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Ninja Man handed November date for murder trial

Ninja Man 2014After Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel was convicted of murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison, another legend of the genre will have to wait several more months before his long-awaited murder trial is finally set in motion.On Monday, Desmond Ballentine, more popularly known as Ninja Man appeared in a Kingston court where he was scheduled to kick off the trial. However, the deejay, through his attorney, K.D. Knight, issued an application to have the case thrown out.

Knight argued that the case against Ninja Man and two co-accused should be dismissed given a breach of the constitutional rights, considering the length of time the case has yet to be tried. That application was soon rejected by the presiding judge, who then issued a November 10 date for the commencement of the trial.

Monday’s court proceedings took place just over five years after the fatal shooting of Richard Johnson in March 2009. The deejay was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the incident. Ninja Man’s son, Janiel Ballentine and another man, Dennis Clayton were jointly charged in the incident.

The trial has endured several delays since then, though Ninja Man has been on bail since March 2012 and has since revived his nearly three-decade-long career after joining forces with Downsound Records.

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876-411 Review Show – Featuring Vybz Kartel, Ninja Man and more

Vybz KartelWelcome to Episode 9 of the live, Jamaican online entertainment show, 876-411.

Tonight’s episode looks at more fallout in the aftermath following Vybz Kartel’s conviction on murder charges, why artists get in trouble, a special look at Ninja Man and even a peek into the English Premier League title race.

For more about 876-411, check out the official YouTube page to see all episodes of the show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPS4uRK1AT4kxvMNzD0_qA  Also, check out out Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RAYKINGlive for more details. Check it out!

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Ninja Man Talks About Sting 2012 & Gives Advise To Tommy Lee Sparta @876radio

Ninja Man Talks About Sting 2012 & Gives Advise To Tommy Lee Sparta

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Ninja Man calls out Beenie Man for Shabba comments


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

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

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

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Ninja Man teams with Kiprich for comeback single

Iconic Dancehall superstar, Ninja Man has returned to the music spotlight just days after posting bail in his ongoing murder case.

The veteran artiste, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, has been incarcerated over the last three years after copping a murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm charge in relation to the fatal shooting of a man in 2009. Ninja Man, as well as his 20 year old son and co-accused, Janiel Ballentine were recently granted JA$2 million bail in the case and are due to return to court on July 16.

In the meantime, Ninja Man has recaptured his musical roots for the first time in nearly a decade, teaming up with Dancehall star, Kiprich to record a new collaborative effort, The Don Gorgon Is Back. Done in honor of Ninja Man’s return to the Dancehall scene, The Don Gorgon Is Back was conceptualized and produced by Kiprich, who contacted the veteran artiste’s team after insisting that he deserved a commemorative return song.

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Ninja Man granted bail

After languishing in jail for over three years, veteran Dancehall entertainer, Ninja Man will finally enjoy the benefits of freedom, temporarily at least.

The prominent deejay, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine was granted bail on Friday, along with his son, Janiel Ballentine, in the sum of JA$2 million regarding their ongoing murder case. As part of their bail condition, Ninja Man and his son must report to the police daily and were ordered to return to court on July 16.

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Reggae/dancehall dying in the US?

It would seem that the Reggae/Dancehall music fraternity is being hit by one blow after another. Top deejays have lost their US visas and work permits, and Buju Banton, Ninjaman and Flippa Mafia are off the scene — all facing criminal charges.

The big question now is, how will this impact the dancehall community at large. Already, the top annual reggae show in the United States — Irie Jamboree — has cancelled this year’s staging.

It would seem that the Reggae/Dancehall music fraternity is being hit by one blow after another. Top deejays have lost their US visas and work permits, and Buju Banton, Ninjaman and Flippa Mafia are off the scene — all facing criminal charges.

The big question now is, how will this impact the dancehall community at large. Already, the top annual reggae show in the United States — Irie Jamboree — has cancelled this year’s staging.

Irie-Jamboree vice-president Louis Grant told the Sunday Observer that visa cancellations, primarily regarding Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Jah Cure and Sizzla, as well as a few other notables, coupled with the incarceration of top tier acts Buju Banton and Ninjaman, were the primary reasons the decision was taken not to host the show, one of North America’s premier reggae festivals.

“Not having access to this cluster of acts to factor into our line-up has adversely impacted us this year. At the very least, this situation is progressively becoming dire and needs to be strategically and properly addressed, via fair and prompt intervention, so that fair and prompt resolution can be achieved post haste,” Grant said.

For G City Entertainment promoter Casey Rankine, although many of the major acts are out of commission in the United States market, it is “business as usual”.

“It has not greatly affected my plans. The major challenge is the economy — weak audience turnout and poor ticket sales,” Rankine said.

In fact, according to him, the situation has now created an opportunity for other good artistes.

“There are other artistes who have done work for years, or upcoming talents, and this gives them the opportunity to be highlighted, so we are looking forward to working with them,” he said.

New York-based publicist Anthony Turner says the unavailability of the aforementioned artistes is not the greatest challenge for promoters in the US right now.

“Even if those artistes were available, it would not be a given that they could have brought in a full house or that the event would have been a guaranteed success,” he said.

Like, Rankine, Turner said one of the biggest challenge facing promoters now is the economic recession.

“There are other factors to take into consideration too, such as finding affordable venues and receiving quality sponsorships,” Turner shared, adding that unlike events in Jamaica, US sponsors do not give a lot of cash support, so promoters rely heavily on gate receipts.

But while some US promoters are experiencing challenges as it relates to the staging of reggae events, for Eddy Edwards of Riddim Marketing, it’s all about having the right packaging. Edwards, who has hosted plays, church festivals and other family-friendly events, says he walked away from “the whole dancehall mix up”.

“I lean to cultural and clean lyrics artistes, so as a result, I am not affected by what’s going on right now. If you notice, somehow, those are the ones not in trouble,” the promoter said.

He admits that the numbers have been down because of the recession, but says because of the nature of his events he has enjoyed enough support to make them viable — that plus the fact that the artistes with whom he has been working are “very reasonable”.

However, Irie Jamboree’s Grant is not swayed by the argument for cultural productions.

“Our very pervasive culture is so much a part of generations “X” and “Y”‘s pop culture, that these kids, primarily of Jamaican and a wider Caribbean descent, will just not allow that to happen,” Grant said.

He admits that growth may be stymied for several reasons, the main culprit being the lyrical content of some of the songs. But, he says recent steps by the Broadcasting Commission has helped to address, in a very profound way, guidelines that give “the stamp of approval to songs” which ultimately get played on the airwaves in Jamaica.

Grant believes that this move has helped to shape, and usher in a revolution of greater creativity in writing and consequently, many of the dancehall acts and music producers have made notable adjustments to their art.

“On a personal level, I am particularly happy for this advent, as the songs that get sent to us on a daily basis are better songs, if only by “air play” standards, which ultimately bodes well for the longevity and sustainability of the industry at large,” he said.

According to G-City’s Rankine, the solution going forward is for dancehall acts to “always keep it professional in terms of management, performance, public appearances, by keeping their artiste fees at a fair market value, and adjusting their attitude towards promoters, without (whom) they would have no shows, remembering at all times that it’s a business.”

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Ninja Man’s court hearing begins.

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ninjamanThe preliminary enquiry into the murder of a man by four men including popular dancehall
artiste Desmond “Ninja Man” Ballentine, began Monday in the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court.

The Court heard testimony from one witness Monday.The enquiry continues on September 14.

The entertainer and his 20-year-old son Janiel Ballentine along with Clayton Dennis and Seymour Samuels are charged with the murder of 20-year-old Ricardo Johnson, who lived in Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew. Mr. Johnson was gunned down in a drive-by on March 16.

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No Bail for Ninja Man

DANCEHALL entertainer Desmond Ballentine, better known as ‘Ninja Man’, and his son, Jahniel Ballentine, 21, – both facing murder charges – were both denied bail when they appeared in Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’ Court yesterday.

Clayton Dennis and Seymour Samuels who are facing murder charges in connection with the same case, were also denied bail by Resident Magistrate Valerie Edwards, who said the allegations were too serious to grant them bail.

The four, who are facing charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm, in connection with the murder of Ricardo ‘Ricky Trooper’ Johnson at his Marl Road home, in Olympic Gardens, Kingston 20, are scheduled to return to court on July 2.

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Throwback Video – Super Cat and Ninja Man Clash at Sting

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Another man charged along with Ninja Man

A fourth suspect has been charged by Members of the Major Investigation Task Force in connection with the March murder of Ricardo Johnson, in Olympic Gardens, Kingston. The suspect, Seymour Samuels, joins dance hall artiste Desmond “Ninja Man” Ballentine, his son and another man charged for the 20-year old’s murder.

Mr. Samuels, who was charged last week, was remanded until June 1, when he appeared in the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court on Tuesday.
Investigators say Mr. Samuels was recently captured during a police manhunt. Mr. Johnson was shot dead along Marl Road on March 16 when persons traveling in a motor car opened fire at a man.

The bullets missed the intended target and struck Mr. Johnson who was standing on the road. Ninja Man and his son Janiel were later fingered as the gunmen. The artiste surrendered to the police a few days later, while his 20-year old son and another suspect, Clayton Dennis, were captured in St Ann in April.

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Police to question Ninja Man’s son

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Detectives from the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) are later this week expected to begin questioning the teenaged son of popular dancehall artiste Ninja Man.

The teenager was picked up by the police in Breadnut Hill, St Ann on Friday and taken to Kingston on Sunday. He is being held in connection with the shooting death of a man in Kingston in March, for which his father, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne has been charged.

A man held along with the entertainer’s son was also taken back to Kingston as the police investigate the death of Ricardo Johnson, 20, who was gunned down on March 17 on Lower Marl Road.

Ballentine, charged on March 21 for murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm, has since appeared in court and remains in police custody.

Reports are that Johnson was sweeping his yard in the company of a friend when a grey motorcar drove up. An argument reportedly developed between Johnson’s friend and one of the men in the car. The men drove off but later returned and opened fire, hitting Johnson who died at the Kingston Public Hospital.

A grey motor car resembling the one used in the incident has also been seized by the police.

Ninja Man, who has publicly professed his innocence in the matter, is the founder of the One Umbrella Movement, an organisation created to promote peace in the Marl Road community.

He’s to return to court May 7.

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Ninjaman’s brother stabbed to death…

Police say a man, whose body was found with that of a woman in Manor Park, St Andrew, is the brother of popular dancehall artiste Ninja Man. The bodies were found yesterday on Grosvenor Terrace with stab wounds, but police theorise that both were killed the night before. A superintendent at the Constant Spring Police Station said the man worked as a security guard. Morris said the man’s employer told police that he was Ninja Man’s brother. Efforts to get a confirmation from Ninja Man or anyone from his management team proved futile yesterday. The superintendent identified the woman as Elsie Armstrong.

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