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New Artist Music: Vision – “We Jammin”


Music’s importance lies in the feelings it evokes in listeners, such is Vision’s aim with the hit bound reggae single “We Jammin”. Produced by Jon “fx” Crawford and Dubloise for Keynote Records, the feel good vibe of “We Jammin” brings nostalgic memories.

“We Jammin is a song that reflects the most memorable and happy  times of my life in Jamaica. Jammin means to kick back and relax, instead of saying Chillin or vibing, in Jamaica we just say Jam short for Jammin. The song tells you a lot about who I am and where I’m from. Living in America isn’t a bed of roses for most Jamaicans. Leaving our families behind and starting all over has its obstacles. So to past the time we jam reminisce on the good times back home in Jamaica. Thats what the song is about, its about we Jamaicans, even we immigrant. We all like Jammin in our own way.” stated Jamaican born singer/song writer Vision.

Proudly Jamaica has given reggae music to the world, iconic artists, legendary entertainers and music that stands the test of time. Vison’s “We Jammin” is sure to fall right into place with such distinctions as it boasts melodic hooks and authentic reggae vibe.

The single will be available for purchase on February 21st, 2014 on itunes.

For more information, and/or to request “We Jammin”, please e-mail [email protected]

Meet Jamaican born, singer-songwriter, Simon Mitchell, most infamously referred to by his stage name “Vision”. The name was inspired by Mitchell’s influential upbringing during his childhood stint as a member of his mother’s church choir. It was here that Vision decided that in all things life, he would be lead by faith and not by sight. Because of this mantra, following his musical transition to dance-hall, the international artist set out to create a promising new sound that he would later deem as “Roots Pop Reggae.”

But before there was Vision, there was Simon Alexander Mitchell. Born November 5 to a Jamaican mother and British-Jamaican father, Mitchell resided in England as a child while his father played professional soccer before later changing careers and moving Simon and his mother to Jamaica. It was here that the influence of the island’s strong musical culture would engulf Mitchell’s life and inspire him to become an artist. At the age of 12, the young boy was introduced to the piano, which he took to very well and would learn songs at a gifted pace. He’d soon realize his melodic knack for composing music. Fast-forward years later in which a football injury and a twist of fate would lead the former college athlete to a life of music. Read more..

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Anguilla based dancehall recording artiste Jay Khule is kick starting the new year with the release of a hot new single entitled “Party Shot” alongside Big Yard recording artist Richie Loops.

The song which was recorded in August last year during a promotional visit by Khule to Jamaica is the first of several new records which is slated to hit the local airwaves in the coming days.

Born Jerome Reid in St. Mary Jamaica, Jay Khule has steadily been working on his craft, hitting the studios and working with producers like Adrian “Donsome” Hanson.

According to Khule “Party Shot” has been getting good reviews. “Well so far the song has been pre released in Auguilla, the U.K and a few other countries in Europe and the response has been positive so the plan now is to build a momentum in Jamaica  and maybe later this year shoot a video for the track”.


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Live: Matthew Schuler Performance Shaggy & Friends 2014

Watch in this video as Matthew Schuler from The Voice sings ‘Hallelujah’ to guests at Couples San Souci Resort in Jamaica.

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Vybz Kartel Trial – Star Witness To Be Recalled.

Vybz Kartel Trial – Star Witness To Be Recalled.

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Interview: Tessanne Chin-First Interview After The Voice/ September 28 2013

VCE_204Interview: Tessanne Chin-First Interview After The Voice/ September 28 2013

Growing up on the island of Jamaica with musical parents, Tessanne knew she always wanted to be a musician. For three years, she sang backup for reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, but eventually broke out as a solo artist in Jamaica. Tessanne has not been able to make any waves in the U.S., but she’s hoping that The Voice will take her global. Follow Tessanne on Twitter at @Tessanne

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Ultimate Event : Big Cups Beach Party Jamaica | Presented by Smirnoff – Dec 29th

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Uprize Music Scores Charting with Hit Single, “Tonight”

Sensation Sade Serena blasts onto Billboardwith her hit debut single “Tonight,” from Uprize Music/Island Def Jam Digital. The Miami-basedJamaican-American singer and songwritercontinues to enjoy an explosive rise with the release of “Tonight” and its sizzling video earlier this year. “Tonight” entered at #4 on the Billboard Singles Sales Chart, dated September 7, 2013, with pop super-group One Direction at #1, placing her in very good company. Her follow-up single “Renegade” was released to radio just in time for the Labor Day party weekend and makes its official bow on iTunes and all major digital retailers worldwide on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Sade Serena brings a diverse, edgy yet soulful sound to the pop music world and “Tonight” is a club anthem that showcases her range and talent, lacing her butter-soft sultry vocals over a sizzling pop electronica rhythm. It was produced by Abe Stewart for Uprize Music, her management company and label. “It’s definitely a good feeling for Uprize Music and Sade Serena to have a song charting on Billboard,” discloses Richard MyrieCEO of Uprize Music.“It’s something you work towards and it’s an accomplishment and a beginning at the same time.”

Riding on the success of “Tonight,” Sade Serena has been making the rounds on radio and events to promote her single, across the U.S. all year long. The track has since been remixed by Grammy-nominated producer Mike Rizzoand the “Tonight Remix” is also enjoying rotation across U.S. radio, bringingSade Serena her first taste of success. “It’s every artist’s dream to have your music get out there and be accepted,” she reveals. “This Billboard Sales Chart shows there is a demand for my music and it’s even more amazing to have my very first single be included with the likes of One Direction.”

“Tonight” is now available worldwide on iTunes and all major digital retailers from Island Def Jam Digital Distribution/Uprize Music and “Renegade” will be available on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Follow Sade Serena atwww.facebook.com/sadeserena or twitter.com/sadeserena. Please direct all management and media inquiries to Richard Myrie of Uprize Music at[email protected].


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Jamaica threatened with expulsion from 2016 Olympics over drug testing issues

Jamaican Olympic teamThe World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA has issued a stern warning to one of track and field’s most prominent nations as Jamaica could face expulsion from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro if the local government fails to address inadequacies in its drug testing program.

British newspaper, the Telegraph reported Wednesdayevening that WADA’s general director, David Howmanhas urged Jamaica to look into is drug testing policy after explosive accusations by former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) head, Anne Shirley that the island has not done enough to prevent drug use amongst its athletes.

In an article for Sports Illustrated, Shirley, who quit asJADCO president in February, accused Jamaican politicians and administrators of ignoring her constant warnings regarding the issue while claiming recent positive tests returned by Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson and others were a ‘disaster’ waiting to happen.

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New Artist Spotlight : The Micha Ciselle EP Project

So! My EP is called Lover’s Leap, it has 4 tracks, and I created something specially for both the Caribbean & Indie/Pop market. I’ve even used musicians from Cali and JA, and the combination is MA-GI-CAL!

My goal is to make a musical statement with this EP. I spent over a year carefully thinking about the sound and feel I wanted for my music. Most importantly, I also wanted to show musical growth from my previous releases. I’m proud to say I have written all the music and lyrics on this project.

For me, music is ALL about a VIBE & a SOUND. This EP has a crossover/pop sound, but it also has an ISLAND VIBE. Think … enchanting, enigmatic, whimsical, sensual. For every song I created, I asked myself “does it say Jamaica?” and does it have that magical/intriguing island feel? It could be in the beat, the instrumentation, my vocal delivery … it’s there!


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Buju Banton back in court on June 26

Buju Banton

Embattled Reggae/Dancehall superstar, Buju Banton will return to court June 26 in his juror misconduct case as he seeks a new trial.

Buju, who’s real name is Mark Myrie, was ordered to appear by Judge James Moodyalong with Terri Wright, the juror who is alleged to have violated court orders during the singjay’s February 2011 drug trial. The date was set late Tuesday, just over two weeks after a new development in the case in which a forensic expert hired by Banton concluded that she brought a desktop computer hard drive for examination of her alleged misconduct instead of a laptop she used during the trial.

Wright’s lawyer, Lori Palmieri later claimed her client misspoke in calling her computer a laptop. The aforementioned hard drive had over 1.6 million records during the trial’s duration, which were examined by the expert. However, it was determined none of those records pertained to the trial

Wright admitted to a Florida newspaper last fall that she researched aspects of Buju’s case, but later insisted this took place three weeks after the trial concluded. She has now been summoned to court to answer the forensic expert’s findings as well as issues raised in a motion filed by Buju’s legal team pertaining to a new trial.

Buju is still set to serve six more years of a ten-year sentence on drug-related charges stemming from a December 2009 incident in Florida. A gun charge, which was thrown out during the initial ruling was reinstated following a failed appeal on his conviction.

As a result, the entertainer was due to face a re-sentencing hearing and five additional year in prison in relation to the gun charge. However, the hearing was postponed after Buju’s team successfully filed an application to investigate the alleged misconduct.

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Video : Norwegian Reggae

Nico D, Admiral P, Sisi and JAA9 & ONKLP are just some of the artists coming out of the Knirckefritt stable. Specialising in Reggae, Soul, Hip Hip and Rap the label produces some of the best Urban music in Norway. The record company’s success soared when Nico D scored a No1. hit in Jamaica with his single Ruff Times, featuring Jah Mason. Nico D and, the label’s manager, Torstein Haavorsen talk about how Norwegian reggae took Jamaica by storm.

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Video: Nico D feat. Jah Mason – Ruff Times

Nico D`s nr. 1 hit in Jamaica
From Nico D´s debut album to be released spring 2011
Track Produced by J.A.M production for J.A.M promotion.
Directed by: Daimien Brown
Foto: Asha
Edit: Raymond Hansen

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Ragashanti leave Link Up Radio following dispute with manager

RagashantiControversial Jamaican talk show host,Kingsley ‘Ragashanti’ Stewart is off the airwaves again following a nasty row with the manager of his latest radio program.

Last year, Ragashanti moved to Link Up Radio 93.5 FM shortly after announcing the suspension his Tambareen Radio outlet for revamping. However, his stint with New York-based radio station was short-lived after a fallout with David ‘Squeeze’ Annakie, Link Up’s head man earlier this month after accusing him of trying to exploit his image in an unsavoury light.

Ragashanti explained his situation in a detailed statement on his personalized website, Ragashanti.com.

“After numerous attempts to control and exploit me to make money, I made it known at all times that I am primarily a broadcaster and that I do not want my image or likeness to be exploited in ways I don’t see fit. I also made it known that I don’t need anyone to ‘manage’ or to channel me in arenas I consider unethical,” he said.

“I also did not want to be so obsessively focused on money that I would be callously exploiting my fellow Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals. This wasn’t received well by those who told me I could be the ‘biggest moneymaking machine’ for their company. This then led to multiple and unending manipulations for me to change my mind. They were unsuccessful. Then the pettiness increased in a manner aimed at trying to ‘draw me out’ to do something rash so that they could sue me and demolish me. Again, they were not successful. It was under this climate that I thought it best to resign.”

The esteemed media personality also chastised Mr. Annakie for trying to copyright his name, meaning, saying his ex-manager would have received all profits associated with the Ragashantibrand and any events or shows associated with said brand.

A screenshot of a post by Mr. Annakie on his Facebook page added more fuel to the fire asRagashanti claims he admitted to trying to copyright the name in a comment to a fan of the show.

“Yes, it is standard to protect all brands associated with a company to avoid legal issues. It is of no significance anymore because the relationship has ended and he has been released,” said the post.

Ragashanti is no stranger to change. In September 2010, he resigned from News Talk 93 FMafter a number of years on the network, hosting his popular Ragashanti Live program. Following a move to Nationwide Radio later that month, he was on the move again in March 2011 after theBroadcasting Commission ordered him off air, citing several violations. Ragashanti had long been questioned for the sexual nature of his program, which aired weekdays in the early afternoons during his short stint at the radio station.

He then started Tambareen Radio, which featured a variety of shows, including the popular late night program, Outa Orda.

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Dancehall artistes concerned about increase of gay prostitution, want it stopped

485447318_edb02ab8c1The topic of homosexuality in Jamaica has long been a hot and divisive one amongst Jamaicans; particularly artistes, who have continuously affirmed strong stances against it. Another issue amongst gays has raised eyebrows in the local music industry once more.

In Kingston, a growing number of homosexual prostitutes have been offering their services to passers-by, particularly in and around the New Kingston area. Though that particular part of Kingston is notorious for prostitution, the growing number of male prostitutes has raised qualms amongst citizens and the Dancehall community.

One such member of that community is ex-Portmore Empire singer and Vybz Kartel protege, Gaza Slim, who insists these gay prostitutes should be moved off the streets immediately.

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Video: Vybz Kartel – Noisey Jamaica Episode One

Vybz Kartel – Noisey Jamaica Episode One
Watch Vybz Kartel’s “My Crew” here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ah8lhmKEUQ
Host Codine Williams goes to Gaza, Jamaica to meet Vybz Kartel’s crew and get a people’s perspective on the controversial dancehall icon.

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Tiana teams with X Factor host for new single, ‘Back To Me’

Tiana and Jesse GiddingsInternationally recognized Dancehall starlet, Tiana seeks to conquer yet another market in the world of music as she’s teamed up with an artiste quite familiar with having the ‘X Factor.’

The ‘Dancehall Duchess’ recently joined forces with Universal Music recording artiste Jesse Giddings, co-host of the pre-show for the popular American talent series, X Factor. Giddings, a popular Canadian singer and ex-VJ of Much Music flew to Jamaica last week to shoot the video for his collaborative effort alongside Tiana entitled, Back To Me.

The visuals for Back To Me were shot in several locations across eastern Jamaica, including Downtown Kingston, Bull Bay, St. Thomas and the Old Harbour train station in St. Catherine. Giddings and Tiana also threw an after party to celebrate the success of the video, which will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

This signals a possible elevation for Tiana as she seeks to secure the faith and support of fans in Canada and across North America as she crosses over into the pop world with the sultry voice making her a household name within Dancehall. In addition to the video, Back To Me will appear on Gidding’s album, set for release this Spring.

While aiming to dominate the charts in one continent, Tiana has proven her worth in another as she recently secured Female Dancehall Artiste of the Year at the Kingston 10 Awards in Nairobi, Kenya. The Dancehall Duchess ran away with the crown, consolidating her strong reputation in the West African country as she eclipsed Tifa, Lady Saw, Ikaya and Ce’Cile for the accolade.

These achievements mark a strong start to 2013 for Tiana, who aims to be more than a prominent singjay, but a universally renowned superstar for years to come.

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The riddim features a balanced mix of Lovers rock & cultural songs; Songs of love and songs which will stir the social consciousness of listeners.

Kingston Jamaica:- Renowned music label Danger Zone has been reborn under the guidance of long time music producer Delmar ‘Della Danger’ Drummond. The label, which in its last incarnation, worked with some of the best in the business both locally and internationally has heralded its rebirth with a new compilation dubbed: Mind Therapy under the imprint Danger Zone Rebirth.

According to Delmar Drummond, CEO of Danger Zone Rebirth: “The riddim is a testament to my journey over the past thirteen years in and out of the music. The songs speak volumes of my experience in the music in what has been not only a physical but mental journey. Music sooths the soul, heart and mind and the love of music brought me back for 2013. We have revitalized our brand and Mind Therapy is a testament to that revitalization and evolution”

Danger Zone Rebirth’s Mind Therapy features 13 tracks with some of the newest and best in the music business. The one drop compilation is headlined by Vybz Kartel with Jah Watch Over Me and Capleton with Have to Sew. There is also Natty King with Press on, Chuck Fenda with No Detour, Turbulance with I will Always Be, Coco Tea with Gone Away and Jigsy King with Cant Get To Use You.

Mind Therapy also features some of the new talented voices in Reggae music such as Cressy with Fading Away, Ras Charmer with Show Them Love, Hero and Peas Head with Better Mus Come, Iba Mahr with She Cries and the new Danger Zone Rebirth star Shanhill with What You Don’t Know.

Drummond says the riddim features a balanced mix of Lovers rock and cultural songs; songs of love and songs which will stir the social consciousness of listeners. He says the riddim also has a good mix of veterans and fresh voices: “There are a few newer voices on the riddim especially Shanhill who brings a new vibe and sound from the belly of the inner city. She is a very talented artiste and we are not going to limit where she can go. Her birth in the music comes through us and we will guide her and watch her grow”

Danger Zone, which was always known for quality production seeks to bring back that expertise and attention to detail to the music business and to enhance that legacy has partnered with Christopher “Bex” Beckman who brings a new brand of professionalism and business expertise to the team.

Drummond says Danger Zone Rebirth will be going all out in terms of production quality: “We have always ensured that our production brings a message and is above the standard. That was what set us apart from the competition and gave us recognition internationally. Our motto is Never Compete Just Conquer and fans can expect, based on this charge, that the standards will be maintained.

Danger Zone Rebirth’s Mind Therapy will premier this week on local radio and the compilation is also available on iTunes and in other digital markets.

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Prosecution to call key witness in Kartel murder trial

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer faces a very tense return to court next month when the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams trial is expected to commence.

According to several reports, the prosecution in the Williams murder case will call on a ‘star witness’ who could cause big problems for Kartel and his defense team. The witness, whose name has been withheld for safety reasons, is allegedly the other man that was taken to a Havendale residence alongside Williams as they were made to answer queries regarding some missing, illegal guns.

Reports state the witness was supposed to be killed alongside Williams that day in August 2011 when the murder took place. However, he escaped harm.

The Crown insists they have evidence proving their witness was at the Havendale home during Williams’ killing. Williams was allegedly beaten to death after he was unable to answer questions surround the missing guns, with Kartel along with Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, Kahira Jones, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell and Shane Williams all accused of participating in his death.

Prosecutors have long claimed that they possess video and audio evidence linking that prove Kartel an the four co-accused participated in Williams’ murder.

Vybz Kartel and the co-accused are expected to stand trial in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter on January 21, 2013. The entertainer remains housed at the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town as he also faces a conspiracy charge pertaining to the case as well as a separate charges in relation to another murder case.

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Artist Spotlight : Etana

Etana  –  biography

It’s been five years since Jamaica’s reggae princess hit the music scene, and the genre has never looked back. Now, with two albums under her belt, Etana is a household name worldwide, with a voice and message that soothes and entertains.


Since Etana’s breakout hit Roots, the songbird has found herself as a staple on reggae charts across the globe. Following up with Wrong Address, the Strong One began to build a catalogue of conscious music… and a massive fan base.


Increasingly, her music connected with people through relatable messages of love, fighting injustice and prejudice, having pride and more.  “Overall, my music has to uplift. It can’t just be that I go in a studio and string words together. My music must have a message, it must have a purpose. It has to make people feel good and want to really listen to what I’m saying,” says Etana – who was born Shauna McKenzie.


In 2008 Etana released her debut album, The Strong One. It was a hit. The wildly successful debut album, recorded and released on the VP Records label, silenced critics who claimed Etana was a one-hit wonder. In fact, so popular and successful was The Strong One, that every one of the tracks on the album was released as a single – and also charted. The Strong One featured songs such as Warrior Love, Jah Chariot, Don’t Forget, I Am Not Afraid, Blessing, More & More, Caltariba System as well as her first two hits Roots and Wrong Address.


More than that, Etana had spread her wings and was filling clubs and stadiums in the Caribbean, North America and Europe – and it was a humbling experience.   “Travelling to another country to perform is perhaps one of the most exciting things for me. Especially if it is a country where English isn’t the first language. Being in Portugal or Spain, for example and hearing a crowd of 100,000 people sing every one of your songs word for word is just exhilarating”.


While touring, Etana also picked up a new hobby – collecting award trophies. Since her berth in the music world, she has copped one prestigious musical honour after another. Ranging from Best New Artiste, Female Vocalist of the Year and Reggae Singer of the Year to Most Admired Female Artiste, Cultural Artiste of the Year and several Album of Year trophies, Etana has a sizeable list of accolades behind her name.


Etana began to tease fans with what was to come on her next CD when she released Free, Happy Heart and August Town. Almost immediately, critics clamoured and fans anxiously awaited the release of her sophomore attempt at a full-length album. She continued to record, and in 2011 released Free Expressions. With this, Etana pulled off what many artistes are unable to – a successful second album. Free Expressions is lining up to be as successful as its predecessor with several of its featured tracks being released as singles.


“This time around, I got really involved in the making of the album. For The Strong One there were a team of writers but it’s pretty much all me and my pen in the majority of the songs on Free Expressions. That was an experience I enjoyed, and I am definitely more into writing these days,” the now married artiste says.


Crowds around the world seem to enjoy Etana’s increased input in this album, evidenced by her performing consistently on the biggest reggae festivals and shows around the world. In fact, Etana made her debut in South America in 2011.   “I’ve been blessed with this talent, and I don’t plan on slowing down for now,” she smiles. Etana has two more albums to be released by VP Records, and she promises that she’ll try and make it her best work yet each time.



Etana’s official social networks

Official Website:  http://www.etanathestrongone.com

Facebook.com:    http://www.facebook.com/OneEtana

Twitter.com:   https://twitter.com/EtanaStrongOne

Myspace.com:    http://www.myspace.com/etanastrongone



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Video: Busy Signal tells tales of US jail – Jamaica Gleaner

Dancehall artiste Busy Signal on Wednesday November 21 recounted his experience in a US jail on charges of absconding bail. The artiste was speaking a press conference at Devon House in St Andrew. Jamaica Gleaner

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Junior Kelly Back In Jamaica After Successful Fall European Tour.

Reggae singer Junior Kelly is back home in Jamaica after a very successful fall European tour, which kicked off last October in Amiens, France. Even hurricane Sandy hitting Jamaica, weather conditions grounding flights and closing the Island airports couldn’t put a damper on him. He remained in high spirit and great energy.

Kelly departed as soon as the country airport in Montego Bay reopened on the Thursday, October 25 late evening right before his Friday, October 26 performance. With no time to spare as he landed, Junior Kelly was up for his meet and greet, press and straight to his scheduled performance.

Full of energy, good form and positively great vibes, Junior delivered his hits to the delight of eager fans. Taking the crowd on a melodic musical journey with classic songs such as “Love So Nice” to his latest hit “Been There” video. The tour took Kelly and his band through the Netherlands, France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

Reflecting on his tour Junior stated, “The energy and vibe i received from the fans during this tour was truly amazing and humbling and it was heart warming to see that people out there are still crying out for conscious music, my music, Reggae music”

“Its really beautiful to see three generations of people coming out to my concerts and enjoying and loving Reggae music, so i know it will live on”

“I really appreciate the fact that i am able to perform every day of the week and the fans came out in their numbers every night to listen to Reggae music, even in these harsh economic times when buying a concert ticket is so hard. These die-hearted fans in Europe are mainly from the poorer class of society and they have so many other choices in terms of artistes or food or paying a bill, but they come out because they see me as one of the young roots artistes whose messages make them feel good and one that is going to stand the test of time. It is truly a blessing and an honor.”

Check out video footage of several performances and interviews

Junior Kelly – @ Cabaret Sauvage (Paris)

Junior Kelly – Iinterview @ Cabaret Sauvage (Paris)

Junior Kelly – Melkweg, Amsterdam

Junior Kelly Live at Melkweg Amsterdam (NL)

Junior Kelly live @ Club Reigen – Vienna, Austria

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Shaggy and Friends show put off, changes made to format

The popular Shaggy and Friends charity event, which has raised over JA $90 million in aid of the Bustamante Hospital For Children, will not be staged for a second time this year.

The concert, hosted annually by Grammy-winning Jamaican entertainer, Shaggy and his Make a Difference foundation was due to stage its fourth edition late this year, featuring an all-Jamaican lineup in honor of Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary. However, Shaggy and Friends has will now be held every other year after a decision was made to revamp the event’s setup.

Shaggy’s manager and Solid Agency head,Sharon Burke confirmed the singer’s decision to hold his charitable initiative bi-annually, but did not divulge additional details.

Shaggy and Friends was first staged in December 2009, eight years after Shaggyfirst partnered with the Bustamante Hospital for Children. That initial staging featured high-profile entertainers such as Sean Paul, Etana, Marcia Griffiths and American R&B singer, Macy Gray. The first edition raised over JA$27 million for the hospital.

The second installment of Shaggy and Friends took place on January 2011, where Bounty Killer, Cham, Machel Montano, Tarrus Riley and Boyz II Men all performed. That year, the event reeled in over JA$30 million.

The third edition of Shaggy and Friends took place on January 7 of this year after being moved back a week due to Jamaica’s general elections. The event featured Romain Virgo, Maxi Priest, Tami Chynn and American rap sensation, Eve who was accompanied by award-winning dancer,Mystic Davis during her set.

Despite continuous on-stage demands by hip-hop/soul legend, Lauryn Hill during her set, this year’s edition of Shaggy and Friends reeled in JA$32 million. Some of the money raised through Shaggy’s event has been donated towards new equipment as well as the building of a cardiac ward for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

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UTECH offers counseling to student following beating

Resulting fallout from yesterday’s on-campus beating of a University of Technology (UTECH) student continues as the tertiary institution continues to investigate the incident.

On Thursday, a male student of UTECH was allegedly caught in a compromising position with another male student inside a campus bathroom as he’s accused of having sexual intercourse with the man, who later fled from the scene. The unidentified student was held by Marksman security personnel, who caught the men in the bathroom before bringing him to a guardroom with an angry mob of students waiting for him outside.

The security personnel were then caught on tape punching, kicking and draping the student while they shielded him from the mob. A video of the incident was later posted on YouTube and the security guards involved have since been fired by Marksman.

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Etana, the Jamaican-born, Miami-raised songstress, returns with her brand new digital-only EP Reggae on November 13th with VP Records. The 3-song preview off her upcoming studio album Better Tomorrow will give fans a taste of what is to come in February 2013. The entire set is produced by Shane Brown with Stanley “Rellee” Hayden co-creating the title track.

The charismatic singer, songwriter and performer incorporates elements of reggae, soul and pop into her captivating postmodern sound that tackles real life experiences. Etana’s unabashed romanticism shines on the soulful sway of “Reggae” and the r&b tinged “4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)” about her torn feelings of two lovers. The spine-chilling single “Better Tomorrow” addresses the atrocities of children in poverty-stricken communities, while instilling optimism for brighter days. Etana’s lyrical depth and revolutionary thought continue to impress and inspire her audience.

With a baby on the way, new EP and album in the works, Etana is in a place in her life where she looks forward to a promising future. She expands upon her 2010 sophomore album Free Expressions, which won praise for the being “a rarity: music that sermonizes, yet still sweetly serenades,” according to NPR. The anticipated album Better Tomorrow and EP Reggaeexpress a similar sentiment, while offering new-found wisdom and clarity. These releases also follow her 2008 critical acclaimed debut The Strong One, which featured massive hits “Warrior Love,” “Roots” “I’m Not Afraid,” “Blessings” and “Wrong Address” that topped reggae charts in The Caribbean, England and United States. During this period, Etana was nominated for Best New Reggae Artist at MOBO Awards and awarded Best Female Vocalist at both the Excellence in Music & Entertainment (EME) Awards and IRIE FM Radio Awards as well as the Best Solo Female Reggae Vocalist at the 1st annual Reggae Academy Awards. Vibe Magazine claimed she had already “established herself as a formidable performer and songwriter whose music and reputation precedes her.”

Reggae Track Listing:

  1. Reggae
  2. Better Tomorrow
  3. 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)

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Sandy hits Cuba as Jamaica lifts hurricane warning

The worst seems to have passed for Jamaica as Hurricane Sandy has passed the island with its sights firmly set on Cuba and the Bahamas.

For the first time since 2007 (Hurricane Dean), Jamaica was hit by a hurricane as Sandy made landfall in the island on Wednesday, with the eye of the storm hitting seven miles of Kingston at approximately 3 p.m. local time. The storm, rated at a Category 1, headed in a northerly direction with sustained winds of about 130 km (80 mph).

Police say that one casualty was suffered at the hands of Hurricane Sandy as 74-year-oldCleveland Scott was hit by a boulder that fell from a hillside as he did chores in his Kingston home. The man reportedly fell onto a piece of steel in his home and sustained serious injuries/ He was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

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Hurricane warning in effect for Jamaica as ‘Sandy’ could hit island by Wednesday

Jamaicans are being urged to prepare for the arrival of Tropical storm Sandy as a hurricane watch is now in effect for the island.

Hailing as the 18th storm to emerge since the beginning of the hurricane season (June 1), Tropical storm Sandy could strengthen into a hurricane within the next 24 hours. As of Tuesday afternoon, Tropical storm Sandy was located at approximately 250 miles south of Kingston, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h).

According to several reports, the center of Tropical storm Sandy will hit Jamaica by Wednesday while tropical storm force winds could reach the island tonight.

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Jamaican athletes to get ‘Heroes’ welcome on Monday with special concert

Given the many fetes that Jamaica’s sporting heroes accomplished during this summer’s Olympics, it’s only fitting that the island’s athletes will be honored for their commendable efforts on National Heroes Day.

Just over two months after Jamaica completed their most successful Olympic games to date (12 medals – 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze), all of the island’s athletes will be commemorated during a litany of special events during Heroes Day weekend (October 13-15). Announced earlier this month by Jamaica’s sports minister, The Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, four special activities will occur this weekend to recognize the achievements Jamaica’s 59 athletes earned during the Olympics. Additionally, all of Jamaica’s Olympians and team officials will receive monetary prizes for their efforts.

On Sunday morning, a church service will take place at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Kingston while a cocktail reception for the athletes will occur at Jamaica House later that day. On Monday (Heroes’ Day), a new headstone will be unveiled honoring late Jamaican sprinting legend, Dr. Herb McKinley at National Heroes Park in Kingston.

All of these festivities will be capped off on Monday with a special concert which features Jamaica’s Olympians as well as performances from many of the island’s top musicians. The free concert, dubbed Jamaica’s Musical History Honouring Our Olympic Journey, will take place at the National Arena, starting at 7 p.m. and traces back Jamaica’s Olympic and musical transformation since 1948, when the island participated in the summer games for the first time.

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Video: The Many Faces Of Jamaica

Tracing their Jamaican Roots – NBC’s “Today” Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe reconnects with Yard.

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Mavado back in Jamaica, reportedly the subject of a ‘hit’

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Mavado has finally made his long-awaited return to Jamaica, but despite being back home, he’s making sure to watch his back at every turn.

According to reports, Mavado may be the subject of a ‘hit’ given his return to the island and has been beefing up his security detail and entourage to ensure his safety at all costs. This after the prominent singjay was reportedly the intended target during a shooting outside Bounty Killer’s birthday party at the QUAD nightclub in Kingston, which left his close friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards shot and eventually killed. Soon thereafter, Mavado revealed in an interview that the bullet which ended up killing ‘Collie’ was indeed meant for him while hinting that undercover police officers may have been in on the plot.

Last summer, following the re-acquiring of his United States visa and his subsequent deal with DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group, Mavado reportedly relocated to the U.S. where he’s since toured and strengthened his international appeal with several collaborations featuring Akon (Survivor), Ace Hood (Emergency) and the aforementioned DJ Khaled (Suicidal Thoughts).

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Jamaica music ambassador Richie Stephens and multi-platinum German sinjay Gentleman, who both enjoyed tremendous success this year with hit singles “Live Your Life” and “Warrior” have pooled their creative talents on a new album aptly titled “Live Your Life” which will be released next month on the VP Records imprint.

Gentleman, who is currently in Jamaica putting the finishing touches on the new disc was very upbeat about the project. 

“It is nice to see how things have turned out with the album. We have some excellent songs that fans are gonna really enjoy” he said.

“The project came out of a natural vibe between the two of us without being planned. We put a lot of work into the songs and I am very happy with the finished product.” 

The 12 track disc will feature 6 duets including ‘Jah Is Not Sleeping,’ ‘I Found Heaven’ and previous released singles ‘Life your Life’ and ‘Warrior.’ Also to be included on the disc are six solo tracks (three from each artiste) including ”Drift Away’ and ‘Dutty Soul’ from Stephens and Gentleman respectively. 

‘This is probably one of the most sophisticated album I have ever recorded” Stephens bragged. 

“We have a little something for everyone including an old school track that fans are really gonna love. The rest of the album is just as impressive” he said.

Given the good working vibes he has with Gentleman, the decision to do an album of duets was a no brainer Stephens said. 

“Gentleman is the consummate professional and an extremely hard worker. We have a musical connection that brings out the best in us” he gushed.

Gentleman and Stephens’ whirlwind success started in 2011 with their first recording “Live Your Life” which topped reggae charts in New York, Florida, Atlanta and was voted the ‘Best International Song’ at the 2011 Stone Love Awards in Kingston. The video clip for the song also won the award for ‘Best Music Video’ at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in Chicago this year. The pair have also enjoyed several electrifying performances in Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Croatia where Stephens was the special guest of Gentleman. Their most memorable performance was before a crowd of 750,000 in Poland, at the biggest festival in the world — Woodstock. This was followed by another stellar performance at the 2012 Jazz & Blues Festival in Trewlany, Jamaica. 

Stephens and Gentleman will give fans a taste of songs from their new album along with other favorites when the perform at the American Friends of Jamaica Ball in Manhattan on Thursday, October 25 and the official album launch slated for Friday, October 26, 2012 at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx. Dub Master Chris, radio host of Irie Jam Radio in NY will be serve as MC for the launch.

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Bounty Killer, Tommy Lee war of words heats up

Just last week, it seemed like any possibility of a lyrical tussle between Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and ‘Gaza’ artiste Tommy Lee would subside given the apparent expressions of respect they expressed towards each other. However, after the latter entertainer’s latest taunts, Dancehall could be witnessing the next big clash within its circles.

On Saturday, Tommy Lee launched a scathing attack on Bounty Killer on a new track entitled Goat Head for which a video emerged on Monday, featuring an image of a goat with sunglasses used to mirror the legendary artiste’s face. Additionally, Lee calls out the ‘War Lord’ on a number of issues, including his claims that the ‘Sparta’ concept has ties to homosexuality while highlighting some of Bounty Killer’s legal troubles.

Upon hearing Goat Head, Alliance Next Generation artiste, Iyara shot back at the prominent ‘Gaza’ deejay with Murda Dem which also dissed UIM Records producer, Anju Blaxx.

Bounty Killer himself replied on Twitter with a clever comeback to Tommy Lee’s diss track, stating “GrungGaadZilla a.k.a Jesus Price is officially the dancehall G.O.A.T the Greatest of All Time,” while also referring to the Psycho deejay as ‘Tommy Flee’ and ‘Nyammy Lee.’

Additionally, Bounty Killer, who’s received a lot of support and flack for his stance, issued a stern warning to Jamaica about the direction that its music and society are going, comparing them to Haiti, who’s endured its share of natural disasters the last two years.

“Jamaica tuned like Haiti. Worshiping voodoo and demons, God forbid but unuh see what happened to Haiti in recent times that unuh want reach Jamaicans too?” he asked.

Bounty Killer insisted last week that he would not clash Tommy Lee at STING 2012 while releasing a new track featuring Kiprich and Alliance Next Generation protégé, Calado on the thought-provoking, War Fi God. However, after Tommy Lee’s lyrical attack, many wonder whether or not the ‘Gaza’ vs. Alliance battle will re-emerge as a result of these recent developments.



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American porn star shoots adult film in Jamaica

Prominent American porn star, Haley Sweet has incorporated some of the Jamaican culture in her work as she recently shot scenes for an upcoming adult film that somewhat pays homage to one of the island’s popular and most controversial dance trends.

Footage for Sweet’s new movie, Jamerican Dutty Wine was recently shot at an undisclosed location in Jamaica and, according to reports, features Sweet acting as tourist seeking to score with locals. In one scene, Sweet sits naked on a sofa with a Jamaican actor who openly flirts with her and asks her if she’s ever had sex with a man from the island before the two indulge in adult activities.

The 22-year-old Sweet, who’s featured in over 10 adult films since 2008, intimated that she chose Jamaica as a location for her new adult film given its exotic nature.

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Portia Simpson-Miller condemns Mugabe’s comments

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller has finally broken her silence regarding recent comments made by Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe about her country.

As reported on Monday, Mugabe allegedly made a number of controversial assertions about Jamaican while speaking to a number of business people, government official and dignitaries during the Research and Intellectual Expo 2012. At this event, Mugabe lectured that people from the Caribbean island are drunkards, weed smokers and somewhat uneducated; sparking expressions of disappointment and anger towards the revered African leader, including from high-profile Jamaican artiste such as Sizzla and Tony Rebel as well as Opposition Spokesperson for the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.

Now, Jamaica’s prime minister has weighed in on the controversial statements after her government moved to confirm that these comments were valid. Once verified, Simpson-Miller blasted Mugabe for what she labeled as distasteful and highly stereotypical given the continued progress that the island’s people have made over the years.

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Zimbabwe president allegedly labels Jamaicans as drunkards, weed smokers

Many Jamaicans who go overseas will tell you that they’re often confronted with the stereotypes that people from the island either smoke or drink often. Those labels apparently have been slapped on Jamaicans by one of Africa’s most revered leaders.

Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, reportedly took shots at Jamaicans at a recent university lecture dubbed the Research and Intellectual Expo 2012. According to Zimbabwean internet news and entertainment outlet, Nehanda Radio, President Mugabe branded Jamaican men as weed smokers and drunkards.

According to the report, Mugabe allegedly described Jamaica as, “a country of marijuana smokers, where women are now taking charge since men are always sloshed (drunk).”

President Mugabe, who neither smokes nor drinks alcohol, insisted that Zimbabweans should never follow in Jamaica’s footsteps while implying that the island’s culture has negatively influenced his people. This, as speculation mounts that Mugabe has diplomatic differences with Jamaica.

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Dancehall USA inks iTunes distribution deal

Internationally acclaimed entertainment website, Dancehall USA seeks to revolutionize the music world with a new distribution deal set to strongly impact one of its most significant outlets.

Dancehall USA recently inked a major deal with a prominent international music distributor who will help Dancehall/Reggae music earn its deserved recognition on the worldwide market while helping singers and deejays responsible for its progress to reap mass benefits from their work. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Sites such as iTunes, Amazon, Google, You Tube, and Believe Digital (Europe and Asia) are some of the sites where Dancehall/Reggae will be featured.

CEO and founder of Dancehall USA, Nick Walker promises that Jamaican artists will get their just dues as a result of this ground-breaking deal; outlining an exclusive 3-for-1 package that’s certain to benefit local musicians from both money-making and promotional standpoints.

Through Dancehall USA’s deal, not only will artists see their music being distributed through iTunes, Amazon.com and other major networks, but also earn non-stop promotion of their work on Dancehall USA as well as through top affiliates, disc jocks and promoters associated with the landmark website, known as one of music’s most influential and informative brands.

The exclusiveness of this enriching deal comes in the form of a major offer, one so exclusive and top secret that only members and sign-ups via Dancehall USA can receive access to it.

Nick Walker further maintains that this iTunes distribution deal and other online store placement hails as just one of several, strategically planned moves sure to make Dancehall/Reggae music a truly united power player within a globalized and competitive music industry. Without a doubt, this move shows signs of an impending revival amongst Jamaica’s signature genres.

For more information and to sign up, please check out http://itunes.dancehallusa.com

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Video:REINCARNATED (ft. Snoop Dogg): Official Documentary Trailer

VICE Films, in partnership with Snoopadelic Films, presents REINCARNATED. The documentary follows Snoop Dogg as he journeys to Jamaica to record an album with Diplo. While there, Snoop finds himself embraced by the Jamaican people, is positively impacted by Rastafarian culture, and becomes reincarnated as Snoop Lion.

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival September 7th

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LargeUp Interview: Super Beagle on “Dust A Sound Bwoy” + Kanye’s “Mercy”

LargeUp Interview: Super Beagle on “Dust A Sound Bwoy” + Kanye’s “Mercy”

As a teenager growing up in Kingston, my afterschool job was at Techniques Records, where I auditioned artists, sold records, and spent many evenings recording dubplates for overseas customers with sound systems. Artists like Super Beagle, Baby Wayne, Capleton and Buju Banton hung around the store while waiting their turn to record for Winston Riley, the proprietor and producer of the legendary label. Many of us became friends, going to dub studios, writing and practicing songs for the day they would step behind the microphone.

Riley, who had produced “Double Barrel,” the second Jamaican song to go to top the British charts, and other hits including Johnny Osbourne’s “Come Back Darling,” General Echo’s “Arleen,” Tenor Saw’s “Ring The Alarm,” and Super Cat’s “Boops” was not easily impressed—even by artists that already had songs on the road that were selling. When he finally heard and approved Super Beagle’s “Dust a Soundboy” lyrics, he once again opened his vault and lifted out his 24-track Ampex tape with the Stalag rhythm that had already given him numerous hits. We all knew that this was another guaranteed hit. But the icing on the cake for “Dust a Soundboy” was Fuzzy Jones’s intro, with his haunting vocal, like that of an ancient seer, predicting death and destruction to anyone who did not heed his warning: “WELL! It is a weeping and a moaning and a gnashing of teeth in the dancehall and who don’t have teeth gweh rub pan dem gum.”

Move forward to 2012 and one of the hottest songs on the radio is Kanye West’s “Mercy” featuring the same Fuzzy Jones intro from Super Beagle’s “Dust a Sound Boy.” I had to call up Beagle to get his feedback on Kanye sampling his biggest song. The result is more of a stroll down memory lane than an interview, as we compared memories of our days at Techniques Records on Chancery Lane, Arrows Dub Studio, and where it all began for Buju Banton. Photos were shot in and around Super Beagle’s neighborhood in Portmore.


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Junior Kelly scores # 1 with the hit single “Been There”

After 15 weeks on the Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart, singer Junior Kelly has convincingly captured the number one slot with the gripping, reality-laced  single, “Been There“.
Chart-watchers had early predicted  that “Been There” would have enjoyed exciting chart success, noting that there was a strong possibility of it taking over the pole position. Well, it’s ‘Mission Accomplished’. They are now eyeing the song’s progress on the long-running New York Reggae Singles Chart, where it now sits in the number 6 spot and is steadily making upward movements. Kellyhas also dominated the popular Stampede Street Chart, where he has been singled out as ‘Artiste of the Week‘.
On the Broadleaf riddim, produced by Big Bomb Entertainment, “Been There” adds to Junior Kelly’s list of songs which have impacted in a huge way. Among them are the  “Sunshine,” “Boom Draw“, “Hungry Days,” Missing You (with Bar-bee)”, “Receive” and the blockbuster, breakout single, “Love So Nice“, which spent a record 15 weeks at number one.
The single, which was driven by the music video, is currently getting good rotation across the globe and Kelly himself has been busy on the promotional trail, ensuring that “Been There”  forms part of his  live set.
He explained that the initial response to the song was so overwhelming that he did the music video ahead of schedule. The video, which has a simple and effective storyboard, sees Kelly playing the role of a taximan, as he belts out the lyrics to the song.
“I give thanks to all those who worked assiduously to make this single number one. Naturally, it’s a good feeling when fans endorse your music and it gives me the encouragement to continue along this path,” the conscious Rastafarian commented.
Junior Kelly, who has been enjoying a strong season of success, both in Jamaica and overseas, has easily reclaimed his space in the US market after an hiatus. His performance in Brooklyn at the Rose Garden on July 8 was so powerful that he was immediately booked for a second show to be held at the VillageNY on July 22.  Kelly gave a masterful performance at the Bayfront Reggae Festival,Minnesota, last Saturday, alongside Jamaican artistes Ce’cileAnthony B and Gramps Morgan.
Fans will be treated to another side of Junior Kelly on SundayJuly 29, at Weaver High School, Hartford Connecticut. He will be participating in the annual Celebrity Soccer Games, an event which he is quite enthusiastic about.
Junior Kelly has been in the business of making uplifting and empowering reggae music for more than 25 years. Beginning his career during Dancehall’s ‘rude boy’ era in the late ’80s, Kelly’s inspiring messages have always made him a standout artist within Jamaica’s heavily populated entertainment scene.
His breakthrough single “Love So Nice” established him as a bonafide star in 2000. His commanding juxtaposition of precisely timed, deejayed rhymes and melodic singing, coupled with his vivid storytelling abilities, took the song to #1 on the Jamaican charts. The album “Love So Nice“, released in 2001, also spawned the well-received singles which brought him recognition throughout the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.
“Been There” – video link

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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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Video : Yohan Blake pulls a stunner, beats Usain Bolt in 100m

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The Fastest Man in the World wasn’t the fastest man in Jamaica.
That honour goes to Yohan Blake, who got out of the blocks fast and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset world-record holder Usain Bolt by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials.
A shocker? Well, that’s for the world to decide. One thing for sure, however, is that the calculus for the London Olympics has changed dramatically.
Blake is the reigning world champion but that victory, last year in South Korea, came with an asterisk because Bolt didn’t run that night after being disqualified for a false start. This was their first rematch, their first real race since then. Bolt was considered the favourite, not only because of his world record – 9.58 seconds – but because Blake, his training partner had never run below 9.84 in his life.

Well, now, he has.
The 9.75 seconds goes down as the best time this year and also breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record; both marks were 9.76 – both held by Bolt.
As much as the numbers, though, it was all that daylight between Blake and Bolt at the finish line that told this story. Blake, the man known as “The Beast,” let out a primal scream when he crossed. Bolt just sort of pulled up – no “To the World” pose or anything else to celebrate.
Asafa Powell will join them at the Olympics, after finishing in 9.88. In the women’s 100, defending Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won in a Jamaican record 10.70 seconds, with Veronica Campbell-Brown in second and Kerron Stewart in third.

Blake beats Bolt.. the fastest man in the world.. by 0.11.
Jamaica National Olympic Trials 100m Finals
1 Yohan Blake, Racers Track Club 9.75
2 Usain Bolt, Racers Track Club 9.86
3 Asafa Powell, Mvp Track Club 9.88
4 Kemar Micheal Frater, Mvp Track Club 9.94
5 Bailey-Cole, Racers Track Club 10.00
6 Nesta Carter, Mvp Track Club 10.01 1.1
7 Lerone Clarke, Unattached 10.07
8 Jacques Harvey, Mvp Track Club 10.17

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Rick Ross – A Day In Jamaica

Rick Ross – A Day In Jamaica

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Payday Music Presents Dancehall Legends Vol 1

If the term legend, is defined “as a non-historical story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted” and Dancehall as “a genre of Jamaican popular music, a style of dance-oriented Reggae” than the art form that is known as Dancehall, which lives through Reggae, spins the livelihood tales of Jamaican culture is most definitely a legend.


Then infusing with the DJs and Singjays of present, names like Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Sizzla, we create storytellers. Who embed in generations old, new, and yet to come cultural sagas to be enjoyed for years to come creating dancehall legends.


On July 10th, Payday Music Group presents “Dancehall Legends Vol 1” a compilation of work by Grammy award winning producer, Austin “Payday” Green spanning over the last 8 yrs.  This audio collection is a showcase of some of dancehall’s greatest artist that Austin has the opportunity to produce for.


Austin (better known as “Payday” or “Kevin”) Green started his career in music over 14 years ago. With beginnings at Gargamel Studios, work at England’s Jet Star, as well as all the years in between producing, engineering, crafting and creating, Austin Green has contributed greatly to Reggae music. Most recently Austin and the Payday team release “Play Your Part” the official theme song for HelpJA Children initiative.


As “Dancehall Legends” prepares to release, Austin remarks that it was “exciting” going through years of music, choosing selections for the 1st volume, stating, “I’ve produced a lot of good music over the years, I realize my catalogue is growing. I just want to showcase some of the work”. The compilation will have eleven tracks, nine previously released with two exciting new exclusives. Some of the singles featured will be “Informa” Mavado, “Run Dem Mouth” Sizzla, “When Yuh Hold Dem” Vybz Kartel, and “Tek It To The Heights” Capleton.


The exclusives tracks; however, come from Bounty Killer and Buju Banton. The two new songs “Dem A Trace” from Bounty Killer and “Pressure Dem” from Buju Banton, are currently un-released and will be available only on “Dancehall Legends”.  As curiosity might strike to why Payday waited to release these singles, Austin offers this response, I don’t like to rush music. When he (Buju) was incarcerated, people tried to rush and put out what music they had, I don’t do music like that, no bandwagon thing.  It just felt like the time is right to release it. As for the Bounty single, it’s a track we revisited during the “Play Your Part” recording. It’s included on the compilation versus a regular release as to not bring “hype” and “questioning” to the song title “Dem A Trace”.


With that said, let the stories be told and the legends unfold, as Payday Music presents “Dancehall Legends Vol 1” on July 10. The compilation will be available on all digital outlets.

For the premieres of “Dem A Trace” and “Pressure Dem” and more information follow@PaydayMusic. Visit PaydayMusicGroup.com for a complete musical catalog

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Video: Don Andre- Roll We A Roll (Fun Never Stops) – UK Artist

Video: Don Andre- Roll We A Roll (Fun Never Stops) – UK Artist

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Carlos Andre Don Paul Robinson or as he’s affectionately known ‘DON ANDRE’ is the young and talented Jamaican born recording artist. Don hails from South London, which has become a breeding ground for new refreshing UK underground Dancehall talent.

This year has been all about Don Andre on the UK Dancehall scene. Continually putting out visuals for his ‘Roll We A Roll’ mixtape EP he put out three singles through AfterHours Records, ‘Badmind Tun Up Inna Dem’, ‘Mi Baby’ and ‘Save Something’ were all full worldwide digital releases on the AfterHours Riddim EP Series. He also did a track called ‘Every Ghetto Yute Wah Rich’ on the ‘Aurora Skies Riddim’ from Jamaica that caught the attention of a more international dancehall audience. Don Andre’s buzz has forced AfterHours to release a Pre-Album as a catalogue of the work Don has done under the label with a official music video being shot for his summer anthem ‘Fun Never Stops (Roll We A Roll)’ dropping on the same day, Sunday 10th June 2012.

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Dream Weekend Negril 2011 in Review

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Dream Weekend Negril 2011 in Review –

Dream Entertainment Ltd. gives you an inside look of Jamaica’s biggest party festival with the best event line up, awesome offerings and livest party crowd in Negril, Jamaica!

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VP Records and Subkonshus Music join forces in an exclusive deal to promote Konshens’ chart-topping summer anthem “Gal A Bubble.” The single, from one of hottest emerging dancehall artists, will be featured on VP’s top-selling series Reggae Gold 2012. The label began servicing the song to commercial radio this week.


Konshens’ “Gal A Bubble” is currently sweeping the streets and charts in Jamaica. The track has been consistently selling on iTunes and has landed the #1 spot for the second week in a row on Jamaica’s Weekly Music Countdown Chart by Richie B. The “Gal A Bubble” video  has also received almost 1.5 million YouTube views to date.
About Konshens

Born Garfield Delano Spence in the St. Andrew parish of Jamaica, the multi-talented singer and lyricist got his start while living in Kingston. In 2005, Konshens and his brother Delus formed the musical duo Sojah. Their first single ”Pon Di Corner,” produced by Cash Flow Records, led to the release of two Sojah albums in Japan.  As a solo artist, Konshens is known for hits like “Jamaican Dance” (from the video game Just Dance 3), “Do Sum’n,” “The Realest Song,” “Good Girl Gone Bad” with Tarrus Riley and “Winner” (which received a Song Of The Year nomination from Jamaica’s 2008 Hype TV Awards). Konshens also took home the title of Best New Artist at Jamaica’s Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards as well as Stone Love Awards that same year.  In February 2012, he released the solo album Mental Maintenance on his own label Subkonshus Music through VPAL distribution. The album has been well received by fans, and critics like BBC raved that the release was “nothing short of essential.”

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In this a time of reflection, I would like to thank my fans who have supported me through this difficult situation and who will continue to support me. Your messages and prayers via social networks and via members of my team are what have brought light to the darkness of my cell.

I have never admitted that I was involved in any drug deal or drug arrangement.  I waived my rights to an extradition trial here in Jamaica, so that I can return to the US to face a charge of absconding bail ONLY.  This incident took place ten (10) years ago before I even considered becoming an artiste.

As you can understand, this is a difficult time for me, however during my time away, my fans will not be left with a void – there are several unreleased tracks that will definitely keep you “busy” until my return. I recently released my album Reggae Music Again, which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Reggae charts. On my recent tour of Amsterdam and Paris, we shot elements for the video to the title track of the album. It features cameos from Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica and Anthony B and that will be released in a couple of weeks.

For my fans overseas, my management team has been in dialogue with promoters who have all shown their support for me and my situation and for that I thank them.

For my family, you have stood by me through thick and thin and I know you will continue to do so. In my time away, I have made the necessary arrangements with my management team to have you taken care of until my return.

To my band. Hi-Voltage, you have toured the world with me and have been a tower of strength. Continue to make good music until I return, cause the mission will continue.

I know that my facebook page has been inactive for a while, but, starting this week, Shane Brown, head of Juke Boxx management team, will assume direct control of my twitter account – @busysignal_turf  and my facebook page  – www.facebook.com/OneBusySignal. I will be kept updated so please continue to send your love, support and prayers through these channels, as they keep me going.

To my legal team, KD Knight, Bert Samuels and Roxanne Mars, your positive words and unfailing belief and support in me and my case have made this situation a little easier to bear. Thank you very much.

Finally my friends, my fans and my family, thank you again from the depths of my heart. Please keep me in your prayers.  “We not going down, cause God alone controls my destiny”

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Video: Audacity Riddim Medley feat. Spragga Benz, Xyclone, Jay-5 & Briggy Benz hits HypeTV

Video: Audacity Riddim Medley feat. Spragga Benz, Xyclone, Jay-5 & Briggy Benz hits HypeTV

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The video focuses on Red Square artists Briggy Benz, Xyclone, Jay-5 and Spragga Benz. The riddim is Produced by Rif Raf from Notice Production.

The video is now live on www.HypeTVJAM.com and in order to keep it there your vote is needed.

Text 1(876)444-2453 To Vote For The “AUDACITY MEDLEY VIDEO” On @Hypetvjamaica Or log on to www.HypeTVJAM.com

Furthermore, Xyclone, Red Square’s/ Tropical Heat [#rsqthp] newest fast rising sensation will be LIVE on “Up & Live” Monday, May 14th, 2012 to talk about the video and what to expect from Xyclone and Red Square in the near future!

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The Jolly Boys – Touch Me Tomato – Port Antonio, Jamaica

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The Jolly Boys – Touch Me Tomato – Port Antonio, Jamaica
Filmed at Trident Hotel, Bonnaview Lodge, and the Rio Grande River (made famous by Errol Flynn)
Filmed by Mike Lembo
Music Recorded by Jules Shear
Video Editing by Carl Murdock

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Video: Sweet Sounds of Mento Music

Sweet Sounds of Mento Music

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Video: Denyque speaks about leaked photos – Jamaica Star

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Video: Denyque speaks about leaked photos – Jamaica Star

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