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buju-banton-son-markus-run-all-who-use-to-deal-with-him-because-of-his-father-photo-1.pngTwo days before his father's highly anticipated Long Walk To Freedom concert at the national arena in Kingston, Jamaica, Markus, the son of Buju banton, has spewed venom at his parent.

Unconfirmed reports are that prior to his return to Jamaica in December, Buju Banton had given instructions that his studio off Red Hills Road should be cleaned out in preparation for him. Markus has been doing all of his musical productions at the studio, under his own label, rather than his father's Gargaamel Records label.

Markus has attracted a lot of attention for his productions, with many of the leading names in dancehall, choosing to record for him.

It is still not clear exactly what caused this falling out between Buju and his son, but there is much speculation. Some reports are that there was a discrepancy about tickets for the show on Saturday and that Buju hit his son.

That, however, was the straw that broke the camel's back. Markus then went on social media and let loose.

He posted the word "Cokehead" and also told all those who used to deal with him because of his father to cease.


Buju's son Markus cusses him off on Instagram

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buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-1.pngIt was drama galore on IG Thursday night, as Markus, the eldest son of Buju Banton publicly cursed off his father on social media, and even promised to press charges.

"Mi mada neva grow mi fi tek disrerspect, B@$$yman u cah talk to me any way u wah," Markus said in one of the posts.

buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-2.pngIn another of the posts which have since been deleted from his IG account, Markus stated "So much drama since December...this man need to go back to prison."

He even tagged Donald Trump, @realdonaldtrump, asking him to come fi @bujuofficial, making ti clear exactly who Buju was talking about, his father.

buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-3.pngIt was only two weeks ago that the offspring of another entertainer, embarrassed her father on social media. Tony Rebel's daughter, Davianah, took to social media to lambast her father and spill family secrets. Rebel has not commented.

Fans tell Khago to take down video with child

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khago-on-instagram-people-or-so-full-of-shit-that-video-an-my-page-2019-03-12_193905.jpgThere is an unsavoury video going around with a little girl of no more than 6 talking about the size of her mother's private parts and the curve in her father part.

Khago posted it in social media, but persons have been calling for him to take it down, but he is not having it.

"People or so full of shit . That video an my page . Why u saying take it down. The world need to see how we a live. Ef it was some artist kid u guys would have it post all over. First I don't post it for likes. It's all over the blogs so what's the difference ef me repost it. Blame the mom an dad who a fuck in front thm kids. An cops need to lock tht bitch up who video it. An hav the heart to post it. We Jamaicans or so one sided. Look 👀 an the bigger picture. I post it so you guys even my self . An be more careful with my home life."

Khago on Instagram: "People or so full of shit . That video an my page . Why u saying take it down. The world need to see how we a live. Ef it was some artist..."

buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe organisers of Buju Banton's Long Walk To Freedom Concert set for the National Stadium in St Andrew on Saturday are encouraging patrons to come out early and make use of the park and ride shuttle service, which will be provided for patrons.

The concert is a kick off for the deejays first concert series since he was released from a United States prison in December where he served time on drug trafficking charges. In addition to Buju Banton, the entertainment package will feature Chronixx, Etana, Coco Tea, Delly Ranx, Romain Virgo, Ghost, Agent Sasco, LUST and Buju's son Jahzeil. Tickets for the bleachers section of the stadium are still available for sale at select Digicel stores.

Production manager for the event, Marlon Burke, told journalists that plans are in place to regulate the traffic in the area. This will include the close of several roads in the area surrounding the National Stadium and the regulation of traffic flow into the area of the concert. As a result, parking at the venue will be limited to essential services including the media and production teams as well as for some patrons holding Ultra VIP and VIP tickets.

"We will not be utilising the full parking capacity of the National Stadium. We're not trying to encourage any unnecessary traffic in the area and those who do not have the requisite parking stickers will be forced to used the park and ride. It is important for persons to utilise this service as we are having the Kingston City Run following the Buju Banton concert and we are trying our best to have a successful staging of both events. The parking facilities at Heroe Circle will be manned by by the JCF (police) and private security. Security won't be an issue, the venue will be properly lit and we have the backing of the KSAC (Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation bracket, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Fire Department."

Burke added that the shuttle will commence at 4:00 pm, four hours ahead of the start of the event.

solid-agency-on-instagram-saturday-march-16th-is-the-day-that-will-go.jpgSharon Burke has been unusually vocal on social instagram lately, as she thanks all the persons involved in putting on the Long Walk To Freedom concert with headliner, Buju Banton.

"Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium .Thank you @bujuofficial Buju Banton aka Mr .Mark Myrie for having us as the local Producers and Promoters of the Concert We @solidagency Are elated!!!! I would personally like to say Thank you to our Hard working and Execution team Led by My Nephew and Partner @marlongb Marlon Burke who will for ever say "Aunty Sharon , Mad woman you just told the meeting that we can Move Blue Mountains over to the other side of the island . How are we going to do that" Reply You will just have to do it Boogie".,

Technical Producer Chuckles @rsconcerts okay so we are going to have Rihanna, Drake and Maroon 5 stage by the time Chuckles is finished !!!!' Dollars we say !!! @margoladouglas who is also logistics and everything that goes right at the stadium and Marlon's right hand who is always saying we have to just get it done !!!!!Mark Burke Boss of all Bosses !!!@DebrinaSmith head of H.R who is my right hand !!Don't worry I am gonna do it right now !! ArielMcFarlane@prettyeyes who is my Boss . You see from when I am saying!!!!@Makia who is to the point with payment .very precise!!! Sponsorship Manager leann Oliverre Manager Miss cool and deadly . These people are mad ,this is not even a contract!!!!Tina Davis @tinafest Ms Fix things who is very organised and support to Marlon and myself .no man, them out of order !!!!Carleene Samuels

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Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium .Thank you @bujuofficial Buju Banton aka Mr .Mark Myrie for having us as the local Producers and Promoters of the Concert We @solidagency Are elated!!!! I would personally like to say Thank you to our Hard working and Execution team Led by My Nephew and Partner @marlongb Marlon Burke who will for ever say "Aunty Sharon , Mad woman you just told the meeting that we can Move Blue Mountains over to the other side of the island . How are we going to do that" Reply You will just have to do it Boogie"., Technical Producer Chuckles @rsconcerts okay so we are going to have Rihanna, Drake and Maroon 5 stage by the time Chuckles is finished !!!!' Dollars we say !!! @margoladouglas who is also logistics and everything that goes right at the stadium and Marlon's right hand who is always saying we have to just get it done !!!!!Mark Burke Boss of all Bosses !!!@DebrinaSmith head of H.R who is my right hand !!Don't worry I am gonna do it right now !! ArielMcFarlane@prettyeyes who is my Boss . You see from when I am saying!!!!@Makia who is to the point with payment .very precise!!! Sponsorship Manager leann Oliverre Manager Miss cool and deadly . These people are mad ,this is not even a contract!!!!Tina Davis @tinafest Ms Fix things who is very organised and support to Marlon and myself .no man, them out of order !!!!Carleene Samuels @goddessrockstar no bad energy around here!!cut them loose they are replaceable !!!moving right along Next !!!! No fruits or nuts around no little nothing !!!!!. @JaquiTyson "Sharon BURKE We are going to rock that Stadium and show them who we are , you seem to be forgetting who we are !!!!. Keanu Laing everyone's assistant!!!but I am working with Leanne!!!! @drewskull_ Aunty Sharon I have all the girls you need to work !!!!@. See you on March 16th I am not the Captain of the Concert , Not Buju ,Not Marlon. The Captain is GOD and our prayers will keep us safe!!!! My next post will have LWTF Pr Team!!!!

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Munga flies again

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munga-honorable.jpgMunga Honorebel, who is riding high with the song Nah Mad Ova Nuh Gal, is again able to travel to honour his overseas commitments, as his passport was returned by the courts recently.

"Munga's passport was returned to him last week. The judge granted our application based on the number of proposed dates for the artiste. Furthermore, Munga has always honoured his obligations to the court in terms of reporting conditions, and he is not considered a flight risk," Christopher Townsend, Munga's attorney-at-law, is reported as saying.

The prosecution did not oppose the application but insisted on one condition.

"The prosecution requested that all payments for overseas shows be remitted to Jamaica and held until the artiste's return," Townsend is reported as saying.

Munga recently did a show in The Bahamas, his first overseas in two years, before returning to Jamaica to perform at all-white event at the annual Britjam shows in Montego Bay.

"He has several shows all over the Caribbean during the next couple of weeks as his hit songs are dominating the charts all over," Townsend said.

In January, the deejay was briefly hospitalised following a three-way motor vehicle crash which claimed the life of a Canadian citizen.

Squash ready for show on March 29

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instagram-post-by-squash-mar-4th-2019-at-08-35-pm-utc.jpgWhile many persons are looking forward to March 16, the 6ix Boss is focusing on his March 29th show at Sabina Park in Kingston.

The '6ix Boss' is anticipating the staging of his event that will be held on March 29 at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Speaking on behalf of the DJ, Junior 'Heavy D' Fraser said,

"It was very important for squash to control and organize the circumstances under which he engages with his fans for the first time, rather than it being an official booking for a show with multiple artists where he performs a short set".

Squash whose given name is Andre Whittaker, was taken into custody on August 18, 2018, during the state of emergency in Montego Bay.

He was released on January 30.

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king-of-the-dancehall-on-instagram-affi-big-up-the-dsc-team-from-deputy-commish-to-her-staff.jpgAfter being in hospital earlieer this week, Vybz Kartel is showing gratitude....."Affi big up The D.S.C. Team from deputy commish 💕to her staff🤜🏾🤛🏿 also the doctors😊 and nurses. 😍trust me #GazaNation gi dem a hand 👏👏👏👏please" Kartel posted on social media yesterday.

KING OF THE DANCEHALL on Instagram: "Affi big up The D.S.C. Team from deputy commish 💕to her staff🤜🏾🤛🏿 also the doctors😊 and nurses. 😍trust me #GazaNation gi dem a hand..."


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album-i-three.jpgRita Marley, whose speech is affected by the effects of a stroke, told the audience, "Thank you. I love you" as the I-Three appeared on stage at JaRIA's awrds on Tuesday to accept the Icon Award. One by one, they appeared; Mowatt leading, followed by Griffiths and the wheelchair-bound Marley.

They accepted framed citations and trophies from culture and entertainment minister Olivia "Babsy" Grange amidst a flurry of camera flashes. Judy Mowatt remarked that it was the first time in many years that all three were sharing a stage and gave thanks for the moment.

"It has been a hard journey for us; we worked tirelessly. Pregnant, coming off tour and just going into hospital to have the baby. But here we are. We want to just thank JaRIA for presenting us with this award. It has been over 30-odd years but indeed today, in 2019, we are still being recognised and still being awarded. We give God thanks," she said.

"This is a trinity unbroken," Griffiths chimed in. For Griffiths, it was a special moment, one which has not happened in over 15 years.

vybz-kartel-photo-30.jpgPopular dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel was reportedly a patient at the University hospital in St Andrew receiving treatment.

He was discharged fon Tuesday afternoon, however, some reports say that he was receiving treatment there since Sunday, while other reports are that he went in on Tuesday.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism -- the system that helps the body use energy. Thyroid disorders can slow down or rev up metabolism by disrupting the production of thyroid hormones.

Vybz Kartel, given name Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Fan says she has no more respect for Rebel

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tony-rebel-on-instagram-i-had-to-join-these-kids-on-stage-for-my-song.jpgAs expected, the things that Rebe's daughter is saying about him, has the potential to really hurt his brand.


I grew up with your songs and you were one of the few artists that I actually looked up to...until now.

I can't believe you've been such a HORRIBLE, SICKENINGLY DISGUSTING father to your daughter.

I pray you don't have anymore kids, especially not daughters. I hope that whatever path life takes your daughter on, she's strong enough to forgive you. But I honestly would not blame her if she didn't.

You're a disgrace as a da

Tony Rebel on Instagram: "I had to join these kids on stage for my song vibes of the time that was done over 25 yrs ago , kids were brilliant!!"

One fan is so upset that she says that she is no longer a fan.

rebel-ushered-his-daughter-off-stage-at-rebel-salute.jpgAvianah still has up the post of her father, Tony Rebel ushering off the stage at Rebel Salute in Jannuary because of her impy skimpy outfit.

So, i was on the stage right, half way thru my last song, pureeeeee 🔥🔥 & then this happened 😳🤭🤗☺️🤟🏽❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥🔥p.s i'll post the full video in my IGTV & my youtube channel ! #RebelSalute2019 #Princess #Music #Live #Reggae #Dancehall

Tony Rebel's daughter talk up more tings

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ras-without-locks-on-instagram-i-was-molested-by-my-brother.jpgTony Rebel's daughter, Avianah is at it again. She is posting stuff on social media that has a whole lot of people asking a whole lot of questions. Some persons believe, others are skeptical. But whatever the case, it sounds bad.

I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking to him and then he just stopped. I had no idea how to even say it to anyone. It was during one of my famous ass whoopings after my father told me he was going to send me away, i sat on the floor with my clothes ripped off and bruises oozing blood and responded to him, 'well, since i'm going away and i'm never going to see u again till i'm 18, u should know ________ use to feel me up when he thought i was sleeping. He called my brother and he said ' he doesn't know what i'm talking about, he has his girlfriend'. My father called me a lying bitch n continued to whoop my ass. My mother didn't say much. It wasn't until i was much older, during my squabbles with my brother i started to confront him. Whenever he started to get disrespectful or even when we physically fight i would just start screaming at him how he was nobody bcuz he use to feel me up and he thought i didnt know but i do. He would always walk away. Once i went there, he was mute. I remember arguing with him at the office one day and i started saying 'u r nobody, dnt forget u use to feel me up, and i heard my eldest sister say, 'laaawd Davahu, u nuh get over dat yet? So i was shocked out of my mind bcuz as far as i knew where that was concerned i was a lying bi!$h. So i went to her and said,'u know ? If u knw everybdy else knws then and she said, look frm when everybdy find out say a did true yaaa talk, u fi get over dat nw. I just walked out and left. I remember for years just walking around hoping that someone would just rescue me. Take all my pain, help me understand, help me go thru whatever the fv*k i was going thru. I felt like i was the cursed child. My uncle plays the guitar on this one and i remember my mind jus being in complete chaos and he called me out in the yard to just freestyle when he started playing as soon as he started the first thing i said was,'ITS GETTING DEEP, I'M GOING UNDER. PLEASE COME RESCUE ME'. Click the link in my bio for the full song !! #Princess 💋

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I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking to him and then he just stopped. I had no idea how to even say it to anyone. It was during one of my famous ass whoopings after my father told me he was going to send me away, i sat on the floor with my clothes ripped off and bruises oozing blood and responded to him, 'well, since i'm going away and i'm never going to see u again till i'm 18, u should know ________ use to feel me up when he thought i was sleeping. He called my brother and he said ' he doesn't know what i'm talking about, he has his girlfriend'. My father called me a lying bitch n continued to whoop my ass. My mother didn't say much. It wasn't until i was much older, during my squabbles with my brother i started to confront him. Whenever he started to get disrespectful or even when we physically fight i would just start screaming at him how he was nobody bcuz he use to feel me up and he thought i didnt know but i do. He would always walk away. Once i went there, he was mute. I remember arguing with him at the office one day and i started saying 'u r nobody, dnt forget u use to feel me up, and i heard my eldest sister say, 'laaawd Davahu, u nuh get over dat yet? So i was shocked out of my mind bcuz as far as i knew where that was concerned i was a lying bi!$h. So i went to her and said,'u know ? If u knw everybdy else knws then and she said, look frm when everybdy find out say a did true yaaa talk, u fi get over dat nw. I just walked out and left. I remember for years just walking around hoping that someone would just rescue me. Take all my pain, help me understand, help me go thru whatever the fv*k i was going thru. I felt like i was the cursed child. My uncle plays the guitar on this one and i remember my mind jus being in complete chaos and he called me out in the yard to just freestyle when he started playing as soon as he started the first thing i said was,'ITS GETTING DEEP, I'M GOING UNDER. PLEASE COME RESCUE ME'. Click the link in my bio for the full song !! #Princess 💋

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kartel-lashes-out-after-bountys-post-about-the-three-bs.jpgBuju, Beenie and Bounty, those are the three B's who must be respected for their contribution to dancehall. But Vybz Kartel is hopping mad and questions why these elders should be respected.

Actually, it's the simple principle of respecting those on whose shoulders we stand. And when society reaches the point where it is no longer cool to respect the elders, then it is serious times. From time immemorial, the is a principle that has ben upheld and respected, throughout all cultures, so those who have nothing significant to say should just keep quiet.


diamondboss-on-instagram-i-m-doing-it-gracefully-clean-heart-clean-mind-no-fungus-on-my-brain.jpgA fan stepped on Macka Diamond's corn last week when she told her that she needs a stylist. However, Macka's response was way too coarse, vulgar and loose. In fact, it sounded as if she was coached by another female artiste who was told that her Grammy dress wasn't all that and she let loose in a rather savage manner.

There was nothing diamond-like in Macka calling the person all those dirty names. Here is what went down:


With nothing but love and respect you need to be in the game you're a great artist you need to find a stylist for real


@lovelyred357 come off a me page batty hole unu jamaicans too nuff a falla foreign bout stylist thats why di whole a unu look one way and fava fart leave me alone let me be myself battyshit me no need no stylist a u need it fi u big pussy weh wah stitch up no wah no advise from none a unu unu only see ppl and no think they r himan gweh go style u big pussy


@mackadiamond1 you are way too ugly to be styling people fix your mouth


@lovelyred357 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 ugly and live in my own house ugly ppl have money too a bayyyyy gwan the ppl.dem rent pretty dunce and broke


@mackadiamond1 girl it all came from a place of love if you're going to be in social media learn to take criticism is not all in the name of hate and I've never lived in a rental since the day I was born so stop don't argue is just stop


@lovelyred357 u need to take it too u pussy wah styllist too so😂😂😂😂


Same here a place of love

DIAMONDBOSS on Instagram: "Im doing it #Gracefully clean heart clean mind no fungus on my brain ❣😂😂❤❤❤ #fruitrician #lifestyle #healthyeating #newlife #veggies..."

Asafa shows more pics from his wedding

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jussie-smollett.jpgJussie Smollett has been charged with falsely reporting that he was attacked in January. The Cook County, Illinois, state's attorney has filed a felony disorderly conduct charge against the actor, not long after the Chicago Police Department officially named Smollett "a suspect in a criminal investigation," according to a spokesperson.

Police said earlier that filing a false police report is a Class 4 felony. Smollett could face prison time of one to three years if convicted and be forced to pay for the cost of the police investigation.

Detectives were to contact his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest. The Associated Press said police do not have a time frame for how long Smollett would be given. "We are trying to be diplomatic and reasonable, and we're hoping he does the same," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told AP.

In a statement to CBS News late Wednesday, Smollett's legal team said they will "mount an aggressive defense."

"Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," said attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

Wednesday's development comes after Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and detectives and after police said two brothers, who were earlier deemed suspects, had testified before a grand jury with the power to indict Smollett. In a press conference Wednesday night, the brother's attorney said they had testified for more than two hours.

"I think that Jussie's conscience is probably not letting him sleep right now," attorney Gloria Schmidt told reporters. "So I think he should unload that conscious and tell the American people what actually happened."

CBS News has learned detectives have been granted about a dozen search warrants to comb through Smollett's bank and cellphone records. CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds said Smollett has retained the help of high profile lawyer Mark Geragos, whose clients have included Colin Kaepernick, Chris Brown and Michael Jackson.

The 36-year-old actor, who is black and openly gay, plays Jamal Lyon on Fox's hit TV show, "Empire," a drama that chronicles a family-run record label. He told police he was attacked by two masked men when he was returning home from a Subway sandwich store Jan. 29 around 2 a.m.

Smollett claimed the two men had beat him, said homophobic and racial slurs and put a looped rope around his neck before fleeing. He said he heard, "this is MAGA country," an apparent reference to President Trump's campaign slogan.

A source close to the investigation told CBS News on Feb. 16 two Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, revealed to detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the attack. They said the rope that was found around Smollett's neck was purchased at a nearby hardware store. A raid of their home turned up ropes, masks and bleach.

Chicago police said that information had "shifted the trajectory of the investigation," and prompted another interview with Smollett. The actor's attorneys said he was "angered and devastated" by reports that he knew the alleged attackers, and that one of the men was Smollett's personal trainer. Ola Osundairo had played a prisoner in a season of "Empire."

On Feb. 19, in a statement to CBS Chicago, the brothers said: "We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens."

Earlier Wednesday, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television released a statement to say Smollett "continues to be a consummate professional on set" and his character is not being written off the show.


FOX 5 does feature on Kartel

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Flourgon gets go-ahead to sue Miley Cyrus

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miley-cyrus.jpgThe US$300-million lawsuit brought by Jamaican deejay Flourgon against American singer Miley Cyrus over alleged copyright infringements, has been given a possible lifeline. The defence had requested that the matter be dismissed.

But magistrate Robert Lehrburger has suggested that his colleague Lewis Kaplan, the district judge assigned to hear the matter, not dismiss the case on summary judgement as recommended by Cyrus' legal team even though her 'fair use' defence is probably sound.

According to Lehrburger, Kaplan should halt the motion by Cyrus' team to have the matter dismissed immediately. He added that Kaplan might want to limit any damages claimed by Flourgon whose real name is Michael May, to just the three years before he filed his lawsuit last year.

"In sum, analysis of the relevant factors strongly indicates that defendants' use of the phrase is a fair use. But whether that is so may be properly determined at summary judgement, not on this motion to dismiss where reasonable inferences are to be made, and ambiguities resolved, in favour of May, the non-moving party," Lehrburger is quoted as saying in United Kingdom website Complete Music Update on Monday.

In March last year, Flourgon filed the lawsuit against Cyrus in the US District Court, Manhattan, New York. He alleges that Cyrus's 2013 hit song, We Can't Stop, closely resembles his 1988 hit We Run Things. He further accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating his material, including the lyrics 'We run things, things no run we," which she sings as 'We run things, things don't run we'.

Cyrus and her team responded with at least three arguments why Flourgon's claim is invalid. They argued that a single lyric is not protected by copyright, that Cyrus' use of it was fair, and that the deejay's lyric in We Run Things is not in itself original.

Last November, Flourgon won "formal copyright protection" from the US Copyright Office for all musical arrangements in We Run Things.

Blue plaque for Bob Marley's London house

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bob-marley-photo-7.jpgA house in London where Bob Marley sought refuge after the trauma of an assassination attempt in Jamaica is to have an English Heritage blue plaque installed, the UK Guardian newspaper reported yesterday.

Marley and his band, the Wailers, lived at the house on Oakley Street, off King's Road in Chelsea, in 1977. During that time they completed recording Exodus, Marley's ninth studio album, described as a masterpiece and which was named by Time magazine as "The best album of the 20th century".

Exodus, which remained on the British album charts for 56 consecutive weeks, included the UK hit singles title track Exodus, Waiting In Vain, Jamming, and One Love.

"When they were not recording they would make the short trip over the Albert Bridge to play football in Battersea Park," the Guardian report stated.

According to the Guardian story, in addition to Marley, novelist Angela Carter, writer and traveller Gertrude Bell, and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn were among a cluster of names announced yesterday as figures to be celebrated in 2019 by the London heritage scheme.

English Heritage trustee and blue plaques panel member, historian David Olusoga, was reported as saying he was particularly excited by the Marley plaque.

"He was one of the first superstars to come from a developing country. He is one of the most famous faces in the world, one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and he blazed a trail for other artistes from developing countries," the Guardian quoted Olusoga.

Marley, the story said, once commented that he regarded London as his second home, and his stay provided provided much-needed stability after the horrific events of 1976 when gunmen shot him, his wife Rita, and his manager Don Taylor.

The attack was carried out at Marley's Old Hope Road home, which is now the site of the Bob Marley Museum.

buju-banton-pe-instagram-i-speaks.jpgWhy Buju haffi a gwaan so? Everyday the man just a upload sexy picture and a mad people gal pickney.

And now he is speaking. And he is promising that he will have a lot more to say at his concert on March 16.

Well, it look like the world and him wife a go deh deh because everybody want to say "I was there".

Fun and joke aside, however, it will be interesting to hear what the Gargamel has to say.

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Stephen Marley off on US tour

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stephen-sumfest.jpgOn February 25th, the eight-time GRAMMY-winning musician Stephen "Ragga" Marley will kick off an intimate acoustic U.S. tour in support of his latest 5-track EP, One Take: Acoustic Jams, out November 2018 on the Marley family's Ghetto Youths International imprint. For one month, the 23-city run will span the South, Southwest and West Coast.

Stephen beautifully deconstructs both his father Bob Marley's songs ("Small Axe," "All Day" and "Easy Skanking") and his own ("Mind Control" and "Revelation Party") in raw and uninhibited fashion on One Take: Acoustic Jams, his latest EP. This jam session recorded in Stephen's living room, will come to life on the road, giving fans the rare opportunity to digest these melodic hits in an authentic, stripped-down form. In addition to vocals, Stephen plays guitar and percussion. He is backed by the rich instrumentation of Javaughn Bond (bass), Ranoy Gordon (guitar), Nicholas Laraque (saxophone and clarinet) and Craig Taylor (bass, drum and percussion).

"When you share songs in their natural form, you hear them differently, so I just followed my spirit in making the choices of what songs fit this acoustic vibe," Stephen Marley tells Billboard.

Mystic Marley (Stephen's daughter) is slated to open for her dad throughout the latter half of the tour. The 20 year-old L.A- based singer/songwriter is prepping her debut EP Moonboard. She recently released her debut single "Beatdown," an acoustic guitar-driven track about perseverance through adversity.

As a part of this tour, a dollar from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Ghetto Youths Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley to provide aid, assistance, resources and opportunity to communities in need. In addition, fans in 19 select cities of the tour will have the opportunity to support a worthy cause by attending an 'Exclusive Meet & Greet' with Stephen Marley immediately following his performance, where 100% of all proceeds will go directly to the Ghetto Youths Foundation's programs. The reception tickets can be purchased on

Today, Trench Town, Jamaica, is the site of some of the Ghetto Youths Foundation's most exceptional work. This unique and vibrant community is known for producing some of the greatest artists in the world, including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and Toots Hibbert, yet 100% of the population still lives below the poverty line. Opening its doors in 2019, the Ghetto Youths Foundation Homework Center will be the first of its kind in the heart of Trenchtown - a sanctuary and safe haven supporting learning and personal achievement, providing mentorship and opportunity and fostering hope. More than 400 young people each month will have free access to the Homework Center. "Education is the pathway to freedom, and every child deserves the opportunity to walk down that path," says Stephen Marley.


Feb 25 (Mon) @ Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, FL ^

Feb 26 (Tue) @ Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, LA ^

Feb 27 (Wed) @ House of Blues in New Orleans, LA ^

Feb. 28 (Thu) @ House of Blues in Houston, TX ^

Mar 2 (Sat) @ Scoot Inn in Austin, TX

Mar 3 (Sun) @ Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, TX ^

Mar 5 (Tue) @ Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO ^

Mar 6 (Wed) @ Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO ^

Mar 8 (Fri) @ Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO ^

Mar 9 (Sat) @ Washington's in Fort Collins, CO ^

Mar 10 (Sun) @ Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO

Mar 11 (Mon) @ Belly Up in Aspen, CO ^

Mar 13 (Wed) @ Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV ^

Mar 14 (Thu) @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA ^

Mar 15 (Fri) @ Garden Amp in Garden Grove, CA ^ *

Mar 16 (Sat) @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA ^ *

Mar 17 (Sun) @ The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA ^ *

Mar 19 (Tue) @ Crystal Bay Club Casino in Crystal Bay, NV *

Mar 21 (Thu) @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights, WA *

Mar 22 (Fri) @ Midtown Ballroom in Bend, OR ^ *

Mar 23 (Sat) in Historic Ashland Amory in Ashland, OR ^ *

Mar 24 (Sun) @ Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA ^ *

Mar 26 (Tue) @ The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA

Buju Banton keeps on uploading sexy pics

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buju-banton-on-instagram-just-smile.jpgJust smile is the caption of three pictures the Gargamel recently uploaded to his IG page and gal pickiney a mad ova.

"Why Buju sweet so?" one female fan exclaimed, adding that she will have to pray because these feelings need the blood.


Why 👑 buju sweet so😭😭I going to pray these feelings need the blood !


Nothing made my childhood like some @bujuofficial best days of my life


We wann Gargamel !!!!!!!! ✌🏾🙌🏿




oh baby




Bless up! 😊




@empressshiza 🤩🤩🤩


Yessss ♥️😍😘💯🔥


@tamiblackx Jah Jah blessings fall pon him life. Love it.




Love you buju 😘


Welcome home King


Respect to the realist💯💯💯💯🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


@iam_justt_nikki I knew you were coming for me lol. Jesam Nikki no sah this should be illegal

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Miss Lou to be honoured at Poet In Motion

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The life and work of Jamaica's folklorist, educator and writer Louise "Miss Lou" Bennett-Coverley will take centre stage at this year's staging of Poet In Motion scheduled for the Manchester Golf Club on Sunday, February 24.

Festival conceptualiser Yasus Afari explained the reason for this year's focus.

"Miss Lou is the neuro-linguistic mother of the Jamaican language and culture, so we have to honour her every morning when the sun rises and in the evening when the moon goes down. This year marks 100 years since her birth; it's a landmark year, and we are the beneficiaries of her brilliance and advocacy," Yasus Afari, head of Sen Yacum Entertainment, told the Observer yesterday.

The event promoter compared the folklorist to Jamaica's sole national heroine, Nanny of the Maroons.

"She is just a militant as Queen Nanny of the Maroons, but instead of guns and bullets, Miss Lou used language and humour," he said.

Born in Kingston on September 7, 1919, Miss Lou grew up to become the leading proponent in preserving the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories in patois -- Jamaica's native tongue.

Her work took on mass appeal through her presence in media -- initially in print and later the electronic media to radio and then famously on television where she hosted Ring Ding, a weekly talent expose on the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.

Reggae on the River co-founder passes away

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Carol Bruno, co-founder of Reggae On The River concert in northern California, died on February 8 from breast cancer. She was 72.

Her death was confirmed by her husband John, who she was married to for more than 40 years. She is also survived by four children.

"Carol fought until the end, she loved life. She loved life, she loved the community, her legacy is one of total and pure love. She had an infectious laugh and a beautiful smile. It's really tough, man. It's really tough," John Bruno told the Times Standard newspaper.

The Brunos are an integral part of Humboldt County, a nature-loving area in the Golden State where Carol and colleague Nancy Shelby started Reggae On The River in 1984. They initiated the event to raise funds to build a community centre which replaced a previous structure, which had been destroyed by fire.

Over the years, Reggae On The River became one of the top shows of its kind, attracting thousands of fans who came to see the music's biggest artistes.

The Mateel Community Center, which hosted the concert, saluted Bruno's tireless work as a fund-raiser and champion of reggae.

"Her contributions to Reggae On The River and the many shows she brought to the Mateel Community Center and her work for the community as one of the original founders of the Mateel four decades ago are an important and lasting legacy. Carol's work and dedication to further our Reggae On The River festival and our community centre is legendary. We are grateful to Carol, we honour her spirit and we send our love and our thoughts to her partner, John Bruno and to her family," the statement read.


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Portland bottled spring water brand, Lifespan, has officially cemented their interaction with the Jamaican culture with a collaboration production of its first ever self-titled dancehall riddim project, the Lifespan riddim with producer Junior Bloodline.

The Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) distributed brand, believes that music is an important part of the essence of Jamaica which shapes our society, it is therefore symbiotic to merge that image with the Lifespan Spring Water brand, which has become a household name and connects with Jamaicans from all aspects of society.

"We wanted to celebrate the success of the Lifespan brand by giving back to the culture, and with the Dash and Win promotion underway, the time was now to connect with our Jamaican audience in an organic way." Rojah Thomas, Marketing Manager for Lifespan Spring Water, explained

The Lifespan riddim is created by known artiste manager, event promoter and music producer - Junior Bloodline for his JR Bloodline label. Artistes featured on the project include; Bugle, Tifa, ZJ Liquid, I-Octane, Tommy Lee, Munga Honorable and newcomer Iwaata.

The project has already been receiving rave reviews since its premiere earlier this month. Partly due to the quality of the project itself as well as the artistes who have added impressive tracks to it.

"The artiste line up is simply phenomenal, it has the right mix of persons who all have their own individual style who each bring something different to this project. Many persons have described it as "infectious," JR Bloodline did an excellent job and we are extremely proud to simply be a part of it." Rojah added

Lifespan believes that the project is already a catalyst for a hot project to extend throughout Summer 2019 and sees it as another avenue to connect with their consumers everywhere they party, work and play.

The Lifespan Riddim will be officially launched in a matter of days and will be distributed by Hapilos Digital Distribution.

Shaggy to join cast of American Idol

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shaggy-aka-mr-boombastic-o-d-on-instagram-excited-to-announce-i-m-joining-americanidol-this-season.jpgGrammy winner, Shaggy will be joining this season of American Idol.

He made the announcement last week on Instagram. According to Shaggy he will be joining the American singing competition television series to perform at their season premiere and for their All-Star Duets.

The seventeenth season of American Idol will premiere on March 3 the season finale on May 20, 2019, on the ABC television network. This will be the show's second season to air on ABC. Ryan Seacrest will continue his role as the show's host, while Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie continue as judges.

Shaggy's idol announcement comes just days after winning the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album for his collaborative project "44/876" with Sting.

Shaggy Aka Mr Boombastic O.D on Instagram: "Excited to announce I'm joining @AmericanIdol this season for their All-Star Duets! Tune- in for the premiere March 3 and later in the..."

Sub 10 King Asafa weds his model fiancee

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asafa-powell-girlfriend.jpgSub-10 second king, Jamaican Asafa Powell, and Canadian model, Alyshia Miller, are now man and wife.

The two reportedly tied the knot in a private ceremony on Saturday in Montego Bay, St James in the presence of close friends and family members.

The wedding followed their engagement last year February after Powell proposed, with the move being kept under wraps until Miller shared the hot news later in the year on social media.

"Throwback to date night," was how she captioned a photo on her Instagram account, using the hashtags "#MySpecialNight, #Engaged and #February".

Powell held the 100-metre world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds.

He still holds the world record for the 100-yard dash, with a time of 9.09, set on May 27, 2010 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

sangster-international-airport.jpgSangster International Airport (SIA), Jamaica's leading gateway to the world, was named the Caribbean's Leading Airport for the eleventh year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) hosted at Sandals Montego Bay on 28 January. Operated by MBJ Airports Limited, SIA emerged as the winner from a pool of 13 Caribbean competitors nominated for the prestigious award. The accolade was first bestowed on SIA in 2005. It won again in 2009 and has won the title again every year since.

"We are honored to be named the Caribbean's Leading Airport for the eleventh consecutive year. This prestigious award validates our ongoing efforts to deliver world-class service and showcase Jamaica's rich culture at Sangster International Airport," commented MBJ CEO Rafael Echevarne.

"The fact that our dedication to improving the infrastructure of the airport and providing outstanding service has been noticed by the global travel industry and travelers using SIA is gratifying and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for voting us number one in the region year after year for more than a decade. Our entire staff, our airport partners and every citizen of Jamaica can be proud of this tremendous achievement," Echevarne added.

MBJ has led a number of initiatives over the past four years to improve the passenger experience within the arrivals and departures terminals while upgrading the taxiways and aprons on the airside. Several transformational projects are now underway to bring further upgrades to the airport, including a redesign of the ticketing hall, an expansion of the commercial concourse and automated parking facilities.

Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2018, Ackera Gowie has shown that she is not just Most Culturally Aware, but also environmentally aware with the launch of her national project EcoMoney at the St. Mary High School on Thursday, February 7. Aimed at pulling communities together across Jamaica in an effort to both preserve the environment while increasing youth-based economic development, EcoMoney is designed to turn non-biodegradable waste into profit through up-cycling, also known as creative reuse. In this process, useless or otherwise unwanted products are transformed into new products of better environmental value.

"We are now transitioning from a linear economy to a circular economy, circular meaning we reduce waste and make the most of resources," Gowie said while giving the project overview at the EcoMoney launch.

"The overall mission of EcoMoney is to create partnerships between the private and public sector to engage communities and allow each citizen to play their part in the welfare of the whole human race," she continued.

Gowie also highlighted the importance of launching her national project out of her home parish of St. Mary, stating:

"A St. Mary Mi Come from is one my favourite phrases! I am so proud of my parish and my roots so it was important to launch EcoMoney here to show all the talent and potential St. Mary's youth have to offer as we lead the rest of the island on this eco-journey."

Hosted at the auditorium of Gowie's alma mater, the St. Mary High School, the launch of EcoMoney saw support from Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary, Dr. Norman Dunn, as well as the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA), the St. Mary chapter of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs and upcoming Jamaican recycling company, 360 Recycle.

The EcoMoney national project is sponsored by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Lasco Money, Excelsior, Digicel Foundation and Popeyes.

etana-vprecords.jpgEtana dogged out a fan and even called him a cockroach and dropped a couple 'F' bombs on Twitter because he dared to criticise her consciousness, or lack thereof, at the recent Grammy awards. It was a strong and savage display from the Strong One, who played right into the fan's hands by cussing him out, a behaviour which is not in sync with her password of conscious queen.

Now critics are saying that Etana has damaged her brand with this emotional behaviour.

Some persons suggested that Etana was upset that she did not win the Grammy for Best Reggae album, and so the criticism of her AND her dress was just too much, the poor dear just had to unload/

More dates for Buju's Caribbean tour unveiled

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe confirmed Caribbean dates for Buju Banton's Long Walk To Freedom Tour have been revealed.

Between March 30 and June 29, the artiste has seven dates across the Caribbean, and in an Instagram post, he stated that more dates are to be added.

Exactly two weeks after his first post-prison performance at the National Stadium in Jamaica, Buju Banton will head to Nassau, Bahamas, after which the red carpet will be rolled out on April 21 for his highly anticipated Trinidad engagement at the Queen's Park Savannah.

April 27 will see the Gargamel in Barbados, then one week later, on May 4, Buju will be off to Paramaribo, Suriname for a performance at the Andre Kamperveen Stadion.

There are two dates for June confirmed so far - June 15 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands and June 29 in St Kitts at the Kim Collins Athleteic Club.

The Grenada show, for which tickets have reportedly been selling quickly, is scheduled for May 11 and online news outlets report that "the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is the only OECS island thus far to confirm a staging of the world-renowned tour".

The highly anticipated event is being staged in conjunction with Sunshine Promotions' annual Mother's Day event brand - Night of Love - which featured in 2018 another reggae legend, Beres Hammond.

Govana Embarks On 13-City European Tour

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govana.jpgRecording artiste Govana, currently riding high with 'The Light' featuring Dre Island, the second single from his upcoming anthology titled 'Humans and Monsters Are Not The Same', departed the island earlier this week for Europe.

The trip, a month-long solo sojourn which also signifies another career milestone for the 4th Genna deejay, will see him embarking on a thirteen-city tour of that continent with stops in major cities such as Berlin, Stuttgart, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Zurich, Hamburg, Venice, Rome, Bologna, Lecce and Dortmund among others. The first concert will commence on February 14 (Valentine's Day) in Berlin, Germany.

Despite this being his first solo run, Govana is no stranger to the continent. He previously accompanied labelmate Aidonia on several exploits while under his tutelage. Speaking with members of the international press Govana intimated that he intends to leave a memorable mark upon completion of the tour.

"Europe has always been a place that showed Govana a lot of love even though at the time they knew me as Deablo. Fast-forward to 2019, me returning with a new name and a catalogue of hits, I am very happy because it will be an entirely new experience for both me and the fans. Aside from introducing myself to new fans, it will also present the opportunity to reconnect with my the originals from the days of touring with Aidonia and I intend to make the tour memorable."

The sanguine entertainer is expected to return to the island mid-March to continue work on his upcoming anthology slated for release later this year.

shaggy-wins-grammy-award-2019.jpg"This is a great honor," Shaggy said, after receiving the best reggae album Grammy for his collaboration with Sting, "44/876." "They always say about Grammys that it's nice to be nominated. I can tell you right now it's better to win."

Shaggy also thanked Sting, saying, "He made this project feel like the greatest project I've ever been involved with. It was so easy and full of love and joy."

In his Grammy acceptance speech, Shaggy expressed his gratitude and thanked his family, especially his wife Rebecca and daughter, who were both at the ceremony with him, as well as his Jamaican crew. "Thank you to all of the nominees in the reggae category," he said, and he gave a shout-out to each of their names.

Other nominated albums in the Reggae category were albums as As the World Turns by Black Uhuru, Reggae Forever by Etana, Rebellion Rises by Ziggy Marley and A Matter of Time by Protoje.

Shaggy also took to social media to say thanks.

Red Fox shows love for Reggae in new single

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deejay-red-fox.jpgThe latest single from artiste, Red Fox, 'If You Love Reggae', was aptly released in recognition of February as Reggae Month.

'If You Love Reggae' was produced by Musical Masquerade, and according to Fox, reggae music has had a major impact on his life throughout the years.

'I give all glory to God who created this music which I believe saved me from all the trauma and dysfunctions I've experienced as a child," Fox explained in a press release.

He added: "During a time of brainwash education, I was able to learn from the conscious artistes. They taught me about my black heritage, which has empowered me to move forward knowing the true value of myself."

Noting the worldwide impact of reggae music, Fox recalled a conversation he had recently with an Ethiopian girl.

"She came to a show I was doing in Minnesota. She told me when she was in the refugee camp, it was my music that helped her," he said.

"I also remember having another conversation with a fan from Chicago. He told me he remembered going through a tough time in his life which he listened to my first album 'As a matter of Fox' to help keep him going. Instances like these give meaning to my life," Fox said.

Fox shared the inspiration behind 'If You Love Reggae'.

"The idea was brought to me by Musical Masquerade. Even though what I do is called dancehall, I would like to identify myself as a reggae artist. I think we should market the word reggae more than the term dancehall, as dancehall is a place where people listen to reggae music," he said, adding "I also believe we should focus more on our culture which is what attracted people to the music in the first place. We must be able to stand out whereever we go'."

He continued, "On the song If You Love Reggae, the producer and myself wanted to show how much the world loves our music and culture. I have toured many countries throughout my career and reggae is the only music that I see bring together all people regardless of race, class or creed. We mostly sing about unity and love. Bob Marley's One Love and Stand Up For You Right are songs, which have affected people's lives in a major way. I pray that we'll keep the positive vibes going as this music is about life'.

This is the third time that Red Fox has worked with New York-based Musical Masquerade. They previously worked on 'No Other like You' (featuring Rayvon) and 'Muscle'.

Born Gareth Shelton in St Andrew, Red Fox was raised in St Catherine before migrating to New York City as a teenager. He has won the DJ of the Year title in New York on multiple occasions.

Among his better-known songs are 'Pose Off', 'Bashment Party', 'Down in Jamaica', 'Brooklyn Swing' and 'Born Again Black Man'.

New album from Shaggy to be released in May

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shaggy-photo-1-focused.jpgReggae and dancehall artiste, Shaggy will release his first solo album in six years, Wah Gwaan?!, May 10th. Per a statement, the new record will embody Shaggy's "Jamaican roots, global reach, contagious joy and introspective side." Shaggy first teased the record last November with the release of his new single, "Use Me" (an official music video is set to arrive soon).

An article in Rollingstones Magazine states that Wah Gwaan?! will feature a slew of collaborations, including tracks with 19-year-old Canadian singer Alexander Stewart ("You"), dancehall star Shenseea and singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe ("Supernatural"), Brooklyn dancehall artist Noah Powa ("Money Up") and reggaeton hit-maker Nicky Jam and singer Jason Derulo ("Tic Toc"). The album's producers include Tony CD Kelly, Dave Kelly, Martin Kierszenbaum, iLLWayno, Kizzo and Costi Official.

Wah Gwaan?! marks Shaggy's first solo effort since 2013's Out of Many, One Music. The singer made a surprise return last year with his unexpected collaborative project with Sting, 44/876, which has since been nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammys

Prior to the Grammys, Shaggy will host the show's premiere ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles February 10th. The event will be available to stream live via the Grammy's website starting at 3:30 ET.

Shaggy Wah Gwaan?! Track List

1. "Ketch Mi Up"

2. "Friends" (feat. Gene Noble)

3. "You" (feat. Alexander Stewart)

4. "Praise"

5. "Tic Toc" (feat. Jason Derulo, Nicky Jam)

6. "Wrong Room"

7. "Money Up" (feat. Noah Powa)

8. "Supernatural" (feat. Stacy Barthe, Shenseea)

9. "Make-Up Sex" (feat. Nyanda)

Marleys absent again from Bob's Bash at the museum

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bob-marley-photo-5.jpgJust like the did last year, the Marley clan again took a leave of absence from the annual birthday bash for their father, Bob at the Museum in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and instead used carious social media platforms to hail up their father on his big day.

However, the other artistes who turned in person up to salute the Reggae legend on his 74th birthday, which was held under the theme Catch A Fire, did a splendid job of paying tribute to the Reggae King.

It was road block all day as hundreds of fans from all over clamoured to get inside the venue where there were symposiums from 11 AM, followed by a concert which started at 3PM and continued until after midnight. A host of entertainers, both upcoming and established acts performed at the event, which saw the Fireman Capleton in full flight as he had the hungry massive hanging on to his fiery chants. Newcomer Koffee was a breath of fresh air and the diminutive singer stood 10 feet tall on stage as she delivered an exciting 20 minute performance. Of course, the toast of her performance was her huge hit single Toast, which the audience sang word for word.

Others on the line-up included Naomi Cowan, Sevana, Lila Ike, Bescenta, Richie Spice, Bongo Herman and a host of others.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Toronto John Tory on Wednesday again proclaimed February 6 as 'Bob Marley Day' in the Canadian city.

The mayor said the "Toronto tradition" pays tribute to the Reggae icon's legacy of peace, harmony and the unity of humankind.

Tory shared a statement from his office via Twitter, noting that today, Robert Nesta Marley's "music lives on and appeals to people of all cultures and guides them towards a world united -- one people -- one love".

The mayor noted that Marley began his career with the Wailers and became known for his distinctive writing and vocal style.

"Marley sang of tolerance and love. He became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has ever seen. He encouraged us to live in harmony, chronicle our own destiny and stand up for what is right," Tory continued.

The mayor also announced that the Toronto sign will be lit in green, black and yellow today to celebrate Bob Marley Day.

Marley was born February 6, 1945, in Nine Mile, St Ann, Jamaica and died of cancer on May 11, 1981. He was voted the third-greatest songwriter of all time in a 2001 BBC poll behind Bob Dylan and John Lennon.


Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (right) shares a light moment with the CEO of the National rums of Jamaica Ltd Winston Harrison, (left) and J Wray and Nephew's Chairman Clement "Jimmy" Lawrence at the launch of the Jamaica Rum Festival on February 05 at the Banquet Hall of the Office of the Prime Minister. The Festival, which will take place at place at Hope Gardens on March 9 and 10, is being presented by J. Wray & Nephew Limited's Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum brand in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says the Jamaica Rum Festival will broaden the country's market by adding value to the Gastronomy Tourism product offerings.

Speaking at the Launch, which took place on February 05 at the Office of the Prime Minister, Minister Bartlett stated that "The logic behind celebrating our indigenous foods is very clear and the implications on tourism arrivals and growth is equally big...This rum festival is a great opportunity for us to broaden the market by bringing more people to the destination to indulge and then after they leave Jamaica, they will return. We already have a 42% repeat business, but that can multiply if we have events that are products that become annual events for tourism."

The Festival, which will take place at place at Hope Gardens on March 9 and 10, is being presented by J. Wray & Nephew Limited's Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum brand in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF). It aims to promote brand Jamaica, boost tourism in Kingston and showcase Jamaica's cultural excellence in rum, food and music.

According to the organizers, patrons will be exposed to the rum-making process, learn about the unique provenance of Jamaican rums and sample a variety of blends. They will also learn about ideal rum & food pairings, while enjoying entertainment from some of Jamaica's finest musicians.

TEF's Executive Director, Dr. Carey Wallace, shared that approximately $10 million has been invested in the Jamaica Rum Festival to assist with marketing and the build out of Artisan Villages, which will be a key feature of the event. The artisan villages will allow patrons to purchase authentic and personalised Jamaican craft items.

Patrons will also be encouraged to explore the Jamaican competitive spirits through their participation in rum-based culinary and mixology competitions, domino contests and other games.

"Gastronomy is an important part of tourism and our exceptional culinary delights such as our coffee and rum are among the top-three reasons why persons visit Jamaica. Every day, many tourists are driven to travel to Jamaica to taste our rich cultural dishes. This is the primary reason we have invested in building out this very important passion point of our visitors," said the Minister.

The Jamaica Rum Festival will take place a week after the Blue Mountain Coffee Festival - a major food festival being organized by the Tourism Linkages Network, a division of the Tourism enhancement Fund. It will feature Blue Mountain coffee and coffee related products, food stalls, entertainment, cultural presentations, tastings and demonstrations, and workshops.

"This rum festival is a product that will join the coffee festival and the cocoa festival which is coming and we are going to be looking at other commodities of which Jamaica has some level of comparative in terms of the quality of our product and to use those to leverage the experiential tourism that we are marketing," said Minister Bartlett.

Singer Bunny Brown has died

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bunny-brown.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed sadness at the death of the Reggae singer Joel 'Bunny' Brown who passed away yesterday.

Over the span of his career, which began in 1968, Brown was a member of several groups including The Wildcats, Mighty Mystics, Dynamic Vision, The Falcons and Chosen Few -- with whom he recorded the hit 'Queen Majesty'.

He also backed Luther Vandross, The Blow and Lisa Fisher.

"It is with a heavy heart that I learnt of Bunny Brown's passing. He was an ambassador for our music for 50 years. At this time when we celebrate Reggae Month and the pioneers of our music, we must remember and honour Bunny Brown's contribution," Grange said in a release from her ministry.

"I convey deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Sean Paul teams up with Rita Ora for new single

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sean-paul-photo-8.jpgHaving released 'Shot And Wine' with Stefflon Don, dancehall act Sean Paul is looking to place on the market another collaboration with an international artiste, this time with British singer Rita Ora.

The collab is titled 'Call On Me'.

According to Sean Paul, in an interview with Loop News reporter Job Nelson, while 'Shot And Wine', which was released on January 18, is a party song, 'Call On Me' will be of more substance.

"'Shot And Wine' is a party vibes song as we want people to party. 'Call On Me' is a meaningful song. It is about family and calling on the people who you can depend on," he said, adding "Those will be my new releases for 2019 and then I will drop the album afterward, in the summer."

It is the second collaboration between Sean Paul and Rita Ora, following their project with Wizkid for 'Freaky Girls', which was released early last year.

According to Sean Paul, things are still being fine-tuned for the release of his album, which is still without a title.

Sean Paul, the winner of the 2004 Grammy Awards for Dutty Rock, said, "we are still working on the album and sometimes it switches up and sometimes certain tunes get old and we drop them off or release them on single and go again.

"So we are putting together a thing same way, and we have hundreds of work put together," he said.

Culture Ministry sponsors Reggae Films In The Park

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgThe Ministry of Culture, Gender and Entertainment & Sport in collaboration with the National Library of Jamaica and the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, will be screening 'Reggae Films in the Park' over three nights at Emancipation Park, St Andrew during as part of February's Reggae Month activities

More than 150 Reggae festivals are held annually in countries around the world, and the fans of artistes who perform on them want to know more about them and about how they make their music.

Accordingly, film makers have been producing hundreds of documentaries that introduce the artistes, tell their stories and share their music, creating a new genre of films now labelled "Reggae Films".

The Emancipation Park screenings will take place on February 8, 15 and 22 and will add to the variety of activities that fill the Reggae Month calendar.

The Culture Ministry said the films will include the premiere of "Rude Boy: The Trojan Story" that shares the history of the record label that introduced Jamaican music to Britain; "Reggae In Goa" about the city in India that hosts the newest of the global Reggae festivals; "Legends of Ska" - one of the many films about the famous artistes of this genre and "Coelcuirt Jamaica" - a musical travel documentary by an Irish TV company featuring Freddie McGregor, Alpha Boys Band, the Jolly Boys mento band, Maroon Chieftainess Sister Gloria and poet Mutabaruka.

The ministry added that Reggae Films take viewers into the communities where the music was born and nurtured, and onstage to see and hear performances by artistes of all sectors -- ska, rockers, Rasta roots, blue beat, rocksteady, lovers' rock, dancehall and the branches of hip-hop and dub poetry that are all parts of the vibrant Reggae culture. These films all share stories of Jamaica's past and present history to tell the roots from which the culture has arisen.

A special feature of Reggae Films In The Park will be the screening of Jamaica's first music video, Desmond Dekker's "007 Shanty Town" made in 1967 by Perry Henzell, who went on to make "The Harder They Come". Other special features include award-winning Reggae Film Festival short films by Jamaican film makers

The acclaimed documentary "Marley" by Kevin McDonald will also be shown at the screenings.

Reggae Films in the Park will inform a deeper enjoyment of Jamaica's unique cultural creation and gift to the world, the ministry added.

The event is produced by the Ministry of Culture, Gender and Entertainment & Sport in collaboration with the National Library of Jamaica and the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.

Elephant Man's house searched by cops

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elephant-man-photos-3-large.jpgElephant Man's premise was searched by police following investigations into a recent video being circulated on social media.

Ele and his lawyer Christopher Townsend reported to the police station Friday (01/02/19), where the deejay was interrogated and his home searched before he was released.

Townsend said that nothing was found during the quest by the police.

All this stems from a viral video that sparked an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

In the video, a woman is seen with what appears to be a firearm, which she allegedly hands over to Elephant Man.

Interestingly, another video of the same incident has since emerged with the woman handing to gun to a different man.

Shaggy to host Grammy Premiere Ceremony

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shaggy-photo-1-focused.jpgThe GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony® will take place at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. PT, and will be streamed live internationally via Preceding the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will be hosted by GRAMMY® winner and current nominee (for Best Reggae Album) Shaggy and will feature a number of performances by current GRAMMY nominees. Currently slated to perform are singer/songwriter Snatam Kaur, trumpeter Craig Morris, and dance/electronic duo Sofi Tukker. Nigerian Afrobeat artist Seun Kuti and Malian singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara will take the stage together to perform. Additionally, for the first time ever, Ángela Aguilar, Aida Cuevas, and Natalia Lafourcade will unite to perform the Mexican folkloric classic "La Llorona," which all three have recorded during their careers.

Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day will be current nominees Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Kalani Pe'a, Questlove, Cécile McLorin Salvant, TOKiMONSTA, and former Recording Academy™ Chair Jimmy Jam. Cheche Alara will serve as musical director.

The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony will remain on as video on demand for 90 days following the event. The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live following the Premiere Ceremony on the CBS Television Network from 8:00-11 p.m. ET/5:00-8 p.m. PT. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit the Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook and Twitter.

All of the Premiere Ceremony performers and the host are nominated this year, as are most of the presenters. Aguilar for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) (Primero Soy Mexicana); Cuevas for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) (Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II); Diawara for Best World Music Album (Fenfo); Hale with Halestorm for Best Rock Performance ("Uncomfortable"); Lafourcade for Best Latin Pop Album (Musas [Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos], Vol. 2); Kaur for Best New Age Album (Beloved); Kuti & Egypt 80 for Best World Music Album (Black Times); Morris for Best Classical Instrument Solo (Glass: Three Pieces In The Shape Of A Square); Pe'a for Best Regional Roots Music Album (No'Ane'i); Questlove for Best Spoken Work Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) (Creative Quest); Salvant for Best Jazz Vocal Album (The Window); Shaggy (with Sting) for Best Reggae Album (44/876); Sofi Tukker for Best Dance/Electronic Album (Treehouse); and TOKiMONSTA for Best Dance/Electronic Album (Lune Rouge).

Buju to perform at Summerjam in Germany

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgBuju Banton has been confirmed for this year's Summerjam Festival, held annually in Cologne, Germany. Buju will headline the Red Stage on Saturday, July 6. This is the first European show announced for Buju's highly anticipated Long Walk to Freedom Tour.

Hailed as one of the biggest reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop festivals in Europe, Summerjam has been held for over 34 years, showcasing appearances from international music stars from all over the world. Past Summerjam stages have carried some local legends, including Buju. It was one decade ago that the Gargamel appeared there, alongside reggae acts Bunny Wailer, UB40, Anthony B, Sly & Robbie, Junior Kelly, Bitty McLean, U-Roy, Glen Washington, Pablo Moses, Horace Andy, and Freddie McGregor.

Still, the musical torch continues to blaze, and this year, Jimmy Cliff, Popcaan, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, Agent Sasco, Samory I, Richie Spice and sensational newcomer Koffee are the Jamaican acts advertised for Summerjam 2019.

According to the organisers, this year will be very special in light of UNESCO's official declaration of reggae music as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Although this announcement marks the first of Buju's European dates, the reggae star will have already been on the road for some time. Following his official re-entry to the stage on March 16 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Buju will perform in Nassau, The Bahamas, on March 30.

That show is set for the Thomas A. Robinson National Sports Stadium and is being promoted by Bahamian firm Paradise Productions.

He is also set to perform in Trinidad on April 21 at the Queen's Park Savannah in a concert dubbed 'I Am Legend'. Buju will then travel to Barbados for the Barbados Reggae Festival at Kensington Oval on April 27.

Before heading off to Europe, he will perform at the St Kitts Music Festival, which will take place from June 26 to 30. There, the deejay joins a strong line-up that includes Smokey Robinson, Popcaan, French Montana, and Davido.

Busy Signal Sunshine Snacks first brand ambassador

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busy-signal-photo-13.jpgBusy Signal is the first brand ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago's Sunshine Snacks. The company announced their partnership during a press conference at R Hotel in New Kingston on Monday.

Sunshine Snacks products are manufactured by Associated Brands Industries Limited. They are distributed in Jamaica by Confectionery Snacks, which has offices in Portmore and Montego Bay.

Nicholas Lok-Jack, CEO and Deputy Chairman of Associated Brands, disclosed the reason for signing Busy Signal.

"Our peanuts have been positioned as power peanuts and have always been a part of the Jamaican culture. We find that Busy has such a versatile style and full of energy. What greater collaboration between Sunshine Power Peanuts and Busy. It was a natural fit," he said.

The dancehall artiste is equally excited about the venture.

dennis-brown-photo-4.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be hosting "A Gathering at the Resting Place of Dennis E. Brown", in celebration of the anniversary of the birth of the "Crown Prince of Reggae", Dennis Brown at the National Heroes Park, on Friday, February 1, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The recognition of Brown's birthday anniversary is a highlight of Reggae Month 2019, which is being held under the theme "Celebrating Reggae's Legacy".

"This year we will be celebrating Reggae Month with a series of events that will highlight reggae's legacy all February long. It is only right that in doing so, we take the time to officially recognize the birthday of the Crown Prince of Reggae himself, Dennis Brown." Said Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport.

She continued, "Reggae is more than a national treasure, it is something cherished across the globe, and Dennis Brown is one of its most iconic contributors. By honouring him as a part of Reggae Month 2019, we are taking steps to preserve these invaluable aspects of Jamaican culture, and the people who help to uplift our culture. The gathering is open to all lovers of Dennis Brown and Reggae music, and anyone who is looking to help us commemorate our culture and its champions.

Born Dennis Emmanuel Brown, the late singer spent decades spreading a message of love and kindness to the masses. With classics like "Here I Come", "The Promised Land", and "Money in my Pocket", he has influenced hundreds of artistes and millions of reggae lovers across the world. A revered figure within the Rastafari community, as well as the music fraternity, Dennis Brown's music continues to be a source of upliftment to all who listen.

bob-marley-large.jpgThe Bob Marley Foundation in partnership with Digicel and Alacran Foundation will be celebrating the 74th'earth strong' of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley OM, under the theme 'CATCH A FIRE'. Inspired by UNECSO's recognition of Reggae as a genre of music worthy of protection and preservation, this year's theme pays tribute to the 1973 critically acclaimed album which propelled Bob Marley and the Wailers to international stardom and arguably ignited the world's love for Reggae.

"There is no doubt that my father's music played an important role in placing Reggae and Jamaica on the world stage. Championing love while fighting against oppression and injustice through music was my father's passion" says Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies. "The potent lyrics in my father's message, even today, still reverberates throughout the world. Our 2019 theme, Catch a Fire, encourages everyone to find their passion and fearlessly pursue it with such intensity that it positively impacts the world.

The annual Bob Marley 'earth strong' celebrations will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. The activities will commence at 7:00 a.m. with specially invited guests and will include the blowing of the Abeng, cultural drumming and the cutting of the birthday cake, accompanied by the traditional welcome from the Marley family and highlights of the Bob Marley Foundation's 2018 projects. This segment will also feature special performances from various schools within the corporate area including Charlie Smith High, St. Andrew Preparatory, Mona High School, Merl Grove High, Papine High, Haile Selassie High, King's Gate Preparatory, Liguanea Preparatory School, Holy Trinity High and the University Chorale.

At 10:00 a.m., the Bob Marley Museum will open to the general public for a full day of activities. Through partnerships with the Alacran Foundation and Hope Zoo the Kiddies Village will feature a mobile zoo and a wide array of activities for children including book making, ceramic and balloon art, storytelling and hand painting.

CEO of the Alacran Foundation, Hopi Noel Morton, states, "As Reggae is a fundamental part of Jamaica's rich culture, Alacran is thrilled about UNESCO's acknowledgement of reggae music and will be celebrating such an achievement on Bob Marley's 74th Birthday. Jamaica and its music have become the heartbeat of the Alacran Foundation and we stand firm in our commitment to support Jamaica's pioneers and

ambassadors - this is the driving force behind our partnerships with initiatives and ventures such as the Bob Marley Foundation and the Reggae Girlz."

The Bob Marley Foundation continues to promote the development of the Jamaican culture through our exhibition village which features beautifully crafted products from local entrepreneurs. We encourage the public to support the Jamaican-made industry with us.

The Marley celebration is also geared toward public education on topical issues through its symposium series.

audley-shaw-photo-1.jpgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw is in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to discuss issues related to the burgeoning medical cannabis industry.

Before departing the island, Shaw announced that, among the issues, he intends to put on the table is the need to grow marijuana high in cannabidiol (CBD), which meets the standard of the US to avoid banking challenges.

Speaking at the United Nations World Tourism Organization Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth for the Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises in Montego Bay, Shaw said a renowned local scientist had his [US] account closed down after his medical marijuana product was deemed to be in violation of US law.

Shaw noted that there is some light at the end of the tunnel following the passage of new legislation by the US which approves of marijuana products which are high in CBD and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD and THC are two natural components found in the cannabis plant. CBD, however, contains a nonpsychoactive compound and doesn't produce the "high" associated with THC.

"Let's start making medicinal marijuana that is low in THC and high in CBD which has the medicinal value and conforms to the law in the United States that will open up our banking arrangements. So, for me, that is a live one. And, I will be perusing it among other things when I go to this conference," Shaw said.

ikon-d-link.jpgDancehall artiste Ikon D Link is involved in a simmering music feud with West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels over the 'Icon' stagename.

Over the weekend, Marlon Samuels did an interview with Winford Williams on CVM's Onstage where he slighted Ikon, suggesting that he could write songs to help Ikon D Link, and then staked his claim to the 'Icon' name.

"Jamaica people, a wah this? You nuh see say is a man go go this, big pooty cat this, Sylvester. Jamaican people, ah joke this. Yu a gwaan like yu a Chris Gayle, yu a gwaan like yu a Bounty bout yu a Icon? Yu a icey mint, yute!" Ikon said in a video making the rounds on social media

"Look how far mi climb fi mi name, and some bwoy ah try offa me, memba oonu done fight me, and yu want my yute dem fi suffer youth? Bout Icon? Ah me the people dem love, A who yu? Yu nuh waan live inna mad man shadow? A who yu? Lift up offa mi name yute! Bout Icon? Gal clown! Gal eediat! Yu nuh fake breast ah mad yu. Bout yu can write song fi me? People, look pon him good, big Thunder Cat inna him Spiderman brief, wah happen to yu Marlon Samuels, ah cricket yu play, yu know nothing bout music?"

Ikon D Link, formerly the Tower Man, shot to fame when he 'monkeyed' up the radio tower located at ZIP FM in Half-Way Tree and threatened to jump if his single was not played on air. He has since said he regretted the incident and had apologised to the industry and disc jock ZJ Liquid for his actions.

Marlon Samuels, the man who goes by the name Icon, has made songs such as 'Spoon Head', dissing selector Foota Hype. Last year, he threatened to sue Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett for damage to his reputation.

In 2017, Samuels successfully sued former Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson and broadcaster 2KY for defamation. Lawson had made erroneous, malicious and unjustifiable when he suggested that Samuels is connected to shady persons in Jamaica.

beres-hammond.jpgCocoa Tea, Chronixx, Romain Virgo, Etana, LUST, Delly Ranx Agent Sasco, Ghost and Banton's son Jahzeil have been included in named as the performers on the official line up for the highly anticipated Long Walk to Freedom concert set for the National stadium in Kingston on March 16.

But persons are asking where is Beres and what about Wayne Wonder.

Beres Hammond has collaborated with Buju Banton to produce several chart toppers including 'Can You Play Some More' and 'My Woman Now'. Wayne Wonder has also combined with Banton for a number of chart toppers and it is left to be seen if he will be in attendance.

The concert will be the first appearance on stage by former US inmate Buju Banton who served eight years on conspiracy charges related to drug trafficking. Also slated to appear are

Tickets for the concert have been selling faster than hot bread online and, with more than a month to go, advance tickets for the VIP, Field Access and Grandstand sections have already been sold out. Tickets are still available online for the bleachers section.

After the concert, Banton is expected to embark on a tour to get his career back on track and stops include Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.

meek-mill.jpgUS rapper Meek Mill was pulled over by three officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force early Thursday morning, shortly after leaving a strip club in Kingston and Meek Milly got a scare.

The Maybach Music Group rapper is on probation in the US for his decade-old drug and gun convictions and he thought he was going to be arrested on the island however quickly found out the cops only wanted a photo.

"Yo trying to take a picture man," Meek Mill said while trying to imitate a Jamaican accent, "I'm f**ked up y'all pulled us over and y'all said you wanted a picture of man? Y'all scared us, we scared of police, y'all pulled us over we thought we were gonna get locked up.

Officers assured the "Ima Boss" rapper that he was safe, "Nothing like that man," before he asked for a police escort out of Kingston. Meek Mill shared the video to his followers via Instagram story, the clip has since gone viral.

Meek Mill arrived in Jamaica on Monday, according to sources, he is expected to visit incarcerated Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel during his stay.

There is no word as to whether or not the cops will be disciplined.

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James Ingram dead at 66

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R&B star James Ingram has died at the age of 66.

Media reports suggest he had brain cancer.

Long time friend Debbie Allen confirmed Ingram's death in a post on Twitter.

"I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name," she posted.

Ingram was a double Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee.

Ingram shot to fame in the 1980s after his first number one pop hit 'Baby, Come to Me' a 1982 duet with Patti Austin.

He again made it to the top the chart in 1990 with 'I Don't Have the Heart'.

The artiste was also was well known for his soundtrack duet with Linda Ronstadt on 'Somewhere Out There' for the 1986 animated film 'An American Tail'.

Ingram was nominated for 14 Grammy awards from 1982 through 1996, winning for male vocal R&B performance for 'One Hundred Ways' and for R&B performance by a duo or group for his collaboration with Michael McDonald, 'Yah Mo B There.'

Before going solo, Ingram was a member of the 1970s group Revelation Funk.

In recent years, he had not been prolific.

Neanderthals were more like Bolt, says study

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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgNeanderthals were long-legged, muscular sprinters capable of quick bursts of acceleration, according to new research.

It challenges a long-reigning school of thought that suggests neanderthals were small and lean, primed for endurance and distant running.

Scientists studying the ancient human ancestor revealed they are 'more Usain Bolt than Mo Farah'.

The study also claims neanderthals hunted in forests and not the cold, open tundra-like environments they were previously thought to inhabit.

Researchers at Bournemouth University and University College London claim they occupied warmer woodlands, where short bursts of speed would have been favoured for ambush and close-quarter hunting.

Neanderthal genomes carried a higher proportion of DNA regions associated with power and sporting excellence than living humans do.

Dr John Stewart, an Associate Professor at Bournemouth University, led the study and said: 'A closer look at the layers in which their fossils are found suggest Neanderthals actually lived at the same times and places as animals that are associated with warmer, woodland ecologies.

tony-rebel-love-soldier.jpgDavianah, the daughter of Rebel is holding nothing back and has sent a rebellious message to her father and his partner, Queen Ifrica. Read below:

"The reason why i can bun out nuff ppl inna d rasta community is bcuz the two biggest hypocrites i have ever come across are both Rastafarians and they are my father and Queen Ifrica. I keep my mouth shut and i smile when i'm asked about them bcuz thats what ur supposed to do,"

"Its called loyalty even tho they both discourage and degrade me every chance they get. I normally would be so discouraged by the things they do i would run away and try to stay away but i always wanted a career and they always made me feel like a career in music without them was simply impossible."

"I learnt the hard way that they dnt care about anybody besides themselves so i started to find me. I found me and loved me and then i started to do me regardless of what they thought or did or said. Whenever i needed something i couldn't go to them so i started to not give a f**k abt what they had to say bcuz davianah takes care of davianah."

"Davianah clothes herself and feeds herself but i never showed them any bad faces and that was real. It didn't matter n e mre if they supported me cuz i supported me. But here is where i draw the line bcuz u cnt come on stage and embrace me but assault me behind closed doors n if it was back in the days when i could at least get a bills from u but u see my father cut me off financially frm i was 17yrs old."

"You dnt even knw how i survive so u dnt get to put ur hands on me anymore. Especially when u wanna fight me bcuz i'm telling u i dnt dress to please u. I dnt n i never will. Not anymore. There is so much i have to say but i'll leave it on my mixtape which will be released with a 30min documentary on THE REAL! Release date FEB 21, 2019. Hate me or love me, i'm living my truth and i dnt give a f**k what anybody has to say abt it."

"Rebel salute 2019 was amazing for me and i have been performing since 2011 on that stage and i'm announcing here that this was my final time doing it. I refuse to be apart of something being put together with this level of hypocrisy. 💋💋#Princess #WannaBe #WannaMixtape#WannaBeDocumentary 📸 by @ruggedyouthofficial."

List of Grammy winners is fake, says officials

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grammy-awards-trophys.jpgTwitter users went wild when a video began to spread online that showed what appeared to be a full list of winners on the official Grammy website. According to the now-deleted tweet and account, Taylor Swift and Cardi B were listed among the winners.

But the Grammy Committee says the list is not real.

"GRAMMY Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, when names of the recipients are delivered by (accounting firm) Deloitte in sealed envelopes."

The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be aired on Sunday, February 10 in Los Angeles.

Vying for the Grammy for the best Reggae Album are Etana, Protoge, Shaggy and Sting, Black Uhuru, and Ziggy Marley.

One year after stroke, Gary Chucks walks again

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Selector Gary Chucks is walking without support for the first time since having a stroke over a year ago. The veteran selector from African Star said that after being wheelchair-bound due to the stroke, he walked for the first time on Thursday, January 24.

On December 17, 2017, Gary Chucks, suffered a stroke while working at a street dance in Spanish Town.

The 48-year-old selector was unable to walk and had to undergo physical therapy.

Gary Chucks gained popularity during the 1990s as a member of the African Star Sound System that is acknowledged for spreading the name and music of dancehall deejay Capleton.

Gully Bop says he's still along with Shauna Chyn

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgIn a surprising move, Gully Bop claims he is still seeing his ex-lover Shauna Chyn. A video uploaded to social media last week saw "Wuk Affa Mi" deejay addressed Shauna Chyn's alleged new relationship with business mogul, Josef Bogdanovich.

Shauna Chyn and Joe Bogdanovich sparked dating rumours last year after they were spotted together at several local events. Fans also speculated that the "Control Button" singer could be the new First Lady of Downsound Entertainment following Ishawna's exit.

However Bop says Chyn doesn't have feelings for Bogdanovich and only wanted the brand new Mercedes-Benz AMG SUV she was gifted for Christmas.

"The one Joe a gwan like seh him tek weh Chyn," Bop said in the clip. "But Chyn don't want him, Chyn just want the Benz...... Ah mi and Chyn a moggle inna it a night time eno. Mi and Chyn deh pan the North Coast the other day, bloodcl****t inna Joe Benz," he continued.

Julian Marley drops new album 'As I Am'

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julian-marley.jpgGrammy-nominated Reggae artiste Julian Marley's fourth studio album, As I Am, was official available as of Friday.

Produced by Ghetto Youths International, the 17 track CD is available on all digital platforms, while the physical album drops on February 8.

As I Am which features Marley brothers Damian and Stephen as executive producers, and producers; has collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Spragga Benz and The Tamlins.

Julian Marley's first album, Lion in The Morning, was released in 1995 followed by A Time & Place seven years later, and Awake in 2009 which scored him a Grammy nomination.

Why the Sean Paul-Cardi B collab didn't happen

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cardi-b-wide-feature.jpgSome of Sean Paul's biggest songs are collaborations with females like Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, and Sia. And a Sean Paul and Cardi B collab should have happened, but the dancehall deejay turned it down.

Sean Paul is perhaps the most successful artist commercially with several Billboard hits under his belt including his recent number one single "Cheap Thrills" with Sia.

Sean Paul told ET in a recent interview that the song just wasn't the right production because it was taken from an old unreleased single. "There was a production team that I worked with years ago that I left a demo with," SP said.

The deejay continues, "Someone chopped up the song and put Cardi in it. I didn't want it to be that someone put part of her song from some other thing with part of my song from some other thing, so I stopped it from happening. So, I sent word to her saying that I want to work in the studio with her."

The dancehall legend says he remained open to go into the studio with Cardi B and lay down a proper song with her. Dancehall fans are rooting for that production to take place because it will be another classic under the deejay's belt. Cardi is the hottest female rapper in the game right now, and Sean Paul remains at the top of his game after making hits for the past two decades.

Kartel co-accused guilty of gun crimes

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vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgKahira Jones, one of three men sentenced to life along with dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel in 2014, was on Friday found guilty on three firearm related charges.

High Court Judge Lisa Palmer found Jones guilty of wounding with intent, illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition in the Gun Court in downtown Kingston, Jamaica. The conviction stems from the December 2009 shooting of Chevallo Rodney in Waterford, St Catherine.

Kahira Jones is set to be sentenced on February 22.

Jones' trial started last year under Section 31(D)A of the Evidence Act because Rodney, who survived the 2009 incident, was murdered two years ago.

According to the prosecution, on December 15, 2009, Rodney was in his backyard when he was approached by Jones.

Kahira Jones allegedly asked Rodney for water before attacking him with a gun. During a struggle that ensued between the two men, Rodney was shot twice.

Jones was subsequently charged with the shooting and was on bail for the alleged offence when he was implicated in the killing of 'Lizard' on August 16, 2011.

Kahira Jones is one of three men convicted with Dancehall superstar Adija 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams along with Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell and Andre St John.

All four men were convicted in April 2014 and handed mandatory life sentences, they have maintained their innocence.

chris-brown-photo-1.jpgAmerican R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested in Paris on suspicion of rape after a 25-year-old woman has accused Brown of raping her on the evening of January 15 at a five-star hotel in the French capital. He was released without charge after spending hours at the police station and has subsequently used social media to declare his innocence.

Brown and two other people - one of whom is believed to be his bodyguard - were held in Paris as police investigated allegations of sexual assault and 'drug infractions'.

He is alleged to have met the woman at a nightclub near the Champs-Elysees and taken her back to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, where he is accused of having attacked her.

A source close to the case claimed that 'a number of the suspects were carrying cocaine, which police found at the hotel after responding to a complaint.'

The woman accused Brown of raping her after they met at Le Crystal nightclub. She is then said to have returned to the Mandarin Oriental hotel with other women and a total of three men.

The alleged victim claimed Brown had attacked her when they were left alone together. The woman has also accused Brown's bodyguard and another friend of the singer of assaulting her.

The singer's bodyguard is one of the two other men detained, according to police officials.

'The woman said she was abused by Mr Brown, a bodyguard, and a friend, and then she was left alone with the star,' said another source in Paris.

'A total of three men were arrested at Mr Brown's hotel. They did not resist police, and now have lawyers representing them.'

Brown was arrested on Monday and although he has been released police are still investigating the claims, they said.

The musician has been seen in the French capital in recent days attending events in the city's fashion week.

Alaine releases new gospel single Better Life

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alaine-on-instagram-in-every-way-all-of-my-days-give-thanks.jpgBaptized singer, Alaine is pushin her new gospel single, Better Life and fans are singing her praises,

"In every way, All of my days, Give Thanks and Praise!!! CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO for a 'BETTER LIFE' @realdjfrass #MadeInJamaica #BetterLife #NewMusic #Alaine #2019 #🥂 #GiveThanks #Reggae #Jamaica #Sing" she wrote on IG two yesterday.

ALAINE on Instagram: "In every way, All of my days, Give Thanks and Praise!!! CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO for a 'BETTER LIFE' @realdjfrass #MadeInJamaica..."

Jack Radics for Stars R Us

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jack-radics.jpgSinger Jack Radics, whose unique delivery made him a dancehall standout in the 1990s, is among the headliners for Stars R Us, scheduled for Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on February 23.

Radics, who is based in Atlanta, Georgia, rarely performs in Jamaica. That makes him suited for a show like Stars R Us, said promoter Marvin "Horseman" Pitterson.

"People in Jamaica don't see him this long time, and that's something we try to do. Every show I look for an artiste people don't see in a long time," he told the Jamaica Observer.

Born Balfour Bailey, Radics kicked off his recording career in 1980 with a cover of Kool and The Gang's Get Down On It which was produced by Valerie Cowan.

He signed to Island Records in 1985 but continued to record for different producers in Jamaica. In the 1990s, Jack Radics' gruff baritone was a staple on reggae radio; his career took off through hit songs for producers Bobby Digital ( Moving Away), Steely and Clevie ( Unchained) and Donovan Germain ( This Time I'll Be Sweeter).

His biggest commercial success came in 1993 when he teamed with Chaka Demus and Pliers for a cover of the Isley Brothers' Twist and Shout, which topped the British national chart that year.

Some of the artistes who performed at the previous Stars R Us show in March 2017 return for next month's gig. They include Ken Boothe, Admiral Bailey and Josey Wales. Big Youth, The Tennors, Carl Dawkins, Tony Tuff, Derrick Morgan and Paul Elliott complete the line-up.

grace-hamilton-on-instagram-please-help-me-wish-my-little-princess.jpgPlease help me wish my little princess, Nicholatoy happy birthday 🎈🎉🎊🎁🎂. Here's a reason why I flight so hard to give you happy days like this 🙏🏾 I love you my cupcake 🧁 I promise to be right by your side every step of the way. I'm so grateful that I was able to grant the pool party you requested, even tho mi nearly drown ina the dunk tank 🤣 thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate this special moment with us 💕💕💕 #Daughter #Mommymode #BlackwigmeansGrace

Grace Hamilton on Instagram: "Please help me wish my little princess, Nicholatoy happy birthday 🎈🎉🎊🎁🎂. Here's a reason why I flight so hard to give you happy days like..."

A year-long calendar of activities has been announced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of VP Records. The year will see a variety of music and cultural events, products, historical exhibits and experiences, in Jamaica, across the US, Toronto, Canada and London, England.

"VP is integral to the history of reggae and dancehall music. We take this responsibility seriously and we are using our 40th anniversary to celebrate the music's rich heritage as we steward the genre into the future," said company President Randy Chin. "A major focus for the anniversary is highlighting the company's commitment to the development, promotion, and globalisation of Jamaican music."

The company kicks off its anniversary celebrations with a return to its homeland of Jamaica in January for Strictly The Best - LIVE Montego Bay on January 30, continuing into the summer with a historical exhibit titled A Reggae Music Journey at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The exhibition will move to Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport in June through to the end of the year.

Stateside, VP will launch The Reggae Trail, an interactive digital experience that features a map of historical locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City central to the growth of the Jamaican music industry and VP Records.

In April there will be Record Store Day to commemorate the annual celebration of vinyl culture. Four newly issued vinyl exclusives are expected to be released. VP Records will present a live sound system showcase at its retail outlets in New York and Florida. There will also be at least three major live concerts in the New York City area this summer, including the 9th staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, July 21.

A box set drawn from the vast catalogue of hits and rarities from VP Records is also being considered.

VP Records has been at the heart of reggae, dancehall and soca for 40 years sharing the music of Dennis Brown, Barrington Levy, Freddie McGregor, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Tarrus Riley, and a host of others.

buju-banton-photo-11.jpgBoom Energy Drink is the title sponsor for the first concert of Buju Banton's Long Walk to Freedom Tour, scheduled for National Stadium in St Andrew on March 16, 2019. William Mahfood, Wisynco Group chairman, explained his company's association with the event.

"When we look at the importance of reggae music in the Jamaican culture, there have been a few artistes over the course of our history of music who have had a material impact, and in so many ways. The reggae icon Buju Banton is definitely one of those artistes. In our first meeting upon his arrival, we shared similar passions for improving the lives of our Jamaican people, our culture, and reggae music. I knew immediately that it was important as a Jamaican company that sells predominately Jamaican products, that we had a vital role to play to help elevate his platform -- to unlock the true opportunity, to inspire Jamaican youth," said Mahfood.

"Wisynco has a set of core values that speak to CHIRP. This stands for compassion, humility, integrity, respect, and passion. As a company, it's through our belief in compassion and reciprocity, centred on core Christian principles, which inspire us to lead by example and encourage others to have compassion for our fellow Jamaican people."

The evening will also be supported through an associate sponsorship with the Tru-Juice and WATA brands.

"As the number one energy drink in Jamaica, BOOM knows what it takes to be the best. We are committed to providing the highest-quality products and experiences that are accessible to all Jamaicans, no matter their status. This is perfectly aligned with how we view Buju's music and stage presence, second to none, we know that this will be delivered to all of his fans on the night of March 16," said Tamara Ward, senior marketing and PR manager.

Patrons can participate in ticket giveaways on BOOM's IG, Twitter, and Facebook pages until February 8.

gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgUnconfirmed reports are that Gully Bop is upset at Chyn for stealing his lines and is reportedly considering to file a lawsuit against the woman who was supposedly his ex-fiancee.

According to sources, the "Wuk Affa Mi" deejay is not here for it with Chyn, who is using "From The Money To The Gully" line for her debut album.

Shauna Chyn who is currently buzzing on the local scene with her new singles, announced earlier this week that she will be dropping an EP later this year with the tagline which was coined by Bop shortly after his rise to stardom.

"Right now this is an insult to injury for Gully Bop if you ask me", sources are reported as saying. "There is a lot of things they are doing behind the scenes to stop Bop's food and now this is crossing the line. How can you take his tagline and trying to profit from it? He might be taking her to court so we shall see how this plays out" a report states.

Last year Shauna Chyn revealed that her romance with Gully Bop was just for the camera as they weren't actually dating. The "Suicide" singer claimed it was only a publicity stunt designed by his management team.

According to Chyn, the plan which was structured as a 'nothing to something' success story was going great until the "Body Specialist" deejay wanted more out of the arrangement. She claims that Bop began to have real feelings for her and forgot it was all a show.

Shauna added that she wasn't going to speak out on their business deal however she's tired of her name getting involved with Gully Bop as the negative press is affecting her music career.

The A.T.F. Band - Yardie (Official Music Video)

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buju-banton-on-instagram-with-tremendous-response-from-fans-worldwide.jpgFollowing the release of the tickets for Buju Banton's March 16 concert in Kingston, Jamaica, on and both websites have crashed.

Buju Banton had to post a message today to tell fans that the companies are working to get the sites back up as soon as possible. The message states:

"With tremendous response from fans worldwide we are aware that both and website have crashed. My team is working expeditiously to get the sites back up please pay close attention to @destinemedia and / or @budafuco96 for more information"

TICKETS are still available! Tickets Are NOT SOLD OUT!!!! DO NOT PURCHASE from ANY OTHER Site!!!

Buju Banton on Instagram: "With tremendous response from fans worldwide we are aware that both and website have crashed. My team is..."

rihanna-photo-2.jpgSinger Rihanna has taken her father to court in the US, accusing him of exploiting her name to further his entertainment business. She claims her father, Ronald Fenty, and his business partner have falsely suggested that she is connected to their firm, Fenty Entertainment. The lawsuit says their conduct has misled the public and hurt her Fenty brand, the name of her beauty business. Fenty Entertainment did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Rihanna has asked the court to bar the firm from using the Fenty name for business. The lawsuit says Rihanna owns trademarks in the US for the Fenty name and has sent formal cease and desist requests.

crime-scene-gun.jpgWell-known musician and businessman Lester Adderley Sr was shot outside a night spot in Freeport early Sunday morning. In August 2015 his son, Lester Adderley Jr, who owned and operated several businesses in Freeport, was also murdered after being shot outside his residence. After his son's death, the elder Adderley took over and ran the businesses. According to reports, Adderley Sr was shot and killed at Gametime, located in the former Gwen's Plaza, which was one of several establishments acquired by his late son. Sometime after midnight Sunday, police received reports of multiple gunshots fired in the area of East Atlantic Drive and sent a team of officers to investigate. When police arrived, they discovered the lifeless body of a man on the ground. Supt Brian Rolle, officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit on the island, said officers are in the preliminary stage of their investigation and were unable to release the victim's name at this time. A video was circulated on social media of the deceased - a light-skinned man with dreadlocks - lying in a pool of blood on the concrete floor just outside the plaza. Supt Rolle said that medical personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Adderley Sr was a talented musician and entertainer in Grand Bahama for many years. A guitarist, Adderley Sr made a remix of one of the songs on Baha Men's "2 Zero" album, "Hooked On a Feeling," released in 1999. Adderley Sr was an "incredible guitarist," and a musician's musician. "In addition to being a musician, Lester was also a highly successful music producer with many hit songs and albums to his name," recalled a friend, Mr Mackey, who in the mid-80s produced an album with Adderley Sr called "Lester Farai". "We spent countless hours at Cay Gottlieb's Cicada Sound Studio (the present Grand Bahama home of The Tribune, KISS FM and 100 Jamz radio station) perfecting and recording his album. "The interesting thing about that album of late is that there has been a resurgence of interest expressed by international persons in the last year to get their hands on vinyl copies of his album paying upwards to $125 for a single copy. I send condolences to his family through this tragic loss of his life," he said. In August 2015, Adderley Sr's son was found shot dead at an apartment complex, the Blue Marina Cove apartments, on Sunken Treasure Drive, near the Xanadu Beach. Adderley Jr, had been the owner of the former Mega Hits music store, and a few other business establishments. The younger Adderley was one of s

richie-spice-photo-1.jpgNew York, NY- Reggae and Rastafari champion, Richie Spice, returns to VP Records with a brand-new single "Beautiful Life" featuring Toronto based singer/songwriter Kathryn Aria, available worldwide January 18th. The new single combines two of Richie's strongest themes of love and consciousness. "Beautiful Life" simultaneously presents itself as a lover's tune while bridging together the universal concept of 'One Love' for life and consciousness. Produced by Steven Stanley, the song is sure to become a staple in Richie Spice's already impressive music catalogue. With over 111 Million Streams across all platforms and known for his core hit reggae songs "Earth A Run Red," 'Youth Dem So Cold," "Marijuana," "Brown Skin" and "Ghetto Girl," Richie Spice has recorded 8 albums for VP Records in his career, including his debut album "Spice In Your Life" which earned unanimous critical praise. He is is in the studio finishing his new album and will be heading to the KICC in Nairobi Kenya February 16th for a live show. A US tour is slated for April with "The Element Band". "It's about the love of life, the connection, togetherness, that Rastafari call "Full Joy", says Richie Spice on the 'Beautiful Life'. "The song expresses the beauty of life whether in the perfection of Mother Nature's rivers and seas or in the intimacy between two persons."

No line-up revealed at Buju's concert launch

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buju-banton-photo-11.jpgContrary to the expectations of many present at the Spanish COurt Hotel in New Kingston Wednesday night, the line-up for Buju Banton's Long Walk To Freedom March 16 concert was not announced. A throng of media, including scores of photographers, videographers, bloggers, traditional media and wanna-bees converged on the launch, waiting for the smallest scrap of new information, but not much was forthcoming. Tickets for the Jamaica concert, which should have gone on sale on Wednesday, will now be on sale Thursday morning via the website

Fans send love as Buju Banton posts new picture

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On Wednesday, Buju Banton posted a new pic on IG, along with a rather cryptic caption: "From my vantage point, it's all upside down. Work to be done. Photo by: 📸 @will_i_amr." This same picture, however, was centrally positioned at the launch of the LWTF tour and a host of drummers performed in front of it. Fans seem to be loving the photo and have been sending their love to the Grammy award-winning entertainer. "Nothing but lots of love and blessings. I will not miss this concert." "Historic! The world is waiting. "MAGIC CITY!!" "Bless me artise good to see the man seems more humble that before much love." "The lessons in LIFE are tough, you went away, came back BETTER, we await your new music, your NEW SELF, a better improved self aware SPIRITUAL GIANT....U GOT THIS NEXT CHAPTER Buju, unite the world with your newness and music, the time is NOW.❤️🔥🔥🔥🔥"

Buju Banton on Instagram: "From my vantage point, it's all upside down. Work to be done. Photo by: 📸 @will_i_amr"

It was obvious that something was happening at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on the night of January 16. That something turned out to be the launch of Buju Banton's highly anticipated Long Walk To Freedom Tour, but, alas, something was amiss. Present were a host of media personnel; artistes fi stone dog, sponsors, well-wishers aplenty and of course, gal pickiney dressed to the nines all waiting to salute the return of the Gargamel.  The Gargamel, however, was nowhere in sight. However, the Dancehall/Reggae superstar made sure to send a heartfelt message to his fans for their continued support over the years. "Thank you for coming out tonight," Buju Banton send via video, "I want to thank you all for making time from your busy schedules to be here with us. I want to thank our sponsors, those who saw it fit to come together in the spirit of unity to make something of this magnitude happen here in Jamaica. I want to thank those in the media, the print media, radio, television, for their love and support over the years and especially at this time... On the 16th of March, the national stadium will be a venue like no other. So many years since i've seen my people and we have exchanged communications spiritually, mystically and on the 16th of March we endeavour to reconnect.

Rebel Salute's Herb Curb just got even better

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Rebel Salute has partnered with Epican Jamaica to bring the Herb Curb to life for its 2019 staging. The unique Herb Curb is an enclosed area within the music festival, through which organizers want to highlight the business of cannabis, not just its recreational properties.

The event became the first to be granted an exemption under the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act to allow the use and sale of small amounts of cannabis, more popularly known as marijuana. Marijuana is an integral part of Rastafarian culture and that culture is at the heart of Rebel Salute, so both are intricately intertwined.

Tony Rebel, Founder Rebel Salute, disclosed that the event is joining forces with Epican Jamaica to expand the event. "We are looking at a two-day herb conference on the Thursday and Friday before the festival starts and then a Symposium on Saturday. We really want to explore all the ways we can benefit from herb," said Tony Rebel.

The curb will display educational, medicinal, recreational and spiritual products and content that give more insight into the world of cannabis. Artisans, herb practitioners and educators will be on hand to explain the benefits, uses, applications and numerous byproducts on the cutting edge of organic medicinal exploration.

In addition, there will be a designated smoking lounge, complete with seating and video feed from the main stage.

Jermaine Bibbons Head of Marketing at Epican, says the company is excited about being a part of Rebel Salute.

Buju Banton launches foundation

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buju-banton-on-instagram-born-in-abject-poverty-i-know-what-it-is-for.jpgThis is what Buju wrote on social media as he recently launched his foundation:

"Born in abject poverty, I know what it is for a child to go without basic necessities. I also know what it is to be a youth with big dreams and lots of determination. Unfortunately, daunted and unable to achieve your destiny, due to lack of a helping hand. It is not an easy road, my children. However, Jah has blessed me. I have made it my mission through the Buju Banton Foundation, to help, by giving light to youth living in the darkness of poverty...Through provision of food, clothing, healthcare and education. Thus ensuring they too have equal opportunities to succeed.

Buju Banton on Instagram: "Born in abject poverty, I know what it is for a child to go without basic necessities. I also know what it is to be a youth with big dreams..."

For the second year running, the British Council is partnering with the music festival Rebel Salute with its live music skills training programme for young people -- Backstage to the Future: Caribbean.

This year, 12 trainees will be offered the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in stage management, lighting and sound, through on-site teaching of technical skills and hands-on shadowing, at Rebel Salute's annual live music event slated for January 18-19, at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann.

"We have expanded the scope of the programme this year, increasing the number of Jamaican participants to five. In addition to the Green Moon festival in San Andrés, Colombia, and Rebel Salute here in Jamaica, we've added the Havana World Music Festival in Cuba as a third event at which these young professionals will receive additional training. We also recognise the importance of contributing content and are supporting the participation of top international Reggae act, Dawn Penn, at the festival," shared British Council country director, Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick.

"This partnership underscores the commitment of the British Council towards creating opportunities for cultural exchange that support social and economic development, through the arts and the creative economy, in Jamaica. Rebel Salute provides an excellent training ground for the future generation of festival professionals. We are very pleased to support the growth and development of youth in Jamaica and the Caribbean by contributing to the continuing professionalisation of the live-event sector, building bridges between Jamaican festival professionals, the UK and international markets, as well as creating jobs through self-employment." Jacobs-Bonnick outlined.

Backstage to the Future: Caribbean is a skills training programme for live music events that was launched in San Andrés, Colombia, in August 2017, during the 30th anniversary of the Green Moon Festival. The programme is designed to develop and nurture future live-event producers and technicians in San Andrés and Providencia (Colombia), Cuba, Jamaica and Venezuela, with a focus on building technical and soft skills. The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

vershon-on-and-off-switch-on-instagram-2019-lets-make-it-a-year.jpgThis is Vershon's wish for 2019:


#2019 let's make it a year of peace love and unity

So I'm calling out @spiceofficial @dangelmusic @mslegendary @ms.kingdom @doveymagnum I love you all ❤️ but it's too early for the segregation 😕. January 1 I became 20nuff 🤫 and I realized that I'm not getting any younger if I'm suppose to die this very moment I wanna know I did the right thing! I don't want to have up any one in my heart regardless of who wanna have me up!

So I'm gonna start by saying

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO @mavadogully @thegreatjahmiel @manhimselff @popcaanmusic @aidonia4thgenna @masickamusic @govanagenna and all the others! let's make this a year of unity success and blessings 🙏🏼. #2019 ago be a great year in music mi can feel the energy because look @bujuofficial deh a road and ready fi creat history at the national stadium this march coming 🎹🎸🥁🎺🕺🏾. By now and summer @vybzkartel ago deh a road a free man in Jesus name!!!🙏🏼. Regardless of who have the big song who a run di place none a we nuh bigger than di Marley's!

All a di negativity weh we a gwan wid mi nuh see nuh body a collect nuh award for it 🤔. The only man mi see go di closest to a award a @chronixxmusic and mi nuh see him a war wid nuh body! lets make this year a year of unity!

@grunggaadzilla @kingbeenieman Supacat, Shabba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Garnet Silk, Ninja Man and all di other veterans work too hard to build this fi wi come mash it up 🤦🏼‍♂. So remember year of unity! 👈🏼

And fi all a who still nuh like mi after this memba (MI EARS HAVE AN #On & #Off Switch) and mi a build one fi mi eyes dem right as mi speak!!!!!!! So mi nuh hear unu! and mi definitely nuh see unu!!!! #NuhInaDiFuckryDahYearYah!

🦂Vershon🦂 On And Off Switch on Instagram: "#2019 let's make it a year of peace love and unity So I'm calling out @spiceofficial @dangelmusic @mslegendary @ms.kingdom @doveymagnum I..."

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#2019 let's make it a year of peace love and unity So I'm calling out @spiceofficial @dangelmusic @mslegendary @ms.kingdom @doveymagnum I love you all ❤️ but it's too early for the segregation 😕. January 1 I became 20nuff 🤫 and I realized that I'm not getting any younger if I'm suppose to die this very moment I wanna know I did the right thing! I don't want to have up any one in my heart regardless of who wanna have me up! So I'm gonna start by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR TO @mavadogully @thegreatjahmiel @manhimselff @popcaanmusic @aidonia4thgenna @masickamusic @govanagenna and all the others! let's make this a year of unity success and blessings 🙏🏼. #2019 ago be a great year in music mi can feel the energy because look @bujuofficial deh a road and ready fi creat history at the national stadium this march coming 🎹🎸🥁🎺🕺🏾. By now and summer @vybzkartel ago deh a road a free man in Jesus name!!!🙏🏼. Regardless of who have the big song who a run di place none a we nuh bigger than di Marley's! All a di negativity weh we a gwan wid mi nuh see nuh body a collect nuh award for it 🤔. The only man mi see go di closest to a award a @chronixxmusic and mi nuh see him a war wid nuh body! lets make this year a year of unity! @grunggaadzilla @kingbeenieman Supacat, Shabba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Garnet Silk, Ninja Man and all di other veterans work too hard to build this fi wi come mash it up 🤦🏼‍♂. So remember year of unity! 👈🏼 And fi all a who still nuh like mi after this memba (MI EARS HAVE AN #On & #Off Switch) and mi a build one fi mi eyes dem right as mi speak!!!!!!! So mi nuh hear unu! and mi definitely nuh see unu!!!! #NuhInaDiFuckryDahYearYah!

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danielle-di-on-instagram-if-a-man-want-it-him-affi-pay-dung-pon-it.jpgDanielle DI looking to great things in 2019, after sharing underwear clad pic of her Priceless part in November.

Danielle D.I. on Instagram: "🎶If a man want it him affi pay dung pon it 🎶🤑 #PricelessPumpum 💚hair by @kendradolls"

ishawna-on-instagram-da-pussy-yah-it-aguh-tun-mi-inna-billionaire.jpgAs other female artistes are busy feuding, Ishawna seems to have taken the high road..

"Just leave me alone for crying out loud😩😭 New year, new me bitches!!!" she posted to social media on Thursday.

A few days earlier, Ishawna had stripped down to a revealing swing-suit and made bold statements about her vagina turning her into a billionaire.

"Da p*$$y yah it aguh tun mi inna Billionaire, even if it aguh tek a Million Year..."

ISHAWNA on Instagram: "Da pussy yah it aguh tun mi inna Billionaire, even if it aguh tek a Million Year..."

ISHAWNA on Instagram: "Just leave me alone for crying out loud😩😭 New year, new me bitches!!!"

D'Angel releases new single, 'Nuh Trust Dem'

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michelle-downer-on-instagram-nuh-trust-dem.jpgThe former wife of Dancehall King, Beenie Man is on a roll. She has released two new singles in quick succession, seemingly inspired by the war with self-proclaimed Queen of Dancehall', Spice. The song iis entitled "Nuh Trust Dem.

Michelle Downer on Instagram: "Nuh Trust Dem!"

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michelle-downer-on-instagram-world-premier-of-mind-yuh-business.jpgThe song is entitled "Min Yuh Business" and is produced by Irie FM disc jock, DJ Sunshine, who blasted a world premiere this week.

Clearly this is D'Angel's ansa to Spice as their feud heats up.

Michelle Downer on Instagram: "World Premier Of "Mind Yuh Business" @djsunshineja_yellowmoonrecords 💣💣💣💣"

vybz-promo-on-instagram-spiceofficial-granma-amari-a-talk-to-you.jpgSo this is really high drama. Amari, the former fiancee of Gully Bop, has weighed in on the feud between D'Angel and Spice. Amari, who is also an artiste, and also a producer, has made a video telling Spice to be careful and remember that Amari is a force to be reckoned with.

Watch carefully as you read these comments :

Vybz Promo on Instagram: "@spiceofficial Granma Amari a talk to you. 🤷🏽‍♂️🚶🏽‍♂️"



When u hear 1mill a gi weh.. all termite surface🤣🤣🤣🤣






Every gal want a piece a spice! Boom!


Amari moving!!! moving like a nuclear!!🔥🤣 but idk where


Stop yuh coming and come....look from when and yuh can't reach


Mi stress out🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


Whoiiiiii a cah laugh 😂😂😂😂😂


Straight out the old age home


Come gwoop!


@skkanme thief in the night




Somebody caa box har dung 😒


is that a choker on her neck or its jus how her neck creases ? 🤔


Kmt damn mad woman @spiceofficial don't even look goodz kmt


Spice amari is coming.!!.. Wonder where she going.... Must to get those dentures fixed


@dellano007 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂




Mouth look soft 😂😂 go sit down lady


This woman must sick cuz idk y she always embarrassing herself like this




But who tf is she


A wah really cudda cause this tho??!! 🤣🤣🤣 @ayondaescollections


@skkanme some homeless chick from NY🤦‍♀️


babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia "Babsy" Grange has expressed shock and sadness at the death of entertainment entrepreneur Walt Crooks who died on Friday at the age of 69.

The minister in a statement this afternoon recalled that: "Walt Crooks was part of a special team that believed that Montego Bay as a tourist destination should benefit from high class entertainment."

She noted that even while there were major annual events that took the spotlight, Crooks offered year-round entertainment at his club, Disco Inferno, and hosted almost all of the big names in Reggae music as well as foreign acts.

"Disco Inferno helped to set the standard for night time club entertainment and also did very well as a live music venue," Grange said.

"Walt was part of the team that started Reggae Sumfest and was very committed to its growth and development.

"I must pay tribute to him for his visionary approach to the music industry and his desire to see music evolve from just an art form into economic commodity that has benefitted so many people in Western Jamaica and beyond. He will be sorely missed," the minister continued.

bob-marley-large.jpgReggae legend Bob Marley and the Wailers are the only Jamaican artistes whose compilation made the cut for Billboard's top 200 albums for 2018. The album, Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers, came in at number 78 on the charts.

Although the album dropped five places from the number 73 spot it occupied in 2017 end of year charts, the album remained the sole project from a Jamaican act to be included on the coveted chart. It is also the only compilation by a Jamaican act to be included in several other Billboard year-end charts. Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers also makes the cut on the Top Catalogue Albums chart, (coming in at number six, down from its number five spot last year); the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart (placing number 46 out of 100, and moving up one spot from 47 last year) and the top R&B Albums chart (coming in at number nine up from the number 13).

The album was originally released on May 1,1984, and debuted on the Billboard 200 in August of that year at No 54. The album created history back in 2017, when it spent a landmark 500 non- consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. At that point, it was the album with the second most weeks on the list beaten only by Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.

Except for three years between 1985 and 1988, the album was a regular feature on the chart

Bartlett praises the late Walt Crooks

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Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has expressed sadness at the passing of Montego Bay entertainment entrepreneur, Walton "Walt" Crooks who died suddenly last Friday at the age of 69. No official cause of death has been announced.

Bartlett remembered Crooks for his bold undertaking in the establishment of the Disco Inferno club in Montego Bay. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was one of Jamaica's hippest venues, with several high-profile acts performing there.

"Walt Crooks stood out as a giant in the entertainment industry, going beyond the ordinary as he engaged top class international singers to perform at Disco Inferno," said Bartlett.

"Walt was very passionate about his venture and this led him to successfully bring the internationally recognised Hal Jackson's Talented Teens Pageant to Montego Bay, giving many young Jamaicans the opportunity to showcase their talents on stage and earning recognition," the minister continued.

Although Disco Inferno folded, Walt Crooks maintained his devotion to entertainment and tourism as a director of Summerfest Productions, working behind the scenes in the staging of the annual Reggae Sumfest, which launched in Montego Bay in 1993.

In his tribute, Bartlett expressed the view that Walt Crooks was truly ahead of his time and it is regretted that he was not able to fulfil the dream he had in expanding Disco Inferno into a world class entertainment complex.

Rihanna's Reggae album 'R9' on the horizon

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rihanna-photo-2.jpgRihanna's dancehall-inspired album is reportedly close to being released.

The 9th studio album will reportedly be titled R9.

Rihanna's vocal producer Kuk Harrell has teased fans that the album sounds "amazing."

R9 will be RiRi's follow up to her critically acclaimed album, ANTI.

Last month, the Grammy-winning mogul shared a silent video of herself dancing in the studio to her new music.

Grammy voting session to close soon

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grammy.jpgThe final round of voting in the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will close in a few days time .

In the running for the Grammy for best Reggae Album are Etana, Protoge, Shaggy and Sting, Black Uhuru, and Ziggy Marley.

Etana created history being the fourth female to be nominated since 1997. Etana is nominated for the album Reggae Forever distributed by Tads Records. If she wins she will be the first female ever to cop a Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

Judy Mowatt scored the first nomination in 1986, Rita Marley in 1992 and Sister Carol in 1997. The were all nominated, but didn't win.

Meanwhile Protoje has secured his first Grammy nomination with A Matter Of Time!

Black Uhuru who won the first ever Reggae Grammy in 1985, is nominated for As The World Turns.

Shaggy and Sting who currently sit in the number one position on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart, is nominated for their collaborative album, 44/876.

And Ziggy Marley who holds the record for the most Best Reggae Album wins with a total of 7, is nominated for Rebellion Rises.

The 2019 Grammys will be held on February 10 in Los Angeles.

michelle-downer-on-instagram-dangel-clears-the-air-full-video.jpgFans of D'Angel are feeling her recent video in which she cuts and clear the air as it relates to insults hurled at her by Spice, who labelled the First Lady of Dancehall a hypocrite, among other things.

Spice, in a recent Live, told fans that D'Angel had "begged" her to do their collab hit song, "No Worries" and had called her everyday, before she finally decided to do it. "Memba say nutten did a gwaan fi Angel before me do the song with her her. And after me and she do the song, she don't call back mi phone," Spice bawled out.

D'Angel, in her video basically called Spice a liar as she explained how the song really came about.

Michelle Downer on Instagram: "D'Angel Clears The Air Full Video Link In Bio👆👆👆👆 #cutanclear"

buju-banton-on-instagram-do-you-know-what-this-means.jpgNo doubt about ti, Buju Banton ius HOT!!! And when he posts a picture of himself, the reaction is swift.

On Thursday he posted a pic to IG with the caption: bujuofficialDo you know what this means?

His adoring fans were only too willing to tell him:

Check out a few of the comments below

zosa_naturalCleansing and sanctification

mcraepinnockYou a get the mind ,soul and body right fi di road mi general. Dem can't hold the god bless yute. Uptop!!

sexygaljayCleansing the spirit

chillibibbiWashing off that American blight!

guntego_Gargamel in person calm am easy bless 🙏 up mi bruh inna real life wash all crossess, start fresh 🍃💦mi General hill 🗻 n valley.

llinks45Freedom to do whatever you want @bujuofficial more life Mi elder you are the real role model, you held the faith and it shows, much respect ✊🏿 🇯🇲🇯🇲

iammenot_herCleansing the mind body and soul..washing away all the evil.

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Tickets selling fast for Buju's Barbados show

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgTickets for the April 27, 2019 Buju Banton concert in Barbados, have been selling rapidly.

Show promoter Al Gilkes, Director of Fas7Star, made the revelation on Thursday.

While holding the details of the concert dubbed Long Walk to Freedom close to his chest, Gilkes told members of the media that the upcoming show slated for Kensington Oval has not only attracted local support but worldwide interest.

He said Barbados' tourism sector was in line for a major boost with a large number of fans from the region and beyond expected to attend the show.

Gilkes noted that despite the fact that Banton is expected to perform in Trinidad the week before, he believes Barbados will draw a huge crowd.

ishawna-on-instagram-about-to-go-stuff-my-face-merry-christmas.jpgAfter dissing the bandana costumes worn by Miss Lou as 'tablecloth' and declaring that she "doesn't dress in tablecloth like Miss Lou", Ishawna uploaded a pic of herself in a gingham tablecloth looking material dress that has fans trolling her.

Her is what they had to say:

islandgyal_krishDis look like something Ms. Lou woulda wear 🤣 @mslegendary

mz_independent_momoWait @mslegendary a table cloth setting u go 🤣🤣🤣😁 mi lub it.

"Mi like di miss lou look @mslegendary"

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Kabaka Pyramid live at Barbican Beach Friday

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-2.jpgBuild the right vibes for the new year with conscious vibrations on Friday, December 28! Join rising Ghetto Youths International artiste / Bebble Rock artiste Kabaka Pyramid live at Barbican Beach in Kingston as he performs from his 2018 album, Kontraband.

Produced by the celebrated Jamaican reggae icon, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, the album also features Gong on the title song "Kontraband."

Kabaka's live performance will feature singers Jesse Royal, Kelissa and a special guest. Get your tickets now for just $1,500 or get them for $2,000 at the gate. Buy your presold tickets at Mega Mart in Kingston or Montego Bay, Loud Fashion, 876 Terrace Bar and Grill in Kingston, Genus Pharmacy in Portmore, Shipinville on Ward Avenue in Mandeville or Sharkies Seafood Restaurant in St. Ann.

Can't bother to brave the holiday traffic? Purchase your tickets online FirstInLineJA//KabakaPyramidLIVE The gates open at 7 pm. Showtime begins at 8 pm. The event is going to be lit!

But the weekend is not over! After soaking up the good vibes on Friday, head out to the Liguanea Club Golf Academy in New Kingston on Saturday, December 29 for Third World and Family's "Committed 45 Years" benefit concert in aid of the Lasco Releaf Environmental Awareness Program (REAP) and the Alligator Head Foundation.

third-world.jpgBusy working on their new album with Damian Marley, Third World has pulled together a medley of first-rate artistes in aid of charity. Gracing the stage will be Toots Hibbert, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Tessanne Chin, Yellow Man, Queen Ifrica, Big Youth, Jah 9, Wayne Marshall, Sevana, Naomi Cowan, One Third, Billy Mystic, Stephen Newland, Nadine Sutherland, Tennshann Invasion and surprise guests.

The event is also commemorating 45 years in the industry from the group that brought us hits like "96 degrees in the Shade", "Now that We Found Love" and, of course, "Committed."

Tickets are $5,000 presold and $7,000 at the gate. Get yours at Fontana RX in Barbican, Rubis Halfway Tree Road and Liguanea, Lasco Money Papine and RedHills Road, Liguanea Club, Blow by Blow Loshushan, Cellaris Manor Park, Genus Pharmacy in Portmore and Total Dunrobin. Gates open at 6 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. At this event, everyone is a VIP.

"Committed 45" will be hosted by Nikki Z and Rodney Campbell and feature music by DJ Squeeze and Jason Panton.

Tommy Lee to sue government for $20-MILLION

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tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgTommy Lee Sparta's legal team is gearing up to sue the Government in the region of $20 million in order to recover money they said the entertainer lost as a result of him being arrested and charged with lottery scamming.

"It is our intention to file action against the Attorney General's Department with regard to numerous retainers given to him, which he had to return because when the police got information that he was billed for a particular show, his name had to be scratched," defence attorney Ernest Smith said.

Tommy Lee Sparta, whose given name is Leroy Russell, and his co-accused, O'Brian Smith, were found not guilty of lottery-scamming charges in the Home Circuit Court last Thursday. The men were charged in February 2014 on suspicion of breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act. Trial judge Caroyln Tie upheld a no-case submission made by Smith, bringing an end to the four-and-a-half year ordea

"My daughters Nesta Clair and Marsha Smith, attorneys-at-law - are doing the necessary research to file such an action," said Ernest Smith, who last year indicated that the lawsuit would be in the region of $20 million.

"Tommy Lee has been prevented on several occasions by certain police officers from engaging in his profession of entertainment. He has had to be pulled from several shows because police officers have threatened the organisers and the promoters to cancel their licences if Tommy Lee is on the show," said Ernest Smith.

dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDancehall fans are squabbling over DJ Khaled apparently snubbing newcomer Rygin King.

The American DJ, producer uploaded a photo to his Instagram story last week with veteran Dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer, Usain Bolt, Sharon Burke, Richie D and Rygin King at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records restaurant in Kingston.

Khaled immediately raised a few eyebrows when social media users sighted that everyone was tagged in the post expect the self-proclaimed "Trap King."

"Rygin King Neva get tag 😂😂😂 even di man over the right side get tag so how Rygin King salt suh 😂," one fan wrote. "Rygin King - "them say great man always a guh get a fight...BEG KHALED FI A ONE TAG AND HIM SAY ME HYPE.....1KING 1KING.....😭," another added.

Rygin king come in like di plate wid porridge 😢 nobody Nuh want him #YaadManTing 🤣🤣🤣."

However others came to the "Legacy" deejay's defence claiming Jamaicans failed to see the bigger picture, "Who cares about him not being tagged in a photo, the fact that he is in the photo is enough," one social media user wrote.

"Unu gwan stay deh and laugh at least the man a par wid Khaled that says a lot for a young artiste who just come inna the game."

aidonia4thgenna-on-instagram-out-now.jpgDancehall deejay Aidonia has released two new singles just in time for Christmas.

The songs Caught Up and Dom Perignon address two different topics.

Dom Perignon follows the hip-hop influenced singles released so far this year, where the deejay talks about his financial growth and finessing.

Caught Up is on the softer side and is specifically for the female audience.

Aidonia has been dominating the charts this year with the hit singles Yeah Yeah, VVS and Big Baller.

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dj-khaled-on-instagram-for-motivational-inspiration-alert-only.jpgDJ Khaled has a new toy. It is a bling-encrusted, wrist piece called Big Boy Anniversary Patek. And it also tells the time.

He had this to say: "For motivational inspiration alert 🚨 only ! This my b day / Holliday / new year gift 🎁 from my SON AND MY QUEEN AND MY SELF . VERY GRATEFUL!

I Call this "THE CHANDELIER" Big Boy Anniversary Patek @pristine_Jewelers .... Everyone FOLLOW the Best Jewler in the World @pristine_jewelers !!! 2019 shine bright like a diamond 💎

They don't want me to get a gift 🎁!!!!! SO MY FAMILY SAID HERES A GIFT ! You work hard ! 🙏🏽 FATHER OF ASAHD THE ALBUM #2019 !

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "For motivational inspiration alert 🚨 only ! This my b day / Holliday / new year gift 🎁 from my SON AND MY QUEEN AND MY SELF . VERY..."

Popcaan officially a OVO artiste

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876gud-on-instagram-killy-them-outside.jpgPopcaan. The 'Unruly Boss' is slated to officially become the newest member of Drake'e OVO entertainment camp in the new year.

Drake, who was making his performance debut in Jamaica, made the revelation during his set at the inaugural Unruly Fest in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The announcement was met with loud cheers, and thunderous applause from the massive crowd at Lyssons Beach in St Thomas. "This is something we've been working on for a very long time, and I just wanna let everyone know that finally, officially 2019, Popcaan a sign to OVO label," he said before sealing the deal with a hug with the 'Unruly One'.

Drake's label is a Toronto-based record label he founded with Oliver El-Khatib, and long-time producer Noah '40' Shebib in 2012. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through Warner Music Group's Warner Bros Records. The label has acts including Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan, OB O'Brien, Roy Woods, and dvsn, as well as in-house producers 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie, Nineteen85, and Future the Prince.

Drake and Popcaan have been close friends for years, with both often referring to each other as 'brothers'. The pair share numerous collaborations, and have always endorsed each other's work. The two shared the stage as Drake gave his first performance in Jamaica.

There was undoubtedly a camaraderie between both men, as they shared jokes and drinks backstage. The Canadian often copied Popcaan's slangs in his interaction with the crowd. His imitation of phrases like 'dem dead' and 'trouble deh deh,' were met with huge cheers of approval.

The multiple Grammy award-winning artiste heaped praises on Popcaan throughout the night as he urged the audience to continue supporting the deejay, who has helped to thrust the parish back into the spotlight with the staging of Unruly Fest. He explained that artistes who never forget their roots, deserve the love and support of their people.

During his brief set, Drake thrilled the audience with songs such as My Chargie and Controlla, both collaborations with Popcaan. He also gave the audience a taste of tracks such as In My Feelings and Fake Love.

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community in Barbados is clearly looking a major hype off Jamaican dancehall recording artist Buju Banton and some sections of the media in the island are clearly facilitating their nonsense.

Reports in Barbados Today state that the fame-hungry, attention-seeking homosexuals and queers want Buju Banton to publicly denounce one of his most popular songs ahead of a performance scheduled here next year.

Early Friday morning, music promoters Fas7Star Entertainment uploaded a poster with a picture of the artist, indicating he would headline an April 27 concert called Long Walk to Freedom at the 2019 Barbados Reggae Festiv

The news comes just two weeks after the artist - real name Mark Myrie - was released after serving 10 years in a US prison for a drug conviction.

His release has prompted celebration from many fans across the Caribbean, and mega successful producer DJ Khaled jetted into Jamaica last week specifically to meet with the Reggae legend.

While spokesperson for the local LGBT community, Ro-Ann Mohammed, welcomed the news that Buju would be headlining next year's reggae festival, she admitted that "there is some merit to how some people feel with regard to the rhetoric surrounding some of his early music, particularly the Boom Bye Bye song".

Fortunately, sensible people see this for what it is -- a savage case of bullying from a group of faggots who think that they are the only ones who have rights. How dare them! Fortunately again, this is the age of social media comments, and the responses from well-thinking persons have been swift and highly appropriate.

From as far back as 2006, Buju Banton met with the faggots and declared that he would no longer perform that song on stage. What more does the LGBTQWXYZ (have we missed out any of the letters?) want?

It's unfortunate that they are even being given the space via this medium to bring their idiocy to light. Actually, this call for Buju to denounce the song should have been locked in a closet where these intolerant, same-sex-loving, homosexuals who love to stab and kill each other in acts of passion, belong.

Whether they like it or not, "Boom Bye Bye" IS --- and forever will be-- an iconic Dancehall tune and will be an anthem for generations to come. BOOM BYE BYE.

When you all have the time, take a look at some of these comments:

DENOUNCE UNNUH MUMMA!!!..God created man & woman gayism fi stop! A it a mashup the world yuh see how much disease destruction & curse a come pon us unnuh nuh see the almost endless fire in California fi weeks & how much pple dying all over because pple are so confused these days God is so Upset with the nastiness sodomism..da lifestyle bring crosses pon di world!!!

Denounce mi bombo-pussy-claat... yow dem fish ya really a gwaan too bad now man. Unuh waan too bloodclaat much. It nuh bad enough unuh can suck out man tongue a road... now unuh waan people love unuh unwillingly. Leff di man song alone; a just a song. If it play round yuh den cut off unuh ears.

Unuh move from ya wid unuh dutty life bout unuh waa man fi succumb and big up unuh nastiness unuh set up the man ova the said song and him duh him time, unuh tink we Nuh know say unuh have a hand in him incarceration di amount a petition unuh file against him to unuh judge fren, him Nuh haffi sing da song deh when him a perform but me naw stop sing it, big up Buju caw dem can't keep a good man down a God you seh, weh dem nuh tear out the chapter dem wha denounce battyisim in the Bibles Eternal FYA fi di nastiness dem.

Unu move unu duttu BBC self and low the man ..u know how much violence Inna white people music anybody a call upon Eminem n Dem for stop sing fuxxry unu kiss BUJU raxxxxx ... Unu gay people always want shove. Unu lifestyle down people throat apologize for what.......some. Of them before Dem start have same sex relationship was singing the same damn song cause nobody nuh born gay , it's a lifestyle choice.

Y batty man dem always a gwaan like dem want to force ppl fi accept them? Unu cocky want cut off and burn kmft.

30 years ago a 15 yr old yute writes a song and those people want him to still deal with these people's insecurities? those people have enough money to go buy an island. just go away if you don't want to deal with people that don't believe what you bel...

This is the same fuckry dem people trying to pull on Comedian Kevin Hart inna farrin also. They gwaan like a lynch mob now.

Lovey Donna P you could type until your finger is tired battyman fi 💥💣if your daddy was a battyman you wouldnt be here typing shit .

Nikki Cutelips nope... he shouldn't denounce it. It's a part of his legacy. Why don't Barbados ban the song if it bother unuh so much.

Mike Sharp im gonaa give u a pass cause u looking so cute and all.

The matter has been dealt with already.How many times do they want their pound of flesh.Fall back let the Gargamel prosper.I am sure the strategy will be to ignore these parasites...

Vee Vee U nuh have nothing to denounce!!! Soon straight ppl will walk the streets because we have rights too. Soon hear unu want come in a ppl house come teach dem pickney fi pay gay. It seems like is only gay ppl live in this world.

Kim Slimmas Leave the man alone let him enjoy a bit of freedom him and is family please.

When did it became a crime to voice ones opinion. No LGBT cannot tell society what they should accept so Mr. Myrie keep doing your thing Boom Bye Bye indeed.

What a set of nastiness think them a human being, these clown really need to be purge out.

Wi need straight ppl ready fi protest ina real life not only social media.

Shan Slim Shanique Low the man ... weh yu a talk bout. If him no sing it again that's fair enough what u talking about publicly announce .... that was years ago.... A tell hunu fi tell gay and lesbian say dem fi stop the nastiness.

Dee Jay Creepa They need to let the artist breath before attacking him with bullshit... not even 3weeks good and wanna be demanding orders kmt.. so uneducated & dunce

British Unruly Everybody a try look a hype offa buju since him get release??? Every turn mi turn smaddi ave him name inna dem mouth like bubble gum This is ridiculous it's always something with these people. I don't know why they believe that when they voice how they feel it's ok. But when other people say how they feel it's an issue 🤷🏽‍♀️. Really 🙄. Why do you think you have the right to force ot...

Vee Vee This ppl love to be seen. Weh dem nuh guh weh and leave thr blasted man and him song. Damn demons! Seems there are very much against straight ppl and we nees to start demonstrating too cause we have rights.

The man went to jail for drugs.....not for singing that song leave him alone.

All battymsn fi get boom

Just like how you all have your lifestyle choice buju has his ...kmt why should he apologize ? Leave the man alone y'all act like the untouchables no one can state their mind in fear of being labeled gtfoh.

Go take several seats!!! And I'm trying to be nice!!!! Kmft

Monz Grinij To denounce this song is to denounce slavery and all other pages of the history book that we don't necessarily agree with...denounce why? The song will still be ingrained in our memories...Buju just come home and unnu wah torment the man soul Cha! LGBT kindly hold a space and leave wi man alone.

The message was already sent and received.

It was written in the Bible and him quote it as it was written.....

Go fight the Bible and ask it to apologize .

What is done, is done and can not be erased

No apologies.

Ching Ching Ellington They need to leave it in the past because it already took a total on him already, and they can't stop people from playing are listening to that song, because people still and will always remember that song and sing and play it, so for them to ask him that won't happen. So they need to get over it and move on, It's an new year for him let him live his life and stop bringing back up the past.

This man has a fantastic body of work and the focus is a song he did as a young man. Umh ok 🙄

Bumby fi all a dem an more

Athonykeepingthefaith Di man just fwd and the parasite dem start aready!! Kmft

Bum bye bye inna Batty bowy head straight naah stop seh suh..till we get rid a all uno nastiness..bullit.

Kmt..Unnu go move BBC, why should he denounce his song to please you gays. Start unnu boycott cause it wont happen this song is part of his legacy. Unnu go truck thru a window wid unnu insecuries.

Land FISH guh suck out unuh mumma

Fuck barbados

Unno start to ride him again, let the man breathe in peace man; Denounce what??


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DJ KHALED on Instagram: "FATHER OF ASAHD ! THE ALBUM #2019 !"

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tommy-lee-photo-3.jpg"A di first mi cry from the case start, but it was tears of joy. A di best feeling inna the world right now. Give thanks for the judge and especially my lawyer Ernest Smith the baddest lawyer inna di world. Mr Ernie Smith, respect, and give thanks to the judge same way. From my family to everybody nuff respect," Tommy Lee Sparta is quoted as telling a reporter for Jamiacan tabloid, the Star.

The Dancehall entertainer cried in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on Thursday, minutes after Justice Carolyn Tie upheld a no-case submission made on Wednesday by his attorney Ernest Smith.

The deejay, whose given name is Leroy Russell, and three others were initially charged in February 2014 on suspicion of breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013. However, no evidence was offered for two of the accused, who were later released.

Tommy Lee and co-accused O'Brian Smith were then left to prove their innocence.

Today, they are free men.

buju-banton-on-instagram-its-truly-been-a-long-walk-to-freedom.jpgThe organisers of the Buju and Friends concert say the tickets will be affordably priced so that a wide cross-section of fans will be able to enjoy the deejay's first homecoming performance.

On March 16, 2019, Gargamel Music and Boom Energy Drink, in collaboration with Solid Agency and Rockers Island Entertainment, will stage the first leg of the deejay's Long Walk To Freedom tour at the National Stadium in St Andrew.

According to the organisers, when the tickets go on sale on January 16, 2019 on the deejay's official website,, various price ranges will be assigned to the different sections of the stadium.

"What we will have is, for example, a bleachers presold early-bird special that can be bought for $4,000. There will be other tickets for the grandstand, general field, VIP and Ultra VIP sections for sale as well," said Sharon Burke of Solid Agency, one of the organisers of the event.

She added that the event's organisers have sought to provide the various sections and prices so that fans will be able to see Buju perform.

Since returning to the island earlier this month, the deejay has received tremendous support from the public, with hundreds of fans turning up at the airport and his studio to welcome him home.

Within 24 hours of his homecoming, Buju had 10 albums in the top 30 United States Reggae iTunes charts. He also held the number one spot on the Reggae Album iTunes chart in United States, United Kingdom, and various European countries.

The deejay's social media pages also reflect the support with his Instagram page quickly jumping to more than 500,000 followers.

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Rygin King to headline Christmas Extravaganza

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Dancehall sensation Rygin King will headline 18th GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, injecting fresh energy into the annual event.

GT Taylor, founder and promoter of the event, revealed that as the demographics of patrons of entertainment events trends towards youth, he is re-jigging his event to create a party atmosphere for the annual show. He said that there will be fewer artistes onstage and more time allocated for patrons to listen to a string of reggae, dancehall, R&B and rap hits.

"The 18th staging of Jamaica's Ultimate Christmas Show GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza 2018 will feature Jamaica's top sounds and selectors, Chromatic Live, Bass Odyssey, Digital Chris, are going to make sure the event is lit. We are going to have a great party mix this Christmas, in addition to performances from established reggae acts," he said.

GT Taylor finessed the stage show formula to eliminate the long band changes, poor production values and overblown line ups that have plagued live shows over the years. This year, there will be more sound system play before the main dancehall acts touch the stage.

"We have been focussing on performance over the past few years -- quality not quantity, we are going to have a two hour slot in the morning before the main acts like Rygin King perform to close the show," said Taylor.

"We have cut the number of artistes down so that the patrons will get a longer performance from their favourite artistes. There will be no more than 25 acts on a show, these days are done."

Like most live shows in Jamaica, 'Extravaganza' has been known to roll into early morning with weary patrons leaving the venue before seeing the headline acts.

Taylor first staged Extravaganza in 2000 at Hendrix Wharf in Black River, St Elizabeth's chief town. What started as a dance transformed into a 'stage show' with reggae/dancehall's biggest names.

"Arrangements are in place to accommodate as many vehicles as possible inside the venue so that patrons can sit in their vehicles and watch the show. The hotels love this concept as we have created an area, with special security arrangements, where tourists can sit in a bus and enjoy the show," he said.

dj-khaled-on-instagram-bujuofficial-x-djkhaled-budafuco96-father.jpgIn one of his many, many posts on social media in the last few days, DJ Khaled posted a picture withhimself standing next to world's fastest man, Usain Bolt with the caption: "JAMAICA FATHER OF ASAHD IS HERE?" One social medis user Empress Maurica took exception and has a word of caution, even as Khaled fever is infecting some.

She says: ""@djkhaled who is ASAHD again for us to come and bow and recognize his father with that Baphomet on your chest? Are you telling us something here Khaled? Do you want us to come bow to the father of ASAHD? Why u calling Jamaica to look at this picture with you and one of our great man but ur letting it known with your horns in ur chest that FATHER OF ASAHD is here. 🤔🤔🤔 sounds sketchy to me. My Jamaican family may be sleeping but I'm not so I am going to speak for my people. We worship the Angels of our creator of this Earth hence why we are rooted and so spiritual and know a lie when we see it. Those who are blinded by vanity will see just the vanity, those who are rooted and grounded in Jah will know a lie. @usainbolt this caption sat well with you? Cause it doesn't with me and them horns on his chest telling us the truth but we're blind,and it doesn't sit well either. Khaled we love money but we love God more. @busysignal_turf @agentsasco

buju-banton-at-the-studio.jpgBuju Banton's first major performance will be held on March 16 at National Stadium in Kingston and tickets will go on sale as early as January 16 -- two months before the highly anticipated performance by the artiste who was recently released from a United States prison after serving a near 10-year sentence on drug-related charges.

Buju Banton posted on his social media pages giving notice of the upcoming show.

"It's truly been a long walk to freedom...but I give thanks for the outpouring of love and support over the past 9 years ... I look forward to seeing and thanking you all on the Long Walk to Freedom tour, beginning March 2019," said Buju Banton.

Has Vybz Kartel run out of bleaching products?

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgNew images of Vybz Kartel in prison that made the rounds on social media sent Gaza fans into a frenzy on Monday. A photo with his business partner, producer Linton "TJ" White and newcomer Sikka Rhymes surfaced on Instagram showing Kartel wearing his original black skin!!!!!

At first, some social media users chimed questioning the authenticity of the photos, while several trolls wrote that the "Fever" deejay had run out of his bleaching supplies.

However, Kartel later uploaded a picture of himself -- in all his blackness -- and many have since concluded that Black Kartel has returned.

"Wow wasn't expecting this. Love the blackness," one fan wrote. "The melanin has returned!!!," another added.

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dj-khaled-on-instagram-working-on-father-of-asahd-bujuofficial-said-khaled.jpgSunday was Buju Banton's first day back in studio since his return to Jamaica a little over a week ago. Here is how DJ Khaled recalls the conversation:

@bujuofficial said, "Khaled today is my first day back in studio",


Fans, friends and family are convinced that a big chune is in the making and everybody is waiting patiently.

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "Working on FATHER OF ASAHD @bujuofficial said Khaled today is my first day back in studio , I SAID WHAT A SPECIAL DAY ! JAH WORKS! BLESS UP..."

dj-khaled-on-instagram-bujuofficial-x-djkhaled-budafuco96-father.jpgDJ Khaled took a trip to Jamaica via private jet to talk to the most important man in Dancehall/Reggae music right now, Buju Banton. Khaled kept his followers updated all through Sunday about his secret mission which turned out to be a visit to Buju Banton at his studio off Red Hills Road in St Andrew. By the time Khaled dropped the first pic of him and Buju together very late last night, they went viral, racking up over 100-thousand views and thousands of positive comments in a few hours.

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "@bujuofficial x @djkhaled @budafuco96 FATHER OF ASAHD 🙏🏽holding a firm mediation wit my great friend my brother BUJU 🙏🏽 @budafuco96..."

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@bujuofficial x @djkhaled @budafuco96 FATHER OF ASAHD 🙏🏽holding a firm mediation wit my great friend my brother BUJU 🙏🏽 @budafuco96 -------------------------------------- There was good & evil. we chose good why raise the time of the most high his sons of men The rich man's wealth is in the city. yeah Destruction of the poor is his poverty. Lord Destruction of your soul is vanity. yeah, ay, yeah Do you hear. I and I, I wanna rule my destiny. yeah I and I, I wanna rule my destiny. Destiny, mama look from when you call me Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny yeah, yeah oh help I please Jah Jah mek mi rule my destiny. I've been blessed I've been touch I love Jah so much They keep fighting me I'm not giving up May the realms of Zion fill my spiritual cup Wisdom overstanding must never be too much Give I protection Day and night From even the pestilence that war get a daylight Destiny, mama look from when you calling Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny yeah, yeah oh help I please Jah Jah mek mi rule my destiny. Cast away their cords from us, Lord. You have them in the region in the valley of decision Restraining the heathen with a rod of iron You know not the destiny of a next man Why hold him set him free for too long I, I wanna rule my destiny Oh yeah, I & I really wanna rule my destiny Hear me call call call Destiny, mama look from when you call me Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny oh yeah, help I please really wanna rule my destiny. My destination is homeward bound Though forces try to hold I down Breaking chains has become the norm I know I must get through no matter what a gwaan Destiny, mama look from when you calling Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny Lord, & I tell you once more The rich man's wealth is in the city. oh Destruction of the poor is our poverty. yeah Destruction of your soul is vanity. wooooy Do you hear, Do you hear Destiny, Destiny

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DJ KHALED on Instagram: "FATHER OF ASAHD X @bujuofficial 🇯🇲 @djkhaled @budafuco96 -------------------------------------- Only Rasta can liberate the people Over hills and valleys too..."

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FATHER OF ASAHD X @bujuofficial 🇯🇲 @djkhaled @budafuco96 -------------------------------------- Only Rasta can liberate the people Over hills and valleys too Don't let them fool you Don't believe for a minute that they are with you Jah free the people Over hills and valleys too Don't let them fool you Don't believe for a minute, they don't like you Why try to make I unhappy Really I don't know If it was up to them my friend We would never see the sun nor the snow Through that mystical communication within We keep on coming together I love to see brothers and sisters
Looking out for one another
That's the way it should be
Not contrary, stop tearing down each other Hard drugs won't do You're just behaving like they want you to Arrogance is much different from ignorance And I know you feel the same way too Many live this life without having a clue No reason why they are so sad and blue Places to go so much things to do Not a moment to reflect on the cycle of life It hard, it hard, it hard (yeah) Mek them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (let them know) Let them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (let them know) Let them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (oh god) We waan go home

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grace-hamilton-on-instagram-this-is-my-whole-mood-repost-chrissydhk.jpgVybz Kartel, Foota Hype and a slew of Spice's followers are disappointed in her after she re-posted a video of well-known gay dancer Chrissy, gyrating to one her songs. Spice is accused of selling out the culture for "likes". Kartel, who is always defending Spice and has acknowledged her as the official Queen of the Dancehall, simply wrote "Smh" (Shake my head) in the comment section.

Then, in order to drive home his point even further, Kartel's biography on IG was then updated to state clearly: "Nah sell out mi culture fi views or hype." "...everyman grab a gyal," Kartel added, referring his smash hit 2009 collaboration "Romping Shop" with Spice.

Not surprisingly, controversial Dancehall selector Foota Hype, aka Spoonhead, also chastised Spice: "Seriously Spice a disrespect thing this eno member how wi culture set up [it] have some limits," he wrote.

Her followers were also very clear about their intense dislike of the homosexual man's shenanigans and the fact that Spice thought it appropriate to re-post it. Several persons said they wished they could unsee the video because it was so disgusting, while others took time to educate Spice on the culture as it relates to gayness.

Grace Hamilton on Instagram: "THIS IS MY WHOLE MOOD #Repost @chrissydhk • • • • • Cool It 🎅🏻 With Piece Of Ice For Di Winter @spiceofficial X @dancingrebel_official X..."

nikki-chrome-body-chromazz-on-instagram-hey-yuh-affi-tek-bad-thing.jpgDancehall 'It Girl' Nikki Chromaz is asking her followers to pray for her after reportedly receiving death threats following the crash of Birthday Club ponzi scheme, Loom.

The "Chrome White" owner took to Instagram over the weekend claiming that she has been receiving death threats after owing JMD $6.7 million following the crash of loom.

On Sunday, she uploaded a screenshot to her Instagram story sharing one of the threats, asking her over 400,000 followers to keep her in their prayers. But shortly after, she took to social media to share a video clip of a humorous Loom scenario, with the caption "Yuh affi tek bad things mek joke".

Nikki Chrome Body Chromazz😍😋 on Instagram: "Hey yuh affi tek bad things mek joke enu😂🤣🤣😂🤣😂 this kill me🤣😭 a really so me did behave enu 😭😭"

Meanwhile, Nikki is promoting her cake sale and other business enterprises. Hopefully the prayers work and the people who are owed will get their refund because the comments on social media are savage. It's Christmas and people want their money, even if they get back the sum they invested without the interest, they will be fine.

Nikki Chrome Body Chromazz😍😋 on Instagram: "Unu ready??🙌🙌🙌 15% off all chromewhite once u purchase a ticket🙌🙌🙌 cant miss this"

Bermuda gov't fighting same sex marriage

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us-supreme-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-nationwide.jpgThe Bermuda government has launched a last-ditch legal attempt to restore a ban on same-sex marriage in the country, even though it has already lost three times in court on the issue.

Notice has been given to the Court of Appeal to ask permission to take the case to the London-based Privy Council.

The Progressive Labour Party (PLP) government said that the matter is important to the population and involves complex legal points that should be heard by the highest court of appeal for Bermuda.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban said, "Constitutional issues are important issues, and this government wants to get it right."

The decision to try to take the case to the Privy Council came after a ruling by the Court of Appeal made same-sex marriage legal again last month.

The application was made just before a 21-day deadline was reached.

The Court of Appeal last month dismissed the government's claim that former Chief Justice Ian Kawaley was wrong to strike down parts of the Domestic Partnership Act (DPA), which was passed to replace same-sex marriage with a civil-partnership arrangement.

A packed courtroom erupted in cheers as Sir Scott Baker, president of the Court of Appeal, announced the decision.

The Court of Appeal also has the role of deciding if permission is given for a plaintiff to go to the Privy Council.

The Privy Council then considers if an appeal has merit and if it will hear the case or not.

donald-trump-photo-5.jpgGoogle Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has explained why searching the word "idiot" on the global search engine shows images of US President Donald Trump. Pichai appeared before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday to explain the scenario by California Representative Zoe Lofgren.

"Right now, if you Google the word 'idiot' under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that," she notes. "How would that happen?"

In response, the Google CEO said the company doesn't "manually intervene" in search results and that search results are based on crawling the content of web pages.

"We provide search today for any time you type in a keyword. We, as Google, have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of their pages in our index, and we take the keyword and match it against the pages and rank them based on over 200 signals," Pichai said.

"Things like relevance, freshness, popularity, how other people are using it. And based on that, you know, at any given time, we try to find the best results for that query," he adds.

The house team convened the hearing to discuss whether Google's search results are politically biased.

2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean

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The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has declared 2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean.

According to the CTO, the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination throughout 2019.

"The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations," said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO.

"The Year of Festivals will highlight music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary and dance festivals celebrated throughout the region. It's a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations," Riley noted.

"In addition to providing an opportune time for vacationers to visit, these celebrations also emphasise the unique characteristics that define the many diverse backgrounds and traditions which comprise the Caribbean's cultural tapestry," added Riley.

The 2019 Caribbean Year of Festivals will be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for travellers and vacation planners to share their experiences.

"While each destination is unique and inviting in its own right, the common denominator for all Caribbean societies is a yearning to celebrate life, and each Caribbean country provides a beat that can't be replicated elsewhere," said Riley.

"The Year of Festivals will highlight music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary and dance festivals celebrated throughout the region. It's a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations," Riley noted.

Throughout 2019, the CTO said it will also assist member countries with an assortment of promotional concepts and opportunities which can be implemented around the theme of festivals to appeal to consumers, travel professionals and creators of unique vacation experiences.

Picture of Buju at studio keeps them talkin'

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buju-banton-at-the-studio.jpgThis picture of Buju Banton at the studio since his return to Jamaica on Friday has many wondering whether the Gargamel is prepping new music.

Whatever it is a good look and feel.

Welcome Home again Mr Myrie.

babsy-grange-minister.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Culture, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has congratulated Kadijah Robinson, Jamaica's representative to the Miss World pageant, for her stellar showing as she finished in the top five of the competition held in Sanya, China.

Grange in a release from her ministry this afternoon said "It was an amazing feat securing a top five finish and gaining the Miss World Caribbean title, while being a wonderful exponent of our culture".

She noted that Robinson had the entire Asian continent doing Ding Dong popular dances to an authentic dancehall beat, which she said was "simply amazing".

"Robinson's emphatic top five finish and the dance video have ignited widespread praise from Jamaicans across the Diaspora who have commended the daughter of Black River, St Elizabeth on her performance."

Grange added that Robinson has contributed to the brand of Jamaican excellence that has dominated the world. "Kadijah is a true ambassador of our rich cultural heritage on the international stage," the minister added.

Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico was declared the winner, becoming the first Mexican queen to win the coveted title.

A BUJU A DAY... Wanna Be Loved

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No visa woes for Dalton; Daily Mail story WRONG!

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dalton-harris-on-instagram-i-want-to-say-a-big-thank-you-to-all-of-you.jpgX Factor winner Dalton Harris, is not affected by any visa issues at this time, and as a matter of fact, the current visa which allowed him to participate in the competition, is valid until January 2019.

Dalton's manager, Donovan Germain has explained that a story carried by UK Tabloid Daily Mail has misinterpreted the situation. The story, which was published on Wednesday, says Dalton will be forced to leave the UK days after winning the X Factor crown because his visa is about to expire.

Daily Mail had reported that Dalton is being "forced to leave the UK just days after his show triumph as his visa is set to expire." It also revealed that the news has put his single promotion and his place on the X Factor live tour in jeopardy. The article also said that negotiations are now underway to get Dalton to stay in the country.

Germain revealed that Dalton had received documents allowing him to remain in the country for the duration of the competition and explained that now the contest has ended, he has to follow the protocols he agreed to by returning to Jamaica and applying for a different type of visa -- a work permit.

Since Dalton will be working by participating in the X Factor tour and is scheduled to conduct interviews with the media, the 24-year-old Jamaican will now need to apply for a UK work permit.

A work permit is an official document giving a foreigner permission to take up a job in another country.

"Dalton is not having visa issues. If he's going to go on the X Factor tour and so on, he's going to have come back to Jamaica to get the work permit. That's the standard procedure," he said. "I don't know the type of visa he had, but it gave him the opportunity to go and do the show and that visa doesn't expire until in January in any case. He's not being kicked out of nowhere. He's just following protocol. That's all it is."

Reggae Sumfest, Caribbean Airline ink deal

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carribean-airlines-photo-1.jpgChairman of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest Joe Bogdanovich has signed a deal with Caribbean Airlines, naming the airline the new presenting sponsor for Reggae Sumfest 2019.

"We are very excited about this partnership," said Bogdanovich.

"Reggae Sumfest, as a leading Jamaican brand, is proud to form this alliance with Caribbean Airlines which is not only the leading regional airline, but also partly Jamaican owned. It is fitting that we combine our strengths and resources to bring more success to the tourism industry and at the same time create first-class entertainment experiences for our shared customers. This deal is the beginning of what will be a substantial and significant relationship," added Bogdanovich.

Garvin Medera, CEO of Caribbean Airlines, made the announcement during his presentation at a reception hosted by the airline at the Spanish Court Worthington last week.

Zachary Harding, Jamaica's representative on the board of Caribbean Airlines, expressed his satisfaction and pleasure regarding the deal which he saw as strengthening the commitment and bond that Caribbean Airlines is forging with Jamaica.

The 2019 relationship between Caribbean Airlines and Reggae Sumfest is expected to be the start of a long-term association with the festival, beginning with at least two years.

"We believe that Downsound Entertainment has what it takes to support Caribbean Airlines in its continued thrust to engage with the Jamaican public and so we look forward to a true partnership even outside of Reggae Sumfest," said Bogdanovich.

Reggae Sumfest 2019, presented by Caribbean Airlines, will take place from July 14 to 20 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St James.

The festival will bring one full week of events including, Inspire Awards, beach party, street dance, white party, The Blitz, Sound Clash, Sumfest Symposium, and climaxing with two festival nights.

dalton-harris-on-instagram-i-want-to-say-a-big-thank-you-to-all-of-you.jpgX Factor winner Dalton Harris has revealed he will be forced to leave the UK just days after his show triumph as his visa is set to expire.

Speaking to The Sun, the 24-year-old The Power of Love singer, who won the competition on Sunday, said his visa only allowed him to stay in the UK for the duration of the show.

He said: 'I need to get a new visa. I will have to leave the UK for a bit as you're not allowed to just stay forever.

Show bosses are now said to be negotiating for him to stay in the country, with the latest news putting single promotion and his place on the X Factor live tour in jeopardy.

Earlier this week Dalton insisted he doesn't just want to be known as 'The X Factor guy' after being crowned the winner of this year's series.

The singer beat out fellow finalists Scarlett Lee, 21, and Anthony Russell, 28, for the crown in a nail-biting final.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Dalton told how he doesn't think winning the show guarantees anyone anything, after some finalists have found greater success than some of the winners.

mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgA music-video director, who had borrowed a drone from Mr Vegas but claimed it was lost at sea, is scheduled to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree on December 21 to make a partial payment of US$600 to the entertainer.

Wayne South, 44, had his bail of larceny by trick extended by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith last Friday.

According to Mr Vcgas, whose given name is Clifford Smith, he had lent the drone to South to use on a music-video shoot on July 7. After the shoot ended, Mr Vegas said he left the director using the equipment and went to the studio. However, later when he contacted South, he was given the runaround. South later disclosed that the drone had crashed into the sea and was lost. The director said the remote was handed over to one of his friends.

Mr Vegas said South had agreed to repay him for the drone and return the video's final cut, but defaulted on his promises.

South told the judge he needed time to repay the artiste, as he was going through a rough patch but had some jobs lined up. South also accused Mr Vegas for going online and making derogatory statements about him.

Mr Vegas gave the total cost of the drone as US1,650.

dalton-harris-on-instagram-i-have-been-trying-to-find-words-to-describe.jpgIt's nothing but love from Dalton to his fans who helped him to secure enough votes to triumph in the UK tlent contest, The X Factor.

Dalton on Sunday won the coveted prize over the other two other competitors in the final, the UK's Scarlett Lee and Anthony Russell. The winner of The X Factor is awarded a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music, in association with Sony Music.

The deal consists of a £150,000 cash advance with the balance covering the costs of recording and marketing. Dalton Harris is second Jamaican to win an international talent competition after Tessanne Chin. She won the American competition The Voice in 2013.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness was among those who immediately commended the Jamaican singer, doing so via Twitter:

"Congratulations to our Dalton Harris @harrisdalton! Winner of the X-Factor. The entire Jamaica is proud of you. Your phenomenal talent is now unleashed on the world."

Harris, winner of Television Jamaica's Digicel Rising Stars in 2010, was a firm favourite to win the X-Factor competition.

Dalton Harris on Instagram: "I have been trying to find words to describe my emotions and gratitude and thankfulness but none of them are enough. To say THANK YOU..."

dalton-harris-on-instagram-i-will-not-respond-with-anger-or-frustration.jpgThe district of Sanguinetti in Clarrendon is in the spotlight thanks to an ongoing feud of sorts between X Factor finalist Dalton Harris and his mother Sylvia Campbell. Both the Star's Daraine Luton and Loop's Claude Mills travelled down there this week to interview Dalton's mother.

Quite frankly Mills' article was a turn-off with its introduction being patronising at best, or downright peurile, at worst.

"When one meets 52-year-old Sylvia Campbell, the mother of 24-year-old X Factor finalist Dalton Harris, one is immediately struck at how assured and good looking she is for her age. One can readily see that she was a heart-breaker in her more youthful days, and still is potentially today." Seriously? What the hell!!!! He's writing as if the woman is 92, instead of 52.

Anyway, that aside, he managed to write about her sorrow at Dalton's stories of abuse and Sylvia even totally dismissed rumours of her son being gay.

The story in the Star, however, had more substance:

"If nobody did tell me seh Javon (the name she calls Dalton) woulda do me this, me woulda fight dem. Mi think Javon woulda run to me rescue. Me never think Javon woulda disgrace me, but it all right," she moaned.

"It feel bad fi know the same person when yuh a shout fah, him a bash yuh. It hard," added Sylvia.

She told THE WEEKEND STAR that persons have called her names such as 'dutty b**ch' and 'miserable madwoman' as a result of Dalton's claims that he was severely ill-treated as a child.

Chyrell Freeman, Sylvia's friend, said the X Factor singer's mother has been depressed all week. She had read in the media about alleged abuse that her son experienced as a child, and was crestfallen. Sylvia was drinking tea made from turmeric when THE WEEKEND STAR visited the two-room rented house, which she occupies along with her two youngest children.

The tea, Sylvia said, is to help control her blood pressure, which she said has shot through the roof.

Dalton, 24, is tipped to win this year's X Factor UK, but instead of anxiously awaiting his crowning moment, Sylvia is a wreck.

Dalton recently told the UK Mirror newspaper that he was abused as a child.

"There are more on my chest, arm, shoulder, back, thighs, legs and feet. I was punched so hard by a guy dating my mum, I crashed through a window."

"I was told that I should walk into the road and kill myself," said Dalton.

Sylvia insists that her son has been speaking half truths and may have decided to employ them as a means of deflecting attention from the homophobic fury which came after a photo of him sitting in a fellow contestant's lap went viral.

"Him a nuh gay nor nutten," she said, while insisting that the comments are part of a public relations ploy being employed by Dalton.

Still, she loves her son to death, she says.

"My son was my everything and still is. The way me hurt last week, me nuh watch the competition. Me proud a me son because each time me a seh: 'God, look which part me a come from with Dalton and look weh him reach.' But me cut up over the things weh him a talk seh," she said.

With tears streaming down her face and her voice cracking, Sylvia wailed: "Javon, bring disgrace pon me, oh God!"

"After how him daddy treat me and mi siddung wid dem same way. Only time me left dem a when me go work."

Dalton is set to receive one million pounds the equuivalent of one hundred and seventy-two million Jamaican dollars if he wins the X Factor competition this weekend.

Kim Nain - "Deal Wid It" Album

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deal-wid-it-facebook-cover-image.jpgAlbum Release Date: November 23, 2018


Kim Nain is poised to release her debut album "Deal Wid It" on November 23, 2018, which is expected to be received well by listeners. As an artiste that has been in the industry for a number of years, this project is a large milestone as she now has a great amount of support through Shelly-Ann Curran from John John Music Group, who manages her, and Dale Virgo from DZL Records. The music style crosses over to several different feels and moods going from reggae to dancehall to a fusion of hip-hop, R&B and trap. She carries us through various storylines and stimulates feelings of nostalgia, longing and just an overall feel-good vibe. Listeners locally and across the waters will be able to easily relate to the music and will be pleasantly surprised with the delivery of content.


Kim Nain a true hard working musician, singer and songwriter is starting to take strides in the music business with her new sound and style. Born a Taurean, Kim Nain has accomplished much by completing a Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Laws Degree whilst pursuing her true passion, music.

Ever since her first musical note, Kim Nain is accustomed to being the center of attention on every stage since her high school years at St. Jago High which became her first training ground for both music and the performing arts. It was during this period Kim developed her free-spirited, spontaneous, well-informed and down to earth persona.

Kim began recording professionally shortly after graduating from high school and immediately fell in love with the art of crafting music. Though her difficulties of balancing her studies and jump-starting her music career, Kim Nain was determined to prove her potential and continued to do what she could to pursue and advance her passion by doing local shows and concerts, singing and writing jingles for advertisement as well as releasing a few singles for select local Jamaican record labels. Her new-found music career became her focus and priority.

"To me, music is my way out for almost every situation. When I'm up, when I'm down, I find myself just wanting to write a new song or just sing myself to wonderland. I'm not sure what my sanity would have been like without it. It's how I communicate with the world and myself. I want to bring to the world a piece of me to keep, to have and to hold even when I'm gone and I see no other way to do this but through my music. Life isn't something you just go through, you have to live it and in order to do that we have to break away from the confines of what is expected of us by society and do what it is that we truly love or believe."

- Kim Nain

The young singer/songwriter, is well poised to explode locally and overseas as she continues to impress audiences, label representatives & concert promoters from the United States, Europe and Africa. Kim also performed alongside Omi, the billboard topping artiste with the hit single "Cheerleader" in Europe, on the "Summer 2015" tour. Kim Nain is now becoming one of the most sought after live act after just a few performances and has been in studios working on major projects with a few producers, California-based EDM group Bad Royale from Mad Decent, Alex Antaeus and Jamaican-based producers DizTroy (Dale "Dizzle" Virgo and Troy Baker) .

Kim is currently promoting her single, "Deal Wid It" featuring Destiny Sparta , produced by Dale Virgo and Troy Baker.



01. Hold On Me
02. Marijuana
03. Deal Wid It ft. Destiny Sparta
04. Roll Up ft. Agent Sasco
05. Need Me ft. Naomi Cowan
06. Needed Your Love ft. Versi
07. Baby
08. Driveway
09. Walk Away
10. Love You My Way ft. Bugle
11.Tempted ft. Devin Di Dakta


This album is a compilation of the different sides of Kim Nain. She is every kind of woman who has had various experiences and is capable of expressing it through various moods - various sounds, fusions. DEAL WID IT says to the listener, here I am, this is all me - unraveling this microphone cord before you, so Deal Wid it.

Liner Notes

Description of all songs

Hold On Me

"This song is about looking beyond the surface. Despite judgment and exterior characteristic assumptions made about a lover, this song looks deeper at the man's persona and the lust, drive, temptation and her need for more experienced from just being with him" The sound of this song is trap meets afrobeat and is a real fusioned banger which mixes the genres.


"This song seeks to show the break-out energy of a woman who was always thought to be conservative. All introverted ways have been pushed to the side and now ready for something different and wild. Let's let loose tonight" Kim rides this old school reggae beat with fluidity and style.

Deal Wid It

"Whoever said a woman can't boss it up? Deal Wid It is provocative and fishes out the 'temptress-ness' of a woman's sexuality, be it born from love, lust or just being whipped." This song is on a trap beat with a trippy vibe encapsulating Kim and Destiny's hardcore caribbean style rapping. This song has a fierce vibe and make you want to headbop and dance. The song breaks out into an emotional R&B break which give the song a totally fresh and new sound/vibe.

Roll Up

"Temptation can come in all shapes and forms and can happen in any place at any time. When you have all that she's been looking for, she may just want to roll up on you any place, at any time. This song perfectly describes the feeling." The sound of this song is a mixture of trap and reggae.

Needed Your Love

"Sometimes in relationships we make rash decisions and hurt the people we love the most. After the damage has been done, we might just feel regretful and want to fix things - I needed your love." The sound of this song is a fusion of EDM and Dancehall.


"You're in deep with this man, there's not one second you want to be away from him - even if he's just at work. This song can tell him just how you feel, he better come home fast because you're cooking up a surprise for him - it's your time to boss him up" The sound of this song is reggae meets europop.

Need Me

"Us women sometimes have difficulty getting our men to show a little emotion; it doesn't take away from your masculinity, so why are you acting so tough when your boys are around? We both know who's ready to cuddle up when its just you and I; I know that you need me. The sound of this song is Reggae meets Rock.

Love You My Way

"The freedom to love is one of the greatest gifts we have. Loving someone in all different kinds of ways - by speech, by thought and by action. This song will tell him or her exactly why you want to love him or her your way". This song has a fusion of reggae and afrobeat.


"Gather around let me tell you a story about what just happened. Driveway, is a storytelling song about a little domestic disturbance in the neighborhood - a little he said and she said - he just got kicked out of the house because.." The sound of this song is a fusion of RNB and reggae.


"There's always that one person that you feel about so deeply and so strongly that you can't even see the truth of their ugliness towards you. The world has tried to tell you but you kept latching on, now, he's gone and you're all alone left to pick up the pieces - questions are left unanswered" The sound of this song is trap mixed with soul.


"Why are you always checking me about who I'm talking to and who I'm with all the time when you're coming home at this hour with no explanation? This song is going to get you tempted to do and say things you've never thought you would." This song is a fusion of dancehall, and afrobeat.





DEAL WID IT - Official video (To be released November/December)




Onstage Interview with Kim Nain - August 2018

The Entertainment Club Live with Kim Nain - May 2018

Tea Of The Week S02 E02: Valentines Day, Miseanie & Kim Nain - February 2018

Hype Bar : Sumfest 2018 w/ Kim Nain - July 11th, 2018

On My Mind Series S3 Ep.11 || Kim Nain talks about her new single & more! - August 2017



Nain recruits Destiny Spart for edge on single - November 20, 2018

Kim Nain to strike real Deal - November 19, 2018

Five Questions With Kim Nain - November 16, 2018

Kim Nain drowns out noise to focus on career - November 15, 2018

Fresh Acts Happy For Skeleton Fresh Live Tour - October 17, 2018

Star Summer Doll Kim Nain - August 20, 2018

Young Artistes See Reggae Sumfest As 'The Beginning' - July 14, 2018

Curvy Diva, Kim Nain ready for new Sumfest roles - July 06, 2018

Female acts ready to rock 100 Live - May 30, 2018

Kim Nain Lays Down The Law For Music - July 25, 2017

Kim Nain positioned for big break - November 7, 2016


Kim Nain - Deal Wid It (Dzl Records) (album review) - November 17, 2018

Kim Nain To Release Debut Album - November 16, 2018

ONES TO WATCH 2018 - KIM NAIN - July 27, 2018

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Social Development Commission) presents KSA Bizfair & Races on Land and Sea at the Water Front (Downtown Kingston) on Sunday, December 2nd from 10 AM to 8 PM. This is a free event that will showcase cycling, hand cart races, classic car parade and boat races.

There will be live performances from several artists, most notably among them is Richie Spice. Additional music will be provided by High Tension Sound System. The organizers are encouraging everyone to come out as there will be lots of prizes and surprises.

portia-simpson-miller-jis-official-photo.jpgLennie Little-White recently began production of a documentary about the nation's first female prime minister - Portia Simpson Miller.

He said that they are working to have the film ready to premiere in Black History Month (February) 2019.

"The documentary touches on different people whom she has had an impact on. It's about her role and legacy, and her own perspective on what has made her the person she is how she managed to beat the boys," Little-White said.

By his observation, local broadcasters revisit the same documentaries each year and he hopes this addition will add some variety to the line-up. "They always show documentaries of Rex Nettleford or Barry Watson, films about Jamaicans at home. I figure this film will draw attention, not just to the screens but to the lady herself. It's just symbolic," Little-White added.

The director intends for the documentary to serve as a reflection of Simpson Miller's life, in her words and the words of others. Among the featured personalities are former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, Damion Crawford, Sir Hilary Beckles, and the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley. "Her (Mottley) part is going to touch people's hearts. She brings the Caribbean perspective," the director prophesied.

For this new project, Little-White is trying out a new technique. "It's going to be little more than just talking heads. One thing we've never done before the film is going to speak through music. We're going to use the lyrics of several songs to help tell her story," he explained.

Among the contributing musicians are Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Pam Hall, Peter Lloyd, Richie Stephens and Jimmy Cliff. He added, "Some will physically appear, others, you will just hear the music. It's still a documentary, but music will play a major role."

Shooting for the upcoming documentary will continue into mid-December.

Mumzell is now a deejay; releases single and video

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mumzell-good-mi-good-official-video.jpgPopular dancehall personality, Mummzell, now has the spotlight shining on her career as a deejay.

Much to everyone's suprise, Mumzell has released a song and a video, enttitled "Good Mi Good" and she is getting rave reviews.

Check it out below:

Mumzell - Good Mi Good (Official Video)

reggae.jpgReggae music has won a spot on the United Nations' list of global cultural treasures.

UNESCO, the world body's cultural and scientific agency, on Thursday added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of "intangible cultural heritage" deemed worthy of protection and promotion.

Reggae music's "contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual," UNESCO said."While in its embryonic state Reggae music was the voice of the marginalised, the music is now played and embraced by a wide cross-section of society, including various genders, ethnic and religious groups," the UNESCO statement noted.

The musical style joined a list of cultural traditions that includes the horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, a Mongolian camel-coaxing ritual and Czech puppetry, as well as more than 300 other traditional practices spanning from boat-building and pilgrimages to cooking and dance.

Jamaica applied for reggae's inclusion on the list this year at a meeting of the UN agency on the island of Mauritius, where 40 proposals were under consideration.

Reggae was competing for inclusion alongside Bahamian strawcraft, South Korean wrestling, Irish hurling and perfume making in the southern French city of Grasse.

"Reggae is uniquely Jamaican," said Culture Minister Olivia Grange before the vote.

"It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world.

Fans upset as Chris Brown 'likes' Rihanna's racy pic

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Many of Rihanna's fans will neither forgive nor forget Chris Brown, as evidenced on Instagram recently.

The 30-year-old singer and fashion and beauty mogul posted on her Instagram page on Saturday night a photo of herself posing topless on a bed in red Savage x Fenty bikini underwear with a black band that reads "Naughty" and black stockings, from her label's holiday collection.

Brown, 29, liked the pic. He also left not one but two identical comments, each comprised of a single "flushed" emoji.

Rihanna has not responded, but her legion of fans have, and it isn't pretty. The main theme of their messages is: "Stay away."

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Vybz Kartel to drop new album

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exiled-pharaoh-manofgod-on-instagram-deso-it-deh-vybz-kartel-exiled-pharaoh-the-album-coming-soon.jpgThe self-proclaimed WOrld Boss, Vybz Kartel, posted on IG a few days ago that fans can expect a new album soon.

Deso it deh-#VybzKartel...#ExiledPharaoh... TheAlbum.

...#ComingSoon, Kaartel posted on Instagram.

Of course, his fans have been tripping over themselves in a bid to be the first to express joy at the news.

#EXILEDPHARAOH MANOFGOD on Instagram: "Deso it deh-#VybzKartel... .#ExiledPharaoh... TheAlbum. . ..#ComingSoon"

anju-blaxx-photo-3.jpgAll charges have been dropped in the Brent Bunting case arising from a physical altercation with music producer Andrew Anju Blax Myrie.

Mr. Bunting, who is the son of Member of Parliament Peter Bunting, was charged earlier this year with wounding Mr. Myrie, who was his neighbour.

Mr. Bunting also sustained injuries during the confrontation, which began due to Mr. Myrie playing music at his house.

As a result, Mr. Myrie was also charged.

On Monday in the Corporate Area Criminal Court, Mr. Bunting's attorney, Peter Champagnie, said Mr. Myrie has compensated his client and they no longer want to continue the case.

The matter had been sent to mediation.

Buju's release from prison draws nearer

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buju-banton-photo-11.jpgIn October, Buju Banton appointed a legal team to ensure that after his release on December 8, he will be sent back to Jamaica with minimal hassle and the least possible time spent in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The Gargamel is also not fighting his immigration status and has opted for voluntary deportation.

In January 2009, he was arrested at his home in Florida by Drug Enforcement Agents on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

His first trial ended in a mistrial and he was found guilty after a second trial and slapped with a 10-year sentence.

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

At present, Buju is currently being held at the McRae Correctional Institute located in Georgia.

Following his release, Buju Banton's first live appearance is slated to take place in Jamaica with a date and venue to be announce.

IRAWMA launched; heads to Kingston for 2019 staging

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irawma-awards.jpgEphraim Martin, conceptualiser of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), says its 2019 staging will be in Kingston next May. He made the announcement at the launch of the 37th annual IRAWMA, held at JAMPRO headquarters in Kingston recently.

"I believe that it is time that we relocate the event to Jamaica permanently, because this is the home of reggae music. Billions of dollars are being made from reggae, but I don't know if Jamaica is getting its fair share. So we can refocus the world's attention on Jamaica, and its capital Kingston, as the home of reggae and IRAWMA. I believe we can help the local industry to benefit more from the music's success," Martin said.

It is the fourth time that the event will be held in Jamaica, but a first for Kingston.

Martin, who hails from St Thomas, is a former newspaper photographer/photojournalist with The Gleaner. He migrated to Chicago more than three decades ago. According to him, next year's staging is going to be special.

"So next year, in addition to honouring those who did well this year, we will also be celebrating that event and celebrating reggae's foundation artistes and musicians who are still making a difference in the world of reggae music," he said. "I have met with the minister of culture [Olivia Grange] and we are hoping that will fit in with her ministry's plans for that celebration."

Martin spoke of IRAWMA's economic potential for Jamaica.

"This would be great for both the music and the country. If we can get 1,000 or more visitors to Jamaica, not just the music, but for the lovely beaches and the historical sites and to give them a better understanding of the country and what it has to offer, like the people and the culture; that would be a great contribution. It means that they won't be coming here for the awards alone, although the awards is the anchor that brings them, but to enjoy the country," he said.

Established in 1982, IRAWMA acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artistes, songwriters, performers, and promoters. It was first held in Jamaica in 1991 in Montego Bay. It returned in 2001 and 2002, also in Montego Bay.

Landlord of Gyan

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4-famous-and-rich-men-asamoah-gyans-girlfriend-nina-atalah-has-dated.jpgInitially, Atalah had only been described as the owner of the building housing Gyan's BJ Sports Bar at Osu in Accra. But later information revealed that the two who had been seen in the company of each other on a number of occasions had more than a tenant and landlady relationship. Interestingly, new rumours emerging have it that Nina Atalah is a socialite who has built reputation for dating the rich and the famous. And the considering the names making rounds on social media, she could be said to have built an enviable portfolio in that regard. Below are some of the names which have come up as Nina Atalah's former partners. 1. Buju Banton: Read more: 4 famous & rich men Asamoah Gyan's 'girlfriend' Nina Atalah has dated.

She was recently introduced as 'wife' of Asamoah Gyan at public appearances by the soccer superstar.

bujus-ex-wife-nina-atala.jpgA report by Ghanaweb states that former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan will wed Nina Atala, former wife of incarcerated Jamaican Reggae artiste, Buju Banton, once the Matrimonial Division of the High Court, Accra grants his request. Asamoah Gyan in an earlier report by Ghanaweb is making all effort to end his five year marriage with his wife Gify after the couple fell out some few months ago.

According to the reports the 32-year-old grew cold towards her wife after Nina Atala came into his life. Nina, a businesswoman, is known to have dated quite a number of politicians, A-list footballers and some celebrities in the creative arts industry including recently married John Dumelo.

man-bujus-ex-wife-to-marry-asamoah-gyan.jpgNina owns the property that houses Gyan's pub, 'BJ's Sports Bar' in Osu and is the manageress of Asa Band.

Nina, who officially separated from the incarcerated Buju Banton last year was represented by popular Ghanaian lawyer and Executive Secretary to the President Nana Asante Bediatuo.

Asamoah Gyan left the country for his base in Turkey last week after his Paradise Pac Mineral water sealed a mouthwatering deal with Asante Kotoko.

vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgFour months after an appeal against their murder convictions and life sentences, Vybz Kartel and Sean Storm along with two others continue to wait as the court deliberates.

Sean Storm's attorney Bert Samuels says the Supreme Court is sorting through some 6,000 pages of evidence. He noted that based on the workload of the court, and the length of the case, it is not usual that a judgement has not been delivered.

Entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm, along with two others were convicted of the killing of Clive 'Lizard' Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew, in August 2011.

They were all given the mandatory life sentences with Kartel ordered to serve 35 years before he is eligible for parole; while Sean Storm will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

In July, several attorneys appeared before the Court of Appeal, seeking to overturn the convictions and sentenc

g-t-taylor-photo-1.jpgThe 18th staging of GT Taylor's annual show, Extravaganza, takes place on Christmas Day at the Luana Complex in Black River, St Elizabeth. Sizzla, Beenie Man, Rygin King, Govana, Tee Jay, Agent Sasco, Etana, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Wayne Marshall, and Tanto Blacks are among the performers slated to perform. Sound systems Chromatic Live and Bass Odyssey, as well as selector Digital Chris, are also rostered.

It's the event's third consecutive staging in the breadbasket parish, affectionately called St Bess.

"We get direct benefits from the event every year from people, both local and overseas, staying at our hotel. It's been quite a while since that show has been around and we actually look forward to it bringing in visitors every year to Black River and the hotel. The entire town benefits from the Extravaganza," said Juliet Mohan, manager of the popular Idler's Rest hotel in St Elizabeth.

A manager at the hotel since 2009, Mohan believes that more entertainment events of this nature and scope are essential to the economy of this area.

"It is major boost, and we actually need more events of the same appeal and calibre to bring more people to the south coast," said Mohan.

With the growing demand for nature-based tourism, the South Coast is poised for growth in attracting niche groups such as bird watchers, wildlife photographers, and those seeking a working holiday or edifying experience based on archaeology or conservation work.

Last year, Taylor experimented with a 'park-and-watch' option, designating an area where both tourists and Jamaicans could watch the show from their buses and motor vehicles from a sloped area that operated like an amphitheatre.

"It was the first time we were doing this and it was very successful," he said.

The Jamaicans' Norris Weir has passed away

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Norris Weir, a member of The Jamaicans rocksteady group that won the 1967 festival song competition with Ba Ba Boom, died in Port St Lucie, Florida on Friday. Fay Weir, his wife of over 50 years, said that he died from a blot clot on his lung. He was recuperating from surgery on his left knee one week earlier when doctors discovered the sizable lump.

In a 2016 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Weir said he formed The Jamaicans in 1966 with Tommy Cowan, Owen Hylton and Martin Williams. He previously attended Kingston College and was a member of that school's choir.

He wrote Ba Ba Boom at the insistence of producer Duke Reid and Cowan.

Weir also sang lead on the song which beat U N I T Y by Desmond Dekker and The Aces, and Jamaica Move Up by Al and The Vibrators.

Weir became an ordained minister of religion in 2010 and recorded several gospel albums.

He is survived by his wife, three sisters and a brother.

miracle-judy-mowatt-feat-chardavid.jpg"Miracle" is the single from Colin Levy aka Iley Dread and it tells the story of a young man who is in trouble and makes a desperate phone call to his mother, who comforts him by telling him to pray to God for a miracle.

Since news broke two weeks ago of the singer's arrest in Canada, fans of Iley Dread have been praying for divine intervention, which they say there is already some indication of. Four persons were arrested and charged in the raid in which Iley was held, however, he has the least charges against him. Additionally, the major charges which the other three are facing have not been laid on Iley.

Toronto police say they dismantled a gun-smuggling ring after a woman was stopped at the U.S. border with 25 handguns hidden in the gas tank of her SUV. On Oct. 31, a 50-year-old Toronto woman was stopped by border officials while attempting to cross into Canada at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont. The woman had been flagged by the Toronto Police Service, and her car, a rental Nissan Rogue, was stripped and searched. After the gas tank was cut in two, the handguns - each one wrapped in plastic - were discovered concealed inside the tank.

The driver, Rima Mansour, was charged with importing illegal firearms, possession of a firearm knowing the possession is unauthorized, and possession of prohibited over-capacity magazines.

Police say that on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 and Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 13 search warrants were executed in Toronto, Brampton and Ajax.

As part of those searches, officers allegedly yielded:

5 additional handguns from those seized at the Peace Bridge

16 prohibited, over-capacity magazines

136 rounds of various calibers of ammunition

166 grams of powered cocaine

111 grams of crack cocaine

13 kilograms of marijuana

• $45,000 in cash

Colin Levy, 52, of Brampton, was arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited loaded firearm while unauthorized, careless storage firearm, possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized, possession of a firearm obtained by crime, possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been removed and possession of proceeds of crime.

Rima Mansour, 50, of Toronto, faces 25 charges of importing illegal firearms and charges of possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized and possession of prohibited devices with over capacity magazines.

Alan Cunningham, 52, of Brampton, was charged with four counts each of trafficking firearms and trafficking ammunition, three counts of possession of proceeds of crime, and one of conspiracy to traffic firearms.

William Datta, 41, of Ajax, was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking in firearms; two counts of possession of a firearm for the purpose of trafficking; two counts of possession of proceeds of crime and one of conspiracy to traffic firearms.

Fans of Iley Dread, who also goes by the stage name Chardavid, have bit out against cruel online trolls who have been making nasty comments and are therefore sending out the following appeal: "If you have nothing good to say, then be silent."

The song, Miracle, is a collaboration with internationally acclaimed gospel singer, Judy Mowatt.

Miracle - Judy Mowatt feat. Chardavid

Bacchanal celebrates 20 years in 2019

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bacchanal-jamaica.jpgIn 2019, Bacchanal Jamaica will celebrate their 20th year on the road in the spirit of the undefeated. Last Saturday night, the veteran band declared themselves unconquerable as they moved from their Mas Camp home base, taking over the lawns of Hope Zoo, St Andrew, under the theme 'Invictus Conquer Life' to introduce numerous brand-new sections, each providing at least three costume choices.

Though Bacchanal turned out with a plethora of Greek-inspired options for revellers, so far, an anomalous section has outshone the rest. Old Latin terminology, stone-and-column decor, hostesses crowned with golden branches, and men dressed like Spartans impressed that socaphiles were in for a war-like, historical treat. However, the inspirations turned out to be much more mythical than that.

Rather than familiar legends like the conquering Alexander the Great, the tragic, war-inducing romance of Helen of Troy, or the fateful battle between Perseus and Medusa, Invictus' designers invoked archaic Grecian gods and goddesses. Even so, the costume that pulled the biggest reaction were actually inspired by an Egyptian conqueror.

At 12:30 am, the stage opened with a fanfare of theatrical, ominous music. Two Spartan soldiers marched on as ominously as their soundtrack, wielding swords and shields emblazoned with the theme. As they retreated, the God and Goddess of War, Mars and Bellona respectively, made their way to the stage. To a soundtrack by hip-hop star Drake, the would-be vicious figures presented happy plumes of pink and green.

The war gods were followed by Electryo, Goddess of the Sun - complete with sun-ray feathers - and Bacchus, God of Wine.

The costume parade continued with displays from Salacia and Neptune, goddess and god of the sea respectively; Aphrodite and Venus, goddesses of love; Felicitas, goddess of joy; Gaea, Goddess of Earth; Diane, goddess of the moon; Apollo, god of the sun; and Amazon, a section that displayed five costume options, including males.

Tommy Lee's lottery scamming trial continues today

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tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgDancehall deejay Tommy Lee Sparta is to return to court on Monday to answer charges of lottery scamming.

The trial of the Montego Bay deejay began in the Home Circuit Court on Wednesday, and was today (11/16/2018) adjourned for continuation on Monday.

In 2014, Tommy Lee Sparta was jointly charged along with another man with breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions Special Provisions) Act.

Allegations are that, police searched a premises in St Andrew in 2014 and found a number of documents which allegedly relate to an international sweepstake, or the lottery scam as it is known.

VP Showcase Live a boon for South Florida

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vp-collection.jpgWith South Florida fast becoming the hub for dancehall music, several of the genre's leading lights have linked with promotions company JTMC Enterprise and VP Records to showcase their products through VP Showcase Live.

The series started in March last year and has featured over 30 artistes to date. The shows take place at VP Records' offices in Miramar.

Mr Vegas, Hezron, Danglin, Lady Tia, The Melodians and Code Red Band are some of the acts who have performed on VP Showcase Live.

Howard Chin, manager of VP Records' Florida office, said the live expose is a joint effort.

"VP Records and JTMC Enterprise came together and brainstormed how to give both new and established artistes a platform to showcase their brand, for a new single, EP or album. It benefits the artiste because we are giving them massive worldwide exposure through thousands of viewers on social media both via VP Records and JTMC Enterprise social media platforms," he explained.

Chin added that the series also benefits VP, as it brings awareness to its retail base in South Florida. It serves as a medium for potential deals between artistes and the label's different distribution outlets.

Joanna Marie Chin Loy is principal of JTMC Enterprise which is another South Florida-based entity.

Known as Joanna Marie, she has been a singer for over 20 years and released a number of songs and one album.

She told Jamaican newspaper, the Observer in a recent interview that her experience as an artiste has helped in her role as marketing and promotions executive.

"Every week, I have artistes not only from South Florida but from various states submitting their music/bio/profile for review for future showcases (so) we do have many artistes waiting to be featured," she said.

Singers Tamara B and A J Brown, singer/musician Benjy Myaz and keyboardist Maurice Gregory are the featured acts for the final VP Showcase Live this year, scheduled for November 24.

Several of the artistes on 'Showcase', such as Sasha Dias, Hal Anthony, Sons Of Mystro, Lady Tia and the Code Red Band reside in South Florida. For many years, the region lagged behind New York and Los Angeles in terms of dancehall/reggae labels and shows, but that has changed considerably in recent years.

Spice Captures Billboard Reggae Album chart top spot

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spice-photo-5.jpgDancehall artiste Spice has captured the number one spot on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Her latest compilation, a mixtape titled Captured, debuted in the top position.

Captured features the number one controversial single Black Hypocrisy which addresses the issue of "colourism", as Spice calls it.

The 19-track mix was independently released and distributed via 21st Hapilos Digital.

Captured also features the hits Gum and Under Fire.

The mixtape is available for download on digital platforms including iTunes.

Lawyer sure Tommy Lee will beat scamming charges

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tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgTommy Lee's attorney Ernest Smith believes the entertainer and his co-accused O'Brian Smith will be exonerated in their lottery scamming trial currently under way in the Supreme Court, downtown Kingston.

After yesterday's second day, the attorney expressed confidence that a no-case submission, if entered, would be upheld.

Tommy Lee, given name Leroy Russell, and three others were initially charged in February 2014 on suspicion of breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013. However, no evidence was offered for two of the accused who were later released.

The men were charged after investigations stemming from a traffic stop led police to a Kingston 5 apartment, where lottery scam paraphernalia was seized.

In court on Thursday, Woman Constable Maxine Thomas, who said she was an integral part of the investigating team, said under cross-examination that Junior 'Heavy D' Fraser "told us that he rented the apartment on behalf of Mr Russell."

Smith asked: "Why wasn't that included in your statement?"

"I didn't put it in my statement because I did not think it was relevant at the time," she said.

Smith further asked: "Didn't Mr Russell deny ownership of everything found at the apartment?" Thomas replied, "No, he did not sir."

The second witness, investigating officer Detective Sergeant Mark Williams, told the court that he observed another sergeant removing a laptop from behind a washing machine.

The court was told that the four suspects were cautioned and asked to whom the laptop belonged.

Williams said: "One of the accused said that 'all of us use the laptop', then Mr Smith went on to say he was the one who hid it behind the washing machine, hiding it from the children."

Under cross-examination, Williams admitted that a former police officer, Lionel Hamilton, had access to all the evidential material he handed over to the cybercrime unit.

Williams also said that he has not seen the evidence since 2014.

yanique-curvy-diva.jpgYanique Curvy Diva says she was shocked over the weekend after she found out that her longtime stylist, Keshon Hawthorne was arrested in the United States. The popular designer/stylist was reportedly arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina last week for allegedly trafficking cocaine. A distraught Curvy Diva says she is keeping Hawthorne in her prayers.

Keshon Hawthorne styled the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host for many years. He was also the mastermind behind Yanique's various looks in her debut 'Lifestyle' music video and was also the designer for her Reggae Sumfest 2018 outfit.

Hawthorne has also been credited for styling other entertainers including reggae singer Shuga and international figure Amara La Negra from Love and Hip Hop: Miami. Last week Montego Bay-based selector, promoter Christopher 'DJ Crazy Chris' Samuels was also arrested for trafficking cocaine. Samuels was reportedly turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and slapped him with three charges; possession with intent to sell and deliver and two counts of trafficking coc.

Elephant Man's mother has died

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

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

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

The family is currently waiting on an autopsy.

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

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November 12, 2018




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

2019 WTJRC Cabins Available for Sale Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch highlights from 2017's cruise:

No apology for Queen Ifrica from Kartel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buju will be released from prison on December 8.

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

Jimmy Cliff nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curvy Diva now a Konka ambassador

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ishawna no stop glow from she lef Foota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Spice did not bleach her skin after all

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kurt Riley proud of his work on Beres' album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morgan Heritage releases video shot in Africa

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

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

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

Rvssian signs partnership deal with Interscope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dalton has the X Factor

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

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

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

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

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

Judge Robbie Williams was the first to speak.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ghetto Splash returns December 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PM Holness and Joe Bogdanoich talk entertainment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vanessa Bling hits Billboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sizzla to headline Chase The Cure concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sean Paul is a former national waterpolo player.

Jimmy Cliff cancels shows after breaking hip

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

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

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

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

Comedian Mike Epps to make his Jamaica debut

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New EP from Munga Honorebel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Popcaan to stage Unruly Fest in St Thomas

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

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

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

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

New single from Third World

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

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

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

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

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

Singjay Ronnie Thwaites arrested and charged in NY

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

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

The victim is said to be in critical condition.

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

Nineties singjay Ronnie Thwaites wanted in NY

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

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

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

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

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

Romain Virgo uses video shoot to get engaged

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

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

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

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

Versi ditches fake friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labba Labba is NOT missing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamaica Music Conference November 15 - 18

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

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

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

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

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

Protoje shares stage with Lauryn Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Chozenn chooses controversy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New single from Vybz Kartel keps Gazanation happy

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

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

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

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

Is Labba Labba missing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mavado's son for court Friday

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

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

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

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