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No re-trial for Shawn Storm, urges attorney

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

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

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

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





Reggae Sumfest 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

The video has gone viral.

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

"If you want to be my number one,

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

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

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

Woman tend to the sick,

For there must be something she can do,

This heart is broken in two,

Tell her its a case of emergency,

There's a patient by the name of Gregory,

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Capleton's bail extended until September 4

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

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

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

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





Mr Vegas buss the 'MEH-MEH' song

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Reel out and squeeze out" a user wrote.

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Popcaan's team defends his shooting video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





'Babsy Grange' says she'll miss Suzanne Couch

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

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

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

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





Capleton's bail extended until September

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





BRT Weekend comes to Pandora Internet Radio

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

Mr. Vegas Films Man Getting Shot At His Place





Did Mavado's son order beheading of victim?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Wayne Marshall cuts off his locks

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





JCapri Foundation launched

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Spice draws Foxy Brown into her pettiness

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Cicely Tyson into into Wall of Fame

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

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

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

ICS said Tyson is the daughter of Frederica Tyson, a domestic worker, and William Augustine Tyson, who worked as a carpenter, painter, "and at any other jobs he could find."

Her father arrived in New York City at 21 and was processed at Ellis Island on August 4, 1919, ICS said.

"Having appeared in minor film and television roles early in her career, Tyson garnered widespread attention and critical acclaim for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972); she was nominated for the Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards for the role."

"Her portrayal of a young slave at the end of the American Civil War in the 1974 television film, 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman won her further praise,'" she added. "The role won her two Emmy Awards and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role among other accolades."





miss-kitty-photo-4.jpgMiss Kitty will be hearing her voice on the airwaves this summer in a different capacity. She has teamed with rising singer Tosh Alexander for a collaborative single.

The media personality, whose given name is Khadine Hylton, teamed up with Alexander on a new banger titled Bubble. The track will be released on June 29 by United Kingdom-based BrukOut label, an affiliate of Universal Music.

After weeks of teasing Dancehall fans, Tosh Alexander uploaded a snippet and the behind the scenes footage for the single on Friday.

"Helllerrrrr! Good gyal Tosh a yuh Fluffy Diva Miss Kitty diss eno," the radio host can be heard saying in the intro over the hardcore Dancehall beat. "A wah do some gyal weh sad like the wull a Adele album?... a we seh clean like Jesus police record, a who vex? yuh betta stay vex!"

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The Brooklyn, New York-born Tosh Alexander is of Jamaican parentage. She was raised in Jamaica and attended Immaculate Conception High School before relocating to Florida. She was a member of girl group Xclusive which was managed by Makael Manley, former guitarist with The Commodores.

After going solo, she returned to Jamaica last year to reconnect with her roots. Her EP, WorththeWait, contained the single Ready Fi Dem which was produced by Andre "Suku" Gray of Ward 21.

Tosh Alexander holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Communications from Florida International University.





mavado-photo-12-large.jpgDancehall artiste David Brooks, aka Mavado is getting ready to turn himself into the Constant Spring Police Station for questioning however he has one request.

The Dancehall entertainer reportedly wants a silent surrender. According to Mavado whose real name is, David Brooks' attorney, Tamika Harris, he will be returning to Jamaica soon however he does not want the media to know when.

Mavado is also claiming that his son is innocent after the 16-year-old was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent, illegal possession of firearm & ammunition for the death of 23-year-old Lorenzo Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups' in Cassava Piece, St Andrew.

"He (Mavado) is distraught and a little perturbed," Harris reportedly told the Jamaica Observer. "He is maintaining that the allegation against his son is not true, and he is willing to go at lengths to defend his son," she continued.





Joe Jackson in hospital; cancer is incurable

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joe-jackson.jpgJoe Jackson is in a hospital with terminal cancer, TMZ has learned, and his family has been flocking to his bedside.

Family sources tell us, Joe has been battling the illness for some time, but it is at the end stages. We're told his wife, Katherine, has been at his bedside recently. We're also told some of Joe's children and grandchildren have also made the trip to the hospital.

It's not clear how much time Joe has left -- doctors have talked to the family -- but sources say the cancer cannot be treated.





Another international collb for Sean Paul

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sean-paul-photo-7.jpgExcitement for football hit fever pitch with the kick off of the 2018 World Cup which coincides with the release of Sean Paul's most recent collaboration Feels Like Home, the beat of which captures the passions of the football fans worldwide.

English Producer/DJ Sigala has scored big time with his latest release Feels Like Home which features the Grammy Award winning artiste who spices up the track with his Dancehall verse. American hip hop singer Kent Jones whose vocal stylings also adds great texture to Fuse ODG's Afrocentric and catchy hook.

The single was released on Thursday, June 14 only hours before the first World Cup match.

Sean Paul is set to release his first ever Extended Play (EP) dubbed Mad Love The Prequel in a matter of weeks. With fans anxious for the release of the EP, the artiste has released Tip Pon It with another beats specialist Major Lazer.

After a hit-studded performance at the Capital Summertime Ball with a 30,000 strong audience at Wembley Stadium in the UK, fans can next see Sean Paul in Miami on Thursday, June 28 at the Give From the Heart InspIrie Dinner Gala. The youth-empowerment charity event takes place at the Fountainebleu Miami Beach in Florida, USA. He will then embark on his Canada tour in July and his Europe tour in August 2018.





flippa-mafia-before-and-after.jpgDoes anybody remember the skinny, wiry Flippa Mafia, the Flossing King? Well Flippa is now a Fattie King. Seems like prison life gree wid him.

The Dancehall artiste sent fans into shock fans on Monday when he uploaded his first photo since being incarcerated.

The recording artist who visibly gained a few pounds can be seen smiling with his family.

"Wow prison really change people. Had to look twice [but] that smile can never change tho. Keep your head up," one fan wrote. "Ra$$ [the] boss put on nuff weight man issa good look can't wait until you drop a road," another user wrote.

Flippa Mafia was sentenced to 25 years in 2016 after he was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.

The Flossing King, whose given name is Andrew Davis will have to serve 12 years before being eligible for parole. He was also ordered to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.





vybz-kartel-and-shorty-larger.jpgSikka Rhymes, who seems to be the officilal spokesperson for imprisoned Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel, has reportedly stated that Shorty is barred from visiting Kartel in jail or conducting business of his behalf. Shorty is Kartel's babymother and the person who has been conducting all the artiste's business during his time in jail.

Over the weekend, Kartel took to Instagram to warn the public against doing any form of business deals with his baby mother explaining that they are no longer together, "me and har [Shorty] nuh de!," he wrote.

According to Rhymes, Kartel wants to keep everything strictly professional, "He [Vybz Kartel] just wants to make it clear because people are going to her about business transactions and him no de pon dat," the 'Run Guh Fi Strap' deejay said. "Vybz Kartel likes to keep his business professional because he is a real businessman and bad blood is simply bad for business ... anybody knows this."

Vybz Kartel and Shorty were together for over a decade. The two share three sons together.

Pictures surfaced recently of Kartel being visited by the boys, minus their mom, Shorty.





Video drop from Mighty Crown

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Great VIDEO DROP JUST IN FROM MIGHTY CROWN FOR THE BIG IRISH & CHIN WORLD CLASH PARTY THURSDAY NIGHT JULY 19 AT PIER ONE IN MONTEGO BAY, AS PART OF REGGAE SUMFEST WEEK LONG TAKEOVER OF MOBAY.....





gatffest-opening-gala-2018.jpgLast weekend saw the unfolding of GATTFEST film festival's premiere gala event - the screening of Hear Me Move, the first-ever South African 'Sbujwa' street dance film.

Professor Ian Boxill, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and chair of the GATFFEST planning committee, reiterated the importance of film as an art-form, and as a potential catalyst for community development. He explained that the festival usually reserves the gala premiere night for a community-based film, but this time around, the festival utilised its international prowess, choosing to premiere Hear Me Move as a demonstration of social parallels between underserved communities in South Africa and in the Caribbean.

The film's scenes were cinematographically pristine, backdropped by vibrant graffiti, and the story was universally communicable.

"Dance and music is not integral only to South Africa, but also to Jamaica," said Gabrielle Blackwood, film-maker and president of the Jamaica Film and Television. She continued, "Hear Me Move highlighted how members of a low-income and marginalised community could come together to express themselves by representing their culture. It was not just about who had the best dance moves, but also about heart and spirit."

Over the past week, GATFFEST Film Festival has been hosting community film screenings planned and executed in Trench Town, Nannyville and Port Royal. The festival continues this week with Japanese Film Night, two International Film Nights, Colombian Film Night and a Jamaican Film Night.





hookie-weekend-2018-06-24.jpgWashington, DC (Sonique Solutions) - J'ouvert and Mas are 2 essential elements which have become synonymous with the Caribbean festival experience.

The upcoming Hookie Weekend will showcase the unbridled freedom of 'dutty mas' along with the excitement and glamour of pretty mas in the forms of the events 'Lion's Pride J'ouvert' and 'Riddim & Road' 2018.

This June, US-based promotional outfit Hookie Life Entertainment is dedicated to ensuring these beloved Carnival components remain a constant for the Caribbean culture lovers in the Washington DC metro area during its epic weekend of memorable events.

On Saturday June 23rd, Lion's Pride J'ouvert, the best and only J'ouvert experience in the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) takes place at 7am at the Rosecroft Raceway.

Commonly known as 'LPJ' and considered by many Carnival connoisseurs as the perfect mix, this event offers a combination of paint, powder & revelry as well as an array of top music selections from a big truck.

Registration for LPJ includes an official LPJ T-shirt, specialty paint along with other Hookie Life goodies and a front row seat to the organized chaos of this unique J'ouvert experience. Several past Hookie Weekend attendees have referred to this day opening event as the ultimate continuation to the energy created at the previous day's Hookie DC pool party.

Following the Lion's Pride J'ouvert vibes is the fan favourite, Riddim & Road on June 24th.Hookie Weekend culminates with this event that puts a twist on the traditional Mas model and allows the masquerader to be the costume designer.

This alternative mas concept also gives patrons another opportunity to utilize and jump up with their old costumes from previous international carnivals, their 'Monday Wear' options or even their own inspired costume creations.

Riddim & Road not only fills a gap in DC by bringing back an authentic Carnival road experience to the US nation's capital, but also provides a platform for true mas enthusiasts to show off their unique style and represent Caribbean culture to the fullest while jamming to the music of top DJs and finishing the Hookie Weekend in fine fashion.

Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Riddim & Road are part of the highly anticipated Hookie DC Weekend 2018(June 21st-24th) which also includes the events "Release Therapy", "Hookie DC Pool Party" and the return of "Shine" to Washington DC.

For tickets to Hookie Weekend 2018, please visit: Hookielife.com





Tropicalfete, Inc. will host its annual Caribbean Cultural Showcase on Sunday, June 24 in Brooklyn to unveil its 2018 costumes under the theme: The Carnival Jungle - Sweet Fuh Days. This event will further highlight the West Indian culture with masquerade, stilt dancing, steel pan, theater, spoken word, live music, singing, visual arts and more.

The multi-faceted theme 'The Carnival Jungle - Sweet Fuh Days" represents the jungle as an arena of color and beauty, where as Sweet Fuh Days by Patrice Roberts is the song that Tropicalfete's Steel Band Ensemble will perform for Junior Panorama.

Tropicalfete prides itself in re-introducing traditions that have recently been absent from the Caribbean culture. This year, its street theater production will bring back some old carnival characters, incorporate steel pan, stilts (moko jumbie) and masquerade for the Labor Day Parade, which is held the first Monday of September in Brooklyn.

The Caribbean Cultural Showcase will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 3PM at Von King Park -Almira Kennedy Coursey Amphitheatre, 670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216. This event is free and open to all members of the public.

Tropicalfete would like to thank the following organizations that made this program possible: New York City Council, New York State of Opportunity - Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Parks, Materials for the Arts and New York City Police Department.





Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) - With all the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming 2018 edition of the annual Hookie DC weekend, festival fanatics are anxiously awaiting the return of the famous fete 'Shine' which will this year join the lineup of cherished events on Saturday 23rd June.

Shine DC will make its much awaiting return to Washington D.C. after a 7 year hiatus.

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Shine returns to Washington D.C. after a 7 year hiatus as part of Hookie Weekend 2018.

The popular fete franchise which boasts editions in Toronto, Miami and New York will be the collaborative effort of Hookie Life Entertainment and Back to Basics Entertainment and will take place at the deluxe nightspot, Karma DC.

back-to-basics-will-headline-shine-dcss-unstoppable-dj-cast.jpgBack to Basics will headline Shine DC's unstoppable DJ cast.

Riding on the momentum of a truly successful and memorable edition in NYC this past May for Memorial Weekend, Shine DC is primed to be a major highlight of Hookie Weekend 2018.

The party is set to bring its usual combination of dynamic music mixologists, unstoppable vibrations and signature Caribbean essence to Washington D.C.

beauty-and-fashion-forwardness-will-shine-on-june-23rd.jpgBeauty and fashion-forwardness will Shine on June 23rd.

The members of Hookie Life Entertainment always maintain the mission to provide a weekend of great events, experiences and memories in the D.C. area.

This led to their decision to add another event to enhance their already impressive event roster and to collaborate with one of the biggest names in Soca entertainment, Back to Basics of Back to Basic Entertainment.

attendees-had-a-blast-at-the-recent-memorial-weekend-shine-edition-in-nyc.jpgAttendees had a blast at the recent Memorial Weekend Shine edition in NYC.

This return of Shine, which has been missing from D.C. since 2011 promises unforgettable fete moments and will feature some of the best DJs in Soca from NYC, D.C., Miami, Toronto and the Caribbean.

Back to Basics will headline a DJ cast which also consists of turntable heavyweights such as Tony X, Riggo Suave, Barrie Hype, Dr. Jay, DJ Nunu, Mystic Vibes 6.0, DJ Hazzard, Fyah Oats, DJ Quixx & Freeze International.

top-female-selector-dj-nunu-will-bring-her-unique-vibe-to-shine-dc.jpgTop female selector DJ Nunu will bring her unique vibe to Shine DC.

Shine DC is a welcomed addition to the Hookie Weekend schedule which also includes the events Release Therapy (Jun 21st), Hookie DC Pool Party (Jun 22nd), Lion's Pride J'ouvert (Jun 23rd) and Riddim & Road (June 24th).

Enjoy the unique vibe of Shine DC on Saturday, June 23rd at Karma DC, 2221 Adams Pl NE, Washington, D.C. 20018 from 5PM - 10PM for only $25 USD.

barrie-hype-will-rock-the-mic-at-shine-dc-2018.jpgBarrie Hype will rock the mic at Shine DC 2018.

For tickets to Shine DC 2018, please visit: Hookielife.com

For additional information on Shine DC and other Hookie Weekend 2018 events, please visit: www.hookielife.com OR www.facebook.com/hookielife OR www.instagram.com/hookielife





Mavado's son Donte questioned in murder probe

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mavado-and-son.jpgDonte Brooks, the 17-year-old son of Dancehall entertainer Mavado has been questioned for murder.

Brooks is currently in police custody after he was detained last week with three other relatives including, recording artiste Chase Cross.

According to reports, the teenager was questioned about the recent murder of a 23-year-old man in Cassava Piece, St Andrew. The deceased, Lorenza Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups' was reportedly at home when armed men kicked in the door to the house that he occupied and shot and then chopped him to death. His body was then set ablaze by his attackers.

Cassava Piece has been ablaze with violent crimes in the last two weeks ago after Mavado was shot at following a dispute. Mavado who is wanted for questioning in relation to the flare-up in violence is still in the United States.

Earlier this week law enforcement officers have issued a final warning for him to turn himself in.

According to investigators, they were informed by Mavado's attorney, Tamika Harris, that he is overseas fulfilling a contractual obligation however they were not given a specific time he would return to Jamaica.





Soundman put Jah pon 'delete'

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jah-cure.jpgDancehall selectr and pressing just one button on any Jah Cure song these days - DELETE.

The singer has refused to apologize for his social media rant styling sound system selectors.

Reports are that a member of Jah Cure's team tried to out the fire after the former convict lashed out wicked against soundbwoy in a social media rant that made even some of his own fans chastise him.

His team released an apology on Jah Cure's behalf, however, the filthy rich artiste has since said that he did not approve the apology.

Well, on Monday, Selector Tony Matterhorn gave Jah Cure a six hour ultimatum to make a public apology. More than six hours later and no apology, Matterhorn has decided to refrain from playing the singer's music.

Tony Matterhorn during a Music News interview also adds that a few selectors have already started to delete Jah Cure's music from their playlist.





Drake's new album to drop June 29

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drake.jpgDrake told his fans he would return with a new album this June. At first, it was suspected the collection would land on the 22nd.

However, Drizzy posted Scorpion will actually drop a week later. Listeners will get to check out the OVO head's latest LP on June 29.

Scorpion is expected to host the Number One singles "God's Plan" and "Nice for What." Wednesday night also saw the release of a music video for the track "I'm Upset."

Drake's previous full-length project was 2017's More Life. That set collected 505,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgThe teenage son of dancehall singjay Mavado was questioned by police on Tuesday, meanwhile, his famous father is yet to execute the request of the Constant Spring Police who urged the entertainer to turn himself in.

Mavado's son, Donte Brooks was arrested last week along with four others in connection with the violence in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew.

In the meantime, reports are that, Head of the St. Andrew North Police, Superintendent Glenford Miller, has warned that investigators will not wait indefinitely for Mavado to surrender to them. Last week, the police sent out an advisory urging Mavado to report for questioning in connection with the violence in Cassava Piece. However, the dancehall singjay is currently in the United States fulfilling his contractual obligations.

Meanwhile, Mavado's cousin Chase Cross who was detained last week along with four others, was re-arrested on Monday after he was charged and released on bail on Friday.

Chase Cross was charged with assaulting the man who police say fired shots at Vado on June 2.

The police have since imposed a curfew in Cassava Piece.





Shenseea says leaked sex tape is not her

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shenseea-ig.jpgShenseea and her manager, Romeich Major have broken their silence on the leaked photos that are currently making rounds online.

The explicit images which surfaced on social media Tuesday shows a woman resembling the 'Love I Got For You' singer performing oral sex.

Shorty after the posts went viral, Shenseea took to her Instagram story to thank her fans for their support while making it clear she was not the person in the photo despite the rumours.

Shenseea later uploaded a video sharing why woman in the photo could never be her. "People saying its photoshopped but i don't think it is..it looks real, its just not me..," she wrote.





jah-cure.jpgBelow is the text of Jah Cure's apology:

"I would like to apologize to my fans, friends and family. I am human and like many others, I've been dealing with so many various issues in this thing we call life and I let it get the best of me. I used social media and I lashed out, I generalized using the term sound boy when it wasn't meant generally. I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct and I do want to set the right example for my daughter.

"To the Djs and fans that have supported me over the years I apologize for the language, unwarranted accusations and the things said. I realise it was over the top and unnecessary.... I took the actions and words of a few and shifted it to many. I'm passionate and while that transfers great in my music at times it doesn't do so well for social media. See wid the Rasta!

"We all have our challenges but I have a duty, Jah said create good music and that is what I shall do.





jah-cure-bahamas.jpgIt has been a drama filled couple of days for dreadlocked singer, Jah Cure.

He lashed out mercilessly at selector who want dubplates, telling them that he is rich and doesn't need their money. But that was just the tip of the iceberg, as the singer, in an emotionally charged social media post, replete with Jamaican bad words, in essence, made it clear that that all of these persons were of no more value than the dirt under his feet.

Of course, fans pushed back at the Cure, while selectors were quick to call out Jah Cure for his blatant disrespect.

There was talk of banning his songs and then the artiste took down the post, after which he apologised.





tifa-photo-3.jpgDancehall diva Tifa shared some good news with her followers on the gram on Wednesday. She is getting married to Mr. S. Tifa announced her engagement with the caption: "I said yes!!!☺❤💍#futuremrsS," as the proud bride-to-be showed off her ring.

Tifa's post clocked over 12,000 likes and 1000 comments. Several Dancehall artistes including Dovey Magnum, Khalia 100 and Samantha J left congratulatory messages.

The entertainer also shared roses in her Instagram story.

Tifa is gearing up to release her debut album after over a decade amidst retirement rumours. The project titled 'Curry Goat & Champagne' will be available on July 13.

According to Tifa, 'Curry Goat & Champagne' will a two disc album. "Suh the 'Curry Goat' side addi Jamaica side and the 'Champagne' side addi international side," she explained.





Hood Celebrity for Tease

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Newly signed Epic Records act Hood Celebrityy will be making her first appearance as a performer in Jamaica at a show dubbed 'Tease' on June 24.

The event is set for Sugarman's Beach in Portmore.

Event promoter and artiste manager Michael Wilson said that Hood Celebrityy is one of the hottest dancehall artistes in the US.

"Hood Celebrityy is one of the few overseas-based deejays to dominate the music scene locally, so this is history in the making, and Tease will be the first to bring her to Jamaica...she is hot like fire, she deh everywhere, people obsessed with the Walking Trophy, she deh a UK, Miami, California," Wilson said.

Born in Jamaica and raised in St Catherine, the artiste born Tina Pinnock moved to the United States as a pre-teen and embraced the culture and sounds of hip hop while keeping close to her Jamaican roots.

Things began jumping off for Hood Celebrityy in 2015 with the release of her single and video Wine Pon It, which went viral after her friend and fellow Bronx resident Cardi B posted the visuals.

She followed up with her breakout song Walking Trophy, which has become a dancehall anthem and popped up on the Billboard R & B/Hip Hop airplay chart, peaking at 34.





Mavado gives shout-out to Cassava Piece

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mavado-photo-12-large.jpgDancehall entertainer Mavado responded to reports the Constant Spring police are currently investigating a shooting involving him.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, had reported that an altercation developed between Mavado and another man, while the entertainer was in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew on Saturday morning.

The police said the man with whom the deejay was arguing left the scene and later returned with a firearm and opened fire at the entertainer.

The man is reportedly in police custody.

Posting on his Instagram page on Monday, Mavado alluded to rumors in the media and gave a 'shout-out' to the Cassava Piece community.





Montreal Reggae Fest takes a hiatus for 2018

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montreal-international-reggae-festival.jpgMontreal International Reggae Fest (MIRF) will be on hiatus for 2018, a release from the festival's organisers say.

What was scheduled to be the 15th anniversary this year will be put on hold until next year, 2019. It became clear in May that staging a quality 3-day festival was not going to be possible. During the MIRF teams time away, they will be revamping and restructuring major parts of the festival behind the scenes in order to be a more organized and dynamic event for all concerned.

Regarding the hiatus, Mr. Blagrove, Founder and President of MIRF says "it is hurtful to know that the festival will not be happening this year. We tried everything possible to save this season but it just couldn't happen. We will be improving production and have created a platform for an interactive experience, so fans have more engagement. We will be back next year better than ever."

MIRF outlets have been overwhelmed with inquiries and messages of support from fans; all of which has fueled the teams efforts to make sure 2019 will be a year to remember. Fans are encouraged to keep up to date via the festival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/montrealinternationalreggaefestival/ or via Instagram @MTLReggaeFest. Email inquiries can be sent to info@montrealreggaefest.com

About Montreal Reggae Fest:

Montreal International Reggae Festival is Canada's largest, enjoying an audience of approximately 30,000 patrons over 3 days. Staged at the historic Old Port of Montreal, top international acts have graced the stage such as Grammy award winning Shabba Ranks and Beenie Man, as well as diamond selling artist Shaggy, and legendary acts Inner Circle, Third World and Beres Hammond to name a few. The festival takes place the third weekend in August to commemorate the end of summer.

The festival has been running for 14 years. 2019 will make the 15th year.





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A man suspected of shooting at dancehall entertainer Mavado in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew yesterday is now in police custody.

Head of the JCF's Constabulary Communication Unit Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick said the man was picked up following the incident..

Reports are that not long after that incident, a man, who is said to have been aligned to Mavado, was shot and killed behind the Constant Spring Market.

He has been identified as Ian Robinson, otherwise called 'Gaza Man'.

In May 2016, the teenage son of Mavado was shot in Cassava Piece, and was admitted to hospital where he underwent treatment.

An investigation into that shooting was launched by the St. Andrew North police.

Mavado, real name David Constantine Brooks remained tight-lipped on that situation but changed his profile photo on Instagram.





Tony Matterhorn's father dies

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matterhorn-father.jpgPopular dancehall selector Tony Matterhorn, is mourning the death of his father, Duffton Taylor Senior, who passed away on Thursday May 31, after being ill for a while. He was 68 yrs old.

Under a photograph of his father, Tony Matterhorn had this caption "R.I.P to my Dad Taylor, big up yourself #DonTee and thanks for the straight nose, I wanna cry but u told me not to because #taylors don't cry we smile and look cool."

Forty-six-year-old Matterhorn, has since received several condolence messages from members of the entertainment fraternity.

Entertainers Gramps Morgan, Chino, CharlyBlack, DingDong, Stacious, Foota Hype and Desha Ravers have since expressed condolence to their industry brother during his time of bereavement.

Matterhorn made two more posts on social media assuring fans that he is holding firm and thanked everyone for their support.





niko-chromatic.jpgFriends and family said their final farewell to Nicholas Grant, better known as Niko Chromatic, Saturday at his thanksgiving service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston. And despite the fact that there were quite a few colleague who made the effort to be present, the absence of the key players of Chromatic Sound System was obvious.

Many whispers were heard as persons speculated as to why Creep Chromatic could not have found a way to excuse himself from a gig in Canada that would fall on the day of their co-founder's funeral.

That aside, however, Niko's spouse Kimberley Mais and their two children had the support of family and close friends, many of whom wept openly for a man whose life was described as bringing joy to others.

Niko, who battled kidney disease for three years, died on Tuesday, May 8 while efforts were being made for him to do surgery for a kidney transplant..

Reverend Kingsley Asphall, who delivered the homily, noted that Niko was a happy person and urged members of the gathering to remember that while they were happy in the "world", they must get to the point of being happy in the Lord.





major-lazer.jpgNYC: Major Lazer and Busy Signal have done it again, this time with their combination hit 'Jump.' The song, which was released last year on Major Lazer's 6-track EP, is featured in a hot new Bacardi TV ad which is in rotation in the USA on NBC TV and other mainstream platforms.

The ad, which was shot in Miami, Florida coveys the message that It doesn't matter if it's your living room, a barbershop, a beach or even a laundromat, you can still groove to the beat.

This is not the first time that dancehall heart throb Busy Signal has teamed with Major Lazer for a successful TV ad. Five years ago, their EDM hit 'Watch Out For This' (Bumaye) featuring Flexion was selected as the soundtrack for Pepsi's Lionel Messi ad. The song appeared on Major Lazer's second album 'Free the Universe' and was a massive hit single in several European countries.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgThe girls' dem sugar, Beenie Man, is celebrating the durability of his discography and proving the adage good music laasts forever to be true.

The Dancheall artiste's 1998 hit single 'Who Am I' has made it to the list of Billboard Magazine's Top 98 Tracks of 1998.

Credited with the infamous 'Oh nah nah' Beenie Man's 'Who Am I' is described by Billboard as "one of dancehall's few pop culture masterpieces." Billboard also noted that 'Who Am I' became such a staple that Beenie Man had to transform the track in the year 2000 with 'Girls Dem Sugar' a collaboration featuring pop singer Mya. According to Billboard Charts History, 'Who Am I' peaked at Number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1998.

Billboard's 98 greatest songs of 1998 celebrates the classics that best defined 1998, and the ones that have stuck with us in the decades since, with 1998 recognized as the year a brave new pop world was recognized in music. Songs were counted as eligible if they were released as singles in 98, or if they debuted on the Billboard charts in 98.





Chozenn's Bawl Out BANNED!

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chozenn.jpgChozenn has been muted.

At least by one radio station which has banned from its airways, Chozenn's remake of the raunchy Dovey Magnum song on a dancehall rhythm. The song is none other than 'Bawl Out".

Radio station, LOVE FM admits that they had been playing the song, but the board has since issued a directive that the song should not be played on the station again. All is not lost, however, as Chozenn's other songs are still playing.

LOVE FM is owned and operated by the National Religious Media Commission. After 20 years of existence, Love 101 now ranks fourth among more than 20 stations locally, according to the most recent edition of the All Media Survey conducted and published by Marketing Research Services Limited.

The station said that there seems to be a split in public opinion on whether the song can actually bring souls to the Kingdom of Christ. This split was revealed during the broadcast of a LOVE FM programme called 'Campus Connection'.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgIf Tommy Lee Sparta thinks that all is well and his case is closed, then he's in for a rude awakening.

The police have confirmed that the case is neither closed nor cold and that they are continuing investigations in relation to the dancehall entertainer.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell said that the judge's ruling does not mean the investigations are at an end.

Tommy Lee was arrested on May 20 at Manor Park in St. Andrew and later transferred to the Freeport police station in St. James.

The police had said the artiste was detained for questioning in relation to several crimes committed in St. James.

On Tuesday, St. James Parish Judge Sandria Wong Small ruled that the entertainer be released immediately as he was not properly detained.

Meanwhile, the artiste is booked to perform at Reggae Sumfest in July. Staged by Downsound, the company CEO Josef Bogdanovich was quoted as saying that he was looking forward to having the Sparta boss on the festival and advised Tommy Lee to continue focusing on his career





Funeral for Niko Chromatic June 2

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niko-chromatic.jpgThe funeral service for sound system selector Niko Chromatic, is set for Saturday, June 2.

The service will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street in Kingston commencing at 1pm.

Niko Chromatic, whose real name is Nicholas Grant, passed away on Tuesday, May 8 at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

He was battling kidney disease.

Last year, a GoFundMe account was launched to cover his US$50,000 medical fee but only $20,850 has been donated.





tommy-lee-sparta-photo-14.jpgPopular dancehall entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta is now in police custody.

He was arrested early Sunday morning.

Detectives of the Counter-Terorrism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) want to question him in relation to organised crimes in St. James.

The artiste, whose given name is Leroy Russell, was arrested after leaving the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall show in Kingston.

The artiste and crew members were at an Automated Teller Machine, ATM in Manor Park, when police allegedly swooped down on the party and took the artiste into custody.

A senior investigator reported that the artiste will be questioned this week.

However, Tommy-Lee's lawyer has sated that he intends to seek his client's release no later than Monday.





VYbz Kartel's appeal picking up steam

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgThe final case management conference ahead of the July 9 appeal by Adidja Palmer AKA Vybz Kartel, and the three other men who were convicted of murder along with him, is set for this Thursday.

The session is scheduled as the last exercise before Kartel, Shawn Storm; and two other co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John, face the Appeal Court in relation to the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams in August 2011.

The appeal is expected to run for about three weeks.

Reports are that all is in place for the big day in court on July 9, as the legal groundwork has been done and positioning on the matter between the prosecution and the defence has been established between the two sides.

The four men were convicted of Williams' murder in March 2014, and were each given life sentences, with the recommended time-frames before eligibility for parole running up to 35 years in the case of Kartel.





Shawn Storm now at Tower Street prison

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shawn-storm.jpgShawn Storm is the latest entertainer to be transferred within the prison system.

According to reports, the "Gaza Nuh Tek Diss" deejay was also moved the same week as his mentor Vybz Kartel and Ninjaman.

Shawn Storm is now being housed at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, formerly known as the General Penitentiary (GP) along with co-accused Kahiro Jones.

The shakeup comes after a leaked prison video of Ninjaman went viral.

In the clip which surfaced late April, the former Downsound Records artiste, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, can be seen smoking a spliff, while showing off his brand new pair of Clarks to fellow inmates and jokingly telling them he is a modern day bad man.

"A we mek jail look like blood*****t road. Clarks clean like whistle, bottom brand new," the former Downsound records deejay said as inmates cheered him on, "We a modern badman wid modern badness," he continued.

The video resulted in Ninjaman being sent to the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston and Vybz Kartel was transferred to the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre in Spanish Town.

Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm are currently preparing for their appeal trial set for July 9. Kartel, Shawn Storm, Jones and St John were found guilty of murder in March 2014 for killing Clive 'Lizard' Williams in August 2011.





Look out for Forever from Popcaan

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popcaan-photo-6.jpgDancehall artiste Popcaan has announced his new album, Forever.

The artiste's sophomore effort is set to arrive sometime this summer via Mixpak, but does not have an official release date as yet

It will follow Popcaan's 2014 mainstream debut Where We Come From, which peaked at number two on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart.

Along with the album news, the singjay has also shared Body So Good, the lead single from Forever, which is a glimpse of what is to come from the new project.





Bill Cosby to be sentenced September 24

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bill-cosby-photo-1.jpgBill Cosby will be sentenced on September 24, almost five months after he was convicted of sexual assault by a Pennsylvania jury.

Lawyers for the comedian, who turns 81 in July and faces the prospect of the rest of his life in prison, had asked Judge Steven O'Neill to delay sentencing until the end of the year.

Cosby's convictions on three counts of aggravated indecent assault are expected to be combined into one charge that carries a standard sentencing range of five to 10 years in prison.





The Guyana Prison Service (GPS) Monday said it has joined the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in launching an investigation into how inmates at a prison were able to acquire large bottles of liquor and engage in a party on Mothers' Day on Sunday.

Images on social media showed the inmates, including one who is on remand on a murder charge, at the New Amsterdam Prison posing with the drinks and smoking what appeared to be marijuana cigarettes.

"There is no direct evidence pointing to any prison officer who would have facilitated the movement of the contraband into the prison. The prisoner would have identified a civilian who brought it," GPS Director, Gladwin Samuels, told the online publication Demerarawaves.

He said a playback of video surveillance recordings showed that a tractor was searched and nothing was found.

The publication said pictures of the prisoners holding and consuming what appeared to be bottles of liquor were posted on the Facebook page of remanded murder accused, Abdul Andre Azimullah.

"Sanctions will be taken against those persons who are found culpable," Samuels said.

The latest incident comes less than two weeks after Samuels had complained about the ongoing problem of smuggling of prohibited items into prisons.

He warned prison wardens about being part of the smuggling efforts and reminded them of the action that could be taken once they are found in the act.





rihanna-photo-2.jpgRihanna, queen of pop, makeup, lingerie, and Catholicism-inspired fashion, pops up pretty much wherever the latest action is. One place she won't be, however, is the royal wedding--which, as you might of heard, is happening this coming Saturday, May 19.

The invite list to the royal wedding is kept to an intimate 600 people, not including the 2,640 normals (such as myself, in a better world) who will be spectacle-ing on the grounds of Windsor Castle. That's fine and all, but when you're an institution as extensive as the British monarchy and surrounding aristocracy, those seats get filled up pretty quickly.

Apparently, Rihanna is clued into this, and, humbly, didn't really think she'd be invited. Sure, Rihanna and Prince Harry might have met in 2016 at a Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission event, but Rihanna didn't think that alone warranted an invite to the royal wedding.





European Union hosts film festival

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eu-film-festival.jpgThe European Union will be hosting their film festival from Monday through to Sunday.

The festival opens today at the Spanish Court Hotel with a Reception at 6:30 pm followed by a free screening of the Italian film 'Fortunate'.

There will also be screenings at Mico University, Campion College and Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town.

Films will be featured from Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, France, Denmark among others.





capleton.jpgCapleton's lawyer Christopher Townsend says a dual investigation is taking place. According to Townsend, the lady who accused the 51-year-old dancehall deejay of rape is also being investigated for extortion. He said he anticipates the lady will also be taken into custody shortly.

On Friday, detectives assigned to the Center for Investigation Sexual Offense and Child Abuse, CISOCA, arrested and charged Capleton for rape.

According to Corporate Communications Unity CCU, reports are that on Saturday, April 28, at about 11:20 am, Capleton allegedly hired a female hairdresser to groom his hair at a hotel in New Kingston. The report further states that while at the hotel the dancehall deejay allegedly forcibly had sexual intercourse with her.

The matter was reported to the police and an investigation launched. Capleton was subsequently charged after a question and answer interview was conducted in the presence of his attorney.

Capleton is to appear in the St. Andrew Parish Court on Monday, May 14.





New gospel single from Minister Hall

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpgMinister Marion Hall has previewed her new single "I've Gotta Fast", the first single from her upcoming album called 'His Grace'.

Now that she has devoted her life to God, Minster Hall, says she is poised and ready to take on the next phase of her life in the gospel music industry.

His Grace will follow her 14-track debut gospel set When God Speaks, which was released July 22 last year.

The album peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Chart in May of this year.

Hall, as Lady Saw, is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified as a triple-platinum artiste.

On December 14, 2015 Lady Saw got baptised and began a new music career in gospel music as Marion Hall, her given name..





niko-chromatic.jpgFoota Hype and Tony Matterhorn have come out swinging against members of the Dancehall fraternity following the death of Chromatic Sound co-founder, Niko Chromatic.

They have dashed out criticism against Niko Chromatic's so-called friends in the industry for not doing more to help save his life. In a video rant posted on social media, the two veteran disc jockeys stop short of calling Popcaan by name however it was pretty clear they were talking about the 'Unruly Boss'.

Popular producer, NotNice also posted a message on Instagram blasting industry members who have been posting "rest in peace" on social media.

"Nuff a unu p***yhole a post bout miss u,sip,rip niko and when d yute did sick not even as much as a word a prayer unu neva give but now unu run gone dig up unu best pic wid d yute fi post, mi hate unu. From Gaza days memba a u gi vybz kartel the name worldboss dem deeven know that. One thing u Eva beg mi fi do and a fi voice yu on a riddim and mi promise yu seh mi a guh do it now not even that mi cyan do again 😢#jahkno," he wrote.

However despite the criticism Popcaan took to social media on Wednesday to share a heartfelt post, "We lost a real family yesterday but God knows best, you make us all proud while you was with us we will continue the dream that we all believe in from chromatic, unruly, chromatic one team one dream my scheme," he wrote.





There was indeed a lot of bawling out during Dovey Magnum's performance of her hot single, Bawl Out recently, as the Real G, in a moment of intense passions, accidentally pulled off her wig, exposing her corn rows.

The rising dancehall deejay is seen in a video making the rounds on social media, performing on stage and female patrons singing along to her popular track "Bawl Out."

While locked in the 6:20 position, singing, and gyrating her waistline, a small framed man was behind her having the time of his life. In an attempt to climb further, the man's slender fingers got tangled in her Rapunzel-like orange hair during the antics.

With one tug, the wig was pulled from her head exposing her basic cornrows.

While the crowd erupted in laughter, Dovey Magnum then walked to one corner of the stage and returned with her microphone still in hand she said, "pull up dat."





tom-tavares-finson.jpgWhile Kartel's lawyer, Tom Tavares Finson could not confirm if Kartel had been transferred to St Catherine District prison he however pointed to Kartel's upcoming appeal on July 7th and expressed optimism about the deejay's chanced to have the conviction quashed.

"I believe that we have an excellent chance to overturn the conviction, we shall see on July 7th," he said.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, along with three co-accused, including Kahiro Jones, were convicted of the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

They are all now serving life sentences as a result of the conviction.





vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgReports are that Vybz Kartel has been transferred from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston to the St Catherine District prison.

There has been a buzz that the dancehall artiste is on the move, but neither the prison authorities nor his lawyer have made any statements or confirmations.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, along with three co-accused, including Kahiro Jones, were convicted of the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

They are all now serving life sentences as a result of the conviction.





bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall professor, Bounty Killer, has formed an alliance with the National Council on Drug Abuse.

An online promotion by the National Council on Drug Abuse features Rodney Price, aka Bounty Killer on their "Talk The Truth" initiative encouraging teens to stay away from smoking and not make the same mistakes he did.

In a documentary released by the National Council on Drug Abuse, Bounty Killer warns a group of teens about the dangers of smoking marijuana. The dancehall deejay in sharing his childhood experiences explained some of the troubles he underwent as a result of using ganja as a teenager.

Bounty Killer also explained that other entertainers can use their celebrity to help raise awareness.

Entertainers Ikaya and Devin Di Dakta recently partnered with National Council on Drug Abuse to promote getting High grades over "hi-grade."





Rihanna Popcaan collab coming soon?

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rihanna-photo-2.jpgWord on the street is that Rihanna and Popcaan have gotten together for a musical collab.

The Bajan pop star and "Unruly Boss" teamed up for a Dancehall banger that could be featured on RihRih's coming Reggae album and Popcaan's forthcoming project, sources close to the artistes say.

"The Rihanna and Popcaan track is already recorded we just don't know when to release of if it should be featured on her album or his upcoming project," sources say. "One thing for sure is its gonna drop in the next few months and its a certified hit."

Rihanna and Popcaan linked up in Barbados back in December after she went back home for the street renaming ceremony for 'Rihanna Drive' during Barbados Independence Day.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's upcoming Reggae album has already confirmed features from jailed Reggae icon Buju Banton and Sizzla Kalonji.





macka-spotlight.jpgMacka Diamond's latest music video for "Prove It" featuring fellow artiste, Spotlight Kunta has set tongues wagging, with many wondering on social media if their collaboration is just musical, or if there is a tad bit more.

The music video tells the tale of reality series which is entitled "Spotlight on the Diamond". This is just soooooo cute.

Anyway, it shows Macka Diamond and Spotlight Kunta all giggly and acting like young lovers.

Macka Diamond is expected to milk this for all the attention that shw could possibly get, so, naturally, she is tight-lipped about the actual staus of her relationsip with Spolight.

Macka keeps fans and haters alike guessing whether or not she is enjoying an intimate relationship with Spotlight Kunta, however,she did reveal that Spotlight Kunta is working on the "Spotlight on the Diamond" reality series.

This is not the first time Macka Diamond has appeared on camera with and Spotlight Kunta, In 2006 Spotlight Kunta was Macka's love interest in the popular song "Bun Him" featuring Black-ER.





sting-and-shaggy-album-2018.jpgSting and Shaggy's new, island-inspired collaborative album 44/876 is available now at all retailers and digital platforms on A&M/Interscope Records

In creating 44/876, Sting and Shaggy drew from the many surprising connections at the heart of their music. With its title referencing their home country codes, 44/876 first and foremost honors the duo's love for Jamaica: Shaggy's homeland, and the place where Sting penned such classics as The Police's "Every Breath You Take."

Furthering each artist's exploration of reggae and its transcendent rhythms, the lead single "Don't Make Me Wait" - which debuted at #1 on Billboard's digital reggae singles chart - came to life after the musicians were introduced by Martin Kierszenbaum

(Sting's manager, Chairman of The Cherrytree Music Company

and Shaggy's former A&R executive).

The correlating music video, directed by Gil Green, was filmed in Kingston, Jamaica and has garnered over 8.5 million views on YouTube.

Although the initial plan was for Sting to lend his vocals and musical finesse solely to this track, the two discovered that their distinct voices blended with incredible ease. Compelled by their creative synergy, Sting and Shaggy soon amassed an album's worth of material. "Everything about it is organic--it was never planned," says Shaggy of 44/876.

Recording in New York City, they enlisted a lineup of esteemed musicians and writers from Jamaica and New York, including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, Morgan Heritage (courtesy of CTBC Music Group), Agent Sasco as well as Branford Marsalis and Sting's longtime guitarist,

Dominic Miller.

44/876 fuses infectious Afro-Caribbean rhythms with irresistake a cue from mutual hero, Bob Marley, and present a message Of love, hope, freedom, and unity.

Sting and Shaggy will take their collaboration on the road this summer when the two Grammy-award winning artists embark on a European tour of various historic venues, performing their most celebrated hits as well as songs off their new album together.

Fans, critics and fellow musicians have already shown incredible support for 44/876.





kiprich.jpgDancehall artiste Kiprich's video for the single Dash Pon Them has been added to major rotation on BET Jams and once more catapulting him to the international spotlight.

"It's a great look. The BET Boy is back again," Kiprich said in a quote..

"The video hit BET Jams last Sunday. It played three times, I missed the first play but someone saw it and sent it to my phone so mi tune in and see it for myself. It is just a joy right now, the thing different, crazy rappers ah direct message me on my Instagram say they want to do a collaborations so my international profile is way up," he continued.

BET Jams is an American digital cable television network controlled by BET Networks and owned by Viacom Media Networks. The channel features hip-hop and urban contemporary music videos.

Kiprich recorded the single 18 months ago for the label Mr Barnacle Presents... and the video was shot a few months later. The song was officially released three weeks ago via online distribution outlets.





Reggae Sumfest tickets go on sale May 1!!!

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sumfest-2018-flyer.gifThe wait is over!

On Tuesday May 1 tickets will be available for all Reggae Sumfest events at all the usual local Jamaican outlets, including Fontana Drugs in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville.

Patrons can also purchase their Reggae Sumfest tickets at Rapid True Value Hardware Stores in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Portmore; Richie B's Liquor Centre and Mary Brown's Texaco in Kingston.

Ironshore Total, Pier 1, and El Paso Records in Montego Bay will also have tickets as of May 1 and and of course online at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





Jamaican culture was on show at the 11th Bali Spirit Festival which was held April 2-8 in Ubud, Indonesia. The week-long event again focused on things spiritual, with yoga, music and dance the dominant themes.

Dancer Latonya Style, singer Jah'Mila Smith and yoga teacher Nadine McNeil formed the Jamaican presence at the festival. McNeil, who spends much of her time in Indonesia, has been involved with the Bali Spirit Festival since it was first held in 2011.

She conducted one of the well-attended yoga classes and played a key role in the International Women's Circle which started proceedings.

Style brought dancehall to the festival for the first time. She performed a number of choreographed moves in her daily classes which were well received, in addition to the dances that made dancehall icons Bogle and Ice famous. She did her Bumpa Twerkout, a mix of the Booty Shake and Twerk, that was popular in the United States two years ago.

Smith went to the Bali Spirit Festival as the 2018 awardee for the Jamaica-Indonesia Residency Program for Emerging Artists. Her two-week study visit was arranged by Professor Michael Morrissey.

A recording artiste for over 10 years, she performed alongside two world music acts: DJ Raio on April 5 and Sebatierra and The Earthkeepers on April 7.

Positive response to the Jamaican experience was the most satisfying aspect of her time in Indonesia.





Kanye fires his manager

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West is gearing up for a new album, but the Chicago rapper will be working on the project without a manager.

According to an April 24 report from Billboard, Yeezy has parted ways with manager Scooter Braun, who had been managing the rapper for two and a half years. The companies of West and Braun will continue to work together though.

A source says the move came after Kanye's recent decision to "leave the traditional music business" and added that the rapper had told some associates that he wants to change his whole operation to in-house. Yeezy reportedly did invite Braun's team to continue working with him full time but the manager declined.

On Wednesday (March 25), The Life of Pablo artist confirmed the news, tweeting, "I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed." In a separate tweet, the rapper wrote, "I'm nobody's 'client.'"

The move comes a few weeks after West split from his other manager, Izvor "Izzy" Zivkovic. While Zivkovic had worked with Yeezy for nearly 10 years, the manager often kept a low profile and was rarely seen. The reason for their split was unknown at the time of reports.

In related news, along with his own upcoming album, Kanye is also reportedly working on projects from Nas and Pusha T. In tweets posted on April 22, Yeezy claimed he's "hand producing" albums from Pusha and Esco and revealed the Pusha T album will release on May 25, while Nas' record will drop on June 15.

Check out Kanye West's latest tweets below.

KANYE WEST

@kanyewest

I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed

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KANYE WEST

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Beenie Man disses Kartel, Popcaan in new track

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beenie-man-photo-6.jpgBeenie Man is gearing up to release a diss track aimed at Vybz Kartel and his former mentor Popcaan.

The track comes days after the "Unruly Boss" called out the Doc for allegedly disrespecting his mother, Miss Rhona in a viral video.

Following the beef, Beenie Man reached out to Popcaan and apologies however it seems the "Stray Dog" deejay rejected the olive branch because the damage was already done.

In an interesting twist, Beenie took to the studio to record a diss track addressing the situation.

"Me deh ya so before them / them come ya come see me / Now them a tell me say me badmind / badmind for what, badmind who, what / Mind badmind give yo brain tumor / A serious thing this a no humor / Everyday yo get up a spread rumor / Remember shark bigger than tuna / Nike deh a road before Puma," Beenie Man deejays in the track.

The single was previewed by outspoken Dancehall selector Foota Hype who says it was sent to his email and labelled as a Popcaan diss.

In the track Beenie Man also named dropped incarcerated Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel, "Me alone me alone / Live in a glass house yo don't throw stone / Me alone, me alone / Worl'Boss last album me think a me / If yo see yo girl she think a me." Vybz Kartel last album is titled King of the Dancehall and we all know that Beenie crowned himself as the dancehall king since the mid-1990s.





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Ne-Yo is prepping the release of his new album Good Man, and on March 30 he delivered the new track "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and BeBe Rexha.

StarGate is on the production on this one which definitely finds Ne-Yo channeling a dancehall vibe over the bouncy Caribbean soundscape. Steff, who is currently in contention to land on the 2018 XXL Freshman cover, rides the riddems spitting accented bars.

"Yo, push back while mi push back on di ting/Put it pon you one time, mi phone nuh stop ring (hello?)," she rhymes. "My ring off my cellular/Nuff chat but tell mi what you tellin' her/Jump up, make it 'bout to jump, 'til it crack your brump/My girl, mi no say nuh', when you crack it up."

Ne-Yo is dedicating the party track to confident ladies. "I love a woman who knows how to move," the singer says in reference to the party cut. "I love a woman that has her own self, her own heart and mind. She's comfortable with her body. And when her song comes on, she's gonna get up and move. She's gonna show you just how confident and comfortable she is. 'Push Back' is about these women."

Ne-Yo's new album Good Man drops on June 8 and will also feature 2 Chainz, PartyNextDoor and others.

Listen to Ne-Yo's new single "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and Bebe Rexha below.





Love & Hip Hop drama: Spice gets into fight

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As expected, Queen of the Stage, Spice got herself into quite a fight on the reality series

Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta. In a preview of Monday night's show, Spice iis caught in two different scenes. The first shows Spice arguing with her close friend Tommie Lee about her drinking problem that caused a delay with their upcoming music video.

Another scene shows her on a ranch with cast members which quickly escalated into her trying to fight newcomer Tokyo Vanity.

In the footage, Vanity can be heard discussing her beef with Spice, "I don't have no problem with her (Spice) but the b***h keeps playing with me, she said.

Spice overhears her comments and gets up screaming, "Doah call mi nuh bloodcl****t b***h!". She then rushed towards Tokyo Vanity and threw the cake she was eating at her.

Security had to step in quickly and restrained Spice. Spice Gets Into Another Fight On Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta





danielle-di-image-1.jpgDanielle D.I. and Denyque have given social media users a sneak peek into their individual brands with the introduction of REBEL and REBELLION respectively.

Rocking sweatshirts bearing her image, D.I. revealed to her over 227,000 followers on Instagram that her REBEL merchandise is coming soon. Dressed in a white long sleeve sweater top and a yellow long sleeve sweater crop top, DI was the ultimate fashionista.

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Denyque also used Instagram as the platform to introduce her carnival costumes.

The two-piece ensemble is completed with orange and black feathers for the females while the male design is just a simple short-shorts with orange lace to the side and in the front.





Actress Rosie Murray returns after heart attack

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Last December, renowned actress Rosie Murray suffered a serious heart attack requiring surgery. She returned to the stage in full-form, on Saturday night in her first production Slice of Life, staged at Hope United church hall.

Described as a theatrical presentation of reality, and the actress' own personal experiences, Slice of Life is directed by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, the production will mark her return as a benefit show

"I'm so excited to be getting back on the horse. Been out of commission since last year, and this is my first performance in terms of acting since I've gone through my recovery," Murray is quoted as saying.

Two years ago, Murray opted out of continuing her career in media, choosing instead the life of a baker. Consumed with taking her business to profit while focusing on penning her own works, Rosie's medical issues went unnoticed. After suffering a heart attack in December, her family set up a GoFundMe account to the tune of US$20,000 (approximately J$1.4 million) to finance a necessary angioplasty.

"I'm really excited, titillated! And I did a little adaptation to it, to address the recent journey and the recovery phase. It's still the original Slice of Life with just a little extra slice. God has been so good, so it's going to be a celebration as well," Murray said.

Murray was previously active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.





Don Mafia suffers heart attack

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Controversial Jamaican artiste/producer/songwriter, Don Mafia is currently in hospital following an alleged heart attack.

According to reports, Mafia was complaining of chest pains Saturday morning when he was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Doctors presently have Don Mafia under observation.

Meanwhile, several industry players including entertainers Ding Dong, Macka Diamond and Kevin of Voicemail have since asked their fans to pray for Don Mafia's speedy recovery.

"Please help me say a prayer for my brother @donmafiadiboss had a heart attack 😢😢😢😢😢😢 I'm so hurt rite now," Macka Diamond wrote on Instagram.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOn Sunday, the former Miss World beauty queen Lisa Hanna shared a heartfelt post which showed a blurred photo of her tying the knot with her long time beau, businessman Richard Lakewith her husband.

"#BePatientAndFocusOnLove "I've had my share of life's ups and downs But fate's been kind, the downs have been few I guess, you could say that I've been lucky Well, I guess you could say that it's all because of you ..."," Hanna wrote.

"It's been 13 years of beautiful memories ... here's to a lifetime of making more together... Thanks everyone for sharing with me over this past week some of my most special moments and reflections. Here's to making more memories

#MemoryLaneWeekFinale #LisaHanna#WhenIWasAskedWhichSongIWantedToDanceTo

Song: You're The Best Thing" Gladys Knight."

The Member Of Parliament got married four months ago in a private ceremony in St Andrew, Jamaica,

'Both Hanna and Lake got married for the second time.





Meek Mill finally granted bail

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meek-mill-photo-1.jpgAfter being incarcerated since November 2017 for violating his probation, the Supreme Court has granted Meek Mill bail.

In a statement to Billboard, Meek said the following: "I'd like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time," began Meek.

"While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice -- not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct," he continued.

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career."

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin posted a picture on Instagram celebrating Meek's release from prison. "@meekmill is FREE!!! Just left visiting Meek with @kevinhart4real and I'm on the way back to pick him up as we speak! #MeekisFree #GoSixers," he wrote.

Last week, Meek Mill told CNN's Don Lemon that he was optimistic that he was going to get out of jail sooner than later. "I don't really try to get my hopes up from that court room right there," Meek said. "I feel like I will be free one day. I think I'll be able to get my chance pretty soon. My time coming."





bounty-kartel-ig.jpgSince everything happens in the virtual world these days, it's should come as no surprise that an exchange between 'enemies' Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel would cause social media to go into overdrive.

Social media is buzzing with reports of Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel finally being back on good terms.

Earlier this week the veteran Dancehall artiste praised the incarcerated entertainer's new single "Under Water" with TJ Records labelling it a song with "real dancehall sounds".

Vybz Kartel's Instagram account instantly responded to Killer's post saying, "Daddy a your school mi graduate from eno #AllianceUniversity so it ain't no surprise daddy."

As expected, Dancehall fans were happy to see the exchange between the 'father and son' and are hoping it is just the beginning of them putting their differences aside and working on a possible collaboration.

Bounty Killer's manager, Bankelous, agreed that the exchange was a good look for dancehall and explained that although the two have had their disagreements in the past, they have always maintained a level of respect for each other's work.

"Rodney Pryce is a God-fearing person, and him nuh hate people. Him might say supmn today, but that nuh mean nothing. Him nuh hold grudge because him mother grow him right. You might see the 'angry [and] cross', him on stage, but is a different personality him have off stage," he said. "Kartel a him son, so him can't have nothing against Vybz Kartel. People might did look at it different in the media, but in a di two a dem heart, a did always love and respect. Music a love, enuh, and after we leave and gone, music live on, and di two a dem know dat."

Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel were involved in a 'war of words' that started in 2006 and reached its peak in 2009. Killer had become very vocal about Kartel's bleaching and other practices of his, while Kartel claimed Killer was past his prime.





Kabaka Pyramid to release new album May 25

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgKabaka Pyramid's upcoming album Kontraband is set to release on May 25th as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records.

In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album.

The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka's head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.

Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and coincides with a tour beginning in spring 2018





ON TOUR Bounty Killer for Europe

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall artiste Bounty Killer is scheduled to hit a number of stages in Europe starting this month.

The deejay posted the tour dates and cities on his official Instagram account recently.

While in Europe, he will make stops in Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Berlin among others

The tour runs from April 26 to May 11.





'Hookie' makes major splash in Jamaica Carnival

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The recent Jamaica Carnival weekend was indeed one for the books. Adding to this mix of epic events was the inaugural 'Hookie Jamaica' experience which gave fete lovers an opportunity to beat the daytime heat with a pool party extravaganza complete with both breakfast and lunch offerings and an unbeatable collection of Soca selectors.

The first of which is sure to be several regional Hookie events was held poolside at the Constant Spring Golf Club and attracted a mix of Carnival newbies and seasoned 'feterans'.

Attendees from New York City, Washington DC, Miami, California, T&T, the US Virgin Islands and of course Jamaica came together to share the Carnival euphoria, the refreshing environment and the pulsating music as provided by Hookie Jamaica's international DJ cast.

The event's promoters US-based Hookie Life Entertainment and Jamaica's Renaissance Disco utilized the location well to deliver an easy going layout for those who either wanted to relax and bask in the poolside ambiance or get wet and wild in true Carnival excitement.

In addition to having fully stocked cash bars, bottle service and free shots for patrons, Hookie Jamaica scored points with attendees by not only bringing forth an assortment of complimentary Caribbean and International breakfast options but also lunch offerings as well.

The impressive Hookie Jamaica spread consisted of items such as Jamaican favourites: boiled yams, bananas, dumplings, ackee and saltfish, johnny cakes, as well as eggs, bagels, various fruits, salads, fried fish, stewed and curried chicken.

Keeping the crowd dancing both on land and inside the pool were the music stylings of Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, Freeze International (NYC) , DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0. alongside other guest selectors.

Fans of this popular fete franchise which included the famous Hookie girls were front and center for its Jamaica debut. One such patron from Florida shared, "I don't ever miss a Hookie Life event, they always bring a unique, entertaining vibe and draw a really decent fun-loving crowd".

A Jamaica-based attendee offered this statement, "I've never skipped work to attend any party in my life, but I'm so glad I did for this event. It was well organized, comfortable and gave me that much needed dip in the pool before the hectic weekend of parties and the Road March".

After the success of Hookie Jamaica 2018, the organizers are now putting plans in place for Hookie Jamaica 2019. Hookie Life Entertainment is also gearing up for another edition of the popular Hookie Weekend DC which is carded for June 21st-24th 2018 and features events such as Release Therapy, the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Riddim & Road.





Sizzla goes acoustic

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sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgSizzla Kalonji has released his first ever acoustic compilation this month, Sizzla Acoustic Sounds, which was produced by the entertainer on his Kalonji Records label.

Kalonji, in an interview with a local newspaper, mentioned that he has been reflecting on the state of the industry lately and believes the music could do with some natural sounds, sounds he plans to deliver with his latest project.

"I've been doing a lot of interviews and shows and at these events. Media personnel and other persons have been asking about the music and its present situation saying elders are not making their voices being heard about the natural sounds of music," he explained. "I said: 'You know I'm going to create an acoustic album'.

Kalonji, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, explained that there is something special about music put together from scratch with actual instruments, and he's hoping the album will encourage not just musicians but also young people to want to learn how to play an instrument.





Bob Andy to recite poetry at Agro Festival

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bob-andy.jpgFor the first in his more than 50-year career, singer-songwriter Bob Andy will be performing works from his expansive catalogue without singing when he makes his appearance on the 2018 staging of Dis Poem Wordz and Agro Festival.

At the eight-year-old festival, which fuses poetry with agriculture, Bob Andy will be, one of 20 spoken word performers who will take to the stage as the event unfolds on Sunday, April 29 at Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland.

This was disclosed by festival founder/organiser Ras Takura during the launch at Bookophilia on Hope Road in St Andrew recently.

The organisers say they are looking at the new feature that we have now which is the poetry of the reggae artistes, and this time we doing Bob Andy. So we are going to have Bob Andy, not in the usual performance setting, but he is going to be reading his songs in poetry, that's what Bob Andy will be doing -- presenting his songs in a poetic form.

Among the other spoken word performers slated for the festival are Mutabaruka, Jean Breeze, Cherry Natural, Ann Margaret, DJ Amber, Marcia Jackson, Steppa, Neto, and Michael St George.

Explaining how the idea for the festival -- which adopted the name of one of Mutabaruka's poems -- was born, Ras Takura said: "The concept of the festival came about because we always want an outlet for poetry. Because when we go around we always see that there is no space featuring dub poets -- just one or two poets -- but dub poets in Jamaica, there was no major stage for them. And that was the intention. The intention is to bring dub poetry on a major stage and I am creating the stage. I don't think we reach that major stage yet, but we are creating the stage. And we thank the people who are helping us to create that space. The growth has been significant and magnificent and we really respect it."





sting-and-shaggy-album-2018.jpgSting has said the phrase "cultural appropriation" is "ugly", as he launches a new reggae album with Jamaican musician and singer Shaggy.

Their perhaps unlikely partnership has raised eyebrows, and some argue that singing reggae when you are not of Jamaican descent is "cultural appropriation."

Sting disagrees with this, and he told the BBC: "It's such an ugly term.

Cultural appropriation is a term coined by sociologists to describe the adoption of the elements of an ethnic minority culture by members of the dominant culture.

Their new collaboration, named 44/876, after the telephone codes for the UK and Jamaica respectively, came about after Shaggy, real-name Orville Richard Burrell, sent Sting an unfinished song called "Don't Make Me Wait" and asked him to send the chorus.

This work blossomed and they created an entire album together.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, said the result was a "happy accident."

The Queen is soon due to enjoy the music of Sting and Shaggy, as they are set to perform at her birthday party this Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall.

44/876 is released on Friday.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is taking no hostages with his newest diss track. He is firing at Alkaline, Mavado, Jahmiel...and just about anybody who comes in the line of fire.

The Gothic recording artiste called out the Dancehall heavyweights over the weekend promising them war and he is definitely a man of his word.

On Tuesday, Sparta previewed "Dismiss" aimed at the MVP group. "#Dismiss coming soon. Soon tell unno when #deadbwoy an #deadgal when me pull up. SPARTANS UNNO READY 🤟🏽☠," he captioned a video driving and listening to the track.





mavado-photo-12.jpgGullyside artiste, Mavado, is staring at possible legal action over a song which another artiste is claiming as his own.

Reports are that on-the-rise artiste, Rymatic, is accusing 'Vado of stealing his song. The song under the microscope is Mavado's Paper Soldier, which was produced by 324 New Empire Records on the Carbines Riddim.

Rymatic is adamant that the chorus of Paper Soldier is a carbon copy of a track from his soon-to-bre-released EP.

Rymatic's team says he is looking to take legal action against Mavado because the track was suppose to be the leading single on his upcoming EP and now he won't be able to use it.





marlon-samuels.jpgMarlon Sameuls, the West Indies cricketer who appears in Ishawna's Instaboy video, is defending himself against allegations by Yanique 'curvy Diva' Barrett. Yanique, who is said to have been close to the cricketer, vented on social media over the weekend, alleging that she was being stalked and threatened to have her personal pictures shared online. Yanique said that she had reported it to the police.

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Well, she did in fact call Samuels' name and he has since put out the following release:

"It has been brought to my attention that there are allegations in social media circles, that a female television personality who goes by the moniker Yanique Curvy Diva has made several derogatory posts on social media about me. I am therefore informing the public that I refute the allegations made by Miss Yanique Barrett and I intend to take the necessary steps legally to defend my reputation in due course.

"In my capacity as a sports ambassador, my job is to continue serving the people of Jamaica, the West Indies and by extension the cricketing world, and in addition the blind community by way of the Marlon Samuels Foundation for the Blind. In the circumstances, I am therefore requesting that the mentioned media personality and those associated directly or indirectly to her immediately cease and desist from embroiling my name in any controversy, (expressly or implied) surrounding this person. Failure to observe this request will result in legal action for an injunction against you to restrain you from further slandering and defaming my name and reputation."

- Marlon Samuels

We are awaiting Yanique's response.





With three bands -- Bacchanal Jamaica, Xaymaca and Xodus -- it was pandemonium pon di roads of Kingston and St Andrew on Carnival Sunday as the colourful, scantily dressed revellers paraded, danced and pranced to the music provided by big sound trucks.

Not to be left out were the usual spectators, who, this year all got the email about the dress code - Mesh stockings and underwear.

Women of all ages and sizes were seen in Half-Way-Tree and its environ showing off their bodies and getting on bad on the sidelines as the costumed carnival reveller streamed through the city.

Bacchanal Jamaica kick started their march at Sovereign Centre at 10:30 a.m. They made their way to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave and on to Montrose. From there they headed to Trafalgar Road and on to Old Hope Road. They traversed Knutsford Boulevard, Waterloo, Trafalgar, Constant Spring Road, West King's House Road and Half Way Tree, before ending at the Lime Golf Academy.

Xaymaca is started at 9:45 a.m., on Grenada Crescent, headed on to Knutsford Boulevard and moved into the Trafalgar area and then on Holborn/Chelsea Avenue, before moving on to Half Way Tree Road. They ended their march on Trafalgar Road.

Xodus, the third band on the road for the day, was a succes story, doubling their numbers from last year. They started their journey at 10:30 a.m., by Tastee in Liguanea. Revellers will then made their way past Sovereign Centre on to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave. From there they went past BMW headquarters, where they stopped for lunch and refreshment before heading to the Trafalgar Road area. Waterloo, Constant Spring, West King's House roads and South Avenue, are also on the Xodus route. They ended at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Absent from this year's road march was the original carnival band, Jamaica Carnival.

Revellers and spectator then mixed and mingled at the numerous after parties at Riu, Truck Stop and other major events





yanique-samuels-and-ishawna.jpgWhen rumours started floating around that Yanique an cricketer Marlon Samuels were an item, Yanique denied it on several occasions, however, the bodacious diva has since taken to social media to blast Samuels, who she says is stalking and harassing her to the point where she had to report it to the cops.

The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host told her social media followers about threats, harassment and stalking and accused Samuels of throwing shade on social media, making his friends call her and that he took her phone and threatened to leak her personal photos online.

As the high drama unfolded in the virtual space, Yanique, who will be starting her own reality series soon, showed a screenshot message from 'Insta Boy' Samuels along with his Insta story which announced that he would be a guest judge on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. She captioned it with the question: "Mi style yuh and mi wicked cause mi nuh wah yuh?."

Interestingly, just last week, the Insta Boy had uploaded a picture of a hot lawyer girl and caption it "...and everything is real". Social meadi fans had said that Samuels was throwing shade at Yanique, who has allegedly had implants.

Speculation also was that Yanique qas upset that Inst Boy Samuels had appeared in Ishawna's music video and so the two were "fighting" over Samuels. Yanique addressed this issue saying, "I will never beef with Ishawna or any dancehall fraternity member over you."

And the beat goes on....





The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has received two Gold Muse awards in the International Muse Creative Awards Competition for 2018 for the very popular 'Pinchy Dead' video, which warns against fake news, and 'Ordinary People', which warns parents to be more aware of what their children are viewing online.

The hilarious, but serious 'Pinchy Dead', features popular local vlogger and recording artiste Bella Blair, and is one of the first in the world to address the problem of fake news and encourages online users to be more careful when consuming and sharing content online. The video was viewed on social media more than two million times and shared more than 8,000 times within the first month of release.

The BCJ's 'Ordinary People' is designed to remind parents that young people are now accessing content across multiple devices. It is a wake-up call for greater parental responsibility and parental guidance.

Cordel Green, executive director of the BCJ, noted that these international awards "recognise the commission's ability to respond creatively to modern-day digital literacy issues in a manner that has global appeal".

"We recognise the breakthrough achievement of designers, marketers, artists, writers, photographers, videographers, and digital experts who set the trends of the global creative industry," said Kenjo Ong, president for the International Awards Associates (IAA), which administers the Muse Awards.





Ziggy Marley to release new album May 18

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ziggy-marley-rebellion-rises.jpgEight-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, on May 18 through Tuff Gong Worldwide and it will be distributed in Jamaica and the Caribbean by Tuff Gong International.

Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love.

No track embodies this message better than the album's title track and official first single Rebellion Rises. The song encourages its listeners to use the power humans have as instruments of positive change around the world.

Rebellion Rises marks Marley's first studio release in two years, following 2016's critically acclaimed self-titled project which took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Reggae Album and marked his fourth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart. Digital pre-orders will be available starting today. All digital pre-orders will include an instant free track of Rebellion Rises, which is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.

This June, Marley will embark on the first leg of his North American tour with stops in a number of west coast markets including Napa, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. The tour will then make its way to Europe beginning June 29 where it opens in Legnano, Italy.





It's Charlyyyyyyy-Not-So-Black!

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charly-not-so-black.jpgSoooo. Diamond-selling dancehall artiste Charly Black, posted a picture of himself looking quite light skinned, or bleached out, as Dancehall fans would say.

As expected, social media chewed up the Party Animal singer who displayed a lighter skin tone than his previous images on his Instagram account. He had captioned the now viral photo of himself dancing with a female: "ARIES BIRTHDAY MOOD 💯🎉🎊🍸🥂🎁 #aries #turrrrrrble#charlyblack #teamunstoppable🤞🏿 #charlyblackbirthdayparty2018,"

Well, we checked out other photos of Charly, in the same clothes and he looked his usual complexion. So, it could have been the lighting, the angle and the editing that caused the apparent colour change.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Charly!!!!!!!





travis-greene.jpgKnown and loved for an impressive body of praise and worship songs, Grammy nominee and multiple awards winning gospel artiste, Travis Greene, brought the curtains down in impeccable style at Easter Monday's staging of Unity in the City.

Clearly this gospel show has its crowd and they were present long before the 6:00PM start time and seemed to stream in endlessly throughout the evening. With a sold-out platinum, gold and VIP sections right on the field in front of the hi-tech looking stage, and a grandstand almost full to capacity, the stage was set to create unity in Kingston city.

Showing his musical ability, Travis Greene strummed his guitar and then played the keyboard as he truly belted out new age gospel favourites interspersed with an old favourite, Jesus Paid It all. Among the songs Greene performed were Made a Way, See the Light and a reggae remix of Intentional. Full of more sedate worship rather than the over-the-top praise, Greene, brought on his wife to give a testimony of God's goodness in the safe delivery of their son, who doctors had recommended be aborted at 21 weeks.

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Among the acts billed for the show were heavyweights Grammy award winners Israel Houghton and JJ Hairston, complemented by top-rated local acts who have also made their name on the international scene.

Houghton and his New Breed band delivered hits songs including Here I Am to Worship, Trading my Sorrows and I Am Not Forgotten. Hairston and his Youthful Praise choir made souls sway with songs like Great Is Our God, You Deserve It and Great and Mighty God.

did favourites like Back to the Owner and Bible Addict. But he also ministered about how God saved him from a life of mischief and purposeless.

High-energy sets also came from DJ Nicholas, Kevin Downswell and Jermaine Edwards. Downswell performed tracks including If It's Not You, Already Done and All the Way. The vibrant sound of new gospel continued with Edwards who sang favourites like Nah Bow, Beautiful Day and Hallelujah.

The huge crowd showed their appreciation for all the acts and seen in the audience was gospel artiste, Judy Mowatt, who told Yardflex in an interview after the concert that she enjoyed herself thoroughly.

"This concert could not miss me. When I heard the line-up I knew I just had to be here and I am certainly happy that I came. I enjoyed myself and I was blessed," she said.





Has Denyque joined the plastic club?

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denyque-photo-2.jpgHas Denyque joined Yanqiue Curvy Diva, Aidonia's wife Kimberly Megan and Usain Bolt's longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett, as the newest member of the plastic club.

Well the recording artiste and TV personality is sporting ample cleavage these days so its very possible, in addition, her husband, Careem Mullings, sparked rumours over the weekend when he shared a post of the two and tagged popular American cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Miami on Denyque's boobs.

The gesture sent tongues wagging on social media as many speculated that the "Proud Wifey" singer went under the knife recently.





khago-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste, Khago who recently dropped an album called "Walk A Mile'', which made a big debut on the Billboard Reggae chart, has released yet another album.

On Friday, the prolific singer/songwriter released "Dancehall Soca" and already it is making its presence felt on the iTunes charts.

In fact, it seems like Khago's album is doing better that that of his longtime rival, I-Octane, whose latest album Love & Life, was also released in Friday.

Social media is convinced that Khago did this to spite I-Octane

Interstingly, on Sunday, Khago captioned a video on Instagram, showing the iTunes chart with his album sitting smugly at number 3 while, Octane's project is just outside thge Top 10...at number 11.

Khago declared: ''Look wat a gwaan pan iTunes lol ja two top legends in control don't worry Jamaica ....we taken back ur music''.





chi-ching-ching-rock-di-world-ft-fatman-scoop-patoranking-stonebwoy-photo-1.jpgKingston, JAMAICA; After having major success with the Rock Di World single on tour with Sean Paul, Chi-Ching officially released the single with Sean Paul's Dutty Rock Productions label - to which he is now signed.

On Friday, March 30, Chi-Ching Ching (born Radion Beckford) released the official music video for the Rock Di World Remix featuring African acts Patoranking and Stonebwoy and American entertainer Fatman Scoop. The viral song garnered so much attention that Canadian video producer Kieran Khan took the lead on the music video. The remix encapsulates the unmatched energy and worldwide appeal of Dancehall as well as highlights the international synergies formed by Jamaican entertainer Chi-Ching Ching.

"The storyline of the song, is that barriers and borders are no more. You have Afrobeat that's now fusing with Dancehall, and then they incorporate dancing into it," revealed Khan.

chi-ching-ching-rock-di-world-ft-fatman-scoop-patoranking-stonebwoy-photo-2.jpgKhan alluded that it was important for the video to showcase Chi-Ching Ching's truth; that of a dancer turned internationally acclaimed performing and recording artiste.

"Rock Di World is a powerful and inspirational song to make the whole word happy and just want to dance. The dance move is created by dancer friend Shakespeare, and it is so easy; no bathroom training required, no mirror needed," the effervescent Chi-Ching Ching explained.

Rock Di World is the first track released from Chi-Ching Ching highly anticipated Turning Tables album produced by Dutty Rock Productions.

Dubbed #ChingLinks, Chi-Ching Ching's fans are already looking forward to the official release of the Rope music video, which has been teased as the second dance anthem to be released from his debut album that is in the final stages of production.





aidonia-photo-4.jpgEarlier this week a video surfaced online showing Aidonia and his crew walking into a venue for a show in St. Kitts and Nevis. Turns out two men had a fight that resulted in a stampede. We're told that several patrons got hurt but the deejay and his crew were not harmed. The video clip below shows a man smashing a bottle in the head of another man.

Aidonia team has since released a statement denying that he was attacked or hurt in the incident. "Contrary to a surfeit to spurious reports being perpetuated online that 4th Genna Recording artiste Aidonia was attacked during a recent stint in St.Kitts," his management team said in the statement. "We would like to advise the masses that these allegations are false and aimed at sullying the entertainer's reputation."

The 4th Genna deejay says he was at a meet and greet with his fans when the incident went down. Fans came out in huge numbers but two rival gangs decided to attack each other and put a halt to the event. Aidonia took quick action and was ushered out of the venue by his security detail.





Producer Justus successfully removes tumour

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justus-arison-producer.jpgPopular Dancehall producer Justus Arison shared the great news of his successful operation to remove a tumor with his followers on social media Tuesday when he uploaded a photo in a hospital.

"Back from the dead again #tumorfree," Arison wrote.

Back in 2015, Justus made headlines after his 'High Life' rhythm instrumental was featured on the popular reality TV series, 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' on the E! network.





MBJ Airports Limted (MBJ), operator of Sangster International Airport (SIA), featured lovers rock sensation Romain Virgo in concert on Sunday 25 March to kick off a pop-up concert series that will continue throughout the year.

"We are delighted to feature Romain Virgo in collaboration with VP Records to launch our pop-up concert series at Sangster International Airport as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary as operator," said MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. "We are proud to showcase such phenomenal talent and look forward to featuring more of Jamaica's great entertainers in the months ahead," Echevarne added.

The pop-up concerts are part of MBJ's vision to create the "Irie Airport Experience" and establish Jamaica's leading international gateway as a cultural attraction in its own right.

MBJ is a proud patron of the arts and showcases Jamaican culture throughout the airport. In 2017, the airport operator hosted the 25th International Reggae Poster Contest exhibition and award ceremony and a local crafts competition.

MBJ also features some of the island's leading musical talent on the MBJ Mixtape, produced by RazzAttack Muzik, which can be heard throughout the airport on the PA system. MBJ has partnered with Tuff Gong Trading, a leading retailer in the departure terminal, to ensure albums by Romain Virgo and other artistes who contributed to the MBJ Mixtape are available for sale at the airport.

MBJ is celebrating its 15th Anniversary as operator of Sangster International Airport in April, with a series of activities scheduled throughout the year to commemorate the milestone.





Kabaka Pyramid has the ladies 'Kaught Up'

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgAs the anticipation continues to build surrounding the release of international reggae artist Kabaka Pyramids' debut album, Kontraband; here comes the release of a third single titled Kaught Up.

A different vibe from his first two tracks, Cant Breathe and Borders, Kabaka gives us a more romantic side, something the ladies can enjoy and appreciate.

The track starts out with Kabaka Pyramid melodically expressing his appreciation for that special someone who has just captivated his mind, heart and soul. Produced by Genis T Nadal out of Barcelona, the track gives you an up tempo-futuristic dancehall, club banger vibe. Staying true to the lyrical style he is known for, Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint in this single either as he delivers a blistering third verse in a hip-hop flavour.

Throughout the single, Kabaka expresses what he loves about this special woman and how her independence, style, beauty and humor makes up what he really admires about her. The Kaught Up factor for many men is one that usually catch them off guard, as they try to remain 'manly' and firm when in a relationship. Yet, to find that special one who gets your palm sweaty, your heart fluttering when she walks in a room and feeling star struck whenever she's around, you know this must be someone special.

Kabaka recently shot the video for Kaught Up in Miami, with plans to release soon.. In the upcoming weeks Kabaka Pyramid will be available for interviews as he is set to announce the album release date.

Kaught Up can be streamed or purchased on all major digital platforms at

Kabaka Pyramid - Kaught Up (Single)





buju-banton-photo-9.jpgSo after the announcement from Buju's team at a press conference, that his first show post-prison would be in Trinidad and the expected backlash from fans in Jamaica, Josef Budafuco, another member of Buju Banton's management team was forced to issue an emergency response.

Following the announcement on the Love and Harmony Cruise aboard the Celebrity Summit, Budafuco said Trinidad may not be Buju's first performance following his prison release on December 8, 2018.

He however admitted that April 22, 2019 will see Buju Banton performing in Trinidad. Budafuco also added that talks with promoters in Jamaica and the Caribbean for a Buju Banton concert are currently underway.





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As the entire world knows by now, power couple (Oh boy, that term again)...anyway, power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce jetted into Jamaica last week Sunday and were reportedly staying at "a residence in Kingston", which some say is none other than the exclusive Strawberry Hill.

Anyway the on the run power couple created quite a frenzy when they were spotted in Trench Town on a bike, breathing in the same air as the peasants. (Or perhaps it was the peasants breathing in the same air as the power couple.)

So, back to the headline of this article. The dynamic duo, were described by Daily Mail as being "the picture of bliss and relaxation as they sat in the sunshine, while Jay-Z sipped from his beverage".

Well, we're not sure if Jay was really drinking Jamaica's signature beer, Red Stripe, but a few bottles of the world famous brew were spotted on the table, while below the table we saw a bottle of Appleton rum. The picture was taken by Splash.

Reports are that the couple also visited Hellshire Beach, where they did a video/photo shoot.

Big up to Red Stripe and Wray & Nephew and of course, Beyonce and Jay Z. Hope this scene makes the final cut. -- Yasmine Peru





buju-banton-photos-2.jpgIf the recently released new song from Grammy winning, incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton, a new song, then would that mean that the Gargamel --- like somebody who's in jail in Jamaica -- is recording behind bars in the US?

The single under review is entitled 'Send Back Adams' and it was released last month, on the Crushroad Music label. The song piggybacks on the sentiment expressed in some quarters that the best man for the then vacant post of police commish is former hard-nosed crime fighter, retired Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams. (NB: the vacancy has now been filled.)

While this was a recent hot topic, the fact is tht this is the first time the "Adams for Commissioner' debate has popped up.

We tried to link Buju to hear from his lips if this is really new cereal, but alas, he didn't return our calls.

However, there is some reason to believe that 'Send Back Adams' is an old tune that has been given a rebirth.

According to one historian, the song was actually released in 2007, eleven years ago, on the Rapid Burst riddim and that Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, actually had two songs on the riddim.

The same person also suggests that the producer of the song is just trying a ting "cause Gargamel soon touch road.'

Buju Banton aka Gargamel, is scheduled to be released from prison in the US, the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, in less than nine months time, on December 8 2018.. He was convicted on drug charges in 2009. - Yasmine Peru

Watch the Youtube video below:
Buju Banton - Send Back Adams - February 2018





jay-and-bey-photo-1.jpgBeyonce and Jay-Z are being accused of copying Kanye and Kim's motorbike scene from the rapper's Bound 2 video.

The couple are currently in Jamaica reportedly filming a promotional video for their new tour, On The Run II.

On Thursday they were spotted in Kingston surrounded by film crew as they shot more scenes with Queen Bey sat behind her husband on a motorcycle with bull horns on the front.

The 26-year-old Drunk In Love singer was seen in a brown fringed suede dress with her blonde locks styled in frizzy waves.

Jay, 48, could be seen wearing a white shirt open at the neck with grey slacks.

The 99 Problems hitmaker wrapped a silk scarf around his head.

It's not clear if the couple, who are parents to daughter Blue Ivy and twins Sir and Rumi, are filming a music video or promotional material for their new tour.

It's the second time they've been spotted filming on a motorbike duringtheir Jamaica trek.

According to a report in Daily Mail, the images bear a striking resemblance to Kanye West's music video Bound 2 which featured his then fiancee Kim Kardashian.

However, Kanye was definitely NOT the first artiste to pose up on a bike, and he does not exclusive rights to this pose. And if people want to talk about copying, maybe they should check out Grace Jones' style of wearing masks and head-pices and body paint on stage. Grace was wearing masks as part of her performance WAY before Kanye, and quite likely she was his inspiration for his famous head and face gear. So those who think Kanye was the originator of this, just Google the amazing Grace Jones.





Freddie McGregor's "Go Freddie Go" out today

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go.jpgNew York, NY- Legendary reggae icon, Freddie McGregor O.D. and CEO of Big Ship Music Inc. has emerged with new single "Go Freddie Go". The melodically rich song serves a musical testimony of Freddie's lengthy and successful career. The first single off his upcoming album on VP Records, "Go Freddie Go" is sure to become a classic Reggae summer jam.

Produced by Lincoln Thomas for Linkgitz Production and written by Freddie with Lincoln Thomas and Kemar Williams, the words embody self-conviction that whatever is thrown his way, he can handle as Freddie sings "I'm moving much faster, And I make nothing stop me, because Freddie always ready..."

In addition to releasing his new music, Freddie will be embarking on a tour this summer with stops in Canada and the US. Fans can come witness his vast music catalog live as he hits venues in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York with more dates to be added.

"Go Freddie Go, is truly a musical chronology of my life and career through my experiences, my journey and my legacy," said Freddie of his new single.

"I am pleased to be working with VP Records on this project and humbled to have had support from many during my 50 plus years in the business."





Shaggy to rock Queen Elizabeth's birthday bash

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shaggy-queen-elizabeth-and-sting.jpgQueen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday party is a concert that will be televised and broadcast on the radio by the BBC-"a fun and vibrant evening of contemporary hits, songs from classic musicals, unique collaborations and stars from around the Commonwealth," as the Royal Albert Hall's description reads.

The British monarch has a lineup of stars set to perform for her in a live music event with the BBC.

Musicians include Shaggy, Sting, Shawn Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sir Tom Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Anne Marie. The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will air on April 21, Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday.

According to a release from the Palace, "many members of the Royal Family" will be in attendance, though it was not specified whether or not Meghan Markle will be attending ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. Tickets are also available to the public

Sting and Shaggy's album entitled 44/876. is out on 4/20, the day before the Queen's bash. It includes the single "Don't Make Me Wait."





New York, NY (March 20, 2018) In a few days, Love and Harmony cruise will set sail on what will be an unforgettable voyage! Celebrating the Caribbean culture and a variety of entertainment by some of the greatest in reggae and soca as well as great Caribbean cuisine. Yet, Love and Harmony team is also adding a give back portion to all the fun and enjoyment of this annual trip.

"We are grateful for all the harmonizers who have booked their cabins and are sailing away with us this weekend, but we wanted to use this opportunity to give back to some of the less fortunate. With thousands of people setting out to sail to Jamaica and Grand Cayman with us, we figured what better way to come together and contribute to a greater cause" says Steven 'Jabba' Beckford one of the organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise.

The opportunity presented itself to the Love and Harmony team to give back to a little over 90 children residing at SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, Montego Bay. The village has been in existence since 1972 and the compound is made up of 12 small houses, a community center and a kindergarten, which also services the local community. Each of the small houses are home to 6-9 children who refer to each other as brother and sister, and a caretaker who they refer to as mommy. These children are either orphaned, abandoned or have been removed from their homes for multitude of reasons, including physical and sexual abuse.

The Love & Harmony team and cruisers will be donating at least one or more essential items, which was requested by the SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town. The items varies from toiletries, school supplies, under clothes, school shoes, to batteries and multi vitamins for children.

All donations will be collected in a collection box once the ship is docked in Montego Bay.

If not sailing on the Love and Harmony Cruise and would like to make a donation please contact 1-800-225-8757 for more information.





Flourgon suing Miley Cyrus for $300 million

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flourgan.jpgThe international media is reporting that Miley Cyrus was sued for $300 million on Tuesday by a Jamaican songwriter who said the pop singer's 2013 smash "We Can't Stop" closely resembles a song he recorded 25 years earlier, and that she is infringing his copyright.

Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, said his 1988 song "We Run Things" has been "a favorite for lovers of reggae music worldwide" since reaching No. 1 in his home country, and that about 50 percent of "We Can't Stop" comes from him.

According to reporter, Jonathan Stempel, Flourgon accused Cyrus and her label RCA Records, owned by Sony Corp, of misappropriating his material, including the phrase "We run things. Things no run we," which she sings as "We run things. Things don't run we."

miley-cyrus.jpgRepresentatives for Cyrus, 25, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Sony did not immediately respond to a similar request.

May said he sought to protect his work last year with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things."

He said Cyrus' song "owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content."

The Kingston, Jamaica resident is also seeking a halt to further sales and performances of "We Can't Stop," according to his complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

While the complaint did not specify damages, May's lawyers in a press statement described it as a $300 million case.

"We Can't Stop," from Cyrus' album "Bangerz," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2013.

It was kept from the top by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," itself the subject of a high-profile copyright case over its resemblance to a 1977 Marvin Gaye song. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)





Vinyl Thursdays coming soon in Amsterdam

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Thursday 5 April 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland) is the date to keep in mind.

Vinyl Thursdays will come to Amsterdam! The weekly Vinyl Thursdays event in Kingston (Jamaica) is one of their favorite parties, when the BLACK STAR crew is visiting Jamaica. Once a month they will bring the event to Amsterdam (Holland) now. Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will take place every first Thursday the month in the basement of Hill Street Blues Cafe in Amsterdam centre, starting from Thursday April 5th.

The concept of Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will be exactly the same as in Jamaica: every month (guest) DJ's who play strictly vinyl! Besides the DJ's/selectors, there is time for singers and toasters during the open mic. Everything will be streamed live!

Resident crew: BLACK STAR SOUND feat. Selector DEN-DEN, MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC/host and sound effects).

Free entrance + smokers friendly vibes!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event

Facebook group Vinyl Thursdays For more upcoming events, see Black Star Foundation.





Sunday 18 March 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland)

This Sunday BLACK STAR SOUND (Amsterdam) will bring you a full 6-hour roots reggae DJ set at Hill Street Blues Cafe in the city centre of Amsterdam. Selector DEN-DEN will play from old to brand new tunes and dubplates fresh outta Jamaica! He is assisted by MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC and sound effects). Come along to drink, smoke, dance and enjoy sweet reggae music!

From 19.00 till 01.00 - Free entrance and smokers friendly!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event





15th ANNIVERSARY OF BLACK STAR FOUNDATION

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Sunday 15 April 2018 - Melkweg (Amsterdam - Holland)

On Sunday 15 April 2018 BLACK STAR FOUNDATION will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Black Star Foundation at Melkweg, Amsterdam (Holland)! There will be live performances and DJ's, a photo exhibition, Jamaican food, reggae decorations (in cooperation with DecoRoots) and lots of Black Star merchandise and CD's.

Besides BLACK STAR SOUND, many artists will perform with whom we have worked with over the years, like BACK-A-WALL MOVEMENT (Holland), MC JAHFORTH (Jamaica/Holland), Mr. AYA (France), RAPHA PICO (Surinam/Holland), TWOROOTS band feat. ASHER-E (Holland), LEAH ROSIER (Holland) and EXILE DI BRAVE (Jamaica).

Main act for the event will be Studio One veteran LONE RANGER (Jamaica)!

From 19:00 / Tickets € 15 + membership / Buy your tickets at Tickermaster

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / More info (Facebook event)





World Clash for Reggae Sumfest

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgDownsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest bringing back Irish & Chin's World Clash in a 20th Anniversary Celebration to Montego Bay represents a historic moment in Jamaican Music History.

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Fans were blown away by the sounds and over the top performances staged by Irish & Chin with their World Clash Sound System events at Pier One in Montego Bay......presenting the very best Sound Systems in the World in fierce competition....These events were the pinnacle of sound system events in the world....featuring David Rodigan, Bass Odyssey, Mighty Crown, Black Kat / Pink Panther, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer, KIlimanjaro, Rootsman, Code Red, Ricky Trooper, and the list goes on and on. Crowds of upwards of 8000-10,000 jammed the event center at Pier One year after year....then one day, it was over.....some political problems. But now...it is coming back with a vengeance, with the help of the promotional assets and expertise of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest....Bringing the greatest sound system event back in a homecoming and celebration to the motherland of Reggae and Dancehall Music. Josef Boganovich, CEO of Downsound Enterttainment had this to say about it all....." We are looking forward to the return of Irish & Chin's World Clash to Montego Bay and making this one....The biggest and best ever " . Irish & Chin founder Garfield " Chin " Bourne expressed his excitement with the following...." I can't think of a better way to celebrate 20 years of the World Clash brand...returning to Jamaica, bringing World Clash with Reggae Sumfest is extremely exciting to me, as fans have been asking for this for many many years....What a great homecoming !





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgRick Ross joins Jamaican dancehall star Konshens on his genre-bending single "Big Belly."

Blending reggae, dancehall, and trap, the Rvssian-produced track allows the rapper to celebrate life and money. "Big Belly, mon," he raps. "You know the don / Rolex on my arm, I keep my soldiers armed."

"Big Belly" is one of 16 tracks off Konshens' sophomore album It Feel Good, which also features Chris Brown ("Bruk Off Yuh Back"), Shaggy ("Body Happy"), and Satori ("Days of My Life"). In 2016, Konshen's "Bruk Off Yuh Back," blew up, garnering a remix with Breezy, which came became the song's official single.

Konshens has now previewed the music video for the single.

"Big Belly" is the first video to be released from the project and the Subkonshus boss recently hinted that there could be more videos coming.

Last week, he and Tarrus Riley dropped the video for their collaborative effort "Simple Blessing" featured on the 'All Night Riddim' produced by Chimney Records.





lorna-goodison.jpgJamaican poet Lorna Goodison is one of eight receipients of the Windham-Campbell Prize, which will see each writer being awarded a US$165,000 prize to support their writing.

The prize was established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell. The prize is among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the prizes are based.

Lorna Goodison's poetry draws the reader into a panoramic history of a woman's life, bearing witness to female embodiment, the colonial legacy, mortality, and the sacred.

Lorna Goodison is one of the Caribbean's foremost writers and the current Poet Laureate of Jamaica. She has received many honours, including the Musgrave Medal (1999) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (1987). She is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, where she was the Lemuel A. Johnson Professor of English and African and Afro-American Studies.





spice-photo-5.jpgThat's the question being asked on social media after Spice posted her clip.

On Tuesday, a promotional video of the Dancehall artiste playing a game "Two truths and a bluff" was posted and immediately social media went into overdrive, with some blasting Spice for selling out Jamaica because she made her Jamaican accent disappear. Others defended her by saying that she had to talk that way so that the viewers would understand what she is saying since many foreigners do not understand the Jamaican accent.

The first official video of Spice from the upcoming season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta showed Spice making three statements and fans were asked to state which two are true and which one was a lie.

The "Duffle Bag" rapper shared that Alicia Keys told her she was beautiful, former United States president slapped her on her ass, and she used to live in London. As expected the bit about Obama was the bluff. As Spice said, "Of course he didn't slap me on my ass...but everyone knows that I have a crush on Barack Obama...





popcaan-and-jah-vinci.jpgA brand new collaboration titled 'Steamy' is the treat that formers Gaza members Popcaan and Jah Vinci have for their fans. Here is a line from the collab: "P**y dem dead an' gone and bury, rifle a buss them jelly," Jah Vinci sings while Popcaan added, "Dash them in a bush them find them smelly, real old grungrel a beat up the belly, man skull a steam."

The two former members of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire/Gaza camp dropped the gritty single produced by Unruly Entertainment on Monday, March 5. Their last collab was six years ago on the 2012 single "Life Lost" another gritty song on the Arch Evil Riddim.and fans have been waiting for this one.





konshens-and-rick-ross.jpgJamaican dancehall star Konshens, the artiste responsible for bashment party essentials "Bruk Off Yuh Back" and "Gal a Bubble," has teamed up with Rick Ross on new single "Big Belly."

"Big Belly," freshly premiered on Billboard.com, seamlessly blends dancehall and trap vibes courtesy of Rvssian, the Jamaican producer known for his work with Bad Bunny, Kevin Gates and Vybz Kartel.

Fresh off recent collaborations with Major Lazer ("Front of the Line"), Nipsey Hussle ("Succa Proof"), The Chainsmokers ("Don't Let Me Down" remix) and Nicky Jam/Bad Bunny ("Privado"), Konshens is taking dancehall to a higher level with his sophomore LP, It Feel Good. The album, the first in a new venture with San Francisco-based EMPIRE, features appearances from Rick Ross, Shaggy, Chris Brown and Tarrus Riley, and production from a committee of Jamaica's most talented producers including Rvssian, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and Don Corleon. (PHOTO CREDIT: KEYSUS)

It Feel Good is out now:

https://Empire.lnk.to/ItFeelGood





Govana tops charts in St. Vincent

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govana.jpgAfter being named '2017 Breakthrough Artiste of the Year' and taking home some silverware courtesy of the 'Your View Awards' (YVAs). 4th Genna recording artiste Govana is definitely seeing an upsurge in popularity and demand come 2018.

Enjoying premium rotation on the airwaves and social scene, the Spanish Town deejay has also seen a considerable spike in requests for concert appearances across the diaspora. The artiste is booked for a cadre of high profile assignments in the weeks ahead including Digicel Grand Prix, Up To The Line (After Champs Party), Aidonia Birthday Party, Crab Fest and Reggae Sumfest among a plethora of others. Govana is also expected to depart the island in May for Toronto, Canada.

Best known for the tracks Run Road, Gyal Clown, Gyal Thief, Loco and Breeze (featuring Aidonia), the deejay has also climbed to the top of St. Vincent's Hot 97.1FM Chart with his latest effort 'Rich Forever'. Featured on the newly released Life's Path rhythm compilation the project is produced by Good Good Production.





Reggae Sumfest partners with Bacchanal Jamaica

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sumfest-2018-bacchanal-photo-1.jpgDownsound Entertainment (DSE), through its Reggae Sumfest Brand, will be partnering with Bacchanal Jamaica as the presenting sponsor of Bacchanal Live, to be held on Friday , March 23 at the Mas Camp. It will be the first live event of the season and will feature Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal band. In addition, the Reggae Sumfest truck will be a part of the road parade on Sunday , April 8.

"DownSound Entertainment is about offering first class entertainment" remarked Joe Bogdanovich, Chairman of DSE, "and we are also about inclusiveness. Over the last two years we increased the following for Reggae Sumfest significantly, both locally and globally and that remains our main focus. This year we have started the promotions of the festival early and our campaign is vibrant. The carnival audience is very similar to our Sumfest audience and our partnership with Bacchanal Jamaica will help us to promote Sumfest to a large fun-loving audience, looking for new opportunities for great entertainment. Carnival, like Sumfest, brings in many visitors to the island, particularly to Kingston. This can only help to build our economy and this therefore fulfills another objective of DownSound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest."

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Skatta Burrell, DownSound team member expanded on some of the joint marketing initiatives and shared that "street promotions for Reggae Sumfest started with the Sumfest Dolls making the rounds of Bacchanal and other events in the lead up for the carnival season and now they will also be in the road parade with the Reggae Sumfest truck which is well known for its striking and vibrant design. We will be spicing it up for Carnival and it will certainly be the most impressive truck in the parade. We will be mixing in just a taste of our Reggae Sumfest style with the music of pretty mas, adding to the vibes on the road."

"Reggae Sumfest is a one of a kind event", commented Karla Jankee of DSE, "always exciting, always with its own style, and our Sumfest Dolls will definitely stand out as they join the parade clad in unique costumes featuring the exquisite designs of Nish Kollections. Of course they will be tweaked specially to fit into the carnival theme.

When asked about the association, Charmaine Franklin, director of Bacchanal Jamaica remarked, " We welcome DownSound Entertainment to the Bacchanal family. We believe that there are synergies that can work very well between Reggae Sumfest and Carnival. More and more of the soca performers are doing collaborations with reggae and dancehall artistes developing a crossover sound that is very catchy and very much liked by all Caribbean people. It is therefore a good time for this collaboration of the two events. We can definitely work together for the development of both and the Bacchanal team is committed to also working with DownSound to promote Reggae Sumfest.

Tickets for Bacchanal Live are already on sale online and will go on sale in the outlets soon.

Additional information on Sumfest's week of activities and early bird tickets can be found at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





Lanz still Nah Leggo...now on Canadian tour

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lanz.jpgDancehall artiste Lanz is now in Canada for a 10-day tour involving at least three club dates and other promotion appearances.

The first show dubbed 'Magnificient Black': The Savage Girls Edition was held at the Empire Banquet Hall on March 2nd and then he will be performing at 'Lanz: March Madness' at the Mobay Jerk spot in Brampton, Ontario on March 9th.

"I am really looking forward to performing for my fans in Canada, there is a lot of buzz around the shows based on the feedback on my social media pages, so the shows are really going to be lit," Lanz said.

Lanz had to postpone a pair of shows a few weeks ago because of 'logistical issues'.

"The process was a bit slow so things go held up but now, everything is set," he said.

The tour ends on March 12th.





Mitch, Dalla Coin team up

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mitch-and-dalla-coin.jpgFormer ARP member Mitch has teamed up with deejay Dalla Coin for several musical collaborations. Their work has borne fruit with Body of a Goddess and Goose Bumps. Both songs are produced by Emperor Production.

To date, the duo has recorded six songs.

Mitch has also released solo material, including Big Woman (Weedy G Soundforce) and Give Me a Call (Don Corleon Records).

Born Roger Mitchell, he hails from the Kingston 13 area.

In addition to Mitch, ARP comprised Orville "Da'Ville" Thomas, Patrick Hylton, Leon Gilbert, and Orand Rose-Green. The group performed in an R&B style over dancehall rhythms. The group dissolved in the early 2000s.

Dalla Coin has been doing music professionally for the last six years. His first song was Don a Road, a collaboration with Dwayno. He also released Take Over, which was produced by ZJ Rush.

The Old Harbour, St Catherine-based dancehall artiste was born Dalrick McBean.

"I bring to the table musically a fun-loving type of music, music that everyone can relate to; also, some conscious music to the people, to lift the minds of the people across the world in a positive way," he said.

The duo has plans to make inroads locally and overseas, and are currently managed by Emperor Production.





tupac-and-biggie.jpgBefore hip hop legend Tupac passed away, he recorded a track for his brother that will be released on a various artists hip hop compilation album this summer. The Tupac track wiill be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by The Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica.

The hip hop album which features the Tupac single along with songs from Ed Sheeran, Sean Kingston, Pitbull, Jethro Sheeran, Chris Brown, Capleton, Notorious B.I.G. Akon and Contractor. Biggie Smalls will make an appearance on the album courtesy of songs from his live performance in Jamaica in 1996.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the US.

On April 7, 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. And his mother and father were both members of the Black Panthers movement.





Safaree's long john breaks the Internet

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safaree-vh1.jpg"#Safaree breaks the internet" screams a twitter post from BET TV. Move over Kim Kardashian and Dexta Daps, a new king is in town.

Jamaican rapper and reality TV show star Safaree is clearly having his own #metooman moment after a leaked photo and video of his eggplant on the internet sent global female fans in a frenzy. Those who saw it said it was a 'Big Deal!' Popular Jamaican dancehall DJ Dexta Daps had endured a similar fate some time ago when a nude photo of him leaked mysteriously.

But in the case of Safaree, the global stampede escalated to a shocking new level, pushing US President Donald Trump off the Internet radar. TMZ, Daily Mail, Bossip, Hollywood Gossip, Hip Hop Wired, In Touch Weekly, VH1 and Hot 97 all carried feature stories about the erotic nude pics. Twitter was flooded with thousands of posts, some ranging from disbelief, shock while others were downright funny.

TMZ posted "Safaree Samuels' weiner is trending!?!? Bossip wrote "Safari's mighty pum pum pulverizer is still bruising the internet's cervix." And a grey-haired granny looking like twice Safaree's age posted a one minute video clip pleading her case, "Don't think cause I'm old I can't handle it. One more for the road. ' Safaree call me when you want some of this old throwback."

Some questioned whether Safaree leaked his own nude pics as a publicity stunt. Seems plausible, given he dropped a new single 'Hunnid' that coincided with the release of the pics. Social media was not the only platform buzzing with excitement. Safaree was interviewed on the popular Breakfast Club with Charlamagne and the Steve Harvey radio program did a segment about his Anaconda which Nicki Minaj reportedly sang about in her song of the same name.

Irie Jam Radio, the loudest voice to Jamaicans in the Diaspora wanted in on the Safaree buzz.

"DJ Roy is on radio right now. We need to find Safaree immediately to talk about the media frenzy happening on social media with his career" Bobby Clake, head-honcho of Irie Jam Radio said.

Safaree got traction in the Jamaican diaspora just a few weeks ago after the Gleaner picked him as one of six Caribbean nationals in the Diaspora to watch in 2018. A few weeks later, he received his very first award - a Blue & Bougie Impact Award at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx.

"Seems like we honored Safaree two weeks too early" Jerry Mac of Blue & Bougie Inc declared. "Can you imagine the hysteria with the ladies inside Mingles Cafe if we had him this Sunday. That would be a good problem to have. We may need to book him right now" he said. And meanwhile, in Brooklyn, Hot Cocoa, a love coach, purred, "Move over Dexta Daps, Safaree just brought me a red rose and he's reeling out his long, long fire hose".

A curious fan who was inside Mingles Cafe for his appearance said "some people thought Safaree was boring, now he is making nuff girls horny."

Shockwaves from the Safaree internet thud could be felt 3,000 miles away in Negril, Jamaica where an inside source told this publication that a sexy Negril beach resort is considering extending an invitation for the rapper to vacation there with a bevy of beauties when he gets a break from the 'March madness' happening on social media right now.

With all the international publicity he has garnered in recent months, Safaree has stayed close to his Jamaican roots. His combination single with Sean Kingston was included on the #1 album this week on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart 'Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica." The TV star regularly gives exposure to Brand Jamaica on his VH1 Love & Hip Hop: NY TV show. Just weeks ago he also started an online petition on Changer.org, advocating for Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer to obtain a United States Work Visa. And not surprisingly, for last year, Safaree was named 2017 Sexiest Man of the Year.





freddie-kenya.jpgFreddie McGregor, Culture and Reggae music dominated the landscape of Nairobi, Kenya, last weekend as the Big Ship Captain and his entourage sailed into the country for a long-awaited performance.

It was a show like no other and one which far surpassed the high expectations of the throngs which went to witness the legends live in performance.

Culture's performance in Nairobi was a two and a half hour set that was well received. Kenyatta Hill, aka Culture, has a large fan base in Africa and Kenya's people gobbled up some conscious Reggae music.Hill went on his feet and you could feel him through every energetic performance.

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Freddie McGregor's set lasted almost four hours and not even the rain could stop his show.The rain seemed endless as showers continued throughout his performance.The audience participation was tremendous as Kenyans sang McGregor's songs word for word.

The audience of on or around 4,000 patrons got wet from Culture's performance to McGregora.This audience was passionate and made the artiste feel warm.

A rain-soaked Freddie told his audience, "I love you Kenya...if you wanna get wet,I can too..Promise to give you all your request!"

That was a reference to the 50-song request list that Freddie received when he made his entry into Kenya days earlier, when he was greeted by a throng of journalists, Twelve Tribe supporters and fans.

"Do you have any idea how popular you are here?" the journalists asked the legendary Reggae singer.

The hugely successful Jamhuri Reggae Festival was promoted by Head Cornerstone Entertainment.





Contractor boasts new Tupac music

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tupac.jpgContractor Music Marketing is in possession of new music from late rapper Tupac.

Reports are that before he died, Tupac Shakur laid down a track for his brother Mopreme Shakur. The Tupac track will be produced by Jethro Sheeran Music from the UK, Mopreme Shakur and executive produced by Contractor Music Group from Ocho Rios Jamaica. It will be released on a various artiste compilation hip-hop album before the start of summer 2018.

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

His double disc albums All Eyez on Me) and his Greatest Hits (1998) are among the best-selling albums in the United States.

Meanwhile, Contractor Music Marketing currently sits in the number one position on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart with a various artist compilation titled Tropical House Cruises To Jamaica.





Is it Kartel....or not?

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vybz-kartel-playing-football-in-prison.jpgThe viral video clip of Vybz Kartel has the Internet divided.

Some say that it's the Worl' Boss, others say it aint him.

Well...in the clip, a man resembling the jailed Dancehall star can be seen playing a game of football with inmates at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, formerly known as General Penitentiary (GP).

The person resembling Kartel is seen shirtless in khaki shorts, blue underpants and rocking shades.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer is serving a life sentence, following the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. His appeal is scheduled for later this year.

See video below and decide for yourself:





50 Cent to unveil another show

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50-cent-the-oath.jpgEntertainment mogul Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has another show on the way.

The Oath was set to debut on Crackle next month, but the programme's executive producer released the pilot on his Facebook page for a limited time.

The Oath stars Sean Bean, Ryan Kwanten, Cory Hardrict, Katrina Law, Arlen Escarpeta and J.J. Soria.

Sony Network's Crackle is a free streaming service app that is available on Roku, Android, Xbox, Apple TV, PS3, iPhone, and more.





The official soundtrack for the Black Panther film is packed with Hip Hop and R&B stars. Grammy-winner Kendrick Lamar oversaw the LP, and he helped recruit SZA, The Weeknd, Jay Rock, Future, Schoolboy Q, James Blake, Khalid, Swae Lee, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, and more for the Top Dawg Entertainment release.

TDE in-house hitmaker Mark "Sounwave" Spears produced several tracks for the project.

Several African artistes were part of the Black Panther: The Album tracklist. Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Yugen Blakrok, and Saudi were introduced to many American listeners thanks to the collection of music from and inspired by the Marvel Studios global blockbuster.





Bugle rocks YVAs; ready for Guyana

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bugle-photo-4.jpgAttired in a burgundy and white designer garb, Bugle, delivered a masterful performance last weekend at the Your View Awards (YVAs), held at the National Indoor Sports Centrer in Kingston. Despite not taking home any silverware the Rastafarian crooner was the recipient of two nominations for 'Local Album of the Year' for his latest body of work 'Be Yourself' along with a nod for the 'Humanitarian Award'.

The latter is a collaborative effort between the YVAs and Sagicor and is given to a member of the entertainment fraternity who has an active foundation rendering assistance within the prescribed nomination period. Bugle said he is happy for the recognition, and hope it will serve as a platform to inspire others to do more for the less fortunate.

"Awards are always good but that is not the focus of my Foundation. I am hoping the highlight from the nomination will help to inspire others to join the cause to help the less fortunate of this anointed country." - Bugle intimated.

Bugle and Wayne Marshall performing at the 2018 Your View Awards (YVAs)

Sunday morning, only hours after the award show the 'Rasta Party' crooner and members of the An9ted Humanitarian Foundation team were spotted across the Kingston and St. Andrew metropolis handing out hot meals to the homeless in the third instalment of their feeding initiative. The team was also joined by fellow conscious singer I-Wayne.

"People said they saw me performing only hours earlier and now I am in the streets feeding the homeless. The truth is, hunger doesn't give the poor a break, so we have to do whatever we can even when we're tired." - Bugle added

Meanwhile, Bugle is slated to depart the island later this week as headliner for a concert in Guyana. The singer also recently completed a stint at the 2018 instalment of 'Unplugged' hosted by Usain Bolt Tracks & Records.





kenny-bling-photo-2.jpgAfar Music Group artiste, Kenny Bling, is in anticipation mode as his label is set to release his debut EP ''Still Working", on Friday March 2, 2018.

The six-track EP comprises three songs which have already been released and three brand new offerings which Kenny Bling is confident will connect with his ever growing fan base.

Known for his smooth delivery and flow, the artiste has a knack for picking normal, everyday topics such as friendship and loyalty and injecting a twist which makes the ultimate difference between good and great. Kenny did this with the singles ''Mi Chargie'' on the popular ''Level Up'' riddim and ''Bubble Fimi'' his second release, which was geared towards his female fans who gravitated to the song's lyrical content and wide-ranging appeal. Both of these songs, along with "Choices", a positive dancehall song which educates the youths about the importance of making good choices, appear on the EP.

Since signing with Afar Music Group in May 2017, Kenny has released a slew of songs, and has been steadily building his repertoire and gaining recognition in the dancehall arena locally and internationally. A video for the song ''Mi Chargie'' was filmed in Steel Lane, Stony Hill the home town of Kenny Bling and social media promotion via Instagram for "Bubble Fimi" took the single to another level with a dance competition hosted by popular dancer Dancehall Queen Sher.

Encouraged by the positive feedback, Kenny Bling declares that he has a responsibility to keep on working, hence the name of his debut EP. As he explains, "This music is a process, not only to make but to deliver to the consuming ears....and since life is a journey to us the process never stops. So we are continuously working on perfecting the music and life, hence the title ''Still Working."





skepta-and-naomi-photo-1.jpgSkepta and Naomi Campbell appear topless on the next cover of British GQ and social media is in overdrive.

The grime artiste and the supermodel. whose mother is Jamaican, appear in a racy embrace to discuss race, sex and love in the April edition of the magazine.

The cover quickly became a hot topic on Twitter, with many people taken aback by the photo. "Well that's warming things up a bit this morning. What a cover," wrote one person. "I need to read a romance book about this cover! Like, STAT!!" another person tweeted.

GQ said on its website that the pair first met at the British Fashion Awards in 2016 and are now "close friends".

But the cover has fuelled more speculation the pair are dating.

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The supermodel teased the images from the shoot on Instagram before the full cover was released today.

According to GQ, the pair were first introduced by British Vogue editor Edward Enninful at the awards and went on to the after party together.

The pair have teamed up together to work on a new underwear line as part of Skepta's MAINS fashion collection.

Skepta has had a meteoric rise and is currently viewed as one of the trailblazers of the grime music scene.

That was cemented last year when the 35-year-old's album, Konnichiwa, won the Mercury prize for album of the year.

As for Naomi Campbell, she remains one of the most iconic supermodels on the planet.





Will Kartel finally allow Popcaan to visit?

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kartel-and-popcaan.jpgThis sounds like...Will the little boy be rewarded with a lollipop for good behaviour?

So..reports are that Vybz Kartel is "considering allowing his former protege Popcaan to visit him in prison" because Kartel has apparently been seeing the Unruly Boss' recent efforts to redeem himself and is quite impressed.

WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!!

Anyway, the source is quoted thus: "Mi nah guh lie, addi [Vybz Kartel] deal wid Popcaan a wah eno but him seh the tough love look like it a finally teach him loyalty," the source said. "Suh right now him might mek him visit him soon suh dem can have a serious talk."

Kartel is said to have recently given Popcaan a shoutout when he dropped the video for his throwback single "Duh Weh U Wah Fi Duh" on Instagram.

"Yo see the corolla and think seh a cabbi / A addi wi give u supm fi deal wid u shabbi / Man a bawl and a seh don't dweet mi daddy / Popcaan a go wadda dem / Becuz dem no bad at all a mi name them a call," he deejays in the track.

Popcaan, who was labelled a police informant by Gaza fans shortly after Vybz Kartel's incarceration, spotted the post and quickly commented, "Cool Reminder."

However Popcaan visiting Vybz Kartel at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, seems more and more of a possibility as the days go by. Remeber....Kartel who previously bashed Tommy Lee Sparta for his alleged disloyalty, gave the deejay visiting right recently.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgReports are that Beenie Man's grandmother, Doris Ferguson Stewart, affectionately called Dar Dar or Gloria, passed away at her home in Shrewsbury district, near Cotterwood in St Elizabeth last Thursday.

She was 91 years old.

According to Beenie Man, both he and his mother are taking the loss very hard and he is asking for time to mourn.

Yardflex sends condolences to Beenie Man.





freddie-mcgregor-photo-4.jpgFinally, after a long wait, legendary Reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, has arrived in Kenya.

The Big Ship crew is scheduled to perform on March 3 at Kenyatta International conference center along with Reggae veteran Culture (Kenyatta Hill) as lead singer.

Freddie and Culture received a warm welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport from members of the Twelve Tribe Rastafarian organization & Kenyan people.

Media houses lined up for interviews and asked McGregor. "Do you even know how big your are here in Kenya??"

McGregor got a request song list with about 50 songs demanded by the expected audience.

download the video here.





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgGrammy award winning Dancehall veteran, Rodney Price aka Bounty Killer says he is "honored and humbled" after receiving the Mentorship Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) at its Honour Awards in Kingston on Sunday.

Bounty Killer who has received a variety of awards, including Grammys, Moonmen, says that this award is special because it's the first time he's being recognised for the work he has done for others.

Bounty is known as the artiste who has given a voice and a microphone to a host of dancehall's top deejays when they were literally nobodies. And, although most of them have been ungrateful, Bounty still thanked them for the opportunity that he had in moulding their careers and helping to make them into household names.

Bounty Killer has been credited with giving a slew of entertainers their big break including Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Scare Dem Crew, Cham, Bling Dwag, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia and countless others.





Ed Sheeran is world's best-selling artiste for 2017

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ed-sheeran-shape-of-you.jpgBritish singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artiste of 2017, thanks to his album Divide and singles Shape of You and Perfect.

Divide, which was released in March 2017, and went multi-Platinum in 36 nations.

Sheeran's pop ballad Shape of You was also the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 nations.

It was the first time that a recording artist has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.





Alexx Antaeus teams with Devin on exciting new track

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devin-and-alexx.jpgAward-winning composer, recording artiste and producer Alexx Antaeus, that musical mission has led him to record, remix and produce for an eclectic selection of artistes such as Tommy Lee Sparta, Young M.C., Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Rolling Stones, and Earth, Wind & Fire among other notable artists.

After recently being honoured for his 25 year membership at NARAS (the governing body of the GRAMMY Awards), Alexx introduced his forthcoming album slated for release this fall entitled "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers" with the lead single "GET HOT" featuring GRAMMY nominated Devin Di Dakta. Devin became a household name in Jamaica, following his victory in the "Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall" competition. The latter translated into various hit charting music, a Grammy nomination for 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album (Sly & Robbie Present: Reggae For Her) and a growing presence on the Billboard charts.

As dance meets dancehalll on "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers", the compilation has journeyed the globe to go beyond the expected pairings and meshed cultures through music. With the electric collaboration "GET HOT", the single aim is to break all musical borders and stereotype by blending hard beats, world rhythms, and great melodies. Produced by Alexx, for his imprint label Monom Records, "GET HOT" was written by both himself and Devin, and is now available (http://smarturl.it/GetHot-RT) to add to your musical collection, distributed on all major digital outlets by renowned Tuff Gong International.

In support of the hit bound single, "GET HOT" also offers Original, Tribal, Trap, Progressive and Chill Out remixes, and visuals that premiered over the weekend. Produced by Alexx Antaeus and directed by Damaniac Visualz, viewers will be drawed in as the video is reminiscent of a short movie where both Alexx and Devin play lead roles to a sexy supporting cast.

Riddim Travelers - Get Hot [Feat. Alexx Antaeus & Devin Di Dakta] [Official Video]





reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgThe latest additions to this Summer's reggae sumfest are Aidonia, Cham and Ding Dong, The organizers made this news public yesterday. Last week iconic Jamaican reggae artiste Damian Marley was also confirmed to perform on his birthday Saturday July 21st at Reggae Sumfest 2018.

Fresh back from the 2018 grammys after winning the award Damian Marley's next major show in Jamaica is expected to be at Sumfest, joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, Aidonia, Cham, Ding Dong and many more.

Damian was born on July 21, 1978 and is now age age 39 hence he will be 40 on the day of his sumfest performance.

The greatest reggae show on earth will in full swing this summer June 15 to June 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In case u missed the 1st round of early bird tickets, the organizers will be selling a 2nd set of Early Bird Tickets which will go on sale February 1st 2018 on http://www.reggaesumfest.com/





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has revealed his top favourite artistes and songs and it's no surprise that 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley sits atop the list.

Andrew Holness favourite artistes include:

Bob Marley

Dennis Brown

Beres Hammond

Chronixx

Protoje

Etana

Queen Ifrica

Oops, no dancehall artiste made the list. I guess dancehall artistes are only useful during election time when their popular songs are used on the campaign trail.

Well, when it comes to favourite songs, Holness names 'Natural Mystic' and 'Redemption Song' from Bob Marley, he says Nesbeth's 'My Dream' is his theme song. (Of course.....it certainly helped him to achieve his Dream during the last election when it was the JLP's theme song.)

Holness is also a fan of Chronixx songs such as 'Likes' and others from Chronology.

By the way, where does gospel fall in ll of this? Perhaps 'O Day of Rest and Gladness' #382 from the SDA Hymnal?





Beenie Man and D'Angel still legally married

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wedding-photos-beenie-man-and-d-angel-photo-1.jpgThe event is still known as 'Dancehall's biggest wedding'. The ceremony between at then pregnant D'Angel and the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man at Crichton Estate, St. Andrew, Jamaica on August 22, 2006. However, the fairy-tale wedding didn't have a fairy-tale ending. They didn't "live happily ever after" It was soon Splitsville for the first couple of Dancehall, and, surprisingly, years after the split, the two have still not yet finalized their divorce. Beenie Man, who is now dating Krystal Tomlinson, says process should be over very soon as all the documents were sent in and signed, all they need now is the stamp of approval.

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It's back to court for Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgDancehall entertainer Munga Honorebel is scheduled to appear in court today (Wed).

Munga is charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith who was shot dead on Molynes Road, in Kingston last February.

According to Munga's attorney Christopher Townsend, when his client faces the Kingston and St. Andrew parish court , the judge will be re-examining his current fine and will further determine if there is sufficient evidence to support the matter being sent to the Supreme Court.

Munga whose real name is Damian Rhoden, is currently out on bail and still recording and releasing new music.





Senior advisor and strategist to Tourism Minister, Delano Seiveright states that, "Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, is seeing an uptick in wealthy and celebrity tourists some of whom take to their social media platforms, with millions of young fans each, to publicise their vacation giving us incredible positive publicity. For Montego Bay in particular it is very good".

Highlighting a surge in celebrity and wealthy visitors, Chief Executive Officer of MBJ Airports, operators of Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, Rafael Echavarne recently noted that, "from December 23 to December 31 a total of 60 private jets were accommodated at the Airport with December 26th recording the highest number with a total of 18 private jets accommodated, the place was absolutely full."

Just late last month, former US President Bill Clinton vacationed in Montego Bay and its environs for a weekend spending on the golf course at Tryall Club. Among the high profile party was former Governor of the US State of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Bartlett pointed to provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board showing a roughly seven per cent increase in the number of stopover tourists for the month of January compared to the same month last year. A record 4.3 million combined stopover and cruise tourists visited Jamaica in 2017.

This according to Bartlett represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016. "it is the first time that...we brought more than 500,000 additional visitors and near US$500 million more in a single calendar year." he noted.





justin-and-selena.jpgJamaica continues to benefit from a raft of high-profile visits by celebrities, ranging from pop music stars to a former US President.

On the heels of the island in December copping the World's Leading Wedding Destination award, pop stars Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez are in Montego Bay for the wedding of Bieber's father, Jeremy and new stepmom Chelsey Rebelo.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett pointed out that high profile visits to the island, "enable the destination to effectively promulgate it's diverse offerings to specific and very important demographics while showcasing the island as a must do for a great vacation experience. We are undoubtedly a multi-faceted destination."

Bieber and Gomez's visit follows that of Russian Tennis Star Maria Sharapova, who vacationed in and around Montego Bay, staying at the famed Round Hill Hotel and Villas. There, Sharapova spent 15 minutes on the tennis court with a guest as part of a charity effort. Another famous pop music celebrity, Shawn Mendez, vacationed in Portland last week, while Singer Solange Knowles, sister of Pop star Beyonce, vacationed earlier this month on the island.

Meanwhile, billionaire fashion icon Ralph Lauren, who owns a vacation home on the outskirts of Montego Bay, spent several days on the island and was recently honoured by Hanover Charities at their yearly Sugar Cane Ball at Round Hill. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Tourism Minister, Bartlett officially acknowledged Lauren's love and philanthropic work on the island.





caribbean-actors-black-panther-letitia-wright-shuri.jpgThe Caribbean was well represented in the blockbuster hit Black Panther.

Among the shining stars of Marvel Studios' superhero movie were Letitia Wright from Guyana and Winston Duke of Trinidad & Tobago, who gave notable performances in the Hollywood blockbuster.

The pair are riding the success of the record setting film.

Wright, 24, was born in Guyana but moved to London as a child. She plays Shuri, the sister of T'Challa, the prince who becomes ruler of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and reigning Black Panther. This makes Letitia a real but very differnt type of Disney Princess.

Dubbed "the smartest person in the world; smarter than Tony Stark" by executive producer Nate Moore, Shuri is the genius behind some of Wakanda's most advanced technology and the creator of Black Panther's suits and gadgets, made from the mythical, nearly indestructible metal known as vibranium.

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"I've never really seen a character like that in a script before," Wright says. "I never saw a young black girl being interested in engineering or science or math or wanting to heal people. I saw lots of stereotypes, and that's clearly the difference in why I really wanted to play that part."

Shuri is a tech-savvy teenage princess who is Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Q from Bond all rolled into one. But for all her exceptional brilliance Shuri, as Wright plays her, is also shockingly normal. As an otherworldly Wakandan war wages around her, Shuri is recognizable as a teasing little sister there to keep her big brother both safe and in check.

Tobago-born actor Duke, 31, moved to the U.S. with his family when he was nine years old.

Based on the Marvel comic book series that started in the mid-1960s, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Angella Bassett, among others.

Along with Boseman, Wright and Duke appear in the Avengers sequel, which opens in May.





Khago's album makes Billboard Reggae chart debut

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khago-walk-a-mile.jpgCall him what you may, but Khago must have been doing some good music, even while he was bus criticising and being criticised by members of the entertainment fraternity.

The Reggae and dancehall artiste has made his way unto the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

The 15 track compilation Walk A Mile debuted in the number five position.

The album was released on February 9 via the Streaminn Hub imprint.

Walk a Mile is available on a number of major online platforms including iTunes and Amazon music.

Khago will certainly have a lot to say on this.





nabiyah-be-nightshade.jpgRyan Coogler's "Black Panther" released on Thursday and among the cast is actress/ singer Nabiyah Be, who plays the role of Tilda Johnson, aka. Nightshade.Nabiyah Be is a Brazilian-Jamaican actress and singer/songwriter. She's the daughter of Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff.

Odessa, the actress' sister confirmed her character's identity on Twitter, from the middle of last year and again in an interview last week with a local paper. pointing out her brief appearance in a shot alongside Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger in the "Black Panther" teaser trailer.

"Hey Tweetrens just want to brag that my baby sister Nabiyah is in the #BlackPanther movie. She plays Tilda Johnson. I'm a proud big sister. pic.twitter.com/ZnhzjtHojQ"

-- oDessa (@oblessa) June 11, 2017

In the comics, Nightshade is a genius supervillain who first debuted back in the Steve Englehart and Alan Weiss' Captain America #164 back in 1973 and has faced-off against the likes of Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Black Panther over the years.

Nabiyah Be originated the role of Eurydice in Anaïs Mitchell's highly acclaimed Hadestown and performs in the Hadestown Original Cast Album scheduled for 2017 release.

Coogler is directing Marvel's Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Isaach de Bankolé, and John Kani.

Black Panther follows T'Challa, who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.





Nesbeth to release new album by crowdfunding

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nesbeth-photo-3.jpgAlways seeking to change the status quo Nesbeth, one of Jamaica's most prolific Reggae luminaries is taking an innovative new approach to the production and release of his upcoming debut album. Titled A.M.E.N, the acronym derives from the name of his late wife Ann-Maire Elliot Nesbeth which holds very special meaning to the singer.

Considering the sentimental value and also being his first official album, Nesbeth said he wanted to do something special instead of merely outputting the album via the traditional method of a major label and hope for the best. Hence the introduction of Crowdfunding.

What is Crowdfunding? It is a method of raising capital and giving people a hands-on experience through the collective effort of friends, family, fans, and individual investors. This approach taps into the collective efforts of a large pool of individuals--primarily online via social media and other platforms--and leverages their support networks for greater reach and exposure.

"Though I have no issues with major labels I opted instead to work directly with my fans. Some people may think this is a weird concept but the idea is this platform will allow them to invest directly in my album, provide me with quality feedback and updates, and for their investments and feedback, they will receive special rewards (eg. autograph promotional paraphernalia, exclusive news, pre-released album, discounted dubs etc.). One of the greatest advantages it also allows you to see and feel the true essence of your fan base." -Nesbeth added.

Nesbeth Explains 'Crowdfunding', The Innovative New Approach To His Debut Album

Though the concept is relatively new to Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora, Nesbeth believes the platform which is more popular in North America and Europe will help to change the way music is marketing in the region and wants to be a pioneer for that change.

Slated for release this Summer. For Nesbeth, as much as for his fans, music has also been the best remedy for personal and social healing. Since it brings out an empowering force that every person has within them. It is also through music, namely through this new A.M.E.N. album, that Nesbeth wants to share his healing experience with those who, like him, have also dealt or are dealing with loss and other tribulations, with those who believe in a better tomorrow, and, ultimately, with everyone who couldn't live without the soothing and refreshing touch of great reggae music.

To execute promoting this exceptional body of work and ensure its global success. We're inviting individuals to PRE-ORDER TODAY and be a part of something beautiful and musically amazing. The official campaign was launched on Saturday, February 17th.





Romain Virgo embarks on LoveSick European Tour

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romain-lovesick.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records has announced that "LoveSick," the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 17-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again.

Executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music, with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, the album presents a new pop reggae sound traced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout. The first single 'Now', was released last Summer to much fanfare and the latest single is entitled"Still".

The album also includes Romain's stirring version of the Sam Smith smash "Stay With Me."

Meanwhile, Romaine, will be embarking on an European tour at the end of March with special guest Sevana. The tour will include stops in Germany, The UK, Holland and Switzerland (all dates below). He will be setting up U.S. dates later this year.

Raised in a disciplined home in the rural town of Stepney in the parish of St. Annes, Romain first gained fame when he made history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at just 17-years-old and later by winning Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. Growing up listening to the likes of Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown and Percy Sledge, he has modeled his musical style and career after these legends while still remaining true to who he is. Passion drips through every lyric and every note, as listeners can feel the love for his craft.

"I believe love is the one thing that's going to save us, not just in terms of relationships, but in the broader human sense," Romain says of the album's title and content. "I personally believe that nothing forms a stronger bond than love. It cuts through race, religion, creed, everything. We need to put it at the center of our lives."





etana-photo-2.jpgThe Entertainment Ministry has explained that the programme through which Reggae artise Etana was granted US$5000 to help with her tour, was initiated in 2013 by then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's junior minister Damian Crawford as a way to enhance the reggae brand and provide additional marketing for destination Jamaica.

"We know from that that it has been music -- reggae music -- that is the essence of the Jamaican brand. Knowing that and the history of Jamaican music and its pull for destination Jamaica, the Tour Support and Artiste Ambassador Programme was started. Between 2013 and 2015 two persons -- Protoje received US$8,000 and Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers received US$1,000 during that particular period. Since then, in 2017 Raging Fyah, when they went on their Everlasting Tour and were nominated for the Grammy, also received (US$3,500) tour support, and this year Etana has received tour support. Freddie McGregor also received tour support in 2016 when he was invited to perform in Bogota as part of a creative city endeavour," she shared.

Wilkinson-McDaniel explained that Etana, who is currently on tour, topped a field of four applicants for the grant, noting that there is a clear process for potential recipients, which begins with applicants submitting their bids to the Entertainment Division where they are vetted and sent to the entertainment advisory board for consideration, then to the permanent secretary for ratification and approval.

She did not say who the other artiste were who had also applied for the grant, or explain why Etana, as a US citizen and a seasoned artistes who ears top dollars, would possibly qualify for this kind of support from the Jamaican government.

The ministry rep, who was there on behalf of Miss Grange who was in Parliament, explained the application process: "You have to complete the entertainment registry application because we require that every person who gets support from us, that you are registered as a bona fide cultural practitioner. You need to indicate the size of the venues so that we can then measure the impact -- how many persons are you going to be reaching at any given time. We also look at who are you touring with. So, for example, in this case Etana is touring with J Boog and Jesse Royal. These are some of the things that the board would consider. It is about expected audience reach in relation to the venue and your social media and marketing plan."

As one blogger pointed out, however, "as well-intentioned the idea to "support" our artistes was, it was bound to result in controversy. The industry is fractious and competitive to say the least, therefore choosing who to give how much was always a recipe for disaster. Numerous artiste claim they don't get support from govt ... and many taxpayers feel its a waste of money. Apart from state sponsored events or prizes I don't believe artistes should be given preferential grants/support firstly because they are just like any other "worker" .. and secondly it will be very difficult to justify why A instead of B."





etana-photo-3.jpgNo sooner had Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange announced recording artiste Etana as the first female recipient of financial support through the ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme, the backlash started.

The ministry gave Etana a grant of US$5,000 to support her 32-city tour of the United States and people made it clear that they were NOT happy. Grange's social media page was flooded with criticisms, so too were blogs and websites which carried the release and picture provided from the ministry.

People didn't care two hoots that Minister Grange said in the release that the aim of the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support programme is to strengthen Brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

People didn't care that the ministry said that they believe that the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme is important to provide support to those artistes who are good ambassadors, who represent Jamaica well and whose music reflects the message of Reggae and that of Jamaica.

Social media dragged Etana, encouraging her to give back the money, which they feel was ill deserved.

One person quizzed: "I don't get this! What the purpose of this gift? An established artiste going and a 32 city tour and getting lunch money from the government? US$5,000 for what? "

"Police are being insulted with a JAM$1,000 increase offer, and several injured in the line of duty are suffering from abandonment and neglect, including Lorenzo McLeggon, suffering for 42 years on crumbs, and government have money to give to a touring artiste! Unbelievable!"

"As a liberal you don't get how government could be reaching more and more into areas it shouldn't be? Jamaica is a case study in the folly of statism."

"Etana voted for Trump, so that made her worthy for free money?"

"Can she still vote in Jamaica? This does make sense at all."

"What kind of Trump supporting, racist apologist, fiscal conservative you be? Conservative start support handouts now? All along I thought that was liberal business."

"So many people and institutions need aid and they are giving aid to the people who are already earning good money."

"This is a new low, even for politicians. Also, why would Etana even think it's a good idea to accept this money?"

"These are all business people going abroad to ply their trade. Same the last time i see this minister give Freddie money fi gu a some award in Colombia."

"Why are they giving this woman taxpayer's money ? They should tell her to go and ask Trump for money."

"Less she forget that as a Trumpist she should not take money from a s**thole country to benefit the land of honey. And isn't a tour supposed to be making money? This is a travesty!"

They also had levelled criticism at the minister herself, noting that "politicians are by nature wasters, mismanagers and corrupters. They suffer no consequences for the misuse of taxpayers funds."

"This reverse donation doesn't make any sense at all....while other establish artists are giving back to Jamaica this ministry is reversing the role,,,,,,its dumb and sets a bad precedent."

"This Babsy Grange must go. Everything she does lack any real thought or make any sense, eg...building all kind of statues, ice hockey arena rinks in hot Kingston, predicting gold medals for bobsled team, promoting golf to people who cant even afford a golf ball, allowing airport road as entertainment zone, etc. And now this! Is she for real or just a grandstanding picture poser? What a waste of a ministry whose only purpose is to send condolences and congratulation!"

"Babsy is one of those clueless politicians holding back Jamaica"

"Is this really necessary? Why should my money be used to "promote" a recording artiste" who is making tons of money while there're people who need "genuine" help . Is it that this government don't really knows it's priority. . This is the same minister (ministry) that gave out generous contract worth millions to a friend." .

"Is Grange again openly wasting taxpayer's hard earned money? Why didn't she solicit the public's approval before making this gift? If she wanted to be generous, why didn't she give her own money? I trust the Jamaican taxpayers are looking into this outright waste of their resources, and make sure that this woman does not represent them in the next election. She has lost that privilege."

"Does any Government minister in Jamaica have any common sense. The Nation's limited funds are being mismanaged by the people who the citizens have put in place to manage the country's business.

"Babsy you getting too comfortable Lisa, over to you."

Why??? Dear Lord, why??? So many government departments can't buy paper and ink. Why?

"Baby using govt money to support private artistes is just wrong on all levels. An artiste who is not making enough money to support his/herself should be encouraged to find a new career."

"Hahaha this is dumbest thing ever!! no now the Gov gives artist TOUR SUPPORT...hahahahahahahahah...i am moving to JA."

Among the few voices of support was on person who argued that this is a good look, considering the importance of the creative industries. "Lets be clear, the creative industries alone could get Jamaica out of debt, so any support for it and any of it's practitioners is needed and should not be discouraged as this does not stop other areas from getting the aid they deserve... get real."

Another added: "Good job Minister. what took the government so long to offer this sort of support? the exposure that is given of this country by these artists at their financial expense is immeasurable."

"Not enough money for you to move. $5000 won't even cover hotel accommodations for a good month.

Yet another asked: "Waste?! do you even understand How much revenue the creative industry brings to Jamaica?!! get real."





Beenie Man says he's a Kartel fan

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has made it crystal clear earlier that he's a Vybz Kartel fan.According to the dancehall doctor, he admires Kartel's work ethic and the fact that he continues to dominate the industry despite being behind bars.

Rumours of the two feuding started after Vybz Kartel dropped his album back in 2016 titled "King of Dancehall", a moniker that was originally associated with Beenie Man.

However the 'Girls Dem Sugar' deejay says he wasn't upset but happy that Dancehall fans are comparing him with the 'Fever' hitmaker.

"Weh mi like, dem stop compare mi wid mi peers, dem start compare me with di younger artistes. Mi like dat. Dem stop compare me with Bounty, dem start compare me with Kartel. Dem compare mi wid Alkaline, mi like dat," he said. "If Kartel wah be me, dat a great thing. Mi respect and love dat. Dat show me how great mi is. Mi love dat," Beenie added.





Thank God! Usain Bolt got a pedi

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usain-bolt-feet.jpgUsain Bolt went and got a mani pedi and his fan are ecstatic. It all started when the legendary sprinter posted an innocent photo of his fee while watching the Super Bolt.

However, Bolt's feet took wings and went viral. for all the wrong reasons. Bolt's feet looked ugly, crusty, in desperate need of lotion and bawling out for a pedicure.

Fans dragged Bolt on social media. "He got to take his feet off before he get in the bed. Or socks," one person commented.

"I mean, you can't help what God gave you, but Lord knows you can get some lotion. Feet look like they were just discovered in an archeological dig," another fan added.

Usain Bolt responded to his critics by visiting a spa before heading off to Trinidad for carnival 2018. The sprinter posted a video and photos on SnapChat of him enjoying a well-neded pedicure.

Big up to Bolt and the efficient manicurist.

Usain Bolt is currently in Trinidad turning up for the annual Carnival. He was in attendance at the Big Bad Soca show on Thursday night where Cardi B, Shenseea, Machel Montana and others performed.





jamaican-girl-to-star-in-meghan-harry-documentary.jpgJamaican actress and former Miss Jamaica Fashion Model winner, Parisa Fitz-Henley will star in a Lifetime channel movie depicting the whirlwind romance of the soon to wed British royal couple, Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

A first look of the movie dubbed 'Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance', was shared on Instagram Thursday by Fitz-Henley, who will be portraying the bride-to-be. In the photo, Fitz-Henley is seen cozying up to the actor who will play Harry, Murray Fraser.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Meghan and Harry's love story was officially getting the Hollywood treatment with a Lifetime movie, set to air this spring.

Parisa Fitz Henley was recently cast in the NBC series 'Midnight Texas' and has appeared in 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice'.

A past student of St Andrew High, she's the cousin of Nationwide News Network frontman, Abka Fitz-Henley, and Jamaica Labour Party politician Sharon Hay Webster.

Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.





Ishawna says it's 'slippery when wet'

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ishawna-photo-8.jpgAfter her controversial pro cunnilingus single, "Equal Rights" Ishawna is again up to her old tricks. This time, she telling those who don't know, that it's slippery when wet.

The former Downsound Records artiste released the Legendary Records/Jaxx and Staxx Records-produced single, "Slippery When Wet", on Friday.

The raunchy track comes on the heels of speculation about social media-loving Ishawna's absence from all platforms.

A social media regular, who's known for self-promotion via her steamy photos and sensuous poses, Ishawna now seems to be back on track ...literally.

It will be i nteresting to see how the new Slippery When Wet single will be devoured by her gaggle of female fans.





bob-marley-large.jpgAs Jamaica prepares to celebrate the birth of world-renowned Reggae icon, Bob Marley, Zimbabwean arts consultant has been given the go-ahead to have a statue erected in his honor.

According to a Daily News Live report, Martin Chemhere - after successfully negotiating with representatives of the late King of Reggae's estate - will initiate the process to curate a statue of the beloved singer.

"I'm thrilled to have finally succeeded in this project for our beautiful country. The approval is a great achievement for Zimbabwe (and Africa) as the statue will attract tourists," Chemhere said.

"The statue is approved subject to the following conditions: The sculptor and or Government of Zimbabwe and or private sponsor shall obtain all appropriate releases from the photographer or artist on whose work the sculptor intends to base the Statue; the Government of Zimbabwe and or other private sponsor shall pay for the costs associated with the materials and construction of the statue; the statue will be strictly for the public completely free of cost; BobMarley.com requires approval rights to the actual statue - not to be unreasonably withheld. Prior to construction of the statue, rendering of the statue must be submitted for approval by his family. The statue shall substantially comply with the rendering approved by Bob Marley.com."

Chemhere proposes the statue be erected at Rufaro Stadium, Mbare, Harare - the venue of Zimbabwe's historic independence celebrations as well as an iconic performance by Bob Marley and The Wailers to usher the nation's break away from colonial rule.

"The reason behind this statue is that of Africa's more than 50 countries Bob Marley only performed in Zimbabwe as part of the country's independence celebrations in 1980," the arts aficionado explained.

Marley rejected a fee offered by Zimbabwean officials for the performance at the liberation celebration and, instead, paid all the expenses - to charter planes to transport his equipment, band and entourage from Kingston, Jamaica to Harare, Zimbabwe and back to Kingston - from his own pocket.

"The singer had, back in 1978, sang a song titled "Zimbabwe" that inspired freedom fighters and Zimbabweans in the struggle for independence."

The consultant disclosed that the statue will be an eight-meter bronze work. Two South African artists - Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren - will create the piece. Prinsloo and Van Vuuren are best known for creating a Nelson Mandela statue which is located at the Parliament-Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

"I have no doubt this is a national project and I will be talking to several stakeholders including the Zimbabwean government, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Harare City Council, corporate companies and individuals at home and abroad as well as the donor community and others for support," Chemhere said.

"The project will need everyone to come on board for it to be successful."

Meanwhile, annual activities - which include tributes, symposiums, a kiddie village and concert - have been planned to celebrate Marley's birthday at the musician's famous 56 Hope Road home in Kingston.

Marley's grandson Skip - by daughter Cedella - and son Stephen will reportedly participate in the celebratory festivities.

An Istanbul-based digital art and culture platform, Babylon, will also remember Marley with tribute performances from several artists at the special event on Feb. 9.

Marley died in 1981, after battling cancer, at the age of 36.





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International recording artiste Shaggy presented JMD $100 million to the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Thursday and one artiste is bigging him up - Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer took to social media and wrote;

"NOW LET'S TREND SOME POSITIVITY OUT OF JAMAICA FOR ONCE THIS IS SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT BCUZ THIS IS ONLY THE WAY WE GONNA SEE A BETTER JAMAICA WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER," the 'War lord' wrote.

"JUST LIKE THIS MAN HERE DID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER DO THIS SO ALL WHO IS WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT SORRY FOR U ALL BUT IT'S WE TWO✌🏾HOLDING THEM FIRM 👊🏾TWO COUSINS PARTIES SO PNP OR JLP GWAAN FOOL UNUH SELF WE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER 🤝!"

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"Championing the real cause stalwart humanitarian all hats off again although it's several years now u been doing it Mr Orville Burrell aka @direalshaggy may the lord keeps and blesses you and ur family on this journey calls life u are truly a Living Angel among us this is way more than legend I see u as a role model u motivates me a lot I don't know about anybody else but I loves to emulate good moves ways and deeds and Shaggy is all that in one package kudos Big Bredda I salute you Sir Burrell much love to all the artistes and sponsors who offered there services the patrons also as Shaggy alone couldn't do it folks!! UNUH TALK NUH MON AND GO TELL DI MAN THANKS TO JAMAICA 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾""





album-i-three.jpgTuff Gong International celebrates Reggae Month and its founders with this Friday's release of the digitally remastered album I-Three: Songs Of Bob Marley. This marks the 6th album in Tuff Gong's vast back-catalog to be remastered and re-released under the label's "Master's Vault" series. Initially a collaborative production between Rita Marley Music and Japan's Tachyon /Phonogram Record Company, this is also the first time that the album will be available worldwide.

Collectively, The I-Three has become a household name worldwide through their stellar harmonies for Bob Marley. Individually, they are Jamaica's three most celebrated female vocalists. Individually, their hits include reggae anthems "One Draw," "Many Are Called (Few Are Chosen," and the global hit "Electric Boogie". Together these took the world by storm with their critically acclaimed first album Beginning which featured the chart-toppers "He's A Legend", "Neighbour", "That's How Strong", and "Jealousy"

When Bob Marley first heard Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt harmonizing he knew their melodious blend was the sound for which he was listening. As backup vocalists, the I-Three sounded so perfect that Bob decided to keep them on for the rest of the Natty Dread album, their first album with the King himself. By the time Bob Marley showcased them in his line-up at the Jackson Five concert in Kingston, Jamaica was ready for a female sounding Wailers. The audience was enthralled by the performance of the entire group - a performance considerably enhanced by the colorful sight of the I-Three in red, gold, and green headdresses and gowns, chucking in unison and singing harmony at stage right. The I-Three toured with Bob Marley all over the world, opening doors for reggae and raising the consciousness of millions to its hypnotic beat.

All three have been been bestowed the Order of Distinction, Jamaica's highest honor of achievement. For their individual performances, both Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt are Grammy nominees. The I-Three are also a recipient of the 2001 International Achievement presented by The American Friends of Jamaica and lauded for their "excellence in carrying out the traditional of the Bob Marley era in international reggae."

Songs of Bob Marley was recorded at Tuff Gong Studio to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Marley's birth (1995). All thirteen tracks were executive-produced by Rita Marley Music and feature vocal arrangements by Grub Cooper (of the legendary Fab Five band).





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgThe annual Bob Marley birthday celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.

It is being staged under the theme, Soul Rebel, a call for everyone to come together and stand up against violence and divisiveness in society.

Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies said the theme was selected because now more than ever, there is a need for us to raise our consciousness, to fearlessly rebel against the crime and violence that threaten to divide us.

The activities will commence at 7 a.m. with specially invited guests and will include the blowing of the Abeng, Nyabinghi drumming and the cutting of the birthday cake, accompanied by the traditional welcome from the Marley family and management of the Bob Marley Group.

This segment will also feature special performances from various schools within the Corporate Area

At 10 a.m., the Bob Marley Museum will open to the general public for a full day of activities including a kiddies village.

The museum will also host three symposia.

A reggae jam session will commence at 3 p.m. featuring Blvk H3ro, all-girl band Adahzeh and live-stream performances from Skip Marley, Stephen Marley and other special guests.





Shaggy Delivers! Gives $100 Million to hospital

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shaggy-photo-3.jpgThe Bustamante Hospital For Children today received $100 million from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, hitting the target which conceptualiser and founder, Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell announced last year.

The handing over took place in the boardroom of the hospital, with Shaggy's Make A Difference Foundation being recognized as the architect behind the funds that were generated.

The funds were earned from the Shaggy and Friends stage show which was staged on January 6 on the lawns of Jamaica House, with Shaggy being joined by other international performers, Sting, Wyclef Jean and Doug E Fresh.

Through his Make A Difference Foundation, the entertainer has used the proceedings, to buy hundreds of pieces of vital equipment for the children's hospital.

In 2016, more than 450 pieces of equipment were bought and handed over to the hospital from the funds raised at the 2016 staging of the event.





junior-gong-photo-4.jpgChronixx is feeling the ire if Reggae fans after he failed to send a public congratulatory to Jr Gong unlike Morgan Heritage who wrote, "We must say big congrats to our brother [Damian Marley]! This year was amazing for Reggae let's make next year even greater! BLESS UP to the first family of Reggae! [Recording Academy]," on Instagram.

"Mi realize say the one Chronixx always quick to bash people but never fi big dem up," one user wrote, while another added, "Suh mi know seh dem rasta yah fake eno, imagine the Grammy come a yawd and the man not even tell Marley congrats."

"This is what's wrong with Jamaica people always badmind dem own, Chronixx need fi big up the Gong Zilla cause mi a pree him," another user wrote.

Damian Marley won in the Best Reggae Album category of the 60th annual Grammy Awards, held on Sunday, getting the nod for Stony Hill.

This is Marley's third Grammy win, having previously won for Half Way Tree and Welcome to Jamrock.

The night's performances included a performance from Sting and Shaggy debuting their new collaborative single.

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Chronixx blasts Grammys, takes down post

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chronixx-photo-9.jpgShortly before the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Chronixx blasted the award show for once again not televising the Reggae category. Chronixx along with Damian Marley, Morgan Heritage, J Boog and Common Kings were nominated for the 'Best Reggae Album' award and Damian won. Chronixx, however, was leading on the Grammy poll, but this year wasn't the year for Chronology.

Chronixx on Sundaty uploaded a photo of jailed Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and wrote, "When mi fren dem realize seh the [Recording Academy] doesn't televise the reggae category for the Grammys 👎🏿.....they did say the revolution will not be televised."





Tommy Lee visits Kartel in prison

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tommy-lee-and-vybz-kartel.jpgVybz Kartel got a visit from his former protege Tommy Lee Sparta earlier today.

The Dancehall superstar previously blasted Sparta along with former members of his Portmore Empire, Popcaan and Vanessa Bling for allegedly being disloyal however it seems Tommy Lee is back in Kartel's good graces.

Kartel confirmed the 'Uncle Demon' deejay's first visit through his associate, recording artist Sikka Rhymes.

Rhymes who is also responsible for a slew of artists getting a change to visit the 'Fever' deejay such as Sean Kingston and Ishawna, made the announcement on Tuesday via social media. "Me and Tommy Lee Sparta] went to visit the [Vybz Kartel today," he wrote.





$1.5 MILLION for Reggae Month from TEF

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reggae-month.jpgReggae Month received a $15-million injection from its major sponsor -- the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) -- to underwrite the costs to stage the events.

The announcement was made at Reggae Month's launch held at Ribbz Ultra Lounge in St Andrew on Monday evening.

TEF Executive Director Dr Carey Wallace, in making the announcement, said that there is an undeniable synergy between reggae and the country's tourism product, therefore, it was really a no-brainer.

"Reggae is louder than any beach, waterfall or river. It is what most people come to Jamaica for, so from an international standpoint, it ranks tops in terms of an attraction," he said.

Meanwhile, this year's events will be managed by a steering committee out of the ministries of tourism and culture, gender affairs, entertainment, and sports. The co-chairs of this committee are Kamal Bankay, Lenford Salmon, and Howard McIntosh. This is a significant change from previous years when the event was the sole responsibility of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA).





grace-jones.jpgGrace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, a documentary about the Jamaican superstar model, singer, songwriter and actress, will have its local premiere this weekend.

According to a release, the film directed by Sophie Fiennes, splices Jones' musical performances with intimate footage that reveals the complexity of the pop icon's fascinating life. From her early years in Jamaica to her eruption as an androgynous model on the world stage, the film documents Grace Jones' commanding presence as she plays many roles: daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and lover.

The Jamaica premiere, scheduled for Saturday at Carib 5 at 4:30 p.m., follows screenings in London and Toronto. Immediately following the screening, Jones is expected to engage Gleaner columnist and cultural analyst Carolyn Cooper in a sit-down interview not to be missed.

On Sunday, those outside of Kingston eager to see the film will get a chance as it makes its way to the Cove Cinema in Ocho Rios. The screening is expected to start at 5 p.m. There will also be after parties on Saturday at Devon House and at Island Village on Sunday.

The film premiere is the lead event for the Voice of a Woman Festival (VOW), which is produced by filmmaker Maureen Bryan.

According to a release sent to The Gleaner, the festival highlights "creative disrupters," who inventively engage in imaginative work from a decidedly female perspective. Since 2009, VOW has presented film festivals in New York, London and Cannes and hosted talks by women such as Germaine Greer.





michelle-k.jpgSinger and reality star K. Michelle lived up to her promises at the end of last year. She said that within the first two weeks of the year she will be forever removing her butt implants.

She wanted to get them done sooner, but her biggest hurdle was finding a credible doctor to take them out.

Many women like K. Michelle get the implants or the shots, and then find out, it's not at all what it's cracked up to be, but then need to get it out. And it's sometimes even more money to get the implants out. "So you've got these butt shots and you don't have any money to get it out of you," says K. Michelle. "They don't tell you about that. So now, January 12, 2018, I am removing these foreign objects out of my body."

And as of last week, she has done it and is doing well.

"Hey Rebels, I'm doing well," she said to her fans via Twitter. "My surgery went really well yesterday. I'm on bed rest for a while but its all good! I'll be getting ready to hit the road for the tour starting THIS February! You got your tickets?"

She got the procedure done at CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and sang their praises on Instagram.

She's not only going back to her old, God-given body. She's also is apparently going back to her name: Kimberly Michelle Pate.

"Good[bye] Betsy! It's been 2much of you stealing my shine," says Kimberly about her butt (she nicknamed her "Betsy") on Instagram. "It's time to allow my new booty to be set free. I had so much fun Betsy! You were the apple of the eye of several NFL, NBA, and rappers. They loved that ass! But I am proud to say you were not thotful you were lady like! I will miss you and how my jeans fit. But I won't miss hopping into my jeans every morning. I won't miss my weight being so up and down that when I'm smaller you have me looking like a chicken drum stick. My ASS is already pregnant how could i ever handle carrying twins also with all that weight my legs would give out. I'll miss you Betsy but you also caused me inflammation through out my body. No amount of beauty is worth your health! So everything has to be returned to its natural state! Jan I'll really be Kimberly again."





Chauffeur sues Soulja Boy

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

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

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

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





Diddy gets his groove on with Reggae/Dancehall

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Kartel's One Box single stirs controversy

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Cardi B shouts out Alkaline in her Insta story

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

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

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





Aidonia says 'Yeah' to four YVA nominations

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

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

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





'Shy Guy' Diana King marries her lesbian lover

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(Photo Credit: Diana King's Facebook Page)

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

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

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

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

AS AN ARTIST WHO IS LGBTQ, BORN and RAISED IN JAMAICA I NEVER THOUGHT I'D EVER SAY "MY WIFE" IN THIS LIFETIME. I AM COMPLETELY and SINCERELY GRATEFUL TO ALL WHO FOUGHT and CONTINUE to FIGHT WORLDWIDE FOR OUR DESERVED EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. MY TRUE PERSONALITY IS INTROVERTED and PRIVATE, TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM the ME ON STAGE. IT'S A CONSTANT BATTLE BETWEEN WHAT TO SHARE PUBLICLY OR NOT. MY HANDS R SHAKING AS I WRITE THIS POST. FOR ME IT'S A SIGN THAT I AM ABOUT TO EXERCISE COURAGE BECAUSE THEY SHOOK LIKE THIS WHEN I CAME OUT IN 2012. I'M SHARING THIS BECAUSE I STRONGLY BELIEVE VISIBILITY IS VITAL FOR CHANGE! AND LIFE IS SHORT, SO I'M GONNA LIVE IT ... AUTHENTICALLY • I's MARRIED NOW CELIE! LOVE WINS! 🖤🖤🕺🏾🕺🏾 Diana King Mijanne

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Rihanna flies to Barbados for her cousin's funeral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Chris Gayle parties in lavish style in Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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





Skip Marley to rep for Reggae at Coachella

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

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

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





Lt. Stitchie snags IRAWMA nomination

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





PLEASE RETURN HARRY TODDLER'S PASSPORT

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

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

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

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

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





Chance, Obama, Steph Curry star in new PSA

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

GT Christmas Extravaganza celebrated 17 years on Boxing Day.

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





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

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

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

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

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

The top-10 finalists will also receive packages.





Ghost responds to woman forced to pay hefty bar bill

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Unicorn's funeral January 13 in Clarendon

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Funeral for Marcia Griffiths' sister Thursday

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

Interment follows in the Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.

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

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

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

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





Wee Pow's son off critical list

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

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

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

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

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





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

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"Seriously? This is beyond laughable."

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"Where is the crime plan?"

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

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

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

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"handcuff shortage? a joke this"





No handcuffs for a Ninja; sentencing postponed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The three convicts face up to life in prison.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Wee Pow's son Duane Pow in a coma

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

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

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

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

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





Mineral Boss producer killed

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Top gospel acts for 'The Experience'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boxing Day's event will begin at 6 pm.





No More Drama, Starface Fully 'Focused'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Grange congratulates Jr Gong on MOBO win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The winner will be announced next January.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

Rhimes is also known for the political thriller series Scandal.





Big music deal with Universal for Charly Black

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

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

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

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

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

Congrats Charly!!!





Jr Gong wins 2017 MOBO Award

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

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

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

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

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

Yardflex congratulates Junior Gong.





Stephen Di Genius thankful for Grammy nods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





First Grammy nomination for Chronixx

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

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

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

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

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

Yardflex congratulates all the nominees.





Popcaan's girlfriend surely loves her Clarks

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

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

Check out these two.

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





BritJam cancelled for 2018; Zum still recovering

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

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

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

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

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





Digicel launches music academy for the Caribbean

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

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

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

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

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

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





Popular dancer on fraud charge

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Curvy Diva off to Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tosh Alexander releases Christmas project

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

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

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

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Ninjaman to know his fate today

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Konshens gets married to fiancee Latoya

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

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Eve spills on Nicki Minaj's racy Paper cover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Bugle releases 40-track compilation Spontaneous

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

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

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

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It's Goosebumps from former ARP member Mitch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

Marley died in May 1981. He was 36.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





"Carry On" featuring Romain Virgo,

Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx

& Sherieta Lewis

Produced by Dean Fraser, Sean Diedrick & Sherieta Lewis

for DownSound Records. Written by Sherieta Lewis & Sean Diedrick

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





New appeal date for Vybz Kartel

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

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

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

The matter will be heard over three weeks

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





Ninjaman is NOT dead; death rumours 'disturbing'

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

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

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

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

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





Former Miss Jamaica Universe Trudi Ferguson has died

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

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

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

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





Dancehall artiste Unicorn shot and killed

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Vybz Kartel shows off cute daughter he has never met

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

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

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

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

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Ray J signs $31 million deal

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

The 45-track album was release on October 31.

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





Judge orders jail time for rapper Meek Mill

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

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

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

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

Prosecutors also provided evidence of failed drugs tests.

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

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





Beres, J Boog join JAMATHON; new venue announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Usain Bolt and Yendi team up for Mumm champagne ad

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

Shenseea is also the brand ambassador for Flow and Pepsi.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Wayde van Niekerk marries his 'dream girl'

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

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

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

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

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





Rvssian produces new Vybz Kartel single, Kremlin

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Mhm Hm! Kartel drops new music video

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

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

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

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





Caribbean Day of Giving a huge success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Vybz Kartel's appeal 'progressing well' says lawyer

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





New comedy series premieres October 30

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

Fellow entertainer Pamputtae shared similar sentiments.

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Judge order Ninjaman's murder trial to start now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

Gibbons who underwent a surgery is recuperating in hospital.

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

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

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

He says the police are conducting operations in the area.

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

What a MESS!!!!!!!!





Suspense and fiancee accept the Lord; get baptised

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

The 2017 Magnum Queen of Dancehall winner, got baptized with her fiancé at the Celebration Church in Portmore, Saint Catherine on Sunday, October 1.

Suspense says she will be continuing her music journey but will be changing her message to reflect the new changes in her life.

"I will be deejaying for Jesus. I will not be doing any explicit or derogatory music but I will be doing dancehall/reggae gospel," she said.

Suspense has since turned down several secular events.





Bronx rapper Cardi B gave Dancehall artist Spice a huge compliment on Friday at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and Spice was sooo shook that she cried. Real tear...not the fake vriety..

After winning three awards for Single Of the Year, Best New Hip Hop Artist and Hustler of the Year, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper had a conversation with the "Needle Eye" deejay in which Cardi shared that she's inspired by Spice and a big fan of her music.

"You don't really understand, like you really inspire me," the 24-year-old told Spice. "I use to wear a Cardi chain just like you, i go way back i'm not like these new ones," Cardi added before starting to rap a line from one of Spice's throwback singles "Rude Boy Love".

On Saturday Spice shared the video and had this to say;

"Ran into [Cardi B] after she won 3 awards and tear down BET stage and she brought tears to my eyes last night," Spice wrote. "Here I am saying that I'm so proud of her, how much I admire her journey and that she inspires me so much and here she is saying I'm her inspiration and she's my biggest fan."

"Now listen to me cause this is so deep y'all don't even understand. Most of you don't even know this song that she's talking about "Rude boy love" I didn't even remember this song my dam self so I know she's not bluffing cause this song go wayyyyyy back."





November 29 date for MOBO Awards

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Who will walk away with this year's MOBO Award for top reggae entertainer?

Last year, the list of reggae nominees sparked controversy after reggae entertainer Protoje questioned the pooling of dancehall and reggae acts, citing that it wasn't fair to the dancehall or reggae acts nominated.

The coveted best reggae entertainer title was snagged last year by PopCaan ahead of roots singer Protoje, dancehall deejays Spice and Alkaline and singjay Kranium.

The 22nd annual MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday, November 29.

The 2017 nominees are yet to be announced.





Celeb moms for empowerment concert in Brooklyn

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Music lovers in Brooklyn, New York are in for a treat on Saturday October 29th when a Caribbean celebrity mom stages an empowerment concert to bring focus to domestic violence awareness. The event is being called 'Repairing The Bridge' and the featured artists include R & B and gospel music icon Melba Moore alongside soca's biggest legend The Mighty Sparrow plus reggae star Rayvon.

The event is being hosted by singer and philanthropist Carol Maraj, mother of hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj, through Carol's foundation, the Carol Minaj Foundation.

Sensational songbird and R & B icon Melba Moore has been a huge all-time favorite for New Yorkers and a staple on classic soul radio stations nationally. She comes from a talented musical family and is an award winning actress. Known for her Broadway, contemporary soul/R&B, pop rock, jazz and gospel songs, Moore's versatility can be heard on smash singles You Stepped Into My Life, Pick me Up I'll Dance, Love The One I'm With and A Little Bit More. She will be sure to have patrons grooving while thinking about love, instead of abusing their partners.

The Mighty Sparrow is the unrivaled king of Calypso and he has enjoyed a dazzling career that spans over 40 years of recording smash records and thrilling performances. This legend is in a class by himself. He will use his musical arsenal to get the crowd fired up as he unleashes crowd favorites like Congo Man, Mr Walker, Saltfish, Big Bambo and Obeah Wedding.

Brooklyn based reggae crooner Rayon may be best known for his string of successful combination songs - Angel, In The Summertime & Big Up that were recorded with 'Mr Boombastic' Shaggy but as a solo artist he is just as potent having stuck good musical notes with hit singles One N Only, Games We Play, My Bad, 2-Way and his social commentary piece titled no Guns No Murder.

Among the other acts booked to perform on the concert which takes place at Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn are soca star Lyrical, one of the most sought after artists of our generation; Singing Francine and DJ Platinum Sound. There will also be a special presentation which organizers are not revealing just yet. The only clue is, "it's not to be missed!"

Carol is passionate about the issue of domestic violence because she is a survivor; now devoted to the life of advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic abuse everywhere. This unfortunate situation has molded her into the strong, powerful woman she is today.





Mr Lex calls form more security at schools

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mr-lexx.jpgDancehall artiste Mr Lex has made a call for increased security within the nation's schools.

This follows a sad and rather disturbing incident at a high school in Duhaney Park this morning.

Mr. Lex who happened to be at the institution at the time when two Grade 10 boys were involved in an altercation which left one dead from stab wounds, expressed shock at the development. He made a call for more measures to be put in place to ensure the safety of children at the nation's schools.

"I am just shocked about the whole thing and the incident has just brought into focus the need for greater security at schools," the entertainer said.





bounty-killer-photo-11.jpg vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpg Social media is abuzz with the impending collab between jailed dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and friend-turned-enemy, Bounty Killer. Reports are that the two have a new collaboration coming as early as this week.

The two dancehall legends have collaborated in the past on several singles, and Kartel even wrote a few hits for Bounty Killer in the early 2000s. But a bitter fallout between The Teacher and The Alliance put an end to their relationship in 2005. Seems they are both putting their differences aside and are making music again. The two deejays announced on Instagram over the weekend that they are dropping a new joint.

"[Bounty Killer] My daddy weh dem a go do when the #killakartelkollab drop?" Vybz Kartel wrote on IG. Killer responded saying, [Vybz Kartel] Beta dem just go find some weh go lidung or drop dung b4 it drop because when it drop nutn naah git up back dawg."

Killer also said the collaboration will bring back some memories from their all-black Alliance days. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Bounty Killer recently paid Vybz Kartel a visit in prison and the two had a long conversation about their Alliance days and what's happening in dancehall currently. They didn't release the title of the single, but it will arrive sometime this week.





Cardi B has Nicki Minaj 'sweating' says Safaree

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rapper-safaree.jpgNicki Minaj, according to her ex, Safaree Samuels, is uneasy over Cardi B's mega, overnight, success.

The Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star was on Everyday Struggle this morning and Akademiks and Joe Budden peppered him with questions about Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, LHH and more. "Is Cardi B pressing Nicki, do you think that she got Nicki sweating," Akademiks asked Safaree to which he responded, "a hundred percent because I know how she is."

Safaree also opened up on whether or not he thinks that Nicki Minaj fell off and he said yes. "It's very different, like how she was before on when we were doing 'Romans Revenge' and 'Did On Em' but some people may say you got to grow and change, but I like the old her better," he said."

Cardi B "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" is the number one single on Billboard Hot 100 for a second week straight and with current streaming numbers, it will return to the top spot for a third week. As for Nicki Minaj, she is yet to have a Hot 100 number one song. She has the most entries on the chart among women in history thanks to her many features, but she will likely not get that extra credential until she earned a number one solo record.

Nicki Minaj is currently working on her new album that she says will be a game changer when it arrives. There are no release date or title yet, but she hinted it could arrive by the end of this year. Safaree Samuels was also asked about writing lyrics for her, a topic that is a bit of a controversy between the two, but he sidesteps the question and smartly so. None of them can win in that battle of his word against hers because there is nothing on paper to back up his argument.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgInternationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Sean Paul spent his Sunday visiting incarcerated Reggae artiste Buju Banton at the McRae Correctional Facility located in Atlanta, Georgia.

He revealed his visit and subsequent conversation on Instagram.

Sean Paul shared that Buju's message to his dans is simply this: "Expect greatness, again".

He also added that the singer, born Mark Myrie, is in good spirits, still very focused and is not broken.

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Myrie reportedly spends his time keeping fit, staying healthy and has been teaching classes to fellow inmates at the facility.

He was arrested in December 2009, found guilty in February 2011 and was initially scheduled to walk a free man from the McRae Correctional Facility in February 2019.

His 10-year prison sentence was reduced by two months in January of 2016 after the entertainer agreed to waive all future appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges.

In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Prison website, Myrie will be released on December 8, 2018.





Service of thanksgiving for Wya Thursday in London

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The thanksgiving service for the life of former Wailers keyboardist Earl 'Wya ' Lindo takes place on Thursday in London.

Lindo died at a London hospital on September 4 at age 64, from acute cardiac failure and arrhythmia.

A press release from The Wailers said the service will be held at Ruach City Curch in Brixton Hill. Interment follows at Lambeth Cemetery in Brixton.

Lindo started as a session musician while still a student at Excelsior High School in the early 1970s. He launched his recording career at Studio One; some of the songs he played on during that period were Dennis Brown's Money in my Pocket, produced by Derrick Harriott, and Games People Play by Bob Andy, which was produced by Federal Records.

He became an in-demand session player with the Now Generation Band, the house unit at Federal Records. That band included fellow keyboardist Robbie Lyn, the Chung brothers, Mikey and Geoffrey and drummer Mikey 'Boo' Richards who would also tour with The Wailers.

Lindo recorded and toured with Marley during the 1970s when the singer's career took off internationally. He played on Burnin' and Survival, two of Marley's albums for Island Records.

Lindo last played with The Wailers in March in London when the grouped toured the United Kingdom.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgIt has been confirmed that Jamaica's most famous prisoner, Vybz Kartel, is back in his dafe place.

The entertainer was returned to lockup after spending a week in the hospital.

Kartel was discharged on Monday and taken to the Tower Street Correctional Center where he is housed.

All his medication for his illness was also taken along.

Vybz Kartel who is currently serving a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre is awaiting an appeal trial, slated to begin in February next year, in the Court of Appeal.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgDuring Vybz Kartel's recent hospital stay, the dancehall deejay reportedly reunited with a very special person in his life.

The self-proclaimed World Boss saw his mother after some six years.

Reports are that Kartel's parents visited him while he was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Although no pictures have surface as yet to confirm the re-union, many are questioning why it has taken si long for the Teacha to see his mother.

"But Addi and his mom were close, so ah doan understand," one commenter said.

Kartel was paid a visit in prison by his daughter lsat month and after pictures were made public, there were many comments that Kartel looked way too skinny.

He was admitted to hospital last week.





Kingston, Jamaica: In a room filled with pink, the colour associated with breast cancer worldwide, the Jamaica Cancer Society officially launched a host of activities for October, dubbed Pink Month, at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Thursday, September 28. October is internationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating several activities to mark the month.Under the theme, 'Give Hope. Save Lives", the month of activities which begins on October 1 culminates on a high on Saturday, October 28at the annual ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run whichis in its 17thyear, and third year withICWI as the title sponsor. This year the Pink Run will be under the theme 'Tutus and Tall Socks'.President of the ICWI Paul Lalorhas called on Jamaicans to actively support the initiatives outlined and those fighting the effects of cancer. "Our friends and families locked in this battle with cancer need our collective and individual support to survive. The high volume of cancer patients, survivors and loved ones of those who have lost the battle with cancer in our communities should be met with a strong resolve to join the fight. Let us aim to increase awareness, increase the funds to provide support and give compassion and our talents to this movement.""Most Jamaicans know what a pink ribbon means, especially during the Month of October! Indeed, many Jamaicans will be seen wearing pink throughout the Month. We can take heart in the fact that Jamaica's collective awareness of breast cancer has gained great momentum over the past decade", shared Mrs. Yulit Gordon, Executive Director, Jamaica Cancer Society."We however cannotover emphasize that if there is noearly detectionthrough regular breast self-examinations and mammography screening, survival chances will be significantly reduced.Let us thereforebe vigilant in making our health and well-being a priorityand engage in healthy lifestyle practices and access the available screening services",Mrs. Gordon cautioned.

2| P a g eJamaicaReach to Recovery is the affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society that provides emotional, psychological and financial support to breast cancer survivors. Reach to Recovery consists of volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, also provide information and counselling to breast cancer survivors and by extension their families and friends.Chairperson of Jamaica Reach to Recovery, Mrs. Carolind Graham is encouraging Jamaicans especially women to support the various activities that will be occurring during October. "With breast cancer in Jamaica at 43.1 per 100,000 women, and 0.6 per 100,000 men, it is imperative that we continue to have these activities to raise awareness about breast cancer and also to spread the importance of regular screenings which can be critical to an early diagnosis", said Mrs. Graham. While there will be several fundraising activities including the sale of bracelets at several outlets through the island, socks and pins, the 'Pink Run' will be the major fundraiser for Pink Month. "I hope Jamaic





ellie-goulding-tarrus-riley-powerful-music-video.jpg"Powerful" featuring Tarrus Riley and Ellie Goulding has been used in an ad campaign for Emporio Armani.

The television advert from Emporio Armani promotes the companies two new fragrances BECAUSE IT'S YOU for her and STRONGER WITH YOU for him

The ad which features the relationship between a man and a woman has the Major Laser produced track Powerful featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley blaring in the background.

Tarrus Riley has since shared a snippet of the ad on his official Instagram page.





On November 9-12 a global assortment of music industry professionals will descend on multiple venues across Kingston Jamaica for the 5th annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). They will join a growing number of local Jamaican music industry professionals who have learned that the Jamaica Music Conference provides a powerful platform for catching up with the latest industry trends, networking and identifying the stars of tomorrow. This 5th staging has been themed, "Reclaiming Our Identity: The rising impact of Jamaica's music, content and culture".

Registration is now open for the annual event via the Jamaica Music Conference website and tickets can be purchased locally at Bookophilia and Fontana Pharmacy. The fifth staging will feature 7 venues and 10 separate sessions including: the JMC - JaRIA Symposium at JAMPRO headquarters; a Sound System Summit at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; panel discussions at U-Tech TIC Innovation Centre; the Jamaica Music Conference Showcase at Jamnesia; and closes at Skyline's Kingston Dub Club, ensuring that international attendees get a real feel for Kingston Music City.

The Jamaica Music Conference is a platform for independent music professionals, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Jamaican music industry, and propose solutions to these issues. This year sees a focus on answering long lingering questions. How can Jamaica and its diaspora retain the lion share of ownership within the reggae/dancehall space? How can the enduring international popularity of our genres embrace the global landscape to benefit Jamaica and Jamaicans at home and abroad? A FREE 3-part "Ready For Di Road" Webinar series is being staged in association with Atlanta-based Artist Launch, artist development agency. Conference attendees are also able to create a FREE electronic press kit when they enter a contest being staged by the Jamaica Music Conference for a chance to meet with international booking agents.

For more information visit: www.jamaicamusicconference.com





Kim Kardashian confirm pregnancy-via-surrogate rumour

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kim-and-kanye.jpgKim Kardashian has confirmed that she and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their third child together. It's been reported for months that the couple will welcome their baby via surrogate.

On Thursday, Kim shared a promo video for Season 14 of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," in which she's seen telling her sister Khloe, "We're having a baby!"

"Season 14 is gonna be wild," the reality star tweeted. "Tune in this Sunday!!!"

The news initially broke back in June, when TMZ reported that the couple had hired a surrogate as health concerns made it too risky for Kim to have another child herself.

The outlet said Kimye found their surrogate through an agency and paid her $45,000 over 10 months. The couple also reportedly agreed to pay $5,000 for each additional baby (if there is more than one) and $4,000 if the surrogate loses any reproductive organs.

The baby is said to be due in January 2018, according to TMZ.

Over the past few months, Kim and Kanye, who are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, nearly 2, kept quiet about the subject.

However, in September, People reported the couple's surrogate was definitely pregnant.

"The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate," the source said. "Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process."

Kim did address the initial rumors in September during New York Fashion Week, telling E! News, "I think when we're ready to talk about it we will, and I think it's super invasive when people are just ... So many details out there, and like I've never heard this, I've never heard this. Like whatever. We have not confirmed it, and that's that. I'll let you know when we're ready."

Over the years, Kim has been very open about her various fertility struggles; she suffered from preeclampsia while pregnant with North, and placenta accreta throughout both pregnancies. Kim also once famously called pregnancy "the worst experience of my life."





Hugh Hefner to be buried next to Marilyn Munroe

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hugh-hefner.jpgHugh Hefner will spend eternity next to the woman who helped make him a publishing and pop culture icon.

The Playboy magazine founder, who died at age 91 on Wednesday, will be laid to rest at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles in a vault right next to actress Marilyn Monroe.

Hefner reportedly bought the vault 25 years ago for $75,000, ensuring that his final resting place would be alongside the young actress who appeared on the cover of the first issue of Playboy in December 1953.

Hefner's death was mourned by a wide variety of celebrities, including The Weeknd, Ryan Seacrest, former Playboy cover girls Jenny McCarthy and Pam Anderson, as well as Reverend Jesse Jackson.





Ex Gaza deejay killed in St Thomas

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Maxwell, a former member of the Portmore Empire Gaza, was reportedly killed on Monday.

It is alleged that he was stabbed while at a recording studio in St. Thomas.

He is best known for the single Supm fi Sumn on the Duss Riddim.

Maxwell also recorded the song Bun fi Bun alongside incarcerated artiste Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Maxwell is known for songs such as "Miss You" produced by Notnice Records on his "Eternal Riddim" and "Bun Fi Bun" with former mentor Vybz Kartel.

Maxwell released a new single titled 'R.I.P' just last month.

Kartel, who is in the University hospital being treated for an apparent kidney infection, has so far not reacted to the news.Speculation is that he will say something via social media as soon as he is well enough to do so.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgAs Donald Trump continues to denounce the ongoing protests being carried out by National Football League (NFL) players, the US president has made reference to Usain Bolt respecting America's national anthem.

Trump who has been blasting NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, took to Twitter on Tuesday to use Bolt as a perfect example saying even the famed multiple time gold medalist and fastest man in the world shows respect to America.

"Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem!," Trump wrote.





Jamaica's most popular prisoner, Vybz Kartel still in hospital

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