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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:
Roosevelt Field Website:

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 Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren.

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

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

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

Tyrese Gibson's wife is of Jamaican descent

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

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

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

Spice claims 'Queen of the Dancehall' title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reggae Sumfest Earlybird Tickets Available Now

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The big question still remains: WHY?

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

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


Rihanna scores 22 top 5 Billboard Top 100 hits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sahie bats for women with new single

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronixx the new face of Adidas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Mavado's son stabbed during cell phone robbery

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

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

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

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

Kartel pays tribute to Shorty in new song

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alkaline to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entertainment Headlines

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

Is Kartel's music benefitting Lizard's family?

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

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

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

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

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

She has previewed a diss track aimed at Remy Ma.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaci Fennell's Revealing Carnival Costume Harshly Criticized

Kaci Fennell Carnival Photo Draws Harsh Criticism Online

Kaci Fennell Skimpy Carnival outfit Angers Jamaicans

Has Kaci Fennell broken the Internet with her Trinidad Carnival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pete: "when u expose that self esteem needed, its usually insecurity..craving attention and publicity. BTW isnt she married? Wheres hubby Missa Shirley?? Why didnt the papers refer to her correct name Mrs Kaci Fennel-Shirley?? Or did she drop the name for carnival...LoL"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"To whom it may concern,

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

Ninja defends Lisa Hanna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"But I always miss the audition

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

Sean Kingston admits that he was beaten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Smoke Dem blowing up with 'Marijuana'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Douglas has expressed disappointment in the decision.

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

Rohan Marley and Lauryn Hill now grandparents

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

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

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


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

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

Another Tonight Show appearance for Chronixx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skip Marley makes his Grammy debut with Katy Perry

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

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

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

Skip was recently signed to Island Records.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Petraa makes her move with Love Is Eternal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyonce to still perform at Coachella

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marley birthday tribute concert at airport Monday

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

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

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

Davidson said other concerts will be held on the day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyonce pregnant with TWINS!

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

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

Read: Beyonce Talks Career, Family, New Movie and 'Shock' Over Reaction to Cuba Trip

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

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

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

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

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

Reggae Month 2017 kicks off

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

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

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

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

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

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


Avant Forges Ahead With Music Scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tributes pour in World StarHipHop founder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sky Juice recovering after stroke

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

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

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

He was then reportedly taken to hospital and later released.

TV icon Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

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

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

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

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

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

Trombonist Nambo Robinson is dead

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

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

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

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

Nambo is survived by his wife and three children.

Magnum funds Devin di Dakta's trip to the Grammys

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

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

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

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

I-Wayne hospitalised following accident in St Mary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

ORieL releases lead single from debut album

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

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

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

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

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

Lacklustre line-up for Trump inauguration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alkaline to headline event in Jamaica in March

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

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

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

Busy Signal gets back US visa; now in the States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds dead at 84

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bolt has new role as CEO of French champagne company

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

More details to come.

Singer George Michael dead at 53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out this video of Ninjaman blasting Sting

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Beenie Man's brother is NOT dead

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Beenie Man brother is alive and well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor dead at 99

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

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

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

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

Excitement as Major Lazer set for tonight

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

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

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

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

No Sting on Boxing Day this year

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

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

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

Fast and Furious 8 trailer released

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

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

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

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

AIM First Fest returns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black woman to appear on Canadian banknote

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

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

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

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

Shaggy to be inducted CVSS Hall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charly Blacks Party Animal sells diamond

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

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

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

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

Grammy Awards overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyonce tops Grammy nominations with 9 nods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Saw's album for Grammy consideration

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

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

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

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

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

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junior-gong-photo-2.jpgDan Dalton, whose Dalton Entertainment Group manages Damian Jr Gong Marley, has announced a partnership with Jay Z's Roc Nation, that will see the two working together across all areas of their businesses, which include touring, marketing and branding.

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

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

No parish council seat for Buju's daughter

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

All the items are available for viewing at

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

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

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

According to artiste -- whose full moniker sounds something like this: The Original Gold-Teeth-Gun-Pon-Teeth- Don-Gorgon -- there was no way that the self-proclaimed World Boss could have answered Mavado's very recent diss directly, unless he had voiced those particular set of lyrics while behind bars.

"Mi nuh business bout nuh body business, but nobody a nuh idiot. Nobody nuh supposed to ask me if the man a record inna prison because how you fi answer Mavado if you nah record?" Ninjaman is reported as saying.


Ninjaman, himself no stranger to life behind bars, and who is currently out on bail awaiting trial in a murder case in which he has been fingered,curiously enough voiced his support for Kartel's recent transfer.

The many-time jailed artiste explained to the Star thus: "Well, as an artiste, fi Kartel go a GP is a better situation,. Him have more chances fi do him work because you have studio inna di General Penitentiary. You have schools, you have radio stations, everything."

The former Brother Desmond, however, had a word of caution,"The only thing is that if the Government seh him not supposed to record, him nah go can record." - YP

sean-paul-photo-6.jpgSean Paul came under fire from social media last week after he admitted to Charlamagne Tha God that he eats "pum pum" and then backtracked.

If you're a fan of dancehall culture then you would know that pum pum eating is a huge issue, although some fans would agree that things are slowly changing. During an interview on The Breakfast Club this week, Charlamagne, known for asking celebrities tough questions, asked Sean Paul if he "eat pum pum." "We got to prove that you're a Jamaican, do you eat pum pum?" Charlamagne asked.

"Yes I eat pum pum but... Just funny the way you said it to me a pum pum we say and no I don't eat pum pum... no sir... It don't have a wrapper you know," Sean Paul said.

Needless to say that dancehall fans have been going in on him on social media with some accusing him of lying about it.

Charlamagne pushed back on some of the criticisms from fans telling them to "grow up."

"I can't believe y'all mad at Sean Paul for this," he said. "SMH. If the man eat Pum Pum let him eat Pum Pum!! Why we Pum Pum eating shaming??? Women stop letting Jamaican men get away with saying they don't eat Pum Pum when they've eaten yours. Treat Jamaican men who eat Pum Pum but claim they don't the same way the streets treat rappers who claim they bout that life but aren't. I can't believe Jamaican men right now especially because if you've ever licked a well seasoned, well cooked ox tail then you know what Pum Pum taste like or when you cut a beef patty in half and put your tongue in the center of it it's the same difference. Grow up Jamaican men, GROW UP."

popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgReports are all over the Internet that dancehall artiste Popcaan is now a proud owner of a brand new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The 'Unruly Boss' took to social media on Tuesday through his official fanpage 'PopcaanUpdate' to show the new whip with his fans.

It is said that sccording to sources close to the 'Unruly' camp, the Range Rover was gifted to the deejay from Canadian Rapper Drake ahead of Popcaan's reported OVO signing which is expected to be announced later this year.

Kanye and the Kurse of the Kardashians

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kardashian-curse-men.jpgAlthough there are mixed reactions over Kanye West being hospitalized, some are actually feeling sympathetic for Ye thinking he may be the latest victim of the Kardashian curse.

Although the men married to or who are involved with the Kardashians actually had MAJOR PROBLEMS before they linked with the famous family, some refuse to acknowledge it, or others enjoy poking fun at the tragic lineups of demise. I mean we now have alcoholics, drug addicts, jerks, depression, a transgender woman, a broke rapper.

bounty-killer-photo-8.jpg"Bounty Killer misses me," was the response of controversial selector/producer/artiste manager Foota Hype to a recent diss by the Warlord Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer, who gave a good set at last weekend's Jamrock Reggae Cruise, stopped mid-way to shout out to several dancehall personality most of whom he has been friends with for many years including Baby Cham, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler and even Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks and also to take a few shots at Foota Hype.


"Dutty Foota Hype them who are so ungrateful and talking about the general no have no hot," he said. "I am the savior of dancehall."

Foota, who was also on the cruise, told Zip FM that it was obvious that Bounty missed him, because that's the only reason why Killer, who has not performed to an international audience in a while, owing to visa woes, would take time out to call his name.

Foota had earlier this year remarked that Bounty was using the wrong producers, hence he wasn't getting any hit songs.

tads-ultimate-2016.jpgSince its auspicious debut in 2007, the Tad's International Record's compilation album, The Ultimate, has never disappointed. The latest edition, The Ultimate 2017, maintains its reputation. Scheduled for release digitally and on compact disc on December 2, it is a 19-song collection of hardcore dancehall songs and easy-listening reggae.

It contains songs from Mavado, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel, three of the biggest names in Dancehall for 2016. Mavado has four songs on The Ultimate 2017: Money, Girls & Fun, Lowe Mi, In God We Trust, and Farewell; the latter of which is a collaboration with Alkaline. Tad Dawkins, principal of Tad's Record, said 2016 is a banner year for the 'Gully God'. "Yes it was, and a very strong one and he will be a stronger force to reckon with next year. There has been resurgence in his popularity since he started recording in Jamaica once again" said Dawkins.

Vbyz Kartel has had a presence on The Ultimate series since its inception. He and Alkaline represent on The Ultimate 2017 with two solo songs each. Who Trouble Them and Training Wheel are Kartel's songs. Alkaline contributes Block & Delete and Wha a Gwan.

Coolest Summer, a massive hit for Ding Dong and Dexta Daps, and this sensational hit single is also part of the impressive musical collection. So too Wuk Off You Gal by Aidonia, Vershon's Feeling High and the rib-tickling Frowzy Taxi Man from newcomer Grampa Entatain.

With ganja decriminalization blowing across Jamaica, it is only fitting that a 'weed song' is included. None better than One Draw, sung melodiously by Marcia Griffiths featuring Fab 5; this song is a modern take on the Rita Marley classic.

Snoop says Kanye is 'crazy'

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgSnoop Dogg has slammed Kanye West for ranting on stage.

The 45-year-old rapper believes the Famous hitmaker is 'crazy', and took to social media on Sunday to criticize the 39-year-old musician for constantly venting about fellow artists.

Speaking in an Instagram clip, which sees Snoop give a running commentary whilst listening to Kanye's speech in the background and has since been shared on Karen Civil's Twitter account, the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker - whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Junior - said: 'This n****r crazy. Have you heard this n****r diss a n****r onstage? This n****r crazier than the s**t I got on my head.'

'That n****r crazy. I can't believe he's still talking. He picked the wrong night to vent like that, them Sacramento n****rs ain't feeling that s**t,' he said.

'He was talking that weird a*s s**t. That's just my thoughts,' he added. 'I smoke weed. Weed don't make you do that. What the f**k is he on?'

kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West has been hospitalized for his own safety after suffering a psychotic breakdown, according to sources.

The rapper was under 'psychiatric evaluation' at a Los Angeles area hospital late Monday and the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour was cancelled as friends say the star is 'spiraling out of control', TMZ reports.

Friends told the 'breakdown' was triggered by problems in his marriage to Kim Kardashian, paranoia over his rift with Jay Z and his seething jealousy of Beyoncé.

Law enforcement sources say that Los Angeles police had responded to a medical welfare call about 1:20pm local time.

He was allegedly being checked for 'severe sleep deprivation' when it was decided he needed to be admitted. Law enforcement sources confirmed he was hospitalized for his own health and safety.

Sources close to Kanye say he tried to resist being transported to the L.A. hospital and had to be handcuffed.

Kim had been due to make an appearance at an East Coast event this evening but was nowhere to be seen after the shock news of her husband's hospitalization.

Earlier today, Kanye's concert promoter, Live Nation, had announced he was axing the remaining 22 gigs on his national tour without giving a reason.

The announcement came just two days after the 39-year-old music artist had walked off stage 30 minutes into his performance following an incoherent political and personal rant.

West took aim at Hillary Clinton, close friends Beyoncé and Jay Z and Mark Zuckerberg in the bizarre outburst while on stage in Sacramento on Saturday.

Now friends say the rant is more than just another dramatic tantrum from the rapper known for his outspoken opinions - and even his famous wife has had enough.

'Kim is fed up,' a close friend tells 'They've been bickering constantly - she didn't want Kanye to do the tour in the first place. She wanted him by her side as she recovered from her traumatic robbery in Paris.

'She lost days with him while he's touring and then he made a rash decision to end the concert after ten minutes and go on a rant.

'He had a psychotic break. Kanye is very hot tempered and he's very reactionary. A lot of times, he speaks before he thinks and he's very sensitive.'

The move comes after a complex weekend for the musician, who abruptly ended a concert in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, then canceled a performance Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday's truncated show became a hot topic, as amateur videos circulated of a 10-minute tirade by West about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, the radio and MTV.

He said he was 'hurt' because he heard Beyoncé refused to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards unless she won Video of the Year over him.

He also urged her husband Jay Z to call him and 'talk to me like a man'.

In a clip posted to social media the Famous hitmaker was heard telling the audience: 'Beyonce I was hurt because I heard you said you wouldn't perform unless you won video of the year over me and over Hotline Bling.

'In my opinion - now don't go dissing Beyoncé, she's great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are - just to win.

'F**k winning, f**k looking cool, f**k being cool. At the risk of my own success. I'll give ya'll the truth.'

'Jay Z, I know you got killas. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me--talk to me like I man,' he said.

Why was Kartel moved from Horizon prison?

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vybz-kartel-photo-4.jpgDeejay Vybz Kartel was transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road and placed at the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston on Wednesday, his lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson confirmed.

However, the attorney reported that he did not know why his client was removed.

Word on the street is that despite his incarceration, Kartel still records music, with an iTunes singles count for 2016 already reaching a staggering 50 songs, in addition to his King of the Dancehall album, released in August.

Speculations are that the move is to counter the recordings.

vybz-kartel-photo-27.jpgConvicted murderer and top-selling dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was reportedly been transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in downtown Kingston under heavy police guard on Tuesday.

There has been speculation that he was removed because of a suspected breach committed at Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

Following a 65-day trial said to be the longest in Jamaica's history, Kartel and cronies Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced to life imprisonment for the August 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Kartel and his three co-convicts have filed appeals against their incarceration and sentences.

Despite his incarceration, Vybz Kartel still dominates the airwaves in Jamaica with new releases said to be recorded before he was locked up.

Roots reggae singer Nanny Mystik murdered in Linstead

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nanny-mistik.jpgJust days before her live performance in Jamaica singer Nanny Mistik was murdered.

According to reports, the singer was allegedly killed on Monday night (November 14) at a house in Linstead, St. Catherine in the presence of her children.

Friends of the entertainer have since left messages of condolence on her Facebook page.

Nanny Mistic is from May Pen, Clarendon but resides in Canada. She was slated to perform this Thursday at Jungle Fyah.

A post on her official Facebook page reads: "Just wanted to let all of Nanny's Fans/Friends/Family who has not been advised... she passed on last-night, murdered in her home! R.I.P #NannyMistik you would have been a force to reckon with. You were just about to be introduced to the world. You were unlike no other, one of the most humble and loving human beings I've come across. SLEEP well by sista love to noooooo end. We will miss you but for those who know you well, knows you'll be alright. Guidance".

bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgVeteran dancehall artiste, is slated to be the headliner for Stone Love's Anniversary Celebration scheduled for the Caribbean Queen Boat Dock on Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston, on December 24.

This year, the sound system is marking its 44th year.

"We stay focused on why and where we started so we keep that authentic sound but we also bring in young talents who also understand that the music and the culture are very fluid and our thing must consistently be on top," said Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell.

Arguably one of Jamaica's top sound systems, Stone Love is also a successful label. It hosts the weekly dance series, Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, held on Burlington Avenue, St Andrew.

Jae Prynse to end a great year at GT's Extravaganza

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prynce.jpgOn-the-rise entertainer Jae Prynse (Prince) is quite upbeat about the pace with which his career has been moving and, with a few weeks to go until the end of the year, he is calling 2016 "fantastic".

The young singjay, who is signed to UK-based Live MB Music, says he has accomplished much in terms of getting his music to the people, both through live performances and his recordings which received much love from radio and in the dancehall. Among his best known single is Try Harder, produced by Frens For Real Recording. The song is becoming a staple on radio in places such as the UK, US,Switzerland and Germany, while locally, it has been playing on Zip FM, Irie and Sun City radio stations. The video was released last month.

In a recent interview, Jae Prynse explained that just as he did with songs such as Concrete Jungle he again used his personal struggles as the paper on which to write the lyrics for Try Harder and he feels that the motivational force of the song has enabled it to solidly connect with critics and fans alike the world over. He and his team have been in promotional mode and have kept up the momentum since Try Harder was released in August, followed by his mixtape, of the same name, which dropped on September 28.

In terms of live performances, Jay Prynse toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

"We performed in places such as London, Birmingham and Ipswitch and it was awesome. Actually, I went last year and based on how well I did, they called me back to tour again this year. I give thanks for this opportunity and look forward to making more journeys such as this in 2017," Jae Prynce said.

Having been featured on Trabass' popular blog and also on the Sun City Campus Invasion Tour, thus getting an opportunity to interact with his at-home audience, Jay Prynse has been enjoying a buzz, so much so that he has been added to the line-up of the annual Christmas Day gala, GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza.

"This is a spectacular way for me to close out 2016 and I am excited, humbled and intent on giving my fans a treat," the artiste who was born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams and who grew up on the tough streets of Spanglers in Downtown Kingston said.

bounty-sanjay-shelly.jpgWith the 'Tekova' single by Sanjay and Shelly Belly gaining traction locally right before the two left for their joint tour of Europe, it is no surprise that on returning to the island almost two months later, the two would jump right back into 'promotion mode' for the track. They have now amped the 'Tekova' single by remixing it with Dancehall legend, Bounty Killer.

Sanjay and Shelly Belly have found chemistry in the studio recording tracks together that translate well in the streets; tracks like Belleh and Chip Chop. It is no surprise that the Grung God, Bounty Killer, would be an artiste with whom the two would want to collaborate.

"We actually wanted Bounty on the Belleh remix along with the other artistes earlier this year but he said as much as he loved the single, it wasn't his style. So when he heard Tekova... He said yes. This he is ready for!" Sanjay explained

Bounty himself hasn't ventured into voicing dance tunes in the past so voicing on the 'Tekova' single, an obvious dance track, is a monumental occasion in Dancehall for all parties involved.

"Bounty hear the original at a street dance one night and tell me that him ready fi dis one, and when him voice the track him say this a dancehall history! It's a big deal to have an icon like Killa rate your work and want to even work with you, trust me!" Shelly Belly added

While in Europe, Sanjay and Shelly Belly started shooting scenes for the original 'Tekova' video and are gearing up to record additional footage to include Bounty and the remix into the finished video product.

jah-cure-knocked-out.jpgReggae singer JAh Cure took to Instagram Sunday night after a video of him involved in a brawl in The Bahamas went viral.

The unofficial story is that Jah Cure and another man got into a fight because the unknown male found out that Cure was having an affair with his wife. The incident went down at a hotel in Bahamas on Saturday. In the video, Jah Cure is seen sprawled out unconscious on the floor, following the fight.

Anyway, Cure informed his fans that he was doing fine: "Tell dem Im doing fine hypocrites stop spread rumors on my name; 242 is my town," he wrote in the caption of a video of him walking through an underwater tunnel. "I WILL UPDATE YOU ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MATTER IN MY NEXT POST."

Well, we're still waiting.

chris-brown-royalty-billboard-awards-2015.jpgMajor Myjah, the son of Dancehall legend Bounty Killer, has been keeping great company it would seem.

The youngster is said to have a contributed a few tracks to US singer Chris Brown's latest project. Breezy previewed a bunch of new singles on IG and reports are that he plans to release in the coming weeks ahead of his new album "Heartbreak on a Full Moon."

This album will be the followup to his chart topping project "Royalty" which was released late last year and was named after his 3-year-old daughter.

ziggy-marley-cookbook.jpgZiggy Marley and Family Cookbook is now available. The Grammy-winning reggae singer says cooking is like his second hobby to making music.

Healthy eating and lifestyle is fast become a trend these days in the United States and Jamaica. But for Ziggy and his family, eating healthy has always been a priority.

"I love to cook and eat healthy and so do my family and friends, so I thought, let me get together with family and friends and [come] up with our favorite recipes and share them with the world," the musician turn cookbook author said.


Being the eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and growing up as a Rastafarian, Ziggy Marley cookbook focuses on plant-based diets. His wife is of middle eastern descent so he would often combine her middle eastern recipes with his Jamaican flavors to make the perfect meals.

His cookbook is not only for vegetarians and vegans since he includes some of his Jamaican cultural favorites like jerk chicken, curry escovitch fish and many more.

The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook comes with 54 recipes.

Beenie Man Unstoppable on Billboard

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has re-entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

His latest compilation titled Unstoppable is currently holding the number three spot.

The album, since being released, has peaked in its current position after enjoying only three weeks in the top ten. He is joined by Stephen Marley, whose latest album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life is the number four album.

The set, which peaked at number one, has spent some 15 weeks on the Reggae Albums Chart.

Queen Ifrica to release new album January 2017

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queen-ifrica-guitar.jpgJamaican award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica returns with her new studio album Climb in January 2017 on VP Records. The lyrical crusader calls for global change on the album and rallies comrades like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on the opening hip-hop tinged track "Truvosation."

She touches on key social issues throughout the album. The soul-tinged reggae track "I Can't Breathe" rails against ongoing police brutality in America; the ska flavored "Rebellion" name checks uprisings across several continents that have secured rights and improved the lives of many marginalized individuals. This sentiment is reinforced on "Battlefield", which warns "we never yield, its war on the battlefield, if you nah hear you ah go feel."

"These songs come to me as I am watching the world; I see myself as a social worker that uses music as my tool because music is the greatest weapon to impact societal change, to help young people to understand themselves more," Ifrica says.

On November 16, 2016 in NYC, Queen Ifrica will be performing select tracks from the album to give fans a taste of what is to come. The intimate live show will be held directly after the launch party for Jamaica's renowned Rebel Salute music festival at Milk River in Brooklyn, NY.

bob-marley-photo-3.jpgSmile Jamaica, the concert hosted by Bob Marley 40 years ago is returning in December.The Bob Marley Museum will honor the memory of Bob Marley's triumph over adversity, by commemorating the 40th anniversary of Smile Jamaica, with a Jam session and launch of the 2017 staging on Saturday December 3, 2016, at Marley's home located at 56 Hope Road.

The iconic Smile Jamaica Concert was first held on December 5, 1976 and was headlined by Reggae legend Bob Marley two days after an incident in which he was shot and injured. On December 3, 2016 from 4pm to 10 pm, musical tributes will ring out from Uprising Rootz Band, Dre Island, Kelissa, Black Hero, Feluke, Stephen Marley and a number of special performers.

Marie Bruce, General Manager of the Bob Marley Museum stated, "The Smile Jamaica event symbolizes a defining moment in Bob Marley's life. On President Obama's recent visit to the Museum... it was the part of the tour guides presentation, which made the most impact on him, prompting him to quote Bob in his speech at UWI "If the bad guys don't take a break, then why should I". These famous words were spoken by Bob when he was asked why he still performed after an attempt assignation, for this reason we continue to honor Bob's vision"

The Marley family has joined efforts with Grizzly's Plantation Cove and PDP Entertainment who will both serve as co-executive producers for the grand return of Smile Jamaica in 2017, following a nine-year hiatus,

The first Smile Jamaica event served as collaborative effort by Bob Marley and the Wailers and the then cultural section of the Prime minster's Office. Marley delivered a passionate 90-minute set, days after being injured in an assassination attempt. The concert was held in a politically charged Jamaica at the National Heroes Circle for a crowd of over 80,000 people.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport invites persons to submit entries for the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran and Write Like Maas Ran Competitions. These competitions will give entrants a chance to try their hand at two of Randolph Samuels, 'Maas Ran's' greatest skills, while having a chance to win a cash prize. The JCDC is marking the 104th anniversary of the birth of Randolph Samuel Williams, CD, popularly known as Ranny Williams or "Maas Ran", one of Jamaica's foremost theatre practitioner and cultural icon.

According to Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson: "These two competitions will allow Jamaicans and Jamaican Language enthusiasts from far and wide to try their hand at two of Maas Ran's greatest crafts, while celebrating the legacy of this theatrical great."

He continued, "If you are a comedian or someone who can tell a good old-time joke, Gi Joke Like Maas Ran is your chance to win a cash prize while doing what you do best. Likewise, writers of all age and skill levels are encouraged to enter the Write Like Maas Ran competition, where they can tell a real old-time story while also walking away with a cash prize".

Persons interested in entering the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran competition should send a 60 seconds video clip of them telling an original Jamaican Joke to by Friday, November 11, 2016. The entries received will be posted on the JCDC's Facebook page and the video with the most 'likes' will win $30 000. Jokes must not contain explicit or inappropriate content or language.

New Kartel and Spice collab to be released

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed Gaza boss, Vybz Kartel and controversial female deejay Spice are set to release a new single sometime this week, according to teasers on Kartel's social media account. and now they are looking to recreate that sauce with "So In Love."

The two are set to preview follow up on the blockbuster 2009 Billboard single, Ramping Shop and 2014's Conjugal Visit."


"The track is called 'So In Love' and Spice already recorded her part and we already have Kartel's part so its down to mixing and getting everything right before we release it," a rep for the self-proclaim World Boss is quoted as saying.

"It's going to be a huge hit and we are excited about this track."

The deejay's rep reported that Vybz Kartel will be responding to Mavado and Alkaline with a diss track this week. Both Vado and Alko released diss tracks aimed at Vybz Kartel over the last week.

babsy-grange-minister.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is making preparations to have reggae inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, made the disclosure while addressing a recent Heritage Festival at the Institute of Jamaica's headquarters in Kingston.

According to a JIS release, the minister said the move is one of the major initiatives of the ministry to safeguard Jamaica's intangible heritage.

"This will clearly identify to the world, where the origin of reggae is and where it continues to evolve into the forms we know and love," she noted.

She noted that the staging of events such as Heritage Festival engages artists, performers and craft makers, and increases souvenir development and sales.

Grange said the ministry will ensure that the festival and other such activities are promoted to international standard in order to bring new revenue streams to the country.

The IOJ's Heritage Festival was held under the theme: 'Our Heritage, Your Festival.' and featured drumming, multi-cultural displays, Jamaican cuisine, pottery, jewellery, clothing , museum tours, and a downtown bus tour.

vp-collection.jpgVP records will return with its hugely popular "Strictly The Best" series on November 18. Over the years the record company has released some of the biggest hits through this compilation series and this one should be no different.

Strictly The Best's annual series provides DJs and fans alike with the hottest hits breaking in dancehall and roots reggae for the fall, winter and new year to come.

Strictly the Best Vol. 54 rallies the most in-demand roots and lover's rock singers for a must-have set from artists like Ikaya, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, MAGIC ft. Sean Paul. Alborosie feat. Protoje, Sizzla Ft. Jah Cure, Raging Fyah and Jah9.

Strictly the Best Vol. 55 contains the season's most popular, cutting-edge dancehall anthems, banging in the clubs and on Caribbean radio from the likes of Vershon, Alkaline, Vybz Kartel, Mr. Vegas, Spice, Chi Ching Ching, Masicka and Dexta Daps.

As an added touch this year, each volume features a bonus album of classic hits. Vol. 54, the lovers rock and roots edition, has a bonus disc of classics from Jamaica's celebrated vocal groups - including The Wailing Souls, The Heptones, The Mighty Diamonds, T.O.K, Morgan Heritage & more. The dancehall version Vol. 55's bonus disc spotlights famous duets from iconic deejays (U.S. equilvalent of rap vocalists) paired with reggae singers. Fans can reminisce with anthems like "Twice Mt Age" by Shabba Ranks ft. Krystal, "Bonafide Love" by Wayne Wonder ft. Buju Banton and "Hot Gal Today" by Mr. Vegas & Sean Pau

bob-marley-photo-2.jpgBob Marley & the Wailers were at the peak of their artistic powers when they arrived at the Lyceum London for two shows on July 17 and 18, 1975, having just released Natty Dread the year before and about to unleash Rastaman Vibration on the world. The Rolling Stones mobile studio was on hand to record both shows, with seven songs from the second released as Live!, in December of that same year. The recording was subsequently broadcast as part of the syndicated radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1976.

The Marley Family will now release for the first time the complete sets from both shows, Bob Marley and the Wailers Live!, as a three-LP set in 180-gram black vinyl and as a digital package on December 16 in a tri-gatefold package that also includes a reproduction of the tour program from the band's historic '75 U.K. tour.

In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc, will also be made available as an exclusive at UDiscover and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA.

Marley and the Wailers' classic line-up included bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin "Seeco" Patterson and the I-Three - backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. The group was fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London's Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of "No Woman, No Cry."

The BBC's Chris Jones wrote about the album in 2009: "This seminal live document captures almost exactly the point where both roots reggae and Rastafarianism finally entered popular culture... Capturing the band at the peak of their powers with a set list that held absolutely no low points... this was a Wailers that could more than handle the lusher, fuller rock reggae that transformed Marley's Rastaman diatribes into pop gold. No one before this had combined both roots and R&B in this way... uniting both working and middle classes with his songs of universal struggle and religious metaphor.

Dancehall Artiste Mr. Lexx performed at Shock Awards in Colombia at the weekend, having been nominated in one of the categories.

Lexx's single 'Bad Boys' featuring artiste collective El Freaky, was nominated for best radio single. However, despite the single losing out to, the Jamaican entertainer says he still feels like a winner.

Lexx who is proud of the single's success, also performed the South American hit at the awards ceremony. He tells us more.

ninja-sting.jpgAnother os Sting's honorees, Ninjaman, has also said that he too, while giving thanks, will not be personally accepting the award at the December 26 event.

"If dem feel like is time dem fi honour me, then give thanks 'cause is an honour still, but somebody a go collect the award," he said.

"Mi have nuff daughter and son weh proud a dem father fi go collect award man. Mi nuh have no time fi dem deh something. A nuh disrespect nor nothing. Mi do enough work, and when mi fi get honour nobody neva a pay me nuh mind. If mi never a quarrel, nobody wouldn't a look fi honour me."


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bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty calls out Sting promoters - 'Dem man deh nuh rate people'

In response to Supreme Promotions announce that this year, Sting will be honouring the artistes who have contributed greatly to the event's success since its inception, one of the named honorees. Bounty killer had this to say.

Bounty Killer's words of wisdom: "I get to understand as a youth coming up that these people don't really rate me or honour me. Dem man deh nuh too rate nobody, dem man deh just rate the sensation of the moment and who dem can sell some tickets off of."

He continued: "If they wanna do this as a publicity stunt to say they honouring me, I will send someone to go and collect it. But I ain't even going 'cause I know these people and they don't respect foundation. They are all about the hype."

Party promoter shot dead in Old Harbour

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party-promoter-renato-grant.jpgA popular party promoter was shot dead on Saturday night on Burke Road in Old Harbour.

The police report that at about 8:55 PM, Renato Grant was at a shop in his community when he was approached by a group of armed men.

The men opened fire hitting Grant several times.

Grant was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Another artiste leaves Downsound

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Nature has ditched the Joe Bogdanovich-led Sownsound Records and will reportedly be managing himself.

This follows the recent split from DownSound Records of their female diva, Ishawna, and it looks as if both artistes may get entangled in a legal battle with the outfit.

The "World Peace" singer who informed CEO Josef Bogdanovich via email of his departure is still legally bound to the music label.

Nature, like Ishawna before him, remains tight-lipped about the details surrounding the split but told one media entity that he was uncomfortable.

JCDC launches Ranny Williams contest.


With great concern about crime, especially in western Jamaica, entertainers Mackie Conscious and a team of musicians has collaborated with Queen Ifrika who also hails from Montego Bay and who had similar concerns to host a free concert at Dump up beach Sunday December 4 2016 starting at 3 pm.

This event is designed to have the major Jamaican recording artistes both home and abroad participate in donating their time to solidify a cry from the music fraternity that a change is needed. So far, over 50 name brand entertainers are expected to make themselves available live or via video link on a large screen. This list includes Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Diana King, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Mackie Conscious, Spice, Ninja Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Benie Man, I Octane, Jimmy Cliff, Mutabaruka, Hezron, Carlene Davis, Lt Stichie and Kevin Dowenswell.

The St James Police, the Parish Council and the UDC have already given full support.

"We intend to have an Entertainers Motorcade and reasoning session on the day of the event through the troubled communities. Following the event we anticipate with the help of corporate Jamaica, to launch an initiative to revisit the communities with an offer of support with academic advancements and skills training to the youth.

A third imitative to be launched later as it relates to keeping an eye on the entire entertainment coming from the fraternity will be to better assist in the inspiration of the youth and promote quality of music, impacting ultimately Brand Jamaic," a release from the organizers stated.

Jae Prynce motivated to 'Try Harder'

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prynce.jpgRising entertainer Jae Prynse's (Prince) extraordinary journey began on October 23, 1993. Born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams, Jae Prynse was a special child, his wit and vocal ability marveled many relatives and friends from a tender age.

But for Jae Prynse growing up in the inner city music was his sanctuary as the harsh streets of Spanglers Downtown Kingston left nothing to smile about.

Jae Prynse's early life embodied struggle, violence, poverty and pain however music was his light at the end of what seemed to be a never ending dark tunnel.

Jae Prynse started to pursue music as a career at the tender age of 14 after his family had to flee the inner-city community of Spanglers due to gang violence, in the process, young prince lost his chance to complete high school (Donald Quarry High), almost lost his grand mother after she received a graze from a bullet to the head and had to mourn the loss of his older brother who lost his life in the same event. Devastated and marginalized Jae Prynse channeled his pain into music and found that it was not only an outlet for his pain but also a field that he had a knack for.

In 2013 Jae Prynse met up with HDX STUDIOS which he signed a deal with them after they heard and loved his raw talent, this was when he started to use his struggles as a motivation and released his first single entitled 'CONCRETE JUNGLE' followed by his single 'MY Life' and others which announced his presence to the world. But it was not until 2015 under the management of UK Based Live MB Music that Jae Prynse made his musical mark with singles such as 'Who Feels It Knows', 'It Could A Be Worst' and 'Fi Mamma' produced by Frenz For Real, E.N.T.R.A.P.S, Konsequence Muzik and Live MB Music respectively.

These singles gained traction on local and international radio which resulted in Jae Prynse embarking on his first two month tour of the United Kingdom (June- July 2015). The tour was such a success that he once again toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

Fast Forward to August 2016 Jae Prynse is busy promoting his new single entitled Try Harder which was produced by Frens For Real Recording. The single is presently a daily staple on local and international radio with the video soon to be released. Jae Prynse dropped his new mixtape titled Try Harder on September 28, with promotion underway for a European tour.

tony-matterhorn-photo-1.jpgAidonia got married last month and now it's another entertainer's turn. Popular selector Tony Matterhorn will be getting married this weekend.

Sources close to the selector have confirmed that Matterhorn is to get married on Sunday in a bashy ceremony in Florida.

Several members of the entertainment fraternity have already flown up for the event

Earlier this week, fellow entertainer Denyque said "yes" when her longtime boyfriend of several years popped the question.

Tanto Blacks is the face of Cash 4 Life

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tanto-blacks-cash-for-life.jpg'Real Rich' sensation Tanto Blacks has been named ambassador and the face of the 2016 staging of J Wray & Nephew Limited's 'Q is the Key to Cash 4 Life' competition.

Blacks will be the main character in all advertisements of the competition, which will give players a chance to win up to $30 million in prize money over the next 14 weeks.

The entertainer, who is well known for promoting a cash-rich lifestyle and positive lyrics, will encourage lovers of J Wray & Nephew Ltd brands to enter 'Q is the Key' by purchasing certain 200 ml products and texting the codes on the back of the Q's label to the contact number provided.

'Q is the Key' was launched Friday and offered players myriad opportunities to win cash by purchasing Qs (200 ml) of either: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Charley's JB Overproof Rum, Appleton Special or Campari.

Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, J Wray & Nephew, said based on discussions, Blacks was selected to be Q is the Key to Cash for Life's ambassador, because of his cash flow lifestyle that is in keeping with the goal of the competition.

Over the next 14 weeks there will be daily cash prizes of $10,000 and mobile phone credit and monthly cash prizes of $50,000, $100,000, $150,000, $250,000, and $500,000. At the end of January 2017, there will be a grand prize draw in which two lucky winners will be selected for the two prizes of $1,000,000 each year for the next 10 years.

After the brouhaha in the wake of Spice's controversial performance at the high profile gala ot honour Jamaica's athletes in Rio, the Minister of Culture had this to say:

"I recognize dancehall as an important Jamaican music genre. In that regard, I note some of the comments directed at Spice for her performance on Saturday night. I do not offer a defence for Spice who is a talented and bright performer, fully capable of producing lyrics in celebration of our athletic heroes. I would however, caution against the issue of vitriolic comment and a rush to judgement in this matter.

Most things went well but a few very important things did not on this occasion. Like our athletes we will review, improve and keep pushing ourselves to higher levels of performance."

Spice blasts the 'hypocrites'

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spicey-sting.jpgSpice's performance at the gala celebration for Jamaican athletes who competed at his year's Rio Olympics was met with blank stares from an audience which included the Prime Minister, sports personalities and other government officials.

The raunchy dancehall deejay was slapped with a string of harsh criticisms following her performance at the event. Meanwhile, some criticized the organizers for booking her.

The event's main organizer Lenford Salmon in an article was quoted as saying Spice failed to show up for a technical rehearsal. In addition, Mr. Salmon claims that they were assured by Spice's team that the deejay would have adjusted her lyrics and dress appropriately for the occasion.

But according to Spice, his claims are untrue. and she describes the saga as hypocritical and a harsh case of "classism".

madonna.jpgPop musician Madonna will receive Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award, following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time.

She will be honoured at the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event in New York City on December 9.

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with US$170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history with a staggering US$1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Madonna is also the best-selling female recording artist of all time. In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are said to be effecting real change in the world.

Madonna's Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialised Malawian medical staff.

The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.

rapper-safaree.jpgJamaica-born American rapper/song writer Safaree has started a charity initiative titled Stunt for Jamaica and is expected to donate computers to local schools in coming weeks.

According to the rapper, who is now featured on VH1ís popular TV show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, Jamaica's influence in his development has made him a strong individual.

"I want to put a new computer in schools in Jamaica every month. I just want to keep on doing it. I have already made connections with notable people like Jackie from the show Basketball Wives. She is going to donate, and I already have my first batch of computers," he said.

The artiste also revealed that schools in the parish of Hanover will be the first in line to receive computers.

"Pondside in Hanover is where my family is from so, I am just gonna set it up from there and work my way across the island. My mother used to run track and field with Merlene Ottey back in the day, and there is a Merlene Ottey (high) school in that side of the island that I might visit. I just want the teenagers to know that they should not give up, you know, stay focused on your education. I want this charity to get really really, big and help the schools out," he said.

guiness-sounds-of-greatness-bishop-escobar.jpgSelector Carlos 'Bishop Escobar' Henry, has teamed up with Guinness for what promises to be another electrifying season of the Guinness Sounds of Greatness (GSOG) competition set to run from October to December.

The 'Made of More' brand recently signed Escobar to a contract that includes hosting duties for GSOG, advertisements and mixtapes, making him the second local ambassador the brand has signed this year.

"Guinness has a lot of respect in the streets. It is a bold drink that also connects with different groups," said Escobar who has grown in popularity among dancehall fans. "That is what I do, entertain people of all ages. Escobar is made of more. Any time yuh see me just know sey you ah go get more."

Escobar has become widely known for his unique mic skills and ability to entertain a crowd.

"My joviality, my crowd interaction, my entertainment package is different. Most selectors are focused on the serious part. My energy just different, it nuh stay like the rest," said the 33-year-old MC, who added that he's looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Guinness. "I will endeavour to live up to the Guinness tagline, 'Made of More' in the music fraternity."

The new collaboration with Escobar is in line with the brand's longstanding support of Jamaican dancehall culture, which includes the annual GSOG series, sponsorship of Aidonia's Birthday Bash and the ambassador agreement with Busy Signal, which was signed earlier this year.

Viewers shocked at Priscilla Presley's scary looks

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priscilla-presley-dracula-photo-1.jpgPriscilla Presley, 71, shocked viewers with her incredible appearance on Thursday morning's installment of Lorraine, showcasing a smooth, wrinkle free complexion.

The former wife of Elvis chatted to host Lorraine Kelly about her late ex-husband during her rare interview on British TV.

But it was her looks which really got people going on social media, with countless viewers taking to Twitter to comment.

One user posted: 'Flicking thru channels on TV and thought I saw a Lizard being interviewed on Lorraine. Turns out it was Priscilla Presley after surgery!'

Another mused: 'Must be a point where you say 'yep enough plastic surgery now' else you just look like Frankenstein's monster @ITVLorraine #PriscillaPresley'.

A third harsh comment read: 'I'm really sorry, I'm sure she's a lovely woman, but I have nightmares after looking at @Cilla_Presley for too long #justsaying #Lorraine'.


QORIHC set to honour Industry females October 30

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Finally, hard working female industry players will receive well deserved attention and recognition for their years of service. A brand new honorary event, 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC, will have their first staging this October in Kingston Jamaica.

The event, staged by New York based Reggae artiste Mye Laurell through her NyteNursePro foundation, will see eight talented and hard working females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Mye laurell and her NyteNursePro foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

"I believe that women are the backbone of the Jamaican creative industry because we do so much to support it. My NyteNursepro organization's mission is to Inspire, Nurture, and Entertain, so this event is perfect as it intends to motivate the current honorees to continue doing great work and to inspire other females to work hard and eventually their work will also get recognized." Mye shared

Specific females to be honored at this year's ceremonies are; Veteran Reggae ArtisteSister Nancy, whose worldwide hit "Bam Bam" is the most sampled female hit in the history of modern reggae music, Gifted Video Director Nordia Rose, TV BroadcasterElaine Wint, Founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall Fashion Designer Audrey Farquharson, Renowned Dancehall Queen Carlene,Government Minister The Honorable Babsy Grange and Dancehall Dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.

The NyteNursePro Committee will be expanding the various categories next year when they meet to select the 2017 set of honorees; categories like TV Producers, Stylists and PR Specialists will also be included.

The 2016 ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will see proceeds from the event going to support various charities under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

"It is important to note that this is not a competition to award the best, it's recognition to say we honor your roles that have influenced and supported so many throughout the years" Mye Laurell added.

"Persons should support this ceremony because a vast majority of the Jamaican populous benefit from this industry, the women being honoured this year, and many years to come, should be celebrated in a unique way for their efforts that have helped to bolster Jamaica culture worldwide". Cadia ________ Assistant Director for NyteNursePro added

For more information on the honorary awards ceremony, follow the NyteNursePro foundation or 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Popcaan featured in Michael Jordan ad

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popcaan-photo-4.jpgDancehall artiste Popcaan has been featured in the official ad for Michael Jordan's OVO, inspired clothing line.

The ad was recently premiered on Michael Jordan's official Instagram page, which carries 9.5 million followers and features a motorcyclist dressed in the new OVO Air Jordan 12 Retro & Apparel Collection, while Popcaan's music can be heard in the background chanting the lines.

"Notnice tun up mi voice some more, buy Jordans' yesterday, today mi buy some more. Whol heap a pair inna mi bag pon tour ... . Unruly Boss mi name so mi don't wear fraud ones, real authentic Jordans' wi nuh care weh yu bring Unruly nuh wear everything, OVO don't wear everything, dem fi know from wi small wi a bling."

The ad was produced by E5 records, also responsible for Popcaan singles like Bad Inna Real Life and Nah Idle.

Michael Jordan is basketball's first billionaire player and is also regarded by many as the greatest of all time.

7 AMA nominations for Rihanna

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rihanna-anti-release.jpgBarbadian music sensation Rihanna will have to make room on her already extensive list of awards as she has been newly nominated for 7 American Music Awards for this year's upcoming show.

The announcement was made by Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten earlier today on Good Morning America. The 2016 American Music Awards will take place on Sunday, November 20 on ABC.

Below are the 7 categories in which Rihanna is nominated:

Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock:


Selena Gomez



Artist of the Year:



Justin Bieber


Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande


Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd


Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B


Janet Jackson



Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Rihanna "Anti"

Bryson Tiller "T R A P S O U L"


Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Bryson Tiller "Don't"


Collab of the Year Nominees:

The Chainsmokers & Daya

Drake, Kyle & Wizkid

Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign

Rihanna & Drake

Meghan Trainor & John Legend


Video of the Year Nominees:

Justin Bieber - "Sorry"

Desiigner - "Panda"

Rihanna & Drake - "Work"

Pearl McFarlane of Royal Palm Estate fame has died

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pearl-mcfarlane.jpgPearl McFarlane, a cast member of local TV soap opera Royal Palm Estate has died. McFarlane, who played Jenny on the long-running drama, passed away after a long illness. She was buried at Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine last Saturday following a thanksgiving service at Mamby Baptist Church in St Andrew.

Creator of Royal Palm Estate Lennie Little-White remembers McFarlane as a very professional actress.

"She first came to Mediamix back in the early 1990s to audition for a commercial for Cool deodorant, and I was just struck by her personality and charm. And when we started shooting Royal Palm Estate in 1992, I drew for her. She brought great qualities to the role and set. She was always very professional, always knew her lines and took the role seriously, unlike some divas."

McFarlane's character was a femme fatale in Royal Palm Estate, who would have a baby for Ted Blackburn, played by Reggie Carter. When Blackburn died, she took on his son - Richard - and was also the object of affection for the pastor played by John Jones. The 65-year-old McFarlane joins three other cast members from Royal Palm Estate - Reggie Carter, Cyrene Tomlinson and John Jones - who have transitioned.

McFarlane is survived by her only daughter, hairstylist Trish McFarlane.

tommy-lee-photo-10.jpgParty promoter Cabral Douglas, who launched a US$3-million lawsuit against the Dominica Government, in relation to the deportation of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee, has retained one of England's top barristers - Dr Leslie Thomas - to lead the litigation phase of the case due to commence in Trinidad on October 20.

"I am pleased to announce that I have retained the services of Leslie Thomas QC LLB LLD. Dr Thomas is one of the UK's leading human rights barristers. He brings a wealth of knowledge and courtroom experience in high-profile cases to the table and I am extremely fortunate to have him on-board to lead the litigation phase of this matter," Douglas, an attorney-at-law, disclosed.

Douglas, son of former Prime Minister Rosie Douglas, said he is not concerned about getting a backlash from the Government.

"The Labour Government currently in office has traditionally stood for human rights, civil liberties and free enterprise. So if there is to be a backlash, I would expect it to be against them. In fact, hundreds of young Dominicans protested the unlawful arrests of Tommy Lee and his enterouge whilst they were being detained in that filthy jail cell unfit for a dog," he said.

Douglas also stated that Caribbean Community encourages free movement of among its member states. He stressed that while he only lost money from the show's cancellation, Tommy Lee Sparta and his team were stripped of their dignity and no amount of monetary disbursement can compensate for that.

Douglas said his father, who died in 2000, would have been extremely supportive of him in this matter.

"My father, the late Hon Rosie Douglas, was an uncompromising champion for human rights and was prepared to face jail in defence of human rights in Canada. So my dad would stand in solidarity with the four Jamaican claimants just as I have done through this ordeal," he said.

Tommy Lee Sparta, along with three members of his team - Tiasha Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Christopher Wallace - were deported from Dominica a day after their arrival.

The artiste had journeyed to the Caribbean state to perform at a concert in Portsmouth in February 2014. They were, however, denied entry and placed in custody before being deported.

Prior to his arrival, the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches had called for a boycott of the artiste's concert. The group said its concern was based on Tommy Lee Sparta's glorification of Satan and his promotion of violence.

Tommy Lee Sparta is known for a number of hit singles such as Spartan Soldier, Psycho, God's Eye, Get Money.

frankie-paul.jpgFrankie Paul and friends are staging a concert to raise funds for the entertainer's much needed prosthetic leg.

The veteran singer recently underwent surgery to amputate his foot.

The show dubbed FRANKIE PAUL ALIVE and WELL, is to take place on October 15, at the brand new African Roots and Culture Center adjacent to the House of Dancehall at 6 Cargill Avenue, Kingston.

Frankie Paul's live performance in Jamaica comes after unscrupulous persons exploited his illness, and plastered false information on social media.

Serena Williams has her say on racial profiling

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serena-williams.jpgThe tennis superstar recently took to Facebook to recount the moment she feared for her nephew's safety.

Williams has added her voice to the ongoing discussion about the risk posed to African Americans, especially men and boys, by police across the United States.

In a Facebook post, the 2016 Wimbledon champion recounted an incident on Tuesday with her 18-year-old nephew that brought home to her the tension of the relations that currently exist between African Americans and police officers.

She wrote:

Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he's black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safetyfirst. In the distance I saw cop [sic] on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if he was obliging [sic] by the speed limit. Than [sic] I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend. All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He's so innocent. So were all "the others".

I am a total believer that not "everyone" is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives.

Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it's not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.

I than [sic] wondered than [sic]have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?

As Dr. Martin Luther King said, "There comes a time when silence is betrayal".



Ninjaman for court in November

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ninjaman-benz.jpgNinjaman is scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on November 28. The entertainer, along with his son, Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson in Marl Road, Kingston.

The case was transferred to a recently established special court, designed to deal with cases on the books for more than five years.

According to Ninjaman, the drawn-out process has affected his career.

"There is hardly any work in Jamaica for an artiste because a mostly parties keep and di few promoters who keep stage show nuh like pay Jamaican artiste good money," he said. "Because of dis case I have travel restrictions and have to be turning down lots of events. The legal fees are very costly and is eight years now mi a go through dem tings here."

Justin Bieber records on Diwali riddim

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justin-bieber-photo-2.jpgInternational pop star Justin Bieber has recorded a song on the once-popular Jamaican 'Diwali' riddim, which was created by well-known producer Steven 'Lenky' Marsden.

The song, Let Me Love You, a collaboration between Bieber and DJ Snake, has become a runaway hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the fourth song from the hit rhythm to reach the upper echelons of the chart.

"It's great just to know that Justin Bieber can take that whole vibe and create a top-10 hit almost 14 years later. That's just cool. It was never something I expected when I made the 'Diwali' rhythm," Marsden said.

He said that his publishers have already been contacted about the royalties from the current hit, but that he has not spoken personally to DJ Snake or Bieber.

The rhythm is considered a classic. The 2002 dancehall beat is characterised by syncopated clapping, and it was given the name 'Diwali' for capturing the spirit of the popular Indian Festival of Lights, which celebrates good conquering evil, light over darkness. It eventually spawned three hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sean Paul hit number one with Get Busy, while Lumidee peaked at three with Never Leave You. Wayne Wonder's hit, No Letting Go, peaked at number 11.

Eric Donaldson, Pam Hall, Half Pint and Leroy Sibbles journeyed to Nairobi, Kenya for a charity show, funds from which will be used to build libraries in the East African country.

According to the Kenya Star, the quartet is scheduled to perform on the Rise Up Festival Saturday at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi.

The two libraries will be built in the cities of Kibera and Bondo.

The Kenyan Star reported that Donaldson, Hall, Sibbles and Half Pint were recruited by the Having Purpose organisation to perform on the inaugural event.

Kenya is one of the vibrant markets for Jamaican artistes in Africa. A number of dancehall/reggae acts have appeared there including Busy Signal, Konshens and most recently Jah9.

Donaldson, best known for 'Festival' winners Cherry oh Baby and Land Of My Birth, has had a following throughout Africa for over 40 years.

Iri FM host KShema Francis is now an artiste

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kshema.jpgIrie FM certainly seems able to make artistes of its own people. Kshema Francis joins a line of IRIE/Zip FM on-air personalities who have hopped onto the deejaying band wagon,

Francis, host of the Entertainment Buzz and What's The Scoop (WTS) heard on reggae radio Irie FM recently release of her very first single titled 'Unconditional Love.'

"The feedback is great" Francis told a popular tabloid. "My colleagues are playing it. I am a bathroom singer or if I at a karaoke pub, after a glass of wine, I may belt one (song) out." Truth be told, Francis did not initially set out to record a reggae song. "I do poetry, so I had asked my co-worker, who happens to be Cashflow Neil of Cashflow Records to make me a riddim for one of my poems. He said to me 'I have a riddim but it's for singers.' My other co-worker Gavin G and I started vibing on the track; Neil got excited and told us to come to the studio. I didn't want to do it but after a bit of convincing I went."

etana-photo-3.jpgEtana seems to be now leaning more towards Hillary Clinton these days after getting some backlash for her endorsement of Donald Trump.

The reggae songstress did an interview with Anthony Miller on ER where she explained why she was throwing her support behind Donald Trump despite some of his comments going against the message in her music.

Since getting some harsh criticism on social media, Etana issued a statement back tracking some of her comments and also admitted that she didn't do her research. She also seems to be agreeing with some of Hillary Clinton statements from Monday night's presidential debate.

"Stop and frisk would lead to more blacks and hispanics in jail for minor violations Known fact stated by Hillary herself," Etana wrote on Instagram.

"The law in America in my opinion isn't I'm the best interest of a black man and we are expected to be orderly even while getting shot," she added.

FIFA 17 features kit designed for Damian Marley

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damian-marley-fifa-17-kit.jpgAlong with the release of FIFA 17 by EA Sports is a surprise for Jamaicans and reggae fans.

International artiste Damian Jr Gong Marley announced on Instagram that a custom uniform designed for him is featured on the popular football game.

Marley says he has been playing FIFA for more than sixteen years, and the design is something he would wear.

The Nail Pon Cross singer suggested that a major boost would be a feature of him in the game with his locks tucked in a backpack.

In a video posted on social media, Marley was seen actually stuffing his ankle length hair into a knapsack as he prepared for a friendly game.

cecile.jpgdanielle-di-image-2.jpgDancehall vixens Cecile and Danielle D.I. have been squabbling on social media after Ce'Cile apparently took offence to Danielle D.I. calling herself 'Bad Gyal D.I' during a television interview.

According to Ce'Cile, who also goes by the 'Bad Gyal' name, she was the first to claim the title.

"Quick pretty question. When I said bad gyal nobody said it before because I think that as an artiste you should be original. I have seen a few artistes since refer to themselves as bad gyal - case in point Bad Gyal Bambi and Bad Gyal Rihanna... a rock star so she can do anything she wants ... but I have never heard them claim the name," Ce'Cile said.

She added: "But when you do an interview and say that your are the original or official then clearly you are not. I hope the voice is no autotune neither. I am just saying put some respeck on my name. At least give credit because Google don't lie."

Danielle D.I., who caught wind of the Ce'Cile's post, swiftly responded, throwing jabs of her own. She even went as far as to imply that Ce'Cile was miserable since her high profile relationship with another entertainer failed to materialise.

"Dear little Cinderella, this a bad gyal D.I. Yes, I did say it on Hype TV last Friday night and I will continue to say it. You are not bad gyal. Bad gyal how? Furthermore, no one sees or considers you BAD in the 1st place, so no need for the SHADE," Danielle D.I. said.

"For your information, YES, Class have autotune, and so do many many hit songs in the world. This is why the industry can't grow. Instead of building another female you're trying to break one down. Back in the days I THOUGHT you were cool, we did a collab together and it was all good. What the hell happened you? What made you so angry? Are you angry cause Mr you know who not putting the respect on your NAME," she added.

Freddie McGregor nominated for award in Colombia

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freddie-mcgregor.jpgFreddie McGregor has been nominated for the 'Guachupé de Oro' award in Colombia.

According to a news release from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport - Minister Olivia Grange extended congratulations to the 'Big Ship' singer who describes as "truly embodies what the award is all about".

The award, which is presented by the Colombia Negra Foundation, honours people whose actions, creations and effort contribute to the development, promotion and increased knowledge about Afro-Colombian, Afro-American and African Culture.

According to Minister Grange, "Freddie, like many of Jamaica's entertainers, continues to be purveyors of positive music that uplifts and brings people of all races together. The ministry is proud to support his nomination and delighted to provide funding to enable him and his band to participate in this event."

McGregor and his 'Big Ship' Band will be representing Jamaica at two shows, September 22nd and 24th, in Bogota, as a part of the International Black Expression Encounter 2016, for Peace without Racism.

Shaggy, Agent Sasco clash on Instagram

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assassin-agent-sasco-photo-1.jpg Fans of dancehall artistes Shaggy and Agent Sasco got the time of their lives when the two engaged in a friendly clash on Instagram.

The friendly lyrical clash started when Direalshaggy posted a hilarious video of the Cookie Monster comparing the character to Sasco. Seems the Agent wasn't about to sit by and let his friend embarrass him on social media and responded with some fiery lyrics.

Ban on nigh-time entertainment in St Elizabeth lifted

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A ban on nighttime entertainment activities in St Elizabeth has been lifted.

Superintendent Lansford Salmon, head of the St. Elizabeth Police, said the ban on the last two remaining communities - Breas River and Barbary Hall have been lifted. The ban on Lacovia was also recently lifted.

Superintendent Salmon stated that the police are now satisfied that the problems which resulted in the ban have subsided and calm has returned.

Drake goes vinyl with latest album

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drake-wimbledon.jpgAfter the success of his last three albums, rapper Drake is offering fans vinyl editions of the albums for the first time.

The albums are Views, What A Time To Be Alive, a collaboration with Future and If You're reading This It's Too Late.

With the slow sales of albums in the last decade, Drake has managed to stay afloat.

Views is expected to return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, which marks 12 weeks at number one.

prince-buster-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for the legendary Prince Buster will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., at the Islamic Council of Jamaica and, as is the custon of Islam, a strict dress code will be enforced for attendees.

Well wishers are being advised to adhere to the dress code for the funeral service.

Men should wear shirt and trousers, while women should wear an ankle length skirt, which should not be tight or transparent, along with a long sleeved and high-necked top and a headscarf. Additionally, all persons entering the mosque are required to remove their shoes.

The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. Following the service will be a special tribute to the ska icon at 4:00 p.m.

Among the performers are Ernie Smith, Ken Booth, Derrick Morgan, StrangeJah Cole, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, as well as Lloyd Parks and We the People band. Instead of flowers, contributions will be accepted in support of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates.

Prince Buster, born Cecil Bustamante Campbell, died on Thursday, September 8, in Miami, Florida at the age of 78. Prince Buster will be interred at the May Pen Cemetery.

auresia.jpgSinger Auresia's "On The Road Again" is the first single from her upcoming album "Raices" meaning "roots" in Spanish. Following the diversity and authenticity of her new album, the rhythm and beat of the song was created by live instruments from different corners of the world, including Cuba and Auresia's native Ukraine, her lyrics share with us personal experience and feelings that she has encountered while on the road.

"I found the song during a nighttime jam by the fire on the beach on a cross-Canada tour on Hornby Island," reveals Auresia.

"After traveling and touring for the past several years, I have been to many places and many people from all different cultures and languages have been so lovely in welcoming me into their communities - I just had to put that into a song."

Auresia trades in the simple fun of her first two records for a more refined sound and delivers a raw, truthful interpretation of everyday life and the realities of being a strong woman. The one thing that hasn't changed, however, is her deep-rooted passion for Reggae and Latin music. Although most of her lyrics are sung in English, she masterfully weaves in Spanish phrases, as well as words in Lakota, the native tongue of the people of the Sioux tribes.

Fully comprised of organic instrumentation, the album impressively blends roots reggae and Afro-Cuban rhythms with folk-pop lyrics and melodies sung by Auresia's sweet-as-honey voice.

Dropping November 25th, 2016, 'Raices' is a musical love letter that traces us back to our roots.

Auresia has performed at festivals around the world, including the Omega Unity Fest in Colombia and Toronto's Canadian Music Week, and since her debut release, she has been nominated for five awards (Independent Music Awards, Canadian Reggae Awards). In 2014, Auresia was honored with the Reggae Xclusive Award for Top Singer.

Morgan Heritage releases new single, Selah

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morgan-heritage-photo-2.jpgDeemed one of the hardest working bands in the music industry, The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage hasn't slowed down since winning the 2016 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. The siblings have continued their worldwide touring, while recording music for their upcoming 2017 album to be released on their CTBC Music Group label.

Throughout their travels one thing has remained constant, music and the beauty of mother earth. It is from the latter that the inspiration of their first single since winning their coveted award was born. Produced by renowned musician and producer Phillip "Winta" James (Overstand Ent), "Selah" speaks of Morgan Heritage's appreciation and discovery of earth. To support the single, the band treated fans and music lovers to breathtaking visuals filmed in Milan, Italy, and worldwide footage from their travels. Directed by Morgan Heritage, filmed by Emmy Lou Mai and edited by Maximilian Shelton, "Selah" is premiering Tuesday, September 20th on the global platform for Caribbean music, arts and culture

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Selah" will be purchasable on September 30th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes and all major online digital stores.

spice-sumfest.jpgFemale Dancehall artiste Spice has been nominated along with her male counterparts Alkaline, Popcaan, Kranium, and Best Reggae Act category of the United Kingdom's (UK) MOBO Awards.

To date, three female reggae artistes have been nominated in the category since the award's inception in 1996. British reggae singer Sylvia Tella and Jamaica's Etana were nominated in 1997 and 2008, respectively.


This is the fifth nomination for Popcaan, who is last year's winner. He has been making inroads on the UK dancehall scene with hits including Ova Dweet, We Still a Win and Weed is My Best Friend.

Both Protoje and Alkaline have earned their second nomination. Alkaline, whose Champion Boy and Block and Delete have been major hits on the UK dancehall scene this year, was first nominated in 2014.


bolt-babsy-grange-ed-bartlett.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, says she is confident that the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise will make significant contributions to the promotion of Jamaica's sport, music and cuisine.

Speaking at the opening of the first Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise in Ochi Rios, St Ann, on Wednesday, September 14, Minister Grange said "It is always a great recipe that uses three of our country's best ingredients - sports, music and food. But when we then add Usain Bolt and the beautiful Ocho Rios to the mix, then 'everything sell off'."

The Minister explained that the success of any restaurant is dependent on five key things, "Menu (you have an excellent Jamaican menu); Ingredients (you can get them fresh from our farmers); Atmosphere (Ocho Rios is one of the best places in the world); Service (it has been good so far and I know this will continue); and Reputation (which is dependent on how well you execute the other key components)."

The Minister used the occasion to congratulate the triple Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, the KLE Group and the new franchise owners, Marsha and Joshua Jhamani, for having the confidence to invest in Jamaica and for the important role they will play in promoting what is good about Jamaica.

nick-gordon.jpgNick Gordon, boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina who died in a similar incident like her mother Whitney Houston has been found "legally responsible" for her death.

A Fulton County, Georgia, judge ruled Friday that Nick Gordon "is 'legally responsible' for Bobbi Kristina Brown's death after the defendant failed to appear in court," this according to 11 Alive.

The conservator of Brown's estate had filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Gordon in August 2015. The suit accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from Brown's account into his own without authorization.

Bobbi Kristina died in August 2015 - several months after being found unresponsive in a tub at her Roswell townhome.

The default judgment was handed down because Gordon failed to appear twice, anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.

MIA adds Jamaican flavour to album

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Rapper M.I.A adds Jamaican flavour to her fifth studio album AIM, which was released on September 8 via Interscope/Polydor. The 12-track standard version features five songs recorded in Jamaica. Ali R U OK, Bird Song, Jump In, and Foreign Friend were recorded at Portland's Geejam Studios.

Survivor, which was produced by Justus Arison, was recorded at the UIM Records studio in Kingston. Foreign Friend, produced by Daseca Productions, is a collaboration with singjay Dexta Daps, best known for hits including Seven Eleven and Shabba Madda Pot.

AIM debuted at number one on the iTunes Electronic album chart. M.I.A, whose real name is Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, is best known for hit songs Paper Planes and Boys (the video was shot in Port Royal).

allan-skill-cole-photo-1.jpgAllan 'Skill' Cole and Bob Marley shared a passion for football and music. Considered one of Jamaica's finest footballers, Cole was a key member of Marley's inner circle. They first met in 1969, with Cole acting as manager of Wailers, the group which included Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny 'Wailers' Livingston.

They wrote several of Marley's most popular songs, however, Cole, has been at odds with record companies over unpaid royalties for decades.


In a recent article, international website TMZ has written an article entitled: Bob Marley's Songwriter Goes to 'War' for Jah ... Bob's Label Stiffed Me, and uses court documents to back up this claim.

Cole's lawyers actually filed the suit on September 15.


"One of Bob Marley's BFFs is getting screwed out of money for 2 of the reggae star's iconic tracks ... according to the lawsuit he's filed to get cash for the heirs of rasta messiah Haile Selassie.

Allan Cole is suing Island, Universal and Tuff Gong music over the copyright on "War" and "Natty Dread." Cole was a Jamaican soccer star who reportedly managed Bob briefly, and says he co-wrote the songs in the '70s.

In the docs:

"Cole says he was promised a copyright credit, but only got props for co-writing the tracks. He says he noticed the mistake when he tried to transfer half his interest in "War" to the family of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. The lyrics for "War" are lifted almost verbatim from a famous speech by Selassie ... who Rastafarians worship as Jah Rastafari. Cole is suing for his share of the copyright, profits from the songs and lawyers fees," TMZ says in the online article.


In the ongoing saga the full list of songs include Zimbabwe, credited to Marley on his 1979 album, Survival, but actually written by Donald Leach; War, Johnny Was, Rat Race and Time Will Tell.

Cole is credited as writer of War, from Rastaman Vibration, Marley's 1976 album, and although he also co-wrote Johnny Was and Rat Race (also on Rastaman Vibration) and Time Will Tell (from 1978's Kaya) with Marley, his name does not appear in the composers bracket.The albums were distributed by Island.

"We an' Bob did have a different understanding... As Rasta wi neva deal wid certain thing," said Cole. "To us, a man word is him covenant," Cole is quoted as saying.

When Marley went solo in 1973, Cole became his road manager. He was the reggae star's road manager for his final tour in 1980, just months before Marley died from cancer in a Miami hospital in May 1981 at age 36.

Woman admits to setting up Chris Brown

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chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThey say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and singer Chris Brown is now finding that out as the woman he threw out of his home is got her payback big time.

Brown was arrested because Baylee Curran made a report that he held a gun on her. The police swooped in and searched his home resulting in the arrested.

News has now surfaced that all of this was carefully crafted by the alleged victim herself as she admitted in a text to one of her friend that she was going to set up the singer.

A former beauty queen, she allegedly sent a text to a man name Safari confessing that she is upset that Chris Brown kicked her out his house and is going teach him a lesson, this according to TMZ.

"Hey safari don't you know this freak Chris brown is kicking me out of his house because I called his friend jewelry fake. Can you come get me my Uber is messing up if not I'm going to set him up and call the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that will teach him a lesson I'm going to set his ass up. Lol come get me."

Her friend Safari, however didn't seem to be down with the plan as he texted back, "Really that's f*** up you ain't going to do that your wrong if you do."

It is interesting to note that Brown's accuser Baylee Curran was stripped of her beauty pageant crown for using racial slurs. She also has a history of making up death threats is the claim.

Luciano to reapply for US work permit

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luciano-messenjah.jpgReggae singer Luciano will be reapplying for his US work permit next month, and he remains confident that it will be reinstated given the legal advice by a team of lawyers and immigration consultants.

Two weeks ago, Luciano was in Canada and on his way to Amsterdam via connecting flight through New York, when the reggae singer was interrogated and his hand luggage searched. This resulted in an immigration officer revoking his permission to travel to and work in the United States.

Since that time Luciano has been forced to cancel a number of his bookings in the United States. Luciano took a heavy financial hit, returning over US$40,000 in deposits.

The singer maintains that he has been using the medication for some time, and that immigration officers in Canada and California have both cleared him in the past.

women-to-be-honoured-founder-myecolin.jpgJamaica's hardworking female industry players will receive well deserved attention and recognition for their years of service. A brand new honorary event, 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC, will have their first staging this October in Kingston, Jamaica.

The event, staged by New York based Reggae artiste Mye Laurell through her NyteNursePro foundation, will see eight talented and hardworking females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Laurell and the foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

The 2016 ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will see proceeds from the event going to support various charities under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

Honorees at this year's ceremonies are veteran Reggae artiste Sister Nancy, whose worldwide hit "Bam Bam" is the most sampled female hit in the history of modern reggae music, gifted video director Nordia Rose, TV broadcaster Elaine Wint, founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall fashion designer Audrey Farquharson, renowned Dancehall Queen, Carlene, Government Minister, Babsy Grange and Dancehall dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.

Marion Hall releases first gospel video

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpgMarion Hall formerly known as Lady Saw - queen of the dancehall is proving all her naysayers wrong by staying on the new path she has taken.

Since she embraced Christ as her Lord and Saviour she has not looked back as many dancehall pundits thought she would do - but instead has been blazing a trail in the Christendom.

It is safe to say that Marion Hall is on fire for God and there is no water that can cool it down. She has now released her first gospel video entitled When God Speaks.

The video, Room In My House, was shot in Brooklyn, New York, last week, by Coche Productions and premiered days ago.

Deejay Ruffian missing...

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ruffian.jpgFemale entertainer Ruffian is reportedly missing according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force website.

According to information posted on the site, the 47-year-old-year has been missing since September 3. Ruffian, who was known as Lady Shabba, is known for songs such as The World Needs Love and Save the Juvenile.

The Portmore police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact police 911 or the nearest police station.

However, there have been unconfirmed reports that the entertainer has since returned home. However, efforts by Yardflex to contact her proved futile.

Performers announced for IRAWMA 2016

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The 2016 staging of the Martin's International Reggae And World Music Awards is just three weeks away and the performers list has just been announced.

Slated for October 2 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, attendees can expect a diverse mix of artists that will grace the stage.

This year's performers are Tarrus Riley - Dean Fraser & The Black Soil Band(Jamaica), Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage (Jamaica), Nesbeth (Jamaica), Shatta Wale (Africa), Stonebwoy (Africa), The Cables (Jamaica), Don Andre(Jamaica), X-Tassy (Haiti), Lt. Stitchie (Jamaica), Daniel Musgrove, Kay Morris(Gospel Act), Mylo Nandez (Latin Artist), Jamaican/African Dance Troops, with more to be added.

The 2016 IRAWMA Award will also recognize Irie FM out of Jamaica and VP Records for their contributions to the music industry with the 'Special Legacy Award.'

In honor of hosting the IRAWMA Awards in one of the biggest diaspora for the Caribbean community, South Florida, 3 Jamaicans living in Florida will be awarded for their 'Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry.' Recipients are songwriter Danny Breakenridge, drummer Desmond Gaynor- Code Red Band and Radio DJ, Mikey Brown, of Mikey B. Promotions and WAVS FM.

Wiz Khalifa having a great week

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wiz-kalifa-billboard-music-awards.jpgWiz Khalifa is having a great birthday week. The Pittsburgh native - born on September 8 - was named in the Top 5 of Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings and his "See You Again" video has crossed a major milestone.

His hit record featuring Charlie Puth is currently the second clip to collect at least 2 billion views on YouTube. The only other video that has been watched that many times is Psy's "Gangnam Style" (2.6 billion).

"See You Again" spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The breakout single from the Furious 7 soundtrack was nominated for three Grammys and a Golden Globe award.

Gyptian releases new video for summer single

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gyptian-photo-1.jpgReggae artiste Gyptian recently released the video for his summer single 'Summer is Back'. Never mind that the summer season is already behind us, Gyptian says the song will remain relevant because in the Caribbean, it is always summer.

Summer is Back was produced by Konsequence Muzik on the Tropical House rhythm, while the accompanying music video was shot by Yaadboiiz Films.

Gyptian recently wrapped up his Caribbean and North American tour and is now looking to embark on a tour of Europe in a matter of days.

The music video was filmed at various locations like the Blue Mountains, Hellshire Beach, Mojito Mondays, and recently premiered on internationally acclaimed music platform Boomshots.The artiste, who was certified gold for his single Hold Yuh, is expected travel to United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Sweden, among others stops on the European tour.

Gyptian is also working on a new album to be released under VP Records in 2017. He recently launched his own production/management company called Ryte Dyrekshan production.

tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgFollowing a series of highly charged foul-mouthed diss songs flung back and forth between Mavado and Popcaan and then Demarco and Jahmiel entering the fray, controversial artiste, Tommy Lee, has now jumped in with both feet.

As expected, the controversial deejay has unleashed a loaded track that has set the dancehall buzzing.

But, Tommy Lee is not even waiting for his lyrics to soak in, he is already hellbent on venting on Jahmiel, who he says called up his name in a diss track.

All we can say is that Isaiah Laing and his Sting organisers must be very happy.

Sting rebranded 'One World Sting' goes global

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The Greatest One Night Reggae Show on Earth, 'Sting', has been rebranded as 'One World Sting'. Starting 2017, the event will be held annually in other countries with the aim of spreading the brand and to fuse reggae and dancehall with all genres of global music.

Sting is set to premiere in London in August 2017, and will feature several top global artistes, after which it will be simultaneously staged on December 26, 2017, in both Jamaica and London as well as over 100 cities, including Beijing, Paris, Sydney, New York, Durham, Johannesburg, and Los Angeles.

The One World Sting is billed to reach an estimated two billion people in its first staging, and with the addition of multi genres, and technological integration, some, 3.4 billion people are set to witness the live event in their country.

It is not clear if the event will be on a hiatus for 2016, however, the organisers reportedly have a press conference planned for Wednesday.

drake-performance-billboard.jpgCops tell TMZ they got a couple of names twisted ... the jewelry actually belonged to Future the Prince, Drake's DJ on the tour ... not Future.

Honest mistake.update_grey_gray_barDrake went ballistic early Wednesday morning after learning one of his tour buses was targeted by thieves, who made off with 2 to 3 million dollars in bling.

Drake and Future were performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix Tuesday night when a thief or thieves made it onto a bus shared by the 2 rappers. They took a briefcase that contained millions of dollars in jewelry.

We're told the jewelry was Future's, but the video is clear -- Drake was super upset when he learned about the heist.

We're told detectives are reviewing security footage to ID the culprits.