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Top 10 – Most polarizing figures in the Jamaican entertainment industry

In the last year, the most talked about entertainer in Jamaica, aside from Kartel of course, has been Alkaline.

From his tattooed eyeballs (though this has often been disputed) to the recent admission to bleaching his skin, the deejay has often drawn comparisons to the aforementioned Kartel in terms of his persona and controversial lyrical style. These elements have made Alkaline one of the most polarizing artists in today’s music industry.

But the entertainment industry at large has provided with several talented figures, whether in music, media or otherwise, who were just as controversial as they were successful, whether due to their persona, alleged incidents or lyrics/statements that made you raise their eyebrows. Here’s a look at the most polarizing figures within the Jamaican entertainment industry.

Honourable Mentions:

Jah Cure – A rape conviction as a teenager in 1999 threatened to destroy his career to and still stirs up talk to this day. However, advocacies for his release due to alleged inaccuracies with the case, the support he has received since rejuvenating his music career after being freed and family

Macka Diamond – Sex sells; that’s a fact which cannot be denied. However, in Macka’s case, she has gone above and beyond to promote her music; from her chart-topper, Dye Dye to having a man in a very compromising position in her Twist Me. Disagreements with some male and female artists, including Spice and Lady Saw get her an honourable mention here.

Isaiah Laing – The STING promoter and ex-detective within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has garnered controversy for disagreements with fellow entertainers with regards to ‘The Greatest Dancehall show on Earth.’

Anthony Miller – Regarded as one of Jamaica’s best journalists, Miller has a penchant for being one of the most controversial and flat-out hated figures in the industry, particularly if you watch his judging exploits on Digicel Rising Stars. His dismissive and blunt approach towards talents on the show combined with his hard-hitting weekly interviews on Entertainment Report.

Lady Saw – When you are widely regarded as the Queen of Dancehall, you are likely to garner as much criticism as praise throughout your accomplished career, with the likes of Tifa, Macka Diamond and Spice having taken issue with her in the past, while her risqué performance style and hardcore lyrics winning her plaudits and scrutiny simultaneously while issues within her on again-off again relationship with producer, John John have often played out in the public, leaving her subject to all sorts of reaction, particularly when his cheating exploits were chastised on social media by the Dancehall diva.

To the list…

Alkaline Dancehall10. Alkaline – We start this list with one of the more controversial newcomers to the music scene in recent memory and the inspiration behind this list, Alkaline.

His recent interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report summed up his persona through his two years in the spotlight – Unassuming, willing to do anything to have people talk about him and having an affinity for causing a stir. Having admitted to bleaching his skin was just the latest in a string of controversies involving the old boy from my alma mater (Ardenne High School), including an X-rated video for his debut, tattooing his eyes (allegedly), a lyric about his interest in anal stimulation, among other things.

His image and hardcore lyrical content have drawn comparisons to one Vybz Kartel, with some suggesting he should credit Kartel for paving the way for him and inspiring his persona. Alkaline continuously shoots down those comparisons as he aims to continue making his own waves in the industry. But at just 21, this artist may have only just scratched the surface when it comes to success and controversy in the music world.

Sean Paul9. Sean Paul – Undoubtedly one of the most successful Jamaican artists on the international stage ever, Sean Paul Henriques will always be highly regarded for the doors he helped open for Dancehall in the United States and worldwide.

His Grammy-winning album, Dutty Rock (2002) and collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé and Busta Rhymes have long been celebrated as breakthrough achievements for the genre and made him one of the bigger crossover stars of our generation.

But with that success comes scrutiny, particularly from fans in his native country, who have consistently accused him of ‘selling out’ and abandoning the Dancehall/Reggae sound that helped make him into  a global superstar in favour of more pop-oriented music; even forcing a hard-hitting response from the deejay at one point.

Though Shaggy can also be accused of the same shift, he hasn’t come close to the level of criticism levelled at Sean Paul throughout his career, perhaps because Shaggy was never considered a purely Dancehall/Reggae artist to begin with. Though some of the criticism is warranted, it’s also unfortunate as his work certainly helped raised Dancehall’s profile, both on the charts and in pop culture worldwide, all while endorsing his culture. Nonetheless, such a debate will always make him a polarizing figure in the Jamaican music industry

Mavado 20148. Mavado - One of the most celebrated Dancehall artists of the last decade, Bounty Killer’s ex-protégé won legions of fans through his hard-hitting lyrical content and wordplay.

However, he won just as many enemies as friends from the moment he entered, with his high-profile beef with former Alliance teammate, Vybz Kartel drawing worldwide attention considering the violent lyrical and physical exchanges between camps, with STING 2008 being the peak of their rivalry.

Once he and Kartel settled their disagreement for good in 2009, Mavado continued to score local hits, particularly his single, Come Into my Room featuring Dancehall diva, Stacious. However, he couldn’t stay out of his own way with a slew of off-stage incidents threatening to derail his career during that period.

With a desire to become more of a crossover act, the singjay, like LeBron James took his talents to South Beach by the turn of the decade, joining with DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group in 2011.

Though the move has seen him collaborate with hip-hop superstars such as Nicki Minaj, Akon and others, Mavado, who now lives in Florida, has earned Sean Paul-like criticism for ditching his original style to gain more acclaim. Despite the detractors, his mentor perhaps being the biggest one, he still drops his share of Dancehall tunes, but hasn’t found the same favour with Jamaican music lovers that he did previously.

D'Angel7. D’Angel – Perhaps no Dancehall diva in history has divided opinion more than this one, particularly due to her marriage to Dancehall legend, Beenie Man and the dramatic divorce that followed.

Her marriage to the ‘King of Dancehall’ caused consternation from the minute they said ‘I Do,’ dogged by allegations of infidelity as well as accusations she married the deejay to help boost her then emerging career. When the marriage ended, not even her teary interview with Winford Williams did much in terms of garnering sympathy from the viewing public as she was booed at various events she performed at following news of the split.

To this day, she remains a derisive figure to many music lovers, gaining lots of ridicule for her wardrobe malfunctions late last year, one of which landed her in hot water with STING promoters.

6. Tony Matterhorn – Unafraid of the repercussions from his often eyebrow-raising statements or songs, Matterhorn is certainly one of Jamaican music’s more controversial figures.

The sound selector turned deejay has garnered a reputation for being quite mouthy on the music circuit, mostly to draw attention to his much-lauded work, but in some cases, to simply irk his contemporaries.

After first garnering acclaim and controversy for his 2006 chart-topper, Dutty Wine, promoting one of the most talked about dance crazes since the turn of the millennium, Matterhorn has often exchanged words with some of the music’s most popular figures, including Bounty Killer, Twin of Twins, Mr. Vegas. Kiprich and others. He even caught heat earlier this year in an Instagram video in which he was wearing a wig, making his antics all the more hair-raising (couldn’t help the bad pun).

At least we can credit Matterhorn for being consistent with his persona as he always has tongues wagging with whatever statements he makes.

Yendi Phillipps5. Yendi Phillipps – She’s one of Jamaica’s most successful pageant winners and celebrated for her beauty and eloquence when speaking on several important issues, the latter becoming more evident during her current spell as a media personality.

With those accomplishments, you’d think the former Miss Jamaica World and 2010 Miss Universe runner-up would be as popular as former Miss World winner, Lisa Hanna. However, whenever Phillipps name is mentioned, controversy is somewhat attached and in all honestly, there’s no clear reason why.

Her much-publicized relationships with Asafa Powell and Daniel ‘Chico’ McGregor made her a target of rife rumour-mongering, with people accusing her of everything from infidelity to, in the latter case, over-publicizing her love life. With the announcement of her first child with McGregor came lots of mean-spirited comments, some even claiming that her deceased mother would be ashamed of her having a child out of wedlock. Other critics also point to her personality, claiming she’s far from the darling she appears to be in real life.

The criticism all seems baseless on the surface and fueled out of either jealousy, dislike or a similar emotion. But while she may be one of Jamaica’s most celebrated figures, she’s equally as polarizing for reasons that aren’t necessarily of her own doing.

Mr. Vegas 20144. Mr. Vegas – Always accused of being somewhat of a drama king by both fans and fellow artists, Vegas has found himself in the spotlight just as much for off-stage controversies as he has for his music.

Disputes with Sean Paul, Bounty Killer and I-Octane are well documented. But his biggest public squabble came after finding his ex-girlfriend and baby mother, Shellian McBayne with another man in his Florida home in front of Vegas’ daughter and going on an epic social media rant about the situation.

Initially, many thought Vegas was making the most of the situation for the sake of his career, doing a bevy of interviews, including this tear-jerker with HOT 97 and released a song chronicling the incident. However, after a recent video of the incident was released earlier this month, much of the criticism levied at Vegas initially turned to sympathy and even praise for not resorting to violence to handle the situation.

Still, his aforementioned squabbles within the music world have made him come across as petty, particularly when he claimed his recently-ignited feud with Killer started because he dated one of the Alliance leader’s exes while the Octane feud started because Vegas wasn’t too gung-ho about him being the closing act for Sumfest. His outspoken nature wins just as many detractors as fans, but with a new reality show on the way, he never seems too perturbed by the attention.

Beenie Man3. Beenie Man – Where do we begin with this guy? No doubt, the ‘King of Dancehall’ has earned his rightful place as one of the greatest deejays to ever pick up a microphone.

However, he surely knows how to agitate as much as he gets the ladies to gyrate to his songs. His feud with Bounty Killer could be a story within itself, his marriage to and eventual divorce from D’Angel, taking unnecessary shots at artists such as Shabba Ranks, Elephant Man and others in recent years, Beenie is constantly accused of being full of himself by detractors and a drama king in his own right.

He has been less of a fixture in the news in recent years as he focuses more on his career, but still ignites furious debate whenever he speaks.


Beenie Man2. Bounty Killer – You can never accuse the ‘War Lord’ of being shy. Matter of fact, the confrontational aspect of his persona has made Bounty one of the most revered and respected lyricists and entertainers of all time.

He could have his own list of feuds frankly (one compiled by yours truly a while back), with his issues with Beenie Man, and ex-protégé, Vybz Kartel well noted, while his penchant of speaking out against homosexuality and perceived slackness in Dancehall has made him both celebrated and disliked for being ‘badmind’ by his detractors, making him a lightning rod within the industry.

Allegations of ‘hammering’ one of his exes, gun charges and other off-stage incidents such as the fatal shooting of a friend of his ex-protégé, Mavado outside his birthday party in 2011 which triggered their feud, have made him the subject of conversation for the wrong reasons at times.

But, as said with Matterhorn, Bounty is at least consistent with his approach and refuses to change who he is for the sake of being liked. This is how Killer is. Love him or hate him, he cares not.

maxresdefault1, Vybz Kartel – Who else was going to top this list? Not only is Kartel the most polarizing figure in Jamaican music history, he may be one of the most controversial music stars worldwide considering his resume.

Captivating countless audiences with his world-class wordplay, song concepts and ability to set tones in his songs with various personalities, Kartel’s musical legacy will forever leave an impression on Dancehall music and certainly took the genre to another level. However, allegations including ties to lodges, alleged beatings issued at his former protégés and links to gangs long dogged the deejay and made him a hard figure to warm to.

More serious allegations, however, would come to his undoing as he was later charged and convicted for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams back in April. That conviction put a huge black mark on his musical legacy and perhaps validated the concerns his critics had towards him given what was levied against him in the past.

Even then, his most loyal of fans refuse to accept the fact the ‘World Boss’ will be imprisoned for at least the next 35 years, with some stunningly saying he should be released due to the fact the victim was not famous. As delusional as it gets.

He may be the greatest lyricist in the history of Dancehall, but he is also Jamaican music’s most polarizing figure by some distance.

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Mavado, Chronixx and Tessanne among 2014 IRAWMA winners

Mavado Nicki MinajTop Jamaican musicians, Chronixx, Tessanne Chin and Sean Paul were among the big winners at the 33rd International Reggae and Worl Music Awards (IRAWMA) which took place in Florida last weekend.

Chronixx took home a pair of awards on the night, including Best Song for Smile Jamaica and Best Music Video for Here Comes Trouble while Chin took home the Best Female Vocalist crown and Sean Paul was named Best Caribbean Entertainer.

Like Chronixx, Tarrus Riley took home a pair of honours, including Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer while Ziggy Marley won the Best Album award for his most recent album, Fly RastaShaggy and Queen Ifrika took home the honours of Best Male and Female DJ/Rapper of the Year respectively.

Other notable winners on the night were American Reggae band, Soja who nabbed the Entertainer of The Year and Best Reggae Rock Entertainer while Mavado won the Best Crossover Song award for Give It All To Me featuring American rap sensation, Nicki Minaj. Reggae stalwart, Capleton won the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award while Mykal Rose was one of three lifetime achievement award winners on the night.

Check out the full list of winners here.

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876-411 Review Show – Ishawna speaks out on Foota Hype and Chronixx upsets Lisa Hanna

Hey everyone and welcome to this brand new episode of the live, online Jamaican entertainment show, 876-411.

In this installment, we look at Ishawna telling all about her relationship with now ex-fiancee, Foota Hype as well as her alleged relationship with Downsound Records producer, Skatta Burrell. Also, we delve into the recent war of words between Reggae singer, Chronixx and Jamaica’s youth and culture minister, Lisa Hanna over the lack of a world class live music venue in Jamaica.

Visit the official 876-411 website for the latest news, videos and music within the world of Jamaican entertainment, sports and culture, whether at home or abroad: http://www.876411.com/

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IRAWMA Awards 2014

2014 IRAWMA award nominees unveiled

IRAWMA Awards 2014Universally acclaimed Jamaican singers, Chronixx and Tessanne Chin are two of the standout nominees for the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), set to take place at the Coral Spring Center for the The Arts in Florida on Oct. 4, according to reports Wednesday.

Chronixx scored four IRAWMA nominations, including the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Best Song for Smile Jamaica and Best Music Video for Here Comes Trouble. Chin, season five winner of American talent show,The Voice copped two nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year and the aforementioned Entertainer of the Year award.

Crossover stars, Sean Paul and Shaggy earned three nods each, with the former nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Best Caribbean Entertainer and Best Crossover Song (alongside Arash) while the latter scored nods for Best Song (Fight This Feelingalongside Beres Hammond), Best Album (Out of Many One Music) and Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper. Former Allianceteammates Mavado and Busy Signal also earned three nominations with both vying for the Best Crossover Song honor with Give It All To Me (feat. Nicki Minaj) and Bumaye (alongsideMajor Lazer) respectively and Best Music Video with Take It (feat. Karian Sang) and Bumaye respectively.

Popular newcomers Alkaline and Kranium represent Jamaica in the Best New Entertainer category along withDaniel Bambatta Marley. QQ, Jo Mersa Marley and Romain Virgo are among the nominees for Most Promising Entertainer while Major Lazer earned three nods, including Producer of the Year.

Meanwhile, Canadian Reggae fusion band, Magic! garnered a nod for Best Crossover Song for their Billboardchart-topper, Rude while Sanchez, Kevin Lyttle and Mykal Rose will all receive special honors at the event, the latter earning a Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can see the full nominations list for IRAWMA and place your votes here.

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876-411 Review Show – The Independence Day special

Jamaican flagWelcome to the newest installment of the live online Jamaican entertainment/pop culture show, 876-411. Hosted by Marc Brown.

In this special episode, Brown talks about some of the best songs ever made about Jamaica as well a Chronixx’s new album reaching the top (of Billboard) and Tessanne’s album declared a flop (by Yahoo!).

Check out my latest column on the Top 10 songs about Jamaica on DancehallUSA.com: http://www.dancehallusa.com/2014/08/top-10-reggaedancehall-songs-about-jamaica/

Check out this episode and more on the official YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPS4uRK1AT4kxvMNzD0_qA

#Jamaica #IndependenceDay   #Chronixx   #TessanneChin

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Chronixx 2014

Chronixx to appear on the Tonight Show next Tuesday

Chronixx 2014Prominent Jamaican singer, Chronixx is set for his first appearance on prime time American television as he is set to perform at NBC’s The Tonight Show on Tuesday.

The universally-regarded Reggae musician, who is currently in the final stages of the U.S. leg of his Dread and Terrible tour, will be appearing on the late night talk show, hosted by veteran comedian, Jimmy Fallon, to help promote his recently-released EP of the same name. The artist, whose real name is Jamar McNaughton, will be performing alongside his Zinc Fence Redemption band.

Chronixx’s Dread and Terrible tour began in Amsterdam on March 27, and has seen him perform in cities such as Munich, Dortmund, Berlin, Vienna, Paris and Stockholm. The American part of his tour kicked off on May 25 and has seen the singer make stops in New York, Florida, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Boston and Maryland, among other cities. His appearance on The Tonight Show precedes his closing show on the tour: Summer Stage at New York’s Central Park on July 26.

Prior to next week’s shows, Chronixx and his Zinc Fence band scheduled to perform at International Night 1 of Reggae Sumfest 2014 tonight. He is featured on a bill that includes Beenie Man, Jah Cure, Shuga and Jesse Royal as well as American singer, Jason Derulo and American rap superstar, Wiz Khalifa.

Meanwhile, Chronixx is set for several festivals across Europe throughout the remainder of the summer, including shows in France, Germany, Croatia, Spain, Slovakia and Denmark, with the European leg of the Dread and Terrible tour concluding on Sept. 6.



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Event: Best Of The Best Memorial Weekend Concert in Miami! – @BESTOFTHEBEST



Best Of The Best Entertainment, in association with, Rockers Island Entertainment andMassive B, will once again bring the heat to the streets of South Florida during Memorial Weekend (May 23 – 26), with several blockbuster parties and exclusive shindigs — all anchored by the city’s long running music, culinary and arts festival, Best Of The Best 2014.

This year’s big concert will be held Sunday, May 25th at Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) in downtown Miami and feature performances from a bevy of Reggae, Dancehall and Soca giants, including Beres HammondBarrington Levy and Cocoa Tea, alongside Tarrus RileyChronixx,Elephant ManSinging MelodyBunji GarlinEdwin Yearwood and Nature. Additions to the “100% Caribbean” lineup will be announced over the coming months.

Best Of The Best will be hosted by JabbaJamusaDJ RoyHollywood ButtaMikey Mike,800 BunjieEmpress YvetteRagashantiNikki Z and Ricky Platinum. Music by Massive B,Waggy TMetro MediaHypa SnypaDJ KMFergie N SpringerBashment KidJah Stream,Fire Redz and Juxy Fire.

Prior to the main event, Best Of The Best Entertainment will produce a star-studded Welcome To Miami pre-party on Friday, May 23rd at Madhouse/Cafe Iguana Pines (8358 Pines Blvd.) in Pembroke Pines. Following the Sunday show, all roads will lead to the Official BOTB After Party at Bayside Hut (3501 Rickenbacker Causeway). On Memorial Monday, May 26th, the promoters will sponsor a Celebrity Soccer Match at Fort Lauderdale Regional Park (3700 N.W. 11th Place).

The Best Of The Best franchise remains the country’s largest, multicultural, family-oriented festival, consistently welcoming thousands of visitors from urban centers around the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe. General Admission tickets for Best Of The Best 2014 are currently on sale for $37 while VIP/OPEN BAR tickets are on sale for $109. Both early bird deals available untilMarch 16th.


FOR TICKETS: Log on to www.bestofthebestconcert.com


FOR BOOTH/VENDOR INFO: Call 305.438.9488. Space Is Limited!



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Tifa 2014

Repeat winners, interesting performances dominate 2014 Youth View Awards

Tifa 2014If this year’s staging of the highly-touted Youth View Awards sounded oddly familiar to the 2013 edition, it did as several winners from last year’s show defended their respective honors on a largely entertaining show.

The National Indoor Centre played host to a somewhat revamped edition of the show Saturday night, including the addition of 44 nominees to 22 of the show’s 24 categories. In most cases, however, that tweak did little to sway the opinions of the young adults and teenagers who mainly vote for the show, given its focus around celebrating entertainers and media personalities they revere.

Performances were mostly lively throughout the night, with I-Octane’s in particular standing out, including a mixture of older and current hits in his set. Additionally, 17-year-old American singer, Zendaya was one of two special guests performing on the night, showcasing hits such as her breakout song, Replay, while another 17-year-old upstart, Samantha J performed her smash hit, Tight Up Skirt. But while performances were fresh and offered variety during the show, the awards results again followed trends set in past years.

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Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander celebrates the crossroads where Jazz and Reggae intersect

Monty Alexander

A Weeklong Lineup of Collaborative Shows at Blue Note Jazz Club

January 2014

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression.  This January, he will come to Blue Note Jazz Club to present a lineup of collaborative shows that combine the worlds of jazz and reggae in perfect harmony.

An award-winning artist, Monty Alexander has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, and Sly & Robbie, among others. To celebrate the breadth of musical genres his work has combined, Monty is proud to have assembled a diverse group of performers to showcase his evolution of sound.

Rocking Reggae Meets Jazz and Swing

 Monty Alexander’s weeklong showcase will preview on January 13th with a double-feature lineup.  The Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express will kick off the night with a release party and performance for their new release on Motema Records.  The Harlem-Kingston Express project combines two groups into one, seamlessly blending rocking reggae music with classic, acoustic jazz.

Afterwards, Caterina ZapponiBucky and Martin Pizzarelli, and Frank Vignola come together to present a lineup of jazz and swing-centric compositions.  In her career, the gifted multi-lingual vocalist Caterina Zapponi has explored music ranging from jazz and the American popular song to cabaret and musical theater.  She was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and has since performed at prestigious venues including New York’s Birdland, and The Blue Note, and internationally at the Verbier and Saint Barthelemy festivals.  Her recordings include the album Universal Love Songs, released by Inak Music in 2001, and the forthcoming Amorosa on Motema Music. Zapponi is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, and performed “A Song For You” for the film For the Love of the Game with Kevin Costner.

Bucky Pizzarelli, a legendary swing guitarist and banjoist, has performed with the likes of Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli and Benny Goodman over his illustrious career.  His son Martin Pizzarelli is an accomplished jazz double-bassist.  Guitarist extraordinaire Frank Vignola has performed with such legendary artists as Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis and Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal.

Monty returns to Blue Note with this double feature on January 21st to kick off his week-long lineup.

A Legendary Jazz Trio Unites

 From January 22nd – 24th, Monty Alexander will perform with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton; assembling one of the most legendary trios in all of jazz. They have worked together for over 40 years and have released many albums together, the most famous being “Live In Montreux,” one of the most celebrated jazz piano trio records of all-time.

A History of Reggae and the Music of Jamaica

On January 25th and 26th, the Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express will celebrate Jamaican music with special guestsErnest Ranglin, Jamaica’s legendary guitar master, and Chronixx.  Guitarist Ernest Ranglin’s sound defines the Jamaican sound for a generation of musicians. He has worked with Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, The Skatalites, and numerous other legendary reggae musicians.  Chronixx is the young Rastafarian artist whose rise in popularity over the last year has him being called reggae’s next superstar by many industry heavyweights.  Since the beginning of 2013, Chronixx has appeared on every major stage show in Jamaica, and is well-versed in the music business.  Chronixx was the ‘stage’ name his friends bestowed on him, replacing the name ‘Little Chronicle’ he was given as the ‘junior’ to his father, the artist Chronicle.

There are two shows each night throughout Monty Alexander’s lineup, and tickets are $20 at the bar, $35 for table reservations.  Doors for the 8PM show open at 6PM; doors for the 10:30PM show open at 9:45PM.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.bluenote.net.  Blue Note Jazz Club is located at 131 West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village.

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Miguel, Chronixx confirmed for final night of Reggae Sumfest 2013

MiguelTwo of the music world’s emerging superstars will be thrust into the spotlight at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay as American R&B singer, Miguel and Reggae sensation, Chronixx will headline International Night 2 of Reggae Sumfest 2013.

Miguel, whose hit single Adorn won this year’s Grammy Award for Best R&B Song will make his maiden trip to Jamaica for the show. Adorn, a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye’s classic single, Sexual Healing topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was the feature track on his successful sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream, released last September.

Also known for hits such as Sure Thing, Where’s The Fun In Forever and Do You, Miguel has been associated with Jamaican music before as Dancehall superstar, Konshens remixed his Adorn single last summer.

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Popcaan allegedly disses Chronixx in new song

ChronixxThe buzz surrounding emerging Reggae sensation, Chronixx has been overwhelmingly positive since he burst onto the music scene in 2012. However, a new single by popular deejay, Popcaan has brought forth a hint of controversy involving the young singer.

Popcaan recently released the preview for his new single, Killa From Mi Bawn, which is allegedly diss song aimed at former Portmore Empire colleague, Black Ryno following their much talked about confrontation at STING last December. However, a line in the Milla 9 produced song raised some eyebrows over the weekend as the Gaza deejay says, “Chu some p**** hear man seh di party buck dem tink seh we party nuff, Not even Selassie or Jesus cyah save dem when di bl******t 40 buss”

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Mr. Vegas

Mr. Vegas cops six 2013 IRAWMA nominations

Mr. VegasVeteran Dancehall/Reggae entertainers, Mr. Vegas and Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley lead the nominations list for the 2013 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), scheduled to take place May 4 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Vegas, who topped charts worldwide for his hit, Bruk It Down garnered six nominations including Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper, Best Song and Best Crossover Song while his critically-acclaimed album, Sweet Jamaica earned a nod in the Best Album category.

Marley copped five nominations of his own, including the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year as well as Best Song for his number-one hit, Affairs of the Heart.

Newly-established mainstream stars, Konshens and Romain Virgo earned four nominations including Most Promising Entertainer while Sean Paul and Third World copped the same amount of nods.

Grammy-winning Reggae singer, Jimmy Cliff is one of four acts with three nominations, includign one for Entertainer of the Year where he contends with the likes of Stephen Marley, Tarrus Riley as well as the aforementioned Damian Marley, Third World, Romain Virgo and Sean Paul.

Other notables include Chronixx, No Maddz and Tommy Lee Sparta, who were each nominated for Best New Entertainer, Lady Saw, who contests rivals Tifa and Macka Diamond for Best Female Entertainer and rap legend turned Reggae crooner, Snoop Lion who earned a nod for Best Crossover Song (La La La).

Meanwhile, former Jamaican prime minister, the Hon. Edward Seaga, famed producer, Donovan Germain and the first winners of the Best Reggae Album Grammy, Black Uhuru will all be receiving special honors at IRAWMA.

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Shaggy to launch new record label in Kingston

ShaggyGrammy-winning Dancehall/Reggae musician, Shaggy will be launching his newly founded Ranch Entertainment record label in his native Kingston on February 26.

The highly-revered entertainer originally launched the Reggae-fusion entity in 2011 and held a function commemorating this venture inside the Santos Party House in New York City last June. Now, Shaggy is set to host a Jamaican launch at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records restaurant on Tuesday at their weekly, Behind The Screen event.

Shaggy has been hard at work building the Ranch Entertainment brand ever since splitting from long-time manager, Robert Livingston and his Big Yard label following an 18-year stint. Many of his colleagues at Big Yard are working with the singer at his new outlet as they try to introduce new and veteran artiste to the mainstream market overseas.

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Chronixx collabs with Major Lazer on new mixtape, to release EP this April

ChronixxEmerging Reggae star, Chronixx has garnered his share of praise and accolades in recent months and seeks to continue that in 2013 as he is set to unveil his next major project.

The 19-year-old singjay, whose real name is Jamar McNaughton will unveil his debut EP in April, as he seeks to shy away from voicing Riddim compilation in favor of recording singles for his growing fan base. According to Chronixx’s manager, Brendon’ Barnz’ Sharpe, this is being done strategically so the entertainer can better promote his work as supposed to being promoted as part of a project.

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Mavado set for 106 & Park return Friday, to perform during NBA all-star weekend

mavado-khaled-montana-ace-hoodWith his stock continuously growing in the United States, Mavado will capitalize on his high demand in the country by performing on two big stages in February.

The highly-revered Dancehall singjay will return to BET’s 106 & Park countdown show on Friday, where he is scheduled to give a solo performance, according to long-time manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths. This will mark the second appearance for the ‘Gully Gaad’ on the popular BET show after appearing alongside We The Best Music Group CEO, DJ Khaled, label mate, Ace Hood and Bad Boy recording artiste, French Montana.

Reportedly, Mavado will premiere the official video for the single, On Top of my Game alongside Brooklyn-based rapper, Papoose on the show.

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