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It is that time of year again; and as Jamaican households prepare for the festive celebrations of Christmas, the kitchens invariably harbor a lingering and pleasant scent of sugar and spice and everything nice. The food part of Christmas is oh so important and getting the flavors just right is an art envied by many, but the final products are always enjoyed by all. There are Christmas 'food customs' that are strictly adhered to as the season springs, and this tradition of fixing plenty food with beverages to match, follows Jamaicans wherever their chosen adventurous roads lead them, throughout the world. Christmas is not a one day celebration in Jamaica, as the yuletide spirit starts at the top of December and lingers through till the first week of January, with non-stop rolling out of delectable eats. Sharing the tasty dishes with friends and neighbors is a must and some folk look at it as showing off the culinary expertise of each household in a pleasant and joyful way. There has been an unspoken rule however, when it comes to the Jamaican Christmas cake. Everyone bakes the same kind of cake, but no-one likes to pass the recipe on. All Christmas cake bakers tend to like their own unique flavor, but that buck stops here this year.
Five Jamaican men are in police custody in the Cayman Islands after hundreds of pounds of ganja were recovered following a pursuit at sea. The Royal Cayman Islands Police reported that officers were conducting border patrols along the south coast of the island early Tuesday morning when they observed suspicious activities near the Pedro Bluff area. The police said they saw parcels being thrown from a speeding vessel which was stopped after a short pursuit. It was later confirmed to be a Jamaican canoe. The police said the five packages thrown overboard were all recovered. They were later discovered to contain 785 pounds of ganja.
This is a wonderful epic story about real life and normalcy at its crusts. It's from the point of view of one of our African sisters with her life stories as the foundation. The events are real, the cross culture is a shock and the lessons learned are priceless. Jamaica gets highlighted in the novel for those who enjoy that feeling and a sense of home 'Long Run, short Catch' does take you to that special spot.
The story is about a Nigerian-American who ventures out to fine happiness on the 'other side' but only comes to find out that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. When the love bug bites it can make you blind which is exactly what
happens when she picks up her Jamaican husband from hell, marries him and starts a roller coaster of unforeseen hurt and disappointment. Immigration is one of the main issues discussed but is so relevant in our westernized society.
This novel has everything from love, romance, scandal, drug cartels and even battles within when you discover how Asama learns to deal. For many of us, our sanity is our only sense of hope yet the easiest thing to lose and how and what we chose to use as coping mechanism can be life altering.
This is a great read for all to take in and honestly, a breath of fresh air!
Yardflex review says Asama Iwuoha nailed it right on the head.
A who coulda hate Roderick Reid suh fi stab him so much time? We hear sey a over 50 stab the young man get. Such a nice guy at dat to. And an aspiring lawyer. But everybody a sey da one yah deep and a no just so-so suh. Well, we a hear all kinda sinting, but we nah speculate and wonder bout it. But di yute really get a bad end. And den dem just dump him inna di back a one car and a police haffi find him wrap up inna shower curtain. A wonder if di cops a go probe dis or if dem just a go put it inna File 13?
Martin Luther King Jr.’s life is rich and full of great history. We’re fortunate enough to have documents, video, audio and other information available to study, watch and review. Here’s a few tidbits you can add to your MLK files if you didn’t know about the birthday guy.
1. Did you know he was originally named Michael King Jr? He and his father were both named Michael King and Michael King Jr. Then in 1934, the family traveled to Europe and visited Germany and the elder King changed both of their first names to Martin in honor of German Protestant leader Martin Luther.
2. Did you know Martin Luther King Jr. entered Morehouse College at 15? Martin was referred to as “precocious” as a youth and skipped the ninth and twelfth grade without formally graduating from high school.
3. Did you know Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil obedience?
4. Did you know his trip to India in 1959 to Gandhi’s birthplace was life changing? The journey affected him so much that his understanding of Ghandi and of non-violent resistance heightened his commitment to America’s struggle for civil rights. King’s son, Martin III, stated in a past article by Washington Post, “My parents had often shared with me how moving their experience in India was. My father said he came to many countries as a tourist, but he came to India as a pilgrim.”
Popular entertainment lawyer and president/founder of the Jamaica Association of Female Artistes Sandra Alcott is dead.
Alcott died Thursday at the University Hospital after a battle with breast cancer.
She is also known for her work in the legalize ganja campaign as well as pioneering poetry detailing the struggles and exploitation of women in the entertainment industry.
In speaking about the lawyer to RJR news dancehall artiste Queen Ifrica said Alcott's passing has left a void.
“Sandra Alcott, Sanjaya, it was a pleasure to have met her through Tony Rebel. My fondest memory of Sandra is when we started an organization called ‘Committee for Community’ where we went in to volatile communities and take out the rival factions and she was a part of that…she helped families who couldn’t otherwise afford lawyers, she was one of those who gave of themselves,” Queen Ifrica said.
Queen Ifrica also urged women to get early testing for breast cancer.
“It was something that really got to my heart and I want to say to females…who might have an idea of what breast cancer is, if you are at the age where you need to be checked up just go get yourself checked and make sure your health is intact because you only have one body. We just want to say rest in peace Sandra, we love you and the work continues,” she said.
Top Jamaican entertainers will grace the stage this Sunday, December 12 for the free Red Stripe Bold Concert on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston. This, as the brand launches its Stand Out campaign.
The holiday season gets an early start courtesy of Red Stripe Bold as the concert is set to feature acts that include dancehall mega-star Vybz Kartel, Cham, I-Octane, Tarrus Riley and Lady Saw, all outstanding entertainers who have made a big impact on the local industry.
Deejay Vybz Kartel heads the line-up of acts for the Red Stripe Bold concert in New Kingstonm this Sunday.
The campaign also features models Jaunel McKenzie and Nicole Grey, DJ Liquid and Pnut Brown, promoter of MoBay's Shorts Circuit, among others.
According to Red Stripe Bold's Brand Manager Safia Cooper. "These artistes are bold, successful individuals who have achieved great success in the industry. We will use this event to officially launch our Stand Out campaign for the brand which will carry through to next year."
Cooper adds, "This campaign also features young fashion and entertainment icons that embody the look and feel of Red Stripe Bold and that Jamaican ambition that the brand represents."
She also said Sunday's event would create an experience for their consumers that would be enjoyable, exciting and stand out in more ways than one. Added to the entertainment package will be music by Liquid, Renaissance and Coppershot.
Entertainment events in the form of Absinthe, Renaissance Christmas Party and a New Year's Eve Party in Montego Bay will follow Sunday night's concert.
Reigning Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillips is in the top ten of idealbeauty.com's internet contest to find the most beautiful woman in the world.
Eighty beautiful young ladies have been selected from the Miss Universe pageant, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss USA competitions.
Voting for your favourite starts on December One and ends on December 15.
Is Rosie Chin's sister Shantel really going around with Kartel? The picture dem really look like sitten a gwaan, but if a really so den that just don't look good.
First of all Rosie have a baby for Busy Signal and we all remember the drama with dat. Cause Busy say a jacket, just because of what Rosie did do. Then by the time that drama unfolding we her how Vegas wife pregnant fi Busy.
Then she did lose the baby and that was another drama as Busy was busy comforting her. And now the Shantel/Kartel affair.
It’s about time these disc jocks realize that there is power in numbers and stop standing by and allowing their own to be taken advantage of.
Look what happened to the selector at The Building because he played a song that Kartel people them didn’t approve of, how he was abused.
This foolishness must stop man. Music is for everyone, we are sure it’s all kinds of people going to these events.
But honestly look what Brian Chung place come to? In the hey days of the Asylum this could never be? It’s a good thing it’s called the Building cause the vibes coming out of it is certainly not good at all.
Our heart bleed for the parents who suffered the loss of their six-year-old in a drowning incident in Clarendon.
Residents have come out in protest against the tragic death of the little boy in Freetown, sparked by a massive demonstration in the community Monday morning.
Six-year-old Rajay Wright, a student of the Freetown Primary School, is suspected to have drowned in a pool of water in the community Sunday afternoon.
It is believed that Rajay went in search of water and fell into the hole filled with water and drowned.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the pool of water was about eight feet deep.
The residents claim that the hole was dug about three weeks ago by persons contracted by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) to repair a pipe in the community.
The boy's mother explains what happened.
"When dem call to me and I dived in the water, I couldn't find him … I couldn't help my own (child)," Deidria Hayle, Rajay's mother said.
The angry residents took to the streets Monday morning saying Rajay's death could have been avoided.
Member of Parliament Rudyard Spencer spoke with them.
"You must get some redress ... there has to be some redress for your child. They have to come and deal with the hole right away," he said.
Meanwhile, the NIC's Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Rampair, led a management team to the scene of the tragedy.
According to Mr Rampair, the area where the little boy ventured is the site of a 30-inch pipeline which serves about 2,000 acres of farmland, and provides water to about 150 farmers. He disclosed that the pipeline was damaged resulting in a huge hole and gushing water.
Mr Rampair said attempts were made to repair the pipeline but poor weather conditions posed a challenge. However a work crew was expected to return to the location of the damaged pipe on Monday.
The NIC head said the agency learnt about the drowning and immediately launched an investigation in conjunction with the Clarendon Police.
Concerning Rajay's death, Mr Rampar said he would await the outcome of the investigators report before commenting publicly on the incident.
The NIC team also visited the grieving parents.
It’s said that a stitch in time saves nine, we would have preferred that this one life was spared. We are tired of the careless attitude towards these dangers that lurk.
I love my black women, but there are some things that I notice need to stop. I won’t subject you to watching a seven-minute viral video of two robotic animations trading stereotypical insults. But here are five things I think will help us all if Black women would just cease and desist.
1. Asking Men to pay for Cosmetics
The only thing I’m paying for to enhance your body is soap. If you like Zest or Dove, the world is yours. The moment you start asking for me to get your hair done, I’ll sit you down and do it my damn self. You go get your hair done at some place that’s never close to where you live because of some suggestion from a friend. By the time you get back, I’m horny, but you don’t want to “sweat it out.” Do you think I’m going to pay for that? That’s the complete opposite of prostitution. In fact, it’s prohibition!
2. Hitting Men
This needs to stop immediately. I will never condone hitting women. Ever. But there are some women out there that I will not sympathize with. Sorry. It’s one thing when you are talking out your neck and waving your hands in our faces, but you don’t have to touch us. Just because the law is on your side does not mean you have to take advantage of it. There are a couple of men out there that don’t have a problem knocking you out.
3. Watching “The Game”
This useless show is destroying our women. I took the time to see what this show was all about since every black girl in the world watches it and won’t stop talking about it. Do you know what I found out fellas? The whole show centers around the “Sister, Sister” chick f***ing EVERYBODY. The football dude, the other other football dude, some other guy that lives with his mom for some reason even though he’s a grown ass man. It doesn’t make any sense.
4. Doobie wrap and pins, without a scarf (I Know Why the Caged Hair Sings)
Did every Black girl in America run out of scarves? Or did the salon catch on fire while your hair was getting done? Did you have to run out to save your life? If the answer is no, then find a damn scarf and put it on your head. You look stupid with all those pins in your hair.
5. Acting Like You Don’t…
Black women are notorious for going out of their way to let a man know that they will never go down (and have never been down) on a guy. There is always that same excuse “that’s just nasty.” We are all adults and we know what we all do. Stop fronting.
Telecommunications company LIME, whose LimeWire software allows people to share songs and other files over the internet, has received a federal injunction to disable key parts of its service.
LimeWire's founder, Mark Gorton, has been wrestling in court with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the last four years.
The RIAA contends that LimeWire's software encourages illegal sharing of copyright-protected music.
In May, LIME was found liable for copyright infringement.
The injunction, issued by US District Court in New York, compels LIME to disable LimeWire's searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and distribution features, effective immediately.
A release issued by LimeWire said they are out of the file sharing business however they are working on a new piece of software that will comply with copyright laws.
Will Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton make bail before his December trial?
The judge in the case has expressed his reservations following the prosecutors being given more time to appeal the judgment of the Florida court and the need for the entertainer to appear in front of an immigration judge.
Prosecutors have five days to appeal the judgment of the court, which has said Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, should be allowed to put his house up as bond for Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie.
The court ruled yesterday that Marley, who was attempting to replace Buju's friend, Joseph Chavalier, as co-signer to the bond should be accepted.
Buju's lawyer, David Markus, also put forward two security companies which would ensure the entertainers house arrest is upheld. That submission was also accepted by the court.
It became necessary fo r Marley to replace Chavalier after it came to light that the value of the latter's home could not cover the US$250,000 bond.
Marley and his wife, Kertia DeCosta Marley, have US$350,000 equity in their home.
Porcelli also set new conditions for Buju's bail.
A security company must also put up a separate US$25,000 bond, to keep Buju on house arrest at his home in Tamarac, South Florida, fit him with a GPS monitor and install new locks and an alarm system at his house. Buju is not to be provided with the keys or the alarm code.
Tributes have been pouring in for the late "Cool Ruler" Gregory Isaacs, one of which came from legendary producer Lowell Dunbar, more populary known as "Sly Dunbar".
Dunbar said "Gregory’s voice and writing ability was wicked."
"He was one of those soulful singers you could sit and listen to for hours," he added.
Isaacs teamed up with Sly Dunbar who is one half of the duo, Sly and Robbie, one of reggae's most prolific and long lasting production teams, for several hit songs including Soon Forward and What a feeling.
International reggae singer Gramps Morgan could not contain his excitement when he broke the news that his facebook and website www.grampsmorgan.com have both enjoyed a 100 per cent increase in visitors compared to earlier weeks.
The increased traffic he credits to the international exposure garnered from snagging the "Best Reggae Artiste" nomination at the Soul Train Awards.
“Our numbers have gone up dramatically since the nominations were announced on Monday, October 18. There is real enthusiasm in the market for reggae right now and I am grateful for the nomination and looking to benefit from exposure opportunities like these" he said.
Gramps has been having a world wind year since launching his solo career in 2009. Aside for the Soul Train nomination, he has won numerous awards including "Album of the Year" at the Reggae Music Appreciation Awards in Toronto; Album of the year (EME), Best New Entertainer, Best Song (Wash The Tears) and Best Cross Over (Therapy) at the IRAWMA in New York.
"I'm so excited and overwhelmed by the success that I have enjoyed since launching my solo career. The Soul Train nomination is is my first mainstream nomination which makes it all the better" he said
Last year, Sean Paul walked away with the Soul Train Award, the very first time the category was introduced at the ceremony. This year's event, which again take place in Atlanta, will be hosted by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and will air on Centric and BET TV Sunday, November 28, 2010. This year's celebration will honor not only current movers and shakers but veterans Anita Baker and Ronald Isley.
His achievements this year has no doubt brought enormous pride to Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora. Aside from winning awards, he toured with Grammy winners India Arie and John Legend and performed at back to back, sold out events at the World famous Madison Square Gardens in New York.
He then electrified over 15,000 reggae fans at the Queen's Park Savannah in Soca country Trinidad and roused thousands more with astonishing performances on his European summer tour with brother Peetah Morgan. Earlier this year, he and his management company Dada Son Entertainment formed a charity organization called Music Orchestrating Miracles (MOM).
"Music has the power to move, inspire, heal, and to bring people together like no other art form. It makes miracles happen every day and has the power to change lives. Through the power of music, MOM seeks to bring people together to impact those in need, creating miracles both big and small" he said.
Yesterday Gregory’s widow Linda was on air with the BBC new and she said her husband may not have gotten the peace he was seeking in life, but he has now finally found the peace he was seeking.
She said he died peacefully at their London home. “He went peacefully, very peacefully; he had been pain-free for weeks and passed on surrounded by his family, including children and grandchildren,” she stated.
She continued: “We were expecting it, he hung on for over a week... he hasn’t suffered; Gregory has found peace finally, a peace he never had while on Earth,” she said.
She said that Gregory, also known as the ‘Cool Ruler’, was only diagnosed with cancer in August of this year. However, he had been ailing from problems with his knees and had difficulty walking.
When asked what was her lasting memory of her late husband, Mrs Isaacs said that there were too many, but said he was a wonderful person who was misjudged by many.
We love how Beenie and Bounty show unity over at the Guinness show Saturday night. The segment was the highlight of the show and the two of them really delivered, and when Bounty bring up Cham, it was all over --- hand in the air and excess amount of gun finger. Stadium field nearly sink. But the other acts did gwaan good to. Wyclef did wicked and we love Shaggy, Lady Saw and Wayne Wonder.
But Freddy McGregor mash it up; Chino and Stephen gwaan good to, but Freddy tek it over the young turks this time. Freddy haffi pull up him tune dem two times and it was real real forward, no hype ting. Big Ship captain, we salute you. The people dem love you bad.
Female deejay Stacious is following in the footsteps of fellow deejays like Spice and D’Angel by adding another dimension to her career.
The deejay will now be putting her business savvy to work when she launches the opening of her new hot spot Scrumptious Café at 50 Molynes Road, St Andrew, next Wednesday.
Scrumptious café will offer an assortment of smoothies, ice-cream, fruit vegetable and coffee for all to enjoy.
Stacious is currently working on her music and collaborations for the rest of 2010, and also gearing up for a European tour in February.
Despite reports and advertisements to the contrary, rising reggae artiste, I-Octane will not be going Barefoot this Heroes weekend.
The artiste and his management team have stated that I-Octane is confirmed for shows in Trelawny, Negril, Hanover and Montego Bay and are apologising to the singer's fans for all misleading advertising.
I-Octane said that although he will not be on Barefoot, his MoBay fans are in for a treat come next Monday at the second city's Catherine Hall Complex.
"It will be lots of great vibes, special requests and your favourite songs," he has promised his fans.
Meanwhile, the plug was pulled on I-Octane's busy weekend when the rain put a damper on several events.
The artiste had been scheduled to perform at the Kokomo Beach Bar in St Mary on Saturday and at the Junction Bike Fest in St Elizabeth on Sunday.
People remember the big outrage about the woman from Seaview who was murdered in her bed. Yeah they found a big stone at her head and she was naked? There were speculations that she was raped and then killed.
Well Yardflex has it from good source that there has been a shocking twist to this story. Everyone is keeping it hush hush, but honestly we have to tell you.
The shocker being whispered in the community is that the woman was actually murdered by her 15-year-old daughter!
From what we can glean she beat the teen on Friday after seeing her with a man, then by Sunday her daughter turned on her.
We understand that she confessed and has ran away from the community.
What is this world coming to?
If anyone knows what it is to work their way up from the bottom to the top in the world of dance and music visualization, it's Toronto native Jae Blaze.
Beginning her dance career at a time when the use dancers and dance choreography was not such a major focus for artists, Jae has come a long way! In 2010, she choreographed the electrifying dance routine by Bree Wasylenko and Edgar Gilbert-Reyes on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
The routine, was performed to Vybz Kartel’s hit song, “Clarks.” Jae also choreographed dance for the ‘Songs Segment’ at the 81st Academy Awards (held in Hollywood on February 22nd, 2009), and for the movies “Make It Happen,” starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “The Cheetah Girls” starring Raven Symoné, and “New York Minute” starring Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Jae understands that in order to get there, dancers have to go through the early stages which includes music videos.
“Some of the first people who embraced me along my journey were music video directors like Hype Williams who directed Nelly Furtado’s song “On The Radio,” Little X (now named Mr. X) who directed Sean Paul’s song Get Busy and Kardinal Offishall’s Belly Dancer. That’s why this casting call for dancers is special to me – I know what it can do for a dancers’ career!”
The casting call that Jae is referring to is for Dancehall artiste Razor B’s song “Hot Girls to the Ring” which is receiving significant airplay on stations Irie FM, Zip FM and Fame FM within Jamaica, and a host of radio stations internationally.
The video, which will be directed by Wayne Lowers of Burnt Facez Productions will use Jae’s choreography experience and expertise for the dancers routines.
When asked why this shoot is so special to Jae, she said “shooting a video in my home country of Jamaica, and to a song as hot as ‘Hot Girls to the Ring,’ yuh done know!”
Dancers are invited to attend Victoria House, 11 Lindsay Crescent on Sunday at 12:00 noon for auditions. Jae Blaze will personally be on hand to choose the dancers who will work best for the video’s dance segment.
The video shoot will take place at various locations in Kingston on Monday an d Tuesday.
Honestly, we sick and tired fi read bout di kas kas inna di church.
It bad enough sey a lot of people blaming the church that they are not doing enough with it comes on to interventions without us reading about the carry ons of the members.
The Star reported a few days ago about a big kas kas in a Clarendon church where the argument got so loud it caught the attention of outsiders.
Now hot on the heals is another argument about bus money…yes from a Clarendon church. We wonder if it is the same church.
Stop it, haven’t you all got the memo yet…it’s time for the churches to unite.
Jay-Z & Beyonce are in the new 2011 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.
They were included in the book for being the top “Power Couple” through June 2009, pulling in a combined $122 million.
That’s big news that a black couple was named the top Power Couple in the world! Congrats Jay & Beyonce!
Someone has to be responsible for the death of Kanye’s mom, Donda, and it wasn’t him. He recently said that if it weren’t for pesky Los Angeles culture, his mother would be living today.
Kanye West’s mother tragically died after complications from plastic surgery in 2007. He said if she were in New York, she would have been ok, living well, he told XXL magazine.
“When I moved to LA, she moved to LA,” West writes in the magazine. “And she wound up in a place that would eat her alive. “Even if I stayed in New York, it wouldn’t have been like that. If I had lived in New York, she’d still be here.”
Pastor Paul Lewis cried. And they certainly weren’t the tears of the redeemed as they enter the Promised Land.
The embattled reverend, who was last year slapped with carnal abuse charges, wept when he heard that he will have his day in court to answer to the charges.
According to reports, Lewis started crying even before the ruling was made in the Savannah-La-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, will face the Westmoreland Circuit Court on October 11.
Lewis, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, had his $300,000 bail has been extended.
The popular pastor, who baptized jailed dancehall artiste Ninjaman, years ago, has a massive following, both locally and overseas, through his The Messengers For Christ Ministries World Healing Centre.
His lawyers are reported as saying that they are “appalled and disappointed that the matter has been committed to trial".
Allegations against the pastor are that last June, he met the 15-year-old at a convention in Little London, Westmoreland, where he was a guest preacher.
He reportedly exchanged telephone numbers with the girl, and in a subsequent meeting, took her and her 14-year-old friend with him on a trip to Clarendon.
On their return to Westmoreland, the girls stayed with him at his Negril hotel. It was during that night that the alleged sexual encounter took place while her companion watched.
New York: Beauty pageants are blazing hot right now, and the most eye-popping of them all, the classy Miss Black Nude America Pageant 2010, is taking place in Jamaica from September 26 to October 3.
The venue is the hypnotically lush paradise resort of Hedonism 11 in Negril, located on the far end of the town’s seven mile white sand beach.
The Miss Black Nude America Pageant as seen on the HBO Real Sex series will bring together the sexiest chocolate ladies from across the United States competing for cash prizes and the coveted crown.
Over the course of this sizzling, draw-dropping weekend, twelve women of color from multiple American cities will compete in several categories of competition: evening wear, swimsuit, talent showcase, dance routine and the all-important nude showcase. A panel of judges will determine the eventual winner.
The pageant is one of the most watched events on HBO, and event founder Delores Dickson says the upcoming show for this year is generating a new wave of media interest with coverage requests coming in from Showtime, Playboy and BET, among others.
“This year, as always, we are putting on a first-class show, and we are thrilled to be taking the pageant to the beautiful island of Jamaica”, Dickson gushed.
She also works tirelessly raising funds for cancer research and she said the idea for creating the pageant was born in 1994 after watching the Miss America pageant one night, and she wanted to do a similarly classy event for women of color, but with a twist.
Hundreds of pageant fans are expected to converge on Negril over the course of the weekend, and guests can participate in a number of activities including fashion shows, pajama parties, body painting, toga parties, wet t-shirt contest and nude volley ball playoffs. Or one can simply daydream under the soul-warming rays of the tropical sun.
Prior to the departure of the twelve delegates to Jamaica, a pre-pageant presentation showcase will take place in Washington, DC.
Hedonism 11 is an all-inclusive playground for pleasure that nourishes the body, the mind, the spirit and the soul.
For over thirty years, this trend-setting resort has shattered inhibitions, pushed the limits of human endurance and brought untold joys and fulfillment to hedonists from all corners of the globe. And all the rumors, legends and myths you've heard about Hedonism are all true!
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Big and serious, speaking of taxes, we are curious to find out how the tax administration people arrive at their figures.
From what we understand one of the main things used is the flyers advertising artistes for shows.
Now in our assessment that can’t be an adequate way to arrive at a figure.
Still, it would be a good idea to link with promoters on the shows to see just what they are paying the artistes, then they would know for sure, who are doing it free and who are charging promoters an arm and a leg.
Cause if they are, they should be prepared to pay the big taxes from it. If they ‘reasonable’ then they have nothing to worry about.
Still it is rather unfair to expect artistes to pay from what they are not earning, if they assess too huge a figure, where is the justice in that?
Seems like there is no easy solution to this one.
We love how ZJ Liquid talk up the things that he is a spoiling father in the interview he did.
But is just what thing we want to ask, we wonder if him ever take time out to think about another child…that of his former girlfriend Milk.
We not saying he had anything to do with the video leak, but we just wondering if he threw his support 100% her son. Just imagine the embarrassment and stuff he must have gone through.
But we love how Milk strong still. We read a story the other day and we have to say she sound real focused and we wish har all the best.
According to information from the Ministry of Health Jamaica has recorded its first death from dengue haemorrhagic fever yesterday.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Sheila Campbell Forrester, in expressing condolence to the family members of the individual, who resided in Manchester, yesterday urged persons to be vigilant in identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites.
"Look for anything in which water can settle and either cover it, keep the area dry, clean it regularly, fill it with soil or sand, punch holes into it or recycle or dispose of it," the chief medical officer said.
"As much as possible, persons should avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by using insect repellent, mosquito nets, mosquito destroyers or putting screens on windows and doors," a health ministry statement added.
Jamaica has so far recorded 120 confirmed cases of dengue fever, including three cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever, the ministry said.
Symptoms of dengue fever include severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle pains, joint or bone pains, skin rash and nausea.
In addition to the symptoms of dengue fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever usually presents skin bruising, bleeding from the nose, mouth or gums; severe and continuous stomach pains; pale, cold and clammy skin; difficulty breathing; fainting and vomiting.
Boy we have to give Lady Saw big props, that girl is super smart!
She went on Twitter and write up a bag a things including that she is single again and loving it.
Right away the media antennae go up and dem call har fi ask bout it and of course she talk that she was just messing around, but in the same story she get to talk about her new lingerie line and new album.
Now what we say is that this is a more creative way to get a write up then staging feuds with each other to stay in the spotlight.
Check out Lady Saw tweet that send out the red flag: "When you give a man second chances over and over again and he [expletive] again and again leave his sorry [expletive]."
Later in the night, she said: "To all Twitter and Facebook informer bring back this to you know who. Am single and loving it."
Kerwin Bollers, of Hits and Jams Entertainment, has said that the organizers were not on top of security during recent concerts staged as part of the ‘Jamzone Summer Break Weekend.’
The promoter said Hits and Jams received no reports about cars being vandalized, but that they were aware of security breaches inside the stadium, “some of which were beyond our control.”
He said the company imported security rails from Trinidad and Tobago to secure the VIP area, and that it managed to hold off crowds until Jamaican singer, Mavado performed.
Bollers said security systems were in place, but there were also emergency changes and many of the details changed from time to time for “various reasons.”
He said the Guyana Police Force, which was working with Hits and Jams, was forced to change the security arrangements because of the large number of government officials and dignitaries who turned out.
“We invited a lot of them, but we didn’t expect that they would all come,” he added.
Mavado was responsible for the security breach in the VIP area, according to Bollers.
He said the Jamaican singer encouraged people to “come over the rails” while he was on stage and what ensued was a mad rush by hundreds of persons to get closer.
“This is when things went wrong and we tried to control what was happening at the time, but the rail system couldn’t hold off the amount of people that were pushing it,” he said.
According to Bollers, the team was contemplating whether to call an abrupt halt to the show at that stage because they had feared “several things.”
However, a decision was taken to let the show continue since the sudden halt might have triggered something major. He said that certain elements used that opportunity while in the VIP area to rob others.
Bollers disclosed that his team had particular concerns for the Mavado show because of the “type of following that Movado has,” so they worked on keeping security strict.
The focus was to keep
Based on reports reaching Stabroek News, close to 100 vehicles were stripped and valuables stolen during the string of events promoted by Bollers‘ company; many at the parking lot adjacent to the Guyana National Stadium at Providence, East Bank Demerara, where concerts were held.
Confirmed reports also indicated that patrons were robbed in the VIP area while Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado was on stage, headlining the Regional Night concert at the stadium.
Bollers referred to the robberies as “unfortunate,” saying that they have since apologized to the patrons who approached them.
The first ever Miss Jamaica Gospel Ambassadors Pageant ahs been launched by a husband and wife team, the first of its kind in Jamaica.
The show is being hosted under the theme "Christ - the Advocate of the People."
The coordinators say the show aims to foster spiritual connections across denominational boundaries.
They say they want to remind young women that "there's still life in the church".
The competition is open to young women from the ages of 18 to 25 and contestants will be judged in three categories namely through the assessment of an out reach project, their talents and knowledge of the bible.
The contest will run from September to November of this year, beginning with four regional eliminations.
An eight weeks television series will act as a build up to the grand finale slated tentatively to be held at Kings House under the patronage of the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.
The winner will walk away with several great prizes to include airline tickets and a college scholarship.
Gramps Morgan without a doubt has had a fantastic 2010 and looking for an better 2011. We caught
up with Gramps to find out all of the details about his career, what he’s been up to and his brand new
concept of music he is looking to put out. Mr. Lover himself, Shaggy who’s been in the game for close
to twenty years strong, talked about the secret to longevity and success. He also touched upon how it
feels to be one of the artists who toured the most countries in the world!
Usher Raymond can sing, dance, perform and do dancehall – all with perfection! The ladies were
definitely in awe seeing the handsome entertainer flex and tease the crowd with his amazing roster of
hits. Usher performed for close to 90 minutes consecutively and gave Jamaica and amazing treat that
we very well received. We caught up with Usher at the official sumfest press conference and asked him
about his take on dancehall music and the collaborations. Great news, he is looking to make some great
fusions with reggae and r&b. Check out these interviews and more all exclusive for www.yardflex.com
If you are a fan of Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Jah cure and want to see Chris Brown dance then you
definitely do not want to miss out on these exclusive interviews that we have here exclusive for
Mr. Hold You himself was live and direct for another sunfest treat with us and spoke about his
first week of having his album internationally released. Gyptian is ready to make the leap from
a reggae artists to but to a commercial mainstream artists and start to make some of that paper
as he says! Her royal highness Queen Ifrica performed all of her great tunes and especially
dedicated her album track song ‘montego bay’ to the fans of montego bay where she hails from.
Jah cure shared some nice insight with us about his up coming projects and what he is hoping as
improvements for Jamaica in due time.
Chris Brown showed his dance skills and had his fans in Jamaica grooving right there along
with him! For someone who has no direct Caribbean connection, he has definitely mastered
how to move like a dancehall king. The ladies were in tuned to every step and every move that
Chris Brown took and I’m sure the fellas learned a couple of new moves from one of the hottest
entertainers right now.
Hotelier Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has earned the ire of former government minister John Junor for his no-holds-barred attack on Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett, last week.
Stewart, who is the government-appointed head of JAMPRO, criticized Bartlett for his handling of tourism and said the minister was “yapping” away and had no understanding of the tourism industry.
According to Junor, who has served the People’s National Party under the leadership of PJ Patterson, “Duppy know who to frighten. Him (Butch Stewart) couldn’t tell me that.”
Junor, who was addressing a meeting of PNP supporters in South East St Andrew on Sunday evening, was clearly upset at what he called the disrespectful manner in which Stewart dealt with the minister.
"Edmund Bartlett is a member of the Cabinet of his country and is entitled to be treated with respect," Junor emphasized.
He further noted that the atmosphere had to be conducive for any kind of meaningful discussions to take place.
"Our public debate in this country cannot be characterised by running away from the issues or, as some have done recently, to elevate public discussion to a cuss-cuss ,” John Junor observed.
At a meeting last week, Butch Stewart had the following advice for Minister Edmund Bartlett: "My word of advice to Bartlett is to stop yapping and start fixing the operations side, which is making us less able to develop the quality tourism product we have and the competitiveness that we need."
Heineken Good Times returns to the Mas Camp Village in Kingston on Saturday August 28 with a secret weapon.
Dubbed Retro University Old Uniform Party, patrons are expected to come dressed for school and ready to embrace the added surprise that the organizers will not reveal until the night of the session.
The music will be the most cherished selections coming from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, with no interruptions of the flow coming from the microphones.
Dress comfortably and prepare to mingle with old friends after breezing through the traditional free-flowing entry gates. Those with advance tickets should note that their path into the venue should be even smoother because of these tickets.
As usual, there will be Heineken Premium bars fully stocked with beverages to last through the night, and special bucket deals served by professional and pleasant staff.
Tickets cost $800 and $1000 at the gate. They are available at Gym For Life in Half-Way-Tree, Music Mart, Cuddyz, Ribkage, Total Service Station Liguanea, Genus Pharmacy in Portmore, L.G. Brown Service Station, or through Jus Call Couriers.
The operators of Renaissance Disco would like to apologize to its many patrons, for the inconvenience experienced at its 21st anniversary party the Blackjack Edition.
The party which was well attended took place at the Palisadoes Go Kart Track in Kingston. In an apology issued to the media, Delano Thomas of Renaissance Disco explained.
‘We would like to apologize to the patrons for the wet conditions at the venue, which was caused by a high tide which flooded the venue.
Because of this we had to shut down all generators to avoid electrical damage to equipment and human safety’.
Added Thomas ‘We almost postponed the party at last minute but the tide started to recede and we decided to go ahead with the party.
It took us some amount of time to set up the venue and to do clean up operations. This caused a delay in the opening of the gates and resulted in a long line at the entrance of the venue’.
In closing Thomas said ‘We at Renaissance value our patrons and thank them for their continued support over the years. We promise to continue to deliver quality entertainment and an enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere for our loyal patrons’.
Well in all honesty wi haffi big up Baby Tash pon har move fi go back a scool September. Yeah man cause is a smart ting when you realize sey nutten nah gwaan fi yuh too tough inna di music biz and yuh start meck alternative plans.
The first Magnum Queen winner in 2008, will be returning to the classroom full-time in September when she will be pursuing a degree in Communication Arts and Technology at UTech.
The resolute dancehall artiste said she has taken the decision to balance her entertainment career with a sound education.
"I plan to go back to school because persons know education is the way to go. People know music is unpredictable.
It is not a joyride or a bed of roses. I am not a quitter, but I am not the kind of person who will sit around and when I reach 30, I am still trying to get out there," declared Baby Tash.
"Also, I am spontaneous and I love to have options and like to know I can do what I want to do whenever I want to do it. I am just opening up more avenues for myself in regards to a career path".
Baby Tash said she took a break from studying in 2005 as she was having difficulty juggling work at Dehring, Bunting and Golding where she was employed as a human resource assistant; and classes at UTech.
In 2006 she accepted an offer to work as an entertainment co-ordinator at Sandals Montego Bay.
It was while she was at Sandals Montego Bay that she entered the Magnum Kings and Queen competition and came out as the top female. Singer Jah was crowned the Magnum King.
Focus on the book work my girl and do yuh ting.
Popular dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall recently announced his intention to collaborate with British singer Estelle for the remix of his latest hit song "My Heart".
Wayne Marshall says he is amazed by how well received the single has been since its release.>
He says Estelle fell in love with the song after he sent her the track way before a video was created.>
According to him, after seeing the music video for the song, Estelle sent him her tracks to be a part of the song's remix version.>
The song is currently being mixed and will be out before the end of the summer.>
Estelle is a British R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer.>
In 2009, she won a Grammy Award for American Boy featuring Kanye West in the category for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, received the MOBO award for 'Best Newcomer' and received three consecutive 'Best Female Artist' trophies from the UK Hip-Hop Awards. >
The reigning Barbados Calypsonian has found himself in trouble with the law.
Days after being winning his ninth Pic-O-De-Crop title as Barbados’ top calypsonian for the year, Anthony “Gabby” Carter has been charged with assault.
Gabby's arrests follows a clash with a popular media personality.
The Calypso monarch was charged by police on Monday morning after an alleged altercation with radio and television presenter Anthony “Admiral” Nelson.
The incident reportedly occurred at a backstage at a concert on Sunday night.
Carter rolled back the years Friday night to win the calypso crown with his renditions of “Oh Haiti” and “Ole Ashe”, beating two-time monarch Adrian Clarke into second place.
The show was the most anticipated of the annual Crop Over Festival.
Surprises and let downs on Sumfest Dancehall Night The field was muddy, but dancehall patrons did not mind as they turned out in their numbers for the 18th staging of Reggae Sumfest, held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex on Thursday, July 22.The show saw several interesting twists and a lot of delightful moments coming from some of the top performers for the night which included Aidonia, the war lord Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Demarco and Spice just to name a few. Johnny Gourzong of summerfest Productions presented Bounty Killer with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the dancehall scene and 15 straight performances at Sumfest. In last year’s performance, Beenie Man was officially crowned as the King of Dancehall so it comes as no major surprised that this year Bounty received an award of some sort.Singjay I-Octane was a hit on stage and through his performance he literally had the place on fire as flares lit up the sky. However, the only damper on his set was when he called on ZJ Liquid on stage who turned out to be a total flop.Elephant was somewhat off key with his raspy voice at some point but still rocked his fans out with his one piece black spandex jump suit. Spice definitely represented and even showed her remixing skills with her version of Hold You dedicated to Prime minister Bruce Golding ‘Bruce mi wan fi hold yuh’. Before wrapping her up set, Miss Kitty and Pamputtae were on stage together doing a tribute to the ladies. Kiprich also went more towards the political avenue, taking a shot at Golding and the continued state of emergency. Mavado failed to strike any real spark and his performance could be described as weak at best.Vybz Kartel who was the main headliner of the night and a heavy ticket did his entire performance on tracks – the only artiste who did not use a full band. His sets was filled his usual line up of hits and crowd pleasing tunes but for the high ticket price that Vybz received more could have definitely been done to spice up the performance. Before closing the show, Russian was brought up on stage to perform alongside the head of the Portmore Empire. Nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact that Vybz was lacking a bit of vybz for the closing of Jamaica’s top reggae festival.Dancehall night in previous years has been the most attended of the three day festival. This year, with Chris Brown and Usher on the bill, the figures may show differently. Many patrons are interested in coming out to see two of the top stars grace the stage here in Jamaica.
The long, hot and lazy days of summer are definitely here.
Schools are out and it’s 96 degrees in the shade.
The major question is what to do? The answer, the Smirnoff Dream Weekend set for Negril during the Emancipation weekend, July 30 to August 2, 2010.
What better way is there to spend the long weekend than to assemble a group of friends and head out of town, drink cold beer, eat the best food and have a fun-filled adventure in one of the best tourist destinations in the country?
As Heineken, as the official beer and Smirnoff, as the title sponsor and world’s top vodka, partner with the dream team, this one is expected to be the best yet.
The promoters of the seven major parties for the weekend are promising that each of those parties is going to be ‘off the chain’.
The stellar line up includes Smirnoff Xclusive, Daydreams, Smirnoff Flavours, Twisted Spiritz, YUSH and Beer Vibes. And what better way is there to cool off than with the Xtreme Wet ‘n’ Wild party at the Kool Runnings Water Park?
Each of these parties, in addition to their own special qualities, will feature some of Jamaica’s best sound systems and accomplished disc jockeys, which together, are sure to create the ultimate party vibe for the thousands expected to attend.
In between parties there will also be lots of fun activities designed to ensure that there will never be a dull moment for party fans.
Besides hosting some of the parties on the Dream Weekend, Margaritaville Negril, will add food and drink specials that feature ice-cold Heineken beer and Smirnoff cocktails.
So why not get an affordable armband, call up your ‘bredrens’ and take the trip down to Negril? After all, aren’t summers supposed to be memorable?
The government agency which regulates market competition has taken aim at local cellular service providers following complaints from consumers that they were not being given adequate warning about changes to certain services.
The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) on Monday issued guidelines to guard against misleading advertising in accordance with the Fair Competition Act.
Executive Director of the FTA, David Miller, says the failure of local telecoms providers to notify the public about changes to their terms and conditions of service will give rise to problems for members of the public.
Mr. Miller states that the guidelines will encourage telecoms providers to be as aggressive about promoting changes of the terms and conditions of service as they are about other consumer promotions.
“Overtime we have seen quite a few complaints where consumers are not clear in what the service offerings are from one or two of the major telecommunications providers.
So what we are asking the telecoms providers to do is, if you make a change to your promotional offer then please communicate it clearly and in a similar manner as the original promotion was put out through the media,” Mr. Miller said.
Bet most mothers would come on television crying and carrying on about how police shot down their teens in cold blood?
But where was the mother or father of the 16-year-old who found his way on the premises of the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine, robbed and terrorized patients and staff.?
Investigators in the St. Catherine North Police Division have not yet laid charges again a juvenile who was arrested for Friday’s robbery at the Spanish Town Hospital.
Senior detectives say they are waiting on the 16-year old boy's lawyer to be present before he is interrogated.
The teenager, along with three of his peers, invaded the King of Spain Wing at the hospital where two of them pulled guns and robbed seven members of staff of cash, jewellery and other items.
His cronies fled the compound leaving him behind.
He was nabbed by officers from the nearby Spanish Town Police station who found him hiding in a section of the hospital.
Just can’t vouch for anyone anymore.
Bwoy wi nuh like wha a happen at all.
Since Sugar Minott dead all of a sudden everybody a talk to Maxine Stowe and figet sey a years him a live wid Marcia.
Wha happen, she nah go have nuh talk inna di man funeral planning? No sah, di way wi si tings a shape up, it look like sey dem soon all ask har fi leave di house tuh. Wi haffi kip a close watch pon dis yah situation yah fi real.
The grand coronation show for the TVJ Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition 2010 will be hosted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, beginning at 8:00 pm.
Under the theme “Jamaican Women…Shaping Our Culture”, thirteen parish queens will compete in the areas of talent, poise and general awareness for the title of ‘Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2010’ and the opportunity to represent Jamaica as a Cultural ambassador.
Special guest performers include Fab 5, Aisha Davis, Ana and Samantha Strachan, Wolmer’s Dance Troupe, the Spanish Town Dance Theatre Company and Trio Bello.
Check out this story that was carried in the Star. It’s an ongoing case with the director of JobQuest. Before you you think you have found a better opportunity…think long and hard.
JobQuest International director Christine Kelly, charged with 10 counts of obtaining money by false pretence, was granted bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
The allegations are that between 2007-2009, she collected between US$300 (J$25,800) - US$1,500 (J$129,000) from the various complainants with the promise that they could receive employment in Canada, England, The United States and Dubai.
It is alleged that after failing to hear about a job, the complainants tried to get a refund but were also unable to do so.
One complainant told the court that the accused told him to come to her at 2 p.m., but he later find out that was the time the office closes.
It is also alleged that Kelly had been on the run, however, she denied that claim yesterday saying she made several payments to register the company and could not have done so if she had been hiding.
Kelly's attorney told the court that the company had indeed provided many jobs over the years but said changes in some foreign policies and the recession had affected the business.
Kelly was granted $600,000 bail with a surety and was ordered to surrender her travel documents. A stop order was also enforced. She returns to court on August 4.
Bwoy dem people can stop di almshouse ting man.
We hear sey Black Ryno publicist Rickardo Smith get rob in MoBay di odda day by one unknown assailant. Jah know you can go bout yuh business in peace again.
The first studio final for Season 7 of Digicel Rising Stars introduced us to a new Host, a new stage and set, and the first eight of Digicel’s 2010 Rising Stars finalists.
July 7, 2010 Kingston Jamaica:-If you missed Sunday’s show, you missed the introduction of the Digicel Rising Stars’ new host, the lady Jamaica voted for the most, RETV and FAME presenter, Lady Rennae.
Jamaica’s vibes queen took the title over her four competitors, who include fellow FAME presenter, Lady Deidre, Kemesha Bolton, Julie Malcolm and Kimone McRae. Lady Rennae, says that she is: “Humbled, ecstatic and ready fi wuk!”
Also, if you missed Sunday’s show, you missed the introduction of the first eight finalists, who include the six that Jamaica voted for: Crystal Matherson, the only finalist from Montego Bay this year, Travaugne Ming, Dreams of Memories, Toni Blair, Latoya Chambers and Dellese Douglas, and Rising Star’s judges Clyde McKenzie’s and Nadine Sutherland’s Wild Cards, Simone Hamilton, better known as Camaley, and Jermaine Michael respectively.
Also judging the competition this year is Rising Star’s seven year veteran and unofficial star of the show, Anthony Miller.
Between Miller’s quick witted and usually abrasive comments - which have already started - the raw talent shown in these finalists and the vibes queen who “don’t jus’ go hard, ova do it!”, this season promises to be one of the most talent-fun- excitement filled seasons yet!
Though all the contestants brought their all to the stage, three young ladies outshone the rest, setting the trend for the Season 7.
Toni, who shone at the Portmore auditions, lit up the stage with her vivacity in her upbeat yet soulful rendition of Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart by Alicia Keys.
Toni was also the first contestant to get positive feedback from Anthony, who said: "She seized the moment, she brought some energy to it, some oomph, and that's a good thing!"
Nadine, agreeing with Anthony, added: "I think you're going to do very well in this competition."
While Cylde asked: "Are you an American? Cause you really brought some fireworks on the fourth of July!"
The next lady to wow the judges and the audience was Latoya, who had made it to the Rising Stars Live Stage last year, but was quickly cut down by Killer Miller.
Before her performance of Lisa Fischer's How Can I Ease the Pain, Latoya warned Miller that he better "watch out!", and that's all he could do, as she rocked her song and rocked the stage, even busting a Michael Jackson move, sparking the crowd and further putting the audience on her side.
All Anthony could say was: “That was a great song and easily the most accomplished performance I have seen all evening.”
Nadine who agreed with him, added:“To handle that tune deh, yuh haffi bad! And I really like your image.”
Clyde gave the most specific comment of the three judges, saying that he liked her “confident vocal styling, you were right on! You brought it as you promised you would, and I like the way you were prowling across that stage like a cougar!”
But even after all those positive comments; it was Camaley, Clyde’s Wild Card who stole the show.
Though she didn’t have the advantage of moving around the stage, because of a disability, Camaley hit every note from her seat, centre stage, bringing Celine Deon’s Love You More to life with just her voice, and face.
Ending to a standing ovation by the audience, she faced the judges who could only sing her praise.
Clyde who was touching his head afterwards said, “I’m feeling for my hat, I have to take it off to you, it was beautiful. I really felt that.”
Anthony, who seemed somewhat stunned said: “I am not a Celine Deon fan but I thought she did more than justice to that song. Clyde won the Wild Card selection for tonight.”
And Nadine closed the comments with: “There is something coming from inside and I felt it, you sat there and... you used your hands and you used your eyes. Apart from the vocal delivery, that was so great. You sing with something from inside.”
Being the first Live Show, the season has yet to break into fashion setting trends, though there were a few honourable mentions. Dellese stepped on stage looking ready to rock in her black and red Mohawk, black mini dress with silver studs and black strappy pumps with a fringed, suede ankle to complete the look. While Toni brought back the funk and pop of the eighties in a floral, strapless, eighties style ‘ra ra’ mini dress, with hot pink patent leather peep toe pumps. And Latoya went for an earthier feel in a dark brown, pin stripe mini dress with silver gladiator platforms, earrings and shoulder cuff.
The judges expressed a general contentment with the first show, though Anthony expressed his disappointment with the guys so far. But all three agreed that there was definitely room for improvement further on in the season. However, some contestants got some very less than positive comments from the judges.
Leading the pack is the quartet from Ocho Rios, Dreams of Memories, whose rendition of Under the Board Walk left the audience dissatisfied.
Nadine gave it to them straight, saying: “I like the lead singer, but I really don’t think you’re ready for this competition in terms of your harmonies, technique, you need to grow a little bit more into your selves...you’re all cute young men, but in terms of musicality, it’s just not there at this point”
Clyde, agreeing with her said: “That was a big song... I think that was a little bit above you.”
Miller however didn’t hold back when he said: “Two years ago we had the chipmunks, those were the Rugrats... against all odds, you guys got a chance to make it this far, but you just totally blew it.”
After his performance of Air Supply’s Lonely is the Night, Nadine congratulated her Wild Card, Jermaine, telling him that he did her proud, and that he would continue to grow in the competition. Clyde, agreeing, called the performance, “easy and natural”.
Miller however saw things differently, stating:
“Let me just be brief, I thought Nadine should have picked somebody else.”
Another contestant to get sauced by the judges was Dellese, who unfortunately did not rock her rocker outfit, leaving the audience and two judges impressed by her vocals but little else after her performance of Cher’s Believe.
Clyde was the first Judge to comment, stating: “That was pretty good, but given the get up you would have expected more spark from the performance”.
Nadine, who agreed complemented her on her “nice strong tone and powerful delivery” but reminded her that it was her first show and that she would “grow into it.”
Miller however went three for three with his comment: “Dellese you looked the part, but there it ended... the song selection was as dull as the delivery, sorry.”
The audience for the most part, left the auditorium satisfied, though some were still in awe. One audience member was overheard saying” “Wow that Camaley girl done win, I don’t even care who in the next eight!”
While another member who seemed to be pulling for the under dogs said” “I think Crystal and Trevaune goin’ do better next timw. Them neva do too bad this week, them just need likkle more excitement.”
If you missed Sunday’s show, ensure that you don’t miss another Digicel Rising Stars episode. Tune in to TVJ every Sunday at 8pm, and don’t forget to vote.
DJ Sunshine has been one of the fresh voices on IRIE FM Radio. She positively just lightsa up your day when her creative approach and musical selections.
Born and raised St Andrew, she grew up in the Stony Hill area. She attended the Miami Dade Community College and after a while returned to Jamaica where she is now a part of Jamaican radio. Yardflex had a one on one with the talented Sunshine. Check out her answers.
Did you have any other career choice outside of a radio disc jock?
What arose your interest in radio
I was offered the job.
What do you enjoy most, selecting at a dance or playing on air?
Seeing people have fun.
Tell us about DJ Sunshine:
What gets you excited?
When mi voice a good tune
What gets you upset?
What qualities should your ideal man possess?
Way too much to mention lol.
What’s your favourite genre of music?
I jus love music
What’s relaxation for you?
Your most embarrassing moment?
Don’t have one everything is about the lesson.
Your most fulfilling memory?
I don’t know I have a lot of good memories.
Any plans on branching off as a producer?
I have produced many songs.
Which artiste do you admire the most and why?
Oh Lord! a so much a dem!
If you could change anything in the music biz what would it be?
Sas crisse! Where should I start?!
Honestly this one really takes the cake. Imagine parents from other schools collected their children GSAT results without any hassle and now comes the report that some schools are charging as much as $4000 for others to get theirs.
Chief Education Officer in the Ministry Grace McLean Wednesday reacted to howls of protest from parents about fees being levied by high school administrators to register new students.
Mrs. McLean says an investigation has been launched into the reports.
Since the publication of GSAT results, various high schools have been informing parents that special fees upwards of $4,000 must be paid in order to collect packages needed to complete the registration process.
The Chief Education Officer said the Ministry is extremely concerned about the practise.
“The Ministry feels that it is rather unfortunate that schools should be charging these elaborate fees for students or for parents just to pick up their GSAT packages,”
“We are doing an investigation into those schools that have been brought to our attention and we are also making the other schools aware that they are not supposed to be charging the parents and we will be sending out a bulletin to all the schools to advise them of this,” Ms. McLean said.
All we can say is – that’s really low. And if the ministry knows nothing about it, just who is the money going to?
Another thing the Ministry should look into is the amount of teachers who are more concerned about making a profit in the classroom by selling patties and other food stuff than teaching. They spend more time trying to make a sale than ensuring the kids get something into their head.
Yup that one came straight to us from frustrated parents who say their kids can’t even eat properly at school as the teachers are persuading them not to buy cooked meals from the canteen, but instead buy their patties and bun and cheese, jeez!
“I am taking ‘swagger’ to new heights,” dancehall artiste Mr G proudly proclaims with a smile of complete satisfaction.
Truth be told, he has a lot to smile about. With his newest song Swaggerific swaggering its way on radio and in the dancehall, Mr G has again been thrust into the artiste spotlight and loving it.
Having taken an hiatus of sorts from the performance side of the music business, Mr G had been exploring his own creativity behind the mixing board as producer and had gained many accolades in this area.
But now is time to take up the deejay mantle and he has done that with so much zest that he has been rechristened Mr Swaggerific by his friends and fans.
According to the artiste, who is known for songs such as Before The Year Done, Wine Pon It and of course, Fudgie, he is totally focused and ready to claim all that music has to offer.
“This is a travelling song,” he says of Swaggerific, a Seanizzle production which has been included on the roster of powerful radio station in the US, Hot 97. “I am expecting calls from the US and the Caribbean, and Mr G is ready,” he declares.
Additionally, his other single, How Me Sound, a collaboration with Alliance artiste Angel Doulas, has also been receiving power play locally.
This song was produced by Mr G and co-written by Doulas. It explores the idea of putting a woman over one’s career, a reality that many artistes have lived..
“It’s really a fun song,” Mr G explains. “It’s about me meeting a new girl and wanting to go out with her when I get a phone call from Shaggy to come to the studio. After listening to excuses he asks if I am putting woman over my career,” he elaborated.
But, in real life, Mr g has no intention of putting a woman over his career. He has been spending quite a bit of time in the studio and securing a spot on the hot riddims.
“Right now Sean has his energy level up there and he’s doing a lot of work. So even if it’s not his personal riddim and it sounds good, then I am on it. This is not the time to hitch. It’s all about making good music,” Mr G said.
And, last but not least, what about his imminent clash with graffiti artist LA Lewis at The Settlement? Having whipped LA Lewis at Settlement Part 1 earlier this year, the rematch is set for this month, but on a much bigger scale.
“There will be no clash with LA Lewis and I have already informed the
Bwoy nuh wonda Kartel neva waan turn himself him, dem sure have a whole heap a questions fi him, and wi curious nuh backside fi find out a wha bout.
Lawyers representing popular entertainer Vybz Kartel are awaiting word from the Police High Command on whether their client will be released from custody.
Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer, turned himself over to the police on Friday.
He was questioned by detectives at the Greater Portmore Station Monday evening.
According to one of his attorneys, Christian Tavares-Finson, during the questioning, there was no specific mention of the artiste being involved in any criminal activity.
As a result, Mr. Tavares-Finson is hoping that Kartel will be released from custody later this week.
“It was general questions … it was nothing specific about any particular criminal activity. We’re now waiting to see whether or not the Police High Command will form the view that he is to be detained further.
“His period of detention should be up by Friday at which point in time, the (National Security) Minister will make a decision whether or not to detain him further ... we’re hoping he’ll be out by then,” Mr. Tavares Finson.
The entertainer was among six persons who were named by the St. Catherine South Police as major persons of interest.
Check out this story in Yesterday’s Star and you will think twice about purchasing things. Make sure it’s always from reputable sources and one you can always put back the heat on!
Singer Faith D'Aguilar appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to answer to a charge of unlawful possession of property.
The court heard that one of two missing cannons that were stolen from a heritage site in Runaway Bay, St Ann, was found at D'Aguilar's home in the Kingston 10 area. The other cannon was reportedly found in Constant Spring, St Andrew.
The court also heard that D'Aguilar had purchased the cannon from a man to add to her antique collection at her home.
D'Aguilar is known for songs such as Santa Ketch Up Inna Mango Tree. She was also a former festival gold and silver medal winner, but it was probably her work with the late Miss Lou in Jamaican theatre that propelled her to prominence.
The matter was stood down as D'Aguilar's attorney was absent. She returns to court on June 22.
JOHANNESBURG — Heartbreak intruded on the opening day of the soccer World Cup when Nelson Mandela’s 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani was killed in an auto accident here early on Friday.
In response, Mr. Mandela canceled a much-heralded appearance at a tournament depicted as a triumphant showcase for his country and his continent.
Zenani Mandela was returning home from the event’s Thursday night kickoff concert in Soweto, an extravaganza that included stars like Alicia Keys and Shakira that was meant to launch the contest on a joyous note. At its conclusion, the sky lit up with fireworks as happy attendees made way to their parked vehicles.
According to police, Zenani died in a one-car accident on a Johannesburg highway. The man behind the wheel, who has yet to be named, was accused of drunk driving and may also be charged with culpable homicide, the police said.
The World Cup is being played in Africa for the first time, and the presence of Mr. Mandela, the frail, 91-year-old liberation hero, was expected to be an emotional highpoint to one of South Africa’s proudest days.
“We are sure that South Africans and people all over the world will stand in solidarity with Mr. Mandela and his family in the aftermath of this tragedy,” the statement read.
“We continue to believe the World Cup is a momentous and historic occasion for South Africa and the continent and we are certain it will be a huge success. Madiba will be there with you in spirit today,” the statement said, using a title from the Xhosa language by which Mr. Mandela is widely known.
Details of the accident remain incomplete. The Associated Press quoted a police spokeswoman, Edna Mamonyane, saying the driver was found to be drunk: “He lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a barricade.”
Zenani had turned 13 on Wednesday. She is the grandchild of Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi.
Early reports said that Zenani’s grandmothe — , Mr. Mandela’s second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela — had been in the car, but this was later denied. A family spokesman told the South African Press Association that Ms. Mandela, herself an iconic figure in the freedom struggle, was briefly hospitalized for shock after learning the news.
Statements of condolence to the Mandela family immediately began circulating. President Jacob Zuma said, “The nation shares your loss and mourns with you, especially on the day in which our dreams and hopes come alive in the opening of the first FIFA World Cup on African soil.”
The Mandelas might rightly be considered the nation’s first family. Mr. Mandela’s triumphs are well known to his countrymen, and so are his tragedies.
His oldest child, Thembikele, died in a car accident in 1969. His second child, Makaziwe, died after living only nine months. His third child, Makgatho, died of an AIDS-related illness.
Zenani was one of Mr. Mandela’s nine great-grandchildren. She was the grandchild of Zindzi Mandela, the elder of two daughters born to Nelson and Winnie.
Winnie and Nelson Mandela divorced in 1996, ending a 38-year marriage that endured the persecution of apartheid and the separation caused by his 27 years in prison. In 1998, he married Graça Machel, the widow of the Mozambican leader, Samora Machel.
Even before the accident on Friday, there had been questions about whether his frail health would allow him to attend.
The cancellation of his appearance offered a sharp counterpoint to Mr. Mandela’s earlier and more vigorous years when, in a bold gesture as president, he saluted South Africa’s victorious team at the rugby World Cup in 1995, urging his countrymen — black and white — to support a squad associated by many black people with the Afrikaner elite of the apartheid years.
The opening ceremony Friday had inspired hopes for a similar transcendent moment, this time from soccer, the favorite sport of the nation’s blacks.
(The following well-researched and extremely informative article can be found on the website News One for Black America and is written by Casey Gane-McCalla )
With the recent violence in Jamaica and the controversy over alleged drug lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, many people are talking about the infamous Jamaican Shower Posse and the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens, where they have their base.
What is being is being ignored largely by the media, is the role that the American government and the CIA had in training, arming and giving power to the Shower Posse.
It is interesting that the USA is indicting Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the current leader of the Shower Posse for drug and gun trafficking, given that the CIA was accused of smuggling guns into Jamaica and facilitating the cocaine trade from Jamaica to America in the 70s and 80s.
In many ways Dudus was only carrying on a tradition of political corruption, drug running, guns and violence that was started with the help of the CIA.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke’s father was was Lester Coke, also known as Jim Brown, one of the founders of the Shower Posse and a fellow champion and protector of the impoverished Tivoli Gardens neighborhood in Kingston.
Coke was a political enforcer and bodyguard to Edward Seaga, the leader of the Jamaican Labour Party.
Seaga’s opponent Michael Manley had begun to adopt “socialist” stances and began openly criticizing American foreign policies and meeting with U.S. enemy, Fidel Castro, in the 1970s.
Given the cold war the US was having with Russia, the CIA did not want Jamaica to be friendly with communists.
According to Gary Webb’s book,”The Dark Alliance,” Norman Descoteaux, the CIA station chief in Jamaica began a destabilization program of the Manley government in late 70s.
Part of that plan was assassinations, money for the Jamaican Labour Party, labor unrest, bribery and shipping weapons to Manley’s opponents, like Lester “Jim Brown” Coke.
Author, Daurius Figueira writes in his book, “Cocaine And Heroin Trafficking In The Caribbean,” “In fact, it meant that illicit drug runners linked to the JLP were integrated into a CIA linked illicit drugs guns and criminal trafficking pipeline.”
Former CIA agent, Philip Agee, said “the CIA was using the JLP as its instrument in the campaign against the Michael Manley government, I’d say most of the violence was coming from the JLP, and behind them was the CIA in terms of getting weapons in and getting money in.”
One of Lester Coke’s associates, Cecil Connor, would claim that he was trained by the CIA to fight political wars for the JLP through killing and spying.
Connor would stuff ballot boxes and intimidate voters to help the JLP win elections.
Connor would go on from being a political thug to being part of the international Jamaican based cocaine ring known as the Shower Posse.
He wound up testifying against Lester Coke and his cohort Vivian Blake, only to return to his native St. Kitts to become a drug kingpin who almost held the country hostage.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke’s father, Lester Coke has also been accused of working with the CIA. Timothy White speculates, in his biography of Bob Marley, “Catch A Fire,” that Jim Brown was part of a team of armed gunman that attempted to assassinate Bob Marley led by JLP enforcer Carl “Byah” Mitchell.
Authors Laurie Gunst and Vivien Goldman also make the same assertions in their books, “Born Fi Dead” and “The Book Of Exodus.”
Marley’s manager Don Taylor claims that one of Marley’s attackers was captured and admitted that the CIA had agreed to pay him in cocaine and guns to kill Marley.
Lester Coke would later be burned to death in a Jamaican jail cell, while awaiting extradition the the United States.
Many people have claimed that he was killed so he wouldn’t reveal his secrets dealing with the CIA, JLP and criminal activity.
In its efforts to destabilize the Jamaican government in the 1970s, the CIA created a group of drug dealing, gun running, political criminals.
Through the cocaine trade, these criminals would eventually become more powerful than the politicians they were connected to.
The CIA destabilization program did not only destabilize Jamaica in the 70s, but it destabilized Jamaica for the next 40 years.
Given the secrecy of both CIA and Jamaican society, it is unclear exactly what was the CIA’s role in creating the Shower Posse.
Did they give them guns? Were they given cocaine? Were they trained how to smuggle drugs? Did the CIA use the Shower Posse to try and kill Bob Marley? These are all questions that the CIA should answer.
If what is alleged about the CIA is true, then they are partially responsible for the cycle of gun trafficking, gun smuggling and violence that plagues Jamaica today.
If the US can extradite the son of one of the CIA’s political enforcers for trafficking guns and cocaine, shouldn’t the CIA be investigated for training Jamaicans on how to conduct political warfare, arming them, giving them cocaine and helping them traffic it?
Given the revelation that the CIA allowed Nicaraguan drug dealers to sell cocaine in the US to fund their revolution against their communist government, it is not that far fetched to believe that they would arm Jamaicans to with guns and give them cocaine to fight communists in Jamaica.
Sometimes you listen to the news and you just want to puke at the atrocities that are being committed against children by their parents – especially mothers.
Today, we celebrate mothers and it’s just wrong for some of these women who are just child bearers to be ‘hitching’ on to the title.
They give birth, but when it comes on to being a mother they don’t have the slightest inclination of what it really entails.
Having a child in the home is no deterrent for them to get the latest hairstyle, outfits and attend the bashiest events – never mind that in doing this it leaves their young ones exposed to all kinds of danger as they are often times left unsupervised at home. Or that their choices mean no food on the table for the hungry babies or that their child will have to miss another day of school.
Being a mother – for them means kids hanging around, but no change in their lifestyle…in fact some will even use their kids as an asset in their earning power –whether by having them hustling on the street or pimping their daughters.
‘Mother’ is an alien word to them and they don’t even have the grace to be ashamed.
This Mother’s Day it is our hope that they will change the vicious cycle and really start caring for their children.
Hopefully then they can bring up children who feel comfortable in their love and can in turn pass the same on to the next generation.
Keep on caring
Today, marks another celebration of Mother’s Day and for some there can never be enough praises heaped on them for their tireless efforts in ensuring they take care of their children in the right and proper way.
In the midst of all those careless mothers out there, who violate the very name of ‘mother’ are those who keep sacrificing to ensure that their children do not lack.
Their often selfless deeds go unacknowledged as no one will ever know the many times they deny eating a meal just so their child can have it, deny buying themselves a well needed pair of shoes just so their child can have a lunch money for school.
Sometimes she has to go it alone as fathers are nowhere around, but she doesn’t allow that to make her bitter, but instead she focus on her charges and make sure they don’t miss out.
Kudos to all the good mothers who are so lonely sometimes because they are working too hard to maintain their families that they can’t even find time to kick back with their girlfriends.
The sad part about this job is that sometimes the very children they have sacrificed for don’t even realize just how much it cost and how much she had to give up to make their dreams come true. They accept her nurturing and care as their due and don’t even spare the time to say ‘Thank You mom”. But still she presses on, knowing that her love cannot cease towards the child she bares.
This Mother’s Day, I just want to big up the real mothers out there – from the mother who farms first and then sells in the market, to the ones who are fatherless by choice and some not, the next kind are the ones who have to steal (butter) to maintain their children, to the ones who are incarcerating trying to make a dollar to survive, to the ones who are up high and low in the corporate sector we salute you and to the fathers who also have to play the motherly role.
Happy Mother’s Day you all - and no you don’t have to give birth to be a mom – if you are a great god-mother, a super aunt, a caring guardian, a woman who adores kids and is always looking out for their wellbeing, you fit just fine in the role.
http://www.jamaica-star.com/images/2009/spacer.gifBut a wha dat a reading in the Star sah? Fi real only in Jamaica you hear bout di wuss tings dem. Imagine a ting like funeral, whey yuh should be a a somber mood a lay di dead to rest, big fight bruck out between wife and matey.
According to whey di story guh, The burial of a St Elizabeth man was on Saturday interrupted after the mother of his child and another woman alleged to be his secret lover knocked fists in full view of the already distressed family members and friends who were there.
According to people at the burial, things were going as planned until Kingsley's babymother arrived.
It is said that upon her arrival about 4 p.m., she immediately and loudly expressed her disgust at the presence of another woman Betty, said to be her 'matie'.
"Yu si from she reach and si di girl, she not even wait she jus' start cuss and a class up di girl," a police source and friend of Kingsley told THE STAR.
Despite attempts to calm her down, the babymother is said to have gone further and allegedly approached Betty, ordering her to leave.
"Di way dem get wild nobody not even did too waa run een fi part dem, dem gwaan wicked star ... . Yu tink a now dem a war, a long time eno. See it deh now di man all dead and dem still a fight," he added.
It was also said that Betty managed to take a pair of scissors from her handbag and stabbed at her 'rival'.
At the end of the bout, the women had to be rushed from the scene as their dresses were ripped, exposing parts of their bodies. In addition, both reportedly suffered bruises, swellings and busted lips.
Bwoy oh bwoy, di ongle ting we can say is a wha dis fada.
Lawks mi caan laugh, mi know yuh nuh supposed to enjoy when smady get lick, but mi haffi tell di truth. A nuff nuff people inna di streets a laugh like hell bout di story sey Dj Mr G formerly Goofy slap him wid a gun.
Dem sey a long time LA a go round and a meck a nuisance a himself, him gi trouble here suh, him gi trouble dere so, him just nuff suh.
Dem sey it was just a matter a time before smady caan teck nuh more and deal wid him case. Look how him owe di tattoo man money, carry him go court and him same one get ordered fi pay di man! Den di drama wid him and Lady Marsha and a nex one whey dem sey him rip dem off.
Not to mention to di whole heap a ediat press release whey him company LA Lewis Entertprise a send out.
Now, we hope, deh lick deh whey meck him cool him tail and kip quiet…but wi have a feeling dat afta it cool off it a guh be him dat again!
We thought that Bounty went on stage and indicated that there comes a time when you must move from being a boy to a man. He said he was finished with the foolishness and many embraced his new attitude. In fact that was what earned him the huge forwards when he stormed the stage in Sumfest. He totally redeemed himself with a new attitude, one that many dancehall fans love.
We can’t but think this is another stunt orchestrated to build up a vibes for the upcoming Sting. With the economy in shambles and people will now have to make hard choices about the entertainment event they support, it’s a good drawing card to appeal to the blood thirsty dancehall fans who enjoys a good clash to save towards.
However, we long for the day when all this foolishness is eliminated from the dancehall and people can once again listen to “feel good” songs. Now I don’t know what to call these things blaring from the boom boxes…a tracing match or mob scene.
Who’s gonna write the ‘tell all’ book on the lives of these entertainers and their wives, mistresses, baby mothers and other one-night stands? unno realize sey if one of dem have a serious disease -- we nah call no name -- all of dem a go ketch it. Tek for instance the wife of one deejay who did deh wid Missa Fire Pon Rome, while she still deh wid har husband and him still have a bag a gal outta road. Then she lef’ har husband and go deh wid a next deejay and get pregnant fi him. And the same deejay have a young baby mother who not too long give birth and still him name a call pon another baby inna belly – so dat is three different baby mother fi di one deejay.
But that girl deh good eeh? How you can married to one deejay and oonu don’t even divorce yet and yet you gone breed fi a next deejay? And when you husband did want baby, you flip up and sey how him nuh stable so you nah bring no pickney inna dat deh relationship. But how much better is this one? That is what people are asking. From di looks of it, the deejay who you choose busy like hell a get him groove on and a try skip round paternity tests and all these tings. We know seh times hard and you big vehicle get repossess and ting, but you a girl who know how fi play you cards right, cause a long time you a do dis ting. Goodness girl, you coulda did wait till the divorce come through before you go skettel out the ting so. We hope say when baby born we don’t hear say a paternity test is required. Maybe you should compare notes with ‘S’.
But it get worse, it in today’s Chat! sey a grandson kill him 90-year-old grandmother over cellphone. Puppa Jeezas, teck the case and gi mi di pillow. No, just when you think it caan get any worse, you read news like this. What’s wrong with this young generation, someone tell us please?
What the hell is happening in the country when a 20-odd year old man a beat him 50-odd year old father and bere tings. We doan wrong the judge from telling him to get out of him daddy house. You can imagine you work hard to bring yuh pickney pass the worse and the only thanks you get is fi have them tun pan yuh…geez!
Boy it seems as if there is no end to Luciano’s troubles. After he claimed he had no idea what kind of character his acquaintance of ten years was really like that escalated in the shooting incident at his house/studio, he was denied entry into the US over the past weekend. Hence his not being able to appear on the Irish and Chin promoted Rewind.
We really don’t know what to believe…one minute we getting reports that Buju’s show is successful and enjoying some mad crazy turnout…and next comes news like this one that his shows in Eureka and Los Angeles have been cancelled and he is now facing dwindling options.
Honestly, I think they should just back off now and allow the gargamel to go through with his tour. Surely there ought to be enough patrons and promoters on his side to make it work?
What do you all think?
Bwoy what a way Usain Bolt go a New York and just done di place sah.Watch the link below and si how him teck on the ESPN sports team and just mess dem up...yeah man wi know sey a joke ting, but it did really nice fi hear him a tease dem if dem sure dem can meck it to di finish line! Bwoy him get a lot a love dere...a suh wi love to si him a represent to di flippin worl!
Bwoy, everybody come beat beat up pon West Indies, dem lose two matches already and today mi a watch di last one whey dem a play and dung to wicket keeper teck off him gloves and get wicket...a whey di cricket board a duh sah...dem nuh si sey dem a embarrass de hell out a we all?
Songwriter and artiste Unicorn has been talking up di tings where Macka Diamond is concerned. He claimed that he has not been under paid by the female DJ. Macka who recently returned to the island from her overseas promotion is offering no comment to Unicorn’s allegations. Don’t wrong you girl one word lead to another and nex ting you know tings blow out a proportion. Di best ting you do is have a one on one talk wid Unicorn and sort out unno difference…but wi never did hear a likkle romance did a brew there suh?
Dancehall artiste Boom Boom will not be among the performers for the advertised Gully vs Gaza scheduled to take place tonight at the Building (formerly Asylum).
According to Boom he was only yesterday asked to perform … that is after the adverts had been running for some time.
Boom says he has prior engagements and as such will not be able to perform. He apologies to his fans who were expecting to see him.
When the dust was settled at Boasy Tuesdays it was Unicorn who was reportedly carted away to the police station, perhaps to face charges.According to unconfirmed reports, the weekly session on Lyndhurst Road in Kingston was running smoothly when the artiste and a selector got into an argument.
“Unicorn did want dem to play him tune dat him a promote and dem never want to play it and so him mek a move pon dem,” one patron reported.
Unicorn is alleged to have ‘bottled’ the selectors at the session.
Another version is that the artiste, who has been having an altercation with Money Goddess Macka Diamond over a song on which they collaborated, confronted Macka’s people at Boasy Tuesdays and a fight started.
“Mi just see like a stampede and people start run up and down,” a source who was at the dance reported.
Other reports are that shots were fired in the air, allegedly by the police, in an attempt to restore order.
Efforts to get in contact with Unicorn proved futile as he was reportedly still at the police station.
Chino scores with From Mawnin’
(From mawnin’ we a hustle and put we all in/ When we work we nuh pree nuh stalling/ From mawning, yeah, a so we stay/ We never ever change…)
Lock up Chino and Stephen inside the Big Ship Recording Studio and what you get is pure McGregor magic with musical productions that starts the change and turns things around.
Never Change (From Mawnin’) is an infectious song that once you hear it, you have to play it again and again. Radio loves it, the dancehall pumps it and it’s a real club banger. Already it is moving up the charts and it is definitely one of the best singles to be released so far this year.
The ingredients of this song include a really nice riddim — Stephen proves yet again that he is indeed ‘di Genius’ in this sphere — a positive message and great delivery from Chino, who at times sounds so much like his father Freddie on this single.
It promotes the values of hard work, having a goal and making all the legit moves to reach that goal. Because, as Chino says “we haffi rich, so Stephen go mix this beat ova this vocal”.
There is no get-rich-quick mentality at work here … it’s all about knowing what you want and investing your time and talent to get it.Perfect message to the youth from the youths.
Happy Birthday to President Barack Obama. President Barack Obama tunrns 48 today, YardFlex sends all the best of wishes to him.
Bwoy wi love how Peter Metro talk up di tings dem a Giants a di 80s, him question di fact how him deh bout donkey years inna di business and him still nuh reach 30 years yet! And sey how Beenie Man reach 30 and him deh bout before him! As him sey “such is life”
But come to tink of it…dat nuh sound strange to unno, man whey a DJ before him nuh reach 30 yet and Beenie just come shoot up and past him out…well anyting possible it seems.
Squidly Ranks yuh joke nuh meck it
Den a di same show Squidly Ranks pull off a joke pon Ragashanti wi meck mi did feel fi gi a big boo. But just through wi neva waan almshouse out di people dem ting. Mi know sey Raga did vex, but him haffi kip him cool. Di one Squidly go talk bout how Raga put Spanish Fly inna him girl drink when she gone a bathroom and when him tun him back she do it to him tuh! Den when di Spanish Fly set in di girl sey a feel like a woulda teck a c…ky and Raga sey him tuh! Him need fi wheel and come again wid di one deh
After more than a year, Mighty Crown "The Far East Rulers" and Irish and Chin will embark on an explosive World Tour starting in October 2009 to celebrate another major career milestone, a third Nike sneaker deal. The Irish and Chin produced tour, dubbed "'The Mighty Crown Dynasty World Tour," after the soon-to-be released sneaker, will feature three of Mighty Crown's five members: Masta Simon, Sami T and Ninja. The Crown Dynasty Tour will represent the first time that Sami T and Masta Simon have toured together in over three years.
The super sound Mighty Crown has once again collaborated with Nike to release the Dynasty High sneaker. The unique studded sneaker is an elite revamp of Nike's 1981 original Dynasty High. Blazoned with the Crown logo on the tongue, the sneaker is being released in conjunction with the Anniversary of Mighty Crown's Yokohama Reggae Festival (SAI) -- Japan's largest Reggae stage show. Mighty Crown members believe that this accolade serves as the perfect time to celebrate with a highly anticipated tour. Additionally, according to fans, it's time for Mighty Crown to hit the road again with their dancehall madness!
Each of Crown's members has been pursuing successful endeavors recently, which has prevented them from touring together. Now, the Mighty Crown team is set to deliver over-the-top dancehall entertainment to their fans, who sometimes have just one opportunity a year to catch a glimpse of their favorite sound. With dates going quickly, the Crown Dynasty Tour is destined to be a hit.
Mighty Crown is the most successful non-Jamaican dancehall sound system worldwide. As a clash sound, they have defeated the best the arena has to offer. Meanwhile, as a jugglin' sound they have performed in places through out the world. At this time, Mighty Crown is armed, dangerous and ready for war. Masta Simon, one of the sounds founding members, has always respected juggling, but his passion truly lies in clashing. And why not? It's clashing that made the sound famous! The Crown Dynasty Tour will consist of both juggling and clash dates, something the sound took a break from. While Simon, Sami T and Ninja tour, members Supa Gee and Coji will continue locking down Japan.
Long-established stage show Champions in Action returns to Jam World Saturday August 15 with, as always, a line-up that fits the show's name.
Subtitled "Bigger and Better this Year," Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, Capleton, Anthony B, Elephant Man, John Holt, Etana, Assassin, Spice and I Wayne are the confirmed acts, with more icons of Jamaican music about to be added.
"We will be having just the right amount of artists this year," said a Presidential Click spokesperson. "We will be giving patrons exactly what they want, with each artist having enough time to give their fans what they want."
Known for staging shows with memorable performances and incident free events, promoters Presidential Click, will as usual be giving part proceeds to their annual back-to-school treat for inner city children across political boundaries of West Kingston.
Its the first stage show of this magnitude in the Corporate Area since Sting and one patrons are eager for.
But a wha dat wi si Alliance a send out email a talk bout sey Bounty Killer and Mavado teck Sumfest? Yes, wi agree sey Bounty Killer teck it to dem and come out shining. Him did really represent fi di Alliance, but wi caan sey di same bout Mavado. Him flop seven ways from Sunday. Nutten neva gwaan fi him, di crowd stand up lacka soldier fi him and rail fi Bounty.
F idem care him coulda just stay pon di rock…and nuh come down.
What a big crowd dancehall night
Bwoy, what a record crowd fi dancehall night. A wonder if a thru dem did sey dem a guh crown Beenie Man king and him fans neva waan miss it. Fi real, mi sey afta di show finish, reporter and everybody stand up still a look tink sey Beenie Man a come back pon stage. A ongle afta di MC come out and sey si unno tomorrow dat dem finally meck a move fi leave.
Public Defender looking into Kentucky Kid case
Dem sey to be poor is a crime but mi glad fi si sey sometimes the bigger heads dem look out for the underdog.
Cause look ho di policeman crash inno di upcoming DJ Kentucky Kid car and waan meck it look like sey it neva happen.
Dem seize di youth vehicle and if him neva tan up strong it woulda look like sey a him wrong.
Wi glad sey di Public Defender Earl Witter a look into it and wi hope him duh much more dan dat. Wi hope sey him represent him and si to it dat di DJ get justice.
And anedda ting, wi really hope sey di police car did insure tuh…cause a nuf nuff police wi know whey a drive pon road without insurance, just through dem can depend pon dem squaddie to overlook dat.
Honestly, I have to wonder how inhell corruption is going to stop when those who are charged with maintaining the laws are the very ones breaking it. Take the care of the police man in yesterday's Star report who is now behind bars because he allegedly sold a colleague's weapon to gunmen.
Not only is he putting his own co-workers lives in danger, but he himself could someday end up being a victim of the very same gun.
No amount of money can make up for a life...it's a sad day when a policeman can't see past the dollar signs to remember the months of training he went through, the vow that he is under to serve and to protect.
After reading a story in the Star I had to wonder to myself what the world is coming to.; For all those who are saying that it’s just music then they had better rethink that one. An elderly man asked a teen to desist from listening to the ‘nasty’ music as all he was hearing was expletives and instead of obeying the elder the teen proceeded to attack the poor man, because he didn’t like the fact that he was being chided for his taste in music.
After going to court the teen eventually walked free as the elderly man spoke with his step father and decided not to press charges.
Now to tell the truth, I don’t think they did the best thing for him, cause no doubt he will again attack anyone else who dare to come between him and his nasty music.
What’s with all these DJ and constantly being in trouble with the law. Maybe if they abandoned the bad man tunes and try to be better role models then things would be a whole lot better. At one point or another they have had to face the courts.
It’s a sad statement on our music and our culture when the persons who are supposed to be raising the flag and keeping the standards high are in and out of court for one misdemeanor or the other.
Ninja Man who showed some promise after spending time in prison and coming out pushing the One Umbrella movement is now battling to be a free man.
Last Friday, the Appleton Temptation Isle lead-up event Flip It Friday took over New Kingston’s party headquarters, The Quad Nightclub. With house disc jockeys, free-flowing Appleton, and the unmistakable high energy flavour of communications giant Digicel. Flip It Fridays shook the venue with pulsating, well selected music, and flip phone giveaways.
The event is a part of Digicel’s energetic ‘Flip It To ATI’ campaign, for which dancehall’s ‘Energy god’ Elephant Man is the spokesperson.
“It was a perfect synergy. We needed someone who could aptly portray what this campaign is, and Elephant Man was simply perfect,” said Digicel’s senior sponsorship manager Shelly Ann Curran.
Well Jimmy Riley has reasons to smile now. His wife dropped the assault charges that she had recently filed against him. Yeah man, she tell di court that they were receiving counseling and that the relationship was improving. She said she didn’t want to pursue the matter any further. Well wi all fi marriage and tings but if a man ever put him hand pon unno…just do whay Tarrus Riley sey, “cut if off!”
But a how dem a guh accommodate suh much people sah. Fi real it look a way, cause a nuff nuff people fly in for over di globe hoping to pay dem last respects to the king of pop. But fi real dem have a big disappointment cause di Staple Centre can only hold 20,000 people and dat include di officials dem. Well all dem haffi do is put up some big screens all over di world and it done a stream live aready so…dem can do like me stay glue to di tube!
There is something about roots play that people are now gravitating towards it…rather than some of these top stage shows which have been flopping left right and centre.
There are others enjoying good turnout, but we can’t help but highlight the one that’s a sure hit no only in Jamaica but also on the international circuit.
Both Bashment Granny I and II have hit the spot where theatre lovers are concerned. The play enjoyed a long run at the Green Gables Theatre.
I think I’ll colour this man father…I’ll colour this man love…thanks dad for being my best friend and the one who stood by my side through thick and thin. If you got one of these great fathers, let the world know by sending your shout out on Father’s Day.
Thanks dad…for nothing! If you all have one of those dead beat dads who has never been there for you…never found the time to even offer encouragement and now in spite of it all you made it. Don’t get bitter, don’t get angry…just send out a shout out to those dead beat dads let them know you’ve arrived…and you’re okay.
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Rain blessed the launch of the tenth staging of the Portland Jerk Festival on Thursday at the Folly Lighthouse in the parish.
The festival, scheduled for July 5 at Folly Ruins has as its theme “Origins of Jerk” and will feature over 25 authentic jerk chefs preparing a variety of jerked meats including pork, chicken, goat, lamb, fish, conch, lobster and vegetables.
The aim of this year’s festival is “to combine jerk with reggae, family and fun,” and to this end Honey Bun will host a Kiddies Village that will offer some free rides and the Honey Bun Jerk Pepper Bread.
It was announced that title sponsor Pepsi has not renewed their sponsorship after their three-year contract ended, but East Portland MP Dr Donald Rhodd and CEO Casey Bourne were very positive.
In Touch Weekly put out a 4 page story about Gwen Stefani's husband Gavin Rossdale and an alleged former lover "Marilyn" (Peter Anthony Robinson) . It is said that the couple maintained a 5 year relationship in the 80s when Marilyn was in the Highlight of his career as a European rockstar. Gavins rep denies any such affair. Boy George first broke the story in his 1995 book "Take It Like A Man", to which both parties had denied. Marilyn now claims to have denied the affair as to protect Gavin, who had asked him to do so. "He was just becoming successful in America. I agreed to lie agaisnt every grain of my being" Marylin says. In an exclusive interview with In Touch, Marylin gives detailed information about the love affair stating "we were together for 5 years but it felt like 40. He was the love of my life." Marylin claims NOT to be gay and that he has dated more women than men.
Nah someone must be lying this hell can’t be true. If the report on mediatakeout is anything to go by then very soon an explosive book will be hitting the shelves on the singer’s so called affair with a man who is only going by the name of ‘Russell’.
Russell claims he will be telling all and will be coming with some shocking secrets…if that’s the case we all we can say is let’s see what he has.
Tami bruck whey fi do har own ting
Yea man wi hear sey Tami Chynn cut ties wid Universal records, cause afta 4 years and di ongle ting dem duh fi har is release one album fi har inna Japan and di one single whey name Frozen…but come to tink of it, wi not even get nuh big big buzz pond a single deh…but a suh it guh when nuh much promotion nuh gu inna whey yuh do. She sey she a cut ties and she waan fi handle har affairs herself as di label neva did a do one jack squat whey she foncern…well wi wish har all di best and hope she can get di break through fi buss it big inna di business…cause fi tell di truth we did really a wonder if dat did eva guh happen.
It seems as if Rihanna has finally come to her senses if the report that was carried in the US Magazine is anything to go by. According to her father Ronald Fenty who spoke to the magazine he was quoted as saying the following.
Rihanna’s a different person, back to herself. It’s like Chris never [even] existed. She seems reborn.
And in another report a source was quoted as saying that Rihanna’s is in a really good place realizing how precious life is.”
The Barbadian singer is even learning to relax as Beenie Man ‘draw card’ on her at a show in Barbados and then called her on stage and she went exciting the crowd even further.
You go girl
Dancehall's femme fatale Timberlee is all about entertaining the massive. Capitalizing on the success of her smash "Bubble Like Soup," which still has dancehall fans raving, the stunningly gorgeous Timberlee has embarked on a U.S. Tour to promote her new single "Sexy In My Heels" during the months of April and May. Timberlee recently kicked off her tour before standing room only crowds, rocking a college show in Buffalo and the landmark venue BB King's at a birthday bash for radio personality Bobby Konders.
In the weeks to come, Timberlee is pegged to grace the stage at high profile events through out New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore and Tampa -- just to name a few locales. In addition to promoting the red-hot new single "Heels," the tour has been designed to provide fans with an up-close-and-personal Timberlee experience, while familiarizing the rising artist with her growing fanbase. And of course, at every stop along the way, the ladies are encouraged to come out in their sexiest stilettos. Noted for her beauty and vibrant style, the "Heels" singer is also slated to work the runway during a special appearance on the tour at Caribbean Fashion Rocks in New York.
"This tour will serve as an ideal vehicle of introducing Timberlee to her U.S. dancehall fans," says Timberlee's manager Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin, Inc. "Moreover, Timberlee will get a proper feel for touring and what lies a head in her burgeoning career."
Bwoy it look a way pon a certain DJ and wi nah tell nuh lie, we really sorry fi him. Wi sey from him get di result from the AIDS test whey him baby madda duh it come een like him a guh mad. More time him look space out and him all go dh di test tuh...but wi hope dat everyting come back negative.
Jah know star, dat's why dem fi heed di advice a dem own cause memba Frisco did sing one song called Rubbers...unno meck sure unno memba dem ting deh and avoid di fretnation.
Whey Nina Sparkles deh
Hey unno check out Nina Sparkles myspace? Mi neva know sey she missing and tings. It sticky a way sah, cause wi get fi understand sey a har boyfriend drop har a airport and she neva board a flight and from dat she nuh surface…but a wha really a gwaan?
DJ Flamez back on air?
Unno memba DJ Flamez whey used to deh pon RJR prime time and dem just push har out suh fi meck space fi Miss Kitty? Yes, she same one, wi hear sey she a get ready fi teck it back to dem inna prime time. Win uh have anyting concrete, but wi have it from good good source sey sinting might inna di pipeline. Well wi did like di vibes whey a gwaan wid pon radio so wi hope a true…di airwaves need some vibesing up from di woman dem.
Oh Boy, Usain made an innocent comment to the German media and it has come back to haunt him big time. We read the AFP story which is making big talk all over the airwaves. But honestly, we think it is much about nothing. He never said he was using marijuana, he said as a youth he tried it. Now I did too in my teen years, thank heavens I didn’t like it!
There are few teens who were never curious about ganja, cigarette or alcohol. If it was not one, it would have been the other.
Stop crucifying the youth and making a federal case as if he admitted that he had taken cocaine or steroids. In all this they might have forgotten that he is still a youth.
Wow a who wedding bells in the air for? Yardflex understand sey Spice a gear up fi har Cinderella wedding. Big plans and bere tings. Win uh have nuh official word yet, but be sure dat dis is one news wi will be keeping our ears to the ground close for.
Christine Hewitt Saga continues
Bwoy it come een like sey di Christine Hewitt saga nuh have nuh ending. Dem now teck in David Gordon Bredda fi questioning and a imply sey him have someting fi do wid di murder to. Bwoy after three years dem just dig up all a dis. A wonder a wha kina evidence dem couda have suh. Mi nah lie yuh, mi know David and mi nuh convince sey him coulda do dat deh crime, a wonda if a one scapegoat dem a look.
Dancehall deejay Mavado lead the pack in for nominations in the International Reggae and World Music Awards(IRAWMA)nominations with a nod in eight categories.
Beres Hammond and Elephant Man each have seven nominations, Etana and Queen Ifrica grabbed five nods, followed by Mr. Vegas with four nominations. Other nominees include Shaggy, Machel Montano, Morgan Heritage, Duane Stephenson, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Wyclef Jean, Serani, Jazmine Sullivan, Luciano, Tony Rebel, Tarrus Riley and Stitchie, among others.
P resident of Martin's International & Associates and producer of the annual IRAWMA's Ephraim Martin, says that some 30 countries in the Soviet Union and about 45 countries in Africa are just a fraction of the many places and media outlets that tune in to the IRAWMA's each year. Voice of America (VOA), the official external radio and television broadcasting service of the United States federal government, keeps a log of the winners each year.
The 28th IRAWMA's takes place on Sunday, May 3, 2009, starting at 6:00pm for VIP ticket holders, and 7:30pm for general admission. This year the ceremony will be held at the state-of-the-art York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, NY.
Honestly, mi really amazed at how tings change, memba one time man and woman woulda get dem groove on di dancefloor, now if you notice di trend change real bad. A pure man a scramble fi di videolight if it mean sey dem all a haffi get di woman dem outa di way.
Fi real back inna di going to dances it was like a whole activity by itself, you woulda si hustlers, di jerk man, di peanut vendor, soup man you get di drift, the hottie hottie girl dem whey dress nuh puss boot and of course do beggar dem whey waan yuh “let off a ting”.
But it come een like some a di dancers dem teck ova all a di role dem whey dese people used to play. From deejays, to MC, host, promoters, hustlers, beggers, sellers you name it…and di wuss ting whey wi observe is dat di number one begger in dancehall a di make dancer dem.
In a homophobic country like Jamaica, me know people always go club fi see go-go dancers, so wid dem man yah a dance like dem a woman, it would be safe to say dat most of these dancers are male go-go(s).
Dem dancers yah a get out a hand, dem a fight wid each other fi video light, a war wid video man cause dem nah video dem and once di video go pon di woman dem, dem leave the venue.
As a promoter, me really a wonder if dem dancer yah no get thursty after all dem dancing. Is either dem pocket empty or them mean to themself. Me say di dancers rather by a (1) Magnum and (1) Redbull, share it wid bout 30 men or beg people a drink out a dem liquor and dats it fi di night.
Member dem come in a di dance dem free, nah buy not even a wata, so how dem expect dancehall fi survive?
Di dancers really a tek dancehall fi a circus, dem cum a di dance, sweat up demself, wah bounce people and step-up pon people shoes, not even say sorry and expect you fi smile.
Some a dem dance group need fi re-invent themself and come back wid a few females in the group. A couple-up time now.
Bwoy mi nuh waan spend di whole time bash dem still but a really hope we can get back di nice nice nice vibes whey wi did use to from di dancehall. A who did sing she “Mi waan back we wata pumpie, we cool and deadly, fi go dance wid we ladies…” Mi nuh haffi sey nutten more.
Bwoy a better di PNP dem neva badda shame demself and call fi nuh re-election,
what a clean sweep by di JLP. Backside man,
mi nuh follow backa politicians but even mi
did know sey right now di JLP a siddung pretty.
Still a nutten if dem try cause if dem did get
through tings woulda look sticky.
Yeah man, Shocking vibes CEO guh court and him a sort out him ting proper. Nuh warrant nuh deh pon him head again and according to one report whey mi read him a guh pay di court di balance a di back tax whey him owe inna five installments. Just gwaan duh yuh ting yah Patrick and wi really hope sey Shocking Vibes can come back pon top again.
$25M fire at Sizzla’s residence
Reggae/dancehall artiste, Sizzla Kalonji, may have to temporarily relocate to his August Town-based Judgement Yard property as his Richings Ave, Liguanea residence was burnt down on Sunday morning.
“Sizzla did just drive out when the fire start,” a source told YardFlex, adding that the fire started after 9:30 Sunday morning .
Yesterday morning, scores of persons, including players in the music industry — one of whom was said to have just left Sizzla's house — gathered at the Richings Avenue house, owned by Exterminator producer and manager of Sizzla, Phillip ‘Fattis’ Burrell. Burrell, who was also on the scene, was not in any mood to hold discussions with the press.
The cause of the fire, which reportedly caused extensive damage to the upscale property, is still unknown. Loss is estimated at $25 million and it is not known at this time whether or not the property was insured.
Is Soulja Boy gay? That’s the million dollar question after reading an article posted on www.wjbt.com where his girlfriend the sexy actress Meagan Good bashed him on the website twitter.com on Tuesday.
She bashed the rap star claiming that he preferred boys to girls.
Asked by a fan if she and Soulja Boy were still an item, Good wrote, "No, me and Soulja Boy aren't together... That ship has sailed. Apparently, he doesn't like chicks."
And, responding to a message from her ex, the actress/model later tweeted, "You're young, rich and over-rated. You think you can have anyone."
There are things that definitely make you go hmmn!
Big up to Mavado.
Mavado stays doing it big for Dancehall in 09 with a massive 6 page feature in the latest edition of Vibe magazine.
Vibe usually only devotes limited column inches to Dancehall acts in its "Boomshots" section, but gave Mavado 7 pages plus a tag on the front cover, further cementing his place in urban US culture.
Writer Rob Kenner flew to Jamaica with a Vibe photographer in January and spent several days with the Gully God. Di magazine in stores now…fi real check it out.
Serani new video pop dung bad
Unno check out Serani new video fi No Games? Backside, go pon youtube and when unno done read di comment dem unda di bottom. Nuff time mi woulda sey people too harsh and tings but wi nah tell nuh lie it pop dung bad. A di foulest video mi eva si fi a long time. Jah know star look much good video director you have a Jamaica why direct nuff crazy videos and to di big bucks whey mi hear run fid ah one deh…no sah. Dat waa wheel and come again.
LA Lewis drama
But a wha kina drama dat we hear guh dung inna di courthouse wid LA Lewis. Him really rate himself bwoy. Wi hear sey him look pon di judge and a ask him can siddung inna di lawyer bench cause a him gooda represent himself. Mi sey di courtroom spoil cause people did a dead wid laugh. Den pon top a dat him a sey him nuh tief Lady Marsha clothes cause him wear pure white. But a whey LA Lewis nuh go find sinting duh sah and stop gwaan like him a royalty.
Risto Benji surface
Mi rhatid, afta people nuh hear bout Risto Benji inna dis long long time him finally surface…inna jail. Yes bwoy police nuh arrest him fi robbery wid aggravation and have him inna lock up. But a wha him coulda a tink bout dough eeh fi gone rob people. Yuh mean to sey di music business dry up so bad fi him dat him affi tun to dat. No sah, him Rasta brethren dem woulda help him out dem nuh always sey dem clean hearted and ting…yardflex really waan kip pon top a deh one yah fi hear wha really did go dung. Well when di case start…wi affi follow it.
Si whey mi sey, the soldier invole inna di club shooting at the Diamond Gaming Lounge pon Heroes Day have one next charge a face. Yes, sah it allege seh him did kick off wid smady else a one nex club a Manchester and shooting did gwaan deh suh tuh. Him sey a self defence dat deh time tuh. So meck wi si how everyting unfold nuh.
Schooler unno behave
But a wha did a gwaan inna di place sah. A not even time fi Champs yet and di pickney dem a flip up like dem nuh have nuh sense. Police haffi deh pon di alert and bere tings. Adults look like dem haffi guh set better example, cause a pure craziness a gwaan inna di island.
But deh businessman cold eeh. Di one whey dem arrest fi a fool roun him three gal pickney dem. Den yuh mean to seh you have so much woman deh bout di place, dose him can buy and dose him can guh look and di ongle option him si was di sweet likkle sinting dem. No sah dis yah world yah well waan sort out.
New owners for Sunday Herald
The Sunday Weekly Sunday Herald has changed ownership hands. The new owners are a group of investors led by the Rev Garnet Roper. The paper has been a thriving force in the journalism market and has broken many top stories. Among the names being mention on the new board is Politician Peter Bunting and Chris Dehring. Yardflex wishes the paper every success.
Lecturer questioned on harboring teens in house
A male Canadian teacher who lectures at a popular university in Canada is now under police scrutiny following four juveniles being found in his home. Yardflex understand that their parents had no knowledge of their whereabouts. The juveniles will be undergoing a thorough examination as the situation is highly unusual.
The situation was brought to police attention by the parents who reported the matter.
It a real family affair whey Junior Reid and him two bwoy dem concern. Yeah man wi get fi understand sey him open one club pon Eastwood Park Road inna Kingston. Wi hear sey it really nice. Junior di Yardflex crew a come check it out and kick back in a di VIP lounge area zeen
Merciless nuh get nuh mercy
A what dat wi hear bout Merciless and anodda DJ whe him go teck on inna lyrics and chuck off face and tings? Well sah, dem nuh have enough fi deal wid di Broadcast Commission a a crack down pon violent lyrics and tings.
A close look at Ramping Shop
Mi really neva check out di lyrics a Ramping Shop all dat good enuh. But di odda day wi a pree it and di part whey Spice sing nuh suh right a tall, she sey “dig out mi tripe, cause a dat wey mi like” or something like dat. Now come meck wi reason, wi know sey tripe nuh locate whey di vagina deh, you woulda haffi enter from back way fi find dat. So whey she really a sey, she like anal sex? No sah…mi nuh waan nuh man go nuh whey near fi mi tripe at all meck it tan deh…come from di front…no accidents roun here!
Spice engaged but not ready to get married
Deejay Spice recently got engaged when long time boyfriend and baby father, Nicholas Lall, proposed during his birthday party on February 7.
Spice who is ecstatic says that they have not set a date yet as she is too busy to get married right now. Even though they are happy and in love marriage is not something that she wants to jump into without careful consideration - they haven't even bought a house yet. She says that she wants to be financially comfortable before taking the plunge.
Fans will unfortunately not see Spice sporting an engagement ring as she will only do so among friends and family as she says that a marriage is not a public thing, it should be private and she is not sure whether she will have a big wedding or a private one.
Singer Iley Dread’s Kings of Kings International in association with Seawind Resort in Negril will once again unite the people through music.
This concert, Unite The People, now in its fourth staging — albeit not consecutively — is scheduled to take place on April 4 at WAVS Beach in Negril.
“Unite the People was last held in 2007, “we staged a similar show last year at the same venue but with a different name, Reggae Grooving” one of the organizers explained. He disclosed that this showcase has always opted for quality acts, rather than quantity. “We know the type of concert that the people in Negril appreciate and we are happy for an opportunity to bring to them the kind of acts who will entertain and give value for money,”
Unite the People has a select line-up of acts including the maestro himself Beres Hammond along with Queen Ifrica, Coco Tea, Iley Dread, Jeffrey Star and Rising Stars winner and runner-up Cameal Davis and Khalil respectively. Also included are up and coming artistes Ras Penco, Rochelle (Bradshaw) and Kool DeRoy.
A So You Move - Mavado
Have you heard Mavado's new song lately...entitled a So You Move? It hit out at the government's stance on dancehall music. Irie FM is 'rinsing' it out and right now it's getting a lot of buzz on the streets and people are just talking. Man the singjay went all out on this one and the lyrics are really powerful. Trust me this dancehall, Broadcast Commission debate won't be going away anytime soon.
Still I have to give my side of the debate in all of this. If you ask me, they are all hypocrites, how dem fi come down on dancehall music and not touching soca and carnival. A don't tink it is right that kids should be wining up and carrying on bad on the streets in skimpy outfits. Not to mention the adults who behave like real old bangarangs. You listen to the lyrics of di Calypso song dem...so what Broadcast Commission say bout dat. On pon top of that on Easter Sunday a cyaan turn on mi TV in peace just through di whole heap a naked people a dagger in the streets...so no more a those tings come Easter...a hope suh.
Red Stripe wheel and come again big time
Red Stripe launched Diageo Learning For Life - Project Artiste on Wednesday at the Heart School of Cosmetology. It's a big move to be taking raw talent - 40 participants to be exact and working with them. Training them and guiding them to deal with the whole business of music. In my books they have totally redeemed themselves.
Ziggy Marley is gearing up for the release of this third album 'Family Time', set to be released on May 5 via Tuff Gong Worldwide.
The family-themed record was produced by Don Was, and features a variety of family and friends including his mother Rita Marley, sister Cedella Marley, and his three-year-old daughter Judah Marley.
Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson also perform on the release, as does actress Jamie Lee Curtis who narrates two stories.
According to Marley, the record "represents my daily family life and is inspired by my three-year-old daughter Judah and baby Gideon. It was a joy to make and opened up new avenues in my creativity."
A former member of the Melody Makers, Marley has contributed to a variety of children's programming including Nick Jr's 'Dora the Explorer', the PBS children's show 'Arthur', and 'Shark Tale', in which he played the character of Bernie, the Jamaican jellyfish.
What a way Ms. Keiva she tink she bad, bout she come a YardFlex office a try bright herself with 1 of our staff member. She got the shock of her life when she was forced to take back her statement when the CEO stepped to her. Keiva need fi go sidung and try get the clothes dem inna har store sell.
Me sey Keiva well barge inna we office and a talk bout we put up bad tings bout har pon the website and we ago live fi see har. Also how she wish did rich like Puffy, so she coulda sue we.
What Keiva you need fi understand say is that in this business any publicity is good publicity.
Keiva just gwaan stay ova your side of the plaza, try sell some clothes and tun on back your light.
Chris Brown banned
Chris Brown has more to deal with than just facing a felony charge and $50,000 bail after the alleged attack on his girlfriend, Rihanna on February 8.
He now has to deal with the effects his abusive actions have had on his career, as his music has been banned on radio stations in Barbados, Rihanna's island home, as well as other radio stations globally.
His Doublemint gum commercial has also been suspended pending the outcome of the charges. The Body By Milk campaign has also pulled his "Got Milk" advertisement.
Rihanna has had to cancel two concert performances in Indonesia and Malaysia scheduled for February 12 and 13 respectively as she is sporting bruises, a black eye and a split lip.
Spanish King and Queen to arrive in Jamaica today
According to news reports the king and queen of Spain will bestow Spanish national honors upon Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his wife, Lorna, during their two-day state visit to Jamaica.
King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía are slated to arrive in the island this afternoon and will confer the Great Cross of the Order of the Civil Merit of Spain on Prime Minister Golding. While, Mrs Golding is to receive the Spanish Commander of Distinction award.
The national awards were authorized by the Council of Ministers of Spain at its sitting last Friday.
The Government had previously announced the conferment of the Order of Excellence on King Juan Carlos and the Order of Jamaica (honorary) on Queen Sofía.
The Royal couple will arrive here at 2 p.m. and will be met at the Norman Manley International Airport by Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall, the prime minister and members of the Cabinet.
King Juan Carlos will address Parliament this afternoon before signing bilateral agreements with Golding.
Tomorrow, the royals will have a busy schedule, with meetings in the Corporate Area and St James before leaving the island.
Dancehall artistes Mavado, Ding Dong, and Flippa Mafia along with a host of other industry personnel to star in the new Jamaican film, "What Goes Around," written and directed by Steve 'Tehutnine' Mcaplin. The movie will be premiering Sunday March 1, 2009 at the Portmore Heart Academy, Portmore, St.Catherine.
What Goes Around is a twisted tale about male/female relationships, layered with lots of laughter and drama. It takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride with each character, feeling sorry for some, angry at others and bracing the outcome, because in the end What Goes Around...?
Big up to the entertainers for doing their thing. Log on to Yardflex after the premier to get a full review of the film.
Top 10 New tracks
1. Vybz Kartel feat. Jah Vinci - 'Middle Day"
2. Timberlee feat. Bounty Killer - 'Heels'
3. Flippa Mafia - 'Unfinished House'
4. Ce'Cile feat. Jasmine Sullivan - 'Bust Your Windows' remix
5. Richie Spice - 'Serious Girl'
6. Bounty Killer - 'They Don't Know'
7. D' Angel - 'First Lady'
8. Mavado - 'High Under'
9. Assassin - 'Guinep Stain'
10. Stacious - 'Good Life'
First, I wanna big up my friend/family member Gramps from Morgan's Heritage. What a way dah man yah sound like a Peter Tosh. Listen to the chorus of his new single No More Tears. "Jah shall wash away all the tears from my eyes, in times when the storm and the tides are raging. We know we shall win and we'll survive."
On another note, Heritage Mojo, another member of the group, will be shooting his new video this week in Jamaica. So stay tuned for that.
Anyone remember Renee from a group called Natural Substance? Well she - I would say - is half Bahamian and half Jamaican. She is a disc jockey in Bahamas @ 100Jamz. Empress Renee is on air Monday - Friday 10-2pm. BIG UP ME CONSCIOUS EMPRESS, U a gwan good!
Coming this Saturday December 13th Tempo will behaving their 3rd Birthday Bash in Nassau Bahamas. Featured Artists for this even are Luciano, Alison Hinds, Mr. Vegas, Krosfyah, Ce'Cile, Peter Ram,Biggie Irie, Tessanne and Omari. Bahamian stars set for the even are Alma Knowles, Royal Blood, Kenyatta Taylor,Visage Band, Landlord, Sammie Star, Puzzle,Bondine Johnson and Peter Runks, Tempo Vj's are Lydia Patel, Nikki D and Jamie Thomas.
Missa Gugun wah hear weh unuh haffi seh bout Sting weh a come up! Who unh feel a guh tek it dis' year???
Something a bother mi from wah day ya enuh!!! wah night about after 3 mi step outta a one club and walk gun inna a restaurant and si 4 young gay youth, mi couldn't believe! Dem nuh past 20! Crowd a people wah mek we have suh much young gays in Jamaica?
Unuh know seh wah day ya mi neva feel as if mi did a guh full joy mi Christmas? caz a all a the raping and bag a killin' weh did a gwaan! Yes people mi neva fell so please about it and mi all did plan fi fly out fi 6months and come back but it seems as if the likkle cold breeze weh start blow clam dem down. MMi hope seh dem nuh pick up back dem dutty habbit wen di holiday season done.
Crowd a people give thanks fi unuh time and comments. Untill then, see unuh next week.
Did Solange Knowles ‘dis’ Kelly Rowland?
Solange Knowles told a UK newspaper recently that she is thinking about adopting a child just as her parents adopted Kelly Rowland.
Media-Take-Out reported Beyonce’s little sister’s wishes for her future in ‘familyhood’ and implied in their report that Solange was disrespectful to speak of Kelly as if she had not been lovingly raised by her own mother and had her own family.
The UK report included a quote in which Solange said, “Kelly grew up with me since I was about five years old, so she is my sister. She didn't come from my parents, but there is nothing I feel differently for her than my sister” Solange has a son, Daniel and reportedly told the UK paper that she wants to follow in the footsteps of people like Angelina Jolie and Madonna and adopt a child since growing up with Kelly proved to her that one need not be blood relatives to form sisterly bonds.
Was this comparing Kelly to abandoned or orphaned children? Anyway, Solange is not rushing into things, as she claims that she has to find a man first.
You could win a Club Cooyah scholarship at Devon House on Saturday
You could be the winner of the next Club Cooyah scholarship this weekend if you head over to Devon House for Cooyah’s Christmas Gift Sale event. Scheduled to take place on Saturday December 6 from 10:00am to 6:00pm, the day has been planned to encompass a great deal of attractions and fun.
Not only will the draw to select September and October scholarship winners take place at the special sale event, but there will also be prizes, displays, samples, music, surprises and much more.
P Diddy sets sights on 007 role
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has set his sights on becoming what has customarily been a white, classical British character in the next 007 flick.
Yes – he wants to be the next James Bond; and has gone to extreme lengths to increase his chances. Reports say ‘Diddy’ went to France’s southern coast to shoot ‘action footage’ that would serve as not only his audition tape, but also promotional footage for an upcoming fragrance.
“Diddy’ reportedly said, "This is my audition tape for the next James Bond. There is a black President and it's time for there to be a black Bond. God bless..."
Jamaica Jazz and Blues has top class lineup as usual
Described as a potpourri of musical genres, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is set to soar on January 22 to 24, 2009. The joint Jamaica Tourist Board and Turn Key production takes place in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, and it remains a traditional musical jaunt for many across the world.
The mighty O’Jays will be celebrating 50 years there and headliner, Lionel Ritchie says, “…Its gonna be one out of control unforgettable party.” Also appearing are top artists like: Maxi Priest, Mr. smooth satin sounding “Lost Without You” Robin Thicke, Chicago, UK’s Estelle, Atlantic Starr and Randy Crawford & Joe Sample.
Go to www.jamaicajazzandblues.com for tickets.
Vybz Kartel and female dancehall DJ Spice, recently teamed up for the photo shoot of the new “Daggering” condom advertising campaign.
Done at a popular hangout spot in Upper St Andrew, the ad sees the dancehall bad girl and the war teacha getting very up close and really personal.
There were some almost semi-nude scenes that could have been the cause of an immediate upward shift in the temperature in the room.
Dates for the release of these ads and the campaign’s launch, are still sketchy at this time, but one thing is certain; the shots are sure to get the tongues of the populace wagging.
Some industry people are even speculating that the photo shoot was the cause of a recent altercation between the DJ and her boyfriend. However those assumptions have not been confirmed and are without merit.
A WAH DIS MI HEAR SEH, Spice baby father beat har chue him si pics wid she and Vybz Kartel, she and Kartel tek pics together over dolly house. Kaka dem all go a court and one piece a laba laba
Woooooooooooooooooooooow last week mi hear seh Beenie Man and di angel have been good parents an di Star seh they are back together, mi get fi anderstand seh Beenie and di’Angel have been sleeping together every night mosi datz why Barbee ave loose waist and a sing di song weh shi sing wid Junior Kelly “BABY I'M MISSING YOU”.
BY di way people DEMARCO DAVIS is Beenie Man pitney. Fi him jackit, tie and suit fit daaaaaaaaaaaaam well.
Deva Bratt was not stabbed, and is not hurt. The incident has obviously been blown out of proportion. Although rumored that the incident was caused due to controversial songs on a Cash Money Mixtape titled "UNEXPECTED”.
Listen watz goin on wit di silly season
Yardflex understands that artists are being affected by the US recession to the point where they are being asked to take pay cuts and venues are not being filled to their maximum capacities.
De one name Vybz Kartel write a new tune whey crush de whole alliance. People oonu need fe look out fe da one ya cause Addi a de real teacha. Im lyrics seh:
Dem caan tump me inna me face and dem caan punch me inna me mout
Seh weh yu feel fe seh caw me ago seh weh me feel fe seh
One man name Flex de batty boy neva hear weh cobra seh
Flex time to have sex
Mi neva jerk chicken pon de plaza
But me fuk yu madda inna de gaza
Mi go a Switzerland fe fuk de white gal
Who kill de barba rent a dread fadda
Im shot Sharon caw she a fukin gaze
Man deh a Campion everyday wid pure gay man inna tights
And yu a 36yr old and u no hav no yute
Marshall hav Tami Chin a sing chu chu chu…
Dat a firey lyrics; and Bling Dawg seh im hav a counteraction already. Hear how it start out: Bling use de sample of Vybz Kartel from Champions In Action when Vybz seh:
“Yu coulda thick like batty man Bling Dawg”…
Busy signal has the hottest album out for a DJ right now his new album just came out and him hav dem girls bawling fe dem ma ma.ma ma ma ma ...and tip tip tip tip tip pon yuh toe.
Kartel mi wan mek u know say mi rate u as a writer ...mi no know whey yu learn fe write but mi haffe gi you 'writer of the year' ...every song whey u put out a done de road.
My people my people oonu no see seh Deva Bratt a handle tings 'Devaly' out a street deh!
Now listen to dem lyrics whey Pamputtae a bus out an tell mi if she no saucy.
She say: Yu fe walk out an call u man name…
Some gal no look good so dem shame…
Dem a throw cocky pardon an caan get no draw....
Of course de Energy God hav everybody inna linga or sway.
Last but not least - The Doctor Beenie Man is the ultimate entertainer
Wid im: "Gimme likkle - gimme likkle - gimme likkle , gimme likkle...pickney nah hole yu down...
Alicia Keys not the cause of Swizz Beats’ marital woes
Swizz Beats came forward recently with comments that squashed the vicious rumours claiming Alicia Keys was responsible for his marital problems.
Reportedly separated from his wife Mashonda for unmentioned reasons, Swizz told US Magazine that besides going through the worse experience in his life, he also has to put up with rumours that implicate a good friend.
“I can no longer ignore the harmful rumours, that my friend Alicia Keys is in any way linked to my marital circumstances or to the decision that Mashonda and I have made to separate. I am disappointed that some have chosen to try and tarnish Alicia’s reputation by irresponsibly implicating her in a situation that she has absolutely nothing to do with.”
Swizz has pleaded for respect for his privacy in this matter.
Jah Cure wants to keep ‘expecting father’ status quiet
Mr ‘Longing For’ – Jah Cure, has a blessed bundle of joy on the way, but he seems to be peeved that 20 year old Gardinia is insistent on blabbing the news to anyone who will listen.
Wanting to keep this bit of his life private, Jah Cure is constantly at odds with his expected child’s mom who he blames for spreading the news.
Gardinia however, has told Yardflex sources that she is not having a happy pregnancy, since many people are harassing her as a result of her being pregnant for Jah Cure. Besides being heckled at times, the ‘cute party girl’ has also had the word ‘slut’ written on her Oaklands apartment door; allegedly by some jealous and irate female fans.
“I can’t stand him no more – he called me talking crap...” Gardinia told our source who also said Jah Cure denied the child was his at first – considering its mom’s affinity for the party scene. However, he has no choice now but to acknowledge what he knows deep down is a reality, the source said.
We a wonder what is wrong with young girls...why are they terrorizing Gardinia? They need to leave her alone.
Macka Diamond's Swiss boo was raving mad recently and he made no qualms in expressing to Queen Money –O that the many calls from this one and that were jarring his nerves.
Sources said, it was after Macka returned from Canada from a visit with her son that she went to see ‘Monsieur de Swiss’ to smooth things out; and he was upset because ‘man no stop call him phone to threaten him telling him all sorts of things.’
We did tink a just Money-O Macka a defend… never know is a Good – O fight a gwaan
Go Money – O boo!
“Go get a job,” T.I. tells his baby moms
Last week it was reported that T.I. was being sued by the mother of his two sons, Lashon Dixon. Claiming she was having a financial crisis and needed money badly, Dixon has filed for more child support.
Not having any of that, T.I. has remained close lipped on the lawsuit. The Rapbasement report disclosed that he has been paying $2.000 monthly to Dixon on top of taking care of all the children’s expenses like: private education, clothing, gifts, food, health insurance and activities like sports and acting lessons.
The rapper was reported as saying, “I provide 100% of their financial support. I should only be judged for my actions and not Lashon’s conscious decision not to work and not to contribute to the financial support of our boys."
He feels Dixon should not try to live only on his payments, but she should get a job.
With Joan Wilson
All the euphoria surrounding the Olympians performance in Beijing, China seemed to have washed off where the criminal elements in the society is concerned. How soon we forget! Oh that we could still be basking in the joy and pride the Olympians gave us. Now it saddens my heart to be listening to the news again and hearing of death and mayhem in my society.
It's time that all of us as Jamaicans wake up and realise that we have something that's unique; and stop settling. It's no use that athletes like Asafa, Usain, Shelly-Ann and Melaine are placing us on the map and we go ahead and in flip destroy everything they have trained hard to accomplish.
Brand Jamaica is planning a big marketing strategy around their accomplishments, but unless they deal with the sore that is crime in Jamaica, then all their work will be in vain.
We can't try to lure tourists to our beautiful island and they can't feel safe. How can we ask them to come saying 'no problem' when we can't even guarantee that some thugs won't break into their hotel rooms and rob them blind?
Deal with crime. It's time to stop talking about tough measures and actually put measures in place.
Vybz Kartel salt
Bwoy when yuh salt yuh salt, police sweep down a him recording studio in Havendale and cart off Vybz Kartel fi questioning regarding Noono Puss. What a backside. A how him name get mix up inna dem tings deh. A ongle hope everyting work out alright.
A which artiste get dip
A which artiste dem sey get dip and deh back inna di island. From whey mi hear a nuff tings guh dung. One a di time dem sey him drunk out backside and all shoot out him car window. Mi nuh know whey a di reason but...a one heap a argument without mercy a guh round.
Carlene and Beenie
Mi si one picture di odda day inna Observer paper Chat! And nuh Beenie and Carlene a kick back a Pegasus big 35th anniversary party. Mi nah tell nuh lie, di two a dem look cozy bad. People a wonda if dem a friend fi life or a old fire tick a ketch up back.
John Holt will be featured with all his thousand volts in “The Gardens” of Jamaica Pegasus Hotel at the September 19th quality event experience entitled, “September to Remember.”
This will be one of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes & Affiliates’ (JAVAA) recent series of high standard events that have been produced in association with Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS).
The line-up is sure to mesmerize patrons, assuring them an evening of excellence in entertainment. This supporting cast includes, A.J. Brown, Keisha Patterson, Baggadito, Steel Pan Mike, Clancy Eccles Jnr., Angella Stewart, Otis Gayle, Deon Andrea and Mentotones who will all be backed by Fab Five Band with Grub Cooper and company.
Being featured in his much preferred concert format, has been a regular occurrence for John Holt over recent years. His dynamism has been internationally showcased with some of the world’s leading orchestras lately.
By: Joseph Cunningham
Desmond "Ninja Man" Ballentine, the self-proclaimed "real badman" is using his influential image for a positive cause. He is lobbying for peace in his childhood community, Marl Road, which is close to Waterhouse in Kingston.
During a radio interview he revealed that he is currently funding a community development project, which will be characterized by the painting the sidewalks, fixing potholes, cleaning of the streets and finding a trade for the youths of the community.
"I was so impressed by the interest members of the Community showed in my initiative to quell the crime and violence in the area, and that is why I have decided to go into my pocket to fund this," the philanthropic Don Gorgon stated.
By: Joseph Cunningham
Busy Signal made good on his pledge to assist accident victims, Onieka Taylor and Ransford Roper recently. The two, students of St. Jago High School suffered from a case of extreme bowlegs as a result of the unfortunate occurrence.
Before his presentation Busy Signal performed in front of an auditorium packed with students. He then presented cheques to each of the two students to assist with medical expenses. The crowd of students erupted in cheers and chants, screaming Signal's name as he made the presentations.
Oneika was unable to attend the concert as she is still in hospital but her mother collected on her behalf. She requires reconstructive surgery on one leg and the other requires two surgical pins. Ransford walked on stage proudly as he collected his cheque which will assist in purchasing correctional braces for both legs.
Speculations have been made for months regarding the
true status of Rihann's sexuality. Is she straight or
bi? Well mediatakeout posted a photo that looks very
suspicious...check it out.
Whooii, a wha really a gwaan inna di place. Yardflex hear from dem New York contact dat An So turned up at Barbee's former boyfriend business place a seek him out. Mi hear sey when di man get wind of the fact him
just run go upstairs and tell one a him worker sey fi tell har sey him nuh de bout.
Suh di big question everybady a ask now, is whey "An
So" did really waan...it deep, it really deep.
East Fest is back! After taking a break last year, the charity event staged by Morgan Heritage will be held this year, on December 29.
Yardflex spoke with lead singer for the band Gramps and he assured us that, "Plans are well on the way, and patrons can expect pure niceness."
He said that they decided to take a break last year because of their extensive tour schedule added to the fact they had to deal with a death in the family.
The event is usually staged in St. Thomas, however, no confirmation of a venue has been given as yet.
The last staging of the event ended prematurely, when patrons hurled bottles and stones unto the stage, after it was announced that headline act, Bounty Killer would not be performing.
This year, Capleton, Busy Signal, Munga Honourable, Freddie McGregor and Chuck Fendah are just a few of the entertainers slated to perform at EAST FEST 2k7.
By Joan Wilson
Vegas has been in the business for twenty years now and there seem to be no stopping this talented, versatile performer.
Ever since he impacted big time on the scene with 'Heads High' that's just what he has been doing holding his head high above the rest of the pack.
Yardflex caught up with the busy singjay who is now in New York promoting his latest album 'Hot It Up' and in particular the single 'Teck Weh Yuhself'.
"Well I am doing a lot of radio and newsprint interviews, the vibe is just right and everything is going great," Vegas shared.
But even with all that positive energy surrounding him, there are still a lot of challenges the singjay has to deal with – his major headache being working on track.
"Promoter want you to do a full 40 minute show on tracks and it's a different thing from bands. It's even harder for you when big named artistes are doing it, so some of the promoters will ask "who are you to insist on a band?"
Vegas went on to talk about his kind of songs being enhanced with a good band and on the other hand being hampered when he works on tracks.
"I have to turn down some shows cause I don't want to short change the fans. That's the biggest obstacle in the biz, plan on doing less shows, less work and less money fi government tax," he joked.
Mavado kept his promise to assist in ensuring all local schools are able to connect to the Internet by donating 2 computers each to Constant Spring All Age and Charlie Smith High School recently.
The DJ gave God thanks that he was in the position to help students in the country. "I gave to Constant Spring Junior High and Charlie Smith first, because I attended those schools myself, but we will be going to schools around the island. Our aim is to cover every school," Mavado quipped.
Marva Maylor, Business Basic Coordinator at Constant Spring All Age expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the donation. "We really appreciate this donation. I hope that other entertainers will follow and try and make a difference," was her encouraging remarks.
By: J. Koni
Jimmy Cliff's, "The Harder They Come" is number three on the all-time greatest soundtrack listing!! The study was conducted by editors of Vanity Fair magazine.
The song, recorded by the Jamaican Reggae icon, shares "elite space" with Prince's "Purple Rain" which topped the list.
Next month the full list will be revealed in a one-time Conde Nast magazine, "Movies Rock," for subscribers of its 14 titles.
"Purple Rain" topped the chart even though it was described as "perhaps the best badly acted film ever," editors at Vanity Fair said.
Admit it women, many of you don't enjoy sex with your mates as you would like and you are just enduring it because you don't have the nerve to tell him he does absolutely nothing for you! But how long can you stay in that relationship looking into the ceiling every time he climbs atop you? Trust me, that am not a healthy way to live, and it certainly offers you little pleasure.
Yeah, yeah, you can talk, so what can I do about it, he is a great guy otherwise and he is truly caring and he makes me feel like a million bucks (just not in the bedroom). Should I walk away from him when I can always pleasure myself later by masturbating?
We are not saying you should walk away from your man, but you don't have to 'endure' either. It's time to address that all important area in your relationship. If the guy is as great as you think then he won't mind you having a heart-to-heart with him right? Remember though that he is a man and therefore his emotions are fragile. Don't just blurt out that you have been pretending all along. Just tell him that you have some great ideas for making sex more enjoyable for both of you.
Jam247.tv started streaming events from Jamaica and the Caribbean to the rest of the world. It all began Oct. 11 at www.jam247.tv at Bembe's 1 year anniversary LIVE from Kingston Jamaica. Did I mention it was also FREE. Make sure to sign up to get emails about our next LIVE stream event.
Date: Wednesday, October 17th 2007
Time: 7pm -9pm
Place: Blue Mahoe Restaurant 243 East 14th Street (Between 2nd and
3rd Avenues) New York City
This Reception is made possible by GRACE Foods and Caribbean Food Delights
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP by Monday, October 15th @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The time has come to call a spade a spade and present women with some real home truths. I am tired of the many intelligent, independent women out there who are hanging on to these men, washing, cooking, cleaning and treating them like kings, clinging to the hope that one day they will marry them.
Grow up! Take the advise of my dearly departed grandmother, "if a man have cow a him yard, him doh need to buy milk!" In case you can’
't figure out what she means let me put it in blunt terms. You are home giving the man everything he needs. He has a ready punash, someone to
cook his meals, take care of his home and in some cases his children...hat hasn't he got that the married man has?
Absolutely nothing! The only difference is that one woman is wearing a ring and the other is offering all these services without any recognition. I am tired of women tying themselves down with men year after year while he feeds her one excuse after another promising that "as soon as he pays off his loans" or "when he is more financially secure" or the ultimate "he isn't ready yet."
The world's love affair with Dennis Brown and Joe Gibbs gets a boost with the re-release of the Crown Prince's classic roots album, "Visions of Dennis Brown" and the innovative dub collection, "African Dub All Mighty – Chapters 1 –4" from Gibbs, the legendary reggae producer. As part of the 17 North Street imprint's "Reggae Rewind" series, these re-releases join the celebration of music recorded at Joe Gibbs famed studio.
Launched in 2007 by VP Records, the 17 North Parade imprint pays homage to the historic location of Randy's Record Mart, the premier recording studio and record shop in Kingston, and the Mecca for Reggae music between the late 60s and 70's – an era strongly represented in both re-releases.
"Vision" will be tweaked, especially for the "Reggae Rewind" series, with special extended versions of songs like, "Love Me Always," "Stay At Home," "Say What You Say” and "Repartriation." Recognized globally as one of Dennis Brown's best, the album is the biggest of his career and was instrumental in helping to establish the Joe Gibbs Studio as a dominant recording house in the 70s.
By: Alan Lewin
"The prodigal daughter has returned home." Those are the words from Paul Henton, better known as 'Computer Paul' in the music business, upon seeing Kerri Paige, who visited him recently at his Riverside Studio in Harbour View. Computer Paul recorded four songs for Paige between the late 90’s and early 2000s.
The veteran producer has worked with some of the biggest names in reggae music, picking up several awards. His most recent was in Manhattan, New York, for work done on Akon's album, "Mama Africa." Tanya Mullings was on hand to present Computer Paul with his award.
His latest project is a rhythm called "Hypocrite" and it features many artistes like, Norris Man, Singing Melody, Galawasp, Fred Locks, Bushman and new sensation – Tarry.
At the moment negotiations are taking place to re-launch Paige's career, with Computer Paul planning to record her once again.
Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Tony Matterhorn and veteran selector David Rodigan are joining the lineup of top selectors from around the world to celebrate the 10th anniversary and final staging of World Clash New York – entitled, "Game Over." Founded by Irish and Chin Inc., the highly anticipated meeting of "toppa notch" selectors and sounds, will be held at Amazura in Queens, New York, on November 24, 2007. This event is set to mark the end of an era.
"We are extremely ecstatic about closing out World Clash in style, as these past ten years have been quite rewarding," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne, Irish and Chin, Inc. "Our dedicated fans deserve to experience the best in sound clash entertainment, while being a part of history."
World Clash New York revolutionized sound system (DJ) competitions and the sound clash arena as a whole. "Game Over" is expected to attract a diverse audience of clash lovers as well as those not particularly fond of sound clashes, with its champion features and driving dancehall rhythms.
By: Elizabeth Smith
The "red hot" Carol Gonzales launched her debut album entitled, "The Music In Me" at the Terra Nova Hotel on September 27, 2007. Making a bold statement of "follow your dreams," Gonzales made a daring shift from being a Judge in a court of Law in Jamaica, to being a sensational and sexy recording artist.
Although a bit late to start, the launch was a treat and some, with the confident, gorgeous and talented Gonzales proving to all present that this choice of hers is one that she will not look back on with regrets.
"...I gave away my robe last week," Gonzales exclaimed as she manned the tight on stage accompaniment. The album rocks with solid musicianship from many greats including horn playing icon, Dean Fraser. Gonzales was the undisputed star performer at this star studded launch, but powerful presentations also came from Dean Fraser, Chantelle Ernandez and Gas Money. Tarrus Riley was sadly missed.
By: Elizabeth Smith
Atlanta's Club Legacy was packed to the brim on September 8, 2007 as 2500 people came out to welcome forward "King Shabba." This was one of his rare appearances and Shabba Ranks more than thrilled the crowd; they were mesmerized.
Coming out on stage at around 4:00 in the morning, Shabba performed all his greats and some new hits to tracks. The lone performer for the evening, Shabba's patient and loyal fans were not disappointed, despite the missing instrumentalists.
One patron said, "Although the show was produced using sound tracks, with such a high entry price of $40 and $60 (VIP), I had to be here; it's because of Shabba - that they could pull this off and get away with it." Truly missed over the years on the reggae music scene, Shabba is now steadily working on new releases.
Elephant Man and Diddy - did things come to blows and throws as reported so widely over the past few days? US based website www.mediatakeout.com sent the sensational report sailing across cyber space on the weekend, causing phones to start ringing off the hook. Story goes that the Energy God and his entourage entered the offices of Sean "P Diddy" Combs...was denied entry by the receptionist...didn't take kindly to that...barged into "Diddy's" office...refused to leave...was thrown out by security...then "P. Diddy" emerged with twisted shades and an alleged busted mouth.
What a tale!!! Q45 is crying foul. As Elephant Man's manager, he has been approached for explanations for this false reporting. It is just not true he reportedly said.
Thousands of patrons gathered at the Port Royal Music Festival over the weekend to enjoy a marriage of sounds between Jamaica's lover's rock and Black America's R&B soul music. The audience sang along to some of their favorites as the likes of One Third, Maxi Priest, Regina Bell, Brian McKnight, and Tarrus Riley performed.
There were a number of cameo appearances from some of Reggae's best musicians, who just dropped in to enjoy the show. This included the likes of Beres Hammond, Richie Stephens, Jah Cure, Fanton Moja, Della Manley and Delly Ranks who could be seen enjoying themselves.
On August 30th Rootz Underground rocked Miami's PS14 shortly before jetting off to California, where their first successful hit single, "Victims of the System," is riding high. Aiming at taking over California in September, Rootz Underground is slated to perform five shows there.
As "Victims of the System" enjoys heavy rotation worldwide, with the video peaking at number 2 on both RE TV and Hype TV charts, Mystic Urchin, the band’s management, plan to release a video for their second single from the debut album, "Movement," in November. Mystic Urchin representative, Steve Wilson said, "Mystic Urchin is so proud to have the honour to present Rootz Underground's first US tour, I am confident that anyone who sees this band live will become a Rootz fan and thanks to Headline Entertainment (booking agency) these guys will be touring all year.
Known to annihilate and “assassinate” all competition through his lyrical brilliance and original sound, Assassin (hence the name) returns with his sophomore album, "Gully Sit'n" on August 28th. "Gully Sit'n" arrives after his critically acclaimed album "Infiltration," a slew of #1 hits on the International charts, recent summer tours in Europe and Japan and performances at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest 2007 in Jamaica. The dancehall star now prepares himself to surpass his current achievments.
According to Sean Paul, "Assassin is the one to take dancehall music to an international level and step up on it like I have been doing it, Beenie Man, Shaggy… The girls dem like him, the lyrics he puts together are always top, he chooses good melodies, and he has an image," as stated on a BBC 1 Extra Interview.
Kenyatta Hill debuts' single, "Daddy," (Tafari Records) confronts the emotional pain and uncertainty he felt after the recent loss of his father. "While I was writing, I was sitting and crying, because I didn’t understand what was going on. I still don't understand what's going on, you just kind of to go with the flow," Kenyatta said.
His father, Joseph Hill, was the front man of Culture, the legendary vocal trio whose 1997 hit "Two Sevens Clash" helped define the roots reggae genre. In August 2006, while on tour in Berlin, Germany, Joseph Hill suddenly fell ill and passed away. Rather than cancel the rest of the tour, Kenyatta who has served as Cultures sound engineer since the age of 15 decided to step in for his father. "It was a challenge, because I never knew I could sing. I was a nervous wreck. There was pressure because I had a big role to fill."
By: Joseph Cunningham
"Mi lef it gi dem an dem still couldn't manage it." These are words from track number 17 of the song, "Gun Dogs and Pusses" on Tony Rebels latest album I Rebel. Maybe you have heard it said about albums so many times before, but there is no way I can avoid saying that this album is a classic.
The declaration on track 17 is not just one coming from 'a singer with a dying career who's seeking life through controversy' – it is definitely for real! This is one for the ages.
Let's start with the melodies accompanying each song. Pardon me Mr. Rebel, I know you appreciate your own identity, but the musical compositions on your album made me think, wow! This sounds like music that would come from Dennis Brown!
There are 20 tracks on the album, and none is of inferior quality. The production addresses humanity and issues which are most important to existence. Love, hate, trust, self actualization, religion, history and political issues are at the forefront of "the rebels" lyrical drive.
By: Joseph Cunningham
Taurus Riley's "She's Royal" is one of those songs void of an expiry date. Simply put the song is a classic. Taurus has been on the periphery of superstardom for a long time; but the sun is currently shining on him, and it's doing so brightly. Other hot current singles from today's hottest Reggae crooner are "Parables" and "Beware."
Listen to his music! Does the sensation that you feel remind you of a rising Bob Marley, Garnett Silk or Beresford Hammond? Yes, it comes from a contagious sound that could bring a meteoric rise similar to his predecessors.
Despite his soulful sound, Taurus' music transcends mere melodies for the ears, because like Peter Tosh, he could be called "a stepping razor".
Foota Hype, the leading selector for the Bounty Killer led Alliance was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition recently.
According to police reports Foota Hype was held in Cassava Piece sitting in a vehicle that was used to commit a crime. Upon searching the car 10 rounds of ammunition were found wrapped in paper and another 10 rounds were still in the magazine of an Ultra Star 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
Morgan Hertiage, otherwise known as the best live roots reggae band, are scheduled to rock the United States through July 30th to September 4th. The tour will span from the east to west coast and get fans ready for "Mission In Progress," their new studio album set to be released this Winter.
After recently returning from a tour throughout Europe and Africa, as well as a performance at Sumfest in Jamaica (the largest reggae festival worldwide), Morgan Heritage will continue their ceaseless touring schedule. They are scheduled to perform at major summer music festivals across the states, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series in Brooklyn on July 30th, Reggae Rising in Piercy, CA on August 4th, Chicago Reggae Festival on August 18th, the Vermont Roots Reggae Festival on August 23rd, the American Folk Festival in Bangor Waterfront, ME from August 24th-25th and at Irie Jamboree in NYC on September 4th. See below for the full schedule.
By: Alan Lewin
Several of the prospective contestants for the 2007 staging of the annual Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen Contest were feted at a party at the Margaritaville Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay on Thursday, July 26, 2007. The contestants gave a sneak preview prior to the upcoming July 28, 2007 staging of the event.
Several executives from sponsoring company Red Label were in attendance presenting all of the competing contestants with gift baskets. 2006 Dancehall Queen Angel was also in attendance giving some of the movements that earned her the 2006 title.
In a few days we will give you highlights from the actual contest itself and tell you who is the 2007 Queen. But here is a look at some of the contestants who strut, bumped and wound up their stuff on Thursday at the Margaritaville in Montego Bay.
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Beenie Man and wife D'Angel's relationship has turned into a rocky road. Speculations about his marriage being in trouble have been spreading throughout Jamaica since the recent and widely published photo of The Doctor and upcoming singer Barbee sharing intimate moments at Sumfest.
Irie Fm's Da Buzz hosted by K'shema Francis and DJ Bones, invited Beenie Man to do an interview on Wednesday, where he tried to justify his actions at Sumfest by saying that his wife was having an affair with someone in New York. In turn D’Angel called in on the airwaves and denied the allegations, saying that Moses had left home over 4 months ago and was back to his old dog ways.
Zenith night at the recent Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest was a blast out of this world in more ways than one for Beenie Man and his "huggie bear" Barbee. Caught in plain view - cheek to cheek and utterly lovey dovey, for all eyes to see, The Doctor seemed to be putting in some overtime with one of his colleagues - Barbee.
Barbee, who was no stranger to the 2007 Sumfest crowd, was called up on the Sumfest stage by the Dancehall Giant to perform a duo with him during his electrifying Thursday night performance. She also appears in Beenie Man's latest video and is featured on his album, Undisputed.
Rapper Remy Ma, 26, faces charges of attempted murder, assault and weapon possession after an altercation outside a trendy New York City nightclub early Saturday morning.
The Bronx native, whose real name is Remy Smith, is accused of shooting 23 year-old Makeda Barnes-Joseph twice in the lower torso. According to local media Miss Barnes-Joseph, a former friend of the rapper, identified her as the shooter. Allegedly shots rang out after Remy Ma accused Miss Barnes-Joseph of stealing $2,000 from her. The victim remained hospitalized in stable condition on Sunday.
Arriving on the scene, NYPD officers discovered a luxury SUV owned by Remy Ma abandoned three blocks away form the site of the incident. The vehicle appeared to have been involved in a single-car crash.
By -- CJ
These days it seems that female celebrities are predominantly courting the legal system, from Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Naomi Campbell to Rapper Foxy Brown. However, it's the Brooklyn MC that seems to be pulling ahead for the number of incidences she's had with the law. Incidentally, it is another female that Brown had to thank last Thursday for her freedom. The Ill Na Na was faced with jail time for violating her probation, stemming from her fracas in a beauty supply store in Florida, however, Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson saved her the confinement and restored her probation despite objections from Attorney Mathilda Leo of the Probation Department. Judge Jackson announced, "I'm going to restore her to probation. There's no necessity for the court to monitor her."
She also complemented the smiling rapper. "I see a positive probation report here," Jackson told Brown. "It was a real struggle to get you on-board. I want to see you finish this sentence and go on to a happy life." he female Judge is apparently basing her decision on Foxy's behavior during the past few months. The Associated Press reported that, Brown, born Inga Marchand, maintained appointments with her probation officer, sought permission before leaving the state, passed her drug tests and attended required classes for anger management.
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Bob Marley said when the music hits you'll feel no pain. This is somewhat the mission of Gay-rights activist Peter Thatchell and his Stop Murder Music campaign. His recently launched Reggae Compassionate Act, states they "respect and uphold the rights of all individuals to live without violence due to their religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or gender."
International Reggae artistes Beenie Man and Sizzla agree. Reliable sources disclosed that both historically anti-gay artistes have signed a new agreement that encourage the global community to enjoy their music without fear of violence. The overall gist of the agreement resonates that "there's no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia." Therefore, they are in a contractual agreement, "not to make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community."
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"Ninja, Nuh worry bout me and Angel and bun" -- "D'Angel left you because you can pay di bill".
These are a few heated lines from songs done by Bounty Killer and Ninja Man, throwing blows at each other. Some people say it's nothing serious, just a father and son quarrel, but according to the heated words being thrown at each other in two songs that were on heavy rotation on Jamaican radio stations last weekend, this seems to be more than just a father and son tiff.
At the beginning of this rhythmic bickering Ninja Man mentioned Bounty Killer's name in a song in reference to past details of Bounty Killer and D'Angel's previous relationship. Bounty Killer countered this move with a song of his own and just by listening to the words of this song you can tell that he really was upset with the situation
By Olimatta Taal
After several successful singles and the blossoming of a great music career, Nanko has left Downsound Records. Well, that's how it appeared from the outside looking in. The world saw this young gifted artist making waves for himself but the reality of it was that he was depressed and wasn't getting paid for the work he was doing. YardFlex.com had an opportunity to talk to Joe Bogdanivich, Vonnie McGowan, and Meliea Brown about the situation.
Bogdanivich, who has been managing Nanko's career also signed him to his record label, recently filed a lawsuit against Nanko asking for the recoup of monies for shows that were booked since the time that Nanko disappeared off the island. "Nanko is crazy; really I am tired of seeing his face. He signed a contract with me and then left the island. I have no idea where he is and have not talked to him," Bogdanivich said. "Concerns raised by Nanko in the new contract were modified; he signed the contract and then left the island. He refuses to take calls, respond to emails or communicate. Downsound has had to cancel concerts and it has spoiled Downsound's reputation. There is no truth that Downsound took money for shows and didn't pay Nanko, this act is a breach of contract," explained Bogdanivich.
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A Jamaican dancehall artist notorious for his anti-gay lyrics is to perform this weekend in Luton.
Promoters of the gig have said they have made Beenie Man sign a contract promising he will not perform any homophobic songs.
Mr Man is appearing with a BBC Radio 1 DJ, Chris Goldfinger, at Club 53 in the town on Bank Holiday Monday.
Robert Agey, the club's bar manager, told Luton Today that he did not condone the singer's gay hate lyrics:
"It does cause us concern, but nothing like that will be mentioned when he is here. It's part of his contract with us and he knows that.
Jamaica's most talked about celebrity couple of the music fraternity, Beenie Man and D'Angel recently had a minor domestic dispute that resulted in Beenie Man suffering from a cut on his hand.
As early as before the sun could rise Tuesday morning, YardFlex.com news room began fielding numerous phone calls from both local and international concerned fans wanting to know if the rumour circulating was of any truth. Some callers said that they heard Beenie Man stabbed up his wife and then cut the veins on his wrist, while others said D'Angel went clubbing and got back home too late – causing friction. Some people were saying feuding between the two had something to do with Marco Dean and they even went as far as to say it's probably because she was still making links with the Warlord Bounty Killer. But after careful investigation all of these nasty allegations turn out not be true.
On Tuesday February 20th, The Queen's School hosted their annual Sports Day, on the eve of Ash Wednesday. However after all the athletic events, there was a concert which featured the likes of LeftSide and Esco, Wayne Marshall, Richie Stephens, Idonia and Mavado.
According to a teacher at The Queens School, "the artsist were brought in the canteen to hangout until it was their time to perform onstage; Mavado, Wayne Marshall, LeftSide and Esco and Richie Stephens were all in the canteen except for Idonia. When he arrived he did not go into the canteen, he stood near the tent where the selector was, with his entourage".
By: Kaylia Williams
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Kartel shots Roach's new "Purge' riddim with two songs!!
'Purge' has cause and will cause many dancehall fans, to think the longstanding friendship which Kartel and Roach shared has mended. But YardFlex.com got the scoop when we spoke with Roach himself Kartel's ex-manager. He told YardFlex.com in an exclusive interview yesterday that although the friendship between them has been cut off, Vybz Kartel voiced two songs for him - 'My Gun protect mine', and 'Betta Can Cook' on his latest riddim that is expected to be release anytime soon.
Still fans maybe he shock as to how Vybz Kartel voiced two songs for his ex-manager and as we all know they were both throwing heated words at each other during interviews that was conducted by ER and CVM, but nonetheless Roach explains, "one day mi a drive, an mi phone a ring suh mi just answer it, while mi riddim was playing, an when me tek a stack a Kartel dat pon di line - him seh what a gwaan an ting an me seh me deh yah ehh nuh, an him seh weh you a deal wid and mi seh, a one new riddim mi a deal with, and he kartel replied seh, a it that, it sound good, bring it come give mi," Roach said.
Beenie Man King of bad luck
Mi sehh people from mi know Beenie Man, him always have some badluck or crosses a follow him. We all know that January a fi him bad lucky month. Yeah yuh remember him crash di Humma and then them accused him fi Bogle Killing. Well this time him bad blessings gone over inna di month of February. After di doctor well gone a Weddy Weddy fi enjoy him self, some cross, angry and miserable patrons slash all four tires. Only if cars could talk, then him woulda know 'A Who!
Before that the Doctor went to the Bob Marley show go get him self embarrass. Him neva bill for the show and him always a run off him mouth sehh him have more number one than Bob Marley, but yet him waan fi go sit round a VIP. Mi hear sehh the Doctor and him entourage walk wid a big King chair ready fi go spread out, but when di security dem spot him a come, dem direct him to the normal side. So im seh de Marley dem disrespek im…but the fact is im nevah deh pon de bill, an security haffe do dem job - which is let een artist weh deh pon de bill. No disrespek no eena dat!
Cross angry miserable was the temper of dancehall warrior Bounty Killer last week Thursday at the Asylum nightclub. Normally Beenie Man would have been the number one suspect on Bounty's list of terror, but instead, it was none other than his former son Vybz Kartel 'Addi Di Techa'. Bounty Killer chanted a serious of tongue-lashing at the Asylum nightclub in New Kingston, warning his fans that every "Palmer is a Bl**dcl**t informer."
This statement had the whole of Asylum in a frenzy, lighters went flickering, sounds of hands beating down the walls of the club.
luckily patrons were search before entering the club because you would surely see torches blazing in the roof of the Asylum
Next on the slaughter board was the King of Dancehall Beenie Man. "Di bowy switch and a par wid di fish - him violate and dis him real friends dem," as usual an angry Bounty Killer said.
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YES!! yes mi deh yah sah it deh pon we in a dis country yah, di police dem a dead like woah! A wha happen man, jus other day again a police get shot a Brook Valley no sah sumtin nuh rite. Please mi a beg unu maintain di peace.
Pon di topic of death - YardSuss send condolences fi Curly Locks from Twins of Twins his child died from Tomaine poisoning but im a question the cause, im say im nuh tink a dat still . All our love goes out to you.
Don Mafia wearing bulletproof vest
No sah a how Don Mafia a talk di tings dem suh pon BeenieMan, if u neva tune in to Onstage pon CVM unu miss out. Keep wearing yuh bullet proof vest cus we nuh wah hear seh u drop out like the unsolved mystery. Lawd god! Don Mafia it all look like seh a di ole a Beenie Man hits u write, gwaan yah Mafia carry yuh lawyer dem come from farin and sue im cause im nuh memba weh yuh do fi him, but wen u get di money memba mi.
On the day that a 5.3 earthquake on the Richter scale hit Jamaica, mi get some bad news from one of mi girlfriend dem from farin. She go get tangled inna one what mi call 'Visa Marriage' but she did in love with the coot at the time, but she neva know say him is a real ole dawg who caan keep him tings inna him pants.
She bawl to me how she go search him email - by accident she claim - and find out say him is a swinger because the two couples dem weh him have sex wid send him some kinky email and ah talk 'bout dem experiences together. My girl shock, her hair almost turn gray, because she never woulda guessed that her man was a GRIMY NIGGA. So she start pay careful attention to what a gwaan and insist pon him using a condom because the HIV ting wicked. That is when she start see more tings, him come home wid sperms pon him underpants and dem dutty tings de. So my girl just start move him quietly, especially since the loving neva too right.
By: Anthony Turner
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Almost 2 weeks ago, sound system selector/ dj Tony Matterhorn, who was barred for almost three years from traveling to the USA, secured his travel documents and work permit to enter the USA. Matterhorn garnered worldwide notoriety last year when his controversial hit song "Dutty Wine" shot to the top of the charts and became number around the world. The song was the rave in dancehalls across Europe, Jamaica, the Caribbean, the USA and Canada. Ms. J. Lexy Brooks, CEO of VIP Connected Entertainment - the agency that handles management, bookings and promotions for the DJ was very instrumental in helping the DJ regain his travel/working privileges to the USA. In a recent interview, done at her office in NY, Brooks candidly answered questions about the DJ's future and outlined plans which her company has to celebrate his long awaited return to USA.
Q1: Now that Tony has his travel documents, what does this means for him?
A1: First let me say how really excited I am that Tony now can travel and work in the USA again. I know it was a very, very long wait but fans stateside will soon be graced with his presence and the opportunity to see their favorite selector turn DJ perform live. I know the United States; specifically New York is one of Tony's favorite places. I am certain that it’s somewhere he is anxiously looking forward to returning to.
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Ah pure tings ah happen round Mavado the real mckoy. Him get arrested by the police. The man dem find gun inna him area, and then Bin Laden and him friend dem shoot up place wah day yah, same place rounda Maverly whe Alliance ah plan fi keep show, and then police go kill back Bin Laden inna 'shootout'. Tristan gets arrested and face the court wid a shooting with intent charge. Ah pure tings ah gwaan pon the mad island, people. Pure tings.
Predictions for 2007:
Munga ago be one of the next big artistes, yeah him might even go as far as a Sizzla, I wonder why Capleton have him as flag man so long when him so talented.
It's Einstein, this youth a try buss from before Gang Bang, but guess what it seems like the new girl whe him a date greed wid him because the man just find a new form, a crazy forward him song dem a get a dance. Gwaan duh yuh thing Einstein, but if yuh mess up YardFlex will be there to buss yuh secret.
Yes, this is the most intriguing one, mi know nuff people might think it's over between Kartel and Roach, but guess what I predict that Vybz Kartel and Roach will be friends again for 2007, memories don't live like people do. Remember you see it on YardFlex first.
Yea, mi hot, mi ah happen. Some girls say dem ah happen, but dem not, 'cause dem nah shopping. Dem ah repeat and a mix and match, but mi fly to Miami regular and mek mi friend Debbie sort mi out, crazy Neiman Marcus, crazy Tiffanys, yea, ah so we roll.
ENERGY GOD CAUGHT ON CAMERA?
Wah dis mi a hear? A photo with the Energy God ah mek the rounds pon people cellphone inna Kingston wid him caught in a sex act. The pictures have the deejay ah nibble pon a girl b-jaw, while him hand dem all over the girl parts dem. People nuh stop send it to each other phone. Bwoy, it nuh look so good at all. It come in like the whole ah the deejay dem freak out now.
STING BANDULU DVD
How Sting end pon youtube.com already? Laing and the whole ah Supreme Promotions ah run up and down mad because bandoolu Sting 2006 DVD all over Half Way Tree, Kingston and Portmore wid Sting, mi all have one inna my house right now. People, it all de pon Youtube.com, tink yu can stop Jamaican people? We run the bandoolu ting.
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How the Kartel-Mavado ting get so deep? Wah dat Kartel ah talk 'bout Dahlia, Mavado babymother? Wha dat Mavado say bout Kartel babymother and the oral sex argument? Which soldier man de wid one of Mavado bonafide woman weh him a wife up? Yo, the way it look, dem man de caan share a stage together again. It look bad fi the music business though. And see now the police dem start blacklist the deejay dem, the police dem no give no permission fi 'Strip Tease' up ah UTech if Kartel and Mavado de pon the show.
GYPTIAN 'SERIOUS TIMES' ON VIBE LIST
Gyptian's big song, 'Serious Times' de #21 on the Vibe top 60 songs for 2006. Plus the man get nominated for album of the year in Playboy magazine. Since him drop Wong, him career just a blossom to a higher level. The video fi 'My Fadah Say' ah shoot this week, so yu nah stop cramp dem fi the new year.
Bwoy give thanks fi life cause bwoy it look like a Iraq mi live, a how people a dead suh already and di year jus start, di amount a people dead is more than di date of the year. Good God man we nuh mek out a steel, we nuh have bullet prove skin. Please mi a beg di gunman dem put down di guns, guh look a work and pray. Mek we unite fi di rest a 2007.
Now last year di phase did popular now it worst a nuh phase again. Yuh ave di tights pants bwoy dem and di bleach out face bwoy dem cause anuh man dem. Anyway unu change unu ways cause mi deh a Bembe Thursday and bwoy Jigsy King mi rate yuh talk 'Tight pants bwoy, mi wah k**l unu', 'Bleach out face bwoy Jigsy nuh wah si unu'.
A which female artiste mi hear dem a call bat up and ketch! Woa!! Unu leave di people dem alone cause a one man she got.
A which Elephant mi nah see from weh day yah. Thank yuh Laing because if a neva fi Sting mi nuh si him. Smaddy sey im mussi too busy wid Bad Boys, or a Bad Boys too busy fi im. Mmmm, mi nuh kno, suh mi get it suh mi talk it.
Brooklyn, Bronx, Fort Lauderdale, ah long time mi no talk to oonu, mi did a go through a bad phase again wah day ya wid mi wukless man and it crash me head. But instead of feeling depressed, mi just ah go get up and talk up a whole heap a tings 'cause the truth shall set you free. Confession good for the soul, can I tell you Jamaica?
Imagine, look how me a play decent, and mi nah go street from wah day ya, ah just mi kids dem mi a tink 'bout because fi tell yu de truth, mi gi him bun, mi get some, but it look like me shoulda give him the whole haberdashery the way him ah violate me wid him dutty batta ears gal dem a Jamaica and foreign. Yea, mi come fi talk the tings dem.
1. Be honest, give the people dem back dem tings when oonu fall out and the relationship dead. Don't steal, this go for the man dem likewise.
Wah dis mi a hear? Bounty and his sweet Indian babymother Julie Rambally ah party together at Quad. A wah really a gwaan? Tings nice again, the assault court case done, him a tek care of him son wid har and dem a live good. Mi wonder if the Warlord mek a New Year's resolution or what fi be nicer inna the 2007. Who next him a go friend back, Beenie and Baby Cham? Murder!
GIRL AH WAR OVER ELE ANACONDA
How Elephant love wine off girl and dem friend so? Mi know say it woulda cause a problem eventually. Ah me fi tell yu! Him cause two best friend fi split up because him ah wine the two ah dem, and after that, dem start war over the anaconda and a pure tings, 'cause one ah dem get a cut inna her face weh long like a trainline and it nah go heal so easy because my girl bleach the hell out of her face.
KARTEL BIRTHDAY JAN. 7
Yesterday was Vybz Kartel's birthday and him celebrate it with crazy liquor. He shares birthdays with other famous people like Nicholas Cage, Katie Couric, star of CBS Evening News, and the musician Paul Revere. Stephen McGregor of Big Ship also celebrated a birthday yesterday and there was a function at the studio to share the moment with family and friends.
More soap opera in the business, what a way to start off the New Year, last week Beenie man declared on a local television show (On Stage) aired on CVM saying that the lyrical genius Vybz Kartel will be one of the few artistes that will be sign to Mafia House. But when di news hit the streets Vybz Kartel refuted Beenie Man's statement. Kartel said a just the other day him manage fi get him self out of the too controlling Alliance, so why him would left dat to live the life of an Mafia - nuh more mix up and tie up with no other label, apart from completing his album for Greensleeves.
Roache and Vybz Kartel beef
Mi seh people, mi almost cry when mi watch di interview with Vybz Kartel former road manager Roach, mi can si that di man really hurt with what's going on but him a big man and Kartel a big man so there is no need for the crying. But Roach a real big man who nuh depend pon nuh man because him seh Kartel even offer fi move him out of di ghetto and get him an apartment and he refuse to take the offer because him nuh believe inna seh a next man must pay him rent.
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According to sources close to the self–proclaimed King of Dancehall, his main hit songwriter Carl Udah aka Don Mafia has left for greener pastures. Don Mafia, who has written some of Beenie Man's most memorable hit songs, has since signed with a relatively unknown production company, which reportedly signed Don Mafia exclusively for an undisclosed seven figure sum for the next five years.
The deal covers exclusive rights for production, artist and publishing
management including collecting outstanding publishing payments owed to Don
Patrick Roberts says that he owns Shocking Vibes. Beenie Man says he owns Shocking Vibes. As of January 1st, 2007, the two ah dem ah go part ways permanently. There will be a big press conference next week fi announce the changes and how the new-look Shocking Vibes will function. Nuff things ah go reveal and we ah go de de fi report it to you.
PAULA AND SPICE: Portmore Artistes at War
It seems like di box weh Spice get lead har to call and threaten Queen Paula pon Christmas Day? And how she nah tek on Queen Paula when Paula ah walk and ah tell the world say her tings "big like We Are the World'. Wah Spice feel like? She waan call up people name and nobody nuffi call up fi har name. Everybody tun dictator inna the business now.
ANGEL GETS HER RANGE ROVER
Angel ah the real woman inna the business. Is a Range Rover she ah drive now, she gone roun everybody, ah 12 million dollar fi dem, and only Anthony B mi can memba as artiste who drive one. She is a real downtown girl living an uptown life. Ah now dem a go hate har. Anso!
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Mi de ah the show and watch Beenie ah retreat from the clash wid Bounty but if dem did clash wid the entourage them close by, and so much animosity, there woulda be a fight ponstage. Memba how the bredda dem hate each other. Look pon Alliance, dem claim say dem a friend and yet the whole ah dem have fistfight ponstage at Mavado's Birthday Bash, so what woulda happen between Beenie and Bounty. If the clash did gwaan, it woulda be a calamity inna the crowd.
Physical Clash at Stadium
This is a psychological victory fi Killa 'cause Beenie ah tease him and give it to him the whole year, but the fans dem get robbed. Mi have the solution though, we fi get Don King fi come in and promote a fight between the two of them and call the promotion 'YardFlex Face Off' (we waan some money outta it too) and keep it ah National Stadium, a lyrical clash caan resolve 13 years of animosity, dem need a physical clash. On another note, if something no gwaan this weekend between the two ah dem, mi ah go call the two ah dem clown, dem anno real gangsta, dem have too much fi lose right now.
People, mi tell you, any place inna Central Jamaica belong to Beenie Man, and the people dem tired ah the foolishness wid Bounty Killer now. How him fi go pon Island Xplosion up a Leiba Esso Tiger Mart pon big big Xmas Day and ah violate him ex-girl? Especially when Angel probably de home ah tek care of her baby and him come pon the big big holiday and ah diss har.
Dem deejay ya no real, dem no have no heart? People, him get a boo to the infinity power, is a boo that is 20 times the intensity of the fat boo weh Mavado get last week because the man all refuse fi come offa the stage. Dem boo him till him weak and have to retreat.
Vybz Kartel and Bounty Killer set aside their personal differences to perform together at the annual Dela Vega Splash show in St. Catherine.
"I worked alongside Killa and Ele at Dela Splash...it was all good...Alliance is good, and Kartel is great," he announced during an interview with hosts Simon Croskill and Neville 'Bertis' Bell of TVJ on Morning Time.
The two had become embroiled in a bitter 'war of words' in recent weeks following Vybz Kartel's decision to walk away from The Alliance, a move that Bounty Killer construed as a direct betrayal. Killer will be appearing on CVM TV's 'Onstage' to offer his choice words on the devolving friendship between the two men. During the interview, Busy Signal and Idonia reportedly shook hands as well, setting the stage for a truce that could reflect Sting's chosen theme this year, 'Love and Happiness'. But the consensus of most fans is that despite the temporary respite, the theme will be (as always) 'Ah War, Bullet-bullet-bullet!'.
Gyptian was detained at Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday, but no one seems to be able to say why.
The 23-year-old was returning from St Vincent where he performed, en route to Jamaica, when Immigration held him and five other members of his party. Gyptian performed in Barbados last Saturday night to a packed gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
According to the Daily Nation Gyptian said "They dealt with me like I was a criminal. Me nah know what me get held for, for about two hours they have me in a room like I am a criminal. But I know I am not a criminal, and I don't sing bad songs. I went to St Vincent, played well, came back, my flight was delayed until tomorrow (today), and they had me in a room like I am some thief," he said, adding the bad experience would not deter him from returning to Barbados.
Mi hear dat them boo Mavado a Stars in Action, someone tell me if it go so?
How the artiste dem so mix up and love the passa passa so?
When Mavado say him a go murder the new born, who him ah talk, Marco Dean?
Wha really a gwaan between Roach and Kartel now? Mi hear say dem nah talk.
WHO IS ERUP?
How Erup just a blow up so? Mi go one dance rounda Spanish Town and when him tune, 'Dem Gal Ah Run Mi Head' draw, the place mash up, but mi realize say some man inna the dance nah gi him no props, but mi know say ah true him step pon dem corn.
LA LEWIS Crashes RE Tour
L.A Lewis feel say him is an artiste trou him write up him name all over the Corporate Area. Wah him feel like? Him fi just give up and go chuck off outta wharf because him will never buss Earlier this week, him crash the people dem high school tour at Jose Marti. Him spend 30 minutes pon the stage ah sing him boring, half-dead songs and the stage manager dem coulden tek him off. Why LA Lewis no find a real job as a garbage man or something, worse like how ah bear garbage come outta him mouth more time, it woulda fit him.
By: Secret Agent
There seems to be no end in sight for the robust debates surrounding both the "Dutty Wine" song and the dance from which the tune was made.
YardFlex.com understands that the Government of the British Virgin Islands has banned a ''Dutty Wine'' show which should have featured the smooth talking selector-turned-deejay/performer Tony Matterhorn.
The show was scheduled for this weekend, but reports out of the country say the Chief Minister Dr. Orlando Smith, said the many complaints about the event forced their hand, and caused them to shut it down.
Local Radio reports indicate that the Government has been swamped with several phone calls because they allowed the show there in the first place.
According to the reports, they have been "inundated" with calls from "concerned citizens" who they describe as both young and old.
Yes, people, mi de pon dem case like the Anopheles mosquito weh a terrorise the whole ah de ghetto dem inna Kingston. Me ah de real Mckoy, dem ah just the imitation. Kingston, New York, Miami, Toronto, mi have a story fi tell yu about one of my girlfriend dem and yu nah go believe, but mi ah go tel yu anyway. She have her good good husband ah Jamaica, but she a creep pon the side wid this wutless bwoy who have up him wife and nah lef her either. So yu know ain't nothing wrong with a little bump and grind as secret lovers and all that, but the bwoy go tek it to a next level.
Imagine now, she decide fi go Jamaica go check her husband, but the bwoy no stop hunt her down. It get so bad, she lock off her phone and ah chill over her man when all of a sudden, her husband phone ring, and him pass the phone to her and say 'your call'. When she go pon the phone, nuh the wutless bwoy pon the phone, so the husband lef her alone fi a second and my girl just tek out the chip and mash it up and put it back. WHen the husband come back, him realize say the phone nah work, and my girl just look innocent and say ah so she get it.
Yes yes, people mi nearly pop up when mi hear that Bounty Killer and Kartel are at it again. Yes, war! People the amount of secrets Vybz Kartel A.K.A 'Addi Di Techa' revealed to the media is more than a cup full. All mi a hear pon the lips of people in the street is: Did the Killer really send him bredda a that likkle man where we Jamaicans love to go and waste money during our time of trials and tribulation?
Enough wid di wriggle mi dis and that thing. Mi chile, Kartel buss out secret like him a spit out lyrics in an interview with a local tabloid revealing that the Killer try fi obeah Beenie Man's wife D'Angel. Mi never know that gangsta believe in dem things deh.
What is really going on? The last time mi hear seh Bounty Killer a still Addi Daddy, but it seems as if Addi wants to move out left daddy.
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Dancehall fans have been curious about the origins of the feud between dancehall singer Mavado and deejay Beenie Man which has translated into a couple of diss songs. Rumours suggest that the problem stems from rumours that Mavado had done a song which intimated he had a hand in the death of Beenie Man's brother.
However, deejay Bounty Killer has denied that allegation.
"The song that mentioned 'baby Brian' was on the Red Bull and Guinness riddim, which was released before Beenie Man's brother was killed, he was just making a rhyme. That rumour is not true," Bounty Killer told Yardflex.com in an interview earlier this week.
Did Busy Try to Stab Idonia? - "How him ah move so? Him tek this more than lyrical" - Member of J.O.P
The question on everyone's lips over the weekend is: did Busy Signal really try to stab Idonia while both artistes were onstage at Mavado's Birthday Bash?
During the reported onstage melee at the show, there was clear evidence of shoving and pushing between the artiste Busy Signal and Idonia's entourage, but no one knew the real reason behind the ruckus. Sources close to the J.O.P camp say that the fist-flinging fracas started when deejay Busy Signal moved towards Idonia with an "open ratchet", and they were forced to prevent him from approaching the deejay in such a menacing manner.
The incident happened at 'Gangsta 4 Life', Mavado's Birthday Bash over the weekend.
"We were just protecting the deejay, that's all, we figure say him mean Idonia harm because him start push hard through Idonia's entourage with him open ratchet and we couldn't allow him fi just step to the deejay like that...we never know him intentions and ah so the pushing start," the source told YardFlex.com.
By: Claude Mills
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot
A fist fight broke out onstage during Mavado's Birthday Splash at Arizon Inn, Portmore this morning as members of Idonia and Kartel's entourage threw punches at other members of the Alliance.
Eyewitness reports say that the internal friction within The Alliance triggered a situation where the entertainers were at 'daggers drawn' and punches were thrown, while several patrons, their hearts pounding, ran helter-skelter all over the confines of the Arizon Inn, abruptly ending the event.
But for all the confusion, one thing was clear at 6:40 a.m. on December 3, 2006: deejay Vybz Kartel's association with the Alliance is all but over. All that is left are the ugly details.
The melee was caused when Idonia and his entourage went onstage, and things got tense. One member of Mavado's entourage got into a scuffle with Idonia's entourage, and knives were reportedly drawn. The small crowd, not more than 500 people at best, began to get antsy as the fracas continued onstage.
What's the deal with Beenie Man's album sales? There has been a lot of debate about the sales of Beenie Man's album especially since last week when we reported on the website that Beenie Man claimed his album had sold over 300,000 copies. Well, our checks reveal that he may have shipped that amount, but to date, according to the Nielson Soundscan figures reported by the Billboard Reggae charts, he has sold 52,507 copies of 'Undisputed'
Sean Paul leads the pack of reggae artistes on the Billboard chart with impressive sales of 1,228,148 of his 'Trinity' set while Damian Marley has sold 596,946 copies of 'Welcome to Jamrock'. Matisyahu's 'Youth' album has sold 497,256 copies and his 'Live at Stubbs, Austin, Texas' set has sold a muscular 616,623. Dancehall act Baby Cham has sold 46,914 OF 'Ghetto Story' while Buju Banton has sold 10,081 copies of 'Too Bad'. Bounty Killer's 'Nah No Mercy - Warlord Scrolls' sold 862 copies after three weeks of release.
It is a match made in heaven
By: Jigga Mattic
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
Zumjay got hitched to his high school sweetheart, Aviesha in a small intimate ceremony involving family and friends yesterday at a cathedral in Manhattan, New York in the United States.
"We tied the knot at about 1 p.m.yesterday. It was a small ceremony, just close friends, my bredrin Cassette Jones was there as the witness, my deejay bredrin Ice from New York, and also, a couple of the bride's friends, Adanna Thomas and Sean O'Connor. 'Lenky' Marsden, my producer, friend and manager was there was well; he was the best man," Zumjay told YardFlex.com.
The couple met 10 years ago, while both were attending Hydel High school. After graduating, Zumjay entered the music business while Aviesha attended Cornell University where she majored in Economics, Spanish and Latin American Studies.
KILLA DISS SONG ON AFTER DARK?
Yo, mi hear the tune weh people ah kill demself ova say Kartel and Idonia diss the Killa, and nutten no go so. The song de pon the Afta Dark riddim, and all Idonia ah say is that 'Addi ah him daddy and him no care who vex' and the other line 'mi nuh haffi wear full black fi bad, mi inna all white'. Tell me people, that ah diss the Killa? Wah yu tink? Mi hear say the Kartel song name 'Bad Man No Throw Word Part Twice' and him ah spit some wicked lyrics. Mi no know, people, all these things!
WHO THE YUTE WEH WATER BOOT BOX DOWN AH NY
The whole ah Brooklyn ah talk 'bout da one ya. Dancer-turned-selector Water Boot get big since him box down Noah from Afrique, eh? Even Buju ah put Water Boot name inna song now 'cause mi hear ah clash song wid Blunt Posse wha day ya. It voice inna Driva aerial and it say: 'wha the yute name weh Water Boot box down?' Heh-heh! The place mash up when dem draw it inna the dance. Noah coulden even play afterwards, ah Killa Boo haffi play instead. Him just get crush like a roach. How that happen though? Water Boot is just a fat boy who is a dancer. Noah small inna body, but him used to roll deep wid some thugs, and everybody used to fraiad him but now him style cramp, everybody tek him fi punk now. A nobody beat up somebody, lawd mi body! Mi belly ah cramp me. Gwaan Water Boot, yu ratings large!
DEADBEAT NIGGAZ HAVE GOT TO GO
This one's for you Luv. Yes, Luv. You me a talk! Yu tek me car, mi expensive jewellery and yu nah return it. Mi no care if dem waan call me Ms. Tekky Back, mi no cater, mi nah mind no wuckless man. How yu a buy yu woman new Infinity and yu nah handle yu responsibility dem? You were there for me when I was in hell, but now, nothing is swell, 'cause you're a goddamn bastard. Mi no know how on hell I thought you were a REAL man, and you dress like you're stuck in the goddamn 70s, get up to the time with your s__t and yo' b*tch. You need to tell your Infinity b*tch that you are a negligent, trifling man. Expect a summons, expect a call...as a matter of fact, expect any-bl&&&--ting, but something coming. Mi sorry mi used to sneak out and give yu it pon the side 'cause when I check it out, you were never really worth my time.
Step up and be a real man and face your responsibilities, and by the way, mi know weh yu gal live, mi have yu full file and address, remember, I am just being respectful, doan play yourself around this b*tch!
Just Ask Ms Jackson
What's the deal Dear Reader! This one hot off the presses and it ain't no joke neither! Mi fren Shemi call me and gimme dis one (big up to Shemi and the artist for reminding us all that "Love is a beautiful thing!")
So, you all know how college life is...nuff booze, nuff new friends, nuff schoolwork to do. Well, may I present to you our three characters in this story of lust, betrayal and friendship which I have chosen to call...
"Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get IT"
Tekia and Lavely were two young ladies who met on campus while they were both attending UWI, it just so happened that the two friends fancied the same fella, a bright young Arts student named Orin. Orin was quite taken in by Lavely with her dark hair, chocolate complexion and banging body, not to mention the fact that she was hard-working and placed most of her focus on keeping up her grades. So he started dating her and yuh done know how the Yard man dem do it, likkle ice-cream here, likkle movies and Chiney food there. Not too long after Lavely and Orin became a full blown couple.
Well it seems that Jr. Gong is not getting married after all. Considered by many to be Jamaica's most eligible bachelor, the young girls may be screaming in delight that the rumours reported by this site appear to be false. But don't celebrate too long, who knows what the future has in store for the Junior Gong. Big up the Gongolian anywhere him de right now.
A DAUGHTER FOR FANTAN
Big up to the one called Fantan Mojah, him celebrated the birth of his daughter earlier this week. Right ya now, him gone to Suriname and the United States on a three-week tour. When yu a go back fi the son, my yute?
Well, well, well. It's Thanksgiving again, and even though we no love how the white people dem slaughter off the Indian race inna the 16th century (mi is a gal love my history), we ah work wid it, big cooking ah go gwaan lickle more. Family ting. Right now, it ah snow inna West Palm Beach inna Florida but dat caan cramp we style, Jamaicans can overcome anything. Still, if yu notice, as the weather get more unpredictable, same way the people get unpredictable too, crazy tings ah gwaan out inna the world, look pon the Jamaican accountant who chop up him wife like him ah go store wood fi the winter...but we nah dwell pon the depressing tings too much. Ready fi pap up? Suss-time!
GARGAMEL IN THE DRIVING SEAT
Yo, Gargamel. (Buju voice)Wha dem a do? In comes the thing called big hit song, from the one and only Buju B, 'Driver', ah it ah run the place right now, dem draw it ah Arena during the JLP conference and the place tear down. Dem caan stop Buju, him ah de boss. Mavado ah the hottest voice inna the dancehall, but ah Buju have the biggest song inna the place. Nothing caan stop, yu nuh inna nothing with those guys and yu still ah prosper. Gwaan my yute!
My name is Jawara McIntosh. I am the youngest son of Peter Tosh. It has been almost 20 years since the murder of my father, Winston Hubert McIntosh, better known as the legendary reggae artist and revolutionary Peter Tosh. And it seems even in death he cannot receive justice.
A few days ago it was brought to the attention of the Tosh family, that our father's one of a kind M-16 Stratocaster guitar, which was once thought to be lost, had resurfaced and had been scheduled to be auctioned off by the flashpoint film festival on EBAY. I have decided to release this statement on the behalf of the Tosh family to let the general public know that we are wholeheartedly against this illegal auction scheduled to take place during the Flashpoint Film Festival. This guitar was given to our father by a fan in Los Angeles in 1983 during the Mama Africa World Tour. My brother, Horace Dave McIntosh, has been in contact with Flashpoint Film Festival and Marlene Brown, and is hoping to come to an agreement.
By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
Vybz Kartel has been in the lab working with the young genius, Stephen McGregor, on a couple of songs. One of those songs is 'Imagine', a remarkable magnus opus of a song that paints a portrait of what the world would be like were the structures of world economics, politics, and power different. The song also attempts to formulate creative solutions, from a black man's perspective, to some of the problems such as poverty, hunger and crime which the world faces today.
"Right now, I am working on some different songs, I have 12 exclusive tracks completed which will appear on my upcoming album, 'Vybz Kartel Presents Addi the Techa', it ah go mad," he told YardFlex.com.
The deejay denied that a recent collaboration he did with fellow deejay, D'Angel was an overt diss of Bounty Killer. He said that he had no intention of dissing the 'Killer'.
"Mi just build a song fi Arthur Wails and him say him have a girl fi sing pon it and dem mi find out say ah D'Angel, ah so the ting go," he explained.
What a way the murder rate just start kick up so, dem kill four ah Montego Bay, war de a Red Hills Road ova gully work money, one accountant chop up him wife inna little pieces and stuff it inna one pit latrine inna the country. What a gwaan inna the little island? Right ya now, ah prayer ah do it, straight. One Psalm before mi go out and ah Proverbs when mi come in. If yu nah praise God inna dis ya time, it nuh mek no sense! Mi no know, Portmore, Spanish Town, crazy ting ah gwaan inna the business. Wha mi say! All these things!
THE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW ALL THESE THINGS:
What is going on in the Alliance? Will Kartel be on the 'Alliance' album next year?
Who dem yute de who get stab up a Ranny Williams Entertainment centre during the Wolmer's BBQ?
Did you know that Dyema fall and drop offa one box and sprain up har ankle wah day ya. How she ah go perform ah the show ah Black River this week?
Big up to the Fifth Element crew, mi hear say that Richie Spice video, 'Brown Skin' ah go get shot inna Miami. Wha happen to the brown-skinned Jamaican beauties fi the video?
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Mavado's "Weh Dem A Do" on the Redbull & Guinness rhythm has reached fever pitch! "Weh Dem A Do" has Jamaica, the UK & the USA in a spin.
Jamaican singjay Mavado is a current favourite on New York's finest urban station HOT 97 where "Weh Dem A Do" is on heavy rotation on their playlist. He's also featured in their i-Tunes Store.
"Weh Dem A Do" continues to be heavily supported on BBC's 1Xtra - the UK's premier digital station for black music.
"Weh Dem A Do" debuted recently on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop airplay chart as the BIGGEST GAINER.
"Weh Dem A Do" featured in the UK's music trade paper Music Week - THE PLAYLIST (11.11.06)
Since the release of Delly Ranx's Redbull & Guinness earlier this year Mavado's "Weh Dem A Do" has become the BIGGEST cut on this rhythm and continues to build momentum garnering full support worldwide.
Big show keep a Bicentennial park ova the weekend inna South Florida. People, is between 12 to 15,000 people inna the venue. Jr. Gong ah perform pon the same bill as artiste like Common, Duran Duran, Gnarles Barkley, the place neva good again. People, the show gwaan inna Bicentennial park, the same place Scoffery keep him show and coulden cork it.
Big up Junior Gong, mi hear say yu a get married to the little Caribbean girl yu de wid. Mi love how yu mother grow yu, yu nah go have no yute outta street until yu get married. No kids out of wedlock, yu hear that Jamaica? Decent yute. Real royalty. Superstar genes. Ju-ju royal.
DOES JAH CURE HAVE A SON?
Everybody inna 'Bay ah whisper 'bout dis one. Jah Cure de ah prison but him have a son. Who is the mystery lady? Mi no ready fi tell yu dat yet. Mi tell yu say the whole argument no straight 'bout how dem prison the yute. Free up the man so him can see him son.
These b*tches be thinking they're SLICK But Buffilous doan play that. Yes, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Kingston, Mobay. Mi ready fi mud dem up. As Queen Paula say, MI IGNORANT FI DEM!
A wah do some ah dem artiste ya inna the business? How dem no have no shame or nutten 'bout dem, especially the woman one dem?
Producers, oonu fi stop screw off the girls in the business, especially when yu know say dem no have no talent, and yu still mek dem a deejay pon de mike, not the microphone, ah the third leg mi a talk. It nuh right! Is gender inequality and sexual exploitation inna one cute way, dem ah exploit the young girls dem bout dem a give dem career. Dem fi educate dem first.
All those girls who sleep with men in the business, yu need to stop it. Have some pride, tings sticky a yard, but learn this motto: "Get an education and STOP give away yu tings to the nation." Memba! A dat mi say! Ah mi fi tell yu!
Mi know everyting. Who did de wid 'browning'? And then move on to label executives fi secure album deal? Yu have some ah dem tek the whole generation, the father and the son, dem a wait pon the next son fi born fi get the Trinity. Oonu know oonuself. Mi nuh haffi call no name.
Onto my personal ting, right now, mi need a new man inna mi life. Mi ah kick a trifling nigga to the curb right about now. Mi worse than Matlock, mi find him out and him nasty-a*s b*&ches, mi outsmart him and ketch him dead to rights and the nigga has got to go.
TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT, ALL HIS CLOTHES AND STUFF IN A BOX TO THE LEFT.
Right now, mi ah seek a sheik from the Middle East. Send me a line at email@example.com
By: Claude Mills
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot
What is going on in the Alliance?
Rumours of friction in the Bounty Killer-led camp are set to ratchet up to an insane level as the new combination song between Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi De Techa and D'Angel has hit FM radio. Killer has been making derogatory comments about D'Angel, his former girlfriend, ever since she announced her engagement to Killer's lyrical nemesis, Beenie Man. It is not sure how Vybz Kartel's latest move will be construed by The Alliance.
The song is creating major buzz in the dancehall, especially as it could signal a split in the Alliance, as Kartel's move is being seen by some dancehall insiders as a "diss" of Bounty Killer.
The song, 'Baby Daddy', is produced by 'Arthur Wails' on the Klampute riddim.
"The deejay is just voicing songs right now, he is just working, this is music, he is a deejay, this is what he is doing, just working," Patrick 'Roach' Samuels, Kartel's manager, told YardFlex.com.
One report had claimed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would adopt a baby while they were in India working on the film, 'A Mighty Heart.' But now those plans have reportedly been scrapped and the reason being reported is the grief Madonna has been hit with over her recent adoption.
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Hollywood couple - who have a baby daughter Shiloh and two adopted children, five-year-old son Maddox, who is Cambodian, and Ethiopian daughter Zahara, who is 22-months-old - planned to give a home to an Indian orphan but have been put off by the criticism Madonna has received for adopting a 13-month-old Malawian boy
A source told Britain's New magazine: "No one wants to be dragged through the heartache that Madonna has. It's a real shame.
By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
D'Angel became a mom for the first time when her son, Marco Dean, entered the world at about 9 p.m yesterday.
A release from the couple declared that "Mr. and Mrs. Moses Davis would like to announce the birth of their son, Marco Dean on November 9, 2006. We are indeed grateful to God that he is healthy and that there were no complications during birth. We are certain that he will bring joy to our lives and strengthen our love for each other. We would like to thank family, friends and our fans for their prayers and best wishes at this time. We love you all."
Singer Luciano, known for the mega-hits 'Sweep Ova My Soul' and 'It's Me Again Jah', has terminated the services of Copeland Forbes, head of Comar Productions, as his personal manager effective November 4, 2006. He will, however, retain Mr. Forbes' services as a booking agent and tour manager.
"Ever since Jah Messenjah has been on the road, Mr. Fobres has been my tour manager, 'Fattis' was my personal manager at the time...Mr. Forbes is an influential, important and busy man as the world can see...this is to add somebody to the Jah Messenjah movement, Mr. Forbes will be in charge, we have never operated under a contract for the past 13 years, so we realize that Mr. Forbes needs help, and that's why we have brought in someone else," Luciano, who is now on his 'Child of a King' promotional tour in the United States.
Luciano's new manager is Lewis Folkes a.k.a Sean, who is the head of a production label called JALPO and according to Luciano, "has many connections in American and other parts of the world".
Why Beenie and Bounty caan cool offa the word-throwing? Dem start it up again pon a new riddim. Bounty say whenever him want, him affi 'Get it back' meaning D'Angel, and mi hear that Beenie got over 20 songs voice and put down like a war him ago in Iraq.
Dutty Wine Mystery deepens
Dutty Wine, mix it up. The results of the autopsy are in…and it is inconclusive? Yea, that's what the authorities are saying, but perhaps more will be revealed with a forensic examination that will be performed next week at another lab. Till then, the family haffi just gwaan hold out till more information come out.
Bad Boy Records Inks Landmark Deal with VP Records and Dancehall Superstar Elephant Man
Sean "Diddy" Combs of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment announced today a landmark deal with reggae/dancehall music label VP Records to market and distribute dancehall superstar, Elephant Man. "Elephant Man is one the greatest entertainers in his genre of music. When I saw him at Madison Square Garden ripping down the stage, I knew that he was the one. He will be a great addition to our team," Sean "Diddy" Combs said. The first release from Elephant Man under the new Bad Boy/VP Records venture is slated for spring 2007 with a single and video expected in early 2007.
Known for his high-energy live performances, Elephant Man a/k/a O'Neil Bryan is one of the few dancehall acts to crossover into mainstream music. Collaborations with Diddy, Cassie, Rhianna, Busta Rhymes, Shaggy, Mya, and long time collaborator Lil' Jon, are expected on his upcoming release. In addition to the new CD in the works, Elephant Man will also hit the road as a supporting act on Diddy's world tour to begin in February 2007 in support of Diddy's new album "Press Play," in stores this October.
Wha dat go down between Kip-o and Blacker? Kip-o's camp ah say Black-er violate because him want get a hype pon the RE High School tour. Him get a big forward two weeks ago so it mussi get to him head, and him run on up a St. Hugh's on Wednesday and start sing 'No Man Caan Mek You Pap Down' the song him have wid Kip-O, and mek the selector even a play Kip Rich part.
Mi hear say everybody cut up over it, and Kip Rich rush him backstage. Wha Black-er ah try prove? No man no bigga dan no man inna the music business.
Why the Marleys never turn up for the Shottas premiere?
Wha happen to DMX mek hima behave so pon the people dem red carpet at the Shottas Premiere in Miami Wednesday night?
How Mikey Spice so talented? Him mash up Weekenz on Wednesday night.
How so much entertainer caan travel come up to Uncle Sam? Dem violate too much, man when dem get the chance fi come up ya, and look how much people ah yard waan the chance fi reach up inna the freezer fi mek a money.
Who will organize Reggae Sunsplash next year? Mi hear say ah some new people ah go step in.
DMX told S2S magazine that he bears no responsibility for his illegitimate child because the mother of the baby "raped me. I mean, you know, that might sound like some bullsh-t. No man has ever been. you know what I mean, like never?"
And DMX' wife, Tashera Simmons, is standing by her man, claiming that the woman "came up to us [and] said 'I work for kids that are sickly," Simmons said in an interview with the magazine. She added that DMX said to give the woman his number. "At first, I said OK," Simmons said, "But, then I thought she looked deranged and obsessed with him."
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It come in like ole time sumting come back again. Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Nitty Kutchie and Harry Toddler were spotted hanging out together and joking at a Weddy Weddy session this week. It was like old times when Bounty Killer and the Scare Dem crew were tight friends, and almost inseparable. Will Ele and Toddler and Kutchie reunite to do a new Scare Dem record though?
WHO IS THE REAL MAFIA?
There are three Mafias in the local dancehall biz. Flippa Maffia, Don Mafia, and G-Maffiah. YardFlex.com did an interview earlier this year where G-Maffiah contended that other people stole his name, and even pointed fingers at Don Mafia, who Don Mafia is contending that he did not steal G-Maffiah's name. He believes that even though there is room in the industry for all the Mafioso, he is the real mafia.
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How Spice just a beat off har chest so hard, and she nuh have a number one tune yet? She vex say Tanya coulda win the Reggae Grammy next year, ah muss dat, because she no . Yu nuh read what Tanya tell the STAR reporter that 'imitation is the greatest form of flattery' and that she surprised because she neva know that Spice know that she exist.
Mi hear that Spice is mad as hell about it. But ah dat fi happen, Spice ah gwaan too hot now, she even try draw di Killa tongue at Horse Man full black show...ever since Killa talk say ah him buss har, and she run go deny it, she just hot fi him, or is because she inna Dave Kelly camp now.
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What is De-va Brat's problem? How him ah walk up and down and ah diss up Idonia. Him no hear wah Killa say, from yu diss Alliance, yu get bullet!
Who is Bar-bee, and is she romatically involved with Junior Kelly? Word is that they were very cozy on the set of the video for their combination song. The video is enjoying steady rotation on HYPE TV and will hit MTV Tempo soon.
Ah true say KC Jockey and Sasha did have a ting one time?
Is it true that Flair, formerly of HYPE TV and Music Plus is getting married? Rumours are that is a toppa-top money man from Montego Bay.
How Kartel ah wear full white from wah day ya and him no go Full Black? Something rumbling in the Alliance?
You know that I got the real stories. One of my girlfriends called me over the weekend with some terrible news about her good-fer-nothing man. She say 'Buffilous, I had to kick the nigga to the curb and discipline him as well."
Apparently, as is peculiar to his sex, him ah give ah har bun, but this dawg ah do it extra wicked. Is like the two ah dem supposed to go to a wedding reception together but him get dress and leave her inna the shower. My girl neva miss a beat, she just get dressed, pick up har girlfriend and shot go to the ting, but when she reach, is like him friend dem a block her at the gate. So she spot the rake, but she hold har meds. All the time, him inna one room wid a next gal.
Finally, she see him come out and him and the girl stand up and dem a dance the whole night. But my girl just easy, and she and har friend get tipsy and enjoy demself. A few hours later, him come ova to her, say him waan leave, and drape her up and promise her a shot. My girl give him a feisty reply: "only one shot yu can gimme, and that is gonorrhoea."
Greetings Dear Reader, I just wanted to thank you for the overwhelming response I have gotten in regards to the column, please keep sending me your thoughts and concerns and I will try my best to answer them all.
This is another true tale of mine, this one goes out to Ally who ended up with a great man and avoided, what could have been a life-shattering event thanks to Father God, all blessings through Him. Jah, Rastafari!
Sistahs, sistahs you must beware because yuh have some real wicked man out there!
Shouting out Situation # 2 "My man The Hustlah who nearly got me busted"
OK so I'm on IM talking to my friend Tara the other day about how important it is to truly know your man, know the beast you're dealing with so that nothing he does comes as too much of a surprise to you. Tara's remark was "Do I have a story for you MJ. What about the one you thought you knew but who does a 360 degree turn on you? Cause that's what happened to my sister Ally." Now Dear Reader, I was clueless as to what Tara's sister had been through but I sure as hell wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to hear what happened. So I pressed Tara to tell me more and this is what she wrote:
P DIDDY has confessed he had group sex in champagne-filled baths when he was a bachelor.
The rapper, renowned for throwing lavish celebrity parties, admits his fetishes spiralled out of control.
He told Vibe magazine: "I was buck-f***ing wild - beyond Ménage à trios.
"I was 20-something and renting the presidential suite at the Hotel Nikko in Beverly Hills.
"I got the bathtub filled with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.
"Then sex became dangerous."
Diddy is keen to stress that he has now turned his back on his wild ways. His long-term girlfriend KIM PORTER is pregnant with twin girls.
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The hoax about Sizzla Kalonji circulating the internet is false!!! Concerned friends and fans of one of the most renowned Reggae star have been in an urgent frenzy in response to an alleged fatal car accident news story on the internet. The fake internet news story website has been identified and will be addressed.
In the meantime, Sizzla Kalonji has been performing all over the world for fans and communities spreading the importance of good education for the youth. He recently held a back to school treat in his community, August Town for hundreds of youth. The treat was held to assist the youth with school supplies in preparation for the new school term. He prepared meals for all the youth in attendance and enjoyed the day with them and their parents.
Sizzla Kalonji has also been speaking to the youth at different events, showing them the importance of receiving a good education but also placing accountability on the government's involvement in this process in a supportive way. Hero's weekend at UWI, Kalonji took the time to perform for the college students and spread some of the same messages.
NEW YORK AND THE GAY ISSUE
The whole ah New York ah talk 'bout how Channel 9 UPN go undercover at the Irie Jamboree show and start interview the artiste dem 'bout dem stance on homosexuality? Beenie claim say 'funny guys are man who have sex with little boys' but it come in like Buju smell ah rat and just hold him tongue. Now the whole ah New York ah chat 'bout it since the show air last week? Mi hear say clips of it all reach CNN, mad ting!
According to a source close to Irie Jam, there should be no financial fallout from the interviews.
"They interviewed Buju, Beenie, Kulcha Don and Irie Claire from Irie Jam. While the broadcast focused on the gay bashing controversy, I would not say it affected or will affect sponsorship as those who are on board are already aware of the lyrics of our top dancehall djs and do not think the lyrics will incite violence against gays as GLADD would want everyone to believe."
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Deejay Turbulance has denied that he has an ongoing feud with rastafarian singer Fantan Mojah as is being rumoured in the streets after the two had a heated exchange during an IRIE FM show earlier this week.
"I am not into any feud, just into eating food," he said, a laugh bubbling in his voice.
"There was a show on IRIE FM about originality, and the presenters were saying that they had noticed things that I had put down that Fantan Mojah had picked up, for instance, wearing a knapsack onstage and so on, and Fantan neva like the tone of the argument so him say ,'some bway waan backle war', and some heated things were said. Me see him afta and him apologise, and we hold a reasoning. Rasta caan keep up feud, we ah blood bredda. Fantan is a yute mi respect, he is man who ah strive and we love him fi dat."
What about the lyrical feud with Sasha?
By: Jigga Mattic
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
Albinos are a persecuted bunch. Just look at the Tom Hanks' movie, 'The Da Vinci Code' where an albino villain plays a prominent role in the film and you'll get an idea of what we're talking about it.
Arguably Jamaica's most famous albino, deejay Yellowman is a legend in the lexicon of dancehall music. During the 1980s, he captured the public imagination with a string of sexually charged hits that exaggerated his sexual prowess, and established his reputation as an awesome, if foul-mouthed toaster. As the 80s wore on, he continued to churn out the hits, and in the process, eventually overcoming the pariah status normally accorded to albinos in society.
In the early 1990s, Yellowman struggled with skin cancer, lost a significant portion of his jawbone to the disease, disfiguring his face permanently. Later, Yellowman took a deep introspective look into his own life, and reinvented himself to some degree with his 1994 album 'Prayer'. Followup albums such as 'New York' in 2003, and 'Round 1' in 2005 walked that same path of new-found spirituality as Yellowman sought to redefine himself as an artiste in the new millennium. To his credit, he has continued to remain relevant. Last year, he scored a radio hit single with Dave Kelly.
We're stepping up our game. Buoyed by the overwhelming responses to the content of our website, www.yardflex.com and our monthly publication, we have decided to push the boundaries just a little more by dabbling in another type of media, (drum roll please) television. Beginning soon, we plan to produce a 24 minute TV programme that will be aired weekly on a local cable station. We are already in advanced talks with HYPE TV to produce the pilot which will be written by our talented team of writers here at YardFlex.
We are seeking intelligent, confident, and beautiful women who have a flair for television broadcasting to be the new voice and face of YardFlex TV. Interested persons can send their resumes or CVs to our Managing Director Deborah Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail us at 5 Upper Sandringham Avenue , Kingston.
This is part two of an interview with Wayne Wonder published in the September issue of YardFlex magazine.
By: Claude Mills
Will you ever make music with Dave Kelly again?
"Ah music me mek, if him want to make music, we'll work together again. I don't know what happened why we're not talking. I guess people want to grow, they need changes, sometimes fundamental changes are needed, and that was me," he told YardFlex.com.
Wonder met Dave while he was working under Donovan Germain at Penthouse Records. When Dave Kelly began his own hit factory, the Madhouse / Xtra Large labels, Wayne continued his fruitful relationship with Kelly bring him some his biggest hits to date with the worldwide reggae smashes "Joyride" and "Keep Them Coming." Wayne's album for Madhouse / Xtra Large, 'Da Vibe' contained singles like "Watching You" produced by Dave's brother Tony Kelly (K-Licious). But then things soured between the notoriously eccentric Kelly and Wonder. However, it was the dancehall classic "Saddest Day" which became Wayne's first big conduit to the U.S. when he sang on Foxy Brown's remake on her Broken Silence LP in 2001.
"Me and Dave no link up again, but me and Cham link up more time, we link up a few weeks ago in Hartford, Connecticut at the Caribbean America Day there, and it was cool," he said.
By: Claude Mills
Photos By Carlington Wilmot
D'Angel a.k.a Mrs. Moses Davis is anticipating the arrival of her first child, Marco Dean, into the world this month.
"The pregnancy has been smooth so far. The baby is kicking like crazy, is like him ready to enter the world to sing the first note for his father," D'Angel told YardFlex.com.
"There will be no media coverage of this event, and I want people to respect the privacy of our family as we are set to celebrate this wonderful occasion."
Beenie and D'Angel have had a tumultuous couple of months from the moment that the rumours of their courtship first started. After news of the pregnancy hit, the attention around the couple became almost manic, and the media circus continued until the couple wed in August of this year.
Since the marriage, Beenie Man has traveled frequently to the Caibbean and the United States, doing promotional gigs and events to promote his 'Undisputed' album. However, the couple did get to spend several days together in New York recently.
"Sometimes I wish he could be here with me all the time, but I am in the business myself so I understand what is going on, I know it's tough. I speak to Moses everyday on the phone, and whenever he has some spare time, he calls me. He’s working hard for his family and it's all good, I give him 100 per cent support," she said.
Despite spirited efforts by the black lesbian, gay and trans-sexual community, Buju Banton's 'Too Bad' tour rolls on with a show that was recently cancelled being rescheduled at another Hollywood venue.
Head promoter of Jamaican Gold, Jamie Koz, issued a statement to the media recently that stated that "the Buju show has been officially rescheduled for the same date Tuesday, Oct 3rd at a new venue the Century Club".
"The owners there have done the proper research on Buju Banton. Realizing that Buju has already apologized for his actions back in 1992 when the incident was first addressed, they have agreed to let the show go on... They also realize that Buju's music no longer reflects any sort of anti-gay lyrics. His music is spiritual and positive. And that is the vibe that we present at Jamaican Gold. A place for people of all creeds to get together in unity and enjoy spiritual uplifting music. For the record, Jamaican Gold does not, in any way, condone violence against any race or person for religious beliefs, personal preferences or sexual orientation," the statement said.
Dear Century Club General Manager:
I understand that your venue will be featuring Buju Banton on October 3, 2006 and Beenie Man on October 22, 2006. I would like you to know that both Buju Banton and Beenie Man have a long history of homophobia and incitement of anti-gay violence.
Beenie Man, as you may recall, in his song "Han Up Deh," sings, "Hang
chi chi gal wid a long piece of rope." The term "chi chi" is a Jamaican reference to homosexuality. The term is often used to refer to "chi chi men" but can also refer to lesbians (chi chi women or chi chi girls). Loosely translated, the lyrics mean, "Hang lesbians with a long piece of rope." And there are other songs where he calls for the murder of gays. Banton was accused of being involved in a homophobic attack in Kingston two years ago.
While Banton said the charges were "completely untrue and wholly unfounded," he continues to be protested for his song "Boom Bye Bye," which is well known for the violence it calls for against gays including the shooting of gay people in the head, pouring acid over them, and setting them on fire.
Former lovers-turned-rivals Sasha and Turbulence have embarked on a lyrical war of sorts on the new Downsound Records' 'Sika' rhythm. The songs have been creating quite a buzz in dancehall circles as they are centred around the couple's juicy break-up last year.
Just two years ago, the two basked in the glow of their relationship, recording popular songs such as 'Natty Pon Di Frontline' and the hit single, 'We've Got The Love', with an accompanying video that seemed
to cement their blossoming relationship.
However, the entertainers' relationship soured late last year after Sasha found out about Turbulence's 'extra-curricular' activities outside their relationship. All that was months ago, but last week,
Turbulance recorded a single called 'No Man No Perfect' and Sasha returned fire with the well-written 'Got What You Need'.
Right now, me have the whole ah South Florida popping. Yea, ah me name Buffilous, who the man dem tink fabulous. After mi write mi article 'bout dem dutty life, Jamaica, people get mad, but me waan know a wha do diss dutty #$@% gal? She want a next beating.
Mi wake up over the weekend and go to mi SUV, and me see the whole ah it key up. Mi just look to the heavens and say, a wah dis Faada? Mi know say a she do it, but right now, mi just ah hold my levels 'cause she doesn't want to see me when I am angry.
She knows what I can do. Right now, mi a go pon a one-week fasting fi har, mi just a heights and pray like how the rass dem say. Anno my fault har tings dem miserable and no man no waan her and no man no waan stay too long. Mi a leave har to time.
The persecution of Buju Banton continues. Yardflex.com has learned that a Hollywood club has canceled a performance by Buju Banton which was scheduled for October 2.
According to a story written by Geoff Boucher, a Times staff writer,
"Adam Manacker, general manager of the Highland nightclub and
restaurant, said Thursday that e-mail complaints and concerned callers in recent days had prompted him to research Banton's past and call off the Oct. 2 show." Refunds are available through the vendor where the tickets were purchased, the article said.
"We felt it was the right thing to do after doing some research on the matter," Manacker was quoted as saying.
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
A vocal segment of the population of Bloomington, Indiana has come out in full support of reggae superstar Buju Banton, and are incensed that he was not allowed to perform in the Bluebird Theatre last week as part of his 'Too Bad' tour of North America.
YardFlex.com obtained a copy of a letter from a frustrated fan called Rob Council who wrote that: "...I am one of many who are frustrated that Buju's show was cancelled in our town of Bloomington Indiana. I have had many a heated discussion with my gay and straight friends about this matter. And I understand their need to feel safe. But think of all the people put there who are actually out there hurting people for sick reasons. Think of all the horrible things going on in our world. One man's words are but a drip in the bucket of f---d up things going on.
Buju wrote a song about an opinion of his, I don't personally agree with it. But it is the man's opinion. It shouldn't be a reason to not let him perform. It's like calling all people who listen to him "fag bashers" the same way people like to say that all folks that listen to electronic music are drug users or saying that anyone who listens to punk is a racist skinhead and so on and so on. By cancelling the show we are oppressing our most important freedom. That's the freedom of speech."
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
A Buju Banton concert in the town of Bloomington,Indiana was cancelled last week as gay rights activists in that town launched an aggressive campaign to stop the reggae superstar from performing at a
Banton's record label, Gargamel Music, Inc., expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the show. Vice President Tracii McGregor called the protests of Banton's performance "insignificant and baseless".
Members of the gay community have been dogging Banton's 'Too Bad' tour for the last few weeks. Last week, in Chicago, the Gay Liberation Network staged protests outside the House of Blues where he was set to perform.
"There were over 900 people in the venue and about nine protesters outside. So it was clear that the people wanted to come and celebrate the release of Buju's album," Ms. McGregor told YardFlex.com.
Matterhorn VS VP Records
Who owns 'Dutty Wine'?
Who really owns Dutty Wine? Supa Hype the producer, or Matterhorn the songwriter/performer. The battle over rights triggered by VP's insistence on shows once again how our industry seems to be ignoring sound business practices.
Who can blame Matterhorn? Him hot right now, him waan a big money deal from Atlantic, but if VP block it until Dutty Wine stale out, dem can just get up and go to Jamaica, and quietly get the rights to all of Tony Matterhorn's songs, and just straight go put out a 'Best of Tony Matterhorn' and him jus' dead right de so. Still, his comments about producers having to sign something with him before him voice is highly unusual. Who really have the power in the business? The producers or the artistes. The way it look to me, the producers dem ah go get a beating from all angle.
By: Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
They said it wouldn't last and finally, they were right. Whitney Houston has filed for divorce from her hubby of 14 years, Roxbury bad boy Bobby Brown.
The addled, faded songbird who stood by her man through arrests, jail time, numerous cases of reported infidelity, career setbacks, tabloid scandals and public embarrassments, has had enough, Houston’s rep Nancy Seltzer confirmed.
Seltzer declined to reveal where or when Houston filed the divorce papers and said the singer had no statement to make.
"I can just confirm that she has filed for divorce," she told the AP.
In a possibly related development, word is Brown will be back in Norfolk Probate Court later this month to again answer charges that he is not paying child support for his two kids in Stoughton, LaPrincia and Bobby Brown Jr.
"He isn't with her so the bills aren't getting paid," said Someone Who Knows. "We're all waiting to see what happens."
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By Buffulous H.B (hips n boobs)
Well, this is my first YardFlex column. Ah me dem call Buffulous, the browning with the okubit. And women, mi come fi tell yu to be careful ah some ah dem gal that yu call yu friend. Careful how yu invite some gal inna yu yard, who come roun' yu man and say dem a Christian.
Mek mi tell yu dis, bad mind, jealousy, envy, ah dat inna dem heart and dem no mean yu no good. Imagine, me know this girl, me and har go high school and her mother used to work fi a female politician, and afta me and the girl buck up back ah foreign, she pap down but mi try help her out, and mi start treat her good. She ah go school, me ah go school, any money mi get from mi man, me ge hre some, when me buy clothes, me buy her something nice too. Me treat her equal, yu hear mi Miami?
Now, everybody tun big people, and tings reach me inna life, and end up ah Hell fi something and when me hear from the shout, she ah tek mi good good man. She all breed fi him two time. TWO TIME. She send message to me when me de a jail, say she waan talk to me, but me nah pay her nuh mind. Ah only when mi hear she waan kill herself mi
By: Claude Mills
Photos By: Carlington Wilmot
There has been much speculation about last week's multi-million dollar fairytale wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Davis, especially speculation about the whopping price tag. The all-white wedding reportedly cost almost $8 million (us$120,000), and could have cost more if the guest list had not been drastically slashed from 500 to 250 guests.
Mrs. Davis refused to verify the figure that our sources revealed to us but disclosed that it cost "an undetermined sum of money".
Whatever that means.
But even as she basked in marital bliss, D'Angel took the time to thank her wedding planner, Stephanie Taylor, for "tirelessly working, and going all out to make sure that the wedding was such a resounding success".
The wedding coordinator described the wedding as "the most expensive one I've done so far," she told YardFlex.com.
However, with the pristine venue, the shuttle bus service, the luxury limos, and the super-sized bridal parties. Whaddya expect? Our checks revealed that the wedding had an unusually high price tag. We also
In this world that we live, in this place we have come to know, there are all sorts of things happening, things that even when we hear about them, we caan believe it really go so!
Dear Reader don't think I forgot I present to you Part 2 of "BABYMAMA DRAMA":
So, as I told you last month my man Two tek up dis likkle boy, and call the yute his own, yes it hurt my heart that this girl gave my man the very thing that I wanted to give him most, a perfect little baby boy, but he begged my forgiveness, admitted to me that 'So-low' was a one night stand and that he was committed to making our relationship work. I believed him, I knew he loved me despite all the bull and hey I loved him too, we were young and I decided to stick by my man. Now I'm not making excuses, other people in my situation probably would have left his ass but I'm Ms. Jackson I don't
By: Claude Mills
Photos By: Carlington Wilmot
AS GRAMMY award winner Beenie Man, platinum-selling artiste Bounty Killer, and former reggae Grammy nominee Buju Banton continue to fall under the baleful 'gay-dar' of the United Kingdom's most forceful gay rights group OutRage in a renewed campaign because they have declared that the truce has been broken.
The question on everyone's lips is: could the political pressure signal the death throes of dancehall and reggae in Europe as more concerts get cancelled? The answer? A resounding no way!
The Jamaica Federation of Musicians President Desmond Young downplayed the idea that this unrelenting gay-rights offensive could represent a significant loss in earnings for all artistes involved in reggae music.
"We're not alarmed at this development because in no way does it spell doom for the music industry. The majority of our artistes are cultural artistes, and what you must remember is that only a few dancehall artistes which the media often focuses on even mention homosexuals in their songs, and I have always believed that mentioning them so often only promotes them," Mr. Young told YardFlex.com. "It is unfortunate that this situation has
Carlington Wilmot Photos
Hanging out with Mr. Lex a.k.a The Prince in Kingston is quite an experience. We cruised with him through the Corporate Area over the weekend, listening to him vibe Busta Rhymes's 'Big Bang' CD, and talk about dancehall, his upcoming divorce and his beef with artistes such as Cobra, Bounty, Beenie and even Elephant Man.
The thugs respect him, some of them asking an oft-repeated question: 'deejay, when yu a just get vex and run the place again'. But it is the girls, oh the girls, who adore him. One thing is obvious though, the deejay is a magnet for females. They ogle him, flirt openly with him, walk up to him to ask for autographs, and slip him their numbers, before they walk away giggling. He's one of the more engaging personalities, a breath of fresh air when compared to dancehall's tired cocktail of characters. What can we say? In Jamaica, it's good to be the Prince.
However, when he's relaxed, you realize that he may be doing away with his warm-and-fuzzy image as the events in his life over the last few years have conspired to make him wary of the people he had once called his friends.
It would be safe to say he has had a epiphany, the kind that Moses himself could have been party to when he emerged from God's tent, brainburned by His inside information.
"Right now, I just want to get some things off my chest," he said. "What else dem can say about me? Mi wife gi way de tings, bad man no play dat. Dem say me do oral sex, demtry to wreck my career, they can't hurt me anymore, I am a new man," he told YardFlex.com.
By: Sean Miller/Freelance Writer
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
THEY ARE WHO THEY ARE
Mr. Lex believes that the prolonged Beenie-Bounty feud is a ruse to keep them at the top of the dancehall game by choking the rise of other artistes.
"Bounty Killer lucky say him get a hit with No Doubt, and sell platinum, but him struggle fi even sell 50,000 units by himself. But look at Beenie Man, he is the worst at being a cross over Jamaican artiste. How can you be the big man and yu caan sell 250,000 copies and yu a fight to be the king of dancehall? Is a strategy him and Bounty have, every time some other yute get the hype, dem start the war so the focus switch, and pressure de young yute dem," he reasoned.
"That's why yu may never see Busy Signal or Idonia get to that real national level because as the yute dem buss, Bounty carry dem under him wing, and claim say ah him buss dem. So no matter how hot yu get as an artiste, yu will always just be Bounty yute, Bounty's protege, to hell wid dat."
BEEFING BIG TIME
Lex lets loose on who he calls the 'co-stars in the business.
Elephant Man and Kip Rich
"Ele, the half of the hype that Elephant have, the majority of it is me do that. Me give him 500,000 in him hand cash after mi do mi tour inna 2000, Mi give Kip Rich 250,000, and the band members another 250,000, and mi live fi see Elephant get hot and ah run the place and not even look pon me. The man no real. One hand wash the other, if you do good for one, you should return the favour, and even Kip Rich, him ah de biggest wagonist inna the history of dancehall. Me ah go
A story published in the New York Post on Sunday disclosed that reggae star Tanya Stephens has sued rap diva Lil' Kim's for plagiarism.
The suit was filed in a suit filed in Manhattan federal court last week. According to the story, the suit alleges that L'il Kim flew Stephens to New York, asking her to sing on one of her albums and belting out by heart the very song she pilfered to show what a big fan she was of Stephens, according to the suit.
Stephens and her representatives from the Royalty Network were shocked when they first listened to Lil' Kim's late-2005 album, "The Naked Truth."
The writer of the article, Janon Fisher wrote that "the lyrics of Kim's track "Durty" match almost word for word with Stephens' song "Mi and Mi God" recorded in Jamaica and released in 1997, they say. Kim reached out to Stephens in 1999 and flew her up to have her sing on one of her albums. She gushed over Stephens when they met in the New York recording studio, telling her that she was a "big fan" and
Word on the street is that Jay-Z and Beyonce plan on spending $3 million on a lavish wedding slated for November.
According to these guys, the wedding is set to go down in the Caribbean island of Anguilla:
Beyonce Knowles is pulling out all the stops for her wedding. The Dreamgirls star is set to wed rap impresario Jay Z, and the lavish event will come with a $3 million price tag, according to Star magazine. The former Destiny's Child member is planning a late November wedding on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Guests will dine on $300,000 worth of caviar as well as lobster and truffles and will wash it down with $200 bottles of Dom Perignon.
I'll keep my hands crossed on this one until it's validated elsewhere. Not saying that there's no truth to it, it's just that these marriage rumors have been going on forever. You'd think that by now celeb-gossip media would have upgraded the conversation to how
"It is apparent that there is a consistent plan by some to create chaos around Beyonce's B'Day album release on Sept 5 in the US. First, it was a petition against the single, "Deja Vu", then a rumor regarding conflict between Beyonce and Rihanna, seizures caused by the "Ring the Alarm" video, putting out a single to compete with LeToya's album and now to add to all the ridiculous rumors, is my plan to postpone the release of her B'Day album. What will be next? Beyonce's cut off all her hair? Dyed it green? Maybe she's singing the songs in reverse with some hidden subliminal message!
Unfortunately what it shows is that anyone can go on the internet and create rumors and the media in some cases will pick up these stories and run with them which influence the consumer's perception.
Beyonce has sold over a 140 million records as an artist. Over half sold outside of America. 2500 responses for a petition on the internet (which really represents often the same people responding 2-3 times) go online with a petition regarding "Deja V u", and it's national news? Think about that for a minute. 140 million records sold versus 2500 responses about a
By: Claude Mills
Photos By: Carlington Wilmot
Under a gunmetal grey sky and a thick canopy of clouds, Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis and Michelle 'D'Angel' Downer got married in a lavish ceremony at Crichton Estate, St. Andrew (adjacent to Chris Blackwell's Strawberry Hill) on August 22nd. The event was attended by at least 150 guests, all clad in full-white, and featured many moments of high comedy, sweet drama and at least one unexpected surprise for all those in attendance.
The marriage ceremony got off to a late start as D'Angel, looking ravishing in a satin dress with a sweetheart neckline encrusted with swaroski crystals, was escorted down the aisle by her uncle, Loxley Downer. Beenie Man had arrived over an hour earlier, and kept guests entertained by dancing down the aisle, and giving jokes, and at one time shouted 'where is my wife?'.
The ceremony finally got underway at about 6:15 p.m., and Reverend Al Miller, who officiated the ceremony, wasted no time in injecting a level of sobriety into the proceedings by stressing the sanctity of the covenant of marriage. Nevertheless, Beenie Man ad-libbed sections of his repeated vows, provoking delighted titters from the audience. For her part, D'Angel was quite emotional, and her cheeks were often wet with tears as she recited her vows, and there was a palpable sense of love in the air, so much so that Beenie Man had to choke back the tears standing in his own eyes as he stood beside the woman who in October, will bear his son, Marco Dean.
OSAMA bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, was obsessed with the singer Whitney Houston and wanted to marry her, a new book claims.
Kola Boof, a Sudanese poet and novelist, who says she was kept against her will as the terrorism mastermind's mistress in 1996, writes in her autobiography that he wanted to give the star a mansion and make her one of his wives.
"He told me that Whitney Houston was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen," Boof claims in Diary of a Lost Girl, excerpts of which are published in Harper's magazine.
But bin Laden had less respect for Houston's husband Bobby Brown, apparently talking about the possibility of having him killed.
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
A surprise move by the wedding planners behind the Moses Davis-Michelle Downer wedding threw friends, family and media a wicked curve ball over the weekend when they announced that the venue for the event had been changed, and that the guest list had been radically slashed in half.
An email was circulated to previously invited friends and well-wishers which declared that "due to the mad media around the upcoming wedding the couple has decided to relocate the event and reduce the guest list to immediate family only therefore the previously received invitation is null and void...with apologies...".
The modus operandi for Tuesday's event will instead involve invited guests being shuttled from Jamaica College to an as-yet-undisclosed location for the event. The shuttles begin leaving the Hope Road school at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
The celebrity couple's wedding has generated lots of interest over the past few months because of the personalities and stakes involved, and the media coverage has been especially manic given that the couple is already expecting a child in October later this year.
On Billboard's Hot 100 chart, Sean Paul scores his sixth top 10 hit as When You Gonna Give It Up To Me hops from 12 to 7. Moving to the R&B singles chart Sean Paul bullets from 11 to 6, while Cham inches from 40 to 37.
Beenie Man's Hmm Hmm skyrockets from 61 to 49, and Tony Matterhorn's Dutty Wine steps up from 42 to 40. Its Okay (One Blood) by rapper the Game, featuring Junior Reid, moves from 80 to 76.
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Aug. 1, 2006: Four Caribbean-born artists are among the list of high profile nominees competing for this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
Those making the cut in the list announced yesterday are Jamaican-born Sean Paul, Barbados' Rihanna, Puerto Rico's Daddy Yankee and Haiti's Wyclef Jean.
Jean along with Columbian hottie Shakira, topped with seven nominations for the infectious single, 'Hips Don't Lie.' The duo was nominated in the Video of the Year category, as well as for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Dance Video, Best Art Direction In A Video, Best Choreography In A Video and the Viewer's Choice award.
Paul received two nominations for his 'Temperature,' in the Best Dance Video and Best Choreography In A Video categories while Rihanna was nominated in the Best New Artist in a Video category as well as for the Viewer's Choice award for her 'S.O.S.'
Paul faces tough competition from the likes of Christina Aguilera, Madonna, the Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland and of course Jean and Shakira. While Rihanna is going up against the likes of not just Jean and Shakira but Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown and James Blunt among others.
By: Claude Mills
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot
D'Angel revealed that her first biological child will indeed be a "Beenie boy".
"We're just excited about the whole pregnancy, and we just recently found out that it's going to be a boy!" she said, excitedly.
"People already want to pay us millions for exclusive pictures of the baby, some have said that they want some exclusive photo shoots and interviews with me. Some media representatives are even bidding for exclusive rights to the wedding, the baby pictures and our life story; right now, Beenie and I are trying to get everything sorted out, and select the best candidate to do it," she gushed.
"It's just like what happens with stars overseas, we're getting the same kind of energy that Brad and Angelina got, and it's overwhelming how so many people are interested in us and this, our first child together," she told YardFlex.Com.
By: Jigga Mattic
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
Grammy-award winning deejay Beenie Man has parted ways with his backing band, Ruff Kut, just three days before his performance on this year's International Night of Reggae Sunsplash 2006.
Speaking by phone from Trinidad today, Beenie Man told YardFlex.Com that on Tuesday, August 1, he heard that the duo Twins of Twins, with whom he has had an ongoing friction in recent months, was rehearsing at the Shocking Vibes studio with the backing band, Ruff Kut. Angered by this development, he went to the studio and declared that the Twins of Twins should leave, but manager Patrick Roberts and the Ruff Kut band insisted instead that the duo stay and rehearse. The situation soon spiralled out of control.
"Right now, mi fire everybody," Beenie Man declared.
"Twins of Twins caan rehearse wid my band, inna my place, dem nah back me again, 'cause even dem waan diss me too 'cause dem say if me disrespect Twins and tell dem fi leave, dem (Ruff Kut) ah go leave too. Me ah big man, mi nah tek no disrespect from dem either. The world know say the Twins no like me, so how dem fi waan let dem through my gate, there's no need fi dem to be in my place, but even Patrick (Roberts) tek dem side inna it, so mi get vex, man," Beenie explained.
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has launched a new task force to investigate the unsolved 1997 killing of rap star Notorious BIG.
The new investigation comes in the face of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by BIG's mother Voletta Wallace and other relatives, who claim that rogue police officers were involved in the killing, the Los Angeles Times said.
Evidence discovered by the new task force could help the city in its argument against the family's claims.
An initial lawsuit filed by the Wallace family ended in a mistrial in July of 2005 after just three days of testimony when an anonymous tip led to the discovery that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a prison informant linking the killing to former officers David Mack and Rafael Perez.
Details of Jennifer Lopez's night in jail are to be revealed for the first time in a new book written by one of the cops on duty the night she and then-lover P DIDDY were arrested. In his expose, NOTORIOUS C.O.P: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE TUPAC, BIGGIE AND JAM MASTER JAY INVESTIGATIONS FROM THE HIP-HOP COP, DERRICK PARKER recalls Lopez sobbing as she was handcuffed to her cell door.
Lopez and rap mogul Diddy, real name SEAN COMBS, were arrested as they attempted to flee from a New York nightclub after a shooting incident in 1999.
Lopez, who has always maintained she had nothing to do with the incident and has never been charged, seemed "traumatised" by her first night behind bars, according to Parker. He tells US tabloid the National Enquirer, "The cops had her handcuffed roughly to the top of the cell cage. (She was) still in her little club outfit, a long pink coat with fur on the collar.
"J.Lo was crying and upset - her agitation exacerbated by the fact that her arms had been locked upright in an uncomfortable position for at least an hour... (She was) breaking down."
By: Jigga Mattic
Celebrity guest list? Fireworks? Manic media coverage? Major security presence? You know it must be a celebrity wedding. And unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, you will already know that Beenie Man and D'Angel's glamorous nuptials will be held in August this year, and on Beenie's brithday as well.
YardFlex.Com has learned that the plans for the August 22nd affair are far advanced, but the location will be kept secret until only a few days before the date.
"Everything's going according to plan. We're not planning on doing the wedding at the UWI Chapel, and in fact, only those who are going to get invited will know where exactly the wedding is going to be held because it is not something I wanna disclose right now. What I want the public to know is that D'Angel is a die-hearted entertainer, and whether pregnant or not, I am going to fulfil my dreams. I am happy, comfortable and looking for the best for the future."
NEW YORK (July 24, 2006) - Rihanna is about to be pretty "happy."
As her song, "Unfaithful," continues its Top 10 reign on the pop and digital charts, Def Jam recording artist Rihanna's second album, "A Girl Like Me," turns the corner past RIAA platinum for U.S. sales in excess of 1 million units.
At the same time, it has been announced that Rihanna has been chosen to represent Clinique's "Happy" fragrance in a new campaign to begin in December.
Rihanna's fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo (who co-wrote "Unfaithful") has been commissioned to compose an original song, "Just Be Happy," to be recorded by Rihanna says Clinique, "expresses the spirit of happiness in music much the same way Clinique Happy does in fragrance."
Celebrating her success, Rihanna will be seen on a trifecta of television appearances Tuesday, starting with a performance of "Unfaithful" on ABC's The View, followed by a performance of "S.O.S." and "Kisses Don't Lie" on the ABC daytime drama All My Children.
ATLANTA -- Janet Jackson says finding love with longtime boyfriend and producer Jermaine Dupri gave her a new perspective on life while recording her new album.
"I always wanted to find love," she said. "Now, that I found love, I'm in a different space now.
"Jermaine is drama-free," the 40-year-old singer said at news conference Friday to promote the upcoming album, "20 Years Old." "He's a very giving person. The challenges have been all joy working with Jermaine."
Dupri produced a few tracks on the album, which is set for release on Sept. 26. Longtime collaborators Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis pitched in as well.
By Bernie Woodall
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forty minutes into her reign as Miss Universe, Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza collapsed during a post-pageant news conference and was rushed offstage on Sunday night.
Pageant officials immediately said the lithe 5-foot-9 18-year-old was all right and had fainted.
"She's OK. She's fine," pageant representative Lark Anton told Reuters. "She got dizzy. Its very hot up here. Her dress is tight - as you could see it was beaded and heavy. She passed out."
Anton said Mendoza "had plenty to eat today," when pressed for the beauty queen's condition before she fainted at the centre of the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, where she had become the 55th Miss Universe before an international television audience less than an hour earlier.
Mendoza attended the pageant's Coronation Ball after recovering from her collapse, according to guests including Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organisation. "Yes, she's fine," Trump said as he left.
Archrivals Bounty Killer and Beenie Man dragged their ongoing 'war of words' deeper into the bowels of bad taste during Stormfront at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay on Thursday night.
Not content with belittling each other, they have descended into that most foul of preoccupations -- talking about each other's mothers.
BK hit the stage at about 3:30 a.m sporting a black blazer with the words 'cross, angry, miserable' emblazoned across it, and a pair of black pants. BK then intimated that Beenie Man had previously disrespected 'Ms Ivy' (Bounty's mother) and proceeded to announce to the 8,000 strong crowd that Beenie's mother "ah live inna one house that ah leak".
Killer asked: "Who ah the biggest gyal clown inna Jamaica? After me dash weh ole rubbish oonu go back go pick it up like janitor."
This reference was in relation to Beenie Man's upcoming marriage to D'Angel, who had been in a previous relationship with Bounty Killer for the past seven years.
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Name: Nicole 'Passion' Weller
Date of birth: April 1, 1981
Qualities looking for in a man: honest, caring and a good personality.
Pet Peeve: I hate men who tell lies and are pretentious.
Although she was born on April Fools Day, this sassy spunky 25 year-old actress is nobody's fool. With a body to die for and a wit and intelligence to match, 'Passion' has been busy inflaming the hearts and groins of legions of male dancehall fans across Jamaica with her feline moves in videos.
She played the mute dancer on Royal Palm Estate, chowed down on live lizards in last year's reality show, 'Golden Nuggets' (she placed third), and later, landed a minor role in the indie film, 'Glory to Gloriana'. She has also racked up credits in music videos such as Tanto Metro and Devonte's 'Good Times, Bad Times' and MJ and Beenie Man's 'Get Loose'.
She also has a killer sense of humour as demonstrated on the set of the Leftside and Esco medley project when her wig fell off right in the middle of a dancing scene. She burst out in gales of wild feminine laughter, and even rolled around on the ground before she was able to finally compose herself.
Voice Mail Signs With bmobile, Album Goes Gold in Japan
Jamaica's hottest male vocal group Voice Mail has mined gold in Japan with shipments of over 100,000 copies of its debut album Hey. The album which features production work from a plethora of Jamaica's top music producers including Robert Livingston, Christopher Birch, and Donovan Bennett, has been visible on the major music charts in Japan over the past few months.
The success of the album comes as good news for the group, which has been making strides within the past two years with a handful of dance oriented hits on the Jamaican and international reggae charts.
'We are happy the way things have been moving and we are just thankful for the support from our fans, the media and our friends', group member O'Neil said.
NINJAMAN AND HIS 'RUNAWAY' BRIDE
By: Claude Mills
Carlington Wilmot Photo
In the world of dancehall these days, it seems everybody's going to the chapel. YardFlex has just learned that Desmond 'Don Gorgon' Ballentyne is planning to tie the knot next Saturday with Wendy Brown, a woman he has called the "love of his life", in a special VIP invitation-only event at Beaches Boscobel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann on July 22nd .
"I am getting married, I am in love, me is a loving yute, Wendy is the one for me, ah just so it look and so it seem. Mi love her completely," Ninjaman said.
This is not the Don Gorgon's first time down the aisle, but the first ended in divorce three months later. However, the approaching marriage may well be in jeopardy before the walk down the aisle because the bride-to-be is getting jittery, and if you listen to her friends and family, she has all right to be.
Wendy Brown is the sister of his babymother, Keisha, with whom he has fathered a six year-old son, a fact that has set off a firestorm of criticism in the parish of St. Ann. The impending marriage has apparently driven a rift between the sisters, and the Brown family is reeling. In an exclusive interview with YardFlex.com, Wendy explained her feelings and her relationship with Ninjaman.
"Ninjaman and I had been friends for years, but a year ago fell in love," Ms. Brown, 34, said. "It's all very difficult, I have lost my family, the only sister who I love, and now I am about to lose my children, because my family is raging about. He is a nice person, and a good person, it's really rocking me, the world is against us but I am so much in love."
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Yo, the rock is percolating with lots of crazy stuff. Starting this Thursday, and every Thursday after this, we start a new feature called 'What's Cracking' with our favourite juvenile delinquent Jigga Mattic who has just returned from vacation. He's well-rested and dying to give you the inside skinny on what's cracking on the Rock.
ALICIA KEYES IS IN JAMAICA!
Grammy award winning singer Alicia Keyes has been in the island for the past two days to shoot scenes for a video for the remix of the single, 'Ghetto Story Part Two' with Baby Cham. She reportedly stayed at the Courtleigh Hotel, and on Monday, went to Sherlock to shoot scenes in front of Baby Cham's house. A big-name politician who we cannot name here came to even get autographs for his kids. Sharon Burke of Solid Agency was also spotted at the location.
It's started again. Pressure from gay rights groups led to the cancellation of concerts in Brighton, and Bournemouth this week of reggae dancehall stars Beenie Man and Buju Banton.
This is the umpteenth time that this 14-year war of words between gay rights groups and Jamaican "dancehall" performers has erupte again.
The gay rights campaigners accuse several artists of reneging on an agreement last year to stop using - and justifying - their gay bashing songs.
Banton, whose 1992 song Boom Bye Bye, helped to ignite the controversy, had been due to perform on Wednesday night at a club in Brighton's gay district.
Well-known entertainment writer Kevin Jackson disclosed to YardFlex.Com over the weekend that Academy award winning actor and award winning singer Jamie Foxx had denied reports that he will be playing reggae icon Bob Marley in a film, as was reported in the press a few weeks ago. The interview was done on the red carpet at the recently held BET Awards.
The following is an excerpt from KJ's report from L.A, California
In an interview with this writer on the red carpet at the recently held BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, Foxx said that contrary to what had been reported in the press, he will not be playing Marley in any film.
"No, I will not be playing Bob Marley. What happened is I ran into one of his sons at a club the other day and that was about it," Foxx explained.
Billboard-topping producer Rohan 'Sno Cone' Fuller has officially cut all management ties with Shane-O, the artiste who scored a local number one hit, 'Lightning Flash' on Cone's Applause rhythm last year, saying that the young artiste has become 'unmanageable'.
"Him nah tek no talk from nobody. In a little way, I saw it coming, he started to move hype, he stopped coming around me, especially after he stopped going to school in January, and he knows that I don't uphold with these things. How can you stop going to school
the year you're going to graduate?" Cone who says that
he thought of Shane-O as a son said.
Shane-O was signed to a four year deal with Sno Cone, but Cone is thinking about cutting him loose.
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
Finally. The date for perhaps the celebrity wedding of the year between dancehall maestro Beenie Man and model-turned deejay D'Angel will be on August 22nd this year -- a date that bears added significance since it coincides with Beenie Man's birthday.
"We're going to get married on August 22nd, but we're not ready to disclose the location yet because we don't want too many people showing up un-announced, or un-invited at the event. It's going to be an all-white wedding and yes, celebrities will be there, maybe even some of those artistes who will be performing at Summer Sizzle which is only a few days later," D'Angel told YardFlex.Com last night.
"With the wedding being held on my birthday, this way, at least I won't forget our anniversary," Beenie Man quipped.
D'Angel is already four months pregnant with her first child, and reportedly Beenie Man's seventh.
(June 6, 2006 - New York, NY) A GIRL LIKE ME, the brand new second album by Def Jam recording artist Rihanna, featuring the back-to-back Top 10 singles "S.O.S." and "Unfaithful," has catapulted past RIAA gold for U.S. sales in excess of 500,000 units.
The news opens up a busy week for the beautiful young Barbados native, who will be a special guest host for MTV on the Red Carpet during the Pre-Show for the MTV Movie Awards airing Thursday, June 8th. Later that evening, Rihanna will perform "Unfaithful" on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Rihanna is also confirmed to perform three songs on July 21st for NBC's Today Show outdoor summer concert series.
Both of Rihanna's singles continue to hold strong this week inside the Top 10 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Monitor, with "S.O.S." at #4 and "Unfaithful" at #9. "S.O.S." has logged more than 600,000 iTunes downloads to date since its release and "Unfaithful" (co-written by Def Jam label mate Ne-Yo and produced by Stargate) has logged over 200,000 scans. To date, "S.O.S." has sold over 400,000 ringtones.
Shortman from the Fras Crew has made claims that Ding Dong is trying to rip off his 'Surf' dance that he built for a song done by Shifter on the 'Wipeout' riddim. However, it is a claim that Ding Dong, who originated the Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up dance, denies because he says that
"One of the members of the Fras Crew go ah Gabba Sundays a few weeks ago and he said that DJ Whiteman announced that Ding Dong have a new dance called 'Surf', but Surf is a dance that me build a Foota Hype Birthday Bash seven weeks ago when I heard Shifter's song. So from that Gabba Sunday, me see him couple times and him no do the dance, but mi hear say him do it at other places when me not there, but is my dance, how him fi try tek it," Shortman told YardFlex.com.
"Me ah the only one wid a rubber surf body board and me carry it everywhere me go, so him fi just leave my dance alone."
By Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
Queens, New York:
Beenie Man was threatened by thugs at the end of the sixth annual Celebrity Soccer Match at the Roy Wilkins park in New York tonight on Memorial Day, May 29th.
"Some 90s man say dem get a phone call from a certain artiste say mi teeth fi get lick out because of the lyrics mi deejay at a stage show in Miami last night. Mi tell the man who come to me the name of the hotel that I am staying in, and give dem mi room number and tell him say him can come check me cause me nuh know where this ah come from, look how much time him diss me and the one time mi do a lyrics weh diss him, look what him waan to bring to me," Beenie Man told YardFlex.Com just minutes after the incident happened.
The stage show Beenie Man was referring to was the Memorial Fest that was held in Miami and where Bounty Killer and Beenie exchanged heated barbs directed at each other. Because of the damaging nature of the insults, we are unable to repeat them on this website, but the ongoing feud between the two archrivals has set the dancehall world on edge yet again. We will have more on this story as it breaks on YardFlex.Com reporting from Queens, New York.
May 25, 2006 Kingston, Jamaica—On Saturday June 10th, world renowned authentic reggae clothing brand Cooyah, will host its second celebration of Jamaican culture and entertainment, with the stylish and star studded Cooyah XL 2006 at Morgan's Harbour, Port Royal, Jamaica.
Last year the highly lauded Cooyah XL extravaganza was described by Trace magazine as, "a five-star party in the rainforest of Kingston...which took party patrons to the dizziest heights in fashion entertainment."
Promising to outdo itself this year, the ultimate ultra all inclusive Cooyah XL event will feature celebrities such as, Rapper Mike Jones, UPN Half & Half's Lamon Rucker, and many more to be confirmed. At midnight super models and international celebrities will strut the moonlight runway featuring the latest from the Cooyah collection. Spinning the best in party music will be Upsteper China’s leading selector, Ed Lover from NY's Power 105, Kirk Riley, Renaissance, Coppershot, Walshire Killer and Razz & Biggy.
Regarded universally as the original Jamaican roots wear, Cooyah has represented reggae artistes by designing promotional clothing and has marketed original designs that reflect Jamaica's cultural heritage since its founding in 1987.
Relax, it's only a statue...
MTV NEWS: A statue of Britney Spears in the buff has prompted floods of complaints.
The statue, entitled 'Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston' is due to be unveiled at the Capla Kesting gallery in New York next month.
Pro and anti-abortionists have got their knickers in a right old twist about it - the gallery's had 3,000 complaints.
It features Britney naked on all-fours, giving birth. Gross.
We think we 'em! We think we really like 'em.
Hot rap group Dem Franchize Boyz are slated to headline the performance segment of Absolute Temptation Isle's Temptation Live stage show. This takes place on July 31 at the Long Bay Beach football field in Westmoreland. Dem Franchize Boyz have topped the Billboard Rap Singles charts with tunes including Lean With It Rock With It and I Think They Like Me.
At the launch of the 5-day Absolute Temptation Isle event earlier this week, promoter Alex Chin confirmed that the group will be taking the stage. He also hinted at the possibility of another overseas act to be added to the lineup. The five day package will be packed in with 13 events which comprise Absolute Temptation Isle's get-away package which runs from July 28 to August 1.
Jamaica's hippest phone company, Digicel, has also teamed up
up with Absolute Entertainment for the staging of the highly anticipated Absolute Temptation Isle 2006. The 'Five Days of Steaming Hot Fun' begin on July 28.
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
Sizzla's new found friendship with Damon Dash has realized a new sneaker deal.
"The sneaker deal is just for year, it's a deal with Pro Ked, only in America. On the sneaker, yu will have the Pro-Keds sign, them you have the Sizzla sign, no special colours, we just endorse it same way. It is just to promote the name still, still get a percentage off it for a year," he told YardFlex.Com.
Will you be promoting it?
"Yea, man, yu tink Sizzla nah promote? The people just want it bredrin, So is the same principle again. accept all these things, see if we can get any income from it, any progress out of it, from it good and positive, we just deal with it."
Did you have a say in the design? Will the sneaker be in rasta colours?
"We help design it, but at the same time, Prod keds is still a Pro keds, me just want to mek it hit the market and take it from there. Just market yourself, man, if you name rasta, Selassie, everyting engrave wid him name on it, I and I is just Sizzla, I want to make a Sizzla belt, and a shirt that design a way, we just want to find a company that can make it, so that the quality stitch is there, so that people will accept it in the fashion world."
By: PaPPa & RaZZi
Reunited and it feels so good. Reunited 'cause we understood...These are the words from the old Peaches and Herb classic that Mr. Lex must be crooning these days as he has reconciled with his wife of three-and-a-half years, Tossan Campbell-Palmer, former Ms. Petite Jamaica 1999.
The couple got back together again after a trial separation recently and word is that things are even better now between the two.
"Every couple has problems, every couple goes through these challenges...but ah just love, Tunya means a lot to me, she's a very important part of my life, both of us are more mature now, so yes, we're together again...respect," Mr. Lex told YardFlex.Com today.
Today is Mr. Lex's birthday, and the couple will be celebrating this festive occasion by heading to the North Coast to stay at one of the Hedonism resorts for a few days. They declined to specify which one.
"It has been seven years since we've been together, three years since we've been married and you know, how those things go, we have arguments like everybody else, and last year, he moved out...this was meant to be, we're still in love," Tossan said.
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
Aidonia told YardFlex.Com that he has not yet been
contacted by well-known 'Coolie Dance' producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell regarding management ties, yet he has been assailed by a lot of rumours that his now ex-manager has cut all ties with him.
"I have not heard from Skatta since last week Thursday when he called me and asked if I was going to come in to sign the contract or not. I told him I was doing my hair, mi soon come in, but him hang up and mi no hear nutten since then, me no hear nutten official yet about this management issue... just this one bag a negative thing, the media ah call mi phone, one bag of rugu-rugu, and me and the man no have nothing," Aidonia said.
"I was given the contract nearly two weeks ago, and mi review certain tings wid mi family because dem a represent mybest interest and nutten no wrong wid dat because after all, a contract is a compromise between managment and the artiste. And there were certain things that I never liked, so mi have to look out for myself, this is my career."
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell has cut off all management ties with deejay Aidonia, who he has managed for the past 14 months.
"Aidonia says that I cannot manage him exclusively, and he has refused to sign a contract my lawyer put together for him," Skatta told YardFlex.Com while responding to rumours that have circulated since late last week that there was once again friction in the camp.
"I still believe in him, he is a talented artiste, but he needs to know say him wrong. How can you be that ungrateful? It's not his talent alone that put him where he is right now, he is very talented, but millions were spent on promotion and development of the artiste, and he has not help up his end, loyalty is the most important thing in this business. None of the great artistes make it without a good management structure, Buju, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy, look at what they have done because they have remained loyal and true to what they are doing."
According to a press release from Gargamel Music, Inc.international Reggae star Buju Banton aka Gargamel will headline UCLA's 20th Anniversary Jazz and Reggae Festival to be held Memorial Day Weekend at the sprawling Intramural Field on the UCLA campus at the end of May.
The prestigious two-day festival features some of the most talented names in both Jazz and Reggae, and attracts over 30,000 fans each year.
The Jazz lineup on Sunday, May 28th includes such greats as Dianne Reeves, Floetry, Gerald Wilson and His Big Band Orchestra, Kenny Burrell and Donnie. Monday, May 29th boasts Jamaican music sensations Assassin, Bushman, Macka Diamond, Tami Chynn, and of course, the legendary Buju Banton who will close out the festivities with his energetic blend of dancehall and roots Reggae.
Rihanna's "SOS" Hits #1 on Billboard Hot 100, Hot Digital Songs, Pop 100, Dance/Club, Billboard Monitor, and R&R Pop Chart - With Worldwide #1 Chart Results Pouring In!!
A GIRL LIKE ME, Second Def Jam Album, Debuts At #5 On First Week Sales of 115,126 Copies
New Single "Unfaithful" Blows Onto The Charts, As Video Debuts On MTV's "TRL" - Follow-Up To #1 Video "SOS"
Rihanna builds on success of 2005's RIAA gold debut, Music Of the Sun, featuring summer crossover smash "Pon De Replay"
Def Jam recording artist Rihanna is buoyed by the top 10 debut entry of her second album, A GIRL LIKE ME (follow-up to her RIAA gold debut, Music Of the Sun), as she rides the crest of this year's biggest crossover smash, "S.O.S." - which takes over the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Pop 100, Hot Digital Songs Chart, Hot Dance Club Play Chart, and Billboard Monitor and R&R (Radio & Records) Pop charts.
'Saddle to the East' rides again.Bounty Killer has revived his signature stage show, 'Saddle to the East' which will be held in August of this year, a move that is sure to please the legions of Killa fans out there.
Kingston, Ja/New York, NY: Hailed as the 'Poor People's Governor,' Dancehall icon Bounty Killer joins forces with non-profit organization Upliftment Jamaica to revive his signature stage show Saddle to the East in support of on-going educational initiatives in St. Thomas, Jamaica's most impoverished parish. After a six-year hiatus, the highly anticipated Saddle to the East, returns on August 26th, this time at Goodyear Oval in St. Thomas, and features the ace deejay (mc) alongside his A-List dancehall and reggae brethren.
'The Five Star General' who was named "Upliftment Ambassador" at the organization's 2004 Gala, is re-launching the annual concert to raise money to support Upliftment's programs geared toward improving academic training and structure, furnish teaching materials and supplies, and re-building playgrounds in St. Thomas's under-funded schools.
It's Lykle Bit 30th b-day, and as most people would do they would celebrate it, either by having some bashment dance or with family and friends. Lykle Bit on the other hand decided to have a fundraiser to raise funds in assistance of providing tickets to the youths in the community to attend an amusement park such as wonderland, CNE, etc. The reason behind this is that most parents cannot afford to give their children a summer to remember; we all know that at the begining of the school year most teachers want to know what they did for the summer; most of them dont have an answer, now they do.
"I have local Toronto artist who have volunteered their time in support of my idea to come out and perform because they thought it is different and that it is for a good cause. I also have DJs coming out to play variety of music and Big G (www.biggonline.com radio show host) hosting the event.
By: Jigga matic
Photo By: Warlington
Quick, send a 'she-mail' to Pythagaros, the Father of Mathematics. Tell him that the number two is dead. Well, at least in Jamaica.
Here on the rock, the Arabic number two (2) has somewhat of a bad rep.
"All things are numbers," said Pythagoras who laid the cornerstone of scientific geometry. However, Jamaicans have taken this idea a bit too far to the extent that the number two has become the victim of nasty smear campaign, perpetrated by the Cash Pot, Bingo and Drop Hand games that Jamaicans have played for decades.
Here, the number two has all sorts of terrible connotations and has become a euphemism to suggest homosexuality, immoral men, or suspected gaydom, and in the Cashpot game, 'small fire'. As such, most artistes, producers and managers have summarily banned the word, and now use word twice instead.
There were media reports recently that rapper Snoop Dogg had been arrested after a disturbance at Heathrow airport. The US star was detained by police when a row broke out after his 30-strong entourage was refused entry to the British Airways first-class lounge at the airport's Terminal 1.
His party was then alleged to have moved to a duty-free shop where it was said they threw bottles of whisky to the floor and argued with staff. Police were called to the airport and were escorting the group away from the scene when a further disturbance broke out, Scotland Yard said.
ZIP FM and IRIE FM have banned Chuck Fender's uptempo hit, 'Gash Dem' on recommendations made by the Broadcasting Commission. According to electronic mass media regulations in Jamaica, the commission itself does not ban any specific recordings or programmes, but they can make recommendations, and it appears that both IRIE and ZIP concur with their assessment of the song.
It is unclear whether other stations will follow suit.
The lyrics mirror the love of Jamaican artistes for the 'incendiary' with calls to 'burn' out negative elements that plague the society.
AFTER SUFFERING a major disappointment when he first tried to make an album, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo decided to drop the 'singer' off his resume and just focus on being a songwriter. And he was so successful, writing the smash Let Me Love You for Mario last year, that for a while he was prepared to live out his artistic dreams out of the spotlight.
But executives at Def Jam Records had other ideas once they got to listen to some of Ne-Yo's music. He was signed to a record deal and the result, his album In My Own Words, arrived last month. It debuted at the top of the charts, thanks in part to the sizzling success of the album's No. 1 single, So Sick.
The 23-year-old recently sat down with The Associated Press and discussed what it's been like to focus once again on the singer part of his resume.
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
Sizzla Kalonji may be leaving the Island Def Jam Music Group because he is not pleased with the promotion and marketing push of the album he has been working on for the past few months.
"Def Jam dem nah push it out certain way, so I and I ah observe them still, but I plan to withdraw this album...take back my master. Once we see the light and way we can utilize it, we can get the good out of anything, so the work will continue," he told YardFlex.Com.
Sizzla had not been officially signed to Def Jam, but was reportedly shopping for a deal with the big record label after big wigs at the label had expressed interest in his sensational sound.
Are you surprised that the executives, including Def Jam President Jay Z are not showing more interest in your album?
"Mi caan surprise, yu fi jus know say we ah warrior, and once we can get a medium through which we can express ourselves, things like that, that's what we're gonna do, you know what I mean," eh said.
"We exist long time, we enterprise by ourselves long time. We will survive. Once we can unite, and do the works, I am for that, and if you have those who have the authority caan do it, just do your thing, ah money we come fi look," he told YardFlex.
The 'any icon weh killa next icon' argument got deeper over this weekend when the comedic duo, Twins of Twins, accused selector Richie Feelings of being the one who uttered the inflammatory statement.
"Ah Richie Feelings say that any icon weh kill another icon fi get bullet, anno we," Patrick Gaynor, of the duo, Twins of Twins, told YardFlex.Com.
"We nah put nutten out de that is not out there already, artiste fi be intelligent, look pon Lexxus, him neva have no great problem wid our CD, the argument that we come up wid (one pertaining to oral sex), him never really want it come up again, but it did already out de, ah just comment we ah comment pon it," Patrick Gaynor said.
What's shakin guys, so lets see, where are we? finally shot my video. mark klasfeld is dope and I look outrageous (my new word). Its for my song of course "bossy" too short is on it. the ultimate O.G and he's doin his thing. U should be seein me any day now as I'm officially bossed up.
Hmmm what else can I share with u fine people.... oh between just us of course I cut off all my hair folks. I chopped it off in the first scene of my video and for all haters naysayers and just plane fools it was no weave, wig or lace front or extensions it was the hair the good Lord provided me with for all these years and I feel again absolutely outrageous....its my tribute to "salt n pepa" but year 2010ish.... u know asymmetrical kinda style... I luv it... its cute my mom says I look jus like her now ( she's rockin a cute short 'do also).
And people I gotta tell u the breeze on my neck feels fantastic. Also I shot my album cover with marcus klinko who did my album cover for "tasty". As I said before I changed my album title to "kelis was here" so me n my friend who's "one of the kids" if u know what I mean came up with this cute idea of me all over the world, shot kinda like helmut newton style who I luv.
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Warlington
Henry K, the manager of the duo, Twins of Twins, has categorically denied that the Twins of Twins had said 'any icon weh kill a next icon fi get bullet' on their new CD, 'Stir It Up, Vol. Sicks' which was launched a few weeks ago.
"The song that Beenie is referring to is "From the Same Places" and nowhere on that track does Twins of Twins say that. They respect Beenie, and they would never say anything like that which would paint him in a negative light, especially since they know how delicate the situation is," he told YardFlex.Com over the weekend.
"On the track, they are merely commenting on the similarities between the Tupac-Biggie thing, and the rivalries in dancehall. These guys come from the same places and the system sets them up in opposition against each other, that's what they're talking about...the system."
By: Claude Mills
Photo By: Carlington Wilmot
D'Angel, whose monster hit, 'Downtown Girl' dominated local charts last year, will be taking a sabbatical from all stage shows for the next five months because of her two-month old pregnancy.
"After my baby, I will be right back, I am not taking an extended break. Right now, I am recording my album, I already did my collaborations for 'Undisputed', and I have a couple of videos to do soon, and in the meantime, I'll still be recording songs in the studio, just no shows for now," she told YardFlex.Com.
Asked if things were moving a bit fast for her, she responded:
"I am just grateful for this blessing, this is the first time that's I’ve got pregnant, and it's a blessing, all love, and I am just praying and asking God to carry me through it, He knows best...everything is happening, and it is moving fast, but I prayed to find somebody like Moses, someone who loves me completely...it is God's will."
By: Jigga Mattic
Photo By Carlington Wilmot
Deejay Beenie Man is ticked off at the Twins of Twins for comments the comedians made on their new CD, 'Stir It Up, Vol. Sicks' which was launched a few weeks ago.
"I was there listening to them CD, and mi a ded with laugh ova wha dem a say 'bout me and D'Angel, and den dem come in wid some eediat ting 'bout 'any icon weh kill a next icon fi get bullet'. How that drop in? That is a serious argument, dem a try set me up, mi no like it rasta and anywhere me see dem, mi a go rush dem wid stone and bottle. Mi a go page dem wicked, who dem tink dem is? Dem is comedian, me is a deejay, dem caan war wid me, mi vex, and anywhere me see dem, mi a go rush dem...ah de so mi ting de right now," Beenie Man told YardFlex.Com yesterday.
"How dem fi diss the pattern when me even defend dem when Blacka did waa rush them ova mi stage show ah Waterhouse? How de 'icon fi get bullet' ting drop in? Me no have nutten fi do wid Bogle death!" he declared angrily.
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