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Reggae artiste on rape charge; bail denied

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A reggae artiste/producer charged with two counts of rape and assault had his bail application denied on Friday and was further remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court until February 9.

The musician, 39, is charged with rape, grievous sexual assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.

According to his attorney, the allegations stem from a failed extortion attempt, though not stating whom it involved.

She also made mention of his shows being affected by the ongoing issue.

The court heard that the accused met the complainant on social media website Facebook and that a photo suggesting to be an individual was uploaded, which later turned out otherwise.

The investigating officer in the matter objected to bail on the grounds that the accused man's identity was not verified.

Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis told the investigators to look carefully at all material based on the allegations.

The accused man's wife was in court at the time of the proceedings. However, she was not called, even though the attorney told the court that she had her husband's passport available to hand over to the court as part of any bail condition.

The matter will again be mentioned on February 9th.

Pinchers shot in drive-by

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Veteran Reggae Artiste Pinchers was shot Saturday night, by gun men on Molynes Road, Kingston 10, but the artiste told Yardflex that he is doing fine.

Two men were killed in the incident and another man was also injured.

The Constant Spring Police report that about 11:20 p.m., all four men were among a group of people at a shop when they were pounced upon by armed men driving in a motor car who opened fire hitting them.

The Police were summoned and all four were taken to hospital where two were pronounced dead and the other two including Pinchers are being treated at hospital.

Pinchers said his arm was badly broken due to the impact of the bullet, but he has been treated at hospital and is resting comfortably at home.

Home Depot shooter was Jamaican

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An employee at a Home Depot in Chelsea, New York who shot and killed a supervisor and then turned the gun on himself inside the store on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a Jamaican.

The 31-year-old employee shot the 38-year-old supervisor three times and then shot himself in the face.

A police source identified the shooter as Calvin Esdaile, Jr.

Police said the two men had a conversation before the shooting.

Witnesses said the shooter was looking for revenge against the supervisor.

Mr. Esdaile's father said his son arrived in the US from Jamaica in 2006 and lived in Brooklyn.


Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2015. The 22-year-old beauty beat out runner up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and finalists Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen.

"It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today," Vega said prior to winning the crown at the 63rd annual pageant, broadcast live on NBC from the FIU Arena in Doral, Miami. "A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person."

During the Q&A portion of the competition, Vega impressed the judges when asked what she thinks women can learn from men. "I believe there's still men that do believe in equality," she said through a translator. "I believe that's what women should learn from men."

While Vega's win was celebrated, many fans in the audience weren't thrilled when Miss Jamaica came in 4th. In fact, an audible portion of the audience could be heard booing as the judges announced their decision.

"Yow #MissJamaica shoulda been #MissUniverse2015 STILL!," one fan of Fennell tweeted, while another added, "Jamaica should've got 2nd runner up at least. Like c'mon now, she was the best there! smh #MissUniverse2015."

Man charged fo shooting at relative in church

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Dwayne Barrett, otherwise called "Nooksie", a resident of Rockfort, was charged on Thursday evening with illegal possession of a firearm and shooting with intent, this after opening gunfire on one of his relatives while she worshipped at a church in Rockfort, St Andrew last month.

Barrett, who was placed on the police Most Wanted list, following the incident, was captured on Monday. He is also an alleged gang leader in Rockfort and is under investigation in the guns-for-drugs trade. He's scheduled to appear before the Gun Court next week.

It's reported that on December 4, the woman was among worshippers at a church on D'Aguillar Road when he pointed a gun through the window and fired at her. Frightened worshippers scampered for cover under a hail of bullets. It's further alleged that Barrett again fired on the woman when she fled from the building.

Investigators say the incident stemmed from a family feud.

Not an easy road for Buju

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Imprisoned reggae/dancehall artiste, Mark Myrie, better known as Buju Banton will not be able to get a new trial on two of the offences for which he was found guilty.

US Court of Appeals judges, sitting in Atlanta Georgia on Wednesday ruled that they did not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter as they are without the power to dispose of the issues.

This means, that for now, Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will have to continue to serve his ten-year prison sentence.

Buju Banton was arrested in the US on drug charges in 2009 and convicted in 2011 on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.

He had filed a motion in court, in an attempt to secure an earlier release date, under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.

David Smith released from prison

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Former Olint boss, David Smith, Smith was released from jail in Grand Turk yesterday. Law enforcement officials in the Turks and Caicos are getting ready to have Smith extradited to the US. According to the TCI SUN newspaper.

His 30-year sentence will run concurrent to the prison time in Turks and Caicos, which means he will spend 24 years in a US prison. Smith was sentenced in August 2011 to six years in TCI prison. Sources said his early release from jail was due to good behaviour.

The 47-year-old Smith, who was accused of defrauding thousands of persons of more than US$220 million dollar, was convicted after pleading guilty to 18 counts of money laundering, four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Well-placed sources told The SUN that Smith, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner in Grand Turk yesterday, was later seen at Margaritaville with his wife and lawyer Oliver Smith, who is of no relation.


The wreckage of the small private air craft carrying US citizens, Larry and Jane Glazer, which crashed off the coast or Portland four months ago has been found.

With the cooperation and collaboration of the Government of Jamaica, through the services of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, the Managing Director of the ECLIPSE Group mobilized a highly specialized, technical and sophisticated team, utilising the platform of the specially adapted ship, the MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The salvage operation was conducted to identify and recover the remains and aircraft wreckage from the seabed, at a position 19 miles north of Port Antonio.

The operation commenced on January 13with technologically-advanced, underwater detection and recovery equipment from the vessel MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The debris from the aircraft along with human remains was recovered unto the OCEAN PIONEER, where the ECLIPSE Group team carried out post-recovery and preservation arrangements.

On Monday, the operation was terminated and the MV OCEAN POWER is now on passage to the USA, where the various authorities will observe the necessary post-incident protocols consistent with the national requirements of the USA.

The private aircraft with the Glazers onboard was reported to be unresponsive to air traffic control directions, while in flight from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida, USA, last year October.

JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Honoring a Musical Legend

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Organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have tapped some of the best roots rock Reggae stalwarts to present a Tribute to the Late John Holt. Few singers have influenced generations of reggae acts than John Holt, the consummate lovers rock artiste. The tribute features nine acts is a pulsating Reggae party on Thursday, January 29 at the Trelawny Stadium.

Holt died in October in London at age 69, leaving a remarkable catalogue of music. That legacy will be recognised on opening night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 29. The lineup includes singers Errol Dunkley, George Nooks, Judy Mowatt, Cornell Campbell, vocal group The Tamlins and deejay Josey Wales all backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, each artiste will dedicate part of their set to Holt. Also on Thursday night is soca artiste Oscar B with his band Oscar B and Vibes, promising an energetic, fun-filled performance.

According to the Jazz team, Holt's enduring career and massive cache of hit songs influenced the selection of acts on opening night.

Holt hailed from Greenwich Town, a fishing community in Kingston with a rich music heritage. He set the pace for other singers from the area by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour contest multiple times in the 1950s while still a student at Calabar High School.

He had numerous hits in the rocksteady era with harmony trio, The Paragons (On the Beach, The Tide is High and Danger in Your Eyes), before going on to an even more successful solo career.

As a solo act, Holt racked up hits such as Stick by Me, A Love I Can Feel, Ali Baba and Police in Helicopter. The latter announced Holt as a dancehall performer in 1981. John Holt inspired a generation of reggae singers who emerged during the 1970s, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Clarke and Freddie McGregor.

The 2015 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, The Art of Music is slated to take place from January 29 - January 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. This year's Festival will feature extraordinary acts such as the multi Grammy-Award winning vocalist Mariah Carey, the energetic sibling group The Pointer Sisters, 2014 Billboard Chart toppers Magic, former lead singer of Chicago and soloist Peter Cetera, R&B Soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American based Reggae band, Soja, Bajan Saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, Roots Reggae group Morgan Heritage Reggae Crooner and Richie 'Ska Teck' Stephens.

The Festival is proudly sponsored by the Jamaica Observer, Half Moon Hotel, Jet Blue, Flow, First Global Bank, Knutsford Express, Sea Board Marine, Intelligent Media Ltd., Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Charmin and more.
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The Bill outlining the proposed changes to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to the Senate on Friday, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, has stated.

Among the recommendations are: the removal of the possession two ounces or less of ganja as a criminal offence and allowing for the cultivation of five or less ganja plants on any premises which will be regarded as being for medical or therapeutic use of the leaves or horticultural purposes.

It will also permit the possession of ganja for religious purposes as a sacrament in adherence to the Rastafarian faith.

Some events where the use of ganja is prevalent will also be exempt from prosecution.

Patients will also be allowed to use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes as prescribed or recommended in writing from a medical or health practitioner approved by the Minister of Health.

Visitors to Jamaica will also be allowed to possess up to two pounds of ganja, once they are able to provide satisfactory evidence, along with a permit from their jurisdiction proving they use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes.



Clansman members will have to wait another 12 months before seeing former boss, Tesha Miller, the police are now saying. This, after the police had reported that Miller had completed his sentence would be sent back to Jamaica next week Monday.

A senior policeman confirmed to Yardflex that the Clansman gangster will be released from the Coleman penal institution in the United States on January 16, 2016.

The 35-year-old Miller, who is still a force within the Spanish Town based Clansman Gang, was convicted in the US last year on a charge of illegal entry and possessing false documents.

The police were on high alert about Miller's impending return, especially in light of the fact that another rival gangster from Spanish Town is also set to be released from prison next week. The gun slaying of Tesha's brother Craig "Gizzarda" Miller less than a week ago and reports of another brother being killed last week, were cause for great concern from the police and many residents in and around Spanish Town.

Big story of the weekend: Plot to kill Kartel in prison uncovered.

It is being reported all over the place that prison personnel uncovered the plot to kill Kartel that involved an ancillary worker and a fellow inmate at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. The ancillary worker confessed that she was directed by the inmate to pick up two bottles of lotion (bleaching cream perhaps?) and three ratchet knives. The bottles are reported to have contained poison which is said to be able to penetrate the skin. She managed to smuggle the items into the high-security institution. Following investigations the items were supposedly discovered in a section of the facility. The ancillary worker confessed to being involved in the plot to pass the items to the inmate who was allegedly planning to attack Kartel when both would be released from their cells. The ancillary worker is in custody and will be questioned.

Meanwhile on the streets it is being said that this story is just a ploy to keep Kartel in the news and keep him current so that he continues to dominate the music scene.

"A new single or a album soon drop... so that's why them a come with this story. Whe man a go kill man inna prison nobody nah know til it happen."

Did Kartel switch from Tesha to Blackman?


Amid reports of a plot to kill the so called Worl Boss, Vybz Kartel in prison, there has been much talk of him switching allegiance from one Clansman gangster to another.

According to informed sources, Kartel is "protected by the Klansman (Clansman) gang which runs Spanish Town", so it is unlikely that anybody would try to put a hit on him. 

However, there are also reports that Kartel has switched allegiance from soon-to-be-deported former Klans boss, Tesha Miller to Blackman. According to one blogger: "Clansman ah get rid ah him. Dem nuh play informing businss mek bwoy dissapear dem nah protect yuh no more. From you switch from Tesha to Blackman."

Kartel and three co-accused were convicted last year and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Clive Lizard Williams.

American Trudy Brown starts petition to deport Gully Gad Mavado

A concerned United States citizen named Trudy A. Brown from Gapland, Maryland, has created an online petition to the United States president Barak Obama requesting that dancehall artiste David "Mavado" Brooks be deported from the country because of his past convictions.

The petition, which was created on Sunday, January 11, was posted on a section of the White House's website called 'We the People.' It states: "Reggae artist David Brooks is a non-citizen felon residing in the USA. He was convicted in May 2012 in Jamaica for serious assault ... It is grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with NO serious criminal records are deported daily while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here."

The petition also included two links to stories about US State Department Law Enforcement Officer, David Rainsberger, who admitted to accepting expensive gifts and back stage passes to concerts and events while stationed at the US Embassy in Kingston from an entertainer known as 'D.B.' Other reports are that Mavado has asked for voluntary deportation following his alleged failure to convince immigation that his newest marriage is real.

'We the People' was created by the Obama administration to give Americans the opportunity to petition the administration's policy experts. It states that the petitions must meet a quota of approximately 10,000 signatures for it to be reviewed by the officials in the administration and then an official response would be issued.

Petition to revoke Justin Bieber's visa last year


Mavado is not the first artiste to face this dilemma. Last year January, a petition requesting that President Obama deport Canadian pop sensation,Justin Bieber, and revoke his visa was also created.

"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," read the petition that was placed on the White House's "We The People" site.

At that time, legal expert Leo Terrell says Bieber's visa status would only come into play if he is convicted of a felony. But if Bieber wasn't Bieber, Terrell said he might not be so fortunate.

"If it was a regular Joe, the prosecution would most likely not cut a deal and seek to impose the greatest possible criminal penalty upon the person," continued Terrell. "Also, the government would also likely use the incident against the person, such as revoking his visa."


Former boss of the notorious Spanish Town-based Klansman (also spelled Clansman) gang, Tesha Miller, is to be deported from the United States on Monday.

Miller, 35, was convicted in the US in 2014 for attempting to enter the country illegally. He has been languishing at an immigration centre awaiting his deportation to Jamaica, while reportedly still attempting to run the Klans' operation in Jamaica.

The Klansman former top man was detained in September 2013 by US immigration authorities shortly after his arrival in Miami, Florida. He was reportedly held for re-entering the US without valid papers after he allegedly travelled by boat from The Bahamas.

Miller was handed a 28-month sentence at his court appearance on June 6, 2014.

Meanwhile, well placed sources confirmed to Yardflex that Teesha Miller had applied for asylum in the United States, but his request was denied.


Cops on high alert as Spanish Town gangstas say soon-to-be deportee Teesha Miller is 'not welcome'.

Police in St Catherine are on high alert as Teesha Miller, the former head of the feared Klansman Gang, is set to arrive in Jamaica on Monday, amid reports that he is no longer welcome in that city.

Reports reaching Yardflex are that Miller, who wielded significant influence in Spanish Town, has been usurped by another high-ranking member, who has no intention of letting go of that power. This has reportedly caused a rift in the Klans' operation as few have remained loyal to Teesha and many have switched allegiance to the rival boss.

Word on the street is that the red carpet will certainly not be rolled out in Spanish Town when Teesha returns to Jamaica on Monday. It is believed that a strong message was sent to him through the brazen killing of his brother, Craig "Gizzarda" Miller on January 6 and another brother who was allegedly gunned down on Monday.

Informed sources say that the police have been having high level meetings in preparation of possible reprisal attacks and an all-out turf war in Spanish Town come next week. Reports are that the police are also concerned that Teesha Miller's return will coincide with the release of a rival gangster from a prison in Jamaica.

"Any way you tek it, war a go bruk out," an insider told Yardflex.

Cocaine Seized at JFK on Flight from Jamaica

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Bloodlines to lead Reggae Month

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The Reggae music baton is passing.

"Reggae Music is now more then 52-years-old and one of the unique features of this genre is the passion. It is so strong that once it catches a fire in a family it passes on to succeeding generations and creates concurrent careers," Director of Reggae Month said.

Campbell, who has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Jamaica ReggaeIndustry Association's (JaRIA) flagship product Reggae Month, said special emphasis will be devoted to bringing to the fore this unique aspect of Reggae's contribution to world culture inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre of Wednesday, February 4.

The first JaRIA Chairman, Freddy McGregor, will appear alongside Judy Mowatt and their daughter Yashemabeth.`

Reggae royalty, Marcia Griffiths, will be joined on stage by her son Johance, who is also the son of late radio disc jockey, Errol 'E.T.' Thompson.

The popular Zinc Fence Redemption Band, which backs Reggae star Chronixx, will also be on hand with their fathers.

The band features the sons of trombonist Ronald 'Nambo' Robinson, Stephen 'Cat' Coore, master drummer Desi Jones and late Gospel artiste, Barbara Jones.

Pioneer Rastafarian drummer Ras Michael, will also appear in tandem with his granddaughter, Kamsha Morris, while veteran bass player and band leader Lloyd Parkes will perform alongside his son Leftside.

The Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts will also see performances from Third World, Rootz Radics, Pentateuch and Black as Cole on the following week in a concert entitled' Aggregations' on Wednesday, February 11.

JaRIA has expressed its commitment to continue to highlight the prowess of local musicians who have had foreigners clamouring to visit the island to record and has afforded the island's entertainment sector to sharpen its competitive edge.

The 'Progressions' concert - highlighting the branches of Reggae including Dancehall, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop and Poetry - will feature King Stitchie, Nature, the Nigerian-born Nneka who has been carving her own niche on the international Reggae circuit, Ikaya and Exco Levi. This concert will be held inside the Reggae Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre onFebruary 18.

To highlight the impact of Reggae music on other art forms, the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert will showcase troubadour Richie Stephens, who will be accompanied by his dance troupe. Stephens has broken uncharted ground with his modern Ska Tech style which has proven to be a hit with audiences worldwide.

Performances from Chris Martin and Jah 9 as well as fashion and dance will also be featured on the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert.


Another man said to be the brother of reputed Klansman boss, Tesha Miller, has been killed

Reports reaching Yardflex are that the man was shot and killed in Spanish Town a short while ago.

It was only last week Tuesday night that another of Tesha's brothers, 33-year-old Craig 'Gizzarda' Mille was gunned down by criminals in March Pen Road, St Catherine. Reports are that Gizzarda was at home about 9:00 pm when gunmen invaded the premises and opened fire.

Spanish Town gangster and area leader Tesha Miller was sentenced in the United States last year to two years' imprisonment for illegally entering the country.

Miller fled the island late last year and was apprehended by US authorities after arriving in the country en route from The Bahamas.

Miller was sentenced in April 2011, in Jamaica, to 15 years for robbery with aggravation and seven years for illegal possession of firearm. However, he was freed by the Court of Appeal in March 2013.

Gospel strengthens Reggae Month

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The genre of Gospel music will inject spiritual energy into this year's roster of Reggae Month activities.

The month begins with an ecumenical service at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on February 1.

As has been a feature of all previous editions of Reggae Month, the service is designed to highlight different aspects of Jamaica's vibrant entertainment industry, including choir music and creative dancing.

The Reggae Praise concert will be held a week later on February 8, and will see performances from Kevin Downswell, Katalys Krew, Urim 7, Jermaine Edwards and Yahnii Righteous inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Several Gospel acts will also be presented during the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) Reggae Wednesday series including, Judy Mowatt on the Bloodlines concert to be held February 4, and King Stitchie who will appear on the Progressions concert on February 18.

Gospel acts have long clamoured to be included in the flagship Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts and not be pigeon-holed into an exclusive Gospel concert.

This bears testament to the popularity of the Reggae Wednesday's series which has grown exponentially over the last six years.

Most of Reggae music's top names began their vocal and musical practice in the church.

The church has, without doubt, always acted as an incubator and played a huge role in the development of Jamaica's popular music culture.

According to JaRIA Director of Reggae Month, Charles Campbell the plan is to keep the focus on Gospel and the positive messages that are transmitted especially from this sector of Reggae music.

"JaRIA has always used the word Reggae in its generic form, Reggae is all-encompassing. That means Gospel, Dancehall, Roots Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady and all other genres of Jamaican Reggae music will be on offer. We all know that nothing works without the Creator's input and our Gospel has come into its own over the last 20 years," Campbell said.


Rebel Salute 2015 "The Preservation of Reggae"

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A Reggae King is Dead!

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THE REGGAE WORLD HAS LOST A LEGEND AND A GIANT! Best known for his song "Buffalo Soldiers", which was written for Bob Marley, Noel Williams, aka King Sporty, made his transition today, with his wife R&B Legend, Betty Wright at his bedside.

King Sporty was the Recipient of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Lifetime honor in 2010 in New York and was a sponsor and presenter at the recently held 33rd IRAWMA in South Florida last October, 2014.

King Sporty was a 30 year friend of IRAWMA's producer, Ephraim Martin.


Nina Man pulls out of Sting clash with explanation

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"I am not necessarily a man of many words when I am off the stage and over the years I have learned it is best to not respond in "the moment." The last few years of my life have taught me number of lessons and one of the most valuable ones is that I am not the Ninja Man of 10 or 15 years ago. I am not about violence, I am not about war and I certainly not about intimidation.

I believe in choices and I believe in entertainment with that said the clash artiste that Ninja Man may have been known for has evolved. I have grown... I have been there and done that time and time again. I am in a new chapter of my life... I am about making music that entertains the people and putting on shows where everybody has a good time and leaves wanting more.

With that said, I am not into having my life threatened nor scare tactics - there is no one for me to clash at STING. I have clashed every big name artiste in Jamaica ... just check YouTube. This "war" they are trying to drag me into is really going backwards for me and I am about moving forward. So it is with great thought, I announce that I will not be on STING 2014. I will instead be enjoying the Christmas with my friends and family.

Let me say thanks to Isaiah Laing for the opportunities he provided me to showcase my talent over the years and wish him a safe and successful staging of STING. My immediate focus is finalizing the plans for my annual birthday party being held in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on the 24th of January 2015.

I really want to thank all of my fans for their continued support over the years and through the trying times in my life and also to my family at Down Sound Records who have continued to believe in me and what I want to accomplish in my music and in my life".


Two New York-based Jamaica-born dentists - Dr Dwight Williams and Dr Kerisa Harriott - are offering their services free of charge to ensure that new Internet dancehall sensation Gully Bop has a brighter smile.

The two professionals reached out the media with their requests.

Dr Williams, a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon and founder of the Optimum Dental Care, a multi-specialty dental group practice located in north Bronx, New York, said Gully Bop first came to his attention when his wife Morvia Reid-Williams saw his video on her Facebook page.

"While viewing the video, I was in awe of how talented Gully Bop was and then I proceeded to watch some of his interviews on YouTube. What struck me about Gully Bop was his positive approach to life and the fact that he was living in the moment and as he claimed, this was 'his time'" Dr Williams said.

Magnum Sting Tonic Wine

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The line-up this year features a host of exciting artistes including the Fire Man himself Capleton, Ninja Man, Aidonia, Tarrus Riley, Etana, I Wayne, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Tommy Lee, Gage, Demarco, Masicka, Kalado, Teflon, Droop Lion, Ryno VS Kiprich Rematch and the New Sensation Gully Bop.

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Gully Bop endorsed by Major Lazer

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Dancehall artiste Gully Bop has made what could be considered his first step into the international market after his song 'My God Dem Nuh Bad Like Me' was remixed by Walshy Fire of the group Major Lazer.

According to Gully Bop's producer, Gutty Bling of Claims Records, the song has been receiving strong attention in the United States, the Caribbean and Canada.

"Everybody thought he was a one-hit wonder, but he has shown that he has more to offer. The song has helped to push the label even further, and right now inna dancehall, apart from Vybz kartel, a Gully Bop a run di place," his manager Gutty Bling.


"I really don't want to kill Gully Bop's little career so early because I want him to make some money to fix his teeth and his 'bosen'. I would advise his managers to focus on developing the artiste and record some good songs for him while he is hot, so that he can have a lasting career, because at the end of the day you will damage his career by putting him up against people," Ninja Man told The Media.


Filth Rubbed on Kids' Mouths !!

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A smelly matter in which a woman used faeces to rub on to the mouths of children after it is alleged that they placed a penis in her child's mouth came to an end with the accused being sentenced to 30 days in prison yesterday.

Charged with common assault is Ruth Wilson of a Corporate Area address who was hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The Crown led evidence that the complainant who is a guidance counsellor at a primary school in Kingston, while there was dealing with a dispute among children when Wilson was contacted.

Miss Kitty denies performing Oral sex in photo

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Radio host and emcee Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton has expressed anger at unscrupulous individuals who have attempted to malign her by creating an alleged sex image.

The picture, under the guise of a video, surfaced on the Internet and allegedly contains an image of Hylton, also known as the 'Fluffy Diva', superimposed on the body of a woman performing a sex act.

Tommy Lee spews fire at Competitions

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Tommy Lee promises to slaughter Gage lyrically.

"Mi come with a new style inna music and people a try copy it, but people know the original from the followers. A me sey gothic dancehall and start wearmask and now Alkaline a wear mask and everybody dun know Gage a knock-off already, so I guess I am the trendsetter," Tommy Lee Sparta said.

Tommy Lee also dissed Alkaline for stealing his idea of wearing masks.

Nick Cannon works with Jamaican artistes

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AMERICAN actor/television personality Nick Cannon is currently in Jamaica trying get a first-hand taste and feel of the island as he seeks to promote his latest charge Kreesha Turner.

The Wild 'N Out personality, who is on his first trip to the island, is here to soak in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the island in order to inform himself as he works with Turner, who was born in Canada and raised in Jamaica. She fuses reggae and dancehall music with other influences to arrive at her sound.

"From the moment I met Kreesha, she kept telling me about Jamaica... I had been to some of the other islands, but not Jamaica... so I had to come see what it's all about," Cannon told the media.

"We are here supporting Kreesha's project, exploring the culture to make sure I touch the people in a real way," he added.

Cannon and Turner are in the island promoting her single Sexy Gal, which also features dancehall quartet T.O.K. Turner is signed to his Ncredible Entertainment label.

Cannon disclosed that he would like to work with local acts, but is new to the culture and therefore is taking it slow.

"Right now, I'm paying attention to who's picking up in the clubs and dances because I always want to get it right. However, right now, my focus is to get Kreesha popping here in Jamaica. I believe in authenticity and being organic so I'm just paying attention and getting more engulfed in the culture before making any move like that," he stated.

He is committed to getting Turner to mainstream and, therefore, is not looking to sign another female act from Jamaica at this time in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

Cannon's Jamaican recce has seen him enjoying lobster on the beach at Hellshire in Portmore.

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Deejays Blak Ryno and Kiprich will go head to head at this year's staging of Sting - the popular one night reggae show staged on Boxing Day.

According to Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, organisers of the event, clashes have always been part of the history of Sting and, therefore, a match-up of this nature was inevitable.

Speaking at a press conference at his Burlington Avenue offices in the Corporate Area yesterday, Laing traced the history of clashes at the event dating back to the first ever in 1984, which featured Michael Palmer and Junior Reid. He noted that, by the following year, 1985, it was realised that the clash was the way to go and it became a signature of Sting.

"[The] clash is a hallmark of Sting. Over the years, it has become a major attraction... last year Kiprich was defeated by Ryno and so we have decided to bring them back for a rematch, and this is not something to be missed," he asserted.

Blak Ryno was absent from the press conference as it was explained that he was overseas, but his opponent Kiprich was on hand to declare that this year things will be different.

"I am more focused and prepared for a proper lyrical showdown [at] Jamworld.... He can't come with what he came with last year and expect to win... it's lyrics to the fullest. I am always happy to be part of this historical event and to be part of it as a top act a this time," said Kiprich.

Man arrested for having sex with minor

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A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a person under the age of 16.

He is also being investigated for harbouring a ward of the State.

Reports are that about 3:30 p.m. last Friday, police personnel swooped down on an address in the Rosemount community in St Catherine.

The suspect was caught inside the house having sex with the child.

Both parties were taken to the police station in Linstead.

Further investigations by the police revealed that the teenager escaped from the centre about three weeks ago.

I was abused as a child says Lady Saw

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Dancehall artiste Lady Saw has revealed that she was abused as a child. As a result, she has launched a foundation geared at assisting abused women and children.

According to the Grammy award-winning deejay, who recently released a new album called Alter Ego, half of the proceeds from album sales will go towards the Lady Saw Foundation.

"I had the idea for years now but my lawyer at the time went abroad to study; but I recently got another lawyer. The foundation will cater to women because I was abused a lot growing up as a child and as a teenager. It was a horrible experience and many persons are going through that experience," she said.

Lady Saw is also looking to put her vision in reality by opening a home-training centre for abused women.

"Many women tend to run away from their abuser, including my mom. So what I am doing is trying to find a safe haven for them. I have located a property in St Mary with a building that resembles a factory. I want to purchase the property and use it as a centre for abused women. I also want one of those centres to be in Kingston. I am probably way ahead of myself right now because I am so passionate, but we have to start somewhere," she said.

Toy drive

The deejay also spearheaded a toy drive in the US recently, where she collected seven barrels of toys in collaboration with media personality Ragashanti.

"I also visited a children's home recently with my publicist, and spent some time with some disenchanted kids, and I was really touched, so I decided to get the toys, pampers and sheets for them as well," she said.

Youths support copy cats?

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Old standards not desired by new acts

There was once a time in Jamaican music when originality and authenticity were key elements that defined the standard used to measure 'good music' and a 'great artiste'. Those who created a style or sound for themselves, were glorified for their efforts, while imitators were oftentimes ignored or not taken seriously by fans.

Several recording artistes who have found themselves in the latter, have failed to have a lasting, if any impact at all, because of the imposter label ascribed to them, many seeking to re-brand themselves in light of their fading reality.

Dancehall artiste Merciless was largely criticised by fans in the early 90s when arch-rival Bounty Killer accused the Clarendon-born artiste of copying his style. Through the years, Merciless denied in several songs and interviews that he tried to sound like Bounty Killer. However, his conflict with the Killer, perhaps did more harm than good, as Killer's loyal fanbase, supported his sentiments in Mr Wanna Be, in which he classified the artiste as an imposter.


Recording artistes Bounty Filla and Hitlist suffered a similar fate, the latter forced to change his name to Ganggoolie and reinvent himself, in order to be accepted in the music industry under a new guise.

Reggae artiste Bascom X was also accused by Sizzla Kalonji's supporters who claimed that he was impersonating the reggae icon, while incarcerated dancehall artiste Zebra, despite his relative success in the late 90s, was always seen as a shadow of veteran deejay Tiger. He too rejected the notion that he was deliberately trying to sound like the Come Back to Me singer.

Fast forward to 2014, and fans seem to be less judgmental, as recording artistes like Gage and Alkaline, despite their obvious similarities to Tommy Lee Sparta and Vybz Kartel, still manage to wield a strong influence over dancehall fans.

One theory for the now general acceptance of 'copy cats', according to director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, is because standards have fallen.

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"We celebrate that which is substandard or mediocre because we really don't know what is quality anymore. We can't even blame the fans alone, but also the education system, because culture is not taught in schools, so the youths don't have any level to aspire to. Artistes were valued based on what they could contribute, based on styles, variety and diversity, but I don't think that the cultural appreciation that was held by the older generation is even desired by the new generation," he said.

Local dancer Mumzell criticizes badmind dancers

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According to the dancer/business woman, some persons in the entertainment industry hate to see their coworkers reap success for their labor.

"We cant stop badmind. it a guh tek a lot to do that. But when a man a have him run you supposed to allow him or her to have the run without badmind. Hard work a di key to success and everybody born with a talent, but we should stop playing unfair games and allow people to bloom. Remember that Bogle said if you are a winner you don't need to be in any competition,"she said.

Mumzell has been featured in music videos for several dancehall artistes including Mr Vegas' Tek Weh Yuself and RDX's Bend Over. Both videos mentioned have received more than four million views on

She is also gearing up to host a round robin at her club this Friday.

Corey Todd Shot at near his go go club

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is now investigating a shooting at the Taboo Night Club in Montego Bay, St James early this morning in which two men were shot.

The incident occurred shortly after five this morning.

The Police say popular businessman and owner of the club, Corey Todd was closing the establishment when two men on a motorcycle fired shots at him, hitting him in the right hand.

A policeman who was at the location responded by firing at the gunmen.

One was hit and died on the spot.

Meanwhile, the police are theorising that the attempted murder of Todd, may have been a hit.

Gage plans to win STING clash

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Things are heating up on the local music scene as the war of words continue to escalate between Gage and Tommy Lee, leading up to their much hyped clash at Sting 2014.

Gage, aka the Burning Sun, is confident that he will emerge the victor on Boxing Day.

"Tommy Lee a try style man bout Kartel shave Gage, and him a go tun mi inna range. A dat mi hear sey him sey pon 'On Stage'. Well mi have news fi him, him done dead already, Tommy Lee dead already," he said.

"It a go be a musical massacre pon Boxing Day. Mi nuh fraid a him. Mi a go bury him and Alkaline. Dem nuh ready fi clash wid mi, dem nuh reach mi levels. A mi a di Burning Sun."

Gage recently fired a lyrical salvo titled Two Idiot in response to Tommy Lee's dis track titled Bad Man Dawg.

"Tommy Lee drop a idiot tune bout him a diss man, but mi nuh fraid a him cause him a idiot. Just listen di tune weh mi do fi him and Alkaline, di two a dem a idiot. Dem need fi stop call up mi name."

Gage, who recently performed to packed venues in Guyana, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago, also boasted that he is now the most popular act in dancehall music.

"Right now, every weh yuh go inna di Caribbean and South America a mi a di most popular dancehall artiste. The fans are requesting me all over the world, Europe, the US, and Africa. All over di world di people dem say a just Beng. A mi run things now. Tommy Lee and Akaline fi know sey a di Burning Sun time now," the artiste said.

When contacted, Tommy lee Sparta's publicist, Keona Williams, said, "He has heard about the song but he hasn't heard it yet, to have any response towards it ... he has been so busy with the music video for Bad Man Dawg, he hasn't got a chance to listen to Gage's song as yet."


Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title when she triumphed in the 100m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Doha on Saturday as more records tumbled.

Jamaican Atkinson, 25, claimed the title and equalled Ruta Meilutyte's world record of 1min 02.36sec in the process - although under governing body FINA rules this still equates to a new record.

She was completely unaware of what she had done, staring up at the scoreboard with an air of resignation before it gradually dawned.

"Me?," she mouthed, pointing at herself before the enormity of her achievement was absorbed and so started the celebrations.

Atkinson's role at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida is to encourage greater involvement of different communities in swimming and to promote water safety.

"Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we'll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push," Atkinson mused.


Word on the street, is that reggae artistes Sizzla Kalonji and Teflon chased I Octane out of popular stage show West Kingston Jamboree lastnight, forcing the artiste to leave without performing.

According to an eyewitness, I Octane was about to enter the platform to perform when Sizzla and his entourage chased him from behind the stage while telling the MC that he wanted to perform.

Sizzla later called on Teflon and they both performed an extended set, Sizzla is also said to have stayed behind after his performance blocking the entrance, to ensure that I Octane did not touch the microphone.

Another eyewitness claims that I Octane was slapped around by Sizzla's entourage, however that has not been confirmed. 

Buju Banton asks to be Deported

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Efforts by dancehall superstar Buju Banton to get an early release from prison based on amendments to drug sentencing guidelines implemented recently, may be thwarted because the deejay has maintained his innocence since being arrested.

The media understands that Banton has asked that the court reduce his sentence and turn him over to immigration authorities so he can be deported back to Jamaica.

Jamaican born, LA based actress Shauna Chin, most known for her role as Richard Blackburn's fiancée Claudine on 'The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate' has been making a name for herself in US-based Independent Feature Films, such as '12/12/12' and 'The Necklace' just to name a few. Now add Primetime television to the actress' body of work as she lands a role on 'Criminal Minds' TV series on CBS. Chin is set to begin shooting on Dec 10, 2014. "It's only a small role, so it's not as if I'll be getting a lot of screen time" says the surprisingly shy actress. Other than the shoot date she is not able to give much more details on the gig until closer to the air date. Until then, we wish her all the best.

The rock-born actress also lends her skills behind the scenes. Her latest projects include being a Casting Associate for Lifetime's controversial film "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" which came under severe fire from Aaliyah supporters claiming that the movie was a poor representation of the singer and did not receive approval from the singers' family. Chin was also the Casting Associate for the highly anticipated upcoming Lifetime original movie "With This Ring" by Director Nzingha Stewart, featuring Eve, Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Brooklyn Sudano with Executive Producer Gabrielle Union.

As if that's not an already hectic schedule, Chin is also an official representative of the Jamaican diaspora. In 2012, she was appointed as the first Ambassador to the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations [NAJASO], the non-governmental arm of Jamaica's diaspora representatives. For more information go to [1] or visit the actress on social media Twitter and Facebook @shaunachin or on Instagram at @shauna_chin


Get ready to 'drink in' the performance from Champaign at Euphoria 2014

For the First time in Jamaica, the group Champaign hits the stage to perform in Kingston at the Euphoria Charity Concert on December 14. The first staging of what will be an annual Charity event, is set to take place at the Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston.

The Concert is already shaping up to a trendsetting event with more than able performers and an enormous cause to boot; All proceeds go towards purchasing food for the over four hundred kids at the Mustard Seed Communities.

With Massive hits known worldwide such as 'How About us' and 'Try Again', the Jamaican audience should anticipate a memorable performance from the 1970's group led by Grammy Nominated, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, and Lead vocalist Pauli Carman. Carman began performing professionally in 1977 with a group called "Coalkitchen", they released an album called "Thirsty Or Not Choose Your Flavor" for Epic Records in that year.

Since then he has appeared on such hit TV shows as Soul Train, Solid Gold, and has toured in such venues as Madison Square Gardens, Cow Palace, Disney World and many others. Most recently the Carman led group 'Champaign' has performed in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah for 20,000 people for the Muzart World Foundation, a wonderful Foundation to keep Music and Arts in all public schools. Being a performer on the Euphoria Charity Concert is most fitting as 'giving back' is a movement avidly supported by the group.


"I'm very proud to be a part of The Euphoria concert for the Mustard Seed Charity. I feel very strongly about helping those in need, and I am an Ambassador for many Foundations both in the U.S. and abroad such as Muzart World Foundation and The Mabuhay Foundation in the Philippines. I even have a very special page on my Website called Music for a Cause" Pauli Carman commented.


After over thirty years on stage, Champaign has become experts at entertaining an audience with a complete package, Euphoria's audience will be no different on December 14.

"I like the one on one communication with a large audience who appreciates your music, the give and take is amazing energy, pure joy. Jamaica can anticipate "Champaign's" top hits from the past and present wrapped in to a very exciting show of love and fun." Carman added


The Euphoria Charity Concert also features International "Superwoman" Karyn White, Freddy McGregor, Ernie Smith, Leroy Sibbles, Mr Vegas, Romaine Virgo, Kevin Downswell Christopher Martin and more.


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Dancehall Duo RDX would like their fans and the general public to know that they are being falsely advertised for an event this weekend in St Ann being promoted by Afterdark Entertainment.

RDX was contacted by an Afterdark Entertainment representative and preliminary discussions had begun to have the duo contracted to perform at the event held at Clemetson's Roof, Browns Town, St. Ann. The promoters however have not completed the necessary arrangement to facilitate a performance and as such RDX will not be performing at this event.

RDX would not want their dedicated fans to be misled by these promoters who are illegally using the RDX name and image to promote their event. The RDX team will be taking the necessary legal actions against Afterdark Entertainment however they are making it clear to their fans that they have not been contracted to perform at Rum Saturdaz this Saturday Night.

"We are flexible and willing to work with promoters who are willing to work with RDX but at the same time we operate a business and the business side of things has to be sorted" Renigade stated.

"Our fans deserve the correct information and we would not want it to seem that we are unprofessional or 'no shows' to an event we are booked on" Delomar added.

Fans can look out for RDX all island this month as they will be performing on the Boom Energy Drink Road Show and at gt taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza.


Dancehall/reggae artiste Teflon has released a song called Donkey Lense in which he lyrically challenges rival and former friend I Octane. The song also jabs at Alkaline Gage, Tommy Lee Sparta and Kalado.

Teflon and I Octane have been at odds for several years over a business disagreement.

Teflon - Donkey Lense (Alkaline, I Octane, Tommy Lee & Gage Diss) December 2014 @Crushroad876

Pamputtae frame by bitter mate of social media

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Dancehall deejay Pamputtae is setting the record straight and clearing her name, after an image of a woman in a compromising position has gone viral, with many claiming that it is the artiste.

It was revealed that the woman, who bares a striking resemblance to the dancehall artiste, is actually a United States-based adult film star.

The artiste revealed that she knows who is responsible for creating the image and claims that it was done out of jealousy in a bid to tarnish her reputation.

"Is she create the pic because she want the man, but me have him lock and she mad. Me need dem pictures there fi stop go roun', they need to stop and go on my Instagram or Facebook page and check before they share it and pass their remarks," she said. "I plan to sue people, me have a chop pan my hand and the girl nuh have no chop. It's just the bang (hairstyle) why people seh is me."

In response to the jab at her reputation, Pamputtae said she created the song Mud Up Mate, produced by Friends for Real Production.

Pamputtae - Husband Lock

Shane Hoosong (((Official Music Vid ))) out now

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Since local actor Shebada went Onstage and claimed to have impregnated the ex-girlfriend a deejay whom he did not name, several names have been swirling all over the place. However the two popular names are Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

It is unconfirmed by either artiste if there is any truth to the speculations, however several memes have been circulating the internet incriminating Alkaline and Bounty Killer.



Bunny Wailer has expressed his dissatisfaction at the slow pace the Government was moving in regards to the decriminalisation of marijuana, saying their failure to capitalise on its use has opened the doors for yet another international company to market a product with which the world associates Jamaica.

"Jamaica is still moving too slow and has been focused on the low hanging fruit," he said, pointing out that the cultural and competitive advantage that Jamaica has with marijuana must now be used to not only oppose the deal set up by the Seattle-based company, but should also send a message to other international companies.

"Only a Jamaican company incorporating local stakeholders, the Rastafarian community, local ganja farmers, medical scientists and investors should be allowed to market Brand Jamaica Ganja first-hand, every other company outside of Jamaica should follow suit."

Several states in the U.S have already legalized Marijuana.

Kingston, Jamaica has made the UNAIDS list of ten cities worldwide where a very high proportion of people live with the dreaded HIV virus.

Kingston is the only Caribbean city to make the UNAIDS top ten list of HIV populated cities released yesterday, World AIDS Day.

Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina round out the others in the Americas list in 'The Cities Report.'

According to UNAIDS, there are 19,494 or 64 percent of Kingston metropolitan area's population living with the HIV virus in a city of some 30,000 people. Yet, Kingston has 10 out of 21 treatment sites in Jamaica and plays an essential role in treating and caring for people with HIV, the report said.

In Kingston, the majority of people newly diagnosed with HIV have an HIV-related illness or disease, indicating late diagnosis. According to Ministry of Health estimates, in 2013, HIV prevalence among the homeless and people who inject drugs was at 4 percent and among prison inmates was at 9 percent. Data for female sex workers and men who have sex with men is incomplete but it is estimated to stand at 4 percent and 32 percent respectively.

In Buenos Aires, a city of 83,322 people, there are 35, 745 people living with HIV while there are 29, 609 in Lima and 13, 939 in Santiago.

Researchers warn in the report that "cities will struggle to control their AIDS epidemics as long as these populations are marginalized from the benefits of city life." They recommend using a Fast-Track AIDS response, cities can improve social equality for people affected by HIV and those living with the disease, while also addressing related public health challenges in new and innovative ways to prevent disease.


Radio DJ/record producer DJ Sunshine is fuming over the decision taken by several recording artistes to record on her popular Wul Dem Again rhythm without requesting her permission.

"I voice a rhythm and I put eleven songs on the rhythm and now several other artistes are on the rhythm illegally. Some of them are even on the streets promoting the songs which I find so unprofessional and disrespectful to me. How can you do that? They even got hold of the logo for my label and is using it to promote their music and that is damaging to my reputation," DJ Sunshine said.

"This is the kind of thing that is keeping the industry from going forward. They did not even have the decency to contact me. Cease and desist immediately and I will have you know that I find this to be disrespectful and I will not be producing you in the future as a result of this. I know the rhythm is hot and I placed two young artistes on the rhythm already because I could not full up the project with young artistes," she continued.

"I don't have no problem with you performing on the instrumental. But to voice on the rhythm and promote it that is where I have a problem. Some of the artistes should know better and I don't want my name to be attached to something that I am not apart of here are the artistes on my rhythm," she said listing out Konshens, Alkaline, Demarco, Vybz Kartel, I Octane, Mr. Vegas, Mavado, Bryka, Chillando, Aidonia and Elephant Man.

Artistes who have hijacked DJ Sunshine's rhythm include Merciless, Iyara, Patexx, Stein, Versatile, Rhyme Minista, Deablo, Dwayno, Maestro Don, Gaza Nah Nah Ice, Damion Dollar,Chapanore, Tuggawar,Bayroot,Truk Matics,Tuff Krakaz, Prince Pin, Ithermol and Choice, G Loc,Fada Price, Edy J,Nashinal, Mr. Lawigical, Eyesus,Lil Lifu, Zee K, Don Tooks,Hyporak, Keron Williams,Jahvillani, Kweffa,Engenor,Blvk Angel,Travalaunch,Maestroxity,Malish and Chrome,Shotta,Griff,T39,Cv (LNJ),Kruze 45, Mad Geeral, Di Hooligan,African,Slice Out and Badly,Zekedon,Formula, Askel Tudiworld,Roshane War, Ar J among others.

A significant amount of the songs are disses aimed at dancehall enigma Alkaline.

Acid destroys woman's life forever :(

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Twenty-eight-year-old Kassandra Smith will never forget the morning of August 17, 2014, as it was a day that caused her great agony and pain, which she is likely to endure for a lifetime.

Smith, a victim of what is believed to have been an acid attack, was doused with a burning substance, which has resulted in injuries such as severe burns, speech imparity and loss of sight.

She told THE WEEKEND STAR: "I had just finished jogging by heroes circle and went home (Arnold Road), about minutes to seven. A tenant called my attention to a man that was calling me outside. When I went to check, it was a young man about 20-27 sporting a cornrow hair and wearing a black jacket. I recognised a red bottle with a white top in his hand."

She said the man kept insisting that she go and speak to a man name 'Wayne' up the road.

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Smith explained what transpired next saying: "I just felt something flash in my forehead and I fell to the ground immediately, I got blind instantly. I was screaming for help and my dogs even rushed me and bite mi up. When help finally came, dem say I was covered in a black substance."

Police rushed Smith to the Kingston Public Hospital where she spent two months and did two surgeries, one for her face and the other for her chest. Smith was also referred to an eye specialist.

Discharged since October 18, Smith has mounting medical bills on top of which she is to attend clinic twice weekly.

This has become a financial burden for Smith, who worked as a cashier at a supermarket prior to the incident.

She said: "The bills for the two months is $839,000 and my mother managed to pay $70,000 and we got donations from customers and my previous employers. I also have an upcoming surgery that will cost $180,000."


Now in her time of need, the only person present around her is her mother and a family friend.

When asked about other relatives, Smith said: "I'm not hearing from them. I have a nine-year-old daughter, but since the incident she has to live with friends, I don't know when I will get back on my feet again. A doctor told me it will take months and years for me to heal."

Admitting she has an idea what led to the attack, Smith said she has found it in her heart to forgive the perpetrators. "The person I thought to be the mastermind turned himself in to the police with his lawyer, he was questioned and released," she said.

The Kingston Central police said investigations into Smith's attack is ongoing.

Anyone who wishes to assist Smith may do so via NCB, Christiana Branch account number 854135945 and/or JN account number 10465133, Christiana Branch.

Maypen Breaks Magnum contestant record

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Parish has the highest number of female contestants in the history of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions.

Heavy rains did not deter the upcoming dancehall talents, mostly females, from turning out for the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions in May Pen, Clarendon, recently.

"May Pen is known as fertile ground for sourcing truly original and natural performers. The fact that we have experienced the highest female turnout from any one audition location in our eight year history is testament to this," said Sophia Bernard-Fairman, group brand manager, Fortified Wines & Liqueurs at J Wray and Nephew.

"May Pen is the birthplace of reggae greats such as Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGreggor and My Boy Lollipop hit-maker Mille Small, so it's no surprise we see strong talent here," said judge Skatta Burrell.

After showing off their skills to preliminary judges Scott Wilson, Kool Face and Scientist, 67 selected contestants went on to perform for the main judges. Main judge, Professor Nuts is passionate about finding those artistes with enormous potential. "We are still on the hunt for diamonds. We have seen great potential so far and are anxious to see what awaits us in Portmore and Kingston," he said.

In addition to the hunt for standout talent, Miss Kitty encouraged contestants to broaden their lyrical horizons, reminded that judges are looking for an original sound with a high level of creativity. "Don't come to us with just a get rich like Bill Gates lyrics, take that same get rich song and make it creative. Nuff odda man dan Bill Gates is rich, give me something new, excite me!" she said.

Former finalists from Clarendon include RC, Tiki, Medallion,Singer Jah and Garrizon.


Gangster gays rob dancehall selector

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Drag queens were recently used as decoy to distract a motorist, who was then abducted and robbed by a group of gays in New Kingston, The Star understands.

The victim, a selector, is furious as he seeks justice to recover his personal belongings, while describing the level of support by the authorities as unsatisfactory.

The selector recalled that while making his way down Trafalgar Road, two persons dressed as women walked into the path of his car and began dancing. The dancers, he said, entered his car through the back doors, pointed something at his head and told him to drive.

"Dem tell mi fi drive down a one way and we drive to a secluded car park. Mi a try negotiate wid dem but dem have cutlass and ting. One tek up mi phone off the front seat," he revealed.

He was relieved of his jewellery and cash, while having to beg the perpetrators not to take his car.

"After everything happen and mi go a di police post, it tek mi half hour fi get anybody, di police lock up inside a sleep. Then when mi get through, mi afi wait a next 30 minutes for a vehicle to come from Half-Way Tree to go and look for the robbers dem," the selector said. "The police know some of dem by name, when we were driving we saw one of dem and di police call him and him say him never rob me, but him get $500 from the robbery."

The St Andrew Central police confirmed that the matter is under investigation's. The police also revealed that prior to the selector incident, a British citizen was robbed by drag queens of a high-end cell phone and $100,000.


Overseas-based up-and-coming dancehall artiste, Prospec, is gearing up to release his debut album/mixtape called 'Nah Laugh'.

The artiste, who is quite excited about the release of the project, says his music is a breath of fresh air when compared to the level of lewd content which is now being promoted in dancehall music. Nah Laugh, is being released under record label Legacy Lyrics Entertainment in association with High Intention music.

Prospec, who teamed up with Legacy Lyrics a year ago, has been an acquaintance of the record label for many years. However, now marks the right time to collaborate for music.

"They are like family; it's more than music, but we have come together to do business. The album will have 10 tracks, and right now, we are picking out the 10 best." Prospec said.

The artiste disclosed that he and his management have eyes set on the dancehall market in Europe and therefore want to release an album before embarking on a European tour. "We are looking to go to Europe for a promotional tour, so we have to have new material and consistent material."

The artiste says the album puts his creativity on full display and showcases that dancehall can glorify women, while at the same time remaining classy. Nah Laugh features local recording artistes Demsi and Leoman Jaro as well as US rappers Corporal AK and William Young.

The first single to be released from the project is called Bad Mind People and is featured on Chimney Records Happy Hour rhythm.

Prospec is expected to perform at several local events in December including Road Block. He will also be releasing music videos in 2015. and are current places where music lovers can find Prospec's music. He can also be followed on Instagram @highintentionmusiq, Prospec Davis on Facebook, and Soundcloud @prospec.

Chi Ching collaborates with Beenie Man

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With the success of his new single titled 'Way Up Stay Up', a cover of Beenie Man's 1995 hit, 'World Dance', Chi Ching has invited the 'King of The Dancehall' on the remix.

According to the artiste, he approached Beenie Man about being on the record, which also features Popcaan.

"I rate World Dance from I was a child, so it was more than a pleasure to have Beenie Man on this track. We have mutual respect for each other. When I told him I was gonna sing over his song, him shake me hand and say thank you. Beenie Man is not just a regular artiste, he is a legend, he is a Grammy winner, he is the King of the Dancehall," Chi Ching said.

Spice international popularity increases

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There's no stopping dancehall diva Spice: The famed 'Stage show Boss' is finishing 2014 on a musical high and fans everywhere love it.

Spice made recent stops in Costa Rica, Tortola, St Thomas at sold-out venues, and expects the same when she hits the stage in St Maarten (November 29), Atlanta (December 6), England (December 12-16), Boston (December 20), Antigua (December 23) and St Kitts (December 27).

"So far, the fans have been enjoying the performances, even the ones who are in countries where their first language isn't English. I was so excited to hear them sing the songs word-for-word. It has been a wonderful opportunity to perform for some of the best fans I could ask for," says Spice.

In addition to her show-topping performances, the artiste continues to break records with her musical releases. In September of this year, her single So Mi Like It raked in a cool seven million views on VEVO, while her recent release Conjugal Visit with Vybz Kartel received more than two million views in 24 hours on Worldstarhiphop.

Spice said: "I'm extremely blessed to be able to do what I love and have people love and appreciate it in return. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing my fans at the remainder of the shows and everyone can look out for bigger and better things coming from Spice in 2015."

Aidonia returns from Tour

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Dancehall star Aidonia has returned to the island following the completion of a month-long sojourn in Europe. The deejay, who departed in mid-October, says his 20-city tour was a major success despite several challenges with the weather.

Spanning the expanse of Europe, the One Voice tour made stops in the cities of Perugia, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Rennes, Lyon, Geneva, Zurich, Wuppertal and Barcelona, among several others before culminating with a massive outpouring of patrons in Montpelier, France. According to the Don Deh Yah singer, both he and labelmate Deablo were well received.

"This time of the year is very cold in Europe, but despite the inclement conditions, the fans still came out in droves and showed us a lot of love. We are very thankful and appreciative of the support. The overall tour was a major success and plans are already in motion for us to return next year," said Aidonia.

With the tour behind him, Aidonia is fully focused on promoting his latest video Love Off U Gyal, which recently premiered on national television to rave reviews. Shot in Ocho Rios, St Ann, the video was directed by Michael 'BiggzShip' Burbridge, who is also responsible for several of the entertainer's previous visuals.

"We have gotten a lot of positive feedback about the video so now that I am here again, it's time to step the campaign up another notch. Also, fans can look out for the official video for Ryder and a lot of new material coming out of the camp" Aidonia added.

As the festive season fast approaches, the deejay is slated to depart the island in the weeks ahead for several stints throughout the Caribbean and Central America.


The shroud of mystery surrounding the death of veteran roots play actor Cleve 'Chu Chu' Warren has been removed, after the press was informed that the actor died of complications from cocaine that was found in his stomach.

Last Friday, it was reported that the 46-year-old actor died while undergoing treatment for an 'undetermined illness' at the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

However, 57 packets of cocaine were found and removed from the actor's stomach, during an autopsy that was performed on his body yesterday morning.

The actor was about to board a flight to New York and would later travel to England.

Up and coming artistes release sex pics

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Remember Ikon D Link? Yes that artiste who climbed the Zip Fm Tower for airplay?

Well he is back again seeking attention and has decided to team up with another dancehall artiste to release pictures on the internet taking part in sexual activities.

The female dancehall artiste is called Miss Chin and was a failed contestant in the Magnum Kings and Queen of dancehall competition.

The picture is currently doing rounds on social media. Miss Chin's mother must be so proud... congrats.

iKon D Link & Jozzy - Bus Pass


Local dancer Crazy Hype and his M.O.B dance crew has been popular on the dance circuit since early 2000. However over the last three years, the dancer has become an household name in several other countries outside of Jamaica, this he credits to his work on several music videos notably Bumaye.

According to the dancer, Jamaicans don't value dancers at the level which they ought to. However in foreign countries they are nothing short of superstars.

"When I am in places in Europe, the people can't get enough of me. They recognize me from the Bumaye music video and even in the streets its like I cant walk because they recognize me," he said.

The dancer who was a friend of the late dance icon 'Bogle'. Says much of his popularity must be credited to the dance move which he did in the music video, a move which was popularized by Bogle himself.

"When people see the dance move dem a sey no sah a di living Bogle dat, because they recognize the dance and people always ask me to do that move abroad," he said.

The award winning dancer is not only known for his dancing skills, but also his writing skills and recently penned the lyrics to a new dance song which will be released in 2015. The dancer also co-wrote a single which will be featured on the album of a well-known European artiste.

Introducing Mario Marz

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Though he is fairly new on the entertainment scene, artiste Mario Marz is already establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Though gravitating towards dancehall and reggae genre, Mario Marz is not ruling out anything, as he strives to put out 'good music'.

"Being a musician means that you have to put out any music that will catch people's ears, so I find my self listening to a lot of Hip Hop, R&B, EDM. I listen to anything that catches my interest," he said.

Now enrolled as a student at The University of West Indies, pursuing a degree in Marketing, the artiste has already been receiving positive feedback for his latest single 'Life It Nuh Certain'.

"I have been working on a lot of projects, mostly with the Antics team, to which I'm currently signed. I have been recording more frequently now and recently did a song titled Too Much with another artiste called Galawasp Arcus. That song speaks about social issues that are plaguing the country."

Fans of the artiste can keep up to date with his releases on his social media pages: @iammariomarz (Twitter and Instagram) and

"My only plan for the future is to work harder than I am doing right now and make great music that will live on," Mario Marz said.

Mario Marz - Life It Nuh Certain [Official Music Video HD]

Tenza lashes out against Skin Bleaching

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Multi Talented songstress Tenza Di Boss Lady has release the anticipated video for her outspoken newly released single "African Empress".

Inspired by a recent African tour, Tenza penned the single in the hopes of inspiring. In a recent statement to the media she explained: "They are under the impression that if they bleached their skin tone then they will become more beautiful and accepted. Imade me sad and broke my heart, but I was even more worried for their health as young black girls bleached their skin with products designed to remove stain from clothing."

"African Empress" was produced by Suncycle Digital and TMD Records and is available on itunes. All preceding from the sales will go towards Tenza own funded "BossLady Charity" which is geared towards early childhood education for the poor and needy.

Tenza African Empress Official Promo Video 2014 TMD Records

Gays attacked by students

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A number of gays hanging out at a gully in the New Kingston area were lucky to have escaped without any major injuries after they were recently attacked by a group of students.

The STAR happened to be in the area during the melee.

A group of students who had just left a sporting event at a venue close by, were walking in the area when they approached the gays.

As they walked along Trafalgar Road, the students began to hurl abusive language at the gays.

Things got out of hand when some of the gays began telling the male students in the group, what they would like to do to them sexually.

The students began hurling stones and various objects at the gays.

Motorists travelling along Trafalgar Road had to beat a hasty retreat, trying to prevent damage to their vehicles.

Pedestrians had to scurry for cover as the drama got intense with the gays throwing faeces at the students.

Things were brought under control as a police car approached the area, and the students ran in different directions.

The gays sought refuge along the gully bank.

Versatile disses Alkaline in song

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A week after news broke that artiste Alkaline refused to voice on producer JJ Eva Frass' new rhythm, labeling the other artistes on the rhythm as gay, Versatile has responded to the diss with a song.

The song titled 'Gal Pon Him Head' has already been creating a buzz.

Versatile - Gal Pon Him Head (Raw) Alkaline Diss | November 2014


Former Miss Jamaica World First Runner-Up Rosina Casserly endured much abuse on the Internet on Wednesday, after a video was released of the beauty telling foreign media house Physique TV that persons should visit Jamaica, where they can get the experience of being poor.

She also made fun of the country's economic problems and the chikungunya virus outbreak. "I am not singing Bob Marley, I am not doing it. Oh my gosh! In Jamaica they have chik-V, ever heard about that?" she laughed.

"It's like a disease where you get arthritis, and they made a song about it; terrible, but that's the only thing that's going on there right now. You get bitten by a mosquito - you like hobble for like three days. We also have no money, come to Jamaica, you can be poor! What else can happen if you go to Jamaica? Escaping from a robbery," she giggled.

several Jamaicans on social media found Casserly's comments very distasteful and took to Physique's personal Facebook page to express their digust. Casserly finished second to Yendi Phillipps in 2007.

RR thinks Crazy In Love will hit Billboard

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Recording artiste RR is riding high with the popularity of her single 'Crazy In Love'.

The single, produced by Andrew Blacks, has been receiving favourable airplay in the US, and in the process catching the attention of dancehall singjay Mavado, who requested to be apart of the official remix.

The remix, also called Crazy In Love, is doing rounds in the local and foreign media. The artiste has since performed alongside Mavado at the recently concluded BRT Weekend and now looks to amp up further promotion for both the single and the remix.

RR, pronounces 'Double R', believes the effort has the potential to be a Billboard hit. Also a professional dancer, she thinks she has the full package to compete with any international act, given the correct platform.


RR Ft. Mavado - Crazy In Love (Remix) [7ven Riddim] October 2014

Mr Lexx and Supa Hype currently on European Tour

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Internationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Mr Lexx and popular selector Supa Hype is currently on a tour in Europe. The tour which began on the 6th of November will conclude on the 22nd and will see them doing a number of appearances in countries like Italy, Austria and Germany.

According to Mr Lexx, the tour has been going extremely well. "The tour a gwaan really good. Mi fans them excited bout the performances, them love it. Everywhere I go the fans dem happy to see me and that for me is great because I love to see my fans happy. That in itself make me feel satisfied say mi a do something right"

Supa Hype had this to say about the tour as well. "This has been a great experience for me and mi happy that mi get the opportunity to come to Europe and show them how we do it."

"The Wine and Dip" artiste and the 007 selector captured their audience with their electrifying performances to roaring crowds of 700 plus each time they performed.

"We have been receiving nothing but positive feedack on the tour so far and the fans are absolutely ecstatic. This is not my first time but every time mi go on stage to perform it is a new experience, it is a new feeling. Said Mr. Lexx

For Supa Hype it has been an exhilarating feeling "It really make me happy, when mi see mi fans dem happy cause that tell me say, mi a gwaan good. My fan base has grown extensively in Europe and I am truly grateful for that.

The tour features a fresh take of Mr Lexx's biggest hits over the years and some of his newest songs.

"It has been a blast performing for my fans. Mi go far back in the catalogue and reel out some a dem bad tunes deh and of course mi haffi give them some of the fresh tunes dem too." Said Mr Lexx with a vibrant smile.

The tour is wining down to a close and the two promises that they will be delivering the same high energy performance for the upcoming shows.

Masicka releases new track aimed at Konshens

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After announcing his spilt from Konshens and the Subkonshus team, artiste Masicka has released a song titled 'Loyalty' which explains why he left the team.

According to Masicka, it was Konshens who told him to diss Aidonia. (Listen song below)

Masicka - Loyalty [Reason For Leaving Subkonshus] November 2014 @Crushroad876

Artiste Deablo, responded to Konshens after hearing that he was the one who instructed Masicka to diss Aidonia. (Listen song below)

Deablo - Everything Govern (Raw) [Wul Dem Again Riddim] November 2014 @Crushroad876

Masicka, Corey Todd split from Konshens

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Popular dancehall artiste Masicka has decided to cut ties with fellow artiste Konshens and his Subkonshus record label less than eight months after initially signing the contract. Businessman Corey Todd, Masicka's manager, has also cut ties with Konshens, effectively shelving the Konz876 shoe line.

"It's not personal. Masicka is a hard-core dancehall artiste and he is concerned the image he is building will be damaged by being a part of Subkonshus; and as for me, the business part of the association was not working out, so we are going to discontinue the Konz876 brand," Todd said. "We still have a lot of inventory, and we will spit it up between the principals in the company, but the shoe line has been discontinued."

The principals, Todd, Konshens, whose real name is Garfield Spence, and a third partner will be officially winding up the sneaker line, which was launched with much fanfare earlier this year, in an amicable manner.

"We have already hammered out an agreement, everything is resolved," Todd said. For his part, Masicka has terminated his association for a number of reasons.

"Konshens and I are good. Konshens understands we just have different beliefs, he understands why I'm leaving and wishes me the best, ah just so it go. We did a few singles, but is all talk with him. Certain promises made were not fulfilled, plus him mek some shaky moves. For one, him invite certain deejay ah him annual treat weh him agree with me fi have a conflict with, ah no so the streets work. The ting look shaky bad and it ah affect my street credibility. My booking number is now 1-876-4082278 and email is," he said.

Konshens on the other hand, says that he and his associates were having internal differences. However he would be executing future endeavours by himself.

"Its nothing to get alarmed about. A business, a suh it guh, yu win some and yu lose some and we just have to move forward," Konshens said during a recent interview. "I have no issues with any of the partners, mi just a guh duh my thing solo now."

Singer's father assaults 18-yr-old Girlfriend

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A 37-year-old man who is accused of assaulting his 18-year-old girlfriend with a cellular phone because she questioned him about his fidelity pleaded not guilty when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The man, who is the father of a popular singer, has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

According to reports, on October 20 at around 5:30 p.m. the man and the complainant were sitting in his motor vehicle along Constant Spring Road, when an argument developed after the complainant asked the accused if he had any other partners.

According to the complainant, the singer's father became upset and grabbed her by the throat and began hitting her with a blackberry phone he had on the charger in the vehicle.

It is alleged that he hit the complainant in her face, head and stomach, and bit her on her left arm.

Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams asked the complainant how she knew the accused to which she hesitantly stated, "at a party."

He is to return to court on December 6.

Alliance calls meeting to beat ZJ Chrome for diss song?

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According to sources, members of the Alliance camp had a private meeting to discuss plans to beat ZJ Chrome.

The source claims, Alliance members were quite upset with the Alkaline diss song produced by ZJ Chrome and want to teach him a lesson. The Alliance boss already made an attempt to contact ZJ Chrome on instagram, however the ZJ made the situation worse by going on record to classify the Alliance boss as childish.

One member of the Alliance who did not want to mention his name told the source.

"Anywey wi see ZJ Chrome wi a fuck him up. True man stop beat selector yu a hype up yuself. Mek sure Alkaline deh bout fi watch yu back wen yu a play at events."

Efforts to get a comment from The Alliance boss proved futile. Yardflex is following the story.


Record producer Jjevafrass is at odds with dancehall enigma Alkaline after the artiste re-recorded a song that was already recorded on his Frasshouse rhythm, for another producer.

According to Jjevafrass, he and Alkaline had no issues during the initial recording process, however, as soon as Alkaline was updated on the list of artistes who also recorded on the rhythm, the deejay said he did not want to be on the same rhythm with b@@@ym@n artistes.

The song, Somewhere, and is now being promoted by Lee Milla's record label as well. At the beginning of Lee Milla's version, Alkaline even shouts in his intro, "A Lee Milla mi voice it fah." Lee Milla's version also carries a similar instrumental as the one being promoted by Jjevafrass.

A seemingly upset Jjevafrass took to Instagram to express his grouse with Alkaline.

"Di man sample mi rhythm and do over the song and a come talk bout a Lee Milla him voice it fah. People Alkaline voice the song first on my rhythm which is the Frass House Rhythm. The problem is when he found out who was featured on my rhythm, he said too much b@%ymn pon the rhythm and he didn't want to be apart of it no more. So basically he disrespected me and the artiste dem, suh mi drop dat ... same way," Jjevafrass said.

Recording artiste Melloquence who is also featured on the Frass House rhythm, says Alkaline's disrespect has not gone unnoticed.

"First of all, Alkaline is not in a position to call other recording artistes b@@yman. He has done the most questionable things in dancehall such as creaming his hair to saying he wants tongue stimulation in his rear. My youth, just relax and duh music and remember the same bridges yu burn going up, you will need them coming down," he said.

Other artistes featured on the rhythm are Khago, JOP's Jayds, Versatile, Maestro Don, Mr G, Navino, Vigilant and Round Head. Versatile also took to his Instagram to warn Alkaline of a possible retaliation.

Tommy Lee Sparta to clash at Sting 2014

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At least three of the artistes now being proclaimed as the young guns in dancehall music have shown an interest in being involved in clashes at Magnum Sting 2014.

Supreme Promotions, the promoter of the event, have secured the services of Tommy Lee Sparta, his sound-a-like, Gage and Ryme Minista. The promoters are attempting to sign Alkaline.

In a release sent to yardflex, Tommy Lee Sparta stated that last year he could have taken on KipRich but he was hampered by a broken leg.

"Right now mi hear the crow them a cry, so them ready to die. Some man a talk big, so them better can back it. Gage, you better stay home; Alkaline, you seh you a the youngest but we will see who a the baddest," the deejay said.

Gage's agent, Cornelius Daley said: "Gage a the walking gun; anything test, dead. We nah back! Alkaline is just the youngest and foolest. Anybody put them foot cross dead, Tommy Lee, Alkaline, anybody."

The Sting stage has been a testing ground over the years, with some of the biggest stars solidifying themselves as icons and becoming leaders of the game.

Industry players call for better lyrical content

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Recording artiste Tapper Zukie, known for the singles Oh Lord and Natty Dread, has called for the music industry to take a stand against derogatory content. According to the artiste, while he is not fighting against any genre of music, too much slackness is being allowed to pass as music.

Tapper Zukie says veteran reggae/dancehall artistes, while they were by no means saints, they did dedicate some of their material to fighting against oppression as well as other difficulties being faced in society. The singer believes the lyrical content in contemporary music is too one-sided and sexual.

bedroom battles

"Dem youth yah only a fight battles in the bedroom, and they don't seem to be concerned about issues affecting the world. Every song is about their sex life, and there is more to music than that, so mi a ask the youth dem fi make some other music, too. Speak on some real issues and don't only fight war inna di bedroom, and this is not a fight against any genre of music, mi just a sey fight some worthy battles, too," the veteran said.

Curator of The Jamaica Music Museum Herbie Miller also shared similar sentiments.

"We can't just be doing music for music's sake anymore. Had it not been for music, this country would be up in flames like many other countries in the world," Miller warned.

He also advised artistes to choose worthy mentors. "I want musicians to be more diverse than just for the ethnic market. Be more like people like Burning Spear, who are appealing to the broadest market. Producers might have to look into things that they are producing in order to appeal to a wider market. I want to see broader topics like what was done by Third World and the Marleys. There is so much to sing about, like global warming, the world's financial problems, the abuse of women and so much more. We can still be sexual in our music without being downright lewd and x-rated. I want to see conscious music that is reflecting the real issues," said Miller.

In the early 90s, even the rebellious dancehall genre carried a pool of content with social commentary. However, 2014 has been flooded with material promoting various sexual acts, some quite taboo.

Notable social commentaries from dancehall includes Bounty Killer's Anytime and Look Into My Eyes, Peace by Spragga Benz, Assassin's Day In Day Out and Vybz Kartel's Emergency.


A small plane crashed Sunday afternoon in the Bahamas, killing internationally known minister and motivational speaker Myles Munroe, his wife and several other people, Munroe's ministry said Sunday night. The Bahamian aviation ministry confirmed that there were "some fatalities" among the nine people on board.

Dave Burrows, head of youth ministries for Munroe's non-denominational Bahamas Faith Ministries International, said at a hastily convened news conference Sunday night that Munroe's wife, Ruth -- also a widely known figure in international evangelical circles -- and the ministry's senior vice president and pastor, Richard Pinder, were among those killed in the crash.

The Department of Civil Aviation said the Learjet 36 crashed at 5:10 p.m. ET while making a landing approach at Grand Bahama International Airport. Burrows said a small number of other people were on board the plane, along with two pilots, none of whom were immediately identified.

Munroe, 60, was an internationally known Christian preacher and motivational speaker. He frequently appeared before mass audiences at Christian events with other widely known preachers, like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Bishop Eddie Long, and he was associated during the early 2000s with the Promise Keepers movement, a Christian ministry focused on strengthening the role of men in Christian life. He wrote or co-wrote more than 100 inspirational and motivational books, many of which were best-sellers in the Caribbean and Africa.

Burrows said the plane was heading to Freeport for the Global Leadership Forum, a gathering organized by Munroe's ministry, which was scheduled to run through Thursday. The ministry said the conference would go on in a shortened form because "this is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted."

Beres Hammond's engineer held in the U.S.

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Beres Hammond's engineer alias "HULK" is allegedly being held @ JFK airport. We are witing for confirmation. However this is the second person from the music industry to be held in just as many weeks.

Dancehall artiste Kalado is still being held in the U.S and is said to have faced one day in court already.


"That song is unimportant to me. The line that Alkaline said about me is more fitting to him. Anybody look pon Foota Hype see that I am a real and straight man. When I look at that creature, I see somebody that is shaky (battyman). Alkaline is the ultimate meaning of shakiness," Foota Hype said.

He also blasted Alkaline for his obsession with Vybz Kartel.

"I am the most talked about human being in dancehall right now so of course Alkaline a go call me name. Alkaline just caan handle the fact that Kartel is the hottest deejay in a dancehall. Him a dress like Kartel and a tief the man style. Him obsessed with Kartel. Dem better put him in Addi cell," Foota Hype told the media.


The release of Legendary sees the artistes officially ending a feud which surpassed two decades. Both deejays are regarded as legends in their own rights. Beenie Man received a Grammy Award for his Art and Life album in 2001, while Bounty Killer's collaboration with No Doubt, Hey Baby, also received a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a duo or group. The effort was also certified platinum for selling over a million copies.


Gaza producer Rvssian is distancing himself from a new Alkaline song that disses Bounty Killer and Foota Hype, as he said he only made the rhythm.

The song, Anywhere We Go, surfaced on YouTube yesterday and in most labels it is being said that the song was produced by both ZJ Chrome and Rvssian.

Quite likely to cause some controversy, Alkaline deejays, "... No gal caan clown man, after mi a nuh Killa or bman Foota Hype."

While he is yet to get any negative backlash, Rvssain said he just wants to set the record straight.

"I really haven't looked into the feedback, I just wanted to put it out there that I am not involved," "I just built the rhythm for ZJ Chrome, but when it came out I got tagged in it."he said.

Ishawna allegedly disses Skatta's girl in new song

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According to the Yardflex snitch, Ishawna and Satara were close friends until the sinjay decided to have sexual intercourse with her boyfriend Skatta Burrell.

After Satara found out about the Affair, an anonymous Instagram page was created and began to attack Ishawna accusing her of backstabbing Satara. We are not sure if the page was being operated by Satara or not. However Ishawna has since released a song sending subliminal disses at Satara.

"me and yu man cyah stop f@#k...of course am a side bitch cuz a pon the side him kotch it mek mi ride it," she sings. See song below as well as a pic of Satara.


Ishawna - Kiss Kitty KY [Raw] [Downsound Records] [June 2014]

Dancehall artiste Kalado detained in the USA

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Dancehall artiste Kalado has been detained in the United States.

Sources say the 'Good Good Bring Life' singer has been detained on immigration issues since October 18, although it is said that his "papers are straight".

It is not clear at this time if charges have been laid against the artiste.


Yardflex understands that Downsound records is currently watching Sting from the sidelines this year, as producer and business man Joe, has ended working relations with veteran promoter Isiah Laing.

Allegations are that Joe wanted to purchase a substantial percentage of the brand from Laing, however the veteran told the business man that the brand was not up for sale and all hell broke loose.

Joe claims he invested millions in Sting and he wanted to know that his investment was profitable. He also told the media recently that he will not be investing in outdoor events for the rest of the year.

So far nothing has been said this year about promotions of Sting, there are no ads nor an artiste lineup.

Yardflex was told that Isiah Laing felt as if he was being blackmailed to sell his lifetime work for Joe's sponsorship.

Kalado detained in U.S by Immigration

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Following his mishaps in Zimbabwe Africa last month, it seems dancehall artiste Kalado's bad luck steak continues in 2014 as Yardflex understands that the entertainer is currently being detained in Florida.

According to our Music industry players, Kalado has been in holding for approximately ten days since arriving into the country.

It's unclear if any charges have been laid but it's alleged there are some issues with Kalado's immigration papers.

When Music News contacted the deejay's manager Nancy Davis she said she was locked in a meeting. Subsequent efforts to get details were futile as her numbers went to voice mail.

Kalado publicist Ray Alexander maintains that the artiste had the correct documents.

Ishawna performs at Full Black in no Panties

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The Downsound recording artiste wore no underwear to the recent staging of Full Black. The sinjay who recently admitted to having sexual intercourse with Skatta Burrel, who was a friend and business associate of her exboyfriend Foota Hype, may have gotten strong attention at Full Black for all the wrong reasons. However her songs like Restraining Order and Need Love got favorable responses.


Iconic reggae artiste Eek-a-Mouse has been rambling about the Marleys for quite some time. However the singer, who is known for singles like Wa Do Dem and Police in Helicopter, has finally decided to take his ranting to social media to express his grouse.

In a three-minute video posted by Lyric DVD, the artiste says Bob Marley would have preferred if more support was given to Trench Town.

"This is not reggae music, it's Marley music controlled by a family, Bob sey Trench Town Rock I will never turn my back on you. But Rita Marley run to Ghana and left us a suffa on ya," he said among other things.

The veteran also claims that his collaboration with Junior Gong and Bounty Killer, which was featured on the Welcome to Jamrock album, is one of Junior Gong's most successful songs world-wide. The effort, called Khaki Suit, was part of a Grammy award winning project and Eek-a-Mouse believes he should have benefited more for his role in the record.

The artiste also revealed that he has plans to approach Junior Gong so as to secure a better pay cheque for Khaki Suit.

"I went on the Internet a few months ago and speak mi mind," Eek-a-Mouse told the interviewer. The veteran also expressed that other reggae artistes are not necessarily in support of the Marleys, however they are afraid to speak against them because of their connections in the industry.

Eek-a-Mouse delivers a shocking accusation of intimidation and threats from the Marley brothers.

Blak Ryno receives U.S visa

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"Mi just have to give thanks to God first for this opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times mi pray about this. Last year, mi ask God for three million dollars, I never knew where it would come from, and mi go Sting and beat Kiprich in the clash and get it, and this year, many times, I asked Him to clear the path for me to get back my visa, and through all the obstacles, mi hold the faith and now mi get it back," an elated Blak Ryno said.

Blak Ryno admitted that he had to go through a lot of tribulations before he got his heart's desire.

"God is slow, but He is sure, that's all mi can say. Special big-ups to my management, Justus Arison, and my publicity and street team for everything that they are doing," he said.

Other dancehall artistes still without U.S visas include Aidonia, Munga Honorable, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, Jah Cure, Tommy Lee Sparta, Busy Signal, Flexxx among others. Alkaline and Iyara recently received visas.


Unconfirmed reports are that the deejay was denied his U.S documents which would make him a legal citizen. Stay tuned for more updates.

The deejay recently released a collaboration with LL Cool J and is expected to perform in NY on December 19.

I Wayne says Make clean music and play clean music

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Reggae artiste I Wayne is asking the local music industry to promote more music with positive content in order to reduce the rate at which society is drifting into a path of immorality.

According to the reggae artiste, known to be an advocate against prostitution, violence and other ills in society, though reggae music is regaining popularity, smut is still overpromoted in the media.

When accused of using music to influence negativity, many artistes are known to use the popular excuse that music is art imitating life and is not a causal factor in the prevalence of crime, violence and immorality.

However, I Wayne believes artistes who use that excuse to defend their production of music with lewd content are hypocritical.

According to I Wayne, the same artistes who argue that songs with violent content do not influence society, will also tell you that positive music will influence positive behaviour whenever that excuse suits the promotion of a song with positive content.

I Wayne says if positive music can influence positive behaviour, then negative music is just as influential.

"When they do a positive song they say it is to influence the youth. Yet when they do a negative song they say it doesn't have any negative influence and how they are not responsible for parenting, and that is filth and hypocrisy. So mi a try mi best fi keep the vibes clean and sort out what mi can," the reggae artiste said.

Roman Catholic woman attacks Chronixx in Open letter

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Reggae artiste Chronixx is known for his strong social commentary in his lyrics, the singer who has dedicated much of his music speaking against slavery and racism has come under fire from a Catholic supporter who claims that the artiste is wrong for chanting in his lyrics "A nuh nutting fi mi walk inna Rome and start a fyah". The open letter reads.

"This is an open letter to the artiste known as Chronixx.Chronixx, have you ever visited Rome? On Saturday, October 18, the Catholic Youth Movement of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston hosted Jamaica Day, where everything Jamaican was celebrated by the youths of the six deaneries.

Deanery 4, of which I am member, won the competition and so I was in a great mood driving home. That mood was quickly changed when I heard the lyrics of a very catchy and well-produced reggae song, by you, Sir. It started with: "Ah love I an' I preaching, so every land of hate will burn," but then started to chant that "Today Rome will burn!" In what I assume to be an attempt not to implicate any specific place, the lyricist stated "When I say Rome it nuh geographic..." But then immediately goes on to say "Dem a ask how a little African, ah go burn down di whole ah inna Vatican?" Then the chorus repeated "Listen to the voice of di people, today Rome will burn!"

Now I appreciate that Jamaica is a land of contradictions, where free speech is celebrated but accountability is subjective. So, it does not surprise me that two Muslim leaders are refused entry into Jamaica, while our radio stations play songs which could incite attacks on one religious group.

Some may say I am an alarmist, and that I am taking the song too literally, but look at Boko Haram and ISIS and you can see that my concern is valid.

So Chronixx, before you burn down Rome, please pay the country a visit so that you will be fully cognizant of what you are igniting. In the event that you are not able to make such a visit, maybe a visit to Jamaican Roman-related organizations such as Brothers of the Poor, Mustard Seed Communities, Alpha Boys' Home, and all the Roman Catholic schools might make you change your mind about destroying Rome -- unless, of course, you and your religion are ready and willing to take over and continue or better the work that Rome has germinated.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of St Luke, chapter 6, verse 31," the writer said.


Chronixx is yet to respond. However dancehall artiste Garrizon took to his Facebook to state that Chronixx is free to speak on social issues. He also says the artiste does not literally want to start conflict but to remind others of their history.

"Revolutionary music is not intended to start war or conflict its supposed to educate and that is exactly what Chronixx is doing. Am sure the artiste goes to Rome on a regular to sing the same song and is not placed under scrutiny...much of his fans are from Europe and other places. If this writer knew her history and respected it she would think different and be able to digest the song with more objectivity," he said.

Demarco and Gangoolie feud over 'Puppy Tail' dance

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Ever since the dance move known as Puppy Tail gained popularity within the dancehall space, several artistes have come out claiming rights to the dance with songs bearing the same name, with some demanding credit from the other artiste for being the originator.

The most popular version of the Puppy Tail song to date is from dancehall artiste Demarco, but another artiste, Ganggoolie, has come forward, claiming that Demarco pirated his work.

"Mi did av a song name Tremble Tremble weh come out from last year and did a gwaan good, so a dat dem see and copy di ting and a claim it as dem own," he told THE STAR.

Pure politics

Making specific reference to Demarco, Ganggoolie said, "Mi nah put my mouth a grung an talk. Mi a di first man come out wid da song deh, but a pure politics inna di business, and when a man av a bigger name dan you and more money fi throw around. Fi dem material will always be more popular."

Drawing on one of his earlier hits, the deejay said that this wasn't the first time other artistes had copied his work. "A di same ting di man dem do wid Muscle Wine but mi nah watch nuh face because from you have talent, you will make it in the business," he said.

He had this advice for the more established artistes: "Leave the younger youth dem mek dem strive man and stop gi dem a fight."

Demarco's publicist, who had been made aware of the allegations over the past few weeks, says he knew this would happen sooner or later.

Black Ryno and Popcaan make peace!

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Dancehall artistes Popcaan and Black Ryno have rekindled their friendship following a public feud, which started in 2010 after Black Ryno announced that he was leaving Vybz Kartel's Gaza camp.

Black Ryno had released a song called Mi Lef, produced by Supa Blunt, in which he explained his experience in the camp and the reason for his exit. However, Popcaan, who was still a member of the Gaza camp at the time, decided to also release songs such as Dem Sell Wi Out ...

"Everything between me and Popcaan always been good, a just the people never see me and the artiste. But everything good else I wouldn't have turned out at his album launch recently and performed," Black Ryno said.


FABIAN Marley, the 44-year-old Jamaican who claims to be the eldest child of reggae legend Bob Marley, is moving ahead with his musical career.

This, despite a written request from the family of the late reggae king in August last year, that he "cease and desist" proporting to be a Marley and using the name, or prove through DNA testing that he is who he claims to be.

"Dem ask me for my DNA and me do that long time and give dem, and up to now, I can't hear nothing from dem. So me just a go through with my music career," Marley told the Jamaica Observer.

He, however, said he had received some word indicating he should redo the DNA test at a lab prescribed by the family.

"Me nuh in that with them. Me do my test at Carigen at UWI and give them the result. Don't it up to them, one of the other Marley children, to do their test to match with mine? Something not right, why they don't want to do it? What them 'fraid of?" Fabian Marley questioned.

Fabian Marley claims Bunny Wailer, more popularly known as Jah B, supports his claim. Wailer was a member of The Wailers, which comprised Marley and Peter Tosh.

"Jah B a man who me know fi years. That man send me to school and he has no doubt that I am Robert's son," said Marley.

While he waits on word, Fabian Marley said he is in not arguing with the family, noting that "nothing can be done before the time, and the right time is now".

He continues his move to get his musical career off the ground and is working on material for his first album, Nature's Valentine, for which a December release is projected.

"All the tracks are ready and we have finished mixing, right now a the mastering is being done in New York and then we are ready to hit the market," he said.

"We nuh feel threatened by the family. We do what they ask us to do and provide them with my DNA result. It up to them if they want to provide somebody, another Marley, to match with mine. So right now, I just putting out my tunes and going ahead and promoting my music. Them can't stop me," he said.

Iyara and Alkaline U.S visa Nod

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After years of being sidelined by the U.S immigration service, it would appear that the pressure is slowly being lifted off the shoulders of Jamaica's dancehall artistes.

Several of the islands most popular and marketable artistes are currently without visas for unclear reasons as artistes like Aidonia, Bounty Killer. Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz kartel, Munga Honorable among others saw their visas been revoked.

Mavado and Beenie are the only two artistes from a long list to have made it into the good books of the U.S immigration and saw them being reissued their visas. However today two more dancehjall artistes have a cause to celebrate as Alkaline and Iyara were both issued USA visas recently.

Iyara is currently advertising himself for bookings, while Alkaline is expected to perform at an event alongside Mavado in coming weeks.

Veteran Reggae artiste John Holt is dead

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John Holt, the former lead singer of The Paragons and a pioneering reggae solo artist, has died at the age of 69.

The musician, famed for singing the original version of "The Tide Is High" in 1967, which was later covered by Blondie and Gregory Isaacs, passed away yesterday.

He joined The Paragons in 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica, replacing original frontman Leroy Stamp, after making a name for himself on the talent show circuit.

His track, "Stick By Me", was one of the biggest-selling Jamaican records of 1972.

He released his last solo album, Peacemaker, in 1993.

John Holt - Stick By Me - (Holt)


The Jamaican Government has issued an immediate travel ban against certain persons travelling directly or indirectly from or through the Ebola-affected West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A statement from the National Security Ministry says the ban extends to persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as persons who have travelled to or transited through the countries in the past 28 days.

The travel ban also extends to Commonwealth citizens, not citizens of Jamaica, who have travelled to or transited through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica.

The Ministry says CARICOM nationals benefitting from the free movement regime are also subject to this landing restriction which is a temporary measure necessary for the protection of human and animal health.

Jamaican citizens and residents, who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica.

This applies equally to any person having a right of entry pursuant to Jamaica's obligations under international organization head quarters agreements.

Jamaican citizens who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica. The general public is advised that the Government of Jamaica reserves the right to screen all Jamaican nationals.

According to the World Health Organization the present Ebola outbreak is the largest and most complex since the discovery of the disease in 1976; hence this decision has been made against the background of the outbreak in West Africa since March 2014, and its continued increasing threat to world health and security of Jamaican citizens.


The National Security Ministry is to issue a statement shortly following reports that protocols were not observed in processing a visitor who recently travelled to Liberia.

Liberia is among a trio of West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

A security official told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the male visitor travelled to Jamaica from the United States yesterday.

Our sources say there was a high-level meeting a short while ago involving the national security ministry and immigration officials.

Gaza Slim denies sleeping with I Octane

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Gaza Slim denies I-Octane dating rumours. Says Vybz Kartel didn't warn her either (Websites are lying she says).

"People too wicked first and foremost. I have not received any message from Vybz Kartel complaining about me being in a relationship with I-Octane and the world done know sey me and I-Octane nuh inna nothing, even Vybz Kartel know that," she said.


Suzie Q speaks out. Video Ally host opens up about ex-husband and his alleged grudge.

Through her public relations officer, Shuzzr Smith, the Video Alley host, in a promotional video of her show which was posted on YouTube, said she decided to speak out because the situation has intensified and has been taking a toll on her life.

"Suzie Q decided to go public because not only was the situation escalating but it was affecting her family and livelihood. It has taken a toll on her not just financially but emotionally and thus she felt compelled to use her platform to share with others and clear the air," he said.

The show was expected to be aired yesterday in the United States and Europe. In the 57-seconds promotional video, Suzie Q said her heart was full and began mentioning a few things she would talk about in the show.

"You have slept with over 20 ladies that I know about. You even slept with a 17-year-old girl you met on the plane and we were married. I have death threats with you, with your voice," the Video Alley host alleged in the promotional video.

Haitian obeah

In another video, which lasted for 12 minutes, Suzie Q revealed an e-mail she got alleged to be coming from one of her ex-husband's women cursing her out for trying to derail his career. There are even threats of Haitian obeah and head chopping off posted in the video.

Dancehall artiste Zumjay joins the Feds

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Dancehall deejay Zumjay has successfully graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC) in the United States. The ceremony was held near the port of Brunswick in the state of Georgia.

"Special Thanks to LTC Tracey Williams-Staten, SSG Edward Sibaja and my wonderful family for attending my graduation. LTC Williams has been such a huge supporter from the very beginning and I am extremely appreciative. SSG Sibaja has my utmost respect for traveling all the way to Georgia to show his support. Last but not least, I am truly blessed to have an amazing wife Avi Stephens and kids who without them none of this would be possible," Zumjay said in a post on Facebook.

Zumjay moved to the US in 2007 because he wanted to be close to his wife.

The stated mission of FLETC is to "...train those who protect our homeland". It also provides training to state, local, campus, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies.

The deejay, whose real name is Rohan Stephens, joined the army reserves in 2008 because of the benefits and the solid future it would provide for himself and his family, which now includes his daughter, who is six years old.

"I joined the army to do music how I want to do music. I don't want my life to be determined by whether or not a selector or disc jock want to play my songs or if someone wants to put me on a show," Zumjay said at that time.

Zumjay - girlfriend - never stop cry riddim

Drummer 'Style' Scott KILLED

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LINCOLN 'Style' Scott, an original member of the influential Roots Radics Band, was killed at his Manchester home last Thursday evening.

The police were told that explosions were heard from Scott's home at about 10:10 pm.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Born in Chapelton, Clarendon, Scott was a member of the Jamaica Military Band who also played the north coast hotel circuit before joining the 'Radics'.

In 1979, the fledgling band also included bass player Errol 'Flabba' Holt, rhythm guitarist Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont, lead guitarist Noel 'Sowell' Bailey, and keyboardist Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson.

They were, arguably, the hottest reggae band of the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, playing on numerous hit songs by Barrington Levy Looking my Love, Bunny Wailer Rock 'N' Groove and Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse.

Along with the Radics, Scott recorded and toured with Isaacs, Wailer and roots group Israel Vibration. He is the fourth member of the band to die; Lamont, Johnson and Bailey preceded him.

In recent years, Scott toured Europe frequently as leader of the Dub Syndicate Band, which he coordinated with British reggae historian/producer Adrian Sherwood.


(CNN) -- A second health care worker who cared for an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital has contracted the virus herself.

The worker, a woman who lives alone, was quickly moved into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

The news cast further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees. It's the same hospital that initially sent Thomas Eric Duncan home, even though he had a fever and had traveled from West Africa. By the time he returned to the hospital, his symptoms had worsened. He died while being treated by medical staff, including the two women who have now contracted the disease.

"I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, told reporters Wednesday, facing questions about the hospital's actions.

Medical staff "may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today," he said, adding, "no one wants to get this right more than our hospital."

People in the health care worker's office building were informed when officials went door to door, and also through early morning reverse 911 calls, officials said.

The health care worker had no pets, authorities said.

Seventy-five health care workers in Dallas are being monitored for any Ebola symptoms, Varga said.

Separately, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is overseeing the response efforts, said 48 other people in the community still are being monitored after having contact with Duncan, who was Dallas' first Ebola patient. Those 48 are asymptomatic, and Sunday will mark the end of the window in which they could get sick.

The second worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The virus is not contagious before there are symptoms.

A preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said.

The worker's apartment and car will be cleaned Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

An official close to the situation says that in hindsight, Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Those hospitals are among only four in the country that have biocontainment units and have been preparing for years to treat a highly infectious disease like Ebola.

"If we knew then what we know now about this hospital's ability to safely care for these patients, then we would have transferred him to Emory or Nebraska," the official told CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

"I think there are hospitals that are more than ready, but I think there are some that are not."

The latest infection marks the second-ever transmission of Ebola in the United States. Both stemmed from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Late last week, nurse Nina Pham tested positive for Ebola. She also took care of Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died last week.

On Tuesday, Pham said she was doing well.

"I am blessed by the support of family and friends, and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world," she said.


Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Rose Hall Estate, and the creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise will bring the legendary story of the White Witch of Rose Hall to the silver screen.

LOS ANGELES and MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, Director of Rose Hall Developments, Ltd., announced that they will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer - The White Witch Of Rose Hall. Details were announced Friday, September 26th at a press conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fact-based supernatural thrillers will be written and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the $650 million "Final Destination" franchise. The trilogy will be produced by CEO, Arthur Wylie and COO, Dale Godboldo for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc., and Co-Executive Produced by Michael Rollins, owner of the Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay. Stephanie Denton, former President of International Sales and Distribution for Lionsgate, will handle worldwide distribution for the films, leveraging her success with "Underworld," "Saw," and "Hostel." The first film in the planned trilogy is in development with an estimated production budget of $20 million to $30 million, and will begin shooting next year in Jamaica. The trilogy adds to the catalogue of Global's multi-picture deal with Reddick, which includes the upcoming "Superstition" franchise.

"White Witch of Rose Hall" is based on a well known story in Jamaica about "Annie Palmer" - an English-Irish woman born in Haiti in the early 1800s. When her parents died of yellow fever, she was adopted by a nanny who taught her to practice witchcraft and voodoo. She moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation. Annie murdered Palmer along with two subsequent husbands and numerous male plantation slaves. Annie's spirit is believed to haunt the Great House of Rose Hall to this day.

"I am honored to collaborate with Michael and his family on a project that pulls from such a rich culture and vivid history," says Arthur Wylie. "We not only share a love for Jamaica and commitment to paying homage to this extraordinary tale, the Rollins also bring an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and business acumen that stems from building a billion dollar empire from industries as varied as real estate, casinos, and hotels."

"Jamaica has been near and dear to my heart," said Michael Rollins. "To have a project like this, from Jamaica, filmed in Jamaica, is something that our family has been working to realize for over fifty years now. I'm excited to be working with Arthur, Jeffrey, and Dale to finally make it a reality."

The Producers are working hand in hand with JAMPRO, an organization that works closely with local and global entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the many investment and trade opportunities in Jamaica. Global's goal is to bring additional film opportunities to Jamaica while providing employment opportunities for its residents.

"JAMPRO is pleased to be associated with a project of this magnitude," says Carole Beckford, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO. "The impact it can have on the local industry is incredible, and we anticipate a great working relationship with the team. We look forward to the end result."

To mark the announcement of the films, Global Renaissance invited both US and local media, business associates, investors, and other VIPs to a weekend filled with activities centered on the celebration of Jamaica. Guests were hosted at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay, led on island excursions by Chukka Tours, and treated to an exclusive finale party called "The Destination Experience: A Global Renaissance" at Goldeneye Resort. Sponsors included Visa Signature, Range Rover, Jaguar, Virgin Atlantic, and Magellan Jets. Transportation throughout the weekend was provided by JTL Tours.

For more information on Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.: For media inquiries, contact: Shehawnee Prescod of Earth Angel PR at or 404-889-1248. Connect with us on Facebook: and

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About Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group (an Arthur Wylie Enterprises company) is a film and television production company joint ventured with the principals of Cherokee Investment Partners - a $2B investment firm. Managers attached to our upcoming projects have generated over $9B in worldwide sales. GR recently partnered with Lionsgate Films' Codeblack division to launch movies adapted from Global's catalog of novels by NY Times Best Selling author, Omar Tyree (8 million readers, and $30 million generated for Simon & Schuster).

Stacious goes semi-nude to promote new mixtape

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Dancehall artiste Stacious, has raised eyebrows on social media after she decided to go almost fully topless for the promotion of her latest mixtape called Bad 45.

But despite the negative comments of some fans, Stacious says that she is not bothered, because her cover photo reflects the concept of the project.

"A lot of people shocked, but persons who know me knows that a suh mi stay. Mi head come and guh, so anything is possible. To go topless goes with the Bad 45 concept, I have 45 bad songs on the mixtape and I am just being a bad girl musically," she said.

Iyara Ft. Stacious - Fuck Me (RAW) [Morning Ride Riddim] Mar 2012

Ebola threat for Jamaica?

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News of the first confirmed case in the US come less than a week after the Jamaican government was forced to dispel rumours of a suspected case of the deadly virus in the island. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey said no suspected case of the disease is being investigated in Jamaica. He said rumours started when a doctor, who had recently returned to the island from Trinidad and Tobago, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last Thursday with a reported case of bleeding.

I-Wayne prepares for US tour

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After what seems like a deliberate hiatus from the forefront of the music industry, Reggae crooner, I-Wayne as re-emerged with nothing short of his usual dominance; and any one in attendance at either his recent cameo alongside Kabaka Pyramid at Usian Bolt's Tracks & Records, or at the Roots FM event held recently at Ashanti's restaurant in New Kingston, will attest to the fact without reservation that fya Wayne as not lost a step, but may've even mastered a few new ones; but be that what it is, the questions remain, what's new, where as he been and what as I- Wayne been up to?

"Well Fya Wayne been up to what I am normally up to, creating music and preserving life," declares I- Wayne in his no-nonsense attitude, as he instructs his band in a rehearsal for his upcoming US Tour, set to kick off in late October.

According his publicist, Karl Larmond, "the tour, (The I & I Tour) which consists of over thirty-six stops, kicks off in California on October the 22nd and ends in Florida on the 29th of November, and at the same time is also a prelude to I-Wayne's upcoming acoustic album."

"The I & I tour, is mostly a west coast, mid-west tour," explains Larmond, "which is predominantly the Reggae market in the United States, so we are focusing carefully on our target audience."

The tour will also feature upcoming Reggae act, Black-Am-I from the Ghetto Youths Camp, who has been creating waves recently with his single, Sampson Strength, which was featured on Junior Gong's Set Up Shop Volume 1 compilation.

Fans can catch I-Wayne locally at Olympia Crown Hotel in concert on October 4th, or check out his new singles on youtube or on his facebook page - Reggae Music, Versitile, featuring Kabaka Pyramid, and Love and Honour for Mama.

Jamaican in coke bust at JFK Airport

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The cocaine in shoes and pocketbook at JFK. (US Customs and Border Patrol image).

News Americas, JFK, NY, Tues. Sept. 30, 2014: A 33-year-old Jamaican woman was last night being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after she was busted for cocaine in a pair of wedge heeled shoes and in her Chanel pocketbook.

Janisha Amalee Atkins , 33, was busted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after she arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport aboard a JetBlue flight from Montego Bay.

Atkins now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.

During the course of the inspection on September 19th, CBP officers said they discovered two pairs of platform shoes that felt unusually heavy in the passenger's luggage.

Atkins was escorted to a private search room where the officers probed the shoes and discovered a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

CBP officers say they continued examining the luggage and discovered a pocketbook that also felt unusually heavy. Atkins' pocketbook was probed and it also revealed a white powdery substance that also tested positive for cocaine.

Atkins was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 3.7 lbs. with an approximate street value of more than US$64,000.

"This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances," said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

In recent months, several Caribbean nationals have been busted with cocaine at JFK including a Trinidad national who had tried to hide the drug in cooked goat meat.

Alkaline bottled and booed in Surinam


Dancehall artiste Alkaline had to cut his set short in Surinam over the weekend, after he was booed by several patrons who didn't take kindly to the lyrics of the young artiste.

According to eye witnesses, the deejay was in the middle of performing one of his controversial songs when patrons began to boo the artiste and throw bottles on the stage. Sources say Alkaline tried to perform through the boos, however when bottles began to rain on the platform, he was forced to cut his set short.

Alkaline is known for his sexually laced lyrics and was condemned by some Jamaicans after the young deejay endorsed anal stimulation in one of his songs earlier this year.

Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta was also booked for the show.

Video: Did Ishawna admit to sleeping with Skatta????

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Ishawna Interviewed by Ragashanti

Danielle DI's house robbed by unknown assailants

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Armed unknown assailants invaded the home of dancehall artiste Danielle DI recently, seeking jewellery and other valuables.

The artiste is currently off the island, however her mother said.

"I have a little young man here with me. The bell rang and someone came and said there was something that wasn't signed. I told him to go and sign it. As he went and opened the gate, three of them rushed in with their big guns," the artiste's mother, who still sounded frightened, stated.

"I was in my bedroom and they came in. When I saw the men, they wanted gold and money. I said I have no gold to give you, I am an Adventist and they ransacked the place. Everybody was tied with electric wire and clothes," she continued, pointing out that the men remained 15 minutes in her bedroom.

She added that her first cousin, who was in the house on her bed at the time of the home invasion, was robbed of approximately $500,000 in chains, rings, a wrist bracelet and a watch. She was also relieved of her diabetic bracelet which she had been wearing for more than 25 years.

"They asked me for the money. I told them I do not have any. I said take my hand, bag and they opened them out onto the bed," she explained. Danielle DI's room had been searched, but only a Movado watch valued at over US$1,200 and a ring were taken.

The woman has remained at a loss as to how the men escaped, as the gate to the premises could only be opened by herself and a caretaker.

The Matilda's Corner police has confirmed the incident and said investigations are underway.

Danielle D.I., Kiprich - Hear The Pree Official Music Video Clean

Leftside collaborates with Intl Producer Johnny Roxx

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Dancehall artiste Leftside, has collaborated with international producer Johnny Roxx for a single called Alcohol.

The song is a EDM inspired dance hall effort and is already receiving rotation on some media outlets.


Chronixx vs Lisa Hanna on Instagram!!

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Thieves target female artiste's home

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Reports are that thieves posing as delivery men made their way into the home of popular female artiste Danielle aka DI.

It is believed that the men made off with jewellery and money. The incident happened during the day. The artiste who is currently off the island has yet to respond to the reports.

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's (FCCA) annual keynote event, the Conference & Trade Show, has a 20-year history of increasing cruise tourism's impact for its host destinations by spotlighting their products, experiences and infrastructure to the industry's most influential decision makers-over 100 executives, presidents and CEOs from FCCA's 15 Member Lines, which operate over 100 ships in Caribbean and Latin American waters.

St. Maarten is looking to build onto their past growth by hosting their second FCCA Conference & Trade Show from October 6 - 10. The destination knows the significance of hosting this event because of their progress after their first Conference in 2003. In 2001, St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies reported 875,540 passenger arrivals. This number rose 70 percent to 1,490,386 in 2005, just two years after hosting the Conference.

As the destination knows, these numbers extend far beyond the cruise pier; they impact the entire economy. According to the Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) 2012 study, Economic Contribution of Cruise Tourism to the Destination Economies, the average expenditure per passenger in St. Maarten was $185.40, which benefitted numerous industries through purchases of goods that included food and beverage at restaurants and bars, clothing, shore excursions, ground transportation, local crafts and souvenirs, watches and jewelry, perfumes and cosmetics, electronics, entertainment/night clubs/casinos, retail purchases of liquor, and telephone and internet.

However, this is hardly the only economic contribution provided by cruise tourism. The same study showed that the average expenditure per crew in St. Maarten was $135.50 for similar products and services. Plus it revealed the direct and indirect employment generated by the cruise industry, totaling 8,123 jobs and $159.8 million in employee wages.

By these numbers, St. Maarten's 70 percent increase after hosting their first Conference would represent an increase of $114 million in passenger spending alone, along with the coinciding growth of crew spending, cruise line spending, and employment.

Projecting this same growth after this year's Conference would be aggressive, considering that in 2014 St. Maarten expects 1.67 million passenger arrivals onboard 523 vessels from FCCA Member Lines alone. But a single cruise ship has a large economic wake. BREA's figures show that just one average cruise vessel-130,000 GRT, 1,040 feet long, carrying 3,000 passengers and 500 crewmembers-would generate $556,200 in passenger spending and $67,750 in crew spending, along with roughly $15,000 in port fees, totaling $638,950 in direct economic contribution, not including employment and other indirect contributions.

Projecting a more conservative growth rate of 20 percent, or 105 additional cruise ship calls, would mean an extra $67 million per year directly contributed to St. Maarten's economy. Plus a 20 percent increase in cruise tourism-impacted employment would represent 1,625 more jobs with $32 million in wages.

Considering this potential economic impact, it becomes easy to understand why St. Maarten again decided to invest in its entire destination's economy by hosting the FCCA Conference & Trade Show.

About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds bilateral relationships with destinations' private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.

CONTACT: Omari Breakenridge 954 441 8881

Portia-economics: 'Jamaica doing less with more $$'

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12M budget fi PNP 3 day conference and Jamaica still nah get no better. Mi hear say it did kinda empty. It look like people fed up wid di 'People Power'.

Portia make a speech an say 'Jamaica is doing less with more money', mi nuh know a which part Portia love but she clearly nuh know wha really a gwaan inna  Jamdung.

We need the government to address the rising crime rate. We need dem fi tell why why so many innocent people are being killed. We need the Government to explain how so much gun a come inna the country.

We need answers from the government.

Toll Booth Slackness

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Big big new toll booth open and dem come a collect wi hard earned money inna soup spoon. We need justice.

Wi need JUSTICE!!! Dem need fi gwaan better.

Police Constable killed in August Town

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The Corporate Communications Unit has confirmed that a Constable, attached to St Andrew Central police division, was shot and killed during an operation in the African Gardens community in August Town.

Reports are that shortly before 4:00 o'clock this afternoon a police team was on an operation in the August Town area.

On entering a section of the community known as African Gardens, the police team came under heavy gunfire from men armed with high powered weapons.

When the shooting subsided, it was discovered that the constable had been shot several times.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A strong detachment of police and soldiers are now in the area.

D'Angel gets apology from selector

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"D'Angel, mi just want you know seh mi neva intentionally diss you, and mi neva plan fi diss you; is just sup'm weh come out. By right, you shouldn't even get dragged inna this. So sorry if you tek it a way a seh mi disrespect you, no harm intended," Foota Hype said in the short video on Friday.

The video was also accompanied by text, in which he also apologised to other persons who may have been affected by what he said.

"I must send my apologies to all the innocent people who have been affected by the recent happenings in my life, especially #D'angel, who had nutt'n to do with it. This is the type of st I was trying to avoid why I was quiet the whole time, but there is only so much a man can bare. I already did Onstage, so that will be on Saturday (last weekend)," he said.

He also stressed that he will not do any other interviews on the matter for the sake of his son, Oshawn, who is also the child of Ishawna.

Foota Hype accuses Joe and Skatta of sleeping with ex

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According to the DJ he did not expect Ishawna to stoop so low and have sex with his boss and co worker. He also said Ishawna was upset with him because he didn't want to take part in threesome and oral sex.

Foota Hype Exposes Alleged Ishawna/Bogdanovich/Skatta "Love Triangle"

Foota leaves Downsound Because of Ishawna disses

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Foota Hype leaves Downsound Records because Ishawna released songs under the label disrespecting him.

"Effective this minute, rite now, @footahypemusic is no longer a part of the @downsound_music company. I QUIT, resigned, lef di work, which ever way wi can put it, on the basis of not getting the respect I deserve from the company CEO Joseph Bogdanovich, as in them producing and releasing material in the form of a song that is aimed at violating and disrespecting me and my brand," Foota hype said.

"I will not work for a company that is deliberately trying to tear down my brand, image and character in order to make another person in same company relevant. At the end of the day, I was Foota Hype before @downsound_music and will continue to be after."

Foota Hype went a bit further. He said he was disrespected by the songs Restraining Order and Cry Baby done by Ishawna.

"Mi get disrespected by Ishawna, and Joe doing nothing about it. Is like things gone from business to personal, so I decided to leave.

Foota is always Foota. When I went to Downsound, it was nowhere in dancehall like where it is now. It is my energy that bring them to the forefront. Mi find hit wid Specialist, mi find hit wid Nature. The only hit Ishawna have, is me mek it. Mi a do my work, and dem a deal wid soap opera thing, and mi nuh deh pon dat," he told the media.

Ishawna - Restraining Order Foota Hype DissAugust 2014

Ishawna - Cry Baby (Foota Hype Diss) September 2014


Dancehall artiste Winky D says sharing the stage with Jamaican star Kalado at Belgravia Sports Club on Saturday will provide another opportunity for him to prove his class, following an alleged bottle throwing at an event he performed at in Africa.

Jonathan Banda, the artiste's manager, told the Daily News yesterday that Winky D's international class is the main reason why he is usually the most natural choice to share the stage with touring foreign artistes.

"Winky D is regularly called to share the stage with top foreign musicians because his standard has reached international levels," said Banda.

"Winky D's camp is very happy because it shows that both music promoters and music fans have confidence in the Ninja President."

Banda also revealed that the Musarova Bigman star has benefitted from sharing the stage with several international artistes.

Apart from Winky D, the Kalado concert will also feature local dancehall favourites Dadza D and Kinnah.

Gate charges for the show have been pegged at $20 for the VIP section while tickets for the rest of the venue will go for $5.

Digital One International, the promoters of the concert have also lined up a number of activities for the Jamaican deejay at various night spots in the capital in the build-up to the concert including a welcome party that was scheduled for the Beer Engine club at Jameson Hotel last night.

Kalado, born Eton Gordon in 1984 in Kingston, is one of the rising dancehall stars on the Jamaican and global dancehall scenes in recent years since catching the eye of producer Scatta Burrell during the 2008 edition of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall television show.

Kalado's fortunes on the dancehall scene have flourished under the wings of Bounty Killer.

His increasing repertoire includes hits like Good Good, Body Nuh Dead, Make Me Feel, Sad Streets, Pree Money, Pay Dem No Mind, Bad Inna Bed and Take A Ride.


Tarrus Riley Goes on tour

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While it is arguably much more expensive and time-consuming to produce a live show, artistes, promoters and the general public all agree that everyone benefits more from live events. In an effort to find a way to take huge, quality-produced shows across the island, Martin Lewis, CEO of One Nation Event Entertainment Limited, and Shane Brown of Juke Boxx have teamed up on a new entertainment format that will allow fans to see their favourite artistes performing live closer to home.

The On Tour series recently got started with reggae artiste Tarrus Riley performing at four different venues across the island on the weekend. The first two On Tour series will be sponsored by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, with an option to extend their sponsorship contract.

According to Lewis, who has a background in the area of production, he recognised the void in Jamaica for the average person to be able to enjoy a good show.

"Most people don't get to go to Jazz & Blues or Sumfest because they are only held in certain centres. It's as if those people don't count. I've spent 20 years touring, and that is what touring is about - bringing the product to the people. On Tour also aims to ensure that artistes become more invested in their presentation, and it also encourages the artistes to realise their real worth," he said.

"This is our promise; we are taking a 'big show' to small venues across Jamaica to the people. Extreme efforts will be made on the show production and the experience," he added.

Brown agreed, adding that following Riley's islandwide tour, Morgan Heritage will be the next featured act.

"Not all acts are fully equipped musically to perform a 90-minute concert. One of the first things we look at is the repertoire of the acts and the quality of their presentation. This is a new series and I work very closely with both Tarrus and Morgan Heritage, but we have a lot of artistes to approach, but for now, it's who is willing to work with us, but the quality of presentation, I'd say, is definitely an attraction for us," Brown said.

Though the resurgence of live music has generally been about reggae acts, Brown was quick to point out that dancehall artistes would also be included in the series.

"From a dancehall artiste is equipped to put on a clean, quality performance, we are all for it," he stated.

Brown also went on to say that On Tour will not only feature young artistes, but that the event was open to all.

"Our culture needs an appreciation for artistes who are not popular with today's generation, but these same artistes have paved the way for us. Only a few shows in Jamaica accommodate live music. If patrons get accustomed to these types of concert settings, then they'll definitely have a greater appreciation for our music. Promoters will also have an open mind and will have less acts on more nights. So instead of a three-day festival, we could have a weeklong festival," Brown said.

According to Brown, this series will be able to propel artistes further into international markets.

"An artiste can learn to improve his craft. This is an open arena for all local artistes to step up their game. We can use these performances to send the artistes to the world. Once the performance goes viral, it can definitely open new markets for the artiste," Brown said.

One Jam Music hosts successful charity

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The back-to-school season has just about concluded and many parents are tallying up the enormous expenses incurred in sending their young charges back to school. Fortunately for some parents, the music fraternity provided significant aid to offset some of the costs of going back to school. A number of artistes including Konshens and Cherine Anderson hosted back-to-school treats; however, the biggest of these treats appears to have been the One Jam Foundation/Tenament Yard treat for communities off Maxfield Avenue.

The treat held on August 20 brought out thousands of adults and children from impoverished inner city communities off the Maxfield such as Gem Road, William Road, Lincoln Ave, Villa, Trench Town, Jungle, and Rome. In addition to receiving well needed school supplies, attendees were treated to rides, games, and musical performances from household names such as Morgan's Heritage, Hezron, and Chuck Fender and from rising stars such as Abby Dallas and JayQ. Musical director of Morgan's Heritage and a longtime resident of the area, Producer DreZion, who coordinated the events on the ground, was overjoyed to see thousands of people out enjoying the festivities and partaking of the bountiful gifts on offer. The atmosphere was so jovial that a large police contingent headed by senior officers Steve McGregor and Fitz Bailey, who were amazed to see many people from rival communities living in love, came out to personally meet the organizers.

According to Lance Dyer, founder of The One Jam Foundation, "The treat was a resounding success. One Jam's and Tenament Yard's founders were both born and at least partially raised in the ghetto, so we understand the difficulties that many families in the ghetto face to get their children ready for each new school year. We also understand that education is one of the surest paths to elevation, so we think it is critical for us to support the ambitions of those who are less fortunate.  We believe in giving, not just in giving back, so we are not going to wait until our organizations are successful to contribute from our own resources to a charitable cause. That said, we are exceedingly grateful to our sponsors such as MPR Consulting, Pepsi/Ocean Spray, COK Credit Union, and LIME Antigua and to artistes such as Morgan Heritage, Hezron, Chuck Fenda, I-Wayne, Abby Dallas, and JayQ who all agreed to perform voluntarily for the treat."

Reggae band Bob Marley and the Wailers has finally hit the top ten of the Billboard chart, with their highest-selling album, Legend. The Marleys are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album this year, and recently announced that internationally renowned ice-cream company Ben & Jerry would be releasing a special flavour of their product, in respect of the Legend album.

Legend was released in 1984 by Island Records and is the best selling reggae album of all time, with more than 13 million copies sold in the United States and approximately 25 million copies sold globally.

The album was also ranked number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. As of August 2014, it has spent a total of 290 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.


Fantan Mojah delivers in Germany

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Reggae artiste Fantan Mojah recently electrified the over 20,000 reggae fans that turned out to the 20th anniversary of Reggae Jam Festival hosted in Germany.

The Rasta Got Soul, who has developed a strong fan-base in Europe and Africa, delivered a high energy and interactive set, which led to the audience giving an encore.

Compared to Jacob Miller by reggae critics,  the singer connected with the audience with his mournful vibrato, athleticism and showmanship.

"When I perform its energy none stop and the people feel the energy based on the effort I put into my set. A me dem sey cyah tired, and right now mi lose some weight, so dat mek it worse pan dem. When mi touch any stage show mi a tek it," Fantan Mojah said.

During Mojah's set, he congratulated Germany on their World Cup win and sought to rally support for the freedom of iconic reggae artiste Buju Banton, with whom he had a friendship. He also received roaring responses for Nuh Build Great Man which features Jah Cure and Hail The King. Fanton Mojah is looking to release his third studio album titled 'Rasta Riddim and Soul'. This effort will feature his Europe and Africa hit record Rasta Got Soul, which has already received four million views on The album is expected to be released at the end of this year.

Mike Tyson tells Journalist Fuck You on Live TV

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You can do many things with Mike Tyson.

You can chat about tigers, race pigeons across the Sierra Madre and trick him into pronouncing the word "thistle."

What you cannot do, however, is spring a loaded question on him regarding his prior sexual assault conviction in the middle of a live television broadcast.

This is the scene that played out Wednesday afternoon when Tyson sat down with CP24 Toronto News anchor Nathan Downer.

In Toronto to promote his one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Tyson stopped by the studio for an interview with Downer. Ostensibly expecting a couple cupcake questions and a handshake, Tyson found himself in the crosshairs when Downer ambushed the boxer with a question regarding his recent meet-and-greet with Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Specifically, Downer wanted to know if Tyson - onvicted sex offender - had further damaged Ford's re-election campaign by associating with the mayor.

Mike Tyson Curses Out Host During Canadian Interview

Alkaline'a new look...

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Dancehall artiste Alkaline recently debuted his new look for a video shoot. How would you rate the artiste's new look??


The world marks 9/11 anniversary

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NEW YORK -- With The Star-Spangled Banner, a bagpipe tribute and a moment of silence, a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks solemnly kicked off in Lower Manhattan on Thursday.

The White House marked the anniversary with a moment of silence. Events also took place at the Pentagon and the field in Shanksville, Pa., where the other planes crashed that day.

In New York, the roll call of the victims began shortly after 8:46 a.m., the same time 13 years ago that the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Faith Tieri read several names including that of her brother, Sal Edward Tieri, Jr. "Your memory and my love for you will last forever," she said. "This day should be a day of reflection and memory only."

Mary Ann Marino also read names including that of her son, Kenneth Marino. "We love you," she said. "We miss you everyday. You are in our hearts and we cherish the memories."

Others reading names included a young man who had never met his uncle killed on 9/11, a wife who lost her husband of 30 years and Barbara Pandolfo whose only child, a daughter, was killed.

As the readings continued, some family members stood silently staring at those uttering the victims' names. Others pushed strollers holding children who were not yet born during the terrorist attacks while some walked around the memorial looking at the names etched into the nearby memorial.

Dancehall artiste Elephant Man has collaborated with Jamaican U.S based rapper Bobby Shmurda for the filming for a music video for his single Shmoney dance.

The Shmoney is currently very popular in the U.S. For Elephant's music video, he collaborated with Bobby's personal video director who is respect for GS9 projects.

The video will be released in coming weeks and different scenes show Elephant Man dancing in the company of members of the Shmoney team in New York.

Elephant Man - Shmoney Dance - August 2014

Shaka Pow launches best Baby Father Campaign

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Dancehall artiste/medical doctor Shaka Pow is gearing up to launch his Best Baby Father Campaign on September 11.

The event will be held at Gentry Mingle N Mellow, located at 21-22 Bargain Mall Clock Tower Plaza Half Way Tree.

The event will commence at 7pm-9:30pm and will be hosted by media personality Lady D. Shaka Pow will also take the opportunity to launch the music video of Best Baby Father the single, that effort was produced by platinum selling dancehall producer Jah Snowcone.

The rhythm also features Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mr. Vegas among others.


St James taxi operator chopped to death

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A St James taxi operator was early this morning chopped to death at his home in the parish.

Dead is 38-year-old Shawn Powell of an Adelphi address.

Reports are that around 12:00 am Powell was at home with a female companion when a man entered the premises and a dispute developed between him and Powell. It is said that during the dispute, the man known only as Ricky used a machete to chop Powell all over his body before fleeing the scene.

Powell was rushed to hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The police are investigating.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting second child

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LONDON - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child, Britain's royal family said Monday in a brief statement.

No delivery date was given for the new baby -- brother or sister to Prince George, who was born in July 2013.

Clarence House, the office for Prince William and Duchess Catherine, said the queen and members of both families were "delighted with the news."

British Prime Minister David Cameron also offered his congratulations to the royal pair.

Earlier Monday, the duchess, 32, broke off an official engagement to receive treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness.

She also suffered from that condition when she was pregnant with George.

The latest royal arrival will be fourth in line to the throne, pushing William's brother, Harry, further down the pecking order.

UPDATE: Carl Williams new Commissioner of Police

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Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has announced the appointment of Carl Williams as Commissioner of Police, effective September 15, 2014.

Bunting was this morning formally advised by the Police Service Commission and subsequently briefed the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Commissioner designate Williams comes to the post with a track record of innovation and performance in a wide variety of command roles in the Jamaica Constabulary Force and is highly qualified academically, with a PhD in Criminal Justice, the Ministry said.

Williams is the founding director of Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the innovator responsible for conceptualizing and developing the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force.

He led Jamaica's anti-narcotics campaign from 2000 to 2004 with the successful prosecution and/or extradition of a number of major narcotics traffickers.

Williams, who is 50 years old, enlisted in the JCF in February 1984.

Shebada VS Macka Diamond!!!

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The ongoing feud between selector Tony Matterhorn and artiste Macka Diamond has escalated. Comedian Shebada has now gotten involved. Last week, Matterhorn made a video on his popular After Dark Instagram show about Macka Diamond's private area. This did not go down well with Macka.

Both have constantly been making memes to outdo each other. Two days ago, Macka posted a video with Matterhorn and Shebada.

Cops remove 'Gully Queens' from New Kingston Gully

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Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta says he is not mad that Gage's voice sound simular to his. According to the recording artiste in a recent interview with a UK based media company, he wants every artiste to be able to feed their family.

"That's not a problem if anyone sounds like me because its life. People live what the see and see what they learn, monkey see monkey do. So at the end of the day everybody wants to eat and make money, a man has his kids and bills to pay and his kids to feed you nuh, so everybody free to do what they want to do. I cant worry over that, I have to just free spirit and let that go. Stars will be coming out of dancehall each year yu nuh, every six month you have a new star," Tommy Lee Sparta said.

The deejay recently released a string of music videos and plans to release a new album in 2015.

Tommy Lee Sparta - Hero Sep 2014 @GuzuMusiq @TommyLeeSparta

Gage - City Rock (Citi Roc Riddim) Digital One Production - August 2014

Not So Bright huh? Dumb dancehall artistes part 1

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Ishawna, she might have been what they call a pretty dunce in her class. In her recent single Need Love, she says "Mi a guh return him back inna di morning" you can say 'return him back'. That's like saying the car reversed back or pushing forward...get it? Its what we call a redundancy. Google it.

Elephant Man


Elephant Man said "push out yu right hand and push out yu left feet" how does one push out the right feet? We have been trying to figure that out since early 2000. 

Beenie Man


Beenie Man once greeted the Prime Minister and his guests by saying. "Good night Mr. Prime Minister and honorable guesses". Wait up? They didn't tell you in primary school that you can't say guesses? Its guests Beenie Man, geesh.  



Popcaan, we hate to do this, but he qualifies as a dumb artiste. Because all he does in his interviews is say. Tr8, fry yiy. Tr8 fry yiy to every question.

Tommy Lee Sparta


Tommy Lee...well just listen to the way he speaks. Mmmm...mmmm...mmmm. Yu zimi...mmm.

Bounty Killer


His interviews are informative, but articulated using his own unique type of English.

(Taken from another source and does not represent the views of YARDFLEX)

Second US journalist beheaded

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The Islamic State has released a video purporting to show a masked militant beheading a second captured American journalist, and threatening to kill a British hostage.

The footage, which is yet to be verified by the US, shows Steven Sotloff, who disappeared in Syria last year, dressed in orange and on his knees in a desert landscape.

The family of the 31-year-old freelancer says they are aware of the "horrific tragedy" and are grieving privately.

Sotloff appeared on his knees at the end of an IS video last month showing the execution of fellow US journalist James Foley, and the pleas since for his release have been ignored.

Sotloff's purported executioner, who speaks in a British accent similar to that of Foley's killer, blames the ongoing US strikes against IS for the murder.

"I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State," the militant said.

"So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

-- n the video, Sotloff said he was "paying the price" for the US intervention in Iraq with his life.

Early last month the US began air strikes against IS targets in Iraq, while Australian planes have delivered aid to outgunned Kurdish fighters.

The militant in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage the group named as David Haines.

In Washington, the White House said it could not immediately verify the video of Sotloff's beheading.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US intelligence services would "work as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity".

"If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act taking the life of another innocent American citizen," she said.

"Our hearts go out to the Sotloff family and we will provide more information as it becomes available."


Yardflex Health Corner: Turmeric Medicinal Use

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From many years awareness of turmeric and its use as medicine is continuously increasing. A flowering plant, Turmeric, in the ginger family, is commonly used as a food coloring and is one of the basic ingredients in curry powder. To heal many health disorders like liver problems, digestive disorders, treatment for skin diseases and wound healing turmeric has long been used in Medicinal as an anti-inflammatory. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric which has been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic effects.

Digestive Disorders

Turmeric is considered as a digestive bitter and a carminative. It can be added into foods including rice and bean dishes to improve digestion, reduce gas and bloating. It is a cholagogue, stimulating bile production in the liver and encouraging excretion of bile via the gallbladder. This improves the body's ability to digest fats. For chronic digestive weakness and/or congestion turmeric is recommended. It can be taken as a single extract or in the form of digestive bitters, which combine turmeric with other bitter and carminative herbs. Turmeric is beneficial for people who feel tired after consuming meals or who experience gas and bloating. Whatever way turmeric is consumed it is beneficial to both the digestive system and the liver.

Liver Diseases

Turmeric is beneficial for its influence on the liver. In spring more consumption of herbs and foods can strengthen the liver. Turmeric shares similar liver protectant compounds that milk thistle and artichoke leaves contain. It is said to shrink engorged hepatic ducts, so it can be useful to treat liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice.


Recent scientific research confirm that turmeric can cure host of diseases, also they found that turmeric restrain the growth of various types of cancer. Turmeric is used for the treatment of skin cancer or pre cancerous skin conditions. Both topical and internal uses are beneficial.


Turmeric may helpful in preventing the blockage of arteries that can gradually cause a heart attack or stroke in one of two ways. Turmeric makes cholesterol levels low and inhibited the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol). Oxidized LDL deposits in the walls of blood vessels and contributes to the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. Turmeric may also prevent platelet build up along the walls of an injured blood vessel. Platelets collecting at the site of a damaged blood vessel cause blood clots to form and blockage of the artery as well.


Turmeric may help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis because of its ability to reduce pain and disability.

Menstrual problems of Woman

For women who experience monthly menstrual cramps, try using turmeric extract or bitters twice daily for two weeks prior to expected menstruation. Turmeric is an antispasmodic to smooth muscles so it reduces digestive and menstrual cramping. It should reduce the severity of pain, if not ease them completely. Certainly, diet and standard of living have a reflective influence on the menstrual cycle, but turmeric is a great addition.

Bacterial Infection / Wounds

Turmeric is useful as an external antibiotic in preventing bacterial infection in wounds.

Eye Disorder

Curcumin may prove to be as effective as corticosteroids in the uveitis (inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye between the sclera - white outer coat of the eye and the retina - the back of the eye) the type of eye disorder.

Other Health Disorders

Turmeric decreases congestion and inflammation from stagnant mucous membranes. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory to the mucous membranes, which coat the throat, lungs, stomach and intestines. Regular use of turmeric can benefit from Colitis, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, and post-giardia or post salmonella conditions. The itching and inflammation that accompanies hemorrhoids and anal fissures can reduce by use of turmeric. Turmeric can also benefit skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne, for those it is potent detoxifier.

"Turmeric gives the energy of the Divine Mother and grants prosperity of health. Turmeric is effectual for purification the chakras, as well as purifying the path of the subtle body."

Mr Vegas is today mourning the loss of his mother, affectionately referred to as Mama Lucille.

After suffering from a stroke early yesterday morning. She developed Pneumonia and was hospitalized in critical condition at the University Hospital of the West Indies, she however never recovered from the effects of the stroke and died last night. Mamma Lucille would have been 83 later this month.

Mr Vegas has been hit hard by this sudden tragedy. He has decided to properly focus on family and making the necessary arrangements for Mama Lucille within the coming weeks.

Late last night Mr Vegas posted to fans on his Facebook Page "I ask that you continue to pray for my family and I as we mourn our beloved mother. I also thank you in advance for privacy during this very difficult time. R.I.P.Mama you forever!!"

An overwhelming show of support has already started over social media sites, specifically twitter and Facebook, as fans express their condolences for the artiste and his entire family.


Mr Vegas is today mourning the loss of his mother, affectionately referred to as Mama Lucille.

After suffering from a stroke early yesterday morning. She developed Pneumonia and was hospitalized in critical condition at the University Hospital of the West Indies, she however never recovered from the effects of the stroke and died last night. Mamma Lucille would have been 83 later this month.

Mr Vegas has been hit hard by this sudden tragedy. He has decided to properly focus on family and making the necessary arrangements for Mama Lucille within the coming weeks. 

Late last night Mr Vegas posted to fans on his Facebook Page "I ask that you continue to pray for my family and I as we mourn our beloved mother. I also thank you in advance for privacy during this very difficult time. R.I.P.Mama you forever!!"

An overwhelming show of support has already started over social media sites, specifically twitter and Facebook, as fans express their condolences for the artiste and his entire family. 

Additional details will be released to the media as it becomes available.


Remember when a website was leaking nude pictures of popular Jamaicans sometime ago, including Denyque? Well a similar situation has occurred in America, actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande have so far been victims among others.

Jennifer Lawrence's reps have warned that anyone posting 'stolen' nude photos of the Oscar-winning actress will be prosecuted.

The explicit photos of JLaw were leaked online and spread on Twitter like wildfire on Sunday night.

Buzzfeed reports that photos of Lawrence, as well as other stars such as model Kate Upton, singer Ariana Grande and actress Victoria Justice, first appeared on 4chan.

The snaps allegedly surfaced due to an iCloud leak that allowed celebrities phones to be hacked.

Jennifer Lawrence and J-Law started trending on Twitter as soon as the photos leaked. We will not share the photos, but you can Google them.


The Jamaican exposed site which exposed Denyque, was later taken down and the culprit caught and charged by the police.

Denyque - How To Rave (Official Music Video) June 2014 @Denyque


Dancehall producer Justus is currently at odds with DJ Foota Hype, following the DJ's decision not to play his rhythm High Life, because the rhythm has Ishawna's subliminal diss record called Restraining Order.

According to Justus, Foota Hype banned him and the rhythm from his event, and took jabs at him on instagram.

Justus who also replied to the jab on instagram, says Foota Hype is a gyal clown, who has no class, because he proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of a dancehall setting.

Foota Hype denies carrying any form of malice for either Justus or Ishawna.

Roger Clarke is dead

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Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke is dead. People's National Party colleagues confirmed Clarke's death a short while ago. Clarke visited the United States recently for surgery.

Jamaicans sizzle on Bet's 106 and Park

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Elephant Man, Gyptian, Kranium, QQ and Wayne Marshall recently represented for the Caribbean at Bet's carnival. The show saw them performing hits as well as doing interviews.

Here are some of the performances Yardflex compiled for you.

Carnival & Gyptian Sounds Off on Nicki's Remix of Hold Yuh & QQ Breaks Down the Stukie Dance on

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Rohan Marley rides success wave with Coffee

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Rohan Marley and his Marley Coffee partners Andrew Weissman and Jim Winkler were on Market America to give a presentation on their coffee brand. In his talk, Rohan went on to talk about his musical prowess (or lack thereof) and the reason why he cut his dreadlocks.

According to the artiste the coffee is the best in the word and he spent time and effort perfecting the product.See his motivational speech below.

Marley Coffee with Rohan Marley, Andrew Weissman and Jim Winkler



Tanya Stephens - Pon Di Side

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John Holt Collapses onstage in UK

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Chairman of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA), Frankie Campbell, is wishing singer John Holt a speedy and lasting recovery, following his recent collapse onstage at the One Love Festival in Springfield in the United Kingdom.

Campbell said that the I Want A Love I Can Feel singer did an operation last month and was, perhaps, back in action too early.

"I just think he went back to performing too early. We don't want to lose anybody else at this point in Jamaican music - certainly, not Holt," Campbell said.

The JAVAA chairman and bass player in Fab 5 Band also encourages performers to ensure that they are covered by an effective health-insurance policy, as sickness and death are inevitable.

"We want to know that our musicians are healthy as possible. In Fab 5, we have an insurance programme, because health is vital. We can't afford to lose somebody like Holt, because he is one of the few living vintage artistes who have been holding up the music in the four corners of earth," Campbell said.

"John has been extensively touring and we want him to continue spreading the music."

The singer continues to receive treatment at an undisclosed location.

The 2014 One Love Festival was dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela. The second live stage at the venue was renamed The Madiba Stage this year, in honour of the late freedom fighter and former president of South Africa. The stage was formerly called Soul Adventurers.

The line-up included Cocoa Tea, John Holt, The Wailing Souls, Brushy One String, Cornel Campbell with Soothsayers, Macka B and the Roots Reggae Band, Michael Prophet, Addis Pablo, Gary Clail Sound System, Gorgon Sound System featuring Bunny Lee, King Kong, Nerieus Joseph with Sereus Band, Jesse Royal, Apache Indian, Saxon Sound Marque.

John Holt started his musical career in 1963 with I Cried a Tear, a record produced by Leslie Kong. However, his prominence locally came as the lead singer of The Paragons. They recorded several hit records like Ali Baba, Tonight and I See Your Face for producer Duke Reid at his Treasure Isle Studio.

Holt left The Paragons in 1970 and concentrated on his solo career, Stick By Me coming in 1972.

JOHN HOLT - Live HD at Garance Reggae Festival 2013

Pastor Fondles girl at Altar?

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A male pastor who is employed as a guidance counsellor at a high school in central Jamaica is now before the court answering to a charge of indecent assault.

Jcan Media has learnt that about three months ago, a female second-form student at the school visited the office of the guidance counsellor, after she was experiencing personal challenges.

It is understood that the professional service of the counsellor was administered to the student, following which the service as a pastor was offered by way of prayer for the minor.

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It is alleged that during the prayer, the guidance counsellor sexually assaulted her when he touched her breasts several times and used his hands to touch her vagina, bruising her badly.

It is understood that the student reported the matter to her parents, who reported it to the school's administration for action. The matter had to be reported to the Office of the Children's Registry.

The media further understands that the matter was turned over to Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, which carried out their investigations and the pastor was arrested and charged. He is to appear in court this week.


Moringa oleifera: A plant with multiple medicinal uses and benefits Moringa has been identified as the vegetable with the highest nutritional value among many types of food species studied.

How to use, eat moringa? WHO/FAO recommend the following daily allowances for a child aged 1-3 and a woman during lactation Moringa RDA (Recommendations Daily Allowances).

Moringa oleifera has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value and medicinal benefits. Different parts of this plant contain a profile of important minerals, and are a good source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and various phenolics. The Moringa plant provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol.

Moringa can act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine.

Moringa Leaves Medicinal uses and benefits
* Leaves rubbed against the temple can relieve headaches.
* To stop bleeding from a shallow cut, apply a poultice of fresh leaves.
* There is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect when applied to wounds or insect bites.
* Extracts can be used against bacterial or fungal skin complaints.
* Leaf tea treats gastric ulcers and diarrhoea.
* Eating Moringa food products is good for those suffering from malnutrition due to the high protein and fibre content.
* Leaves treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, inflammation of the mucus membrane.
* The iron content of the leaves is high, and they are reportedly prescribed for anemia in the Philippines.
* Dried Moringa leaves treat diarrhoea in Malawi, Africa.
* The powder ground from the seeds is also used in the treatment of scurvy skin diseases (common bacterial infections of the skin).

Moringa Flowers Medicinal uses and benefits
* Flower juice improves the quality and flow of mothers' milk when breast feeding.
* Flower juice is useful for urinary problems as it encourages urination.
* In Haiti, villagers boil Moringa flowers in water and drink the tea as a powerful cold remedy.

Moringa Pods Medicinal uses and benefits
* If eaten raw, pods act as a de-wormer and treat liver and spleen problems and pains of the joints.
* Due to high protein and fibre content they can play a useful part in treating malnutrition and diarrhoea.

Moringa Seeds Medicinal uses and benefits
* Used for their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties to treat arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, sexually transmitted diseases and boils. The seeds are roasted, pounded, mixed with coconut oil and applied to the problem area. Seed oil can be used for the same ailments.
* Roasted seeds and oil can encourage urination.
* They can also be used as a relaxant for epilepsy.
Moringa seeds are effective against skin-infecting bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. They contain the potent antibiotic and fungicide terygospermin.

Moringa roots, bark and gum Medicinal uses and benefits
The roots and the bark have all of the properties described above but are more concentrated. Therefore much more care should be taken if using them as medicines.
* The roots and bark are used for cardiac and circulatory problems, as a tonic and for inflammation. The bark is an appetizer and digestive.
* In Senegal and India, roots are pounded and mixed with salt to make a poultice for treating rheumatism and articulars pains. In Senegal, this poultice is also used to relieve lower back or kidney pain
* Fodder-branches.
* The alkaloid spirachin (a nerve paralysant) has been found in the roots.
* The gum is diuretic, astringent and abortifacient and is used against asthma.

Discovery Channel documentary Moringa - The Miracle Tree


Dancehall/reggae DJ Foota Hype has responded to allegations that he is spying on his ex-girlfriend Ishawna, following the release of her song called Restraining Order which alleges that she is being stalked by an ex-lover.

The song did not state that Foota Hype was the stalker, however in a lengthy video he says Ishawna cannot diss him because he built her.

Foota Hype Responds To Diss Song From Ishawna

Ishawna - Restraining Order (High Life Riddim) Foota Hype Diss | August 2014 @Crushroad876


Jamaican rapper Bobby Shmurda has sparked a dance craze called the Shmoney Dance with his single Hot Ni**a. The rapper is based in New York and has received over 10 million views for the song and was recently signed by Epic Records.

Controversial cultural Hip Hop critic and media personality Charlamage recently commended the rapper for his overnight success. He also credited the rapper's ability to get people dancing to his Jamaican background. Charlamange also said Bobby Shmurda reminded him of iconic Jamaican rapper Heavy D.

"I like Bobby Shmurda, you know why? Because he is having fun. He is Jamaican, and he makes people dance in the club. I don't know when New Yorkers got too cool to dance. Heavy D used to dance. I was in London and the first song the DJ played was Bobby Shmurda, and the entire club was wilding," the usually tough critic said.

Hot Nia has several cover versions from several underground and commercially successful rappers, including Acehood, T.I., Juicy J, Corey Gunz, French Montana, and Lil Kim. Several stars including Beyonce´, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, and K. Michelle have also posted videos of themselves doing the comedic Shmurda dance move. Elephant Man also released a song called Shmoney Dance in an attempt to improve the song's popularity in Jamaica.

Shmoney Dance - Bobby Shmurda "Hot Nigga" [Official @its99Percent Tutorial]

Hot Nigga by Bobby Shmurda [Prod by @JahlilBeats] Dir. @MainEFeTTi


After a relatively long drought, dancing is making a return to the dancehall scene. According to Bling Dawg aka Bawse Dawg, who is leading the movement with his Esco produced dance single called Kreech, dancehall is a seasonal genre and it's now dancing season.

Their dance moves which are very popular in the dancehall at present are the Sivva dance move created by Ding Dong and the Ravers Clavers, as well as the Moggla dance move popularised by Flippa Moggla and Voicemail.

Local dancer John Bling expressed happiness at the early signs that dancing is making a return. The dancer says he feels proud that his We Are The Dance campaign was not in vain.

"Mi feel good sey it a return, the dancers protested and we kept meetings to bring back dancing into the dancehall and now wi see the profits of our efforts. I guarantee that by the end of the year everybody will be dancing again and dancers soon start tour again," John Bling said.

Ding Dong - Syvah (Official Video)

Bling Dawg, Kreecha - Kreech Dance

Flippa moggla and Voicemail -moggla dance (official video)

Kingston, Jamaica: The Gleaner Company Limited celebrates its 180th anniversary on September 13, 2014. As part of our celebratory activities, the 'Old Dame of North Street' will host the 'Fit for 180, Fit for Life' 5K Run.

The Gleaner has always promoted healthy living and The Gleaner's 180 5K Run is an extension of that goal. The race will begin at The Gleaner Company's head office at 6:30 am, with a pre-race warm up session with Spartan Health Club's Steve Ming at our East Street parking lot at 6 am.

The Gleaner continues to promote 'Destination Downtown', so runners will be led on a route along South Camp Road, onto Marescaux Road, down Heroes' Circle and ending on East Street.

The Gleaner's 180 5K Run is for runners and walkers of all fitness levels and ages and is being organised by Running Events Limited.

Persons wishing to participate in the run will be required to pay $1000. The first 1000 persons to register will receive a limited edition Gleaner 180 bag. Teams with 50 or more persons will pay a discounted price of $900 per person.

The fun will not end at the finish line as participants will be feted to a breakfast party, using their race BIBS for entry. A first of its kind, the breakfast party will see participants being treated to an array of healthy meals, refreshing beverages and high-energy music by Flava Unit Sound System.

Several prizes will also be up for grabs, including $20,000 gift certificates courtesy of National Commercial Bank. These will be awarded to the top male and female runners and walkers who cross the finishing line. Other awards include Oldest & Youngest Finisher, Largest Participating Team and Champion Team.

Funds raised will go towards the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Physiotherapy Department and PALS Jamaica (Peace and Love in Society).

Interested persons can visit for race and registration details. Individuals may also complete entry forms along with the registration fees at The Gleaner Company's head office located at 7 North Street.


For more information contact:

Mrs. Terri-Karelle Reid
(876) 932-6261

Ms. Khanique McDaniel
(876) 932-6294

Stacious goes topless for promotion of new single

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Dancehall artiste Stacious has gone topless in promotion of her new single Bad 45.

The deejay who has been relatively silent on the music scene, recently posted the topless photo on her personal facebook page exposing her breasts for all her fans to see.

Stacious who also lost some weight over the past few years, is aslo promoting her weight loss business venture.

Site releases list of artistes who Should Climb Zip FM Tower to boost dying careers

Here are a list of artistes that should perhaps follow suicidal dancehall artiste iKon D Link and climb the tower of Zip Fm in an attempt to revive their dying careers.


This young artiste, damaged his own reputation by endorsing battywash while living in an homophobic country. Battywash is using the tongue to stimulate the rectum. Alkaline needs to climb the tower and beg the Jamaican fanbase to forgive him or if not...JUMP!

black-ryno-photo-1.jpgBlack Ryno

This deejay fell from grace after leaving Vybz Kartel's Gaza alleging that he was assaulted by Kartel's men. His career has never been the same since. They say Popcaan stole his style and made it more catchy. But we say, climb the Zip FM tower and beg Liquid some airplay or Jump!!


This artiste has been signed to Bigship Records for over a decade and has failed to win one dancehall fan or solidify himself as a relevant dancehall artiste. Any artiste who was signed to Bigship during their most successful era in music and didnt buss, definitely needs to climb the Zip FM tower and beg some airtime...or JUMP!

chase-cross.jpgChase Cross

This rapjay is signed to Mavado's Gully Side camp. He had a lil flame going for his career in late 2000s, but dissed Bounty Killer and has been on a downward spiral since. Chase Cross needs to definitely jump from the Zip Fm tower...or beg Bounty Killer for forgiveness.

D Angel

She was only on the radio during her marriage to dancehall artiste Beenie Man. The controversy boosted her popularity, but as soon as cheating issues surfaced and the marriage ended, so did her career. D Angel needs to climb that Zip FM tower and beg Liquid a strength.

deablo-jop.jpgDeablo J.O.P

Deablo this fresh act is a founding member of Aidonia's camp. To date Deablo is one of the hardest artiste to buss, despite being quite lyrical. It is either Aidonia's fans are not loyal to his artistes or he clearly needs a change of camp. Anyway Deablo needs to climb the Zip FM tower and beg for airplay or just JUMP!


This Alliance artiste has been a part of the crew for almost a decade and is yet to breakout. Iyara needs to go wash off at Portland mineral or climb that Zip FM tower and Jump. "DJ Liquid could you please assist in this young man's career?" . Even Kalado join Alliance yesterday and buss leave Iyara...and again its not because he is not good.smh

justus.jpgJustus (the white dude)

Ja Productions producer Justus, has not received a hit rhythm since his friend and partner Roach was sadly murdered while leaving an event. Justus needs to climb that tower and demand some respect for Roach's legacy.


This young artiste Masicka is not witty lyrically, but he definitely has good rhyming skills and good flows. However he has dissed almost 90% of the music industry and basically blackballed himself. Masicka needs to climb the Zip FM pole and beg forgiveness from all the artistes he dissed that are suffocating his career, because obviously Konshens can't save him, he couldn't even save Delus or Darrio. Not even radio play can help you obviously. So apologize or else JUMP!


This artiste has been in the U.S for over three years and has collaborated with over 10 hip hop artistes including Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj. However his debut album was a failure and he is yet to sell any records, not even with his collaborations. Unlike Bounty Killer who sold platinum with No Doubt or even Busy Signal who sold platinum in Europe with Major Lazer. Seriously Mavado cant even sell platinum in Europe? He definitely should climb the Empire State building in the U.S and JUMP or if you want to go the radio route, there must be a high enough tower at Hot 97 or Power 105.

mr-peppa-photo-1.jpgMr Peppa

This artiste received two hit songs in the early 2000s but has failed to make an impact since. He recently tried with a Bounty Killer collab, but we think its best if he climbed the Zip FM tower for some inspiration...maybe something with JUMP in his mind.


Popcaan was soaring under the Gaza camp, making friends with Drake and other rappers. However as soon as Vybz Kartel kicked him to the curb for his alleged disloyalty, the artiste has been struggling to make hits with fluidity. He is already getting plays at Zip FM. So we think he should climb the prison wall and plead to Vybz Kartel, so that he can get regain relevance.

potential-kidd-image-1.jpgPotential Kidd

This Trench Town artiste rose to overnight stardom with A Ya Suh Nice, however his career ended as soon as it started after persons began to complain about his controversial lyrics in the single. He also suffered another serious career blow when his manager/cousin, robbed all his money from tour and left him flat broke. Potential Kidds needs a break, help him out Zip FM. Nuh badda mek him jump.


This deejay had a wave of hits in early 2000, however his music quickly faded as other catchy slangs replaced his 'mad' antics. Predator just climb Zip tower and do what any mad man would do...


This fresh act tattooed his face to get attention and here it is its working, because he made the list. However unlike his tattoo, his music has failed to stand out in the public domain. Like iKon D Link, we think Radijah should be looking for the highest tower to JUMP!

raine.jpgRaine Seville

Sexy she definitely is, and sex appeal she has, but Raine Seville is really one of the hardest balloons to burst in the local music industry. She has worked with some of the biggest names in local production and is yet to stamp her name as a brand. She already tried the stripping down shock value, so I guess all that is left for her to do is try the Zip FM tower and JUMP for the air play!

mr-lexx-photo-1.jpgMr Lexx

This veteran deejay had a lot going for him in the 90s until he crashed his own career by getting married to a groupie, after the marriage crumbled so did his career. He further sank himself deeper after he messed around and lost his U.S visa. Mr Lexx has released several songs in recent times, with none making an impact. Maybe he should have cemented himself in Europe when he was hot, instead of running down Jamaica hype and U.S hype. But there is always that faithful Zip FM pole waiting on you, when woman and music have failed.

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Multitalented Music Artist, Deejay, Actor and Dancer, "John Bling" is presently in Jamaica, but preparing for his European Promotion Tour, beginning in the UK for his newly-released music Video for "We Are the Dance". For which a clothing line has begun for the "We Are the Dance" movement. There are currently T-Shirts and Hoodies of all colors available for purchase.

You may watch the video for "WE ARE THE DANCE":

John was also featured in the upcoming blockbuster feature film, "JAMAICAN MAFIA", which will also be touring across the United States very soon.

John's role as one of the Jamaican Mobsters and his music once accepted will be featured on the up and coming soundtrack of the US Feature Film, "JAMAICAN MAFIA", written by and starring Mykal Fax, as well as Jamaican greats Paul Campbell, Roger Roger, Nardo Ranks, Glamour Wayne and D'Angel. His manager, Ms. Dale Foti, is Executive Producer and Production Manager on this film.

You may watch the video for "JAMAICAN MAFIA OFFICIAL TRAILER":

"We Are the Dance" is a Dancehall song written by John Bling (Ambassador for the Dancers of Jamaica and Dancehall) and featuring well-known Jamaican dancers and artists, plus the first ever world famous Dancehall Queen, "Carlene", whose name and persona is also mentioned in the song, as well as Donnaray Roc, CEO of internationally-known Dancerz Boulevard. The first portion of the video was shot by Nigel Angus and Jamal Jones of One Shot Lens Productions in the USA and the second portion was filmed in Jamaica with the artists and dancers there, courtesy of Ian Jarret, Avalanch and Christopher Lewis of ABSTRACT VISIONS. Some New York based dancers featured were Spikes,Chin Bling Byrd Focus, Kendra Legz and Fyah Theater Productions. The song is performed by Jamaican Dance Pioneers Sadiki, Ding Dong, John Bling, Boysie, Mad Michelle, Queen Latesha, Craigy Dread, Keiva Di Diva and Latonya Styles with lead vocalist Don Frisco. It's an All-Star Dancers Anthem which was recorded as an initiative to give a voice for the dance fraternity, demonstrating their importance on the dancehall scene. The endeavor was organized by Latonya Styles and Keiva Di Diva, Produced by Danny Champagne (Champagne Records). John just recently shot the video for this song in long Island City, NY and some of the authentic Jamaican Dancehall Artists featured on the song participated.

This song has a very special meaning because, as featured on the front page of the Jamaica Star recently, the authentic Jamaican Dancehall Dancers are not being featured in the popular artists' Intl music videos and therefore not being financially supported for their talents. After all, this is where the dance form originated and most Jamaican Artists who were fortunate enough to successfully crossover to mainstream should be supporting their culture by relying on these dancers to deliver the best possible performance of the dance.


"Mi park mi car and go buy a drink inna Spanish Town, and when mi come out, mi see three man near mi car. One a dem kick out the passenger window and say how mi diss the Gaza Boss, La Lewis," Tanto Blacks said.

He added that LA Lewis is jealous of his success and his expensive Volvo car.

"People always a put we side a each other, so him feel like him hype, like mi and him a di same ting. A one ting mi want him know, mi a go bruk back him car glass when mi see him. Mi Volvo glass expensive, and mi know him caan pay fi it because him nah mek no money like dat, so all mi can do a bruk back him car glass," an angry Tanto Blacks said.

LA Lewis, has however, denied these claims


News Americas, LONDON, England, Thurs. Aug. 14, 2014: Never one to mince words or hold his tongue, West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is at it again, this time turning his wrath on the government of his homeland of Jamaica.

Gayle, in an interview with The London Telegraph, claims he is "disappointed" that he has not gotten the level of accolades and respect from Jamaica's politicians like Trinidad has given to Brian Lara.

The top batsman, who hit two triple centuries in his career, one against South Africa in 2005 and the other against Sri Lanka in 2010, said despite this achievement, he's "never even saw a camera at the airport."

"I am so disappointed in the Jamaican government," Gayle told The Telegraph. "I'm just asking for a little decency and a little acknowledgment. I've scored two triple centuries and I never even saw at a camera at the airport. That hurt."

Gayle, who leads a very social life, even last week telling his Twitter followers when he was about to have "sex," said he has "seen other people, who have not done anything at all for Jamaica, receiving lots of privilege" but he has received none.

He also revealed, without disclosing what his denied request was, that he has asked "twice for a small favor, and neither time did they say yes."

Added Gayle: "I guess when you die, all the good things are said about you. But in life, if you have something to say or offer, do it now. Don't wait until the person is dead and gone to say: 'Oh, he was such a great player, he did all of this.'

"It's just the way I feel, and I want to express myself. There, I've said it, and I don't have any regrets. The government will get my message, and that's important."

Gayle reportedly earns a combined $9 million annually and plays for four franchises across the globe.

Man attacks Tony Matterhorn on video

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After being pressured into playing a song by an aspiring dancehall artiste who threatened to commit suicide if his song was not played by him, disc jockey ZJ Liquid has made it clear that he will not be playing the song in its present format again.

Liquid told the media, "No! I will not be playing it again, maybe if him do it over and do it properly, I might consider doing it."

Twenty-four-year-old aspiring dancehall artiste Jyquan O'brian, who goes by the moniker Ikon d Link, stunned the nation yesterday evening, when he climbed an extremely tall ZIP FM transmission pole and threatened to jump if ZJ Liquid did not play his song.

According to reports, Ikon visited the radio station to speak with Liquid, but was told he could not as the disc jock was already on air. He was denied entry but in defiance, the artiste sneaked past security and climbed the station's pole, threatening to take his life if his song called Stress was not played.

The artiste is currently promoting the music video for Stress see below

iKon D Link - Stress [Official Video]

We are not lesbians says Stylysh

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Stylysh has denied that her song 'Secret Lovers', which features Ishawna, is intended to be a pro-lesbian record.

According to the deejay, critics have misunderstood her concept and have drawn the conclusion that she and Ishawna were serenading each other.

Stylysh admitted that the wording to the lyrics can be misleading, but was adamant that her intentions were pure.

"I think people are drawing that conclusion because we are two females, and the way wi a flow di lyrics. is when I upload the song on YouTube, and people start comment sey it sound like we are singing to each other, mi realise sey it can be misleading, but the truth is that wasn't intended. I was talking about my secret lovers and she was talking about hers. But I guess because the world is changing so much, people are reading into everything they listen to," Stylysh said.

Secret Lovers was produced by Hitmaker Music productions. The ladies are aiming to film a music video for the song in coming weeks. Stylysh also says the promotional flyer, which shows her hugging Ishawna from behind, is an innocent photo.

"Girls hug all the time, and that nothing to read into". She said. Ishawna recently ended her relationship with DJ Foota Hype.

Dancehall artiste Agent Sasco, otherwise known as Assassin, has made another step into the hip-hop music industry, following his collaboration with Kanye West in 2013 called 'I'm In It', which was featured on the gold-selling album 'Yeezus'.

The deejay has been featured on another rap record, this time with veteran rap artiste Raekwon and Canadian R&B billboard-charting singer Melanie Fiona.

Raekwon is a member of the iconic Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group which was certified four-times platinum by the RIAA for their album Wu-Tang Forever, released in 1997.

The single featuring Agent Sasco is called Soundboy Kill It, and sees the rapper and deejay delivering hard-core lyrics to give listeners a dub-plate-inspired effort. In the song, Agent Sasco belts: "Sound fi dead the whol' clique a dem, when mi sey di sound dead all di tweeter dem".


"I was in the studio in New York, and they played me the song and said I should do something on it, and as simple as that, we recorded it. We give thanks for the opportunities that come along to represent our music on a certain level. What I want to do, and will continue to do when I collaborate with rap artistes, is to represent dancehall and Jamaican culture. So, yu nah catch me rapping. And we have other things in the pipeline that we can't speak about as yet, but the massive can look out for more Assassin-hip-hop fusion," the artiste said.

The deejay was also featured on US-based hip-hop radio station Hot 97.

Raekwon - Soundboy Kill It Feat. Melanie Fiona & Assassin

Agent Sasco aka Assassin talks getting on Yeezus

Chikungunya Identified on UWI Campus

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) has informed its student population that a case of the Chikungunya virus has been identified on its Mona Campus.

In an email sent this afternoon, the University said fogging is to begin on the campus momentarily.

Just over two weeks ago, health authorities in Jamaica confirmed its first case of Chikungunya virus making Jamaica the 29th country in the Caribbean and Latin America to report the disease.

Medical doctor eyes return to dancehall stage

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Medical doctor and recording artiste Shaka Pow is gearing up to make a return to the music industry.

According to the artiste, who compares himself to Superman because of his dual personality, he had taken a break to focus on medicine. However, with the return of old-school dancehall rhythms, he believes the climate is right to make a return.

Shaka Pow says he has proven his worth in the medical field and now feels the need to do the same for his second passion. The deejay has his eyes set on the international market, citing that his songs were more accepted in places like the United States, Japan and Germany.

The deejay is gearing up to release a new mixtape called The Baddest Dancehall Mixtape Ever. The project features dancing songs, social commentary and roots-reggae music and was mixed by Shaka Pow's younger brother, Cha Baby.

The deejay recently joined forces with veteran dancehall producer Snow Cone, who achieved Billboard success with dancehall star Sean Paul. Now, the collaboration between Snow Cone and Shaka Pow has given birth to a new single called Best Babyfather, which is featured on the old school-flavoured 'Nuh Fraid' rhythm.

The rhythm also features veterans like Mr Vegas, Mad Cobra, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Capleton, Terry Ganzi and Sizzla Kalonji.

He is also promoting the new Swing Dance.



Reggae artiste Super Beagle is gearing up to release a new album, as he hopes to build on his renewed popularity after being sampled by Grammy Award-winning rapper Kanye West for his multi-platinum selling single, Mercy.

Kanye West borrowed the intro from Super Beagle's single, Dust A Sound Boy, which is regarded locally as one of the strongest sound clash singles of all time.

The singer says online sales for Dust A Sound Boy has improved since Kanye West did the sample, and although he was tight-lipped about actual figures, he made it clear that the returns from publishing are at an all-time high.

"Since the sample, the work turn up more again. I was living in the US for a while with my family, so many persons didn't realize that Super Beagle was the one behind such a classic record, but now, due to the success of Mercy (by Kanye West), I am back to work. The song is selling, and publishing looks good and will even get better as certain things continue to iron out," Super Beagle said.

The iconic reggae artiste recently moved back to Jamaica in order to concentrate on producing new music. He says while living in the US had its benefits, the environment is not necessarily the best to produce authentic Jamaican music.

"You have shows here and there, and I had my own reggae band touring with. But to do real reggae music and get the feeling right, you have to be in Jamaica, or else it just won't feel right, and it's harder to connect with the people. With this new gravitation to my music, the best place to be is yard, and so I am here producing music and working on the album," he said.

The album, called Heart of Love, will be distributed by VP Records and was self-produced by Super Beagle via his 20-year-old record label, Fresh Breed productions. The artiste has already released one single from the album, called Mama Cry. The single features Terror Fabulous and has been getting favourable rotation worldwide. An accompanying music video was recently released on local TV and can be viewed on Super Beagle is also making preparations for a promotional tour of Europe and the US.

Kanye West's Mercy, with Super Beagle's sample, peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and hit number one on both the US Billboard Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The record also sold over 2 million copies in the US, as of October 2012.

Aidonia finds Rastafari

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Dynamic dancehall artistes, Kalado and Spice are as disappointed as their fans that, owing to a lack of professionalism on the part of the organisers, their highly anticipated, joint summer tour of Europe has been cancelled. The two entertainers should have left Jamaica this week to kick off what was scheduled to be a month-long European tour starting on August 7th and ending on August 30th. Both artistes were looking forward to touring together for the first time, in addition to which, this would have been Kalado's first European tour.

The respective management teams for the artistes have disclosed that a lack of dutiful preparation from Kayamoves, the highly recommended, Europe-based agency which was handling all the details of the proposed tour, led to an unfortunate breakdown in communications. After experiencing many challenges during the four-month preparation time for the tour and receiving vital information from Kayamoves in an ad hoc manner, things finally fell apart.


"We were informed less than two weeks prior to the beginning of the tour that the itinerary was not complete, after several attempts weeks prior to that requesting the touring schedule and information. The proposed tour was in the works for almost four months and up to this day we have not received a final itinerary to approve from the Agency," the management teams said in a joint statement.

Kalado and his management team have stated that they have no option but to distance themselves from Kayamoves and is informing the public that they have no agreement with Kayamoves and the agency is not authorized to book any shows for Kalado. All promoters who are interested in booking Kalado for Europe are advised to contact Montrevail Agencies on 514-375-0388 or at and for Spice, Khool International Booking Agency at 876-877-5956.

Kalado and Spice have expressed their apologies to their fans and note that they regret being denied the opportunity to showcase their summer catalogue and perform their several hit songs live and direct in front of a welcoming European crowd.

However, they will be working on some future dates together as they bring their talent and their catalogue to centrestage. Both artistes are hot on the scene, with Kalado presently #1 on the Richie B Jamaica Countdown Charts with Personally and Spice continues her dominance with hot remixes and new songs Like a Man which she performed to an enthusiastic crowd at Reggae Sumfest.

Mount Rosser Bypass Toll Rates Coming Sep 5th

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Come September 5, motorists will be required to adhere to the toll rates that were announced for the Linstead to Moneague leg of the north-south link of Highway 2000.


They are being given a free ride through the toll for one month, but after that, Class 1 vehicles will pay $200; Class 2 vehicles, $420; and Class 3, $1,000.

The opening ceremony for the new highway took place yesterday at Treadways, St. Catherine, and Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr. Omar Davies told journalists that while motorists are being given free access to the roadway for a month, drivers should follow the stipulated guidelines.

He said the Government would be working assiduously to ensure that the other two legs of the project are completed in short order.

Drivers are being asked to exercise caution in order to avoid accidents on the newly open roadway.

Tony Matterhorn and Bounty Killer are still at odds. The two took to social media over the holiday to throw jabs at each other.

Tony Matterhorn and Bounty Killer war on Instagram - Image #1

Tony Matterhorn and Bounty Killer war on Instagram - Image #2

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Stacious a victim of fraud

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Dancehall artiste Stacious has confirmed that unscrupulous persons have been trying to defraud several of her would-be clients.

The artiste, who also doubles as the CEO of Scrumptious Diet Club, which offers meal plans and personal training for a healthy lifestyle says at least one woman was contacted by the fraudster via Whatsapp to join the club.

"I've been overseas for a couple of weeks and I got a phone call from my colleagues at Gym Plus who stated that a woman was at the gym saying that I told her to meet me there. When they put her on the phone, she told me that she had been speaking to someone who she assumed was me via Whatsapp about becoming a member of the club," Stacious said.

She added that the fraudster had been checking up on the woman regarding meal plans and payment. The woman however, insisted on paying in person.

"I just want everyone to know that I don't conduct business via whatsapp. I don't even use Whatsapp. Persons who want to be a part of the Scrumptious Diet Club can contact me via email at or they can come in for a consultation. If persons are contacting you about my diet club, it is not me, I prefer consultations," The matter has since been reported to the Constant Spring police who are investigating.

As it relates to her music career, the artiste will be releasing the video for her latest single, Groovin, in the upcoming weeks.

"I've stopped trying to fit in. I'm doing music my way and I know my real fans will appreciate it," she said.


Bounty Killer was recently Honored by 21st Hapilos for helping aspiring artistes to become millionaires by providing mentorship for them under his Alliance and Price Records camp.

Bounty Killer is responsible for the careers of over 10 high profile dancehall artistes including Vybz Kartel (which lead to the rise of Tommy Lee, Popcaan, Black Ryno, Jah Vinci, Gaza Slim, Lisa Hyper, Deva Bratt), Wayne Marshall, Mavado, Nitty Cutchie, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler, Kalado, Iyara, Pattexx, Nymron, Predator, Busy Signal, Boom Dandimite, K Queens, Advance, Stein among others.

Mr. Johnny Wonder, Executive Vice President, 21st Hapilos Digital was on hand in Jamaica to distribute the digital awards. "On behalf of myself and the entire 21st Hapilos staff, we would like to thank all the artists, producers, ZJs, DJs and industry insiders for the overwhelming support with the distribution of the 21st Hapilos Awards we love and support all our real supporters. We see you all believe me. Although there are many of you to thank."

Bounty Killer introducing Vybz Kartel for the first time (2000)

Tommy Lee Sparta has sex in music video

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Explicit music videos are a growing trend in dancehall with Tommy Lee Sparta being the latest artist to join the mix.

A month after releasing an a video for his single "Dream (Nuh Ramp Wid Me BC Food" the Guzu Musiq deejay takes things to another level with a graphic video for his single "Nymphomaniac."

The Wayne South-directed video was shot while Tommy Lee was on tour in Europe. The music video is too graphic to show on here so you can view it on Tommy Lee's veveo channel.

Tommy Lee Sparta - Dream - Nuh Ramp Wid Me BC Food

Tommy Lee Sparta - Nymphomaniac (Explicit)


The comedian is now begging his woman to stay after speculations were raised that the comedian and Macka Diamond are involved in a sexual relationship.

The allegations started last month, after a controversial picture featuring Majah Hype and Macka Diamond surfaced on the Internet, which appeared to show him touching her on her exposed breasts.

"My girlfriend really took it hard, she thought it was a violation. It reach a point where things really shake up. Right now, we just a reach a rebuilding phase, but it still kind of sticky. She feel like mi betray her. Even though we not married, is two children we have together, so we have to make it work. She have to understand say is just so music business unpredictable," he said. ," Majah Hype said....

Gage throws curve ball at Freaky patron

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Dancehall artiste recently had to back down from a patron who wanted to perform oral sex on him live onstage.

At first the Throat deejay entertained the gesture after the woman sucked on his pants and a Smirnoff bottle. However as she began to open his zipper he had to run in order to avoid embarrassment.

Gage got his penis suck in ochi


The Music Industry Achievers Awards has announced Monday August 25, 2014 as the new date for the much anticipated event. The event will be held at the Courtleigh Auditorium with the walking of the red carpet at 6:00 and the show beginning at 7:00pm sharp as originally scheduled.

"I am elated to announce Monday August 25, 2014 as the new date for the Music Industry Achievers Awards. Everything will continue as originally scheduled and I hope to see everyone in attendance." Said Nackesha Doyley.

The Music Industry Achievers which was originally scheduled for Thursday July 10, 2014 was forced to be postponed due to reasons beyond our control.

"I was forced to postpone the event due to personal reasons. I was grief stricken after making the sudden postponement but my hands were tied" said Nackesha Doyley.

She continues, "As the premier event, everyone is trusting that we deliver a top class event and I am happy to say that we are on top of our game."

The CEO and founder of the Music Industry Achievers Awards Nackesha Doyley also wants to express her deepest gratitude to all her supporters, sponsors, performers for being so understanding and supportive.

"I wish to thank you all again for the continued support, my sponsors, my ambassadors, my performers, everyone really and also special thanks to my phenomenal team."

Attendees will be entertained by performances from Versatile, Seanizzle, Tnez, Iyara, Omari, Ikaya and many more. Tickets are available at Quick Fix Tectronics, Shop #50 Clock Tower Plaza so go and get your tickets now.

Please visit our facebook page Music Industry Achievers Awards and Instagram queenie_miaawards for more information. You can also contact or call 1 (876) 389 2506


Veteran Dancehall artiste Mr. Lexx says Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night was boring!

"Yow, me deh ya a watch dancehall night and a watch the new crop of artistes and yow, I gotta come back. I gotta come show dem how to do it. I mean, the show was boring. Nobody performance stand out; nobody outfit stand out except for Mr Vegas an the platform shoes," Mr Lexx complained.

"We need more entertainment. It's entertainment; everybody a tek this ting too serious an di music dark. we need back happy music. we need performances and entertainment. Mi deh deh an a watch di whole crowd and I was saying, 'dem need me, I gotta come back."


Queen Latesha believes sucking should have no place in dancehall, this is what she said in a recent interview.

"I go to Europe and Japan to teach dancing at workshops and nobody will book you for walking like a dog or sucking on a bottle in the dancehall. I am fed up with these songs which are degrading females, and I don't want my music to travel in a direction of slackness, but I just wanted to flip the script to show Gage how it feels and how it sounds when he speaks to females in that manner," Queen Latesha said. 

She even chastised selectors for endorsing songs which blatantly objectifies females. Songs like Touch You by Alkaline, which encourages females to stimulate his rectum with their tongue, and Throat Queen Latesha believes should have no place in dancehall. 

"Dem hurry come up selector and artiste yah need to do better. As for the females, none of these artistes that tell you to perform these acts will want to wife you, they don't want a woman who does the disgusting things they tell you to do. Artistes need to do songs to empower women, some of them only sing songs because they have the opportunity to and have no substance," she said. 

However the woman in the photo doesn't seem to care.


Gage - Throat (Raw) [Street Mongrel Riddim] January 2014

Queen Latesha- Mouth (Gage diss) Throat Counteraction

Chronixx Jimmy Fallon Interview on NBC

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Chronixx will make an appearance on popular US late-night TV show, the Tonight Show with iconic host Jimmy Fallon on July 22. The show is scheduled to be aired on NBC at 11:35 p.m. The Here Comes Trouble singer will be the first reggae artist to appear on The Tonight Show since Fallon took over from former host Jay Leno in February.

Chronixx is also set to perform in Central Park, New York City alongside Junior Reid on July 26 at a free concert hosted by Large Up and Federation Sound. Chronixx and his band, The Zinc Fence Redemption Band, will then head to Belgium for the first leg of The Dread and The Terrible Euro Summer Tour which is slated to make stops in Germany, Slovenia, London, Switzerland and Croatia.

The reggae artiste often compared to Peter Tosh, is promoting his debut album. The Dread and The Terrible, released this year.



Khago, who recently returned to the island said: "I feel good about being nominated. I didn't expect it but a di hard work wey mi put in. It's a good look to see that yu sing a song three years ago and when yu step in a hip-hop club yu music still a play if dem even only a play three songs from dancehall. Win or lose, I still win, because we a go up against people like Vybz Kartel and Gyptian. Sometime all yu need is one song to connect with the people and Nah Sell Out has a good chance'.

Khago continued: "Inna Jamaica, dem always a put away music too fast, but in America and the rest of the world a different thing, music last longer."

Other notable Jamaican-produced songs which made the cut are Vybz Kartel's Cake Soap, Mavado's Pepper, Gyptian's Hold You among others.

Khago - Tun Up Di Ting [Official HD Video]

Tommy Lee bashes Alkaline for Battywash lyrics

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Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta has gone rock and roll with his latest diss song called Nah Bad in which he disses Alkaline for his sexually derogatory lyrics.

"Alkaline fix dem argument deh...a wah duh some bwoy dem nuh badda dan we none at all," Tommy Lee Sparta sings.

Alkaline has received much backlash in the entertainment industry since he released the song Fuck You in which he said he wants a girl to stick her tongue in his rectum as brawta.

UK police snare 660 suspected pedophiles

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(CNN) -- UK police have arrested 660 suspected pedophiles -- including doctors, teachers and scout leaders -- in a six-month operation spanning the country, the National Crime Agency said Wednesday.

The operation -- which targeted people accessing indecent images of children online -- involved 45 police forces across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

More than 400 children across the United Kingdom have been protected from harm as a result, the National Crime Agency said in a statement.

Thirty-nine of the suspects were registered sex offenders, the statement said, meaning the vast majority were not previously known to police. Their number also included social care workers and former police officers.

UK to probe Westminster pedophile ring 29 arrested in child porn investigation

The operation was kept under wraps until Wednesday to protect children and gather evidence against the accused, the statement said.

The National Crime Agency is not revealing the methods used to track down the suspects because it hopes to deploy them again in the future.

The charges brought so far range from possession of indecent images of children to serious sexual assault, it said. Many suspects have yet to be charged in the case.

"This is the first time the UK has had the capability to coordinate a single targeted operation of this nature," said Phil Gormley, the agency's deputy director general.

"Our aim was to protect children who were victims of, or might be at risk of, sexual exploitation. A child is victimized not only when they are abused and an image is taken. They are re-victimized every time that image is viewed by someone."

Some of those who start by looking at indecent images online go on to abuse children directly, he said, so arresting them now may prevent them from crossing that line.

The operation comes amid wide public concern over the issue of sexual abuse of children in the United Kingdom.

Children's TV entertainer Rolf Harris was sentenced this month to five years and nine months in prison for a string of indecent assaults against women and girls.

His trial came in the wake of shocking revelations of predatory sexual behavior by the late TV host Jimmy Savile against vulnerable children and adults.

The publicity around those high-profile cases appears to have encouraged others to come forward with allegations of abuse.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the majority of police forces in England and Wales are dealing with an "unprecedented increase" in reports of sexual abuse of children.

"Forces are investigating exploitation of children and young people by groups and gangs, non-recent abuse including large-scale investigations into abuse in institutions over many years and sexual abuse by parents and family members," he said.


Queen Latesha lashes out at Gage for encouraging females to perform oral sex with his pro-oral sex single Throat.

Queen Latesha has counteracted the single, and says Throat is derogatory to females and she wants her counteraction called, Yu Mouth, to make male artistes understand how it feels when females have to contend with filthy content targeting their sex life.

The dancer also condemns females who endorse the songs in the dancehall by performing various taboo acts to get attention, such as sucking on liquor bottles to show their skills at performing oral sex.

It might be a case of using an 'eye for an eye'' technique. However, Queen Latesha says she was simply giving males a taste of their own medicine when she crafted the explicit lyrics "Open up yu, open up yu, open up yu mouth, bwoy".

"The male artistes are not elevating females and telling them to take their kids to school. All they are saying is oral sex and walk like a dog. This Throat song has females sucking off bottles in the dance and that is not a good look as a real veteran female dancer. I have been in the business over 10 years and I feel a way. When the world sees videos of females sucking on bottles and call it dancing, it will stop us from getting work...I go to Europe and Japan to teach dancing at workshops and nobody will book you for walking like a dog or sucking on a bottle in the dancehall. I am fed up with these songs which are degrading females, and I don't want my music to travel in a direction of slackness, but I just wanted to flip the script to show Gage how it feels and how it sounds when he speaks to females in that manner...Dem hurry come up selector and artiste yah need to do better. As for the females, none of these artistes that tell you to perform these acts will want to wife you, they don't want a woman who does the disgusting things they tell you to do. Artistes need to do songs to empower women, some of them only sing songs because they have the opportunity to and have no substance," she said. ," Queen Latesha said.

Gage - Throat (Raw) [Streat Mongrel Riddim] January 2014

Queen Latesha- Mouth (Gage diss) Throat Counteraction

3-y-o girl awakes in coffin at her funeral

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A three year old Philippine girl woke up at her own funeral after doctors declared her clinically dead, only to be again pronounced dead later by a health officer.

According to the United Kingdom's (UK) Daily Mail, the girl was pronounced dead on Friday, July 11 and her family arranged a funeral. A relative heard movements during the ceremony and opened the coffin to find the child's head moving.

However, the joy would be short-lived as the child was again pronounced dead on Monday, July 14.

Dr Mary Silyne Asor-Cabahug, the Municipal Health Officer of Aurora assessed the child's condition but found no signs of life and made the final pronouncement, the Daily Mail said. Dr Asor-Cabahug further advised the family to bury the body as soon as possible to prevent disease.


The Ministry of Health revealed last night that its heightened surveillance system has detected a suspected imported case of the chikungunya virus.

In a release from the health ministry, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kevin Harvey said the case was an individual who travelled from an affected country and fell ill.

The individual had screening tests done at a private laboratory in Jamaica, which gave indications of the illness.

A sample which was taken and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency for confirmation, if found positive, would confirm Jamaica's first imported case of the chikungunya virus.

The health ministry said it had been putting measures in place for more than two years in anticipation of the chikungunya virus reaching Jamaican shores.

The ministry urges persons travelling to and from countries that have confirmed cases of the virus to ensure that they protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing DEET and covering their bodies as much as possible by, for example, wearing long-sleeved clothing.

There is no specific treatment for the chikungunya virus nor is there a vaccine.

As of Monday, 28 countries and territories in the Caribbean and Latin America have reported cases of chikungunya, with 5,227 confirmed.

Symptoms of chikungunyan:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain mainly in the limbs and large joints
  • A rash

Although it does not often result in death, joint pains and stiffness can last for months and even years. It may become a source of chronic pain and disability, resulting in the individual being unable to attend work or school.

Infants and the elderly are at greater risk for more severe disease. There are some diseases that may increase the risk for severe reactions such as diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease.

Anyone who experiences any of the symptoms of chikungunya is asked to visit a doctor or the nearest health centre immediately.

Markus Records Warns Public Against Imposters

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Markus Records wishes to advise the public that he is NOT seeking money from anyone in order to raise funds in aid of his father. He also wishes to advise the public that anyone soliciting monies in aid of a concert for Buju Banton is fraudulent.

"It has recently reached me that there imposters who are pretending to be me and are claiming that they are seeking funds for a concert to help my father. I want to tell Jamaica and the rest of the world that this is the farthest thing from the truth." Markus stated.

He continues, "You have some very unscrupulous individuals out there who are trying to tarnish my reputation but I will not have it. These imposters are calling around entertainers and other media personnel saying that they are Markus and is collecting money for concert in aid of my father."

Markus Records further warns the pubic that they should not pay any money to anyone who claims that they are acting on behalf of Buju Banton.

"Please I am asking the public to be very careful about who they hand over their hard earn money to. Under no circumstances should you give any money to anyone who claims that they are representatives of Buju Banton. Neither my father nor I have given that right to anyone to collect money on his behalf".

This comes only a few months after promoters in Trinidad were tricked by "agents" of Buju who claimed they were collecting money in aid of a concert for Buju.

Anyone who is caught collecting money on behalf of Buju Banton will suffer legal consequences. Also if anyone is aware of this fraudulent act immediately inform the relevant authorities.

"I urge that if you have fallen prey or victim to this act, please seek the relevant authorities and report it. Markus Records is not liable for any monies collected from anyone but I sincerely apologize if you were drawn in by these imposters."


A 25-year-old British woman has spent nearly $30,000 on surgical procedures to keep up with Sex Tape/Reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Claire Louise Leeson started the kardashification process when she was just 17, and now has bigger boobs, whiter teeth, and so, so much spray tan.

Appearing on the U.K. talk show This Morning, she explained that she wears pants with silicone padding to fake Kim's famous booty, but she's considering getting actually butt implants as a next step.

Claire Louise Leeson says she was bullied and called ugly as a child, and the Kim Kardashian $30,000 look alike plastic surgery is all part of overcoming that.

Kim Kardashian fan Claire Leeson spent £18,000 to look like her heroine

American pastor James Bryant says these hoes aint loyal, while preaching, and gets donkey of the day by popular radio show based in U.S, the Breakfast Club. According the the pastor "Every brother would you tap another brother's ass, these hoes aint loyal".

Listen for yourself.

Donkey of the day: Pastor James Bryant (Hoes aint Loyal)

Asafa and Sherone vindicated by CAS

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Kingston, Jamaica July 14, 2014 - Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson this morning received their Arbitral Award from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Both Athletes wish to first and foremost thank CAS for its fast, effective and world class jurisprudence. The hearings were professionally conducted and focused on the law and therefore the sanction of 6 months commencing on June 21, 2013 is understood and accepted by both Asafa and Sherone as that is what the law calls for in such cases.

"I never felt that I should not have received a sanction" said Asafa, "However, I always felt that the 18 months was not in line with a first time positive test result and it being proven it came from a tainted supplement."

CAS has not just reduced the sentences of both athletes but it also awarded ALL costs associated with arbitration for the CAS hearing as well as additional monies in legal fees to be paid by JADCO. It is believed to be one of the largest awards in the history of CAS.

Simpson said "I feel total relief and that we have finally been vindicated. We both knew that we had done all we could to ensure the supplement was ok before taking it ... our actions were not intentional and CAS has recognized that. I am truly thankful."

Asafa and Sherone are eligible to run immediately and will both be back on the track tomorrow July 14, 2014 at Luzern Spitzenleichtathletik in Switzerland with a renewed sense of excitement and passion.

Paul Greene attorney for both athletes said "We are elated by the results but knew all along this is the sanction the case law interpreting the World Anti-Doping Code demanded. The Code requires that sanctions for athletes be harmonized in light of their degree of fault.  Asafa and Sherone's degree of fault when compared to the athletes sanctioned before them was at the low end of the 0-24 month range under Article 10.4 of the Code. The real shame of this is that we can't go back in time to December 22, 2013 when they should have been back competing. Had the JADCO Panel followed the IAAF rules Asafa and Sherone would have had a hearing within 3 months and been able to compete all of 2014. The nearly historic cost that JADCO will be required to pay is a sign from the CAS that JADCO's failures in handling their cases are unacceptable."

Both athletes are grateful for the support they received not just from friends and family over the last year but also from their fellow Jamaicans and they cannot wait to hit the track and fly the Jamaican flag high.

For more information:
Tara Playfair-Scott
JA: 876-997-0383
USA: 202-470-3379
Asafa & Sherone vindicated by CAS

Alkaline barred from performing in Nevis

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The authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis have revoked the work permit granted to Jamaican artiste, Alkaline, to perform in the country today.

Alkaline, whose given name is Earlan Bartley, was scheduled to headline a concert in Nevis.

In a statement, Police Commissioner Celvin Walwyn said the Nevis Police Command decided to revoke the permission granted for the concert, out of respect for the Office of the Premier.

Commissioner Walwyn said, prior to the revocation, he sent Premier Vance Amory an article on an incident involving Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee Sparta. That artiste is in a row with Dominica over his alleged denial of entry in February.

The Commissioner said he warned the Premier of civil issues resulting from a revocation of permission to the Alkaline headlined concert.

Premier Amory had raised strong objection to Alkaline's performance on the ground that it could elicit lewdness. He said the lyrics may further aggravate the already fragile social environment and impressionable young people.

Cancer stricken man kills wife, commits suicide

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) - A cancer stricken businessman, shot and killed his wife before committing suicide near the Shore of Peace cremation site at Mosquito Creek near Port of Spain on Friday.

Relatives said that 58-year-old Donald Ragoo had telephoned them soon after shooting dead his 40-year-old common-law wife, Pamela Maharaj, informing them where the bodies would be found. Both bodies bore a single gunshot wound to the head.

Relatives said Ragoo had been diagnosed with cancer but became more depressed recently after he lost his businesses in a court case with his former in laws.

"They were very depressed and last year Donald found out that he had cancer. He built that house from scratch and when he lost the case they told him that he had to leave his home. They did not have anywhere to go," one relative told reporters.

Police said Ragoo had also set fire to the properties, including a restaurant, before committing the murder-suicide.


Germany supporters were euphoric as substitute Mario Goetze's 113th-minute goal made the difference in a 1-0 victory, making his team the first Europeans to win the Cup on South American soil.

Germany lifted the World Cup for the fourth time in the competition's history, following championship victories in 1954, 1974, and 1990.


Lil Kim shares pic of new baby girl

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Lil' Kim celebrated her birthday by sharing her most precious gift with her fans. The rapper shared a photo of her new baby girl, Royal Reign, who was born last month in New Jersey.

The photo, taken on the day the baby was born, shows off a beautiful little bundle of joy.

Lil' Kim first shared word of her pregnancy back in February while attending a MAC Cosmetics after party during New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Tacky High School Security Guard Killed

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The security guard at The Tacky High School in St Mary has been found dead at the school.

Commanding Officer for the St. Mary Police, Superintendent Dean Johnson says the body has been confirmed as that of the school's security guard.

The guard is said to have been on duty on the morning of May 5 when a massive fire destroyed the administrative block of the school.The fire was set by arsonists.

Reports are that four armed men arrived at the school about 1:00a.m., held up the security guard and demanded the combination key to a vault at the It is alleged that when their demand was not met they tied up the security guard and went to the administration block and later set the building on fire.

Police hunt gay murder suspect

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THE St Andrew Central police have intensified their search for a homosexual man known to frequent the Shoemaker Gully at Trafalgar Road in New Kingston in relation to the murder of a man in May.

The fugitive has been identified as Jevaughn Francis, also called 'Pebbles'.

Police said that in the early hours of Sunday May 18 this year, a man was using his cellular phone while walking by the spot, now called the 'Gay Bridge', when he was attacked and dragged into the gully and stabbed repeatedly after he resisted being robbed.

The victim died the following day but was able to provide a description of the man who robbed and stabbed him.

The dead man has been identified as 18-year-old Rasheed Samuda of Myers Street in Kingston 12.

Francis is also wanted for several robberies committed in the New Kingston area at nights.

The night before the fatal attack, another man who was walking past the gay bridge was also attacked and stabbed after he resisted attempts by two men to steal his cellular phone.His description of the men who robbed him fit a man known as Ramon Francis, also called 'Teetus' or 'Ishana'.


American radio personality Star says Vybz kartel is a snitch for sending black berry messages and capturing himself on video.

According to the media personality very explicit, Vybz kartel is the person who caused the case to go sour and would have gotten a gun shot if he was from from the early days of gangsterism.

Here is the video

Star: I Have No Respect for Vybz Kartel


Beenie Man is sticking by his statement, that "He Is The Balance In Dancehall".

The International Recording Artiste who came under heavy criticisms for comments he made in an interview with New York based Radio Station, Hot 97, says he believes that though what he said was "misunderstood",  he and fellow entertainer Bounty Killer, are the ones who kept the "balance" in the genre, and have been doing so for many years.

Meanwhile Beenie Man says the feedback he continuously receives while on tour proves his relevance.

SUMMER JAM ll Beach Party ll Jamaica

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Friday July 18. 2p - 10p. The Pre-Sumfest Beach Party.
HOSTED BY: Rockmond Dunbar
Venue: SAND at Doctor's Cave. Doctor's Cave Beach Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica

HAPPY HOUR from 2p - 6p. Drinks 2:1.

Creep Chromatic
DJ Sparks
DJ Scott

Tickets: JAD $2500 (Pre-Sold)
Available at:
SAND 876.631.4952 

Event Partners:
Brand New Machine
Blue Island

Convicted murderer, Adidja Palmer is to file a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against the outgoing Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington and Television Jamaica (TVJ).

Palmer's lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson says the lawsuit is in relation to comments made on the April 9 episode of the current affairs programme All Angles on TVJ hosted by Dionne Jackson-Miller.

Palmer, who is popularly known as 'Vybz Kartel' is expected to file the claim in the Supreme Court this afternoon through attorney-at-law Alexander Williams.

Tavares-Finson stated that the entertainer, who is serving a life sentence, signed the court documents this morning.

Tavares-Finson argues that the commissioner's comments are prejudicing the entertainer's appeal.

However, the Police High Command has rejected the criticisms, noting that the claims were already well-established.

Last week, Ellington announced his retirement from the police force.

In April, Kartel, and three other men were sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

He has filed an appeal against his conviction but the notes of evidence for the legal process have not yet been completed.

***source JAMAICA GLEANER***

DJ Sanjay to booted from Coppershot?

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Local DJ Sanjay is alleged to have been booted from Coppershot, a sound system he has been playing with prior to being signed to Fame FM.

According to sources, the owners of the sound system have been at odds with the DJ because he has constantly made references to Fame FM when he is doing gigs on the behalf of Coppershot.

The sources allege that Sanjay has constantly used Fame FM jingles in his juggling instead of promoting Coppershot when he is on the road. The DJ recently played at Absinthe, however he did not share stage with fellow Coppershot DJs Cutty and others.

It is also said that Cutty did not bigup Sanjay who had just played before him, neither did Sanjay, despite the fact that they play the same sound system.



Mr Vegas has accused fellow recording artiste I-Octane of trying to sabotage his performance at the upcoming Reggae Sumfest by telling his back-up singer to stop working with him, an accusation denied by I-Octane's camp.

"Its unfortunate that, two weeks leading up to the show, I have to be searching for a back-up singer, and me and this person have been working together for over three years, without problems. She was forced to stop working with me because she was asked to choose between me and I-Octane, and she decided that she will not take any side," Mr Vegas continued.

"As a female, the back-up singer felt intimidated and sey she cannot work with neither me nor I- Octane for this Sumfest, because she doesn't want to be in such a position. It's unfortunate that they took such a route because they didn't need to involve her," Mr Vegas said, adding he will now have to train a new backup singer, who will be less familiar with his material. I take my show very professional because I choose performance over a bag of torches. She is also going to lose money because of this and to think she only started to work with I-Octane about a year now, it's sad because I was ok with her working with him" . He said.

-Octane's manager Ray Alexander, denied giving the back-up singer an ultimatum. Alexander also connected the media with Thamara, the organiser of I-Octane's back-up singers.

"Somebody has filled her spot to be I-Octane's back-up, but we have no problems with her working with Mr Vegas," she said.


Following Beenie Man's interview on Hot 97 during which he said he was the only artiste representing for dancehall music, Elephant Man has come out swinging at the Sim Simma deejay, because Beenie Man also claimed that Elephant Man, Baby Cham and Mr Vegas were broken down.

"Yu too badmind. Yu try offa Yellowman. Yu not even own a studio fi record yu song dem, bout yu live inna apartment with 300 man. Wicked people cyah pretend too long, ah yourself yu a trick because yu nah run no dancehall, go fix yu teeth dem wey a drop out," Elephant Man said.

"Beenie Man badmind until him teeth and the middle of him hair a drop out. He never has nothing good to say about other artistes. I was booked for Best of The Best, but I had problems leaving my European tour. I performed at BET the same time with him, and him sey mi nuh have nuh hit song. Suh tell mi which hit song Beenie Man have? Beenie Man don't have a hit song. Nobody cyah guh up a di hills and point pon Beenie Man house. Yu gone pon interview gone tell people sey a you alone a duh good inna music, after dem never ask yu bout yuself. When Vybz Kartel deh road, yu run bakka the man and talk bout Gaza yu sey, then yu same one gone pon interview gone bash di man. Mi deh Europe, and di bwoy know sey mi deh Europe, and gone tell people foolishness," a seemingly upset Elephant Man said. " Elephant Man said.

Elephant Man - Miley Cyrus (Twerk)

Melloquence & Elephant Man - Hold Me [Weedy G Soundforce - Official Video 2014]

TESSANNE Chin's album, Count on My Love debuted in the top 10 on the iTunes album Top 100 chart, peaking at number six before rounding off the day in the 10th spot.

The 10-track production features singles produced by the likes of Supa Dups and writers including Diane Warren and Ryan Tedder.

Social media began buzzing early yesterday as fans of the Jamaican singer raved about the potency of the tracks which includes Tumbling Down, which was written for the winner of the competition, as well as Everything Reminds Me of You which Chin premiered a few weeks ago on The Voice.

Chin thanked her fans on social media for putting the word out there as well as clamouring for the product which was not available in some markets.

Chin is also looking forward to her performance at Reggae Sumfest on Saturday, July 19.

The artiste is currently part of The Voice Tour and has already completed eight gigs with another 31 to go in all the major cities in the United States as well as a stop in Toronto, Canada.

J'can bisexual denied asylum in UK

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A Jamaican bisexual who yesterday lost his asylum battle in a British court is now facing deportation.

According to the, the 32-year-old Jamaican, Orashia Edwards, lost his lengthy legal battle with the United Kingdom's Home Office when he was denied asylum on the basis of his sexuality. The court concluded that Edwards was "dishonest" about his sexuality, apparently not believing that he is bisexual.

Edwards and his family fear that he will face persecution upon the return to his homeland because of his sexual orientation, the report said.

The report said that although the court did not release any official documentation about why it found his sexual orientation "dishonest", Edwards does have a newborn daughter in Leeds, where he has reportedly been residing for the past 14 years.

Outside of the courtroom, the scene was tearful as family and friends expressed outrage at the decision.

"What they are doing is they are sending my son to die, and I will never forgive them for that," Edwards' mother told "I will never forgive this government for that," the report quoted her.

Leeds for Change -- an organisation that campaigns on behalf of LGBT asylum-seekers -- staged protests earlier this year, started an online petition which garnered nearly 1,000 signatures, hoping to interrupt his deportation, and successfully got a flight cancelled that was meant to deport Edwards last January. The activist group is looking to obtain a similar outcome for the British Airways flight scheduled to deport Edwards today, asking followers to call, tweet, and e-mail the airline and ask that it cancel his flight, said the report.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington to retire

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Minister of National Security, Honourable Peter Bunting, has been advised of the request by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Owen Ellington to retire from his post on completion of vacation leave due to him.

He will proceed on leave on Tuesday July 1, 2014.

Commissioner Ellington has indicated that his decision to retire is based on the need to separate himself from the leadership and management of the Force prior to the commencement of the upcoming Commission of Enquiry into the conduct of the Operations of the Security Forces in Western Kingston and other areas during the limited State of Emergency in 2010.

In addition, he believes it will allow the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, to conduct its investigation into allegations of police-involved killings in the Clarendon Division (some of which occurred during his tenure) without any perception of influence or interference on his part.

The Minister of National Security expresses appreciation for the thirty-four years of service Mr. Ellington gave to the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the people of Jamaica.

The Minister also acknowledges Mr. Ellington's contribution to improving the professionalism of the JCF and establishing strategies that have led to a significant reduction in crime and improvement in public security during his tenure as Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds has been appointed to act as Commissioner of Police effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014 while the Police Service Commission commences the process of appointing a new Commissioner of Police.

Accident on Highway 2000

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An accident on Highway 2000 has reportedly left several injured and at least 3 persons dead.

Reports reaching YardFlex indicates a massive traffic jam in the area as a result of the crash. Motorists are cautioned to find alternative routes.




There are reports that Delta Airlines flight 384 that left the Norman Manley International Airport at 9:17 a.m. this morning was forced to return to the island minutes ago.

An airport employee told the Gleaner that the passengers, who have been removed from the aircraft, will be housed in the in-transit lounge until a decision is taken as to what will happen next.

According to the airport source, the pilot of the Atlanta-bound aircraft decided to return to the NMIA after detecting a problem with the back right engine.



According to Kiprich in an interview with The STAR.

"This is a fake Twitter account, my real account is Kiprich Nuh Behaviour. I wouldn't guh mek another twitter account fi talk things bout people. A just some mischievous people, me and D.I just do a song and video called Hear The Pree, and we bring out the concept in the video. When a man a guh call people name dem thing deh nuh good, me wouldn't do that. That's not my style...The last time dem target mi Facebook a try get money from people and now this. Some people just idle and need something to do. Get a grip, get a hold a yu life man. I am a private person, I am more the sneaky type," Kiprich said.

As for Danielle she seemed hurt by the act ""Are you serious, sex on set of a video? What kind of groupie business dat dem a pull off pan mi? This pass devastating. I woke up in such a good mood, I don't know why people come up with this right now. Imagine you are trying to move forward and people are trying to drag you backwards. I have a very private life and I have moved on with my life, so I am deeply hurt to hear comments like this. Just stop being malicious and stop hating ... oh God," she said.


Danielle D.I and Kiprich recently released a raunchy trailer for their video for Hear Di Pree that will be officially released in July. She also has a new single titled, Heads Up produced by Sly and Robbie. Kiprich is also promoting the single Loyalty Over Royalty and will soon be leaving for Canada alongside Outaroad Records label mate Berri. The mischievous and controversial Kiprich Sting King account now has over 2,000 followers, while Kiprich's original account Kipponubehavior has over 25,000 followers.


According tweets from a twitter account called Kiprich Sting King, dancehall artiste Kiprich and Danielle D.I had sex on the set of their video shoot for the collaboration called Hear Di Pree.

The snippets from the video were quite raunchy, however these recent posts from Kiprich are basically selling the idea that they actually have a sexual relationship.

Here are some of the tweets, you be the judge.

Kiprich Sting King @KiprichWarKing  ·  38m

Danielle D.I haffi hear mi pree and bruck off mi cocky inna real life, yu thing a song thing this #KINGLIFE

Kiprich Sting King @KiprichWarKing  ·  43m

Mi nuh brag wen mi dagga woman but da one ya worth it, all youth view mi mek mi name inna har heart, nuh behavior

  Kiprich Sting King @KiprichWarKing  ·  46m

She a talk bout rebel but wen mi knock it hard she mek noise like treble, real quenga inaa dancehall 

Kiprich Sting King @KiprichWarKing  ·  51m

Match made and dancehall a wah duh dem. Straight daggering after this



Not everyone was mad at Luis Suarez for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup match against Italy on Tuesday.

One Norwegian man won $916 (or 5,600 Kroner) thanks to Suarez's habit of sinking his teeth into his opponents.

According to Afterposten, Norway's largest newspaper, Thomas Syversen took a chance on the 175-to-1 odds that Suarez would bite someone during the match.

"This is probably the sickest game I've handed in, not to mention the sickest game I've won," Syversen told Afterposten. (The quote was then translated.)

Sick, indeed.

Police woman abducted by gunmen!

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A policewoman stationed in St Elizabeth, was hospitalised following her abduction by gunmen yesterday morning, police have confirmed.

Reports are that sometime after 9 a.m., the constable left her home in New Forrest in the parish and was on her way to work when she was abducted by two armed men, between New Forrest and the nearby community of Comma Pen, also in St Elizabeth.

She was reportedly blindfolded, tied up and taken away into bushes.

Police said she was later found in the Bull Savannah area of the parish in an unconscious state. She was subsequently taken to hospital where she was admitted in stable condition.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli and federation president Giancarlo Abete left Italian football rudderless on Tuesday as both announced their resignations after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.

Despite Abete claiming he would try to convince Prandelli not to quit his post, the 56-year-old Italy handler was unequivocal.

"I will not go back on my decision," said Prandelli.

Italy crashed out after a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay which left them third in Group D.

Abete said his decision had been made prior to the tournament, which saw Italy fail to reach the second round for the second successive edition.

"I'd already taken this decision prior to the World Cup," said Abete.

"I think we need time to reflect."

A woman suffering from an unknown ailment was taken to a church along Retirement Road on Tuesday for healing, but died before prayers could have been said to save her life.

The 22-year-old woman was taken to the church after being given 'medicine' by an obeah man. However, she died before prayer warriors could have been dispatched to 'rescue' her.

The drama unfolded sometime after 8 a.m.

The administrator explained that the woman had gone to a number of doctors but they could not make her better. It is said that her ailment developed sometime after she gave birth to her daughter and received an injection. She continued that it was then that the deceased woman's baby- father took her to an obeah man for healing.

The police's Corporate Communications Unit is aware of the woman's death and stated that a post-mortem is to be conducted on her.


A 17-year-old female student was kicked from the graduation roster of one of Clarendon's most prominent high schools after a steamy sexually explicit video was released on WhatsApp with the teenager and a taxi operator having wild sex in the trunk of a blue station wagon.

The video, which was released two weeks ago and is going viral, shows the teenager from the well-known educational institution dressed only in a pair of glasses, while the taxi operator was sheathed only in a condom.

It is understood that when she turned up for school two Mondays ago, the video had already been distributed among the students and screened by teachers and ancillary staff, and a 'welcoming party' of jeerers and astonished school administrators anxiously awaited her.

It is reported that the principal later informed the graduating class of 2014 that "Miss movie star won't be graduating" and confessed that she cried after watching the steamy sex act on WhatsApp.

WORLD CUP: Monday, June 23 match schedule

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Australia vs Spain (Group B)

Time: 11 a.m.

Venue: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

Netherlands vs Chile (Group B)

Time: 11 a.m.

Venue: Arena Corinthians, São Paulo

Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

Cameroon vs Brazil (Group A)

Time: 3 p.m.

Venue: Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

Croatia vs Mexico (Group A)

Time: 3 p.m.

Venue: Arena Pernambuco, Recife

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Princeville Plaza could face shutdown

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A major stink is brewing between the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and the Princeville Plaza Strata over a problematic sewer system, which, the local government authority says, poses a public health hazard.

The KSAC Health Department says that it will be giving the strata a timeline to fix the sewerage problem or face shutdown because of public health concerns.

At Thursday's meeting of the Disaster Preparedness Public Health Committee, Councillor Neville Wright (PNP, Trench Town Division) said that a definitive plan was needed to conclude the Princeville Plaza issue that was creating a serious public health problem.

Everton Baker, the chief public health inspector, outlined to the meeting the background to the Princeville Plaza issue. He said that because the sewerage system at the plaza was at a location below Constant Spring Road, it was unable to collect all the sewage at the plaza. He said that the problem was exacerbated by grease from restaurants in the plaza which is also entering the sewerage system and causing it to overflow into the nearby Retreat Avenue community. He said that the problem had been affecting that community for more than six years.

Baker said that the health department had been working with the strata and had asked its representatives to clear the sewer system periodically as a "stop gap" measure.

As an alternative plan that would be cheaper, the health department had agreed for the strata to lay the pipes in a nearby lane and channel the sewage through the pipes into the Constant Spring Road sewerage system.


Two-Day Erection Lands Man in Hospital

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A man who cried openly expressing a painful two-day erection, sent tongues wagging at a medical facility recently, where he showed up for treatment.

Reports are that the man grabbed the attention of many in the waiting area at the medical facility where he wept and cried out for help.

It is not clear what triggered the discomfort that the man was experiencing, however, that didn't prevent other patients from speculating.

It was being speculated by many that the man's prolonged erection was a result of an overdose of a sexual enhancement drug.

Meanwhile, Jephthah Ford, another medical doctor, said that in recent times he has seeing similar cases among young males.

"Recently, a young boy had to be admitted to hospital because he had a broken penis because he had taken a sexual enhancement drug. Young men and boys don't need these drugs, these drugs are for older men with erectile problems.

Macka Diamond exposed...

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Macka Diamond recently shot a video in Brooklyn, where several picture from the set were made available.

One pic in particular has had many individuals fuming as they believe Macka Diamond is being too risqué.

The man in the picture is allegedly US based comedian Majah Hype.

A 16-year-old mentally ill boy had to recently seek medical attention after he was allegedly buggered by a man in Waugh Hill, St Catherine.

The harrowing incident took place on June 2, some time before 5:30 p.m.

The teen's father, a farmer, said he was in his hut when his oldest son came to him with his brother and recounted the horrific ordeal.

"I saw the older one running with the younger one. The younger one was raped in an abandoned building," the father explained.

He said his oldest son told the teenager to take off his pants so that he could see if he had been molested. He said that what he saw was damage done to his son's anus. "I was so frightened," the father said.

The father said that his son had to be rescued by another relative, who claimed to have heard moaning and groaning and who used a piece of board to hit the man off the teenager.

The perpetrator of the heinous act, was known to the community as a troublemaker and at the time of the incident, was set upon and beaten by an angry mob before fleeing the area.

The father claimed that the man was also responsible for robberies and the molestation of animals in that community. Days after the incident it is said that the 16-year-old was taken in for medical attention at a clinic along Slipe Pen Road in Kingston.

Meanwhile, head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, Deputy Superintendent Veronica Gilzene, said she was unable to comment on the matter due to its sensitive nature.

Drake samples Kranium's hit single

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Kranium has been getting tremendous media attention locally and internationally as his hit single, 'Nobody Has To Know', continues to gain momentum.

Over the weekend, while performing in Houston, Texas, international hip hop artiste Drake showed his versatility when he sampled Kranium's mega-hit.

In front of a packed audience, Drake belted out the lyrics to the chorus of the widely popular song.

Kranium then took to his Facebook page to spread the word. On Sunday, the Jamaican-born artiste posted a 16-second video of the performance with the caption, "Drake singing 'Nobody Has to Know' last night in Houston, TX."

Many Facebook users have been commenting on the international appeal of the song, with many predicting its success to grow even further.

While some professed their love for Drake for always supporting Jamaican music, others blasted the entertainer for attempting to sing a song in Jamaican Creole, stating he should "stick to rapping".

"Drake a spoil it," one user said, while another claimed, "Drake need to stick to his own songs."

June 17: World Cup Schedule

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Belgium vs Algeria (Group H)

Time: 11 a.m.

Venue: Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)

Brazil vs Mexico (Group A)

Time: 2 p.m.

Venue: Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

Russia vs Korea Republic (Group H)

Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá

Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)


New York: Veteran singer Tony Gregory, who came to prominence with the 1982 international hit single 'Gypsy Girl,' has been added to the impressive lineup for the 2014 installment of Groovin' In The Park on June 29th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY.

Gregory will perform with reggae Queen Marcia and friends - John Holt, Judy Mowatt & Bob Andy - as part of her up coming 50th anniversary celebration at Groovin' In The Park.

"We are absolutely thrilled and honored to have an international superstar like Tony Gregory grace the stage at Groovin In The Park this year," Christopher Roberts, CEO ofGroovin Inc, parent company of 'Groovin' In The Park' said.

Gregory's association with Griffiths dates back to 1964 when they recorded the single "You're Mine." In 1975 he earned his first million selling hit titled "He," from his second album titled "One More Time." Other popular hits from his catalogue include "It's Alright with Me," "For Love of You," "Let's Come Together" and "I Need it Now." His success as an artiste has enabled him to tour the world, sharing stage with luminaries like The Drifters, Chuck Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Sam Cooke and Ben E King.

After living in North America and Germany for many years, Gregory moved back to Jamaica in the late 90s and has since established a publishing company Sunland Music - that concentrates on controlling music copyrights for himself and other composers - as well as an entertainment company, Gregory Entertainment Limited.

Earlier this year he was one of the special friends that Marcia Griffiths invited to perform at her 50th anniversary celebration at the 2014 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trewlany. Gregory is getting set to release his new album titled "Seasons," the first video of which is now available on YouTube.

Other performers at Groovin' In The Park are Air Supply, Chronixx and reggae group LUST.

WORLD CUP 2014: Monday, June 16 match schedule

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Germany vs Portugal (Group G)

Time: 11 a.m.

Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

Iran vs Nigeria (Group F)

Time: 2 p.m.

Venue: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Ghana vs United States (Group G)

Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: Estádio das Dunas, Natal

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)


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Alpha Wear JA (AWJA), a unique fashion forward venture created by the renowned Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2014 Summer Lookbook. Featuring new editions of the iconic tshirt design created by Michael Thompson, aka Freestylee: Artist Without Borders, AWJA shirts now include 3-color versions in Jamaica's national colors (black, gold and green) and Alpha's colors (red, black and white). Showcasing photos of Jamaica's top current and past artists Konshens, Chronixx, Chris Martin, Kabaka Pyramid, Josey Wales and Sheldon Shepherd as well as former Alpha students Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, Damon Riley and Grammy-nominee Yellowman, the AWJA 2014 Summer Lookbook showcases the vibes and values that make Alpha Boys School a 'Kingston Original'.


Founded in 1880, Alpha Boys School is a non-profit educational and vocational training school for at-risk boys in Jamaica. Alpha Wear JA was launched in April 2013 with shirts crafted from handmade screens. Alpha students are now trained in screen printing at the Jamaican Business Development Corporation. As part of their training Alpha boys are also learning about promotion, fulfillment and customer service. AWJA is a key part of Alpha's entrepreneurial plan for long term sustainability and 21st century employability. In the next couple weeks Alpha Boys School will open its own screen printing facilities at 26 South Camp Road with the support of the Digicel Foundation.

Konshens, one of Jamaica's most dynamic and influential artist-turned-entrepreneurs, says Alpha's more than a century-long commitment to social development and the creative arts in Kingston and around the country helped to inspire his own career. "Alpha Wear JA is a unique opportunity for Alpha students and Jamaica to highlight our amazing culture. I am honored to partner with Alpha which is a special example of the strength and determination that is Alpha, it is Jamaica and it is our music."


Alpha Wear JA is designed to address the Alpha Boys School's funding needs with quality innovative clothing. The project provides a real world training environment and helps Alpha staff and students embrace entrepreneurship as a critical partner toward its future sustainability.

New roots reggae singer, Chronixx, who has much to do with reggae's future sustainability, has also endorsed Alpha's focus on the creative industries. "Alpha is a symbol of Jamaican innovation and contribution to world culture," said Chronixx. "Alpha Wear JA clothing is a unique way to celebrate Alpha and its students."

From jazz innovators who recorded for Blue Note in the 50s to ska pioneers in the 60s, reggae icons of the 70s and Grammy nominee the dancehall King Yellowman in the 80s, Alpha's music program is respected internationally for its graduates who have changed the direction of pop music for decades. Alpha boys currently work with Beres Hammond, Nomaddz and many other top entertainers in Jamaica and abroad.

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Dancehall superstar Popcaan, who burst on the scene in 2010 on the biggest dancehall tune of the year, Clarks (with Vybz Kartel), is today releasing his debut album Where We Come From.

As Vybz Kartel's protége, the 23-year-old has proven to be one of most talented up-and-coming vocalists in the genre, lending his distinctive voice to an arsenal of hits such as The System, Dream, Ravin and Billboard charting song, Only Man She Want.

With the release of the album, social media have already been abuzz with excitement. Hashtags such as #wwcf #wherewecomefrom #wayup #tr888, have already surfaced.

Though it remains unusual for dancehall artistes to release full length albums, this debut is testament to Popcaan's vision and growth.

With the first single, Everything Nice, being one of the most popular songs presently in Jamaica, and is anticipated to be a hit in the United States and Europe, expectations are already high for the second release, Love Yuh Bad.

Though the album was officially released today, glowing reviews from notable industry magazines including The Fader, Complex, Buzzfeed, Spin, Riddim and Pitchfork, have pre-empted the highly anticipated album.

Where We Come From is executively produced by Dre Skull and features productions from several Jamaican, American and European producers, Jamie 'YVP' Roberts, Anju Blaxx Adde Instrumentals and Dubbel Dutch.

Since his tenure in the industry, Popcaan became the first dancehall artiste since Sean Paul to have his track playlisted on the BBC. He has since piled up millions of YouTube hits, a Billboard Hot 100 hit and high-profile collaborations with Snoop, Pusha T, and Busta Rhymes.

Where We Come From is now available on ITunes, Amazon and all music sites.

Dancehall star KipRich has declared that he is ready to close Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014 in Montego Bay since fellow artiste I Octane is chickening out from the responsibility.

Speculation as to who should close the show has been playing out in the media recently. Sumfest organisers have asked I-Octane to close the show but he has somewhat declined, claiming that Mr Vegas should do this. Vegas has said that Octane should, however, do this.

"Ah the first mi ever see this in the industry where an artiste is announcing to the world that he doesn't want to close a major reggae show. Mi close Sting two years straight, and Sting ah the most intimidating show on the planet, so mi know mi can do a good job at Sumfest. Mi waan close it, mi ready fi the responsibility so why dem a run from the occasion? How dem a run down bigmanship but when yuh see what it entails, everybody ah run up and down like dem nah no head?" KipRich asked.

He added that he had worked reggae shows all over the world, and usually, artistes allow promoters to decide the running order of a show.

"Whatever time a promoter want you fi work, that's the time artistes should work. Artistes don't work fi please other artistes. Remember as an artiste, yu a work fi please the fans, yu need to give the fans dem a show. Your primary responsibility is to entertain and give them their money's worth, so since when it become about trying to embarrass another artiste or about how yu feel? ... It is always about the fans," an upset KipRich said.

Kiprich, who is a certified crowd-pleaser and a veteran of many reggae-dancehall shows, called on the promoters to use him instead.

"Mi never see dancehall come to this, where artistes ah run from the occasion. Mi close the International Kite Fest the other day and the people dem wait pon me, and mi mek sure mi have a real show fi dem. So why dem a clown out dancehall with argument 'bout dem nuh waan close? How much more demwant Beenie Man and Bounty Killer fi bear? What about the future of the business? Stop hide from the real ting dem and use the media fi confuse the issue. If yu say yu a de big man, and yu work hard for that title, then step forward. Mi ready fi close it, Gourzong, line up de money!"


According to the controversial columnist, the Gullyside deejay should focus on building the library in Cassava Piece before claiming that he build the Alliance.

Mavado's claims were made in a recent interview with a cable station, weeks after news broke that the artiste had collected Drake's money without building a library in Cassava Piece.

"Mavado I see you on my TV las week a mek a likkle talk sey a you build Alliance...which one sir? Cuz is not the one that Bounty is in charge of. Yu caan build wha guh guh deh guh see. Speaking of build...gwaan guh build the community center," Keisha said.

Gangster - The Alliance


Bill Gates is putting his money where your pleasure is.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $100,000 to the University of Wollongong in Australia to develop a condom with more sensation, according to a YouTube video the school posted on June 3.

Next generation condoms at UOW

Dancehall/reggae artiste Mr. Vegas has responded to I Octane and his camp in a 13 video which he uploaded on According to Mr. Vegas his love for music is what led him to criticize I Octane's performance at Reggae Sumfest last year.

"I just think that we cannot promote one brand. If 20 artiste on a festival every body should be promoted equally even the opening act," Mr Vegas said.

According to the Heads High veteran, I Octane was not behaving as if he cared about the music, but rather to prove a point that he was more relevant that his fellow recording artistes.

Mr Vegas Sumfest comments

According to Bounty Killer's nephew and recording Advance, he respects Mavado, but the accusations made against his uncle and mentor Bounty Killer are unfair.

"I have Respect for Mavado & i have Respect for Bounty Killer, But The Jamaican Public & World Deserves to know the truth. And the Only way to do this is to let the people look and listen, observe and learn for them selves, My First Question Wasn't Mavado blaming the Police for killing his friend in the beginning ? On behalf of My Self, My Uncle Bounty Killer, and the Entire Alliance Camp, I would like to Send Our Deepest Condolences to the Conrad Family, even tho we & the entire music industry have said it before, we don't mind saying it again because life is the most important thing. Now My Question for the Public is What Happened to the Police Officer that he Mavado Said Wanted to Kill Him and accidentally Killed His Friend ?," Advance continued.

"Anyways now after Watching Mavado´s Recent Onstage Interviews, I realize he is basically saying only two things "Respect & Loyalty" and I Quote Respect & Loyalty! ok now lets put that a side for a second and lets tackle the root of the problem ok. So obviously Mavado is Saying he is upset becuz Bounty killer did not send his Condolences, "David Brooks aka Mavada thats a lie, becuz its obvious to the persons in the club and the jamaican public that your upset about a statement that you hear Seh! Bounty killer of Made about you and your friends came and mash up his party Facts! ,and I Quote hear Seh! . lol jah know star, but anyways even if Bounty had Made such a Statement it is in his right to do so, because it was his party and his lost, same as how it was your right to greave about the lost of your friend, yes life is the most important thing at the end of the day I do agree, and yes a party is just a party, but Mavado thats does not escape the fact of reality that regardless of the circumstances that occurred that night, at the end of the result, the event was destroyed by you Mavado and your friends and yes connie got shot & died by you¨ll behavior & thats the reality. And to top things off didn't Chase Cross immediately started to release diss songs one week after aiming at the general that u claim u have so much respect for and what did u do are say ??? I heard him speaking about Bounty Killers Personality issues, Yes Agree but u know What Mavado, which human-being on this earth is flawless or perfect, "No one" everyone has something about them that someone else does not like even you Mavado, even My Self & thats just life.

"This comment below was made by a fan" #Facts

Mavado too lie..him just playing victim. Him not telling the people that he is the one who is responsible for his own friend death, him and the police kick off and his friend was defending him by baxing the police and lost his life. Mavado also saying killa went to their enemy club but mavado was invited to their same enemy club and did a show there 2years before the shooting.

A Hint for the Gaza Fans Open unnu eyes Mavado is trying remove the Gaza moniker and Replace it with Gully but i can honestly tell you that won't work.

A Big Respect to Dj Khalid for What he have said "Family Don't Fight Family! "Love & Unity Mi Seh! Within The Music.

My Main Reason For Presenting this Statement, is to Provide the Public of jamaica & the World at Large, ( Not Alliance Fans & Not Gully Fans ) The General Public with the Correct information so that they can be there own analysis, Because it is full time we stop from draggin each other down, because this is what this is at the end of the day "Crab inna Barrel" Love and Unity is What we Need within our music, so everyone that agrees pls share a "Love & Unity" Comment and each negativity that there are promoting in our culture, & Our Beautiful Island of Jamaica, Jah Bless to One & all #OneUniversalLove Advance Seh! So Properly Properly Properly," Advance concluded in his long message.



After headlining Dancehall Night at the 2013 edition of Reggae Sumfest, Dancehall/Reggae star, I-Octane has declined an offer by show organizers to close the show again this year, instead calling on Mr. Vegas, who questioned Sumfest's selection of Octane as the closing act last year, to finish the show.

Last year, after it was announced that I-Octane was closing Dancehall Night, Mr. Vegas became increasingly vocal about the show's line-up.

He openly questioned the show's promotion of the singjay as the closing act. He also questioned why young Reggae artiste Chronixx, performed on International Night 2, suggesting he would have been a better fit for Dancehall Night.

"Honour to Bounty Killer and Beenie Man who have closed Sumfest for many years. Last year, many people were sceptical and thought it was a risky move to make me as a young artiste close the show. The outcome was good and the reviews were good, and despite that, Mr Vegas still had nothing positive to say, and I think he should have been happy that a young youth was stepping out and prospering. If Mr Vegas is performing, I am not closing, I want to perform before him. I am not trying to stop any artiste from performing at the show. But because of what Vegas said last year, I want him to close the show " I-Octane said.

When contacted, Mr Vegas said I-Octane should close the show again, since he sees himself as the next "King of Dancehall".


"I think 'The King' of last year's Dancehall Night should close this year again. When Beenie Man was King, he did it for years, back to back. My advice is, close it again brother, you put a lot of promotion and hard work into it last year, to show that a you a run the place," Vegas said.

"I just closed Jamming Festival in Colombia last night, and I didn't do a campaign and invite all the media houses to centre the whole festival around me. Everyone that performed, Turbulence, Anthony B, among others, played their part, it did not matter who closed. I have nothing to prove, I just give thanks that my blessings still a come down from God ... artistes need to realise that if you do good music, yuh nuh haffi set torch inna venue. Any fire that blaze up too fast, out quick," Vegas said.

"Spend more time focusing on building a legacy, instead of trying to run the place and claim 'bigmanship'. When the promoter says it's my time, I am ready, not when I say it's my time," Vegas added.

Queen Ifrica says she is 'NOT HOMOPHOBIC'

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Reggae singer and deejay, Queen Ifrica, is clearing the air regarding her ongoing contentious association with the gay community.

Queen Ifrica stated that she is not homophobic, insisting instead that she has love for everyone in spite of their beliefs.

"One thing that a lot of people don't know about me is that I love people, regardless of their religious, sexual or any other belief they might have. I just love people in general," she said.

The outspoken artiste has come under increased pressure in recent times because of anti-homosexual lyrics she used while performing at the 2013 Independence Grand Gala in Kingston. As a result she has been banned from performing at several shows, the latest being an event at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York where she was the headline act.

Meanwhile veteran artiste and producer Tony Rebel supported his colleague saying a lot of people are not aware of the love she has for people, including those of the gay community.


"Honour to Bounty Killer and Beenie Man who have closed Sumfest for many years. Last year, many people were sceptical and thought it was a risky move to make me as a young artiste close the show. The outcome was good and the reviews were good, and despite that, Mr Vegas still had nothing positive to say, and I think he should have been happy that a young youth was stepping out and prospering," I-Octane said.

The singjay says this year, he was thinking of performing on International Night in order to promote his reggae songs featured on his new My Journey album. However, he was recently asked by Sumfest's Johnny Gourzong to close the show's Dancehall Night once again, an invitation which he accepted, until he realised that Mr Vegas was also on the line-up.

"When I saw that Mr Vegas will be on the show this year, I decided that he should be the one to close it. Since he was full of big talk last year and ridiculing the festival and the line-up, I want to give him the honour of closing Sumfest and I will stand up and watch his performance, and if he does well, I will walk over and shake his hand," Octane said.

"If Mr Vegas is performing, I am not closing, I want to perform before him. I am not trying to stop any artiste from performing at the show. But because of what Vegas said last year, I want him to close the show," I-Octane said.


Damion Crawford's 'dutty Labourite' comment

Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew Damion Crawford has apologized to the Opposition JLP for a derogatory comment he made in relation to JLP supporters on the weekend.

It came in a statement today and followed a call for an apology from Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party Robert Montague.

Here are some of the comments.

Like · Reply · 19 · 17 hours ago

Aneta Dawn Maxwell He have no business in politics,he is illiterate.People like him is ruining the beautiful Country.

Like · Reply · 15 · 17 hours ago

Strykah Timoll Something is wrong with this boy.He is confused about his sexuality.He was born a boy but for some reason he think he's a sexy girl with long hair.Bebe

Like · Reply · 9 · 17 hours ago

Du-famous Dontae' Samuels Trim we ago trim di dread boy

Like · Reply · 9 · 17 hours ago

Cheryl Ever Blessed Mitchell-Shannon A trim dah fish deh fi guh trim him dutty dread locks.

Like · Reply · 8 · 17 hours ago

Monique Lee Lee I think he was rude ,people a people no matter what party you are. Can't call people duttty.

Like · Reply · 7 · 17 hours ago · Edited

Aschema Foreverbless McKinson Di head a di stream dutty suh di foot must dutty to. Same ting im madam pm wuda seh to....all a de comrade dem a de samething. Damion brite n outta orda bad.

Like · Reply · 5 · 16 hours ago

Richard Israel McIntyre It is rather unfortunate you ppl are crying out... unuh memba the pothole comment by Charles?? Unuh likkle diss unuh diss di PM... now unuh come bout apologize... do unto other as you would have them do unto you. Dis dutty argument a gwaan from long time... a suh unuh style unuh self ntn new

Like · Reply · 5 · 16 hours ago

Marlene Pond ur no better ..two wrong does not make it right

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ZJ Wah Wa charged with Lottery Scamming

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Deon-ville O'Hara more popularly known as "ZJ Wah Wa", is among 26 persons who over the last year have been indicted by federal grand jury in North Dakota, USA as investigations into the operation of a lottery scam targeting elderly victims in the area continue.

ZJ Wah Wa has been slapped with three counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, along with money laundering. Every count carries a maximum penalty of 30 years behind bars, the Associated Press reported.

The popular Zip Jock has been accused of running a lottery scam that induced elderly victims throughout the U.S. to send millions of dollars to them to cover fees lottery winnings, and O'Hara would travel to the U.S. to pick up money from victims, prosecutors have claimed.

O'Hara was previously stopped at the Sangster International Airport in November 2013, with US$105,000 in his possession, with US investigators stating that the cash was proceeds from the scam. The Jamaican was later arrested by US authorities earlier this month, while he visited Florida where he has been jailed. Attorney for the accused Jamaican, informed the Associated Press that ZJ Wah Wa, has agreed to be transferred to North Dakota.


Dancehall artiste Aidonia bashed by fans for wearing 'skirt like' clothing a fashion trend that is has been popularized in the U.S by Kanye West and ASAP Rocky.

According to Aidonia's fans, as a hardcore deejay, he should not have gone that route.

Denise Todd said via facebook "Dwl y dem entertainer yah mus tek demself tun poppy show is not everybady style fit one fool mek many fools kmt blasted ediat".


While Michael Sharpe said "The Kanye skirt come on Donia get a hold of yourself before we change u name to Sonia".

Aidona is currently celebrating his first international success after his song Jocky was sampled by Will I Am of Black Eyed Peas pop band.

Aidonia - Fi Di Jockey

Skull, Clarks stolen from grave

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The Morant Bay police are investigating the circumstances under which a skull, pieces of bones, and a pair of Clarks shoes were stolen from a grave at the Red Hills Cemetery in St Thomas, last Friday.

The absence of a skull prompted talk of obeah among the onlookers.

The Morant Bay police, who are investigating, are now following leads that the grave may have been broken into by a family member in search of money relatives may have buried with the dead. It understood that only $2,000 and a pair of Clarks shoes were with the deceased.

Meanwhile, family members were disgruntled with how the police dealt with the matter. They argued that they should have been notified first rather than being told after they arrived at the scene.



Seventeen-year-old student, Narine Williams, of Guns Drive, Granville, St James, was last night stabbed to death, allegedly by a 14-year-old boy.

The police say Williams, who attended the Maldon High School, was attacked by a student of the Mt. Salem Junior High who lives on Church Lane also in Granville.

The two young men were reportedly fighting over a lover.

The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m.



American pop artiste has sampled the work of recording artistes Bounty Killer and Aidonia for his latest studio effort called Birthday.

The song will be featured on's upcoming album. Will has won several Grammy awards with his band Black Eyed Peas.


This is Aidonia's first official sample since breaking unto the dancehall scene for more than a decade. American comedian Kevin Hart also increased Aidonia's American popularity after he played the deejay's song on BET 106 and Park earlier this year.

Aidonia and his mentor Bounty Killer rekindled their relationship in 2012 after a brief fallout. They also released a collaboration called Mac 90 to show their friendship.

Urvasi Urvasi -Will.I.Am - Birthday Ft Cody Wise Official Video

Aidonia & Bounty Killer - Mac 90 (Final Mix) [Rifle Behaviour Riddim] Nov 2011

Sean Paul in Full Rev for Reggae Sumfest

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Armed with a selection of hit singles and albums, backed by numerous awards and a reputation for energy-charged performances, international reggae icon Sean Paul is in full effect for Reggae Sumfest 2014.

Over the decades Reggae Sumfest has featured its fair share of international superstars including Usher, Chris Brown, Flo Rida, Miguel and Ne-Yo and will now once again present jamaica's own multiplatinum, Grammy Award winning international reggae star Sean Paul.

The artiste's social media pages came ablaze with the announcement on Friday when the artiste posted a video declaring that he will be back on the festival. This will mark Sean Paul's first time in a decade performing on the Sumfest stage and the multifaceted singer, songwriter, musician and producer, is expected to bring the set that has excited millions of fans around the world to, Catherine Hall on International Night 2, Saturday, July 19.

He returns to the stage in his home country as a global ambassador for Jamaica. "I'll be bringing the love the world has shown for reggae music home," Sean Paul said of his performance.

The Got 2 Luv U singer will take his unique style to the stage, performing with the full backing of the Badda Banz band.

"In discussion with his team, it has been agreed that Sean Paul will be accompanied by his band, his dancers, effects and a few surprises that I am not at liberty to reveal. Sean Paul will put on a Show!" teased Summerfest Productions Executive Director, Johnny Gourzong.

"Yup," added Musical Director Jason "Jigzagular" Henriques. "In between the Full Frequency Europe Tour and some other shows, we are rehearsing intensely in preparation for Reggae Sumfest."

In the ten years since Sean Paul performed on the Reggae Sumfest stage, the home grown global reggae giant has released an unprecedented four major label albums, topped the Billboard 100 charts, picked up an American Music Award (the first for any Jamaican) and four MOBO awards. The Want Dem All artiste also added another four Grammy nominations to his resume and deejayed in over 100 countries across the world.

Classic hits like Gimme Di Light, We Be Burning and Temperature will likely be mixed in with contemporary hits like Want Dem All, She Doesn't Mind and most recently his radio/club/street banger Come On To Me produced by Major Lazor.

"There is no stage like home," reminisced Sean Paul. "I've toured the world, but Jamaica is still my favorite place to be."

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13 - 19 with a Beach Party on Sunday, July 13 at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday July 15 at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall. The festival will feature some of the greatest local and international performers. With the announcement of Freddie McGregor, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Assassin, Mr. Vegas, Aidonia, Bugle, Nature, Spice, Alkaline and Zvuloon Dub System, to complement the headliners, Wiz Khalifa and Tessanne Chin, anticipation is already frenetic for the 22nd staging of the show. Sponsors for this year's festival include, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts and Spa, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board and more.

Reggae Sumfest takes a step into the 'Future'

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Montego Bay, St. James: Already one mainstream rapper is on the bill for the 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest, and now the Festival has enhanced the package with the addition of American Hip-Hop star Future.

Future, whose real name is Nayvadius Cash, will be joining the likes of rap heavy weight Wiz Khalifa at Reggae Sumfest 2014 scheduled to take place in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay from July 13 - 19. The Epic Records artiste is known for Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles such as Racks, Turn on the Lights, Magic featuring T.I., Love Song with Rihanna and Tony Montana a collaboration with Drake and Rick Ross.

His most recent project, is a long awaited album titled Honest released just Tuesday, April 22, to very positive reviews from critics such as Simon Vozick-Levinson of Rolling Stone, who said, "When he raps, it's in pulse-racing staccato bursts; when he sings, his Auto-Tuned vowels stretch and melt like alien dreams. Two years after his debut LP, Pluto, sent shock waves through mainstream rap, everyone else is still playing catch-up."

Reggae Sumfest will mark the artiste's first appearance in Jamaica, performing for a world-wide audience at the International Reggae Festival known as the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth.' The artiste is set for International Night II on Saturday, July 19.

The artiste is also known for the strong connection he has with his fans and always guarantees that they enjoy his performances. Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of Summerfest Productions, producers of the Festival expressed that he believes Future will add substantial value to not only the level of performances but to the musical diversity of the show. "Every year we try to offer our fans the best that is out there musically. So far the response to rapper Wiz Khalifa has been incredible and I know fans will welcome the addition of Future. We expect Future to thrill the audience with a dynamic set".

Other confirmed artistes on the event include multiplatinum Grammy award winner Sean Paul, local song bird and The Voice winner Tessanne Chin, legendary singer Freddie McGregor, reggae crooner Jah Cure, veteran Sanchez, rising star Chronixx, dancehall's Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, I-Octane, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Aidonia, Bugle and more.

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13 - 19 with a Beach Party on Sunday, July 13 at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday, July 15 at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall. Sponsors for this year's festival include, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts and Spa, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, and more.

Jason Derulo set to Talk Dirty at Sumfest

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Reggae Sumfest adds a touch of sensual pop with American recording star Jason Derulo for the 22nd staging of the Festival at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay from July 13 - 19, 2014.

Set for International Night I, Friday, July 18, Derulo is no amateur in the entertainment scene. The artiste has been in the business since the age of 16, having started his career as a producer and writer for acts such as Danity Kane, Sean Kingston, Lil Wayne, Cassidy, Iyaz and Lady Gaga. As a singer he is known for hits such as Talk Dirty, Ridin Solo, In My Head and Whatcha Say (#1 single in America upon release).

According to Executive Producer of Summerfest Productions, Johnny Gourzong, following dynamic performances from artistes such as Usher, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida, Derulo was a natural choice to be on the festival stage. "We have received overwhelming requests for Jason, so we are pleased to announce his confirmation on our line up. It's going to be another great show this year."

With the release of Derulo's third international album, Tattoos in September 2013 and his third U.S album Talk Dirty in April 2014, Derulo has not only chart toppers to share with his Jamaican fans, but also a slew of new music.

Born to Haitian parents in Florida, do not be surprised if Derulo comes back to his Caribbean roots during his Reggae Sumfest performance, which will mark his first appearance in Jamaica. Known for his energetic style of performing and having professional experience as a dancer and actor, Derulo is a performer at all levels. The artiste is also a fan of Jamaican music which he says he grew up listening to at home.

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13 - 19 with a Beach Party on Sunday, July 13 at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday, July 15 at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall. The festival will feature some of the greatest local and international performers. With the announcement of Busy Signal, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Assassin, Mr. Vegas, Aidonia, Bugle, Nature, Spice, Alkaline, to complement the headliners, Wiz Khalifa, Sean Paul, Tessanne Chin, and Freddie McGregor anticipation is already frenetic for the 22nd staging of the show. Sponsors for this year's festival include, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts and Spa, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, and more.


Dancehall artiste Destiny Sparta says positive music is not getting attention in dancehall. According to the artiste signed to Tommy Lee Sparta's Guzu Musiq, positive music takes longer to blow up.

The artiste also pointed to Assassin, who she says does positive music, but is yet to receive the deserved respect from dancehall's audience.


"People nuh wah hear the good music. When mi duh positive music and put dem pon YouTube dem nah get nuh views in comparison to when I put up the slack songs. A lot of females don't get played in the dancehall and if the song don't slack yu dead fi hungry inna dancehall. Assassin is lyrical and he has the full package but still him not getting the full attention because di people dem want slack music. After yu duh the slack music and yu get the people dem attention, then you can feed them some good music," she said.

Demarco pleases Africans

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Demarco made a triumphant return to the African continent over the weekend, performing to a mammoth gathering on Saturday night during the Club Music Street Jam held at First Street, Industrial Area.

The concert marked Demarco's second in the Ugandan capital Kampala, and it was a prodigious success measured by any standard.

The buzz surrounding his arrival also made headlines in the Ugandan Daily Monitor, one of the country's premium news tabloids.

Hordes of Africans queued up at the venue as early as 6 p.m. ready to catch one of the finest dancehall artistes to grace today's music alongside a number of local acts. Performances kicked off at 8:30 p.m. with the night's emcee Dave Dash, attempting to up the ante early, urging the over 30,000 in attendance to sing and dance along to popular musical selections courtesy of DJ Aludah, DJ Joe, Slick Stuart and Shiru.

Performances from local artistes Leyla Kayondo, Aziz Azion, Michael Ross, Don MC, Rabadaba, Mun G and Jose Chameleone soon followed, clearing the way for Demarco who finally got on stage at 12:45 a.m., sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Living up to his promise of a memorable event, he performed most of his classics interspersed with new favourites such as Lazy Body and Fren Circle. The atmosphere became so charged at one point that even noted African musician Sheena Karungi got involved in a dancing contest during his set.

Demarco performed for over an hour and ended his sweat-drenched performance with Blessings, a collaboration done with Ugandan singer Peter Miles. After thanking the crowd for their hospitality and patronage he was quickly whisked away by heavy security detail, thereafter more local artistes got involved and stretched the night's festivities until the wee hours of Sunday morning. The show was sponsored by Club Beer and organised by Silk events.

Gullyside artiste 3 STAR has denied allegations that he was slapped in the face at a recent stage show after attempting to block Alliance deejay Iyara from entering the stage for a clash.

The two deejays have been at odds since Bounty Killer decided to answer Mavado's subliminal disses recently. Iyara and 3 STAR have release at least three songs each targeting each other.

Bounty Killer himself has aimed three songs at Mavado. Mavado is yet to respond with a direct counteraction. However sources claim that the artiste has something soon to be released which will address his issues with his mentor.

Iyara - Walking Dead (April 2014) [Gully Diss] The Bomba Riddim - Truckback/LockeCity | Dancehall

3 Star - A Wa Do Dem (April 2014) [ANG Diss] The Bomba Riddim - Truckback/LockeCity | Dancehall

ZJ Wah Wa arrested in the U.S

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According to the Broward Sheriff's Office website, ZJ Wah Wa is currently in custody at Broward County in Florida.

The website states that 24-year-old Wah Wa, real name Deon-Ville Antonio Ohara, has been in police custody since May 5 this year. It is understood that he was arrested by the United States Marshals Service.

Despite numerous searches, the website did not state the reason for his arrest, nor did it give an expected release date.

It, however, stated that he is in the main jail and in Marshal's Hold. There was also a visitation schedule.

Sources are alleging that, dancehall artiste Gage is the one that was impersonating Tommy Lee Sparta in the recent controversial crying audio.

The audio which surfaced on Monday has been making rounds on the internet and has since been denied by Tommy Lee Sparta and his camp. Gage is often said to have a similar voice as Tommy Lee Sparta and some persons are alleging that the deejay might have been the one who started the crying audio.


Tommy Lee - Crying About How Kartel Send Man Fi Bad Him Up And Tek Him Money


Jennifer Lawrence was recently named the sexiest woman in the world by FHM magazine.

She beat out major names for the top spot including Rihanna, who came in at No. 3, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Kaley Cuoco, who took the No. 5 spot.


Do you think the judges picked the right woman? Could have sworn Ishawna said she was the hottest woman alive. She must be on the list again.


By Barbara Makeda Blake Hannah 
Kingston 6 

WIPE THE RECORDS - Clear all non-violent cannabis related criminal convictions as a first step towards Legalization.

FULL LEGALIZATION - Legalization now for medical, recreational, sacramental use, including the purchase.

APPROVE and LICENSE MARIJUANA PROCESSORS - "Marijuana processor" is a person, or persons, licensed to process marijuana into useable marijuana and marijuana-infused products. It would also license the processor to package, label and sell product at wholesale to marijuana retailers.

APPROVE and LICENSE MARIJUANA PRODUCERS - "Marijuana producer" is a person, or persons, licensed to produce and sell marijuana at wholesale to marijuana processors and other marijuana producers.

APPROVE and LICENSE MARIJUANA RETAILERS - "Marijuana retailer" is a person, or persons, licensed to sell useable marijuana and marijuana-infused products in a retail outlet, including sales of a pound or less by street vendors.

APPROVE and LICENSE HOSPITALS, PHARMACIES, and their PHYSICIANS to administer or dispense useable marijuana for the intended use in diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in individuals or animals.

APPROVE the deposit of Marijuana profits at local banks.

APPROVE a NON GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY - The Agency will consist of 14 Certified Public Accountants to serve as the People's representatives, with one representative elected from each parish, by their parish. Elected representatives are limited to serving five (5) terms, each term consisting of four (4) years. Three members shall hold senior positions, and all shall be elected by the Board itself. All License fees to be established and voted on by the Cannabis Board.




We can generate revenue for:

OUR education,

OUR health care,

OUR nation's infrastructure

OUR national debt

OUR people

We can move toward additional international markets, exporting our commodity to legal recipients by our licensed marijuana producers and licensed marijuana processors, which will encourage additional investment both foreign and local.





Monday, May 12, 2014

Women's Health Network Benefit on this Friday

Kingston, Jamaica: Friday, May 16, 2014 will see the staging of the Women's Health Network's benefit show, an event that benefits solely women across the island that are unable to pay for medical treatment. The show dubbed African Jamaican Connexion will be held at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel at 6:30PM. The show will feature South African singing sensation Lorraine Klassen.

Nurse Lorraine Gentles, secretary of the organization said "the organization will be hosting the African Jamaican Connexion which is a music and dance show geared to raise $4,000,000 in funds to purchase an ultrasound and a mammogram machine to help with the diagnosis of cancer in the patients that the organization assist."

The show will see to performances by the South African songbird Lorraine Klassen, as well as Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, L'Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force, L'Acadco Drum Explosion Orchestra, Desi Jones & Friends and Digicel Rising Stars alum Nickisha Barnes.

Dr. Rudolph Stevens President of the organization said "We are looking forward to the event and hope that we will be able to gain all that is needed to continue the great work of the organization and its members."

Each ticket costs $3,500 and are available at Mall Pharmacy and from the Gynae Centre, Balmoral Ave. All proceeds from the show will go towards the purchase of the necessary screening equipment.


Since the organization is fairly young this event would be the second major fundraiser that they have held. The Women's Health Network Jamaica (WHN) is a diverse, community-based health and social care charity organization. The non-profit organization provides developmental consultancy to depressed communities across the island and delivers health and social care solutions to communities in the global space by focusing on the health and social status of women and their families.

The group consists of doctors, nurses, and other professionals who wanted to use their time and talent to help increase the standard of living among women in need. From their initiative, they have performed over 800 surgeries in Maggoty and Islington, and have hosted a number of health and nutrition demonstrations catering to thousands of persons.


For further information please contact Black Butterfly Media at 1.876.460.8220 (M) or (E)

Flexxx says Mavado Stole Drake's Money!!

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Dancehall artiste Flexxx accuses Mavado of sealing money from American rapper Drake which was intended to build a library in Cassava Piece.

According to Flexxx who is also a the former ghost writer for Mavado, the singer took Drake's money and promised to start a library in the community, however over two years has passed and Mavado is yet to erect a library in Cassava Piece, but instead used the money for his personal benefit buying luxury cars and houses. Listen his song posted below for details.


Flexxx and Mavado fell out after the singer went on Irie FM to deny that the deejay was featured on his U.S tour. Mavado later allegedly had Flexxx's U.S Visa revoked and blocked him from recording with several established producers.

(Mavado Diss - May 2014) Flexxx - Dark Storm| Follow @Lava_Vein


As you read this, the over 200 female students abducted on April 14 from Government Girls School,Chibok, in Borno State are passing through hard times, with some of them being rapéd for as much as 15 times a day.

One of the abducted girls who managed to escape made this shocking revelations.

According Daily Mirror, "Families of the schoolgirls, aged between 15 to 18, are certain their daughters are now being used as séx slaves by an extreme sect that has killed 1,500 people since the start of this year alone. They are captives in the wild Sambisa Forest in north-east Nigeria where Boko Haram has a heavily armed camp of bunkers, tunnels, ramshackle buildings and tents.

"One girl who recently escaped following an earlier kidnapping said she was prized as a terror leader's wife because she had been a virgin. She said young female captives were raped up to 15 times a day, forced to convert to Islam and had their throats cut if they refused."

Daily Mirror said that "under President Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian government appears to have done little except issue an entirely false claim that most of the girls had been rescued by defence forces."

It quotes Mma Odi, executive director of the Nigerian charity Baobab Women's Human Rights, as saying:

"It is a very bad situation for those girls. The men went to the school for no other reason than to make them their sex objects. The men will have reduced them to sex slaves, raping them over and over again. And any girl who tries to resist will be shot by them. They have no conscience.

"The conditions will be terrible and it seems like the government has just abandoned them because they are girls and they are poor. If they were the sons of the rich, the government would act. Their abductors are not human beings and if the girls get out they will no longer be normal. They will have to have years of counselling to recover."

Also indicting the Jonathan led administration, Professor Hauwa Biu, a women's rights.

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Following Mavado's claim that Bounty Killer's diss songs towards him are garbage several fans of Bounty Killer have turned to social media to give the self proclaimed Gully Gad a wake up call.

One viewer on facebook said "if a neva killer u wudda stuck ina d gully so know u self ute.have respect killer a d general.99.9% of people don't memba weh dem a come from".

Another viewer commented "big man thing gully go easy when u hv to de barber shop until hours a nite n killa gi u de key n u drive left de man on road side n a hype u fi glad u buy ur visa n fk up de link fi de rest pussy," another said.

There were many other comments including this one.

"Pussy go suck mumma yu badd like killa? Memba is a man diss killa an yu tek it up an get a hype an wi as Alliance fan back yu an push yu yute go sleep pussy yu bye a little visa an a hype".



International sources have reported that 13-year-old Willow Smith is old enough to make decisions on who she hangs with, even innocently in bed, this according to Willow's parents.

Sources connected to the Smith family tells the media that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith believe their daughter is "very mature" enough so to make her own decisions, as long as they don't clearly cross the line.

Will and Jada view the now-famous photo of Willow in bed with 20-year-old "Hannah Montana" star Moises Arias as innocent fun and an expression of art.

Reports are that the Smiths have known Moises for years, and he's best friends with 15-year-old Jaden. Bottom line, Will and Jada have NO issue with the picture.

Willow Smith Receives Backlash For Controversial Picture

According to Mavado, in an interview posted on ZIP FM website, any artiste that wants to be in a lyrical confrontation with him, has to be up to his standards.

"I heard a couple of songs but those are not songs. Those are garbage. That's not music. I mean, dem song deh, which part dem a go? Dem not even a go cross the airport, so why should I even listen to them," he said.

Mavado, who is currently signed to DJ Khaled's We The Best label, went on to say that artistes are only using his name to generate a buzz for their career.

"I won't give none of them the time of day. Think about it, I don't have to call anybody name to be on top, I'm always on top. They are the ones that always have to be calling David Brooks name to create a hype and to create a buzz for their career. I don't have time for that."

Mavado Diss Bounty Killer Saying Songs Are Garbage #Audio

Bounty Killer also released another song titled A WHO aimed at Mavado

Bounty Killer - A Who (Mavado Diss) [The Bomba Riddim] May 2014

(A WHO by Bounty Killer)

Businessman accused of spreading HIV

An unidentified woman who claims that a prominent businessman infected her with HIV has taken to popular social application, WhatsApp, to reveal his full name, contact information and warn to other females to stay away from him.

In the warning, the woman gives a lengthy report about how she met the businessman and how she found out that she had the virus.

The woman said that when she met the man he was married, however, he pursued a relationship with her which lasted for several years.

She said that about two years into the relationship, she noticed that he was consistently taking a medication called Atripla, which she later found out was treatment for the virus.

Around the same time when she noticed he was taking the medication under the disguise of multi-vitamins, she said she also found sex tapes with the businessman having unprotected sex.

Some of the sex tapes, she claimed, involved schoolgirls having threesome.

She said that about a year ago, after falling ill, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and later tested positive for HIV.

Under the Offences Against the Person Act, it's an offence to knowingly infect another person with a sexually transmitted disease.

FACEBOOK MEETING leads to rape

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Three of four men who are accused of raping a teenager whom they met on the social network sight, Facebook, were remanded when they appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

When the case was mentioned, an attorney-at-law made a lengthy bail application on behalf of one of the men. She told the court that the accused is now 18 years old and that his mother had secured the assistance of an elderly relative who will supervise his every movement if granted bail.

Bail was, however, denied by the court after it was revealed that the accused was one of two from the group who were convicted of similar offence in the St Catherine Circuit Court last year and given a probation order.n better,'' The RM said.

The men were then ordered remanded until June 25.

Allegations are that in February this year, the 18-year-old woman was lured to a house in Portmore, St Catherine, where she was forced to perform various sexual acts by the men who took turns assaulting her.

A subsequent report was made to the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse and following an investigation, the four were charged with rape.

**source JAMAICA STAR**

Gaza Slim releases Gospel Song

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Amid the chaos surrounding her current situation, with a pending court case, a confident Vanessa Bling has expressed great optimism for her latest studio effort, which is a gospel track titled 'Mercy on Me'.

The song was voiced by Jermaine Reid and is her first officially released track of the kind since her 2010 musical breakthrough with One Man, which features incarcerated dancehall star Vybz Kartel.

Vanessa Bling, known to most as Gaza Slim, said the track shows her versatility as an artiste and has already been receiving positive feedback on social media.

The song was released earlier this week on her label, VB Music.

"It (Mercy on Me) is showing the other side of me and is expressing myself as a versatile artiste. As what most people believe, I have the vocal ability to do other genres," she said.

The former Oberlin high school student says she is aware that the public may have mixed reactions towards this attempt, given her associations, but she opined that it was something she had always wanted to do.

"People will always judge me because of the group I associate with, but no one is perfect, and people should not just get up and judge. get to know them first," she said.

"However, I always talk about God and I always go to church. Every Sunday, whether or not I go to church, I throw my offering," she added.

Pertaining to the making of the song, Vanessa Bling, real name Vawnessa Sadler, said her initial attempt was to do over a Grace Thriller song, but she was advised by Reid to do an original instead.

She also said that both she and Kartel had recorded a gospel song prior to his arrest in 2011. The song happens to be a cover version of Shirley Ceasar's Can't Even Walk.

Vanessa Bling - Have Mercy On Me Lord | May 2014 @Crushroad876


Early Bird Discount Extended to May 15

Local and international fans of the 22nd Reggae Sumfest can continue to purchase tickets at reduced rates for the event up to May 15 2014. The special early bid rates were originally slated to end Wednesday, April 30, however the organizers have extended the offer for an additional two weeks. The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth is scheduled for July 13-19 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. 
With the addition of Assassin, Alkaline, Mr. Vegas and Spice as part of the renowned Dancehall Night, the extension of the early bird initiative is expected to attract even more support. There has been tremendous support thus far of the early bird rates as fans react to the announcement of headline acts such as Tessanne Chin, Sanchez and Wiz Khalifa. 
Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director of Summerfest Productions, promoters of Reggae Sumfest says reduced ticket costs are important to patrons so they try to please them not only through entertainment but also through admissions. "We are moving towards releasing the line up over the next few days and wanted to give our patrons more opportunity to benefit from discounted prices. With the tough economy, every little bit of savings help.  The regular prices will kick in on Friday, May 16 making it a wise move for persons to take advantage of reduced prices while it lasts," Gourzong said.
Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card at or on the Reggae Sumfest website, Early Bird tickets for the Beach Party and All White party on Sunday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 15 respectively cost $1,000 each. Tickets for Dancehall Night on Thursday, July 17 are available to early birds for $3,300 and $6,050 for VIP while Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 costs $6,600 for regular admission and $9,900 VIP. Weekend and VIP passes are also available in the Early Bird Special.
Fans may access season passes for all three nights at a cost of $15,400 for regular tickets while VIP season passes cost $23,100. Regular Weekend passes that give access to Friday and Saturday only cost $12, 100 while the VIP weekend price is $17,600. VIP tickets offer access to the special VIP parking lot and a closer view of the stage.
Available on the website, fans who take advantage of the special will secure their spot to see performances from the excellent mix of great talent slated for the Reggae Sumfest Stage.  Sponsors for this year's festival include Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Gleaner and IRIE FM.
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Alkaline Beaten in Mobay?

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According to sources, dancehall artiste Alkaline was beaten in Montego Bay after the artiste disrespected an older recording artiste who was slated to perform before him. Allegations are that Alkaline was given his down payment by the promoter, but became boisterous when the older artiste stayed on stage too long and decided he was going to leave.

A group of men is alleged to have approached Alkaline trapping him in the middle, then giving him several blows.

Bounty Killer answers Mavado

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After years of avoiding a lyrical brawl with his protégé Mavado, dancehall icon Bounty Killer has finally decided to respond to the Gullyside singjay, who has aimed several subliminal disses at him since they parted ways in 2010. Bounty was unavailable for comment. However, a new song called Death Work surfaced on on April 30, in which Bounty Killer unleashes his fury on Mavado and his Gullyside camp.

Dancehall enthusiasts had long expected a lyrical battle to start between the artistes, especially since Mavado's fellow Gullyside artiste Chase Cross had released a diss song aimed at Bounty Killer in 2011.

Several YouTubers also began to upload songs captioned as Mavado disses towards Bounty. Mavado's singles, Dem A Try Style Man and Pon Di Gully are both labelled as Bounty Killer disses on Notably in Pon Di Gully, Mavado sings "Inna di dancehall a just me alone, di people nuh wah see nuh next gad".

This is a line which Bounty Killer sees as a subliminal diss and went on to respond to the artiste by deejaying, "A one general inna music bout bex bad, and dem nuh wah see a next gad? Tell madden send him best bag," along with a string of expletives. Bounty Killer also called out Mavado's manager and reminded the singjay not to be ungrateful.

"Sign yu to Khaled, sen yu guh foreign to make a outreach, yu tun rapper groupie, deh dung a South Beach and have the heart fi come a run off yu mouth peace, pass yu place a yu career a gonna out it, everything pon the Gully mi a rub out it. Bwoy tell yu bout yu madda and yu big him up, yow yu been a drop words come act big enough confront the General, hope yu can live it up," Bounty deejays in Death Work.

The Alliance and Gullyside feud is also spreading to the other artistes under each camp. Iyara from the Alliance and 3 Star Wildlife of the Gullyside have already released diss songs targeting each other. Since the start of the feud, Alliance affiliated recording artiste Busy Signal also sent a warning to Mavado in a song called Real Talk in which he deejays, "Singer nuffi a war Bounty real talk, him nuh memba when him bruck and when him hungry? A beg the bills and the 50? Tell him nuh be an ungrateful pickney, Killa a di man wey help people pickney buss di youths outa the slum fi mek it musically. Now yu mek it pon yu own a feed yu family. Rodney Price cudda neva be mi enemy". That song is labelled on as a Mavado dis.


The organizers of Reggae Sumfest have confirmed the lyrical Assassin and new sensation Alkaline for Dancehall night, July 17 of, the 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest. 'The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth', is already shaping up to be 2014's most memorable event and returns to its home base Catherine Hall, Montego Bay from July 13 - 19.

Agent Sasco aka Assassin along with the controversial young blood Alkaline is an indication that the Festival organizers are putting together a line-up of searing hot performers synonymous with exceptional entertainment. Fans are in for a treat as the prolific hit maker Mr. Vegas and the industry's most daring leading lady Spice will stamp their own brand of entertainment on Catherine Hall. Other dancehall artistes confirmed for the greatest dancehall celebration are QQ, Bugle, Aidonia and I-Octane who closed the show last year on an explosive note.

While keeping the other names under tight wraps, Sumfest Directors are assuring patrons that there will be more exciting announcements to follow in the coming weeks. Executive Director Johnny Gourzong says "This year's staging will be an entertainment package guaranteed to please and music lovers should take advantage of the early bird tickets special to make sure that they can be part of an unforgettable musical experience in Montego Bay come the 13th of July."

Assassin aka Agent Sasco is undoubtedly one of dancehall's top performers with a list of hits from an expansive catalogue. Fans can expect a lyrical onslaught as the artiste switches between his hardcore persona, Assassin and the more refined Agent Sasco with hits such as Late, Same Thing Again, Talk How Me Feel and Girls Gone Wild.

Vegas, is the dancehall gifter with treats galore. Currently blazing a trail across the world, the resilient and charismatic performer will touch hits such as Bruk it Down, Party Tun Up, Sweet Jamaica, I Am Blessed and his most recent party rocker Give It to Her.

Spice will be representing for the women and she too cannot be discounted nor outdone when it comes to performing. Spice, while being shy and soft spoken off-stage is the exact opposite when she gets in front of an audience. The artiste transform into a raunchy, sensual diva as she delivers lyrics to songs such as Twerk, Why You Mad and her recent hit, So Me Like It which was remixed with Hip-Hop star Busta Rhymes.

The exciting, controversial, eccentric rising star Alkaline is also expected to deliver a massive performance in what will be his second appearance on the show. Alkaline has grown vastly since his debut performance last year, his lyrical delivery and fan base has expanded and he continues to express himself in bold ways. Alkaline is expected to keep the audience ignited with songs such as Bruk Out, Things Me Love and Move Mountains.

The 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest is expected to live up to its mantra 'The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' and with artistes such as Assassin, Vegas, Spice and Alkaline the organizers are anticipating great quality performances come July 13 - 19 at Catherine Hall.



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The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) invites you to partner with us for


WHAT: International Jazz Day 2014 Concert

WHERE: Devon House

WHEN: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Orville Hammond, Maurice Gordon, Ruth Royes, Samuele Vivian, Ibo Cooper, Joel Ashbourne, Jon Williams, Tony Moss & EMCVPA Students, Travelle Clarke and Christopher Wright

In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The day is used to draw public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage and is a culmination of a month long focus on the on jazz.

Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova said in her announcement that, "Jazz embodies the spirit of UNESCO. It brings people together and builds peace, tolerance and understanding. It has been the soundtrack for positive social change, from the fight against racism to the struggle for democracy."

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts offers a degree in Jazz and Popular Music Studies since 2007 and is delighted to join the rest of the world to acknowledge the role jazz has played in society. Under the theme celebrate, educate, participate, EMCVPA will be hosting a number of events on Wednesday, April 30 as the main activities for Jamaica.

The events include a brown bag lunch hour discussion entitled, "What is Jazz Anyway?" between the hours of 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Vera Moody Concert Hall, EMCVPA Campus. Discussion will be led by Mr. Orville Hammond, Head of Jazz and Popular Music and lecturer of Jazz at the EMCVPA School of Music. Celebrations will close with a FREE to the public Jazz Concert at 7:00 p.m. on the lawns of Devon House featuring artistes including Orville Hammond, Maurice Gordon, Ruth Royes, Samuele Vivian, Ibo Cooper and Joel Ashbourne.




Jamaica ranked fifth most miserable country

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Jamaica has been ranked as the fifth most miserable country in the world, according to a study published by the United States-based public policy research organisation, Cato Institute.

The Misery Index, which was created by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and published by Cato Institute, features 90 countries from across the globe.

According to the EIU, the Misery Index is based on the sum of the unemployment rate, the lending rate and the inflation rate minus the per cent change in real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.

According to the index, the major contributing factor to Jamaica's misery is its interest rate.

Two other Caribbean countries were also included in the list, Barbados ranked at 27 with unemployment being blamed as that country's source of misery, while Trinidad and Tobago was ranked at 43, with interest rate being attributed to that country's source of misery.

Meanwhile, Venezuela is ranked as the most miserable nation in the world due to inflation.

Ce'Cile, Chris Martin split

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Although she has never publicly said who she was dating, singer Ce'Cile yesterday confirmed that she is no longer dating fellow singer Christopher Martin, who also fathers her child.

When asked if the end to their relationship will affect their 20-month-old child, Ce'Cile says that will not pose a problem.

"I lost a boyfriend, my daughter has not lost a dad. It should never be entangled. He's a good dad," she said.

And although her daughter has been on tour with her in the past, Ce'Cile says it will be difficult to leave her to go away for shows.

"It's hard to leave her to go away. The travelling is going to get a little hectic. Now that she is going to start school, she won't (be travelling)," she said, noting that her toddler has been to places like Sweden, Germany and the United States.

Instead, Ce'Cile says her plan is to make sure her daughter goes to a foreign country every year. She says she also wants to make sure her child is versed in another language.

Two prisoners escape from Horizon

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Up to late last night, two prisoners who escaped from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in St Andrew, had still not been recaptured.

The men, 18-year-old Casheen Peart, otherwise called 'Nine Star', of Church Lane district, St Thomas, and 22-year-old Omar Creary of August Town, Kingston 6, escaped after they made their way through a vent and breached the walls of the facility yesterday.

Police said Peart, charged with murder, is of brown complexion, slim build with a tattoo on his chest and shoulder. He also has pierced ears. He was last seen dressed in a white merino and a pair of plaid shorts.

Creary is of brown complexion, 183 centimetres (6 feet) tall and has scars on his lower and upper arms. He is currently serving a life sentence.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Peart or Creary is being to contact the police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, or the nearest police station.

The public is also being advised that it is a criminal act, punishable under law to harbour a criminal and if caught, the full force of the law would extended to those individuals involved.

What was intended to be a night of fun turned out to be a nightmare for some patrons who attended an event at popular hotel in central Jamaica.

It is understood that about 20 patrons, who were on their way home after the event had ended, were held up at gunpoint by three gunmen who took them to a nearby abandoned building and proceeded to rob them of valuables, including cash, cell phones and jewellery.

According to the victim, about 20 persons in total we taken to the location and all were robbed and then set free by their captors.

The incident has been the hot topic among taxi operators and residents in the area and surrounding community.

The victim, who chose to remain anonymous, said he didn't report the incident to the police as he feared for his life and also felt ashamed.


According to the website,, a film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works.

Reported to be titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley's songs), it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures, with writer Barry Morrow (Rain Man) and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash) reportedly assigned to the project.

According to the website, the film traces Marley and the Wailers' emergence from the rugged Kingston community of Trench Town in the 1960s, to super-stardom a decade later.

There are no production details (budget, cast) on the project or if it has been endorsed by the Marley family who have long touted a film about its patriarch who died in May 1981 at age 36 from cancer.

At one stage, A-list Hollywood director Martin Scorsese was rumoured to be in the running to oversee the biopic but that reportedly fell through.

Two years ago, Academy Award-winning director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) released his critically-acclaimed documentary Marley, which revived speculation that a film on the singer/songwriter was not far off.

The Wailers - Stir It Up live Old Grey Whistle Test 1973

Dancehall artistes M-Gee and GarrIzon robbed

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Dancehall artistes M-Gee and GarrIzon are the latest entertainers to fall victim to the parasitic crime epidemic plaguing the island.

The incident occurred on Easter Sunday and Wednesday respectively. M-Gee was at a popular beach party in Portmore, St Catherine and GarrIzon was at The Popular Wray and Nephew Contenders.

"I can't understand why a man would leave his house to come to a party to rob a next man of his things that he works so hard for. We have the same 24 hours, two hands and feet, so why they can't go and work for their own too. Them must remember God nah sleep, their time soon come," the M-Gee said regarding the robbery of his car.

GarrIzon who also had his car stolen, said he did not want to comment on the matter as the police were still investigating. It is not clear if the young artiste will seek legal action against Wray and Nephew Contenders, since his car was stolen out of their designated parking area, under the lit area.

Gramma Zone GarrIzon Melloquence - UWI UTech Style (Gangnam Style Remix) {Official Video}


According to the artiste "I am now doing what Ishawna wants to do. I am free, single and disengaged, and I am loving my new freedom to act as an individual. I am 100 per cent focused on my career," she continued.

"Although I have never done something like this before, people close to me know this is the real me. I am promoting a sexy single, so I had to do a sexy photo shoot," she said.

Ishawna - No Fear [Official Music Video]


In the aftermath of the posting of a video on Facebook showing her beating her 12-year-old daughter, Point Fortin mother Helen Bartlett says she is "prepared to go to jail" to set her child on the right path.

The mother of four yesterday said her daughter was her "problem child" who might be "acting out" because of neglect on her father's part.

Bartlett made these statements during a radio interview with journalists Dale Enoch and Tony Lee on i95.5 FM yesterday morning. They shared data which revealed about 72 per cent of the respondents support her action, while 28 per cent did not agree with the mode of discipline.


NEW YORK CITY - Three of the most dominant athletes in the sport are the latest superstars to join the lineup for the adidas Grand Prix, which this year marks its 10th year of bringing the world's top athletes to Icahn Stadium, organizers announced today.

David Rudisha, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Valerie Adams - who among them own five Olympic gold medals and 14 World Championships titles - will all be returning to the NYC event, set to be held this year on June 14. One of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix has hosted two World Records and 15 National Records in its first nine years, and its fans have had the privilege of witnessing almost a dozen performances that were the fastest ever recorded on U.S. soil - including Rudisha's awe-inspiring run here in 2012.

Tickets for the event, at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, are on sale now at or by calling 1-877-849-8722. For a limited time, use the promo code ADIDAS14 and get 10 percent off!

Also available for purchase now are Family Packs of Backstretch Tickets, available for $80 and $50 for sets of 4 tickets in both the Backstretch Reserved and Backstretch General Admission seating areas, respectively. *Family Pack tickets are not subject to any further discounts.

Looking at our first track stars announced for this year's adidas Grand Prix

David Rudisha (KEN) is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, 2011 IAAF World Champion, and World Record-holder (1:40.91) at 800 meters. In his U.S. debut at this meet in 2012, Rudisha stopped the clock at 1:41.74, the fastest time ever run in this country.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) has won the past two Olympic gold medals at 100 meters, and is a six-time World Champion. She was named 2013 IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year.

Valerie Adams (NZL) is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Champion in the shot put, and has not lost a competition in more than three years, going back to August 22, 2010.

Also added to the lineup are

Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and reigning World Champion at 400 meters.

Erik Kynard of the USA and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in the high jump. Kynard, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist ranked #4 in the world and Barshim, the 2014 World Indoor Champion and 2013 World Championships silver medalist ranked #2, will join the previously announced Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine, the 2013 World Champion ranked #1, in what promises to be among the best high-jump competitions ever seen in the U.S.

Michael Tinsley of the USA and Javier Culson of Puerto Rico in the 400-meter hurdles. Tinsley and Culson, the 2012 Olympic silver and bronze medalists, respectively, also have three World Championships silver medals between them: two (2009, 2011) for Culson and another (2013) for Tinsley.

The will all be joined by the previously announced Jenn Suhr, Sally Pearson and Yohan Blake

The sixth stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit, the adidas Grand Prixis in its 10th year at Icahn Stadium, in conjunction with the Randall's Island Sports Alliance. The latest news, photos and information on the event can be found at; on Facebook and on Twitter.



Rihanna dances to Buju and Nadine Sutherland

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Over the Easter weekend, R&B superstar Rihanna tweeted a video of herself and best friend Melissa Forde in the back of a truck singing along to Nadine Sutherland and Buju Banton's 'Wicked Dickie'.

Despite the video of the Bajan beauty singing the song getting only 400 views since its YouTube release just over two days ago, YouTube users have admitted that it was Rihanna's video that led them to search for the original version of the song.

The Government is being accused of disrespecting the office of the Opposition Leader by allowing the telephone services to remain disconnected for the past two weeks.

The matter was raised in the House of Representatives yesterday by Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine, Everald Warmington.

Warmington told the House that the telephone at the office of the Leader of Opposition, Andrew Holness was disconnected because of the non-payment of bills.

He said the office was never treated in that manner when the Jamaica Labour Party was in Government.

House Leader, Phillip Paulwell, has given his commitment to resolve the issue.


The Police Fraud Squad is now investigating the employee of a bank who is accused of fleecing millions of dollars from an entertainer's account.

But while investigations are ongoing, the popular local entertainer is accusing the institution of moving too slowly to compensate him.

The attorney representing the entertainer yesterday stated that the banking institution has failed to honour its financial obligations to his client, leaving him deprived of access to millions of dollars which he legitimately lodged to his account.

Information reaching our news team is that the entertainer deposited the money over time to his account through a specific female employee at the institution.

Reports are that the employee had been advising the entertainer for over a year and advised him how to invest his money. She is said to have then signed off on documents advising her client that everything was taken care of.

The attorney said that his client was under the impression that he had been receiving 'special treatment' from his personal banker and had never joined a queue whenever he visited the bank, on the advice of the woman.

The discrepancies were said to have been unearthed last month when the entertainer visited the bank, and had to join a line because the woman was not at work.

The attorney stated that "He has two accounts and would normally leave the books with her and collect them a few days later, at which point he would check and it appeared that things were normal. While he was at another teller, he was told that one of the books he thought was a US account was not a US book, but in fact Jamaican ... The number coding in the books were different, but my client didn't look to see."

Additionally, it was outlined that the entertainer was misled as none of the investments he made were there.

Our news team was told that since the discovery the entertainer has been receiving the run-around from the local bank in his attempt to reclaim his funds. It is said that he has been compelled to make contact with the bank's head legal officer.

Yesterday, a Fraud Squad detective confirmed that an investigation has been launched.

Our news team was also told that it was the bank who contacted the police. We were told, however, that the female banker in question was not yet in police custody as the investigations are ongoing.

DJ remixes Kartel's voice notes

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The History of Palm Sunday

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The celebration of Palm Sunday originated in the Jerusalem Church, around the late fourth century. The early Palm Sunday ceremony consisted of prayers, hymns, and sermons recited by the clergy while the people walked to various holy sites throughout the city. At the final site, the place where Christ ascended into heaven, the clergy would read from the gospels concerning the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. In the early evening they would return to the city reciting: "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord." The children would carry palm and olive branches as the people returned through the city back to the church, where they would hold evening services.

By the fifth century, the Palm Sunday celebration had spread as far as Constantinople. Changes made in the sixth and seventh centuries resulted in two new Palm Sunday traditions - the ritual blessing of the palms, and a morning procession instead of an evening one. Adopted by the Western Church in the eighth century, the celebration received the name "Dominica in Palmis," or "Palm Sunday".

A Palm Sunday video is a great way to prepare for your church's celebration of Palm Sunday.

The Meaning of Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David" and "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

These Palm Sunday PowerPoints depict scenes and images of Palm Sunday, providing a perfect enhancement to your teaching on this subject.

The significance of Jesus riding a donkey and having his way paved with palm branches is a fulfillment of a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9). In biblical times, the regional custom called for kings and nobles arriving in procession to ride on the back of a donkey. The donkey was a symbol of peace; those who rode upon them proclaimed peaceful intentions. The laying of palm branches indicated that the king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph.

Palm Sunday in Modern Times

Today, Palm Sunday traditions are much the same as they have been since the tenth century. The ceremony begins with the blessing of the palms. The procession follows, then Mass is celebrated, wherein the Passion and the Benediction are sung. Afterwards, many people take the palms home and place them in houses, barns, and fields.

In some countries, palms are placed on the graves of the departed. In colder northern climates, where palm trees are not found, branches of yew, willow, and sallow trees are used. The palms blessed in the ceremony are burned at the end of the day. The ashes are then preserved for next year's Ash Wednesday celebration.

In the simplest of terms, Palm Sunday is an occasion for reflecting on the final week of Jesus' life. It is a time for Christians to prepare their hearts for the agony of His Passion and the joy of His Resurrection. In order to improve your effectiveness this Palm Sunday, sign up with Sharefaith 10 Day Free Trial to access our vast collection of Palm Sunday resources--powerful media for a significant day.


A Facebook page was recently created which shows pictures of Vybz Kartel as well as messages with various women speaking of oral sex.

One of the women is alleged to be Gaza Slim, however sources are saying that the information on the Facebook page could have been manipulated by the police to make both artistes look bad in the eyes of the public.

The page also carries 3 videos featuring Vybz Kartel and his friends socializing about certain issues.

Tessanne Chin marked another milestone in her life. The Season Five winner of NBC's 'The Voice' now has her own official rum.

Accompanied by her sister, Tami Chynn, and Solid Agency's Marlon Bourke, Tessanne was at an exclusive ceremony at J. Wray & Nephew Limited's corporate office in New Kingston, where the presentation was made.

The occasion was in celebration of the singer's accomplishments and there she was gifted with a one-of-a-kind rum created just for her.

Clearly overwhelmed by J. Wray & Nephew's decision, Chin reflected on the moment she heard the news saying that she was truly honoured.

Admitting to being a lover of Appleton, Chin described the moment as an honour.

The New York Post is reporting that a Jamaican music executive who fled the United States after participating in a murder more than 10 years ago, has been arrested in New York.

Kevin Reynolds, the CEO of Twenty First Hapilos Digital Distribution, was arrested at the John F.Kennedy International Airport in New York. The newspaper reported that Reynolds had been on the run since 2002, but had assumed the identity of a 'Dennis Graham', and managed to obtain passports and other documents under this assumed identity.

He also managed to form and successfully operate the company, which is known for its digital distribution of reggae and dancehall music, and with offices in Kingston and New York.

He was arrested on the weekend by New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and NYPD detectives, as he waited to board a flight to Jamaica.

According to the Post, he was wanted for the 2002 shooting death of Winston King who was shot in front of his 11-year-old daughter in Silver Spring Maryland.

The newspaper quotes law enforcement sources who claim he disappeared, changed his identity and eluded police for 12 years. It states that despite being wanted, Reynolds established himself as a music entrepreneur under his new identity, and successfully travelled between Jamaica and the US without detection until last weekend when he was nabbed.


Cashtastic, a South London rapper and Universal Music Publishing signee, has been deported to his home country Jamaica.

Cashtastic, real name Cashief Nichols, was detained by the UK Border Force agency due to a technicality with his immigration status since moving to the the UK from Jamaica aged 6.

He was reportedly granted bail on March 4th, however he was detained for a further two weeks and forced to leave the UK.

"I've been detained/given removal directions by the UKBA. They're sayin even tho I came to the UK at age 6 I have no right to be here!"

"A judge gave me bail on march 4th then immigration detained me two weeks later again." he tweeted.

Since then, the star has received a huge amount of support from fans and other artists including Wiley, Angel, Harvey (So Solid), Fuse ODG, George The Poet and more.

The rapper was one of the best young talents in the UK and was on the brink of breaking into the commercial rap market.

**NEW**- Cashtastic- Life On The Edge (Official Video)- **Taken from the ALARM CLOCK EP**


Entertainers vehicles seized!!!

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christopher-martin-photo-4.jpgAccording to sources, two popular entertainers have had their motor vehicles confiscated by the police. One has been identified as reggae crooner Christopher Martin.

The vehicles were reportedly seized as part of a major crackdown by the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) of the Ministry of Finance.

It was being alleged that the vehicles were illegally imported, Christopher Martin's manager, Kingy, however, denied these allegations.

"We didn't import the vehicle. We bought the vehicle from a registered car lot. We went to the lot, saw the vehicle, liked it and purchased it. We have all the legal documents supporting this. Chris had the car for almost three years. This really came as a surprise to us," he said.

Kingy added that their lawyers are currently looking into the matter, but in the meantime, they are focusing their attention on Martin's upcoming debut album 'Stepping Razor' which will be released by the end of summer.

It is also being alleged that the son of a prominent politician also had his vehicle confiscated.


Incarcerated entertainer, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer, has released a statement appealing the perpetrators of threats against journalists to stop.

The Jamaica Observer reported this morning that its crime reporter, Karyl Walker, and Abka Fitz Henley of Nationwide News Network have been threatened by Kartel's callers.

But according to the statement released through Kartel's lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, the artiste wants such action to stop.

"Such action is not helping me or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal," Kartel wrote.


It was brought to my attention this morning by a member of my legal team that a number of persons including journalists have reported receiving threats from persons purportedly acting on my behalf.

During my sentencing hearing my Attorney Tom Tavares-Finson indicated to the court that I hold no ill-will to any of the persons involved in my trial neither the Police, Prosecutors, Executives from Digicel and certainly not any member of the Media who covered my trial in a manner which exposed the weaknesses in the Prosecution's case for all the world to see.

I reiterate the position "I hold no ill-well [sic] to anyone who was involved in my trial" and I put my faith in the judicial system and the appeal process on which we have now embarked.

I appeal to any misguided individual or individuals who may think it appropriate to seek to threaten or intimidate anyone, to stop it.

Such action is not helping me or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the Police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal.

In the meantime I thank my family, friends and fans who continue to support and have faith in me.

Signed: Adidja Palmer


Police Kills Wife then commits suicide

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The police are still at the scene of what is suspected to be a case of murder-suicide in the Oaklands apartment complex on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, involving one of their colleagues and his wife.

The Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary (CCU) says about 11:25 p.m. yesterday the policeman, 31-year-old Davian Thompson who is attached to the Spanish Town police, went to the apartment where he lived with his wife, Latoya Campbell-Thompson and shot her. She was to celebrate her 28th birthday today.

Colleagues subsequently launched a search for the constable. They received information about 6:30 this morning that a body was found in the Shortwood gully, metres away from the apartment. The body, which had a gunshot wound to the head and clutching .38 revolver, was confirmed to be that of the policeman.

Thompson was on suspension from the police force for his involvement in a shooting incident in Westmoreland last year. Early investigations by the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch have revealed that the policeman was not a licensed firearm holder.

Requiem - A Short Film About Teen Suicide

Jah Mason - a positive force in Reggae

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Born on a beautiful November-morning 1970 in the parish of Manchester/ Jamaica, "Andrae Corey Johnson"(Jah Mason) is truly blessed with a musical talent. He was raised from a family that has always been involved with the extreme lively & colorful Jamaican music-scene. But it was not his well-known family member "Tony Rebel" who first recorded this young juvenile... it was former Black Uhuru Singer Junior "One Blood" Reid in 1991 for his own Label JR Productions.with a Track titled "Selassie I" under the stage name Perry Mason.It was later that year after making a Spiritual Troth to Bobo Hill,Bull Bay -Jamaica he changed his name to Jah Mason.He reached to international fame with songs like "Hard Mama Work", "Money", "Cool with the Fire" and "Run come Love me tonight". a combination with his close friend Jah Cure for Beres Hammond's "Harmony House Label".In 1997 Jah Mason got the opportunity for his first tour in Europe with Tony Rebel since then he is a positive force to be reckoned with. Several Shows in the US,the Caribbean & the UK followed...

In 1998 Jah Mason's first Album entitled "Keep your Joy" was released."Keep Your Joy" was also a Track title from the album,becoming a well known hit world-wide. In the following two years(1999-2000) 3 more Albums entitled "Most Royal" (Jah Warrior Rec./ UK), "Surprise Dem" (Vikings Rec./ JA) and "Unlimited" (ReggaeVibes/ USA) were released. In 2002 Jah Mason released the outstanding concept-album "Never Give Up" together with Israeli producer 'Danny P. Kark' & the Jamaican Label "Kariang Records". He performed this album all over Europe, the USA and exotic places like Israel and Sicily. During the next year Jah Mason continuously toured all over the world, releasing the Album titled "Rise" with a French Label in 2003. It was that same year he established himself as one of the most consistent Reggae Artist on the World Map of Reggae.....In 2005 Jah Mason got his first Number 1 hit on the Jamaican Charts after working with Genius Reggae Producer Roland aka "Rollie"the was track title "Princess Gone" which stayed at No. 1 for over three weeks, reached Number 2 on the US Reggae Charts , hit No. 3 on the British Reggae Charts and No 1 on the Caribbean Charts.

After performing this huge hit all over the world Jah Mason, Rising Sun and VP-Records released the Album "Princess Gone/ The Saga Bed" in May 2006.This album elevated Jah Mason's name in the Reggae Industry to another level and lead him to a very successful year in 2006.

In September 2006 Greensleeves Records released another album titled "Wheat & Tears" After touring this album in Japan November 2006 Jah Mason didn't find no time to rest and produced a next album, released in February 2007 called "Life is just a Journey". And just like the title of the album says Jah Mason hit the road again for a 6 weeks headlining European Tour including countries like Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain.

After the summer-festivals in Europe Jah Mason got the chance to perform in front of packed venues in Australia and New Zealand in September 2007, where he was represented as the first Bobo Shanti artist ever. All in all Jah Mason has performed over 60 shows that year. In March- April 2008 Jah Mason was joined by Lutan Fyah for yet another European Tour including countries like France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. That same year he release another album titled "No Matter The Time", produced by Vikings Rec. and Pete Music.This album was released by Nocturne in France.Fyah Mason, as he is also called by his colleagues has done several collaborations such as Run Come Love Me Tonight with Jah Cure, Nicco D on the track Ruff times which was big internationally, also done Collabs with other local and international artistes such as Richie Spice, Spanna Banna, Lutan Fyah, Capeleton, Sasha, Zamunda, Lucian, Joy, Al Jaba du, D'agel, Iqulah, Shakka Pow, Chrisinti and the list goes on.

Jah Mason's music has reached all corners of the world and he has trekked far and wide to do live performances and he is always well received. His fan based is widely international, but no one can deny his profound talent and writing abilities as he writes all his material personally. This makes his music a personal expression issues of love, brotherhood, current affairs as well as rastafari. To date Jah Mason has earned himself an International Name.He is one of the most consistent artist in the business.Jah Mason has gain audiences all around the world.He has reached fans no other Reggae Artists were able to reach,fans in places such as New Caledonia,Solomon Islands, several Pacific Islands in the Eastern Hemisphere,Vanuatu and Moscow-Russia.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington talks crime and Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer

Cop Stabbed In The Neck, Attacker Shot Dead

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A man who this afternoon stabbed a policeman in downtown Kingston has been shot by the cop.

The Independent Commission of Investigations is probing the incident.

Onlookers say the man, believed to be mentally ill, and the cop were involved in a tussle.

According to an eyewitness, during the tussle, the policeman was stabbed in the neck.

The injured policeman reportedly attempted to flee but as the cop tried to get away, he was reportedly chased by the man.

The eyewitness said the policeman then shot his attacker killing him.

The policeman was then taken to hospital.

The police have confirmed that there was incident involving a cop and another man, but could not provide details.

Reggae Sumfest 2014

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Reggae Sumfest offers reduced tickets to early birds

Jamaica, St. James: Local and international fans of the Greatest Reggae Show on earth can now purchase tickets at reduced rates for the event scheduled for July  13-19 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. Reggae Sumfest organisers are giving diehard fans access to what promises to be an exciting event with an early bird special which began on April 1 and ends on April 30.

Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director with Summerfest Productions, organizers of the event notes that his team is always looking to give patrons value for their money and this Early Bird Special is one such initiative. "We know that Reggae Sumfest is loved by Jamaicans at home and abroad and also boasts admirers globally. In harsh economic times impacting the world we want to reward those committed fans with saving on their tickets which is why  Early Bird tickets are available for one month and we encourage persons to buy early. This year's show will be phenomenal," he explained.

Fans are urged to beat the rush and get your tickets now because passes are likely to sell out fast given that Tessanne Chin, Sanchez and Wiz Khalifa are already confirmed and more artistes will be announced soon.

Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card at or on the Reggae Sumfest website, Early Bird tickets for the Beach Party and All White party on Sunday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 15 respectively cost $1,000 each. Tickets for Dancehall Night on Thursday, July 17 are available to early birds for $3,300, and $6,050 for VIP while Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 costs $6,600 for regular admission and $9,900 VIP. Weekend and VIP passes are also available in the Early Bird Special.

Fans may access season passes for all three nights at a cost of $15,400 for regular tickets while VIP season passes cost $23,100. Regular Weekend passes that give access to Friday and Saturday only cost $12, 100 while the VIP weekend price is $17,600. VIP tickets offer access to the special VIP parking lot and a closer view of the stage.

Available on the website, fans who take advantage of the special will secure their spot to see performances from the excellent mix of great talent slated for the Reggae Sumfest Stage.  Sponsors for this year's festival include Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Gleaner and IRIE FM.


For further information, please contact: Carlette DeLeon at 876.754.1526 or

Alpha Boys Home to be closed!!

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After 135 years of service to Jamaican children, the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy have decided to close the Alpha Boys' Home at South Camp Road in Kingston.

The announcement was made by Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna at her ministry in Kingston Tuesday morning.

She said that the Government has been assessing the status of the 120 boys now housed at the facility to determine how many are suitable to be returned to their parents or be housed in other child care facilities.

The Alpha Boys' Home educational and music programme will however continue, Hanna said.