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Jump Start Riddim:Busy Signal|Mr Vegas|Konshens|Elephant Man


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Drake Finalizes First Single, Continues Recording in Jamaica


After laying down tracks for his debut album Thank Me Later in his hometown of Toronto and traveling to Hawaii to record with Kanye West, Drake’s globetrotting brought him to Jamaica, where he’s reportedly working with dancehall artist Mavado. Drizzy has been holed up at Geejam Studios, but took a little time to pose for photos with fans and even received some herbal “gifts.”

He also shared a photo of a computer screen displaying the file name for the final mix of his first single “Over” under the heading “Almost Time Again.”

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Vybz Kartel Vanessa Bling aka Gaza Slim – One Man

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Ryno leaves ‘Empire’ – Kartel loses third member


It’s now official that deejay Blak Ryno, one of the Portmore Empire’s top guns, has officially left the Gaza.

Earlier this week rumours had begun circulating once again that Ryno had officially left the Empire. The deejay, however, contacted THE STAR to confirm that as of yesterday, he is no longer in the Vybz Kartel-led Portmore Empire.

Born Romaine Anderson, Ryno has been a member of the Portmore Empire since January 2007, where he was officially signed to Kartel’s Adidjaheim Records and made his name with songs such as Thugs Anthem,Bend Over among others.

Months prior to this, rumours had been circulating in the streets and on the Internet that relations between the young deejay and his Gaza camp had not been good, with speculations that he, among other members have been beaten on a regular basis. Ryno has however, denied to THE STAR all rumours of being beaten or having witnessed any beatings on the Gaza.

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Speaking briefly to THE STAR, Ryno was unwilling to say much on the matter yesterday, only admitting that relations between himself and the Empire were still good.

Ryno is the third deejay to have departed the Empire recently, the first being late last year when Lisa Hyper was expelled from the organisation after the Empire ‘unanimously agreed’ to end their professional relationship with the female deejay. This development came shortly after a compromising picture was leaked on the Internet of Hyper.

In January, a newcomer to the Portmore Empire, Gaza Kim willingly left the Empire after an incident which took place in the ‘Big Yard’ community off Mannings Hill Road. Gaza Kim, who now goes by the name Kym, was severely beaten on the Gaza by what sources say was orders from Kartel. However, Kartel denied the claims.

This week rumours also began circulating once more that singer Jah Vinci had also left the Empire as well, when contacted on Tuesday, however, Jah Vinci responded, “Gaza fi life.”

STAR of the month Demarco brought a bit of his high energy

and jovial personality to the offices of THE STAR last Tuesday for the phone chat.

While the online chat was scheduled for last Tuesday as well, due to technical difficulties the chat has been postponed. Action on the phone lines may have been a bit slow, but Demarco was having fun making jokes and keeping persons nearby entertained. For the fans that did get to speak with the artiste, they expressed their admiration of the producer/musician/artiste.

He said, “the phone chat was good you know, cause people acknowledged me and my talent. People called and said mi talented and dem neva know mi coulda do so many things until dem did read it in di STAR and dem gimme me props.”

The singjay also told fans to expect a number of things from him in the future, including a new rhythm, singles and his album.

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Is Rihanna’s Video Rude Bwoy a ripoff M.I.A.’s “Boyz” – Vote Now

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Buju Banton Nominated For Three International Reggae & World Music Awards

Gargamel Music, Inc. is thrilled to announce that Jamaican music icon, Buju Banton, has been nominated for a trio of 2010 International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA): Recording Artist Of The Year, Best Album for Rasta Got Soul and Best Crossover Song for “Can’ t Be My Lover,” his recent hit collabo with R&B star, John Legend.

Banton and the Gargamel Music family sincerely thank IRAWMA founder Mr. Martin Ephraim, the entire IRAWMA staff, and of course, the fans for the love and continued support at this time. The 29th Annual International Reggae & World Music Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 2nd at York College Performing Arts Center in Jamaica (Queens), New York.

In other Buju Banton music news, the one-off single, “Time And A Place” (John John) on the scorching Coming In From The Cold riddim has skyrocketed to #1 on both the New York Top 30 Reggae Chart and South Florida Top 25 Reggae Chart. The album Rasta Got Soul is currently #2 on both the New York Top 20 Albums Chart and the South Florida Top 15 Albums Chart. The new “Optimistic Soul” single (plus bonus instrumental) will be released digitally on March 23rd
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Vybz Kartel – No Wild Grain

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Mp3:Elephant Man – “Badmind Keep Yu Distance” & “No One Like God to me”

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Jr. Pinchers vs Twinz Beatz – Back Broke

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Bad People Riddim – Aidonia|Beenie|Mavado|Busy Signal|Baby Cham|Chino|Elephant


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Jamaican reggae star to rock Ghana

According to Ghana News Agency, the Jamaican born star who is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists will perform in two separate venues in Ghana. He is also well-known for his unusual productivity.

The first show is scheduled to take place on March 5 at the Ohene Gyan Sport Stadium in Accra and the other at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

Sizzla, born Mignel Orlando Collins is expected in Ghana on March 2. He has already released 45 solo albums and over 15 combination albums, crossing different genres of reggae and 20 of his albums have also made it onto the Billboards’ Top Reggae Charts worldwide.

He will also launch his new album on March 6 which happens to be Ghana’s Independence Day.

The show is also to mark the 53-year of Ghana’s Independence celebrations and is sponsored and organized by Paa K. Holbrook-Smith, a creative show producer, in collaboration with two other music production firms, Lalibela Music Productions and Aduanaba Promotions.

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Denied a Grenada work permit, Mr Vegas cries politics

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Grenada government has refused a work permit to Jamaican dancehall artiste Clifford Smith, popularly known as Mr Vegas, who was scheduled to perform here on Saturday.

“This is political, it’s a political move by this government,” said Smith, who performed in Grenada at a rally of the then ruling New National Party in 2008.

“I risk my life to perform in an event, I did not even know it was a political event, and now this is how I am being thanked,” he said on a live radio broadcast today.

Promoter Steve Duncan said that no specific reasons had been given by the Ministry of Labour for refusing the work permit.

Duncan, who claimed to have invested more than EC$30,000 (US$11,110) in marketing the show, is questioning the move to ban the artiste and wants the government to say if it has a list containing the names of persons who should not perform in Grenada.

“If this government is placing a ban on a particular number of Caribbean artistes, then that should be public knowledge and should be brought to the attention of the promoters when the application for the work permit is made.”

Grenada’s labour laws do not require the Labour Minister to provide a reason for denying an artiste a work permit.

This is the second Jamaican artiste to be banned from performing here by the 19-month old Tillman Thomas administration. Last April, the government refused a work permit for artiste known as Vybz Kartel.

Meanwhile, a Roman Catholic priest is praising the government for its decision.

“I believe it has more to do with decency and the values we promote as the church as to crown it off we are presently in the middle of the Lenten season,” said Father Sean Doggett.

Last week, the Conference of Churches along with the Alliance of Evangelical churches issued a statement calling on media houses and promoters of live shows to exercise restraint during the 40-day Lenten period.

“We are asking them to avoid all forms of rudeness, vulgarity and obscenity as well as anything that militates against Christian morality,” the statement said.

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Party Cup Music Video Medley

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Mp3:Tok – “Caution”

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Old Interview with Bob Marley

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Eternity Riddim – Beres Hammond|Morgan Heritage|Voicemail


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Lady Saw Ft Lloyd, Nicki Minaj & Drake – Bedrock – Immortal Vibes Remix

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Mp3:Una Morgan feat. Cecile – “Shake It”

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Mr Lexx – “Buss A Wine

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Reggae Artist Delly Ranx Kicks off his US promotional tour for his CD “Good Profile”


HOLLYWOOD
– The REGGAE Soulcial will host Itation Record’s premiere reggae artist/producer Delly Ranx for his first US promotional live show for his new cd “Good Profile” on Monday, February 22, 2010 at Ginger Bay Café, 1908 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Fl.

The appellation for his current cd “Good Profile is parallel to that of his inimitable person, bold, urban and passionate. Stemming from the success of his European tour with Buju Banton, Delly Ranx is set to heat up the stage, accompanied with a live band performing songs from “Good Profile” and a few surprise singles of music that Delly Ranx is working on.

The cd is a playlist favorite among numerous dj’s and podcasts and a mainstay among music lovers internationally.

Arguably one of the fastest rising talents out of Jamaica who has truly created a blueprint for independent reggae artists, Delly Ranx is standing on his own talent and displaying enough promise become omnipotent in the entertainment industry. The buzz surrounding his new cd “Good Profile” has been building and has secured Delly Ranx’s position as a premiere artist. This roots and culture flavored cd has something for all music lovers. His flavored voice has the ability to explore a range of emotions and transfix audiences from every corner of the world. Delly Ranx has truly designed a plan that has kept his musical creations inspired and allowed him to flourish as an artist.

Delly Ranx has been a staple on the Jamaican dancehall reggae scene for some 15 years. Over these years, he has recorded for major producers in the industry including veterans Sly and Robbie and Steelie and Cleevie. He has performed at numerous international reggae festivals and shows in the Caribbean, Europe and the United States and in summer 2007 completed a tour in the United Kingdom with Freddie McGregor, Chino and Natural Black. Among his more popular songs are Pon di Corner with Mega Banton, Redbull and Guinness, Ghetto Whisky, Solid and the remake of Love and Devotion with Jimmy Riley.

He has also collaborated with some of the finest artistes Jamaica has to offer including Beres Hammond, Elephant Man, Voicemail, Da’Ville, Wayne Wonder, Lukie D, among others. Delly Ranx has flexed his skills as both an artiste and a producer.

To his credit, he has a production on Sean Paul’s platinum-selling debut album Dutty Rock and produced the Billboard hit for Mavado’s Weh Dem a Do on the Redbull and Guinness riddim. This riddim also won him (and Stephen McGregor), the Irie FM riddim of the year for 2006.

In 2007, recognition of Delly Ranx’s productions led to a nomination for producer of the year at the 26th annual International Reggae and World Music Award.

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Macka Diamond & Denise Belfon- Handle the bumper

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Capleton’s Tour being cancelled.

A Jamaican reggae star’s U.S. tour was canceled recently after several gay activists raised concerns about his homophobic lyrics. Renegade Productions, which was in charge of Capleton’s West Coast tour, announced the cancellation on its website.

Another artist, Cocoa Tea, was scheduled to tour with him. The tour was set to begin on Monday at the Ragga Muffins festivals in Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., but Capleton was removed from the lineup. Earlier, people and groups in two other California cities, Humboldt and San Luis Obispo, lobbied to halt Capleton’s appearances, according to reporter Michael Petrelis.

Capleton was one of the artists who agreed to the Reggae Compassionate Act in 2007, in which he pledged to renounce and condemn violence against LGBT people. However, he has yet to stop performing songs with violent or homophobic language.

“We thank the venues and promoters who denied Capleton a platform after learning about his history of violent lyrics,” said Rashad Robinson, senior director of programs for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “But at the end of the day promoters need to become better educated about the talent they are elevating. GLAAD will continue to speak out and take a stand against artists who promote violence against our community.”

A Jamaican reggae star’s U.S. tour was canceled recently after several gay activists raised concerns about his homophobic lyrics.

Renegade Productions, which was in charge of Capleton’s West Coast tour, announced the cancellation on its website.

Another artist, Cocoa Tea, was scheduled to tour with him. The tour was set to begin on Monday at the Ragga Muffins festivals in Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., but Capleton was removed from the lineup.

Earlier, people and groups in two other California cities, Humboldt and San Luis Obispo, lobbied to halt Capleton’s appearances, according to reporter Michael Petrelis.

Capleton was one of the artists who agreed to the Reggae Compassionate Act in 2007, in which he pledged to renounce and condemn violence against LGBT people. However, he has yet to stop performing songs with violent or homophobic language.

“We thank the venues and promoters who denied Capleton a platform after learning about his history of violent lyrics,” said Rashad Robinson, senior director of programs for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “But at the end of the day promoters need to become better educated about the talent they are elevating. GLAAD will continue to speak out and take a stand against artists who promote violence against our community.”

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Beenie Man-Swagga ( Mi Flow)

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Mp3: Mr Vegas – Talk is Cheap

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Mp3:Demarco Ft Aidonia Elephant Man – Real Recognize Real

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Amelia “Milk” Sewell – Flossy

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Get To Know Errol Kerr of the Jamaica Ski Team

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It’s tough to get away from a stereotype, especially when it involves being compared to a cast member of “Cool Running’s.” Errol Kerr, the latest Jamaican winter phenomenon, has qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics Ski Cross and is already dealing with the amount of misconceptions that come along with being a Jamaican native.
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KYM aka Gaza Kym – The Truth (based on assault)

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Watch Usain Bolt’s season opening 400m

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Vybz Kartel Ft. Britney Spears & Elephant Man – Thunderball Riddim (Remix)

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Bad Reputation Riddim – Assassin|Bugle|Chase Cross|Erup| Kartel


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Beenie Man – Swagga & Flow – Making of the Video

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Mp3- Sizzla – Free Buju

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MP3 | Jovi Rockwell – Bucktown

New track from Kingston native and Miami resident, Jovi Rockwell. This refreshing
ode to classic hip hop is done how only Jovi can do. Expect to hear lots of new
music from Jovi now that the shackles of her major label deal are off. A video to this song is soon to follow.

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Rihanna Rude Boy Video

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Mr Lexx – “Buss A Wine/Transformer”

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MP3: Busy Signal & M.I.A “Sound of Siren”

Last Thursday the EME awards—Jamaican music’s answer to the Grammys—took place in Kingston, and while Vybz Kartel strolled away to the ching-ching-ching sound of gold-plated metal statues in his pocket (including one for Recording Artist of the Year), Busy Signal was somewhere else in the world being “busy wid business as usual”—or at least that’s what his Twitter told us. We’re not mad at Vybz getting so much award play because dude had a seriously prolific year, but no doubt Busy Signal’s scarcity at home base is setting him on a path of global conquest. With a recent leak of his collaboration with M.I.A. circulating the dancehall lines (below), and now two new tracks, “Bare Gal” and “Jafrican Ting,” giving us a more guttural Busy over the ting ting of cowbell and a heavy tribal thump, it appears Busy has indeed been busy sponging up sounds from “world music” and beyond. Busy Signal’s visited this road before with his tracks “Up In Her Belly” and “Dah Style Deh”—two of our favorite tracks for daggering—but here he’s returned to being more controlled and focused, flexing his vocals to the bounce bounce of something undeniably danceable with even more swagger then before.

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MP3: Mavado “House Top”

At this point Mavado’s pained, scratchy gangster croon is the most comforting sound we can think of… even in this song, where he’s telling some chick to bend over and wine for him he’s weirdly soothing. “House Top” is over the Rooftop Riddim, which feels quintessentially dancehall—you can imagine its treble-y synths and snares echoing through the heat. Are we projecting because we are currently in the middle of NYC snowpocalypse? Probably, but anyone who wants to come scoop us and put us on an all-expenses-paid plane to Kingston, we’re totally down.

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Kym Aka Gaza Kim Officially Leaves The Empire

Kym has now acquired her walking papers. According to a statement, issued today by her publicist, the teenage Dancehall artiste’s management contract has been revoked.

Kym (formerly known as Gaza Kim), who was previously managed by Vybz Kartel’s Adidjahiem Records, issued a statement which read:

Over the last eight to nine months (8-9 months) my career was managed by Adidjahiem Records. The Management Contract has been terminated and I’m now pursuing independently my career.

I’m now focusing on driving my career and past events in my life have only made me stronger and more driven to achieving success.

I would like wish my former Management Team all the very best in their endeavors.

On January 26, 2010, news broke that Kym was alleging that she and her brother were victims of physical abuse when they were attacked by fellow members of the Portmore Empire, who claimed that Kym had leaked information about Vybz Kartel.

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Usain Bolt’s Dating a Reality Star?

One of the stars of the popular VH1 reality show, For The Love of Ray J, yesterday announced on television that she and Jamaican Olympic star, Usain Bolt, are a couple.

The woman, Taneish Simpson, was a cast member of the dating show’s second season, but was eliminated on episode three. The show is centred around actor and singer Ray J’s search for love and features him living in a house with a group of women who vie for his attention and ultimately his heart. Ray J is the brother of singer Brandy.

Simpson, 24, was named Lava on the show and is originally from Portland, but now lives in Florida. Various Internet sources list her occupations as a model and make-up artist.

On the show’s reunion special which aired on the United States music channel, VH1, yesterday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., Simpson claimed she was now over Ray J and had moved on with her life.

She said Bolt ‘googled’ her and made contact. She said, “We made it official on New Year’s. I actually spent New Year’s in Jamaica because he requested that I come down so we could spend New Year’s together.”

Lava’s exit from the reality show was controversial as she was eliminated because Ray J felt she was too demanding and controlling.

When contacted, a publicist for the sprinter and world-record holder said she would not talk about the runner’s private life.

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Julian: Mavado wasn’t robbed!

Julian says it isn’t so! According to the Manager of Dancehall Artiste Mavado, the Singjay wasn’t robbed for a second time in Canada.

Julian Jones-Griffith says he was sitting outside the Sonny Diamonds located in Toronto, Canada, using his laptop while on his phone when 3 men approached him, one pulled a gun on him and demanded that he wind his car window down.

According to Julian, the men grabbed his phone and laptop and ran away. Contrary to reports, Julian said the men did not steal any jewellery, money or passports.

He also noted that Mavado was inside the studio at the time of the incident and was unhurt and unaware of what had taken place.

The Deejay and his manager return to the island today, February 8, 2010.

There were several reports which stated that Dancehall Superstar Mavado was robbed at gunpoint while voicing several dub plates at a studio in Canada early Sunday morning.

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Documentary: Rent A Rasta

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MAVADO ROBBED IN CANADA

There are several reports circulating the internet and among members in the music industry that Dancehall deejay Mavado was robbed at gunpoint while voicing several dub plates at a studio in Canada early Sunday morning.

According to one report, Mavado and his manager was robbed at a studio called Sonny Diamonds located in Toronto, Canada.

Reports are that, a group of armed men stormed into the studio making demands. They allegedly stole Mavado’s jewellery and money and they also robbed other persons who accompanied the Deejay to the studio.

Mavado suffered a similar fate back in 2007 in Canada, when his passport, credit cards, laptop and other valuables were stolen forcing the deejay to cancel his appearance at several events.

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Macka Diamond’s Book Launch (THE REAL GANGSTER’S WIFE)

She did it already and she is doing it again. Heads turned, eyes rolled and thoughts went wild when it was heard back in 07 that Dancehall Recording artiste Macka Diamond was about to release what was dubbed, Jamaica’s first Dancehall Novel; the critically acclaimed bestseller, BUN HIM!!!

Well, get ready!  Because the ink is dry, the novel, ‘The Real Gangster’s Wife,’ is ready, and the free food and drink inclusive, star studded launch is set for February 18th at Club Moulin Rouge, 104 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 8.

Your browser may not support display of this image.So what can fans expect from Macka this time around? “Fans and critics alike are actually in for both a surprise and a threat,” states Pageturner Publishing House (Publishers of BUN HIM!!! and The Real Gangster’s Wife) CEO, Karl Larmond. “First you are all invited to attend our Drinks On Us book launch on the 18th, at Club Moulin Rouge, where the book will be available for the first time at a special launch price. Fans can also come out and get a first taste of the book upfront and personal, with readings from members of the entertainment fraternity and members of the literary society, while also pick up their autograph copies of what we expect to be yet another bestseller.” Mr. Larmond continues by saying, “Not only has Macka’s writing skills improved by leaps and bounds, but once again she has taken on yet another subject matter that we are all too familiar with in our Jamaican society and the world at large. A subject matter that very few of us have ever given any serious thought to, or may even realize is affecting countless females around us; and that is the subject of being emotionally involved with a man that operates on the wrong side of the law, and all the drama and mental anguish that comes with that reality, all in the name of love.”

Your browser may not support display of this image. Sounds like reality?…Very much so, and come February 18th, Macka’s sophomore novel will take on this delicate subject matter, in the form of The Real Gangster’s Wife, available at all Sangster’s and Kingston Book Shops island wide, for all to read, dissect and hopefully get the message that she has again taken a bold step to convey and shed much needed light on.

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Romain Virgo to sign with VP – VH1 to air ‘This Love’ video

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Romain Virgo will be making major strides next week when his This Love music video airs on US-based cable station VH1.

According to his manager, Dawin Brown, they have been in negotiations with VP Records, as the company is about to sign the budding star. During the negotiations, Brown said several songs from Virgo’s catalogue were submitted to them.

“They said they were really impressed with the This Love video. Cristy Barber (vice-president of marketing and promotions at VP Records) is kinda responsible for submitting it to MTV and VH1,while adding that the video is currently on the website for both stations.

All of this took place within a six-week period, Brown said.

“We just found out Thursday that it will be aired on VH1. So we are keeping our fingers crossed. We are just waiting for it to start showing,” he said.

Virgo said he was very excited about the development of his career.

“Jah know, a one of the greatest feeling. VH1 and MTV are world stations. I think it’s a good opportunity for the world to see who the true Romain Virgo is. I think it is a good way to bring me out there to the world,” noting that the video was done during his 2007 Digicel Rising Stars journey.

But this is not the only thing he has on his plate. This week he will shoot the video for Who Feels It Knows It in Kingston and St Ann. The video, Virgo said, would “look at hard-working people in every environment.”

He is also working on a self-titled album that will be released in May through VP Records. Virgo said it would have songs such as Caan Sleep, Murderer and several new tracks.

For the album, there will also be a series of promotional shows. And in the coming months, he will have shows in the US, Europe,Barbados , Bahamas, Grenada and St Martin.

“It will be a whole lot of work  for the year,” said Virgo.

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