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Jah Vinci set to release debut album, ‘Ghetto Born’

Jah Vinci Ghetto BornReggae/Dancehall singer and former Portmore Empire standout, Jah Vinci is soon set to unveil his debut album, Ghetto Born, according to reports Tuesday.

The 13-track album features collaborations with the ‘King of the Dancehall’ Beenie Man on Don of all Dons as well as Reggae legend, Junior Reid on Unsolved Mystery. Ghetto Born mostly takes Reggae, Dancehall and crossover sounds, with songs speaking on societal issues as well as the trials and tribulations of inner-city life. A video for another single off the album, We Nuh Trust Dem will be shot in the coming weeks.

No official release date for Ghetto Born has been set, although it is expected to be unveiled in July. The album will be available on iTunes and all other digital outlets upon release.

Meanwhile, Jah Vinci recently toured the African country of Gambia and will be touring the Caribbean, Japan and Europe in the coming months.


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Beenie Man & Annie Khalid, the ‘Face of Pepsi’ release new single

Annie KhalidBritish/Pakistani singer & model, Annie Khalid is back with an infectious new pop song featuring the legendary Grammy Award winning Dancehall King, Beenie Man.

Boom Boom Danze is the catchy, upbeat and energetic dance track with a reggae twist that is looking set to be a big hit, with the backing of Annie’s army of fans worldwide, as well as introducing her to a new mainstream audience with the many Reggae & European club mixes also available.

Annie Khalid first made waves with her first single, Mahiya which spread like a virus throughout the Asian population worldwide before being picked up by leading Bollywood producers for the movie Awarapan when Annie was still in her teens. Since then she’s had worldwide success with a blossoming modelling career in which she became the face of Pepsi’s mass marketing campaign in Pakistan, resulting in Annie’s face appearing on millions of drink cans, bottles and billboards.

Annie has also worked on campaigns with leading hairstylists Toni & Guy and had the honor of being the first Pakistani artist to do an international campaign with European telecom giant Lebara MobileShe released the single,Be My Baby with internationally recognized dance DJ Judge Jules in 2010 and another single, Just 3 Words with chart-topping British boy band A1. Annie has also had the privilege to perform at the 2012 Emmy Awards in Norway.

Annie’s impressive music and modelling career thus far has enriched an army of fans, with a following of over 400,000 fans on Facebook and thousands more across the internet. Her eagerly anticipated forthcoming single Boom Boom Danze will officially be released on September 30th and features one of the Kings of the Reggae music world, Beenie Man, adding further buzz among Annie’s already huge and rapidly growing fan base. The single features a video shot in Jamaica with Beenie Man and has already had over 150,000 hits on YouTube, with the song being a dance floor hit in clubs across Europe.

Hot on the heels of Boom Boom DanzeAnnie Khalid has teamed up with British Asian super-producer Rishi Rich for the next single, Tujhe Yaad set to release in October. Annie is also in the middle of filming a BBC TV documentary, currently titled Annie Khalid…A Woman’s World, in which she profiles her own career so far and talks to other successful Muslim women looking to break down misconceptions.

Annie Khalid’s Boom Boom Danze featuring Beenie Man is available to pre-order from iTunes.

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reggae_by_the_seaAfter 4 years, Roots/Reggae artist Anthony B, returns to South Florida to celebrate the release of his latest studio album, “Tribute to the Legends.” On Saturday, Sept. 28th, right in the heart of Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, MasterOne Productions and Born Fire Music will present “Reggae by the Sea,” inside REVOLUTIONS LIVE (100 SW 100 St. Ft. Lauderdale, FL). Anthony B will be performing alongside some of his closest friends in the business.

Freddie Mcgregor, Beenie Man, Romain Virgo, Tydal, Fyakin, and Green House & Mixed Cultural Band will give South Florida an unforgettable musical experience. Doors open at 10pm and showtime kicks off at 11:15pm. Tickets are on sale now and available on Ticketmaster.com, MasterOneProductions.com, or at your local Caribbean ticket outlets. Music will be provided by Supa Sound, Waggy T of 99 Jamz, Shadow, and DJ Reem of Champion Squad.

Tribute to the Legends is a very personal album for Anthony B. With the help of MasterOne Productions and Trainline Records, he was able to pay homage to some of music’s greats such as, Ray Charles, Peter Tosh, Elvis Presley, and much more. “I chose to make a tribute album to show how much these legends influenced my music and my life. I think a lot of young people need to know where we are coming from musically and to help them be better in the future,” said Anthony B. The album is available on iTunes and can also be purchased at MasterOneProductions.com.

Revolution Live – Fort Lauderdale


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Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas and Wayne Wonder set for 106 & Park this Friday

Beenie Man, Mr., Vegas and Wayne WonderBET will be invaded by the black, green and gold this Friday as internationally regarded Dancehall superstars,Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas and Wayne Wonder are all set to appear on their 106 & Park countdown show this Friday.

This Caribbean Day themed show will see Beenie Man performing and premiering the official video for his single,Thug Love. The single, produced by Grillaras Productions and distributed by Zojak World Wide features prominent Dancehall/Reggae diva, Ce’Cile while the video was recently shot in the Jamaican parish of Portland.

This marks Beenie’s first appearance on BET since featuring on the island segment of the 2013 BET Awards which also featured Elephant Man, Chaka Demus and Pliers as well as Dawn Penn.

Fellow acclaimed Dancehall star, Wayne Wonder will also appear on 106 & Park where he is set to perform his classic single, No Letting Go while also promoting the video for his single, Caught Up the second single off his new album, My WayThis appearance comes as the singjay embarks on a European tour which sees him perform across venues in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, amongst other stops.

Mr. Vegas will also feature on the show while he embarks on a European tour of his own. The Bruk It Down singer recently joined forces with R&B/Pop superstar, Beyoncé for the single, Standing on The Sun, which marked another major step in his career. He is set to debut his new, 16-track studio album, Bruk It Down 2.0 on September 24, which features a soca remix of his Bruk It Down hit as well as Give It To Har,amongst other tracks.

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Beenie Man’s former song writer, Don Mafia makes waves with ‘Money Making Ting’

Don Mafia 2013Dancehall sensation and former writer for the ‘King Of The Dancehall,’ Beenie Man, Don Mafia has joined forces Manchester-based upcoming star with Gee Q to produce the long-awaited single, Money Making Ting, released earlier this month.

Over a short period of time, the two artistes have worked together to create a song that incorporates their message of ambition and correct state of mind, as well as showcasing their ability to make smash hits.

“This video, doesn’t discriminate, we wanted to show the masses dat everyone including you can make money, once yuh put yuh mind to it, so you will see different people from all walks of life in dis video.” said Don Mafia

The world-renowned Dancehall star, Don Mafia carved a name for himself in the music business with tracks such as Mafia World and Born a Man and his successful streak will only continue to grow steadily with the predicted success of Money Making Ting.

Rated by many key industry insiders, and no stranger to the Dancehall scene, Don Mafia, formerly known as Gringo, has written hit songs for the likes of Beenie Man and other notable artists.

According to a press release, the video for the single, Money Making Ting has amassed over 40,000 views under 48 hours. The video was premiered on Hype TV and has been in enjoying rotation on the FM airwaves.

Don Mafia and Gee Q, who are both signed to the KDNK Record Label, a fast-rising record label based in Manchester, have found middle-ground between their diverse vocal talents and are now ready to take on Jamaica and promote their hit single.

The rhythm for the song, Money Making Ting was produced by the extremely talented Zebby Lion, whose impressive work added another dimension to the song. Money Making Ting is the launching pad for Don Mafia and Gee Q and there’s sure to be many more impeccable songs on the way.

The music video was shot on location in England and recorded at KDNK , run by C.E.O Dexter McIntosh. Money Making Ting can be found on YouTube and other well-known musical internet platforms such as iTunes after the song’s official release.

Be on the look out as Don Mafia is ready to blaze a trail in Dancehall.

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Lady Saw, Beenie Man and Romain Virgo set for Reggae Sumfest 2013

Lady Saw at Reggae Sumfest 2012Patrons at this year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest will be treated to musical royalty as the ‘King of the Dancehall’ and ‘Queen of Dancehall’ have been added to the show’s lineup.

On Wednesday, Reggae Sumfest organizers announced that veteran deejays, Beenie Man and Lady Saw will perform at the 21st edition of the popular stage show, set to take place from July 21-27 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Both entertainers performed at the show’s Dancehall Night last year, with Sumfest organizers serenading Lady Saw with honors for her two decades of contributions to the music industry while officially crowning the Heels On singer as the ‘Queen of Dancehall.’

Additionally, Reggae sensation, Romain Virgo will return to the Sumfest stage following a successful Dancehall Night in 2012. Virgo comes off a highly successful 2012, which saw him drop hits such as I Know Better and Don’t You Remember; following that up this year with Cry Tears for You and Scary Movie.

These latest additions join an already star-studded lineup, led by Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter, Miguel as well as highly-touted Reggae star, Chronixx and Grammy-winning Dancehall/Reggae star, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley. All three will perform on International Night 2, the closing night of Reggae Sumfest (July 27).

Additionally, popular artists such as Tarrus Riley, Aidonia, Popcaan and Kiprich have been confirmed for the event.

Early bird tickets for Reggae Sumfest are now available online through Touchstone Ticketing, the official ticketing stub for the festival.

Reggae Sumfest is sponsored by Digicel Jamaica, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi and the Jamaica Tourist Board.


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Beenie Man set to appear on VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’

Beenie ManInternationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man will appear on the popular VH1 reality series, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta as he looks to put the finishing touches on a new single which could feature on the show’s soundtrack.

 The revered deejay will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday where he will link up with one of the show’s cast members, Karlie Redd to record vocals their collaborative single, Got The Draws. Redd, a hip-hop artist, model and actress reached out to Beenie about possibly doing the single and, through links with the deejay’s management teams in Jamaica and the United States, was able to secure his services.

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Another gay rights group targets Beenie Man, wants upcoming U.S. show cancelled

Prominent Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man can’t seem to shake off the pressure brought on by the LGBT community despite his best efforts as yet another gay rights group targets one of his upcoming shows in the United States.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Queer Humboldt organization staged a peaceful protest while attending Beenie Man’s show at the Ocean Grove Lodge in northern California. The gay rights group insisted that they were not trying to stop the show from proceeding, but wanted to educate Beenie Man and others about tolerance.

However, a new gay rights group, the Gay Liberation Network (GLN), has decided to turn up the heat on the ‘King of the Dancehall,’ demanding that Beenie Man’s show at The Shrine in Chicago be cancelled due to the Grammy-winning entertainer’s past remarks about homosexuals.

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Chris Gayle to record debut single

Following in the footsteps of teammate, Dwayne Bravo, fellow West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle will step into the recording booth as he plans his first single.

Just weeks after shocking the cricket world by leading the West Indies to the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka, Gayle will add musician to his list of titles as he will record his debut single to promote a new dance named after him, called the Chris Gayle Cover Drive. The dance was crafted by Jamaican dancer, Zinga after Chris Gayle continuously did the overwhelmingly popular, Gangnam Style dance during many of the West Indies’ matches throughout the tournament.

This comes over a year after Bravo recorded a single alongside Dancehall legend, Beenie Man and Guyanese singer entitled Badman Soca. That was accompanied by a track that Bravo and Beenie Man did alongside Guyanese singer, Timeka Marshall dubbed Beenie Man & Bravo.

Dancehall star, QQ will feature on Gayle’s track, which will be unveiled in November. Gayle will reportedly record his part of the song before heading with his West Indies teammates for an upcoming series of matches in Bangladesh. Additionally, fans can expect accompanying visuals for the single once Gayle returns to Jamaica as the video will feature many of Gayle’s teammates, including Marlon Samuels, Daren Powell, Wavell Hinds and the aforementioned Dwayne Bravo.

Zinga revealed that he’s currently creating dance moves in honor of Gayle’s teammates as he’s looking to craft a move dubbed Wave Dem for Wavell Hinds as well as Nah Laugh Wid Dem for Marlon Samuels.

Gayle’s exuberant renditions of Gangnam Style made him a YouTube sensation while in Sri Lanka as he paid homage to the dance move that has dominated the world scene since its unveiling last month. Gangnam Style, a song and move created by South Korean rapper, Psy has become one of this year’s biggest crazes, with the accompanying video accumulating a record-shattering 500 million views on YouTube.

Several Dancehall artistes have hitched on to this trendy dance as veteran deejay, Mega Banton went viral last month with his own rendition of Gangnam Style with Gangnam Badman Style. Elephant Man followed that up two weeks ago with his remix of the track, dubbed Badman Style.

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Ninja Man calls out Beenie Man for Shabba comments


A squabble has erupted amongst some of Dancehall’s patriarchs after recent comments made by Beenie Man in the wake of Shabba Ranks’ return to Jamaica.

Shabba Ranks returned to the island following an 11 year absence and was arguably the most dominant performer when he graced the Reggae Sumfest stage in Montego Bay for the first time since 1994. Shabba received a warm welcome from fans and industry players on his arrival; from being swarmed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to hanging out on the town with fellow artistes such as Aidonia and Ishawna before finally receiving his due honors following an epic Sumfest performance.

But not everybody was go-hung about Shabba’s return as fellow Dancehall legend, Beenie Man made some intriguing comments about Dancehall’s ‘Emperor’ as well as his place amongst Dancehall folklore.

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Mixtape Madd: MixtapeYARDY Musically Inclined DanceHall Mix 4

MixtapeYARDY Musically Inclined DanceHall Mix 4

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MixtapeYARDY rolls in the Summer with Musically Inclined Volume 4.
A musical explosion with some of the hottest Dancehall Riddims and songs for 2012.
Fully endorsed by one of Dancehall’s biggest acts Konshens,
the mix is loaded with some of the baddest riddims for 2012 like Money Box Riddim,
Summer Rave Riddim, Happy Daze Riddim, Overtime Riddim, Pool Side Riddim, Wet Up Riddim and more!

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  16. TIFA – HOLD ON
  52. MR.G – JIGGLE UP
  64. RDX – JUMP
  67. OUTRO

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2CD Set Includes This Year’s Biggest Hits from Sean Paul, Melanie Fiona, Popcaan, Konshens and Busy Signal & Damian Marley
The Series’ Most Crucial Songs from Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Sizzla, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond & Buju Banton
VP Records is set to release the 20th edition of the best-selling annual reggae compilationReggae Gold next week on June 26 with VP Records. This year’s two disc set offers double the hits.  The deluxe package includes a commemorative sticker and 15″ x 10″ fold out poster of the this year’s Reggae Gold cover girls.

The compilation’s first disc carries on the Reggae Gold tradition with the year’s most popularreggae hits. Highlights include Sean Paul’s latest single “She Doesn’t Mind,” Konshens’ chart-topping anthem “Gal A Bubble,” Jamaica’s hottest newcomer Popcaan’s “Only Man She Want” and four newly commissioned songs including Busy Signal’s “Kingston Town Remix” featuring Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley” (listen via Complex ), Tarrus Riley’s “Not Missing You” (listen to premiere on Large Up) Etana’s “Reggae” and Gyptian’s “Overtime.”

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Busy Signal – Kingston Town ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Disc 2 is a commemorative collection of Reggae Gold classic hits spanning the past two decades. The all-star lineup includes Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond & Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Sean Paul, Sizzla, T.O.K. and many other names that fans of the series have come to know and love.

The Reggae Gold series was launched in 1992 by VP Records and provides a round-up of each year’s most popular dancehall, roots & culture and lover’s rock hits on one go-to summer compilation.  Reggae Gold has consistently earned best seller status and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Chart, landed consecutively on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned a Top 20 spots on the Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop and Independent chart. Reggae Gold serves fans of both reggae and dancehall music by gathering the big names, trends and styles from the specific year into one timeless set.


1.   She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul
2.   Only Man She Want – Popcaan
3.   Yah Suh Nice – Potential Kidd
4.   Gal A Bubble – Konshens
5.   Cheater’s Prayer – Christopher Martin
6.   Come Over (Missing You) – Busy Signal
7.   Reggae – Etana
8.   Will I Wait In Vain – Iba Mahr
9.   Kingston Town (Remix) – Busy Signal ft. Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley
10. I Know Better – Romain Virgo
11. Do Sum’n – Konshens
12. Wine – Cham featuring O
13. Overtime – Gyptian
14. Like I Love You – Melanie Fiona
15. Not Missing You – Tarrus Riley
16. In My Arms – Beres Hammond

17. Terry Linen – I Look To You


1.   No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
2.   Hold You – Gyptian
3.   Temperature – Sean Paul
4.   Romie – Beenie Man
5.   Benz And Bimma – Bounty Killer
6.   When I Hold You Tonight – General Degree
7.   Heads High – Mr. Vegas
8.   So Special – Mavado
9.   Pull It Up – Beres Hammond & Buju Banton
10. Can’t Satisfy Her – I Wayne
11. Just One Of Those Days – Sizzla
12. It’s A Pity – Tanya Stephens
13. Below The Waist – Queen Ifrica
14. Healing – Lady Saw featuring Beenie Man
15. Footprints – T .O.K.
16. Down By The River – Morgan Heritage

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DJ SoupaModel turns up the style as she unveils ‘Ms. International’

Internationally renowned African producer and disc jockey, DJ SoupaModel seeks to showcase her unique sense of musical style as she’s unveiled her eagerly anticipated combination single, Ms. International.

Released digitally, via iTunes today, Ms. International features an ear-pleasing combination of sounds merged into a sole energetic effort that’s sure to win the plaudits of fans and industry players worldwide. For Ms. International, DJ SoupaModel enlists the  services of  several prominent artistes, most notably Dancehall legend, Beenie Man, who once again validates his enormous international appeal with a delivery and lyrical dexterity that’s sure to get his female fans in a frenzy.

Additionally, Ms. International features some of Africa’s best young talent as BET International award winner and Konvict Musik protégé, WizKid caters to the ladies with his edgy Dancehall sound while Nigerian-Sierra Leonean singing sensation, Di’Ja offers a soothing and sultry delivery fit for some of music’s biggest stages.

While each of these artistes provide fruitful contributions, it’s DJ SoupaModel who successfully blends these sounds into one tasteful mix as she showcases her highly touted producing and DJ skills on Ms. International.

A snippet of Ms. International, which was released on June 28, has already created a noteworthy stir within music circles, with over 40,000 views on popular video-sharing outlet, YouTube and according to DJ SoupaModel, the full version of her latest track promises to be, ‘bananas.’

Hailing as Africa’s first ever female disc jock and producer, DJ SoupaModel has become a fast rising musical threat as she’s previously teamed with past and present musical icons such as Earth, Wind and Fire, T.I. and DJ Khaled to name a few.

Ms. International hails as the second single off DJ SoupaModel’s upcoming studio project, Who Is DJ SoupaModel which will feature several artistes of different genres including Barbadian soca superstar, Rupee as well as highly-acclaimed Dancehall diva, Stacious and Dirty Money singer, Kaleena.

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DJ SoupaModel struts down music runway with ‘Ms. International’

Africa’s first ever female producer and disc jockey prepares to unleash her biggest project to date as she looks to prove herself as the Motherland’s ultimate ‘Soupa Model.’

Also known as Kehinde O, DJ SoupaModel has been s student of the music game for quite a while. Born in Tucson, Arizona to Nigerian parents, DJ SoupaModel developed an affinity to make music as she sought to make history from the moment she delved into music profession in 2004. Since then, the Washington DC based producer and her label, Music Boulevard Group has collaborated with some of music’s elite acts, past and present such as Earth Wind and Fire, T.I., T-Pain, DJ Khaled and B2K to name a few.

Now DJ SoupaModel looks to showcase her undeniable versatility on a higher level as she’s teamed with the King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man,  the crown prince of the dancefloor and Konvict Musik, WizKid and Nigerian-Sierra Leonean singer, Di’Ja on the new track, Ms. International.

Fans, music lovers and media alike have been bursting in anticipation for Ms. International, the second single off DJ SoupaModel’s new album, Who Is DJ Soupamodel. With a pulsating beat and its ability to create a surreal live experience for listeners, Ms. International is the African disc jock’s greatest achievement to date as she successfully meshes the energetic vibes of Dancehall that Beenie Man and WizKid create with the soulful, sultry voice of Di’Ja who adds spice to the record.

Ms. International is set for digital release via iTunes on July 3 as DJ SoupaModel has released a snippet of her soon to be unveiled video of the track to satisfy the building appetite fans have for this top-notch effort.

“We are pleased to have a snippet release for all the fans and listeners! Brace yourself!” she insists.

Additionally, DJ SoupaModel has unveiled a VLOG video, taking time to talk to her fans about the Who is DJ SoupaModel project which will also features Barbadian soca superstar, Rupee, Kaleena from Dirty Money and highly regarded Dancehall diva, Stacious. The video also gives great insight into the remarkable journey of this African Queen.

Ms. International looks likely to be a mainstream master class as DJ SoupaModel struts confidently down the runway to success.

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Beenie Man retrieves United States work permit

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man will finally return to a U.S. stage after his work permit to the North American country has been officially reinstated.

Despite being issued a United States visa last summer, Beenie Man has yet to perform at an event in the country since his work permit was revoked by the Embassy of the United States in Kingston over two years ago. As a result, the self-professed King of the Dancehall was unable to perform on BET’s 106 and Park alongside Trinidadian-American hip-hop megastar, Nicki Minaj as originally scheduled this past April.

However, Beenie Man will perform at the first ever Groovin’ In The Park concert on July 1 at Roy Wilkins Park in the New York based borough of Queens. CEO of Groovin Inc. Christopher Roberts announced that Beenie Man will be a headliner at his company’s upcoming event while expressing glee regarding the prominent deejay’s retrieval of his American work permit.

“I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the Dancehall king, Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year’s ‘Groovin In the Park’ concert on July 1,” Roberts said in a statement.

“Music fans in the tri-state area have been waiting for a very long time for the opportunity to see Beenie Man perform live here in the USA again. I am glad we were instrumental in making it happen for the fans. Beenie Man is an extremely talented entertainer and we are happy that he will be again able to showcase his talents on stage in New York.”

Groovin’ In The Park will also feature Reggae legends, Beres Hammond and Jimmy Cliff as the show honors three nations celebrating milestone independence anniversaries this year: United States (236) as well as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who will both be celebrating golden anniversaries this year (50).


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Xyclone creating a storm within Dancehall

It’s often hard for upcoming artistes within any genre to breeze through the industry given the many hurdles that must be faced. But for emerging Dancehall star, Xyclone, he’s stormed through the genre’s circles with impactful results.

Born Roje R. Robinson, Xyclone had an affinity for Dancehall music from a young age; a love which seemed genetically inclined given that his father, Peter Blacks hails as the iconic disc jockey of the Reggae Vibrations sound system in Philadelphia, PA.

After years of trying to perfect his craft, Xyclone soon caught his big break after meeting up with veteran Dancehall megastar, Spragga Benz who had been instrumental in the rise of fellow Dancehall superstar, Assassin. Xyclone recalls his meeting with Spragga Benz in 2007; a meeting which helped build their chemistry off-stage before ever working together on it.

 “We were watching a movie, The Black Wall Street to be exact. I never forgot that night, it was December 26th, Sting night and the artist did a eat some vegetables and beans. And wi did a reason about the plot of the movie’ nothing music, just a reason like we knew each other for years,” he said.

From there, it was all systems go for Xyclone’s career as he then signed to Spragga Benz’s highly regarded Red Square stable, which features other bright up-and-comers such as Briggy Benz, Tajji, Bad Gal Bambi and Kemmikal. As a member of Red Square Tropical Heat Productions (RSQTHP), Xyclone has brought along his writing, producing and engineering abilities to the table, immediately showing his multi-faceted traits.

After showing his potential on track such as Champagne Life and Not Again (Fake Friends) in 2010, Xyclone quickly ascended within Dancehall’s ranks the following year as he unveiled several noteworthy tracks such as Nuh Frighten Wi, Back It Up and It’s My Earthstrong which showed his potential to successfully garner support within the underground ranks as well as in the clubs.

In 2012, Xyclone has asserted his presence even more with tracks such as Money & Girls as well as Baddest? Explain Dat, a song which took lyrical shots at fellow up-and-comer, Masicka while also showing off his strong vocals and proving himself as a worthy threat within the industry.

All of his attributes have led to Xyclone performing alongside many of Dancehall’s best including his mentor, Spragga Benz, Beenie Man, Demarco and Mavado. Additionally, he’s worked with several noted producers such as Llamar ‘Rif Raf’ Brown (Notice Productions), Bobby Chin (Black Chiney), and Red Square’s own Survivor Slim who also hails as one of his managers along with Roy Fearon.

Having secured a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance, Xyclone has shown himself a full-rounded person who can achieve great things away from the microphone.

With his resume’ boasting several commendable accomplishments, Xyclone looks to continue his run towards superstardom.

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Jamaica’s ‘Chocolate Bunny’ keeps hopping on to greater ventures

Often when seeking celebrities to admire, fans look for a famous person who’s also a model citizen. In the case of Nahtasha Budhi, she embodies the true essence of both a top model and citizen that young women can pattern themselves after.

Dubbed as the Chocolate Bunny, the Jamaican-born Budhi has become one of the island’s most visually appealing pop culture figures, showing off her beauty in shoots from Los Angeles to Rome. But well before the cameras began taking still shots of her sultry brown skin, she was standing on the set of Ring Ding, the classic children’s television show, co-starring alongside legendary Jamaican poet/folklorist, Louise Bennett in the 1970s.

A then four year old Budhi got her first taste of the bright lights and from there, she never looked back. Starring in internationally acclaimed films such as Shattered Image and The Last Run, Budhi stuck to her Jamaican roots through starring in highly successful movies such as Dancehall Queen where she played the role of Dorothy.

For Budhi, starring alongside Dancehall icons like Beenie Man, Lady Saw and Chevelle Franklin was an honor for her and hopes to perform alongside them in future ventures.

“I’ve ‘kicked it’ with all these wonderful people, who I grew up with as friends and always expected the joy of being able to create magic with.  It will be my greatest pleasure, to someday perform with these amazing Jamaican artistes, on an international arena.  They have shown me so much love,” she said.

Her experiences with overseas films have also helped her profile a great deal and she credits her first agent, Cecelia Burrows as a major factor in helping her land these roles.

 “I must thank my dear friend and first agent, Jamaican Cecilia Burrows – Big up red dread!  I would have never landed those roles, without her literally shoving me in front of every major producer or casting director that visited the island.  The exposure that I got, gave me a chance to have an amazing resume that got the attention of a lot of major players in Hollywood, that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  I’m grateful for those hits and strive every day to land even bigger roles,” she said.

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Bounty Killer claims Beenie Man apologized for money

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer won’t let his long-time rival, Beenie Man live down his decision to issue a recent video statement in which he tried to bury the hatchet with gay and lesbian critics who have long bashed his lyrical content.

Beenie Man responded to recent comments from Bounty Killer criticizing his perceived apology while implying that he sold out his beliefs by making this move. The self-professed King of the Dancehall steadfastly denied apologizing to the homosexual community, insisting that his purpose for the video statement was to ask gay, lesbian critics to stop holding lyrics from his younger years against him. Additionally, Beenie Man took shots at the Alliance leader, claiming that Bounty Killer should have been talking about a performance in Amsterdam in which he claims fans left before the self-proclaimed War Lord took the stage.

However, Bounty Killer refuses to back down; taking to Twitter to refute claims by Beenie Man that Jamaican artistes will see an increase in overseas shows, in part, because of his video statement.

According to Bounty Killer, he would not have done the same thing if put in such a position and that Dancehall music has helped boost Jamaica’s stance on homosexuality; intimating that artistes should not back down from said stance regardless of the possible financial implications.

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Beenie Man denies apologizing to homosexuals, fellow artistes react to video

The Jamaican music community has been buzzing since the release of a video statement by Dancehall legend, Beenie Man last week in which he confirmed his stance regarding gay and lesbian critics who’ve long hounded him throughout his career with regards to lyrical content.

Last week Wednesday, the self-professed King of the Dancehall unveiled a YouTube video via the Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival’s official page in which he insisted that he had no personal issues with homosexuals and respected all human beings. He also urged gay and lesbian critics to stop attacking him for songs he did two decades ago which contained controversial lyrical content addressing the issue of homosexuality.

Beenie’s apparent apology to homosexuals drew the eyre of his long-time rival, Bounty Killer who tweeted several statements criticizing the move, one of which read, “Your view is your view, everyone have the right to their opinion. Giving an apology simple mean you stoop to their level and have second thoughts of your opinion, so simply you never believe in your opinion from first.”

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Beenie Man publicly addresses gay rights critics

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man has publicly confirmed his stance regarding gay and lesbian critics who have continuously criticized him throughout his prestigious career.

In a video posted via the official YouTube page of Rototom Sunsplash, the self-professed King of Dancehall issued a statement regarding the flack he’s received from gay and lesbian rights groups while explaining his personal stance regarding those communities. Citing recent problems while trying to secure work, Beenie Man made it perfectly clear that he has no personal issues with homosexuals.

“Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race, regardless of which religious belief you have, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gays and lesbians,” he said.

According to Beenie Man, the growing tension between himself and the gay/lesbian community stems from songs he did dating back to the early 1990s, when he first became a household name.

“Do not fight against me for some songs I did 20 years ago,” he said.

“There is no one in this world is the same as they were 20 years ago, I know I am not. I was a kid and I come from Waterhouse, which is a small community. I never know what the world is like and what the world is all about. But now I know that people live in this world that live their life differently from my life. I still have to respect and love human beings.”

Beenie Man isn’t the first artiste this year to publicly address this issue as Reggae superstar, Sizzla Kalonji rubbished claims of promoting violence against homosexuals in his songs.

Beenie Man was one of several Jamaican artistes to sign the Reggae Compassionate Act in 2007, an agreement created to dissuade entertainers from using homophobic lyrics in their music.

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Vybz Kartel and Corey Todd to resume business partnership

Almost a year after severing business ties due to controversial circumstances, incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel and prominent American entrepreneur, Corey Todd are set for a reunion.

According to IRIE FM, the former business partners will be reuniting to carry out a recent business deal that was agreed to between the two parties. According to Todd’s publicist, Claude Mills, both Kartel and Todd have agreed to unveil several products, including the revival of Street Vybz Rum.

Additionally, it was revealed that Todd and Kartel have been exchanging letters since the Portmore Empire deejay was arrested and later charged with murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges last fall.

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Bob Marley’s family unhappy with MOJO Magazine snub of Reggae legend

The family of legendary Reggae singer, Bob Marley remains surprised by a stunning exclusion of their prominent patriarch from a recent list by an established British magazine. However, they won’t let it negatively affect the aura of his music.

Last week, British based music magazine, MOJO Magazine unveiled their Top 50 Reggae albums of all time in honor of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012. The list was filled with many surprises, most notably the declaration that Roots Reggae and melodica legend, Augustus Pablo possessed the greatest two albums of all time with East of the River Nile topping the list followed by his collaborative album with iconic engineer, Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock entitled. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown.

However, the glaring omission for MOJO Magazine’s list was that no album from Reggae’s most accomplished superstar, Bob Marley made the cut; particularly Exodus which was named TIME Magazine’s best album of the 20th century while making the top 50 of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 albums all-time. It also comes as a surprise given that most of Marley’s chart success came in the United Kingdom.

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1st Quarters Riddim shows is game for success in Dancehall

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae producer, Tony ‘CD’ Kelly has proven his sharp eye for quality and talent once more with the release of his newest compilation, the 1st Quarters Riddim.

Known for being instrumental in propelling the international careers of artistes such as Sean Paul, Patra, Shaggy and Beenie Man to name a few, Kelly has released a new Dancehall Riddim combining the exploits of established and upcoming acts. The Grammy-winning producer, known for launching pad projects such as The Unda Wata Riddimand Buy Out Riddim looks to score similar success as he features several acts affiliated with his label, K..Licious Music Group.

K..Licious recruit, Malica Martin stamps her authority on the Riddim with two singles that have already resonated well with Dancehall admirers. In particular, Malica’s sensual collaboration with Dancehall icon, Beenie Man entitled Reminisce has garnered strong notice and positive acclaim as her singing exploits are introduced to the mainstream. Additionally, Malica showcases her prospects as a solo artiste with her sultry single, Best He Ever Had which has earned the Florida based singer encouraging feedback.

Other members of Tony Kelly’s label have also given strong accounts of themselves on the 1st Quarters Riddim such as prominent dancer turned deejay, Mystic with her sumptuous single, You & I in which she also shows off some singing prowess. Furthermore, young singjay, Dre Zee displays his hybrid skills in Good Girl Gone Bad while Italis shows his hunger for success with Money.

Not to be outdone, several renowned artistes grace the 1st Quarters Riddim with their own musical personalities as diamond-selling Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Shaggy collaborates with newcomer, Shaki on the song, Anything whilehighly acclaimed songstress, Denyque delivers on Kelly’s production with All About Us. The compilation also features contributions from veteran deejay, General Degree, Future Fambo and newcomer, Notch.

1st Quarters continues a strong return to the spotlight for Kelly, who’s produced hits since the turn of the decade such as For You Eyes Only (Shaggy featuring Alaine) and the Winners Riddim.

The 1st Quarters Riddim is currently available for download online and a mix of all the songs from the compilation are available on YouTube.

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Visa issues cost Beenie Man performance with Nicki Minaj

Just a day before the highly anticipated return of Beenie Man to an American stage, issues regarding the prominent deejay’s visa have once again come of the forefront.

Beenie Man was set to perform alongside Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj on BET’s 106 & Park in New York on Tuesday. The duo were scheduled to perform their new hit collaboration, Gunshot, the first single off Minaj’s new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which will be unveiled on Tuesday.

However, Beenie Man’s management team now claims that the iconic Dancehall artiste cannot meet his performing obligation on the BET show. The ‘King of the Dancehall’ does not own a work permit but does hold a visitor’s visa, which he received last summer and seemed in a good position to carry on with his performance.

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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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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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Bounty Killer issued March court date, plans funeral for ‘Miss Ivy’

Prominent Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer faces an emotionally daunting next couple of weeks as he prepares for two major events in his life.

On Monday, the Alliance leader hosted a nine night in his home community of Seaview Gardens in Kingston to celebrate the life of his late mother, Ivy Williams aka Miss Ivy, who died late last month following an illness. The nine night was attended by several of Bounty Killer’s peers, including Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Kiprich and, most notably his long-time rival, Beenie Man who all offered condolences and words of encouragement to the ‘War Lord’ during his time of mourning.

Now, media reports been confirmed that the funeral service for Miss Ivy will take place on Sunday March 18, though no venue and time has been offered as yet. On Wednesday, Bounty Killer again paid tribute to his late mother, acknowledging what would have been her 72nd birthday, via Twitter.

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Beenie Man, fellow artistes support tribute event for Bounty Killer’s mom

An array of Dancehall and Reggae superstars turned out to support industry giant, Bounty Killer at a tribute event dedicated to his late mother.

Bounty Killer held a nine night on Monday in honor of his mother, Ivy Williams aka Miss Ivy, who passed away last week Sunday at the age of 71 following an illness. The wake, which took place in Bounty’s home community of Seaview Gardens in Kingston featured appearances from several prominent Jamaican artistes such as Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Richie Stephens, Bridgez, Richie Stephens and Elephant Man, amongst several others.

Perhaps the biggest name, however, on the list of stars that appeared at the nine night was Bounty Killer’s long-time rival, Beenie Man who offered condolences and words of encouragement for his on and off friend as they remembered Miss Ivy.

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Bounty Killer, fellow artistes to pay tribute to “Miss Ivy”

Internationally regarded Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer and his industry peers look to honor the life of the Alliance leader’s late mother while continuing to mourn her sudden death.

Ivy Williams, more popularly known as Miss Ivy died at hospital on Sunday after suffering from an illness. Bounty Killer announced his mother’s passing, via Twitter on Sunday morning and on Tuesday, spoke publicly about his handling of this tragedy since it first happened. Additionally, several industry compatriots, including long-time rival Beenie Man and Dancehall diva, Spice publicly reached out to the “War Lord” to publicly offer their condolences.

Now, Bounty Killer has re-released a song originally recorded in 2005 in honor of his mother entitled, Mama’s Love.

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Bounty Killer staying strong since mother’s death, shares memories

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer continues to deal with the emotional fallout following the death of his mother. However, the prominent deejay says that he’s getting through the pain.

The Dancehall world was shocked on Sunday morning when Bounty Killer announced, via Twitter that his mother, Ivy Williams, more affectionately known as Miss Ivy passed away on Sunday morning. Williams died in her sleep following an illness and had reportedly been battling cancer in recent times.

Since the announcement, a slew of Dancehall superstars, including long-time rival, Beenie Man, Dancehall diva, Spice amongst several other artistes have publicly shown support for Bounty Killer during this tragic time. The Alliance founder, speaking publicly for the first time since his mother’s passing, expressed his appreciation to friends and fans who have reached out to him in the last 72 hours.

“The love and support I’ve been receiving is immense. Globally people are showing they care, especially my fans on Twitter and Facebook and all the other networks.  I know people love me and my mom but it was so surprising to the amount,” Bounty Killer told the Jamaica Observer in a BlackBerry message.

Having mentioned his mother several times in his songs, including the classic clash song, Miss Ivy Last Son, Bounty Killer spoke fondly of his mother’s undying love and ability to descend calm on a turbulent situation.

“Every moment spent with her was memorable and amusing. Ask anybody that knows her she is the greatest mom and not just for me but for everyone that ever come in contact with her,” he said.

According to the prominent deejay, he will cherish of his late mother’s attributes, including her ability to teach and advise him and his siblings. However, there’s one memorable piece of advice that Bounty Killer received from his mother that he will forever hold dear to his heart.

To know that there is a God and there isn’t anything that faith cannot fix,” he recalls.

Williams left behind eight children as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was 71 years old.

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Artistes, fans reach out to Bounty Killer in wake of mother’s death

The Jamaican music industry collectively mourns a day after Ivy Williams, the mother of Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer passed away.

Williams, more affectionately known as Miss Ivy died in her sleep early Sunday morning following an illness. It had been reported that Williams was battling cancer for some time prior to her passing. She was 71 years old.

Bounty Killer announced his mother’s death, via Twitter on Sunday morning; shocking the Dancehall/Reggae fraternity.  Though the Alliance leader has yet to speak publicly about his mother’s death since that announcement, Alliance Next Generation manager and long-time business partner, Cross Cris intimates that the deejay remains distraught since hearing the news.

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Bounty Killer to regain U.S. visa?

Could legendary Dancehall artiste and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer, become the next major Jamaican entertainer to get back his United States visa? By all early indications, it might just be a matter of time.

Various media outlets are reporting that Bounty Killer will regain his U.S visa later this year, in time to possibly perform across stage shows in Miami, New York and Connecticut to name a few. Reportedly, several arrangements are being made by the prominent deejay’s camp as they seek to reinvigorate his international status.

Additionally, it’s said that Bounty Killer’s associates have reached out to overseas promoters and radio personalities in anticipation of his soon-coming arrival. Also, there’s talk of the self-professed “War Lord” and long-time rival, Beenie Man performing together at festivals should Bounty be re-issued an American visa.

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Are Beenie Man and D’Angel back together…again?

Just days after reports emerged of a possible reconciliation involving American pop sensations, Chris Brown and Rihanna, it seems as if Dancehall’s most enigmatic power couple may be following suit.

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstars, Beenie Man and D’Angel have endured public ridicule and scrutiny since the latter artiste filed for divorce last summer following a rollercoaster five-year marriage. Both deejays have fired occasional salvos in each other’s direction since the divorce proceedings were publicized, with D’Angel’s former boyfriend, Bounty Killer even weighing in on their break-up, leading to the re-ignition of Beenie’s long-time rivalry with the “War Lord.”

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D’Angel to release new novel, biography

Prominent Dancehall diva, Michelle Downer, more popularly known as D’Angel will unveil an in-depth novel involving a girl, two guys and a lot of relationship drama. But it’s not the threesome you might be thinking of.

D’Angel will unveil her debut book, Love Triangle in February, a book already dubbed “the most controversial dancehall novel.” The book marks the first part of a two-book deal with Pageturner Publishing House as she will also release an autobiographical entitled, Break Free later this year, which will talk about her many successes and controversies on and off stage.

Love Triangle talks about three contrasting individuals, Dylan, Brandy and Malcolm involved in a steamy back and forth relationships. According to D’Angel, via press release, her new novel is far from PG.

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Spice Celebrates New Single with R&B Superstar Mya

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It’s a New Year and dancehall sensation, Spice is on a brand new page as she releases three fresh tracks to jump start 2012. An international collaboration tops the list as Spice adds a dancehall reggae flavor to the track Take Him Out.

Take Him Out, is a featured single on Grammy winning recording artiste, M`ya’s new album, KISS. The R&B sweetheart is as equally excited about the song as her guest performer, Spice. The anticipated club banger tells the tale of a relationship falling apart, a story females can definitely relate to say’s Spice. The music video is currently in post production and will be launched in both Jamaica and the United States next month. The American singer has always been a fan and supporter of reggae music evidenced in the Billboard hit, Girls Dem Sugarwith Beenie Man.

Spice has started off the year on a high, with nominations from the Jamaica Star and Youth View Awards, a total of five nods. She dominated last year with her mega hit, Jim Screechie that scorched the airwaves for weeks on end. The summer song, Fun that features, music hit maker, Missy Elliot was also in high rotation. Spice is now on to a Brand New Page as the title of her new, one drop release suggests. The deeply conscious and soul searching ballad shows her versatility; a far cry from Ramping Shop. Ramping Shop was a monster hit, this single made its way on to the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Charts.

Catering to a broad cross section of fans, she is prepared to deliver for all tiers. Her third release, Gyal a Chat is expected to be an overnight sensation on the hardcore dancehall scene. This track is clean yet exciting, full of life and colorful, reminiscent of the early nineties where fun poking songs rocked the out door sessions on the pepper-seed among other rhythms.

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Beenie Man calls for truce, ends feud with Bounty Killer

Any lingering effects from the recently re-ignited war involving Dancehall superstars, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer won’t carry over into 2012 given that the former of the two deejays has decided to call a truce.

Beenie Man called an end to the long-standing feud between himself and the self-professed “War Lord” on Friday after claiming that his disagreement with Bounty Killer stemmed from a desire to see his biggest rival return to prominence. This stance comes three weeks after Beenie was resoundingly defeated by the Alliance founder at the Diamond Splash event in Negril.

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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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Bounty Killer wants to clash Beenie Man for free, still has love for Kartel

Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer has spoken out about his two biggest rivals within the industry; rubbishing claims from one while showing concern for another.

Bounty Killer appeared on CVM’s OnStage this past Saturday; addressing recent comments by Beenie Man where the “King of the Dancehall” accused the “Grung Gaad” of sabotaging him after agreeing to host a joint event. Beenie Man gave an interview earlier on the show, telling Winford Williams that he and Bounty Killer had a deal to stage an event at the Ewarton Sports Complex in St. Catherine on New Year’s Eve after they both agreed not to perform at STING 2011.

However, Bounty Killer denied claims that an agreement was ever reached; insisting that Beenie Man should have addressed STING promoter, Isaiah Laing’s disparaging comments about them in a stronger fashion. Additionally, he implied that Beenie Man is running from a potential confrontation at Jamworld.

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Beenie Man claims Bounty Killer sabotaged him, defends not performing at STING

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man has given a more detailed explanation of why he won’t perform at STING 2011; blaming the show promoter as well as his greatest rival for not appearing this time around.

The Grammy-winning Dancehall star gave an interview on CVM’s OnStage on Saturday night; explaining his reasoning for declining an invitation to perform at the 28th edition of STING. Nearly two weeks ago, Beenie revealed that he would not grace the Jamworld stage in Portmore, St. Catherine due to comments STING promoter, Isaiah Laing made during a recent television interview. Additionally, Beenie said that he was surprised that Bounty Killer accused him of running from a potential clash at STING despite the two making plans to restore the show’s aura after a disappointing 2010 edition.

Speaking from Spain, where’s he’s on a European tour, Beenie Man intimated that he decided not to perform at STING 2011 from last year given how Laing continued to discredit he and other prominent artistes who made the event popular. According to Beenie, he’s never received the respect he deserved from Laing for building up the show.

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STING promoter claims Beenie Man will show, says Kartel wanted Aidonia clash

The head organizer of the popular Dancehall stage show, STING, has high hopes for his product this time around; bringing it back to basics.

Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, gave an interview on CVMTV’s OnStage this past Saturday where he outlined the events that will take place at STING 2011, scheduled to take place on December 26. The 28th edition of STING features a “Rumours of War” theme where several Dancehall acts are scheduled to engage in lyrical clashes. This marks a stark contrast from STING 2010 when no clashes were set and internationally-acclaimed Dancehall artistes, Mavado and Vybz Kartel were notable absentees; triggering the lowest turnout in the show’s history.

Laing conceded that not having Kartel and Mavado at STING last year hurt his product while claiming that the show’s change from its clash nature caused it to lose some credibility. However, Laing intimated that several artistes approached him to engage in clashes as an effort to revive the show’s atmosphere.

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Beenie Man out of STING 2011…unless Laing apologizes

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall artiste, Moses Davis, more popularly known as Beenie Man will be a notable absentee from this year’s edition of the popular STING stage show.

With STING 2011 almost sure to miss fellow established deejay, Vybz Kartel, due to his current legal troubles, Beenie Man announced on Thursday that he would not participate in the stage show. STING 2011 will take place on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.

In a press release, Beenie Man publicly chastised STING 2011’s main organizer, Isaiah Laing for remarks made about him whilst appearing on a local television show. The Let’s Go deejay intimated that he would not perform at the stage show unless received a thorough explanation regarding Laing’s comments.

“How (Isaiah) Laing fi go pon TV and mek dem speech de say we ah old artistes and caan do nothing fi him show. Him no respect the dancehall veterans who help to build the industry in no way. Every year, him attempt  fi disrespect we in some way, and mi not doing Sting this year unless Laing come explain to me what him mean by ‘old artiste’. If Bounty waan a clash, him haffi link me at some other show,” he said.

Additionally, Beenie Man revealed that long-time rival, Bounty Killer and fellow deejay, Elephant Man asked him to perform at a show their organizing for New Year’s Eve. However, the prominent Dancehall artiste claims that Bounty accused him of running from a possible lyrical clash at STING 2011; accusing the “War Lord” of sucking up to Laing.

“Killer and Ele come to me up at Suzie’s and say which part we ah go keep our show. Mi check it out and did a plan fi use Jamalco inna Clarendon and do the show on December 31st. And now mi hear Killer ah say mi a run from clash but mi fraida Killer, mi nah run, and mi will clash him at another show apart from Sting. Killer bow too much, look how easy him mek Laing bring him in and ah use him fi bring mi in,” Beenie Man said.

Despite his grouse with Laing, Beenie Man insisted that he still believes STING is a great showcase for younger artistes to announce themselves on a mainstream level. However, he believes that while they are promoting growth artistes on the come-up, they’re disrespecting veteran artistes.

“Sting is a good show and we need it fi continue fi help buss the next generation of artistes, but mi just no like how dem treat the artistes who inna the industry. Look how me and Killer ah do clash song and ah build a vibes and him come pon TV and just kill the clash song dem right inna the middle of the promotion, and den him ah come draw back fi we after him dun diss we. Mi caan deal wid it no more, Beenie Man said.

Last year, STING had two notable absentees from their stage show when Vybz Kartel and his former rival, Mavado were no-shows for the event; triggering a low turnout. The launch for this year’s show took place at the Wyndham Hotel on Wednesday.

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Ity and Fancy Cat show set for early return in 2012

Following a recent announcement that the Ity and Fancy Cat show would be returning for a fifth season, fans may not have to wait long to see the popular comedic duo back on Jamaica’s airwaves.

This past Saturday on RETV’s 5 to 7 live program, one-half of the comedic pair, Alton “Fancy Cat” Hardware revealed that the duo considered cancelling the skit-laden series that made its debut in April 2008. However, due to mass amounts of fan support and feedback, he and Ian “Ity” Ellis were persuaded to bring back the Ity and Fancy Cat show for at least one more season. Additionally, Ellis intimated that next season’s show could feature some puppetry as well as a variety of new ideas.

Now, as a pay back to all their fans that convinced them to keep alive the Ity and Fancy Cat show, Ellis hinted that the fifth season of the comedy series could begin airing in the first quarter of 2012, with more plans for the second quarter as well.

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