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TVJ News Interview With Vybz Kartel & He’s Expected To Hand Himself Over To Police

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Mp3: MAVADO – WHEN YOU FEEL LONELY

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American Rapper “Pusha T” pays tribute to Dudus

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Pusha T from the United States rap group Clipse has recorded a song paying tribute to extradited Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

The rapper is from the group which has done popular songs like Grindin, When Was The Last Time and Hot Damn.

Yesterday, the song, Dearly Beloved, that was done about Coke surfaced on the Internet.

In the song, Pusha T said: “Dearly beloved hail Dudus/ Machine gun chain smothered/ A mere child rebel soldier that’s what became of us/ Immortalised kingpins is what remains of us/ Money comes too fast for him to give it up/ And because of a war, he has to give it up/ First God then Dudus/ Rest in peace Vivian Blake. Shout out to Shower Posse.”

This is not the first time that a song has been done about Coke. Last year, Twin of Twins recorded Which Dudus that was very popular.

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Coke was extradited to the United States last week after being caught by the police on Mandela Highway. In a search for him, more than 73 people were killed in Tivoli Gardens. The manhunt also took the security forces into inner cities, rural communities and upscale neighbourhoods where Coke and his associates were suspected to be hiding.

Dudus was indicted in the US on a range of drug and guntrafficking offences.

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Konshens – “Jah Have A Plan”

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Must Watch: In Case You Missed It: ESPNS The Two Escobars

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Mp3: Mavado – Cant Believe

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LISA HYPE – (Performing In Europe AND) DISS VYBZ KARTEL

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Black Hart – DI REMIXOLOGIST PT 2 – THE 6TH SENSE REMIX CD

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Tarrus Riley petitions for peace with new single – ‘Wildfire’

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Talented Jamaican Singer and Songwriter Tarrus Riley delivers a powerful socio-conscious message renouncing the scourge of violence on his latest release ‘Wildfire’. Teaming up with hard hitting producer Don Corleone, Riley’s petition for peace hits a sincere note as he pleads to a higher power to protect his nation against the rising levels of violence. His chorus to “protect the people” comes on the heels of recent calls by several Jamaicans at home and across the Diaspora to take a stand against crime, “Wildfire speaks directly to existing social issues in Jamaica, the kind of issues we need to address head on. I want my listeners to understand the realities we are dealing with in our nation as well as call on each one to support their brother as we reclaim our land”.
Now in heavy rotation across local and Caribbean airwaves, Riley recently concluded shooting the corresponding video and is expected to debut it in coming weeks. A versatile and accomplished musician, Tarrus’ melodious harmonies have endeared him to a large number of reggae fans across the Caribbean, US, UK, Canadian and Japanese markets. Having scored a slew of chart hits from his latest compilation ‘Contagious’ such as the title track Love’s Contagious, Living The Life Of A Gun, Good Girl Gone Bad, Start Anew among others, Riley is easily one of the most popular and well respected artistes in reggae music today. With a solid booked schedule headlining several dates across the US and Caribbean, Riley is currently gearing up to perform at the international reggae and dancehall music showcase Reggae Sumfest on July 24th.

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Mp3: Daville – “Wine you a Wine”

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Mp3: Leftside – Want Yuh Body

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Mp3: AIDONIA – JACK HAMMER

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NEWS: WAYNE MARSHALL SOLID ONCE AGAIN

Solid Agency (Jamaica) – With a new found energy and distinct sense of strategy shown on his most recent projects, dancehall’s most noted singjay Wayne Marshall has undoubtedly made the best comeback since the start of the new year with a steady number of hits currently in rotation on local and international radio airwaves.

Marshall who is a member of the Solid Agency roster has once again found favor in the industry spotlight with songs like “So Superfly” which features Mr. Raver Clavers himself Ding Dong and more recently “My Heart” a track dedicated to the topic of infidelity that also features the Gully God Mavado on the Official Remix.

Outside of recording music Marshall has been marketing his new image with a number of cameo appearances including a feature in international rapper Drake’s “Find Your Love” Music Video and also the Sean Kingston and Nicki Minaj video for their collab “Letting Go / Dutty Love”shot on location in Ochi Rios last weekend. Other promotional gigs for Marshall included a Photo shoot with DI TRENDZ Clothing Boutique which is regarded by many as the hottest clothing store in Kingston.

Set to perform in Bermuda during the month of July Wayne Marshall is back and showing real class and creativity in his music. According to source close to the artists fans can expect a pair of videos from the Alliance veteran before the end of the summer season.

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Christopher Dudus Coke Alleged Jamaican Drug Lord Arrives In New York

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Drake feat Gyptian – Find Your Love Remix

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Mp3: BUSY SIGNAL – WHOS TO BLAME

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Mp3: MY HEART REMIX – Wayne Marshall feat. Mavado

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Mp3: Chino feat. Konshens – Rave We A Rave

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Junior Reid Ft. Cassidy “I’m So Crazy”

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Nicki Minaj Feat. Vybz Kartel – Your Love (Champion Squad Remix)

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Mp3: Buju Banton – Innocent

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Breaking News:Christopher “Dudus” Coke in Police Custody

FORMER Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is now in police custody.

The fugitive was handed over to police by Reverend Al Miller and is prepared to commit himself to due process and waive his right to an extradition hearing.

Early reports suggest that Coke is being held at a police station in St Catherine.

He is wanted by the United States on gun and drug trafficking charges.

A $5 million dollar reward was recently placed for information leading to his arrest.

 

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Video: Busy Signal – Peace Reign

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Sean Kingston and Nicki Minaj shoot their new video in Jamaica

Sean Kingston and Nicki Minaj were in Jamaica yesterday filming the video for their collaborative song “”, which is also known as “Dutty Love”. Per Sean, it was his first major video that he’s been able to shoot in Jamaica and being that he’s of Jamaican decent, I’m surprised he didn’t shoot one sooner. The video was spearheaded by Little X and should be released in the coming weeks.

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ELEPHANT MAN & BOUNTY KILLER – THIS IS HOW WE DO IT

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#News: Jamaican Musicians Rally To Support Alleged Drug Kingpin ‘Dudus’ Coke

To the U.S. government, Christopher “Dudus” Coke is Jamaica’s Al Capone. But for many Jamaicans, he’s more like Robin Hood-and he’s also a player in the local music business.

After the U.S. government issued an extradition order for Coke on Aug. 25, 2009, over alleged drugs and arms trafficking offenses committed in the United States, a number of reggae artists headed into recording studios to voice their opinions on the man known in Kingston as “the President.” Foremost among them was veteran roots reggae singer Bunny Wailer, whose “Don’t Touch the President” portrays Coke as a benevolent “Robin Hood from the neighborhood.”

“Dudus is a man of peace who makes sure people in his Tivoli Gardens community don’t commit crimes,” says Wailer, a founding member of the Wailers alongside Bob Marley.

Among Kingstonians, stories abound of how Coke has funded children’s education, paid for senior citizens’ medication and reduced crime levels. But that’s in stark contrast with Coke’s image as leader of a gang widely blamed for more than 1,400 murders. Coke is the current leader of Kingston’s notorious Shower Posse, co-founded by his late father, Lester “Lloyd” Coke.

The Jamaican government declared a state of emergency in the capital city May 23 as police fought gun battles with Coke supporters who oppose his extradition to the United States. The subsequent violence has reportedly led to the deaths of more than 70 civilians as police and army units continue their hunt for the alleged drug kingpin.

His music business connections involve his Tivoli-based company, Presidential Click, whose offices have now been converted into a police post by the authorities. It stages two major annual concerts: August’s charity show Champions in Action and the free pre-Christmas extravaganza West Kingston Jamboree. Both events have featured some of the biggest names in reggae and dancehall including Shaggy, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Queen Ifrica and Tarrus Riley. Their future is now uncertain.

The most recent West Kingston Jamboree, held Dec. 7, 2009, at Tivoli Gardens’ community center, was notable for the public ending of a feud between dancehall superstars Vybz Kartel and Mavado. In front of several thousand cheering fans, the pair embraced and performed songs together. By brokering their appearance, Coke ended a longstanding musical war fought initially through the artists’ ultra-violent song lyrics, before spilling over into intermittent skirmishes between their rival fan bases.
“Getting warring gangs in Jamaica to sign peace treaties is something Dudus did regularly,” Mavado’s manager Julian Jones-Griffith says, “so Mavado and Kartel looked at it like, ‘If he can stop men out there from killing each other, then what is our lyrical feud to squash?'”

Through the years, Coke has been name-checked in several dancehall songs-not surprising, given popular music’s tradition of romanticizing outlaws, from “Stagger Lee” to the Mexican drug lords extolled in modern-day narcocorridos.

Two of the songs that have mentioned Coke were Wayne Marshall’s “It’s Evident,” which revels in “rolling high like the President” and Soltex 3000’s “Killa Walk Prezzi Bounce.” Both were initially issued in 2006 on Greensleeves Records’ “Redbull & Guinness” compilation.

Others have taken a more tongue-in-cheek approach. “Which Dudus,” the title track to the album released in January on Boardhouse Records by Twin of Twins’ (brothers Patrick and Paul Gaynor), asks, “How dem go look for Dudus and dem nah find bin Laden?”

Current circumstances have revived attention for “Which Dudus,” with plays on Jamaican commercial stations including Hitz 92 FM, IRIE FM and ZIP FM. “It’s just social commentary, about the respect he commands from people,” Patrick Gaynor says. “It’s not political.”
Wailer claims he recorded “Don’t Touch the President” as a message for Jamaicans, not for commercial purposes. But the song, which was released digitally in October 2009 through his Solomonic label, is widely available at online stores, including iTunes. No airplay monitoring data exists for Jamaica, but the song has been picking up airplay during the state of emergency on stations like IRIE FM and Roots FM.

The reggae veteran adds that he wrote the song-its prescient lyrics warn of civil unrest in western Kingston-because he knew “what would result from moving him away from his people; they haven’t even touched the President and yet so many people have died.”

International coverage of the bloodshed has brought gloomy predictions from Jamaica’s government of hundreds of millions of tourism dollars being lost as visitors stay away. But some local industry observers believe it may also be a watershed moment in the evolution of dancehall, which has been widely criticized for its violent lyrics.

“The unrest may cause a shift in lyrical content, forcing artists to look deeper at the messages they send,” says Dylan Powe, a former A&R representative at Atlantic/Big Beat Records. Powe signed reggae acts Inner Circle and the late Garnet Silk to the label in the early ’90s and is currently the manager of Kingston-based Swatch International sound system (known as Swash International outside Jamaica).

Despite his pro-Coke stance, Wailer concurs. “It’s the uplifting messages heard in roots reggae that put Jamaica on the map,” he says, “so our artists need to get back to that.”

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Nas & Damian Marley – “As We Enter” (Craig Ferguson Live)

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Mp3: MAVADO – THE MESSIAH

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Mp3: Sean Paul – Beat of my Heart (produced by Jeremy Harding)

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Mp3: Sean Kingston feat. Nicki Minaj – Letting Go

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Video: SPRAGGA BENZ “Shotta Culture”

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Video: Alison Hinds & Shaggy – “Can’t Let My Luv Go”

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Mp3: RUPEE – “ALL NIGHT LONG”

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Video: Nadine Sutherland – Cougar

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Video: ER Interview – LA Lewis, Mavado, Tessanne Chin and Tarrus Riley

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Mp3: Drake ft. Shaggy – Find Your Love Remix

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Reggae Gold Puma City – Hold The Line ft. Mr. Lex

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Mp3: Busy Signal – White Liver (Nicki Minaj – Your Love Track)

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Jamaica music lyrics — trigger of violence?

Reporting from Kingston, JamaicaOva di wall, Ova di wall Put yuh AK ova di wall… Blood a go run Like Dunns River Fall. Blood flowing like waterfalls. Brains floating like feathers out of a torn pillow. Women submitting to the whims of neighborhood “dons.”

The images are typical of dancehall, a popular Jamaican music style that has sparked a furious debate over whether it merely reflects an increasingly violent society or somehow contributes to the mayhem.

Some of dancehall’s most popular performers, including Elephant Man, who wrote “Ova di Wall,” use hyperviolent lyrics that chronicle the exploits of “badmanism,” the cult of gun-toting gangs. Some are also criticized as misogynistic and anti-gay.

The national debate has intensified in the aftermath of lethal police raids last month in the Tivoli Gardens slum that is the home turf of Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the alleged drugs and arms trafficker whose violent lifestyle is glorified in dancehall lyrics.

Community leader Henley Morgan, a pastor who runs a social outreach program in the lower-class Trenchtown district where reggae legend Bob Marley grew up, worries that the extreme songs of dancehall, a successor to ska, rocksteady and reggae, could be “dictating the culture.”

“This is music that is coming out of what we call garrisons, or ghettos that have been politicized. Violent dancehall has a lot of profanity, glorifies guns and degrades women,” Morgan said. “Not all dancehall promotes violence, but it’s the songs with raunchy lyrics that get played.”

Youths interviewed recently seemed torn between their enjoyment of a genre that is perfect “jumping up,” or dance, music and their aversion to the lyrics’ often explicit messages.

“These are things the Jamaican middle class doesn’t want to hear, but they happen in our society,” said Adrian Demetrius, a 20-year-old telemarketer who was interviewed one Saturday night amid the din of a popular dance club here called Quad. “Dancehall is just bringing it to the mainstream.”

As the music’s influence has grown, Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission has tried to impose rules on radio stations to limit explicit language. But dancehall’s enormous popularity has frustrated those efforts fueled competition among the island’s radio stations to play the most outrageous tunes, said Donna Hope, a Jamaican music expert and professor at the University of the West Indies.

Hope said the music is a reflection of inner city reality and a product of “the social environment from which it has emerged.”

“It’s the old chicken-and-egg question that doesn’t have a clear answer,” said Hope, who has written several books on Jamaica’s musical heritage. “I don’t believe the simplistic analysis that music is responsible for social violence. If we have a huge bloody set of incidents, you can be sure they will be documented in music, just as, I assure you, the Tivoli Gardens operation soon will be.”
Many performers write songs that glorify gang dons like Coke in exchange for patronage and local gigs, music journalist and lecturer Dennis Howard wrote in a recent issue of Jamaica Journal magazine. But the relationships are highly competitive and can turn deadly. Two Kingston performers, Oneil Edwards and Mad Cobra, were shot in early May under mysterious circumstances; Edwards died.
“Enough is enough,” Barbados Education Minister Ronald Jones said to local reporters in March after authorities denied Jamaican artists Vybz Kartel and Mavado permission to perform. Jones insisted that there was a link between dancehall music and increasingly aggressive behavior exhibited by young people in Barbados.

Don McDowell, a 40-year veteran of the music business as a Kingston studio owner and music producer, agrees with that viewpoint.

“Jamaica’s popular music needs a cleansing, a move away from the promotion of drug use, explicit sexual content and violence,” said McDowell, who is now also a Christian preacher. “Dancehall is not the root cause of violence and declining moral standards, but it is a contributor.”

Even some dancehall practitioners think that some songs’ suggestive violence may have gotten out of hand. Performer Michael Davey, whose stage name is Powerman Stone, said in an interview outside the popular Mix Up Studios:

“If you take a man to the top of the building and you say ‘jump,’ he won’t do it. But if he hears it in a piece of music, it somehow fascinates him.”

By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times

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Concert Review: Best of the Best 2010 Recap

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“CONFLICT” HEADS TO JAMAICA FOR VIDEO SHOOT

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New Jersey based dancehall recording artist Patrick Mullings more popularly known as “Conflict” will this week visit the island to shoot the highly anticipated video for his hit single “How Can This Be” featured on the “Like Me Riddim” from UIM Records.

The video which will be directed by Chris “Icey Jace” Campbell Of Icey Jace Film Factory will be shot over a two day period at several locations in and around Kingston. The new video is expected to officially introduce Conflict to the local entertainment fraternity as the deejay is already making strides in the states performing just recently at a concert headlined by the “Swagg Dag Didi” himself Mr. Lexx.

With CTS “Chart Topping Single” written all over the project, local T Shirt design company I LOVE JA wasted no time in coming on board as sponsors providing several Male / Female pieces from there collection to be included in the music video which will be edited by Mykal Cushnie of DSE Media who is known as one of the best in the business.

The single from Conflict can best be described as an eye opening social commentary which offers inspiration to listens while providing them with useful tips on how to prosper in a world jealously and greed.

Conflict who is managed by Damarco Production based in New York is also making waves with another new single for the summer entitled “Own Up Yuh Man” on the Billboard Riddim from PayDay Music. A native of Annotto Bay St. Mary Conflict is confident the mainstream doors of Dancehall will open for him in 2010.

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Mp3: LEFTSIDE – PHAT PUNANI

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PASSA PASSA ORGANIZERS ADDRESS FALSE CLAIMS IN THE MEDIA

Swatch International and Prodigal Entertainment are aware of recent news items attempting to connect their popular weekly street dance “Passa Passa” with individuals unrelated to the event. In its seven-year history, Passa Passa has only been organized and promoted by the Swatch International sound system and Prodigal Entertainment, and is licensed by the KSAC and is a properly registered company.  Claims regarding any other individual’s or organization’s involvement in the ownership or management of Passa Passa are utterly and completely false.

Passa Passa has built a strong, worldwide brand for providing authentic Jamaican entertainment, and we are concerned that these erroneous assertions, the result of the lax attitude and poor journalism of certain local media, have damaged that reputation and the livelihoods it supports.

This is an extremely serious matter; consequently, Swatch International and Prodigal Entertainment are exploring all legal options for addressing them. Although Passa Passa is presently suspended as a result of the current State of Emergency, we intend to resume operations in the near future, and continue to add to the vibrancy of Jamaica’s culture.

For media or bookings Swatch International and Prodigal Entertainment can be contacted at 876-469-2200/876-353-9168 or [email protected]

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Mp3: DRAKE FEAT GYPTIAN-FIND YOUR LOVE

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Mp3:NEVER CAN SAY REMIX

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Karl Young C.E.O of Grove Broadcasting dies

Karl Young C.E.O. of Grove Broadcasting, which owns and operates all-reggae station Irie FM and sister station Zip 103 FM has died.

He was reportedly recovering from lung surgery in a Chicago Hospital in the United States yesterday morning.

Media Association Jamaica head, Gary Allen said Young’s passing was a sad occasion.

“We’re particularly saddened by the news of his passing. Karl was known to us at the association as a very forthright person and committed individual. He was a pioneer and innovator, having been the creator behind Irie FM and Zip103 FM. His pioneering spirit and impact to radio will always be remembered,” he said.

Young’s career as a reggae pioneer has been characterized by innovation dating back to his days as owner and operator of the Kon Tiki Restaurant in St. Ann’s Bay in the 1960’s.

He soon moved into the entertainment business by establishing “Boonoonoonoos Nights” at the Pineapple Hotel in Ocho Rios in the 1970’s, which was later moved to White River and has been credited with being a major influence in turning Ocho Rios into a tourism hot spot.

In the 1980’s, when all-inclusive hotels began to dominate Jamaica’s tourism scene, Young ventured into music production with Grove Music, which recorded Grammy winning albums “The Little Mermaid” and “Calling Rastafari” by Burning Spear.

On August 1, 1989 Young launched the all-reggae station IRIE FM which revolutionized the Jamaican music landscape and took pushed reggae to the higher heights on the world stage

In 2002, he was inducted into the International Reggae and Music Awards (IRAWMA) Hall of Fame

Source: Go-Jamaica

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