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9 Mile Music Festival – Bob Marley Movement 18th Annual – Sat March 12th 2012

Event Details

Formerly known as the Caribbean FestivalThe Annual 9 Mile Music Festival is also a canned food drive to help feed the hungry in South Florida and rural parts of Jamaica. Created in order to fill the demand for an event to celebrate and pay tribute to the life of the legendary Bob Marley, this daylong festival generates at least 11,000 fans annually. The festival also features a wide variety of international food as well as an arts and crafts marketplace, and a main stage, which is used for the facilitation of a plethora of live entertainers.

Four canned goods are required by all patrons.

Please help feed the less fortunate!

Special performances by

  • Stephen “Ragga” Marley
  • Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
  • Julian MarleyKy-Mani Marley
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Major Lazer
  • Inner Circle
  • Kevens
  • and many more

Food Drive

Bob Marley Movement of Jah People’s Caribbean Festival is not only a music festival but a humanitarian effort to feed the hungry.  For the past 17 years, we have asked our patrons to help us keep the spirit and message of Bob Marley alive by contributing to our Food Drive.  To date, the festival has collected over 1 million canned goods to benefit other charitable organizations dedicated to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition throughout the state of Florida.  This year our Food Drive will benefit Curley’s House, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals, families, the elderly, youth-at-risk, the abused and HIV/AIDS infected individuals by providing bulk food product to needy residents.  To find out more information, please visit www.curleyshouseinc.com.

When

Saturday, March 12th

Where

Bayfront Park
301 N. Biscayne Blvd. 33132
Miami, FL, United States

Cost

  • $58.00 General Admission + 4 canned goods
  • $170.00 VIP + 4 canned goods
  • Kids 12 and under get in free

Ticket Info

Purchase tickets online here or at these vendors below:

 

Juney’s Restaurant 

18400 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, 33169

305.654.2955

Barbican Square 

11030 Pembroke Road, Miramar, 33025

954.885.5422

Reggae N Things 

7851 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 33065

954.255.3280

Jamaica Kitchen 

8736 S.W. 72st Street, Miami, 33173

305.596.2585

Condom USA 

3066 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, 33133

305.445.7729

Uncle Sams 

1141 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139

305.532.0973

Caribbean Delite Rest 

9491 S.W. 160th Street, Miami, 33157

305.254.6606

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Report: Reggae in India – The Reggae Rajahs

Report: Reggae in India – The Reggae Rajahs

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Video: “Marley” Trailer Offers Look Back at Reggae Legend

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Shaggy considers all-Jamaican lineup for next charity concert

Following what many regard as the best Shaggy and Friends to date, the charity event’s creator believes that he should return to his roots for the next show.

The event’s organizer and international Reggae artiste,Orville Burrell, more popularly known as Shaggy, claims that he might have an all Jamaican lineup at the next Shaggy and Friends event, which could take place later this year. The Grammy-winning entertainer made this announcement earlier this week at an event announcing that the most recent edition of Shaggy and Friends netted JA$32 million; proceeds which fund the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

According to Shaggy, this movewill pay homage to Jamaica celebrating its 50th year of Independence this year.

“This is not engraved in stone. We all have to sit and think about it, but personally I see this as being good for the artistes, the country and our culture. A fitting way to celebrate Jamaica 50,” he said.

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Veteran Jamaican producer, Winston Riley dies

Prominent Reggae producer, Winston Riley, renowned for developing the careers of Buju Banton and Cutty Ranks has died.

Riley, the father of FAME FM disc jock, Kurt Riley succumbed to serious head injuries sustained from a shooting incident last November. Said incident was the third in as many months for Riley, who fell victim to shooting incident in August as well as a stabbing incident the following month. He was 65 years old.

According to Kurt Riley, his family still ponders why unscrupulous persons would attack the popular producer so many times in such a short span. Having been in a coma since the shooting, Winston Riley never had the opportunity to gauge a sense of nor explain these happenings; something Kurt wishes had taken place before his death.

“Unfortunately Daddy didn’t wake up so we could talk to him to find out if there was something he was not telling us. He was a straightforward man, who was allergic to hypocrisy,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Riley remains one of Reggae’s greatest influences; founding a new music group, the Techniques at the tender age of 16. In 1968, he established the famous Techniques record label where he produced legendary Reggae acts such as Alton Ellis, Hortense Ellis and others.

Additionally, his single, Double Barrel topped Reggae charts in the United Kingdom and Holland while his Stalag Riddim (1973) has often been remade by several local producers.

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Spice Celebrates New Single with R&B Superstar Mya

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Mya ft Spice – Take Him Out – PRESS PLAY

It’s a New Year and dancehall sensation, Spice is on a brand new page as she releases three fresh tracks to jump start 2012. An international collaboration tops the list as Spice adds a dancehall reggae flavor to the track Take Him Out.

Take Him Out, is a featured single on Grammy winning recording artiste, M`ya’s new album, KISS. The R&B sweetheart is as equally excited about the song as her guest performer, Spice. The anticipated club banger tells the tale of a relationship falling apart, a story females can definitely relate to say’s Spice. The music video is currently in post production and will be launched in both Jamaica and the United States next month. The American singer has always been a fan and supporter of reggae music evidenced in the Billboard hit, Girls Dem Sugarwith Beenie Man.

Spice has started off the year on a high, with nominations from the Jamaica Star and Youth View Awards, a total of five nods. She dominated last year with her mega hit, Jim Screechie that scorched the airwaves for weeks on end. The summer song, Fun that features, music hit maker, Missy Elliot was also in high rotation. Spice is now on to a Brand New Page as the title of her new, one drop release suggests. The deeply conscious and soul searching ballad shows her versatility; a far cry from Ramping Shop. Ramping Shop was a monster hit, this single made its way on to the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Charts.

Catering to a broad cross section of fans, she is prepared to deliver for all tiers. Her third release, Gyal a Chat is expected to be an overnight sensation on the hardcore dancehall scene. This track is clean yet exciting, full of life and colorful, reminiscent of the early nineties where fun poking songs rocked the out door sessions on the pepper-seed among other rhythms.

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House of Marley speakers bring reggae to Vegas in our video


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T-Pain ft. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen – 5 O’Clock (Jr Blender Reggae Remix)


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Damian Marley has big plans for 2012, wants more exposure for Jamaican artistes

Internationally-acclaimed Reggae artiste, Damian Marley aka Junior Gong has an optimistic outlook for the New Year following a rather successful 2011.

Marley enjoyed several accomplishments during 2011, including a completion of his Distant Relatives tour alongside hip-hop superstar, Nas as well as the formation a new super group, Super Heavy including British songstress, Joss Stone and Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger. Their subsequent, self-titled debut album and the success of other collaborative efforts such as Jah Army with Stephen Marley and Liquor Store Blues alongside R&B sensation, Bruno Mars rose Marley’s international stock as he continues to build a legacy somewhat reminiscent of his legendary father, Bob Marley.

Looking ahead to 2012, Damian Marley seeks to enhance his international reputation once more. In a recent interview published via the website of Reggaeville Magazine, Marley hopes to unveil new projects as well as groom some of his family members, such as Joseph and Daniel Marley, who each released singles last year.

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Promoter seeks compensation from I-Octane following holiday show

The wallet of internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, I-Octane could soon be lighter after a promoter claims he wrecked an event he performed at during the holiday season.

I-Octane performed at the Western Kite Festival at the Mannings School in Westmoreland on New Year’s Day (Sunday). The event also featured Reggae singer, Romain Virgo and Dancehall star, Popcaan.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, the festival’s lead promoter, Tia Reinford intimated that patrons began littering the stage with bottles after I-Octane abruptly ended his set. Reportedly, I-Octane asked event organizers to dim the lights during his performance but couldn’t meet his demand. At that point, I-Octane walked off stage in disgust; prompting the bottle throwing incident.

According to an angry Reinford, “It is his fault because yuh cyaah come to an event and talk about ‘bottle a selector…you can’t do that.”

Additionally, Reinford explained that a camera man recorded footage of the incident. Reinford said that the organizer in charge of the light told I-Octane to keep performing while they fixed the lighting issue. Following that exchange, the Badmind Fi The Year singer threw his mic down on the stage and walked off, leading fans to throw bottles on the stage in anger. Law enforcement officials then escorted the singjay out of the venue.

As a result, Reinford seeks compensation from I-Octane and his manager, Ray Alexander for damages caused. The promoter revealed that she paid Octane JA$500,000 to book the artiste for the festival but deserves her money back given that he did not fulfill his performance requirements. Reinford also claims that she paid I-Octane US$900 for a hotel room which he never stayed at prior to performing at the show.

Responding to the promoter’s claims, I-Octane vehemently denied destroying the New Year’s Day event; insisting that Reinford apologized for issues that occurred during the show but criticized the promoter for a sub-standard organization of the event. Furthermore, he said that fans threw bottles once they realized that hewould not return to the stage; blaming the organizers for not allowing the set to conclude properly while questioning their professionalism.

The artiste, whose real name is Byiome Muir, stated that fans were waiting for him to perform since 5 p.m.; slated to hit the stage after Popcaan’s set. However, I-Octane ended up working with Romain Virgo for a short while until technical issues were resolved.

As for compensation, I-Octane relented that he and his management team could work out a settlement. However, she called out the promoter for blaming organizers for the mishaps during his set, yet changing her tone following the show’s ending.

“She was blaming the people dem at the stage show, she a blame dem mek everybody hear. Dats why di people dem are so upset,” he said.

This wasn’t the first grouse I-Octane had regarding a performance or potential appearance at an event during the holidays. Billed as one of the main acts for STING 2011, the singjay was one of many notable absences from the major Dancehall stage show on December 26, 2011.

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Video: SHAGGY PERFORMS “SUGARCANE” ON NBC’s TODAY SHOW

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With his new album “Summer In Kingston” currently nominated in the “Best Reggae Album” Category of the 2012 Grammy Award Ceremony slated for February 12th in Los Angeles California, International reggae superstar Shaggy was the special guest this morning Monday December 19th on NBC’s popular Morning Time program “The Today Show”.

The Today Show which has an estimated 6.4 million viewers is rated as the best Morning program in America and to date has seen performances from some of the biggest stars in music such as Chris Brown Kate Perry, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Rihanna.

Shaggy who did a short interview with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb later performed his hit single “Sugarcane” with a live band in studios.

In other news Shaggy alongside his team at the Make A Difference Charity Foundation is kicking their promotion for the 3rd staging of the Shaggy & Friends Concert into full gear.

The show which was previously scheduled for December 30th will now take place on January 7th, 2012 on the Lawns Of Jamaica House.
The confirmed line up for the show will see performances from Lauryn Hill, Maxi Priest, half Pint, Cocoa Tea, Deneice Williams, I Octane, Romain Virgo, Assassin AKA Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Gyptian and Mr. Vegas.

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Khago receives death threat, insists music industry is corrupt

Emerging Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Ricardo Gayle aka Khago remains defiant despite receiving an unwelcome message to start the New Year.

On Sunday morning, the internationally acclaimed artiste received a chilling death threat, via phone, from an unknown caller. Khago’s management team intimated that they’re taking said threat very seriously; contacting law enforcement officials to investigate the matter.

Though startled by the threat, the Nah Sell Out singer insists that this incident won’t deter him from continuing his mission to showcase positive songs within what he calls a corrupt music industry.

“Mi get the phone call at about 9 a.m. and the caller say ‘p****hole yuh a go dead later’ and then hang up the phone,” Khago explained via press release.

He continued, “But dem caan intimidate me, mi ah go continue to do good work and sing songs for the people, too much corruption inna the music business but mi naa back down.”

Though conscious of the fact persons have developed envious attitudes towards him, the young singjay warned his enemies that shouldn’t underestimate his resolve.

“Dem need fi know say mi no frighten fi dem threat even though there is no coming back  after death because mi know all of my enemy dem and my friend know all ah my enemy dem so dem fi know wah dem a do.”

 

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Video: Dudus “Touch The Road” Ft. Hyah Slyce – Live Performance

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#MMG Artist Young Dudus & Reggae Artist Hyah Slyce Performing New! Hit Single “Touch The Road” Prod by Kareem Ashad Live in NYC (HD)

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Video: Bruno Mars – It Will Rain (Jr Blender Reggae Remix)


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Buju Banton’s appeal could take up to a year, says lawyer

Embattled Dancehall singjay, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, may have to wait several months before knowing whether or not he will be a free man.

Last Friday, Buju Banton’s legal team filed an appeal in a Georgia-based appeals court; attempting to overturn the Grammy-winning singer’s 10 year prison sentence on drug-related charges. In said appeal, Buju’s lawyers cited a possible violation by U.S. government officials of the Speedy Trial Act; a Sixth Amendment rightafforded to defendants so that they avoid being subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial. Additionally, Buju’s legal team detailed reasoning as to why their client was an unwilling part of the drug conspiracy he was later convicted of.

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I-Wayne claims Jamaican music industry lacks purity

Never shy to express his feelings regarding the state of the Jamaican music scene, internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Cliffroy “I-Wayne” Taylor insists once again that the industry lacks substance; claiming it lacks purity.

I-Wayne, who recently unveiled his third studio album, Life Teachings, spoke out regarding the Dancehall/Reggae industry following the album’s local release earlier this week. During an interview with Splash magazine, I-Wayne implied that his recent hiatus from the local music scene was intentional as he surveyed and took note of the industry in order to offer something authentic for fans to enjoy.

“I would never want to crowd up the field like me see some man doing. Furthermore, the music is full of filth and that seems like what the masses was craving. So me move out the way and mek dem gwaan soak up the filth until it reach up to dem neck and a stifle dem,” he said.

Known for cultural anthems such as Lava Ground, Living In Love and Life Seeds amongst several others, I-Wayne intimated that fans are enjoying the “nastiness” that today’s music presents.

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Buju Banton’s legal team file appeal

The legal representation for embattled Reggae superstar, Mark “Buju Banton” Myrie officially filed an appeal on behalf of the beloved singjay.

The appeal was filed by Buju attorneys, David Oscar Markus, Mona Markus, Anita Margot Moss and Marc Seitles in the United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit in Georgia on Friday. In the appeal, Buju’s legal team seeks that the singjay’s ten year sentence on drug charges this past June be reversed; suggesting that the case should be dismissed citing prejudice or that the artiste should receive a new trial.

Buju’s lawyers contend in the appeal that the district court erred in failing to grant Myrie’s judgment of acquittal as a matter of law, claiming amongst other things: “The undisputed evidence is that Myrie did not agree to participate in the drug conspiracy that eventually was reached among others.”

Also, “Myrie had almost no participation in the telephone call forming the basis of the government’s charge that he aided and abetted the ‘facilitation’ of a drug conspiracy, and in fact the telephone call in question did not facilitate a drug conspiracy in any event.”

Furthermore, “Whether the district court erred in failing to find that Myrie was entrapped as a matter of law, where there was no evidence that Myrie was predisposed to engage in a cocaine distribution scheme, and the undisputed evidence was that the government pursued a lengthy, intense, unrelenting campaign to target Myrie through an unsupervised paid informant who was desperate to earn a cut of the deal.”

Finally, “Whether the district court erred in failing to dismiss the case based on the expiration of the speedy trial clock.”

Buju’s lawyers also intimate that the district court made a mistake in failing to discover that he was entrapped as a matter of law, as he was not predisposed to participate in a cocaine conspiracy and his involvement was the result of improper government inducement.

Additionally, they intimated that Buju was an unwilling participant in the drug deal; arguing that his consistent efforts to avoid following up government informant Alex Johnson’s consistent and emphatic efforts to draw Myrie in and because the speedy trial clock ran long before his case was tried, the case should have been dismissed with prejudice.

Buju Banton was initially convicted of three drug-related charges in February for the December 2009 incident in which he stood accused of conspiring to organize a drug deal within a police-controlled warehouse.

 

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Interview: Beenie Man Interview with WorldAReggae.com

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The King of Dancehall Beenie Man in an interview with WorldAReggae’s Jenny Fiyah in Rotterdam, De Nieuwe Oogst. December 1, 2011

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Mr. Vegas asks Reggae fans to save genre’s foundation with new petition

International Reggae star Mr. Vegas is urging fellow musicians and music fans to sign the Save Foundation Reggae petition – an appeal to radio disc jockeys to include the music of classic or ‘foundation’ Reggae pioneers like Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Culture, and Alton Ellis into their Island Hop-driven playlists. The online petition also makes an appeal to Jamaica’s current crop of producers, who have flooded radio with Hip Hop inspired beats instead of the island’s signature bass-heavy rhythms.

“Reggae music is like the heartbeat of Jamaican people and culture, and now it is barely played on popular radio stations anymore,” says Clifford ‘Mr. Vegas’ Smith. “Young people today have no idea who Cynthia Schloss or Hortense Ellis or Delroy Wilson are. These are people, who pioneered Reggae, who created a space for people like Sean Paul, and even Sean Kingston and Iyaz to be pop stars. Radio barely plays foundation Reggae, and many of our producers have abandoned traditional Reggae and Dancehall rhythms for American sounding Hip Hop beats. This petition is to let them know that foundation Reggae is still a crucial part of our culture and we must preserve our musical heritage and legacy.”

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Buju moved again: Artiste returning to Miami following Texas prison stay

Embattled Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, will call another prison home as he serves his ten-year prison sentence on drug-related charges.

The Grammy-winning singjay has been in transit several times since his sentencing this past June on three drug charges stemming from a December 2009 incident in Florida. Buju initially started his sentencing in Miami, where his trial and eventual conviction occurred. However, the popular Reggae singer was transferred from the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida to the Federal Holding Centre in Oklahoma City, where he spent a month, before finally being moved to the Limestone County Correctional Institution in Groesbeck, Texas.

However, a South Florida newspaper reports that Buju’s prison adventure will come full circle as the internationally acclaimed artiste faces a move, en-route, to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Miami, Florida. According to Buju’s lawyer, David Markus, Buju endured several hardships during two month stay in the Texas facility; describing the environment as one of a violent and unhealthy nature that made the singjay rather uncomfortable.

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Buju Banton, promoters endorse upcoming benefit concert

On December 3, 2011, patrons are expected gather around a Tampa, Florida stage seeking to hear lyrics promoting messages of peace, love and harmony from their favorite Reggae superstars. However, while performers will offer various selections of a positive nature, they’ll collectively try to honor an embattled singjay who nurtured his music to provide upliftment for fans worldwide.

Next week Saturday, the Buju Banton benefit concert will take place at the Supa D Tropical Bar & Grill in Tampa, Florida; starting at 1pm. Buju, currently serving a ten year sentence on drug related charges, becomes the subject of an event dedicated towards providing financial support ahead of an appeal on his three convictions stemming from a December 2009 incident. The lineup card for the benefit concert includes internationally renowned Reggae artistes, Delly Ranx, Gramps Morgan, Nadine Sutherland, Glen Washington and Norris Man amongst others whilst featuring a yet-to-be named special guest artiste. Also, persons planning to attend the show will be asked to make a US$20 donation for the cause as organizers hope to make at least US$50,000 from the concert for Buju’s legal defense.

The event’s main organizer, Taranee Jiles, is a long-time friend of Buju Banton; desiring a concept to help the artiste’s cause whilst languishing in a Texas federal prison. Out of friendship and the hope Buju walks free sooner rather than later, Jiles formulated the idea of the benefit concert; an idea fans and supporters of the Grammy-winning singjay quickly bought into.

“Mark is my friend and nobody was doing anything to help him, everybody was just talking, but nobody was acting,” Jiles intimated.

“With Buju’s blessings, I decided to do a benefits concert for him. Ran the idea also by his fellow artists and some other supporters, who all thought this was a good idea.”

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Renowned Reggae artiste being probed for “Dudus” connection

A day following reports that a prominent Dancehall singjay was being sought by American law enforcement officials in connection with a notorious Jamaican drug lord, a Roots/Reggae singer is also being investigated for such an association.

United States drug officials revealed on Wednesday that a well-renowned Reggae singer has appeared on their radar as a possible link to former West Kingston strong man, Christopher “Dudus” Coke. According to officials, documents are currently being processed as they are seeking to arrest the singer. Additionally, it was revealed that the singer plies his trade as producer and promoter, despite having no major hit songs to his name.

The report follows up Tuesday’s news that American law enforcement officials were probing a popular Dancehall singjay for drug-related allegations. The singjay being investigated has a green card according to the U.S, is Kingston-based and has several hit songs to his name. Additionally, the singjay reportedly has two warrants out for his arrest.

Christopher “Dudus” Coke currently awaits sentencing in the United States for charges in a drug case which he pled guilty to months earlier. Coke pled guilty to a count of racketeering conspiracy and a count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

 

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Delly Ranx expresses hope for Jamaican music industry, excited for Buju concert

The Dancehall/Reggae music has endured a slew of public relations nightmares in recent months; particularly its main superstar, Vybz Kartel. However, one veteran artiste believes the local music industry’s image can change for the better.

Prominent deejay and producer, Delly Ranx has proven himself as one of the most consistent artistes of his generation; witnessing the evolution of Dancehall/Reggae music since his debut in 1990. With several hits to boast in three separate decades, Ranx believes his music can help uplift fans of both genres; messages he’s preached since appearing on the local scene.

“I’ve always done positive music from the day I entered the business and I’m sure my music will help to push the reggae/dancehall music in a positive light,”a confident Delly Ranx insisted.

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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

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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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Mavado helps to Stop the Bleeding

Dancehall superstar Mavado has joined the efforts of “Stop The Bleeding,” a non-profit organization, to lead an anti-gun and non-violence campaign in the US Virgin Islands. Mavado will headline a huge peace concert on the island of St Croix December 30, dubbed the One Love Music Festival.

“I am very happy to be a part of this anti-violence movement,” said Mavado. “I am always ready to use my influence and celebrity in a positive way and I’m honored to have been asked to get involved. Violent crime is on the increase all over the world and its important to me to help stem the tide. I’m hoping to partner with the right agencies in Jamaica to do something similar in the near future. We are often criticized for our influence over the youths but a campaign like this shows the potential to use Dancehall acts such as myself to motivate and uplift young people.”
Stop the Bleeding co-ordinator and son of the Virgin Island’s Lt Governor, Kareem Francis, conceptualized the initiative with Lenny Hansen of LTB Entertainment and approached Mavado in October to headline the campaign and concert; he didn’t hesitate to get involved. The organization’s aim is to use the event as a constructive platform for the territory to reignite love, peace and joy and to address the recent increase in crime, violence and rising numbers of the murders of young people.
“Mavado is loved by the youths and has dominated the charts with his lyrical style and energetic performances,” said organizer Lenny Hansen. “Mavado’s participation extends the importance of this movement through media campaign and promotional efforts. As a leader within this industry it is greatly appreciated that Mavado has extended himself and services for the youths of tomorrows’ future. We look forward to him blazing the stage and deliver a string of hits to the VI community as well as delivering a positive, uplifting message to the youths in the region.”
Offering an alternative to a life of crime is a major part of Stop the Bleeding’s mission, which they intend to do by promoting an anti-gun drive whilst providing a vehicle for change through the performing arts. Proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships for aspiring local artists. Some of these rising stars will also get a chance to perform on the festival, giving them an opportunity to launch their talents on a wider scale.
One Love Music Festival will be held at the Randall ‘Doc’ James Race track December 30 beginning at 8pm. St. Croix artists Ras Attitude, Cruz Rock, Da General, Sabbatical Ahdah, Junior P, 103.5 The Reef DJ’s Dave Martinez, DJ Karl and Selecta Kuff, DJ Big Kat and Supa Trax Sounds are also on the line-up.

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Ziggy Marley claims Jamaican music industry lacks spirituality

Grammy-winning Reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley, has called out the Jamaican music industry; claiming that some of the Dancehall/Reggae songs produced today lack spirituality.

The eldest son of legendary Reggae musician, Bob Marley, is currently promoting his fourth studio album, Wild & Free, which was unveiled this past June.According to the Love Is My Religion singer, the Dancehall/Reggae industry is missing a mystical vibration and aura that’s needed in order for today’s singles to be remembered for years to come.

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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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OnStage TV – Reggae’s Gone Country Premiere

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As disparate as Jamaican reggae and American country music seem, they actually share many commonalities. Both genres were created by marginalized peoples, be it Jamaicans who flocked from rural locales seeking jobs in the bustling capital Kingston then settled in overcrowded tenement yards often lacking in basic amenities or Americans in the southern Appalachia region residing in economically depressed communities, in near isolation from the rest of the country. As a vital means of expression, each populace fashioned a sonic identity culled from various influences. Jazz, Cuban music, calypso and especially early R&B heard on U.S. radio signals reaching Jamaica were essential components in the creation of the island’s first home-grown popular music, ska, in the early 1960s; the frenetic ska beat was slowed down into rocksteady then morphed into reggae by the late 1960s. Bluegrass, the direct forerunner to country music is derived from the English and Scottish ballad tradition and Irish and Scottish fiddle music. African-American blues musicians also played preeminent roles in crafting bluegrass and country’s signature instrumentation, most notably through their introduction of the banjo, now regarded as an emblematic representation of the region, into the music.

The reggae and country genres are rife with love-gone-wrong songs, romanticized gritty outlaw tales and expressions of unwavering spiritual devotion providing guidance through daily struggles, each delivered in their distinctive regional voices, the molasses thick Jamaican patois heard on many reggae tracks and country’s indelible southern twang…

Tracklisting for Reggae’s Gone Country:

1. California – Romain Virgo & Larry Gatlin
2. He’ll Have To Go – Luciano
3. Wolverton Mountain – Richie Stephens
4. Crazy – Etana
5. The Chair – Tarrus Riley
6. He Stopped Loving Her Today – Beres Hammond
7. Suspicions – Duane Stephenson
8. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes – Tessanne Chin
9. Feel So Right – Gramps Morgan
10. King Of The Road – Freddie McGregor
11. El Paso – Sanchez
12. Flowers On The Wall – L.U.S.T.
13. The Gambler – Busy Signal
14. Straight Tequila Night – Tarrus Riley [iTunes Bonus Track]

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I-Wayne claims Jamaican music industry promotes too much negative music

Internationally renowned Reggae superstar, Cliffroy Taylor, more popularly known as I-Wayne, has called out the Jamaican music industry for promoting too much negative music; overlooking positive, uplifting music.

The “Book Of Life,” singer suggests that the media & Dancehall/Reggae industry at large has focused most of its attention on promoting songs with negative messages to the masses; ignoring uplifting music that he & other artistes have been pushing. I-Wayne told the Jamaica STAR, “I’m here, still working but the media houses a push madness; I have a new mix tape out with credible collaborations, a just the system naah promote wi thing,” I-Wayne claimed.  Additionally I-Wayne implied that, “It’s not like mi can’t find mi meditation anymore, but a dem a hol’ wi back because a dem control which music gets played.”

I-Wayne has seldom been heard from on the mainstream since releasing his hit single, “What will They Do,” on the Relationships Riddim in 2009. However, I-Wayne maintains that he’s still making music whilst collaborating with various young artistes to help promote them to the mainstream but implies that such good work is being overlooked. “Right now I have been working with a lot of young artistes doing collaborations, suh a nuh like sey Rasta naah buss artiste. But because there is a preference for nastiness, positive artistes are not easy to get their fair attention, but never the less mi still a help the youths,” I-Wayne intimated.

Additionally, I-Wayne implied that the quality of Dancehall/Reggae music in Jamaica has depreciated as a result of so many negative songs being pushed; insisting most of his earnings throughout his career have come from international performances. “We mostly duh the Caribbean Islands and European countries, because wi ting dun set already from Lava Ground,” I-Wayne said.

Meanwhile, I-Wayne is currently working on his third studio album entitled, “Life Teachings,” & explained that his upcoming project will take on an authentic Reggae/Roots sound. Furthermore, he revealed that the album will feature production from legendary Dancehall/Reggae producers, Sly & Robbie as well as a collaborative effort alongside Reggae songstress, Etana entitled “Life Joy.” I-Wayne suggested that this album & other new projects he’s working on are reminiscent of some of his earlier hit singles.

I-Wayne is known for a plethora of internationally acclaimed songs including “Life Seeds,” “One Man Can’t Satisfy Her,” “Living In Love,” & “I Need Her In My Arms.”

 

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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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VYBZ KARTEL: DANCEHALL’S ONE-MAN ARMY IN JAMAICA

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Vybz Kartel isn’t just the biggest star in dancehall. These days, it seems like he’s the only one. The 35-year-old deejay from the gritty Kingston suburb of Portmore has dominated the Jamaican music conversation for the last year to such an extent that even his headline-grabbing (and only recently resolved) feud with long-time rival Mavado now seems a distant memory.

Fueling the phenomenon is a striking, Michael Jackson-like visual transformation that has seen him lighten his skin several shades, his hair suddenly long with extensions. A master of spin, Kartel first chalked his new coloring up to air conditioning and cake soap, a powerful cleanser used to wash clothes. Without actually copping to what most people suspect—that he bleaches his skin— he’s defended the practice by likening it to tanning white people and black women who straighten their hair. Fittingly, one of his biggest recent hits is called “Cake Soap”.

Kartel (aka Adidja Palmer) is also, arguably, Jamaica’s most prolific artist, churning out provocative commentary and lowbrow throwaway tracks with Tupac-like (in)consistency. His latest project, Kingston Story, is different, though. Recorded entirely with a single producer, Brooklyn’s Dre Skull, the result is a rarity for singles-driven dancehall: a proper album with a uniform sonic aesthetic. While the lyrics are primarily sexual in theme, the LP, with its quasi-orchestral rhythms, points to a new, more emotive direction for this most hedonistic of genres. MTV Iggy spoke with Kartel by phone from Jamaica about Kingston Story, his growing business portfolio, and what exactly he’s trying to prove with his outlandish behavior.

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Konshens Begins European Tour

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Reggae artiste Konshens has landed on European soil. Coming off of a spectacular performance at this years Reggae SumFest, Dancehall Night, Konshens is ready to take his show on the road.

Being no stranger to that side of the world recording artist Konshens ventures into Europe and kicks off his tour on Aug 5 at the Reggae Jam Festival in Berensbruk. Konshens is scheduled to perform in over 17 cities and is ready to give his European fans a performance they will never forget.

“Being no stranger to Europe, its like I am going to my second home.  We are ready to give 110% every night and leave our heart on the stage for our fans. This time Darrio and I will be performing with our own band “the SubKonshus Band”. So all a we Linky dem a Europe just Represent”

While on tour the artist will also be promoting his upcoming first solo album, titled ‘Mental Maintenance’ to be released this year.

Tour Schedule:
August:
5 – Berensbruk

6 – Massala, Italy
7 – Lisbon
11 – Lecce, Italy
12 – Catanzaro
14 – Montpellier, France
19 – Dusseldorf, Germany
20 – Rome, italy
25 – Israel
26 – Nova Gorica, Slovenia
27 – Stuttgart, Germany
30 – Vienna, Austria

September:
1 – Berlin, Germany
2 – Dusseldorf, Germany

3 – Biel, Switzerland

9 – France

10 – Manheim, Germany

11 – Helsinki, Finland

16 – Spain

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Baby Cham Responds to Toronto International Jamaica Day Organizers

Despite reports to the contrary, International Reggae and Dancehall Artist Baby Cham, as well as Madhouse Records, wishes to inform both Canadian and International

fans that the artist was in Toronto for the 21st annual Toronto International Jamaica Day celebration.  Baby Cham’s non performance was due to TIJD not honoring the negotiated agreement.

Baby Cham was prepared to take the stage on the evening of July 23rd, however, due to a contractual dispute and breach of contract, Baby Cham was not able to perform.  Amongst the several clauses not honored in the contract, the artists’ performance fee was not honored.

Despite the outstanding issues, Cham was set to take the stage, however, he was left waiting at the hotel, despite being told organizers were on their way to pick him up and take him to the venue.  Regrettably he could not perform.

In a statement, Cham says “several calls were made from my manager to the organizers of Jamaica Day, and to the agent who first negotiated the booking.  Those calls were not returned.  We were willing to work through the situation, but were refused by TIJD.”

The statement alleged by Sunrise Talent Development Programs Inc and TIJD, are false and misleading to all in attendance of Jamaica Day as well as to media.  “These statements should be disregarded as every effort was made to have our Artist perform.  We do hope that TIJD increases their efforts to honour contractual agreements and give their audience the shows that they promote and set out to deliver, and not lay blame on the performer” said Janet Davidson, co founder of Madhouse Records and Baby Cham’s Manager.

Baby Cham and the Madhouse Records family would like to say thank you to all Canadian and International fans for their continued support.  Baby Cham has never let the people down throughout his career, and has no intention of doing so now!

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Twin of Twins take aim at Matterhorn with new single

Popular Dancehall comedic duo, Twin of Twins have launched a scathing lyrical attack on controversial selector turned deejay, Tony Matterhorn with their latest single, “Cancer Free World.” “Cancer Free World” creatively uses Matterhorn’s name to defame his character; including a lyric from the song that states: “Yuh expose yuself wid di name wey yu find, cause Matterhorn a mountain wey bare man a climb.” A full version of the single will be released very soon.

The single was a direct response to recent comments Matterhorn made about them when the “Dutty Wine” singer claimed that he would diss the Twins anywhere he saw them after they alleged that he refused to play their songs during an interview last month in Atlanta. Matterhorn responded to those claims by tweeting, “How y’all never told me Twin of Twins was dissing me today on a radio station in Atl! Now I have to diss those 2 … it’s on … Those … twins! DUMB and DUMBER … it looks like Dancehall Duppy 3 is gonna be here sooner than I think! Lol,”

One of the Twins, Patrick “Curly Lox” Gaynor intimated that Matterhorn crossed the line with his response. “Matterhorn is the one that started the disrespect. He just became disrespectful and stupid,” Gaynor implied. Furthermore, the Twins suggested that they were the originators of calling up artistes’ names in songs long before Tony Matterhorn released his controversial single, “Dancehall Duppy,” that encourages deejays engaged in lyrical conflicts to call up each other’s names in songs. “We inspired him to make that song, we have the copyrights to call people’s name so Matterhorn naah duh nutting new,” Gaynor claimed.

Furthermore, The Twins called Matterhorn a hypocrite for calling out artistes such as Bounty Killer, Assassin & many others in the song before bigging them up in the last part of the song. They suggested that Matterhorn did so because he’s a coward & that one of the reasons they fell out with the selector is because Matterhorn wanted them to engage in “the politics of Dancehall,” by aligning with certain groups. “We refuse to shut up and join a side,” Patrick implied. Additionally, Patrick pointed out that they Matterhorn is using other artistes’ songs to diss them. “Him diss wi with him mouth and then him play people song as defense. Him fi know seh a nuh him a get the forward, is the artiste tune a get the forward. A fi him own song him fi try use, wi a nuh selector suh wi naah trace wid nuh man,” Gaynor intimated.

The Twins maintain they aren’t seeking any attention with “Cancer Free World,” but insisted that their “Stir It Up: Volume 9” CD is an international success; even suggesting Matterhorn hasn’t had a hit single since “Dutty Wine” back in 2006. The Twins’ new movie, Ching Pow Kickers is expected to debut this November.

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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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Video: Beenie Man – Lets Go

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Mp3: Black RYNO – Gal Love The Garrison

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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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Mp3: Bounty Killer – LOVE – 05 Riddim – Payday Music Group

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Mp3: Charly Black – We A Gallist

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Video: Beenie Man ft D’Angel – Time of My Life

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Video: Matisyahu – Redemption Song Cover – Bob Marley

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Mp3: Chino – Nah Follow Dem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Massacre Riddim – Various Artists – Beenie Man, Bugle, Konshens and more

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Mp3: Konshens – Eye Blood up – Massacre Riddim

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Reggae star pulls out of Raggamuffin festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remix Mastermind Diplo teams up with Greensleeves Records

Experimentalist music producer and remix mastermind Diplo teams up with Greensleeves Records to reload and re-release some of Reggae’s greatest classics on Riddimentary – Diplo Selects Greensleeves.

Known for his electronic dub musical styling and as one-half of world renowned production team Major Lazer, Thomas Wesley Pentz aka Diplo lends his eclectic ear and considerable talents as a Reggae selector to Riddimentary. The continuous blended mix covers over 20 years of revoluntionary Jamaican and UK hits from the top producers in Dub, Reggae and Dancehall from the 1980s and 1990s.

The retro flavor and historical context of these selections shine a light on Diplo’s production influences and expert knowledge of the Reggae genre. Choosing anthems such as “Night Nurse” by Gregory Isaacs, “Police In Helicopter” by John Holt, “Telephone Love” by J.C. Lodge and “Anarexol” by Eek-A-Mouse, Riddimentary sees Diplo not only selecting through the Greensleeves catalog but also placing his imprint on its legacy.

Track Listing

1.      Who Is The Ruler – Alpha & Omega Mocking Bird

2.      Jaqueline – Hugh Mundell

3.      Joker Smoker – Triston Palma

4.       Police In Helicopter – John Holt

5.       Eventide Fire A Disaster – Barrington Levy & General Echo

6.       Satta Amassa Gana Version – Joe Gibbs

7.       Fattie Boom Boom – Rankin Dread

8.       Anarexol – Eek-A-Mouse

9.        Gunshot Mek Daughter Drop – Lone Ranger

10.    Sweet Sweet Matilda – Clint Eastwood & General Saint

11.     Interface – Prince Jammy

12.     Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs

13.     Telephone Love – J.C. Lodge

14.     Water Pumping – Johnny Osbourne

15.      Survival – Prince Far I

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