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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)
http://youtu.be/1dt3oNwnGvQ

Junior Kelly – Iinterview @ Cabaret Sauvage (Paris)
http://youtu.be/IuPErAGaRBQ

Junior Kelly – Melkweg, Amsterdam
http://youtu.be/FwzUFI6vyIY

Junior Kelly Live at Melkweg Amsterdam (NL)
http://youtu.be/9TGnK3gHfCo

Junior Kelly live @ Club Reigen – Vienna, Austria
http://youtu.be/3laoTMTpkkc

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BUSY SIGNAL’S MANAGER SHANE BROWN SPEAKS ON THE DEEJAY’S SENTENCING, HIS HEALTH AND LIFE IN PRISON…

IrishandChin Inc scored another industry exclusive on Sept 25th when Busy Signal’s manager Shane Brown called in to Sound Chat Radio which aired on Road Block Radio and spoke with host Chin on a number of issues affecting the deejay at present including his sentencing, life in a US prison, his health, the state of his music among other exclusive information concerning their artiste-manager relationship. See more on http://www.irishandchin.com

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Video: JON FX MAKING CASH RIDDIM Live at Rhythmax Studios


Jon FX in the studio at Rhythmax entertainment complex making one of his newest beats. Watch and enjoy as this MUSICAL GENIUS overlays his track. Music is only about 10% complete and already sounds good enough or radio play. Enjoy!

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Mp3: Keri Hilson ft Neyo – Kanye West – Knock You Down (Reggae Remix)

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Video: Sweet Sounds of Mento Music

Sweet Sounds of Mento Music

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Mp3: Whitney Houston Ft Mavado – I Will Always Love ME Rmx – Troyton Music (DjLank & ZjRushRmx)

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EUROPE’S PLATINUM AND AWARD-WINNING ARTIST GENTLEMAN SET TO RELEASE DIVERSITY ON FEB 14 2012 IN THE US

With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, the German platinum and award-winning singer Gentleman is long overdue for his U.S. debut. Diversity, set for release on February 14, 2012 with VP Records, charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence.

Gentleman is currently touring Europe and plans to embark on the second leg of the Diversity world tour throughout the U.S. and South America beginning in March 2012. The series of shows include a west coast run supporting SOJA and his debut NYC showcase. Dates and venues to be announced.

On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae – and teams up with top Jamaican recording artists, including reggae lyricist and singer Tanya Stephens, the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott, Christopher Martin (Season Two winner of Jamaica’s televised talent competition, Rising Stars ) and producers Don Corelone, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

With new vigor and passion, Gentleman feels renewed on this 14 track set and is ready to take the U.S. by storm. “That fire you feel as a newcomer does not keep up for very long. It is up to you to stoke the embers and this (album) has much more force behind it,” he notes.

One may not assume that the Cologne native and son of a Lutheran pastor would become an international reggae superstar, but Gentleman (born Tilmann Otto in 1975) has been drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He immersed himself in the culture and music at the age of 18, making Jamaica his home away from home.

In 1997, he eventually got his first break with German hip-hip group, Freundeskreis, after delivering a verse on single “Tabula Rasa” with his distinctive singjay style. Since then, Gentleman has had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards).  He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy. After over a decade under the label Four Music, he moved to Universal in 2010 and will release Diversity in the U.S. with VP Records next year.

Track Listing:
1. The Reason
2. Changes
3. Hold On Strong
4. Tempolution
5. To The Top ft. Christopher Martin
6. Lonely Days
7. In A Time Like Now
8. Moment Of Truth
9. Another Melody ft. Tanya Stephens
10. I Got To Go
11. Good Old Days ft. Sugar Minott
12. Fast Forward
13. The Finish Line
14. It No Pretty

www.gentleman-music.com /// www.facebook.com/gentleman /// www.myspace.com/gentleman

VIDEO LINKS

“I Got To Go” (Live) Music Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k6OaDKYYzg

“Lonely Days” Music Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwr6Yoe2lKo

Sizzle Reel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3djHnDbk_uo

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Marley Africa Road Trip, A travel documentary

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When you are the son of a legend such as Bob Marley, whose music still lives more than three decades after his death, it is hard to make something out of your life without being compared to your father.

This has been the story of all of Marley’s sons, but most of them chose to make music anyway. While they may not have surpassed the father’s musical accomplishments, the Marley brothers have ensured that the family name is still held in high regard through their professional and personal lives.

Stephen, Damian, Ky-Mani, Ziggy, Rohan and Robert Marley have all had their go at music. Though kids these days may probably know Damian (aka Junior Gong) as the hot thing, big brother Ziggy has been making music for decades and even won a Grammy.

So, having seemingly accomplished all that can be done in the music industry, it is only appropriate that Marley’s first-born son leaves the reggae behind for a bit to venture into television.

Coming to your screen tonight will be his first production, Marley Africa Road Trip, a travel documentary that follows him, Rohan and Robert.

With the show premiering on Discovery, Ziggy took time out to speak to Tonight about it.

“All three of us are fans of motorcycles and riding a motorcycle… the experience is very mental. It’s very conscious. You have to be aware and we like that, you know. We did the trip on bikes just to be open to the elements and to the people,” he explained.

The brothers travel the South African countryside on their bikes. It is the ultimate survivor’s dream as they attempt to live under the stars and ride from dusk till dawn while exploring the land.

“It’s a much more open way to travel,” he said, referring to their preferred mode of transportation.

“You get a much more real experience being on a motorcycle travelling through a country than you would in a car, or any other way, or by any other means.

“We stopped when we felt like it and we got involved with the communities wherever we stopped. It was just a way to have a more open and not-so-insulated view of the land.

“I think being on a motorcycle gave us that opportunity and the freedom to explore places and people we probably wouldn’t if we were just driving in a car.”

Whenever an outsider makes a first visit to the country it is always interesting to hear their views on the place before the visit. Ziggy had an interesting take on the subject.

“It was my first time to South Africa and I was kind of, I wouldn’t say surprised, but I felt very good about what I saw because before we made the trip I remember there was some sceptical news about how you need to get a vest for knife attacks and things like that because South Africa is so dangerous. So I think this film will show Africa in a light that I think a lot of people who have never been here before don’t really know of, and I think that’s good for Africa,” he said.

Ziggy could have shot this production with anyone else, but he chose to do so with Rohan and Robert, for specific reasons.

“We work well together but we are kind of different, you know what I mean?” he asked, but I didn’t know what he meant so he carried on.

“I am really into the adventure stuff and my brother Rohan is not so much into it. He doesn’t like camping and things like that.

“Robbie is… he’s like the most quiet one of us all, so it was interesting.

“The trip showed different sides of us I think, because look, I like roughing it, but Rohan ended up driving in a Rolls-Royce at one point. I thought we were supposed to be on bikes, roughing it, but he would rather be in a Rolls-Royce. So I gave him some attitude about that, you know, but I mean, we have differences, but we get on together well,” he said, defining the typical sibling rivalries.

If you could digest Kim Kardashian and her sisters, then you would enjoy this as the brothers give a bit of themselves, away from the stage or studio.

lMarley Africa Road Trip airs today at 9.05pm on Discovery World (channel 250).

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Video: Serani Surprises Reggae Tip Show


Following up last year’s show-stealing performance at HOT 97′s On Da Reggae Tip show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, Serani re-affirmed he is currently one of the best live performers on the Dancehall scene.

An accomplished producer and musician, Serani decided it was time to showcase his skills to the world and started his performance on this year’s Reggae Tip show seated at the keyboard.

Dapperly-dressed in suit and tie, Serani started out singing new single Sweet Love and had the crowd watching in awe as he sung accompanying himself on the keyboard. He segued into his second Billboard hit single She Loves Me before jumping from the keyboard and continuing the rest of his high-energy set on tracks, spun by Troopa Chaloopa.

Serani had the audience in raptures for the rest of his set, interacting throughout as he gave them favorites such as Doh, Badmind and the classic No Games.

“I decided it was time to take my live set to another level,” said Serani. “The majority of people dont know that I can do that. Debuting this type of performance at On Da Reggae Tip was the right platform as its such a prestigious show with a diverse crowd. The feedback has been great and I will definitely be adding this element to my future performances.”

Serani closed out his set with dance anthem Skip To My Luu, leaving Hammerstein Ballroom satisfied and breathless by the time he left the stage.

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SuperHeavy – Miracle Worker – Super Group including Damian Marley


SuperHeavy, the supergroup made up of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, AR Rahman, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Dave Stewart, have posted the video for their debut single online.

The video is for “Miracle Worker”, which is the first track taken from the group’s self titled debut album, which is due out on September 19. The album has been produced by Jagger and Stewart.

The track is heavily reggae influenced, with Stone, Jagger and Damian Marley sharing lead vocals. The song’s video also features The Rolling Stones man in an extremely dashing pink suit.

Jagger has previously compared Super Heavy to The Rolling Stones, claiming:

“If you’re a Rolling Stones fan there’s definitely stuff you can relate to. Other stuff that you can’t relate to so much, maybe if you listen you’ll enjoy it. I don’t think it’s so far off the beaten track that you can’t understand it.”

The group have yet to announce any live dates.

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Dancehall disc jocks defend right to play their own material on Radio

A pair of prominent Dancehall disc jockeys have strongly countered claims from Ras Kassa & an executive director of the Broadcasting Commission that they are involved in any conflicts of interest; playing their own recordings & productions in excess on Jamaican radio stations.

This past Tuesday, internationally acclaimed music video director, Ras Kassa implied that too many DJs have been playing many of their own songs & Riddims on local radio stations to boost personal status. Furthermore, Kassa insisted that such self-promotion is causing local Radio & the Dancehall industry in general to lose credibility. Jamaica Broadcasting Commission executive director, Cordel Green also suggested there was a conflict of interest issue involving disc jocks; claiming that playing their own material while doing sets for Radio stations was “connected content” and that radio stations need to monitor how their disc jocks promote their own material.

In response to their allegations, veteran Dancehall disc jock, Foota Hype refuted that there’s any conflict of interest involved; intimating that once the music is fit for airplay disc jocks should be free to play their own recordings. “As a producer, I got hit songs from a rhythm I produced in 2006, and they are still being played,” Foota told the Jamaica STAR. Furthermore, Foota insists that he plays his own material given that there’s limited time to play everyone’s songs whilst juggling on the radio & called radio stations hypocrites for not allowing them more time to play a variety of songs in the process.

Offering a solution to the problem, Foota called on members of the music fraternity to unite & ask for more airtime to increase the playing of local material from various acts; building local exposure. “If I have 10 minutes to play, and play my production for six minutes out of the 10 minutes, nothing is wrong with that because that time is short, but if I had more time I would get to play more material from other producers,” Foota Hype explained. Foota went on to re-iterate that time is the biggest problem; not only for disc jocks performing for local radio stations, but at parties as well.

Fellow, well-renowned disc jock, ZJ Liquid; known for his regular appearances on ZIP FM also took offense to Ras Kassa’s claims; implying that song producing disc jocks are being fought out by fans & even members of the industry. “When mi did a play everybody song and every artiste, dem did good but as a DJ produce a hit riddim, and as DJ do a song wha big, everybody have problem … Big up all disc jockey who produce music and all disc jockey who a artiste,” Liquid tweeted on his Twitter page.

A legion of fans & Dancehall observers have questioned the legitimacy of Jamaican radio stations and Dancehall’s worth given so many disc jocks have emerged as producers & artistes in recent years. Most notable amongst the disc jocks that’ve worn producer/deejay hats include ZJ Ice, ZJ Chrome who’s produced Riddims such as the Dancehall EFX & Contra Riddims & Tony Matterhorn who recently unveiled his singles, Dancehall Duppy & Hog Pen (Dancehall Duppy Part 2).

 

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ELEPHANT MAN SWEEPS UPPSALA REGGAE FESTIVAL IN SWEDEN

Dancehall’s most energetic deejay Elephant Man is showing no signs of slowing  in 2011 this as he swept thousands of fans off their feet at the 2011 Uppsala Reggae Festival in Sweden with a historic performance last Saturday evening. The Energy God as he is affectionate called made his presents felt in Scandinavian territory as he shared the main stage with other local entertainers including Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and Ken Boothe.

Armed with a handful of enthused female dancers the “Pon Di River Pon Di Bank” deejay had the crowd screaming for more as he danced through his long catalog of hit singles. Elephant who is still enjoying rave reviews following his electrifying Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night performance and the unforgettable Captain America inspired suite designed by Romeich also took the stage at Fullyloaded days later on July 24th where he along with fellow entertainers Beenie Man, Capleton and Bounty Killer provide a power packed set to an early morning crowd.

Currently touring several countries in europe Elephant Man will continue to Helsinki Finland on August 10th and from there to Italy on August 13th.

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Beenie Man expresses gratitude for retrieving U.S visa

Internationally renowned Dancehall artiste, Moses “Beenie Man” Davis has expressed his joy & gratitude following the retrieval of his United States visa on Friday. Beenie, whose visa was taken away last April along with the likes of Aidonia, Bounty Killer & Mavado, was issued a ten year visa; re-opening his ability to travel & conduct business in the U.S.

In a press release issued on Friday evening, Beenie intimated that, “I am just thankful to the US Embassy for their renewed confidence in me, I have been granted a visitor’s visa, however, this is just the first step towards the ultimate objective of earning a US work permit so that I can realize my full earning potential and take care of my family.”

Another press release issued by his U.S based publicist echoed said sentiments. “Mr. Moses Davis, Beenie Man, thanks the United States Government, particularly the United States Consulate in Jamaica for their renewed confidence in him in the recent restoration of his United States visa privileges,” the statement read. Additionally, the release stated, “he also thanks his attorneys Professor David P. Rowe Esq and Rosemarie D. Robinson Esq for their professional assistance during this difficult time. Mr. Davis re-affirms his commitment to decency and family values as integral aspects of Jamaican reggae music.”

The self-proclaimed “King of the Dancehall” joins popular Dancehall singjay, Mavado as artistes to reclaim United States visas. Mavado was issued a U.S visa on July 2nd; allowing him to travel to the country where he would promote his new label, Mansion Records as well as embark on a series of interviews & press conferences.

Beenie previously collaborated with several American acts such as R&B songstress Mya on “Girls Dem Sugar,” pop icon Janet Jackson on her single “Feel It Boy,” & most recently Jamaican-American hip-hop superstar, Busta Rhymes for the remix of “Rum & Redbull” alongside Future Fambo.

 

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Aidonia signs management deal with Corey Todd

Well renowned Dancehall deejay & Jag One Productions (J.O.P) leader, Sheldon “Aidonia” Lawrence has officially inked a management deal with Vybz Kartel’s former business partner, Corey Todd. Aidonia becomes the latest artiste to join forces with the successful American businessman. Former Vybz Kartel protégé, JahVinci as well as the Portmore Empire’s former producer, Ainsley “Notnice” Morris & the self-professed “King Of The Dancehall,” Beenie Man have also linked with Todd within the last two months. Todd confirmed the deal during an interview on Wednesday.

According to reports, part of Aidonia’s deal with Todd includes the “Jackhammer” singer doing marketing related work as well as endorsements for a new product line that Todd will soon be unveiling. Todd did not reveal details on what exactly that product line will be about but says in the meantime that Aidonia will be endorsing his latest project, “Yaad Swag Rum.” Furthermore, Todd is insisting that Aidonia will be an integral part of the new network that he’s building with the likes of JahVinci & Beenie Man as he aims to promote prosperity & unity within Dancehall music, without any bias.

Aidonia released a statement expressing his excitement at the opportunity of working with Corey Todd and believes that this move will boost his career moving forward. The move was sealed after weeks of talks according to the J.O.P deejay. Meanwhile, Aidonia has released new material making waves on Jamaican radio including the Dre Day produced, “Summer Sun,” & “Bad Pickney” on Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor’s Bad Acid Riddim.

Corey Todd is renowned for his long time business partnership with Vybz Kartel as they promoted products such as Daggering Condoms and, most notably the Street Vybz Rum brand. They later created the weekly party series, “Street Vybz Thursdays” the nightclub formerly known as “The Building.” However, Todd severed ties from Kartel & the Portmore Empire in May following alleged death threats that “Di Teacha” made against his life.

Since severing ties with Kartel, Todd’s teamed with Beenie Man to promote their new line of rum products, “Yaad Swag Rum.” Todd is now also the spokesperson for the remodeled “Club Riddim,” the nightclub previously known as “The Building,” & “Asylum Nightclub.” Club Riddim reopened on July 1st & “Yaad Swag Thursdays” officially launched 6 days later.

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Ziggy Marley creates his own identity with new album – “Wild and Free”

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World renowned Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has been instrumental in carrying on the Marley family legacy since he & the Melody Makers released their debut album in 1985. Though he’s done well to continue from where his legendary father, Bob left off, Ziggy’s latest project, “Wild & Free” is a part of his campaign to show Reggae fans how different he & his father are both personally despite their musical similarities.

“Wild & Free,” released in mid-June passes on lessons that Ziggy learnt from his late father & worldwide Reggae icon, Bob Marley but simultaneously reveals some of Bob’s many personal issues during the peak of his career, from his womanizing to his inability to shed yes men as he eluded to in one of his singles of the new album, “The Road Less Traveled.”

In an interview from his home in Los Angeles, California; Ziggy opened up about the issues he noticed Bob encountering during his career; particularly his tendency to keep an entourage around him. I’d rather be by myself really than have like a million posse around me,” Ziggy claimed. “Some of them you don’t even know what’s in their hearts. You don’t know who you can trust.”

Furthermore, Ziggy detailed some of the run-ins he & his father would have regarding personal beliefs & expression. Ziggy explained, “I had different ideas that I shared with him. He didn’t like them as much. He gets upset or whatever. I guess I had a strong opinion from when I was a little boy, you know.” Ziggy also spoke of his affinity for city life given he was born in the city; one day telling his father, “I don’t want to be a country boy.” The single “Get Out Of Town,” off the “Wild & Free” album that talks about Ziggy leaving Jamaica for greener pastures.  Despite owning a home in LA, Ziggy mainly resides in Miami, Florida.

Ziggy & Bob even shared separate beliefs regarding their Rastafarian faith. “I said to him, ‘You cannot have dreadlocks. You can be dread in your heart. He was very upset. Each father want their sons to be just like them really,” Ziggy intimated.

Though Ziggy shares such differing personality traits from Bob, he’s more than willing to keep his father’s brand alive; recently releasing the “Marijuana Man” comic book as well as a “relaxation drink” called Marley’s Mellow Mood.

Musically speaking, “Wild & Free” is reminiscent of Bob’s smooth vocals & is filled with messages that attack political ignorance & promote love & unity like his father regularly preached. Singles on the album that speak to said messages include, “Forward To Love,” “Welcome To The World,” & “Personal Revolution.” Currently, the album is placed third on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart; one place below his brother, Stephen Marley’s album, Revelation Part 1, The Root Of Life.

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Mr. Cheeks Signs With Stephen Marley’s Label

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Lost Boyz member, Mr. Cheeks has inked a deal with Stephen Marley’s Ghetto Youths International imprint and is planning a new album for 2011.  The first single and from Mr. Cheeks’ upcoming album And The Winner Is…will be titled “Havin’ Fun,” which features singer Mya Azucena. “I know you all are tired of that fast food rap,” Mr. Cheeks said. “Get ready ‘cuz I’m gonna fill in the holes of the current hip-hop music scene, I’m about to feed you a four-course hip-hop meal.” Mr. Cheeks began associating with the Marley family in 2007, when he began work on the single “Iron Bars” from the Marley’s Grammy Award winning album, Mind Control.

Additionally, Mr. Cheeks has worked with Stephen’s brother Damien on a number of projects over the years, including his Grammy Award winning album Halfway Tree.

“Stephen Marley and the Marley brothers are my extended family, the connection I have with them is a blessing,” Mr. Cheeks said. “Since our first meeting at Lollapolooza in the late 1990’s and through the constant musical collaborations we have been able to establish throughout the years, one thing always remains the same, and that is a common goal of creating purely good music with conscious viewpoints and positive vibes.

 

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The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Dave Stewart joins forces in a new band

Rolling Stones Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones has reportedly formed a new supergroup with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, British soul singer Joss Stone, Indian musician and producer A.R. Rahman, and Jamaican reggae artist Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley. The group have apparently been recording together for the last 18 months, but have yet to release an album or give a public performance. They are currently calling themselves Super Heavy.

The New York Post has received conflicting information as to how serious this group is. One source claims that Super Heavy have finished a record and a video and are now in the process of negotiating a deal with at least one major label. Another source, a representative for Jagger, says the group simply “thought it would be interesting and great fun to go into the studio and play some music.” According to this source, no video has been shot and there is no record label involved.

Jagger is not the first Rolling Stone to start a new band. Keith Richards, whose 2010 autobiography “Life” repeatedly rakes Jagger over the coals, formed a group called X-pensive Winos in 1987, when the Rolling Stones were on hiatus. Though the X-pensive Winos have not recorded or performed together in years, Richards has recently revealed that they are now working on a new project. The Rolling Stones have not released an album since 2005 and have not toured as a group since 2007.

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Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Reveals Secrets About VP Records

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It’s no secret that many artistes and producers in the dancehall/reggae music industry have had acrimonious splits with industry giant, VP Records. As recently as last night, Wayne Wonder was on TVJ’s ER programme, talking about his recent departure from the VP Records camp, meanwhile popular reggae producer Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor took to his Twitter page, website and other online channels recently, with allegations of wrongdoings by VP Records.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor is one of the best young roots-reggae producers in Jamaica. His excellent track record speaks for itself when it comes to producing hit rhythms and penning world-class songs. Along with writing he produces his own beats which has proved to be a winning combination with artistes such as Gyptian, Etana, Nesbeth, Richie Spice and Lutan Fyah, Gramps Morgan, just to name a few, and he has worked with major artistes like Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Richie Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Glen Washington, Coco Tea, Jah Cure, I-Wayne, Capleton and Beenie Man.

Flava’s hit list includes songs such as Nesbeth’s Guns Out, Etana’s I Am Not Afraid, Gramps’ One In A Million, among others.

Below we’ve featured a clip of an exclusive audio interview of Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, by Daddy Turbo from the UK. This interview was aired on Monday night (February 7) on Daddy Turbo’s weekly Reggae & Dancehall Link Up Show on ICR FM 105.7 (icrfm.co.uk). Check it out:

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Usher and Chris Brown confirmed for Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica

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Global superstars Usher and Chris Brown are set to headline Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest which takes place from 17th – 24th July 2010.

Reggae Sumfest is Jamaica’s largest annual music event, attracting around 50,000 people each summer, including thousands of overseas visitors. The event celebrates Jamaica’s musical heritage by showcasing the best of dancehall and reggae music, as well as bringing top R ‘n’ B and hip hop performers to the island.

Usher and Chris Brown will perform alongside other international and home-grown artists including Beenie Man, Shaggy, Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley and Jah Cure.

Reggae Sumfest takes place at Catherine Hall, just a short drive from the centre of one of Jamaica’s most popular resort towns, Montego Bay. In addition to the music, the festival offers delicious Jamaican cuisine and stalls selling arts and crafts from all over the island.

The main performance nights are Thursday 22nd July (Dancehall night), Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th July (International nights), with tickets costing from US $32 – $53 (approx. £21 – £35) per night. Discounts are available on multiple-night tickets. All tickets can be purchased online at www.ReggaeSumfest.com.

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Artist Spotlight – “Rolhensha”

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Her journey officially began in 2009 when she launched her first music video and single “Defend It”. Since then she performed for the Miss National Carnival Queen Pageant 2010 and at Moon Splash in Anguilla. According to the critics Rolensha is “Energetic”, “Creative” and “Confident”. Her electrifying performance is not to be missed!

On October 11th 1990, hidden deep within the exotic Caribbean on the twin island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis, Rolhensha T’ Keyah Henry, affectionately known as “Rolhy” was born. At the tender age of four Rolhy led a glittering troupe of preschoolers in a National Carnival parade through the capital streets of Basseterre which climaxed with her introducing the troupe to the massive crowd. The overwhelming response from the adoring crowd ignited her love for the performing arts and the rest is history.

Rolensha joined the Edgar T. Morris Primary School Choir at 3rd grade and currently leads the Youth Choir at her church. During her years at the Cayon high school she played the lead single tenor steel pan for the school’s official steel orchestra which later became the Pantastics Steel Orchestra. She was always remembered for her high energy and enthusiasm performing and winning three consecutive national steel band competitions with her group. Their dynamic performances earned them a spot on the 2008 St. Kitts Music Festival where they performed before a massive crowd.

Music is the fuel that drives her throughout her entire day from the shower, to the street to the stage. Rolhy uses any opportunity to sing to her family, friends, in church or to any passers by. Her capacity to perform is undeniable and her ability to construct her own lyrics and deliver them in such a unique way can be partly attributed to her background in debating. Since her High School years she often represented her school in effective speaking competitions and debates. During her second year at the C.F.B. College she was on the schools debating team and earned the coveted title of Best Overall Speaker for the entire competition scoring an impressive 193 point out of a possible 200.

Many of her inspirations have come from personal experiences and she often attributes her love for music to her love for performing. This young musician also looks up to great artistes like Bob Marley and Michael Jackson. She admires the way they were able to reach the hearts of so many people across so many geographical and sociological boundaries. Rolensha aspires to achieve no less than these icons have and she is ready to make her mark and overcome any obstacle by seeing and embracing the silver lining.

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Popular US Newspaper links DEEJAYS TO DUDUS

A popular US newspaper has linked the names of deejays with former Tivoli strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke but offered no evidence for its claim, which International Reggae Day founder Andrea Davis called unfortunate for the industry.

The lengthy article, entitled ‘The Great Dancehall Freeze-Out of 2010′, published June 29 in the liberal, New York-based Village Voice claimed that “some cite perceived ties to Coke, whose entertainment company stages Kingston’s annual Champions in Action concert” as the reason for “those artists now remain(ing) sidelined from US travel”.

The deejays referred to in the article are Aidonia, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, and Mavado whose US visas were revoked in April. The Observer was unable, up to press time, to contact the artistes or their management for comment. The US Embassy has not revealed why it revoked the visas of these artistes citing issues of confidentiality. The writer, Jesse Serwer, did not substantiate the claim or quote sources despite the article’s intent to explain why “many of Jamaica’s biggest acts [are] now barred from entering the US?”

Davis, not commenting on the assertion posited in the article, said that it would further sully Jamaica’s image. She, however, added that Jamaica’s high murder rate and aggression make such articles easy to be believed.

“Forget about the (Village Voice) for a second, yes it is bad public relations, but we are a society that is brutalised by violence. So, long before we talk about record sales, Billboard or this Village Voice article, we have to clean up for the sustainability of our society because Jamaica is falling apart,” she stated.

Business and entertainment activities in the capital city came to a halt in May after heavily armed thugs attempted to prevent members of the security forces from accessing a barricaded Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston to serve an arrest warrant on alleged drug baron Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. More than 70 persons, including two policemen and a soldier, were killed during the unrest, which lasted for three days. The unrest gained attention from the international media, making headlines across the globe.

On June 24 Coke was eventually extradited to the US.

“The last few weeks have definitely created a negative light on not only the music brand but the country’s brand and this article will not help. But I don’t think that we are out of the game yet and it is time for us to step up more than ever. We spend so much time celebrating the negative and disposable music when there is a whole stream of new music, in the tradition of Marley, and they [are] not getting the airplay. The media has a role to play in this,” stated Davis. “There is a new generation of positive music.

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How Me Look Remix Ft. Skerrit Bwoy

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Mp3:Buju Banton – Regular Ting

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“Boca Baby” – Charlie Rockstar feat Junior Reid

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Sean Paul Speaks about Street Cred in his interview with Nikki Z

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Each artist in the industry has a story to tell. The triumphs and the challenges. This holds true for the mega international recording artist Sean Paul. Late last week, Sean Paul’s Twitter followers would have seen his tirade directed at a particularly persistent follower, who told him “don’t fabricate street cred … be real” (among other things), apparently based on statements made by Sean Paul during a recent television interview on the Mo’Nique Show. Sean Paul was clearly not amused, and in an exclusive follow-up interview with Nikki-Z, he spoke further about people constantly styling him as UPT (uptown) – born with a gold spoon in his mouth.

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Behind the Music on VH1: Bob Marley

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Shaggy & Tessanie – Never Let Me Go

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‘Never let me go’ – ls the latest project to hit the airwaves in November by Shaggy.  The project exposes the much evolved and strong vocal talents of Tessanne Chin, (with hit songs such as: Hide away, Black books, and Messenger). ‘Never let me go’ speaks to the highly romantic and mental attraction that lovers often experience, coupled with the seeming and ever present physical attraction existing between  a male and female.
The song speaks to a need by both sexes, to provide reassurance or lifelong commitment, to life and love, with the prospect of everlasting partnership.  The collaboration comes high on the heels of the request by the Jamaican population, as well as the cry of the nations entertainment bodies, to ensure the music we produce, is one which our children can listen and ascertain good values and morals. Never let me go encourages the continued commitment, with truth, love and willingness to work towards the goal of a lasting relationship.
Never let me go is a production by the much acclaimed, local and international producer Birch, based in Kingston, Jamaica.
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Vybz Kartel Ft. Shebba-Do Me Dat(England Town Riddim)

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Spotlight: Tessanne Chin

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TESSANNE CHIN ALBUM ON THE WAY

With mega hits such as Secret Hideaway, Messenger and Black Book to her credit reggae / rock sensation Tessanne Chin has broken the silence regarding her eagerly anticipated debut album slated to be released early next year.

According to Tessanne the album is still untitled but will feature a host of new songs and a few classics. “Well I plan on heading in a totally different direction than before as it relates to the music, I’ve been doing some recording of later and the album should have anywhere between 12-14 tracks. Currently I’m promoting my new song “Are You Gonna / Control” which is a fun song about the ups and downs in relationships. At some point everyone falls in love and what this song is basically saying is that either way with or without that special person I will be alright”.

In other news Tessanne has also been busy collaborating with the likes of Shaggy on a song dubbed “Never Let Me Go” which is to be released later this month. Other collab’s include work with singer / songwriter Kes out of Trinidad and on the local front the female dominated track “Beautiful Sister” alongside Alaine, Queen Ifrica and sister Tami Chynn.

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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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Elephant Man – Bedroom Killer

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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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Busy Signal – “Trading Places”

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