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asafa-and-kaci.jpgFrom New York to New Zealand there's probably at least one Jamaican everywhere on the globe at any given point in time.

Well, two of yard's most recognisable faces brought some Jamaican sunshine to chilly Philadelphia. Kaci Fennell and Asafa Powell linked up for an appearance on Fox News, where the duo spoke about the upcoming Penn Relays.

"?#?Yaadies? link up in Philadelphia, for Fox News and talking about the ?#?PennRelays? that are coming up," the reigning Miss Universe captioned a photo of the two of them on social media.

Asafa also took to social media to announce the yardie link up.

"Just did a great interview with Alex and Mike and Kaci Fennell on @fox29 #teamjamaica Penn Relays #gooddayphilly #myfox29philly," said the track star on Instagram.

Asafa is back on the team representing Jamaica at the Penn Relays this year.


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Assasin - Jamaican people Stress (JPS)

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Irie FM celebrates Peter Tosh

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Peter Tosh

In celebration of Reggae month IRIE FM will hit the road again to pay homage to the legendary Peter Tosh

On Feb 27 IRIE FM will have a special outside broadcast at the Peter Tosh Museum in Bluefield, Westmorland

The media house will celebrate Peter Tosh life, work and legacy from 6 AM to 2 PM with the Running African show with Andrea Williams and Sunday Sunshine with Big A.

The IRE FM's broadcast will feature nyabinghi drummers, live performances and much more.

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The return of Fantan Mojah

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Reggae artiste Fantan Mojah is adamant that he will return to his place in reggae music as an educator and cultural ambassador for the youth.
He is gearing up to educate and entertain patrons, who will witness his upcoming performances at the Follow Di Arrow and Spring Break stage shows, and said he plans

to please the crowd with informative, educating and entertaining pieces which will remind and encourage the crowd to keep in tune with their cultural heritage.
"My music is all about upliftment and inspiring people to do right so we just ago bring it to the people on the shows," he told The Gleaner.
As an aside, the artiste, known for hits such as Hail Di King, Mama Hungry and Stronger, is among several artistes who have chimed in on the 'skin-bleaching' debate.
"Wi give thanks for the blackness on the earth, and wi give thanks for the persons dem who proud of them skin because yuh have a lot of persons in this current generation that changing them skin colour. Mi proud of my colour," said Fantan Mojah.
"All some man weh call themself shotta an dem a bleach out dem skin colour di most," he added.
He maintained, however, that he does not have a colour prejudice. He simply believes that if Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and other musical greats could accept themselves for the way they were, then he should too.

Colin Levy takes a Lover’s Holiday

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Toronto, ON – Reggae singer Colin Levy is in Toronto to release his new single, Lover's Holiday on Sunday December 19th 2010 to media, fans, friends, and family at the Annex Wreck Room in the heart of the city.
Joining Colin for his Lover's Holiday, CD Single Launch and Showcase is a star-studded line-up including Nana McLean, Lenn Hammond, Chrisinti, and Geoffrey Star.
All seasoned performers, this barrage of talent is guaranteed to rock the Wreck Room for an unforgettable Sunday night jam. Doors open 6PM, Show time is 8PM Sharp.
Tickets are: $20 in advance ∙ $25 at the door ∙ VIP $35
Colin Levy is a JUNO nominated singer and multiple Canadian Reggae Music Award winner. A talented songwriter and producer, he is ready to share the first single, Lover's Holiday from his upcoming album, Unleashed (2011).
Prepared to demonstrate his growth as a vocalist and an artist, Colin Levy has summoned some of the finest musicians residing in Canada to accompany him and this all-star cast. Nana McLean’s roots in reggae music run deep and she has graced stages from Toronto to Abidjan.

A stellar performer, McLean's powerful vocals pierce the heart and soul. Like her comrades Levy and Hammond, she is a multiple award winner.
Lenn Hammond has been dubbed the "crown piper of raw soul". Currently promoting his 2nd album, RAW SOUL in Canada fans have a rare opportunity to get a taste of some raw, reggae soul and to hear tracks from the album, including the #1 hit 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart'.
Part of the Kings of Kings family, Geoffrey Star and Chrisinti offer their melodic voices to seal up this musically rich line-up. No strangers to Toronto reggae aficionados, Chrisinti and Geoffrey Star return to present new material to win over new fans, and appease with familiar hits like My Sunshine, No More Rain, and Oh Shiela by Chrisinti; Sorry, Picture Me and You, and Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking, from Geoffrey Star.

Red Bull to open studio in JA in February

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2011 will be a good year for the popular energy drink Red Bull as construction on its modern $25 million recording studio and loft in Kingston should be complete.

The Haining Road-based studio should open in February and will be a very modern and environmentally friendly facility, according to Wisynco, local distributors for Red Bull, which will operate the studio on behalf of the label.

Wisynco is lamenting the fact that something like this has never been done in Jamaica especially providing such an opportunity for young artistes.

The studio will not rent studio time but offer it to artiste on an invitation basis for free.

Additionally, it will also set up collaborations with international artistes in some cases.

Red Bull already operates an international label and the studio in Jamaica follows sister studios in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The local studio will boost a modern design that utilises natural lighting and offers a full range recording capabilities with state of the art equipment.

West Kingston incursion recreated using music

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Jamaican classical composer Peter Ashbourne reconstructed May's Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston incursion at a recent International Chamber Music soiree recently.

Mr. Asbourne used instruments to create music that replaced the sounds of violence using musicians from Jamaica, Japan, Colombia, Israel and many other countries.

Although the music and the performances by the soloist became more mournful with each interpretation, the audience was captivated by the story being told.

The compositions were written and dedicated to persons who died in May 2010 in Tivoli.

The concert was organised by Music Unites! — Jamaica Arts Endowment Fund and the International Proxy Parents.

Kartel mix tape for December release

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The latest offering from deejay Vybz Kartel, Clarks: De Mixtape Raw is slated to hit iTunes and other digital outlets on Friday, December 10th. It will be released by Tads Records.

Starting off the year with the release of Pon Di Gaza 2.0, Vybz Kartel's successful double album that was released in February, Tads is looking to cap off 2010 with an EP of singles from Kartel's catalogue of radio favourites from 2010, including Clarks — the ode to the British shoe giant that has become a staple in Hip Hop and Dancehall fashion with styles such as Wallabees and Desert Boots.

Clarks remained among the top three Reggae singles garnering the most radio airplay overseas for nearly 35 weeks.
Other singles on Clarks: De Mixtape Raw include the popular street zinger Touch a Button, Turn and Whine, Cake Soap, Better Can Wuk, and the recently released Dancehall Hero. The EP also features Clarks Again and Wear Weh You Have (Clarks 3), his two follow up songs to Clarks - collectively known as the Clarks Trilogy.

Chino drops singles

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Chino, has released a cluster of new singles ahead of his March 2011 US album.The artiste who has been busy in the studio, occupied doing interviews and engaged with local and international performances says, pulling a balancing act has been difficult but necessary.

Among his new singles are: Good Ole Days on ZJ Chrome's Dancehall Efx Riddim, Grapevine on Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor's Championship Riddim, No Stylin' on the Smoking Riddim, Number one on the Street Swag Riddim, Tek Whe Gal on the Winnings Riddim and more.

"As an artiste I always try to remember that Jamaica isn't equivalent to the world, so I'm always recording and trying new things. Each market and country attracts a different vibe, so I try to make my catalogue as extensive as possible, but still very well put together," said Chino who was recently labelled as an artiste to watch by the Barbados Advocate's youth paper, HELLO! Magazine.

Chino's upcoming album will be distributed through the VP Records label.

Chevelle Franklyn going to 'The Experience' in Lagos


International gospel artiste and Minister, Chevelle Franklyn is preparing for her annual trip to Lagos, Nigeria to minister at one of the largest gospel concerts in the world.

This would be Chevelle's third consecutive year at the event called 'The Experience'.

Known as the largest musical concert in Africa, it is an inter-denominational gospel concert featuring swell-known musical talents.

Chevelle holds a special love for Africa "The Pleasant Land" and enjoys the diversity of the culture, the gifts and talents of the people and their intense passion and love for the Lord.

Chevelle considers Africa her second home.

No clashes at Sting 2010

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Isaiah Laing, the promoter of Sting, has indicated that the 2010 staging of the show will shift from the traditional format, where clashes would be the predominant factor.

Sting is known for its many memorable clashes, but this year, Laing said the show will be built on unity.

“There will be no clash, this year but there might be a powerful collab,” he said.

There are lots of surprises in store for the fans of the event but this will not be divulged until the media launch on November 23.

This year artistes will be performing under six segments: The Thirteen Bad Girls of Sting featuring Cecile, Pamputae and Lisa Hyper; a comedy hour with Tanto Blacks and Twins of Twins, spotlight, disc jocks, starlight and the Thirteen Warriors of Sting.

Sting all about unity this year

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Isaiah Laing, the promoter of Sting, has indicated that the 2010 staging of the show will shift from the traditional format, where clashes would be the predominant factor.

Sting is known for its many memorable clashes, but this year, Laing said the show will be built on unity.

“There will be no clash, this year but there might be a powerful collab,” he said.

There are lots of surprises in store for the fans of the event but this will not be divulged until the media launch on November 23.

This year artistes will be performing under six segments: The Thirteen Bad Girls of Sting featuring Cecile, Pamputae and Lisa Hyper; a comedy hour with Tanto Blacks and Twins of Twins, spotlight, disc jocks, starlight and the Thirteen Warriors of Sting.

Grace Silvera has completed her interim posting with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), but Red Stripe Jamaica says she will not be taking up her old job with the beer company.

The disclosure came in a joint release commending Silvera for the work she did as executive director of the JCDC.

"After a 15-year career marked by significant achievements in interna-tional marketing and communications with Red Stripe, I thank Grace Silvera for her tremendous contribution to the business," said Alan Barnes, managing director of Red Stripe.

"I've really enjoyed my year of serving Jamaica. I thank everyone at the JCDC, Red Stripe and Diageo, for making this possibility a reality. I will remain a lifetime ambassador for Red Stripe and have enjoyed my 15 years unreservedly," Silvera said in the statement.

Silvera was seconded from the beer company last year to serve a one-year term with JCDC as its executive director. Her task was to help revitalise the national cultural programme.

Silvera's last public JCDC event was the launch of the agency's newly created website. During her tenure, an agreement was sealed with Claro Jamaica for an annual J$60-million sponsorship.

"She has done a fantastic job leading the development and operationalisation of the JCDC strategic development plan. She's been an outstanding leader, who has used her exceptional skills to help to build up this important cultural institution, which is at the centre of our cultural development strategy," said Olivia Grange, minister of youth, sports and culture.

At Red Stripe, Silvera last served as head of international marketing at the date of secondment - a job that was taken over by Marguerite Cremin.

Romain Virgo returns from successful US tour

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Jamaican singer Romain Virgo returned to the island after a very successful one-month tour of the USA.

The tour took the singer, along with fellow Reggae artist Capleton, to New York, Connecticut, Boston, North Carolina, Chicago, Kentucky, Colorado and New Mexico.

Virgo's European tour is scheduled to begin in two weeks.

Babyface delivered big time

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Babyface, came saw and conquered. He was ahit at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday when he performed on the event produced by Turnkey Productions.

Many women gathered at the front of the stage wnating to be as close to him as possible. Some had their hands outstretched as he delivered classic love anthems he is known for such as Never Keeping Secrets, Two Occasions, Wonderful Tonight and his mega hit Whip Appeal.

He could do no wrong for the many female fans who sang along full gusto song after song.

Babyface was not the only one who moved the crowd. Home girl Diana King was in full flight. She delivered with her hits including Shy Guy.

Nomaddz and failed to sparkle, but the same could not be said of the Silver Bird Steel Band. They were really delightful to watch.

While the venue wasn't packed to capacity, there could be no denying that those who turned out had a great time.

MC for the evening was Carlette DeLeon.

For the fourth time running, singer Alaine has made it onto the popular Strictly the Best compilation series.

Her sultry ballad You Are Me which she wrote and produced (released on her 1 Thirty 1 Records imprint), is featured on Volume 42 of the long running compilation.

Strictly the Best which culls the year’s biggest hits and future hits, is released annually by VP Records.

In a release to the media, Alaine who recently signed an endorsement deal with telecommunications giant LIME, said she was grateful to be a part of a tradition of great music.

Said Alaine, ‘Just to have a song that I produced, wrote and sang, and for it to be featured on such a prestigious compilation series, means a lot to me’.

Strictly the Best Volume 42 will be released on December 7 stateside.

Alaine’s previous releases that have been included on the Strictly the Best series were Wine (Volume 35), Deeper (Volume 36), and Sincerely (Volume 38).

Fab 5 celebrating 40 years


One of Jamaica's most popular bands will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this month.

Fab 5, formed in 1970, is Jamaica's preeminent popular band.
The band comprises three 1970 foundation members manager Frankie Campbell (bass); Harold (Jr.) Bailey (guitar, flute and saxophone, now part-time and overseas sound engineer) and; musical director Grub Cooper (drums and lead vocals).

Former members include Sidney Thorpe (keyboards); Donovan Lee Palmer (Keyboards); Romeo Gray (trombone) and Glenroy Samuels (guitar) and Andre Palmer (Trumpet).

Other artistes perform from time to time as part of the wider Stage Records (the band’s recording company) family.

The group has dominated the Jamaican awards for show and dance bands for decades, as attested by the 29 awards they won between 1986 and 1996, the most amassed by any artiste in Jamaican music history.
Over the years, Fab 5 has taken almost its distinctive sound all over the world. The group has shared the stage with legends of the music industry, including Jimmy Cliff, Jerry Butler and Bob Marley and Ray Charles.

The band has won several international awards, including the 1996 award for Best Album and Best Single at the Miami reggae/soca awards and the 1999 "best international reggae album" award at the Canadian reggae music awards for Fab 5 live - the ultimate vintage Jamaican party mix part 1.

In 2003, Fab 5 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in The Performing Arts.

Dutty Rock Hitting The Streets of Colombo

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Jamaican Grammy winning Reggae/ Dancehall artiste Sean Paul will be here in Colombo this month!

Presented by 88.3 FM Your Radio, Sean Paul Live in Concert will bring Colombo’s music enthusiasts a grand treat on November 13 2010.

Sean Paul Henriques (born January 9) is the former lead vocalist of the Dutty Cup Crew. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and spent his early years in Upper Saint Andrew Parish, a few miles north of Kingston. In 2000, Sean Paul released his debut album, Stage One with VP Records.

However, the Jamaican dancehall superstar first sparked the world in 2002 with his breakout hit, Gimme The Light, and the fire has been burning brightly ever since. Hot on the heels of his multi-platinum, Grammy-winning classic album, Dutty Rock, he dropped the 2005 RIAA platinum smash The Trinity. That album led off with the Top 10 single We Be Burnin, followed by the #1 smash Temperature. Imperial Blaze was the fourth album by Sean Paul and was released on August 18, 2009.

The Kingston-born rhyme slinger has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and has become the most successful Jamaican artiste of all time on the U.S. charts - spurred by a trio of #1 pop singles, and five top ten hits. Media sponsors for Sean Paul Live in Concert are Daily Mirror and Sunday Times.

VP Records is set to release its highly anticipated annual hit series, Strictly the Best Vol. 42 and Strictly the Best Vol. 43, on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary of showcasing the very best in reggae and dancehall music from throughout the year, the Strictly The Best (STB) series are a proven hit with fans and the longest running series in reggae music.

Strictly The Best Vol. 42 features the top reggae singers in the genre, including Gyptian, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, Tessanne, Alaine, Gramps Morgan, Sanchez and Marcia Griffiths, on a 16-track melodic montage that is bound to satisfy every reggae fan.

STB Vol. 42 lives up to its name with hit singles such as “Unconditional Love” by Jah Cure featuring Phylissa, “Dark Skin Girl” by singing sensation Romain Virgo, “So Much In Love” from Gyptian, “A Beer And A Girl” by the eternal Marcia Griffiths, and reggae rocker Tessanne on the glorious remake of Foreigner’s smash ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

Strictly The Best Vol. 43 sizzles with the hottest artists in dancehall music, including Sean Paul, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Gyptian, Busy Signal, Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Mavado, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer and even rap star Nas. From the titillating “Turn Me On” by Sean Paul, to Gyptian’s romantic new single “Nah Let Go,” the breakout hit “My Heart Remix” from Wayne Marshall featuring Mavado, dance anthem “How We Do It” by Elephant Man and Bounty Killer, and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Nas featuring Dennis Brown on “Land Of Promise,” STB Vol. 43 smokes with 16 tracks guaranteed to blaze the dancehalls.

Reggae singer Andy Livingston says he is looking forward to bigger and better things as he continues to make progress with his career. He has been riding a wave of success in recent times with his hit single, My Promise, which was picked up by VP Records for the latest instalment of their highly respected Strictly The Best compilation.

In a recent interview, the singer said that he is very happy with the response his latest single, titled Love Ain't Enough, has received; it was released a little over a week ago. He also said that he and his management team are getting ready to step up the promotion of the single, as they intend to capitalise on the success gained earlier this year with My Promise.

Andy Livingston is also busy in studios working on several projects, including a cover version of the Teddy Pendergrass classic My Greatest Inspiration, which will be released soon.

A supporting music video for Love Ain't Enough will be shot and released before the end of December.

He has not made his name big in the music biz yet, but he is one determined artiste who is sure it is only a matter of time before his big break comes.

Born Michael Lewis and performing under the moniker Juss Ice, he is sure that with the right kind of songs and attitude, he will impact the way he wants to.

Hailing from Kingston, Juss Ice spent his growing up year between Kingston and Brown’s Town in St Ann.

The music bug hit him when he was 10 years old, that love continued to grow and saw him doing his first recording at Jeremy Harding’s studio.
At times it seemed that Juss Ice’s dream was an elusive thing, but he told Yardflex “I never gave up, I was always pushing forward through the roughest and toughest times.”
Things has started looking up for the singjay with the release of his songs TGIF (Thank God Its Friday) on the Top Notch label; Get hype on ZJ Chrome’s Kingston Town riddim and he has also done a single and a video for My First Real Love single on the Kapachi label.

As far as the singjay is concerned things are definitely looking up where his career is concerned.

“Well I’m always working on my music day in and day out,” he said indicating that upward mobility will also be his focus.

When it comes to his recordings Juss Ice says it’s all about performing songs that make him happy.

“I love all music from it sound good it good! Jamaica has always been a place to love music of all types but one thing for sure all my music has a Jamaican Influence,” he said as he told Yardflex about the kind of songs he records.

Inspiration for Juss Ice comes in many forms, but he admits to his main influence coming from life itself – its ups and downs but as he says, “to me I find the best time to write a song is when you just fall in love or just breaking up that’s when your emotions are easy to understand after all I write how I feel,” he shared.
Since his emergence on the scene Juss Ice has performed on several top shows including Sumfest 2004 Intl night, he has also made his presence felt on the international scene in places such as London, Canada, Florida.

Talking about the music scene right now, Juss Ice told Yardflex “We are having a musical evolution it’s no longer just dancehall and reggae to be found on our island. We have a huge Rap, Pop and Alternative scene building by the minute but apart from that I have also noticed that the problem makers in music have been replaced by the problem solvers. It’s almost as if the Jamaican people are tired of all the violence and negative vibes in the music so all Jamaican music lovers listen out for the change hits we making,” is the promise given by Juss Ice.

Looking ahead, the artiste hopes that in another five years he will be just where he is working towards “I hope to accomplish value and recognition. We working to be a corporation not just putting Jamaica on the map again, for me Juss Ice to play a major part in the future on Jamaican music.”

The parting words were aimed at upcoming artistes “Love cause if you love what you do you won’t have to work a day in your life. At least it won’t feel like work and also come with a positive outlook.

Singer Ieye overwhelmed by Argentina experience


A week after coming home from the South American country of Argentina, where she performed on the Pepsi Music Festival held in the capital, Buenos Aires, on October 16, Jamaican reggae singer, Ieye is still revelling in the one-of-a-kind experience.

"There was just something different in the air. Everything and everybody seemed to be saying 'welcome'. The language proved not to be a barrier as love and music are the universal language and there was plenty of that. As we stepped off the plane and go through the airport, is like a barrage of happiness greeted us," Ieye said of her Argentina debut.

"Because people heard me on the radio, some of them just turned up to take pictures and get autographs and tell me they love me and I am their queen," Ieye said, adding that Argentina is "really a reggae-loving land". During that on-air interview session, she performed Mama's Hand and Johnny. Both songs are from her debut Fevergrass album, due next year on Shang Records.

Another treasured moment for Ieye came at the festival, where she performed for 20 minutes in front of a whopping crowd of about 55,000 people - easily the largest crowd to converge on the venue during the three nights of the Pepsi Music Festival.

"The show," she said, her voice brimming with excitement, "was amazing."

"It was as if a higher power took control and it was a totally different Ieye. I was transformed on the stage," she said. Smiling with satisfaction, she added, "My performance was greatly received and I think I left a lasting impact on Argentina."

There was a third surprise when, along with reggae superstar Alborosie, she attended the launch of Rototom in Argentina. Ieye says that with the audience and the press' reaction "it was like a show. Persons were in line to give us presents and do photographs. Imagine, people line up to give you something".

"I am speechless ... . It was like crazy, crazy fun and overwhelming joy," Ieye said, adding that she wants to go back to Argentina very soon. "I feel like Argentina is officially Ieye's own now," she declared. "On my next visit there, I will definitely be able to 'habla espanol'," Ieye said confidently.

As more Caribbean artistes branch out into merchandising, a few of dancehall-reggae's best have started an internet-based entrepreneurial venture in the United States,

The newly launched online store hosts a range of dancehall reggae street gear from Busy Signal, Gramps Morgan and Bunji Garlin with a slew of other artistes including Etana, Konshens and the Alliance brand to follow the fast growing trend.

Also available on the reggae online store are lifestyle brands Repja and Cyclothing. inventory currently consists mainly of t-shirts mainly, but the online inventory will increase shortly to offer a wider variety of products. ships to more than 190 countries worldwide and offers the option to pay through Western Union for those who do not hold a credit card.

Khago - Keeping it real

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Fast rising artiste Khago has been busy making a name for himself on the music scene. With his hard hitting social commentaries and songs that tell it like it is, the cultural deejay is ready to mark his name amongst the best of the best.

As much as he is now embraced as a cultural artiste, it has not always been this way for him. He will be the first to tell you that when he just started out, he wasn’t so particular on what he recorded. Well, to be honest, he never really took music that seriously.

According to Khago, with age comes maturity and with it comes the realization that music can’t be just about putting anything out there.

"The more you grow up, you become more responsible,", adding that this maturity has now seen him embracing the positive side of the music.

For Khago, it's all about appealing to the masses. He says doing conscious music is the best thing.

"It doesn't make sense doing it for one set in the matches box. Music is a global thing. I sing music for the white collar and the barefoot man; it must be balanced. I'm doing music to uplift Jamaica and the world itself," he pointed out.

Born Ricardo Gayle, ‘Chicago' also popularly known as 'Cago or Khago' is no stranger to the local music scene. In 2006 he placed third in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commissions' annual Popular Song Contest with his entry "only if you know" with which he also won best video. He re-entered the contest in 2007 with a song entitled 'Been There'; the song is a very mellow lovers rock which expresses his emotions of gratitude and abundant love for a significant other who has stayed by his side through difficulties and while facing severe adversity.

The song received very favorable rotation on radio stations in Jamaica and the video has also been received a lot of attention. He has consistently been one of the crowd favorites at all the JCDC road shows and is greatly admired by the young people (especially the ladies) for all his performances he has delivered during the school tours organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

At the end of the competition he placed 2nd in the contest with the single "been there”, produced by himself and Dillon Reid, but has not considered it as a loss but as a growing process. He has since then been focusing on taking his career to the next step as a professional recording artist bent on delivering uplifting and entertaining music to the world.

Khago is presently enjoying a big buzz on the scene with the red hot single Nah Sell Out.

Etana to go on European tour

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Songstress Etana will be going on a three week European tour, her first for the year.

She will depart the island next week and will be touring alongside Gyptian and Busy Signal.

The ‘Strong One’ is also featured on the cover of this month’s European Riddim magazine.

Etana is looking forward to the tour and anticipates the response from her fans.

Anthony Cruz ‘Back Downtown’ and loving it

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Selecting the perfect location for the shooting of his newest video was a no-brainer, singer Anthony Cruz’ confesses. “The single is entitled Back Downtown, so where else would I shoot it but in the heart of Downtown Kingston?” he queried.

It was with gusto that Cruz set out to make his video, arriving Downtown with Asha and the crew from before dawn. However, as the the sun broke through the sky and Downtown awoke from its slumber, Anthony Cruz also awakened to a new revelation.

“Mi neva know say a so Downtown nice,” he said in awe. “Look at all those buildings by the waterfront! I didn’t even know that the Bank of Jamaica building was right there (on Nethersole Place),” Cruz added, explaining that “as a country boy” he only passed through downtown on his way to the airport.

“It was my first real opportunity to explore Downtown and meet the people and it was so inspiring. We really need to build back Downtown,” Cruz declared.

He spoke with pride about the resilience of the people. “Can you imagine a woman selling boil eggs in the early morning amidst the hustle and bustle of people going to work? How many people would think of that?” he asked rhetorically.

Then there was the senior citizen who said he was waiting for an opportunity like this to showcase his dancing skills in a music video and insisted on being transformed into a video vixen on the set of Back Downtown.

“Him baaaad!” Cruz exclaimed. “Asha says there’s no way he could edit him out.”

With Dean Frazer on top of Captain’s Bakery blowing his sax and the song blaring Downtown, it was a sing-along as people stopped what they were doing to absorb the events.

“The people dem endorse the song and everybody was singing it. The women were so affectionate … I sign autograph till my hand hurt,” Cruz declared.

He also had words of praise for the merchant who gave him bags of clothing from his store to give away to the people.

“This was the most memorable video shoot I have ever had,” Anthony Cruz stated, singing the chorus of the song -- People gone back downtown (Downtown nice again/Mi glad how the war ting done (Even though Mama lose her son).

A tribute to the creativity and the tirelessness of the people who live and work downtown, Back Downtown has a feel-good effect which Cruz says was deliberate, as he attempts to highlight the positives of Downtown in this post Tivoli incursion era.

Duane Stephenson to tour with The Wailers

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Singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson is set to hit the road with the legendary Wailers, this week.

As the tour opener for The Wailers, one of reggae music's most prized acts worldwide for decades, Stephenson will be placed in the spotlight to bring his blend of new-age reggae music to some of the genre's most avid lovers.

This U.S. tour will journey along the east coast, from Florida to Maine, and runs for two weeks.

It kicks off on Thursday, September 16 at the University of South Carolina, and concludes on Friday, October 1 at the prestigious House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stephenson's debut album, August Town, from VP Records in 2007 was lauded as one of that year's best Reggae albums.

This new 14-track studio effort sees Stephenson working with legendary reggae producer, Dean Fraser, the mastermind behind the majority of production on Black Gold.

Its first single, Rescue Me, features the soulful Gramps Morgan, who competes with Stephenson for a woman's affection on the country-tinged track. The two recently shot the video in New York City.

Andrew Tosh pays tribute to his father with Legacy

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Andrew Tosh, the son of the late reggae superstar, Peter Tosh, will on September 28 release his seventh studio album, Legacy, the follow up to his most recent effort, Focus.

Describing the 10-track set as “‘something different and fresh”, Tosh explained that Legacy is an acoustic CD which features covers of the elder Tosh’s more popular recordings.

According to Tosh , it was his manager, Dawn Simpson who came up with the idea of doing a tribute to his father and submit it in time for the Grammys.

“While I was in the middle of working on my album I, my manager Dawn Simpson came up with the idea.

Over a period of time, she would write down in her diary my favorite Peter Tosh songs as I would just start singing songs at random.

When the idea came around to do the album she had six songs and I came up with three more. The track Creation was a request from a family friend,” Tosh explained.

Tosh felt it was important to cover his father’s material at this time, as the time was more appropriate for the message of his late father to be heard. Said Tosh ‘We are in a time of dire need for musical messages with a purpose. Now is the time for Peter Tosh's message to be heard’.

A high profile list of names worked on Legacy. They include Mikey Chung, Winston ‘Bo Pee’ Bowen, Daniel ‘Danny Axeman’ Thompson and Ranoy Gordon. The album was produced by Handel Tucker in collaboration with Simpson and Tosh.

Ky-Mani Marley is featured on Lessons in Life, while Bunny Wailer makes a guest appearance on I Am.

“The album took us thirteen days to complete. We were on a mission and we pulled through even when we were told we couldn’t do it. Dawn is no joke she is one determined manager, when she says we are getting something done consider it done’.

Legacy will be released by Box Ten Entertainment Group in association with Tuff Gong.

One on One with Freddie McGregor

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Yardflex had the opportunity to catch up with Freddie McGregor for a little one on one over at his Big Ship Studio. Freddie discussed topics such as the industry at large, new artists, promoting and his success in the business over the years.

For a look at the exclusive Yardflex interview from ‘Mr. Bigship’ check out the video below:

A di wuss album release party wi eva guh

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Bwoy wi haffi sey dat we lose affo Gyptian star.

Di man invite di media out fi come a him album release party a Pollyana Caterers and di invitation sey 6:30 pm. Well thru wi done know how dem tan and love start late wi reach bout 7:30 and mi almost duh one about turn when wi realize si about three a wi inna di venue.

Alright, wi sey wi done deh deh aready so meck mi jamz off fi a next half hour and si wha happen. Bout after 8 a clock RJR people dem leave, soon afta RE TV people dem leave, den Nationwide news follow.

Mi sey a wha dis to rhatid, still no sign a Gyptian dem MC go up and meck announcement sey him close by bout 9:00 pm and dem a guh start soon. Mi sey alright den, mi dun deh deh aready.

But when ti touch 9:35 yuh know a who cut – mi! A ediot ting him kip up wid media, a time fi wi stop support dem deh kinda almshouse. When people call press conference and nuh member fi turn up on time dem fi come si one empty place. Straight!

Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Olivia Grange has asked business enterprises and Government offices nationwide to fly the national flag and include the national colours in their decorations and displays as Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 48th anniversary of independence.

The colours of the national flag and other national symbols, said Grange, "will heighten visual impact and strengthen the national spirit".

At the same time, the minister has reminded Jamaicans that the flag must be raised at 8:00 am and lowered at sunset.

"...Make creative uses of the national colours — black, gold and green — in dress and fashion accessories over the seven days of celebrations, which begins this Saturday (today) and climaxes on Independence Day, Friday, August 6," said the minister.

According to Minister Grange, there will be "a burst of festivities and creative cultural events" beginning with the Emancipation Jubilee today at the Seville Heritage Park in St Ann.

"The Emancipation Jubilee will retrace the experience of our ancestors on their journey to and arrival in Jamaica," she said.

The National Independence Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 12 Slipe Road, Kingston tomorrow, beginning at 9:30 am, while the Augus' Fair and Culinary Show will take place on Monday, August 2 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, starting at 10:00 am.

The World Reggae Dance Championship Finals are also scheduled for Monday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, beginning at 8:00 pm, and 'Mello Go Roun' is on Wednesday at 8:00 pm at the National Arena.

On Independence Day there will be islandwide celebrations for the entire day, including parades, street dances, the Western Gala in Montego Bay and the Grand Gala at the National Stadium.

The theme of Jamaica Festival this year is "I Believe in Jamaica".

Mek we just mourn Sugar without di foolishness

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We a beg everybody fi just mek we mourn the sudden passing of the Godfather of Dancehall, Sugar Minott in a decent and respectful way.

We haffi ask why is it that when important people drop out those who leave back always have a bag a tings fi chat.

The amount of story we hear as to what kill Sugar, it doan pretty. But now is not the time for that so we not even going to repeat them, cause all now no autopsy doan do.

We nah tell no lie, Sugar passing really reach we and we hope seh there will be no bickering and fighting over dead lef.

Memba she a Sugar sing seh ‘more than one woman in my life, and all a dem want to be my wife’. And from him dead we notice seh did ‘wife’ who people did tink she she and Sugar divorce a she a talk to all did media, when the other ‘wife’ who live a house with Sugar and did deh wid him when him a tek him last breath just a grieve and hold her corner.

And then you have Sugar kids dem. All we a she is that we must just come together and mourn the passing of a icon without the foolishness.

Alaine breaks boundaries with You Are Me

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The summer is already off to a great start for singer, songwriter and producer, Alaine Laughton, more popularly known as “Alaine”, who has not only just released a new song, but also her own record label – proving once again what an amazing talent she has to share with the world.

You Are Me, the first single produced by Alaine’s 1Thirty1 record label, is already receiving good reviews and garnering heavy rotation on both local and International airwaves.

The song isn’t the typical kind of music that we have grown to expect from the artist, this song is deeply personal and touches listeners to their very core.

“I was inspired to write You Are Me by the events that happened in West Kingston.

I was really affected by the negative images from the media coverage and negative, fearful sentiments being expressed on the talk shows and the sounds of gunshots being fired all around while locked up in my house.

I started crying for my country, for my brother and sisters, and I followed my tears to my piano.

As soon as I sat down and started playing, the song came pouring out of my soul,” stated Alaine on her decision to write this song.
A video was also recently shot for the single at a beautiful location in St Thomas late last month and directed by Ras Shac.

It’s a performance video, that includes use of metaphorical imagery, and features Alaine interacting with a band, which mirrored the recording process, which actually took place in the studio.

The video also features a scene with Alaine playing an upright piano on the beach with surfers in the background, surfing over insurmountable waves, much like our seeming problems in Jamaica and our world. The video will be released in mid-July.

Alaine will also be going on month long tour to Europe with fellow RETV High School Tour veterans, Voicemail at the end of July.

Reggae act Chaka Demus and Pliers, best known for their nineties hit “Murder She Wrote,” are suing their record company for more than $10 million in unpaid royalties and trademark infringement.

According to Reuters, the duo claims Universal Music Group misappropriated and diverted monies that were owed to them.

The artists claimed they signed a worldwide recording deal with Universal-owned label Island Records in October 22 1992, which allowed the artists to retain all rights to the trademark Chaka Demus and Pliers.

It said Universal Music had “withheld the monies and royalties payments” from the inception of the contract.

Not only are the two reggae stars asking for a court award of more than $10 million, but also demanding an injunction ordering Universal Music to cease the sale, production and performances of the their music.

The suit was filed this week at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan under the artists’ real names John Taylor (aka Chaka Demus) and Everton Bonner (aka Pliers).

Support good music

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Bwoy wi love how L’Antonette Stines of L’Acdaco talk up di tings dem at the Reggae ay Tree Planting ceremony at Emancipation Park yesterday (Thursday, July 1).

Yes she lash out at the media for promoting too much negative tings and not pushing the positive.

Bwoy from how wi a listen she just stop short a saying through di poor cultural artiste dem nuh have no money fi push airplay dem get left. Read between di lines, cause she use words like Media fi exercise charity towards di talented artistes dem.

We have to say we agree wid di sentiment whey she express, cause fi real dem deserve a break.

Who is the real Crime Minister?

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That’s the question Twin of Twins pose in their latest song of the same name — Who Is the real Crime Minister?

A very witty and thought-provoking take on the situation Jamaica finds itself in, the Twins don’t hold back anything.

Of course the songs makes some not very subtle references to politicians, Dudus, the PM and gangsters. A nuh Dudus get the bulb free and den sell dem, they sing is wobbling on the edge and the Twins clearly have a winner here.

If only they could get more main stream attention ….

By the way, Who is the real criminal inna did country? Who have poor people a trick up like monkey?

Artistes get ready for Reggae Sumfest

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Reggae Sumfest traditionally brings out the best artistes to the stage and at the same time brings out the best in these artistes, and presently, the confirmed acts are undergoing rigorous preparation to ensure that their Reggae Sumfest performance lives up to the huge expectations of the Festival’s fans.

Reggae Sumfest’s prestige has traditionally pushed the artistes to take special care in their appearance and performance. The Festival is known for artistes donning flashy new wardrobes, and backing that up with dazzling performances.

The confirmed artistes for this year’s show have been hard at work in rehearsals, toning their vocals and writing lyrics to ensure this year they are at optimum performance. Expectedly, the bulk of them do not wish to reveal much and prefer to drop the surprise on the night of the show.

However, the rehearsals have been going on in earnest, the new tunes have been written, the choreography of their performances have been documented, and the artistes are practicing repeatedly to ensure their performances live up to the high Reggae Sumfest standard.

The confirmed list includes Chris Brown, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Jah Cure, Etana, Bounty Killer, Mavada, Elephant Man, I-Octane, Voicemail, D’Angel, Stacious, DeMarco, Chino, Konshens, Tifa, Cecile, and Ding Dong among others.

Traditional acts like Beenie Man have never been known to disappoint, always sizzling and dropping new hits while on the stage.

Shaggy is also known crowd pleaser as well who soothes as easily as he seduces while on stage, while Elephant Man will electrify as intensely as he will entertain.

One group that will be specially observed on the Sumfest stage is Voicemail, which is planning an extra-ordinary performance as a tribute to their fallen member Oneil Edwards.

Group member Craig is not revealing much, preferring to deliver the surprise to the audience that night. However, he explained that it will be no ordinary performance.

“We’re going to make it a very special one, definitely a good voicemail performance,” he stated.

“We have started putting things together already, for a lot of people who had not been to the funeral…there is a song we wrote called praise his name and that is one of the songs we looking forward to performing.”

Reggae Sumfest is the most celebrated and supported Reggae Festival in Jamaica, and attracts the world’s leading musicians and performers.

In its near 20 year history, the show has boasted a superb entertainment package, loaded with the best performances, food, music, and culture. This year’s Festival runs from July 17-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.

Red Stripe is back as a sponsor of Reggae Sumfest, after a one-year hiatus.

The brand now joins fellow Platinum sponsors Ibero Star, Digicel, Wysinco, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. Gold Sponsors include CVM, The Gleaner, and Irie Fm.

Festival songs hit the road

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The Second Festival Song Road Show heads for the eastern parish of Portland this Saturday.

The Port Antonio Square is the venue for the event which will feature the 10 finalists in this year’s competition.

This will be the second in the series of such shows following on the launch Junction, St Elizabeth last week. The winner of the 2010 competition will take home $1 million cash

Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton, singer of the hit 2002 song Wanna Be Loved, is a part of VEVO’s top 10 Reggae video’s of all time list on the popular website.

Joined by Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley (as an individual and with songs featuring Stephen Marley and Bobby Brown), Matisyahu, Sean Kingston, Shaggy ft. Natasha Watkins and Patrice, Buju Banton’s video joins an elite group of 10 all time favourite video's as voted by the team at

“It doesn’t surprise me that Buju is on the list” said longtime radio personality and radio station owner Rico Vibes. “Buju’s music is classic and has earned a permanent place on all lists that are Reggae and music related.”

For younger generations who are just getting to know Buju and his music, acts as a perfect portal as fans can access six of Buju’s popular and earlier works such as Champion, What Am I Gonna Do, featuring Nadine Sutherland and Untold Stories from the artists’ award winning ‘Til Shiloh’ album.

To date, over 2.8 million people have accessed Buju’s catalogue on ensuring the artists popularity in broader markets, as well as the Caribbean.

Buju is currently imprisoned in Florida awaiting trial on conspiracy charges relating to cocaine.

DJ Wah Wa of popular Kingston-based sound system Darkcide International is now the new campaign face of International fast food giants, Burger King, starring in their latest television commercial.

Making his advertising debut, Wah Wa was handpicked by company officials to represent the brand based on his vibrant personality for which he’s known on the entertainment circuit.

“It’s always a good look when Corporate Jamaica wants to align their product to you, especially an internationally renowned company like Burger King”. When asked about the feedback he added, “The response so far has been tremendous and hopefully this will be the beginning of a working relationship with other corporate interest.”

Meanwhile, after completing a month-long tour of the United States last December, DJ Wah Wa and other members of the Darkcide International family are now gearing up for the hectic summer season with several assignments throughout Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America.

On Thursday, June 24th, Dj Wah Wa will unravel his musical artistry at Wolmer's Girls High School Graduation Ball at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Jazz on the Pier for Portland Friday

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The second annual Jazz on the Pier unfolds Friday night at the Errol Flynn Marina’s Ken Wright Pier.

The benefit event features a wide variety of both international and Jamaica artistes playing for the benefit of the Muirton Boys Home.

The 7 pm concert is being sponsored by the Custos of Portland and the Portland Lay Magistrates Association along with the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival outreach organisation.

Featured artistes include Jamaica’s Desi Jones Trio, Canadian songstress Kiralina and acclaimed saxaphonist Idris Ackamoor.

Between acts, the evening will also feature the stylings of Portland clothing designer Arlene Passley, founder of Aya Wear.

The company describes its offerings as “modern fashion with an African resurgence”.

Additional artistes scheduled to appear include singer-songwriter-guitarist Nadia Lowe, keyboard stylist Peter Stoddart, guitarist Lenford ‘Brutus’ Richards, Jeff Williams and his “Cosa Nostra” jazz quartet, plus the Maroons Drum and Dance troupe.

Reggae Sumfest to boost Mo bay’s economy

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Business interests are expecting this year’s Reggae Sumfest to bring a significant jolt to the Montego Bay economy, which should also extend to the wider Jamaica.

It is being seen as a welcome ease to the current economic crunch and a catapult for more growth.

Each year, the world- renowned Festival draws thousands of overseas visitors into the city and its environs, and with this influx, there comes a remarkable upswing in commerce and its related benefits.

Visitors have been known to travel from as far as Australia to attend the Festival, spending on Jamaican products liberally as they seek to enjoy every aspect of the Jamaican brand. From as far back as 2003, it was predicted that significant foreign exchange would flow into the island during the time of the festival.

This year’s Festival should bring substantial benefits to a wide variety of business interests primarily in the second city, but extending to other areas of the island.

“We expect Reggae Sumfest to be a major contributor to the economic landscape for this year,” states Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director of Summerfest Productions, producers of Reggae Sumfest.

“This Festival causes people to not just spend on it, but to spend in preparation for it, and in several other endeavours related to it, and this year should be no different.”

This reality has been duly noted by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, which has over 200 members ranging from small family-run enterprises, to large scale businesses such as hotels and resorts.

They all thrive from the boom in the various forms of trade which are direct spin-offs from the Festival, during a period that has traditionally been considered slow in that part of the islandData from the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce also indicate that villas, hotels, and guest houses become fully booked, restaurants, cook shops, and cafes get unprecedented patronage, clothing stores, beauty salons and countless other businesses get the spike in activity before, during, and even after the Festival.

In addition, the benefits are not confined to the second city, but spread widely to the major towns across the island. The fashion industry is one example, as the clothing stores, the tailors, dressmakers and those that provide accessories get major orders to fill within the period.

With the line-up this year that includes American R&B star Chris Brown, international superstars Shaggy and Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Etana, Queen Ifrica and Mavado, the package again promises to be an excellent lineup, and the expected benefits to the country should follow.

Reggae Sumfest is the most celebrated and supported Reggae festival in Jamaica, and attracts the world’s leading musicians and performers.

In its near 20 year history, the show has boasted a superb entertainment package, loaded with the best performances, food, music, and culture. This year’s Festival runs from July 22-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.

Red Stripe is back as the main sponsor of Reggae Sumfest, after a one-year hiatus. The brand now joins a growing list of sponsors which includes Digicel, Iberostar, JTB, and Wisynco, for the 18th staging of the country’s premier Reggae Festival.

The song is called One Life To Live and was recorded 6 month ago as one of the first tracks for the new Voicemail album Next Level.

In the last 6 months Voicemail has produced 14 more songs and 2 music videos. The first released single from the album One Life To Live have been mastered and an urban remix was also produced as well as cover and poster artwork.

A website for Oneil Edwards will be launched early next week under

The track can be purchased on iTunes and will be up on 20 more sites soon (Amazon, Amie Street, Nokia Music..and several others).

The video companies, producers and marketers distributing the new album come from Germany, that shows the communication strength of the groups music.

Voicemail has had great success in Japan and are well loved in Germany, where there are already more than 2000 fans in a social network, united for Voicemail. Donations can also be made over paypal to

O'Neil Edwards member of the band Voicemail was shot multiple times in the head, chest and abdomen and unfortunately lost his thumb during a robbery.

It happened at his house in Kingston - Jamaica on Monday 10th of March 1:30am. O’Neil is recovering from injuries sustained, however his condition is still critical and he remains hospitalized.

Please download remix and master copies below:

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Kingston, Jamaica: The promoters of Reggae Sumfest, Summerfest Promotions have indicated that despite the challenges facing the event, the annual Festival will take place on July 18-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.

The organizers are also appealing to stakeholders to work with them in finding creative solutions to the challenges to stage the 18th edition of the Greatest Reggae Festival on Earth.

Johnny Gourzong, Executive producer of the Festival cites reduced sponsor support and increased production and artiste fees as some of the challenges being faced.

He said, “Reggae Sumfest is important to Jamaica’s tourism and impacts positively on the economy and despite reduced sponsorship, we decided it was important to beat the odds and host the Festival this year.”

Traditionally Reggae Sumfest has hosted a mixture of local and international acts that has distinguished the event as an eclectic mix of good music and performers. In light of the fiscal challenges organizers gave great consideration to omitting International Acts for this year’s Festival.

Stakeholders agreed that International Acts should be included on this year’s lineup as the Mix of genre and cultures is the essence of the event and such a cut back would adversely affect the marketability of the show.

Reggae Sumfest is an Annual event that provides an avenue for new and established local talent to demonstrate their prowess to an international audience as well as a wide cross section of the Jamaican society.

The brainchild of several Montego Bay businessmen, Reggae Sumfest was first held in 1993.

The show has traditionally featured top reggae and dancehall performers, but Hip-Hop and Rhythm and Blues acts like Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Boyz II Men and Lionel Richie have also made appearances on the Sumfest stage.

The Festival kicks off on July 18 with a Beach Party. The Three day live event takes place at Catherine Hall, St James beginning on July 22.

Johnny Gourzong, executive producer of Reggae Sumfest, cites reduced sponsor support and increased production and artiste fees as some of the challenges being faced by the festival be he says the show must go on.

According to the promoters of Reggae Sumfest, Summerfest Promotions, despite the challenges facing the event, the annual festival will take place on July 18-24 at Catherine Hall, St James.

The organizers are also appealing to stakeholders to work with them in finding creative solutions to the challenges to stage the 18th edition of the Greatest Reggae Festival on Earth.

Traditionally Reggae Sumfest has hosted a mixture of local and international acts that has distinguished the event as an eclectic mix of good music and performers.

In light of the fiscal challenges organizers gave great consideration to omitting International acts for this year’s festival.

Stakeholders agreed that International scts should be included on this year’s lineup as the mix of genre and cultures is the essence of the event and such a cut back would adversely affect the marketability of the show.

Reggae Sumfest is the brainchild of several Montego Bay businessmen and was first held in 1993.

The show has traditionally featured top reggae and dancehall performers, but Hip-Hop and Rhythm and Blues acts like Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Boyz II Men and Lionel Richie have also made appearances on the Sumfest stage.

Kevin Lyttle, Dollarman, Singing Melody, Lazo including among the Caribbean’s best talent on the Love the Music Compilation project

Atlanta, GA & New York, NY – Through a mutually beneficial strategic partnership, the Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation (CTO) and Ryff Music have teamed up to create the ‘Love the Music’ Compilation CD project.

The project features vibrant music that represents the best of the Caribbean culture presented by artist from CTO member countries.

The compilation project promotes aspects of Caribbean culture through music & spoken word.

The CD will be made available in stores and on-line in June during Caribbean Heritage Month. A series of promotional activities to help promote the CD will take place during Caribbean Week in NY, June 7th –12th.

Portions of the proceeds from the CD sales will go to support the CTO Foundation.

The CD includes a respected roster of the Caribbean’s best artist including:

Kevin Lyttle (St. Vincent & The Grenadines) whose hit song ‘Turn Me On’ reached # 4 on the U.S. charts and # 2 on the UK charts, while his self titled album reached # 8 in the U.S. and was RIAA certified Gold;

Dollarman (Grenada) who is the featured artist on the songs ‘Rock this Party’ and ‘Soundz of Freedom’ both reached # 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart; Singing Melody (Jamaica) whose single ‘Want You Back’, reached 3 and 1 respectively on the New York Reggae Top 30 and the Star Top 40;

Natural Black (Guyana) has had several hits including ‘Far From Reality’ and ‘Nice It Nice’; Kamau Georges (British Virgin Islands) one of the BVI’s most talented artist and producers; KB (Bahamas) one of the Bahamas most popular artist; Dudley (Bermuda) whose song ‘Bermudian Gal’ was a big radio hit and still enjoys radio play on Bermuda’s Hot 107.5’s; Aloe Blacc (Panamanian) whose song ‘I Need a Dollar’ is the theme song for the HBO hit show ‘How to Make it in America’;

Lazo (Dominica) won a Juno Award in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording for ‘Heart and Soul’; Fae Simon (Carriacou and Jamaica) the UK’s upcoming artist and several other artist top out the roster of the Caribbean’s best. Producers that contributed to the project include Albert ‘Dvo’ Desilva (Guyana), Herbert Alexander (USVI), Kamau George (BVI), Max Tannone (USA) and several other talented Caribbean musicians.

In addition to the 12 full length songs on the album, there will be a bonus ‘Love the Mix’ CD produced by DJ Chigga featuring a variety of local Caribbean artist who submit their music on-line at

The project will be distributed through Redeye distribution, the leading independent distributor for both physical and digital music around the world. Their retailers in the U.S. include chains such as Best Buy, Borders, f.y.e. and independent stores throughout the country. Redeye also exports records to Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and provides a digital distribution service that delivers content to iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many other digital music stores. Redeye currently distributes such labels as Daptone Records, Alive Records, Bella Union Records, Revelation Records and artist such as Widespread Panic, The Donnas, Sun Public Enemy and Au Revoir Simone, to name a few.

Courtney Porteous aka Papa Biggy is gearing up for his upcoming promotional tour for his lately released album Return To The Frontline.

Organised by promoter Thommo White Dread out of Nashville Tennessee the first leg of the tour will kick off in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 11, the following day June 12 it will be on to the Reggae Café.

Following that stint Papa Biggy will head for Club Genesis in Greensboro then North Carolina.

“Right now more dates are being worked out and I am happy for the direction my career is going,” the singer said.

Papa Biggy is also bemoaning the state of the music industry and he hopes that other artistes will now follow the stance he has taken a long time ago to record only conscious songs.

“I was really sad to hear the news of my fellow artistes being shot…I really wish them a speedy recovery,” said Connecticut based Papa Biggy.

The artiste said now is the time for dancehall acts to put out more socially conscious songs instead of glorifying the gun.

Singer Bobby Melody, who was most famous for the song, Jah Bring I Joy, produced by Joe Gibbs, reportedly died recently in the UK.

Melody, who worked with producers such as Yabby You, Gregory Isaacs, Jah Thomas and Joe Gibbs, was also a member of The Prophets.

A prolific underground artiste during the 1970s and early 1980s, Bobby Melody, born Bobby Powell in the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica, recorded for almost 40 years and had been living in Britain since the early 1980s.

It is understood that he died of cancer late April in Nottingham, England. He is one of two Jamaican artistes based in England who recently succumbed to cancer.

The other was veteran studio engineer, producer, songwriter Sid Bucknor.

It’s Lex-I-con from Mr. Lexx

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It’s really such a cute play on words as just-freed-from-abuse-charge deejay, Mr Lexx, releases his mixed tape called Lex-icon.

Last year June Mr. Lexx teamed up with Santigold and created a hit called "Hold the Line' which opened new doors for him and Lexx says he is ready to take reggae music to another level.

"I am back and ready to work,” said Mr. Lexx.

On March 15th 2010, Mr. Lexx decided he wanted to create a mix tape for his fans.

Federation Sounds helped him in doing just that, by producing this cutting edge mix tape that satisfies a wide spectrum of individuals.

This Lex-I-con mix tape contains an assortment of sound throughout as well as collaborations with various artists including Gypian, Ce’Cille, and Santigold. One of the highlights on his mix tape is the new hit single “Wine Pon Mi”, which is making waves in the music industry.

By Lydia Patel

It was a night of glitz, glamour and definitely top Caribbean artists.

The best of the best in the industry got together on Sunday night for the 29th edition of the International Reggae And World Music Awards.

The event which is put on by Emphraim Martin of Martin’s International has become ‘the grammys’ of the industry. Tony Rebel and the Caribbean Queen, Alison Hinds were the pilots for the show which had close to 40 categories in total.

The red carpet event got started just before 7pm when the artists, special invites and dignitaries made their grand entrance.

The Soca King was the first artist to arrive and walk the red carpet. Dozens of media houses lined up to get pictures and interviews with the artist who took home best entertainer of the year, most outstanding show band and best soca/calypsonian of the year.

Other big contenders for the night included the ‘fyah mumma’ Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley and Gramps Morgan all who took home several awards each during the night. The Lioness Queen Ifrica proved true to her title, with five wins.

The York College Performing Arts Center over in Queens, NY was an excellent location and attendance was in great numbers for the show.

Following the fabulous performances was the after party over at Club Tobago. 2011 will mark the 30th staging of the IRAMAS and much is already in store for the major anniversary.

As always Yardflex was live with all of the action from the IRAMAS.

To view highlights and interviews from the awards click on the video below.

London, England - In the Spirit of his father Bob Marley, Julian "Ju Ju" Marley is the next generation of Reggae pioneers proudly paying it forward in his home town of London, England.

Along-side a list of Reggae luminaries that have spawned out of England such as Aswad and Steel Pulse, Julian "Ju Ju" Marley firmly plants his roots in London, inherently influencing the U.K. music scene with his rich legacy.

Born in London, England to Lucy Pounder on June 4, 1975, Julian Marley has been blessed by his father's great talent and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community.

As the only son of Bob Marley born and raised in the U.K., Julian has credited his British upbringing as a deep influence on his musical career.

Julian reflects, "Growing up in London remains a large part of who I am today. Musically, I have become increasingly aware of how self-motivating the history of the U.K. Reggae scene has been on my work.

I feel privileged to be a part of the musical roots that my father laid in England, and as the next generation of British born reggae artists, I look forward to relating the cultural gifts that have been bestowed on to me back onto the U.K. music scene through my musical creations, visions and contributions."

Reggae and Bob Marley in particular, have always had a unique part in British popular culture since the 1970s. The masterpiece that was Bob Marley's Exodus was recorded in the U.K. and transformed Bob Marley's career.

Resonating with audiences around the world, the legendary Marley influenced an array of musicians, including some of today's largest British pop icons including, The Police.

Transcending musical genres, Julian Marley has become a spiritual, moral, musical visionary with an international mission.

Just as his father, "Ju Ju" Marley ranks higher in the consciousness movement of music than most international reggae artists of today.

In 2009, Julian Marley's fame rose to new heights with the success of his Grammy Award Nominated release entitled, Awake (Ghetto Youths / Universal).

Julian's Awake world tour with his band The Uprising flourished in 2009, and stemmed into a major North American, Caribbean and European run that included the Raggamuffin 2010 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Marley's continually expanding performance dates will see the reggae singer-songwriter headlining venues throughout Europe in 2010, with Julian and The Uprising scheduled to perform close to one dozen dates in the U.K., including several performances in his home town of London, England in July and August of 2010.

Ernie Smith & Leroy Sibbles for Studio 38

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Vintage Kings Ernie Smith and Leroy Sibbles are set to take the stage at the next instalment of the Studio 38 series at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston this Sunday April 18.

The legendary songwriters, musicians and entertainers follow the likes of John Holt, Ken Booth, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Toots & The Maytals and AJ Brown, who have performed to rave reviews at Studio 38 since the start of the year.

With a catalogue spanning 37 years, 12 albums, countless live performances and a significant fan base, Ernie has made an indelible mark on Jamaican music.

Leroy Sibbles, is one of the founders of reggae music. He began his career as the lead singer of the rock steady group, The Heptones.
While with that group, he recorded many classic reggae tunes including Party Time, Fatty Fatty, Book Of Rules, Baby Be True and Heptones Gonna Fight.

New Money Tree Riddim - Live up Records

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After locking down 2009 with the award-winning "Good Life" riddim, Livup Records returns with the Money Tree riddim. The Good Life not only ran away with all "Riddim of the Year" titles, it broke the mould by selling well on iTunes, physical CDs and had tracks licensed in places such as the US, Canada and Japan. After releasing the timeless "Stronga" one-drop riddim towards the end of last year, the hot production outfit have returned with their latest project, the Money Tree, an authentic Dancehall beat.

Vybz Kartel leads out with the title track, with an ode to currency that is sure to follow up his Good Life smash "Dollar Sign." Vegas, another artist who had a anthem on the Good Life, goes with a similar theme on "Jah Never Fail Me." And also as with the Good Life, multi-talented Serani built the Money Tree riddim and has another banger on the riddim titled "Got to Survive."

More smashes from Bugle, Demarco, Stacious, Matterhorn and more round out the riddim, with a strong collaboration from Konshens and Livup Records Recording Artist Tuff Enuff. There's also more scathing social commentary from Twin of Twins.

Following a number of recent releases that are focusing on promotion, marketing and placing the product for sale online, the Money Tree is getting a digital release on iTunes, Amazon, Zune and all other digital outlets on Tuesday April 27.

And in a first for a Jamaican release, the Money Tree is getting its world premier in Africa! Friday morning tune into Kenya's number 1 urban radio station 95.1FM will plant the Money Tree on the musical map. Catch that live via

Bobby Konders and Jabba of HOT 97 will drop it on Sunday night, aswell as DJ Spex on Toronto's 93.5 FLOW FM. IRIE FM and ZIP will premier the Money Tree locally first over the weekend, with KISS FM's David Rodigan, BBC 1Xtra's Robbo Ranx and Young Lion doing the honours in the UK. Waggy T in Miami and other premieres will be announced via

The Genesis Riddim is now available on iTunes @


Almidon -Hustle
Bramma - This Anthem
Bugle -Never Scared
Demarco -Work Hard
Elephant Man - Dem Gaan
Flippa - Can’t Buy Respect
Kibaki - Mi Want It
Konshens and Tuff Enuff - Money Double
Munga-Inna 2010
Serani - Got to Survive
Stacious - Slow it Down
Tony Matterhorn - Lock Down di Endz
Vegas - Jah Never Fail Me
Twin of Twins - Too Much
Vybz Kartel - Money Tree

Judah Tribe is blessed with success

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With a style that is reminiscent of the golden age of reggae music,
Judah Tribe has successfully honed its unique blend of soul reggae. Led by singer/guitarist Josh David and music director/keyboardist, Eric “The General” Toussaint, the 8 member ensemble of dynamism is no stranger to first class venues and lively music scene in the US and around the world.

Its members have international roots, stemming from: Africa, Jamaica, France, Haiti and the USA – giving Judah Tribe not only a unique eclectic sound, but also an amazingly huge international following.

“New Day Dawnin” is the title of their recently released debut album that highlights the group’s diversity. From the smooth love song, "Sometimes Love" to the highly political "Sleepwalker," Judah Tribe has captured the imagination of its fans.

Busy Signal- Up In Her Belly

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Chino-Never Ever Change (from mawning)

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Natalie takes New York by Storm

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Dancehall artiste, Natalie Storm, recently returned to Jamaica after completing a whirlwind tour of New York City which saw her recording, performing and attending a number of exclusive, high-profile events.

Her visit was courtesy of DJ Max Glazer’s Business Class Records which flew in Natalie Storm to New York City to do some work with his label.

Natalie was kept busy in the studio recording some brand new material, but she also found time to throw in a highly-appreciated performance and was present at the events that mattered.

Interesting hymn stories


There are some hymns that just touch your soul when you sing it. Not only that but the inspirational words also speak to your circumstances. Starting this week Yardflex will be giving you interesting insights behind some of your favourite hymns

This hymn was written by a pastor. At that time, the custom in town, during celebrations, was for the children to march from one town to another with banners. The pastor wanted the children to sing a hymn as they went. Since nothing was suitable, he wrote one himself—late the night before the march!
He wrote more than 60 books in the British Museum, but was most remembered as the author of “Onward Christian Soldiers.”

CD review Songs 4 Worship: Gospel - Soul


It's gospel soul at its best with the Songs 4 Worship. The CD features the voices of Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, and Freddie Jackson each have the honour of singing two selections on this project. Bryson does a stellar job with his cover of the Darlene Zschech classic "Shout To The Lord". Meanwhile, Belle, no stranger to the gospel genre, sinks her teeth into "Grateful", originally performed by Hezekiah Walker and LFC.

Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, and Freddie Jackson each have the honor of singing two selections on this project. Bryson does a stellar job with his cover of the Darlene Zschech classic "Shout To The Lord". Meanwhile, Belle, no stranger to the gospel genre, sinks her teeth into "Grateful", originally performed by Hezekiah Walker and LFC.

Bryson and Belle partner on the Richard Smallwood anthem "Total Praise". Freddie Jackson's double duty starts with a cover of Andrae Crouch's "My Tribute", a duet with Melba Moore. However, it's his cover of the Deniece Williams-penned "God Is Amazing" that could get the nod as the standout cut of the album. Few men can adequately perform a song originally written for a female vocalist but Jackson makes the song his own with an arrangement that will garner several repeat spins.

Media Association sends BC a hit list


Ever since the Broadcasting Commission flexed its muscles and started banning music with lyrics that are deemed to be sexually explicit and/or promoting violence, there have been grey areas that are left open to interpretation.
The Media Association of Jamaica (MAJ) in an effort to toe the line has compiled a list of songs to present to the regulators for their opinion. Here are the over 200 songs that are in question, as taken from a list being circulated on Facebook. And, please note that this list of over 200 is not exhausted … there could very well be more songs added.

DáVille thrilled Dominicans at Krazy Kokonuts

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daville.jpgSinger DåVille certainly has the know-how to keep his fans musically satisfied.
He was the headline act at a show dubbed ‘A Black Affair’ held at the Krazy Kokunuts Club (formerly Green Grasshopper Club) in Dominica recently where he brought down the place with a superb performance.
The singer had the filled to capacity venue under his spell as he used his magic voice to knock the ladies off their feet. Things in the club got intensely hot when the singer shed his shirt, revealing his well toned his six-pack abs. The female patrons lusted and screamed as they tried to get up closed and personal with the singer.
Proprietor of the club, Frankie ‘Krazy T’ Bellot, was pleased with the success of the show, but more so the performance of DåVille.
The event also featured Dominican local acts MFR Band, Soca Monarch King Daddy Chess, DJs Flip and Mr. Mystic.

Elephant Man- Bless We More


John Legend ft. Estelle- No Other Love

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no other love - john legend ft estelle


No other love

No other touch

Gimme gimme oh so much

Turn me on, turn me on

(Verse 1)
Won’t you please get out of my head
Get back into my bed now, come kiss me, come with me

Cause’ I can’t hardly sleep without you, can’t stop thinking bout you girl

I want you, I need you

And I’m ready for love, I’m ready for us to lose control

Oh you know and I know that


No other love

No other touch

Gimme gimme oh so much

Turn me on, turn me on
No other kiss

No one like this

Feeling that I can’t resist

Turn me on, turn me on, turn me on

Busy Signal- Me Deside Fi Answer


Dumpling Shop - Lovindeer & Mama Tia


Addi Di Teaher & Di Genius- Careful


Assassin- Pree This


Pree Dis - AssassinIntro

Jamaica a wi island

Jamrock, what kind a rock?... Trust mi is a diamond

Mi nah run lef an go no where

Mi nah try off a Philippines, mi nah try off a Thailand

No, because Jamaica a mi island

Fi lef ya come in like mi tek sea ova dry land...


Well Pree this

How so much fish deh yah like seh a sea this?

And pree this, dem gooda hear that an want say me dis

Well pree this, see a Bible yah, gwaan go read this

And tell mi whey yuh see say yuh fi a man yuh P?

Eh eh, no sah, Jamaica mi can’t believe this

A find headless pickney, a couldn’t we this

No murder nah commit a St. Kitts and Nevis

But we a gwaan like seh we a Islamic extremist

Low mi nuh officer after a nuh speed this

How yuh a gwaan so and is a draw a weed this

Alright then nuh say nutten, hold this is a G this

Yuh face still mek up?... alright a three this

Di country a mash up, how wi ago treat this?

If we unite mi know we can defeat this

Because a full time we bring back the sweetness

Until Jamaica give wi diabetes


Because the economy poor and the crime rate high but a Jamaica still a we yard

Mi nuh know bout you but mi sure bout me, dem ting deh nuffi gwaan ina mi yard

What mi say? Things not great but wi must hold the faith

Although times so hard, mi say

Wi affi try set it, we nah run lef it

Jamaica still a wi yard

Verse 2

Well hear this

Come mek wi pretend seh is a election year this

And everybody try find a better way fi steer this

Cause if we continue so, tourists goin fear this and nobody nah go want come near this

Well hear this

Jamaica we can’t move so we a live too careless

Nuff prayer a send up mek di Almighty spear this

Well Ja-Mek-Ya him a test wi, wi can’t fail this

Him goodly take it back, so do nuh mek him send a bailiff

Mi kick back pon di beach and mi a sip a Baileys

And mi a remember how much hurricane and how much near miss

But wi crime rate mek wi feel like wi deh pon death row

Is like is an electric chair this

Movado - Never Believe U


Luciano Joins Solid Agency Roster


luciano4_ab.jpgReggae messenger Luciano is now apart of the Solid Agency Camp and according to early reports the booking and public relations company known for their exceptional work in the entertainment industry will be looking to promote the veteran singer in new and more innovate ways.

"We are definitely looking forward to working with Luciano, he is one of reggae's most prolific prophets who has remained consistent over the years. Luciano has toured extensively throughout his career but what we will be looking to explore are new and uncharted territories for him like the Philippines and even China". From a promotional standpoint we will be looking to increase his visibility online through social networks and entertainment websites worldwide. Luciano has a profound image and reputation that we want to ensure is protected at all times".

In other news Luciano is slated to travel to France this May for the Yes We Can Tour. His first show will be on the 20th where he will perform in Bordeaux. From there it's on to Toulouse, Paris and Limoges before the completion on the 28th at the Big Band Cafe in Caen.

Dancehall Artiste Aidonia shines in Europe


AIDONIA_EUROPE_09_edit.jpgDancehall artiste Sheldon ‘Aidonia’ Lawrence current single ‘Hundred Stab’ on the Sky Daggering riddim by Equinoxx Productions is creating a lot of noise on the scene for him. The talented DJ is presently touring Europe for a series of performances across the major cities.

With an agenda to please his fans in that part of the world, Aidonia is extensively touring the continent for the next three weeks with scheduled stops in hot spots such as Padova and Milano in Italy, Copenhagen in Denmark, Toulouse in France, Berlin and Mannheim in Germany amongst others. The first major and even more noteworthy, the first headline tour for Aidonia, he also welcomes French sound system ‘Soul Stereo’ along for the journey.

One of the most famous and respected European sound systems, Soul Stereo is the region’s leading authority in Jamaican music and tour extensively across the world delivering their unique sound. The French based selectors have worked with some of the industry’s premier talents including Black Uhuru, Mykal Rose, Capleton, Natasja Scrul among others and with Aidonia now in Europe, it was only natural that the two would cross paths says Soul Stereo foundation member Rico, “We respect his music and the energy that he brings to the stage. We are very happy to be a part of this tour with him” he says.

The music is bigger than us all

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-silhouette_2.jpgNo questions asked, music has evolved. Days gone by there were some songs that could not be played, songs that we now consider tame by today's standards. Now we are in this generation and the debate is raging surrounding the explicit song Ramping Shop. Upon listening to it I must say it was a very cleverly written song, at the same time I felt some measure of sadness. Here are two talent people who could describe the bedroom activity so creatively and they had to spoil it with the expletives and graphic lyrics.

Looking back I remember another song that beautiful described making love and till this day it remains a favourite of mine.

The song is A1 Lover done by Spragga Benz. A part of the lyrics goes "climb the twin peak to the chocolate top..." now we don’t need a lot of guesses to figure out he is talking about breast nipples. But the song is so tasteful there really is nothing to be offended about. Now I am no prude, but please there is a limit to what we can get away with in the name of music.

Shema-Better know yourself (Boasty-riddim)


Lord deliver our kids


By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-silhouette_2.jpgIt’s been awhile, but I am back on the scene. And yes, the rest did me good, but coming back into the same old situation is depressing. Instead of things getting better for our children it is getting worse. The only thing I can say is Lord deliver our kids…cause no one else can.

What is really happening to our children and why are we not doing a thing to stop it? I am tired of the many reports coming out in the media bout the abuse of those precious ones. For me, I think it is high time that government come up with stronger measures to deal with these people are taking out their lust and anger on their kids.

Look at the man who was so upset about his son leaving a foot of shoe at school that he set him afire? Now, what in the world could have possessed him to behave like that. If there was any justice in this world they would just set him afire too and let him feel how it hot...just cool it out in time for him not to die.

Super Cat

Answer: The first destruction in the modern age of reggae name STING. Sting has the music like boxing ring. Imagine big artistes like Maxi Priest and Bunny Wailer come and get bottled. It seem to be a pattern, then the clash is at the forefront. Clashes should be for new artistes, who need to express their talent, established artistes should not be in that category. There is always a stigma in the music, from the underground to the forefront. Are they going to ban the sex channels? Why should anyone stop a man from expressing how him feel about sex and how a woman make him feel.

Gramps Morgan

Answer: Slackness is slackness and it affects every one differently. We all do slackness but some chose to take it out of their bedroom, everything has its place.

Donovan Germaine

Answer: I think it is necessary, any well thinking family wouldn't mind.

Marcia Griffiths

Answer: I am not one for the slackness. I will always be one to quote the Bible if we are called upon as singers and musicians because we are the only ones who can transcend God's teaching onto our nation. Therefore, why should we continue to feed this nation, especially this generation with any thing negative. Maybe we as singers and musicians don't realize that we were called upon by God.

Mr. Perfect

Answer: I think it was a great move. We need to have morals in our society and we need to control what our kids see and hear. We can't control everything but we have to start somewhere. I know they will find things out through magazines, games etc., but at least we are trying to limit their exposure.

We need to take dancehall back to how it was. I remember when Little Lenny came out with "Gun inna Baggie," he had to do a clean version for the airwaves called "Healthy Body," If persons wanted to hear "Gun inna Baggie", they would have go to sessions. I really think this decision will not affect dancehall, I think it will only make the sessions more attended by patrons who are not able to hear their favorite songs on the radio. What they need to realize is that dancehall will never die, it will only find ways of reinventing itself, through the artistes who will continue to write good music, fashion etc.

What do artist think about payola in the business?


payola.gifQuestion: What do you think about the payola in the business?

Super Cat

Answer: Payola is illegal, it's embezzling the funds in the business. Hundreds of thousands of artistes don't have it to pay for payola. Why don't they just buy some regular commercial air time, it is cheaper than payola. Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh never paid payola. These disc jockeys are trying to break the artiste. Once the strength of the people is behind the music. i.e. disc jockeys playing the music in dancehall, in the clubs and the street venues it's not about what the artiste can afford but what they (the people) want. Artistes and their management don't want to feel like they are being "sticked up."

Gramps Morgan

Answer: Well it happens every where around the world it's been going on since the 60's in the music business, PERIOD. However, in Jamaica it makes it hard for an upcoming talent that is more than qualified to have a music career and doesn't have the money, so that artiste doesn't get the chance to be heard, so it sucks in that way.

Donovan Germaine

Answer: It's a taboo subject

Marcia Griffiths

Answer: I have never supported Payola in the business, because the way I see it, if you have a God given talent to do a work, we should all work together. We are one family. There should be someone to take it from there to another level. Also, if someone is employed to do a job, why should we pay them again to do the same job. It reaches a stage where artistes are paying more than they are receiving from their music.

Mr. Prefect

Answer: I Think payola is doing more harm than good to the business. Sometimes it helps to a certain level, but when the politics of it 'kicks in' it's not good. You might have a new artiste who may not the have the right connections, payola can help him to a level, but when you have an artiste a pay the disc jockeys to not play your songs that's when the politics of it is harming the business.

Also some promoters are using payola to get themselves much further in the business. I remember back then when a young artiste would be given a small fee to perform on a big stage show, nowadays the artiste have to be paying the promoters instead. Some of them don't even have a 'chune' that anybody know.

Neva gi weh sure fi unsure


By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMe seh me have a friend and she said she meet this cute guy. Him nice and ting and him look like somebody she coulda par with. She wasn't looking for some one to settle down wid just someone to date. Anyways dem go out a couple a times. Him carry her go movies and party and she say him know how fi av a good time. She think all was going well until him seh him ago introduce her to him close friend. She tink the man must rate her to want introduce her to him paari.

Anyways dem go watch a play the nite and she meet the fren. Could you guess and tell me wah happen. She like the man fren. But to how she stay she neva want the man fi know and besides the fren was there wit him woman. So she play it cool. She seh wen she go home the nite she a wonder y she like the man fren and y she neva meet him fuss instead.

About a week pass and she try fi forget the fren cuz she know nutten couldn't gwaan. So it was Saturday and her man call her seh dem a go out. Wen the man come pick her up guess and tell me who in a the back a the car - no the fren and a different woman.

Shaggy gets motivated by Barack Obama


shaggy_edit_08.jpgShaggy told reporters recently that he sees similarities between Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama and the character Rocky from the 1976 motion picture of the same name.

In the movie a small time boxer got a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Shaggy said the thing he found unique about Obama was his ability to inspire others to go the extra mile and "deliver."

Watching Obama is like viewing "Rocky" in Shaggy’s eyes, who said that he just gets motivated listening to him and will admire his spirit, whether or not he wins. Barack Obama’s speeches puts, "a fire under your ass," Shaggy said. As a pure symbol of hope he gets you charged up, he expounded.

Not at all an admirer of the current President George Bush, Shaggy classed him as one of the worse presidents ever, according to reports.

Olympics Unity


lead.jpgIt look like Olympics fi come regular, because only when a Olympics
the crime rate drop. It look like everybody so busy a watch Olympics
them nuh have nuh time fi rob, kill or shoot nuh body.

Why wi caan keep this up wen nuh Olympics nah gwaan. Look how the country a run sweet during the olympic season. A suh it fi run all year round.

Tell mi de truth, oonu nuh tink seh it look bad fi wi a do so well inna China, and a run de place ova deh an wi deh a Jamaica a kill off wi one anada. We a one small island an we rank number one inna medals inna athletics. Wi beat out all a di first world country dem. Oonu nuh feel proud? an feel seh oonu fi stop di foolishness now, a full time Jamaica crime rate drop. It well over due.

Wi have so much fi bi proud a, wi need fi unite like how wi unite ova dem past few days yah. If we keep dis up, our likkle island will be a better place and everybody ago want come yah - because Jamdung sweet and violence free.

Come affa wi name


Mi seh, how some people and country bad mind suh?
Mi seh afta Usain Bolt bun up de field and bruk two
worl record people a fight him out.

Why dem nuh want see Jamaicans prosper? A wah wi
do dem? Dem need fi know seh wi little but wi talawah,
an nuh matter wha, we a God Bless pickney.

Mi seh dem all have up seh Bolt deh pon drugs, dats why
him run suh fast, cause him neva use to suh fast. Dis
just grieve mi heart, cause after we a do so well de
little badmind people dem nuh want se we reach nuh weh
so dem a start rumour.

Beenie Man fights woman backstage


beenie_charts.jpgIt is reported that after performing at a sold out show in Stratford Rex, London, Beenie Man and a woman, allegedly D'Angel's sister, had a physical altercation.

Witnesses say that at approximately 4am Monday morning, while Beenie Man was backstage preparing to leave the venue, a woman approached him wanting to discuss money owed to her. Beenie Man who was leaving for Germany told her that he would talk to her upon his return to England. As he turned to walk away she grabbed his chain and broke it, at which time his security guards intervened.

However, Beenie Man's publicist, Ray Alexander, could not confirm the incident as he said that Beenie Man had not mentioned anything to him during their 8am phone call. He promised to speak to Beenie Man about the alleged incident in Germany the following day.

Beenie Man is presently on a one month long European tour and is scheduled to perform in Germany on August 19, Holland on August 23, 26 and 27, and Belgium, August 24.

Suh mi seh


with Joan Wilson


It's a good time to be back. I apologise for being caught up with work and other stuff, so my writing had to go on the back burner. But not even the pressure of work could keep me from checking in to talk about my joy which knows no end.

One little dot on the map and we are creating havoc in Beijing, China! What could possibly beat the overwhelming swell of pride when Usain Bolt crossed the finish line in 9.69 seconds and gave us the gold?

But if I thought my cup had overflowed with joy, then I had another guess coming as our three girls, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, made a clean sweep of the medals earning gold and two silvers in the same race - creating history. Who would have ever imagined that!

Shelly-Ann who hails from the Water House community proved to the world that one's address is just geography. She was super confident, regal and a beauty to behold as she totally stamped her class on the athletic games.

Alley Cat releases new album


alleycat_dancehall.jpgProducer / artiste Alley Cat has released a new album called Dancehall Knowledge Vol 1 which contains inspirational songs as well as songs "...with a little bit of rude bwoy touch..defending the struggles of the people..."

He is hopeful that the album will be a success as the first video has been doing well on RETV and CVMTV top ten countdown. It has also been getting great airplay and positive feedback.

The album features artistes such as: Red Square, Mitch, Fiona, Miami based Tenor Blue and new comers: Badd Cash, East Coast and Scorpion.

What really happened in Sweden with Sean Paul


sean paul_edit.jpgEveryone has heard a different story about what really happened in Sweden with Sean Paul and other artistes. YardFlex has gotten an exclusive interview from an artiste, Limey Murray, who was at the venue in Sweden.

He explains that the attack was not just on Sean Paul, his band or management team, but on all the artistes who were present. This he explains was an attempt by the lawmen to control the speech of the artistes and was a direct attack on dancehall and reggae music.

Mr. Murray told YardFlex that the Police in Sweden interrogated the artistes, management and band members. They were placed in coaster buses and taken to this large auditorium where they had to do a urine test. The urine test was done to establish the presence of any traces of herb in the urine. If traces of herb were found during the urine test they would have to proceed by doing blood tests. The blood tests would show how long ago the artistes had engaged in herb smoking and if they had smoked the herb while in Sweden, seeing that it is an illegal substance in the country.

Descendant of Marcus Garvey up for carnal abuse


marcus_garvey.jpgDevon Garvey, who is said to be Marcus Garvey’s great grand son, has been charged in Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court with allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl.

Garvey, who hails from Gold Smith Villa in August Town, St Andrew had the carnal abuse charges laid on him this week after reports surfaced about his indiscreet actions towards the adolescent.

Police reports state that Garvey was accompanying the young girl from church on May 31 this year, and instead of taking her home, he brought her to his house, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Arrested and subsequently charged for the offence, Garvey has denied the allegations, says his attorney, Christopher Townsend.

He will return to court on September 8 for a preliminary enquiry into the incident.

Sean Paul was not arrested


Sean Paul 3.jpgContrary to reports flooding the internet Sean Paul's booking agent and publicist Headline Entertaining are maintaining that their client was not arrested on drug charges at the Uppsala Reggae Festival last Friday.

It was reported that the DJ who has made a big impact on the international scene was taken and processed along with 300 other people including artistes at a local police station.

Another media reported that the DJ's hotel room was searched without his knowledge.

Lady Saw and Spice ruled at Divas in Concert



It was a night of pure fun and excitement at Club Nazz in Negril where Divas in Concert took place. Although Macka Diamond, Queen Paul and Lady G were missing in action, you would never know it by the way the crowd seized every moment to enjoy themselves.

Lady Saw and Spice proved to be two lethal divas as they literally took full control of the crowd. They came, they saw and they conquered big time.

miss thing-edit.jpg

D’Angel, Lady Diva and Miss Thing did their thing to good response from the crowd, but the night belonged to Spice and Lady Saw who drew upon every iota of experience to totally captivate the crowd.

Jamaican Artist Christopher Gonzales Dies


christopher_gonzales.JPGChristopher Gonzalez, whose expressionistic sculptures and paintings earned him a reputation as a pioneer in Jamaican art, has died, according to a longtime family friend. He was 65.

The acclaimed Jamaican artist lost his battle with cancer, on Saturday at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, said Kay Osbourne, managing director of Television Jamaica.

Gonzalez, born in 1943 in the central parish of Manchester, is best known for creating a controversial 9-foot (2.7-meter) statue of reggae legend Bob Marley, which is housed at a museum in Ocho Rios.

logo.jpgDigicel Rising Star judge, Clyde McKenzie in expressing his opinion about the performances of the contestants on Sunday, August 3 had a lot to say.

He said that as the contestants became more comfortable with themselves and the stage their performances became stronger, even though he saw some weak ones as well.

One of the stronger performances he mentioned was the group Khalil, from Montego Bay. He said that they are one of the finest performers in the competition as they have the ability to use their harmony to make them the crowd favourite.

Cameal, he believes did a fair rendition of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come". He says that her delivery and interpretation of the song should have an impact on the public.

Bob Marley Foundation gives back to education


The Bob Marley Foundation recently donated 100 books to the Victory Basic School in Trench Town, St. Andrew. The books, which are based on the Caribbean experience, are designed to help children in the early childhood program develop in the critical areas of reading, mainly pronunciation.

The Administrator of the school, Miss Black, declared that she has already read the books and found them to fit perfectly in the school's curriculum.

Mrs. Jackie Lynch Stewart, General Manager of the Bob Marley Foundation said that the features of the books should accelerate the literacy process, and make learning more meaningful. She believes that starting with the young ones is an important way to contribute to nation building, and change the society.

The Foundation will also sponsor two teachers from the school by sending them to special reading workshops to improve their literacy teaching skills which will assist in improving the literacy level at the school.

The Foundation also has plans to make similar donations to Stephney Primary and Juniour High School, in the parish of Bob Marley's birth, St. Ann.

edit_cure.jpgInspiring Rastafarian Reggae singer, Jah Cure,premiered his latest music videos last week on the top local music video channels and programmes.

The Danger Zone/SoBe Entertainment singles 'Hot Long Time' (featuring Junior Reid), 'Journey' and 'Green Grass' hit the HD plasma screens with such a powerful impact that the request lines for all the channels must have been ringing off the hook.

Award winning video director J. Will outdid himself with the production of the videos that were shot on locations across Jamaica.

'Hot Long Time' is not the typical Jah Cure type music video. Filmed in Port Royal, the scenes feature hot bikes, cars, helicopters and some sexy girls, which Jah Cure fans should definitely love.

'Journey' is a reflective mastery that sees Jah Cure journeying across Jamaica and chronicling his 'trod'. The scenes feature the wonders and beauty of the island paradise.

While the herbs tune 'Green Grass' reflects Jah Cure's message of consciousness, which should appeal to all official 'herbs man and woman'.

'Hot Long Time', 'Journey' and 'Green Grass' are a wonderful delight for music lovers, who almost simultaneously, experienced different sides of the versatile singer.

lesbian_personals.jpgA 29 year old Jamaican woman, with two drug charges,who was released from a detention centre in Puerto Rico has avoided deportation to her homeland citing fear of being tortured. Judge Irma Lopez-Defillo had initially ordered that Nichole (her middle name), be deported, when the woman checked in with immigration authorities on Thursday, August 7, regarding her order of supervision, but upon hearing stories of her life in Jamaica as a lesbian, the judge also fearing that her sexual orientation would put her in danger if she were to return to Jamaica deferred the order based on the climate of intolerance in Jamaica.

"The general atmosphere in Jamaica is a feeling of no tolerance towards homosexuals in general,...the respondent's life is definitely at risk," the judge said.

Nichole's lawyers plan to file documents so that she can apply for legal residency as the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to deport her to any other country.

She is to report back in three months.

Photography By: Milton Raynor

Scenes from the recently held "A St. Mary Mi Come From 2008":




KINGS_UNDISPUTED_beenieman_yellowman.jpgRecently, There has been much debate as to who most deserves the title 'King of the Dancehall'. However, older artistes and musicians in the business say talk is cheap, let the work show.

Yellowman and Beenie Man have already made claims to the title, and while it is almost impossible to mention Beenie without Bounty Killer, they have all made public utterances declaring themselves as 'King'.

In a recent interview with The Gleaner Yellowman said, "If me a king? That the people dem say, all over the world. Not Jamaica alone. The people dem say it and dem have been saying it for a very long time. Is not a while ago dem say it."

Beenie Man also embraced the title when he revealed that business entities plan to crown him official 'King of the Dancehall' some time later this year.

However, Bounty Killer, performing at a show in Miami recently, reportedly said that even though he was performing second to last (Beenie closed the show), he was still the undisputed 'King of the Dancehall'. In brushing aside Beenie Man's claim to the throne, Bounty in an interview with The Gleaner said, "Wi know King Stitch, wi know King Tubbys, wi know King Yellowman, an wi know Warrior King, an wi know Jigsy King. Mi nuh know nuh odda king. One odda king mi heard about an a Peter's king, suh any odda king is a Peter's king or a Kingfish ting? So we only heard about a couple kings of the dancehall and all of a sudden we hear about this self-proclaimed king ... have you ever heard anybody say Jigsy King can't be the king? Why yuh a fight fi di kingship? Guh hold a queenship man."

Beenie Man 2008 European tour all set for August


beenieMan_europe_tour_08_edit.jpgThe 'dancehall doctor' Beenie Man continues to prove that he is the king of dancehall, after a command performance at the recent Reggae Sumfest and a sparkling performance over the weekend in Bermuda.

Following his massive Beenie Sizzle '08, which is set for the Jamalco Sports Club in Clarendon on Independence Day, August 6, he will be embarking on a hectic summer tour of Europe beginning on August 8 to 27, and has been confirmed for Irie Jamboree '08 on Sunday, August 31.

Beenie Man's first jig takes place in Lisbon, Portugal on Friday, August 8, then it's on to Uppsala, Sweden on Saturday, August 9. He will then be off to Bersenbruck, Germany on Sunday, August 10; Lecce, Italy on Monday, August 11; and the dates continues.

After Beenie Man wraps up in France he will head for England where he will perform in Bradford on Thursday, August 14; Birmingham on Friday, August 15 and London on Saturday, August 16.

Mikey General Releases "Confidence In Self"

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mikey_general_album_edit.jpgIt's almost ironic that the first track on Mikey General's new album is "Jah Time". As the song tells you, "nothing ever happens before Jah time." Now is Mikey General's time. Time to break through, and a time to shine.

One of Reggae's most exciting talents in conscious vocals is that of Mikey General. His high tenor voice, like a warm breeze over the ocean, carries a message of faith and optimism. He is now ready to break through the barriers of the reggae industry with his new release "Confidence in Self".

Weddy Weddy's 4th Anniversary


Photography By: Milton Raynor


Weddy Weddy celebrated its 4th anniversary at Stone Love's HQ, on Burlington Avenue, Wednesday night. Magnum was the title sponsor for this event. All roads leading to Stone Love's HQ were jam packed. There was hardly any space for patrons to move in the venue and all were dressed to impress.


Guest selectors, from various sound systems, came out to show solidarity for the Stone Love movement. Artistes present were: Beenie Man, D'Angel, Bounty Killer, Seranie, Bugle, Bling Dawg, Junior Reid, Mr. G and Daville who invited the 'Queen of Reggae' Sister Marcia Griffiths, to share in the celebration. Sister Marcia's cameo performance was extremely well received by the patrons.

08_busy_signal_edit.jpgReanno Gordon, aka Busy Signal, one of the hottest dancehall artistes, will be releasing his much anticipated album through VP Records on September 9th, 2008.

The album contains hits such as "Jail", "These Are The Days", "Unknown Number" and "Wine Pon Di Edge", which are presently dominating the dancehall scene. There are also the hip hop/dancehall mix of "Tic Toc" and "Cool it Baby".

Busy's talent for telling the story of the life of ghetto youths in "These Are The Days". "Knocking", "People So Evil" and "Curfew", has made him a much respected spokesperson for the residence of the innercity communities.

As a protege of Bounty Killer, and a member of Bounty's musical powerhouse, The Alliance, he has received international attention since he began in 2005 with hits "Born and Grow" and "Step Out".

His mastery of the stage has led to his being booked on all major Jamaican stage shows, the most recent being, Reggae Sumfest.

The release of this album "Loaded" will only serve to cement him as a solid member of the dancehall fraternity.

Nesbeth comes out of his 'Board House'


By: Joan Wilson

nesbeth_boardhouse_edit.jpgGreg Nesbeth, aka Nesbeth, is really coming into his own right now. Ever since his song Board House catapulted him into mainstream attention, the artiste, who is now signed to No Doubt Records is determined to continue on this positive trend.

Currently he is focusing on putting the finishing touches on his new upcoming album entitled Board House. One of the tracks that will be featured on the album is Guns Out, which is currently enjoying a steady buzz on the dancehall circuit right now. According to Nesbeth, this song is one of his favorites as it delves into the levity of inner-city life. "It's all about you having to see people being murdered, being tight lipped and to top it off having the cops coming in and treating you like criminals too."

The singer told YardFlex that he is happy with the trend his career is going, but all of that will not change him. "I am the same humble individual I have always been. I am happy that Board House was a number one. I am not saying I will do it again, but if it's repeated, then I will still be me."

Entertainment Centres Under pressure


DMckenzie_edit.jpgMayor Desmond McKenzie is not pardoning entertainment centers in the Kingston and St. Andrew area. Club goers will have to find new party spots, as The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, (KSAC), will be on a rampage to close down more than 20 of the common night clubs and entertainment spots in this area.

Mayor Desmond McKenzie has announced that the KSAC has carried out investigations, and and a number of these places were in breach of the International Fire Code (IFC). The IFC examines steps to prevent fires as well as extinguishing them.

The code states that in the event of a fire proper measures must be in place to detect, find and extinguish the fire in a way that will have minimal effect on the building and more importantly the safety of individuals.

haile_selassie_edit_earthstrong.jpgToday is the 116th earthday of H.I.M Emperor Haile Sellasie I. All mansions worldwide will be commemorating this day. In Jamaica the various mansions will be hosting different celebrations.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel will have a celebration at its HQ in Kingston from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

The Nyah Bingi will be hosting its Bingi at Scotts Park and the Bobo Shanti will also be celebrating the earth strong of his majesty.

Long live the King.

"St. Mary Mi Come From" Launch 2008



The launch of the seventh annual staging of "A St. Mary Mi Come From" took place at the 'Top of World' at Jamaica Pegasus, on Tuesday evening. Though off to a late start, the show progressed into an exciting evening.


The show began with the singing of the 'National Anthem', followed by the welcome and opening remarks by Mrs. Norma Brown. Mr. Desmond Young, Mr. Bryan, Ms. Kemp, Mrs. Barnett and Constable Rochelle followed with greetings.

Busy Signal stranded 'Pon de Edge'.


BUSY_charts_2.jpgAfter performing at the St. Kitts 12th Annual Music Festival, Busy Signal found himself without transportation to get back the the hotel.

Busy claims that he was left behind because he performed the song, "Pon De Edge" which he was asked not to do.

The Chairman of the Music Festival, Faron Lawrence, said that he was unaware that Busy was left behind and knows nothing about him being asked not to sing that song. He explained that performers are usually provided with transportation to take them back to their hotels, but sometimes they are also told that transporting all of them is not possible and they will have to make their own arrangements. Sometimes artistes opt to remain behind to watch the show. Lawrence says he was not aware if this was the case with Busy Signal.

Drama at Little Ochi Seafood Festival

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littleochi_seafood_festival_edit.jpgYardflex went to Alligator Pond to take in the Little Ochi Seafood
and honestly the venue sell off. The place cram so till, but to tell the truth I had a problem hearing the performers as it seemed as there were competitions from three different segments at the venue.

Upstairs at the upper deck bar it was like a dance session, in the middle there was the stage show and out front music was blasting again.

Then not to mention the security guard that enjoyed drawing his knife.
Yardflex observed him on at least four occasions arguing with 'unwanted' patrons who he felt came in illegally and worse were there selling stuff. The knife came out and there he was threatening to 'done dem!'.

With all that though the steamed and fry fish went like hot bread, shrimps, lobster and other seafood were in abundance. Romain, George Nooks, Nikiesha Barnes and others tried to do their best, but performing on tracks under those conditions, never made it at all. The Dragonaires totally dominated and had the crowd from start to finish.

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Festival mix up

What a bam bam with the Festival Song Competition whey keep Saturday night. Roy Rayon was declared the winner but whey hot people, is dat a him crape up everything.

Nobady else no win dime out it. Di people dem bex, cause dem sey him done win di million fi di prize aready, smady else shoulda win a ting tuh. Dem a cuss out backfoot bout it. A suh it guh...di world nuh level at all.


Tellah kibba yuh mouth

But a whey di girl Tellah a gwaan wid dung a Little Ochi Seafood Festival. She come pon stage wid one piece a tracing and a throw word pon Baby Tash; and class har up di most ways, bere tings. Now, she nuh reach nuh way inna di music yet and a galang suh. A bad mind she bad mind sey Baby Tash win, or she waan fi use conflict fi meck it. Whatever di reason...stop nuh look good.


Who Am I? ...The Untold Story of Beenie Man


Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from the recently held book launch of Milton Wray's Who Am I?...The Untold Story of Beenie Man in Kingston, Jamaica:




rainbowvibes_logo_edit.jpgJamaica, dubbed one the most homophobic nations on earth has spawned the Caribbean's first Gay and Lesbian Social Network,, where Caribbean gay life meets the world.

"The site is an online hub for Caribbean gays, lesbians and bisexual people living at home and overseas and their friends in South America, Latin America, USA, Europe and Canada. Now they can all connect with each other in a single space online." Andrea* added.

The site is the brainchild of Matthew Raine*, a gay Jamaican IT executive, who now lives in Canada and Andrea Rainford*, a Jamaican lesbian marketing executive who lives in Kingston, Jamaica. "The need was glaring. The nature of most Caribbean countries has made it a challenge to meet and connect face to face. Here, online, there are no limits. Having a social network of our own was something we craved ourselves and had the know how to get done, so we said let's be bold and give this Pride gift to our community." Matthew* said.

Bembe Gone Global


By: Dave Lindo


Bembe Thursday, the 'hype' dancehall event staged each Thursday at Weekenz in Kingston, Jamaica has become a global phenomenon in less than two years.

The idea for Bembe originated when former Stone Love selector, Richie Feelings, jokingly told his friends that he is a bembe marble and staged a dance of the same name.

As Jigsy, a member of the Bembe Squad explained, "A bembe marble is one of those big marbles, so Feelings said that he was bembe marble. The owner of Weekenz approached Richie to do a weekly event at his spot so he (Richie) linked us up and we decided to do it and call it Bembe Thursday. At first we took it as a joke - we never dreamed that it would get so big.

Feelings also invited selectors Razz and Biggy, Jigsy and Penny Bling to form the Bembe Squad. In a very short time it became the place to be on a Thursday night in the capital city. "People from all over started to attend, by midnight the place is normally jam packed." Jigsy said.

D'Angel Prepping up for Sumfest


Vybz Kartel & D'Angel at the grand opening of Club Amazon July 4.JPGD'Angel seems to be busily 'sprucing up' her stage performance, apparently in preparation for her first performance in the upcoming Reggae Sumfest Festival.

So far this month, July 4 and 6, 2008, D'Angel performed for the grand opening of Club Amazon in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth and the Portland Jerk Festival respectively.

D'Angel had Club Amazon exceeding its 500 capacity by the time she made her 1:00pm entrance. She mingled with the crowd until her 3:00pm performance time. "It was very good to see D'Angel showing up early and taking time out to chill with the audience." a promoter of Amazon Productions said.

jam-reggae.jpgThe Government is to establish a museum of reggae music and artifacts, to represent the struggles and achievements of Jamaican music, and will establish a special initiative to encourage and assist Jamaican film makers to produce works on Jamaican culture.

The announcement was made by Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, on Thursday July 3, who was giving the welcome address on behalf of Prime Minister, Bruce Golding at a launching reception for the 7th International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. The reception was held at Vale Royal, the Prime Minister's official residence.

Noting that culture remains an important part of "who we are, what we are and how we do what we do," Dr. Chang stated that Jamaica's cultural identity and image worldwide were strongly linked to reggae music, "an indigenous product of which we are very proud."

Describing reggae as an international language of the oppressed, he credited the work of artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, whose "lyrics captivated international audiences, unified people in their struggles and served as the basis for negotiating significant truces." Their work, he stressed, "took the themes of rebellion, human rights, love, respect for others and freedom into the far corners of the world and helped pave the way for unity and peace."

Mayor Desmond McKenzie marked for death


desmond-mckenzie_hitlist.jpgDesmond McKenzie, Mayor of Kingston claims that he is 'marked for death'. According to him he discovered that his name was on a hit list. This information was revealed at the Jamaica Labour Party Area One Council meeting in Bull Bay on Sunday.

McKenzie claimed his name was among several on a list of public officials. But the Mayor is not cowering in fear as he boldly stated, "As far as I am concerned, I will never allow anybody, whether real or imaginary, to derail the work I am doing,"

"The only persons who can stop me from doing my work is the voters in the corporate area. I am not afraid," he said.

The Mayor made this disclosure as he was lamenting the murder of a public official, Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman, Douglas Chambers, just over a week ago.

By: Dave Lindo

cocotea_promotional.jpgCo Co Tea will be putting out a new album titled Yes We Can, named after his latest single, a song which implores people of all nations to unite and live in peace in order to have a better world.

The album was produced by Co Co Tea aka Calvin Scott on his Roaring Lion/Dancehall Jam Jam label. According to the singer, it will have 12-15 tracks and will feature his big international hit Barrack Obama; a tribute to the American on his presidential campaign.

He has also reunited with Shabba Ranks for a song titled Time Is Real. Co Co Tea in the 1990's had 2 big collaborations with Shabba in Pirates and Who She Love. He also has collaborations with Marcia Griffiths, President Brown, Cutty Ranks and El General. He has also done a remake of Horace Andy's song, She Is My Baby.

Co Co Tea speaking to YardFlex spoke highly about the album. "It is a one in a million CD." he said with his trade mark smile. "It is a mixture of Lovers Rock and authentic reggae music. I had famous musicians working on it, like members of the Prophecy Band, Dean Frazer and his harmonizers, Kirk and Bowie, Teetamus, Lymie Murray. It has an international appeal and I am expecting it to do very well."

Keep the faith Anthony


edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgYardFlex sends condolence to singer Anthony Cruz who lost his mother, Lorna Harriot, three nights ago.

The singer told YardFlex that his mom met into an accident three years ago and since then she has been plagued with after effects from it. "She had a lot of back fact she had pain all over," Anthony Cruz said, as he tried had to maintain his composure.

He said everytime she went to the doctor she received medication, but that was about it. Three nights ago she went to bed "and she just never woke up," the singer brokenly stated. "Right now I am just trying to keep the faith and stay positive," he told YardFlex.

Anthony Cruz will be leaving the island this weekend for Delaware, where his mom lived to make funeral arrangements.

Beenie Man's tax case pushed back again!


beenieman_charts.jpgThere really seem to be no end in sight when it comes to Beenie Man's tax case. Called up yesterday, the trial was once again pushed back to July 29 in order for the crown to get more time to present witnesses.

The artiste is scheduled to return to court on July 29 when the trial is expected to resume.

Moses Davis aka Beenie Man is facing trial on allegations that he owes the government more than $40 million in outstanding taxes.

Revenue officials alleged that Beenie Man failed to pay over the taxes over a number of years.

By: Dave Lindo

singerjah_babyTash.jpgMagnum Kings and Queen Of Dancehall winners Singer Jah and Baby Tash are presently reaping the rewards for winning the competition. YardFlex caught up with Singer Jah and Baby Tash, who won the King and Queen titles respectively, at the Magnum Kings and Queen Of Dancehall Road Show at Folly Oval, Port Antonio, Portland on Saturday, June 28, 2008.

Singer Jah said that the competition has given him invaluable exposure. "The people love wi crazy, and I love them same way." he said "The competition has helped my career a lot cause it has made me known on a national level. Where people from 14 parishes saying Singer Jah. I could't ask for a better start in my career."

Commenting on what he has been doing lately he said, "I am working on my album right now with Scatta Burrell. You can say the album finish already. I am also working on a music video so I give thanks that things are really looking up for me."

Robbery sends back US church group


salvation_army_logo_edit.jpgCrime continues to give the country a bad reputation. The situation worsened when a US-based church mission had to cancel plans to come to Jamaica arising out of the fact that 39 of their members were roused from their beds and robbed at gunpoint at the Salvation Army at Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew hours before dawn on Monday.

According to reports gleaned by YardFlex the robbers were able to gain access to a secure area where the visitors were sleeping at the rear of the School for the Blind compound.

Among the stuff stolen were wallets, hand bags, digital cameras, cellulars before they made their escape at the back.

The JAVAA Anniversary Show come again

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members_of_JAVAA_edit.jpgIt's that time of year again for the annual "JAVAA Anniversary Show". The Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes & Affiliates in association with Jamaica National Building Society will be hosting a sequence of events in "The Gardens" at the Pegasus Hotel on Friday, July 11, 2008, along with the "JAVAA Anniversary Show". The concert will be called "Their Music Lives On", where the first twelve inductees to the JAVAA Jamaica Music Hall of Fame will be announced.

This year the focus will be on Delroy Wilson and Phyllis Dillon. Delroy Wilson is known to be the man who paved the way for Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe and Errol Dunkley. While Phyllis Dillon is remembered as one of the real queens of Jamaican music. Phyllis Dillon will be represented by Mary Isaacs and Angella Stewart. Ken Boothe OD, Errol Dunkley and young Jevaro Laing will represent Delroy Wilson.

Urgent help for Jamaican Hospital


ziggymarley_2_edit.jpgZiggy Marley has been known for his generous donations to the Bustamante Hospital for Children. His first donation was in 1991 and has continued over the years. The foundation which is called URGE (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment) has made several donations since the start of the year to the cash strapped hospital. They have donated equipment such as Laryngoscope sets, blood pressure machines, a Metro Basic crash cart and a Stand Mounted Suction Pump.

The Chain of Hope, Jamaica had appealed to URGE and they responded by paying for a pacemaker for little Shinnia Porteous who was five months at the time. She is now recovering at home.

The Victoria Jubilee Hospital's Premature Nursery also received donations from the Marley family; they donated twelve CPI Baby Cots and an Infant Radiant Warmer to the institution.

St. Ann is also receiving attention from URGE as they are the host of an annual health fair in Nine Mile. Here one can find international doctors and nurses who come to offer their time, medical supplies and services.

Big up to the Marleys!

Rock Steady music being documented


By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor


The Canadian and Swiss Government joined together to co- produce a film about Jamaica's Rock Steady music which is being documented by Director, Stascha Bader from Switzerland and Robert Boulos from Canada, who is the film's Line Producer.


The project which is dubbed Get Ready to Rock Steady is a tribute to the great music form. "Rock Steady was a pivotal part of Jamaica's music from the 60's where everybody was talking about love." Robert said. "Rock Steady is a forgotten era, people remember Ska and Reggae but they forget about Rock Steady."


The idea was formulated by Stascha 2 years ago where we decided to unite all the artistes and musician involved in that music form. It was the first time they were working together in over 40 years so this is a big reunion.

Jamaica - More murders than square mile!


map_kingston_edit.jpgInstead of the level of crime in Jamaica being reduced it seems to be aggressively increasing. According to The Gleaner, the Global Ratings Agency has ranked Kingston as the 31st most dangerous city in the world to live in. This report was issued earlier this month. Jamaica is a small island yet the level of crime committed in our island reflects that of a larger country.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields has, however, come forth to say that this report is unfair as most of the crimes in Jamaica are gang related. He explains that although Kingston is ranked as unsafe, in comparison to London and other developed countries, it is one of the safest.

Hello world here comes Natalie Storm


natalie_storm_updates_08_edit.jpgBorn Natalie Cole in rural Jamaica, she moved to Kingston as a child. Natalie grew up listening to, and being influenced by the sounds of Motown, Madonna, and dancehall female artistes like Mumma Nancy, Lady Patra and Lady Saw. It was while a student at the Holy Childhood High School that she decided to make a career of music. After joining the Holy Childhood choir she successfully auditioned for the Cathy Levy Players.

While still in school, Natalie was approached by a producer seeking female singers for an all girl reggae group. The group was Make Boyz Cry(M.B.C). After a few years as group leader and an album released by the Toshiba-Emi label in Japan, Natalie decided in late 2006 to pursue an alternative course. She left the group and began to record material with some of the top producers in Jamaica and across the globe. These include, Swatch International, Flabba (MO’ Music), Ward 21, Jam 2, Seanizzle, Wildlife (Switzerland), Phlatline (Germany) and New York based Stretch Armstrong (who has produced for Nelly Feurtado, Lil' Kim, Wu Tang Clan).

Shirley Willis hospitalized


shirley_willis_coma_edit.jpgFollowing an accident on Wednesday night gospel singer Shirley Willis in now fighting for her life in a Kingston Hospital. Up to submission of this news brief, the singer was said to be in a coma. Details are sketchy, but it is understood that the singer was alone when she crashed.

Shirley Willis was the unforgettable leading vocal of the age-old gospel group, The Grace Thrillers. One of the most visible and renowned member of the original group, Shirley's compelling voice in popular songs like "By the Grace of God I am Saved", "Can't Even Walk", "Oh What a Sunrise" and "Not My Will" has won the hearts of Jamaicans at home and Jamaicans through out the Diaspora.

Sex workers want to pay tax


prostitution-legalized_EDIT.jpgThe Sex Workers Association of Jamaica has spoken out in support of recommendations for de-criminalization and levying taxes on Jamaica's sex industry, this ccording to a report on

In a front page story in one of the dailies, Dr. Kevin Harvey, Senior Medical Officer in charge of the Health Ministry's National HIV/STI Programme is quoted as saying the government could earn some $3 billion in revenue if they de-criminalized, regularized and taxed this sector.

The Association Spokesperson Marsha Grant said its members are ready for this move and are more than happy to support the call.

Ms Grant argued that despite the fact that prostitution and other segments of the sector are covertly supported by many Jamaicans, it remains a largely underground enterprise, fraught with danger.

Photography By: Milton Raynor




But a wha duh some gal sah


By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow, yuh si like how mi lose mi best friend mi a guh talk di tings dem. But a wha do some ediat gal sah, who claim sey dem a hot gal and gwaan like dem a hype pon mi and dem a man mascot. Di way dem a gwaan is like sey dem a fuss inna di line, but a waan tell dem sey dem deh a di back a di line!

Mi a di original and mi know di imitator dem – straight!

Now since as mi a talk up di tings might as well mi cuss and done. Now dis gal who claim sey she a marketing executive and sey companies not stop fly har all over di globe a try hype pon me and a watch my business. But weh she no kno is datwhile she a watch fi mi business fi har a spoil. She a run dung di engineer whey she claim sey har bonafide man and mi a have di last laugh cause if she ongle know sey di man a nuh fi har alone, mi stop count how much woman him breed and she still tink sey him nah stray.

Ordinarily mi nuh cater, but when a girl waan gwaan like she deh pon top a di affi bring her bak to grung. And weh hot mi even more, she deh yah a play di role a wedding planner and in di mean time a hope sey di man wi put di ring pon fi har finger, she not even know sey di muma out a road a chat har big time, how she a use har and ting. Di madda sey she want better fi har son and him coulda never lick him head a guh put ring pon fi har finga.

Beenie and Barbee's Love Connection


beenie_barbee_accidents.jpgWhat a coincidence.....YardFlex understands that Beenie Man broke his hand whilst playing Football. Both his accident and Barbee's accident seemed to have occurred the same time. hmm, Is there some kind of connection? Well, I just guess he couldn't stand being healthy whilst she wasn't.

Barbie Hospitalized following accident


barbie.jpgBarbee was hospitalized Saturday night following an accident in New York on her way to Jamrock Reggae Fest that was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

According to reports Barbee took off her seat belt to apply makeup as she was running late for the show. Her friend, who was driving a Mercedes Benz lost control of the vehicle due to the reportedly slippery conditions of the road, resulting in the Benz hitting a SUV. Barbee hit her head against the windshield, breaking it and in the process knocking herself unconscious.

She awoke some two hours later in the hospital. The upcoming singer is now recuperating and is expected to be released soon from hospital.

Esco's solo career soaring to new heights


esco_profile.jpgEveryone remembers Esco from the duet Leftside and Esco. He is now pursuing a solo career and has established a new record label called 111 Productions. You seldom find artistes who write and engineer their own music, voice themself, build their own rhythms, mix for themself and yet remain quite humble. Well, Esco has been doing all this.

Esco grew up in a musical surrounding and has always been around beautiful melodies. His father was a disc jockey and Marcia Griffiths was his step mother. This is one factor which has contributed to his musical career.

Esco has been on the dancehall scene for quite a number of years and has not changed much except becoming more fierce and aggressive. "One has to be fierce and aggressive to survive in the music industry." he says. Esco has had many accomplishments in his career but his greatest has been having a number one single.

Touring is a vital part of an artiste's career. Esco has been on tour for the last couple of months and will be heading off again this summer. He has been to Italy, Japan and Ghana.

From touring to making hit songs we just can't keep up with this busy artiste. This is all in an effort to be internationally acclaimed.

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Richie Spice leaves Fifth Element

richiespice_edit_08.jpgRichie Spice and his long time management company Fifth Element Records have parted on friendly terms. Following months of speculations, company officials confirmed the rumours reminding fans and media members that it was a mutual decision taken in the best interest of Richie Spice's career.

Fifth Element Records helped in shaping the career of Richie Spice; and has expressed their blessings for him on his journey. After spending so many years atop charts around the world, Richie Spice has taken a decision to invest more time and energy into his own previously formed family based management company, aptly titled Bonner Cornerstone Music.

Bonner Cornerstone Music currently handles the affairs of family members, Spanner Banner and Snatcha Lion.

According to Richie Spice, the change was necessary, as he desires to take his career on a different path.


Meet gospel festival finalist Tarshea Williams

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By: Joan Wilson

tarshea williams copy_2.jpgBorn in Shiloah, St Elizabeth, Jamaica Festival Development Commission’s (JCDC) gospel finalist for 2008 Tarshea Williams grew up in Windsor, Clarendon then came to live with her mom in Kingston at age 13 where she attended the Denham Town High School.

Tarshea admitted to YardFlex that she has always had a love for gospel music but because she didn't know the proper outlet to work on her talent, that passion lay dormant. Until her aggressive sister decided to push her to expose her gift.

In 2005 she entered the gospel festival but made her exit in the elimination rounds. Four years later, she is back and this time she is in the finals and if Tarshea has her way she will be going all the way to the top!

Jody-Ann Wallace wins Miss Jamaica Global

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cown.jpgJody-Ann Wallace, 18-year-old Mannings High School student, is Miss Jamaica Global.

She copped various prizes, including an all-expense paid trip to London, a trip for two to the United States or any Caribbean destination of her choice as well as jewelery, courtesy of Rainbow Souvenirs,among others.

Interestingly, Wallace did not produce a top 10 talent piece, however, her poise and the confidence she exuded on the night gave her the edge.

On a night when third-place winner Natasha Brown was a big crowd favourite, she asserted, "I need to be number one in every area." As such, she was dominant in all other categories. "I like to think positively," she told reporters, adding, "I thought to myself, I'm gonna do my best to win. After the final five questions, I felt very confident that I'd make it into the top three."

By: Dave Lindo

papajaro.jpgKillamanjaro is one of the long standing sound systems in the business who has carved a name for themselves as a sound system with true class and quality. Named after the famous mountain in Africa, Killamanjaro has stood tall, whether in fierce sound clashes or 'nicing' up a dance or party with some 'wicked' selections. YardFlex caught up with the owner, popularly known as Papajaro.

YardFlex: In what year and how did Killamanjaro get started?

Papajaro: The sound was started in the summer of 1969 while I was at school. My brother had a sound system, and I developed a love for it. After some years my brother migrated to the UK, and left the sound system with our father. My father operated it for awhile and then sold it. At that point I decided that I was going to build my own sound system.

Yardflex: In the early days it was said that the sound used to be transported in a VW van. People were appalled by its small size, yet its excellent sound quality exceeded that of sound systems many times bigger. What was the secret in getting such high sound quality from a small system?

Papajaro: This was not an accident (size), it was a deliberate design. Since this sound system was going to be moving from place to place. I designed it as small as I could with the highest level of efficiency.

YardFlex: Who were the members of your team in the 'early days'?

Papajaro: In the early days we had artistes like: Super Cat, Early B, Jim Kelly, Dirty Harry, and selector Ainsley.

By: Dave Lindo

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The exciting 2008 Festival Song Competition was launched at The Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

Dubbed, "What A Bam Bam Festival", this years judging for the songs promises to be an exciting and competitive one. All ten songs in the finals were unveiled at the launch and were really sounding good, bringing back memories of the 'good old days' of festival. Songs like, Toots and the Maytal's "Bam Bam", the infectious "Cherry O Baby" by Eric Donaldson, 'yes man dem vibes deh!'

As disclosed by guest of honour, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, The Hon. Olivia Grange; the objective of this years competition was to bring back the high standard of the old days. She said, "I am happy that the festival songs are back on track, the original concept by Hon. Edward Seaga was to find a song that even little babies would rock to. With these songs I feel confident that we are right there."

Erup taking his career to higher heights

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erup_1.jpgErup...the intense calm. He has formed his own record label, Fully Governed Inc., and he now has greater autonomy in relation to his musical career. He affirmed in a recent interview, "I'm running my show, an seeing how I can help myself, also tryin fi build up di youth dem." He has also found time to mentor new talent, artistes such as: Faydra, Jah Strength, Toni Bless and Management Ash, whilst performing in foreign lands and doing collaborations with the likes of Tarrus Riley and Anthony B. Erupt recently performed at 'The Return Of Supercat', held at the Madison Square Gardens. Erupt is renowned for the hits, "Run Dem Head", and "Click Ma Fingers".

MISS-TRELAWNY-Kaysia-Johnso.jpgIsland Queen, TVJ's exclusive show, begins its new season, airing at 6:30 pm on Fridays, with a repeat on Tuesdays at 9:00 am.

The show has a new host, in the form of Kaysia Johnson, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2006.

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is the driving force behind the competition, in partnership with title sponsors, TVJ. The television broadcast is aimed at popularizing the competition.

Marketing & Public Relations Consultant at the JCDC, Dahlia Harris, explained that, (JCDC's) "Island Queen received excellent feedback from the public and we believe that it has contributed to a lift in the standards of the overall programme this year.

The winner of The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition is selected as a 'cultural ambassador' and contestants at the parish and national level are judged based on talent, poise and cultural awareness. The winner will be determined by calls and text voting.

Better Mus Come makes world premiere Saturday


storm_saulter.jpgBetter Mus' Come a suspense drama that was set in 1977 against the backdrop of political gang activity will make its world premier at the Flashpoint Film Festival on Saturday, June 7 at Fort Charles, Port Royal. The storyline was brought to life with the added talent of the exceptional and dynamic Nicole Grey, Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing), Everaldo Creary, Ricardo Orgill and Dwayne Pusey.

"Through reading about the political tensions in the seventies, I wanted to use this film to explore the root of many of our post-independence problems," commented director of the film Storm Saulter. "I became fascinated with the violent culture that was born with the arming of certain groups which has created a culture of violence that has stayed with Jamaica, and is identified with Jamaicans worldwide," he continued.

Bus Fare Gone Sky High


By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

buses1.jpgIt seems like the price of everything is rising except the salary of Jamaicans. It has been announced that The Office of Utilities Regulation has approved a 25 per cent increase for rural buses and hackney carriages. Jamaica is a nice place to live, but it seems so impossible when you have citizens working for minimum wage while at the same time bus fares are increasing. When you really think about it $3,700 per week cannot do much. There are bills to pay, children have to go to school and people have to eat.

No working individual should take home less than $6,000 per week when considering the economic situation Jamaica is facing. I remember, just the other day one loaf of bread was for $95, now when you visit retail outlets it's $190 for that same loaf of bread! This is unbelievable! Jamaica needs a miracle if we are going to survive.

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Junior Reid explains

edit_junior_REID.jpgJunior Reid a talk up di tings regarding his kick off with Buju Banton at Best of the Best. He was on Richie B's programme yesterday and in the Chat! The singer is contending that the only reason he reacted to Buju's hailing like that was because Buju was playing the hypocrite. Buju had earlier referred to him Junior in the earring of his daughter Destiny as Junior Greed and then he hailed him as if he hadn't just said something about him. According to Junior that's why he called him a fish. Well, seems as if the drama doesn't end!


Jamaicans cold

manjumps_through_window.jpgBwoy Jamaica people nuh easy yuh know. What a way di people dem whey gather a KPH forced di mentally ill man fi jump from offa di top a di building. Nah tell nuh lie, mi blood run cold when mi si sey him really jump. Him drop pon some spikes and barbed wire. It look like him might be paralyzed fi life.


Sight Awareness Week...highlighting Michael Leng

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By: Jodi_Kaye Watson
Photography By: Milton Raynor


Over 15,000 Jamaicans are either blind or otherwise visually impaired. "Sight Awareness Week" was celebrated from Sunday, May 25 through to Saturday, May 31. To commemorate this week JAVA Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes facilitated the album launch of one of its members, Michael Leng, who is visually impaired, at its regular weekly meeting, held at Lime Light in Half Way Tree on Thursday, the 29th of May.


Michael Leng was not born blind but had a successful business in the United States when he got shot. He has been blind ever since. This happened in 1989 after which he returned to Jamaica. However, this was not the reason for him focusing on a singing career as he had done a song with Clive Hunt in 1977 which had done quite well.

Capleton the prophet...through the years


capleton_profile.jpgA wise man once said that a prophet is never honored in his own country. And so it has been with Capleton. While the veteran DJ's words and works long ago earned him the title of 'The Prophet', the respect and honor that should rightfully be his have been a long time coming.

"Anytime you try to uplift righteousness and upliftment of the people them, then you ah go get a fight." Says the hottest entertainer in the worldwide reggae fraternity.

"Bob Marley come do it and them fight him. And when Bob Marley dead, that's when they start to endorse him. I already aware of this, I am not unaware. So I know the more them fight I is the more I get stronger."

In the fast-moving world of dancehall reggae, fame and success are hard to obtain and easy to lose. Fans can be fickle, and trends change in the blink of an eye, leaving most entertainers with painfully short career spans. Only a rare few can remain relevant from year to year, holding their audience's attention and leaving them crying for more.

Yendi Phillipps...her star is still rising


By: Joseph Cunningham

yendi_(risingstar).jpgReigning Miss Jamaica World, Yendi Phillips, is still an increasing glow. She has been selected as the replacement for longstanding 'Digicel Rising Star' host, Denise Hunt.

Yendi shared with YardFlex, exactly how this, one of her latest successes, came about. There was an audition opened to an aspiring short-list of hosts, a routine which Yendi said was an exciting challenge.

"From my observation, the criteria for coping with the role was to have a vibe which would capture the attention of onlookers."

Further, she revealed that the significant challenge was script reading. A challenge, which was not just about one's reading ability, but rather about reading with style and purpose before a panel of judges.

No CureFest for 2008


no_Curefest_08.jpgThe second annual staging of Jah Cure's CureFest has been put on hold. This move comes as a result of the numerous overseas engagements the artiste has. Since the staging of CureFest in October 2007, Jah Cure's career has grown by leaps and bounds and for the last six months Cure has been touring consistently.

Delmar Drummond, CEO Danger Promotions, explained the decision: "The demand for Jah Cure is extremely high right now. So many promoters from all over the world have been requesting him to perform. We decided to venture to Europe to give him more exposure there. Unfortunately the dates of the Europe tour coincide with the dates proposed for CureFest 2008. We are hoping that we still may be able to host CureFest after the Europe tour but we cannot be sure just yet. If not, we will definitely schedule it for next year as we are committed to making CureFest a calendar event in Jamaica. We apologize for all Cure fans who looked forward to CureFest this year."

By: The Sensible One

murders.jpgSince the start of the year the murder toll in Jamaica is now close to the 700 mark. The murders seem to be escalating on a daily basis. It's time Jamaicans hold the powers that be responsibly to effectively deal with this new crisis facing Jamaica. Now is not the time to have conferences and talk about solutions, it's time to address the deep root of the problem so that Jamaica can once again go back to the beautiful country it once was.

Politicians and residents must stop providing a safe harbor for criminals, they have to come clean with what they know and help the police to effectively deal with it.

Teen sisters murdered


christina&lisabrown.jpg19-year old Christina and 17-year-old Lisa Brown were brutally murdered on Tuesday at their home when three men entered the premises on Henderson Avenue in Kingston and sprayed them with bullets.

The sight that greeted onlookers upon entering the room was Christina's lifeless body laid in a relaxed position with one of her legs on the window sill, while her sister was shot dead as she crouched with her hands over her face behind a chest of drawers. This would indicate the teens were begging for their lives as they met their demise.

The girl's mother, Donna Brown broke down and sobbed uncontrollable for her daughters even as church sisters tried to console her.

Reggae Sumfest 2K8 to set Big Apple Ablaze

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reggae_sumfest_08.jpgNegril Village in Lower Manhattan is set to come alive on June 4th as 'Jamaica's Greatest, The World's Best' reggae festival - Reggae Sumfest - rolls into the Big Apple for the annual New York kickoff.

Media practitioners are invited to join sponsors and Summerfest Productions officials in marking the 16th year anniversary of the festival at a private event at Negril Village restaurant from 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

This year's Sumfest gets underway in Montego Bay, Jamaica from July 13-19, 2008, kicking off with a Beach Party on Sunday July 13th, featuring Classique and Danger Zone Records.

Cherine Anderson...artiste extraordinaire


cherine_anderson_08.jpgShe says, "If I can bring a light to something, I would have achieved everything I ever hoped for."

Cherine Anderson has come with a difference, not with the commercially viable, breast and bottom gyration, but instead, with deep, soulful music with a positive message.

Her current message, "Kingston State of Mind", is an appeal for civility, and a rebuke against the unjust. Whatever the message is, Cherine always delivers it with a positive connotation. Interestingly, this Reggae artiste, without exposing her body unduly, or without bragging about bedroom exploits, has been receiving international clout. Remarkably, a project done by world leading producers Sly&Robbie had her collaborating with Canadian mega-star Britney Spears for the song "Piece of Me".

She is a Jamaican actress and Dancehall/Reggae vocalist. Anderson's acting career began in 1997 with a role in the local classic "Dancehall Queen", she is also known for playing the character Serena in the 2003 Jamaican film, "One Love".

By: Dimples

dimples.jpg1. Men are more emotional than you think, if they loved you at one point, it'll take them a lot longer than you think to let you go.

2. Men may be flirting around all day, but before they go to sleep, they always think about the woman they truly care about.

3. Boyfriends and men need to be reassured often that they are still loved.

4. Women are men's weaknesses.

5. If a man tells you about his problems, he just needs someone to listen to him. You don't have to give him advice.

6. A usual act that proves that a man really likes you is when he teases you.

7. Men love you more than you love them.

Not All That Glitters Is Gold


By: Dimples

dimples.jpgWhen old people talk we mus listen. Dem always seh "not all that glitters is gold" and is true. Now imagine yuh meet a nice man and ting and decide to settle down. Before unu move in together all is well. Him buy yuh nice gifts, expensive clothes, mi a talk 'bout Gucci, Guess, Dolce & Gabanna etc. Him put yuh inna one criss Lexxus and just spoil yuh like milk. Now you a tink you must be the luckiest woman right now.

So after all this, yuh convince seh yuh find a good man; a man weh a go tek care of yuh so yuh decide fi go live wid him. Yuh a plan fi work still cauz at least yuh wa'an av sumting fi yuhself. So after yuh live wid the man yuh start realize dat him was a wolf in sheeps clothing. First of all the man tell yuh seh yuh affi stop work and stay home an look after the house. Anywey yuh a go him affi de deh. So yuh know seh no more going out wit friends. Yuh think that is all! De man change yuh phone number so everybody weh yuh use to know ca'an call yuh again. Den yuh realize seh him know everybody weh yuh talk to and weh yuh send message to and yuh a wonder how come. Only fi know seh de man ave a fren weh work a Digicel an him get a list and the conversation of everbody weh yuh call and text. And it only gets worse. Yuh know yuh ca'an get on him bad side cauz yuh know him ago buss yuh *ss. So if him seh jump yuh betta ask how high. So wen all dis a happ'n to yuh yuh a wonder if it really worth it.

Tell me weh unu think, is it really worth it to stay wid a man like this?

Bruce GoldingProfile.jpgHon Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica has reaffirmed his commitment in pursuing the the possibility of having Jamaicans overseas represented in the country's upper house of parliament, the Senate.

He made this speech to a capacity crowd last Wednesday in Birmingham. Mr Golding stressed that the time had come to examine how the Diaspora may actively contribute to decision making and governance in Jamaica.

Reinforcing a commitment he gave to explore the issue, when he visited the UK as Opposition Leader two years ago, he said a route would have to be found through the Senate, to facilitate the initiative. He added: "Our system of representation requires that your vote be ascribed to a particular constituency. The difficulty would be to decide which constituency would receive an individual's vote. That is a challenge but we could expand the Senate to provide for representation from the Diaspora."

The Prime Minister was addressing more than 1200 persons on the second leg of his four-city UK tour. As was the case in London the previous night, Mr Golding was received enthusiastically and held his audience spell-bound for just about two hours.

Flashpoint Film Festival invades Port Royal

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On Tuesday, May 20 the 2008 Flashpoint Film Festval was launched at the Ashanti Restaurant in Hope Gardens. Audiences were treated with a viewing of selected films as well as original performances from characters of the film, "Better Mus Come", by director Storm, which is set against the background of the political upheaval of 1970's Jamaica.

The release of the teen comedy "Candy Shop" by director Joel Burke is also highly anticipated.

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Sean Kingston Issue release party wasn't 'Beautiful'

SEANK_edit.jpgBwoy di word from mi New York contact is dat Sean Kingston’s Issue release party by Squeeze di odda day was a big flop. If yuh neva mind sharp it coulda meck any artiste get suicidal. Di turn out low and wi undastan sey nuff a di people dme nuh waan support Kingston either.

Come on man, give a brotha a break.


How Cedella Marley Booker get OD

cedella_booker_memorial_2.jpgYeah, wi sey may har soul rest in peace and all dat, but wi still haffi question certain tings., Wi caan really undastan how she get Order of Distinction (OD) inna Jamaica. Meck wi talk up di tings dem. If dat be di case why Dennis Brown never get it. Dem really need fi list out di criteria dem and tell wi whey she did duh fi get it, just because she gi birth to di reggae king? Because when mi examine it, mi nuh si wha else she did duh?


It's full speed ahead for Lady Saw


By: Joan Wilson

ladysaw2_edit.jpgIt's full speed ahead where dancehall artiste Lady Saw is concerned. The female DJ is now engrossed in working on her next album and one thing she is promising is that it will be hot! "I don't know yet what the title will be, but I am working with several top producers such as Ward 21, Sly & Robbie, Skatta, Baby G, John John, Jazzy T among others," she told YardFlex in an interview.

Saw who is involved in a lot of projects with these producers says it will be quite a task selecting that final 16 tracks which will be making the cut for the album. Although she doesn't know yet what the final selections will be she is promising that it will contain something for every one. "It will have tracks with the kind of message 'No Less Than A Woman' gave, you know speaking to realities of life, and the fun stuff," she shared reassuring that her fans will definitely not be stuck with a boring repetitive album.

But for now she is not in any rush as she is having fun keeping her performance commitments and putting out singles in between. She told YardFlex of her upcoming single which she says will be 'mashing up the place'. The single in question "A Nuh Yuh Belly" is a jazzy, funny song that makes women with "protruding bellies" feel good about themselves!

Ano everybody you fi wah deh wid


By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMi seh mi av a friend and she seh dat she meet dis cute guy. Him nice and ting and him look like summady she coulda par with. She wasn't looking for some one to settle down wid just someone to date. Anyways dem go out a couple a times. Him carry her go movies and party and she sey him know how fi av a good time. She think all was going well until him seh him ago introduce har to him close friend. She tink the man must rate her to wa'an introduce her to him paari.

So dem go watch a play de nite and she meet de fren. Could you guess and tell mi wah happen? She like off de man fren! But to how she stay she neva wa'an de man fi know and besides the fren was dere wit him woman. So she play it cool. She seh wen she go home de nite she a wonder why she like de man fren and why she neva meet him fuss instead.

KLAS FM ends School Tour on a high!


By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor


The Inseason, KLAS FM School Tour, season came to an exciting end last week at the final stop; the beautiful Runaway Bay Heart Hotel and Institution, in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.


It was excitement galore as the KLAS FM team, Tony Young, Alicia Anderson, DJ Kat and the crew touched down at the Runaway Bay Institute.


The students and members of staff were entertained by performances by the 'original mix up man' Black-er, Nesbeth, Dugsy Ranks, Alibra and Gospel Artiste; Junior Thompson.

Me Best Fren and Me Man


By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMe always hear people a talk bout weh dem woulda do if dem find dem man and dem best friend together inna bed, but me neva know it woulda happ'n to mi a backside! Mi sey mi an' de man together fi five years and me know the girl fi 'bout six years. Me and she work a de same place and she know how much me really love de man. Me is a girl who neva know seh me coulda really love a man so much, the man really take care of me and the sex goooood me a tell yuh.

Now could you believe dat mi did have an assignment and mi did affi go Mo-Bay fi three days but the work was cut short and dem send me home a day early. Me couldn't get fi call him cause me know sey him deh pan night shift and him ca'an tek no phone call. So anyways, me reach home 'bout eleven o' clock de night and a expect to find an empty house. Little did i know dat him and me fren well ina my bed well lock dung.

Me have mi own key so mi open de door and dem neva hear when mi come in, but I was wondering how him gone a work and lef de music a play.

Can Money Really Make Women Happy?


By: Dimples

dimples.jpg"Money talks and bullshit walks" is a common term used by Jamaicans. Women no longer want "bruk pocket man". So men if you ain't rolling out inna yuh criss vehicle and have yuh money lock some women won't even bother to look your way. As Kartel's song says "Car man ina dem gal yah thought, dem change man like auto parts, no vehicle no romance". And me know some man can agree with him because some women nowadays just looking a man to con.

But the question still remains, can money really make a woman happy? Now you have some of these women who lucky fi find the money man dem, but dem a buss dem ass. Now a so some woman really love money that dem ago stay wid a man weh out fi kill dem? Now memba dis ladies, yuh no have no money fi yuh self yuh affi depend on the man fi everything yuh want. Some time me affi wonder if some women no like feel independent. Don't get me wrong me nah seh woman fid deh wid bruk pocket man but mek sure yuh have sumting fi yuh self so dat if the man run yuh or a buss yuh ass yuh can at least leave wit yuh dignity.

Future Fambo Still on the Rise


future_fambo.jpg'Future Fambo', exploded unto the Dancehall scene with the Kung Fu dance, on the Martial Art riddim in the early 1990s. Known as Future Troubles at that point, he emerged as a militant deejay who infused a good sense of humor.

In accordance with this image, he is ready to release his second album,Mada. The balance of humor and militancy is embedded in this album. According to Fambo, songs such as Run Di Place, which is basically blowing his own trumpet as a Fambo, is one of the people's favourite. Drunken Dance and Out will be on the new album.

Promotion has already begun prior to the release of the album in June. He has recently returned from a European Tour, during which he opened for main-act Bounty Killer. "I was well received on the tour". He said. Fambo is also set to travel to New York for a show, where he is slated to perform at Amazuru.

Interestingly, Fambo revealed in a recent interview that his recent hit, Drunken Dance has been banned in certain countries, because of a perceived glamorizing of alcohol addiction. Nevertheless,the popular phrase says, 'no publicity is bad publicity' and as such, Fambo, is currently in the spotlight.

Barbee says "Love him don't bun him"


By: Dave Lindo

*new single 'Love You Anyway' to be released this summer.


Barbee is upbeat about her latest single, 'Love You Any Way', which is scheduled to be released in the summer. The song is sounding good and from all indications should do well for her on the international scene.

The song comes in her effort to take her career to a higher level. "It's a real lovely song, it was produced by Alicia Key's producer Sean Do," she disclosed. "It is a song that is dear to me. It's about when you are in a relationship you should stay true and just stick it out, just love him and don't bun him."

She added, "I just sat back and focused on my music. I saw where I needed to get back to basics. I started taking guitar lessons and voice training because I am preparing myself for the big times. I am looking at the different aspects of the business because that's where many people fail. They are stuck on the small things and miss the bigger picture."

Barbee disclosed that she is also doing acting lessons which was prompted by her getting some offers for the 'big screen'. "Some roles are on the table, some real big opportunities which I am excited about," she said.

Chimney Records Taking over Jamaica By Storm


By: Jodi-Kaye Watson


Jamaica is an island full of talented people. Two such people are David Hayle and Jordan McClure who have formed their record label called, Chimney Records. The two have been friends since Preparatory school and both share the same passion and enthusiasm for dancehall music. After high school the two decided to create their own music and agreed to combine efforts to build their own label from scratch.

The goals of these talented young men have always been to make great music that will stand the test of time, music that people will enjoy as much as they do and to be remembered for that music. These two also aimed to achieve a level of success that would be inspirational to others.

Currently the two are working on several projects, including, Soul Seeka Riddim, featuring "Tell Dem" by Bounty Killer and Einstein and songs by Vybz Kartel, Bramma, Black Rhino and others. They are also working on albums for Vybz Kartel, Bramma and Einstein and have several new singles to be released soon.

Photography By: Milton Raynor



Birthday Greeting

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YardFlex would like to send a special earthday greeting to Chat reporter Cecelia Campbell-Livingston. We wish for you God's richest blessings on your day and all the best in life.

Much Love from the Staff at YardFlex.



dexter_pottinger_3d_designs.jpgKingston, Jamaica:-- Western Jamaica got a premier serving of the trendiest and hippest fashion affair, Fashion Block, Montego Bay, on Saturday, May 3, cost free. Over 10,000 massive came out to view this phenomenal occasion, courtesy of international fashion expertise of the Saint International team.

"The Menswear fashions were a big hit with the audience, as well as the Dexter Pottinger's Digicel couture pieces," said a satisfied Deiwght Peters, CEO of Saint International. "It was also much bigger than the previous ones, with over 12,000 high energy persons witnessing the iconic event".

Fashion Block is normally accommodated over the Easter weekend but this year's event was not at all affected by this change. "I think the timing this year made this year even better than the previous Fashion Blocks we've had in Montego Bay, and the support received from their business sector, especially those on Gloucester Avenue, truly propelled the success of this year's event," commented Peters.

mission_in_progress_MH_edit.jpgMorgan Heritage has knocked Elephant Man from the number one spot on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums Chart. Morgan Heritage is now sitting comfortably in the number one position with Mission In Progress while the Energy God slipped to number three position with Let's Get Physical.

The number two position is now occupied by Stephen Marley with Mind Control. Collie Buddz who was number two last week is now in fourth position with his self titled album, while Rebel Souljaz once again rounds off the top five with Nothing To Hide. Ky-mani Marley and Shaggy are still standing firm.

Ky-mani is in the sixth position with Radio and Shaggy's Intoxication is in eigth position. Veteran entertainer Barrington Levy has entered the chart for the first time with his album which was placed in the number 10 slot, Teach The Youth.

Jamaican entertainers love mama


By: Joseph Cunningham

happy_mother's_day.jpgFrom the bowels of poverty comes a continuous flow of Dancehall superstars, who record songs idolizing and paying tribute to their mothers' for the guiding hands they provided amidst innumerable negative elements in the ghetto.

The number of songs celebrating "mama" in the Dancehall is too many to mention, however, they all standout.

"Grammy Kid" Shabba Ranks made Mama Christie nationally renowned, from as early as the 1980s. Deejay Merciless said, "Mama's Cooking" is the greatest, while Bounty Killer has made mention of Miss Ivy in so many huge hits, that she is internationally renowned.

Curry Festival sell off


Curry-spice.jpgCurry Festival in Westmoreland was a sell off event. The massive turned out to enjoy the sumptuous treats that were available. Everything that could be curried was curried and it seemed that's just the way the massive crowd wanted it as they flocked every available stall on the compound.

The day was about sampling, chatting, kicking back and just having fun. The vibes continued like that until it was showtime. The Mannings Chorale delighted with their sweetly blended voice, earning themselves some enthusiastic cheers.

The 'Jamaican Michael Jackson' managed to inject some laughter – couldn't tell if they were laughing at the act or because of their antics. DJ Nicholas was a sure winner as he injected some spiritual energy into the crowd going into some of his popular numbers such as What Kind of Church Is This, Mi Waan One Soul and others. By the time he was through the crowd seemed totally satisfied.

Reggae Sumfest 2008 is still in full swing


reggae_sumfest_08.jpgPreparations for Reggae Sumfest 2008 is definitely in full swing, despite Red Stripe's move to withdraw their sponsorship after a seven-year stint as title sponsor.

Dicigel, Ocean Spray and Air Jamaica, JTB and VP Records have once again signed on as major sponsors of the event. While for the first time, Supreme Ventures has signed on as a Silver sponsor, Red Bull has come on board as a Gold sponsor and Jamrock Magazine as a Platinum sponsor. The disclosures were made by Marcia McDonnough of Touch Stone Production and Marketing, which represents for Reggae Sumfest.

Reggae Sumfest in its 16th year will run from July 13-19. As usual, the festival will kick off with the beach party at Tropical Beach on Sunday, July 13, featuring top sound systems. On Thursday, July 17 top dancehall performers will energize the full capacity crowd, while Friday and Saturday will continue the tradition of offering the finest reggae singers and bands, alongside top international stars.



By: Jodi-Kaye Watson
Photography By: Milton Raynor


It was another week of the KLAS Stay in School Tour. This week roads lead to Central High School in the beautiful parish of Clarendon. The auditorium was full of energetic students ready to be entertained. Apart from the many artistes who were present to entertain, the students had Inseason juice drinking competitions and hot juggling from DJ Kat. DJ Kat played much to the students delight and they were not afraid to show off their dance moves. They showed much enthusiasm to Mavado's "On the Rock" and Erup's "Click Me Fingers".

After all this excitement, there was still more to come. Among the artistes that stood out were Nesbeth, Baby Chris, Blacker and Dugsy.

DeMarco crafts more than just beats


By: Joseph Cunningham

Demarco 1.jpgIn Dancehall circles, the name DeMarco brings to mind an artist with a great lyrical gift. The way that he flows and rhymes is very infectious.

He has surged up the ranks with his bonafide hits, "Fallen Soldiers" and "Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten." The latter has caught the attention of international record label, Koch, which is the same stable for international stars like Sean Kingston and Ray J. The cross over appeal of Fallen Soldiers has given DeMarco a three album deal with the label.

That aside, there is a certain revelation that caught YardFlex totally by surprise during our interview with the singjay.

DeMarco is actually multi-talented! Speaking with his manager and having received confirmation from producers concerned, we found out that DeMarco is actually responsible for creating all the hottest current rhythms in Reggae music.

He began making this trek with the Side Walk University rhythm, which features Vybz Kartel's "Beyonce Wine". His dominance is now unparalleled, because he has in his catalog, the Mission rhythm featuring Mavado's "On The Roc" and Junior Gong and Stephen Marley's rhythm track, "Mission."

DeMarco created the Black Rain, featuring Busy Signal's "Pon Di Edge," The Warring 2008 Rhythm, featuring Mavado's "Money Changer," the Gang War rhythm featuring Junior Gong's "One Loaf of Bread" and the Shoot Out rhythm, featuring Mykal Rose's "Police and Thief."

With a deep-seated passion that engulfs his persona, this young man stands out from the rest. With an intense love and enthusiasm for every aspect of the music business – from producing to songwriting to deejaying to engineering – Demarco has his fingers on the pulse of almost every genre of the infectious rhythms of the world. Whether it's reggae, dancehall, hip-hop or R&B, Demarco has written and produced for the best of them. Top names like Olivia, Styles P and Sean Paul have experienced his producing skills, while Bounty Killer and others have put vocals to his lyrics; and in between all that Demarco still finds time to do combinations with other artists and record his own songs!

50 Fest a Big Success


By: Jodi-Kaye Watson


The Best Dressed Chicken 50 Fest was indeed a major success. The two day celebration brought out saved and unsaved from all denominations. It was an event for the whole family. Persons left high spirited and wanting more.


The show started in the mid day with fun and excitement for the children. At 5:30 pm, it was time for the artistes to perform. Whoever said that Christians and Gospel music are boring was proved wrong. On Saturday the crowd saw the likes of Chevelle Franklin, DJ Nicholas and Israel.

Da'Ville on the rise


daville_08.jpgDa'Ville keeps rising. The crooner has now stretch his talent to the 'Mother Land' Africa. He now has a number one song on the Kenya's Top 40 Reggae Chart with 'Dreaming'.

The song is on the 1-9 rhythm produced by Jamaica's famous Robert Livingston from the Big Yard label. His latest single 'Yesterday' continues to do justice for the singer's career. It is positioned on Richie B's Top 20 Reggae Chart at #1,. Ascending to #8 on Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart and #2 on RE TV's Top 20 Reggae Chart. Entertainment pundits are predicting that, at the pace the song is moving, in a couple of weeks it could be in the top 5 position on all the major charts. The single and video are enjoying heavy rotation locally and internationally.

Da'Ville has a rather hectic schedule of activities slated for the month of May. On May 3 and 5th he will be performing in Grenada and Antigua respectively, with all the other events slated for the U.S. On May 10, he will be in Washington DC, and then on Sunday, May 11, it will be at the "Queen of The Sea" event in Queens, New York.

Roderick Reid is not a mellow vibes promoter


Handcuff.jpgThe members of the GLK Entertainment Group, the official promoters of Mello Vibes and Yesterday, have distanced themselves from popular promoter Roderick Reid who they say resigned from the organization almost a year ago.

"Rodrick Reid was never a promoter of Mello Vibes, however he was a promoter of Yesterday, and had a minor share in that event. For some time, he has not been actively involved in the promotion of that show. He had resigned from the GLK Entertainment group because of 'creative differences'. The promoters of GLK promoters, in no shape or form condone any act between anyone of the same sex, and condemn categorically any act of molestation and exploitation of children," Gyete Ghartey, who is a partner of the group, said in a release issued today.

Popular party promoter Rodrick Reid will appear before the courts today to answer charges of indecent assault and gross indecency after administering alcohol to a minor with the intent of committing an indictable offence. He is accused of molesting a boy who was under his supervision

juniorreid_edit.jpgJunior Reid's signing with The Danger Zone Music Group / SoBe Entertainment will soon bear fruit with the impending release of his latest album: "Junior Reid: The Living Legend," to be released through The Danger Zone Music Group/SoBe Entertainment and Leak Records.

The album features tracks such as "Mo Money," "This Is Why I'm Hot" (remix), "Black Roses" and "Bullet." It has already been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine.

Junior Reid will soon release his new single "Don't Play Me Dirty," also off the upcoming album.

Beginning his career in the late 1970s when he released tracks such as "Human Nature," "A1 Lover" and "See How Me Black See How Me Shine," Junior Reid has now begun writing a new chapter is his impressive musical history.

Over the years Junior Reid has widened his horizons; his vocals have been used extensively on the hip hop scene. Noted for his collaboration with West Coast hip hop artist The Game, on the Billboard hit "It's Okay (One Blood)," Reid has also appeared on 'Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot" (Remix), Fabolous' album "From Nothin' to Somethin'" on the track "Gangsta Don't Play" and Fat Joe's track "More Money," to name a few.

Artistes delivered at Take Me Away


Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from the event:




By: Joseph Cunningham


Top New York radio personality and head of Dahved Levy Promotions Inc, Dahved Levy, in partnership with title sponsors, CaribbeanFever.Com will stage the third 'ICONS'- Mother's Day Reggae Festival, featuring - Buju Banton, Barrington Levy, Super Cat and Friends on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

The Wamu at Madison Square Gardens which has a capacity seating of six Thousand, will house the event.

According to Dahved, "Patrons are booking flights and have been flying in from different countries and across different states in the U.S." He added that, "People have not seen Super Cat in action for a long time and this has created a major buzz about the show."

Cedella Marley Booker laid to rest


Photography By; Milton Raynor

Cedella Marley Booker was laid to rest yeserday at Nine Miles, St. Ann.

There were two days of service held in her honor. One on Sunday, April 27 at the National Arena and other on Monday, April 28, at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (E.O.C) Holy Trinity Church Jamaica, both in Kingston. Interment at Nine Miles.

Below are photos from the E.O.C Holy Trinity Church Jamaica:




Ce'Cile comes with 'So Fly'



Ce'Cile has teamed up with renowned producer Scott Storch in collaboration with Beenie Man on the track titled So Fly. The track is as a result of the relationship with Danger Zone and SoBe Entertainment.

Storch, known for his wicked instrumentals and credited with hits such as Lean Back by Fat Joe, Candy Shop and Just a Lil' Bit by 50 Cent as well as Baby Boy by Beyonce and Sean Paul, has also produced for a variety of artistes including Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, Nelly, Jadakiss, Christina Aguilera, Nas, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Brooke Hogan, The Game, Chamillionaire, Chris Brown and many more.

Western Consciousness brought out the massive


Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are photos from the event:




Macka Diamond moving on up


macka_moneygoddess.jpgLast night Macka Diamond made her debut on Royal Palm Estate and we must say she did a great job too. Hmm wonder if we will be seeing more of the DJ in this type of scenario. But that's not the only thing that is occupying her time right now. She was summoned the US Embassy as a special guest performer at their benefit concert in aid of Children First Center in Spanish Town, which is a youth-centered non-governmental organization which operates in the heart of Spanish Town, and helps educate at risk youth children between the ages of 10 and 18.

It all started last December with the Salvation Army School for the Blind, where Macka Diamond and her company, DiamondDistrict Ja. alongside Island Grill, joined forces to give an unforgettable Christmas treat to over 130 students, which comprised of a live performance from the Money Goddess herself, who then played Mrs. Claus and presented them all with gifts. It didn't stop there, because Macka was just at the Mico Teachers' College lending a helping hand to the Student Council Body and their fundraising efforts, by delivering yet another one of her memorable performances.

Althea Hewitt says I am ready!



Althea Hewitt, formerly of the Fourth Street Sisters has just completed the video-taping of her first music video. This music video is for her recorded version of the song "The Love That A Woman Should Give To A Man", produced by Ervin 'Alla' Lloyd and John Alexander. The song was a big hit for the late Phyllis Dillon and was originally recorded by Patti Drew. The song now called "I'm ready" by Althea's friends because of its newly arranged chorus has been getting good airplay and those who have heard it love it.

What's Poppin'


Ele in Africa

ele_man.jpgYeah man, it look like all di artistes dem haffi return to dem roots and figet di country dem whey a lick out dem lyrics. See deh Elephant Man deh pon one big street jam a Africa and it come een like sey di people dem caan wait fi log on to him performance. A Kampala biggest street jam and it name Smirnoff Rave Street Jam. Back to Africa me sey.


Big tings a gwaan fi Mavado

mavado_julian_edit.jpgWhey dem a duh, whey dem a try...Mavado a still di DJ...unno nuh hear sey dem name him 'Best New Reggae' artiste on Rolling Stone Magazine...outa a all a 125 plus people, places and tings. Yeah, unno fi know sey that is not nuh jing bang recognition. So wha if dem tun him back from States? A nuh nutten dat...tings still a gwaan fi di DJ.


Dohlance and Saylah stars un the making


dohlance_saylah_edit.jpgTheir seriousness mixed with a touch of humour, and a skill at riding a riddim, somewhat similar to that of a young Shabba Ranks, have set the duo Dohlance and Saylah in a class above the rest.

The two have been creating waves on the local entertainment scene with outstanding performances since the start of the year at shows such as Spectrum, Follow Di Arrow and Mountain Dew Stunt Festival. As a testimony to their on-stage performances, they have been receiving rave reviews and garnering more fans on each occasion. Dohlance and Saylah have also made a name for themselves at the Crowing of Shane-O, Galidaz Bounce and Spring Break.

A few weeks ago at Spring Break, the duo created much excitement when they performed in the midst of Dancehall's biggest acts. What should have been a short stint was extended into a six-song set, as the duo was called back for encore after encore. Their popular songs in the Dancehall are currently, "Be Yuh Please," "Wine Pon Me," Yuh Look Good," "Buck Yuh," "Slap It," and "Give It Up."

In an interview with YardFlex, Dohlance revealed that he and his team-mate are focused on making their mark in the industry in 2000&LOVE. "We are in the laboratory developing our unique sound, because that's one of the tings that the people really love about us," Dohlance explained

Giants of the 80's a massive success


By: Bridgett Anderson


The Mas Camp was transformed recently into the likes of an 'old time' dance hall with two sound systems Jammys, from Waterhouse and Scorpio from Marverly along with a host of artists from the 80's. It has often been said that 'good music will stand the test of time' and this magnanimous Horseman production proved this.


The star-studded line up did not disappoint the patrons who were there to enjoy this musical treat. Juggling by Black Scorpio was reminiscent of the 80's with selections being drawn by artists both here with us and those who have passed on.

Reggae Icons Still Rolling Out Hit Songs


By: Joseph Cunningham
Photograph By: Milton Raynor

marcia_griffiths.jpgLegendary Reggae songbird and former member of the Bob Marley led I-Threes, Marcia Griffiths has scored with a number one hit song in the United States of America.

YardFlex made the discovery whilst interviewing Marcia via telephone at her home in Jamaica. In the current Jamaican music industry where Dancehall and its artists appear to rule all local charts, the work of the stars from the past often goes virtually un-noticed.

Nevertheless, Marcia Griffiths has scored with "I Told You So," on the South Florida Reggae Chart in Miami. She added that the song also peaked at number two on the New York Reggae Chart.

"The song is a love song, which tells the tale of a woman, who after leaving her unappreciative ex-partner, is now telling him that she had warned him that she would somehow find the strength to move on," Marcia explained.

Merciless not in Prison


merciless_passa.jpgDancehall's warhead Merciless is dismissing rumours that he has been given a long prison sentence for a serious crime in the United States.

In a recent radio interview, the deejay who is presently in Miami, Florida says the rumours are untrue.

He explains that he has been sorting out his immigration papers and is
working on his music. Further, he added, "People will always be
negative and say negative things, but for all those who would want to
see me get a prison sentence, well it's their bad luck. I'm spending
time with my children and my family; Leonard is riding high right
now, doing my music as always."

KLAS/Inseason school toured paid a visit to STATHS



It's Founders Day at the St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) a time-honoured institution located in the heart of Kingston's inner city.


STATHS is celebrating 47 years of sterling contribution to the education of the nation's children. In their addresses, both the head mistress and the head girl pointed out that, despite their location, St. Andrew Technical is one of the best high schools in Jamaica.

2008 Digicel Rising Star Launch


Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer, Milton Raynor was at the launch of the 2008 Season of Digicel Rising Stars at Courtleigh Hotel last Tuesday evening.

Below are scenes from the event:




Mavado's travel hitch explained


mavado_julian.jpgJulian Jones-Griffith, manager of deejay, Mavado, dispelled rumours recently about his artist being deported from the United States of America.

Julian issued a statement after Mavado was denied entry in the United States on Thursday.

The statement reads: Mavado and I were very surprised by the immigration issues he had upon arriving in the US on Thursday night. He was deemed "inadmissible" by the US Department of State, who had instructed Homeland Security to return him to Jamaica to face a warrant for his arrest.

Upon checks we immediately did in Jamaica, we discovered there is no warrant for his arrest in Jamaica so it seems as if the system had not been updated in the US to say he had already been arrested, bailed and rendered free to travel with the return of his travel documents.

youthxheader.jpgThe Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN), has announced a call for Papers for the Yute X – Youth Advocacy Conference to be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday, May 7 to Friday, May 9 and climaxing at Emancipation Park on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Aimed at raising young people's awareness of several issues that include: Adolescent Reproductive Health, Substance Abuse, Violence and Youth with Disabilities, the conference will also address the state of advocacy in Jamaica and the Caribbean region.

Twin of Twins no longer underground


By: Joseph Cunningham

TwinsOfTwins_YardFlex_edit.jpgTHE TWIN OF TWINS, also known as Curly Loxx and Tu Loxx have delighted reggae lovers time and time again with their comical Dancehall commentaries.

Over the past 10 years they have released a number of story-telling
compilations, including the "Stir it Up" series. The best selling record to date, Volume 7, "Till Death Do Us Part," is a hilariously thought out and executed comedy, in which The Twins explore the many complex sides of love and relationships in their now famous, satirical comedic style.

As usual this is done in their pseudo radio show format, perfected on
their last two number one selling albums. During the course of the one
hour plus of music and comedy, the Twins stick with their winning formula that consists of impersonating the voices of Jamaican and International Celebrities and having them interact and tackle various issues, along side an array of fictitious characters developed and cultivated from the creative mind of Curly Loxx. The list of characters include Ian LLyad and Mr. Muta as the combating hosts, alongside a series of guests like Beenie, Bounty, D'Angel, Bob and Rita, Professor Abougani from Africa, Ras Whitey and many others.

The new CD also features The Twin of Twins' Curly Loxx stepping forward and showing his Grammy nominated song writing and performing skills on four brand new songs, including the current crowd pleaser "One Gal."

carlos hill2.jpgCarlos Hill's informal investment scheme – Cash Plus - has been under investigation for some time for fraudulent activities and he was arrested along with his brother, Bertram Hill on April 10, following a police raid of his chic St. Andrew residence in Norbrook.

On that day police conducted nine raids in upscale areas of Kingston, in their attempt to glean information needed to lay formal charges on a group that has left its investors high and dry.

A court appointed Receiver General reported that the company was broke on April 9, 2008; triggering the police action.

Cash Plus events in chronological order


cashplus.jpg2002: Cash Plus Ltd opens up in Jamaica with Carlos Hill at the helm.

May 2007: Cash Plus CEO bought the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

July 2007: Purchased Drax Hall Estates, St Ann.

September 2007: Became major supporters of the National Premier League football.

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) issued cease-and-desist orders on Cash Plus and its leaders.

Chillin With Anthony Cruz


By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgYardFlex: What is your real name?

Anthony Cruz: Rowan Smith

YardFlex: Who inspired you to become a professional singer?

AC: My uncle and Garnet Silk.

YardFlex: How did you get started in the music business?

AC: I got started at Age 18 and I owe that to Willie Lindo a producer in Miami.

YardFlex: Are you happy with the response you have been getting from your fans, especially the ladies?


YardFlex: What artists inspired you in the local music business?

AC: Sanchez, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown.

Nesbeth climbing to the top


By: Joseph Cunningham


Nesbeth has high hopes of becoming the next superstar, and, he has the talent to make the transition. Like many successful DJs, Nesbeth was born and raised in humble upbringings. Gloria Wright and Neville Nesbeth had a son they christened Greg. Due to economic hardships young Greg was forced to leave his Arnett Gardens home to live with relatives in Waterhouse and then Maxfield Avenue. Each move meant a new school and a new set of hardships.

Despite the lack of stability in his family life, young Greg was able to find and maintain an interest in music. He was encouraged by his friends to take music seriously and pursue it as a career. In 1992, Greg took on the stage name Nesbeth and made his Debut Performance at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre where he was well received.

Nesbeth recorded his first single "Reflection of Love" with a singer named Samaria in 1993, starting his professional career in earnest. Jack Scorpio, King Jammys and Shocking Vibes are just a few of the labels he has graced in his career.

Inseason Juice KLAS tour keeps bringing Edutainment

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By: Joseph Cunningham


The Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour continues its trek throughout the island, and its most recent stops were at the Garvey Maceo and St. Mary High Schools.

Both occasions proved to be the most memorable, since this ongoing tour started two months ago. With certain features of the tour now becoming a staple, such as the Inseason Juice Drinking Competition; the question and answer segment focusing on historical and other facts about the institutions; and the performances - it was the student population that made the difference.

Grooving set Negril on fire

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By: Dave Lindo

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The inaugural staging of Grooving held recently at Waves Beach in Negril, Westmoreland was truly a wonderful event that saw some classic performances from some of the 'greats' in reggae music.

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On that night the master - Beres Hammond, sparkled like fine wine, treating his fans to a memorable performance. Armed with his lengthy catalogue of hit songs and backed by his dynamic band Harmony House, Beres played his sweet music like a 'pied piper' – while the audience moved 'uncontrollably' to its beat.

Named after one but Shaggy is no cartoon


By: Joseph Cunningham

shaggy_edit_08.jpgShaggy was the nickname given to a Jamaican youth, Orville Burrell, by
friends during his teenage years, when his hair bore a similarity to the cartoon character, Scooby Doo.

Today, when the word Shaggy is mentioned, the famous Jamaican Reggae singer comes to mind, preceding that of the fictitious cartoon character. Orville Burrell 'Shaggy,' has to date released six albums, two of which sold multi-platinum. Five were number one hits and eleven tracks made it as top ten singles in the world. Having exceeded sales of 10 million, the Grammy winning artist is Jamaica's only living "Diamond" selling entertainer.

In the early 1990's Shaggy came on the scene with his remix of the Ska classic 'Oh Carolina'. Soon after, the release of "Boombastic" solidified Shaggy as a dancehall hit-maker winning the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

By: Joseph Cunningham

cocotea_promotional.jpgThe name Barack Obama is a name familiar to all and sundry across the globe and it's no surprise that a song, titled, "Barack Obama," composed by legendary Jamaican singer, Cocoa Tea is receiving critical acclaim worldwide.

Cocoa Tea has been the mastermind behind many of Reggae’s greatest cultural hits that include the current hit about the United States Presidential Contender.

"I'm in support of Obama because of the ideas for change I hear him articulating. I would really love to see a man like him hold the high seat in the White House," Cocoa Tea asserted.

He revealed that he recently received a call from the Associated Press based in the US about the song and further revealed that, "since then there has been a media craze including the Miami Herald."

A Buju Banton Penthouse split


edit_buju_penthouse.jpgPenthouse Records has announced an amicable separation from artiste, Buju Banton.

In a statement issued recently, CEO of Penthouse, Donovan Germain said, "I have been guiding and managing the career of Buju Banton for the last 18 years and the time has come for this chapter to close."

He added that having dedicated the last 18 years to building Buju Banton's career, taking him from obscurity to the pinnacle of international stardom, it was with a sense of pride that he relinquished the management of the artist, to move on to other activities.

Germain further stated, "First and foremost, I am a producer and after spending so many years on the road touring, I now feel the need to get back in the studio and get really involved in the production side of the music."

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Lutan Fire copped no shot

Lutan Fyah and his manager are dismissing rumors that the singer was shot.

edit_lutan_FYAH_01.jpgLutan's manager George Golding spoke with Elise Kelly during the Easy Skanking Show earlier this week and explained how the rumor started.

Subsequent to the interview, Lutan Fyah who is presently on tour in Europe called the Easy Skanking Show to reassure his fans that he is alive and well.

In related news, his tour of Europe with fellow Jamaican singer, Jah Mason has been recently extended due to the overwhelming response.


'GROOVING LIVE' a lively legendary mix


By: Bridgett Anderson and Elizabeth Smith
Photography By: Milton Raynor


The Asylum Night Club in association with Wray & Nephew Over Proof Rum, Ocean Spray the CVM Group, Hype TV and Lloyd Parkes and We the People have come together to present a live production every last Wednesday in the month entitled 'GROOVING LIVE.' The concept of this product was realized through a vision to bring back live music to the night clubs.


In the early 1960s and 1970s the Red Hills Road was the home of all the night clubs which boasted live music nightly. With this in mind Earl Samuels, from the Asylum is confident that this new concept will work. He states he has the backing of his sponsors to see this vision through to a reality.

Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex's photographer, Milton Raynor was at D'Angel's recently held birthday party on the roof of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Its was a night filled with media personalities, close friends and relatives.

No!! Neither Beenie Man nor Bounty Killer was there, but a whole host of other entertainers joined the birthday girl.

Below are photos from the event:




Dance Hall Music and Jamaican Society


By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

Jamaica-flag_dancehallmusic.jpgDance Hall music is a vital part of Jamaican society. What would Jamaica be without dance hall music? It is unimaginable. Although dance hall music is an important aspect of the Jamaican society this genre of music has proven to bring about both positive and negative effects on Jamaica.

Economically, dance hall music contributes to the National Income of
Jamaica. Tourists are drawn to Jamaica because of our music. When tourists visit Jamaica they bring in foreign exchange that helps in the growth of the Jamaican economy. Many of our artists contribute to the economy in the form of taxes. Several of our dancehall artistes have charity programmes and help in the building of community centers. This is referred to as Social Responsibility.

Whether you are a fan of dancehall music or not you will still come in
contact with it. Dancehall music is everywhere in Jamaica. You may hear it while travelling in buses or taxes, while walking down the street and just about anywhere. For a genre that is so popular in society why has it been having so many negative impacts on society?

T.O.K. keeps strong bond


TOK_edit_1.jpgThere have been many attempts at a sustained Reggae/Dancehall unit (group) throughout the years, but T.O.K. is today the only one in Jamaica that is still together without ever having been reunited.

Founded in the early 1990s, hailing from Kingston, Jamaica the group comprises four members: Alistaire "Alex" McCalla, Roshaun "Bay C" Clarke, and Craig "Craigy T" Thompson, who were choir members at Campion College, and a younger friend, Xavier "Flexx" Davidson, who attended Calabar High School.

Originally they were called "Touch of Klass", but T.O.K. became the acronym for several titles, including "Taking Over Kingston" and "TOO Klaat." The group was inspired by the success of Boyz II Men.

They toured the local high school circuit in Kingston and worked their way up to appearances at the famed North Coast hotel and lounge circuit. They would differentiate themselves from the other groups by performing covers of Bob Marley songs or "Hot Stepper", by Ini Kamoze, which was a popular song at that time.

Jamaica Carnival in full force


Photography By: Milton Raynor

Here are scenes from the event:





By: Joseph Cunningham

ras_emanuel.jpgReggae music is not just about a feel-good vibe, it is a genre of music, which is accompanied by deep spirituality that emancipates the mind.

Young reggae musicians, most often are those who have been exposed to the negative challenges life presents.

Ras Emanuel was born in Kingston, Jamaica, relatively close to gangs, political struggle, armed police and poverty.

He earned money by working as a construction labourer and as a fisherman. He also made money by digging and pushing through garbage dumps to find salvaged metal and plastics.

Jamelody's "Love Crazy" a hit


jamelody.jpg"Love Crazy," a rhythmic ballad by promising vocalist, Jamelody, is making waves on reggae radio charts with a record breaking sixth place entry as a debut single.

The latest Media Guide Report charts it at number five; and it is steadily rising up the reggae specialty charts.

It is no wonder, since Jamelody's 15 track album "Be Prepared," that features the new hit, "Love Crazy" is filled with his rare voice that is soulful and gritty; he is clearly the new roots messenger. Set for release April 29, the album is sizzling.

Jamelody gives a boost to the foundation already set in reggae’s call for truth, rights, justice and love; and "Be Prepared" highlights this. Including hardcore tracks – produced by legendary mixing board master, Bobby 'Digital' Dixon – as well as a 'new roots' 'rock, pop, R&B' style, produced by Carl James, the album brings out an amazing talent, no doubt headed for the very top.

I Wayne's phenomenal rise


Iwayne_bookoflife.jpgRoots and culture artists have long been a constant in Jamaica, from the influence of legends like Bob Marley to conscious roots dancehall singers like Garnet Silk. However, in the summer of 2004 a new and powerfully distinct voice emerged on the reggae music scene. With a fresh timbre, substantive lyrics and passionate performance, this artist has almost singlehandedly led the new wave of roots and culture reggae music that has swept the island of Jamaica.

I Wayne, born Cliffroy Taylor in Portmore, Jamaica, officially hit the international scene with the hit, "Cant Satisfy Her." The, 24 year old, singer has been the first cultural reggae artist to be added to Hot 97 in New York, a station notorious for its hip hop influence.

Since then the track caught on in several markets and entered the
Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Singles charts. The fiery tone of the track describes the desperate reality of prostitution, poverty, and sexually transmitted diseases in Jamaica. His follow-up single, "Living in Love," went atop the New York and Florida reggae charts for more than seven weeks.

Pembroke Hall rocks with 'Stay in School' tour


By: Jaide Bridge
Photgraphy By: Milton Raynor


The next stop for Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour was Pembroke Hall High; and we arrived just in time to catch part of an inter-house football match that was in progress.


It was also the first day of boys and girls track and field Championships; from which KLAS Sports Radio was broadcasting live as well. All this 'sports fever' in the surroundings made the mood more exciting for all.

edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgAnthony Cruz's unwavering and strong lover's rock vocals mixed with his excellent stage presence and edgy style, has earned him a firm place in reggae music.

"Fight With All Your Might" is his soon to be released album that highlights his immense talent through the delivery of diverse musical styles. Tracks to watch include: "Hold Me," "Leaders of the World," "Take It Off" and his first single "Love Is Falling."

While his destiny in music was just about 'ordained' through inspirational family ties with the great late Garnett Silk, who was his uncle, Cruz worked unrelentingly, dedicating himself to honing his craft until his songs became impressive enough to catch the attention of veteran producer, Willie Lindo, in 1993. Taking Cruz under his wing, Lindo - in Miami, Florida at the time - was behind the release of his debut album, "Where There Is Love," featuring global hits, "Just Call My Name" and "When You Get Lonely."

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airjamaica_plane.jpgYardFlex understands that the Air Jamaica Love Bird has been grounded due to an industrial dispute by Flight Attendants. The Ministry of Labour is presently in negotiations with Union Delegates. In the Meantime passengers have been left stranded at both international airports. The Minister states he is looking forward to a settlement this evening.

Mavado rising higher this year


Last week Hype TV network premiered Mavado's latest scorching video, "Last Night." Hitting the streets 'racing', the Little X masterpiece gives viewers a pulsating stroll through what is seen as one of the roughest spots in Jamaica - his Cassava-Piece 'Gully' hometown.

At Madhouse success reigns


mad_house_logo.jpgWe've often heard the slang, "Ma mama Madhouse" bellowing from the heavy vocal cords of Baby Cham. It's his home label, but not many are aware of the rich vein of success the label has.

1992 saw the birth of Madhouse Records, a collaboration of excellence developed from fusing the business acumen of Janet Davidson and the creative genius of musical guru, Dave Kelly.

Home of dancehall anthems like "Action," "Slam" and "Joyride," Madhouse is a true reggae institution. The philosophy of the work at Madhouse reflects the chorus of Kelly's hit tune by Terror Fabulous and Nadine Sutherland, "Action." "Action, not a bag of mouth." Since its inception, without seeking publicity or hype, Madhouse has been quietly and relentlessly producing the biggest sounds in dancehall.

Beenie Man back in Tax Court


beenie_tax.jpgThe sago continues with Beenie Man and the tax court. He is scheduled to be in court today to answer charges of tax evasion.

The artiste was arrested on a warrant in October last year after he failed to appear before the Tax Court. Tax authorities allege that the entertainer owes the state $47 million in income tax. When the entertainer appeared in court on December 10th, his lawyers said efforts would be made to hold talks with the authorities regarding his multi-million dollar tax debt. Tax representatives said Mr. Davis had made no further attempts to settle.

Well YardFlex wish Beenie Man good luck and hey, it's time to give the DJ a break!

smilejamaica_RAAJ_assassin.jpgAssassin has been busy in the studio working on some new material to keep his hungry fans satisfied. With the production expertise of Daseca Productions, Ward 21 and Don Corleon, his new releases are guaranteed to make you "bump-your-head-to-this-track".

"Same Ting Again" is a production of Coby from the Daseca camp and sees Assassin flexing his muscles on a Reggae/Hip Hop fusion. He explores the routines of daily life – ghetto people struggles are never-ending and even though there's no money, they're still experiencing problems. "Surveillance" is another song that is done under Daseca Productions and speaks to those men who are ever keen to their women's every move.

"Badness Nah Wear" shows off Assassin's dexterity where he tackles a serious issue, courtesy of Ward 21. Assassin acknowledges that "Reggae and Dancehall music glorifies guns and violence and it is not the absolute reason for what we see happening in society". However, he does admit that there is the legitimacy of the "gangsta" factor, where music touts it as fashionable and so with "Badness Nah Wear", he completely dispels this idea.

Best Dressed! - New Talk, New War...


macka_dangel.jpgDancehall has seen it fair share of clashes, from the days of Papa San and Lt. Stichie, to Ninja and Shabba, Bounty and Beenie, and even more recently, Vybz Kartel and Mavado. Most if not all of these clashes have been lyrical, or have at least started there, but word on the street is that a war of a new dimension is brewing between female dancehall recording artiste, D'Angel and Macka Diamond, aka The Money Goddess.

Sources close to the situation revealed that hot words have been flying behind the scenes for a while now, and it got even worse after Macka Diamond won best dressed female artiste at the Teenage Choice Awards. The word is that D'Angel was furious, and was determined to get her day in the spotlight as best dressed female artiste. This she achieved at the recently held Irie FM awards, where she took home the coveted, or is it the vain award of the night?

Be that what it may, it doesn't stop there, because word is that like D'Angel, Macka was furious at the announcement of D'Angel being the winner, and has since lashed out with a stinging single, entitled, 'Best Dressed,' which states that 'she has her best dressed house, best dressed car and her best dressed man wha a come in from far, wid har best dressed fren dem, a she an dem a par, a who dat ovah deyso want a best dressed war? '

Musical journey of a 'Cool Ruler'


Photos By: Marie Mendoza

edit_gregoryisaacs.jpgJamaican Reggae musician, Gregory Isaacs came forth in the 1970s with lovers rock hits including "My Only Lover,""Sinner Man," and "Mr. Cop." In the same period, he released the album, "Mr. Isaacs," that featured songs such as, "Love is Overdue" and "Loving Pauper."

He signed with Virgin Records and moved on to Charisma Records in the late 1970s and material from this period gave him a wider international audience. Songs such as "Soon Forward," "If I Don't Have You" and "Let's Dance" are often re-released on compilation albums from this period.

In 1982, Gregory Isaacs signed an international release contract with Island Records, a combination, which resulted in the release of the albums, "Night Nurse" - probably his best known album among the many international music fans who had taken to reggae by then; and "Out Deh," in 1983.

The Island Records contract ended soon after and a number of personal issues forced Isaacs from the spotlight. In 1988 he returned triumphantly with "Rumours," that was popular with both young reggae fans and those who had followed his music since those classic songs of the 1970s. Since then his music has been released by his own African Museum Label.

By: Joseph Cunningham

RAAJ_kingjammys_edit.jpgKing Jammy, whose real name is Lloyd James, was born in Montego Bay, in 1947. He is a dub mixer, record producer and sound system owner who started out in the late 1960s by building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment while still living at his mother's house in Waterhouse. From these proceeds he started his own sound system. He also built equipment for other local systems.

After leaving Jamaica to work in Canada for a few years in the early 1970s, King Jammy returned to Kingston in 1976 and established his own studio at his in-laws' home in Waterhouse.

His first major break came when one of King Tubby's selectors, Phillip Smart, left Jamaica to work in New York. King Jammy replaced him, getting to work with the likes of Bunny Lee and Yabby You. For the first few years of his career, Jammy almost exclusively created Dub. In the late 1970s he began to release his own productions, including the debut album from Black Uhuru in 1977.

Shane-O, Blacker and more stress STAY IN SCHOOL


By: Jaide Bridge


Shane-O proves over and over again that he is still the 'students' pet' as he continues to get overwhelming applause with the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour. At York Castle High recently, there was no exception and while mindful of the reason for the fun and excitement of school tours, Shane-O used the opportunity to remind students of the huge benefits of completing their education and even had them spelling in one song.

The big merger of Music, Sports and Academics – made possible by sponsors Inseason Juice (title sponsor), Pharmaton, Adidas, AAMM Co-Op Credit Union and YardFlex, continued in Brown's Town in the cool hills of St. Ann; just in time to celebrate with York Castle High School who are proud of their 50th anniversary in the current location. Founded 100 years ago, the school is headed by Principal, Mrs. Hawthorne and the head boy is Lorenzo Daley.

WHAT - Cut Down Passa Passa and Rae Town?


passa43.jpg"Whaapen to dem?" - is the question on many lips these days as news of the intended cut down of the regular and internationally popular weekly "ghetto based" dances surfaced in Jamaica.

Reports uncover that the 'powers that be', including Enforcement and The Mayor have been putting serious thought into cutting down the traditional weekly happenings to maybe twice monthly.

The idea of cutting down these dances has members of both communities not only disappointed, but angry. Not only are these parties, that folk look forward to as relaxation and entertainment, an integral part of a growing global dancehall culture, they also serve as a major source of income for a huge sector of the Jamaican society.

Incident free since their inception, both sessions have reputations of bringing all people together in unity and love. Passa Passa even tours the world in the same context of love and harmony.

How can peace and love be wrong? So the people keep asking – Whaapen to dem?


Luciano affiliated with all 'Rastafari Mansions'


By: Kemesha Bolton
Photo By: Denise Deacon

Luciano_yardflex 002.jpgLuciano - Jah's MessenJah, has an aura that transcends him, sending out waves that speak volumes of his personality and character. These sound waves told YardFlex that he is humble, always pleasant and seems to be often on a tight schedule; as was evidenced with his fast paced moving about and seemingly incessant phone calls that rolled in as we spoke.

"Every great achievement has convinced me about my mission, Jah has
blessed me, I can never be ungrateful." These are the words of the man we know as "Luc" – Light, "ciano" – bearer of the light; Luciano – Jah's Messenjah, is a name given to him by his first manager Omar Harris.

Born Jepther McClymont October 20, 1964, he grew up in the Adventist Church. The seventh of nine children, Luciano was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents and grew up in Daveyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He is often referred to as "The Messenjah" which Luciano says is a name that he took on after reading Malachi chapter 3 which speaks about the messenger coming.

Luciano says he is always conscious of what he eats and drinks, even about his roots and spirituality. "I always read mi bible which is my guideline and other books on Rastafari." When asked if he was affiliated to or works with any of the three mansions of Rastafari, Luciano says "I am a part of everyone, each represents a different function of Rastafari, I am born October which makes me Dan so I am Twelve Tribes and everyone who is born [on a month] is inevitably a part of Twelve Tribes, I love Nyabinghi because it is the first ancient order of worship and I am Bobo Shanti because of its priesthood order, Music has neutralized me."

Black Judah, the new voices of the Future


By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor


Sugar Black and Dylan Judah form the reggae duo Black Judah. They have been together for 2 year while they are independent artists in their own right, both have been signed to Teflon Blood Records for four Album deals each.

Dylan Judah's parents were a part of the horrific holocaust and he has found new beginnings and a new name. Born Dylan Hyde, he took on the spiritual name Judah, because of his parents unfortunate past. An ardent bible student, the name Judah means more to him than just a change of name.

Rootz Underground blazing raw consciousness

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By: Joseph Cunningham

rootz underground_08_edit.jpgRevolution reggae music - edgy, raw, natural, roots...they are Rootz Underground.

They say they have many influences, including their homeland Jamaica,
Rastafari, JAH, the revolutionary Reggae music of the 1970s and Roots
Reggae music.

The revolution that is Rootz Underground began in 2000 when the band members, linked their musical talents to form one solid unit. The group emerged on the scene in a blaze of high-energy performances, conscious lyrics and a harmonic alternative reggae sound that marries their intellectual, spiritual and creative energies.

This marriage has birthed music that is inspiring, energizing and real. Progressive, unique and 'with edge,' their reggae has a modern hip hop feel infused with slivers of jazz, rock and revolutionary dub.

Inseason Juice KLAS tour stresses STAY IN SCHOOL


By: Jaide Bridge


On March 7, 2008 all roads led to Portland for destination - Buff Bay High School. Despite the dusty roads due to construction of the new highway the arrival of Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour at the school, was a literal breath of fresh air as the school is surrounded by lush vegetation; a major characteristic of Portland.

Tony Young from KLAS opened up with a reminder to students about the reason for this tour – "Stay in School."


After criss-crossing the island for a few months now, the tour's impact was for the first time, positioned to transcend international boundaries - by virtue of visibly excited exchange students in the crowd. Buff Bay High was host for these 24 French speaking students and their chaperones; all hailing from the Polyvalente La Samare School in Quebec, Canada, who will reciprocate by receiving 24 Buff Bay High students on a similar exchange programme in April.

Videoshoot for Wayne Marshall's "Me By Myself"


Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer was on location at Stanpipe for Wayne Marshall's videoshoot for his latest single "Me By Myself."

Here are the pictures:






Busy Signal still "Steppin Out"


By: Joseph Cunningham

EME_reanno_busy.jpgBusy Signal – born Reanno Gordon – started singing spiritual hymns at his mother's church and that was where he earned his first encore.

He recalls, "When church was over, I would sit on the corner with my
friends and alter the words of the church hymns." He also performed at
school, beating his fists in time on his desk and deejaying Bounty Killer's songs (he claims to know all of Bounty's lyrics) before progressing to his own material.

Since emerging on the Dancehall scene in 2003, Busy Signal's undeniable talent and lyrical dexterity has taken him quickly to the forefront. His breakthrough single "Step Out" was one of Dancehall's hottest songs for 2005.

The name Busy Signal is an alias which was given to him by a friend because of his constantly busy persona. He recalls that from a younger age he had always been on the move, always conducting some kind of business in an attempt to break into the music biz.

Since his break came, Busy Signal has taken a different approach. "I choose to record songs with concepts attached to them on purpose...I don't try to voice on every rhythm that is out there."

By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor


On an afternoon when the Haile Selassie I High School celebrated their Jamaica Day, the KLAS Inseason School Tour passed through to encourage the gesture.

Haile Selassie High School is located in a community plagued by violence and the evidence was there by the constant presence of the Police force. This however, did not stop the students, teachers and community members present from enjoying the afternoon to the fullest.


As usual enthusiastic performances came from the school and representatives of schools who are weekly participants of the tour. Bushy Tail, Terror Prince and the school's dance group were some favorites.

Etana takes her positive vibes to the streets


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On Friday March 7, VP recording artist Etana, took time out to drop in on customer service representatives at New Kingston's Digicel Call Center. Mingling amongst ardent fans, she shared love and laughs with these Digicel staff members who had previously chosen her as their favorite from a poll of dancehall and reggae artists.

It was a surprise visit by Etana who signed autographs, took photographs and absolutely enjoyed spending quality 'down time' with a group who reciprocated by showing the conscious songstress how much she is valued in the community. She was presented with an LG Chocalat slide cell phone as a token of the Digicel workers' gratitude.

By: Joseph Cunningham

cobra.jpgMAD COBRA, now a veteran in the Dancehall, is quietly holding his own.Over the past year he has taken the music to places like Zurich, Switzerland where dancehall is only now just warming up. He is also a very big favourite throughout the Caribbean, USA, Canada, UK, Europe, South and Central America and Japan.

His performance in Costa Rica last year in front of an estimated 30,000 people is being hailed as one of the best presentations by a reggae artist in that country. Mad Cobra recently shot his first video in many years for the song called "Gansta Flex" and it has been getting rave reviews from fans all around.

Having been in the business close to 20 years now, Mad Cobra has been smart enough not to be complacent; hence music to him, in his words is, "A constant work in progress." Ewart Everton Brown (Mad Cobra) was raised in St. Mary, Jamaica and moved to Kingston as a teenager. He began performing under his stage name, taken from the G.I. Joe cartoon, while still in his teens. His first single, 1989's "Respect Woman," was produced by his uncle, Tuff Gong engineer Delroy "Spiderman" Thompson. "Na Go Work" was release number two and it caught the attention of producers Captain Sinbad and Carl Nelson. Together they released a string of hits, including "Shoot to Kill," "Merciless Bad Boy" and "Ze Taurus."

Tanya Stephens - Brains Beauty and Rhythm


By: Joseph Cunningham

tanya_stephenson_edit.jpgTanya Stephens, Jamaican singer and songwriter, is known for her insightful, relevant and often comical musical deliveries. Proof of this is evident through her latest projects that show she is still atop of her musical game.

"Rebelution" and "Gangsta Blues," are the names of her two new albums, released over the last 4 years.

But before the albums, she scored international hits with the classics, "Goggle," and "ou Nuh Ready Yet." Her last album Gangsta Blues yielded the one-drop anthem "It's a Pity." The song displayed her versatility and was clearly one of the biggest tunes of 2004.

The single received rotation on mainstream radio as well as MTV and was critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Village Voice, Source and Vibe Magazine.

Two years after its release, Gangsta Blues remained on the Billboard Reggae chart.

When asked what she considers to be her most valuable assets Tanya replied, "Transparency and consistency. I believe if people want to gamble they will go to a casino. There shouldn't be any risk involved in walking into a record shop and using your hard earned cash to buy an album. That's why I had to make sure I kept honing my craft until I could confidently invite you to pick up any Tanya Stephens album being entirely secured in the knowledge I will never violate it!"

Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photography was on location at Backyaad to capture the vibes at Morgan Heritage videoshoot.

Photos Below:






By: Jaide

marijuana11.jpgJamaica's Deputy Prime Minister, Kenneth Baugh said at the beginning of this month, that a seven-member government commission, charged with researching possible changes to the country's laws that deem marijuana illegal, is now preparing to report to the Prime Minister on the matter.

Reported as once more considering the legalization of marijuana by the Associated Press, the Jamaican Government re-visits an issue that was put on hold back in 2003.

A government commission recommended the legalization of marijuana in small amounts for personal use back then, but this was never acted on, since legislators then said it might infringe on US relations, and could result in Jamaica losing their US anti-drug certification.

Happy Belated Earthday


vg-happy-birthday.jpgYardFlex would like to big up The Observer and Donovan Germaine who both celebrated their earthday on Friday March 6, 2008.

The Observer celebrating its 15th earthday with the birth of a CHAT, their new cutting edge entertainment Magazine. Headed by Yasmine Peru.

Donovan Germaine, CEO Penthouse/Germaine Records celebrated his earthday at Jamaica Hilton with friends Marcia Griffiths, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Tony Rebel, VP's Yolan Zanders to name a few. The evening was co-ordinated by Mark Johnson.

All the best to both The Observer/CHAT and Donovan Germaine.

Education Is No Joke tour a huge success

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The No Joke Entertainment and VP Records' "Education Is NO Joke" School Tour, culminated on February 27 on a high note. It was the end of Black History month; during which artists visited schools, making a difference with their enlightening messages of encouragement.

Amongst the 'empowering gang' were hit-makers like: Sean Paul, Busy Signal, Macka Diamond, D’Angel, Voice Mail and Da’Ville. The tour was well supported by members of the reggae music fraternity.

"I am overwhelmed by the response to the tour, we had the idea it would be successful but we did not know there would be such a great coming together of everyone involved to make it such a success. We are showing that it is not difficult to motivate students and that the work that is necessary can be done with the right planning and execution," Mario Lazarre, CEO of No Joke Entertainment, said. He added that the tour proved how much entertainers are valued, noting they are an asset in the society and can make a positive impact on their young fans.

It was all about giving back for artists who were thrilled to re-visit their alma-maters; but not as thrilled as the students who welcomed them with exuberance. Da'Ville's experience on February 26th at Norman Manley High School where he was a student back in the day, was enriching for him, as he spoke briefly and candidly to students on issues like: self esteem, discipline and self respect – particularly in matters of sexuality. Mingling and handing out stationary, Da'Ville created quite a buzz.

Tarrus takes the lead in IRAWMA Nominations


riley_tarrusedit.jpgTarrus Riley leads this year as 'the most nominated' for the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). The announcement was made at Kingston's Hilton Hotel on March 5th during a launch for the 27th annual staging of this highly anticipated ceremony.

Garnering seven nominations, Tarrus' list includes nods for Best Male Vocalist and Best Song, for the popular female anthem, "She's Royal."

Mavado comes in second with five nominations for Best Male DJ, Best Album, Best Recording Artist, Songwriter of the Year and for Community Service.

Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Stephen Marley and Sean Kingston all received four nominations each, while soca star Machel Montana and Junior Reid were nominated three times. Reid has two nominations in the category of Best Crossover Song, for his hits with Alicia Keys and rapper MIMS.

On hand to announce the nominees were special guests such as: Miss Jamaica World – Yendi Phillips, Ce'Cile, D'Angel, Norma Bell – RJR, Winford Williams and Milk of CVM-TV.

Dedicated to Health Awareness, this year, the awards will be held on May 4, 2008 at the world famous Apollo Theatre, New York City.

IWARMA founder and head honcho, Ephraim Martin was on hand to give further details, including the line-up for the star-studded event. He listed Beenie Man, Kymani Marley, Sean Kingston and Buju Banton as presenters scheduled to appear so far.

For more information go to:

Irie Fm Awards Live Show


Photography By: Milton Raynor

Here are some photos from the live show:





Real Idiot to be laid to rest at Meadowrest


JA comedian_realidiot.jpgComedian Real Idiot will be laid to rest on Saturday at Meadowrest. His mom is still overcome with grief as she feels her son was murdered by the police.

Real Idiot received four shots in the chest area and his other friend in the car was shot in the neck.

According to YardFlex sources when the driver was beckoned to stop he continued as the area was dark and the men who appeared to be cops were in an unmarked vehicle.

"It did look like a flee dem a flee but dem did just waan stop inna one area whey light up," our source informed.

But all hell broke loose after that as they occupants were fired on by cops who in a later release claimed it was a shoot out.

"Jah know star, di yute shouldn't go like dat," our source bemoaned.

By: Kemesha Bolton and Elizabeth Smith
Photography By; Milton Raynor


Classy is definitely the best word to describe what can be expected at this year's "Symphony under the Stars," slated for March 15 at the Cable and Wireless National Golf Academy in Kingston. Touted as the event to relieve stress and even depression, the occasion is sure to appease all, including those who are just in the mood to enjoy some good music.


The first staging of Symphony in 2007 received critical acclaim for high technical quality and artistic excellence.

For 2008 the line-up is just as impressive, with Grammy award winner Roberta Flack gracing the stage along with, The New York Orchestra; that occasionally accompanies icons like: Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand, Masterpiece Orchestra, Chalice, LUST ( Lukie D, Trilla U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis), AJ Brown, Da'Ville, Courtney John, previously known as "Yogie" and Duane Stephenson.

Huge crowds for Inseasaon Juice KLAS school tour


By: Joseph Cunningham


The Inseason Juices KLAS School Tour has been moving through the island of Jamaica, and in the last two weeks, the stops have been at Spanish Town High and Manchester High respectively.


It so happened that both institutions provided some of the most memorable experiences on the tour so far. A huge turnout of students supported both legs, which were filled with student participation with poems, songs and drama.

Clive Jarrett laid to rest


bebo-in-a-dub-style.jpgRecord producer Clive Jarrett who was shot and killed at his home in Vineyard Town recently was laid to rest on Sunday at Dovecot.

Clive Jarrett started producing in 1979 and was co-owner of the Dynamite label. He enjoyed great success in the early 80's with LP's by Carlton Livingston (Rumours) Lone Ranger (Hi Yo Silver Away) and Welton Irie (Army Life).

It is reported that Jarrett and Wright were at their home in Deanery Terrace where some construction work had been taking place, when neighbours were alerted by the sound of gunfire and summoned the police.

On arrival of the police, the bullet riddled bodies of the two men described as 'respected elders' of the community were discovered.

Reggae Academy Awards suss


Blacka joke sell off


Blacka Ellis sell off at the Reggae Academy Awards. Bwoy mi a tell yuh him jokes dem done di place. First when him sey big up to the Prime Minister who a glow unda di Cuban light bulb...di people dem crack up. But if yuh tink sey da one dey did meck it, yuh should si when him come out inna him police uniform and deh pon him cell phone and 'lock off' di show and sey "yeah soup, mi lock dung di show cause di promoter nah let off!" Fi one minute mi did tink sey a stampede but a just di people dem a lick di bench dem and a laugh. Whey day mean, police dem too licky licky and everyone can relate?

Which country yuh really love

Mi nuh done wid Blacka yet, him deh pon di stage a talk bout how Jamaica a di best place in the world and him love it suh much and him want to die in Jamaica. Den one woman shout out from inna di crowd, "den if yuh love it suh much, how come yuh gawn live a Canada!" Good question...but den again one man did sing sey, "I man born ya, I nah leave yah, go live America...and him a live deh now!"

Tarrus Riley, Staying true to the Reggae Vibes


By: Kemesha Bolton

riley_tarrus.jpgAs we celebrate Black History/Reggae month, YardFlex takes time out to highlight some of the many persons who have contributed to the development of Reggae Music and empowerment of Black people world wide.

With these values and accomplishments in mind, YardFlex spoke with Tarrus Riley, one man whose music empowers the woman. He sings in a most enthralling and heartfelt way, reminding her that 'She's Royal.'

Just as poet John Bodely paints a realistic and uplifting picture in his verses of, 'A Strong Black Woman,' Tarrus draws for lyrics that inspire and elevate the woman. In 'A Strong Black Woman' Bodely wrote: "Regardless of blistered hands, aching back, weary knees, disfiguring frown, she was not allowed to sit down..." and ends with, "...a woman who is now henceforth and forever grateful, still fine and forever free."

In explaining what prompted his creation of "She's Royal," Tarrus Riley explained to YardFlex, "It's our culture and our reality. It's about [reversing] slavery. It is to make our women feel good about themselves. They are all Queens."

Of Reggae Month, Tarrus said, "I love it all for Reggae, we need more than one month for this, so that men like Delroy Wilson and Junior Byles can get the recognition dem really deserve."



Why Jamaica Should Make Bob Marley A National Hero

By: Falana Fray

edit_bob-marley-03.jpgIt's been almost 27 years since the death of Bob Marley, yet despite international appeals and a host of post-humous awards, Jamaica still fails to accord him National Hero status. Even when Bob was a young musician from Trench Town, his music wasn't even recognized by his own people in Jamaica until his debut album 'Catch A Fire' became an international hit, thanks to Chris Blackwell, who I had the pleasure of meeting last month in Jamaica, and the fact that Rastas were regarded as outcasts in the 60s and 70s.

I'm just getting warmed up!

Marley deserves to be among the fraternity of Jamaica's honored heroes. He has done more for strong>Jamaica through his music than most politicians have done to temper violence and businessmen to promote tourism to their war ravaged country. Even Bob's song 'One Love' was adopted as a theme song for the Jamaican Tourist Board. It was even voted Anthem of the Millennium by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

Marley's laundry list of recognitions is even more reason to dub him, not just a National Hero, but an 'International Hero.' At home, his birthday, February 6th, is observed as a national holiday in Jamaica, he has the Order of Merit (OM), which is Jamaica's third highest honour, was awarded the Medal of Peace from the United Nations and voted Artiste of the Century by Billboard magazine. He was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bunny Wailer & King Yellow Man To Perform In Negril


bunny_yellow.jpgNegril will come alive on Monday the 25th of February as Negril based promoter Kenneth Darling aka Money Cologne presents another installment of his annual birthday bash.

Slated to unfold at Bourbon Beach on the Negril beach strip, this event will feature headliners, the Legendary Bunny Wailer along with one of the biggest dancehall artists of all times, King Yellow Man.

Several talented new acts will appear on the lineup such as the very
promising Timmi Burrell, Vengeance, Sining Hana, Yendah, Whisky Baggio & Swallo. Backing Bands for the event will be the Solomonic Reggaestra and the Indika Band – with MC Barry G.

Jamaica Tourist Board, Mr. Natural & Zojak Worldwide are the proud
sponsors of the event.

Festival Song Revival

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By: Joseph Cunningham

edit_jamaica_flag_large_1.jpgIn February, Reggae Month initiatives continue to flow to make Reggae Land, Jamaica, the most prolific brand. In order to bring back the pride of Jamaicans at Independence, the board of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has decided to bring back for 2008, what was once known as the Jamaica Festival Song Competition.

Renee Robinson, Director of Programmes Management at JCDC, said, "We seek to identify a song that is reflective of the spirit of the Jamaican people at Independence time."

Entries are currently being accepted for the competition that will take the familiar format of ten finalists being selected via island-wide road shows and public voting in order to declare a winner.

Music composed from any genre was accepted, and contestants were asked to keep the lyrics in line with the spirit of festivity and celebration. The original song competition will be returned to the series of activities hosted by the JCDC over the July to August "Emanci-pendence" period.

Past winners and icons of Jamaica festival, are Roy Rayon, Toots & The Maytals, Eric Donaldson, Desmond Decker, Stanley and the Astronauts.

African Theme for 'Smile Jamaica/Africa Unite'


By: Joseph Cunningham

africa_unite.jpgAfrican musicians will place an integral role on Saturday, February 23, at the James Bond Beach, for 'Smile Jamaica/Africa Unite.' Innocent Ujah Idibia, K'Naan and D'banj Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, will headline the show alongside Rihanna, Black Uhuru and the Marleys.

Better known as 2Face, Idibia, who hails from the Idoma tribe in the southern part of Benue State in Central Nigeria, is a hip hop musician/songwriter and was a member of the defunct R&B/hip hop group Plantashun Boyz Contents.

Another first-time performer on the Jamaican stage, Somalian-born K'Naan, at age nine was MC'ing for his friends and loved Nas and Rakim. He always wanted to be a successful musician.

Now based in Canada, his debut album, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, has given him two Canadian Urban Music Award nominations, for best songwriter and best hip hop recording.

Adidas Honours Bob Marley


By: Joseph Cunningham

bob_adidas.jpgIt is Reggae Month and the world seems to be paying homage to the music and its king, Bob Marley.

Besides the film that Martin Scorcese will create on the late reggae icon, news has also surfaced that the world famous Adidas brand is set to unleash a global campaign that includes reggae music and Bob Marley. According to Mediaposts, the campaign involves short films, one of which – "Sounds of the City" - will promote a number of Adidas Originals products.

The first film focuses on Adi Dassler, the brand's founder, and there is a clip of Bob Marley, the singer who loved football, wearing Adidas.

The campaign is the first by Adidas promoting its Originals lifestyle range, which includes retro products similar to that worn by Marley, either for casual wear or for when playing football. He is recognized with the 'Marley Jacket' and the 'Pro Model Tuff Gong Adidas Shoes,' but there is also the 'Pro Model Kingston' (shoes) and the 'Kingston Zip Jacket.'

Reggae Month Honoured at 'School of Music'


By: Joseph Cunningham

caribart_logo.jpgThe Jamaica School of Music recently held a tribute to Reggae Month, at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts.

The tribute featured an eleven-piece aggregation led by master musician Peter Ashbourne, who was also on keyboards. The aggregation known as the E-Park Band, was featured as part of the Black History and Reggae Month observations at the institution.

The band also featured: Vivian Scott and Hopeton Williams on trumpet; Romeo Grey, trombone; Dean Fraser, baritone saxophone; Ian Hird, saxophone and flute; Everton Gaynor, tenor saxophone; Othneil Lewis, keyboards; Dwight Pinkney, guitar; Glen Browne, bass and Desi Jones on drums.

St Elizabeth Technical welcomes "Stay In School" tour


By: Joseph Cunningham


Inseason Juices' KLAS High School Tour, titled, "Stay In School," visited St. Elizabeth Technical High School on Friday afternoon, and YardFlex was there.

When we arrived approximately an hour after the start of the live
broadcast, we were just in time to witness the Inseason Juice drinking competition, which really got the school population animated.


That aside, the event was based primarily on quizzes, and performances by entertainers, who while delivering their songs, reminded the students about the importance of obtaining a quality education. A turnout which crammed the auditorium, gave the likes of Dancehall deejay, Black-er enough of a vibe to give a rare, but appreciated high quality set. Needless to say, there was pandemonium when he delivered the song, "Bun Him"... and the female students and teachers gave loud cheers.



The tour has been a learning opportunity for both artistes and students.


FACT: "Young people face many challenges as they pass through puberty and face explicit media messages on sex and with little or no parenting support. Based on the increase in the number of children having first sex at an earlier age, the increase in child and teenage pregnancy, as well as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), children and teenagers are in need of help". – Heather Little-White, Ph.D, Lifestyle Consultant.

Kingston, Jamaica:--The main aim of the "Education Is No Jok" school tour is to sensitize students as to the importance of a good education and motivate them to adopt positive lifestyles. The tour has been reuniting some of Jamaica's most popular artistes with their Alma Maters and this week surprised the students of three schools in different parts of the island. Browns Town High School was visited on Monday, February 11 by Busy Signal, on Tuesday, February 12th D'Angel visited her Alma Mater, St Catherine High and Jose Marti was visited on Wednesday February 13th by Macka Diamond.

Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer was on location at Bridgeport High School for another leg of the Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour.

Below are pictures:




reggae_academy&riaj-logo.jpgPlans are now in high gear for the production of the much anticipated first REGGAE ACADEMY AWARDS. The event unfolds on Sunday February 24th at 8.00 PM at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, and according to representatives of the RIAJam and the REGGAE ACADEMY, a first class live presentation is in store for patrons attending the show.

REGGAE ACADEMY chairman and RIAJam representative Lloyd Stanbury has indicated that a very experienced team of event and show producers is now in place and working hard to ensure a well organized and smooth production. The team includes Robert Bryan of Grizzlys Entertainment who will be responsible for venue management, stage, sound, lighting and design, L’Antoinette Stines who will be in charge of choreography, movement and costumes, Ibo Cooper who is technical musical director, Dean Fraser band leader and musical arranger, Sharon Burke of Solid Agency with responsibility for media and artist relations, and Clyde McKenzie who is responsible for the script. Lighting director is John DaCosta. The team will also benefit from the experience of former Hollywood based music and film producer Josef Bogdanovich who now operates in Jamaica through his company Downsound Records.

Top Reggae Producers name best message tunes


By: Joseph Cunningham

robbie_shakespeare.jpgFollowing on the heels of Sly Dunbar's selections, we continue to highlight the greatest social commentaries in Dancehall history, selected by some of Jamaica's greatest producers.

Today the selections are made by Robbie Shakespear, and his list includes:

Equal Rights and Justice- Peter Tosh.
This is a song appealing for a balance in favour from the state especially, to all people regardless of the social stratification.

African- Peter Tosh
A call to self pride.

Pick Myself Up- Peter Tosh
This song teaches the type of determination needed to withstand the ills of today's global society.

Dancehall Competition seeped in history

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magnum_kings_and_queens_logo.jpgMagnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall contest, initiated to bring forward the new generation of dancehall stars, has received an overwhelming response from those following the live auditions as well as those televised. Now being hailed by many as a landmark achievement in the history of Jamaican entertainment, the contest passed through different areas in Jamaica, discovering talent never before seen, heard or exposed.

Aired on TVJ, the auditions were held in Portmore, Savanna-La-Mar, Mandeville and Ocho Rios with the final one taking place recently in Kingston. While primarily aiming at giving every area the opportunity to shine, each parish was chosen for other specific reasons; as the initiators of this search for stardom recognized the rich heritage of reggae music embedded in Jamaica’s beautiful corners and crevices.

All parishes were acknowledged as contributing to the growth of Reggae, but the first auditions took place in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland and got rave reviews. Westmoreland was chosen because many great reggae minds were born in that parish. They include: singer and DJ Scotty, a former rock steady and later reggae chart topper of the late 60s and early 70s and Peter Tosh – a founding Wailer who mastered his solo career, releasing hits like the 1976 "Legalize It" that became one of the greatest records of all time.

Trench Town Rock


Photography By: Milton Raynor

Here are pictures depicting the vibes at Trench Town last weekend.






By: Kemesha Bolton and Elizabeth Smith
Photography By: Milton Raynor


"Mek sure when yuh boyfriend leave yuh dont pop down, thats why you must have yuh education so yuh can be independent an can look good," Black-er said in all earnest as he encouraged the enthusiastic crowd at Dunoon Technical High School recently. Students and Teachers gathered with celebrities sponsors and friends for another Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour outside broadcast; heard live on Sorts Radio, KLAS FM.


Dunoon Technical rocked, as the tour was in high gear. The school does very well in local netball competitions and Crystal Gayle the Goal Attack/ Goal Shoot took the microphone, revealing her team's and her own accomplishments. Coming second in the last season, Dunoon Technical's team also boasts having an up and coming Sunshine Girl in their midst; who is Gayle herself.

By: Kemesha Bolton and Elizabeth Smith
Photography By: Milton Raynor


Spirited Performances at Edith Dalton James Comprehensive High School, set the Inseason Juice KLAS tour in a class by itself. The tour passed through on February 1st, the date marking the beginning of Reggae month in Jamaica.


Interacting with students was definitely a highlight at the school that celebrates its 30th year in existence this year. School Principal, Mr. Howell, took time out to present an outline of all the wonderful activities planned to commemorate the school's founding. Speaking with show host, Tony Young, he addressed KLAS FM radio listeners as well as students and teachers gathered in the school yard for the concert that was being broadcast live.

Bob Marley's Birthday Dinner at Strawberry Hill.


Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex was there to celebrate with family and friends the earth strong of the late Honourable Robert Nesta Marley O.M.

Below are pictures from the dinner:



Boyz open World Cup preparations with a draw.


By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

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On a day when the entire nation celebrated the birthday of our own legend and icon the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, our Reggae Boyz could only salvage a 1-1 scoreline against their CONCACAF and Central American rivals Costa Rica in the first friendly international at Kingston's National Stadium on Ash Wednesday.

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The game was the first for Technical Director Rene Simoes who has returned after successfully taken the Boyz to the World Cup in 1998. His goal is now set to qualify the senior team for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Anthony B riding success waves


IMG_6511_anthony_B.jpgAnthony B is set to shake up Grenada and Curacao this weekend after steaming up Trinidad during Carnival season. His smash hit "Tease Me" is also riding high, with its Ras Kassa directed video that has now been added to regular rotation on Tempo.

"Tease Me" rose to number one in Jamaica and while topping worldwide charts, does not overshadow Anthony B's decade of delivering some of reggae's most notable rootsy conscious nuggets.

"Fire Pon Rome," "Raid The Barn" and "Mr. Heartless" are some of the hits that thrust Anthony B in the ranks of top 20 reggae acts. Along with these tracks, "Tease me" was produced by Mario C for Trinity 7 Records.

He is set to release an adaptation of Rick Astley's 1987 hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up." Primed to become another smash hit, the song features dancehall artiste, Singer J.

Other recent recordings include: "Rolling Wid Mi Own Woman" and "Satisfaction," both on the Bonfire Label.

Buju Banton's “Inna Heights” re-released


By: Joseph Cunningham

buju_banton_1.jpgIts original release was in 1997 and the Penthouse/VP-produced album has been digitally modified as a two-disc (including DVD) package. It was released on January 22 bearing the logo of both companies.

Donovan Germain, Buju's manager at that time, says that the album's re-release "Shows that a deejay can make an album which is still relevant 10 years later."

The sequence of tracks on the album has not been altered, but this time there are three bonus songs at the end. Among the bonus is collaboration with Morgan Heritage, and live footage of his Reggae Sumfest performance in 1996.

Germain suggests that younger fans who are familiar with songs like
"Driver A," will be made to remember Buju's gift for social commentary.

Reggae Explosion Online

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By: Joseph Cunningham

edit_image_40_reggae.jpgThe internet is as involved in "Reggae rotation" during Reggae month, as is any radio or television station.

Some of the world's leading Reggae websites are making the access to
Reggae music easy through online music mediums.

VP Records has launched, an online music store selling MP3s, music videos and ringtones. Along with it is an affiliate programme, that allows anyone to set up a co-branded store and earn 10 per cent on each item sale.

The online music store will have VP Records' digital reggae music catalogue, including music from Channel One, Joe Gibbs, Penthouse Productions, Techniques, Dynamic Recordings and King Jammy's to name a few. It sells single tracks for US$.99, full album downloads for US$9.99 and videos for US$1.99. Ring tones are likely to be sold for US$1.99, though the price is not yet finalized.

Scorsese to film Bob Marley documentary

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20070830_Bob_Marley1.jpgTop film producer Martin Scorsese has announced that he is to make a documentary about late reggae star Bob Marley.

According to a story posted on the Oscar-winning director wants to follow his 2005 Bob Dylan documentary 'No Direction Home' and forthcoming Rolling Stones film Shine a Light with a movie about the legendary singer.

According to Variety, the project has the backing of Marley's family, with son Ziggy acting as an executive producer.

The Steve Bing-financed film will be released on February 6, 2010 to mark what would have been Marley's 65th birthday.

The musician died of cancer in May 1981 at the age of 36.

By: Joseph Cunningham

20070830_Bob_Marley.jpgThe work of the great Robert Nesta Marley will take center stage at Jamaica's premier tertiary institution, the University of the West Indies, Mona, today.

The theme being explored at the annual Bob Marley lecture set for today is The Full Has Never Been Told: Exploring Dancehall's Moral Conscience and will be hosted by the Reggae Studies Unit at the Undercroft of the Senate Building under the direction Dr. Donna Hope.

Donna Hope is a lecturer in Reggae Studies at the Institute of Caribbean Studies, UWI, Mona. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University, supported by a Fulbright scholarship. Dr. Hope holds a Masters of Philosophy in Government and a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

She has conducted work on Jamaican dancehall culture in local, regional and international settings in the print and electronic media. Her book, Inna di Dancehall: Popular Culture and the Politics of Identity in Jamaica, was published by the UWI Press in 2006. Other publications by Dr. Hope include articles on gender and sexuality in Jamaican popular culture. Dr. Hope's research interests encompass Jamaican music and dancehall culture, youth development, black masculinities, black popular culture, gender, identity, and power. She is currently completing her second book, Man Vibes: Discourses of Masculinity in Jamaican Dancehall Culture.

Prime Minister give citizens a Voice


By: Kemesha Bolton


Dubbed "Disclosure" The Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding has given Jamaicans the opportunity to voice their opinions, via a radio talk show program he started on January 30th. This will go down in the history books, as this is the first time that a Prime Minister of Jamaica has taken such an endeavor.

It was broadcast straight from Gordon House, Kingston, Jamaica on some of the country's top radio stations and will be aired every last Wednesday of each month.

The PM is not new to hosting his own program as he did this just a couple of years before.

Meet Conscious crusader I-Octane


By: Joan Wilson


He wears an infectious smile, does good uplifting music and he is more than ready to launch big time on the entertainment circuit. So far he is off to a great start as he has been nominated in the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) awards for Best New Artiste and in the Reggae Academy Music Awards for Best Reggae Video for 'Stab Vampire.'

YardFlex had a one to one with the 22-year-old Taurian who hails from Sandy Bay, Clarendon – joining the long list of talented artistes coming out of that parish.

I-Octane who prides himself on being a crusader for culture through his hard hitting social commentaries says he writes 90% of his songs and his inspiration comes from life itself.

Although he shared a healthy passion for the music, he never really took it serious in school. In fact he started pursuing a course in architecture at the Knox Community College "but lack of funds soon put a stop to that," he confessed.

With the door shut on that goal he turned his attention to the passion he had for music.

High School Tour hits tourist capital


By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor


Montego Bay was home for Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on the same weekend that the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour made its stop at Herbert Morrison Technical High School.

On Friday, January 25, Tony Young kicked off the tourist capital leg by introducing Principal Paul Adams who explained the uniqueness of the extraordinary school. He said the institution had the matchless insight to be the only one to offer a wide range of programmes. These courses include: Visual and Performing Arts, Business, General Studies, Science, Hospitality, Mechanical Engineering, Building Technology and Construction.

Being in existence since 1976 the school was named after a well known
philanthropist, Dr Herbert Morrison, who was also the foster parent of Rex Nettleford, cultural icon and former Principal of the University of The West Indies (UWI).

Principal Adams passed on the microphone, shifting the focus of this live broadcast tour for a moment to the rocking sounds of DJ Cat who had students moving to the beat of his selections. Then following a tight dance routine by a troupe, the Vice Principal, Mr. Haughton gave more interesting historical facts, this time with the spotlight on sports as well. Having been Vice-Principal since 1981, he spoke of the past achievements in netball and the DaCosta Cup.

Half Pint unveils "NO STRESS EXPRESS"


By: Howard Hendriks


It was a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Half Moon Hotel, Montego Bay when the entertainment fraternity turned out to support the launch of Half Pint's latest venture. Dignitaries, Media personalities and celebrities from as far as Germany witnessed the Jamaican launch of his album "No Stress Express." This offering will be released worldwide on March 11 and will be distributed via Universal Music Group Distribution.


"The entertainment business needs some change. There is just too much war and violence, it needs some uplifting positive vibes," Mikey Congress, a member of the management team of House of Congress stated, in introducing the production company.

House of Congress, with management teams based in Portmore and New York, comes to the fore with a vision – to change the receding trend of the entertainment business.

With a roster of young talented acts to work with, the company is set on making its presence felt.

According to Parro Congress, another member of the management team, "We are here to bring good music to the world, to make a difference by investing in quality acts, put them to the forefront and hopefully by doing that we can change the trend."

Carl Anthony Flowers formed House of Congress in 1988 with the aim of establishing a multi-dimensional company where he would be involved in several aspects of the entertainment industry.

Twenty years later that dream has been realized, as House of Congress is now into music production, artiste management, sound system and show promotion. With the main players being Carl, Mikey, Parro, Andre and Shawn, the team has a clear agenda for 2008.

"We want to be all over the place with the House of Congress label...we will be doing more producing, looking to get some female artistes on the label and of course, we have Magnum Tonic Wine Congress Fridayz anniversary coming up in March," Parro shared.


It was a birthday celebration with a difference at Macka Diamond's Birthday Bash held last Friday night at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Many turned out to enjoy themselves at the bingo table, trying to win one of the prizes up for the grabs including appliances, furniture and a cash prize of US$2000.


Action kicked off rather late as up to minutes after 1 am not much was happening, but things gradually picked up.

When the action died down at the bingo table it was time for another form of pleasure – some hardcore juggling and performances.

It's Fyakin time


By: Elizabeth Smith

fyahkin.jpgGordon Town in St. Andrew, Jamaica was buzzing with activity recently as the video shoot for Fyakin's hit, "You Are My Lady" brought part of the town to life. Directed by the talented, Asha, the clip will be set for broadcast in a few weeks.

The release is widely anticipated, as Fyakin has recently become a household name with the Solar Records produced, "You Are My Lady" getting good airplay. In fact the song has gained much popularity and lead lady of the video admits she was sold from the first time she heard the track.

Princess Menen, known for her song, "Listen To Me Sing" said, "When I was in New York, I briefly met Fyakin and he gave me a copy of his CD. When I got in my car, I put it in my CD player and "You Are My Lady" was the first track that played. For weeks, it was the only song I listened to in my car...I had to be in his video when he asked."

Third World turns 35 this year


By: Joseph Cunningham

third_world.jpgThird World, the legendary Reggae band is 35 years old in 2008 and a new album, as well as a special series of concerts are expected to celebrate the fete.

Lead singer, Bunny Rugs said the album has been named "Third World and Friend." He further revealed that among the tracks on it is a remake of "1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade)." "Sense of Purpose" is another hit that will also get a makeover.

"In celebration of Third World's 35th anniversary in the year 2000 and love, we are planning to have our celebration at King's House on December 28," Rugs said. The show will be called, "Committed."

'Afaster' Powell to open his season this Weekend


By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

asafa_powell.jpgThe world's fastest man Jamaican Asafa Powell will open his 2007-2008 campaign in the men's 400 metres at the Queens/Grace Jackson Track meet, to be held this Saturday January 26 at the Stadium East Mini Complex in Kingston, Jamaica.

Powell, who has been nominated for the Sports Man Of The Year along with World Championship silver medalist Maurice Smith, will be among many of the M.V.P Track Club stars who will be on show.

It will be interesting to see how Powell's body will respond to this rigorous event, bearing in mind that he is still recovering from a groin strain which was aggravated at the Yokohama Classics in Japan last December.

Another point of interest for the world record holder - at 9.74 seconds over 100 metres, is that his personal best in the one lap event stands at 47.17 and he says he is destined to lower that mark on Saturday.

Beenie Man to face trial for tax evasion in March


doc1.jpgBoy oh boy it seems like this tax evasion thing is gonna be hanging over Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis' head for some time still.

After going to court yesterday it is understand that the DJ is scheduled to return on March 25 and to date he has not given the court any clear indication on how he is going to settle the debt.

The case was last heard on December 10, 2007 when the DJ's lawyers said they would be holding talks with the tax authorities regarding his multi million-dollar tax.

However, tax representatives told the court yesterday that Beenie only visited their offices once.

The tax authorities allege that the entertainer owes the state $47 million in income tax.

Beer It All for The Quad on February 5

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redstripe_renaisannce.jpgTuesday, February 5 at The Quad will be the perfect time and place to get into the carnival spirit when Red Stripe Renaissance presents 'Beer It All.'

"This will be the Mardi Gras edition and we will have a lot of attractions, including beads, masks and of course, the girls dressing sexy, plus what more can any patron ask for with Red Stripe deals all night long?" explained Delano Thomas of Renaissance.

Now in its fifth year, 'Beer It All' has enjoyed stagings in Negril, Hilton Ballroom, Musgrave, Ocho Rios and now The Quad will be enjoying this very popular event.

According to Delano, he will be going all out to ensure that this year's staging of 'Beer It All' is even better than the previous years.

"It has always been a good party and we are taking the right steps to make sure this one is the same or even better," Delano quipped.

Patrons gearing up to welcome Ash Wednesday can party away without worrying about work the next day! As the promoter says, it's all about having fun and vibing in the right atmosphere.

Patrons are reminded to think responsibly, and drink responsibly.

Music industry must be strengthened

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Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange has said that the music industry must be strengthened so that the country can fully tap into its potential.

The Minister was speaking at the opening of a three-day workshop for music professionals on (Jan. 21) at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston.

According to Miss Grange, the music industry can rival any traditional sector in the country but "the ability to fully exploit all this potential has continued to elude us. We have been successful in many ways but we still have to recognize that this is a business," she stated.

She noted that the music industry contributes significantly towards the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and it is ranked higher than some of the more traditional sectors. She argued that because of the tremendous potential that the sector holds, it is "time to encourage and facilitate a more formal relationship between the music industry and the mainstream economy."

"This will require a change in attitudes by all concerned. Government will need to expeditiously, put necessary legislation in place to guide and encourage further development within the sector and the industry will also need to adopt better corporate systems and practices," Miss Grange stated.

Citing areas of concern, the Information Minister pointed to the need for a structural framework and support mechanisms that can help artistes "take their craft to the next level."

A crucial element of that support structure, she said, is the accounting side of the industry, noting that "artistes have long complained of unfair treatment from producers, and producers have similarly been bitten by disloyalty and unprofessional conduct from artistes".

"We need to strengthen the systems in order to afford all stakeholders security, and the promise that they will get maximum return for their creative output," Miss Grange said.

By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor


In a packed auditorium of about 300 students the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour was in high flight at the Mannings High School in Savanna-La-Mar Friday January 18, 2008. On arriving, YardFlex noticed three students engaged in a drinking not alcohol, but definitely the Inseason Orange, Apple and Sorrel Juices.


The energy was intense when host Tony Young of KLAS FM announced the next performer and Jah Mason entered the stage with, "I told you" and he did his hit "My Princess Gone." Received with loud screams of approval, his lyrics connected with every students’ nerve and without having to sing another word Jah Mason turned the microphone in the direction of the students who sang line by line, word for word. He performed other hit tunes including "Loving You For So Many Reasons," "You Think I'm Gonna Cry" and "Run Come Love Me Tonight." These songs had boys, girls and teachers rocking and rub - a - dubbing.

Luciano gives another Jah Driven album


By: Joseph Cunningham

luciano_jahismynavigator.jpgHe is known as Jah Messenger, a name which symbolizes the kind of musician Luciano is. His edifying lyrical content and harmonies bring peace to the spirit.

Ever since the release of his breakthrough CD "Where There Is Life" in 1995, Luciano has been at the forefront of roots Reggae. His music has been consistently praised for imparting sentiments of spiritual salvation, Rastafarian edification and African repatriation.

And his latest album, "Jah Is My Navigator" has not contradicted this musical pattern. It has 15 tracks featuring songs that appeal to both the natural and spiritual, beginning with the title track, "Jah IS My Navigator," written by the turbo charged Tarrus Riley.

"This is a complete album," Luciano said,"I believe this one will take me to a new frontier." This could very well become the effect of this album that was executively produced by Dean Frazer with contributions from legendary rhythm twins, Sly and Robbie.

Luciano will hit the road in February for further promotions prior to the official release in the same month. Tours in America and Europe will follow, which is likely to add to the famous tails of Luciano's travels across the world.

"Irie FM Stages Jamaica's own Grammy Awards"


By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor


Elise Kelly took the stage at minutes to 8 to announce the commencing of the IRIE FM Music Awards launch at Pegasus Hotel January 16, 2008. Mamma Elise began with a bit of reminiscing, as she spoke about the first year the awards was held. "It was exactly 9pm on Valentine's Day February 14, 2007, a hybrid of classical music and dancehall swelled on the airwaves, it was obvious something extra-ordinary was about to unfold." And she welcomed everyone.


The IRIE FM Music Awards is the brain child of Ainsworth Higgins popularly known as "Big A" and senior radio broadcaster at Irie FM.

With February dubbed Reggae month, the IRIE FM Music Awards falls right in the mix as it will be held on February 13, 2008.

By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor


Although a team from sports radio KLAS FM in Jamaica had the brilliant vision to launch a school tour that would combine sports and entertainment, promoting both as grounded sources of fun for high schoolers last year, the official tour kicked off on January 17, 2008.


The first stop was Kingston College (KC) and students there made no hesitation in showing their appreciation for the lively happenings. Being a school for boys, KC students went absolutely senseless when the female artists performed; and the stellar line up of talent did give them more than they bargained for.


Digicel Media Party was a hit


Digicel logo.jpgThe Digicel Media Party held in New Kingston on Saturday night was a big hit.

When it comes to throwing parties this mobile giant has mastered the art to a T. The media turned out in their numbers and what a thrill they had!

Scrumptious food, a beautifully decorated room and some first class performances were the order of the day.

With the theme of the party being naughty or nice, there was no holding was the name of the game and that's exactly what the evening turned out to be.

Oneil Peart and Lenya Wilks from the Digicel Rising Star camp entertained with some enjoyable numbers, but it was the 'experts' that totally captivated and had everyone edging closer to the stage.

Daville was in his element as he crooned out some love songs and it was near pandemonium when he invited a female guest to join him on stage. The erotic movements the two exhibited had the audience laughing away in enjoyment.

Pulse Model is overnight International Hit


By: Joseph Cunningham

GayeMcdonald.jpgJamaican and Pulse Model, Gaye McDonald has been rated among the top 100 models in the world. The rating was done by Red magazine in its annual round-up.

According to a release from Pulse, the teenager was giddy with excitement when she got the news of her selection only six months into her international career.

McDonald, a former student of Holy Childhood reacted with, "This is unbelievable."

"If her debut year was stellar, 2008 seems already set to give the
Caribbean Model Search 2005 winner even more reasons to be ecstatic," says Pulse boss Kingsley Cooper. McDonald was been selected to work last week for top American brand, Macy's.

Buju wheel and come again with "Inna Heights"


By: Joan Wilson

buju_banton.jpgGood music can never good wine it gets better with age and after 10 years since the release of the Buju Banton VP produced album "Inna Heights" the album will be enjoying a re-release. Of course there will be a little 'brawta' on it and that is 3 previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD of live footage...what more could any Buju Banton fan ask for!

Inner Heights is already available for digital download and will be in stores on Tuesday.

YardFlex rapped with the gargamel himself on the 10 anniversary re-release and as he says, "The songs were potent 10 years ago and I don’t see why we should recreate it."

Why not indeed as the tracks speaks reality and the hard-hitting social commentary of 10 years ago is still very much relevant now. The timeless message that comes across in the prolific tracks such as
"Hills and Valley," "Cry No More," "Mother's Cry" and "Single Parent" will linger in the annals of dancehall for a long time.

Considering the longevity of these tracks YardFlex couldn't help but ask the Gargamel his opinion on the trend dancehall has now taken.

"To be frank, I don't really think about what's happening too tough. It's just a fad, it comes and it goes...if it catch my ears then..." was the cryptic comment.

Vote time for Reggae Academy Awards


By: Joseph Cunningham

REGGAE ACADEMY.jpgThe public is now invited to vote for nominees in the categories Most Popular Artiste and Most Popular Song for Reggae Academy Awards. Entries were submitted by members of The Academy, based on recordings first released anywhere in the world between December 1, 2006 and November 30, 2007, the academy has now released its list of nominees.

Voting will be facilitated for both categories by road tours conducted by the academy. The feedback received from the streets will determine the winner. For the other categories voting will be done by members of the recording industry.

The inaugural presentation of Reggae Academy Awards, is set for February 24, at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

For the category of Most Popular Artiste, nominations are Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Munga Honourable and Busy Signal in that order. For Most Popular Song, the public is asked to choose from "She's Royal," "Nah Go A Jail," "Sticky" and "Roots." The Best Dancehall Album will be chosen from "Gully Sit'n," "Intoxication," "Foreva" and "Walk Out."



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This constitutes an infringement of our absolute right to use the Irie trade mark and all common law representations thereof.

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Javaughn Bond – 15 and going places


By: Joan Wilson

Javaughn1.jpgOnly 15 years old and already Javaughn Bond is a 'Superstar.' With talent that speaks volumes in his album "Superstar," produced by Marley brothers – Stephen and Damian, Javaughn focuses heavily on social issues in the society.

Most of the tracks have been written by his father John Bond and Javaughn's clear, sweet, strong adolescent voice rings out and begs for listening.

It all started for Javaughn at the age of 3 when he performed at a Christmas treat, then when he was 6 years old he wowed the Sting crowd...from then on there was no turning back for him as the singing fever had truly bit him.

When it comes to maintaining a balance in his music and school life
Javaughn has got this one down pat. According to him his time is well organized and his focus is on his academics. During the holidays he concentrates on music and if there are any performances in between he still keeps that balance. Still as much as he enjoys music Javaughn has other plans for his life. As he says, "Although I love the music I also love to draw. In the future I want to become an architect. That is what I am currently working towards. My grandfather is an architect and I would like to continue on that path."

The 15-year-old describes himself as a humble person who loves to play
football, drums, keyboards and to build rhythms on his computer. He says although his peers sometimes treat him differently he is trying to maintain a humble frame of mind because he "doesn't want to get lost in the hype."

15th Staging of Rebel Salute


By: Joseph Cunningham


Rebel Salute, the Reggae stage show held on Saturday night at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth, was a show without a flop artiste.

From the very first performance by History Man at 8: 52pm until the final by Luciano at 9:03am; though surprising – all were good.

The 15th staging of the event managed to maintain its high standard of quality, family-oriented entertainment, for patrons.

Aidoina still in custody


aidonia2.jpgSheldon Lawrence, more popularly known as Dancehall deejay, Aidoina, who was to do an ID parade is still in jail.

According to reports from the Constabulary Communication Network CCN liaison office, due to miscommunication the identification parade was put off for a date to be mentioned.

The CCN liaison officer further states that the investigator says that
Aidonia may not be on the id parade based on the new information received.

According to reports Aidonia is alleged to have been involved in a shooting incident where one man was shot and killed.



edit_dez_i_boyd.jpgRising reggae star Dez I, who created waves in Jamaica over the Christmas holiday season with stellar performances at Reggae Fever in Montego Bay; Sting in Portmore, St. Catherine; GT Taylor Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and Camp Fire in Ewarton is getting set to shoot the video for his new single "She Got It."

The video will be produced/directed by hot shot director Ras Tingle (These Streets - Beenieman & Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond) and is expected to be completed by mid February. The finish product will be serviced to music channels in Jamaica, Canada, the USA and Europe where he has a strong following.

"I am very excited about the project and expect the video shoot to go extremely well. The track is a great cultural song that I am confident will showcase another side of my creativity" Dez I said. Dez I who resides in Clarendon, Jamaica is a talented and focused reggae artist. He released his debut album "GIVE THANKS FOR LIFE" on the New Creation Records imprint and has a number of singles including "ESSENCE" and "SHAKE YUH NATTY" that have garnered impressive radio play in Jamaica and internationally. His passion for music began many years ago when he was active in his church choir in the district of his birth in Harmons, Manchester. That early intoxication for music drove him later, in 1999, to enter and win the Tastee Talent Competition in Jamaica.

Reggae Month to be celebrated with full calendar


By Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor


The official declaration of February as "Reggae month" in Jamaica was the reason why the customarily tranquil Office of the Prime Minister was a buzz of excitement on Wednesday morning.


The conference which was attended by the Honourable Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, and Olivia Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, emphasized that Reggae music is the heart-beat of Jamaica.


Preceding the Prime Minister, Olivia Grange said, "I am happy that I was able to convince the Prime Minister into sharing this vision with me. I am proud to say that I have converted him, and he is now a member of the reggae fraternity."

He was not my accomplice – Bascom X


photo_bascom-x.jpgYardFlex caught up with Bascom X following his release from jail and he was in high spirits.

"So far everything is looking good. I don't think I will be convicted. The gun was found in the closet in a package," he revealed.

"A lot of people are saying he is my accomplice...that's not true. He doesn't do music so he can't be my accomplice."

"I know him from we were living in Westmeade and he was a cop at the time. He was missing for a while as I understand he was abroad...I never knew of him to be a bad man," Bascom defended as he went into relating the events that saw him being thrown in jail.

According to him he was at Exodus studio doing a combination with Vybz Kartel titled "A Better Tomorrow" when he met a brethren he had not seen in a long while.

"He used to be a police and he dabbled in promotion," the singer related. According to Bascom he borrowed his car to "pick up a girl" and when he returned they were parring at the studio.

They finally left the studio at 1:30 am and his long time friend asked if he could 'get a kotch' for the night.

"While driving home he told me he was hungry and we stopped to get him something to eat, he even got something for his girlfriend."

Another Trench Town Success Story...


By: Joseph Cunningham

sosheba_griffiths.jpgShe attended Denham Town High School, based in close proximity to warring factions, which have taken the lives of students who attended her school.

Nevertheless, Sosheba Griffiths was "bound for higher ground" and so her dreams and aspirations for escape from humble beginnings led her to the 2006 Fashion Face of the Caribbean model search. Sosheba won the competition, and Deiwght Peters, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Saint International, launched her modeling career. Saint International hosted the model search.

Sosheba completed High School studies that same year, and in a short period since then, has been featured in a Victoria Secrets catalogue.

Additionally, she has already been featured in several overseas publications and campaigns. Moschino, Vogue Knitting, Luire, Ibiza Style, Chinese Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Trace Magazine, Vogue Gioella, The Guardian, Seventeen Magazine and WIG Magazine have all been privileged to host the young Jamaican goddess.

The trim model's meteoric rise has also been characterized by her the high-profile campaign for Erin Fetherston and her introduction to the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan. She has also made appearances for leading clients including Chloe, Van Cleef and Arpels (London), Sportsmax and MAC (Milan) and is featured in a 12-page spread in France's Jalouse Magazine.

She says her appearance in the Victoria Secrets catalogue came within two months of winning Saint International Fashion Face of the Caribbean and it has been her favorite experience to date.

Junior Reid reaps steady success


By: Joseph Cunningham


Junior "One Blood" Reid is currently one of the worlds' most sought after singers, and it's not by chance.

Junior got his initial inspiration from a tough upbringing in West Kingston's notorious Waterhouse district. It was there in the politically turbulent mid-'70's that he recorded his first-ever single "Know Myself" at age of 14 for the late Hugh Mundell; it was released in the U.K. by Greensleeves.

He then went on to form his own band, The Voice of Progress, and after a local hit with "Mini-Bus Driver" the group scored local success with an album of the same name.

The "young blood" was then commissioned by the great Sugar Minott to record a number of tunes on Minott's Youth Promotion Label that enjoyed considerable popularity with tracks such as "Human Nature," "A1 Lover" and the evergreen "See How Me Black See How Me Shine," an uplifting and proud statement that became an anthem to the
ghetto youth who Junior increasingly championed.

Moving on Junior transferred his talents to King Jammy's studio on St. Lucia Road where his fast-growing success rose yet another notch. "Boom Shacka Lacka" was his first UK hit and led to another exceptional album. After a number of fine singles - including "Youthman," "Bank Clerk," "Sufferation," "Give Thanks and Praises" and
"Higgler Move" - his chance at a wider audience came with an offer to replace Michael Rose in the legendary Reggae group, Black Uhuru.

Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru and with a similar vocal style, Junior slipped into Rose's slot with ease and the collaboration on his first Uhuru album "Brutal" was well received by all. Two years and two albums later Junior's interest to produce material for himself drove him back into the solo arena and back to King Jammy's Studio where he recorded and released the album "Big Timer" in the early '90s.

Despite all the accolades, it has been speculated that he has not been
highly favored by factions in his native country, Jamaica, which is the headquarters of Reggae music.

Photography By: Milton Raynor


YardFlex's roving camera reporter was just in time to witness the filming of Courtney John's new video for the single "Baby Tonight."

Our local 'Prince' was seen on top of a tour bus singing into the microphones.

Look out for this talented artiste in 2008

Harry Toddler and Bounty Killer kicks off


toddler_killer.jpgWhy can't we all just get along! In the midst of all the passa passa with the dancehall artistes comes this latest one now involving Bounty Killer and Harry Toddler.

According to a story carried in the XtraNews Harry Toddler and Bounty Killer kicked off at a 'round town' dance with Harry left nursing an injured left eye after the so called altercation with Bounty.

Toddler told the paper "Bounty Killer juck me inna mi eye, buss mi chain and him wet me up wid Hennessey. Mi caan believe say this happen, mi nah look fi Killa do that to me."

"Right now, mi eye bloodshot bad, di man juck me inna mi eye like a blind him waan blind me. And then him buss off mi chain and wet me up wid liquor, and Ele and him friends dem start hold on pon me and say me fi easy because him caan tek the embarrassment and ting."

Well, well, well seems like the same old foolishness will be continuing for quite a while. Come on guys it's now a New Year...come with some new attitudes!

YardFlex execs adopt school


By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

The season to be jolly has passed, and for many persons it will signify a return to selfishness. It can be argued that the pressures of life make many less than desirable characters, however, the bible verse, "love suffereth long" is the watch-word and song of a few.


During the Christmas season the Olga Mendez Basic School in downtown, Kingston, Jamaica was the recipient of "goodies" for its students, graciously donated by executives of the media group, YardFlex Inc. The institution is a base for early childhood education for children between the ages 3 to 5 ½.

BLACKnativity2.jpgEthiopians join Orthodox Christians all over the world to celebrate Christmas today, January 7th as this is the date it falls on, using the Orthodox "old" calendar. In Ethiopia where more than 80 languages are spoken and where the majority is Orthodox Christian, many cultural influences make Christmas traditions diverse. However there are constants like using the word Ganna interchangeably with the word Christmas to mean the birth of Christ. The holiday is commonly referred to as, "Ye Ganna Baal."

On the Ethiopian calendar, the current month is still December or Tahesas and the month of January or Tir, only starts when the western Gregorian calendar reaches January 10.

Traditional celebrations for Ganna include the setting up of manger scenes featuring the Three Wise Men. King Balthazar, is said to have been the wise man from Ethiopia who brought gifts of Frankincense.

Frankincense is therefore infused in the celebrations as well and the aroma is widely used through oils or incense.

beenie&girlfriend_barbee.jpgWhat's really going on in the lives of Beenie Man and Barbee. First there were rumours circulating that Beenie beat her so bad she couldn't make it to a the latest news circulating that Beenie Man's brother Blue 'juck' Barbee in her eye.

Checks with Barbee's publicist Ray Alexander confirmed that an incident did take place at Jagga B's dance at La Roose in Portmore last night.

According to Alexander, Barbee had a small disagreement with Blue and in gesticulating he accidentally hit her in the eye.

"I don't know what caused the friction, I have heard some wild stories, but what I do know is that Blue has since apologized to Barbee," Ray told this YardFlex reporter.

Among the wild rumours making the rounds is that Barbee was jealous because Beenie Man was flirting with a girl, but Alexander dismissed it claiming that most of the girls around were friends to both parties.

The drama didn't stop there though, because after Barbee left abruptly and Beenie Man discovered what happened he confronted his brother...but good sense prevailed and that too was squashed down.

YardFlex was unable to reach Barbee for a comment, but we will keep you posted.

Reggae Treasures Missing


By: Joseph Cunningham

Reggae LOGO.jpgA large quantity of music recorded in the 1970s has disappeared from the archives of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC).

According to authorities, the missing collection which includes original recordings by reggae greats Bob Marley and Peter Tosh was realized on Saturday.

Speaking on the matter, Olivia Grange, Jamaica's Information Minister said, "The possible theft of thousands of vinyl records and compact discs is a blow to the island's history."

Employees at the newly formed Public Broadcasting Corp. of Jamaica noticed the disappearances while touring the old JBC building. They had planned to use the archived material for their first programmes, Grange said.

Original Dancehall Jam Jam delivered


JamJam2007Poster.jpgThe Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall, Clarendon came alive on New Years Eve with the staging of Cocoa Tea's Original Dancehall Jam Jam. The show brought out the massive and saw patrons enjoying some high quality performances too.

Sky Juice was in his element as the New Year rolled in. He did his antics on stage generating some fun vibes. Following Mr. Easy it was time for the original gangalee Louie Culture and he really was in his element as he did some of his favourites including "Pamela Lose Har Man."

Fanton Mojah did his thing and made way for Etana who brought a different vibes to the huge crowd that gathered. She gave a queenly performance before making way for Clarendonian Barrington Levy who was vintage at its best with his wide repertoire of hits.

The vintage vibes continued with Admiral Bailey who injected new energy into the crowd.

Spanner Banner slowed the pace down with his songs, however his performance was just as enjoyable.

Beenie Man and Barbee to Sue 876Radio


barbee_beenie_man.jpgRay Alexander publicist for both Beenie Man and Barbie, has informed the Jamaican music fraternity that he is suing the management of 876 Radio after it reported that Beenie Man had beaten Barbie because she refused to give him a threesome.

Ray said they have since received a letter of apology from the management of 876 Radio. He said the accusations are false and that during the time of the alleged incident Beeine Man was in Miami and Barbie was at home sick and in bed.

Ray says they are however contemplating suing and may just demand that
they (the management of 876 Radio) send a public apology to all media

He further revealed that Beenie Man's lawyer has all the details and is ready to take action.

Yeshemabeth McGregor...a composed melody


By: Joseph Cunningham

Yeshemabeth.jpgA famous Jamaican adage says, "Wha drop offa head drop pon shoulder." It refers to heritage, particularly, genetic attributes.

Yeshemabeth Mcgregor is the daughter of Reggae Superstars Freddie Mcgregor & Judy Mowatt (formerly of the I-Threes). She is sister to YardFlex CEO, Deborah Cole producer, Steven McGregor and Dancehall artiste, Chino.

As expected, the musical influence in her immediate environment, drew her into music at an infant age.

At age three, Shema, as she is fondly known, started learning to play the piano and by age seven she knew how to play the violin as well. She made her first appearance as a back-ground vocalist for her mother at age nine and she has been doing so ever since. She also toured worldwide with her father, singing back-ground vocals and opening for him. Shema has released four albums in Japan, the latest, "A New State of Mind."

She explained that her reason for releasing her work there is a strategic move. "I am working on my image...I want to be more than just a Reggae or Dancehall artiste."

beeni.jpgOne thing was made clear at the recently held Trelawny Family Fun Day, which took place at the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium – it was a new year...but same old foolishness.

These artistes who claimed to have a problem with gays sure seemed rather fascinated by them, as they never missed a beat in promoting them during their performances – remember no publicity is bad publicity!

Many also came with their usual fascination to people's private bedroom practices as they went on and on about oral sex, they would remember patrons didn't pay their money to be hearing the same thing over and your songs!

The show enjoyed a nice sized turnout and saw some good performances ...and some not so great ones.

There were also some names that were advertised on the flyer that were noticeably missing in action such as Buju Banton, Sizzla and Ninja Man. Thankfully the crowd didn't seem to have a problem with the MIAs as they enjoyed what was on offering for the night.

Jah Cure's Statement


edit_cure.jpgJah Cure's management has issued a statement since the Jam Jam incident saying little about what happened. Read below:

"2007 was a challenging year for me; however, throughout the year I was able to stay focused on the music while maintaining a positive attitude. I am here to uplift the people as I myself was once down. I want to use my music to comfort the hurt and bring joy to the sad.

"Many may have heard of a recent incident at Cocoa Tea's Dancehall Jam Jam, in light of this, I want to state that I am a positive person whose only aim is to uplift people and live in a positive way. I give thanks to those who have helped me throughout my career to reach the level that I am now. I want to thank Sizzla Kalonji as he was one of the first to believe in my music.

"Life is about challenges and hurdles but what makes a man a better person is the way he deals with these challenges and hurdles. I will try to make sure that my music remains positive and that my actions reflect my message." – Jah Cure.

Serani is at the top and reaching higher


By: Janice Dayle

Serani.jpgSerani's recent overwhelming greeting by some of the world's roughest concert critics has undoubtedly sealed his musical fate. During a cameo appearance at STING – where he faced one of the hardest audiences to please; the multi-talented, many hat wearing Serani received a tumultuous response.

Best known worldwide for his smash breakout hit, "Doh" – featuring Bugle, Serani, who has brought many great reggae acts to life, is on a roll that will surely go on way beyond 2008.

For starters - this genius, commonly referred to as "The Future," will ring in his musical new year with the video release for his latest hot track, "Study People," recorded on the Fire Links' "Drumlane" rhythm that he created and produced.

There is no denying, Serani is chock full of amazing talent and his many successful compositions give proof of this. With his high tech mobile unit, Serani has composed such beats as "Anger Management," "Gullyside" and "The Dutty Wine" soundbed and is now also focusing on boosting his own performing skills.



Why This Fussing & Fighting?


Artists need to control themselves and be more conscious of their of roles in the wider society. As we go forward into 2008 it is important that our cultural icons maintain the sort of composure that will always strengthen not only their careers but also their capacity to create.

Reggae music lovers in Jamaica and around the world want nothing more than to emulate their favorite artistes who they hold in such high esteem. However, when faced with disappointing behavior, such as the heavy hitting brawls, bickering and angry tantrums, their admiration gets crushed.

A Jamaican Canadian radio show host lamented at the situation, saying it took him many years to get people to pay proper attention to Reggae and the artistes today seem to be on a mission of destruction. Some
entertainers need to control themselves and stop the nonsense.

Following the Jam Jam incident days ago, some fans were heard saying,
"Thank God this happened at home and not at an international venue," but what about the old time saying that goes, "If you dance at home – you dance abroad!" Will the artistes in question ever learn?

Role Model let fans down at Jam Jam


By: Elizabeth Smith

cure_kalonji.jpgBig "bowing up" went on at Cocoa Tea's Original Dancehall Jam Jam concert in Clarendon, where thousands of New Years eve revelers gathered to ring in 2008. This time it was Jah Cure who went completely out of control in response to words from Sizzla.

One would have thought that an event like this, on such an occasion - with resolutions and well wishes abound, would have been seeped in blessed love and understanding.

Well – think again...because our best of the best in reggae music never fail to let us down and Jam Jam's backstage was the scene of mayhem amongst artistes, once again.

During the show, while Sizzla and is more than 50 member entourage were chilling backstage, Sizzla approached Jah Cure to give some "professional" advice on his vocal techniques.

Looking back on the entertainment scene for 2007



Passa passa, mix up, brawls, the good, the bad and the ugly were all part of what we called entertainment during the year. There were moments when you felt so proud you wanted to cry, then there were those moments when you wanted to bury your heads and pretend this couldn't be the culture you loved. But all in all it would have been a boring year if we didn't have all these elements to get you talking, cussing or praising.

January kicked off with some great shows which saw the best of the local and overseas camp delivering. Unity Splash and Trelawny Family Fun Day were the first events to kick off the New Year, then later on Rebel Salute kicked in. Of course Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival put the cap on the biggie for January with country and western crooner Kenny Rogers and of course locals Richie Stephens, Freddie McGregor, Sanchez and Sean Paul.

February belonged to the Marleys in every sense of the word. There were the remembering Bob Marley celebrations and of course the late singer's son walked away with the Grammy making it number four with the Tuff Gong produced album "Love Is My Religion."

It was also the month where Beenie Man took the spotlight and from there things just went downhill for the artiste. With D'Angel by his side he parted ways with Don Mafia who started Mafia House. Mavado and Vybz Kartel also went at it too but they both cried peace eventually.

March was a bit 'quiet' but it still did not come without it's little passa passa. Dancehall Queen Stacie had some words for dancer Keiva letting her know she was the real diva and she chided her for some unfair comments she made about Wee Pow. All eyes were turned on Beauty Queen Sara Lawrence's child's paternity and the fact that she was pregnant before she finished her reign.

April was the month we first started hearing about Vegas' illness and it was also the first mention of trouble being in the Beenie Man, D'Angel camp. March is also a month Capleton will remember as he got a fright with a pin in his food. Jamaica lost one of its Mento stalwarts in the death of Stanley Beckford who died from throat cancer. It was also the month when three rastas took alms with Lutan Fyah over a comment he made bigging up Bounty – never went over well with Anthony B, Capleton and Sizzla!

May was an action packed month where the entertainment buzz was concerned. Nadine Sutherland launched her album Call My Name at the Grogge Shop and this is after not putting out one for some time. Tarrus Riley completed his video shoot for "She's Royal" a song which is still blazing the place. Beenie Man's show in South London had to be cancelled due to threat of gun violence. Gays came out loud and clear on a dancehall video that took Jamaica by storm. Sean Paul took six trophies at the International Reggae and World Music Awards held at the Apollo Theatre in New York and Ninja Man and Bounty Killer were again with some battle axe lyrics. Speaking of Bounty Killer there was a CD circulating the scene with an alleged conversation between himself and a the taxis and buses had a field day with it...didn't I tell you May was crammed!

June saw Daville scoring his first number one hit in the UK with Always On My Mind. Sasha inked a deal with Downsound Records and then the big story that Beenie, Capleton and Sizzla signed to be more respectful of gays...only thing the artistes denied the signatures were theirs! This was the month that IRIE FM Big Break winner Natasja Saad died in a car accident. During this time Sean Kingston made a "Beautiful" entry on the scene.

Young... and accomplished


By: Joseph Cunningham

chino.jpg"Red Bull and Guinness inna mi system" is the punch line from a song that has been popular in the Dancehall for over two years. The track bares the familiar voice of Delly Ranks, a longstanding Dancehall personality; however, not many persons know who the younger voice on the track represents.

Chino is the name of a current rising sensation, and yes, his is the other voice. His last name is McGregor, a name which brings Reggae royalty to mind. Son to Freddie McGregor, he is a great talent in his own right.

Musically inclined from age nine, Chino was a member of the Vaz Preparatory School choir and ever since his dream to have a career in music began. He has performed on countless occasions since childhood and to date one of his most memorable performances was at age twelve at Jamaica House in front of Prime Minister PJ Patterson. While a student at Wolmer's High School for Boys', multi-talented Chino also gained experience as a selector for the sound system Omega Disco. The multi-talented Chino does not want to be categorized but rather sees himself as a musical artiste who also plays instruments such as guitar, drums, piano and bass. Furthermore he can sing, rap and deejay, he writes, co-writes and has produced tracks for artistes such as Daville, TOK, Wayne Marshall, Elephant Man, Kiprich, Delly Ranks and his father, Freddie McGregor.

He has had the opportunity to learn all about music from a tender age, at his dad’s Big Ship studio. "I have observed and learnt from the greats. Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffith, Judy Mowatt and Gregory Isaac, as well as Dancehall icons such as Bounty Killa and Beenie Man to name a few," he revealed. Chino confirmed that these interactions resulted in an in depth knowledge of recording and production techniques.

Barbee sets the record straight


bar-b-ee.jpgYardFlex caught up with Barbee backstage at the recently held Teen Splash at James Bond Beach, St Mary. Of course we couldn't help but ask her about the alleged beating she received.

"I was sick and in bed when I got a phone call asking me what happened," Barbee explained.

She was puzzled about the fact that someone would want to spread that kind of rumour about her.

"Beenie Man was in Miami at the time, so from every angle this story is false," she corrected.

Barbee had strong words when it came to the matter of being in an abusive relationship. “I have never seen my father lay a hand on my mother, so I would never accept that kind of behaviour from anyone,” the sultry singer stressed.

Terry Linen shoots music video for "Mood For Love"


terry_linen2.jpgReggae crooner Terry Linen has announced his presence back on the scene in no uncertain terms with his "Mood For Love" single, which is already receiving good rotation on air.

The singer wrapped up the video for the single last Friday and it's now in the editing stages soon to be premiered.

Recording on the Uplifting Music International label and Shot on location in Blue Mountain, the music video was done under the direction of Green Gorilla Media.

The plot for the video is the typical boy missing girl and all the anguish of longing for her and pining for that special someone who just lights up your life comes out in "Mood For Love."

The director exercises his creative genius here as every scene, every touch, every look depicted in the video brings out the central theme of the song.

Authentic love for her genre


By: Joseph Cunningham

natalie_storm.jpgIt is her desire to be remembered with the admiration and awe that follows the name Bob Marley, and other international musical icons. Natalie Storm says, "I want to be a Reggae ambassador who takes Reggae music to places where Reggae does not exist." And it is no surprise that she admits to having listened to every genre of music since a very young age.

"I grew up listening to everything imaginable: Percy Sledge, Skeeter Davis, Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Aerosmith, all sorts of dance music and of course, crazy Reggae and Dancehall."

Making her sojourn into the Dancehall six years ago as a member of the
girls' group, Make Boys Cry (MBC), Natalie delivered the hit "Real Badman" on the Swatch International Label within that union. MBC made appearances on major Jamaican shows like Champions in Action and Teen Splash, and traveled on tours to Japan and Miami, USA.

Original Dancehall Jam Jam to be streamed live on

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coca_tea.jpgThe premier event of Clarendon, Original Dancehall Jam Jam will be going to the next level this year. For the first time the stage show will be streamed live on the Internet coming from its venue at the Jamalco Sports Club, Halse Hall, Clarendon on New Year's Eve, December 31.

YardFlex rapped with Roaring Lion's Coco Tea and he informed that the whole thing came about when Kariblink approached him about streaming the event. Based on the overwhelming response they received on streaming the last World Clash in New York, Kariblink TV felt Dancehall Jam Jam would enjoy that same kind of reception.

So for those who can't make it to the event then they can sit in the comfort of their room and watch it all on

One thing Coco Tea will be going all out to correct at Original Dancehall Jam Jam this year, is the fact that too many upcoming artistes worked in the earlier slot and in the end the big named acts did not get much time. The fans were upset about it last year.

Tifa is no "tinky winky"


By: Joseph Cunningham

tifa.jpgWith a strong musical background, Latifa Brown who is known by the stage name Tifa, enters the Dancehall fray.

Her stepfather, who she affectionately calls Sampalue, is a reggae
producer who assisted in the building of several music careers such as
Lady Saw. Her connection to him gave her a deep rooted love for dancehall music.

No wonder that as an infant attending Wolmer's Preparatory she became
actively involved in the school choir, drama club and the renowned
Wolmer's Dance Troop with which she won a gold medal in the 1994 festival competition.

Her young talents were also displayed during the 1995 musical Psalty, the "Singing Song Book," staged at the National Arena and also in Montego Bay.

Who will close Sting? "I are di 1"


bounty.jpgWho will close Sting 2007 is the question on the lips of many since its now official that Beenie Man is off the annual event.

Well, Sting organizer Isaiah Laing has declared that Bounty Killer will be the one. Laing says Bounty Killer was slated to close the event even before the fall out with Beenie Man.

Laing added that statements made by Beenie Man that he has been the main act at Sting more than any other artist, "Is not true." "Many of the times when Beenie Man has closed Sting, it was because Bounty was not on the show, or because Bounty performed early, when in fact he (Bounty) was the one booked to close the show."

Last week, there was a 'war of words' between Laing and Beenie Man over the real reasons why Beenie Man had refused to do the show.



By: Kemesha Bolton


KLAS 89 FM had their annual Christmas Teen Jam outside broadcast, at the Vauxhall Comprehensive High School on December 13th, 2007. The event was hosted by Tony Young.


Fittingly, as Vauxhall won the All Together Sing Competition on Television Jamaica this year, the very proud Andrea Chaplin, Principal of the school took the opportunity to really encourage her students to "always do something physical as it compliments their mental."

STING producer Isaiah Laing is livid


By: Joseph Cunningham

sting_laing.jpg"If Beenie Man does not want to get the wrath of me, he needs to leave my show alone," says fuming Sting promoter, Isaiah Laing.

Speaking to YardFlex on Sunday afternoon, Laing said, "Beenie is a sick man. He is going around and telling persons that I owe him money and all sorts of things as an attempt to destroy my show. Because he is not getting "top billing", it seems that he has decided to campaign against Sting. Beenie's real problem is that he knows that Bounty Killa is coming with his mouth full, and so he is looking for a reason to skip the show."

Laing continued, "I have never done any business with Beenie Man. I have always conducted business through his management; therefore, Beenie Man really needs to speak to Shocking Vibes about such a thing. I paid Beenie $800,000 to perform last-year, and it has only been one year that Beenie has received a small portion of money, and it was a year he decided that he would do Sting for free. Even then, I still gave him $100,000 in advance."

Further, an upset Isaiah Laing told YardFlex that, "Beenie needs to keep quiet, and don't let me begin to talk things which I know about him. If I start talking certain stuff, Beenie Man would have to run away!" Laing added, "I was a police officer in Arnett Gardens when Beenie was a younger fellow, and I saved Beenie Man's life on numerous occasions." Last week, Laing refuted claims that he owes Beenie Man back money, and the renowned promoter said he was optimistic that Beenie Man will turn up at the event.

Despite Beenie Man's determination that he's not doing Sting, Laing then said that he was giving the deejay a few more days. "Knowing Beenie Man he will turn up at the event," Laing stated at that point.

Regarding plans for the show, Laing revealed that, "There will be a stage within the stage. There will be a single door which leads unto the front of the stage. No entourage will be able to accompany performers unto the stage."

Performances will be limited to 30 minutes for all performers, he declared.

Hot Gyal Timberlee…. Sweet like honey, but solid!!


By: Joseph Cunningham

timberlee.jpg"Hot gyal a hot gyal, sweet like honey." These are the words of a sexy new song, titled, "Bubble Like Soup," which has presented 24 year old Timberlee to the Dancehall.

She grew up in Mandeville, Manchester, a highly commercial community not especially known for delivering talents to a genre that is predominantly hardcore.

Interestingly, Timberlee continues to walk a road not common to the Dancehall and that is to be a musician who has high academic qualifications. She is on target to graduate with a degree in Psychology and Child Education.

"I only got really interested in becoming a Dancehall artiste in the year 2000, after witnessing a lyrical clash between Tony Matterhorn and Fire Links at Fully Loaded," she revealed.

Timberlee is now affiliated with legendary producers, Ward 21, and is consistently recording singles. "I'm not thinking about releasing an album right now, but I'll be completing the video for "Bubble Like Soup" and my new single, "No Stress," both within the next two weeks," she confirmed.

Describing her personality, Timberlee stated that although she comes fully loaded with hardcore lyrics, she is high society.

Tyrone Taylor was laid to rest on Sunday


tyrone_taylor.jpgA glowing obituary was written in the UK's Guardian newspaper on the life of Jamaican singer Tyrone Taylor whose ‘Cottage in Negril' became a classic.

But since the news broke of his death little has been said about plans surrounding the late singer's funeral. One disc jock based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, kept in constant touch with YardFlex regarding funeral arrangements.

Tyrone Taylor died at age 56 from complications stemming from Prostrate Cancer on December 1. strong>YardFlex would welcome any information regarding funeral arrangement for the late singer...we like to keep our readers informed.

February to be declared Reggae Month


By: Joseph Cunningham


The Government of Jamaica is to declare February Reggae Month, according to Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports. She was speaking at the launch of the Reggae Academy Awards held recently at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

"I really want to say to you that the Government will be announcing, at the highest level, a declaration of February as "Reggae Month" and it will be announced and presented in a manner that will impact not only in Jamaica but across the world," she stated.

The Recording Industry of Jamaica (RIAJ), will host activities covering the entire month of February, highlights of which will include a three-day reggae film festival, the Africa Unite concert and documentary.

According to Minister Grange, the film festival is intended to be the
foundation of Jamaica's film academy that will archive films for research, screening and education.

Beenie says NO STING for me


Beeniman2.jpgBeenie Man is claiming that Sting organizer Isaiah Laing owes him over 10 years back money.

The self-proclaimed king of the dancehall who says he will not be at
Sting come December 26, added that he is also upset about what he calls, false reports recently published in local entertainment tabloid, the X-News.

According to Beenie, an article suggests he's requesting US$30,000 to do the annual event. "I never asked Laing fi no money, I not doing Sting and I don't want Laing's money. Every year I do Sting I get no respect from Laing, the securities or no one," Beenie lamented.

But, Sting promoter Isaiah Laing is singing a different tune. While he is refuting claims that he owes Beenie Man back money, the renowned promoter said he is optimistic that Beenie Man will turn up at the event.

Despite Beenie Man's determination that he's not doing Sting, Laing says he is giving the deejay a few more days. "Knowing Beenie Man he will turn up at the event," Laing claims.

Reggae Academy Awards for Jamaica, in Jamaica


By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

RIAJ_logo.jpgThe Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), is admired worldwide for its organization, stability and for the fairness it has brought to the American music industry for decades. The RIAA made the American music industry one with songs and album chart rankings that are appreciated generally as credible and lead to the annual staging of the Grammy Awards.

In contrast, the Reggae industry has been one of Jamaica's most effective sources of income, however this most revered genre of music throughout the world has benefited foreign territories more than its headquarters.

Thankfully, the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJ) has created the Reggae Academy Awards to counteract this trend.

The first annual Reggae Academy Awards ceremony is slated to be held on Sunday, February 24, at the National Indoor Sports Centre. According to organizers, activities leading up to the ceremony will include a road tour that will stop at six locations around the island, namely, Montego Ba