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I-Octane and Mr. Vegas feud over who should close Sumfest

I-Octane 2014I-OcAfter headlining Dancehall Night at the 2013 edition of Reggae Sumfest, Dancehall/Reggae star, I-Octane has declined an offer by show organizers to close the show again this year, instead calling on Mr. Vegas, who questioned Sumfest’s selection of Octane as the closing act last year, to finish the show.

After it was announced I-Octane was closing Dancehall Night at last year’s show, Mr. Vegas became increasingly vocal about the Sumfest lineup, openly questioning the show’s promotion of the singjay as the closing act, while criticizing his open campaigning for the closing spot. He also questioned why young Reggae sensation,Chronixx performed on International Night 2, suggesting he would have been a better fit for Dancehall Night because hardcore Dancehall fans were a big part of his following.

I-Octane, currently on an extended U.S. tour, initially acceptedSummerfest Productions head, Johnny Gourzong’s invitation for the entertainer to close Dancehall Night for the second year running. However, he changed his mind after being told Mr. Vegas was also on the bill and has challenged him to close the show instead.

Mr. Vegas responded to I-Octane’s comments following a show in Colombia, saying Octane should again finish Dancehall Night given he considers himself the ‘King of Dancehall. However, Vegas warned Octane that he should think more long term with his career goals.

Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014 will take place on July 17. Reggae Sumfest 2014 is scheduled for July 13-19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

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Reggae Sumfest organizers consider moving up show in future

Reggae SumfestWith the 21st edition of Reggae Sumfest set to kick off in Montego Bay in just over two weeks, organizers of the popular event are thinking about holding it earlier to avoid competing with the growing number of summer festivals in Europe.

At the official launch for Reggae Sumfest 2013, which took place on Tuesday at the Macau’s Restaurant and Bar in St. Andrew, the show’s lead organizer, Johnny Gourzong hinted at a possible shift in the schedule for the event.

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Flo Rida to headline International Night 1 at Reggae Sumfest

Flo RidaInternational hip-hop sensation, Flo Rida has become the latest headliner to be added to this year’s Reggae Sumfest lineup as the popular American musician will feature on International Night 1 of the event, according to an announcement Wednesday.

Summerfest Productions, the organizers of Reggae Sumfest insist Flo Rida was a fitting choice for their event given his growing number of hit songs.

“Flo Rida is a great complement to this year’s show, he has done very well over the past few years with a lot of internationally recognized hit,” said Johnny Gourzong. “We are really glad to have him on the show; he will be bringing the full experience to the festival, full band, dancers and everything, so it’s a big, full show on International Night 1.”

Flo Rida first emerged on the music scene in 2007 with his Billboard chart-topping hit, Low (feat. T-Pain). This was the standout song on his successful debut album, Mail On Sunday, which featured collaborations with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, will. i. am, Trey Songz, Timbaland and Sean Kingston amongst others.

After releasing two more studio albums, R.O.O.T.S and Only One Flo (Part 1), the Miami-born rapper elevated his stock with his fourth album, Wild Ones, which saw him release hits such as Whistle and Good Feeling, which featured a sample of the late Etta James’ classic, Something’s Got a Hold on Me. Whistle topped charts in 20 countries while Good Feeling peaked at number three in the U.S. while topping the charts in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria.

Flo Rida will be making his first trip to Jamaica come Reggae Sumfest and says he is looking forward to it.

“Over the last few years, I’ve been everywhere – Africa, Japan, Greece, South America, Russia, the Middle East, Australia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia; but never to Jamaica. I am excited,” he said in a statement.

Flo Rida joins Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter, Miguel as the headline overseas acts slated to perform at the 21st edition of Reggae Sumfest, which takes place at the Catherin Hall Entertainment Complex in St. Catherine from July 21-27. Here’s the full Reggae Sumfest lineup so far.

Dancehall Night (July 25): Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, I-Octane, Popcaan, RDX, Kiprich, Tifa, Spice, Aidonia, Macka Diamond, Tommy Lee Sparta, Danielle aka D.I. Bugle, Baby Tash, Blade Scheemaz and QQ.

International Night 1 (July 26): Flo Rida, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Barrington Levy, Droop Lion, Nature, Iba Mahr and British singer, Kiarah Dubwah.

International Night 2 (July 27): Miguel, Damian Marley, Chronixx, No Maddz and Romain Virgo.

 

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Miguel, Chronixx confirmed for final night of Reggae Sumfest 2013

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

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

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

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I-Octane recovering in hospital following asthma attack

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, I-Octane is recuperating in a Kingston-based hospital after falling ill last week.

A member of I-Octane’s team revealed on Monday that the prominent singjay suffered an asthma attack on Thursday night. According to reports, he was taken to hospital where he’s currently being treated by his physician.

Doctors expect I-Octane to make a full recovery from this attack but have advised him to rest until further reassessments are made.

Given his current health situation, I-Octane will be unable to honor some of his upcoming commitments but hopes to recover as soon as possible so that he can perform for his fans once more.

I-Octane last performed on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2012 in which he gave a typically rousing set. Additionally, he’s released efforts in July such as Bun It & Laugh, Get Weh Mi Want (Mad Panerama Riddim) and Woman Mi Love (Sounique Riddim).

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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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Lady Saw, Konshens highlight successful Dancehall night at Sumfest

Featuring one of the most star-studded lineup’s in its 20 year history, Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest lived up to expectation on Thursday night as several of the genre’s shining stars shone brightly during the highly acclaimed stage show.

The Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay witnessed a great turnout as patrons were treated to several energetic performances and a few surprises along the way. Some of those surprises weren’t just musical but also in terms of fashion as artistes such as Tifa, Spice and Elephant Man brought unique senses of style to the Sumfest stage.

All three aforementioned artistes brought their A games to Reggae Sumfest’s 20th showing with reputable sets while Stacious showed her on-stage maturity accompanied by a sexy flare and style to her performance and Potential Kidd also hanging tough on his biggest stage show yet.

Rising Reggae sensation, Romain Virgo validated his growing status as one of the genre’s most promising superstars as he performed some of his smash hits that have resonated well with fans including I Know Better and System. Additionally, Kiprich received mass approval from the music lovers on hand, even holding his own again when a fluffy girl tested his strength and dancing skills on stage while Magnum Kings and Queens alumni, Baby Tash and Specialist looked and sang the part, showing no nerves on Jamaican music’s grandest stage.

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Trey Songz and Shabba’s return cap electrifying International Night at Sumfest

Following a Dancehall Night that’s been hailed as the best ever by industry observers, Reggae Sumfest upped the ante with a wholly captivating International Night for the ages.

On Friday night, a great sense of anticipation filled the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex as fans craved the return of American R&B sensation, Trey Songz to Jamaican soil as well as the homecoming of Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks after an 11 year absence from the local scene. That anticipation turned to delight as fans in Montego Bay got to witness stellar performances from both artistes as well as a slew of other acts that graced the Sumfest stage in the early hours of Saturday morning.

International Night featured prominent young and veteran acts that made strong impressions on Reggae Sumfest. One such artiste was Downsound Records artiste, Nature, who validated his rising status within Reggae music with a powerful and energetic set that included delivering his breakthrough hit, World Peace.

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Shabba Ranks to be honored at Reggae Sumfest

Just under 48 hours from now, Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks will appear on a Jamaican stage show for the first time in 11 years and organizers of Reggae Sumfest look to ensure that his return will be memorable.

Shabba Ranks arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday, where he was ceremoniously greeted by family, friends several fans who’ve long-awaited his return to Jamaica. Additionally, the iconic deejay visited his native neighborhood of Olympic Gardens where he bonded with fans and has since toured Kingston, with pictures emerging in the last two of Shabba Ranks alongside vaunted Dancehall superstar, Aidonia as well as prominent Alliance diva, Ishawna.

Now, as Shabba prepares to perform on the first of two International nights at Reggae Sumfest on Friday night, the self-professed Emperor of Dancehall music will be recognized by organizers of the stage show for his long-standing contributions to Jamaican music when he takes the stage at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Shabba Ranks has etched his name within Dancehall folklore since emerging in the late 1980s and subsequently dominating the music scene in the early 1990s with classics like Bedroom Bully, Trailer Load and Ting a Ling. Shabba hails as one of six Jamaican artistes to earn at least two Best Reggae Album Grammy awards and the only local entertainer to boast successive victories at music’s most celebrated awards show, winning for As Raw As Ever in 1992 and X-tra Naked the following year.

Citing artistes like Josey Wales and Yellow Man as some of his inspirations, Shabba Ranks has become a legend for his hardcore lyrical delivery and somewhat eccentric stage antics while later creating his own label, Emperor Ranks Entertainment. Having spent most of the last decade in Miami, Shabba Ranks promises to delight fans who’ve been craving to see him for so long.

Tonight, music lovers will witness ample star power as Dancehall Night takes center stage. Artistes such as Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Konshens, Tifa, Popcaan, I-Octane, Khago, Baby Tash and Montego Bay native, Tommy Lee will be some of the acts who will grace the Catherine Hall stage on Thursday night.

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Trey Songz promises stellar Sumfest performance

Internationally acclaimed R&B singing sensation, Trey Songz insists that his Jamaican fans should expect nothing but the best during his upcoming performance at Reggae Sumfest.

Trey Songz will headline the first of two international nights at the ongoing Reggae Sumfest event in Montego Bay this Friday. The award-winning singer, known for singles such as Heart Attack and Sex A’int Better Than Love will be making his second appearance in Jamaica for a stage show; his first since the summer of 2008 when he performed at Temple Hall Estate in St. Andrew.

His debut showing in Jamaica drew little fanfare, despite showcasing a bill that included Assassin, Leftside and Yung Joc. However, on his second go-around in the island, Trey Songz insists that locals will be treated to a more mature and entertaining performance when he graces the Catherine Hall stage.

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Toi & JahVinci Ignite Reggae Sumfest with Surprise Performance

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Reggae Pop sensation, Toi & top dancehall singjay, JahVinci, took the stage at the Aquasol Theme Park in Montego Bay, to entertain the masses at the 2012 Reggae Sumfest Beach Party. This traditional event marks the start of the 20th Anniversary of Reggae Sumfest.

Toi, who began her performing career two years ago in Miami, Fl, has been making steady strides in the music industry. This latest performance shows that she has grown into a confident artist who knows her way around the Stage. With a wealth of musical styles and a powerful expressive voice, Toi laid down a smashing performance.

“I did my thing and it was great, I loved it”, said Toi. “It’s been an amazing experience so far, and theres a lot more to expect from Toi. I want to thank the fans for supporting me and keeping me reaching for more”.

JahVinci, the former Portmore Empire member & singjay, with his Weaving lyrics and flawless flow had the crowd jumping with energy. Since parting with the Portmore empire, he has captivated many dancehall and reggae music lovers with his cultural outreach. Well known for singles such as “Watch Yuh Friends”, “Money”, and “Remedy”, JahVinci delivered solid entertainment.

As Reggae Sumfest moves forward in its 20th year, attendees can look forward to more action, more good music, and non-stop energy. With several major acts ready to grace the stage, one thing is sure, Reggae Sumfest 2012 is off to a real good start.

 

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Shabba returns to Jamaica

Shabba returns to Jamaica for Sumfest, Mavado out of show

As Reggae Sumfest kicks into gear, one prominent Jamaican superstar receives a warm welcome back to the island while another won’t be heading back in time for the week-long stage show.

Multiple Grammy-winning Dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks has returned home for the first time since 2001 as he prepares to perform at the 20th edition of Reggae Sumfest this week in Montego Bay. The internationally acclaimed superstar, renowned for classics such as Bedroom Bully, Ting a Ling and Trailer Load arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday to a rousing welcome from his Jamaican fans who’ve long awaited his re-emergence on the local scene.

Perhaps the greatest evidence that Jamaicans still have love for Shabba Ranks was during a tour of his native Olympic Gardens as fans rushed a vehicle carrying the beloved deejay through the neighborhood.

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Shabba Ranks back on Reggae Sumfest stage

After nearly two decades away from the Reggae Sumfest stage, legendary Dancehall superstar, Shabba Ranks will return to the event in this, its 20th edition.

Shabba Ranks will join the likes of Beenie Man, Damian Marley, Konshens, Popcaan, Tifa, I-Octane and several other local artistes who will represent the island at the 20th edition of Reggae Sumfest, set to take place from July 15-21 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. This marks the first appearance by Shabba Ranks since the event’s second staging in 1994.

Shabba Ranks will be headlining on International Night 1 along with internationally acclaimed R&B singer, Trey Songz, who was confirmed for Reggae Sumfest earlier this week.

Shabba Ranks remains a wholly respected figure in the music industry; renowned for several classics including Trailer Load, Twice My Age, Mr. Loverman, Bedroom Bully, Wicked Inna Bed and Ting a Ling. The highly regarded deejay won two Best Reggae Album Grammy Awards for As Raw As Ever in 1992 and X-Tra Naked the following year; making him one of six Jamaican artistes to earn such a distinction.

After disappearing from the mainstream scene in recent years, Shabba Ranks returned to prominence last year with the Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor produced None A Dem on the Peppa Riddim. He also recorded a sultry collaborative effort with popular Dancehall diva, Danielle aka D.I. entitled Big Man.

Additionally, Shabba Ranks performed at last year’s edition of Best of the Best in Miami, Florida and currently owns his own label dubbed Emperor Ranks Entertainment.

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Guinness to celebrate 50 of Dancehall’s greatest

One of Jamaica’s most recognized brands will be taking the initiative to honor 50 of Dancehall music’s greatest acts by creating an activity for fans and industry players to determine the genre’s most influential figures.

As a part of the island’s 50th Independence celebrations, Guinness will offer a platform where its consumers can choose who they think are the 50 greatest persons to ever grace Dancehall’s circles. According to Guinness brand manager, Racquel Nevins, the compilation will include several deejays, producers, disc jocks and sound system operators and represents those persons who have been instrumental building the Dancehall culture throughout its existence. The Guinness 50 Greatest Dancehall Icons activity will commence next months and will run up until Independence weekend (August 4-6).

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Mavado found guilty in assault case, plans to appeal

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, David Brooks, more popularly known as Mavado has been found guilty of two charges in relation to an assault case stemming from an incident in Montego Bay last year.

The highly regarded singjay was deemed guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious destruction of property when the case concluded on Monday morning inside the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates Court in St. James.

As a result, Mavado was sentenced to pay a JA$80,000 fine or face a six month prison term in relation to the assault charge and JA$20,000 or six months in prison with regards to the malicious destruction of property charge.

The charges are in relation to a July 2011 incident which took place less than a day after Mavado performed at Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall. Reportedly, Mavado and members of his entourage attacked a man, Henry Cunningham and his son, Oshane Cunningham in a moment of road rage. Both men sustained multiple injuries in the altercation and the vehicle in which they were travelling was reportedly damaged.

In reaction to the verdict, a seemingly perplexed Mavado questioned the judge’s ruling in the matter during a radio interview on IRIE FM Monday afternoon.

“Mi nuh understand how mi get a guilty verdict. Mi nuh do nutten, mi nuh come out a mi van and talk to nobody or any ting and furthermore, I don’t like how the judge deal with the situation because up to now I think that the judge don’t understand the whole case because him a she different ting so mi cyaah really understand,” he said.

The We The Best Music Group recording artiste insists that he plans to appeal the ruling as he continues to maintain his innocence.

“What happen, happen already and we jus’ a plan fi appeal right away and ting ‘cause mi nuh see how mi fi get a guilty verdict pon sommen weh mi nuh do…nutten nuh inna nutten seh mi come out a my vehicle and do anybody any ting.”

 

 

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New Artist Video: AYANI – Good Body Shape – DONJALYS Productions

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French Reggae-Dancehall deejay AYANI (born Yannick Jeanne) is from Guadeloupe . when he was twelve he fell in love with Jamaican music when he first listened to the Great foundation icons as Shabba Ranks, Cutty Ranks General degree Buju Banton & Bounty killer. He started a few years later as a selecta with his brother entertainning parties in several places in the west-indies. When he moved to Ft laudardale (MIA) for holydays he went to a Reggae sumfest and was totally hypnotized by how the artists was managing the crowd and decided to got his mind set on becoming a deejay so he started to learn and improve. He was strongly influenced by one of his icons Bounty killer, singing the warlord Hits during break at school for friends and familly. When he moves to Paris for the rest of his studies he began to write his own lyrics and to recorded songs with his cousin who was a sound engineer, then he introduced him to Don jalys production and they automatically started to work on a compilation called “SNIPER RIDDIM” released in 2006 then a couple of compilation followed also under the Don Jalys prod. like “NEVA DIE RIDDIM” “SWEET SUMMER RIDDIM” “G-I RIDDIM” he also worked on collaboration with others artists as Tony-c, Mad Killah, Murda, Mighty Kalimba, Bidji… More recently he has signed a single on “Don Jalys production” and another collaboration on a french production named “Onekyp record” mixed by D&H.
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