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Happy Birthday Gregory Isaacs!

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gregory-isaacs-foundation-on-instagram-the-cool-ruler-s-music-is-loved-all-the-over-the-world.jpgGregory Anthony Isaacs ⋆15 July 1950 in Kingston, Jamaica, ₫ 25 Oct 2010 in London, UK, was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. He recorded an enormous amount of songs in the genres (regular) reggae, lovers rock, roots reggae. His nickname was the Cool Ruler. By the late 1970s, Isaacs was one of the biggest reggae performers, regularly touring the US and the UK. Well-known songs are Night Nurse, Mr Cop, My Only Lover, Tune In, and Love Is Overdue. He became an international star 1978 after signed to Virgin Record's Front Line, and appeared in the movie Rockers with the song Slave Master. The two Front Line albums Cool Ruler and Soon Forward did, however, not sell as good as expected from someone regarded to be the third or fourth reggae artist in the world after Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and maybe Jacob Miller (singer in the band Inner Circle). Drug problems with cocaine and crack cocaine in the early 80s decelerated Isaacs carrier substantially, but not completely. He released 73 studio albums with original material, and over 500 compilation or remix albums. He worked together with almost all big Jamaican music producers of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Gregory Isaacs (born on 15 July 1951 in Fletchers Land, Kingston, Jamaica and died on 25 October 2010 in London) was a Reggae singer and songwriter. Gregory Anthony Isaacs is known as "The Cool Ruler" for his seductive crooning vocal style. Gregory attributed his greatest musical influences to R&B greats Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge, in addition to Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis and Ken Boothe.

In the late 1960s, Gregory first performed in a vocal trio called The Concords, after being encouraged by Byron Lee. By 1970 the group had split up. He subsequently formed his own label, African Museum.

In the late 1970s he emerged as one of the most prolific and popular recording artists in Jamaica. He released a number of self-produced singles on his own African Museum (JA) label with Errol Dunkley. Much of Isaacs' output reflected the 'conscious' themes of Roots Reggae, but Isaacs was equally adept at interpreting more mainstream Lovers Rock material. Early hits include "My Only Lover", "Sinner Man" and "Mr. Cop", recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark Studio.

A period in the 1970s with the GG's label and its producer Alvin Ranglin produced hits like "Border" and "Number One".

Personal problems affected him, particularly battles with a cocaine addiction and a possession charge, which prevented him from touring in North America for a significant part of his career, until a pardon could eventually be secured.

Isaacs recorded with a number of producers, including the Riddim Twin's (Sly & Robbie) Taxi Records, who gave them their first hit with 1979's "Soon Forward" , After a series of releases with Sly & Robbie, Gregory built a strong relationship with Gussie Clarke of the Music Works label. In addition to these local Jamaican labels, The Cool Ruler had had releases on Trojan, VP, Virgin's Front Line and English producer Tad A. Dawkin's Tad's Records. Isaacs would would eventually sign with Chris Blackwell's Island Records which resulted in the international release of Night Nurse (1982) and Out Deh! (1983).

Perhaps his most popular recordings in his native Jamaica are "All I Have Is Love", "Mr. Brown" and "Hard Drugs", the latter being an anti-drug anthem that dominated radio in the late 1980s and was released as a hidden track on England's Tad Records All I Have Is Love, Love Love LP.

In the 1990s Gregory's African Museum label continued to release all of Gregory Isaacs' music, and that of artists he produced. He continued to record and perform live in the 2000s, and it has been estimated that Isaacs has released over 500 records in his career, which includes singles and compilations.

Isaacs, who was 59 years old, died of lung cancer on 25 October 2010 at his home in London where he spent part of his time. A sad loss to the world.

Gregory Isaacs Foundation on Instagram: "The "Cool Ruler"'s music is loved all the over the world! Fans in England enjoying Gregory Isaacs massive hit "Night Nurse" on a summer day..."

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TORONTO - Police say there were only minor injuries after a brawl broke out and that shots were fired at the Sandz Toronto Caribbean Music Festival Sunday evening.

The Toronto Star quotes Constable David Hopkinson as saying that officers were already on the scene to provide security for the outdoor festival, and they heard shots ring out after a fight erupted.

Hopkinson says they found evidence a gun had been fired, but that no one was shot.

He says someone was hit by an object in the brawl.

The gunfire reportedly triggered a stampede.

Hopkinson says several people were assessed for minor injuries at the scene, and at least one was taken to hospital as a precaution.





Blessed Earthstrong Buju Banton

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blessed-earthstrong-buju-banton.jpgOn July 15, 1973, Grammy award winning reggae singer Buju Banton (Mark Anthony Myrie ) was born in the Kingston Jamaica. He released early dancehall singles in 1991, but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, including Mr. Mention, which became the best-selling album in Jamaican history upon its release. Banton signed with major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica the following year. By the mid-1990s, Banton had converted to the Rastafari faith, and his music undertook a more spiritual tone. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

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romeich-entertainment-on-instagram-dont-live-your-life-for-anyone-but.jpgRomeich has responded to Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell leaking their Whatsapp conversation to the blogs.

On Friday, Romeich and Skatta's whatsapp negotiation for Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being added to this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup, made its way on our social media timelines.

Romeich called out Skatta saying he thought only women made submissions on gossip blogs before addressing his interview with The Jamaica Star. "You did interview to star say me want 1 million for each artist and you post showing now say u always tell lies cause u show the fee!!," he said.

Romeich said Skatta leaking their private Whatsapp conversation will now have Dancehall industry players losing respect for him.

"Next thing me know all music manager and artist will loose respect for you for this because we know what a good artist is valued and for you to be fighting the issue so much to Prove a point , "Its really sad cause is a crime to defend me TALENTS if i am to tell Jamaica how much uno pay the other talents they woulda now see why i fight for my figures i want but see before me talk some things and make u loose your work and show people them why and what reason is behind you continuing this dont want to pay artist and a bring feelings me ago low this yah so and call it a day!!!! Mix up and Blender make #DANCEHALL NICE 🤣🤣🤣🤣 THANK GOD ME A ME OWN BOSS MEMBA," he continued.

Romeich then went on IG and got all philosophical:

Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!!

Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Romeich entertainment on Instagram: "Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!! Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣"





romeich.jpgHe said, she said, they said....but this is what the voice notes really said: Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major found its way on social media timelines.The two have been beefing over the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup.

According to Burrell, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

Romeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

skatta.jpgSkatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





mr-vegas-on-instagram-be-inspired-ready-for-the-next-step.jpg"Look who received his high school GED Diploma. It's just the beginning!" Congratulations are in order for dancehall artiste Mr Vegas, who at age 44, finally earned his high school diploma.

Almost 30 years after dropping out of school in the ninth grade the Heads High artiste decided it was time enough to finish what he started.

In a post on his IG account on Thursday the deejay proudly displayed his GED (General Education Development) certificate signifying that he had met the North American high school-level academic skills.

Vegas said he had the courage to go after his diploma as his late mother's words were still ringing in his ears, advising him that it is never too late for a shower of rain. Not having graduated high school, as he said he didn't have the luxury of receiving one, he said at the start of this year, he set out to achieve that goal.

Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Be inspired! Ready for the next step."

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Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Look who received his HIGH SCHOOL GED DIPLOMA. It's just the beginning!"





Popular, music producer Troyton Hinds will be breaking new ground with his gospel rhythm, Healing Project.

Available for pre-order on his Troyton Music imprint, the rhythm is will be officially released in all digital stores on Friday, through Zojak World Wide.

Featured on the rhythm are: Paul Scott with Interlude Prayer; Kevin Downswell ( Lights); Chevelle Frankyln ( It Will Get Better); Omari ( I Am Healed); Alaine ( Boast Inna God); Jesome ( What About U); Samuel Medas ( Doctor); and Jermaine Edwards ( No Weapon).

"Each artiste on the rhythm brought their own style to the project. The rhythm has a song for everyone; supporters all over the world are already sharing their favourite song all over social media," Hinds told the Jamaica Observer.

Hinds, who has made a name for himself in dancehall circles, said he always wanted to do a gospel project.

"I wanted to do something like this three years ago, but God timing is always the right timing. I present my first inspirational gospel project to the world, and I am grateful with the response I have been getting," he said.

A former University of Technology engineering student, Hinds has been producing music for more than 23 years. His credits include I Octane's I A Cry and Gal A Gimmi Bun, Tarrus Riley's She Dangerous, and Take It by Mavado and singer Karian Sang.





shenseea-photo-1.jpgJada Kingdom and Shenseea have been feuding since last year and in a drama filled live feed on social media, Jada, a former gal-pal of Dancehall artiste, Shenseea, refused to acknowledge the existence of the Trending Gyal artiste, arguing that she does not know the new person her once-upon-a-time friend Chinsea Lee, has become. Responding to questions about her broken relationship with the Trending Gyal artiste, the 20-year-old sought to clear the air, suggesting that there was no acrimony between the two, only ambivalence.

"Mek mi mek dis clear; oonu si oonu artist, Shenseea, mi no know har. Me know Chinsea Lee; so whoever is Shenseea, da new person, da new da manufactured person deh weh oonu a support or whateva, mi no know har, mi neva meet har a day inna mi life, trus mi," Jada told her followers.

"From Shenseea bus, mi no see har. But Chinsea Lee, mi know har. Dat a di girl weh me did love an rate and dat was my fren. Mi no know who Shenseea is. Stop call up har name to mi; stop call up my name to har. She no inn my way, mi no inna fi har own...cause trus' mi when dem draw mi out, a different settings. Mi an nobaddy no have sh#t; stop call up mi nm wid people," she warned.

Jada, who turns 21 in September, asserted that unlike her former friend, she had not changed one bit.

"Mi a same f$@kin me; di same ghetto bloodc$@#t gyal from Bull Bay; mi no change. Yo can ask bout mi. From back inna school days mi par wid myself, caw me know me kill people. Mi slice people neck wid jus a book leaf. Mi pree different, so me jus stay by my self," she declared.

She also bashed some of her followers who apparently told her she was "hating on Shensseea," labeling them instigators of the conflict who were "too mix up," her sharp responses punctuated with expletives.





carleen-and-beenie-man-s-daughter-part-of-bumpaz-business-venture.jpgDancehall Queen Carlene is bringing her daughter with Beenie Man, Crystal Davis, into the business of dancehall.

Last month, the dancehall ambassador made headlines when she aired out her baby daddy Beenie Man for not stepping up for their daughter. She didn't go into details, but it was enough to trigger a response from the dancehall king who was spotted at his son's graduation. Carlene is now moving on from that drama, and now she and her daughter are teaming up for her new dancehall venture Bumpaz.

Crystal Davis recently graduated from upper-level high school with honors and was accepted at the University of the West Indies to pursue a degree in Business Administration. She will also serve as a part of the management team of Bumpaz, which is a Las Vegas-style dancehall venture geared towards adults who wants to showcase sexy.

"She's part of the team, and it has nothing to do with entertainment - just the business segment," Carlene told the Star. "She will be putting events together, making sure things are in order, whatever it takes to keep it alive as a business. She knows the difference between the business of dancehall and the performance - and she's always loved the idea of presenting dancehall."

Carlene added that Bumpaz would be something like the movie, Coyote Ugly, but tailored for a dancehall audience. "It's going to be tastefully sexy. So we have a sexy themed bar where there is vibes, hot girls serving patrons, sensual dance routines, contests that rewards women for their sexuality and good clean fun," she shared.

Carlene makes it clear that she is on a mission to bring sexy back to dancehall. However, her daughter, who is now 20 years old, will manage thing from behind the scenes.





The academic appeal of Jamaican culture, particularly reggae music, continues to take root globally.

The Univeristy of Minnesota, located in Minneapolis in the United States, recently played host to an International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies, where participants were able to benefit from the experience and expertise of a number of master artistes and scholars for seminars, ensemble rehearsals, and hands-on vocal and instrumental workshops devoted to the artistic practices and aesthetic development of popular music in Jamaica since its Independence.

The International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies and the post-colonial politics of race, class, and gender.

Among the local participants were Michael Fletcher and Ian Hird, both of the School of Music at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange was on hand to lend her support. The university's School of Music was honoured to host the event, the first International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies in North America. The programme's head, Professor Scott Currie and other music professors welcomed Minister Grange, along with Marlon Williams, senior education officer in the Core Curriculum Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and members of their delegation.

Grange stated that the action taken by the university to explore reggae music via an academic approach is similar to programmes established at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, which has a Reggae Studies Unit. the institute at the University of Minnesota is the first such initiative in the United States. Grange went on to say that the contribution of reggae to Jamaica's revenue and competitiveness on the international stage is well-documented but not sufficiently shared. She shared her hope that the University of Minnesota institute will enhance and contribute to the body of knowledge about reggae, and notes the "outstanding economic contribution" of the genre to the world's creative economy.





skatta.jpgA Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major have found its way on social media, after it was allegedly leaked to a few websites. Skatta and Romeich have been feudingover the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup and many articles have been written and they have appeared on popular entertainment programmes to air their side of the drama.

According to Skatta, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

romeich.jpgRomeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

Skatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





super-cat-diss-shaggy-wicked.jpgA viral video which sees veteran Dancehall deejay, Super Cat, blasting Shaggy is making the rounds on social media, but dancehall fans are not impressed. They say Shaggy has done more for Jamaica than super Cat, so there is no reason why Shaggy can't be an ambassador for the music and the island. They also say that as a veteran, Super Cat needs to chill, and it doesn't matter whether or not his outburst stemmed from him drinking a bit too much. After all, alcohol only gives you the courage to say things that you otherwise would only think of saying.

"Super Cat mi rate you still from way back when, but you should not be getting on Shaggy's case, who I will defend to the end. Shaggy has done so much for Jamaica outside of music that no one in their right sense of mind should be against him... mind you I am not here to sway anyone from their opinion.

If the cat would have said that Shaggy should not be THE ambassador because Bob, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh (to name a few) were better suited.... then it would be a different story."

"Hey Super Cat, put eeen yuh false teet, sidung inah yuh rocking chair and feed yuh gran pickney dem wid porridge."

"Super Cat is living in the 80s. Him a so call old bad man. Shaggy duh way more fi Jamaica than the Cat. Him feel him can just duss anyone who he feels. One a dem day yah di wrong man going to button him up real nice"

"Some of these artists need to be mindful of the type of behavior they are exhibiting, and how they will be emulated by the youths. You cannot expect better from the youths with this type of bad behavior from the older ones."

In a video, reportedly filmed at a dancehall session in Brooklyn, New York, recently -- Super Cat takes the microphone from the emcee and launches at an expletive-laced tirade against Shaggy.

"Shaggy, how come you a talk 'bout you a reggae embassy? Hey, we no need no ambassador... Reggae no need no b**** c ambassador," said Super Cat, champagne flute in hand.

His utterances elicited laughter from the audience, especially among younger patrons.

Singer Yami Bolo, who tried to seize the microphone, also felt the brunt of the deejay's wrath.

"Hey Yami, you fi b*****c learn. Shut up before mi lick out yuh ears drum. You see Tenor Saw dead, a should a you dead... Go siddung!" said Super Cat.





digicel.jpgDigicel launched its Saucy Summa promotion on Friday, announcing that it will give away over $20 million in cash and prizes during the campaign, with the main prize being a 2020 Kia Sportage SUV.

With much fanfare, Digicel promised an exciting time during the summer for customers, with a variety of prizes on offer.

The launch, held at the Digicel retail store at the communication leader's headquarters in downtown Kingston, was streamed live on social media, where Damion Brown and Anissa Merchant won $25,000 each for answering a question on Instagram and Facebook respectively. Digicel also gave two-day unlimited social and talk plans to 25 individuals on both platforms.

There were also prizes for those who were at the store for the launch. Deneve Sweeney won a sauce-tasting contest for a Samsung S10, with Donna Young who finished second getting $20,000 and Dave Simms $10,000 in phone cards.

Michael Thomas meanwhile out ate his rivals in a spicy wings eating contest to win a smart TV as Cornelius Dunkley and Mechia Henry-McDonald won $20,000 and $10,000 for finishing second and third respectively.

According to Digicel's director of marketing, Monique McLeod, the Saucy Summa promotion is the entity's way of giving back while bringing vibes and excitement to customers. She said the campaign should stimulate discussions for a long time with the various prizes and opportunities to win.





jah-cure-on-instagram-history-was-made-in-africa-biggest-sold-out-events-in-kenya-over-20-years-in-the-industry-of-reggae-music.jpg"HISTORY WAS MADE IN AFRICA. BIGGEST SOLD OUT EVENTS IN KENYA OVER 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY OF REGGAE MUSIC!! I'M SO PROUD TO BE A VESSEL.. THANK YOU JAH. THANK YOU MY FANS. THANKS FOR THE LOVE OF THE PEOPLE....#ILOVEYOUKENYA❤️ #THELOVEWASREAL #THANKSTOMYMAASAIWORRIORS

#ROYALESOLDIERTOUR2019

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This is what reports out of Nairobi say: "A poor stage performance by the main act, a malfunctioning sound address system and shortage of alcohol for the revelers is what summed up an overly underwhelming show," Nairobi News Nation reports.

Jah Cure reportedly made a dramatic entrance at exactly 2:15am in a full traditional Maasai attire, a rungu and mic on either hand and an escort of six Maasai Morans, however he did not live up to his high billing.

"Right from the start, Jah Cure got off on the wrong footing. Soon after coming on stage, Jah Cure was met with a sound glitch with his mic malfunctioning. The most annoying thing was that for almost 10 minutes he seemed not to notice until the crowd got agitated," the report continued.

"Once the mic had been fixed, Jah Cure sent the wild with his first words on the mic. The night looked promising. A few minutes later, he left the stage to go back stage for a change of clothes. But then he took long to get back, something that didn't seem to please the fans."

JAH CURE on Instagram: "HISTORY WAS MADE IN AFRICA. BIGGEST SOLD OUT EVENTS IN KENYA OVER 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY OF REGGAE MUSIC!! I'M SO PROUD TO BE A VESSEL....."





jahvillani-clarks-pon-foot.jpgFast rising dancehall artiste Jahvillani has scored another hit with the single Clarks Pon Foot.

Clarks Pon Foot highlights Jamaica's unending love for the English made shoes.

Dancehall aficionados have compared Clarks Pon Foot to the timeless Clarks by Vybz Kartel, featuring Popcaan and Gaza Slim.

The buzz over Clarks Pon Foot on BBC radio in the UK, created a demand for Jahvillani to appear as a guest on Tim Westwood TV.

Clarks Orginal has since posted the video for the single on their official Instagram account, thanking the artiste and Jamaica as a whole for keeping the brand at the forefront of dancehall culture.

Jamaicans are known to favour the Dessert boot and Wallabee versions of the shoe.

Javillani, who gained recognition for the single 'Wild Side Government', is booked as part of the 6ix crew to close dancehall night of Reggae Sumfest.





Fans are loving Lila Ike's new music video

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lila-ike.jpgRising reggae singer Lila Ike has released the music video for her latest single Where I'm Coming From. Lila returned to her rural roots in Christiana, Manchester, to capture visuals for the video.

Locations seen throughout the four-minute clip include her family home, the shop her mother owns and a small room she once rented, as well as footage of Lila singing at her high school graduation.

Where I'm Coming From comes on the heels of her collaboration with mentor Protoje and Agent Sasco on the single Not Another Word.

The video is directed by Nickii Kane.

Lila will embark on her first headlining European tour on July 25 with her own band.

She also has plans to begin work on her debut EP once she returns to Jamaica at the end of her summer tours.





king-beenie-man-on-instagram-my-daughter-maiya-and-her-team-copped-a-national-gold-mesa.jpgBeenie Man left his fans shocked when he posted a picture of his daughter, simply because she is younger than Marco Dean, his son with D'Angel, who many persons thought was his last child.......before girlfriend Krystal gave birth the other day.

"My Daughter Maiya and her team copped a National Gold Mesa at this year's JCDC Festival of the Arts. ❤🙏🏾 I am so proud of you baby girl. You were always a star but now you have the trophy and medal to prove it. #JCDC #NationalGoldMedalist #IronLikeALion"

Well, it looks like it was a good thing that Carlene draw him out when she bashed him for being a deadbeat dad two weeks ago after his no-show at daughter Krystal's graduation. It seems like everyday Beenie is posing up on social media with one of his kids since then. He made a big deal of Marco Dean's recent graduation and also posed up with his baby daughter Xiah.

Gwaan do yuh ting pon IG Doctor.

King Beenie Man on Instagram: "My Daughter Maiya and her team copped a National Gold Mesa at this year's JCDC Festival of the Arts. ❤🙏🏾 I am so proud of you baby girl...."





Two weeks to Vybz Kartel Appeal Verdict?

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vybz-kartel-photo-23.jpgIn an Instagram post by Fox 5 news reporter Lisa Evers she captioned a Vybz Kartel pic with information on his appeal verdict.

She said information could come anytime within the next two weeks, attributing the information to his lawyer Tom Tavares Finson.

Check out her post - "I called him today for an update. Mr. Tavares-Finson tells me that it's been about a year since he filed the appeal. The 3 Judge Tribunal in Jamaica which will make the decision on his fate is only in session for 2 more weeks. He is optimistic the ruling will be in Kartel's favor. If the Tribunal does not issue a ruling by the time they go on summer break, it could be issued anytime after they return in October."

She also added that Tavares-Finson told her that Vybz Kartel was dealing with medical issues, but now his health has stabilized.

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#developing #update @vybzkartel murder case appeal "could come anytime within next 2 weeks" says his high powered attorney Tom Tavares-Finson. I called him today for an update. Mr. Tavares-Finson tells me that it's been about a year since he filed the appeal. The 3 Judge Tribunal in Jamaica which will make the decision on his fate is only in session for 2 more weeks. He is optimistic the ruling will be in Kartel's favor. If the Tribunal does not issue a ruling by the time they go on summer break, it could be issued anytime after they return in October. ***Tavares-Finson tells me Vybz Kartel was dealing with medical issues but now his health has stabilized. Maybe having so many chart topping hits and the prayers and support of millions of fans around the world is helping his situation. @bobbykonders @realjabba #hot97 @hot97 @yeti_boss_tv @jaradiotv @urbanislandz #fox5ny #fox5news @fox5ny

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reggae-sumfest-on-instagram-rider-a-set-of-requests-or-demands-that-a-performer-sets-as-criteria-for-performance.jpgThis year, Reggae Sumfest has released the requests made by three of the artistes set to perform on the festival slated for July 19 and 20 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay. The festival's organisers took to social media and posted a list of the items requested in the rider of dancehall kingpin Beenie Man; the top-rated female deejay Spice and conscious reggae chanter Jah9.

Beenie Man will be performing on Friday, July 19 alongside his one-time arch-rival Bounty Killer in what is being billed as one of the must-see moment of Reggae Sumfest this year.

In his rider Beenie Man has requested an air conditioned, secure, well-lit backstage area complete with six fresh hand-size white towels; one quart of the popular alcoholic liqueur Campari; 24 cans of the energy drink Red Bull; three bottles of 19 Crimes red wine; one bottle of the French sparkling wine Belaire Rosé; a cheese and crackers tray, as well as chicken wings. The artiste known for dancehall anthems such as Girls Dem Sugar, King of the Dancehall and World Dance has also requested that he and his team be given at least one sound check before the performance.

Spice is arguably the hardest working female artiste coming out of Jamaica at this time. She recently extended her brand to include television, with a second season on the American reality show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, which recently won for best in its category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Spice's rider for Reggae Sumfest, as posted on the festival's Instagram page, sees her requesting champagne from the French brand Moët & Chandon; three cans of cashews; 3 cans of almonds; assorted fruit; an ice chest (igloo) with ice; 12 face/hand towels and two full-length mirrors.

Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Let's get to know @jah9online a little better!..."

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Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Wings 🍗 Wine 🍷 & AC 🌬 ... fit for the King 👑..."

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Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Take a sneak peek at what the Queen of..."





Bolt launches new champagne and riddim

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usain-s-leo-bolt-on-instagram-what-a-night-the-launch-of-the-olymperoseriddim-was-epic.jpgTrack and field legend Usain Bolt inked a deal with French champagne house GH Mumm to produce his own line of 'bubbly' called Olympe Rosé and used a dancehall riddim of the same name to launch the product to his Jamaican audience. Bolt drew on the talents of his up-and-coming producer cousin Rajah "Pluggs" Nelson to create the soundtrack of the newest champagne available locally.

Nelson, who is also from Sherwood Content, the same community in Trelawny as the double world-record holder, was naturally overjoyed when he was given what he deemed to be the opportunity of a lifetime.

"They said they wanted a rhythm for a project that they were working on. They gave me the details... champagne, olympic, celebratory so I just went from there. I know what Usain likes musically. He's into uptempo, party vibe kinda songs, so I sent them a few beats and they chose what suited them and the product. It was a fun process, but at the same time mind-blowing to see it all come to life and be part of the recordings. As an upcoming producer it really helped me a lot to understand the business and has definitely helped me to get new contacts. I now have a certain amount of leverage in the business. It's kinda hard for up-coming producers to reach out to artistes and now because of this everything has changed and people are now coming to me," he shared with the Jamaica Observer.

There are currently five artistes on the rhythm -- Munga, Chris Martin, former national footballer Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner, Ding Dong, and Dexta Daps.

Bolt has since taken to social media to post a few pictures, along with the caption: "What A Night✨🔥💥🎶🎼 🥂The launch of the #olymperoseriddim was epic. Be sure to go out the get the riddim.

Link for music in my BIO🙌🏽

Usain St.Leo Bolt on Instagram: "What A Night✨🔥💥🎶🎼 🥂The launch of the #olymperoseriddim was epic. Be sure to go out the get the riddim. Link for music in my BIO🙌🏽 📸..."

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Usain St.Leo Bolt on Instagram: "Near Music Alert🎶!!! New Music Alert!!!!🎶 Out Now!!! Out Now!!!!! 🎶Olympe Rosé Riddim🔊 ‼️ Epic launch last night of the #OlympeRose'Riddim...."





Producer, Rvssian drops a whopping fifty-five million Jamaican dollars (J$55-million) US$420,000 on a spanking new Rolls-Royce Truck, only to find out the air conditioning system isn't working.

The international recording artiste/producer in a lengthy post uploaded to Instagram, said he dropped ($55,347,600 JMD) on his RR Truck earlier this year and has been having some difficulties since.

"How would you feel if you bought a 420,000 dollar car and the AIR CONDITION doesn't even work?," he asked fans before telling them to drop the trash emoji under the dealership's IG pages.





eek-a-mouse-threatens-foota-hype-if-foota-come-over-he-svck-his-dick.jpgEek-A-Mouse continues to shock as he unleashes his one-of-a-kind attack on selector Foota Hype. Mouse , in a song, more like a chorus tells Foota that he will s@#k Foota Hype's penis. Remember, Foota lashed out at Mouse recently and called him gay. Mouse responded by saying he wasn't. Then, to top it all, yesterday, he released yet another video, in which he gives Foota extensive and detailed lessons on the vagina, and even goading Foota - "Yuh never f@#$ one small and pretty like this yet boy?" he asks. Mouse says he is the vagina specialist and coins some interesting terms for his 'profession'.

Eek-A-Mouse Threatens Foota Hype | if Foota Come Over He Svck His D!ck!!! (It Gone To Porno War!)





michael-jackson.jpgMichael Jackson fan clubs are suing two men featured in the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary for allegedly tarnishing the late singer's image.

Three separate organisations for fans of the 'Thriller' hitmaker - who passed away in 2009 - in France have hired a lawyer to put forward a case against the men featured in the HBO documentary, in which the alleged Michael had sexually abused them after befriending them as children.

According to MailOnline, the three French fan clubs - the Michael Jackson Community, the MJ Street, and On The Line - entered documents accusing the men of sullying the pop-star's image at a court in Orleans last week, with the help of lawyer Emmanuel Ludot.

Under French law, sullying the image of a dead person is a criminal offence, unlike in Britain or America where libel and defamation laws do not offer this protection.

The fan clubs claim the allegations against the 'Billie Jean' singer are "extremely serious" and "a genuine lynching" of his character.

Although the report doesn't name the two men involved in the lawsuit, the four-hour HBO documentary focuses on the testimonies by James Safechuck, 41, and Wade Robson, 36, who recounted separate but consistent accounts of how Michael had allegedly molested them at his Neverland Ranch home when they were children.

The documents state the fan clubs are seeking symbolic damages of one euro each, and their decision to hire Ludot for the case comes after he successfully sued Michael's doctor Conrad Murray for causing distress to the singer's fans by giving him the sedatives that he overdosed on.

Five fans of the 'Beat It' singer won symbolic damages of one euro each in 2014 after the court in Orleans agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death, but the ruling was seen as legally dubious by experts.





Scooter Braun is "open to having a private conversation" with Taylor Swift following his acquisition of Big Machine records.

The 38-year-old entertainment manager purchased the record label - which Taylor was signed to from 2005 to 2018 - from Scott Borchetta over the weekend for a reported $300 million, and with it acquired the 'ME!' hitmaker's back catalogue of master recordings.

Following the news, 29-year-old Taylor - who has previously accused Scooter of "bullying" her - posted a lengthy statement in which she said she felt "grossed out" by the business deal, and insisted she never got a chance to buy her master recordings herself.

Since posting her statement - which detailed the deal as her "worst case scenario" - several stars have come to the defence of both Taylor and Scooter with public statements, but Scooter himself has remained silent, with sources now saying he'll only discuss the matter in private with the 'Look What You Made Me Do' singer.

An insider told Us Weekly magazine: "Scooter is open to having a private conversation with Taylor to clear up everything that went down. He reposted some messages of support on his Instagram Stories, but he has no intention of releasing a formal statement and blowing up the situation even more than it already has been. This is between Scooter and Taylor, not the world."

So far, the likes of Taylor's 'ME!' collaborator Brendon Urie, Halsey, and Cara Delevingne have publicly shared messages of support for Taylor, whilst Nicki Minaj, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello have all reportedly stopped following Scooter on social media since the row broke out.

Ariana Grande originally posted a message of support for Scooter - who is her manager - on her Instagram Story, but later deleted the post, while another of Scooter's artists, Justin Bieber, has publicly defended him.

Meanwhile, former Big Machine Records boss Scott Borchetta has disputed Taylor's account and insisted she was offered a new record deal which would have given her back all her "assets", including the master recordings and implied she knew about the deal before it was announced, something which the 'Bad Blood' hitmaker's representative later insisted wasn't the case.





marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgThe album,In her new album, Marcia Griffiths is reviving a golden age in Jamaica's music history

The album, Timeless, contains remakes of songs from the Heptones, Toots and the Maytals, The Cables and Jackie Opel to name a few.

These were among the singers and musicians who recorded under Studio One, one of Jamaica's most renowned record labels and studios which was referred to as the Motown of Jamaica.

Studio One was home to many artists including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry, the Skatalites and Griffiths herself.

"Studio One, that is where all the greats, legends, everyone came out of. It was music with substance and longevity and I figured these songs are so timeless and beautiful I would love to do my version of these songs," she told Loop in an interview via phone.

Even though she was part of the stable of stars under Studio One, Griffith, 69, said the journey into selecting songs was certainly a discovery.

"There are songs I discovered that I loved when I was a girl but I never knew they were Studio One songs. It was so hard to pick these songs because there are so many. Jackie Opel was a fantastic singer from Barbados, I did one of his tracks "Cry Me a River' I did a song from Leroy Sibbles from the Heptones "Baby be True", just to name a few," she said.

The first single from the album is "What Kind of World is This" which was first recorded in 1968 by Jamaican vocal trio, The Cables, at Studio One. Marcia Griffiths cover the single and adding her own touch to it, which is most fitting for the captive fan base Marcia has cultivated around the world.

Griffiths said she was moved to focus specifically on this music because she felt today's generation needed to be exposed to the foundation of the music.

"I just want to relive some of these songs so this generation can know where the music is coming from. We laid the foundation for everything that is happening now," she said.

Griffiths said the young people are receptive. She sang some of the songs at a few shows in Europe and th young people loved it she recalled.

"It was overwhelming," she said.

She made her first stage appearance at the tender age of 11 with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires before choosing an offer from Clement Dodd, founder of Studio One. During the course of her career, she sang backup for Bob Marley and the Wailers as a member of the I Threes and sang duets with Marley and Bob Andy among others.

As a solo artist, she saw early success with the song "Feel like Jumping'.

"It was not easy," she said of her early days.

"As a young girl in this male-dominated business, you are just out there vulnerable to these guys. When I went to Studio One I met Bob, Bunny Wailer, and Toots. With these three militant guys always watching you had to be careful with what you are doing," she said.

Griffiths said she never had any vision of singing as a profession and credits Marley for changing her view.

"I was just enjoying doing it, l loved to sing and I never took it seriously. It wasn't until I started working with Bob and I saw how seriously he took his music, it was his life. That was when I realised it was not just music or entertainment. I said this is a responsibility we have, this is our only vehicle we have to use to unite the world which is what Bob really did. I am thankful for that experience, it opened my eyes," she said.

Griffiths urged reggae singers today to remember that it is important to communicate to the world in a positive way.

"It is all about the message and it is only through the medium we can communicate to the world and teach this generation. If you are not aware and conscious of your position to make a positive contribution you will fall by the wayside.

"I will continue to do my little part and always advise my peers to try to make a positive contribution. We are the ones God chose, we are the ones who can take it to the world. I want to besiege every one of them let us make positive contribution, send positive messages to teach, educate everyone just like Bob, we would like to take the gospel to the world," she said.

Reflecting on her long career, Griffiths said it is a wonderful feeling to cross age barriers.

"Music is ageless and as long as God preserves me and I am able to do what I can, teach, uplift and educate through my music I will continue to do it. As long as I am making other people happy I am good," she said.

Timeless is produced by Donovan Germain and executive producers Tad A. Dawkins and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr. The classic renditions from this album are available on compact disc (CD), vinyl, and all digital platforms worldwide.

TIMELESS TRACKLIST

01. What Kind of World

02. Once Upon A Time

03. Baby Be True

04. True Believer

05. Love Me Forever

06. Love Is a Treasure

07. Your Love

08. I'm The Toughest

09. Ska Medley

10. Rock Steady + This Old Man

11. Home

12. My Guiding Star

13. Declaration of Rights

14. Cry Me A River

15. Stranger in Love





Under the theme, 'One Nation, One People,' Jamaicans will celebrate the country's 57th anniversary of Independence, which will see many of the events being streamed live to the diaspora. The theme, which was chosen because it speaks to a very important area of focus on which the nation must pay attention, is also reminiscent of the island's motto, 'Out of Many, One People'.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, who made the announcement, noted that while the country continues to celebrate the International Decade for People of African Ancestry, it is very important in the wider Jamaican context to observe the tenets of the national motto, 'Out of Many, One People'.

"We must always be reminded that this nation is a melting pot of cultures, built by people from many different ancestries. It is remarkable what we have been able to achieve by working together, and it is that spirit of unity that we want to engender as we celebrate our Independence and look to the future," Grange said in a press release.

Minister Grange said that Jamaicans at home and abroad should look forward to a very spirited Independence celebration as the ministry is working hard to make sure that events such as the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, the Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition and the Grand Gala are spectacles to be remembered.

"This year we will welcome various heads of government for Independence and we intend to display the best of Jamaica as the eyes of the world will be upon us. We will be streaming most of our activities to the diaspora so that everyone feels a part of the Jamaica 57 celebrations. We are well advanced in our planning and things have been going well," she said.

The Jamaica Festival Song Grand Final will be held on July 27 at the National Arena in Kingston, with the Emancipation Jubilee slated for July 31 at Seville in St Ann. The National Arena will also host the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation on Emancipation Day, August 1, the World Reggae Dance Championship Grand Final on August 2, Mello-Go-Roun on August 3, the Jamaica Gospel Song Grand Final on August 4, and the Pop and Variety Grand Final on August 5. Grand Gala will be held on Independence Day, August 6, at the National Stadium.





Gil Bailey, Earl Chin, Ken Williams, Jeff Barnes, Clive Hudson, Jeff Sarge, Tony Cobb, Disco Kid, Safia Seivright, Francine Chin, Pat McKay, Sister Lovely, DJ Roy, Dubb Master Chris, Gem Morrison, Ellen "Pat" Bailey and Vonnie McGowan will be honoured at this year's Merritone (Memorial) Family Fun Day. The 21st renewal of this event takes place August 11 at Heckscher State Park in Long Island, New York.

The honorees are among several disc jockeys who made their mark on radio in the tri-state area during the 1970s and 1980s

The day's theme will be 'Jamaica Radio Day'.

"These first 25 years, widely regarded as the golden years of Jamaican radio, showcased well over 60 radio contributors and independent content providers," noted Janice Julian, one of the organisers of Merritone Family Fun Day.

West Indian music and culture had little presence on radio in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the late 1960s when there was an influx of immigrants from that region to those states.

Pat Bailey and McGowan will be recognised posthumously.





buju-banton-photo-12.jpgBuju Banton recently linked up with Supreme New York for a T-shirt collaboration.

On Sunday, the Grammy-winning Reggae artiste uploaded a video vibing to King Tubby's dub version of the classic "Love I Can Feel" riddim while rocking the brand, "Buju Banton for Supreme," he wrote.

The "Wanna Be Loved" singer and Supreme later announced their T-shirt collaboration which was released on Thursday, June 27. Selling for $48 USD, the Buju Banton Supreme Tees were sold out within minutes.

Supreme is an American skateboarding shop and clothing brand established in New York City in April 1994. The designer brand caters to the skateboarding, hip hop, and rock cultures, as well as to the youth culture in general. The designer brand produces clothes and accessories and also manufactures skateboards. The brand currently has 11 locations.









ed-sheeran.jpgFollowing the release of the original, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have enlisted Koffee and Chronixx for the remix of their big hit "I Don't Care".

With the high-spirited tone of the record complementing Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's smooth vocals on the original, Jamaican artists Koffee and Chronixx join in on the fun on the remix. As well as harmonising together, the two also take turns to showcase their vocals on the track to add to the summer vibe of the feel-good single.

"It nah go nice unless Jamaicans are on it! Recently, Recording Artist Ed Sheeran has been blessing listeners with new music, namely his upcoming "No. 6 Collaborations Project". One of the tracks that is doing its rounds is his collab with Justin Bieber titled, "I Don't Care". Today, Chronixx and Koffee combine their powers to deliver us a remix! While they give us that Dancehall Reggae vibes, Chronixx and Koffee basically own the song as Ed and Justin are left to just give us the chorus. Expect this one to make a lot of noise this summer. If she loves you like Keyshia loves Guwop, then it's real. While Ed Sheeran and Justin Biber dabbled in a lil Reggae and Dancehall in their careers, we'd love some proper Dancehall/Reggae collaborations in the future, and level the playing field. One complaint I have is, if you're going to have Jamaicans on a pop track, at least make the Youtube link playable in Jamaica (This is BS)."





Ding Dong gets married

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The dancer-turned-recording artiste, Ding Dong Ravers real name Kemar Christopher Dwaine Ottey, got married to his longtime girlfriend, Tashana, in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday in front close friends, family members.

The wedding guest list also included a few Dancehall entertainers and industry players including Ding Dong Ravers' manager, Romeich Major, label mate UpTop Boss Teejay and Jamaican-American rapper Safaree Samuels.

Ding Dong Ravers is yet to announce the nuptials online however Romeich gave Dancehall fans the first confirmation. "Congrats bro bro @dingdongravers 🤔🤔 wonder when a my time 🤣🤣🤣🤣 all best and happiness thanks for making me your #BESTMAN," he wrote on IG.





barry-g.jpgNYC: 'Boggieman' 'Barry G' Gordon, the one time top broadcaster at Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) radio in Kingston in the 70s and now the current ruler of afternoon radio at Mello FM in Montego Bay has a big date in New York. Gordon will reunite with British broadcaster Sir David Rodigan on Sunday, June 30th at the 9th annual Groovin' In The Park concert slated for Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY.

The veteran broadcaster, who went from radio producer to hosting his own program at JBC in the 70's is considered an innovator, an educator and an entertainer. He is responsible for breaking numerous hit records in his 40 plus years on radio including reggae songs by Yellowman, Barrington Levy and Sophia George. David Rodigan, who grew up in England in the mid 1960's became enthralled by Jamaican music by Millie Small, Bob Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff and Marcia Griffiths.

"I heard this new, incredibly energized back-beat from Jamaica called Ska and found it to be irresistible, primarily as dance music but then when we went deeper we realized that it was a music that spoke for all of us, especially the under-privileged in society" Rodigan shared.

"Many of us identified with it and so the phenomena of Jamaican music grew beyond the shores of the island and soon reached the world stage" he said.

Radio listeners who grew up in Jamaica in the 80's, still talk with glee about the intense clashes Gordon had with Rodigan, while he was at Kiss FM in London.

david-rodigan-photo-1.jpg"We have been trying to reunite Barry G and David Rodigan for the past 4 years but Rodigan's schedule never allowed him to be in New York in late June" Groovin Inc CEO Christopher Roberts disclosed.

"We have always wanted to give youngsters here the chance to see these icons in action since many of them were not even born in 1983 when Barry G challenged Rodigan to a friendly on-air clash at JBC Radio. We have been getting numerous calls from older Jamaicans living here in the New York who are happy we were able to make this reunion happen. History will be create on Sunday, June 30th" Roberts promised. Beyond the friendly banter that typically happens when Gordon and Rodigan are on air, the two have a close relationship.

"David is my best friend in the radio business....we communicate very often and lament together what is happening in the music business" Gordon once disclosed in an interview.





koffee-on-recent-success-buju-banton-and-new-music-w-rihanna.jpgKoffee stopped by Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning last week. The 19-year-old star stepped up to Ebro in the Morning to discuss the success of "Toast." She also spoke on her school tour to help kids, performing at the Buju Banton welcome home concert, and working on new music with Rihanna.

The 19-year-old Reggae sensation discussed the overwhelming success of her smash hit "Toast" single. Koffee also spoke on her school tour to help kids and performing at the Buju Banton welcome home "Long Walk To Freedom" concert.

Koffee also confirmed that she is working on new music with Bajan pop star Rihanna.

Last month California rapper Haiti Babii revealed in an interview with BET that he had a FaceTime session with Rihanna, where she said that Koffee is writing for her upcoming Reggae album 'R9.'

Her project 'Rapture' is available now.

Koffee On Recent Success, Buju Banton & New Music w/ Rihanna





Time will tell, says Rygin King

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Montego Bay-based Dancehall deejay Rygin King, recently uploaded a footage from his debut Reggae Sumfest performance last year, and took some time out to send a message to his supporters and even his haters.

"Time will tell me fans greatness can't hide," the "Tuff" deejay wrote. "Big up everybody weh proud a mi and the others that fear progress respect, all a that made me who I am today💪🏽thank for everything 🙏🏽."

Rygin King has been having a tough time fighting off Dancehall critics over the last few months but that hasn't affected his work ethic, dropping a constant supply of new music.

The entertainer is busy touring the world and promoting his new singles which includes; Keep Up, One Time, Business, Cyah Style A Styler, Clean, Monument and Star Life.





Another US celeb touches down in Jamaica

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Omarion is the latest American celebrity to travel to Jamaica for vacation.

The singer/actor touched down on the island with his friends and Family on Friday. He announced his arrival with a photo at Blue Hole in Ocho Rios, a favourite spot for A-list celebs. "Giving thanks to the ancestors & predecessors that paved the way. This is #Jamaica 🇯🇲. #2019TRIBE UP!! #THEHandsomeFamily," O captioned a photo.

"Wagwaaan!! 🇯🇲🙌🏾🏆. #jamaica🇯🇲 ," he added before sharing videos of himself drinking coconut water and eating a mango, "Nothing more healing than "Mother's nature" #jamaica🇯🇲 🙏🏾🧡 I'm killing that mango tho!! 🥰🥭🤤."

Jamaica is now being dubbed the ultimate playground for American celebrities and we can not count the amount of arrivals we've had in the last few months.

Just last week American singer Queen Naija and her boyfriend Clarence were on the island for their vacation after visits from DJ Khaled, Drake, Tory Lanez, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Meek Mill, Yung Miami and many more.

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⚡️Omarion ⚡️ on Instagram: "Giving thanks to the ancestors & predecessors that paved the way. This is #Jamaica 🇯🇲. #2019 TRIBE UP!! #THEHandsomeFamily"


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⚡️Omarion ⚡️ on Instagram: "Wagwaaan!! 🇯🇲🙌🏾🏆. #jamaica🇯🇲"


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⚡️Omarion ⚡️ on Instagram: "🥥🥥🥭🥭🥭🥭. Nothing more healing than "Mother's nature" #jamaica🇯🇲 🙏🏾🧡 I'm killing that mango tho!! 🥰🥭🤤"





Fans not feeling Gyptian's tight pants at all

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gyptian-photo-2.jpgGyptian is being dragged on social media.

The entertainer went viral earlier this week after he uploaded a photo via his Instagram account. Shortly after the post, several fans of the "Hold You" hit maker went HAM in the comment section of Gyptian's fitted jeans.

"No mans pants must be too tight," one fan wrote. "Wah kinda style that you have up as a Reggae man yah move fruity Gypy mi nah lie yuh," another one added.

"This dude is looking crazier and crazier by the day," the comments continued. "That's what happen when you can't leave those European women alone, you starting to look like one yourself. Those tight pants makes you look like the Damn CLOWN that you are. Don't listen to your music anymore."





Fans of Koffee will have to wait until July before getting a taste of the singjay on American network television. She was slated to perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night.

"Hey Everyone, I know you were all anxiously anticipating my debut American TV performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, my performance won't be aired until July. Thank you to all who stayed up to tune in -- look out for the new date and once again, thank you so much for your continuous support," she tweeted yesterday.

Koffee, whose given name is Mickayla Simpson, has been making strides in the music industry since her debut in 2017 with the single Burning.

She subsequently released hit songs including Raggamuffin, Toast, and a five-song EP in March titled Rapture.

The 19-year-old currently holds the number two and three positions with the Rapture and Toast, respectively, on Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

Koffee's appearance on the American network television is a result of the singjay's recent designation as the latest Up Next Artist, by global streaming service Apple Music. Previous Apple Up Next artistes included Greta Van Fleet, Khalid, Billie Eilish, Sigrid, and Jax Jones.





reggae-sumfest-2019-07-14-20-4x6.jpg"It's called demand," Reggae Sumfest CEO, Joe Bogdanovich says of the US$600 per night ultra luxe section introduced at the festival.

The tix include meal and bar service and the best view in the 'house', plus all eyes will be on you, wishing that they were right where you are.

Reggae Sumfest keeps improving on its offerings to the public, and this new, hot-selling ticket line comes hard on the heels of the exclusive weekend cabanas, which are all scooped up. A cabana that seats 10 persons went on sale for US$9,500, and they sold out in no time.

The $600 tickets are still available, and are going quickly, so all who want to enjoy this ultra luxe experience, should grab them fast.

Reggae Sumfest takes place July 14 - 20 in Montego Bay, St James, Jamaica and will see headliners Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and chronixx, along with Beenie, Bounty, Chris Martin, Etana, Spragga Benz, Jah9, Spice, Shauna Controlla, The 6ix and others taking the stage on Friday and Saturday, of the week-long festival, which has come of age.





Mackerel enjoying her new man, RT Boss

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We are happy together 💞💞 @rtbossofficial. That's the latest post from Mackerel about her new man, who was a spiritualist, but is now a real artiste.

Last week, Mackerel caused quite a stir when she posted a kissing picture with her new beau. We don't know who was the original owner of the man, but, we all know that Mackerel's password is: "People man nice and comfortable."

mackerel official on Instagram: "We are happy together 💞💞 @rtbossofficial"

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Internet sensation, Kemoy Lindsay has entered the realms of online stardom after one of his tweets went viral last Sunday and created an international buzz. Lindsay, whose Twitter handle is @KemziiLinzii, posted four pictures of actor Keanu Reeves with women including American country singer Dolly Parton. His arms are either behind them or hover above their arms and waists.

The tweet read, "Keanu ain't talking no chances." It has attracted 395,000 likes and over 80,000 retweets on last count with major foreign media such as CNN, MSN, Yahoo News, Metro UK, People Magazine and Fox News featuring the tweet in newscasts.

Thirty-one year-old Kemoy Lindsay is from humble beginnings. Born in Spanish Town, he also lived in Trench Town and says his youth was dominated by hardship. He completed his studies at The University of the West Indies where he earned a bachelors degree in International Relations and a masters in international public and development management. He was a recipient of the Prime Minister's Youth for Excellence in 2017. Currently, he is technical advisor to minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Pearnel Charles Jr, whom he regards as a mentor.

Lindsay is also co-founder of non-profit organisation, Educate For Peace, and works with other entities such as UNESCO, Jamaica Youth Community and One Young World.

Aware of social media's impact, he warns users about its dangers.

He says he never expected the tweet to become so amplified.

"When I made the post, it was a very quiet tweet. And then on Sunday, I was at a church and I had to put the phone on airplane mode (silent). Within three or four hours, it jumped from 134,000 likes. I thought to myself, 'this is it, the tweet has reached the stratosphere'," he told the Jamaica Observer's Splash.

He added that, "Some of my friends from South Africa and Philippines have reached out to say the tweet has made it to their local news programmes. Even people in the Solomon Islands said the tweet made their news and that's on the other side of the world."

Keanu Reeves is well-known in Hollywood for his roles in hit films like The Matrix, Point Break, Speed, and John Wick.





Jamaica-born rapper Bushwick Bill, a member of the veteran Houston rap trio Geto Boys, has died at the age of 52. The rapper, born Richard Shaw, revealed last month that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February.

Shaw, who was born with dwarfism, first performed under the moniker Little Billy.

He joined the Geto Boys in 1986, after performing as the group's dancer. Geto Boys had their biggest chart success in 1996 with the album The Resurrection, which reached number 6 in the US charts, while in 1999, they earned a new audience through prominent use of their songs in the cult film comedy Office Space.

Bill was said to be working on three albums, which he hoped would generate residual income for survivors of and create awareness about pancreatic cancer.





marion-hall-photo-2.jpgThe Hi-Pro Denbigh Gospel Extravaganza, a highlight of the three-day Denbigh Agricultural Show, will field another strong line-up this year. Marion Hall, Jermaine Edwards, Carlene Davis, Ryan Mark, Lubert Levy, Jabez and Sister Marie have been confirmed for the August 4 event.

Glory Music's Tommy Cowan, who has been producing the show since it was first staged in 2004, said patrons attend for various reasons.

"If you are low, you are going to come out high. What we do and expect, for whatever reason, is that people come there for different reasons. They come for healing, words of encouragement and to find hope through the word of Christ," said Cowan.

He spoke at Wednesday's launch of the Denbigh Agricultural Show at Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in St Catherine. Gospel Extravaganza takes place on opening day.

The gospel show has become an integral part of Denbigh, which has been a calendar piece in Jamaican agriculture for over 60 years. According to Cowan, it adds diversity to an event that showcases the finest the country has to offer in food and livestock.

"When we started, Denbigh was on a low. That is why we came on board, and now the Gospel Extravaganza is the biggest day. It has been quite good because we start on time and we end on time," he said.

Cowan estimates that at its peak, Gospel Extravaganza attracts as many as 30,000 patrons.





vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgEleven months ago, Vybz Kartel's appeal hearing ended and he, his fellow co-accused, along with his Gaza Nation fans, continue to wait with bated breath for the verdict. His legal team, however, has no idea when the wait will be over.

"We have to wait for the Court of Appeal to hand down their judgement. We have not been told by them that it is ready, so we continue to wait," Vybz Kartel's attorney, Valerie Neita-Robertson, reportedly told a local newspaper.

"I plan to go and enquire next week," she added.

When asked about Kartel's health, she revealed that her client "is receiving adequate medical attention."

"They take him out of the prison from time to time to receive medical treatment, and he is under ongoing medical care," she said.

Kartel, the self-proclaimed 'World Boss', has had a number of medical episodes since being imprisoned. These incidents have seen him being hospitalised, and they have also sent his Gaza fans into a panic. The most recent episode was in March, when reports emerged that he had been taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies for treatment.

At that time, Neita-Robertson said that he had not been feeling well for a few days and had been treated at the hospital. He was discharged soon after.





Seaga exhibition at National Gallery

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marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgThe National Gallery of Jamaica will be paying tribute to former Prime m inister Edward Seaga with an exhibition which opens to the public this Tuesday.

Dr Jonathan Greenland noted that it will be a small exhibition since the gallery is part of the Institute of Jamaica and each arm of the institute will take a different kind of approach to remembering Seaga's contribution to culture and the arts.

"Over at the National Museum, they are doing something about his life with artefacts and exploring his relationship with the Jamaica Journal. Over at the Natural History Museum they are looking at his contribution to the organic practices. We are not doing a biographical tribute; we are examining his interest in the art world. We are focusing on the Larry Worth Collection and the John Pringle Collection, because of Seaga's relationship with revivalism and the artist Mallica "Kapo" Reynolds. That is our little focus."

The local art scene is deeply indebted to Seaga. It was he who saved Devon House from destruction. The colonial mansion, located on the corner of Hope and Waterloo roads in the Corporate Area, would in 1974 become home to the National Gallery.

Meanwhile, The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica will be hosting a 'Revival Tribute' in Seaga's honour come tomorrow. This will take place between 12 noon and 1:00 pm at Orange Park, in downtown Kingston.

The hour of celebration will be centred on revivalism. The Mount Salem Revival Mission Church located in Denham Town will perform by showing some of the rituals of their religious practice, and there will also be a revival table set up as a showpiece for those who are curious and want to learn more about the revivalist culture and faith.

Seaga, who was an anthropologist by training, did extensive research on revivalism, publishing several articles on his work. The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, which has the responsibility of preserving our African and Caribbean culture, wants to focus on this contribution from Seaga with the goal of continuing to transmit knowledge of this part of our heritage, as well as to honour his legacy.





Powerful Men and Women perform June 9

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This year's Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show is scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Sunday, June 9. Showtime is 6:00 pm.

"We expect to have unlikely pairings of some of the island's most respected professionals, performing acts that will have patrons in awe, all to help raise funds for the Mustard Seed Communities. Rehearsals have been underway in earnest in recent weeks and acts are being choreographed to maximise their talents and to unveil those that have never been seen on stage in Jamaica before," said Cordel Green, chairman of the planning committee.

According to Green, this year's programme will see nearly 20 new faces. These will include: Janet Olisa, Nigerian High Commissioner; Carolyn Reid QC, who will be part of a trio with Ellan Neil of Bank of Jamaica and Dr Renae Rattray of the JN Foundation; Rev Astor Carlyle, pastor of Webster Memorial, as well as Leighton McKnight of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Don Reid, banker and Margaret Campbell, the first female principal of St George's College.

Roy Rayon and Eric Donaldson, multiple Festival Song winners, will add a special musical flavour to the show.

"The Powerful Women & Men Show will never be the same after this, especially as we look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2020 which we want to be the most outstanding so far," said Green.

Actress Camille Davis, Caroline Hay QC, Corporal Arlene McBean, Niesha-Yen Jones, Professor Donna Hope, Dr Sonjah Niaah, Notis Heavyweight Rockaz Band, Hugh "Hugo Barrington" Faulkner and Pamputee are also confirmed for this year's line-up.

Over the past 18 years, the Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show, conceptualised by Thyra Heaven, has raised more than $80 million to benefit the Mustard Seed Communities, which cares for 600 abandoned and physically challenged children, some with HIV-AIDS.





marcia-griffiths-photos-4.jpgTad's Record is proud to present the Queen of Reggae music, Marcia Griffiths, with the first smashing single 'What Kind of World' from her upcoming album,Timeless.

One of the foremost singers of Reggae music, Empress Marcia Griffiths, is continuing to break new ground. Marcia has had the incredibly good fortune of spending her formative years at Studio One, the record stable that shaped the career of other top-ranking artists such as Bob Marley and Bob Andy.

What Kind of World is sure to tantalize music fans worldwide; as it presents Marcia's sensational voice accompanied by the authentic sound of Reggae. This single is produced by Donovan Germain and executive producers Tad A. Dawkins and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.

Available worldwide on all digital platform.





shenyeng-on-instagram-shenyengz-which-day-can-i-release-our-new-song-blessed.jpgShenseea broke the Internet over the weekend when she uploaded pictures of herself in bed with a woman. She has since not been answering any questions relating to the raunchy post. However, she has been promoting her new song with Tyga, called blessed. But her fans are not here for it.

Just check out this exchange:

SHENYENGZ: which day can I release our new song BLESSED?? 🤔 @tyga produced by @rvssian

📸: @keysusx

rxtedty: The day you start liking man again

SHENYENG on Instagram: "SHENYENGZ which day can I release our new song BLESSED?? 🤔 @tyga produced by @rvssian 📸: @keysusx"

The lesbian looking post quickly racked up a quarter million likes, the most Shenseea has ever received for one picture.

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Thanks for being here...❣️ #life #love #blessed

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Canada's immigration minister visits Jamaica

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Canada's minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen is in Jamaica for a three-day working visit to, among other things, shore up cooperation between his country and tertiary education institutions here.

His first stop was at the University of the West Indies, where, earlier this afternoon he led a guided discussion on the role of education in Canada's immigration policy, and expressed impatience with achieving more in the way of partnership.

In an obvious reference to the policies of its neighbor to the south, Hussen, himself an immigrant, stressed that Canada is seeking to build bridges, not walls, with its approach to immigration.

He is expected to travel to Trinidad on a similar mission when he leaves Jamaica.





munga-honorable.jpgMunga Honorebel's murder trial will begin on June 6 in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston, Jamaica.

The Dancehall entertainer, whose given is Damian Rhoden, is charged in connection with the February 2017 murder of Mr. Vegas' nephew, Cleveland Smith. Munga was granted bail in June 2017 in the sum of $500,000 JMD.

Munga Honorebel's attorney, Christopher Townsend says he is now in preparation mode for the upcoming trial.

"We are in preparation for trial. The case is being managed which means we are gathering all the witnesses and ensuring that they are present. The judge will want to hear from us, so we are getting the matter ready for trial date," he told the Jamaica Observer.

According to police reports, Cleveland Smith left his Moonlight Drive address in St Andrew on his green Rambo pedal cycle to attend a session. It is alleged that he was accosted by a group of men, one of whom was armed with a gun.

Smith was shot after an altercation ensued between the men and himself. He was then rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.





A holy controversy over Khaled's song

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a-holy-controversy-over-khaleds-song.jpgJ Khaled's new "Holy Mountain" collaboration with Buju Banton, Mavado, Sizzla and rapper 070 Shake has sparked controversy.

The banger taken off the American DJ, producer's new 15-track album "Father Of Asahd," samples late Reggae entertainer Billy Boyo's "One Spliff a Day."

Billy Boyo was still in his teens when he emerged in the early 1980s with "One Spliff a Day" and the track still gets heavy rotation in the retro Dancehall scene.

On Monday, Billy Boyo's daughter took to social media to reveal that her father's estate was not compensated for the sample on DJ Khaled's new album.

Boyo, born Billy Rowe, died of a brain tumour on 29 October 2000, after a two-month-long struggle to beat the disease.





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Prod. by RussBuss x Castanheiro Music

No Sleep Riddim

Distributed by Zojak Worldwide

Videography by: Richie Bakez

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tony-rebels-daughter-davianah-to-release-ep.jpgReggae artiste Davianah is applying the finishing touches to her debut seven track EP, 'Rasta Picknii'.

"The EP will have seven songs and it will be strictly reggae hence the title, 'Rasta Picknii' as it will showcase my cultural side," Davianah, whose real name is Davahu Barrett, said.

Some of the songs include 'Break My Heart', 'Stir It Up' and 'Move'. She is aiming for a summer release for the project.

The 24-year-old artiste plans to shoot a video for a separate single, 'Supergirl' next month.

"I have quite a number of new singles that I have already recorded, I haven't stopped pushing my dancehall persona, my EP is just designed to show a more cultural side of Davianah," she said.

On Sunday, Davianah released a freestyle dedicated to her mother, Norlene Cornwall, that has over 15,000 views on IG since it was posted. "Mommy you and i don't have the perfect mom and daughter story but our story will never be short of love. When everybody else turn their backs on me i knw i can count on you. I love you Mother and Happy Mothers Day to u @norlenefit and all the mothers out there," she said in the post.

Davianah doesn't have a great relationship with her superstar father, Tony Rebel. She raised eyebrows earlier this year when she performed at her father's Rebel Salute concert in a nude-coloured pantyhose and mint-green wig, and later sparked a major conflict with her father with a scathing Instagram pose accusing him of hypocrisy.

However, in her Instagram description, she continues to label herself as "Daughter of Tony Rebel."

Born July 28, 1992, Davianah debuted at Rebel Salute 2011 during Tony Rebel's set, doing a cover of Estelle's 'Come Over' that elicited a huge response from the crowd. She performed on Reggae Sumfest 2017 and 'Reggae on the Hill' in Barbados. She has become known for her melodic attractive reggae freestyles and also controversial hard-hitting hardcore freestyles that have won her numerous fans on social media.

"I am coming for everything they said I couldn't have. It is not easy being a second generation star, but I welcome the challenge," she said.





photo-that-caused-usain-bolt-fans-to-warn-him-against-the-illuminati.jpg"Just two country yute a try get some of the crumbs. Mi bro NJ say keep my eye on the prize and gwan put in the work 🙏🏿🙌🏿#AnythingIsPossible #DontThinkLimit" Bolt captioned the picture, which sees him making a circle over one eye sign which is associated with the Illuminati.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE COMMENTS:

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God has your back. Be courageous and walk with confidence it's your time, have faith. 💃 🌸 Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.🍃

This hand symbol is used to mean white power. The W & the P. You may use it otherwise, but it doesn't look rgt bro.

Illuminati confirmed!

Youre An Amazing Icon, but no down with this. - Blessed are The Pure In Heart For They Shall See GOD. ...

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freddie-mcgregor-photo-3.jpgLegendary Reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, who recently added another award to his collection, when he picked up an IRAWMA globe on Saturday night, is set to stage the Big Ship Music Fest in Port Charlotte, Florida on July 6.

According to the man who is acknowledged as a "Winner", that area of Florida does not get serviced by reggae acts and his research has shown that, given the demographic, there is a large market ready to appreciate the music.

"We were looking at something for mid-year and when we looked at Port Charlotte, we realised that it was originally a farmworker community and had quite a large Caribbean community, so it was just the right spot," he told the Jamaica Observer. "The venue, The Port Charlotte County Fair Grounds, is quite a landmark. It is central and easy to find so that made it the best choice. Everybody is excited about this kind of show coming to the area. Some are seeing it as their Sumfest as not many shows of this kind come to the area."

The Big Ship Music Fest will be headlined by McGregor and features Marcia Griffiths, Admiral Tibet, Everton Blender, Hopeton Lindo, Chino McGregor, Glen Washington and Perfect.

"It was an easy pick for this line-up. South Florida loves a female artiste, so I realised it was either Sister Marcia Griffiths or Etana. Sister Marcia was available and so we just went for her, then the others just fell into place," McGregor explained. "There will also be three big, band 'sounds' -- Earthquake, Legend and Felix -- to keep patrons entertained throughout. We are looking to have a really nice atmosphere where people can come out and just chill and enjoy themselves."

No stranger to promoting events, McGregor staged the Long Beach Reggae Music Jerk and Food Festival in California in 2014. Prior to that, he did Rocksteady Meets Reggae and Dancehall at the Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall, Clarendon in 2009.

"It is just something that I really love to do. Being in the music industry, I get something out of trying my hand at staging a show, the way it can be done and the way it should be done, I really just love being on the other side of this business," McGregor said.





Tidal calls Dovey Magnum

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dovey-magnum.jpgFresh off her United Kingdom leg of shows, dancehall reggae artist, Dovey Magnum, has secured a major nod from international streaming service, Tidal. Dovey Magnum was selected by the streaming platform to be the face of its largest dancehall playlist titled 'Dancehall Massive' on May 10th.

This venture with Tidal and Dovey Magnum will feature the release of a new single titled "Naw Dweet" which is produced by Billion music group on VVS Riddim. This will kick off the artist summer 2019 endeavors which will see the act releasing a slew of track, collaborations, and appearance throughout North America & Europe.

Dovey Magnum states "I'm so happy that Tidal reached out and decided to give me this opportunity. It only shows that the work is paying off and we no longer on the sidelines. Nah Dweet the new track that releasing tomorrow represents a different side of me, and those females out there that refuse to cheat. People use to the 'Bawl Out' and 'Mademozelle' and this shows the transition, the growth, the alter ego but it's about respecting relationships and people at times".

The new track will be available on all major streaming platforms on May 10th but fans are encouraged to visit Tidal's playlist titled "Dancehall Massive". In the coming weeks the artist will release singles titled "Nice and Clean", "Boss Baby", "JuJu" and also visuals for the accompany singles. It's expected that summer 2019 will see Dovey Magnum artistry taking on new heights.





made-in-new-york-jamaican-movie-trailer-2019-a-jamaican-story.jpgFor the love of money, fame , fortune, for the love of Music, and for the love of Love, ... the sky is the limit for these ambitious Jamaicans living in New York struggling to survive while pursuing their Music career , made it

Redhot, very talented singer signs a recording deal with Get Rich Quick Records. Walla Walla, not taking the gangster way out finally gets a break but can't go , his terrified wife was attacked by notorious gangster who goes around intimidating selectors to play Mr Bigs tunes, C.E.O of Get Rich Quick Records.... A Thriller , with , Drama, Romance, Suspense and will also make you laugh

This is the trailer notes on a new movie about Jamaica, written and directed by Phillip Warmington, aka Papa Lover. Casting director was Zambia Carradicce.

The movie had a successful premiere in New York this week, and rolls into Atlanta at the end of the month. A Jamaica premiere is also in the works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-DcjuhUV7Q





UpTop Boss Teejay buys TWO high-end vehicles

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official-teejay-on-instagram-a-nuh-hype-mi-hype-people-trust-mi-its-just-to-show-ghetto-youths-that-dreams-can-really-come-through.jpgA nuh hype mi hype people trust mi it's just to show ghetto youths that dreams can really come through and remember never you want greatness for the wrong reasons simple mean say anything you a do make sure you do it from right ya so ❤️🙏 #uptop4eva a the house next

Official Teejay on Instagram: "A nuh hype mi hype people trust mi it's just to show ghetto youths that dreams can really come through and remember never you want..."





state-of-emergency.jpgHowever, president Winston Lawson is pleading for restrictions on businesses hours to be reasonable.

It was one of the complaints last year when a similar measure was declared in St James.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning announced states of public emergency for St James, Westmoreland and Hanover in response to the reported 105 murders across the three parishes since January.

The security measures will remain in effect initially for 14 days.

"Our primary concern is that lives are not lost, and we are always prepared to meet the sacrifice, but we want to hope that some consideration can be given as to how we can find some common ground in terms of the opening hours for our businesses," said Lawson.

The second-term chamber president bemoaned that three months after the earlier year-long state of emergency expired in St James, crime had again become a major problem.

"The scourge of crime was upon us again, so we welcome the move and we think it is something that will immediately address the haemorrhaging that we saw," he said.

Lawson said that chamber members have been urged to use their resources to help in the fight against crime in St James, including registering of security cameras on the JamaicaEye national security system.





michelle-downer-on-instagram-me-and-my-baby-father-xhusband-welivingood.jpgMe And My Baby Father/ Xhusband #welivingood 😊

That was the caption D'Angel posted to social media that has some persons telling her that she will never get back Beenie Man, while others are applauding her for living good with her ex.

Here are some of the comments:

U na get him back kristal have him lock

@donnett.bennett come of a ig mon yuh too nuff

@donnett.bennett did she and u have a conversation about her wanting him back?ansah mi?

@dangelmusic I don't know why people don't keep there negative comments to themselves, I am like, if I don't like you or don't share the same sentiments then be silent. Keep living mama

How much for your cut and clear blouse at mobay store

Michelle Downer on Instagram: "Me And My Baby Father/ Xhusband #welivingood 😊"

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onstage-tv-on-instagram-rebroadcast-last-nights-episode-of-onstage-featuring-viral-social-media-star-mackerel-will-be-rebroadcast-tonight-at-9pm.jpgPeople were upset when mackerel's interview ended abruptly and this is what Winfird WIlliams had to say.

Last night's episode of Onstage featuring viral social media star MACKEREL WILL BE RE-BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 9pm on CVM TV, in its entirety. Once again, Onstage TV wishes to apologise to all our viewers for the ill fated broadcast of the Mackerel segment of the show last night on that channel (Saturday May 4th). - #regrann

OnstageTV on Instagram: "R E B R O A D C A S T Last night's episode of Onstage featuring viral social media star MACKEREL WILL BE RE-BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 9pm on..."





Blak Ryno was not involved in any accident

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blak-ryno-photo-1.jpgLast week, fans expressed concern when it was reported that dancehall deejay Blak Ryno was in critical condition in a New York hospital following a motor vehicle accident in the wee hours this morning.

Ryno last posted on Instagram 2 am Wednesday with the caption; "The agenda change #1focus!!"

Blak Ryno, a former member of Vybz Kartel's now dismantled Portmore Empire, is currently promoting his new single, Psalm 35. He's known for songs such as 'Real Stinger', 'Dolla Coin', and 'Bike Back'.

However, day later, Ryno took to social media to admit that he had never been in the hospital and that it was all a rumour.

Fans have since blasted him for taking so long to come out and deny the rumours. Some have even gone as far as to say that he had using the so-called accident to get publicity.





ninjaman-son-corey-ballentine.jpgThe New York TImes is reporting that Corey Balleninte, who has been described as "a speedy cornerback with a knack for blocking kicks" was shot on Saturday. Other reports, however, point out the link between young Corey and incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Ninjaman, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine.

Corey, according to the NY Times, was drafted by the Giants on Saturday, it was cause for celebration at Washburn University in Kansas. No member of the Division II Washburn Ichabods had been drafted in more than a decade, and none had gone earlier in the draft since 1988.

"It's all a crazy dream until you do it," Ballentine said in a Twitter post after he was selected in the sixth round. "I can't even explain the emotions I have right now."

Just hours later, Ballentine's triumph took on a tragic note when he and a college teammate, Dwane Simmons, were shot a few blocks from Washburn's Topeka campus at a social gathering at which dozens of people were present. Ballentine was expected to make a full recovery, the university said. Simmons died.

The circumstances of the shooting, which happened in a residential neighborhood near businesses that cater to college students, remained hazy on Sunday afternoon. The Topeka police said officers had responded about 12:45 a.m. Sunday to "a disturbance with gunshots in the area" and found Simmons dead at the scene. Ballentine was taken to a hospital in a private car.

"No arrests have been made at this time," Gretchen Koenen, a spokeswoman for the Topeka police, said in an email. "Detectives are continuing to investigate."

he impact was quickly felt at Washburn, whose campus is about two miles from the Kansas Capitol. Instead of a planned Sunday afternoon news conference celebrating the selection of Ballentine, a Topeka native, grief counselors were posted on campus.

"Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act," the university's president, Jerry Farley, said in a statement. "Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general."

Simmons, 23, was a junior at Washburn, where he had started 17 games as a defensive back despite injuries. He was described by his coach, Craig Schurig, as "one of the most energetic and well-liked players" he had encountered.

Ballentine, 23, competed on the football and track and field teams at Washburn, where he holds university sprint records and was a frequent member of his conference's academic honor roll. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Giants said they were aware of the shooting.

"We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital," the team's statement said.

Yardflex will keep you updated.





Filming of James Bond flick begins In Jamaica

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The James Bond franchise is back in Jamaica for the 25th instalment of the popular series.

Production began in Portland Monday, with scenes also set to be shot in the Corporate Area during the month-long stint on the island.

Michael G Wilson and his sister Barbara Broccoli are co-producers of the James Bond films. Both were in Jamaica last week for the launch of Bond 25 at GoldenEye in St Mary, the location where the famous spy was created by British author Ian Flemming.

For the producers, Jamaica is Bond's spiritual home and therefore it was a no-brainer to shoot this instalment here. However, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, both shared the need for the local authorities to follow the lead of other territories in offering incentives to lure the major studios to shoot on our shores.

"We believe that Jamaica is Bond's spiritual home and so the story begins with Bond who has left the service temporarily and is trying to enjoy life and so he comes to the place that is his home, where he wants to be when he's not working. We've built an amazing house for him here and we have his boat here... it's where he comes to remind himself of what is important in the world and find peace in all the chaos," Broccoli told the Sunday Observer.

They were, however, quick to point out that despite the sentimental connections to Jamaica, any other tropical location could have become the backdrop for this new Bond flick which will see British actor Daniel Craig reprise the role of Agent 007. Both pointed to the level of incentives being offered to film producers in other countries, something that is not available here in Jamaica.





skip-marley-photo-1.jpgSkip Marley, the Island Records reggae-hybrid prodigy for a new generation, on Friday released his latest single, 'That's Not True', featuring his uncle, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley.

"That's Not True," is Skip's first original music release since 2017 and arrived timely, the day before 4/20, when he performed at the Kaya Fest concert in Miami.

The new release kicks off a promising new year of amazing music for Skip, with additional releases to come. You can listen to the song here.

Skip is the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley, and his songs pay homage to his deep family legacy.

"I want to spread my music to the people and help them unify," he says. "I want people to take away a message of love, of looking at the way you are living and thinking where we can work to be or better and feel better. Whatever they're feeling, I want them to be able to turn up my music and think, relax, and get good vibes."





instagram-of-kavell-catt-on-instagram-follow-the-bunny-she-has-all-the-chocolate -  NOT WM.jpgThe Unruly Boss lived his name rercently when an online troll called his Trinidadian lover, Kavelle Keir, "lowkey ugly" on Instagram. "@kavellkeir your head is kinda big," the troll wrote under her IG post. "It has an ugly shape. You too skinny; you need a better shape and pump up them lips girl you getting Lowkey ugly."

Popcaan quickly jumped in the comments and clapped back saying his girlfriend is so beautiful that its killing her haters, "... her beauty killing you slowly pick a casket zombie," he wrote. Kavell was here for her man defending her and wrote, "@popcaanmusic my babe so crazyyyy."

Despite multiple rumours of them breaking up, Popcaan and Kavell Keir are still going strong. The two went public with their relationship back in 2015 however are now keeping things private

Instagram Of Kavell 🇨🇦🇹🇹 on Instagram: "Follow the bunny, she has all the chocolate 🐰 ..."





Blak Ryno in hospital?

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blak-ryno.jpgBlak Ryno is reportedly in stable condition in a New York hospital following a motor vehicle i early Wednesday morning.

"He's recovering. He came out a surgery about 1:00 pm. He's in stable condition," a member of the deejay's inner circle is said to have told the Jamaica Observer last night. "He's not dead."

The source, who requested anonymity, was unable to say which hospital the deejay was admitted or details about the accident.

"I spoke to him and me neva even did ask that. But I'm planning to see him tomorrow," said the source.

However, speculation is that the deejay could possibly be pulling a fast one.

However, in November 2014, he was travelling along Molynes Road in Kingston, when his motorcycle crashed. He received treatment at the Andrews Memorial Hospital and was later released.

A former member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire, Blak Ryno migrated to the United States in 2015. Kartel (given name Adidja Palmer) is currently serving a life sentence for murder.





Social media 'kills off' Blak Ryno

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blak-ryno-photo-1.jpgSocial media is currently buzzing with rumours about Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno.

Several unconfirmed reports made their way on our timelines early Wednesday morning. Its being alleged that the former Portmore Empire/Gaza member was involved in a motorcycle accident in the United States.

While several Dancehall/Gossip blogs reported that the "Bike Back" deejay passed away, others refuted the claims saying Blak Ryno he is alive and well.

Attempts to get a comment on the rumours from Blak Ryno's management team were unsuccessful.

Blak Ryno's last Instagram post was uploaded a few hours ago, "The agenda change #1focus !!," he wrote. The entertainer is currently promoting his new single titled "Psalm 35" produced by MBR Records.

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rita-marley-photo-2.jpgAward-winning singer, musician, philanthropist and reggae icon, Rita Marley will release a career retrospective of her most well-known material.

The Best of Rita Marley 'Lioness of Reggae' will be released exclusively on limited edition vinyl, Friday May 3.

"I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical legacy, message and vibe is unique to her and an important part of reggae's history. This is a way for us to highlight and share her beautiful art," said her son, Ziggy Marley, in a news release.

Born Alpharita Anderson, she displayed a deep love of music since childhood, singing to her family while working. This passion would ultimately lead her to form The Soulettes, which led to the eventual meeting of local Trench Town musicians Robert Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston - known as the Wailers.

Soon after this fateful meeting, the talented young Rita became an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in her husband, Bob Marley's life and legacy including as a member of the I- Threes alongside Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.

Simultaneously, Mrs Marley forged an extraordinary career as a solo artist, known for upholding the artistic and cultural standards of reggae. Her music reflects the versatility and diversity of reggae through the smooth blends of Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Soca. Today, no matter where in the world, the name Marley is synonymous with reggae music and the culture of Jamaica.

Rita Marley's musical career has produced incredible albums including Who Feels It Knows It, Harambe, the 1992 GRAMMY nominated album We Must Carry On and Spectacle For Tribuffalos, as well as the classic reggae album Beginning, with the I-Threes. Her sizzling 1982 hit "One Draw" created waves around the world, was a bestseller with over two million copies sold and made history as the first reggae single to top the Billboard Dance Charts.

Rita Marley continues her legacy today with the Rita Marley Foundation - eradicating poverty and hunger, while empowering communities, in Africa, Jamaica and beyond.


THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY 'LIONESS OF REGGAE" is out May 3, 2019. Here is the tracklist:

1. Harambe

2. One Draw

3. A Jah Jah

4. That's The Way

5. Who Feels It Knows It

6. King Street

7. Thank You Jah

8. Good Morning Jah

9. I'm Still Waiting

10. Play Play





Buju Banton taking a long walk to Europe

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgJamaican singer, Buju Banton, whose Long Walk to Freedom tour is winding its way through the Caribbean, is scheduled to perform in about eight or nine European cities from July 6.

Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton's publicist, revealed on Saturday that following the Caribbean, he is headed to Europe.

Among the places he will be performing are: Cologne, Germany at Summer Jam; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Zurich, Switzerland at Jamaica Splash; Porto, Portugal; Vertheuil, France at Reggae Sun Ska; and Geel, Belgium.

An official announcement of the European tour will be made next week.

Speaking to local media in Trinidad & Tobago ahead of Banton's I Am Legend concert in the twin island republic on Sunday, Tomlinson said there are no plans right now to hit the American market.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was released from a US prison on December 7 after serving eight years for drug charges. He was deported back to Jamaica immediately following his release.

Asked about the reception to the news that he will be in Europe, Tomlinson told Loop there were concerns from the LGBT community about his infamous song 'Boom Bye Bye' but, she said, once they reiterated that he won't be singing that song again, people expressed excitement about attending his shows.

Tomlinson told T&T media that since his release, Banton has stressed on love.

"What he is looking for is just to continue spreading love through his music and letting everyone know that everyone is welcomed to his concert," she said.

Asked if fans can expect anything specially tailored for T&T when he performs tomorrow, Tomlinson said he has sung different songs in Jamaica and the Bahamas so it can be expected that he will give his fans here a special show.

The I Am Legend show begins at 4 pm and is expected to finish at midnight.

Though he was billed to address the media, Banton was a no show. The singer has not done any interviews at home or otherwise since his release.

Tomlinson explained that, at this time, they are using the stage as his platform to speak to everyone with one accord.

"When he touches that stage, the message that you get, the vibe, the energy, I feel that we can bring back what we love about Buju. We can bring that music, those words, those messages that he has and seeing how he connects with his fans again, that's what we want to see right now," she said.

Following his show in T&T, Banton will be headed to Barbados on April 27, Grenada on May 11, Guyana on May 25, Tortola on June 15 and St Kitts on June 29.





Chimney Records light up Billboard Reggae Chart

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chimney-records.jpgLast month, Chimney Records scored a rare feat on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with two compilations.

The Kingston rhythm album entered and peaked at number 14, while their St Andrew beat reached number 16. The Kingston features songs from Bounty Killer, Shenseea, Romain Virgo, Alaine and Busy Signal.

The St Andrew rhythm has songs by Morgan Heritage, Pressure Buss Pipe, Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel.

"We decided to do a double release as somewhat of a challenge to ourselves, but it also allowed us to work with more artistes, give the fans more music and add to reggae music in general, even more than a single compilation would," said Jordan McClure of Chimney Records.

He added, "The concept was inspired by the idea of Kingston and St Andrew being the Mecca of reggae and dancehall music. Kingston embodying an urban side with St Andrew encompassing large regions of natural beauty, both of which are important influences on reggae itself."

The Fresh Paint rhythm is the latest project from Chimney Records. It was released last Friday and features Getaway by Govana, Same Stories by Jahmiel, Live Forever by Jahvillani, So Me Move by Kranium, Fresh Paint by Mavado, Temptation Overdue by Shenseea, and After 4 by Teejay.

The Chimney Records team comprises McClure and David Hayle. Their hit rhythm projects include the Sex Appeal, Retweet, Star Bwoy, Happy Hour, Summer Fling, Money Box, Tropical Escape, Chill Spot, Rising Sun, Movie Star and World Premier. The label has been around for 12 years.





Beenie Man Kartel play-off to decide who is King

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgA New York promoter will crown Beenie Man or Vybz Kartel King of The Dancehall following The Settlement, a two-part dance scheduled for New York in May and June. Both will feature sound system selectors playing songs of both deejays throughout the events.

Walford Stewart is organiser of the dances which take place May 18 at Garage Nightclub in The Bronx, and June 7 at Mystic Lounge in Poughkeepsie.

He said fans will determine the winner, who will be named after the Mystic Lounge date. The idea to stage The Settlement came from Stewart's colleague, Jerry McDonald, who saw a recent report on Fox TV in New York crowning the incarcerated Kartel King of The Dancehall.

Given Beenie Man and Kartel's claim to regal supremacy, Stewart agreed to promote the events and let fans decide who deserves the title.

"Both have professed to be the king of the dancehall; Beenie Man released a song titled King of The Dancehall while Kartel released his own King of Dancehall album and sounded a warning to all and sundry with his song Undisputed Champion. At the end of the day, only one king can rule rule, hence the need for The Settlement to crown the real king," he said.

Stewart disclosed that 45-year-old Beenie Man and the incarcerated Vybz Kartel, 43, have strong support among different demographics in New York City. He said Beenie Man appeals to fans between 30 and 55, while Kartel commands respect among fans aged 17-35.

"Kartel is a massive superstar here in the tri-state. At any NY area party when a Kartel song is played, the response from patrons on the dance floor says it all. Kartel is controversial, plus he is a master lyricist who covers all bases with his songs," Stewart explained. "He has songs for the rude boys, he has songs to get everyone on the dance floor and keep them there and, most importantly, he has a few choice songs for the ladies. You can never go wrong with that."





marlon-james.jpgJamaican author Marlon James has been listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

James shares the honour with United States President Donald Trump, former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, football star Mohamed Salah, golf player Tiger Woods, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

The 48-year-old author shared the news on Facebook yesterday with the caption: "So this happened."

According to Time, James is "one of the most important voices of his literary generation. He speaks out out on race, literature, gay rights and whatever else is on his mind."

A former student of Wolmer's Boys' School, James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. According to novelist Salman Rushdie, it is "highly original, its language surging with power, its imagination all-encompassing. Marlon is a writer who must be read."

A teacher at Macalester College where he is writer-in-residence, his other books include John Crow's Devil, Black Leopard, Red Wolf and The Book of Night Women. The latter won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.





One World Rebellion will not be on the road for Carnival 2019. The band, owned by soca star Fay Ann Lyons, said it has pulled out if Jamaica's Carnival this year.

In a statement issued on Friday, the band said: "the decision is due to conflicting reports from the Jamaican organisers versus those from sponsors pertaining to receipt of funds over the last few months which requires further investigation for clarity."

The band said the investigations have halted production and with Carnival fast approaching they are unable to deliver the type of quality product it knows it can deliver in a timely fashion.

"All avenues to produce a good impact on the experience delivered to our supporters and sponsors this year have been explored. However, it has become prudent to postpone this year's presentation with the intent to re-enter the market in 2020," the band assured.

The band officially launched in December last year.

In extending its apologies to those affected by this decision, the band said it remains imperative that its fiscal position is protected and accurately accounted for in order to maintain the band's integrity, quality and the commitments to both sponsors and masqueraders.

The release made no mention of refunds to masqueraders but in response to queries on their Instagram page, the band told those making inquiries that they are currently in the process of refunding.

For those wishing to be a part of One World Rebellion, they can join the band in St Vincent, Toronto, London and Miami, among other Carnivals to be confirmed.





As expected, Aidonia is giving thanks for life.

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As expected, Aidonia is giving thanks for life.

He is home resting following a motor vehicle collision along Mannings Hill Road in Kingston early Sunday morning, while driving his white, Mercedes-Benz AMG sports utility vehicle..

"The incident happened in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He is okay and was unscathed," said a member of the deejay's inner circle. The "Big Baller" deejay sustained minor injuries after his 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 SUV was totaled in the crash.

On Monday, Aidonia took to his Instagram account to give thanks for life and thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. "JAH IS REAL ! LIFE A DI GREATEST! GIVE THANKS!!!! RESPECT TO ALL A WHO REACH OUT AND ALL DA PRAYERS HEART A ❤️," Aidonia wrote under a photo.

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Aidonia was slated to perform at Fyah held on the University of the West Indies's Mona Campus in St Andrew on Saturday night. However, at minutes to 2:00 am, Russell "Russ Buss" Gordon -- a member of the show's organising committee -- announced that the deejay would be a no show.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, Aidonia will not be performing tonight. The entire 4th Genna team sends its sincerest apologies," he told the crowd.

Gordon, a member of Coppershot Disco, did not give a reason.

Meanwhie. his wife, who endorsed his comments with a string of heart emojis, is busy getting her body carnival ready with waist trainer.

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Nesbeth Postpones European Tour

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nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Nesbeth says he is somewhat "disheartened" but hopes the fans will understand following a recent announcement by his management to postpone his upcoming European tour.

Nesbeth was advised by his team that the month-long tour slated to commence at the end of March would be rescheduled due to work being undertaken on several pressing projects.

A statement from the artiste team read: "It is with regret we must inform the public and fans of Nesbeth that his upcoming European tour scheduled for April has been postponed due to numerous important projects currently being undertaken. We tried our best to make it work but unfortunately, if he had embarked on the expedition we would have to pull him for weeks at a time based on his other commitments and that would not be fair to the fans, hence the decision to suspend the tour."

Following the revelation Nesbeth issued his own statement on social media, he said: "I'm so sorry to all my fans in Europe. I am not in the habit of disappointing you like this but the matter is beyond my control. Nevertheless, I will be working very hard to be back in Europe as soon as I can. Once again, my humblest apologies to everyone. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause those who have tickets to shows but wish to reassure fans to hold on to these existing tickets, as they will be valid for rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly."





rihanna-white-house.jpgRihanna's Fenty Beauty make up company has been championed for its inclusivity but recently came under fire from fans who believed the beauty company's new highlighter, "Geisha Chic" is offensive.

Backlash from Fenty fans came last Friday (March 29) when the company announced the impending launch of their new Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter on Instagram. The post, which has since been taken down, featured a highlighter that Hypebae describes as "metallic brick-red."

Fans of the beauty line expressed their distaste for the newly announced shade on social media calling it "inappropriate" and the company racist.

"I'm really excited for this launch, however this shade name 'Geisha Chic' is not great because it ignores the history, full weight, and overall experience of being a geisha," one Instagram user wrote. "I've been waiting for colour like this, but I don't want to question my judgement if I purchase this product with the current name. Please change the name so I can shine this summer with this heat!"

Fenty responded to comments by thanking their followers for "educating" them, saying the product would not be released until it is renamed.

The company reiterated the product's renaming in a statement sent to INSIDER.





peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgReggae singer Denroy Morgan has come full circle. He started out as a solo singer scoring a huge pop hit, "I'll Do Anything For You", in 1981, before dedicating his life to pushing the efforts of his children, Morgan Heritage and LMS, to international fame. Now, he has returned to the music industry, to push the careers of African reggae singers, young men who he says are members of his "extended spiritual family".

"God is showing me a balance. I am an African born in Jamaica, who spent a portion of my life in the US, my kids were born in the US and spent their developing years in Jamaica, growing and understanding the energy, and bussing with the Jamaican energy. Now, my kids are on a pioneering mission in Africa, they are the next generation of pioneers, and I am doing my part to unearth talent in Africa, and to bring their music to the Jamaica and the world," Morgan said.

Recently, Morgan resurrected his music career, returning to the stage with his band, the Black Eagles, and he also sought out recording talent from the worlds treasure chest known as Africa. He spent several months recording an EP entitled 'Missing You' , recording tracks with artistes such as Nyasha David of Zimbabwe, Latitude of South Africa, Vagavybz of Rwanda, Q-Nel of Ghana, and Bravoo of Kenya.

"These young men are my sons of the outer circle, the children of the outer circle, my spirit family, and they are incredibly talented and I have the blueprint to introduce them to the world," he said.

Morgan is the father of 30 children, 15 of whom he shares with Hyacinth Morgan, affectionately called 'Emo'. He has been able to use the sheer force of his presence and his charisma to introduce new artistes to the world. He did it first with Morgan Heritage, a reggae band formed in 1994 by five of his children namely Peter "Peetah" Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan, and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan. Morgan Heritage have toured internationally and released a number of reggae albums including the 2015 Grammy Award winning Strictly Roots. He also enjoyed success with the group LMS, which included his son Laza "One By One" Morgan who has had some of his own hit records as well.Morgan is confident he can do it again.

"We have a moral imperative to create that light of change, that truth to expose that indelible mark of lies that has captivated the minds of people and put us in an ignorant state of mind of our black selves. Only rasta can liberate the people," he said.

Spirituality is rooted in Morgan's music as he is very much a leader of his own religious ministry, where he is known as Ambassador Bishop Ras Denroy Morgan of the Abrahamic Covenant Family Ministry, an arm of the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of North and South America and the International Gospel Helpers Church. He is also a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the American Clergy Leadership Conference with a Nyahbinghi Vibration and Bobo Shanti Tradition.

"We have to gather and unify family vibration," he said.

Morgan released his last album, Muzical Unity in 2017 on Asaph Records/ VPAL Music, and this year, he has upped the ante by pushing a new project, re-establishing his Black Eagles band with a new lead vocalist, Iambassa.

"The Black Eagles was my back up band in 1984 when I initially went solo," he explained. Earlier this month, he released a single by Iambassa called 'Sweet Kali Herb' and in the summer he will release another single by Ianbassa and the Black Eagles, 'Stand Firm', which is a tribute to Igo Levy of the original Black Eagles. He is now ready to tour the world in support of these singles, the EP and his upcoming album.





chris-martin-photo-2.jpgNew York, NY- Following the release of his single "Life", VP Records is proud to announce that Christopher Martin's album And Then will be released May 3rd. In his sophomore offering, Christopher Martin presents a well-rounded mix of ballads and up-tempo jams, showcasing his musical versatility and growth with a celebration centered around themes of love, rising above hardship and finding the good in every situation. And Then is the follow up to Martin's debut full length-album, "Big Deal", which reached the top 5 on the Reggae Billboard Charts in 2017.

Singles off the album include "Bun Fi Bun,", "Can't Dweet Again," "Come Back" and most recently "Life." The album also features a standout cover of Mr. Big's 1991 definitive track, "To Be With You." Martin's re-imagining of the love song is a sweet homage, delivering new meaning to the chart-topping single without losing sight of his powerful ability to connect with audiences across the globe and showcase his versatility as an artist not confined to one solitary genre.

With the launch of his second album, Chris was determined to give back and help raise the goals and expectations of youthful fans at home and abroad. In doing so, he teamed with the The Kulture Movement on the #NoDisrespect Campaign, which aims to educate the youth on behaviors that garner respect without resorting to violence. Shani Kulture of Hot 97.1 spearheaded the campaign with his partner Roxie Digital of Hot 103.9 FM and tapped Martin for the "School Tour," in which workshops and activities with the kids are done to spread the message of positivity and self-worth. In addition to the campaign, Martin expanded his philanthropic efforts by supporting the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI)'s mission of raising funds and providing scholarships for needy students at UWI's 4 campuses in 17 countries, by performing at their 2019 Legacy Awards gala held in February.

Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, the now 32-year-old first established himself as an emerging talent following winning Jamaica's top televised talent show "Digicel Rising Stars" in 2005. Shortly after, Martin went on to navigate his undeniably destined career in music with an eagerness and dedication to establishing his own forward-thinking sound. As exemplified through his energetic live performances and feel-good lyricism, his characteristic positivity is as genuine as it is memorable, allowing him to organically make a name for himself on the beloved island and connect with audiences that stretch far beyond his backyard in the Caribbean.

"And Then is a body of work I am very proud of and it comes at a time where I am embarking into a new chapter," Martin states. "I have a newly born son and new music at the same time and that is a very special thing."





Chrisinti says yes to life

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Chrisinti, the Jamaican born veteran singer and songwriter has released his long-awaited third studio album Say Yes To Life. The first single from the album is the title track "Say Yes To Life" with a life-affirming message over an upbeat one-drop reggae rhythm. Released on his own Chrisinti Music label, the album features previously released singles and new music including the hit "Stay" (Rihanna cover) and features guest artistes including Gentleman, Jah Mason, Nesbeth and Jahranimo. The album released on February 15, 2019 and is distributed by Tuff Gong International.

Album Track List:

1. Intro

2. Say Yes To Life

3. By Any Means

4. Why Must This War Be

5. Stay

6. Struggle and Faith (featuring Gentleman)

7. Heart Of A Champion

8. Little Torch

9. From The Dust

10. Up, Up, Up (featuring Jah Mason)

11. Somewhere (featuring Jahranimo)

12. Celebrate

13. How Come (featuring Nesbeth)





Pamputtae says God always throws her the rope

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pamputtae.jpgSo all of the haters who are waiting to see Pamputtae sink, please be advised that she has an anchor.

In a recent IG post, she said: Some of y'all still waiting to see me sink in the sand but God loves me too much he always throws me the rope 🙏

👏SEXY SINGLE MOTHER

The Single Mother singer is moving on with her life and is not interested in any drama. She recently had to defend herself after she was accused of lying on Beenie Man, when she said that he attempted to assault her at a studio because she hailed up everybody except him.

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Pumpkin Festival Saturday

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The Social Development Commission (SDC) and the Stony Hill Development Area Committee are partnering to host a Pumpkin Festival on March 30.

The event, which will be held at the Golden Spring Community Centre in St Andrew, starting at 10:00 am, will showcase the local economic initiatives of pumpkin farmers and individuals who are involved in agro processing, using pumpkin and its derivatives, the organisers say.

This will provide these individuals with an opportunity to promote diverse pumpkin products in surrounding communities.

A major feature of the festival will be a competition among the Stony Hill community development committees, where they will vie for the awards of 'Best Pumpkin Beverage', 'Best Confectionary', 'Best Preservatives', 'Best Baked Products' and 'Best Booth'.

Agencies and organisations, such as the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Jamaica Agricultural Society, HEART Trust/NTA, and COK Sodality Cooperative Credit Union, will also be showcasing their offerings to patrons.

For more information interested individuals may contact the SDC at 876-948-1194.





Best of the Best Pays Homage to 90s Dancehall

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Shabba Ranks, Super Cat Sharing the Same Stage for the First Time in US

best-of-the-best-concert-the-largest-caribbean-stage-show-in-north-america.jpgMiami, Florida (March 27, 2019). With much anticipation, Best of the Best Music Concert, (BOTB) has made their first announcement for their 13th annual staging. The premiere Caribbean summer concert returns to Bayfront Park, in Miami Florida. The promoters of Best of the Best Concert are pleased to announce a cast of some of reggae/dancehall and soca most electrifying artists for this year staging. Set to be held on Sunday May 26th, 2019 organizers have put together a historic line up paying tribute to 90s dancehall.

The long-running Memorial Day weekend - destination event, is brought to you by Rockers Island, XO Management, and co founder Steven 'Jabba' Beckford who are pleased to announce the release of their first announcement of artist on this years Best of the Best Music Fest.

"Every year we look to celebrate Caribbean music and this year is no different. We decided to carve out an era, which so many of us love and reminisce on all the time. This era was ground breaking for dancehall and reggae music in many ways and that is the 90s era. We had some of our biggest artist in dancehall during the 90s era many of them still reign today. Therefore, we decided to pay homage to 90s dancehall, with some of the hit makers of them time. Not to mention for the first time in America The Emperor Shabba Ranks and Don DaDa Super Cat will be sharing the same stage in the United States" says Steven 'Jabba' Beckford.

As one of the premier concerts for dancehall and reggae music outside of Jamaica and celebrating their 13th anniversary, on Monday March 25th, Best of the Best Music Concert made their first artist line up announcement. The lineup reflects a 90s theme with some of the newest sensation in dancehall like Noah Powa who had a stellar 2018. Noah Powa, who for many is known as a selector has embarked on a musical career, which is garnering a new fanbase with his relatable hits like, 'Keep the Same Energy', 'Feel it' and his recent collaboration with Grammy Award winner Shaggy 'Money Up'. Performing on the Best of the Best stage as an artist for the first time Noah Powa is definitely pleased with his career and acknowledgement by the promoters and fans.

"I have received a tremendous outpour of love and excitement from my fans since the announcement, and persons are messaging me letting me know they are looking forward to see my performance. It's a great feeling to know the work is finally paying off and I will be one of the acts on this mega stage show"says Noah Powa.

Confirmed are Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Bushman, Frisco Kid, General Degree, General B and Round Head, all artist have mega hits and anthems from the 90s, which brings forth an enjoyable recollection of the past when their songs are played or performed. The rareness of having all these acts on one concert bill, is something many fans are excited about and looking forward to.

"I recall living in Jamaica during the 90s and the stage show vibes were always so energetic and full of entertainment. An artist like Frisco Kid, who is still one of my favorite artist from that era, had so many hits from he enter the stage, I am looking forward to this show. Not to mention the Emperor and the Don DaDa Supercat on the same stage, history"says Alecia McKintosh of Tampa, Florida.

"Also a remarkable year for Soca music we had to book one of the three (3) road march winners of this year's Trinidad carnival, Skinny Fabulous out of St Vincent, with the big bad song Famalaay" says Steven 'Jabba' Beckford.

With another artist lineup slated for late April, Best of the Best promoters are pleased with the initial response to their announcement.

"For the past few months the Best of the Best office has received numerous emails and messages from patrons, many of whom purchased their early bird tickets without even knowing the lineup. Upon the release of the lineup we have definitely seen and increase in ticket sales and social media buzz, surrounding this show" says publicist for Best of the Best Ronnie Tomlinson.

For over a decade, Best of the Best Music Concert has developed a destination getaway to Miami for people from around the globe to enjoy; great company, music and live performances from some of the top artists of the Caribbean. Fans of BOTB not only enjoy a mega music festival on Sunday May 26, 2019, but they get an entire weekend dedicated to producing the "best" events during Miami Memorial Day weekend.

Tickets are currently on sale and flights are quite low right now to Miami right now, making this a good time to plan a getaway with your family and friends. For more information log onto

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us-supreme-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-nationwide.jpgNews have emerged out of the Cayman Islands that the country's Chief Justice in a landmark ruling has made same sex marriage legal.

According to a report from the Cayman COMPASS, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie this morning ruled that the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman was unconstitutional and violated multiple rights

Smellie ordered that the local law be changed to reflect that same-sex couples are allowed equal access to marriage as heterosexual couples.

His ruling followed a petition by Caymanian Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush.

Day and Bodden Bush is said to have brought a joint judicial review and constitutional challenge after the government refused the couple's application to marry in April last year.

Around 80 people were present in the courtroom for the ruling, with many applauding after the chief justice issued his ruling.





Hymn Marley releases new single

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"Since you've been gone

I just can't sleep at night

Since you've been gone

my heart just don't beat right"

Based on its lyrics, singer/songwriter Stephan "HYMN" Marley's new single "Since You've Been Gone" should be a reflection on loss and heartbreak- but the rhythmic lilt of the melody gives the track a vibe that makes it a contender for a spot on any Spring Bop playlist!

The debut release on Marley's own HYMNtertainment label (distributed worldwide by Tuff Gong International), "Since You've Been Gone" is streaming now on all digital platforms. The official video will premiere will be Monday April 1st on the Vue-Me app









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riddim-stream.pngGRAMMY Award Winning Morgan Heritage and
Multi-Award Winning Nigerian Star Patoranking

morgan-heritage-and-patoranking.jpgMorgan Heritage and Patoranking Share Behind The Scenes from "Pay Attention" Official Video

Worldwide (MPR Consulting) - As GRAMMY awards-winning siblings Morgan Heritage keep making history with remarkable various endeavors, their latest offering is a sensuous ode to the ladies featuring Multi-award winning, billboard charting Nigerian star Patoranking.

French philosopher and political activist Simone Weil was once quoted with saying "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity", and with those wise words, Africa and Jamaica have band together and intertwined on an emotional single titled "Pay Attention". The latter is the official second single from the highly anticipated Spring 2019 new Morgan Heritage album. "We've been working on the new album for almost 2 years and since setting up our roots in Kenya, we long looked forward to filming a music video there and knew it would take place on this new album. We didn't know it would be for a song so emotional that speaks to men and women around the world, who have been through one thing or the next trying to maintain a healthy relationship. Which can easily be lost because we just simply didn't Pay Attention" Mojo Morgan explained, with Gramps Morgan chiming in "Patoranking has been an artist we've been following and have loved the progress he's made in his career over the last 5 years. So while vibing to the track, we knew Pato was the perfect fit. As the songs captures the perfect blend between dancehall music from Jamaica and the Afro-beat sounds from Africa taking the world by storm."

It was an all around labor of love for all the artists involved who have each in their own right gained worldwide success on their own merit, and to unite on the track was a humble experience, "It's truly an honor when we can work with our peers in the music industry around the world and see their professionally first hand. Though he has become a giant of an artist in Nigeria, Pato is extremely humble and while filming the video in Nairobi, Kenya it would seem like we knew each other for years by the way we clicked. We are looking forward to sharing more music from our new album coming later this Spring and hope the world will love the musical journey we will be taking our fans on. Jah Bless!" - Peetah Morgan

"Sometimes we don't pay attention, To the little things that matter, And it's not that complicated.. Never really takes much to make things better.." Those sentimental lyrics from the passionate track have been paired with a catchy fused melody of Reggae/Dancehall and Afrobeat, and breathtaking visuals that have delivered a video to be released on March 20th, 2019.

Filmed in Nairobi and Masai Mara, Kenya, the video is giving viewers an insight into Brand Kenya and the Nairobi Experience. Directed by Jordan Hoechlin & Mojo Morgan with production for the video made possible by made possible by CTBC Music Group, Island Vibes Coconut Rum, Bonfire Adventures, Onyx Lounge, Tribe Hotel, Eden Mara Camp, Village Market, Mario Tours and Roya Entertainment, "Pay Attention" featured four elegant timeless beautiful models provided by an agency owned by supermodel by Ajuma Nasenyana.

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IRAWMA launch

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irawma-awards.jpgThe 37th staging of the Irawma awards will be held this year in Kingston at the world famous Jamaica Pegasus hotel on May 11, 2019. Minister Babsy Grange, who spoke at the launch, said it was most fitting that the event be held on that day as it is the anniversary of the passing of "reggae's biggest icon Bob Marley." She reflected that Bob's wish was to make his transition in Jamaica but while she was arranging to make that possible he succumbed to his illness.
Bob will be posthumously receiving the Special Emperor of Reggae and World Music Honor.

This year there are 40 categories of awards with the lead nominees being Shaggy, Sean Paul, and Koffee who is nominated for Best Female Vocalist, Best New Entertainer, Best Teen Entertainer and Most Promising Entertainer.
Rev. Jesse Jackson will be celebrated and given the Special Freedom Fighter Honor.
Also being honoured is Hon. Olivier 'Babsy' Grange who will be bestowed with Martin's International/IRAWMA Reggae/Jamaica person of the year.

Founder and President of the IRAWMA, Ephraim Martin states, " It is not just to honour the best of 2018 but to salute and honour some of reggae's foundation members".
To see the rest of the categories, nominees and help select the winners you can go online at www.irawma.com.





bujus-son-markus-asks-for-prayers-poses-with-his-father.jpgThings took a turn for the better in the Markus Myrie Buju Banton drama on Monday evening, when Markus uploaded a picture of himself and his father to his Insta Story and wrote an apology/explanation, in it telling the world that he loves his father and acknowledging his errors.

Markus, who had filed a report to the police last week, indicating that his father had assaulted him, has humbled himself and admitted that his actions were wrong. But he also noted that "when you love somebody, you tell them the truth regardless of the repercussion, for example, this ridiculous altercation."

"Your absence had nothing to do with prison and you know that," he declared in one of his posts.

"Many of you think you know the situation, but remember that he is my father, he is not yours. I ask you all to please keep the family in your prayers, as I will. I love you @bujuofficial."

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Oh what a party when Kartel is released

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgIt's been four days since Vybz Kartel made a post on social media. Hopefully, the self-proclaimed Worl Boss is just chilling out and is not sick.

Therefore, that means that he has not said anything about the Buju Long Walk To Freedom concert. It would be interesting to hear what he has to say.

But despite the success of that event, many are waiting on another concert. The freedom party which will be held when Addi is finally released from prison.

Actually, some feel that Gaza Nation alone can fill the stadium and it will not be so difficult for press people to get their accreditation and all else that they need to cover the event.

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Shenseea not here for the snide Rolex comments

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shenyeng-on-instagram-si-weh-hard-work-do-me-blessed-and-too-grateful-fi-roll-vex-now-me-a-get-rolex-and-big-cheques-thanks-rvssian.jpgRecently, Shenseea showed off the Rolex she received from Rvssian and immediately the trolls crawled out of hiding and began to suggest that she gave him favours in exchange for the watch. Well, some have even gone further and are sugggesting that Rvssian and Shenseea are now an item and that this has caused a rift in her relationship with Romiech.

SHENYENG on Instagram: "Si weh hard work do!? ❄️❄️❄️ me BLESSED and too GRATEFUL fi roll vex, now me a get rolex and big cheques 🤑 thanks @rvssian 😄"





Notnice in car accident

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road-accident.jpgProducer Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris was shaken up but largely unhurt in a motor vehicle accident that occurred along Perkins Boulevard in St Andrew on Thursday afternoon. However, he has so far not mentioned this on social media, as he does everything else.The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) information arm, confirmed the collision, and said a "police service vehicle, a bike man and a BMW were involved" in the crash.

A source reported that, "He (Notnice) went to the doctor and then went home. He is okay, but the BMW wheel tear off, as the bike man ran into it."

Eyewitnesses said the police service vehicle was also damaged in the collision.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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Buju's son Markus cusses him off on Instagram

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

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

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

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

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





Fans tell Khago to take down video with child

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

Solid Agency on Instagram: "Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium..."

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

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Munga flies again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Squash ready for show on March 29

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

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

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

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

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

He was released on January 30.

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KARTEL THANKS POLICE STAFF, DOCTORS, NURSES

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

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





I-THREE STEAL SPOTLIGHT AT JARIA AWARDS SHOW

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Fan says she has no more respect for Rebel

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

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

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

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

You're a disgrace as a da

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

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





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

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





Tony Rebel's daughter talk up more tings

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

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

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

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

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

#EXILEDPHARAOH👑MANOFGOD on Instagram: "RESPECT ELDERS YES #BUT #FI #WAH? A NO UNUH START #DANCEHALL and #DANCEHALL no stop a unuh. ALL WHEN UNUH DEAD AND GONE DANCEHALL STILL A..."





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

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

lovelyred357

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

mackadiamond1

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

lovelyred357

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

mackadiamond1

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

lovelyred357

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

mackadiamond1

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

mackadiamond1

Same here a place of love

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





Asafa shows more pics from his wedding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOX 5 does feature on Kartel

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Flourgon gets go-ahead to sue Miley Cyrus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Blue plaque for Bob Marley's London house

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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Stephen Marley off on US tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEPHEN "RAGGA" MARLEY - 2019 ACOUSTIC JAMS TOUR DATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Buju Banton keeps on uploading sexy pics

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

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

addeawallace

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

shelly_ri_moreno

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

kabakastone

We wann Gargamel !!!!!!!! ✌🏾🙌🏿

love_life_ze

💓💓💓

snaggabless

oh baby

maisumnegoo

👏👏👏

bettyboo1313

Bless up! 😊

brownskin_34

❤️❤️🙏🙏❤️❤️

empressfootwear

@empressshiza 🤩🤩🤩

liyah_boss26

Yessss ♥️😍😘💯🔥

empressfootwear

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

writebytes

🖤🖤🖤

storm_1922

Love you buju 😘

tapermeupg

Welcome home King

marie0270

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

logansgiftsandpartyplanet

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

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Miss Lou to be honoured at Poet In Motion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Reggae on the River co-founder passes away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





LIFESPAN SPRING WATER DABBLES IN DANCEHALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Shaggy to join cast of American Idol

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

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

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

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

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





Sub 10 King Asafa weds his model fiancee

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





More dates for Buju's Caribbean tour unveiled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Govana Embarks On 13-City European Tour

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

Shaggy also took to social media to say thanks.

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Red Fox shows love for Reggae in new single

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





New album from Shaggy to be released in May

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

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

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

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

Shaggy Wah Gwaan?! Track List

1. "Ketch Mi Up"

2. "Friends" (feat. Gene Noble)

3. "You" (feat. Alexander Stewart)

4. "Praise"

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

6. "Wrong Room"

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

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

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

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Marleys absent again from Bob's Bash at the museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Singer Bunny Brown has died

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

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

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

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

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





Sean Paul teams up with Rita Ora for new single

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

The collab is titled 'Call On Me'.

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

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

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

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

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

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





Culture Ministry sponsors Reggae Films In The Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Elephant Man's house searched by cops

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

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

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

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

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

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





Shaggy to host Grammy Premiere Ceremony

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

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

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

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





Buju to perform at Summerjam in Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Busy Signal Sunshine Snacks first brand ambassador

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

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

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

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

The dancehall artiste is equally excited about the venture.





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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James Ingram dead at 66

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

Media reports suggest he had brain cancer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In recent years, he had not been prolific.





Neanderthals were more like Bolt, says study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





List of Grammy winners is fake, says officials

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

But the Grammy Committee says the list is not real.

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

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

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





One year after stroke, Gary Chucks walks again

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

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

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

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





Gully Bop says he's still along with Shauna Chyn

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

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

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

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





Julian Marley drops new album 'As I Am'

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Kartel co-accused guilty of gun crimes

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

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

Kahira Jones is set to be sentenced on February 22.

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Alaine releases new gospel single Better Life

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

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

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





Jack Radics for Stars R Us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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





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





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





No line-up revealed at Buju's concert launch

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





Fans send love as Buju Banton posts new picture

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

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





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




Rebel Salute's Herb Curb just got even better

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

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

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

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

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

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





Buju Banton launches foundation

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

vershonmusic

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

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

So I'm gonna start by saying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

Michelle Downer on Instagram: "Nuh Trust Dem!"

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

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

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





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

Watch carefully as you read these comments :

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


😢😢😢😢😢

jyngeregnyj

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

nikkirona_clarke

😂😂😂😂😂

welshy_wish

😂😂😂

amoy119

Every gal want a piece a spice! Boom!

0mallia

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

kenisarobin

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

island_girl_tee21

Mi stress out🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

winsome.martin

Whoiiiiii a cah laugh 😂😂😂😂😂

shaznii__

Straight out the old age home

_respectmycurves_

Come gwoop!

mesheck_today

@skkanme thief in the night

mesheck_today

Ugly

domzphotography

Somebody caa box har dung 😒

_kimmone

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

mseanique__

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

call_me_roxi

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

sassymama_sil

@dellano007 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

erfman69

Dwl

ricksmediagroup

Mouth look soft 😂😂 go sit down lady

fullyjamaican

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

sham_balla

👀👀👀👀

_badgalshelly

But who tf is she

freshlysqueezed_sunshine

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

im_melanin_876

@skkanme some homeless chick from NY🤦‍♀️

GULLY BOP EX AMARI HAS A MESSAGE FOR SPICE





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Bartlett praises the late Walt Crooks

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

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

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

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

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

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





Rihanna's Reggae album 'R9' on the horizon

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

The 9th studio album will reportedly be titled R9.

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

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

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





Grammy voting session to close soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

His adoring fans were only too willing to tell him:

Check out a few of the comments below

zosa_naturalCleansing and sanctification

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

sexygaljayCleansing the spirit

chillibibbiWashing off that American blight!

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

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

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

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Tickets selling fast for Buju's Barbados show

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

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

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

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

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





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

Her is what they had to say:

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

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

"Mi like di miss lou look @mslegendary"

ISHAWNA on Instagram: "About to go stuff my face😝😋 #MerryChristmas"

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Kabaka Pyramid live at Barbican Beach Friday

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Tommy Lee to sue government for $20-MILLION

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

@aidonia4thgenna on Instagram: "OUT NOW!"

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

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

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

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

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





Popcaan officially a OVO artiste

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

876GUD on Instagram: "Killy them outside"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All battymsn fi get boom

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

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

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

The message was already sent and received.

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

Go fight the Bible and ask it to apologize .

What is done, is done and can not be erased

No apologies.

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

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

Bumby fi all a dem an more

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

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

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

Land FISH guh suck out unuh mumma

Fuck barbados

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





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