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Chauffeur sues Soulja Boy

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Soulja Boy is being sued for the use of an unauthorized video in one of the rapper's music videos.

The SODMG rapper was named in the new lawsuit filed by a Las Vegas chauffeur. The Blast reported that Soulja Boy filmed chauffeur and then put the clip in his music video without getting authorization. Kamilah Daily claimed that the rapper hired his company in February last year to transport himself, his manager, and director around Vegas.

During the ride, Daily says Soulja Boy's crew started filming with their camera phones while the rapper turn-up. He said at first it didn't seem like it was a big deal until he later found out that the footage was used in his "Bling" music video without his consent. He also claimed that he requested for the video to be taken down and he was ignored so now he is suing.

"I am a private person, so I have kept quiet about this whole legal matter with Soulja Boy," Daily said. "This video has circulated throughout social media outlets and was requested to be taken down. The video originally was taken down off one of his YouTube accounts but keeps being reposted over and over again. I have driven A-list celebrities and their families and I never had to go through anything like this with them or had problems."


Diddy gets his groove on with Reggae/Dancehall

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p-diddy.jpgDiddy is now a big fan of Dancehall and Reggae all thanks to DJ Khaled.

Its no secret that Khaled is always doing it for the culture so it wasn't surprising when Diddy uploaded a video with his daughters on Instagram jamming to a banging Reggae single.

On Saturday the music mogul shared a video dancing to music from Richie Spice with his twins to his 9.6 million followers on Instagram. Khaled was also seen in the footage.

20-y-o Sean Paul song gets new lease on life

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sean-paul-photo-8.jpgMark 'Stone Cold' Hudson revived a near two decades old Sean Paul song for his compilation album Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica.

Stone Cold released the project recently and debut at No. 2 on the Billboard reggae chart. He produced the single "Regular Thing" for Sean Paul in 2001 and while the track didn't became a massive hit like other songs from SP during the ER. Seventeen years later the song gets picked up for a new album and started to do very well among reggae/dancehall fans.

"The Sean Paul song is back in rotation and is one of the leading songs getting airplay from the project. The sound that Sean Paul had back then is what is becoming popular again," Stone Cold said. "The beat was created by Jam2 and we recorded the song at Black Scorpio studio. As a label we always try to work with young artistes and explore new sounds."

The compilation album comes with 15 tracks with guest features from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Stephen Marley, Safaree, Sean Kingston, Chronixx, Sizzla, Vybz Kartel, Wyclef Jean and more.

Kartel's One Box single stirs controversy

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgVybz Kartel finally release his latest controversial single "One Box."

The incarcerated Dancehall superstar came under fire last month when he first shared the preview of the track as many believed he was endorsing domestic violence.

With lyrics, "one box in a yo face, just true yo reach home late, Jesus Christ good thing yo never dweet whole day, dead yo would a dead same place, the boy waan kill yo for your pum pum." The track immediately sparked criticism from several dancehall fans on social media who accused him of promoting domestic violence against women.

The cover art for the single also rubbed fans the wrong way as it features a female with a black eye with her finger over her lips.

marcia-griffiths-fans.jpgVeteran reggae songstress Marcia Griffiths recently signed an exclusive booking deal with the New York based Donsome Booking Agency.

The company which has secured bookings for many local and international artistes, is well known throughout the music industry for its professionalism and commitment to its clients.

In a media release, Marcia who was a part of Bob Marley's backing vocal trio The I-Threes and who recently celebrate 54 years in the music industry, explained why she chose to work with the agency.

'Donsome Booking Agency is well known in the music fraternity for their meticulous work and how they collaborate with their artistes and guide them in a professional manner to elevate their musical career. So, because of their track record I decided to acquire their services to represent me', said Griffiths.

The booking agency is headed by Adrian 'Donsome' Hanson. Griffiths is confident that her association with the company will elevate and enhance her career.

She spoke about new projects that her fans can look forward to.

'Presently I am in the studio preparing and recording my new single that will be released in a few weeks, so my fans, can look out for it', said Griffiths whose latest single Too Good at Goodbyes is currently riding the South Florida and Foundation Radio Network Reggae charts.

Hanson who is ecstatic about working with Griffiths, shared some of his plans for her career.

'The plan is to take the Queen of Reggae to the zenith path of her musical career and rejuvenate and expand her fan base across the world, so her faithful fans will once again have the opportunity to see her on tour in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, North America and the Caribbean'.

Cardi B shouts out Alkaline in her Insta story

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cardi-b-wide-feature.jpgBodak Yellow rapper Cardi B on Friday, Bardi uploaded a video to her Instagram story listening to vendetta deejay Alkaline's smash hit single "Champion Boy" so her over 16.3 million followers could watch.

This is not the first time Cardi who is engaged to Migos member Offset has endorsed Alkaline however its sure to make a greater impact with her massive and fast growing fan base.

The "No Limit" rapper previously gave shoutouts to Dancehall superstars Vybz Kartel, Vanessa Bling and Spice. She also worked with Rvssian, Popcaan, Konshens and Shaggy in the past and there's rumors of a track with the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' in the works.

Aidonia says 'Yeah' to four YVA nominations

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aidonia-photo-8.jpgCapping off a tremendous epoch and entering the new year as one of the most sort after acts in the dancehall space, 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia continues to reap the rewards from the substantial volume of work outputted in 2017.

After breaking into the international mainstream via BBC Radio and snatching a corporate endorsement courtesy of J. Wray & Nephew. The deejay's career appears to be on an upward trajectory following the recent announcement of the nominees for the 2018 instalment of the Your View Awards (YVAs), formerly known as Youth View Awards.

At the launch, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, January 11. Aidonia walked away with four nominations in the following categories: Hottest Summer Song for 'Yeah Yeah'; Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year; Favourite Local Male Artiste of the Year and Favourite Chart Topping Song of the Year. This comes in the wake of a double nod from the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), where the 4th Genna boss has also been nominated for 'Deejay of the Year' and Song of the Year with 'Banga'.

'Shy Guy' Diana King marries her lesbian lover

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Jamaican singer, Diana King, who was once married to a man and has a child with him, five years ago revealed that ditched being heterosexual in order to become a lesbian.

Well, the lesbian singer announced on her Facebook page on Saturday that she got married to her female lover the day before.

Best known for her big hit, 'Shy Guy', King proudly showed off her "wifey" to the world. .

Below is the text of her post announcing the marriage to her partner, Mijanne Webster, who is also a performer:


Dai Dai Mijanne Webster #TheKINGs #WebsterKing #KingMij GRATITUDE_/|\_ @dianakingdom @mijjymijj #justmarried #Jan12 #gratitude #visibilityIsVital #blackceramic #lgbtlove #marriedartists #lgbt #jamaicanlesbian #lgbtq #history #herstory #lgbtqjamaican #blacklove #lesbianlove #queerlove #lovewins #ilovemywife #WIFEY.

bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBillboard Magazine is reporting that he revitalized Primary Wave, backed by institutional investors including BlackRock, has acquired a share of reggae legend Bob Marley's music publishing catalog.

The New York Times reports that Blackwell signed a $50 million deal that gives Primary Wave an 80 percent share of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell's share of two publishing catalogs, Marley's songs and Blue Mountain Music.

Blue Mountain's catalog includes songs from Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Free, U2 and the Waterboys, among others, according to the company's website. An 80 percent stake costing $50 million implies a $62 million valuation for Blackwell's entire publishing assets involved in the sale.

According to sources, Blackwell's Blue Mountain has a co-publishing stake in the Marley catalog, which means that Marley estate also still retains a stake in the publishing. Typical publishing deals comprise 50 percent publishing and 50 percent writer share, while a co-publishing deal might give the writer with any where from an additional 10 percent to 25 percent slice. So, if the Marley estate had a typical co-publishing deal (half the publishing, that means it still has a 75 percent stake while Blackwell's share would be a 25 percent stake in the catalog's revenue, with Primary Wave owning 80 percent of the latter.

Blackwell, according to sources, has been willing to sell his Blue Mountain catalog for almost the last decade, but would only agree to do so for a high multiple of net publishers' share -- i.e. gross profit, or what's left for the publisher after paying writer's share, co-publishing, and administrative fees for sub-publishers, etcetera.

vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed deejay Vybz Kartel, has been firmly locked out of this year's Your View Awards, formerly Youth View Awards - YVA's

The nominees were announced last evening (Thurs) at the official launch of the 2018 YVA's at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and Kartel's name was noticeably absent. His inability to meet's the event's qualifying criteria, has been given as the reason for the prolific artiste's non-appearance on the list of nominees.

All nominees, among other rules, must be able to perform live at the awards show.

Kartel, who was last year's biggest winner scooped five awards, namely: Male Local Artiste of the Year; Dancehall Artiste; Hottest Summer Song Fever; and Local Chart Topping Song of the Year Fever, as well as Musical Collaboration for Loodi done with Shensea.

Already, Gaza Nation has taken to social media to air their anger and disapproval at the World Boss' perceived snub.

Rihanna flies to Barbados for her cousin's funeral

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rihanna-at-funeral-cousin-photo-2.jpgRihanna was overcome with emotion as she attended the funeral of her cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne who was gunned down at the age of 21 in Barbados.

The 29-year-old superstar singer was seen wiping away tears at the celebration of life in Barbados on Tuesday.

No doubt it was an emotional event as dozens of her friends and family were in attendance to pay their respects to the young man.

Rihanna wore a sheer white midi dress along with a pair of white low-top Puma shoes with 'RF' emblazoned in gold on the side for her real name Robyn Fenty.

rihanna-at-funeral-cousin-photo-1.jpgShe accessorized with a pair of white vintage cateye shades along with a large diamond necklace.

The Diamonds hitmaker also sported multiple gold bangles and carried along a white designer bag featuring a jeweled out strap.

Her raven-colored tresses were worn down flowing over her shoulders as her fringe ended just above her eyes.

She contrasted her light outfit with dark make-up including a swipe of black lip and smokey eye.

Two weeks ago Rihanna took to Instagram to pay tribute to her younger cousin just hours after they had spent Christmas Day Together.

Chris Gayle parties in lavish style in Australia

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chris-gayle-photo-8.jpgChris Gayle once again partied in style by arriving to a party in Australia in a 1950s Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith on the weekend

The self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' was in Melbourbne watching his West Indies team-mate Dwayne Bravo play in the Big Bash league against the Melbourne Stars.

The 38-year-old showed off his ride for the night on his Instagram page before going out to party in Australia.

The Windies batsman is no stranger to the finer things in life and is known to flaunt his lifestyle on his social media accounts.

Gayle posted pictures from his hotel room above the marina, before showing his followers what he'll be wearing for the upcoming party.

Later on in his Instagram story, he is seen sitting next to a friend on a plane with the caption 'Money trip' as he makes his way to watch his Windies team-mate Bravo play for the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday.

Skip Marley to rep for Reggae at Coachella

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skip-marley-photo-1.jpgSkip Marley, the son of Cedella Marley and the grandson of reggae icon, Bob Marley's grandson will be reggaes only representation at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California come this April.

Skip Marley is scheduled to make an appearance on the first day of the festival, on a stage that will be headlined by the likes of Beyonce, Eminem, Cardi B, and the Weekend who will be performing on the same day as Skip.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be held in California over the weekends of April 13th to 15th and 20th to the 22nd.

Lt. Stitchie snags IRAWMA nomination

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stitchie.jpgGospel artist, Lt. Stitchie, has been nominated in the category of "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER" for the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

This nomination comes as no surprise as Lt. Stitchie has been consistently touring, creating and releasing new music for the past year. He ended 2017 with two video shoots; one for the track "Undisputed" on the Life 101 Riddim by Blakkwuman22 Music, and the other for "Thank You," a popular record that is on his own label, Drum and Bass Music. Both videos will be released this month (January 2018).

In addition to that, the artist will be dropping a brand new album which features collaborations with Agent Sasco, Fantan Mojah, Million Stylez, Lukie D and Ricky Stereo in the coming weeks

Click on the following link, enter your name and scroll to the section titled "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER" and cast your vote for Lt. Stitchie

minister-babsy-grange.jpgThe Ministry of Culture Entertainment, Culture, Gender and Sports is distancing itself from any blame in light of concerns surrounding the granting of an entertainment permit for an event which caused a traffic gridlock along the Palisadoes strip on Monday night.

While many are questioning the circumstances which led to a permit being issued for that area, in 2015 the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) approved the Palisadoes strip as a suitable designated entertainment zone, with a growing number of events having been staged in and around the same vicinity over the years. However, it was only in October 2017 that the Ministry of Entertainment, Culture, Gender Affairs and Sports declared Fort Rocky in that same vicinity as Jamaica's first entertainment zone.

In a press release Minister Olivia Babsy Grange stated that she wants to make it clear Fort Rocky is restricted to Fort Rocky and that the declaration does not include any other place including Palisadoes Road, Gun Boat Beach where the party was held or anywhere along the corridor to the Norman Manley International Airport.

The promoters of the event held at Gun Boat Beach, have since issued a public apology, insisting they were in their legal rights having obtained the necessary permits, and providing adequate parking with a shuttle service, but unfortunately indisciplined patrons chose to park along the strip causing a traffic pile up.

"We would like to apologise for any inconveniences caused by the traffic on the Palisadoes strip. It is important to note that traffic recommendations were raised and agreed to before permission was granted to use the venue. Security plans were shared with and approved by all superior bodies, consisting of the hiring of police patrol on the strip, the rental of additional parking spaces/shuttle buses, advertising of the designated parking, and the placement of adequate signage on the road," said Andrew Ellis, director of Supreme Team Limited -- organisers of Sandz, in a press release.

"We would like to give a special thanks to those patrons who cooperated with the officials and made use of the designated parking lot. We would also like to use this opportunity to appeal to all patrons and Jamaicans in general that law and order should be followed in all activities, and it is our belief that we can all party together while still following the rules and best practices set by governing bodies. Thanks for the support and over the past few years and we will continue to make improvements to our product to ensure that our patrons have the best experience possible with minimal disturbance to the public at large,"

The party promoters cite "non-cooperation of the patrons with the parking arrangements" as the cause for the mayhem.

The pile-up along the corridor, which leads to Norman Manley International Airport, caused severe inconvenience to people arriving in the island as well as those departing.

"Despite the efforts made from the promoters' end, there was a breakdown in the enforcement due to non-cooperation of the patrons with the parking arrangements, which in turn led to parking in unauthorised spaces, causing the build-up of traffic.

The traffic backed up all the way to Rockfort. Motorists also created several lanes, which contributed to congestion.

shelly-ann-and-curran.jpgJohn John Music Group, which is owned by artiste manager Shelly-Ann Curran, has inked a music placement deal with a Hollywood-based film production company.

The deal with D Street Pictures, the production arm of D Street Media Group, which is headquartered in New York City, runs for five years, according to a press release.

The publishing deal is being touted as a "first of its kind for Jamaica". It allows Curran to place her artistes on the soundtracks of D Street's film and television properties over the next five years.

The pact will reportedly begin with reggae singer Bugle who will exclusively provide songs for the entire soundtrack of the upcoming Jamaican film 'The Mango Girl', produced by D Street Pictures, as well as perform on the soundtrack of the 2018 production of 'The Blue Mauritius'. The latter is a heist film starring Anthony Mackie (Avengers, Captain America), John RhysDavies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), Oscar nominated French actor Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi) and German actor, Thomas Kretschmann (Central Intelligence, Hitman: Agent 47).

"Shelly-Ann Curran has an incredible eye for talent, after being in the business for less than three years you can see the direction she's taking her artistes. She's a smart and creative force in the game and understands there are more opportunities to be had in music other than radio play and live performances," Dexter Davis, CEO of D Street Media Group, said.

"By aligning her roster of talent with D Street's international productions, Shelly is helping to market her artistes around the world," he continued. "We are extremely excited about the deal and look forward to collaborating with Ms Curran and John John Music Group for years to come."

Curran commented, "This deal and partnership with D Street Pictures is truly a blessing. John John Music Group hit a high last year when our artiste Devin Di Dakta received the Grammy nomination and then signed with Downtown Records, a division of Interscope Records.

"But you can't rest on your laurels in today's climate. You have to hustle and create alternative ways to get your artiste out there," she added, noting that "D Street is producing film and television for the international market so the exposure for my artistes is priceless. It's about time Jamaican musicians of all genres take their place on the world stage and this opportunity helps us do just that. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with D Street Media Group."


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Dancehall artiste Harry Toddler is making an appealing to the public for their help in the return of his travel document which was stolen over the weekend.

According to Toddler, he was in the Tower Hill, Saint Andrew, when armed men held him up and robbed him of his jewellery, laptop, two phones, USD $500, JMD $35,000 and his passport.

Taking to social media, Toddler made an appeal for the return of his property, noting that the passport, however is his main concern as he was expected to leave the island soon.

He says the cash was to send to his daughters living overseas for the new year.

"Man dem can keep all the money star, if dem can just run back all mi phone and mi laptop and mi passport mi wouldn't mind," he said. "Jahkno star as a artiste mi can't even move round inna mi owna country star."

Chance, Obama, Steph Curry star in new PSA

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obama-and-chance.jpgChance the rapper has linked up with Obama again, for a new Public Service Announcement.

Chance, the POTUS and NBA star Steph Curry star in the :60 second spot for the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance.

"I want you to know, you matter. There is nothing, not a single thing, that's more important to the future of America than whether or not young people all across this country can achieve their dreams," Obama says in the PSA.

In November, Chance curated and performed at the inaugural Obama Foundation summit.

azealia-banks-vs-wendy-williams.jpgAzealia Banks is planning to sue Wendy Williams after the talk show host suggested the rapper was a prostitute on TV in early December.

On an episode of "The Wendy Williams Show," the host weighed in on the "212" star's feud with fellow rapper Remy Ma, who recently posted screenshots on social media of text messages from Azealia in which she allegedly asked her for a collaboration.

Wendy said in one of the messages, Azealia told Remy she needed a vaginal rejuvenation, and continued, "Well if you're worn out at 26 and you got no kids... now we understand how she gets her money. She's got no kids and she's 26, with a vaginal rejuvenation, wow, she works hard for her money."

At the time, Azealia told her followers she was upset by the controversial remarks, and now she revealed she was taking legal action.

She posted a since deleted meme of Wendy on Instagram which featured the message, "The last five years taught me when you're an Azealia Banks stan (fan), you can make it thru anything (sic)," and in the caption, she added, "TOUGH AS STEEL... Wendy is getting sued top of 2018."

Azealia and Remy's feud kicked off in December when Azealia tweeted that Remy hadn't "done a single thing to move the cultural needle" since she emerged from jail in 2014.

g-t-taylor-photo-1.jpgMusic promoter GT Taylor of IRIE FM is thinking about bringing a law suit against the management of dancehall artiste Masicka after the deejay failed to appear on the popular Christmas Day concert, Extravaganza. Tommy Lee, who was also billed to perform, also failed to appear at the event.

"Tommy Lee came at 7:30 am when the show ended at 7. Tommy Lee has since released a video saying he got lost. Both Masicka and Tommy Lee were on a show in Portland, at least four hours away, but they insisted he would make it from Portland. I kept in touch with Tommy Lee, but Masicka left Portland and never made it to Xtravaganza. His management never answered the phone, if you are in a bus, is not you alone a travel so why no explanation? I was calling them from 12:15 am till 6 that morning," GT Taylor ie reported as saying.

In an interview with Yardflex on Wednesday, GT further added that Masicka left the show in Portland before Tommy Lee, who closed the Portland show: "Tommy Lee reached late, after everything was finished and he was really apologetic. Masicka did not keep in touch wiht me. I could not get him by phone and he did not call me to let me know what was happening with him," a very upset GT stated.

He is adamant that Masicka owes him and also the fans an apology.


"These guys cannot be allowed to tarnish my reputation like this. I've worked too hard over the years to build this event and Extravaganza is known for always delivering," he stated.

"The hurtful part is that patrons are saying that I tricked them, and it hurts to hear that when it was an excellent show with great performances. But the youths are disgruntled, they came to see Tommy Lee and Masicka," he added.

GT Christmas Extravaganza celebrated 17 years on Boxing Day.

According to GT, Tommy Lee is already booked for the 2018 staging of the event.

Professional and amateur singers are being encouraged to enter the 2018 Jamaica Festival Song Competition, which sets the tone for the island's Emancipation and Independence celebrations.

Speaking with JIS News, Interim Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission JCDC, Orville Hill, said the competition is not restricted to only new talents but also professionals in the music industry.

In an effort to improve the competition, the JCDC has named a seven-member committee to oversee the organization of the 2018 event.

A series of development workshops will also be held within the four JCDC regions, starting in January 2018, to assist persons who have expressed an interest in entering the competition.

The overall prize money will be $10 million, to be shared among the performers, songwriters and producers.

The top-10 finalists will also receive packages.

Ghost responds to woman forced to pay hefty bar bill

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ghost.jpgA woman says she's now forced to clear a hefty bar tab after a man allegedly associated with Reggae artiste Ghost failed to pay on Sunday.

According to the woman, she'll now have to work for weeks without pay to cover the bill after the man who was seen drinking with the 'Bodyguard' singer ditched his responsibilities at a popular weekly series over the Christmas holiday in Kingston, Jamaica.

The woman who took her story to social media earlier this week eventually got the response of Ghost, whose real is name Carlton Hylton, claims he has no personal ties to the culprit. "The artist [Ghost] don't know him personally end.... and the boss didi offer to pay his share of the bill and the bredda told him 'it was already taken care of'," a rep of the singer said.

It's unclear if Ghost will now pay his half of the bill.

tony-matterhorn-photo-2.jpgVeteran Dancehall selector Tony Matterhorn is billed to play 'nothing but Vybz Kartel's music' on New Year's Day.

Hot on the heels of an incident at Alkaline's birthday bash, where Matterhorn played a Kartel song, much to the annoyance of Alka, the hard-hitting selector has been added to the lineup of 'Bad Behaviour Beach Party' which will be held in Kartel's hometown of Portmore at Sugarman's Beach.

The event promoted by House of Dancehall, will be hosted by Ragashanti and is being sponsored by the Vybz Kartel Official clothing line, Official VK Line.

Speaking on Matterhorn being added to the lineup, organiser Michael Dawson, Kartel's co-author on The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, says "there can't be any real Jamaican party on the planet without Vybz Kartel music.... any such party in my opinion isn't a real party at all...this is a party that Raga hosting for the naughty girls .so the great Tony Matterhorn is being contracted to play exclusively Kartel music...who waan vex can vex".

Gaza fans will welcome Matterhorn stream in to Portmore as there has been an outpouring of support for him on social media after he was verbally attacked last week for playing Kartel music at a certain party. The party gets going at noon, whilst a Portmore football competition kicks off the day.

Unicorn's funeral January 13 in Clarendon

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unicorn-photo-2.jpgTwo months after his untimely death,dancehall artiste Unicorn will be remembered at a thanksgiving service at the Power of Faith Deliverance Ministry in Hayes, Clarendon, scheduled for January 13, 2018. Interment will follow at Denbigh Cemetery in the parish.

The dancehall artiste, whose real name is Donovan McMurrary, was shot dead on November 12 by unknown assailants on Bowens Road in Kingston 11. The police are yet to establish a motive for his murder.

The late entertainer's mother, Dalevan Barrett Daley, is the person in charge of the funeral arrangements and she notes that any artiste or producer who want to participate can contact DJ Sunshine or Macka Diamond.

The 'set up' will be held in Phase 2 in Hayes, Clarendon on January 12th.

"If any of his deejay friends want to bring the liquor or soft drinks, they can bring it. The service will be held the next day at my church right here in Clarendon," she said.

chris-martin-and-brittny-newman.jpgAccording to multiple reports, the recording artist's new girlfriend Brittny Newman is expecting their first child together.The reports started circulating last week after a photo of the 'Big Deal' singer and the Architecture Student with a baby bump surfaced online.

Martin, who has a daughter with Dancehall artist Ce' Cile, went public with his relationship with Newman earlier this year. According to sources, the two have been dating for over a year now however they had kept their relationship a secret.

Since going public, they have posted pics vacationing in the Caribbean and attending various events.

The picture didn't say when the baby is due, howeve, persons have made sureto tag Ce'cile in it.

Chris Martin has two daughters with two different women. his third child makes three baby mamas for the singer.

Rebel Salute was held on Monday night at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston.

For 24 years Rebel Salute has maintained its staple of being a family oriented cultural festival. With next year's staging marking the 25th anniversary of the festival celebrating wholesome entertainment, organizers are eager to present their ultimate best with the continuation of the Herb Curb and Reggae Camping first introduced last year.

Under the theme "The Preservation of Reggae" some big names were announced for the two day festival.

On Friday January 12 patrons can expect to see the likes of Third World, JC Lodge, Bushman, Jesse Royal, Tony Rebel, Agent Sasco, Bugle, Charly Black, Lutan Fyah, Zamunda, Vershon, Jah Vinci, Glacia Robinson.

While on Saturday January 13 expect high energy performances from Capleton, Barrington Levy, Freddie McGregor, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Pinchers, Louie Culture, Admiral Tibet, I-Wayne, Gyptian, Romain Virgo, I-Octane, Elephant Man, DingDong and Jahmiel.

The 25th staging of Rebel Salute will take place over the weekend of January 12-13 2018, at the Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory St. Ann.

vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgJailed entertainer Vybz Kartel is sitting in his prison cell with his hands tied and fuming after a new song was released entitled Murda Practice. The singer of the song is none other that Vybz Kartel, but according to Kartel he did not give the producer permission to release the dated track.

Kartel has since used social media to send a not-too-subtle message to the producer of the single, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor, who he styles as "producer bwoy".

"Producer bwoy me and you a friend? Weh ya release dem old song de fa? You no have no shame dawg. SMFH," on Instagram, "Producer dude we not friends, stop dropping my songs," he added.

Following the preview by Grammy-nominated producer di Genius over the weekend Gaza fans began to speculate on if Stephen and Kartel squashed their long time beef, following a major fall out in 2009 after they worked on a couple hit songs.

Stephen is yet to respond, however, the single, Murda Practice is reportedly being distributed by Johnny WOner.

Funeral for Marcia Griffiths' sister Thursday

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marcia-griffiths-photos-4.jpgFloreth Griffiths-Allen, the sister of Reggae Queen, Marcia Griffiths, will be eulogised at a funeral service at the New Life Assembly of God on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew on Thursday. The service is slated for an 11:00 start.

Interment follows in the Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.

The veteran female Reggae singer recently revealed that her 76-year-old sibling passed away in Florida on November 30th, following a brief battle with illness.

Sister Marcia described her sister as a very close confidant and a deeply loving sibling with whom she shared many special moments throughout her lifetime.

She expressed great grief following her sister's passing but admitted that God knows best.

She has thank fans and fellow entertainers for the tremendous support through her family's time of grieving, revealing the numerous calls and condolences she has received.

Wee Pow's son off critical list

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Duane Pow, the son Stone Love boss, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell, is no longer in critical condition.

It was reported earlier last week that Wee Pow was perplexed over the "weird" situation involving Duane, who had been healthy and then suddenly was sick to the point of hospitalisation.

Duane was reportedly in critical condition at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

However, prior the hospitalization, there was no indication that Duane was ill.

May persons used social media to send get well messages and prayers for Duane.

ninjaman-gym.jpg"Use heavy duty zip ties then if so be the case. Or is there a shortage of those too...?"


"Seriously? This is beyond laughable."


"Where is the crime plan?"


"And you think shortage of handcuffs is part of a crime plan? Oh yeah the current Government did not allocate part of the budget for handcuffs."


"And people have the audacity to think Jamaica is going somewhere. Don't continue the self deception. Throw in the towel and accept defeat. Why prolong the agony. No wonder they do not make many arrests for the vast majority of murders. Must be waiting for the handcuffs. more pathetic than embarrassing."

"Salary short, transport short and now handcuff short...poor officers."


"handcuff shortage? a joke this"

No handcuffs for a Ninja; sentencing postponed

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ninjaman-gym.jpgThe sentencing for popular dancehall entertainer Ninjaman and his co-convicts was postponed because of "a handcuff shortage facing police officers who were to escort the artiste along with other accused/prisoners".

Ninjaman, his son Janiel and Dennis Clayton had their sentencing put off until Monday.

Ninjaman and his co-accused were to be sentenced in the Home Circuit Court Friday for the 2009 murder ‎of Ricardo Johnson.

Ninjaman, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne,was convicted last month for the murder in the Lower Mall Road community of Kingston.

He was later brought to the courtroom but one of his attorneys was absent from court, which led to Justice Martin Gayle postponing the matter until Monday.

This is in addition to one of the character witnesses, who Ballentine's attorney Valerie Neita- Robertson had intended to call up, having to leave the court for another appointment.

Ninja Man was on November 20 found guilty of the 2009 murder of Ricardo "Ricky Trooper" Johnson.

The three convicts face up to life in prison.

tony-matterhorn-photo-2.jpgWas Tony Matterhorn seriously searching for controversy when he played a Vybz Kartel song at Alkaline's birthday party in Florida lst weekend? Or was he simply doing what all good selectors do--- play the songs which will nice up a session?

Well despite a massive reaction from the crowd at Alkaline's party, wehn Matterhorn teased the Kartel song, the 'Champion Boy' singer and the man whose style he has been accused of copying, incarcerated superstar Vybz Kartel.

Social media wentr into virtual overdrive over the weekend when a video showing Alkaline interrupting Matterhorn's set at the deejay's birthday party at a club in Florida, allegedly in response to the selector playing a Vybz Kartel song. Noteworthy, however, is the response of the crowd when Matterhorn teased the Kartel song. The crowd at Alkaline's birthday bash roared in response to the Kartel tune!

Anyway, the video shows Alkaline calling Matterhorn a friend before dissing him by calling his the pussycat without the c-a-t, in front of a packed club.

Matterhorn in his response says it simply musical: "It's all about the love and the music... Nuff man ah go say ah eediat ting, and mi wi get mad and diss up everybody. Then yu a go hear say Matterhorn mek him friend diss Alkaline, but mi nuh tek press and tek press button, at the time, mi feel fi quell the situation because you know none ah dem no bad like me," Matterhorn said in a rambling response.

"Not because yu have yu gun or yu gang makes yu a bad person, is how yu deal with situations," he added.

Matterhorn added that "Alkaline just made himself look bad".

The selector said, "Your action showed everybody now what you were hiding all along - yuh nuh like Kartel... he made himself look like he has a problem with Vybz Kartel."

One reaction is that Matterhorn got the exact reaction he was looking for. Tony Matterhorn, some fell, deliberately stepped into the ants nest. He played Alkaline's 'Champion Boy' at the 'Vybz Kartel vs Worl' Boss' party held at Oniel's Place on Hagley Park Road in January 2016 - then, to the malign of Kartel fans.

miss-universe-jamaica-2018-davina-bennett-photo-1-larger.jpgMiss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett will have a street named after her in Clarendon.

The announcement was made by Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie at a Tree Light Ceremony in the parish.

Reports are that Middle Street in Mitchell Town, the street where Davina grew up, is to be renamed her honour.

Davina Bennett was also presented with the key to the township of May Pen, in recognition of her achievement in promoting and showcasing the cultural diversity of Jamaica locally and internationally.

She recently copped the second runner-up title at this year's Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, United States.

The entertainment fraternity is on the edge after three members have been killed in the last two months.

Among them are dancehall artist and producer Corey Mineral Boss who was shot and killed Tuesday morning at his home in Caymanas Bay, St Catherine.

Corey's death comes just weeks after popular entertainer Unicorn (real name Donovan McMurray) was gunned down in Bowens Road, Kingston 13.

Another murder was recorded back in October when producer Ralston 'Tru Blue' Wellington was shot dead by gunmen in Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew.

Earlier this year, popular producer Evan 'Zum' Powell who operates Good Good Productions, was injured multiple times in a gun attack while driving along the Salt Marsh main road in Trelawny.

Wee Pow's son Duane Pow in a coma

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Stone Love boss, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell has way more questions than answers after his son, Duane was admitted to hospital last week and is now said to be in critical condition.

Irie FM News is reporting that Wee Pow is perplexed over the "weird" situation involving Duane, who had been healthy and then suddenly was sick to the point of hospitalisation.

Duane is reportedly in a coma and is in critical condition at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Wee Pow says prior the hospitalization, there was no indication that his son was ill.

Meanwhile, get well messages and prayers have flooded social media platforms.

Mineral Boss producer killed

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mineral-boss.jpgPortmore-based entertainer and producer Mineral Boss is dead. He was 35.

According to reports are that the CEO of Mineral Boss Muzik was shot and killed at around nine Tuesday morning at his home in Caymanas Bay, St. Catherine. However, it was suggested that the producer could have committed suicide, as a post on Instagram showed his posing with his son and a capon that said "Goodbye". It was later revealed that it was a friend who had made the posting.

Mineral Boss, born Clayton Jones, was promoting his latest EP titled 'Breakthrough'.

He was best known for riddims such as River Bed, Money Boss and his latest effort, Street Knowledge.

He has worked with the likes of Mavado, I-Octane, Jah Miel, Quick Cook and others.

shaggy-n-friends-2018-launch.jpgshaggy-n-friends-2018.jpgThe Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation (SMADF) continues their altruistic work with the sixth staging of the unifying charity concert, Shaggy & Friends, scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2018, on the prestigious lawns of Jamaica House, St. Andrew.

Co-Produced by Rebecca Packer-Burrell, executive director of SMADF, Shaggy & Friends is the main vehicle through which the organization keeps its pledge to meaningfully partner with and assist the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Proceeds from this show will go towards increasing the beds in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, the sole pediatric facility in the island and the only full-service children's hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean. Sharon Burke, CEO, Solid Agency also supports the event as Co-Producer.

"The Bustamante Hospital for Children Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is the only one of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean. We admit 150 patients annually to this 5 bedded facility but are beset by the consequences of resource limitations; inadequate physical space, inconsistent supplies of critical items, difficulty with acquisition of cutting-edge equipment as well as maintenance of the equipment we have, are challenges we encounter in our quest to offer world-class service in this Unit" explains Dr. Brian James, Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. "We therefore, feel extraordinarily grateful to the Shaggy & Friends Foundation for their on-going efforts in assisting the Hospital and the Unit. Please keep it going" Dr. James added.

Totally committed to the project on several levels, Mrs. Packer-Burrell notes that organizing the 2018 staging of the biennial concert has been an incredible experience and emphasizes that the end product will be "truly awesome". The event boasts a fantastic artiste line-up which includes heavyweight international acts performing alongside exceptional homegrown talents, all of whom have expressed a strong commitment to this cause.Among the acts confirmed for Shaggy & Friends, 2018 are Sting, Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Christopher Martin, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Barrington Levy, Third World, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Capleton, Professor Nuts and Wayne Wonder.

Founder and chairman of the SMADF, Orville 'Shaggy" Burrell confesses that he is "super excited and humbled" at being given this wonderful opportunity to significantly make a difference. "We are as committed to this project as we were when we first staged Shaggy & Friends in 2009. If anything, the fire is burning even brighter. This project has taken over a part of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way. It is a great experience to be able to partner with our patrons, sponsors, other organizations and dedicated individuals to save the lives of children - our future. Again, I must commend the caring doctors and nurses at Bustamante Hospital for Children, who work tirelessly to perform their duties, regardless of the circumstances," Shaggy declared.

Sponsors on board are Scotiabank, Wisynco-Wata, Stewarts Automotive Group, KFC-Restaurants of Jamaica, Lasco, The Atlas Group, PhoenixPrintery, Jacqui Tyson- From Thought To Finish, Rainforest Seafoods, Jamaica Broilers, Zoukie's, Team Solutions. And media partners BrandProfit, It'sPixel Perfect, Jamaica Observer, Market Me, Moonstone Blue, Phase 3 Productions and The RJR Group.

Among the partners is chef extraordinaire and décor specialist, Jacqui Tyson of From Thought To Finish, who has easily re-committed to this one-of-a-kind, 100% charity concert. "Being on board this project is not something that I have to even think about, it's just something that I have to do. It is said that it is better to give than to receive and I must say that being on board Shaggy & Friends has helped me to experience this truism. I really must commend Shaggy and his team for their hard work and dedication and I am looking forward to serving up a delectable feast for Platinum patrons come January 6, 2018. And, of course, the décor will be truly a wow factor," the businesswoman stated, as she flashed her signature bright smile.

Shaggy and Friends Benefit Concert had its inaugural staging on January 3, 2009, after which the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation was born.The organization has since donated more than US$1.5million in equipment and services thanks to the proceeds from the Shaggy & Friends concerts.

Top gospel acts for 'The Experience'

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gospel-act-glacia.jpgIt will indeed be an experience on Boxing Day, December 26 and Saturday, December 30 when some of Jamaica's gospel powerhouses take centrestage at the Manchester High School and Spanish Town Prison Oval respectively.

The show is headlined by Glacia Robinson who comes with a powerful testimony of divine healing after facing a mysterious illness for five years and literally coming back from the dead.

Produced by gospel music veteran GT Sound Limited who has upped the ante this year by teaming up with Glacia Robinson Ministries to stage two events in this its second year.

The Manchester experience will be addressing both the physical and spiritual needs as part proceeds from the concert will be benefitting the Percy Junior Hospital's pediatric unit through donations of well needed items.

Spanish Town which has been facing a lot of challenges including the rising murder rate no doubt citizens there will experience a revival as the artistes ministers in songs.

Commenting on the leg of the show that will be stage there Robinson said the decision was largely influenced by the many challenges the community and its environs has been facing.

The Experience features top brass performers from Jamaica and heading the list is Kevin Downswell who is powerful performer and has been known to take his audience on a spiritual high as he feeds them a steady diet of spiritually charged songs which includes Close To You, If It's Not You, Already Done and You Make Me Stronger.

Prodigal Son makes no bones about where his alliance lies. A fiery performer he can be expected to connect with songs such as I Wish, Can't Cool, Deeper Than Church, Heart Surgery and Bless Me Too Much.

Rondell Positive has been making an impact on the gospel circuit with his songs and power-packed performances. Noreta Lewis who charmed the hearts of the Jamaica Gospel Festival Competition judges copping the top prize with I'll Make It ThroughThe Valley entry will find receptive hearts when she hits the stage.

Other acts billed for the show are Keesa Peart, Shawn Warren and The Anointed Musicians and singers.

Boxing Day's event will begin at 6 pm.

No More Drama, Starface Fully 'Focused'

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starface.jpgAfter being embroiled in a verbal spat with fellow entertainer Spice earlier this year, recording artiste Starface says she is turning a new page in her musical career and consider events of the past to be a closed chapter.

The emerging star whose given name is Nadesha Edwards admits she has made some missteps on her journey but explained that it was partially due to misguided advise from former members of her team. Not wanting to debase anyone, in particular, she says the faux pas serves as a lesson not to be repeated and holds no enmity against anyone.

"It's important to be an optimist, hence I try to take the positives from situations of the past instead of dwelling on negativity. Right now I think it's these negative things that are holding back a lot of us as females and especially as artistes in a male-dominated industry." - she added.

Armed with a revamped management team spearheaded by Konsequence Muzik, Starface says she is ready for everything that the new year has to offer. The Denham Town native adds that as part of her rebranding exercise fans can expect more diversity in her music going forward.

"I just released a new single and video on Vevo titled 'Focus' a very uplifting song that many persons, especially from the inner-cities, can relate to. Other productions doing well in the space include 'No Free Love' a very energetic anthem for the ladies and 'Oh Yeah', a collaboration with Latin American based dancehall star Eshconinco."

With aspirations of becoming a global superstar, Starface says music is not just a job but a way of life for her. Hence a lot, though not all of her music comes from a personal place. A philanthropist at heart, Starface notes that her drive to succeed is not merely for personal gratification but also to assist in nation building and rendering aid to many of the displaced and disenfranchised within our society.

Filled with ebullience and some potent lyrics Starface is very optimistic about attaining her goals and wants not only to break new boundaries for the genre but also to be a positive voice of change for women in the industry.

morgan-heritage-photo-3.jpgmorgan-heritage-cannabis.jpgGrammy award-winning reggae group, Morgan Heritage will be part of the International Cannabis Business Conference in Kauai, Hawaii, joining Cannabis industry professionals and reform activists from around the globe to share ideas and network. They are also scheduled to perform at the event.

The sibling group recently launched a new marijuana venture in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They recently announced the launch of "Golden," their hemp-based CBD infused alkaline water and Masaya CBD Oil. Golden is powered by Jardin, a Cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Masaya was inspired by Gramps Morgan's son who suffered having internal seizures and actually benefited from the oil created by Annabelle Manalo, the child's scientist mother. Masaya means happy.

The company says "whenever you purchase a bottle of Masaya Pure 3000, another bottle is sent to a person in need."

In addition to controlling seizures, CBD is showing great promise for reducing the symptoms of ALS and Parkinson's Disease. It has also been shown to reduce chronic pain.

shaggy-photo-1-focused.jpgShaggy called his friends...and they said yes.

Therefore, come January 6, 2018 at Jamaica House, there will be a shindig like never before when international acts Sting, Fetty Wap and Wyclef Jean, join our homegrown international acts Christopher Martin, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Barrington Levy, Third World, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Capleton, Professor Nuts, and Wayne Wonder, along with Trinidadians Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin, for the sixth renewal of Shaggy & Friends.

A very enthusiasticShaggy made the announcement at a launch held at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew yesterday.

All the artistes booked will perform for the charity concert which raises funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children -- the only paediatric hospital of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.

In commenting on the three top acts, Shaggy said that this year he "got lucky".

"Sting was a no-brainer. He and I had done a song together and we have been friends for a long time. We were doing some work here and there and I just said: 'How about coming to Jamaica?' And I will tell you a crazy story right now. Every Breath You Take, which is Sting's biggest song, was written right here in Jamaica... at Golden Eye. A lot a people don't know that. Jamaica holds a very dear place in his heart. It will be his first time performing here... so a real no-brainer. As far as Wyclef is concerned... Clef is almost Jamaican, so it was easy. Clef and I have had a great relationship for years. Fetty and I see each other here and there and a mutual contact told him about the concert. He just came and check me out and said I will be there for that," Shaggy is quoted as saying.

Grange congratulates Jr Gong on MOBO win

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junior-gong-photo-3.jpgOlivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, has congratulated Damian Marley for winning the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Award for Best Reggae Act.

Miss Grange said, "this outstanding member of the talented Marley clan is on a roll, having just been nominated in the Best Reggae Album category of the Grammy Awards and now winning the MOBO Award. It really feels special to say "back-to-back" congratulations to him.

The Minister said she was also proud of Chronixx, Aidonia, Alkaline, and Popcaan who were other Jamaican artistes vying for the MOBO Award. She said their credentials qualified all of them to enter but there could only be one winner.

The MOBO Awards, established in 1996, is held in the United Kingdom annually to recognise artistes of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music.

Since its inception, the MOBO Awards has become one of Europe's biggest and most influential music award ceremonies, celebrating excellence in black music in the UK and internationally for more than 20 years in the musical forms of hip-hop, grime, RnB, soul, Reggae, jazz, gospel, and African music.

The MOBO Awards are seen as a UK equivalent to the BET Awards and Soul Train Awards in the United States.

There was news last week that both Marley and Chronixx were among the five acts nominated for the Grammy in the Best Reggae Album Category.

The winner will be announced next January.

mikhail-morris-judy-madaraz-dancehall-uni.jpgJamaica-born, Vancouver-based dancer and choreographer, Mikhail Morris, has embarked on a new venture - he's teaching a new course on Jamaican dancehall--the first time for this style of dance to be taught as part of a university program--at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Morris, 28, is teaching "FPA 120: Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular Subject: Dancehall History and Fundamentals", at the Vancouver campus.

The course is a combination of theory and dance. Morris created the curriculum to teach the socio-historical factors that inspired the creation of reggae and dancehall music and culture.

Students attain a better understanding of Jamaican culture and living experiences expressed through the actual music and dance. Students learn and practice the dancehall dance steps and listen to the music to contextualize the lyrics, and concepts for the steps.


Using dancehall vocabulary as a foundation, Morris said he grew up around dancehall culture and has seen how people fought to celebrate it.

Often associated with "low-culture" due to historical political tensions in Jamaica, it has been a challenge for the dance to gain acceptance as a true and valid cultural art form. Thus, for SFU to have created an actual course that teaches the history and fundamentals of dancehall, is a huge step in the right direction. There are very few university institutions that have this kind of programming available for their students.

The history of Jamaica with its convergence of peoples from varied cultural background created a solid foundation for the emergence of dancehall; dance and music. This same history has also made it possible for dancehall to extend its boundaries beyond the small island state of Jamaica to the rest of the world.

SFU offers Jamaican Dancehall, Hip Hop, and Bhangra in the three Vancouver/BC Lower Mainland campuses. These three cultural forms reflect the growing interest that students have in alternate dance techniques. (Source: SFU website)

popcaan-featured-on-gorillaz-saturn-barz.jpgPopcaan is elated at being featured on Rolling Stone Magazine's 50 Best Songs of 2017 list, even though the song is a collab with an international artiste. The "Unruly Boss" shared the news with his fans on social media, "[Rolling Stone] 50 BIGGEST SONGS OF 2017 38," he captioned a screenshot of the article.

The collaboration with virtual British band, Gorillaz 'Saturnz Barz' secured the number 38 on the annual list.

'Saturnz Barz' is featured on Gorillaz new 'Humanz' album. The project was nominated in the Best Alternative Music Album category for next year's Grammy Awards.

The official visuals for the single made the biggest debut for a virtual reality music video in YouTube history. Clocking over 5 Million views in 48 hours of release.

freddie-mcgregor-photo-3.jpgDoctors in the United States have given veteran reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, the green-light to fly out of Miami to perform at the second staging of 'Entertainers against Crime and Violence' at the Dump-up Beach in Montego Bay on Sunday evening.

According to a press release from the concert organisers, Freddie was reportedly being treated in the US for complications arising from an accident he had last year.

Up to earlier this week, the 'Captain of the Big Ship' was uncertain to make his appearance on the event which is to feature a galaxy of popular reggae and dancehall performers.

The long line-up, in addition to Freddie, also features veteran entertainer Ernie Smith, George Nooks, Pinchers, Singing Melody, Chuck Fenda, Lymie Murray, Nateesha Stream, Paul Elliott, Spanner Banner, Pam Hall, Hezron, Anthony Cruz, Nature Ellis, Persons of Interest Band, Live Wyya, Bung Guh Lhung the band, Zamunda, Mackie Conscious, Irie Connection, Rankin Pumpkin, Vision, Roland Burrell, Jah Ranks, Katalys Crew, Tension Invasion, Claudius England, Satta Ranks, Mikey Rankin and many others.

Montego Bay is slated for a 'musical flood' with the over 60 local entertainers drawn from the gospel and secular genres, coming together in one voice to make a powerful statement against crime and all forms of violence.

With over 300 murders so far in St James since the start of the year, the entertainers are coming together to play their part in contributing to curbing crime through positive musical messages. They have pledged to keep their lyrical contents positive, uplifting and motivating.

miss-universe-jamaica-2018-davina-bennett-photo-1-larger.jpgAmerican television producer, screenwriter, and author Shonda Rhimes took to twitter to hail Miss Universe Jamaica 2017, Davina Bennett who on Sunday finished third in the final of the Miss Universe which was held in Las Vegas.

Rhimes, who is best known as the creator, head writer and executive producer of the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy tweeted "I am clearly going to need some Miss Jamaica dolls for my daughters. So they can play with a doll that shows them they are fully EVERYTHING the universe ever needed."

Sporting her signature afro, Bennett dazzled in a buttercup yellow evening gown swelling the hearts of Jamaicans worldwide with pride.

Bennett emerged from a field of 92 contestants to become only the second Jamaican beauty to crack the top three at Miss Universe joining Yendi Phillipps, who finished one spot higher, second place, in 2010.

Many Jamaicans has since responded to Rhimes' tweet suggesting a wide array of dolls that girls of colour can identify with and be proud of.

Rhimes is also known for the political thriller series Scandal.

Big music deal with Universal for Charly Black

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charly-black-photo-1.jpg"It's Charly!!!!!!" A-G-A-I-N.

If earning platinum and diamond plaques; hitting the 100 million mark on Spotify; and making an appearance on the popular Wendy Williams Show, wasn't enough to solidify him as a bona fide force, then this surely will.

In an era when not many dancehall acts are being signed by major labels, Charly Black has signed a multi-album recording deal with Universal Music.

Signing with Aftercluv Dancelab, Universal Music Latin Entertainment's dance music imprint last month, the Gyal You A Party Animal deejay, who has been creating waves particularly in the Latin market, expects to make even more headway on the international market in the coming years.

In an interview with local tabloid, the Star, Charly Black disclosed that the partnership has been great so far and he just wants to continue making waves as a dancehall artiste on the international scene.

Congrats Charly!!!

Jr Gong wins 2017 MOBO Award

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damian-marley.jpgThe Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards took place in Leeds at the First Direct Arena on Thursday and the nominees in the Best Reggae Act category were: Aidonia, Alkaline, Chronixx, Damian Marley and Popcaan.

Six-time nominee, Damian Marley, walked away with the prize for his impactful Stony Hill album. Jr. Gong also won in 2005.

Two-time winner Popcaan, was left empty-handed, and whereas Damian Marley has another shot at a big award, the ReEggae Grammy, Poppi isn't so lucky, as he wasn't nominated this year.

Chronixx and Alkaline scored their third nomination while Aidonia was nominated for the first time.

This year the Best Reggae Act category and also other category were not open for public voting. Last year, it was public voting combined with the MOBO Awards academy's results, which determined the winners.

Yardflex congratulates Junior Gong.

Stephen Di Genius thankful for Grammy nods

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stephen-di-genius.jpgAfter the Grammy nominations were revealed, Big Ship producer, Stephen Di Genius took to social media and expressed his gratitude.

"3 Grammy noms this year!! Give thanks @damianmarley @chronixxmusic @shakira

#BestReggaeAlbum (2) #BestLatinPopAlbum Grateful to be a part of these works 🔥"

Di Genius McGregor has been featured on three albums being nominated for a Grammy Award.

He did work on Damian Marley's Stony Hill, and Chronixx's Chronology, both of which are nominated in the Reggae Album category, as well as international pop singer, Shakira's El Dorado.

El Dorado is nominated in the Best Latin Pop Album category.

This is surely a sterling achievement for Di Genius. Much Respect!

First Grammy nomination for Chronixx

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chronixx-chronology.jpgThe complete list of nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards was released early Tuesday morning.

The albums selected in the Reggae category come as no surprise, with the five nominations being Avrakedabra, Stony Hill, Chronology, Lost in Paradise and Wash House Ting.

Among the Jamaican nominees representing in the category are Morgan Heritage for Avrakedabra; Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley with Stony Hill and Chronixx with his debut album Chronology.

Both Morgan Heritage and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley are past Reggae Grammy winners, while Chronixx has made the cut with his debut album

The other nominees are US-based artistes Common Kings and J Boog.

Yardflex congratulates all the nominees.

Popcaan's girlfriend surely loves her Clarks

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popcaan-girlfriend-photo-1.jpgPopcaan's longtime Trinidadian girlfriend, Kavell Keir, truly loves her Clarks, the signature brand that brought her boyfriend to prominence with the Kartel song of the same name.

Keir has been spotted on a number of occasions dressed to the nines in various styles from the British international shoe manufacturer.

Check out these two.


miss-universe-jamaica-2018-davina-bennett-photo-2.jpgmiss-universe-jamaica-2018-davina-bennett-photo-1.jpgMiss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the crown at this year's Miss Universe pageant, and while the 22-year-old is being celebrated worldwide, there are many people who feel Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, really deserved the title.

Seeing women of color compete in pageants while rocking their natural hair is an empowering deviation from seeing the blown-out, straighter hairstyles contestants traditionally wear. Bennett, the second runner-up for Miss Universe, not only showed off her crowning Afro glory, but did so with grace, intelligence, and confidence -- and people are beyond here for it.

One Twitter user shared, "Davina represented not only #Jamaica in the #MissUniverse but the black race. I wish she's the one who should have won. She displayed her Afro with pride redefining the competition. Young black girls out there can feel confidence in their natural hair without whitening it." The post has since gotten more than 1,000 hearts and more than 300 retweets, with one person going so far as to comment, "Miss Jamaica was robbed."

Bennett glowed as she competed against 91 other contestants and steadily climbed her way to the top three. During the pageant, she was asked, "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?" Bennett responded, "The quality I am most proud of is my drive, my determination. I am the founder of a foundation that spreads awareness for the deaf community, and this platform is such a great platform to just let persons know that these persons need opportunities and need equal opportunities and goals in our society. So Miss Universe competition will be the platform for me to use this foundation to spread awareness for all the deaf people around."

After the competition, the 23-year-old took to Instagram to express gratitude for all the support she received. "I did not win but I got what I was seeking. I won the hearts of many, I got to highlight Deaf awareness, I stand as the first Afro queen to have made it thus far, I represented my little island and I received allll the love one could possible wish for."

Among her many fans is Beyoncé's go-to hairstylist, Neal Farinah, who also rooted for Bennett. After sharing his admiration for the beauty queen in a series of Instagram stories, he wrote a final post that read, "Such a shame @missuniverse Dark skin women will continue to work harder to prove themselves. Miss Jamaica, u are truly a miss universe."

jay-z-video.jpgJay-Z has released three new videos from his album 4:44 on Tidal on Friday, including Smile, which tells the moving story of his mom Gloria Carter as a closeted lesbian.

The rapper revealed in the lyrics of Smile that his mother is a lesbian when he released 4:44 over the summer.

The eight minute film shows a young Shawn Carter being raised by his single mom in the Brooklyn projects.

As well has having to deal with poverty and being a sole parent, his mother is seen silently dealing with having feelings for another woman, which she neither can never fully act upon.

The rapper only revealed with the release of the track in June that his mom was gay.

'Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take,' he rapped on the track.

In the video the young Gloria, played by The Deuce's Dominique Fishback, shares some forbidden intimate moments with her neighbor, a consoling hug turning into a little more, or secretly holding hands in a packed elevator.

But she keeps her feelings bottled up, with her son -- played by Taylor Thomas -- heartbreakingly catching her crying alone in her bedroom when she lets the mask slip for a moment.

The video ends with the real modern-day Gloria Carter reciting the poem she wrote about the subject, which served as the inspiration for the song.

The second video released, Legacy, is a star-studded affair, featuring the likes of Susan Sarandon, Ron Pearlman, Emile Hirsch and Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams.

cnn-clap-back-at-trump.jpgAfter Trump criticized CNN for representing the US to the world "very poorly," the network clapped back in EPIC fashion.

Trump had tweeted on Saturday, November 25: ".@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!"

The Twitter account for CNN quickly responded, "It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst" with an apple emoji. The response garnered more than 64,000 retweets and 9,400 comments.

Trump, 71, has found himself engaged in a war of the words with CNN since his campaign and throughout his presidency, largely referring to the outlet as "fake news."

This isn't the only time the president found himself in the news over controversial comments this weekend. As previously reported, he tweeted on Friday, November 24, "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" His tweet prompted many celebrities to mock him on Twitter.

The official Twitter account for Time also disputed Trump's claim, writing, "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6."

BritJam cancelled for 2018; Zum still recovering

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britjam-fc.jpgThe highly anticipated Britjam Music Spring Break Festival, held annually in Montego Bay, St James is set to go on a one-year hiatus for 2018.

According to a press release from Good Good Production's CEO Evan "Zum" Powell, the annual week-long party series, will not be staged this year for health reasons.

In a press release, it was stated that Powell is still recovering from injuries he sustained after he was shot last summer. As a result, the work to be done for 2018 staging cannot be executed.

The release also quoted Zum saying: "Britjam is a very hands-on project for me and because of my recovery I have not been able to be up and down as needed. I believe if something can't be done properly then it's better to pause until it can."

Zum was injured in a gun attack along the Salt Marsh main road last July. Good Good Productions is known for the production of a number of popular dancehall rhythms, including Freezing Point, Triple X, Brit Jam, Cool Out, Happy Tyme, Liquor and the most recently released Cure Pain Riddim.

Digicel launches music academy for the Caribbean

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Telecommunications company, Digicel, has launched a music academy for the Caribbean.

The Digicel Music Academy is an audience-led initiative that will culminate with one academic landing a performance with Montano live at the 2018 staging of Machel Monday concert in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Academy has now issued a call for aspirants are asked to upload videos of original songs to YouTube, then submit by by Sunday November 26th.

After a voting process open to persons is the region, three singers, three songwriters and three producers will be selected.

Qualifiers for the Digicel Music Academy will be hosted at Geejam Studios in Portland from December 19 - 22.

They will be mentored and coached by soca star Machel Montano along with other top music industry personalities.

Popular dancer on fraud charge

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raddy-rich.jpgA popular dancer has been arrested and charged on fraud charges.

Rohan Lyttle, more popularly known as Raddy Rich, the dancer who did the choreography for rRapper Nikki Minaj and Sean Kingston "Dutty Love" music video, is reportedly now on bail after he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday.

Raddy Rich was charged jointly with Jamar Purrier and Howard Hares with conspiracy to defraud and possession of forged documents. All men were granted $100,000 with surety. They are expected to return to court on January 19, next year.

He is to report to the Duhaney Park Police Station on Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, in September, Raddy Rich was involved in an accident in his hometown, Buff Bay in Portland .

miss-universe-jamaica-davina-bennett.jpgJamaica placed third at last night's finals of Miss Universe, prompting outbursts of jubilation in the island and across the Diaspora.

Rocking her signature Afro hairstyle, Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett walked away with a more than well deserved third place finish..

Davina was among 92 ladies vying for the crown in Las Vegas.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Peter Phillips were among scores of Jamaicans who expressed congratulations via social media, while Zip jock, DJ Sparks sparked quite a celebration on Twitter/Instagram with her truly Jamaican, down-to-earth commentary that has racked up massive views.

When Bennett was announced as the second runner up, sections of the live audience showed their displeasure, with some booing after Steve Harvey made the announcement.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was declared the winner and Miss Colombia Laura González Ospina, first runner up.

Curvy Diva off to Africa

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curvy-diva-off-to-africa.jpgRecording artiste and TV Host Yanique Curvy Diva Barrett is excited to make her very first hosting and performance appearance in the motherland this December.

The artiste who embarked on a recording career less than a year ago has been reveling in the success of that endeavor with a chart topping first single 'Lifestyle' and trending second release ' Turn Your Lights Down Low' with world renowned artiste Kymani Marley.

The success of her recording projects have not only led to her topping charts locally and overseas, but have now given her a coveted opportunity to perform and host an event in the continent of Africa, an opportunity that many artistes have never been granted.

Yanique is set to visit Africa this December for an exclusive appearance at Reggae Afrobeat Jamrock in Abuja Nigeria. The event will feature fellow Caribbean artiste Popcaan and African reggae superstar 2 Face Adibia.

"I'm very excited for all the great opportunities I've been receiving since the launch of my recording career, Good Good Production saw great potential and now all these doors are opening, I can't wait to meet and perform for my fans in Abuja Nigeria" Curvy Diva announced

This will be Yanique's first time in Africa even though she has travelled extensively hosting internationally for years in places like London, Toronto and the Caribbean. The trip also gives the Curvy Diva the opportunity to increase the promotion of her new music video for her popular 'Lifestyle' single.

"The promotion continues for my singles and my Lifestyle video, Already the video has over 1/4 million views and rave reviews after just a few weeks, there is so much more to come," Yanique added

Plans are being put in place to shoot the music video for trending collaboration 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' with Kymani Marley next. The Curvy Diva is also ready to return to her hosting duties for the 11th season of MAGNUM Kings and Queens of Dancehall TV show, which is now in the audition phase of the 2018 competition.

Yanique Curvy Diva 'Lifestyle' Official Vdeo

Tosh Alexander releases Christmas project

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tosh-alexander-christmas.jpgLess than two weeks away from the start of the Yuletide season, fashionista and burgeoning chanteuse Tosh Alexander has assembled a star-studded cast of musical heavyweights for the presentation of her latest body of work titled, 'An Island Christmas With Tosh & Friends'.

Presented on the 'CoworkJA' musical imprint with distribution rights courtesy of Zojak Worldwide. The project takes the format of a five-track EP covering several of the most renowned Christmas classics as the songstress serves up some prodigious renditions with the help of accomplished compatriots Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo. The standard is even further amplified with the enlisting of production virtuosos Joshua 'Flubz' Jones, Andre 'Suku' Grey, Karim 'Stainless' Thompson, Dale 'Dizzle' Virgo, Keniel Delisser and Kemoy Allen. Aiming for the best quality the recordings were done at Bugle's An9ted Entertainment Studios and Agent Sasco's Diamond Studios respectively.

Alluding to the project Tosh said, "Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year. From the lights to the carols and the overall spirit of the season; it's a time where everyone comes together and it truly makes me happy, so I wanted to reflect that in these Christmas carols chosen for the EP. When you hear them I want you to have that same feeling of happiness and warmth."


Ninjaman to know his fate today

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ninja-man-photo-9.jpgPopular entertainer Ninjaman is to know his fate today when the seven-member jury will deliberate and hand down its verdict in the murder case against him.

Justice Martin Gayle who is presiding at the month-long trial, is expected to wrap up his summation this morning in order to give the jurors enough time to deliberate.

Ninjaman, his son Jamiel and Dennis Clayton have all been on trial since October 17.

The men are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson also called 'Trooper' who was fatally shot eight years ago on Mall Road, Kingston 11.

stefflon-don.jpgStefflon Don stopped by Hot97 recently to chat all things from UK Rap to her own personal journey.

During the interview with Ebro, Laura Stylez and Rosenberg, the British rapper share insights into how she came to be known as "Stefflon Don", how her journey in UK Rap began; with her siblings playing a massive role and what her plans are for the future.

She also revealed that she dreams of working with Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

Stefflon Don, whose real name is Stephanie Allen, is an exciting, 25-year-old UK MC who raps with wit and ferocity about female empowerment, street life, and sex.

Her brash, charismatic music is marked by authentic injections of Jamaican Dancehall.

In March, she signed a £1.2M deal with Polydor, a part of Universal Music Group.

Konshens gets married to fiancee Latoya

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konshens-wedding.jpgDancehall artiste Konshens tied the knot with his fiancee and mother of his son, Latoya on Sunday at an elaborate, private ceremony in Miami.

Konshens Is Now Married. Mr and Mrs Spence

Eve spills on Nicki Minaj's racy Paper cover

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nicki-minaj-paper.jpgRapper Eve just landed her new gig on 'The Talk,' and is already making waves via the daytime talk show.

The hosts all weighed in on Nicki Minaj's risqué Paper Magazine cover, featuring the Queens native engaged in a menage a trois with herself.

Eve, who has worked with Nicki on set and is also a fellow MC, revealed she was not a fan of the controversial pics.

"I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on 'Barbershop'... she's a nice person, she's an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her... but as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that," Eve told the audience.

"I think in this climate, it's not good. I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but it becomes what you become, it is what you are."


Continuing, "As I've gotten older ... I'd just rather be a voice that's uplifting... I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off ... For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It's not my thing. I just don't think it's right. Personally. Period. That's it."

Nicki's devoted fan base immediately took to Twitter to defend the Queen of the Barbs, claiming Eve's judgmental stance was hypocritical.

"Eve is full of s--t. Instead of shaming Nicki Minaj for owning her sexuality as a GROWN woman she could have used that opportunity to talk more about the success of a fellow Black female rapper."

Bugle releases 40-track compilation Spontaneous

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bugle-photo-3.jpgHaving a surfeit of tracks namely Boom Box, Cherish Life, Real Survivor and Live Love Laugh, the latter featuring Popcaan enjoying premium rotation across the diaspora. Reggae crooner Bugle has been in the studio working assiduously concocting a new mixtape to capitalize even further on this upsurge.

The project titled 'Spontaneous' is a collective of 40-tracks spanning both the Reggae and Dancehall genres with guest appearances from An9ted Entertainment affiliates Alexx A-Game and Samboni while production credits come courtesy of noted producer and disc jock Razz Attack.

Alluding to the compilation Bugle says, though he would love to give all his fans a copy of the 'Be Yourself' album, it's not financially feasible but also in the same vein he doesn't want to leave them empty-handed, hence the creation of a mixtape.


It's Goosebumps from former ARP member Mitch

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mitch.jpgArmed with a new single, new management and a renewed focus and strategy, Roger Mitchell is once again fully ready to claim his musical space, with the release of his recent single, Goosebumps, an upbeat collaboration with artiste Dolla Coin.

Working harmoniously with Emperor Productions, this singer-songwriter, whose style has been described as "melodious and edgy", blends these elements nicely into Goosebumps, making it a truly infectious single. Noting that the collab has been receiving rave feedback, both from radio and in the streets, the artiste revealed that an accompanying music video is in the works, along with another soon-to-be-released single.

This former member of the now defunct but popular reggae group, ARP, found fame with the outfit in the late nineties into early 2000, and even after ARP disbanded, he continued singing. Better known to his fans simply as Mitch, he explains that this is the name he still uses for his solo career.

"Mitch will always be Mitch and of course, some people will continue to say 'Mitch from ARP', but that just shows the power of the group," he says candidly.

Although to some it may seem that Mitch had taken a hiatus from the music scene, he was quick to point out that this was not so.

"Believe it or not I have always been doing music...never stopped. I have been voicing for various producers and getting a lot of promises, but the truth is that nothing happens before the right time and I believe that the time is now," he declared, acknowledging the exceptional efforts of his "family" at Emperor Productions to ensure that everything falls into place.

Not surprisingly, in the last five years Mitch has been frequenting Europe and he has spent extended periods on that continent, in particular, Denmark, where he had been working on an album project with talented Danish producers Søren "Pharfar" Schou and Adi 'Jahdil' Nadri at Food Palace Music in Copenhagen.

His third album, Lucky, was released on November 25 last year on Danish label, Icedrop Records and it is available on all digital platforms. According to Mitch, Lucky is an intoxicating mix of Reggae, Jazz Funk and African beats.

"Pharfar is the same producer who worked with late Danish reggae singer Natasja Saad, and it was really a great experience doing this album with him and Jahdil," Mitch explained.

Sorry, the first single from the 11-track album, is described as a "warm and sizzling reggae version of Justin Bieber's original" with the video being shot in Old Harbour.

According to their bio, it was in 1998 that ARP released the classic 'I Want Your Body', which established the group. A series of noteworthy hits followed including, 'Return Of The Mac', 'Girls Dem Cry', 'Song For Mama', 'Really Want You', 'The Girl Dem Want', a cover version of K-Ci And JoJo's 'All My Life', and a team up with Patra on 'True Love'. ARP also enjoyed particular success in the dancehall with, 'Di Gal Dem Want' and in combination with U.T. Dread 'Youths Dem Play', riding the 'Cloak & Dagger' rhythm. In 1999, the band joined Penthouse Records where they released 'Temple Of The Lord' and worked on an album with producer Donovan Germain.

bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBob Marley's Get Up, Stand Up is the theme song for Optimist International Caribbean District's (OICD) anti-bullying human rights campaign.

The campaign -- expected to run from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 -- was launched at the Junior Optimist International Caribbean Summit at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last weekend.

In making the announcement, OICD Governor Calvin A Hunter said permission was granted for the Optimist Club to use the song free of cost by Marley's daughter Cedella Marley, who declared the initiative to be a "great one".

Hunter said the song was selected because the words would serve as an inspiration for those being bullied and who have a sense of hopelessness.

"We want to encourage young people across the Caribbean to become social advocates around human rights, with a focus on fighting discrimination and bullying that often take place within our schools," said Hunter.

Marley died in May 1981. He was 36.

aidonia-photo-7.jpgCollaborating with award-winning music producer Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor throughout the years has proven to be a successful formula for high riding deejay Aidonia. Aside from a plethora of hits, 'Fi Di Jockey', one of their last effort continues to infiltrate various markets across the globe amassing over 15 million views online in the process, making it one of the 4th Genna recording artiste most bankable projects.

Come the last quarter of 2017, the two have joined forces again for an upcoming project titled 'Set Fi Di Backshot'. Produced on 'Di Genius Records' imprint the single is an infectious anthem geared towards the female populace and slated for release in the days ahead.


According to Aidonia, "Stephen and I have always had good musical chemistry over the years, so collaborating on this new project is just a natural vibe."

Meanwhile, over the weekend the 'Banga' hitmaker along with label-mate Govana invaded the Ocean Village car park in Ocho Rios for the 2017 staging of 'Xcess' unravelling hits such as 'Yeah Yeah', Gyal Clown, Hot Tool, Shallow Grung, Run Road among others as they delivered another fiery performance to the large gathering on hand.

Govana is currently working on his upcoming EP while Aidonia continues work on his debut album. Both projects are still untitled.


sean-paul-and-chi-ching-ching.jpgChin Ching Ching is grateful to Sean Paul and he's letting everyone know it.

The artiste, who is signed to Popcaan's Unruly label, publicly thanked Sean Paul on social media this week. This is what the "Roast or Fry (Breadfruit)" singer said:

"Locking the shows and stocking mah [doughs] Dem a ask for more," Ching captioned a photo with the "No Lie" hit maker. "[Sean Paul] thanks for the opportunity you gave me to showcase my talent, i [been] to [countries] I never [knew] i would ever go," he added.

There have been rumours of a fallout with the so-called Unruly Boss, Popcaan.

Ching, who is currently on tour with Sean Paul, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share his gratitude for everything the international recording artiste has done for his career, showcasing his talent to the world.

"Carry On" featuring Romain Virgo,

Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx

& Sherieta Lewis

Produced by Dean Fraser, Sean Diedrick & Sherieta Lewis

for DownSound Records. Written by Sherieta Lewis & Sean Diedrick

"Carry On" Official Song of Caribbean Love Now Campaign (2)

New appeal date for Vybz Kartel

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgKartel's appeal hearing was scheduled for February 19, 2018.

However, following a case management hearing last Tuesday, his attorneys have requested more time to prepare the appeal.

According to reports, Kartel will have to wait five months more, until July 2018... that's when hearing for the appeal against his life sentence will happen.

The matter will be heard over three weeks

Vybz Kartel aka Di Teacha was convicted along with Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. They were given life sentences.

Ninjaman is NOT dead; death rumours 'disturbing'

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ninja-man-photo-8.jpgControversial veteran deejay Desmond 'Ninjaman' Ballentyne is very much alive.

Tuesday evening, social media erupted with reports that the much-loved deejay had died, sending fans both at home and abroad into a frenzy.

Attempts to contact the CCU regarding Ninja's supposed death proved futile, but his attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson subsequent announced that her client is "alive and well".

Well, however, is relative, as the deejay was recently diagnosed with heart problems and need immediate surgery.

Wednesday morning, Ninjaman's spouse is reported as saying that while the deejay was in good spirits, the false rumours of his death are "disturbing".

Former Miss Jamaica Universe Trudi Ferguson has died

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trudi.jpgFerguson, who won the Miss Jamaica Universe crown in 1996, died Friday after a battle with breast cancer.

Miss Universe Jamaica made the announcement via Facebook on Saturday, on the same day pageant organisers sent current title holder Davina Bennett off to Las Vegas, Nevada to represent the island in the Miss Universe contest.

"Although we are extremely excited to have sent Miss Universe Jamaica to Las Vegas, in the same breath we are extremely saddened by the passing of Miss Jamaica Universe 1996 Trudi Ferguson. Our heart and prayers go out to her friends and family," the pageant organisers wrote on Facebook.

There have been an outpouring of tributes to Ferguson on social media since news broke of her passing.

Dancehall artiste Unicorn shot and killed

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unicorn-photo-1.jpgPopular Dancehall artiste Unicorn was reportedly shot and killed by gunmen on Sunday afternoon while visiting relatives in the war torn Maxfield are of Kingston..

Reports are are that about 3:40 p.m., the police responded to information about gunshots heard in the vicinity of Crescent Road, off Maxfield Avenue. Upon their arrival, the police reportedly saw Unycorn, whose real name was Donovan McMurray, lying on his back in a pool of blood. He appeared to have a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A grey Toyota Rav4 was reportedly seen in the middle of the road with the left front door and the trunk opened.

Unycorn was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Unycorn's mother, Delevan Barrett-Daley, told one news outlet that her son had gone to visit relatives in the area when the incident occurred.

Since the incident, several persons have taken to social media to offer their condolences.

Among them was Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond with whom Unycorn did the popular collab (Hol' You Pillow And) Think Bout Mi'. Unycorn has also written several hit songs for other artistes.

grace-jones-interview-photo-1.jpgLegendary Jamaican-American singer Grace Jones is known for her quirkiness, and she didn't disappoint during a madcap appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.

The superstar, 69, stunned the presenter when she suddenly leaped on to his desk, pretending to be a cat.

A wary Jonathan said he had been warned about Grace as an interviewee adding he was 'scared' of what the iconic performer would do.

He then asked her what people expect of her and she replied: 'I do the opposite of what everyone expect... They expect me to crawl on the table and do this.'

She then growled and playfully swiped at the host, appearing to imitate the infamous moment from a 1980 interview with Russell Harty where she slapped him live on air.

Jonathan laughed as Grace crawled around on the desk, before jumping back down on to the couch.

She then clutched her heart joking that it was 'too much' for her adding: 'I can't do that all the time I'm a grandmother now.'

The host responded: 'How do you think I feel, I nearly s*** myself.'

Viewers watching the ITV chat show at home were thrilled at the spontaneous moment, with one saying: 'Grace Jones being utterly incredible within 10 seconds.'

'Not listening to a word that is being said, just watching Grace Jones almost having a cardiac arrest on the sofa,' said a second.

Another viewer commented on the singer's appearance adding: 'Grace Jones defies the ageing process. She looks magnificent for a lady of senior years. Respect Mrs Jones.'

Vybz Kartel shows off cute daughter he has never met

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgSelf-proclaimed "Worl Boss" has so many kids he's never met a few before.

The incarcerated Dancehall superstar took to social media earlier this week to share a photo of his second daughter who he says he's never met before due to his lengthly prison sentence.

While its still unclear about her name and age or her mother, the "Fever" deejay uploaded a photo to his Instagram account.

"My 2nd daughter.. Never met before.. Hope fi see yuh soon", he wrote. Sources close to Vybz Kartel recently told the Tropixs that he'll be spending more time with his family if released from prison next year.


Ray J signs $31 million deal

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American singer and reality TV personality, Ray J signed a $31 million deal to launch his Raycon electronics transportation brand with Cowboy Wholesale, which is one of the leading distributor based in New York City.

Reportedly, Ray J will be taking an active role in the newly formed partnership, overseeing marketing and global branding strategies.

The deal was paid in the form of equity and cash, according to a press release.

nicki-minaj-brother.jpgJelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, has been found guilty of predatory sexual assault.

Maraj, 38, was on trial for raping an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions at his Long Island home. He was charged with the crime in 2015 and found guilty at Nassau County court, New York, this week. Maraj faces the potential of 25 years to life in prison.

Neither Maraj nor his sister, whose birth name is Onika Tanya Maraj, testified in the trial. The child, now 14, and her younger brother testified. The defence lawyer claimed the allegations were fabricated by the child's mother in order to extort $25m (£19m) from Nicki Minaj.

James R Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand a $25m legal settlement from Jelani Maraj after he had been arrested, but said the girl's mother was unaware of the demand.

"She was never involved as far as what we did," Ray III testified. The woman later fired him as her attorney.

Maraj is set to be sentenced on 14 December. His lawyer has said he will appeal the judgment.

chris-brown-tidal-2017-billboard-1548.jpgChris Brown's latest studio album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, has debuted at number one on Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B chart and number three on the Billboard 200.

This makes Brown's seventh album to hit number one in his career.

In addition to peaking on the charts, Brown revealed on Instagram that his album is now certified gold.

The 45-track album was release on October 31.

Heartbreak on a Full Moon features a stack of ballads and dance anthems, with special appearances from R. Kelly, Jhene Aiko, Usher, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Future and many more.

Judge orders jail time for rapper Meek Mill

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meek-mill.jpgRapper Meek Mill has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.

Meek was jailed in 2008 on drug dealing and gun charges.

He's been on probation ever since and was arrested in March after a fight in an airport and again in August for reckless driving, but both charges were dropped.

However, a judge said both arrests were a breach of his probation.

Prosecutors also provided evidence of failed drugs tests.

Jay-Z, who's Roc Nation company represents Meek Mill, called his punishment unjust and heavy handed.

His colleagues in the industry have all taken to social media to offer words of support to the Philadelphia native.

Beres, J Boog join JAMATHON; new venue announced

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beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgj-boog.jpgBeres Hammond and J Boog have just been added to this once-in-a-lifetime line-up!

"Beres Hammond is one the greatest performers of our time. He is a global superstar and the perfect addition to our epic line-up.

With Beres joining Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, we are adding even more power and purpose to what is going to be the most important event for Jamaican music in decades," said Joe Bogdanovich founder of Caribbean Love Now.

He noted that the change in venue was only made possible with the support of the Hon Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. "There is no doubt that Minister Grange has a very sharp instinct for kind of work we want to do with Caribbean Love Now and the impact this concert event can have globally. We appreciate her contribution in helping to make this happen," Mr Bogdanovich said.

Beres HammondThis benefit concert, was organized to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean. The artistes are generously donating their time and talent to help the cause.

The concert is on Wednesday, November 22 from 7pm to 11pm (Jamaican time) and is produced by Caribbean Love Now.

International touring sensation from Hawaii, J Boog from Hawaii, has just been added to the line-up. He will be fresh off the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise and will come to Jamaican to support the cause.

Physical tickets will be available at Jamaican outlets in a few days.

"The line up can only be described as magical. There is never going to be another night where all these performers share the same stage. I am deeply grateful that not only have the artists answered the call but by doing so they prove that the Caribbean takes care our own," said Mr. Bogdanovich.

Reggae fans around the world who want to participate can enjoy the full concert Livestreamed on the Reggae Sumfest YouTube Channel plus it will be televised on Caribbean TV.

The confirmed list of performers are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Beres Hammond, Blvk H3ro; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons; Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; J-Boog, Jesse Royal; Kevin Downswell, Naomi Cowan; Nesbeth; Protoje; Raging Fyah; Romain Virgo; Sean Paul and Chi-Ching Ching; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Tarrus Riley, Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta; Toots & The Maytals; and Vegas.

jimmy-cliff-photo-2.jpgDr. Jimmy Cliff is nominated for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Mariah Carey, the Isley Brothers, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall.

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff is renowned for a slew of hits such as "Many Rivers to Cross", "You Can Get It If You Really Want", "The Harder They Come", and "Reggae Night."

Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 14, 2018.

grace-jones.jpgMusician, actress and model Grace Jones has revealed she was sexually harassed when she landed her first big acting role, a report by CNN stated..

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, Jones, who was born in Jamaica, said the unnamed producer on the Ossie Davis-directed film asked her to bring her portfolio to his house so that he could make a final call on her casting.

"He (the producer) poured some champagne, he was in his bathrobe and of course, took me to a room ... it was his bedroom," Jones said.

"So with the champagne, even then at that young age ... I threw it in his face and walked out the door."

The 69-year-old's account comes in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. Dozens of women have accused Harvey Weinsten of sexual harassment and police are investigating assault claims. Weinstein has apologized for his behavior, but he denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Jones said that for alleged perpetrators of sexual assault, "it's a power thing."

The "Slave to the Rhythm" hit-maker added that people at the beginning of their careers are especially exposed.

"It's really difficult call because when you're in that position, you're so vulnerable, you're so nervous," she said.

"You want this break so badly because you've been banging away at the pavement, probably longer than others and you finally think 'I've made it to the big time, this is my way, the door is open' and now you have a monster to confront."

Usain Bolt and Yendi team up for Mumm champagne ad

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yendi-bolt-ghmumm.jpgIt's a celebration when the Track Legend Usain Bolt, and Beauty Queen Yendi Phillipps team up! Recently they teamed up with French Champagne producer GH Mumm for their latest campaign. With a tag line, "Celebrate Your Next Victory", the two star in a Commercial promoting the popular Champagne. Featuring a lot of dance moves, EDM, and transitions from the party to the track, this looked like it was a fun shoot for them all. The retired Track Star sure loves his role as the Chief Entertainment Officer. You might need a well tailored suit to watch this one. Watch the clip below.

popcaan-photo-6.jpgThe Unruly Boss, Popcaan is clearly not having anything to do with unruly Chi Ching and he made this very clear over the weekend, thus giving life to the rumours that there is a problem between Ching and Popcaan. In 2015, Popcaan signed Ching to his Unruly label and the two developed a close friendship since then.

People have been saying for months that there is an issue between the two, especially since Sean Paul took Ching on tour and the long tongue Foota Hype stirred up trouble by calling out Popcaan for not doing the same for Ching, who, up until then was a prominent member of the Unruly camp.

chi-ching-ching.jpgWell, last weekend, one of Popcaan's right hand men, Petro Unruly posted a photo on Instagram and captioned it "#CrazyCrazy #Outside." Chi Ching Ching commented on the photo with a simple tick emoji and that sent Popcaan into overdrive.

He commented: "[Petro Unruly] tell some wanna be unruly don't nuff up ina real unruly business."

Wannabe Unruly versus Real Unruly...what the hell is that all about? Aren't all Unrulys equal? Obviously not. And to top it all, in a move which some see as "petty" Popcaan also un-followed Ching on Instagram

tifa-photo-1.jpgPlease note that Tifa is not getting into a war of words or a battle or anything like that with Shenseea. She really just wants to set the record straight.

Shenseea signed a deal with Campari as brand ambassador for the Caribbean region and her manager Romeich ruffled feathers stating via Instagram; "3 major deals in one year, first ever female artist to do that."


Well, Tifa rebuffed that comment on her Instagram page where she highlighted her many endorsement deals while stating that it has been done before.

So too did D'Angel who hinted in a post that people should know their history. D'Angel has since deleted her post.

Shenseea is also the brand ambassador for Flow and Pepsi.

bob-marley-photo-6.jpgThe late king of reggae Bob Marley is featured on Forbes Magazine's list of top-earning dead celebrities.

Marley secured the number five spot after earning US$23 million.

The "Redemption Song" singer is boosted by sustainability-focused House of Marley audio products and the Marley Beverage Company.

Topping the list for the fifth straight year is the "King Of Pop" Michael Jackson.

Eight years after his death, Jackson is still rolling in big bucks, cashing in 75 million US dollars.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer is the second-highest earner. He brought in 40 million in part through sales of Arizona lemonade and ice tea beverage made in his name.

Palmer is followed by Charles Schulz. The creator of the "Peanuts" franchise made $38 million. While Elvis Presley comes in fourth with $35 million.

wendy-williams.jpgWhile addressing her audience on Halloween, Williams -- dressed as the Statue of Liberty -- was about to kick off her show's annual costume contest when she froze mid-sentence and looked wide-eyed into the camera.

"Let's get started," she said as her speech started to slow before pausing completely, stumbling backwards and ultimately collapsing to the floor. Clips from the moment, which immediately were shared on Twitter by concerned fans, show crew members rush onto the stage as the show faded to black.

Following a lengthy commercial break and several minutes of confusion online, Williams appeared back on her show to address the scary incident.

"That was not a stunt," she said. "I overheated in my costume and I passed out. I am a champ and I am back."

Fans urged the talk show host to seek medical attention for the incident, despite her appearing healthy when the show returned from the commercial break.

tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgTarrus Riley, has pledged his support for Caribbean Love Now, and has confirmed that he will perform at JAMATHON, the benefit concert to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean, including Dominica which is reported to be 95% devastated after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Riley, who accompanied investor Joe Bogdanovich and a team to Dominica, Antigua and Anguilla gained a first-hand view of the after effects of the hurricanes and says that he was shocked at the level of devastation. "Gilbert hit Jamaica as a category three and we struggled to bounce back. What these people are going through is far from our imagination, so we have to reach out and help," he said.

During the trip, Riley said he was moved by the warm welcome people on each island extended the team, and their appreciation of the interest shown in their welfare. "That says to me that music is a big part of the solution. If we can ease souls and raise money to help these islands, then we will have become our brothers' and sisters' keepers," he said.

Riley joins several of Jamaica's best-loved reggae and dancehall stars who have all waived their performance fee for Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, which takes place Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at The Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica.

The other performers confirmed are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Blvk H3ro; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons; Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; Jesse Royal; Naomi Cowan, Nesbeth; Raging Fyah; Richie Spice; Romain Virgo; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta, Toots Hibbert and Vegas. An All-Star band led by Dean Fraser will back all performances. The show will be hosted Tommy Cowan. Additions to the lineup will be announced soon as more artists join the campaign.

Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON is presented with the initial support of Jamaica Tourist Board; RJR Communications Group; Downsound Entertainment; Red Stripe; Flow; Hardware & Lumber; H&L Rapid True Value; H&L Agro; Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records; Franjam KLE; Parkland Industrial Co.; R Hotel; and Argyle Industries.

The cost of tickets are: General Admission, J$1000; VIP, J$3000, and VVIP, J$6000. Tickets will be available at Fontana Pharmacy; York Pharmacy; H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores.

Proceeds from the money raised by Caribbean Love Now will go directly to the people and countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Fans across the world will be able to experience Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON via live stream on YouTube at the Reggae Sumfest Live Streaming & Video channel. An online donation site will be announced shortly through which global contributions will be accepted.

Wayde van Niekerk marries his 'dream girl'

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wayde-van-nierkerk-and-wife-chesney.jpgThe golden boy of South African and world athletics, Wayde van Niekerk, has married his fiancé Chesney Campbell in a ceremony held last weekend.

Van Niekerk, the Olympic 400m gold medal winner and world record holder in 2016 as well as 400m gold medal winner at the IAAF World Championships this year, posted a picture on Twitter of the couple at their marriage.

The South African athletics star took to Twitter and Instagram to share the good news on Sunday morning.

He said: "Can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you @Neshney. So blessed to start this next adventure with the girl of my dreams! I love you!"

The 400m Olympic gold medalist popped the question last year during December and posted a video on Instagram captioning it, "She said yes", showing a ring on Campbell's finger.

Rvssian produces new Vybz Kartel single, Kremlin

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgVybz Kartel has teamed up with internationally acclaimed producer Rvssian for his latest single "Kremlin" featured on Head Concussion Records's new "Moscow Riddim".

This marks Vybz Kartel and Rvssian's second project for the year after previously releasing "Highest Level."

"Kahira get a almanac, bet unno say Adidja a / A go run the place all when me .50, what a caliber / Higher than the Dutch inna the coffee shop / So me trick the trickster with the dove inna the magic hat Huh, see say dem a copy cat / A no nothing that me a the prototype, the quintessential," The self-proclaimed "Worl Boss" deejays.

"How yo mean mi naan voice for Rvssian / Yow Tarik yo hear the pu**y them," Kartel says in the intro while laughing.

cardi-b-offset.jpgOn Sunday, Bronx Rapper Cardi B showed off her huge 8-carat, pear shaped engagement ring while listening to Vanessa Bling's 2012 smash hit single Everything Fi Hold Him. She was celebrating her recent engagement to Migos member Offset.

Playing Vanessa Bling's song gave the Dancehall artiste a huge endorsement as Cardi uploaded the video to her Instagram story for her over 12 million followers to view on the social media-sharing application.

Bling has since reacted to the endorsement, "[Cardi B] congrats hun, you always support my music," she wrote. "You have everything fi hold him everything fi own him You goodgood weh a control him everynite eno."

Cardi B is a big fan of Dancehall music and frequently endorses some of the genres biggest acts including Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, Spice, Konshens and Popcaan.

beenie-man-photo-8.jpgIn a recent interview on OnStage, self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man says Lady Saw remains Queen of Dancehall and that Spice doesn't have the accolades to claim that title. After all, how can anyone be the Queen of Dancehall without putting out even one album, without having a big international collaboratiobn; without having even one song on the Billboard chart?

"The Queen of Dancehall, Marion Hall is baptised, so i am here to see the next queen to come," he said.


When quizzed about Spice getting the title, Beenie Man stated quite frankly that although Spice had upped her game and seemed poised to claim the throne, that's not how you become a queen.

"If yuh guh tek Lady Saw crown, you affi do weh Lady Saw do! no disrespect," Beenie said. "You can't do less work" and expect to claim the title. Beenie however agreed that Spice is now the queen-in-waiting. But, Spice could be w-a-i-t-i-n-g-f-o-r-a-v-e-r-y-l-o-n-g-t-i-m-e. Let's hope not.

And, of course, Predictable Grace (S-P-I-C-E) reacted in her usual hostile manner to constructive criticism.

Mhm Hm! Kartel drops new music video

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgJailed Dancehall star Vybz Kartel releases the official music video for his smash hit single "Mhm Hm".

The infectious banger produced by Jones Ave Records is currently the number one single in Jamaica, clocking over 3.4 Million streams in less than one month.

"Get the oats, mhm / Get the Supligen, mhm hm / Get the nuts, mhm / Get the nutmeg, mhm hm / Blend it up, mhm / Turn it a your head, mhm hm / Get a gyal and just go get your children," the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' deejays over the Dancehall beat which also features controversial recording artist Ishawna's gritty diss track "Walking Dead" aimed at Danielle D.I.

The video is directed by Terminal 4 Media and Camera Dameon Gayle.

Caribbean Day of Giving a huge success

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radiothon-broadcast-from-the-dumplin-shop-in-the-bronx.jpgNew York: The recently held 'Caribbean Day of Giving' #CaribbeanDayofGiving mediathon on Saturday, October 7th, to assist Caribbean countries hit by recent hurricanes was deemed a successful venture with widespread collaboration from the Caribbean Diaspora media fraternity.

The organizers of the Day of Giving reported that the event raised over US$40,000 in cash as well as several barrels of goods, which were handed over to Ebenezer Pilgrim Holiness Church in New York, which will coordinate shipping to Barbuda and Dominica.

Most funds raised, came from New York based Caribbean Food Delights' Vincent HoSang Foundation. The event also had the backing of corporate and organizational sponsors such as Digicel, Tower Isles Frozen Foods Limited, Irie Jam Media Group, Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, Team Jamaica Bickle, Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Golden Krust, IMAGES LLC, Caribbean Business Connections and

These efforts were in conjunction with fundraising efforts by The American Friends of Jamaica, the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund, all 501(c)3 charity partners of Caribbean Day of Giving.

Much of the funds raised will benefit The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes.

The all day media-thon, which involved over 32+ radio programs and other media platforms, featured interviews with Prime Ministers Hon. Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda; Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; Hon. Andrew Holness of Jamaica; Hon. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Hon. Allan Chastanet of Saint Lucia; the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, The Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith as well as Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the CDEMA and Her Excellency, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United Nations. The Door Restaurant in Queens and the Dumplin' Shop in the Bronx, were the location sponsors and sites of the radiothon.

The day ended with a Caribbean Day of Giving Benefit concert which was live streamed from Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar in Kingston, Jamaica. Performers included Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Richie Stephens, Jermaine Edwards, D'Angel and D-Major. Event hosts were media personalities Nikki Z and Saudicka Diram.

Beyond the day, the organizers acknowledge the significant need for ongoing support to aid in the recovery efforts in the Caribbean region.

Persons wishing to donate may still do so at or text AFUWI to 41444. As the group design or promote new activities to raise funds, additional entities are also invited to support this disaster relief and recovery effort.

dj-khaled-watch-wm-side-side-3.jpgAt just one-year-old,, DJ Khaled's son Asahd's is the owner of jewellery worth millions..

Over the weekend, DJ Khaled teamed up with hip-hop's richest mogul Diddy to give Asahd Khaled a lavish first birthday bash. Aside from the eternal gift of Diddy serenading you with "Happy Birthday," Asahd also crawled away with several material gifts, including a brand new, adult sized watch from his father. According to TMZ, the diamond-studded watch itself is worth over one hundred thousand dollars, and was commissioned by Haute Living. The company also ended up hosting the party, so it looks as if they scored some serious points with the Khaled family.


Apparently, the watch features six-hundred diamonds, and from the look of it, you could probably risk blindness should you look directly at it. Yet Khaled may be a lot of things, but irresponsible isn't one of them. There's no way the Grateful producer would give such an expensive present to an actual baby, who no doubt has little understanding of the principle of time, let alone how to tell it. If Asahd eventually wants to rock his expensive gift, he'll have to wait until adulthood, making the present something of a coming-of-age reward, not unlike Butch in Pulp Fiction.

Apparently the watch is a Frank Mueller model in rose gold, and features Asahd's name and birthday engraved in the back. Check out a visual of the piece below, and lament the fact that the watch probably costs more than our collective salaries. Still, there's no denying that Asahd will be set for life, what with having an executive producer credit on Grateful, which has officially been certified platinum.

Jesse Royal's Lily Of Da Valley has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. In addition, the album impressively hit #131 on the Billboard New Album Top 200 chart and #36 on the Independent Albums chart."Lily Of Da Valley (released October 6, 2017 on Easy Star Records) is the highly-anticipated debut album from the young Jamaican star. Jesse embarks on his U.S. tour in November, including a feature spot at Rootfire At The Park, before joining Collie Buddz for west coast dates in December.

Jesse Royal's music carries an impactful message built to resonate with the millennial generation and beyond and is proof with his #1 debut. Recording for Lily of Da Valley took place across many studios, from the Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY, to the legendary Tuff Gong and Big Yard Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The source material for the album arose organically, with Jesse keeping loads of hooks, melodies and lyrics on hand until he was ready to come with a full album's worth of strong songs. This liberating approach of patience guarantees the new release has no forced filler.

Studio assistance from the help of studio mastermind Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Kareem "Remus" Burrell, Phillip "Winta" James and Kurt White helped aid Jesse's vision of pushing the genre forward while still paying respect to those who paved the road prior, showing the youth that "there is a space for them to be creative in music."

"Easy Star Records is honored to be working with Jesse Royal and thrilled that his album is being so well received," says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. He adds, "We are just getting started in exposing Jesse to the world and are excited to keep building from here. At Easy Star we take pride in breaking artists globally, whether they are from the Caribbean, the States, or Europe."

Jesse is about to tour the U.S. showcasing songs from the new album. More tour dates are already planned for early 2018 and soon to be announced. Press accolades for Lily of da Valley have been pouring in from a diversity of media outlets.

gucci-mane-and-keyshia-kaoir.jpgGucci Mane's brother wasn't invited to his wedding and neither was their mother.

On October 17, Gucci Mane finally tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Jamaican beauty Keyshia Ka'oir, and following the couple's highly-publicized nuptials, the headlines haven't stopped coming.

Notably, artiste Khia came forward alleging that the 32-year old Ka'oir had three children that she left behind in Jamaica to begin a new life with Gucci. Keyshia since denounced the claims on Twitter.

Now, it's Gucci Mane who is under scrutiny has his brother, Nate, has since revealed that neither he or the brothers' mother, Vicky, were invited to the wedding.

"He didn't let me go to the wedding, but I'm happy for him," Nate revealed in an interview with TMZ. "He went through hell to get to where he's at now. Me [and] my mom didn't go. We still reflected on it. That's just another chapter we have to close in our life. I'm glad he ain't in prison. He's out doing what he's doing; getting where he's trying to go."

It was just shy of a year ago that Gucci, born Radric Davis, popped the question at a Hawks game in his hometown of Atlanta. Since then, the lavish wedding has been in planning with many of the industry's top names in attendance, the people at home watching via a television broadcast, and Gucci's other brother, Duke, serving as best man.

"I feel real bad Rad didn't invite me to his wedding. I really wanted to be for him. As a support you, guide you, whatever you need me to do," Gucci's youngest brother went on to add. "For me not to be invited, I don't know how to feel."

He went on to reveal that his mother was just as hurt and confused by the lack of an invite, and used the opportunity to send a warning toward Ka'oir.

"She didn't get invited either. It's hard cause I don't know. She don't know. For her to see her kids get married. That's a dream she wanted to see come true. ...At least have your mother there. A man don't care for his mother how can he care for you?"

Vybz Kartel's appeal 'progressing well' says lawyer

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpg"The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don't worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side, but other than that, things are progressing well," one news outlet is quoting Kartel's lawyer, Valerie Neita Roberston as saying. "We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done."

She added that the defense team is going into the trial well prepared and will be very detailed in their argument on why he was not given a fair trial.

The appeal is set to begin in February next year, and the Gaza Nation is confident that Addi will be vindicated, especially since Kartel's attorneys have expressed confidence in winning the case.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn "Storm" Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in 2014 of the murder of their friend Clive "Lizard" Williams. All four men are currently serving life sentences for the gruesome murder where the victim's body was never found. The murder trial sparked a lot of controversies and most fans of the artists are left with an impression that he was not given a fair trial. There were issues of police intimidating witnesses and tampering with evidence, as well as, a well-publicised issue of one juror attempting to bribe the forewoman to return a not guilty verdict. That juror, Livingston Caine, is currently on trial for corruption and conspiracy and could face up to three years in prison.

If he loses the appeal, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. He already served six years.

alkaline-photo-13.jpgVendetta deejay Alkaline drop a new Chimney Records-produced single "Hard Tackle" over the weekend and as expected it is the top trending dancehall song on YouTube.

The single was released on Saturday night and at the time of this publication it reached close to 300,000 views. The bridge the gap between hardcore and conscious dancehall banger. "Ghetto youth, you haffi deh pon your guard / Worse when you make it inna the upper echelon as an underdog / Dem see your car and a wonder hard / See life a change fi you and a say you fi deh inna the morgue / The system weh we grow up inna a fraud," Alkaline deejay.

Alkaline has not released a new song in a few months, and this year he has only released a handful of new songs in comparison to previous years. Despite slowing down his new release, the Vendetta deejay has scored a hit with almost every new single he released this year and this one

New comedy series premieres October 30

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There's a new girl in town, and she's looking to join the ranks of Issa, Mary Jane, Annalise, and Olivia Pope. Rhonda Mitchell M.D. is a new comedy web series that brings non-stop laughter, drama, smart writing and a diverse cast. Rhonda Mitchell M.D., a comedic medical themed drama, was filmed exclusively in Harlem, New York and directed by Roderick Giles ("Gully," "The Date," "FWord"). The series boasts a super talented ensemble cast including, Jowanda Durham ("Fists of Love," "Miss Bomba Claudie Show") in the title role; Malachi Rivers ("Ferguson," "Lips"); Mugga ("Precious," "Orange is the New Black," "Power"); Robert Starks ("The Haves and Have Nots"); Ruth Maria Flores ("I Am My Sister's Keeper," "Fever Divas"); Vanessa Fant ("Miss Bomba Claudie Show") and Mike Troy Smith ("Chappelle's Show," "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"). Rhonda Mitchell M.D. was created by Carolyn Pierre-Outlar, executive produced by James McKnight and Vanessa McKnight and produced by Jerome Outlar.

This new web series recently held its world premiere during the American Black Film Festival in Miami and received positive reviews and fans of the show eagerly anticipate the full season set to drop Monday, October 30th.

"My goal in writing this project was to show a professional, black woman and other medical professionals from a different perspective" says creator Carolyn Pierre-Outlar. "I'd love to see Rhonda reach a broad audience. I think she's a very relatable character and I hope viewers enjoy watching her as much as I enjoyed writing her character." Carolyn is also currently a practicing medical professional. "It's not everyday that you hear about a black, female, medical provider writing her own series" says Carolyn.

There will be a special screening of Rhonda Mitchell M.D. right in the heart of Harlem Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30pm - 8pm at Sexy Taco. To attend this event please RSVP:

Be sure to check out the Rhonda Mitchell M.D. trailer and tune in Monday, October 30th for all six episodes.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange announced that Fort Rocky in Port Royal is Jamaica's first designated entertainment zone.

Grange, in a press release, said that the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Town and Country Planning Authority had endorsed the ministry's declaration that Fort Rocky would be the island's first such zone.

According to Grange, entertainment zones represent promising economic opportunities through public/private sector partnerships and called on the private sector to take a good look at the opportunities on offer.

While providing an avenue for more opportunities for people in the entertainment business, the zones which are typically located far away from residential areas also neutralise the problem of noise nuisance for citizens, the ministry stated, adding that two other entertainment zones currently on stream will be located outside of the Corporate Area.

Entertainment zones are areas in which any legal entertainment and sports activities can be staged any time of day or night unhindered as long as the organisers are mindful of the historical values of such sites, the ministry said in the release.

Dub poet Yasus Afari seemed to have been sitting on his ears in Gordon House Thursday afternoon. He point blank refused to stand during the opening proceedings during sittings of the Houses of Parliament and not even when he was threatened with being thrown out of Gordon House did he budge.

Yasus and a group of Rastafarians arrived in Gordon House and sat in the gallery, however, he remained seated as the mace was brought into the chamber and prayers said.

According to reports, House speaker Pearnel Charles halted the proceedings to tell all persons seated in the gallery that they were supposed to stand or they would be removed from the House. However, it fell on deaf ears as the outspoken poet seemed to have been sitting on his ears.

The Rastafarian community is paying keen attention to the debate on the bill 'National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events)'.

Although there is no specific hashtag, it could very well be called #SupportNinjaman, becauce many artistes have taken to social media to wish the Don Gorgon well. He is being hailed for his contribution to dancehall music, and both Razor and D'Angel have asked for prayers for the entertainer as he prepares for a tough period in his life.

In his Instagram post yesterday, Razor B said that he knows Ninja Man has been waiting on the day his trial would begin for a long time as he wants the opportunity to prove his innocence and encouraged the artiste to remember that God is in control.

In a Star interview, D'Angel, she said that she decided to lend her support publicly so the entertainer, who has been like a mentor to her and countless other artistes, can see that he is not alone.

"I've known Ninja Man for a long time as an artiste and he has become a mentor and a friend. He's always there to give good advice and he's a really good person at heart. He's one of the best persons that I've met in the industry," she said. "You want to show people respect and love while you can, and so publicly I wanted to let Ninja Man know that we are here for him, we are rooting for him and he's not in this alone."

Fellow entertainer Pamputtae shared similar sentiments.

"Me affi be one a dem (that shows support) because Ninja Man a man weh bring me go studio and make me nyam food and dem ting deh, so mi affi put in my prayer. A mi godfather dat, him real to me so me just a hope and pray fi everything go good," she said.

Keiva, who in the past couple of months has been seen on social media hanging out with the deejay, described Ninja Man as her second dad.

"Ninja Man means a lot to me, me have crazy love fi him, crazy respect fi him," she said pointing out that the entertainer has made a lot of changes in his life. "Ninja, me love yuh and me a support you 100 per cent. Me see di changes and is like is a whole different Ninja, always helping out people, good heart, the positivity. Me have yuh back because me know if a me did inna di situation, yuh woulda deh deh di minute me call."

A seven-member jury has been selected and prosecutors briefed on the allegations against the entertainer and his co-accused as the long-awaited trial for the entertainer began.

vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgVybz Kartel's hit single "Mhm Hm", the hottest track in Dancehall, will have its very own video soon.

The single has a total of three Million views in less than a month and according to the Kartel's team an epic music video is already in the works.

"We are shooting that video now so you can expect it late October," sources close to the Gaza deejay revealed.

"The video will be fun just like the single is fun and catchy. Right now 'Mhm Hm' is the most requested song in parties and on radios. You can say that this will be the biggest dancehall song of the year. No other have a song that gain so much traction so fast this year."

Judge order Ninjaman's murder trial to start now

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ninja-man-image-2.jpgThe murder trial of popular entertainer Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, is set to start now.

The order was made by High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, today (Mon) following an application by the entertainer's attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson for a stay of proceedings in the eight-year-old case for abuse of process. There have been 17 trial dates and 23 mention dates in the case.

Jury selection was set to begin at 2 o'clock.

Ninja Man was arrested and placed before the court in 2009 along with his son Janeil and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.

However, in her application for the case to be stopped, Neita-Robertson said in the eight years since Ninja Man's first court appearance, one prosecution witness has died and two alibi witnesses for the entertainer have migrated and cannot be located.

"The delay has created a situation that is prejudicial to the accused persons, hence the accused will be deprived of being able to put forward their defence in a coherent manner," Neita-Robertson argued.

"The circumstances that exist today would not afford the accused to have a fair trial," she continued.

However, lead prosecutor Kathy Pyke, in her response, said the attorneys for the three accused have "not established, on a balance of probability, that their clients will be prejudiced".

Pyke said the issues raised by the defence can be addressed during the trial.

leroy-gibbons.jpgPolice are investigating the circumstances under which Reggae artiste Leroy Gibbons was shot and wounded by gunmen on Port Henderson Road popularly called back road in Portmore St Catherine this morning.

Gibbons who underwent a surgery is recuperating in hospital.

Superintendent in charge of Operations for the St Catherine South Division Leighton Grey says the incident took place at about 7:15 am.

He explains that preliminary reports indicate that Gibbons was not the target, but a man with whom he was walking.

Superintendent Grey says an interview was conducted with the man suspected to be the target of the gunmen.

He says the police are conducting operations in the area.

In the meantime, close friend of Mr Gibbons, Entertainer Peter Metro says Gibbons was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

He explains that Gibbons was walking with the man and discussing music.

He says after speaking with Gibbons, doctors took him to conduct a second operation.

noahwa-powa.jpgFoota Hype is exposing US-based disc jock, internet sensation Noah Powa.

The Dancehall selector-turn-producer took to social media on Wednesday night to upload a video of Noah twerking on his head top.

The leak was a response to a skit done by Noah Powa and Jamaican comedian Jaiifrais earlier this week, which trolled Foota's recent video which showed him on a red Ferrari.

Meanwhile Bounty Killer called Foota and Matterhorn battyman and then the duo unleashed on Killer reminding him of his homo son and the fact that he stressed out Miss Ivy and that led to her death. In raw, gutter style on social media, the separately styled Killer in the worse way.

What a MESS!!!!!!!!

Suspense and fiancee accept the Lord; get baptised

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suspecse-baptised.jpg"One week since me an my fiance got the 'For Sale' sign that Satan placed on our head removed by Jesus. Jesus redeemed us. Thank you Lord," fast-rising Dancehall artiste Shanekia Morrison, aka Suspense informed her followers on social media.

The 2017 Magnum Queen of Dancehall winner, got baptized with her fiancé at the Celebration Church in Portmore, Saint Catherine on Sunday, October 1.

Suspense says she will be continuing her music journey but will be changing her message to reflect the new changes in her life.

"I will be deejaying for Jesus. I will not be doing any explicit or derogatory music but I will be doing dancehall/reggae gospel," she said.

Suspense has since turned down several secular events.

Bronx rapper Cardi B gave Dancehall artist Spice a huge compliment on Friday at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and Spice was sooo shook that she cried. Real tear...not the fake vriety..

After winning three awards for Single Of the Year, Best New Hip Hop Artist and Hustler of the Year, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper had a conversation with the "Needle Eye" deejay in which Cardi shared that she's inspired by Spice and a big fan of her music.

"You don't really understand, like you really inspire me," the 24-year-old told Spice. "I use to wear a Cardi chain just like you, i go way back i'm not like these new ones," Cardi added before starting to rap a line from one of Spice's throwback singles "Rude Boy Love".

On Saturday Spice shared the video and had this to say;

"Ran into [Cardi B] after she won 3 awards and tear down BET stage and she brought tears to my eyes last night," Spice wrote. "Here I am saying that I'm so proud of her, how much I admire her journey and that she inspires me so much and here she is saying I'm her inspiration and she's my biggest fan."

"Now listen to me cause this is so deep y'all don't even understand. Most of you don't even know this song that she's talking about "Rude boy love" I didn't even remember this song my dam self so I know she's not bluffing cause this song go wayyyyyy back."

November 29 date for MOBO Awards

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Who will walk away with this year's MOBO Award for top reggae entertainer?

Last year, the list of reggae nominees sparked controversy after reggae entertainer Protoje questioned the pooling of dancehall and reggae acts, citing that it wasn't fair to the dancehall or reggae acts nominated.

The coveted best reggae entertainer title was snagged last year by PopCaan ahead of roots singer Protoje, dancehall deejays Spice and Alkaline and singjay Kranium.

The 22nd annual MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday, November 29.

The 2017 nominees are yet to be announced.

Celeb moms for empowerment concert in Brooklyn

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Music lovers in Brooklyn, New York are in for a treat on Saturday October 29th when a Caribbean celebrity mom stages an empowerment concert to bring focus to domestic violence awareness. The event is being called 'Repairing The Bridge' and the featured artists include R & B and gospel music icon Melba Moore alongside soca's biggest legend The Mighty Sparrow plus reggae star Rayvon.

The event is being hosted by singer and philanthropist Carol Maraj, mother of hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj, through Carol's foundation, the Carol Minaj Foundation.

Sensational songbird and R & B icon Melba Moore has been a huge all-time favorite for New Yorkers and a staple on classic soul radio stations nationally. She comes from a talented musical family and is an award winning actress. Known for her Broadway, contemporary soul/R&B, pop rock, jazz and gospel songs, Moore's versatility can be heard on smash singles You Stepped Into My Life, Pick me Up I'll Dance, Love The One I'm With and A Little Bit More. She will be sure to have patrons grooving while thinking about love, instead of abusing their partners.

The Mighty Sparrow is the unrivaled king of Calypso and he has enjoyed a dazzling career that spans over 40 years of recording smash records and thrilling performances. This legend is in a class by himself. He will use his musical arsenal to get the crowd fired up as he unleashes crowd favorites like Congo Man, Mr Walker, Saltfish, Big Bambo and Obeah Wedding.

Brooklyn based reggae crooner Rayon may be best known for his string of successful combination songs - Angel, In The Summertime & Big Up that were recorded with 'Mr Boombastic' Shaggy but as a solo artist he is just as potent having stuck good musical notes with hit singles One N Only, Games We Play, My Bad, 2-Way and his social commentary piece titled no Guns No Murder.

Among the other acts booked to perform on the concert which takes place at Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn are soca star Lyrical, one of the most sought after artists of our generation; Singing Francine and DJ Platinum Sound. There will also be a special presentation which organizers are not revealing just yet. The only clue is, "it's not to be missed!"

Carol is passionate about the issue of domestic violence because she is a survivor; now devoted to the life of advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic abuse everywhere. This unfortunate situation has molded her into the strong, powerful woman she is today.

Mr Lex calls form more security at schools

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mr-lexx.jpgDancehall artiste Mr Lex has made a call for increased security within the nation's schools.

This follows a sad and rather disturbing incident at a high school in Duhaney Park this morning.

Mr. Lex who happened to be at the institution at the time when two Grade 10 boys were involved in an altercation which left one dead from stab wounds, expressed shock at the development. He made a call for more measures to be put in place to ensure the safety of children at the nation's schools.

"I am just shocked about the whole thing and the incident has just brought into focus the need for greater security at schools," the entertainer said.

bounty-killer-photo-11.jpg vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpg Social media is abuzz with the impending collab between jailed dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and friend-turned-enemy, Bounty Killer. Reports are that the two have a new collaboration coming as early as this week.

The two dancehall legends have collaborated in the past on several singles, and Kartel even wrote a few hits for Bounty Killer in the early 2000s. But a bitter fallout between The Teacher and The Alliance put an end to their relationship in 2005. Seems they are both putting their differences aside and are making music again. The two deejays announced on Instagram over the weekend that they are dropping a new joint.

"[Bounty Killer] My daddy weh dem a go do when the #killakartelkollab drop?" Vybz Kartel wrote on IG. Killer responded saying, [Vybz Kartel] Beta dem just go find some weh go lidung or drop dung b4 it drop because when it drop nutn naah git up back dawg."

Killer also said the collaboration will bring back some memories from their all-black Alliance days. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Bounty Killer recently paid Vybz Kartel a visit in prison and the two had a long conversation about their Alliance days and what's happening in dancehall currently. They didn't release the title of the single, but it will arrive sometime this week.

Cardi B has Nicki Minaj 'sweating' says Safaree

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rapper-safaree.jpgNicki Minaj, according to her ex, Safaree Samuels, is uneasy over Cardi B's mega, overnight, success.

The Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star was on Everyday Struggle this morning and Akademiks and Joe Budden peppered him with questions about Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, LHH and more. "Is Cardi B pressing Nicki, do you think that she got Nicki sweating," Akademiks asked Safaree to which he responded, "a hundred percent because I know how she is."

Safaree also opened up on whether or not he thinks that Nicki Minaj fell off and he said yes. "It's very different, like how she was before on when we were doing 'Romans Revenge' and 'Did On Em' but some people may say you got to grow and change, but I like the old her better," he said."

Cardi B "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" is the number one single on Billboard Hot 100 for a second week straight and with current streaming numbers, it will return to the top spot for a third week. As for Nicki Minaj, she is yet to have a Hot 100 number one song. She has the most entries on the chart among women in history thanks to her many features, but she will likely not get that extra credential until she earned a number one solo record.

Nicki Minaj is currently working on her new album that she says will be a game changer when it arrives. There are no release date or title yet, but she hinted it could arrive by the end of this year. Safaree Samuels was also asked about writing lyrics for her, a topic that is a bit of a controversy between the two, but he sidesteps the question and smartly so. None of them can win in that battle of his word against hers because there is nothing on paper to back up his argument.

sean-paul-photo-9.jpgInternationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Sean Paul spent his Sunday visiting incarcerated Reggae artiste Buju Banton at the McRae Correctional Facility located in Atlanta, Georgia.

He revealed his visit and subsequent conversation on Instagram.

Sean Paul shared that Buju's message to his dans is simply this: "Expect greatness, again".

He also added that the singer, born Mark Myrie, is in good spirits, still very focused and is not broken.


Myrie reportedly spends his time keeping fit, staying healthy and has been teaching classes to fellow inmates at the facility.

He was arrested in December 2009, found guilty in February 2011 and was initially scheduled to walk a free man from the McRae Correctional Facility in February 2019.

His 10-year prison sentence was reduced by two months in January of 2016 after the entertainer agreed to waive all future appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges.

In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Prison website, Myrie will be released on December 8, 2018.

Service of thanksgiving for Wya Thursday in London

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The thanksgiving service for the life of former Wailers keyboardist Earl 'Wya ' Lindo takes place on Thursday in London.

Lindo died at a London hospital on September 4 at age 64, from acute cardiac failure and arrhythmia.

A press release from The Wailers said the service will be held at Ruach City Curch in Brixton Hill. Interment follows at Lambeth Cemetery in Brixton.

Lindo started as a session musician while still a student at Excelsior High School in the early 1970s. He launched his recording career at Studio One; some of the songs he played on during that period were Dennis Brown's Money in my Pocket, produced by Derrick Harriott, and Games People Play by Bob Andy, which was produced by Federal Records.

He became an in-demand session player with the Now Generation Band, the house unit at Federal Records. That band included fellow keyboardist Robbie Lyn, the Chung brothers, Mikey and Geoffrey and drummer Mikey 'Boo' Richards who would also tour with The Wailers.

Lindo recorded and toured with Marley during the 1970s when the singer's career took off internationally. He played on Burnin' and Survival, two of Marley's albums for Island Records.

Lindo last played with The Wailers in March in London when the grouped toured the United Kingdom.

vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgIt has been confirmed that Jamaica's most famous prisoner, Vybz Kartel, is back in his dafe place.

The entertainer was returned to lockup after spending a week in the hospital.

Kartel was discharged on Monday and taken to the Tower Street Correctional Center where he is housed.

All his medication for his illness was also taken along.

Vybz Kartel who is currently serving a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre is awaiting an appeal trial, slated to begin in February next year, in the Court of Appeal.

vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgDuring Vybz Kartel's recent hospital stay, the dancehall deejay reportedly reunited with a very special person in his life.

The self-proclaimed World Boss saw his mother after some six years.

Reports are that Kartel's parents visited him while he was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Although no pictures have surface as yet to confirm the re-union, many are questioning why it has taken si long for the Teacha to see his mother.

"But Addi and his mom were close, so ah doan understand," one commenter said.

Kartel was paid a visit in prison by his daughter lsat month and after pictures were made public, there were many comments that Kartel looked way too skinny.

He was admitted to hospital last week.

Kingston, Jamaica: In a room filled with pink, the colour associated with breast cancer worldwide, the Jamaica Cancer Society officially launched a host of activities for October, dubbed Pink Month, at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Thursday, September 28. October is internationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating several activities to mark the month.Under the theme, 'Give Hope. Save Lives", the month of activities which begins on October 1 culminates on a high on Saturday, October 28at the annual ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run whichis in its 17thyear, and third year withICWI as the title sponsor. This year the Pink Run will be under the theme 'Tutus and Tall Socks'.President of the ICWI Paul Lalorhas called on Jamaicans to actively support the initiatives outlined and those fighting the effects of cancer. "Our friends and families locked in this battle with cancer need our collective and individual support to survive. The high volume of cancer patients, survivors and loved ones of those who have lost the battle with cancer in our communities should be met with a strong resolve to join the fight. Let us aim to increase awareness, increase the funds to provide support and give compassion and our talents to this movement.""Most Jamaicans know what a pink ribbon means, especially during the Month of October! Indeed, many Jamaicans will be seen wearing pink throughout the Month. We can take heart in the fact that Jamaica's collective awareness of breast cancer has gained great momentum over the past decade", shared Mrs. Yulit Gordon, Executive Director, Jamaica Cancer Society."We however cannotover emphasize that if there is noearly detectionthrough regular breast self-examinations and mammography screening, survival chances will be significantly reduced.Let us thereforebe vigilant in making our health and well-being a priorityand engage in healthy lifestyle practices and access the available screening services",Mrs. Gordon cautioned.

2| P a g eJamaicaReach to Recovery is the affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society that provides emotional, psychological and financial support to breast cancer survivors. Reach to Recovery consists of volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, also provide information and counselling to breast cancer survivors and by extension their families and friends.Chairperson of Jamaica Reach to Recovery, Mrs. Carolind Graham is encouraging Jamaicans especially women to support the various activities that will be occurring during October. "With breast cancer in Jamaica at 43.1 per 100,000 women, and 0.6 per 100,000 men, it is imperative that we continue to have these activities to raise awareness about breast cancer and also to spread the importance of regular screenings which can be critical to an early diagnosis", said Mrs. Graham. While there will be several fundraising activities including the sale of bracelets at several outlets through the island, socks and pins, the 'Pink Run' will be the major fundraiser for Pink Month. "I hope Jamaic

ellie-goulding-tarrus-riley-powerful-music-video.jpg"Powerful" featuring Tarrus Riley and Ellie Goulding has been used in an ad campaign for Emporio Armani.

The television advert from Emporio Armani promotes the companies two new fragrances BECAUSE IT'S YOU for her and STRONGER WITH YOU for him

The ad which features the relationship between a man and a woman has the Major Laser produced track Powerful featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley blaring in the background.

Tarrus Riley has since shared a snippet of the ad on his official Instagram page.

On November 9-12 a global assortment of music industry professionals will descend on multiple venues across Kingston Jamaica for the 5th annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). They will join a growing number of local Jamaican music industry professionals who have learned that the Jamaica Music Conference provides a powerful platform for catching up with the latest industry trends, networking and identifying the stars of tomorrow. This 5th staging has been themed, "Reclaiming Our Identity: The rising impact of Jamaica's music, content and culture".

Registration is now open for the annual event via the Jamaica Music Conference website and tickets can be purchased locally at Bookophilia and Fontana Pharmacy. The fifth staging will feature 7 venues and 10 separate sessions including: the JMC - JaRIA Symposium at JAMPRO headquarters; a Sound System Summit at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; panel discussions at U-Tech TIC Innovation Centre; the Jamaica Music Conference Showcase at Jamnesia; and closes at Skyline's Kingston Dub Club, ensuring that international attendees get a real feel for Kingston Music City.

The Jamaica Music Conference is a platform for independent music professionals, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Jamaican music industry, and propose solutions to these issues. This year sees a focus on answering long lingering questions. How can Jamaica and its diaspora retain the lion share of ownership within the reggae/dancehall space? How can the enduring international popularity of our genres embrace the global landscape to benefit Jamaica and Jamaicans at home and abroad? A FREE 3-part "Ready For Di Road" Webinar series is being staged in association with Atlanta-based Artist Launch, artist development agency. Conference attendees are also able to create a FREE electronic press kit when they enter a contest being staged by the Jamaica Music Conference for a chance to meet with international booking agents.

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Kim Kardashian confirm pregnancy-via-surrogate rumour

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kim-and-kanye.jpgKim Kardashian has confirmed that she and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their third child together. It's been reported for months that the couple will welcome their baby via surrogate.

On Thursday, Kim shared a promo video for Season 14 of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," in which she's seen telling her sister Khloe, "We're having a baby!"

"Season 14 is gonna be wild," the reality star tweeted. "Tune in this Sunday!!!"

The news initially broke back in June, when TMZ reported that the couple had hired a surrogate as health concerns made it too risky for Kim to have another child herself.

The outlet said Kimye found their surrogate through an agency and paid her $45,000 over 10 months. The couple also reportedly agreed to pay $5,000 for each additional baby (if there is more than one) and $4,000 if the surrogate loses any reproductive organs.

The baby is said to be due in January 2018, according to TMZ.

Over the past few months, Kim and Kanye, who are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, nearly 2, kept quiet about the subject.

However, in September, People reported the couple's surrogate was definitely pregnant.

"The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate," the source said. "Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process."

Kim did address the initial rumors in September during New York Fashion Week, telling E! News, "I think when we're ready to talk about it we will, and I think it's super invasive when people are just ... So many details out there, and like I've never heard this, I've never heard this. Like whatever. We have not confirmed it, and that's that. I'll let you know when we're ready."

Over the years, Kim has been very open about her various fertility struggles; she suffered from preeclampsia while pregnant with North, and placenta accreta throughout both pregnancies. Kim also once famously called pregnancy "the worst experience of my life."

Hugh Hefner to be buried next to Marilyn Munroe

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hugh-hefner.jpgHugh Hefner will spend eternity next to the woman who helped make him a publishing and pop culture icon.

The Playboy magazine founder, who died at age 91 on Wednesday, will be laid to rest at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles in a vault right next to actress Marilyn Monroe.

Hefner reportedly bought the vault 25 years ago for $75,000, ensuring that his final resting place would be alongside the young actress who appeared on the cover of the first issue of Playboy in December 1953.

Hefner's death was mourned by a wide variety of celebrities, including The Weeknd, Ryan Seacrest, former Playboy cover girls Jenny McCarthy and Pam Anderson, as well as Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Ex Gaza deejay killed in St Thomas

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Maxwell, a former member of the Portmore Empire Gaza, was reportedly killed on Monday.

It is alleged that he was stabbed while at a recording studio in St. Thomas.

He is best known for the single Supm fi Sumn on the Duss Riddim.

Maxwell also recorded the song Bun fi Bun alongside incarcerated artiste Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Maxwell is known for songs such as "Miss You" produced by Notnice Records on his "Eternal Riddim" and "Bun Fi Bun" with former mentor Vybz Kartel.

Maxwell released a new single titled 'R.I.P' just last month.

Kartel, who is in the University hospital being treated for an apparent kidney infection, has so far not reacted to the news.Speculation is that he will say something via social media as soon as he is well enough to do so.

donald-trump-photo-1.jpgAs Donald Trump continues to denounce the ongoing protests being carried out by National Football League (NFL) players, the US president has made reference to Usain Bolt respecting America's national anthem.

Trump who has been blasting NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, took to Twitter on Tuesday to use Bolt as a perfect example saying even the famed multiple time gold medalist and fastest man in the world shows respect to America.

"Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem!," Trump wrote.

vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgAdija Palmer, aka Vybz Kartel, the deejay who is also Jamaica's most popular prisoner, is still in hospital, where he is under heavy police guard.

Meanwhile, information regarding Kartel's condition remains sketchy. Nonetheless, Music News has been reliably informed that the deejay is expected to be in the hospital for at least a week. His parents visited this morning and his attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson was seen leaving the hospital.

Several fans have since posted get well messages on Vybz Kartel's social media pages.

The dancehall deejay was transported to the University Hospital of the West Indies on Monday morning after reportedly complaining about not feeling well on Sunday.

Vybz Kartel who is currently serving a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Center is awaiting an appeal trial, slated to begin in February next year, in the Court of Appeal.

lt-stitchie.jpgLt. Stitchie is currently putting the finishing touches on his soon to be released album. The project, which has been in the works for over a year, will feature collaborations with: Agent Sasco aka Assassin, Million Stylez, Lukie D, Fantan Mojah and Ricky Stereo. Most of the production was done in France by Manudigital, and though a title has already been decided, Stitchie and his team are not yet ready to share it with the public. The album will be released on the Flash Hit Records label before the end of this year.

Unlike his recent albums, this one will be extremely hardcore, as the Governor seems to be intentionally addressing the obvious negative tone that is dominating the overall music industry.

When asked why this album is so hard, this is what Lt. Stitchie had to say:

"This message of righteousness must be heard by everyone, and particularly in a language understood by everyone, from the deepest corner of the ghetto to the highest pinnacle of the hill top. Across every socio economic strata of societies on the face of this earth. I have the skills set to be seriously effective in this hardcore way, so I am chosen for this time. Evil and falsehood are rapidly becoming the new norm and it would falsely appear that those of us who stand for righteousness are dormant and becoming obsolete. My hardcore delivery and message lucidly obliterate this lie. I am holding back no punches and taking no prisoners ... Hardcore all the way.

Aidonia to release album project

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aidonia-project-sweat-album-cover.jpgAmidst a full roster of activities for the season, dancehall troubadour Aidonia is currently immersed in the studio working on material for his upcoming album.

Despite releasing 'Project Sweat' two years earlier, for which he received an honourable mention from Billboard Magazine and a top ten debut on the iTunes 100 Albums Chart. The ten-track compilation was presented as an EP and not an album. However, this latest body of work will mark the deejay's official album debut since his emergence on the scene over a decade ago.


Alluding to the lengthy timeline for the album Aidonia says it's all about timing and he wanted to deviate from the norm, but still, provide an offering that fans and the wider populous will appreciate musically.

"I want to provide fans with something exceptional that will transcend time and geographic boundaries. I am not a big fan of expendable music, hence I believe as an artiste it is extremely important to take the time and effort to mould each record on the album in the best way I possibly can. If I expect people to buy this it's only fair that they receive their monies worth." - Aidonia said.

dancehall-queen-carlene.jpgThe original Dancehall Queen Carlene has joined Rebel singay, Danielle D.I. on a brand new song. Carlene takes the microphone to clap back in defense of her younger cousin. A recent diss track from singer Ishawna has called the original dancehall queen to the recording booth. The track is titled, Street Bicycle and Carlene's vocals lead the tune with a public service announcement to clear the air.

Danielle D.I. has been receiving overwhelming support not only from family but also from industry colleagues and fans.


"I'm startled at the outburst of love and support from so many, from persons I wouldn't even expect. This is truly appreciated from the bottom of my heart. My mother is recovering well and I have returned to the studios. I have a lot of new music and videos to be released. Balance, flexibility and time management is what its all about as I continue to work and monitor my family life at the same time," Danielle D.I. revealed.

Armshouse Records collaborated with B.M.T Records and Connect INTL to produce, Street Bicycle. The song is now available on Danielle D.I.'s verified VEVO and YouTube accounts. iTunes and other major music outlets will have the release later this week. Danielle D.I. is known for her work with legendary, Sly and Robbie as well as her songs: Beat It with Vybz Kartel; Big Man which features Shabba Ranks along with Brown Girl a collaboration with the dancehall doctor Beenie Man.

damian-marley-stony-hill.jpgDamian "Junior Gong" Marley's much talked about fourth studio album Stony Hill, has solidified the synergy between himself and older brother Stephen Marley.

From the 18 track album, the two have collaborated on Grown & Sexy, Perfect Picture and Medication. 45 year old Stephen, the third biological child of Bob and Rita Marley believes the synergy between him and Damian, the youngest son of his father, is just "magical".

"When we work together it's magic and we both enjoy the synergy between the two ah we; and people feel that, because we have so much love - and that spirit comes out inna the record. We are just comfortable with each other."

"Steve ah work pon him record, him [Damian] give Steve the energy. Damian ah work pon him record, me [Steve] give him the energy," says a delighted Stephen.

In Stephen's view, the 12 year hiatus from studio recordings since Gong's 2005 album Welcome to Jamrock, seems to have been advantageous.

"This album [Stony Hill] shows growth. He is so comfortable doing the music. It has a lot of live music. From 2005 to 2017 you find say him do a lot of live shows, and his live performance is just great, so you find say we have an album now with a lot of live music versus Welcome to Jamrock which had a lot of mostly programmed beats," shares Stephen.

Talking about his son Jo Mersa and nephew Skip Marley, Stephen Marley points out the synergies between the generations. "Them see you a do it and them draw influences from that as well."

Damian and Stephen are arguably the closest of the Marley siblings. The two have recorded numerous singles together and one is seldom seen without the other, especially on stage.

"Steve the brother is Steve the producer. With how much growth Damian have, it's just to be there and say you know "Try that again" or "Mek we do it this way" or "Wha' bout this".

Of Stephen's three collaborations on Stony Hill, Medication, a song about the medicinal purposes of marijuana, has been one of the most talked about even before the June 21, 2017 album release, as the single was released on Thursday April 20, 2017, as the world celebrated 4/20.

"Medication is a song weh come up and it has a very important message because I know a lot of persons don't realise the benefits, medicinally, that the plants offers," says Stephen Marley.

Interestingly, the synergies within the Marley clan go well beyond Stephen and Damian, Marley generations and music. In addition to the family's global marijuana brand [Bob] Marley Natural; Damian Marley's Stony Hill Corporation is one of the most recent to join the legal medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States. Although separate, the Marley clan remain in support of each other and maintain professional and endearing relationships all around.

Cardi B loves the heat from Kartel's 'Fever'

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgCardi B has been a huge fan of the incarcerated Dancehall superstar and it seems she's doesn't have any intentions to stop despite her 'Bodak Yellow' success.

Over the weekend Cardi uploaded a video on her Instagram account showing a clip of her dancing in the club to Vybz Kartel's smash hit summer banger 'Fever' to her over 9.8 Million followers.

Rita Ora also shared a video of her listening to the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' single with 'Dancehall Goddess' Shenseea, 'Loodi'.

lisa-hanna-and-richard.jpgOpposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, attracted a slew of trill to her page as she took to social media to send birthday wishes to fiance Richard.

Two couple was enjoying their week-long vacation in Turkey.

"My SULTAN LOVER Come and ROCK my world," Hanna captioned a photo of the two. "Forever and let me give you MORE...💋Happy Birthday My Love ❤️ #Breathless



#IstanbulTogether," she added.

"Is that her father? or what because she can't possibly be dating that old man," one user wrote.

"wooooie! Lisa love PNP so much that she's dating Michael Manley."

"Wait i thought that Manley was dead, how comes he's on vacation with Lisa Hanna?" another questioned.

"Come on Lisa that old man can't satisfy you! must him face alone him a use," another added.

Unu done know stay tuned, Danielle DI tells fans

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danielle-di-photo-3.jpgDancehall artist Danielle D.I is on her way to Jamaica to continue her beef with controversial singer Ishawna.

After going silent for a few days to provide support for her ailing mother, the 'Rebel' singer took to social media on Saturday to share a video at the Miami International Airport announcing her return to Jamaica.

"I'm on my way to my second home in Jamaica right now," she said. D.I also thanked her fans for their well wishes during her family's difficulties, before hinting that she's ready to beef with Ishawna once again.

fever.jpgVybz Kartel's smash hit single 'Fever' is still a big hit for the jailed Dancehall superstar over a year after its release.

As the summer banger produced by TJ Records and featured on Kartel's "King Of The Dancehall" album continues to climb the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay Chart, highlighting its strong radio support overseas.

'Fever' currently sits at number 11 on the iTunes top 100 Reggae song chart for the most popular downloads.


The single collective has over 51 Million streams on YouTube with the official visuals directed by Jay Will/Game Over racking up over 21 Million views. The single debut on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Airplay chart this week at no. 50. The single Linton "TJ" White-produced single was released in May 2016 and has been one of the biggest singles in dancehall over the last year. The single has already racked up a combined 55 million views on YouTube and the music video alone has over 200 million and growing fast.

"It feels good to know that your work is on a major platform such as the Billboard chart," TJ Records head, Linton White, said. "It's a lot of work and effort that we've put into the promotion of the song in the United States, and I really want to thank all the persons involved. There's still a lot of work to be done."

The growth in popularity of "Fever" may result in increased sales for Vybz Kartel's album King of the Dancehall. The track is his second hit on Billboard after tasting mainstream success in 2009 with his single "Romping Shop" featuring Spice which peaked at number 76 on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Songs Chart. The dancehall deejay is currently serving a life sentence for murder although he is appealing the conviction. His appeal trial in the Jamaica Appeal Court gets under in February next year.

Damian Marley produces new single for Third World

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third-world.jpgCelebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time Third World has dropped a new single Eyes Are Up On You off their upcoming full-length album. The song and album are both produced by Damian Marley and will be released on the Ghetto Youths International label.

Third World's bassist Richard Daley explains why this musical process comes full circle.

"I had the honor of working with Bob Marley back in the 70s doing some recording in London and how remicinensent it is as I sit in the studio working with Damian Marley. It is the same feeling and vibe, as we record and produce songs like "Eyes Are Up On You" and others. It is a great musical moment."

Damian Marley adds to the excitement and says "I'm proud to be working with my uncles!"

The song, which will be accompanied with a lyric music video to follow, is a reminder that actions speak louder than words. "Eyes are up on you, careful what you do, someone is watching you" states the melodic chorus.

About Third World

With 10 Grammy nominations, sold-out tours worldwide, a loyal fan base and a catalogue of Top 40 Billboard charted smash hits (including "Now That We Found Love," "96 Degrees in the Shade," Third World has been one of (if not the) most consistently successful reggae bands. Third World's reggae fusion style mixes R&B, funk, pop, rock, dancehall and hip-hop into the genre, making them one of Jamaica's most popular crossover acts among international audiences.

The band has toured and worked with the late great Bob Marley (including opening for Marley's first world tour in 1978), Stevie Wonder (who produced 2 of their albums in the 80's released with CBS), Santana and Jackson 5 (opening for their first concert in Jamaica). They have also shared the stage with the likes of Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton and Marc Anthony and landed national TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show and many more.

Capleton wants his stolen car returned

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capleton.jpgReggae artiste, the Prophet Capleton is asking for the return of his motor vehicle that was stolen on Sunday.

Capleton's metallic brown Grand Vitara was reportedly stolen in Bread Nut Hill, St. Ann in the wee hours Sunday morning.

New riddims and other personal items were in the vehicle.

Capleton is asking the thieves to return the motor vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Ocho Rios police are investigating.

ishawna-hot-pic.jpgControversial Dancehall artist Ishawna and Bad Gyal DI are having quite a tiff and this has even spilled over into a lyrical feud. Oh bwoy!

DI has released a diss track aimed at Ishawna and MS Legendary has answered.

Dancehall artist Danielle D.I has broken her silence on her new diss track 'Talk Up' which is aimed at rival Ishawna.

Th 'Bad Gyal' says she decided to record the single after sources close to Ishawna told her that the 'Equal Rights' singer was chatting her behind her back."Reliable sources have confirmed that she is being seriously malicious. I will have to come for you and I am going to do so lyrically because these babies can't handle it if things should go any other way," she said.

According to the Star, DI questioned Ishawna's lyrical capability and skills on the microphone, saying she doubts Ishawna would be brave enough to respond to her song.

"She can't talk up to me on record because she is not articulate enough, she is not lyrical enough and she don't have crap to say either. She will just have to hold her mouth in silence," she said

D.I released 'Talk Up' last Tuesday and says she made the feud lyrical because Ishawna couldn't handle it if things should go any other way.

As expected, Ishawna has responded with a diss ectitled 'Heat Shot'.

Following the release of the single Ishawna took to Insta to post, "Pressure dem like Cow Foot..." That post was quickly followed by one from the 'Rebel' singer who wrote, "Knowledge is power, "boss b**hes have to get their reading on."

foxy-brown-baby.jpgFoxy Brown shared the first photo of her baby girl that dancehall star Spragga Benz allegedly fathered and we have to say that the little angel is ADORABLE!!!!!!!

In March of this year, Foxy Brown suddenly gave birth to a baby girl and no one even knew she was pregnant because she is rarely seen in public these days. She never named the father of her child, but social media triggered rumors that Spragga Benz is the father. Neither of the two stars confirmed, but they were emngaged back in the early 2000s.


On her 39th birthday on Wednesday, Foxy Brown shared a photo of her adorable daughter with Lauryn Hill's classic single "Zion" playing in the background. "My Gorgeous, Greatest, Gray Eyed BIRTHDAY GIFT GLORY TO GOD My GREATEST Hit Obsessively IN LOVE Forever Your Hero, MOMMY," she captioned the photo. Back in March, Wendy Williams broke the story of Foxy Brown giving birth on her show while adding that the father is a well-known reggae star.

"Congratulations to Foxy Brown," Williams said. "She had a baby girl. Allegedly it's a reggae star and I'm not going to say his name because I think that me and Foxy have some sort of relationship." Brown and Spragga Benz were engaged for two years until the dancehall legend called off the engagement in 2003.

Nightclub operator, Corey Todd apologised to Devin Di Dakta in court on Wednesday, after which the assault matter was dismissed, and referred instead to mediation.

the matter came up for hearing Wednesday, defence attorney Peter Champagnie declared that the men wanted to settle to the matter through mediation. After a brief discussion between the parties, Devin di Dakta told the Parish Judge that he did not wish to pursue the case.

Todd was charged last year with assaulting Magnum Kings and Queens winner Devin di Dakta.

Prosecutors had reported that Mr. Todd confronted Devin di Dakta at his Taboo Nightclub on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew and demanded that he apologise for using his name in a song.

During the confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.

judy-mowatt.jpgJudy Mowatt -- a member of Marley's backing vocal group, I Threes -- remembers Bob Marley's keyboard player Earl "Wya" Lindo as a "selfless angel".

"I remember him as a very quiet person and an exceptional keyboard player. I remember him playing something for me. I had to play it over and over, as it brought rivers of tears to my eyes how he played the song. The kind of notes he played touched every chord in your soul," said Mowatt, who is now a successful gospel artiste, having made the decision several years ago to sing for the Lord.

"He would play and give of himself and not look for anything in return. It would have to take someone with discretion to care for him. He was an angel. Wya gave of himself," she added as she extended her condolences to his immediate and musical family.

bob-marley-photo-5.jpgEarl "Wya" Lindo, Bob Marley's keyboard player, died in London, England, yesterday. He was 64.

The Wailers' manager, Lennie Chen confirmed his death.

"Yes, he is dead. I got a call from his manager yesterday. He said Wya was complaining about stomach pains and had gone to the hospital. He died a couple of hours later," Chen told OBSERVER ONLINE from his Florida base.

Chen said Lindo was part of The Wailers' three-week tour of United Kingdom in March. "He was looking forward to coming on the road with us again," said Chen.

While attending Excelsior High School in Jamaica. he played organ in the band Now Generation. Aston "Familyman" Barrett heard Lindo and recommended him to play for a Saturday afternoon television program Where It's At on JBC. Lindo also spent his early days working at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, where he played on innumerable recordings with every star Jamaica has to offer. In 1972 he was invited to join The Wailers where he stayed ever since.[citation needed]

Lindo can be heard on an album credited to the Impact All-Stars. Released in 1975, the album is a collection of dub tracks recorded at Randy's Studio. He is survived by his wife and children.

Gaza fans say Kartel looks mawga in new pictures

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vybz-kartel-and-kids.jpgVybz Kartel sent his Gaza fans into a frenzy on Thursday when recent photos of the incarcerated Dancehall superstar surfaced online.

It has been a while since fans saw a photo of the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his former associate Clive 'Lizard' Williams, so they were in for a treat following his recent visit from his daughters.

Looking half his usual size, the run-di-place-from-prison artiste is seen with his two daughters. The kids appear quite happy to be with their dad, but Kartel looks like something's eating him.

Sean Kingston finds love in Kingston

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sean-kingston-and-girl.jpgR&B singer Sean Kingston has found love with a Jamaican girl.

The 'Beautiful Girls' singer who is currently living in Jamaica took to his Instagram account on Saturday to share the wonderful news with his 943,000 followers.

"Every king needs a genuine queen...," He captioned a photo of the two in Ocho Rios on a boat. "smh I Love my Jamaican woman.... #seankingston 🙏🏽❤️❤️ #Mybeautifulang."

According to sources, the two have been dating for some time now and Kingston is already planning a future for them together

"If real love, ano no Instagram thing yo, long time bossy [Sean Kingston] and the browning a link," sources said. "Right now is just music and family him a pree."

Popcaan protests bad roads in St Thomas

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popcaan-protest.jpgPopcaan stood with members of his hometown community in the parish of St. Thomas, in a peaceful protest against the deplorable state of the roads in the parish.

According to the 'Unruly Boss' who hails from York in the parish, he joined the protest as he believes using his influence was the only way to gain the attention from the media and government.

"Long time the people dem a try get help and nobody nah do nothing," he said. "Suh mi know seh if the unruly boss deh yah dem ago watch and see. St Thomas is a parish where we don't have a lot of things, but right now, we're just asking for the road rasta," he added.

Popcaan led the charge throughout the parish, with stops in major communities such as Bath, Port Morant, and the capital Morant Bay. In a series of videos and photographs making the rounds online, Popcaan can be seen standing among community members, holding a cardboard placard with the words 'We need road.'

Just last week, the Unruly deejay who hails from the parish of St. Thomas, hosted international media in his home parish as part of a 360 degree tour of Jamaica.

Junior Gong collabs with rapper Ty Dolla $ign

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Reggae and dancehall artiste Damian Jr. Gong Marley has teamed up with American rapper Ty Dolla $ign for a new single.

The record titled So Am I also features Skrillex.

The song will be featured on Ty's forthcoming album Beach Hou$e 3.

Marley, known for his international collaborations, recently secured rapper Jay Z on his single BAM.

beenie-man-photo-8.jpgAlthough reports have surfaced of King of the Danechall Beenie Man being booed off stage in Zimbabwe recently, he was again invited to perform in the country next month.

The Zimbabwe government through the Ministry of Tourism has booked Beenie Man to return for their National Carnival.

Documents for his return are currently being prepared.

For the last month, the dancehall recording artiste has been touring Europe and has a number shows scheduled in Africa.

Mavado's daughter Daniela to release debut single

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mavado-daughter-and-son.jpgMavado's daughter Daniela Brooks is about to release her debut single and the teenager is quite upbeat.

Daniela used Facebook live recently to interact with her followers about her upcoming musical ambitions.

According to Daniela, she's very excited about dropping her very first single and getting feedback on her debut effort.

The teen did not reveal if her father will be featured on the single.

Mavado's sister, Joey Brooks is also a recording artiste.

peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgVeteran reggae singer Denroy Morgan has received a key to the city of Brooklyn, New York for his contribution to art and culture.

Morgan who is the father of Grammy award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage was awarded last night at the Afro Caribbean event in Wingate Park Brooklyn.

Morgan Heritage also paid homage to the "I'll Do Anything for You" singer with a special acoustic performance.

"Our father, mentor and teacher Denroy Morgan. Your persistence and perseverance is 2nd to none. Congrats on receiving the Key To The City of #Brooklyn. Love you!," Heritage wrote on Instagram. "Something long in the making. Many years, many obstacles but God is good. Well deserved honor for a living Legend. We love you Daddy!!! Thank you for all you've done for us. The sacrifice and investment."

Meanwhile, Morgan Heritage kicked off a twenty three city tour across the United States and Canada last week promoting their new album Avrakedabra which features a remake of Jimmy Cliff's hit single 'Reggae Night.'

Luciano mourns the death of his 91-year-old mother

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luciano-and-mother.jpgReggae artist Luciano is in mourning following the death of his mother, Mama Sophie. ''

Mama Sophie, whose real name is Ema Sophia Griffiths-Barnett, passed away last week Saturday August 19. She was 91 years old.


Luciano's song 'Mama' released in 1996 on his Messenger album, was dedicated to her.

Her passing comes more than a year after his 19-year-old Menelik McClymont, was stabbed to death at Parkington Plaza in St Andrew.

Luciano is currently on tour now in Europe.

Yardflex sends condolences to Luciano and his family in this time of bereavement.

spice-nicholas-son.jpgSpice's ex-fiancé/baby father Nicholas Lall took to Instagram on Tuesday to send birthday wishes to their son Aimar who turned 10. "I still remember like it's yesterday when i was changing your diapers and getting up at nights to make your bottles. Wow time flies still can't believe your 10 already. I love you my prince i'm always your daddy i'm always your hero, your always my don my general nothing or no one can change that they can hide you and prevent us from speaking, but it's only going to be a matter of time you're getting older daddy loves you endless i'm wishing you a happy birthday AIMAR Daddy loves you."

Nicholas,, in the post implies that he is being prevented from seeing his kids following his and Spice's breakup last year.


kasi-and-usain.jpgKasi Bennett recently took to Snapchat to upload a few photos and videos from her memory and camera roll as she highlighted a few milestones in her four year relationship with Usain Bolt on his 31st birthday.

Kasi took a stroll down memory lane on Monday after sharing a heartfelt birthday wishes on her Instagram account, which read;

"The Legend. Happiest of birthdays to the most humble, selfless, hardworking and motivating person I know. Every single day I feel like the luckiest woman to have you in my life. You are nothing short of amazing. I love you baby, and remember... EVERY DAY WE LIT ❤️🙌🏼."

However, there has been a rather threatening comment on her IG from a woman who has allegedly been stalking Kasi, and persons seem to be divided as to whether or not the threat is real, or if Kasi is just seeking attention. People are also saying that the sexy pic that accompanied the post is an old one from last year, as Usain is is Mykonos, Greece celebrating his birthday....without Kaci.

Here is what one reader commented: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm - "Or could it be that Kasi made a fake account and said those things to get attention? I notice a pattern with her, every time Bolt is off doing his thing and ignoring her she comes up with something.

1. When he was in Rio, she went to Panama and acted as if she was in Rio.

2. When she thought Bolt wasn't going to take her to Cabana Reserve she said someone went to her mothers workplace and threaten her so she doesn't feel like been around Jamaicans (she end up going)

3. Then she said someone was stalking her and she had to be going to court about it.

4. Just recently, it was someone stealing her sneakers and leaving the laces.

5. And now that Bolt is spending his birthday without her she put up a old pic of them in Bora Bora with insincere words and all of a sudden someone comes on that particular post threatening to kill her, for what?

And look who have the first comment on this very post on JMG, like they were sitting and waiting for Met to put this up. Kasi is a sick girl mentally and a pathological liar, she's a very dangerous individual.

Another said: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

"So none of us over here knows anything about kasi but you do right? Since you had to sent a message to the person also to leave kasi alone, why don't you and kasi contact the relevant authorities about this and you are the first one to comment on this, trying to garner sympathy from Usain and your followers, "look at the bad people taking set and threatening me". Putting up balloons and presents on bed talking about spoiling my boyfriend for his birthday when the man is in Greece celebrating his birthday there and because people found out she put up that pic from last year with that lame as caption and suddenly the person come to threaten her, why now, why that photo, when that is a old pic? You and kasi can go on playing mind games but I see through the bullshit."

Why exactly there is so much hate for this Kasi girl is anybody's guess, but there were allegations that Kasi was dating Bolt's brother before she and Usain got together. Kasi has never commented on these allegations, so they remain just that.

When did Curvy Diva Yanique become the unofficial Ambassador for Children?

The media vixen and recording artiste Yanique Curvy Diva is facing calls from online trolls for her to be fired from her hosting duties on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall because she in not a good role model for children.

According to one user on social media: "We are not bashing Yanique for the life she wants to live and how she decides to make her money, however she cannot stay on our TV and influence our children, she needs to be removed immediately."

Question, Exactly which/whose children is Yanique influencing? Yanique has never set herself up as a role model for adults ... much more why would responsible adults allow her to influence their children? The calls for Yanique's dismissal comes after her recent stint in the Cayman Islands which saw a raunchy video surfacing of the "Lifestyle" singer dancing on the floor during her performance at their Dancehall Queen competition.

Jay-Z breaks silence on 'THAT ELEVATOR FIGHT'

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jay-z-photo-1.jpgJay-Z has finally broken his silence over the infamous elevator video in which Solange Knowles attacked him as Beyonce looked on. Jay was on the podcast "Rap Radar" when he addressed the 2014 incident at the Standard Hotel in NYC, but without discussing the trigger for Solange's tirade.

Jay said obtusely, "I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing."

He went on ... "We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister, not my sister-in-law, my sister."

It seems Solange was angry over Jay's alleged infidelity when she went off in the elevator, which he underscores in his new song, "Kill Jay Z" ... "You egged Solange on/Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong/you almost went Eric Benet/Let the baddest girl in the world get away."

Usain Bolt takes the party to Greek island Mykonos

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He has wasted no time adopting a party lifestyle since retiring from competitive sprinting.

And after marking his retirement with a number of consecutive nights out in London, Usain Bolt took the party to the stunning island of Mykonos, Greece, this week.

The Jamaican athlete, 30, was flanked by a bevy of beauties on Sunday as he headed out for another evening on the tiles with friends. Usain put on a typically dapper display for his night of partying, taking to the night scene in a crisp white shirt, beige chino shorts and pink trainers.


He covered his famous profile beneath a pair of quirky, mirrored shades.

His sun-soaked break comes just a short while after Usain partied up a storm in the UK, enjoying champagne-fuelled bashes at some of London's biggest nightclubs, most recently DSTRKT.

The Olympic legend was pictured looking in high spirits as he headed into the nightspot with his girlfriend Kasi Bennett on Tuesday night.


It came after he enjoyed a night out at Cirque Le Soir until 3.30am the evening prior, and a party at Libertine nightclub until 4.30am the night before that.

Usain is no stranger to the London party scene and last year ran up a £12,000 bar bill during a week-long celebration to mark his 'triple-triple' success at Rio 2016.

romain-virgo-photo-4.jpgNEW YORK, NY- On Saturday August 26th, the New York Hilton in Manhattan will be the site of the 55th annual Jamaica Grand Independence Gala. The black-tie event will present an elegant evening featuring a cocktail and dinner reception honoring distinguished community leaders. Hosted by the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable Trudy Deans, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The headlining entertainment for the evening will be Romain Virgo and The Unit Band, making their debut at the glamourous event. Grammy winning artist Estelle will serve as a co-host with actor/singer Leon.

VP Records artiste Romain Virgo grew up in the industry, making history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at 17-years-old, then winning Artist of the Year from JaRIA in 2012. He has come into his own and is flourishing as a reggae artist and band leader, with a new album in the works and his current single 'Now' presenting a international pop sound.

Afro-Caribbean, London born songstress Estelle has led a successful music career, winning a Grammy® in 2009. She is currently, putting the finishing touches on her 5th studio album on VP Records/ Established 1980 Records (Estelle's imprint). The album will feature the work of top producers Supa Dups and Jerry Wonda, writers Tish Hyman, JFK and UrsVerse among others. The first single 'Love Like Ours' featuring Tarrus Riley, featured on Reggae Gold 2017, has been making a splash on charts and streaming services since its debut early June.

Guest of honor, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness will be the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. Awards will also be given to Former Prime Minister, The Honorable Edward Seaga and Hall of Fame Basketball Player, Patrick A. Ewing.

Held from 6:30pm-2am, guests will be further entertained with additional sets from Likkle Big Band and Road International. Proceeds will go to the Garvey Elementary School in the Bronx and Woman Inc. In addition to the Gala, the 55th anniversary will also be marked with a celebration of Jamaican delicacies during restaurant week in September, and a film festival and business forum in October.

No New York concert for Alkaline

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alkaline-mavado-and-al.jpgAlkaline announced that he would not be performing in New York on Sunday night.

The Dancehall artiste was billed to take the stage at the Ecips Music Festival which is being held at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.

Sources close to Alkaline say the artiste is currently in New York but orgainzers have failed to pay their final deposit which was outlined in the contract. The source added that several other acts slated for the show weren't paid and they also removed themselves from the lineup.

sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston made it very public that he isn't broke by posting pictures of his new mansion and car to match which he recently bought in Jamaica but his legal troubles in the United States are far from over.

The "Beautiful Girls" singer is now desperately requesting a new trial after he failed to pay a Florida-based jeweler $44,000 USD which has since resulted in a Judge issuing a warrant for his arrest, TMZ reports.The news outlet obtained new court documents in which Kingston says he didn't know about the order to pay the sum because he ignored the papers he received, thinking it was for a different case.

Kingston is reportedly begging for mercy as he has to represent himself due to "financial efficiency." He also cites health issues after being assaulted recently.The singer says he needs to share his side of the story, as he tried to return some of the pieces in question and set up a payment plan but Haimov Jewelers refused.

alkaline-fan-nipple.jpgLast week, a picture of Sean Kingston with his hand touching Tommy Lee's hair made the rounds on social media, with some saying the thing "luuuuuuuu". It was just too intimate for some trolls, but other fans realised that it was really just a 'bro thing' and there was nothing fishy about it at all. Now, Alkaline, who seems to have taken it personal that Sean Kingston signed Tommy Lee and not him (Alkaline), even though Alka and Sean have worked well in the past. So when Alka posted this comment on social media, it suggested that he was taking aim at Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee: "Done see say dem a bitch smh. Check out my new sound #realwidit#dealwidit #doneseeit."

Well, fans of Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta have done some digging and have found an August 2015 photo of Vendetta deejay Alkaline posing with a fan whose finger appeared to brush against the bare-chested deejay's nipple. (WHOA!)

"They need to speak about this," sources close to the two deejay reportedly said. "They making a big deal over a video with the boss [Sean Kingston] and his new artist [Tommy Lee Sparta] but no one is saying anything about this luuu photo with Alkafish [Alkaline]."

jah-cure-benz-crash-photo-1.jpgOn Saturday Night, Reggae artiste Jah Cure crashed his brand new vehicle, his much-loved-and-hyped-about 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. The expensive, high end, luxury vehicle sustained quite a bit of damage to the front section and will be very costly to fix...but this is Jah Cure and we surely hope either he or his insurance have the cash to care. Anyway..he's blaming the other driver. Of course. Who else?

The story is that driver of the other vehicle drove out on Jah Cure, and in trying to avoid a collision Jah Cure somehow lost control of his vehicle. Jah Cure and his Mercedes Benz subsequently crashed into a tree. (Oh dear!) This took place somewhere in St Ann....near an intersection on the Salem main road in Runaway Bay.


"Mek mi tell yuh diss, mi nuh just crash suh eno Daddy....," Jah Cure is reported to have said. "Is a man do that to mi.... yuh see a while ago....," he added.

One eyewitness reported that another driver pulled out in front of Jah Cure who was driving very fast along the Runaway Bay main road in Saint Ann. Jah Cure lost control of his 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe which crashed head on into a tree.

Yardflex was unable to get the driver of the other vehicle to hear his side of the story and we are awaiting the official police report.

woman-suing-usher-herpes.jpgA woman who is suing Usher for failing to tell her he had herpes before they allegedly had sex had earlier proclaimed on social media that she needed money.

Quantasia Sharpton, a 21-year-old mother of three, spoke out about the new lawsuit against the singer at a press conference in New York on Monday.

Exactly one week before, Sharpton - who also goes by Angel Valentino on social media - had taken to Facebook to declare: 'I need some money', TMZ reports.

Just hours before the press conference, which was coordinated by celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, the alleged victim wrote: 'Enjoying my last couple of hours as a regular girl.'

Sharpton is one of three alleged victims - two women and a man - suing Usher but she is the only one identified by name in the lawsuit.


They all allege that Usher failed to inform them he had herpes, an incurable sexually-transmitted disease, before engaging in the alleged sexual encounters.

The lawsuit makes note of recent news reports that Usher admitted in court documents in 2012 to having the disease and that he settled a $20million herpes lawsuit several years ago with a woman.

They claim Usher has never publicly denied having herpes, or made an effort to contact them to confirm or deny the reports, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states the alleged victims have suffered severe emotional distress, birthing complications, stress, depression and anxiety about contracting or being exposed to herpes.

Court filings claim that in the event that Usher doesn't have herpes, his conduct has still caused 'severe emotional distress' since he has allowed them to worry that he has exposed them to the virus.

miss-bum-bum-contestants-photo-1.jpgStriding down the streets of Sao Paulo in their black swimsuits, these glamorous models have been stopping the traffic as they promote the much anticipated Miss Bum Brazil competition.

The 27-strong bevy of ladies includes a playboy model who is the first American to appear in the event and a contestant who is in a polyamorous relationship with both a man and a woman.

The public must decide which of the 27 women will be allowed to compete in the November final to select the nation's sexiest derriere.


Competition is fierce as only 15 of the buxom beauties will be allowed to take part in the final. The winner of the competition will be awarded a much sought after cover shoot for a popular men's magazine, a significant cash prize and celebrity status.

Miss Bum Bum was first started seven years ago and developed into a major glamour model competition in Brazil. Several spin-offs have been held as well as the world famous annual competition in Brazil.

In a country obsessed with the female backside, winners of the hotly-disputed contest become overnight celebrities and often go on to earn millions in modelling contracts and endorsements.


Last year's winner was Erika Canela, from Bahia, who was crowned winner after the fiercely fought contest.

Erika, who has a 42inch bottom, took home a £18,000 prize and a lucrative modelling contract.

The curvy 20-year-old was the first black woman to win the popular beauty pageant in which more than 17 million Brazilians vote for their country's sexiest backside.

She has since commemorated her win by getting a tattoo of Donald Trump on her body after winning the title on the same day as he won the US election.

Sean Kingston signs Tommy Lee

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Tommy Lee Sparta has signed a recording and distribution contact with International Jamaican pop singer Sean Kingston.

Social media and other posts would indicate that the Montego Bay-based Gothic Dancehall artiste signed to Kingston's Time Is Money Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records over the weekend.

Singer Richie Spice is the latest entertainer to have taken a tumble off stage while performing.

In a video making the rounds on social media, after falling, Richie Spice landed off in front of the stage following a misstep.Richie quickly bounced back to his feet, searched for the microphone and then continued singing.

Recently, soca singer Desta Garcia broke her ankle and suffered minor bruises after falling through a stage.

kassanova-missing.jpgWord on the street is that Kassanova's so-called disappearnace is nothing more that a publicity stunt from an artiste who is desperately trying to get a buss int he dancehall.

According to reports, former Magnum Kings and Queens winner Jonnah recently released a diss video on his Insta scoffing at Kasanova's "massive publicity stunt".

"Stop trick the people dem and gwaan like yu waan style the ting...Tell the man fi go inna the studio and go meds something if yu waan buss, ah so oonu waan highlight? Ah so yu love likes and dem ting de bad man? Wah kinda controversy that? At tell people say yu dead and dem ting de. Stop tell lie, mi just see yu little while, how mi no see family ah come forward and bawl, mi no see it inna the Star, Observer or none of the main media outlet dem, so how oonu ah come ah tell lie?" Jonnah said.

"Tell the people dem say yu want a hit song. Ah the same ting we de ya ah do, just try and try again. Alkaline put in contact lenses and now yu a come fake your death. If yu have a real enemy and dem kill yu , then nothing caan come out of it because yu dun tell people say yu dead already, all eediat Lux know that."

He challenged Kasanova to a clash whenever he chose to eventually surface.

"Just know say whenever you come with wah yu a come with, yu haffi go clash it out," he warned.

Emmanuella makes Jamaicans laugh out loud

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emmanuella.jpgNigerian social media comedienne, eight-year-old Emmanuella Samuel performed on the LOL Comedy Tour at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston on Emancipation Day, Tuesday, August 1 and had the capacity audience who had turned out to see her in stitches.

"We're looking to offer Jamaicans a solid avenue for some good, wholesome family entertainment this holiday season," said Danielia McLean, marketing manager at Tango's Entertainment Production Ltd, organisers of the tour, had told the media prior to Emmanuella's arrival.

"Just about everyone in Jamaica knows Emmanuella and her hilarious videos with Mark Angell and people have been looking forward to seeing her perform here in Jamaica. What's even better is that she goes up alongside some of Jamaica's top comedians which will certainly have people laughing out loud the entire show."

Well, little Emmanuella, with her big, engaging and charming personality did just that.

"My uncle showed me Jamaica on the Internet and it's really pretty, so I can't wait to get there so that I can go to the beach," said Samuel. "I'm a little nervous but I'm used to doing skits and shows with my uncle [Mark Angell] so I know it won't be very hard."

In addition to Angell, she was joined by compatriot Denielson Igwe as well as acts such as Ity and Fancy Cat, Lemon, Leighton Smith, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Dalton Spence, Peetah and Gramps Morgan from Morgan Heritage and Minister Marion Hall.

The LOL Comedy Tour moves to Savanna-la-Mar at the Manning's School on Saturday, August 5; Montego Bay at Pier 1 on Sunday, August 6; and May Pen on Saturday, August 12, 2017, before closing in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on Sunday, August 13.

stamma-gramma-and-girlfriend.jpgstamma-gramma-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste Stamma Gramma is slowly picking up the pieces of his life after his girlfriend died from liver cancer earlier this year. The artist who is now aligned with Alkaline's Vendetta campis currently seeking to make a return to entertainment scene

According the entertainer, he decided to remove himself from the spotlight in order to be with his spouse throughout her painful battle with the sickness.

He however admits it was not a easy decision to resume his craft, as he was left depressed for months following her death.

Stamma Gramma says he remains hopeful that a cure for the dreadful disease can be found in the near future, as he has witnessed its devastating effects first hand.

Stamma Gramma has since released a new single titled "Vendetta Clan Anthem," paying homage to the formula deejay.

ishawna-photo-7.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna is overly proud of her latest antics in the US which allegedly sent fans into a frenzy in Hartford, Connecticut at an event dubbed "Equal Rights & Justice."

The former Downsound Records artiste, who has been lambasted for her total disrespect of national treasure, Miss Lou, placed her bumper to a fan's forehead while she performed her highly controversial single "Equal Rights" on Friday night.

Ishawna took to her Instagram account on Saturday to upload a snippet of her risque set. "What happens next??!! Find out on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z 😩😭😂😂😜 Thank you Connecticut!!!!! ❤️😘 Texas I'm on my way✈️ ," she wrote.

Mello FM takes over Hot 102 FM

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The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica has given approval for Cornwall Broadcasting Company Limited, owners and operators of Mello FM to take over management and control of Western Broadcasting Services Limited, which operates HOT 102 FM.

Al Robinson, Founder and CEO of MELLO FM, said that this synergy will make Cornwall Broadcasting the second largest radio group in Jamaica with a total of third radio stations.

"Radio is now the biggest reach medium -- and this synergy is another important validation of the value of radio," Robinson said in a statement announcing the move yesterday.

Western Broadcasting Services Ltd (HOT 102) is owned by Ken Williams.

The Broadcasting Commission stipulated that, with the new acquisition, Cornwall Broadcasting must provide coverage to 90 per cent of the island within six months.

According to the statement, state of the art digital broadcasting equipment is currently being installed for the launch, within a month, of the new Energy FM, and will be operated from Mello FM's Kingston offices.

The company's third radio station will be operated from Mello FM Headquarters in Montego Bay called RIDDIM 96FM, which the company said will be 100 per cent Reggae.

Sex cult story is all 'crap' says R Kelly

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r-kelly.jpgHe believes he can fly and R Kelly will surely have to try and fly his way out of the latest allegations of him operating a sex cult.

In response to the explosive Buzzfeed report involving R. Kelly orchestrating an alleged sex cult of younger women has put the R & B singer has released a video denying the allegations, calling them "crap."

Kelly posted on Twitter on Thursday night not only advertising his shows this weekend but dismissing the claims.

This is the first time Kelly has been seen since the report came out, in which the reporter and various sources close to Kelly say that he is keeping several young women "hostage" and grooming them to please him


A woman may tell her man "GO" at least a million times in their relationship, most of the time not meaning it, but a man will typically know when she's really had it! If there's love, that's the moment his heart races, he panics, and he recognizes the need for a forgiveness plan of the most urgent nature! In her new single, the beautiful Caribbean Super Songstress, ARITA, describes one of those moments when "GO" really means "GO", after years of "putting up with it", your time Brother is up -- no more lies, no more chances, game over! Ladies, you agree? Men, listen closely. Time to Go!


dj-khaled-and-rihanna.jpgThe wins continue to stack up for DJ Khaled. The music producer announced on Tuesday that his infectious single Wild Thoughts featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller has officially gone platinum.

Since the release of the single, which is currently number two on the Billboard Hot 100, numerous remixes for Wild Thoughts have been created.

Rapper Fabolous changed it up a bit for the groupie remix Wild Thots as well as remixes from Tory Lanez and Trey Songz.

The song is sampled off Carlos Santana's 1999 hit Maria Maria.

Khaled received four nominations for his Grateful album at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

bugle-photo-2.jpgKnown for hits such as Exercise, Doh, Nuh Compatible, Don't Blame Life, Rasta Party and Ganja' among a plethora of others; Reggae singer Bugle continues to garner strong support for his music across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Asian continent.

Now on the final leg of his 'Be Yourself' world tour, the Rastafarian crooner has been on the road for almost two months promoting his sophomore album of the same name amidst amplifying his international presence.

The tour which continues to yield positive results for the Jamaican with several sold out venues has seen him making stops in major cities such as Fukuoaka, Sapporo, Okayama, Osaka, Tokushima, Hamburg, Hannover, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Bern, Zurich, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol among others.

Speaking with members of the British media recently following a concert at Brockwell Park in London Bugle said,

"Touring is always tough, it's very taxing both physically and mentally but that is part of the journey we as entertainers have to bear to get both the music and the message across the globe. I have travelling so many places over the last two months, sometimes I can't even keep track of where we are and what day it is, (laughs)__ but as long as the work is being done that is all that's important."

Bugle is expected to wrap his international at the end of August.

Coming on the heels of his feature on the cover of Canada's L3 Magazine, is the release of a new single titled 'Hustler', which speaks to the trials and triumphs of the working class. The singer is also expected to premier several music videos in the weeks ahead.

Aidonia has the song for the summer

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aidonia-photo-5.jpgConsidered one of the most important seasons on the social calendar especially for entertainment. Top-flight deejay Aidonia is making sure his presence is felt across the space this summer.

Arguably one of the best year of his career, the 4th Genna Music recording artiste continues to dominate not only through concert appearances but also with the release of several singles and videos including his overnight hit 'Yeah Yeah', the follow-up to the monster single 'Banga'. Produced by 4th Genna Music and Emudio Records the song continues to gain tremendous traction across the globe while bullying its way onto several charts across the diaspora.

Though still in its infancy 'Yeah Yeah' is already being considered by several industry players as a top contender for 'anthem of the summer'. When quizzed about the inspiration behind the hit Aidonia said,

"I got the idea to do the song while in Miami for Best of the Best. As you know the summer started slow due to the rains, subsequently leading to several events getting cancelled so we had to kick things into high gear. Aside from the rhyming it was just the timing. We give thanks for the response because it's really moving fast."

Delivering a commendable set at this years Reggae Sumfest the 'Banga' hit-maker not also thrilled his fans but was also named 'Best Dress Male Entertainer' of the night as he emerged on stage donning a yellow and white designer ensemble, for which the fans, especially the female populous showed their approval.

Solidly booked for the summer, Aidonia is schedule to perform at Dream Live this Friday, July 28 in Negril before jetting off to Antigua for an assignment on July 30th. From there he will turn his attention to Europe for a tour of that continent in August.

vybz-kartel-and-shorty-larger.jpgIs life imitating art? Well it seems so. Conjugal Visit is the name of a collab single with jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel and the self-proclaimed Queen of the Stage, Spice.

The single was a hit and its message of prisoners being able to get some special love and affection was one which was fully embraced. There was even speculation at the time that Kartel was being given special conjugal visits with his spouse, Shorty, although this was never proven.

However, it now seems that Vybz Kartel will soon enjoy conjugal visits from Shorty.

National Security Minister, Robert Montague recently unveiled plans to allow prisoners to be allowed conjugal visits, which are private visits from inmates spouses, usually to engage in sexual activities.

The move Montague claims is a step forward to begin to humanize inmates, and will provide a platform to facilitate prisoners re-integration into society more seamlessly and reinforce stronger family bonds.

vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgFever, a single from Vybz Kartel has hit the Billboard charts.

The single which was released early last year by the jailed deejay, debuted at number 50 on the R&B Hip Hop Airplay charts.

Fever is produced by TJ Records and was also featured on Vybz Kartel's "King of the Dancehall" album.

That album also featured on the Reggae Albums Chart on Billboard, and debuted at Number 1 on the iTunes Reggae Albums Chart.

Meanwhile, the appeal hearing for Vybz Kartel, who is a convicted murderer, is set to begin on February 19 2018.

Three weeks have been set aside for arguments to be heard in the Appeal Court.

Defence attorneys have until October to file their written grounds of appeal and the prosecutors have been given until November to respond.

On March 15 this year, High Court Judge, Justice Frank Williams, granted Kartel and his co-convicts permission to appeal their conviction and sentence.

JAY-Z - Bam ft. Damian Marley

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Jimmy Cliff's Video "Life" Debut on Billboard

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life-jimmy-cliff.jpgJuly 18, 2017. Miami, Florida - Reggae's first international global superstar, Jimmy Cliff delivers dance-euphoria with his new video from his March 10 single release, "Life," which debut on Billboard. The song is from his upcoming 2017 winter release album SOMERTON, named after a district in Jamaica in which he was born and raised. The song, written by Cliff, was produced by Steven "Lenky" Marsden and is distributed by Zojak World Wide.

"The lyrics and uplifting nature in the video mirror how I see the world," says Cliff. "It's all about living in the present, the here and now, and acknowledging precious time here on earth."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy award winning singer has spread his artistry globally through many oceans, rivers and cultures, with mainstream notability from his widely recognized musical masterpiece "Many Rivers To Cross." The timeless classic earned Cliff a number 325 placement on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Today, at 69, he embraces life through childlike eyes, focusing on the beautiful moments, many blessings and celebrations that life freely provides.

Cliff has collaborated and/or toured with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Kool & The Gang, Sting, Annie Lenox and The Rolling Stones. He has performed at endless international festivals across the globe and has shared the stage with talented musicians from every genre imaginable.

Today, Dr. Jimmy Cliff remains the only living musician to be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences, the Order of Merit. He is one of the most influential musicians to ever come out of Jamaica, still writing and producing current music and continued dance vibes to enjoy for many generations to come.

The Kingston, Jamaica setting of the four minute, ten second video was produced by Zojak World Wide and directed by Mike Abela. Expect to hear more singles being released in the next few months leading into his winter SOMERTON album release, which has a production by Othneil "Ottey" Lewis and a number of productions by producer, Clive Hunt.


damian-marley-september-6-and-7.jpgWith his upcoming fourth solo album Stony Hill set for release on July 21st, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has just announced dates for his Fall U.S. Tour.

Marley will bring his show live to Irving Plaza in New York City on September 6th and 7th. Get your tickets for Night 1 here, and Night 2 here, and see the rest of the tour dates here.


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USA, Jamaica - With the recent release of his single "Beautiful", recording artist Konshens recently defied stereotypical male view points by addressing the issue of conventional standard of beauty that plague women of all ages, races and creeds.

From magazines to videos, to the increasing "Social media models" that constantly set an unrealistic and mentally unhealthy beauty blue print, society profits from self doubts, and liking yourself is a rebellious act. Aware that himself as an artist plays a part on the equation by the beautiful ladies displayed in his videos, Konshens awareness as a devoted father to 2 young impressionable children, and to his fans takes heed of the weight of his words, and for this, the reggae and dancehall star put pen to paper to deliver inspirational words.

A 21st Hapilos Production, "Beautiful" is a reminder that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and starts from the inside. ''Not because you're not an IG model, and your snaps dem not on fleek, nuh make dem make you feel you small up and make it seem like you're incomplete, change what you want to change up, dress how you want and put on your make up, as long as a dat ya want, not just what everybody want girl...'

Contrary to some feedback from naysayers, the songs isn't against plastic surgery, or embellishments, weaves or makeup, on the contrary, the ode is for empowerment. Konshens recently explained "Beautiful is a song for every woman to be reminded beauty starts from the inside, not defined by the opinion of strangers or social media."

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Beautiful" is available on all major digital outlets like iTunes.

usher-singer.jpgPop singer reportedly settled lawsuit for $1.1 million in 2012

Court documents state that Usher contracted the herpes virus in 2009 or 2010

California law states that knowingly giving someone an STD is illegal

One out of every six people ages 14 to 49 years have genital herpes in the US

Usher reportedly paid a former lover $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit after claiming she contracted herpes from the singer.

Court documents, first published by Radar Online, show that the 38-year-old 'U Got It Bad' singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, was diagnosed with the incurable condition between 2009-2010,

An affidavit from the complainant states that the singer nonetheless engaged in unprotected intercourse without first disclosing the affliction.

According to California state law, where Usher resides, it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit an sexually transmitted disease (STD).

The performer later denied being a carrier of the non-lethal condition, despite 'greenish discharge' from his penis, court documents say.

'Believing Raymond's statements that (the discharge) had been nothing and cleared up, (she) continued her relationship,' the legal docs stated.

The plaintiff was later diagnosed with herpes, complete with vaginal sores, fevers and chills, she alleged in papers.

Usher has yet to make a public statement on the matter.

Between 2011 and 2012, the Grammy award wining artist paid for medical bills on behalf of the plaintiff totaling $2,754.40, around the same time the 'Confessions' singer had his doctor inform the woman that he was indeed a carrier of the disease, court documents show.

Usher was first allegedly 'exposed to herpes' virus in 2009 or 2010, the legal documents show, around the time when finalized his divorce to Tameka Foster after she accused him of cheating.

Foster is not believed to have contracted the virus.

linkin-park-frontman-bennington.jpgLead singer of rock/rap band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington died aged 41 on Thursday.

The LA County Coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself.

The 41-year-old was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles shortly before 9am on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials say Bennington hanged himself in his bedroom and he was home alone at the time, according to TMZ. He was found upstairs by his housekeeper.

'Chester was one of the brightest and most talented people on this planet, and he lived life to the fullest,' a close friend told RadarOnline, adding that the Bennington suffered from demons.

Bennington's suicide came on the day of his late lifelong friend Chris Cornell's birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging. Cornell would have turned 53.

'Chester and Chris were so close, and he was never the same after Chris's death,' the friend told Radar.

The friend of Bennington's also noted that Cornell's death deeply affected Bennington, who also struggled with 'addiction issues'.

'But everyone thought that he had it licked. He seemed to be at a good place in his life. It is just so tragic and there are no words,' the friend told Radar.


Friends and family are in absolute 'shock' over the rock star's apparent suicide as it's revealed they believed he 'was in a good place in his life'. His bandmates were said to be blindsided by Chester's suicide with sources telling TMZ they had plans to attend a photo shoot in Hollywood later on Thursday.

One Linkin Park band member went to pick him up on Thursday morning but arrived to find police already at his home.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was married and is survived by his six children from two relationships.

Chester had flown back to Los Angeles on Wednesday night. He had been spending time in Arizona with his wife Talinda, but she remained behind.

Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' for the crowd of mourners at Cornell's funeral, many of whom were moved to tears.

Linkin Park was on tour following the release of the band's latest album One More Light. They had a show at New York's Citi Field scheduled for next week with Blink 182.

They played together for the last time on July 7 in Birmingham, England. Formed in 1996, Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has two Grammy Awards.

The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with rapper Jay-Z.

damian-marley-stony-hill.jpgAfter several postponed dates, Damian Marley's new solo album Stony Hill, will finally be released Friday, July 21.

On Friday, the youngest son of reggae icon, Bob Marley, will also celebrate his 39th birthday.

"Stony Hill" features 18 tracks including "Bitter Blood," Caution," "Everybody Wants To Be Somebody," "Nail Pon Cross," "Speak Life" and "The Struggle Discontinues."

The album will also feature a few collaborations.

"Medication" will feature Damian's older brother, Stephen Marley, while another song features a collaboration with the Bounty Killer's son, Major Myjah.

Meanwhile, in a recent Q&A with fans via a Facebook Live Session, Damian spoke about the inspiration behind the album.

sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgReggae Sumfest 25 got off to a sizzling start as the Beach Party at Tropical Bliss on Sunday, July 16 reached fever pitch. Dubbed 'The Adult Playground' the theme did not disappoint as patrons danced and vibed to the sounds of Coppershot's Marc Chin and Cutty, Chris Dymond, Team Shella and Montego Bay's Dexta Peppa and Jigga.

Patrons were not deterred by the rains as they turned the Tropical Bliss Beach venue into a dance floor and partied with the Sumfest Beach party hosts Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett and Mz Lady Ice from Dexta Daps' infamous Owner video. The night went into overdrive as the ladies put on a show that had entertained shocked and lived up to the 'Adult Playground' theme.

The selections were on point from the DJs as they had the patrons collectively dancing to the electric slide, bringing them through various eras and genres with smooth transitions to frenzy for Aidonia's Yeah Yeah. The party continued into the evening with the sounds of Maria Maria were mixed into DJ Khalid's modern remake Wild Thoughts and expertly transitioned after a few mixes to Ding Dong's Fling as the DJs delivered well rounded sets. By the approach of, midnight party goers were found prancing around the water swings and the Red Stripe swim up bar fully immersed in the party atmosphere and enjoying the vibes.

Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of DownSound Entertainment was pleased with the execution of the first event to kick off Reggae Sumfest 25 and expects the momentum to carry over into the other events leading up to the highly anticipated live shows on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.

"I was excited about the Festival before but after tonight I am even more energized about it. We wanted to bring to patrons a world class production complemented by quality entertainment and I think we achieved that with the Beach Party. The best sight to me was when the rain came and nobody moved! Everyone stayed and partied and the DJs and hosts were amazing. Tonight is an indication that Reggae Sumfest 25 will be one of the best we have had," said Bogdanovich.

Reggae Sumfest continues today (Tuesday, July 18) with the All White party at Pier One, then the Sumfest Blitz Retro Block Party onWednesday, July 19 also at Pier One. The Heavyweight Soundclash will take over the same venue on Thursday night before Reggae Sumfest 25 culminates with two live shows on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, featuring the likes of Alkaline, Aidonia, Tory Lanez, Sean Paul, Mavado and Spice alongside a host of other top acts.

CAPTION: Sumfest Beach Party: Robert Russell (left) and Josef Bogdanovich of DownSound Entertainment,
producers of Reggae Sumfest were in good hands with Beach Bunny Alicia
during the Reggae Sumfest Beach Party on Sunday, July 16 at Tropical Bliss.

sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgOn the heels of an electrifying start to Reggae Sumfest on Sunday July 16 at Tropical Bliss Beach and the Sumfest at Sunset Yacht Party on Monday July 17, patrons and organisers go white at Pier One tonight!

The annual event is an all white affair and promises a healthy serving of great music, scrumptious dishes and a diverse musical experience. The event is the third in a lineup of seven events over seven days in the tourist city, of Montego Bay.

The 25th staging of the Internationally acclaimed production continues under the theme

"Our Music, Our festival" on Wednesday July 18 at Pier One with the Blitz Block Party. Pier one plays host to the Heavyweight Clash on Thursday July 20 and the weeklong event culminates at Catherine Hall July 21 -22 for Night One and Two of the concert showcasing top Jamaican acts delivering the best of Reggae and Dancehall in an atmospher filled with authentic Jamaican cuisine and fashion.

Popcaan gets his US Visa

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popcaan-photo-3-larger.jpgThis is definitely good news for the Unruly/OVO camps. Dancehall artiste Popcaan, who is close friends with Canadian rapper Drake, has finally been given his US visa and work permit.

Website The Tropixs is reporteding that the Unruly deejay will be performing at the highly anticipated Red Bull Culture Clash on August 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Redbull Radio made the announcement on Tuesday when they uploaded a video introducing the lineup which features; EarDrummers featuring Mike WiLL Made-It, Enjoylife featuring Wondagurl, Unruly featuring Popcaan, and Disturbing London featuring Tinie Tempah.

Chris Gayle launches online dance contest

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chris-gayle-photo-5.jpgChris Gayle has launched a dance challenge competition with a cash prize of a whopping US$5,000.

The Jamaican cricketer made the announcement on Saturday when he uploaded a video busting out the moves.

"(CEO Chris Ever Okay) I'll give the winner USD 5000 who do the Chris Gayle Dance Challenge ," he wrote.

" the best . Ladies, the challenge goes for you too...There's the video so make sure you're spot on as I am lol."

"Have Fun I'll post the top 5 on my page and the viewers choose the winner. Remember to use the HASHTAG! Will announce the winner on the 24th ," he added. -

mariah-carey-nick-kids.jpgMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's six-year-old twins have written and recorded rap songs.

Moroccan and Monroe look set to follow in the footsteps of their musically famous parents -- who divorced in 2016 after eight years of marriage -- and they have wasted no time by already hitting the studio to work on some tracks.

The 36-year-old rapper said: "They've been in the studio. They got records. It's popping.

"They're singing, writing, rapping. It's amazing."

While Cannon is pleased see his kids' talent flourish, he's not entirely comfortable with them working at such an early age.

Speaking to "Entertainment Tonight," he added: "I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of putting children into the work force. But they love it, so they get into the studio."

While Carey, 47, recently said she doesn't find co-parenting with Cannon that tough because he is a "laugh," she admitted raising twins can be "hard work" at times.

She said: "Twins are definitely hard work. I'm very lucky to have people to help me because to handle two kids by yourself the same age is not easy."

Even though Moroccan and Monroe appear to have already started their own careers, Carey has admitted they aren't always very keen to let her to go to work.

She said: "They have to understand sometimes when I go to work, they're like, 'I don't want you to go to work! Stay home! Don't go to work!'

"And then I feel guilt-ridden, but it's all right. They get used to it, and then when we spend time together it's more special."

ishawna-hot-pic.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna has been dropped by her management company, Donsome Booking Agency.In a statement released by Donsome Bookings CEO, Donsome Hanson, it was revealed that the company is no longer be representing the controversial singer, and that they would only be responsible for honouring bookings up to July 7, 2017.

News of the separation comes on the heels of Ishawna being lambasted for her rude, ignorant and disrespectful comment dissing Jamaican cultural icon Miss Lou and the national costume, the bandana, on social media.The female deejay posted on Instagram that "mi nuh dress inna tablecloth like Miss Lou".

Ishawna also confirmed news of the split earlier this week after she updated her Instagram bio to reflect her new booking information.

No official reason was given for the split, however it is widely felt that he negative backlash from the Miss Lou comment factored in it..

Ishawna parted ways with Downsound Records last summer, shortly before the staging of Reggae Sumfest 2016, for which she was booked but did not turn up to perform. Ishawa is not booked for the festival this year.

tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, is among four persons who were scheduled to go on trial in the Home Circuit Court today on charges related to the lottery scam.

However, the courtroom where the trial was scheduled to take place is being used for another trial.

The case is now set for October 13.

For Immediate Release

Downsound Entertainment is proud to announce the addition of a special performance by Stephen Marley together along with his son, Jo Mersa Marley, Saturday night, July 22 2017, celebrating the 25th Edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay Jamaica.


Yanique Curvy Diva dating Rob Kardashian?

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yanique-barrett-and-rob.jpgYanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett is making rounds in the United States after several media outlets are reporting that she's now dating Rob Kardashian.

The rumours started circulating on Thursday after the Media Personality/Dancehall Artiste uploaded a throwback photo with the Reality TV Show star/sock designer from last year's staging of the Britjam Spring Break Festival in Montego Bay.

Here's what had to say: "Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna may be caught in the midst of some major drama due to his recent social media photos of the Instagram model turned reality star, but that hasn't stopped Kardashian from dating.

According to a new report, the 29-year-old reality star and sock designer is now wooing Jamaican Instagram model Yanique Barrett.

"Rob met Yanique last year when he was in Jamaica and they stayed in contact," an insider told Media Take Out earlier this week, according to a report by Hollywood Life on Friday. "She's helped him, especially with all that he's going through now. Rob is flying her to America so that they can get to know each other better. He's going to help her with modeling opportunities."

As the outlet explained, Kardashian was dating Blac Chyna when he met Barrett last year in Jamaica and days ago, as Kardashian and his ex-girlfriend feuded online, Barrett took to her Instagram page and posted a throwback photo of herself and Kardashian together.

Blue Ivy freestyles on JAy-Z new album

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blue-ivy-carter-jay-z-grammys.jpgWatch the throne. After making her debut on 2012's "Glory," Beyoncé and JAY-Z's five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Blue Ivy--heir to the Carter dynasty--unleashes her first rap on her father's new song "Blue's Freestyle/We Family."

The track, which quickly became a trending topic upon its release, features B.I.C. rapping for 45 seconds straight. While some of her rhymes are hard to decipher, Blue proves that she's already following in her parents' famous footsteps.

"Never seen a ceiling in my whole life," she boasts. "Boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka, everything in shaka, everything in faka."

"Blue's Freestyle" appears as a bonus track on the physical release of JAY's platinum album 4:44, along with "Adnis" and the James Blake-assisted "ManyFacedGod."

dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDJ Khaled is Grateful to be on top. The super-producer's 10th album has earned him his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following last year's Major Key.

The star-studded Grateful, which features Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj, opens in the top spot with 149,000 equivalent album units (55,000 traditional). It also gains 81,000 streaming equivalent album units, the largest for any album since Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

Khaled celebrated the news on social media. "ANOTHER ONE!" he wrote. "#GRATEFUL DEBUTS #1 ... THIS WIN IS FOR MY SON ! @asahdkhaled !! I will give my thank you speech on Monday !! Let's celebrate MORE WINS!! GOD IS THE GREATEST!!! FAN LUV ! WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Along with this celebratory note, Khaled shared a video of himself, dressed in all white, dancing to Rihanna and Bryson Tiller's "Wild Thoughts" off Grateful.

Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, K-Dot's DAMN. continues its prominence. The album, which was originally titled What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth, is still charting high at No. 3 with 59,000 units. Kung Fu Kenny is followed by Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain (past and present versions), which moved 52,000 units for the week.

Rvssian rolls in brand new Rolls Royce

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Jamaican producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has shelled out US$360,000 on a Rolls-Royce Wraith.

"Range Rover was the first big purchase, but this is another level. Exotic foreign. I chose the Wraith because it's comfortable and exotic ... and I like the stars on the roof," Rvssian is quoted in an interview with THE STAR.

Known for his work with Vybz Kartel, Rvssian recently received his second platinum record for his production work on American rapper Kevin Gates' solo debut album called 'Islah' released in January 2016.

"[It] feels good to know I have been successful and accepted in multiple genres. I take it as a great accomplishment as a Jamaican, and also as a music producer because it is out of my box as far as the genre is concerned," Rvssian said.

'Islah' debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart, contains 15 tracks, including charting singles 'Really Really' and '2 Phones'.

The album peaked at number two on the R & B Hip Hop album chart, and reached number one on the Rap Album chart.

Samory I's Black Gold released on CD and vinyl

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samoryi-blackgold.jpgBlack Gold, the highly anticipated debut album from Jamaican roots reggae artiste Samory I, will be released July14 on vinyl and CD, on all major digital platforms.

RoryStoneLove of Black Dub Music, has released three singles from the album, "Take Me Oh Jah," "African Daughter" and "Rasta Nuh Gangsta" with supporting videos for the last two singles. "Rasta Nuh Gangsta, has been getting an overwhelming response having thus far received over 650 K views and counting on You Tube.

Djs, radio disc jocks and fans worldwide are requesting more of this vibrant and refreshing sounding singer. In every track, he expresses experiences that reflect Black Dub's mission, which is aimed at awakening the black consciousness of the youths world wide. The sweet melodies expressed in this rebel music which celebrates the black experience. Samory I projects an authentic feel in his attempt to unite his culture and youths throughout the world in live roots, reggae, and dub. Samory I explains, "Black Gold is the description of the black race."

He began singing in his own community, Kencot Seventh Day Adventist Church as a child and continued performing at several other events to the delight of his audiences.. His first major show was the Digicel's Bob Marley Tribute at Emancipation Park, February 2014, he also performed at the Dennis Brown Tribute on the Waterfront. He has performed across Jamaica and recently expanded internationally, performing in Europe in summer 2016 at events such as Reeds Festival in Switzerland, Reggae Jam in Germany, and Reggae Geel in Belgium. Noted among his collaborations, is working with International Reggae bands such as Naja Vibes.

Kenny Bling makes his mark with Mi Chargie

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kenny-bling-photo-1.jpgDancehall artiste Kenniel Brown, aka Kenny Bling, has vowed to make his mark in 2017 and with the summer upon us, the singjay looks set to make that promise a reality. His Afar Music Group-produced single, Mi Chargie, is proving to be the perfect remedy for Dancehall hungry fans. On the infectious Level Up riddim, Mi Chargie can best be described as "a reality tune that couldn't be any more real". It tells the true-to-life experience of the singer/songwriter, Kenny Bling, and its themes of friendship and loyalty are two which many can closely identify with, and have not hesitated to embrace.

"I am singing about my own life... the friends around me and how we live. Genio, one of the names mentioned in the song is a real person. He is a loyal friend from a long time," explained Kenny Bling, who credits his father, veteran dancehall deejay Oneil "Scully" Brown, with instilling in him the passion for music. Kenny added that with the loads of positive feedback that he has been receiving, Mi Chargie "looks like the one".


The single has been enjoying high level rotation in places as far away as Russia, a few countries in Europe, nearer home in the US and, of course right here "a yard". Among the radio stations in Jamaica that have been showing love for Mi Chargie are Zip, Irie FM, Hitz and Suncity, and Kenny Bling is more than pleased. Interestingly, the streets have also stepped in and taken the song to another level with big name selectors including Boom Boom giving Mi Chargie the seal of approval with massive airplay in the dance.

Hard on the heels of the label releasing Kenny Bling's first single for them, Afar Music Group (AFM) in recognition of Kenny's immense talent and potential, has signed the artiste to a recording contract.

yanique-and-kymani.jpgPopular host and media personality turned artiste, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett, is adding another hot track to her growing catalogue of recording material, this time she has teamed up with known international reggae recording artiste Ky-mani Marley.

The new single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' is a slow seductive neo reggae track coined after Bob Marley's single of the same name. Kimani himself decided to use his father's song as inspiration and also showed interest in working with The Curvy Diva on the single after listening to the riddim from TJ Records.

"Ky-mani and I have done work before including a collaboration with Vybz kartel called 'Cool and Deadly', we also have a few more soon to be released singles. When he heard this particular riddim though, he wrote and titled the single and also requested Yanique as the female on the track, so I reached out to her to make it happen," Linton 'TJ' White of TJ Records explained

The Curvy Diva was also extremely excited to have garnered a Grammy nominated international voice as her very first collaboration as a recording artiste.

"Working with Ky-mani was awesome, I'm glad I was given the opportunity to do a collaboration with the son of a legend to really deliver such a hot song. I'm happy about it," Curvy Diva noted

The Curvy Diva transitioned from Host and TV Personality earlier this year when she recorded 'Lifestyle' for popular label 'Good Good Production' on the Money Mix riddim, since then she has had increased interest from artistes and producers to do additional projects.

"I'm interested in doing music from the heart so my team and I are very strategic in the choices we make for follow up singles. Good quality music is what is important to me and working with Ky- mani Marley and TJ Records with 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' was a good production and I know this good music will get where it needs to go," The Curvy Diva added

The single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' premiered earlier this week and will be followed up with a music video during the summer. The track will be available for purchase on digital platforms later this month and is distributed by Zojak Worldwide.

rihanna-in-buju-banton-t-shirt.jpgFans of jailed deejay, Buju Banton, can soon start ordering his signature T-shirts, as his apparel line, called Everything BB is set to be released on Buju's 44th birthday on July 15.

Information of Buju's official Instagram page is that the Buju Banton gear will be available on his website, EverythingBB.Net. Some of the T-shirts will have Buju Banton's image while others will feature his song lyrics such as 'Over Hills and Valley.'

Interestingly, recently pop princess, Rihanna, was seen rocking a T-shirt with the Gargamel's image. However, it is not know whether or not, that particluar shirt was from Buju's line.

Buju Banton who was convicted of cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges in February 2011, is scheduled for release on December 08, 2018.

alkaline-photo-13.jpgAlkaline's After All video continues to take the spotlight, with reports that he was questioned Tuesday morning by the police. Both Alkaline and his manager were questioned by investigators at the Criminal Investigation Branch over the video which shows men in police uniform carrying M16 rifles and handguns.

A woman wearing a police uniform is also seen in the video.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, disclosed that statements have been collected from the civilians in the video and that he also had a telephone discussion with the producer of the video, who is to give a written statement.

In terms of the internal investigation, the police officers who have been identified in the video have provided written statements.

Tommy Lee declares WAR on Alkaline

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tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is eager for an all-our war with high-riding Vendetta deejay, Alkaline. Of course, this battle will be confined to lyrics rather than a physical confrontation and the battlefield will be none other than the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Well, Montego Bay, the home of Reggae Sumfest, is also Tommy Lee's place and it will be hard for Alkaline to get support from Mo Bay fans over their homeboy Tommy Lee. The controversial deejauy took to Instagram on Monday hinting at an all-out war if Alkaline takes jabs at him during his highly anticipated set.

"I jus love killing this coward @manhimselff [Alkaline's Instagram handle] u see that ? Push up u head at sumfest an see #waterworld last night 5,000 people #MANTUFFF," the 'Uncle Demon' deejay wrote.

Alkaline is billed to headline Dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest on July 21 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.


destra-sued.jpgAccording to online reports, soca artiste Destra Garcia has been ordered to pay just over US$8,000 after a court in Belize found that she personally injured a man -- Fernando Oliva -- while gyrating on him at a concert in September 2015.

Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert.
Oliva claimed he was called on stage to dance with Destra. Following the dance, a video showed him lying ground.

The court was told that Destra then said, "If you's bad boy, I will treat you bad! Treat him bad?"

The crowd is said to have responded in the affirmative.

According to court documents, Destra jumped on top of him in a move closer to wrestling than soca.

The court said Oliva was rushed to the hospital for emergency medical care right after leaving the stage.

After recovering, he sued Destra for personal injury, and during a court appearance last week, the judge ruled that the soca artiste should pay Oliva.

Lawyers successfully argued that Destra was negligent in her actions, leading to injury to the man. Accoprding to Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva: "She had asked him lay down on the ground to close his eyes and to put his hands behind his head and then thereafter suddenly Miss Garcia jumped in the air and landed on the client, thereby causing injury to him and as a result after the event, he had to seek medical attention at the hospital."

"Our claim is a situation of negligence. We are saying that the musician was negligent in her actions and her actions thereby caused injury to the individual."

Daniel Ortiz, 7News
"How will you all enforce this against her and can she appeal?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"We received a default judgement against Miss Destra Garcia last week and we are now in talks with attorneys in Trinidad to enforce the judgement in that jurisdiction."

"How much was the judgement for?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"The judgement was for approximately $16,000."

Whether he'll get that money is unclear because Destra can appeal the judgement in Belize. And then, there are also the logistics of trying to get enforcement over in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Justice Courtney Able has ordered that Destra must pay Oliva a sum of $16,577 Belize. His attorney will now move to enforce the decision in Trinidad against the artist. Firstly, it is a default judgment, which means that she did not offer any defense. There may be a bit of uncertainty about whether or not she was actually served with the lawsuit in her home country. Perrera told us that he sought the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago to actually serve her with the documents. As you can see, the Ministry employee says that she served her on May 4, 2017.

It is unclear if this is the end of this lawsuit, or if Destra and her attorneys will seek to fight it further.

Action Fire is back with Questions

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action-fire.jpgFollowing a 17-year absence from the local scene, Deejay Action Fire has returned with the single Question on his longtime label, Musically Inclined Records.

"The song is about knowing yourself. Almost everyone will have the experience of just sitting down and asking yourself one or even a thousand questions," he said.

In explaining his absence, the God Alone deejay stated: "I migrated to the United Kingdom, so I have been working with a lot of producers there. I have not travelled much back and forth so I didn't get a chance to promote a lot of the songs in Jamaica. However, I still reside overseas; I will be promoting a lot now locally with Question being one of the first singles."

Action Fire, given name Fitzgerald McKoy, was born in the parish of St Mary. His career started out in the early 1990s on community sound systems and jukeboxes. He began recording under the moniker Major Fire and released God is Good and Ride Me Mind for producer King Jammy's .He later changed his name to Action Fire and in 1994 he got his first major hit when he went to Record Factory to make a dublplate.

"I met the operators of a Japanese sound system who wanted me to do a dub plate with Merciless and Little Hero, and it was there that the God Alone collaboration came about," he said.

Action Fire said the song was later recorded at Mixing Lab Studios in Kingston and from there it went on to become a dancehall/reggae hit. The single's success, he said, took them on tours of sections of the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe. He later released other songs like Tan So bad, Compliments, Found Gold and Love and Harmony. However, in 2000 Action Fire went under the radar as it relates to the local entertainment scene, but said he never took a break from recording.

peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgPeter Tosh's son Jawara McIntosh aka Tosh1 is reportedly still in a coma following a February 21 attack while in prison in New Jersey, USA. Last week, the prison released information claiming that Jawara was attacked and seriously injured by a 40-year-old man who has since been charged with aggravated assault.

However, the Tosh family wants a full investigation into the matter.Tosh1 was left with traumatic brain injuries and in a coma. He is currently hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive.

Tosh1 was two months into serving a six-month sentence at the time of the attack. He was arrested in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car.

Matterhorn is the REAL baby-father

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tony-matterhorn-dna-test-on-his.jpgSelector Tony Matterhorn came under fire last week when chatty-chatty mouth, father-of-all-mix-up selector Foota Hype bawl out that DNA results showed that Matterhorn's baby daughter was in fact a jacket. In other words, Maggie was minding a child that wan't his.

Matterhorn, however, did the unexpected and turned the tables on Foota and ALL the haters. Matterhorn says that jacket or no jacket, he is still supporting the little girl because he is the only person she knows as 'Daddy'. "All a who a talk bout Matterhorn get jacket, unu go sort out unu life and do DNA pan unu self cuz a nuff a unu mother give unu to the wrong ..father"

Real respect to Matterhorn, the real big man and the real father.

jolly-boys-ft-albert-minott.jpgAlbert Minott, the lead singer of the Jolly Boys mento band has died.

Minott died while sitting on his veranda in Port Antonio, Portland. He was 78 years old.

Minott reportedly suffered from respiratory problems for an extended period.

He was however still active, having recorded a new Jolly Boys' album and was getting ready to release the single 'Day O.'

The Jolly Boys are a mento band from Port Antonio, Jamaica. It was formed in 1945 and had great commercial success in the late 1980s and 1990s among reggae and world music fans. They released a new album in 2010 (Great Expectation) and are currently the house band at GeeJam, a hotel in Port Antonio.

jay-and-bey.jpgBeyoncé and JAY-Z's twins are reportedly named Rumi and Sir, according to TMZ.

The names were revealed after the couple's company filed a trademark to secure the rights for the two names on Friday, gossip site TMZ reported.

It is unclear where the music icons found their inspiration for the names, but Rumi is a well-known 13th century poet and Sir is often used as a polite way to address a man. Beyoncé reportedly gave birth to the pair two weeks ago at UCLA Medical Center and the three spent more than a week at the hospital for an undisclosed medical concern.

The Grammy-winning songstress has yet to publicly share any images of the children. While neither Beyoncé or JAY-Z, 47, have commented on their son and daughter's arrival, multiple sources confirmed to the Daily News that Bey gave birth.

The Queen B and her new babies returned home recently to their Malibu rental pad, which is running the hip hop stars a whopping $400,000 per month. he 35-year-old announced her pregnancy in February with a glamorous photo shoot on Instagram where she cradled her already growing bump. Just two weeks later, she took the stage for a peformance during the Grammy awards.

The new boy and girl join sister Blue, 5. Beyoncé and JAY-Z married in 2008 after five years of dating.


jimmy-cliff-photo-2.jpgVeteran Reggae singer, Dr. Jimmy Cliff debuted in the number 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart this week with an album entitled The Best of Jimmy Cliff.

Sizzla Kalonji's Fought For Dis entered at number 8.

Ziggy and Stephen Marley still hold top ten positions in 5 and 10 respectively.

Major Lazer's dancehall inspired released Know No Better EP is the number 2 album, while Xyclone takes the top spot.

Junior Gong releases Stony Hill July 21

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junior-gong-photo-2.jpgThe new album from Damian Jr. Gong Marley will be released on July 21.

The reggae artiste made the revelation on Instagram on Tuesday, along with the artwork for the album cover.

The compilation titled Stony Hill will be available for pre-order this Friday.

Gong is currently on a tour of Europe which will end on July 7.

alkaline-photo-13.jpgBelow are some of the comments on Alkaline's video and the police's reactions:

"It's a movie...with different than Jimmy Cliff in "The Harder They Come" ( as a matter of fact the gully scene can be viewed as a tribute to that great JAMAICAN cult film)

Are we saying that because this movie seeks to portray the current Jamaican reality, it is not fit for public digestion?"

"The open display of guns"...of course's a movie.. gangster movies have guns...I'm sure the relevant permits/supervision/permissions were obtained. The director is one of the country's best...I'm sure he wouldn't jeapordise his reputation by not sticking to the rules."

"The police vehicle that was used...if it turns out to be an actual service vehicle..must have been authorised...let's see if any divisional Commander is going to be sanctioned.

And lastly...the "police woman" ....any body can see that the uniform is fake...."

afterall-video.jpgThe members of the police force are up in arms after Alkaline's After All video portrays them in a negative light. According to reports, the police are especially concerned about a sex scene featuring a female dressed as police constable, and also the presence in the video of what seems to be an official service vehicle.

Checks are now being made to ascertain if the vehicle is actually a part of the official fleet of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Also its understood that persons represented as cops will also be questioned.

Commissioner of Police George Quallo has reportedly ordered an immediate investigation into the video which shows individuals smoking ganja, brazenly toting guns, cursing, and interspersed with a sex scene.

According to one news outlet, as a result of especially the sex scene and the open carrying of guns featured in the video, many policemen and women are taking the position that they will not be carrying out any duties at events where Alkaline will be performing in the future.


Shenseea new Pepsi ambassador

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shenseea-photo-1.jpgDrink Brand Pepsi Jamaica has signed singjay Shenseea as its Brand Ambassador.

This signing was held at Pepsi Jamaica's Spanish Town Road headquarters in Kingston recently.

She joins fellow Pepsi ambassadors Busy Signal, who is the face and voice of the Joy of Pepsi campaign and Konshens who was apart of the brand's Pepsi Bubbla campaign.

The 20 year old fast rising sensation who emerged on the dancehall scene with the single Jiggle in 2016 and quickly rose to fame with hit track Loodi featuring Vybz Kartel, says she's grateful for the opportunity to work with the global brand.

She is now in Puerto Rico where it is expected that she will perform over the weekend.

The 21st St. Kitts Music Festival continued Friday night (June 23) at Warner Park Stadium. Night two featured Goo Dolls, Scratchi Bamma, Ras Idren, Hi Light, Third World, Mavado and Shabba Ranks.

Shabba Ranks(Mr Loverman) performed all his hits and wooed the massive crowd.

He exited the stage after 4 am Saturday morning.

He performed his signature hit 'Twice My Age', in which Nadine Sutherland sang Crystals part,...Xanadu sang Cocoa T's song & sounded just like the dread.

Mavado entered the stage after 4 am,he was the closing act..

Prior to Shabba Ranks was the Go Go Dolls.their set was over an hour..

Earlier In the evening Third World performed.

Speaking at a Music Festival artiste press conference Friday morning, Head of the Artiste selection committee Jonel Powel had oromised with the level of talent for Friday night's (June 23) lineup, fans could certainly expect great performances.

He was right!

jamaican-jerk-festival-2017.jpgThe second staging of the Washington, DC Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival took place Sunday, June 18th and brought together thousands of guests at its new venue, RFK Stadium. The fun-filled day included mainstage and cultural stage performances, mouthwatering jerk food selections from various vendors, an interactive Kidz Zone, Jerk Cook-off Pavilion and more. VIP Vibe zone ticket holders were offered an exclusive fan experience with an all-inclusive menu, waiter service, and a premium viewing area. Everywhere you turned there was something exciting to experience.

jamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-1.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-2.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-3.jpgThe hot sweltering day kicked off with The Cultural/Fusion Stage which never fails to give the crowd a taste of the islands, all hosted by Susan Davis aka Dr. Sue. This year's theme was "Jamaica 55" and it featured some of DMV's most talented entertainers, authors, and performers showcasing their love and appreciation of Jamaica such as Hyacinth Swaby-Holder the author, "My Papa Used to Say," a book filled with Jamaican proverbs. The Braata Folk Singers performed songs and interactive games reminiscent of old-time Jamaica, taking the audience down memory lane. The entertainment intensified once local favorites Ras Slick and Image band turned up the heat on the Main Stage. Host and Comedian, Ragashanti kept the crowd engaged with his humorous comments as he introduced the acts. He shared MC duties with DC's own Tony Carr. DJ Ricky Platinum, DJ G-Nice and ABlazin Radio DJs made sure there wasn't a dull moment during band change, keeping the crowd pumped up in between performances.

jamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-4.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-5.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-6.jpgPatrons relaxed and found shade while enjoying their jerk meals but soca's royal couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons got the crowd up and moving, as they brought the carnival energy to the Jerk Festival performing songs like 'Big Bad Soca' and 'Girls.' Soon after, Romain Virgo rocked the stage by performing a collection of hits and introduced the crowd to his latest single 'Now'. Queen Ifrica wowed festival attendees with a stellar 45-Minute set where she encouraged unity through her songs and empowered the women with a motivational speech. Tarrus Riley concluded the show with a slew of songs from his vast music catalog and with the support Dean Fraser horns of steel the audience couldn't get enough, especially when Tarrus Riley called the Queen back on stage to close out the show together. The performances were only one aspect of the lively 9-hour day. Patrons enjoyed tasting the various vendors such as T&G Flavors, Hellshire Style Fish, Jamrock Jerk, Southern Caribbean, Rick's Cafe and much more. The Reggae Music Journey Exhibition has developed into one of the festivals favorite elements, where Patricia Chin, founder of VP Records, and owner of Riddim Driven Clothing, greets fans of the culture and take them through the Reggae experience at VP Records.

jamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-7.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-8.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-9.jpgThe Jerk Cook-off Pavilion featured cooking demonstrations and tastings by Chef Andre Fowles, winner of Food Network's Chopped Champion and Chef Irie, host of Taste The Islands television show on PBS. Washington DC's own Chef Giovanni Merle showcased one of his tasty recipes and soca sensation Fay Ann Lyons took home the Dutch Pot Trophy after winning the Celebrity Quickfire Challenge where she competed against WJLA ABC News anchor, Michelle Marsh.

Mayor of DC, Muriel Bowser, made a special appearance and addressed the audience, sharing her excitement for having the jerk festival in DC for the 2nd year in a row. "I am happy to have the Grace.

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, DC is presented by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC in association with VP Records.

chris-martin-brittny-photo-1.jpgFather of two, Chris Martin is enjoying life with new(ish) girlfriend, Brittny Newman. Yes, the same one who a study architecture and who social media did drag when Chris reveal her wha day yah.

Well, haters, Chris doan care what oonu haffi seh cause him and she fly out go a St Lucia wha day yah and...who in love like dem?


Oonu memba when Chris did post this to her and mash up everybody head?

"It's ur special day today...Enjoy it and I pray the almighty will continue to bless u and keep u safe as ur soul grows more beautiful everyday," he wrote. "I'm happy for ur existence and even happier u r apart of my life...Happy birthday."


Brittny big up urself wid ur big deal boyfriend.

$500,000 bail for Munga

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munga.jpgDancehall entertainer Munga Honourebel, who is charged with murder, has been released on $500,000 bail.

He was offered bail in the sum of when he appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Friday.

Munga was instructed by the court to return on July 21.

The artiste, whose given name is Damion Rhoden, has been charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith in Ackee Walk, St. Andrew.

Mr. Smith was fatally shot at a dance last month.

Munga, who is represented by attorney Christopher Townsend, has denied the allegations.

artistes-for-grenfell.jpgMore than 50 artists including One Direction, Robbie Williams, Stormzy, Rita Ora and Jessie J gave their time to record vocals for the fundraising cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's classic song in aid of those affected by the tragedy.

Simon Cowell 's star studded charity single raising money for all those affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire has been released.

The cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's classic song Bridge Over Troubled Water , performed by the collective Artists For Grenfell celebrity group, was given its first play across UK radio stations at 8am this morning.

Its accompanying video will premiere on Wednesday evening on ITV before Coronation Street airs.

More than 50 artists including One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Robbie Williams, The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Stormzy , Rita Ora, Jessie J and Pixie Lott gave their time to record vocals for the fundraising track.

Touchingly, Gareth Malone also brings together a choir of locals.

The single is available to buy via iTunes

Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, which saw its revenue decline by $12 million. The Corporation's total intake from amusement licences in 2016 was $33.2 million.

The decline corresponds with a dip in licences granted by the police for entertainment events.

The document says this may be attributed to an increase in criminal and violent activities across some parishes, particularly Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas and St James.

The survey shows that the 14 local authorities issued 23,105 amusement licences last year relative to 26,687 issued in 2015.

It indicates that most parishes issued fewer permits, with eight local authorities seeing a corresponding decline in revenue.

Facebook Hero diss up Khago

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facebook-hero.jpgSocial media fave, Facebook Hero has released a stern diss track which takes pointed aim at confused Dancehall artiste Khago.

FB Hero, who has moved up the food chain and is now not just a social media sensation, but also an artiste, used his Instagram account over the weekend to release the diss track.

khago-bleach.jpgOf course, it was seen as a direct response to Khago's recent single dissing up all the bloggers and vloggers including Rawpa Crawpa, SouFloTv, CMR TV, Dr Love and Facebook Hero after they criticized his new 'freaky songs.'

Khago's "Come Inna Mi Place" single is said to be supporting oral sex, and many persons want nothing to do with both Khago and the controversial song.

Groovin in the Park Weekend is here. Enjoy!!!!

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NY: Groovin' In The Park is New York City's premier reggae and R & B concert taking place this Sunday in Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. The outdoor event is celebrating its seventh renewal, and over the years Groovin' has attracted a dazzing array of the finest available talent in both genres. Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Bob Andy, Morgan Heritage, Chronixx, Mavado, Toots, John Holt, Beenie Man, Stitchie and many other luminaries have blazed the reggae stage. On the R & B and pop side, the stage has been set on fire by Michael Bolton, Air Supply, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Babyface, Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, Billy Ocean, Brian McKnight and Boyz 11 Men.

But while the Groovin' talent list is unmistakably superlative year after year, another powerful attraction of the festival are the luxurious and thoughtful considerations that come with the Groovin' experience. For starters, this Sunday will be in the soul-warming 80s and a generous supply of bottled cold water will be distributed to attendees in the general admissions section. Attendees will have not just a choice of Jamaican food items but health-conscious culinary treats will be served up from cuisines from around the world. And almost a hundred portable bathrooms including fifteen outfitted for the handicapped will ensure that a visit to the restroom is never a 10K marathon on Sunday.

The VIP section of Groovin' will take on the posture of a tropical island with designers incorporating vibrant Caribbean colors in various sections that they have created in the park. Each VIP attendee will be supplied with two hot meals plus unlimited beverage while they jam to the sweet nostalgic sounds of Busy Signal, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibblies and U Roy.

And in the VVIP luxury suites, a day in the park will become a blissful magic carpet ride. A limited number of elevated sky boxes will offer the prefect optics for viewing the pied piper of R & B, R Kelly and songbird and Grammy winner Stephanie Mills. An all-inclusive, unlimited gourmet experience against a backdrop of plush over-sized sofas, high ball tables and Ottoman chairs will make the Groovin' experience feel like more than a luxury resort. Each sky-suite will be provisioned with a bountiful basket of fresh fruits, and after the mouthwatering nouvelle Caribbean cuisine, VVIP guests can savor sweet delights like Sabrina's rum cake and sorrel cheese cake. The VIP and VVIP bathrooms will be spacious and self-flushing with attendants offering toiletries and fragrances by leading designer brands. Additionally, a round-the-clock janitorial crew will ensure that the entire venue is impeccabl e.

"My friends and I look forward to Groovin' In The Park every year", Myrna Merchant, a former banker and executive administrator in New York told Images Newsletter. "We love the music, but we also come for the natural mystic and the overall Groovin' experience which is is a fabulous vibe session and reunion for family, friends, school mates and colleagues", she affirmed.


Chef Patrick

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival; A Delicious Fun-Filled Experience

Queens, NY - Every Summer, for the last seven years, thousands have eagerly flocked to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, to enjoy a sizzling day of mouthwatering jerk foods, cooking contests, celebrities, cultural performances, reggae, soca and dancehall music at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. This annual celebration of Caribbean culture will take place on Sunday, July 23 and promises an exciting entertainment package of top-tier performers delivering another delicious fun-filled experience.

"We have upped the ante this year and have signed Grammy Award winning reggae group, Morgan Heritage to perform on the Main Stage," said an exciting Eddy Edwards, one of the Managing Partners of Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC, who is totally psyched about the upcoming event. "This is our 7th year in New York and we are planning to make it a memorable festival with an out-of-this-world experience for our patrons." Known to deliver only the best for the largest Caribbean Food Festival in the United States, Edwards is making a promise he plans to definitely keep.

Morgan Heritage's long list of hits sets the stage for a singalong segment, as their fans will certainly join them in song when they perform. Also scheduled to appear is Barrington Levy, another artist with an extensive catalogue of hits as well as Konshens, one of dancehall's constant hitmakers since serving notice in 2012 with the release of his hits Gal A Bubble, Do Sum'n and Pull Up to Mi Bumper. Soca sensation Alison Hinds will add more spice to the main stage concert and with support from Platinum Kids, Ragashanti and Dubmaster Chris patrons can expect the cool Jerk Festival vibe they have come to know and love.

It will be fierce competition in the Cook-Off Pavilion as chefs and celebrities will battle for top honors. Celebrity and Corporate Executive Chef of BB King's, Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson will be on hand to wow festivalgoers with his culinary delights.

The Cultural Stage will fire up early with performances by storyteller and comedian Blakka Ellis, Dr. Sue, and Braata Folk Singers with traditional folk performances. Rising stars Dylan, ShaMain and Yoncia will be sure to impress patrons with noteworthy performances.

Patrons will roam the extensive food court feasting on a variety of foods, visit Arts & Crafts vendors, Corporate Row featuring sampling and giveaways as well as the Kidz Fun Zone. Year after year, jerk lovers attend this all-encompassing festival seeking out the best jerk foods, friends they haven't seen in forever and a multitude of events that offer something for everyone - from the gates open at 12 p.m. till the headliner closes the Main Stage at 8 p.m.

Advanced tickets to the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY are available online at or at selected retail outlets in the tri-state area. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

The 7th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC, in association with VP Records. Sponsors are Grace Foods, Ding, Power 106, Reggae King Radio, Street Hype and Tower Isle Patties.


Morgan Heritage


Braata Singers



'Reggae Boom' - Reggae Record of the Week

This is to confirm that the BBC have chosen 'Reggae Boom' as the Reggae Record of the week from this Sunday 25th June.

It will be Rodigan Scorcher on his show this weekend and it will then be listed separately on the Scorchers Playlist on the BBC 1Xtra web site.

Congratulation & Happy Birthday 'Big Ship Captain' Freddie McGregor on your special day, June 27th.



A Caribbean Experience Weekend

GARDEN CITY, NY - Roosevelt Field is thrilled to announce that it will host the Irie Fashion Rave, a Caribbean Experience Weekend, in partnership with Caribbean Media Group on Saturday, July 8th from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 9th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in North Court.

The Irie Fashion Rave weekend event will be filled with Caribbean cultural elements sourced directly from the Caribbean islands. Shoppers will enjoy fun and colorful presentations of ready-to-wear fashion, food, art, music, travel, and much more in a festive setting without leaving Long Island.
"We are delighted to host a weekend filled with Caribbean entertainment in partnership with Caribbean Media Group," said Nancy Gilbert, Director of Marketing at Roosevelt Field. "We look forward to bringing the community together to celebrate Caribbean culture and to continue to provide unique experiences for our shoppers."

Irie Fashion Rave will feature live cooking demonstrations from award winning, internationally known Caribbean chefs. Chef Andre Fowles, two-time Chopped Champion on Food Network's Chopped and Chef de Cuisine at Miss Lily's Restaurant in New York; Chef LaNiece Lyew, Owner & Executive Chef at Milk River & Lounge in Brooklyn; Chef Patrick Simpson, Executive Chef at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York, and Chef Sean DaCosta of Sean D Catering will prepare traditional and fusion Caribbean dishes to sample.

Sponsor, Jamaica Tourist Board will be giving away a hotel stay in Jamaica at the event as well.

"The vision for Irie Fashion Rave has always been to highlight and showcase Caribbean fashion and culture to the world," Syntyche' Clarke, Executive Vice President at Caribbean Media Group said.

"When you look at international fashion or listen to mainstream music, there is no question that it is heavily influenced by our Caribbean culture. What we are doing at Irie Fashion Rave is really accentuating and celebrating where it all came from."

For more information:
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damian-marley-roar-photo-1.jpgDamian "Jr. Gong" Marley takes us on a captivating tour of Jamaica in the video for his latest release, "R.O.A.R."

"R.O.A.R" is featured on Damian's upcoming fourth LP and first solo album in 12 years, Stony Hill, set for release July 21, 2017, exclusively on TIDAL.

Watch "R.O.A.R." Here


Yardflex Headline Round-Up

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headlines-roundup-1-spice-family.jpgShe's my baby - I-Octane owns up to DJ Amber's child

D'Angel rides Dexta Daps' wave with 'Whipped'


Kartel's in-law, the brother of Shorty looking a bus in the business

Fans Blast Spice For Dissing Her Ex Nicholas Lall On Father's Day

Khago Wants To Turn Muslim, Fans Say He Just Wants Excuse To 'Bow'

tarrus-riley-uk-tour.jpgVP Records announces the completion of a new album deal with Grammy(R) winning R&B artist Estelle. The full length reggae album is scheduled for a fall 2017 release. The first single, 'Love Like Ours' featuring reggae star Tarrus Riley is available June 16th with a music video to follow.

'Love Like Ours' gives fans a first taste of the upcoming album that will showcase the pivotal influence reggae music has had on the London, England born singer. Raised in a religious, Senegalese/ Grenadian household, Estelle's musical upbringing included a variety of Afro-Caribbean, Gospel, Hip-Hop and dance styles with a healthy dose of reggae music.


Since 2008 and the release of the crossover radio hit "Come Over" featuring reggae star Sean Paul and produced by Supa Dups (Sean Paul, Drake, Party Next Door), fans have been encouraging Estelle to record a reggae album. This project will bring their desires to life with a unique fusion of lover's rock, afro beats and dancehall flavors anchoring her soulful, R&B vocals. "When I told some friends about doing this album" said Estelle, "they were like - 'finally!'" She continued, "everyone who knows me, understands the deep connection I have to reggae music." Estelle has joined forces with Supa Dups again on this project and her fans excitement for the full album is brewing.

Estelle has shown a wide and expanding range of talent and with this album, will complete the musical circle, showcasing one of her earliest musical influences. The singer concluded, "I'm happy to give the people what they have been asking for and I'm proud to share another piece of my life and art with the world."

VP Records and B.B. Kings Blues Club present a night of international roots reggae and dub, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the historic U.K. reggae label, Greensleeves Records. On Wednesday, June 21st, the legendary BB King Blues Club in Times Square, New York will host Italian born reggae star Alborosie, in his first New York concert performance. Queen Ifrica, the roots reggae diva will headline with her full band, as she embarks on a U.S. tour to promote her recent #1 album "Climb." Musician / producer Addis Pablo will perform a tribute to his late father, dub reggae legend Augustus Pablo, whose work was closely associated with the Greensleeves label internationally. A special sound system presentation from New York favorites, Deadly Dragon Sound with Scratch Famous, Jonny Go Figure and Selector JD will kick off the evening's activity.

Greensleeves Records was founded in 1977 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell. The label developed the talents of legends Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man and more. Their work with domestic and international artists helped develop the reggae genre in the U.K. and Europe and set a standard for presenting the music and culture with quality and respect. Greensleeves nurtured the music in Europe from dub plate to download. The label was purchased by VP Records in 2008.

Multiple album projects are scheduled to commemorate the Greensleeves anniversary including.

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Keys to the city for Freddie McGregor

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freddie-mcgregor-saluting.jpgVeteran reggae hit maker and Big Ship captain Freddie McGregor will be honored by the City Of Mt Vernon, New York with the "Key To The City" for his outstanding contribution to the reggae industry. The presentation to McGregor will be made on Sunday, June 25 at Roy Wilkins Park in NY. The announcement was recently made by Mt Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas.

"Thanks to Mayor Thomas, I will receive one of the highest honors a person can receive, the Key to the City," McGregor said when he got the news.

For Freddie, the award has added significance given it is from a city in Westchester County, New York with strong Jamaican/Caribbean roots.

Jamaican born, Ronald Blackwood who lived in Mt Vernon, became the first African-American who was elected mayor in New York state. Judge Sam D. Walker, who was born in Kingston, served as a City Court Judge in Mt Vernon before he was elevated to Supreme Court judge in New York state. Jamaican rapper Heavy D lived in Mt Vernon for many years. I feel lucky to be honored by a city where Jamaicans have broke barriers and shown how immigrants can live the American Dream," he said.

Known worldwide for his riveting reggae ballads, McGregor recorded his first big hit "Why Did You Do It" with Ernest Wilson in the late 60s. In 1983 he mined gold with "Big Ship" which broke into the top ten of the reggae charts in England and Jamaica. Since then he has amassed an impressive catalogue of popular hits.

McGregor will head to New York this week where he will join a dazzling galaxy of R&B and reggae stars including R Kelly, Stephanie Mills, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles and U Roy with Lloyd Parks & We The People Band at Groovin In The Park 2017 that takes place at Roy Wilkins Park.

frankie-paul.jpgIt was a case of "there's no sunshine when you're gone, when the funeral service for veteran Reggae singer, Frankie Paul was finally held last Saturday. It was a somber service in which tears rolled down the cheeks of some inside the church, even as the raine poured on the outside.

As it is with many of the funerals within the entertainment fraternity, it was not well attended, but the important thing is that those for whom Frankie Paul's friendship was an important thing, were present at his final send-off.

Among those in attendance were reggae singer, Luciano, who stated that Frankie Paul helped him a lot during the early days of his career and so he had to be there; Half Pint; George Nooks, the only reggae singer who can be guaranteed to attend the funeral services of not only his colleagues, but also that of their relatives; Minister Babsy Grange, Copeland Forbes, Charlie Chaplin and Bongo Herman. .

George Nooks, as usual, lent his vocals to the proceedings, so too did Luciano and Half Pint, even as Frankie Paul's sister cried her heart out.

Frankie Paul, born Paul Blake,was later laid to rest at the Dovecot Memorial Park.

He passed away at the University hospital of the West Indies on May 18 following a battle with kidney disease.

JAMBANA&tm; One World Festival August 6 and 7

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Jones & Jones Productions has announced the line-up for JAMBANA™ One World Festival, the Fun For The Family Festival now in its ninth year at Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan Road at Elgin Mills in Markham on August 6th and 7th, 2017.

With music as the core, this the two-day festival is designed to have fans rock and sway to classic and contemporary sounds, from yesterday and today. Roots to Dancehall, Lover's Rock, Soca, Calypso and Afrobeat, will pulse all day and friends and family of all ages can enjoy the JAMBANA™ experience which unfolds from 1-9:30PM on both Sunday and Monday.

Headlining JAMBANA™ One World Festival this year are Assassin, 'Greetings' creator Half Pint, and Lover's rocker, Wayne Wonder. Paying tribute to the late great Joseph Hill, reggae trio Culture, with his son Kenyatta Hill hit the stage as a stop on the 40th Anniversary Culture Tour. Josey Wales, the dancehall general and Heptones' Leroy Sibbles will keep the Entertainment Village rocking all day long. Global reggae ambassador and 5-time JUNO Award winner Exco Levi headlines the Canadian contingent which includes JUNO winner Nana McLean. Soca Monarch Ronnie McIntosh and Moses Revolution bring the Soca and Calypso vibes to keep round out the musical influences of the islands. Canadian Gospel Minister Marvia Providence with her full band and harmony singers will raise the spirits of JAMBANA™ goers who will celebrate thankfully as the spiritual pause tradition continues at the family festival

While bands switch over, DJs Metro Media from Jamaica, Britain's Lloyd Coxone and Germany's Sillywalks Discotheque will take the party from the stage to the grounds. Teen phenom Joshua Lucas is ready run with the legends as Andre DeGrasse sprinted with Usain Bolt. He represents Canada as one of the 'youngest and baddest' on the wheels of steel. JAMBANA™ Idol returns and will be sure to excite the audience again this year as we get a chance to witness future stars in the making. Registration for the JAMBANA™ Idol contest begins July 1st at JAMBANA.COM/IDOL and 2016 winner Al-Beeno will perform his hit "T.O.R.O.N.T.O" in the Canada 150 tribute, which kicks off both days of the festival.

Visitors to the two-day festival will experience the JAMBANA™ villages hearing, seeing, touching, tasting and learning as they rock to the rhythms of the African and Caribbean diaspora on the stage in the Entertainment village. Food, Health, VIP, Domino, Travel & Trade and Children's Villages enhance the JAMBANA™ experience and provide a little something for the entire family. The two players left standing as the winners of the annual 'Lick-A-Six' domino tournament will each win a trip to Jamaica. Fun meets you at every turn during this year's JAMBANA™ One World Festival.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance and are available now at Tickets will be in outlets across the city as of June 25th.

Click on for complete line-up, ticket prices, outlets and general information. Call 905-452-1911 for general information including sponsorship's and vendor opportunities (spaces are limited).

vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgInmates and juveniles in correctional institutions across the island will be showcasing their talents as part of the 'Jamaica 55' celebrations, however, according to the government, the most famous prisoner in Jamaica, Vybz Kartel, will not be part of the celebrations.

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr., explained that the inmates will be making their contributions through music, and other skill areas such as visual and culinary arts.

"I applaud the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport for its willingness to allow the inmates to showcase their talents and entertain Jamaicans and rebuild hope and trust," he said.

He said the move is in keeping with government's objective to "create space that encourages people's talents to flourish for our country's benefit, and inmates in correctional facilities are no different".

For the Independence celebrations, the adult inmates will be working with former Superintendent at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Gladstone Wright, to produce music pieces in recognition of the Independence milestone. Senator Charles Jr. explained that Mr. Wright played a critical role in the development of the music programme in the correctional facilities.

Meanwhile, the youth offenders will be creating pieces for a competition and expo under the 'Jamaica 55' theme 'Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad'.

Four juvenile correctional institutions across the island are expected to display talents in areas such as mural design, animation, graphic design, fashion designing/tailoring, craft, the culinary arts, and agricultural science. The mural design that best captures the theme will be painted in all juvenile institutions as part of efforts to create child-friendly spaces.

Reggae Sumfest week of activities

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reggae-sumfest-2017.jpgSumfest Beach Party on July 16

Sumfest @ Sunset Boat Party on July 17

Sumfest All White Party on July 18

Sumfest Blitz: Retro Block Party on July 19

Sumfest Heavyweight Clash on July 20

Sumfest Night 1 Musical performances, July 21

Sumfest Night 2 Musical performances, July 22.

reggae-sumfest-2017.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica - Reggae Sumfest returns to Montego Bay this summer, for the 25th staging of the "Greatest Reggae Show on Earth." From July 16 - 21, the music festival, which draws thousands of reggae and dancehall fans from across the world, will see some of the genre's biggest names, including Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Sean Kingston. Other popular acts, like Alkaline, Mavado, Sizzla and Jah Cure, round out the lineup of over 30 artists.

In addition to enjoying this top-tier talent, visitors on-island for Reggae Sumest will also be sure to experience Jamaica's beautiful beaches, tasty cuisine and friendly people.

"Jamaica is proud to be the birthplace of reggae music, and just as proud to host Reggae Sumfest, giving music lovers an opportunity to enjoy some of Jamaica's greatest talent," noted Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "Reggae Sumfest is an excellent time for travelers to come to Jamaica and immerse themselves in our culture - and after their experience, we're confident they'll become repeat visitors."

As one of Jamaica's most popular resort areas, Montego Bay has many accommodation options for Reggae Sumfest attendees. Below is a sampling of properties and current deals: The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay offers a beachfront location, comfortable rooms and unlimited dining - ideal for guests looking to attend Reggae Sumfest. The hotel is currently offering a 4th night free when guests book the "Getaway Package" for a minimum four-night stay from Sundays and Thursdays. Rates start at $277.44 per person.

Half Moon Resort offers 10% off the best available rate for guests who book a minimum 4-night stay at least 14 days in advance, a great value for those revelers participating in Reggae Sumfest's weeklong lineup of parties and concerts. Guests will be awed by this iconic property in Montego Bay, which sits on 400 acres of tropical gardens and is bordered by two miles of beach. Rates start at $222.30 per room, per night. The deal also includes roundtrip airport transfers.

Round Hill Hotel and Villas' "Forever Summer" package gives guests one night free, plus a $100 resort credit, when they book a minimum three-night stay by June 30, 2017. The private and secluded Round Hill is set on a lush 110-acre peninsula just west of Montego Bay, making it a conveniently located home base for Reggae Sumfest patrons, while also providing a respite from the festival's activities when needed. Rooms start at $419 per room, per night. Additional taxes, service charges, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply for hotel packages.

Do you want to be a Sumfest Beach Bunny?

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sumfest-beach-bunny-photo-1.jpgAs promotions move into high gear for this year's staging of Reggae Sumfest, organisers recently went in search of some hot females to play the role of Sumfest Beach Bunnies.


Here are some of the scenes from the competition, held at Downsound Records (DSR) Headquarters, 22 Belmont Road in New Kingston on Saturday.


A similar competition is also scheduled to take place in Montego Bay, St James, on Saturday, June 17


'Mad Love' between Sean Paul and Shakira

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sean-paul-photo-8.jpgSean Paul is set to drop a brand new collaboration with Colombian Pop superstar Shakira titled "Mad Love," produced by David Guetta.

The single is set to be released on iTunes within the coming weeks, and will be reportedly the lead track for Sean Paul's upcoming debut project for new label Island Records.

Some of the Dancehall artist's biggest hits over the years have included collaborations, and the deejay is hoping this trend continues. He previously worked with superstars such as Beyonce, Blu Cantrell, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, and recently Sia for the Billboard chart topping "Cheap Thrills."

beyonce-diddy-rowling-forbes-split.jpgForbes has released its list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers and Sean "Diddy" Combs is top of the tree.

His earnings of $130m (£102m) pushed him up from last year's 22nd spot.

His success is down to his recent US tour, a marketing deal with a vodka company and selling one third of his Sean John clothing line.

Beyonce and JK Rowling took second and third spot, but women comprise just 16% of the world's top-earning celebrities.

Newcomers include Kylie Jenner, at number 59, who is the youngest list member at the age of 19. Her earnings come from her family's reality TV show - Keeping Up with the Kardashians - her namesake cosmetics company and clothing line, plus various endorsements.

Half of the top 10 are made up of musicians, while two athletes - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball star LeBron James - also make the cut.

Grammy award-winning rapper Combs used to be best known for best-selling albums such as No Way Out and Forever. But the entrepreneur's business interests have catapulted him into the big time, and he's jumped from number 22 in last year's list to nab this year's top spot. Queen Bey needs no introduction but she's made a big leap up the chart, from number 34 last year. That's largely due to profits from her Formation tour and her most recent album, the critically-acclaimed Lemonade. Her husband, Jay-Z, could only make number 55.

Beyonce to give birth at home

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And...more Jay Z news. The rapper and his wife Beyoncé are putting their massive fortune to good use, when they welcome twins any day now.

The rapper and his wife, who are worth over $1.2 billion combined, will skip a traditional hospital birth.

Instead, the power couple have reportedly transformed their Hollywood mansion into their own personal maternity ward.

An entire professional neonatal wing was reportedly shipped to the their mansion, as Beyoncé prepares to give birth.

jayz-damian-marley-and-sister-nancy.pngReports are that American rapper/businessman Jay Z travelled to Jamaica recently and his mission was to record new music with Tidal co-owner Damian Marley and veteran recording artist sister Nancy.

The single will reportedly sample Sister Nancy's 1982 smash hit 'Bam Bam.' The three made rounds online Thursday after a photo surfaced, a video shoot in Jamaica is also in the works for the upcoming single.


According to sources, and a picture posted of the two, Jay Z also met with Christian Tavares-Finson who is also the brother of Jr. Gong - they share the same mother Cindy Breakspeare. Christopher just happens to be one of the lawyers for incarcerated dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel.

The rumour mill is working overtime and spitting out stories that the meeting was to give Jay an update on the Kartel's upcoming appeal trial set for next year.

ashanti-for-cfw-2017.pngR&B Super Star Ashanti visited Jamaica for a performance at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) however, all those journalists who thought they would get a chance to interview her, were out of luck as the diva refused to give interviews to local media.

Ashanti herself seemed to have enjoyed her trip to Jamaica and posted videos and pictures of her trip to the iconic Bob Marley Museum. The organizers of the event hyped up the show by posting a clip of the star doing sound checks Sunday afternoon, prior to her performance later that day.

Her performance (if it can truly be called that) closed a week of activities, and was supposed to have been the big night for CFW. However, while the crowd turned out to give their full support to the event, Ashanti's less than 10 minutes on stage was certainly less than satisfactory. In fact, it was rather shocking. Persons expected at least a 20-minute performance from the R&B act whose catalogue far surpasses that. Why bring Ashanti all the way from foreign to perform for a mere eight minutes?

Anyway, the performances from Dexta Daps on Friday, and African Pop star FUSE ODG on Saturday were certainly much to rave about and while Dexta went for the girls, FUSE, the unknown entity was definitely a man for all seasons.

Fuse ODG also showcased pieces from his own line, to much applause.

Raffle winners announced

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Rock House Foundation

Raffle Winners

1st Prize: #0108, Lori Davidson

A week at Rockhouse flying JetBlue

2nd Prize: #0241, Judith Landsman

Three Nights at Rockhouse Hotel flying Jetblue

3rd Prize: #0380, Jacques Wagemaker

Five-Course Tasting Menu for Eight at Miss Lily's in NYC

4th Prize: #0194, Tanya Phattiyakul

Five Days of Wellness Treatments for Two at Rockhouse Spa

5th Prize: #0195, Vivian Saunders

Three Days of Indulgence for Two at Rockhouse Hotel


Before & After: New Special Needs School

Your incredible generosity is a big step towards completing the construction of Rockhouse Foundation's current project, developing Jamaica's first public inclusion model Special Needs Early Childhood School. We are very grateful for the kindness and loyalty of so many supporters who enable us to continue 'transforming the places where children learn in Jamaica, and support the great people who teach them.'


Spring Dinner & Raffle

The Spring Dinner and Raffle drawing was held June 6th 2017 at the Rockhouse's sister restaurant in NYC, Miss Lily's, and was a great success raising over US$70,000. We are so grateful to all who supported the night, especially Rhy Waddington, Sam Whitford, Miss Lily's "Chopped Champion" Andre Fowles, and longstanding sponsor JetBlue, and musical guest Tara Harrison and Andrew MacIntyre who ended the night on the highest note.

Rockhouse Foundation

The Rockhouse Foundation, a New York based 501(c)(3), was established in 2003 to transform the places where Jamaica's children learn and support the great people who teach them. Since its inception, the Foundation has expended almost US$4 million building, expanding, renovating and modernizing five early childhood and primary schools, as well as the Negril Community Library. The Foundation's current project is the construction of the regions first Special Needs Early Childhood School. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that its contributions to education are meaningful and long-lasting, and supplements its building projects with ongoing facility maintenance and on-site support.

The Rockhouse Hotel and its owners underwrite all administrative expenses of the foundation, ensuring every cent of every donation goes directly to its projects and programs, positively impacting the lives of thousands of young people and their families.

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Tanya Stephens lashes out at fake advertising

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tanya-stephens.jpgDancehall artiste Tanya STephens is hittting out against a promoter in To whom it may concern...

This serves as further and final formal notification to remove my

(Tanya Stephens) name and likeness from all your promotional

material as I am in no way affiliated to your festival

titled "Canada Day Festival". Richard Hope has

been directed to cease and desist false advertising yet the

fliers persist. This is most dishonest and will not be taken

lightly. There is absolutely no interest on my part in

having ANYTHING to do with your 'event'.

munga.jpgDancehall deejay Munga should make his first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court tomorrow, Tuesday, June 6.

Last Friday, the deejay's appearance was postponed after members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force failed to submit the case file to the court.

Munga was arrested and charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith some weeks ago. Smith, who was the nephew of Mr. Vegas, was shot and killed at a dance in the community of Ackee Walk in St Andrew.

Munga has reportedly denied any involvement with the killing.

Buju Banton writes letter to fans from prison

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After a long period of silence, fans of deejay Buju Banton have finally heard from him. The incarcerated entertainer sent fans a poignant letter via Facebook on Friday, thanking them for their loyalty and pointing to a better future upon his release.

"To all of my fans who have stood beside me I thank you. Your actions, letters and heartfelt prayers have been appreciated. I thank you and am humbled by your kindness - I am with you and you with me. Always. After many years there were a multitude of my fans gathered on a page automatically generated from your search for me and my official page. With the approval of my official page you were migrated here...And at last we are reunited. I will be with you again soon - they may have the past and present ... but the future belongs to us. Bless..." he wrote.

Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is scheduled to be released from prison on December 8, 2018.

damian-marley-high-times-cover.jpgHigh Times, the magazine that has chronicled the transformation of marijuana use from an underground vice to a major American business, said on Thursday that it had been acquired by a group of investors that includes Damian Marley, son of the reggae star Bob Marley.

The group, led by Adam Levin, the founder of the investment firm Oreva Capital, bought a controlling interest at a price that values the magazine at $70 million, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

In a news release, the new ownership group said it planned to expand the publication's audience and its events business.

"I think most would agree it was not executing business at max potential under the legacy framework established by the founders," Mr. Levin, who will become chief executive of High Times Holding Co., said in a statement. "We are going to build on the strong base they created to bring High Times from the authority in the counterculture movement to a modern media enterprise.

The magazine, which in January moved its headquarters to Los Angeles, had previously been owned by the New York-based Trans High Corp.

Mr. Marley, a reggae artist like his father, noted that he had started reading High Times in high school. "It is now an honour to be a part of the High Times legacy that I've been a fan of for so many years," he said in a statement.

The magazine was founded in 1974 by Tom Forcade as a subversive record of the marijuana counterculture. Whereas Playboy centerfolds displayed buxom women, High Times centerfolds displayed beautiful buds. It offered how-to instructions for growing at home, and even advice on best practices for smuggling marijuana.

These days, as marijuana acceptance has grown and states continue to legalize its use, High Times balances lifestyle writing with more serious coverage of "ganjapreneurs" and the "cannabusiness."

Ariana Grande's upcoming concert One Love Manchester has sold out in just six minutes, organisers have announced.

The tickets went on sale at 10am on Thursday morning and by 10.11, they had tweeted that they were completely sold out.

Ariana also tweeted about the tickets, but was already too late.

The One Love Manchester concert is set to take place on Sunday June 4.

Ticketmaster said in a statement: 'Ticketmaster was unsurprisingly met with remarkable demand for One Love Manchester tickets we had on sale this morning - 140,000 fans were on the website and our call centre was buzzing.

'With over 450,000 searches on our site for One Love Manchester over the last 24 hours, demand was always going to be extremely high.

'We are happy to report that there are thousands of fans who successfully purchased tickets during the general onsale.'

Confirmed acts include Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Usher, Katy Perry and Niall Horan.

sean-paul-photo-8.jpgSean Paul is calling on Drake to give dancehall and Jamaican culture more homage.

It's no secret that Drake has taken such a liking towards dancehall culture that he recorded an entire album full of dancehall influenced singles. The album Views was the biggest selling album released by any artist last year and one of the biggest in decades release by a rapper. Last Year Sean Paul sound off on Drake saying that not only he was not the best rapper, but he doesn't make good dancehall music.

Speaking exclusively to at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull, he claimed that the rapper should have given greater 'accolades' on the hit track - which was the best-selling UK single of 2016.

drake.jpgHe said: 'I think at the time when it was popping off, it would have been good for him to actually put accolades towards the whole culture.

'He's friendly with a few people in the business in Jamaica and that's good, I love it.

'But if he had given more accolades when he was actually making it and said "this is the music I love", it would have been cool.'

Bringing Ed Sheeran into the debate, he added: 'Ed Sheeran has done one song that is huge and it's dancehall reminiscent.

'But that is one song, he [Drake] had an album full of dancehall so I think he should have paid a bit of an accolade and told people in the press that is where I'm coming from, I have a love for that music.'

The dancehall legend also spoke about hearing the patter of tiny feet after welcoming his first child, son Levi Blaze, with wife Jodi Stewart in February.

'It's been three months now and I'm getting the daddy muscles!', he joked.

'A lot of stuff has changed, but it's only for the better. He's brought light into our lives and we're really thankful."

And when it came to his own music, he teased a forthcoming collaboration with Shakira - having previously worked with the likes of SIA and Little Mix in recent years.

He said: 'I just released a new song with Migos that is about to pop off on radios, big up to them!

'I'm also looking forward to dropping a single with Shakira, it's being mixed right now!'

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

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

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

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

But he will be able to have sex first.

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

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

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

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

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

That's quite an interesting perspective.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A teary farewell for Germaine Mason

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Martin short film

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afar Music Group and DJ Kenny release LevelUp

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

GATFFEST 2017 'From the Streets to the Screen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patron of GATTFEST is Professor Sir Kenneth Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 winners for Reggae Sumfest 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Gyptian still signed to VP Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black Matic signs deal with Empire

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

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

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

The album is scheduled to be released this summer 2017.

'Nuff' land in The Gambia for Mavado

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Dancehall artist Mavado is one lucky dude.

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

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

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

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

Sean Paul, Shenseea working on collab

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drummer Prince Shirley dies in Germany

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

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

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

Masicka and Aidonia war brewing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The single debuted Saturday morning on her official Instagram account.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alkaline apologizes to fans for aborted show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fans who wish to subscribe or hear this specially curated playlist can log on to

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stevie Wonder to marry in Jamaica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a listen:

Happy 70th Earthstrong Bunny Wailer!

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

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

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

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

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

Droop Lion to embark on media tour in Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Foota a run up him mouth pon video yah:

Suge Knight's son says it's a lie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sylvester Stallone quits Expendables

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Sylvester Stallone has quit 'The Expendables' franchise.

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

The Expendables 4' was set to reunite series staples Stallone, Jason Stath