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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.

Yanique Curvy Diva 'Lifestyle' Official Vdeo





Tosh Alexander releases Christmas project

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

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

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

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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.

Konshens Is Now Married. Mr and Mrs Spence





Eve spills on Nicki Minaj's racy Paper cover

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

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

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

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

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

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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.





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Aidonia to release album project

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

#YesYesMorePlease

#TurkishBirthday

#IstanbulTogether," she added.

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

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

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

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





Unu done know stay tuned, Danielle DI tells fans

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Damian Marley produces new single for Third World

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

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

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

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

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

About Third World

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

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





Capleton wants his stolen car returned

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

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

New riddims and other personal items were in the vehicle.

Capleton is asking the thieves to return the motor vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Ocho Rios police are investigating.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

During the confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.





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

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

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





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

The Wailers' manager, Lennie Chen confirmed his death.

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

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

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

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





Gaza fans say Kartel looks mawga in new pictures

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

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

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





Sean Kingston finds love in Kingston

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

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

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

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

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





Popcaan protests bad roads in St Thomas

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

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

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

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

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





Junior Gong collabs with rapper Ty Dolla $ign

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

The record titled So Am I also features Skrillex.

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

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





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

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

Documents for his return are currently being prepared.

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





Mavado's daughter Daniela to release debut single

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

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

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

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

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





peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgVeteran reggae singer Denroy Morgan has received a key to the city of Brooklyn, New York for his contribution to art and culture.

Morgan who is the father of Grammy award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage was awarded last night at the Afro Caribbean event in Wingate Park Brooklyn.

Morgan Heritage also paid homage to the "I'll Do Anything for You" singer with a special acoustic performance.

"Our father, mentor and teacher Denroy Morgan. Your persistence and perseverance is 2nd to none. Congrats on receiving the Key To The City of #Brooklyn. Love you!," Heritage wrote on Instagram. "Something long in the making. Many years, many obstacles but God is good. Well deserved honor for a living Legend. We love you Daddy!!! Thank you for all you've done for us. The sacrifice and investment."

Meanwhile, Morgan Heritage kicked off a twenty three city tour across the United States and Canada last week promoting their new album Avrakedabra which features a remake of Jimmy Cliff's hit single 'Reggae Night.'





Luciano mourns the death of his 91-year-old mother

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luciano-and-mother.jpgReggae artist Luciano is in mourning following the death of his mother, Mama Sophie. ''

Mama Sophie, whose real name is Ema Sophia Griffiths-Barnett, passed away last week Saturday August 19. She was 91 years old.

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Luciano's song 'Mama' released in 1996 on his Messenger album, was dedicated to her.

Her passing comes more than a year after his 19-year-old Menelik McClymont, was stabbed to death at Parkington Plaza in St Andrew.

Luciano is currently on tour now in Europe.

Yardflex sends condolences to Luciano and his family in this time of bereavement.





spice-nicholas-son.jpgSpice's ex-fiancé/baby father Nicholas Lall took to Instagram on Tuesday to send birthday wishes to their son Aimar who turned 10. "I still remember like it's yesterday when i was changing your diapers and getting up at nights to make your bottles. Wow time flies still can't believe your 10 already. I love you my prince i'm always your daddy i'm always your hero, your always my don my general nothing or no one can change that they can hide you and prevent us from speaking, but it's only going to be a matter of time you're getting older daddy loves you endless i'm wishing you a happy birthday AIMAR Daddy loves you."

Nicholas,, in the post implies that he is being prevented from seeing his kids following his and Spice's breakup last year.

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kasi-and-usain.jpgKasi Bennett recently took to Snapchat to upload a few photos and videos from her memory and camera roll as she highlighted a few milestones in her four year relationship with Usain Bolt on his 31st birthday.

Kasi took a stroll down memory lane on Monday after sharing a heartfelt birthday wishes on her Instagram account, which read;

"The Legend. Happiest of birthdays to the most humble, selfless, hardworking and motivating person I know. Every single day I feel like the luckiest woman to have you in my life. You are nothing short of amazing. I love you baby, and remember... EVERY DAY WE LIT ❤️🙌🏼."

However, there has been a rather threatening comment on her IG from a woman who has allegedly been stalking Kasi, and persons seem to be divided as to whether or not the threat is real, or if Kasi is just seeking attention. People are also saying that the sexy pic that accompanied the post is an old one from last year, as Usain is is Mykonos, Greece celebrating his birthday....without Kaci.

Here is what one reader commented: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm - "Or could it be that Kasi made a fake account and said those things to get attention? I notice a pattern with her, every time Bolt is off doing his thing and ignoring her she comes up with something.

1. When he was in Rio, she went to Panama and acted as if she was in Rio.

2. When she thought Bolt wasn't going to take her to Cabana Reserve she said someone went to her mothers workplace and threaten her so she doesn't feel like been around Jamaicans (she end up going)

3. Then she said someone was stalking her and she had to be going to court about it.

4. Just recently, it was someone stealing her sneakers and leaving the laces.

5. And now that Bolt is spending his birthday without her she put up a old pic of them in Bora Bora with insincere words and all of a sudden someone comes on that particular post threatening to kill her, for what?

And look who have the first comment on this very post on JMG, like they were sitting and waiting for Met to put this up. Kasi is a sick girl mentally and a pathological liar, she's a very dangerous individual.

Another said: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

"So none of us over here knows anything about kasi but you do right? Since you had to sent a message to the person also to leave kasi alone, why don't you and kasi contact the relevant authorities about this and you are the first one to comment on this, trying to garner sympathy from Usain and your followers, "look at the bad people taking set and threatening me". Putting up balloons and presents on bed talking about spoiling my boyfriend for his birthday when the man is in Greece celebrating his birthday there and because people found out she put up that pic from last year with that lame as caption and suddenly the person come to threaten her, why now, why that photo, when that is a old pic? You and kasi can go on playing mind games but I see through the bullshit."

Why exactly there is so much hate for this Kasi girl is anybody's guess, but there were allegations that Kasi was dating Bolt's brother before she and Usain got together. Kasi has never commented on these allegations, so they remain just that.





When did Curvy Diva Yanique become the unofficial Ambassador for Children?

The media vixen and recording artiste Yanique Curvy Diva is facing calls from online trolls for her to be fired from her hosting duties on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall because she in not a good role model for children.

According to one user on social media: "We are not bashing Yanique for the life she wants to live and how she decides to make her money, however she cannot stay on our TV and influence our children, she needs to be removed immediately."

Question, Exactly which/whose children is Yanique influencing? Yanique has never set herself up as a role model for adults ... much more children....so why would responsible adults allow her to influence their children? The calls for Yanique's dismissal comes after her recent stint in the Cayman Islands which saw a raunchy video surfacing of the "Lifestyle" singer dancing on the floor during her performance at their Dancehall Queen competition.





Jay-Z breaks silence on 'THAT ELEVATOR FIGHT'

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jay-z-photo-1.jpgJay-Z has finally broken his silence over the infamous elevator video in which Solange Knowles attacked him as Beyonce looked on. Jay was on the podcast "Rap Radar" when he addressed the 2014 incident at the Standard Hotel in NYC, but without discussing the trigger for Solange's tirade.

Jay said obtusely, "I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing."

He went on ... "We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister, not my sister-in-law, my sister."

It seems Solange was angry over Jay's alleged infidelity when she went off in the elevator, which he underscores in his new song, "Kill Jay Z" ... "You egged Solange on/Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong/you almost went Eric Benet/Let the baddest girl in the world get away."





Usain Bolt takes the party to Greek island Mykonos

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He has wasted no time adopting a party lifestyle since retiring from competitive sprinting.

And after marking his retirement with a number of consecutive nights out in London, Usain Bolt took the party to the stunning island of Mykonos, Greece, this week.

The Jamaican athlete, 30, was flanked by a bevy of beauties on Sunday as he headed out for another evening on the tiles with friends. Usain put on a typically dapper display for his night of partying, taking to the night scene in a crisp white shirt, beige chino shorts and pink trainers.

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He covered his famous profile beneath a pair of quirky, mirrored shades.

His sun-soaked break comes just a short while after Usain partied up a storm in the UK, enjoying champagne-fuelled bashes at some of London's biggest nightclubs, most recently DSTRKT.

The Olympic legend was pictured looking in high spirits as he headed into the nightspot with his girlfriend Kasi Bennett on Tuesday night.

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It came after he enjoyed a night out at Cirque Le Soir until 3.30am the evening prior, and a party at Libertine nightclub until 4.30am the night before that.

Usain is no stranger to the London party scene and last year ran up a £12,000 bar bill during a week-long celebration to mark his 'triple-triple' success at Rio 2016.





romain-virgo-photo-4.jpgNEW YORK, NY- On Saturday August 26th, the New York Hilton in Manhattan will be the site of the 55th annual Jamaica Grand Independence Gala. The black-tie event will present an elegant evening featuring a cocktail and dinner reception honoring distinguished community leaders. Hosted by the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable Trudy Deans, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The headlining entertainment for the evening will be Romain Virgo and The Unit Band, making their debut at the glamourous event. Grammy winning artist Estelle will serve as a co-host with actor/singer Leon.

VP Records artiste Romain Virgo grew up in the industry, making history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at 17-years-old, then winning Artist of the Year from JaRIA in 2012. He has come into his own and is flourishing as a reggae artist and band leader, with a new album in the works and his current single 'Now' presenting a international pop sound.

Afro-Caribbean, London born songstress Estelle has led a successful music career, winning a Grammy® in 2009. She is currently, putting the finishing touches on her 5th studio album on VP Records/ Established 1980 Records (Estelle's imprint). The album will feature the work of top producers Supa Dups and Jerry Wonda, writers Tish Hyman, JFK and UrsVerse among others. The first single 'Love Like Ours' featuring Tarrus Riley, featured on Reggae Gold 2017, has been making a splash on charts and streaming services since its debut early June.

Guest of honor, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness will be the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. Awards will also be given to Former Prime Minister, The Honorable Edward Seaga and Hall of Fame Basketball Player, Patrick A. Ewing.

Held from 6:30pm-2am, guests will be further entertained with additional sets from Likkle Big Band and Road International. Proceeds will go to the Garvey Elementary School in the Bronx and Woman Inc. In addition to the Gala, the 55th anniversary will also be marked with a celebration of Jamaican delicacies during restaurant week in September, and a film festival and business forum in October.





No New York concert for Alkaline

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alkaline-mavado-and-al.jpgAlkaline announced that he would not be performing in New York on Sunday night.

The Dancehall artiste was billed to take the stage at the Ecips Music Festival which is being held at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.

Sources close to Alkaline say the artiste is currently in New York but orgainzers have failed to pay their final deposit which was outlined in the contract. The source added that several other acts slated for the show weren't paid and they also removed themselves from the lineup.





sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston made it very public that he isn't broke by posting pictures of his new mansion and car to match which he recently bought in Jamaica but his legal troubles in the United States are far from over.

The "Beautiful Girls" singer is now desperately requesting a new trial after he failed to pay a Florida-based jeweler $44,000 USD which has since resulted in a Judge issuing a warrant for his arrest, TMZ reports.The news outlet obtained new court documents in which Kingston says he didn't know about the order to pay the sum because he ignored the papers he received, thinking it was for a different case.

Kingston is reportedly begging for mercy as he has to represent himself due to "financial efficiency." He also cites health issues after being assaulted recently.The singer says he needs to share his side of the story, as he tried to return some of the pieces in question and set up a payment plan but Haimov Jewelers refused.





alkaline-fan-nipple.jpgLast week, a picture of Sean Kingston with his hand touching Tommy Lee's hair made the rounds on social media, with some saying the thing "luuuuuuuu". It was just too intimate for some trolls, but other fans realised that it was really just a 'bro thing' and there was nothing fishy about it at all. Now, Alkaline, who seems to have taken it personal that Sean Kingston signed Tommy Lee and not him (Alkaline), even though Alka and Sean have worked well in the past. So when Alka posted this comment on social media, it suggested that he was taking aim at Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee: "Done see say dem a bitch smh. Check out my new sound #realwidit#dealwidit #doneseeit."

Well, fans of Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta have done some digging and have found an August 2015 photo of Vendetta deejay Alkaline posing with a fan whose finger appeared to brush against the bare-chested deejay's nipple. (WHOA!)

"They need to speak about this," sources close to the two deejay reportedly said. "They making a big deal over a video with the boss [Sean Kingston] and his new artist [Tommy Lee Sparta] but no one is saying anything about this luuu photo with Alkafish [Alkaline]."





jah-cure-benz-crash-photo-1.jpgOn Saturday Night, Reggae artiste Jah Cure crashed his brand new vehicle, his much-loved-and-hyped-about 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. The expensive, high end, luxury vehicle sustained quite a bit of damage to the front section and will be very costly to fix...but this is Jah Cure and we surely hope either he or his insurance have the cash to care. Anyway..he's blaming the other driver. Of course. Who else?

The story is that driver of the other vehicle drove out on Jah Cure, and in trying to avoid a collision Jah Cure somehow lost control of his vehicle. Jah Cure and his Mercedes Benz subsequently crashed into a tree. (Oh dear!) This took place somewhere in St Ann....near an intersection on the Salem main road in Runaway Bay.

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"Mek mi tell yuh diss, mi nuh just crash suh eno Daddy....," Jah Cure is reported to have said. "Is a man do that to mi.... yuh see a while ago....," he added.

One eyewitness reported that another driver pulled out in front of Jah Cure who was driving very fast along the Runaway Bay main road in Saint Ann. Jah Cure lost control of his 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe which crashed head on into a tree.

Yardflex was unable to get the driver of the other vehicle to hear his side of the story and we are awaiting the official police report.





woman-suing-usher-herpes.jpgA woman who is suing Usher for failing to tell her he had herpes before they allegedly had sex had earlier proclaimed on social media that she needed money.

Quantasia Sharpton, a 21-year-old mother of three, spoke out about the new lawsuit against the singer at a press conference in New York on Monday.

Exactly one week before, Sharpton - who also goes by Angel Valentino on social media - had taken to Facebook to declare: 'I need some money', TMZ reports.

Just hours before the press conference, which was coordinated by celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, the alleged victim wrote: 'Enjoying my last couple of hours as a regular girl.'

Sharpton is one of three alleged victims - two women and a man - suing Usher but she is the only one identified by name in the lawsuit.

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They all allege that Usher failed to inform them he had herpes, an incurable sexually-transmitted disease, before engaging in the alleged sexual encounters.

The lawsuit makes note of recent news reports that Usher admitted in court documents in 2012 to having the disease and that he settled a $20million herpes lawsuit several years ago with a woman.

They claim Usher has never publicly denied having herpes, or made an effort to contact them to confirm or deny the reports, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states the alleged victims have suffered severe emotional distress, birthing complications, stress, depression and anxiety about contracting or being exposed to herpes.

Court filings claim that in the event that Usher doesn't have herpes, his conduct has still caused 'severe emotional distress' since he has allowed them to worry that he has exposed them to the virus.





miss-bum-bum-contestants-photo-1.jpgStriding down the streets of Sao Paulo in their black swimsuits, these glamorous models have been stopping the traffic as they promote the much anticipated Miss Bum Brazil competition.

The 27-strong bevy of ladies includes a playboy model who is the first American to appear in the event and a contestant who is in a polyamorous relationship with both a man and a woman.

The public must decide which of the 27 women will be allowed to compete in the November final to select the nation's sexiest derriere.

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Competition is fierce as only 15 of the buxom beauties will be allowed to take part in the final. The winner of the competition will be awarded a much sought after cover shoot for a popular men's magazine, a significant cash prize and celebrity status.

Miss Bum Bum was first started seven years ago and developed into a major glamour model competition in Brazil. Several spin-offs have been held as well as the world famous annual competition in Brazil.

In a country obsessed with the female backside, winners of the hotly-disputed contest become overnight celebrities and often go on to earn millions in modelling contracts and endorsements.

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Last year's winner was Erika Canela, from Bahia, who was crowned winner after the fiercely fought contest.

Erika, who has a 42inch bottom, took home a £18,000 prize and a lucrative modelling contract.

The curvy 20-year-old was the first black woman to win the popular beauty pageant in which more than 17 million Brazilians vote for their country's sexiest backside.

She has since commemorated her win by getting a tattoo of Donald Trump on her body after winning the title on the same day as he won the US election.





Sean Kingston signs Tommy Lee

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Tommy Lee Sparta has signed a recording and distribution contact with International Jamaican pop singer Sean Kingston.

Social media and other posts would indicate that the Montego Bay-based Gothic Dancehall artiste signed to Kingston's Time Is Money Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records over the weekend.





Singer Richie Spice is the latest entertainer to have taken a tumble off stage while performing.

In a video making the rounds on social media, after falling, Richie Spice landed off in front of the stage following a misstep.Richie quickly bounced back to his feet, searched for the microphone and then continued singing.

Recently, soca singer Desta Garcia broke her ankle and suffered minor bruises after falling through a stage.





kassanova-missing.jpgWord on the street is that Kassanova's so-called disappearnace is nothing more that a publicity stunt from an artiste who is desperately trying to get a buss int he dancehall.

According to reports, former Magnum Kings and Queens winner Jonnah recently released a diss video on his Insta scoffing at Kasanova's "massive publicity stunt".

"Stop trick the people dem and gwaan like yu waan style the ting...Tell the man fi go inna the studio and go meds something if yu waan buss, ah so oonu waan highlight? Ah so yu love likes and dem ting de bad man? Wah kinda controversy that? At tell people say yu dead and dem ting de. Stop tell lie, mi just see yu little while, how mi no see family ah come forward and bawl, mi no see it inna the Star, Observer or none of the main media outlet dem, so how oonu ah come ah tell lie?" Jonnah said.

"Tell the people dem say yu want a hit song. Ah the same ting we de ya ah do, just try and try again. Alkaline put in contact lenses and now yu a come fake your death. If yu have a real enemy and dem kill yu , then nothing caan come out of it because yu dun tell people say yu dead already, all eediat Lux know that."

He challenged Kasanova to a clash whenever he chose to eventually surface.

"Just know say whenever you come with wah yu a come with, yu haffi go clash it out," he warned.





Emmanuella makes Jamaicans laugh out loud

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emmanuella.jpgNigerian social media comedienne, eight-year-old Emmanuella Samuel performed on the LOL Comedy Tour at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston on Emancipation Day, Tuesday, August 1 and had the capacity audience who had turned out to see her in stitches.

"We're looking to offer Jamaicans a solid avenue for some good, wholesome family entertainment this holiday season," said Danielia McLean, marketing manager at Tango's Entertainment Production Ltd, organisers of the tour, had told the media prior to Emmanuella's arrival.

"Just about everyone in Jamaica knows Emmanuella and her hilarious videos with Mark Angell and people have been looking forward to seeing her perform here in Jamaica. What's even better is that she goes up alongside some of Jamaica's top comedians which will certainly have people laughing out loud the entire show."

Well, little Emmanuella, with her big, engaging and charming personality did just that.

"My uncle showed me Jamaica on the Internet and it's really pretty, so I can't wait to get there so that I can go to the beach," said Samuel. "I'm a little nervous but I'm used to doing skits and shows with my uncle [Mark Angell] so I know it won't be very hard."

In addition to Angell, she was joined by compatriot Denielson Igwe as well as acts such as Ity and Fancy Cat, Lemon, Leighton Smith, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Dalton Spence, Peetah and Gramps Morgan from Morgan Heritage and Minister Marion Hall.

The LOL Comedy Tour moves to Savanna-la-Mar at the Manning's School on Saturday, August 5; Montego Bay at Pier 1 on Sunday, August 6; and May Pen on Saturday, August 12, 2017, before closing in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on Sunday, August 13.





stamma-gramma-and-girlfriend.jpgstamma-gramma-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste Stamma Gramma is slowly picking up the pieces of his life after his girlfriend died from liver cancer earlier this year. The artist who is now aligned with Alkaline's Vendetta campis currently seeking to make a return to entertainment scene

According the entertainer, he decided to remove himself from the spotlight in order to be with his spouse throughout her painful battle with the sickness.

He however admits it was not a easy decision to resume his craft, as he was left depressed for months following her death.

Stamma Gramma says he remains hopeful that a cure for the dreadful disease can be found in the near future, as he has witnessed its devastating effects first hand.

Stamma Gramma has since released a new single titled "Vendetta Clan Anthem," paying homage to the formula deejay.





ishawna-photo-7.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna is overly proud of her latest antics in the US which allegedly sent fans into a frenzy in Hartford, Connecticut at an event dubbed "Equal Rights & Justice."

The former Downsound Records artiste, who has been lambasted for her total disrespect of national treasure, Miss Lou, placed her bumper to a fan's forehead while she performed her highly controversial single "Equal Rights" on Friday night.

Ishawna took to her Instagram account on Saturday to upload a snippet of her risque set. "What happens next??!! Find out on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z 😩😭😂😂😜 Thank you Connecticut!!!!! ❤️😘 Texas I'm on my way✈️ ," she wrote.





Mello FM takes over Hot 102 FM

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The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica has given approval for Cornwall Broadcasting Company Limited, owners and operators of Mello FM to take over management and control of Western Broadcasting Services Limited, which operates HOT 102 FM.

Al Robinson, Founder and CEO of MELLO FM, said that this synergy will make Cornwall Broadcasting the second largest radio group in Jamaica with a total of third radio stations.

"Radio is now the biggest reach medium -- and this synergy is another important validation of the value of radio," Robinson said in a statement announcing the move yesterday.

Western Broadcasting Services Ltd (HOT 102) is owned by Ken Williams.

The Broadcasting Commission stipulated that, with the new acquisition, Cornwall Broadcasting must provide coverage to 90 per cent of the island within six months.

According to the statement, state of the art digital broadcasting equipment is currently being installed for the launch, within a month, of the new Energy FM, and will be operated from Mello FM's Kingston offices.

The company's third radio station will be operated from Mello FM Headquarters in Montego Bay called RIDDIM 96FM, which the company said will be 100 per cent Reggae.





Sex cult story is all 'crap' says R Kelly

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r-kelly.jpgHe believes he can fly and R Kelly will surely have to try and fly his way out of the latest allegations of him operating a sex cult.

In response to the explosive Buzzfeed report involving R. Kelly orchestrating an alleged sex cult of younger women has put the R & B singer has released a video denying the allegations, calling them "crap."

Kelly posted on Twitter on Thursday night not only advertising his shows this weekend but dismissing the claims.

This is the first time Kelly has been seen since the report came out, in which the reporter and various sources close to Kelly say that he is keeping several young women "hostage" and grooming them to please him





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A woman may tell her man "GO" at least a million times in their relationship, most of the time not meaning it, but a man will typically know when she's really had it! If there's love, that's the moment his heart races, he panics, and he recognizes the need for a forgiveness plan of the most urgent nature! In her new single, the beautiful Caribbean Super Songstress, ARITA, describes one of those moments when "GO" really means "GO", after years of "putting up with it", your time Brother is up -- no more lies, no more chances, game over! Ladies, you agree? Men, listen closely. Time to Go!

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dj-khaled-and-rihanna.jpgThe wins continue to stack up for DJ Khaled. The music producer announced on Tuesday that his infectious single Wild Thoughts featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller has officially gone platinum.

Since the release of the single, which is currently number two on the Billboard Hot 100, numerous remixes for Wild Thoughts have been created.

Rapper Fabolous changed it up a bit for the groupie remix Wild Thots as well as remixes from Tory Lanez and Trey Songz.

The song is sampled off Carlos Santana's 1999 hit Maria Maria.

Khaled received four nominations for his Grateful album at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.





bugle-photo-2.jpgKnown for hits such as Exercise, Doh, Nuh Compatible, Don't Blame Life, Rasta Party and Ganja' among a plethora of others; Reggae singer Bugle continues to garner strong support for his music across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Asian continent.

Now on the final leg of his 'Be Yourself' world tour, the Rastafarian crooner has been on the road for almost two months promoting his sophomore album of the same name amidst amplifying his international presence.

The tour which continues to yield positive results for the Jamaican with several sold out venues has seen him making stops in major cities such as Fukuoaka, Sapporo, Okayama, Osaka, Tokushima, Hamburg, Hannover, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Bern, Zurich, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol among others.

Speaking with members of the British media recently following a concert at Brockwell Park in London Bugle said,

"Touring is always tough, it's very taxing both physically and mentally but that is part of the journey we as entertainers have to bear to get both the music and the message across the globe. I have travelling so many places over the last two months, sometimes I can't even keep track of where we are and what day it is, (laughs)__ but as long as the work is being done that is all that's important."

Bugle is expected to wrap his international at the end of August.

Coming on the heels of his feature on the cover of Canada's L3 Magazine, is the release of a new single titled 'Hustler', which speaks to the trials and triumphs of the working class. The singer is also expected to premier several music videos in the weeks ahead.





Aidonia has the song for the summer

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aidonia-photo-5.jpgConsidered one of the most important seasons on the social calendar especially for entertainment. Top-flight deejay Aidonia is making sure his presence is felt across the space this summer.

Arguably one of the best year of his career, the 4th Genna Music recording artiste continues to dominate not only through concert appearances but also with the release of several singles and videos including his overnight hit 'Yeah Yeah', the follow-up to the monster single 'Banga'. Produced by 4th Genna Music and Emudio Records the song continues to gain tremendous traction across the globe while bullying its way onto several charts across the diaspora.

Though still in its infancy 'Yeah Yeah' is already being considered by several industry players as a top contender for 'anthem of the summer'. When quizzed about the inspiration behind the hit Aidonia said,

"I got the idea to do the song while in Miami for Best of the Best. As you know the summer started slow due to the rains, subsequently leading to several events getting cancelled so we had to kick things into high gear. Aside from the rhyming it was just the timing. We give thanks for the response because it's really moving fast."

Delivering a commendable set at this years Reggae Sumfest the 'Banga' hit-maker not also thrilled his fans but was also named 'Best Dress Male Entertainer' of the night as he emerged on stage donning a yellow and white designer ensemble, for which the fans, especially the female populous showed their approval.

Solidly booked for the summer, Aidonia is schedule to perform at Dream Live this Friday, July 28 in Negril before jetting off to Antigua for an assignment on July 30th. From there he will turn his attention to Europe for a tour of that continent in August.





vybz-kartel-and-shorty-larger.jpgIs life imitating art? Well it seems so. Conjugal Visit is the name of a collab single with jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel and the self-proclaimed Queen of the Stage, Spice.

The single was a hit and its message of prisoners being able to get some special love and affection was one which was fully embraced. There was even speculation at the time that Kartel was being given special conjugal visits with his spouse, Shorty, although this was never proven.

However, it now seems that Vybz Kartel will soon enjoy conjugal visits from Shorty.

National Security Minister, Robert Montague recently unveiled plans to allow prisoners to be allowed conjugal visits, which are private visits from inmates spouses, usually to engage in sexual activities.

The move Montague claims is a step forward to begin to humanize inmates, and will provide a platform to facilitate prisoners re-integration into society more seamlessly and reinforce stronger family bonds.





vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgFever, a single from Vybz Kartel has hit the Billboard charts.

The single which was released early last year by the jailed deejay, debuted at number 50 on the R&B Hip Hop Airplay charts.

Fever is produced by TJ Records and was also featured on Vybz Kartel's "King of the Dancehall" album.

That album also featured on the Reggae Albums Chart on Billboard, and debuted at Number 1 on the iTunes Reggae Albums Chart.

Meanwhile, the appeal hearing for Vybz Kartel, who is a convicted murderer, is set to begin on February 19 2018.

Three weeks have been set aside for arguments to be heard in the Appeal Court.

Defence attorneys have until October to file their written grounds of appeal and the prosecutors have been given until November to respond.

On March 15 this year, High Court Judge, Justice Frank Williams, granted Kartel and his co-convicts permission to appeal their conviction and sentence.





JAY-Z - Bam ft. Damian Marley

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Jimmy Cliff's Video "Life" Debut on Billboard

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life-jimmy-cliff.jpgJuly 18, 2017. Miami, Florida - Reggae's first international global superstar, Jimmy Cliff delivers dance-euphoria with his new video from his March 10 single release, "Life," which debut on Billboard. The song is from his upcoming 2017 winter release album SOMERTON, named after a district in Jamaica in which he was born and raised. The song, written by Cliff, was produced by Steven "Lenky" Marsden and is distributed by Zojak World Wide.

"The lyrics and uplifting nature in the video mirror how I see the world," says Cliff. "It's all about living in the present, the here and now, and acknowledging precious time here on earth."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy award winning singer has spread his artistry globally through many oceans, rivers and cultures, with mainstream notability from his widely recognized musical masterpiece "Many Rivers To Cross." The timeless classic earned Cliff a number 325 placement on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Today, at 69, he embraces life through childlike eyes, focusing on the beautiful moments, many blessings and celebrations that life freely provides.

Cliff has collaborated and/or toured with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Kool & The Gang, Sting, Annie Lenox and The Rolling Stones. He has performed at endless international festivals across the globe and has shared the stage with talented musicians from every genre imaginable.

Today, Dr. Jimmy Cliff remains the only living musician to be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences, the Order of Merit. He is one of the most influential musicians to ever come out of Jamaica, still writing and producing current music and continued dance vibes to enjoy for many generations to come.

The Kingston, Jamaica setting of the four minute, ten second video was produced by Zojak World Wide and directed by Mike Abela. Expect to hear more singles being released in the next few months leading into his winter SOMERTON album release, which has a production by Othneil "Ottey" Lewis and a number of productions by producer, Clive Hunt.

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damian-marley-september-6-and-7.jpgWith his upcoming fourth solo album Stony Hill set for release on July 21st, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has just announced dates for his Fall U.S. Tour.

Marley will bring his show live to Irving Plaza in New York City on September 6th and 7th. Get your tickets for Night 1 here, and Night 2 here, and see the rest of the tour dates here.

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USA, Jamaica - With the recent release of his single "Beautiful", recording artist Konshens recently defied stereotypical male view points by addressing the issue of conventional standard of beauty that plague women of all ages, races and creeds.

From magazines to videos, to the increasing "Social media models" that constantly set an unrealistic and mentally unhealthy beauty blue print, society profits from self doubts, and liking yourself is a rebellious act. Aware that himself as an artist plays a part on the equation by the beautiful ladies displayed in his videos, Konshens awareness as a devoted father to 2 young impressionable children, and to his fans takes heed of the weight of his words, and for this, the reggae and dancehall star put pen to paper to deliver inspirational words.

A 21st Hapilos Production, "Beautiful" is a reminder that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and starts from the inside. ''Not because you're not an IG model, and your snaps dem not on fleek, nuh make dem make you feel you small up and make it seem like you're incomplete, change what you want to change up, dress how you want and put on your make up, as long as a dat ya want, not just what everybody want girl...'

Contrary to some feedback from naysayers, the songs isn't against plastic surgery, or embellishments, weaves or makeup, on the contrary, the ode is for empowerment. Konshens recently explained "Beautiful is a song for every woman to be reminded beauty starts from the inside, not defined by the opinion of strangers or social media."

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Beautiful" is available on all major digital outlets like iTunes.





usher-singer.jpgPop singer reportedly settled lawsuit for $1.1 million in 2012

Court documents state that Usher contracted the herpes virus in 2009 or 2010

California law states that knowingly giving someone an STD is illegal

One out of every six people ages 14 to 49 years have genital herpes in the US

Usher reportedly paid a former lover $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit after claiming she contracted herpes from the singer.

Court documents, first published by Radar Online, show that the 38-year-old 'U Got It Bad' singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, was diagnosed with the incurable condition between 2009-2010,

An affidavit from the complainant states that the singer nonetheless engaged in unprotected intercourse without first disclosing the affliction.

According to California state law, where Usher resides, it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit an sexually transmitted disease (STD).

The performer later denied being a carrier of the non-lethal condition, despite 'greenish discharge' from his penis, court documents say.

'Believing Raymond's statements that (the discharge) had been nothing and cleared up, (she) continued her relationship,' the legal docs stated.

The plaintiff was later diagnosed with herpes, complete with vaginal sores, fevers and chills, she alleged in papers.

Usher has yet to make a public statement on the matter.

Between 2011 and 2012, the Grammy award wining artist paid for medical bills on behalf of the plaintiff totaling $2,754.40, around the same time the 'Confessions' singer had his doctor inform the woman that he was indeed a carrier of the disease, court documents show.

Usher was first allegedly 'exposed to herpes' virus in 2009 or 2010, the legal documents show, around the time when finalized his divorce to Tameka Foster after she accused him of cheating.

Foster is not believed to have contracted the virus.





linkin-park-frontman-bennington.jpgLead singer of rock/rap band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington died aged 41 on Thursday.

The LA County Coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself.

The 41-year-old was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles shortly before 9am on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials say Bennington hanged himself in his bedroom and he was home alone at the time, according to TMZ. He was found upstairs by his housekeeper.

'Chester was one of the brightest and most talented people on this planet, and he lived life to the fullest,' a close friend told RadarOnline, adding that the Bennington suffered from demons.

Bennington's suicide came on the day of his late lifelong friend Chris Cornell's birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging. Cornell would have turned 53.

'Chester and Chris were so close, and he was never the same after Chris's death,' the friend told Radar.

The friend of Bennington's also noted that Cornell's death deeply affected Bennington, who also struggled with 'addiction issues'.

'But everyone thought that he had it licked. He seemed to be at a good place in his life. It is just so tragic and there are no words,' the friend told Radar.

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Friends and family are in absolute 'shock' over the rock star's apparent suicide as it's revealed they believed he 'was in a good place in his life'. His bandmates were said to be blindsided by Chester's suicide with sources telling TMZ they had plans to attend a photo shoot in Hollywood later on Thursday.

One Linkin Park band member went to pick him up on Thursday morning but arrived to find police already at his home.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was married and is survived by his six children from two relationships.

Chester had flown back to Los Angeles on Wednesday night. He had been spending time in Arizona with his wife Talinda, but she remained behind.

Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' for the crowd of mourners at Cornell's funeral, many of whom were moved to tears.

Linkin Park was on tour following the release of the band's latest album One More Light. They had a show at New York's Citi Field scheduled for next week with Blink 182.

They played together for the last time on July 7 in Birmingham, England. Formed in 1996, Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has two Grammy Awards.

The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with rapper Jay-Z.





damian-marley-stony-hill.jpgAfter several postponed dates, Damian Marley's new solo album Stony Hill, will finally be released Friday, July 21.

On Friday, the youngest son of reggae icon, Bob Marley, will also celebrate his 39th birthday.

"Stony Hill" features 18 tracks including "Bitter Blood," Caution," "Everybody Wants To Be Somebody," "Nail Pon Cross," "Speak Life" and "The Struggle Discontinues."

The album will also feature a few collaborations.

"Medication" will feature Damian's older brother, Stephen Marley, while another song features a collaboration with the Bounty Killer's son, Major Myjah.

Meanwhile, in a recent Q&A with fans via a Facebook Live Session, Damian spoke about the inspiration behind the album.





sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgReggae Sumfest 25 got off to a sizzling start as the Beach Party at Tropical Bliss on Sunday, July 16 reached fever pitch. Dubbed 'The Adult Playground' the theme did not disappoint as patrons danced and vibed to the sounds of Coppershot's Marc Chin and Cutty, Chris Dymond, Team Shella and Montego Bay's Dexta Peppa and Jigga.

Patrons were not deterred by the rains as they turned the Tropical Bliss Beach venue into a dance floor and partied with the Sumfest Beach party hosts Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett and Mz Lady Ice from Dexta Daps' infamous Owner video. The night went into overdrive as the ladies put on a show that had entertained shocked and lived up to the 'Adult Playground' theme.

The selections were on point from the DJs as they had the patrons collectively dancing to the electric slide, bringing them through various eras and genres with smooth transitions to frenzy for Aidonia's Yeah Yeah. The party continued into the evening with the sounds of Maria Maria were mixed into DJ Khalid's modern remake Wild Thoughts and expertly transitioned after a few mixes to Ding Dong's Fling as the DJs delivered well rounded sets. By the approach of, midnight party goers were found prancing around the water swings and the Red Stripe swim up bar fully immersed in the party atmosphere and enjoying the vibes.

Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of DownSound Entertainment was pleased with the execution of the first event to kick off Reggae Sumfest 25 and expects the momentum to carry over into the other events leading up to the highly anticipated live shows on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.

"I was excited about the Festival before but after tonight I am even more energized about it. We wanted to bring to patrons a world class production complemented by quality entertainment and I think we achieved that with the Beach Party. The best sight to me was when the rain came and nobody moved! Everyone stayed and partied and the DJs and hosts were amazing. Tonight is an indication that Reggae Sumfest 25 will be one of the best we have had," said Bogdanovich.

Reggae Sumfest continues today (Tuesday, July 18) with the All White party at Pier One, then the Sumfest Blitz Retro Block Party onWednesday, July 19 also at Pier One. The Heavyweight Soundclash will take over the same venue on Thursday night before Reggae Sumfest 25 culminates with two live shows on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, featuring the likes of Alkaline, Aidonia, Tory Lanez, Sean Paul, Mavado and Spice alongside a host of other top acts.

CAPTION: Sumfest Beach Party: Robert Russell (left) and Josef Bogdanovich of DownSound Entertainment,
producers of Reggae Sumfest were in good hands with Beach Bunny Alicia
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sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgOn the heels of an electrifying start to Reggae Sumfest on Sunday July 16 at Tropical Bliss Beach and the Sumfest at Sunset Yacht Party on Monday July 17, patrons and organisers go white at Pier One tonight!

The annual event is an all white affair and promises a healthy serving of great music, scrumptious dishes and a diverse musical experience. The event is the third in a lineup of seven events over seven days in the tourist city, of Montego Bay.

The 25th staging of the Internationally acclaimed production continues under the theme

"Our Music, Our festival" on Wednesday July 18 at Pier One with the Blitz Block Party. Pier one plays host to the Heavyweight Clash on Thursday July 20 and the weeklong event culminates at Catherine Hall July 21 -22 for Night One and Two of the concert showcasing top Jamaican acts delivering the best of Reggae and Dancehall in an atmospher filled with authentic Jamaican cuisine and fashion.





Popcaan gets his US Visa

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popcaan-photo-3-larger.jpgThis is definitely good news for the Unruly/OVO camps. Dancehall artiste Popcaan, who is close friends with Canadian rapper Drake, has finally been given his US visa and work permit.

Website The Tropixs is reporteding that the Unruly deejay will be performing at the highly anticipated Red Bull Culture Clash on August 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Redbull Radio made the announcement on Tuesday when they uploaded a video introducing the lineup which features; EarDrummers featuring Mike WiLL Made-It, Enjoylife featuring Wondagurl, Unruly featuring Popcaan, and Disturbing London featuring Tinie Tempah.





Chris Gayle launches online dance contest

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chris-gayle-photo-5.jpgChris Gayle has launched a dance challenge competition with a cash prize of a whopping US$5,000.

The Jamaican cricketer made the announcement on Saturday when he uploaded a video busting out the moves.

"(CEO Chris Ever Okay) I'll give the winner USD 5000 who do the Chris Gayle Dance Challenge ," he wrote.

" the best . Ladies, the challenge goes for you too...There's the video so make sure you're spot on as I am lol."

"Have Fun I'll post the top 5 on my page and the viewers choose the winner. Remember to use the HASHTAG! Will announce the winner on the 24th ," he added. -





mariah-carey-nick-kids.jpgMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's six-year-old twins have written and recorded rap songs.

Moroccan and Monroe look set to follow in the footsteps of their musically famous parents -- who divorced in 2016 after eight years of marriage -- and they have wasted no time by already hitting the studio to work on some tracks.

The 36-year-old rapper said: "They've been in the studio. They got records. It's popping.

"They're singing, writing, rapping. It's amazing."

While Cannon is pleased see his kids' talent flourish, he's not entirely comfortable with them working at such an early age.

Speaking to "Entertainment Tonight," he added: "I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of putting children into the work force. But they love it, so they get into the studio."

While Carey, 47, recently said she doesn't find co-parenting with Cannon that tough because he is a "laugh," she admitted raising twins can be "hard work" at times.

She said: "Twins are definitely hard work. I'm very lucky to have people to help me because to handle two kids by yourself the same age is not easy."

Even though Moroccan and Monroe appear to have already started their own careers, Carey has admitted they aren't always very keen to let her to go to work.

She said: "They have to understand sometimes when I go to work, they're like, 'I don't want you to go to work! Stay home! Don't go to work!'

"And then I feel guilt-ridden, but it's all right. They get used to it, and then when we spend time together it's more special."





ishawna-hot-pic.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna has been dropped by her management company, Donsome Booking Agency.In a statement released by Donsome Bookings CEO, Donsome Hanson, it was revealed that the company is no longer be representing the controversial singer, and that they would only be responsible for honouring bookings up to July 7, 2017.

News of the separation comes on the heels of Ishawna being lambasted for her rude, ignorant and disrespectful comment dissing Jamaican cultural icon Miss Lou and the national costume, the bandana, on social media.The female deejay posted on Instagram that "mi nuh dress inna tablecloth like Miss Lou".

Ishawna also confirmed news of the split earlier this week after she updated her Instagram bio to reflect her new booking information.

No official reason was given for the split, however it is widely felt that he negative backlash from the Miss Lou comment factored in it..

Ishawna parted ways with Downsound Records last summer, shortly before the staging of Reggae Sumfest 2016, for which she was booked but did not turn up to perform. Ishawa is not booked for the festival this year.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, is among four persons who were scheduled to go on trial in the Home Circuit Court today on charges related to the lottery scam.

However, the courtroom where the trial was scheduled to take place is being used for another trial.

The case is now set for October 13.





For Immediate Release

Downsound Entertainment is proud to announce the addition of a special performance by Stephen Marley together along with his son, Jo Mersa Marley, Saturday night, July 22 2017, celebrating the 25th Edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay Jamaica.

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Yanique Curvy Diva dating Rob Kardashian?

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yanique-barrett-and-rob.jpgYanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett is making rounds in the United States after several media outlets are reporting that she's now dating Rob Kardashian.

The rumours started circulating on Thursday after the Media Personality/Dancehall Artiste uploaded a throwback photo with the Reality TV Show star/sock designer from last year's staging of the Britjam Spring Break Festival in Montego Bay.

Here's what enstarz.com had to say: "Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna may be caught in the midst of some major drama due to his recent social media photos of the Instagram model turned reality star, but that hasn't stopped Kardashian from dating.

According to a new report, the 29-year-old reality star and sock designer is now wooing Jamaican Instagram model Yanique Barrett.

"Rob met Yanique last year when he was in Jamaica and they stayed in contact," an insider told Media Take Out earlier this week, according to a report by Hollywood Life on Friday. "She's helped him, especially with all that he's going through now. Rob is flying her to America so that they can get to know each other better. He's going to help her with modeling opportunities."

As the outlet explained, Kardashian was dating Blac Chyna when he met Barrett last year in Jamaica and days ago, as Kardashian and his ex-girlfriend feuded online, Barrett took to her Instagram page and posted a throwback photo of herself and Kardashian together.





Blue Ivy freestyles on JAy-Z new album

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blue-ivy-carter-jay-z-grammys.jpgWatch the throne. After making her debut on 2012's "Glory," Beyoncé and JAY-Z's five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Blue Ivy--heir to the Carter dynasty--unleashes her first rap on her father's new song "Blue's Freestyle/We Family."

The track, which quickly became a trending topic upon its release, features B.I.C. rapping for 45 seconds straight. While some of her rhymes are hard to decipher, Blue proves that she's already following in her parents' famous footsteps.

"Never seen a ceiling in my whole life," she boasts. "Boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka, everything in shaka, everything in faka."

"Blue's Freestyle" appears as a bonus track on the physical release of JAY's platinum album 4:44, along with "Adnis" and the James Blake-assisted "ManyFacedGod."





dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDJ Khaled is Grateful to be on top. The super-producer's 10th album has earned him his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following last year's Major Key.

The star-studded Grateful, which features Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj, opens in the top spot with 149,000 equivalent album units (55,000 traditional). It also gains 81,000 streaming equivalent album units, the largest for any album since Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

Khaled celebrated the news on social media. "ANOTHER ONE!" he wrote. "#GRATEFUL DEBUTS #1 ... THIS WIN IS FOR MY SON ! @asahdkhaled !! I will give my thank you speech on Monday !! Let's celebrate MORE WINS!! GOD IS THE GREATEST!!! FAN LUV ! WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Along with this celebratory note, Khaled shared a video of himself, dressed in all white, dancing to Rihanna and Bryson Tiller's "Wild Thoughts" off Grateful.

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Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, K-Dot's DAMN. continues its prominence. The album, which was originally titled What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth, is still charting high at No. 3 with 59,000 units. Kung Fu Kenny is followed by Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain (past and present versions), which moved 52,000 units for the week.





Rvssian rolls in brand new Rolls Royce

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Jamaican producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has shelled out US$360,000 on a Rolls-Royce Wraith.

"Range Rover was the first big purchase, but this is another level. Exotic foreign. I chose the Wraith because it's comfortable and exotic ... and I like the stars on the roof," Rvssian is quoted in an interview with THE STAR.

Known for his work with Vybz Kartel, Rvssian recently received his second platinum record for his production work on American rapper Kevin Gates' solo debut album called 'Islah' released in January 2016.

"[It] feels good to know I have been successful and accepted in multiple genres. I take it as a great accomplishment as a Jamaican, and also as a music producer because it is out of my box as far as the genre is concerned," Rvssian said.

'Islah' debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart, contains 15 tracks, including charting singles 'Really Really' and '2 Phones'.

The album peaked at number two on the R & B Hip Hop album chart, and reached number one on the Rap Album chart.





Samory I's Black Gold released on CD and vinyl

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samoryi-blackgold.jpgBlack Gold, the highly anticipated debut album from Jamaican roots reggae artiste Samory I, will be released July14 on vinyl and CD, on all major digital platforms.

RoryStoneLove of Black Dub Music, has released three singles from the album, "Take Me Oh Jah," "African Daughter" and "Rasta Nuh Gangsta" with supporting videos for the last two singles. "Rasta Nuh Gangsta, has been getting an overwhelming response having thus far received over 650 K views and counting on You Tube.

Djs, radio disc jocks and fans worldwide are requesting more of this vibrant and refreshing sounding singer. In every track, he expresses experiences that reflect Black Dub's mission, which is aimed at awakening the black consciousness of the youths world wide. The sweet melodies expressed in this rebel music which celebrates the black experience. Samory I projects an authentic feel in his attempt to unite his culture and youths throughout the world in live roots, reggae, and dub. Samory I explains, "Black Gold is the description of the black race."

He began singing in his own community, Kencot Seventh Day Adventist Church as a child and continued performing at several other events to the delight of his audiences.. His first major show was the Digicel's Bob Marley Tribute at Emancipation Park, February 2014, he also performed at the Dennis Brown Tribute on the Waterfront. He has performed across Jamaica and recently expanded internationally, performing in Europe in summer 2016 at events such as Reeds Festival in Switzerland, Reggae Jam in Germany, and Reggae Geel in Belgium. Noted among his collaborations, is working with International Reggae bands such as Naja Vibes.





Kenny Bling makes his mark with Mi Chargie

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kenny-bling-photo-1.jpgDancehall artiste Kenniel Brown, aka Kenny Bling, has vowed to make his mark in 2017 and with the summer upon us, the singjay looks set to make that promise a reality. His Afar Music Group-produced single, Mi Chargie, is proving to be the perfect remedy for Dancehall hungry fans. On the infectious Level Up riddim, Mi Chargie can best be described as "a reality tune that couldn't be any more real". It tells the true-to-life experience of the singer/songwriter, Kenny Bling, and its themes of friendship and loyalty are two which many can closely identify with, and have not hesitated to embrace.

"I am singing about my own life... the friends around me and how we live. Genio, one of the names mentioned in the song is a real person. He is a loyal friend from a long time," explained Kenny Bling, who credits his father, veteran dancehall deejay Oneil "Scully" Brown, with instilling in him the passion for music. Kenny added that with the loads of positive feedback that he has been receiving, Mi Chargie "looks like the one".

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The single has been enjoying high level rotation in places as far away as Russia, a few countries in Europe, nearer home in the US and, of course right here "a yard". Among the radio stations in Jamaica that have been showing love for Mi Chargie are Zip, Irie FM, Hitz and Suncity, and Kenny Bling is more than pleased. Interestingly, the streets have also stepped in and taken the song to another level with big name selectors including Boom Boom giving Mi Chargie the seal of approval with massive airplay in the dance.

Hard on the heels of the label releasing Kenny Bling's first single for them, Afar Music Group (AFM) in recognition of Kenny's immense talent and potential, has signed the artiste to a recording contract.





yanique-and-kymani.jpgPopular host and media personality turned artiste, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett, is adding another hot track to her growing catalogue of recording material, this time she has teamed up with known international reggae recording artiste Ky-mani Marley.

The new single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' is a slow seductive neo reggae track coined after Bob Marley's single of the same name. Kimani himself decided to use his father's song as inspiration and also showed interest in working with The Curvy Diva on the single after listening to the riddim from TJ Records.

"Ky-mani and I have done work before including a collaboration with Vybz kartel called 'Cool and Deadly', we also have a few more soon to be released singles. When he heard this particular riddim though, he wrote and titled the single and also requested Yanique as the female on the track, so I reached out to her to make it happen," Linton 'TJ' White of TJ Records explained

The Curvy Diva was also extremely excited to have garnered a Grammy nominated international voice as her very first collaboration as a recording artiste.

"Working with Ky-mani was awesome, I'm glad I was given the opportunity to do a collaboration with the son of a legend to really deliver such a hot song. I'm happy about it," Curvy Diva noted

The Curvy Diva transitioned from Host and TV Personality earlier this year when she recorded 'Lifestyle' for popular label 'Good Good Production' on the Money Mix riddim, since then she has had increased interest from artistes and producers to do additional projects.

"I'm interested in doing music from the heart so my team and I are very strategic in the choices we make for follow up singles. Good quality music is what is important to me and working with Ky- mani Marley and TJ Records with 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' was a good production and I know this good music will get where it needs to go," The Curvy Diva added

The single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' premiered earlier this week and will be followed up with a music video during the summer. The track will be available for purchase on digital platforms later this month and is distributed by Zojak Worldwide.





rihanna-in-buju-banton-t-shirt.jpgFans of jailed deejay, Buju Banton, can soon start ordering his signature T-shirts, as his apparel line, called Everything BB is set to be released on Buju's 44th birthday on July 15.

Information of Buju's official Instagram page is that the Buju Banton gear will be available on his website, EverythingBB.Net. Some of the T-shirts will have Buju Banton's image while others will feature his song lyrics such as 'Over Hills and Valley.'

Interestingly, recently pop princess, Rihanna, was seen rocking a T-shirt with the Gargamel's image. However, it is not know whether or not, that particluar shirt was from Buju's line.

Buju Banton who was convicted of cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges in February 2011, is scheduled for release on December 08, 2018.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgAlkaline's After All video continues to take the spotlight, with reports that he was questioned Tuesday morning by the police. Both Alkaline and his manager were questioned by investigators at the Criminal Investigation Branch over the video which shows men in police uniform carrying M16 rifles and handguns.

A woman wearing a police uniform is also seen in the video.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, disclosed that statements have been collected from the civilians in the video and that he also had a telephone discussion with the producer of the video, who is to give a written statement.

In terms of the internal investigation, the police officers who have been identified in the video have provided written statements.





Tommy Lee declares WAR on Alkaline

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tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is eager for an all-our war with high-riding Vendetta deejay, Alkaline. Of course, this battle will be confined to lyrics rather than a physical confrontation and the battlefield will be none other than the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Well, Montego Bay, the home of Reggae Sumfest, is also Tommy Lee's place and it will be hard for Alkaline to get support from Mo Bay fans over their homeboy Tommy Lee. The controversial deejauy took to Instagram on Monday hinting at an all-out war if Alkaline takes jabs at him during his highly anticipated set.

"I jus love killing this coward @manhimselff [Alkaline's Instagram handle] u see that ? Push up u head at sumfest an see #waterworld last night 5,000 people #MANTUFFF," the 'Uncle Demon' deejay wrote.

Alkaline is billed to headline Dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest on July 21 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.

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destra-sued.jpgAccording to online reports, soca artiste Destra Garcia has been ordered to pay just over US$8,000 after a court in Belize found that she personally injured a man -- Fernando Oliva -- while gyrating on him at a concert in September 2015.

Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert.
Oliva claimed he was called on stage to dance with Destra. Following the dance, a video showed him lying ground.

The court was told that Destra then said, "If you's bad boy, I will treat you bad! Treat him bad?"

The crowd is said to have responded in the affirmative.

According to court documents, Destra jumped on top of him in a move closer to wrestling than soca.

The court said Oliva was rushed to the hospital for emergency medical care right after leaving the stage.

After recovering, he sued Destra for personal injury, and during a court appearance last week, the judge ruled that the soca artiste should pay Oliva.

Lawyers successfully argued that Destra was negligent in her actions, leading to injury to the man. Accoprding to Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva: "She had asked him lay down on the ground to close his eyes and to put his hands behind his head and then thereafter suddenly Miss Garcia jumped in the air and landed on the client, thereby causing injury to him and as a result after the event, he had to seek medical attention at the hospital."

"Our claim is a situation of negligence. We are saying that the musician was negligent in her actions and her actions thereby caused injury to the individual."

Daniel Ortiz, 7News
"How will you all enforce this against her and can she appeal?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"We received a default judgement against Miss Destra Garcia last week and we are now in talks with attorneys in Trinidad to enforce the judgement in that jurisdiction."

Reporter
"How much was the judgement for?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"The judgement was for approximately $16,000."

Whether he'll get that money is unclear because Destra can appeal the judgement in Belize. And then, there are also the logistics of trying to get enforcement over in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Justice Courtney Able has ordered that Destra must pay Oliva a sum of $16,577 Belize. His attorney will now move to enforce the decision in Trinidad against the artist. Firstly, it is a default judgment, which means that she did not offer any defense. There may be a bit of uncertainty about whether or not she was actually served with the lawsuit in her home country. Perrera told us that he sought the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago to actually serve her with the documents. As you can see, the Ministry employee says that she served her on May 4, 2017.

It is unclear if this is the end of this lawsuit, or if Destra and her attorneys will seek to fight it further.





Action Fire is back with Questions

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action-fire.jpgFollowing a 17-year absence from the local scene, Deejay Action Fire has returned with the single Question on his longtime label, Musically Inclined Records.

"The song is about knowing yourself. Almost everyone will have the experience of just sitting down and asking yourself one or even a thousand questions," he said.

In explaining his absence, the God Alone deejay stated: "I migrated to the United Kingdom, so I have been working with a lot of producers there. I have not travelled much back and forth so I didn't get a chance to promote a lot of the songs in Jamaica. However, I still reside overseas; I will be promoting a lot now locally with Question being one of the first singles."

Action Fire, given name Fitzgerald McKoy, was born in the parish of St Mary. His career started out in the early 1990s on community sound systems and jukeboxes. He began recording under the moniker Major Fire and released God is Good and Ride Me Mind for producer King Jammy's .He later changed his name to Action Fire and in 1994 he got his first major hit when he went to Record Factory to make a dublplate.

"I met the operators of a Japanese sound system who wanted me to do a dub plate with Merciless and Little Hero, and it was there that the God Alone collaboration came about," he said.

Action Fire said the song was later recorded at Mixing Lab Studios in Kingston and from there it went on to become a dancehall/reggae hit. The single's success, he said, took them on tours of sections of the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe. He later released other songs like Tan So bad, Compliments, Found Gold and Love and Harmony. However, in 2000 Action Fire went under the radar as it relates to the local entertainment scene, but said he never took a break from recording.





peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgPeter Tosh's son Jawara McIntosh aka Tosh1 is reportedly still in a coma following a February 21 attack while in prison in New Jersey, USA. Last week, the prison released information claiming that Jawara was attacked and seriously injured by a 40-year-old man who has since been charged with aggravated assault.

However, the Tosh family wants a full investigation into the matter.Tosh1 was left with traumatic brain injuries and in a coma. He is currently hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive.

Tosh1 was two months into serving a six-month sentence at the time of the attack. He was arrested in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car.





Matterhorn is the REAL baby-father

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tony-matterhorn-dna-test-on-his.jpgSelector Tony Matterhorn came under fire last week when chatty-chatty mouth, father-of-all-mix-up selector Foota Hype bawl out that DNA results showed that Matterhorn's baby daughter was in fact a jacket. In other words, Maggie was minding a child that wan't his.

Matterhorn, however, did the unexpected and turned the tables on Foota and ALL the haters. Matterhorn says that jacket or no jacket, he is still supporting the little girl because he is the only person she knows as 'Daddy'. "All a who a talk bout Matterhorn get jacket, unu go sort out unu life and do DNA pan unu self cuz a nuff a unu mother give unu to the wrong ..father"

Real respect to Matterhorn, the real big man and the real father.





jolly-boys-ft-albert-minott.jpgAlbert Minott, the lead singer of the Jolly Boys mento band has died.

Minott died while sitting on his veranda in Port Antonio, Portland. He was 78 years old.

Minott reportedly suffered from respiratory problems for an extended period.

He was however still active, having recorded a new Jolly Boys' album and was getting ready to release the single 'Day O.'

The Jolly Boys are a mento band from Port Antonio, Jamaica. It was formed in 1945 and had great commercial success in the late 1980s and 1990s among reggae and world music fans. They released a new album in 2010 (Great Expectation) and are currently the house band at GeeJam, a hotel in Port Antonio.





jay-and-bey.jpgBeyoncé and JAY-Z's twins are reportedly named Rumi and Sir, according to TMZ.

The names were revealed after the couple's company filed a trademark to secure the rights for the two names on Friday, gossip site TMZ reported.

It is unclear where the music icons found their inspiration for the names, but Rumi is a well-known 13th century poet and Sir is often used as a polite way to address a man. Beyoncé reportedly gave birth to the pair two weeks ago at UCLA Medical Center and the three spent more than a week at the hospital for an undisclosed medical concern.

The Grammy-winning songstress has yet to publicly share any images of the children. While neither Beyoncé or JAY-Z, 47, have commented on their son and daughter's arrival, multiple sources confirmed to the Daily News that Bey gave birth.

The Queen B and her new babies returned home recently to their Malibu rental pad, which is running the hip hop stars a whopping $400,000 per month. he 35-year-old announced her pregnancy in February with a glamorous photo shoot on Instagram where she cradled her already growing bump. Just two weeks later, she took the stage for a peformance during the Grammy awards.

The new boy and girl join sister Blue, 5. Beyoncé and JAY-Z married in 2008 after five years of dating.





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jimmy-cliff-photo-2.jpgVeteran Reggae singer, Dr. Jimmy Cliff debuted in the number 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart this week with an album entitled The Best of Jimmy Cliff.

Sizzla Kalonji's Fought For Dis entered at number 8.

Ziggy and Stephen Marley still hold top ten positions in 5 and 10 respectively.

Major Lazer's dancehall inspired released Know No Better EP is the number 2 album, while Xyclone takes the top spot.





Junior Gong releases Stony Hill July 21

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junior-gong-photo-2.jpgThe new album from Damian Jr. Gong Marley will be released on July 21.

The reggae artiste made the revelation on Instagram on Tuesday, along with the artwork for the album cover.

The compilation titled Stony Hill will be available for pre-order this Friday.

Gong is currently on a tour of Europe which will end on July 7.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgBelow are some of the comments on Alkaline's video and the police's reactions:

"It's a movie...with props..no different than Jimmy Cliff in "The Harder They Come" ( as a matter of fact the gully scene can be viewed as a tribute to that great JAMAICAN cult film)

Are we saying that because this movie seeks to portray the current Jamaican reality, it is not fit for public digestion?"

"The open display of guns"...of course ..it's a movie.. gangster movies have guns...I'm sure the relevant permits/supervision/permissions were obtained. The director is one of the country's best...I'm sure he wouldn't jeapordise his reputation by not sticking to the rules."

"The police vehicle that was used...if it turns out to be an actual service vehicle..must have been authorised...let's see if any divisional Commander is going to be sanctioned.

And lastly...the "police woman" ....any body can see that the uniform is fake...."





afterall-video.jpgThe members of the police force are up in arms after Alkaline's After All video portrays them in a negative light. According to reports, the police are especially concerned about a sex scene featuring a female dressed as police constable, and also the presence in the video of what seems to be an official service vehicle.

Checks are now being made to ascertain if the vehicle is actually a part of the official fleet of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Also its understood that persons represented as cops will also be questioned.

Commissioner of Police George Quallo has reportedly ordered an immediate investigation into the video which shows individuals smoking ganja, brazenly toting guns, cursing, and interspersed with a sex scene.

According to one news outlet, as a result of especially the sex scene and the open carrying of guns featured in the video, many policemen and women are taking the position that they will not be carrying out any duties at events where Alkaline will be performing in the future.

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Shenseea new Pepsi ambassador

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shenseea-photo-1.jpgDrink Brand Pepsi Jamaica has signed singjay Shenseea as its Brand Ambassador.

This signing was held at Pepsi Jamaica's Spanish Town Road headquarters in Kingston recently.

She joins fellow Pepsi ambassadors Busy Signal, who is the face and voice of the Joy of Pepsi campaign and Konshens who was apart of the brand's Pepsi Bubbla campaign.

The 20 year old fast rising sensation who emerged on the dancehall scene with the single Jiggle in 2016 and quickly rose to fame with hit track Loodi featuring Vybz Kartel, says she's grateful for the opportunity to work with the global brand.

She is now in Puerto Rico where it is expected that she will perform over the weekend.





The 21st St. Kitts Music Festival continued Friday night (June 23) at Warner Park Stadium. Night two featured Goo Dolls, Scratchi Bamma, Ras Idren, Hi Light, Third World, Mavado and Shabba Ranks.

Shabba Ranks(Mr Loverman) performed all his hits and wooed the massive crowd.

He exited the stage after 4 am Saturday morning.

He performed his signature hit 'Twice My Age', in which Nadine Sutherland sang Crystals part,...Xanadu sang Cocoa T's song & sounded just like the dread.

Mavado entered the stage after 4 am,he was the closing act..

Prior to Shabba Ranks was the Go Go Dolls.their set was over an hour..

Earlier In the evening Third World performed.

Speaking at a Music Festival artiste press conference Friday morning, Head of the Artiste selection committee Jonel Powel had oromised with the level of talent for Friday night's (June 23) lineup, fans could certainly expect great performances.

He was right!





jamaican-jerk-festival-2017.jpgThe second staging of the Washington, DC Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival took place Sunday, June 18th and brought together thousands of guests at its new venue, RFK Stadium. The fun-filled day included mainstage and cultural stage performances, mouthwatering jerk food selections from various vendors, an interactive Kidz Zone, Jerk Cook-off Pavilion and more. VIP Vibe zone ticket holders were offered an exclusive fan experience with an all-inclusive menu, waiter service, and a premium viewing area. Everywhere you turned there was something exciting to experience.

jamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-1.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-2.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-3.jpgThe hot sweltering day kicked off with The Cultural/Fusion Stage which never fails to give the crowd a taste of the islands, all hosted by Susan Davis aka Dr. Sue. This year's theme was "Jamaica 55" and it featured some of DMV's most talented entertainers, authors, and performers showcasing their love and appreciation of Jamaica such as Hyacinth Swaby-Holder the author, "My Papa Used to Say," a book filled with Jamaican proverbs. The Braata Folk Singers performed songs and interactive games reminiscent of old-time Jamaica, taking the audience down memory lane. The entertainment intensified once local favorites Ras Slick and Image band turned up the heat on the Main Stage. Host and Comedian, Ragashanti kept the crowd engaged with his humorous comments as he introduced the acts. He shared MC duties with DC's own Tony Carr. DJ Ricky Platinum, DJ G-Nice and ABlazin Radio DJs made sure there wasn't a dull moment during band change, keeping the crowd pumped up in between performances.

jamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-4.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-5.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-6.jpgPatrons relaxed and found shade while enjoying their jerk meals but soca's royal couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons got the crowd up and moving, as they brought the carnival energy to the Jerk Festival performing songs like 'Big Bad Soca' and 'Girls.' Soon after, Romain Virgo rocked the stage by performing a collection of hits and introduced the crowd to his latest single 'Now'. Queen Ifrica wowed festival attendees with a stellar 45-Minute set where she encouraged unity through her songs and empowered the women with a motivational speech. Tarrus Riley concluded the show with a slew of songs from his vast music catalog and with the support Dean Fraser horns of steel the au