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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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New Artist Spotlight : Briggy Benz – Red Square

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Being an enthusiastic fan of dancehall from an early age and identifying dancehall artists Spragga Benz and Cham as his musical inspiration, upcoming dancehall artist Briggy Benz is determined to be an icon in the dancehall industry. Dubbed as the off spring of veteran dancehall dj Spragga Benz, Briggy is resolute on revamping the vibe of dancehall music marketing himself as a hardcore dancehall artist with talent and versatility. Briggy was first introduced to the dancehall scene in 1999 when mentor-Spragga

Benz collaborated with him and fellow Red Square companions to voice “Gi Wi Dem” on Ward 21’s rhythm. Though the song received fair amount of airplay on radio stations locally, Briggy did not gain the recognition he hoped for. While embarking on his musical journey, earlier in his musical career

Briggy succeeded in voicing for several top dancehall producers such as Don Corleon and Rennaissance.

Taking a break from the center of dancehall happenings, Briggy spent the last few years evaluating the current dancehall industry. Briggy’s evaluation of the dancehall industry helped him to identify weak areas of his musical career and also pointed to areas that he could capitalize on. Briggy’s observation lead him to conclude that the talent of many young dancehall artists continues to go unrecognized resulting in the same musical sounds and ideas on contemporary dancehall rhythms. Mr. Benz also observed that dancehall is yearning for new talents with emerging ideas and lyrics. Still determined to gain success in the dancehall industry, Briggy understands that in order for him to overcome the obstacle of favoritism and bias he has to strategically position himself as a cutting edge dancehall artist- an artist that has a unique musical style and image. Even though Briggy is centering his musical approach on uniqueness and talent, he has never re-defined the concept of hardcore ultimately resulting in him recording hardcore dancehall songs that are appealing to an international audience.

In pursuit of his love and passion for music, Briggy has returned to the dancehall industry with what can be considered a bang. Never drifting from his musical roots, Briggy continues to be a member of the Red Square Crew while in the same breadth setting himself as a solo act. Briggy’s most recent projects involve him voicing on two of dancehall top rhythms namely Belated Earth Strong and Audacity produced by Delly Ranx and Riff Raff respectively. Briggy’s two latest songs “My Life” and “Never Lame” are doing well on the local and international scene. With the rotation of both songs on various radio stations, the artist is confident that there is still a space for young dancehall talents with the fans despite the reluctance of radio disc jocks and sound system selectors to promote the talent of young artists. Making strides to achieve his musical objective, for the Christmas season Briggy urges dancehall supporters to look out for the “Bun It” rhythm which will feature more hot songs from him and his fellow Red Square Crew colleagues. Also, Briggy is confident that for 2012 and beyond him and fellow Red Square crew members will bring back the substance, talent and versatility to dancehall music.

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Kartel returns fire at Shabba?

Popular deejay Vybz Kartel seems to be returning lyrical fire at Shabba Ranks after many speculated that the veteran’s latest None of Dem song was taking lyrical aim at the Portmore Empire leader.

In None A Dem, Shabba takes aim at persons in the dancehall who have not respected the veterans who have inspired and motivated them. He explains that he has been in the business for 30 years and is still here. In the song he deejays, “How can you not rate who come before yuh/yuh a gwaan like a yuh come bout yah, come mek music big.”

He also deejays, “None of dem nuh bad like Shabba Ranking/none of dem nuh tough like di Ranking/stop dat one deh and ask him/ if him nuh imitate di great Shabba Ranking/unnu can stop dat fool deh and ask him/if him nuh imitate di great Shabba Ranking/cause dem a brag and boast/and is a shame/an dem nuh add up to wha dem proclaim/wid dem likkle house, dem likkle car, dem likkle, chain dem likkle name.”

Now, Vybz Kartel in his recently released Nuh More Dan Mi, he deejays in the song’s intro, Hey bwoy doan pass yuh place/ nuh even look/ yuhcome a huff an puff like yuh evilous/ a bruk yuh bruk but in God mi trust/ mi nuh frighten fi people.

Lines such as: Yuh bright an yuh feisty mi set di trend/ mi nuh follow fashy monkey mi set di trend and Mi buss 2000, eleven year pass/ mhm bwoy get a hype how long dem ago last also seem to be in response to Shabba’s stop dat one deh and ask him/ if him nuh imitate di great Shabba Ranking/ unnu can stop dat fool deh and ask him/ if him nuh imitate di great Shabba Ranking lyrics in None of Dem.

Kartel even goes further to deejay, Mr Badmind yuh nuh like how di gal dem a seh Addi a my time now/ yuh fi guh siddung yuh step up inna age now/ a gaza a gaza a run di stage now/ dis anuh 90s everything change round/ weh yu a guh wid yuh analog brains now/ me a di encyclopaedia an yuh caan touch a page yow/ move wid yuh chalk an yuh slate now.

Vybz Kartel recently raised eyebrows when he said that he would no longer be recording counteractions, war, gun, and ‘badman’ lyrics in his songs.

Efforts to reach Vybz Kartel for further comment on the issue were unsuccessful.

Source: Jamaica Star

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Ziggy Marley will be releasing a graphic novel – “Marijuanaman”

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Based on a character conceived of by Ziggy Marley, written by Man of Action Studios  and illustrated by Jim Mahfood, Marijuanaman promises to shatter all expectations — this is not the comic you think it is! The oversized deluxe hardcover graphic novel tells the tale of a noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet.

“Marijuanaman represents the hope of the future… the hope that we will utilize all of the power that the universe has given us to save our planet,” Marley explained.

“Ziggy’s given us a great concept to go nuts with,” stated Casey. “This book goes beyond just being a comic…this book is an experience.” He’s a founding partner of Man of Action Studios, which will produce the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man animated series premiering in 2012 on US cable channel Disney XD.

Mahfood adds, “Ziggy Marley is a visionary. Marijuanaman is not going to be what people except it to be.” He has worked on Clerks (with filmmaker Kevin Smith) and on Spider-Man books for Marvel, among other comics.

Marley’s newest and fifth solo album, Wild and Free, will release along with Marijuanaman this spring.

Based on a character conceived of by Ziggy Marley, written by Man of Action Studios  and illustrated by Jim Mahfood, Marijuanaman promises to shatter all expectations — this is not the comic you think it is! The oversized deluxe hardcover graphic novel tells the tale of a noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet.”Marijuanaman represents the hope of the future… the hope that we will utilize all of the power that the universe has given us to save our planet,” Marley explained.

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Reggae star pulls out of Raggamuffin festival

Jamaican reggae/dancehall artist Sean Paul will not be performing at Rotorua’s Raggamuffin festival this weekend.

With less than a week before Raggamuffin 2011 opens at the Rotorua International Stadium, concert promoters have announced that Paul will no longer be part of the line-up.

Paul will not be replaced, but the remaining major acts will play extended sets.

The line-up now features international artists Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, The Original Wailers and Ky-Mani Marley. Kiwi musicians include Che Fu and the Krates, Nesian Mystik, Sons of Zion and 1814. Che Fu and the Krates replaced Salmonella Dub who were part of the original line-up.

Paul was one of the international artists in the line-up for Raggamuffin 2011.

However, he didn’t perform at the Australian Raggamuffin festivals in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne last week but promoters told The Daily Post on Thursday he would still be performing in Rotorua. They have since announced he wouldn’t be part of the festival.

Promoter Andrew McManus said it was with great regret that he announced Paul would not be performing in Rotorua.

“We are as much disappointed as I know his fans will be,” Mr McManus said.

It has been reported that Paul tweeted on his Twitter page after missing the Australian concerts “This msg is 4 all my Australia peeps!!! I’m extremely upset that I couldn’t make it 2 raggamuffin.I am sorry”.

“4 reasons beyond my control I couldn’t make it. Truss mi if thing were diff. AUSI AUSI AUSI RRR”.

Mr McManus said even though Paul wouldn’t be part of Raggamuffin 2011, the line-up would still be impressive.

“However, we know that Raggamuffin fans will not be disappointed in the event. It remains a huge line-up.”

The 10-hour music festival is expected to attract a crowd of 30,000 people and promoters are expecting it to be the best Raggamuffin to date.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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Mp3: Konshens – Show You -La Familia Riddim

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Mp3: Munga – Goodaz

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Mp3: Gyptian – Wah do dem

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Mp3: Busy Signal – Nuh Fraid – Produced by Anju Blax and T-Jean Bennett

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Mp3: Vybz Kartel – A like That (Minor Riddim)

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Mp3: Beenie Man – Wine and Guh Down

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Tony Matterhorn – Wah Come Fu*k

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MP3:Harry Toddler – Move Around

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Video: Alaine – You Are Me

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Alaine’s ‘You are Me” is the first release off her 1Thirty1 Record label.

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Gyptian – True Love Is Hard 2 Find / Righteous One

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Tarrus Riley shines in Europe and US. Nabs RMAA Nomination

Reggae Singer and Songwriter Tarrus Riley ended his 2009-2010 Europe and North America ‘Contagious’ tour on a high note closing with a sensational set at the 17th annual Bob Marley Movements Caribbean Festival in Miami, Florida.

After a successful leg in US and Canada late last year, the artiste resumed his album title tour this January through March making waves in some thirty cities across France, Belgium, London, Sweden, Spain, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Germany as well as completing stints in California and Florida. His first extended set in Europe, while the cold whistled and howled outside, Riley warmed patrons up with some sweet music on the inside, “With Tarrus Riley you can always expect to hear ‘feel good music’…music with a meaning as well as music that uplifts the spirit and soul and I delivered just that. The set list had a great mix of material – hits from the previous albums including ‘She’s Royal’, ‘Lion Paw’ as well as current material from the Contagious album including ‘Start Anew’, ‘Love’s Contagious’, ‘Human Nature’, ‘Living The Life of A Gun’ among others. The crowd was highly responsive at each venue and you could see that they were visibly tuned in, singing along with us word for word and really enjoying themselves.”

Performing to sold out stops each night across Europe including Ghent in Belgium, the Sapphire Club and the Brixton Academy in London, Stockholm in Sweden and the U- Club in Wuppertal, Germany, Riley who was joined by rising Reggae stars I-Octane, Duane Stephenson and the Blak Soil band led by saxophonist extraordinaire Dean Fraser, then travelled to the US where they were well received  at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, The Catalysts in Santa Cruz, the Arcata Theater in California amongst multiple additional venues before Riley capped things off as a headline act at the Bob Marley Movements Caribbean Festival. “The North America stops were also really great this time around…Still a bit chilly but definitely not as cold as Europe” said Tarrus. “We were concentrated this leg towards the West in California then headed South to Florida whereas the last time we touched a bit of everywhere including Canada, Rhode Island, New York, Virginia etc. We again brought the best of our positive vibes spreading the message of positivity, unity and love through good, clean music.”

And while Riley was covering significant ground on his international ‘Contagious’ Tour, he was also making a clean sweep at local award presentations as well as receiving international nods and securing top spots on international music charts. At the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) he copped the Cultural Artiste of the Year as well as won the Best Cultural Artiste category at the local Youth View Awards. Following this, Riley’s laurels continued with recent nomination for top “International Reggae Artist” at RMAA (Reggae Music Achievement Awards) which will be held in Toronto, Canada on June 12, 2010 as well as he celebrates the number one spot for his album ‘Contagious’ in Canada on Galaxie TV Satellite Channel (Bell TV, Rogers TV, Videotron TV, MTS TV, Sasktel TV, Shaw TV, Telus TV).

A stellar first yearly quarter sealed by sold out tours and significant wins and nominations, Riley who is now back on the ‘Rock’ says he will resume writing and recording new material as well as continue to push his Contagious album which has been doing very well internationally, “I enjoy writing and making music. That process never stops…I love what I put out and the people love what we put out so we always have to keep it fresh and keep it going.”

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SHUT ‘EM UP! – ‘Too much freedom in the name of creative expression’


DECLARING THAT Jamaica’s music has died, producer Mikey Barnett says the Government needs to restrict freedom of expression if the society is to survive.

“The Government has failed in its role to protect the society from itself – meaning artistes of today. There is too much freedom in the name of creative expression,” Barnett told a recent Gleaner Editors’ Forum.

Barnett argued that the Govern-ment had allowed a small societal sore to turn into gangrene before trying to fix it.

He said the decline in Jamaica’s music is going to be impossible to address because the State allows everyone to freely express what he or she wants through areas such as music.

However, the director of public prosecutions has said freedom of expression is not the problem.

Paula Llewellyn told The Sunday Gleaner that it is inertia and lethargy on the part of many citizens which is the root cause of the problem.

“Everybody is guaranteed – under our Constitution and by virtue of being a human being in a civilised society where principles of democracy hold – freedom of expression,” Llewellyn said.

“Too many of us are afraid to rock the boat, in that we do not wish to be singled out as pointing out that the content of a song like Informer Fi Dead can undermine the moral fibre of the society and help to inculcate fear in respect of doing your duty if you have witnessed wrongdoing or a breach of criminal law,” Llewellyn told The Sunday Gleaner.

Last week, Barnett told a Gleaner Editors’ Forum that he did not support dancehall music because of what it stood for. He charged that the music bred violence and spewed profanity throughout the society and should be controlled through legislation.

“It is a lack of political will that has caused this, because whenever they (legislators) attempt to put in law, people say you are stifling their creative expression, and so they back off,” Barnett said.

In defence of his stance, the music producer said persons should not “defend creative expression at the risk of destroying the society”.

“We have to make up our minds whether we want freedom of expression for everybody, or a controlled situation to protect our children,” Barnett said.

However, Llewellyn argued that people should be more cognisant of lyrics and be willing to speak up against transgressions. She said Jamaicans should respect each other’s right to freedom of expression but “be prepared to indicate that the particular lyrical content of a song is not appreciated”.

Llewellyn’s position has the backing of Senator Warren Newby, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports .

No role to play

He argued that the State should not infringe on a person’s freedom.

“If an adult decides that slackness is his or her form of entertainment, I don’t think the State should get involved to say ‘You can’t listen to that’. If he pays to go into a venue that is sanitised from the general public and wants to listen to slackness in that venue, then the Government has no role to play in that matter,” Newby said.

He added: “What needs to be emphasised in today’s Jamaica is the role of parenting. People must take personal and social responsibility.

“We must empower communities and the parents to take greater care of the socialisation of the children so in the event that they hear music that is not wholesome, they know not to gravitate towards it,” Newby said.

Via: Daraine Luton Jamaica Gleaner

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We apologize for the inconvenience, due to a drastic increase in web traffic  our servers crashed and we had to upgrade our servers, we would like to thank you all for the increase in traffic and we look forward to you crashing the servers again so that we can upgrade again, simply a sign of growth. Please bear with us as we try to get the site back up to its full potential.

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One island, two Jamaicas and a ‘whole heap’ of difference

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Jamaican society can be divided along class, language and culture lines. It’s rich vs. poor, English vs. Patois and uptown vs. downtown.

Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti, producer Micah Fink and director of photography Gabrielle Weiss examine the public debate that erupted earlier this year when graphic Dancehall music lyrics and images were banned from Jamaica’s airwaves. The public responses reveal the legacy of two Jamaicas dating back to the country’s slave history.

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Aidonia – Jamaica Originates – Chapter 1

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Mavado – “Sweetest Time”

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The Universal Cure’ hits #1

‘The Universal Cure’, Jah Cure’s first recorded album since his release from prison, has been topping local and international charts. Currently ‘The Universal Cure’ is number one on the New York and South Florida charts and is steadily climbing to the top of the Jamaica Music Countdown charts.
With first Caribbean release ‘Hot Long Time’ featuring Jr. Reid, Flo Rida and Movado released as early as 2008 and a major hit with the US listenership, ‘The Universal Cure’ is also riding several overseas charts, peaking at the #2 spot on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.
Lead single from the album ‘Call On Me’, featuring the sexy and talented Phyllisia, has become a smashing success, easily one of the biggest and best reggae lovers’ singles for this year. ‘Call On Me’ hit the pinnacle of several local and overseas charts.
As the album crosses boundaries with Jah Cure’s live representation touring islands, countries and cities, the soulful singer was a huge hit in Freeport, Bahamas recently.

When Jah Cure hit the stage at 5:00 am with his backup singers and AN.TI.DOTE band, Bahamas couldn’t get enough of him. In fact, they reluctantly let him go at 7:30 am after he performed all their favourite tracks, with allowances from the police to go on for thirty minutes more. The Cure was joined on stage by Phyllisia for their collaborations ‘Mr. Jailer’ and ‘Call On Me’.
The Bahamians loved every minute of the Live Sound Entertainment production, dubbed ‘Universal Cure’. Clearly a celebration of his name, freedom and great music.
Bahamas was just one of the singer’s many island hopping and continent landing to promote his first album since ‘Freedom Blues’, fresh with new tracks.
‘The Universal Cure’ shows no signs of pulling up…unless it’s the Jamaican term to play again…and again…and again. The world wide web played ‘The Universal Cure’, an iTunes and most hot hitting sites friendly album features ‘Call On Me’, ‘You’ll Never Find’, ‘Journey’, ‘Sticky’ and ‘Mr. Jailer’, among several other great tracks.

Known for topping several charts over the years, the classic hit maker first hit big with ‘Divide And Rule’ and then while behind bars recorded and released several singles, many of which topped the charts. ‘Jamaica’ produced by Danger Zone Entertainment and ‘Longing For’ both hit #1 on the charts and were awesome international successes.
Cure’s first album, ‘Free Jah’s Cure’, was recorded in jail and later released in 2001, one year after his incarceration. In 2003 Beres Hammond produced Jah Cure’s second album, ‘Ghetto Life’, which featured the single ‘Divide And Rule’ featuring Sizzla. Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/freejahscure

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Wayne Marshall; ‘Payola mashing up the business,’

marshallwDancehall artiste Wayne Marshall has voiced the opinion that payola (pay for play) spans 80 per cent of the industry and silences talented artistes whilst supporting Chris Blackwell’s view that Jamaica’s golden era of music is finished.

“Payola is very prevalent part of the business now,” said Marshall who is in the Alliance group of artistes headed by Bounty Killer. “Money is all over the place on the charts, the radio stations … payola is all over and that contributes to the stagnant nature of the business.”

Payola had the effect of supporting the claim of Blackwell, who founded Island Records and was responsible for marketing reggae icon Bob Marley to the world.

“A foolish record will get played and pushed if a man has money behind it. So that is the record you will hear everyday, so Chris Blackwell will be thinking, What the hell (happened) to this music, man? The golden age is gone because the new number one record would be off-key in certain parts, the content has nothing significant,” he said.

Interestingly, 54 of the Top 100 Jamaican songs from 1962 are songs made in the 70s. The list was released in April by a panel of musicians and cultural officials led by the University of the West Indies.
The reggae-centric chart was dismissed by some, as it contained less than five dancehall songs. Others charged it reflected the declining quality of music.

Payola has long existed in the industry, but there isn’t any way to test the prevalence of this clandestine activity. Marhsall estimated that “80 per cent of the industry” operates on it. His evidence is the “stagnant” quality of popular music along with his insider knowledge. He said that songs may get airplay without pay in sections of the media but not others.

“A great song can get pushed by 60 per cent of the media without any money. Then the other 40 per cent is thinking…that the reason that it was played was due to money,” he said at the ongoing 34th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association in Jamaica. “Payola is so prevalent, they are thinking that (others) are getting paid to play it and say, ‘me nah go play it unless me get money’, and then a good record suffers.”

Marshall added that the industry is about money, “it’s not about talent again”.

He said that good artistes get pushed to the bottom of charts and excluded from prime time radio. “You have a lot of artistes out there that buss dem brain with good content, songs, melodies but never get the light of day because they don’t have the juice to even burn 5,000 CDs to put out.”

He added: “But if you do the research you find that this man has a big drugs man behind his career and him pay people and get plenty favours. If you aren’t talented it wont last but then if the money can last then (he will).”

His caveat was that artistes must support media in various ways outside of payola in order to influence play. Instead of pay for play utilise other models.

“I am not saying artistes should not support media. Because TV and radio play an important role in getting us out there. So if I feel like for all the work the media have done for me, I will give you a Christmas show or a gift, okay.”

source:Steven Jackson ( Jamaica Observer)

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The music of Jamaica includes Jamaican folk music and many popular genres, such as mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, reggae fusion and related styles. Jamaica’s music culture is a fusion of elements from the United States (rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul), Africa and neighboring Caribbean islands such as Trinidad calypso) and Soca. Reggae is especially popular through the international fame of Bob Marley. Jamaican music’s influence on music styles in other countries includes the practice of toasting, which was brought to New York City and evolved into rapping. British genres as Lovers rock and jungle music are influenced by Jamaican music.





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Mavado – “Dancehall’s New King?”


dhusacover-1What is considered a king of dancehall? So far there have been kings such as Bob Marley, Shaggy, The self proclaim king himself Beenie Man and questionably Dutty Cup’s own Sean Paul. Can Mavado live up to these expectations… we ask that question.

David Brooks aka Mavado hail from the streets of Cassava Piece in Kingston Jamaica is the hottest thing in dancehall right now. Known for his melodic vocals his music has crossed borders that most Jamaican artists dream about. Collaborating with the likes of 50 cent, Busta Rhymes and also recording on a Kanye West track for Jay Z’s  forth coming album the Blueprint 3, with this international success he is undoubtedly the hip hop voice of Jamaica.

With his current hit single “so special” receiving crazy airplay on American radio and his new album “Mr. Brooks Better Tomorrow” climbing the billboard charts he has cemented jam-packed shows in the UK, that also featured Serani, Bugle, Chase Cross and Alliance selector Boom Boom, Mavado moved on to his first-ever European Tour Visiting 6 countries for 9 shows in 10 days across the continent, Mavado has been met with nothing but love, underlining the international appeal of his music and message.

“The response everywhere we’ve been has been mad,” said Mavado. “Paris was the first show and it was crazy, the venue was packed and the crowd sang every word. It set the tone for the rest of the tour which has just been more of the same.”

dscn0089 Traveling by day and performing night after night, Mavado has so far blazed through France, Belgium, North and South Italy and across Switzerland, and will finish up with shows in Germany, Holland and US.

Whilst every show has left the crowd in rapture, perhaps the most poignant appearance was in Zurich, Switzerland, the city where his Father was killed over 3 years ago. Mavado got the chance to meet with some of the elder Mr. Brook’s friends, who knew him as “King” and to cap off a memorable visit Lee Scratch Perry, who is based in Zurich and was also a good friend of Mavado’s Father, attended the show.

With all these achievements and accomplishments and ongoing success can we now truly say that Mavado the Gully God is now the king of dancehall? Since the controversial battle at sting his nemesis Vybz Kartel now has numerous top 10 singles in “Jamaica” and can be heard practically on every new dancehall riddim that hits the streets, Should Vbyz Kartel be dubbed the king or is he just second best, what makes them different?

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‘Life Soon Sort Out’ by Famshouse recording artiste G Whizz speaks about the ghetto youths struggle in life and how they cope with it. The melodic rhythm provides a basis for the listener to hear and be entertained quite like in a sultry, almost acoustic template. The conscious lyrics help in sending across the point that although your situations are bad; possibilities exist that they could be worst and it helps to be optimistic about their situation through perseverance towards achieving goals of success and treating everyone with respect and equality.

Hailed as a rising star, the 25 year old singer, sogangsta-whizzngwriter and composer diverse talent encapsulates Reggae, R&B & Dancehall displaying such versatility second to none. At this early stage in his career, his delivery and vocal style shows a depth of talent that legendary artiste Johnny “Mr. Buda-Bye” Osbourne commented, “He is ready”. Needless to say anymore, your own experience is the barometer to determine his true potential.

The Barrett brothers, John and Kevin form the nucleus of Fams House Studio and together with G-Whizz embarked on a musical project a little more than 3 years ago. What they have accomplished in this relatively short period of time is indicative they are following in the tracks of their famous dad, the great bass player and producer Aston “Family Man” Barrett of Bob Marley and the Wailers fame. G-Whizz has released 7 music videos including: “Those Days Are No More” on the Spiritual Warfare rhythm, “Ghetto Life”, “No More War”, “Hush”, “She’s Hot”, “Break Free”, & “Ease My Mind”, a collaboration with female artiste Minx. These videos are also in rotation on Jamaican cable channels: CVM TV, TV J, R.E. TV, Hype TV and Music Plus.

His vocal versatility has lead to several collaborations featuring Junior (One Blood) Reid (Gonna Be Alright), Nanko & Atomic (Break Free), Turbulence (Love is Wonderful), Bling Dawg, Minx (Ease My Mind), Deva Bratt, Chi-Ching Ching (We Wont Stop) and others.

Gwhizz single “MUSIC” is featured on Deeboz Muzik A Little Bit More Compilatin CD which also features Lutan Fyah, Tony Curtis, Lukie-D, Chezidek, Cha’Maine, Qshan-Deya, Simpleman, Anthony Que & Snypah! His most popular songs are “Blue Seam”, “Like A Lady”, “We Wont Stop”, “Music”, “Those Days Are No More”, “Ghetto Life” and “No more War.”

Finding the formula to do a follow- up to a good song can sometimes be difficult for a young artist, but G Whizz is an exception. “It Gonna Be Alright” features the distinctive vocals of reggae legend Junior ‘One Blood’ Reid shows Jamaica and the world that this talented young man knows where he is heading and he understands what it will take to get him there. He has began to carve out his own niche in the dancehall with the over night success of 2008 ‘She Bad’ and ‘Its Gonna Be All Right’ is reassurance to the fans that he is not a ‘one hit wonder’.

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T.O.K – “Our World”

Welcome to T.O.K.’s world where exquisite four part harmonies contrast rough edged deejaying, soaring falsetto hooks and gently crooned love songs are as plentiful as rapped verses and gritty gangster exploits; a world where crisp production and idiosyncratic, taut songwriting yield a daring fusion that ranks them among dancehall’s most distinctive and enduringly popular acts. T.O.K. (an acronym for Touch of Klass) has named their third album for VP Records “Our World” because it encompasses an assortment of musical hues that have had the greatest influence on the group’s sonic identity. “With this album we have consolidated all that variety into one project,” explains group member Roshaun “Bay-C” Clarke. “We have dancehall, one-drop, Latin flavored beats, music for the hardcore listener, for the conscious listener and for the party goers; that is what our world represents.”

OUR WORLD is dominated by previously unreleased tracks and a few of T.O.K.’s recent hits including “Everybody Bounce”, “Super Model” and “Guardian Angel”, the latter a prayer for spiritual strength sensitively sung over a one-drop reggae rhythm, produced by Arif Cooper. Two years after “Guardian Angel’s” initial release, in March 2009, it topped Japan’s Ring Tone Download Chart, an indicator of the tremendous love Japanese fans have consistently shown T.O.K. since their initial performance there in 200l. T.O.K.’s debut album “My Crew My Dogs” and their sophomore effort “Unknown Language” were, respectively, certified gold (sales of 100,000) and platinum (sales of 250,000) by the Recording Industry of Japan. Because of T.O.K.’s enormous popularity in Japan, “Our World” will have its premiere release there on June T.O.K.’s world has greatly expanded since November 1992 when high school students Craig “Craigy T” Thompson, Xavier “Flexx” Davidson, Alistaire “Alex” McCalla and Ros
haun “Bay-C” Clarke formed a vocal group. Like many of that era’s young singers they were greatly influenced by the brilliant harmonization of 1990s American boy bands including Boyz II Men and their favorite Shai, but as Jamaican youth they were equally inspired by the island’s ubiquitous reggae and dancehall rhythms; their shared vision for T.O.K. was to create an adventurous union between beautifully nuanced vocalizing and dancehall’s rough and rugged edge.

Bay-C and Craigy T introduced deejaying into T.O.K.’s performances at Cactus (the now defunct nightclub located in the Kingston suburb of Portmore), which is where the group learned how to connect with a hardcore dancehall crowd. They began writing original music, individually contributing significant concepts, choruses and verses to the group’s collective compositions and were transformed from a mellifluous high school boy band into a tough rhyming rude boy band. However, it took some time for audiences to embrace their audacious yet appealing hybrid. “We fused harmonies with dancehall subject matter, Flexx and Alex’s sing-jaying with Craig and my deejaying and created this new sound,” says Bay-C. “But people who liked that clean cut boy group sound said why are you going into dancehall and the dancehall community was like you are a boy group, what are you trying to do?”

Undeterred by such criticism, T.O.K. persevered and secured their first recording session, covering 3T’s “Anything For You”, which was produced by venerated drummer Sly Dunbar. Flexx then approached ace selector Rory of the immortal Stone Love sound system with a copy of “Anything For You”; Rory started spinning the tune at Stone Love sessions and before long it was playing on the island’s airwaves.

T.O.K.’s continual refinement of their immense talent has kept them at the forefront of Jamaican dancehall and brought them widespread success, especially in Japan, which is now like a second home to them. The group’s diverse song content, unique sound and the sheer magnificence of their vocals as heard on their third album, guarantees prominent placements on international charts and an even greater musical presence in Our World.

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