Archive | November, 2011

Vybz Kartel jail break story a hoax, blogger responsible blames media

The ongoing media circus surrounding the murder cases of embattled Dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel reached new heights on Wednesday after reports of his escaping prison turned out to be a hoax.

A blog post on the popular Dancehall website, reported that Kartel, along with seven other inmates made a jail break from the New Horizon Adult Remand Centre shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Allegedly, the men stole uniforms and a vehicle from Correctional Services Department prior to their departure.

However, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green was quick to dispel the story; suggesting that he would have been one of the first to know should a situation like that occur. Additionally, law enforcement officials at the Denham Town Police station, the closest station to the remand centre, believe that the hoax was an attempt by loyalists of Kartel to help him maintain relevance as a newsworthy figure.

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Vybz Kartel remanded once more, faces two new court dates

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will have to wait until at least the week prior to Christmas for his next hearing.

Kartel, who faces two murder-related and one drug-related charge issued following his September 29 arrest, was remanded into police custody following a hearing in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning. The presiding magistrate in the matter denied Kartel bail; ordering the Portmore Empire deejay to return to court on December 21 when documents pertaining to one of his murder cases will be served to his defense lawyers.

Additionally, Kartel was handed a February 3, 2012 court date where when a preliminary enquiry relating to the murder of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton will be given to Kartel defense team.

Kartel, along with two other men, is accused of shooting and killing Burton while he stood on Walker’s Lane in Gregory Park, St. Catherine this past July. Additionally, the self-dubbed “Worl’Boss” along with his road manager, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Empire protégé’, Shawn Storm, face murder charges in relation to the killing of St. Catherin based dancer, Clive “Lizard” Williams in August.

Kartel also faces a ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest in September at a New Kingston hotel.

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Mp3: Sean Paul Ft DJ Ammo – Touch The Sky

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Jah Vinci – Bwoy Dead [Darkness Riddim]

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Mp3: Demarco – Inform

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Mp3: Wayne Wonder Ft Surpriz – Gangsta

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Audio: Walshy Fire interview with Sizzla and in this months Ocean Drive Magazine

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Barrington Levy to unveil new album this week

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singer, Barrington Levy, will unveil his 29th and, possibly, last studio album/compilation this week.

It’s About Time, Levy’s much talked about project, will be released via Black Roses Entertainment; featuring several prominent local and international acts. The album’s regarded by many fans and Dancehall observers as his most anticipated album since 1998’s Living Dangerously that featured Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer for the album’s classic title track, as well as American hip-hop superstar, Snoop Dogg.

Snoop features once again alongside Levy for It’s About Time along with fellow rapper Jadakiss and Jamaican-born hip-hop stars, Busta Rhymes as well as the late Heavy D. Love Me Like This features Heavy D, who recently passed away at his Los Angeles home of complications from pneumonia at the age of 44. The single was reportedly recorded in California last year

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Buju moved again: Artiste returning to Miami following Texas prison stay

Embattled Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, will call another prison home as he serves his ten-year prison sentence on drug-related charges.

The Grammy-winning singjay has been in transit several times since his sentencing this past June on three drug charges stemming from a December 2009 incident in Florida. Buju initially started his sentencing in Miami, where his trial and eventual conviction occurred. However, the popular Reggae singer was transferred from the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida to the Federal Holding Centre in Oklahoma City, where he spent a month, before finally being moved to the Limestone County Correctional Institution in Groesbeck, Texas.

However, a South Florida newspaper reports that Buju’s prison adventure will come full circle as the internationally acclaimed artiste faces a move, en-route, to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Miami, Florida. According to Buju’s lawyer, David Markus, Buju endured several hardships during two month stay in the Texas facility; describing the environment as one of a violent and unhealthy nature that made the singjay rather uncomfortable.

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Deva Bratt – ANG Destruction [Alliance Diss] [War Craft Riddim]

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Mad Cobra – Di Hardest [Beenie Man and Bounty Killer Diss]

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Video: I-Octane – Informer A Work

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It’s Official, world renowned reggae vocalist Singing Melody has scored his very first #1 since the start of the year, this as his latest single “Collide” moved up four places from #5 to claim the top spot on the Hit 94FM radio charts ahead of Lady Gaga and Marc Anthony in the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Melody who is once again focusing on his solo career released the single “Collide” back in September as the first song off his soon to be release “They Call Me Mr. Melody” studio album due out January 17th. Since then the song has been getting rave reviews from the likes of Rob Kenner of Vibe Magazine who stated “Welcome back Mr. Melody, we’ve been missing you” and veteran Radio Host / Award Organizer Richard “Richie B” Burgess who ranked “Collide” as #23 Reggae Single in Jamaica. Recognition has also been noted with Collide currently holding the #7 spot on the Richard Banton Hot Bubblers Charts and the #27 ranking on the New York Top 30 Reggae listing.

Guided by the efforts of his Management team at “Shem Music Production” Melody has managed to tap into several overseas markets including Poland and Africa where local Television and Radio stations have been requesting his content on a consistent basis.

In other news Melody who recently celebrated his Birthday will be going on tour to Japan in December but not before headlining a live showcase at the Blue Beat Cafe in Montego Bay on December 8th alongside Tony Williams, Fitzroy Minott and the Hard Drive Band.



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Star-studded lineup takes over RE 5 to 7 Live

Stars shone bright in the RE 5 to 7 Live studios as a plethora of Dancehall superstars appeared on the popular entertainment show.

The show kicked off with an energetic performance from internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/ Reggae singjay, I-Octane, who dazzled RE’s stage with hit singles such as, One Ting Mi Kno Seh and Burn Dem Bridge.  The singjay, who’s set to unveil a new EP (Extended Play) entitled, Straight From The Heart on December 6, intimated that he’s pleased with the progress shown through his music and brand.

Additionally, the recently re-signed Digicel Ambassador claims that he’s yet to accomplish every goal desired within music and want to help mold the next generation of Dancehall/Reggae stars.

“Even if I doe fully accomplish from it, I pave the way for the new utes dat a come up,” I-Octane said.

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Black Ryno has passport, clothes stolen during meeting

Another well-renowned Dancehall artiste finds himself scrambling for answer following a robbery of several valuables whilst attending to business.

Romane Anderson, more popularly known as Black Ryno, was robbed this past weekend while attending a meeting at the Supreme Promotions headquarters on Burlington Avenue in Kingston. The incident comes a few weeks after another popular deejay, Elephant Man, was robbed of several items while attending an event in New Kingston. Another top deejay, Macka Diamond, endured a similar fate this past during her performance at the Louise Bennett Theatre in August.

While at Supreme Promotions headquarters, thieves broke into Ryno’s vehicle; stealing a myriad of valuables including his passport, additional travel documents as well as clothing. Ryno’s passport was issued just hours prior to the incident after conducting business and is scheduled to go on tour across the Caribbean as well as Costa Rica next month prior to his performance at STING 2011.

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Mavado claims Flexx wants to imitate him, laments Kartel situation

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall singjay, David ‘Mavado’ Brooks has returned to Jamaica after spending the better part of four months touring and recording overseas; seeking to address speculation surrounding him since his departure.

The self-professed Gully Gad became the subject of controversy within the last two weeks following reported tension between him and Gully Squad protégé, Flexx. The tension resulted from a recent interview Mavado gave via IRIE FM addressing rumors of Flexx being on tour with him while named a person of interest. The singjay intimated that Flexx was not on tour with him, leading the Gully Squad artiste to call out Mavado and accuse him of disassociating himself from the situation. Flexx appeared on the November 19 edition of CVM’s OnStage; saying that Mavado got “hype” and failed to appreciate all he did for the Gully camp’s leader.

Speaking with Winford Williams on CVM’s OnStage this past Saturday, Mavado insisted that he has no beef with Flexx; expressing surprise at the Stepping Razor deejay’s anger towards him.

“There’s nothing really wit’ me and Flexx. Mi an’ Flexx nah war, wi nah have nuh beef or nuttin’ like dat. Flexx a mi fren’ an’ mi always tell Jamaica dat. Mi nuh know how it come to dis,” he said.

“I was so surprised when mi hear him come (on TV) and sound so ignorant, like we have beef.”

Mavado revealed that he arranged the documentation that landed Flexx the documentation to travel to the United States and tour with him. Additionally, he stated that he’s always reached out to Flexx; supporting him financially given their strong friendship.

However, Mavado implied that the roots of the tension between himself and Flexx stems from the protégé desiring to mirror his mentor.

“At times a ute deh deh and him a watch your tings..yuh haffi understand seh yuh cyaah wah be like di boss,” Mavado said.

Furthermore, the established deejay stated that during his four-month stay in the U.S, he only saw Flexx two times and didn’t hear back from his protégé for weeks after giving him money to travel.

Regarding their friendship going forward, Mavado hinted that he and Flexx could go their separate ways.

“Him jus’ a do him ting and mi alrite..mi a do mi ting..a man a watch weh me have and wan’ be like me and it reach to anger. Mi wish him di best wid him career,”he said.

Meanwhile, Mavado commented on the ongoing legal drama surrounding former, long-time rival Vybz Kartel, who faces two murder charges and a drug-related charge. Mavado expressed distress regarding Kartel’s situation; claiming that he and Di Teacha were never enemies.

“Mi nuh feel good. Is not like me and him was really enemy that we wan’ get rid a one another. Is all about music,” Mavado said.

Though he admitted that their three-year rivalry helped build his status as a Dancehall superstar, Mavado insisted that Kartel’s current situation will affect his career but believes it will leave a void within Dancehall music.

“That can’t affect my career in no way. Deep within, I would feel very down fi know seh mi rival over the years is gone,” he said.

Pertaining to his music, Mavado revealed that the official video for his collaborative, chart-topping single, One By One alongside Laza Morgan will debut next week. Additionally, the Alliance-affiliated deejay intimated that a video for his single, Emergency featuring fellow We The Best Music Group artiste, Ace Hood will be shot next week while a video for his most recent track featuring hip-hop super star, Akon, entitled Survivor will debut during the holidays.

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Mp3: Popcaan – Party Shot – Smudge Riddim

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Supa Hype condemns shooting at studio, says Kartel will benefit from legal woes

Popular Dancehall selector and occasional deejay, Steven “Supa Hype” Davis, has taken an in-depth look at the highs and lows of the genre as he aims to build off his recent success.

Supa Hype, known for doing good-natured song counteractions of Dancehall deejays, is enjoying the positive reviews regarding his latest singles, She Gone on the Overproof Riddim and I’mma Need Security featuring Munga and Chi Ching Ching. Preparing to go on tour in Europe later this year, Supa Hype says he’s reveling in his accomplishments as a dual threat.

However, the owner of 007 Records was concerned after hearing that a shooting occurred at his St. Andrew studio following an altercation between Reggae superstar, Gyptian and prominent producer, DJ Frass. Supa Hype told TVJ’s Entertainment Report that he was disturbed by the incident; claiming that his perspective on music has somewhat changed as a result.

“A radio station called me about it. I didn’t like anyting to do wid dat. Di only ting I carry is a BB so I’m not into those tings. I don’t have a big ego, so I have a problem with that,”Supa Hype intimated.

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Lyndo calls out G-Star, addresses Gully-Alliance tension

Emerging Dancehall star, Lennox Lindo aka Lyndo, has proven himself as one of the most promising up-and-comers within Bounty Killer’s Alliance staple. However, as the case with many other Alliance artistes, rumors and controversy surround Lyndo as he aims to breakthrough within the Dancehall/Reggae industry.

Rumors circulated, via a web forum, that fellow young Alliance deejay and ANG member, Iyara, has written the words to a few of Lyndo’s songs. Known for his lyrical ingenuity, Lyndo insists that he is the sole author of his songs.

“Nut’n nuh go so…I am my own writer; I write on ma pc & sometimes I jus’ buil’ ma tunes in ma head, me too intelligent fi have someone writing 4 me u zimi…jus some ppl tryin to kill what’s building, so me bun friends, a family di ting deh u c dat…Progress me a deal wid and positivity,” Lyndo explained.

Lyndo’s newest single, Dem Start Di War, added fuel to the recent months of tension existing between the Gullyside and Alliance songs. The single, aimed at Gully Squad deejay, G-Star, served notice that he was no artiste to play around with. According to Lyndo, with encouragement from Iyara, he stepped to the plate in defense of the Alliance.

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Demarco’s “Love My Life” banned from YouTube

It appears that any positive feelings in the aftermath of a historic feat achieved by Dancehall star, Demarco, have subsided following the ban of his popular single from YouTube.

Just weeks after Demarco’s internationally acclaimed single, Love My Life, recorded over 25 million hits, via the video-sharing website, the song and accompanying video have been removedfrom a pair of popular YouTube channels. Love My Life attained just over 14.7 million views via the Vap Buss Music YouTube channel while the video for the 2010 track earned over 10.5 million views. Said statistics put Demarco in elite company; joining Shaggy, Damian Marley and Sean Paul as the only Jamaican artistes to eclipse 20 million YouTube views for a single since the video-sharing outlet’s debut in 2006.

However, both videos were removed from their respective channels with YouTube claiming that they received various complaints from site users.

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I-Octane to release debut album in January

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Byiome “I-Octane” Muir, plans to start the New Year with the unveiling of his highly-anticipated debut album.

Crying To The Nation,a 17 track album containing some of I-Octane’s biggest hits as well as some unreleased material, will officially drop in January 2012. Classic singles expected on the album include Lose A Friend, My Life and Study Yuh Friends amongst others. The album will follow a six track EP (Extended Play) that’s scheduled for a December 6 release, via digital outlets.

According to I-Octane, the timing is ideal for the album’s release; a project he believes will appease his growing fan base.

“I really don’t believe in releasing a few singles then dropping an album shortly after. There are several artistes who do that and several months after they are not heard of. It’s really about honing my skills and allowing my fans to really get to know the brand I-Octane,”he told the Jamaica Observer.

For me it is not about making money alone it is about contributing to the music industry in a positive way like Bob Marley. I would rather get an album that is recognized worldwide than to hurriedly collect a million dollars,”I-Octane intimated.

Additionally, I-Octane insisted that his inspiration for Crying to The Nation resulted from personal experiences he still holds dear as well as the experiences of others.

“Although some of what I sing about I have not experienced personally, it does happen to other people. People lose their loved ones to death daily so there I got the idea to pen the lyrics to Lose A friend and other singles. There are some believe that I am ‘throwing words’ but I’m not. My lyrics are those that people can relate to,” he said.

Meanwhile, I-Octane is currently promoting his latest singles, How Some Bwoy on the Intensity Riddim as well as the controversial song, Informer A Work. The latter single was axed from ZIP FM’s airwaves but has already earned tens of thousands of YouTube views and positive reaction from fans and Dancehall observer alike.

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Mpe: Mavado – Survivor ft Akon

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Buju Banton, promoters endorse upcoming benefit concert

On December 3, 2011, patrons are expected gather around a Tampa, Florida stage seeking to hear lyrics promoting messages of peace, love and harmony from their favorite Reggae superstars. However, while performers will offer various selections of a positive nature, they’ll collectively try to honor an embattled singjay who nurtured his music to provide upliftment for fans worldwide.

Next week Saturday, the Buju Banton benefit concert will take place at the Supa D Tropical Bar & Grill in Tampa, Florida; starting at 1pm. Buju, currently serving a ten year sentence on drug related charges, becomes the subject of an event dedicated towards providing financial support ahead of an appeal on his three convictions stemming from a December 2009 incident. The lineup card for the benefit concert includes internationally renowned Reggae artistes, Delly Ranx, Gramps Morgan, Nadine Sutherland, Glen Washington and Norris Man amongst others whilst featuring a yet-to-be named special guest artiste. Also, persons planning to attend the show will be asked to make a US$20 donation for the cause as organizers hope to make at least US$50,000 from the concert for Buju’s legal defense.

The event’s main organizer, Taranee Jiles, is a long-time friend of Buju Banton; desiring a concept to help the artiste’s cause whilst languishing in a Texas federal prison. Out of friendship and the hope Buju walks free sooner rather than later, Jiles formulated the idea of the benefit concert; an idea fans and supporters of the Grammy-winning singjay quickly bought into.

“Mark is my friend and nobody was doing anything to help him, everybody was just talking, but nobody was acting,” Jiles intimated.

“With Buju’s blessings, I decided to do a benefits concert for him. Ran the idea also by his fellow artists and some other supporters, who all thought this was a good idea.”

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Renowned Reggae artiste being probed for “Dudus” connection

A day following reports that a prominent Dancehall singjay was being sought by American law enforcement officials in connection with a notorious Jamaican drug lord, a Roots/Reggae singer is also being investigated for such an association.

United States drug officials revealed on Wednesday that a well-renowned Reggae singer has appeared on their radar as a possible link to former West Kingston strong man, Christopher “Dudus” Coke. According to officials, documents are currently being processed as they are seeking to arrest the singer. Additionally, it was revealed that the singer plies his trade as producer and promoter, despite having no major hit songs to his name.

The report follows up Tuesday’s news that American law enforcement officials were probing a popular Dancehall singjay for drug-related allegations. The singjay being investigated has a green card according to the U.S, is Kingston-based and has several hit songs to his name. Additionally, the singjay reportedly has two warrants out for his arrest.

Christopher “Dudus” Coke currently awaits sentencing in the United States for charges in a drug case which he pled guilty to months earlier. Coke pled guilty to a count of racketeering conspiracy and a count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.


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Prominent Dancehall artiste being sought by U.S in connection with “Dudus”

Another established Dancehall artiste could soon be facing major charges following the revelation that he’s an associate of a prominent Jamaican drug lord.

American law enforcement officials are seeking an internationally acclaimed deejay who they say has strong ties to notorious west Kingston strong man, Christopher “Dudus” Coke; involving in drug-related activity. “Dudus” awaits sentencing in the United States after recently pleading guilty to drug-related charges.

Though the identity of the high-ranking singjay has yet to be revealed, an American law enforcement official confirmed to the Jamaica Gleaner that the artiste is Kingston-based, being sought in Michigan on drug-related allegations and faces at least two other warrants. Additionally, the official revealed that the singjay currently holds a green card and isn’t the only prominent Jamaican artiste who could face drug charges in the United States.

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Delly Ranx expresses hope for Jamaican music industry, excited for Buju concert

The Dancehall/Reggae music has endured a slew of public relations nightmares in recent months; particularly its main superstar, Vybz Kartel. However, one veteran artiste believes the local music industry’s image can change for the better.

Prominent deejay and producer, Delly Ranx has proven himself as one of the most consistent artistes of his generation; witnessing the evolution of Dancehall/Reggae music since his debut in 1990. With several hits to boast in three separate decades, Ranx believes his music can help uplift fans of both genres; messages he’s preached since appearing on the local scene.

“I’ve always done positive music from the day I entered the business and I’m sure my music will help to push the reggae/dancehall music in a positive light,”a confident Delly Ranx insisted.

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Mp3: Sean Paul Ft Spragga Benz – Call On Pon Jah Jah

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Stacious details Bridgez fight, Esco happy with career progress

Surprises, excitement and controversy filled Saturday’s episode of RETV 5 to 7 Live as they welcomed several premier acts to the show, including three ladies of the highly-acclaimed Bedroom Riddim.

Prominent deejays, Stacious, Natalie Storm and Raine Seville heated up the RETV 5 to 7 Live studios with the premiere of their new Bedroom Riddim Medley music video. They intimated that the Riddim was done for the enjoyment of their male fans and also showed how various females in the industry could set aside their differences and egos to produce a hit.

However, the focus quickly shifted to Stacious, who’s been embroiled in controversy over the last week following the much reported fight between herself and fellow Alliance-affiliated artiste, Bridgez outside HYPE TV’s studios.

When asked by show host, Yanique Barrett regarding the root of their bad blood, Stacious implied that her issue with Bridgez was prompted by unnecessary pressures put on Bedroom Riddim Medley director, Timberlee during the video shoot in September. The growing tension on set triggered what Stacious called a “disrespectful” reaction from Bridgez; leading to their verbal altercation.

Then Stacious explained what caused their fight outside HYPE TV on November 11.

“We were all posing, mi a smile and pose up pon counter. Me feel my hand fly and get push out a di way…Di switch go flip,” Stacious explained before saying that she’s come out of that situation a better person.

Also appearing on RETV 5 to Live Saturday was Dancehall star, Esco Da Shocker, formerly of the popular group, Leftside and Esco.

The former selector is currently promoting his latest single, Encore while venturing within the producing ranks as he’s slated to release the Disorder Riddim; featuring prominent deejays such as Erup, Fambo and Wayne Marshall. Additionally, he’s slated to release a new album in the New Year.

Esco credits his career re-birth towards establishing a more mainstream sound. However, the veteran deejay admitted that he’s still somewhat hurt by not being alongside his former group mate, Leftside, who he parted ways from in 2007.

“Splitting up wid u best bredrin and u hard,” Esco intimated.

Meanwhile, Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall season 4 runner-up, Specialist, made a surprise appearance on RE 5 to 7 Live, performing his two hit singles, Street Hustle andGallis Anthem.

The latter song caused controversy amongst some Dancehall observers; interpreting his lyrics in Gallis Anthem as those promoting sex with underage girls. However, Specialist vehemently rubbished that theory; implying that he was referring to past students of the schools he mentioned while insisting that the support of high school students played a huge role in his rise to prominence.

“When we inna MKQ, a di schoolers help support wi ting. Mi nah lead dem out a di way.”

Other highlights from the show included producer/fashion extraordinaire, Romeich Major talking about how his desire to become involved within Dancehall fashion developed. The Romeich Records owner has designed for prominent Dancehall/Reggae acts such as Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man and Tarrus Riley. Additionally, he’s slated to debut a female fashion line in the near future.

Other Dancehall figures making appearances on the RETV show included G Whizz, who performed his new single, Life Sweet along with his summer hit, Bartender. Veteran Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Junior Reid as well as internationally acclaimed producer, Skatta Burrell also made appearances at RETV 5 to 7 Live as judges for the Freestyle Battle final.

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Video: Red Stripe – Make Something From Nothing with Yuri Suzuki

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Make Something from Nothing, the first of a series of cultural projects called ‘Make with a Red Stripe’, features a unique sound sculpture created by sound artist Yuri Suzuki, in collaboration with DJ Al Fingers, singer/songwriter Gappy Ranks and designer Matthew Kneebone.

The 2.5 metre high, fully functioning sound sculpture is made using thousands of recycled Red Stripe beer cans partly collected at this year’s Notting Hill carnival. The project celebrates the DIY culture of the brand’s Jamaican roots, with Reggae, Dub and Jamaican music influences as well.

Make Something From Nothing debuts on 16th November with an exclusive launch party at Village Underground.

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Mavado – Survivor

Mavado recently attended the MTV Sucker-Free Awards in Miami with DJ Khaled and lablemate Ace Hood, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne,  and Busta Rhymes and has been spotted at the hottest club night in the US – Sundays at legendary Club Liv – sparring with some of Hip Hop’s biggest names. As his mainstream profile continues to rise, Mavado will be appearing on two star-studded events over the next two weeks. Friday November 25th sees Gully Gad appear for We The Best Music boss DJ Khaled’s birthday bash @ Club Mansion on South Beach, Miami.

Rick Ross, Puff Daddy, Ace Hood, Meek Mills and a host of surprise guests are slated to perform alongside Gully Gad at the birthday bash that is one of the biggest annual parties in Miami.

“Mavado being at my birthday celebration is a blessing,” said DJ Khaled. “Its what the people want and We The Best always delivers that!”

Scheduled for the following week, Mavado has just been added to the huge annual Jingle Jam concert presented by Connecticut’s biggest Hip Hop and R’n’B station Hot 93.7 FM. Jingle Jam is being held on Friday December 2nd at the XL Centre in Hartford.

This year sees Mavado starring alongside headliner and friend Drake, with Wiz Khalifa, Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons and Meek Mills amongst other performers. After that event Mavado dashes straight off to Boston to headline his own show inside Club Lido.

“Its a great look for me to be on these types of events,” said Mavado. “It helps introduce me to new audiences and is good for Dancehall and Jamaica on a whole. I’m just thankful to Jah for the opportunity to be out here representing for the music and my country.”

With an extremely busy holiday schedule ahead of him, including appearances in the UK, Caribbean and Central America, Mavado makes a triumphant return to Africa in mid-December for his first appearances in Zimbabwe and Kenya. After a lengthy absence from the stage in Jamaica, local fans will get to see Mavado live over the Christmas period at GT’s Christmas Xtravaganza and his return to the Sting stage. He is also confirmed for the Portland Family Fun Day January 1st.

“Next year is going to be huge for me,” said We Th Best Recording Artist Mavado. “I’ve been in the US putting in a lot of work both in the studio and in the streets and we’re expecting a big 2012. I’ve taken a conscious decision to stay far from anything and anybody negative, a just mi music and mi family mi a focus pon.”

The video for number one collaboration with Laza Morgan “One by One,” shot recently in Miami, is in the final editing stages and should be hitting screens and the internet in the next two weeks.

With a few big-name collaborations already recorded, Mavado will be dropping his new single Survivor feat Akon in the coming weeks. Follow Mavado on his official Twitter account @Mavado_Gully

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Stacious and Bridgez anxious to put fight behind them

The ongoing battle between Alliance-affiliated deejays, Stacy “Stacious” Scarlett and Bridgett “Bridgez” Roache seems to have cooled off, but not before getting in a few parting shots.

Last week Friday, reports surfaced that Stacious and Bridgez fought outside the HYPE TV studios in Kingston following the premiere of their Bedroom Riddim Medley video. Reportedly, the fight succeeded an argument following a photo-op when the two brushed each other inside the studio. After a short lull, the altercation spilled into the parking lot where punches were reportedly thrown before they were broken up.

Last night, Stacious took to TVJ’s Entertainment Report to put the ongoing tension to rest by explaining what took place during the fight. According to the Gully Squad first lady, she refused to allow Bridgez to disrespect her; implying that she instigated the physical altercation. Additionally, Stacious suggested that Bridgez was the one who decided to publicize what happened initially, via social media; claiming she lied about what happened during the incident.

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Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall launches fifth season

Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall is back and aiming to be better than ever following a highly successful fourth season.

The official launch of the popular Jamaican talent show aired on Friday night; introducing some of Magnum Kings and Queens’ behind the scenes persons as well as bringing back acts who starred during the previous season. The launch took place at the TVJ studios in Kingston, emceed by Magnum Kings and Queens host, Yanique Barrett.

Magnum Kings and Queens producer, Mark Kenny was first to grace the stage; explaining the vast changes made to the talent show’s set-up going into an early 2012 unveiling. Kenny revealed a change in venue; intimating that Magnum Kings and Queens will move from KIA MOTORS in New Kingston to Constant Spring Road, the show’s original home for its first three years at Weekenz.

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Aspiring Jamaican model looking to make impact on and off stage

Jamaica’s never had a shortage of beautiful women dreaming of starring runways across the world. One aspiring model hopes to make that dream a reality.

Stacy-Anne James, 21, plies her trade as a Political Science major at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. However, growing up in Clarendon, James wanted to become famous in a different field, law. Encouragement from her father and a desire to be unique within her family prompted her interest in becoming a lawyer.

However, James decided to change aspirations; aiming to become one of Jamaica’s must-see models. According to James, her decision to switch fields was prompted by watching her idol and former Miss World, Lisa Hanna perform on stage, but initially lacked the self-confidence to emulate Hanna and other models.

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Popcaan happy with career progress, yet to visit Kartel in jail

Emerging Dancehall superstar, Andre Sutherland, more popularly known as Popcaan, insists he’ll become the proverbial flag bearer for the Portmore Empire despite his mentor’s incarceration on murder and drug-related charges.

Since his arrest on September 29 in New Kingston, Portmore Empire leader, Vybz Kartel has been slapped with two murder charges stemming from incidents occurring this past summer. Additionally, Assistance Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, intimated that more murder charges could be issued against Kartel; darkening an already large cloud over Kartel’s career and the future of the Portmore Empire.

With fellow Empire member, Shawn Storm also behind bars on a murder charge, Popcaan and fellow members of Gaza group are disheartened regarding the startling allegations. However, the Ravin deejay, who’s been hailed by some Dancehall observers as the most improved artiste in 2011, told TVJ’s Entertainment Reports that he’ll bear the responsibility of leading the Empire while lifting sulking Gaza fans.

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Teacha’s Pet popularity helped by Kartel’s legal troubles, says director

Despite the mounting legal troubles facing embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, a producer of the deejay’s reality series, Teacha’s Pet believes those problems have only enhance the show’s stock.

Internationally acclaimed director Jason “Jay Will” Williams intimates that Teacha’s Pet benefits from the current drama surrounding Kartel, the program’s centerpiece. Since his initial arrest on September 29 in New Kingston, Kartel was slapped with a drug charge as well as two murder charges stemming from separate incidents this past summer. Following Kartel’s first murder charge on October 3, telecommunication outlet, LIME, pulled their sponsorship from Teacha’s Pet just two episodes in due to the negative connotations and seriousness associated with the allegations against the deejay.

However, the main carrier of Teacha’s Pet, CVM TV, decided to continue broadcasting the reality series following a plethora of fan requests to keep the show on air. Now, Jay Will, one of the show’s producers, believes Kartel’s legal problems added an unprecedented aura to Teacha’s Pet; making it one of the highest rated Jamaican programs ever.

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Lauryn Hill and Ne-Yo to headline Shaggy’s charity concert

Two internationally renowned superstars will join Shaggy on stage during his annual charity concert near the end of this year.

American hip-hop superstar and former Fugees member, Lauryn Hill as well as Grammy-Winning R&B singer, Ne-Yo will headline Shaggy and Friends 2011; a concert held yearly to raise money for the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday December 30 at Jamaica House.

Hill and Ne-Yo join Deniece Williams as the international acts on the Shaggy and Friends line up card. Local artistes for the show include Reggae superstars Stephen Marley, Chino Romain Virgo and Half Pint as well as Dancehall artiste such as Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn and Assassin o/c Agent Sasco.

Additionally, the benefit concert will feature prominent soca couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons from Trinidad.

Regarding the ability to get Hill and Ne-Yo to agree to perform at his event, Shaggy intimated that it didn’t take much effort once he mentioned the cause.

Proceeds from this years’ edition of Shaggy and Friends 2011 will go towards furnishing the new cardiac centre and intensive care unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the only paediatric hospital in Jamaica. Furthermore, Shaggy’s foundation will partner with Chain of Hope, a group of volunteer doctors and nurses who perform surgeries on children with heart disease.Since the show’s inception in January 2009, the Shaggy and Friends Make A Difference foundation raised JA$57 million in donations.  Sponsors for the event such as Scotiabank, KFC and LIME have made donations of over JA$13 million collectively ahead of this year’s staging.

Tickets for the Shaggy and Friends 2011 concert are as follows: Platinum, JA$25,000, Gold, JA$10,000 and Silver JA$5,000.


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Vybz Kartel implicated in five more murders, expected to face additional charges

Legal woes for embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer could mount following a shocking revelation that the popular deejay could face more murder charges.

Kartel currently resides in a Constant Spring jail, facing two murder charges that allegedly took place this past summer. One October 3, The self-professed “Worl’ Boss” was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the shooting death of Barrington “Bossie” Burton, 27, a businessman/promoter from Gregory Park, St. Catherine. Three weeks later, Kartel was charged in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine. Kartel’s Portmore Empire proteges, Shawn Storm and Andre “Mad Suss” St. John, his designer, Calvin “Moonie Haye as well as Cayro Jones were jointly charged in Williams’ murder.

On Thursday morning, reports surfaced that law enforcement officials are investigating Vybz Kartel in five other murder cases.

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