Archive | January, 2010

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.

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. Release after Gaza Kim Beating

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I-Thunder- Tired Fi Hungry Stephen Di Genius McGregor New Artist

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Chan Dizzy-Nuh Sell Out Produced by Russian

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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‘.

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 new video Living The Life Of A Gun Music Video

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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.

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

* story Eddie “Stats” Houghton  * photo Andrew Dosunmu (F43)

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:

GP86 Road Mix Blend
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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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!!!

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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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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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.

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


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Ricky Blaze Ft Ding Dong- For Life

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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.

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 Freestyle On  Massive B Fire Sunday

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JAMBALLAZ - WANNA ROCK ( JAN 2010 ) - FROM THE CONCRETE JUNGLE MIXTAPE -

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Sean Kingston returns to his homeland Kingston Jamaica. Video Feature of his return check it out

Video: Sean Kingston Returns To Kingston, Jamaica!

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