Archive | January, 2010

Stephen Marley ‘Mind Control Acoustic’ Grab Grammy Awards

After all the controversy surrounding this year’s nominees for Best Reggae Album, it was Stephen Marley (and not Buju Banton) who went home with the crown.

The Recording Academy had come under serious fire leading up to this year’s awards, primarily from gay rights activists who protested the inclusion of Buju, who has adopted a less-than-friendly attitude towards homosexuals in his lyrics and public statements.

In the end, though, it was yet another member of the Marley musical clan who bagged the award, for his album ‘Mind Control – Acoustic.’ The non-acoustic rendition of this album won the Grammy in 2008, and became an instant classic. Now, Stephen has a second Grammy to his name. And the Marley legend, of course, continues to grow.

Burning Spear breaking the Marley’s winning streak last year, Stephen Marley has started the winning streak once more by walking away with the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday(January 31) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In 2007 Stephen Marley released Mind Control for which, he also won a Grammy. He immediately went back to the drawing board to “sketch-up” another Grammy winning album “Mind Control Acoustic” which is the follow-up for Mind Control.

Stephen Marley’s Mind Control Acoustic which was released under various labels (Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic) went up against

Rasta Got Soul – Buju Banton (Gargamel Music, Inc.)

Awake – Julian Marley (Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic)

Imperial Blaze – Sean Paul (VP/Atlantic)

Brand New Me – Gregory Isaacs (Tad’s Record)

Stephen’s older brother Ziggy Marley was also victorious at the Grammys winning The Children’s Musical Album category for a project titled “Family Time” which makes it his fifth hold on the Grammy Award.

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Vybz Kartel- Love Mi Give Gyal

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Buju beaten while he’s down

Just in time for Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Reggae recording artiste Buju Banton who is currently in jail in Florida facing Federal drug charges, two U.S. gay rights groups (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) that are angry about his Reggae Grammy nomination for “Rasta Got Soul“, have taken out a full-page ad in the popular Hollywood show business paper Daily Variety‘.

According to sources, the advertisement is urging Grammy organizers to use Sunday’s televised Grammy Awards ceremony to denounce music “that promotes or celebrates violence against any group of people.”

The ad makes specific reference to Banton as someone who has “promoted the murder of gay people throughout his career .”

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Tarrus Riley- Living The Life Of A Gun

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Thefader: Ghetto Palms 86: Road Mix! Soca Part Few

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I had a small soca breakthrough this week. In the past I have been pretty vocal about the dangerously high production values of soca, at least the kind that gets blasted out to non-Trini DJs like myself. Apparently the soca-industry machine, such at is, can’t wrap itself around the idea that hipsters and hangers-on would want to hear the same stuff that dominates Brooklyn pirate radio and drives people mad on Eastern Parkway: all percussion, whistles and chants, heavy on the bass and effects, easy on the song structure and home training.

I had pretty much accepted the idea that my only way to overcome this disconnect was to drive around the boroughs scanning the pirate dial until I caught a good one and then cold-call the station. But then I looked over my small collection of new soca one more time and realized something key. Everything good—ie prate/Eastern Parkway-style—contained these magic words somewhere in the title: 1) road 2) mix. Add those two modifiers to any conversation, email or google search and suddenly polished production and saccharine arrangements become frenetic, no-behavior chops over kuduro-mad drumlines. And so I proceeded to Fete on:

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Skinny Fabulous f. Machel Montano, “Fetting On” (Repack)
Fay Ann Lyons, “Iron & Steel” (Scratch Master Road Mix)
Fay Ann Lyons, “Get On” (Carnival Day Razorshop Road Mix)
Machel Montano, “Wild Antz” (Precision Road Mix)
Machel Montano, “No Behaviour” (Extended Road Mix)
Skinny Fabulous, “Leggo De Beast” (Scratch Master Road Mix)

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It’s time to stop believing in winter anyway and start booking tickets for carnival destinations. Beaucoups thanks to Poirier, Chief Boima, Max Glazer, Walshy Fire from Black Chiney and everyone else who has contributed to the socification of this space with mp3s, recommendations and insights.

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Documentary: The Jah Cure Mentary (Part 1)

Behind the scenes look as Jah Cure records tracks for his new album in Kingston, Jamaica. Courtesy of YB Films, Mad Vision and SoBe Entertainment. “The Jah Cure Mentary” DVD COMING SOON!!!

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Update : Audio Added – Gaza Kim leaves ‘Empire’

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Following her assault over the weekend, Gaza Kim has withdrawn herself from the Portmore Empire and changed her name.

In a release sent via her publicist, Rickardo Smith, Gaza Kim says: “I would like to make it known that upon legal advise I can hereby state that I, Gaza Kim, aka Kim Hamilton, seek to inform the public that I will be moving on with my music career under the name ‘KYM’.”

She continued: “Due to speculations about whether or not I’m a part of the popular crew and no official statement from the management team to detest those speculations I hereby humbly and proudly withdraw myself.”

“I do not condone violence, especially attacks against females and children. Gaza Kim is a young, talented singer who I hope will reach far in her musical endeavours. My deepest sentiments go out to her,” he said in the release. But he did not state whether or not she was still part of the group.

In closing her statement, Gaza Kim says, “I must thank all the members of the Portmore Empire and specifically Adidja Palmer for his professional advise over the past eight to nine months. I look forward to working with professionals in the music fraternity.” She also said she has since released a new song called Leave Mi Nuh. The singer was added to the Portmore Empire last year at 17 years old and hails from Christian Pen in Portmore.

She rose to popularity with the release of her first song in July, called Teenage Pregnancy, with Vybz Kartel. Since then, the singer has had other popular songs including, Twice My Age, another collaboration with Vybz Kartel, Bills on the Gogo Club rhythm with Lisa Hyper and Faithful with Sheba.

‘Due to speculations about whether or not I’m a part of the popular crew and no official statement from the management team to detest those speculations I hereby humbly and proudly withdraw myself.’

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Sizzla Currently In Police Custody

Reggae Crooner, Sizzla Kolonji is being held for questioning following a shooting incident in August Town, St Andrew. According to  sources, gun shots were heard around 8:00pm on

Wednesday behind Sizzla’s residence in the River Bed Area in August Town. According to a CCN officer, the police were subsequently called, and the entertainer was taken into police custody at

about 10:30pm. The Half Way Tree police have confirmed that Sizzla, whose real name Miguel Collins, is presently in their custody.

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Feelings Riddim – Tifa|TOK|Pressure|Jah Cure|Gentleman|Cecile|

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Was Buju Banton Entrapped

Things are heating up in Buju Banton’s conspiracy to distribute cocaine case. According to court papers that were filed Tuesday, January 26 in Tampa, Florida, The Reggae Star’s team of

lawyers may use an entrapment defense.

According to the federal court documents filed, Banton’s attorney David Markus, claims the government entrapped his client by using a paid informant to convince the reggae star to buy cocaine.

The defense is pushing to have the informant’s identity revealed.

“We want to know who this person was and why he was bringing this up with our client ,” said Banton’s attorney. “We want to know everything there is to know.”

The criminal complaint submitted by Drug Enforcement Administration agents against 36 year old Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, began on December 8 when the reggae artist met with a confidential source at an undercover, police-controlled warehouse in Sarasota and was presented with a brick of cocaine.

But Markus said his client’s contact with the informant began long before that incident.

According to the court documents filed Tuesday, January 26 by Markus, Banton met the informant aboard a flight from Madrid, Spain to Miami in July 2009.Banton didn’t know the man who sat next to him, but the informant began chatting with Banton during the long flight. Eventually, the conversation turned to the topic of drugs.

Over the next five months, the informant called Banton many times, according to court documents. Many of the conversations were taped.

The men met for lunch at a Fort Lauderdale restaurant on July 27, 2009 when the informant “brought up the subject of cocaine.”

When the informant called on August 4, Banton told him to call back later. When he called the next day, Banton told him he couldn’t meet because he had rehearsal with his band in New York.

The informant called Banton at least twice in September, and both times he dodged the calls. On October 14, the informant called asking for two tickets to Banton’s show and a backstage pass.

In early December, the informant told Banton that he needed to talk to him before an upcoming trip to Houston. Court records quotes the informant as saying: “So if you come it will be different, that will change a lot of things and start things.”

On December 8, Banton and an associate met with the man at an undercover warehouse in Sarasota where he was shown the brick of cocaine documented in the arrest report.

Over the next two days Banton’s associates allegedly brokered a deal with undercover agents to purchase five kilograms of cocaine for $125,000. The men were arrested on December 10 while attempting to finalize the deal. Banton was arrested at his Broward County home later that day. Batnon, is being held without bail at Pinellas County Jail.

To prove entrapment, Markus will have to show that Banton was not predisposed to engage in criminal behavior and that the government induced him.

“The fact that Mr. Myrie ultimately refused to participate in the conspiracy after the initial meeting further shows the viability of his entrapment defense,” Markus said.

Banton’s trial is expected to begin in March.

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Ishawna,Demarco & Bugle On Massive B Fire Sunday

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Jamballaz- Wanna Rock

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Video: Sean Kingston Returns To Kingston, Jamaica!

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Rise Up (Haiti Tribute) Music Video Sneek Peek- Shaggy,Sean Paul and more!!

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Damian Marley feat Nas “Strong Will Continue”

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Nas and Damian Marley, “Strong Will Continue” MP3

That’s either a Rihanna imitator or a crew of prepubescent boys on the chorus. Nas and Damian Marley’s new track from their upcoming album as a duo, Distant Relatives, (a Best of Both Worlds for our times?), is definitely on a searing Lenny Kravitz guitar tip. The intro also sounds strongly of Christmas music. We’re a long way from Queensbridge. Not too far from Jamaica. Maybe we’re just off the coast of Florida. That’s about right. Rumor is they are changing the name of the album to Sanibel Island.

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Major Lazer Maps Out North American Tour

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Major Lazer are set to kick off a tour of North America later this year.

The band will embark on their jaunt on March 27 in Miami, Fl.Among the dates announced are shows in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

The forthcoming tour will be wrapped up with a slot at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Ca.

Tour dates:

03-27 Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival
03-28 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03-30 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03-31 Baltimore, MD – Bourbon St.
04-02 Philadelphia, Pa – Starlight Ballroom
04-03 New York, NY – Terminal 5
04-04 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
04-06 Columbus, OH – BoMa
04-07 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
04-08 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
04-09 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
04-10 Chicago, IL – Metro
04-11 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
04-13 Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
04-15 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
04-16 San Francisco, CA – The Mezzanine
04-17 Indio, CA – Coachella
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Mavado Interview With BBC 1Xtra

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Keep Air Jamaica in local hands, takeover of Air Jamaica by Caribbean Airlines seems imminent

EVEN as a deal for the takeover of Air Jamaica by Caribbean Airlines seems imminent, a senior trade unionist here is beseeching the Jamaica Government not to go ahead with the deal.

Vincent Morrison, who heads the powerful National Workers Union (NWU), insists that Air Jamaica should be kept in local hands, and believes that the 1,900 workers at the national carrier are more than equipped to run the troubled airline that racked up huge losses over the last four decades of its existence.

“I can’t believe that the Government would spend $28 billion to give away one of our best assets,” Morrison told the Observer in an interview.

The NWU president was referring to the amount of money that the Government has said it would cost to make the positions of workers redundant when the airline is divested.

Although the Government has not confirmed that a deal has been inked with Trinidad & Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines, Prime Minister Bruce Golding has said that talks were underway and the Government hoped to conclude the agreement soon.

Jamaica is seeking to borrow US$1.25 billion from the International Monetary Fund under the agency’s Standby Arrangement for balance of payment support, and among the conditions is the divestment of loss-resulting entities like Air Jamaica, for budget relief.

“We are going to communicate with the Government both in writing and hopefully in a meeting to know the status of the discussions with Caribbean Airlines,” said Morrison, whose trade union represents some of the workers at Air Jamaica.

“We hope to convince the Government that selling out to Caribbean Airlines is not the best,” Morrison said.

The NWU’s strategy is have the Government write off the debt, which is estimated to reach US$1.4 billion, by the end of the fiscal year in March, something which, according to Morrison, would be offered to Caribbean Airlines.

The airline would be run under the Employee Share Ownership Plan or ESOP, a sophisticated stock ownership, which would see 100 per cent ownership falling into the hands of workers.

ESOPs are not common in Jamaica, but figures show that they are becoming increasingly popular in the world’s leading economy, the United States where over 11,000 ESOPs, involving over nine million workers have been operating since 1974.

“The workers are saying to the Government: put the legacy into a fund from which the workers would be prepared to use their redundancy payments to run the airline. We would also be looking to float an IPO (Initial Public Offer) to involve Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, where we ask Jamaicans abroad to invest. Apart from getting a Paul Getty or someone with big money, that’s how you have to go,” Morrison said.

“Caribbean Airlines does not have the capability, logistically and operationally, to deal with running Air Jamaica,” he said. “If Air Jamaica is taken over by Caribbean Airlines, you could see a tremendous fallout in the Jamaican economy. Air Jamaica contributes $6 billion to the economy. We have 12,000 farm workers in Canada and the USA who send back to Jamaica in excess of Can/US$100 million, taken out of their pay compulsory.

“There are also between 4,000 and 5,000 hotel workers who do the same thing. If you don’t retain Air Jamaica, all of this would be compromised. Getting rid of 1,900 Air Jamaica employees would also indirectly affect the jobs of a further 10,000, plus there are other issues involved,” Morrison said.

Members of the Jamaica Airline Pilots Association have also proposed that the Government use a portion of the funds being set aside for redundancy to recapitalise the airline and put it in a position to live on its own.

Morrison is firm in his view that if the workers are allowed to run the entity as their own, there would be a turnaround in its economic fortunes.

“Air Jamaica has never been properly capitalised since its inception. The workers over the years have made sacrifices. Some have worked for five years and more, without salary increases.

“Some have given back to the airline, in terms of salary cuts, so the commitment and love for the airline are there. The redundancy money could be used to recapitalise the airline.

“The brand Air Jamaica is golden. That would be gone if Caribbean Airlines takes over. The Air Jamaica brand is like Usain Bolt in terms of quality and this country should not give that up,” Morrison said.

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She’s passionate, soulful, empowering and full of youthful positive vibes.Dancehall Soulstress Cherine Anderson, arguably the busiest and one of the most talented young female Jamaican singers today, is set to grace the mainstage of Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival on Thursday, January 28, at The Greenfield stadium in Trelawny. Anderson will perform alongside Babyface, The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander and Joe Roy Jackson. A musical breath of fresh air, the young artist hails from the tough streets of East Kingston, Jamaica, and has spent the last two years building a reputation of hard-hitting songs and captivating live performances. Cherine became familiar to Jamaican audiences first as an acclaimed child actress,  having starred in two of Jamaica’s most successful films, *Dancehall Queen*and *One Love*. She has been nominated for multiple awards and was named Best Actress in a feature by MTV2 for the film One Love.

Movies aside, the singer/songwriter’s debut recording “Good Love” appeared on Sly & Robbie’s Grammy Award nominated album Anniversary. Media and reggae music lovers both at home and abroad quickly took notice of Anderson’s powerful voice. She has been steadily rising with local hits like “Coming Over Tonight”, “Kingston State of Mind”, “Good Love” and more recently “Talk if Yuh Talking” and “Shine On Jamaica”.

When asked what we can expect from her performance on Jazz, she responds,”Come out and expect to have a good time. There is a lot going on in the world right now so this performance is more than just entertainment, it’s for a cause. Jazz & Blues has decided to donate to Haiti’s Earthquake Relief, and I’m gonna give it my everything. I’ll be performing something extra special for my supporters and those who will be seeing me for the first time.”

Last year was a big year for Anderson. She performed at three eventscelebrating the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington DC (The Green Ball, The Peace Ball, Rock the Vote/Calvin Klein inaugural party), as well as the World Games Special Olympics in Idaho, USA. In August 2009, Cherine made history by becoming the first Jamaican female singer to hit the Billboard Rock charts. She is credited as a featured performer on Michael Franti and Spearhead’s “Say Hey (I Love You)” single. The song peaked at #1 on Billboard Heatseekers charts as well as iTunes Alternative Charts. “Say Hey (I Love You)” also reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, and simultaneously registered on six other Billboard charts (Digital Songs, Pop Song, Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs and the Radio Songs charts).

Only in her twenties, Anderson has already collaborated on official remixes with legendary artists including Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Britney Spears and Wyclef Jean, all before releasing her much anticipated debut album, which is scheduled to be released in 2010. Anderson spent last year touring Europe, Australia and North American with drum and bass legendary duo Sly & Robbie, the prolific Michael Franti & Spearhead and multi-platinum rock band Counting Crows. She also made her US television debut with Spearhead, appearing on *The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson* and recently performed live on the *Ellen Degeneres Show*.

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“Guidance” (Web Series)

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Colly C Carving A Niche In Dancehall

Singer/Song writer Dwayne Collymore aka Colly C was born in Kingston Jamaica with a passion for making music. Known as one of the most versatile yet underrated up and coming artists Colly C has seen many and overcame many obstacles since his days at St. George’s College in Kingston.

Over the Years he have worked with some of the top producers in the Dancehall/Reggae industry and recorded on some of dancehall’s most popular riddims.

It was in 2000 that the multi-talented artist, became more serious about his craft. He was introduced to Donovan Bennett better known as Don Corleone of Vendetta Studios shortly after and together they created his unique style that has made him the artist he is today. His first single, “Paralyze” featuring Tami Chynn was released on the Mad Ants riddim.

Colly C later started recording for the production trio, Daseca, he recorded his hit single ‘Rise Up’ with Daseca Productions and also worked with producers such as Left Side and Esco, Russian just to name a few. You might also hear him on popular riddims such as Paleam “You’re Nobody Till Somebody”, Gigi riddims “Look good”, Supernatural riddim “Life is short” and No Tampering riddim, “Bling Blingin” and more.

Being one of the hottest ghostwriters in the business to date Colly C has penned the lyrics to some of the most popular dancehall songs we hear on the radio today. He has written for artist such as Wayne Marshall, Bounty Killer, Tami Chynn and many others. He also collaborated with other top artist like Camar formally known as Flavor Unit, Calico, Supa hype, Tami Chynn and Future Troubles.

He has performed on some of Jamaica’s biggest stage such as Stainless 2K2, Sting, Fully Loaded and many more. Currently the lyrical prodigy as he is dubbed is working on a number of different singles. He is on his way to fulfilling his dream of touching others with his music, and making a name for himself in the reggae cultural legacy as well as dominating throughout the rest of the world.

Colly C is now managed by Florida based management company Extreme Chaos Entertainment which is currently streamlining the promotion for his blazing hot new track entitled “Transport” produced by Head Concussion. The single can be heard in heavy rotation on local stations including ZIP and RJR94fm.

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DJ Greedy Presents “The Famine Volume 4


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MP3: Rihanna – Redemption Song for Haiti Relief

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Rihanna Sings Bob Marley ‘Redemption Song’ On Oprah

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Mp3: Konshens – Original Yaad

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Ghetto Palms 84: New Leftside / Busy Signal / NeoPoco

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Truthfully, I was planning to do some kind of Ghetto Palmes d’Or like last year but at the critical moment of reflection I found myself kayaking down a semi-tropical backwater in Jupiter, Florida trying to decide if the prehistoric-size bird flapping away from me was a stork or a heron. By the time I got back to the fortress of palmitude here in BK—which is where I left the recording equipment and also my work ethic—it just felt more appropriate to just dive right back into new stuff. Retrospection floats.
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Leftside aka Mr. Evil, “In Deh”
Busy Signal, “Easy Access”
Jhon el Legendario f. Tony Cruz, “Este Ritmo” (new version)
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In that spirit, I’m launching 2010 with two of the tracks I’m most excited about playing out this January: Leftside’s “In Deh” and the crazy Busy Signal gem “Easy Access.” The first is doing its thing in the dancehalls of the greater Caribbean basin while the second came out earlier in ‘09 but managed to totally escape my attention until I stumbled across it on a Colombian dancehall site, following up on the Cartagenian bounce inclusion from Ghetto Palms 83. Both riddims feel like very 2010 updates on the basic pocoman pattern that jumped islands from dancehall to reggaeton circa 1990.

That being the case it felt only right to give the Cartagenians a mention and “Este Ritmo” nicely captures the pocomania ethos. A DJ SMS remix of a Rai/Reggada/Reggaeton track from Khaled (via Jace Rupture’s Mudd Up blog shows just how versatile the combo of marching step and Apache-style percussion can be.

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Vybz Kartel – “Raper Bwoy” – Deva Bratt diss

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Deva Bratt – “Do What I Want” – Kartel Diss

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Aziz Ansari Talks About Skerrit Bwoy on Jimmy Kimmel

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Mp3: Lisa Hyper – “Winner” & “Trust”

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Wyclef’s Personal Statement on the accusations against Yele Haiti

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Beyonce caught in Caribbean music war

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R&B diva Beyonce has a reputation for being one of the shrewdest businesswomen in music.

At a time of falling music sales, her most recent album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, has sold six million copies worldwide.

Her concert tours, her endorsement of brands including L’Oreal cosmetics and her forthcoming Heat perfume – to be launched next month in the US – all add to her income.

According to Forbes magazine, her earnings have topped $80m (£50m) a year for the past two years.

But when she ventures into the Caribbean, her appearances seem to court controversy.

On New Year’s Eve, she was paid a reported $2m fee for performing at a private party on the exclusive island of St Barts, but a wave of bad publicity ensued when it emerged that her patron was Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mutasim-Billah.

Now she is set to return to the region with a concert next month in Trinidad and Tobago – but the news has already angered the local music industry and given new impetus to a bitter battle between the country’s two mobile phone providers.

Culture clash

The problem is that Beyonce’s show in Port-of-Spain is being sponsored by local phone company TSTT, which is 51% owned by the government and 49% owned by global telecoms giant Cable & Wireless (C&W).

It is also taking place on Thursday, 18 February – immediately after Trinidad and Tobago’s world-renowned carnival.

With ticket prices for the concert ranging from $71 to $253, organisers of carnival bands and shows are worried that it will absorb money that would otherwise have gone into their pockets.

“We have nothing against Beyonce,” says Gregory Fernandes, who used to run some of the carnival’s biggest events as head of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation.

“We are just saying that it is insensitive to bring her at this time. It will affect all carnival stakeholders.”

Part of that perceived insensitivity comes from the feeling that locally produced soca music is losing out to glossy international pop.

“Our culture of carnival is on the way out,” complained one reader in the letters columns of the Trinidad & Tobago Express. “What used to be the greatest show on earth is playing second fiddle to another people’s culture.”

Many feel that TSTT, as a majority state-owned firm, should be doing more to promote the local music industry and its performers, rather than importing superstars from abroad.

As it happens, TSTT’s Bmobile brand has been associated with many carnival events in recent years, in its continuing effort to fight off competition from rival mobile phone provider Digicel.

But this year, it has cancelled its popular Soca in B-Square concerts, which used to take place in the run-up to carnival itself.

TSTT officials say this is because Trinidad’s biggest soca star, Machel Montano, was unavailable to perform, but other artists are unconvinced.

“[TSTT] blanked the local culture and pushed the foreign,” said Ken Marlon Charles, better known by his stage name of KMC.

‘Local appreciation’

The dispute took a new turn when Digicel said it had also been approached to sponsor a Beyonce concert, but had turned it down because it wanted to promote local culture instead.

Digicel’s communications manager, Penny Gomez, told the Trinidad Guardian that the firm had been asked to pay $1.75m for Beyonce’s appearance fee, while the entire cost of the concert would have been nearly three times as much.

“We have an appreciation for what is local, so we have not sought to go overseas,” she said, adding that Digicel did not have “a limitless public purse from which to draw”.

Digicel, owned by Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, has been operating in the Caribbean since 2001, when it began to erode what had been a virtual monopoly for Cable & Wireless and its partners in the region.

Its entry into the Trinidad and Tobago market in 2006 was particularly fraught, with TSTT and Bmobile fighting hard to minimise the newcomer’s impact.

TSTT’s response to Digicel’s latest comments shows that there is still plenty of bad blood between the two firms.

“We don’t have Digicel’s limitations of being unable to support an international concert while at the same time lending support to local culture,” said TSTT spokesman Graham Suite.

In view of the controversy, TSTT’s board of directors has reviewed the company’s plan to host the Beyonce concert and proclaimed it a “sound business decision”.

But Trinis are currently suspicious of any event that might prove to be a drain on state funds, since 2009 saw Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s administration host two costly international summits that failed to bring much benefit to the local economy.

If ticket sales are not as strong as TSTT hopes, there could be an embarrassing financial shortfall – with the taxpayer left to pick up the bill.

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New Buju Songs: “Tell Dem” & “Dem Sell Out”

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Miss Thing Gets Nude In Video

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With a raunchy video circulating on the Internet, dancehall artiste Ms Thing says she has no problem appearing nude in the raw version of her Bonify music video.

The sexually explicit video for the song, which is a collaboration with Psycho Tanbad, surfaced on the Internet recently. The video was done by Terminal 4 Media, while the song was produced by Dre Skull, from New York.

But there is also an edited version that has been on local TV for a few weeks. The raw version, Ms Thing says, is strictly for the Internet.

In the first scene, Psycho Tanbad lays on top of Ms Thing, with both of them appearing nude. At some points, Ms Thing’s breasts are exposed but both their lower bodies are slightly blurred. There is also a scene where they are in a shower together, hugging and rubbing down each other. Her breasts are also fully shown here. She is also nude while in the Jacuzzi.


Ms Thing, confirmed that she was nude and does not have a problem with that.

“I had on underwear in the Jacuzzi with my breasts out. I was actually nude for most of the scenes,” she said laughing.

“It’s dancehall and raw entertainment. Everybody like it so far. They (fans) are a little bit surprised but most people loving the raw version.”

For Psycho Tanbad, making the video was an exciting experience.

“It did alright, exciting and everything. A nuh something normal. We know weh wi a get wiself inna. It was enjoyable,” he said.

Adding, “Mi prefer the raw version and most people in the streets prefer the raw one. Everybody prefer that side ’cause a dancehall.”

Based on the nature of the video, one would question whether or not the two are in an intimate relationship. When asked about this, however, Psycho Tanbad said, “no comment,” while someone was heard laughing in the background.

But Ms Thing is not concerned about persons who have a problem with the nude content in her video.

“Not at all. As artistes, no publicity is bad publicity. I am not gonna let people use negativity to bring me down. I am just going to continue to do my thing,” she said, while noting that she will soon release another song with Psycho Tanbad.

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Video:Queen Ifrica – Serve And Protect

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Wyclef Jean’s Yele Organization Raises $1 Million In Aid For Haiti!

So far, Wyclef Jean‘s nonprofit organization, Yele Haiti, has raised over $1 million for the victims of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake from mobile donations alone. With a series of urgent tweets, an appearance on CNN and the help of his famous friends the singer has mobilized a massive effort on behalf of his homeland, imploring followers to text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to the effort.

According to Albe Angel, CEO of Miami-based Give on the Go, the mobile-communications company working with Yele Haiti to coordinate donations, the organization has raised over $1 million for relief efforts since the earthquake. Yele’s goal is to up that figure to $1 million a day as part of the SMS fundraising drive.

“Since the disaster occurred around 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday and [by] midnight [Wednesday] we cleared $1 million,” said Angel, whose company provides the technology that allows mobile users to make an automatic $5 donation. Give on the Go has announced that 100 percent of the donations raised will go directly to Yele Haiti. More than 200,000 people have donated to the cause, and Angel said he thinks it’s possible that the $1 million-per-day goal could be reached, given the volume of donations that have been coming in.

“These types of donations really were spawned by the [2004] tsunami relief effort, and the $1 million that Yele has raised already is a watershed event.” Wyclef is not the only celebrity who has stepped up to aid the cause. The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, founded by Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt, has pledged $1 million to the emergency medical operations of Doctors Without Borders.

“It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades,” Jolie said in a statement on Wednesday.

Relief efforts have spawned Facebook and Twitter users to take action, and a number of other celebrities have joined in the fight to send urgently needed supplies to the impoverished Caribbean nation, including Alyssa Milano, Olivia Wilde, LL Cool J, Jessica Alba, Demi Moore and Joel and Benji Madden.

On Thursday, President Obama pledged $100 million in aid from the U.S. The United Nations also announced that $10 million would go to relief efforts in Haiti, while the World Bank pledged $100 million.

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Sean Paul talks about being music king of Jamaica, working with Chris Brown

The 2002 album “Dutty Rock” featured Sean Paul‘s first No. 1 hit, “Get Busy.” For many, Bob Marley will always be their touchstone for Jamaican music.

However, while Sean Paul would most likely be the last to dispute Marley’s place in that island’s creative history, he has in the past few years become the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts.

Paul has made his name by performing dancehall, a style of Jamaican music with faster rhythms than the gentler lilt of reggae. After an appearance in the 1998 film “Belly,” Paul released his debut album, “Stage One,” in 2000.

But it was after he teamed with a group of Toronto producers to work on his next batch of tunes that the artist from Kingston, Jamaica, exploded onto the U.S. charts.

The 2002 album “Dutty Rock” featured Paul’s first No. 1 hit, “Get Busy,” and went on to sell 6 million copies worldwide. That was soon followed by his guest spot on Beyoncé’s “Baby Boy.” His next long-player, “The Trinity,” dropped in 2005 and became another platinum disc, with hit singles that included the No. 1 “Temperature.”

Paul’s latest album was released last year, and its creator is still as enthusiastic about “Imperial Blaze” as his fans. “We had some young producers, and the sound is out loud,” said Paul, speaking from Kingston earlier this week. “It’s rocking. It’s a great party record.”

He’s also releasing a mix tape on his Web site called “The Odyssey” that will include tracks that didn’t quite fit with “Blaze,” along with music by other artists he admires.

After work on “Imperial” wrapped in early 2009, how it would be launched at radio became a hot topic in the Sean Paul camp, and one that ended up being reconsidered in the wake of some unexpected news.

“There was much discussion as to what would be the first single,” Paul recalled. “On the day we made the decision, I heard that [Michael Jackson], the king of pop, had died. It made me go back and think about things again.”

Many artists have approached Paul to collaborate during the past few years, among the most recent, Chris Brown. Their “Brown Skin Girl” was released on the deluxe edition of Brown’s recent “Graffiti” album.

“Two people called me on the same day about working with Chris Brown on that song, and I thought that seemed strange,” Paul said. “Chris has had some fantastic hits. I didn’t think [the offer] was real at first, but I thought, if it’s real, that’s brilliant.

“I knew that song was written from our perspective, from an island perspective, talking about this girl, and I guess Chris wanted to work with me.”

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