Archive | March, 2012

Tiana scores again, secures two IRAWMA nominations

The growing international reputation of prominent Dancehall star, Tiana continues to be enhanced as the budding singjay has copped two more award nominations.

The ‘Princess of Dancehall,’ who was recently nominated for two honours at the Carivibez Video Web Awards, has struck similar notice from the International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), who have named her in a pair of categories for this summer’s event.

Recognized for her stellar year in 2011, Tiana earned a nod for Female Vocalist of the Year, where she goes against fellow Dancehall/Reggae divas, Ce’Cile, Etana, Queen Ifrica and veteran, Marcia Griffiths as well as Nkulee Dube, the daughter of late South African singer, Lucky Dube.

Additionally, Tiana was nominated for Best New Entertainer as she competes against artistes from varios genres such as the aforementioned Dube, J-Boog, Protoje and Laza Morgan.

These latest achievement further emphasizes the strength of her emergence as a top level artiste in this, her second year as a major mainstream act. Recently, Tiana released a captivating medley video for her fiery singles, Me Nuh Fear Yuh (D&H/Subkonshus) and Real Bad Gyal (Cashflow Records). Furthermore, the breakthrough sensation released her debut EP, Princess of the Dancehall via iTunes. The nine track EP, distributed by Johnny Wonder and 21st Hapilos, features hits such as Bruk Out and Whine as well as Can’t Talk Bad Bout Mi.

Meanwhile, this year’s IRAWMA ceremony features four nominations for Mavado including Best Male Disc Jockey and Best Crossover Song (Delilah). Other multiple nominees include Rihanna, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, Freddy McGregor, Gentleman, Laza Morgan, Marcia Griffiths, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley, Beenie Man, I-Octane, Nkulee Dube, The Green, Richie Spice, Kes the Band, Protoje, Alison Hinds, Machel Montano and Calypso Rose.

Among the other international nominees are Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, Shakira, Pit Bull, Enrique Iglesias, Collie Buddz, Popcaan, Lady Saw, Elephant Man, Maxi Priest, Yellow Man, Adventura, Matis Yahu, Third World, etc…

The 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards will take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Dancehall music blamed for violent behavior of youths in Antigua

Several times in the past, critics have pointed the proverbial finger at Dancehall music for the growing ills in society. However, it’s not just in Jamaica where that blame game’s being played.

In Antigua, there has been a recent trend of violent behavior amongst young people, with two school stabbings in two days and a brawl at a local comprehensive school earlier this month. There’s been growing concern and outrage about these incidents and with that in mind, one Antiguan woman has put the blame squarely on Dancehall music for triggering these occurrences.

In a letter to the editor issued to local newspaper, the Antigua Observer, Mary John asked the question of why her country has allowed Jamaica’s most popular genre to take over and influence their society.

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Beenie Man to perform alongside Nicki Minaj on BET’s 106 & Park

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man will play a major role in promoting Nicki Minaj’s album on the day of its release as he looks set to take New York by storm.

Beenie will perform alongside the Trinidadian-American hip-hop diva on stage during this coming Monday’s episode of BET’s 106 & Park. The duo will be performing their hit collaboration, Gunshot from Minaj’s new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which will hit stores the following day.

This marks Beenie Man’s first performance in the United States since re-acquiring his visa last year. Despite the long wait to perform in America, the ‘King of the Dancehall’ believes that his international reputation has continued to elevate, regardless of that setback.

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Video: Official Video Kevin Lyttle – Wine And Go Down

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Mp3: Gyptian – All Night (Raw) – Sexxx Tape Riddim

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Mp3: Lady Saw – Mr Short Cummings – Sexxx Tape Riddim

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Mixtape: KALIBANDULIU – Brand New Collection Mixcd Vol.27 March 2012 Edition

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PERFUME RIDDIM PREVIEW [PROMO] – HIGH VOLTAGE JAM RECORDS

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Jamaican film maker debuts her own Bob Marley documentary

With the highly anticipated debut of Marley set for next month, a Jamaican filmmaker has decided to unveil her own film about the iconic Reggae superstar.

Long time actress and photographer, Esther Anderson has unveiled her own movie, The Musical Documentary – Bob Marley: The Making Of A Legend.  The film, which she’s currently promoting in Barbados, features never-before-seen footage, in black and white, of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Anderson hailed as a minority shareholder and co-founder of Island Records, the label where Bob Marley established himself as a dominant force in Reggae music. In the 1960s, Anderson helped to launch the international careers of local singers such as Millie Small and Jimmy Cliff.

In 1972, Anderson met Bob Marley in New York after she starred in the film, A Warm December alongside prominent Bahamian-American actor, Sidney Pottier. Marley then asked Anderson to help promote him and his band as they looked to establish themselves as household names. Anderson agreed and returned to Jamaica where she helped launch Bob Marley and the Wailers, rehearsed them, photographed them and filmed their early progress.

Reportedly, Anderson also collaborated with Marley on his internationally acclaimed hits, Get Up, Stand Up and I Shot The Sheriff. Furthermore, her picture of Bob Marley smoking marijuana became the cover for the Bob Marley and the Wailers album, Catch A Fire.


 

 

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Romain Virgo to drop sophomore album in May

Prominent Reggae singer, Romain Virgo looks to capitalize on his growing international exposure as he plans to unveil his second album later this year.

Virgo’s upcoming sophomore effort, The System will be released on May 8, featuring 15 tracks including Rich in Love, Mama Say and its title track, System. This is the first compilation from the former Digicel Rising Stars since his self-titled album, Romain Virgo in 2010, via VP Records.

According to Virgo, fans can expect to see some of his maturity, both as a singer and as a person.

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Selectress Mika Raguaa – Sunny Friday Sound System

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In January 2010 Mika was allowed to join first time a line-up in one of the biggest Reggae Clubs in Germany. In Yaam (Berlin) she was allowed to present her powerful Selection to the crowd.

In February 2010, together with the 2nd Birthday of the stage-experience of the Sound, she was joining the Charity Mixtape “Love I Promote – vibes for Haiti” in cooperation with DJ Mess (Ghetto Youths, Slovakia) and D-One (Jam Masters and Herb-A-Lize-it, Netherlands). The Mixtape was hosted by the famous producer
and Soundbwoy Bobby Konders (Massive B, New York – USA). In May 2010 she released together with DJ Baccha from Soca Revolution Sound (Sweden) the Soca Mixtape “Europe gwaan Mad” – Fantastic Flamingos Vol. 3”. This Combination is part of di Berlin Carnival Mixtape-Series to promote Soca Music all over Germany.

Selectress Mika established herself in the German Soundsystem Scene and continued her work on new Selections and some new vibes. The interest of seeing a Girl juggling and MCing same time was growing and so she was allowed to join Yaam in May 2010 again and played together with “The Mighty Pow Pow Movement (Cologne, Germany)” the most famous Soundsystem in Europe.

In June 2010 she had her first performance in the Netherlands together with Champion Sound (UK), DJ Spice (TnT, Grenada, NL) and other DJs with Caribbean origins – a real honor for her.
At Reggaejam Festival Bersenbrück (North Germany) she was allowed to mash up the camp side at the Mash up di place Crew tent. She took her chance and played 10 hours without a break at one day only for entertain the guests of the festival. In August 2010 Selectress Mika had the possibility to play in the Netherlands at DJ Bootleg Café (Rotterdam) back again. At her Birthday on the 31st of August 2k10 she celebrates a big Birthday Bashment at Calabash Club (Berlin) together with Red Sun (Universal Strugglaz, Berlin), Count Shortleg (SWS, Berlin) and Avalanche Sound (Meißen/Leipzig). On this date, her new Mixtape “Acoustic Melody Reloaded” has its official release. The love to acoustic vibes shall be heard in the double Mixtape. Her whole love and passion inside. A review of the special Mixtape followed in December 2010 in the german “Riddim Magazine”.

Since beginning of September 2010, Mika established a Radio Show on the dutch-caribbean online-radio station Asylumradio.nl to promote especially Soca Music in Europe and all over. The recorded  Live-Juggling Sessions are showing strictly soca vibes in topical Sessions. Every Saturday (from 4-6 pm European time) people from all over the world tune into the radio show to enjoy her selections. The Radio Show is streamin in the meantime on 3 different Online Radio Stations – mostly in Germany, Austria,  Netherlands and USA/New York. The Podcast of the radio show is possible to download from the website as well.

In Summer 2011 Mika was invited to macedonias first Reggae Festival “BIG UP SKOPJE” and joined the big Road Trip to the other side of Europe. The Tour continued in Spain while she was performing in Benicassìm at “Rototom Sun Beach”, in Valencia at “Alaquas Reggae Fest” und at Global Reggae Bar – Ibiza. In Valencia she really entertained the massive with her spanish MCing.

In October 2011 Mika Raguaa released the special Sunny Friday Mixtape “Run For Cover”, to show people that are not really into really into Reggae Music – and of course also aimers of conscious lovers styles, that reggae cover songs from all times still can bring the vibes around. Also Riddim Magazine Germany released in December 2011 a nice review about the mix and the “jugglin Ladywonder”.

The year 2011 was ending next to loads of cooperations with Soundsystems and Artists, with the friendly “People’s Choice Contest” at Backstage in Munich. There Mika was performing against local heroes Soulshake (Munich), Iniman vom Caveman Sound (Jamaica) and DJ Goodman (Spin dem Sound Ya!, Paris/Barcelona) to get finally the People’s Choice 2011 of Bavaria!
As an upcoming Selectress, the 26 years old girl has the ambitions to continue national and international cooperations in 2012 and let as many people know more about the Caribbean Culture. Like she did on loads of national and international performances already :)

As an upcoming Media Scientist she is also doing researches about the  communication between Soundsystems and the audience of Caribbean Parties in Germany. For the year 2011 many big performances are already planned. Be prepared for the one gyal show wonder from east germany!

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Mp3: Mavado – Like Me – Chill Spot Riddim

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Video: Web Extra Full Performance: Gentleman Performs

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Mp3: Gyptian – Rollin – Area 51 Riddim

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Mp3: Chi Chi Ching – Money – Area 51 Riddim

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Morgan Heritage to comeback with new singles, album

One of Reggae music’s most prominent families looks to return to the Jamaican music scene after over four years away from the spotlight.

Morgan Heritage, who rose to prominence in the last decade with singles like Tell Me How Come, Nothing To Smile About as well as Brooklyn & Jamaica are planning to release a new project within the next month as they prepare to re-assert their authority within Reggae music.

Reportedly, the popular group will unveil a new single in April entitled, The Return. Morgan Heritage’s upcoming track was co-produced by themselves and Juke Boxx Productions hit maker, Shane Brown and has been dubbed, The Return as they will return to the music scene full-time.

The Return hails as one of many singles that will be unleashed prior to Morgan Heritage upcoming album, which they are currently working on. Additionally, to help to promote their single and compilation, Morgan Heritage recently confirmed, via Twitter, that they will be travelling across Europe this summer on The Return tour.

Meanwhile, Morgan Heritage member, Gramps Morgan will be releasing his second solo album in the near future also, Reggae Music Lives. The album, stated for an April 24 release, will feature a collaboration with internationally-acclaimed soul songstress, India Arie. 

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Video: JUNIOR KELLY ” BEEN THERE”

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Introducing Ace da Kiid

Started off as a hobby for a sudanese producer Ayman Mohamed who is now known as “Ace da Kiid” which was in Sudan “2010″

This music experience got him serious and started rapping with his partner Hoodie Zilla , had their first single was played on two radio stations in 2011, he Hooked up with the hottest sudanese producer Brooklyn Hitz the same year and started a team called HoodStarz they stole the fans eyes by releasing the hits Chillin in the club and Shawty supa fly featuring Hustla who was a part of hoodstarz that time.
Ace da kiid did “Never slow down” and it was played top four in international talents and on EBS tv channel, and it was also promoted on Dj Khaled official facebook page ,TRUAFRICAs and interscope records.
On oct 8 2011 ace da kiid joined in G6MG which is located in cleveland, Ohio. also He has had collaborations with american artist like Streat Heat , Dirty red Ajones and jamaican artist Jahvision.
Most of ace da kiid influences are down south rappers like MJG , 8BALL , PIMP C , BUN B , T.I , YOUNG JEEZY MEEK MILL KEBO GOTTI and more.

On the 3rd of jan 2012 ace dropped never slow down the remix featuring rappers from Sudan, United States, Colombia and Canada and four world different locations .
This remix was promoted an entire week on all the DJ Khaled networks: We The Best TV, aalysa.com and his official facebook and twitter pages, this song was also on east Africa EBS TV top charts.

After that he signed a management contract with Diamond Soul with the help of his co-worker De’mentor who’s knowing as the best colombian rapper.

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Sizzla hits back at gay rights critics

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Sizzla Kalonji has responded sternly to gay rights activists who’ve long criticized the lyrical content of his songs.

Last week, promoters in Sweden cancelled a stage show that Sizzla was booked to appear on this Wednesday at the Hornstull Strand in Stockholm. The show was axed after several gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual activists protested Sizzla’s appearance on the bill; condemning his lyrical damnation of homosexuality.

After the latest complaints issued against him by gay rights groups, Sizzla, throughhis management team at Kalonji Musik and Pride Music, issued a detailed statement firing back at such critics who have long opposed his music and stances on such issues as well as clarifying public misperceptions made about him in recent times.

The statement in part reads, We work closely with many of the artists in the reggae scene and feel that your constant attack against the artists and the musical genre is unfair and one sided. Sizzla has not even begun to tour, yet press releases have been sent giving misinformation to the public about him performing homophobic lyrics at 18 other shows recently. The tour has not even started and Sizzla was not booked to perform in neither Canada nor England.  False information is being written to malice and defame his character. It is good to remember that Sizzla has not been arrested, convicted, or charged with any crime and does not have a criminal record what so ever.  He abides and will continue to abide by the laws of any State in the World that he chooses to visit or is invited to visit.  It is his nature and his character to respect all.”

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Ninja Man granted bail

After languishing in jail for over three years, veteran Dancehall entertainer, Ninja Man will finally enjoy the benefits of freedom, temporarily at least.

The prominent deejay, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine was granted bail on Friday, along with his son, Janiel Ballentine, in the sum of JA$2 million regarding their ongoing murder case. As part of their bail condition, Ninja Man and his son must report to the police daily and were ordered to return to court on July 16.

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New Konshens album tops iTunes charts worldwide

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens seems to have finally asserted himself on the international stage with the release of his latest album, Mental Maintenance.

The 17 track album, which was unveiled late last month via VP Records, has shot straight to number one on several iTunes charts across the world. Konshens’ new effort has topped digital charts in three continents, earning such achievements in Japan, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Mental Maintenance has also received positive feedback locally, with several smash hits such as Simple Song, Do Sumn, Bounce, Last Drink (featuring Voicemail) as well as World Citizen, to name a few. Additionally, the album features collaborations with established Dancehall/Reggae acts such as Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Tarrus Riley and his Subkonshus Music label mate, Darrio.

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BOUNTY KILLER TO TOUR EUROPE THIS MAY

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Internationally acclaimed Dancehall recording artists Rodney Price more popularly known as Bounty Killer will be making his way to Europe this May for a one month tour of the region which will see him performing in several countries.

Killer who has not been in Europe since 2008 is slated to perform at the Amsterdam Reggae Festival on May 16th and the Garrance Reggae Splash Festival on May 17th. Bounty will also perform in Italy on May 10th in Atlantico, as the dates are fully confirmed the press release will be updated

Currently working on an upcoming album Bounty currently has a host of new singles including “Ride” alongside Cecile and also “Be On The Alert” which features Wayne Marshall.

A member of the Solid Agency camp Bounty Killer continues to maintain a presence in the Dancehall area.

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Top 10: Best international collaborations involving Jamaican artistes

Though musical genres such as hip-hop, rock and roll as well as R&B may cop more accolades and mention on the international scene, it’s an undeniable fact that Dancehall/Reggae has left an indelible mark on pop culture worldwide.

Ever since Bob Marley was in his hay day, Jamaican music has impacted and inspired fans, observers and artistes of various backgrounds, with many of today’s most prominent acts such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and several others employing Dancehall/Reggae sounds in their music. Furthermore, many internationally acclaimed artistes and bands have done successful collaborations with Jamaican artistes, most recently with breakthrough Dancehall artiste, Popcaan and Jamaican born hip-hop star, Busta Rhymes on the Only Man She Want remix.

That joint effort has garnered Popcaan positive international recognition after dominating the local industry in 2011. With that in mind, here’s a look a ten memorable collaborations involving Jamaican artistes that helped shape the careers of many prominent Dancehall/Reggae acts.

10: Shabba Ranks feat. KRS-One – The Jam: In the late 80s, Dancehall was a slowly developing genre which was gaining steam locally and in the Caribbean thanks to artistes like Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. However, it was Shabba who would introduce Dancehall to an international fan base as he teamed up with foundation hip-hop artiste, KRS-One for the mixed genre single, The Jam. Featuring a mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop sounds, The Jam introduced the world to Shabba Ranks as a hardcore, sharp-thinking lyricist who could mesh with artistes of different sounds. The collaboration later garnered Shabba his first international recording contract as he signed with Epic Records in 1991. From there, Shabba Ranks never looked back as he scored a pair of Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album over the next two years and even became a fixture on American Television with famous comedian, Marlon Wayans doing a memorable skit of him on In Living Color.

9: Patra feat. Yo-Yo – Romantic Call: As Shabba Ranks was to setting the bar for male Dancehall artistes overseas, so was Patra to females in the industry. In the late 80s and early 90s, Patra amazed local audiences with her raunchy, no holds barred musical persona; garnering her mass attention and accolades for her work. Ironically, it was Shabba Ranks who gave Patra her first big break international as she collaborated withhim for the single, Family Affair in 1994 which cracked the top 100 of the U.S. Billboard singles charts.

However, it was 1995 when Patra elevated herself to elite status when she collaborated with female hip-hop starlet, Yo-Yo who was a protégé of former NWA rap superstar, Ice Cube.  Their collaborative effort, Romantic Call earned her a top 60 place on the U.S. Hot 100 Billboard chart and exposed her as one of Jamaica’s must-see acts. A cameo was even made by the late great Tupac Shakur for the accompanying video.

 

 

 

8: Stephen Marley and Mos Def – Hey Baby: How did Stephen Marley become the most accomplished Marley disciple internationally, in terms of awards? Perhaps it dates back to his memorable 2006 collaboration with veteran hip-hop superstar, Mos Def for the remix of his single, Hey Baby.

The lead single off Marley’s album, Mind Control, Hey Baby immediately became a sensation locally and overseas and, in part, propelled the album to top the Billboard Reggae charts once it was released in March 2007. A pleasant mixture of Reggae and hip-hop sounds, many still regard Hey Baby as Marley’s most insightful track to date as he speaks of love using unique concepts. Mind Control later won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and he’s since won two more, including for Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life which featured a sultry collaboration with Canadian R&B sensation Melanie Fiona (No Cigarette Smoking).

 

7: Baby Cham and Alicia Keys – Already regarded as one of Bounty Killer’s most successful disciples, Cham was hungry to take his success to a higher leveland after his chart-topping smash, Ghetto Story became an anthem for inner-city communities across the island, he enlisted the services of Grammy-winning R&B singer, Alicia Keys for a thought-provoking remix of the highly-acclaimed single. Ghetto Story: Chapter 2 reached the top 100 of the U.S Billboard charts and solidified his place as a prolific Dancehall star on an international level.

 

 

 

 

 

6: Supercat and Heavy D – Dem No Worry We: Having collaborated with Kris Kross and P Diddy in the early 90s, Supercat showed the world that he was truly the Don Dada of Dancehall. However, 1992 saw arguably his best international collaboration as he teamed with Jamaican-American hip-hop superstar, Heavy D for the single, Dem No Worry We. Given their backgrounds, this mixture seemed destined from success from the jump and elevated the auras of both prominent artistes as they continued to stamp their authorities on their respective genres throughout the early 90s.

 

 

5: Damian Marley and Nas: Honestly, it’s hard to pick just one song these two have done as it seems that anytime Damian Marley and Nas join forces, a smash hit is born. Dating back to their 2005 collaboration, Road to Zion, ‘Junior Gong’ and ‘God’s Son’ showed a remarkable chemistry few artistes can replicate. The single reached number 57 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and prompted both artistes to work on a joint album, Distant Relatives which was released in 2010. Their album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 charts, featuring hit singles like Patience and Land of Promise, a remake of Dennis Brown’s classic, Promised Land.

After a highly successful world tour, many fans continue to hope that Damian Marley and Nas a similar project going forward and considering their success to date when joining forces, why not?

 

4: Bounty Killer and The Fugees – Hip-Hopera: The 1990s were long dominated by the intense rivalry between Dancehall giants, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. However, while they continued their battle for supremacy, it was the ‘War Lord’ who scored first when it came to international collaborations as he joined forces with The Fugees for the uniquely conceptualized single, Hip-Hopera in 1997. Draped in royal attire, Bounty Killer displayed his lyrical dexterity for the world to see alongside Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras and copped at Billboard Hot 100 spot in the process.

This collaboration helped bridge the gap between Dancehall and hip-hop while also creating opportunities for younger Dancehall acts to make names for themselves overseas.

 

 

 

 

3. No Doubt feat. Lady Saw – Underneath It All: Though she never appeared in the video for Underneath It All, Lady Saw made her presence felt on No Doubt’s sultry, Reggae-themed single, Underneath It All. With scintillating vocals on offer by No Doubt’s lead singer, Gwen Stefani, Underneath It All captured the hearts and minds of fans in Jamaica and overseas during 2002, doing well on the U.S. Billboard Charts and earning a top 20 spot on the UK Singles Charts.

The single propelled Lady Saw to unprecedented heights as it landed the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2004.

 

 

2. Beenie Man and Mya – Girls Dem Sugar: Though Bounty Killer may have had first dibs on a successful collaboration with international artistes, it was Beenie Man who scored the bigger hit with an overseas act. In 1999, the ‘King of Dancehall’ combined with then upcoming producer Pharrell Williams and R&B sensation, Mya for Girls Dem Sugar, a song inspired by Beenie’s chart-topping single, Who Am I. With Mya offering a soothing set of vocals, Girls Dem Sugar reached number the top 50 of the U.S. Hip-Hop/R&Bcharts as well as number 13 on the UK Singles Charts.

Well received in local circles, Beenie Man ensured that Dancehall would finally garner the respect and accolades it so richly deserved and paved the way for artistes to follow his path to international stardom in the 2000s.

 

 

1.Beyoncé and Sean Paul – Baby Boy: Perhaps the artiste who took the most advantage of Dancehall’s rapid growth overseas was Sean Paul. Enjoying his most successful run of form yet with chart topping singles such as Get Busy and Gimme the Light, Sean Paul forever asserted himself as an elite artiste when he joined forces with former Destiny’s Child lead singer, Beyoncé Knowles for the single, Baby Boy.

A sumptuous single with Arabic music influences and a Reggae-like theme, Baby Boy shot straight to number one on the Billboard Charts and stayed there for nine straight weeks. Though it launched Beyoncé’s solo career, it’s undeniable that Sean Paul’s Jamaican flavor and lyrical touchmade Baby Boy a classic and as a result, helped his album Dutty Rock to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy Award in 2004. Since then, Sean Paul has arguably become the biggest Jamaican musical fixture overseas, joining forces with artistes such as Rihanna (Break It Off), Busta Rhymes (Make It Clap) and Alexis Jordan (Got 2 Luv U) amongst many others. Though many fans locally have criticized Sean Paul’s style of music, it’s unquestioned that he’s a major factor in why Dancehall/Reggae has become so popular worldwide.

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Buju Banton cops IRAWMA nominations

Despite the fact that embattled Reggae superstar, Buju Banton languishes in a Miami federal prison, his music continues to garner positive attention, locally and overseas.

The currently incarcerated singjay copped a pair of nominations for the 31st annual International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), scheduled to take place on July 5 in Chicago, Illinois. This marks the second award show that Buju Banton has nabbed nominations since he received a ten-year sentence on federal drug charges last June.

The artiste, whose real name is Mark Myrie earned a Best Song nomination for his internationally acclaimed collaboration, Jah Army alongside fellow Reggae superstar, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley. 

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Sizzla concert in Europe cancelled following gay rights protests

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singjay, Miguel Orlando Collins, more popularly known as Sizzla continues to get a hard time from gay rights groups who’ve long complained about his lyrics addressing homosexuality.

The prominent entertainer, who gave his first live performance since surviving a near-fatal motorcycle crash last summer, was due to appear at a stage show in Stockholm, Sweden on March 28. However, the event, due to take place at the Hornstull Strand has been cancelled after lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and supporters condemned Sizzla’s anti-gay lyrics; protesting his appearance on the show’s bill.

Gay rights groups in Canada and England previously made similar protests regarding Sizzla’s music, which contains lyrics strongly opposing homosexual lifestyles.

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ZJ Liquid disapproves of ‘pay for play’ system, expects return to airwaves

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae disc jock, ZJ Liquid has long been aware of the much speculated politicking that occurs within Jamaican music. However, he refuses to partake in any of it.

The issue of payola or what locally termed ‘money pull up’ has been a major talking point within the Dancehall/Reggae industry in recent years. Groups such as the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA) have questioned the highly unusual play rate of certain songs on radio as well as the regular endorsement of particular artistes by selectors during their sets; citing them as evidence of ‘pay for play’ schemes.

During a recent interview on the Lauren O Lauren show on Flow TV, ZJ Liquid addressed the payola concept; insisting that while such politics does exist within Dancehall/Reggae, he won’t abandon his principles in order to make money within the industry.

“Dat natural enuh, people a go offer you cah everybody wah get dem ting out dere. But is fi you fi jus’ kno seh yow, yuh hafffi stay true to music and at di same time, di whole money ting, a program ting dat same way so yuh still nah be true to the music,” he said.

“Wi know DJs dem a come up and everybody wan get dem food and man wah money and ting but at di same time yuh cah mek money rule yuh ting.”

In the last two years, there have some reported instances of disc jocks being assaulted, allegedly for the playing or non-playing of certain songs, most notably prominent Alliance selector, Boom Boom and Darkcide International selector, ZJ Wahwa last year.

According to Liquid, he determines which songs get airplay based on instinct as well as song quality, regardless of the artiste’s status.

“From yuh meet mi and get fi know Liquid, yuh kno seh mi is neva a pushover. Mi nuh tek talk from nobody at all. Mi nuh care how big yuh is or wah, mi play music off a wah mi feel. So if I feel di song deh, yah go get da love deh…If mi nuh feel di song, mi jus’ nuh feel di song,” he said.

“Mi play music just like how if I was going to the record store and buy the song, a so mi rate it…Remember you’re the DJ, you’re in control.”

Meanwhile, ZJ Liquid continues his lengthy suspension from popular Jamaican radio station, ZIP FM after allegedly playing an expletive in a song during a set late last year. This suspension, which has lasted over two months now, hails as his fourth from the station since 2008.

Though no decision has been made regarding a possible return to ZIP FM, the highly regarded producer and occasional deejay believes he’ll be back on the airwaves soon.

“Mi jus a gwaan hol’ the sentence, whatever it is we a hold it. Wi do ting and whatever u know? A jus’ so di ting go.”

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Beenie Man to feature on new Nicki Minaj album

Legendary Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man continues to make himself a viable international presence as he’ll feature on the newest project by Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj.

Beenie Man will appear on Minaj’s upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is scheduled for an April 3 release. The internationally acclaimed Dancehall star teamed with the curvaceous hip-hop diva on the single, Gunshot, which was recorded in Jamaica at Anchor Recording Studio, a label owned by veteran Reggae producer, Gussie Clarke.

According to Beenie Man, Gunshot will be a huge hit in the clubs while offering a vintage mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop.

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Top 10: Jamaican music industry’s sexiest female personalities

To leave an indelible mark within the Dancehall/Reggae industry, you not only have to showcase outright skill and determination but also have some amount of sex appeal.

The combination of a delightful personality, sharp intellect and attractive figure allows females who ply their trade within the local music industry to build strong fan bases while acclimating deserved accolades. From artistes to media personalities and even dancers, the Dancehall/Reggae industry has produced several females who’ve embodied said sentiments. Ten in particular currently personify those qualities; acquiring mass popularity in the process.

10. Mystic Davis: Dancers are wholeheartedly unappreciated within the Dancehall/Reggae framework as they’re considered as the background in many music videos. However, Mystic Davis possibly defies that logic. With unbelievable flexibility showcased throughout her craft and an hourglass shape to match, Davis hails as arguably the most popular dancer in Jamaica and possibly the Caribbean.

With videos such as Vybz Kartel’s Go Go Wine, Sean Kingston and Nicki Minaj’s Letting Go and several others on her resume, Davis stands out in ways which many other dancers would become side elements. Plus, if you’ve ever watched her perform live in short shorts, you’d see why.

 

 

 

9. D’Angel: Despite a turbulent six months that included her divorce from Beenie Man, model turned Dancehall artiste, D’Angel still continues to prove that she’s one of the genre’s sexiest divas. Songs such as Blaze, Come Over amongst others have showcased that fusion of made-for-runway looks as well as lyrical dexterity, making her one of Dancehall’s most respected acts.

Though she did lose some popularity amongst fans since the divorce, she still hasn’t lost the qualities which made her attractive since her debut in 2005: Independence, beauty and intellect, all of which make her an interesting catch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Tiana – Perhaps the fastest rising female artiste in quite some time, Tiana not only made herself relevant within the Dancehall ranks, she asserted a strong presence in the industry. She made no stronger announcement as a potential superstar than with the release of Pum Pum Phat, a remake of Popcaan’s chart-topping smash, Ravin’. The risqué single showcased a hardcore, sexually appeasing side of the self-proclaimed “Princess of Dancehall” that fans never saw previously, making this curvaceous diva a household name.

Additionally, an unheard of 11 videos including Bruk Out and Whine and Gyal Mi Luv Yuh (featuring Konshens) as well her intellect; shown while making a defiant stance against what she described a ‘sexist’ music industry labeled her as a very reputable force. A deejay of the year candidate and upcoming superstar, her resume seemingly could include several more accolades going forward.

 

 

 

7. Pepita Little: Though currently out of a job after her recent release from the Television Jamaica (TVJ) show, Intense, it’s inconceivable to think that Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita won’t find her way back onto everyone’s television screen sooner rather than later.

For three years, her bubbly personality, easy-going approach to her hosting duties and a bust line that’s hard to ignore made her a popular figure within the industry. Additionally, she served as a backstage host on Digicel Rising Stars and copped a Youth View Awards nomination for Media Personality of the Year.

Despite her recent setback, Pepita has returned to spotlight in strong fashion with the release of her highly acclaimed debut single, Luv Luv Me. Given her versatility there’s no doubt that this is only the beginning of Pepita’s journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Timberlee: Sexy in two different personalities, posh and gangstress, Timberlee attracts several eyes and ears with her sultry vocals and class-personified physical attributes. Both personalities were on full display during her single on the female-dominated Bedroom Riddim with the single, Inna Mi Bedroom.

A shape to behold with confidence displayed in several singles such as Bubble Like Soup and Heels, Timberlee remains a sex symbol with her crafty word play and accompanying physical attributes.

 

 

 

5. Stacious: Similar to Timberlee, Stacious’ thought-provoking physique makes her easily identifiable figure within the local music industry. Often known for her pulsating singles and racy dressing in videos, Stacious earned comparisons to the “Queen of Dancehall,” Lady Saw, who rose to prominence for similar antics.

Additionally, Stacious’ lyrics back up said comparison as past singles such as Goodaz Clap and Make It Snappy as well as more recent singles like Come Into My Room (alongside Mavado) and Got It Like That.

 

 

 

4. Tifa: Perhaps the best at her musical craft amongst females, Tifa continues to dazzle fans, male and female, with her strong physical attributes while continuing to unleash smash hits. As her videos for Move Yuh Body and Get Flat proved last year, Tifa has a unique, classy fashion sense. Combine that with her no-holds barred lyrical display, and this prominent diva has stamped her authority on the Jamaican music framework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Ce’Cile: It’s hard to believe that Ce’Cile has been in the mainstream spotlight for over ten years now as she seemingly hasn’t aged. An obviously attractive and sensual persona made the singjay one of Jamaica’s musical stalwarts.

Never afraid to show off her smooth skin, Ce’Cile embraced the sex symbol status with videos like Hot Like We, Hot Like That and several others. Permanent eye candy in her own right, she continues to stay relevant within an ever changing Jamaican music framework; recently releasing the highly acclaimed album, Jamaicanization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Tami Chynn: Dancehall singjay, Wayne Marshall must feel like the luckiest man on Earth as he has the sensual songstress, Tami Chynn to proudly boast as his wife. Chynn never ceases to amaze onlookers with her natural beauty and heartwarming vocals.

Classic songs such as Over and Over, Hyperventilating and Certified Diva, featuring the aforementioned Tifa, had fans locked into her presence. An effervescent sense of style, class and wit made Chynn a very lovable figure. A musician, host or a part-time charity worker, Chynn’s place as an internationally-regarded superstar will forever remain. Plus, as she proved with Neva Know, she has some spice to her also.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Yanique Barrett: Jamaican music fans have only known her for a short time, but certainly there’s a long list of men who’ve surely kept this media personality on their watch.Debuting as host of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall in March 2011, Yanique Barrett quickly won over fans of the highly regarded talent show with her curvaceous figure, outgoing personality and several sexy dance moves. Now earning strong acclaim for her strong work and intellect, Barrett continues to spread her wings as a host/presenter as she also co-hosts E-Blaze on FAME FM as well as RETV 5 to 7 Live.The only sad part about this young starlet, for her male fans anyway, is that she’s already married. If you listen closely, the collective sighs from men can be heard worldwide.

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Patra targets summer return, to unveil new album

For several years, many Dancehall fans have wondered when one of the genre’s first ladies would ever make a comeback and why she disappeared from the spotlight. It appears now as if those questions have finally been answered.

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Dorothy Smith, more popularly known as Patra became of the genre’s first acts to garner international success, dominating the early 90s with hits such as Romantic Call, Dip and Fall Back, Scent of Attraction, as well as her chart-topping album, Queen of the Pack. She also collaborated with Grammy-winning Dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks in 1994 for the hit single, Family Affair which became a top 100 hit on the United States Billboard Charts.

Since then, Patra has made sporadic mainstream appearances; briefly returning in the early 2000s with two albums, The Great Escape (2003) and Where I’ve Been (2005). Now, after several years away from the public eye, Patra insists she’s back with a full force as she plans to release her new album this summer.

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Popcaan bemoans lack of effort within Dancehall industry

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Popcaan believes there’s something missing from the Jamaican music industry. But to him, the fact that Dancehall’s biggest superstar languishes behind bars is just part of the problem.

Popcaan gave a recent interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report which aired on Friday; talking about the state of Dancehall music without currently incarcerated superstar deejay and long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel. According to the Only Man She Want deejay, Dancehall lacks energy without its centerpiece attraction.

“Wid no Worl’ Boss around it a go have a different flavor to it because weh Worl’ Boss name? Vybz Kartel so automatically him bring vibes to di ting,” Popcaan said.

However, the self-professed ‘Gaza Prefect’ insists that a much deeper problem exists within the Dancehall community. According to Popcaan, too many artistes aren’t putting enough effort and dedication into making music as well as ensuring that their songs possess the quality and content required to strongly impact the industry.

“Certain artiste more relaxed now and dem nuh hungry fi di ting like one time so you know yuh a go have less hit songs. Di time weh dem wudda tek fi put into a song dem nuh really do it nowadays, most artistes don’t,” he said.

“Yuh cyaah just put out any song. Even if it no be a big hit it fi be a hit weh people can listen to same way. In order fi dat happen, the artiste dem jus’ haffi put out more work and good music fi di people dem.”

To Popcaan, the decline in quality Dancehall music has created a perception that the genre could soon become extinct and without Vybz Kartel in the picture, it adds substance to that premise.

“It shudn’t reach to a time when people a seh Dancehall music dead because with the history of Dancehall music in the past, the future shudda look more brighter. Without the Worl’ Boss around, yuh done know seh automatically it dim,” he said.

“At the end of the day Reggae music still stand out, old Dancehall still stand out….Sommen wrong with the artistes dem nowadays. Mi jus’ feel like dem nah do enough work. Artiste dem jus’ get comfortable.”

Nevertheless, Popcaan continues to flourish within Dancehall music as he continues to promote his recent hit song, Nuh Sell Out, produced by Fire Links. Additionally, he revealed that a new single produced by Supa Hype will be unveiled this weekend.

 

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