peak in 2009. Killer had become very vocal about Kartel's bleaching and other practices of his, while Kartel claimed Killer was past his prime.





Kabaka Pyramid to release new album May 25

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgKabaka Pyramid's upcoming album Kontraband is set to release on May 25th as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records.

In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album.

The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka's head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.

Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and coincides with a tour beginning in spring 2018





ON TOUR Bounty Killer for Europe

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall artiste Bounty Killer is scheduled to hit a number of stages in Europe starting this month.

The deejay posted the tour dates and cities on his official Instagram account recently.

While in Europe, he will make stops in Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Berlin among others

The tour runs from April 26 to May 11.





'Hookie' makes major splash in Jamaica Carnival

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The recent Jamaica Carnival weekend was indeed one for the books. Adding to this mix of epic events was the inaugural 'Hookie Jamaica' experience which gave fete lovers an opportunity to beat the daytime heat with a pool party extravaganza complete with both breakfast and lunch offerings and an unbeatable collection of Soca selectors.

The first of which is sure to be several regional Hookie events was held poolside at the Constant Spring Golf Club and attracted a mix of Carnival newbies and seasoned 'feterans'.

Attendees from New York City, Washington DC, Miami, California, T&T, the US Virgin Islands and of course Jamaica came together to share the Carnival euphoria, the refreshing environment and the pulsating music as provided by Hookie Jamaica's international DJ cast.

The event's promoters US-based Hookie Life Entertainment and Jamaica's Renaissance Disco utilized the location well to deliver an easy going layout for those who either wanted to relax and bask in the poolside ambiance or get wet and wild in true Carnival excitement.

In addition to having fully stocked cash bars, bottle service and free shots for patrons, Hookie Jamaica scored points with attendees by not only bringing forth an assortment of complimentary Caribbean and International breakfast options but also lunch offerings as well.

The impressive Hookie Jamaica spread consisted of items such as Jamaican favourites: boiled yams, bananas, dumplings, ackee and saltfish, johnny cakes, as well as eggs, bagels, various fruits, salads, fried fish, stewed and curried chicken.

Keeping the crowd dancing both on land and inside the pool were the music stylings of Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, Freeze International (NYC) , DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0. alongside other guest selectors.

Fans of this popular fete franchise which included the famous Hookie girls were front and center for its Jamaica debut. One such patron from Florida shared, "I don't ever miss a Hookie Life event, they always bring a unique, entertaining vibe and draw a really decent fun-loving crowd".

A Jamaica-based attendee offered this statement, "I've never skipped work to attend any party in my life, but I'm so glad I did for this event. It was well organized, comfortable and gave me that much needed dip in the pool before the hectic weekend of parties and the Road March".

After the success of Hookie Jamaica 2018, the organizers are now putting plans in place for Hookie Jamaica 2019. Hookie Life Entertainment is also gearing up for another edition of the popular Hookie Weekend DC which is carded for June 21st-24th 2018 and features events such as Release Therapy, the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Riddim & Road.





Sizzla goes acoustic

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sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgSizzla Kalonji has released his first ever acoustic compilation this month, Sizzla Acoustic Sounds, which was produced by the entertainer on his Kalonji Records label.

Kalonji, in an interview with a local newspaper, mentioned that he has been reflecting on the state of the industry lately and believes the music could do with some natural sounds, sounds he plans to deliver with his latest project.

"I've been doing a lot of interviews and shows and at these events. Media personnel and other persons have been asking about the music and its present situation saying elders are not making their voices being heard about the natural sounds of music," he explained. "I said: 'You know I'm going to create an acoustic album'.

Kalonji, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, explained that there is something special about music put together from scratch with actual instruments, and he's hoping the album will encourage not just musicians but also young people to want to learn how to play an instrument.





Bob Andy to recite poetry at Agro Festival

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bob-andy.jpgFor the first in his more than 50-year career, singer-songwriter Bob Andy will be performing works from his expansive catalogue without singing when he makes his appearance on the 2018 staging of Dis Poem Wordz and Agro Festival.

At the eight-year-old festival, which fuses poetry with agriculture, Bob Andy will be, one of 20 spoken word performers who will take to the stage as the event unfolds on Sunday, April 29 at Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland.

This was disclosed by festival founder/organiser Ras Takura during the launch at Bookophilia on Hope Road in St Andrew recently.

The organisers say they are looking at the new feature that we have now which is the poetry of the reggae artistes, and this time we doing Bob Andy. So we are going to have Bob Andy, not in the usual performance setting, but he is going to be reading his songs in poetry, that's what Bob Andy will be doing -- presenting his songs in a poetic form.

Among the other spoken word performers slated for the festival are Mutabaruka, Jean Breeze, Cherry Natural, Ann Margaret, DJ Amber, Marcia Jackson, Steppa, Neto, and Michael St George.

Explaining how the idea for the festival -- which adopted the name of one of Mutabaruka's poems -- was born, Ras Takura said: "The concept of the festival came about because we always want an outlet for poetry. Because when we go around we always see that there is no space featuring dub poets -- just one or two poets -- but dub poets in Jamaica, there was no major stage for them. And that was the intention. The intention is to bring dub poetry on a major stage and I am creating the stage. I don't think we reach that major stage yet, but we are creating the stage. And we thank the people who are helping us to create that space. The growth has been significant and magnificent and we really respect it."





sting-and-shaggy-album-2018.jpgSting has said the phrase "cultural appropriation" is "ugly", as he launches a new reggae album with Jamaican musician and singer Shaggy.

Their perhaps unlikely partnership has raised eyebrows, and some argue that singing reggae when you are not of Jamaican descent is "cultural appropriation."

Sting disagrees with this, and he told the BBC: "It's such an ugly term.

Cultural appropriation is a term coined by sociologists to describe the adoption of the elements of an ethnic minority culture by members of the dominant culture.

Their new collaboration, named 44/876, after the telephone codes for the UK and Jamaica respectively, came about after Shaggy, real-name Orville Richard Burrell, sent Sting an unfinished song called "Don't Make Me Wait" and asked him to send the chorus.

This work blossomed and they created an entire album together.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, said the result was a "happy accident."

The Queen is soon due to enjoy the music of Sting and Shaggy, as they are set to perform at her birthday party this Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall.

44/876 is released on Friday.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is taking no hostages with his newest diss track. He is firing at Alkaline, Mavado, Jahmiel...and just about anybody who comes in the line of fire.

The Gothic recording artiste called out the Dancehall heavyweights over the weekend promising them war and he is definitely a man of his word.

On Tuesday, Sparta previewed "Dismiss" aimed at the MVP group. "#Dismiss coming soon. Soon tell unno when #deadbwoy an #deadgal when me pull up. SPARTANS UNNO READY 🤟🏽☠," he captioned a video driving and listening to the track.





mavado-photo-12.jpgGullyside artiste, Mavado, is staring at possible legal action over a song which another artiste is claiming as his own.

Reports are that on-the-rise artiste, Rymatic, is accusing 'Vado of stealing his song. The song under the microscope is Mavado's Paper Soldier, which was produced by 324 New Empire Records on the Carbines Riddim.

Rymatic is adamant that the chorus of Paper Soldier is a carbon copy of a track from his soon-to-bre-released EP.

Rymatic's team says he is looking to take legal action against Mavado because the track was suppose to be the leading single on his upcoming EP and now he won't be able to use it.





marlon-samuels.jpgMarlon Sameuls, the West Indies cricketer who appears in Ishawna's Instaboy video, is defending himself against allegations by Yanique 'curvy Diva' Barrett. Yanique, who is said to have been close to the cricketer, vented on social media over the weekend, alleging that she was being stalked and threatened to have her personal pictures shared online. Yanique said that she had reported it to the police.

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Well, she did in fact call Samuels' name and he has since put out the following release:

"It has been brought to my attention that there are allegations in social media circles, that a female television personality who goes by the moniker Yanique Curvy Diva has made several derogatory posts on social media about me. I am therefore informing the public that I refute the allegations made by Miss Yanique Barrett and I intend to take the necessary steps legally to defend my reputation in due course.

"In my capacity as a sports ambassador, my job is to continue serving the people of Jamaica, the West Indies and by extension the cricketing world, and in addition the blind community by way of the Marlon Samuels Foundation for the Blind. In the circumstances, I am therefore requesting that the mentioned media personality and those associated directly or indirectly to her immediately cease and desist from embroiling my name in any controversy, (expressly or implied) surrounding this person. Failure to observe this request will result in legal action for an injunction against you to restrain you from further slandering and defaming my name and reputation."

- Marlon Samuels

We are awaiting Yanique's response.





With three bands -- Bacchanal Jamaica, Xaymaca and Xodus -- it was pandemonium pon di roads of Kingston and St Andrew on Carnival Sunday as the colourful, scantily dressed revellers paraded, danced and pranced to the music provided by big sound trucks.

Not to be left out were the usual spectators, who, this year all got the email about the dress code - Mesh stockings and underwear.

Women of all ages and sizes were seen in Half-Way-Tree and its environ showing off their bodies and getting on bad on the sidelines as the costumed carnival reveller streamed through the city.

Bacchanal Jamaica kick started their march at Sovereign Centre at 10:30 a.m. They made their way to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave and on to Montrose. From there they headed to Trafalgar Road and on to Old Hope Road. They traversed Knutsford Boulevard, Waterloo, Trafalgar, Constant Spring Road, West King's House Road and Half Way Tree, before ending at the Lime Golf Academy.

Xaymaca is started at 9:45 a.m., on Grenada Crescent, headed on to Knutsford Boulevard and moved into the Trafalgar area and then on Holborn/Chelsea Avenue, before moving on to Half Way Tree Road. They ended their march on Trafalgar Road.

Xodus, the third band on the road for the day, was a succes story, doubling their numbers from last year. They started their journey at 10:30 a.m., by Tastee in Liguanea. Revellers will then made their way past Sovereign Centre on to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave. From there they went past BMW headquarters, where they stopped for lunch and refreshment before heading to the Trafalgar Road area. Waterloo, Constant Spring, West King's House roads and South Avenue, are also on the Xodus route. They ended at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Absent from this year's road march was the original carnival band, Jamaica Carnival.

Revellers and spectator then mixed and mingled at the numerous after parties at Riu, Truck Stop and other major events





yanique-samuels-and-ishawna.jpgWhen rumours started floating around that Yanique an cricketer Marlon Samuels were an item, Yanique denied it on several occasions, however, the bodacious diva has since taken to social media to blast Samuels, who she says is stalking and harassing her to the point where she had to report it to the cops.

The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host told her social media followers about threats, harassment and stalking and accused Samuels of throwing shade on social media, making his friends call her and that he took her phone and threatened to leak her personal photos online.

As the high drama unfolded in the virtual space, Yanique, who will be starting her own reality series soon, showed a screenshot message from 'Insta Boy' Samuels along with his Insta story which announced that he would be a guest judge on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. She captioned it with the question: "Mi style yuh and mi wicked cause mi nuh wah yuh?."

Interestingly, just last week, the Insta Boy had uploaded a picture of a hot lawyer girl and caption it "...and everything is real". Social meadi fans had said that Samuels was throwing shade at Yanique, who has allegedly had implants.

Speculation also was that Yanique qas upset that Inst Boy Samuels had appeared in Ishawna's music video and so the two were "fighting" over Samuels. Yanique addressed this issue saying, "I will never beef with Ishawna or any dancehall fraternity member over you."

And the beat goes on....





The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has received two Gold Muse awards in the International Muse Creative Awards Competition for 2018 for the very popular 'Pinchy Dead' video, which warns against fake news, and 'Ordinary People', which warns parents to be more aware of what their children are viewing online.

The hilarious, but serious 'Pinchy Dead', features popular local vlogger and recording artiste Bella Blair, and is one of the first in the world to address the problem of fake news and encourages online users to be more careful when consuming and sharing content online. The video was viewed on social media more than two million times and shared more than 8,000 times within the first month of release.

The BCJ's 'Ordinary People' is designed to remind parents that young people are now accessing content across multiple devices. It is a wake-up call for greater parental responsibility and parental guidance.

Cordel Green, executive director of the BCJ, noted that these international awards "recognise the commission's ability to respond creatively to modern-day digital literacy issues in a manner that has global appeal".

"We recognise the breakthrough achievement of designers, marketers, artists, writers, photographers, videographers, and digital experts who set the trends of the global creative industry," said Kenjo Ong, president for the International Awards Associates (IAA), which administers the Muse Awards.





Ziggy Marley to release new album May 18

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ziggy-marley-rebellion-rises.jpgEight-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, on May 18 through Tuff Gong Worldwide and it will be distributed in Jamaica and the Caribbean by Tuff Gong International.

Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love.

No track embodies this message better than the album's title track and official first single Rebellion Rises. The song encourages its listeners to use the power humans have as instruments of positive change around the world.

Rebellion Rises marks Marley's first studio release in two years, following 2016's critically acclaimed self-titled project which took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Reggae Album and marked his fourth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart. Digital pre-orders will be available starting today. All digital pre-orders will include an instant free track of Rebellion Rises, which is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.

This June, Marley will embark on the first leg of his North American tour with stops in a number of west coast markets including Napa, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. The tour will then make its way to Europe beginning June 29 where it opens in Legnano, Italy.





It's Charlyyyyyyy-Not-So-Black!

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charly-not-so-black.jpgSoooo. Diamond-selling dancehall artiste Charly Black, posted a picture of himself looking quite light skinned, or bleached out, as Dancehall fans would say.

As expected, social media chewed up the Party Animal singer who displayed a lighter skin tone than his previous images on his Instagram account. He had captioned the now viral photo of himself dancing with a female: "ARIES BIRTHDAY MOOD 💯🎉🎊🍸🥂🎁 #aries #turrrrrrble#charlyblack #teamunstoppable🤞🏿 #charlyblackbirthdayparty2018,"

Well, we checked out other photos of Charly, in the same clothes and he looked his usual complexion. So, it could have been the lighting, the angle and the editing that caused the apparent colour change.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Charly!!!!!!!





travis-greene.jpgKnown and loved for an impressive body of praise and worship songs, Grammy nominee and multiple awards winning gospel artiste, Travis Greene, brought the curtains down in impeccable style at Easter Monday's staging of Unity in the City.

Clearly this gospel show has its crowd and they were present long before the 6:00PM start time and seemed to stream in endlessly throughout the evening. With a sold-out platinum, gold and VIP sections right on the field in front of the hi-tech looking stage, and a grandstand almost full to capacity, the stage was set to create unity in Kingston city.

Showing his musical ability, Travis Greene strummed his guitar and then played the keyboard as he truly belted out new age gospel favourites interspersed with an old favourite, Jesus Paid It all. Among the songs Greene performed were Made a Way, See the Light and a reggae remix of Intentional. Full of more sedate worship rather than the over-the-top praise, Greene, brought on his wife to give a testimony of God's goodness in the safe delivery of their son, who doctors had recommended be aborted at 21 weeks.

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Among the acts billed for the show were heavyweights Grammy award winners Israel Houghton and JJ Hairston, complemented by top-rated local acts who have also made their name on the international scene.

Houghton and his New Breed band delivered hits songs including Here I Am to Worship, Trading my Sorrows and I Am Not Forgotten. Hairston and his Youthful Praise choir made souls sway with songs like Great Is Our God, You Deserve It and Great and Mighty God.

did favourites like Back to the Owner and Bible Addict. But he also ministered about how God saved him from a life of mischief and purposeless.

High-energy sets also came from DJ Nicholas, Kevin Downswell and Jermaine Edwards. Downswell performed tracks including If It's Not You, Already Done and All the Way. The vibrant sound of new gospel continued with Edwards who sang favourites like Nah Bow, Beautiful Day and Hallelujah.

The huge crowd showed their appreciation for all the acts and seen in the audience was gospel artiste, Judy Mowatt, who told Yardflex in an interview after the concert that she enjoyed herself thoroughly.

"This concert could not miss me. When I heard the line-up I knew I just had to be here and I am certainly happy that I came. I enjoyed myself and I was blessed," she said.





Has Denyque joined the plastic club?

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denyque-photo-2.jpgHas Denyque joined Yanqiue Curvy Diva, Aidonia's wife Kimberly Megan and Usain Bolt's longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett, as the newest member of the plastic club.

Well the recording artiste and TV personality is sporting ample cleavage these days so its very possible, in addition, her husband, Careem Mullings, sparked rumours over the weekend when he shared a post of the two and tagged popular American cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Miami on Denyque's boobs.

The gesture sent tongues wagging on social media as many speculated that the "Proud Wifey" singer went under the knife recently.





khago-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste, Khago who recently dropped an album called "Walk A Mile'', which made a big debut on the Billboard Reggae chart, has released yet another album.

On Friday, the prolific singer/songwriter released "Dancehall Soca" and already it is making its presence felt on the iTunes charts.

In fact, it seems like Khago's album is doing better that that of his longtime rival, I-Octane, whose latest album Love & Life, was also released in Friday.

Social media is convinced that Khago did this to spite I-Octane

Interstingly, on Sunday, Khago captioned a video on Instagram, showing the iTunes chart with his album sitting smugly at number 3 while, Octane's project is just outside thge Top 10...at number 11.

Khago declared: ''Look wat a gwaan pan iTunes lol ja two top legends in control don't worry Jamaica ....we taken back ur music''.





chi-ching-ching-rock-di-world-ft-fatman-scoop-patoranking-stonebwoy-photo-1.jpgKingston, JAMAICA; After having major success with the Rock Di World single on tour with Sean Paul, Chi-Ching officially released the single with Sean Paul's Dutty Rock Productions label - to which he is now signed.

On Friday, March 30, Chi-Ching Ching (born Radion Beckford) released the official music video for the Rock Di World Remix featuring African acts Patoranking and Stonebwoy and American entertainer Fatman Scoop. The viral song garnered so much attention that Canadian video producer Kieran Khan took the lead on the music video. The remix encapsulates the unmatched energy and worldwide appeal of Dancehall as well as highlights the international synergies formed by Jamaican entertainer Chi-Ching Ching.

"The storyline of the song, is that barriers and borders are no more. You have Afrobeat that's now fusing with Dancehall, and then they incorporate dancing into it," revealed Khan.

chi-ching-ching-rock-di-world-ft-fatman-scoop-patoranking-stonebwoy-photo-2.jpgKhan alluded that it was important for the video to showcase Chi-Ching Ching's truth; that of a dancer turned internationally acclaimed performing and recording artiste.

"Rock Di World is a powerful and inspirational song to make the whole word happy and just want to dance. The dance move is created by dancer friend Shakespeare, and it is so easy; no bathroom training required, no mirror needed," the effervescent Chi-Ching Ching explained.

Rock Di World is the first track released from Chi-Ching Ching highly anticipated Turning Tables album produced by Dutty Rock Productions.

Dubbed #ChingLinks, Chi-Ching Ching's fans are already looking forward to the official release of the Rope music video, which has been teased as the second dance anthem to be released from his debut album that is in the final stages of production.





aidonia-photo-4.jpgEarlier this week a video surfaced online showing Aidonia and his crew walking into a venue for a show in St. Kitts and Nevis. Turns out two men had a fight that resulted in a stampede. We're told that several patrons got hurt but the deejay and his crew were not harmed. The video clip below shows a man smashing a bottle in the head of another man.

Aidonia team has since released a statement denying that he was attacked or hurt in the incident. "Contrary to a surfeit to spurious reports being perpetuated online that 4th Genna Recording artiste Aidonia was attacked during a recent stint in St.Kitts," his management team said in the statement. "We would like to advise the masses that these allegations are false and aimed at sullying the entertainer's reputation."

The 4th Genna deejay says he was at a meet and greet with his fans when the incident went down. Fans came out in huge numbers but two rival gangs decided to attack each other and put a halt to the event. Aidonia took quick action and was ushered out of the venue by his security detail.





Producer Justus successfully removes tumour

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justus-arison-producer.jpgPopular Dancehall producer Justus Arison shared the great news of his successful operation to remove a tumor with his followers on social media Tuesday when he uploaded a photo in a hospital.

"Back from the dead again #tumorfree," Arison wrote.

Back in 2015, Justus made headlines after his 'High Life' rhythm instrumental was featured on the popular reality TV series, 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' on the E! network.





MBJ Airports Limted (MBJ), operator of Sangster International Airport (SIA), featured lovers rock sensation Romain Virgo in concert on Sunday 25 March to kick off a pop-up concert series that will continue throughout the year.

"We are delighted to feature Romain Virgo in collaboration with VP Records to launch our pop-up concert series at Sangster International Airport as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary as operator," said MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. "We are proud to showcase such phenomenal talent and look forward to featuring more of Jamaica's great entertainers in the months ahead," Echevarne added.

The pop-up concerts are part of MBJ's vision to create the "Irie Airport Experience" and establish Jamaica's leading international gateway as a cultural attraction in its own right.

MBJ is a proud patron of the arts and showcases Jamaican culture throughout the airport. In 2017, the airport operator hosted the 25th International Reggae Poster Contest exhibition and award ceremony and a local crafts competition.

MBJ also features some of the island's leading musical talent on the MBJ Mixtape, produced by RazzAttack Muzik, which can be heard throughout the airport on the PA system. MBJ has partnered with Tuff Gong Trading, a leading retailer in the departure terminal, to ensure albums by Romain Virgo and other artistes who contributed to the MBJ Mixtape are available for sale at the airport.

MBJ is celebrating its 15th Anniversary as operator of Sangster International Airport in April, with a series of activities scheduled throughout the year to commemorate the milestone.





Kabaka Pyramid has the ladies 'Kaught Up'

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgAs the anticipation continues to build surrounding the release of international reggae artist Kabaka Pyramids' debut album, Kontraband; here comes the release of a third single titled Kaught Up.

A different vibe from his first two tracks, Cant Breathe and Borders, Kabaka gives us a more romantic side, something the ladies can enjoy and appreciate.

The track starts out with Kabaka Pyramid melodically expressing his appreciation for that special someone who has just captivated his mind, heart and soul. Produced by Genis T Nadal out of Barcelona, the track gives you an up tempo-futuristic dancehall, club banger vibe. Staying true to the lyrical style he is known for, Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint in this single either as he delivers a blistering third verse in a hip-hop flavour.

Throughout the single, Kabaka expresses what he loves about this special woman and how her independence, style, beauty and humor makes up what he really admires about her. The Kaught Up factor for many men is one that usually catch them off guard, as they try to remain 'manly' and firm when in a relationship. Yet, to find that special one who gets your palm sweaty, your heart fluttering when she walks in a room and feeling star struck whenever she's around, you know this must be someone special.

Kabaka recently shot the video for Kaught Up in Miami, with plans to release soon.. In the upcoming weeks Kabaka Pyramid will be available for interviews as he is set to announce the album release date.

Kaught Up can be streamed or purchased on all major digital platforms at

Kabaka Pyramid - Kaught Up (Single)





buju-banton-photo-9.jpgSo after the announcement from Buju's team at a press conference, that his first show post-prison would be in Trinidad and the expected backlash from fans in Jamaica, Josef Budafuco, another member of Buju Banton's management team was forced to issue an emergency response.

Following the announcement on the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit, Budafuco said Trinidad may not be Buju's first performance following his prison release on December 8, 2018.

He however admitted that April 22, 2019 will see Buju Banton performing in Trinidad. Budafuco also added that talks with promoters in Jamaica and the Caribbean for a Buju Banton concert are currently underway.





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As the entire world knows by now, power couple (Oh boy, that term again)...anyway, power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce jetted into Jamaica last week Sunday and were reportedly staying at "a residence in Kingston", which some say is none other than the exclusive Strawberry Hill.

Anyway the on the run power couple created quite a frenzy when they were spotted in Trench Town on a bike, breathing in the same air as the peasants. (Or perhaps it was the peasants breathing in the same air as the power couple.)

So, back to the headline of this article. The dynamic duo, were described by Daily Mail as being "the picture of bliss and relaxation as they sat in the sunshine, while Jay-Z sipped from his beverage".

Well, we're not sure if Jay was really drinking Jamaica's signature beer, Red Stripe, but a few bottles of the world famous brew were spotted on the table, while below the table we saw a bottle of Appleton rum. The picture was taken by Splash.

Reports are that the couple also visited Hellshire Beach, where they did a video/photo shoot.

Big up to Red Stripe and Wray & Nephew and of course, Beyonce and Jay Z. Hope this scene makes the final cut. -- Yasmine Peru





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgIf the recently released new song from Grammy winning, incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton, a new song, then would that mean that the Gargamel --- like somebody who's in jail in Jamaica -- is recording behind bars in the US?

The single under review is entitled 'Send Back Adams' and it was released last month, on the Crushroad Music label. The song piggybacks on the sentiment expressed in some quarters that the best man for the then vacant post of police commish is former hard-nosed crime fighter, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams. (NB: the vacancy has now been filled.)

While this was a recent hot topic, the fact is tht this is the first time the "Adams for Commissioner' debate has popped up.

We tried to link Buju to hear from his lips if this is really new cereal, but alas, he didn't return our calls.

However, there is some reason to believe that 'Send Back Adams' is an old tune that has been given a rebirth.

According to one historian, the song was actually released in 2007, eleven years ago, on the Rapid Burst riddim and that Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, actually had two songs on the riddim.

The same person also suggests that the producer of the song is just trying a ting "cause Gargamel soon touch road.'

Buju Banton aka Gargamel, is scheduled to be released from prison in the US, the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, in less than nine months time, on December 8 2018.. He was convicted on drug charges in 2009. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the Youtube video below:
Buju Banton - Send Back Adams - February 2018





jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgBeyonce and Jay-Z are being accused of copying Kanye and Kim's motorbike scene from the rapper's Bound 2 video.

The couple are currently in Jamaica reportedly filming a promotional video for their new tour, On The Run II.

On Thursday they were spotted in Kingston surrounded by film crew as they shot more scenes with Queen Bey sat behind her husband on a motorcycle with bull horns on the front.

The 26-year-old Drunk In Love singer was seen in a brown fringed suede dress with her blonde locks styled in frizzy waves.

Jay, 48, could be seen wearing a white shirt open at the neck with grey slacks.

The 99 Problems hitmaker wrapped a silk scarf around his head.

It's not clear if the couple, who are parents to daughter Blue Ivy and twins Sir and Rumi, are filming a music video or promotional material for their new tour.

It's the second time they've been spotted filming on a motorbike duringtheir Jamaica trek.

According to a report in Daily Mail, the images bear a striking resemblance to Kanye West's music video Bound 2 which featured his then fiancee Kim Kardashian.

However, Kanye was definitely NOT the first artiste to pose up on a bike, and he does not exclusive rights to this pose. And if people want to talk about copying, maybe they should check out Grace Jones' style of wearing masks and head-pices and body paint on stage. Grace was wearing masks as part of her performance WAY before Kanye, and quite likely she was his inspiration for his famous head and face gear. So those who think Kanye was the originator of this, just Google the amazing Grace Jones.





Freddie McGregor's "Go Freddie Go" out today

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go.jpgNew York, NY- Legendary reggae icon, Freddie McGregor O.D. and CEO of Big Ship Music Inc. has emerged with new single "Go Freddie Go". The melodically rich song serves a musical testimony of Freddie's lengthy and successful career. The first single off his upcoming album on VP Records, "Go Freddie Go" is sure to become a classic Reggae summer jam.

Produced by Lincoln Thomas for Linkgitz Production and written by Freddie with Lincoln Thomas and Kemar Williams, the words embody self-conviction that whatever is thrown his way, he can handle as Freddie sings "I'm moving much faster, And I make nothing stop me, because Freddie always ready..."

In addition to releasing his new music, Freddie will be embarking on a tour this summer with stops in Canada and the US. Fans can come witness his vast music catalog live as he hits venues in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York with more dates to be added.

"Go Freddie Go, is truly a musical chronology of my life and career through my experiences, my journey and my legacy," said Freddie of his new single.

"I am pleased to be working with VP Records on this project and humbled to have had support from many during my 50 plus years in the business."





Shaggy to rock Queen Elizabeth's birthday bash

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shaggy-queen-elizabeth-and-sting.jpgQueen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday party is a concert that will be televised and broadcast on the radio by the BBC-"a fun and vibrant evening of contemporary hits, songs from classic musicals, unique collaborations and stars from around the Commonwealth," as the Royal Albert Hall's description reads.

The British monarch has a lineup of stars set to perform for her in a live music event with the BBC.

Musicians include Shaggy, Sting, Shawn Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sir Tom Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Anne Marie. The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will air on April 21, Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday.

According to a release from the Palace, "many members of the Royal Family" will be in attendance, though it was not specified whether or not Meghan Markle will be attending ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. Tickets are also available to the public

Sting and Shaggy's album entitled 44/876. is out on 4/20, the day before the Queen's bash. It includes the single "Don't Make Me Wait."





New York, NY (March 20, 2018) In a few days, Love and Harmony cruise will set sail on what will be an unforgettable voyage! Celebrating the Caribbean culture and a variety of entertainment by some of the greatest in reggae and soca as well as great Caribbean cuisine. Yet, Love and Harmony team is also adding a give back portion to all the fun and enjoyment of this annual trip.

"We are grateful for all the harmonizers who have booked their cabins and are sailing away with us this weekend, but we wanted to use this opportunity to give back to some of the less fortunate. With thousands of people setting out to sail to Jamaica and Grand Cayman with us, we figured what better way to come together and contribute to a greater cause" says Steven 'Jabba' Beckford one of the organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise.

The opportunity presented itself to the Love and Harmony team to give back to a little over 90 children residing at SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, Montego Bay. The village has been in existence since 1972 and the compound is made up of 12 small houses, a community center and a kindergarten, which also services the local community. Each of the small houses are home to 6-9 children who refer to each other as brother and sister, and a caretaker who they refer to as mommy. These children are either orphaned, abandoned or have been removed from their homes for multitude of reasons, including physical and sexual abuse.

The Love & Harmony team and cruisers will be donating at least one or more essential items, which was requested by the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town. The items varies from toiletries, school supplies, under clothes, school shoes, to batteries and multi vitamins for children.

All donations will be collected in a collection box once the ship is docked in Montego Bay.

If not sailing on the Love and Harmony Cruise and would like to make a donation please contact 1-800-225-8757 for more information.





Flourgon suing Miley Cyrus for $300 million

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flourgan.jpgThe international media is reporting that Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer's 2013 smash "We Can't Stop" closely resembles a song he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song "We Run Things" has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of "We Can't Stop" comes from him.

According to reporter, Jonathan Stempel, Flourgon accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating his material, including the phrase "We run things. Things no run we," which she sings as "We run things. Things don't run we."

miley-cyrus.jpgRepresentatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Sony did not immediately respond to a similar request.

May said he sought to protect his work last year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things."

He said Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content."

The Kingston, Jamaica resident is also seeking a halt to further sales and performances of "We Can't Stop," according to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case.

"We Can't Stop," from Cyrus' album "Bangerz," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

It was kept from the top by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," itself the subject of a high-profile copyright case over its resemblance to a 1977 Marvin Gaye song. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)





Vinyl Thursdays coming soon in Amsterdam

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Thursday 5 April 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland) is the date to keep in mind.

Vinyl Thursdays will come to Amsterdam! The weekly Vinyl Thursdays event in Kingston (Jamaica) is one of their favorite parties, when the BLACK STAR crew is visiting Jamaica. Once a month they will bring the event to Amsterdam (Holland) now. Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will take place every first Thursday the month in the basement of Hill Street Blues Cafe in Amsterdam centre, starting from Thursday April 5th.

The concept of Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will be exactly the same as in Jamaica: every month (guest) DJ's who play strictly vinyl! Besides the DJ's/selectors, there is time for singers and toasters during the open mic. Everything will be streamed live!

Resident crew: BLACK STAR SOUND feat. Selector DEN-DEN, MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC/host and sound effects).

Free entrance + smokers friendly vibes!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event

Facebook group Vinyl Thursdays For more upcoming events, see Black Star Foundation.





Sunday 18 March 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland)

This Sunday BLACK STAR SOUND (Amsterdam) will bring you a full 6-hour roots reggae DJ set at Hill Street Blues Cafe in the city centre of Amsterdam. Selector DEN-DEN will play from old to brand new tunes and dubplates fresh outta Jamaica! He is assisted by MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC and sound effects). Come along to drink, smoke, dance and enjoy sweet reggae music!

From 19.00 till 01.00 - Free entrance and smokers friendly!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event





15th ANNIVERSARY OF BLACK STAR FOUNDATION

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Sunday 15 April 2018 - Melkweg (Amsterdam - Holland)

On Sunday 15 April 2018 BLACK STAR FOUNDATION will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Black Star Foundation at Melkweg, Amsterdam (Holland)! There will be live performances and DJ's, a photo exhibition, Jamaican food, reggae decorations (in cooperation with DecoRoots) and lots of Black Star merchandise and CD's.

Besides BLACK STAR SOUND, many artists will perform with whom we have worked with over the years, like BACK-A-WALL MOVEMENT (Holland), MC JAHFORTH (Jamaica/Holland), Mr. AYA (France), RAPHA PICO (Surinam/Holland), TWOROOTS band feat. ASHER-E (Holland), LEAH ROSIER (Holland) and EXILE DI BRAVE (Jamaica).

Main act for the event will be Studio One veteran LONE RANGER (Jamaica)!

From 19:00 / Tickets € 15 + membership / Buy your tickets at Tickermaster

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / More info (Facebook event)





World Clash for Reggae Sumfest

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgDownsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash in a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay represents a historic moment in Jamaican Music History.

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Fans were blown away by the sounds and over the top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their World Clash Sound System events at Pier One in Montego Bay......presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition....These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world....featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat / Pink Panther, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on. Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One year after year....then one day, it was over.....some political problems. But now...it is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest....Bringing the greatest sound system event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music. Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Enterttainment had this to say about it all....." We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one....The biggest and best ever " . Irish & Chin founder Garfield " Chin " Bourne expressed his excitement with the following...." I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand...returning to Jamaica, bringing World Clash with Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many many years....What a great homecoming !





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgRick Ross joins Jamaican dancehall star Konshens on his genre-bending single "Big Belly."

Blending reggae, dancehall, and trap, the Rvssian-produced track allows the rapper to celebrate life and money. "Big Belly, mon," he raps. "You know the don / Rolex on my arm, I keep my soldiers armed."

"Big Belly" is one of 16 tracks off Konshens' sophomore album It Feel Good, which also features Chris Brown ("Bruk Off Yuh Back"), Shaggy ("Body Happy"), and Satori ("Days of My Life"). In 2016, Konshen's "Bruk Off Yuh Back," blew up, garnering a remix with Breezy, which came became the song's official single.

Konshens has now previewed the music video for the single.

"Big Belly" is the first video to be released from the project and the Subkonshus boss recently hinted that there could be more videos coming.

Last week, he and Tarrus Riley dropped the video for their collaborative effort "Simple Blessing" featured on the 'All Night Riddim' produced by Chimney Records.





lorna-goodison.jpgJamaican poet Lorna Goodison is one of eight receipients of the Windham-Campbell Prize, which will see each writer being awarded a US$165,000 prize to support their writing.

The prize was established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell. The prize is among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the prizes are based.

Lorna Goodison's poetry draws the reader into a panoramic history of a woman's life, bearing witness to female embodiment, the colonial legacy, mortality, and the sacred.

Lorna Goodison is one of the Caribbean's foremost writers and the current Poet Laureate of Jamaica. She has received many honours, including the Musgrave Medal (1999) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (1987). She is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, where she was the Lemuel A. Johnson Professor of English and African and Afro-American Studies.





spice-photo-5.jpgThat's the question being asked on social media after Spice posted her clip.

On Tuesday, a promotional video of the Dancehall artiste playing a game "Two truths and a bluff" was posted and immediately social media went into overdrive, with some blasting Spice for selling out Jamaica because she made her Jamaican accent disappear. Others defended her by saying that she had to talk that way so that the viewers would understand what she is saying since many foreigners do not understand the Jamaican accent.

The first official video of Spice from the upcoming season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta showed Spice making three statements and fans were asked to state which two are true and which one was a lie.

The "Duffle Bag" rapper shared that Alicia Keys told her she was beautiful, former United States president slapped her on her ass, and she used to live in London. As expected the bit about Obama was the bluff. As Spice said, "Of course he didn't slap me on my ass...but everyone knows that I have a crush on Barack Obama...





popcaan-and-jah-vinci.jpgA brand new collaboration titled 'Steamy' is the treat that formers Gaza members Popcaan and Jah Vinci have for their fans. Here is a line from the collab: "P**y dem dead an' gone and bury, rifle a buss them jelly," Jah Vinci sings while Popcaan added, "Dash them in a bush them find them smelly, real old grungrel a beat up the belly, man skull a steam."

The two former members of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire/Gaza camp dropped the gritty single produced by Unruly Entertainment on Monday, March 5. Their last collab was six years ago on the 2012 single "Life Lost" another gritty song on the Arch Evil Riddim.and fans have been waiting for this one.





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgJamaican dancehall star Konshens, the artiste responsible for bashment party essentials "Bruk Off Yuh Back" and "Gal a Bubble," has teamed up with Rick Ross on new single "Big Belly."

"Big Belly," freshly premiered on Billboard.com, seamlessly blends dancehall and trap vibes courtesy of Rvssian, the Jamaican producer known for his work with Bad Bunny, Kevin Gates and Vybz Kartel.

Fresh off recent collaborations with Major Lazer ("Front of the Line"), Nipsey Hussle ("Succa Proof"), The Chainsmokers ("Don't Let Me Down" remix) and Nicky Jam/Bad Bunny ("Privado"), Konshens is taking dancehall to a higher level with his sophomore LP, It Feel Good. The album, the first in a new venture with San Francisco-based EMPIRE, features appearances from Rick Ross, Shaggy, Chris Brown and Tarrus Riley, and production from a committee of Jamaica's most talented producers including Rvssian, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and Don Corleon. (PHOTO CREDIT: KEYSUS)

It Feel Good is out now:

https://Empire.lnk.to/ItFeelGood





Govana tops charts in St. Vincent

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govana.jpgAfter being named '2017 Breakthrough Artiste of the Year' and taking home some silverware courtesy of the 'Your View Awards' (YVAs). 4th Genna recording artiste Govana is definitely seeing an upsurge in popularity and demand come 2018.

Enjoying premium rotation on the airwaves and social scene, the Spanish Town deejay has also seen a considerable spike in requests for concert appearances across the diaspora. The artiste is booked for a cadre of high profile assignments in the weeks ahead including Digicel Grand Prix, Up To The Line (After Champs Party), Aidonia Birthday Party, Crab Fest and Reggae Sumfest among a plethora of others. Govana is also expected to depart the island in May for Toronto, Canada.

Best known for the tracks Run Road, Gyal Clown, Gyal Thief, Loco and Breeze (featuring Aidonia), the deejay has also climbed to the top of St. Vincent's Hot 97.1FM Chart with his latest effort 'Rich Forever'. Featured on the newly released Life's Path rhythm compilation the project is produced by Good Good Production.





Reggae Sumfest partners with Bacchanal Jamaica

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sumfest-2018-bacchanal-photo-1.jpgDownsound Entertainment (DSE), through its Reggae Sumfest Brand, will be partnering with Bacchanal Jamaica as the presenting sponsor of Bacchanal Live, to be held on Friday , March 23 at the Mas Camp. It will be the first live event of the season and will feature Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal band. In addition, the Reggae Sumfest truck will be a part of the road parade on Sunday , April 8.

"DownSound Entertainment is about offering first class entertainment" remarked Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of DSE, "and we are also about inclusiveness. Over the last two years we increased the following for Reggae Sumfest significantly, both locally and globally and that remains our main focus. This year we have started the promotions of the festival early and our campaign is vibrant. The carnival audience is very similar to our Sumfest audience and our partnership with Bacchanal Jamaica will help us to promote Sumfest to a large fun-loving audience, looking for new opportunities for great entertainment. Carnival, like Sumfest, brings in many visitors to the island, particularly to Kingston. This can only help to build our economy and this therefore fulfills another objective of DownSound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest."

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Skatta Burrell, DownSound team member expanded on some of the joint marketing initiatives and shared that "street promotions for Reggae Sumfest started with the Sumfest Dolls making the rounds of Bacchanal and other events in the lead up for the carnival season and now they will also be in the road parade with the Reggae Sumfest truck which is well known for its striking and vibrant design. We will be spicing it up for Carnival and it will certainly be the most impressive truck in the parade. We will be mixing in just a taste of our Reggae Sumfest style with the music of pretty mas, adding to the vibes on the road."

"Reggae Sumfest is a one of a kind event", commented Karla Jankee of DSE, "always exciting, always with its own style, and our Sumfest Dolls will definitely stand out as they join the parade clad in unique costumes featuring the exquisite designs of Nish Kollections. Of course they will be tweaked specially to fit into the carnival theme.

When asked about the association, Charmaine Franklin, director of Bacchanal Jamaica remarked, " We welcome DownSound Entertainment to the Bacchanal family. We believe that there are synergies that can work very well between Reggae Sumfest and Carnival. More and more of the soca performers are doing collaborations with reggae and dancehall artistes developing a crossover sound that is very catchy and very much liked by all Caribbean people. It is therefore a good time for this collaboration of the two events. We can definitely work together for the development of both and the Bacchanal team is committed to also working with DownSound to promote Reggae Sumfest.

Tickets for Bacchanal Live are already on sale online and will go on sale in the outlets soon.

Additional information on Sumfest's week of activities and early bird tickets can be found at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





Lanz still Nah Leggo...now on Canadian tour

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lanz.jpgDancehall artiste Lanz is now in Canada for a 10-day tour involving at least three club dates and other promotion appearances.

The first show dubbed 'Magnificient Black': The Savage Girls Edition was held at the Empire Banquet Hall on March 2nd and then he will be performing at 'Lanz: March Madness' at the Mobay Jerk spot in Brampton, Ontario on March 9th.

"I am really looking forward to performing for my fans in Canada, there is a lot of buzz around the shows based on the feedback on my social media pages, so the shows are really going to be lit," Lanz said.

Lanz had to postpone a pair of shows a few weeks ago because of 'logistical issues'.

"The process was a bit slow so things go held up but now, everything is set," he said.

The tour ends on March 12th.





Mitch, Dalla Coin team up

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mitch-and-dalla-coin.jpgFormer ARP member Mitch has teamed up with deejay Dalla Coin for several musical collaborations. Their work has borne fruit with Body of a Goddess and Goose Bumps. Both songs are produced by Emperor Production.

To date, the duo has recorded six songs.

Mitch has also released solo material, including Big Woman (Weedy G Soundforce) and Give Me a Call (Don Corleon Records).

Born Roger Mitchell, he hails from the Kingston 13 area.

In addition to Mitch, ARP comprised Orville "Da'Ville" Thomas, Patrick Hylton, Leon Gilbert, and Orand Rose-Green. The group performed in an R&B style over dancehall rhythms. The group dissolved in the early 2000s.

Dalla Coin has been doing music professionally for the last six years. His first song was Don a Road, a collaboration with Dwayno. He also released Take Over, which was produced by ZJ Rush.

The Old Harbour, St Catherine-based dancehall artiste was born Dalrick McBean.

"I bring to the table musically a fun-loving type of music, music that everyone can relate to; also, some conscious music to the people, to lift the minds of the people across the world in a positive way," he said.

The duo has plans to make inroads locally and overseas, and are currently managed by Emperor Production.





tupac-and-biggie.jpgBefore hip hop legend Tupac passed away, he recorded a track for his brother that will be released on a various artists hip hop compilation album this summer. The Tupac track wiill be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by The Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica.

The hip hop album which features the Tupac single along with songs from Ed Sheeran, Sean Kingston, Pitbull, Jethro Sheeran, Chris Brown, Capleton, Notorious B.I.G. Akon and Contractor. Biggie Smalls will make an appearance on the album courtesy of songs from his live performance in Jamaica in 1996.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the US.

On April 7, 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. And his mother and father were both members of the Black Panthers movement.





Safaree's long john breaks the Internet

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safaree-vh1.jpg"#Safaree breaks the internet" screams a twitter post from BET TV. Move over Kim Kardashian and Dexta Daps, a new king is in town.

Jamaican rapper and reality TV show star Safaree is clearly having his own #metooman moment after a leaked photo and video of his eggplant on the internet sent global female fans in a frenzy. Those who saw it said it was a 'Big Deal!' Popular Jamaican dancehall DJ Dexta Daps had endured a similar fate some time ago when a nude photo of him leaked mysteriously.

But in the case of Safaree, the global stampede escalated to a shocking new level, pushing US President Donald Trump off the Internet radar. TMZ, Daily Mail, Bossip, Hollywood Gossip, Hip Hop Wired, In Touch Weekly, VH1 and Hot 97 all carried feature stories about the erotic nude pics. Twitter was flooded with thousands of posts, some ranging from disbelief, shock while others were downright funny.

TMZ posted "Safaree Samuels' weiner is trending!?!? Bossip wrote "Safari's mighty pum pum pulverizer is still bruising the internet's cervix." And a grey-haired granny looking like twice Safaree's age posted a one minute video clip pleading her case, "Don't think cause I'm old I can't handle it. One more for the road. ' Safaree call me when you want some of this old throwback."

Some questioned whether Safaree leaked his own nude pics as a publicity stunt. Seems plausible, given he dropped a new single 'Hunnid' that coincided with the release of the pics. Social media was not the only platform buzzing with excitement. Safaree was interviewed on the popular Breakfast Club with Charlamagne and the Steve Harvey radio program did a segment about his Anaconda which Nicki Minaj reportedly sang about in her song of the same name.

Irie Jam Radio, the loudest voice to Jamaicans in the Diaspora wanted in on the Safaree buzz.

"DJ Roy is on radio right now. We need to find Safaree immediately to talk about the media frenzy happening on social media with his career" Bobby Clake, head-honcho of Irie Jam Radio said.

Safaree got traction in the Jamaican diaspora just a few weeks ago after the Gleaner picked him as one of six Caribbean nationals in the Diaspora to watch in 2018. A few weeks later, he received his very first award - a Blue & Bougie Impact Award at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx.

"Seems like we honored Safaree two weeks too early" Jerry Mac of Blue & Bougie Inc declared. "Can you imagine the hysteria with the ladies inside Mingles Cafe if we had him this Sunday. That would be a good problem to have. We may need to book him right now" he said. And meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Hot Cocoa, a love coach, purred, "Move over Dexta Daps, Safaree just brought me a red rose and he's reeling out his long, long fire hose".

A curious fan who was inside Mingles Cafe for his appearance said "some people thought Safaree was boring, now he is making nuff girls horny."

Shockwaves from the Safaree internet thud could be felt 3,000 miles away in Negril, Jamaica where an inside source told this publication that a sexy Negril beach resort is considering extending an invitation for the rapper to vacation there with a bevy of beauties when he gets a break from the 'March madness' happening on social media right now.

With all the international publicity he has garnered in recent months, Safaree has stayed close to his Jamaican roots. His combination single with Sean Kingston was included on the #1 album this week on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart 'Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica." The TV star regularly gives exposure to Brand Jamaica on his VH1 Love & Hip Hop: NY TV show. Just weeks ago he also started an online petition on Changer.org, advocating for Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer to obtain a United States Work Visa. And not surprisingly, for last year, Safaree was named 2017 Sexiest Man of the Year.





freddie-kenya.jpgFreddie McGregor, Culture and Reggae music dominated the landscape of Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend as the Big Ship Captain and his entourage sailed into the country for a long-awaited performance.

It was a show like no other and one which far surpassed the high expectations of the throngs which went to witness the legends live in performance.

Culture's performance in Nairobi was a two and a half hour set that was well received. Kenyatta Hill, aka Culture, has a large fan base in Africa and Kenya's people gobbled up some conscious Reggae music.Hill went on his feet and you could feel him through every energetic performance.

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Freddie McGregor's set lasted almost four hours and not even the rain could stop his show.The rain seemed endless as showers continued throughout his performance.The audience participation was tremendous as Kenyans sang McGregor's songs word for word.

The audience of on or around 4,000 patrons got wet from Culture's performance to McGregora.This audience was passionate and made the artiste feel warm.

A rain-soaked Freddie told his audience, "I love you Kenya...if you wanna get wet,I can too..Promise to give you all your request!"

That was a reference to the 50-song request list that Freddie received when he made his entry into Kenya days earlier, when he was greeted by a throng of journalists, Twelve Tribe supporters and fans.

"Do you have any idea how popular you are here?" the journalists asked the legendary Reggae singer.

The hugely successful Jamhuri Reggae Festival was promoted by Head Cornerstone Entertainment.





Contractor boasts new Tupac music

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tupac.jpgContractor Music Marketing is in possession of new music from late rapper Tupac.

Reports are that before he died, Tupac Shakur laid down a track for his brother Mopreme Shakur. The Tupac track will be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica. It will be released on a various artiste compilation hip-hop album before the start of summer 2018.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the United States.

Meanwhile, Contractor Music Marketing currently sits in the number one position on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart with a various artist compilation titled Tropical House Cruises To Jamaica.





Is it Kartel....or not?

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vybz-kartel-playing-football-in-prison.jpgThe viral video clip of Vybz Kartel has the Internet divided.

Some say that it's the Worl' Boss, others say it aint him.

Well...in the clip, a man resembling the jailed Dancehall star can be seen playing a game of football with inmates at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, formerly known as General Penitentiary (GP).

The person resembling Kartel is seen shirtless in khaki shorts, blue underpants and rocking shades.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer is serving a life sentence, following the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. His appeal is scheduled for later this year.

See video below and decide for yourself:





50 Cent to unveil another show

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50-cent-the-oath.jpgEntertainment mogul Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has another show on the way.

The Oath was set to debut on Crackle next month, but the programme's executive producer released the pilot on his Facebook page for a limited time.

The Oath stars Sean Bean, Ryan Kwanten, Cory Hardrict, Katrina Law, Arlen Escarpeta and J.J. Soria.

Sony Network's Crackle is a free streaming service app that is available on Roku, Android, Xbox, Apple TV, PS3, iPhone, and more.





The official soundtrack for the Black Panther film is packed with Hip Hop and R&B stars. Grammy-winner Kendrick Lamar oversaw the LP, and he helped recruit SZA, The Weeknd, Jay Rock, Future, Schoolboy Q, James Blake, Khalid, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, and more for the Top Dawg Entertainment release.

TDE in-house hitmaker Mark "Sounwave" Spears produced several tracks for the project.

Several African artistes were part of the Black Panther: The Album tracklist. Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Yugen Blakrok, and Saudi were introduced to many American listeners thanks to the collection of music from and inspired by the Marvel Studios global blockbuster.





Bugle rocks YVAs; ready for Guyana

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bugle-photo-4.jpgAttired in a burgundy and white designer garb, Bugle, delivered a masterful performance last weekend at the Your View Awards (YVAs), held at the National Indoor Sports Centrer in Kingston. Despite not taking home any silverware the Rastafarian crooner was the recipient of two nominations for 'Local Album of the Year' for his latest body of work 'Be Yourself' along with a nod for the 'Humanitarian Award'.

The latter is a collaborative effort between the YVAs and Sagicor and is given to a member of the entertainment fraternity who has an active foundation rendering assistance within the prescribed nomination period. Bugle said he is happy for the recognition, and hope it will serve as a platform to inspire others to do more for the less fortunate.

"Awards are always good but that is not the focus of my Foundation. I am hoping the highlight from the nomination will help to inspire others to join the cause to help the less fortunate of this anointed country." - Bugle intimated.

Bugle and Wayne Marshall performing at the 2018 Your View Awards (YVAs)

Sunday morning, only hours after the award show the 'Rasta Party' crooner and members of the An9ted Humanitarian Foundation team were spotted across the Kingston and St. Andrew metropolis handing out hot meals to the homeless in the third instalment of their feeding initiative. The team was also joined by fellow conscious singer I-Wayne.

"People said they saw me performing only hours earlier and now I am in the streets feeding the homeless. The truth is, hunger doesn't give the poor a break, so we have to do whatever we can even when we're tired." - Bugle added

Meanwhile, Bugle is slated to depart the island later this week as headliner for a concert in Guyana. The singer also recently completed a stint at the 2018 instalment of 'Unplugged' hosted by Usain Bolt Tracks & Records.





kenny-bling-photo-2.jpgAfar Music Group artiste, Kenny Bling, is in anticipation mode as his label is set to release his debut EP ''Still Working", on Friday March 2, 2018.

The six-track EP comprises three songs which have already been released and three brand new offerings which Kenny Bling is confident will connect with his ever growing fan base.

Known for his smooth delivery and flow, the artiste has a knack for picking normal, everyday topics such as friendship and loyalty and injecting a twist which makes the ultimate difference between good and great. Kenny did this with the singles ''Mi Chargie'' on the popular ''Level Up'' riddim and ''Bubble Fimi'' his second release, which was geared towards his female fans who gravitated to the song's lyrical content and wide-ranging appeal. Both of these songs, along with "Choices", a positive dancehall song which educates the youths about the importance of making good choices, appear on the EP.

Since signing with Afar Music Group in May 2017, Kenny has released a slew of songs, and has been steadily building his repertoire and gaining recognition in the dancehall arena locally and internationally. A video for the song ''Mi Chargie'' was filmed in Steel Lane, Stony Hill the home town of Kenny Bling and social media promotion via Instagram for "Bubble Fimi" took the single to another level with a dance competition hosted by popular dancer Dancehall Queen Sher.

Encouraged by the positive feedback, Kenny Bling declares that he has a responsibility to keep on working, hence the name of his debut EP. As he explains, "This music is a process, not only to make but to deliver to the consuming ears....and since life is a journey to us the process never stops. So we are continuously working on perfecting the music and life, hence the title ''Still Working."





skepta-and-naomi-photo-1.jpgSkepta and Naomi Campbell appear topless on the next cover of British GQ and social media is in overdrive.

The grime artiste and the supermodel. whose mother is Jamaican, appear in a racy embrace to discuss race, sex and love in the April edition of the magazine.

The cover quickly became a hot topic on Twitter, with many people taken aback by the photo. "Well that's warming things up a bit this morning. What a cover," wrote one person. "I need to read a romance book about this cover! Like, STAT!!" another person tweeted.

GQ said on its website that the pair first met at the British Fashion Awards in 2016 and are now "close friends".

But the cover has fuelled more speculation the pair are dating.

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The supermodel teased the images from the shoot on Instagram before the full cover was released today.

According to GQ, the pair were first introduced by British Vogue editor Edward Enninful at the awards and went on to the after party together.

The pair have teamed up together to work on a new underwear line as part of Skepta's MAINS fashion collection.

Skepta has had a meteoric rise and is currently viewed as one of the trailblazers of the grime music scene.

That was cemented last year when the 35-year-old's album, Konnichiwa, won the Mercury prize for album of the year.

As for Naomi Campbell, she remains one of the most iconic supermodels on the planet.





Will Kartel finally allow Popcaan to visit?

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kartel-and-popcaan.jpgThis sounds like...Will the little boy be rewarded with a lollipop for good behaviour?

So..reports are that Vybz Kartel is "considering allowing his former protege Popcaan to visit him in prison" because Kartel has apparently been seeing the Unruly Boss' recent efforts to redeem himself and is quite impressed.

WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!!

Anyway, the source is quoted thus: "Mi nah guh lie, addi [Vybz Kartel] deal wid Popcaan a wah eno but him seh the tough love look like it a finally teach him loyalty," the source said. "Suh right now him might mek him visit him soon suh dem can have a serious talk."

Kartel is said to have recently given Popcaan a shoutout when he dropped the video for his throwback single "Duh Weh U Wah Fi Duh" on Instagram.

"Yo see the corolla and think seh a cabbi / A addi wi give u supm fi deal wid u shabbi / Man a bawl and a seh don't dweet mi daddy / Popcaan a go wadda dem / Becuz dem no bad at all a mi name them a call," he deejays in the track.

Popcaan, who was labelled a police informant by Gaza fans shortly after Vybz Kartel's incarceration, spotted the post and quickly commented, "Cool Reminder."

However Popcaan visiting Vybz Kartel at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, seems more and more of a possibility as the days go by. Remeber....Kartel who previously bashed Tommy Lee Sparta for his alleged disloyalty, gave the deejay visiting right recently.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgReports are that Beenie Man's grandmother, Doris Ferguson Stewart, affectionately called Dar Dar or Gloria, passed away at her home in Shrewsbury district, near Cotterwood in St Elizabeth last Thursday.

She was 91 years old.

According to Beenie Man, both he and his mother are taking the loss very hard and he is asking for time to mourn.

Yardflex sends condolences to Beenie Man.





freddie-mcgregor-photo-4.jpgFinally, after a long wait, legendary Reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, has arrived in Kenya.

The Big Ship crew is scheduled to perform on March 3 at Kenyatta International conference center along with Reggae veteran Culture (Kenyatta Hill) as lead singer.

Freddie and Culture received a warm welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport from members of the Twelve Tribe Rastafarian organization & Kenyan people.

Media houses lined up for interviews and asked McGregor. "Do you even know how big your are here in Kenya??"

McGregor got a request song list with about 50 songs demanded by the expected audience.

download the video here.





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgGrammy award winning Dancehall veteran, Rodney Price aka Bounty Killer says he is "honored and humbled" after receiving the Mentorship Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) at its Honour Awards in Kingston on Sunday.

Bounty Killer who has received a variety of awards, including Grammys, Moonmen, says that this award is special because it's the first time he's being recognised for the work he has done for others.

Bounty is known as the artiste who has given a voice and a microphone to a host of dancehall's top deejays when they were literally nobodies. And, although most of them have been ungrateful, Bounty still thanked them for the opportunity that he had in moulding their careers and helping to make them into household names.

Bounty Killer has been credited with giving a slew of entertainers their big break including Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Scare Dem Crew, Cham, Bling Dwag, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia and countless others.





Ed Sheeran is world's best-selling artiste for 2017

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ed-sheeran-shape-of-you.jpgBritish singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artiste of 2017, thanks to his album Divide and singles Shape of You and Perfect.

Divide, which was released in March 2017, and went multi-Platinum in 36 nations.

Sheeran's pop ballad Shape of You was also the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 nations.

It was the first time that a recording artist has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.





Alexx Antaeus teams with Devin on exciting new track

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devin-and-alexx.jpgAward-winning composer, recording artiste and producer Alexx Antaeus, that musical mission has led him to record, remix and produce for an eclectic selection of artistes such as Tommy Lee Sparta, Young M.C., Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Rolling Stones, and Earth, Wind & Fire among other notable artists.

After recently being honoured for his 25 year membership at NARAS (the governing body of the GRAMMY Awards), Alexx introduced his forthcoming album slated for release this fall entitled "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers" with the lead single "GET HOT" featuring GRAMMY nominated Devin Di Dakta. Devin became a household name in Jamaica, following his victory in the "Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall" competition. The latter translated into various hit charting music, a Grammy nomination for 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album (Sly & Robbie Present: Reggae For Her) and a growing presence on the Billboard charts.

As dance meets dancehalll on "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers", the compilation has journeyed the globe to go beyond the expected pairings and meshed cultures through music. With the electric collaboration "GET HOT", the single aim is to break all musical borders and stereotype by blending hard beats, world rhythms, and great melodies. Produced by Alexx, for his imprint label Monom Records, "GET HOT" was written by both himself and Devin, and is now available (http://smarturl.it/GetHot-RT) to add to your musical collection, distributed on all major digital outlets by renowned Tuff Gong International.

In support of the hit bound single, "GET HOT" also offers Original, Tribal, Trap, Progressive and Chill Out remixes, and visuals that premiered over the weekend. Produced by Alexx Antaeus and directed by Damaniac Visualz, viewers will be drawed in as the video is reminiscent of a short movie where both Alexx and Devin play lead roles to a sexy supporting cast.

Riddim Travelers - Get Hot [Feat. Alexx Antaeus & Devin Di Dakta] [Official Video]





reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgThe latest additions to this Summer's reggae sumfest are Aidonia, Cham and Ding Dong, The organizers made this news public yesterday. Last week iconic Jamaican reggae artiste Damian Marley was also confirmed to perform on his birthday Saturday July 21st at Reggae Sumfest 2018.

Fresh back from the 2018 grammys after winning the award Damian Marley's next major show in Jamaica is expected to be at Sumfest, joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, Aidonia, Cham, Ding Dong and many more.

Damian was born on July 21, 1978 and is now age age 39 hence he will be 40 on the day of his sumfest performance.

The greatest reggae show on earth will in full swing this summer June 15 to June 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In case u missed the 1st round of early bird tickets, the organizers will be selling a 2nd set of Early Bird Tickets which will go on sale February 1st 2018 on http://www.reggaesumfest.com/





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has revealed his top favourite artistes and songs and it's no surprise that 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley sits atop the list.

Andrew Holness favourite artistes include:

Bob Marley

Dennis Brown

Beres Hammond

Chronixx

Protoje

Etana

Queen Ifrica

Oops, no dancehall artiste made the list. I guess dancehall artistes are only useful during election time when their popular songs are used on the campaign trail.

Well, when it comes to favourite songs, Holness names 'Natural Mystic' and 'Redemption Song' from Bob Marley, he says Nesbeth's 'My Dream' is his theme song. (Of course.....it certainly helped him to achieve his Dream during the last election when it was the JLP's theme song.)

Holness is also a fan of Chronixx songs such as 'Likes' and others from Chronology.

By the way, where does gospel fall in ll of this? Perhaps 'O Day of Rest and Gladness' #382 from the SDA Hymnal?





Beenie Man and D'Angel still legally married

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wedding-photos-beenie-man-and-d-angel-photo-1.jpgThe event is still known as 'Dancehall's biggest wedding'. The ceremony between at then pregnant D'Angel and the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man at Crichton Estate, St. Andrew, Jamaica on August 22, 2006. However, the fairy-tale wedding didn't have a fairy-tale ending. They didn't "live happily ever after" It was soon Splitsville for the first couple of Dancehall, and, surprisingly, years after the split, the two have still not yet finalized their divorce. Beenie Man, who is now dating Krystal Tomlinson, says process should be over very soon as all the documents were sent in and signed, all they need now is the stamp of approval.

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It's back to court for Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgDancehall entertainer Munga Honorebel is scheduled to appear in court today (Wed).

Munga is charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith who was shot dead on Molynes Road, in Kingston last February.

According to Munga's attorney Christopher Townsend, when his client faces the Kingston and St. Andrew parish court , the judge will be re-examining his current fine and will further determine if there is sufficient evidence to support the matter being sent to the Supreme Court.

Munga whose real name is Damian Rhoden, is currently out on bail and still recording and releasing new music.





Senior advisor and strategist to Tourism Minister, Delano Seiveright states that, "Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, is seeing an uptick in wealthy and celebrity tourists some of whom take to their social media platforms, with millions of young fans each, to publicise their vacation giving us incredible positive publicity. For Montego Bay in particular it is very good".

Highlighting a surge in celebrity and wealthy visitors, Chief Executive Officer of MBJ Airports, operators of Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, Rafael Echavarne recently noted that, "from December 23 to December 31 a total of 60 private jets were accommodated at the Airport with December 26th recording the highest number with a total of 18 private jets accommodated, the place was absolutely full."

Just late last month, former US President Bill Clinton vacationed in Montego Bay and its environs for a weekend spending on the golf course at Tryall Club. Among the high profile party was former Governor of the US State of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Bartlett pointed to provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board showing a roughly seven per cent increase in the number of stopover tourists for the month of January compared to the same month last year. A record 4.3 million combined stopover and cruise tourists visited Jamaica in 2017.

This according to Bartlett represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016. "it is the first time that...we brought more than 500,000 additional visitors and near US$500 million more in a single calendar year." he noted.





justin-and-selena.jpgJamaica continues to benefit from a raft of high-profile visits by celebrities, ranging from pop music stars to a former US President.

On the heels of the island in December copping the World's Leading Wedding Destination award, pop stars Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez are in Montego Bay for the wedding of Bieber's father, Jeremy and new stepmom Chelsey Rebelo.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett pointed out that high profile visits to the island, "enable the destination to effectively promulgate it's diverse offerings to specific and very important demographics while showcasing the island as a must do for a great vacation experience. We are undoubtedly a multi-faceted destination."

Bieber and Gomez's visit follows that of Russian Tennis Star Maria Sharapova, who vacationed in and around Montego Bay, staying at the famed Round Hill Hotel and Villas. There, Sharapova spent 15 minutes on the tennis court with a guest as part of a charity effort. Another famous pop music celebrity, Shawn Mendez, vacationed in Portland last week, while Singer Solange Knowles, sister of Pop star Beyonce, vacationed earlier this month on the island.

Meanwhile, billionaire fashion icon Ralph Lauren, who owns a vacation home on the outskirts of Montego Bay, spent several days on the island and was recently honoured by Hanover Charities at their yearly Sugar Cane Ball at Round Hill. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Tourism Minister, Bartlett officially acknowledged Lauren's love and philanthropic work on the island.





caribbean-actors-black-panther-letitia-wright-shuri.jpgThe Caribbean was well represented in the blockbuster hit Black Panther.

Among the shining stars of Marvel Studios' superhero movie were Letitia Wright from Guyana and Winston Duke of Trinidad & Tobago, who gave notable performances in the Hollywood blockbuster.

The pair are riding the success of the record setting film.

Wright, 24, was born in Guyana but moved to London as a child. She plays Shuri, the sister of T'Challa, the prince who becomes ruler of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and reigning Black Panther. This makes Letitia a real but very differnt type of Disney Princess.

Dubbed "the smartest person in the world; smarter than Tony Stark" by executive producer Nate Moore, Shuri is the genius behind some of Wakanda's most advanced technology and the creator of Black Panther's suits and gadgets, made from the mythical, nearly indestructible metal known as vibranium.

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"I've never really seen a character like that in a script before," Wright says. "I never saw a young black girl being interested in engineering or science or math or wanting to heal people. I saw lots of stereotypes, and that's clearly the difference in why I really wanted to play that part."

Shuri is a tech-savvy teenage princess who is Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Q from Bond all rolled into one. But for all her exceptional brilliance Shuri, as Wright plays her, is also shockingly normal. As an otherworldly Wakandan war wages around her, Shuri is recognizable as a teasing little sister there to keep her big brother both safe and in check.

Tobago-born actor Duke, 31, moved to the U.S. with his family when he was nine years old.

Based on the Marvel comic book series that started in the mid-1960s, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Angella Bassett, among others.

Along with Boseman, Wright and Duke appear in the Avengers sequel, which opens in May.





Khago's album makes Billboard Reggae chart debut

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khago-walk-a-mile.jpgCall him what you may, but Khago must have been doing some good music, even while he was bus criticising and being criticised by members of the entertainment fraternity.

The Reggae and dancehall artiste has made his way unto the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

The 15 track compilation Walk A Mile debuted in the number five position.

The album was released on February 9 via the Streaminn Hub imprint.

Walk a Mile is available on a number of major online platforms including iTunes and Amazon music.

Khago will certainly have a lot to say on this.





nabiyah-be-nightshade.jpgRyan Coogler's "Black Panther" released on Thursday and among the cast is actress/ singer Nabiyah Be, who plays the role of Tilda Johnson, aka. Nightshade.Nabiyah Be is a Brazilian-Jamaican actress and singer/songwriter. She's the daughter of Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff.

Odessa, the actress' sister confirmed her character's identity on Twitter, from the middle of last year and again in an interview last week with a local paper. pointing out her brief appearance in a shot alongside Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger in the "Black Panther" teaser trailer.

"Hey Tweetrens just want to brag that my baby sister Nabiyah is in the #BlackPanther movie. She plays Tilda Johnson. I'm a proud big sister. pic.twitter.com/ZnhzjtHojQ"

-- oDessa (@oblessa) June 11, 2017

In the comics, Nightshade is a genius supervillain who first debuted back in the Steve Englehart and Alan Weiss' Captain America #164 back in 1973 and has faced-off against the likes of Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Black Panther over the years.

Nabiyah Be originated the role of Eurydice in Anaïs Mitchell's highly acclaimed Hadestown and performs in the Hadestown Original Cast Album scheduled for 2017 release.

Coogler is directing Marvel's Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Isaach de Bankolé, and John Kani.

Black Panther follows T'Challa, who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.





Nesbeth to release new album by crowdfunding

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nesbeth-photo-3.jpgAlways seeking to change the status quo Nesbeth, one of Jamaica's most prolific Reggae luminaries is taking an innovative new approach to the production and release of his upcoming debut album. Titled A.M.E.N, the acronym derives from the name of his late wife Ann-Maire Elliot Nesbeth which holds very special meaning to the singer.

Considering the sentimental value and also being his first official album, Nesbeth said he wanted to do something special instead of merely outputting the album via the traditional method of a major label and hope for the best. Hence the introduction of Crowdfunding.

What is Crowdfunding? It is a method of raising capital and giving people a hands-on experience through the collective effort of friends, family, fans, and individual investors. This approach taps into the collective efforts of a large pool of individuals--primarily online via social media and other platforms--and leverages their support networks for greater reach and exposure.

"Though I have no issues with major labels I opted instead to work directly with my fans. Some people may think this is a weird concept but the idea is this platform will allow them to invest directly in my album, provide me with quality feedback and updates, and for their investments and feedback, they will receive special rewards (eg. autograph promotional paraphernalia, exclusive news, pre-released album, discounted dubs etc.). One of the greatest advantages it also allows you to see and feel the true essence of your fan base." -Nesbeth added.

Nesbeth Explains 'Crowdfunding', The Innovative New Approach To His Debut Album

Though the concept is relatively new to Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora, Nesbeth believes the platform which is more popular in North America and Europe will help to change the way music is marketing in the region and wants to be a pioneer for that change.

Slated for release this Summer. For Nesbeth, as much as for his fans, music has also been the best remedy for personal and social healing. Since it brings out an empowering force that every person has within them. It is also through music, namely through this new A.M.E.N. album, that Nesbeth wants to share his healing experience with those who, like him, have also dealt or are dealing with loss and other tribulations, with those who believe in a better tomorrow, and, ultimately, with everyone who couldn't live without the soothing and refreshing touch of great reggae music.

To execute promoting this exceptional body of work and ensure its global success. We're inviting individuals to PRE-ORDER TODAY and be a part of something beautiful and musically amazing. The official campaign was launched on Saturday, February 17th.





Romain Virgo embarks on LoveSick European Tour

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romain-lovesick.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records has announced that "LoveSick," the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 17-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again.

Executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music, with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, the album presents a new pop reggae sound traced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout. The first single 'Now', was released last Summer to much fanfare and the latest single is entitled"Still".

The album also includes Romain's stirring version of the Sam Smith smash "Stay With Me."

Meanwhile, Romaine, will be embarking on an European tour at the end of March with special guest Sevana. The tour will include stops in Germany, The UK, Holland and Switzerland (all dates below). He will be setting up U.S. dates later this year.

Raised in a disciplined home in the rural town of Stepney in the parish of St. Annes, Romain first gained fame when he made history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at just 17-years-old and later by winning Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. Growing up listening to the likes of Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown and Percy Sledge, he has modeled his musical style and career after these legends while still remaining true to who he is. Passion drips through every lyric and every note, as listeners can feel the love for his craft.

"I believe love is the one thing that's going to save us, not just in terms of relationships, but in the broader human sense," Romain says of the album's title and content. "I personally believe that nothing forms a stronger bond than love. It cuts through race, religion, creed, everything. We need to put it at the center of our lives."





etana-photo-2.jpgThe Entertainment Ministry has explained that the programme through which Reggae artise Etana was granted US$5000 to help with her tour, was initiated in 2013 by then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's junior minister Damian Crawford as a way to enhance the reggae brand and provide additional marketing for destination Jamaica.

"We know from that that it has been music -- reggae music -- that is the essence of the Jamaican brand. Knowing that and the history of Jamaican music and its pull for destination Jamaica, the Tour Support and Artiste Ambassador Programme was started. Between 2013 and 2015 two persons -- Protoje received US$8,000 and Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers received US$1,000 during that particular period. Since then, in 2017 Raging Fyah, when they went on their Everlasting Tour and were nominated for the Grammy, also received (US$3,500) tour support, and this year Etana has received tour support. Freddie McGregor also received tour support in 2016 when he was invited to perform in Bogota as part of a creative city endeavour," she shared.

Wilkinson-McDaniel explained that Etana, who is currently on tour, topped a field of four applicants for the grant, noting that there is a clear process for potential recipients, which begins with applicants submitting their bids to the Entertainment Division where they are vetted and sent to the entertainment advisory board for consideration, then to the permanent secretary for ratification and approval.

She did not say who the other artiste were who had also applied for the grant, or explain why Etana, as a US citizen and a seasoned artistes who ears top dollars, would possibly qualify for this kind of support from the Jamaican government.

The ministry rep, who was there on behalf of Miss Grange who was in Parliament, explained the application process: "You have to complete the entertainment registry application because we require that every person who gets support from us, that you are registered as a bona fide cultural practitioner. You need to indicate the size of the venues so that we can then measure the impact -- how many persons are you going to be reaching at any given time. We also look at who are you touring with. So, for example, in this case Etana is touring with J Boog and Jesse Royal. These are some of the things that the board would consider. It is about expected audience reach in relation to the venue and your social media and marketing plan."

As one blogger pointed out, however, "as well-intentioned the idea to "support" our artistes was, it was bound to result in controversy. The industry is fractious and competitive to say the least, therefore choosing who to give how much was always a recipe for disaster. Numerous artiste claim they don't get support from govt ... and many taxpayers feel its a waste of money. Apart from state sponsored events or prizes I don't believe artistes should be given preferential grants/support firstly because they are just like any other "worker" .. and secondly it will be very difficult to justify why A instead of B."





etana-photo-3.jpgNo sooner had Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange announced recording artiste Etana as the first female recipient of financial support through the ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme, the backlash started.

The ministry gave Etana a grant of US$5,000 to support her 32-city tour of the United States and people made it clear that they were NOT happy. Grange's social media page was flooded with criticisms, so too were blogs and websites which carried the release and picture provided from the ministry.

People didn't care two hoots that Minister Grange said in the release that the aim of the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support programme is to strengthen Brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

People didn't care that the ministry said that they believe that the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme is important to provide support to those artistes who are good ambassadors, who represent Jamaica well and whose music reflects the message of Reggae and that of Jamaica.

Social media dragged Etana, encouraging her to give back the money, which they feel was ill deserved.

One person quizzed: "I don't get this! What the purpose of this gift? An established artiste going and a 32 city tour and getting lunch money from the government? US$5,000 for what? "

"Police are being insulted with a JAM$1,000 increase offer, and several injured in the line of duty are suffering from abandonment and neglect, including Lorenzo McLeggon, suffering for 42 years on crumbs, and government have money to give to a touring artiste! Unbelievable!"

"As a liberal you don't get how government could be reaching more and more into areas it shouldn't be? Jamaica is a case study in the folly of statism."

"Etana voted for Trump, so that made her worthy for free money?"

"Can she still vote in Jamaica? This does make sense at all."

"What kind of Trump supporting, racist apologist, fiscal conservative you be? Conservative start support handouts now? All along I thought that was liberal business."

"So many people and institutions need aid and they are giving aid to the people who are already earning good money."

"This is a new low, even for politicians. Also, why would Etana even think it's a good idea to accept this money?"

"These are all business people going abroad to ply their trade. Same the last time i see this minister give Freddie money fi gu a some award in Colombia."

"Why are they giving this woman taxpayer's money ? They should tell her to go and ask Trump for money."

"Less she forget that as a Trumpist she should not take money from a s**thole country to benefit the land of honey. And isn't a tour supposed to be making money? This is a travesty!"

They also had levelled criticism at the minister herself, noting that "politicians are by nature wasters, mismanagers and corrupters. They suffer no consequences for the misuse of taxpayers funds."

"This reverse donation doesn't make any sense at all....while other establish artists are giving back to Jamaica this ministry is reversing the role,,,,,,its dumb and sets a bad precedent."

"This Babsy Grange must go. Everything she does lack any real thought or make any sense, eg...building all kind of statues, ice hockey arena rinks in hot Kingston, predicting gold medals for bobsled team, promoting golf to people who cant even afford a golf ball, allowing airport road as entertainment zone, etc. And now this! Is she for real or just a grandstanding picture poser? What a waste of a ministry whose only purpose is to send condolences and congratulation!"

"Babsy is one of those clueless politicians holding back Jamaica"

"Is this really necessary? Why should my money be used to "promote" a recording artiste" who is making tons of money while there're people who need "genuine" help . Is it that this government don't really knows it's priority. . This is the same minister (ministry) that gave out generous contract worth millions to a friend." .

"Is Grange again openly wasting taxpayer's hard earned money? Why didn't she solicit the public's approval before making this gift? If she wanted to be generous, why didn't she give her own money? I trust the Jamaican taxpayers are looking into this outright waste of their resources, and make sure that this woman does not represent them in the next election. She has lost that privilege."

"Does any Government minister in Jamaica have any common sense. The Nation's limited funds are being mismanaged by the people who the citizens have put in place to manage the country's business.

"Babsy you getting too comfortable Lisa, over to you."

Why??? Dear Lord, why??? So many government departments can't buy paper and ink. Why?

"Baby using govt money to support private artistes is just wrong on all levels. An artiste who is not making enough money to support his/herself should be encouraged to find a new career."

"Hahaha this is dumbest thing ever!! no now the Gov gives artist TOUR SUPPORT...hahahahahahahahah...i am moving to JA."

Among the few voices of support was on person who argued that this is a good look, considering the importance of the creative industries. "Lets be clear, the creative industries alone could get Jamaica out of debt, so any support for it and any of it's practitioners is needed and should not be discouraged as this does not stop other areas from getting the aid they deserve... get real."

Another added: "Good job Minister. what took the government so long to offer this sort of support? the exposure that is given of this country by these artists at their financial expense is immeasurable."

"Not enough money for you to move. $5000 won't even cover hotel accommodations for a good month.

Yet another asked: "Waste?! do you even understand How much revenue the creative industry brings to Jamaica?!! get real."





Beenie Man says he's a Kartel fan

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has made it crystal clear earlier that he's a Vybz Kartel fan.According to the dancehall doctor, he admires Kartel's work ethic and the fact that he continues to dominate the industry despite being behind bars.

Rumours of the two feuding started after Vybz Kartel dropped his album back in 2016 titled "King of Dancehall", a moniker that was originally associated with Beenie Man.

However the 'Girls Dem Sugar' deejay says he wasn't upset but happy that Dancehall fans are comparing him with the 'Fever' hitmaker.

"Weh mi like, dem stop compare mi wid mi peers, dem start compare me with di younger artistes. Mi like dat. Dem stop compare me with Bounty, dem start compare me with Kartel. Dem compare mi wid Alkaline, mi like dat," he said. "If Kartel wah be me, dat a great thing. Mi respect and love dat. Dat show me how great mi is. Mi love dat," Beenie added.





Thank God! Usain Bolt got a pedi

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usain-bolt-feet.jpgUsain Bolt went and got a mani pedi and his fan are ecstatic. It all started when the legendary sprinter posted an innocent photo of his fee while watching the Super Bolt.

However, Bolt's feet took wings and went viral. for all the wrong reasons. Bolt's feet looked ugly, crusty, in desperate need of lotion and bawling out for a pedicure.

Fans dragged Bolt on social media. "He got to take his feet off before he get in the bed. Or socks," one person commented.

"I mean, you can't help what God gave you, but Lord knows you can get some lotion. Feet look like they were just discovered in an archeological dig," another fan added.

Usain Bolt responded to his critics by visiting a spa before heading off to Trinidad for carnival 2018. The sprinter posted a video and photos on SnapChat of him enjoying a well-neded pedicure.

Big up to Bolt and the efficient manicurist.

Usain Bolt is currently in Trinidad turning up for the annual Carnival. He was in attendance at the Big Bad Soca show on Thursday night where Cardi B, Shenseea, Machel Montana and others performed.





jamaican-girl-to-star-in-meghan-harry-documentary.jpgJamaican actress and former Miss Jamaica Fashion Model winner, Parisa Fitz-Henley will star in a Lifetime channel movie depicting the whirlwind romance of the soon to wed British royal couple, Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

A first look of the movie dubbed 'Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance', was shared on Instagram Thursday by Fitz-Henley, who will be portraying the bride-to-be. In the photo, Fitz-Henley is seen cozying up to the actor who will play Harry, Murray Fraser.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Meghan and Harry's love story was officially getting the Hollywood treatment with a Lifetime movie, set to air this spring.

Parisa Fitz Henley was recently cast in the NBC series 'Midnight Texas' and has appeared in 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice'.

A past student of St Andrew High, she's the cousin of Nationwide News Network frontman, Abka Fitz-Henley, and Jamaica Labour Party politician Sharon Hay Webster.

Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.





Ishawna says it's 'slippery when wet'

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ishawna-photo-8.jpgAfter her controversial pro cunnilingus single, "Equal Rights" Ishawna is again up to her old tricks. This time, she telling those who don't know, that it's slippery when wet.

The former Downsound Records artiste released the Legendary Records/Jaxx and Staxx Records-produced single, "Slippery When Wet", on Friday.

The raunchy track comes on the heels of speculation about social media-loving Ishawna's absence from all platforms.

A social media regular, who's known for self-promotion via her steamy photos and sensuous poses, Ishawna now seems to be back on track ...literally.

It will be i nteresting to see how the new Slippery When Wet single will be devoured by her gaggle of female fans.





bob-marley-large.jpgAs Jamaica prepares to celebrate the birth of world-renowned Reggae icon, Bob Marley, Zimbabwean arts consultant has been given the go-ahead to have a statue erected in his honor.

According to a Daily News Live report, Martin Chemhere - after successfully negotiating with representatives of the late King of Reggae's estate - will initiate the process to curate a statue of the beloved singer.

"I'm thrilled to have finally succeeded in this project for our beautiful country. The approval is a great achievement for Zimbabwe (and Africa) as the statue will attract tourists," Chemhere said.

"The statue is approved subject to the following conditions: The sculptor and or Government of Zimbabwe and or private sponsor shall obtain all appropriate releases from the photographer or artist on whose work the sculptor intends to base the Statue; the Government of Zimbabwe and or other private sponsor shall pay for the costs associated with the materials and construction of the statue; the statue will be strictly for the public completely free of cost; BobMarley.com requires approval rights to the actual statue - not to be unreasonably withheld. Prior to construction of the statue, rendering of the statue must be submitted for approval by his family. The statue shall substantially comply with the rendering approved by Bob Marley.com."

Chemhere proposes the statue be erected at Rufaro Stadium, Mbare, Harare - the venue of Zimbabwe's historic independence celebrations as well as an iconic performance by Bob Marley and The Wailers to usher the nation's break away from colonial rule.

"The reason behind this statue is that of Africa's more than 50 countries Bob Marley only performed in Zimbabwe as part of the country's independence celebrations in 1980," the arts aficionado explained.

Marley rejected a fee offered by Zimbabwean officials for the performance at the liberation celebration and, instead, paid all the expenses - to charter planes to transport his equipment, band and entourage from Kingston, Jamaica to Harare, Zimbabwe and back to Kingston - from his own pocket.

"The singer had, back in 1978, sang a song titled "Zimbabwe" that inspired freedom fighters and Zimbabweans in the struggle for independence."

The consultant disclosed that the statue will be an eight-meter bronze work. Two South African artists - Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren - will create the piece. Prinsloo and Van Vuuren are best known for creating a Nelson Mandela statue which is located at the Parliament-Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

"I have no doubt this is a national project and I will be talking to several stakeholders including the Zimbabwean government, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Harare City Council, corporate companies and individuals at home and abroad as well as the donor community and others for support," Chemhere said.

"The project will need everyone to come on board for it to be successful."

Meanwhile, annual activities - which include tributes, symposiums, a kiddie village and concert - have been planned to celebrate Marley's birthday at the musician's famous 56 Hope Road home in Kingston.

Marley's grandson Skip - by daughter Cedella - and son Stephen will reportedly participate in the celebratory festivities.

An Istanbul-based digital art and culture platform, Babylon, will also remember Marley with tribute performances from several artists at the special event on Feb. 9.

Marley died in 1981, after battling cancer, at the age of 36.





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International recording artiste Shaggy presented JMD $100 million to the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Thursday and one artiste is bigging him up - Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer took to social media and wrote;

"NOW LET'S TREND SOME POSITIVITY OUT OF JAMAICA FOR ONCE THIS IS SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT BCUZ THIS IS ONLY THE WAY WE GONNA SEE A BETTER JAMAICA WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER," the 'War lord' wrote.

"JUST LIKE THIS MAN HERE DID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER DO THIS SO ALL WHO IS WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT SORRY FOR U ALL BUT IT'S WE TWO✌🏾HOLDING THEM FIRM 👊🏾TWO COUSINS PARTIES SO PNP OR JLP GWAAN FOOL UNUH SELF WE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER 🤝!"

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"Championing the real cause stalwart humanitarian all hats off again although it's several years now u been doing it Mr Orville Burrell aka @direalshaggy may the lord keeps and blesses you and ur family on this journey calls life u are truly a Living Angel among us this is way more than legend I see u as a role model u motivates me a lot I don't know about anybody else but I loves to emulate good moves ways and deeds and Shaggy is all that in one package kudos Big Bredda I salute you Sir Burrell much love to all the artistes and sponsors who offered there services the patrons also as Shaggy alone couldn't do it folks!! UNUH TALK NUH MON AND GO TELL DI MAN THANKS TO JAMAICA 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾""





album-i-three.jpgTuff Gong International celebrates Reggae Month and its founders with this Friday's release of the digitally remastered album I-Three: Songs Of Bob Marley. This marks the 6th album in Tuff Gong's vast back-catalog to be remastered and re-released under the label's "Master's Vault" series. Initially a collaborative production between Rita Marley Music and Japan's Tachyon /Phonogram Record Company, this is also the first time that the album will be available worldwide.

Collectively, The I-Three has become a household name worldwide through their stellar harmonies for Bob Marley. Individually, they are Jamaica's three most celebrated female vocalists. Individually, their hits include reggae anthems "One Draw," "Many Are Called (Few Are Chosen," and the global hit "Electric Boogie". Together these took the world by storm with their critically acclaimed first album Beginning which featured the chart-toppers "He's A Legend", "Neighbour", "That's How Strong", and "Jealousy"

When Bob Marley first heard Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt harmonizing he knew their melodious blend was the sound for which he was listening. As backup vocalists, the I-Three sounded so perfect that Bob decided to keep them on for the rest of the Natty Dread album, their first album with the King himself. By the time Bob Marley showcased them in his line-up at the Jackson Five concert in Kingston, Jamaica was ready for a female sounding Wailers. The audience was enthralled by the performance of the entire group - a performance considerably enhanced by the colorful sight of the I-Three in red, gold, and green headdresses and gowns, chucking in unison and singing harmony at stage right. The I-Three toured with Bob Marley all over the world, opening doors for reggae and raising the consciousness of millions to its hypnotic beat.

All three have been been bestowed the Order of Distinction, Jamaica's highest honor of achievement. For their individual performances, both Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt are Grammy nominees. The I-Three are also a recipient of the 2001 International Achievement presented by The American Friends of Jamaica and lauded for their "excellence in carrying out the traditional of the Bob Marley era in international reggae."

Songs of Bob Marley was recorded at Tuff Gong Studio to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Marley's birth (1995). All thirteen tracks were executive-produced by Rita Marley Music and feature vocal arrangements by Grub Cooper (of the legendary Fab Five band).





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgThe annual Bob Marley birthday celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.

It is being staged under the theme, Soul Rebel, a call for everyone to come together and stand up against violence and divisiveness in society.

Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies said the theme was selected because now more than ever, there is a need for us to raise our consciousness, to fearlessly rebel against the crime and violence that threaten to divide us.

The activities will commence at 7 a.m. with specially invited guests and will include the blowing of the Abeng, Nyabinghi drumming and the cutting of the birthday cake, accompanied by the traditional welcome from the Marley family and management of the Bob Marley Group.

This segment will also feature special performances from various schools within the Corporate Area

At 10 a.m., the Bob Marley Museum will open to the general public for a full day of activities including a kiddies village.

The museum will also host three symposia.

A reggae jam session will commence at 3 p.m. featuring Blvk H3ro, all-girl band Adahzeh and live-stream performances from Skip Marley, Stephen Marley and other special guests.





Shaggy Delivers! Gives $100 Million to hospital

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shaggy-photo-3.jpgThe Bustamante Hospital For Children today received $100 million from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, hitting the target which conceptualiser and founder, Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell announced last year.

The handing over took place in the boardroom of the hospital, with Shaggy's Make A Difference Foundation being recognized as the architect behind the funds that were generated.

The funds were earned from the Shaggy and Friends stage show which was staged on January 6 on the lawns of Jamaica House, with Shaggy being joined by other international performers, Sting, Wyclef Jean and Doug E Fresh.

Through his Make A Difference Foundation, the entertainer has used the proceedings, to buy hundreds of pieces of vital equipment for the children's hospital.

In 2016, more than 450 pieces of equipment were bought and handed over to the hospital from the funds raised at the 2016 staging of the event.





junior-gong-photo-4.jpgChronixx is feeling the ire if Reggae fans after he failed to send a public congratulatory to Jr Gong unlike Morgan Heritage who wrote, "We must say big congrats to our brother [Damian Marley]! This year was amazing for Reggae let's make next year even greater! BLESS UP to the first family of Reggae! [Recording Academy]," on Instagram.

"Mi realize say the one Chronixx always quick to bash people but never fi big dem up," one user wrote, while another added, "Suh mi know seh dem rasta yah fake eno, imagine the Grammy come a yawd and the man not even tell Marley congrats."

"This is what's wrong with Jamaica people always badmind dem own, Chronixx need fi big up the Gong Zilla cause mi a pree him," another user wrote.

Damian Marley won in the Best Reggae Album category of the 60th annual Grammy Awards, held on Sunday, getting the nod for Stony Hill.

This is Marley's third Grammy win, having previously won for Half Way Tree and Welcome to Jamrock.

The night's performances included a performance from Sting and Shaggy debuting their new collaborative single.

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Chronixx blasts Grammys, takes down post

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chronixx-photo-9.jpgShortly before the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Chronixx blasted the award show for once again not televising the Reggae category. Chronixx along with Damian Marley, Morgan Heritage, J Boog and Common Kings were nominated for the 'Best Reggae Album' award and Damian won. Chronixx, however, was leading on the Grammy poll, but this year wasn't the year for Chronology.

Chronixx on Sundaty uploaded a photo of jailed Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and wrote, "When mi fren dem realize seh the [Recording Academy] doesn't televise the reggae category for the Grammys 👎🏿.....they did say the revolution will not be televised."





Tommy Lee visits Kartel in prison

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tommy-lee-and-vybz-kartel.jpgVybz Kartel got a visit from his former protege Tommy Lee Sparta earlier today.

The Dancehall superstar previously blasted Sparta along with former members of his Portmore Empire, Popcaan and Vanessa Bling for allegedly being disloyal however it seems Tommy Lee is back in Kartel's good graces.

Kartel confirmed the 'Uncle Demon' deejay's first visit through his associate, recording artist Sikka Rhymes.

Rhymes who is also responsible for a slew of artists getting a change to visit the 'Fever' deejay such as Sean Kingston and Ishawna, made the announcement on Tuesday via social media. "Me and Tommy Lee Sparta] went to visit the [Vybz Kartel today," he wrote.





$1.5 MILLION for Reggae Month from TEF

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reggae-month.jpgReggae Month received a $15-million injection from its major sponsor -- the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) -- to underwrite the costs to stage the events.

The announcement was made at Reggae Month's launch held at Ribbz Ultra Lounge in St Andrew on Monday evening.

TEF Executive Director Dr Carey Wallace, in making the announcement, said that there is an undeniable synergy between reggae and the country's tourism product, therefore, it was really a no-brainer.

"Reggae is louder than any beach, waterfall or river. It is what most people come to Jamaica for, so from an international standpoint, it ranks tops in terms of an attraction," he said.

Meanwhile, this year's events will be managed by a steering committee out of the ministries of tourism and culture, gender affairs, entertainment, and sports. The co-chairs of this committee are Kamal Bankay, Lenford Salmon, and Howard McIntosh. This is a significant change from previous years when the event was the sole responsibility of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA).