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Eve spills on Nicki Minaj's racy Paper cover

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

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

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

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

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

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Continuing, "As I've gotten older ... I'd just rather be a voice that's uplifting... I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off ... For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It's not my thing. I just don't think it's right. Personally. Period. That's it."

Nicki's devoted fan base immediately took to Twitter to defend the Queen of the Barbs, claiming Eve's judgmental stance was hypocritical.

"Eve is full of s--t. Instead of shaming Nicki Minaj for owning her sexuality as a GROWN woman she could have used that opportunity to talk more about the success of a fellow Black female rapper."





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Bugle releases 40-track compilation Spontaneous

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bugle-photo-3.jpgHaving a surfeit of tracks namely Boom Box, Cherish Life, Real Survivor and Live Love Laugh, the latter featuring Popcaan enjoying premium rotation across the diaspora. Reggae crooner Bugle has been in the studio working assiduously concocting a new mixtape to capitalize even further on this upsurge.

The project titled 'Spontaneous' is a collective of 40-tracks spanning both the Reggae and Dancehall genres with guest appearances from An9ted Entertainment affiliates Alexx A-Game and Samboni while production credits come courtesy of noted producer and disc jock Razz Attack.

Alluding to the compilation Bugle says, though he would love to give all his fans a copy of the 'Be Yourself' album, it's not financially feasible but also in the same vein he doesn't want to leave them empty-handed, hence the creation of a mixtape.

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It's Goosebumps from former ARP member Mitch

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mitch.jpgArmed with a new single, new management and a renewed focus and strategy, Roger Mitchell is once again fully ready to claim his musical space, with the release of his recent single, Goosebumps, an upbeat collaboration with artiste Dolla Coin.

Working harmoniously with Emperor Productions, this singer-songwriter, whose style has been described as "melodious and edgy", blends these elements nicely into Goosebumps, making it a truly infectious single. Noting that the collab has been receiving rave feedback, both from radio and in the streets, the artiste revealed that an accompanying music video is in the works, along with another soon-to-be-released single.

This former member of the now defunct but popular reggae group, ARP, found fame with the outfit in the late nineties into early 2000, and even after ARP disbanded, he continued singing. Better known to his fans simply as Mitch, he explains that this is the name he still uses for his solo career.

"Mitch will always be Mitch and of course, some people will continue to say 'Mitch from ARP', but that just shows the power of the group," he says candidly.

Although to some it may seem that Mitch had taken a hiatus from the music scene, he was quick to point out that this was not so.

"Believe it or not I have always been doing music...never stopped. I have been voicing for various producers and getting a lot of promises, but the truth is that nothing happens before the right time and I believe that the time is now," he declared, acknowledging the exceptional efforts of his "family" at Emperor Productions to ensure that everything falls into place.

Not surprisingly, in the last five years Mitch has been frequenting Europe and he has spent extended periods on that continent, in particular, Denmark, where he had been working on an album project with talented Danish producers Søren "Pharfar" Schou and Adi 'Jahdil' Nadri at Food Palace Music in Copenhagen.

His third album, Lucky, was released on November 25 last year on Danish label, Icedrop Records and it is available on all digital platforms. According to Mitch, Lucky is an intoxicating mix of Reggae, Jazz Funk and African beats.

"Pharfar is the same producer who worked with late Danish reggae singer Natasja Saad, and it was really a great experience doing this album with him and Jahdil," Mitch explained.

Sorry, the first single from the 11-track album, is described as a "warm and sizzling reggae version of Justin Bieber's original" with the video being shot in Old Harbour.

According to their bio, it was in 1998 that ARP released the classic 'I Want Your Body', which established the group. A series of noteworthy hits followed including, 'Return Of The Mac', 'Girls Dem Cry', 'Song For Mama', 'Really Want You', 'The Girl Dem Want', a cover version of K-Ci And JoJo's 'All My Life', and a team up with Patra on 'True Love'. ARP also enjoyed particular success in the dancehall with, 'Di Gal Dem Want' and in combination with U.T. Dread 'Youths Dem Play', riding the 'Cloak & Dagger' rhythm. In 1999, the band joined Penthouse Records where they released 'Temple Of The Lord' and worked on an album with producer Donovan Germain.





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBob Marley's Get Up, Stand Up is the theme song for Optimist International Caribbean District's (OICD) anti-bullying human rights campaign.

The campaign -- expected to run from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 -- was launched at the Junior Optimist International Caribbean Summit at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last weekend.

In making the announcement, OICD Governor Calvin A Hunter said permission was granted for the Optimist Club to use the song free of cost by Marley's daughter Cedella Marley, who declared the initiative to be a "great one".

Hunter said the song was selected because the words would serve as an inspiration for those being bullied and who have a sense of hopelessness.

"We want to encourage young people across the Caribbean to become social advocates around human rights, with a focus on fighting discrimination and bullying that often take place within our schools," said Hunter.

Marley died in May 1981. He was 36.





aidonia-photo-7.jpgCollaborating with award-winning music producer Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor throughout the years has proven to be a successful formula for high riding deejay Aidonia. Aside from a plethora of hits, 'Fi Di Jockey', one of their last effort continues to infiltrate various markets across the globe amassing over 15 million views online in the process, making it one of the 4th Genna recording artiste most bankable projects.

Come the last quarter of 2017, the two have joined forces again for an upcoming project titled 'Set Fi Di Backshot'. Produced on 'Di Genius Records' imprint the single is an infectious anthem geared towards the female populace and slated for release in the days ahead.

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According to Aidonia, "Stephen and I have always had good musical chemistry over the years, so collaborating on this new project is just a natural vibe."

Meanwhile, over the weekend the 'Banga' hitmaker along with label-mate Govana invaded the Ocean Village car park in Ocho Rios for the 2017 staging of 'Xcess' unravelling hits such as 'Yeah Yeah', Gyal Clown, Hot Tool, Shallow Grung, Run Road among others as they delivered another fiery performance to the large gathering on hand.

Govana is currently working on his upcoming EP while Aidonia continues work on his debut album. Both projects are still untitled.

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sean-paul-and-chi-ching-ching.jpgChin Ching Ching is grateful to Sean Paul and he's letting everyone know it.

The artiste, who is signed to Popcaan's Unruly label, publicly thanked Sean Paul on social media this week. This is what the "Roast or Fry (Breadfruit)" singer said:

"Locking the shows and stocking mah [doughs] Dem a ask for more," Ching captioned a photo with the "No Lie" hit maker. "[Sean Paul] thanks for the opportunity you gave me to showcase my talent, i [been] to [countries] I never [knew] i would ever go," he added.

There have been rumours of a fallout with the so-called Unruly Boss, Popcaan.

Ching, who is currently on tour with Sean Paul, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share his gratitude for everything the international recording artiste has done for his career, showcasing his talent to the world.





"Carry On" featuring Romain Virgo,

Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx

& Sherieta Lewis

Produced by Dean Fraser, Sean Diedrick & Sherieta Lewis

for DownSound Records. Written by Sherieta Lewis & Sean Diedrick

"Carry On" Official Song of Caribbean Love Now Campaign (2)





New appeal date for Vybz Kartel

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgKartel's appeal hearing was scheduled for February 19, 2018.

However, following a case management hearing last Tuesday, his attorneys have requested more time to prepare the appeal.

According to reports, Kartel will have to wait five months more, until July 2018... that's when hearing for the appeal against his life sentence will happen.

The matter will be heard over three weeks

Vybz Kartel aka Di Teacha was convicted along with Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. They were given life sentences.





Ninjaman is NOT dead; death rumours 'disturbing'

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ninja-man-photo-8.jpgControversial veteran deejay Desmond 'Ninjaman' Ballentyne is very much alive.

Tuesday evening, social media erupted with reports that the much-loved deejay had died, sending fans both at home and abroad into a frenzy.

Attempts to contact the CCU regarding Ninja's supposed death proved futile, but his attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson subsequent announced that her client is "alive and well".

Well, however, is relative, as the deejay was recently diagnosed with heart problems and need immediate surgery.

Wednesday morning, Ninjaman's spouse is reported as saying that while the deejay was in good spirits, the false rumours of his death are "disturbing".





Former Miss Jamaica Universe Trudi Ferguson has died

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trudi.jpgFerguson, who won the Miss Jamaica Universe crown in 1996, died Friday after a battle with breast cancer.

Miss Universe Jamaica made the announcement via Facebook on Saturday, on the same day pageant organisers sent current title holder Davina Bennett off to Las Vegas, Nevada to represent the island in the Miss Universe contest.

"Although we are extremely excited to have sent Miss Universe Jamaica to Las Vegas, in the same breath we are extremely saddened by the passing of Miss Jamaica Universe 1996 Trudi Ferguson. Our heart and prayers go out to her friends and family," the pageant organisers wrote on Facebook.

There have been an outpouring of tributes to Ferguson on social media since news broke of her passing.





Dancehall artiste Unicorn shot and killed

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unicorn-photo-1.jpgPopular Dancehall artiste Unicorn was reportedly shot and killed by gunmen on Sunday afternoon while visiting relatives in the war torn Maxfield are of Kingston..

Reports are are that about 3:40 p.m., the police responded to information about gunshots heard in the vicinity of Crescent Road, off Maxfield Avenue. Upon their arrival, the police reportedly saw Unycorn, whose real name was Donovan McMurray, lying on his back in a pool of blood. He appeared to have a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A grey Toyota Rav4 was reportedly seen in the middle of the road with the left front door and the trunk opened.

Unycorn was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Unycorn's mother, Delevan Barrett-Daley, told one news outlet that her son had gone to visit relatives in the area when the incident occurred.

Since the incident, several persons have taken to social media to offer their condolences.

Among them was Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond with whom Unycorn did the popular collab (Hol' You Pillow And) Think Bout Mi'. Unycorn has also written several hit songs for other artistes.





grace-jones-interview-photo-1.jpgLegendary Jamaican-American singer Grace Jones is known for her quirkiness, and she didn't disappoint during a madcap appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.

The superstar, 69, stunned the presenter when she suddenly leaped on to his desk, pretending to be a cat.

A wary Jonathan said he had been warned about Grace as an interviewee adding he was 'scared' of what the iconic performer would do.

He then asked her what people expect of her and she replied: 'I do the opposite of what everyone expect... They expect me to crawl on the table and do this.'

She then growled and playfully swiped at the host, appearing to imitate the infamous moment from a 1980 interview with Russell Harty where she slapped him live on air.

Jonathan laughed as Grace crawled around on the desk, before jumping back down on to the couch.

She then clutched her heart joking that it was 'too much' for her adding: 'I can't do that all the time I'm a grandmother now.'

The host responded: 'How do you think I feel, I nearly s*** myself.'

Viewers watching the ITV chat show at home were thrilled at the spontaneous moment, with one saying: 'Grace Jones being utterly incredible within 10 seconds.'

'Not listening to a word that is being said, just watching Grace Jones almost having a cardiac arrest on the sofa,' said a second.

Another viewer commented on the singer's appearance adding: 'Grace Jones defies the ageing process. She looks magnificent for a lady of senior years. Respect Mrs Jones.'





Vybz Kartel shows off cute daughter he has never met

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgSelf-proclaimed "Worl Boss" has so many kids he's never met a few before.

The incarcerated Dancehall superstar took to social media earlier this week to share a photo of his second daughter who he says he's never met before due to his lengthly prison sentence.

While its still unclear about her name and age or her mother, the "Fever" deejay uploaded a photo to his Instagram account.

"My 2nd daughter.. Never met before.. Hope fi see yuh soon", he wrote. Sources close to Vybz Kartel recently told the Tropixs that he'll be spending more time with his family if released from prison next year.

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Ray J signs $31 million deal

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American singer and reality TV personality, Ray J signed a $31 million deal to launch his Raycon electronics transportation brand with Cowboy Wholesale, which is one of the leading distributor based in New York City.

Reportedly, Ray J will be taking an active role in the newly formed partnership, overseeing marketing and global branding strategies.

The deal was paid in the form of equity and cash, according to a press release.





nicki-minaj-brother.jpgJelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, has been found guilty of predatory sexual assault.

Maraj, 38, was on trial for raping an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions at his Long Island home. He was charged with the crime in 2015 and found guilty at Nassau County court, New York, this week. Maraj faces the potential of 25 years to life in prison.

Neither Maraj nor his sister, whose birth name is Onika Tanya Maraj, testified in the trial. The child, now 14, and her younger brother testified. The defence lawyer claimed the allegations were fabricated by the child's mother in order to extort $25m (£19m) from Nicki Minaj.

James R Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand a $25m legal settlement from Jelani Maraj after he had been arrested, but said the girl's mother was unaware of the demand.

"She was never involved as far as what we did," Ray III testified. The woman later fired him as her attorney.

Maraj is set to be sentenced on 14 December. His lawyer has said he will appeal the judgment.





chris-brown-tidal-2017-billboard-1548.jpgChris Brown's latest studio album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, has debuted at number one on Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B chart and number three on the Billboard 200.

This makes Brown's seventh album to hit number one in his career.

In addition to peaking on the charts, Brown revealed on Instagram that his album is now certified gold.

The 45-track album was release on October 31.

Heartbreak on a Full Moon features a stack of ballads and dance anthems, with special appearances from R. Kelly, Jhene Aiko, Usher, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Future and many more.





Judge orders jail time for rapper Meek Mill

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meek-mill.jpgRapper Meek Mill has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.

Meek was jailed in 2008 on drug dealing and gun charges.

He's been on probation ever since and was arrested in March after a fight in an airport and again in August for reckless driving, but both charges were dropped.

However, a judge said both arrests were a breach of his probation.

Prosecutors also provided evidence of failed drugs tests.

Jay-Z, who's Roc Nation company represents Meek Mill, called his punishment unjust and heavy handed.

His colleagues in the industry have all taken to social media to offer words of support to the Philadelphia native.





Beres, J Boog join JAMATHON; new venue announced

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beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgj-boog.jpgBeres Hammond and J Boog have just been added to this once-in-a-lifetime line-up!

"Beres Hammond is one the greatest performers of our time. He is a global superstar and the perfect addition to our epic line-up.

With Beres joining Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, we are adding even more power and purpose to what is going to be the most important event for Jamaican music in decades," said Joe Bogdanovich founder of Caribbean Love Now.

He noted that the change in venue was only made possible with the support of the Hon Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. "There is no doubt that Minister Grange has a very sharp instinct for kind of work we want to do with Caribbean Love Now and the impact this concert event can have globally. We appreciate her contribution in helping to make this happen," Mr Bogdanovich said.

Beres HammondThis benefit concert, was organized to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean. The artistes are generously donating their time and talent to help the cause.

The concert is on Wednesday, November 22 from 7pm to 11pm (Jamaican time) and is produced by Caribbean Love Now.

International touring sensation from Hawaii, J Boog from Hawaii, has just been added to the line-up. He will be fresh off the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise and will come to Jamaican to support the cause.

Physical tickets will be available at Jamaican outlets in a few days.

"The line up can only be described as magical. There is never going to be another night where all these performers share the same stage. I am deeply grateful that not only have the artists answered the call but by doing so they prove that the Caribbean takes care our own," said Mr. Bogdanovich.

Reggae fans around the world who want to participate can enjoy the full concert Livestreamed on the Reggae Sumfest YouTube Channel plus it will be televised on Caribbean TV.

The confirmed list of performers are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Beres Hammond, Blvk H3ro; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons; Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; J-Boog, Jesse Royal; Kevin Downswell, Naomi Cowan; Nesbeth; Protoje; Raging Fyah; Romain Virgo; Sean Paul and Chi-Ching Ching; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Tarrus Riley, Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta; Toots & The Maytals; and Vegas.





jimmy-cliff-photo-2.jpgDr. Jimmy Cliff is nominated for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Mariah Carey, the Isley Brothers, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall.

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff is renowned for a slew of hits such as "Many Rivers to Cross", "You Can Get It If You Really Want", "The Harder They Come", and "Reggae Night."

Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 14, 2018.





grace-jones.jpgMusician, actress and model Grace Jones has revealed she was sexually harassed when she landed her first big acting role, a report by CNN stated..

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, Jones, who was born in Jamaica, said the unnamed producer on the Ossie Davis-directed film asked her to bring her portfolio to his house so that he could make a final call on her casting.

"He (the producer) poured some champagne, he was in his bathrobe and of course, took me to a room ... it was his bedroom," Jones said.

"So with the champagne, even then at that young age ... I threw it in his face and walked out the door."

The 69-year-old's account comes in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. Dozens of women have accused Harvey Weinsten of sexual harassment and police are investigating assault claims. Weinstein has apologized for his behavior, but he denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Jones said that for alleged perpetrators of sexual assault, "it's a power thing."

The "Slave to the Rhythm" hit-maker added that people at the beginning of their careers are especially exposed.

"It's really difficult call because when you're in that position, you're so vulnerable, you're so nervous," she said.

"You want this break so badly because you've been banging away at the pavement, probably longer than others and you finally think 'I've made it to the big time, this is my way, the door is open' and now you have a monster to confront."





Usain Bolt and Yendi team up for Mumm champagne ad

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yendi-bolt-ghmumm.jpgIt's a celebration when the Track Legend Usain Bolt, and Beauty Queen Yendi Phillipps team up! Recently they teamed up with French Champagne producer GH Mumm for their latest campaign. With a tag line, "Celebrate Your Next Victory", the two star in a Commercial promoting the popular Champagne. Featuring a lot of dance moves, EDM, and transitions from the party to the track, this looked like it was a fun shoot for them all. The retired Track Star sure loves his role as the Chief Entertainment Officer. You might need a well tailored suit to watch this one. Watch the clip below.





popcaan-photo-6.jpgThe Unruly Boss, Popcaan is clearly not having anything to do with unruly Chi Ching and he made this very clear over the weekend, thus giving life to the rumours that there is a problem between Ching and Popcaan. In 2015, Popcaan signed Ching to his Unruly label and the two developed a close friendship since then.

People have been saying for months that there is an issue between the two, especially since Sean Paul took Ching on tour and the long tongue Foota Hype stirred up trouble by calling out Popcaan for not doing the same for Ching, who, up until then was a prominent member of the Unruly camp.

chi-ching-ching.jpgWell, last weekend, one of Popcaan's right hand men, Petro Unruly posted a photo on Instagram and captioned it "#CrazyCrazy #Outside." Chi Ching Ching commented on the photo with a simple tick emoji and that sent Popcaan into overdrive.

He commented: "[Petro Unruly] tell some wanna be unruly don't nuff up ina real unruly business."

Wannabe Unruly versus Real Unruly...what the hell is that all about? Aren't all Unrulys equal? Obviously not. And to top it all, in a move which some see as "petty" Popcaan also un-followed Ching on Instagram





tifa-photo-1.jpgPlease note that Tifa is not getting into a war of words or a battle or anything like that with Shenseea. She really just wants to set the record straight.

Shenseea signed a deal with Campari as brand ambassador for the Caribbean region and her manager Romeich ruffled feathers stating via Instagram; "3 major deals in one year, first ever female artist to do that."

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Well, Tifa rebuffed that comment on her Instagram page where she highlighted her many endorsement deals while stating that it has been done before.

So too did D'Angel who hinted in a post that people should know their history. D'Angel has since deleted her post.

Shenseea is also the brand ambassador for Flow and Pepsi.





bob-marley-photo-6.jpgThe late king of reggae Bob Marley is featured on Forbes Magazine's list of top-earning dead celebrities.

Marley secured the number five spot after earning US$23 million.

The "Redemption Song" singer is boosted by sustainability-focused House of Marley audio products and the Marley Beverage Company.

Topping the list for the fifth straight year is the "King Of Pop" Michael Jackson.

Eight years after his death, Jackson is still rolling in big bucks, cashing in 75 million US dollars.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer is the second-highest earner. He brought in 40 million in part through sales of Arizona lemonade and ice tea beverage made in his name.

Palmer is followed by Charles Schulz. The creator of the "Peanuts" franchise made $38 million. While Elvis Presley comes in fourth with $35 million.





wendy-williams.jpgWhile addressing her audience on Halloween, Williams -- dressed as the Statue of Liberty -- was about to kick off her show's annual costume contest when she froze mid-sentence and looked wide-eyed into the camera.

"Let's get started," she said as her speech started to slow before pausing completely, stumbling backwards and ultimately collapsing to the floor. Clips from the moment, which immediately were shared on Twitter by concerned fans, show crew members rush onto the stage as the show faded to black.

Following a lengthy commercial break and several minutes of confusion online, Williams appeared back on her show to address the scary incident.

"That was not a stunt," she said. "I overheated in my costume and I passed out. I am a champ and I am back."

Fans urged the talk show host to seek medical attention for the incident, despite her appearing healthy when the show returned from the commercial break.





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgTarrus Riley, has pledged his support for Caribbean Love Now, and has confirmed that he will perform at JAMATHON, the benefit concert to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean, including Dominica which is reported to be 95% devastated after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Riley, who accompanied investor Joe Bogdanovich and a team to Dominica, Antigua and Anguilla gained a first-hand view of the after effects of the hurricanes and says that he was shocked at the level of devastation. "Gilbert hit Jamaica as a category three and we struggled to bounce back. What these people are going through is far from our imagination, so we have to reach out and help," he said.

During the trip, Riley said he was moved by the warm welcome people on each island extended the team, and their appreciation of the interest shown in their welfare. "That says to me that music is a big part of the solution. If we can ease souls and raise money to help these islands, then we will have become our brothers' and sisters' keepers," he said.

Riley joins several of Jamaica's best-loved reggae and dancehall stars who have all waived their performance fee for Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, which takes place Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at The Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica.

The other performers confirmed are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Blvk H3ro; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons; Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; Jesse Royal; Naomi Cowan, Nesbeth; Raging Fyah; Richie Spice; Romain Virgo; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta, Toots Hibbert and Vegas. An All-Star band led by Dean Fraser will back all performances. The show will be hosted Tommy Cowan. Additions to the lineup will be announced soon as more artists join the campaign.

Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON is presented with the initial support of Jamaica Tourist Board; RJR Communications Group; Downsound Entertainment; Red Stripe; Flow; Hardware & Lumber; H&L Rapid True Value; H&L Agro; Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records; Franjam KLE; Parkland Industrial Co.; R Hotel; and Argyle Industries.

The cost of tickets are: General Admission, J$1000; VIP, J$3000, and VVIP, J$6000. Tickets will be available at Fontana Pharmacy; York Pharmacy; H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores.

Proceeds from the money raised by Caribbean Love Now will go directly to the people and countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Fans across the world will be able to experience Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON via live stream on YouTube at the Reggae Sumfest Live Streaming & Video channel. An online donation site will be announced shortly through which global contributions will be accepted.





Wayde van Niekerk marries his 'dream girl'

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wayde-van-nierkerk-and-wife-chesney.jpgThe golden boy of South African and world athletics, Wayde van Niekerk, has married his fiancé Chesney Campbell in a ceremony held last weekend.

Van Niekerk, the Olympic 400m gold medal winner and world record holder in 2016 as well as 400m gold medal winner at the IAAF World Championships this year, posted a picture on Twitter of the couple at their marriage.

The South African athletics star took to Twitter and Instagram to share the good news on Sunday morning.

He said: "Can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you @Neshney. So blessed to start this next adventure with the girl of my dreams! I love you!"

The 400m Olympic gold medalist popped the question last year during December and posted a video on Instagram captioning it, "She said yes", showing a ring on Campbell's finger.





Rvssian produces new Vybz Kartel single, Kremlin

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgVybz Kartel has teamed up with internationally acclaimed producer Rvssian for his latest single "Kremlin" featured on Head Concussion Records's new "Moscow Riddim".

This marks Vybz Kartel and Rvssian's second project for the year after previously releasing "Highest Level."

"Kahira get a almanac, bet unno say Adidja a / A go run the place all when me .50, what a caliber / Higher than the Dutch inna the coffee shop / So me trick the trickster with the dove inna the magic hat Huh, see say dem a copy cat / A no nothing that me a the prototype, the quintessential," The self-proclaimed "Worl Boss" deejays.

"How yo mean mi naan voice for Rvssian / Yow Tarik yo hear the pu**y them," Kartel says in the intro while laughing.





cardi-b-offset.jpgOn Sunday, Bronx Rapper Cardi B showed off her huge 8-carat, pear shaped engagement ring while listening to Vanessa Bling's 2012 smash hit single Everything Fi Hold Him. She was celebrating her recent engagement to Migos member Offset.

Playing Vanessa Bling's song gave the Dancehall artiste a huge endorsement as Cardi uploaded the video to her Instagram story for her over 12 million followers to view on the social media-sharing application.

Bling has since reacted to the endorsement, "[Cardi B] congrats hun, you always support my music," she wrote. "You have everything fi hold him everything fi own him You goodgood weh a control him everynite eno."

Cardi B is a big fan of Dancehall music and frequently endorses some of the genres biggest acts including Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, Spice, Konshens and Popcaan.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgIn a recent interview on OnStage, self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man says Lady Saw remains Queen of Dancehall and that Spice doesn't have the accolades to claim that title. After all, how can anyone be the Queen of Dancehall without putting out even one album, without having a big international collaboratiobn; without having even one song on the Billboard chart?

"The Queen of Dancehall, Marion Hall is baptised, so i am here to see the next queen to come," he said.

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When quizzed about Spice getting the title, Beenie Man stated quite frankly that although Spice had upped her game and seemed poised to claim the throne, that's not how you become a queen.

"If yuh guh tek Lady Saw crown, you affi do weh Lady Saw do! no disrespect," Beenie said. "You can't do less work" and expect to claim the title. Beenie however agreed that Spice is now the queen-in-waiting. But, Spice could be w-a-i-t-i-n-g-f-o-r-a-v-e-r-y-l-o-n-g-t-i-m-e. Let's hope not.

And, of course, Predictable Grace (S-P-I-C-E) reacted in her usual hostile manner to constructive criticism.





Mhm Hm! Kartel drops new music video

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgJailed Dancehall star Vybz Kartel releases the official music video for his smash hit single "Mhm Hm".

The infectious banger produced by Jones Ave Records is currently the number one single in Jamaica, clocking over 3.4 Million streams in less than one month.

"Get the oats, mhm / Get the Supligen, mhm hm / Get the nuts, mhm / Get the nutmeg, mhm hm / Blend it up, mhm / Turn it a your head, mhm hm / Get a gyal and just go get your children," the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' deejays over the Dancehall beat which also features controversial recording artist Ishawna's gritty diss track "Walking Dead" aimed at Danielle D.I.

The video is directed by Terminal 4 Media and Camera Dameon Gayle.





Caribbean Day of Giving a huge success

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radiothon-broadcast-from-the-dumplin-shop-in-the-bronx.jpgNew York: The recently held 'Caribbean Day of Giving' #CaribbeanDayofGiving mediathon on Saturday, October 7th, to assist Caribbean countries hit by recent hurricanes was deemed a successful venture with widespread collaboration from the Caribbean Diaspora media fraternity.

The organizers of the Day of Giving reported that the event raised over US$40,000 in cash as well as several barrels of goods, which were handed over to Ebenezer Pilgrim Holiness Church in New York, which will coordinate shipping to Barbuda and Dominica.

Most funds raised, came from New York based Caribbean Food Delights' Vincent HoSang Foundation. The event also had the backing of corporate and organizational sponsors such as Digicel, Tower Isles Frozen Foods Limited, Irie Jam Media Group, Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, Team Jamaica Bickle, Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Golden Krust, IMAGES LLC, Caribbean Business Connections and www.shareitcamp.com.

These efforts were in conjunction with fundraising efforts by The American Friends of Jamaica, the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund, all 501(c)3 charity partners of Caribbean Day of Giving.

Much of the funds raised will benefit The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes.

The all day media-thon, which involved over 32+ radio programs and other media platforms, featured interviews with Prime Ministers Hon. Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda; Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; Hon. Andrew Holness of Jamaica; Hon. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Hon. Allan Chastanet of Saint Lucia; the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, The Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith as well as Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the CDEMA and Her Excellency, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United Nations. The Door Restaurant in Queens and the Dumplin' Shop in the Bronx, were the location sponsors and sites of the radiothon.

The day ended with a Caribbean Day of Giving Benefit concert which was live streamed from Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar in Kingston, Jamaica. Performers included Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Richie Stephens, Jermaine Edwards, D'Angel and D-Major. Event hosts were media personalities Nikki Z and Saudicka Diram.

Beyond the day, the organizers acknowledge the significant need for ongoing support to aid in the recovery efforts in the Caribbean region.

Persons wishing to donate may still do so at www.caribbeandayofgiving.com or text AFUWI to 41444. As the group design or promote new activities to raise funds, additional entities are also invited to support this disaster relief and recovery effort.





dj-khaled-watch-wm-side-side-3.jpgAt just one-year-old,, DJ Khaled's son Asahd's is the owner of jewellery worth millions..

Over the weekend, DJ Khaled teamed up with hip-hop's richest mogul Diddy to give Asahd Khaled a lavish first birthday bash. Aside from the eternal gift of Diddy serenading you with "Happy Birthday," Asahd also crawled away with several material gifts, including a brand new, adult sized watch from his father. According to TMZ, the diamond-studded watch itself is worth over one hundred thousand dollars, and was commissioned by Haute Living. The company also ended up hosting the party, so it looks as if they scored some serious points with the Khaled family.

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Apparently, the watch features six-hundred diamonds, and from the look of it, you could probably risk blindness should you look directly at it. Yet Khaled may be a lot of things, but irresponsible isn't one of them. There's no way the Grateful producer would give such an expensive present to an actual baby, who no doubt has little understanding of the principle of time, let alone how to tell it. If Asahd eventually wants to rock his expensive gift, he'll have to wait until adulthood, making the present something of a coming-of-age reward, not unlike Butch in Pulp Fiction.

Apparently the watch is a Frank Mueller model in rose gold, and features Asahd's name and birthday engraved in the back. Check out a visual of the piece below, and lament the fact that the watch probably costs more than our collective salaries. Still, there's no denying that Asahd will be set for life, what with having an executive producer credit on Grateful, which has officially been certified platinum.





Jesse Royal's Lily Of Da Valley has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. In addition, the album impressively hit #131 on the Billboard New Album Top 200 chart and #36 on the Independent Albums chart."Lily Of Da Valley (released October 6, 2017 on Easy Star Records) is the highly-anticipated debut album from the young Jamaican star. Jesse embarks on his U.S. tour in November, including a feature spot at Rootfire At The Park, before joining Collie Buddz for west coast dates in December.

Jesse Royal's music carries an impactful message built to resonate with the millennial generation and beyond and is proof with his #1 debut. Recording for Lily of Da Valley took place across many studios, from the Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY, to the legendary Tuff Gong and Big Yard Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The source material for the album arose organically, with Jesse keeping loads of hooks, melodies and lyrics on hand until he was ready to come with a full album's worth of strong songs. This liberating approach of patience guarantees the new release has no forced filler.

Studio assistance from the help of studio mastermind Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Kareem "Remus" Burrell, Phillip "Winta" James and Kurt White helped aid Jesse's vision of pushing the genre forward while still paying respect to those who paved the road prior, showing the youth that "there is a space for them to be creative in music."

"Easy Star Records is honored to be working with Jesse Royal and thrilled that his album is being so well received," says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. He adds, "We are just getting started in exposing Jesse to the world and are excited to keep building from here. At Easy Star we take pride in breaking artists globally, whether they are from the Caribbean, the States, or Europe."

Jesse is about to tour the U.S. showcasing songs from the new album. More tour dates are already planned for early 2018 and soon to be announced. Press accolades for Lily of da Valley have been pouring in from a diversity of media outlets.





gucci-mane-and-keyshia-kaoir.jpgGucci Mane's brother wasn't invited to his wedding and neither was their mother.

On October 17, Gucci Mane finally tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Jamaican beauty Keyshia Ka'oir, and following the couple's highly-publicized nuptials, the headlines haven't stopped coming.

Notably, artiste Khia came forward alleging that the 32-year old Ka'oir had three children that she left behind in Jamaica to begin a new life with Gucci. Keyshia since denounced the claims on Twitter.

Now, it's Gucci Mane who is under scrutiny has his brother, Nate, has since revealed that neither he or the brothers' mother, Vicky, were invited to the wedding.

"He didn't let me go to the wedding, but I'm happy for him," Nate revealed in an interview with TMZ. "He went through hell to get to where he's at now. Me [and] my mom didn't go. We still reflected on it. That's just another chapter we have to close in our life. I'm glad he ain't in prison. He's out doing what he's doing; getting where he's trying to go."

It was just shy of a year ago that Gucci, born Radric Davis, popped the question at a Hawks game in his hometown of Atlanta. Since then, the lavish wedding has been in planning with many of the industry's top names in attendance, the people at home watching via a television broadcast, and Gucci's other brother, Duke, serving as best man.

"I feel real bad Rad didn't invite me to his wedding. I really wanted to be for him. As a brother...to support you, guide you, whatever you need me to do," Gucci's youngest brother went on to add. "For me not to be invited, I don't know how to feel."

He went on to reveal that his mother was just as hurt and confused by the lack of an invite, and used the opportunity to send a warning toward Ka'oir.

"She didn't get invited either. It's hard cause I don't know. She don't know. For her to see her kids get married. That's a dream she wanted to see come true. ...At least have your mother there. A man don't care for his mother how can he care for you?"





Vybz Kartel's appeal 'progressing well' says lawyer

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpg"The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don't worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side, but other than that, things are progressing well," one news outlet is quoting Kartel's lawyer, Valerie Neita Roberston as saying. "We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done."

She added that the defense team is going into the trial well prepared and will be very detailed in their argument on why he was not given a fair trial.

The appeal is set to begin in February next year, and the Gaza Nation is confident that Addi will be vindicated, especially since Kartel's attorneys have expressed confidence in winning the case.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn "Storm" Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in 2014 of the murder of their friend Clive "Lizard" Williams. All four men are currently serving life sentences for the gruesome murder where the victim's body was never found. The murder trial sparked a lot of controversies and most fans of the artists are left with an impression that he was not given a fair trial. There were issues of police intimidating witnesses and tampering with evidence, as well as, a well-publicised issue of one juror attempting to bribe the forewoman to return a not guilty verdict. That juror, Livingston Caine, is currently on trial for corruption and conspiracy and could face up to three years in prison.

If he loses the appeal, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. He already served six years.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgVendetta deejay Alkaline drop a new Chimney Records-produced single "Hard Tackle" over the weekend and as expected it is the top trending dancehall song on YouTube.

The single was released on Saturday night and at the time of this publication it reached close to 300,000 views. The bridge the gap between hardcore and conscious dancehall banger. "Ghetto youth, you haffi deh pon your guard / Worse when you make it inna the upper echelon as an underdog / Dem see your car and a wonder hard / See life a change fi you and a say you fi deh inna the morgue / The system weh we grow up inna a fraud," Alkaline deejay.

Alkaline has not released a new song in a few months, and this year he has only released a handful of new songs in comparison to previous years. Despite slowing down his new release, the Vendetta deejay has scored a hit with almost every new single he released this year and this one





New comedy series premieres October 30

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There's a new girl in town, and she's looking to join the ranks of Issa, Mary Jane, Annalise, and Olivia Pope. Rhonda Mitchell M.D. is a new comedy web series that brings non-stop laughter, drama, smart writing and a diverse cast. Rhonda Mitchell M.D., a comedic medical themed drama, was filmed exclusively in Harlem, New York and directed by Roderick Giles ("Gully," "The Date," "FWord"). The series boasts a super talented ensemble cast including, Jowanda Durham ("Fists of Love," "Miss Bomba Claudie Show") in the title role; Malachi Rivers ("Ferguson," "Lips"); Mugga ("Precious," "Orange is the New Black," "Power"); Robert Starks ("The Haves and Have Nots"); Ruth Maria Flores ("I Am My Sister's Keeper," "Fever Divas"); Vanessa Fant ("Miss Bomba Claudie Show") and Mike Troy Smith ("Chappelle's Show," "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"). Rhonda Mitchell M.D. was created by Carolyn Pierre-Outlar, executive produced by James McKnight and Vanessa McKnight and produced by Jerome Outlar.

This new web series recently held its world premiere during the American Black Film Festival in Miami and received positive reviews and fans of the show eagerly anticipate the full season set to drop Monday, October 30th.

"My goal in writing this project was to show a professional, black woman and other medical professionals from a different perspective" says creator Carolyn Pierre-Outlar. "I'd love to see Rhonda reach a broad audience. I think she's a very relatable character and I hope viewers enjoy watching her as much as I enjoyed writing her character." Carolyn is also currently a practicing medical professional. "It's not everyday that you hear about a black, female, medical provider writing her own series" says Carolyn.

There will be a special screening of Rhonda Mitchell M.D. right in the heart of Harlem Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30pm - 8pm at Sexy Taco. To attend this event please RSVP: rsvp@thejdotagency.com

Be sure to check out the Rhonda Mitchell M.D. trailer and tune in Monday, October 30th for all six episodes.





Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange announced that Fort Rocky in Port Royal is Jamaica's first designated entertainment zone.

Grange, in a press release, said that the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Town and Country Planning Authority had endorsed the ministry's declaration that Fort Rocky would be the island's first such zone.

According to Grange, entertainment zones represent promising economic opportunities through public/private sector partnerships and called on the private sector to take a good look at the opportunities on offer.

While providing an avenue for more opportunities for people in the entertainment business, the zones which are typically located far away from residential areas also neutralise the problem of noise nuisance for citizens, the ministry stated, adding that two other entertainment zones currently on stream will be located outside of the Corporate Area.

Entertainment zones are areas in which any legal entertainment and sports activities can be staged any time of day or night unhindered as long as the organisers are mindful of the historical values of such sites, the ministry said in the release.





Dub poet Yasus Afari seemed to have been sitting on his ears in Gordon House Thursday afternoon. He point blank refused to stand during the opening proceedings during sittings of the Houses of Parliament and not even when he was threatened with being thrown out of Gordon House did he budge.

Yasus and a group of Rastafarians arrived in Gordon House and sat in the gallery, however, he remained seated as the mace was brought into the chamber and prayers said.

According to reports, House speaker Pearnel Charles halted the proceedings to tell all persons seated in the gallery that they were supposed to stand or they would be removed from the House. However, it fell on deaf ears as the outspoken poet seemed to have been sitting on his ears.

The Rastafarian community is paying keen attention to the debate on the bill 'National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events)'.





Although there is no specific hashtag, it could very well be called #SupportNinjaman, becauce many artistes have taken to social media to wish the Don Gorgon well. He is being hailed for his contribution to dancehall music, and both Razor and D'Angel have asked for prayers for the entertainer as he prepares for a tough period in his life.

In his Instagram post yesterday, Razor B said that he knows Ninja Man has been waiting on the day his trial would begin for a long time as he wants the opportunity to prove his innocence and encouraged the artiste to remember that God is in control.

In a Star interview, D'Angel, she said that she decided to lend her support publicly so the entertainer, who has been like a mentor to her and countless other artistes, can see that he is not alone.

"I've known Ninja Man for a long time as an artiste and he has become a mentor and a friend. He's always there to give good advice and he's a really good person at heart. He's one of the best persons that I've met in the industry," she said. "You want to show people respect and love while you can, and so publicly I wanted to let Ninja Man know that we are here for him, we are rooting for him and he's not in this alone."

Fellow entertainer Pamputtae shared similar sentiments.

"Me affi be one a dem (that shows support) because Ninja Man a man weh bring me go studio and make me nyam food and dem ting deh, so mi affi put in my prayer. A mi godfather dat, him real to me so me just a hope and pray fi everything go good," she said.

Keiva, who in the past couple of months has been seen on social media hanging out with the deejay, described Ninja Man as her second dad.

"Ninja Man means a lot to me, me have crazy love fi him, crazy respect fi him," she said pointing out that the entertainer has made a lot of changes in his life. "Ninja, me love yuh and me a support you 100 per cent. Me see di changes and is like is a whole different Ninja, always helping out people, good heart, the positivity. Me have yuh back because me know if a me did inna di situation, yuh woulda deh deh di minute me call."

A seven-member jury has been selected and prosecutors briefed on the allegations against the entertainer and his co-accused as the long-awaited trial for the entertainer began.





vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgVybz Kartel's hit single "Mhm Hm", the hottest track in Dancehall, will have its very own video soon.

The single has a total of three Million views in less than a month and according to the Kartel's team an epic music video is already in the works.

"We are shooting that video now so you can expect it late October," sources close to the Gaza deejay revealed.

"The video will be fun just like the single is fun and catchy. Right now 'Mhm Hm' is the most requested song in parties and on radios. You can say that this will be the biggest dancehall song of the year. No other have a song that gain so much traction so fast this year."





Judge order Ninjaman's murder trial to start now

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ninja-man-image-2.jpgThe murder trial of popular entertainer Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, is set to start now.

The order was made by High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, today (Mon) following an application by the entertainer's attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson for a stay of proceedings in the eight-year-old case for abuse of process. There have been 17 trial dates and 23 mention dates in the case.

Jury selection was set to begin at 2 o'clock.

Ninja Man was arrested and placed before the court in 2009 along with his son Janeil and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.

However, in her application for the case to be stopped, Neita-Robertson said in the eight years since Ninja Man's first court appearance, one prosecution witness has died and two alibi witnesses for the entertainer have migrated and cannot be located.

"The delay has created a situation that is prejudicial to the accused persons, hence the accused will be deprived of being able to put forward their defence in a coherent manner," Neita-Robertson argued.

"The circumstances that exist today would not afford the accused to have a fair trial," she continued.

However, lead prosecutor Kathy Pyke, in her response, said the attorneys for the three accused have "not established, on a balance of probability, that their clients will be prejudiced".

Pyke said the issues raised by the defence can be addressed during the trial.





leroy-gibbons.jpgPolice are investigating the circumstances under which Reggae artiste Leroy Gibbons was shot and wounded by gunmen on Port Henderson Road popularly called back road in Portmore St Catherine this morning.

Gibbons who underwent a surgery is recuperating in hospital.

Superintendent in charge of Operations for the St Catherine South Division Leighton Grey says the incident took place at about 7:15 am.

He explains that preliminary reports indicate that Gibbons was not the target, but a man with whom he was walking.

Superintendent Grey says an interview was conducted with the man suspected to be the target of the gunmen.

He says the police are conducting operations in the area.

In the meantime, close friend of Mr Gibbons, Entertainer Peter Metro says Gibbons was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

He explains that Gibbons was walking with the man and discussing music.

He says after speaking with Gibbons, doctors took him to conduct a second operation.





noahwa-powa.jpgFoota Hype is exposing US-based disc jock, internet sensation Noah Powa.

The Dancehall selector-turn-producer took to social media on Wednesday night to upload a video of Noah twerking on his head top.

The leak was a response to a skit done by Noah Powa and Jamaican comedian Jaiifrais earlier this week, which trolled Foota's recent video which showed him on a red Ferrari.

Meanwhile Bounty Killer called Foota and Matterhorn battyman and then the duo unleashed on Killer reminding him of his homo son and the fact that he stressed out Miss Ivy and that led to her death. In raw, gutter style on social media, the separately styled Killer in the worse way.

What a MESS!!!!!!!!





Suspense and fiancee accept the Lord; get baptised

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suspecse-baptised.jpg"One week since me an my fiance got the 'For Sale' sign that Satan placed on our head removed by Jesus. Jesus redeemed us. Thank you Lord," fast-rising Dancehall artiste Shanekia Morrison, aka Suspense informed her followers on social media.

The 2017 Magnum Queen of Dancehall winner, got baptized with her fiancé at the Celebration Church in Portmore, Saint Catherine on Sunday, October 1.

Suspense says she will be continuing her music journey but will be changing her message to reflect the new changes in her life.

"I will be deejaying for Jesus. I will not be doing any explicit or derogatory music but I will be doing dancehall/reggae gospel," she said.

Suspense has since turned down several secular events.





Bronx rapper Cardi B gave Dancehall artist Spice a huge compliment on Friday at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and Spice was sooo shook that she cried. Real tear...not the fake vriety..

After winning three awards for Single Of the Year, Best New Hip Hop Artist and Hustler of the Year, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper had a conversation with the "Needle Eye" deejay in which Cardi shared that she's inspired by Spice and a big fan of her music.

"You don't really understand, like you really inspire me," the 24-year-old told Spice. "I use to wear a Cardi chain just like you, i go way back i'm not like these new ones," Cardi added before starting to rap a line from one of Spice's throwback singles "Rude Boy Love".

On Saturday Spice shared the video and had this to say;

"Ran into [Cardi B] after she won 3 awards and tear down BET stage and she brought tears to my eyes last night," Spice wrote. "Here I am saying that I'm so proud of her, how much I admire her journey and that she inspires me so much and here she is saying I'm her inspiration and she's my biggest fan."

"Now listen to me cause this is so deep y'all don't even understand. Most of you don't even know this song that she's talking about "Rude boy love" I didn't even remember this song my dam self so I know she's not bluffing cause this song go wayyyyyy back."





November 29 date for MOBO Awards

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Who will walk away with this year's MOBO Award for top reggae entertainer?

Last year, the list of reggae nominees sparked controversy after reggae entertainer Protoje questioned the pooling of dancehall and reggae acts, citing that it wasn't fair to the dancehall or reggae acts nominated.

The coveted best reggae entertainer title was snagged last year by PopCaan ahead of roots singer Protoje, dancehall deejays Spice and Alkaline and singjay Kranium.

The 22nd annual MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday, November 29.

The 2017 nominees are yet to be announced.





Celeb moms for empowerment concert in Brooklyn

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Music lovers in Brooklyn, New York are in for a treat on Saturday October 29th when a Caribbean celebrity mom stages an empowerment concert to bring focus to domestic violence awareness. The event is being called 'Repairing The Bridge' and the featured artists include R & B and gospel music icon Melba Moore alongside soca's biggest legend The Mighty Sparrow plus reggae star Rayvon.

The event is being hosted by singer and philanthropist Carol Maraj, mother of hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj, through Carol's foundation, the Carol Minaj Foundation.

Sensational songbird and R & B icon Melba Moore has been a huge all-time favorite for New Yorkers and a staple on classic soul radio stations nationally. She comes from a talented musical family and is an award winning actress. Known for her Broadway, contemporary soul/R&B, pop rock, jazz and gospel songs, Moore's versatility can be heard on smash singles You Stepped Into My Life, Pick me Up I'll Dance, Love The One I'm With and A Little Bit More. She will be sure to have patrons grooving while thinking about love, instead of abusing their partners.

The Mighty Sparrow is the unrivaled king of Calypso and he has enjoyed a dazzling career that spans over 40 years of recording smash records and thrilling performances. This legend is in a class by himself. He will use his musical arsenal to get the crowd fired up as he unleashes crowd favorites like Congo Man, Mr Walker, Saltfish, Big Bambo and Obeah Wedding.

Brooklyn based reggae crooner Rayon may be best known for his string of successful combination songs - Angel, In The Summertime & Big Up that were recorded with 'Mr Boombastic' Shaggy but as a solo artist he is just as potent having stuck good musical notes with hit singles One N Only, Games We Play, My Bad, 2-Way and his social commentary piece titled no Guns No Murder.

Among the other acts booked to perform on the concert which takes place at Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn are soca star Lyrical, one of the most sought after artists of our generation; Singing Francine and DJ Platinum Sound. There will also be a special presentation which organizers are not revealing just yet. The only clue is, "it's not to be missed!"

Carol is passionate about the issue of domestic violence because she is a survivor; now devoted to the life of advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic abuse everywhere. This unfortunate situation has molded her into the strong, powerful woman she is today.





Mr Lex calls form more security at schools

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mr-lexx.jpgDancehall artiste Mr Lex has made a call for increased security within the nation's schools.

This follows a sad and rather disturbing incident at a high school in Duhaney Park this morning.

Mr. Lex who happened to be at the institution at the time when two Grade 10 boys were involved in an altercation which left one dead from stab wounds, expressed shock at the development. He made a call for more measures to be put in place to ensure the safety of children at the nation's schools.

"I am just shocked about the whole thing and the incident has just brought into focus the need for greater security at schools," the entertainer said.





bounty-killer-photo-11.jpg vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpg Social media is abuzz with the impending collab between jailed dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and friend-turned-enemy, Bounty Killer. Reports are that the two have a new collaboration coming as early as this week.

The two dancehall legends have collaborated in the past on several singles, and Kartel even wrote a few hits for Bounty Killer in the early 2000s. But a bitter fallout between The Teacher and The Alliance put an end to their relationship in 2005. Seems they are both putting their differences aside and are making music again. The two deejays announced on Instagram over the weekend that they are dropping a new joint.

"[Bounty Killer] My daddy weh dem a go do when the #killakartelkollab drop?" Vybz Kartel wrote on IG. Killer responded saying, [Vybz Kartel] Beta dem just go find some weh go lidung or drop dung b4 it drop because when it drop nutn naah git up back dawg."

Killer also said the collaboration will bring back some memories from their all-black Alliance days. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Bounty Killer recently paid Vybz Kartel a visit in prison and the two had a long conversation about their Alliance days and what's happening in dancehall currently. They didn't release the title of the single, but it will arrive sometime this week.





Cardi B has Nicki Minaj 'sweating' says Safaree

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rapper-safaree.jpgNicki Minaj, according to her ex, Safaree Samuels, is uneasy over Cardi B's mega, overnight, success.

The Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star was on Everyday Struggle this morning and Akademiks and Joe Budden peppered him with questions about Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, LHH and more. "Is Cardi B pressing Nicki, do you think that she got Nicki sweating," Akademiks asked Safaree to which he responded, "a hundred percent because I know how she is."

Safaree also opened up on whether or not he thinks that Nicki Minaj fell off and he said yes. "It's very different, like how she was before on when we were doing 'Romans Revenge' and 'Did On Em' but some people may say you got to grow and change, but I like the old her better," he said."

Cardi B "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" is the number one single on Billboard Hot 100 for a second week straight and with current streaming numbers, it will return to the top spot for a third week. As for Nicki Minaj, she is yet to have a Hot 100 number one song. She has the most entries on the chart among women in history thanks to her many features, but she will likely not get that extra credential until she earned a number one solo record.

Nicki Minaj is currently working on her new album that she says will be a game changer when it arrives. There are no release date or title yet, but she hinted it could arrive by the end of this year. Safaree Samuels was also asked about writing lyrics for her, a topic that is a bit of a controversy between the two, but he sidesteps the question and smartly so. None of them can win in that battle of his word against hers because there is nothing on paper to back up his argument.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgInternationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Sean Paul spent his Sunday visiting incarcerated Reggae artiste Buju Banton at the McRae Correctional Facility located in Atlanta, Georgia.

He revealed his visit and subsequent conversation on Instagram.

Sean Paul shared that Buju's message to his dans is simply this: "Expect greatness, again".

He also added that the singer, born Mark Myrie, is in good spirits, still very focused and is not broken.

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Myrie reportedly spends his time keeping fit, staying healthy and has been teaching classes to fellow inmates at the facility.

He was arrested in December 2009, found guilty in February 2011 and was initially scheduled to walk a free man from the McRae Correctional Facility in February 2019.

His 10-year prison sentence was reduced by two months in January of 2016 after the entertainer agreed to waive all future appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges.

In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Prison website, Myrie will be released on December 8, 2018.





Service of thanksgiving for Wya Thursday in London

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The thanksgiving service for the life of former Wailers keyboardist Earl 'Wya ' Lindo takes place on Thursday in London.

Lindo died at a London hospital on September 4 at age 64, from acute cardiac failure and arrhythmia.

A press release from The Wailers said the service will be held at Ruach City Curch in Brixton Hill. Interment follows at Lambeth Cemetery in Brixton.

Lindo started as a session musician while still a student at Excelsior High School in the early 1970s. He launched his recording career at Studio One; some of the songs he played on during that period were Dennis Brown's Money in my Pocket, produced by Derrick Harriott, and Games People Play by Bob Andy, which was produced by Federal Records.

He became an in-demand session player with the Now Generation Band, the house unit at Federal Records. That band included fellow keyboardist Robbie Lyn, the Chung brothers, Mikey and Geoffrey and drummer Mikey 'Boo' Richards who would also tour with The Wailers.

Lindo recorded and toured with Marley during the 1970s when the singer's career took off internationally. He played on Burnin' and Survival, two of Marley's albums for Island Records.

Lindo last played with The Wailers in March in London when the grouped toured the United Kingdom.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgIt has been confirmed that Jamaica's most famous prisoner, Vybz Kartel, is back in his dafe place.

The entertainer was returned to lockup after spending a week in the hospital.

Kartel was discharged on Monday and taken to the Tower Street Correctional Center where he is housed.

All his medication for his illness was also taken along.

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





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgDuring Vybz Kartel's recent hospital stay, the dancehall deejay reportedly reunited with a very special person in his life.

The self-proclaimed World Boss saw his mother after some six years.

Reports are that Kartel's parents visited him while he was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Although no pictures have surface as yet to confirm the re-union, many are questioning why it has taken si long for the Teacha to see his mother.

"But Addi and his mom were close, so ah doan understand," one commenter said.

Kartel was paid a visit in prison by his daughter lsat month and after pictures were made public, there were many comments that Kartel looked way too skinny.

He was admitted to hospital last week.





Kingston, Jamaica: In a room filled with pink, the colour associated with breast cancer worldwide, the Jamaica Cancer Society officially launched a host of activities for October, dubbed Pink Month, at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Thursday, September 28. October is internationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating several activities to mark the month.Under the theme, 'Give Hope. Save Lives", the month of activities which begins on October 1 culminates on a high on Saturday, October 28at the annual ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run whichis in its 17thyear, and third year withICWI as the title sponsor. This year the Pink Run will be under the theme 'Tutus and Tall Socks'.President of the ICWI Paul Lalorhas called on Jamaicans to actively support the initiatives outlined and those fighting the effects of cancer. "Our friends and families locked in this battle with cancer need our collective and individual support to survive. The high volume of cancer patients, survivors and loved ones of those who have lost the battle with cancer in our communities should be met with a strong resolve to join the fight. Let us aim to increase awareness, increase the funds to provide support and give compassion and our talents to this movement.""Most Jamaicans know what a pink ribbon means, especially during the Month of October! Indeed, many Jamaicans will be seen wearing pink throughout the Month. We can take heart in the fact that Jamaica's collective awareness of breast cancer has gained great momentum over the past decade", shared Mrs. Yulit Gordon, Executive Director, Jamaica Cancer Society."We however cannotover emphasize that if there is noearly detectionthrough regular breast self-examinations and mammography screening, survival chances will be significantly reduced.Let us thereforebe vigilant in making our health and well-being a priorityand engage in healthy lifestyle practices and access the available screening services",Mrs. Gordon cautioned.

2| P a g eJamaicaReach to Recovery is the affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society that provides emotional, psychological and financial support to breast cancer survivors. Reach to Recovery consists of volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, also provide information and counselling to breast cancer survivors and by extension their families and friends.Chairperson of Jamaica Reach to Recovery, Mrs. Carolind Graham is encouraging Jamaicans especially women to support the various activities that will be occurring during October. "With breast cancer in Jamaica at 43.1 per 100,000 women, and 0.6 per 100,000 men, it is imperative that we continue to have these activities to raise awareness about breast cancer and also to spread the importance of regular screenings which can be critical to an early diagnosis", said Mrs. Graham. While there will be several fundraising activities including the sale of bracelets at several outlets through the island, socks and pins, the 'Pink Run' will be the major fundraiser for Pink Month. "I hope Jamaic





ellie-goulding-tarrus-riley-powerful-music-video.jpg"Powerful" featuring Tarrus Riley and Ellie Goulding has been used in an ad campaign for Emporio Armani.

The television advert from Emporio Armani promotes the companies two new fragrances BECAUSE IT'S YOU for her and STRONGER WITH YOU for him

The ad which features the relationship between a man and a woman has the Major Laser produced track Powerful featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley blaring in the background.

Tarrus Riley has since shared a snippet of the ad on his official Instagram page.





On November 9-12 a global assortment of music industry professionals will descend on multiple venues across Kingston Jamaica for the 5th annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). They will join a growing number of local Jamaican music industry professionals who have learned that the Jamaica Music Conference provides a powerful platform for catching up with the latest industry trends, networking and identifying the stars of tomorrow. This 5th staging has been themed, "Reclaiming Our Identity: The rising impact of Jamaica's music, content and culture".

Registration is now open for the annual event via the Jamaica Music Conference website and tickets can be purchased locally at Bookophilia and Fontana Pharmacy. The fifth staging will feature 7 venues and 10 separate sessions including: the JMC - JaRIA Symposium at JAMPRO headquarters; a Sound System Summit at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; panel discussions at U-Tech TIC Innovation Centre; the Jamaica Music Conference Showcase at Jamnesia; and closes at Skyline's Kingston Dub Club, ensuring that international attendees get a real feel for Kingston Music City.

The Jamaica Music Conference is a platform for independent music professionals, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Jamaican music industry, and propose solutions to these issues. This year sees a focus on answering long lingering questions. How can Jamaica and its diaspora retain the lion share of ownership within the reggae/dancehall space? How can the enduring international popularity of our genres embrace the global landscape to benefit Jamaica and Jamaicans at home and abroad? A FREE 3-part "Ready For Di Road" Webinar series is being staged in association with Atlanta-based Artist Launch, artist development agency. Conference attendees are also able to create a FREE electronic press kit when they enter a contest being staged by the Jamaica Music Conference for a chance to meet with international booking agents.

For more information visit: www.jamaicamusicconference.com





Kim Kardashian confirm pregnancy-via-surrogate rumour

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kim-and-kanye.jpgKim Kardashian has confirmed that she and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their third child together. It's been reported for months that the couple will welcome their baby via surrogate.

On Thursday, Kim shared a promo video for Season 14 of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," in which she's seen telling her sister Khloe, "We're having a baby!"

"Season 14 is gonna be wild," the reality star tweeted. "Tune in this Sunday!!!"

The news initially broke back in June, when TMZ reported that the couple had hired a surrogate as health concerns made it too risky for Kim to have another child herself.

The outlet said Kimye found their surrogate through an agency and paid her $45,000 over 10 months. The couple also reportedly agreed to pay $5,000 for each additional baby (if there is more than one) and $4,000 if the surrogate loses any reproductive organs.

The baby is said to be due in January 2018, according to TMZ.

Over the past few months, Kim and Kanye, who are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, nearly 2, kept quiet about the subject.

However, in September, People reported the couple's surrogate was definitely pregnant.

"The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate," the source said. "Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process."

Kim did address the initial rumors in September during New York Fashion Week, telling E! News, "I think when we're ready to talk about it we will, and I think it's super invasive when people are just ... So many details out there, and like I've never heard this, I've never heard this. Like whatever. We have not confirmed it, and that's that. I'll let you know when we're ready."

Over the years, Kim has been very open about her various fertility struggles; she suffered from preeclampsia while pregnant with North, and placenta accreta throughout both pregnancies. Kim also once famously called pregnancy "the worst experience of my life."





Hugh Hefner to be buried next to Marilyn Munroe

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hugh-hefner.jpgHugh Hefner will spend eternity next to the woman who helped make him a publishing and pop culture icon.

The Playboy magazine founder, who died at age 91 on Wednesday, will be laid to rest at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles in a vault right next to actress Marilyn Monroe.

Hefner reportedly bought the vault 25 years ago for $75,000, ensuring that his final resting place would be alongside the young actress who appeared on the cover of the first issue of Playboy in December 1953.

Hefner's death was mourned by a wide variety of celebrities, including The Weeknd, Ryan Seacrest, former Playboy cover girls Jenny McCarthy and Pam Anderson, as well as Reverend Jesse Jackson.





Ex Gaza deejay killed in St Thomas

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Maxwell, a former member of the Portmore Empire Gaza, was reportedly killed on Monday.

It is alleged that he was stabbed while at a recording studio in St. Thomas.

He is best known for the single Supm fi Sumn on the Duss Riddim.

Maxwell also recorded the song Bun fi Bun alongside incarcerated artiste Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Maxwell is known for songs such as "Miss You" produced by Notnice Records on his "Eternal Riddim" and "Bun Fi Bun" with former mentor Vybz Kartel.

Maxwell released a new single titled 'R.I.P' just last month.

Kartel, who is in the University hospital being treated for an apparent kidney infection, has so far not reacted to the news.Speculation is that he will say something via social media as soon as he is well enough to do so.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgAs Donald Trump continues to denounce the ongoing protests being carried out by National Football League (NFL) players, the US president has made reference to Usain Bolt respecting America's national anthem.

Trump who has been blasting NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, took to Twitter on Tuesday to use Bolt as a perfect example saying even the famed multiple time gold medalist and fastest man in the world shows respect to America.

"Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem!," Trump wrote.





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Aidonia to release album project

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

#YesYesMorePlease

#TurkishBirthday

#IstanbulTogether," she added.

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

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

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

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





Unu done know stay tuned, Danielle DI tells fans

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Damian Marley produces new single for Third World

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

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

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

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

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

About Third World

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

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





Capleton wants his stolen car returned

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

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

New riddims and other personal items were in the vehicle.

Capleton is asking the thieves to return the motor vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Ocho Rios police are investigating.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

During the confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.





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

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

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





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

The Wailers' manager, Lennie Chen confirmed his death.

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

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

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

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





Gaza fans say Kartel looks mawga in new pictures

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

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

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





Sean Kingston finds love in Kingston

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

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

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

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

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





Popcaan protests bad roads in St Thomas

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

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

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

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

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





Junior Gong collabs with rapper Ty Dolla $ign

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

The record titled So Am I also features Skrillex.

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

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





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

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

Documents for his return are currently being prepared.

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





Mavado's daughter Daniela to release debut single

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

Luciano is currently on tour now in Europe.

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Jay-Z breaks silence on 'THAT ELEVATOR FIGHT'

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

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

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

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





Usain Bolt takes the party to Greek island Mykonos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





No New York concert for Alkaline

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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Sean Kingston signs Tommy Lee

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Emmanuella makes Jamaicans laugh out loud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





Mello FM takes over Hot 102 FM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Sex cult story is all 'crap' says R Kelly

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Aidonia has the song for the summer

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





JAY-Z - Bam ft. Damian Marley

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Jimmy Cliff's Video "Life" Debut on Billboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

California law states that knowingly giving someone an STD is illegal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foster is not believed to have contracted the virus.





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

The LA County Coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

The album will also feature a few collaborations.

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Popcaan gets his US Visa

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

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

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





Chris Gayle launches online dance contest

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

The case is now set for October 13.





For Immediate Release

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

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Yanique Curvy Diva dating Rob Kardashian?

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

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

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

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

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

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





Blue Ivy freestyles on JAy-Z new album

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Rvssian rolls in brand new Rolls Royce

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

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

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

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

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

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





Samory I's Black Gold released on CD and vinyl

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

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

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

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





Kenny Bling makes his mark with Mi Chargie

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Tommy Lee declares WAR on Alkaline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The crowd is said to have responded in the affirmative.

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

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

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

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

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

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"How will you all enforce this against her and can she appeal?"

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

Reporter
"How much was the judgement for?"

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

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

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

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





Action Fire is back with Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





Matterhorn is the REAL baby-father

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

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

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





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

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

Minott reportedly suffered from respiratory problems for an extended period.

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Junior Gong releases Stony Hill July 21

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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Shenseea new Pepsi ambassador

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

He exited the stage after 4 am Saturday morning.

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

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

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

Earlier In the evening Third World performed.

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

He was right!





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

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

jamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-4.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-5.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-6.jpgPatrons relaxed and found shade while enjoying their jerk meals but soca's royal couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons got the crowd up and moving, as they brought the carnival energy to the Jerk Festival performing songs like 'Big Bad Soca' and 'Girls.' Soon after, Romain Virgo rocked the stage by performing a collection of hits and introduced the crowd to his latest single 'Now'. Queen Ifrica wowed festival attendees with a stellar 45-Minute set where she encouraged unity through her songs and empowered the women with a motivational speech. Tarrus Riley concluded the show with a slew of songs from his vast music catalog and with the support Dean Fraser horns of steel the audience couldn't get enough, especially when Tarrus Riley called the Queen back on stage to close out the show together. The performances were only one aspect of the lively 9-hour day. Patrons enjoyed tasting the various vendors such as T&G Flavors, Hellshire Style Fish, Jamrock Jerk, Southern Caribbean, Rick's Cafe and much more. The Reggae Music Journey Exhibition has developed into one of the festivals favorite elements, where Patricia Chin, founder of VP Records, and owner of Riddim Driven Clothing, greets fans of the culture and take them through the Reggae experience at VP Records.

jamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-7.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-8.jpgjamaican-jerk-festival-2017-photo-9.jpgThe Jerk Cook-off Pavilion featured cooking demonstrations and tastings by Chef Andre Fowles, winner of Food Network's Chopped Champion and Chef Irie, host of Taste The Islands television show on PBS. Washington DC's own Chef Giovanni Merle showcased one of his tasty recipes and soca sensation Fay Ann Lyons took home the Dutch Pot Trophy after winning the Celebrity Quickfire Challenge where she competed against WJLA ABC News anchor, Michelle Marsh.

Mayor of DC, Muriel Bowser, made a special appearance and addressed the audience, sharing her excitement for having the jerk festival in DC for the 2nd year in a row. "I am happy to have the Grace.


The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, DC is presented by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC in association with VP Records.





chris-martin-brittny-photo-1.jpgFather of two, Chris Martin is enjoying life with new(ish) girlfriend, Brittny Newman. Yes, the same one who a study architecture and who social media did drag when Chris reveal her wha day yah.

Well, haters, Chris doan care what oonu haffi seh cause him and she fly out go a St Lucia wha day yah and...who in love like dem?

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Oonu memba when Chris did post this to her and mash up everybody head?

"It's ur special day today...Enjoy it and I pray the almighty will continue to bless u and keep u safe as ur soul grows more beautiful everyday," he wrote. "I'm happy for ur existence and even happier u r apart of my life...Happy birthday."

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Brittny big up urself wid ur big deal boyfriend.





$500,000 bail for Munga

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munga.jpgDancehall entertainer Munga Honourebel, who is charged with murder, has been released on $500,000 bail.

He was offered bail in the sum of when he appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Friday.

Munga was instructed by the court to return on July 21.

The artiste, whose given name is Damion Rhoden, has been charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith in Ackee Walk, St. Andrew.

Mr. Smith was fatally shot at a dance last month.

Munga, who is represented by attorney Christopher Townsend, has denied the allegations.





artistes-for-grenfell.jpgMore than 50 artists including One Direction, Robbie Williams, Stormzy, Rita Ora and Jessie J gave their time to record vocals for the fundraising cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's classic song in aid of those affected by the tragedy.

Simon Cowell 's star studded charity single raising money for all those affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire has been released.

The cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's classic song Bridge Over Troubled Water , performed by the collective Artists For Grenfell celebrity group, was given its first play across UK radio stations at 8am this morning.

Its accompanying video will premiere on Wednesday evening on ITV before Coronation Street airs.

More than 50 artists including One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Robbie Williams, The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Stormzy , Rita Ora, Jessie J and Pixie Lott gave their time to record vocals for the fundraising track.

Touchingly, Gareth Malone also brings together a choir of locals.

The single is available to buy via iTunes





Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, which saw its revenue decline by $12 million. The Corporation's total intake from amusement licences in 2016 was $33.2 million.

The decline corresponds with a dip in licences granted by the police for entertainment events.

The document says this may be attributed to an increase in criminal and violent activities across some parishes, particularly Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas and St James.

The survey shows that the 14 local authorities issued 23,105 amusement licences last year relative to 26,687 issued in 2015.

It indicates that most parishes issued fewer permits, with eight local authorities seeing a corresponding decline in revenue.





Facebook Hero diss up Khago

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facebook-hero.jpgSocial media fave, Facebook Hero has released a stern diss track which takes pointed aim at confused Dancehall artiste Khago.

FB Hero, who has moved up the food chain and is now not just a social media sensation, but also an artiste, used his Instagram account over the weekend to release the diss track.

khago-bleach.jpgOf course, it was seen as a direct response to Khago's recent single dissing up all the bloggers and vloggers including Rawpa Crawpa, SouFloTv, CMR TV, Dr Love and Facebook Hero after they criticized his new 'freaky songs.'

Khago's "Come Inna Mi Place" single is said to be supporting oral sex, and many persons want nothing to do with both Khago and the controversial song.





Groovin in the Park Weekend is here. Enjoy!!!!

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GROOVIN' - TURNING A DAY IN THE PARK INTO A MAGIC CARPET RIDE

NY: Groovin' In The Park is New York City's premier reggae and R & B concert taking place this Sunday in Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. The outdoor event is celebrating its seventh renewal, and over the years Groovin' has attracted a dazzing array of the finest available talent in both genres. Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Bob Andy, Morgan Heritage, Chronixx, Mavado, Toots, John Holt, Beenie Man, Stitchie and many other luminaries have blazed the reggae stage. On the R & B and pop side, the stage has been set on fire by Michael Bolton, Air Supply, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Babyface, Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, Billy Ocean, Brian McKnight and Boyz 11 Men.

But while the Groovin' talent list is unmistakably superlative year after year, another powerful attraction of the festival are the luxurious and thoughtful considerations that come with the Groovin' experience. For starters, this Sunday will be in the soul-warming 80s and a generous supply of bottled cold water will be distributed to attendees in the general admissions section. Attendees will have not just a choice of Jamaican food items but health-conscious culinary treats will be served up from cuisines from around the world. And almost a hundred portable bathrooms including fifteen outfitted for the handicapped will ensure that a visit to the restroom is never a 10K marathon on Sunday.

The VIP section of Groovin' will take on the posture of a tropical island with designers incorporating vibrant Caribbean colors in various sections that they have created in the park. Each VIP attendee will be supplied with two hot meals plus unlimited beverage while they jam to the sweet nostalgic sounds of Busy Signal, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibblies and U Roy.

And in the VVIP luxury suites, a day in the park will become a blissful magic carpet ride. A limited number of elevated sky boxes will offer the prefect optics for viewing the pied piper of R & B, R Kelly and songbird and Grammy winner Stephanie Mills. An all-inclusive, unlimited gourmet experience against a backdrop of plush over-sized sofas, high ball tables and Ottoman chairs will make the Groovin' experience feel like more than a luxury resort. Each sky-suite will be provisioned with a bountiful basket of fresh fruits, and after the mouthwatering nouvelle Caribbean cuisine, VVIP guests can savor sweet delights like Sabrina's rum cake and sorrel cheese cake. The VIP and VVIP bathrooms will be spacious and self-flushing with attendants offering toiletries and fragrances by leading designer brands. Additionally, a round-the-clock janitorial crew will ensure that the entire venue is impeccabl e.

"My friends and I look forward to Groovin' In The Park every year", Myrna Merchant, a former banker and executive administrator in New York told Images Newsletter. "We love the music, but we also come for the natural mystic and the overall Groovin' experience which is priceless...it is a fabulous vibe session and reunion for family, friends, school mates and colleagues", she affirmed.

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival; A Delicious Fun-Filled Experience

Queens, NY - Every Summer, for the last seven years, thousands have eagerly flocked to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, to enjoy a sizzling day of mouthwatering jerk foods, cooking contests, celebrities, cultural performances, reggae, soca and dancehall music at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. This annual celebration of Caribbean culture will take place on Sunday, July 23 and promises an exciting entertainment package of top-tier performers delivering another delicious fun-filled experience.

"We have upped the ante this year and have signed Grammy Award winning reggae group, Morgan Heritage to perform on the Main Stage," said an exciting Eddy Edwards, one of the Managing Partners of Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC, who is totally psyched about the upcoming event. "This is our 7th year in New York and we are planning to make it a memorable festival with an out-of-this-world experience for our patrons." Known to deliver only the best for the largest Caribbean Food Festival in the United States, Edwards is making a promise he plans to definitely keep.

Morgan Heritage's long list of hits sets the stage for a singalong segment, as their fans will certainly join them in song when they perform. Also scheduled to appear is Barrington Levy, another artist with an extensive catalogue of hits as well as Konshens, one of dancehall's constant hitmakers since serving notice in 2012 with the release of his hits Gal A Bubble, Do Sum'n and Pull Up to Mi Bumper. Soca sensation Alison Hinds will add more spice to the main stage concert and with support from Platinum Kids, Ragashanti and Dubmaster Chris patrons can expect the cool Jerk Festival vibe they have come to know and love.

It will be fierce competition in the Cook-Off Pavilion as chefs and celebrities will battle for top honors. Celebrity and Corporate Executive Chef of BB King's, Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson will be on hand to wow festivalgoers with his culinary delights.

The Cultural Stage will fire up early with performances by storyteller and comedian Blakka Ellis, Dr. Sue, and Braata Folk Singers with traditional folk performances. Rising stars Dylan, ShaMain and Yoncia will be sure to impress patrons with noteworthy performances.

Patrons will roam the extensive food court feasting on a variety of foods, visit Arts & Crafts vendors, Corporate Row featuring sampling and giveaways as well as the Kidz Fun Zone. Year after year, jerk lovers attend this all-encompassing festival seeking out the best jerk foods, friends they haven't seen in forever and a multitude of events that offer something for everyone - from the gates open at 12 p.m. till the headliner closes the Main Stage at 8 p.m.

Advanced tickets to the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY are available online at www.jerkfestivalNY.com or at selected retail outlets in the tri-state area. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

The 7th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC, in association with VP Records. Sponsors are Grace Foods, Ding, Power 106, Reggae King Radio, Street Hype and Tower Isle Patties.

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'Reggae Boom' - Reggae Record of the Week

This is to confirm that the BBC have chosen 'Reggae Boom' as the Reggae Record of the week from this Sunday 25th June.

It will be Rodigan Scorcher on his show this weekend and it will then be listed separately on the Scorchers Playlist on the BBC 1Xtra web site.

Congratulation & Happy Birthday 'Big Ship Captain' Freddie McGregor on your special day, June 27th.

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ROOSEVELT FIELD TO HOST IRIE FASHION RAVE

A Caribbean Experience Weekend

GARDEN CITY, NY - Roosevelt Field is thrilled to announce that it will host the Irie Fashion Rave, a Caribbean Experience Weekend, in partnership with Caribbean Media Group on Saturday, July 8th from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 9th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in North Court.

The Irie Fashion Rave weekend event will be filled with Caribbean cultural elements sourced directly from the Caribbean islands. Shoppers will enjoy fun and colorful presentations of ready-to-wear fashion, food, art, music, travel, and much more in a festive setting without leaving Long Island.
"We are delighted to host a weekend filled with Caribbean entertainment in partnership with Caribbean Media Group," said Nancy Gilbert, Director of Marketing at Roosevelt Field. "We look forward to bringing the community together to celebrate Caribbean culture and to continue to provide unique experiences for our shoppers."

Irie Fashion Rave will feature live cooking demonstrations from award winning, internationally known Caribbean chefs. Chef Andre Fowles, two-time Chopped Champion on Food Network's Chopped and Chef de Cuisine at Miss Lily's Restaurant in New York; Chef LaNiece Lyew, Owner & Executive Chef at Milk River & Lounge in Brooklyn; Chef Patrick Simpson, Executive Chef at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York, and Chef Sean DaCosta of Sean D Catering will prepare traditional and fusion Caribbean dishes to sample.

Sponsor, Jamaica Tourist Board will be giving away a hotel stay in Jamaica at the event as well.

"The vision for Irie Fashion Rave has always been to highlight and showcase Caribbean fashion and culture to the world," Syntyche' Clarke, Executive Vice President at Caribbean Media Group said.

"When you look at international fashion or listen to mainstream music, there is no question that it is heavily influenced by our Caribbean culture. What we are doing at Irie Fashion Rave is really accentuating and celebrating where it all came from."

For more information:
Roosevelt Field Website:

http://www.simon.com/mall/roosevelt-field





damian-marley-roar-photo-1.jpgDamian "Jr. Gong" Marley takes us on a captivating tour of Jamaica in the video for his latest release, "R.O.A.R."

"R.O.A.R" is featured on Damian's upcoming fourth LP and first solo album in 12 years, Stony Hill, set for release July 21, 2017, exclusively on TIDAL.

Watch "R.O.A.R." Here

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Yardflex Headline Round-Up

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headlines-roundup-1-spice-family.jpgShe's my baby - I-Octane owns up to DJ Amber's child

D'Angel rides Dexta Daps' wave with 'Whipped'

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Kartel's in-law, the brother of Shorty looking a bus in the business

Fans Blast Spice For Dissing Her Ex Nicholas Lall On Father's Day

Khago Wants To Turn Muslim, Fans Say He Just Wants Excuse To 'Bow'





tarrus-riley-uk-tour.jpgVP Records announces the completion of a new album deal with Grammy(R) winning R&B artist Estelle. The full length reggae album is scheduled for a fall 2017 release. The first single, 'Love Like Ours' featuring reggae star Tarrus Riley is available June 16th with a music video to follow.

'Love Like Ours' gives fans a first taste of the upcoming album that will showcase the pivotal influence reggae music has had on the London, England born singer. Raised in a religious, Senegalese/ Grenadian household, Estelle's musical upbringing included a variety of Afro-Caribbean, Gospel, Hip-Hop and dance styles with a healthy dose of reggae music.

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Since 2008 and the release of the crossover radio hit "Come Over" featuring reggae star Sean Paul and produced by Supa Dups (Sean Paul, Drake, Party Next Door), fans have been encouraging Estelle to record a reggae album. This project will bring their desires to life with a unique fusion of lover's rock, afro beats and dancehall flavors anchoring her soulful, R&B vocals. "When I told some friends about doing this album" said Estelle, "they were like - 'finally!'" She continued, "everyone who knows me, understands the deep connection I have to reggae music." Estelle has joined forces with Supa Dups again on this project and her fans excitement for the full album is brewing.

Estelle has shown a wide and expanding range of talent and with this album, will complete the musical circle, showcasing one of her earliest musical influences. The singer concluded, "I'm happy to give the people what they have been asking for and I'm proud to share another piece of my life and art with the world."





VP Records and B.B. Kings Blues Club present a night of international roots reggae and dub, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the historic U.K. reggae label, Greensleeves Records. On Wednesday, June 21st, the legendary BB King Blues Club in Times Square, New York will host Italian born reggae star Alborosie, in his first New York concert performance. Queen Ifrica, the roots reggae diva will headline with her full band, as she embarks on a U.S. tour to promote her recent #1 album "Climb." Musician / producer Addis Pablo will perform a tribute to his late father, dub reggae legend Augustus Pablo, whose work was closely associated with the Greensleeves label internationally. A special sound system presentation from New York favorites, Deadly Dragon Sound with Scratch Famous, Jonny Go Figure and Selector JD will kick off the evening's activity.

Greensleeves Records was founded in 1977 by Chris Sedgwick and Chris Cracknell. The label developed the talents of legends Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man and more. Their work with domestic and international artists helped develop the reggae genre in the U.K. and Europe and set a standard for presenting the music and culture with quality and respect. Greensleeves nurtured the music in Europe from dub plate to download. The label was purchased by VP Records in 2008.

Multiple album projects are scheduled to commemorate the Greensleeves anniversary including.

To purchase tickets, please go to: www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=8478

For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/events/1842234779433820/





Keys to the city for Freddie McGregor

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freddie-mcgregor-saluting.jpgVeteran reggae hit maker and Big Ship captain Freddie McGregor will be honored by the City Of Mt Vernon, New York with the "Key To The City" for his outstanding contribution to the reggae industry. The presentation to McGregor will be made on Sunday, June 25 at Roy Wilkins Park in NY. The announcement was recently made by Mt Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas.

"Thanks to Mayor Thomas, I will receive one of the highest honors a person can receive, the Key to the City," McGregor said when he got the news.

For Freddie, the award has added significance given it is from a city in Westchester County, New York with strong Jamaican/Caribbean roots.

Jamaican born, Ronald Blackwood who lived in Mt Vernon, became the first African-American who was elected mayor in New York state. Judge Sam D. Walker, who was born in Kingston, served as a City Court Judge in Mt Vernon before he was elevated to Supreme Court judge in New York state. Jamaican rapper Heavy D lived in Mt Vernon for many years. I feel lucky to be honored by a city where Jamaicans have broke barriers and shown how immigrants can live the American Dream," he said.

Known worldwide for his riveting reggae ballads, McGregor recorded his first big hit "Why Did You Do It" with Ernest Wilson in the late 60s. In 1983 he mined gold with "Big Ship" which broke into the top ten of the reggae charts in England and Jamaica. Since then he has amassed an impressive catalogue of popular hits.

McGregor will head to New York this week where he will join a dazzling galaxy of R&B and reggae stars including R Kelly, Stephanie Mills, Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles and U Roy with Lloyd Parks & We The People Band at Groovin In The Park 2017 that takes place at Roy Wilkins Park.





frankie-paul.jpgIt was a case of "there's no sunshine when you're gone, when the funeral service for veteran Reggae singer, Frankie Paul was finally held last Saturday. It was a somber service in which tears rolled down the cheeks of some inside the church, even as the raine poured on the outside.

As it is with many of the funerals within the entertainment fraternity, it was not well attended, but the important thing is that those for whom Frankie Paul's friendship was an important thing, were present at his final send-off.

Among those in attendance were reggae singer, Luciano, who stated that Frankie Paul helped him a lot during the early days of his career and so he had to be there; Half Pint; George Nooks, the only reggae singer who can be guaranteed to attend the funeral services of not only his colleagues, but also that of their relatives; Minister Babsy Grange, Copeland Forbes, Charlie Chaplin and Bongo Herman. .

George Nooks, as usual, lent his vocals to the proceedings, so too did Luciano and Half Pint, even as Frankie Paul's sister cried her heart out.

Frankie Paul, born Paul Blake,was later laid to rest at the Dovecot Memorial Park.

He passed away at the University hospital of the West Indies on May 18 following a battle with kidney disease.





JAMBANA&tm; One World Festival August 6 and 7

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Jones & Jones Productions has announced the line-up for JAMBANA™ One World Festival, the Fun For The Family Festival now in its ninth year at Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan Road at Elgin Mills in Markham on August 6th and 7th, 2017.

With music as the core, this the two-day festival is designed to have fans rock and sway to classic and contemporary sounds, from yesterday and today. Roots to Dancehall, Lover's Rock, Soca, Calypso and Afrobeat, will pulse all day and friends and family of all ages can enjoy the JAMBANA™ experience which unfolds from 1-9:30PM on both Sunday and Monday.

Headlining JAMBANA™ One World Festival this year are Assassin, 'Greetings' creator Half Pint, and Lover's rocker, Wayne Wonder. Paying tribute to the late great Joseph Hill, reggae trio Culture, with his son Kenyatta Hill hit the stage as a stop on the 40th Anniversary Culture Tour. Josey Wales, the dancehall general and Heptones' Leroy Sibbles will keep the Entertainment Village rocking all day long. Global reggae ambassador and 5-time JUNO Award winner Exco Levi headlines the Canadian contingent which includes JUNO winner Nana McLean. Soca Monarch Ronnie McIntosh and Moses Revolution bring the Soca and Calypso vibes to keep round out the musical influences of the islands. Canadian Gospel Minister Marvia Providence with her full band and harmony singers will raise the spirits of JAMBANA™ goers who will celebrate thankfully as the spiritual pause tradition continues at the family festival

While bands switch over, DJs Metro Media from Jamaica, Britain's Lloyd Coxone and Germany's Sillywalks Discotheque will take the party from the stage to the grounds. Teen phenom Joshua Lucas is ready run with the legends as Andre DeGrasse sprinted with Usain Bolt. He represents Canada as one of the 'youngest and baddest' on the wheels of steel. JAMBANA™ Idol returns and will be sure to excite the audience again this year as we get a chance to witness future stars in the making. Registration for the JAMBANA™ Idol contest begins July 1st at JAMBANA.COM/IDOL and 2016 winner Al-Beeno will perform his hit "T.O.R.O.N.T.O" in the Canada 150 tribute, which kicks off both days of the festival.

Visitors to the two-day festival will experience the JAMBANA™ villages hearing, seeing, touching, tasting and learning as they rock to the rhythms of the African and Caribbean diaspora on the stage in the Entertainment village. Food, Health, VIP, Domino, Travel & Trade and Children's Villages enhance the JAMBANA™ experience and provide a little something for the entire family. The two players left standing as the winners of the annual 'Lick-A-Six' domino tournament will each win a trip to Jamaica. Fun meets you at every turn during this year's JAMBANA™ One World Festival.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance and are available now at www.ticketgateway.com. Tickets will be in outlets across the city as of June 25th.

Click on www.jambana.com for complete line-up, ticket prices, outlets and general information. Call 905-452-1911 for general information including sponsorship's and vendor opportunities (spaces are limited).





vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgInmates and juveniles in correctional institutions across the island will be showcasing their talents as part of the 'Jamaica 55' celebrations, however, according to the government, the most famous prisoner in Jamaica, Vybz Kartel, will not be part of the celebrations.

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr., explained that the inmates will be making their contributions through music, and other skill areas such as visual and culinary arts.

"I applaud the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport for its willingness to allow the inmates to showcase their talents and entertain Jamaicans and rebuild hope and trust," he said.

He said the move is in keeping with government's objective to "create space that encourages people's talents to flourish for our country's benefit, and inmates in correctional facilities are no different".

For the Independence celebrations, the adult inmates will be working with former Superintendent at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Gladstone Wright, to produce music pieces in recognition of the Independence milestone. Senator Charles Jr. explained that Mr. Wright played a critical role in the development of the music programme in the correctional facilities.

Meanwhile, the youth offenders will be creating pieces for a competition and expo under the 'Jamaica 55' theme 'Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad'.

Four juvenile correctional institutions across the island are expected to display talents in areas such as mural design, animation, graphic design, fashion designing/tailoring, craft, the culinary arts, and agricultural science. The mural design that best captures the theme will be painted in all juvenile institutions as part of efforts to create child-friendly spaces.





Reggae Sumfest week of activities

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reggae-sumfest-2017.jpgSumfest Beach Party on July 16

Sumfest @ Sunset Boat Party on July 17

Sumfest All White Party on July 18

Sumfest Blitz: Retro Block Party on July 19

Sumfest Heavyweight Clash on July 20

Sumfest Night 1 Musical performances, July 21

Sumfest Night 2 Musical performances, July 22.





reggae-sumfest-2017.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica - Reggae Sumfest returns to Montego Bay this summer, for the 25th staging of the "Greatest Reggae Show on Earth." From July 16 - 21, the music festival, which draws thousands of reggae and dancehall fans from across the world, will see some of the genre's biggest names, including Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Sean Kingston. Other popular acts, like Alkaline, Mavado, Sizzla and Jah Cure, round out the lineup of over 30 artists.

In addition to enjoying this top-tier talent, visitors on-island for Reggae Sumest will also be sure to experience Jamaica's beautiful beaches, tasty cuisine and friendly people.

"Jamaica is proud to be the birthplace of reggae music, and just as proud to host Reggae Sumfest, giving music lovers an opportunity to enjoy some of Jamaica's greatest talent," noted Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "Reggae Sumfest is an excellent time for travelers to come to Jamaica and immerse themselves in our culture - and after their experience, we're confident they'll become repeat visitors."

As one of Jamaica's most popular resort areas, Montego Bay has many accommodation options for Reggae Sumfest attendees. Below is a sampling of properties and current deals: The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay offers a beachfront location, comfortable rooms and unlimited dining - ideal for guests looking to attend Reggae Sumfest. The hotel is currently offering a 4th night free when guests book the "Getaway Package" for a minimum four-night stay from Sundays and Thursdays. Rates start at $277.44 per person.

Half Moon Resort offers 10% off the best available rate for guests who book a minimum 4-night stay at least 14 days in advance, a great value for those revelers participating in Reggae Sumfest's weeklong lineup of parties and concerts. Guests will be awed by this iconic property in Montego Bay, which sits on 400 acres of tropical gardens and is bordered by two miles of beach. Rates start at $222.30 per room, per night. The deal also includes roundtrip airport transfers.

Round Hill Hotel and Villas' "Forever Summer" package gives guests one night free, plus a $100 resort credit, when they book a minimum three-night stay by June 30, 2017. The private and secluded Round Hill is set on a lush 110-acre peninsula just west of Montego Bay, making it a conveniently located home base for Reggae Sumfest patrons, while also providing a respite from the festival's activities when needed. Rooms start at $419 per room, per night. Additional taxes, service charges, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply for hotel packages.





Do you want to be a Sumfest Beach Bunny?

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sumfest-beach-bunny-photo-1.jpgAs promotions move into high gear for this year's staging of Reggae Sumfest, organisers recently went in search of some hot females to play the role of Sumfest Beach Bunnies.

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Here are some of the scenes from the competition, held at Downsound Records (DSR) Headquarters, 22 Belmont Road in New Kingston on Saturday.

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A similar competition is also scheduled to take place in Montego Bay, St James, on Saturday, June 17

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'Mad Love' between Sean Paul and Shakira

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sean-paul-photo-8.jpgSean Paul is set to drop a brand new collaboration with Colombian Pop superstar Shakira titled "Mad Love," produced by David Guetta.

The single is set to be released on iTunes within the coming weeks, and will be reportedly the lead track for Sean Paul's upcoming debut project for new label Island Records.

Some of the Dancehall artist's biggest hits over the years have included collaborations, and the deejay is hoping this trend continues. He previously worked with superstars such as Beyonce, Blu Cantrell, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, and recently Sia for the Billboard chart topping "Cheap Thrills."





beyonce-diddy-rowling-forbes-split.jpgForbes has released its list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers and Sean "Diddy" Combs is top of the tree.

His earnings of $130m (£102m) pushed him up from last year's 22nd spot.

His success is down to his recent US tour, a marketing deal with a vodka company and selling one third of his Sean John clothing line.

Beyonce and JK Rowling took second and third spot, but women comprise just 16% of the world's top-earning celebrities.

Newcomers include Kylie Jenner, at number 59, who is the youngest list member at the age of 19. Her earnings come from her family's reality TV show - Keeping Up with the Kardashians - her namesake cosmetics company and clothing line, plus various endorsements.

Half of the top 10 are made up of musicians, while two athletes - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball star LeBron James - also make the cut.

Grammy award-winning rapper Combs used to be best known for best-selling albums such as No Way Out and Forever. But the entrepreneur's business interests have catapulted him into the big time, and he's jumped from number 22 in last year's list to nab this year's top spot. Queen Bey needs no introduction but she's made a big leap up the chart, from number 34 last year. That's largely due to profits from her Formation tour and her most recent album, the critically-acclaimed Lemonade. Her husband, Jay-Z, could only make number 55.





Beyonce to give birth at home

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And...more Jay Z news. The rapper and his wife Beyoncé are putting their massive fortune to good use, when they welcome twins any day now.

The rapper and his wife, who are worth over $1.2 billion combined, will skip a traditional hospital birth.

Instead, the power couple have reportedly transformed their Hollywood mansion into their own personal maternity ward.

An entire professional neonatal wing was reportedly shipped to the their mansion, as Beyoncé prepares to give birth.





jayz-damian-marley-and-sister-nancy.pngReports are that American rapper/businessman Jay Z travelled to Jamaica recently and his mission was to record new music with Tidal co-owner Damian Marley and veteran recording artist sister Nancy.

The single will reportedly sample Sister Nancy's 1982 smash hit 'Bam Bam.' The three made rounds online Thursday after a photo surfaced, a video shoot in Jamaica is also in the works for the upcoming single.

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According to sources, and a picture posted of the two, Jay Z also met with Christian Tavares-Finson who is also the brother of Jr. Gong - they share the same mother Cindy Breakspeare. Christopher just happens to be one of the lawyers for incarcerated dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel.

The rumour mill is working overtime and spitting out stories that the meeting was to give Jay an update on the Kartel's upcoming appeal trial set for next year.





ashanti-for-cfw-2017.pngR&B Super Star Ashanti visited Jamaica for a performance at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) however, all those journalists who thought they would get a chance to interview her, were out of luck as the diva refused to give interviews to local media.

Ashanti herself seemed to have enjoyed her trip to Jamaica and posted videos and pictures of her trip to the iconic Bob Marley Museum. The organizers of the event hyped up the show by posting a clip of the star doing sound checks Sunday afternoon, prior to her performance later that day.

Her performance (if it can truly be called that) closed a week of activities, and was supposed to have been the big night for CFW. However, while the crowd turned out to give their full support to the event, Ashanti's less than 10 minutes on stage was certainly less than satisfactory. In fact, it was rather shocking. Persons expected at least a 20-minute performance from the R&B act whose catalogue far surpasses that. Why bring Ashanti all the way from foreign to perform for a mere eight minutes?

Anyway, the performances from Dexta Daps on Friday, and African Pop star FUSE ODG on Saturday were certainly much to rave about and while Dexta went for the girls, FUSE, the unknown entity was definitely a man for all seasons.

Fuse ODG also showcased pieces from his own line, to much applause.





Raffle winners announced

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Rock House Foundation

Raffle Winners

1st Prize: #0108, Lori Davidson

A week at Rockhouse flying JetBlue

2nd Prize: #0241, Judith Landsman

Three Nights at Rockhouse Hotel flying Jetblue

3rd Prize: #0380, Jacques Wagemaker

Five-Course Tasting Menu for Eight at Miss Lily's in NYC

4th Prize: #0194, Tanya Phattiyakul

Five Days of Wellness Treatments for Two at Rockhouse Spa

5th Prize: #0195, Vivian Saunders

Three Days of Indulgence for Two at Rockhouse Hotel


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Before & After: New Special Needs School

Your incredible generosity is a big step towards completing the construction of Rockhouse Foundation's current project, developing Jamaica's first public inclusion model Special Needs Early Childhood School. We are very grateful for the kindness and loyalty of so many supporters who enable us to continue 'transforming the places where children learn in Jamaica, and support the great people who teach them.'


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Spring Dinner & Raffle

The Spring Dinner and Raffle drawing was held June 6th 2017 at the Rockhouse's sister restaurant in NYC, Miss Lily's, and was a great success raising over US$70,000. We are so grateful to all who supported the night, especially Rhy Waddington, Sam Whitford, Miss Lily's "Chopped Champion" Andre Fowles, and longstanding sponsor JetBlue, and musical guest Tara Harrison and Andrew MacIntyre who ended the night on the highest note.


Rockhouse Foundation

The Rockhouse Foundation, a New York based 501(c)(3), was established in 2003 to transform the places where Jamaica's children learn and support the great people who teach them. Since its inception, the Foundation has expended almost US$4 million building, expanding, renovating and modernizing five early childhood and primary schools, as well as the Negril Community Library. The Foundation's current project is the construction of the regions first Special Needs Early Childhood School. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that its contributions to education are meaningful and long-lasting, and supplements its building projects with ongoing facility maintenance and on-site support.

The Rockhouse Hotel and its owners underwrite all administrative expenses of the foundation, ensuring every cent of every donation goes directly to its projects and programs, positively impacting the lives of thousands of young people and their families.


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Tanya Stephens lashes out at fake advertising

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tanya-stephens.jpgDancehall artiste Tanya STephens is hittting out against a promoter in To whom it may concern...

This serves as further and final formal notification to remove my

(Tanya Stephens) name and likeness from all your promotional

material as I am in no way affiliated to your festival

titled "Canada Day Festival". Richard Hope has

been directed to cease and desist false advertising yet the

fliers persist. This is most dishonest and will not be taken

lightly. There is absolutely no interest on my part in

having ANYTHING to do with your 'event'.





munga.jpgDancehall deejay Munga should make his first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court tomorrow, Tuesday, June 6.

Last Friday, the deejay's appearance was postponed after members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force failed to submit the case file to the court.

Munga was arrested and charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith some weeks ago. Smith, who was the nephew of Mr. Vegas, was shot and killed at a dance in the community of Ackee Walk in St Andrew.

Munga has reportedly denied any involvement with the killing.





Buju Banton writes letter to fans from prison

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After a long period of silence, fans of deejay Buju Banton have finally heard from him. The incarcerated entertainer sent fans a poignant letter via Facebook on Friday, thanking them for their loyalty and pointing to a better future upon his release.

"To all of my fans who have stood beside me I thank you. Your actions, letters and heartfelt prayers have been appreciated. I thank you and am humbled by your kindness - I am with you and you with me. Always. After many years there were a multitude of my fans gathered on a page automatically generated from your search for me and my official page. With the approval of my official page you were migrated here...And at last we are reunited. I will be with you again soon - they may have the past and present ... but the future belongs to us. Bless..." he wrote.

Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is scheduled to be released from prison on December 8, 2018.





damian-marley-high-times-cover.jpgHigh Times, the magazine that has chronicled the transformation of marijuana use from an underground vice to a major American business, said on Thursday that it had been acquired by a group of investors that includes Damian Marley, son of the reggae star Bob Marley.

The group, led by Adam Levin, the founder of the investment firm Oreva Capital, bought a controlling interest at a price that values the magazine at $70 million, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

In a news release, the new ownership group said it planned to expand the publication's audience and its events business.

"I think most would agree it was not executing business at max potential under the legacy framework established by the founders," Mr. Levin, who will become chief executive of High Times Holding Co., said in a statement. "We are going to build on the strong base they created to bring High Times from the authority in the counterculture movement to a modern media enterprise.

The magazine, which in January moved its headquarters to Los Angeles, had previously been owned by the New York-based Trans High Corp.

Mr. Marley, a reggae artist like his father, noted that he had started reading High Times in high school. "It is now an honour to be a part of the High Times legacy that I've been a fan of for so many years," he said in a statement.

The magazine was founded in 1974 by Tom Forcade as a subversive record of the marijuana counterculture. Whereas Playboy centerfolds displayed buxom women, High Times centerfolds displayed beautiful buds. It offered how-to instructions for growing at home, and even advice on best practices for smuggling marijuana.

These days, as marijuana acceptance has grown and states continue to legalize its use, High Times balances lifestyle writing with more serious coverage of "ganjapreneurs" and the "cannabusiness."





Ariana Grande's upcoming concert One Love Manchester has sold out in just six minutes, organisers have announced.

The tickets went on sale at 10am on Thursday morning and by 10.11, they had tweeted that they were completely sold out.

Ariana also tweeted about the tickets, but was already too late.

The One Love Manchester concert is set to take place on Sunday June 4.

Ticketmaster said in a statement: 'Ticketmaster was unsurprisingly met with remarkable demand for One Love Manchester tickets we had on sale this morning - 140,000 fans were on the website and our call centre was buzzing.

'With over 450,000 searches on our site for One Love Manchester over the last 24 hours, demand was always going to be extremely high.

'We are happy to report that there are thousands of fans who successfully purchased tickets during the general onsale.'

Confirmed acts include Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Usher, Katy Perry and Niall Horan.





sean-paul-photo-8.jpgSean Paul is calling on Drake to give dancehall and Jamaican culture more homage.

It's no secret that Drake has taken such a liking towards dancehall culture that he recorded an entire album full of dancehall influenced singles. The album Views was the biggest selling album released by any artist last year and one of the biggest in decades release by a rapper. Last Year Sean Paul sound off on Drake saying that not only he was not the best rapper, but he doesn't make good dancehall music.

Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull, he claimed that the rapper should have given greater 'accolades' on the hit track - which was the best-selling UK single of 2016.

drake.jpgHe said: 'I think at the time when it was popping off, it would have been good for him to actually put accolades towards the whole culture.

'He's friendly with a few people in the business in Jamaica and that's good, I love it.

'But if he had given more accolades when he was actually making it and said "this is the music I love", it would have been cool.'

Bringing Ed Sheeran into the debate, he added: 'Ed Sheeran has done one song that is huge and it's dancehall reminiscent.

'But that is one song, he [Drake] had an album full of dancehall so I think he should have paid a bit of an accolade and told people in the press that is where I'm coming from, I have a love for that music.'

The dancehall legend also spoke about hearing the patter of tiny feet after welcoming his first child, son Levi Blaze, with wife Jodi Stewart in February.

'It's been three months now and I'm getting the daddy muscles!', he joked.

'A lot of stuff has changed, but it's only for the better. He's brought light into our lives and we're really thankful."

And when it came to his own music, he teased a forthcoming collaboration with Shakira - having previously worked with the likes of SIA and Little Mix in recent years.

He said: 'I just released a new song with Migos that is about to pop off on radios, big up to them!

'I'm also looking forward to dropping a single with Shakira, it's being mixed right now!'





Surgeons have revealed the man who received the world's third successful penis transplant is black - but his penis is white.

It means the 40-year-old patient will have to undergo extensive medical tattooing later this year to color-correct the penis he received.

The DailyMail.com reported on the successful surgery yesterday, and the race of the patient has just been revealed.

The tattooing procedure will take place at the end of this year, according to the team of South African surgeons who attached the penis in a nearly 10-hour surgery.

But he will be able to have sex first.

The patient, who is unnamed for ethical reasons, lost his penis due to complications from a traditional circumcision.

Finally, on April 21 this year, his organ was restored and he is already able to have erections.

Within the next six months he will be able to have sex and be able to urinate on his own.





Dancehall artist-turn-Gospel singer Mr Vegas uploaded a snippet for Grande's smash hit single "Side To Side" with Trinidadian Rapper Nicki Minaj in which she sings, "... and boy i got you baby / because tonight i'm making deals with the devil / and i know its gonna get me in trouble."

His point is that the Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester is because the singer made deals with the devil...just like she sings about.

That's quite an interesting perspective.

On Monday night, 22 persons were killed after a suicide bomber targeted Grande's tour stop at the Manchester Arena.

Mr. Vegas also took to social media to send out his condolences to the families affected.

"Condolences to the families of the victims at Ariana Grande Concert in the Manchester England," The "Jesus Train" singer wrote. "The devil is on a loose to kill and destroy, especially when you MAKE a DEAL with him.

Vegas also uploaded a snippet for Grande's smash hit single "Side To Side" with Trinidadian Rapper Nicki Minaj in which she sings, "... and boy i got you baby / because tonight i'm making deals with the devil / and i know its gonna get me in trouble."

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ishawna-photo-7.jpgWarning or no warning, Ishawna performed her new hit single "Equal Rights" in Portland on Tuesday night.

The former Downsound Records artist sent female patrons into a frenzy when she dropped the new raunchy single, "Mi seh some people affi guh cork dem ears.... dem affi guh cork dem ears tonight!" Ishawna said taking jabs at Bounty Killer.

"Bumpa to some bwoy nice cleeeaaan farid.... a dat mi seh," Ishawna told fans during her set.

However while winning over more female fans, her performance has since made the Veteran deejay who was also billed for the show furious.

Bounty Killer previously told Ishawna that if she performed the single in his presence he would not be taking any more bookings for events she's on.





A teary farewell for Germaine Mason

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funeral-for-tragic-british-olympian-germaine-mason-in-jama.jpgIt rained tears and more tears inside the Hagley Park Road Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Sunday family, friends and well-wishers gathered for a final farewell to Jamaican-born British high jumping star Germaine Mason.

The 34 year old father of one, with another on the way, was remembered as a loving, generous, always great to be around kinda guy.

Affectionately called 'Ger' by family and friends, Mason was a solid rock, a shoulder to lean on.

Olympic champion Usain Bolt, other Jamaican Olympians Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, as well as former Reggae Boyz stalwarts Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner and Ian "Pepe" Goodison were all in attendance, and their mood was sombre, many times reduced to tears, as they tried to comprehend the tragic loss of their dear friend, Ger.

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busy-signal-photo-13.jpgDancehall deejay Busy Signal, born Glendale Gordon had his US work permit reinstated and is traveling to New York to perform at Groovin' In The Park, is triggering a rare media frenzy in entertainment circles.

As it happens, Groovin Inc founder & CEO Chris Roberts is confirming that the rumors are true and Busy Signal will in fact be delivering his first major performance on US soil at the premier reggae and R&B sizzler on Sunday June 25 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY.

"Music fans in the USA have been waiting to see this dancehall mega star in concert for a very long time" Robert said.

"I am happy that this historic performance will be delivered on a Groovin' stage, the biggest music platform for reggae and R&B music in the US."

Joining Busy at Groovin' In The Park will be R&B hitmaker R Kelly who will deliver his first outdoor performance in NYC in almost a decade. Groovin' In The Park will also feature reggae /rocksteady icons Freddie McGregor, Ken Boothe, U Roy and Leroy Sibbles with Lloyd Parks and We The People Band supported by an orchestra with the sweet sounds of violins, violas, cellos and a harp, plus the Lenox Hill Rd Baptist choir. The 17-man orchestral ensemble will be directed by Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, former member of the critically acclaimed Third World band and music educator/ lecturer at the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.Tarrus Riley, one of the most accomplished of the second generation of Jamaica roots reggae singers, is also confirmed as a performer.





edx2.jpgBuilding on the momentum of last year's hugely successful, inaugural staging of EDX in Ocho Rios, St Ann, the investors have committed to packaging Jamaica's electronic music festival into an attractive and highly competitive export product.

The 2017 staging of the exciting EDM event will take place not only in Kingston, Jamaica, but also in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

Appropriately titled EDX - Full Flight, the St Thomas USVI leg of the event - which is endorsed by the island's tourist board - takes place on June 3, at the world-class Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, St Thomas, and the islanders are ready for the highly charged musical invasion. When asked why St Thomas was chosen as the place for the very first EDX to be held outside of Jamaica, Mark Tracey, one of the brains behind the event explained that it was actually St Thomas who chose them.

"A promoter from St Thomas received rave reviews about last year's show, and he reached out to us ... and as they say, the rest is history," Tracey said simply.

Quite enthused about the line-up, he noted that among the acts will be Christopher Martin, who is embracing EDM, and who is also well loved in the Virgin Islands; DJ Blak, a third-generation EDM and soca DJ, whose Blaknation followers stretch way beyond his native St Thomas; Rocalypso pioneer and one-man band, John Gazi, along with one of the stars of last year's event, one of the most dynamic EDM group out of California, Bad Royale. Bad Royale will all be in action in St Thomas, as well as in Kingston, Jamaica at EDX Touch Down, scheduled for July 1, at Seventh Harbour which is along the Palisadoes. Tickets go on sale May 20, both online at firstinlineja.com and at various outlets across the island. Tracey pointed out that this year the organisers will be conducting a raffle, and one lucky person will win an all-expense paid trip to EDX Full Flight in St Thomas, USVI.

The raffle will be done using all ticket numbers and online purchase bought between May 20 and May 29. Early bird purchases will also qualify. The winner must also be a follower of either EDX on Instagram or Facebook. For patrons in St Thomas, there will be a bikini contest on the day of the event, and the winner will receive a trip to Jamaica to attend EDX Touch Down.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgLawyers representing entertainer George Nooks have declared that they will be challenging the drug charges against him.

Mr. Nooks, who was charged with cocaine possession on May 5, appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday morning where the case was mentioned.

Lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson argues that there are flaws in the Crown's case.

"I pointed out to the judge that there was already a major discrepancy in the prosecution's case as to where this incident took place because the superintendent who is in charge of narcotics put the incident one place, then the investigating officer put it at another place...and it is so unfortunate because this is a case where Mr. Nooks' career is being blighted by an allegation that, in my mind, cannot be substantiated in the court," asserted Mr. Tavares-Finson.

Mr. Nooks is to return to court on June 28.





Chris Martin short film

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50-cent-dog.jpg50 Cent gave a shout-out, or perhaps that should be a "bark out" to Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his oldest son, and many are calling it "savage", plain and simple.

The two have been engaged in a nasty feud for quite some time. And he has yet to show any kind of respect as he took another stab at her on Instagram. The vicious picture shows Fif sitting next to a dog and he compares her to it. The caption reads, "Ok ok, here's a pic of me and my first baby mom. LOL."

Many fans on social media gave varying opinions on the post with one saying," I think 50 has been desensitized to a lot of things growing up due to his upbringing...from his mother being murdered at 8,to becoming the drug-king pin of his own hood,beefing with supreme and jimmy henchmen and barley surviving getting shot 9 times..all those things literally turned him into a savage..!

"looks like he in his feelings. Shouldn't he been moved on with his life? Isn't he over her, he doesn't have a relationship with his son or her, so why the childish behavior, that's a grown man, I would never do that to an ex, even if he did hurt me, karma always takes care it, whatever energy you put out, you get back. Trust and believe."

Another commenter wrote, "I'm not condoning 50's post but how can his son hate his dad for doing this when he follows the mom to tmz and radio and doesn't say anything when she's calling him bum ass and what not?"

50 cent. I lost alot of respect for you bruh. If you happen to visit Vladtv and read this which you probably will, your black baby mama was the reason you still alive. She hid you in the Poconos when Supreme and them and Murder Inc was hot on your ass. You had no money. Your 1st album was shelved. She was ok then. But your second baby mama, the Asian one. You know, the one that was screwing Mally Mall and others while you were in the studio. You awful silent on her. She pressed charges on you, had you arrested, sued you for damages and child support. But you silent on the Asian girl who never didshit for you unlike your black baby mama, because of your self hatred but rage against your day one and even went at your 1st born. Smh. F@#$ing self hating sell out.





Afar Music Group and DJ Kenny release LevelUp

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afar-level-up.jpgkenny-bling.jpgThe new riddim from the Afar Music Group AMG features the sounds of a host of big name and on-the-rise artistes.

Among then are international reggae star Junior "One Blood" Reid who sings about about his mother's love on ''My Mommy''. With Mother's Day a near memory, this song was pulled up on radio and in the dance numerous times. Still living his dream, Nesbeth makes a impassioned statement about the perils of the street life on ''Tony Tony Tony''' while recording artists D Medz comes at you with "Africaness" chanting words of encouragement to black people to search within their souls and remember and honour their African roots and stop bleaching their skins. Rising star Keneil Brown, better known as Kenny Bling sings his respect for his real friends on ''Mi Chargie''', Clara, and Blakx.

"This project came about after myself and Dj Kenny had a long conversation about the business of marketing and promoting reggae/dancehall music. While reasoning about what's being done and how we can do things different and better we decide on joining forcing in promoting a riddim, hence the name LevelUp. With the release of this LevelUp riddim we are also introducing a few new artist, in particular Kenny Bling, who will soon release his debut EP under the Afar Music Group banner." explained Shem of AMG.





kalado-sexcited.jpgAccording to a release from his publicists, dancehall artiste Kalado's 'Sexcited' video was packaged months ago and is definitely not an effort to copy Dexta Daps much talked about, sexually charged video released last week.

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Kalado released his very raunchy and explicit video for the steamy single 'Sexcited', last week, however, Kalado says the single, which details a seductive interaction between the artiste and his special female.was recorded last year. The video amplifies that interaction, with raunchy scenes simulating sex and, for adult audiences, tasteful nudity.

The artiste released the visuals hours after another Dancehall artiste, Dexta Daps released a video online with similar scenes. Kalado however made it clear that this is by no means an effort to copy or compete with any artiste, the video was released in an effort to make the opposite sentiment quite clear.

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"I expect people will speculate because technically my video was released hours after the other artist's video but I had that video teaser on social media from November 2016," Kalado explained.

The visuals for Sexcited were recorded in St Kitts in October of last year, the complete video was ready for release in November of 2016 but was delayed.

"Many things delayed the release since we posted 'coming soon' on social media last November. After seeing the other artist's video I really wanted to not release my Sexcited video at all, but the producer didn't want to loose all that money he spent shooting it" Kalado added.

Already persons have started to compare both videos because of the nude elements but Kalado wants to make it clear that his video was recorded months ago and was never inspired by any artistes content whether past or present.

"Every artiste has their own creative method and I won't say anyone is following my concept from last year but I also have not stolen any concept from any artiste. My video was being teased over 6 months now so any one following is certainly not Kalado, " Kalado surmised

Kalado who is focused on promoting his recent hit Bruk Foreigner and new single 'Fresh To The Bone' is not perturbed by any comparisons made to his 'Sexcited' video as he believes the content and song stands firmly on its own merit.

The artiste is currently preparing for his Summer European Tour this July and will be touring countries in Africa later this year.

For all updates and to see all current content follow @officialkalado on all social platforms.

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marlon-samuels-foundation.jpgWest Indies Cricketer and international sports personality Marlon Samuels currently in India on professional duties will be expanding his entrepreneurial endeavours this summer with the launch of a new reality series.

Still in its infancy the series dubbed 'The Making Of An Icon' will encapsulate all facets of the cricketer's life, both on and off the pitch. Shot in partnership with Triad Media the project will give fans an opportunity to see the man behind the glitz and glamour of the popular sport.

"The show will give viewers an opportunity to see Marlon doing every days things not just on the pitch but also at home, on the road, spending time with his family among other amazing adventures. It promises to be something awesome so stay tuned." - a representative from Triad Media stated.

In recent times Samuels has also been doing a lot of philanthropic work across the region through his Foundation. At a recent presentation held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston he donated $J350,000 to Garfield Mitchell a visually impaired student of the Church Teachers' College who was on the brink of dropping out of school because his tuition fees had overwhelmed him. He also made a second donation of J$1.5 Million to the Jamaica Society For The Blind. Among the attendees at the ceremony were former Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson and current Entertainment Minister Olivia Babsy Grange among other dignitaries.

Samuels formed the foundation after he had encountered a moment of blindness himself. In 2013, while playing in Australia's domestic cricket league Big Bash where he took a nasty blow to one of his eyes from the cricket ball while batting.





GATFFEST 2017 'From the Streets to the Screen

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gatffest.jpgGATFFEST, the rebranded Greater August Town Film Festival, is hailed as the Caribbean's premier community film festival and this year the event marks its significant five-year milestone under the theme "From the Streets to the Screen."

The festival of films got its 2017 staging rolling with the official launch last week at the The Atrium, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI.

An initiative of the UWI Community Film Festival and Centre for Tourism and Policy Research, at The University of the West Indies (UWI) the mission of the GATFFEST Film Festival is to serve as a platform for local and international exposure of film makingtalent - directors, producers, casts and crews. The UWI Community Film Project, a community-based initiative supporting the UWI Township Project , offers training in film and video production for youth in a number of underserved communities.

According to the organizers, the festival was introduced in 2013 as an avenue to showcase the films produced by the graduates of the UWI Community Film Project. However, GATFFEST has evolved and now provides an ideal opportunity to showcase new and emerging filmmakers who are telling stories through a mix of short films and documentaries. The film festival features premieres and special events and panel discussions with stakeholders in tourism, academia and the film industry. The event also includes after-film discussions with filmmakers.

Professor Ian Boxill, Chairman of Gatffest explained that "The Festival has provided a platform for our graduates but more importantly for those persons who have an interest and who have made films. GATFFEST provides an outlet for them. It's largely a community festival and most of the local material is mobilized from among the communities. While the festival focuses on community building and development we want our filmmakers to compete with those from across the world and in attracting regional and international films, it shows them what they need to aspire to."

Activities during the event include film workshops and the screening of local, regional and international SHORT films along with an Awards Ceremony. Spanning the genres: drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, documentary, animation and suspense, the festival caters to a wide audience. The premiere film for 2017, Children of the Incursion, is a documentary which explores the psycho-social impact, seven years later, of the Tivoli incursion on the children who lived through the ordeal.

Patron of GATTFEST is Professor Sir Kenneth Hall





frankie-paul.jpgVeteran singer Frankie Paul is ill and his medical bill now stands at over one million dollars.

The family of veteran entertainer Frankie Paul is seeking financial help for the singer.

Frankie Paul has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona since April 2017.

According to his sister, Tish Clarke, Frankie has a hospital bill of $1.4 million in outstanding payments.

In a video posted on Youtube, Wayne Lonesome and Frankie's sister, Tisha in their request to seek financial assistance had this to say.

Reports are Frankie Paul's body is currently swollen because of malfunctioning kidneys.

As a result, the singer has been prescribed dialysis treatments twice weekly at a cost of $20,000 per treatment. Meanwhile the cost for the Intensive Care Unit is approximately $60,000.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty Killer took to social media to explain why he left in the middle his performance at a concert in Trinidad on Saturday.

According to the Trinidad Express, Bounty Killer reportedly made a hasty exit, leaving fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation.

In a long explanation on Instagram, Bounty Killer said he was booked as a solo act.Bounty further explains that he communicated to the promoters that if they wanted a Bounty Beenie duo then they would have to pay for it.

Bounty Killer stated that he was told that he would work after Aidonia but both he and Beenie Man were called on stage as a package.

Killer who also admitted that he was not going to perform, said the love for his Trini fans propelled him to deliver a short performance with Beenie Man.

According to the Trinidad Express, a confused Beenie Man asked "Where Bounty gone?" Meanwhile, the event promoter Kwesi "Hoppy" Hopkinson said despite their efforts some things remain out of their control.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgAccording to a report in the Trinidad Express, dancehall artiste Bounty Killer made a hasty exit, abandoning fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation, at the Guinness Fully Loaded Music Festival, at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Saturday night.

Bounty was reportedly in the middle of what the writer called a "high-intensity song-for-song segment with Beenie Man when he turned, walked off the stage and left the venue".

The long-time musical rivals' joint appearance had been billed as a festival of peace, love and sound.

The controversial DJ, who has been arrested in the past for using obscene language on stage in Trinidad, was seen pacing back stage as his co-star asked for his return.

"Where Bounty gone? Bounty, he gone?" asked a confused Beenie Man.

When Beenie declared to the audience the show would go on in his absence, Bounty was seen making his final exit.

"They say Bounty gone, but I came here to work," the dancehall doctor continued to a resounding cheer.

The Kingston native dipped into his extensive catalogue to successfully fill the unscheduled void, cueing his backing Ruff Cut band into a medley of his 90s hits.





25 winners for Reggae Sumfest 25

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sumfest-2017-poster.jpgTwenty-five lucky persons from overseas will win a trip to Jamaica and Reggae Sumfest, courtesy of title sponsor of the festival, Red Stripe. The announcement was made by the company's head of marketing, Blandine Jean-Paul Reid at the local launch of Reggae Sumfest, held at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew last week."This will be done via a special promotion that will send these lucky Red Stripe lovers from the US market to the week-long festival in Montego Bay," she said.

The 25th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest is scheduled for July 16-22 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James.

Also speaking at the launch was Josef Bogdanovich, chairman of Summerfest Promotions -- promoters of Reggae Sumfest, who said this year's staging will be superb and will once again attract a large international audience to the island.

"The festival continues to grow and this year will be spectacular. In addition to live entertainment, we will also be having a food court among other things. We will be competing with other festivals around the world," he said.

For the second consecutive year, the festival will feature only reggae and dancehall acts. This is a departure from the practice of previous years of including major international acts, predominantly from the R&B or hip hop genres, to boost the offering.

The launch attracted dozens of the entertainment fraternity members including Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Harry Toddler, and Richie Stephens.





chris-gayle-condom-ad-1.jpgJamaica and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is cashing in on his notorious Big Bash interview with Mel McLaughlin by repeating the controversial phrase in a new CONDOM advertisement.

The sports star is the face of Australian condom brand Skore, . Sitting on a chair with a blank white background, the 37-year-old cricketer begins the video with the words: 'Listen me, I'm not a bad man.'

'I'm only a bad boy,' Mr Gayle continues.

'Bad boy to bowlers, bad boy to fielders, 'cause they don't want me that way.'

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Gyptian still signed to VP Records

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gyptian-photo-2.jpgReports that reggae artist Gyptian is no longer signed to VP Records are false.

According to a VP release, "On the contrary, VP Records can confirm that Gyptian remains an exclusive VP recording artist. VP Records aims to establish and maintain strong working relationships with all of our artists and endeavors to release the best possible product.

The label holds Gyptian in high regard and looks forward to releasing his next project.





The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, JADCO, recently hosted a senior athletes' seminar under the theme: "Anti-Doping Rule Violations, Get the Facts".

Participants in attendance at the seminar, included athletes in JADCO's Registered Testing Pool (RTP), national and international level athletes, athletes from tertiary institutions and their support personnel.

JADCO said it will host its fourth annual Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 18.





Black Matic signs deal with Empire

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Upcoming recording artiste Black Mattic has signed a major label and artist deal with international distribution firm Empire.

This comes after he wrapped up production on his latest Album, Press Play, under his Label, Official Hitz Music Group.

The album also features production from Zj Elektra's label, Elektracute Music Group.

The album is scheduled to be released this summer 2017.





'Nuff' land in The Gambia for Mavado

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Dancehall artist Mavado is one lucky dude.

Reports are that he has been given access to fifty acres of land in The Gambia. The tradition is seen as a gesture of honor gratitude love and respect in the West African country.

The gift was made by Global Properties Gambia Limited and the deejay shared the news on social media shortly after signing documents.

Mavado was set to perform in The Gambia at the Independence Stadium Bakau, with over 25,000 tickets already sold. He arrived in The Gambia Thursday morning sending thousands of fans into a frenzy. Mavado is also reportedly set to shoot a new music video while in the country.

The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. It's known for its diverse ecosystems around the central Gambia River. Abundant wildlife in its Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve includes monkeys, leopards, hippos, hyenas and rare birds. The capital, Banjul, and nearby Serrekunda offer access to beaches.





Sean Paul, Shenseea working on collab

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shenseea-and-sean-paul.jpgShenseea this week posted a photo of she and Sean Paul in the studio with the caption, "We work till we got bags to get bags."

This led to speculation that the artistes have been working on a collab...well, it appears so.

Sources inside Romeich Entertainment camp, under whose management Shenseea falls, have reportedly confirmed what many were thinking. "Sean Paul is the top dancehall artist right now and Shenseea is the hottest new female artist on the scene so a collaboration only makes sense. We are excited about whats coming so stay tune," is the quote attributed to the outfit.

Some of Sean Paul's biggest hits of his career are with female artists like Beyonce, Sasha, Keyshia Cole, Alexis Jordan, Dua Lipa, and Sia. Last year the dancehall legend scored a Billboard Hot 100 number one single on Sia's "Cheap Thrills." SP is currently working on his next major-label album due this year under Island Records. Perhaps his new music with Shenseea will be featured on that project.





Dancehall artist Popcaan's 2015 collaborative single 'Good Times' with English producer/DJ Jamie XX and American rapper Young Thug is featured in Coca-Cola's latest commercial.

The banger serves as the soundtrack in the introductory video for the soft drink company's 2017 'Share a Coke' summer campaign launched on Tuesday May 9, 2017.





Drummer Prince Shirley dies in Germany

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drummer-dies.jpgReports are that popular drummer Basil "Prince" Shirley passed away in Germany on Wednesday after battling an undisclosed illness.

Prolific reggae producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, in an interview with a Jamaican outlet described Shirley as an extraordinary musician who was extremely fun-loving and committed to his craft.

"He wasn't really a studio drummer but he played with Til Shiloh band until Buju Banton was incarcerated. He was really good at what he did. He played very close to the record as possible. He was always on tempo and the band could really rely on him to give off that strong beat," Germain said.





Masicka and Aidonia war brewing

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masicka-photo-2.jpgMasicka and Aidonia camps are feuding and there are reports of threats being made. However, the police is not aware of any of this this.

A diss track "Squeeze" was released by Masicka last week, a direct aim at Aidonia and Aidonia also released what is said to be diss track "Krazay" produced by his own in house producer.

Masicka and his manager Corey Todd - yes the same Corey Todd whose name was called in the beat-up of Devin Di Dakta-- allegedly sent a warning to Aidonia's camp signalling that this beef is getting physical.

The threats came after someone in the 4thGenna camp assault a sound system selector DJ Rolex for playing the Masicka diss song.

"Dont mek me hear you sing no more gun man song ya freak @aidonia4thgenna Selector strength yo have. Diss genahsyde," Masicka wrote on Instagram, while Corey Todd added "Uno got strength for selector @aidonia4thgenna @lalojop me a beg uno try that with me please me a beg u."

The alleged incident in question took place last weekend at a popular event in Kingston where Rolexx was playing some of Masicka's music. Aidonia crew was inside the venue and didn't like what was going on and roughed up the disc jockey. However, Aidonia's camp has since sent out a press release denying that any such incident took place and condemning violence.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgAs expected, following his cocaine charge, singer George Nooks has reportedly been booted from the line-up of the Mother's Day concert -- A Gift for Mom -- to be held on Sunday at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew.

Nooks, who is looked up on as an inspirational singer, with hits such as God is Standing By and a host of gospel favourites, is primarily a reggae singer who is held in high regard by the public. He was arrested and charged after he was held with cocaine by the police in an operation in the Corporate Area on Friday night. Many of his fans have taken to social media, not only to express their disappointment, but also to encourage the artiste to use this as a wake-up call and seek help, if needed.

Clearly the organisers of the concert knew that they would have come under tremendous pressure if Nooks was kept on the line-up. Recently, the organisers of a concert against domestic violence were severely criticised for having Rodney "Bunty Killer" Price on their show, as Bounty has had his fair share of domestic issues with women, leading to violence.

The Entertainment Minister, whose ministry was a part of the event, however, silenced critics and Bounty remained on the lineup for the free concert.

According to police reports, Nooks, 56, was held by narcotics detectives who were on operation in the Widcome Heights area of Kingston 6. The singer was reportedly observed acting in a manner that aroused their suspicion. He was accosted and a bag he was carrying searched; it was found to contain just under two ounces of cocaine. He was charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Nooks was offered station bail in the sum of $80,000 and is due to face the Kingston & St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.

Nooks was set to appear alongside local acts Sanchez and Romain Virgo, as well as American R&B act Freddie Jackson.





vp-greensleeves-top-reggae-billboard-chart.pngGreensleeves' limited press 7" EP "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" debuts at #1 this week on the Billboard reggae chart. This celebratory feat kicks off the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record Label, which will release various special edition albums and host events with some of VP/Greensleeves notable artists. "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" was released on April 22nd which is also Record Store Day- a day for international music lovers and vinyl collectors. The title is from the 1977 song by the punk rock legends The Clash. Inspired by a concert line up that featured Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson, the 7" EP features a hit from each of the four artists, packaged with a replica of the concert's promotional poster.

"White Man In Hammersmith Palais" is just one of the many ways that the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves will be honored. VP/Greensleeves will also release 40th anniversary editions of Culture "Two Sevens Clash," "African Dub Chapter Two" by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos "Heart Of The Congos." Additionally, the forty-track "Total Reggae - Greensleeves" will give fans a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics. The label will also release new albums from current sensations Alborosie and King Jammy. Suns of Dub's "Riddimentary- Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves" came out on April 28th and is available for purchase and streaming.

In addition to the highly anticipated music, are the numerous events that will be held to celebrate the 40th anniversary. In Paris on June 21st - their music day, an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound will be held on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris in Paris, France. The museum is also the site of the current exhibit on reggae culture titled Jamaica Jamaica! On the same day at the legendary BB King's in Times Square, New York there will be a Greensleeves 40th anniversary concert featuring Queen Ifrica, Alborosie and Addis Pablo, son of the legendary Greensleeves artist, Augustus Pablo. Events will continue in London through August and September including the Greensleeves 40th celebration concert at the One Love Reggae & Dub Festival.

"Debuting at number one is a wonderful achievement that we are very proud of and just another way to further celebrate the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record label," said Chris O'Brien of Greensleeves.





nesbeth-ohio.jpgDespite his mild mannered persona, Reggae hit-maker Nesbeth was in scintillating form over the weekend delivering a pair of thought provoking performances at Reggae Springfest in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio to the hundreds who turned out to witness the showcase.

Making his debut in both spaces the 'New Gangster' crooner was anything but reserved as he ensnared the audience with tracks like 'Guns Out', 'My Dream' and a moving tribute to his late wife amid the thirty minutes set.

"I couldn't have asked for a better audience they were very receptive and appreciative. I fed off the crowd's energy and that helped me to deliver a great set. What more can I say but a big thank you to the people of Ohio." - Nesbeth exclaimed.

Seguing to the local scene, in recent times the Rastafarian singer has intensified his campaign aimed at uplifting the youths especially the disenfranchised and those most affected by the socio-economic perils of Jamaica. Prior to his departure the singer again visited the Spanish Town Adult Correctional Centre to perform and mentor inmates.





i-octane-video-1.jpgDancehall and Reggae star I-Octane recently released the sexy single "Long Division" featuring fellow dancehall star Spice. Produced by Good Good Production, the breakthrough track is the second released single from I-Octane forthcoming 2017 album.

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The sensuous and provocative single has delivered an equally steamy video which will be released in the upcoming weeks. Directed by Bling Blang Production, "Long Division" was filmed on location at the Ward Theater, downtown in Kingston, Jamaica and pairs both stars in a seductive setting. "The single Long Division is a sexual song about 2 persons who have chemistry and want to explore each other. Both have mutual interest for each other but at the same time trying to figure out each other on a sexual level." explained I-Octane's manager, Ray Alexander.

i-octane-video-3.jpg"Long Division" video will premiere mid May, while the single is available on all major online digital stores http://smarturl.it/Long DivisionSingle

Busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming album, and a recent thrilling performance in Antigua, I-Octane is slated to perform on May 28th in Miami at the 2017 Best of The Best Concert, one of the largest International Music Festivals in North America today.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgPoor Lisa Hanna....not long after taking flack for her Kartel comments, the Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture now says she experienced the worst customer service in Jamaica recently at a Toll Booth.

She says the toll collector refused to accept a card payment after she realised she only had $2000 JMD cash and the fee was $2450.

"CASH ONLY ... But why if you have a credit/debit card machine you won't accept credit card/ debit payments for the toll?," she said on Instagram.

"I had to wait for someone to drive from Kingston To Caymanas Toll with $450.00 because unless you have cash or US$ the Chinese will not let you through. It's their policy. The sales agent was passive aggressive in her demeanor and said there was nothing she could do because even if I bought the pass for 30,000.00 it wouldn't be activated to get me through the toll," Hanna wrote.

"When the person arrived with the $450.00 a Supervisor finally called down to the sales office where I was to say that they will accept my payment via credit card. This was after I was prepared to buy a pass for the road which they estimated would cost me $30,000.00. I eventually made a credit card payment of $38,450.00 (2,450 toll, 6000 for the device & 30,000 for credit) to CHEC after feeling sever frustration with the customer service."

"Why do our own Jamaican people make life so difficult for their own Jamaican people? Why won't the Chinese Highway accept other forms of payment? Suppose it was a situation of life or death and a person just didn't have the money? Why must we give people who are trying to give you money (or not) bad customer service in the sales office? CHEC needS to make back their money on their investment to build the road. But it's no excuse for a Jamaican worker to give bad customer service. That's the issue. I am calling on China Harbour to look at their toll policy. It's already very expensive for us as motorists to use the highway but on top of it we receive bad customer service."





popcaan-photo-5.jpgOver the weekend Popcaan was in Barbados with his unruly crew and a show. However he raised a few eyebrows when a video surfaced of him chilling and listening to some of his singles.

While singing abut "Demon Gyals" Popcaan sent a message to Burrell.

"Skatta a dat yuh mek the gyal dem do you.... wull it." The "Stray Dog" deejay said to the producer who was previously linked to Ishawna.

The video comes weeks after the 'Unruly Boss' and former Downsound records artist had a falling out after Popcaan refuted claims that the two had an upcoming single together.

A preview of the alleged single "Ready For War" was released on April 18, however Popcaan said the track was fake.

The "Restraining Order" singer seemingly took offense to Popcaan's statement and went to her Instagram account to quote lyrics from his rival Mavado.

"Mi love it when dem plan up and group up, it mek it easier fi dem get shoot up!!!!," Ishawna wrote, taking jabs at Popcaan and his production team.

Meanwhile Ishawna has retained the spotlight with her new raunchy single "Equal Rights" last week. The track has been making rounds with the ladies as it glorifies males giving oral sex.





feluke-promo-picture.jpgReggae singer and percussionist Denver Smith, also known in music circles as "Feluke" is thanking fans, friends and family for the love and support.

Feluke is currently in the first week of his 21-day cancer treatment in Mexico.

Earlier this month, family and friends of Feluke created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer, who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer.

Feluke is scheduled to perform at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay this year.





j-amsterdam.jpgControversial dancehall artiste J Amsterdam is back on the scene to show his full support for Ishawna's new single 'Equal Rights' which urges men to perform the sexually taboo act of oral sex.

Amsterdam made headlines back in 2014 as "The Freak Messiah" when he dropped his debut single "Come Wine Inna Face" however disappeared shortly after getting numerous death threats.

"I've been a musician for over sixteen years writing my own songs and I have reinvented myself by taking on the landscape of the freaks," the Portmore-based Dancehall artist said during an interview.

"There are a lot of freaks in Jamaica but they have no one to represent them and they have no voice, so I want to be the voice of the voiceless."





macka-diamond-photos-3-detailed.jpgDancehall fans descended on social media to drag Macka Diamond through the mud after she hit out at Ishawna's oral sex offering entitled Equal Rights.

Macka dropped a new track titled 'Nuh Tongue' on Tuesday a direct counteraction againsts 'Equal Rights'. The title of the song is self-explanatory. In the single,

Macka says: "A wah dem wan fi do turn dancehall inna freaky show?" Macka questions in the single.

"A wah happen to dem? a weh the goodup big h**d man dem deh? / unu grab up unu c**ky yah now."

"Mi want a big h**d man fi f**k mi out / mi nuh want nuh boii weh a suck mi out / C**ky mi seh mi want and not yuh mouth / wid yuh freaky lifestyle boii lock yuh mouth," Macka deejays.

However Macka Diamond is surely being hypocritical, because she herself released a song glorifying oral sex in 2013, so how come she is now saying the exact opposite.





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgRecording artiste Sean Paul has released the video for Body, which features Atlanta Rap trio Migos.

The Video was shot a few weeks ago in South Beach in Miami.

The single, produced by veteran producer Don Corleon, is featured on Sean's upcoming album.

The project, which is expected later this year, is his first since signing his new deal with Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited.





ishawna-photo-6.jpgFemale fans of dancehall deejay Ishawna are up in arms about the scorn that is being poured on Ishawna's oral sex song, Equal Rights. They want Miss Legendary's newly released controversial single, Equal Rights to receive the same play that sexually suggestive taboo songs by male deejays get..

Reports are that over the weekend, females at a beach party booed a selector who said the owners of the sound system didn't want the song which speaks of men performing oral activities on women played on their sound.

In the video posted by Ishawna on social media, the women yelled "we need justice," others booed while some men chatted among themselves, and others watched as the saga unfolded.

The selector later heeded. As Ishawna's voice blared from the speakers, loud cheers erupted inside the venue as some women gyrated wildly to the lyrics.

Meanwhile, fellow dancehall deejay Kip Rich has since counteracted Ishawna's Equal Rights" with "Eating Rights."

Some argued that Ishawna is being treated unfairly stating that dancehall fans and industry players were more receptive to Gage's "Throat."





shenseea.jpgRecording artiste Shenseea has released a new single titled Topic of Discussion, following the recent controversy surrounding her feature on Vybz Kartel's Loodi.

The single debuted Saturday morning on her official Instagram account.

The song seemingly addresses a number of recent issues and controversies, including the hot topic single, Loodi, which became a talking point when jailed deejay Vybz Kartel released the original single which does not contain Shenseea's vocals.

Kartel has also released a new single, interestingly, by the same outfit that had produced Loodi.





Jamaica's minister of national security, Robert Montague, revealed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday that artistes behind bars can no longer record music illegally.

Montague, has declared that the days of music being illegally recorded in the island's prison system are over.

In making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Montague said the Department of Correctional Services has "stopped the recording of songs illegally".

Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter also revealed last month that the department has an open investigation into claims that Vybz Kartel has been recording music in prison, but so far there is no evidence to back up the claims.

However, Minister Montague, is there a way that entertainers can record legally behind bars? After all, on correctional facility has a fully functional recording studio, so what is the purpose of that?





Alkaline apologizes to fans for aborted show

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alkaline-photo-10.jpgAlkaline has issued an apology to his fans in the UK following the cancellation of his concert earlier this week.

The Vendetta leader boss was scheduled to perform at a sold out-show at the O2 Academy in Brixton, but organizers were forced to pull the plug on the show after the deejay's fans reportedly got totally out of control. Some fans broke through a security barrier and made their way inside the venue injuring one female.

Reports are that some fans didn't want to pay and even after the venue had reached its official capacity, they were still finding ways and means to reach inside.

Alkaline's management have since stated that artiste is disappointed that he didn't get to perform for his fans and is looking forward to coming back to the city for a performance.

"We apologize to all our fans who came out to see Alkaline at the O2 Brixton Academy," a statement reads. "It was an unfortunate situation, as the artiste himself was disappointed, he was ready to perform for his fans. However, as a result of failure to control the crowd, and the assessment of potential damages, the event could not go on and for this, we apologize to the fans and all who were affected as a result."

There is no word yet on a rescheduled date for the concert. Alkaline is gearing up for a big performance at the upcoming 2017 Reggae Sumfest in July.





shenseea-and-vybz-kartel.jpgThe original version of Loodi, featuring Vybz Kartel alone disappeared from his Vevo channel and was replaced by a new single Remember Me, produced by Zj Chrome.

This comes after the video, which was uploaded yesterday, caused much controversy, after it was disclosed under the upload that the song was never a collaboration.

This news sent social media and industry insiders into a frenzy, more so fans of the incarcerated Dancehall artiste, who stormed to Shenseea's page to express anger at her stealing Kartel's song.

Shenseea and her manager Romeich have done a number of interviews to clear up the issue. In this interview done yesterday and uploaded to Youtube, Shenseea says she was asked by the producer to modify the lyrics of the original version.





lil-wayne-photo-4.jpgLil Wayne got angry and rightfully so then ended his performance after a fan threw a drink on him.

Seems some of Birdman fans also goes to Lil Wayne concerts. The Young Money rapper was performing at Garden City in Idaho on Sunday night when the incident took place. He was performing his smash hit single "A Milli" when suddenly drink started raining down from the audience. Weezy stopped performing at that moment and even contemplated throwing his microphone at the culprit.

Lil Wayne manages to control himself for a bit and hinted that he didn't want to do something that would earn him a lawsuit. "Hold on let me tell you something, I don't know if you thought I was a busta but I'm rich so I can't throw nothing back," Weezy said before calling in his goon squad to throw something back. Back in 2015, Birdman threw vodka on Lil Wayne while he was performing on stage at LIV Nightclub in Miami. At the time Weezy was performing one of his anti-Cash Money singles.





shenseea-and-vybz-kartel.jpgSocial media dragged on-the-rise female artiste Shenseea through the mud and sludge on Monday night into Tuesday after Vybz Kartel (and his team) posted the song Loodie on VEVO, with the note that "My song was never a collaboration!"

Of course, "Loodie" as the world knows it is a colab with Shenseea and Kartel and is credited as the song that gave Shenseea her bus in the music biz.Clearly, something is amiss right here. The song has been playing since last year, why is it that Kartel is now releasing it as a solo singe?

There is a feeling, according to some websites, that for months now, some Gazanation fans have been complaining that Shenseea is not giving Vybz Kartel enough props for single-handedly launching her dancehall career.

Several sites have quoted "Sources inside the Gaza" as saying that Vybz Kartel feels like he never get enough credit for the massive success of the single and feels like he wasn't properly compensated.

Therefore, social media had a field day - and night - bashing Shenseea left, right and centre. The comments about the poor girl were simply horrid. Let's hope her team puts out a statement that will put out a statement that will dispel all the rumours that continue to swirl.

As of the time of writing, producers of the single, So Unique Records have remained silent. Producer Elvis Redwood was not available for comment.





The Half Way Tree police on Sunday night arrested a man who was seen walking around with a gun in his hand in the district, where annual carnival festivities were being held.

"We are aware of the incident and can confirm that the man was arrested and is currently being questioned at this time," a senior officer from the St Andrew Central Police Division told Loop News on Monday morning.

Reports are that the man - identified as a local businessman - was seen parading with the gun along West Kings House Road and other sections of Half Way Tree minutes after he left a popular carnival party.

Alleged eyewitnesses said the man appeared to be drunk at the time.

A video of the man walking around with the weapon has been making the rounds on social media. It is not clear if anyone was harmed by the man.

There are further reports that the man has now been charged with illegal possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgHundreds of Vendetta fans reportedly broke into the O2 venue in the UK after they refused to pay for tickets, in their bid to see their hero Alkaline.

.According to sources a riot also broke after news began to circulate about the cancelation, many fans are now demanding a full refund of £42.

Several disgruntled fans and former fans of the dancehall deejay have since taken to social media to share their experience and loudly voice their discontent.

"The crowd is going wild, persons are fighting outside," one eyewitness reportedly told website, The Tropixs.
"The police blocked the roads and are now using pepper spray" another added.





popcaan-photo-3-larger.jpgdrake.jpgReports were that dancehall artiste Popcaan and Canadian rapper Drake on Sunday officially released a collaboration entitled "My Chargie"

The single, according to some very questionable "reliable sources" was said to be produced by Notnice Records. However, reports have surface since then denouncing the single as fake. It is said that although there is a new Popcaan Drake collab in the making, the one on Youtube, My Chargie, was definitely not it

Drake and The "Unruly Boss" previously teamed up for "Controlla" however that single was only leaked online.

Popcaan was cut from the album version for Drake's chart-topping VIEWS released in 2016. He was controversially replaced by Beenie Man.

"My Chargie" comes weeks after Drake and Popcaan wrapped up the "Boy Meets World" Tour in Europe.





feluke-denver-smith.jpgPercussionist/singer Denver "Feluke" Smith who is suffering from Stage 4 colon cancer.have created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer

Feluke trained as a at the Alpha Boys' School in Kingston. He is known for songs like Soul Alive and Fine Wine.

In a recent interview, Thamar Williams, a close friend of Feluke, said he is in urgent need of treatment.

"He needs our help in his fight against cancer and against time and he needs it now. We desperately need your contributions to assist in getting him to Mexico for treatment and a fighting chance," she said.

Smith was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014 and placed on treatment, which she said had the disease under control. However, it has returned in a more aggressive form, affecting his lungs. Initial treatment will require a minimum of 30 days and cost US$17,000. So far, US$4,000 has been raised.





It's a boy for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

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shelly-ann-fraser-gender-reveal.jpgWith a picture of a baby-reveal maternity shoot with husband Jason Pryce, Double Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce added the caption "Then God whispered.... "I know the plans I have for you". #Hiswill#BabyPryce #MySon #PrycelessJourney".





vegas-vs-kartel.jpgControversial dancehall singjay, Mr. Vegas, is not backing down on his criticisms of Vybz Kartel.

Following a recent ER interview, the Gaza fans took to social media and hosted a bashfest for Vegas.

Here is Vegas' response: "Can anyone tell me why some of the Gaza fans them so dunce and fool fool? Yes come for me! unu real dunce."

During the ER interview, this is what Mr Vegas said that pissed off Gaza fans: "I saw Vybz Kartel on your show already... where he said 'I know I am going to hell, Jeffrey already put in the a/c. Ever since he said that that night I watch your show when he spoke about Mavado not being intelligent, and ever since he got locked up it's like he saw something in the universe that he was going to hell.

Where Vybz Kartel is is hell... I was in Hunts Bay one day and it's like your skin was coming off.





Roots, reggae, dancehall record label VP Records has ventured into the business of music streaming.

VP Records recently signed as one of Apple Music's curators of music and will now promote its own specially curated playlists through the Apple Music streaming platform.

Through this partnership VP Records hopes to provide more exposure for dancehall and reggae artistes wanting to breakthrough in the streaming world internationally.

VP's playlist will include some of the most current dancehall, reggae and soca music as well as exclusive reggae singles released by the label.

The three subcategories on VP's playlist include 'Hot Yah Now', 'Reggae Run', and 'Dancehall Fyah.'

VP joins Large Up as the only other curated playlist on Apple Music with a Caribbean focus.

Fans who wish to subscribe or hear this specially curated playlist can log on to applemusic.com/vprecords.





asafa-powell-girlfriend.jpgJamaican sprinter and former world 100 metre record holder, Asafa Powell and his Canadian model girlfriend Alyshia Akua are engaged.

According to Instagram posts made by Alyshia, the Olympian popped the question in February and it would seem that she said 'yes'.

"Throwback to date night," Miller captioned a photo on her Instagram account.

Using the hashtags "#MySpecialNight, #Engaged and #February."

Miller and Powell went public with their relationship last year September after photos surfaced with the two at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Asafa Powell previously dated beauty queen Yendi Phillipps. He fathers a daughter, Avani, with TV Host Amita Persaud-Webb. Powell also has a son, Liam, whom he announced to the world last year.





Stevie Wonder to marry in Jamaica

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stevie-wonder-girlfriend.jpgMotown legend Stevie Wonder is reportedly set to tie the knot for the third time.

The 67-year-old music legend is planning to tie the knot with 42-year-old Tomeeka Bracy - the mother of his two youngest children - in front of a star-studded guest-list in Jamaica on June 17.

According to the Daily Mail, Stevie and Tomeeka will get married in front of both family and friends, with Stevie's other children set to play supporting roles as bridesmaids and groom's men.

Stevie and Tomeeka have been dating since he split from second wife, Kai Millard Morris. Stevie was previously married to Motown singer Syreeta Wright before they parted ways in 1972.

It's believed the wedding will be a truly A-List event, befitting Stevie's status as a living legend in the music industry, with the likes of Sir Elton John and Sam Smith set to be on the invite list.

His children from previous relationships - Aisha, 42, Kwame, 28, Sophia, Keita, 39, Kailand, 16, Mumtaz, 33, and Mandla, 11 - are thought to have all been asked to play their own roles on the wedding day.





yanique.jpgSo Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host, Yanique is now a full fledged recording artiste, having released her very first single. And, she's doing it right by stirring controversy.

Since its release a few days ago, there has been intense speculation that Yanique makes reference to the beef between herself and Kitty.

"Lifestyle" as the Good Good Productions track is named comes a few months after Curvy signed a Record Deal with the label.

"Lifestyle" is filled with subliminal disses aimed at her critics and longtime rival Miss Kitty.

Take a listen:





Happy 70th Earthstrong Bunny Wailer!

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bunny-wailer.jpgThe only living Wailer, Bunny Wailer, celebrated a milestone 70 years old on Monday April 10 and the Reggae music pioneer told Yardflex that he enjoyed the day immensely.

"I am just here chilling out and enjoying some live music. Brushy One String is here playing his guitar and the vibes are great," a youthful sounding Bunny Wailer told Yardflex.

Neville O'Riley Livingston, stage name Bunny Wailer (Jah B)he surviving founding member of The Wailers has dedicated 55 years of service to the development and preservation of Jamaica's musical genres. Jah B's earthstrong activities will overlap with the inauguration of Rastafari Month.

The month long celebration will include a dinner dance celebration launch of WailerSka Lifestyle Brand honouring The Wailers & Skatalites starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Saturday will see a beach clean-up and community interactive session. Then, there will be a media launch of The Wailer's Museum, celebrating the life and legacy of Bunny Wailer at 10:00 a.m. at the Bournemouth Beach Complex.

The activities will culminate with a Bunny Wailer/Wailers tribute one love concert on April 22 at 10:00 p.m., celebrating the 39th Anniversary of The One Love Peace Concert at the National Stadium in 1978.





Droop Lion to embark on media tour in Europe

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droop-lion-album-cover.jpgHaving released the debut single from his destined-for-success 14-track album, Ideologies, Rastafarian singer Droop Lion is enthusiastically looking forward to taking his all-embracing message of love and unity to the entire music world.

The first single, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, was released on all digital platforms on March 15, and, already music critics have been hailing it as "a true masterpiece" and a "reggafied work of art", proving to Droop Lion and his team that their decision to use this song as the lead single was indeed on point. Well, truth be told, Have You Ever Seen The Rain has already sold over 25 million copies during the decade of the seventies for the original singers, roots rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival. However, this version, while not straying far from the original, still manages to give fans that signature Droop Lion sound, feel and appeal.

"We wanted to keep the nostalgia in the song, so during the production we refrained from changing up the lyrics, but at the same time, we made subtle changes which infused a different kind of vibration in the song. But, at the end of the day, we all know that a classic is a classic and you can't improve on that, you can only interpret and hope that fans will appreciate your interpretation," explained Droop Lion, who noted that he was looking forward to meeting the original singers/song-writer.

Meanwhile, the Free People Entertainment recording artiste continues his exciting musical journey with what will be predominantly a media tour, which kicks off on May 12 and runs through to May 28. He will traverse through Europe, making stops along the way in countries including the UK, France, Germany, Finland , Spain and Italy. Noting that the aim is to solidify his already burgeoning status on the European continent, Droop Lion was full of praise for his fans there who, he says continue to show his amazing love.

"It is always a joy to be in Europe," he said. "The respect and admiration is mutual and I am really looking forward to connecting with the members of the media and through them, speak to my fans. Just want to give a shout out to all the media people all over who have been gracious enough to give us air time, print space and your overall support. It means a lot to me," stated the singer, who emerged as one of the leading voices of a new reggae-soul movement. Droop Lion added that fans in Europe will see him in action on May 14 when he is scheduled to perform in London.





Miami music producer and alleged drug dealer Harrison "Cuban Harry" Garcia is on trial for federal drug charges, this after Homeland Security investigators nabbed the 26-year-old in a sting. In the trial, it has come forth that Lil Wayne and Chris Brown's affiliation with Garcia is now under investigation.

The Miami Herald reports that federal authorities are examining a $15,000 wire transfer Brown made to Garcia's bank account in 2016 that was allegedly used to purchase "lean" and other drugs. The paper adds that Garcia admitted to investigators that he sold "a lot of narcotics" to Lil Wayne, according to a federal agent's testimony on Thursday.

Garcia's attorney attempted to get the agent to elaborate on his client's confession but was refused after he cited that there's still an open investigation. The authorities believe that Garcia's high-flying lifestyle that he promoted on Instagram was supplanted by a hidden drug operation.





Veteran soundman Lloyd Coxsone of London's Sir Coxsone's Outernational recently did a 18-minute video interview criticizing popular radio disc jockey David Rodigan. Coxsone blasts Rodigan calling him "David Rob And Gone" and "a one-hour radio selector" with no sound.

He challenges Rodigan to name one Jamaican artiste who Rodigon has given the break in the United Kingdom.
Speaking on behalf of the 500 sound systems of the UK, Lloyd calls for more respect from Jamaicans for his and other sounds' work during times of open racism and police brutality. Rodigan has been in the news lately following the release of his book.





mixupandtings-channel-exclusives.jpgSo, dancehall singjay I-Octane has been left off the Reggae Sumfest line-up for 2017. So what?????? Yeah, he closed it for two years and he did well and all of that...yaadi daa da....Time to give other good (and better) artistes a time to shine.

As expected, mix-up-selector-who-have-axe-fi-grine ....yes big foot Foota Hype who always a put him foot inna him mouth.. ... a join up wid some a Octane igle fans dem and a try mek a big ting outta it.

foota-hype-stroke.jpgFoota, why you doan try see if Joe will give you a work pon Sumfest. Oops! How could we forget. Joe nuh did dash out Foota from Downsound.

So it looks like Foota nah go get nu wuk pon suimfest either.

Well we deh deh pon we eyelash. Di two night dem have on bare heavyweight artiste. Reggae Sumfest to di flippin' werl!! Joe do yuh tine. Same way suh!!!!!

See Foota a run up him mouth pon video yah:





Suge Knight's son says it's a lie

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suge-knight.jpgEarlier this week news surfaced online claiming that Suge Knight has revealed that his ex-wife Sharitha Golden and his former head of security at Death Row Records Reggie Wright Jr. are both responsible for the murder of Tupac Shakur. The Daily Mail was one of the major news outlets that reported the story claiming that Knight thinks that he was the target in the murder of the late rapper.

Knight's son has since weighed in on social media dismissing the reports as false. "My father was the Big protective brother of Pac," Jacob Knight wrote on Instagram. "If he knew anybody was after him he wouldnt have pac with him in the first place. These rumors are selfish and its unecessary. When you look who is trying to profit off of causing chaos in my family its somebody who doesnt know nor care about my family. Fake news will never get attention but people will stop trying to make a quick dollar off my family, especially off lies. Only negative black stories get broadcasted I see, smh. MY FATHER NEEDS HIS FAMILY AND HIS CIVIL RIGHTS BACK BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT A DOCUMENTARY. #FreeSuge."

Suge Knight's lawyer, Thaddeus Culpepper, also confirmed that his client did not make the statement as reported in the media nor did he made any such statement on behalf of his client. The former Death Row Records head is currently in jail awaiting trial for murder. Tupac Shakur has been in the news a lot lately with several of his memorabilia turning up on auction websites for sale including his handwritten lyrics, nose studs and even the car that he was murdered in. His biopic movie All Eyez On Me is set for premiere this summer in theaters.





migos-and-sean-paul.jpgThe music video for Body, the new collab from Sean Paul and Migos has already been shot, preceding the actual release of the single .

The dancehall hitmaker and the Atlanta rap trio converged on Miami earlier this week. They were spotted on set along with a bunch of females in carnival outfits signaling a fun filled video coming for the summer. Sean Paul's longtime producer and close friend Don Corleon is the producer behind the upcoming single "Body." A release date is not yet known, but sources have confirmed with DHH that it could arrive any day now.

"Video shoot vybz today with @duttypaul @migos @quavohuncho @yrntakeoff @offsetyrn [Sean Paul, Migos, Quavo, Takeoff, Offset] #Body coming soon," Corleon wrote on IG. The video was shot in sunny South Beach and it looks like the set was just fun filled. One of the clips shows the dancehall legend filming a scene with Quavo and some females clad in their carnival outfits dancing.

Sean Paul was perhaps the biggest comeback story in music in 2016 with a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single with his feature on Sia's massive hit "Cheap Thrills." He also scored a number of other hits including "Tek Weh Yuh Heart" with Tory Lanez and "Rockabye" with Clean Bandit and singer Anne Marie. Certainly, he is looking to repeat the same success this year.

Migos is also hot off a great year with the release of their new album CULTURE and their mega hit single "Bad and Boujee" turning them into a household name. After inking a new recording deal with Island Records, Sean Paul is well on his way to dropping his new album. The project is yet to be titled and there is no release date so far, but his fans are expecting it sometime this year. Sean Paul is popping for sure right now internationally and there are no signs of him slowing down.





rapper-xxxtentacion.jpgJust-released-from-prison rapper,XXXTentacion is advising OVO boss Drake to stop being a culture vulture.

"Tell this pu*** ni*** Drake stop speaking patois," XXXTentacion said. "You are not Jamaican and am a real fu***** Jamaican am from fu**** Kingston, all of my family are from Kingston, so stop stealing my people's culture. Get the f*** up off our d**k because we don't claim you," the rapper shouted on social media ina rather long-winded rant.

Since leaving jail last week Friday, the Florida rapper has been going off on Drake and even disrespecting the Toronto rapper's mother on Twitter. Their beef stemmed from Drake allegedly stealing his flow "Look At Me" flow for his More Life single "KMT" featuring London rapper Giggs. On his last two albums, Drake taps heavily into dancehall and that has been working for him because he is currently the biggest selling rapper on the planet.

X also issued a challenge to Drake to record a whole album or even three songs that don't sound like anybody else he will walk through the streets naked.

Drake fans and members of his OVO crew have been pushing back on XXXTentacion saying that he is just seeking some attention and Drake is not giving it to him.





Sylvester Stallone quits Expendables

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Sylvester Stallone has quit 'The Expendables' franchise.

Although the 70-year-old actor directed the first movie in the franchise and starred in all three, he has decided not to return for the fourth movie, due to creative differences with Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner over the script and director.

The Expendables 4' was set to reunite series staples Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren.

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

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

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





Tyrese Gibson's wife is of Jamaican descent

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

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

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





Spice claims 'Queen of the Dancehall' title

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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Reggae Sumfest Earlybird Tickets Available Now

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

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

MAIN EVENT: FRIDAY JULY 21, 2017 NIGHT 1, 7 PM - 6 AM CATHERINE HALL FESTIVAL GROUNDS

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

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

ALL OTHER EVENT TICKETS GO ON PRE-SALE MAY 1, 2017

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

The big question still remains: WHY?

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

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

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Rihanna scores 22 top 5 Billboard Top 100 hits

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





Sahie bats for women with new single

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Chronixx the new face of Adidas

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Mavado's son stabbed during cell phone robbery

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

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

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

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





Kartel pays tribute to Shorty in new song

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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





Alkaline to perform at Reggae Sumfest 2017

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

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

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

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

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





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





Entertainment Headlines

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




Is Kartel's music benefitting Lizard's family?

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

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

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

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





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

She has previewed a diss track aimed at Remy Ma.

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

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

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





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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

Kaci Fennell's Revealing Carnival Costume Harshly Criticized

Kaci Fennell Carnival Photo Draws Harsh Criticism Online

Kaci Fennell Skimpy Carnival outfit Angers Jamaicans

Has Kaci Fennell broken the Internet with her Trinidad Carnival

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pete: "when u expose that much..no self esteem needed, its usually insecurity..craving attention and publicity. BTW isnt she married? Wheres hubby Missa Shirley?? Why didnt the papers refer to her correct name Mrs Kaci Fennel-Shirley?? Or did she drop the name for carnival...LoL"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"To whom it may concern,

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





Ninja defends Lisa Hanna

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"But I always miss the audition

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





Sean Kingston admits that he was beaten

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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Smoke Dem blowing up with 'Marijuana'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

Douglas has expressed disappointment in the decision.

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





Rohan Marley and Lauryn Hill now grandparents

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

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

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

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

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





Another Tonight Show appearance for Chronixx

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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





Skip Marley makes his Grammy debut with Katy Perry

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

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

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

Skip was recently signed to Island Records.





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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Petraa makes her move with Love Is Eternal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Beyonce to still perform at Coachella

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Marley birthday tribute concert at airport Monday

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

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

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

Davidson said other concerts will be held on the day.

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Beyonce pregnant with TWINS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Reggae Month 2017 kicks off

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

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

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





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

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

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

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Avant Forges Ahead With Music Scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Tributes pour in World StarHipHop founder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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





Sky Juice recovering after stroke

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

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

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

He was then reportedly taken to hospital and later released.





TV icon Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

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

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

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

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

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





Trombonist Nambo Robinson is dead

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

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

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

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

Nambo is survived by his wife and three children.





Magnum funds Devin di Dakta's trip to the Grammys

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

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

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

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





I-Wayne hospitalised following accident in St Mary

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

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

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