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Mp3: Tanya Stephens – Fire Burning

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Video: BABY CHAM – WINE

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Video: Popcaan – Only Man She Want

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Mp3: Collie Buddz – I Feel So Good

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Mp3: Serani – Make Me Stronger

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Mp3: Ludacris Ft Damian Marley and Kevin Cossom – Cross My Mind

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Artistes skip voting process, hope for improved Jamaica

Prominent artistes within the Dancehall/Reggae industry chose to avoid the polling stations on Thursday. However, they’re optimistic regarding the country’s progress going forward.

Jamaica’s 12th general election as an independent country took place on Thursday; eventually resulting in a landslide victory for the opposing Peoples National Party (PNP) and making opposition leader, Portia Simpson-Miller Jamaica’s new Prime Minister. Despite the victory, it was determined that voter turnout for Thursday’s election ended up below 50%

According to some popular artistes within the Dancehall/Reggae industry, party allegiances were not on the agenda given that they all pray for an improved Jamaica no matter the leadership in charge.

Spice, who shares such as sentiment, claimed that she didn’t get a chance to vote on yesterday’s elections but hopes that those in leadership will address the never-ending issue of poverty.

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Portia Simpson-Miller appointed new Prime Minister of Jamaica

Jamaica now has its third prime minister within a three month span as Peoples National Party (PNP) leader; the Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller was awarded the distinction on Thursday night.

Following weeks of debates as well as campaigns across the island, Jamaica held its 12th general elections as an independent nation as Mrs. Simpson-Miller took on Jamaica Labour Party(JLP) leader and incumbent, Andrew Holness for the right to the nation’s highest honor. 63 parliamentary seats were up for contention across the island involving candidates from the two main parties as well as the National Democratic Movement(NDM) and the newly-formed Marcus Garvey Peoples Progressive Party (MGPPP).

However, what many political pundits predicted would be a close race turned into a one-sided affair as the opposing PNP took hold of 41 out of the 63 seats on offer.

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Twin of Twins member blames illness for STING showing, wants Matterhorn rematch

The last three days have been a whirlwind for Twin of Twins member, Patrick Gaynor aka Curly Lox. However, the comedian turned deejay now offers an explanation for the duo’s poor showing at STING 2011.

The Twins looked off-key during their highly anticipated clash against selector turned deejay, Tony Matterhorn at the 28th staging of the popular Dancehall show. Often restarting during the clash, Matterhorn took advantage of the Twin of Twins missteps in the eyes of STING fans and industry players alike.

However, three days following the clash, Gaynor has intimated that a nasal congestion developed prior to STING 2011, in part, due to a hectic schedule as the duo performed at Diamond Splash in Negril on December 23 and the GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza on December 25. Given his disappointing showing on Boxing Day, Gaynor apologized to the comedic duo’s fans for not performing up to expectation.

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GT Taylor Extravaganza gives fans a Christmas treat

Dancehall fans got their Christmas wish this past Sunday as the GT Taylor Extravaganza stage show offered a combination of great talent and stellar performances for everyone to remember going into the New Year.

The Jagra sponsored event took place on Christmas Day in Black River, St. Elizabeth; offering a lineup that reeled in several patrons from around the island. The 12th edition of the Christmas show featured performances from a litany of Reggae and Dancehall stars including John Holt, Coco Tea, Twin of Twins, Warrior King and Specialist to name a few.

The self-proclaimed “Princess of Dancehall,” Tiana also graced the GT Taylor Extravaganza stage; aiming to once again show her worthiness as a female deejay of the year candidate. Despite band issues during her set, Tiana proved her character by performing a edited rendition of her popular single, Pum Pum Phat, to which several fans blew their horns in support. The breakthrough star then performed another fan favourite, Bruk Out and Wine from the internationally-acclaimed Overproof Riddim before closing off with another one of her hits, No Man Can Talk Bad Bout Mi.

Fellow breakout star, I-Octane also gave fans lots to cheer about; living up to his energetic performance mantra by shelling out hits such as Licky Licky, Nuh Ramp Wid Wi and Study Yuh Friends amongst others to a wonderful crowd reception. The prominent singjay continued to wow fans by performing Burn Dem Bridge and the classic hit, Mama Yuh Alone.

Another established singjay, Mavado stamped his authority on the event by performing such as Hope and Pray andI’m On The Rock prior to showcasing newer material such as Don’t Wanna Be A Memory and Survivor featuring the highly-acclaimed rapper, Akon.

However, it was yet another singjay, Khago who stole the Christmas show as his status continues to elevate within the Dancehall/Reggae ranks. Building his reputation as one of the best live performers in Jamaican music, Khago performed his sensual Reggae hit, Across Mi Heart before unleashing the chart-topping smash, Blood A Boil to an eruption of cheers. He then performed the hit, Badda Dan Dem which was then pulled due to the loud cheers from the patrons on hand.

Khago continued to rock the crowd by performing hits such as Nah Mek Dem Drain My Energy as well as his debut single, Nah Sell Out which was also tremendously received. Additionally, the singjay took time to seemingly call out his long-time rival, I-Octane before performing the Overproof Riddim smash, Tun Up Mi Ting.

Other notable performances included internationally-acclaimed deejay, Bounty Killer who continued his strong run of form after a dominant performance during his lyrical clash with rival, Beenie Man at Diamond Splash in Negril. The Alliance deejay performed his hits single, Who Tell Him Dweet, once again calling out Beenie while also performing hits such as No Cream To Mi Face before before bringing out his protégé, Kiprich who performed Real Badman amongst other hits.

JOP leader, Aidonia also made his presence felt at the event while performances from Wayne Marshall, Spice and D’Angel also were well-received.

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Da’nandi staking his claim within the Dancehall ranks

Up-and-coming deejay, Da’nandi strives to ascend within the Dancehall genre as he continues to make himself a familiar name amongst peers and fans.

Born Andrique Wright, the Sherlock Crescent (Kingston) native developed a natural love for music; writing his first song at the tender age of 9. While attending Jamaica College, Da’nandi involved himself in lyrical clashes while also perfecting the art of freestyling. Such musical aspects built the young deejay into an all-rounded artiste.

Following years of hard work, Da’nandi began showcasing his musical growth on a grander scale; releasing his debut single, Tell Me When in October 2010.

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STING promoter not satisfied with crowd turnout, explains superstar absences

The lead promoter for the recently concluded STING 2011 stage show feels that the popular Dancehall event lacked support for the second year running.

The 28th edition of STING took place at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine on Monday night. Looking to make up for a lacklustre 2010 show, this year’s staging of STING, tagged with the Rumours of War theme, promised several clashes and superstars galore that fans demanded after last year’s event shifted from its usual nature.

However, considering the notable absences of prominent Dancehall singjays such as Mavado and I-Octane, STING’s lead promoter, Isaiah Laing expressed his dissatisfaction with the crowd turnout for his show during a radio interview in Wednesday.

“We neva have dat big pull dis year still, even though we had clashes. Maybe those clashes were not clashes what people really wanted to see or maybe because of the elections vibes…or people generally don’t have funds this year,” Laing implied.

Meanwhile, Laing offered explanations as to why Mavado and I-Octane were no-shows at the event. According to Laing, Mavado did not show up to the Jamworld venue for his scheduled performance at around 1:45 a.m.; thus prompting STING promoters to move up the clash between Kiprich and Merciless. Once the clashes started, Laing intimated that Mavado opted not to perform at the show but the self-professed “Gully Gaad” promised to make this up to STING fans.

As for I-Octane, Laing refused to detail the root of the disagreement between himself and the internationally-acclaimed singjay; claiming that a misunderstanding occurred between them. According to Laing, the two will meet in the near future to settle their differences.

Established Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man, who STING sponsors said would clash long-time rival, Bounty Killer during the show, arrived at the event following his performance at an event in Montserrat. However, Laing intimated that fans of the self-professed “King of the Dancehall” discouraged him from engaging in a lyrical battle with the “War Lord.”

“Beenie Man was there, almost entered (the) stage and his fans discouraged him from entering…because they thought that Bounty Killer was in a very mean mood out there and that he wouldn’t be able to handle Bounty…it just never happen,” he said.

Beenie Man clashed Bounty Killer at the Diamond Splash event in Negril; a lyrical battle that many fans and industry players deemed the “Grung Gaad” the clear cut winner.

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Mp3: Konshens – Tap Chat

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Mp3: I-Octane – Load Di Ting Dem – Tenement Yard Riddim

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Mp3: Machel Montano – Time For Work

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Twin of Twins member charged following STING

One-half of the popular comedic duo turned deejays, Twin of Twins has been charged following his involvement in the group’s clash against Tony Matterhorn at STING 2011.

Patrick Gaynor, aka Curly Lox was slapped with charges of disorderly conduct and using indecent language during the Twins clash against Matterhorn at the 28th edition of STING at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine. The comedian/artiste was taken into custody by the St. Catherine South Police shortly after the clash ended early Tuesday morning.

During the highly-anticipated clash between the Twins and Matterhorn at the Rumours of War themed stage show, both men exchanged words while firing lyrical shots at each other through the 11 minute-long clash.

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Mp3: Mavado – Cyaa Hold Me Again – Tenement Yard Riddim

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STING 2011 lacks star power despite strong performances

On a night when many patrons expected several Dancehall/Reggae stars to grace the STING stage in to their pleasure, fans ponder one question on Tuesday. Where were the stars?

STING 2011 took place Monday night in Portmore, St. Catherine, with promoters and fans alike hoping for a much improved stage show following last year’s debacle which witnessed a half empty arena at Jamworld. However, mixed emotions resulted from a night which saw many young superstars stamp their authority on Dancehall’s most coveted concert but saw few established entertainers make their presences felt.

The most notable absences from the 28th edition of STING were stalwart singjays, Mavado and I-Octane who were initially billed as two of the main acts for the show. However, earlier that night, I-Octane affiliate and Jag One Productions (JOP) deejay, Ninja Kid confirmed, via a Blackberry Broadcast Message sent during the early hours of STING, that the Badmind Fi The Year singer would not appear at Jamworld.

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Video: Bounty vs Beenie @ Diamond Splash, Dec 23, 2011

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Video: Popcaan Performance At Sting 2011

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Video: Laza Morgan ft Mavado – One By One

 

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Video: ETANA ” Free ” – Live

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Mp3: Gyptian – Youre The Best Thing – Faithful Riddim

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Year in Review: Top 5 Dancehall Riddims of 2011

Coming into 2011, many Dancehall observers were keen on witnessing if established producers such as Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Don Corleon and Russian amongst others would build another superstar-laden Riddim that would satisfy the masses. However, this year saw younger producers take centre stage with Riddims that resonate with fans going into the New Year and beyond.

5. Gaza World Riddim: One of those young production groups who made a strong impact in 2011 was TJ Records who unveiled the Gaza World Riddim this past spring. With an infiltrating bass and strong instrumental background, the Gaza World Riddim shelled out a series of its share of hit singles that took over the Dancehall scene for the majority of 2011. The most notable single on the Riddim was Vybz Kartel’s hit song, Real Badman. The song came as a surprise to some given that Kartel spent all of 2010 abolishing gun lyrics in an effort to gauge more radio play. However, Real Badman gave Kartel’s fans a flashback of the hardcore, “badman” image that help Kartel become the lyrical mean machine that he hails as today.

Additionally, the Riddim produced the internationally-acclaimed single, Bartender by Dancehall/Reggae star, G Whizz. The song was a shift from the norm for G Whizz who’s known for his conscious lyrics; instead introducing fans to a more fun, party-friendly side of the Life singer that fans rarely see. Not only was the song in heavy rotation locally, but overseas as well; culminating in G Whizz copping a nomination for Song of the Year in Africa.

Other reputable efforts on the Gaza World Riddim included Popcaan’s single, Cah Believe and Chan Dizzy’s Dat Mi Know.

4. Summer Fling Riddim: This past summer saw a slew of hit Riddims, one of which was the Chimney Records produced, Summer Fling Riddim. Establishing a party vibe with its punchy instrumental, the Summer Fling Riddim produced its share of hits for clubs and sessions across Jamaica and overseas. One of said club hits includes the hit collaboration, I’mma Need Security by Munga, Chi Ching Ching and Supa Hype. The single made an intriguing impression on the Dancehall scene; earning heavy rotation while enabling fans to embrace a different concept that proved fitting for such a party-themed Riddim.

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Year in Review: Who’s Dancehall’s best male deejay for 2011?

In years past, when Dancehall fans asked who deserved deejay of the year honors, it virtually became a one man category given the dominance Vybz Kartel exerted annually. However, 2011 may have witnessed the most wide open race for the deejay of the year title, primarily due to the effect that personal issues had on the musical side of things.

One of the most intriguing years in Dancehall history, 2011 produced several reputable efforts from an established group of superstars as well as a newcomer who’s drawn several comparisons to Vybz Kartel in recent months. Six artistes in particular showcased those efforts with regularity.

5. Popcaan – Unquestionably the fastest rising Dancehall superstar since Mavado’s debuted in 2004, Popcaan announced himself as a potentially elite deejay; particularly with the release of the party anthem, Ravin’. His first number one single ever, Ravin’ proved that Popcaan was more than just Vybz Kartel’s right hand man, he became his own entity within the Portmore Empire; drawing several comparisons to his accomplished mentor.

Ravin’ began a run of several number one hits for Popcaan as he also earned similar acclaim with follow-up efforts such as Clean as well as the pulsating single, Only Man She Want. All three singles showcased Popcaan’s lyrical dexterity and swagger, reminiscent of a young Vybz Kartel while proving that a bright future of the Portmore Empire could occur. Though Deejay of the Year might be a stretch for him this early in a promising career, Popcaan set the foundation for himself where he could earn several accolades, commercial deals and even collaborations going forward. As long as he continues to meet rising expectations, a deejay of the year award could come his way in the very near future.

4. Beenie Man/Bounty Killer – You can’t mention one without the other when it comes to Dancehall legends, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer and 2011 once again re-emphasized said point. This year, Dancehall saw the revival of their long-standing feud as well as their individual careers.

Beenie Man dazzled fans with the release of his hit single, Go Go Club, which charted well on local and international Dancehall charts. Additionally, the self-professed “King of the Dancehall” proved his worthiness of the crown by strongly asserting himself on the internationally-acclaimed Overproof Riddim with the singles, Let’s Go and John Crow. Many fans regard Let’s Go as the Riddim’s best song given its substantialized lyrical content.

Meanwhile, Bounty Killer bounced back from a somewhat disappointing and turbulent 2010 with his own reputable effort on the Overproof Riddim entitled, Galactic Gallis , calling out deejays who only sing about being with girls but don’t practice what they preach. Additionally, Bounty Killer released No Cream To Mi Face, a sharp-shooting lyrical attack on former protégé, Vybz Kartel, as well as the Boardhouse Records produced single, Ready Fi Dem. Each of these efforts proved that Bounty Killer not only remains relevant within Dancehall circles, he’s still a major force within the industry.

However, after a short truce, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer soon engaged in another lyrical feud; exchanging diss singles such as Shut Up and Cah Puff Mi Chest amongst others. Their battle led to open competition on several productions, leading Dancehall observers to wonder if the two will forever be intertwined. For that reason, they might cancel each other out with regards to the deejay of the year award.

3.Assassin: Boardhouse Records artiste, Assassin aka Agent Sasco produced his best run yet in 2011; asserting his presence within the Dancehall fraternity while finally achieving elite status. During the first third of 2011, Agent Sasco firmly announced his candidacy for deejay of the year with strong singles such as Talk How Mi Feel and Nothing At All. Never previously had Dancehall seen such a fierce side to Assassin’s lyrical display as his range clearly expanded to levels demanded the notice of his peers within the industry.

At one point, he had fans wondering whether or not a clash between Sasco and long-time rival, Vybz Kartel was soon on the horizon, thanks to his single, Yuh Madda. This one-verse masterpiece seemingly was a direct counteraction at Kartel’s single, Real Badman; offering a potential prelude to what could have been an intriguing STING clash. Run Di Place, Nuh Loose Ting and Dem Bad In A Gang allowed Dancehall observers to look on Assassin with a new found sense of clarity as not only did the deejay make substantial growth within the industry, Sasco ascended to a class that gained him international appeal as several of these singles gathered regular airplay overseas. Awarding Assassin with such an honor isn’t a stretch, it’s quite possible given such an accomplished resume as well as notable performances across the Caribbean and other regions that showcased his stage presence; finally reaching the potential he displayed when bursting onto the Dancehall scene in 2003.

2. Vybz Kartel: A controversial placement for who many still regard as Dancehall’s best, but 2011 was a rollercoaster year for Vybz Kartel to say the least, leaving many to wonder if his personal antics trumped his musical prowess, Kartel managed to prove his critics wrong by switching his style.

In January, Kartel teamed up with long-time producer, Russian for the single, Look Pon We which earned “Di Teacha” one of several number one hit singles this year. Then, in an unusual twist, Kartel gave fans glimpses of his old persona with “badman” singles such as Real Badman and Duh Weh Yuh Wah Fi Duh; proving he still had that “gangster” element to his lyrical arsenal.

However, following Assassin’s counteraction, Kartel issued a self-imposed ban on performing gun lyrics, returning to performing only girl-related singles. Though it seemed like a seemingly restrictive move, Kartel once again showed defiance; releasing strong efforts such as Come Yah Nuh Mi Gyal, Go Go Wine, Nymphomaniac amongst others. But Kartel’s status took another move up with the summer anthem, Summer Time, one of the biggest Dancehall singles of its generation. A number one hit for several weeks on local and international charts, Kartel’s effervescence was on full display for the world to see; leaving fans to wonder if his various antics would ever catch up to him.

However, following a September arrest and subsequent murder charges that sent shockwaves throughout the Jamaican music industry, many fans wonder how much these antics have hurt his legendary status. Additionally, his popular reality show, Teacha’s Pet may have also hurt his musical reputation given its apparent “sideshow” effect. Though his impact on Dancehall continues to loom large and his achievements in 2011 warrant such an award, there remains the question of ‘What could have been?’ had he stayed out of trouble.

1.Mavado: Considering the meaning of what the Deejay of the Year title represents, by accomplishing mass success locally and internationally, nobody fit the bill more in 2011 than Kartel former rival, Mavado. The “Gully Gaad” reached unprecedented heights in 2011; accomplishing a slew of number one hits locally, while opening new doors for his Dancehall compatriots overseas through the acquisition of his United States visa.

Mavado opened the year in resounding fashion through the release of singles such as the controversial, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor single, Tump as well as his first number one hit single of 2011 entitled, Star Bwoy. Immediately, Mavado re-emphasized his elite status following a quiet second half of 2010, setting the foundation a well-rounded year. Pepper became Mavado’s next number one effort; earning him countless plays across local and international airwaves. Also, efforts such as Final Destination, Do Road and another number one, Settle Down on the Overproof Riddim, displayed lyrical dexterity from Mavado that hadn’t been seen since the height of his feud with Kartel in 2008.

However, what sets Mavado apart from the pack was his ability to regain his United States visa in July and immediately use it to his advantage. Sealing a deal with hip-hop producer, DJ Khaled and We The Best Music Group, Mavado finally landed the international deal he craved; earning collaborations with hip-hop superstars, Akon with Survivor and Ace Hood with Emergency. Additionally, Mavado unveiled a well-received collaboration with Grammy-winning R&B superstar, Ne-Yo for the remix of I Know You Want Me and also sported the crossover single, Delilah, earning him stronger acclaim.

Given his list of local and international achievement as well as widening the potential for local artistes to achieve greater things overseas going forward, Mavado most warrants the honor for 2011 male deejay of the year.

 

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Video: Tarrus Riley – SELASSIE I ‘ LIVE

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Video: Duane Howard “WHAT WE NEED”

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Video: Dudus “Touch The Road” Ft. Hyah Slyce – Live Performance

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Buju Banton’s appeal could take up to a year, says lawyer

Embattled Dancehall singjay, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, may have to wait several months before knowing whether or not he will be a free man.

Last Friday, Buju Banton’s legal team filed an appeal in a Georgia-based appeals court; attempting to overturn the Grammy-winning singer’s 10 year prison sentence on drug-related charges. In said appeal, Buju’s lawyers cited a possible violation by U.S. government officials of the Speedy Trial Act; a Sixth Amendment rightafforded to defendants so that they avoid being subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial. Additionally, Buju’s legal team detailed reasoning as to why their client was an unwilling part of the drug conspiracy he was later convicted of.

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Eve to perform at Shaggy and Friends

Grammy-winning American rapper, Eve has become the latest inclusion on the lineup for the upcoming Shaggy and Friends charity concert in January 2012.

The first lady of the prominent Ruff Ryders hip-hop group appears on the bill; replacing R&B superstar, Ne-Yo who withdrew from Shaggy and Friends after the show was pushed back a week due to upcoming elections, hence, triggering a scheduling conflict. Eve joins fellow Grammy-winning artiste, Lauryn Hill and 80s songstress, Deniece Williams as international acts slated to perform at the event.

This will mark Eve’s second performance in Jamaica within a year as she appeared at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards this past February. Eve performed the collaborative single, He Is At My House alongside Dancehall superstar, Lady Saw while also receiving the Friend of Reggae Award from event organizer and radio personality Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess. 

Eve is renowned for singles such as Love is Blind, Tambourine, Who’s That Girl and Blow Your Mind featuring Gwen Stefani. The latter song won Eve a Grammy in 2002.

Shaggy and Friends will take place on January 7, 2012 at Jamaican House. The third edition of annual event, hosted by Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Orville “Shaggy Burrell will aim to raise sufficient funds for the constructions of a 15-bed cardiac intensive care unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew. The prior two editions of Shaggy and Friends reeled in over JA$57 million.

Local acts scheduled to perform at Shaggy and Friends include Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Romain Virgo, Half Pint, Coco Tea, Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall amongst others.

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Mp3: Busy Signal – Sum A Your Gud Loving

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Could Buju walk free? U.S. Government error may trigger dismissal of artiste’s case

Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton may have a lifeline after all following the revelation on Tuesday that a United States government mishap could trigger the dismissal of his case.

According to media reports, Buju Banton could walk free from his conviction and subsequent ten year sentence on drug-related charges after the discovery that the U.S. government may have violated the Speedy Trial Act. The act states that any defendant involved within a case must be brought to trial by the government within a 70 day window; a right guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment in the American constitution. Additionally, said right is generally afforded to defendants so that they not subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial.

Buju Banton’s first trial took place in September 2010, nine months after his initial arrest by law enforcement officials in Florida and four months after Judge James Moody pushed back Buju’s initial court date without giving any specifics regarding why the case was postponed. His second trial, where he was later convicted, took place in February of this year, four months after he was granted bail in the case.

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Mp3: Sean Paul Ft Zia Benjamin – Standing There

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Pepita axed from Intense

Well-renowned Jamaican television personality, Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita has been relieved of her duties as host of the popular Television Jamaica (TVJ) program, Intense.

The curvaceous personality, who’s hosted the TVJ entertainment show over the last three years, was axed from Intense on Monday following an altercation with a fellow co-worker last week; leading to her departure. Pepita made the surprising announcement in a press release issued via her official Facebook page on Monday night.

“Last week at TVJ, I made an unfortunate decision and allowed my emotions to overpower my better judgement and reacted to a situation and got into an altercation with a fellow co-worker instead of walking away. It was an unfortunate choice that has caused me to lose a job that meant so much to me, but I have to take responsibility and learn from this and move forward,” Pepita explained.

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Lasana Bandele asserts his presence by ‘Blowin in the Wind’

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae musician, Lasana Bandele has announced his return to the Reggae scene with his newest project, Blowin In The Wind.

The single, a cover of rock superstar, Bob Dylan’s legendary song signifies the triumphant return of an eclectic Reggae musician who’s enjoyed a storied career, spanning five different decades. It also marks the first mainstream single that Bandele has released since his 2005 song, Don’t Wait.

Bandele debuted on the Reggae scene in 1974 with the hit single, Hanging Locks followed by his 1976 effort, Send Us Home.  Additionally, Bandele became synonymous with Reggae fans through his poetry; doing regular readings of his work on JBC Radio’s Groundings and earned a 1981 Certificate of Merit from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for his poem Prison. 

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Vybz Kartel denied bail again, will miss STING 2011

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will certainly miss the upcoming STING 2011 stage show after the deejay was denied bail in one of his murder cases.

Kartel, along with Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa “Gaza Slim” Saddler were remanded into police custody until January 9, 2011 during a hearing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Monday. Both artistes are jointly charged with conspiracy to pervert the court of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder case.

This means that Kartel will miss the 28th edition of STING 2011, scheduled to take place on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine. Both artistes will remain behind bars during the holidays up until two days after Kartel’s 36th birthday (January 7).

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Video: Mavado feat. Ace Hood-Emergency (Official Video)

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Mavado feat. Ace Hood-Emergency (Official Video)

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Kartel returns to court, could seek bail

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will appear in court today regarding one of his murder cases.

The internationally-renowned deejay will appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court today in the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder case. According to reports, Kartel’s lawyers could seek bail in the case as it’s expected that a bail application will be made.

Kartel was recently offered JA$3 million bail in his other murder case where he and other men stand accused of shooting and killing Barrington “Bossie” Burton, a St. Catherine based promoter/businessman. Despite being afforded bail in that matter, Kartel could not post bail given the fact that he’s involved in the Williams case.

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Mr. Lexx once again take shots at Bounty Killer, talks rape case

Prominent Dancehall artiste, Mr. Lexx has once again called out long-time nemesis, Bounty Killer; adding more juice to rivalry that dates back to the early 2000s.

Mr. Lexx recently gave an interview to the Lauren O Lauren show on Flow TV; expressing his thoughts on various topics, including the root of his rivalry with Bounty Killer. Their rivalry made headlines earlier this year following a highly-publicized Twitter war; exchanging heated words after Mr. Lexx made a statement that disc jocks are discriminating against certain artistes regarding airplay.

Mr. Lexx conceded that the rivalry did hamper his career somewhat given Bounty’s strong influence and presence within the Dancehall industry. According to the Swag Diggy deejay, he always had respect for Bounty Killer and never tried to call out Bounty Killer. However, Mr. Lexx believes that once he burst onto the scene with singles such as Full Hundred amongst others, Bounty Killer felt threatened by his talent.

“Even though I put this behind me, all I that I think came from the mere fact that I’m so talented and I was a threat to him and whoever was running the business at the time,” he said.

“The waves that I create, he felt threatened and he came at me,” he continued.

Additionally, Mr. Lexx claimed that many of Bounty Killer’s past girlfriends were deeply in love with him; accusing the “Grung Gaad” of choosing the wrong types of women.

Him always love the sketel dem…Him just dunce, jealous and badmind….Him no have no class fi get di get di hot girls, di real girl dem,”he said.

Furthermore, Mr. Lexx accused Bounty Killer of practicing oral sex on women; an accusation the Galactic Gallis deejay made during their Twitter war.

“Him a do all a di same sommen dem weh him used to cuss me for,” he said.

“Come on man, let’s not be hypocrites here. How him fi cuss mi seh me go down pon girl and him deh a do di same ting. Are you kidding me?”

Meanwhile, when Lauren O Lauren show host, Lauren Dunn asked him about his 2009 rape trial, Mr. Lexx expressed regret for the fallout that resulted from the case.

“That is so embarrassing and so painful to talk about…Thank God that it’s behind me. Thanks to all those who supported me and stood in my corner. Any embarrassment I caused my kids…any form of hurt I caused my family, I apologize to you guys. I apologize to both families.”

Mr. Lexx’s most recent singles include Gi Dem Problem on the Arabian Nights Riddim and Dem A Wife on the BBQ Riddim.

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KING KONG African Remix African control

The single of the Colombian artist MC dementor,the liberian Ghana based Decordha da Maskman and
the sudanese Hoodie Zilla is now a total hit and a big talk for all the Africa entertainment
industry;only 2 weeks after its release it has 4000 plays in youtube and was asked for the UK/Nigerian MTV Base channel.

The most relevant thing of the video is the locations. Recorded in the modern capital city of Bogota-Colombia,
it has a western air with some tall buildings, spanish houses and a sexy lady, showing up in some parts
of the video which represents one of the most important Colombian threats: its beatiful women.
As far as the african context is concerned, the video displays images of Sekondi Takoradi, guetto locations, african haircuts
and crowds, making up this video western africant component and for the north african component they have some
clips of the arab city of Khartoum-Sudan.

The label Jump Street Records invited Decordha the half liberian/ghanain to the city of Bogota Colombia to record some clips with all the
accomodation and feeds payed, we can see the artist on the video wearing a mask and walking accross the Colombian capital with the
Colombian artist and some afro- Colombian afro descedants.

Now is the time for the true, the management of Jump Street Records expect promote the song in all the African and American media
possible and conquer the Black Markets with this Jam, also the Colombia is interesed in some shows in Ghana and Nigeria for the
first half of 2012, and now is dealing with some big labels in Nigeria for a possible contract with them claiming him as the first
white artist on sign up with a Black Major Label, the labels in Nigeria are known for work with big United States artist
like Kanye West or
Snoop Dog.

The youtube video link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKmes9RWh4

The youtube stadistics of the video are the following:

1. 25% Sudan
2. 25% United States of America
3. 20% Ghana
4. 15% Nigeria
6. 5% Colombia
7. 5% South Sudan, india and mid east
8. 5% Other locations

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Reggae star Matisyahu, no longer Hasidic, shaves his trademark beard

Yesterday, the “One Day” singer Matisyahu posted a photo on Twitter which showed him with a clean-shaven face. The photo was accompanied by a message: “At the break of day I look for you at sunrise When the tide comes in I lose my disguise.” The lines come from the song “Thunder,” which can be found on Matisyahu’s 2009 album, Light.

In a subsequent blog entry on his official website, the man born Matthew Miller — he changed his name when he joined a Hasidic community and converted at age 19 — elaborated on his decision to, at least temporarily, face the world without facial foliage.

“This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter,” he wrote. “No more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias.  When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process.  It was my choice.  My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life.  At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity…to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth.  I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of them—or else I would somehow fall apart.  I am reclaiming myself.  Trusting my goodness and my divine mission. Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth.  And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry…you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.”

In another Twitter message, Matisyahu seemingly sought to reassure fans that his beardless state did not mean he had abandoned the Jewish faith: “For all those who are confused:today I went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday.”

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