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Delando Colley -- reaching for the stars

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Representing the entire bread basket parish of St. Elizabeth, though only hailing from the small town of Balaclava, this adorable youngster, who is actually 16 is an upper ninth grade student at the Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester. A member of his school's Table Tennis team, and the choir, Delando has a passion for singing and has sung in local school concerts. He hopes to one day become a popular recording artiste, or find some other career in music which he will equally enjoy. "I just hope that I make it far and I wish the best to my competitors," was his simple, yet heartfelt reply when asked what he hoped to gain from the competition. When asked about his family support he replied genuinely: "My mother especially has always been there from the beginning, and my father helps me out when he can, but I give thanks same way."
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Prophecy Album Launch

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5 Minutes with Esco

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Yardflex: You were in US for a while, and currently in Jamaica for a bit, explain the projects you are working on
ESCO: TRAVELLING A BIT AND  YES IN THE US MOSTLY WORKING ON MY DEBUT ALBUM. I'VE LAUNCHED OUT FULL SCALE ONCE AGAIN. I HAVE MY SOLO ALBUM, MY NEW PRODUCTION CO/LABEL, TALL KING PRODUCTIONZ. LOTS OF MUSIC, CRAZY NEW RELEASES. MY SINGLE ENCORE IS OUT NOW! I HAVE 3 RIDDIM COMPILATIONS COMING: DISORDA RIDDIM, CLUB 2 CLUB AND A REGGAE ONE DROP PROJECT YET TO BE NAMED. GOD HAS BEEN GOOD. I HAVE A NEW MANAGER TAMARA HERNANDEZ ... FORMED A NEW TEAM WITH ARTISTE/PRODUCER SUPAH SHANE AND YUNG PRODUCER KHEILSTONE AND I'M DEVELOPING A YUNG ARTISTE ROLLIN X AND WORKING ON A NEW FEMALE SENSATION ICANDY. ITS A WHOLE NEW AND GOOD LOOK!!!
Yardflex:  So tell us about the upcoming album...
ESCO:  IT's ISLAND POP AND CARIBBEAN FUSION,  BY THAT I MEAN REGGAE DANCEHALL AND EVEN A BIT OF SOCA FUSED WITH WORLD GENRES. FUN AND DIVERSE DEFINETLY MAINSTREAM.
 
Yardflex: Why is it so important for you to produce with artistes in Jamaica?
ESCO:  EXPOSURE...AND JAMAICA IS THE 'FACTORY' FOR REGGAE/ DANCEHALL... SO TO MAKE GOOD MUSIC YOU STAND A BETTER CHANCE MAKING THE MUSIC IN THE FACTORY AND THATS ALSO WHERE IT'LL BE NATURALLY EXPORTED FROM. PLUS ITS MY HOMETOWN AND WE HAVE A SAYING...'WE WANNA DANCE A YARD B4 WE DANCE ABROAD'
Yardflex: What best describes your sound?
ESCO:  ISLAND POP/ REGGAE DANCEHALL FUSION
Yardflex: Who are you listening to on your iPod?
ESCO: LIL WAYNE. DAMIAN MARLEY AMONG OTHERS
Yardflex: Which artiste would you really want to open for on tour?
ESCO:  SEAN PAUL
Yardflex: So, what's your favorite thing to do when you aren't writing/producing/playing etc?
ESCO: SPEND TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER, MY FAMILY, MY GIRL :)  MOVIES, AND ANYTHING ADVENTUROUS
Yardflex: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from?
ESCO: I BELIEVE IN UNITY AND THE INFLUENCE OF OTHER GREAT MINDS. I DRAW INFLUENCE FROM LIFE, EMOTIONS, POPULAR TRENDS....MY FAVORITE PART...WUD BE.. COMPLETING IT AND WATCHING IT SPREAD TO THE WORLD.
Yardflex: Any  loves, other then music?
ESCO: IN TERMS OF STUFF I LIKE TO DO? LOVE SPORTS
Yardflex: Any celeb crushes?
ESCO:  YEAH, BUT MI CRUSH DEM 




Miss Kitty launches book

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Radio personality Khadine Hylton, more popularly known as Miss Kitty, had written a salacious novel, the streets have been buzzing, and questions flying - what does Miss Kitty have to say now, and who, if anyone she is unmasking The launch of 'Good Girl Gone Bad' iis already sounding like a stellar occasion, with participation from a wide cross section of society's luminaries and celebrities, from the likes of opening prayer by Tommy Cowan, and readings from the likes of Yendi Phillipps, Oliver Samuels, Professor Donna Hope, ace disc jock Kurt Riley, and also an address from Mrs Valrie Francis from the Jamaica National Library, just to name a few. Good Girl Gone Bad will be available at all Sangster's Book Stores, all Kingston Bookshops, Bookophilia and wherever books are sold across the island. Fans can also catch Miss Kitty at any one of the over 20 islandwide signings set to begin this Saturday at Sangster's Book stores, Springs Plaza and Sovereign Centre.

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Real Steele is ready to party

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Formerly known as Lady Steele, this up and coming dancehall artiste is defined by her lyrics and her swagger. So much so that a name change saw her being presented with the moniker, Real Steele.
She is the first to admit that when people hear the name they immediately think of her as a male artiste, and Steele, with an impish smile says she has no problem at all with that. One look at her and it is clear that Stephannie Abbygale Smith, aka Real Steele, is really all woman.
A past student of Yallahs High and Paul Bogle Vocational Institute - where she did Electrical Installation - this singjay has been steadily honing her craft for the past eight years. According to Steele, she has always had a passion for music, but felt it prudent to focus on her education first and equip herself with a skill before embarking on her musical journey.
It was in 2003 that she started singing on various sound systems in her hometown of Yallahs, St Thomas and from there she branched out into the studios of Kingston, where she was encouraged to write more lyrics. She admits that her first set of songs were "very rude", thus earning her the name Lady Steele, as she was seen an heir apparent for Lady Saw.
In 2006, Steele did her first recordings for Emerald Records, Too much War and I'm Still Gonna Love You and managed to get a break that same year. She was chosen to perform on Summer Hype at Goodyear Oval,  Mischief and Star Jam.
The singjay  has since made the link with various other producers, including Tenement Yard Records and Heel and Bread Productions. However, she is now signed to Heel and Bread, which, she declares is a positive move in her career.
Her most recent single on the Heel and Bread label is Let's Party, an uptempo, radio-friendly club banger which is getting modest airplay.

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Robert Sutherland have up #1 swagger

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A number one tune is really a hell of a ting eeh? Robert Sutherland tune Times So Hard reach number one pon Richie B chart and is like him is a whole new man. We nah say the yute no humble still, but dem days yah Robert have up a different walk. Fi real. A di people dem inna Philly must tell oonu bout the swagger. Anyway yute, gwaan hold di vibes. You a one person who cyaan complain bout how times hard. You haffi go find a different tune fi sing.
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YF Feature - AC Money

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COME WORK MY BODY-Ac.Money by yardflexinc COME WORK MY BODY-Ac.Money by yardflexinc 


Now Available On I-tunes

Yardflex:      How did you get your artist name?

AC Money:   My label is A.C.M. which means ability to Create Millions.

I made up the name Ac.Money from that when I was in the studio before I began recording. It has since stuck with me so I decided to make my artist name Ac.Money.

 




YF: how long have you been in the business?

AC: Money: I have been in the business for seven years but I've been influenced by music ever since I could remember.

 

YF: What is the inspiration for your sound?

AC: Money: My

 inspiration comes from nature and all different genres of music. I always seem to drift away listening to the sound of the music I hear.

 

YF: how do you best describe your music and style?

AC: Money: My music and style is based on nature and my daily life.

 

YF: Where do you see yourself going musically?

AC: Money: I see myself working with major artists in the industry and creating an new era for myself, and the artists on my label.

 

YF: Who do you look up to musically?

AC: Money: Musically I look up to Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Baby Wayne, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Jadakiss and Tupac.

 

YF: Do you play any instruments?

AC: No, but I build beats and I like trying new things with music

 

YF: What do you like best about being an entertainer?

AC: Money: I like when other cultures can see and hear my music, and those same people can relate to my music and understand my point of view.

 

YF: Who would you like to collaborate with for a track?

AC: Money: I would like to collaborate with Beenie Man, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley and Jadakiss.


www.facebook.com/acm.millionswww.facebook.com/ac.money 

www.twitter.com/13money14 

www.reverbnation/acmrecordswww.jango.com/music/ac+money 

www.acmoney.fanbridge.com and www.youtube.com/megaacmoney 

You can use 757-701-8422 as the booking number.


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HBO Latin America announced that the HBO Film, The Sunset Limited will premiere in the Caribbean this Saturday (March 5).

Starring Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) and Academy Award nominee Samuel L Jackson (the Iron Man series, Pulp Fiction), the film explores and debates the value of existence.

The Sunset Limited is a searing two-character drama that mixes humour and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Locked in a philosophical debate, both passionately defend their personal credos and try to convert the other.

Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men - a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones) who tried to throw himself in front of the Sunset Limited, a Harlem subway train. While one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair.

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Book review: Long Run, Short Catch'.

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This is a wonderful epic story about real life and normalcy at its crusts. It's from the point of view of one of our African sisters with her life stories as the foundation. The events are real, the cross culture is a shock and the lessons learned are priceless. Jamaica gets highlighted in the novel for those who enjoy that feeling and a sense of home 'Long Run, short Catch' does take you to that special spot.

The story is about a Nigerian-American who ventures out to fine happiness on the 'other side' but only comes to find out that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. When the love bug bites it can make you blind which is exactly what

happens when she picks up her Jamaican husband from hell, marries him and starts a roller coaster of unforeseen hurt and disappointment. Immigration is one of the main issues discussed but is so relevant in our westernized society.

This novel has everything from love, romance, scandal, drug cartels and even battles within when you discover how Asama learns to deal. For many of us, our sanity is our only sense of hope yet the easiest thing to lose and how and what we chose to use as coping mechanism can be life altering.

This is a great read for all to take in and honestly, a breath of fresh air! 

Yardflex review says Asama Iwuoha nailed it right on the head.


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I am a spiritual being, evolving and growing every day, in every way.
I am continually evolving as a spiritual being. This evolutionary process includes trials and errors as well as joys and opportunities. Each experience I encounter, each relationship I share, each insight I receive offers me the opportunity to grow.

From the moment my life began, I have been evolving and growing. As an infant, through trial and error, I learned to crawl, walk and speak. From there, I moved on to more advanced learning experiences. As an adult, day by day, I grow in harmony with the unfoldment of Spirit in me.

It gives me great peace to know that I am a work in progress, growing and evolving to become the person I am meant to be.

Clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.--Ephesians 4:24





KGN 21 - JAMAICAN ALL FEMALE GROUP

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A successful girl group has never quite made the grade in the male-dominated Dancehall and Reggae world, but four hot and talented young girls from Kingston, Jamaica, intend to turn that on its head with their unique package of visuals, music and movement. Four strong and very different personalities make up the group called KGN 21 and they are ready to explode.

Sashe, Kerise and sisters Kuchi and Sheena, who hail from some of the toughest parts of Kingston, are taking a no-nonsense approach to their music, the business and life itself.

"We're all about girl power," says Kuchi. "We represent the new generation of females and our music reflects that. We're all about fun, independence and portraying a positive, powerful image for all the females out there, with plenty of eye candy for the guys too! We like to show our sexy side but in a tasteful way."


"Kingston's zip codes only go up to 20," explains Sashe regarding the group's moniker. "But we have our eyes set on the rest of the world too, so we thought KGN 21 was an appropriate name."
"And in Cashpot the number 21 represents bad girls!" chimed in Kerise. "We coming with the full package - dancing, singing and attitude, y'all ready fi di ride?"

Their debut single "Boom Boom," produced by Grammy-winning legends Sly & Robbie, announces their intentions in no uncertain terms. A catchy, poppy hook laced with hardcore Jamaican spice, "Boom Boom" got its worldwide premiere via US mainstream radio, courtesy of Nikki Z on her primetime morning slot on HOT 93.7 FM. Locally IRIE FM's DJ Sunshine and ZIP Jock Sparks have been showing the single a lot of love already.

"Its great that all the female radio disc jockeys are feeling the record," says Kerise. "Our management team gave it to them first as we are all about strength and unity for the women in the business and the response has been even better than we hoped for."

KGN 21 are shooting the video for Boom Boom this week and the single will be available on iTunes and all digital outlets on February 8. Individual

Individual photos will follow, more info can be seen below:






Celebrate Black History Month

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By RaeROQ



So February is black history month and we always know this, but how many of us take the time to think about it and actually celebrate in our own personal way? Black History Month is more then a month created to remember great black people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, and Nelson Mandela. This is a month in which we can celebrate not only our freedom, but look towards the future as being bright for us. African people have come from a lineage of bondage and progression. Our ancestors have suffered more than we so it is only right to be grateful for everything that we have and are lucky to get.
From the civil rights movement, to black people breaking in to the entertainment industry, dominating the sports scene, and America electing its first black president; we have shown that we are an evolving race capable of doing anything that we put our mind to. While chasing our own dreams it is only proper to pay homage to those who have paved the way.
There have been Jamaican artist such as Grace Jones and Bob Marley who have created their own legacy. Many artistic concepts, such as photo shoot concepts used by present day super models like Amber Rose, have been revived from the portfolio book of Grace Jones. Bob Marley is still, and always will be, an international household name and icon that will never perish. He will always be remembered for creating great music and trying to bring knowledge and positive vibes to the people.
Oprah, that has made the Forbe's list year after year, but is also well known for being generous. She has recently created her own network called OWN and has built a school for girls in Africa. Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational writers to keep in mind when you want to put a pen to a pad and paint a picture with words. Celebrate black history month this year by reading a great black book or watching a movie in respects. Try researching a black person that has made great accomplishments online. You may be shocked to recognize that you may have something in common with them. Don’t let it pass you by this year. Black is beautiful.








The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards, Formally Known as the SoFlo Caribbean Dancehall Awards, Launches it's 3rd Annual Ceremony with 13 New Categories to Honor the Best in Dancehall and Reggae Music

WHAT: The 3rd Annual South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of entertainers and entrepreneurs of the Reggae & Dancehall arena. Created in 2008, The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Awards was a brain child of non-profit organization, Single Mothers of America, which is ran by individuals of caribbean decent. SMOA wanted to find a way to get their messages across and include the Caribbean Community, it was then the award show was established. The South Florida Dancehall Awards started off by recognizing local contributors of the industry, but for the 2011 awards show 13 NEW categories has been added strictly for major industry artists. The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Awards strives to increase the ceremonies credibility in the Reggae industry year after year.

WHEN: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7pm

WHO: Single Mothers of America 501 3(c)

WHERE: Hollywood Central Performing Arts Theater
1770 Monroe Street Hollywood, FL 33020

For breaking news and exclusive content, check our social networks.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sofloawards

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From Brown Sugar to Shuga

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2009 Digicel Rising Stars winner Mitzy Campbell aka Brown Shuga has changed her stage moniker to “Shuga” and has undergone a few changes since her shot to stardom last year. The blond duchess from Montego Bay has been holding her own in the male dominated local music industry by creating waves with new material that she believes is destined to propel her career to the next level.


Campbell, who recently changed her stage name to “Shuga”, has been working feverishly in the studio and the effort has borne fruit with three new singles including Commander in Chief and Bloody Hands produced by Keely “B”. Her third single that has been out is Money Talk produced by Annex Records.


Shuga is proud of her work. “I have been out there doing my thing still recording and my latest work has been getting crazy reviews from fellow artiste and disc jockeys,” she says.


Shuga emphasized that the name change completely differentiates her from another personality that already uses a similar name.
Campbell is not perturbed by the recent scenario. “The name change for me is not a big issue, all I did was just to drop the brown from the Shuga, besides most of my friends and family call me Shuga anyway so nothing else has changed, I will still continue to put out the good quality music that my fans come to expect of me, and I believe it is a good move for my career.”


The 24 year singer has had her fair share of challenges since she won the Digicel Rising stars competition, as for the latter part of 2010 she has been without a manager. Shuga has nevertheless remained current in the business.

“I have done a couple of gigs locally working on the Hitz 92 Road show as well as some private events, but the work is still coming in and I know when I release the videos for my new singles things will definitely get even better.”


As part of the prize for winning the Digicel Rising Stars completion, Shuga will soon begin work on a medley video for her two recent singles Commander in Chief and Bloody Hands. The video, to be funded by telecommunications company Digicel, will be directed by acclaimed music video director Kevin Lee.


Digicel Rising Stars producer Sharon Schroeter says the video, for the motivational song Commander in Chief, will showcase positivity and to encourage children to strive twards their life goals. Part of the video will be shot in studio utilizing green screen technology. The video will begin production sometime next week.





Who Is Denyque Dontre?

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She is undoubtedly pop princess! With an effervescent personality and spectacular work ethic, Denyque Dontre is earnestly building a catalogue of music and fans as she climbs up the ladder of the entertainment industry.



Denyque lives by the quote "Nulli Secunda" [Latin for "Second to None"], firmly believing that aiming for the top and never settling for less is the only way to achieve one's dreams.

At 20 years old, this singer/songwriter has reached a level of musical maturity that is far beyond her years; & with a distinctive and innate talent that promises to be one of Jamaica's finest,

After winning several medals in Jamaica National Festival Competitions at 11 & 12 years of age, Denyque went on to be a straight "A" student whilst attending the prestigious Belair High School in

Mandeville, Jamaica.

After

graduating with honors in 2006, financial restrictions kept her from accepting a scholarship to the

Berklee College of Music in Boston the following year, but Denyque still couldn't resist her calling to music and decided to keep following her passion.

Scoring her first hit single Can't Breathe in early 2009 she soon followed up with the catchy tune Pieces, produced by veteran producer Don Corleon.

Now, she regularly records for notable producers such as Neil "Cashflow" Mitchell, Conroy Forte from Washroom Productions, and another industry veteran, producer Jeremy Harding, who produced the current high-riding single Juggling Hearts as well as the song Supergirl.

In the summer of 2010, Denyque released her first music video for the chart-topping, radio-popular single Summer Love to rave reviews from entertainment insiders across the Caribbean.





Lady Saw wants a baby?

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It’s been all over the gossip mill, ever since Lady Saw tweeted that she wants to try again in her quest for a child.


The singjay says she is her own big woman and expressed her desire for a child and her intention to try again. Well one thing we can say about Saw she is living out what her album says “My Way”.

You go girl, we wish you all the best in your quest to bear a child…although we still think you are already a great mom.





Tributes to Miss Lou on her birthday

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The life of Jamaica’s First Lady of Comedy, the Honourable Louise Simone Bennett Coverley, also known as 'Miss Lou' was celebrated yesterday, which was her birthday.


Her name is synonymous with the coming of age of Jamaican culture. Miss Lou, folklorist, poet, actress, author, songwriter, singer, comedienne, activist, Jamaican cultural icon.


Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange marked the celebration of Ms Lou Day in honour of the work of Jamaica’s leading comedienne and cultural icon.
She was born on September 7.


Miss Lou is known to thousand around the world, who through her Jamaican expressions has captured the spirit of many and caused respectability for the language of our people.


Minister Grange says Miss Lou believed in and understood the value of authentic Jamaican cultural expressions.


During this month, a series of celebration events will be held across the country.






Dancehall night would not be complete without two of the hottest artists still rocking it out at
sumfest. Yardflex caught with up with the warlord himself, Bounty killer for an exclusive interview.
He talked about the state of emergency in Jamaica and how he is now a different man – a church
going man. Yes, Rodney Pryce A.K.A Mr. Bounty Killer is now a church fairing man with the help of his
mother Miss Ivy. Vybz Kartel is also showing his entrepreneurial skills as he ventures into another side
of business, making rum! Street Vybz rum is going to latest merchandise available from Kartel along
with the music of course! I

One of the ladies of dancehall Cecile also gave yardflex a one of one, telling her fans what she’s been
up to and her new album soon to come. Cecile has been in the game for quite some time and keeps
re inventing herself and coming in strong with great music that both the men and ladies can enjoy!






DANCEHALL Queen to di world! By Lydia Patel

International Dancehall Queen was exactly that - a blend of almost every continent coming to montego Bay to show what they can do. contestants came from as far as Japan, France, Poland, Canada and the US to compete for Jamaica's most prestigious dancehall title.

Dancehall Queen is in its 13th year and keeps growing, especially on the global scene. First prize winners went home with $400,000 JA(approx 5,000 US), second place took home 250,000 JA (approx 3,500 US) and third place was awarded 150,000 (approx 1,800 US).

The winners hails from Montego Bay and surprisingly entered the competition just four days before and still took home title. Second place went to Miss Japan who also was awarded the title of best costume.

For all of the exclusive Dancehall Queen footage click on the video below. To view more, click on the story itself or visit www.youtube.com/yardflextv


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YARDFLEX INTERVIEW WITH THE DANCEHALL QUEEN 2010 WINNER.





Happy Independence Day Jamaica

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Today, Jamaica celebrates it’s 48th birthday of independence and as Yardflex reflects we wonder just what has changed?

Coming out of the Tivoli Gardens upheaval and the State of Emergency it is clear that we still have a long way to go in controlling crime and getting this country to a crime free status.

The sad state of the economy with many losing their jobs, businesses down, makes you wonder after 48 years where is the real growth.

But today, let’s not think about the negatives, think about what the country has accomplished. We have some of the greatest athletes in the world, live among world class citizens and it’s still a beautiful place to be.

Let’s celebrate by being a part of the various activities across the country today and in the midst of it all breathe a word of prayer for the leaders and the people of this beautiful nation.





Grange pays tribute to Sugar Minott

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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to the Jamaican Reggae singer Sugar Minott.


Minister Grange said “Sugar Minott was a talented singer, songwriter, musician, performer and producer.”


According to Minister Grange, Sugar Minott “followed in the footsteps of the pioneers of Reggae, producing great music and helping younger artistes to make their mark.”
“We have lost a great artiste.”


Minister Grange offered condolences to Sugar Minott’s family, friends and the entire Reggae music fraternity.






Happy Father’s Day

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Today, Yardflex wishes all dads - biological and otherwise a happy Father’s Day.

We hope your kids take time out to make you feel special and appreciated. Enjoy the day and continue being the wonderful fathers you are or should be.





Introducing St Matthew

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Matthew Golding, was the last of five children born to Joseph and Beverley Golding in Kingston, Jamaica. His father was a soldier so he grew up on an army base. At the age of thirteen his father retired and his family moved to Portmore, St. Catherine. As a child, Matthew was drawn to music with an innate desire to perform and entertain.



"My mother was a drama teacher and she wrote a lot of plays and still writes to this day," says Matthew, "Maybe that's why I am so dramatic. She is an on fire Christian and that's where I get my Christian roots. My Father was a soldier and that's why I am so militant."


BR>Matthew's greatest inspiration growing up was his older brother Mark (aka RAMROD), who was into deejaying and rapping. Following Mark's footsteps, in 1992, Matthew attended St. Georges College where he wrote his first rap lyrics while in the eighth grade. As his lyrical skills continued to develop, he took up the name "Suicide", for he was notorious for his crazy ways.





Up close and personal with Double R

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By: Joan Wilson


123455677.jpgHe burst on the scene in the 90s with a string of hits include Shelly-Ann and Pencil…his fresh style and humour made him an immediate hit in the dancehall. Wallace Wilson aka Red Rat, now performing under the moniker Double R is still going strong.



Yardflex had a one on one with the DJ and it was hard not to notice that he hasn’t lost his easy charm and great sense of humour.



Double R who says he has been performing since the age of four said his inspiration came from his father who was a prominent person in the industry. His dad who played the guitar for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires and produced his first album Soft Lee. His dad was also a writer, producer and musical director for Cynthia Schloss and Boris Gardner.



It was not surprising when the music bug bit Red Rat, now with over 15 years in the biz the DJ has performed all over the globe. Responding to Yardflex question on some of the places he performed he jokes, “it would be easier to tell you where I’ve not performed,” he said with a teasing smile.



The DJ has performed to rave reviews every stop he makes and for him there can be no greater ‘award’ than to see the looks on the faces of his fans when he steps on stage.



When it comes to flexibility and not being limited to any one style Double R will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t set a limit on himself. “As a producer and a songwriter you have to keep up to date with what’s going on in the music world and move with the time,” he stressed.



With the downtown in the economy Double R is not allowing that to faze him in his usual down to earth style he pointed out that “Recession affects people that don’t plan.” He continued, “It’s all about moving with the times again. There are still artistes selling over six and eight million unit,” he pointed out adding that artistes must realize that regardless of what the situation, good music will always sell,





The ‘Awakening’ of Julian Marley

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By Joan Wilson
DSC_0797.jpgJulian Marley’s new album Awake is a message he wants to send to the world. In a one and one with Yardflex the son of the late Bob Marley says he has chosen this name for his new album because “This the time when the world should awake through music.”

In speaking about the album he says that he was inspired to do the album by everyday things seen in the world.

“Listening to this album should give positive feelings,” he said about his latest project.

Julian says it was a good feeling working on the album as this time around he got more ‘hands on’ approach on the production side more thoroughly.

Born in London in 1975, Julian has been blessed both by his father's great talent and legacy and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community. Since recording his first song at age five at the Marley family home in Kingston, Julian has become a skillful, self-taught musician, mastering the bass, drums, and keyboards.

In 1989 he released his first album, titled "Uprising" -- also the name of his new band. He moved to Jamaica in 1992 and began to work with such reggae veterans as Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl "Chinna" Smith.

A veteran performer despite his youth, Julian has performed at Jamaica's Sumfest and Sunsplash shows, and has toured in Japan, Brazil and Mexico. He and brother Damian were also featured as part of the "Marley Magic" North American tour in 1996.





Nicholas A. Holter

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DSC_0003.JPGNicholas A. Holter, professionally known as Nico D is a single 27 year old Norwegian reggae artist who started singing about seven years ago, when he was inspired to express his views about to the state of the world to the masses. He aims to not only have a successful career but to also inform and convey a constructive message.
This bilingual artist has performed at not only festivals at home in Norway but also in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, France, the UK, Canada and Chile, he has also performed on tours, to what he says was very positive responses. This he expected as he says that when you provide positive music you get positive responses.
Nico D is proud to be gaining International recognition as his songs, "Ruff Times" and "Dreams" have been played on one of Jamaica's local radio stations - Irie FM. The Norwegian Production Company 'Afterglow' is the producer of his songs.
Though he enjoys all genre of music his favourite is reggae. He, however has a word of caution to the artistes of gangsta rap. He says that he is aware that these artistes are a product of their background but that they must be careful of what they say as some may take their message literally.
He is not worried about the effects of the recession on the music industry as he says that historically recessions do not affect the entertainment industry.
Nico D has done two collaborations in Jamaica, one with Jah Mason and the other with Congos. He has also collaborated with two Norwegians, Admiral P and Jaba Man.
During his spare time he enjoys playing sports: football, tennis and basketball or unwinding with friends and his special lady friend.





Happy Earthday Bob Marley

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bob-marley_1.jpgRobert "Bob" Nesta Marley OM. born February 6, 1945 was a Jamaican musician, singer-songwriter and Rastafarian. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands: The Wailers. He died on May 11, 1981. Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience.

Marley's best known hits include "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Exodus", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, together with The Wailers, "Three Little Birds", as well as the posthumous releases "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion". The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, three years after his death, is the best-selling reggae album ever (10 times platinum in US), with sales of more than 20 million copies.

Long live the King of Reggae.





Chrisinti is back "Sincerely"

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Chris.jpgPaul Hudson aka Chrisinti is back. The singer who started performing professionally in 1997 is back with a new single "Sincerely".
Not a novice to the music fraternity as he has performed in places such as USA, the Caribbean, Canada, Africa and Europe. He is best known for his songs; "Oh Shiela", "My Sunshine has come", Save a little for a rainy day","Say Jah", "Joy" and "Sincerely".
He has the distinction of working with some of the top producers in the music business such as: Kings of Kings, Coolie Budz Records, Brickwall, Morgan Heritage, DASECA, Bobby Digital, Harmony House, King Jammys, Link Movement and 876 Radio as well as collaborating with the likes of Jah Mason for the song "Up Up Up", Nadine Sutherland for "Can't tek it" and Ikya for "Rock Baby".
Chrisinti credits his experiences of growing up in the community of Drewsland as his inspiration as well as having a Black Scorpio studio within the community.





Nerissa Irving

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nerr1.jpgNerissa Irving has been a very busy young lady. She has been involved in many projects recently. She has been featured in Playboys Natural Beauties October - November 2008 issue. She also performed in Mojo Morgan's, of Morgan Heritage, "River Nile" music video. Nerissa is also the spokes model for a new hair product to be released soon on the market. She is also working on a novel and a movie to be released later next year.





Fitz Laing (Tom Laing)

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tom_laing.jpgFitz Laing (Tom Laing), 51, married with eight children says that he started singing from birth and credits Bob Marley, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cook, Alton Ellis, John Holt and his mother as his inspiration.
He acknowledges that his love of Reggae music began while growing up in Trench Town, Kingston. His early days in the music business began in Brooklyn's Front Room recording studio.
He writes and produces his own songs and hopes to always provide good music that is accepted universally.
He has released songs such as: " It's not over", "Feel Da Vibes" and "Prayer" all on the m-16 rhythm.
He enjoys poetry and thinks that the music of yesteryear had more meaning and was more universal. He enjoys time in the park with his family.





Prodigal Son

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prodigal son promo.jpgGospel artiste Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son started singing in 1997 and has performed in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the USA. The self made song writer and producer enjoys doing his own thing but has on occasion worked with other producers such as: Danny Brownie and Rayon Smith.
He says that his preferred music is Gospel as he hopes to reach the world with his music.
Prodigal Son has also collaborated with International star Micah Stampley and local artistes Junior Tucker, Richie Stephens, Wayne Marshall and Jason Mighty.
The separated father of three does not believe in polygamy, "it must be costly" he jokes.
During his down time he enjoys playing FIFA on his playstation.
His next appearance is in Belize and Africa.





HEY!!! IT'S PAMPUTAE!!!

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pamputae.jpgIn this village some girls are very stupid! Hey Pamputae!!! That line is easily one of the most popular ones in the dancehall arena at this time and, it is because of one of the genres newest stars, Eveana Henry, known also as Pamputae.

Hailing from Fletchers Land, one of Jamaica's toughest ghetto communities, she has emerged with a familiar raunchy lyrical flow and content, manifested through her singles, "Good Gold," "Goody Good," and "No Lovy Dovie" - songs which have all connected well with the hardcore lovers of Dancehall music.

The rising sensation has become such a hot commodity in the customarily rough 'n' tumble industry that her name is even linked to rumors of a rivalry with longstanding icon, Buju Banton. In recent times, Buju has been heard using Pamputae's second hot slang, "They are all up in the Kool Aid and dem nuh know di flavour!" The slang highlights the inability of some women to display the sensual prowess to be a consistent talking point amongst males.

What Pamputae has done is to take courage from the occasion that an international icon like Buju Banton finds her slang effective enough to use it. "Although Buju has never given me recognition as being the originator of the slang, I have taken encouragement from the fact that he of all persons is using it," Pamputae reasoned.

The manner that she has dealt with this controversy seems to be synonymous with her character. The 23-year-old dropped out of school after getting pregnant; however, she said she never lost sight of her dreams and aspirations. The song "Goody Good" she said, is testimony of how she remained focused and maintained her self-esteem. "I voiced that song because every woman is good. Some men do not appreciate us women, but regardless of our faults, without us humans would become extinct."

She added, "I lost my mother at age 10 and my big sister age 11, but instead of having 10 babies I only made the mistake once, and have been taking good care of the one child. Things could have been worst with me, but I kept focused."

She loves watching African movies in her spare-time, and that's where her current slang derives, "In this village some girls are very stupid! Hey Pamputae!!!

She confesses her love for music and says she will only continue working towards becoming the best musical ambassador she can.





mcgregors.jpgLast Friday night was ‘big nice time’ at Lucea’s Club 300 where the McGregors shook up the small stage like a ‘quake’.

Freddie McGregor gave the truly delighted crowd a stunning performance as he weaved through hit after hit, with fans chanting along word for word.

It was The Star’s ‘Jungle Fever’ Part Two, when chosen ‘Stars of the Month’ get a special ‘spotlight’ with meet and greets that involve autograph signings, coupled with selective performances.

Club 300 was one of these special features where patrons got up close and personal with the McGregor clan, who did not disappoint. Freddie’s, “And So I’ll Wait For You” had the crowd serenading and after songs like: “Stop Loving You,” “Push Come To Shove,” “Rain Start Falling Down,” and “I Was Born A Winner,” some ladies had virtually lost their voices from screaming, while the men chanted and flashed lighters.

Anthony Cruz hosted the evening and also on hand to entertain and sign autographs were Chino and Shema. Cruz was full of life and did a great job as emcee. He also had the crowd rocking to songs like: “Half Way Tree,” Block The Road” and “Mama.”

Chino elicited high energy from the audience as he gave them, “Burn Them,” “Girl Dem Straight” and “Protected.” Other entertainers appearing on the bill included: Tellah, Skeptic, Cassandra, and fashion designer Minka.

The McGregors topped off a perfect evening by hanging out with fans while the selectors kept the groove going into the wee hours.





Barrington Levy riding high with the rappers

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By: Jaide & DC
Barrington.jpgMr Barrington “Shuddli-Waddli-Didli-Oh” Levy, boasts being the first Jamaican singer to have three rappers featured in one song, and in line with this achievement, the reggae icon is proud of his latest release, “No War”.

Collaborating with Busta Rhymes and T. Dot top shot rapper Kardinal Offishal on this blazing track, Levy takes his God given gift to levels that do nothing other than rock you.

Levy told Yardflex recently of his linking with ‘Busta’ and ‘Kardi’ and the energetic artist, known for constantly working hard, said it was a natural creative attraction. He said, “I was at a show in New Jersey, when Foxy Brown called up Busta to come to the club. After the show he asked me to sing a song and then right away he said let’s go to studio…” The historical remainder of the tale is the hard hitting conclusion – that is, “No War.”

Previous collaborations by the avid musically driven entrepreneur, who stands firm by his words in what became almost a ‘motto’ for the world, “Every Posse Must Work,” have been with rappers like: Snoop Dogg, Bounty Killer and Lil Wayne.

Mr. “Broader Than Broadway” has a catalogue loaded with hits and whenever he performs fans bask in the sheer pleasure. He said singing came natural to him at a very early age and with the inspirations of artists like: Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, John Holt, Gregory Issacs and Freddy McGregor he embraced his own sound and honed his skills to perfection.

Working with top producers like: Tallman Records,Sly & Robbie and Platinum Camp Productions, Levy churned out many hits over the years and his unique vocals have graced countless airwaves and subsequent charts around the world.

Taking time out to be a helping hand in his community, Levy’s enterprises provide employment for many in his area of Clarendon. The proprietor of : a restaurant, wholesale store, bar and Mystic Recording Company, Levy is steadfast in his focus on increasing employability by offering opportunity. “Everyone must work and I try to create more jobs for the local people,” he told Yardflex.

And the veteran, who is certainly solidly prime, is set to release a new album titled, “Its About Time”, while preparing also to bring his sweet sounds to Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui in the near future.

Look out for him – and be sure to pick up a copy of the hot shot, “No War”.





Guiness Sounds of Greatness

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G_S.jpgThe temperature was a bit on the chilly side at Alexandria Market, St Ann, but Pisces and Rebel T got temperatures high to boiling for the many who came out to support the Guiness Sounds of Greatness semi-final – Round 2.

It was a night of over the top fun for all as the crowds cheered on their favourite sound system. Rebel T ended up capturing the final spot and will be challenging Bodyguard for the title of Best Competitive Sound System in Jamaica.

That most coveted title comes with a grand monetary prize of a quarter-million Jamaican dollars.





New Kidz coming out with fresh shots

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By:Ricardo Bailey

NewKidz_Profile.jpgEveryone knows New Kidz from his burst out single "Hotter Set a Gal". Now New Kidz is coming out fresh again.

He has an upcoming single entitled "Woman" and he is slated to be doing a album which will be releasing in early January 2009.

Although detailed information on the album is yet to be released, New Kidz promises that it will be "banging".

Everyone wonders where the name New Kidz originated. The uniquely named artist explained to YardFlex that his friends on the corner just came up with the name as he was always coming up with new ideas and new jokes. Hence the name New Kidz.

New Kidz has been dabbling in the music business since the age from 12 but he became officially immersed in it as of 1998 when his hit song "Hotter Set a Gal" was released.

Now signed to Gargamel Records, New Kidz has other hot singles including, "Ready to Roll Out" on the Big Jeans Label and "Again." New Kidz has done collaborations with Singer J and Buju Banton; and has set his sites on doing a few with Bounty Killer, Sean Paul and Jay Z.

A few of New Kidz’ achievements include: traveling the world and discovering new places while touring with Buju Banton and making good music.

"Put God first and music second, don't be bad mind and envious and don't mix badness with music," New Kidz said, as advice for anyone who is interested in getting involved in the music business.

For more information on New Kidz visit www.myspace.com/newkidzmusic





Condoms in schools and prison

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Buffilous_Dancehall.jpgBig up my peeps, yuh done know every now and again a have to check in no matter how busy mi be. Now a have a very touchy subject fi all a wi and it's time wi call a spade a spade and talk up di tings dem.

Now fi di longest time di debate a guh back and forth bout whether we shoulda have condom inna school and inna di prison. Some people sey it come een like wi a issue one open invitation fi have sex, especially when it come on to di schoolers dem. Dem under age and giving dem condom is like we a sey we agree sey dem fi start venture inna big people world.

Now regarding di prison, yuh and mi know sey man and woman nuh go inna di same prison so from we sey condom fi inna prison suh yuh done know a di sex ting we a talk bout and not with man and woman... that is unless de guard dem get wild...but i doubt dat go on still.

Now is not dat we a sanction dem levity deh, but si whey mi a come from, suppose a man get hold dung and dem tings deh, at least him nuh haffi deal wid AIDS and any other repercussion. As to di one dem whey a deal with it willingly fire bun fiI dem, but dem fi still play it safe.





By Kaylia Williams

Stephenmcgregor.jpgAt the young age of seventeen, Stephen McGregor was defined by the music industry and the media as 'Di Genius' and is now dubbed as one of the greatest producers. A son of one of the greatest reggae icons, Freddie McGregor, Stephen wrote his first song at age five while attending Vaz Preparatory entitled School Don Rule. The song, which was about staying in school received airplay both locally and internationally in 1995.

At the age of ten Stephen began to take his music more seriously by going to the studio with his father, who he emulates, as well as by watching the masters around him. He mastered five instruments; the drum, bass, violin, piano and the guitar, and completed his first production Dutch Master, featuring the likes of Fambo, Natural Black and Da'Ville. Since the Dutch Master, Di Genius continued with a positive vibe, making him one of the top producers in Jamaica.
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Jimmy Riley the year to year singer

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jimmyriley_reggaetaurusriley.jpgIt's in the genetics. This famous adage applies to Reggae's hottest current 'blood-line', Jimmy and Taurus Riley.

Taurus Riley is the hottest crooner in Reggae music and his father is a living legend. Yardflex caught up with Jimmy Riley during a recording session, and he obliged to give an impromptu interview. "I am an artiste with history. This makes me more than just another singer," he said. He then proceeded to tell the tale of his musical journey.

His career started while still a student at St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in Jamaica, with a group called The Sensations. Jimmy reminisced on how he formed the group after being denied entry into another boy group called The Techniques. He said, "This was a group formed and led by Slim Smith, who was my best friend at the time; however I did not take the group seriously until I turned on the radio one afternoon and heard their song being played."
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Back in the days with Beenie Man

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beeniemand'angelsexygirls_beyoncerihannajayz.jpgBeenie Man recorded a slew of hit songs throughout the 90's that captured the dancehall arena, dancehall fans were busy learning and practicing the new dance move "World Dance", which was followed by more hit songs such as "Defend It" and "Dis Unu Fi Hear", "Damsel Ship", "Suzuki", "Ole Dawg", "Slam", "Ketteh Drum" and many more.

His performance in the music industry landed him the title DJ of the year in 1994, the same year that these singles were released. This was a significant year for Beenie Man; he also released his debut album which was titled "Blessed" which included a grip of hit songs.

By now, Beenie man had gone international; his songs were blazing the clubs and radio stations in England. The following year was even bigger and more successful for Beenie Man; he was doing major collaborations with Dennis Brown, Triston Palmer and Mad Cobra. In fact his biggest collaborations for that era were with Lady Saw for the song "Healing" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" that he did with Third World. This was another fantastic year for Beenie Man and he was back in line for DJ of the year for the second consecutive time...
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seankingston_bujubanton_jrsexygirlsbeyonce.jpgFor Sean, [the EPIC records joint venture] was almost like a prophecy beginning to be fulfilled. Not only is music his love, it is in his blood. Iconic Reggae artist Buju Banton is his uncle and Jack Ruby, who produced records for Bob Marley and Burning Spear in Jamaica, is his grandfather. Now Kingston says he's looking forward to making music and living out his dream. nephew

After producing an endless array of hit records for the likes of musical heavyweights such as 50 Cent, The Game, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg, production savant J.R. Rotem has turned his attention to one of the most innovative young talents in music, Sean Kingston, the first signing on his Beluga Heights label.

Kingston, a 17 year old native of Jamaica who now lives in Miami brings his very unique triple threat of talent of rapping, reggae chatting and soulful harmonization with the 2007 release of his debut yet to be titled album.
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flexalliance_bountykillerdancehall_sexygirls.jpg"Wha dem a deal wid?" - The slogan of fast-rising Dancehall artist Flex - can be heard from the garrison to uptown, from radios to buses to school children. Widely tipped as the next member of the Bounty Killer-led Alliance collective, Flex has made a name for himself via rapid-fire lyrics and melodies that hook you on first listen. Born Omar Henry at the Jubilee Hospital, Flex was first raised on the tough streets of Maxfield Avenue, before moving around Kingston, finally settling as a proud resident of Grant's Pen.

"From mi know myself I've wanted to be a DJ," says Flex. "As a youth I used to deejay Lt. Stitchie's song dem like they were my own," he continues, explaining the roots of his lyrical dexterity. His first time on stage was as an 8 yr old, at a community stage show where he deejayed Stitchie's intricate lyrics from start to finish and needless to say tore up the stage.

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Mr. Lexx - Actor, Deejay, Dancer....

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Lex_Dancehall_Beenie_Man_SeanPaul_JadaKiss_girls.jpgBorn Christopher Palmer and raised in the Mountain View area of Kingston, Mr. Lexx has been performing, as he says "since the day I was born". A former student at Kingston's (now defunct) Fox Drama School, Mr. Lexx is an accomplished actor who has appeared in several plays and earned a Best Actor award in 1992.

Mr. Lexx also distinguished himself as one of the finest dancers in Jamaica when he joined the popular dance troupe Squad One but for the past seven years he has pursued an extremely promising career as a deejay whose electrifying stage performances are enhanced by his vast experience in dance and theatre.
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edee-reggae-japan-ms-triniti-sexygirls-naked.jpgNot many artistes out of Jamaica can claim having been on the Billboard Top 25 Hip-Hop R&B Sales chart. E-Dee has however, been doing just that as he is featured on Ms Triniti's newest smash "Bongce Along". The 25 year old artist out of Clarendon, Jamaica is experiencing a breakthrough in the US market since spending the last five weeks as a chart topper. Already in Japan he is ready for his second full-length CD release and has appeared on four compilation CDs out of Japan. With two videos in rotation on Hype, CVM and Irie-FM in Jamaica, and US radio picking up his single "R U Ready" and "Between the Sheets" E-Dee could soon step into the international mainstream.

Born Everton Dennis, E-Dee was the youngest of eight siblings. His musical career began in the church, where he sang in the choir. His mother was very religious and did not allow E-Dee to listen to music other than gospel because she considered dancehall/reggae to be profane. So E-Dee's early musical experience was steeped in gospel. Suddenly his mother passed without warning when he was 12 years old and a young E-Dee had to grow up quickly. Working hard to earn money for his school uniform and books, E-Dee learnt dedication and focus very early, having to take care of himself. Applied to his musical career, that diligence brought E-Dee to his dreams. After completing his secondary education he moved to America to pursue his music career and to study to become an Actor. While in the U.S. E-Dee's steady exposure to Hip-Hop and R&B began to influence his writing, infusing the American slang with Jamaican Patois E-Dee's sound began to evolve.
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Natalie the ultimate Storm of the Dancehall

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Natalie Storm is a multitalented Singer, D.J, and Songwriter who believes the universe is hers to conquer. Born Natalie Cole in rural Jamaica, she moved to Kingston as a child. She grew up listening to, and being influenced by the sounds of Skeeter Davis, Smokey Robinson, Madonna, and the dancehall female artists like Mumma Nancy and Lady Patra. She attended the Franklyn Town Primary and Holy Childhood High. It was in school that she decided to make a career of music. After joining the Holy Childhood choir she successfully auditioned for the Cathy Levy Players.

While in school, Natalie was approached by a producer seeking female singers for an all girl reggae group. The producer was Computer Paul Henton and the group was M.B.C. The group released one album in Japan.





Blackrose explains her love for Dancehall

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Blackrose333.jpgBlackrose is an East African artist who is widely in love with Jamaica. I love Jamaica because of the reggae music, people, talents and dancing. I had been growing up watching much of VHC1, MTV there I discover some of my favourite artists like Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Neneh Cherry, Mc Hammer and more. By age of 8 I was exposed into reggae music. My bigger brother Anil Mohamed owned several reggae records and his favourite was Bob Marley. I loved the music of Bob Marley too we use to listen to his tracks often. As the years went by I got to know Maxi Priest, Patra, Shaba Ranks and Diana King. That was when I was 12 years I started to learn me dancing Dancehall/ Reggae Muffin as it was called those days. Then right then I started composing my own songs.

I was singing to my friends and family for fun. While at school in Uganda I won a singing contest by singing Patra's song "Worker Man". The artist who held the contest was known by name of Shanks Vividee and I was to attend to any of his show by mentioning Patra`s name. It was just one simple call I made at one radio station one day in Tanzania. I was to send shout out to my friends and the Dj asked me to hang on he will talk to me after he set the song I request on air. Anxiously I waited and there he was on phone again John Delinga. He though I had a sweet voice and he was wondering if I could sing. I admitted yes I could and it is one of my dreams. Right there and then I was invited to open the concert for different artists from Tanzania. I cried loud said "I have songs but no instrumental". He assured me that would not be a problem at all can be fixed by using other artist beats that goes with my song.





Reggae artiste Taurus Riley 'Firing Musical Shots'

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'The man who thinks he's larger than life' the title of the Taurian's first album formerly introduced Omar Riley a.k.a Taurus Riley into the music industry in 2001. The name Taurus Riley originated from him being ruled under the sign Taurus and the style he first came on the scene with, his friends said he fired musical shots with the fast pace that he would deejay, both were combined hence the name Taurus Riley.

The new musical sensation got hands on experience from his dad Jimmy Riley who is a veteran in the music fraternity, he shared, that life was always in the studio and traveling with his dad and so he was exposed to the music and to other veterans which he looks up to such as Beres Hammond and instrumentalist Dean Frazer.





Tribute To The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley

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bob-marley-reggae.jpgOn February 6 each year, celebrations and tributes ring out around the world in memory of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, born on this day in 1945. Succumbing to a menacing cancer at the age of 36, he was prematurely taken from us on May 11, 1981. Lauded with several accolades that include Order of Merit in Jamaica, Bob Marley was crowned The King of Reggae Music by a fan base that spans the four corners of the earth.

The powerful force guiding young Bob Marley from very humble beginnings in Nine Miles St Ann and Trench Town's inner city, through to his being not only a colossal artistic success, but also a steadfast proponent of social justice and human rights is relentless, and lives on in the long legacy of compelling tracks left for the world to reflect on and enjoy. In a 1979 European interview Marley noted he was driven to speak out against weapons, wars, the corrupted or programmed, like those who create actual or virtual weapons to overthrow others. "Scientists still studying and not listening to what I am saying, but if they are not creating things for good, but creating weapons to overthrow people, they will get overthrown with it too," Marley opined. He went on to say the needy shall not be forgotten and the expectations of the righteous shall not perish.





stephen_marley_ziggy_marley_Junior_gong_reggae_dancehall_bob_marley.jpgThere's this old black and white photo of Stephen Marley; it's a portrait of the lion as a young man. He's standing against a wall of bamboo rocking short hair and an '80s-style I-Threes t-shirt-puffed up and proud the way only a rebel youth can be. But there's something else in the image-something about the intensity and focus in Stephen's face even as a teen-that shows in an instant that having the last name "Marley" has nothing to do with being the son of a musical icon or an heir to a throne. It does, however, have everything to do with being an individual with a purpose.

Stephen hammers this point home with the release of Mind Control-his highly anticipated solo debut. Music heads have been up on his work for years, whether for collaborations with R&B stars like Erykah Badu or his part on the dancehall burner "It Was Written", and especially after Chant Down Babylon, the platinum-selling star-studded Bob Marley tribute he produced. But Mind Control represents a new stage in Stephen's evolution, one that brings together the genius of his production and his wise and soulful voice with hip-hop beats, smoky bass and winding keyboard runs. This is the sound of a man coming into full realization of his powers-and his legacy.





Dancehall quartet - TOK - Consistent hit makers

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Dancehall quartet, TOK, has proven that they are consistent hit makers. Powerful harmonies, soaring leads, sinewy deejaying, tunes that hit, studly appeal, plus a canny album production that goes way beyond the usual "string together proven tunes with new tunes as filler" M.O. all the ingredients are in place and they translate into BREAK-OUT, big time.

Although former schoolmates, TOK has created a place in the Dancehall industry, which they share with no one else. Singjays, Craig "Craigy T" Thompson, Roshaun "Bay C" Clarke, Allistaire "Alexx" McAllister and Xavier "Flexx" Davidson give the group its unique edge. Starting off as a Jamaican R&B group they saw the need to appeal to the massive Dancehall populace. So Craigy T and Bay C worked assiduously to hone their deejay-ing skill.





By: Shilo Evans

Ky-marley_reggae_bob_marley.jpgThe Rt. Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M...musician, humanitarian, prophet, reggae icon, and legend. Bob 'Tuff Gong' Marley has been called many different names by the millions of us worldwide who love him, but for his offsprings, the title of 'father', 'dad', or 'daddy', is the most significant role...the most important title Bob Marley ever wore.

Even if you've been living under a rock for the past three decades or so, you will know who Bob Marley was/is, and everything that he stood for. There is no need for me to go into the biography of the Gong, so I will leave the root for now, and head directly to the branches.

"My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool who seh dat, but when mi know facts, mi seh facts.
My music will go on forever." - Bob Marley

He didn't lie.
It's no secret that Bob Marley's children have all worked hard, and the Marley name, the Marley legacy, will always be alive and on the forefront...in music, fashion, charity, everything. The name lives on.

"Dem a go tiad fi si mi face." - Bob Marley





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Fyakin_sexygirls_dancehall_reggae_sex.jpgThe recording company Fearless Records has released the latest Fyakin single, 'Free the Rasta', to local disc jockeys which is getting a lot of love from FM radio.

Fyakin is the flagship artiste of the Fearless Records camp as it seeks to establish itself as a force to reckon with in the industry in 2007.

"We are trying to focus on Fyakin right now, we're not going to overwhelm ourselves with too many productions and we like the feedback we're getting from everyone so far on the 'Gun Season' rhythm with the duo, Serenity. However, we feel that Fyakin is going to be the next big thing," 'Fearless', head of Fearless Records, said.





WayneWonder_Dancehall_Reggae_Sean_Paul_Beenie_Man_Rihanna_sexygirls_nudeDancehall_sex.jpgWayne Wonder is a staple in the Dancehall industry. He has established himself to be one that is sure to be around for a long time.

In the Dancehall realm, it is probably rare that singers are highly-respected, but when you are as talented and artsitic as Wayne Wonder, it is hard not to be. Whether he is cooing of a new found love or if he is lamenting about lost love, his sound and style are distinctive and definitely fancied.

Wayne Wonder has been a consistent hit maker from the 80's. His catalogue includes hits like Joyride (with Baby Cham), Keep Them Coming, No Letting Go and I Still Believe.

Wanye Wonder Wayne has worked with a slew of talented Steve "Lenky" Marsden and Tony Kelly. He has also collaborated with the best in the business like Buju Banton, Baby Cham as well as rapper Foxy Brown and Kanye West.





shaggy_dancehall_sexy_girl_sexygirls_beenieman.jpgAfter one decade, six albums, two of them multi-platinum, five #1 hits, and eleven top ten singles world wide, Grammy winning Big Yard recording artist Shaggy is still on the grind. Making music that celebrates his culture and being an ambassador for Reggae music has always been the driving force in the heart of Jamaica's only living Diamond-plus selling artist.

In the early 1990's Shaggy entered the scene with his deep throaty remix of the Ska classic 'Oh Carolina', the first major Reggae record to come out of the dancehall underground. Soon after, the steady dub rhythm of the platinum selling Boombastic solidified Shaggy as a dancehall hit-maker winning the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

When Hotshot dropped in 2000 no one could have predicted that this was going to be the album to set Shaggy totally apart from any artist on the dancehall stage. Hotshot, the best-selling album in 2001, sold over 13 million albums world wide and topped the charts in the US, UK, Germany and Australia simultaneously. The album was seven times platinum certified in Canada and six times platinum in the US. Hotshot rocketed to the top of the charts with two phenomenal singles, "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel", which featured Big Yard proteges Rik Rok and Rayvon, respectively.





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Fyakin_reggae_music_dancehall_sexygirls_sexy_CarlingtonWilmot_yardflex.jpgEven though he is still in his teens, Fyakin is creating a wicked vibe in the dancehall with a number of songs including 'They Don't Know' for the Fifth Element label, and at least three songs for Fearless Records: 'I Know You Love Me', 'Free the Rasta' and 'Yodding in the Streets'. A video was shot for 'I Know You Love Me' which is getting love from radio disc jockeys across the island.

Fyakin has lived in the community of Portmore since 2003, and has developed a growing fan base in that community, even while he has been able to grow closer to his mother who was absent from his life for several years.

"It feel joyful more time to be with her certain way, we ah uplift her certain way, and ah try ease off the pressure offa her," he told YardFlex.com.

Fyakin has performed at a number of stage shows include Blazay Blazay, Kulcha Shock, Calabar Career Day, Gaynestead Career Day, the annual Garverymeade Barbecue, the Village Cafe, the annual Stone Love Anniversary dance, and the Cooyah launch in Annotto Bay.





babycham_Ghetto_story_Alicia_Keys.jpgThe lyrics to Ghetto Story, a haunting tale of growing up poor in the vividly violent streets of a Jamaican ghetto, were written from a surprising place: the grassy knoll of a lake deep in the suburbs of Southwest Miami-Dade, where ducks waddle by and the water laps softly against the grass.

It is a sweet irony not lost on Dameon ''Baby Cham'' Beckett, the popular Jamaican dancehall star whose searingly gritty song leapt from smash hit on the island a year ago to international acclaim with the help of remixes from R&B princess Alicia Keys and rapper Akon. The song and the remix with Keys earned Cham two nominations at last week's BET music awards.





Sean Miller
Yardflex Writer

Courtney_John_dancehall_reggae.jpgQuick, kids. Pop quiz. Who is Courtney John? Is he the same person as Yogi of 'I go Crazy' fame? Or is this another textbook case of 'identity theft'?

No, says Courtney 'Yogi' John, "we are the same persona."
But who can blame the public for being a little confused after seeing the reggae-pop singer in the snarky new video, 'Hey', where he changes his sound, looks way more dapper, gets up close and personal with Jovi, and in the stunning climax, where they both take a running jump into a pool. Yogi wouldn't have done any of that stuff.

The new persona appears to be generating a lot of buzz for this new incarnation of Yogi.

"Girls see me and ah call me all Junior Gong. But I am not Junior Gong, I am Courtney John, but I am happy that the young people are really into the Courtney John thing and because of the video and the song, I have a new set of fans," he said.





Erasto delivers 'Tek Away' on Hardrock Riddim

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Erasto.jpgWhen Donald Fyffe a.k.a Erasto got fired from one of his chef jobs a few years ago, he did not hang his head in despair. No, that would not fit the fighting spirit of this young warrior, he pressed on with his life, until eventually finding the path towards music, his first true love.

"My baby mother Roxanne has been very supportive, she strengthen me, and encourage me to get into the music business if I loved it so much," he said.

Born on the 7th day of February 1976, in the parish of St. Mary Janaica W.I at the Annotto Bay Hospital, this young man was re-christened Erasto by a female admirer who thought it best represented his personality. The word, African in origin, means "Man of Peace".

"I'm a peaceful and humble person. Music has always been a major influence on me from my younger years in school listening to artistes such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown. As of late, Sizzla and Richie Spice have also lent me their musical influences".





By: Claude Mills
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Alaine-Singer-DancehallSexyGirlsxxxxCarlingtonWilmot-YardFlex.jpgReggae songstress Alaine never gets tired of people coming up to her and saying with complete innocence:

"I love your song, yu have any more?".

The song everyone seems so hopelessly enamoured with is the breakout charmer carved in lover's rock oak, 'No Ordinary Love'.

And even though she is an established force in the business, what some artiste might have misinterpreted as a 'complisult' (compliment and insult in one) never rubs Alaine the wrong way because the song occupies a special place in her heart as well.

"That song has wings, and I got a lot of promotion from people who have heard and loved that song, I get comments from people who say that song made them fall in love again, and that's an incredible feeling," she told YardFlex.com.

The song charted on the New York Reggae Charts as well as on various Caribbean and Jamaican charts, and the music video has also quickly become a favorite among viewers and was the number one requested video for five straight weeks on one of Jamaica's largest video request shows called the E-Strip.





By: Claude Mills

MsTriniti-DancehallReggae-Beenieman-SexyGirls.jpgTo the casual observer, Ms. Triniti may seem like just another pretty face. But this young woman has got soul, wit and class, and through her unique hybrid sound, she is introducing a whole new generation to Caribbean music.

Ms. Triniti who was born to a Trinidadian father, and an American mother, was raised between the UK and the Caribbean and now resides in Los Angeles, California. A seasoned performer, she has recorded with almost every major producer in her genre. She has put the disappointment of having been signed to and released from Sony/Columbia behind her, and continued to plough along to be a frontrunner a new genre of music - 'ragga-hop', which she defines as an outsize melding of West Indian soca, dancehall, US hip hop and R & B. It is a sound that can be expected to bedazzle and befuddle the uninitiated for here is a girl who looks Caucasian but sounds Caribbean black.

"When I do dancehall, they do a little double-take, they don't get it, but the bottomline is that if you believe in your heart in what you're doing, there is no need to convince yourself, Eminem is real, I am real, I don't feel like I am putting up a front, this is me," she told YardFlex.com.





Street meets sweet - Cherine's got good love

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By: Claude Mills
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Look who's all grown up now.

CherineAnderson-reggaeSinger-Jamaica-sexgirls.jpgLittle Cherine Anderson who most Jamaicans know as the precocious girl from the 'Dancehall Queen' movie from the early 90s is now a bonafide hottie with a smile that can melt the heart of any man. And, oh, she's a helluva singer as well.

You might have already heard her one-drop hit single, 'Good Love' which has been bombing local FM radio into submission like an Israeli air strike on civilian targets in Lebanon. The single, which is sunshiny with soul, got 'good love' from reggae and urban radio stations in Jamaica, the US, Canada, several European countries, as well as internet radio, translating into a lot of buzz about Cherine.

Cherine's main prerogative now is to define the boundaries on this yet-unexplored territory dubbed dancehall soul. But just what the heck is dancehall soul?

"It is a hybrid of reggae, harder dancehall, soul and R&B, where I can incorporating the grittiness of my past with the sweetness of the things I've been exposed to...the world is opening up to the possibilities of this hybrid sound, look at how Rihanna made it to the top of the charts," she told YardFlex.com.





By: Tessane Chin

Its been a year already and a hell of a ride.

TessaneChin_RockDancehallsinger.jpgWell where do I begin? My Name is Tessanne, My passion and every breath is music, all types of music, but especially the kind of music that leaves a message and gets yah thinking, The kind a music that lives on even when many many years have passed, and basically that's the kind of music I wanna make, and with Yahwehs help I'll get there. I've been singing since forever and I pretty much knew all my life that this is what I was made for.

I've had some good experiences on the way, and some bad ones too but hey, all the best songs come from when yah feel like just calling it a day and crawling under some rock hahahah so everything for a reason, but to put everything in a nut shell right quick (cause I hate talking bout my self) I've toured with international reggae superstar and legend "Sir Jimmy Cliff" as his back up singer for about 2-3 years, Most of my fellow Jamaicans may know me as the lead singer from a rock reggae band called Mile High but that came to an end for me about a year and a half ago.





assassinDancehallartiste_sexygirls.jpgDeejay Assassin lives up to his name with unfailing accuracy. His musical moves have been calculated, versatile, deliberate, and deadly, and now that he's back from a smashing nine-week tour with the Penthouse family, dancehalls can again look forward to more smashers from the prolific deejay.

Ever since his mainstream emergence in 2001, Assassin has guaranteed his fans a steady string of chart toppers every single year and this year has been no different. Gully Sitten, Anyweh We Go, and Gangsta Rock have been ripping up the charts both in Jamaica and overseas, giving the deejay's argument of quality over quantity more credence.

He describes 2006 as a refreshing year with unique challenges. "Last year was a rough year on the personal side, so I never really got to revel in what was happening musically," he recalls. "I had a couple of number ones, made some progress cause we always want to find ourselves in a better position than what we were in the year before...we trying the father thing now, getting used to it, and even while being on the road now so many weeks, my tunes people a recognize them, so we have been doing good."





YvadDread_Reggaemusic.jpgOnce hailed in music circles as the Next Big Thing, these days, music aficionados have had to be asking instead: What happened to Yvad?

Well, these days Yvad is signed to New Beat Records, and is working on a new album which will be completed within the next two months.

"Since teaming up with Victor Simpson, I am just getting ready to launch the attack," Yvad said.

At this point, 12 tracks have been completed, and Yvad had worked with such industry heavyweights as Clive Hunt, Wayne Armond, David Kennedy, Michael Myrie, Bobby Digital, and Mikey Bennett.





Ras_Myrdhak_dancehall.jpgWhen The Alliance, Bounty Killer's powerful circle of artiste and music heavyweights formed in 2001, Ras Myrdhak was one of the youths who was hardest hit by the partnership.

"When Alliance form, it did shake everybody foot, it cramp everything. Yu coulden hear yourself on the radio, or inna the dance. Nuff man run outta the business after that, but ah really Jah govern everything and some man can only rule for a time if is not a positive sound dem ah push through on the earth," he told YardFlex.com.

Myrdhak said he was inspired when a new crop of artistes such as Fantan Mojah, Bascom X, Nanko and I-Wayne rose to the forefront of the music industry

"I was glad, because if ah dem alone (Alliance), no artiste no rise. So mi just heights and pray and waited for my time," he said.





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Zumjay is a street legend in the ghettos of Jamaica. He has built his name and street rep one stage show at a time to the extent where he is a household name in dancehall circles even though he does not have a string of commercial hits behind his name.

"People need more Zumjay in their lives, slowly but surely, we'll never do it poorly," he promised.

Born Rohan Alphonso Stephens, this Waterhouse-reared deejay attended Kingston College and then Hydel High School where he raised the eyebrows of his fellow students with his offbeat, artfully conceptualized rhymes. One day, a parent, Michael Rutherford, impressed by the young talent's vocal abilities, arranged a studio cameo for him.

"I used to deejay all the time during lunch break, and Rutherford, who was a parent at K.C, heard about me, and invited me to the Dynamic Studio. So I did my first recording in 1994, I remember still having on my uniform and K.C tie. The song was not released but gave me a studio experience," he told YardFlex.com.





DJ Elle a master at the turn-tables

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DJELLE_CHINGOBLING-1.jpgWhile finding feminine faces behind the turntables has become more and more frequent in New York City's ever-evolving nightlife scene, few female DJs have earned a resume that compares with DJ Elle's.

Originally drawn to the cross-fader by her love of blended music and the desire to share her impeccable taste with the carousing masses, Elle (pronounced "el") began learning her craft back in 1998. Inspired by legends such as DJ Stretch Armstrong, Red Alert, Coco Channel, Jazzy Joyce and Evil Dee, the New York City native spent countless hours practicing her mixing skills and studying recordings of her blends. Although Elle is primarily self-taught, she credits practicing with DJs such as A.Vee, Lyve and Ava as valuable experiences. "I still practice with DJs 'til this day," she reports. "It helps keep things fresh."

Although she respects turntablism - and had the opportunity to spin between sets at the renowned DMC DJ battles in 2004 at Webster Hall - Elle remains most focused on getting the party popping. A versatile performer, she is comfortable spinning for both underground and mainstream crowds. "I just do my thing," she says nonchalantly, "Depending on the parties and the clubs I'm at, I change my selection up to suit the crowd I will be playing for." The parties, clubs and





Assassin - dancehall next flag bearer

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assassin_dancehall_reggae_photos_beenie_man_sean_paul.jpgAssassin, or Sassin, is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the future of dancehall. Though relatively young in dancehall years, Assassin has grabbed the attention and support that many others slave for years to get.

Biting lyrics, clever phrases and slangs, plus controlled vocals have made the deejay stand out among his colleagues. His signature slogan 'Versatile' aptly summarizes Assassin as he eases through several topics in his cutting lyrics. From We A De Roughest, to How We Roll, to Girls Gone Wild, to Step Pon Dem, Assassin has shown a level of versatility that only seasoned veterans can achieve.

On the international front, it is believed he will become the next flag bearer, with his intelligent approach to the business.





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Antigua-born recording artist Shermain is ready to show the world what she's made of, and that big things can come from small packages. In late June the Caribbean beauty released her first single - 'I Came to Show You' from her debut album 'My Way'; My Style and has since then set the charts, the streets and the dance floors ablaze in the Caribbean region, the USA and even in Europe, particularly countries like Croatia, Germany and France, capturing the hearts of fans with her fresh new reggae-pop sound.
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G:Maffiah on his way to stardom

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G_Mafiah_Dancehall_Photos_Beenie_man_wedding_Sean_Paul_Rihanna.jpgThere are various ways to describe an artiste, some can be powerful in terms of delivery, energetic and explosive, some can be poetic, and some just humorous. When one thinks of poetry anyone that has experience the lyrical prowess of G:Maffiah will remember him always. Born, Ian Ramsay, G:Maffiah hails from Thompson Pen in a small district just outside Spanish Town. He is a graduate of St. Catherine High with several CXC passes but refuse to continue in the path of academics. Music is where his heart is.

His pursuit led him to Dillon Reid of Manatee Records, who was impressed with his lyrical bravado and rushed him to the studios to record two tracks entitled, 'Money Haffi Mek' and 'Saturday Night' both of which did well. G:Maffiah went on to work with other prominent Producers such as Jah Snow Cone, Lady G, Mickey John of Lion Paw Production, Power Mix Records Entertainment out of New York, Kingston 6 Rekords/BYG Family Muzik and King Jammys.

Formerly known as Krayzie Hype, G:Maffiah sought to change his name after Elephant Man recorded "Dance De Crazy Hype" as this had people confused and thought he was a dancer. His skill at writing has led him to work with other popular artistes such as Macka Diamond, Queen Paula, Mad Anju, Lady G and Red Rose. The Artiste has performed on several major events both locally and internationally in the Bahamas, Connecticut, New York, Orlando and New Jersey.





By: Claude Mills

I cannot forget where I come from/No 'mount of money can change man/Still blaze the skunk/But some leave the ghetto, get rich and tun punk. - Rude Boy Pledge

babycham_Ghetto_Story.jpgIn this poker game that we call the music industry, music insiders feel that artistes like Baby Cham is playing with a loaded hand. He is supremely talented, he's got arguably the greatest producer of his generation, Dave Kelly in his corner, he only puts out one great project a year, and he has the devilish the good looks to relax the thighs of any young girl he looks on.

Man, who wouldn't want to be Damian 'Baby Cham' Beckett?

"Some people may think that it is easy, not doing a lot of songs every year like other dancehall artistes but it is hard, I only have one shot to fire so I cannot miss, while another deejay might do 35 songs, he has plenty of back up in case he misses, so my thing requires tremendous precision," the 6'2 star told YardFlex.com.

Baby Cham is currently on a Summer-long local promotional tour, which is titled 'Giving Back'. He will be making islandwide appearances at various community events during the tour. He has cleared his schedule until early October to give himself enough time to get back in touch with his fans.





INTRODUCING THE SEXY...CARIBBEAN POP DIVA - NYAKA

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NyakaCaribbeanDiva,sexygirls,dancehallphoto,beenieman,seanpaul,rihanna.jpgCaribbean born with roots from Venezuela, Scottland, St. Vincent and Barbados; Nyaka is from the island of Trinidad and Tobago...born 21st September 1985. She has been involved in music since the tender age of 9, reading sheet music, playing musical instruments (steel pan) and singing with a group that traveled the Caribbean islands at a very young age. After studying Travel and Tourism in college she packed up her books and returned to her home country and went into the recording studio to record her first collaboration with a Trinidadian born Hip Hop artist SEF GAINES.

Determined she returned to Miami for a short stint before realizing that Jamaica is a main hub of music to the World and one of the Capitals of Caribbean Music among the islands. She recorded a sizzling hott, hit single with a reknowned Reggae Star Norisman, just a month after arriving on Jamaican Soil ..."My Boy (Put It On Me)" off her upcoming album which she is currently working on with Orange Hill Records and who better to introduce Nyaka to Jamaica than one of the hottest djs in Jamaica today.

Nyaka is a rising sun of the Caribbean Islands with a body that
defies gravity. This Caribbean Queen exudes as her name means
...grace...with an essence of sensuality..and vivacity.
Check out her sites to get more about her and see some more hott





HOLLOW POINT RIPPING UP THE GAME

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Sean Miller/Freelance Writer
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HollowPoint,dancehallphotos,sexygirls,seanpaul,rihanna,beenieman,elephantman,nude,xxxA.jpgA couple of years ago, dancehall aficionados were scanning the dials of dancehall-reggae FM radio, searching for a new sound, a new energy, and then 'Hollow Point' hit them. Like a thunderbolt.

Known for the hits such as 'Parro Mi Parro' and the current chart-smasher, 'Who Goes', Hollow Point is not just another artless pop deejay hiding behind a hook. He has got the steely determination to make it in this game.

Born Shevon Toriano Stewart, this deejay was raised between the rustic community of Clonmel in St. Mary, and the middle-class neighbourhood of Duhaney Park in Kingston. He grew up in a household where dancehall personalities such as Super Cat, Major Worries, Nicodemus were regular staples in his father’s cassette player.

He explained how he got his stage name:

"The name has no deep meaning, mi de pon the corner ah deejay inna about 1995, and the hollowpoint bullet did just drop, people just know about it, the armorplate that can fly through vest and tear up flesh etcetera, and mi used to write violent, deejay lyrics, so mi friend dem say, how yu love talk 'bout hollowpoint so? Wha' name so? Mi tell dem and the man dem say, 'ah gunshot name mi ah gi yu' and ah so it happen," he explained to YardFlex.com.





SELAH LEADING THE CHARGE OF REGGAE-SOUL

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Robert Murphy
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Selah,reggaemusic,beeniemanphotos,seanpaul,rihanna,sexygirls,sex,xxx.jpgP & L Recording artiste Selah has a thing for the number seven. He believes that it plays an important role in his life so much so that he wears a gold chain with a large number seven pendant around his neck at all times

"The number seven has a special significance in my life from birth because my mom and dad had eight children, I am the seventh one, so I always take #7 as a lucky number, it is significant as in the seventh seal, number seven will always be special to me," he said.

Selah is one of the frontrunners of a brand new genre, one which the critics have dubbed reggae-soul, and he has been scorching the nation's airwaves along with other contemporary artistes like Etana with their phenomenal new sound. Selah's most popular single to date is a refreshing gem of a song called 'Think About It' that become an anthem of some local FM radio stations.

"Reggae soul is a new genre that is set to take over the world, it's powerful," Selah told YardFlex.com.





Reggaeton's Bright Star Does It His Way - Pop

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Bio_Tego_Calderon7983.jpgIt was with great fanfare that Atlantic Records announced the signing of Tego Calderón in June 2005. He was the first major-label signing of a reggaeton artist, the Caribbean style (a combination of hip hop, dancehall, salsa, bomba, and merengue) that had already become a mixtape and urban-radio hit, and now looked poised to take the rest of America by storm.

Around that time, I profiled Mr. Calderón for a magazine. We spent the afternoon driving from a photo shoot to an interview with Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez, where he talked about his forthcoming album, "Subestimato/The Underdog." Our transportation was a deluxe SUV - compliments of Atlantic - wallpapered in a huge image of Mr. Calderón's afroed profile on the side. With the window rolled down, he chain smoked Marlboros and signed autographs at stop lights all the way downtown.It appeared the underdog had the world by the tail.

Now, a full year after the original release date, his album is finally seeing the light of day. I won't pretend to know the minds of record executives or the specific causes for the delay, but I have a





By Sean Miller/Freelance Writer
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Tanya Stephens has never been accused of being afraid to speak her mind. She believes firmly in the mantra: "tell the truth and shame the devil".

She is one of the exclusive acts for the rebirth of Reggae Sunsplash this year, and in a surprising move, chose to spurn this year's Reggae Sumfest show. She sat down with YardFlex.com this month to voice her opinions on her personal life, her music and the state of dancehall-reggae.

"Sumfest people dem no have nah no manners, and dem hype fi no reason 'cause dem tink dem a star," she said. "Gourzong a little bit too big fi him breaches, mi caan stand dem, dem no have no manners. Everytime they call, they're disrespectful, condescending, dem belittle you. Nuff artistes run back at them, oh please put me on, but for what? Nobody nuh buss offa Sumfest."

Stephens, who is riding a high on the international scene where her amazing voice and intelligent, socially conscious songs have made her





Dancehall Artiste Spragga Benz - 'Pon Di Endz'

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SpraggaBenz-Shottas-Cobra-DancehallReggae-SexyGirlsXXX_Nude-Rihanna_SeanPaul.jpgSpragga Benz is one of the most talented deejays to emerge from Jamaica's shores. He has carved a distinguishable niche for himself in the dancehall industry, and remains respected locally and internationally for his rich and constant supply of hits throughout the years, and memorable performances at leading Dancehall and Reggae events.

From his days of voicing classic raw dancehall cuts such as Jack It Up, to more conscious cuts like Brighter Days, Spragga has proven to the world his ability to give incisive commentary on the topic of the day, or deliver tracks that sum up various situations in Jamaica's diverse culture.

Capitol Records bought into the talent, and signed him back in the 1990s. Since then, Spragga has demonstrated over and over that he has the mettle to maintain a dominant presence in an often cut throat dancehall market.





CEZAR AIMS AT NUMBER ONE SPOT

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Preparing to capture fans with new single "Keep On"

Cesar_SexyGirls_DancehallReggae_SeanPaul-beenieManJosephCulture.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Cezar, multi-textured Jamaican artiste is set to release his newest single "Keep on". The song, an uplifting anthem of perseverance and hope, is a collaboration with renowned producer/engineer, David Kennedy, and will hit the airwaves in early August.

Cezar made his debut in 2004 and caught attention with his eclectic style. His cleverly balanced pop and R&B infused vocal style and guitar riffs with hardcore dancehall beats resulted in a fresh sound that generated a flurry of press and hot collaborations with popular dancehall producers such as Tony Kelly, Blaxx, Renaissance, and most recently, international producer David Kennedy.

Having built a stellar reputation for his work in the NY R&B/Hiphop/Rap scene, Kennedy's work with artists like Mary J. Blige, Mos Def, and A Tribe Called Quest, earned him numerous credits, awards, and - a testament to his acclaim - a Grammy nomination. He has returned to Jamaica to create a base of operations, and with the intention of translating his reputation into collaborations that showcase the power of local talent infused with his signature sound. Ultimately, he intends to serve this layered cocktail to the international market through his label, Intelek Entertainment.





Tafari - Rude Bwoy Warning

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Tafari.jpgAn engaging and confident young man, full of wit and lip, Tafari Buchanan, was born in Kingston Jamaica. At age 13, he became passionate about Hip Hop music. In the summer of 2002, Tafari went on tour with his Dad, Reggae artiste Big Youth, appearing on gigs in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. The experience gained from these performances and the enthusiastic responses he got from his audience motivated the young vibrant and energetic rapper to continue working.

Tafari collaborated with some of Jamaica's popular Dancehall Giants such as Lady Saw, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton and more recently Wayne Wonder. Working with these artists further motivated the young rapper to push on. His hunger for international recognition is now his main focus and working with Producer Tony Kelly gave birth to improved production suitable for that audience.





'MY NAME IS GYPTIAN' - IN STORES, SEPTEMBER 12TH

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Gyptian_ReggaeArtisteJamaica.jpgJust when you think you've heard it all before, along comes an artist with the power and vitality to steer reggae in a fresh direction. At only twenty-three, Gyptian sounds like no one else and, unlike 99% of his peers, he's oblivious to the constant parade of flavas of the month.

My Name is Gyptian, introduces the bold new voice thats swept Jamaican airwaves with the incendiary hit Serious Time plus a full set of other tunes that rock the dance floor as hard as they ache with sociological impact. Gyptian finds his inspiration in the world around him and in the venerable spirits of original truth-tellers like Peter Tosh, but an authentic voice like this demands its own words, and Gyptians writing dazzles as much as his tough, passionate chanting and lyrical singing.

We like the real facts of things, not going around the corner and wait - just light music, you know, Gyptian says. Raised as Windel Beneto Edwards in the countryside of St. Andrew above Kingston, JA, by a Christian muma and Rasta pupa, Gyptian describes his temperament as everything in balancehumble and calm as the wind...although at times, the wind turn hurricane and haffi blow off house top, he says. Unimpressed by the born-again Rasta craze that dominates Jamaicas music fraternity, Gyptian notes that Rasta is not something you feel or think you are; its just a natural mystic. A lot of people come in the music and turn Rasta, but Gyptian is not about that. I really sing pon the higher soul - real, authentic music, and its just life and music.





"Another Dancehall Superstar has emerged"

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Another Dancehall Superstar has emerged, Bramma "De Bomma" Born and raised in some of Kingston's toughest communities Waterhouse and Maxfield. BRAMMA "De Bomma" got first hand experience with the music and the music business from his father who had a sound called "Riddim Force" and his uncle, a musician who plays in Capleton's band.

The 19 year old Dancehall artiste has brought another twist to the music that is new and innovative. His writing skills are excellent and his use of metaphors in his lyrics has set him apart from his competition. This fast rising Mega Dancehall Superstar has recently released a couple of singles that have been getting heavy rotation on radio. Tracks like "Dem Bad Mind" on the Ghetto Whiskey rhythm, "Star" on the Wumba rhythm and "Set It Off" on the Stinger rhythm Bramma Mixed CD will be available soon, log on www.myspace.com/brammadebommer for more information.





Munga Mania for 'Bad Like I' -- Rude-Boy Anthem

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Building a rep in the dancehall game without a record deal is no easy task. But Munga is a testament to the power of dedication and talent. He has been able to 'trick dem and buss'.

The rookie deejay's growing buzz is centred around the unapologetically hardcore single, 'No Bad Like I', which has become a rude-boy anthem at stage shows all across Jamaica, plus he is getting crazy love from turntablists as well as FM radio as the track is a must-play for every disc jockey worth his salt in the business today.

"I never knew the song had a current, but I never knew that it would be this big," the 26 year-old deejay born Damian Rhoden told YardFlex.Com.

He grew up in the parish of St. Mary where he attended Hillside Primary and later St. Mary High for two years. He then moved to Kingston where he attended Tarrant High at the same time as Denise Plummer a.k.a Dancehall Queen Stacie. At school, he made good grades, and could have done any number of things but he chose to deejay.





Zerby_DancehallReggae_SeanPaul_RihannaSexyJamaicanGirls.jpgWhat are the chances of a born and bred Midwestern female from a midwestern family becoming a reggae dancehall deejay?(Jamaican rapper) Pretty slim - But the story of Zerby is nothing short of sensational. With a lot of guts, determination and talent, she defied the odds and has proven that she can lick a mic just as well as a Jamaican yardie. She threw herself into a world of the unknown and learned the know-how, survived, and has become the next female deejay sensation.

Nicole Williams was born in Ludington, Michigan on August 28, 1978. She spent all of her childhood in a town called Hudsonville. While she growing up there, she learned how to master many musical instruments including the piano, trumpet and bass guitar.

While she was attending Central Michigan University as a music major, she met up with the Ark band, who she went out on the road with as their new found member. I linked up with them one night and played all the horn lines with their trombone player, she explains. They had a trombone player and a sax player, so they needed a trumpet player. They then asked me to go on the road with them and I accepted. I didnt want to sit in school; I wanted to travel around. When you sit in the same place for long time you eventually want to leave. You want to see everything else. So that she did. Nicole moved with the Ark band to Columbus, Ohio, and found herself traveling all over the midwest and south as the trumpet player for the band. But because of artistical differences between rival siblings that continuously tormented the band, Nicole decided to leave.





Keyshia Cole - The Real Deal of Hip Hop, Soul

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Keyshiacole_SeanPaul_Dancehall_Rihanna.jpgKeyshia Cole is the real deal. Like many young people raised in a tough neighborhood, the 21-year-old songstress endured a tumultuous childhood in Oakland, California, and has fought all her life to keep her dream of a music career alive. Now she's realizing that dream on her own terms with her first album for the A&M label, The Way It Is. It's been a long road for Keyshia, but it's her powerful voice-- a bell-like instrument whose soaring clarity is topped off with a tantalizing touch of soulful grit -- that's carried her through, not to mention the diminutive singer's personal combination of sugar, spice, sass and sex appeal, along with a solid-steel spine.

"Being young, you have to be really dedicated to doing it for yourself," says Keyshia, who co-wrote most of the songs on her new CD and cites artists like Mary J. Blige and Brandy as inspirations. "There's a lot of trials and tribulations you have to go through to get what you want, especially if you feel like it belongs to you."

Keyshia's talent, personality, and faith have won her fans and supporters within the notoriously picky entertainment industry since she was a young girl. While still a pre-teen she convinced then-superstar MC Hammer that he should put her on, and she even got a chance to do some recording with the rap star before she was 12 years old. She also scored sessions singing hooks with other Bay Area artists, including Messy Marv's "Nubian Queen" remix, which was a regional hit for the rapper, and with Tony Toni Tone's Dwayne Wiggins, who featured her on his soundtrack for the indie film Me & Mrs. Jones.





BrickLace_DancehallRaggae_SexyGirls.jpgThe diverse sounds that have been brewing in the Caribbean island decades on end offer innovative new music with not only a distinct Jamaican flavor, but everything from gospel, to country, to contemporary R&B and hip-hop. And it's out of this fusion of styles (dancehall, R&B, and singer-songwriter soul) that sisters Nyanda and Nailah Thorbourne (otherwise known as Brick and Lace), have been born. No stranger to the music industry in both the and, the two in their Geffen debut, Love Is Wicked, features production from the likes of Akon (Universal Records recording artist), Raphael Saadiq (Mary J. Blige, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Bilal), Tony Kelly (Sean Paul, Shaggy, Lady Saw, Beenie Man), Full Force (Backstreet Boys, ), and Will.I.Am(Black Eyed Peas).

Raised in Kingston by a father who is a professional gospel musician and a mother who sang in the choir, the two always had music around them. "We were never religious musicians," explains Nyanda, "But the church is where we first started singing in front of an audience." From there the two began singing and recording together, working their way into the local dancehall scene as teens. In addition they sought gigs singing back up for more established acts. Their foray into that world lead to them eventually performing at Reggae Sunsplash and even opening for Roberta Flack. Later they were even invited by Lauryn Hill to sing back ups for her as well as perform on her forth-coming second album.





Empress Poised for Stardom

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empress_SeanPaul_SexyGirls_BeenieMan_Rihanna_Dancehall.jpgEmpress aka Empress Camielle {poised for stardom} is a young and new artiste to the world's musical stage. She has been involved in music from a child. Growing up between Jamaica, the USA and Australia has had a huge influence on her sound. Musically she loves soul, old time reggae, hip hop and flavors of the dancehall.

She has travelled to over 13 countries with music, television commercials and other creative projects. Empress is the newest VJ and Television Host on RE TV (Jamaica's number 1 reggae entertainment station). She hosts the top ten and VIP Backstage shows. She is a strong and determined Leo, with a killer personality and a killer voice.

Releasing singles with Sony & Warner Music previously in Australia, Empress has absorbed the runnings of the music business. She's tasted success and dabbled in many musical genres. Living back in Jamaica and making an album has been her goal and that's what she is doing. She sleeps 3-4 hours a night and is ready to take the world by storm.





Rakell_Brazil-SeanPaul_ElephantMan_Rihanna-Dancehall.jpgRaquel Sa was born on February 17th 1983 in Fortaleza, Brazil to musician parents. At a very early age it was evident that she shared the same passion that emerges from the various styles of the Bossa Nova, the Samba and the Timbales of Salvador Bahia, among others. At just 8 years old, Raquel formed part of a dance troupe made up of her sister and two cousins.

The group performed with great success in several contests mainly those of the Lambada: a style of dance that was sweeping Brazil at that time. At the age of 14 she began to contribute more significantly to her musical foundation by joining local singing groups and doing live performances. It was this exposure to a vibrant public that convinced her of her future life as a star.

At the age of 17 Raquel moved to Barcelona with her family, balancing studies with music and dance, still participating in local dance groups when possible. On her first trip to Jamaica in 2003, she fell in love with the music and the culture of Dance Hall. During this period she was introduced local producers and Djs that were impressed by her singing and dancing ability.

Thus was born the idea to create a unique and contagious sound based on the fusion of Hip Hop, Dance Hall and Brazilian drum beats. Raquel is currently living in Kingston, Jamaica where she is continuing her voice training in preparation for the recording of her second demo. New demo coming soon!!





Galaxy P Transforms to Ras Ptah

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RasPtah.jpgWhatever happened to Galaxy P? Remember he scored
big hits in the 90s.

He has changed his name to Ras Amun Ra Ptah.
"I decided to mek changes in my life, and move to a more spiritual and divine name, that's why I chose an ancient Egyptian name, Ptah, which means 'peace to the world'," he told YardFlex.Com.

Years ago, when he was riding high in the dancehall world, things took a dramatic turn for the worse in Galaxy P's life. He endured a particularly torrid 2003 when he was shot in his Greater Portmore
home by armed men, and then a few months later, the SUV in which he was traveling crashed in a major accident on the Washington Boulevard road in St. Andrew. The vehicle was written off, but no one died
in the accident.

"From I start to rass (grow locks) in 2005, things start to change for me. I see life differently, I read my bible and other books that teach me about life, and open up my eyes how to live as a man in this world. People even deal with me different since me rass, they are more respectful, even the radio disc jocks play me more, so it is a good thing to take things on a more spiritual level rather than a physical level," he told YardFlex.Com





Hollow Point - "The Top Dagger"

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HollowPoint-CarlingtonWilmot-Photos_yardflex.jpgBrace yourself world for the next big thing, Shevon Toriano Stewart aka Hollow Point! A dapper, clean cut, quiet and humble artist, as we Jamaicans would say "one a way" meaning reserved. Do not be fooled by the flamboyant pretty boy look, Hollow point is a true gangsta much like his mentor the Wild Apachie Super Cat.

Hollow Point bounced back and forth between studios and producers for a little while before his cousin, dancehall artist Chico introduced him to his friend Alozade, who then introduced him to producer Scatta who made him a part of his camp for just about five years. He had a number of songs released on the Kings of Kings label in that time period.

After leaving this camp Hollow Point recorded for a selected few producers including Steelie and Clevie of studio 2000 .Cool Face another reputable producer introduced him to top record producer Don Carleon who gave him the opportunity to record a number of songs for his label including Most Infamous and the current smash hit Who Goes.





Spragga Benz Pon Di Endz

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SpraggaBenz.jpgFrom talking about bad 'bwoys' to the goodness of the girls, Spragga Benz' music has always showcased a versatility that is incomparable. The dee-jay shows yet another side in his latest project Thug Nature, that of business man.

The CD, which features 17 songs and three interludes, was released by Spragga's newest venture, Red Square Productions. Thug Nature doesn't fall far from the lyrical tree that dropped such hits as Jack It Up, Good Day, We Nuh Like and Weh Yu A Seh Star.

Clever lyrics over bouncy dancehall tracks, done in perfect timing in his distinctive voice is one of the things that keeps Spragga on the scene a decade after he first blew up.





burningspearone.jpgGrammy Award winning, reggae pioneer BURNING SPEAR is a certifiable legend, celebrating more than 35 years in the music business. As the popular story goes, Rodney bumped into BOB MARLEY while walking through a field, and the two began talking about music. Marley encouraged him to visit Jamaica's Studio One, where Rodney and a fellow musician recorded "Door Peep." By the time of its release, Rodney had branded the duo Burning Spear, taking the nickname of Jomo Kenyatta, who was jailed by a colonial British government in Africa but rose to become the first president of Kenya..."I think people have to remember the originals," Burning Spear suggests. "So to be honest, I don't really feel no way about it when people put reggae in a different form. Regardless who's gonna do what with the music, I don't think they interfere with Burning Spear."

"I don't know how other people see music," reggae legend Burning Spear reflects. "Some people might see it based upon money, some people might see music based upon opportunity and access. But I see music as life. I see music as inspiration."





By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

Helen_Lindsay.jpgShe is talented and set on making big strides in the music business. You could say she started being groomed for the big times from as far back as she remember. Her name is Helen Lindsay and she has had a
love affair with music for almost seventeen years now.

It all started when she was a little girl of five years old. According to Helen she would use singing as therapy whenever she was sad.

She first started singing in church, as her father was a piano player. He would take her along with him "and I was always placed in the front bench with the choir. I would sing along not knowing the song, but i was the seed that was being planted for my love of
music," Helene reminisced with a smile.





Beenie Man Undisputed - A Man of Hits

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BeenieHmmHmmCover.jpgBeenie Man rightly proclaimed himself, King Of The Dancehall, a couple years ago and no one in the battle-based culture batted an eye-lash. Why? Because when it comes to chats and riddems, Beenie Man is the alpha and the omega. That is, the 33-year-old Kingston native, born Moses Davis, but better know 'round the world as Beenie Man, is the dancehall movement personified.

Releasing his first record, "Too Fancy" at the tender age of 7-years-old in '81, Beenie has not only been at the forefront of the genre ever since, but has been largely responsible for growing it into the international phenomenon it is today. And it is exactly this legacy which his latest release, Undisputed, serves to maintain. "This album is all about the title," he says. "It wasn't a concept, but more of a theme.

Each song had to live up to that name." And with production by the likes of Scott Storch, Don Corleon (Elephant Man, Sizzla) and Tony Kelly (Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder), and appearances by Akon, Brooke Valentine and reggaeton artist Voltio, Beenie able to completed the task of crafting an LP worthy of such a bombastic title. The lead single, "Hmm Hmm" is vintage Beenie at his best with infectious choruses and unforgettable melodies.





Ne-Yo -- Melody From Heaven

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Ne-yo.jpg"Heaven took a melody, gave it a soul, gave it a mission, put it on earth and named it Ne-Yo" -- words spoken from the mouth of a chose young man. At the tender age of twenty-two, the lyrical and musical talent that Ne-Yo possesses is far beyond his years. Born into a family of musicians from Arkansas, Shaffer C. Smith aka Ne-Yo was raised in a single parent home by his mother. In hopes of a better opportunity, Ne-Yo's mother relocated his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Ne-Yo would discover his passion.

Topping Billboard's No. 1 R&B chart for several weeks, the words on "Let Me Love You" touch your heart and makes you feel good in your soul. Performed by the R&B artist Mario, "Let Me Love You" is just a glimpse into the mind of a true writer. A master in the art of storytelling, Ne-Yo began writing at an early age.

A vivid imagination and creative energy has allowed Ne-Yo to write songs for multi-platinum artists such as Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, and Musiq Soulchild. When asked about writing number one hits for other artists, simply put, Ne-Yo said, "I feel there is always room for good music. I want to reach people's soul with my lyrics throug whatever vessel God chooses."





Skullman Says Don't Violate

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SKULL_MAN.jpgSkullman is back with a bang. The deejay's latest hit, 'Don't Violate' has been scorching the airwaves like a US military strike over Baghdad in recent times.

While the big hit, 'Stuck' helped to define Skullman's career in the 1980s, he has not remained 'stuck in time', but has constantly evolved to keep pace with the dynamic demands of dancehall music, penning new favourites for music lovers of every generation. The song 'Don't Violate has earned him major props at stage shows across the island, and given Skullman his second taste of mainstream success.

Earlier this year, he signed a contract with the RJR Communications Group to do an islandwide tour called the 'Cross Country Invasion'. He appeared on 54 shows across the island.

"Mi love how the people dem respond to me right across the island, it was like mi launch mi career all over again, and then I tried a song I have called, 'Don't Violate', and the place lift up each time the way the people dem love the tune, mi know say it gone, this is going to be my next hit," he said.





By: Jigga Matic
Photos By: Warlington

Munga_YardFlexA.jpgBuilding a rep in the dancehall game without a record deal is no easy task. But Munga is a testament to the power of dedication and talent. He has been able to 'trick dem and buss'.

The rookie deejay's growing buzz is centred around the unapologetically hardcore single, 'No Bad Like I', which has become a rude-boy anthem at stage shows all across Jamaica, plus he is getting crazy love from turntablists as well as FM radio as the track is a must-play for every disc jockey worth his salt in the business today.

"I never knew the song had a current, but I never knew that it would be this big," the 26 year-old deejay born Damian Rhoden said.

He grew up in the parish of St. Mary where he attended Hillside Primary and later St. Mary High for two years. He then moved to Kingston where he attended Tarrant High at the same time as Denise Plummer a.k.a Dancehall Queen Stacie. At school, he made good grades, and could have done any number of things but he chose to deejay.





Floydwest Will Certainly Be One of The Best

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FloydwestB.jpgFloydwest is not your typical garden-variety singer. He is a charismatic firebrand who is unafraid to speak his mind, even if it means that he might offend you. In fact, he is defined by one primary mission in his life, and that is to make music that speaks to the hearts of men.

"Right now, I believe that Jah ordain it for me to sing and perform for people, and I have a message that has to get out there to the people," he said.

West has packed a hectic full life in 25 short years. During his youth, he was a whiz at performing poetry and short narrative pieces, winning several medals in the annual Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) competitions.

At one time, while attending Bridgeport High, he won a Colgate song contest under the name 'Rapper Kid'. In his late adolescence, acquired skills as a woodworker (learning from his father, Owen Fitzroy West), before going into music, later becoming disenchanted. After that, he began studying at Portmore Community College before leaving that to enjoy a brief stint in the army!





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Dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong is revolutionizing the dancehall game with his edgy creativity and dancing savvy, creating a host of new moves to match the slamming dancehall rhythms coming out of the island's studios.

YardFlex.Com caught up with him at Ravers Park in Nannyville, St. Andrew last week, the same week he scored his first number one hit, 'Bad Man Forward Bad Man Pull Up' on the CHOICE FM chart in London, England.

You've probably seen him in a recent Digicel commercial on TV, or in the 'Wacky Dip' video with Voice Mail. Now, Ding Dong's got his own thing - Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up, a self-explanatory dance geared towards the 'shotters' who once believed they were too macho to dance.





Sexy Singjay Danielle - Eager To Make Her Mark

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daniel-videoshoot_YardFlex.jpgShe is determined, confident and ready to launch big time on the entertainment scene. Danielle knows it's a tough business to break into, but she is confident that her charisma, personality and talent will cut a niche for herself in the dancehall arena.

Currently, "I am focusing on marketing myself right now". She has recently completed a single titled 'Sexual Healing' with Gramps from Morgan's Heritage. The single was released last week and she is expecting big things from it. The song is a remake of Marvin Gaye's hit "with my own interpretation on it," the DJ pointed out.

It is not hard to predict that Danielle will go places as her winsome personality, her childlike grin and her aptitude for music is evident when you talk with her.

Born in Kingston, Danielle enjoys swimming, listening to dancehall, hip hop, R&B, and writing music. She is somewhat free spirited and believes in being happy no matter what her circumstances are. She admits, however, that when the decisions are important, she plans ahead accordingly.

She delights in all types of cuisine, but especially loves Oyster and other seafood. Her taste in fashion goes all the way to Europe, as she adores Italian designers and French perfume.





Tami Chynn Expresses Her Life Through Music

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TamiChynnA-YardFlex.jpgTami Chynn is sultry and street smart, keeping it real for her roots and for her fans. Addressing all thoughts, feelings, experiences, and dreams of young women and men within her demographic and beyond, Tami Chynn successfully expresses her own life in her music while providing fans with music that will transcend the test of time.

Born and raised in Kingston Jamaica in a musically charged family...her parents were in an all Female "Frontline" Band called The Carnations. Tami's mother was one of the First Female Trumpeters Jamaica had ever seen. In fact, the house that Tami grew up in was once used to house her parents band rehearsals. Even more intriguing, this house now facilitates Tami's own band rehearsals and also the studio where her entire debut album was recorded.





Hitlist - The 'Sheriff' of Spanish Town

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Hitlist.jpgThey call him the 'Sherff' of Spanish Town but deejay Hitlist a.k.a Sherff is no lawman. He is a self-described 'thug' deejay determined to bring the hard-to-digest truths of inner city life to the ears of vulnerable, at-risk youth.

Recently, a combination of Hitlist's live high energy performances and the chart hit 'Please Stop the Killing' currently rocketing up all major local charts, has propelled him into the limelight as the Next Big Thing in the dancehall game - a title that he does not accept easily.

"I am just here to tell the yutes that blood for blood is not the answer. We live inna it, grow inna it, we see man drop out inna it, and my words come from the heart, people need fi recognize what is really going on, it wicked inna the garrison," he told YardFlex.Com.





babycham2.jpgThere are a million stories in the ghetto. And yet there's only one "Ghetto Story." And like the song says, it's a survival story.

In Jamaica's ultra-competitive music scene, stars are born every day and fade away just as fast. But ever since the mid 1990s, Baby Cham has represented the best of cutting-edge dancehall reggae. His every release seems to bring forth new sounds, new slang, and up-to-the minute ghetto news reports guaranteed to "bust the dance." Spelled with a C (like champagne), Cham should not be confused with any Flipmode Squad affiliate, although he has been known to bust a rhyme from time to time.

With his athletic good looks, his booming baritone voice, and a catalog of hits that won't quit, Cham has managed to stay ahead of the times for longer than any other DJ in the game. And with the release of his long-awaited album Ghetto Story, Cham's poised to take dancehall to another level all over again.





Chella Vich a.k.a Mr. Exclusive - 'Fi 2006'

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ChilaVicb.jpgThis handsome, cocky 27 year-old has been raising eyebrows in Portmore, St. Catherine with his carefully crafted rhymes and his offbeat signature slang, 'Tis like Murder'.

"The things I put in my songs are different from the norm...I think out of the box, I go out of my way to flip things, be bold, so that I can really click with an audience and make a mark," the goatee-wearing Vich said.

Chella Vich's songs are cooler than frozen kool-aid with sing-along hooks, and catchy wordplay. He is one of those few artistes with a singular ability to marry hard-core and radio friendly cuts.

Ever since coming to Portmore, St. Catherine six years ago, Chella Vich has been steadily making a name for himself, and he caught the interest of young producers, Orville 'Bush' Blake and Andrew Johnson, who comprise his new management team.

"They've encouraged me to step forward and do my thing. I have always been self-employed but this is what I really want to do, and my gang, the Melt Dem Gang and man like Barnes, dem see things in me I don't see, and they've always encouraged me to just do it...get in the business," he said.





Hayee: You've Got Voice Mail

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voicemail-YardFlex.jpgIt is hard to go to any local stage show and not be graced with the unique sound, Hayee which alerts you that 'you've got mail;' Voice Mail. The dancehall trio has been making waves in the Jamaican music industry for quite sometime. However, it was when they flipped it a little and piggybacked on the vibrant dancing culture that leading Dancehall artist, Elephant Man revived, that they made a lasting impression in the music mind of the populace.

The group comprises of three very talented and hardworking young gentlemen and their dynamic personalities add to the synergy of the group. Kevin, a former model is very low profile and comments that "I'm just a happy go lucky person... always ready for anything."

Craig on the other hand, is a perfectionist when it comes to recording and is considered as the most miserable. Nevertheless he is also the most fun loving and comical. O'Neil, who is very business oriented, is considered the "unspoken boss."





RadamYardFlexB.jpgRadam is a nightmare for potential managers and potential A & R representatives alike. He is fiery, cocksure, brash and has a quiet intensity that makes you want to take a step back.

But Radam has been raising eyebrows in dancehall circles for his catchy street anthem, 'Dam Dam', which is set to propel him into the Dancehall Game in a big way. But it has been a hard road to get to the point where he is now, all grown up and on the verge of stardom.

As a toddler, Radam's parents left him in the care of his grandmother who found that she couldn't manage to properly discipline the hell-raising teen who gave no end of trouble while attending Hope Bay All Age school in St. Mary.

"She couldn't control me, I had no father figure and I usually give her pure problem to the point where I ended up in reformatory school. I don't regret it though, if it wasn't for that, mi woulda dead already, Sister Mary Ignatius reach me as a mother, she was the boss," the man born Lincoln Dwight Hamilton said, smiling.





Alozade Turns Up The Heat - 'Bad Out Deh'

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ALOZADE_0I.jpgDeejay Alozade is hot on the music scene again, ripping up the place with some hard-hitting music, chief among them 'Bad Out Deh', done on the Baddest Ting rhythm.

Alozade recorded 'Bad Out Deh' with long time friends Chico and Kiprich with whom he had previously joined forces to create the monster hit song 'Nuh Pet Gal'.

'Bad Out Deh' is presently creating a stir throughout the world. It is a 'must play' at local and overseas dancehall events and has elevated the artiste once again into the 'big times'. "I feel real good about the success of the song. It has done a lot for me where my career is concerned," he said. "My fans love it and I feel good about that."

A music video for the song was released recently. It was directed by local music video mogul Asha and is presently getting heavy rotation on local TV and cable stations.





R&B Star Jimmy Cozier Explores Jamaican Roots

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By: Claude Mills
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JimmyCozyPhotoByCarlingtonWilmot.jpgR&B singer Jimmy Cozier will soon complete his reggae album for Harmony House Records in Jamaica. The album, which has not yet been titled, could be released this Summer.

"I am just doing the last couple of tracks now, it's going to be 14 tracks of classic reggae," he said.

Jimmy Cozier's mother, Dawn, is Jamaican-born, while his dad is an accomplished jazz musician so he grew up in a home where diverse music cultures converged and he was exposed to a pantheon of jazz greats, as well as music from reggae icons such as Bob Marley and Beres Hammond. So it was almost inevitable that he would explore the Jamaican side of his heritage.





Bescenta - A Rare Combination of Intensity

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BescentaPhotoByCarlingtonWilmotYardFlexB.jpgAmbition never ends with the first hit song. The pursuit of excellence is the driving force behind reggae artiste Bescenta, who is a rare combination of intensity, quiet confidence and humility.

Born Bryden Bescenta Craig Wilkins on April 12, 1975, he grew up in the Salisbury Plain area, close to Stony Hill in St. Andrew. He attended Almond Hill All Age, then Oberlin High, before graduating from St. Andrew Technical High School (S.T.A.T.H.S) in Kingston. Immediately after high school, he learned the electrician trade, and to support himself, even did odd jobs like painting houses.





Dekka Breaks Free in 2006

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By: Jigga Mattic
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Dekka-YardFlex-PhotosByCarlingtonWilmot.jpgDekka the Dak was born to be a deejay. Although he has spent the better part of the last five years supporting his young family doing a nine-to-five, this year, 2006, he plans to 'break free' from his self-made shackles to pursue his dreams of stardom with a single-minded ambition.

"Yes, I believe this is going to be my year, I caan waste no more time, mi need to just give the music thing a real shot," Dekka said during an interview with YardFlex this week.
Dekka, whose real name is Kerry Walker, hails from Kintyre, St. Andrew where he grew up in a family of seven -- four brothers and two sisters -- all raised by his mother, Sylvia Green. He attended Mona High School where his passion for dancehall music soon became evident to all those who knew him.





Marley: his magic, music, legacy

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By Claude Mills/YardFlex Reporter

'I feel like bombing a church
now that you know that the preacher is lying.'

LegendBobMarley.jpgI wish I had met this great man face to face. However, as a rabid fan of Marley's music, I'm glad I never met him, or got the chance to form prejudices about this artiste who was well ahead of his time. Therefore, the mystique of the man will stay with me forever, despite the millions of words that have been penned and countless tomes painstakingly constructed, in his honour.

Certainly, the man who wrote the incendiary words italicised above was no ordinary singer or performer, but a man who - even under the influence of his favourite plant - was able to mesmerise and bring under his influence thousands through his soul-searing, energy-filled performances.

There is an ineffable something about Marley that I cannot deny, maybe if I could





Tanya Stephens - Rebelution Is The Next Chapter

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TanyaStephens.jpgThe quintessential Jamaican singer/songwriter, Tanya Stephens is equally adept at blazing the latest dancehall riddims as she is at blessing an acoustic guitar-driven ballad with lyrics that are insightful, relevant, comical, and often scathing...life and love observed with the honest eyes of a child, yet processed and returned to her audience with uncommon maturity and melody.

On Rebelution, Tanya Stephens once again displays her wit and musical sensibilities with bouncy songs like Hey Lady, in which she matter-of-factly explains to a woman (and all women) what steps she could have taken to keep Tanya from stealing her man.





The Buzz on Benzly -- Hyped to the Next Level

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You may know him for the abovementioned intro ON 'Wear My Sunglasses at Night' or maybe for his provocative disses of dancehall diva, Cecile, or, yet again, for his somber, cerebral ultra-creative radio hit, 'Mirrow', but Benzly Hype remains a bit of conundrum for dancehall fans who are unable to label him or put him in a box.

"Small minds think alike, great minds thinks differently, out the box, if you want to remembered, you have to be great. Every great Jamaican artiste is never recognized in his own country, but when he's recognized overseas, he gets the recognition at home, Marley is the perfect example of that," said the only deejay who can boast that he has an exclamation mark as part of his stage name.

He is also starring in a comedic pilot for local television which is a semi-autobiographical take of a young deejay life, a project being spearheaded by Rick Elgood of Dancehall Queen fame.





Dancehall Girl Group MBC - Make Boyz Cry

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MBC-yardflex.jpgDancehall Girl power at its best, bundled with youth, great voices
and sexy images all rolled into this exciting new female dancehall
group emerging from the bustling Kingston, Jamaica metropolis.

Introducing Storm (aka Natalie) the writer*, Foxy (aka Joy-ann)
the lead singer*, and the baby of the bunch Miss Chin (aka Heather)
the musician*, all excellent singers with great attitude and tremendous potential.

With ages ranging from 18-22 years this group of sexy females have already been compared to their male counterparts TOK and have been turning heads since their debut performance at Blazee Blazee in Mandeville.





A Chat With Dancehall/Reggae Artiste Buju Banton

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bujubanton.jpgAs the whole nation gets ready for the first-ever explosive reggae festival in Gambian music biz featuring superstar Buju Banton, What's On caught up with the man behind it. Mike Randoll is a Black British who have worked with a lot of popular world musicians. In this interview he talks more about the Buju festival.

What's On: Tells us what role do you play with regards to the coming of Buju Banton to The Gambia?

Mike: My company is called Level 22. We are behind the coming of Buju on Christmas day in The Gambia and also on the 31st December in Sierra Leone.

Out of all the countries in Africa, you only identified The Gambia and Sierra Leone for Buju to perform. Why The Gambia?





'Little Wicked' A.K.A Rasshady - Musically Inclined

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RasShadyA20051212CW.jpgYoung Andrew Cameron is one of the most competent young deejays working on the International Music scene. He may be young in age, at 28, but he is a veteran artiste, having started mashing up stage shows from the age of ten.

"LITTLE WICKED", as he was now called, because of his size and how good he was lyrically registered the fact that he is a talent to be reckoned with. During those early days, "LITTLE WICKED", went on to record quite a few songs. The first of which is titled, "Chicago Bulls", which was released in 1991 on the Prof record label. He followed up his first release with another single titled, "I Spy", which was also released on the Prof record label.

On the strength of these two singles "LITTLE WICKED" began to garner some recognition as a qualified artiste. So much so, that ace deejay, Ninja Man, having taken note of his talent and decided to take him under his wings which saw him earning the opportunity to perform at Border Clash before a huge audience in 1992, in which Little Wicked was called up on stage by Gun teeth, Gold teeth Ninja Man.





The Many Dreams of Ilano - Musical Adventure

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IlanaB20051206CW.jpgEngineer/Song writer/Artiste Delano McLaughlin more familiarly known to others by his alias 'Ilano' will no doubt be one of Jamaica's main characters behind the scenes of Jamaica’s Dancehall/reggae music.

Ilano has steadily been in the music industry for over five years now, where he started out in the position of assistant engineer for internationally acclaimed producer Dave Kelly.

Within the first six months on the job Ilano shows tremendous amount of skills that impressed Dave Kelly so, he decided to upgrade his position from assistant to Recording Engineer which saw Ilano taking vocals for well known artiste such as Baby Cham, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Foxy Brown, Kimani Marley, you name it.

As Ilano got more mature in the business, he then sailed ship to join forces with Ili Dread at Kings of Kings.





Gyptian Holds a Strong Meditation - Reggae Music

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By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

gyptian_yardflexA.jpgYou'd be hard pressed to find a more humble artiste than singer Gyptian. He has been able to retain his easygoing persona even though he has been bombarded by accolades and hailed by many admirers since his smash hit, 'Serious Times'.

The powerful hit, 'Serious Times', is a song carved in reggae oak - solid. The terrific trifecta of Gyptian's rich, ice-cube clear sound, the mournful drums of noted Nyabinghi drummer, Bongo Herman, and the sweet saxophone of Tony Green have made the song a bona fide hit that has made FM radio in Jamaica sit up and pay attention.

It has graduated to cult status, becoming a ghetto anthem on the lips of the poverty-stricken masses. The song is all at once a call to action, a sad commentary on the country's spiraling murder count, and an earnest advice column to young males on how to survive these most 'serious of times'.





Back In The Days With Bounty Killer

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Bountykiller_yardflex.jpgOne of nine children, Rodney's destiny would be irrevocably shaped by the landscapes of inner-city Kingston, where tribalism and poverty battle for the morals of the hungry and the desperate.

Leaving Trenchtown soon after, Miss Ivy relocates her family to Riverton City, a community founded on the Kingston City dump. Once known as 'Dungle,' the sprawling rubbish heap is a vital resource to many of its inhabitants.

Clothed just by 'tear-up-batty' pants, Rodney would sneak out late at night to hear the music thundering from speaker boxes strung up in the community.

Belonging to the sound system owned by his Father, affectionately known as Breezer.





Look Who's Grown Up Now - Peter Lloyd

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By: Jigga - YardFlex Reporter

PeterLloyd.jpgPeter Lloyd is an artiste who has had a remarkable odyssey. He has matured and grown up under the bright lights of the media spotlight, so much so he took an enforced sabbatical a few years ago. Now, he's back. He has rediscovered his love for the music, and the world had better watch out.

"My problem was that I was actor, a broadcasting, did a lot of film work, I do edutainment, I give motivational talks. When I came back to Jamaica in 1999, I stopped singing, I was tired of it, and about 2000, I went to stage shows, and decided I can do this again," he told YardFlex.com.





Damian Is As Unique As The Legendary Bob Marley

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RRR_damian2.jpgDamian Junior Gong Marley is unique ... as the son of the legendary Bob Marley, the youngest veteran has lived up to and exceed critical expectations even while shedding the "stereotype" of his father to deliver a musical hybrid as conscious as it is infectious.

Welcome to Jamrock and the forthcoming Road to Zion singles may have catapulted Damian into the mainstream (with hit videos, national TV appearances, Billboard chart action and record breaking album debut) but long time fans earned respect and returned admiration when Damian dropped his sophomore Grammy award winning album Half Way Tree along with its hit singles It Was Written, Still Searching and More Justice.





Jamaica's Dancehall Group T.O.K. Above It All

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tok_safari3.jpgFrom their ground breaking My Crew, My Dogs, to their current hit album, Unknown Language, dancehall's first and only quartet, T.O.K. continue to make their mark in the mainstream. Their current single, Footprints (a stirring tribute to loved ones lost due to senseless violence) is in rotation in major US markets even as the music video climbs BET's 106 and Park. Their explosive performances include a ten year career of club banging tracks – Money 2 Burn, Eagles Cry, Hey Ladies, Solid as A Rock, Shake Your Bam Bam and their most recent hit, Tears.





Wayne Wonder - Top Of The World

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wayne.bmpOnce again topping the charts with his current hit, I Still Believe, Wayne Wonder has produced several classic hits during the course of his 15 year career including the monster crossover success, No Letting Go.

His powerful live performances dispense a plethora of sing along favourites including Saddest Day, Joy Ride, Movie Star, Forever Young and Enemies along with new clubs hits like Glad You Came, Bounce Along and Friend Like Me from his recent VP/Atlantic album, No Holding Back.





Maurice Riding High In The Dancehall

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Murice.jpg'It's Yuh Boy' - is the slang of the singing sensation Maurice that he frequently use to intro is songs or when representing on stage. Maurice can be classified as one of fastest rising young artiste on the dancehall circuit - riding high with a tally four hit singles, 'COME BACK HOME', 'PLEASE CALL ME', 'MARY MARY'and 'DANCING TIME' feat. Delly Ranx.

His professional entry in the world of dancehall music started 2 years ago, after his relationship with his girlfriend ended, which inspires him to write the song Come Back Home that explains his feelings towards his princess who have walked out of his life leaving him home alone. The single was also Co produced by Maurice.





Dancehall Artiste - Kip Rich A Star For The Future

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It seems like such a long time ago that Marlon Plunkett aka KIPRICH was the Crazy Kid working out with the big one Jack Scorpio, as well as Danny Brownie of the hot Main Street Label to which he had been signed.

It was in fact, just the other day, the late nineties, when he catapulted onto the dancehall scene with his first number one single, LOGO DI BWOY. But KIPRICH has been so prolific since then, that he leaves fans in wonder at his many hits over such a short period of time.





Tami Chynn - Jamaica's New Dancehall Sensation

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All the guys want her. And all the girls want to be her. Heck, with her stunning good looks, and her great voice, who wouldn't want to be Tami Chynn?





Lutan Fyah Ready to Burn Up Charts

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Since the track Peace In Spanish Town, Jamaica has not stopped hearing the conscious cries of Lutan Fyah.This son of Spanish Town grabbed the spotlight in 2003, and has somewhat gone on a recording rampage to make sure he cements his place in the hallowed halls of Roots Reggae.





Little Hero - No Gun Nuh Down There

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littlehero_yardflex.jpgLittle Hero's luck has finally kicked in with the success of his runaway hit Inna De Ghetto. The song, which is featured on DJ Sunshine's Real Life rhythm, has given Little Hero's career the attention that he craved for.








Jovi Rockwell A Star From Birth

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JOVIpromo.jpgJovi Rockwell carries herself much like a blues musician of the early 20th century; she is brooding and spiritual with her music. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the child of an art and music connoisseur Jovi has been steeped in "the business" since an early age.





Mad Sensi from Spain to Jamaica

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Bratt and Kuko, two Spanish musicians/producers, are big time lovers of reggae music, and have come to Jamaica to hone their reggae skills to return to spread the art form in their native country, Spain.





Roach, from first class to coach

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Most people know Patrick 'Roach' Samuels as being a close, personal friend of deejay Vybz Kartel, and they often see him lurking in the shadows in music videos, backstage at shows, or at the studios.





DJ Smurf one of Jamaica's mixing Genius

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Errol Stewart, aka DJ Smurf, was born on September 21, 1972. He grew up in Kingston, and was raised by both his mother and grandmother. He would stay between Vineyard Town and Woodford Park occasionally, and sometimes in Cashew Park with his mother. While growing up with his grandmother, he was placed under a lot of restrictions.





Dj Sunshine lighting up the airwaves

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Many consider her the sexiest female disc jock in the business, for others she spreads joy, laughter and her vivacious personality and talent ensures that she is constantly in demand. Just as her name suggests DJ Sunshine is lighting up the radio scene these days. Only two and a half years on the air and already she has achieved what many disc jocks dream about. Sunshine has carved a niche for herself in the very competitive world of radio.





Turbulence the future of a Hungry Town

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Even though his stage name is the chaos-inducing 'Turbulence', this 24 year-old artiste is one of the most grounded, humble and focused young artistes you will find in the music business today.





The Rebirth of Mr. Easy

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Mr Easy is a man over-flowing with music and melodies that deal with the more harmonious aspects of life and living. He was born in the verdant, undulating hills of the Cockpit Country. The transition at the age of ten, for this country boy, to the cold, gray streets of New York City was not an easy rite of passage.





Delly Ranx Climbing Up the Ranks

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Its amazing that after more than ten years in the music industry, Delly RanX has managed to find himself listed among the top 20 dancehall toasters in Jamaica. His throaty delivery has made him stand out, and his clever lyrics and style continue to move dancehall fans worldwide.





Hollow Point Hungry For International Stardom

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"Silent rivers run deep" is probably a phrase that best describes Shevon Toriano Stewart. At first glance it wouldn't be easy for anyone to even imagine that seemingly quiet, humble and reserved individual could talk flamboyantly, talk "gangasta" and give you a solid reality check!





Idonia Dancehall's Newest Protege

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Sheldon Itano Ricardo Lawrence may not ring a bell, but whenever you hear his favorite line of intro on the radio waves or in the dancehall "You know it's Idonia, none a dem nuh badda donia", is sure to have an effect.





Iwan's Musical Journey

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Iwan's musical journey begins in the 1920s following an audition at Channel One records with the exciting trio 'Midnight Rider'. But in his perspective, he believes that he has just reach chapter one of his musical expedition.





DROOP DAWG Reggae Rebbel for Life...

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Born and christened Andrew Brown on the 15th September in Annotto Bay in the Parish of St. Mary. The talented Mr. Brown grew to love and appreciate music. As a youngster, Andrew enjoyed a life of ups and down. Growing up, life wasn't really hard, but it was challenging.





SOJAH! - SONS OF JAH!

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SOJAH! (Delus and Konscience collectively), are the latest addition to the world of Reggae and Dancehall music. When their musical talent combines they are force to reckon.





WHO IS FIRE PASHON

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She is the mother of a beautiful four-year-old Destiny, a child produced from a union with lead singer Peter Morgan of the band Morgan Heritage. Although she is a devoted mother, she has no problem that many teenage boys regard her as 'sex symbol'.





CASH FLOW YOUNG ASPIRING PRODUCERS

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In the quiet suburban neighborhood of Cooreville Gardens one would hardly expect to find a growing music empire and three of the most talented and promising young musicians. Cashflow Recording Studio is where you find Paul Mitchel (Jnr.) DJ Neil, his younger brother Ernesto DJ X and a close neighbor Damion Roye Mexican, three of the music industry's youngest and freshest.





RAWW DEAL THE REAL DEAL

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Omar Morrison aka. Raww Deal was born in Jones Town, Kingston and grew up in the humble community of Gordon Town with his grandmother. At the age of nine the DJ found interest in dancehall music which led him to sneaking out at times to listen sound systems playing in his neighborhood.





UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - VYBZ KARTEL

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Like season to mutton, a sizzling atmosphere,
musically sweet, high in the plateau of Jacks Hills,
Vybz Kartel in a relaxed mood, was penning some lyrics
to an eerie rhythm called siren with a happy Twilight Zone
feel to it. See weh me a seh?
Reclining in a cheap, white plastic chair, the slim
figure of this tough-talking, controversial deejay
leaned forward and coolly said, yes, king.
Introductions made, he continued to listen to the
siren beat, as if in sync with it. Cigarette smoke
wafted through the air and rose, spreading like genie
uncorked from a bottle in a little studio off
Shortridge Avenue, owned by LeftSide and Esco





NO STOPPING MR. PEPPA NOW

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Mr. PEPPA POISED FOR STARDOM
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"DAT IS BETTA you all should know it's Mr. Peppa" a slang he frequently used to identify his self in the intro of his lyrics. Presently he's one of the most talk about entertainers flowing from





BLING DAWG DON'T EAT BONE

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Appearing out of a pack of fame hungry deejays eagerly anticipating their few minutes of fame came an overweight, un-stereotypical image of a deejay. He knew one chance was all he needed and he waited three years for just that moment.





YOU WANT IT - SAYS MARTINA

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MARTINA JAMAICA'S NEW SINGING SENSATION
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Subtle, but saucy. That's the best summary that newcomer Martina says snuggly describes her as an individual. The talented singer, who gained some attention in dancehall circles when she teamed up with Mad Anju on Best Baby Father, says if she had done things differently, a career in cosmetology would've been her calling card.





HE'S SHARPER THAN RAZOR

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It's been about eight years since Razor decided that a professional career in the music business what was he really wanted to pursue. But the road hasn't been an easy one for him. He is quick to point out that the journey hasn’t been smooth sailing, but the experiences that he has been through, have paved the way for the attention that he is enjoying of late.






5 Minutes with Esco

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Yardflex: You were in US for a while, and currently in Jamaica for a bit, explain the projects you are working on
ESCO: TRAVELLING A BIT AND  YES IN THE US MOSTLY WORKING ON MY DEBUT ALBUM. I'VE LAUNCHED OUT FULL SCALE ONCE AGAIN. I HAVE MY SOLO ALBUM, MY NEW PRODUCTION CO/LABEL, TALL KING PRODUCTIONZ. LOTS OF MUSIC, CRAZY NEW RELEASES. MY SINGLE ENCORE IS OUT NOW! I HAVE 3 RIDDIM COMPILATIONS COMING: DISORDA RIDDIM, CLUB 2 CLUB AND A REGGAE ONE DROP PROJECT YET TO BE NAMED. GOD HAS BEEN GOOD. I HAVE A NEW MANAGER TAMARA HERNANDEZ ... FORMED A NEW TEAM WITH ARTISTE/PRODUCER SUPAH SHANE AND YUNG PRODUCER KHEILSTONE AND I'M DEVELOPING A YUNG ARTISTE ROLLIN X AND WORKING ON A NEW FEMALE SENSATION ICANDY. ITS A WHOLE NEW AND GOOD LOOK!!!
Yardflex:  So tell us about the upcoming album...
ESCO:  IT's ISLAND POP AND CARIBBEAN FUSION,  BY THAT I MEAN REGGAE DANCEHALL AND EVEN A BIT OF SOCA FUSED WITH WORLD GENRES. FUN AND DIVERSE DEFINETLY MAINSTREAM.
 
Yardflex: Why is it so important for you to produce with artistes in Jamaica?
ESCO:  EXPOSURE...AND JAMAICA IS THE 'FACTORY' FOR REGGAE/ DANCEHALL... SO TO MAKE GOOD MUSIC YOU STAND A BETTER CHANCE MAKING THE MUSIC IN THE FACTORY AND THATS ALSO WHERE IT'LL BE NATURALLY EXPORTED FROM. PLUS ITS MY HOMETOWN AND WE HAVE A SAYING...'WE WANNA DANCE A YARD B4 WE DANCE ABROAD'
Yardflex: What best describes your sound?
ESCO:  ISLAND POP/ REGGAE DANCEHALL FUSION
Yardflex: Who are you listening to on your iPod?
ESCO: LIL WAYNE. DAMIAN MARLEY AMONG OTHERS
Yardflex: Which artiste would you really want to open for on tour?
ESCO:  SEAN PAUL
Yardflex: So, what's your favorite thing to do when you aren't writing/producing/playing etc?
ESCO: SPEND TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER, MY FAMILY, MY GIRL :)  MOVIES, AND ANYTHING ADVENTUROUS
Yardflex: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from?
ESCO: I BELIEVE IN UNITY AND THE INFLUENCE OF OTHER GREAT MINDS. I DRAW INFLUENCE FROM LIFE, EMOTIONS, POPULAR TRENDS....MY FAVORITE PART...WUD BE.. COMPLETING IT AND WATCHING IT SPREAD TO THE WORLD.
Yardflex: Any  loves, other then music?
ESCO: IN TERMS OF STUFF I LIKE TO DO? LOVE SPORTS
Yardflex: Any celeb crushes?
ESCO:  YEAH, BUT MI CRUSH DEM 




Miss Kitty launches book

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Radio personality Khadine Hylton, more popularly known as Miss Kitty, had written a salacious novel, the streets have been buzzing, and questions flying - what does Miss Kitty have to say now, and who, if anyone she is unmasking The launch of 'Good Girl Gone Bad' iis already sounding like a stellar occasion, with participation from a wide cross section of society's luminaries and celebrities, from the likes of opening prayer by Tommy Cowan, and readings from the likes of Yendi Phillipps, Oliver Samuels, Professor Donna Hope, ace disc jock Kurt Riley, and also an address from Mrs Valrie Francis from the Jamaica National Library, just to name a few. Good Girl Gone Bad will be available at all Sangster's Book Stores, all Kingston Bookshops, Bookophilia and wherever books are sold across the island. Fans can also catch Miss Kitty at any one of the over 20 islandwide signings set to begin this Saturday at Sangster's Book stores, Springs Plaza and Sovereign Centre.

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Real Steele is ready to party

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Formerly known as Lady Steele, this up and coming dancehall artiste is defined by her lyrics and her swagger. So much so that a name change saw her being presented with the moniker, Real Steele.
She is the first to admit that when people hear the name they immediately think of her as a male artiste, and Steele, with an impish smile says she has no problem at all with that. One look at her and it is clear that Stephannie Abbygale Smith, aka Real Steele, is really all woman.
A past student of Yallahs High and Paul Bogle Vocational Institute - where she did Electrical Installation - this singjay has been steadily honing her craft for the past eight years. According to Steele, she has always had a passion for music, but felt it prudent to focus on her education first and equip herself with a skill before embarking on her musical journey.
It was in 2003 that she started singing on various sound systems in her hometown of Yallahs, St Thomas and from there she branched out into the studios of Kingston, where she was encouraged to write more lyrics. She admits that her first set of songs were "very rude", thus earning her the name Lady Steele, as she was seen an heir apparent for Lady Saw.
In 2006, Steele did her first recordings for Emerald Records, Too much War and I'm Still Gonna Love You and managed to get a break that same year. She was chosen to perform on Summer Hype at Goodyear Oval,  Mischief and Star Jam.
The singjay  has since made the link with various other producers, including Tenement Yard Records and Heel and Bread Productions. However, she is now signed to Heel and Bread, which, she declares is a positive move in her career.
Her most recent single on the Heel and Bread label is Let's Party, an uptempo, radio-friendly club banger which is getting modest airplay.

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Robert Sutherland have up #1 swagger

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A number one tune is really a hell of a ting eeh? Robert Sutherland tune Times So Hard reach number one pon Richie B chart and is like him is a whole new man. We nah say the yute no humble still, but dem days yah Robert have up a different walk. Fi real. A di people dem inna Philly must tell oonu bout the swagger. Anyway yute, gwaan hold di vibes. You a one person who cyaan complain bout how times hard. You haffi go find a different tune fi sing.
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YF Feature - AC Money

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Yardflex:      How did you get your artist name?

AC Money:   My label is A.C.M. which means ability to Create Millions.

I made up the name Ac.Money from that when I was in the studio before I began recording. It has since stuck with me so I decided to make my artist name Ac.Money.

 




YF: how long have you been in the business?

AC: Money: I have been in the business for seven years but I've been influenced by music ever since I could remember.

 

YF: What is the inspiration for your sound?

AC: Money: My

 inspiration comes from nature and all different genres of music. I always seem to drift away listening to the sound of the music I hear.

 

YF: how do you best describe your music and style?

AC: Money: My music and style is based on nature and my daily life.

 

YF: Where do you see yourself going musically?

AC: Money: I see myself working with major artists in the industry and creating an new era for myself, and the artists on my label.

 

YF: Who do you look up to musically?

AC: Money: Musically I look up to Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Baby Wayne, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Jadakiss and Tupac.

 

YF: Do you play any instruments?

AC: No, but I build beats and I like trying new things with music

 

YF: What do you like best about being an entertainer?

AC: Money: I like when other cultures can see and hear my music, and those same people can relate to my music and understand my point of view.

 

YF: Who would you like to collaborate with for a track?

AC: Money: I would like to collaborate with Beenie Man, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley and Jadakiss.


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www.reverbnation/acmrecordswww.jango.com/music/ac+money 

www.acmoney.fanbridge.com and www.youtube.com/megaacmoney 

You can use 757-701-8422 as the booking number.


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HBO Latin America announced that the HBO Film, The Sunset Limited will premiere in the Caribbean this Saturday (March 5).

Starring Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) and Academy Award nominee Samuel L Jackson (the Iron Man series, Pulp Fiction), the film explores and debates the value of existence.

The Sunset Limited is a searing two-character drama that mixes humour and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Locked in a philosophical debate, both passionately defend their personal credos and try to convert the other.

Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men - a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones) who tried to throw himself in front of the Sunset Limited, a Harlem subway train. While one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair.

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Book review: Long Run, Short Catch'.

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This is a wonderful epic story about real life and normalcy at its crusts. It's from the point of view of one of our African sisters with her life stories as the foundation. The events are real, the cross culture is a shock and the lessons learned are priceless. Jamaica gets highlighted in the novel for those who enjoy that feeling and a sense of home 'Long Run, short Catch' does take you to that special spot.

The story is about a Nigerian-American who ventures out to fine happiness on the 'other side' but only comes to find out that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. When the love bug bites it can make you blind which is exactly what

happens when she picks up her Jamaican husband from hell, marries him and starts a roller coaster of unforeseen hurt and disappointment. Immigration is one of the main issues discussed but is so relevant in our westernized society.

This novel has everything from love, romance, scandal, drug cartels and even battles within when you discover how Asama learns to deal. For many of us, our sanity is our only sense of hope yet the easiest thing to lose and how and what we chose to use as coping mechanism can be life altering.

This is a great read for all to take in and honestly, a breath of fresh air! 

Yardflex review says Asama Iwuoha nailed it right on the head.


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I am a spiritual being, evolving and growing every day, in every way.
I am continually evolving as a spiritual being. This evolutionary process includes trials and errors as well as joys and opportunities. Each experience I encounter, each relationship I share, each insight I receive offers me the opportunity to grow.

From the moment my life began, I have been evolving and growing. As an infant, through trial and error, I learned to crawl, walk and speak. From there, I moved on to more advanced learning experiences. As an adult, day by day, I grow in harmony with the unfoldment of Spirit in me.

It gives me great peace to know that I am a work in progress, growing and evolving to become the person I am meant to be.

Clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.--Ephesians 4:24





KGN 21 - JAMAICAN ALL FEMALE GROUP

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A successful girl group has never quite made the grade in the male-dominated Dancehall and Reggae world, but four hot and talented young girls from Kingston, Jamaica, intend to turn that on its head with their unique package of visuals, music and movement. Four strong and very different personalities make up the group called KGN 21 and they are ready to explode.

Sashe, Kerise and sisters Kuchi and Sheena, who hail from some of the toughest parts of Kingston, are taking a no-nonsense approach to their music, the business and life itself.

"We're all about girl power," says Kuchi. "We represent the new generation of females and our music reflects that. We're all about fun, independence and portraying a positive, powerful image for all the females out there, with plenty of eye candy for the guys too! We like to show our sexy side but in a tasteful way."


"Kingston's zip codes only go up to 20," explains Sashe regarding the group's moniker. "But we have our eyes set on the rest of the world too, so we thought KGN 21 was an appropriate name."
"And in Cashpot the number 21 represents bad girls!" chimed in Kerise. "We coming with the full package - dancing, singing and attitude, y'all ready fi di ride?"

Their debut single "Boom Boom," produced by Grammy-winning legends Sly & Robbie, announces their intentions in no uncertain terms. A catchy, poppy hook laced with hardcore Jamaican spice, "Boom Boom" got its worldwide premiere via US mainstream radio, courtesy of Nikki Z on her primetime morning slot on HOT 93.7 FM. Locally IRIE FM's DJ Sunshine and ZIP Jock Sparks have been showing the single a lot of love already.

"Its great that all the female radio disc jockeys are feeling the record," says Kerise. "Our management team gave it to them first as we are all about strength and unity for the women in the business and the response has been even better than we hoped for."

KGN 21 are shooting the video for Boom Boom this week and the single will be available on iTunes and all digital outlets on February 8. Individual

Individual photos will follow, more info can be seen below:






Celebrate Black History Month

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By RaeROQ



So February is black history month and we always know this, but how many of us take the time to think about it and actually celebrate in our own personal way? Black History Month is more then a month created to remember great black people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, and Nelson Mandela. This is a month in which we can celebrate not only our freedom, but look towards the future as being bright for us. African people have come from a lineage of bondage and progression. Our ancestors have suffered more than we so it is only right to be grateful for everything that we have and are lucky to get.
From the civil rights movement, to black people breaking in to the entertainment industry, dominating the sports scene, and America electing its first black president; we have shown that we are an evolving race capable of doing anything that we put our mind to. While chasing our own dreams it is only proper to pay homage to those who have paved the way.
There have been Jamaican artist such as Grace Jones and Bob Marley who have created their own legacy. Many artistic concepts, such as photo shoot concepts used by present day super models like Amber Rose, have been revived from the portfolio book of Grace Jones. Bob Marley is still, and always will be, an international household name and icon that will never perish. He will always be remembered for creating great music and trying to bring knowledge and positive vibes to the people.
Oprah, that has made the Forbe's list year after year, but is also well known for being generous. She has recently created her own network called OWN and has built a school for girls in Africa. Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational writers to keep in mind when you want to put a pen to a pad and paint a picture with words. Celebrate black history month this year by reading a great black book or watching a movie in respects. Try researching a black person that has made great accomplishments online. You may be shocked to recognize that you may have something in common with them. Don’t let it pass you by this year. Black is beautiful.








The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards, Formally Known as the SoFlo Caribbean Dancehall Awards, Launches it's 3rd Annual Ceremony with 13 New Categories to Honor the Best in Dancehall and Reggae Music

WHAT: The 3rd Annual South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of entertainers and entrepreneurs of the Reggae & Dancehall arena. Created in 2008, The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Awards was a brain child of non-profit organization, Single Mothers of America, which is ran by individuals of caribbean decent. SMOA wanted to find a way to get their messages across and include the Caribbean Community, it was then the award show was established. The South Florida Dancehall Awards started off by recognizing local contributors of the industry, but for the 2011 awards show 13 NEW categories has been added strictly for major industry artists. The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Awards strives to increase the ceremonies credibility in the Reggae industry year after year.

WHEN: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7pm

WHO: Single Mothers of America 501 3(c)

WHERE: Hollywood Central Performing Arts Theater
1770 Monroe Street Hollywood, FL 33020

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From Brown Sugar to Shuga

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2009 Digicel Rising Stars winner Mitzy Campbell aka Brown Shuga has changed her stage moniker to “Shuga” and has undergone a few changes since her shot to stardom last year. The blond duchess from Montego Bay has been holding her own in the male dominated local music industry by creating waves with new material that she believes is destined to propel her career to the next level.


Campbell, who recently changed her stage name to “Shuga”, has been working feverishly in the studio and the effort has borne fruit with three new singles including Commander in Chief and Bloody Hands produced by Keely “B”. Her third single that has been out is Money Talk produced by Annex Records.


Shuga is proud of her work. “I have been out there doing my thing still recording and my latest work has been getting crazy reviews from fellow artiste and disc jockeys,” she says.


Shuga emphasized that the name change completely differentiates her from another personality that already uses a similar name.
Campbell is not perturbed by the recent scenario. “The name change for me is not a big issue, all I did was just to drop the brown from the Shuga, besides most of my friends and family call me Shuga anyway so nothing else has changed, I will still continue to put out the good quality music that my fans come to expect of me, and I believe it is a good move for my career.”


The 24 year singer has had her fair share of challenges since she won the Digicel Rising stars competition, as for the latter part of 2010 she has been without a manager. Shuga has nevertheless remained current in the business.

“I have done a couple of gigs locally working on the Hitz 92 Road show as well as some private events, but the work is still coming in and I know when I release the videos for my new singles things will definitely get even better.”


As part of the prize for winning the Digicel Rising Stars completion, Shuga will soon begin work on a medley video for her two recent singles Commander in Chief and Bloody Hands. The video, to be funded by telecommunications company Digicel, will be directed by acclaimed music video director Kevin Lee.


Digicel Rising Stars producer Sharon Schroeter says the video, for the motivational song Commander in Chief, will showcase positivity and to encourage children to strive twards their life goals. Part of the video will be shot in studio utilizing green screen technology. The video will begin production sometime next week.





Who Is Denyque Dontre?

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She is undoubtedly pop princess! With an effervescent personality and spectacular work ethic, Denyque Dontre is earnestly building a catalogue of music and fans as she climbs up the ladder of the entertainment industry.



Denyque lives by the quote "Nulli Secunda" [Latin for "Second to None"], firmly believing that aiming for the top and never settling for less is the only way to achieve one's dreams.

At 20 years old, this singer/songwriter has reached a level of musical maturity that is far beyond her years; & with a distinctive and innate talent that promises to be one of Jamaica's finest,

After winning several medals in Jamaica National Festival Competitions at 11 & 12 years of age, Denyque went on to be a straight "A" student whilst attending the prestigious Belair High School in

Mandeville, Jamaica.

After

graduating with honors in 2006, financial restrictions kept her from accepting a scholarship to the

Berklee College of Music in Boston the following year, but Denyque still couldn't resist her calling to music and decided to keep following her passion.

Scoring her first hit single Can't Breathe in early 2009 she soon followed up with the catchy tune Pieces, produced by veteran producer Don Corleon.

Now, she regularly records for notable producers such as Neil "Cashflow" Mitchell, Conroy Forte from Washroom Productions, and another industry veteran, producer Jeremy Harding, who produced the current high-riding single Juggling Hearts as well as the song Supergirl.

In the summer of 2010, Denyque released her first music video for the chart-topping, radio-popular single Summer Love to rave reviews from entertainment insiders across the Caribbean.





Lady Saw wants a baby?

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It’s been all over the gossip mill, ever since Lady Saw tweeted that she wants to try again in her quest for a child.


The singjay says she is her own big woman and expressed her desire for a child and her intention to try again. Well one thing we can say about Saw she is living out what her album says “My Way”.

You go girl, we wish you all the best in your quest to bear a child…although we still think you are already a great mom.





Tributes to Miss Lou on her birthday

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The life of Jamaica’s First Lady of Comedy, the Honourable Louise Simone Bennett Coverley, also known as 'Miss Lou' was celebrated yesterday, which was her birthday.


Her name is synonymous with the coming of age of Jamaican culture. Miss Lou, folklorist, poet, actress, author, songwriter, singer, comedienne, activist, Jamaican cultural icon.


Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange marked the celebration of Ms Lou Day in honour of the work of Jamaica’s leading comedienne and cultural icon.
She was born on September 7.


Miss Lou is known to thousand around the world, who through her Jamaican expressions has captured the spirit of many and caused respectability for the language of our people.


Minister Grange says Miss Lou believed in and understood the value of authentic Jamaican cultural expressions.


During this month, a series of celebration events will be held across the country.






Dancehall night would not be complete without two of the hottest artists still rocking it out at
sumfest. Yardflex caught with up with the warlord himself, Bounty killer for an exclusive interview.
He talked about the state of emergency in Jamaica and how he is now a different man – a church
going man. Yes, Rodney Pryce A.K.A Mr. Bounty Killer is now a church fairing man with the help of his
mother Miss Ivy. Vybz Kartel is also showing his entrepreneurial skills as he ventures into another side
of business, making rum! Street Vybz rum is going to latest merchandise available from Kartel along
with the music of course! I

One of the ladies of dancehall Cecile also gave yardflex a one of one, telling her fans what she’s been
up to and her new album soon to come. Cecile has been in the game for quite some time and keeps
re inventing herself and coming in strong with great music that both the men and ladies can enjoy!






DANCEHALL Queen to di world! By Lydia Patel

International Dancehall Queen was exactly that - a blend of almost every continent coming to montego Bay to show what they can do. contestants came from as far as Japan, France, Poland, Canada and the US to compete for Jamaica's most prestigious dancehall title.

Dancehall Queen is in its 13th year and keeps growing, especially on the global scene. First prize winners went home with $400,000 JA(approx 5,000 US), second place took home 250,000 JA (approx 3,500 US) and third place was awarded 150,000 (approx 1,800 US).

The winners hails from Montego Bay and surprisingly entered the competition just four days before and still took home title. Second place went to Miss Japan who also was awarded the title of best costume.

For all of the exclusive Dancehall Queen footage click on the video below. To view more, click on the story itself or visit www.youtube.com/yardflextv


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YARDFLEX INTERVIEW WITH THE DANCEHALL QUEEN 2010 WINNER.





Happy Independence Day Jamaica

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Today, Jamaica celebrates it’s 48th birthday of independence and as Yardflex reflects we wonder just what has changed?

Coming out of the Tivoli Gardens upheaval and the State of Emergency it is clear that we still have a long way to go in controlling crime and getting this country to a crime free status.

The sad state of the economy with many losing their jobs, businesses down, makes you wonder after 48 years where is the real growth.

But today, let’s not think about the negatives, think about what the country has accomplished. We have some of the greatest athletes in the world, live among world class citizens and it’s still a beautiful place to be.

Let’s celebrate by being a part of the various activities across the country today and in the midst of it all breathe a word of prayer for the leaders and the people of this beautiful nation.





Grange pays tribute to Sugar Minott

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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to the Jamaican Reggae singer Sugar Minott.


Minister Grange said “Sugar Minott was a talented singer, songwriter, musician, performer and producer.”


According to Minister Grange, Sugar Minott “followed in the footsteps of the pioneers of Reggae, producing great music and helping younger artistes to make their mark.”
“We have lost a great artiste.”


Minister Grange offered condolences to Sugar Minott’s family, friends and the entire Reggae music fraternity.






Happy Father’s Day

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Today, Yardflex wishes all dads - biological and otherwise a happy Father’s Day.

We hope your kids take time out to make you feel special and appreciated. Enjoy the day and continue being the wonderful fathers you are or should be.





Introducing St Matthew

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Matthew Golding, was the last of five children born to Joseph and Beverley Golding in Kingston, Jamaica. His father was a soldier so he grew up on an army base. At the age of thirteen his father retired and his family moved to Portmore, St. Catherine. As a child, Matthew was drawn to music with an innate desire to perform and entertain.



"My mother was a drama teacher and she wrote a lot of plays and still writes to this day," says Matthew, "Maybe that's why I am so dramatic. She is an on fire Christian and that's where I get my Christian roots. My Father was a soldier and that's why I am so militant."


BR>Matthew's greatest inspiration growing up was his older brother Mark (aka RAMROD), who was into deejaying and rapping. Following Mark's footsteps, in 1992, Matthew attended St. Georges College where he wrote his first rap lyrics while in the eighth grade. As his lyrical skills continued to develop, he took up the name "Suicide", for he was notorious for his crazy ways.





Up close and personal with Double R

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By: Joan Wilson


123455677.jpgHe burst on the scene in the 90s with a string of hits include Shelly-Ann and Pencil…his fresh style and humour made him an immediate hit in the dancehall. Wallace Wilson aka Red Rat, now performing under the moniker Double R is still going strong.



Yardflex had a one on one with the DJ and it was hard not to notice that he hasn’t lost his easy charm and great sense of humour.



Double R who says he has been performing since the age of four said his inspiration came from his father who was a prominent person in the industry. His dad who played the guitar for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires and produced his first album Soft Lee. His dad was also a writer, producer and musical director for Cynthia Schloss and Boris Gardner.



It was not surprising when the music bug bit Red Rat, now with over 15 years in the biz the DJ has performed all over the globe. Responding to Yardflex question on some of the places he performed he jokes, “it would be easier to tell you where I’ve not performed,” he said with a teasing smile.



The DJ has performed to rave reviews every stop he makes and for him there can be no greater ‘award’ than to see the looks on the faces of his fans when he steps on stage.



When it comes to flexibility and not being limited to any one style Double R will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t set a limit on himself. “As a producer and a songwriter you have to keep up to date with what’s going on in the music world and move with the time,” he stressed.



With the downtown in the economy Double R is not allowing that to faze him in his usual down to earth style he pointed out that “Recession affects people that don’t plan.” He continued, “It’s all about moving with the times again. There are still artistes selling over six and eight million unit,” he pointed out adding that artistes must realize that regardless of what the situation, good music will always sell,





The ‘Awakening’ of Julian Marley

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By Joan Wilson
DSC_0797.jpgJulian Marley’s new album Awake is a message he wants to send to the world. In a one and one with Yardflex the son of the late Bob Marley says he has chosen this name for his new album because “This the time when the world should awake through music.”

In speaking about the album he says that he was inspired to do the album by everyday things seen in the world.

“Listening to this album should give positive feelings,” he said about his latest project.

Julian says it was a good feeling working on the album as this time around he got more ‘hands on’ approach on the production side more thoroughly.

Born in London in 1975, Julian has been blessed both by his father's great talent and legacy and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community. Since recording his first song at age five at the Marley family home in Kingston, Julian has become a skillful, self-taught musician, mastering the bass, drums, and keyboards.

In 1989 he released his first album, titled "Uprising" -- also the name of his new band. He moved to Jamaica in 1992 and began to work with such reggae veterans as Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl "Chinna" Smith.

A veteran performer despite his youth, Julian has performed at Jamaica's Sumfest and Sunsplash shows, and has toured in Japan, Brazil and Mexico. He and brother Damian were also featured as part of the "Marley Magic" North American tour in 1996.





Nicholas A. Holter

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DSC_0003.JPGNicholas A. Holter, professionally known as Nico D is a single 27 year old Norwegian reggae artist who started singing about seven years ago, when he was inspired to express his views about to the state of the world to the masses. He aims to not only have a successful career but to also inform and convey a constructive message.
This bilingual artist has performed at not only festivals at home in Norway but also in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, France, the UK, Canada and Chile, he has also performed on tours, to what he says was very positive responses. This he expected as he says that when you provide positive music you get positive responses.
Nico D is proud to be gaining International recognition as his songs, "Ruff Times" and "Dreams" have been played on one of Jamaica's local radio stations - Irie FM. The Norwegian Production Company 'Afterglow' is the producer of his songs.
Though he enjoys all genre of music his favourite is reggae. He, however has a word of caution to the artistes of gangsta rap. He says that he is aware that these artistes are a product of their background but that they must be careful of what they say as some may take their message literally.
He is not worried about the effects of the recession on the music industry as he says that historically recessions do not affect the entertainment industry.
Nico D has done two collaborations in Jamaica, one with Jah Mason and the other with Congos. He has also collaborated with two Norwegians, Admiral P and Jaba Man.
During his spare time he enjoys playing sports: football, tennis and basketball or unwinding with friends and his special lady friend.





Happy Earthday Bob Marley

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bob-marley_1.jpgRobert "Bob" Nesta Marley OM. born February 6, 1945 was a Jamaican musician, singer-songwriter and Rastafarian. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands: The Wailers. He died on May 11, 1981. Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience.

Marley's best known hits include "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Exodus", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, together with The Wailers, "Three Little Birds", as well as the posthumous releases "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion". The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, three years after his death, is the best-selling reggae album ever (10 times platinum in US), with sales of more than 20 million copies.

Long live the King of Reggae.





Chrisinti is back "Sincerely"

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Chris.jpgPaul Hudson aka Chrisinti is back. The singer who started performing professionally in 1997 is back with a new single "Sincerely".
Not a novice to the music fraternity as he has performed in places such as USA, the Caribbean, Canada, Africa and Europe. He is best known for his songs; "Oh Shiela", "My Sunshine has come", Save a little for a rainy day","Say Jah", "Joy" and "Sincerely".
He has the distinction of working with some of the top producers in the music business such as: Kings of Kings, Coolie Budz Records, Brickwall, Morgan Heritage, DASECA, Bobby Digital, Harmony House, King Jammys, Link Movement and 876 Radio as well as collaborating with the likes of Jah Mason for the song "Up Up Up", Nadine Sutherland for "Can't tek it" and Ikya for "Rock Baby".
Chrisinti credits his experiences of growing up in the community of Drewsland as his inspiration as well as having a Black Scorpio studio within the community.





Nerissa Irving

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nerr1.jpgNerissa Irving has been a very busy young lady. She has been involved in many projects recently. She has been featured in Playboys Natural Beauties October - November 2008 issue. She also performed in Mojo Morgan's, of Morgan Heritage, "River Nile" music video. Nerissa is also the spokes model for a new hair product to be released soon on the market. She is also working on a novel and a movie to be released later next year.





Fitz Laing (Tom Laing)

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tom_laing.jpgFitz Laing (Tom Laing), 51, married with eight children says that he started singing from birth and credits Bob Marley, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cook, Alton Ellis, John Holt and his mother as his inspiration.
He acknowledges that his love of Reggae music began while growing up in Trench Town, Kingston. His early days in the music business began in Brooklyn's Front Room recording studio.
He writes and produces his own songs and hopes to always provide good music that is accepted universally.
He has released songs such as: " It's not over", "Feel Da Vibes" and "Prayer" all on the m-16 rhythm.
He enjoys poetry and thinks that the music of yesteryear had more meaning and was more universal. He enjoys time in the park with his family.





Prodigal Son

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prodigal son promo.jpgGospel artiste Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son started singing in 1997 and has performed in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the USA. The self made song writer and producer enjoys doing his own thing but has on occasion worked with other producers such as: Danny Brownie and Rayon Smith.
He says that his preferred music is Gospel as he hopes to reach the world with his music.
Prodigal Son has also collaborated with International star Micah Stampley and local artistes Junior Tucker, Richie Stephens, Wayne Marshall and Jason Mighty.
The separated father of three does not believe in polygamy, "it must be costly" he jokes.
During his down time he enjoys playing FIFA on his playstation.
His next appearance is in Belize and Africa.





HEY!!! IT'S PAMPUTAE!!!

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pamputae.jpgIn this village some girls are very stupid! Hey Pamputae!!! That line is easily one of the most popular ones in the dancehall arena at this time and, it is because of one of the genres newest stars, Eveana Henry, known also as Pamputae.

Hailing from Fletchers Land, one of Jamaica's toughest ghetto communities, she has emerged with a familiar raunchy lyrical flow and content, manifested through her singles, "Good Gold," "Goody Good," and "No Lovy Dovie" - songs which have all connected well with the hardcore lovers of Dancehall music.

The rising sensation has become such a hot commodity in the customarily rough 'n' tumble industry that her name is even linked to rumors of a rivalry with longstanding icon, Buju Banton. In recent times, Buju has been heard using Pamputae's second hot slang, "They are all up in the Kool Aid and dem nuh know di flavour!" The slang highlights the inability of some women to display the sensual prowess to be a consistent talking point amongst males.

What Pamputae has done is to take courage from the occasion that an international icon like Buju Banton finds her slang effective enough to use it. "Although Buju has never given me recognition as being the originator of the slang, I have taken encouragement from the fact that he of all persons is using it," Pamputae reasoned.

The manner that she has dealt with this controversy seems to be synonymous with her character. The 23-year-old dropped out of school after getting pregnant; however, she said she never lost sight of her dreams and aspirations. The song "Goody Good" she said, is testimony of how she remained focused and maintained her self-esteem. "I voiced that song because every woman is good. Some men do not appreciate us women, but regardless of our faults, without us humans would become extinct."

She added, "I lost my mother at age 10 and my big sister age 11, but instead of having 10 babies I only made the mistake once, and have been taking good care of the one child. Things could have been worst with me, but I kept focused."

She loves watching African movies in her spare-time, and that's where her current slang derives, "In this village some girls are very stupid! Hey Pamputae!!!

She confesses her love for music and says she will only continue working towards becoming the best musical ambassador she can.





mcgregors.jpgLast Friday night was ‘big nice time’ at Lucea’s Club 300 where the McGregors shook up the small stage like a ‘quake’.

Freddie McGregor gave the truly delighted crowd a stunning performance as he weaved through hit after hit, with fans chanting along word for word.

It was The Star’s ‘Jungle Fever’ Part Two, when chosen ‘Stars of the Month’ get a special ‘spotlight’ with meet and greets that involve autograph signings, coupled with selective performances.

Club 300 was one of these special features where patrons got up close and personal with the McGregor clan, who did not disappoint. Freddie’s, “And So I’ll Wait For You” had the crowd serenading and after songs like: “Stop Loving You,” “Push Come To Shove,” “Rain Start Falling Down,” and “I Was Born A Winner,” some ladies had virtually lost their voices from screaming, while the men chanted and flashed lighters.

Anthony Cruz hosted the evening and also on hand to entertain and sign autographs were Chino and Shema. Cruz was full of life and did a great job as emcee. He also had the crowd rocking to songs like: “Half Way Tree,” Block The Road” and “Mama.”

Chino elicited high energy from the audience as he gave them, “Burn Them,” “Girl Dem Straight” and “Protected.” Other entertainers appearing on the bill included: Tellah, Skeptic, Cassandra, and fashion designer Minka.

The McGregors topped off a perfect evening by hanging out with fans while the selectors kept the groove going into the wee hours.





Barrington Levy riding high with the rappers

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Barrington.jpgMr Barrington “Shuddli-Waddli-Didli-Oh” Levy, boasts being the first Jamaican singer to have three rappers featured in one song, and in line with this achievement, the reggae icon is proud of his latest release, “No War”.

Collaborating with Busta Rhymes and T. Dot top shot rapper Kardinal Offishal on this blazing track, Levy takes his God given gift to levels that do nothing other than rock you.

Levy told Yardflex recently of his linking with ‘Busta’ and ‘Kardi’ and the energetic artist, known for constantly working hard, said it was a natural creative attraction. He said, “I was at a show in New Jersey, when Foxy Brown called up Busta to come to the club. After the show he asked me to sing a song and then right away he said let’s go to studio…” The historical remainder of the tale is the hard hitting conclusion – that is, “No War.”

Previous collaborations by the avid musically driven entrepreneur, who stands firm by his words in what became almost a ‘motto’ for the world, “Every Posse Must Work,” have been with rappers like: Snoop Dogg, Bounty Killer and Lil Wayne.

Mr. “Broader Than Broadway” has a catalogue loaded with hits and whenever he performs fans bask in the sheer pleasure. He said singing came natural to him at a very early age and with the inspirations of artists like: Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, John Holt, Gregory Issacs and Freddy McGregor he embraced his own sound and honed his skills to perfection.

Working with top producers like: Tallman Records,Sly & Robbie and Platinum Camp Productions, Levy churned out many hits over the years and his unique vocals have graced countless airwaves and subsequent charts around the world.

Taking time out to be a helping hand in his community, Levy’s enterprises provide employment for many in his area of Clarendon. The proprietor of : a restaurant, wholesale store, bar and Mystic Recording Company, Levy is steadfast in his focus on increasing employability by offering opportunity. “Everyone must work and I try to create more jobs for the local people,” he told Yardflex.

And the veteran, who is certainly solidly prime, is set to release a new album titled, “Its About Time”, while preparing also to bring his sweet sounds to Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui in the near future.

Look out for him – and be sure to pick up a copy of the hot shot, “No War”.





Guiness Sounds of Greatness

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G_S.jpgThe temperature was a bit on the chilly side at Alexandria Market, St Ann, but Pisces and Rebel T got temperatures high to boiling for the many who came out to support the Guiness Sounds of Greatness semi-final – Round 2.

It was a night of over the top fun for all as the crowds cheered on their favourite sound system. Rebel T ended up capturing the final spot and will be challenging Bodyguard for the title of Best Competitive Sound System in Jamaica.

That most coveted title comes with a grand monetary prize of a quarter-million Jamaican dollars.





New Kidz coming out with fresh shots

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By:Ricardo Bailey

NewKidz_Profile.jpgEveryone knows New Kidz from his burst out single "Hotter Set a Gal". Now New Kidz is coming out fresh again.

He has an upcoming single entitled "Woman" and he is slated to be doing a album which will be releasing in early January 2009.

Although detailed information on the album is yet to be released, New Kidz promises that it will be "banging".

Everyone wonders where the name New Kidz originated. The uniquely named artist explained to YardFlex that his friends on the corner just came up with the name as he was always coming up with new ideas and new jokes. Hence the name New Kidz.

New Kidz has been dabbling in the music business since the age from 12 but he became officially immersed in it as of 1998 when his hit song "Hotter Set a Gal" was released.

Now signed to Gargamel Records, New Kidz has other hot singles including, "Ready to Roll Out" on the Big Jeans Label and "Again." New Kidz has done collaborations with Singer J and Buju Banton; and has set his sites on doing a few with Bounty Killer, Sean Paul and Jay Z.

A few of New Kidz’ achievements include: traveling the world and discovering new places while touring with Buju Banton and making good music.

"Put God first and music second, don't be bad mind and envious and don't mix badness with music," New Kidz said, as advice for anyone who is interested in getting involved in the music business.

For more information on New Kidz visit www.myspace.com/newkidzmusic





Condoms in schools and prison

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Buffilous_Dancehall.jpgBig up my peeps, yuh done know every now and again a have to check in no matter how busy mi be. Now a have a very touchy subject fi all a wi and it's time wi call a spade a spade and talk up di tings dem.

Now fi di longest time di debate a guh back and forth bout whether we shoulda have condom inna school and inna di prison. Some people sey it come een like wi a issue one open invitation fi have sex, especially when it come on to di schoolers dem. Dem under age and giving dem condom is like we a sey we agree sey dem fi start venture inna big people world.

Now regarding di prison, yuh and mi know sey man and woman nuh go inna di same prison so from we sey condom fi inna prison suh yuh done know a di sex ting we a talk bout and not with man and woman... that is unless de guard dem get wild...but i doubt dat go on still.

Now is not dat we a sanction dem levity deh, but si whey mi a come from, suppose a man get hold dung and dem tings deh, at least him nuh haffi deal wid AIDS and any other repercussion. As to di one dem whey a deal with it willingly fire bun fiI dem, but dem fi still play it safe.





By Kaylia Williams

Stephenmcgregor.jpgAt the young age of seventeen, Stephen McGregor was defined by the music industry and the media as 'Di Genius' and is now dubbed as one of the greatest producers. A son of one of the greatest reggae icons, Freddie McGregor, Stephen wrote his first song at age five while attending Vaz Preparatory entitled School Don Rule. The song, which was about staying in school received airplay both locally and internationally in 1995.

At the age of ten Stephen began to take his music more seriously by going to the studio with his father, who he emulates, as well as by watching the masters around him. He mastered five instruments; the drum, bass, violin, piano and the guitar, and completed his first production Dutch Master, featuring the likes of Fambo, Natural Black and Da'Ville. Since the Dutch Master, Di Genius continued with a positive vibe, making him one of the top producers in Jamaica.
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Jimmy Riley the year to year singer

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jimmyriley_reggaetaurusriley.jpgIt's in the genetics. This famous adage applies to Reggae's hottest current 'blood-line', Jimmy and Taurus Riley.

Taurus Riley is the hottest crooner in Reggae music and his father is a living legend. Yardflex caught up with Jimmy Riley during a recording session, and he obliged to give an impromptu interview. "I am an artiste with history. This makes me more than just another singer," he said. He then proceeded to tell the tale of his musical journey.

His career started while still a student at St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in Jamaica, with a group called The Sensations. Jimmy reminisced on how he formed the group after being denied entry into another boy group called The Techniques. He said, "This was a group formed and led by Slim Smith, who was my best friend at the time; however I did not take the group seriously until I turned on the radio one afternoon and heard their song being played."
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Back in the days with Beenie Man

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beeniemand'angelsexygirls_beyoncerihannajayz.jpgBeenie Man recorded a slew of hit songs throughout the 90's that captured the dancehall arena, dancehall fans were busy learning and practicing the new dance move "World Dance", which was followed by more hit songs such as "Defend It" and "Dis Unu Fi Hear", "Damsel Ship", "Suzuki", "Ole Dawg", "Slam", "Ketteh Drum" and many more.

His performance in the music industry landed him the title DJ of the year in 1994, the same year that these singles were released. This was a significant year for Beenie Man; he also released his debut album which was titled "Blessed" which included a grip of hit songs.

By now, Beenie man had gone international; his songs were blazing the clubs and radio stations in England. The following year was even bigger and more successful for Beenie Man; he was doing major collaborations with Dennis Brown, Triston Palmer and Mad Cobra. In fact his biggest collaborations for that era were with Lady Saw for the song "Healing" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" that he did with Third World. This was another fantastic year for Beenie Man and he was back in line for DJ of the year for the second consecutive time...
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seankingston_bujubanton_jrsexygirlsbeyonce.jpgFor Sean, [the EPIC records joint venture] was almost like a prophecy beginning to be fulfilled. Not only is music his love, it is in his blood. Iconic Reggae artist Buju Banton is his uncle and Jack Ruby, who produced records for Bob Marley and Burning Spear in Jamaica, is his grandfather. Now Kingston says he's looking forward to making music and living out his dream. nephew

After producing an endless array of hit records for the likes of musical heavyweights such as 50 Cent, The Game, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg, production savant J.R. Rotem has turned his attention to one of the most innovative young talents in music, Sean Kingston, the first signing on his Beluga Heights label.

Kingston, a 17 year old native of Jamaica who now lives in Miami brings his very unique triple threat of talent of rapping, reggae chatting and soulful harmonization with the 2007 release of his debut yet to be titled album.
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flexalliance_bountykillerdancehall_sexygirls.jpg"Wha dem a deal wid?" - The slogan of fast-rising Dancehall artist Flex - can be heard from the garrison to uptown, from radios to buses to school children. Widely tipped as the next member of the Bounty Killer-led Alliance collective, Flex has made a name for himself via rapid-fire lyrics and melodies that hook you on first listen. Born Omar Henry at the Jubilee Hospital, Flex was first raised on the tough streets of Maxfield Avenue, before moving around Kingston, finally settling as a proud resident of Grant's Pen.

"From mi know myself I've wanted to be a DJ," says Flex. "As a youth I used to deejay Lt. Stitchie's song dem like they were my own," he continues, explaining the roots of his lyrical dexterity. His first time on stage was as an 8 yr old, at a community stage show where he deejayed Stitchie's intricate lyrics from start to finish and needless to say tore up the stage.

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Mr. Lexx - Actor, Deejay, Dancer....

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Lex_Dancehall_Beenie_Man_SeanPaul_JadaKiss_girls.jpgBorn Christopher Palmer and raised in the Mountain View area of Kingston, Mr. Lexx has been performing, as he says "since the day I was born". A former student at Kingston's (now defunct) Fox Drama School, Mr. Lexx is an accomplished actor who has appeared in several plays and earned a Best Actor award in 1992.

Mr. Lexx also distinguished himself as one of the finest dancers in Jamaica when he joined the popular dance troupe Squad One but for the past seven years he has pursued an extremely promising career as a deejay whose electrifying stage performances are enhanced by his vast experience in dance and theatre.
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By: Joseph Cunningham
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edee-reggae-japan-ms-triniti-sexygirls-naked.jpgNot many artistes out of Jamaica can claim having been on the Billboard Top 25 Hip-Hop R&B Sales chart. E-Dee has however, been doing just that as he is featured on Ms Triniti's newest smash "Bongce Along". The 25 year old artist out of Clarendon, Jamaica is experiencing a breakthrough in the US market since spending the last five weeks as a chart topper. Already in Japan he is ready for his second full-length CD release and has appeared on four compilation CDs out of Japan. With two videos in rotation on Hype, CVM and Irie-FM in Jamaica, and US radio picking up his single "R U Ready" and "Between the Sheets" E-Dee could soon step into the international mainstream.

Born Everton Dennis, E-Dee was the youngest of eight siblings. His musical career began in the church, where he sang in the choir. His mother was very religious and did not allow E-Dee to listen to music other than gospel because she considered dancehall/reggae to be profane. So E-Dee's early musical experience was steeped in gospel. Suddenly his mother passed without warning when he was 12 years old and a young E-Dee had to grow up quickly. Working hard to earn money for his school uniform and books, E-Dee learnt dedication and focus very early, having to take care of himself. Applied to his musical career, that diligence brought E-Dee to his dreams. After completing his secondary education he moved to America to pursue his music career and to study to become an Actor. While in the U.S. E-Dee's steady exposure to Hip-Hop and R&B began to influence his writing, infusing the American slang with Jamaican Patois E-Dee's sound began to evolve.
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Natalie the ultimate Storm of the Dancehall

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Natalie Storm is a multitalented Singer, D.J, and Songwriter who believes the universe is hers to conquer. Born Natalie Cole in rural Jamaica, she moved to Kingston as a child. She grew up listening to, and being influenced by the sounds of Skeeter Davis, Smokey Robinson, Madonna, and the dancehall female artists like Mumma Nancy and Lady Patra. She attended the Franklyn Town Primary and Holy Childhood High. It was in school that she decided to make a career of music. After joining the Holy Childhood choir she successfully auditioned for the Cathy Levy Players.

While in school, Natalie was approached by a producer seeking female singers for an all girl reggae group. The producer was Computer Paul Henton and the group was M.B.C. The group released one album in Japan.





Blackrose explains her love for Dancehall

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Blackrose333.jpgBlackrose is an East African artist who is widely in love with Jamaica. I love Jamaica because of the reggae music, people, talents and dancing. I had been growing up watching much of VHC1, MTV there I discover some of my favourite artists like Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Neneh Cherry, Mc Hammer and more. By age of 8 I was exposed into reggae music. My bigger brother Anil Mohamed owned several reggae records and his favourite was Bob Marley. I loved the music of Bob Marley too we use to listen to his tracks often. As the years went by I got to know Maxi Priest, Patra, Shaba Ranks and Diana King. That was when I was 12 years I started to learn me dancing Dancehall/ Reggae Muffin as it was called those days. Then right then I started composing my own songs.

I was singing to my friends and family for fun. While at school in Uganda I won a singing contest by singing Patra's song "Worker Man". The artist who held the contest was known by name of Shanks Vividee and I was to attend to any of his show by mentioning Patra`s name. It was just one simple call I made at one radio station one day in Tanzania. I was to send shout out to my friends and the Dj asked me to hang on he will talk to me after he set the song I request on air. Anxiously I waited and there he was on phone again John Delinga. He though I had a sweet voice and he was wondering if I could sing. I admitted yes I could and it is one of my dreams. Right there and then I was invited to open the concert for different artists from Tanzania. I cried loud said "I have songs but no instrumental". He assured me that would not be a problem at all can be fixed by using other artist beats that goes with my song.





Reggae artiste Taurus Riley 'Firing Musical Shots'

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'The man who thinks he's larger than life' the title of the Taurian's first album formerly introduced Omar Riley a.k.a Taurus Riley into the music industry in 2001. The name Taurus Riley originated from him being ruled under the sign Taurus and the style he first came on the scene with, his friends said he fired musical shots with the fast pace that he would deejay, both were combined hence the name Taurus Riley.

The new musical sensation got hands on experience from his dad Jimmy Riley who is a veteran in the music fraternity, he shared, that life was always in the studio and traveling with his dad and so he was exposed to the music and to other veterans which he looks up to such as Beres Hammond and instrumentalist Dean Frazer.





Tribute To The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley

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bob-marley-reggae.jpgOn February 6 each year, celebrations and tributes ring out around the world in memory of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, born on this day in 1945. Succumbing to a menacing cancer at the age of 36, he was prematurely taken from us on May 11, 1981. Lauded with several accolades that include Order of Merit in Jamaica, Bob Marley was crowned The King of Reggae Music by a fan base that spans the four corners of the earth.

The powerful force guiding young Bob Marley from very humble beginnings in Nine Miles St Ann and Trench Town's inner city, through to his being not only a colossal artistic success, but also a steadfast proponent of social justice and human rights is relentless, and lives on in the long legacy of compelling tracks left for the world to reflect on and enjoy. In a 1979 European interview Marley noted he was driven to speak out against weapons, wars, the corrupted or programmed, like those who create actual or virtual weapons to overthrow others. "Scientists still studying and not listening to what I am saying, but if they are not creating things for good, but creating weapons to overthrow people, they will get overthrown with it too," Marley opined. He went on to say the needy shall not be forgotten and the expectations of the righteous shall not perish.





stephen_marley_ziggy_marley_Junior_gong_reggae_dancehall_bob_marley.jpgThere's this old black and white photo of Stephen Marley; it's a portrait of the lion as a young man. He's standing against a wall of bamboo rocking short hair and an '80s-style I-Threes t-shirt-puffed up and proud the way only a rebel youth can be. But there's something else in the image-something about the intensity and focus in Stephen's face even as a teen-that shows in an instant that having the last name "Marley" has nothing to do with being the son of a musical icon or an heir to a throne. It does, however, have everything to do with being an individual with a purpose.

Stephen hammers this point home with the release of Mind Control-his highly anticipated solo debut. Music heads have been up on his work for years, whether for collaborations with R&B stars like Erykah Badu or his part on the dancehall burner "It Was Written", and especially after Chant Down Babylon, the platinum-selling star-studded Bob Marley tribute he produced. But Mind Control represents a new stage in Stephen's evolution, one that brings together the genius of his production and his wise and soulful voice with hip-hop beats, smoky bass and winding keyboard runs. This is the sound of a man coming into full realization of his powers-and his legacy.





Dancehall quartet - TOK - Consistent hit makers

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Dancehall quartet, TOK, has proven that they are consistent hit makers. Powerful harmonies, soaring leads, sinewy deejaying, tunes that hit, studly appeal, plus a canny album production that goes way beyond the usual "string together proven tunes with new tunes as filler" M.O. all the ingredients are in place and they translate into BREAK-OUT, big time.

Although former schoolmates, TOK has created a place in the Dancehall industry, which they share with no one else. Singjays, Craig "Craigy T" Thompson, Roshaun "Bay C" Clarke, Allistaire "Alexx" McAllister and Xavier "Flexx" Davidson give the group its unique edge. Starting off as a Jamaican R&B group they saw the need to appeal to the massive Dancehall populace. So Craigy T and Bay C worked assiduously to hone their deejay-ing skill.





By: Shilo Evans

Ky-marley_reggae_bob_marley.jpgThe Rt. Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M...musician, humanitarian, prophet, reggae icon, and legend. Bob 'Tuff Gong' Marley has been called many different names by the millions of us worldwide who love him, but for his offsprings, the title of 'father', 'dad', or 'daddy', is the most significant role...the most important title Bob Marley ever wore.

Even if you've been living under a rock for the past three decades or so, you will know who Bob Marley was/is, and everything that he stood for. There is no need for me to go into the biography of the Gong, so I will leave the root for now, and head directly to the branches.

"My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool who seh dat, but when mi know facts, mi seh facts.
My music will go on forever." - Bob Marley

He didn't lie.
It's no secret that Bob Marley's children have all worked hard, and the Marley name, the Marley legacy, will always be alive and on the forefront...in music, fashion, charity, everything. The name lives on.

"Dem a go tiad fi si mi face." - Bob Marley





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Fyakin_sexygirls_dancehall_reggae_sex.jpgThe recording company Fearless Records has released the latest Fyakin single, 'Free the Rasta', to local disc jockeys which is getting a lot of love from FM radio.

Fyakin is the flagship artiste of the Fearless Records camp as it seeks to establish itself as a force to reckon with in the industry in 2007.

"We are trying to focus on Fyakin right now, we're not going to overwhelm ourselves with too many productions and we like the feedback we're getting from everyone so far on the 'Gun Season' rhythm with the duo, Serenity. However, we feel that Fyakin is going to be the next big thing," 'Fearless', head of Fearless Records, said.





WayneWonder_Dancehall_Reggae_Sean_Paul_Beenie_Man_Rihanna_sexygirls_nudeDancehall_sex.jpgWayne Wonder is a staple in the Dancehall industry. He has established himself to be one that is sure to be around for a long time.

In the Dancehall realm, it is probably rare that singers are highly-respected, but when you are as talented and artsitic as Wayne Wonder, it is hard not to be. Whether he is cooing of a new found love or if he is lamenting about lost love, his sound and style are distinctive and definitely fancied.

Wayne Wonder has been a consistent hit maker from the 80's. His catalogue includes hits like Joyride (with Baby Cham), Keep Them Coming, No Letting Go and I Still Believe.

Wanye Wonder Wayne has worked with a slew of talented Steve "Lenky" Marsden and Tony Kelly. He has also collaborated with the best in the business like Buju Banton, Baby Cham as well as rapper Foxy Brown and Kanye West.





shaggy_dancehall_sexy_girl_sexygirls_beenieman.jpgAfter one decade, six albums, two of them multi-platinum, five #1 hits, and eleven top ten singles world wide, Grammy winning Big Yard recording artist Shaggy is still on the grind. Making music that celebrates his culture and being an ambassador for Reggae music has always been the driving force in the heart of Jamaica's only living Diamond-plus selling artist.

In the early 1990's Shaggy entered the scene with his deep throaty remix of the Ska classic 'Oh Carolina', the first major Reggae record to come out of the dancehall underground. Soon after, the steady dub rhythm of the platinum selling Boombastic solidified Shaggy as a dancehall hit-maker winning the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

When Hotshot dropped in 2000 no one could have predicted that this was going to be the album to set Shaggy totally apart from any artist on the dancehall stage. Hotshot, the best-selling album in 2001, sold over 13 million albums world wide and topped the charts in the US, UK, Germany and Australia simultaneously. The album was seven times platinum certified in Canada and six times platinum in the US. Hotshot rocketed to the top of the charts with two phenomenal singles, "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel", which featured Big Yard proteges Rik Rok and Rayvon, respectively.





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Fyakin_reggae_music_dancehall_sexygirls_sexy_CarlingtonWilmot_yardflex.jpgEven though he is still in his teens, Fyakin is creating a wicked vibe in the dancehall with a number of songs including 'They Don't Know' for the Fifth Element label, and at least three songs for Fearless Records: 'I Know You Love Me', 'Free the Rasta' and 'Yodding in the Streets'. A video was shot for 'I Know You Love Me' which is getting love from radio disc jockeys across the island.

Fyakin has lived in the community of Portmore since 2003, and has developed a growing fan base in that community, even while he has been able to grow closer to his mother who was absent from his life for several years.

"It feel joyful more time to be with her certain way, we ah uplift her certain way, and ah try ease off the pressure offa her," he told YardFlex.com.

Fyakin has performed at a number of stage shows include Blazay Blazay, Kulcha Shock, Calabar Career Day, Gaynestead Career Day, the annual Garverymeade Barbecue, the Village Cafe, the annual Stone Love Anniversary dance, and the Cooyah launch in Annotto Bay.





babycham_Ghetto_story_Alicia_Keys.jpgThe lyrics to Ghetto Story, a haunting tale of growing up poor in the vividly violent streets of a Jamaican ghetto, were written from a surprising place: the grassy knoll of a lake deep in the suburbs of Southwest Miami-Dade, where ducks waddle by and the water laps softly against the grass.

It is a sweet irony not lost on Dameon ''Baby Cham'' Beckett, the popular Jamaican dancehall star whose searingly gritty song leapt from smash hit on the island a year ago to international acclaim with the help of remixes from R&B princess Alicia Keys and rapper Akon. The song and the remix with Keys earned Cham two nominations at last week's BET music awards.





Sean Miller
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Courtney_John_dancehall_reggae.jpgQuick, kids. Pop quiz. Who is Courtney John? Is he the same person as Yogi of 'I go Crazy' fame? Or is this another textbook case of 'identity theft'?

No, says Courtney 'Yogi' John, "we are the same persona."
But who can blame the public for being a little confused after seeing the reggae-pop singer in the snarky new video, 'Hey', where he changes his sound, looks way more dapper, gets up close and personal with Jovi, and in the stunning climax, where they both take a running jump into a pool. Yogi wouldn't have done any of that stuff.

The new persona appears to be generating a lot of buzz for this new incarnation of Yogi.

"Girls see me and ah call me all Junior Gong. But I am not Junior Gong, I am Courtney John, but I am happy that the young people are really into the Courtney John thing and because of the video and the song, I have a new set of fans," he said.





Erasto delivers 'Tek Away' on Hardrock Riddim

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Erasto.jpgWhen Donald Fyffe a.k.a Erasto got fired from one of his chef jobs a few years ago, he did not hang his head in despair. No, that would not fit the fighting spirit of this young warrior, he pressed on with his life, until eventually finding the path towards music, his first true love.

"My baby mother Roxanne has been very supportive, she strengthen me, and encourage me to get into the music business if I loved it so much," he said.

Born on the 7th day of February 1976, in the parish of St. Mary Janaica W.I at the Annotto Bay Hospital, this young man was re-christened Erasto by a female admirer who thought it best represented his personality. The word, African in origin, means "Man of Peace".

"I'm a peaceful and humble person. Music has always been a major influence on me from my younger years in school listening to artistes such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown. As of late, Sizzla and Richie Spice have also lent me their musical influences".





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Alaine-Singer-DancehallSexyGirlsxxxxCarlingtonWilmot-YardFlex.jpgReggae songstress Alaine never gets tired of people coming up to her and saying with complete innocence:

"I love your song, yu have any more?".

The song everyone seems so hopelessly enamoured with is the breakout charmer carved in lover's rock oak, 'No Ordinary Love'.

And even though she is an established force in the business, what some artiste might have misinterpreted as a 'complisult' (compliment and insult in one) never rubs Alaine the wrong way because the song occupies a special place in her heart as well.

"That song has wings, and I got a lot of promotion from people who have heard and loved that song, I get comments from people who say that song made them fall in love again, and that's an incredible feeling," she told YardFlex.com.

The song charted on the New York Reggae Charts as well as on various Caribbean and Jamaican charts, and the music video has also quickly become a favorite among viewers and was the number one requested video for five straight weeks on one of Jamaica's largest video request shows called the E-Strip.





By: Claude Mills

MsTriniti-DancehallReggae-Beenieman-SexyGirls.jpgTo the casual observer, Ms. Triniti may seem like just another pretty face. But this young woman has got soul, wit and class, and through her unique hybrid sound, she is introducing a whole new generation to Caribbean music.

Ms. Triniti who was born to a Trinidadian father, and an American mother, was raised between the UK and the Caribbean and now resides in Los Angeles, California. A seasoned performer, she has recorded with almost every major producer in her genre. She has put the disappointment of having been signed to and released from Sony/Columbia behind her, and continued to plough along to be a frontrunner a new genre of music - 'ragga-hop', which she defines as an outsize melding of West Indian soca, dancehall, US hip hop and R & B. It is a sound that can be expected to bedazzle and befuddle the uninitiated for here is a girl who looks Caucasian but sounds Caribbean black.

"When I do dancehall, they do a little double-take, they don't get it, but the bottomline is that if you believe in your heart in what you're doing, there is no need to convince yourself, Eminem is real, I am real, I don't feel like I am putting up a front, this is me," she told YardFlex.com.





Street meets sweet - Cherine's got good love

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By: Claude Mills
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Look who's all grown up now.

CherineAnderson-reggaeSinger-Jamaica-sexgirls.jpgLittle Cherine Anderson who most Jamaicans know as the precocious girl from the 'Dancehall Queen' movie from the early 90s is now a bonafide hottie with a smile that can melt the heart of any man. And, oh, she's a helluva singer as well.

You might have already heard her one-drop hit single, 'Good Love' which has been bombing local FM radio into submission like an Israeli air strike on civilian targets in Lebanon. The single, which is sunshiny with soul, got 'good love' from reggae and urban radio stations in Jamaica, the US, Canada, several European countries, as well as internet radio, translating into a lot of buzz about Cherine.

Cherine's main prerogative now is to define the boundaries on this yet-unexplored territory dubbed dancehall soul. But just what the heck is dancehall soul?

"It is a hybrid of reggae, harder dancehall, soul and R&B, where I can incorporating the grittiness of my past with the sweetness of the things I've been exposed to...the world is opening up to the possibilities of this hybrid sound, look at how Rihanna made it to the top of the charts," she told YardFlex.com.





By: Tessane Chin

Its been a year already and a hell of a ride.

TessaneChin_RockDancehallsinger.jpgWell where do I begin? My Name is Tessanne, My passion and every breath is music, all types of music, but especially the kind of music that leaves a message and gets yah thinking, The kind a music that lives on even when many many years have passed, and basically that's the kind of music I wanna make, and with Yahwehs help I'll get there. I've been singing since forever and I pretty much knew all my life that this is what I was made for.

I've had some good experiences on the way, and some bad ones too but hey, all the best songs come from when yah feel like just calling it a day and crawling under some rock hahahah so everything for a reason, but to put everything in a nut shell right quick (cause I hate talking bout my self) I've toured with international reggae superstar and legend "Sir Jimmy Cliff" as his back up singer for about 2-3 years, Most of my fellow Jamaicans may know me as the lead singer from a rock reggae band called Mile High but that came to an end for me about a year and a half ago.





assassinDancehallartiste_sexygirls.jpgDeejay Assassin lives up to his name with unfailing accuracy. His musical moves have been calculated, versatile, deliberate, and deadly, and now that he's back from a smashing nine-week tour with the Penthouse family, dancehalls can again look forward to more smashers from the prolific deejay.

Ever since his mainstream emergence in 2001, Assassin has guaranteed his fans a steady string of chart toppers every single year and this year has been no different. Gully Sitten, Anyweh We Go, and Gangsta Rock have been ripping up the charts both in Jamaica and overseas, giving the deejay's argument of quality over quantity more credence.

He describes 2006 as a refreshing year with unique challenges. "Last year was a rough year on the personal side, so I never really got to revel in what was happening musically," he recalls. "I had a couple of number ones, made some progress cause we always want to find ourselves in a better position than what we were in the year before...we trying the father thing now, getting used to it, and even while being on the road now so many weeks, my tunes people a recognize them, so we have been doing good."





YvadDread_Reggaemusic.jpgOnce hailed in music circles as the Next Big Thing, these days, music aficionados have had to be asking instead: What happened to Yvad?

Well, these days Yvad is signed to New Beat Records, and is working on a new album which will be completed within the next two months.

"Since teaming up with Victor Simpson, I am just getting ready to launch the attack," Yvad said.

At this point, 12 tracks have been completed, and Yvad had worked with such industry heavyweights as Clive Hunt, Wayne Armond, David Kennedy, Michael Myrie, Bobby Digital, and Mikey Bennett.





Ras_Myrdhak_dancehall.jpgWhen The Alliance, Bounty Killer's powerful circle of artiste and music heavyweights formed in 2001, Ras Myrdhak was one of the youths who was hardest hit by the partnership.

"When Alliance form, it did shake everybody foot, it cramp everything. Yu coulden hear yourself on the radio, or inna the dance. Nuff man run outta the business after that, but ah really Jah govern everything and some man can only rule for a time if is not a positive sound dem ah push through on the earth," he told YardFlex.com.

Myrdhak said he was inspired when a new crop of artistes such as Fantan Mojah, Bascom X, Nanko and I-Wayne rose to the forefront of the music industry

"I was glad, because if ah dem alone (Alliance), no artiste no rise. So mi just heights and pray and waited for my time," he said.





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Zumjay is a street legend in the ghettos of Jamaica. He has built his name and street rep one stage show at a time to the extent where he is a household name in dancehall circles even though he does not have a string of commercial hits behind his name.

"People need more Zumjay in their lives, slowly but surely, we'll never do it poorly," he promised.

Born Rohan Alphonso Stephens, this Waterhouse-reared deejay attended Kingston College and then Hydel High School where he raised the eyebrows of his fellow students with his offbeat, artfully conceptualized rhymes. One day, a parent, Michael Rutherford, impressed by the young talent's vocal abilities, arranged a studio cameo for him.

"I used to deejay all the time during lunch break, and Rutherford, who was a parent at K.C, heard about me, and invited me to the Dynamic Studio. So I did my first recording in 1994, I remember still having on my uniform and K.C tie. The song was not released but gave me a studio experience," he told YardFlex.com.





DJ Elle a master at the turn-tables

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DJELLE_CHINGOBLING-1.jpgWhile finding feminine faces behind the turntables has become more and more frequent in New York City's ever-evolving nightlife scene, few female DJs have earned a resume that compares with DJ Elle's.

Originally drawn to the cross-fader by her love of blended music and the desire to share her impeccable taste with the carousing masses, Elle (pronounced "el") began learning her craft back in 1998. Inspired by legends such as DJ Stretch Armstrong, Red Alert, Coco Channel, Jazzy Joyce and Evil Dee, the New York City native spent countless hours practicing her mixing skills and studying recordings of her blends. Although Elle is primarily self-taught, she credits practicing with DJs such as A.Vee, Lyve and Ava as valuable experiences. "I still practice with DJs 'til this day," she reports. "It helps keep things fresh."

Although she respects turntablism - and had the opportunity to spin between sets at the renowned DMC DJ battles in 2004 at Webster Hall - Elle remains most focused on getting the party popping. A versatile performer, she is comfortable spinning for both underground and mainstream crowds. "I just do my thing," she says nonchalantly, "Depending on the parties and the clubs I'm at, I change my selection up to suit the crowd I will be playing for." The parties, clubs and





Assassin - dancehall next flag bearer

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assassin_dancehall_reggae_photos_beenie_man_sean_paul.jpgAssassin, or Sassin, is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the future of dancehall. Though relatively young in dancehall years, Assassin has grabbed the attention and support that many others slave for years to get.

Biting lyrics, clever phrases and slangs, plus controlled vocals have made the deejay stand out among his colleagues. His signature slogan 'Versatile' aptly summarizes Assassin as he eases through several topics in his cutting lyrics. From We A De Roughest, to How We Roll, to Girls Gone Wild, to Step Pon Dem, Assassin has shown a level of versatility that only seasoned veterans can achieve.

On the international front, it is believed he will become the next flag bearer, with his intelligent approach to the business.





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Antigua-born recording artist Shermain is ready to show the world what she's made of, and that big things can come from small packages. In late June the Caribbean beauty released her first single - 'I Came to Show You' from her debut album 'My Way'; My Style and has since then set the charts, the streets and the dance floors ablaze in the Caribbean region, the USA and even in Europe, particularly countries like Croatia, Germany and France, capturing the hearts of fans with her fresh new reggae-pop sound.
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G:Maffiah on his way to stardom

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G_Mafiah_Dancehall_Photos_Beenie_man_wedding_Sean_Paul_Rihanna.jpgThere are various ways to describe an artiste, some can be powerful in terms of delivery, energetic and explosive, some can be poetic, and some just humorous. When one thinks of poetry anyone that has experience the lyrical prowess of G:Maffiah will remember him always. Born, Ian Ramsay, G:Maffiah hails from Thompson Pen in a small district just outside Spanish Town. He is a graduate of St. Catherine High with several CXC passes but refuse to continue in the path of academics. Music is where his heart is.

His pursuit led him to Dillon Reid of Manatee Records, who was impressed with his lyrical bravado and rushed him to the studios to record two tracks entitled, 'Money Haffi Mek' and 'Saturday Night' both of which did well. G:Maffiah went on to work with other prominent Producers such as Jah Snow Cone, Lady G, Mickey John of Lion Paw Production, Power Mix Records Entertainment out of New York, Kingston 6 Rekords/BYG Family Muzik and King Jammys.

Formerly known as Krayzie Hype, G:Maffiah sought to change his name after Elephant Man recorded "Dance De Crazy Hype" as this had people confused and thought he was a dancer. His skill at writing has led him to work with other popular artistes such as Macka Diamond, Queen Paula, Mad Anju, Lady G and Red Rose. The Artiste has performed on several major events both locally and internationally in the Bahamas, Connecticut, New York, Orlando and New Jersey.





By: Claude Mills

I cannot forget where I come from/No 'mount of money can change man/Still blaze the skunk/But some leave the ghetto, get rich and tun punk. - Rude Boy Pledge

babycham_Ghetto_Story.jpgIn this poker game that we call the music industry, music insiders feel that artistes like Baby Cham is playing with a loaded hand. He is supremely talented, he's got arguably the greatest producer of his generation, Dave Kelly in his corner, he only puts out one great project a year, and he has the devilish the good looks to relax the thighs of any young girl he looks on.

Man, who wouldn't want to be Damian 'Baby Cham' Beckett?

"Some people may think that it is easy, not doing a lot of songs every year like other dancehall artistes but it is hard, I only have one shot to fire so I cannot miss, while another deejay might do 35 songs, he has plenty of back up in case he misses, so my thing requires tremendous precision," the 6'2 star told YardFlex.com.

Baby Cham is currently on a Summer-long local promotional tour, which is titled 'Giving Back'. He will be making islandwide appearances at various community events during the tour. He has cleared his schedule until early October to give himself enough time to get back in touch with his fans.





INTRODUCING THE SEXY...CARIBBEAN POP DIVA - NYAKA

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NyakaCaribbeanDiva,sexygirls,dancehallphoto,beenieman,seanpaul,rihanna.jpgCaribbean born with roots from Venezuela, Scottland, St. Vincent and Barbados; Nyaka is from the island of Trinidad and Tobago...born 21st September 1985. She has been involved in music since the tender age of 9, reading sheet music, playing musical instruments (steel pan) and singing with a group that traveled the Caribbean islands at a very young age. After studying Travel and Tourism in college she packed up her books and returned to her home country and went into the recording studio to record her first collaboration with a Trinidadian born Hip Hop artist SEF GAINES.

Determined she returned to Miami for a short stint before realizing that Jamaica is a main hub of music to the World and one of the Capitals of Caribbean Music among the islands. She recorded a sizzling hott, hit single with a reknowned Reggae Star Norisman, just a month after arriving on Jamaican Soil ..."My Boy (Put It On Me)" off her upcoming album which she is currently working on with Orange Hill Records and who better to introduce Nyaka to Jamaica than one of the hottest djs in Jamaica today.

Nyaka is a rising sun of the Caribbean Islands with a body that
defies gravity. This Caribbean Queen exudes as her name means
...grace...with an essence of sensuality..and vivacity.
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HOLLOW POINT RIPPING UP THE GAME

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HollowPoint,dancehallphotos,sexygirls,seanpaul,rihanna,beenieman,elephantman,nude,xxxA.jpgA couple of years ago, dancehall aficionados were scanning the dials of dancehall-reggae FM radio, searching for a new sound, a new energy, and then 'Hollow Point' hit them. Like a thunderbolt.

Known for the hits such as 'Parro Mi Parro' and the current chart-smasher, 'Who Goes', Hollow Point is not just another artless pop deejay hiding behind a hook. He has got the steely determination to make it in this game.

Born Shevon Toriano Stewart, this deejay was raised between the rustic community of Clonmel in St. Mary, and the middle-class neighbourhood of Duhaney Park in Kingston. He grew up in a household where dancehall personalities such as Super Cat, Major Worries, Nicodemus were regular staples in his father’s cassette player.

He explained how he got his stage name:

"The name has no deep meaning, mi de pon the corner ah deejay inna about 1995, and the hollowpoint bullet did just drop, people just know about it, the armorplate that can fly through vest and tear up flesh etcetera, and mi used to write violent, deejay lyrics, so mi friend dem say, how yu love talk 'bout hollowpoint so? Wha' name so? Mi tell dem and the man dem say, 'ah gunshot name mi ah gi yu' and ah so it happen," he explained to YardFlex.com.





SELAH LEADING THE CHARGE OF REGGAE-SOUL

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Selah,reggaemusic,beeniemanphotos,seanpaul,rihanna,sexygirls,sex,xxx.jpgP & L Recording artiste Selah has a thing for the number seven. He believes that it plays an important role in his life so much so that he wears a gold chain with a large number seven pendant around his neck at all times

"The number seven has a special significance in my life from birth because my mom and dad had eight children, I am the seventh one, so I always take #7 as a lucky number, it is significant as in the seventh seal, number seven will always be special to me," he said.

Selah is one of the frontrunners of a brand new genre, one which the critics have dubbed reggae-soul, and he has been scorching the nation's airwaves along with other contemporary artistes like Etana with their phenomenal new sound. Selah's most popular single to date is a refreshing gem of a song called 'Think About It' that become an anthem of some local FM radio stations.

"Reggae soul is a new genre that is set to take over the world, it's powerful," Selah told YardFlex.com.





Reggaeton's Bright Star Does It His Way - Pop

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Bio_Tego_Calderon7983.jpgIt was with great fanfare that Atlantic Records announced the signing of Tego Calderón in June 2005. He was the first major-label signing of a reggaeton artist, the Caribbean style (a combination of hip hop, dancehall, salsa, bomba, and merengue) that had already become a mixtape and urban-radio hit, and now looked poised to take the rest of America by storm.

Around that time, I profiled Mr. Calderón for a magazine. We spent the afternoon driving from a photo shoot to an interview with Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez, where he talked about his forthcoming album, "Subestimato/The Underdog." Our transportation was a deluxe SUV - compliments of Atlantic - wallpapered in a huge image of Mr. Calderón's afroed profile on the side. With the window rolled down, he chain smoked Marlboros and signed autographs at stop lights all the way downtown.It appeared the underdog had the world by the tail.

Now, a full year after the original release date, his album is finally seeing the light of day. I won't pretend to know the minds of record executives or the specific causes for the delay, but I have a





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Tanya Stephens has never been accused of being afraid to speak her mind. She believes firmly in the mantra: "tell the truth and shame the devil".

She is one of the exclusive acts for the rebirth of Reggae Sunsplash this year, and in a surprising move, chose to spurn this year's Reggae Sumfest show. She sat down with YardFlex.com this month to voice her opinions on her personal life, her music and the state of dancehall-reggae.

"Sumfest people dem no have nah no manners, and dem hype fi no reason 'cause dem tink dem a star," she said. "Gourzong a little bit too big fi him breaches, mi caan stand dem, dem no have no manners. Everytime they call, they're disrespectful, condescending, dem belittle you. Nuff artistes run back at them, oh please put me on, but for what? Nobody nuh buss offa Sumfest."

Stephens, who is riding a high on the international scene where her amazing voice and intelligent, socially conscious songs have made her





Dancehall Artiste Spragga Benz - 'Pon Di Endz'

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SpraggaBenz-Shottas-Cobra-DancehallReggae-SexyGirlsXXX_Nude-Rihanna_SeanPaul.jpgSpragga Benz is one of the most talented deejays to emerge from Jamaica's shores. He has carved a distinguishable niche for himself in the dancehall industry, and remains respected locally and internationally for his rich and constant supply of hits throughout the years, and memorable performances at leading Dancehall and Reggae events.

From his days of voicing classic raw dancehall cuts such as Jack It Up, to more conscious cuts like Brighter Days, Spragga has proven to the world his ability to give incisive commentary on the topic of the day, or deliver tracks that sum up various situations in Jamaica's diverse culture.

Capitol Records bought into the talent, and signed him back in the 1990s. Since then, Spragga has demonstrated over and over that he has the mettle to maintain a dominant presence in an often cut throat dancehall market.





CEZAR AIMS AT NUMBER ONE SPOT

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Preparing to capture fans with new single "Keep On"

Cesar_SexyGirls_DancehallReggae_SeanPaul-beenieManJosephCulture.jpgKingston, Jamaica: - Cezar, multi-textured Jamaican artiste is set to release his newest single "Keep on". The song, an uplifting anthem of perseverance and hope, is a collaboration with renowned producer/engineer, David Kennedy, and will hit the airwaves in early August.

Cezar made his debut in 2004 and caught attention with his eclectic style. His cleverly balanced pop and R&B infused vocal style and guitar riffs with hardcore dancehall beats resulted in a fresh sound that generated a flurry of press and hot collaborations with popular dancehall producers such as Tony Kelly, Blaxx, Renaissance, and most recently, international producer David Kennedy.

Having built a stellar reputation for his work in the NY R&B/Hiphop/Rap scene, Kennedy's work with artists like Mary J. Blige, Mos Def, and A Tribe Called Quest, earned him numerous credits, awards, and - a testament to his acclaim - a Grammy nomination. He has returned to Jamaica to create a base of operations, and with the intention of translating his reputation into collaborations that showcase the power of local talent infused with his signature sound. Ultimately, he intends to serve this layered cocktail to the international market through his label, Intelek Entertainment.





Tafari - Rude Bwoy Warning

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Tafari.jpgAn engaging and confident young man, full of wit and lip, Tafari Buchanan, was born in Kingston Jamaica. At age 13, he became passionate about Hip Hop music. In the summer of 2002, Tafari went on tour with his Dad, Reggae artiste Big Youth, appearing on gigs in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. The experience gained from these performances and the enthusiastic responses he got from his audience motivated the young vibrant and energetic rapper to continue working.

Tafari collaborated with some of Jamaica's popular Dancehall Giants such as Lady Saw, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton and more recently Wayne Wonder. Working with these artists further motivated the young rapper to push on. His hunger for international recognition is now his main focus and working with Producer Tony Kelly gave birth to improved production suitable for that audience.





'MY NAME IS GYPTIAN' - IN STORES, SEPTEMBER 12TH

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Gyptian_ReggaeArtisteJamaica.jpgJust when you think you've heard it all before, along comes an artist with the power and vitality to steer reggae in a fresh direction. At only twenty-three, Gyptian sounds like no one else and, unlike 99% of his peers, he's oblivious to the constant parade of flavas of the month.

My Name is Gyptian, introduces the bold new voice thats swept Jamaican airwaves with the incendiary hit Serious Time plus a full set of other tunes that rock the dance floor as hard as they ache with sociological impact. Gyptian finds his inspiration in the world around him and in the venerable spirits of original truth-tellers like Peter Tosh, but an authentic voice like this demands its own words, and Gyptians writing dazzles as much as his tough, passionate chanting and lyrical singing.

We like the real facts of things, not going around the corner and wait - just light music, you know, Gyptian says. Raised as Windel Beneto Edwards in the countryside of St. Andrew above Kingston, JA, by a Christian muma and Rasta pupa, Gyptian describes his temperament as everything in balancehumble and calm as the wind...although at times, the wind turn hurricane and haffi blow off house top, he says. Unimpressed by the born-again Rasta craze that dominates Jamaicas music fraternity, Gyptian notes that Rasta is not something you feel or think you are; its just a natural mystic. A lot of people come in the music and turn Rasta, but Gyptian is not about that. I really sing pon the higher soul - real, authentic music, and its just life and music.





"Another Dancehall Superstar has emerged"

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Another Dancehall Superstar has emerged, Bramma "De Bomma" Born and raised in some of Kingston's toughest communities Waterhouse and Maxfield. BRAMMA "De Bomma" got first hand experience with the music and the music business from his father who had a sound called "Riddim Force" and his uncle, a musician who plays in Capleton's band.

The 19 year old Dancehall artiste has brought another twist to the music that is new and innovative. His writing skills are excellent and his use of metaphors in his lyrics has set him apart from his competition. This fast rising Mega Dancehall Superstar has recently released a couple of singles that have been getting heavy rotation on radio. Tracks like "Dem Bad Mind" on the Ghetto Whiskey rhythm, "Star" on the Wumba rhythm and "Set It Off" on the Stinger rhythm Bramma Mixed CD will be available soon, log on www.myspace.com/brammadebommer for more information.





Munga Mania for 'Bad Like I' -- Rude-Boy Anthem

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By: Jigga Mattic
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Building a rep in the dancehall game without a record deal is no easy task. But Munga is a testament to the power of dedication and talent. He has been able to 'trick dem and buss'.

The rookie deejay's growing buzz is centred around the unapologetically hardcore single, 'No Bad Like I', which has become a rude-boy anthem at stage shows all across Jamaica, plus he is getting crazy love from turntablists as well as FM radio as the track is a must-play for every disc jockey worth his salt in the business today.

"I never knew the song had a current, but I never knew that it would be this big," the 26 year-old deejay born Damian Rhoden told YardFlex.Com.

He grew up in the parish of St. Mary where he attended Hillside Primary and later St. Mary High for two years. He then moved to Kingston where he attended Tarrant High at the same time as Denise Plummer a.k.a Dancehall Queen Stacie. At school, he made good grades, and could have done any number of things but he chose to deejay.





Zerby_DancehallReggae_SeanPaul_RihannaSexyJamaicanGirls.jpgWhat are the chances of a born and bred Midwestern female from a midwestern family becoming a reggae dancehall deejay?(Jamaican rapper) Pretty slim - But the story of Zerby is nothing short of sensational. With a lot of guts, determination and talent, she defied the odds and has proven that she can lick a mic just as well as a Jamaican yardie. She threw herself into a world of the unknown and learned the know-how, survived, and has become the next female deejay sensation.

Nicole Williams was born in Ludington, Michigan on August 28, 1978. She spent all of her childhood in a town called Hudsonville. While she growing up there, she learned how to master many musical instruments including the piano, trumpet and bass guitar.

While she was attending Central Michigan University as a music major, she met up with the Ark band, who she went out on the road with as their new found member. I linked up with them one night and played all the horn lines with their trombone player, she explains. They had a trombone player and a sax player, so they needed a trumpet player. They then asked me to go on the road with them and I accepted. I didnt want to sit in school; I wanted to travel around. When you sit in the same place for long time you eventually want to leave. You want to see everything else. So that she did. Nicole moved with the Ark band to Columbus, Ohio, and found herself traveling all over the midwest and south as the trumpet player for the band. But because of artistical differences between rival siblings that continuously tormented the band, Nicole decided to leave.





Keyshia Cole - The Real Deal of Hip Hop, Soul

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Keyshiacole_SeanPaul_Dancehall_Rihanna.jpgKeyshia Cole is the real deal. Like many young people raised in a tough neighborhood, the 21-year-old songstress endured a tumultuous childhood in Oakland, California, and has fought all her life to keep her dream of a music career alive. Now she's realizing that dream on her own terms with her first album for the A&M label, The Way It Is. It's been a long road for Keyshia, but it's her powerful voice-- a bell-like instrument whose soaring clarity is topped off with a tantalizing touch of soulful grit -- that's carried her through, not to mention the diminutive singer's personal combination of sugar, spice, sass and sex appeal, along with a solid-steel spine.

"Being young, you have to be really dedicated to doing it for yourself," says Keyshia, who co-wrote most of the songs on her new CD and cites artists like Mary J. Blige and Brandy as inspirations. "There's a lot of trials and tribulations you have to go through to get what you want, especially if you feel like it belongs to you."

Keyshia's talent, personality, and faith have won her fans and supporters within the notoriously picky entertainment industry since she was a young girl. While still a pre-teen she convinced then-superstar MC Hammer that he should put her on, and she even got a chance to do some recording with the rap star before she was 12 years old. She also scored sessions singing hooks with other Bay Area artists, including Messy Marv's "Nubian Queen" remix, which was a regional hit for the rapper, and with Tony Toni Tone's Dwayne Wiggins, who featured her on his soundtrack for the indie film Me & Mrs. Jones.





BrickLace_DancehallRaggae_SexyGirls.jpgThe diverse sounds that have been brewing in the Caribbean island decades on end offer innovative new music with not only a distinct Jamaican flavor, but everything from gospel, to country, to contemporary R&B and hip-hop. And it's out of this fusion of styles (dancehall, R&B, and singer-songwriter soul) that sisters Nyanda and Nailah Thorbourne (otherwise known as Brick and Lace), have been born. No stranger to the music industry in both the and, the two in their Geffen debut, Love Is Wicked, features production from the likes of Akon (Universal Records recording artist), Raphael Saadiq (Mary J. Blige, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Bilal), Tony Kelly (Sean Paul, Shaggy, Lady Saw, Beenie Man), Full Force (Backstreet Boys, ), and Will.I.Am(Black Eyed Peas).

Raised in Kingston by a father who is a professional gospel musician and a mother who sang in the choir, the two always had music around them. "We were never religious musicians," explains Nyanda, "But the church is where we first started singing in front of an audience." From there the two began singing and recording together, working their way into the local dancehall scene as teens. In addition they sought gigs singing back up for more established acts. Their foray into that world lead to them eventually performing at Reggae Sunsplash and even opening for Roberta Flack. Later they were even invited by Lauryn Hill to sing back ups for her as well as perform on her forth-coming second album.





Empress Poised for Stardom

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empress_SeanPaul_SexyGirls_BeenieMan_Rihanna_Dancehall.jpgEmpress aka Empress Camielle {poised for stardom} is a young and new artiste to the world's musical stage. She has been involved in music from a child. Growing up between Jamaica, the USA and Australia has had a huge influence on her sound. Musically she loves soul, old time reggae, hip hop and flavors of the dancehall.

She has travelled to over 13 countries with music, television commercials and other creative projects. Empress is the newest VJ and Television Host on RE TV (Jamaica's number 1 reggae entertainment station). She hosts the top ten and VIP Backstage shows. She is a strong and determined Leo, with a killer personality and a killer voice.

Releasing singles with Sony & Warner Music previously in Australia, Empress has absorbed the runnings of the music business. She's tasted success and dabbled in many musical genres. Living back in Jamaica and making an album has been her goal and that's what she is doing. She sleeps 3-4 hours a night and is ready to take the world by storm.





Rakell_Brazil-SeanPaul_ElephantMan_Rihanna-Dancehall.jpgRaquel Sa was born on February 17th 1983 in Fortaleza, Brazil to musician parents. At a very early age it was evident that she shared the same passion that emerges from the various styles of the Bossa Nova, the Samba and the Timbales of Salvador Bahia, among others. At just 8 years old, Raquel formed part of a dance troupe made up of her sister and two cousins.

The group performed with great success in several contests mainly those of the Lambada: a style of dance that was sweeping Brazil at that time. At the age of 14 she began to contribute more significantly to her musical foundation by joining local singing groups and doing live performances. It was this exposure to a vibrant public that convinced her of her future life as a star.

At the age of 17 Raquel moved to Barcelona with her family, balancing studies with music and dance, still participating in local dance groups when possible. On her first trip to Jamaica in 2003, she fell in love with the music and the culture of Dance Hall. During this period she was introduced local producers and Djs that were impressed by her singing and dancing ability.

Thus was born the idea to create a unique and contagious sound based on the fusion of Hip Hop, Dance Hall and Brazilian drum beats. Raquel is currently living in Kingston, Jamaica where she is continuing her voice training in preparation for the recording of her second demo. New demo coming soon!!





Galaxy P Transforms to Ras Ptah

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big hits in the 90s.

He has changed his name to Ras Amun Ra Ptah.
"I decided to mek changes in my life, and move to a more spiritual and divine name, that's why I chose an ancient Egyptian name, Ptah, which means 'peace to the world'," he told YardFlex.Com.

Years ago, when he was riding high in the dancehall world, things took a dramatic turn for the worse in Galaxy P's life. He endured a particularly torrid 2003 when he was shot in his Greater Portmore
home by armed men, and then a few months later, the SUV in which he was traveling crashed in a major accident on the Washington Boulevard road in St. Andrew. The vehicle was written off, but no one died
in the accident.

"From I start to rass (grow locks) in 2005, things start to change for me. I see life differently, I read my bible and other books that teach me about life, and open up my eyes how to live as a man in this world. People even deal with me different since me rass, they are more respectful, even the radio disc jocks play me more, so it is a good thing to take things on a more spiritual level rather than a physical level," he told YardFlex.Com





Hollow Point - "The Top Dagger"

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HollowPoint-CarlingtonWilmot-Photos_yardflex.jpgBrace yourself world for the next big thing, Shevon Toriano Stewart aka Hollow Point! A dapper, clean cut, quiet and humble artist, as we Jamaicans would say "one a way" meaning reserved. Do not be fooled by the flamboyant pretty boy look, Hollow point is a true gangsta much like his mentor the Wild Apachie Super Cat.

Hollow Point bounced back and forth between studios and producers for a little while before his cousin, dancehall artist Chico introduced him to his friend Alozade, who then introduced him to producer Scatta who made him a part of his camp for just about five years. He had a number of songs released on the Kings of Kings label in that time period.

After leaving this camp Hollow Point recorded for a selected few producers including Steelie and Clevie of studio 2000 .Cool Face another reputable producer introduced him to top record producer Don Carleon who gave him the opportunity to record a number of songs for his label including Most Infamous and the current smash hit Who Goes.





Spragga Benz Pon Di Endz

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SpraggaBenz.jpgFrom talking about bad 'bwoys' to the goodness of the girls, Spragga Benz' music has always showcased a versatility that is incomparable. The dee-jay shows yet another side in his latest project Thug Nature, that of business man.

The CD, which features 17 songs and three interludes, was released by Spragga's newest venture, Red Square Productions. Thug Nature doesn't fall far from the lyrical tree that dropped such hits as Jack It Up, Good Day, We Nuh Like and Weh Yu A Seh Star.

Clever lyrics over bouncy dancehall tracks, done in perfect timing in his distinctive voice is one of the things that keeps Spragga on the scene a decade after he first blew up.





burningspearone.jpgGrammy Award winning, reggae pioneer BURNING SPEAR is a certifiable legend, celebrating more than 35 years in the music business. As the popular story goes, Rodney bumped into BOB MARLEY while walking through a field, and the two began talking about music. Marley encouraged him to visit Jamaica's Studio One, where Rodney and a fellow musician recorded "Door Peep." By the time of its release, Rodney had branded the duo Burning Spear, taking the nickname of Jomo Kenyatta, who was jailed by a colonial British government in Africa but rose to become the first president of Kenya..."I think people have to remember the originals," Burning Spear suggests. "So to be honest, I don't really feel no way about it when people put reggae in a different form. Regardless who's gonna do what with the music, I don't think they interfere with Burning Spear."

"I don't know how other people see music," reggae legend Burning Spear reflects. "Some people might see it based upon money, some people might see music based upon opportunity and access. But I see music as life. I see music as inspiration."





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Helen_Lindsay.jpgShe is talented and set on making big strides in the music business. You could say she started being groomed for the big times from as far back as she remember. Her name is Helen Lindsay and she has had a
love affair with music for almost seventeen years now.

It all started when she was a little girl of five years old. According to Helen she would use singing as therapy whenever she was sad.

She first started singing in church, as her father was a piano player. He would take her along with him "and I was always placed in the front bench with the choir. I would sing along not knowing the song, but i was the seed that was being planted for my love of
music," Helene reminisced with a smile.





Beenie Man Undisputed - A Man of Hits

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BeenieHmmHmmCover.jpgBeenie Man rightly proclaimed himself, King Of The Dancehall, a couple years ago and no one in the battle-based culture batted an eye-lash. Why? Because when it comes to chats and riddems, Beenie Man is the alpha and the omega. That is, the 33-year-old Kingston native, born Moses Davis, but better know 'round the world as Beenie Man, is the dancehall movement personified.

Releasing his first record, "Too Fancy" at the tender age of 7-years-old in '81, Beenie has not only been at the forefront of the genre ever since, but has been largely responsible for growing it into the international phenomenon it is today. And it is exactly this legacy which his latest release, Undisputed, serves to maintain. "This album is all about the title," he says. "It wasn't a concept, but more of a theme.

Each song had to live up to that name." And with production by the likes of Scott Storch, Don Corleon (Elephant Man, Sizzla) and Tony Kelly (Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder), and appearances by Akon, Brooke Valentine and reggaeton artist Voltio, Beenie able to completed the task of crafting an LP worthy of such a bombastic title. The lead single, "Hmm Hmm" is vintage Beenie at his best with infectious choruses and unforgettable melodies.





Ne-Yo -- Melody From Heaven

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Ne-yo.jpg"Heaven took a melody, gave it a soul, gave it a mission, put it on earth and named it Ne-Yo" -- words spoken from the mouth of a chose young man. At the tender age of twenty-two, the lyrical and musical talent that Ne-Yo possesses is far beyond his years. Born into a family of musicians from Arkansas, Shaffer C. Smith aka Ne-Yo was raised in a single parent home by his mother. In hopes of a better opportunity, Ne-Yo's mother relocated his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Ne-Yo would discover his passion.

Topping Billboard's No. 1 R&B chart for several weeks, the words on "Let Me Love You" touch your heart and makes you feel good in your soul. Performed by the R&B artist Mario, "Let Me Love You" is just a glimpse into the mind of a true writer. A master in the art of storytelling, Ne-Yo began writing at an early age.

A vivid imagination and creative energy has allowed Ne-Yo to write songs for multi-platinum artists such as Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, and Musiq Soulchild. When asked about writing number one hits for other artists, simply put, Ne-Yo said, "I feel there is always room for good music. I want to reach people's soul with my lyrics throug whatever vessel God chooses."





Skullman Says Don't Violate

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SKULL_MAN.jpgSkullman is back with a bang. The deejay's latest hit, 'Don't Violate' has been scorching the airwaves like a US military strike over Baghdad in recent times.

While the big hit, 'Stuck' helped to define Skullman's career in the 1980s, he has not remained 'stuck in time', but has constantly evolved to keep pace with the dynamic demands of dancehall music, penning new favourites for music lovers of every generation. The song 'Don't Violate has earned him major props at stage shows across the island, and given Skullman his second taste of mainstream success.

Earlier this year, he signed a contract with the RJR Communications Group to do an islandwide tour called the 'Cross Country Invasion'. He appeared on 54 shows across the island.

"Mi love how the people dem respond to me right across the island, it was like mi launch mi career all over again, and then I tried a song I have called, 'Don't Violate', and the place lift up each time the way the people dem love the tune, mi know say it gone, this is going to be my next hit," he said.





By: Jigga Matic
Photos By: Warlington

Munga_YardFlexA.jpgBuilding a rep in the dancehall game without a record deal is no easy task. But Munga is a testament to the power of dedication and talent. He has been able to 'trick dem and buss'.

The rookie deejay's growing buzz is centred around the unapologetically hardcore single, 'No Bad Like I', which has become a rude-boy anthem at stage shows all across Jamaica, plus he is getting crazy love from turntablists as well as FM radio as the track is a must-play for every disc jockey worth his salt in the business today.

"I never knew the song had a current, but I never knew that it would be this big," the 26 year-old deejay born Damian Rhoden said.

He grew up in the parish of St. Mary where he attended Hillside Primary and later St. Mary High for two years. He then moved to Kingston where he attended Tarrant High at the same time as Denise Plummer a.k.a Dancehall Queen Stacie. At school, he made good grades, and could have done any number of things but he chose to deejay.





Floydwest Will Certainly Be One of The Best

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FloydwestB.jpgFloydwest is not your typical garden-variety singer. He is a charismatic firebrand who is unafraid to speak his mind, even if it means that he might offend you. In fact, he is defined by one primary mission in his life, and that is to make music that speaks to the hearts of men.

"Right now, I believe that Jah ordain it for me to sing and perform for people, and I have a message that has to get out there to the people," he said.

West has packed a hectic full life in 25 short years. During his youth, he was a whiz at performing poetry and short narrative pieces, winning several medals in the annual Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) competitions.

At one time, while attending Bridgeport High, he won a Colgate song contest under the name 'Rapper Kid'. In his late adolescence, acquired skills as a woodworker (learning from his father, Owen Fitzroy West), before going into music, later becoming disenchanted. After that, he began studying at Portmore Community College before leaving that to enjoy a brief stint in the army!





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By: Claude Mills
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Dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong is revolutionizing the dancehall game with his edgy creativity and dancing savvy, creating a host of new moves to match the slamming dancehall rhythms coming out of the island's studios.

YardFlex.Com caught up with him at Ravers Park in Nannyville, St. Andrew last week, the same week he scored his first number one hit, 'Bad Man Forward Bad Man Pull Up' on the CHOICE FM chart in London, England.

You've probably seen him in a recent Digicel commercial on TV, or in the 'Wacky Dip' video with Voice Mail. Now, Ding Dong's got his own thing - Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up, a self-explanatory dance geared towards the 'shotters' who once believed they were too macho to dance.





Sexy Singjay Danielle - Eager To Make Her Mark

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daniel-videoshoot_YardFlex.jpgShe is determined, confident and ready to launch big time on the entertainment scene. Danielle knows it's a tough business to break into, but she is confident that her charisma, personality and talent will cut a niche for herself in the dancehall arena.

Currently, "I am focusing on marketing myself right now". She has recently completed a single titled 'Sexual Healing' with Gramps from Morgan's Heritage. The single was released last week and she is expecting big things from it. The song is a remake of Marvin Gaye's hit "with my own interpretation on it," the DJ pointed out.

It is not hard to predict that Danielle will go places as her winsome personality, her childlike grin and her aptitude for music is evident when you talk with her.

Born in Kingston, Danielle enjoys swimming, listening to dancehall, hip hop, R&B, and writing music. She is somewhat free spirited and believes in being happy no matter what her circumstances are. She admits, however, that when the decisions are important, she plans ahead accordingly.

She delights in all types of cuisine, but especially loves Oyster and other seafood. Her taste in fashion goes all the way to Europe, as she adores Italian designers and French perfume.





Tami Chynn Expresses Her Life Through Music

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TamiChynnA-YardFlex.jpgTami Chynn is sultry and street smart, keeping it real for her roots and for her fans. Addressing all thoughts, feelings, experiences, and dreams of young women and men within her demographic and beyond, Tami Chynn successfully expresses her own life in her music while providing fans with music that will transcend the test of time.

Born and raised in Kingston Jamaica in a musically charged family...her parents were in an all Female "Frontline" Band called The Carnations. Tami's mother was one of the First Female Trumpeters Jamaica had ever seen. In fact, the house that Tami grew up in was once used to house her parents band rehearsals. Even more intriguing, this house now facilitates Tami's own band rehearsals and also the studio where her entire debut album was recorded.





Hitlist - The 'Sheriff' of Spanish Town

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By: Claude Mills
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Hitlist.jpgThey call him the 'Sherff' of Spanish Town but deejay Hitlist a.k.a Sherff is no lawman. He is a self-described 'thug' deejay determined to bring the hard-to-digest truths of inner city life to the ears of vulnerable, at-risk youth.

Recently, a combination of Hitlist's live high energy performances and the chart hit 'Please Stop the Killing' currently rocketing up all major local charts, has propelled him into the limelight as the Next Big Thing in the dancehall game - a title that he does not accept easily.

"I am just here to tell the yutes that blood for blood is not the answer. We live inna it, grow inna it, we see man drop out inna it, and my words come from the heart, people need fi recognize what is really going on, it wicked inna the garrison," he told YardFlex.Com.





babycham2.jpgThere are a million stories in the ghetto. And yet there's only one "Ghetto Story." And like the song says, it's a survival story.

In Jamaica's ultra-competitive music scene, stars are born every day and fade away just as fast. But ever since the mid 1990s, Baby Cham has represented the best of cutting-edge dancehall reggae. His every release seems to bring forth new sounds, new slang, and up-to-the minute ghetto news reports guaranteed to "bust the dance." Spelled with a C (like champagne), Cham should not be confused with any Flipmode Squad affiliate, although he has been known to bust a rhyme from time to time.

With his athletic good looks, his booming baritone voice, and a catalog of hits that won't quit, Cham has managed to stay ahead of the times for longer than any other DJ in the game. And with the release of his long-awaited album Ghetto Story, Cham's poised to take dancehall to another level all over again.





Chella Vich a.k.a Mr. Exclusive - 'Fi 2006'

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By: Claude Mills
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ChilaVicb.jpgThis handsome, cocky 27 year-old has been raising eyebrows in Portmore, St. Catherine with his carefully crafted rhymes and his offbeat signature slang, 'Tis like Murder'.

"The things I put in my songs are different from the norm...I think out of the box, I go out of my way to flip things, be bold, so that I can really click with an audience and make a mark," the goatee-wearing Vich said.

Chella Vich's songs are cooler than frozen kool-aid with sing-along hooks, and catchy wordplay. He is one of those few artistes with a singular ability to marry hard-core and radio friendly cuts.

Ever since coming to Portmore, St. Catherine six years ago, Chella Vich has been steadily making a name for himself, and he caught the interest of young producers, Orville 'Bush' Blake and Andrew Johnson, who comprise his new management team.

"They've encouraged me to step forward and do my thing. I have always been self-employed but this is what I really want to do, and my gang, the Melt Dem Gang and man like Barnes, dem see things in me I don't see, and they've always encouraged me to just do it...get in the business," he said.





Hayee: You've Got Voice Mail

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voicemail-YardFlex.jpgIt is hard to go to any local stage show and not be graced with the unique sound, Hayee which alerts you that 'you've got mail;' Voice Mail. The dancehall trio has been making waves in the Jamaican music industry for quite sometime. However, it was when they flipped it a little and piggybacked on the vibrant dancing culture that leading Dancehall artist, Elephant Man revived, that they made a lasting impression in the music mind of the populace.

The group comprises of three very talented and hardworking young gentlemen and their dynamic personalities add to the synergy of the group. Kevin, a former model is very low profile and comments that "I'm just a happy go lucky person... always ready for anything."

Craig on the other hand, is a perfectionist when it comes to recording and is considered as the most miserable. Nevertheless he is also the most fun loving and comical. O'Neil, who is very business oriented, is considered the "unspoken boss."





RadamYardFlexB.jpgRadam is a nightmare for potential managers and potential A & R representatives alike. He is fiery, cocksure, brash and has a quiet intensity that makes you want to take a step back.

But Radam has been raising eyebrows in dancehall circles for his catchy street anthem, 'Dam Dam', which is set to propel him into the Dancehall Game in a big way. But it has been a hard road to get to the point where he is now, all grown up and on the verge of stardom.

As a toddler, Radam's parents left him in the care of his grandmother who found that she couldn't manage to properly discipline the hell-raising teen who gave no end of trouble while attending Hope Bay All Age school in St. Mary.

"She couldn't control me, I had no father figure and I usually give her pure problem to the point where I ended up in reformatory school. I don't regret it though, if it wasn't for that, mi woulda dead already, Sister Mary Ignatius reach me as a mother, she was the boss," the man born Lincoln Dwight Hamilton said, smiling.





Alozade Turns Up The Heat - 'Bad Out Deh'

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ALOZADE_0I.jpgDeejay Alozade is hot on the music scene again, ripping up the place with some hard-hitting music, chief among them 'Bad Out Deh', done on the Baddest Ting rhythm.

Alozade recorded 'Bad Out Deh' with long time friends Chico and Kiprich with whom he had previously joined forces to create the monster hit song 'Nuh Pet Gal'.

'Bad Out Deh' is presently creating a stir throughout the world. It is a 'must play' at local and overseas dancehall events and has elevated the artiste once again into the 'big times'. "I feel real good about the success of the song. It has done a lot for me where my career is concerned," he said. "My fans love it and I feel good about that."

A music video for the song was released recently. It was directed by local music video mogul Asha and is presently getting heavy rotation on local TV and cable stations.





R&B Star Jimmy Cozier Explores Jamaican Roots

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By: Claude Mills
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JimmyCozyPhotoByCarlingtonWilmot.jpgR&B singer Jimmy Cozier will soon complete his reggae album for Harmony House Records in Jamaica. The album, which has not yet been titled, could be released this Summer.

"I am just doing the last couple of tracks now, it's going to be 14 tracks of classic reggae," he said.

Jimmy Cozier's mother, Dawn, is Jamaican-born, while his dad is an accomplished jazz musician so he grew up in a home where diverse music cultures converged and he was exposed to a pantheon of jazz greats, as well as music from reggae icons such as Bob Marley and Beres Hammond. So it was almost inevitable that he would explore the Jamaican side of his heritage.





Bescenta - A Rare Combination of Intensity

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BescentaPhotoByCarlingtonWilmotYardFlexB.jpgAmbition never ends with the first hit song. The pursuit of excellence is the driving force behind reggae artiste Bescenta, who is a rare combination of intensity, quiet confidence and humility.

Born Bryden Bescenta Craig Wilkins on April 12, 1975, he grew up in the Salisbury Plain area, close to Stony Hill in St. Andrew. He attended Almond Hill All Age, then Oberlin High, before graduating from St. Andrew Technical High School (S.T.A.T.H.S) in Kingston. Immediately after high school, he learned the electrician trade, and to support himself, even did odd jobs like painting houses.





Dekka Breaks Free in 2006

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By: Jigga Mattic
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Dekka-YardFlex-PhotosByCarlingtonWilmot.jpgDekka the Dak was born to be a deejay. Although he has spent the better part of the last five years supporting his young family doing a nine-to-five, this year, 2006, he plans to 'break free' from his self-made shackles to pursue his dreams of stardom with a single-minded ambition.

"Yes, I believe this is going to be my year, I caan waste no more time, mi need to just give the music thing a real shot," Dekka said during an interview with YardFlex this week.
Dekka, whose real name is Kerry Walker, hails from Kintyre, St. Andrew where he grew up in a family of seven -- four brothers and two sisters -- all raised by his mother, Sylvia Green. He attended Mona High School where his passion for dancehall music soon became evident to all those who knew him.





Marley: his magic, music, legacy

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By Claude Mills/YardFlex Reporter

'I feel like bombing a church
now that you know that the preacher is lying.'

LegendBobMarley.jpgI wish I had met this great man face to face. However, as a rabid fan of Marley's music, I'm glad I never met him, or got the chance to form prejudices about this artiste who was well ahead of his time. Therefore, the mystique of the man will stay with me forever, despite the millions of words that have been penned and countless tomes painstakingly constructed, in his honour.

Certainly, the man who wrote the incendiary words italicised above was no ordinary singer or performer, but a man who - even under the influence of his favourite plant - was able to mesmerise and bring under his influence thousands through his soul-searing, energy-filled performances.

There is an ineffable something about Marley that I cannot deny, maybe if I could





Tanya Stephens - Rebelution Is The Next Chapter

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TanyaStephens.jpgThe quintessential Jamaican singer/songwriter, Tanya Stephens is equally adept at blazing the latest dancehall riddims as she is at blessing an acoustic guitar-driven ballad with lyrics that are insightful, relevant, comical, and often scathing...life and love observed with the honest eyes of a child, yet processed and returned to her audience with uncommon maturity and melody.

On Rebelution, Tanya Stephens once again displays her wit and musical sensibilities with bouncy songs like Hey Lady, in which she matter-of-factly explains to a woman (and all women) what steps she could have taken to keep Tanya from stealing her man.





The Buzz on Benzly -- Hyped to the Next Level

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You may know him for the abovementioned intro ON 'Wear My Sunglasses at Night' or maybe for his provocative disses of dancehall diva, Cecile, or, yet again, for his somber, cerebral ultra-creative radio hit, 'Mirrow', but Benzly Hype remains a bit of conundrum for dancehall fans who are unable to label him or put him in a box.

"Small minds think alike, great minds thinks differently, out the box, if you want to remembered, you have to be great. Every great Jamaican artiste is never recognized in his own country, but when he's recognized overseas, he gets the recognition at home, Marley is the perfect example of that," said the only deejay who can boast that he has an exclamation mark as part of his stage name.

He is also starring in a comedic pilot for local television which is a semi-autobiographical take of a young deejay life, a project being spearheaded by Rick Elgood of Dancehall Queen fame.





Dancehall Girl Group MBC - Make Boyz Cry

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MBC-yardflex.jpgDancehall Girl power at its best, bundled with youth, great voices
and sexy images all rolled into this exciting new female dancehall
group emerging from the bustling Kingston, Jamaica metropolis.

Introducing Storm (aka Natalie) the writer*, Foxy (aka Joy-ann)
the lead singer*, and the baby of the bunch Miss Chin (aka Heather)
the musician*, all excellent singers with great attitude and tremendous potential.

With ages ranging from 18-22 years this group of sexy females have already been compared to their male counterparts TOK and have been turning heads since their debut performance at Blazee Blazee in Mandeville.





A Chat With Dancehall/Reggae Artiste Buju Banton

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bujubanton.jpgAs the whole nation gets ready for the first-ever explosive reggae festival in Gambian music biz featuring superstar Buju Banton, What's On caught up with the man behind it. Mike Randoll is a Black British who have worked with a lot of popular world musicians. In this interview he talks more about the Buju festival.

What's On: Tells us what role do you play with regards to the coming of Buju Banton to The Gambia?

Mike: My company is called Level 22. We are behind the coming of Buju on Christmas day in The Gambia and also on the 31st December in Sierra Leone.

Out of all the countries in Africa, you only identified The Gambia and Sierra Leone for Buju to perform. Why The Gambia?





'Little Wicked' A.K.A Rasshady - Musically Inclined

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RasShadyA20051212CW.jpgYoung Andrew Cameron is one of the most competent young deejays working on the International Music scene. He may be young in age, at 28, but he is a veteran artiste, having started mashing up stage shows from the age of ten.

"LITTLE WICKED", as he was now called, because of his size and how good he was lyrically registered the fact that he is a talent to be reckoned with. During those early days, "LITTLE WICKED", went on to record quite a few songs. The first of which is titled, "Chicago Bulls", which was released in 1991 on the Prof record label. He followed up his first release with another single titled, "I Spy", which was also released on the Prof record label.

On the strength of these two singles "LITTLE WICKED" began to garner some recognition as a qualified artiste. So much so, that ace deejay, Ninja Man, having taken note of his talent and decided to take him under his wings which saw him earning the opportunity to perform at Border Clash before a huge audience in 1992, in which Little Wicked was called up on stage by Gun teeth, Gold teeth Ninja Man.





The Many Dreams of Ilano - Musical Adventure

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IlanaB20051206CW.jpgEngineer/Song writer/Artiste Delano McLaughlin more familiarly known to others by his alias 'Ilano' will no doubt be one of Jamaica's main characters behind the scenes of Jamaica’s Dancehall/reggae music.

Ilano has steadily been in the music industry for over five years now, where he started out in the position of assistant engineer for internationally acclaimed producer Dave Kelly.

Within the first six months on the job Ilano shows tremendous amount of skills that impressed Dave Kelly so, he decided to upgrade his position from assistant to Recording Engineer which saw Ilano taking vocals for well known artiste such as Baby Cham, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Foxy Brown, Kimani Marley, you name it.

As Ilano got more mature in the business, he then sailed ship to join forces with Ili Dread at Kings of Kings.





Gyptian Holds a Strong Meditation - Reggae Music

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gyptian_yardflexA.jpgYou'd be hard pressed to find a more humble artiste than singer Gyptian. He has been able to retain his easygoing persona even though he has been bombarded by accolades and hailed by many admirers since his smash hit, 'Serious Times'.

The powerful hit, 'Serious Times', is a song carved in reggae oak - solid. The terrific trifecta of Gyptian's rich, ice-cube clear sound, the mournful drums of noted Nyabinghi drummer, Bongo Herman, and the sweet saxophone of Tony Green have made the song a bona fide hit that has made FM radio in Jamaica sit up and pay attention.

It has graduated to cult status, becoming a ghetto anthem on the lips of the poverty-stricken masses. The song is all at once a call to action, a sad commentary on the country's spiraling murder count, and an earnest advice column to young males on how to survive these most 'serious of times'.





Back In The Days With Bounty Killer

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Bountykiller_yardflex.jpgOne of nine children, Rodney's destiny would be irrevocably shaped by the landscapes of inner-city Kingston, where tribalism and poverty battle for the morals of the hungry and the desperate.

Leaving Trenchtown soon after, Miss Ivy relocates her family to Riverton City, a community founded on the Kingston City dump. Once known as 'Dungle,' the sprawling rubbish heap is a vital resource to many of its inhabitants.

Clothed just by 'tear-up-batty' pants, Rodney would sneak out late at night to hear the music thundering from speaker boxes strung up in the community.

Belonging to the sound system owned by his Father, affectionately known as Breezer.





Look Who's Grown Up Now - Peter Lloyd

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By: Jigga - YardFlex Reporter

PeterLloyd.jpgPeter Lloyd is an artiste who has had a remarkable odyssey. He has matured and grown up under the bright lights of the media spotlight, so much so he took an enforced sabbatical a few years ago. Now, he's back. He has rediscovered his love for the music, and the world had better watch out.

"My problem was that I was actor, a broadcasting, did a lot of film work, I do edutainment, I give motivational talks. When I came back to Jamaica in 1999, I stopped singing, I was tired of it, and about 2000, I went to stage shows, and decided I can do this again," he told YardFlex.com.





Damian Is As Unique As The Legendary Bob Marley

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RRR_damian2.jpgDamian Junior Gong Marley is unique ... as the son of the legendary Bob Marley, the youngest veteran has lived up to and exceed critical expectations even while shedding the "stereotype" of his father to deliver a musical hybrid as conscious as it is infectious.

Welcome to Jamrock and the forthcoming Road to Zion singles may have catapulted Damian into the mainstream (with hit videos, national TV appearances, Billboard chart action and record breaking album debut) but long time fans earned respect and returned admiration when Damian dropped his sophomore Grammy award winning album Half Way Tree along with its hit singles It Was Written, Still Searching and More Justice.





Jamaica's Dancehall Group T.O.K. Above It All

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tok_safari3.jpgFrom their ground breaking My Crew, My Dogs, to their current hit album, Unknown Language, dancehall's first and only quartet, T.O.K. continue to make their mark in the mainstream. Their current single, Footprints (a stirring tribute to loved ones lost due to senseless violence) is in rotation in major US markets even as the music video climbs BET's 106 and Park. Their explosive performances include a ten year career of club banging tracks – Money 2 Burn, Eagles Cry, Hey Ladies, Solid as A Rock, Shake Your Bam Bam and their most recent hit, Tears.





Wayne Wonder - Top Of The World

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wayne.bmpOnce again topping the charts with his current hit, I Still Believe, Wayne Wonder has produced several classic hits during the course of his 15 year career including the monster crossover success, No Letting Go.

His powerful live performances dispense a plethora of sing along favourites including Saddest Day, Joy Ride, Movie Star, Forever Young and Enemies along with new clubs hits like Glad You Came, Bounce Along and Friend Like Me from his recent VP/Atlantic album, No Holding Back.





Maurice Riding High In The Dancehall

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Murice.jpg'It's Yuh Boy' - is the slang of the singing sensation Maurice that he frequently use to intro is songs or when representing on stage. Maurice can be classified as one of fastest rising young artiste on the dancehall circuit - riding high with a tally four hit singles, 'COME BACK HOME', 'PLEASE CALL ME', 'MARY MARY'and 'DANCING TIME' feat. Delly Ranx.

His professional entry in the world of dancehall music started 2 years ago, after his relationship with his girlfriend ended, which inspires him to write the song Come Back Home that explains his feelings towards his princess who have walked out of his life leaving him home alone. The single was also Co produced by Maurice.





Dancehall Artiste - Kip Rich A Star For The Future

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It seems like such a long time ago that Marlon Plunkett aka KIPRICH was the Crazy Kid working out with the big one Jack Scorpio, as well as Danny Brownie of the hot Main Street Label to which he had been signed.

It was in fact, just the other day, the late nineties, when he catapulted onto the dancehall scene with his first number one single, LOGO DI BWOY. But KIPRICH has been so prolific since then, that he leaves fans in wonder at his many hits over such a short period of time.





Tami Chynn - Jamaica's New Dancehall Sensation

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All the guys want her. And all the girls want to be her. Heck, with her stunning good looks, and her great voice, who wouldn't want to be Tami Chynn?





Lutan Fyah Ready to Burn Up Charts

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Since the track Peace In Spanish Town, Jamaica has not stopped hearing the conscious cries of Lutan Fyah.This son of Spanish Town grabbed the spotlight in 2003, and has somewhat gone on a recording rampage to make sure he cements his place in the hallowed halls of Roots Reggae.





Little Hero - No Gun Nuh Down There

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littlehero_yardflex.jpgLittle Hero's luck has finally kicked in with the success of his runaway hit Inna De Ghetto. The song, which is featured on DJ Sunshine's Real Life rhythm, has given Little Hero's career the attention that he craved for.








Jovi Rockwell A Star From Birth

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JOVIpromo.jpgJovi Rockwell carries herself much like a blues musician of the early 20th century; she is brooding and spiritual with her music. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the child of an art and music connoisseur Jovi has been steeped in "the business" since an early age.





Mad Sensi from Spain to Jamaica

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Bratt and Kuko, two Spanish musicians/producers, are big time lovers of reggae music, and have come to Jamaica to hone their reggae skills to return to spread the art form in their native country, Spain.





Roach, from first class to coach

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Most people know Patrick 'Roach' Samuels as being a close, personal friend of deejay Vybz Kartel, and they often see him lurking in the shadows in music videos, backstage at shows, or at the studios.





DJ Smurf one of Jamaica's mixing Genius

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Errol Stewart, aka DJ Smurf, was born on September 21, 1972. He grew up in Kingston, and was raised by both his mother and grandmother. He would stay between Vineyard Town and Woodford Park occasionally, and sometimes in Cashew Park with his mother. While growing up with his grandmother, he was placed under a lot of restrictions.





Dj Sunshine lighting up the airwaves

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Many consider her the sexiest female disc jock in the business, for others she spreads joy, laughter and her vivacious personality and talent ensures that she is constantly in demand. Just as her name suggests DJ Sunshine is lighting up the radio scene these days. Only two and a half years on the air and already she has achieved what many disc jocks dream about. Sunshine has carved a niche for herself in the very competitive world of radio.





Turbulence the future of a Hungry Town

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Even though his stage name is the chaos-inducing 'Turbulence', this 24 year-old artiste is one of the most grounded, humble and focused young artistes you will find in the music business today.





The Rebirth of Mr. Easy

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Mr Easy is a man over-flowing with music and melodies that deal with the more harmonious aspects of life and living. He was born in the verdant, undulating hills of the Cockpit Country. The transition at the age of ten, for this country boy, to the cold, gray streets of New York City was not an easy rite of passage.





Delly Ranx Climbing Up the Ranks

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Its amazing that after more than ten years in the music industry, Delly RanX has managed to find himself listed among the top 20 dancehall toasters in Jamaica. His throaty delivery has made him stand out, and his clever lyrics and style continue to move dancehall fans worldwide.





Hollow Point Hungry For International Stardom

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"Silent rivers run deep" is probably a phrase that best describes Shevon Toriano Stewart. At first glance it wouldn't be easy for anyone to even imagine that seemingly quiet, humble and reserved individual could talk flamboyantly, talk "gangasta" and give you a solid reality check!





Idonia Dancehall's Newest Protege

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Sheldon Itano Ricardo Lawrence may not ring a bell, but whenever you hear his favorite line of intro on the radio waves or in the dancehall "You know it's Idonia, none a dem nuh badda donia", is sure to have an effect.





Iwan's Musical Journey

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Iwan's musical journey begins in the 1920s following an audition at Channel One records with the exciting trio 'Midnight Rider'. But in his perspective, he believes that he has just reach chapter one of his musical expedition.





DROOP DAWG Reggae Rebbel for Life...

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Born and christened Andrew Brown on the 15th September in Annotto Bay in the Parish of St. Mary. The talented Mr. Brown grew to love and appreciate music. As a youngster, Andrew enjoyed a life of ups and down. Growing up, life wasn't really hard, but it was challenging.





SOJAH! - SONS OF JAH!

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SOJAH! (Delus and Konscience collectively), are the latest addition to the world of Reggae and Dancehall music. When their musical talent combines they are force to reckon.





WHO IS FIRE PASHON

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She is the mother of a beautiful four-year-old Destiny, a child produced from a union with lead singer Peter Morgan of the band Morgan Heritage. Although she is a devoted mother, she has no problem that many teenage boys regard her as 'sex symbol'.





CASH FLOW YOUNG ASPIRING PRODUCERS

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In the quiet suburban neighborhood of Cooreville Gardens one would hardly expect to find a growing music empire and three of the most talented and promising young musicians. Cashflow Recording Studio is where you find Paul Mitchel (Jnr.) DJ Neil, his younger brother Ernesto DJ X and a close neighbor Damion Roye Mexican, three of the music industry's youngest and freshest.





RAWW DEAL THE REAL DEAL

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Omar Morrison aka. Raww Deal was born in Jones Town, Kingston and grew up in the humble community of Gordon Town with his grandmother. At the age of nine the DJ found interest in dancehall music which led him to sneaking out at times to listen sound systems playing in his neighborhood.





UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - VYBZ KARTEL

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Like season to mutton, a sizzling atmosphere,
musically sweet, high in the plateau of Jacks Hills,
Vybz Kartel in a relaxed mood, was penning some lyrics
to an eerie rhythm called siren with a happy Twilight Zone
feel to it. See weh me a seh?
Reclining in a cheap, white plastic chair, the slim
figure of this tough-talking, controversial deejay
leaned forward and coolly said, yes, king.
Introductions made, he continued to listen to the
siren beat, as if in sync with it. Cigarette smoke
wafted through the air and rose, spreading like genie
uncorked from a bottle in a little studio off
Shortridge Avenue, owned by LeftSide and Esco





NO STOPPING MR. PEPPA NOW

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Mr. PEPPA POISED FOR STARDOM
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"DAT IS BETTA you all should know it's Mr. Peppa" a slang he frequently used to identify his self in the intro of his lyrics. Presently he's one of the most talk about entertainers flowing from





BLING DAWG DON'T EAT BONE

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Appearing out of a pack of fame hungry deejays eagerly anticipating their few minutes of fame came an overweight, un-stereotypical image of a deejay. He knew one chance was all he needed and he waited three years for just that moment.





YOU WANT IT - SAYS MARTINA

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MARTINA JAMAICA'S NEW SINGING SENSATION
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Subtle, but saucy. That's the best summary that newcomer Martina says snuggly describes her as an individual. The talented singer, who gained some attention in dancehall circles when she teamed up with Mad Anju on Best Baby Father, says if she had done things differently, a career in cosmetology would've been her calling card.





HE'S SHARPER THAN RAZOR

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It's been about eight years since Razor decided that a professional career in the music business what was he really wanted to pursue. But the road hasn't been an easy one for him. He is quick to point out that the journey hasn’t been smooth sailing, but the experiences that he has been through, have paved the way for the attention that he is enjoying of late.






Miss Kitty launches book

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Radio personality Khadine Hylton, more popularly known as Miss Kitty, had written a salacious novel, the streets have been buzzing, and questions flying - what does Miss Kitty have to say now, and who, if anyone she is unmasking The launch of 'Good Girl Gone Bad' iis already sounding like a stellar occasion, with participation from a wide cross section of society's luminaries and celebrities, from the likes of opening prayer by Tommy Cowan, and readings from the likes of Yendi Phillipps, Oliver Samuels, Professor Donna Hope, ace disc jock Kurt Riley, and also an address from Mrs Valrie Francis from the Jamaica National Library, just to name a few. Good Girl Gone Bad will be available at all Sangster's Book Stores, all Kingston Bookshops, Bookophilia and wherever books are sold across the island. Fans can also catch Miss Kitty at any one of the over 20 islandwide signings set to begin this Saturday at Sangster's Book stores, Springs Plaza and Sovereign Centre.

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Real Steele is ready to party

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Formerly known as Lady Steele, this up and coming dancehall artiste is defined by her lyrics and her swagger. So much so that a name change saw her being presented with the moniker, Real Steele.
She is the first to admit that when people hear the name they immediately think of her as a male artiste, and Steele, with an impish smile says she has no problem at all with that. One look at her and it is clear that Stephannie Abbygale Smith, aka Real Steele, is really all woman.
A past student of Yallahs High and Paul Bogle Vocational Institute - where she did Electrical Installation - this singjay has been steadily honing her craft for the past eight years. According to Steele, she has always had a passion for music, but felt it prudent to focus on her education first and equip herself with a skill before embarking on her musical journey.
It was in 2003 that she started singing on various sound systems in her hometown of Yallahs, St Thomas and from there she branched out into the studios of Kingston, where she was encouraged to write more lyrics. She admits that her first set of songs were "very rude", thus earning her the name Lady Steele, as she was seen an heir apparent for Lady Saw.
In 2006, Steele did her first recordings for Emerald Records, Too much War and I'm Still Gonna Love You and managed to get a break that same year. She was chosen to perform on Summer Hype at Goodyear Oval,  Mischief and Star Jam.
The singjay  has since made the link with various other producers, including Tenement Yard Records and Heel and Bread Productions. However, she is now signed to Heel and Bread, which, she declares is a positive move in her career.
Her most recent single on the Heel and Bread label is Let's Party, an uptempo, radio-friendly club banger which is getting modest airplay.

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Robert Sutherland have up #1 swagger

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A number one tune is really a hell of a ting eeh? Robert Sutherland tune Times So Hard reach number one pon Richie B chart and is like him is a whole new man. We nah say the yute no humble still, but dem days yah Robert have up a different walk. Fi real. A di people dem inna Philly must tell oonu bout the swagger. Anyway yute, gwaan hold di vibes. You a one person who cyaan complain bout how times hard. You haffi go find a different tune fi sing.
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YF Feature - AC Money

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COME WORK MY BODY-Ac.Money by yardflexinc COME WORK MY BODY-Ac.Money by yardflexinc 


Now Available On I-tunes

Yardflex:      How did you get your artist name?

AC Money:   My label is A.C.M. which means ability to Create Millions.

I made up the name Ac.Money from that when I was in the studio before I began recording. It has since stuck with me so I decided to make my artist name Ac.Money.

 




YF: how long have you been in the business?

AC: Money: I have been in the business for seven years but I've been influenced by music ever since I could remember.

 

YF: What is the inspiration for your sound?

AC: Money: My

 inspiration comes from nature and all different genres of music. I always seem to drift away listening to the sound of the music I hear.

 

YF: how do you best describe your music and style?

AC: Money: My music and style is based on nature and my daily life.

 

YF: Where do you see yourself going musically?

AC: Money: I see myself working with major artists in the industry and creating an new era for myself, and the artists on my label.

 

YF: Who do you look up to musically?

AC: Money: Musically I look up to Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Baby Wayne, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Jadakiss and Tupac.

 

YF: Do you play any instruments?

AC: No, but I build beats and I like trying new things with music

 

YF: What do you like best about being an entertainer?

AC: Money: I like when other cultures can see and hear my music, and those same people can relate to my music and understand my point of view.

 

YF: Who would you like to collaborate with for a track?

AC: Money: I would like to collaborate with Beenie Man, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley and Jadakiss.


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www.twitter.com/13money14 

www.reverbnation/acmrecordswww.jango.com/music/ac+money 

www.acmoney.fanbridge.com and www.youtube.com/megaacmoney 

You can use 757-701-8422 as the booking number.


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HBO Latin America announced that the HBO Film, The Sunset Limited will premiere in the Caribbean this Saturday (March 5).

Starring Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) and Academy Award nominee Samuel L Jackson (the Iron Man series, Pulp Fiction), the film explores and debates the value of existence.

The Sunset Limited is a searing two-character drama that mixes humour and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Locked in a philosophical debate, both passionately defend their personal credos and try to convert the other.

Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men - a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones) who tried to throw himself in front of the Sunset Limited, a Harlem subway train. While one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair.

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Book review: Long Run, Short Catch'.

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This is a wonderful epic story about real life and normalcy at its crusts. It's from the point of view of one of our African sisters with her life stories as the foundation. The events are real, the cross culture is a shock and the lessons learned are priceless. Jamaica gets highlighted in the novel for those who enjoy that feeling and a sense of home 'Long Run, short Catch' does take you to that special spot.

The story is about a Nigerian-American who ventures out to fine happiness on the 'other side' but only comes to find out that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. When the love bug bites it can make you blind which is exactly what

happens when she picks up her Jamaican husband from hell, marries him and starts a roller coaster of unforeseen hurt and disappointment. Immigration is one of the main issues discussed but is so relevant in our westernized society.

This novel has everything from love, romance, scandal, drug cartels and even battles within when you discover how Asama learns to deal. For many of us, our sanity is our only sense of hope yet the easiest thing to lose and how and what we chose to use as coping mechanism can be life altering.

This is a great read for all to take in and honestly, a breath of fresh air! 

Yardflex review says Asama Iwuoha nailed it right on the head.


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I am a spiritual being, evolving and growing every day, in every way.
I am continually evolving as a spiritual being. This evolutionary process includes trials and errors as well as joys and opportunities. Each experience I encounter, each relationship I share, each insight I receive offers me the opportunity to grow.

From the moment my life began, I have been evolving and growing. As an infant, through trial and error, I learned to crawl, walk and speak. From there, I moved on to more advanced learning experiences. As an adult, day by day, I grow in harmony with the unfoldment of Spirit in me.

It gives me great peace to know that I am a work in progress, growing and evolving to become the person I am meant to be.

Clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.--Ephesians 4:24





KGN 21 - JAMAICAN ALL FEMALE GROUP

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A successful girl group has never quite made the grade in the male-dominated Dancehall and Reggae world, but four hot and talented young girls from Kingston, Jamaica, intend to turn that on its head with their unique package of visuals, music and movement. Four strong and very different personalities make up the group called KGN 21 and they are ready to explode.

Sashe, Kerise and sisters Kuchi and Sheena, who hail from some of the toughest parts of Kingston, are taking a no-nonsense approach to their music, the business and life itself.

"We're all about girl power," says Kuchi. "We represent the new generation of females and our music reflects that. We're all about fun, independence and portraying a positive, powerful image for all the females out there, with plenty of eye candy for the guys too! We like to show our sexy side but in a tasteful way."


"Kingston's zip codes only go up to 20," explains Sashe regarding the group's moniker. "But we have our eyes set on the rest of the world too, so we thought KGN 21 was an appropriate name."
"And in Cashpot the number 21 represents bad girls!" chimed in Kerise. "We coming with the full package - dancing, singing and attitude, y'all ready fi di ride?"

Their debut single "Boom Boom," produced by Grammy-winning legends Sly & Robbie, announces their intentions in no uncertain terms. A catchy, poppy hook laced with hardcore Jamaican spice, "Boom Boom" got its worldwide premiere via US mainstream radio, courtesy of Nikki Z on her primetime morning slot on HOT 93.7 FM. Locally IRIE FM's DJ Sunshine and ZIP Jock Sparks have been showing the single a lot of love already.

"Its great that all the female radio disc jockeys are feeling the record," says Kerise. "Our management team gave it to them first as we are all about strength and unity for the women in the business and the response has been even better than we hoped for."

KGN 21 are shooting the video for Boom Boom this week and the single will be available on iTunes and all digital outlets on February 8. Individual

Individual photos will follow, more info can be seen below:






Celebrate Black History Month

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So February is black history month and we always know this, but how many of us take the time to think about it and actually celebrate in our own personal way? Black History Month is more then a month created to remember great black people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, and Nelson Mandela. This is a month in which we can celebrate not only our freedom, but look towards the future as being bright for us. African people have come from a lineage of bondage and progression. Our ancestors have suffered more than we so it is only right to be grateful for everything that we have and are lucky to get.
From the civil rights movement, to black people breaking in to the entertainment industry, dominating the sports scene, and America electing its first black president; we have shown that we are an evolving race capable of doing anything that we put our mind to. While chasing our own dreams it is only proper to pay homage to those who have paved the way.
There have been Jamaican artist such as Grace Jones and Bob Marley who have created their own legacy. Many artistic concepts, such as photo shoot concepts used by present day super models like Amber Rose, have been revived from the portfolio book of Grace Jones. Bob Marley is still, and always will be, an international household name and icon that will never perish. He will always be remembered for creating great music and trying to bring knowledge and positive vibes to the people.
Oprah, that has made the Forbe's list year after year, but is also well known for being generous. She has recently created her own network called OWN and has built a school for girls in Africa. Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational writers to keep in mind when you want to put a pen to a pad and paint a picture with words. Celebrate black history month this year by reading a great black book or watching a movie in respects. Try researching a black person that has made great accomplishments online. You may be shocked to recognize that you may have something in common with them. Don’t let it pass you by this year. Black is beautiful.








The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards, Formally Known as the SoFlo Caribbean Dancehall Awards, Launches it's 3rd Annual Ceremony with 13 New Categories to Honor the Best in Dancehall and Reggae Music

WHAT: The 3rd Annual South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of entertainers and entrepreneurs of the Reggae & Dancehall arena. Created in 2008, The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Awards was a brain child of non-profit organization, Single Mothers of America, which is ran by individuals of caribbean decent. SMOA wanted to find a way to get their messages across and include the Caribbean Community, it was then the award show was established. The South Florida Dancehall Awards started off by recognizing local contributors of the industry, but for the 2011 awards show 13 NEW categories has been added strictly for major industry artists. The South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Awards strives to increase the ceremonies credibility in the Reggae industry year after year.

WHEN: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7pm

WHO: Single Mothers of America 501 3(c)

WHERE: Hollywood Central Performing Arts Theater
1770 Monroe Street Hollywood, FL 33020

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